BC Government to improve WorkBC Services

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is making changes to improve WorkBC’s services.According to the Government, the changes will offer better services for people who need support to re-enter the workforce, access training opportunities and to find good jobs.Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, says these changes will help those who are facing barriers when searching for work. “Many people trying to find work face barriers to opportunity. They need a hand overcoming those barriers to take the next step to meet their goals. That’s why we are refocusing WorkBC on delivering results for people. Improving accessibility and moving to more personalized supports will make it easier for more people to find good, stable jobs so they can provide for themselves and their families.”WorkBC provides employment services to people at centres throughout the province and online through WorkBC.ca. People can find local and provincial job listings, workshops, skills assessments and targeted programs that include training, work experience and wage subsidies.For more information on the changes in employment services, you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Some of worlds richest countries let poorest children fall further behind –

3 December 2010Italy, the United States, Greece, Belgium and the United Kingdom top a list of two dozen developed countries that let their most vulnerable children fall even further behind, with enormous consequences not only for the youngsters themselves but for the economy and society at large, according to a new United Nations report released today. Italy, the United States, Greece, Belgium and the United Kingdom top a list of two dozen developed countries that let their most vulnerable children fall even further behind, with enormous consequences not only for the youngsters themselves but for the economy and society at large, according to a new United Nations report released today.“As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, the report focuses on the hundreds of thousands of children who risk being left behind in the world’s richest countries,” Gordon Alexander, Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre, said of the study, which puts Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands at the top of those caring for their least advantaged children.“This need not happen – the standard set out in this report is not based on some theoretical ideal of greater equality but on what some OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries have already achieved for their children.” The study – Report Card 9: The Children Left Behind – for the first time ranks 24 of the 31 OECD top industrialized countries in terms of equality in health, education and material well-being for their children, focusing on bottom-end inequality for the most disadvantaged children.With much of the data coming from before the current financial crisis, the report calls its findings a “snapshot in good times,” warning that the heaviest consequences of an economic downturn tend to fall on the most vulnerable families and their children.“In hard times, the poorest children should be the first to be protected, not the last to be considered,” it declares. “A child has only one chance to develop normally in mind and body. And it is a primary responsibility of government to protect that chance – in good times and in bad.”Hundreds of studies in OECD countries have shown that the costs of children falling too far behind include a greater likelihood of inadequate nutrition, lower educational achievement, chronic stress for the child and impaired development, but this long list of problems also translates into significant costs for society as a whole. “Unnecessary bottom-end inequality prepares a bill which is quickly presented to taxpayers in the form of increased strain on health and hospital services, on remedial schooling, on welfare,” the report stresses.It cites those countries which have more effectively used family benefits and tax breaks to close the gap on child inequality and poverty as showing that the problem can be eased through policy decisions, without sacrificing efficiency and economic performance.“The 24 OECD countries being compared are all highly developed nations with a similar capacity to limit child poverty,” Mr. Alexander said. “The fact that some countries are doing better than others shows that the pattern of inequality can be broken, and that when exclusion is identified early, action can be taken to prevent a deep fall. The variation between countries revealed in the report offers a realistic goal for improvement.”In addition to those leading the way in promoting equality in children’s well-being and those letting their children fall further behind, the study also found that Switzerland has the least inequality in material well-being closely followed by Iceland and the Netherlands, with the highest relative gaps reported in Slovakia, the US and Hungary.Also, inequality in educational achievement (reading, maths and science literacy) is lowest in Finland, followed by Ireland and Canada, and highest in Belgium, then France and Austria.The study also found that the lowest levels of inequality for health are registered in the Netherlands, followed by Norway and Portugal, with the widest gaps found in Hungary, Italy and the US.The countries measured were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and US. Seven other OECD countries – Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Turkey – are also included in the report, but are not given a group ranking as they did not have enough data for at least one of the three dimensions measured. read more

