zoomThe mega-yacht Seadream Innovation. Image Courtesy: Damen Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has opened a new engineering center in Helsinki, establishing its presence in Finland for the first time.As informed, the new office has been set up in order for Damen “to take advantage of the depth of engineering expertise that exists in the country”.This follows Damen’s last year’s entry into building large vessels for the RoPax, cruise and offshore markets via its new Romanian yard, Damen Shipyards Mangalia.“The new office will augment and extend Damen’s engineering capability in this market segment,” the group said.Damen further said it selected Finland as it is, along with Italy, Germany and France, one of the leading countries in the world in the design and construction of cruise and RoPax vessels. It also has expertise in ice-class vessels, a growing segment of the cruise market.What is more, the new unit would be able to collaborate between the Damen engineering entities in Gdansk and Rotterdam.Damen Engineering Helsinki Oy will focus on concept and basic engineering with an initial target of around 30 people to be based there by the end of 2020, the shipbuilding group informed.“We are now focused on building the team and we already have two projects to start with: a cruise vessel and a RoRo vessel,” Damen’s Frank Rebel commented.Damen Shipyards Group currently operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards.
“I am very pleased and humbled to have this honour bestowed upon me as a result of the kind words of my fellow volunteers and the Royal Canadian Legion,” said Mr. Law. “It’s a reward in itself to be a part of the difference volunteers can make in serving our communities, country and citizens. This occasion will be a lasting memory, its meaningfulness deepened by sharing it with family, friends and supporters.” Throughout the year, the Diamond Jubilee medal will be awarded to 60,000 deserving Canadians. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee and the medal, visit novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee. Twenty-one deserving Nova Scotians were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal today, Sept. 25, for contributions to the province. Premier Darrell Dexter presented the medals at a ceremony in Digby. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates outstanding contributions made by Canadians and Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s recipients are making Nova Scotia a better place to live, and are great examples of what can be achieved when you get involved in your community.” The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada. Hundreds of Nova Scotians will be honoured throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients were nominated personally by the premier. The medal recipients are: Samy Abidib (Yarmouth) Joseph Allen Bishara (Tusket) Josiah Gerald Cormier (Yarmouth) Justin Cottreau (Clark’s Harbour) Murray Covert (Annapolis Royal) Gerald Edward William Curry (South Ohio) Darren Deinstadt (Shelburne) Mariele Guerrero (Dublin Shore) Gary Wayne Hudson (South Ohio) Sasanet Iassu (Somerset) Paul Law (Deep Brook) Arthur McDonald (Clementsport) Douglas Moore (Cornwallis) Harry Leonard Nelson (Greenfield) Richard Parry (Digby) H. Reed Power-Grimm (Annapolis Royal) John David Rogers (Cornwallis Park) Warren K. Sabean (Port Lorne) Nicole Thimot (Petit-Ruisseau) Kelsey Torak (Shelburne) Justine White (West Pubnico)
New Delhi: Nearly 30,000 premises in South Delhi are still home to mosquito breeding, despite continuous efforts by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to prevent such breeding and spread awareness about dangers of leaving areas unchecked for mosquito breeding.According to the SDMC, there are 29,719 premises under their jurisdiction where mosquito breeding has been detected. Sounding alarm, the municipality urged that public involvement in curbing this menace is extremely crucial to prevent and control vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya through control of mosquitoes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe SDMC recently carried out an intensive drive to check office complexes, markets and construction sites and found that 23.5 percent of construction sites, 16 percent of office complexes and 13 percent of marketplaces have let their premises become a breeding ground for Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes. Some places where mosquito breeding has been detected are the Government Girls Senior Secondary School-2, A Block, Janak Puri, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in Raja Garden, MTNL office, Vishal Enclave, CRPF School in Dwarka-Sector 16, CRPF Camp, Jhroda Kalan, Mother’s Pride School Dwarka-Sector 17, Police Station in Dwarka-Sector 23, Fire Station in Dwarka-Sector 16, Horticulture Department, Bhijwasan, CGHS Dispensary, Saadh Nagar, Sector 12 Market in Dwarka, Furniture Market, Najafgarh, DMRC Construction Site at Delhi Gate, Construction Site at GMR Airport Authority, Airport, Construction Site at Terminal 3 Airport, Sarai Kale Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar Market, East of Kailash, Kalkaji Market and others.
