Fire Chief and Founder of Peace FM in Chetwynd passes away

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A longtime member of the B.C. Peace passed away late Wednesday.Leo Sabulsky of Chetwynd passed away after battling cancer.  Sabulsky helped to launch Chetwynd’s only radio station Peace FM and later the TV station CHET TV.  Sabulsky was also the Fire Chief for the District of Chetwynd since 1998.The following was shared by Peace FM in Chetwynd: In the early evening of July 10th, 2019 – the most giving and tenacious man this world will ever know slipped away from us at the age of 67. Leo Sabulsky leaves behind his devoted and loving wife Janice and their three adoring children Aimee (Daniel and Maisee), Alesia (David, Mateus, Neves and Alyvia) and Michael (Tobi and Nicholas).Born and raised in Grindrod, BC – Leo grew up on the family farm with his father Nicholas, mother Mary and two siblings, Juanita and Dennis. Leo’s compassion and caring for animals was renowned and culminated in numerous awards through 4-H. In 1970 Leo was nationally recognized by 4-H Canada for his exemplary service and was awarded a two-month agriculture scholarship in Japan. Evident by his yearly display of flowers and vegetable filled greenhouse – Leo’s ability to reap harvest of greenery not suited for the region was always a testament to both his natural talent and obstinance.Leo was known far and wide as a selfless man whose sense of community knew no bounds. A man who,when told something couldn’t be done, went out and did it. This became part of who he was and he invited any opportunity to benefit those around him. An educator for 33-years, Leo had an unparalleled gift to connect and communicate with his students. His clever teaching style and passion for history, geography and agriculture is still spoken of with great fondness.As chairman of the Chetwynd Communications Society, Leo pursued his dream of creating Chetwynd’s own radio station. In 1997 he obtained the first “Class A” community radio licence in Canada and thus began the journey of CHET FM. Leo’s pursuits did not end there as he spearheaded the creation of CHET TV, CHAD FM and eventually all that would be known as Peace FM. Leo loved supporting the community and in particular, entertaining listeners with his weekly radio show, Leo & Friends.Leo first got a taste for firefighting at the age of 16 as a summer student with the BC Wildfire Service. He joined the Salmon Arm Volunteer Fire Department in 1976 and in 1977 upon arrival to Chetwynd joined the Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department. Leo became Fire Chief in 1994 and remained so until his retirement in June 2019. Leo had an exceptional attendance record, even at the height of his illness and was known for his unconventional tactics and unending resolve. Leo’s call to service was tantamount to who he was. This community has lost an amazing teacher, a dear friend and a true hero.A memorial for Leo will be announced later this month. Should you wish to honour Leo’s name, donations can be made in his memory to the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George or the BC SPCA. The Sabulsky family actively encourages you to share your most cherished memories of Leo to assist us all in these times of grief.last_img read more

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Indian Foreign Minister holds key meetings in Colombo

Ahead of Swaraj’s visit, Swarup said that the discussions in Friday’s joint commission meeting would cover the entire gamut of the relationship between the two countries.Included in these would be economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contacts.During the course of her visit, Sushma Swaraj will also call on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga. “A warm wlecome by a close neighbour. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on PM Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees,” External Affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted along with pictures of the two leaders. Earlier she was received on her arrival by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the Statesman website reported. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj held key meetings in Colombo as she began her visit to Sri Lanka today.The Indian media said that she called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the first day of her two-day visit to this island nation. On Saturday, the Indian minister will inaugurate a “Rise of Digital India” exhibition as part of “Sangam – Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-16”. The exhibition will showcase the rise of the computing sector and digital technologies in India.The re-framing of the Sri Lankan Constitution and the issue of Indian fishermen might also come up during the course of the discussions between the two sides. (Colombo Gazette) She is scheduled to attend the ninth session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission which she co-chairs with Samaraweera.The joint commission was established in 1992 as an effective mechanism to address matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation. read more

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Confusion reigns over sweeping reforms to labour code with some stakeholders in