As other countries grapple with wealth gap Denmark finds welfare system narrows

COPENHAGEN – This is what it’s like to live in Denmark, a nation with a narrower wealth gap than almost anywhere else: You’ve been jobless for more than a year. You have no university degree, no advanced skills. You have to pay a mortgage. And your husband is nearing retirement.You aren’t worried.If you’re 51-year-old Lotte Geleff, who lost her job as an office clerk in January 2013, you know you’ll receive an unemployment benefit of 10,500 kroner ($1,902) a month after taxes for up to two years. You’re part of a national system of free health care and education for everyone, job training, subsidized child care, a generous pension system and fuel subsidies and rent allowances for the elderly.And high taxes.Denmark’s sturdy social safety net helps explain why its wealth gap — the disparity between the richest citizens and everyone else — is second-smallest among the world’s 34 most developed economies, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, surpassed only by the much smaller economy of Slovenia.Behind its slender wealth gap are factors ranging from the highest tax burden in the European Union to a system that helps laid-off workers find new jobs and re-training.They are factors that depend on a level of government involvement — financial and otherwise — that would be politically unacceptable in some areas of the world.Cause and effect would be impossible to prove, but Danes appear more content than people in most other industrialized nations. Eighty-nine per cent of Danes reported having more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones, according to the OECD — the highest figure among the organization’s 34 countries.“We don’t have steaks on the table every night, but we’re OK,” says Geleff, who has a house near the city of Roskilde.While the gap between the wealthy and everyone else is widening in much of the industrialized world, a large chunk of Danes remain firmly middle class. Forty-two per cent of the working population of 4.6 million have annual disposable incomes between 200,000 and 400,000 kroner ($36,700-$73,300). Just 2.6 per cent earn more than 500,000 kroner a year ($91,383).According to the OECD, the top 20 per cent of Danes earn on average four times as much as the bottom 20 per cent. In the United States, by contrast, the top 20 per cent earn about eight times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.The idea of a generous government-provided cushion for ordinary people is deeply rooted in a nation with few outward signs of a pampered elite. Members of the royal family often bike to drop off their children at a public daycare centre. Last winter, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt was seen shovelling snow outside her home in Copenhagen.With a solid safety net in place, the government has persuaded unions to accept a flexible labour market. Under a model known as “Flexicurity,” companies can quickly lay off staffers during downturns. Laid-off workers, in turn, receive training and guidance in pursuing new careers.Such training is part of Denmark’s approach to education, which is free for everyone of all ages in this country of 5.6 million. Students of any age over 18 who live on their own can receive a stipend of 5,839 kroner ($1,028) a month. Those living with their parents can receive about half that.So widespread is education that one byproduct has been something unfamiliar elsewhere: A shortage of unskilled labour. Denmark has no mandated minimum wage. But unions and employers’ organizations have agreed on a minimum of 111 kroner ($20.3) an hour.Torben Andersen, an economics professor at Aarhus University, sees political unity as a factor in Denmark’s narrow wealth gap.“There are not the same strong conflicts and very strong parties and views like you will see, for instance, in U.S. politics,” he said.Some issues do tend to fan tensions in Denmark. One is immigration. With net immigration of about 2.25 people per 1,000 citizens, Denmark welcomes nearly as many as the United States. Many come from war-torn Middle East countries with few qualifications. Some of them struggle to find jobs, leaving some Danes to complain about immigrants benefiting from the welfare system without contributing to it.Such anxieties have lent support to the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party. Its influence has led to a tightening of immigration laws. It’s become harder for foreigners to obtain residence permits and for refugees in Denmark to bring relatives into the country.Despite the heavy tax burden, public support for the social security system remains high. In a Gallup poll published this month, 38 per cent of people who were asked whether they were happy to pay their taxes said they “fully” agreed. Fifty per cent “partly” agreed. A poll last year showed that 66 per cent opposed cuts to the welfare system.Kay Xander Mellish, a Wisconsin native who’s lived in Denmark for 13 years, says one reason Denmark’s system enjoys public support is that pretty much everyone, regardless of income, shares in its benefits.“If you are a high earner in the U.S., you can pay a lot for social services that you will never use, and I can see why that upsets people,” says Mellish, who’s enjoyed a year’s paid maternity leave and subsidized daycare. “At least when I pay for social services, I can see what I get back.”In Copenhagen, teacher Per Broenholt ticked off the government benefits he values. A father of two, he has six weeks’ vacation a year, which he uses to visit a summer home or foreign destinations such as Thailand or Turkey. He cycles to work and uses the family car mainly to drive to the grocery store on weekends.Still, he acknowledges, taxes are a burden. Income tax rates in Denmark range from 30 per cent to 51.5 per cent. There’s little incentive to work toward a promotion, Broenholt says, because “the taxman would take half” the additional money earned. And gas is expensive, at around 12 kroner ($2.18) for a litre (0.3 gallon), a result of environmental taxes.Advocates of low taxes, in the United States and elsewhere, have long argued that high taxes act as a drag on economies, stifling investment, hiring and spending. As with many countries with high taxes, Denmark’s long-term growth has trailed the pace of expansion in the United States and some other major economies.Among Danes, though, distaste for ostentatious wealth tends to outweigh dissatisfaction with taxes.“Elite is a dirty word here,” Mellish said. “The whole idea of ambition is embarrassing in Denmark. It’s like being gay in the 1960’s: Everybody knows it exists, but no one talks about it.”Wealthy Danes make up a lower proportion than in many other countries. About 0.3 per cent of Danes earn more than $370,000 a year. In the United States, a full 1 per cent had income over $394,000 in 2012, according to Internal Revenue Service data.As the cost of their social welfare systems has grown, Denmark and other Nordic nations have embraced work incentives — a trend that’s led to a slight widening in income disparities. Sweden has gradually cut income taxes for the employed by up to $330 a month. Denmark has pushed to lower the maximum period for full unemployment benefits from four years to two.Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt said she’s committed to helping businesses stay competitive.“We need to continue to take decisions to ensure that our model is sustainable and preserves prosperity,” she said in an email to The Associated Press.In the end, there’s an economic trade-off, says Danske Bank’s chief economist, Steen Bocian.“You could probably have higher growth in Denmark, allowing for more income inequality,” he said. “But it’s a political question whether you would pursue that.”___Rising reported from Stockholm. by Jan M. Olsen And Malin Rising, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2014 4:09 am MDT As other countries grapple with wealth gap, Denmark finds welfare system narrows disparities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

