Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday laid the foundation stone for the construction of new Secretariat buildingshere at the existing location. The “Bhumi puja” was performed at the D Block in the Secretariat complex situated near the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake. Several state ministers, including A Indrakaran Reddy and Vemula Prashant Reddy, TRS Parliamentary Party leader K Keshava Rao and Chief Secretary SK Joshi were among those present on the occasion. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Once the designs are finalised, some of the old buildings located in the existing Secretariat would be demolished as per requirement, a senior official has said. The Telangana Cabinet has recently appointed a Group of Ministers headed by Road and Buildings Minister V Prashanth Reddy on the construction of new secretariat building. The Cabinet had endorsed the final decision-making choice on the building designs to the Chief Minister. The state government also indicated that the new secretariat which would come up in about four lakh sq-ft would cost around Rs 400 crore. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony Meanwhile, the opposition BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao alleged he was not allowed by police to organise a planned protest against the construction of new Secretariat buildings, by demolishing some of the the existing structures. “If protest is not allowed, what is the state of democracy in Telangana,” the BJP leader asked. Andhra Pradesh last week handed over all the four blocks (in the Secretariat complex) which were under its control to the Telangana government paving way for it to construct a new Secretariat. The AP government was allotted four blocks in the secretariat complex here after bifurcation of the state in 2014, as Hyderabad was made common capital for both the states for a period not exceeding 10 years. The Telangana government is in the process of identifying office space for accommodating staff during the construction of a new secretariat complex.
Political Ottawa abuzz with speculation about Monday cabinet shufflePolitical Ottawa abuzz with speculation about Monday cabinet shuffle
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Political Ottawa is abuzz with speculation today about how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will reshape his cabinet Monday after the unexpected resignation of longtime Liberal Scott Brison from his post as Treasury Board president.The cabinet shuffle is expected to be small, with as few adjustments as possible to fill the void of Brison’s departure.But given the internal importance of Treasury Board when it comes to government spending, the shuffle is expected to include at least one big name.Brison’s departure also leaves Trudeau’s cabinet without representation from Nova Scotia — a hole expected to be filled on Monday as part of the shuffle.The Liberals hold all 11 seats in Nova Scotia, but senior sources have pointed to Sean Fraser and Bernadette Jordan as likely candidates.A minimal shuffle will allow ministers to focus on completing tasks within their mandate letters with the aim of helping the Trudeau government steer as smoothly as possible into the fall election.
Why maternity benefit act not applicable to adhoc staff Delhi HC asksWhy maternity benefit act not applicable to adhoc staff Delhi HC asks
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday questioned why the Maternity Benefit Act would not be applicable to the ad-hoc employees of the Delhi University (DU) when it was applicable to contract labourers of any establishment or government undertaking.The query by Justice Suresh Kait was posed to the DU while issuing notice to the Centre, the university and the Aurobindo College here, seeking their stand on a female ad-hoc professor’s plea alleging that she was denied maternity leave as she was not a permanent employee. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”If it (the Act) is applicable to any shop or establishment or government undertaking or government institution, then why not to the university is the question,” the court said. It further asked, “Why not applicable to ad-hoc when it (the act) is applicable to contract labourers?” The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 5 last year. During the brief hearing, the college said the professor’s application for maternity leave was forwarded to the DU and a response was awaited. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt also told the court that the petitioner had not contended that the Act was applicable to the college or the university. The lawyer representing the DU told the court that there were no rules or regulations in the university to provide maternity benefit to ad-hoc employees. The woman, in her plea, has contended that under the Maternity Benefit Act, she is entitled to six months’ leave, but the university did not grant her the relief as she was not a permanent employee and was employed on ad-hoc basis.
Britain has expressed concerns over the incidents which took place in Weliweriya last week.UK Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt said he noted with “serious concern” emerging reports of the violent disruption of peaceful protests by the Sri Lankan security forces in Weliweriya, in which at least 3 people died. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo had also last week expressed concerns over the incident.The Embassy called on the Government of Sri Lanka to respect the rights of people to protest peacefully, and urged restraint from all sides. (Colombo Gazette) “My thoughts are with the families of those who were killed or injured,” he said. Burt urged the authorities to ensure the right to peaceful protest is protected and to ensure a swift and transparent investigation, the British Foreign Office said.
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Private survey: Growth at US services firms surges to new high in July by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this June 12, 2015 photo, Dayamyra Perez Fernandez prepares a lunch to go for a customer at a local grocery store in the Little Havana area of Miami. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for July on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) WASHINGTON – Business at U.S. services companies surged in July, the Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday.The institute said its services index rose to 60.3 last month, highest since the index was created in 2008 and up from 56 in June. Any reading above 50 shows growth in the services sector.Its measure of business activity for services firms rose to 64.9 from 61.5 in June. New orders and employment were also up strongly. Export orders also rose at a faster pace, despite a strong dollar that makes U.S. products and services more expensive in overseas markets.Anthony Nieves, chairman of the institute’s services survey committee, said growth in services usually cools during the summer, so the July surge “is a bit unusual.” He said a strong job market might be helping services firms. Unemployment has tumbled to a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ 90 per cent of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies.Fifteen of 18 services industries reported growth.The performance of the services sector last month was in contrast to U.S. manufacturing: On Monday, the institute reported that factories were less busy in June. Its manufacturing index slipped to 52.7 last month from 53.5 in June. Hiring slowed at U.S. factories last month, but production and new orders rose.Adam Collins, economist at Capital Economics, said the growth in services last month “more than offsets the weakness in the manufacturing sector … All things considered, this survey reinforces our view that the economy is on a strong footing and suggests that (economic) growth will accelerate in the second half of the year.”The economy grew at an annual pace of just 0.6 per cent from January through March and 2.3 per cent from April through June. Economists are expecting annualized growth of 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent in the second half of the year.
Gold Claw, a professional gold pan, is the fastest and easiest way for anyone to pan for gold, claims Klint Washburn, its designer. He has announced plans to launch a fundraising campaign through crowdfunding website Indiegogo, following a successful Kickstarter fundraising venture. The newest and most innovative way to pan for gold, Gold Claw invites users to: · Pan like a professional with no prior experience or training required· Experience simple and fun gold panning—just “Shake and Tilt”· Enjoy an extremely durable and long-lasting product· Pan many times faster and yield more gold than traditional methods Washburn says “panning for gold the traditional way requires years of training and practice to yield even the slightest of results. This is due to ineffective technology that, if not utilised properly, could let the miniscule flakes of gold slip away. Gold Claw has taken this antiquated method’s basic properties and repurposed them to create a fun and easy way to prospect for gold. In fact, the Gold Claw pan is so easy to use.” Washburn claims that even a child can out pan a traditional pro their first time learning the tool. The Gold Claw is great for professionals and those who struggle with traditional gold panning equipment, but the simplicity and ease of use really opens the door for anyone who has ever wanted to experience the magic of finding their own gold. “I have spent a lot of time studying the physical and chemical properties of gold,” said Washburn. “I found that dynamics at and below the surface push gold up and carry gold out of the pan. Using this knowledge, I created a new design for a gold pan that is much more effective.”Washburn’s idea was to take the gold-catching ridges found at the bottom of a traditional gold pan and move them to the surface. When liquefaction, or the separation of materials into layers according to weight, takes place, the ridges are in an ideal position to capture gold as the lighter layers of soil flow out of the pan.With Gold Claw, it takes under 30 seconds to pan gold. Gold Claw is the product of many iterations of prototypes. Washburn, a professional in engineering design, constructed the Gold Claw and sent the blueprint to 3D printing company Whiteclouds to model for testing his product. Washburn went through many iterations to perfect the design using Tritan copolyester as the base material with its reputation of indestructibility in the outdoor industry.In September 2016, Washburn began a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his project. Washburn was able to meet his goal of $20,000 in just 35 days of campaigning. Propelled by the success of that campaign, Washburn is now attempting to reach a new funding audience at Indiegogo. “The Gold Claw is more than just an improvement, it’s a paradigm shift,” Washburn said. “With this new design, a newbie can literally outpan a pro!”To learn more about Gold Claw and the Indiegogo campaign, visit https://igg.me/at/GoldClaw.
Among the items recovered from that culvert after Winter’s death was a matchbook from a business in Henderson, Nevada. The Mandez family had relatives there. The cops said this proved that Mandez had been inside Winter’s house on the night of her death: He had burglarized her home, and thus, under a dubious extension of Colorado law, he was necessarily guilty of first-degree murder. 2. Welcome to SomaliaThis charming and poignant comic strip tells the story of what happened when Somali-born parents Amiir and Cawo took their Oslo-raised children on a trip from Norway back to their home country.BBC, approximately 5 minutes reading time3. Philippines: Stunned and devastatedA deadly typhoon struck the Philippines last week, leading to incredible devastation. Dr Natasha Reyes writes in Opinion and Insight about how resilient Filipinos are – but how unprecedented the scale of disaster they are facing is.TheJournal.ie, approximately 4 minutes reading time, 861 wordsFor sure, there are wounded people who have not yet received medical attention. Usually, in these types of disasters, the main needs are related to people being displaced from their homes, and the injuries are relatively minor – cuts, broken bones, head wounds. But with so many houses and buildings having collapsed because of the strong winds, we’re expecting to see some significant injuries.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Prison without paroleSam Mandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but as Andrew Cohen writes, things only got worse from there.The Atlantic, approximately 12 minutes reading time, 2491 words
If you’ve been waiting for a modern phone to come out that can hold up against more severe conditions, it looks like Samsung might be selling exactly what you are looking for in the coming weeks.Most people would love to hear that their phone will survive that accidental tumble down the stairs, or to not have to cringe when the phone slides off the top of the car as you pull out of the parking lot. Unfortunately, most people also want their phones to look like phones, and not some sort of military issue brick that could also double as a defensive weapon.Manufacturers have been working hard to make the thinnest and sleekest handsets possible to compete in the market, and to add rugged durability to that design is often too expensive to justify. Samsung seems to think they have what it takes, with plans to release a ruggedized Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks.While the Galaxy S4 itself has proven that the screen can stand up to quite the torture test, all parts of the phone have to hold up under stress in order to be considered rugged. There’s been no mention yet of what specs would be on board this phone, or how exactly it would be ruggedized. It’s pretty unlikely that Samsung is planning a durable 5-inch phone with all of the trimmings. Samsung will more than likely use this opportunity to further spread the Galaxy S4 name by releasing a unique piece of hardware with similar color schemes, but mostly different hardware, just like they are doing with the Galaxy S4 Mini.A ruggedized Galaxy S4 of any description would be a great addition to that market. Most of the companies making highly durable smartphones right now are releasing clunky bricks of grey or black with outdated software and very little in the way of additional features. For Samsung to enter this market niche with a modern design, a current version of Android, and even a handful of the most recent TouchWiz features would see the handset fly off the shelves in places where this kind of phone is a commodity.If Samsung is indeed releasing a rugged Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks, it wouldn’t take long for the company to dominate that market.Now Read – System dump unlocks Galaxy S4 content, makes it available for other phones
