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October 18, 2019
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HC asks police to take necessary action against jugaad vehicles

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the police to take necessary action against hybrid rickshaws, also known as ‘jugaads’, which are cobbled together from parts of various vehicles.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued the direction to Delhi Police Commissioner on a PIL alleging that such hybrid vehicles were plying without registration or insurance and were mostly driven by people without any driving licence. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWith the direction the court disposed of the plea by Delhi resident Shiv Kumar, represented by advocate Rajdipa Behura, who has claimed that though ‘jugaads’ have been brought under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act, there were no guidelines in place to regulate them. Behura told the bench that either the ‘jugaads’ be banned or guidelines be put in place to regulate them as was done in the case of e-rickshaws. Central government standing counsel Ravi Prakash and advocate Farman Ali Magray, appearing for the Transport Ministry, told the court that it was complying with the Supreme Court’s May 2013 direction to ensure ‘jugaads’ are not permitted to ply without adhering to the requirements of the Motor Vehicles Act. Prakash and Magray told the bench that the ministry has already issued a circular to all the state governments to take action against ‘jugaads’ in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Act.last_img read more

September 24, 2019
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Barminco works with Sandvik to perfect new LH517i intelligent loader at Gold

first_img“Shortly before the 517i was delivered to the site, I got a list from site operators of things they didn’t like about the existing 517,” Campain says. “The 517i turned up on site, and I think the operators were somewhat surprised to find out that their list had been addressed so quickly. Adds Crew: “The opportunity to see those improvements implemented in the new machine, and giving our people the opportunity to see that and test that, was really important to us. It builds a lot of confidence for the teams operating the machines day in, day out, when they see their feedback incorporated into a new machine.” Sandvik recently solicited comprehensive customer feedback from major mining contractor Barminco to improve its 17 t LH517i intelligent loader. The it says result it is a safer, stronger and smarter model, designed for the miners who use it.Peter Campain doesn’t mince words about the importance of designing mining equipment for the operators who run it. “Having equipment engineered to support the operator is essential,” says Campain, General Manager Plant for mining services provider Barminco. “The OEM who makes the equipment doesn’t operate it. It’s all about how the operators find the equipment to use and how well the machine suits the environment they’re trying to run it in for up to 11 hours a day.”Barminco knows its mobile equipment. The mining services provider operates more than 300 pieces in total, one of the largest single-company underground fleets in the world. “It’s obviously a very key part of our business, and we’ve got a long-standing relationship with Sandvik,” says Graham Crew, general manager mining at Barminco. “The Sandvik equipment overall is very well-regarded within the Barminco operating ranks. We’re both in the business of delivering value for mine owners, and we’ve got a lot to learn from one another about how we can make that safer, more productive and more efficient.” Sandvik also simplified the maintainability of the new loader through smarter placement of key service areas. “On the maintenance side, I think there’s been a lot of effort put into the serviceability, and the accessibility, the ground-level maintenance,” Campain says. “And in terms of access for fault-finding, hydraulics test points, places to test the electrics, it’s all very well thought-out. Having one centralized area where all the service filters and access is has made it a lot safer and easier for our fitters.” On top of the design improvements, Sandvik LH517i also features in-built intelligence that enables AutoMine and OptiMine readiness. Darren Kwok, Barminco’s group manager innovation and technology, appreciates the flexibility to mobilize an automated solution for a client within days rather than weeks. “Technology and innovation gives us the greatest opportunity for sustainable safety, productivity, and efficiency gains beyond the continuous improvement work that we’re already doing,” Kwok says. “The 517i is the latest in our fleet to be ready with all the appropriate sensors and all the appropriate equipment to drive onto site and turn on automation as required.”Barminco was eager to trial the first Sandvik LH517i, putting it into operation at Gold Fields’ Agnew mine in Western Australia. Sandvik LH517i is a 17-tonne intelligent underground loader, designed to meet the industry’s safety, reliability and efficiency expectations. In-built intelligence enables lower operating costs and improved connectivity. Sandvik LH517i features the latest Sandvik Intelligent Control System and My Sandvik Digital Services Knowledge Box onboard hardware as standard for remote monitoring and faster troubleshooting. The loader is AutoMine-ready and optimized for three-pass loading with Sandvik TH551i truck.center_img Sandvik regularly incorporates customer feedback into its equipment design processes, and local forums provide an even more in-depth opportunity to unearth potential issues and possible improvements. Barminco’s input and suggestions at such a forum in Perth in 2011 were instrumental in the development of Sandvik TH663.“At the time of that first forum, we weren’t running any Sandvik load and haul equipment,” Campain says. “We were only operating the drills. We wanted to see what Sandvik would do with our feedback, and we were impressed.” Barminco purchased its first five Sandvik TH663 trucks in 2014. Today, the company operates more than 30. “We’ll be running a complete fleet of TH663s in Australia by the end of the 2018 calendar year,” Campain says.Barminco management and site personnel were invited to another local customer forum in 2015 to discuss their experiences with Sandvik LH517, which currently comprises more than half of its Sandvik loader fleet. Operators praised the loader’s breakout force and bogging capacity but were less satisfied with its cabin ergonomics and comfort, expressing issues ranging from seating position to the absence of a designated place for storing the large water bottles necessary to stay hydrated in hot underground environments.“The braking on the earlier machines was considered to be quite harsh and just a few simple things around the way the machine loads,” Campain says. The forum produced more than 200 customer suggestions for improving the next 17-tonne Sandvik loader. Three years later, Sandvik LH517i was born. To improve operator comfort and productivity, Sandvik redesigned the cabin. The result is a roomier, more ergonomic operating environment with better visibility. Sandvik also improved pedal locations and ride control for smoother tramming. “The comfort of operating the machine, ergonomics within the operator cabin, the layout of the machine and just the ease of operation, those things from an operating point of view, they’ve all turned up in the 517i,” Crew says. Barminco has operated the loader for more than 3,000 hours, with availability pushing 90 percent and maintenance costs on model. Even more important, says Campain, is that operators approve. “It has operator acceptance on a site used to running a competitor’s loaders,” he says. “Operations managers are specifically asking for the ‘i’ machine rather than the old model, which is a measure of success.” Crew believes that knowledge sharing will continue to drive innovation in equipment development. “We’ve got a lot of operating expertise, and a lot of operating experience,” he says. “I think it just makes good sense that we’re talking all the time about what’s working, what’s not working, what we can do better, and Sandvik’s responsiveness with the 517i, I think is a critical thing that enables both organizations to deliver a better product, to do it safer, to do it more efficiently, and be more productive. As long as we maintain that communication between both organizations, we continue to build a stronger relationship.”The Sandvik LH517i is a 17 t intelligent underground loader, designed to meet the industry’s safety, reliability and efficiency expectations. In-built intelligence enables lower operating costs and improved connectivity. Sandvik LH517i features the latest Sandvik Intelligent Control System and My Sandvik Digital Services Knowledge Box onboard hardware as standard for remote monitoring and faster troubleshooting. The loader is AutoMine-ready and optimized for three-pass loading with Sandvik TH551i truck.last_img read more

