Horn not ok please

first_imgI think that the biggest side-effects of urban living in India are the ensuing health issues. There is perhaps no major city in India that allows for a healthy life. Today, we routinely speak of air pollution in Delhi NCR and the region’s transformation into a gas chamber. Many other Indian cities too have dangerous levels of air pollution. I don’t know if you have noticed but I have since I’m a sky-gazer i.e., I can spend hours looking at the sky. The hues are not the same as they used to be when we were kids in the 90s. That is the direct consequence of air pollution. The country is also reeling under water crisis with 21 cities likely to run out of water by 2020. There is another menace that we aren’t speaking about and I’d like to get the conversation started – the deafening silence surrounding noise pollution (pun intended) is surprising. Also Read – A special kind of bondAccording to reports, Delhi was the second-noisiest city in the world in 2017, preceded by Guangzhou and followed by Cairo and Mumbai. I won’t be surprised if more Indian cities find pride of place should the Worldwide Hearing Index survey other Indian cities such as Kolkata. Did you know that Delhiites have a hearing age similar to that of 20 years older! Which means that a 20-year-old has the hearing ability of a 40-year-old. And, Delhi and Mumbai can’t be the only loud cities. Incessant car honking in Kolkata can literally get onto your nerves! Also Read – Insider threat managementI’ll tell you what happens to me when I hear loud noises, mostly car horns. I immediately have headaches, feel dizzy, have trouble focussing on anything, and more often than not, I’m so stressed and anxious that I’m ready to physically pound the living daylights out of the miscreant who dares honk constantly. And there are thousands of such nincompoops on road every day. Perhaps the continuous honking has already turned them deaf so they just aren’t affected or bothered. The possibility of most of these honking traffic goons being deaf is quite plausible. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that over 1 billion people risk permanent loss of hearing due to loud sounds, of which transport and automobile sounds occupy a considerable portion. The current permissible level for traffic noise is 53 decibels but it’s hardly implemented in any of the Indian metros. As per a 2014 report in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, vehicular air horns were found to the primary contributor to noise pollution, day and night-time noise levels were found to be almost always well over the permissible limit, and alarmingly, the ambient noise levels in silence zones was found to go up to 90 dB when only 50 dB is allowed. Not to mention the other physiological effects of noise pollution – hypertension, high stress, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep disorders among others. Obviously, animals suffer more than human beings. But in spite of all hazards surrounding this grave issue, there is barely any discussion surrounding this. Traffic police across cities never penalise rowdy, honking car drivers and bike riders. So, it was music to my ears when the Delhi police removed aftermarket loud exhausts from over 500 Royal Enfield motorcycles this month. Hopefully, traffic cops in other cities will also follow suit in maintaining proper silence zones near schools and colleges and also rounding up road Romeos who routinely make road travel a jarring experience. Hefty fines and monetary penalties must be levied on people who create noise pollution. But more needs to be done by the administration of various states as well as the Centre. There has to be an urgent rethink on the permissible sound limits; the current noise rules are almost 20 years old (Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000). Loudspeakers used at functions, political gatherings, and religious festivals must all follow permissible sound limits, otherwise, there should be a strict crackdown on those flouting rules. Most importantly, the central government should look at engaging automobile horn manufacturers and allowing only certain kinds of car horns that are within the allowed sound limit. Let’s not wake up to sound pollution only during Diwali; noise pollution is happening daily and it’s time to put the silencer on. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Union officials say opioids endanger guards want protocols changed

first_imgEDMONTON – Union officials say opioids are spreading to prisons and that’s putting prison guards at risk.Jason Godin, president of the Union of Correctional Services, tells CTV News that officers can come into contact with fentanyl in a number of ways, such as doing first aid on an inmate who has overdosed, by handling mail and by conducting searches.Godin says back in mid-July at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution, six officers were exposed to the potentially deadly opioid.Two of those were taken to hospital, and another had to be given naloxone, a medication to reverse an opioid overdose.At Bowden Institution, one guard had to be hospitalized for 48 hours after coming into contact with fentanyl.Godin says such incidents should be considered a wakeup call that protocols need to change for workers in this field.He says police officers start taking safety precautions when dealing with just one gram of an unknown substance, but for prison guards that threshold is three grams.“We should be the same as any law enforcement.”In a statement to CTV, the Correctional Service of Canada declined to answer questions on the issue but said it issued a protocol on the matter this past July.“This protocol provides staff with guidelines on which personal protective equipment and strategies to use when the presence of highly toxic substances is suspected in order to keep employees, offenders and members of the public safe.”At the Remand Centre, a provincial institution, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees president Guy Smith says workers have noticed an increase in opioids.“Our members have noticed a lot more on the front lines,” says Smith, adding none of his members have yet come into contact with fentanyl.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

James Cameron defends Titanic ending stubbornly insists there was no space for

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In 2012, Mythbusters tackled the famous scene, proving that both Jack and Rose could have survived if they tied their lifejackets to the door for additional buoyancy. We may never know if the Loch Ness monster is real or what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa, but there is one mystery that might have just been solved: whether Jack and Rose could have both fit on that door at the end of James Cameron’s Titanic.It’s a question that has been asked for two decades since the movie hit theatres in 1997. We all know the tale of epic romance that ends with the sinking of the Titanic. I’m sure you can still see the scene: Rose clutching for dear life on a door amidst the debris of the ship as Jack drowns in the freezing water.Early last year, even star Kate Winslet said, “I agree. I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

WGC Commends Minister Jolys Vision Statement

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly delivered a much-anticipated speech today outlining the government’s vision for Canada’s cultural and creative industries. The Writers Guild of Canada commends Minister Joly for emphasizing the key role screenwriters play in the industry by announcing a new focus on early-stage pitch document and script development at the Canada Media Fund (CMF). As well, the government will top up CMF funding to account for monies lost from diminishing contributions from cable and satellite companies.The Minister also demonstrated the government’s commitment to Canadian-created programs with the announcement that Netflix will spend $500 million over five years on original Canadian productions.“We’re very pleased that the Minister has listened, and heard, the concerns of Canadian screenwriters,” says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. “She understands that a high-quality script is crucial to the production of a high-quality show, and that means investing in the people who write the scripts. It means focusing on the early stages of script development, something we proposed in our Digi CanCon submission, to make sure screenwriters have sufficient time to do the best work and aren’t self-financing. Of course screenwriters around the country are also very glad to have Netflix setting up shop in Canada, creating another place to pitch ideas for great Canadian series.”The WGC also applauds the government’s new export strategy, which will help Canadian screenwriters to share their ideas with other markets and with potential new financing partners. With the new emphasis on script development and the new export strategy, there is reason to be optimistic for a healthier industry for Canadian screenwriters.The WGC recognizes that Creative Canada is an important first step. Much is still to be determined, with an upcoming review of the Broadcasting Act, a possible reassessment of the CRTC’s role, and a CBC mandate renewal. But it is extremely positive that the new Creative Canada policy framework puts showrunners and screenwriters at its very centre.last_img read more

Police probing whether robbery of Rs 14 crore was preplanned

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police is probing all relevant angles in the daylight robbery case where a Chandni Chowk-based businessman and his son were robbed at gunpoint near a crowded fruit market in Pitampura, according to police officials.When asked whether the robbery could have been pre-planned, police said they are not ruling out any possibility. The robbery, which seemed to be planned in advance took place around 7 pm, when the victims, Vinod Garg and his son Varun were on their way back home from their shop in Naya Bazar with Rs 1.4 crore in cash. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a complaint registered by Varun, a bike overtook them around 7pm and stopped in front of their car, following which the pillion rider got off and asked for the bag of money from Varun, who was driving with the window rolled down. When he claimed to not know what he was talking about, the accused pointed a gun at Varun through the window and demanded the cash. Varun added that in the meantime, two men on another bike arrived at the scene and asked both him and his father to get out of the car. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfraid for their lives, both victims followed what they were told and got out of the vehicle. By the time Varun called the police and crime teams reached the spot, one of the accused had driven off in his car and the rest had fled the scene on their motorcycles. The incident took place on a busy street near a local fruit market. Police later recovered the victim’s car, which was abandoned by the accused at a nearby spot. While registering the complaint at the Rani Bagh police station, Varun said he will be able to identify his alleged assailants if shown photographs. Police are also reviewing CCTV footage from the area. In addition to the team from Rani Bagh police station, special staff in the district and some crime branch officials are also involved in the investigations. A case against the accused assailants has been registered at the Rani Bagh police station under sections 392/397/34 of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Meeting Pakistani leader UNHCR chief discusses plight of fleeing Afghans

