India Inc Invests Over $4 Billion in South Africa

first_imgAs many as 140 Indian companies with operations in South Africa have invested more than USD 4 billion and created 18,000 direct jobs, according to a report released today.The CII-PwC report showcased the contribution of Indian companies beyond foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Africa, including key CSR and skill development initiatives. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

CBI recovers ₹11.47 lakh in cash, ₹26.49 lakh in old demonetised currency at former Manipur CM Ibobi Singh’s residence

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday searched several locations in Gurugram, Aizawl and Imphal in connection with the alleged embezzlement of ₹332 crore by the then chairmen of Manipur Development Society (MDS), including former Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh.The searches were conducted on the day when Manipur Congress legislators led by the former Chief Minister staged a protest in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the Naga accord.Speaking to The Hindu, he said he was not scared and he would fight for justice.“Not only the CBI, we welcome other agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and the National Investigation Agency also. I will give full cooperation,” he said, adding that the probe should not have any political vendetta.A CBI official said the agency had taken over two cases instituted earlier by the Manipur police, on a reference from the State government. Clubbed as one case, the FIR was registered on Wednesday. “During searches, ₹26.49 lakh in demonetised notes were found on Mr. Ibobi Singh’s premises,” he said.Among the former MDS chairmen named are Mr. Ibobi Singh, and retired IAS officials D.S. Poonia, P.C. Lawmuknga and O. Nabakishore Singh. Former project director Y. Ningthem Singh and then administrative officer Ranjit Singh of the MDS have also been arraigned.As alleged, while working as chairmen of the MDS from June 30, 2009, to July 6, 2017, they misappropriated the amount allocated for development works.According to the CBI, the searches led to seizure of ₹15.47 lakh in cash and about ₹36.49 lakh in demonetised currency. Documents of several immovable properties and bank accounts were also found.“From the premises of the former Chief Minister, ₹11.47 lakh in cash was seized apart from the demonetised notes. Several vehicles were also found. Another amount of ₹10 lakh in trashed notes was seized on the former project director’s premises, besides papers of two palatial properties in Imphal.Preliminary CBI findings suggested that Mr. Poonia allegedly had properties located in Delhi, Gurugram and Noida.Mr. Nabakishore has a four-storey building spread over 7,000 square feet, two more houses, one flat each in Gurugram and Ghaziabad, and an under construction two-storey building in Manipur, said the official. His wife and son have a car dealership in Imphal.The administrative officer has a house in Aizawl and an agricultural land in Imphal in his wife’s name, as alleged.Possessing demonetised currency is an offence under the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, and the guilty can be fined five times the amount involved.last_img read more

CWG: India’s image dented, says Jairam

first_imgUnion Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has criticised the organisers of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and said that the poor state of preparedness has dented India’s image severely. Jairman, who is in New York along with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna for the United Nations General Assembly session, hoped that the CWG controversy would end soon. “It is pretty depressing to read such things in the international media. India’s image has taken a beating,” Jairman told Headlines Today. “I hope we come out of this soon.” “We are among the fastest growing economies. We could have done without this embarrassment,” he said.  Krishna, on the other hand, said he would do all he could to reassure leaders of Commonwealth nations about the CWG.”If there are any misgivings, we will certainly try to set it right,” Krishna said.last_img read more

India to set up National Centre of Excellence

first_imgU17 World Cup Indian Football: Praful Patel announces plan for ‘world class’ National Centre of Excellence Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:01 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Praful Patel Indian U-17 World Cup Squad AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 With India ready to host the U-17 World Cup, AIFF President Praful Patel has announced a new plan for the development of the sport in the country… All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel has announced plans for a National Centre of Excellence to be set up in India. Patel was speaking at a press conference at Delhi, ahead of the U-17 World Cup scheduled to kick-off in less than two weeks’ time.AIFF Pres: We are setting up a national centre of excellence with with world class standards and infra. #FIFAU17WC— ashish peter (@Ashish_peter284) September 26, 2017″We have not shortlisted the location but it is in advanced stage. We are setting up a national training centre of excellence which will be the home of the Indian national team, junior and women’s team. We are wanting to build a world class centre of excellence,” said Patel. He mentioned that talks are at an advanced stage and that there is a possibility of FIFA lending its support for the project.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “We should have a permanent facility for everything – from physical training to swimming room to classrooms to mental conditioning. We are in talks and I don’t want to go beyond that at this point. It may cost us over 100 crores INR. Hopefully we will get FIFA supporting us in this initiative as much as we will reach out to private sponsors. It would have at least a couple of fields so that there is enough space. We want to host it in a place where there is more competitive sport available because you can’t be putting it in the backwaters. You won’t get teams to play competitive games,” he stated.”A lot of talks are at an advanced stage and it is not yet finalized. As soon as the World Cup is over, we will announce the location. We hope to commence the work as early as 2018 so that it is ready in an year and a half,” he added.last_img read more