World governments agree to boost global status of UN environmental agency

In a resolution establishing universal membership of the former 58-member UNEP Governing Council, the UN General Assembly signalled it was reinforcing the agency’s role as the world’s “leading environmental authority” for setting the global environmental agenda, UNEP said in a news release.Crucially, the resolution renders UNEP eligible to receive “secure, stable and increased financial resources” from the regular budget of the UN, and “calls for other UNEP donors to increase their voluntary funding,” the release said.“The decision by the General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP is a watershed moment,” said UNEP’s Executive Director, Achim Steiner.“Universal membership of UNEP’s Governing Council establishes a new, fully-representative platform to strengthen the environmental dimension of sustainable development, and provides all governments with an equal voice on the decisions and actions needed to support the global environment, and ensure a fairer share of the world’s resources for all,” he added.The General Assembly established UNEP a year after the UN’s 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment – which is widely credited with having placed global environmental issues on the international agenda – called for the creation of a specialized agency within the UN Secretariat to help States coordinate environmental policy.For its part, today’s General Assembly resolution marks the first major structural change to UNEP in its four-decade history.“The resolution reaffirms UNEP’s role as the UN’s authority on the environment, and provides the mandate to enhance our ongoing work on bringing the latest science to policy-makers, directly supporting national and regional environmental efforts, improving access to technology, and other key areas,” said Mr. Steiner. “For UNEP and the environmental community, this is a truly historic day.”The resolution follows commitments by world leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June, to improve the institutional framework for a development agenda that meets human needs while also protecting the environment.“The provisions contained in the resolution are among the first practical steps by the UN General Assembly to implement the outcomes of Rio+20,” UNEP said.The reform comes as the latest edition of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook report, released in June 2012, said that significant progress had been made in only four of the 90 leading environmental goals agreed by the international community.The report warned that, if current trends continued, several critical thresholds may be exceeded, beyond which irreversible changes to the life-support functions of the planet could occur, according to the UNEP release.In light of the report, the new General Assembly resolution reflects the “commitment of member states to improve global cooperation on the environment in order to meet such challenges, and to promote the integration of the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable development, as well as improving coordination within the UN system,” UNEP said.The first meeting of the new Governing Council will take place in February. read more