September 21, 2019
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Greece outlines new austerity as debt load rises

first_imgGreece’s government on Wednesday outlined the new austerity measures it intends to take over the next two years, a series of painful spending cuts and tax hikes that its international bailout creditors are demanding in exchange for rescue loans. The country’s finance minister also submitted a revised draft budget for 2013, with figures predicting the debt load will increase sharply as the recession deepens into a sixth straight year. Unions responded by announcing a 48-hour general strike for next week, when the new measures are expected to be voted on in Parliament. The (EURO)13.5 billion ($17.5 billion) worth of cutbacks for 2013-14 include a two-year increase in the retirement age, from the current average of 65, salary and pension cuts and another round of tax increases, including raising taxes for the interest on bank deposits from 10 to 15 percent. The vast majority of the measures, about 9.2 billion euros, are to be taken next year. They include a 4.6 billion euro cut in pensions and a 1.17 billion euro cut from salaries. Healthcare spending will be trimmed by a further 455 million euros. Parliamentary approval of the measures is essential if Greece is to receive the next installment of its bailout loans – this time a hefty 31 billion euros. Without the funds, the country has said it will run out of money on Nov. 16. Greece’s three governing parties have spent months negotiating these measures with international debt inspectors, who have yet to formally approve them. The talks have severely strained ties in the already uneasy coalition of conservatives, socialists and a small left-wing party. With just days to go before an expected Parliamentary vote on the measures, the Democratic Left has insisted it cannot back them. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has warned that the country will face financial chaos if they are not passed. Finance ministers from the other 16 countries that use the euro said after a telephone conference Wednesday that they hope to decide on Nov. 12 whether to give Greece its next bailout installment, provided the country agrees to the reforms. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, however, warned it was unlikely for that deadline to be met since the German Parliament would have to vote on the issue. Everything will ultimately hinge on a report by Greece’s debt inspectors from the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund, collectively known as the troika, on the state of Greece’s compliance with its bailout terms. A delay in disbursing the funds would threaten to leave Greece without rescue financing after Nov 16, when its money runs out. The country could finance itself temporarily by issuing short-term debt, as it has done in the past, but it would not be able to do so for more than a few weeks since it pays very high rates to raise money in bond markets. The strain in the governing coalition was evident in a Parliamentary vote Wednesday on a bill to allow the government to privatize public utilities. The bill passed by majority, but lawmakers from the two junior coalition partners voted against certain articles. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras submitted the revised budget to Parliament Wednesday. The deputy finance minister, however, canceled a scheduled presentation of the budget due to a 24-hour journalists’ strike to protest austerity measures. The revised figures highlight the country’s monumental struggle in turning around its public finances. Government debt is projected to rise to 189.1 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, above the 182.5 percent predicted in the preliminary draft submitted at the start of October, and up from the 175.6 percent forecast for this year. The deficit is now projected at 5.2 percent of GDP in 2013, up from 4.2 percent predicted in the preliminary draft of the budget – but still an improvement from the 6.6 percent predicted for this year. Predictions of a primary deficit surplus – which strips out the cost of paying interest on outstanding debt – of a modest 1.1 percent have also been revised downwards, with the projection now standing at 0.4 percent for next year. The recession, meanwhile, will be deeper than the 3.8 percent contraction the preliminary draft had predicted, with the new figures estimating the economy will shrink by 4.5 percent. Unemployment is projected at 22.8 percent next year, marginally higher than the 22.4 percent predicted for 2012. Greece registered record unemployment in July this year, with the jobless rate reaching 25.1 percent. National debt will stand at 346.2 billion euros, slightly higher than this year’s 340.6 billion euros, the revised budget showed. The economy is forecast to gradually clawing its way out of the recession and eventually post growth of 3.5 percent in 2016. [AP] Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 17, 2019
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New Youth Ambassadors announced

first_img Related Items:akierra missick, arean louis, CARICOM, mary fulford, youth ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2015 – The new Caricom Youth Ambassadors for the Turks and Caicos are both students of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; their new responsibilities to represent youth issues regionally was announced during the last meeting of the House of Assembly by Minister of Youth, Deputy Premier Hon Akierra Missick.“I am proud to announce the appointment of our new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Miss Mary Fulford and Mr. Arean Louis.”Mary Fulford is a member of the TCICC Student Guild and a Humanities and Law student, while Arean Louis is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Primary Education and is a former Junior Tourism Minister. The pair is also being congratulated by outgoing Youth Ambassador, Donte Franis, who in a press release encouraged residents to support the duo. “As productive citizens of this country, let us share as widely as possible the banner to get the general public aware of who’s representing the youth.” Francis provided a colorful graphic which features the faces of Mary Fulford and Arean Louis. CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

September 15, 2019
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Couple shares hilarious Goodwill Date Night idea

first_imgShe hopes this sends a message out to other couples and encourage them to have their own #goodwilldatenight, and post about their experience.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “We had to resume date night as normal and pretend like we had no idea our outfits were off the wall,” Pauley wrote.She said she felt some eyes on them while at the restaurant.“Everyone just looked and laughed behind our backs I’m sure,” she said.Noel’s Facebook post with their photos went viral with more than 400,000 shares. Even the waitress who served the couple at the steakhouse reached out to her.“I just wanted to say how awesome I thought y’all were,” the server wrote. “The outfits were perfect and I just might try out this date with my other half.”“Y’all, I don’t think we have laughed this hard in a long time. Marriage is tough, parenting is tough, and honestly life is tough. But everything is better when you’re doing it with your best friend,” Noel wrote on her blog. (WSVN) – A Georgia couple’s spin on a hilarious date night is going viral.Noel and Shane Pauley are parents to a baby girl, and say they try go out on a date night at least once a week.The pair decided to create some rules for a “Goodwill Date Night,” with amusing results.Each person could only spend a maximum of $10 on the other person’s outfit from the thrift store, Noel wrote in her blog. Whatever outfit they chose for each other was what they had to wear that evening.“This cued the insane laughter from the start of the date night,” she wrote.Their chosen outfits cost a grand total of $13. They then acted as if the gaudy clothing was completely normal. last_img read more

September 10, 2019
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Lifx at CES 2019 New lights hidden features and a plan for

first_img CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Post a comment 0 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos Tagscenter_img CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice I’ve just left a meeting with with the Philips Hue team at the Aria casino and hotel. I head down the elevator, grab a quick drink of water and turn right back around for my next meeting — a sit-down with the smart lighting brand Lifx at an Aria suite of its own. They’re just a floor or two beneath Hue. The proximity feels appropriate. After all, Lifx has been nipping at Philips Hue’s smart lighting heels for years now. An early Kickstarter success story back in 2012, LIfx is now a legitimate lighting brand of its own with a healthy catalog of color-changing smart lighting products and integrations with all of the major players — Alexa, Google, Apple HomeKit, you name it.  It isn’t as big as Philips Hue, mind you, but it wants to be. Enlarge ImageSam Moore, Global Marketing Director at Lifx. Ry Crist/CNET ‘Latent capabilities’My guide back up the Sky Suites elevator is Sam Moore, global marketing director at Lifx. A laid-back Australian clad in a t-shirt, Moore apologizes and tells me that my appointment is overlapping a meeting between Lifx heads and representatives of one of the larger platforms the brand is compatible with. They’re sitting in the suite’s living room, and I’m dying to listen in, but Moore guides me into the adjacent dining room instead. On the table, he’s got a set of Lifx Tile wall panels laid out and powered on. They’re running a flickering flame effect, a recent addition to the app’s animated presets, but that’s not what he wants to show me. He gives one of the Tiles a tap, and the preset changes. That’s totally new — the Tiles launched with no mention of touch controls at all. “It was built in from the beginning,” Moore tells me, adding that Lifx will activate the touch functionality for all users with a software update in the coming weeks. Company CEO Tim Peters steps out of his meeting for a minute to say hi, and tells me that the lack of touch functionality at launch came down to “focus and resources.” Lifx sells a lot of bulbs, but it’s still a fairly small company. “We’ve got all these concepts that we think would work,” Moore adds. “We just can’t do them all.” Peters tells me that the brand puts a lot of “latent capabilities” into its products, and gives me a few off-the-record examples that catch me by surprise. I like the forward-thinking approach, but in the case of the Tiles, I think Lifx might have been rushing to get a product to market before its chief competitor in the wall panel race, Nanoleaf, pulled too far ahead. lifx-candelabra-bulbsNew multi-color candelabra bulbs are coming in the second half of 2019. No word on pricing yet. Ry Crist/CNET New bulbs — maybe some new light strips, too Peters goes on to show off the brand’s upcoming multi-color candelabra bulbs, a new reveal here at CES. He grabs an iPad with the Lifx app to show me some of the different color effects, but realizes that he has no idea which of the dozens of lights on screen is the one he’s trying to control.  The same exact thing happened in my meeting with Philips Hue. I smile at the deja vu and tell him that it’s fine — he has a meeting to get back to, anyway. lifx-z-led-light-strip.jpgEnlarge ImageDon’t be surprised to see some interesting updates for the multi-color Lifx Z light strip in 2019. Ry Crist/CNET That leaves me with Moore, who gets right back into the concepts Lifx is looking to pursue. I ask him if Lifx has anything planned that would sync its lights with your TV to compete with Hue Entertainment, which enables real-time lighting effects that match the colors on your screen. “We’re interested,” he says, “and looking at third parties that can help with that.” Stick a pin in that for just a second. Moore then mentions one potential Lifx concept that seems especially smart — new versions of the Lifx Z multi-color light strip that are designed to run around all sides of the the back of your television, complete with corner connectors. It’s just a concept at this point, but it sounds like a no-brainer to me. He mentions that it’s similar to what a company called DreamScreen offers, and my ears perk up. DreamScreen syncs its own full-perimeter color-changing TV light strips with an HDMI pass through box. You plug your gaming consoles, set-top boxes, and streaming devices in, then you plug the pass-through box into your TV. The pass-through box scans the picture of whatever’s playing and syncs the light strips for real-time color-matching effects — a better approach than Hue Entertainment’s software-based method, which only works via PC.  Unfortunately, the quality of DreamScreen’s lights left me less than impressed when I tested it out at the CNET Smart Home. A shame. Perhaps to that end, DreamScreen told me late last year that it had an integration with Lifx in the works, so I ask Moore for an update. He nods, and tells me to stay tuned. I’ll be sure to — combining a full set of TV-specific Lifx Z strips with DreamScreen’s clever pass-through box would definitely be pretty interesting. Sounds like Lifx plans to make it happen — but what exactly that ends up looking like remains to be seen. Light Bulbslast_img read more

September 9, 2019
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ACLU files lawsuit against city of Homer over proposed recalls

first_imgHomer City Hall (Photo courtesy of City of Homer)On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska filed a suit against the City of Homer.Listen nowThe suit targets the proposed recall of three Homer City Council Members.The recall stems from a pair of resolutions either introduced or supported by the council members. One resolution supported the Standing Rock Tribe in their effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.The other was a resolution to promote inclusivity, on the heels of President Donald Trump’s election. However, some locals felt the resolutions were handled improperly.Recall petitions were issued earlier this year for Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis after certification by the city clerk.The lawsuit alleges the city is violating the first amendment rights of the council members.The ACLU claims the recall petition should never have been certified by the city clerk.The suit cites a handful of other cases that also deal with public officials speaking on issues in their respective communities.Casey Reynolds, the ACLU of Alaska’s spokesperson, says the suit was filed now in the hopes that the election, set for June 13th, can be canceled.last_img read more

September 5, 2019
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Ford EcoSport Bookings Begin with Advance of ₹50000 Report

first_imgIn the wait for the official launch of EcoSport SUV in India, latest reports suggest that authorised dealers of Ford have begun accepting bookings for the vehicle.According to a report published by the CarTrade.com, sources confirmed that Ford dealers in India have started taking pre-orders for EcoSport with advance payment of ₹50,000.”The authorised dealers of the company have now started accepting the bookings for the model as the interested individuals have to just pay a sum of ₹50000,” reported CarTrade.Ford India which is still mum on the official launch date of EcoSport recently revealed that it will start accepting bookings from June. However, the company did not specify the date. A recent report revealed that Ford will roll out EcoSport on 11 June.EcoSport which received soft launch in 12 cities as part of its EcoSport Urban Discoveries campaign roadshow is expected to come in four trims – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium Optional trims. The top-end variants which are powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Ambiente and Trend will have the 5-speed manual transmission (MT).The base model of the EcoSport Ambient will lack safety features like ABS and airbags, but will have manual air conditioning, manual rear windows and Bluetooth audio system.The EcoSport Trend variant will come with ABS and EBD, but will leave out the airbags. The other features of this variant include steering mounted audio controls, height adjustable drive seat and front and rear power windows. The Titanium EcoSport will have power windows, steering mounted controls, automatic air conditioning system, Microsoft SYNC, 16″ alloys, dual airbags, Reverse parking sensors and chrome exteriors. The top variant, Ford EcoSport Titanium Optional, along with the features offered by the Trend will feature leather seats, push button start, Keyless Vehicle System and side and curtain airbags.Although the company is yet to reveal the price tag of the car for India, the vehcile is likely to be priced between ₹5.9 and ₹6 lakh and the high-end variants to cost ₹9 lakh. The India-bound models are also likely to come with high degree of localization as the models are produced locally.last_img read more

