Fire Fighters matching donations made to help family fighting cancer

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Professional Fire Fighters will match donations up to $5,000 for 4-year-old Natalie who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.In a post on Facebook, the group said they would match up to $5,000 with a goal of raising $10,000 to help Natalie’s family with the cost of travelling to Vancouver during her treatment.  A GoFundMe campaign was also created for the family but is only halfway to the $20,000 goal.Donations made to the Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society can receive a tax receipt.  To make a donation, contact Adam at 250-264-2857 or call the Fire Department at 250-785-4333. Several groups and residents created fundraisers for Natalie in December to also help the family.  The Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society also made a sizeable donation at that time.The Fire Fighters also shared the following update from Natalie’s mother.“Natalie has recently started round 4 chemo, and is tolerating things quite well. Most days her energy level and appetite are back full force. She is well on her way to finishing the first part of the treatment plan which consists of 2 more rounds of chemo and a major surgery to remove her main tumour between her liver and kidney. After that point, we are moving into the second phase which is bone marrow transplants, and radiation. As a family we are doing ok with things, she misses her sisters and misses mom when I am back in FSJ with the other two girls. They haven’t seen her yet but hopefully, we can get them down there soon to visit unfortunately the cost of extra medications and living down there is proving to be a bit challenging without the weight of flights added as well. All in all, she is an incredibly strong-willed child and is starting to come back to her normal self which we are all grateful for no less! “last_img read more

NCLAT annuls creditors voting on NBCCs bid for Jaypee Infra

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) Friday annulled voting by homebuyers and lenders on NBCC’s bid to acquire debt-laden Jaypee Infratech, and allowed renegotiation on the offer by May 30. Hearing a plea by IDBI Bank, seeking a stay or annulment of the voting process, a three-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya also allowed nine homebuyers’ associations representing around 5,000 buyers to file intervention application. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe appellate tribunal also allowed the Committee of Creditors (CoC) to renegotiate on NBCC’s bid by May 30. Fresh voting process will start from May 31, the bench said. On Thursday, voting started to approve or reject NBCC’s bid to acquire Jaypee group’s realty firm. As many as 13 banks and over 23,000 homebuyers of Jaypee Infratech have voting rights in the CoC. The voting process was to end on Sunday and the result was to be announced on May 20. In its order on Friday, the bench said,”in the meantime, the voting already taken is annulled.” Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIDBI Bank, the biggest lender to the debt-laden realty firm, had opposed NBCC’s bid saying it was conditional. It said NBCC’s offer for the company was conditional upon grant of approval to transfer Yamuna Expressway’s business. The bench further said,”the CoC, if required, may renegotiate with NBCC by May 30, 2019 and will start fresh voting since May 31, 2019 and onwards.” The appellate tribunal left it to the CoC to approve the resolution plan of NBCC “if it is in accordance with law.” However, the bench said,”in case the CoC is not inclined to accept the plan they will not pass any order of rejection without prior permission of this Appellate Tribunal as the matter relating to their voting share and other financial creditors is pending consideration.” While allowing intervention application of homebuyers, the bench said their representative can take legal assistance considering the fact that the allottees have no expertise in the legal field. “Such legal professional is allowed to attend meeting of CoC to assist the representative but will not cast any vote nor express any opinion in the meeting,” the order added. Jaypee Infratech went into insolvency process in 2017 after the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted an application by IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking resolution of the realty firm. In the first round of insolvency proceedings, a Rs 7,350-crore bid of Lakshdeep, part of Suraksha Group, was rejected by lenders. Later on in October 2018, interim resolution professional (IRP) Anuj Jain started a second round of bidding process to revive Jaypee Infratech on the direction of NCLT. Earlier this month, creditors, including banks and homebuyers, rejected a bid of Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty through a voting process, following which the CoC decided to consider NBCC’s offer. In its revised offer, NBCC proposed infusion of Rs 200 crore equity capital, transfer of 950 acres of land worth Rs 5,000 crore as well as Yamuna Expressway to banks and completion of flats construction by July 2023 in order to settle an outstanding claim of Rs 23,723 crore of financial creditors. Earlier this week, the CoC decided to put on vote the revised offer of NBCC, with homebuyers favouring the voting process while bankers dissenting. Lenders had written to NBCC seeking clarifications on certain relief and concessions put forward by the public sector firm in its resolution plan. However, NBCC decided not to dilute the conditions of exemption from income tax liability as well as from taking consent of development authorities for transfer of businesses. Clarifications from the NBCC were sought in the wake of the IRP flagging to the lenders that NBCC’s bid was conditional and non-binding. Jain, the IRP, had written to the CoC that NBCC’s revised bid was conditional as the plan would not be binding unless key relief measures such as extinguishing of income tax liability and exemption from seeking consent of YEIDA (Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority) for any business transfer, were taken.last_img read more

