A large number people marched down the busy Link Road No. 1 in Bhopal , waving rainbow flags and holding placards that read “ I am me, no excuses, no regrets”, celebrating the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) community.The event on Sunday was the pride march in which the LGBTQI community members participated in bright-coloured clothes. Spectators lined the parade route from Amer Bakery Hut (a busy eating joint right at the centre of the State capital) to Shourya Smarak, a war memorial.“I am joining the parade to support the LGBTQI community which has failed to get acceptance in our society… They become objects of disgust,” Jhanvi Chouhan said. Her friend Hashita C said, “This is a boost to so many who have had to hide. They [LGBTQI] are also human beings who should get positive energy in our society.” The event was joined by social activists and educationists. Some men sported rainbow paints on their cheeks while others turned out in traditional ghagra-choli dress.Dr. Rahul Sharma, clinical psychologist, National Health Mission (M.P.), supports the LGBTQI and the organisations working among them, but felt that the community members and activists should play a larger role among other sections of society. The community members are demanding freedom for the Queer community without being subject to prejudice and violence.
Clashes erupted late on Tuesday at Wangjing Tentha in Thoubal district between the police and people who were taking out a torchlight rally in protest against the Naga agreement. All sections of people fear that since the Centre was not disclosing the details of the agreement, there might be clauses against the interests of Manipur.S. Ibomcha, Police Superintendent of Thoubal district, told The Hindu on Wednesday that a large number of men and women took out a torchlight procession in the district. As part of the well-organised agitation under the supervision of the COCOMI formed by five civil society organisations, processionists tried to storm the house of Paonam Brojen, the MLA of the constituency. Police intercepted them to maintain law and order while the people tried to bull through the police barricade.There was a mild baton charge. The processionists retaliated by throwing burning torchlights. Besides, stones were pelted at the police. Some youths were also allegedly used sling shots to attack the police. A few policemen sustained injuries. Later, police arrested 17 processionists.There were reports of such processions at Leishangthem also in the Thoubal district on Tuesday night.Meanwhile, Congress MLAs of Manipur reached Delhi on Wednesday to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand protection of the interests of Manipur while signing the Naga agreement. Okram Ibobi, the CLP leader and former Chief Minister, said, “The reported assurance of the Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue is nothing new since he made similar assurances in the past. Despite assurances, the stakeholders were not consulted before giving the final shape to the Naga agreement”. However, as Modi is out of the country, it is not immediately known when and if the meeting will take place.Appeals by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren to have trust in the assurance of the Centre and call off agitations, including the proposed ban on the tourism-related international Sangai festival, had fallen on deaf ears since the COCOMI continues to quarterback the agitations. Taking umbrage at the refusal to summon a special Assembly session to take a firm resolution on the issue, the COCOMI announced that it will not hold any further talks with the State government.
Melbourne, Sep 24 (PTI) Researchers have unearthed the first evidence that Australias early human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards during the last Ice Age. University of Queensland palaeoecologist Dr Gilbert Price said researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they found that Australias early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped. “Our jaws dropped when we found a tiny fossil from a giant lizard during a two metre deep excavation in one of the Capricorn Caves, near Rockhampton,” said Price. “The one-centimetre bone, an osteoderm, came from under the lizards skin and is the youngest record of a giant lizard on the entire continent,” Price said. Price and his colleagues used radiocarbon and uranium thorium techniques to date the bone as about 50,000 years old, coinciding with the arrival of Australias Aboriginal inhabitants. “We cant tell if the bone is from a Komodo dragon – which once roamed Australia – or an even bigger species like the extinct Megalania monitor lizard, which weighed about 500 kg and grew up to six metres long,” Price said. The largest living lizard in Australia today is the perentie, which can grow up to two metres long. Price said massive lizards and even nine-metre long inland crocodiles roamed Australia during the last Ice Age in the Pleistocene geological period. “Its been long-debated whether or not humans or climate change knocked off the giant lizards, alongside the rest of the megafauna,” Price said. “Humans can only now be considered as potential drivers of their extinction,” he said. The bone was found in what could be Australias most fossil-rich site, with the Capricorn Caves housing millions of bones of many species. Price said scientists could only hypothesise how the giant lizard bone made its way inside the cave, which contains bones of many rodents regurgitated by owls. The research is published in Quaternary Science Reviews. PTI MHN RCL RCLadvertisement
The National Housing Trust (NHT) has provided home grants totalling $43.2 million to help lower income contributors to purchase housing solutions in its newest scheme at Perth, Manchester.A total of 36 beneficiaries have received grants of $1.2 million to buy their lots. These funds were made available to persons earning no more than $10,000 weekly and who have been contributing to the NHT for at least 10 years without getting a benefit.The 592-acre Perth development, located just outside Mandeville, is the first major project undertaken by the NHT in Manchester. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Wednesday, March 20, handed over service lots to the first 25 of 245 beneficiaries in Phase 1 of the development, following a bus tour of the project site.Managing Director of the NHT, Cecile Watson, said the income of the beneficiaries of the scheme range from near minimum wage to over $20,000 per week.“This is testament to how the NHT is pricing its housing solutions to bring them into the reach of its contributors at every income level,” Mrs. Watson stated.She explained that in keeping with a commitment to provide opportunities for young professionals, the Trust selected 40 persons, 25 to 40 years old, to benefit in the scheme.These include teachers, policemen, firemen and health professionals, who were selected on the basis of their contribution and whether they live or work in the parish.Additionally, 64 solutions were assigned by way of special benefit order to 41 low income contributors, subsidised at a cost of $27.88 million; one disabled applicant; 13 NHT staff. and nine public sector employees.The lots range in sizes from 7,500 sq ft. to a quarter of an acre, which is larger than most NHT scheme lots that are approximately 4,000 sq. ft. “At a conservative estimate of two NHT contributors per household, the 258 lots in Perth Phase 1 will benefit a minimum of 516 contributors and the lives of extended families will be transformed through the gift of home ownership in this scheme,” Mrs. Watson said.Meanwhile, National Security Minister and Member of Parliament, Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, welcomed the Perth beneficiaries to the constituency.He joined others in advocating that the new recipients incorporate in their building plans, adequate provisions for the conservation and storage of water.Since the NHT was established 37 years ago, it has constructed 285 housing schemes accounting for over 71,000 solutions, and financed thousands of other non scheme benefits, which have enabled contributors to buy land, build or purchase houses on the open market.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter
zoom Swedish APM Terminals Gothenburg has signed an agreement with the staffing agency Adecco to hire temporary personnel effective October 1, 2017 to address adhoc extra staffing needs at peak times.The main work carried out at the container terminal will continue to be performed by the permanent staff, the terminal operator said, adding that the collaboration with Adecco enables APM Terminals to increase reliability and flexibility during those times when extra staffing are required to handle customer requests “in a faster, more responsive, customized manner.” “In our business, we see weather conditions affecting ship schedules, last minute changes to supply chains or unplanned absences making it essential for us to be able to adjust the size of our workforce to keep pace with our customer requests. We believe this new option can translate into more customer success that will grow our business,” Henrik Kristensen, APM Terminals Gothenburg Managing Director, said.Until this deal, APM Terminals Gothenburg has been involved in an arrangement known in Sweden as the Blixtsystem, in which additional personnel were shared with three other port facilities in Gothenburg. Just over 300 people are currently employed temporarily on an hourly basis in the Blixtsystem, which is shared by APM Terminals, Logent Ports & Terminals AB and Gothenburg Ro/Ro Terminal AB in the Port of Gothenburg.APM Terminals’ involvement in the Blixtsystem will cease at the end of the year.“We are looking forward to supplying skilled personnel through our partnership with APM Terminals Gothenburg. We have now started recruiting new personnel, and our aim is to work closely with the company to build up an effective staffing solution for them,” Niklas Evheden, Branch Manager at Adecco in Gothenburg, said.The move comes on the back of a series of industrial actions which hit APM Terminals Gothenburg over a period of a year from mid-2016. Nine days were lost to strikes and 14 trade union blockades following one after the other were organized during the period, leading to a loss of several customers.In June 2017, the operator served a notice of termination to 160 staff members, out of a total of 450 employees, citing “a sharp fall in volumes over the past year” as the reason.
zoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Miami-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings witnessed a strong start to 2018 as its net income surged by 66.7 percent in the first quarter of the year.The company’s net income reached USD 103.2 million for the period ended March 31, 2018, compared to USD 61.9 million in the prior year.Total revenue was also up in the quarter, rising by 12.4 percent to USD 1.3 billion from USD 1.2 billion in 2017, driven by strong organic pricing growth across all core markets along with an increase in capacity days due to the addition of Norwegian Joy to the fleet.“The year is off to an impressive start with yet another record quarter of earnings, which exceeded expectations,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.Del Rio added that the 2018 Wave Season “was stellar and has further strengthened our overall future booked position with load factor and pricing continuing to be well ahead of prior year for the remaining quarters of 2018 and throughout 2019.”The company expects to generate record earnings for full year 2018 and has increased its outlook, with Adjusted EPS now expected to be in the range of USD 4.55 to USD 4.70.“The strong global demand for our portfolio of brands which we experienced during 2017 has continued, as demonstrated by the successful, record-breaking launch of Norwegian Bliss, which entered the fleet as the best booked Norwegian Cruise Line newbuild in the history of our company,” said Mark Kempa, interim chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “While our primary focus continues to be to delever to the low 3 times by year-end 2018, our recently announced USD 1 billion share repurchase program reflects our ongoing confidence in our financial position and the long-term strength of our business as well as our commitment to provide meaningful capital returns to our shareholders,” Kempa concluded.
With a view to create awareness and to take timely action to protect the environment, the employees of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) came together to celebrate World Environment Day with a difference.An exhibition organised by the Centre was recently inaugurated at IGNCA premises by Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary of IGNCA. Special highlights of the show that will continue till June 14, 2019 are artworks made out of waste material in stock on the campus of IGNCA. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe project was conceptualised by Kaladarsana Division with an effort to work at an institutional level to bring a change amongst the employees working here. Visual imagery in the form of photographs, paintings, installations with the theme on the environment were invited from staff members. IGNCA also invited an installation artist Niraj Patel to create artworks out of waste. In four days, the artist has created huge installations using metal frames and woods that would have otherwise been auctioned as waste. Imagery signifies a vertical lifeless city and symbols that signify existence such as trees, birds, and fishes. The artist has tried to draw the attention of the people to how concrete development is continuing without understanding the importance of eco-system and our dependence on nature. Unconventional in its medium, the works are strong in their message given the raw material that has been used in their structure. The other sections of the exhibition are a commentary on the hazards of pollution, the damage to monuments, water bodies, habitat and the co-existence of nature with man-made structures. Old bamboo structures, pedestals from previous shows, etc. have been used in their display to draw attention to reuse and recycle.
Mumbai: Nearly 25 per cent of the Indian consumers prefer to watch content on the over the top (OTT) platforms for free, says a report. OTT refers to film and television content provided via internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. As many as 25 per cent of Indian respondents want to pay nothing and watch ads as a trade-off to consuming content while 25 per cent selected to pay a lower fee with limited ads, according to 2019 Asia OTT Research Report by Brightcove, a global provider of cloud services for video. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe report, conducted with online market research and data analytics firm YouGov. The report surveyed 9,000 participants from across Asia, including 1000 Indian consumers noted that 14 per cent of Indian respondents would like to pay a higher fee to be free from ads and 14 per cent would like an option where they can customise their price and ad packages. On the ads per break, 22 per cent Indians found two ads as an acceptable advertising load while 13 per cent were open to view three ads per break. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt observed that nearly 80 per cent of the Indian respondents are open to a hybrid model of reduced price subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services with some ad funding. “Thirty-five per cent of respondents said they might be open to a reduced monthly subscription package that serves adsdepending on the price, whereas 44 per cent said they would definitely sign up, representing a potential market size of 79 per cent of respondents polled favouring this hybrid option,” it said. In India, it found that 48 per cent are current users, while 19 per cent had their subscription lapsed. The report found that 60 per cent of lapsed consumers plan to sign-up for OTT services again in the future. It noted that 37 per cent of Indian respondents were willing to pay less than $1 per month, while 27 per cent said they would pay $1-4 per month, and 16 per cent would pay $5-9 per month. Content is the primary driver for subscribing to multiple OTT services in India, it found, with 42 per cent of respondents stating that they wanted more content options, content which satisfied the needs of an entire family and content not being available on any single OTT service. Offline downloads (42 per cent), access on mobile (42 per cent), and using less data on mobile while streaming (40 per cent) were the top three OTT service features most Indian consumers wanted.
New Delhi: Four years into NDA’s initiatives on infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the government has ushered a new paradigm in development and “no stone will be left unturned to fulfil the dream of housing for all”. Modi tweeted: “Four years ago today we started important initiatives PM Awas Yojana, AMRUT, Smart Cities with the aim of #TransformingUrbanLandscape in India.” The tweet elaborated that the infrastructure initiatives have not only helped the nation to usher in a new paradigm of urban development “but have also transformed crores of lives”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Elaborating, he said: “These initiatives have seen record investment, speed, use of technology and public participation.” He emphasized that the government had an incremental view on further improving the urban infrastructure and no stone will be left unturned in this pursuit, “which will give wings to crores of aspirations”. The BJP said separately that a total investment of Rs 4.83 lakh crore was made for construction sector in projects under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana during 2015-19. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Centre approved assistance accounted for Rs 1.26 lakh crore, it tweeted. Under the scheme, 26 lakh houses have been completed, 81 lakh have been approved for construction and 13 lakh houses were being built using new technologies. The BJP said that PM Awas Yojana had recorded a massive success over its predecessor, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Under the Smart Cities initiative, the BJP said, the government had promoted citizen friendly infrastructure – 897 projects in 72 cities. Another 1,896 projects were under implementation in 95 cities.
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday challenged senior BJP leaders J P Nadda and Vijay Goel to compare the top 10 government schools in BJP-ruled states with the ones under the AAP government and then debate. The challenge by Deputy CM Sisodia comes in response to BJP working president J P Nadda’s claims, on Saturday, that the ruling AAP in Delhi had become “a laughing stock”, as he exuded confidence that his party will form the next government in Delhi as the city needs a leadership with “serious vision”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsIn retort, Deputy CM Sisodia said the BJP’s working president was ridiculing the people of Delhi, by calling the AAP-led Delhi government a laughing stock. “I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cry,” the Deputy CM tweeted. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAddressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done. “They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said. Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.” Stating that the BJP has governments in a number of states and in a few for decades, Sisodia sought to compare the schools being run by the BJP and the AAP governments. “Delhi schools posted the best result in Delhi’s history this year with 94 per cent pass rate. What is the best result in your states? Delhi has the highest portion of the budget (for education), at 26 per cent, do any of your states have such a high allocation for education? Show us even one state run by the BJP where the school infrastructure has been developed, which can be compared with the CM Kejriwal model,” he said.
MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway Co. is beginning to recover from a turbulent end to 2017 and deep winter freeze that curtailed its service, the railroad’s interim CEO said Wednesday.Jean-Jacques Ruest told an investor conference Wednesday that February was among the worst months in the company’s history as volume decreased and costs rose.But train speeds have picked up and the railway is moving more freight which will help customer service and satisfaction, he said.“So all these things are saying that the month of March is slightly better,” he told the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials Conference in New York.“It will not be enough to cover the month of January and February. But we’re heading in that direction.”The Montreal-based railway hasn’t changed its guidance for the year because Ruest says there is still time to catch up.The company has apologized for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and said it’s mobilizing more train cars and workers to clear the backlog.CN Rail announced Wednesday that it plans to manage congestion in Western Canada by temporarily restricting the flow of rail cars to gain fluidity and speed, particularly between Edmonton and Winnipeg.That includes controlling the flow of empty rail cars into Western Canada, managing flow for frac sand orders to avoid further congestion and returning empty propane cars from short-term staging locations.Ruest said extreme winter weather starting in December isn’t alone to blame.He said CN Rail entered the challenging winter season a spent force after experiencing 14 per cent revenue ton mile growth in the first nine months of 2017.“We entered the fourth quarter without really any gasoline left in the tank. So the last two months of the year we were sort of flat. And we’ve been flat since then.”Ruest said he expects the transportation sector, including trucking, will face capacity pressure from increased volume growth.CN Rail is spending an extra $500 million this year, half of which will be used to upgrade its network and increase transit times between Chicago and the Canadian west coast.The work to add more sidings and double tracks in spots will start in April and be completed by November.It has ordered new locomotives and will have an extra 130 leased units within weeks.It is also hiring 2,000 workers, including hundreds of conductors.Ruest said that by the fourth quarter, CN should be back to where it was 12 to 18 months ago.Ruest was appointed earlier this month to take over from Luc Jobin, who was dismissed after about two years as CEO.The 23-year veteran CN Rail executive said the company’s board plans to take its time conducting a global search from within the rail industry and manufacturing world to lead the country’s largest railway.“The search will be very wide and the board is not putting themselves on any clock,” he told analysts.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)
Manchester (United Kingdom): Manchester City hope Saturday’s meeting with Watford can offer them the same sort of impetus their opponents provided for Premier League title rivals Liverpool. City manager Pep Guardiola has seen his side hit a downturn in their attacking form in recent weeks despite overtaking Liverpool and returning to the top of the table. The last three City games have seen them score just two goals, including a goalless League Cup final appearance against a Chelsea team they had defeated 6-0 just two weeks prior. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The run hardly represents a major concern, with City having won the cup final on penalties and their next two league games by 1-0 scorelines. But as a general indicator of form, City’s previously prolific goalscoring feats – which had produced 50 goals in the opening 13 games of 2019 – have dried up alarmingly. Watford, who were beaten 5-0 by a Liverpool team that had gone through a similarly barren spell immediately prior to their meeting, might be just the right opponents for City this weekend as they aim to maintain their one-point lead over Liverpool. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Yet Guardiola must also have been alarmed by a growing injury list which includes Kevin De Bruyne after last weekend’s victory at Bournemouth. The Belgian midfielder suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half and City were economical with the facts surrounding the problem immediately after the game, other than Guardiola confirming he will be sidelined for a period of time. De Bruyne’s absence will add to the mounting frustrations for the 27-year-old, who started 36 of City’s 38 league games last season. De Bruyne will have played in just seven of City’s 30 league games this term if, as expected, he misses out against Watford. Two knee injuries have taken their toll on De Bruyne this season although, even when he has enjoyed extended periods in the first team, he has appeared short of the form that made him one of the league’s most effective players last season. De Bruyne’s lack of cutting edge was hardly a problem for City over the opening weeks of the new year, but his side have found it more difficult to wear teams down in recent games. The fact the Belgian played so much over the summer, with his team reaching the latter stages of the World Cup, has been cited by both player and manager as a reason for his lack of fitness and form. And City’s gruelling schedule, as they continue to compete for four trophies, has clearly impacted upon, not only De Bruyne but a number of other players, with Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte also suffering recent injuries. Speaking earlier this month, before his latest setback, De Bruyne conceded that those absences have affected him. “Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover,” he said. “But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I’ve been away. “I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.”
19 December 2008The Security Council today called on the United Nations war crimes tribunals dealing with the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Balkans conflicts of the 1990s to conduct their trials as quickly and efficiently as possible, and pledged to support their efforts to complete their work. The Security Council today called on the United Nations war crimes tribunals dealing with the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the Balkans conflicts of the 1990s to conduct their trials as quickly and efficiently as possible, and pledged to support their efforts to complete their work.The 15-member body noted with concern “that the deadline for completion of trial activities at first instance has not been met and that the Tribunals have indicated that their work is not likely to end in 2010,” in a statement read out by Ambassador Neven Juric of Croatia, which holds the Council Presidency for the month of December.Last week officials from both Tribunals reported to the Council on the progress made in the trials of those accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as the implementation of the Tribunals’ completion strategy.The completion strategy of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, requires it to finish trials of first instance by 2009. However, its President, Patrick Robinson, told the Council that while the Tribunal was still on track to complete most of its trials during 2009, a number would continue into the first part of 2010, which would also affect the dates for appeals, a small number of which would then spill over into 2012.Likewise, Dennis Byron of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said that instead of the decreased workload that might have been expected with the Tribunal moving towards the completion of its mandate, the court was now confronted with as many as 10 new cases. At the same time, the Tribunal is faced with the resignation of judges and 13 fugitives remained at large, added the President of the ICTR, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania. To assist in expediting the ICTR’s work, the Council today unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the Secretary-General to appoint up to three additional ad litem, or short-term, judges to the court, as requested by its President.The Council took a similar decision regarding the ICTY last week.
Several districts, including Yakawlang, Panjab, Waras and Kahmard, are cut off by poor weather, which hampers health service delivery and puts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Afghans at risk, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “There is a real need to turn the spotlight on the good quality humanitarian work that is able to take place in Bamiyan given its relatively secure situation in a country that is otherwise conflict-affected,” said Peter Graaff, WHO Representative in Afghanistan. “We would like to reach every man, woman and child in Afghanistan with health services and we have to invest more where we can,” he added.WHO has stepped up its efforts in the province, including to reach women and children with life-saving vaccinations in difficult-to-access areas; to pre-position emergency medical supplies in district hospitals to cover basic health needs of at least 50,000 people; and to revive local income-generating activities that will empower the local population and in turn enable them to lead a healthy life.The agency and its partners are also aiming to raise awareness and address stigma surrounding leprosy and tuberculosis, as well as introduce a major de-worming initiative targeting all children between the ages of 2 and 5 years as part of the nationwide polio campaign. Afghanistan is one of four countries, along with Pakistan, India and Nigeria, where polio remains endemic. 5 October 2010The United Nations health agency is partnering with authorities in Bamiyan to increase services for people living in remote areas of the northern Afghan province, which is often inaccessible for months at a time due to harsh winter conditions.
The company was manufacturing beer locally which was subject to an excise duty of Rs 190 per litre for alcohol volume less than 5 percent and Rs 315 per litre for alcohol volume more than 5 percent. Their annual production exceeds 106 million litre and the amount of taxes paid to the Treasury in 2015 was Rs 25.7 billion.“Since their manufacturing plant was fully destroyed they were unable to manufacture beer locally and they could not afford to import and sell the goods at the current market price given the fact that the import duties alone exceed the market price. The company had made a request for a waiver on excise duty and other levies to import consignment required for a period of three months. As of now the all inclusive levies for import of Beer exceeds Rs 700 per litre in addition to CIF cost of Rs 100 per litre. Accordingly, the import cost will exceed the market price compelling the company to give up the production. This will also make revenue loss to the government to the tune of over Rs 5 billion within the period of three months if the company is unable to maintain its market share,” the Finance Ministry added.Therefore considering all these facets the Government in order to match the market price, permitted the company to import beer, required for a period of three months and impose taxes and other levies equal to that of locally manufactured beer at the point of importation instead of import taxes and other levies. (Colombo Gazette) The production tax on cigarettes had also been increased by Rs. 5 per cigarette since last week. “There is no truth in the reports that was spread that this manufacturing company has been given concession for imports which would making a revenue loss of Rs 6 billion to the state,” the Finance Ministry added.The manufacturing plant and machineries of the M/s Lion Brewery Company at Biyagama was completely damaged due to the recent flood in the area. This company which pays excise and other levies of over Rs 25 billion annually to the government had made a request to the treasury for a tax concession for up to a period of three months until the new plant and machineries are installed for it to commence its normal production. Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry said that a beer manufacturing company in the country which was fully affected by the recent flood has been provided the opportunity to import beer with taxes and other levies applicable to that of locally produced beer. The price of a cigarette is to go up by Rs. 7 from today, the Ministry of Finance announced.Last week the Government said Cabinet had approved imposing the 15% VAT increase on the price of cigarettes.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who snatched cellphone because he was ‘hungry’ sentenced to 6 months community serviceNovember 1, 2017In “Court”19-Y-O fined $75,000 for stealing Samsung Galaxy, US$300 at wakeOctober 14, 2015In “Crime”Man gets six months jail for simple larcenyNovember 15, 2017In “Court” …told the Court he committed the act because “times hard”A former employee of the Royal Castle fast food establishment was on Thursday charged for relieving Zachariah Adams (complainant) of a cellular phone and sentenced to two months in prison after he admitted to the offence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan read the allegation which detailed that on October 28, 2017, at Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown, Kevin Sears (the accused) robbed the complainant of a smart phone valued at $19,000 and committed personal violence against the complainant during the robbery.Sears, 21, of Famers Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, readily admitted to the offence but claimed that he never used violence on the school boy. According to him, he merely put his arms around the complainant and requested that he hand over his phone because “times hard”.While the prosecutor Arvin Moore corroborated the defendant’s version of events there were some minor discrepancies. According to the police’s case, the complainant was waiting on public transportation in the vicinity of the fast food place after making a purchase when he was accosted by the accused who choked him and demanded that he hand over his cellular phone.In fear of further violence, the boy readily complied and the accused made his escape. The matter was reported to the police who launched an investigation and the defendant was positively identified by the victim during an identification parade.“I am very apologetic…,” said Sears while denying the prosecution’s claims that he is a known figure to the police for similar offences.Meanwhile, Michael Garraway, a 19-year-old security guard employed at the aforementioned fast food establishment was also charged in relation to the same matter; for receiving from Kevin Sears, one cellular phone, knowing same to be stolen or unlawfully obtained, property of Zachariah Adams.Defence counsel for Garraway based his application for bail on the grounds that Garraway had voluntarily handed over the phone to the police in the presence of his supervisor.According to the defense’s case, Garraway had borrowed the phone from Sears who was a former work colleague to make a phone call. However, by the time he sought to return the phone, Sears had disappeared.According to the lawyer, Garraway did the right thing by voluntarily taking himself to the police and handing over the stolen item upon becoming aware of the situation and had no intention to do otherwise.Bail was set to the sum of $30,000 and the case continues on November 9, 2017.
Tim Sullivan, CEO of Bucyrus International, clearly believes in the return of boom times for mining. His latest move has been to secure the trucks, hydraulic excavators and other ancillary equipment Bucyrus’ surface mining line lacks. The company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the mining equipment business of Terex Corp for $1.3 billion in cash. The transaction will create a very comprehensive supplier of mining equipment. The Bucyrus product portfolio now comprises walking draglines, electric rope shovels, hydraulic excavators, haul trucks, a full line of drills (surface and underground), highwall miners, underground longwall, room and pillar and transport machinery, and belt systems for all mining applications. Bucyrus says its “unmatched suite of surface and underground mining equipment will be paired with its superior parts, consumable products and after-market support throughout the world.”“We are extremely excited about acquiring Terex Mining and we believe that this is a unique opportunity to build an even stronger company,” Sullivan said. “Customers will reap benefits from this transaction as Bucyrus will be able to offer a broad, complementary product line that is driven by technology, quality, and first class service. Through our extended product offering, we will continue to design and produce worldclass machines and provide the best after-market support throughout the life of the equipment. We will expand our geographic footprint and diversify our portfolio of products across a broader range of commodities. Like Bucyrus, the Terex mining assets have a proud history powered by hard-working, loyal employees who are passionate about mining.”The Terex mining equipment business produces the world’s largest hydraulic excavators (the former O&K products), rugged haul trucks, advanced drilling machines, and highwall mining systems. It has 38 facilities around the world with approximately 2,150 employees. As a result of the transaction, Bucyrus will double its addressable market from roughly $15 billion to over $30 billion and create a team of approximately 10,000 people in nearly 100 locations around the world.Under the terms of the agreement, Bucyrus will acquire those Terex subsidiaries and assets used to design, manufacture, and sell hydraulic excavators, surface mining trucks, drills (other than auger drills), highwall miners, and related components, parts, and after-sales service, commonly known as O&K, Unit Rig, Reedrill, Superior Highwall, Halco, and Hypac. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2010.Bucyrus estimates “there are over $100 million in annual run-rate operating synergies, achievable by 2012. A substantial portion of the synergies will come from the integration of the company’s global manufacturing facilities and leveraging manufacturing centres of excellence as well as engineering and product development resources. Additional cost savings are expected to come through combining management functions and reducing purchasing expenses, similar to Bucyrus’ successful integration of DBT following its acquisition in May 2007.” Terex may be considered to be ‘throwing in the towel.’ Ronald M. DeFeo, Terex Chairman and CEO, clearly does not have the mining passion of Bucyrus’ Sullivan – passion that was never more in evidence than his chairmanship of the 2008 MINExpo in Las Vegas. “Mining is a highly capital intensive business. It would take us years to build the infrastructure to service and support new equipment sales in many of the key mining markets around the world where Bucyrus already has significant presence,” DeFeo said. “The journey to make this a great business will accelerate under the leadership of Bucyrus, which has a historically strong presence in surface mining with its rope shovel and dragline products. “This transaction accelerates the transformation of Terex as we move from a construction and mining equipment company to a machinery and industrial products business,” DeFeo said. “Going forward, we will focus on products and services where we can maintain and build superior customer propositions with high returns on capital for our owners. The current environment plus this transaction provide an excellent opportunity to create value. We plan to execute the changes needed to make this happen.”He emphasised “The sale of Mining to Bucyrus is good for customers, team members and shareholders. It is a classic proposition that strengthens the mining business for its customers and team members. For Terex, the attractive cash offer provides us excellent financial flexibility, as our cash balance will substantially equal our outstanding indebtedness.”Terex may request to receive $300 million of the purchase price in the form of Bucyrus shares (based on Bucyrus’ current trading price).
While browsing the Android Market the other day I came across Frogger. It’s funny to see this game on the “small screen” considering its history. I remember going to the arcade as a kid to play the game. Konami developed the game and introduced it in 1981 with simple premise. Get the frog to the other side of the road without getting smashed by a car or falling into the river.Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that this premise would inspire people to play Frogger IRL, but that’s exactly what has happened… with disastrous results. A 23-year old man from from South Carolina decided to re-enact the game of Frogger Monday evening with friends. After a friend announced, “Go!”, the man proceeded to dodge through traffic until he was struck by a Lexus SUV. Lucky for the man it wasn’t, “Game Over.” As of Tuesday, he remained in stable condition.To be fair, the idea of a real-life game of Frogger is not an original idea. An episode of Seinfield in 1998 aptly named The Frogger ended with George Costanza dodging traffic to get the arcade cabinet of the game across a road. In the end, he wasn’t successful. The cabinet was struck and demolished by a truck. The ending of the famous Seinfield episode should have been an indication of how a real life version of the game would go.Ironically, there are nine ways to lose a life in Frogger including:Running into road vehiclesJumping into the river’s waterRunning into snakes, otters or into a crocodile’s jaws in the riverJumping into a home invaded by a crocodileStaying on top of a diving turtle too longDrifting off the screen by sitting on a log or turtle too longJumping into a home already occupied by a frogJumping into the side of a home or the bushesRunning out of time before getting a frog homeSeems like #1 will be the one that gets you every time.Read more at DailyTech.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram South Australia will have its very own Walk of Fame as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s redevelopment project and Greek Australian actor, director, and playwright Elena Carapetis has been nominated to have a star cemented with her name.“Honestly, I had no idea and I am only just finding this out as we speak, but I am definitely pleasantly surprised and excited about the recognition and nomination,” said Carapetis in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “There are so many wonderful artists in South Australia. I feel very privileged to be among those named who contribute to the cultural life of our city. It is a joy every time I come to work at the Adelaide Festival Centre,” she said. The star-studded walkway will initially include more than 130 names of some of the artists that have performed at the Adelaide Festival Centre in its 44-year history. Carapetis has also received an AWGIE nomination from The Australian Writers’ Guild (the peak industry body representing writers for stage, screen and radio) for her play Gorgon. Constantly immersed in theatre and creative writing, the award-winning actor and playwright made her writing debut with her first play The Good Son at Adelaide’s Bakehouse Theatre in 2015. It took Carapetis six years to complete the play which was inspired by true events and explored the close bond that main character Frank shared with his migrant divorcee mother, Medea. It is a bond which gradually becomes claustrophobically blurred. “I wrote the play about a very specific world I know, but I didn’t see it as a Greek play as such. This was my version of an Australian tragedy. It’s the result of being told Greek myths and learning about Ray Lawler at school. It collides everyday people with Medea, if she lived in Australia in the early 21st century,” said Carapetis.The Good Son was supported by Arts SA through the Independent Makers and Presenters Program and featured some of Australia’s leading actors. The play received excellent critical reviews. “What gave me particular pleasure, is that I was able to showcase my first play in my hometown, a city that always embraces arts and theatre and encourages new talent,” she says. She has been appointed resident artist of the State Theatre Company’s (STC) Ensemble, together with six actors, a resident designer and a resident director all are committing to extended working periods together working on productions presented back-to-back in both 2017 and 2018. The season features Carapetis in new Australian work Vale, a dark-as-pitch comedy with a sting in its tail described as ‘a collision between the wit of Edward Albee and a modern Greek tragedy.’Carapetis has crafted a purpose-commissioned piece Sista Girl which offers a powerful look at family, grief, and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, via the story of two women who share a father, as part of the 2018 season. She has also recently adapted Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House which will be performed on stage for the first time in the STC’s history. “Ibsen’s greatest play has bewitched and divided audiences for more than 100 years bringing energy, schism, and heartbreak to the issue of gender inequality. The STC’s production of this gripping piece will be brought to life in a new adaptation by Elena Carapetis and will be the inaugural project of the State Theatre Company Ensemble,” explains Lindsay Ferris, Media and Communications Manager at the company. “I love this city and I am grateful for all the work and the talented people I have had the opportunity to work with while being close to my family and friends and getting recognised for the quality work we all produce,” Carapetis says. It now remains to be seen whether the talented artist will get to have her own name cemented into this star-studded promenade.The Walk of Fame is an initiative of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.A selection of names of artists who have performed at the centre, each year from 1973, will be displayed in a newly created promenade.The Trust is currently accepting votes for a representative of performers from 2016.The public is invited to select a contender from a list of artists – international and local – who have performed at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2016. Elena Carapetis is one of those artists. To view the full list of artists and to vote, go to adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/about-us/walk-of-fame Voting will remain open until midnight Sunday 9 July.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reached a historic agreement to put an end to the long-standing dispute on the latter country’s name.On Tuesday, the two countries’ respective Prime Ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev finalised the deal in a telephone conversation which came after months of negotiations.Shortly after, Alexis Tsipras gave a televised addressed to the Greek people, explaining that FYROM agreed to change its constitutional name ‘erga omnes’, to ‘Republic of North Macedonia’ (Severna Makedonija), erga omnes – i.e. the name will be used both internationally and bilaterally, something that has been a long-standing demand of Greece, and has been opposed so far by FYROM.In effect, this means that all 140 countries that have recognised the country as ‘Macedonia’ (among them China, Russia and the US) will have to recognise the new name, Mr Tsipras said, claiming that this deal is a “diplomatic victory” and a “historic opportunity” for Greece.Greece and FYROM had agreed on a composite name that would include the term Macedonia with a geographic determination, in an interim deal that has been in effect for more than two decades. The current agreement is in line with this, as well as with the diplomatic position that all Greek governments have held on the issue during all these years.In particular, the deal sees that FYROM will concede to a series of Greece’s demands, most importantly to proceed to constitutional amendments, clearing out any irredentist claims and more particularly any reference to ‘Macedonian Minorities’ that fall under the country’s protection.Greece’s concessions include a recognition of ‘Macedonian language’, as it has been officially recorded by the United Nations in 1977, with the clarification that this it belongs in the family of ‘south-slavic’ languages.The citizens of the country will be officially acknowledged as ‘Macedonian- Citizens of North Macedonia’ in their passports and all official documents. This comes as a recogition of Macedonian nationality, but not of a Macedonian ethnicity, with Greece acknowledging that citizens of North Macedonia have the right of self-determination.This recognition of a ‘Macedonian’ nation also comes with the clarification that it is a new nation, that has no claim on the history of ancient Macedonia. The Greek government argues that this deal allows Greece to “reclaim the history of Ancient Macedonia”, which has been continuously been expropriated by FYROM in the past, officially clarifying for the first time and without any doubt that the ancient kingdom of Macedonia is part of the Hellenic history and cultural heritage. This is stated in articles of the deal that specify that the terms “Macedonia” and “Macedonian” refer to different meanings for the respectful countries, in terms of history and cultural heritage.During their telephone conversation the two PMs set a clear timeframe for the implementation and ratification of the deal. The first step is for the agreement to be signed by the two countries’ Foreign Ministers, then it needs to be ratified by the FYROM Parliament. Greece will then send letters to the European Union and to NATO withdrawing its objections to accession talks for both organisations. Both invitations have as a prerequisite the full acceptance of the terms of the deal by Greece’s neighbour.The text is expected to be signed on Saturday on the shores of Lake Prespa, which spans the countries’ borders, but despite optimism by both Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras, the process of its actual ratification is bound to be difficult. The first goal is to get the FYROM parliament to back the agreement before EU leaders meet for a summit on 28 June, but the actual constitutional changes will demand a referendum to be held, in which FYROM citizens will be asked to agree to the country’s new constitutional name. According to some analysts, debate around the referendum question will be focused on the country becoming a member of the EU and NATO.What might be even trickier would be for the Hellenic Parliament to ratify the agreement. Leader of the opposition, Kyriakos Mitsotakis called for PM Tsipras to not sign this agreement, claiming that any agreement that recognises a “Macedonian” nation and a “Macedonian” language is a bad deal. “We will not divide Greeks to unite Skopjans,” said the leader of Nea Dimokratia.It remains unclear at this stage whether the SYRIZA government will seek support in other parties, or whether it can guarantee the vote of the majority of MPs, on this issue. Panos Kammenos, Greece’s Minister of Defence and leader of the minor coalition partner, the far-right Independent Greeks party, has insisted on not condoning any deal that would allow for the term ‘Macedonia’ to be used by the neighbouring country, but few believe that he would jeopardise the government.