September 2, 2019
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Texas Faces Fresh Budget Pain As Legislature Prepares To Convene

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:44 Listen X Today the Texas Comptroller will release the biennial revenue estimate. In plain English, it’s the document that spells out how much money the state Legislature will have to spend over the next two years. It will fund such critical services like law enforcement, education and transportation.The picture is expected to be grim compared to February 2015, when Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first budget to the Legislature.Abbott presented that budget along with his first State of the State Address. He opened his speech by praising the strength of the state’s economy, saying Texas had led the nation in job creation for so many years, it was hard to keep track. “But this last year in 2014, we literally outdid ourselves,” Abbott said. “Last year, Texas created more jobs than any year in the history of this great state.”“Well right after Gov. Abbott took office, we saw a huge drop in oil and natural gas prices,” says Bernard Weinstein, an economist at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Those low prices hurt businesses in regions like the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale region in the south, not to mention Houston.“Less economic activity in the oil patch meant there was less revenue coming into the state treasury from severance taxes,” Weinstein says, referring to the taxes energy companies pay when they pull oil and gas out of the earth. As those companies, and others, let workers go, people cut back on their spending. That hurt sales tax receipts.“Right now,” he says, “it looks like we’re going to be about $2 billion short over the projections that were made two years ago, when the comptroller certified the budget.” That’s just for the current two-year budget cycle, which ends on August 31.The bigger challenge is figuring out how much the state can afford to spend over the next cycle, which starts September 1. “It’s going to depend, number one, on how well the Texas economy is doing overall, and number two, it’s going to depend on how much of a recovery we see in oil and natural gas prices. They’re up from their lows of a year ago, but still well below the levels that we saw back in 2012 and 2013.”Last July, Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus told state agencies to cut their budget requests by 4 percent. The demand came with exceptions for several major budget items. These included health care programs for low-income Texans, public school education, and border security.But SMU’s Bernard Weinstein says protecting social services from cuts could soon get a lot tougher. “Because we now have a very, very conservative Republican Congress and Republican president,” he says, “and who knows what they’re going to do with the variety of programs that the state of Texas maintains that depend heavily on federal revenues.”Congressional Republicans have made dismantling Obamacare one of their first priorities. They also want to cut Medicaid spending. Both actions would push the burden of healthcare for low-to-moderate income families back onto the states.As for education, “the Texas Education Agency gets a lot of money from the federal government,” Weinstein says. “If we were to see cutbacks in federal programs that support elementary and secondary education, they could be passed on to local school districts.”The alternative would be for the state to increase its own spending to make up for the shortfall in federal dollars. And it has the money available in a so-called “rainy day fund.” But in the current conservative fiscal environment, Weinstein says that tapping that reserve doesn’t seem likely.center_img Houston Public MediaThe Texas Legislature convenes January 10th Share last_img read more

August 27, 2019
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first_imgMay 7, 2009 – The Alliance for a Stronger FDA today praised the FDA’s President’s Budget Request for devices and radiological health for fiscal year 2010 (FY 10) of $315 million, up from $280 million in FY 09, yet below the Alliance Preliminary Request for FY10 is $340 million.The Alliance added that this is “a significant step forward in matching FDA’s resources with the ever-increasing responsibilities of the agency.” The President’s request is for $295 million in additional budget authority appropriations (excludes user fees), for a total of $2.350 billion in FY 10. “There is now tangible evidence of Presidential commitment to FDA,” said Wayne Pines, President of the Alliance, whose 180 members are dedicated to strengthening FDA through increased funding. He added: “With these added funds, the incoming FDA commissioner can move forward on restoring confidence in FDA’s ability to protect and advance the public health.” “More resources are essential tools for FDA to meet the most pressing needs today and start to plan for the challenges tomorrow, next year and five years from now,” said Donald Kennedy, an Alliance board member and former Commissioner of FDA. According to the Alliance, the President’s request for 9166 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees finally brings the agency up to the staffing level of 9167 FTE’s that it had in 1994. These numbers exclude user fee staffing.“Every year, the agency’s job becomes more complex scientifically and more difficult to implement, straining the FDA’s ability to meet the expectations of the Congress and the American people,” said William Hubbard, Alliance spokesperson and former Deputy Commissioner at FDA. “While these staffing numbers are encouraging, they also demonstrate how much additional investment in FDA will be needed.” The Alliance for a Stronger FDA has 180 members who are united in their belief that a strong FDA benefits all Americans. Our members include consumer, patient, professional and research groups, industry, trade associations, and individuals. The Alliance, now in its third year, is the only multi-stakeholder group that advocates for increasing resources at FDA to match the agency’s responsibilities. 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August 15, 2019
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Price Cuts Hit Several Markets