Jedinak hat-trick sends Australia to Russia

first_imgAustralia 3 Honduras 1 (3-1 agg): Hat-trick hero Jedinak fires Socceroos to World Cup Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 19:01 11/15/17 Australia - cropped Getty Images Australia captain Mile Jedinak scored a hat-trick against Honduras as the Socceroos secured World Cup qualification. Captain Mile Jedinak fired Australia to the World Cup with a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Honduras in their inter-continental play-off on Wednesday.The Socceroos had been held to a goalless draw in the first leg in San Pedro Sula last week but had a trio of second-half strikes from the skipper in Sydney to thank for securing their ticket to Russia.Jedinak’s first came courtesy of a deflected free-kick, before Tim Cahill went close to doubling the advantage with an excellent header that bounced off the top of the crossbar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Cahill’s close call would not prove costly for Ange Postecoglou’s men, who soon left Honduras needing two goals as Jedinak punished a Bryan Acosta handball by firing home from the penalty spot.Honduras’ desperate push for a response left them exposed at the back, and Jedinak was on hand to convert his second spot-kick of the night after Johnny Palacios brought down the advancing Robbie Kruse.The result, which also saw Alberth Elis net for Honduras in second-half stoppage time, means Australia will compete at a fourth consecutive World Cup – a huge relief for Postecoglou after his side finished third to Japan and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.Nevertheless, the coach’s future remains uncertain after he was heavily linked with the exit regardless of the Socceroos’ qualification fate.What a moment! #GoSocceroos #AUSvHON— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 15, 2017Matthew Jurman was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch after clumsily going in over the ball when making a challenge on Elis in the second minute, getting away with a yellow card to avoid the earliest of showers.A tight – occasionally tetchy – encounter ensued, with Aaron Mooy’s testing low free-kick from the left wing, which was pushed clear by goalkeeper Donis Escober, as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock in the opening half an hour.Escober was on hand once more eight minutes from the interval to keep out a drilled Tom Rogic strike from an Aziz Behich cutback – the hosts dominating possession but creating few goalscoring opportunities.Honduras lost Emilio Izaguirre to injury before the break and his replacement, Henry Figueroa, was involved in the Socceroos’ opener.A Jedinak free-kick eight minutes into the second half deflected off the defender and beyond Escober into the net.Cahill – back in the starting XI after shaking off an ankle injury – then headed onto the top of the crossbar as Australia looked to put the match to bed.Australia’s place in the World Cup was all but certain when, after Acosta was deemed to have handled in the area, Jedinak placed a wonderful penalty low to Escober’s right.The visitors rallied but Kruse found a gap in their defensive line to race clear on goal, only to be hacked down by Palacios before he could pull the trigger.Jedinak stepped up to convert the penalty and crown a memorable night for himself and Australia, although Elis did register a consolation goal as the celebrations got under way in the stands. read morelast_img read more

Referees In Major College Football Game Are Getting Destroyed

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)It’s common for the referees to face major criticism over the course of a game. This has gone to an extra level in one major college football game today, though.The referees in this afternoon’s Texas-West Virginia game are getting absolutely destroyed, with some saying it’s the worst officiating they’ve ever seen.FOX Sports 1’s Joel Klatt went off on the refs earlier:“It’s an emotional game. They spend all their time, their entire life, getting ready for moments like these. Let’s not take it away from them,” he said.”It’s an emotional game. They spend all their time, their entire life, getting ready for moments like these. Let’s not take it away from them.”@joelklatt on the “too tight” officiating so far in @WVUfootball vs. @TexasFootball— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 3, 2018There have been several questionable penalties, including an ejection.ESPN’s Will Cain says it’s the worst officiating he’s ever seen.“No exaggeration, Texas-WVU is the worst officated game I have ever seen. Both teams getting screwed,” he tweeted.No exaggeration, Texas-WVU is the worst officated game I have ever seen. Both teams getting screwed.— Will Cain (@willcain) November 3, 2018Texas is currently leading West Virginia, 28-27.The game is on FOX.last_img read more

Election Act Changes Proclaimed

first_imgThe province is proclaiming changes to the Elections Act today, Dec. 21, to help improve voter turnout and the protection of personal information. The changes will take effect Jan. 1. The legislation, passed during the fall sitting of the House of Assembly, is the first major changes to the Election Act in 25 years. “The new Elections Act modernizes and simplifies the elections process and will bring us into the 21st century,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We now have legislation that Nova Scotians can rely on to improve the election process in the province.” The new act promotes higher voter turnout by increasing opportunities for people to vote. A continuous poll, before advance polls, will allow voters to cast ballots at a returning office anytime during office hours. Mobile polls will be used more extensively, and write-in ballots will be encouraged. The chief electoral officer can set up advisory committees to look for ways to help persons with disabilities vote independently. Other improvements include: greater independence and accountability of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer improved protection of personal information allowing parties to access age demographic information so candidates can encourage people to vote by using age-based interests a provision for the registration and regulation of third-party participants in an election more opportunities for youth to participate in the administration of elections clear authority for the CEO to investigate alleged breaches of the act ability for merit-based selection of returning officers rules for divesting assets of a registered political partylast_img read more

Prospect of USChina trade deal creates access worries for Canadian farmers

first_imgOTTAWA — China’s move to stop buying several Canadian agricultural products has punished some farmers, and now industry leaders are worrying about the prospect of a broader threat — an eventual U.S.-China trade deal.Canadian exports of beef, pork, canola and soybeans have largely been locked out of the massive Chinese market following the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.At the same time, a handful of Canadian crops have had stronger sales to China over the past year, such as Canadian wheat, thanks to trade-related tariffs imposed by the U.S.Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance president Brian Innes says Canada may see indirect benefits from the trade war in the short term — but he worries a deal down the road could have a negative impact on farm exports to China.Innes says President Donald Trump has been clear that any trade deal must include China agreeing to make major agricultural purchases from the U.S.He says Canadian exporters would like to see the government push for the removal of non-tariff barriers in other foreign markets — such as those in Europe and the Pacific Rim — because they have prevented farmers from fully benefiting from multilateral trade deals.At the moment, there are few signs of progress in the U.S.-China trade talks, but negotiators are expected to meet next month.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian airline passengers will soon have rights But will they be enforced

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, flying is one of the most stressful things humans subject themselves to. And flying with a screaming kid next to you is one of the worst things that can happen on a plane. There might be only one thing worse: A screaming kid…with no parents.Of the many horror stories of airline travel is this recent phenomenon: Parents being seated away from their children—and sometimes these kids are three or four—in another section of the aircraft. Or being told they have to pay for reserved seating to avoid the chance this will happen.It’s this exact kind of you-have-no-option scenario that the Air Passenger Protection Regulations are supposed to prevent when phase two begins in December. But will these regulations be enforced? Or is the language halfhearted enough that nothing will get done, and flying in Canada will continue to be awful with a chance of disastrous?GUEST: Tamar Satov, Today’s ParentYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at read more