Multotec looks to lucrative Indian coal sector

first_imgMultotec says it is aiming to share the experience and expertise it has gained in the South African coal sector with the potentially lucrative Indian coal sector. With 60 coal processing plants and 300 Mt of run-of-mine coal mined a year, the South African coal sector has a wealth of innovation at its disposal, spearheaded by original equipment manufacturers such as Multotec.Dense medium cyclones from Multotec are already officially endorsed by Coal India. Coal India produces 81% of India’s coal and is also the largest coal producer in the world. “Our range of dense medium cyclones is very popular in the Indian market, and is preferable over any other brand. For Multotec to be endorsed by Coal India is very good for us,” Bart Malan, Multotec Area Sales Manager responsible for India and Turkey, says.Multotec is a corporate member of the Coal Preparation Society of India (CPSI) and will be participating in the Coal Beneficiation 2015 Conference & Expo in New Delhi in April. “Our main aim is to create awareness of gravity separation of fine coal using spiral concentrators. This is becoming increasingly important as it is an environment friendly technology and has no moving parts, meaning reduced repair and maintenance costs,” Ken Tuckey, General Manager, International Business Development Division, says.Tuckey explains that the similarity between Indian and South African coal means that solutions pioneered in the latter can effectively be applied to the former, without having to reinvent the wheel. “Our large diameter dense medium cyclones have been proven in coarse coal applications in South Africa, our smaller diameter cyclones for fine coal down to 2 mm, and our spirals for material from 2 mm to 100 microns.”The combination of these three elements provides a total customer solution that Multotec is now offering to Indian coal washing plants, with the emphasis on improved yield and product quality. Since the Indian government has enacted environmental legislation to prohibit the transportation of ash more than 500 km from its point of origin, removal of ash from the finer fractions will be imperative, and this can best be executed in small diameter dense medium cyclones (for 15 by 2 mm) and the minus 2 mm on spirals.“Coal in India and South Africa is essentially similar, and therefore the Indian coal sector can benefit from the experience gained in the South African coal sector,” Tuckey says. He adds that the Indian coal sector will now have to focus on fine coal beneficiation, a development that took place in the South African coal some time back. Multotec, in particular, has undertaken extensive research and development to demonstrate the efficiency of dense medium separation for 50 mm to 15 mm coal. Cost-effective recovery of the magnetite used during the process is paramount, never forgetting the crucial aspect of dewatering.Tuckey explains that dense medium separation is trickier for 15 mm to 2 mm coal. Here it is relatively more difficult to obtain the necessary magnetite recovery, while dewatering and retaining the requisite calorific value is also more difficult. “Below 2 mm is where the Multotec spiral comes into its own. Since it is a low cost water only gravity separation technology, there are no costly chemicals to be added or medium to be lost. This makes it a cost effective technology, with the final hurdle of dewatering achieved with a cyclone and a high frequency vibrating screen, and even centrifuges if need be.”The percentage of the fines generated ROM is normally 15% to 20%. Since the Indian coal sector is now looking to improve the calorific value of the coal it is feeding to the country’s power stations, critical experiential knowledge is necessary for the selection of the correct equipment. This is where Multotec believes it can play a critical role in the Indian coal sector, as it has the necessary equipment and experience to be able to offer a total solution for the beneficiation of fine coal. Multotec is also able to offer specific advice to its clients, Malan notes. “We look at the current performance, determine where any improvements can be made and then advise accordingly.” Thereafter it is up to the customer to make the appropriate procurement decisions.Tuckey concludes that Multotec’s particular combination of cyclones and spirals is especially suited to the requirements of the Indian coal sector. “Multotec’s coal spirals are very forgiving in this particular application. They tolerate a range of feed tonnages and are cheap to purchase and cost-effective to operate, as well as being easy to adjust to specific conditions while delivering a consistently good performance.”last_img read more

Alexander Mining gets US patent for HyperLeach process

first_imgAlexander Mining reports that it has received notification that its MetaLeach subsidiary has been granted a patent for a Method of Oxidative Leaching of Sulfide Ores and/or Concentrates in the United States, patent number 9,771,631. The patent has a standard term of 20 years from the effective date of 13 June 2010 (being the date of original filing).The patent describes a method for leaching one or more target metals from a sulphide ore and/or concentrate containing such.Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The technology described in the patent has significant potential application in the US, both for sulphide deposits and for converting sulphide concentrates, the source of the majority of the world’s base metals production and resources, through to metal at the mine site.”MetaLeach’s HyperLeach® process, although less advanced in its commercialisation progress than AmmLeach®, has very significant potential for application. HyperLeach® is a hydrometallurgical process which has been developed by MetaLeach for the extraction of metals, especially copper, zinc, nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and rhenium from sulphide ore deposits and concentrates.The process utilises chlorine based chemistry to solubilise metals from ores under ambient temperature and pressure conditions. The HyperLeach® process can be operated as either heap leach or tank leach.last_img read more

