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Montreal police searching for thieves who made off with four works of

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police are searching for suspects after more than $50,000 worth of art was stolen in four separate incidents between May and October.The stolen artwork includes a winter scene painted by Marc-Aurele Fortin, a bust of French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, a painting by Alfred Pellan, and a sculpture by Jacques Huet.Three of the items were stolen from downtown art galleries that are within blocks of each other, while the bust disappeared from city hall in the western borough of Lachine.A spokesman for the Montreal police says the same man may have been involved in all four robberies.Benoit Boisselle said surveillance camera footage showed a man between the ages of 50 and 65 with a short beard and glasses was present at at least three of the robberies, and may have been at the fourth as well.He said police are also hoping to identify a second man between the ages of 25 and 30 who allegedly participated in one of the thefts.last_img read more

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Feminine hygiene products added to food subsidy program Nutrition North

first_imgCAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut — The federal government is expanding its subsidy program for northern groceries to include feminine hygiene products and staple foods shipped by road or sea.It’s the latest tweak to the Nutrition North program intended to reduce the high cost of living for northern families.Labrador MP Yvonne Jones made the announcement in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.The $3-million expansion to the program means non-perishable items such as macaroni or diapers shipped by sea lift or on winter ice roads will receive a $1 per kilogram subsidy.A 10-kilogram bag of flour in Rankin Inlet currently costs between $26 and $30.Feminine hygiene products will receive the highest shipping subsidy, which varies in different communities from just over $2 per kilogram to almost $11.“We will continue to explore solutions developed by northerners for northerners to ensure the program is serving those who need it,” said Jones.The program, brought in by the previous Conservative government in 2011, has been criticized by northerners and researchers for failing to reduce food insecurity in the Arctic.The Trudeau Liberals have promised reform and expanded the program’s budget and list of items eligible for the subsidy.A study published this spring concluded the program doesn’t seem to have increased the ability of northerners to put food on the table.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Candid Talk with Evelyn

first_imgPopularly known for her role in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma is a German model and actor. She marked her debut in the film industry with American film Turn left (2006), and later stepped in Bollywood with 2012 movie From Sydney with Love. Evelyn has time and again won appreciation for her performance in movies like Nautanki Saala and Isaaq. Turning point in your life Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani A director you want to work with Also Read – Candid TalksSanjay Leela Bhansali A movie/role you wanted to do Devdas If given a chance, whose biopic would you like to be a part of Audrey Hepburn Your childhood celebrity crush Jared Leto Three things which are always in your handbag Lipstick, Shades and my mobile phone. What would be the title of your biography Work In Progress Your all-time favourite film You’ve Got Mail One superpower you wish you had To fly! I’m sick of airplanes! Your guilty pleasure Frieslast_img read more

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TMC to lodge complaint with EC against Modi and Shah says Partha

first_imgKolkata: The TMC will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for campaigning in favour of the BJP in Bengal after the stipulated time came to an end at 10pm on Thursday, party’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Friday.Modi and Shah while addressing the press conference in Delhi on Friday criticised Mamata Banerjee and alleged that 80 BJP supporters had been killed during the election. Chatterjee said: “The Election Commission has become the extension of BJP office. There is one set of law for the opposition parties and another set of law for Modi and Shah. It is most unfortunate that Election Commission has become biased. It has lost the reputation it had earned during the time of TN Sheshan.” Chatterjee alleged that the Trinamool Congress had written hundreds of letters to the Election Commission which had failed to yield results. But, the Commission takes prompt action on the complaints lodged by the BJP. It may be mentioned the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called the “Election Commission and the BJP as two brothers and two sides of the same coin” on Thursday. Following complaints made by the BJP leaders, the Election Commission relieved the state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya and former Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar on Wednesday. Chatterjee said: “Two liars had addressed the press conference in Delhi. During the election campaigns they came to Bengal and told lies just to incite people. Their claim that 80 BJP workers were killed in election clashes is the biggest lie. I fail to understand what do they think of themselves? They do not have any knowledge of Bengal. They try to create an environment as if the law and order situation in Bengal is worst in the country. But by spreading such canard they will not be able to make any dent in Bengal.” Chatterjee said the BJP is trying to win the election by trying to bribe the voters. “Bengal has a different political culture and you cannot win the election by buying votes. The BJP leaders come and go and never try to understand Bengal. Bengal is not Tripura where they had won by spending money.” The allegation of Chatterjee is not without basis. The police arrested BJP leaders and workers carrying money from various parts in the state on Friday.last_img read more