FactCheck Is the National Lottery correct to say it exists for theFactCheck Is the National Lottery correct to say it exists for the
By Sean Murray https://jrnl.ie/4517047 We exist for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes all over Ireland – whilst offering the people of Ireland fun, responsible play.“Nearly 30c in every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back into the areas of youth, sport, recreation & amenities, health & welfare, arts, culture & national heritage and the Irish language.”But is this claim correct? Does the National Lottery exist for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes?The evidenceThe National Lottery was established by the government in 1986, began trading in 1987, and was initially owned by An Post.When set up, its purpose was to provide funding for “sport and other recreation, national culture (including the Irish language), the arts and the health of the community”. However as the recession laid siege to the national finances in the early 2010s, the government put the licence to operate the National Lottery up for sale.It was eventually sold to a consortium made up of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, An Post and the An Post pension funds.Under that agreement, a private firm ultimately co-owned by the trio, called Premier Lotteries Ireland, was awarded a 20-year licence in 2014 to operate the National Lottery.The Canadian pension fund ultimately controls the majority of Premier Lotteries Ireland’s shares, with An Post and its pension funds holding minority stakes.The relevant legislation was updated with the National Lottery Act 2013, which replaced the previous laws and established a regulator to oversee the lottery.Premier Lotteries Ireland paid the government with an upfront sum of €405 million to secure the contract.The licence to operate the National Lottery stated that Premier Lotteries Ireland had to allocate 65% of its gross gaming revenue – made up of its total ticket sales minus prize money – to good causes each year.It was also required to provide regulators with a statement containing details of its contributions to those causes – which includes funding for many small, community organisations – for every 12-month period.According to Premier Lotteries Ireland’s most recent financial statements gross ticket sales amounted to €800 million in 2017. The company paid out €452 million in prizes to players, representing around 56% of its total ticket sales.More than €226 million was distributed to good causes, representing the 65% share of gross gaming revenue that the State licence required the company to hand out to worthy initiatives.That left Premier Lotteries Ireland with an operating profit of €17.4 million – after its running costs, including staff expenses and other overheads, were stripped out.However due to financial expenses of €31 million, the company posted a net loss of €13.5 million for the year. The largest portion of the financial expenses came from interest due to ‘related parties’.Elsewhere in the accounts, the company noted that it had more than €220 million in loans and accrued interest outstanding to its parents: the pension funds and An Post. These loans incurred a hefty 9% rate of fixed interest.Without the interest charges to Premier Lotteries Ireland’s owners, the company would have delivered a slender profit for the year.In addition, An Post delivered services worth €2.2 million to Premier Lotteries Ireland – which it part-owns – in 2017, while another firm called Camelot provided “systems implementation and support services” worth €9.7 million during the year.Camelot runs the UK national lottery under licence and it is also owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.Meanwhile, Premier Lotteries Ireland’s ultimate parent company in Ireland paid out its first dividends to shareholders of €84.6 million in 2017.So between the dividend payout and intra-group charges, the National Lottery’s licence holders benefited by more than €96 million from the operation of the service for the year.Canadian ownersThe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – Premier Lotteries Ireland’s majority owner – describes itself as “Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan with $189.5 billion in net assets”.Under a section describing “our investments” on its website, the fund says: “Our investment program has one goal: to earn the best possible returns, at an appropriate level of risk, to pay pensions to our members.”That means that the company responsible for running Ireland’s National Lottery is itself majority-owned by a Canadian investment firm.Lottery statementWe asked the National Lottery for a statement based on the claim in question for this FactCheck.A spokeswoman told us: “The National Lottery was set up on a statutory basis by the Irish Government, under the National Lottery Act 1986, with the express purpose of raising funds for Good Causes all over Ireland.This did not change when Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) was granted a 20-year licence to operate the National Lottery in 2014. PLI is a consortium made up of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and An Post and An Post Employees’ Pension Fund. It is important to point out the difference between PLI and the National Lottery. PLI is the vehicle which operates the National Lottery.”The spokeswoman added that since 1987, around €5.4 billion had been raised for good causes through the National Lottery.Some 91c of every euro spent on National Lottery games went either to good causes, prize money or retailer bonuses and commissions, she noted. The remainder went towards paying for Premier Lotteries Ireland’s operations and any