Telekom Veszprem with 6 to Szeged

MOL-Pick Szeged:Sierra, Sego – Obranovic 1, Kallman 4, Bodó 5, Goncalves 1, Zubai, Balogh 4 (4), Skube, Blazevic, Gaber, Sostaric 2, Rodriguez, Bánhidi, Buntic, Bóka Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Iváncsik 1, Schuch, Ilic 2, Palmarsson 3, Gajic 4 (1), Nilsson 2, Nagy 3, Ugalde 3, Marguc, Terzic, Blagotinsek, Sulic, Lékai 4 ← Previous Story Maccabi Rishon Le Zion new Israeli champions! Next Story → WITH +9 TO ROMANIA: Sporting CP close to win EHF Challenge Cup Pick Szeged are always somewhere close to Telekom Veszprem, but that isn’t enough for Juan Carlos Pastor boys to take some trophy on domestic stage. Telekom Veszprem showed great performance in the first match of Play-Off Final to outplay the biggest and only rival in Hungary – 23:17 (8:10).Now, Pick Szeged will have extremely hard task to win with more than six goals to ensure the first Championship title since 2007.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 23:17 (8:10) read more

Liberals commit 100000 to Cypriots

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Liberal party has committed $100,000 to the Cypriot Community of Melbourne if elected in the November 27 elections. “People are scared to walk down King Street at night, I certainly wouldn’t” Nick Kotsiras, Liberal MP, VictoriaNicholas Kotsiras the Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs told guests at the Cyprus Community Annual ball last week that the grant will be for the organisation of a festival. “The Cyprus Community has been a strong advocate for the Cypriot community since 1934” said Mr Kotsiras to Neos Kosmos. “The $100,000 is committed, it’s in my policy, it’s new money” responded Mr Kostiras when asked if he will honour the promise if elected. “It is important to recognise of the 80 years of service the Cyprus Community has provided its members and its about culture and tradition” he added.Mr Kotsiras was cautiously optimistic about the Opposition’s electoral chances on the November 27 Victorian State elections. “I believe it will be close, a lot closer than people expect” he said. “As we get into November people begin to think about the election and about issues that concern them and the way the Brumby Government has dealt with these issues” Mr Kotsiras said. He highlighted the issue of transport and planning in his electoral Bulleen, “We are over developed and in terms of transport there is no train system and we have to rely on busses which are often late.” On state issues “law and order” was identified by Mr Kotsiras who said “People are scared to walk down King Street at night, I certainly wouldn’t”. He went on to emphasise the Opposition’s “raft of policies including extra police, the outlawing of biker gangs.” He did not want to make any further announcements but said that a Bailleu Government would do much for education and the teaching of Languages Other Than English. “You wait and see, we have very exciting policy announcements particularly on multiculturalism and education” said Mr Kotsiraslast_img read more

Barrister and actor Constantinos Kilias named a new magistrate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Barrister Constantinos Kilias was appointed a magistrate in Victoria on Wednesday.While he has been working in the legal profession for three decades now, with a focus on criminal cases, to the general public Kilias is better known for his work as an actor, namely in comedic roles.He appeared in cult classic, The Castle (1997) in the role of Farouk, Darryl Kerrigan’s Lebanese neighbour, and in more recent memory as Tony the Yugoslav in The Wog Boy (2000) and Kings of Mykonos (2010).Appointed by Victorian attorney-general Martin Pakula alongside Kilias were Alanna Duffy and Timothy Hoare.“These three new magistrates bring decades of collective experience to the magistrates’ court of Victoria and I congratulate them on their appointments,” Pakula said.last_img read more

Parnell holds first Rally

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #parnellholdsrally #magneticmedianewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 3, 2016 – Tonight the PDM Cheshire Hall Candidate hosts a rally in the constituency at the Alice Gibson clearing near Max’s Mini Mart; Parnell today told Magnetic Media the rally begins at 7:30pm.   It is his first rally for Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill.last_img

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Wilmington Youth Soccer Looking For High School College Players Interested

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Youth Soccer is looking for local High School and College players interested in coaching in its travel program. No prior coaching experience required. Email travel@wilmingtonyouthsoccer.org for more information.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Wilmington Youth Soccer Seeking High School & College Students To CoachIn “Sports”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Wilmington Travel Basketball Seeking CoachesIn “Sports”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”last_img read more

MercedesAMGs most powerful vehicle has 1600 hp tops out at 83 miles

first_imgThe 41′ AMG Carbon Edition is anything but subtle and we love it. Mercedes-AMG Mercedes-AMG has long been in the habit of building crazy, high-horsepower vehicles. Would it surprise you then if we were to tell you that its latest creation is made almost entirely from carbon fiber, has 1,600 horsepower and has a top speed of 83 miles per hour? Oh, and it’s a boat.The 41′ AMG Carbon Edition cigarette boat, which the company announced on Thursday, is built as a partnership between the folks in Affalterbach and Miami-based Cigarette Racing. It uses the new AMG GT four-door coupe as inspiration for all of its lunacy, and we like it.The AMG Carbon Edition manages to shave over 500 pounds of weight off of the Cigarette Racing boat on which it’s based thanks to the use of carbon in its roof structure, rudder, deck and hull. The carbon is used to form a sandwich structure which also adds rigidity to the craft — something you need when you’re bouncing off waves at more than 80 miles per hour.The 1,600 horsepower I mentioned earlier comes courtesy of four outboard Mercury Racing 400R engines. Are these as sexy as the completely nuts 9.0-liter turbocharged V8 stern-drive motors that Mercury makes? No, but they’re close.The AMG Carbon Edition will carry eight people or the equivalent weight of eight people in drugs (or, like, cat food or something — I’m not here to tell you how to live) at maximum speed. Or it’ll carry 20 people at the boat’s cruising speed. The interior of the boat is meant to mimic that of Mercedes-AMG’s finest sports cars with their liberal use of carbon fiber and Alcantara.The 41′ AMG Carbon Edition will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show from February 14-18. 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe: A practical beauty Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benzcenter_img 2 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Culture Comments More From Roadshow 68 Photoslast_img read more

Industry lawmakers criticize Walkers oil tax credits veto

first_imgOne of the budget vetoes announced Wednesday would eliminate more than $430 million in funding for oil tax credits. It’s the second year Walker has used his veto power to cut funding for the program.Download AudioThe governor’s podium and seal of the state of Alaska in the governor’s temporary offices in Juneau, June 19, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)Walker is now under fire from industry representatives and lawmakers who say the state is backtracking on payments it already owes and still must pay.The credits were designed to encourage companies to explore and develop new oil fields in the state. But Walker said Alaska simply can’t afford it right now.“In some cases we’re paying as much as 85 percent of the cost of some of the projects. That’s a pretty heavy lift when you’re basically borrowing money to pay those costs on that,” Walker said.The veto doesn’t let the state off the hook for the credits it already owes, it just delays the payments.Benji Johnson is president of the small Texas-based company BlueCrest Energy that’s developing an oil field in Cook Inlet.“It’s basically just like tearing up your credit card bill. ‘Oh, I don’t want to pay it this month, just tear it up,’” Johnson said. “… the state can bully their way through, but it’s not saving one penny by doing this.’Johnson said BlueCrest has received about $25 million in tax credit payments from the state in the last few years. But, according to Johnson, the state currently owes another $35 million and he anticipates filing for $15 million more by the end of the year. Now he doesn’t know when he’ll see those payments.“While we were aware … this veto could happen, everything we heard from the administration during this last session was that ‘Oh, that’s not going to happen again,” Johnson said. “We’re going to make sure that it’s fully funded.’ We were told that by pretty much everyone that we talked to, yet here we are doing the same sort of thing this year.Johnson said BlueCrest has been relying on the credits to help fund its drilling operations. He said the company has the money to get started, but may not be able to continue if oil prices stay low or drop further.Some companies have used the promise of tax credit payments to bring in outside investors. Johnson said the veto makes that option less likely for his company.“In the past, banks have been willing to loan that money at fairly low interest rates because they could be absolutely certain that the state is going to pay that. Now that certainty has absolutely gone away,” Johnson said. “The state has no credibility at this point. I don’t see how the state is going to maintain a relationship with the financial industry going forward.”Lawmakers were also swift to criticize the veto.House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said the state looks unreliable when it doesn’t make payments it guaranteed to companies.“I think it probably hurts independents,” Chenault said. “I think it hurts development of Alaska, whether it’s in Cook Inlet or Prudhoe Bay and I think it’s, it’ll probably have detrimental effects into the future.”Lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene for a special session on the budget in mid-July when they could, in theory, override the vetoes.last_img read more