first_img September 2, 2018 546 Views Inventory Price Cuts Prices rates Shortage 2018-09-02 Seth Welborn Home price cuts have increased across the country, according to a study from realtor.com. According to the inventory data from realtor.com, frequency of price cuts increased in in 39 of the 45 largest markets in the U.S. The 45 markets analyzed saw a median price cut of 22 percent, than percent higher than August of last year, and seven percent higher than August 2013.Nationally, the share of home price cuts went up to 19.1 percent in August, an increase from 17.6 percent year over year. Realtor.com notes that this may be an indication of a higher number of home sellers beginning to react to “buyer fatigue” and adjusting their reactions accordingly.Realtor.com also states that the combined median list price in the top 10 markets with the biggest jumps in price cut frequency was significantly higher than the top 10 markets with the smallest jumps. The top 10 markets with large jumps had a median list price of $500,000 compared to $278,000 for the smallest.Additionally, markets that have seen inventory growth appear to have shown the biggest jumps in price cuts. In the top 10 markets with the biggest jumps in the price cut share, inventory was up 19 percent year over year on average. The opposite is true for areas with low inventory. Inventory was down by five percent year over year in the top 10 markets with the smallest jumps in the price cut.According to realtor.com, the inventory shortage appears to be slowing, a factor in the increase in price cuts. There were only two percent fewer for-sale listings on the market in August 2018 than there were in August 2017, while inventory also increased 2 percent month over month in August. Around 488,000 new listings entering the market during that month, but realtor.com predicts it would take around 24 more months until the market flip into the buyer’s favor, even with price cuts across the country.For more info, visit Realtor.com. in Daily Dose, Data, Newscenter_img Price Cuts Hit Several Markets Sharelast_img read more

August 10, 2019
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June 28 2005 Arcosanti residents staff voluntee

first_imgJune 28, 2005Arcosanti residents, staff, volunteers and workshop participants on June 24. 2005.Arcosanti residents, staff, volunteers and workshop participants on June 24. 2005.[top row from left] Tomiaki Tamura – project director, Ruth-Claire Weintaub – Soleri Book Initiative, Robert Manley – Maintenance, Vanessa Colombel, Aurelien Froment – Alumni, Darina Trendafilova – Workshop, Gabriel Hendrix – Foundry, Scott Riley – Construction/Utilities manager, Enrica Ceneda – Workshop, Mika Kawai – Construction, Mark Whigham – Cafe, Kip Hersted – Foundry/Tourism, Erika Peres – Cafe manager. [middle row from left] Bernadette O’Neill – Ceramics, David White – Workshop, Philip Bonham – Construction, Young soo Kim – Workshop, Phillip Smith – Workshop, Matthew Graves – Workshop, Andrew Woodward – Construction, Jayamoorthi Murugesan – Workshop, Meredith Colgin – Workshop, Ahdom Sayre – Workshop, Shaine Griggs – Workshop, Lee So young – Workshop. [low row from left] Chieko Shimizu – Foundry, Patrick Doyle – Construction, Ira S Murfin – Soleri Book Initiative, Graziella Pazzanese – Workshop coordinator, Susannah Mira – Soleri Book Initiative, Amelia Baker – Workshop, Jewel Black Feather-Welter – Ceramics, Charles Provine – Public Relations coordinator, Sue Anaya – Soleri Archives coordinator, Virginia Schutte – Construction/Bakery, Thanajayan Nagappan – Workshop. [bottom row from left] Tristan Tollas – Child, Yuki Yanagimoto – Soleri Archives. [Photo & Text: Yuki Y]last_img read more

August 9, 2019
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Rep Bizon supports bills to transfer ownership of Clarence Township swampland to

first_img Categories: Bizon News 26Mar Rep. Bizon supports bills to transfer ownership of Clarence Township swampland to taxpayer Two bills approved by the Michigan House today allow de facto owners of swamp land in Clarence Township to take full ownership of their land, said state Rep. John Bizon.Senate Bills 18 and 19 fix a technical error which prevented the de facto property owners from putting their land to good use.“I’m happy to see we’re fixing an oversight and going to let this land be put to good use by the owners, instead of having it belong to the state,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “The de facto owners have been paying taxes on the land, so we need to give them the ability to do something productive with it instead of keeping it under state control. It was good to see these bills get overwhelming support.”Rep. Bizon praised the sponsor of the bills, state Sen. Mike Nofs, for his work on the issue.“I’d like to thank Sen. Nofs for his work on these bills and on behalf of all residents of Clarence Township and Calhoun County,” Rep. Bizon said. “We’re here to serve the residents and this was a matter that was very important and needed to be taken care of.”The bills now go to the governor’s desk for consideration.###last_img read more

August 9, 2019
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The Scope and Demographics of Hunger in America and a Salary Question