Perks to being a grad

One of the benefits of being among more than 70,000 Brock graduates is the opportunity to participate in our affinity program and receive special discounts on tickets, subscriptions, and services. From home and auto insurance and credit cards, to theatre tickets and car discounts, there are definitely perks to being a Brock grad. In many cases, your personalized alumni card must be presented in order to receive the discount.Alumni Affinity ProgramOn your behalf, we have negotiated special group rates for services like insurance and credit cards. We have partnered with reputable companies who are known for the quality and integrity of their service as well as their competitive pricing.Our affinity program results in savings for you and benefits for Brock. In return for your participation, the university earns revenue to support alumni programs and activities as well as student awards.TD Insurance Meloche Monnex — Home and Auto InsuranceMBNA Brock University Platinum Plus MasterCardAlumni discountsThe Office of Alumni Relations has arranged for a slate of exclusive discounts. These discounts are offered to all alumni with a valid alumni card. While the Office of Alumni Relations receives no financial return, we see value in offering a special perk to alumni who show pride in Brock by showing their card.Shaw Festival Theatre ticketsSt. Catharines Standard subscriptionHenley Honda alumni discountServices for alumniBrock Alumni Cards: Your alumni card identifies you as a Brock graduate and provides you with access to alumni benefits.Reunions: The Office of Alumni Relations can help you plan a reunion with friends you may not have seen in a while.Bibs for Brock babies: Brock wants to help celebrate another of your great achievements — the newest addition to your family! We’ll send you a complimentary Brock bib (which we hope will be the first of many pieces of Brockwear.)Brock documents: Forms that you may require to secure a job or enrol in a volunteer program, postgraduate applications and tuition tax receipts.Locate a friend: It can be difficult to stay connected, and sometimes we lose touch with each other. The Office of Alumni Relations helps you to reconnect with friends and classmates at brockpeople.caMail forwarding: If you no longer have the contact information of the Brock graduate you are trying to reach and cannot find it through traditional means, try  You can also send your letter to the Office of Alumni Relations. Although we cannot provide you with an address, we are happy to forward a letter for you. Call 905-688-5550 x3816.For more information on alumni services, visit read more

