The findings of Phase 1 of the Province’s Independent Financial Review by Deloitte were released today, Aug. 17, showing the financial situation is worse than was presented by the previous government. The report focuses on the province’s current and future financial position with emphasis on the economic assumptions underlying the May 2009 budget, the impact of the former government’s Building for Growth infrastructure plan, and an analysis of revenue and expenditure forecasts. “The previous government was on an unsustainable path. That is going to change,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “If the province continues down this path, Nova Scotia’s deficit will soar to over $1.3 billion within three years, and the debt will climb to over $16 billion. “That is mainly because of flat or declining revenue, matched against a pattern of spending that has been rising faster than either inflation or revenue.” Mr. Steele said government’s operating principle is that it will balance the budget next fiscal year. The independent review highlights several areas of concern for the province: Nova Scotia is facing many of the same challenges as other governments in Canada, but also has the additional challenge of expiring short-term revenue sources upon which the province has become dependent. This, combined with sharp declines in offshore revenues and equalization payments, will make the next several years extremely difficult from a financial management perspective. “The report tells Nova Scotians where the province stands today,” said Mr. Steele. “This government will have a considered response to the challenges. Tomorrow, we are going to take the first of many steps down a new path.” Copies of the report are available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/final_report.pdf . Nova Scotia was facing a projected annual deficit of $1.3 billion by 2012-13 If the deficit continued, provincial debt would reach $16.7 billion by 2012-13 Nova Scotia’s revenue growth is expected to remain flat as a result of external factors, including the economic recession, offshore petroleum royalties and the reduction in equalization payments Growth in expenses is expected to outpace revenue growth in the coming fiscal years
While the commission was not bound by county or municipal boundaries, it has used them where feasible. It has worked with, and accommodated, existing polling districts as well as geographical features such as highways and bodies of water that provide natural separation of population areas. With the help of Elections Nova Scotia, commissioners examined boundary adjustments to ensure the 48 non-protected constituencies would be within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. Despite the challenges the proposed changes would have, all of province’s six geographic regions fall within 10 per cent of the average. Elector populations in 37 constituencies would be within 15 per cent of the average and 29 would fall within 10 per cent. The commission thanked Nova Scotians for their interest shown in the first phase and looks forward to more engagement in the next round of public consultations, which begin June 6 in Antigonish. The interim report can be found online at http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/. The independent Electoral Boundaries Commission is submitting and releasing its interim report, today, June 1, as mandated by the House Select Committee. Commission members were appointed at the end of December to establish not more than 52 seats and maximize parity of voting power. The commission was asked that all constituencies be within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. It was asked to provide advice on how legislators can address concerns about the size of geographic areas, community history and interests, and linguistic and cultural diversity, noting the Acadian and African-Nova Scotian populations. A wide range of views and interests were presented during the public consultations in March and April. “The key issues confronting the commission today are essentially those that challenged the two previous commissions,” said commission chair Teresa MacNeil. “They are the status of ‘protected constituencies’, achieving relative voter parity to the extent possible, and population shifts requiring adjustment.” The majority of commissioners determined that: there should continue to be 52 members in the House of Assembly the four “protected constituencies” should be retained one constituency should be removed from urban Cape Breton and another from mainland Nova Scotia two new constituencies should be added to the Halifax area to accommodate population growth on the western side of the harbor boundary adjustments in the remaining constituencies be guided by the goal of relative voter parity, to the extent possible
Quebecs anticorruption unit lacking skills and training to fulfil mission reportQuebecs anticorruption unit lacking skills and training to fulfil mission report