Mustapha Ramid Wont Be Minister of Justice

Rabat – Mustapha Ramid, the out-going Minister of Justice and one the most prominent figures in Justice and Development Party (PJD), won’t be assuming the same portfolio in Saad Eddine Othmani’s upcoming government.As it was reported in Moroccan press it was Driss Lachgar, the leader of Socialist Union for Popular Forces (USFP), who first broke the news during a meeting of his party last Saturday.It is also said that Lachgar was pleased at hearing the news. Apparently there was a veto against appointing Ramid as a Minister of Justice for a second mandate. Instead, it was suggested he becomes a State Minister in charge of human rights. According to these reports, the Justice portfolio will be assumed by a member of the Rally of National Independents Party (RNI).Casting aside Mustapha Ramid is likely to cause more stir in the PJD, whose members seem to be divided on the choices its leadership has taken since Othmani’s designation as new head of government, replacing the party leader Abdelilah Benkirane.Ramid is seen as one of PJD’s hawks. Not appointing him as a Minister of Justice deals another strong blow to the party who bowed to the pressures during the negotiations to form a coalition by accepting to include USFP in the next government, something Benkirane kept refusing during the last few months.Losing the Ministry of Justice also means PJD will be left without strategic ministries, unlike its ally RNI. The latter is reportedly going to keep the same departments in the previous government such as the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture. read more

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Friday as the market ended the first quarter with its biggest quarterly gain in a decade.The blockbuster gains for the benchmark S&P 500 index marked a stunning turnaround for stocks after a steep sell-off in the last three months of 2018. Ride-hailing company Lyft made its much-anticipated stock market debut, jumping 8.7 per cent above its offering price.On Friday:The S&P 500 index gained 18.96 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,834.40.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 211.22 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,928.68.The Nasdaq composite added 60.16 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 7,729.32.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 4.63 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,539.74.For the week:The S&P 500 gained 33.69 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Dow rose 426.36 points, or 1.7 per cent.The Nasdaq added 86.65 points, or 1.1 per cent.The Russell 2000 picked up 33.82 points, or 2.3 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 327.55 points, or 13.1 per cent.The Dow is up 2,601.22 points, or 11.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 1,094.04 points, or 16.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 191.18 points, or 14.2 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Pacific island nations spotlight perils of climate change during addresses to UN

Developing countries must be allowed to make voluntary commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions under any new global agreement to deal with the effects of climate change, the Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu told the General Assembly today.Tavau Teii, who is also his country’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister, said the international summit being held in Bali, Indonesia, in December, “will be very important” in determining how and whether the world can respond successfully to the impact of global warming.Any agreement emerging from the Bali summit should reconfirm the importance of the Kyoto Protocol concerning greenhouse gas emissions and encourage States Parties to make new and substantial emissions reductions, he said at the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly.Mr. Teii said newly industrialized countries and States with economies in transition should be encouraged to take on pledges to reduce their emissions.A new negotiation process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should also be agreed, he said, to set up a legal agreement allowing developing countries to make voluntary commitments to reduce their emissions.“Under this arrangement we envisage that developing countries will be able to take voluntary commitments to reduce emissions from the energy, transport and forest sectors. These commitments would be linked to appropriate incentive mechanisms.”Mr. Teii also said it was important that any reductions in emissions from deforestation should not come at the expense of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister George Andre Wells said a rapid reduction in gas emissions must take place within the next 10 to 15 years.“It is a reality that, if it is not addressed urgently, will have irreversible effects on the agriculture and tourism sectors which constitute the core pillars of development of many of our island economies.”Mr. Wells said the effect of climate change – such as rising sea levels – on agriculture production, water quality and infrastructure development was of critical importance to his nation.“For many small island States and least developed countries (LDCs) meeting the challenges of climate change will only add additional stress to their financial, human and institutional capacities.”Mongolia’s Foreign Minister Enkhbold Nyamaa told the high-level debate that climate change was already having an impact on nations large and small, coastal and landlocked – like his own.Desertification has become rampant in Mongolia, he said, with pastures supporting the semi-nomadic lifestyle of many locals dwindling and becoming more fragile.Extreme weather conditions have also become more common in recent years, particularly droughts and the phenomenon known as “dzud,” a cold winter with heavy snowfalls.Any agreements that succeeds or supplants the Kyoto Protocol “should be flexible and diverse, taking into consideration circumstances in each country,” Mr. Nyamaa stressed.“It must include all the major emitters and achieve compatibility between environmental protection and economic growth by utilizing advances in technologies to the greatest extent possible.” 1 October 2007Developing countries must be allowed to make voluntary commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions under any new global agreement to deal with the effects of climate change, the Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu told the General Assembly today. read more

Firsttime homebuyers to take back seat for next two years ReMax

A Re/Max survey says 70% of home sales in the next 24 months will be to repeat buyers with some previous experience as owners.The real-estate marketing organization says second-time or multi-time purchasers will be more fiscally conservative and don’t plan to over-extend themselves.And it says slightly more than 80% of potential buyers surveyed believed that housing values in their area will rise or remain the same.Re/Max says 42% of those surveyed said they expected to spend between US$250,000 and US$500,000.The findings are in line with other research that found first-time buyers had been discouraged by stricter mortgage rules since last summer and affordability issues.But the survey found first-time buyers aren’t sitting totally on the sidelines and will make up a third of the market.The survey also says almost one in five buyers will be single.“Purchasing patterns have evolved, with a more conservative, fiscally responsible purchaser moving to the forefront,” Gurinder Sandhu, executive vice-president and regional director of Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada.Re/Max says second-time and multi-time buyers became a more important part of the market in the latter half of 2012.“While affordability took a hit in 2012, homeowners with considerable equity remain confident and well-positioned. They will be the driving force fuelling the bulk of home sales in the months ahead,” Sandhu said in a news release.While some buyers intend to downsize or make lateral moves, many of those trading up have amassed considered equity, he said.Not surprisingly, of those putting down 30% or more, 45% were aged 55 and over, the survey said.Sandhu noted that first-time buyers are experiencing a period of adjustment.The survey indicted that singles would be the most cautious buyers with 47% of purchasers intending to spend under $250,000.Regardless of income, gender, age, or location, most Canadian respondents shared considerable confidence in Canada’s housing marketOf the buyers planning to spend $500,000 to $1-million, almost half resided in Ontario, while the remaining 50% were almost evenly divided between British Columbia and Alberta.“Regardless of income, gender, age, or location, most Canadian respondents shared considerable confidence in Canada’s housing market,” Sandhu said.“This stands as perhaps the greatest indicator that home buying intentions will remain healthy and stable. Combine this with an economic engine that is expected to gain momentum, and the outlook is most certainly positive.”The national survey, hosted on the Angus Reid Forum in December, was conducted among 1,109 prospective purchasers who intend to buy within the next 24 months.Re/Max is a leading real estate organization with more than 19,000 sales associates throughout its 750 independently-owned and operated offices in Canada. read more

Chinese man arrested while attempting to bribe Mahaweli officer

A Chinese man has been arrested for attempting to bribe a Mahaweli officer.The Chinese man had reportedly offered Rs. 20,000 to the Divisional Manager of the Mahaweli Divisional Office in Angunakolapelessa as a bribe to get clearance for some work . According to reports, the Mahaweli officer had filed a Police complaint over the incident and the Chinese man was arrested. (Colombo Gazette)

US stock indexes move lower as investors play defence

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Thursday as investors pulled back to a defensive stance as an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moves along and U.S. economic growth slows.Technology stocks were among the biggest losers in the early going. Cisco Systems fell 1.6% and IBM shed 1.2%. The sector has been volatile all week amid investor concerns about the U.S.-China trade war and upcoming negotiations in October.Facebook fell 1.7% and dragged communications stocks lower. The company could find itself the target of another antitrust investigation, this time by the Justice Department, according to Bloomberg.Energy companies also broadly fell as crude oil prices decline, while banks slipped along with falling bond yields.Consumer product makers and utilities were among the few sectors making broad gains in a sign that investors were shifting money into lower-risk holdings. Bond prices rose and pulled down the yield on the 10-year Treasury to 1.68% from 1.73% late Wednesday.The U.S. congressional inquiry into President Trump is throwing more volatility into an already sensitive market, particularly on trade issues. U.S. and Chinese representatives are expected to meet next month to negotiate a way out of the economically damaging feud.Chinese importers have set deals to buy American soybeans and pork as the governments make conciliatory gestures ahead of trade talks and Trump has suggested a trade deal could happen soon. But, investors remain cautious.Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% in the second quarter, a sharply lower pace than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year.Outside of trade and politics, investors are getting ready for the close of the third quarter and more corporate earnings reports.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.2% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5 points to 26,967. The Nasdaq fell 0.4%.OVERSEAS: Stocks in Europe and Asia moved broadly higher on a relatively quiet day for international economic news. Japan and the U.S. signed a deal covering agricultural, industrial and digital trade, but it kept auto tariffs unchanged.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued sparring with Parliament over the U.K.’s upcoming departure from the European Union. The nation is set to leave the trading bloc Oct. 31 and has yet to make a deal with European nations on trade and other issues.BUSTED RUDDER: Carnival slumped 7.7% after the cruise line operator cut its 2019 profit forecast because of a spike in fuel costs. Crude oil prices have risen more than 23% this year on mix of high supplies and tensions between the U.S. and Iran.FEEDING INVESTORS: Conagra Brands rose 1.6% after the food maker reported a surprisingly good first quarter profit. The company cited a solid sales increase in frozen foods and a benefit from last year’s purchase of Pinnacle Foods.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