Globalized auto industry vulnerable to new Brexit borders

Globalized auto industry vulnerable to new Brexit borders by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 4:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CYLINDER BLOCK 082517: Map shows the voyage of a cylinder block through Europe from manufacturing to assembly; 2c x 3 inches; with related stories; JEM; ETA 7 a.m. Editor’s Note: It is mandatory to include all sources that accompany this graphic when repurposing or editing it for publication LONDON – Ford’s Dagenham diesel engine plant is a marvel of mechanization — a steel and chrome hangar full of LED lighting, robots and computer-controlled machine tools.The U.S. carmaker has invested $2.5 billion in the plant, where 3,150 people churn out an engine every 30 seconds. And they’ve been here a long time: Edsel Ford, son of founder Henry Ford, personally cut the sod to start construction of the company’s U.K. manufacturing headquarters in 1929.It’s hard to imagine Ford would walk away from all that if Britain fails to negotiate a favourable trade deal when it leaves the European Union.But don’t bet on it. With auto parts passing through as many as 15 countries before a car is completed, a Brexit agreement that results in new tariffs that increase the cost of Ford vehicles for consumers is no small problem.“It will force us to consider what the longer-term options are for the investments that we make, because let me be clear: We have to transact business in an environment where we can be competitive, and it’s that competitive base that we’re interested in making sure is protected,” said Steven Armstrong, CEO of Ford in Europe.Britain’s car industry, which employs 814,000 people, illustrates the struggle the country faces as it prepares to exit the EU.Cars are assembled, not forged in a single place. Modern manufacturing techniques result in carmakers having plants in several locations, often in different countries, that specialize in producing pieces of the finished vehicle. For instance, the plant in Dagenham, in east London, makes nothing but diesel engines and parts.Tariffs, which are non-existent for goods that move from one EU nation to another, are an oversized threat to British carmakers because they could be applied each time those components cross and re-cross international borders on their way to the new car showroom.“The country has high-tech assembly, a good presence of supply chain, links to Formula One teams that add to innovation — it does have a lot to recommend it,” said David Elmes, an expert on global energy and corporate change at the Warwick Business School. “But access to the European market is a concern.”Those concerns can be seen by following the movements of one component throughout the manufacturing process.Take engine assembly 0117A17201110027GK3Q 6007DC on the line at Dagenham, which will eventually power a Transit van. The unit is accompanied by a “birth history,” a passport of sorts, that chronicles where and when every component was installed. The summary alone is 56 pages long.This passport traces the block’s world travels from its “birth” as a cylinder block in Cologne, Germany, through Belgium and Holland and finally on to Dagenham. It will get a new “stamp” when the block is shipped back over the English Channel and across Europe to Turkey, where it will become part of a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Some of those vans then cross back across the U.K. border for a third time for sale — and theoretically each time it crosses, it could be taxed after Brexit.British carmakers, and many other industries, want the government to negotiate an agreement that preserves free trade with the EU’s single market after Brexit. Failure to do so could mean that tariffs and quotas are applied according to World Trade Organization rules, which would make each vehicle more expensive.WTO rules could raise the cost of finished vehicles by 10 per cent, says Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. “That could potentially flow through to about 1,500 pounds ($1,920) on the price of any vehicle, any imported vehicle from Europe sold in the U.K. So that would be a difficult and substantial cost to mitigate and clearly it would be to a large extent passed on to the consumer.”The industry relies on Europe as both a market and a supplier, with the EU accounting for 56 per cent of U.K. car exports and 69 per cent of imports in 2016, according to the SMMT. Besides that, Europe supplies the majority of components within U.K.-built vehicles.Ford wants to know how the government plans to address this issue — and soon.“We want access to the single market, we want a frictionless ability to move goods from the U.K. to Europe and back again, and we need some clarity on how that’s going to be delivered from the government,” Armstrong said. “That’s what we really want.”Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said that remaining in the single market is not an option, but the government this month outlined its hopes for an agreement that would permit the “freest and most frictionless possible trade” with EU member states. This could include a temporary customs union with the bloc for up to three years after Britain leaves in 2019 to give businesses time to adjust to the new rules. Negotiations are set to begin again the week of Aug. 28.A transition period may be crucial for carmakers because they will have to adjust to new borders at a time of dramatic change for the industry.Carmakers globally are rushing to build more electric vehicles, requiring significant long-term investments. Britain currently makes more than 2.5 million engines a year but just under 13,000 electric cars, and the government wants to ban the sale of new diesel-powered cars and vans by 2040. There are also concerns the car market may not grow as much as ridesharing schemes become more popular.Against this backdrop, Brexit raises a question for carmakers: where to invest in future technologies.In one positive sign, Germany-based BMW recently decided to build its electric versions of the Mini in England.To encourage more such investment, the government could provide incentives to manufacturers and support technology, said Darren Jukes, head of the industrial products group at consulting firm PwC. The dramatic changes ahead driven by new materials and technology offer a chance to seize the moment.“We have a clean sheet of paper,” Jukes said. “What we have to do now is think about not just the next generation but the generation after that.”The change isn’t lost on the workers at the Ford’s Dagenham operations. There have been cuts and change over decades in the community immortalized in the movie “Made in Dagenham,” a film about a strike by female workers in 1968 over equal pay. The word “competitive” comes up often in conversation.Plus all they have to do is look around — robots do much of the work. In places where a human being is required, a computer is often nearby to correct mistakes.The uncertainty of Brexit worries people like Samy Alakarsamy, who has proudly worked for Ford for 35 years. For him, the debate is more about location than politics. Moving to, say, Germany, is just not on the cards for the 56-year-old.“I hope the future is here,’” he said while a conveyor belt of unfinished cylinder heads whirled around him. “That’s all I’m interested in.” read more

Cannes Film Festival accuses social media of wrecking premieres

Before, that is, the festival was “blown to bits” by the rise and rise of the social media critic. The organisers of Cannes have made the first major changes to the festival in decades, insisting they must move to protect filmmakers and actors from the indignity of knowing their film has received a one-star drubbing before they set foot in the official premiere. For the stars of the Cannes Film Festival it is the biggest moment of their year, as they step out on the red carpet to celebrate the global premiere of their long-awaited film. Saying social media had left opinions about films flying around the world as “confetti-like strips of rumours”, they claim it is ruining the festival experience… read more

Childrens author faces £1m payout after terrorising actor neighbour with monstrously out

Lees, 54, who wrote the teen trilogy Kumari, led a course of conduct “which amounted to harassment”, the judge said, as he ruled in Mr Kaye’s favour. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Actor Ivan Kaye outside Central London County Court Credit:Paul Keogh Mr Kaye’s partner, Beatrix Archer, said: “No matter how quietly we moved about the house, she banged, sent emails and threats, yelling constantly. Soon we spent the whole time upstairs, whispering and imprisoned.”Her behaviour led to him renting the flat out to tenants, but she also launched a “vendetta” against them too, the court heard. Alexandra Skinner, a 19-year-old undergraduate at the time, said that the experience had left her and her flatmates crying on the phone to their mothers. A children’s author faces a £1m payout after terrorising her actor neighbour with her “monstrously out of control” garden.Amanda Lees was accused at Central London county Court of terrorising Ivan Kaye, who has appeared in Eastenders and Vikings, with her behaviour after he bought the flat above her home in west London.When Mr Kaye, 57, first moved into the £850,000 property in Ravenscourt Park in 2013, he sensed tensions with her and tried to iron out her concerns, but she refused to speak to him.He claimed that the slightest noise elicited screams from downstairs, and the police were called when he had guests. The court heard that on occasions, her scream sounded “like someone being murdered”.She also allowed her front garden to grow so “monstrously out of control” that it blocked the light into Mr Kaye’s first-floor window, he claimed.  Actor Ivan Kaye outside Central London County Court  The house at centre of dispute between actor Ivan Kaye and author Amanda Lees Judge Richard Roberts accepted Mr Kaye’s claims at Central London county court, saying he had tried his “level best to get along” with Lees. His lawyers are now seeking £1m in compensation.Lees was also issued with an injunction from threatening or intimidating Mr Kaye, his tenants and visitors, or from communicating directly with them, apart from in emergencies.She is also banned from banging on the ceiling, shouting or screaming at those above and obstructing them in accessing or leaving the flat. She was given until August 20 to cut back the plants to an acceptable level. The house at centre of dispute between actor Ivan Kaye and author Amanda LeesCredit:Paul Keogh read more

Movement Against Parking Meters to protest again today in front of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedContinued protest over paid parking could negatively impact Govt chances come 2020- HindsMarch 16, 2017In “latest news”Re-negotiated paid parking contract signed, new by-laws soon- KingFebruary 16, 2018In “Business”Unequivocal calls for revocation of parking contract in MAPM’s 4th protestFebruary 22, 2017In “Business” -President orders fees be reduced -MAPM says deal needs to be scrapped, mulling legal actionThe Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) has called for persons to come out and support the movement, as they prepare to protest the parking meter initiative again today, in front of City Hall at 12:00hrs.Persons protesting last Friday in front of City HallThe MAPM staged a peaceful protest last Firday that drew a large crowd of protesters raising placards against the installed parking meters within Georgetown which has, from its inception to execution, proven to be ‘burdensome’ for the populace.A position which is shared by the political Opposition and is even shared by governing figures within Central Government.This impending protest comes in the wake of President David Granger announcing last evening that he ordered the parking meter fees be lowered after consulting with City Hall officials.Inews understands Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan is expected to meet with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions (SCS) to iron out the details for the lowering of the rates.Strongly expressing that the group is not politically affiliated, representatives of the MAPM during a presser on Wednesday registered its disdain over what was described as a “scandalous and illegal” arrangement between City Hall and the implementing company, Smart City Solutions (SCS).MAPM member and businessman, Komal Ramlauth, made calls for accountability, while highlighting that business throughout Georgetown, has come to a drastic reduction since the implementation of the “scandalous and illegal” parking meters. “What we support, is a parking system. Metering is just a part of the parking system, and what we have is a parking meter arrangement that was illegally done, as I call it. So we cannot support and negotiate with somebody that just illegally put it there, or a contract that is illegal. In Guyana, all the talk for the last few years in transparency, transparency, transparency, accountability, accountability. Let us have that. Let us see that. That is what we want,” Ramlauth stated. MAPM feels that lowering the rates would not be enough and have called for the project to be scrapped, since from its inception the contract for parking meters was awarded to SCS unilaterally, without there being competitive bidding, consultations or a social impact assessment done to determine how the populace would be affected, among other issues.Another MAPM member and Attorney-at-Law, Nadia Sagar stated that the group is looking into the possibility of taking legal action. “Legal action is going to be taken. These things don’t happen overnight. There are several entities that are pursuing action through different Attorneys and in time, those matters will be raised,” she said.The MAPM stated that they welcome all calls against the parking meter initiative, referencing the coalition’s second largest entity, the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) request for the project to be suspended. “Any group, political or not, that is in support of what we are in support of, we welcome that support,” businessman Christopher Chapwaya of MAPM said. AFC’s Sherod Duncan, Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, was part of last Friday’s protest. Next to him on the right is his successor for the Deputy Mayor post Lionel Jaikarran. The Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government called for the suspension of the project. Despite refusing to support the parliamentary Opposition when it brought a motion to debate the contentious Parking Meter Project in the National Assembly, the AFC came out expressing concerns over the Georgetown Municipality overreaching its authority on a number of matters, including taxation arrangements, traffic arrangements and road ownership.The AFC also expressed concerns that the current arrangements do not appear to be in the best interest of the people of the city and that the handling of the project from its inception to its current stage lacks sufficient prior public consultation; is absent of transparency and of a competitive bidding process; and lacks of proper planning with regard to exemptions and the pricing and penalty structures. read more

Fatal stampede near Mecca

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 1.5 billion Muslims marked Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, the most important holiday on the Islamic calendar, with temperatures in Mina hitting 46 degrees Celsius.Thousands of pilgrims had converged on the town’s entrance to throw pebbles at one of three walls representing Satan.The fatal stampede began at around 9am (6pm AEST), shortly after “a large number of pilgrims were in motion at the same time” at an intersection of two streets 5 kilometres from Mecca.The tragedy occurred outside the five-storey Jamarat Bridge, which was erected in the last decade at a cost of more than $1 billion and intended to improve safety. Jamarat Bridge is almost 1 kilometre long and allows up to 300,000 pilgrims per hour to perform the annual ritual.“People were already dehydrated and fainting” as said a Sudanese man, who declined to be named.“This year’s hajj was the most poorly organised of four he had attended.“People were tripping all over each other”, he said, adding that a Saudi companion had warned him that “something was going to happen”.Interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki said “The great heat and fatigue of the pilgrims contributed to the large number of victims.” Official figures released on the date confirm 1,952,817 pilgrims had carried out this year’s hajj, including almost 1.4 million foreigners.The stampede killed at least 717 people injuring hundreds more. Officials in Turkey said at least 18 of its citizens were reported missing. Iran announced that 90 of its nationals were among the dead, and accused Saudi Arabia of safety errors.The civil defence said this morning it was still counting the dead, who included pilgrims from different countries. At least 863 people were hurt, according to the agency. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today said no Australians were believed to be among the casualties.The disaster came as the world’s Pope Francis used his first public remarks since arriving in New York to express solidarity with Muslims after a devastating stampede in Saudi Arabia.“I want to express the closeness of the church in the face of the tragedy people suffered in Mecca,” said the pontiff at the start of his homily during prayers at St Patrick’s Cathedral. “In this moment of prayer, I unite and join in prayer with our almighty God and merciful father,” he added.Condolences came from capitals around the region and the globe, including from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “We join you in mourning the tragic loss of these faithful pilgrims,” said US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price.British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed at the hajj pilgrimage.” Source: AFP, The Australianlast_img read more

OFFICIAL Girona accepts to play against Barcelona in the USA

first_imgThe club is the first team in the Spanish La Liga tournament to accept to play an official match in the United States this seasonAfter all the polemic caused by La Liga’s decision to take at least one official match to be played at the United States, teams are starting to respond.And the first club to accept this opportunity is Girona FC.The team accepted the proposal to play Barcelona in the USA, thinking it could be a great benefit to their fan growth.“The club confirms that it has received this proposal from LaLiga and is working in this line together with La Liga and Barca, although there is no official confirmation that the game is will be played in Miami,” a statement read on Girona’s website as reported by Sportskeeda.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The club has accepted the proposal understanding that it is a great possibility of expansion and growth, not only for Girona but also for our city and our territory.”“A little over three years ago, the club fought against disappearing entirely and now our goal is to consolidate ourselves in La Liga,” the press release added.“This action would be another step within the idea of competing in the elite of football after the effort we have all made in recent years and that has led us to La Liga.”There has not been official confirmation by the Spanish league or Barcelona yet.last_img read more

