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Justice ministers ask Ottawa to hurry court delays slow down legalizing pot

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Provincial and territorial ministers of justice and public safety are urging the federal government to hurry up on solving court delays and slow down on legalizing pot.BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said today after the two-day political meeting that all provinces are concerned about the Canadian government’s refusal to reconsider its deadline of legalizing marijuana by July 1st, 2018. “I would like us to have more time,” he said. “But in the case of British Columbia, our job is to make sure that we can put in place that framework, and we’re working to that July date.”Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said the rush to meet next summer’s deadline is interfering with the province’s own legislative plans for the fall session. “It’s asking for us to do a lot within a very short period of time,” Vallee said. “We also had a legislative agenda that’s been pushed because of this. We had no choice. I think it’s the same for all provinces,” she added.Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, insisted at the conclusion of the two-day gathering that the July timeline still “appears to be a reasonable one,” despite a crescendo of misgivings from other governments, public health experts and police forces.“We are going to continue to work diligently with all of our partners to make sure that this is done in a thorough, competent, professional fashion,” Goodale said. “Public health and safety will always be paramount.”Quebec’s public consultations wrapped up two days ago and Vallee said she expects her government to unveil its regulatory framework for marijuana in the coming months.Alberta is partway through its own public consultation process and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said she expects to use the results of a recent outreach initiative to release a draft in the coming weeks.“That framework will go back out to the Alberta public for further validation,” she said. “We’re essentially going back and asking, ‘Was this the view you took?’”Besides pot laws, the ministers discussed strategies to address the so-called Jordan decision from the Supreme Court of Canada which imposes strict time limits on criminal prosecutions and has resulted in numerous serious cases being tossed over court delays.Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the areas being considered for reform in an effort to accelerate the trial process include mandatory minimum penalties, the bail system, preliminary inquiries, the reclassification of some criminal offences and judicial case management.She did not elaborate when asked about specific details or a timeline for those reforms.“We had very detailed conversations about potential options,” Wilson-Raybould said. “We are going to proceed as quickly as we can,” she added, describing court delays as a priority. “I’m hopeful that we can have a package in the near future.”Quebec has borne much of the fallout from the so-called Jordan decision, with more than a thousand applications working their way through the province’s court system, including cases of alleged murder and sexual assault, Vallee said. “We need to do more than just cosmetic changes,” she said, emphasizing the need for changes to the criminal code and preliminary inquiries.Quebec has invested $135 million for more judges, prosecutors and court staff to deal with the backlog, she added.last_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgThe utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”center_img “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Baseball Ohio State downed 52 by Minnesota in first game of weekend

Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA matchup between reigning Big Ten tournament champions and reigning Big Ten regular season champions was sure to be a much anticipated matchup among fans.And with a 2017 record 2,342 fans in attendance at Bill Davis Stadium, there were plenty of eyes set to take in a Friday night matchup between a pair of heavyweight pitchers.Those fans were treated to quite the pitching battle between the two starters, but the Gophers bullpen held on to the late lead they were given and helped propel Minnesota to the 5-2 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams.The Gophers got on the scoreboard first with a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior first baseman Toby Hanson in the top of the third inning, scoring junior right fielder Alex Boxwell from third base.Two innings later, Boxwell would again step up to the plate, and this time crushed the second pitch of the at-bat over the batter’s eye in straight-away center field to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.After five anemic innings from the Buckeye offense, it was again the freshman second baseman Noah West who provided his team with a spark.West extended his hitting streak to five games with a single through the left side. He proceeded to register his first-career stolen base, swiping second and giving the Buckeyes only their second runner in scoring position on the day. And after a bunt single loaded the bases for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, a wild pitch scored West from third to bring the score to 2-1.A groundout by Washington after the wild pitch scored junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt from third, knotting the game up at two.With the game tied, OSU coach Greg Beals opted to pull redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post in favor of redshirt senior reliever Joe Stoll. Post finished the day with two runs (one earned) over six innings of work. He walked just two while striking out five and giving up seven hits.Just a half inning later, the Gophers would get the bats going again. With the Buckeyes’ starter out of the game, a walk and a single put runners on the corners for redshirt senior catcher Matt Stemper who rolled a grounder to junior reliever Seth Kinker. Kinker fired on to home, unable to nail the runner at the plate and the Gophers took the 3-2 lead.A single to right field put the second Gopher run of the inning up on the board and an error in right allowed the runners to reach second and third. Kinker retired the next two batters to keep the game at 4-2.The Gophers scored once more in the top of the ninth to seal their victory at 5-2.The bullpen blowing the lead was a tough blow for a team that had battled back to tie the game up late in the game, and Washington believes it took some of the momentum the team had built up out from under them.“We preach throwing a zero after a big inning,” Washington said. “Came out and got two and we couldn’t stop them the next half inning. We wanted to throw a zero and they got a few hits, maybe a walk or so. But that kind of crushed a bit because we had a bit of momentum going that inning so definitely hurt us a little bit.”It was Post’s third time this season reaching the sixth inning and his fourth time allowing two runs or fewer in the outing. But for Beals, this was the kind of outing the team was looking for as he was able to keep his team in the ballgame against a tough opponent.“I think it was kind of a workman’s outing for him,” Beals said. “I thought he did a great job getting through six innings, a quality start for us and that’s what you expect out of the senior to do that. Give his ballclub a chance like he did tonight.”Post said that he was not his best at the beginning of the game, but settled in and found his groove towards the end.“It was kind of the same trends as the last three starts,” Post said. “First inning or two, just kind of moving to quick. And then I settle in and I felt a lot more comfortable towards the end of the game, or towards the end of my six innings.”One big reason the team struggled to provide Post with some runs was a result of the dominant outing turned in by Minnesota’s starting pitcher.Junior starting pitcher Lucas Gilbreath limited the Buckeyes to two runs, only one earned, across 6.2 innings of work. He did not issue a single walk during the game, while striking out seven batters. Beals tipped his cap to the opposing pitcher, acknowledging that their southpaw did a fine job keeping the Buckeye batters off-balance all day.“Gilbreath did a good job, he pitched the ball well, commanded both sides of the plate with his fastball,” Beals said. “We were prepared for arm-side run on the fastball, we weren’t as prepared for him to come inside like he did. I thought he did a good job of keeping our hitters off-balance with the fastball on both sides.”There has been a change in the OSU baseball schedule. Rather than play on Saturday and Sunday, OSU will face off against Minnesota in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.Though the change in schedule was not announced until Friday afternoon, Beals said the team will be ready for the matchup and that they are just taking each game one at a time.“I hate to be cliche, but you can’t think about the doubleheader. We’ve got to win Game 1,” Beals said. “We’re going to go with (sophomore starting pitcher Connor) Curlis still in Game 1 and get a quality start. I think him being a left-hander versus the steady diet of left-handers that are in their lineup ought to be a solid matchup.”Curlis and sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Feltner will start Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader, respectively. First pitch for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon. read more

Football Justin Fields is No 3 in 2019 Heisman Trophy odds

Freshman quarterback Justin Fields sits at the Ohio State men’s basketball game between the Buckeyes and Michigan State on Jan. 5 following his transfer to Ohio State from Georgia. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternWithout ever playing a snap for Ohio State, and being with the program for fewer than two weeks, Justin Fields already has high expectations.Fields, the freshman quarterback transfer from Georgia, has been given 10-1 odds of winning the 2019 Heisman Trophy, according to the betting site, Bovada. Those odds tied him at No. 3 with former teammate, Georgia sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, and behind Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who stand at 2-1 and 4-1 odds, respectively.Another website, BetOnline, has Fields tied for No. 4 in the odds with Clemson sophomore running back Travis Etienne, again behind Lawrence and Tagovailoa. He also trails junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is expected to transfer from Alabama instead of sitting behind Tagovailoa for another season.Hurts has 9-1 odds at the Heisman according to BetOnline, which also had Hurts’ odds of landing at in-conference opponent Maryland at the highest at 1-2.Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins was a co-favorite to win the Heisman at 6-1 when Bovada updated its rankings before the 2018 season on Jan. 30. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who ended up finishing No. 3 in Heisman voting, was given 35-1 odds on Jan. 30, 2018.Fields was a five-star prospect out of high school and the second-highest rated quarterback in the history of 247Sports Composite Rankings, trailing only Lawrence.At Georgia, Fields completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns in limited playing time through 12 games. He also rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries while backing up Fromm.Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell entered his name in the transfer portal, who removed “Ohio State” out of his Twitter bio and took visits to West Virginia and Miami. If Martell were to leave, Fields is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes in 2019. Fields is still awaiting confirmation that he will be eligible to play next season due to transfer rules requiring players to sit out a year between schools. read more

Lacazette urges Ramsey to extend his contract

first_imgAaron Ramsey has just 12 months left on his contract with Arsenal and the situation around him remains unclear – but his teammate Alexandre Lacazette claimed that he should extend the contract and stay.The French striker believes that the Wales international is kind of a legend at Emirates and he should stay at the club to help with the rebuilding phase and be one of the true leaders.The former Lyon striker spoke about Ramsey as he said, according to Standard:“Ramsey is really important. Aaron is there for maybe 10 years, he’s a legend in the club so we have to be respectful for everything he has done.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Of course with his quality, he can help the team to be better.”“He’s an example for all the young players. Of course, we need Aaron in the team.”“I hope and I think you’ll see a better Alexandre Lacazette than last year. Now I have one year in the Premier League, of course, I will be better.”last_img read more