UN delegations view film of misery hope and survival in Buchenwald

The film was shown at UN Headquarters as part of a week of programmes leading up to 27 January, which has been designated by the General Assembly as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.Under theme Remembrance and Beyond, the events are meant to be not only reminders of past crimes and their victims, but also to spark an awareness among the international community and society at large, in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.“I’m pleased to see a range of delegates here, since we must work together to save others from such unbridled human depravity and violence,” Raymond Sommereyns, the Director of the UN Outreach Division, said as he introduced the film “Fateless.”The film is based on the novel by Nobel Literature Laureate Imre Kertesz which follows a 14-year Jewish boy from Budapest to Buchenwald and back again.Focusing on the profound misery of one person living under extreme rights abuse, rather than the savagery of the tormentors or the vast scope of the killing, the film squarely places the Holocaust in the realm of human activity.“It wasn’t hell,” the traumatized boy, his face still covered with sores and his shaven hair just growing out, says after his return to Budapest, where people keep making figurative, religious or mythic comparisons.“Hell doesn’t exist,” he intones, meaning that Buchenwald and other man-made horrors are not figurative or cosmological ideas but, instead, hard realities that humans can create or prevent.“Fateless” will be screened again tonight for UN staff and delegates.Remembrance and Beyond will continue tomorrow with a presentation on tolerance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, and Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel, along with a candlelight vigil in the Headquarters lobby. read more

Chicago alderman approve increasing citys minimum wage to 13 by 2019

Chicago alderman approve increasing city’s minimum wage to $13 by 2019 by The Associated Press Posted Dec 2, 2014 11:28 am MDT CHICAGO – The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly supported a measure to increase the city’s minimum wage to $13 by 2019.Council members gave their final approval Tuesday, a day after a council committee advanced the plan to raise the current $8.25-per-hour wage. Five aldermen voted against the measure, saying businesses will be tempted to leave the city and there could be job losses.Supporters say the minimum wage hasn’t kept up with other increasing costs and people can’t survive on it.Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Tuesday’s special meeting amid fears the Illinois Legislature could pass a measure preventing cities from setting their wage at a level higher than the state’s minimum wage. State legislators could vote this week on a plan to increase the state’s rate to $11 by 2017. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN officials hail significant move by US to curb power plant emissions

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the initiative “a significant step toward reducing global greenhouse gas emissions that are disrupting the climate, exacerbating extreme weather patterns, and threatening human health, sustainable economic growth and development.”Mr. Ban, who is convening a climate summit later this year in New York, called on all countries to accelerate their efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen adaptation and resilience.“He calls on world leaders to take advantage of the unique opportunity provided by the climate summit he will host in September by bringing bold announcements and actions they will undertake nationally, as well as in multilateral and multi-stakeholder settings to address climate change,” the statement added.The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, also welcomed the new initiative, which comes ahead of the next round of UN climate talks that will begin on Wednesday in Bonn, Germany, where ministers will discuss key political issues which can be resolved ahead of a successful, new and universal climate agreement expected to be reached in Paris next year.“The decision by President Obama to launch plans to more tightly regulate emissions from power plants will send a good signal to nations everywhere that one of the world’s biggest emitters is taking the future of the planet and its people seriously,” Ms. Figueres said in a statement. It is also a good signal for upcoming climate summit in September and towards securing a new, and more importantly meaningful, climate agreement in Paris in 2015, she added. “I fully expect action by the United States to spur others in taking concrete action – action that can set the stage and put in place the pathways that can bend the global emissions curve down in order to keep worldwide temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius this century.” read more