Turks Caicos named in FIFA Gate scandal

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:fifa, fifa gate, jamie doward, jose maggulies, robert stephens Cayman Islands Football official arrested for money laundering Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jun 2015 – Turks and Caicos is caught up in the scandalous FIFA Gate case, and according to a weekend report in the Jamaica Observer, this UK overseas territory figures prominently in the US Department of Justice 164 page indictment. So far 14 football officials and marketing executives have been arrested for alleged kickbacks in FIFA Gate. The article, written by Jamie Doward and Robert Stephens says: “British overseas tax havens play a key role in what US authorities have called “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption in the world of football… the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos, all tax havens – allegedly played a part in masking kickbacks between officials and executives.” The TCI was specifically implicated with the inclusion of defendant, marketing executive Jose Margulies who is said to have had a controlling stake in a firm called Somerton, based in the Turks and Caicos. According to the indictment, Margulies used the accounts of Somerton and a Panama-based firm to “mask the sources and beneficiaries of bribe and kickback payments”. Tax havens, not the kind of title these jurisdictions – including the TCI – embrace and yet the analysis by the Observer explains that the implication by the DOJ will cause a further clampdown on the banking sector. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Elano is still grateful to Manchester City

first_imgThe former Citizen says the English Premier League club has a special place in his heart after the two years he lived with the teamBrazilian playmaker Elano played with English Premier League club Manchester City from 2007 to 2009.And the Citizens star is very grateful to his former EPL team.“Manchester City is a special club to me and I will always be grateful to the Club and to the city of Manchester,” Elano told the club’s official website.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“City are world class now and the fans deserve it as they are very special.”“I came at a transitional phase but we made the fans happy and believed we could win titles like the Premier League,” he added.“I was happy to play my part and to be here was a joy.”“I just want to thank you all. I am one of you and playing for this club is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” he concluded.last_img read more

Dayton Development Coalition Ohio Partnership Enhances Support for WrightPatt

first_imgThe P4 Partnership Program, a collaboration among the Dayton Development Coalition, several Ohio agencies and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has shaved operating costs for the Air Force at the same time it has improved support for the installation.The partnership brought together the Coalition, the governor’s office, the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Administrative Services, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Veteran’s Affairs, JobsOhio and Sinclair Community College (SCC). The partners have focused on projects that provide education, job training and employment search opportunities; leverage resources to reduce costs on large commodity purchases; and permit the mutually beneficial use of emergency response facilities and equipment, and recreation facilities.To provide job training and networking opportunities, the partnership launched “Ohio Means Internships,” a website that promotes internships at Wright-Patterson and throughout the state. The installation and the state are working together to help veterans take advantage of resources offered by universities as well. On base, Wright-Patterson’s transition assistance manager helps transitioning members connect easily with “Ohio Means Veterans Jobs,” a free online job search resource, thanks to assistance from the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.Wright-Patterson and SCC also have teamed up to offer a hands-on, site-specific education exchange program. Last year, 2,000 students in SCC’s Fire Protection Technology program used the base’s fire department, burn tower and equipment to practice firefighting techniques. In return, SCC provided professional development training to base employees and hazard waste and emergency response training to base fire department personnel. The wholesale cost of the exchange was $129,000, but the base avoided more than $464,400 in costs it would have incurred to meet federal regulations. SCC realized savings of $178,400 over five years from this project.The P4 Partnership Program is helping Wright-Patterson to cut costs in other ways. The base used the state’s managed services program to obtain low-cost licenses for specialized radios that are used by first responders and public safety personnel. The base also is using the state’s cooperative purchase program to save up to 30 percent on commodity purchases.By leveraging shared resources to meet individual and collective goals, Wright-Patterson, the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio have developed a broad, mutually beneficial and cost-effective partnership. Its success has prompted the secretary of the Air Force to ask other installations to replicate it. For their initiative to work hand-in-glove with the base on a variety of projects, the Dayton Development Coalition in partnership with the state of Ohio earned ADC’s Community Excellence Award. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more