Morocco France Discuss Means to Boost Cooperation in Fisheries

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch held talks on Wednesday in Rabat with French Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries Alain Vidalies.Talks focused on the means to boost cooperation between the two countries in scientific research, aquaculture, training and trade.Following talks, the French official praised bilateral cooperation in international fora and highlighted, in a statement to MAP, the convergence of the views of the two countries on the development of aquaculture and exchanging experiences in this field. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the means to boost cooperation between France and Morocco in aquaculture and the protection of fishery resources in the Mediterranean, Akhannouch told MAP.With MAP read more

New Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama assumes duties

Foreign Minister Amunugama addressed the senior staff of the Ministry following his assumption of duties. (Colombo Gazette) The newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Sarath Amunugama assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.The Minister was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior officials upon arrival at the Ministry.

Three Iranian Navy ships arrive in Sri Lanka

During their stay in the island the crew members of ships are expected to take part in a number of programmes including cultural events and friendly sporting activities organized by the Sri Lanka Navy.On completion of their official tour, the ships are scheduled to set sail from the Colombo harbour on the 18th of this month. (Colombo Gazette) The Commanding Officers of the ships, Lieutenant Commander Mahmood Badvi, Lieutenant Commander Hasan Beygi and Lieutenant Commander Mohammad Bagher Rahnama called on the Commander of the Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne. Talks were held between both sides and mementos were also exchanged to mark the occasion. Three Iranian Navy ships, Bushehr, Lavan and Bayandore arrived at the port of Colombo on a training and goodwill visit.The Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the trio of ships in compliance with naval traditions on their arrival. read more

Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover but UNAU

Jeremiah Mamabolo,  Joint Special Representative for the UN-African Union Hybrid mission, UNAMID, updated members on events since the ousting of former president of 30 years, Omar al-Bashir, with news reports suggesting on Wednesday that he had now been transferred to prison. Mr. Mamabolo said that with one General already forced out of office in the face of continuing protests, the daily curfew has now been lifted, and political detainees are due to be released, with a nationwide ceasefire now in place.  “Yesterday, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General were replaced”, he said, adding that the new military leader, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burnhan, had announced a “military transitional phase” which would last two year at most, before a handover to civilian control. But protests are continuing he said, noting that some internally-displaced people, or IDPs in Darfur – where military action by the former president against civilians led to war crimes charges against him by the International Criminal Court a decade ago – had “engaged in violent acts” targeting Government locations, and those seen as collaborators with the former regime. “Let me assure the Council that in the midst of all these developments, UNAMID has remained vigilant, maintaining a robust posture, particularly in the Jebel Marra area of responsibility, which is where we have peacekeeping troops”, he added. The mission is currently drawing down, but the political landscape “has drastically changed, and has the potential to affect our mandate implementation going forward”, said the top official in Darfur, citing a postponement of a sector headquarters handover that was due to take place on Monday.  “The incidents of violence in Darfur IDP camps in reaction to the events in Khartoum, attest to the fragility of the security situation in Darfur, which had hitherto been increasingly calm and stable”, excepting Jebel Marra, said Mr. Mamabolo.  He urged Council members that the international community now “has an opportunity to initiate and sustain dialogue with the new authorities in Sudan. This would help create a conducive environment for UNAMID’s departure, and the international community’s follow-on engagement in Darfur.  OCHA/Sari OmerA WFP food distribution to Sudanese IDPs near the Murta settlement, Kadugli, in South Kordofan state. (May 2018)‘Regular operations’ continue for humanitarians in Sudan: UN deputy relief chief Although regular operations have not been affected by the political crisis, the UN deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told Council members that humanitarians across Sudan were “very concerned about the protection of civilians” – particularly in Darfur, where localized fighting is continuing.   At this critical time, it is essential to ensure the people of #Darfur & the rest of #Sudan receive the assistance they need. Briefed Security Council today, calling for #humanitarian access & sustained support for millions in need. My remarks:— Ursula Mueller (@UschiMuller) April 17, 2019 The start of the school year has been delayed she noted, and the country’s burgeoning economic crisis “has had a significant impact” on need-levels nationwide, as one of the main drivers of the initial mass-protests that began in December, against the rule of the former president.  She noted that rampant inflation, currency devaluation and soaring prices had contributed to rising numbers of those in need, with 5.8 million now food insecure, up from 3.8 million, this time a year ago. This includes 1.9 million in Darfur; a number likely to rise with the onset of the lean season in May. In all, around 1.9 million remain displaced by fighting she noted, the vast majority in Darfur. “More support is needed” from the international community, she stressed, and humanitarians are appealing for $1.1 billion to help the most vulnerable. Ms. Muller reminded members that Sudan had been a vital conduit for aid into South Sudan, and as host country to around 150,000 refugees from its war-ravaged neighbour. “We continue to call on all parties in Sudan to allow the humanitarian community to assist people in need”, she said. “We also call on the Government to take further measures to improve the operating environment for humanitarian organizations, especially the lifting of bureaucratic impediments to movement”. read more