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 18, 2014; WZVN-TVA new report on hunger in America has been released by Feeding America and the findings are sobering, to say the least. As we justifiably feel increasingly confident about the state of the economy as it continues to emerge from the Great Recession, it is healthy to remind ourselves just how much need is out there, and this report hits the nail on the head.Feeding America is a system of organizations around the country established to receive, catalogue, and distribute donations of food to food-service programs such as food pantries or meal programs. Feeding America also provides funding for its partner agencies as well as some technical support and research on hunger. The report is the result of data collection conducted mostly in 2013 from 12,500 food programs in the Feeding America network and 60,000 clients.The information contained in the report, “Hunger in America 2014,” suggests that hunger in America is changing and startlingly pervasive. In many cases, the people being served will surprise you. For example, 20 percent of households served have at least one family member who has served or is currently serving in the military; we are not taking care of people who have put their lives on the line.The report is well worth reading and is not very long. It should be noted, of course, that these statistics are only from the Feeding America network, and so the actual state of hunger in America could be even more pervasive than is revealed in this report. As a teaser, we offer a handful of facts we found to be startling:The Feeding America network serves 46.5 million people every year. This means that 1 out of every 7 Americans is in need of some help getting the food they need.The network serves 12 million children and 7 million older adults each year. This does not even account for the young people served in children-only programs where the clients being served are kept protected and anonymous. These are the most vulnerable people in our society.The median annual income of households served in the network is slightly more than $9,000. A related statistic is that 72 percent of households served are below the poverty line. This is a particularly shocking number, since the federal poverty line for a family of two is $15,510; for a family of four, it is $23,550.More than 40 percent of households served report having at least one family member with education beyond high school. As a related statistic, a vast majority—93 percent—report they are in stable/permanent housing or housing that has the potential to become so. It is not an uneducated, transient population that is being served.Most households served have to make choices between spending money on food or spending it on another basic need: 69 percent report choosing between food and utilities, 67 percent between food and transportation, 66% between food and medical care, 57 percent between food and housing.The number of people and organizations pitching in as part of the Feeding America network around the country is heartening and saddening at the same time. Nearly 2 million volunteers provide 8.4 million hours of help every year. It is heartening to know that so many people care and are willing to get involved. It is saddening that so many people have to.Although the report celebrates the partner organizations and the myriad volunteers who are involved in the food distribution system, a scratch on the surface adds an odd note. Even as the report almost brags about the millions of hours of volunteer time donated to distribute food through its partner agencies, as many as six people at Feeding America in Chicago earn in excess of $200,000 per year, with Vicki Escarra, the CEO, making more than $370,000. (The median household income in Chicago is around $60,000.) In contrast, the report suggests that 51 percent of the more than 46,000 agencies in the network rely solely on volunteers and have no paid staff. On the other hand, the organization had almost $2 billion in public support last year. In light of the mission on the one hand, which is to serve hungry people, and the size of the operation on the other, how should salaries be set?—Rob MeiksinsShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

August 9, 2019
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Greenpeace Peru and the Nazca Lines The Considerations Now

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 10, 2015; Latin American Herald TribuneThe Greenpeace demonstration that irrevocably marred the Nazca lines in Peru sparked intense discussion worldwide about the relationship of environmental advocates to developing countries, though relatively little in mainstream U.S. press coverage. Some people defended Greenpeace as having tried to make a powerful statement that would grab the attention of the delegates attending the world climate summit in Lima, with no intent of causing offense or damage. Others argued that Greenpeace should apologize and attempt to offer reparations, though not to accede to the requests of Peruvian authorities to turn over the names of the Greenpeace activists involved for legal action. Still others were harsher, arguing that Greenpeace’s executive leadership was ultimately culpable and should take the fall, while the individuals involved in the protest should be turned over to Peru for criminal prosecution.In the weeks since the event, the dynamics haven’t been quite so clear-cut. To be sure, Peru has announced it would officially try to prevent three Greenpeace activists, plus Greenpeace CEO Kumi Naidoo, from leaving the country, ostensibly for prosecution, except that the four aren’t actually in Peru at the moment. Peru’s Culture Minister, Diana Alvarez-Calderon, added that the country would pursue legal action against Greenpeace in international courts if it could not get the Greenpeace four to stand trial in Peru itself.The prosecutorial actions of the Peruvian authorities were to be expected, but another lurking problem—for Peru—emerged. Apparently, Greenpeace activists were hardly the only intruders onto the archeologically sensitive Nazca Lines site. Earlier reports had indicated that the Nazca site was already suffering damage due to poachers, illegal miners, tomb raiders, truck drivers, and others entering the area in violation of Peruvian law. Now, it appears that a Japanese television crew entered the site without permission in January 2013 and two Russian photographers working with a drone company did so in 2012. A Peruvian archeologist, Mario Olaechea, drove the Japanese film crew in 2013 and the Greenpeace activists last year to the Nazca Lines despite only having had permission to fly over the area, and for his troubles, Olaechea is facing judicial action himself.The Greenpeace action may have been ill-advised, to put it mildly, but it had the result of revealing how easy it is to get to and get into the Nazca Lines area, designated a protected World Heritage site, and how ill-prepared and perhaps underfunded the Peruvian efforts to protect the area might have been. Peru now has to address exactly what it has or has not done to protect that unique site, regardless of the Greenpeace incident.Why would Greenpeace have undertaken an action so extreme and risky as its protest at the Nazca Lines? While NPQ can hardly justify the Greenpeace action, there are some who say the Greenpeace message in favor of renewable energy and against the practices that lead to manmade climate change is difficult to hear and often threatening to the powers that be. As a well-known group, Greenpeace does find itself on the receiving end of governmental actions in some cases aimed at restricting or silencing the organization. For example, India’s Intelligence Bureau has apparently determined that Greenpeace India is a “threat to national economic security” because its environmental protests might harm India’s economic progress. In 2012, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service named Greenpeace as one of the “multi-issue extremists” that could be a threat to Canada’s “critical infrastructure.” In democracies like India and Canada, the labeling of Greenpeace as a threat to security seems extremely odd, to put it mildly.It doesn’t take much for an international organization like Greenpeace to run into allegations that it is extensively foreign funded and therefore should register with local authorities. One might expect something like that in Russia or Egypt, but Greenpeace finds itself on the receiving end of guidelines in democracies like India as well that also see it as a foreign-funded NGO. Just the other day, a Greenpeace activist from India, Priya Pillai, was prevented from boarding a flight from New Delhi to London where she was invited to address British parliamentarians on the threat to Indian forest communities from coal mining. After a few hours of airport detention, Pillai was told she was on an Indian no-fly list (actually a “lookout circular”) and her passport was then stamped “offload.”Greenpeace’s stumbling and bumbling into the Nazca Lines historic site may go down as a boneheaded stunt, but the challenges for an international NGO dedicated to environmental protection and against mindless carbon pollution, especially for the developing world, are increasing, not decreasing. It puts Greenpeace in an awkward position: How can it keep pushing the renewable energy issue without falling prey to bigger, deeper criticisms from the powers that exist to promote coal-fired energy plants? How is it to galvanize popular attention to the crisis of climate change without getting lost in the cacophony of environmental messages—pro, con, and in-between? None of this excuses Greenpeace for its tone-deaf attention-getting protest, but some of the dynamics around Greenpeace make the potential motivation for the action comprehensible at least, even if it was the wrong thing to have done.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

August 7, 2019
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Playout provider Chello DMC has won a fiveyear co

first_imgPlayout provider Chello DMC has won a five-year contract with Fox International Channels Europe to provide playout services for a bouquet of its European TV channels.Under the multi-year contract, Chello DMC will deliver playout services for 12 FIC linear TV channels in Europe, all of them grouped under the National Geographic brand, managing multiple language and subtitle tracks.Chello DMC will handle traffic, ingest, scheduling, advanced playout including cue tone insertion, watermarking and dynamic graphics and signal delivery over cable and satellite.last_img

August 7, 2019
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UK pay TV operator BSkyB will offer the catchup s

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB will offer the catch-up service from the UK’s Channel 5 to its customers later this year. It has also added eight kids channels to its Sky Go multiscreen service.Demand 5 will be added to Sky’s broadband-delivered VOD platform Sky Anytime this autumn, joining the BBC’s iPlayer and the ITV Player.Sky has also announced that from today it is launching on-demand shows from eight kids’ channels on Sky Go, including Disney and Nick Junior. The operator plans to add new features including pause and rewind, search and personal recommendations this year.last_img

August 7, 2019
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The Ukrainian National Council for Television and

first_imgThe Ukrainian National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting has awarded four new IPTV licences to regional telecom operators. However, the regulator has said that a large number of services across the country remain unlicensed.The regulator awarded licences to provide IPTV services to Farlep Invest and Yutim Media in the Kyiv region, CHKS in the Chuguev and Kharkov region and Orion in the Rovenky and Lugansk region.Operator and distributors present a round table session organised this week by the regulator have committed to provide information about so-called grey market providers ahead of a move to enforce tighter regulation of the market.The regulator’s chief Vladimir Manzhosov told the ProIT news service that about 80 IPTV providers were operating in the country without a licence.last_img read more

August 7, 2019
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UPC Czech Republic is adding Eurosport 2 HD to its

first_imgUPC Czech Republic is adding Eurosport 2 HD to its line-up.The channel will be the twelfth sports network to join the Czech cable platform when it launches on November 1. Eurosport 2 HD holds exclusive rights to the German Bundesliga football league until 2015.The cable operator currently offers 16 HD channels to around 1.2 million subscribers.last_img

August 7, 2019
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Middle East satellite operator Arabsat has signed

first_imgMiddle East satellite operator Arabsat has signed a deal with Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) whereby the latter has designed and acquired, on an exclusive basis, a hosted Ka-band payload to be carried onboard the Arabsat Badr-7 satellite.According to Arabsat, this will be the first multi-purpose hosted Ka-band payload to cover the EMEA and Central Asia regions.“Previous generation of Ka band high-throughput satellites where designed to support only mass-consumer basic internet services with little or not flexibility to support other key connectivity needs. Our patented payload configurations not only delivers a large amount of Gbps on a key and vital TV neighborhood in the EMEA region, with several times the throughput of what traditional satellites can offer today, it also provides total flexibility to serve multiple high growth markets and verticals which was not possible to address until now,” said EMC CEO Abel Avellan. “Wireless is the future and new extremely low cost terminals, abundant new Ka-band spectrum, the ability of satellites to broadcast video more effectively than any other technology and EMC patents are very powerful combination to serve the communications and entrainment needs of potentially billions in the emerging markets, we are very excited about this transaction and plan to replicate the same model in other regions of the world.”last_img read more