“I spoke rather tough with the President because I understand from his perspective that he cannot accept the flood of Afghans coming in,” the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, told reporters following his meeting with President Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Lubbers added that he had asked the Pakistani leader “to see his responsibility for the people here but also on the other side of the border when there is no alternative for them” but to flee. Mr. Lubbers said the Pakistani leader had asked the agency to concentrate its work in Afghanistan. “The President asked me… can you not be instrumental to provide camps for people who have to flee at the Afghan side of the border,” said Mr. Lubbers. “I said to him: we are the humanitarian and we never say immediately ‘no,’ because we have to be realistic as well.””If we go for refugee camps in the Taliban-dominated area, which is in process of militarization, we will be very cautious because we cannot go build camps and assist there when they are used for conscription of a forced labour or for a hiding place for those military who need a rest for while before going back to the front,” he added. In a related development, UNHCR reported today that Afghan refugees arriving in Pakistan described the health situation in the makeshift Taliban-controlled camp at Spin Boldak inside Afghanistan as deteriorating rapidly. Those interviewed by UNHCR alleged that the Taliban were preventing people from leaving Afghanistan, including those in need of urgent medical attention.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today that over the past two months, more than 32,000 tons of food had been distributed to some 2 million persons in Afghanistan, but that amount represented one third of the needs. Insecurity and a lack of trucks, fuel and personnel were hampering the distribution of the food supplies, the agency said. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse wins 2nd straight game beats Delaware 159

In its first nine games of the season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had not tallied a road victory.That changed Sunday.The Buckeyes headed east to take on the Delaware Blue Hens, and after starting fast never looked back, notching a 15-9 victory.Sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, who saw more playing time in place of injured junior midfielder Turner Evans, got the Buckeyes on the board first with his third goal of the season.Outshooting the Blue Hens 14-3 in the first quarter, the Buckeyes tacked on five more goals to take a 6-0 lead into the second.Matching the intensity displayed in the first 15 minutes, OSU continued to build on its lead when junior midfielder David Planning tallied his second goal of the game.Junior attackman Reegan Comeault, who finished the game with two goals and one assist, scored just over a minute later to extend the Buckeyes lead to 8-0 before Delaware finally got on the board.The Blue Hens (6-6, 0-3 CAA) registered their first goal from junior midfielder Jeff Heath with 11:07 to play in the first half, but the Buckeyes scored two of the final three goals of the half, highlighted by junior midfielder Jesse King — who notched his team-leading 22nd goal of the season with two seconds to play in half.The 10 goals scored are the most in a half this season for OSU.Continuing to pile on the goals, freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh and sophomore attackman Carter Brown scored two quick goals for the Buckeyes to extend the lead to double digits at 12-2 less than five minutes into the second half.Taking a 14-5 lead into the fourth quarter, Delaware tried to mount a comeback as they scored four straight goals to cut the lead to five, but it proved to be too little, too late.Comeault would tally his second goal of the game with 38 seconds to play to ice it for OSU (4-6, 1-0).Offensively, the Buckeyes were led by King, who had one goal and seven assists. The eight points were a career high for King, who also extended his point streak to 32 games.The Blue Hens got a strong performance out of senior attackman Danny Keane, who scored five of the nine goals on the day for Delaware.Defensively, senior goaltender Scott Spencer, who started his third straight game in place of injured senior goaltender Greg Dutton, made nine saves in the contest and improved his record to 2-1 on the season.Up next for the Buckeyes is the Showdown in the Shoe this Saturday when they welcome to town the Michigan Wolverines. Game time is set for 11 a.m. read more