MONTREAL — The head of the office monitoring Quebec’s anti-corruption police says the force lacks people with the necessary skills to conduct complex investigations into financial crimes.Claude Corbo recommends in his report published today that the anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, recruit investigators better equipped to fulfil the squad’s mission of maintaining the public’s faith in their institutions.His report follows a series of embarrassing scandals for the police force, which was created in 2011 following reports of widespread fraud and corruption in the public and private sectors.The unit has been criticized for its slow pace completing investigations, and there have been reports it is having trouble recruiting due to low morale. A former high-level officer reportedly told prosecutors the squad had fabricated evidence.Corbo doesn’t address the recent scandals. Instead his report uses diplomatic language to call on the government to properly equip and staff the unit so officers can investigate complex crimes.He recommends a working group identify exactly what university degrees and other skills are needed for potential recruits. Corbo adds that investigators should not be required to have experience as patrol officers, which is currently the case.The Canadian Press
Turkish Forces Kill 18 ISIS Terrorists in Northern SyriaTurkish Forces Kill 18 ISIS Terrorists in Northern Syria
Istanbul – The Turkish armed forces have killed 18 ISIS militants and destroyed 18 targets over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said Sunday.“Turkish air forces killed 18 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 armories, 4 control points, 2 tunnels and 9 buildings used as hideouts, as a result of airstrikes in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Bzagah,” the General Staff was quoted as saying.The Turkish-led Euphrates Shield Operation, aided by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), was launched in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey’s border. With MAP
Annan proposes overhaul of UN to realign operations from Headquarters to fieldAnnan proposes overhaul of UN to realign operations from Headquarters to field
Aiming to keep step with the shift at the United Nations from bureaucratic tasks to life-saving work in the field, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented proposals for a far-reaching overhaul ranging from setting up a 2,500-strong core of mobile peacekeeping professionals to multimillion dollar investments in training and technology.His far-reaching report, “Investing in the United Nations: For a Stronger Organization Worldwide,” focuses on ensuring efficiency and accountability in a way that reflects the fact that more than 70 per cent of the $10 billion annual budget now relates to peacekeeping and other field operations, up from around 50 per cent of a $4.5 billion budget ten years ago. “Our current rules and regulations were designed for an essentially static Secretariat, whose main function was to service conferences and meetings of Member States, and whose staff worked mainly at Headquarters,” the Secretary-General said as he presented the report in the General Assembly Hall. “Today, thanks to the mandates that Member States have given us, we are engaged directly in many parts of the world, working on the ground to improve the lives of people who need help.”In the 16 years since the cold war ended, the Organization has taken on more than twice as many new peacekeeping missions as in the previous 44 years and spending on peacekeeping has quadrupled. Over half of its 30,000 civilian staff now serve in the field – not only in peacekeeping, but also in humanitarian relief, criminal justice, human rights monitoring, supporting national elections, and in the battle against drugs and crime.The Secretary-General’s comprehensive reform blueprint was called for in the Outcome Document adopted by national leaders at last September’s World Summit in New York. It builds on a package of reforms Mr. Annan launched last year to enhance ethics and accountability and address weaknesses exposed by the Independent Inquiry on the Oil-for-Food Programme as well as evidence of sexual exploitation in certain peacekeeping operations.In the report, Mr. Annan urges Member States to seize the moment for change. “This is an opportunity, which may not occur again until another generation has passed, to transform the United Nations by aligning it with, and equipping it for, the substantive challenges it faces in the twenty-first century,” he writes. “It is a chance to give Member States the tools they need to provide strategic direction and hold the Secretariat fully accountable for its performance.”While the report identifies a number of areas of potential cost savings and efficiencies, the primary financial message is that it is time to reverse years of underinvestment in people, systems and information technology to address operational deficiencies and ensure that the UN can reach the level of effectiveness expected by Member States.Mr. Annan said that although the UN had made a number of major organizational changes in recent years to keep up with the increasing expectations of Member States, these efforts had only addressed the symptoms, not the causes, of the Organization’s shortcomings. “It is now time to reach for deeper, more fundamental change” he said. Along these lines, the proposals encompass a revamped version of how to recruit, contract, train, assign and compensate staff, with an emphasis on bringing conditions for field-based personnel up to par with those at other UN agencies operating in the field. This will include proposals for converting 2,500 existing short-term peacekeeping positions into a new flexible and mobile core of dedicated specialists who can be deployed rapidly in urgent peacekeeping and special political missions. “Increasingly complex mandates require staff with different skills,” the Secretary-General told the Assembly. “We need to be able to recruit and retain leaders, managers and personnel capable of handling large multidisciplinary operations, with increasingly high budgets. As things stand,” he added, “many of our staff ? especially