Girona hoping to upset Real Madrid Eusebio

first_imgEusebio Sacristan believes Girona have what it takes to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph over Real Madrid.Girona host Madrid on Sunday, almost 10 months to the day they astonishingly beat the then-champions, and Eusebio was in a confident mood ahead of the match.“We want to repeat the sensations and results of last season,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I see it as a good opportunity to get my first win against Madrid, although it’s a statistic that doesn’t worry me too much.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We know that preseasons for teams with many players at a World Cup are somewhat strange, but we must have a lot of respect for Madrid because of their recent history and because they’ll come here hoping to do things well.“For us to have a chance, we must make the most of our quality, stick together and remain as united as we have been in recent seasons.“I don’t see Madrid weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo. Others will take responsibility.”last_img read more

Deputy Chief of Mission of Israel to Belize and The Bahamas Pays

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Chief of Mission of Israel to Belize and The Bahamas, Mr. Alon Lavi  paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry, and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette at the Ministry on Monday, 16th October, 2017.(BIS Photo/ Kristaan Ingraham) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Kenai Man Arrested For Vandalizing District Attorneys Office In Kenai

first_imgGarber was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and another two counts of Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. Garber was transported to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. According to the KPD dispatch; while responding to the area, officers noticed a person vandalizing the State office building at Bidarka/Main Street Loop. Officers contacted the subject Thomas A. Garber, age 49, of Kenai.center_img At 5:49 a.m., KPD received a report that the District Attorney’s office in Kenai had been vandalized. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department arrested a Kenai man for vandalizing the District Attorney’s office on December 26.last_img

ADCs Fall Conference to Address Redevelopment Issues at Active Closed Bases

first_imgADC will hold its first Installation Reuse Forum in October to discuss redevelopment issues affecting both active and closed installations.Much of the three-day event, scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Atlanta, will focus on topics common to both active and closed bases — primarily, how to return excess property and infrastructure to productive use. Communities and developers tasked with converting closed bases to residential, commercial and other uses face a unique economic development challenge — how to rejuvenate property burdened with antiquated infrastructure and contamination.The challenge is similar for communities with active installations where services are struggling to manage the increasing volume of vacant facilities, leaving base commanders with the task of finding new uses for those properties or spending scarce resources to maintain them.Addressing these issues will require innovative ideas that can drive new partnerships among installations, communities and developers. The Forum will focus on the variety of tools the development community can rely on as it works with the military to eliminate excess property at active installations and closed bases.The Installation Reuse Forum replaces the Base Redevelopment Forum, which ADC held for the past three years. Look for details on the program, hotel and registration when the Installation Reuse Forum website is launched next week. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Has SS Rajamouli found Daisy Edgar Jones replacement in Sai Pallavi

first_imgSai PallaviSai Pallavi/FacebookSai Pallavi seems to have probably bagged the biggest film of her career. The fast-growing actress has now been approached by SS Rajamouli for his mega-budget movie RRR, which stars Jr NTR and Ram Charan.There are strong rumours doing rounds that Sai Pallavi has been offered to play one of the female leads in the film. She is being considered for the role, which was supposed to be played by Daisy Edgar Jones, who walked out of the film due to personal issues.”Unfortunately due to family circumstances I am unable to participate in filming for this wonderful film. The script is truly brilliant and it’s such a great character, I hope whomever they cast receives as warm a welcome as I have and I wish the production all the best. [sic]” Daisy Edgar Jones had posted after her exit from RRR.Later, the names of Shraddha Kapoor, Nithya Menen and a few others were doing rounds. In the end, the offer has come Sai Pallavi’s way, says the latest buzz.It has to be noted that Alia Bhatt is also playing the female lead in the SS Rajamouli’s creation.On the other hand, Sai Pallavi, who shot to fame with Malayalam movie Premam, has tasted success in Telugu and Tamil movies already. Her dance skills have won her a huge number of fans and it gets clearly evident after Her Rowdy Baby song from Kollywood film Maari 2 garnered close to five crore views on YouTube page.Coming back to the SS Rajamouli’s creation, it is a mega-budget film produced by DVV Daniah. Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn plays a role with negative shade, while Alia Bhatt will romance Ram Charan in the period drama. The movie is made in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously and RRR is common name for all the languages.The film is set to release on July 30, 2020.last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 Highlights Here is FM Arun Jailtleys speech key takeaway