UK car manufacturing falls in April but YTD output remains strongest for

Car output falls 18.2% as Easter bank holiday results in fewer manufacturing days.Year-to-date production rises 1.0% to almost 600,000 units – the highest level since 2000.SMMT calls for the newly elected government to prioritise UK Automotive needs to secure future growth. UK car manufacturing fell in April, according to figures released by SMMT. 122,116 cars were made in the month, a 18.2% decrease on April 2016, as the late Easter bank holiday affected production.Despite the decline, year-to-date production remains strong with 593,796 cars made so far in 2017 – a 1.0% increase on the same period last year – reaching its highest level for the first four months of the year since 2000.Demand from overseas buyers continues to drive growth, up 3.5% so far this year and offsetting a fall at home of 7.0%. In total 76.8% of all cars made in the UK since January have been shipped abroad, with the majority going into the EU.The news comes as SMMT publishes its priorities for the next government following the general election in June. UK Automotive Priorities, Securing the Strength of the UK Automotive Industry 2017 – 2022 sets out what is required to ensure the ongoing success of a crucial sector that supports 814,000 jobs nationwide, one that has a turnover of £71.6 billion every year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Car production fell significantly in April due to the later Easter bank holiday weekend which reduced the number of active production days that month and also due to unplanned production adjustments. Overall, British car manufacturing remains in good health with the production outlook still very positive and significant new models due to go into UK production shortly. To guarantee future growth and investment into our industry and its vital supply chain, however, we need the next government to safeguard the conditions that have made us globally competitive, keeping us open and trading and delivering an ambitious industrial strategy for our sector.UK Automotive Priorities 2017- 2022A globally competitive business environment to support investment, growth and job creation.A new trading relationship with the EU which safeguards the interests of UK Automotive.An ambitious industrial strategy delivering for automotive as a strategic sector.A holistic strategy to support sustainable mobility and ULEV uptake.Effective policies to ensure the UK secures the benefits of digitalisation.Download UK Automotive Priorities, Securing the Strength of the UK Automotive Industry 2017 – 2022 here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Nick Foles Is Not Carson Wentz And The Eagles Adjusted Accordingly

Foles did little to suggest otherwise in four mostly lackluster appearances to close the regular season. But he spent the month of January proving himself up to the challenge. With 352 yards (on 26-for-33 passing) and three touchdowns versus Minnesota, he produced one of the greatest QB performances in conference championship history. The game brought back memories of Foles’s 2013 season in Philadelphia, when he posted the third-best single-season passer rating in NFL history. But it was also a testament to the adjustments that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson made to accommodate the different strengths of Wentz and Foles.Under both Wentz in the regular season and Foles during the playoffs, the Eagles’ offense averaged over 390 yards per game. But those yards were accumulated in different ways. Before Wentz’s injury, Philly was a balanced team whose aerial attack primarily relied on the power of its quarterback’s arm — often assisted by Wentz’s magician-like ability to improvise and buy time in the pocket. One thing it didn’t do, however, was ask receivers to do lots of work after hauling in the football. Through Week 14, Wentz led the league in touchdown passes per attempt and ranked third in air yards per attempt, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, but his targets were only 22nd in yards after the catch per reception.Foles connected on three 40-yard passes against the Vikings. But those have been big exceptions to the Eagles’ general approach with Foles at the helm, which has been to throw much shorter. In the playoffs, Foles’s average pass has traveled 7.1 yards through the air. Compare that with Wentz’s average of 9.8 air yards per attempt during the regular season, and you can begin to see how Pederson has shifted his offense’s focus. Forty percent of Wentz’s passes went 10 or more yards downfield, compared with 25 percent for Foles in the playoffs. And Foles has actually thrown a larger share of his passes to players at or behind the line of scrimmage (29 percent) than 10 yards past it. *Playoff games onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Carson Wentz7.74.812.415.5%44.3%40.2% Philly’s passing offense changed in the playoffsDistance traveled through the air — and after the catch — for passes by Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, 2017 season In today’s NFL, throwing shorter passes isn’t always correlated with better outcomes. But Foles is succeeding in large part because his receivers are taking those short passes and running for big gains after the catch. With Wentz under center, the Eagles’ pass-catchers produced only 98.6 yards after the catch per game (eighth-fewest in football); with Foles in the playoffs, they’ve nearly doubled that output (164.5 YAC/game). In particular, they’re doing a ton of damage on screen passes, which Pederson seldom utilized with Wentz. Running back Jay Ajayi, for instance, went from gaining just 7.4 yards after catch per game with Wentz during the regular season1In the five games immediately after Ajayi was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in late October. to 51.0 yards per game in the postseason, including nearly 30 receiving yards per game on screens alone. Foles is also making smart reads and getting the ball out very quickly. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 2.39 seconds before each pass, a mark that would have been fourth-fastest in the NFL during the regular season. (Wentz, for comparison, was 17th-fastest, at 2.54 seconds.) Foles has used that quick release to lethal effect when conducting the run-pass option — which is more than just a ubiquitous piece of announcer-speak during Eagles broadcasts. The RPO helps freeze defenses with the added threat of handing off to a dangerous runner like Ajayi, and it lends itself to the types of quick passes that Foles has excelled at this postseason. Philly ran plenty of RPOs even before Foles took over, but that section of the playbook has been crucial to Pederson’s resurrection of the Chip Kelly-era version of Foles.Now, it remains to be seen which version will show up for the Super Bowl this Sunday. The conditions have been right for Foles to succeed in the playoffs thus far — Philadelphia hasn’t had to play from behind much and has enjoyed one of the league’s most drastic home-field advantages. But there’s no telling what will happen if things go off script. That’s why the Eagles need to stay out of third-and-long, where the drop-off from Wentz to Foles is really glaring. (On third down with 8 or more yards to go, Wentz was the NFL’s top passer this season according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating; only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was even remotely close.) They need to keep feeding the ball to Ajayi, who’s averaging roughly the same number of yards from scrimmage in these playoffs (98.5 per game) as he did during his All-Pro season with Miami in 2016. And perhaps most importantly, Foles needs to keep playing mistake-free football: Only 8.2 percent of his passes have been off-target this postseason — a rate that would easily have ranked No. 1 in the league during the regular season.He could do all of that, of course, and still fall short: Tom Brady could always reach into his bag of comeback tricks, and there’s also the small detail of Brady and Bill Belichick’s 15-0 record in the playoffs against teams that they’re facing for the first time in a season. But putting those metaphysical factors aside, the Patriots have their own vulnerabilities. They aren’t exactly a defensive powerhouse, having ranked ninth-worst in the NFL in expected points added during the regular season. And although that number improved as the year went on, they still allowed the league’s fourth-highest QBR on passes that traveled fewer than 10 yards through the air — the kinds of throws they’re likely to see a ton of from Foles and company. If the Eagles can execute their newfound offense and resist Brady’s supercharged comeback powers, there are plenty of reasons to think Foles (of all people) will be the one to deliver Philadelphia its long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Around Thanksgiving, the idea that the Philadelphia Eagles would make it all the way to Super Bowl LII wouldn’t have surprised many people. Philadelphia started the season 10-1, and quarterback Carson Wentz emerged as the front-runner for league MVP honors. But after Wentz was lost to injury in Week 14, the Eagles’ title chances seemingly disappeared, too. Backups — like Philly’s stopgap, Nick Foles — seldom carry a team to Super Bowl glory. Yards/Completion …% of Passes by Air distance QuarterbackThrough AirAfter CatchTotal<=0 Yds1-10 Yds10+ Yds Nick Foles*5.56.712.228.646.025.4 read more

Womens EHF CL start Budućnost Gyori and Larvik began the race

In three openning matches of the Women’s EHF Champions League 2012/2013, three favourites haven’t problem with their rivals. Current EHF CL champion, Budućnost Podgorica beat Zvezda Zvenigorod 29:21 with 11 goals of Milena Knezevic. Larvik spent relaxed 60 minutes on the playing court against Savehof 39:31 with good Sulland (10 goals), while the most balanced match has been seen in Hungarian Gyori, where the last year finalist had good resistance from Podravka Koprivnica 24:19 (11:7).GYÖRI AUDI ETO KC: Lunde Haraldsen (14+1), Herr (-+0): Radičević 3, Löke 3, D. Hornyák, Korsos, Görbicz 4(2), Kovacsics 1, Amorim 5, Rédei-Soós 1, Tervel, Orbán 2, Szepesi 2, Á. Hornyák, Lekić 3. PODRAVKA VEGETA: Žderić (6+0), Jelčić (5+1), Kapitanović (-); A. Čović 2, Ž. Čović 3, Pongrac, S. Šenvald, Gaće, Damnjanović 9(4), Milanović Litre 1, Dragišić, Vidak, Tatari 3, Horvat 1, Pušić-Koroljević.photo: Ivan Božič, rk podravka Women’s EHF Champions League 2012/2013 ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL (Round 3): Kielce walkover Gorenje – Juanin Garcia save terible Barca! Next Story → Macedonian star Elena Gjeorgijevska will miss EHF EURO 2012! read more

Obama gives last presidential interview to 60 Minutes

first_imgWASHINGTON — The increase of Israeli settlements has “gotten so substantial” that it is inhibiting the possibility for an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state,” President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president.Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama dismissed the idea that there is a “major rupture” in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month’s decision by the U.S. to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements.“Because of our investment in the region, and because we care so deeply about Israel, I think (the U.S.) has a legitimate interest in saying to a friend, ‘This is a problem,”‘ Obama said. “It would have long-term consequences for peace and security in the region, and the United States.”The outgoing president reflected on his legacy and his biggest challenges during his eight years in office during the hourlong interview. A number of his policies — from health care to his contentious relationship with Israel — could be short-lived as President-elect Donald Trump becomes the 45th president later this week and vows to reverse some of those policies.Trump has been vocal about his disapproval of many of Obama’s policies, often voicing his disagreement or engaging in public disputes with the president on Twitter. Most recently, Trump lashed out over hypothetical comments Obama made that he would beat Trump if they ran against each other in a general election.last_img read more

New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest efforts to reform residency laws after years of setbacks and stalemates.“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies, which he contended excessively favor family based immigration. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. The proposed shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would mark a dramatic departure from the nation’s largely family based approach, which officials said gives roughly 66% of green cards to those with family ties and 12% based on skills.The president’s plan, unveiled in a Rose Garden ceremony, has yet to be embraced by his own party — let alone Democrats — and faces dubious prospects in a divided Congress. The show of magnanimity comes as Trump seeks to put a softer facade on the signature campaign issue from his first campaign as he eyes his 2020 reelection.“Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker,” Trump said, adding that it contrasts with what he called Democrats’ support of “chaos,” and predicted it will lead him to victory next November.“Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow,” he added.Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions. Prospects for an agreement seem especially bleak as the 2020 elections near, though the plan could give Trump and the GOP a proposal to rally behind, even as Democrats signaled their opposition.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s emphasis on merit-based immigration is “condescending” because families have merit, too.The plan does not address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children — a top priority for Democrats. Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservative Republicans would like to see.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “Dreamer” immigrants were not included in Trump’s new plan because past proposals involving them have failed.In briefings Wednesday that attracted dozens of journalists and outside allies, administration officials said the plan would create a points-based visa system, similar to those used by Canada and other countries.Under the new plan, the U.S. would award the same number of green cards as it now does. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S., would be eliminated.As part of the plan, officials want to shore up ports of entry to ensure all vehicles and people are screened and to create a self-sustaining fund, paid for with increased fees, to modernize ports of entry.The plan also calls for building border wall in targeted locations and continues a push for an overhaul to the U.S. asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and removing people who don’t qualify faster.While the officials insisted their effort was not a “political” plan, they nonetheless framed it as one they hoped Republicans would unite behind, making clear to voters what the party is “for.”“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security, a negotiating position,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House.Indeed, the plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats as well as immigration activists, who remain deeply skeptical of Trump after past negotiation failures.Democrats and some Republicans tried crafting a compromise with Trump last year that would have helped young Dreamer immigrants and added money for border security. But those talks collapsed over White House demands to curb legal immigration and a dramatic Senate showdown in which lawmakers rejected three rival proposals that aligned with the “four pillars” immigration plan Trump unveiled that year.Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, also criticized the various planks of the proposal, including its failure to address those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, which Trump has tried to end.“A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn’t contemplate a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt intended to posture rather than problem-solve,” she said.Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower immigration rates, applauded a “very positive effort” on legal immigration, but said it was “undermined by the embrace of the current very high level of immigration.”Republicans on Capitol Hill, too, voiced skepticism. A PowerPoint presentation shared with reporters Wednesday referred to the plan as “The Republican Proposal,” even though many GOP members had yet to see it.___ New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system AP, Posted: May 16, 2019 AP May 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Subaru stops two Japanese factories to address powersteering defect