the field staff who serve with great idealism and integrity, often in situations of hardship and danger ? are demoralized and de-motivated by lack of opportunities for promotion, and by the frustrations of dealing with a bureaucracy that can seem both excessive and remote.”The report calls for consolidating reporting to address logjams associated with the current system, where over 100 senior UN officials are directly answerable to the Secretary-General. It also proposes the formal delegation of responsibility for management policies and overall operational matters to a redefined post of Deputy Secretary-General to help free the Secretary-General to focus on political and policy issues.The report also proposes significant investment to overhaul the Organization’s information and communications infrastructure by replacing current antiquated, fragmented technology systems with an integrated global platform that should be led by a dedicated Chief Information Technology Officer.Separately, the report identifies significant opportunities to realize cost savings and efficiency gains, recommending that the Secretariat explore options for alternative service delivery, including the potential for relocating core functions from Headquarters to lower cost duty stations and possible outsourcing of less central functions such as printing.One area where investment could yield substantial savings is procurement, where the report outlines changes that would improve transparency and realize up to $400 million.A number of the proposals fall under the direct authority of the Secretary-General, who said he intends to immediately carry them out. But most of the fundamental changes, particularly with regard to budget and personnel issues, require approval from Member States.To help ensure momentum for this agenda through the end of his term and to help equip his successor to follow through, the Secretary-General also proposes creating a Change Management Office that would seek to work closely with Member States to drive the implementation of the reforms. In the report, Mr. Annan cautions against complacency, stressing that the proposals must mark the beginning of a process that will be carried over the next several years. “One of the weaknesses of the old culture is precisely the view that a report or a vote in itself represents change,” he notes. “In practice, reports and votes enable and authorize change, but change itself is the long march that follows.”
Restaurant Brands International wants Tim Hortons to be as ubiquitous as BurgerRestaurant Brands International wants Tim Hortons to be as ubiquitous as Burger
Restaurant Brands International wants Tim Hortons to be as ubiquitous as Burger King by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 5:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The owner of Tim Hortons says it plans on making the Canadian coffee shop as ubiquitous around the world as the American fast-food chain Burger King.“There is really no limit on how far the Tim’s brand can travel,” said Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, the multinational parent company of both restaurant chains.Schwartz told analysts in a call Thursday that the company sees both brands have an opportunity to grow on a global basis.During the second quarter, the number of Tim Hortons locations increased about three per cent to 4,464 stores, while Burger King restaurants jumped about four per cent to 15,100 locations during the second quarter.Last month, the company announced that it was opening a Tim Hortons in the Philippines, its first foray into southeast Asia. No launch date has been set.Restaurant Brands (TSX:QSR) reported a big jump in its quarterly profit despite flat revenue compared with the same time last year, which it attributed to the negative impact of currency fluctuations.It earned net income for common shareholders of US$90.9 million or 38 cents per share in the three months ended June 30. That’s up from US$11.0 million or five cents per RBI share in the second quarter of 2015.Last year’s profit was reduced by one-time costs associated with RBI’s acquisition of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain. Excluding those and other items, RBI’s adjusted net income was $192.4 million or 41 cents per share, up from $141.0 million or 30 cents per share a year earlier.Comparable restaurant sales grew 2.7 per cent at Tim Hortons in the quarter, and Burger King sales were up by 0.6 per cent.Revenue was little changed at US$1.04 billion, including $759.8 million from Tim Hortons and $280.4 million from Burger King.Schwartz said the company is staying focused on their expansion strategy despite seeing softness in the quick-service restaurant industry in the quarter.He declined to provide a reason for the softness, but other industry executives have cited weakening consumer confidence amid political and global uncertainty. Analysts have also noted that the increasing competition over promotional deals, as well as the growth of smaller, independent players.In an interview prior to the call, chief financial officer Joshua Kobza said RBI plans on continuing to expand its lunch offerings at Tim Hortons, which recently launched new menu items such as potato wedges and salads.He said the company also wants to improve its late afternoon and evening menus, but is not looking at duplicating the business model of its competitor Starbucks, which recently began offering customers alcohol and tapas.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE IS to end its print edition at the end of December and move solely online.The move comes less than two years after the 79-year-old current affairs magazine merged with the Daily Beast website in 2010, signalling an increased focus on digital as sales declined.The new digital publication will be called Newsweek Global and will be released weekly for tablet and Kindle readers. The last print edition of the magazine will be published on 31 December.In an announcement on the Daily Beast website today, editor-in-chief Tina Brown said that the new online-only publication will be targeted at a highly mobile opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events.The new publication aims to build up an audience of subscribers in order to make money. Some of the content will also be available on the Daily Beast website.Newsweek had become increasingly sensationalist since it was taken over by editor Tina Brown as part of the merger in a bid to attract and retain readers.Brown said that Newsweek had been increasingly affected by the challenging print advertising environment.“We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” she wrote. “This decision is not about the quality of the brand or the journalism – that is as powerful as ever. It is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution”.A number of jobs will be lost as Newsweek becomes online only but the number has not yet been confirmed.Previously: Twitter erupts over ‘Diana at 50′ Newsweek cover featuring Kate Middleton > Previously: Deal finally agreed between Newsweek and the Daily Beast >
Greek Cypriots celebrate Epiphany on north side for first timeGreek Cypriots celebrate Epiphany on north side for first time
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Cypriots celebrated Epiphany Day for the first time in years on the northern side of ethnically divided Cyprus this week, believed to have a lot to do with last years peace talks between the two sides.Hundreds gathered in what is now being referred to as a ghost town, with abandoned hotels and houses guarded by barbed wire, to observe the blessing of the waters.Some 15 young men took part in the tradition, diving into the cold waters in a bid to retrieve the blessed cross.Ethnically split since the Turkish invasion of 1974, Greek Cypriots have been permitted to cross to the north since 2003. However, conducting events of a religious nature has required advanced permission.This year, for the first time since the war, Turkish Cypriot authorities approved the Epiphany celebrations to take place on a beach at Famagusta.“This is a very moving moment for me … our presence here means we haven’t forgotten, and we still believe one day we will return,” said Greek Cypriot Philippos Yiapanis.One of hundreds present to observe the ritual, now aged 59, Mr Yiapanis was 17 when he left the area, living the bulk of his life in a divided country.While there are still issues to be resolved, Wednesday’s celebrations have been seen as a positive reflection on the state of affairs as peace talks continue into 2016 between Cypriot leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci.Source: Reuters
Les outils de pierre auraient forgé la structure de nos mainsLes outils de pierre auraient forgé la structure de nos mains
Les outils de pierre auraient forgé la structure de nos mainsPubliée dans le Journal of Archaeological Science, une étude expérimentale britannique suggérerait, dans l’histoire humaine, une corrélation entre la manipulation précoce d’outils de pierre et l’évolution de la structure de nos mains. “Il y a 140 ans, écrivant à son domicile à Down House, dans le Kent, Darwin proposait l’idée selon laquelle l’utilisation des outils de pierre a pu influer sur l’évolution de la main de l’homme. Notre recherche suggère qu’il avait raison. Depuis un stade très précoce de leur évolution, le comportement culturel de nos ancêtres a influencé leur évolution biologique d’une manière spécifique”, explique le Dr Lycett, maître de conférences sur l’évolution humaine à l’Ecole d’anthropologie de l’Université du Kent.Dans une série d’expériences utilisant, en guise de couteaux, des éclats de pierre semblables à ceux connus en Afrique il y a environ 2,6 millions d’années, ils ont regardé si la variation de la taille de la main des utilisateurs de ces outils reflétait des différences anatomiques influant sur l’efficacité de leur manipulation (pour couper une corde, en l’occurrence). Leurs résultats montreraient que ces variations ‘biométriques’ ont, en effet, une relation significative avec l’efficacité d’utilisation de l’outil.Le 9 mars 2011 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
Unowhy Qooq v2, la tablette à toqueLa tablette Qooq v2 se démarque de ses concurrentes de bien des manières : une fabrication totalement française, de la fabrication à la distribution, et une utilisation orientée vers…La cuisine. Sortez les couverts !Malgré un nom à consonance anglo-saxonne, Qooq v2 est une tablette revendiquant fièrement sa fabrication française. Construite par la société Unowhy, l’élaboration de ce modèle a d’abord été délocalisée avant d’être recentralisée en France, les coûts d’importation devenant prohibitifs et la tablette est désormais produite à Montceau-les-Mines, en plein cœur de la Saône-et-Loire selon Gizmodo. Cette tablette tactile a un usage bien particulier. Son format la destine à la cuisine. En effet, elle est vendue couplée à un abonnement à un magasine interactif culinaire. L’appareil est d’ailleurs proposé avec un support qui ne dépareillera pas sur votre plan de travail. Elle est de plus armée pour vos premiers pas aux fourneaux et parfaitement étanche en cas de catastrophe. L’intérieur de la Qooq est aussi robuste, avec un processeur ARM 9 double-cœur cadencé à 1 GHz, 8 Go de stockage, des hauts-parleurs stéréo et une connectivité Ethernet ou WiFi. Son système d’exploitation est une variation mobile de Linux, un vent de fraicheur par rapport aux traditionnels Android ou iOS. À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Elle sera vendue dès le 10 novembre pour un prix de 350 euros, avec 500 recettes pré-installées et un mois d’abonnement à la plateforme de contenus culinaires. Une belle opération pour devenir un chef malin et à la pointe de la technologie.Découvrez ce nouveau guide de cuisine high-tech en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 11:43 • Maxime Lambert