first_img[Representational Image]PIB IndiaAmid uproar over Narendra Modi’s government continuing with the Union Budget 2017-2018, following the death of E Ahmed, Congress MP from Kerala had raised doubts over the possible postponement of Budget speech. However, the House Speaker, Sumithra Mahajan gave the go ahead following a tribute and few minutes silence in respect of the deceased MP. The highlights below let us have a peek into the government’s focus for the next fiscal year, until the fine print of the Budget reaches everyone. Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: MP Ahamed’s death creates uncertainty; FM Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament, Union Cabinet to meet shortlyFinance Minister, Arun Jailtley started his Union Budget 2017 at 11 pm as planned. Top highlights of Union Budget 2017-2018:We have moved from a discretionary administration to a policy-based administration.Focus will be on energising our youth, to reap benefits of growth and employment.International Monetary Fund estimates that the world GDP will grow by 3.1 percent in 2016 and 3.4 percent in 2017.Demonetisation is a bold and decisive measure, for many decades tax evasion was a way of life for many.Pace of remonetisation has picked up and will soon reach comfortable levels. Effects of Demonetisation  not expected to spill over to next year.Have done away with planned and  non-planned allocation.Agenda is to transform, energise and clean India.Surplus liquidity in the banking system will aid in lower cost of lending and credit.Committed to double farmer income in five years. Agriculture is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in the current year.Overall approach in this year’s Budget has been to spend more in rural areas.Farmers will benefit from 60-day interest waiver announced by PM.Target of agricultural loans to farmers set at record Rs 10 lakh cr in 2017-18Fasal Bima Yojana coverage will be increased to 40 percent.Issuance of soil health cards has gathered momentum.Pledges to setup a mini lab in krishi vigyan kendrasWill support NABARD to digitise 63,000 primary agri co-operatives.To set up Rs 5,000 cr worth dedicated micro irrigation fund by NABARD.Long term irrigation fund set up in NABARD, additional corpus Rs 20,000 cr.Dairy processing fund initial corpus at Rs 2,000 cr.Pledges to bring one crore households out of poverty by 2019.National agricultural markets to be expanded to 585 markets.Cabinet approves extension of tenure of loans under credit linked subsidy scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana from 15 to 20 years.Budget allocation to MNREGA increased to a record Rs 48,000 crore for 2017-18 from Rs 37,000 cr in 2016-17.Total allocation for rural, agricultural and allied sectors for 2017-18 is Rs 187223 cr, which is 24 percent higher than last year.100 percent village electrification will be achieved by May 1, 2018.Proposes to introduce a system of measuring annual learning, science to be given more focus.To complete 1,00,00,000 houses by 2019 for houseless and those living in kaccha house.Open defecation free villages are now being given priority for pipe to water supply.Safe drinking water to cover 28,000 arsenic and Fluoride affected habitations in the next four years.For senior citizens, Aadhar cards giving their health condition will be introduced.Two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat.Steps will be taken to launch dedicated trains for pilgrimage and tourism.Rail safety fund with corpus of Rs 100,000 crore will be created over a period of five years.A new metro rail policy will be announced, this will open up new jobs for our youth.At least 25 stations are expected to be awarded during 2017-18; 500 stations are to be made differently abled-friendly by providing lifts and escalators.By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio-toilets.Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.Transport sector allocated Rs 2.41 lakh crore and Bharat Net Project allocated Rs 10,000 cr.The Foreign Investment Promotion Board has been abolished.Action plan to eliminate Kala Azar and Filariasis by 2017, Leprosy by 2018, Measles by 2020 and Tuberculosis by 2025.Mission Antyodaya to bring 1 crore households out of poverty and to make 50,000 Gram Panchayats poverty-free.During 2017-18, another 5 lakh ponds will be constructed, for drought-proofing.Railway related state-run companies like IRCON and IRCTC to be listed on stock exchanges.3.5 crore youth will be trained under Sankalp program launched by the government.Propose to double the lending target of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and set it up at Rs 2.44 lakh crore for 2017-18.Unmanned railway level crossings to be done away with by 2020.Government to commission 3,500 km of railway tracks in 2018.Propose to feed 7000 solar railway station in medium term.Government proposes 1 lakh cr corpus for Railway ministry’s safety fund over five years.Chandigarh and eight districts of Haryana have been declared kerosene free.Pace of construction of roads has increased to Rs 133 km/day in 2017.2,000 km of coastal roads have been identified for development.National Highway allocation now stands at Rs 64,000 cr.FM proposes Rs 2.41 lakh cr allocation.Rs 3.96 lakh cr have been allocated for infrastructure.Government to take up second phase of solar power development for additional 20,000 mw.Government to launch Adhaar Pay soon.Rs 10,000 cr allocated for recapitalisation of PSU banks.New rules for pricing medical devices to benefit common man.Government considering introduction of new law to confiscate assets of offenders who escape the country.Aadhar enabled payment system to be launched soon. Banks have targeted to introduce additional 10 lakh Point-of-Sale terminals by March 2017.Total expenditure of budget 2017-18 has been placed at Rs 21.47 lakh cr.Defence expenditure excluding pension at Rs 2.74 lakh cr.Total resources being transferred to the states andunion territories with legislature is Rs 4.11 lakh cr.Fiscal deficit target for 2017-18 is 3.2 percent. Proposes to create a payment regulatory board at RBI.Government to launch two new schemes to promote BHIM App.Government to take steps to promote digital payments at petrol pumps, hospitals.Government to set up new crude oil reserves.Web-based pension distribution system for defence will be established.We are largely a tax non compliant society, when too many people evade taxes burden falls on those who are honest.Out of 3.7 crore who filed tax returns in 2015-16, only 24 lakh persons showed income above Rs 10 lakh.Due to demonetisation advance tax on personal income tax has been increased by 34.8 percent. There is an urgent need to protect the poor from chit fund schemes, draft bill placed in public domain.The net tax revenue grew by 17 percent in 2015-16.Capital gains tax to be exempted, for persons holding land from which land was pooled for creation of state capital of Telangana.Holding period for land and building will be reduced to 2 years from 3 years.Income tax for small companies with an annual turnover of 50 crore, now to pay 25 percent, a 5 percent reduction.Not to remove Minimum Alternative Tax in 2017-18; Propose to allow a carry forward of MAT for a period of 15 years as against 10 years now.Proposes to reduce basic customs duty on LNG from 5 percent to 2.5 percent in 2017-18.To cut presumptive turnover threshold for companies with turnover up to Rs 2 cr to 6 percent.SIT has suggested no cash transaction above Rs 3 lakhs. Government has accepted this.Maximum cash donation any party can receive will be Rs 2000 from one source.Political parties will be entitled to receive donations by cheque or in the digital mode from their donors.Political parties will need to file income tax returns.Proposes transparency in political party funding.Proposes to amend RBI Act for issue of electoral bonds for political funding.Government abolishes Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), more easing of the FDI policy on the anvil.Propose to reduce existing rate of taxation of those with income between 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh from 10 percent to 5 percent.Surcharge of 10 percent for those whose annual income is Rs 50 lakh to 1 cr.Finance minister to exempt some foreign portfolio investment from indirect transfer provisions.Tax foregone from deduction in tax rate at Rs 15,500 cr.Net revenue loss in direct tax could be Rs 20,000 cr due to exemptions.FM concludes his speech. Lok Sabha adjourned.  (Source: EY India, ANI, CII)last_img read more

China to announce new leadership lineup with Xi at helm

first_imgA conductor leads an orchestra as delegates stand for the national anthem during the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: ReutersChina’s ruling Communist Party reveals its new leadership line-up on Wednesday when President Xi Jinping introduces his Politburo Standing Committee, culminating a week-long party congress.A key measure of Xi’s rising influence leading the world’s second-largest economy will be how many of his allies are installed on the Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. It is currently made up of seven people, all men, and headed by Xi, who is also party and military chief.Five members are expected to retire due to an unwritten rule limiting new five-year terms to those under 68.One of the five, a close Xi ally, the anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, 69, was left off the new Central Committee, which elects the Standing Committee, but he could get another job a few months down the line, sources have said.The new line-up will be announced around midday (0400 GMT) at the first plenum of the congress. The congress itself formally ended on Tuesday, with Xi having his political theory written into the party’s constitution, putting him in the same company as the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong.The world should not be worried about China’s growing confidence, the influential state-run tabloid the Global Times wrote in an editorial on Wednesday.“We are creating a strong nation that is friendly toward others and understands the importance of sharing the benefits reaped from development, a trait that has yet to emerge in human society,” it said.Who gets on the new Standing Committee remains a closely guarded secret until Xi leads them out before the media in a room inside central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where all top party events take place.Names in contention include vice-premier Wang Yang, Xi advisers Li Zhanshu and Wang Huning, Shanghai party chief Han Zheng, Guangdong province party boss Hu Chunhua and Zhao Leji, who runs the powerful organisation department that oversees personnel decisions such as promotions and demotions.Other contenders include Chen Miner, who heads the party in the southwestern city of Chongqing; Beijing party boss Cai Qi; and Jiangsu province party boss Li Qiang, all of whom are close to Xi. Chen and Cai have enjoyed meteoric rises up the party ranks.Premier Li Keqiang is the only other member of the current Standing Committee apart from Xi who will remain, unless he is unexpectedly left off, which seems unlikely.Previous party congresses have anointed successors for the roles of party head and premier, with Xi and Li both vaulting on to the Standing Committee in 2007 before they were then further promoted to their current roles in 2012.Speculation has swirled in Beijing this week that Xi may break with precedent and not appoint an obvious successor, who would have to be young enough to serve three consecutive terms in the Standing Committee.last_img read more

Thailand market bomb kills 3

first_imgA Thai forensics unit scours the aftermath of a motorcycle bombing which killed three civilians and wounded others at a market in the restive southern Thai province of Yala on 22 January, 2018. Photo: AFPA motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 22 others on Monday morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials said, the first such attack on a ‘soft target’ in the Muslim-majority region for months.A rebellion against Thai rule in the culturally distinct Thai “Deep South” bordering Malaysia has left nearly 7,000 dead — the majority civilians — since 2004.The death toll in 2017 from the insurgency was the lowest in 13 years of conflict as peace talks edged forwards and the Thai junta boosted its security lockdown on the region.But Monday’s bomb at a packed market in Yala town popular with Buddhists and Muslims suggests a return to attacks on civilian targets.Chunks of torn corrugated roofing and parts of destroyed motorbikes and stalls littered a narrow alleyway in the market, as police picked through a scene of devastation shortly after the bomb.”The suspects parked the motorcycle in front of a stall selling pork in downtown Yala… it detonated 10 minutes later killing three civilians and wounding 19 others,” the policeman told AFP, requesting anonymity.”It’s the first big attack in downtown Yala in two years and is quite serious because people died.”It was not immediately clear if the bomb deliberately targeted the pork stall — and potentially its Buddhist customers.The wounded were taken to the main hospital in Yala, which is the main town of the province with the same name.Pramote Prom-in, an army spokesman for the region, confirmed the death toll, adding 22 were wounded “mainly with minor injuries”.Thailand, which colonised the ethnically Malay south roughly a century ago, has for decades been confronted by ethnic fighters seeking more autonomy, but the conflict flared up into its bloodiest phase in 2004.Rights groups have accused both the insurgents and security forces of widespread human rights abuses.The shadowy militant cells, who operate from remote communities and the forested Malaysia border zone have in recent months stepped back from targeting civilians amid heavy criticism.Monday’s attack could mark a dangerous new turn in the tactics.”If it was the work of the insurgents, then it’s a sign of things to come — a stern message to the authorities that they will resort to hitting soft targets,” Don Pathan, a Thailand-based independent analyst, told AFP.Pathan speculated the market blast could be “retaliation” for a specific incident in a conflict defined by tit-for-tat operations by insurgents and security forces.”But over recent years the insurgents haven’t targeted civilians out right… this is a big concern.”last_img read more

Rohingya want to return to Myanmar as citizens

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. ReutersMyanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday.UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis.The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement.“Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship could be provided,” it added.More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled an offensive by Myanmar troops launched nearly a year ago in reprisal for attacks on border posts by Rohingya rebels.UN rights officials have documented allegations of mass killings, rape and torching of villages at the hands of Myanmar’s military, which the Myanmar authorities have denied.The United States, Britain and France as well as the United Nations have described the military campaign as ethnic cleansing.Schraner Burgener, who was appointed in April, said Bangladesh needs more international aid to host the Rohingya and tackle the risk of landslides from monsoons that have already killed 12 people near the camps.The envoy will deliver her first briefing to the Security Council on Monday, which will be held behind closed doors.last_img read more

Thousands Combat Stigma Gather for Mary Jane in Peace

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhile the 2019 National Cannabis Festival may have appropriately fallen on “4/20,” the date recognized as the official “weed holiday,” the festivities were far more than Cheech and Chong, burning blunts and munchies.  The festival was an opportunity for weed enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, advocates and lawmakers to celebrate the strides made in the marijuana industry, discuss necessary policy, stop criminalizing cannabis and turn up to headlining artists.Throughout the day guests remarked in pleasure that there was no fighting, no loud, obnoxious drunks, no stressed faces, but happy people gathering, “for the love of marijuana,” as festival attendee Mira told the AFRO.The 2019 National Cannabis Festival, which featured headliners Ludacris and Action Bronson and workshops, took place on April 20, the recognized weed holiday, and gathered people from all walks of life to have fun and discuss important marijuana policy. (Photo by Micha Green)Looking around at the National Cannabis Festival, one got a taste of the beautiful blend of cultures in America.  The festival was a unifying factor for all the various people gathering in the name of Mary Jane.“The National Cannabis Festival is important because it brings people together. There were all kinds of people from all walks of life coming together,” Timoteo told the AFRO. “I had a great time. I was pleased by all the positive energy. I enjoyed the food, the different types of weed. Seeing different group and people together enjoying each others company. All the smiles all around was one of the best parts of the event.”The fact that the National Cannabis Festival is somewhat of a melting pot is completely intentional.  Cannabis advocates emphasize that marijuana can be for all kinds of people.“Just to break barriers with those prejudices- that everyone who smokes weed is crazy and it makes you do crazy things,” Mira said. “It’s actually more peaceful meditation, and for larger groups, social meditation. Whether subconsciously or not it brings people together.”While he enjoyed the concert, particularly D.C.’s Backyard Band, Timoteo remarked that he wished there was  more variety in musical artists to further break the stigma surrounding weed.“I wish they had less rap music and more of a mix of entertainment,” he said. “I like what they had don’t get me wrong, but I wish they would have just added other genres cause not everyone who smokes weed listens to hip hop. And if you bring different musicians from different genres you can expand your audience a bit more.”The audience was not simply treated to a concert though.  While artists such as Action Bronson, Ludacris and Biz Markie rocked the stage, the festival also offered workshops and programming for people in every spectrum of the weed industry, from cultivator, entrepreneur to consumer.“It’s education as well.  There’s a lot of good workshops and tutorials about the growing and policy- so that was also a big point of interest,” Mira said.In his third year of attending and watching the growth of the festival, Timoteo found it exciting that he was still able to learn something new.“Now that it is legal there are all these creative things coming out. I had infused coffee for the first time,” he told the AFRO.For Timoteo and other attendees, the overall unifying factor was the highlight of the National Cannabis Festival.“The biggest highlight was just that the festival alone exist. People are in the nation’s capital gathering and smoking weed without fear of getting in trouble.”Note: For the purposes of protecting the identities of festival guests and their families, the AFRO is excluding the last name of those quoted.last_img read more