Chris Rauenbusch says he doesn’t know if his employer can summon him to work on a day off after a series of sweeping federal labour reforms went into effect Sunday.“I don’t know if I am entitled to take a break during a 14-hour shift,” said the 39-year-old flight attendant, who heads WestJet’s union local in Calgary.His quandary follows a request by employers that Ottawa make some last-minute exemptions or delays to its new rules. The request has left hundreds of thousands of workers and their bosses in sectors from airlines to trucking to telecommunications unclear about whether they are fully covered by the Canada Labour Code overhaul.As confusion mounted in the lead-up to the changes, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu said certain interim exemptions would apply — at least until further tweaks can be made after the October election — but acknowledged the government was still hammering out who they will ultimately include. New workplace harassment law will be real ‘game changer’ for employers Trudeau springs a nasty surprise on many Canadian employers Work-life balance, precarious workers, a focus for revamp of federal labour code “I can’t actually speak to which employers and which employee classes will be subject to these limited exemptions because that is still being worked out with the department right now, and I’m looking forward to their advice,” Hajdu said days before the regulations started to kick in.“I’m not certain exactly when I’ll have those recommendations.”The new rules, which apply to the 904,000 workers in federally regulated sectors from banking to the civil service, usher in a suite of changes that mandate new personal leaves and longer bereavement and vacation periods, among other things.Industry representatives say some of the amendments would delay shipments, cancel flights and hurt the country’s economy, while labour groups argue they are simply asking for reasonable working conditions.“If you’re a trucking operation and your shipment gets cancelled, you can’t just send the truck anyway. If somebody is sick, you may need somebody else to go,” said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).Rules that fail to take that into account mean “the entire Canadian shipping network and supply chain is put at risk,” according to a May 13 letter to the employment minister from an industry association, Federally Regulated Employers — Transportation and Communications (FETCO), and obtained by The Canadian Press.An interim exemption will apply to several rules the transport sector says would kneecap its operations, including requirements that employers give staff a 24-hour heads-up on shift changes and four days’ notice for schedules, Employment and Social Development Canada confirmed. A mandated 30-minute break every five hours and an eight-hour rest period between shifts will also exclude some workers.But which companies and employees will remain unshielded by the new regulations remains uncertain.“It would be very, very specific classes of employees that, if we were to determine, could be exempt. Because ultimately these changes are about increasing productivity, increasing safety standards and work-life balance,” Hajdu said in a phone interview.Rauenbusch said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) recognizes that airline workers occupy a round-the-clock industry and that 24-hours’ notice before a shift change may not always be feasible.“But just because we happen to be employed in a unique industry doesn’t necessitate simply stripping us of the benefits that the government is trying to afford to workers across the country,” he said.Kelly countered that wages and longer time-off stretches can compensate for demanding scheduling protocols at airlines, trucking companies and telecoms — where repair and maintenance needs can pop up unpredictably.“It’s not like employees in these industries are prisoners. They’re often among the most sought-after jobs around because they have other commensurate benefits,” said the CFIB head.Trucking, however, already faces a serious labour shortage, despite a low barrier to entry. Better benefits could lead to “enhanced recruitment and retention,” the Employment Department said.Employers expressed frustration with the consultation process after the government agreed to push back implementation by three months from its initial date in June.“Given that the country is mere days away from Sept. 1, implementation of some of these labour code changes are at great risk of failure. This could have easily been avoided with a proper tripartite process many months ago, or a short delay,” reads an Aug. 28 email from FETCO executive director Derrick Hynes to the Employment Department.“What we’re waiting for is to hear back from the government around what they feel would be appropriate in terms of granting some temporary relief from some of these changes,” Hynes told The Canadian Press.The employment minister, “having attended at least one funeral this summer of people that died as a result of a vehicle collision with a transport truck,” stressed health and safety — and reiterated that they go hand in hand with profit and productivity.“At the end of the day, happy employees, safe employees, well-rested employees are more productive. It leads to safer workplaces and leads to more prosperity as a country overall,” Hajdu said. read more

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Ottawas deficit hits 14 billion nine months into 201617 fiscal year