first_img 45 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Subaru Subaru: Stay up-to-date on everything Subaru.Subaru STI S209: Finally, Japanese forbidden fruit comes to the US. Subaru has discovered a defect in the power-steering systems of some of its Japanese-built vehicles, and has shut down the plants briefly as it investigates the root cause.On Wednesday Subaru announced that it had idled two plants in Japan’s Gunma prefecture on Jan. 16 when it discovered a defect that may disable a vehicle’s power steering and illuminate a warning lamp. According to the automaker’s press release, it hopes to have the plant up and running again on Jan. 28.The two plants comprise a majority of Subaru’s global manufacturing, including some models destined for the US. A Subaru spokesperson said approximately 10,000 examples of the Crosstrek and Forester might be affected, but the final number may be smaller.Enlarge ImageSubaru’s Japanese plants represent an overwhelming majority of its global sales, and the company isn’t sure how the shutdown will affect its bottom line in the short term. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images The spokesperson also stressed that no affected units have reached dealers or consumers, so there won’t be a need for a recall in the US. Any vehicles en route to retailers will receive a permanent fix before going on sale. This problem does not affect Subaru vehicles built in the US at its Indiana facility.In its press release, Subaru said it’s still working to determine the cause. A loss of power steering can make turning the wheel more difficult, especially at idle. Subaru Japan recommends that Japanese owners who experience this fault should stop driving and contact a dealer. In addition to affecting the Forester and Crosstrek (called the XV) in Japan, the problem also affects the Japanese-market Impreza.Subaru suffered a scandal in Japan in 2017 when it copped to decades of “flawed” vehicle inspections. Both Subaru and Nissan admitted to using unauthorized employees in quality-control jobs, in violation of Japanese regulations. Both automakers recalled vehicles for additional inspections following their admissions. More From Roadshow Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is a big, comfy family-hauler 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment Car Industry Crossovers Subaru Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Four Things To Watch For In The 2019 Texas Legislature

first_imgStuart Seeger/FlickrTexas State Capitol, Austin TXThe 86th Texas Legislature opens today in Austin, and lawmakers have just 140 working days to tackle some of the state’s most pressing problems. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker-Presumptive Dennis Bonnen have yet to identify any “must pass” legislation. But there are at least four topics that will take up a lot of oxygen before the regular session ends on May 27:State budget: Passing a budget is the Legislature’s one constitutionally-mandated job. Like most states, Texas has a balanced budget requirement, which means by law, it can only spend what it collects in taxes and fees. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar estimates that will come to $119.1 billion over the next two-year budget cycle, which is an 8.1 percent increase compared to the cycle that ends August 31. Lawmakers have to decide how to divide up that money in order to cover healthcare, education, public safety, and a host of other responsibilities.School finance reform: Texas’ public school finance system requires property-wealthy school districts to share revenue with the state, which then reallocates the money to property-poor school districts. The system is known as “recapture” or “Robin Hood.” It’s a growing problem for some districts, including the Houston Independent School District, which are classed as wealthy but include many poor neighborhoods. At the same time, the state’s portion of funding for public education has been declining for years, forcing school districts to make up the balance through property taxes. Both Democrats and many Republican lawmakers are determined to overhaul the system this year, after failing to do so in 2017.Property tax reform: Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick made this issue a cornerstone of their reelection campaigns last year, both men arguing that rising property values are causing homeowners’ tax bills to skyrocket. Abbott wants to limit any increase in property taxes to 2.5 percent a year. Anything above that would have to be approved by two-thirds of the voters. Texas counties, cities, and school districts rely on property taxes as their sole source of revenue. Many, notably Harris County under former Judge Ed Emmett, staunchly opposed such revenue caps in past legislative sessions.Harvey relief/flood control: In the wake of Harvey, Congress allocated tens of billions of dollars to Texas for disaster relief, flood control infrastructure, and flood mitigation. Federal law requires local governments to come up with some of the money in order to unlock the rest. Houston, Harris County, and local governments along the Gulf Coast have been ponying up matching funds. Many of their lawmakers are demanding the state tap the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “Rainy Day Fund,” to help as well.Lieutenant Governor Patrick has reserved the first 30 Senate bill numbers for priority legislation yet to be released. The first 20 House bill numbers are also reserved for the same reason. And Governor Abbott is likely to identify a number of “emergency items” for the Legislature when he delivers his State of the State address in a few weeks.Note: You can find a list of all currently filed Texas House bills here, and a list of all currently filed Texas Senate bills here. Sharelast_img read more

ADDA launches mobile application to smoothen tax payment process

first_imgDurgapur: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) has set December 2018 as the target to integrate its entire leased out land into its online payment gateway service.”We have prepared a legacy data of these leaseholders after a lot of hard work. There are around 3,000 such leaseholders, whose tax payments are irregular. Once we integrate them in this online payment gateway, we will be able to keep them updated about their dues and the pending rent can be mopped up easily,” ADDA CEO Arun Prasad said on the sidelines of the launch of a mobile application for both Android and iOS users, for online payment gateway service.The ADDA Online app service was formally launched by its chairman Tapas Banerjee at its office in Durgapur on Monday.It may be mentioned that out of the leased out land belonging to ADDA, 80 percent is residential, 15 percent is commercial and 5 percent is industrial.”We have already prepared a database of shops and have started the process of registering them under ADDA Online. They will be soon getting alerts of the pending amount and the time period they need to clear their dues. They can pay online or can deposit the amount with a private bank with which we have tied up. Soon, we will tie up with some nationalised banks too,” Banerjee said.A workshop will be held on Wednesday with around 150 shop owners, who will be registered on the online plat-form.ADDA, which launched the online platform in June last year, has mopped up Rs 12.5 crore till date and now, with the launch of mobile payment gateway and integratingshops and hawkers and then the land leaseholders, is hopeful of earning a revenue of around Rs 25 crore by June 2019.Most of these shop owners would visit the ADDA office once in three months, collect details of payments and then clear the dues. Delayed payments had become a cause of worry.The online payment gateway for collection of various fees like developmentcharges, water charges, mortgage fees, transfer fees and ground rent, among others, have relieved the residents from the hassle of travelling to the ADDA office.ADDA covers an extensive area of 1,603 square km, comprising two municipal corporations and eight development blocks.last_img read more

Protest Update Northbound fast lane open yet southbound still closed on N3

first_imgAlso read: Protest Update: 10 trucks torched, N3 still closed at Mooi River (No Go Area)Also read: Warning: N3 closed at Mooi River due to protest action and burning trucks – make use of alternative routesLocal police and neighbouring police stations were mobilised, and dispersed a number of people who were looting the burning trucks.A total of 54 people were arrested and will face charges of public violence.It is believed that the protest was against foreign national truck drivers who drive trucks in South Africa.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Clean-up and recovery operations are continuing, with the southbound lanes still closed after last night’s protest action on the N3 at the Mooi River Toll Plaza.The fast lane on the northbound side has now been opened to traffic, but delays are expected as there are many motorists trying to travel on the road.Last night (April 29) at about 7.30pm, a group of people began throwing objects onto the N3 freeway and set some trucks alight.A total of 35 trucks were damaged, including those that were set alight.Also read: Protest Update: 35 trucks burnt on N3 at Mooi River, recovery and clean-up operations are continuing, with 54 arrestedAlso read: Protest Update: Close to 20 trucks burnt on N3 at Mooi River, recovery and clean-up operations are continuinglast_img read more

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Irma recovery Florida Keys will open to visitors Oct 1

first_imgTags: Florida, Hurricane Irma Source: The Associated Press KEY WEST, FLORIDA — Florida Keys officials say the island chain hit hard by Hurricane Irma will reopen to tourists Oct. 1.Officials made their announcement Monday, more than two weeks after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Keys. The storm destroyed an estimated 25 per cent of homes on the islands.Florida Keys officials asked visitors to postpone their trips after the storm damaged power and water supplies. Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said power and water service is now restored to customers that can receive them and a boil water notice has been lifted.The Key West and Marathon airports have reopened, but debris removal continues and some hotels and tourist facilities are still recovering.Key West did have its first cruise ship return to the island on Sunday. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Share Irma recovery: Florida Keys will open to visitors Oct. 1last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2018 6:51 am PDT A collection of Guess Who audio tapes video footage is shown in Winnipeg in this recent handout photo. A trove of “The Guess Who” tapes recently saved from a Winnipeg garage are stoking speculation there might be unfinished songs from the legendary Canadian rock band that have never been heard before. “There’s lots of boxes marked in the ’70s that say ‘Rehearsal tape: Guess Who’ that are of great interest to us,” says Tom Kowalsky, a longtime veteran of Winnipeg’s music scene who donated the approximately 100 tapes to a small museum in the city last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Tom Kowalsky WINNIPEG — A trove of The Guess Who tapes recently saved from a Winnipeg garage are stoking speculation there might be unfinished songs from the legendary Canadian rock band that have never been heard before.“There’s lots of boxes marked in the ’70s that say ‘Rehearsal tape: Guess Who’ that are of great interest to us,” says Tom Kowalsky, a longtime veteran of Winnipeg’s music scene who donated the approximately 100 tapes to a small museum in the city last week.The dates on the labels run from 1971 up to 1996. They include masters recorded at studios in Winnipeg, videotapes of performances on public television in Iowa and live recordings of tour performances through the U.S. Midwest. There’s a Brave Belt tape, which was Randy Bachman’s band after he’d left The Guess Who, before he formed “Bachman-Turner Overdrive.”According to Kowalsky, they belonged to an employee of The Guess Who who got them from a band member, but ended up needing to store them in the garage of his sister and brother-in-law for a few months. A few months turned into more than 10 years, and Kowalsky says the relatives were about to throw them into the trash.“I don’t understand the circumstances how he secured them from a band member, but of course, in the topsy-turvy rock ‘n’ roll world, we don’t all live in comfortable three-bedroom bungalows. Sometimes you gotta bug out, as it were, and move, and that’s what happened and things get lost.”“Literally, the day before they were going to throw them into a Dumpster, they just couldn’t sleep over what they knew they were tossing away. But an abandonment order had been written up and there was no reply, and really they needed to get this huge plethora of stuff out of their garage.”Luckily, they called Kowalsky, who picked them up and donated them to the St. Vital Museum, which has a collection of Winnipeg rock memorabilia.The Guess Who, under the leadership of guitarist Bachman and vocalist Burton Cummings, was formed in Winnipeg and became Canada’s leading rock band of the late ’60s and early ’70s with such million-selling hits as “These Eyes,” “Laughing” and “American Woman.”Bachman split with the band in 1970 and the group broke up a few years after that, although several reconstituted versions would surface later. The original group reunited for an appearance at the closing ceremonies of the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, then followed up with highly-successful national tours.Kowalsky hasn’t heard or watched any of the tapes yet because they’re on a variety of obsolete formats and he doesn’t have the machines to play them. There’s 24-track, DAT, ADAT audio tapes and large-format Beta video cassettes.But the city’s music community has stepped up with their own vintage players and are bringing them to the museum next weekend. Former Guess Who guitarist Dale Russell will be there — he’s bringing an ADAT player.“My heart will be pounding. I’m trembling just thinking about it,” Kowalsky says. Will the tapes still be in a condition that they can be played? Kowalsky is hopeful, saying they were off the ground and were covered, but were exposed to extreme heat and cold.Even one song would be incredible, Kowalsky says.“What more could you hope for than you look at the display in the St. Vital Museum of all The Guess Who stuff and you’re actually able to put some headphones on and listen to at least one song that we saved.”—By Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonThe Canadian Press Spared from Dumpster, trove of The Guess Who tapes land at Winnipeg museumlast_img read more

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