Rabat – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said he has no intention to run for presidential election again.The 92-year old president said on Saturday in a meeting of the ruling Nidaa Tounes party: “I do not have the intention to be nominated for a second term.”The president added that the constitution gives him the right to run again, but he believes that Tunisia “deserves change.” Essebsi added that Tunisia is “full of qualified men,” adding that it is “necessary to clear the way for the youth.” Read Also: Algerians Continue Protests After Bouteflika’s ResignationThe president, who was quoted by state-owned news agency TAP, said that it is “too early” to comment whether he will run or not, opening the door for speculations.The presidential election is expected to take place in November. Essebsi has been in power since late 2014.According to Al Jazeera, no members announced their bids or intention to run for the election.Essebsi’s statement comes four days after former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his resignation.Bouteflika’s decision was preceded by mass protests, which contested Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term. Although Bouteflika announced his resignation, protesters took to the streets on Friday, which marked the seventh week of protests across Algeria.
19 April 2007The United Nations envoy in Liberia this week accompanied national and UN Police officers on a special night patrol to some of the most crime-prone areas of the capital, Monrovia, as part of the world body’s ongoing efforts to reassure the community and improve law and order throughout the country. “We are very much concerned with the safety of Monrovia’s citizens,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, Alan Doss, as he met with members of the public during the patrol, which marked the end of “Operation Sweeping Wave II” aimed at curbing criminal activities. Mr. Doss noted that Liberia’s National Police (LNP) is working under difficult conditions, but he said new uniforms had been obtained from the United States and equipment and vehicles had also been ordered through the UN. UN Police Commissioner Mohammed Alhassan, LNP Inspector-General Beatrice Munah Sieh and other officials also took part in the two-hour patrol, during which Ms. Sieh stressed the importance of the police interacting with the public and urged people to provide the officers with information on crime. “Everywhere we went, community leaders came out to see us. It shows that the community is now accepting the police. In the past, they were running away from the police,” she said, adding that the police need logistical support to be more effective. Mr. Doss, who heads the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), also visited the Zone 1 Police Station on Bushrod Island as part of the patrol. This station was the first police facility to be rehabilitated through UNMIL’s Quick Impact Project programme, which has now helped construct and rehabilitate 25 police stations throughout the country. UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers. Late last month, the Security Council extended UNMIL’s mandate and, citing progress in a number of areas including the re-integration of former fighters, asked the Secretary-General to report on plans to draw down the level of blue helmets in Liberia.
Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Houston25233330%2%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% Michigan State731915%22%3% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% What to watch for this weekSECThe No. 4,1All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. one-loss Crimson Tide face No. 2, undefeated LSU in what is as close to a play-in game for the playoff as can be devised at this point in the season. Vegas has the Tide favored by about 6 points. That seems about right. After all, the game is in Tuscaloosa, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives home teams a 3.5-point advantage. But Alabama also has a slight edge over LSU according to FPI, despite its earlier loss to Ole Miss.The FiveThirtyEight model gives Alabama a 41 percent chance of making the playoff, largely because they’re favored in this game; LSU’s playoff odds are 30 percent. But let’s answer our first what-if question: How will those odds change after this game? My colleague Jay Boice ran additional simulations contingent on each team winning. In this thought experiment, if the Tide win, their odds would rise to 53 percent; but if the Tigers were to win, their odds would tick up to 45 percent. The Tigers’ odds are still lower, even if they beat Alabama, because their remaining schedule is so grueling. A road game against Ole Miss and a matchup with Texas A&M at home stand out on what is, going into this week, the toughest remaining schedule.(As a diehard fan who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, I’d like to be able to tell my fellow LSU faithful that these numbers favoring ’Bama are made up. But I can’t. What we Tiger fans do have going in our favor is Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy favorite and, as Wright Thompson wrote, emerging legend.)Interestingly, though Alabama is favored to win and gets higher odds of making the postseason, because LSU is undefeated, the Tigers have higher odds (22 percent) of winning the conference, according to our model. (That’s because if LSU stumbles, Ole Miss is in position to win the SEC West with a tiebreaker over Alabama.) But beyond Alabama and LSU, Florida is waiting in the wings with an 18 percent chance of squeezing into the playoff. The Gators are looking like a good bet to win the SEC East, as they face only creampuffs for the remainder of their conference schedule; and if they emerge as a one-loss champion of the SEC, it will be hard for the committee not to include them.Big 12Baylor and TCU are putting up basketball scores each week. High-powered offenses drive the two highest-ranked teams according to FPI. Our model gives undefeated, No. 8 TCU the best chance of breaking into the playoff, even though Baylor is notionally better according to FPI. That’s because the Horned Frogs host the No. 6 Bears on Nov. 27 in what amounts to (assuming both teams are undefeated) a Big 12 championship game the conference never planned.The Big 12 is deep — very deep. Take this week’s biggest game: TCU faces No. 14 Oklahoma State. Although the Horned Frogs look strong according to our model — which gives them a 31 percent chance of making the playoff — the Cowboys can’t be ignored (they have a 6 percent chance themselves). The conference also includes a strong Oklahoma team, whom our model gives a 14 percent chance of making the postseason.Big TenThe FiveThirtyEight model gives No. 3 Ohio State the best odds of making the playoff: 61 percent. Furthermore, we give the Buckeyes a 16 percent chance of repeating as national champs. But look beyond them and you’ll see a strong conference, with the winner likely to be placed in the playoff.Ohio State has a difficult schedule ahead. Like the LSU vs. Alabama game this week, the Nov. 21 matchup against No. 7 Michigan State could be viewed as a de facto national quarterfinal game; Michigan State has a 22 percent chance of being in the final four. The winner likely will face currently undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.ACCAfter those three conferences, there’s a huge dropoff in quality. With the exception of Clemson, the ACC looks wobbly. That said, the undefeated Tigers are viewed favorably by the selection committee, which gave them their No. 1 ranking. Our model gives them a 51 percent chance of making the postseason (the best after Ohio State), but after them, Florida State is the next best ACC squad, with a 5 percent chance. That said, the Tigers face what is probably their toughest remaining challenge at home against the Seminoles on Saturday. If they survive, a what-if simulation we ran gives the Tigers a 61 percent chance of making the playoff. Furthermore, if they run the table in their remaining games, they’re likely to make the playoff (our model would put their chances at 99 percent), but if they don’t win out, the ACC champion won’t have a guaranteed spot. Why? Because if Clemson loses this week, our model would give both Clemson and FSU about a 15 percent chance.Pac-12What a total mess. Among Pac-12 teams, Stanford has the best chance of making the playoff, at 19 percent. Despite having just one loss, Utah does poorly in our model, registering a 6 percent chance — little better than unranked USC. FiveThirtyEight reckons that if Stanford does win out, it’s 90 percent likely to make the playoffs. In other words, the Pac-12 is not guaranteed a spot right now. To push the Cardinal’s odds up, Clemson would have to slip, and still a second team from the SEC or Big Ten might leapfrog the Pac-12 champ.Beyond The Power FiveThe best bet outside the five major conferences is No. 5 Notre Dame, with a 25 percent chance of making the playoff. Memphis and Houston, as impressive as they’ve been, stand only a 6 percent and 2 percent chance, respectively, of being included. In other words, the stellar mid-major teams should keep rooting for those in the major conferences to cannibalize each other. Baylor610132%31%13% RankingProbability of … Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Florida1091241%18%4% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Ohio State31447%61%16% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title FiveThirtyEight can’t stop the CFP from screwing your team, but we’re going to try to use numbers and our football knowledge to prevent you from being blindsided.Each week, we’ll break down the latest CFP rankings, preview the big upcoming games and explore what-if questions. As we did last year, we’ll take an iterative and probabilistic approach to project which four teams the CFP committee will select into the playoff on Dec. 6.We’ll cover the Power Five conferences and make a special effort not to ignore the mid-major darlings. Translation: we’ll show Memphis and Houston some love. And as a born-and-raised LSU fan, I’m obliged to exhibit a cocky and blatant SEC bias intended to solicit all your angry emails.Before we dive into the new rankings and preview games by conference, a few nitty-gritty details about the model are worth reiterating from what editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in greater detail elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight:Game predictions are based on a tweaked version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for each team.Based on game results, each team is given an Elo rating that reflects, primarily, its strength of schedule and, to a lesser extent, the margin of victory in its games.Each team is given a new projected ranking based on the previous week’s ranking, the outcome of the game it has just played and its Elo rating.Then the model iterates through the season’s remaining games and, using past coaches’ polls as a guide, tries to predict what the CFP committee will decide.Latest CFP RankingsJust like last year, the CFP committee angered Big 12 fans. Baylor and TCU were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, while Ohio State is third. One-loss Alabama sneaked in at No. 4 and LSU at No. 2, a clear sign that the committee respects an SEC schedule. But the committee really has a penchant for Clemson, the squad at No. 1. That also helps Notre Dame, whose only loss is to Clemson. The committee puts the Fighting Irish just outside the party at No. 5. Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% Notre Dame589—25%5% Good gosh o’mighty, what a college football season so far. It’s early November, and fans have already witnessed:a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;an eight-lateral kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired; andthe ongoing dominance of the next Herschel Walker.Amid all this excitement, in walks the selection committee to cut the ribbon on its first iteration of this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. Unveiled over the next month, these CFP rankings will determine who plays in the second-ever four-team playoff. But reading the CFP tea leaves can be overwhelming.Confused by the CFP committee’s weird pronouncements? Fearful that Condoleezza Rice and her comrades will stab your team in the back? (Baylor and TCU fans, you know the feeling.) Trying to interpret the CFP rankings probably makes you feel like the Michigan guy who made his way around the Internet: UCLA2321225%1%<1% Memphis13143621%6%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% LSU25822%30%8% TCU84237%31%11% Alabama42614%41%11% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1%
The fourth summer in a row Makarska riviera (Croatia) will be the most important place for handball goalkeepers on the Planet! The fourth handball goalkeeper’s camp will be organised between 18 and 24 of June. The worldwide known handball names as promoters and coaches from one, and young goalkeepers from other side, will work in fantastic atmosphere of beautiful Adriatic coast:– We will keep the highest level of organization and standards, which we set in the last three years. Perfect condition for work and practice of young goalkeepers, accomodation and hall will be on the highest possible level.It is tough to even remember on all big names which have been in Makarska in the last three seasons of the Camp. Thierry Omeyer, Kasper Hvidt, Dejan Peric, Mirko Alilovic, Mirko Basic, Marin Sego, Nikola Blazicko, Enid Tahirovic, Abas Arslanagic, Dragan Jerkovic, Vladimir Vujovic, proffesor Nenad Rogulj and the others worked with the youngstars from many countries. The most interesting names among the “pupils” where Swedish goalkeeper Mikael Apelgreen from MT Melsungen, or Benjamin Buric, who three years after playing at RK Gorenje Velenje.– Receipt is well known. Young goalkeepers will have a chance to work with their idols – says Mario Caljkusic, co-founder of the whole project, who are based in touristic season, which makes the whole project even more attractive. Sea, sun and a lot of TOP handball lessons.OFFICIAL WEBSITE handball goalieshandball goalkeepershandball makarska ← Previous Story Klemen Cehte for Qatari Al Sadd, but also National Team? Next Story → DUNKERQUE SAFE AT THE TOP: Chambery smash PSG!
A TEENAGER IS due in court after a 21-year-old man was found badly injured at a roadside in Cavan yesterday in broad daylight.The victim had been subjected to a serious assault and was taken to Cavan Hospital to be treated for his injuries.He was found on the roadside at Creighan at approximately 2pm on Monday, gardaí confirmed.His condition is currently believed to be serious but stable.A 19-year-old was arrested and held at Cavan garda station over the case. He is due to appear before Virginia District Court this morning charged in connection with the incident.Gardaí have appealed for anyone who say anything suspicious in the area yesterday afternoon to contact them at 049 436 8800.