India Turkey to enhance bilateral ties

first_imgKolkata: Ambassador-Designate of India to the Republic of Turkey Mr Sanjay Bhattacharyya on Monday stressed on the importance of cultural ties between Kolkata and Turkey. He laid emphasis on the promotion of tourism between the two countries.He was addressing a special session: ‘Economic Climate and Business Opportunities in Turkey and Egypt’ organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce at its office. He briefed the business community of Kolkata to new opportunities of trade and investment in Turkey and Egypt while addressing the session. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhile talking to the Millennium Post on the sideline of the programme, he said a festival on Rabindranath Tagore will be organised in Egypt to boost cultural ties between the two countries. He also visited Shantiniketan recently in this regard. He said there has been an influx of tourists to Egypt from India but the number of people visiting India from Egypt is not up to the mark due to lack of tour operators. During his speech, Bhattacharyya said as a result of the recent transformation in the Egypt, more transparency is being induced in the system of business practices through Legislative and Economic reforms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTurkey’s economy witnessed a significant momentum of growth during the last decade and a half. In this context, Mr Sitaram Sharma, president, Bharat Chamber of Commerce referred to increased trade between India and Turkey recorded at USD 5.85 billion during 2016. He also laid emphasis on creation of a Free Trade Agreement in order to expand the horizon of economic ties between the two countries. Egypt ranks as the best FDI destination in Africa for India.last_img read more

NKDA puts up 10 charging stations for evehicles

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride towards encouraging more e-vehicles in New Town, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has come up with as many as 10 charging points at strategic locations.All electric vehicle owners (2, 3 or 4 wheelers) suffer from “charge anxiety,” where there is a worry about what would happen if charge suddenly runs out. “We hope this move will encourage more and more people to use e-vehicles,” NKDA chairman Debashis Sen said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNew Town has already achieved the status of a Gold Rate certified Green City and has got the certificate from IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) recently. It is a city under the state government’s Green City Mission.The move is a part of NKDA’s sustained efforts to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a cleaner, greener sustainable environment.The charging stations have been installed mostly near parking zones, so that the e-vehicles can get charged while waiting. Sations have been put up at parking lots near Rabindra Tirtha, Tata Medical Centre, Nazrul Tirtha, Gates 1/4/6 of Eco Park, Café Ekante, Axis Mall, Eco Urban Village and Central Mall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn addition, Indian Oil’s COCO (Company Operated Company Owned) smart outlet at Action Area 3 also has electric vehicle charging units.There are also three heavy duty charging stations located at the bus terminal near Pride Hotel, AA3 bus-stand near Sukhobristi and Eco Urban Village in AA2, for running the electric buses.New Town has three electric AC buses running successfully for the last four months, with more than 35,000 passengers using their services already. New Town also has e-rickshaw stands and in the Bengalathon 2019 contest, NKDA had stated that they are also looking at an app to have totos on call.It may be mentioned that totos have emerged as a prominent mode of transport for last mile connectivity across the state and New Town is no exception. “We feel that there are fewer e-vehicles as there are no charging stations. There are no charging stations because there is no demand from e-vehicles. So we have come up with a good number of charging stations to address this chicken-n-egg problem,” the official added.last_img read more