Barcelona at risk of being expelled from the Copa del ReyBarcelona at risk of being expelled from the Copa del Rey
Barcelona could be expelled from the Copa del Rey after allegedly choosing to play an ineligible player in Juan Brandariz “Chumi”19-year-old Chumi was named as a starter in Barcelona’s first leg against Levante last week in the Copa del Rey, which they surprisingly lost 2-1.But El Mundo broke the story that the young defender had in fact been suspended by the Spanish FA (RFEF) for receiving a fifth booking in a second division game against Castellón on Sunday for the B team.Now Barcelona could be kicked out of the Copa del Rey as a result of playing Chumi at Levante.“To the club that sets an ineligible line-up with a footballer who does not comply with the regulations to be able to participate in a game, this will be given as a defeat, declaring the opponent the winner by a score of three goals to zero, unless the winning margin was greater,” reads Article 76 of the RFEF’s disciplinary code.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“In the case of a knockout tie, it will be resolved in favour of the opponent.”Barcelona won the second leg of their last-16 tie against Levante 3-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals, which could turn out to have been a pointless effort.Real Madrid had in fact been eliminated from the competition themselves for similar circumstances after playing the suspended Denis Cheryshev in 2015.Barcelona have defended their actions on the matter based on a memo entitled circular 28, which states that the suspension was not relevant.
Long lines for Registration Department ready for influxLong lines for Registration Department ready for influx
Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Exams rescheduled because of Election Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #LetsvoteBahamas, #longregistrationlines, #magneticmedianews Nomination Day in the Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Lines continue to be long at voter registration centres across the Bahamas today, as persons try to get in on last minute registration. Speaking with Magnetic Media today, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says as of Sunday 2nd April, the total number of persons registered stood at 155,000. Mr. Hall anticipates this to exceed the voter registration number in 2012, which recorded 172, 128.The Parliamentary Commissioner added eight of the twelve centres were open for registration from 10am to 9pm daily until April 10th, while the twelve centres will facilitate distribution from 10am to 8pm. He assured the departments capacity in handling the rush. The influx of voters at various registration centres comes after Prime Minster Perry Christie announced that parliament will be dissolved on April 11th to make way for the 2017 General Elections.#MagneticMediaNews#longregistrationlines#letsvoteBahamas#BahamasGeneralElections Recommended for you
BAHAMAS Cabinet Office Release – Update – PMs SurgeryBAHAMAS Cabinet Office Release – Update – PMs Surgery
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 4, 2018 – Nassau – The Cabinet Office informs the general public that the Prime Minister, Dr. The Honourable Hubert A. Minnis’ surgery yesterday, 3rd January, 2018, at the Princess Margaret Hospital was successful. The Prime Minister thanks Dr. Jeffrey Sweeting who removed a cataract from his eye as well as the anesthetist, Dr. Mark Weech for their professional care and attention. The Prime Minister tolerated the procedure well and was sent home 2 hours later to convalesce and follow the doctor’s orders.The Prime Minister’s post operation visit today, 4 January, was also successful and he has been cleared to return to work on Monday, 8 January, 2018.The Cabinet Officer conveys the Prime Minister’s thanks for the many well wishers and for the outpouring of love and prayer for his safe surgery and speedy recovery.CABINET OFFICE4 January, 2018
Wilmington Art Centers 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31June 1Wilmington Art Centers 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31June 1
WILMINGTON, MA — Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the 39th Annual Art Exhibition. The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington).The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge.Come, and meet your local artists!Exhibit Hours:Friday, May 31, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Reception with refreshments and live musicSaturday, June 1, 1pm-4pm: Artists can be seen working on their paintingsThere is still time to enter! Submit your application before May 23rd to the Wilmington Arts Council, c/o Town Hall in Wilmington. Entry forms can be downloaded HERE or picked up at the Wilmington Memorial Library or the Wilmington Town Hall.For additional information, please call Jean Chang at (978) 886-9224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org(NOTE: The above is a press release submitted by the Wilmington Arts Council.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Art Center’s 35th Annual Art Exhibit Set For June 5-7, Still Time To Enter!In “Community”Wilmington Arts Council Looking For Entrants For Spring Art ShowIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Sunny Leone birthday Husband Daniel Weber wishes her with most special messageSunny Leone birthday Husband Daniel Weber wishes her with most special message