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Building at AlAqsa Mosque Compound Catches Fire During NotreDame Blaze

Rabat – A fire broke out in the guard’s room in the compound of the Dome of the Rock, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem. The room was near the Marwani Prayer Room, also known as Solomon’s Stables.The room caught fire at the same time as Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.Firefighters rapidly put out the fire with no deaths or injuries reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The director general of the Jerusalem Waqf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, said the fire could have been caused by children who were seen playing in the area.طواقم الإطفاء تخمد حريقاً اندلع على سطح المصلى المرواني في المسجد الأقصى. pic.twitter.com/eMb59JGrsa— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) April 15, 2019Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. It was built on the top of the Temple Mount, known as Haram esh-Sharif in Islam. read more

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Target Corp speeds up its Canadian exit plans to wind up all

TORONTO — Target Corp. is planning to close all of its Canadian stores even faster than originally planned.[np_storybar title=”First Target, now Future Shop — What’s happening to retail in Canada?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/30/future-shop-latest-canadian-retail-casualty-to-succumb-to-amazon-effect/”%5DIt’s been a tough year for retail in Canada, with stores closing across the country at the cost of thousands of jobs. Saturday, Future Shop was the latest casualty, when its owner Best Buy abruptly killed off the brand, permanently shutting 66 stores. Read on [/np_storybar]A court-appointed monitor overseeing the windup of the Target Canada stores says all 133 locations across the country will be permanently shut down by “as early as mid-April,” which is about a month ahead of schedule.Some locations have already ceased operations — 17 stores closed in the middle of March. Another six Target locations will shutter on Monday, while 23 are slated for closure on April 1, and 32 more on April 2.“It is anticipated that the pace of delivery of vacate notices … will continue to increase over the next two weeks,” the monitor wrote in an update filed with the court.“All stores are expected to be closed to the public as early as mid-April 2015.”Target Corp. announced in January that it was making plans to leave Canada, saying it would take years to turn a profit after a bungled launch hurt its reputation with consumers. The company is in the process of closing all 133 stores across the country, most which opened in 2013.A liquidation has been underway since last month, while lawyers are in court trying to iron out the details of Target’s departure. A variety of creditors that include landlords, suppliers and others impacted by the closures, are trying to determine what will happen to money they’re owed.On Monday, the court will consider approving the US$2.22-million sale of a variety of intellectual property assets from Target Canada back to its U.S. parent company, including both in-store and outside signs, 28,000 branded shopping carts, and 912,000 shopping bags.Court documents say that unlike other items owned by the stores, which include electric scooters and shopping cart corrals, the Target-branded items can’t be sold in the liquidation process because they’re all permanently stamped with the company’s name.“It is not possible to remove the Target branding from most of the (intellectual property assets) without destroying or substantially decreasing their value,” the monitor said, noting an outside appraiser was involved in the process.“The external signage cannot be repurposed and in any event has no value based on the third party bids (and) estimates of value that have been received.”In addition to the sales price, Target Canada believes it will save an extra $1.9 million by shifting the responsibility for removing and disposing of the branded items over to Target Corp. read more

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US retail sales basically flat in July recent job growth fails to

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2014 7:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US retail sales basically flat in July; recent job growth fails to boost consumer spending WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales were unchanged in July compared with the prior month. Total sales rose a statistically insignificant $161 million from $439.6 billion in June.Spending dipped at auto dealers and department stores last month. The losses were offset by gains at grocery stores, gasoline stations, restaurants, clothiers and building material stores.The figures suggest that Americans are hesitant to spend, which could limit growth for the economy. Retail sales are closely watched because consumer spending accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity.Retail sales have flat-lined even though employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month for the past six months. Payrolls increased by 209,000 in July and 298,000 in June.But those gains have yet to meaningfully boost wage growth above inflation, causing spending to be more restrained.Retail sales have increased 3.7 per cent over the past 12 months, but economists doubt that spending can grow much faster unless incomes increase.“Consumers just don’t have the cash flow to finance sustained gains above 4 per cent,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.The weak sales in July mean that consumer spending is off to a slow start in the third quarter.Consumer spending did pick up in the April-June quarter after a sluggish showing in the first three months of the year. It grew at a 2.5 per cent annual pace, after increasing just 1.2 per cent in the first quarter, which was the weakest reading in nearly three years. In a healthy economy spending growth is typically 3 per cent or higher.Americans are sending mixed signals about their willingness to spend. Consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in nearly seven years in July, according to the Conference Board. That suggests Americans may be more willing to open their wallets.And auto sales grew 9 per cent in July from a year earlier to 1.4 million, the best showing for July since 2006.But purchases of large items like autos may be leaving many Americans with less money to spend on discretionary items like clothing and electronics. Rising grocery prices may have squeezed household budgets as well.A separate measure of consumer sentiment by the University of Michigan, released last week, showed that confidence slipped last month. read more

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Mother allegedly feeds her 3 children poison then consumes it herself

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related …all clinging to life at hospital  A mother and her three children are presently battling for their lives at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after allegedly consuming a poisonous substance.According to reports reaching INews, the young mother reportedly fed poison to her three children; all between the ages of 3 and 8, then consumed it herself in her Bare-root, East Coast Demerara home.A GPHC official told INews that relatives who brought the three children to the hospital said that “they stay just like that and start vomit.”However, according to the hospital representative, she became suspicious after seeing froth coming from the children’s mouths. As such, she informed an officer who soon after discovered that the children had consumed poison.Shortly after, the hospital official confirmed, that the mother of the three children arrived at the hospital, vomiting.The children were rushed into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for emergency medical treatment.When INews arrived on the scene, the mother was seen vomiting in the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital and awaiting treatment.The relatives of the family refused to provide further details on the matter.The father of the three children is reportedly working in the interior.Meanwhile, the woman’s Facebook page status, posted on February 9, 2017, indicated that she was distressed.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)  read more

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Govt to pay €250000 to fund UK centre for Irish Magdalene survivors

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS to give €250,000 to fund the UK Step by Step Centre for Irish Magadalene Laundries survivors, Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter said today.Speaking in the Dáil following the official State apology from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Magdalene survivors, Shatter said that the largest single group of women who have come forward are based in the UK and represented by the Irish Women’s Survivors Network.He said that it is now proposed that the Step by Step Centre for Irish survivors be established as a holistic and person-centred service that would offer specialist advice and support to those affected, and focus on ensuring their future health and well being.Minister Shatter also noted:the greatest respect we can pay to their stories of the laundries is that those stories, and the lessons from them, are never forgotten and are truly believed.The Government has made a decision in principle to pay out of the fund an initial sum of €250,000 to the UK Step by Step Centre for Irish Survivors of Industrial Schools and the Laundries.FundA fund for Magdalene survivors is to be established, it was announced tonight. Minister Shatter said:The Government has decided to include those women who worked in the Stanhope Street Laundry without pay within the scope of the fund.President of the Law Reform commission Mr Justice Quirke has been appointed to examine how the Government might best provide supports for the survivors.A scheme will be created under the fund (to operate on a non-adversarial basis) to make payments to individuals.From tomorrow, people can contact the Justice Department to register their interest in being considered to receive benefits or supports from the fund when it enters into operation.The details are:Magdalene Laundry Fundc/o Department of Justice and EqualityMontague CourtMontague StreetDublin 2Tel. 01-476 8649; e-mail info@idcmagdalen.ie; web sites: www.idcmagdalen.ie;  www.justice.ieRead: Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speech>Read: In full: Enda Kenny’s State apology to the Magdalene women>last_img read more

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Athens Concert Hall celebrates 20 years

first_imgAthens Concert Hall (Megaron) has celebrated the anniversary of 20 years of functioning, with representatives of the state, culture and the country’s wider social network attending the anniversary event at the centre. “The contribution of Megaron was decisive in the cultural development of our country,” Prime Minister George Papandreou stressed in a message read by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos. The prime minister termed the Megaron “a valuable helper in the sector of culture” speaking of the benefits of the centre to education for children and young people as well as its contribution to “the country’s development effort”. Papandreou conveyed the wish for the Megaron’s “splendid course to continue with a greater opening to society”. He said “art and culture open the horizons, constitute a field of consultation, healthy dialogue even confrontation as well, but above all they constitute a basic motive power for the future.” Meanwhile, Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou has said the government is paying the loan taken out by the cash-strapped Megaron. Papaconstantinou said the privately-owned concert hall took out a 95-million-euro loan in 2007 to cover its operational costs and that the centre will be forced to close down if it cannot meet the instalments. He said the state acted as a guarantor for the loan and has little choice but to pay. Source: ANA-MPA, Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Huawei dévoile son Ascend D1

first_imgHuawei dévoile son Ascend D1 Après le Ascend D Quad, présenté comme le smartphone le plus rapide du monde, et le Ascend G300, un terminal Android entrée de gamme, Huawei a présenté lors du Mobile World Congress de Barcelone un autre téléphone : le Ascend D1. Un smartphone haut de gamme embarquant Ice Cream Sandwich.Le constructeur chinois Huawei a décidé de se lancer sur le marché européen des smartphones, et a profité du Mobile World Congress, qui s’achève aujourd’hui, pour présenter plusieurs modèles de terminaux comme l’Ascend D Quad, l’Ascend G300, ou l’Ascend D1.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ce dernier se présente comme un smartphone milieu ou haut de gamme, situé entre les deux précédents. Equipé d’une couche 3D et d’un processeur Texas Instruments double coeur cadencé à 1,5 GHz, il affiche un écran de 4,5 pouces et dispose en plus d’un appareil photo de 8 mégapixels avec auto focus, d’une caméra de 1,3 megapixel. L’Ascend D1, qui fonctionnera sous Android Ice Cream Sandwich, offre 1 Go de RAM et 8 GB de mémoire interne, avec possibilité d’extension grâce à une carte microSD pouvant aller jusqu’à 32 GB. Il bénéficie d’une batterie de 1670 mAh alliée à une technologie permettant d’économiser son cycle.La sortie du smartphone serait prévue pour le mois de juin prochain. Reste alors seulement à connaître son prix.Le 1 mars 2012 à 15:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Chelseas €30m bid for Juventus defender rejected

first_imgChelsea have had a €30m bid for Juventus defender Mattia Caldara rejected, Gianluca Di MarzioFollowing their stunning capture of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a €112m deal, Juventus are now looking to recover some of the money that they have spent in this summer’s transfer window by selling some of their big-name players.The futures of both Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani have both been put into heavy doubt due to Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin with Chelsea reportedly set to attempt to sign both of the players.But it turns out that there is also a third Juventus player on Chelsea’s radar in Caldara.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.The Italy international had only joined Juventus in January 2017 from Atalanta but was soon brought back to his old club on a loan deal until this summer.Despite this though, Caldara is a highly rated young centre-back in Italy and is expected to become a big part of the Juventus defence in the future.And the 24-year-old is not short of interest either with both Borussia Dortmund and now Chelsea having expressed an interest in signing him for themselves.last_img read more

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Attempt At Establishing Permit Options For Dipnet Fishery Vendors Has Failed

first_imgAccording to Heinz the city received more comments that the price was too high. The city plans to operate the same as the city has always done it, which is vendors can be down there and park in the parking lot, same prices as everyone else pays and they can pick days they want to be down there. The bid was put out at $950 for the three-week season for each vendor. This was the first year the City of Kenai introduced this program for the dipnet season. City Clerk Jamie Heinz: “We put it out once at the price that was suggested and emailed it to everybody who had operated in the last several years and gave them a deadline of June 1st, and nobody applied for it at all at that time. We heard two comments at that time that the price was too high. We put it back out, thinking that it would be possible that they were just trying to pay the daily rate, so we put it back out at the same $950 rate/$100 per day. We again got no applications.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council launched a pilot program aimed at helping the city to capitalize on the summer dipnet fishery by offering permit options for dipnet fishery vendors. However, the city received zero bids for the dipnet season. While the City has always allowed vendors to operate in the parking areas during the fishery, treating them the same as any other vehicle parking in the area, feedback from the industry showed that most vendors felt the venue could be better, wanted to see some sort of exclusivity, easier access, a specific vendor area. Photo courtesy of the City of Kenai The city currently does not issue specific permits for the dip net vendors. According to Heinz, it was suggested that changes be made for the vendors during the fishery.last_img read more

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Survey Self Boasts MostRead Article Among Q2 Features

first_imgHere, the top 10 most-read articles of Q2:#1: “20 Ways to Eat Healthier Right Now”SelfJune 2009Total Readership: 90%Extent of Readership: 85%#2: “The Green Energy Economy”U.S. News & World ReportApril 2009Total Readership: 89%Extent of Readership: 75%#3: “Hot Nights Out!”People StyleWatch June/July 2009Total Readership: 89%Extent of Readership: 73%#4: “How Our Salaries Are Changing”ParadeApril 12, 2009Total Readership: 89%Extent of Readership: 53%#5: “I Am So Alone”Us WeeklyApril 20, 2009Total Readership: 88%Extent of Readership: 73%#6: “The Soul of Beyonce”EbonyApril 2009Total Readership: 86%Extent of Readership: 84%#7: “The Truth About How We Eat”Woman’s DayApril 14, 2009Total Readership: 86%Extent of Readership: 81%#8: “How Dolly Does It”AARPMay/June 2009Total Readership: 86%Extent of Readership: 70%#9: “Fashion Stakeout”AllureJune 2009Total Readership: 85%Extent of Readership: 75%#10: “At One with the Land”Architectural DigestApril 2009Total Readership: 85%Extent of Readership: 64%Source: Affinity’s VISTA Print Effectiveness Rating Service; Top articles by readership (April through June 2009). Ties in rankings broken by extent of readership scores. Recent research from Affinity’s VISTA Print Rating Service for the second quarter reports Self’s June “20 Ways to Eat Healthier Right Now” story as the most-read article, with 90 percent of the surveyed readers recalling the article (Total Readership), and 85 percent reading more than half of the feature story (Extent of Readership).The average readership score of all articles measured to be 61 percent, said Affinity, which bases its data on readers surveyed on over 100 consumer magazine titles and more than 1,000 articles from April through June.While these ratings may not guarantee newsstand longevity—or successful growth in advertising—those features that made it onto this top ten list, like U.S. News & World Report, Parade, AARP and Architectural Digest, may offer publishers some insight into what editorial is resonating with readers.last_img read more

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Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

first_imgAnchorage’s Fairview neighborhood now has a new tool to encourage development – a tax abatement incentive. The Assembly voted unanimously to approve the measure on Tuesday night.Part of Fairview, including the area between Ingra and Gambell, is known as being deteriorated—the infrastructure is old and the buildings are falling apart. Chronic inebriates frequent the area.To change that, area businesses and residents proposed creating a tax abatement.“How it works is if a developer needs to put in public infrastructure as part of the project–a new waterline, sewer line, storm drains, roads, all of those things that are owned by the public–they would be able to write those off against their property taxes until it was paid off,” explained Fairview Business Association Project Manager Paul Fuhs. “After that they would pay full assessment on their property.”To encourage developers to build high-density housing, the municipality will offer a full construction write-off.Fuhs said the age and expense of replacing the current 50-year-old infrastructure deters investment in the area. This will fix that, and could change the neighborhood in other ways as well.“We also hope that changing the architecture of the area and what’s there will change the way people behave. And right now, if it’s kind of skuzzy this is where people will hang out to drink and deal drugs and prostitution. So by changing the physical character of it, we’re going to change the real character of our neighborhood.”Local business owner Heidi Heinrich glowed with happiness after hearing the Assembly pass the measure. “It’s so encouraging and leaves us so fulfilled to move on and do more.”She said that includes solving the problem of chronic inebriates in the community.The tax abatement plan was modeled on a similar project in Tacoma, Washington that led to increased multifamily housing and tax income to the city.The municipality’s lawyer said it’s unclear if creating the tax abatement area in Fairview will set a precedent and necessitate that the Assembly give other deteriorated areas the same benefits.last_img read more

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New Zealand NASA to initiate next space revolution designed by Rocket Lab

first_imgNASA is all set to launch the next revolution in space something that was long its special preserve. The launch will take place from a paddock in New Zealand’s remote South Island.The rocket-launch range is not just New Zealand’s first of any kind, but also the world’s first private launch range. Designed by “Rocket Lab”, which is one of a growing number of businesses targeting to reduce the cost of space travel, the rocket will be powered by a 3D-printed engine — another first.The 16-metre carbon-cased rocket, being assembled in a small hangar near Auckland Airport, will weight 1,190 kilograms. With fuel and payload, the rocket will be about one-third the weight of SpaceX’s Falcon 1 — the first privately-developed launch vehicle to go into orbit in 2008.”One advantage of New Zealand being this little island nation in the middle of nowhere is that’s the perfect place to launch a rocket,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s CEO.Ships and planes need re-routing every time a rocket is launched, which limits opportunities in crowded US skies. However, New Zealand, with 4 million people, has only Antarctica to its south.Rocket Lab, part-funded by Lockheed Martin Corp, is aiming for up to one launch a week from around 2018, costing under $5 million each. The cost will be one-10th of typical launch prices now, and vastly increase business access to space.Even NASA, struggling to shift its launch backlog, this month awarded Rocket Lab and rivals Firefly Space Systems and Virgin Galactic contracts totaling $17.1 million to launch tiny satellites into orbit from 2017.In a bid to win Google’s $20 million Lunar X prize for the first company to send a probe that broadcasts images from the moon, Rocket Lab recently signed a deal with Silicon Valley-based Moon Express for sending a rocket to the moon in 2017.Moon Express has already contracted for five launches with Rocket Lab, and plans to send robotic spacecraft continually to the moon for exploration and commercial development of natural resources such as platinum.New launch companies will depend on burgeoning small-satellite industries, as players like Google, Virgin and Samsung plan satellite constellations to carry communications infrastructure and gather data from low-earth orbit.”We’re not about building a rocket; we’re about enabling the small-satellite revolution,” said Rocket Lab’s Beck.One Web, Samsung and SpaceX are planning three separate Internet broadband ventures to provide low-cost Internet from the Himalayas to the Sahara desert. These alone will require 6,000 new satellites in the next four years, Rocket Lab predicts.The Satellite Industry Association says over 200 satellites were launched in 2014, nearly double the previous year.”The market can’t sustain that many; there’s going to be a thinning out of the herd,” said Daniel Lim, vice-president of disruptive innovations at space services provider TriSept Corporation. He is one among many that believe there will not be enough demand to support the increasing numbers of launch companies.Others say launch costs are still too high at around $5 million, when for $40,000 companies can rideshare on a larger rocket to launch a nano-satellite.But space startups have been proving popular with investors. The largest 100 new space companies received more than $2 billion investment in 2015, around four times more than in 2009, according to data from New Space Global.That is still dwarfed by NASA’s $17.6 billion budget last year, but many say small companies offer options and a risk appetite that government agencies cannot.last_img read more

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Gold Monetisation Scheme Govt mobilises 900 kg liberalises norms

first_imgThe Modi government on Sunday relaxed gold monetisation scheme (GMS) norms that would benefit depositors and banks, apparently enthused by over 900 kg mobilised under the scheme.”Gold Monetisation Scheme: More than 900 kgs gold mobilised so far. Scheme making steady progress. Expected to pick up in coming months,” tweeted Shaktikanta Das, economic affairs secretary, union finance ministry.To make the GMS more attractive to depositors, the Central government on Sunday modified the guidelines on premature redemption.Now, medium-term depositors can withdraw after three years and long term, after five years. Earlier, the government had stipulated the limit as five to seven years for medium-term depositors and 12 to 15 years for long term depositors.”These will be subject to a reduction in the interest payable,” said the union finance ministry on Sunday.Depositors get up to 2.5% interest per annum on these deposits.As for banks, they would earn a commission of 2.5% for their services including purity testing charges, refining, storage and transportation charges, reported BusinessLine.Another move that would make the GMS get better response is the encouragement to bulk deposits, who now can deposit gold directly to the refiners, in addition to the collection and purity testing centres (CPTC).The GMS was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November, 2015 to unlock the estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold lying with households and institutions in India, thereby bringing down gold imports.It would also help the world’s fastest-growing economy conserve its foreign exchange reserves, which stood at about USD347 billion as on 15 January.The success would also mark a paradigm shift in India. “There is a great fascination for gold in our country,” R Rangarajan, former RBI governor once said. That could diminish in the future.last_img read more

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DU D Unit admission test question leaked

first_imgLogo Of Dhaka UniversityThe question paper of Friday’s Dhaka University D Unit admission test was allegedly leaked in the early hours of the day.Many candidates claimed that the question along with its answer was circulated through social media at least around 45 minutes before the exam at 10:00am.DU authorities, however, denied such claims.DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani refuted the allegations telling newsmen, “We couldn’t confirm from any reliable source that the question got leaked. The exam was held in a fair manner amid strict security.”The question paper of D Unit entry test got leaked last year, too. A probe committee was then formed but it could not submit any report till now.last_img read more

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Property Tax Reform Gains Ground In Texas

first_imgListen 00:00 /00:58 Texas State Library and Archives CommissionTexas State Capitol: House of RepresentativesA property tax reform bill has gotten preliminary approval from the Texas House. The measure would make it easier for property owners to protest a tax hike.The bill leaves aside the question of capping tax rates. Instead, it focuses on helping taxpayers navigate the system.“I never support divorce, but today we’re divorcing the appraisal from the tax bill,” says Representative Dennis Bonnen of Brazoria County, the bill’s author. Bonnen chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for all tax legislation.“Finally, Texans will receive simply the notice of their new appraised value,” says Bonnen. “They will then go through the process of contesting it if they choose, and then they’ll receive the notice that finally resolves the issue of who’s actually increasing revenues because they’re proposing a higher rate.”The House measure also leaves out the question of whether to require local governments to get voter approval for tax hikes. Governor Abbott has said he considers a lower rate cap and automatic elections necessary for genuine tax relief.The Senate bill contains both features. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

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Lawmaker Says Texas Should Boot Out Film Industry In Wake Of Hollywoods

first_imgGabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTFilmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater at Texas Film Awards red carpet in Austin. Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTTexas is home to Richard Linklater and was the inspiration for his breakout film “Slacker.” It’s where Wes Anderson grew up and later shot his first big production, “Rushmore.” The bones of the set of the 1950s film “Giant” still stand in far West Texas.These days, more film and TV crews are choosing to make places like Louisiana and New Mexico look like Texas. That’s because of lagging film incentives in the state. Now a Texas lawmaker is citing Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal as a reason to put an end to the state-funded Texas Film Commission altogether.State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) said the Weinstein scandal is part of the culture of Hollywood, so he’s going to move to abolish the Texas Film Commission in the next legislative session.Barbara Morgan, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Austin Film Festival said, “I think people look at the industry as just Hollywood, as opposed to what we’ve incubated out of our own state for many years.”Morgan said when she started the festival in the ’90s, Texas had an enormous amount of film business.“At any given time, we could have seven or eight movies being shot in Austin,” she said. “And now, all of that is going because the film industry goes to shoot in places where the money is, like Louisiana, New Mexico, and Atlanta.”She said the Weinstein scandal shouldn’t affect state policies.“I actually don’t see the connection,” she said. “I think if we actually talked about pulling any kind of support or funding on a state level from any industry that had any such bad behavior happening behind its walls, we wouldn’t be funding much, would we?” Sharelast_img read more

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