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Shaw Festival to see major mounting of Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata from

first_imgREAD MORE Ravi Jain, Why Not Theatre’s artistic director is shown in this file photo. (PHOTO BY GLENN LOWSON/THE GLOBE AND MAIL) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Three decades after British director Peter Brook’s version of the The Mahabharatatook the Western theatre world by storm, the Why Not Theatre in Toronto is teaming up with the Shaw Festival to create a major new stage adaptation of the ancient Sanskrit epic poem featuring a cast from the South Asian diaspora, The Globe and Mail has learned.Fuelled by a $375,000 New Chapter grant from the Canada Council, Why Not’s production will be the biggest ever mounted by the accomplished independent theatre company – and will premiere as part of the 2019 Shaw season in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., before embarking on what is expected to be an international tour.Why Not’s artistic director Ravi Jain and New York director Jenny Koons are co-directing the project – which will have an initial workshop this December with a cast of nine in London, organized with the support of Complicité, the British company run by acclaimed director Simon McBurney. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement It’s screenplay season — that special time of year when Hollywood’s PR armies unleash a volley of film scripts across the Internet in hopes that Academy voters (and other awards-season pundits) will page through them to get insight on how some of the most acclaimed films of the year were originally conceived by their screenwriters. More than mere transcriptions of dialogue and scene descriptions, screenplays are the blueprints that film crews work from when planning shots and sequences, and studying them can shed unexpected light on a project’s journey from script to screen. What’s more, they’re free, for a limited time only — so you may as well take advantage.22 July  (Netflix)Written by Paul GreengrassBased on One of Us by Åsne SeierstadAll Is True (Sony Classics)Screenplay by Ben Elton The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)Written by Joel Coen & Ethan CoenTimothée Chalamet and Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy (Francois Duhamel/Amazon Studios)Beautiful Boy (Amazon Studios)Screenplay by Luke Davies & Felix van Groeningenbased on the books Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic SheffBlack Panther (Disney)By Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert ColeBLACKkKLANSMAN (Focus Features)Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Realtors have time till May 10 to opt for old GST rates

first_imgNew Delhi: Real estate firms have time till May 10 to communicate to their respective jurisdictional officers whether they want to continue with the old GST rates with input tax credit, failing which they will be deemed to have migrated to new tax rates. The GST Council had given the option to real estate companies to either opt for old rates of 12 per cent (for residential) and 8 per cent (affordable housing) with input tax credit (ITC) benefits or the new tax rates of 5 per cent for residential units and 1 per cent for affordable housing without the benefit of adjusting the credit on inputs used during construction. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has issued a notification giving real estate companies a one-time option to choose either of the tax rates. “Provided that in case of ongoing project, the registered person shall exercise one time option … to pay central tax on construction of apartments in a project at the rates as specified …. by the 10th of May, 2019,” the CBIC said. In case, realtors do not exercise the option, they will be covered under the lower tax rate of 5 per cent and 1 per cent with effect from April 1, 2019, and will not be entitled to avail tax credit on inputs. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMeanwhile, in a separate notification, the CBIC has asked the real estate companies that will be migrating to the new rates to prepare their books of accounts with regard to ITC and repay the over-used credit, if any, to the government in 24 instalments. Explaining the provision, AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said builders opting for lower rate of taxes with effect from April 1 would have to recalculate eligible tax credit since the inception of GST based on the proportion of residential to commercial carpet area, sold to unsold units and invoiced to un-invoiced amount. “Based on the factual data if tax credit has been availed beyond permissible proportion, then such excess needs to paid back to tax authorities. In quite a few cases, such tax payment would be magnanimous, especially where the project is nearing completion, but unsold units lying in inventory are high. This will have a high tax risk on real estate sector and many may experience worst cash flow position since inception of GST,” Mohan said. Further the CBIC has also asked builders to maintain project wise account of inward supplies from registered and unregistered supplier.last_img read more

UN report warns of danger in hike in numbers of baby boys

The number of boys born in Viet Nam has spiked in recent years compared to girls, a new United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) study reported, warning of the risky consequences if the trend continues.Viet Nam has experienced a rapid rise in the sex ratio at birth (SRB) from the normal levels of 106.2 male births per 100 female births in 2002 to 112.1 in 2008, according to the Recent Change in the Sex Ratio at Birth in Viet Nam report, which noted that at the current rate the SRB could pass the 115 mark within three years.The UNFPA report spotlighted the steady increase in access to affordable sex-determination and sex-selection technology, allowing couples to decide on one or more sons.The study forecasts that men of marriageable age born after 2005 will greatly outnumber women their age by 2035 if the SRB does not return to its normal level of 105 male births per 100 female births in the next two decades.In response to a scarcity of women, pressure for them to marry at a younger age could increase, the demand for sex work could rise and trafficking networks may also expand, said the report, stressing that examples of gender-based violence and human trafficking have already been observed in Viet Nam.“The consequences of a significant imbalance between men and women should be taken into account in all related policy decisions, including further enforcement of the regulations governing sex-selection services in the country,” said UNFPA Representative Bruce Campbell. 10 September 2009The number of boys born in Viet Nam has spiked in recent years compared to girls, a new United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) study reported, warning of the risky consequences if the trend continues. read more

Petronas says firm is not considering sale of proposed LNG terminal in

VANCOUVER – The Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas denies a report that the company was considering selling its stake in a multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia.A statement from Petronas says it remains committed to working with its partners following a conditional approval from the federal government for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.A news report indicated the firm was pondering selling its stake, which the company says it “categorically denies.”B.C.’s Ministry of Natural Gas Development previously said in an email that it spoke with Petronas and was reassured about the company’s involvement in the proposed LNG export terminal.The federal government gave a conditional approval earlier this week to the $36-billion venture, which is located on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert on B.C.’s northern coast.The facility is designed to ship 19-million tonnes a year of liquefied gas over the next quarter century, though low commodity prices have delayed forward movement on the project.Petronas says it will be conducting a review of the project, and the conditions, before making any decisions on how to move forward. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 3:03 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Petronas says firm is not considering sale of proposed LNG terminal in B.C. read more

Column Its time to start lowering expectations on Ohio States potential

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer runs with the team back into the locker rooms before the game against Nebraska on Nov. 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorEvery week, the same thing has been said about Ohio State.Every week since narrowly defeating Penn State, the Buckeyes have come out, underperformed in various areas of the field and didn’t live up to the clear potential that the team has.This week, following an embarrassing loss to Purdue and two whole weeks to prepare for a Nebraska team that sat at 2-6, it was supposed to be different.This week, Ohio State should have come out, showing the country that this team has the pieces to compete for not only a Big Ten title, but a spot in the College Football Playoff.Instead, this week, Ohio State proved one thing: maybe it didn’t have as much potential as people thought.Against Nebraska, the Buckeyes looked less than impressive, squeaking out a 36-31 victory over a team that lost to Michigan by 46.Head coach Urban Meyer seemed complacent after a five-point win over a team Ohio State was favored to beat by more than 20 points.“I thought our team gave great effort, I thought the energy was there,” Meyer said. “I was pleased.”The definition of potential, according to Merriam-Webster, is existing in possibility, capable of development into actuality.The Buckeyes have not once this season proved to be capable of sizable development, never once has proven to turn any of these supposed possibilities into actuality.Ohio State allowed freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez to run up and down the field, and when he decided to throw, the secondary did nothing to stop him either. Martinez threw for 266 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two more, totaling 342 yards on the day.Yes, the Buckeyes can have an excuse there. Both starting sophomores, safety Isaiah Pryor and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, missed the game due to injury. If that wasn’t enough, junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected for targeting in the second quarter.Meyer said in the postgame press conference that Okudah had a groin issue and Pryor has an impingement of the shoulder and should be ready to go next week. But it is not like the secondary was a bright spot prior to Nebraska, and sophomore safety Brendon White jumped into the lineup and made an immediate impact, leading the team with 13 tackles and two for a loss.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had his worst game of the season against the 30th worst passing defense in the nation, completing 18-of-32 passes for 252 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.Those numbers are by no means alarming, but they are a regression from what Haskins has shown he can do. Haskins missed on more throws today than he has all season, even if the redshirt sophomore said the style of the offense changed on Saturday.“We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” Haskins said. “That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” There were certainly areas in which Ohio State improved in its victory over the Cornhuskers..Sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, finding space that wasn’t there in recent matchups. This was the first time in five games he averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry for the game.Two of Dobbins’ scores came in the red zone, where Ohio State converted three of its four attempts for touchdowns. But with these improvements, Ohio State still looked far from where it should be, and Meyer knows that.“I thought our defense improved. Obviously nowhere near where we need to be, but they improved,” Meyer said.In Week 10, the bye week gone and the chance to rebound from the loss over, it’s been enough time to say that Ohio State is most likely not going to dramatically improve from this point on.When issues are fixed, other ones pop up. When the team holds Nebraska to only two plays of 30 yards or more, the Buckeyes give up a load of intermediate plays that allowed the Cornhuskers to drive down the field and tally 31 points.When the Ohio State running game earned the most yards they have had since Oregon State, the pass game took a hit.When Ohio State had an opportunity to prove that it has figured out how to fulfill its potential, and had an extra week of practice to do so, the Buckeyes came out flat, barely beat a team at the bottom of the Big Ten and failed to prove the team, as a whole, has improved since the Purdue loss.Last season, after a 55-24 loss to Iowa that ended up eliminating Ohio State’s playoff chances, the Buckeyes came back a week later and defeated a then-No. 12 Michigan State 48-3.This year, with an extra week to prepare and a less impressive team in front of them, the Buckeyes won close, and did not prove to be overly motivated to do anything more.The Buckeyes still have a route to the College Football Playoff — winning the Big Ten most likely will get them in — but it would take some considerable improvements to beat the likes of Michigan and Michigan State.It’s about time to start thinking that won’t happen. read more

Sir Cliff Richard tells High Court he has been forever tainted by

first_imgSir Cliff Richard on the first day of the caseCredit:Yui Mok /PA He revealed that the legal action had cost him more than £3.4 million, “not counting the month of March.”“I had no idea that heading to my 80th birthday I would have such ginormous bills come through,” he told the court.”It’s a huge amount of money.” 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. He said he had found it “really painful” to read that the BBC had then criticised him for spending too much money on lawyers.“This was such a vile, serious allegation, I took it seriously,” he said.”I paid serious money for the most serious people I could find.”Sir Cliff sobbed as he said he believed South Yorkshire Police were “just doing their job” while “others felt they were above the law, above Leveson and certainly above the Magna Carta.” He added: “The BBC, doing what they did that day, did not just name me here… but everywhere I have ever been.“I felt my name was smeared. Of course the police did not do this. The BBC did.“I do blame the BBC. The police have already apologised to me, they have been big enough and gentlemanly enough.”Sir Cliff said he waited 22 months, between August 2014 and June 2016, before being told that prosecutors would take no further action.  He went to his hotel room and put on the TV news.“I could see the police going through the drawers in one of the rooms in my apartment,” he said.“I felt confused, disturbed and very upset.“It was like I was watching burglars in my apartment, going through my personal belongings.” I thought I was going crazy because I often found I was talking to myselfSir Cliff Richard Cliff Richard and Gloria Hunniford arrive at the High Court Cliff Richardcenter_img Sir Cliff Richard arrives at the High Court with his friend Gloria Hunniford Credit:Peter Summers/Reuters “It felt like torture, sustained over a period of almost two years,” he said.“I thought I was going crazy because I often found I was talking to myself.”At one point he was so tormented he thought he was going to have a heart attack or a stroke.He said that since then, his annual official calendar had been “thrown back” at him and he had felt unable to attend Wimbledon for the first time in 20 years.If he wins the case, he will seek £278,261 for legal costs, £108,500 for PR fees and an undisclosed sum for the “substantial non-recoverable advance” agreed for his autobiography, My Life, My Way, which was due to have been published in 2015 but was shelved.He said that “of all the people that might have done this” to him, he would “never have dreamed that it would be the BBC.”“It is an institution, respected around the world. I suppose it is for this reason that I thought the BBC would absolutely play by the rules.”He said that the BBC’s refusal to apologise since had been hurtful and it’s decision to submit its coverage of the police search for a Scoop of the Year award had left him “flabbergasted”. Sir Cliff told Mr Justice Mann, sitting at the High Court: “It changed everything for me, everything. It felt like my life had stopped.“I found it really disturbing. It was obvious for moments, if not days, I was not seen as a human being.”Everything I had lived for seemed to come to nothing.”Sir Cliff, dressed in a navy suit, spent around 90 minutes on the stand, visibly nervous and often, struggling to hear the questions asked of him by Gavin Millar, the BBC’s barrister, at one point admitting: “Rock and roll has not been good for my ears”.He said he preferred to be addressed as Sir Cliff, rather than Mr Richard, occasionally raising a laugh with the odd joke.When he had finished his evidence, he stepped off the stand straight into the arms of Gloria Hunniford, his close friend, and broke down in tears. Sir Cliff Richard broke down in court yesterday as he said he blamed the BBC for the way his name had been “forever tainted”.The 77-year-old singer was giving evidence in his legal action against the corporation for its coverage of the police search at his home following an alleged sex offence involving a minor.He said the BBC’s decision to identify him that day in August 2014 had turned his life upside down, portraying him as a “serious criminal”.“I know I didn’t do it, he (the accuser) knows I didn’t do it, God knows I didn’t do it but unfortunately for me it’s lasted a lot longer than I could have thought,” he said.”It felt as though everything I had worked for during my life – trying to live as honestly and honourably as I could – was being torn apart.”I felt forever tainted. I still do.” Sir Cliff was on holiday with friends in Portugal when he was informed the police had a warrant to search his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire.It left him “a bit shaken” as he had no idea why they were there.He then received a call telling him that a criminal allegation had been made against him dating back to 1985 involving a male who was under 16 and was later “horrified” to be told by a friend in the UK that the BBC was broadcasting footage of the police search. Sir Cliff said that as a consequence of the BBC broadcast he had felt unable to return to his apartment as it felt “contaminated,” describing the experience as worse than being burgled.The singer said he had also been “very disturbed” to see what was being written about him online.“We are totally fallible. We are fodder,” he said.The hearing, which began on Thursday, is due to last ten days.last_img read more

Gayby baby doco divides Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Burwood Girls High School in Sydney sent a flyer to parents last week saying all students would attend a special screening of the award-winning documentary Gayby Baby during periods two and three on Friday 18 August. The film, according to former student and director Maya Newell, is more about four children growing up than their parents’ sexuality. Newell, 27, comes from a family of same-sex parents and Gayby Baby represents the voice of children like herself growing up in Australian society.The screening, scheduled to be attended by 1,200 students, was to be followed by a morning tea with purple cupcakes and a purple fashion parade, as part of the student-led Wear It Purple initiative, promoting diversity and inclusiveness in schools. Up to 50 schools throughout Australia, starting with NSW and Victoria, had been planning to show the film as part of the Wear It Purple campaign.Following a Daily Telegraph headline on parents being outraged at the flyer, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli made a statement on Macquarie Radio, condemning the documentary, saying “schools are not places for political issues to be aired”. After receiving a phone-call from a Greek Australian mother on Wednesday, Neos Kosmos contacted the Department of Education, which confirmed that “screening the film may be considered if it is an integral part of the planned curriculum for an age appropriate year group”.“If a school decides to screen the film outside school hours or as an integral part of the curriculum all relevant policy and procedures must be followed,” the department’s media spokesperson said.Following Minister Piccoli’s statement, the deputy secretary of the Department of Education instructed that all NSW public secondary schools refrain from showing the Gayby Baby film in school time, so that it would not impact on the delivery of the planned lessons of the day. It has been confirmed, however, that Burwood Girls High did not receive a single complaint with regards to showing Gayby Baby during class time.“We only received four inquisitive emails expressing concern,” the school’s spokesperson said.In fact, students at Burwood Girls High claim the school has had several interruptions of planned lessons over the past month to attend non-relevant events to their school curriculum, without ministerial intervention. The Wear It Purple event itself is also expected to replace some teaching hours to celebrate LGBTI rights. “We are going ahead with Wear It Purple day on Friday and we will see what happens at other schools around the state,” said Burwood Girls High school captain Eve Croffrey. “We consider ourselves leaders in the push for equality and acceptance – for all people. We consider our support to be just one small step in creating better understanding in the community.”Director Maya Newell defended her work, saying that banning the film would have greater implications. “If a film that represents your family and your voice is banned from a school as inappropriate to show other students, it gives children being raised in same-sex families the very negative message that their family is abnormal and not acceptable.” Newell stressed that creating inclusive classrooms and valuing family diversity is essential in promoting student wellbeing and acceptance of difference. “There is no place for bullying, homophobia or discrimination in Australian public schools,” she concluded.Meanwhile, it was revealed that the NSW education minister and Premier Mike Baird hadn’t watched the film prior to banning it, even though it screened at Parliament House the night before the alleged turmoil; while Premier Daniel Andrews took to Facebook to show his support.“I’m getting really sick of this stuff (…) I will not put up with this kind of cruel rubbish in Victoria,” he wrote. Since Thursday, more schools across the state are defying the ban by hosting after-hours screenings while members and supporters of the LGBTI community plan on protesting on Sunday afternoon outside the offices of The Daily Telegraph in Surry Hills.Other sources: smh, Facebooklast_img read more

Que vaut la mise en avant payante de Facebook

first_imgQue vaut la mise en avant payante de Facebook ?Le site Internet Presse-Citron a testé la nouvelle fonctionnalité, payante, de mise en avant des status Facebook. Test qui, au final, se révèle peut concluant.Il y a quelques semaines, le réseau social Facebook a lancé un système payant pour permettre à ses utilisateurs de mettre en avant certains de leur post. Le blogueur Eric Dupin, a publié sur le site Internet Presse-Citron son test de cette nouvelle fonctionnalité. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les « Promote Posts » ou post promu en français, sont fait pour donner plus de visibilité à vos contenus publiés sur une page. Moyennant une somme d’argent allant de 5 à 25 euros, il est possible d’obtenir un nombre de vu théorique situé entre 3.000 et 17.000. La campagne se déroule ensuite sur trois jours et Facebook propose la possibilité de suivre l’évolution de votre post en temps réel.Les résultats sont plutôt décevants, car seules 2.933 personnes ont vu le post promu et celui-ci n’a généré que 336 clics vers le site Internet. Même si le post au final a été plus regardé, 53 % selon Facebook contre 16 % en moyenne, le rapport coût/nombre de vus n’est pas mirobolant.Le test n’est pas complet car Eric Dupin n’a testé qu’un seul post. Cependant, cette fonctionnalité a du mal à conquérir les utilisateurs, en effet Facebook n’est pas très clair sur la façon dont les posts gagnent en visibilité.Le 4 juin 2012 à 17:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cuadrado still has not fully recovered

first_imgJuventus will be facing AC Milan in the battle for the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and will need to bring all their guns to the fight as the game will be held in Rome.Mario Mandzukic and Mattia De Sciglio are certainly going to be part of the starting squad since they both completed two full training sessions recently with their teammates.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.De Sciglio sustained a foot injury at the game with Real Madrid on the 11th of April and returned to full training just yesterday, raising concerns if he will be fully present and ready to take on his former club on Wednesday.“At the beginning the pain was increasing every day. I still feel pain now but I try not to think about it. I try to help the team. I am happy, I hope we can win as much trophies as possible now,” Cuadrado, on the other side shared, according to Calcio Mercato, after recently returning following a groin surgery which he underwent in January.last_img read more

Mark van Bommel relishing Inter Milan derby in Champions League

first_imgPSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel is looking to a mini-derby ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Inter Milan in the Champions LeagueThe 41-year-old former midfielder enjoyed a successful two-year spell at AC Milan between 2010 and 2012, which saw them dethrone Inter to the Serie A title in his first season.But Van Bommel was also a part of the Bayern Munich team that lost 2-0 to Inter in the 2010 Champions League Final.Which is evidently something that still haunts him to this day.“I lost the Champions League Final to Inter in 2010,” said Van Bommel on Football-Italia.“Facing them with PSV is special. It’ll be a small derby for me. It’s been eight years since that night in Madrid, but it still hurts.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Mourinho’s Inter were tactically perfect. But when I joined Milan in January 2011, I took my revenge.“We beat Inter 3-0 in the derby, went five points clear of them and won the Scudetto at the end of the season.”Van Bommel was announced as Phillip Cocu’s replacement at PSV this summer in his first ever senior level managerial role.The Dutchman has impressed observers in the role with PSV having won all seven of their Eredivisie games to date.last_img read more

Raffael set to extend stay at Borussia Monchengladbach

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Raffael is understood to be edging closer to signing a contract extension at Borussia MonchengladbachThe 33-year-old will be out of the contract come to the end of the season and, due to recurring injury problems, his long-term future at Borussia-Park had been in doubt.Raffael’s long absences in the first half of this season have restricted him to just seven appearances in the Bundesliga.But the Brazilian remains committed to Gladbach and is allegedly prepared to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“My heart is attached to Gladbach, and my family also feels well here. That’s why. There is no reason for a change,” Raffael told Kicker.After starting out his European football career in Switzerland with FC Chiasso, Raffael has also played for FC Zürich, Hertha BSC, Dynamo Kyiv and Schalke 04.The veteran Brazilian has been at Gladbach since 2013.last_img read more

Chesterfield Drive to close for three weeks for improvements

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Updated: 5:58 PM Posted: January 2, 2019 January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Chesterfield Drive to close for three weeks for improvements KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsENCINITAS (KUSI) – Construction crews will begin a three-week closure of a section of Chesterfield Drive Wednesday to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.Chesterfield Drive will be closed to drivers in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Coast Highway 101 and San Elijo Avenue. According to SANDAG, the closure will extend through Jan. 23 to complete a new bikeway and pedestrian path, an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk and ramps, new traffic signals and new rail crossing equipment such as signals and gates.During the closure, northbound motorists will be detoured to D Street and southbound motorists will be detoured to Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The intersection will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists during the closure but will be closed to motorists 24 hours per day, seven days a week. According to SANDAG, roughly 17,000 drivers use the intersection each day.The closure is the second phase of improvements to the Chesterfield Drive rail crossing and part of San Diego County’s Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) project, a 40-year, $700 million effort to repair and expand vehicle and rail transportation infrastructure around the county. The $6.2 million Chesterfield Drive project and the Build NCC program are funded by TransNet, the county’s half-cent sales tax on transportation,Once completed, the county expects to add 13 miles of new carpool and high-occupancy vehicle freeway lanes, 1 1/2 miles of doubled railroad track, seven miles of bike and pedestrian paths and more than 1,200 acres of restored and preserved coastal habitat land. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Stone Soup Blanket Brigade volunteers help homeless

first_imgOn the WebMore information about the Stone Soup Community Meal is more about the Blanket Brigade, the end of each month, a group of volunteers provides free meals to downtown Vancouver’s homeless, but their service extends beyond handing over a plate of hot food. Those who volunteer at the monthly Stone Soup Community Meal also sit down, break bread and have conversations with those in need. For many of the homeless who attend the Sunday afternoon event, it could be the only pleasant, substantial interaction they’ve had this month with the “outside world,” said volunteer Michelle Bart, president of the Northwest Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation. It was her second time volunteering at the Stone Soup, which is 1 to 3 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month in downtown’s Turtle Place Park. “I expected to hand the plate over, and they’d walk away,” Bart said, “but that’s not what happened.”After dishing up baked ham, salad, carrot-ginger soup and gingerbread, the volunteers sat at the plastic tables and chairs that had been set up under a canopy and talked with their guests. The monthly meal has drawn community leaders, including political candidates, who are able to visit with some of their most vulnerable constituents, said Hector Hinojosa, one of the event’s creators. “How many people say ‘hello’ to homeless people? Nobody,” Hinojosa said. Hinojosa is co-owner of Jo Foody’s, a catering company and a vendor at the Vancouver Farmers Market. His conversations with the city’s homeless started when they would approach his cart at the farmers market and ask if they could help out. He gave food to people who couldn’t afford to pay him and let some of them help break down his booth at the end of the day.last_img read more

Facebook pulls down 22 pages tied to InfoWars Alex Jones

first_img Politics Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Tags Share your voice Comments 23 InfoWars founder Alex Jones. Getty Images Facebook’s crackdown against far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones isn’t over. On Tuesday, the social media giant said it removed 22 pages linked to Jones, who founded the conspiracy site InfoWars. The move comes after Facebook pulled down four of Jones’ pages in August for violating the social media site’s rules against glorifying violence, hate speech and bullying. Facebook said it banned more of Jones’ pages because of a change it made to its “recidivism policy” in January. That policy initially barred Facebook users from creating new pages that looked similar to ones removed for violating its rules. The company updated the policy and it now applies to existing pages.The 22 pages that Facebook pulled down, which are based in the US and Brazil, are tied to the ones it removed in August.”In this first group of Pages we’ve removed, we’ve focused on whether Pages we previously removed that had a lot of followers had begun to use other Pages to continue the same activity,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “The Pages we removed today are the first group we identified to violate this policy.”Facebook and other tech companies, including Google and Twitter, are under more pressure to do more to crack down on hate speech and fake news. But the companies have also faced allegations that its suppressing conservative speech, which they have denied. Apple, Spotify, YouTube and Twitter have also cracked down on Jones. Jones has come under fire for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Jones’ Facebook profile is also still up. Facebook noted that the August page take-down wasn’t due to spreading fake news or hoaxes. Jones didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. CNET’s Ian Sherr contributed to this report. ‘Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate.last_img read more

Corporator Thota pays tributes to Jayashankar

first_imgRamachandrapuram: Corporator of 112-division Thota Anjayya on Tuesday paid glowing tributes to the memory of Telangana ideologue Prof Jayashankar, in connection with his jayanthi. Among those who also paid tributes to Jayashankar were DE Venkataramana, AE Prabhu, Ward Member Mohan Reddy, party leaders Ramesh Yadav, T Krishnakanth, Lakshma Reddy, Govind Yadav, Teku Yadayya, B K Yadayya, Chiguru Srinu, Mahender Reddy, Appala Bhaskar and Raju.last_img

Twice a year fitness tests for transport vehicles on cards

first_imgHyderabad: The state government is mulling a proposal to make it mandatory for all transport vehicles to get fitness test done twice a year. The government feels that this would not only help in reducing accidents but also help the department earn higher revenue. As soon as Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gives his nod, the proposal will come into effect making about 93 lakh transport vehicle owners to shell out double the money they spend now as they should get fitness test done twice a year. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Sources said if the proposal is accepted, transport vehicles with yellow plate will have to come for fitness test twice a year, January and June. At present, the transport vehicles like buses, trucks, maxi cabs, taxis, autorickshaws, etc will have to come for mandatory fitness test once in a year for the safety of the passengers. There are around 1.07 crore vehicles in the state, including 93 lakh transport category and about 22,500 vehicles of educational institutions. Sources said that the department has sent the proposal to the government for approval. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The fee for fitness test of a maxi cab is Rs 850 but if the new rule is implemented, the transporters will have to pay Rs 1700 per year. Similarly, for auto rickshaws the fee for fitness certificate is Rs 650 and it would become Rs 1300 per year, if the new rule is implemented. According to sources, the Centre wants that vehicles which are 15 years old should go for fitness test twice a year. Taking a cue from this, the officials here want to extend it to transport vehicles which are less than 15 years. This has come in for strong criticism from the Telangana Auto and Motor Welfare Union. Talking to The Hans India union general secretary M Dayanand said that it would put more burden on the end users as the cost of transportation would go up. If implemented, it would be great injustice to the common man, he added.last_img read more

Modi Xi meet amid border tensions

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi (L) receives a bunch of flowers after arriving in Wuhan in China`s central Hubei province on 27 April . Photo: AFPThe leaders of India and China meet Friday at a lakeside resort amid tensions along their contested border and a rivalry for influence among their smaller neighbours that could determine dominance in Asia.Chinese president Xi Jinping is due to sit down with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday in the central city of Wuhan at the start of two days of talks between the heads of the world’s two most populous nations.Indian media outlets, quoting unidentified top officials, report the leaders will begin their interactions with one-on-one talks at a museum dedicated to the surrounding province of Hubei, one of China’s most economically dynamic regions.After further discussions, the two will dine lakeside. They will continue talks on Saturday with a lakeside walk, boat ride and lunch together.The Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Modi arrived after midnight in Wuhan. The leaders would “review the developments in our bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective,” Kumar said in a tweet.China-India relations date back centuries but in recent decades have been characterized by competition for leadership in Asia.The countries fought a border war in 1962 and last year engaged in a 10-week standoff in the neighbouring state of Bhutan. India has also been alarmed by China’s moves to build strategic and economic ties with Indian Ocean nations including Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India’s longtime rival Pakistan.China for its part resents India’s hosting of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and its control of territory Beijing says belongs to it.China claims some 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 square miles) of territory in India’s northeast, while India says China occupies 38,000 square kilometres (15,000 square miles) of its territory in the Aksai Chin Plateau in the western Himalayas. Officials have met at least 20 times to discuss the competing border claims without making significant progress.Following the most protracted standoff in years, India last year agreed to pull back troops from the disputed Doklam Plateau high in the Himalayas, where Chinese troops had started constructing a road.Despite such differences, Modi hopes China can help drive Indian economic growth ahead of national elections next year. However, his administration has been reluctant to engage with Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative linking its economies to those of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.Modi will be traveling to China again in June for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. Along with China and India, that group includes the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan as well as Pakistan.last_img

RoundPoints Rating Outlooks Revised from Stable to Negative

first_imgRoundPoint’s Rating Outlooks Revised from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’ Share July 21, 2015 472 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img Fitch Ratings confirmed that borrower-focused company, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation’s (RPMS’s) residential mortgage servicer ratings have been adjusted. Fitch determined that RoundPoint’s U.S. residential primary servicer rating for subprime product is ‘RPS3+’ and the U.S. residential special servicer rating is ‘RSS3+’. In addition, the rating outlooks have been revised to ‘negative’ from ‘stable.'”Fitch has placed the servicer ratings on Outlook Negative based on the corporate restructuring,” Fitch noted. “Additionally, given elevated earnings pressure associated with corporate changes, Fitch believes the servicer’s dependency upon parent company support is now heightened in order to maintain expected balance sheet growth and meet earnings targets.”The rating affirmations are based on RPMS’s continued investment in its compliance management system, experienced management team and staff, increased automation, and enhanced servicing system and processes, Fitch says. The servicer’s effective staffing, recruiting and retention program, and its ‘White Glove’ customer service that focuses on improving customer service disciplines throughout the organization is also taken into consideration.RPMS was servicing 249,162 loans totaling $46.9 billion as of March 31, 2015, Fitch reports. This consisted of 226,618 agency loans totaling $44 billion and 3,400 non-agency RMBS loans for $610 Million and 19,144 loans serviced for others totaling $2.1 billion.RPMS has operated as a stand-alone business entity since October 2014, according to Fitch. Shared corporate functionalities and expenses between the parent company, RoundPoint Financial Group (RPFG) and RPMS, were terminated. In addition, two of RPFG’s executive officers transitioned to the servicing operations.In October 2014, RPMS’s sister company, RoundPoint Mortgage Company (RPMC), terminated its operation as an originator of residential mortgage loans. RPMC previously provided refinancing programs and acted as a conduit for flow servicing for RPMS. Fitch does not believe that RPMC’s exit will have a material impact on RPMS’s servicing operation.”The ratings also take into consideration RPMS’s enterprise risk management practices,” Fitch said. “The servicer was fully compliant with its 2014 Regulation AB reporting and stated that it has no outstanding regulatory issues concerning its servicing platform. In addition, the ratings reflect RPMS’s enhanced default management capabilities, effective staff performance incentive and management oversight programs. The ratings also reflect the financial condition of RPMS, a non-publicly rated entity, as financial condition is a component of Fitch’s servicer ratings.” Fitch Ratings Rating Outlooks RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation 2015-07-21 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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