Sunny Leone with husband and children.InstagramSunny Leone was born on May 13, 1981, as Karenjit Kaur Vohra in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, and celebrates her 38th birthday today. On the occasion, her American husband Daniel Weber has posted an emotional post on Instagram that shows what a doting husband he is, and more importantly, how simple a person Sunny Leone is.Sunny Leone’s husband Daniel Weber thinks she is still the sexiest woman in the world. On her birthday, he has posted a message and three pictures of Sunny and their three kids. The images read, “The way people see you!!! The way I see you!!! Who you really are!!!”Daniel Weber writes on Instagram for his gorgeous wife Sunny Leone, “@sunnyleone – So many things to write and so much that comes to mind that it’s impossible to express in a post!!! You are the greatest , warmest, kindest human I have ever met !!! I have watched you do more for others then yourself over and over in life !!! I have been by your side through every crazy Jouney and road we choose to travel on !!! Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day to the greatest women on earth !!! I love you forever !!! You are still the sexiest women EVER !!! Xoxo”.Sunny Leone has three children with Daniel Weber – Baby Nisha Kaur Weber who was adopted from a village in Maharashtra and their twin sons Asher and Noah, who are their biological children born out of surrogacy.The actress who was a geek in her childhood and went on to be a pornstar in the US and Canada, quit it all to come to India and work here in the entertainment industry. After being a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss, Sunny Leone was offered a Bollywood film by Mahesh Bhatt – Jism 2, directed by Pooja Bhatt.There has been no looking back for Sunny Leone after her Bollywood debut. She has starred in movies down south as well and in advertisements. A two-part web series on Sunny Leone’s life has been made for Zee 5.Here’s wishing Sunny Leone a very happy birthday. Check out her husband’s birthday message here! I took over part of this station to make the Noah and Asher some banana wheat pancakes and apple sauce 🙂 #momlifeso nice of the kitchen staff and @dominiquefieux to let me make my boys their food sometimes. 🙂 thanks! pic.twitter.com/cA1OxIDEUu— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) 8 May 2019
Is Google trying to topple Trumps 2020 reelection campaignIs Google trying to topple Trumps 2020 reelection campaign
Project VeritasSearch giant Google has been accused of allegedly planning to interfere in Donald Trump’s US President re-election campaign after a top company executive’s claim of preventing “the next Trump situation” was released in a video.The video made by conservative group Project Veritas shows the Head of Responsible Innovation of Google, Jen Gennai, explaining its technology and appearing to suggest that the company is planning in advance of changing “outcomes” through “training algorithms”.”We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?,” Gennai said. She also claims that the firm has the “resources” to stop future election interference.The Project Veritas’ report accuses Google of collecting classified training data, programming algorithms in such a manner that media is filtered, ranked, aggregated and guaranteed. It accuses the firm and said, “people like us are programmed.”Gennai called the video “absolute, unadulterated nonsense” in a Medium post and claimed the video was edited to suggest that Google was working to stopping Trump’s 2020 election.She explained that representatives from a company claiming to be from “2 Step tech Solutions” had invited her to discuss a mentoring program for young people of colour in the technology field in May.While explaining how Google’s Trust and Safety team is working towards the prevention of foreign interference in the upcoming US elections, she wrote that “a series of debunked conspiracy theories about our search results, and our other products” was “stitched together” in the video.The report also said that a source from Google told them that the tech giant uses Machine Learning Fairness that influences how political stories are aggregated.It accuses the firm of “liberal bias” even when the stories are “factually correct.” The report said, “it may be desirable to consider how we might help society reach a more fair and equitable state, via either product intervention or broader corporate social responsibility efforts.”YouTube removed the video from the Project Veritas official account on Wednesday on third-party privacy claims. The video is available on its official website.Project VeritasFormed by Conservative political activist James Edward O’Keefe III, Project Veritas is a US non-profit organisation that is “dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in both public and private institutions”.However, he has been criticised for selectively editing videos to misrepresent responses and create a false impression of what his sources claim to reveal about controversial issues.