Dogs can do what you do or remember what you say

first_imgFor all dog owners out there, your canine friends are paying attention to what you say and do and they’ll remember too. It will be a delightful discovery for dog lovers to know about the findings of this study.A new study has suggested that just like humans, dogs too have “episodic memory” – the ability to remember and recall events from the past. The study revealed that dogs can recall a person’s complex actions even when they don’t expect to have their memory tested. “The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between animals and humans,” said Claudia Fugazza from Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the team first trained 17 dogs to imitate human actions with the “Do as I Do” training method, in which dogs watch a person perform an action and then do the action themselves. For example, if their owner jumps in the air and then gives the “Do it!” command, the dog would jump in the air too. Next, the dogs were trained to lie down after watching the human action, no matter what it was.After the dogs had learned to lie down reliably, the researchers surprised them by saying “Do It” and the dogs did. The dogs were then tested in that way after one minute and after one hour.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results showed they were able to recall the demonstrated actions after both short and long time intervals. However, their memory faded somewhat over time, the researchers observed. The same approach can most likely be used and adapted in a wide range of animal species, to better understand how animals’ minds process their own actions and that of others around them, the researchers noted. The study published in the journal Current Biology.last_img read more

Amazons Ring gave access to its employees to watch live footage of

first_imgAccording to a report by The Intercept, Ring, Amazon’s smart doorbell company gave access to its employees to watch live footage from cameras of the customers. As per the claim, Ring engineers and executives were allowed to watch the unfiltered footage of the users. Last year in February, Amazon acquired Ring for $1 billion. Amazon had been in the news last year for its data breach where the company leaked out the customers’ email addresses. Ring markets its cameras, mounted as doorbells as a security means that act like a privatized neighborhood watch while the user was away. The staff at Ring was able to gain access to the cameras inside as well as outside the home, depending on where the devices were positioned. Ring has been accused of mishandling videos collected by the smart device and failing to protect the footage with encryption. The Ring customer’s email address is enough to get access to cameras from user’s home. According to The Information and The Intercept, Ring’s video annotation team would watch camera footage and tag objects, humans and other things in the video clips so that its object recognition software could better itself. In 2016, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development team unfettered access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that had unencrypted videos created by Ring cameras. Ring’s Neighbors app, that lets users receive real-time crime and safety alerts, doesn’t include any mention of image or facial recognition in its description. Ring’s terms of service and its privacy policy don’t mention any details about the manual video annotation being conducted by humans. Ring tried to justify that the videos weren’t shared by the company. Ring responded to this post stating, “We take the privacy and security of our customers’ personal information extremely seriously. In order to improve our service, we view and annotate certain Ring video recordings. These recordings are sourced exclusively from publicly shared Ring videos from the Neighbors app (in accordance with our terms of service), and from a small fraction of Ring users who have provided their explicit written consent to allow us to access and utilize their videos for such purposes. Ring employees do not have access to livestreams from Ring products. We have strict policies in place for all our team members. We implement systems to restrict and audit access to information. We hold our team members to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our policies faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties. In addition, we have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them.” Because of the privacy concerns, users are now skeptical about using Ring’s smart doorbell. One comment on HackerNews read, “The ring doorbell is installed at your front door. It records pretty much all movement to and from your house. It records audio at the doorstep, so if you’re having a conversation with anyone at your doorstep, that gets recorded too.” Another user commented, “If some rando gets my ring doorbell footage and figures out where I live, that’s hard to undo. If someone steals my stuff and gets away with it because I didn’t have a ring doorbell, that’s annoying but much easier to recover from. We are talking about the difference between an insurance claim and moving house.” According to a few users, this device is prone to DDOS attacks. One of the users commented, “Aside from the 700 person team given access to live video feeds and customer databases, the lack of proper security of this product makes it a PRIME target for DDOS attacks that could cripple infrastructure.” But few users are in the favor of such devices as they find them safe and convenient to use. One user commented, “These devices are extremely popular in my neighborhood, and cost/convenience is the only thing keeping them from being universal.” Another user commented, “I’d say, yes. I’ve been able to watch that many people see the ring (they see the camera), and they back right off the porch. It’s been awesome in this respect, people simply ring it less.” Some users believe such surveillance devices shouldn’t use cloud but instead have data stored locally. Others are now looking out for alternatives like Xiaomi Dafang camera, RCA doorbell camera, and Blue Iris. This news surely makes one reflect on how home appliances could get monitored by companies or hackers and personal data might get misused. Note: We have edited this news to include the response from the Ring team to our post. Read Next AWS introduces Amazon DocumentDB featuring compatibility with MongoDB, scalability and much more Amazon confirms plan to sell a HIPAA eligible software, Amazon Comprehend Medical, which will mine medical records of the patients US government privately advised by top Amazon executive on web portal worth billions to the Amazon; The Guardian reportslast_img read more