Awareness rally seminars mark World Thalassaemia Day in South Dinajpur

first_imgBalurghat: World Thalassaemia Day was celebrated on the premises of Balurghat district hospital on Wednesday. The programme was jointly organised by district health department and family welfare society of South Dinajpur.The programme kicked-off with a Thalassaemia awareness rally from Balurghat Nursing College at 9 am and an awareness drama titled Jagaran was conducted by nursing students on the eve of World Thalassaemia Day. A seminar on “Sustainable Voluntary Blood Donation Movement” was organised on Tuesday evening. Blood donors, various forums, NGOs, local social welfare clubs and nursing students took part in the seminar. District Magistrate of South Dinajpur Dr Deepap Priya P inaugurated a new vehicle for the district hospital. “May 8 is dedicated to thalassaemia patients. Blood transfusion gives life to such patients,” the DM said. Thalassaemia is a disorder which leads to weakening and destruction of the red blood cells. It affects the formation of haemoglobin in the body causing mild or severe anaemia. South Dinajpur chief medical officer of health Dr Sukumar Day, who took part in World Thalassaemia Day celebrations at Balurghat district hospital, said: “Regular supply of blood is essential to fight the disease. We have shortage of blood in the two blood banks of the district. Several blood donation camps should be organised across the district to meet the requirement.” Several social welfare organisations such as Red-Cross Society, St John Ambulance, South Dinajpur Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association, Ujjiban Society, Moran Unmilan, Nowpara Teor Samaj Kalyan Samiti, Nari Mukti Mohila Samiti took part in the programme.last_img read more

Chintels Group launches phase II of Chintels Serenity

first_imgAfter the successful completion of Chintels Serenity Phase I, Chintels Group, one of the fastest growing Real Estate developers in Delhi and NCR region, recently announced the launch of its second chapter –Chintels Serenity Phase II in Sector 109, Chintels Metropolis on Dwarka Expressway Gurugram. Redefining the concept of luxury and harmony, Chintels Serenity Phase II consists of 6 high-rise towers having a total of 324 apartments. The project consists of three and four bedroom apartments across five categories, in the range of 1590, 1955, 2100, 2375 and 2925 sq ft respectively. The construction of the project has begun in October 2018 and the expected time of delivery of the project is December 31 2023. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHaving total saleable area of 4,85,660 square feet, Chintels Serenity Phase II will consist of 6 High-rise towers. One of the unique attributes of this project is the low density of the project with just 324 apartments spread across six towers out of which three towers will have four apartments per floor and rest three towers will have only two apartments per floor. The design, which has been conceptualised by Design Forum India, is a mix of contemporary architecture, cutting-edge design, state of art security and innovative use of spaces and elements to create a landscape harmonious with nature. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUnveiling on the project, Prashant Solomon, Managing Director, Chintels India Ltd and Treasurer, CREDAI NCR said, “Chintels Serenity (Phase I & II) is a luxurious 9,49,660 square foot high-rise complex which consists of 444 apartments in 9.75 acres in the heart of New Gurgaon. We are extremely excited and proud to launch Phase II which aims at providing the best quality in real estate at best locations in Delhi NCR. We have worked hard on product design and customised financial plans to make home-ownership a dream come true for a new segment of customers. Despite the delays in the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the area has becoming immensely popular and witnessing incremental demand over the years.” Chintels Serenity Phase II is part of Chintels Metropolis, a self-sustained area development by Chintels, which will provide quality housing and living environment spread across 3 premium sectors of Gurgaon.last_img read more

Loki is getting his own Marvel TV show and he better be

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- One of those characters happens to be the trickster god Loki — and, yes, actor Tom Hiddleston might reprise the role.Each series is expected to have six to eight episodes, as well as a significant budget.One more thing the Loki series should have: a lot of queer identity.It’s about time we get a queer Loki on screenSince Loki’s history in Norse mythology, as a trickster and shape-shifting god with various relationships with the other gods, his gender and sexuality have always been fluid.He is not only the father of Hel, and the mother of the eight-legged horse Sleipnir (giving birth as a mare), but a being that does not subscribe to society’s mandated binary nature.In the comics, this queer nature remains.Earlier this year, the god got his very own title, Loki: Agent of Asgard. This is how writer Al Ewing described him in the comic: ‘Yes, Loki is bi and I’ll be touching on that. He’ll shift between genders occasionally as well.’It’s always been this wayHere are a few examples of Loki’s fluidity in the comics:As Kid Loki, he joined the Young Avengers. In these panels, he’s talking with fellow teammate David Alleyne aka Prodigy, who is openly bisexual.In the conversation, Loki says that Asgardian culture ‘doesn’t really share your concept of sexual identity. There are sexual acts, that’s it.’It’s important to remember Loki doesn’t hail from Earth and that Asgard likely doesn’t subscribe to such heteronormative ideas.Kid Loki talking about Asgardian culture | Photo: Marvel ComicsIn an exchange with Squirrel Girl, Loki describes himself as a ‘genderfluid demigod’. Disney is getting ready to launch its very own streaming service and with it is coming brand new Marvel titles — including limited series about some of our favorite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.According to a report from Variety, the series are expected to focus on characters without their own standalone films. Loki with Squirrel Girl | Photo: Marvel ComicsFinally, here’s Loki described as ‘both son and daughter’.Loki as both daughter and son | Photo: Marvel ComicsIt’s the same for other media including Loki. Author Mackenzi Lee is writing a series of historical fiction novels, the first of which is going to be about Loki. In a tweet, she described him as a ‘canonically pansexual and gender fluid character’.This is what we should get in the Marvel series too. Hiddleston is already on board with a queer Loki, tooIt would also be great reparations for all the lapses in Marvel’s LGBTI representation, as they have cut queer moments more than once. There was Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and also a plot from Black Panther.Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently said there will be two queer characters popping up in MCU projects, including a character fans already know. Could it be Loki? Fingers crossed!More from Gay Star NewsEveryone is gay for Brie Larson in Captain Marvel so 2019 is going to be a good yearMarvel producer on LGBTI characters in future films: ‘Stay tuned’Ruby Rose gets emotional over being cast as Batwoman: ‘I’m so thrilled’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/loki-marvel-tv-show-queer/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