OTTAWA – The federal government ran a budgetary shortfall of $14 billion over the first nine months of the fiscal year, compared with a $3.2-billion surplus over the same period a year earlier.The Finance Department’s monthly fiscal monitor says federal program expenses between April and December rose $16.7 billion, or 8.8 per cent, compared with the same stretch a year ago.A closer look at the numbers shows that major government transfers to individuals, including seniors benefits, were up $5.7 billion, or 9.3 per cent, while direct-program spending rose $8.9 billion, or 11.3 per cent.Government revenues, such as those pulled in from income taxes, were down $1.9 billion or 0.9 per cent compared with 2015-16.The Trudeau government is projecting a $25.1-billion deficit for 2016-17 as part of its plan to run several double-digit shortfalls over the coming years in an effort to lift the economy through infrastructure investments and larger child benefits.The Finance Department also says Ottawa posted a $1.3-billion deficit in December alone — compared to a $2.2-billion surplus in December 2015. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2017 9:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ottawa’s deficit hits $14 billion nine months into 2016-17 fiscal year read more

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Name change for Petrologic as DMT strengthens corporate brand

first_imgDMT, the Natural Resources Division of the TÜV NORD Group, is implementing a uniform branding policy for its subsidiaries around the world. As part of the measures to strengthen the DMT brand, Petrologic Geophysical Services has been renamed DMT Petrologic. Petrologic is well established in the international market for seismic special processing and is well known for its modern services. “Our company and staff will continue to be the reliable business partner our customers know”, said Gerd Rybarczyk, Managing Director.DMT has been active in the field of natural resources exploration ever since Ludger Mintrop developed the seismic exploration method over 100 years ago. The company is still at the forefront today, offering a wide portfolio of innovative solutions to suit the current market. By integrating DMT Petrologic into the exploration activities of DMT, the company is able to offer clients added competence and complete solution packages for geo-exploration and thereby provide greater planning reliability and effectiveness.DMT, headquartered in Essen, Germany, is an independent engineering and consulting company, active internationally. The firm’s activities focus on the fields of natural resources exploration, mining and coke-making technology, construction and infrastructure projects, safety in buildings, product testing and measurement instrumentation in industrial settings.Using methods and techniques drawn from the fields of geology and hydrogeology, geophysics, geodetics and geotechnology, the Exploration & Geosurvey Division supplies the data needed to achieve planning reliability for the extraction of natural resources. The work, concentrated in a single company and reaching all around the world, begins with planning, includes surveying and interpretation and extends to modelling and the final evaluation. The division also develops, operates and markets its own geosurveying systems.last_img read more

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BASF addressed range of flotation optimisation challenges at Flotation 17

first_imgIn three papers presented recently at MEI’s Flotation ’17 conference in Cape Town, South Africa, BASF addressed both apatite and sulphide mineral flotation challenges. The first paper, Development of fatty acid modifier for beneficiation of the igneous apatite ores of Kovdor deposit by Kamkin/Michailovski/Alexandrov/Mikkola, stated that decreasing grades of processed phosphate ores is driving a search for effective chemicals to maintain beneficiation costs at an acceptable level.“Stronger ecological legislation in many countries is also imposing restrictions on the use of alkylphenol ethoxylate (APEO) surfactants, which are known as effective modifiers for fatty acid collector systems in apatite flotation. A range of non-toxic and biodegradable APEO substitutes were developed by BASF. Using BASF’s range of modifiers, collector composition used for the direct flotation of igneous apatite of Kovdor deposits was optimised. During periods of laboratory, pilot and industrial trials, the influence of hydrophilic-lipophilic balance of the modifier on its selectivity, recovery and frothing ability was investigated. The outcome was the development of the optimal modifier composition in relation to specific conditions of Kovdorskiy GOK. Results of full-scale industrial trials showed a clear advantage in switching from incumbent APEO modifiers to BASF’s additive with simultaneous reduction of modifier consumption by 37% and increasing of P2O5 recovery by 2.5%.”The second presentation, Experimental design to optimise BASF’S collector performance in apatite froth flotation, De Masi Neto/Budemberg/Davo explained how BASF’s Mining Solutions unit has developed a study to increase its collector’s performance in apatite flotation, “aiming at optimisation of the main parameters that influence the process and adjustment of the collector’s formula – guaranteeing the best composition. With the implementation of this tool, it was possible to achieve best performance with a reduced number of tests. The first study, adjusting the pH for 9,5, allowed two times more metallurgical recovery at rougher stage in comparison to the current collector/parameters. In the second project, the ideal collector formulation was defined. The behaviour of each additive and how the saponification influences in different compositions was elucidated and allowed the flotation optimisation.”The third paper titled Performance characterisation of new frothers for sulphide mineral flotation by Chipfunhu/Dickie from BASF and Bournival/Ata from The School of Mining Engineering at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia discussed the fact that more complex and low grade ore bodies require increasingly specialised flotation reagent suites to deliver the required separation efficiency of the valuable mineral from the gangue, and to maximise concentrate grade and recovery. “A new range of frother formulations have been developed by BASF’s Mining Solutions unit. These formulations have shown the ability to deliver improvements in grade of up to 4% at similar or improved valuable recovery in on-site test work of sulphide minerals and synthetic sulphide/quartz mixtures when compared with commonly used frothers such as MIBC at comparable concentrations. Fundamental test work characterizing foam stability, interfacial phenomena (e.g. coalescence time and bubble oscillation) time and particle detachment in the froth phase were conducted and used to explain the improved performance trends observed.”last_img read more

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Food blogger takes Katie Hopkins to court over tweets

first_img FOOD BLOGGER JACK Monroe is suing columnist Katie Hopkins for defamation in the UK High Court over a number of posts made on Twitter.The case centres around tweets sent by Hopkins to the blogger in the summer of 2015.Monroe is claiming damages from controversial Hopkins over tweets she says caused “serious harm” to her reputation.Monroe, a food blogger who also campaigns on poverty issues, is asking a judge to find that she was “defamed” by the former Apprentice contestant.Writing on the social media platform yesterday, Monroe said that five hours of cross-examination was “gruelling, exhausting and deeply unpleasant”. She then wrote that she’ll be glad when the whole litigation process is over and done with and thanked people for their support.Monroe rose to prominence when she began writing a blog which shared affordable recipes she had created while living as a young single mother. Since becoming more well-known, Monroe has also been outspoken on issues such as poverty and austerity.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Brutally killed: El Salvador in shock as Gustavito the hippo stabbed to death >Read: Mother on protest walk from Cork to Dublin for second time to get her child medicinal cannabis > Share6 Tweet Email Food blogger takes Katie Hopkins to court over tweets The case continues today in the UK. Feb 28th 2017, 8:57 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34,399 Views By Garreth MacNamee Image: Nick Ansell/PA Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 8:57 AM Image: Nick Ansell/PA No Comments last_img read more

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Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week

first_img TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you may have missed during the week.Between Two Ferns: The Movie teased an official trailer with Zach Galifianakis “drowning” Matthew McConaughey in an interview, while John Krasinski is set to return as a CIA analyst in Season 2 of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video. From Lionsgate Movies’ technology comedy Jexi to Netflix’s quirky animated series Disenchantment, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.CriminalTwelve crime stories set in four different countries takes viewers on a crazy mind trip in Criminal. The new Netflix series, which stars Hayley Atwell, Sylvester Groth, and David Tennant, is coming to the streaming service on September 20.Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 2) Venezuela is the new destination for John Patrick Ryan, Sr. KCVO in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 2). The CIA analyst, who is played by John Krasinski, uncovers an international crime plot that may put the nation’s citizens and Americans in danger. Season Two of this suspenseful series is coming to Amazon Prime Video on November 1.WavesA24 is on fire this year with new releases, and Waves, a heartbreaking movie about an African American family in South Florida, is an emotional roller coaster. The film, which focuses on the key themes of compassion, grief, and love as the family copes with a major loss, hits theaters on November 1.Between Two Ferns: The MovieZach Galifianakis and his production crew take a road trip across America to interview “celebrities” in the hilarious film Between Two Ferns: The Movie. Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew McConaughey, Chrissy Teigen, Brie Larson, and other stars will be on the hot seat in this flick, which premieres on Netflix on September 20.JexiAdam Devine stars as Phil, a tech-obsessed guy who gets bullied by an evil virtual assistant in the comedy Jexi. After the Siri-like voice assistant (Rose Byrne) tries to mess up his life, Phil must choose to form real human relationships or risk staying alone forever. Jexi is coming to theaters on October 11.Bad Boys For LifeOld-school police officers Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett work together to take down the leader of a Miami drug cartel in the movie Bad Boys For Life. The film which reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, will debut in theaters on January 17, 2020.Disenchantment (Part 2)Disenchantment, a cheeky animated series about a party-loving princess, is returning to Netflix for its second season on September 20. Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson stars as the heroine, who must take a trip to hell after her entire kingdom is turned to stone.Jojo RabbitDirected by Taika Waititi, JoJo Rabbit tells the story of a young boy who has Hitler as an imaginary friend and has his patriotism tested when he discovers that his mom is hiding a Jewish girl at their home. JoJo Rabbit is coming to theaters on October 18.LimetownLimetown, a chilling show about a journalist who is investigating the mysterious disappearance of 326 people, is coming to Facebook Watch on October 16. When she’s threatened with her life, Leah (played by Jessica Biel) must choose to tell the story or risk having everyone die around her.More on Galifianakis ‘Drowns’ Matthew McConaughey in Star-Studded ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer‘Bad Boys For Life’ Trailer Reunites Will Smith and Martin LawrenceAdam Devine Faces Evil Virtual Assistant in ‘Jexi’ Trailer Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Hosts Team from Pakistan for Aquaculture Training

first_imgASA/WISHH Country Representative, R.S.N. Janjua, and other members of the Pakistan team present thank you gifts to Lucas Heinen, Dennis Hupe and IGP staff.Last week the American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (ASA/WISHH) brought a team from Pakistan to Kansas State University as part of the USDA funded FEEDing Pakistan project. The course, led by KSU’s International Grains Program and funded by the Kansas Soybean Commission, was focused on soy-based feed manufacturing and the nutritional benefits of soy-based aquaculture feed. Participants in the training represent feed manufacturing companies, academia and fish farmers. At least one company represented is currently exploring the production of soy-based aquaculture feed in Pakistan. From KSU, participants traveled to the University of Arizona for continued training and a visit to the Desert Tilapia Farm. This week the team is attending the World Aquaculture Society Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.Launched in 2011, WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan has assisted approximately 2,000 Pakistani fish farmers and helped increase the market value of fish produced—tilapia—from zero at the beginning of the project to an estimated 450 mill rupees ($4.5 million USD) in 2014.  FEEDing Pakistan tilapia averaged 600 grams per fish–double the weight of traditional Pakistan fish harvests.“The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program is pleased to bring this Pakistani trade team to Kansas State as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) FEEDing Pakistan project,” said Kansas Soybean Association First Vice Chairman Lucas Heinen who also chairs the WISHH Program Committee. “WISHH is a trailblazer for trade. We know from past delegations that these trainings are a win-win-win for the participants as well as Kansas soybean growers and equipment manufacturers. Pakistani private-sector investors are interested in producing extruded, soy-based feed for their growing aquaculture industry.”The Kansas Soybean Commission supports WISHH’s work in Pakistan, which is the sixth most populous country in the world. WISHH and KSU have worked together on this project for several years, and exports of U.S. soybeans to Pakistan are increasing.A 2013 USDA Global Agricultural Information Network report projected a 525 percent increase in aquaculture production in Pakistan and a complementary increase in the demand for fish feed. Aquaculture production would increase from 120,000 tons in 2012 to 750,000 tons in 2022. The demand for fish feed will increase from 210,000 tons to 1.3 million tons, and soybean meal demand from 42,000 tons to 260,000 tons.WISHH is a trade-development program, headquartered at the American Soybean Association, in St. Louis. Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, it has worked in 24 countries to develop long-term markets for U.S. soybean farmers while fueling economic growth and value chain development. For more information, visit read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Defuria Scalese Named To Deans List At Wentworth Institute

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have made the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the Fall 2018 semester:Steven J. DefuriaNick Lee ScaleseAbout Wentworth Institute of TechnologyFounded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, nationally ranked institution offering career-focused education through 17 bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science, computer networking, construction management, design, and engineering.The Institute also offers master’s degrees in applied computer science, architecture, civil engineering, construction management, facility management, and technology management.Wentworth is a leader in engineering, technology, design, and management education and is well known for its academic excellence and cooperative education (co-op) programs, as well as community service and support for the economic growth of the region.For more information, please visit The above announcement is from Wentworth Institute of Technology via Merit.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Defuria, Mangano & Scalese Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute of TechIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Fregeau & Larosa Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute of TechIn “Education”3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute Of TechnologyIn “Education”last_img read more

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Faulty tenders cause heavy losses to municipality

first_imgJogipet: The tender process for the allotment of commercial shops has become the talk of town these days as it violated all norms.The process was held in the month of March for shops in municipal commercial complex. The process was continuously postponed due to lack of coordination between leaders and officials. The tenders for weekly markets of vegetables, goats and cattle were called only twice. Also Read – Educational institutions in TS region ignored in the past: Minister Advertise With Us According to the people in the know of the development, no tender process has been followed for these markets for three years. By the allotment of these shops the municipality could earn only Rs 15 lakh each year. Thus, it lost Rs 45 lakh for the three years.Surprisingly, this year, the tenders were floated in hurry as the tenure of the council was coming to an end. The tender process for the municipal commercial complex was held recently. Surprisingly, the rent for each shop differs with the other. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The ninth shop was allotted for Rs 6, 200 whereas its adjacent tenth shop was given for Rs 20, 500. It is alleged that the officials colluded with some people and allotted them at cheaper rates.These calculations reveal that there is a loss of Rs 31 lakh for the municipality. The irregularities continued even in tender process of the weekly bazars. Last year, it fetched Rs 10 lakh and now the amount was only Rs 2, 99, 999, which means Rs 5 lakh less. Some of the shop owners have taken the issue to the District Collector. They also complained to him that outsiders were present during the process.last_img read more

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City observes Saraswati Puja with traditional pomp gaiety

first_imgKolkata: The onset of spring, with blooming flowers and vast fields of ripened mustard, brings with it the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and culture. Heralding the arrival of Basant Panchami, the City of Joy celebrated the occasion of Saraswati Puja on Saturday with traditional pomp and gaiety.Decked up in bright hues of yellow saris, women and girls offered their prayers to Goddess Saraswati with flowers, while men chose to follow the age-old tradition and clad themselves in traditional white kurtas. Clay idols of the Hindu goddess with a veena in one hand, a crescent moon on the brow and a swan at her pedestal, were seen with flowers, fruits and sweets placed as offerings in front of her. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe ritual which is typically performed by priests in different households, clubs, communities, schools, and colleges, continued throughout the day with the ringing sounds of cymbals and conch shells, after which the devotees indulged in distributing ‘prasads’. With the growing popularity of the occasion, small marquees had come up in almost every nook and cranny, where people gathered to worship the goddess, followed by a sumptuous lunch comprising “khichuri” which is a mixture of rice and lentils, accompanied by fried vegetables and dollops of chutney and sweets. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTo add a cherry on the cake, this year the occasion has become a two-day affair as the ‘tithi’ which started on Saturday will last till Sunday 10 am in the morning. The state government has also declared a holiday on Monday. The day which is considered to be the Valentines’ Day for Bengalis saw couples flocking to different malls, parks and restaurants, on completion of the puja. But for the little ones, it was a day of exulted euphoria who gave their textbooks a miss for a day just before their upcoming examinations, providing them with much-needed respite. On Saraswati Puja, which is also considered to be a “no-study day”, the children participated in cultural functions organised in localities, educational institutes and households.last_img read more

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HARP Activity Drops Further as Refinances Sink

first_img Share Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac HARP Refinances 2015-01-19 Tory Barringer January 19, 2015 518 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Mortgage refinance volumes reversed course in November, turning down as the government’s refinance program continued to see its popularity dwindle.Monthly data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together reported 134,582 refinances in November 2014, down from nearly 139,000 in October.Monthly refinance numbers moved in fits and starts throughout 2014, bouncing between a low of 105,059 in March and October’s year-to-date high—though the trend in the year’s latter half was largely upward as mortgage rates fell to nearly 4.0 percent.As overall refinancing fell, so too did the number of mortgages refinanced under the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which targets borrowers with high loan-to-value (LTV) ratios. For November, the GSEs reported a combined 12,429 HARP refinances, putting demand for the program at its lowest point in years.Year-to-date through November, HARP refinances totaled just 201,337, less than a quarter of 2013’s full-year number (892,909).While FHFA has focused in the past year on marketing the program through town hall-style events and other borrower outreach initiatives, analysts say the drop in HARP activity stems not from lack of awareness, but from a lack of new and eligible homeowners.”Everybody that has been or could be through that program did it and has moved on,” said John Bell, a principal at United Fidelity Funding Corp., a wholesale mortgage lender.Bell says that at this point, the government would be better served by expanding eligibility requirements, as it already did once in 2012. Though FHFA Director Mel Watt has offered no signal that the agency will create “HARP 3.0″ before the program’s expiration at the end of this year, it does seem a more likely possibility, given the Obama administration’s push to make mortgage credit more affordable.For Bell—who works out of an office in Irvine, California—the first step would be to raise loan limits for certain high-cost areas. The second would be to loosen some federal regulations, such as the qualified mortgage (QM) rule, which he says has hampered some homeowners who would otherwise be eligible for HARP.”We’d be really excited to see [HARP] 3.0 come out with expanded loan limits, maybe lower FICO scores, and possibly reduced QM requirements … on some loans,” he said. HARP Activity Drops Further as Refinances Sinklast_img read more

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appointmentsCT Partners

first_imgappointmentsCT Partners The Board of Directors of CT Partners Limited has announced the appointment of Tass Messinis, Managing Director of BCD Travel, as a Non-Executive Director of the Company with immediate effect.Mr Messinis joins the following Board members: • Alan Wolf – Bay Travel Group• Barry Mayo – TravelManagers Australia• Gary Reichenberg – Executive Edge Travel• Grant Wilson – TravelEdge Group• Michael Chase-Smith – Orbit World TravelCT Partners’ chairman Grant Wilson thanked retiring director Tim Lane for his contribution over the previous three years and said, “we are fortunate to have an industry leader of Tass’ experience joining the board and, following the company’s twenty-two percent growth in total transaction value during 2017, we are looking forward to another successful year ahead.”CT Partners 14th Annual conference is taking place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok from 30 October to 02 November 2017.Chairman Grant Wilson welcomes newly appointed Director Tass Messinis to CT Partners Board L-R: Alan Wolf, Michael Chase Smith, Tass Messinis, Grant Wilson, Gary Reichenberg, General Manager Ian Edwards and Barry Mayo.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 3:45 am PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The man fired from his radio DJ job for groping Swift has been hired by a Mississippi radio station.Delta Radio CEO David Fuss tells news outlets he believes David Mueller’s side of the story and hired him because he sounds good on air. Swift sued Mueller for a dollar last year, saying he grabbing her bare backside while posing for photo. Mueller, who uses the last name “Jackson” on air, denies the allegation and started co-hosting a show on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, called “Jackson and Jonbob.”(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) DJ who lost groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift in new radio jobcenter_img GREENWOOD, Miss. – The radio host fired after he lost a groping lawsuit to superstar Taylor Swift says he is “very grateful” for a new gig at a Mississippi station.David Mueller, 56, told the Greenwood Commonwealth that he had difficulty finding work in a big-city radio market. He started his job Monday in Greenwood, home to about 14,000 people in the rural Mississippi Delta.“I never wanted to leave radio from the moment I was out on the street with no job and no income,” he said.A federal jury determined Mueller assaulted and battered Swift by grabbing her under her skirt as they posed for a 2013 photo in Denver. Mueller, who goes by “Jackson” on air, still denies that. He began co-hosting the “Jackson and Jonbob” show Monday.The Washington Post quotes Delta Radio CEO David Fuss saying he believes Mueller’s side of the story. Delta Radio is based in Las Vegas and owns nine radio stations.Mueller’s hiring comes as the #MeToo movement draws attention to sexual assault and harassment.Fuss said Mueller sounds good on air, but allowed that his decision also was “maybe a tiny bit” about publicity.“He is a very good on-air talent,” Fuss said “It’s extremely difficult to get people to come to the Mississippi Delta to work. I felt like he needed a break or a second chance.”The Greenwood newspaper reported that Delta Radio has received complaints from Taylor Swift fan groups from as far away as Sweden and Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

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