profits.VerdictThe claim made by the National Lottery was that it “exist[s] for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes all over Ireland – whilst offering the people of Ireland fun, responsible play”.As shown above, however, the company that operates the lotto – Premier Lotteries Ireland – is majority-owned by a Canadian investment firm which promises to deliver returns for its members.It is true to say that the company provides hundreds of millions of euro in funding for good causes each year, while it also pays out hundreds of millions of euro in prize money. However it is also a business which seeks to make money and pay its shareholders: which it did to the tune of more than €84 million in dividends in 2017.Which means that, while the National Lottery does indeed raise hundreds of millions for good causes, it also functions as a cash-generating asset for its owners.PLI, the operators of the National Lottery, does draw a distinction between the National Lottery and themselves as operators of the National Lottery but that distinction ignores the reality that the gambling by the public on the National Lottery funds both the National Lottery and the operator PIL, and therefore the National Lottery (funded by this public gambling) cannot truly claim to exist ‘for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes’. As a result, we rate this claim: Mostly FALSEAs per our verdict guide, this means the claim contains an element of truth but is missing critical details or context. Based on the information set out above, the National Lottery may have been set up with the goal of raising money for good causes, but it also serves as an income-generating asset for its licence-holders and therefore can not be described as existing for the “sole purpose” of raising money for good causes.TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here.With reporting from Peter Bodkin Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM FactCheck: Is the National Lottery correct to say it exists ‘for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes’? It made the claim in a press release following the release of a gambling survey last week – but is it correct? 46,087 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55 Comments Share11 Tweet Email3 Mar 5th 2019, 12:06 AM Short URL LAST WEEK, A major piece of research into gambling was published and it showed that lottery and scratch cards were by far the most common way people gamble in Ireland.According to the gambling prevalence survey – published on Wednesday by Ministers of State David Stanton and Catherine Byrne – 56.7% of people in Ireland had a bet on a lotto or bought a scratch a card in the past year, with 35.4% doing so in the last month.In response to the publication of the data, the National Lottery issued a statement.It said: “The National Lottery differs from other forms of gaming in that it is based on many people playing, but spending reasonably small amounts.
Among the victims of the wildfires that swept through east of Attica last week were hundreds of defenceless animals. One of them, has emerged as a symbol of survival.According to a report by Reuters, Loukoumaki, a white poodle cross estimated by vets to be about four-and-a-half years old, was found in Mati by animal rescuers two days after the inferno hiding behind a garden barbecue in a brick-built hollow.One of the volunteers who found Loukoumaki, Artemis Kyriakopoulou said the dog, which is believed to be a stray, was unable to move from the trauma, and had difficulty breathing, his fur singed yellow from the flames and smoke. She eventually managed to lure him out of the hollow with a tin of dog food.“He just looked like a burnt shaggy rug … Even its eyelashes are burnt; I wonder how this dog survived,” Diana Topali told Reuters.The 42-year-old is currently fostering Loukoumaki, who has been put on antibiotics and is on the way to recovering.Along with the 91 people who died as a result of the fires, hundreds of pets and stray animals are believed to have perished.A screen grab taken from video footage shows Loukoumaki at the place where he was found by the animal rescuers. Photo: Investing.com UK via Artemis Kyriakopoulou/Reuters TV via ReutersDiana Topali with Loukoumaki in the yard of her house in Porto Rafti. Photo: KathimeriniA screen grab taken from video footage shows Loukoumaki at the place where he was found by the animal rescuers. Photo: Investing.com UK via Artemis Kyriakopoulou/Reuters TV via Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer You’ve heard the phrase “no pain, no gain.” Well, how about “Cycle faster, or forget about binge-watching the latest season of Orange Is the New Black“?Less than catchy, I know. But that’s the idea behind Ronan Byrne’s DIY pedal-powered home entertainment system Cycflix.The project requires a stationary bike, Arduino, and Netflix account: Hook up the microcontroller to the exercise machine to control streaming based on how hard you’re working out; motivation is propelled by cliffhangers and FOMO.Follow Byrne’s instructions to get set up, then dictate your exercise routine, pick a TV show or movie, and start cycling. Once you reach your intended speed, the program begins playing; drop below that pace for too long, and it automatically pauses.“The main gist [is that] Firefox will open and play Netflix and monitor your speed for the workout routine you designed,” Byrne wrote in his online directions. “If you are going below the speed for too long, Netflix will be paused until you get back up to speed.”Using another streaming service, like Amazon Video or Hulu, takes only “a few changes,” the Dublin Institute of Technology student said.Most people equate Netflix with dropping crumbs between couch cushions, general idleness, and, if you’re lucky, the faint sense that you should be doing something more productive.Engineer Byrne, however, hopes Cycflix can help encourage more people to get behind the handlebars and tain.“Right now it has enough functionality for me,” Byrne said. “After all, it was to help me learn some Python [programming language] and maybe (a big maybe) get me using the exercise bike.”Ready, set, go (via Ronan Byrne)Netflix had a similar idea in March, when it introduced the DIY personal trainer—its fourth “Make It” project. Get “that extra push” on the treadmill or cross-trainer with motivation from your favorite Netflix characters.Do you need a drill sergeant like Terry Crews (Ultimate Beastmaster), “Red” Reznikov (OINTB), or Frank Underwood (House of Cards)? Perhaps you work better under pressure from Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)? Or will the optimism of Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Stephanie Tanner (Fuller House) get you to the finish line?You (or a tech-savvy friend) will need a background in building electronics and coding; check Netflix’s detailed bill of materials before getting started.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsBoston Business Journal in Your Job Search *RRMonday, July 23, 10:00 amElizabeth Toner from the Boston Business Journal, the leading business publication covering regional business, will offer tips and suggestions on how to incorporate this valuable tool into your job search.Poetry Circle *RRMonday, July 23, 7 pmLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Creative Writing Skill Group *RRTuesday, July 24, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast Barbara Alevras.Well Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, July 25, 10 amFeatured Book: The City Baker’s Guide to Country Livingby Louise Miller“Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural America. . . [Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one.” –The New York Times Book Review. Join Library Director Tina Stewart to discuss this book and then come to meet the author on Monday August 2 at 7 pm.Google: More Than Just Search *RRWednesday, August 1, 7 pmGoogle may have started out as just a search engine, but it’s now so much more; email, calendars, and docs are just three of the offerings from the tech giant. Join Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, for an introduction to the World of Google. Author Talk – Louise Miller *RRThursday, August 2, 7 pmLouise Miller is a writer and pastry chef who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living and the recently released title The Late Bloomers’ Club, a delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town’s efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true love.Kids & TeensToddler Dance Party *RRFriday, July 20, 10 amLet’s Dance! We’ll do the hokey-pokey, the bunny hop, the chicken dance, and more! Ages 1-2Drop-in Rock Band Fridays, July 20, 3 pmIt’s a battle of the (air) rock bands! Pick guitar, bass, or drums, and compete against your friends. Grades 4-8Rockin’ Sing Along with Steve Blunt *RRMonday, July 23, 6:30 pmAward-winning children’s musician, Steve Blunt, delivers a little rock ‘n’ roll and a whole lot of fun! Steve Blunt sings and plays guitar, harmonica, djembe drum, low brass horn and much more in this fun, upbeat musical celebration for the whole family. All ages.Preschool Storytime: SwimmingTuesday, July 24, 10 amThis storytime on swimming includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Travel Club Musical Road Trip: Nashville *RRTuesday, July 24, 3 pmJoin us as we explore Nashville! We’ll learn about the city, play games, make crafts, and listen to country music! Grades 1-30Drop-in Teen MovieTuesday, July 24, 6:30 pmWatch the newly released Love, Simonmovie and enjoy refreshments. Grades 6+Rockin’ the Spotlight *RRWednesday, July 25, 9:30-10:30 amJoin us as we bring a storybook tale to life using creative dramatics and guided play; start with a fun drama game, and then will rock the spotlight in a narrative-guided performance! Be a star without the rehearsals or stress–but with all the fun! Grades 1-5Rockin’ the Musical *RRWednesday, July 25, 10:30 am-12:30 pmExplore the art of storytelling through a musical in this fast-paced, improv-based workshop. We’ll rock some timeless musical theatre dance steps, and powerhouse our way through a vocal number. This “triple threat” workshop will have you toe-tappin’ your way to the spotlight! Grades 6-12(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. 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When Salman Khan and family questioned Arjun Kapoor about his relationship withWhen Salman Khan and family questioned Arjun Kapoor about his relationship with
Salman Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Arjun KapoorFacebook/Varinder ChawlaBreaking free from the shackles of the society, Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor shouted out their love for each other to the world on the latter’s 34th birthday. The two have officially come out as a couple and not shying away from showing their affection towards each other in public anymore. But there was a time when the lovebirds had to deny the mutual attraction after the entire Khan family had suspected their relationship. It goes back to 2012, when Arjun was still waiting for his debut Bollywood film Ishaqzaade to release in theatres and Malaika was still married to Arbaaz Khan.According to a report in The Telegraph, “Salman and his entire family had sat around the hall at home and put Arjun on the mat like an accused in a courthouse.” Arjun was then questioned about his relationship with Malaika when she was still the daughter-in-law of the Khan family. Arjun Kapoor, Malailka Arora, Salman Khan, Boney KapoorInstagramAs a kid, Malaika along with her sister Amrita had seen their mother Joyce Polycarp getting divorced with her father Anil Arora. And they had seen their mother getting remarried and over the years getting along with their stepfather as well.Arjun, on the other hand, had seen his father Boney Kapoor leaving his mother Mona Shourie for Sridevi. There was nothing left in Boney and Mona’s relationship to work out as Sridevi was already pregnant with Boney’s child when Mona got to know about their affair. The emotional trauma would choke up little Arjun in school triggering his asthma. Arjun Kapoor, Malaika AroraInstagramFrom watching their parents go separate ways to dealing with emotional trauma while growing up, there was a lot common between Arjun and Malaika. And perhaps the emotional connect made them fall for each other.The two are currently in a happy phase of their relationship and still want to discover each other in public space and enjoy the comfort of being a couple.
APRescuers work on a search operation at an apartment building collapsed after a strong earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck late Tuesday night caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan’s east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 76 could not be contacted following the quake.Videos and photos showed several midsized buildings in worst-hit Hualien county leaning at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, glass, iron and other debris. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach residents inside apartments.The shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake late Tuesday night caused at least four buildings to cave in and shift on their foundations. That was likely caused by soil liquefaction, when the ground beneath a building loses its solidity under stress such as that caused by an earthquake.A maintenance worker who was rescued after being trapped in the basement of the Marshal Hotel said the force of the earthquake was unusual even for a region used to temblors.“At first it wasn’t that big … we get this sort of thing all the time and it’s really nothing. But then it got really terrifying,” the worker, Chen Ming-hui, told Taiwan’s official Central News Agency after he was reunited with his son and grandson following the quake. “It was really scary.”Two employees of the hotel were killed in the disaster, CNA said. Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said rescuers freed another employee from the rubble.Other buildings slanted at alarming degrees and rescuers used ladders, ropes and cranes to move residents to safety.Six people were killed in the quake, while 256 others were injured and 76 unaccounted for, according to the fire agency. CNA reported that seven had been killed.The force of the tremor buckled roads and disrupted electricity and water supplies to thousands of households, the fire agency said.Japan’s Foreign Ministry said nine Japanese were among the injured. Six mainland Chinese were also injured, the Chinese Communist Party-run People’s Daily reported.Rescuers focused on the Yunmen Tsuiti residential building that was tilted at a nearly 45-degree angle, erecting long steel beams to prevent it from collapsing.Concrete blocks were laid on the steel rods to anchor them. Half a dozen excavator trucks surrounded the site, where rescue efforts were temporarily suspended because the building was “sliding,” according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.More than a hundred rescue workers were around the building, including military personnel and volunteers who were distributing food and hot drinks. Away from the disaster area, the atmosphere in the city was calm as rain beat down on largely deserted streets.Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen moved to reassure the Taiwanese public that every effort would be made to rescue survivors. In a post on her official Facebook page, Tsai said she arrived in Hualien on Wednesday to review rescue efforts.Tsai said she “ordered search and rescue workers not to give up on any opportunity to save people, while keeping their own safety in mind.”“This is when the Taiwanese people show their calm, resilience and love,” she wrote. “The government will work with everyone to guard their homeland.”Bridges and some highways along Taiwan’s east coast were closed pending inspections.With aftershocks continuing to hit after the quake, residents were directed to shelters, including a newly built baseball stadium, where beds and hot food were provided.Speaking from a crisis center in Taipei, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said rail links appeared to be unaffected and the runway at Hualien airport was intact.“We’re putting a priority on Hualien people being able to return home to check on their loved ones,” Hsu said.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck just before midnight Tuesday about 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Hualien at a relatively shallow depth of about 10.6 kilometers (6.6 miles).Taiwan has frequent earthquakes due to its position along the “Ring of Fire,” the seismic faults encircling the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes occur.Exactly two years earlier, a magnitude 6.4 quake collapsed an apartment complex in southern Taiwan, killing 115 people. Five people involved in the construction of the complex were later found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.A magnitude 7.6 quake in central Taiwan killed more than 2,300 people in 1999. Share
Mexican Presidential Hopefuls Debate Relations With Trump And USMexican Presidential Hopefuls Debate Relations With Trump And US
Share APIn this photo released by the National Electoral Institute (INE), presidential candidates ( from left) independent Jaime Rodriguez, known as “El Bronco,” Ricardo Anaya of the Forward for Mexico Coalition, Jose Antonio Meade, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, with the MORENA party, attend the second of three debates in Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday.President Trump has had a lot to say about Mexico, and in a debate on Sunday, Mexican presidential candidates had some things to say about him.In fact, Trump and relations with the U.S. dominated the discussion in the second of three debates featuring four candidates vying for the Mexican presidency in July 1 elections.The debate comes as Trump has thrown into doubt the future of the North American Free-Trade Agreement after setting the tone on the campaign trail by calling Mexican migrants to the U.S. “rapists” and criminals and insisting on a southern border wall that he insisted Mexico would get the bill for.On Sunday, Reuters reports, “The debate, focused principally on trade, migrants, the Mexico-U.S. border and the fight against criminal gangs, drew several rebukes of [Trump], whose broadsides against Mexico have stirred widespread animosity.”The Dallas Morning News writes, “At play is whether Mexico will discard the neoliberal economic model it has shared with the United States for more than 20 years, the same one that Trump now rails against and that the leading Mexican presidential candidate questions with ominous warnings. The model, framed around the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, has served as a catalyst for deeper integration between the U.S. and Mexico, locking the two not just economically and culturally but also ushering in unprecedented cooperation on matters of security.”Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has a 20 percentage point lead over his closest rival in opinion polls, decided to play it safe, despite remarks he made on Friday that as president, he would be quick to answer any insult from Trump. “If he makes an offensive tweet, I’m going to take responsibility for answering him,” Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor said.However, on Sunday, he took the most conciliatory stand of the candidates even as he was careful to suggest he would be no pushover in relations with Washington.