WATCH Costa Rican sprinter Nery Brenes sets new personal record in 400meter

first_imgNery Brenes is on the path to the Rio Olympics, and the speedy Costa Rican track star isn’t wasting any time in getting there.On Thursday, Brenes won the men’s 400-meter dash at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Challenge in Madrid with a time of 44.60 seconds.The mark is a new personal record for the decorated Costa Rican, shedding .05 seconds off his previous best, which he set in 2012.https://youtu.be/YZlN2YfyPDkThe latest victory comes just two weeks after Brenes won the SL Benfica Meeting in Portugal with a 400-meter time of 46.01 sec. during his European tour.The Limón native has already qualified for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, which begin on Aug. 5.“It’s a great sign of things to come,” said trainer Emmanuel Chanto. “We’re preparing to get to the final in Rio de Janiero 2016 and this is the first time he’s run so consistently fast to begin a season.”Brenes competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2012, Brenes won a gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Turkey with a time of 45.11 sec. in the 400-meter dash. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Nery Brenes qualifies for 200-meter dash in Olympics with new national record Complete guide to Costa Rica’s 2016 Olympic athletes and events Olympic Update: Costa Rica still in search of defining moment in Rio Colorado skier looks to be Costa Rica’s first Winter Olympic athlete in over a decadelast_img read more

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first_imgOTM 2017 has proved to be an excellent platform to meet a variety of business partners from different destinations. The response has been excellent and we have created good business opportunities. The quality of the show illustrates that OTM has gathered the right people at the right place.last_img

Veterans United Selects Encompass360 as Mortgage Management Solution

first_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Ellie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-29 Tory Barringer May 29, 2013 426 Views “”Ellie Mae””:http://www.elliemae.com/, a California-based provider of enterprise level, on-demand automated solutions for the residential mortgage industry, announced that “”Veterans United””:http://www.veteransunited.com/ has selected Encompass360 as its mortgage management solution.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]””We want to provide the best customer experience that a veteran or active military member will find anywhere,”” said Leigh Ann Wanserski, COO of Maryland-based Veterans United. “”When we look to bring in new partners, those decisions are always made with our customers as top priority. We absolutely have to ensure the home buying process will be faster and easier–that’s what we are hoping to see.””Veterans United chose Encompass360 after spending more than a year evaluating various loan origination systems.””Being selected by a discerning lender like Veterans United speaks volumes about the confidence they have in Ellie Mae and the advantages that our SaaS [software as a service] model combined with Success-Based Pricing bring to a business,”” said Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae. We’re always happy to be selected, but it is particularly gratifying when your software is being used to help veterans, who have given so much for their country.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Veterans United Selects Encompass360 as Mortgage Management Solutionlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A total of 417 votes were submitted, with the vast majority (278) saying Martin did the right thing. Given that new reports and twists seem to be added to the story on a daily basis, it’s very possible peoples’ opinions will change over the course of the next couple of weeks. However, given what we know right now, it appears most feel like the young offensive lineman made the right call. Every day, we at ArizonaSports.com ask our readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down on the right hand side of our home page.On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the question was: Do you think Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins handled his situation the right way? The options were “Yes, he showed restraint” and “No, he should have taken matters into his own hands.” Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more