Ohio State womens soccer back from 02 start to season

A slow start might have been disastrous for the Ohio State women’s soccer team. But senior forward Tiffany Cameron said the team’s early morning wake-up calls helped the Buckeyes recover from losses in each of their first two games. “We started off the season pretty slow, and then we got punished for that and we had to wake up at 6 a.m. for practice, it was crazy,” Cameron said. “Coach wanted to show us the will to win and what it takes to win and we just snapped out of it.” OSU has won the last seven of eight games and coach Lori Walker is pleased with the team’s growth and thinks they are improving a little more every day. “Our goal is to get a little bit better every single day and so I would say we have made a lot of progress,” Walker said. “The challenges we are presented with game to game are different because the opponents present different challenges, and we’ve finally gotten to a place where we are reading problems as they are thrown to us on the field and doing a much better job of solving them.” Similarly, junior midfielder Danica Wu said she thinks they are doing a great job connecting as a team. “We are getting better every game and we are connecting much better,” Wu said. “We give it our all and learn from our games and hopefully we keep doing that.” Cameron said the team’s biggest strength has been its will to win. “We have came out to every game ready to play and work our hardest,” Cameron said. “We are at a really good place right now.” Cameron, a Mississauga, Ontario, product, has scored nine of the team’s 14 goals this season. The hot start puts her at 28 goals and 68 points in her career, which stand seventh and tied for 6th, respectively, in OSU history. “I set a goal for myself to score at least 20 goals this season,” Cameron said. “I want to break the record and I can’t do that without our team and coming out hard everyday and practice.” As the Buckeyes prepare for their 8 p.m. game Thursday against Penn State, Cameron said the strategy against the Nittany Lions is to keep the team connected. “This practice we worked on being on the same page and finding open space because they play with three back,” Cameron said. “We need to have a lot of wide space to expose them.” Walker said the game will be a back-and-forth battle. “You need to contain your opponents’ top personalities and certainly Penn State has many and we need to make sure we have our attack as well,” Walker said. “The piece about Penn State is that they are scoring a lot of goals but they are also vulnerable and giving up some goals.” Cameron, a senior, said she’s especially ready for this year’s contest. “It’s my senior year, we always come out to battle and they are the best in our conference besides us,” Cameron said. “We always give them a run for their money.” The Buckeyes’ matchup against the Nittany Lions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium will be televised live on Big Ten Network. read more

Parker Hannifin extends output of AC drives series

first_imgParker Hannifin, the global motion and control technologies company, has extended its AC30 series of variable speed AC drives up to 250 kW output rating. The move comes following a recent update to introduce a pulse encoder feedback option, bringing closed-loop capabilities to the portfolio and underlines Parker’s commitment to offer its customers even more functionality across the AC30 series.“Flexibility, reliability and simplicity are the core design attributes of the AC30 series, which is available in several different frame sizes to suit the application. Exceptional levels of control are assured, from simple open-loop pumps and fans through to closed-loop process line applications. Indeed, wherever reliable and accurate motor speed control are the major demands, of either AC induction or permanent magnet (PMAC) servo motors, industry need look no further than the AC30 for a comprehensive and cost effective solution.”Offering integral energy monitoring capability, the AC30 series allows customers to match motor speed to fluctuating application demands, therefore supporting reduced electricity usage. As well as saving money, the mechanical life of motors, pumps, fans and ancillary equipment such as ducting or pipework, is extended.“Although simple in design, there is no compromise on functionality with the extended AC30 series. For example, users can enjoy the benefits of integrated macros for a host of different applications, while the Codesys-based Parker Drive Developer (PDD) software tool enables the creation of sophisticated PLC functionality within the drive that would previously have necessitated a separate PLC. What’s more, flexibility and high modularity ensure that a wide range of communications, such as Profinet, Profibus and EtherCAT can be added easily, along with I/O modules.”last_img read more

Column Minimum standards and regulations of rental properties should be enforced

first_imgA FLAT WHERE the bed is on a ledge above the cooker. A bedsit where you open a tiny cupboard to access your ‘kitchen’.  A makeshift bathroom stuffed into what’s intended as a wardrobe space. In nearly ten years working with Threshold, I’ve seen it all.Yesterday, we launched Threshold’s annual report for 2012.  It shows that, despite improvements in tenancy laws in recent years, many renters still live in substandard homes.Over 1,600 people contacted Threshold last year because of poor standards.  Broken heating systems, poor ventilation, leaks and dampness were the most common problems encountered in private rented homes.Poor standardsIn some cases, landlords were refusing to carry out repairs; in others, properties had been neglected completely since the economic downturn began.In the past, poor standards were a fact of life for many renters.  Tenants had little protection from uncaring, negligent landlords, and ‘Strumpet City’ style bedsits were commonplace.In recent years, thankfully, this situation has changed: great strides have been made in regulating standards and, most significant of all, in February of this year, the traditional bedsit – with its shared toilet facility – was abolished.Lack of lawsSo the current problem with substandard accommodation isn’t due to a lack of laws.  The legislation exists to protect tenants.  The problem is that – without enforcement and compliance – laws don’t work.Responsibility for making sure landlords comply with the minimum standards law currently lies with local authorities.  They’re meant to regularly inspect private rented homes and enforce minimum standards.  Their approach to this task is, at best, hit and miss: while some local authorities – notably those in Dublin – can be praised for establishing effective systems, others seem blissfully unaware that they have a duty in this regard.Recently, Threshold conducted a survey of the 34 local authorities in Ireland.  This showed almost 40 per cent thought private inspections were not a matter for them.  They were unsure who should deal with inspections or suggested – incorrectly – that they were a matter for the HSE or the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).The websites of the majority of local authorities had no information on private residential accommodation, or – again – suggested queries should be directed to the PRTB.Local authorities Four councils had information online that referred to standards that have been out of date since 2008.  And, even after being advised of the current law by Threshold, 25 authorities continued to have no information or incorrect information online.  A number of local authorities indicated that, although they were aware of their obligation to carry out inspections, they had insufficient resources to do so.Our survey shows the current system for inspections and enforcement doesn’t work.  As a result, tenants have no way of knowing whether or not a property complies with the law.  A lick of paint can hide a multitude of sins, so lots of people move into homes thinking they are perfect only to quickly uncover a range of hidden flaws.NCT for housing To resolve this issue, Threshold wants to see a certification system put in place.  What we’re calling for is basically an NCT for housing. Under such a system, landlords would have to prove they complied with minimum standards. They wouldn’t be allowed to rent a property unless it met minimum legal standards and they held a cert to prove this.One in five Irish families now lives in private rented homes. So this issue isn’t going to go away. In fact, if the enforcement system stays as is, things will only get worse.Rising demand for rental properties and the resulting rising prices will continue to leave desperate families with no option but to live in substandard homes.My belief is that private renters in Ireland are more vulnerable now than at any other stage during the recession. Lower-income families are really struggling to find and hold on to decent homes, and many face the terrifying prospect of homelessness.Threshold launches our Christmas fundraising appeal next week – our most important appeal in decades. Families in desperate need are contacting us on a daily basis because of the challenges they face in finding a suitable home. Now, more than ever, it’s essential we provide them with the help and support they need.Bob Jordan is Chief Executive of Threshold, the national housing charity.  Further information is available at www.threshold.ie.Column: This is home – a mouldy kitchen, faulty electrics, damp and children with respiratory illnesses>last_img read more

Samsung et Bouygues telecom facilitent le paiement sur mobiles

first_imgSamsung et Bouygues telecom facilitent le paiement sur mobilesAvant le lancement de la deuxième version de son système d’exploitation Bada 2.0 (supportant le NFC, incluant la reconnaissance vocale et disposant d’une nouvelle interface), Samsung s’associe avec Bouygues Telecom pour tirer parti de son Samsung Apps de façon optimale et trouver le moyen de paiement le plus simple pour l’utilisateur. C’est désormais chose faite.Si il n’égale pas le pléthorique Appstore, le Samsung Apps peut se targuer de proposer pas moins de 6.500 applications pour les utilisateurs de téléphones sous le système d’exploitation Bada.Pour pouvoir en profiter simplement et sans passage à la caisse “numérique” fastidieux, Bouygues telecom propose dorénavant de payer ces applications directement par le biais de la facture mobile.Plus simple, mais surtout plus sécurisé (les données bancaires ne restent donc pas en ligne), cette facilité de paiement sera proposé à partir du 1er novembre prochain, et apparaîtra comme nouveau moyen de paiement au moment de la “prise” de l’application (cf photo), à coté du paiement par cartes classique.À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Lancée en janvier 2010, la Samsung Apps est disponible dans 120 pays et a totalisé, rien qu’en France, un nombre impressionnant de téléchargements d’applications : 26 millions. Dans le monde, ce chiffre atteint 140 millions. De quoi motiver les facilités de paiement, vous ne croyez pas ?Le 24 octobre 2011 à 20:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Home sales in San Diego rebounded in March after a slow start

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County home sales rebounded in March following a slow January and February, according to statistics released Monday by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.March single-family home sales rose 24 percent compared to February, while sales of condominiums and townhouses jumped 21 percent.“The housing market in San Diego is showing resiliency despite a slow first quarter,” said GSDAR President Steve Fraioli. “The March sales figures show that buyer demand remains strong which is reflected in the steady rise in prices.”The median price of a single-family home edged up 4 percent to $635,000 in March, though the price of condos and townhouses dropped 3 percent to about $412,000.Sales for the first quarter of 2018 are about 9 percent below the same quarter last year, indicating a lack of market properties, according to GSDAR. The supply of market resale properties has edged up slightly to 1.7 months, though a supply of five or six months is considered healthy.Homes sold in an average of 26 days in March.Fallbrook had the most single-family home sales with 61, followed by north Oceanside (52), Carmel Valley (46), Poway (45) and east Oceanside (44).An oceanfront home in Carlsbad with a music studio was the region’s most expensive sale of March. The 6,300-square foot, five-bedroom home sold for $11.5 million. Home sales in San Diego rebounded in March after a slow start in January Posted: April 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, April 9, 2018last_img read more

Local Heroes To Hold Annual Car Show On September 15

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Local Heroes is holding its Annual Car Show on Sunday, September 15, 2019, beginning at noon, at the Merrimack Valley Pavilion (2087 Main Street) in Tewksbury.Local Heroes is a Wilmington-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our servicemen and women and helping veterans reintegrate back into civilian life.In addition to the Car Show, other activities include raffles, food & ice cream, beer & wine, mini-golf, laser tag, rope course, and arcade games.If you wish to participate in the Car Show, there is an entry fee of $15 per vehicle.  All proceeds go directly to Local Heroes.  The competition is open to all antiques, classics, small trucks, and motorcycles. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.For more information about the event, visit its Facebook page. Contact Alan Boutiette at 508-962-1589 with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLocal Heroes To Hold Annual Car Show On September 16In “Community”Local Heroes To Hold Annual Car Show On September 17In “Community”10 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (September 17, 2017)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Apple says a former engineer coinvented tech in Qualcomm patent dispute

first_img reading • Apple says a former engineer co-invented tech in Qualcomm patent dispute Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments 4 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tech Industry Apple Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego. Tania González/CNET Apple said Tuesday that one of its engineers contributed to a patent Qualcomm says the iPhone maker infringed on, a twist in the long-running legal dispute between the two companies. Apple said the concept behind the patent, which allows a smartphone to connect to the internet quickly once the device boots up, was proposed by Arjuna Siva, who worked for Apple before the 2011 release of the first iPhone that used a Qualcomm chip. Apple, which said Siva should be named on the patent, argued the point on the second day of a trial in a San Diego federal court.Qualcomm is suing Apple in a federal court over three patents registered to the chipmaker that Qualcomm says Apple infringed. The trial is one front in a wide-ranging legal battle between the two tech giants. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, aided by Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in modem chips. The agency argued Qualcomm has driven up the cost of phones and hurt consumers because its high royalty rates stopped competitors from entering the market. That trial took place in January, and the parties are currently waiting for a decision.Before Apple first released iPhones that use Qualcomm chips, the two companies worked together so Qualcomm could meet Apple’s requirements for the components. To do that, the companies emailed back and forth and held calls together. The project was so secretive that the companies used code names for each other: Apple was “Maverick” and Qualcomm was “Eureka.”Apple says that while the two companies were in discussions, then-Apple engineer Arjuna Siva came up with the idea that Qualcomm would later patent. Siva, who now works at Google, will testify later in the trial.”Does Qualcomm believe in giving credit where credit is due?” Apple’s counsel, Joseph Mueller of Wilmer Hale, asked Monday. Stephen Haehnichen, Qualcomm’s director of engineering and one of the inventors listed on the patent, said Siva didn’t deserve credit for the invention. When asked what contribution Siva made, he replied, “Nothing at all.”In his testimony, Haehnichen said Apple asked Qualcomm to build something the company had never made before, and to do it on a very short timeline. When Qualcomm delivered, Haehnichen was thrilled. “It was clear this was going to change the way we build modems,” he said Monday. “It was going to be meaningful to Qualcomm.”The San Diego trial, presided over by US District Judge Dana Sabraw, is more technical than the other parts of the legal battle. But it could have implications for how your phone is made and how much it costs. In addition to the boot-up patent, the companies are fighting over a patent that deals with graphics processing and battery life, and a third one that lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem.On Monday, Apple sought to paint the picture that Qualcomm was hasty and careless when it filed its patents. Mueller, Apple’s counsel, showed a slide created by Haehnichen that he presented to his team at an all-hands meeting. The slide, titled “Patents, go get ’em,” has a picture on it of cash bills fanned out. A bullet point under the title says “poker chips,” and notes employees get $1,500 for filing a patent, and another $1,500 for the patent being issued. It isn’t uncommon for companies to reward their engineers for patents. Haehnichen said he was just trying to encourage his team of engineers, who typically like to code and build but not present their ideas and work with lawyers over patent language. He said he was trying to remind his team that the work is worth the effort. “It’s important to our R&D business,” he said.  Share your voice Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • See All Qualcomm Applelast_img read more

Maldives Water Crisis Business Takes Hit as Water Shortage Enters Fourth Day

first_imgBusiness in Maldives, the honeymoon islands, is hard hit as the water crisis entered its fourth day on Monday.Male, the capital of Maldives, has been facing a shortage of potable water after a fire at the water treatment plant left more than 100,000 people of the island without access to clean water. The government has been providing bottled water free of charge to the residents but sustainability has become a problem. Water Distribution at a State Bank of India outlet in Male, Maldives.Aminath Sanooha Shameem via Facebook (IBT exclusive)The water crisis in the island nation, which greatly relies on tourism for business, has left the region reeling.Restaurants and hotels have closed down. There is a drop in hygiene standards, which is why major hotels have chosen to remain shut.”Customer complaints would increase if quality service isn’t provided. This would lead to customers hesitating to even return here. So we (have) decided to temporarily close (down) until the water issue is resolved,” Mohamed Azum, the manager of popular restaurant “City Garden” told Xinhua news agency.Unrest Due to Water ShortageThe government declared Sunday and Monday public holidays on account of the mounting civic trouble and urged Maldivians to remain “patient and united” while the government resolved the national crisis.People are “unhappy” and “angry” amid the mounting water shortage problem.”Economic Crisis will come shortly. People are unhappy, angry and the queue in for water is also long,” Aminath Sanooha Shameem, a resident of Male who is now helping out at the public office distributing bottled water, told International Business Times exclusively.”It’s very tough. No water in any flush tanks or in our toilets,” she added.Help is At HandThe government of Maldives declared a water emergency and appealed to several neighboring countries like India, China, Sri Lanka and even the U.S. for help. Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen cut short his visit to Malaysia to deal with the problem.A government official said that restoration of proper water supply would cost about $20 million. Until then, neighboring nations are already rushing to help Maldives with its water crisis.India reportedly dispatched a Navy ship holding 1,000 tons of fresh water. The ship also has the capability of producing 20 tons of clean water everyday even while anchored, according to NDTV.China has also donated $500,000 to the Maldivian government to speed up the repair process of the water treatment plant.”The Chinese government has already come forward with a $500,000 donation. Discussions are ongoing with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and other Arab governments. We hope to get monetary aid from them,” Maldives Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim told reporters.China has also been supplying water to Maldives via commercial flights. The first batch carried 15 tons of drinking water. Each person is being allowed two 1.5 litre bottles.Sanooha, the resident, thinks the situation will take at least 2 weeks to stabilize.last_img read more

Hyderabad to see 20 more IT firms setting up offices in next

first_imgHyderabad, the capital city of India’s youngest state Telangana, is fast emerging as the favourite destination for big business firms to set shop, as nearly 20 IT firms are expected to open offices in the city in the next 8 to 12 months, according to a top official of the state.”They are in advanced stages of discussion with us. We expect formal announcements to be made by them on the same, pretty soon,” said Jayesh Ranjan, secretary (IT, electronics and communications), Telangana government.Replying to a query on the allotment of land to Google to set up its largest campus outside the US in Hyderabad, Ranjan said that the state government had already assigned the land to the search engine giant.”According to the communique that we received, Google is expected to lay the foundation stone for its own centre in Hyderabad in the first quarter of next year,” he said.Search engine giant Google had said in May that it would to set up its biggest development centre outside the US in Hyderabad, with an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore. The new campus will be spread across over 2 million square feet and accommodate 13,000 employees.The state government has already given its nod to the draft for the new IT policy, which would be announced after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections in January next year, said the state ITE&C secretary.He said that the IT policy would focus on expanding the IT sector presence “beyond Hyderabad” to Tier-II and Tier-III cities in the state.”As part of the policy, we have identified Warangal, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Khammam to develop mini-IT hubs,” Business Standard quoted Ranjan, as saying.Formed just a year ago, Telangana has already become a favourite destination for big companies to set up operations, as the state strives to provide transparent tax policies and give speedy approvals to projects.In the past one year, Telangana has emerged as a tough competitor to neighbouring states – Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.Top players in e-commerce, retail and aviation sectors have already set up facilities or have announced plans to expand their operations in Hyderabad.In July, US-based online cab aggregator Uber had announced plans to set up a “response and support centre” in Hyderabad, India, which will be its biggest investment outside the US.last_img read more