“I want a friendly relationship with the government of the United States, but not one of subordination,” he said. “Mexico is a free country, it is a sovereign nation. We will not be subject to any foreign government.”Lopez Obrador also said he would propose that Mexico, the United States, Canada and Central America form an “alliance for progress” to promote peace and economic growth in the region.Jose Antonio Meade, who is the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) candidate, defended current President Enrique Pena Nieto’s for inviting Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to Mexico during the U.S. 2016 campaign. Only Trump accepted the invitation.Ricardo Anaya, 39, who heads a far-right coalition and is Lopez Obrador’s closest challenger crossed the stage to address his rival face-to-face in a move that seemed aimed at throwing Lopez Obrador off his game. Anaya said Mexico needed to be more assertive with the U.S. because “they need us a lot,” to enforce security on the southern border.Independent Jaime “El Bronco” Rodriguez said of the United States that Mexico needs “to put them in their place.”Meanwhile, former Mexican President Vincente Fox, who is not running, has continued firing colorful verbal salvos at President Trump.Last week, Fox tweeted to Trump, “You’ve got to get your (expletive) together. Migrants are people who have left everything behind—not by choice, to pursue a better life. You must show compassion and humanity.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Chip Somodevilla https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190830_me_as_fec_nears_sh… As FEC Nears Shutdown, Priorities Such As Stopping Election… by NPR News Brian Naylor 8.30.19 7:20am Barring some kind of miraculous last-minute reprieve, Friday will be the last business day that the Federal Election Commission will be able to function for quite a while, leaving the enforcement of federal campaign finance laws unattended ahead of the 2020 election. The commission’s vice chairman, Matthew Petersen, announced his resignation earlier this week, to take effect at the end of the month. With Petersen gone, the FEC will be down to three members, and won’t have a quorum. In addition to collecting campaign finance data, the FEC investigates potential campaign finance violations, issues fines and gives guidance to campaigns about following election law — but not without a working quorum of at least four commissioners. “To not have the FEC able to take action right now is deeply concerning,” says Daniel Weiner, a former senior counsel at the FEC, who’s now with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University law school.In particular, Weiner is concerned about another attempt by Russia or other actors to interfere in the 2020 election. “After 2016, it’s become very clear that it is almost certain that the Russian government and potentially other U.S. rivals will seek to interfere in the U.S. election, including through online propaganda, cybersecurity incursions and other tactics,” Weiner told NPR. As the regulator for campaign spending, he describes the FEC as one of the “frontline” agencies combating foreign interference.The FEC has been in the midst of strengthening disclosure and transparency requirements for online political ads of the sort that Russian operatives used to manipulate voters in 2016. The lack of a quorum, Weiner says, “will make that impossible until that seat is filled.”It’s not clear how long the FEC will be effectively shut down. President Trump nominated Republican Trey Trainor to serve on the commission, but the Senate has not yet acted on the nomination. In the past, nominees have been paired, with one from each party. Congressional Democrats have yet to announce any nominees from their party.Former FEC chair Michael Toner says he fears there is a “real possibility” the FEC could lack a quorum through the 2020 election.But that doesn’t mean the agency will completely go dark. “Public disclosure reports will continue to be due and will need to be filed by campaigns and PACs and committees, and those reports will be reviewed by the FEC staff just as they always are. So that’s important,” said Toner. Similarly, the agency’s popular website will continue to operate, allowing people to get information on campaign fundraising and spending. Toner argues the agency’s inability to act without four commissioners won’t mean that campaign finance will become a “legal free zone.” There’s a five-year statute of limitations on campaign finance violations, and FEC complaints can still be filed with the agency. “At some point, presumably, the agency will regain a quorum,” said Toner, “and will be able take action on enforcement cases. So campaigns and committees still have to follow the law.”But Meredith McGehee, executive director of Issue One, a campaign reform group, isn’t so sure they will. “It’s kind of like saying there’s a law against robbing banks,” she said. “Ninety-nine point nine percent of the population will still not rob a bank if there wasn’t a policeman. But there’s always that element there that’s going to be looking for an opportunity to get away with it.”And I think what’s really different about politics is that there’s both so much gray area and there is political disagreement about the laws anyway.”The FEC is not the only government agency unable to act because of a lack of a quorum. The Merit Systems Protection Board, which investigates allegations of violations of federal personnel practices, including the Hatch Act, hasn’t had one for over two years.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
Federal officials temporarily close work on Playa del Carmen hotelFederal officials temporarily close work on Playa del Carmen hotel
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection has imposed a Temporary Total Closure of the construction and activities for Hotel Mahekal Beach Resort after they were found in violation federal rules.The inspection and subsequent closure was in response to citizen complaints. In a statement, Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente says environmental officials carried out an inspection on the development site of Hotel Mahekal Beach Resort to verify that the current federal environmental legislation is being complied with.Photo: Procuraduría Federal de Protección al AmbienteDuring their inspection, several irregularities were observed including construction or rehabilitation of property surpassing the original authorized area as well as improper design and construction.For these reasons, officers imposed a Temporary Total Closure of the work and activities due to their inspection report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
New for 2020 Margaritaville Island Resort San DiegoNew for 2020 Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego
<< Previous PostNext Post >> New for 2020: Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego Tags: Margaritaville Beach Resort, Margaritaville Holdings, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Travelweek Group SAN DIEGO — Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Margaritaville Holdings have announced their plan to open Margaritaville’s first U.S. West Coast resort, in San Diego.Slated to open in 2020, the Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego will feature 462 casita-style single-story guest rooms with waterfront views overlooking the marina and Mission Bay.The property will take over from Paradise Point Resort & Spa, just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego, on the 44-acre Vacation Island in Mission Bay.Davidson Hotels & Resorts, the resort’s current management company, will continue to operate the property following the completion of the renovation and rebranding.The conversion and renovation of the existing property is estimated at approximately US$35 million and will feature the signature Margaritaville food & beverage concepts in addition to new recreational activities and family-friendly amenities.“Following an extensive evaluation of numerous alternatives, we selected Margaritaville because we believe it is the perfect fit for our San Diego Paradise Point Resort & Spa,” said Jon E. Bortz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “The Margaritaville lifestyle brand is synonymous with fun and escapism, as is our property, and we expect a dramatic improvement in financial performance of Paradise Point upon reflagging, consistent with other Margaritaville branded resorts. This marks Margaritaville’s first west coast property, which will allow our resort to target the loyal west coast followers of the growing globally recognized Margaritaville brand.”More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAdding to the 80,000 square feet of meeting space, marina, spa, tennis courts, and fitness centre, the update of the five pools and public spaces will reflect Margaritaville’s ‘no worries’ lifestyle.“We look forward to sharing our way of life with visitors to this unique island paradise in San Diego,” said John Cohlan, Chief Executive Officer of Margaritaville. Posted by Share
Go back to the enewsletterRail Europe CEO, Dau-Khoi NguyenRail Europe‘s new Chief Executive Officer, Dau-Khoi Nguyen, is looking at ways to steer the distribution of European rail products into the digital age as part of his growth strategy.In Australia last week on a whirlwind trip to Melbourne and Sydney, the Frenchman was introduced to Rail Europe’s local key travel agency networks, trade partners and media, where he outlined a number of ways the company is keen to expand its reach.Nguyen took the CEO mantle in September last year at Rail Europe and was jointly appointed International Director of the newly created International Business Unity of e-voyageurs SNCF, the distribution arm of the French Railway Company. His background spans 20 years in the digital space, including roles with technology company Philips Consumer Lifestyle, during an era in which box TV sets moved to “sexy, high definition screens”; and seven years with a “funny US bookstore”, Amazon. Most recently, Nguyen was the Chief Digital Officer for IPH Group, now known as Rubix.While Rail Europe’s product is sold globally, the Oceania region punches well above its weight, he said.“Australia is a very, very important market for us. It’s our second [largest] market behind the United States.”In the past 12 months, sales from this region have seen Australia surpass South Korea, which moved to third.“We have some really exciting plans to grow even further, building on the great successes that we had, especially around something very important to us called the Great Train Journeys. We want to keep on bringing more services and continuously improve the quality of service to our customers, and especially our trade partners especially.”Questioned about those “exciting plans” for the future, Nguyen told LATTE that, from a long-term perspective, the company believes there are further opportunities in technology advancements and transactions beyond the rail product.“We think there is much more to the company and its customers, especially around pre and post. Mobility is an area which requires a lot of technology developments. So directionally, we believe we can bring many more services and innovation to our customers using mobility as an additional service, brought to customers beyond just the transactional journey.”Nguyen told LATTE he expects Rail Europe’s Great Train Journeys program has the legs to be expanded to other “parts of the world. All indicators say international tourist numbers will continue to rise over the next 10 years, so we need to tap into that growth.”“In the luxury space, there is an ongoing search for a valuable experience, and we see that. Great Train Journeys is growing solidly and results in this part are very good, and we will continue to expand on that with dedicated people and quality of service,” Nguyen said.Another space for growth is through new product offers to customers, on top of Rail Europe’s well-established core program.“Experientially speaking, that’s complementary museum tours and gastronomy experiences. For example, and speaking about my home country, France, we like our visitors to discover all the various facets of France and not only the Eiffel Tower, and then move on. It’s more about gastronomy, the architecture and the ski side. All this can be facilitated as an additional service.”Nguyen also highlighted opportunities in Southeast Asia “because those countries are growing … and we should be there leading the charge.”Expanding on the potential of Great Train Journeys be rolled out to other international markets, Rail Europe’s Commercial Director for Australia and New Zealand, Rich Leonard, said those new markets would require dedicated specialists, capable of managing the booking processes.On a product front, Leonard added that Rail Europe has forged new partnerships in Latin America in recent years, now working with Belmond in Peru and the Andean Explorer and Tren Ecuador and its Tren Crucero, which he said are “amazing products”.He added that Rail Europe’s goal was to become a one-stop-shop for travel agents.“If a client is looking for something a bit left-of-field involving rail, they’ll know where to go to book it.”Leonard also suggested that groups are “another significant opportunity” for Rail Europe. “We already made some progress in that space last year and will continue to do so.”Lead image: Rail Europe CEO Dau-Khoi Nguyen with Rail Europe Commercial Director – ANZ, Rich LeonardGo back to the enewsletter