Myopie : la recherche avanceMonde – La découverte d’un gène de la myopie lance les chercheurs sur de nouvelles pistes thérapeutiques.Grâce à une étude effectuée sur plus de 13.000 individus dont de nombreux jumeaux, des chercheurs britanniques ont mis en évidence un gène spécifique à la myopie. Cette avancée scientifique va sans doute permettre de développer de nouveaux remèdes curatifs, voire même préventifs. Ainsi, un traitement pris pendant l’enfance pourrait bientôt empêcher le développement de ce problème de vue. Chez l’adulte déjà atteint, il pourrait limiter sa progression. D’ici une dizaine d’années, beaucoup pourraient dire adieu aux lunettes, lentilles et chirurgie au laser, devenues obsolètes. En effet, la myopie tient certes à nos modes de vie -nous restons notamment de longues heures les yeux rivés à un écran-, mais elle est avant tout génétique. Si une thérapie génique serait trop lourde à mettre en œuvre, on peut envisager le développement de pilules qui interféreront avec les mécanismes biologiques responsables de ce trouble de la vision. Le 13 septembre 2010 à 16:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Luciano Spalletti was amazed how his players managed to respond to a bitter 3-2 defeat by Juventus – Inter easily beat Udinese 4-0 at home and it was a crucial win in terms of climbing higher spots in the Serie A.The Italian manager was very happy after this result as he saw the right attitude from his players and he still believes that his side can gain the Champions League spot for the next season.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s performance and his own future as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I saw a reaction from the players, that’s what I expected from them. They have been exceptional and have controlled the game. Champions League? I still believe that we have to play to win all games.”“My future? I have a contract and things are going well, games like this are fundamental. We improved during this campaign.”“I don’t understand why everyone thinks we have the obligation to reach the fourth place. There are other good teams, then it’s also a matter of how you lose the fourth place.”
Jack Wilshere intends to hold talks with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery over his role at the club before making a final decision in regards to his future, reports the Evening StandardThe England international’s contract with the Gunners is set to expire at the end of this month after having failed to agree on a new deal over the past year.But Arsenal remain keen to retain Wilshere and have reportedly offered him an improved deal in order to secure his future at the Emirates.While the 26-year-old would prefer to remain at the London club, he first intends to hold talks with new boss Emery to discuss his plans for next season and to better understand how he fits into them.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The former Paris Saint-Germain coach has already begun making changes at Arsenal and recently signed Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus on a free transfer.Emery intends to overhaul the club’s midfield options this summer and has reportedly met with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini and intends to build his midfield around Aaron Ramsey.This has left Wilshere concerned and his future at Arsenal will very likely be concluded soon with the final outcome hinging on whether Emery can guarantee him a regular starting spot.
Mahbubnagar: Twelve people killed in a road accident at Kothapalli in midzil mandal of mahbubnagar district. A lorry collided with an auto coming in the opposite direction on Sunday. The injured were admitted in hospital. The driver was reportedly in an inebriated state.
The government’s “zero casualty” policy for cyclones and the pinpoint accuracy of the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) early warning system have helped reduce the possibility of deaths from cyclone Fani, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (ODRR).”They seem to have done a very good job in terms of minimising the possibility for loss of life,” Denis McClean, a spokesperson for the ODRR said at a UN news briefing in Geneva on Friday.”The almost pinpoint accuracy of the warnings, the early warnings from the IMD, allows them to conduct a very well targeted evacuation plan which resulted in 1.1 million people mainly moving to about 900 cyclone shelters.”As of Saturday morning, less than 10 deaths were reported from the 175-kmph cyclone that made landfall in Odisha on Friday.India’s policy of minimising fatalities from cyclones has been proven by past performances as in cyclone Phailin in 2013, when “famously the casualty rate was kept to as low as 45 despite the intensity of the storm”, McClean said.Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), said that as a result of the lessons learned from the super cyclonic storm BOB06 that caused more than 10,000 deaths, intensive precautions are being taken to protect the people. She also mentioned how as a result, Phailin’s fatalities were far less than in 1999.UN’s humanitarian agencies had met ahead of cyclone Fani to take stock of preparedness measures, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a briefing in New York.The UN’s relief organisations’ resources are already stretched bringing aid to countries in East Africa reeling from a double punch delivered by cyclones Idai and Kenneth in the past two months.Idai, which struck Mozambique on March 14 and then ripped through Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, left more than 1,000 people dead. Six weeks later, Kenneth hit Comoros on April 24 and tore into Mozambique the next day. The death toll in the second cyclone is about 40.The head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa, Gemma Connell, told reporters via teleconference: “We are operating two operations on shoe-string budget We desperately need more money to come in.”Food assistance has been provided to 27,000 people affected by Kenneth despite the torrential rains that followed impacting relief efforts.Mozambique has not had cyclones before and the two that have devastated it are the result of climate change, she said.”What is absolutely tragic is that these weather events are impacting the people who have had the least contribution to climate change in the world.”UN agencies are also trying to stop an outbreak of cholera in Mozambique in the aftermath of the flooding, she added. https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713656/cyclone-fani-cyclonic-storm-completely-moved-into-land.jpgCyclone Fani | The cyclonic storm completely moved into landIBTimes IN Cyclone Fanitwitter
Map of Baltimore TIF Projects. (Image Courtesy Baltimore Development Corporation)More than 100 protesters and concerned citizens swarmed City Hall to express their concerns about the city’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Program during a Baltimore City Council hearing on May 19.The evening hearing was hosted by Councilman Carl Stokes (D-District 12), chair of the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee. He was joined by City Council Chairman Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Council members Bill Henry, Warren Branch, Ed Resinger and Mary Pat Clark for what Stokes called an informational hearing to review TIF legislation and how it is being used in Baltimore.A TIF is created when a government entity borrows money to finance private development that is viewed as beneficial to the community. The collateral for the borrowed money is the projected tax receipts of the property that is being developed.Stokes called the hearing in advance of the Council’s review of the controversial Port Covington redevelopment proposal, recently approved by the City’s Baltimore Development Corp. If approved by the City Council, TIF funding will be used to help pay for roads, parks, sewers and other infrastructure for the mixed use development in South Baltimore. The Port Covington proposal is one part of a $6.5 billion development plan by Sagamore Development, a real estate company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank.Baltimore’s Deputy Finance Director Steve Kraus and Baltimore Development Corp. President and CEO William Cole IV presented an overview of Baltimore’s 14 current TIF development districts ranging from Mondawmin Mall in Council District 7 to Harbor Point in District 1. Kraus argued TIF projects attract business and bring in tax revenue.But TIF opponents argued that TIF’s promote discrimination and continue a legacy of redlining in Black and disadvantaged communities based on how they have been implemented so far in Baltimore.“The city and Kevin Plank don’t care about low-income people and senior citizens. We are disposable people who are considered worthless. I am here because we need affordable living rent housing and a living wage, right now,” argued Lee Patterson from the People’s Power Assembly, a community activist organization.Critics of Baltimore’s TIF program and City Council members agree that the number of affordable housing units built so far by TIF developers has not met expectations.“I think that’s 34 units of affordable housing in seven years?” said Councilman Bill Henry, asking for clarification on the moderate-income housing developed through the city’s current TIF development districts.“What’s really missing from the TIF formula is a robust plan not just for affordable housing but fair housing,” said Lawrence Brown, assistant professor in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, who testified before the City Council committee on behalf of the Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment (BRACE). “Port Covington would intensify segregation. With all the luxury homes that would be built and the high income status that you have to have to buy these homes, the project would invariable become a disproportional White neighborhood that would intensify segregation.”Brown added, “Right now, most of our public housing residents are living in disinvested, redlined Black communities. They are living in rat-infested, redlined homes. We could be using bonds to fix our infrastructure or get rid of lead; we could be using our bonds to ensure fair and affordable housing. We just had an uprising last year. Many of these issues have been lingering for decades.”Paul Graziano, commissioner of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, has exempted TIF projects from the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, which requires 20 percent of new housing developments be set aside for affordable housing.Rev. Andrew Connors, senior pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church and member of the BUILD Coalition (Baltimore United In Leadership Development) called for the city to develop a profit-sharing formula for revenue developed from TIF projects.“I understand the heart of this question,” responded Jeff Wilke, assistant director for bond financing at the Maryland Economic Development Corp., the state’s bond financing agency. He added, “The best driver to make sure TIF’s are used appropriately is local policy, something that can be viewed by the general public so that all are on the same page.”Stokes said the date for consideration of the Port Covington TIF would be announced at the next City Council meeting, which is scheduled for June 1.