Real Estate in Union budget 2017 5 expectations that govt should addressReal Estate in Union budget 2017 5 expectations that govt should address
Real estate sector is one of the major contributors to the GDP of India, but it has suffered badly in the financial year 2016-17 and it is desperately waiting for the attention of the union government.The Real estate sector was hit badly by the introduction of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) in the first quarter of the financial year. When it was struggling to recover, demonetisation caused another major damage to it in the third quarter. The industry is finding it hard to overcome the downswing period with both buyers and constructors facing several problems including cash crunch.The union government needs to take some serious decisions in its budget 2017-18 to boost the confidence of the real estate sector. It is expected to work on encouraging buyers and also controlling falling prices. Here are five expectations of the real estate sector that the union budget 2017-18 must address.1 Relaxation in income tax rate: The current limit of tax deduction limit is Rs 2 lakh, which is insignificant, when looked at in the context of prices of houses in metropolitan cities. The price of a house starts from Rs 1 crore in cities like Mumbai and buyers have to pay huge amount of money in the name of repayment of loan every year. Hence, the tax exemption limit should be increased at least by Rs 1 lakh. The government should also introduce tax concessions on house insurance premiums, which will encourage buyers to insure their homes.2 Raise HRA deduction limit for self-employed persons:Salaried persons get house rent allowance (HRA) as a component of their salary, and they can claim a deduction for the same. But self-employed persons and people who draw lump sum can only claim a maximum deduction of Rs 2,000 a month under Section 80GG. This issue should be addressed in the union budget 2017.3 Policies to standardise construction materials:The increase in the prices of cement and other construction materials is impacting the cost of housing. In Union Budget 2017, the government should announce policies on standardisation of major construction material. It should also work on the tax clarity on REITs and make it viable, which will ease the investment options.4 Single window clearance:The real estate sector needs various government approvals to its projects, but the bureaucratic process is delaying delivery of homes. There has been a long standing demand for a single window clearance to stop bureaucratic delays. If the government brings this system, it would boost the real estate sector in a big way.5 Industry status for real estate sector:The real estate sector, which contributes to over 15% of the GDP of India, is granted with infrastructure status. But giving it an industry status would boost this sector and help it deliver homes faster. This status would avoid the delay in the delivery caused by high interest rates, unavailability of funds and stringent evaluation process.These above mentioned reforms will give momentum to the real estate sector, which has been struggling since July 2016, and with the reforms, this sector will make remarkable progress in 2017.