IAC calls for CoI into GECOM employment practices

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIAC proposes independent review of GECOMNovember 24, 2015In “Business”IAC says crime inquiries must include the Lusignan MassacreFebruary 1, 2018In “Crime”IAC urges Govt to respect Constitution, call date for electionsSeptember 17, 2019In “latest news” The Indian Action Committee (IAC) on Wednesday made a call for Government to launch a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the employment practices at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).File photo: Justice (retired) James Patterson signs the Oath, which accords him the powers and authority as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)The “Indian Action Committee (IAC), having followed the recent developments at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), calls for an immediate investigation primarily through a Commission of Inquiry (COI),” the entity said in a press statement.According to the statement, the Committee believes that the uncertainty that prevails regarding the employment ratio of ethnic groups at the GECOM demands an investigation at the level of a CoI.“… it becomes compelling given the national sensitivities involved and the impact it could have on the credibility of GECOM and the national election machinery. In the interest of national harmony and confidence in the electoral process, the IAC urges the Head of State, David Granger, to not delay the commissioning of an independent COI into the employment practice at GECOM,” they reiterated.Moreover, the organisation explained that the expectation is that if such an investigation is launched, that it must “focus on the revelation of facts about whether the integrity of the process has been deliberately compromised to give an unfair advantage to those perceived to be in allegiance with the government as alleged.”The COI, through its findings, must also thoroughly explain why Vishnu Persaud, who reportedly scored the highest in the evaluation process and who has some three years on the job experience, was deliberately overlooked for the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO), which he held, by someone who scored lower and believably has no related job experience, the statement said.The IAC also indicated that it is mindful of information in the public domain which alleges the composition of the senior staff at GECOM reflecting only one ethnic group and an allegation that applicants of Indo-Guyanese extraction were deliberately scored low in the evaluation process.Vishnu Persaud“While the IAC believes that meritocracy must be foremost, it finds it difficult to accept that persons from other ethnicities could not have been found to be competent. If true, the impact of this on other groups, including Indo-Guyanese, would be devastating, disrespectful and clearly, a calculative ploy to not only deprive them of their rights for employment but [sends] a strong signal that they do not belong within the confines of this important national institution.”Even though Persaud proved to be the top ranking candidate for the post of the DCEO at GECOM, earlier this month, a casting vote made by Chairman of the Commission, retired Justice James Patterson, chose Roxanne Meyers for the position.This action came in light of the recent disclosures made by PPP officials that candidates applying for posts at GECOM were being rejected and accepted based on their ethnicity and political alignment.A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Commissioner, Vincent Alexander was recorded in the media defending the decision to appoint Roxanne Meyers- the runner up for the position, arguing that “Vishnu emerged with the highest average because the PPP scored him very high, we [APNU] scored him average and therefore he emerged with the highest score.”According to him, Meyers was more qualified for the position as she held a B+ Master’s Degree average and Persaud holds a D+.Persaud however, had earlier defended his track record as DCEO stating that “I have always done my work professionally. I have never had racial or political bias in my work. I have never showed any … and I would not want to make a comment that would cast a shadow on my past record,” he insisted.He also appealed for those who were making comments which are false and not factual about his previous stint at GECOM to desist from doing so, as he stoutly defended his performance at every level of assignment.“I would ask those people who are seeking to cast aspersions on my reputation to refrain from doing so and judge me on the basis of what you know of me and not on what is perceived,” he proffered. read more

Report Arsenal and Barca talks over Denis Suarez stall

first_imgArsenal and Barcelona have reportedly reached an impasse over negotiations for signing Denis Suarez due to money issuesManager Unai Emery coached Suarez at Sevilla and is understood to be keen on reuniting with him again in London.But Marca reports that Arsenal are unable to meet Barcelona’s asking price of around 10 and 15 million euros, which has created a problem between the clubs.Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, Emery confirmed that the Gunners will only be able to loan players during this month’s transfer window.As a solution, Arsenal have allegedly proposed to take Suarez out on loan this month and pay for the 25-year-old at the end of the season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Although Barcelona want the cash now with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu joining the negotiations after having promised Suarez a move this month.The Spanish playmaker spent the early stages of his career at Celta Vigo and Manchester City before joining Barcelona in 2013.After a season with the B team, Suarez moved to Emery’s Sevilla on a season-long loan deal and made 47 appearances under the Arsenal coach.Villarreal then signed Suarez permanently in 2015 before Barcelona bought him back a year later.However, with just six appearances under his belt this season, Suarez is keen to leave Camp Nou in search of regular football.last_img read more

Local nonprofit gets 432M for job training programs

first_imgA Vancouver nonprofit that oversees job training programs and helps employers recruit workers in Southwest Washington has received $4.32 million to help job seekers boost their skills and find employment.The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, serving Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, received the funds from the Washington State Employment Security Department.The department distributed the money by way of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the federal Workforce Investment Act.The funds will be used through next June to help laid-off workers, low-income adults and disadvantaged young people find jobs or receive job training. “These new dollars will continue to support our efforts to get people back to work,” Jeanne Bennett, executive director for the council, said in a news release Monday.The funds arrive as the region’s economy remains sluggish. Clark County, for example, shed an estimated 700 jobs in August and posted a preliminary unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.That rate will likely be revised to above 11 percent to account for jobless county residents who previously worked in Oregon.The $4.32 million received by the workforce development council is about 2 percent less than what it got last year, when it was awarded $4.42 million. The final amount may change depending on congressional budget action, said Ashley Wilson, a spokeswoman with the state Employment Security Department.The money will pay for counseling, skill-assessment, job-search assistance and training services. The services are available through local WorkSource offices in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Office locations, emails and phone numbers may be obtained by going online: WorkSource office directory.last_img read more

Coast Guard to Make Pt Mugu Permanent Home

first_imgThe Coast Guard has decided to make its current operating base at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu in Oxnard its permanent home in the Los Angeles area. The Coast Guard established an interim forward operating base at the naval installation last year in advance of the closure of its facility at Los Angeles International Airport. The service had operated there since 1962.The base will include two mission-ready helicopter units, their crews and support personnel. The move will allow the Coast Guard to sustain its air search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement activities along the Central California Coast, reported the Tri County Sentry.“The Coast Guard’s decision further solidifies Naval Base Ventura County as a strategic asset to Ventura County, California and the nation,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D). Brownley spearheaded legislation in Congress last year that authorized the Coast Guard’s move to Point Mugu, as well as legislation that funded the needed facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

TSCHE to soon invite applications for establishment of private

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) is all set to finalise and issue notification inviting proposals from prospective parties to establish private universities, in the third week of August. According to TSCHE sources, a meeting will be called soon to discuss the issue and finalise the dates of issuing the notification on the TSCHE website along with rules and regulations which the prospective applicants will have to comply. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior TSCHE official said there are several private universities from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi and other States who are evincing interest to establish their universities in Telangana. Giving details of the interest shown by the private players from other States, he said three to four districts around the State capital are already known as the education hubs, where private higher education institutions as well as central university, IIT, IIIT and others are functioning. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Besides, the city has already earned a name for itself in the Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals and other industries located around Hyderabad. There is an entire eco-system which is needed for higher educational institutions already available within a distance of around 100 kms to 150 kms from the State capital. Also, there is a well-established infrastructure, road, rail and air routes connectivity to every part of the country. “We hope this would be the main reason for the private players for evincing their interest to establish their campuses in Telangana,” he said. Advertise With Us The entire process of inviting applications is planned to be started from the third week. In case of any delay, it will start in the last week of this August, he said. Meanwhile, sources pointed out that some of the universities who have earlier submitted their proposals to start their campuses at Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh also might rethink and possibly move to Telangana. Unlike Telangana, the Andhra Pradesh Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Act was passed three years ago. However, so far only VIT-AP and SRM Universities alone have started their operations. Other universities like Amrita, Amity, Centurion, VelTech, Saveetha, Great Lakes International, Accord universities, and B.E.S.T Innovative University and others are yet to start their operations. Giving the ongoing confusion prevailing on the State capital of Andhra Pradesh, these private universities may wait for more time and look forward to other potential areas to start their campuses, the sources said.last_img read more

Chennai bus strike 23000 transport workers protest over nonpayment of salary dues

first_imgPressure on the suburban trains and the Chennai metro has increased due to the transport strike.TwitterAround 23,000 transport workers went on a strike in Chennai on Monday, July 1, alleging that their salary for the month of June either have not been paid or have not been paid in full. The strike is likely to affect 3,200 government-run public buses in the city, causing major inconvenience to school, college and the office-going crowd.While some workers alleged that their pay has been cut by 60 percent, the Tamil Nadu government claimed that no salary has been cut and nearly two-thirds of the employees have already been paid in full.The government said that the delay in payments was due to the non-functioning of banks on the weekends and that the rest of the salary will be paid by Monday evening.”A rumour has triggered the strike. We manage on rotation of funds. Due to weekend only sixty percent of cash was sent to bank. We would send the rest today and all will get full salary,” a senior official was quoted as saying in a NDTV report.Pressure on the suburban trains and the Chennai metro has increased due to the transport strike. Auto rickshaws and app-based taxi services are seeing greater demands.The transport workers are also sloganeering at various places in the city and state police has been deployed at bus workshops. Image from last year’s bus strike in Chennai.TwitterThe Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) had called for a state-wide transport strike last year, due to wage-related issues. The union, backed by DMK and the Left, demanded a pay increase of 2.57 percent compared to the 2.44 percent offered by the government.last_img read more

New South Wales shines at Australian Tourism Awards

first_imgNew South Wales shines at Australian Tourism AwardsNSW has once again shown it is home to some of the country’s best tourism products and experiences after it was awarded in 12 categories at the Australian Tourism Awards held on Friday evening.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed the accolades and said that this achievement would shine a light on NSW destinations and provide visitors with another compelling reason to discover what’s on offer.“I am delighted NSW received four Gold Awards and three Silver Awards, an achievement to be celebrated,” Mr Ayres said.“In the year ended September 2015, the tourism industry contributed more than $24.0 billion in international and domestic overnight visitor expenditure to the NSW economy, up 7.8 per cent compared to a year ago.“Through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the NSW Government is committed to growing tourism across Regional NSW and these phenomenal figures demonstrate the significance of recognising the thousands of individuals who have worked tirelessly to ensure that NSW remains the number one tourism and events State.”Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said the results showed the range and quality of experiences on offer for visitors in NSW.“Our State has so much to offer visitors of all ages, from spectacular scenery to world class dining and accommodation. I congratulate all our NSW finalists and Award winners, and encourage everyone to get out and experience everything NSW has to offer.” Australian Tourism AwardsSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Powells Congressional Testimony Backs Further Interest Rate Hikes

first_img Congress fed chair Fed Chair Jerome Powell Federal Reserve House Financial Services Committee House of Representatives Inflation Interest rates Jerome Powell Mortgage Interest Rates testimony 2018-02-27 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, journal, News February 27, 2018 707 Views On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made his first appearance before Congress since being sworn into the role. Remarking on the strengthening U.S. economy, Powell told Congress that “some of the headwinds the U.S. economy faced in previous years have turned into tailwinds.”“My personal outlook for the economy has strengthened since December,” Powell told the House Financial Services Committee. “We’ve seen continuing strength in the labor market. We’ve seen some data that will in my case add some confidence to my view that inflation is moving up to target. We’ve also seen continued strength around the globe, and we’ve seen fiscal policy become more stimulative.”Powell downplayed the importance of both increasing government debt and the recent wild swings in the stock market, saying, “We do not see these developments as weighing heavily on the outlook for economic activity, the labor market, and inflation.” Powell said he expected positive consumer sentiment and a strong labor market to help strengthen household incomes and spending. “The economic outlook remains strong,” Powell said.While Powell did not directly specify whether the Fed will likely implement four interest rate hikes this year, rather than three, he did state that “the upside potential for inflation and the increasing positives for growth suggest the risks are skewed towards a more aggressive monetary policy response.” That would jibe with the increasing chorus of voices who are forecasting four interest rate hikes for 2018.Powell isn’t the only Fed official who has been vocal on the topic recently. During a speech at the National Association for Business Economics in New York, Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles also expressed optimism about the direction of the economy, saying, “it has been quite some time since the economic environment has looked as favorable as it does now.”During a television interview this week, New York Fed President William Dudley said, “As long as I’m comfortable that the economy is going to continue to grow at an above-trend pace at a time that I think monetary policy is accommodative and financial conditions are easy, I’m probably going to be supportive of removing monetary policy accommodation.”And last week, Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan said in an essay published on the Dallas Fed’s website that “I continue to believe that gradual and patient removals of accommodation will increase the likelihood of extending the economic expansion in the U.S.”Roberto Perli, a partner at economic research firm Cornerstone Macro and a former Monetary Policy Economist at the Fed, told the Wall Street Journal, “Overall, the tone of the testimony was definitely NOT hawkish. He was optimistic about the growth prospects of the US economy, especially in the near term—he said clearly that his outlook for the economy has strengthened since December, and that sentence pushed yields significantly higher than they were. Still, nothing of what Powell said suggested that the Fed is about to drastically depart from its very gradual pace of rate hikes.”According to Bloomberg, investors increased the probability of a Fed rate hike in Q4 2018 to about 50 percent following Powell’s remarks to Congress. Odds of increases in Q2 and Q3 increased to around 80 percent and 70 percent, respectively.You can read Powell’s full written comments to Congress by clicking here. Powell is also scheduled to deliver the “Semiannual Monetary Policy Report” to the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 1. That hearing will be webcast live here.center_img Share Powell’s Congressional Testimony Backs Further Interest Rate Hikeslast_img read more

Court hears concerns that dead baby was abused

first_imgThe parents of the three-month old baby boy who died last week from head injuries were remanded on Tuesday for six days by Paphos district court after suspicions were raised concerning the circumstances around the infant’s injuries.The baby died last Thursday, four days after his father rushed him to Paphos general hospital in a comatose state. Doctors initially declared him dead and said he had ingested his own vomit but they managed to resuscitate him 45 minutes later and transferred him to Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia. A head scan showed brain injury and an epidural hematoma. He died on Thursday from his head injuries.The 29-year-old parents had said that the baby had fallen off the sofa three days before they sought medical assistance, but no one was concerned until he started vomiting. Police however are now investigating whether there is more to the case.The police investigator told the court the severity of the head injury suffered by the infant is incompatible with falling from a 70-centimetre high sofa. Such an injury, he said, is caused by a drop from a bigger height.He also told court that a friend of the family reported that the couple have quick tempers and the father consumes a lot of alcohol. They reportedly often left their children to go hungry and without proper sanitary care.A report against the couple was filed to social welfare services last May, the court heard. The couple has two more young children aged two and three, who have now been put in the care of the welfare office.The father reportedly told police that on February 17 he heard a thud and after rushing to the bedroom found the baby on the floor, bruised and with a slightly puffy forehead. The baby, the father told police, vomited twice that day, but his condition only raised alarm three days later, when milk was coming out of his nose. A neighbour, he said, took him and the baby to hospital.The mother told police the baby fell from the sofa while she was at work and they did not take him to hospital as he seemed well. She claimed that when she asked her husband to take the baby to the hospital he refused fearing they would lose custody of their children.The woman told police that she and her husband have been living in Paphos for the last six years. She described her husband as violent and aggressive and said in the past he had violently rocked the baby, throwing him violently into his crib. She also said her husband got annoyed by the baby when it disturbed him while he was playing TV games.Police said they have so far taken nine testimonies and will take 40 more from the couple’s family and friends and colleagues of the mother, as the husband is unemployed.The couple were both arrested on Monday.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoScience101Experts Evaluated All 190 Dog Breeds And Ranked Them According To Their SmartsScience101Undothedelite.comCancelled TV Shows: More Fan Favorites Cannedthedelite.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Miss. near Biloxi is a contract surgical technician who travels to various areas for his work He has a passion for biking and hiking When he arrived in North Dakota two weeks ago to bike and hike it was his 50th state to visit "I save the best to last" he said in an interview this weekTurk 51 who had been on contract work in Oregon took the Amtrak passenger train to North Dakota getting off the train with his bicycle in Williston and then biking to the park’s North Unit on Friday June 30Arriving at the North Unit that evening he set up camp "I planned to be there a week and go to the South Unit before coming here " said Turk"It was a most beautiful evening I was just in love with the park" he said recalling his first night thereAfter setting up camp Turk headed for the Buckhorn Trail to take photos of the sunset On the way up the trail he saw a large majestic bison near the trail feeding on grass and went past the animal to photograph the sunsetWhen he was returning on the trail he encountered the same bison bull "It was probably less than the 25 yards they recommend" said Turk referring to the park’s recommendation that people should have at least 25 yard between them and bison "I was too close it was my fault It was getting dark" He said there was still ambient light"I remember I think I took one last picture of it as I was coming back He looked at me and put his head down and started running at me" Turk said "I don’t remember him hitting me but I remember I woke up in the bushes"After the attack he said it took him a few minutes to get his bearings and at first he couldn’t even remember what state he was in"I was in the state of confusion" he saidTurk attended to the bleeding of his left upper thigh where the bison had gored him He had cuts and scrapes all over his body from landing in the bushes"The buffalo was still hanging around the bushes" Turk said While he was still in the bushes he said the bison finally walked away "When it did I scrambled halfway up a butte" Turk said He continued until he neared the trailhead "Then I saw the campground lights and started hollering for help" he said The Juniper Campground was about a quarter mile from him"I had to get help I didn’t have a choice" said Turk "It knocked my backpack and phone out of my hand" He was using his iPhone 7 to take photos"There was a buffalo on the trail but I’m not sure if it was the same one That’s why I didn’t go farther down the hill" he saidTurk remembers at some point taking off his shoes and socks and used his socks to stuff them in the wound He didn’t have anything else because he had lost his backpack during the buffalo attack "I was fading in and out of consciousness" he saidTurk had hoped his hollering would attract help "I think it was the last energy I had I saw lights on the campground start lighting up voices and then a sea of flashlights"The campers including airmen from Minot Air Force Base who were camping at the park that evening could not reach Turk immediately because a bison was standing in the way One of the campers who brought his firearm along fired it into the ground to try to get the bison to move so they could get to Turk That didn’t work Campers also had to pile into a car brought to the area by another camper when the bison by the butte started coming at them Finally the bison went around the butte and they were able to go to the injured hiker"I don’t remember hearing the shot" Turk said But he remembers calling back to the campers and once the bison below moved he remembers campers coming up the hillside to reach him"One took his shirt off" Turk said That camper used his shirt to make a tourniquet to wrap around Turk’s injured left thigh Turk was assisted to the waiting car"They got me into the car and we met the ambulance halfway to the entrance to the park" he said The ambulance from Watford City took him to the McKenzie County Hospital where Turk remained overnight in the hospitalHe could have been released from the hospital that night but he had no ID or money to go to a motel His backpack with his ID had been knocked off him in the attack Park rangers found his backpack and ID the next day and brought it to himTurk’s name and current address were incorrect in earlier information about the incident possibly due to confusion after he was injured Earlier information said he was 65 — he said he was born in 1965 — and his address was given as Juneau Alaska He said his driver’s license still said Juneau where he had lived for a timeTurk contacted his family members in Mississippi about his situation His dad Henry Turk a retired Air Force captain and his brother Joel a former major in the Marine Corps took a plane flight to Minot rented a car and arrived in Watford City on Sunday "They thought I was on my death bed" said Michael TurkThe three drove to the park to retrieve Michael’s bicycle and camping gear "My brother and I walked the trail and I got my phone back" he said He got all of his belongings that he had lost back "I just lost my dignity" he saidInitially Turk planned to take the summer off He had just hiked 400 miles of the 2659 mile Pacific Crest Trail His plans were to cover more of that trail over the summer but the desert heat was so intense he decided to go home to Mississippi "I had one more state to complete so I took the train to North Dakota before heading home" he saidTurk said he has never before had an encounter with wildlife as he did with the bisonOf those who came to help him that night in the park when he was injured Turk said "They were awesome I give them my utmost appreciation"Turk said he didn’t know military members were in the group of campers coming to help him until he came across stories online about the incident "I thank them for serving in the United States armed forces" he saidTurk said he will continue to rest for about a week Since he’s completed biking and hiking in all 50 states he plans to look for work at home and remain there for a while "I do plan to return to North Dakota to see the South Unit of the park and to the Pacific Crest Trail" he saidBut if there’s any bison or other wildlife in the area he said he plans to give them plenty of distance "Definitely keep your distance limit your photos to maybe one or two pictures and move on — no sense in lingering" he said The first 3000 beneficiaries of the Subsidy Re-Investment Programme (SURE-P) Community Services Youths and Women Employment Scheme in Ekiti State have received their first monthly stipend through e-payment Chairman and Coordinator of the State Implementation Committee Rt Hon Femi Akinyemi who made this known in a release issued today advised the beneficiaries to check their banks for confirmation of the payment The federal government share of the subsidy fund is being used for the SURE-P empowerment programmes like the Community Services Youths and Women Employment Scheme Graduate Internship Scheme among others Akinyemi who said each of the 3000 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