Kolkata: In a bid to regularise plying of auto-rickshaws, the state Transport department has come up with the draft notification of the auto-rickshaw policy.It may be recalled that the state Transport department had decided to frame a policy of which a major part is route rationalisation, a mechanism to fix fares of a particular route and initiatives to solve the existing problem related to plying of unregistered auto-rickshaws.A high-power committee was also formed to frame the policy and a draft of the auto-rickshaw policy has been framed. In a meeting held on Wednesday at Nazrul Manch, the draft of the policy has been distributed among representatives of auto-rickshaw unions. Transport and Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari and Additional Chief Secretary of transport department Alapan Bandyopadhyay along with other concerned officials were present in the meeting. The unions and the concerned authorities have been directed to submit their feedback after going through the draft policy by mid July. They have to submit their feedback in a written format at the office of the state Transport department. After bringing in necessary changes, if required, following the feedback of the stakeholders, the final notification declaring the auto-rickshaw policy will be issued. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per the draft policy, no auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate on any unauthorised route. Ferrying of excess passengers than permitted level will not be allowed. Driver cannot use mobile phones while driving and loud sound systems will not be allowed to be installed. No high power LED lights will be allowed in front of the auto-rickshaws. The most important one is that auto-rickshaw drivers cannot charge exorbitantly. Moreover, without offer letters, auto-rickshaw cannot be sold out. It may be mentioned that officials of the department had received reports regarding operations of unauthorised auto-rickshaws without registrations or permit, which is required under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
Kolkata: “The Winners”, a special all-women patrolling team set up to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city, has become successful on the very first day of their work with the arrest of six persons from the area around Victoria Memorial Hall for harassing women.Kolkata Police have introduced the special team which will be patrolling different parts of the city to ensure safety and security of women. On the first day itself, the attempt of Kolkata Police has become successful as the women police on scooters reached near Victoria Memorial Hall after receiving information that some people were harassing some women. Soon after reaching the spot, they arrested six persons harassing women. They also informed the local police station and a police van was also sent to the spot in which the arrested persons were taken to the nearest police station. It was on Wednesday when the team of “The Winners” initiated their journey from Lalbazar in presence of Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police and other senior police officers. The women police are also deployed to patrol in different locations including Rabindra Sadan crossing, Elgin Road, Park Street, Esplanade, Shyambazar and Gariahat.
Last week, the WaveMaker team released its enhanced platform, WaveMaker 10. This version comes with an advanced technology stack leveraging Angular 7, integrated artifact repository, IDE synchronization features, and more. WaveMaker is an application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) software that allows developers to rapidly build and run custom apps. It enables developers to build extensible and customizable apps with standard enterprise-grade technologies. The platform also comes with built-in templates, layouts, themes, and widgets to help you build responsive apps without having to write any code. Key enhancements in WaveMaker 10 Improved application stack with Angular 7 and Kubernetes support Developers can now leverage Angular 7 to build responsive web and mobile apps. Angular 7 support provides greater performance and efficiency, type safety, and modern user experience. Scaling applications with Kubernetes is supported via a 1-click deployment feature. You can now natively pack your apps as containers and deploy them to a running Kubernetes cluster. Enhanced developer productivity and collaboration To give developers more control over their code and help them build apps faster, WaveMaker 10 comes with enhanced IDE support. With the newly introduced workspace sync plugin, developers can pull code changes seamlessly between WaveMaker and any IDE without having to manually export and import them. To allow developers to share reusable application elements like service prefabs, templates, themes, and data models, an integrated artifact repository is introduced. The platform can now be localized in a regional language enabling better collaboration between global development teams. Increased enterprise security and accessibility Support for configuring and implementing role-based access at both platform and project levels is introduced in WaveMaker 10. You can now create multiple developer personas with unique permission sets. Open ID authentications for Single Sign-On (SSO) are supported by both the platform and applications built using it. Additionally, all WaveMaker 10 applications are protected from OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities to ensure greater security against threats and malicious injections. Applications built with WaveMaker 10 also support Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, making them more accessible to users with disabilities. Head over to WaveMaker’s official website to know more in detail. Read Next Angular 7 is now stable Introducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12 Kubernetes 1.12 released with general availability of Kubelet TLS Bootstrap, support for Azure VMSS
Jaipur, India – Reported By Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSwathed in pink terracotta for the arrival of the Prince of Wales in 1876, India’s Jaipur, or “pink city,” can now call itself home to burgeoning hoteliers Fairmont Hotels & Resort’s very first India location; a hotel fit for kings in a city literally built for them.Poised to welcome its first guests on August 9th, 2012, Fairmont Jaipur has opened its arms to India’s famously opulent “Golden Triangle” region with 255 guest rooms and suites. Replete with the services and amenities of Fairmont Gold, a widely-emulated luxury travel experience, Fairmont has outfitted each room with bathrooms as ornate as they are spacious. Glazed sliding-door entryways with intricate, patterned screens lead one onto mesmerizing floors laced with stars and diamonds. It is tempting to say you may never want to leave the comfort of these tranquil baths.The baths are only the beginning, however, as the rest of Fairmont Jaipur bursts forth with indulgent amenities and authentic regional atmosphere. Modeled after the intimate palaces of the Mughal Empire, the constructed-from-the-ground-up architecture elegantly arches and ebbs from room-to-room, providing the perfect backdrop for the hotel’s numerous drinking and dining venues. Inspired by the Mughal’s affinity for extravagant dining, Zarin (meaning “Golden” in the regional dialect) encourages guests to take a bite of ancient India, featuring classic Indian dishes accented with forward-thinking culinary twists, while Zoya offers hungry patrons all-day dining options spread across five-distinct eating environments. Those looking to wash-down the invigorating Indian spices and kick-back before, after, and even between meals, needn’t look far, with Anjum tea lounge, Aza library bar, and even Cigar Diwan, a classic smoking lounge, occupying the elegant grounds.Local entertainment rounds out the Fairmont Jaipur experience. Expected entertainment and relaxation options, such as dancing and spa treatments, exist for those looking for a taste of the familiar but it is the regional activities that truly stand-out. Witness expert falconry displays, climb upon the back of a gentle-giant for a game of elephant polo, and traverse local landmarks, such as the Jantar Mantar observatory, for a truly singular trip.To celebrate their inaugural Indian venture, Fairmont Jaipur is offering the aptly-titled Seeing is Believing package. Available until October, 31st 2012 the package includes cultural activities like traditional folklore storytelling and a Rajasthan dance show, as well as children’s entertainment and a lighting ceremony. Double occupancy rates begin at just $180 (US).www.fairmont.com/jaipur
Vincent Nguini, guitarist for Paul Simon, dead at 65 by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2017 11:22 am PDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Vincent Nguini, a guitarist from Cameroon who worked with Paul Simon since the late 1980s, died last week in Brazil. He was 65.Simon’s publicist, Elizabeth Freund, confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday. Freund said Nguini died on Dec. 8 with his wife, Florence Nombulelo Yawa, by his side.No more details or cause of death were provided.Nguini co-wrote “The Coast” from Simon’s 1992 album, “The Rhythm of the Saints.” He also played guitar throughout the album.Nguini also worked in recording sessions with Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Buffett, Josh Groban, the Neville Brothers and Angelique Kidjo.Nguini is also survived by his daughter Olivia Michelle; his sisters Nomo Cecile, Meyo Virginie; his brother Jean Marie; his ex-wife Stephanie Batchelor; and three grandchildren.