A rescue worker walks through rubble and debris at a garment factory in Gazipur on 3 July, 2017, after an explosion at the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFPThe bodies of four more people were found in the debris following the boiler explosion at Multi-Fabs Ltd in Gazipur’s Nayarapara area on Tuesday evening, raising the death toll to 13, reports UNB.Firefighters found three bodies in the rubble of the factory around 6:45pm, said Akhtaruzzaman, deputy assistant director of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence. The trio could not be identified immediately.Besides, the body of Amirul Islam, an engineer, was retrieved from under the debris of the factory in the morning, he said.The fire brigade team started their rescue operation for the second day on Tuesday.Earlier, nine people were killed and around 52 others injured as the boiler exploded at the factory on Monday evening.Of them, eight died on the spot while Solaiman Miah, 30, son of late Liakat Ali of Palashbari of Gaibandha, succumbed to his injuries at hospital.The eight other deceased are Mahbubur Rahman, 23, son of Shahar Ali in Sonatala upazila of Bogra district, Abdus Salam, 55, son of late Moksed Ahmed of Mirsarai in Chittagong, Gias Uddin, 30, son of Bachchu in Sadar upazila of Chandpur, Al Amin, 30, son of Aiyub Ali Sardar in Harishpur of Magura, Biplab Chandra Sheel, 38, son of Monindonath of Goalanda upazila in Rajbari, Mujibur Rahman, 37, son of Sagor Ali of Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria, Mansur, 30, and Arshad Hossain, 36.Of the deceased, eight bodies were handed over to the family members, said Akhtaruzzaman.Meanwhile, two probe bodies were formed to investigate the incident.Additional district magistrate Rahinul Islam said the district administration formed an eight-member probe committee, led by him, to look into the incident.The committee started its work today, Rahinul said, adding that they will complete the inquiry giving priority to seven issues, including the expiry of the boiler, condition of its safety bulb and experience of directors.As part of the investigation, the probe committee members visited the spot, met factory workers and employees, and held a meeting with experts on boiler, he said.The additional district magistrate said they have information primarily that the boiler’s lifespan expired on 24 June.Besides, the Fire Service and Civil Defence formed a three-member committee to probe the incident.Meanwhile, the authorities of Multi-Fabs Ltd, where the boiler exploded, closed the factory for an indefinite period, said its workers.Besides, the authorities of 10 garment factories of the area closed their factories for Tuesday (today) following the incident.After visiting the spot on Tuesday, state minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque announced to provide Tk 8,00,000 for each family of the deceased.Of the compensation, the ministry will provide to Tk 5,00,000 while the factory authorities the rest, he said.Besides, this district administration provided Tk 20,000 for the burial of each deceased
Dhaka summons Myanmar envoy proposes joint operationDhaka summons Myanmar envoy proposes joint operation
Myanmar acting ambassador Aung Myint. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh has made a proposal to Myanmar to conduct a joint operation against militants, the Arakan Army and any other forces.The foreign ministry made the proposal on Monday after summoning Myanmar acting ambassador in Bangladesh, Aung Myint.Dhaka expressed grave concern as the Myanmar government termed their local terrorists ‘Bangalees’ following fresh violence in the Rakhine State, in which 89 people were killed.Myanmar ambassador Aung Myint met with the director general (South-East Asia wing) of the foreign ministry Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury at his office.Speaking to Prothom Alo, a foreign ministry senior official said a specific proposal on a joint operation along Bangladesh-Myanmar border was formally given to the Myanmar envoy.Bangladesh wants to cooperate with Myanmar to remove its security concerns, the official added.
HPD West University Shooter Had More Firearms At His Home And BodyHPD West University Shooter Had More Firearms At His Home And Body
Al OrtizA group Houston Police officers gather at a parking lot close to where the shooting took place. Investigators found additional firearms after searching Nathan Desai’s condo in the West University neighborhood.The Houston Police Department says it still hasn’t found the motive for Monday’s shooting in the West University area, located in southwest Houston, but they continue to collect evidence and the investigation remains active.During a press conference held after the weekly meeting of the Houston City Council, HPD Homicide Division Cpt. Dwayne Ready explained investigators are still interviewing witnesses and noted that the autopsy performed on Nathan Desai shows he was shot about six times by police officers.Ready also detailed that, in addition to the two firearms Desai had at the scene of the shooting, he had more at home.“The ones found in the residence included another .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun, as well as a 9 mm handgun and a 30-30 rifle, along with additional ammunition,” Ready said.Investigators also found body armor and a gas mask at Desai’s condo in the West University area.Ready added it is still unclear why Desai had Nazi emblems on the military clothing he was wearing.Mayor Sylvester Turner emphasized Houston was very fortunate because no victims lost their lives and praised the quick reaction by the Houston Police Department and other first responders.“They did a very exemplary job of responding, doing precisely what they’ve been trained to do and did it in a very professional manner and responded fairly quickly to the incident and contained it,” Turner commented at the press conference.Police are also investigating Desai’s name change a few years after the 9/11 attacks, from Niren to Nathan. 00:00 /01:15 Share X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: