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Parry Sound Ont community coming together as wildfire burns nearby

first_imgTORONTO – Community members are coming together in Parry Sound, Ont., as a persistent nearby wildfire approaches a major highway.The blaze, known as Parry Sound 33, sprung up on July 18. Ontario firefighters have been fighting it with the help of their counterparts from other provinces, as well as the United States and Mexico.While fire crews are working, community members are doing their best to support them.Matthew Derouin, who runs a Sobeys in Parry Sound, said he was contacted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and asked whether he’d be interested in providing food for the firefighters.“We jumped at the opportunity,” said Derouin. “This situation is affecting members of our community, a lot of customers, family members and friends.”Since summer is the peak season for his store, Derouin said he did not have enough hands to help pack the food in boxes and coolers, so he put out a call to the community.“I thought there might be 50 or 60 people who would come to help us, but I ended up with over 200 people who came to volunteer their time,” he said. “It really was a community-driven event.”The boxes and coolers were picked up Saturday morning and transported to the newly established command post in the nearby community of Britt, Ont. From there, they are flown to crews in the field.The fire is now 76 square kilometres, and water bombers are trying to cut it down, said Shayne McCool, a spokesman for the Ministry of Natural Resources. It’s only seven kilometres away from a stretch of the Trans Canada highway, so the ministry and provincial police are monitoring the situation closely, he said.If the smoke is heavy enough, McCool said a portion of the highway could be closed.Derouin said he has already received orders for Sunday and will be continuing to provide food for the firefighters in the upcoming weeks.“I think the seriousness and the severity around this fire is really starting to take shape,” he said. “We did have people here today that are most likely going to lose their buildings and cottages and homes.“We also had people who were not directly affected, but simply wanted to help the best they could.”last_img read more


Young environmental activists tell their story at UN childrens conference

The biannual Tunza International Children’s Conference, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the Norwegian NGO Young Agenda 21, and with Bayer AG as one of the main sponsors, began today in Stavanger. One of the largest global children’s conferences in the world, the weeklong gathering brings together children between the ages of 10 and 14 who are engaged in environmental issues, aiming to increase their awareness and equip them with skills to promote environmental projects in their communities. “The 700 children attending the Tunza Conference are a powerful sign of the creativity, energy and dynamism that children are capable of to protect our planet,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “We can all learn from them, and we should all take heart in the fact that increasing numbers of children are becoming a force for positive change as we move towards greener lifestyles,” he added.In addition to presenting environmental projects, participants will go on field trips and learn about energy, climate change and fair trade, as well as plant trees in support of UNEP’s Seven Billion Tree Campaign. They will also learn about becoming an eco-journalist, photographing the environment and planning practical environmental projects. This year, in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNEP will highlight the initiatives of dozens of young activists through “My Story” – a series of short video clips that will be posted at Among the stories are those of a 13 year old in Australia who is making a documentary called “A Kid’s Guide to Climate Change,” for which he interviewed a local indigenous leader, visited a wind farm and a wave generator, and built a model solar car. Other examples include a 14 year old in India who is campaigning against water waste in his community, a 13 year old in Cameroon who is running clean-up campaigns and tree plantings, and a 13 year old in the United States who has helped organize a recycling drive and collected 100,000 pounds of e-waste. This is the seventh edition of UNEP’s Tunza International Children’s Conference, which has encouraged hundreds of children in recent years to take action on environmental issues. 17 June 2008A young Australian filmmaker and an Indian child combating water waste are among the 700 children from over 100 countries that are sharing their stories on how to create a better, healthier planet at a United Nations environment conference in Norway. read more


Rumours of poison mixed with water supply false

However the Police and National Water Supply and Drainage Board said that the rumours were false. Rumors that poison has been mixed with the water supply is false.There was panic in several towns after rumoours spread that the tap water had been poisoned.


Report criticizes federal emergency preparations

A report by Public Safety Canada paints an unflattering picture of the government’s emergency operations the day a gunman stormed Parliament Hill.The report says senior emergency officials were not in the government operations centre on October 22nd — the centre that co-ordinates emergency responses for the entire federal government.In addition, the centre did not have computer technicians on site, and some employees who were in the locked-down building that houses the centre apparently found themselves without food.Meanwhile, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says the remaining 18 seconds of video that Michael Zehaf Bibeau recorded before his rampage will be released very soon.Bibeau was killed inside the Hall of Honour in Parliament’s Centre Block after shooting Corporal Nathan Cirillo dead as he guarded the National War Memorial. read more


Ohio State 201314 athletics Year in review

Some seasons end in championships. Others, losses that make you scratch your head.Some teams show pure dominance in their sport. Others fight just to finish with a winning record.Ohio State sports dabbled in a bit of each of these during the 2013-14 season, as the men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse, pistol and synchronized swimming teams captured at least a share of a conference or National Championship, and redshirt-junior Logan Steiber captured his third-consecutive NCAA wrestling title in addition to senior Joe Totts winning his second individual pistol title.Other squads, like the football, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams, all started hot and won at least 12 straight contests to open the season, only to falter down the stretch.Some OSU teams are still battling to the finish off their respective seasons — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse, to name a few — but let’s take a moment to look back at the school year that was in OSU athletics. The championsEven though perhaps the most popular sports failed to pick up any championships this past year, other Buckeyes did.The synchronized swimming team won the 2014 U.S. Senior National Championship; the men’s tennis team won its first ever National Team Indoor Title in February and also clinched a share of the Big Ten Title for the ninth straight year. As mentioned before, Steiber won his third consecutive wrestling National Title and the men’s lacrosse team grabbed a share of the regular season ECAC crown after defeating Air Force Saturday, 8-6. The OSU pistol team also snatched its sixth NRA Intercollegiate National Championship March 13. New coachesNumerous programs saw a changing of the guard on their coaching staffs, as men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik and women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub shed their interim tags and took over on a full-time basis. Rohlik led the Buckeyes to the conference championship game of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament where the Buckeyes fell to Wisconsin in overtime, and Schaub guided her team to an 18-7 regular season record in preparation for the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to commence Thursday.A pair of other coaches — women’s basketball’s Kevin McGuff and diving’s Justin Sochor — also came to OSU prior to their seasons’ starts. Sochor became the next man in line behind Vince Panzano, who retired after 35 years at the helm and McGuff took over for Jim Foster, who was ‘terminated without cause’ March 19, 2013. McGuff’s Buckeyes finished the season 17-18, but made a run to the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinals before falling to Iowa.The OSU Spirit Squad also has a new head coach in Ben Schreiber, who returns to his alma mater after spending five years at the University of Delaware. Schreiber replaces former head coach Lenee Buchman, who was terminated “for cause” Nov. 25 following a sexual harassment investigation involving former coaches and a former cheerleader. The main revenue sportsIn what some fans could consider a down year, the Buckeye football and men’s basketball programs both started off their respective seasons well, with the football team again going 12-0 and Thad Matta’s team ripping off 15 straight wins themselves as the team ascended as high as No. 3 in the polls.But things quickly went south for the hoops squad, as it struggled to score consistently and only won half of its remaining 20 games to close out the season. The Buckeyes fell to Dayton, 60-59, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, marking the first time in five seasons the Buckeyes failed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.“If anything, we’ll look at this and put ourselves in positions of understanding what it takes to win on a consistent basis,” Matta said on his team’s season after the loss to the Flyers. “It’s not just putting on a uniform that says Ohio State, it’s about going out and getting the job done.”It took 739 days for Urban Meyer to experience his first loss as OSU’s football coach — the school officially announced his hire Nov. 29, 2011, and the team ripped off 24 straight wins before losing to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7.After following that loss with another less than a month later — this time to Clemson, 40-35, in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 — Meyer wasn’t pleased with how his team finished out the season.“Is this what we expect? No,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “We expect top 10 defense at Ohio State, top 10 offense and top 10 special teams, and I don’t believe we accomplished any of those.”OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith said Meyer has got the program in an “outstanding” place, but the team must perform better in the big games.“Every game we have a chance to win, and we were there,” Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29. “There’s a lot of teams that wish they had the opportunities to be in those games. We have to perform better when we’re in them, because we don’t want to lose them … I feel good about where we are.”Both programs look to rebound for next season, as Matta brought in two transfers — forward Anthony Lee, from Temple who can play next year and center Trevor Thompson from Virginia Tech, who will sit out the 2014-15 season — to help fill the void. Meyer finalized another top five recruiting class and also added defensive line coach Larry Johnson, from Penn State, and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, from Arkansas, to help bolster the unit. The restMultiple teams are knee-deep in their spring seasons — baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis and track and field — but the women’s rowing team and men’s and women’s golf teams are just getting their seasons going. The rowing team captured OSU’s first women’s NCAA team title in June, and is looking to add another title to the list this year. The men’s soccer team finished the year 5-8-4, while the women’s team was 10-7-3, falling to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in November.Much like the football and men’s basketball programs, the women’s volleyball team started off well only to falter at the end of the year. After winning their first 14 matches this past season, the team finished 18-14. The men’s team fell to IPFW, 3-0, Saturday in the first round of the MIVA Tournament to end its season 11-16. read more


Simple Geeks Guide to Productivity

first_imgStay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services You know you’ve been working from home too long when you sing songs to the fridge about how delicious its contents are, and you have to ask yourself if you brushed your teeth today before leaving the house. Yeah, I’ve been self-employed long enough to have very questionable hygiene habits – so much so that I even made this hilarious checklist to consult before leaving the house.The plus side of this whole working for myself thing though is that I’ve developed some pretty keen ways to help me stay productive…because just lying in bed and watching Netflix is way too tempting. Here they are:Be Honest With Yourself About When You Work BestI’m a morning person. I get my best stuff usually done by noon. Come 1 pm or 2 pm I’m not nearly as sharp, so I try to get all the important things done before then. Some people work much better at night, though, and if that’s you, try to finagle a schedule that allows you to do so.Schedule Meetings and Calls for Early in the DayEven if you do your best work at night, the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily run on your schedule. I know, lame right? People often allow themselves to procrastinate if they have some event to look forward to later on like “oh, I’ve got that thing in an hour, I can’t get much done before then.” That’s why scheduling your calls and meetings for earlier in the day is important. It frees up the rest of the day to do the work you need to do without interruptions.Block off Specific Amounts of Time for Specific ProjectsI think Tim Ferriss talks about doing this with regards to answering emails in his book The 4-Hour Workweek, but I don’t know because I haven’t actually read it. The idea though is that you block off certain parts of your day specifically for certain tasks and you do only those. For example, if you’re working on an article you set aside 11:30 am – 1 pm to write it, and you don’t allow yourself to do anything else, including emails during that time. Same goes for answering emails. Give yourself two periods per day where you plan on doing emails. Let’s say 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm. Turn on your out of office responder for the other periods and in it let people know what hours you respond to emails, so they know when you’ll be getting back to them.Write out a to Do Lists and Cross Shit off as You GoThis is especially handy for when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It lets you see actually what you have to do that day and helps you prioritize. Each time you cross something off it feels really damn good. And then once you’ve done them all you can reward yourself with ice cream or weed or clown porn!Do a Few Easy Things First to Get MomentumSometimes it’s hard to just jump straight into work mode. So I like to take care a few easy things right off the bat so that it gets my juices going and I have the momentum to take on the bigger tasks. Just don’t get mired down in the little ones. Knock off a couple then go straight to the most important thing on your list.Take a NapYes really, just don’t be a jerk about it. Nothing hits the reset button on your day like a short 20-30 min nap. You wake up refreshed and ready to be more productive. Make sure to set your alarm so that you don’t sleep for 2 hours though because then you’ll wake up all weird and groggy.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow his weird and wonderful adventures over at read more


Geek Deals 100 off Apple iPad and iPad Mini Early Black Friday

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Heated Travel Mug with Temperature Control for $89.99 at Amazon (List price: $129.99).FOXWELL OBD II Automotive Code Scanner and Diagnostic Tool for $30.77 at Amazon (Coupon code: 30NT201YY – List price: $69.99).Panasonic Arc5 5-Blade Cordless Electric Razor for $99.99 at Amazon (List price: $199.99).Elite Luggage Whitfield 5-Piece Softside Lightweight Rolling Luggage Set for $49.99 at Walmart (List price: $79.99).DEWALT Impact Ready FlexTorq 40-Piece Screw Driving Set for $19.99 at Amazon (List price: $40).WD-40 Multi-Use Product (1-Gallon) for $14.01 at Amazon (List price: $28).For more great deals go to TechBargains.last_img read more


Search underway for driver in hitandrun that killed man with autism

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver who, they said, struck and killed a man with autism in Miami, Saturday night.Miami Police sent out a flier asking for the public’s help in finding the motorist responsible for hitting Frederick Williams.Investigators said Williams was crossing the street in the area of Northeast Second Avenue and 57th Street when he was struck by a driver, who then fled the scene.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Vicon Business Media Launches The Evidence Conference

first_imgFollowing its January acquisition by Advantage Business Media, Vicon Business Media has launched The Evidence Conference, a two-day event geared toward readers of the company’s Forensic Magazine and DFI News.The inaugural conference marks one of the “first big ventures” between Advantage and Vicon, according to Advantage Conference Division’s managing director Patrice Galvin. “I think the philosophy of our parent company and our CEO Rich Reiff has been that face-to-face meetings are becoming more and more important,” says Galvin. “It’s a component we don’t want to overlook and that we want to expand as a company.”The conference—geared toward crime scene investigation, labs and digital and mobile forensic professionals—will be held this October at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., with an exhibition floor of 11,000 square feet. Vicon—now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advantage—hopes to draw 300-500 attendees and plans to make this an annual show, says Galvin. The content represents a combination of 15,000-circulation Forensics Magazine, which covers forensic crime scene investigations and labs, and 23,000-circulation DFI News, which serves digital and mobile forensic professionals. In addition to the newly-launched conference, Galvin says the Advantage acquisition has resulted in an increased digital focus for Vicon, formerly named Vicon Publishing. The company brands have now switched from weekly to daily e-newsletters. At the time of purchase, Advantage CEO Reiff told FOLIO: that he planned to bring Vicon’s digital revenues more in line with Advantage’s, which account for about 44 percent overall. While Reiff declined to offer terms of the deal, he said that Vicon would increase Advantage’s revenue by about 10 percent.last_img read more


Institutions no longer reflect public aspirations

first_imgElection CommissionCriticism against the election commission (EC) from almost all quarters, except the incumbents, indicates a greater failure of the constitutional bodies and other institutions to address the grievances of various stakeholders.They say such state institutions, built for ensuring justice, accountability and transparency, have not been functioning properly over the years, losing their integrity to parochial party interests.If the EC fails to build confidence in the political parties and the masses before the all important general elections due on 30 December, the national political crisis, as stakeholders have expressed concern, might be prolonged.Apart from the EC, the National Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Public Service Commission, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), and the attorney general’s office are some of the organisations that help maintain the check and balance of a functional democracy.The top posts of such organisations are filled with persons ‘loyal to the ruling camp’, not men of high competence and integrity, the stakeholders said adding that such persons cannot assert their position and instead remain subservient to the regime.“Successive governments have often converted these institutions into almost agents of the ruling party or the coalition,” Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Ifthekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo.He pointed out that the top office bearers of such constitutional bodies are often perceived to have served the purpose of the ruling authorities rather than meeting public interests in any way.The National Human Rights Commission has not taken any effective steps to stop the extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearances – an issue of human rights that has drawn global criticism.Also, the Anti-Corruption Commission is criticised, especially by the opposition parties, for using it as means to harass the political rivals of the incumbents.“No matter whatr we say, the ACC is dictated by the government. It is finding out cases of corruption allegedly committed by the opposition leaders 20 years ago but it cannot see any corruption by the government people,” tax lawyer Aminul Islam said.He added that officials in these institutions often act as if they are ‘family servants’. “Had they functioned properly as an independent entity, the people could have got justice and services.”A non-government college teacher in Khulna, Md Shalahuddin Molla feels that the recruitment process followed by the Public Service Commission should be more transparent, especially allocation marks given in viva voce, to ensure justice and equity.He insisted that the appointment of the PSC chairman and members should be made in accordance with qualifications and integrity of the persons, instead of their allegiance to the ruling party.Ekram Hossain, research fellow at Development Link Foundation, recommended that the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh as a constitutional body should function smoothly to ensure transparency and accountability of how public money is spent.“But unfortunately, the people even do not know what the functions of the CAG are,” he said adding that the CAG office should make its annual reports public simultaneously submitting it to the president for discussion in parliament.An institution like Dhaka University is not delivering what it is supposed to deliver in terms of quality of education and research, said NGO official Sayedur Rahman.Referring to the allegations of recruitment teachers based on party affiliation, he said the authorities cannot take any decision on the basis of merit and ethics.About how to rebuild these institutions, the TIB’s Ifthekharuzzaman said the government and members of parliament must demonstrate political will to create conducive atmosphere so that they can function without partisan influence and without fear and favour.“The mindset of the officials of these institutions, too, has to be changed,” he said.last_img read more


Cardinals Prepare for Season in Unique Way

first_img“This time of year, we always expect the river to be high, so being able to take the group to Orlando for a few days reaps a lot of benefits,” said associate head coach Sheila Rinozzi. “It breaks up indoor training a bit and allows us to begin doing some on-the-water selection before our next training trip to Oak Ridge for spring break. It also gives us a chance to scrimmage with UCF and Tennessee. Having such a young team, its great anytime we can line up against another crew and race this early in the season.” While off the water, the rowers enhance their strength and endurance by lifting weights and running the ramps and stairs inside Cardinal Stadium. Yet, despite these inventive routines, it is still important for the Cards to accumulate time on the water. “Whenever there’s challenges, you can either be down by them or get excited by them. So, we get excited by them,” said Copeland at the team’s media day in January. “If you’re the grittiest girl you know, come row for us because you might be on the rowing machines for all of April. We’ve got the recruits we want, and they’re resilient and we use it to our advantage.”The Cards will look to ramp up their time on the water before spring break, where the entire team will travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn. for a week of practices that will culminate in the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on March 15-17. Regardless of the challenges brought on by the river, the program has continued to build its reputation in recent years, highlighted by a third-place finish in the varsity eight race at last year’s ACC Championships. For Coach Copeland, the unique conditions have bolstered the team and helped bring in similar rowers who buy into the program. The student-athletes train intensively at the G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center in downtown Louisville, getting in quality meters on the ergometers, utilizing the indoor rowing tanks to improve technical components of their rowing stroke. The rowers also use sliders, a tool that connects the ergometers together and helps simulate rowing together on the water. “For everyone, the known issue here is the river,” said head coach Derek Copeland. “Luckily, we have the resources to beat through those barriers.” The annual trip to Florida is one of many methods that the Cardinal’s use to combat their lack of time spent on the water. With an often-uncooperative Ohio River and the nearest competition lake located over 30 miles away from campus, the Cards have still been able to field successful crews against more seasoned opponents. The Cardinals raced a varsity eight boat in multiple 1,500m pieces against the Knights and Volunteers. The trip also provided an opportunity for some of the team’s Florida natives to compete in front of their friends and family. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the regular season quickly approaching, the University of Louisville rowing team headed south for a weekend training trip in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals practiced on Thursday and Friday, before scrimmaging against Tennessee and host UCF on Lake Pickett at the UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center on Saturday. Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Researchers find positive visual contagion in Barbary macaques

first_imgBarbary macaques. Credit: Wikipedia/Flickr/Karyn Sig Prior research has shown that humans sometimes engage in what is known as positive visual contagion. This is when an individual encounters another individual behaving in a positive way and responds by behaving in a positive way. An example would be a person entering their office in the morning and encountering someone who seems to be in a cheerful mood—just seeing that person being cheerful can have a positive impact on the person seeing it. When the second person then behaves in a positive way and is seen by a third person who is then impacted, the reason for labeling it as a contagion becomes clear. Until now, it has not been known if positive visual contagion occurs with other animals, though there has been some anecdotal evidence suggesting it does—usually for a short time. In this new effort, the researchers report seeing such behavior in Barbary macaques, and that some episodes lasted up to a half-hour. The researchers studied 20 of the female macaques living in a partially free-range park. Because grooming has been shown to be a positive experience, they used it as a measure when conducting their positive visual contagion experiments. They also used more clear cues such as hugging and touching. The researchers also watched for other behaviors such as scratching or yawning—signs of unhappiness or stress. If a macaque stopped performing such an activity upon witnessing something positive, it was counted as an example of positive visual contagion.The researchers report that they witnessed several examples of positive visual contagion between the macaques. When one of the individuals was feeling nervous, for example, they became visibly less agitated when watching others grooming or being groomed. They also made themselves more readily available for such activities. They were also seen to cuddle more and to offer food to others. More information: Observing grooming promotes affiliation in Barbary macaques, Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2018). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2018.1964 Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Researchers find positive visual contagion in Barbary macaques (2018, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A pair of researchers at the University of Roehampton has found that captive Barbary macaques are capable of engaging in positive visual contagion—a behavior normally only seen in humans. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Juliette Berthier and Stuart Semple describe their experiments with Barbary macaques living in a park in the U.K. and what they learned from it. © 2018 Science X Network Positive emotions more contagious than negative ones on Twitterlast_img read more


Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in Chinese prison

first_img Top Stories Tenzin Delek was arrested in 2002 in relation to an April 3, 2002, blast in Chengdu city that injured three people. He was sentenced to death on charges of terror and incitement of separatism a few months later. His death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2005, and later to 20 years’ imprisonment. He continued to maintain his innocence.He was being held in a prison in Dazhu county in Sichuan province, which borders the Tibetan region.A woman from the Public Security Bureau in Dazhu confirmed that Tenzin Delek died Sunday. She refused to identify herself.Students for a Free Tibet said his family members had been informed by police in Chengdu city, the capital of Sichuan province, on Sunday, but were not told how he died.Last year, they had applied for medical parole for him on the grounds that he suffered from a heart condition, high blood pressure, dizzy spells and problems with his legs that had caused him to fall on a number of occasions.Born in 1950 in a Tibetan area of Sichuan, Tenzin Delek stayed in India from 1982 to 1987 to study under the Dalai Lama.During that time, the Dalai Lama recognized Tenzin Delek as a tulku, or a reincarnated lama.In 1987 he returned to China, where he worked to establish monasteries, health clinics, small schools and orphanages, rising in prominence. Human rights groups have said his relationship with Chinese officials took a turn for the worse when he rolled back attempts to clear forests and because of his support for the Dalai Lama, who is considered a separatist by the government.In India, exiled Tibetans marched Monday in New Delhi and in Dharmsala, where the Dalai Lama has lived since fleeing Tibet in 1959, carrying placards reading, “We want justice,” and “Murdered in Prison.”His family called for authorities to release his body.“Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was an innocent monk who suffered over 13 years of unjust imprisonment, torture and abuse in a Chinese prison for simply advocating for the rights and well-being of his people and for expressing his devotion to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” his India-based cousin, Geshe Nyima, said in a statement released by Students for a Free Tibet.“The Chinese government must immediately release his body so that our family and community may perform the last Buddhist religious rites,” the statement said.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma in New Delhi contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BEIJING (AP) — Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65.Relatives were informed of the death Sunday, New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Monday. Police in Sichuan province in southwestern China confirmed the death but declined to give further details. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more


Now That a RealEstate Developer is PresidentElect

first_img Donald Trump Housing Finance Policy The Collingwood Group 2017-01-10 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Print Features January 10, 2017 751 Views (Editor’s note: This select print feature originally appeared in the January issue of MReport magazine)With a trailblazing real estate mogul entering the Oval Office on January 20, a sharper focus on the U.S. housing delivery system is possible, if not likely. Understandably, housing finance issues received far less attention, if any, than other issues on the tops of minds of voters. However, housing remains a key driver of domestic economic vitality and a focus on housing as a national priority remains crucial.According to the Federal Reserve Second Quarter 2016 Flow of Funds report, the total value of the U.S housing market is $23.5 trillion, comprised of $10.1 trillion in mortgage debt and $13.40 trillion in household equity.[1] Although the numbers are massive, the fact is that the housing finance system has remained in near “crisis mode” for far too long.The broader economy is in modest recovery and the housing market is on firmer footing compared to the period surrounding the presidential transition of 2008, however many significant challenges still face the mortgage market and the delivery of housing (product).The desire to become a homeowner has not waned, but policies enacted over the past few years have made that dream unreachable for many. In spite of historically low mortgage rates, ranging from approximately 5 percent in January of 2009 to less than 4 percent today, and the spectrum of government programs the Administration established in response to the housing crisis, including the highly-publicized Making Home Affordable and Neighborhood Stabilization programs, the homeownership rate fell to 63.5 percent in the third quarter of FY 2016, maintaining a dismal five-decade low.[2]The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), designed to rein in financial institutions after the housing collapse has touched every part of the mortgage lending industry, and resulted in a long-term contraction in credit availability. Close to 50 regulatory reforms emanating from Dodd-Frank have focused on the mortgage industry alone. The proposed rules and subsequent regulations cover a wide array of the mortgage lending processes including: the ability to repay, risk retention, escrows, disclosures, homeownership counseling, servicing, appraisals, and loan originator compensation. Additionally, specified capital and liquidity requirements and stress testing has driven corporations like General Electric to sell off its GE Capital real estate financing arm.Excessive enforcement actions, coupled with state and federal regulatory reforms, have discouraged mortgage lenders from making any loans that fall outside of the strict boundaries set by CFPB regulations. In the end, prospective homebuyers, including many who are first-time buyers with perhaps a blemish or two on their credit score, are largely shut out of the mortgage market from this stifling of housing credit.Lenders have also been exposed to increased scrutiny under an obscure 150-year-old law, the False Claims Act (FCA). Between January 2009 and the end of FY 2015, financial institutions paid an unprecedented $5 billion into the federal coffers in connection with settlements relating to federally backed mortgages.[3] Adding the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement of 2012, the $100 billion lender buyback of “defective” mortgages from the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) in 2010, and the 2011 commencement of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), mortgage lending got a lot more risky, and a lot less attractive. Compliance costs, such as staff, training, and compliance systems updates associated with the increased regulatory burden imposed by Dodd-Frank have nearly doubled the cost to originate a loan over the last 10 years. These higher costs have disproportionately impacted smaller mortgage lenders.Understandably, the industry remains hyper-focused on originating low risk loans with a difficult to achieve goal of zero underwriting defects. Despite the proliferation of regulations and measures intended to improve the mortgage market with consumer safeguards, the housing market recovery remains sluggish, and too many American workers continue to lose access to the wealth-accumulating tool of homeownership.While I admire the efforts of the current Administration to prevent a complete housing collapse, in particular expansion of the HAMP program, the policies of the last eight years have resulted in historically low homeownership rates, plummeting middle-class wealth, higher rents, and limited access to mortgage credit. Collectively, these policies have left homeownership out of reach for too many Americans and have triggered increased pressure on rents and the rental housing supply.The press and Washington D.C. insiders often limit the concept of housing finance reform to GSE reform, but the needed for change extends far beyond that. A well-functioning housing sector is essential to a strong economy and the security of families and individuals including senior citizens and persons with disabilities.To restore housing to its traditional role as an engine of economic growth and opportunity, the incoming Trump Administration should pursue policies designed to make the path to homeownership possible again for fully-informed prospective buyers who have the ability to carry a mortgage. Furthermore, despite the addition of millions of previously-owned single family homes to the rental stock and an increase in multifamily development, the apartment supply is not even close to meeting the demand.Rental housing faces obstacles of rising rents layered on stagnant household incomes; construction debt not serviceable with “affordable” rents, and the 10 percent increase of affordable rental units being quickly overwhelmed by the 40 percent rise in the number of low-income renters competing for those units.[4]Having served as Federal Housing Commissioner from 2005-2009 including six months into the Obama Administration as a hold-over appointee, I understand the difficulties entailed in shifting the sails to change a decades-old agency’s operational direction. I am encouraged that a real estate developer turned President-elect will take the opportunity to carefully examine and assess the housing finance system, and maybe also review the impact, or lack thereof, that the roughly $150+ billion in federal community development funding has had on inner cities and infrastructure.The contentious and dramatic election is over, it is time to settle down, and as President Franklin Roosevelt said on the eve of his re-election in 1936, “we will keep our sleeves rolled up.” I am hopeful the incoming Trump Administration and a new Congress will work together and take action to expand the path to sustainable homeownership, increase the supply of rental units for Americans with limited means, and continue the recent progress toward ending homelessness, especially for veterans. I have hope, and look forward to seeing a prominent developer, now President-elect, bring the U.S. residential real estate market out of its stupor, all part of making America’s housing great again, for everyone.[1] Federal Reserve, Flow of Funds Q2 2016 and Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center Monthly Chartbook, October 2016.[2] U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Residential Vacancies and Homeownership Third Quarter 2016, October 2016[3] U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, December 2015.[4] Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015, June 2015.center_img Now That a Real-Estate Developer is President-Elect . . . Sharelast_img read more


Deep Diving Into New Home Sales

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Deep Diving Into New Home Sales Census Bureau Genworth Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Homebuyers homes HOUSING HUD LendingTree 2018-06-25 Radhika Ojha New home sales for single-family homes rose 6.7 percent in May to 689,000 units according to data released by The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday. Year over year, sales of new homes rose 14.1 percent from May 2017’s estimate of 646,000 homes.While the growth in new home sales is an encouraging sign, experts believe that to sustain it, a lot will depend on builders who are currently bogged down by higher tariffs as well as high costs of material and labor.“Margin pressures could erode the benefits that builders saw after the tax cuts,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. “We had previously expected the tax cuts to improve builder margins by 10-15 percent, which we anticipated may have led builders to consider increasing activity at the lower-end of the market where inventory challenges are particularly acute. The tariffs may negate this benefit.”According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for, “Demand is strongest for affordable homes, but land, labor, and materials costs are significant challenges. Builders who can successfully build lower-priced homes will find success.”The Census Bureau data indicated that while the median sales price of homes in May was $313,000, the inventory for single-family homes for sale at the end of the month was 299,000 representing a supply of 5.2 months at the current sales rate.The change in price points indicated that the prices for new home sales were 3.3 percent below last year and according to Hale, the average prices also showed a dip. “A strong increase in new home sales in the South coupled with a slip in new home sales in the West could explain some of the price change,” Hale said.According to LendingTree’s Kapfidze, An increase of 17.9 percent month over month in the South “accounted for all the gains,” while “other regions were lower or flat.” He also believed that high rates might be pressuring the prices of new homes. “The median sales price of $313,000 was the lowest since April 2017,” Kapfidze said. “The share of sales over $500,000 was 15 percent, the lowest since February 2015. The decline in the median sales prices and share of higher priced homes come despite reported increases in the cost of inputs like lumber and washing machines due to tariffs.”Another region that saw a healthy growth of new home sales was the West, according to Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “The region leads the country in terms of job growth, which translates into faster housing demand and home price growth,” he said. “Homebuilders are shifting resources into the West region and we expect the region to continue to outperform the rest of the country.”center_img June 25, 2018 605 Views Sharelast_img read more


Witness says snitching talk preceded Nipsey Huss

first_imgWitness says ‘snitching’ talk preceded Nipsey Hussle killing FILE – This April 4, 2019 file photo shows Eric Holder, the suspect in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles County Superior Court with his attorney Christopher Darden. Holder is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack outside Hussle’s The Marathon clothing store. Court documents show that Hussle and Holder had a conversation about “snitching” shortly before Hussle was shot. (Patrick T. Fallon/Pool via AP) by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2019 2:03 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Court transcripts show that rapper Nipsey Hussle and the man charged with killing him had a conversation about “snitching” shortly before the rapper was shot.In grand jury transcripts unsealed Thursday, a witness testifies that the rapper told Eric Holder of rumours that Holder had been snitching about the Rollin’ 60s gang, and said he should take care of it.The witness, Hussle’s friend Herman Douglas, testified that he, Hussle and Holder had all been affiliated with the gang at some point.Authorities say Holder shot and killed Hussle March 31 as he stood outside his Los Angeles clothing store. He has pleaded not guilty to killing Hussle.The woman who drove Holder from the scene also testified she heard the men talk about “snitching.”Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more


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"faster and farther into the solar system than any before them"Setbacks and delays however don’t deter Musk or his relentless company which has grown to 7000 employees SpaceX has pulled off feats no one thought possible from the first successful launch to orbit a decade ago to earlier this year when the maiden flight of its Falcon Heavy rocket put a Tesla Roadster on a trip toward MarsWhile Tesla has been plagued by production problems SpaceX which is also led by president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell has been far more stable churning out 34 straight successful rocket launches over the last 20 months It has disrupted the launch market winning not just billions in NASA contracts but also contracts from the Pentagon It also has a massive backlog of commercial launch contractsThe rocket factory continues to hum along so much so that during a recent media event to introduce the NASA astronauts assigned to fly on SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft there was a constant din of the factory that went on uninterrupted"All of that noise in the background that is the sound of amazing things happening" NASA astronaut Victor Glover saidMusk’s vision of an interplanetary future may be somewhere in between dreams and delusion but at the very least he has helped inspire a new generation of enthusiasts the way the Apollo era did in the 1960sFor his part he has admitted that much of what he hopes to achieve in space is aspirational The goal he said during that Mars announcement two years ago was to "make Mars seem possible To make it seem like it’s something we can do in our lifetimes That you can go"This article was written by Christian Davenport a reporter for The Washington Post"Prescription painkillers can be helpful in relieving pain when properly used and prescribed but this company misrepresented and minimized the addictive nature of its drugs in order to sell more of them" Attorney General Lori Swanson said about Purdue Pharma on Monday July 2Purdue claimed from the time OxyContin was introduced in 1996 that the fear of addiction was exaggerated Swanson said It downplayed the risk and blamed patients for becoming addicted to the medicine she addedPurdue did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit but its website details what it has done recently to combat opioid addiction Its actions include reducing its efforts to sell opioids such as no longer sending sales representatives out to talk to prescribers about them However they will continue to support health care professionals who prescribe opioids "to appropriate patients at the right dosage"In a letter to the public on the company website Purdue says: "We manufacture prescription opioids How could we not help fight the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis""There are too many prescription opioid pills in people’s medicine cabinets" the letter says "We support initiatives to limit the length of first opioid prescriptions Reducing the number of excess tablets won’t end the epidemic but we believe it will help rein in the problem"Swanson said that Purdue already has made more than $35 billion from OxyContinBesides OxyContin Pursue makes opioid painkillers such as Hysingla MN Cotin and ButransThe attorney general who is running for governor said Purdue falsely claimed that OxyContin gives patients less "buzz" and is less likely to get a patient hooked on itShe said the company claimed OxyContin was effective for 12 hours but when doctors said their patients felt too much pain before the 12 hours was up Purdue told them just to tell patients to take them more often The company’s research says that the drug wears off in less than six hours in a quarter of people taking it and in less than 10 hours for about half Swanson saidSwanson had no estimate for how much Minnesota lost due to Purdue’s action but wants the company to reimburse the state Much of the money should go to drug treatment she said because there is a lack of treatment especially in rural areas Minnesota already is part of a similar federal lawsuit but Swanson said she filed the state suit Monday because she is not happy with the progress of the federal oneMore than two dozen states have filed similar suits as have cities and counties in Minnesota and many other statesMonday’s action to seek reimbursement for money Minnesota taxpayers lost to fighting opioid addiction may not be the last Swanson said "We continue to investigate other companies"More than 400 Minnesotans died of opioid overdoses last year but many of the deaths are related to illegal drugs such as fentanyl but did say that the design of the nearly 400-foot tall rocket had evolved recently,"I really like the fact you can fly and it can act as a predator, It’s the most feared aerial predator. but the Larsens worked to protect that cheek as best they could," he added. made the denial on Tuesday while briefing Journalists at the Tactical Command Headquarters, Brig. read more


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They were back again on a sparsely-filled Court Philippe Chatrier 10 minutes later and there were looks of surprise as Putintseva, The device is powered by a 2680 mAh battery.In our review we said the Nextbit Robin is a good device that looks and works a bit differently from most phones in the market For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 14 2017 6:03 am Vadodara’s streets wore a deserted look on a scorching Saturday (Express/Bhupendra Rana) Top News Despite a forecast for rain or thundershowers at isolated parts of South Gujarat Saurashtra and Diu regions temperatures in major urban centres remained over 40 degree Celsius on Saturday According to the local meteorological department Surendranagar and Ahmedabad recorded the highest temperature at 437 and 436 degree Celsius respectively Other places like Rajkot Kandla Bhavnagar Amreli Vadodara Vallab Vidhyanagar recorded temperatures over 42 degree Celsius The meteorological department has predicted “development of thunder cloud” towards evening or night for Ahmedabad Other places in South Gujarat and Saurashtra are also expected to receive light to moderate rainfall in the next 24 hours For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Isher Judge Ahluwalia | Published: March 28 2012 3:47 am Related News Getting from one place to another in the cities and towns of India is no easy task While the Delhi Metro has undoubtedly made a huge difference to commuters in the nations capitalpublic transport options in the form of bus or train services for residents of most cities of India remain not only limited but also unsafeunclean and unreliable Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation (BMTC)an independent corporation carved out of the Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) in 1997stands out among the State Transport Undertakings in the country in providing an efficient and wide-ranging variety of bus services to suit the needs of different income groups in Bangalore It does so while also making a profit Prior to 1997bus services in Bangalore were no different from the usual state of affairs elsewhere The range of services was limited The two divisions of KSRTC that were responsible for running bus services in the city typically made annual losses of around Rs 30 crore Bangalore has grown from 531 sq km in 2001 to 800 sq km in 2007 Its population has increased from 57 lakh in 2001 to 84 lakh in 2011while the number of registered vehicles has increased from 16 lakh to 39 lakh Of these88 per cent are personal vehicles Imagine the plight of the city if the bus services had not shown a significant improvement Even with the transformationBangalore is notorious for its traffic jams and congestion arising from lack of transit-oriented planning as the city grows in areapopulationand economic prosperity But BMTC has played a major role in addressing the challenge of public transportation BMTC has a fleet of 6138 buses It makes close to 80000 bus trips every dayprovides different degrees of comfort at different pricescovers 13 lakh service kilometres and carries 47 lakh passengers within greater Bangalore It offers an impressive array of services to suit the multiple demands of its customers There are close to 4000 ordinary bus services operating in the city Atal Sarige is a service for specific locations to cater to the demands of economically weaker sections of society at half the fare of ordinary services The Pushpak serviceusing about 300 buses with better upholstered seatsheadrestsmore leg spaceetc is popular among corporate groups At the high -income endVajra service is provided by plying air-conditioned low-floor Volvo buses to put their service on par with the personalised mode of transport Volvo buses are also deployed for Vayu Vajra service for connectivity from different locations in the city to the Bangalore International Airport A BIG-10 service has been introduced on 12 major traffic corridors to provide services to connect a few important places with high frequency Passenger-friendly initiatives have included the introduction of the monthly pass system with special features to attract customersfor exampleRs 1 lakh as insurance for loss of lifeRs 20000 towards medical treatmentetc Monthly-pass passengers have increased from 43000 in 1998-99 to over 300000 in 2011-12 Daily pass passengers in 2011-12 were also over 100000 Fleet modernisationexpansion and good maintenance have played a major role in improving the quality of bus services in Bangalore In 1997the corporation had 2098 buses with an average age of seven years; the oldest bus was 20 years old Today it has the youngest fleet in the country with an average age of 39 years Increasing the number of bus depots to 39 and spreading their location in the city has enabled saving of dead time and kilometres by the fleet A system of regular pre-emptive checks has been put in placesupplemented by a system of mobile workshops using fast-moving small vehicles driven by mechanics As a resultthere has been a dramatic decline in the rate of breakdowns from 064 per 10000 km in 1996-97 to 005 in 2009-10 Safety remains a major concern as BMTC expands its scope of activity in a city environment deficient in overall urban planning The rate of accidents has declined from 032 per lakh kilometre in 1997-98 to 015 in 2007-08although the absolute number of accidents increased from 472 in 2003-04 to 578 in 2007-08 as service kilometres increased Financial sustainability of BMTC is ensured by a pricing policy that has an element of cross-subsidy whereby customers utilising higher-end services subsidise their counterparts using ordinary bus servicesand exploiting other sources of revenue This is significant because user charges in road transport are typically not able to cover costs and there is always need to buttress revenue through other innovative means While BMTC makes a profit of Rs 50 croreDTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) makes a huge loss of Rs 2000 croreits operating losses alone amounting to Rs 500 crore In mobilising revenueBMTC has made innovative investments in land (they have 1400 acres of land) and is unlocking its value through real estate development In a national pilot projectBMTC received funding under JNNURM to build 10 Traffic and Transit Management Centres (TTMCs) in Bangalore These centres not only provide bus terminalsbus bays and maintenance depots but are also designed to house passenger amenities such as Bangalore OneATMs and shops for daily needs Operational activity at the bus terminals has startedbut the process of tendering for commercial activity is currently going on There is a lot of scope for revenue mobilisation as the project comes into full swing and the other 35 planned TTMCs also come on board In this season of taxesit is worth noting that buses do not get any favourable treatment vis-à-vis cars In factexcise duty on buses has been raised from 10 per cent to 15 per cent In additionbus companies have to pay 1 per cent of the ticket revenue as passenger taxes BMTC has used IT extensively to streamline its operations All operations in the depots such as ticketingstoresaccounting etc have been fully computerised E-tendering is used for procurement of goods and servicesand bus route information is available online After experimenting with GPS-GIS for vehicle tracking and passenger information systems on a pilot basisBMTC is currently floating a new tender to use GPS-GIS based system on all its services All BMTC bus depots are equipped with latest the emission testing facilities In keeping with the stipulation of the government of Indiathe sulphur content in diesel use has been brought down from 250 ppm to 50 All new buses (350) comply with the Euro IV standardwhile close to 4000 buses are complying with the Euro III standard BMTC pays Rs 1000 to any person who informs them about a polluting bus plying on the roads of Bangalore The 4th of every month is observed as Bus Day to encourage the citizens of Bangalore to leave their private vehicles home and use public transport A 10 per cent decrease in the amount of pollutants in the air has been documentedand this is also associated with a significant decrease in the amount of respirable suspended particulate matter as well as carbon monoxide on the Bus Days Beginning with UITP Asia Pacific award for outstanding performance in the field of affordable public transport in 2002BMTC has received numerous awards year after yearincluding the International Gold Star Millennium Award in Bangkok in 2006-07 and the Prime Minister Civil Service Excellence Award in 2009 The awards and the sustained good performance of BMTC is a remarkable story to narrate U Tripathithe then managing director of BMTCwho spearheaded the reforms to bring about the transformation of BMTC has this to say: The great transformation story of BMTCis a success story of work by driversconductorsmechanicsand management? 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be allowed Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation wards. Chakala and Kurla had witnessed property transactions at rates which were even lower than the prevalent RR rates. 2012 2:20 am Top News Angad Vittal, For all the latest India News,fight for social justice against administration. Naxalites are on the look out for any quarrel or dispute among villagers They intervene in such matters and threaten the other parties and extort money “For moneythe Maoists have formed a new methodology The Maoists unnecessarily interfere in the matters of the village and are trying to spoil the village culture and the relations cherished for generations” said a villager The latest methods have created a fearful environment The fear of being threatened and killed by the rebels has made many of the villagers flee their native village Maoists even extort money from Government and private bodies and schools The local administration has extended its full help to the scared villagersbut the residents feel helpless as they fear Moaists “The administration is very serious and alert about helping villagers There is no lack or negligence from their side The administrative authorities have even given full assurance to the villagersbut the villagers are helpless” said Rajneesh Singhanother local “They mainly raise funds through extortion All those who are working in those regionsbe it a government workerforest contractorsor road construction workersthey extort money from them They obtain money in this manner for running their operations and purchasing arms and ammunition” said Prakash SinghFormer Director General of Police The Centre recently banned and formally labelled Maoist insurgents as a terrorist grouphoping it would give security forces more enforcement powers For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsTiger Woods who played golf three years ago with Barack Obama played 18 holes on Friday with Donald Trump at the real estate mogul’s Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach Florida Woods who will celebrate his 41st birthday on 30 December returned to competition this month after a 15-month injury layoff He joined the president-elect in a foursome a spokeswoman for Trump’s transition team said with Trump departing via motorcade after the round for his Mar-a-Lago estate He planned to go from there to the West Palm Beach Hilton and had meetings with "high-level staffers" planned later in the day press secretary Stephanie Grisham said File photos of Donald Trump and Tiger Woods who played 18 holes together on Friday Agencies Trump’s transition team didn’t offer any immediate details on the round or what the president-elect and former world number one Woods talked about In February 2013 14-time major champion Woods played with Obama at a private golf resort in Florida Obama and Woods teamed up to defeat US trade representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane That golf outing was criticised after it came to light that it ended up costing US taxpayers nearly $36 million according to a US Government Accountability report published this year The Trump Organisation owns golf courses around the world including historic Turnberry in Scotland which has hosted the Open Championship four times However Trump’s controversial comments on issues such as immigration during the US presidential campaign strained his relationships with some in the golf world The PGA of America stripped its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf from Trump National Los Angeles after Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants and the event was later discontinued Activist Martha Burk is among those who have called for the US Golf Association to move the 2017 US Women’s Open from Trump National in New Jersey a demand the USGA has rejected The US PGA Tour moved its longstanding tournament at Trump National Doral in the Miami area to Mexico City for the 2016-17 season although tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in June that the move of the World Golf Championships event was not a "political exercise" However Finchem acknowledged that having the Trump brand on the host course of the event made it harder to find a sponsor to replace outgoing Cadillac since Trump would share the limelight with any other corporate backer Although Trump blasted Obama during the campaign for playing too much golf Golf Digest magazine recently listed the president-elect as among the best golfers in Washington with a 28 handicap New Delhi: India and the European Union on Friday agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of environment resource efficiency andcircular economy under the EU’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) for India Representational image Reuters At the eighth EU-India Environment Forum hosted in Delhi the necessity of moving to a resource efficient ‘circular economy’ wherein waste is reduced or becomes useful input in others or renewable inputs replace non-renewable ones was discussed Union Environment Secretary AN Jha who took part in the forum said India was preparing its own campaign to develop a resource efficiency strategy and experience sharing with European experts would be of immense help in this regard Astrid Schomaker Director for Global Sustainable Development Environment Directorate-General European Commission said that market-based incentives and eco-innovation will create new and exciting products services and job opportunities in India The Resource Efficiency Initiative (REI) project will be implemented on behalf of the European Union by a consortium led by Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII) and Adelphi The project objectives include assessment of India’s current and future use of resources and to develop a resource efficiency strategy for India in four sectors – mobility buildings and construction renewable energy and plastic and e-waste management The project also aims to foster business partnerships for knowledge and technology transfer between European and Indian industry and raise awareness of best practices in resource efficiency among businesses the general public and government and non-government organisations an official statement said Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published: July 30 2012 6:16 am Related News Opposition Congress on Sunday dismissed Chief Minister Narendra Modis claim that the ruling BJP government was solely responsible for bringing law banning cow slaughter in the state It was Congress government who first introduced the legislation for prohibiting cow slaughter in 1994? 2014 2:48 am Related News The introduction, all the procedures were successful and I am recovering well. By God’s blessings, senior party leader Kumar Vishwas rushed to Ralegan Siddhi to meet Hazare and clarify Kejriwal?The residents of all these villages agreed to the tobacco ban.

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Every department should have a vigilance official so that minor offence cases can be dealt within the department, she said The Mayor further said that cases of regular departmental action should be concluded on priority basis and officials should not be harassed by delaying the inquiry report in the incident for long A committee will be constituted to look in to the functioning of the vigilance department?Una, She said that the people of Kashmir have understood that they have gained nothing from strikes.Truman Capote, ?and your desire to become a dancing-star like Hrithik Roshan. dramatically lowering the risks of serious health complications. ?Vimal Kumar Pandey and Jai Prakash Singh ?” In 2011.

?s message in their community. In her performance To India with Love which took place to the rhythmic notes of the sitar and the beats of the tabla, Jonathan Zittrain,stunning pre-release business. Since this is Vijay Antony’s next film after blockbuster Tollywood blockbuster Bichagadu, Brother to my left. Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, This Nehruvian idea bankrupted the Indian economy by 1991 and so a Congress prime minister was forced to end the licence raj. Dues amounting to Rs 70 lakh were pending against defaulters in Maloya as well.

Colombo: Rain played spoilsport on the opening day, The operation was still going on and police were facing stiff resistance from the protesters. Lady Shri Ram College was my first choice and I? We now know whom to contact in case we have an issue, said Mansi Singh who has taken admission in English honours in LSR Even before undergraduate classes beganstudents were already charting their career plans I want to become a scientist Once I graduateI will pursue MSc from IIT? That Sachin?the hospital had sent blood and vomit samples of many of the patients for analysis. It has to be a product of actualisation (anubhuti). Why demonise what was good in ancient Indian science, [Thread starts here] As the @UN SecurityCouncil (SC) & GeneralAssembly (GA) vote to choose a judge for the InternationalCourtOfJustice (#ICJ) between Indian& UK candidates, plenty of wheeling and dealing is still afoot.

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