New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues pertaining to his state. The meeting at the prime minister’s residence lasted about half an hour during which Nath wished Modi for assuming office for the second term, a statement from the Madhya Pradesh government said. Nath, a senior Congress leader, also discussed in detail about various issues pending with the central government for approval and release of funds to the state government, it said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He urged Modi to intervene in the matter and get the pending issues cleared and fund released at the earliest, it said. Modi assured Nath that he will instruct the ministries concerned to clear various pending issues and disburse the funds as early as possible. He further assured him of all possible help in future too, the statement added. The Prime Minister’s Office later posted a photograph of the two on its Twitter handle. Nath was sworn in as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in December 2018.
TORONTO – Toronto’s municipal election campaign, marked by unprecedented provincial interference, ends Monday when voters get to pass judgment on the incumbent mayor’s record of the past four years and decide who leads a city that accounts for upwards of 10 per cent of Canada economic output for the next four years.Consistently ranked among the world’s most livable places, the city of about 2.8 million people is nevertheless grappling with such seemingly intractable issues as housing affordability, homelessness, gridlock and overcrowded transit, and an uptick in gun violence.If there’s no shortage of big issues to tackle, nor is there a lack of candidates willing to offer their ideas as to how best to fix them. In all, 34 competitors are vying to thwart Mayor John Tory as he seeks a second term, although polls suggest his only real, if long-shot challenger, is Jennifer Keesmaat, once the city’s chief planner.Kim Wright, a municipal affairs expert and vice-president with Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, says not much separates the two policy-wise despite some of their campaign rhetoric.“There hasn’t been one particular issue that has caught fire,” Wright said. “That’s because the policy differential between Jen Keesmaat and John Tory is really not that far apart.”Another 242 candidates are duking it out for a sharply reduced 25-member council — down from the 47 seats they would have contested had not rookie Premier Doug Ford abruptly blown up that notion mid-way through the campaign.In 2014, when Tory beat off a challenge from Ford, slightly more than 54 per cent of the roughly 1.6 million eligible voters cast ballots. That was up from the barely half who voted in 2010 in the election that thrust Ford’s younger brother Rob into the mayor’s office and the city into the international public eye due to his drug use and other antics before cancer derailed his re-election bid.Tory, 64, who came to office promising to restore a measure of sanity and dignity to the office after the tumult of the Rob Ford tenure, casts himself as a steady, pragmatic politician who builds consensus and gets things done.“Bland works,” Wright said. “That is certainly something that Mayor Tory takes on.”As achievements, Tory cites billions of dollars upper governments have committed to improve transit in a city where gridlock-induced road rage has become all too common.The former corporate executive and married father of four also brags that 3,700 new affordable housing units have been built under his watch. He is pledging to build 40,000 more over the next 12 years. But in a city where the average price of a single-family detached home has powered far north of $1 million and a one-bedroom rents for close to $2,000 a month, Tory has failed on the file, Keesmaat says.“Too many young people are leaving Toronto and young families are holding off on having kids because they can’t afford a place to call home,” Keesmaat said during the campaign. “The problem has only gotten worse in the last four years and Mr. Tory has either ignored, or refused to use, the tools available to build high-quality rental housing.”Keesmaat, 48, a married mother of two, casts herself as the bold, dynamic and innovative leader running against a weak incumbent. She is promising a 100,000 new affordable housing units over the next 10 years by freeing up city land for development — an ambitious plan Tory and others criticize as unrealistic.Both candidates do agree on holding the line on property taxes. Tory says he’s shown he can steer the city in a fiscally responsible manner. Keesmaat, too, says keeping taxes down is an important part of affordability. But she has also said she would slap a surtax on houses worth at least $4 million.Tory, who styles himself as a national leader in a push for a ban on handguns, is promising to hire 400 new police officers as a way to curb the gun violence that has taken more than 30 lives this year. Keesmaat also supports a handgun ban, but wants to see more community policing and, as Tory has done, is promising more supports for disadvantaged youth.What remains key and will be unknown until Tuesday, Wright says, is who will end up on council and where the balance of power will reside. That, she says, will likely come down to a few hotly contested ward races.
TORONTO – The balance of power in the used car market is shifting towards shoppers as improved data and online offerings create more opportunities to push for the best price.A fast-evolving online marketplace is providing more intelligence on the fair value of cars, said Cliff Banks, a Detroit-based auto retail expert.“I don’t know that it can be any more transparent…they all provide intelligence on the pricing and the deal of the vehicle, whether it’s a good deal, a fair deal.”Kijiji Canada recently announced it will add a standalone auto sales site that will roll out later this year to keep up with shifting expectations. The site will add reviews of dealers as well as market pricing information from Carproof.“The key feature for us, and one of the biggest, the biggest win for us is what’s called price transparency or price analysis,” said Matt McKenzie, general manager at Kijiji Canada.The online classified company, owned by eBay, already boasts of being the largest player in the Canadian market with about 500,000 vehicle listings. Autotrader, owned by Etobicoke-based Trader Corp., lists about 444,000 vehicles on its site while there are many other offerings on the market as well.Listing companies are boosting their online presence as the used vehicle market is set for significant growth, said Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.“There’s tremendous opportunity, and that brings in all the different retail players and their approach of, how do I get a piece of that?”While new vehicle sales are expected to be largely flat at about two million this year, the used vehicle market is set to add half a million more in sales in the next three to five years, on top of the three million that changed hands last year, said DesRosiers.The rise in the used vehicle market comes as improved quality in the past decade means cars and trucks are lasting much longer, allowing for a potential lifespan of four to six owners from the two or three expected not long ago.“It takes 23 years to remove the vehicles from the road now, a decade ago it only took about 12, so it’s essentially doubled,” said DesRosiers.Used vehicles also offer margins that are two to three times higher than for new cars, adding to their appeal, he said.The quality and information improvements have significantly changed the overall used retail market, said DesRosiers.“It’s not that far long ago, call it 15 years ago or maybe 10 years ago, where the used car market was largely a culture of deceit…even if the online capacity was there, there was just so much riffraff in the used car market that it was very dangerous. A lot of that has changed.”The improved access to data means used-car retailers have to be more transparent and competitive about their pricing, said Jamie Tekela, director of pre-owned operations at Pfaff Automotive Partners.“You need to really justify what you’re asking, why you’re asking it, and you can’t go asking $500 more for the same Honda Civic with the same mileage. It just it doesn’t work any more.”“It’s night and day, to be perfectly honest. It’s gotten a lot more customer friendly,” he said.The improved information on crash reports, comparable sales, and other metrics hasn’t done away with potential negotiations but does give more justification, said Jamie.“There’s always going to be negotiations when trying to buy and sell vehicles, but with so much information available to each and every one of us, it’s a lot easier to explain our rhyme and reason why we’re asking what for a car.”
BANGKOK – Stock markets turned higher in European trading Thursday as investors settled somewhat after steep declines in Asia and the U.S. spurred by worries over trade and the U.S. economy.Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 were higher, suggesting a likely revival of buying.Germany’s DAX added 0.3 per cent to 11,224 and the CAC 40 in France climbed 1.3 per cent to 5,015. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 6,960, underperforming after poor earnings from ad giant WPP.It was unclear if the gains were a return to calm or only a respite from the torrent of selling on Wall Street overnight that spurred a further drop in technology-related shares in Asia.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index swooned 3.7 per cent to 21,268.73. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index ended 1 per cent lower at 24,994.46 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 sank 2.8 per cent to 5,664.10.But late in the day, the Shanghai Composite index erased its early losses to end up only 0.5 points at 2,603.80. Benchmarks in Thailand and Indonesia also logged gains.As in New York, Asia’s losses were heaviest for technology companies. Semiconductor maker Tokyo Electron lost 4.3 per cent and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. dropped 4.4 per cent. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics sank 3.6 per cent and Japanese telecoms and energy giant Softbank lost 4.4 per cent.Other sectors also felt the pain.Toyota Motor Corp. gave up 2.7 per cent while Hong Kong-based retail supply chain giant Li & Fung Ltd. lost 1.3 per cent. Also in Hong Kong, airline Cathay Pacific’s shares dropped as much as 6.5 per cent but ended 3.8 per cent lower after it said it had discovered a data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers.Still, some market observers were taking the latest bout of volatility in stride.“I think the Hong Kong market is really very close to bottom, because when you look at the value, it’s very extremely cheap. So how low can it get? Maybe it will reach 24,000 before we find the bottom,” said analyst Francis Lun of Geo Securities.In New York, the futures contract for the S&P 500 gained 0.7 per cent to 2,684 while that for the Dow also rose 0.6 per cent, to 24,770, suggesting recent losses may have whetted appetites for bargains.The Nasdaq composite, with its hefty roster of tech stocks, has now fallen more than 10 per cent below its August peak in what Wall Street calls a “correction.” Its 4.4 per cent tumble on Wednesday to 7,108.40 was its biggest drop since August 2011 but it is still up 3 per cent for the year.The S&P 500 has lost about 9.4 per cent from its Sept. 20 peak and has given up its gains for the year, as has the Dow. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks is down 4.4 per cent for the year.Disappointing quarterly earnings and outlooks are stoking investors’ worries that Corporate America’s tax cut-fueled earnings growth will fade in coming months as interest rates rise and the trade conflict with China raises costs.Recent signs the housing market is cooling are adding to jitters over prospects for U.S. economic growth.A shift into less volatile assets has pushed bond prices higher, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to 3.13 per cent from 3.16 per cent late Tuesday.About 24 per cent of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported third-quarter results as of Wednesday. Of those, 57 per cent delivered earnings and revenue results that topped Wall Street’s forecasts.More reports are due later Thursday in the U.S., including from Google parent company Alphabet, Amazon.com, Twitter and Comcast. In Europe, Daimler reported a drop in profits, as it had earlier warned it would, as did Nokia, which is waiting for global demand for new 5G networks to pick up.As selling in stock markets abated, other markets also regained equilibrium.Benchmark U.S. crude lost 6 cents to $66.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday it edged up 0.6 per cent Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 4 cents to $76.21 a barrel.The dollar rose to 112.27 yen from 112.23 yen. The euro rose to $1.1406 from $1.1393.___Katie Tam in Hong Kong contributed to this report.
CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. has added British Airways as its eighth code-share partner, enabling the U.K. carrier to sell seats on the Canadian airline’s planes starting Monday.The agreement, which builds on a previous deal between the two carriers to collaborate on baggage handling and other tasks, is meant to draw more international travellers into WestJet’s network.“The launch of this new code-share represents another strategically significant milestone for WestJet,” said WestJet executive vice-president Bob Cummings.[np-related]“We remain committed to bringing top-quality airlines on board as part of our airline partnership strategy. The success of this strategy has contributed to the strong results we’ve seen so far this year.”Code-share deals allow airlines to sell seats on one-another’s planes using the same two-digit code. In this case, the “BA” code will be used when travellers on British Airways flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto connect to WestJet-operated flights to Ottawa, Edmonton and Victoria.“Our partnership with WestJet is great news for our customers. It will enable easier travel from Canada’s gateway cities to destinations that have been more difficult to access from the U.K,” said Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director of strategy and business units.WestJet’s fleet currently consists only of Boeing 737s, which don’t have the range for overseas flights, so partnerships like the one with British Airways are a key way for the company to expand its market reach.Over the past year, WestJet has signed code-share deals with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM and Korean Air.It also has 20 interline deals — less integrated partnerships that involve working together on baggage handling and ticketing. Interline deals often pave the way for code shares.WestJet is also working to expand its presence in smaller markets, with plans to launch a regional service next year using Bombardier Q400 propeller aircraft.WestJet shares dropped thirteen cents to $17.33 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Junior forward Ryan Dzingel (18) prepares to shoot the puck during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternJunior forward Ryan Dzingel isn’t the most vocal player on Ohio State’s men’s hockey team, but that doesn’t stop him from being a leader.“He is a quiet leader. How he plays the game is how he leads,” associate head coach Brett Larson said.That leadership has seen Dzingel nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best collegiate hockey player in the country. The award is currently in the fan voting process to narrow the nominees down to 10, at which point a board will then finalize three nominees and announce the winner at the Frozen Four in April.“It’s not easy balancing all the most important things in my life. Faith, family and friends are the most important things in my life and always will be. I feel that if those three things are in place, school and hockey will follow. Takes hard work but all student-athletes find a way to get it done,” Dzingel said in an email.Dzingel said his biggest role models are his parents. He describes his mom as sweet and caring and said he “would like to be half the person she is.”As for his dad, who battled through cancer this past year, Dzingel said, “I could not be more proud to call him my role model/father.”The junior forward from Wheaton, Ill., joined the Buckeyes in 2011 as part of a class Dzingel described as “special.”“We knew three years ago coming in that we had a special junior class, and we were given a lot of opportunity and responsibility right away. There is a lot of talent, leadership, and hard-working guys in (this) group, which has helped us a lot. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Dzingel said.Dzingel is averaging 1.36 points per game, which leads the Big Ten and ties for 16th-best in the country. He also leads the Buckeyes in goals with 14 and is tied for the lead in assists with 16.“He continually puts a lot of effort into improving his shot. On and off the ice, he is always working on it,” Larson said. “The more shots he takes, the more goals, so I think that work ethic — working on that one area of his game — is really starting to pay off for him.”Dzingel attributes his success to shooting the puck more but also credits his teammates. He said he feels the Buckeyes can be successful if they can correct a couple mistakes.“We have a lot of guys who have bought into the team comes first (mentality). It’s a little bit cliche but we have got a good group of character people who believe in the team,” Larson said.The next puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Schottenstein Center when the Buckeyes take on Penn State.
Then-redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Matthew Burrell combs through the crowd in the Shoe after Ohio State’s 39-38 victory over No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorRedshirt junior offensive lineman Matthew Burrell announced Wednesday he will transfer from Ohio State at the end of the school year. In an Instagram post, Burrell said he was thankful for the opportunities given to him at Ohio State, calling his experience “a once in a lifetime opportunity” both on and off the field. The fourth-year lineman also said he does not know where he will end up in the fall, saying he looks forward to “whatever God has planned for me.” Redshirting his first season with the Buckeyes, Burrell has served as a backup offensive line for the past two seasons. Last season, he was in the mix to earn the starting right guard job, but lost the battle and eventually backed up both redshirt junior Branden Bowen and redshirt senior Demetrius Knox. As a member of the 2015 class, Burrell was a four-star offensive guard recruit and was ranked as the No. 7 guard in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Skills shortages in the IT, finance, actuary and engineering sectors will put upward pressure on pay packets in these industries in 2014. The overall trend towards pay increases has picked up since 2013, when the average wage increase was 1.3 per cent.Companies are also backing off costlier benefits for employees. Sky-high health insurance premiums are discouraging employers from buying policies for staff, while many are looking to switch from defined benefit to defined contribution pension schemes.Bonus prizeIf you’re lucky enough to get a performance related bonus, you could be in for a significant pay increase. Of the companies surveyed who said they were planning a bonus for employees, 88 per cent said it would be increased.Professionals can expect bonuses of around 10 per cent for hitting performance related targets, with managers pulling in bonuses of around 16 per cent. Unsurprisingly, those working in financial services can expoect bonus levels 4-5 per cent higher than in other industries.Do you expect to receive a pay increase this year? Yes (198) The reality is that companies will continue to face the challenges of motivating and engaging employees with modest pay increases in a difficult business and fiscal environment. Poll Results: Doesn’t apply to me (student/unemployed/retired) (835) YesNoDoesn’t apply to me (student/unemployed/retired)VoteFour in ten employers to increase pay in 2013>Income tax reduction needed as employers can’t afford pay increases> EMPLOYERS PLAN TO hike workers’ pay this year by an average of around two per cent, a survey by PwC has found.73 per cent of employers plan to increase wages, a rate which looks set to climb to 75 per cent in 2015.However, despite the promised pay increases, other costs will diminish the final impact of wage rises in workers’ pockets.The local property tax and reduced personal tax reliefs will jack up the tax burden, while bigger insurance and utility bills also promise to limit the impact of wage rises on consumers’ disposable income.The report stated: No (660)
By Sean Murray 46,583 Views 70 Comments Share40 Tweet Email5 We believe a group offenders used at least two vehicles during the offence. The artwork has not been recovered at this time but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice.Milne said there will be an increased police presence in the area while the matter is investigated, and urged anyone with information to come forward.The palace is the birthplace of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, and attracts thousands of visitors a year.Maurizio Cattelan, who made the sculpture, told the Guardian last week that it was “very, very expensive” but hadn’t had the chance to use the toilet himself.Blenheim Palace said it would remain closed for the rest of the day. https://jrnl.ie/4809668 The fully functional toilet is made from 18-karat gold. Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 1:25 PM The fully functional toilet is made from 18-karat gold. Sat 1:26 PM Toilet made out of gold stolen from palace in England Police issued an appeal in an attempt to flush out the thieves. Short URL POLICE IN THE UK are on the search for thieves who stole a toilet made out of gold from Blenheim Palace in Woodstock in Oxfordshire.The toilet wasn’t just for show – it was connected to the plumbing of the building and removing it caused significant damage and flooding.The robbers broke into the palace overnight and left the scene at 4.50am, and the alarm was raised just a few minutes later at 4.57am. No one was injured during the burglary, but a 66-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody at this time.Detective inspector Jess Milne from Thames Valley Police said: “The piece of art that has been stolen is a high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Kick back, and enjoy some great games on your PS4 with this week’s Humble Indie PlayStation Bundle. Get eight outstanding indies and four soundtracks at a massive discount for a limited time. • Humble Indie PlayStation Bundle 2019At the bottom tier, you’ll get PS4 codes for Grim Fandango, The Bard’s Tale, and InnerSpace. Plus, you’ll get two soundtracks to bop along to outside of the games.Spend at least $1Grim Fandango RemasteredThe Bard’s TaleInnerSpaceBONUS: Grim Fandango Remastered Soundtrack BONUS: InnerSpace SoundtrackGo above what the average purchase price is, and you’ll also unlock four additional games and two extra soundtracks. Solve puzzles, survive the wasteland, and get a little spooky.Beat the averageLayers of FearWasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Standard Edition The Talos PrincipleBroken AgeBONUS: Layers of Fear SoundtrackBONUS: Broken Age Soundtrack Go all in at the top level, and you’ll enjoy the full $239 worth of games. Everything mentioned before will be joined by Shadow Warrior 2 and Killing Floor 2.Spend at least $15Killing Floor 2Shadow Warrior 2Buy this bundle, and some of the purchase price will go to GameChanger, Save the Children, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, and your choice of any of the partnered charities.Sale Ends: February 12th, 2018 at 11:00AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has promised to look into Dejan Lovren’s social media taunting of Sergio Ramos.Former Lyon defender Lovren was filmed in an Instagram video appearing to boast about elbowing Ramos in Croatia’s dramatic Nations League win over Spain on Thursday.Dalic confirmed he would speak with Lovren, but would not disclose the likely nature of the conversation.“I will talk personally with Dejan but that will stay between us in the squad,” he revealed to FourFourTwo.“I do not want to speak publicly about it.”Sergio Ramos believes van Dijk can win the Ballon d’Or Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid captain and defender, Sergio Ramos, believes if Fabio Cannavaro was able to win a Ballon d’Or, Virgil van Dijk can also do it.Asked whether his regular Premier League opponent or Madrid star Ramos was the better player, the England captain declined to fan the flames of the rivalry.“That’s not for me to compare the two,” Kane said. “Obviously, I think Ramos’ record speaks for itself, the number of trophies he’s won, the amount of big games he’s played.“Of course Lovren is another fantastic defender and I look forward to going up against him tomorrow.“It’s a matter of opinion, obviously [Lovren] has his opinion. Some players are more outspoken than others, but from my point of view it’s not to judge them but focus on myself and my team.”
For the second time in its history, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will begin in Fairbanks, though race officials still plan to hold the ceremonial start in Anchorage. Last night, the Iditarod Trail Committee’s board of directors voted unanimously to move the start of the race from Willow. Download AudioStan Hooley, CEO of the Iditarod Trail Committee, says the decision was made after board members observed potentially dangerous areas on the trail by helicopter.Last year, poor snow conditions led to broken sleds and injured mushers. Aaron Burmeister, who sits on the Iditarod Trail Committee board, was one of those injured in the 2014 race. Stan Hooley says the overall length of the 2015 Iditarod will be about nineteen miles shorter than usual as a result of the changes, but that won’t necessarily make it easier on mushers and dogs.“The first part of this race will see longer distances between checkpoints than the traditional route sees,” Hooley said.Hooley says while mushers would generally prefer to race on the traditional Iditarod Trail, those he’s spoken to accept the change.
Transition to a new booking system will up the cost of renting popular Alaska State Parks public use cabins.Listen nowActing State Parks Director Matt Wedeking said a flat eight dollar reservation fee will be added to the rental cost for 66 cabins statewide.Wedeking said the fee is the result of State Parks switching from an in house reservation system to nationwide vendor Reserve America.”That is new,” Wedeking said. “That will be a fee to the customer on the Reserve America system.”Wedeking said there will also be new fees for changing or cancelling reservations.”There’s a fee charged to the customer to cancel the reservation of five dollars,” Wedeking said. “And to modify a reservation it’s gonna cost you three dollars. But with the system, it’s a lot more user friendly to do that.”Wedeking said users currently have to call to alter a reservation, and are issued cabin credits for cancellations.State Parks will not be taking any reservations between March 20th and April 1st as it transitions to the new system, and anyone who cancels during that time, or has an unused cabin credit, will be issue a refund.Reserve America already handles reservations for State parks in 31 other states, as well as for the U.S Forest and Fish and Wildlife services. Wedeking said the system, which includes a mobile AP, offers new options and opportunities.”We can actually send out a notification like, ‘Hey. Meyers Lake Cabin is not booked on these weekdays. Are you interested?’” Wedeking said. “So it’s more like a constant call back sort of back and forth.”Wedeking said being able to better track cabin usage and more easily contact users also opens the possibility of offering discounted rates on open cabins.”To see if we can fill it,” Wedeking said. “So there’s an opportunity there to get more bookings for us which increases our revenue and providing a better deal for the public.”Wedeking said State Parks expects the new system to overall reduce management costs. The state anticipates transitioning other recreational facilities, like campgrounds, to the Reserve America system later this year.
Today ends the first week of the Legislature’s fourth special session. Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes spoke with KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman about where things stand.Listen nowHUGHES: Andrew, hello, and first of all, tell me where in the Capitol building are you?KITCHENMAN: Well, I’m in the Capitol’s press room’s little audio recording booth.HUGHES: And what is happening outside the booth in the capitol today?KITCHENMAN: Well, we have reporters working on stories, and legislators kind of milling around. And basically what we’ve seen this week is a lot less activity than we would’ve seen if the Senate had stuck around. We’ve only seen meetings basically in the House the last coupe days. The Senate’s going to be holding meetings next week in Anchorage. But, for now, basically the House is working on both of the bills hat Governor Bill Walker asked the Legislature to consider. One bill would bill would scale back some of the changes made last year in the major overhaul of the state’s criminal justice law, and the other bill would just impose a new tax — a one and a half percent payroll tax.HUGHES: I want to start with the criminal justice bill because I think people are getting very confused messages about what’s actually happening. It sounds like there’s SB91 which was signed into law last year, but this year the Senate’s actually considering Senate Bill 54. Explain what, in the last few days, they’ve decided to do with that?KITCHENMAN: Well, before they started work on it, what the bill would’ve done is basically make the penalties for committing some offenses tougher than they were under SB91. For example, the Legislature, if it passes this bill, people who commit Class C felonies, like assault or threatening, would expect to face one year in jail, and under SB91, they would only see jail time if they violated their probation. What’s been happening this week is the House Judiciary Committee debated amendments to the bill. They passed eight of those. They defeated 22 others. Many, many hours of debate. The eight amendments aren’t expected to have a major budget impact, and that is probably good for the chances of the bill passing, because the majorities in both houses probably don’t want to see a dramatic incrase in the budget due to this bill.HUGHES: Do you have a sense about where things are headed with the bill?KITCHENMAN: Well, it goes to the House Finance Committee next and they’re also considering the tax bill. Once they’re done with the crime bill, it’s gonna go to the entire house, and that promises to be a heated floor debate. Most Republicans want the bill to go further in repealing SB91, while most Democrats want to give the major provisions of last year’s law more time. My sense is that lawmakers want to pass a bill considering how concerned Alaskans are about crime, particularly in Anchorage.HUGHES: And what about the tax bill? Wasn’t that the reason legislators were called back to Juneau in the first place, ostensibly, by the Governor? Where do things stand with that?KITCHENMAN: That’s basically what the session was supposed to be about before the crime issue sort of took it over. The Senate Finance Committiee is scheduled to hold hearings on oil revenue, the state budget and the Permanent Fund next week. Presumably, they’re gonna explore how large a gap there is between what the state spends and what it brings in in oil royalties, taxes and fees. Walker’s team says that the tax is needed to cover that gap, and that’d be true even if the Legislature were to pass another major bill that would draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government. The bill faces long odds in the Senate because some Senators are basically hopeful that oil royalties will cover the gap like it has whenever the state’s been in a budget crisis in the past.In other news out of the capitol, the Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission voted Wednesday to cut state legislators’ pay by 10 percent, or roughly $5,000 per year.It would be the first cut to Alaska legislators’ salaries since 1987. The commission also voted to cut the amount lawmakers are paid each day during the session by roughly two thirds, down to $78 per day.The changes will go into effect, unless the Legislature votes against it.
(Representational image)Creative CommonsIn an extremely rare incident, a baby was decapitated during delivery at a hospital in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram on Wednesday. Bommi, who was in her last stage of pregnancy, had gone into labour when she visited her parents on Wednesday morning. She was rushed to a public healthcare centre in the district, reports The News Minute.There, due to the unavailability of doctors, nurses conducted the delivery and opted for a vaginal birth even though they knew that the baby had an intrauterine birth. During delivery, the baby was decapitated while its torso still remained in the body. To make matters worse, the nurses denied medicines to the woman who was in extreme pain.After the baby was decapitated, the woman was sent to Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to remove the torso of the baby. According to TNM, the doctors were able to save the woman’s life.”Preliminary investigations are underway. We are trying to find out the reason behind this,” Dr Senthil Kumar, the deputy director of public health (Tamil Nadu) was quoted as saying by TNM.Bommi’s relatives accused the PHC in Kanchipuram of medical negligence since the nurses were not authorised to deliver the baby in the absence of the doctors. They instead should have referred the woman to another hospital.This is not the only case in recent times where a baby was decapitated during childbirth. In January, a male nurse in Rajasthan had delivered a baby’s torso while the head was still inside the mother. The nurse then sent the woman to another hospital where they discovered to their shock that the baby’s head was still inside the woman.
Kolkata’s Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital is the epicentre of these protests.The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Saturday called off its day-long strike announced in support of the protesting medicos in West BengalAnnouncing the decision, the RDA gave West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a 48-hour ultimatum to meet the demands of protesting doctors in her state.”RDA AIIMS issues an ultimatum of 48 hours to West Bengal government to meet the demands of striking doctors there, failing which we will be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at AIIMS, New Delhi. We hope that our colleagues across the nation will join us in this hour of need,” read a statement from the RDA.The doctors associated with the Association, however, said that they would continue to wear red-stained bandages and helmets as a sign of protest.The ultimatum came a day after Banerjee gave the protesting doctors in her state four hours to withdraw their strike and return to work or vacate the hostels.The doctors of the Safdarjung Hospital too withdrew their strike. However, other hospital associations, including the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA)went on strike on Saturday as a mark of solidarity with the protesting doctors in West Bengal.
Photo via Twitter @jeffreyianrossNearly 73 percent of the more than 1,000 juveniles cited for violating probation in 2016 were detained.Hundreds of juveniles in the county where Houston is located are jailed for weeks at a time for minor probation violations, records show.Data from the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department show juveniles are often jailed for infractions such as failing drugs test, violating curfews, running away or failing to attend school classes or rehabilitative programs, the Houston Chronicle reported .The records show a pattern of detaining children for technical violations that should instead be dealt with through the probation system, according to attorneys and juvenile justice advocates.“You never want to have a technical violation, especially for a kid, result in detention, because we know the negative effects,” said Elizabeth Henneke, an attorney with the Lone Star Justice Alliance. “Even a short amount of time can be problematic for kids, but long, protracted weeks out of school, weeks out of your home environment — that can have really big consequences for them.”Nearly 73 percent of the more than 1,000 juveniles cited for violating probation in 2016 were detained, according to county data. Henneke said those figures are alarming, especially in a county where the 250-capacity juvenile justice center has faced several issues related to overcrowding.State District Judge Michael Schneider said the findings are concerning and that he will seek help to analyze why low-level juvenile offenders are being detained.“The entire juvenile system should have nothing to do with punishment,” he said. “If you look at what the Legislature said, it should only be about rehabilitation. You take that a step further, when they’re in detention and there’s not even been a finding that they committed the offense or the violation of probation that they’re accused of, I think you need to be even more careful about who you lock up.”___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com Share
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Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Last week, immigration officials announced that the institution had lost its “highly trusted status” because a survey found problems with the qualifications of many of its foreign students. The Border Agency said samples of students found that “significant proportions” did not have a good English standard, had no permission to be in the country or did not attend classes.“London Met will fight this revocation, which is based on a highly flawed report by the U.K. Border Agency,” university Vice Chancellor Malcolm Gillies said. “The university will continue to give top priority to the interests of our international students who have been so distressed by this precipitate action.”It was not clear what kind of legal action was planned, but one possibility is a judicial review of the government’s decision.The decision means that around 2,600 students _ including many with valid visas _ could be deported from Britain if they do not find an alternative sponsor within 60 days.Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative government has vowed to crack down on immigration in multiple ways. It has pointed to student visas as a category ripe for abuse by those who may instead be looking for work. Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice The vital role family plays in society Associated PressLONDON (AP) – A London university said Monday it is pursuing legal action to reverse the British government’s decision to strip it of its ability to sponsor visas for international students, a decision that has left more than 2,000 students facing deportation.London Metropolitan University said it has told its lawyers to begin urgent action to challenge the decision so that its students can return to study. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix But many in Britain, including the National Union of Students, were angered by the move against London Metropolitan. They argue that the move unfairly punishes legitimate foreign students who have paid large sums of tuition fees and are now barred from finishing their degrees.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories
People stranded in Cyprus because of the sudden collapse of British airline Monarch are being flown back to Britain as promised by the UK government, but changes have been made to some of their flight itineraries.In remarks on the issue of passengers stranded in Cyprus, Tourism Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday that the process appears to be “under control”.“The way in which passengers still on our island, as well as others elsewhere, are being repatriated seems to be quite organised,” he said.He added that initial estimates suggest a total 15,000 tourists in Cyprus will be affected by year-end.“We believe that the majority of these passengers will find a way to come to Cyprus because nearly every destination served by Monarch Airlines is served by other airlines,” Lakkotrypis said.“There will possibly be some impact [on winter tourism to Cyprus], we don’t know to what extent, but we believe that most of these seats will be taken up by other airlines.”Hermes Airports’ senior executive director Eleni Kalogirou said some 3,000 passengers who arrived with Monarch flights remain on the island and are being repatriated on other flights on their scheduled return dates.“The good news is that the itineraries Monarch served are being served by other airlines, and some have already expressed interest in increasing their flights to fill the gap left by Monarch’s collapse,” she said.The first flight from Larnaca to Luton was expected to leave as scheduled, at 10pm on Monday, but destination and time was later changed. The flight went to Stansted, from where people were expected to be transferred to Luton, but it finally left Larnaca more than two hours late, at 0.18am. This meant passengers arrived in Stansted at 3am local time.The next scheduled flight, from Larnaca to Birmingham, was pushed back by three hours and finally arrived in the UK at 3am on Tuesday.These types of changes are likely to continue in the near future. Another flight, this one from Paphos to Birmingham on Tuesday, will leave the airport two hours late.According to the Press Association, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) chief executive Andrew Haines said the “mammoth operation” to repatriate stranded passengers has “got off to a good start”.“Given the unprecedented scale of this task, some disruption is inevitable. We thank everyone involved for their patience.”Nearly 12,000 passengers were flown back to the UK on Monday, less than 24 hours after the 50-year-old company went bust, the UK news agency reported.Sixty-one flights brought 11,843 passengers home from 24 holiday resorts on Monday, the CAA said, in what the government is calling Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation.On Tuesday, another 58 flights for 11,647 passengers have been arranged.Before Monday, Monarch operated a total of 18 weekly flights to and from Larnaca and Paphos.Information on Cyprus flights can be found on airport operator Hermes’ website http://www.hermesairports.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola