Tax changes to make system fair not stifle business growth Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is figuring out how to ensure the proposed small business tax changes will make the tax code fair without stifling growth for small businesses and start-ups.The Liberals have been saying for weeks the proposals circulated in a discussion paper by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in July were meant for discussion and the final legislation will take into account feedback from Canadians.The consultation period on the proposals ends next week and how soon after the extent of the changes will be known is causing anxiety for business and for politicians getting an earful.Two new reports released on the matter Monday show how varied the reaction has been.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation notes people who make more than $100,000 account for just 8.4 per cent of taxpayers but pay 52 per cent of the total tax bill.On the other hand, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says just 0.7 per cent of Canadian families are going to be impacted by the government proposal to not allow businesses to sprinkle income to other family members.last_img read more

GuineaBissau Ban calls for peaceful conduct of presidential election runoff

23 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged voters in troubled Guinea-Bissau to participate peacefully in Sunday’s second round of presidential elections and called on both candidates to respect the final result and to settle any disputes through legal means. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he would closely watch the election run-off, describing it “as an important measure of national commitment to democracy and reconciliation.”Malam Bacai Sanhá of the governing African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and Kumba Ialá of the opposition Social Renewal Party are contesting the run-off after the two men obtained the highest number of votes in the first round, held on 28 June.The election is taking place after then president João Bernardo Vieira was assassinated in early March. Since then a presidential candidate and a former defence minister have also been killed.Today’s statement emphasized the need for voters “to participate peacefully… as they have done in past elections,” and called on the candidates to “resolve any disputes that might arise through peaceful, legal means.”Mr. Ban said the United Nations was committed to working with whichever candidate wins, as well as the broader Government, the National Authority and other authorities to encourage further progress in Guinea-Bissau.“The Secretary-General hopes this election will make a clear step forward for Guinea-Bissau in achieving political stability and security, and in fostering the social and economic conditions necessary to consolidate peace and fully realize human rights throughout the country.”Aside from political instability, the West African country is plagued by deep poverty, a lack of infrastructure and a flourishing drug trade.Last month the Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (known as UNOGBIS) until the end of the year. read more

Fiftytwo per cent increase in mortgage fraud since 2013 Equifax

Would you tell a white lie to secure a new home?According to data from Equifax Canada, 13 per cent of Canadians think it’s okay.The company says there has been a 52 per cent increase in suspected fraudulent mortgage applications since 2013.Investigators say the most problems lie with falsified account statements and falsified documents.Sixty seven per cent of the applications flagged were from Ontario, followed by B.C. at 12 per cent.Equifax says there are serious consequences if you lie on your loan or mortgage applications and it’s against the law. STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM by audreywhelan Posted Jan 11, 2017 7:34 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 8:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fifty-two per cent increase in mortgage fraud since 2013: Equifax read more

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won if the

The impact of tobacco production and use on the environment, in terms of deforestation, pollution and soil degradation cannot be overstated. UN News/Y. Guerda“In 15 years, we have made a lot of progress, with tobacco-control measures in place in most of the world’s countries for example,” said Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, the Head of the WHO FCTC Secretariat. “But we are still facing a great deal of interference from the tobacco companies in government decision-making and even inside our own house, within UN agencies,” she regretted.Article 5.3 of the Convention requires that parties to the treaty ensure that their public health policies are protected “from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry”. The article is based on the idea that there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health interests.As early as 2008, guidelines were developed for the effective implementation of Article 5.3 but the industry’s efforts remained successful too often.“They are wolves masquerading as sheep,” said Dr. da Costa e Silva, referring to poverty-reduction programmes and other development projects that tobacco industry giants are funding, in partnership with several international inter-governmental organisations.“The tide is turning however and, more and more, there is a reckoning that the mission of governments and UN agencies, and the interests of the tobacco industry are simply not compatible,” she noted.Over the past two years, the European Union’s multi-billion-dollar deal with tobacco firms ended, and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) – an initiative to engage companies “to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption” – decided to exclude from its partners companies that “derive revenue from the production and/or manufacturing of tobacco.”Another recent milestone was the adoption in 2017 of a resolution by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) under the auspices of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force (UNIATF) on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), a group of UN and other inter-governmental entities created four years ago to help governments tackle NCDs worldwide.The text encourages members of the Task Force to prevent tobacco industry interference, recalling the WHO FCTC model policy, which states that the UN must ensure a “consistent and effective separation between its activities and those of the tobacco industry, to preserve its integrity and reputation” and that “engagement with the tobacco industry is contrary to the United Nations system’s objectives, fundamental principles and values”. Similar language was adopted again in 2018. The WHO FCTC – World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which is celebrating 15th adoption anniversary this year – is a global health treaty that advocates for the control of tobacco production, sale and use, as a way to reduce tobacco-related illnesses, deaths, environmental degradation and poverty across the world.According to a report by WHO and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), it is estimated that up to one billion people could die from tobacco-related diseases this century. Currently, over seven million people die every year due to tobacco use.In addition, tobacco costs the global economy over a trillion dollars annually in medical expenses and lost productivity. As for the environmental impacts –deforestation and soil degradation for tobacco cultures, as well as water and soil pollution from cigarette littering – they cannot be overstated. The ECOSOC chamber, UN Headquarters. UN Photo.“The ECOSOC resolutions show major progress towards the UN-as-a-whole recognising that tobacco companies represent a public health problem and that, inherently, they cannot be part of the solution,” the head of the FCTC Secretariat said. “But the issue persists and some UN agencies seem to remain unable to secure alternative sources of funding for their development programmes,” she regretted.According to the WHO FCTC Secretariat, to date, only the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, WHO, the UNCG and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have policies in place to prevent interference from the industry. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is also currently reconsidering its terms of cooperation with these companies, especially from a child labour perspective, as the industry relies heavily on it for its production processes.“We are working to get more entities, especially UN agencies, to take the necessary steps to align their policies on tobacco industry interference with the overall principles of the United Nations,” said Dr. da Costa e Silva.“It’s very simple,” she concluded. “The war against the devastating effects of tobacco can only be won if the UN stands united and remains coherent with its own values”.In a month, a High-Level Meeting on NCDs will take place as part of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, to discuss trends and progress made on reducing risk factors for NCDs, including tobacco-related illnesses, and to recommend steps forward. read more

Football Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle signs with Carolina Panthers as

Ohio State senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle (93) waits for a USC snap in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern USC: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Carolina Panthers signed former Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle as an undrafted free agent, Ohio State announced Saturday evening following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sprinkle played at Ohio State for four seasons, ending his college career with 20 tackles in 28 games. He was on a Buckeye defensive line that held teams to fewer than three yards per rush last season, giving up an average of just 2.94 yards per carry. Only five teams in the nation held opponents to fewer than three yards per carry.He also helped an Ohio State defense that finished last season with the sixth-fewest rushing yards allowed per game in the country.Sprinkle was not invited to the NFL combine, but participated in Ohio State’s pro day on March 22. read more

Missing toddler found in drain

The body of an 11-month-old baby was retrieved from a drain at Sayah Village, Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Tuesday.The child was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital.Based on reports received, the child was at home with his mother and his siblings in the lower flat of their house.However, it is believed that the child crawled outside and ventured into the yard where he fell into the drain.Shortly after, his frantic mother realised that the baby was missing and frantically began to look for him.After some time, the child was found lying face down in the drain, which is approximately 10 feet wide and three feet deep.The baby was picked up and rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.His body is at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital Mortuary awaiting an autopsy.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen electrocuted while making illegal connectionApril 3, 2019In “Crime”Headless baby corpse discovered outside tombAugust 13, 2014In “Crime”New born baby dies after being allegedly dumped in pit latrineJanuary 24, 2019In “Crime” read more

US ready to fight Amazon forest fires but only if it involves

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 7:08 AM Share5 Tweet Email Source: Garrett Marquis/Twitter US ready to fight Amazon forest fires … but only if it involves working with Brazilian government On Monday, the countries of the G7 pledged €18 million to tackle the Amazon fires. By Hayley Halpin Some 83,329 fires have been reported in Brazil this year, according to the most recent figures from Brazilian space research agency INPE. The overall figure is the highest since records began in 2013, and marks an 84% increase on the same period last year.Over 1,650 new fires were started on Sunday and Monday alone.Over half of the fires are in the massive Amazon basin. Some 60% of the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is in Brazil.The forest absorbs two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, about 5% of the world’s annual emissions.  Fire consumes an area in Altamira, Brazil Image: Leo Correa via PA Images THE US IS ready and willing to help Brazil fight forest fires in the Amazon, an aide to President Donald Trump has said, but only if it involves working with the Brazilian government.On Monday, the countries of the G7 – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US – pledged €18 million to tackle blazes engulfing parts of the world’s largest rainforest that is crucial for maintaining a stable global climate. “The US stands ready to assist Brazil in efforts to combat fires in the Amazon,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis tweeted. However, the Trump administration prefers a plan that includes discussion with Brazil’s government, he said. “We didn’t agree to a G7 initiative that failed to include consultations w/ @jairbolsonaro. The most constructive way to assist w/ Brazil’s ongoing efforts is in coordination w/ the Brazilian Gov.”center_img Image: Leo Correa via PA Images Fire consumes an area in Altamira, Brazil 7,286 Views Aug 29th 2019, 7:08 AM The US stands ready to assist Brazil in efforts to combat fires in the Amazon. We didn’t agree to a G7 initiative that failed to include consultations w/ @jairbolsonaro. The most constructive way to assist w/ Brazil’s ongoing efforts is in coordination w/ the Brazilian Gov. (1/2)— Garrett Marquis (@GMarquis45) August 28, 2019 Tens of thousands of fires are burning in the Amazon – here’s what you need to knowBrazil’s stanceBolsonaro has repeatedly clashed with European leaders, especially France’s President Emmanuel Macron, over Brazil’s handling of the Amazon crisis.Bolsonaro at first rejected the G7′s offer, saying on Tuesday that he would be willing to accept the aid only if Macron withdrew his “insults”, before changing his mind to say Brazil would accept foreign aid on the condition that it controlled the money.But later yesterday, the South American leader fired a fresh salvo, accusing France and Germany of “buying” Brazil’s national sovereignty and throwing into doubt whether his country was still open to accepting the aid funds.Trump, who met with Bolsonaro at the White House in March, tweeted his “full and complete support” for the Brazilian president on Tuesday and praised him for his “very hard” work on the Amazon crisis. Macron has accused Bolsonaro of lying to him about his commitments on climate change and vowed to block the EU-Mercosur trade deal involving Brazil that took decades to negotiate.Closer to home, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week threatened that Ireland will vote against the controversial Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil takes steps to protect the Amazon.“There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement if Brazil does not honour its environmental commitments,” Varadkar said in a statement.“President Bolsonaro’s efforts to blame the fires on environmental NGOs is Orwellian,” Varadkar added. Although about 60% of the Amazon is located in Brazil, the vast forest also spreads over parts of either other countries or territories in South America. Includes reporting by © AFP 2019 and Órla Ryan 15 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Un ancien virus néandertalien découvert dans lADN de lHomme moderne

first_imgUn ancien virus néandertalien découvert dans l’ADN de l’Homme moderneDes généticiens britanniques ont mis en évidence, dans l’ADN de personnes atteintes de cancers, des séquences provenant de rétrovirus également présents chez Neandertal. Ces dernière auraient, potentiellement, un rôle dans le développement de la maladie.Des chercheurs de l’Université d’Oxford et de Plymouth ont comparé l’ADN extrait de fossiles d’hommes de Neandertal et d’hominidés de Denisova à celui de plusieurs Homo sapiens. Ces derniers étaient des patients atteints de cancer. Ils ont alors découvert, dans les trois types d’échantillons, des séquences identiques provenant de rétrovirus endogènes qui ont la capacité d’intégrer leur ADN à celui de l’hôte qu’ils infectent. D’après les chercheurs, ce micro-organisme aurait donc été porté, logiquement, par l’ancêtre commun à ces trois espèces humaines. Environ 8% de l’ADN humain est issu de rétrovirus endogènes. Cela fait ainsi partie des 90% d’ADN non codant, parfois appelé “l’ADN poubelle” bien qu’il ait peut-être une fonction, encore inconnue. Or, “dans certaines circonstances, deux de ces éléments non codant peuvent se combiner pour causer une maladie. Il a déjà été montré que ces rétrovirus endogènes causaient un cancer quand ils sont activés par des bactéries, chez des souris dont le système immunitaire est affaibli”, explique le docteur Gkikas Magiorkinis, de l’Université d’Oxford.Un ancien virus, responsable de cancers ?  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le scientifique et ses collègues cherchent désormais à étudier plus précisément ces virus, découverts chez les hommes préhistoriques et l’homme moderne. D’après leur étude parue dans la revue Current Biology, ils appartiennent à la famille appelée HML2 et pourraient avoir des liens possibles avec le cancer et le VIH. “Les patients porteurs du VIH ont beaucoup plus de risques de développer un cancer, pour des raisons qui sont mal comprises. Il est possible que certains de ces facteurs de risque soient génétiques et soient liés aux HML2”, explique le docteur Magiorkinis. Grâce à des techniques toujours plus performantes, les chercheurs prévoient d’évaluer à quel point ces rétrovirus sont présents au sein de la population actuelle. Leur rareté pourrait signifier qu’ils sont potentiellement dangereux, les porteurs étant éliminés en nombre au fil de l’évolution. En revanche, si ces virus sont fréquents, ils ont plus de chance d’être inoffensifs, d’après les chercheurs. “L’année dernière, cette recherche n’aurait pas été possible. Il y a eu d’énormes percées technologiques réalisées cet été, et je pense que nous verrons encore plus de progrès en 2014”, conclut le docteur Robert Belshaw, directeur de l’étude. Le 22 novembre 2013 à 20:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Stevenson woman son missing

first_imgSkamania County authorities are looking for a Stevenson woman and her son, and are concerned they may be endangered.Kelly Ann Hill, 34, and her five-week-old son, David Zachary Barresse, are missing from the Stevenson area, according to a sheriff’s news release issued Sunday evening.Family has set up a Facebook page at who has seen Hill or her son is asked to call Deputy Garique Clifford or Deputy Summer Scheyer at 509-427-9490 or e-mail read more

Local school districts feeling pinch of fewer students

first_img Clark County schools overflowed with students throughout the two decades straddling the turn of the millennium. Districts struggled to find space for the influx of children. Now a few local school districts have to deal with the flip side: declining enrollment.Clark County’s booming housing market fueled growth in local schools. The 2008 real estate crash slowed expansion of larger school districts. The smaller ones, especially those with less varied housing stock, actually saw their numbers drop.Growth can be tough, but so can contraction. Enrollment sets funding levels from the state and dictates space and staffing needs. In boom years, the increase in students results in more state money for programs but squeezes facilities. In stagnant times, the squeeze is on the flow of money from the state.When student enrollment drops, the need for teachers and classrooms also declines. The same is not necessarily true for overhead costs. District officials say they trim what they can to avoid cuts that affect the classroom experience.While student counts in several school districts have sagged in recent years, Hockinson’s numbers have plummeted.“We do not have a lot of starter homes,” Superintendent Sandra Yager said. “With the economy, it’s harder for young families to move into the area.” Students board a school bus at Hockinson Primary and Intermediate schools on Thursday. Declining enrollment led the district to shave the transportation budget.last_img read more

Water warning issued for parts of Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water warning will be issued, Thursday, for some Fort Lauderdale residents.Those who live in the Palm Aire community, east of the turnpike, will be affected as crews perform maintenance on water lines, which begins at 10 p.m.Those living between West McNabb and Cypress Creek roads, and Cove Lake Road and 31st Avenue, should boil water used for drinking and cooking until further notice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Town Manager Makes Announcement Regarding Political Lawn Signs

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The town’s bylaws prohibit political lawn signs be displayed more than 45 days prior to an election.Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town Inhabitant Bylaws reads:Temporary political signs may be placed on private property, the size and location of which shall not serve to obstruct the sight of motorists and pedestrians using or occupying the public ways and/or the right of access thereto. Temporary signs may be mounted only upon properly registered and insured motor vehicles. Signs may NOT be exhibited more than 45 days prior to election and MUST be removed within 3 days after the election.Town Manager Jeff Hull issued a statement earlier today, explaining why the town is not removing political lawn signs that have been placed well before the 45 days. It reads:It has been brought to the Town’s attention that election signs for the September state primary have been placed on private property throughout Town. That practice conflicts with Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town of Wilmington Inhabitant By-Laws which addresses the timing for display of political signs. However, Town Counsel has advised that based upon a recent Supreme Court decision, the Town’s by-law related to political signs is most likely unenforceable. As a consequence, the Town will not be taking any action at this time to enforce that by-law as it relates to the display of election signs.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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”Town Counsel Disagrees With McCoy, Rules Petitioned Warrant Articles Are ValidIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more

Innovation and food

first_imgIn an endeavour to evolve the food and beverage industry in India, Lite Bite Foods with HMSHost will together bid to acquire the rights, to launch and operate International and domestic food and beverage outlets at retail destinations like airport, train stations and highways across India. HMSHost is the world’s largest provider of food and beverage (F&B) services.The joint venture will operate under the name Lite Bite Foods HMSHost and will be based out of Gurgaon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With HMSHost’s presence across the dynamic F&B markets in the world, it will bring tremendous opportunities for Lite Bite Foods to enter new markets.The joint venture will operate under the name Lite Bite Foods HMSHost and will be based in Gurgaon. While HMS will own 51 per cent of the joint venture, Lite Bite Foods will own the remaining 49 per cent. The association combines the global resources and expertise of HMSHost and Lite Bite Foods. The partnership will capitalize on the strong reputation HMSHost has developed as a leading provider of food and beverage services for travellers. Lite Bite Foods will use its expertise in operating outlets at Delhi and Mumbai airports and its robust presence across the country.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixElaborating upon the plans, Lite Bite Foods chairman Amit Burman said: “Lite Bite Foods has in its fold a number of strong food retail brands like Baker’s Street, Punjab Grill and Fresc Co, and Autogrill, is among the oldest and the leading F&B service provider for travellers across the globe. The new company has the combined value of Autogrill’s International expertise and experience and Lite Bite Foods’ extensive local market and cuisine knowledge and network of established outlets. This agreement represents each organization’s strong commitment to provide the best F&B retail experience to our consumers across all travel channels. Together, we will bring an exciting new force to the country’s travel food retail industry and revolutionise this emerging channel.” Adding further comments, Rohit Aggarwal, Director, Lite Bite Foods said, “Lite Bite Foods HMSHost proposes to acquire the rights to operate outlets at the airports in India and neighboring countries, at these locations, we plan to increase the brand presence of all our brands at strategic locations.” Sharad Sachdeva, CEO, Lite Bite Foods said, “With millions of passengers travelling annually, the transit hubs like airports and railway station have become a strategic location for our brand’s presence. We are very excited about this joint venture and this association will definitely help extend our brand in neighboring countries as well.” “This partnership is an important step forward in the strategy of expansion in emerging markets, especially in Asia, which the group has been adopting in recent years,” said HMSHost International CEO Walter Seib. “We are confident that the know-how developed by Autogrill on an International level and Lite Bite Foods’ knowledge of the Indian market will enable the two companies to successfully expand in all the travel channels in the country,” he added.last_img read more

10yrold girl dies after being run over by speeding car

first_imgKolkata: A 10-year-old girl died and an elderly woman was injured in two separate road accidents in the state on Tuesday.The first incident occurred at Judapani area of Dhupguri when the victim, Debjani Roy (10), was going to school. The victim was accompanied by her mother when she suddenly tried to cross the road. A private car that was passing through the area at a high speed knocked her down. The driver of the vehicle applied sudden brakes but failed to stop the vehicle. The locals told the police that the car was at a very high speed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe victim received serious injuries on her head and other parts of her body. The residents rushed her to Dhupguri Gramin Hospital where Debjani was declared brought dead by the doctors. After the vehicle knocked down the victim, the car rammed into a road side lamp post. It was badly damaged and the driver fled the spot immediately after the accident. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and recovered the vehicle. According to the preliminary investigation, the cops also suspect that the car was at top speed when the accident occurred. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIn another accident, an elderly woman sustained critical injuries when a tractor hit her on S B Garai Road of Asansol in West Burdwan on Tuesday morning. The victim was trapped beneath the vehicle triggering panic among the locals. They said the victim was sitting on a roadside wooden bench when the tractor ran her over resulting in severe injuries on various parts of her body. The police and locals rescued the injured woman and rushed her to Asansol District Hospital. The locals staged a protest demonstration in the area alleging that the driver of the tractor had no proper license. The agitation was later lifted following the intervention of senior police officers. The victim is undergoing treatment at the hospital, police said.last_img read more

Methane gas from garbage leads to underground explosions

first_imgKolkata: Local residents got frightened after multiple underground explosions took place on Gobinda Khatik Road on Wednesday.Huge cracks developed at multiple places near Tangra police station. It was found that the explosion took place due to the formation of methane gas from the garbage that got stuck in the sewerage line. According to local residents, around 2 pm, sudden explosions took place in six places which blew of lids of manholes between the stretch from Ambedkar Club to Pilkhana Mor. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatalocal residents got panic-stricken hearing the sound of explosions. Police went to the spot and found gases were emanating from open manholes. Soon fire brigade and Kolkata Municipal Corporation were informed. Also, the traffic movement on Gobinda Khatik Road was suspended. Local councilor and Member Mayor-in-Council Swapan Samaddar said there was a brick sewerage line under the road through which water along with garbage is pumped out from the Palmerbazar sewerage pumping station to Chowbaga pumping station. Methane gas was formed as garbage got stuck in the sewerage line leading to the explosion. “Our engineers are working. Hopefully by night the work will be done,” he said. Due to the explosion, huge cracks developed in the area. Fire fighters sprayed water on the open manholes to stop the emission of the gas. Till last news came in, none was hurt and repair work was under way.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Opening rates for the n

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterOpening rates for the newly launched hotel brand, SALT, have been set for its first property, the 59-key SALT of Palmar that will open on the east coast of Mauritius on 1 November, 2018.SALT’s creator and CEO of The Lux Collective, Paul Jones, said Mauritius was an obvious choice for the brand.“An exotic, volcanic beauty drenched in history and modern culture, Mauritius has much to offer beyond its picture-perfect beaches, and its people are some of the most welcoming and passionate I have ever met. It’s a destination ripe for exploration too often overlooked by those who think it’s just for lazing on a beach. SALT of Palmar will be a gateway for discovering the real Mauritius, designed to disrupt those preconceived notions and attract a different type of traveller to the island,” Jones said.SALT guests will be immersed into the heart of Mauritian life, with the opportunity to connect directly with locals via Skill Swap. This means they exchange their time, talent & skills to the local people. Guests of SALT can also join our local suppliers and see their work or passion. From pottery with Janine at her Pamplemousses studio or early morning fishing with Kishor, to coaching the local football team with Fabrice or basket weaving with Mrs Bulleeram in Brisée Verdière – SALT has friends doing incredible things all over the island and guests are invited to share their passion.Every day is a learning day at SALT, and the hotel’s local team and network of experts will show guests how they do things differently. Fancy helping out on the SALT Farm? Learning how to cook Mauritian Chicken Curry with our chefs? Mastering the maravanne rattle and moutia drum? Just sign up in the chill-out area.Every guest will receive a copy of THIS IS MAURITIUS – a guidebook created by the locals who know the people and places that make the island tick. Maps, local SIM cards and the SALT app unearth local knowledge of hidden gems. The hotel’s fleet of cool convertibles or bikes can be hired to explore nearby villages, temples and markets.The SALT EQUILIBRIUM will come complete with a salt room, five treatment rooms and a team of local therapists offering a pick and mix of salt-based treatments to energise, relax, detoxify and rejuvenate. And a community of shared interests is just waiting to be created as guests come together for The Sunrise Run Club, sunrise salutations on the beach, meditation at Brahmakumari, dawn photography tour, hike & bike, yoga at the SALT Farm Shala and much more.The SALT of Palmar building is an iconic edifice that leads straight onto Palmar beach, originally designed in 2005 by revered Mauritian architect, Maurice Giraud. It will house 59 rooms all overlooking sea, garden or the 25-metre lap pool, and is being transformed by Mauritian architect Jean Francois Adam in collaboration with French designer Camille Walala.Rates start from US$200 per double room per night on a bed and breakfast basis.See www.saltresorts.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Sea caves development a litany of irregularities

first_imgBy George PsyllidesA special audit into the procedures that led to the approval and construction of expensive villas and a hotel in an environmentally sensitive area in Peyia, Paphos, has uncovered a litany of irregularities, according to a report published on Friday.The audit had been requested after a public outcry over the construction projects in the sea caves area, one skirting the boundaries of the Akamas national park, as well as other Natura sites, which had not been properly and adequately assessed by the environment department.The submerged and partially submerged sea caves are the birthing habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus), which is listed as the most “critically endangered” marine mammal species in the Mediterranean by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.According to the audit service, the probe found numerous “weaknesses in the procedures that were followed, both in changing the building zones” after appeals were satisfied, but also in relation with the permits issued in the area. The appeals were filed by Peyia Municipality in 2003.The report said the plots in question came about after the redistribution of land in 1988, done for farming purposes. The audit said that at least the plots next to the coastal protection zone could not be developed because of the rocky terrain and questioned why they had been included in the redistribution in the first place.No environmental study had been carried out, in violation of EU directives, while the zoning changes, following appeals, raised the building coefficient almost threefold.The audit also found that the appeals had been filed after the deadline and the Peyia mayor sat on the three-member panel that assessed them.“The committee examined two important appeals filed by Peyia Municipality which were almost fully satisfied,” the audit service said. “We think that the mayor’s participation in the decision-making violates the principles of impartiality and equality.”In 2007, a few months before the appeals review was finalised, three significant sales transactions were done in the area. The land was bought by developers who benefitted from a spike in value after the zones were changed.Six villas were constructed on one of the plots, with sales documents filed at the land registry many months before the environmental impact had been assessed and before a town planning permit had been secured.The municipality had also requested an extension of the tourist zone to supposedly enable a large family to meet its housing needs.“As we found out, one of the plots remains unused, while the members of the family to whom it has been transferred are the owners of a large number of pieces of land in Limassol and Paphos. The second plot has been divided and sold to various people and developing companies.”Despite the findings, there is little or nothing the authorities can or are willing to do to rectify the situation.A ministerial meeting in March decided that the clock could not be turned back and authorities could only limit the damage by rectifying some other illegalities and take steps to avoid them in the future.The meeting heard that some eight irregularities will have to be restored at one of the two main projects in the area, Korantina, including kiosks, a lifeguard tower, and rock works.The ministers were assured that the projects are not expected to have irreversible effects on the area’s environment.The area where the six villas were being constructed by Leptos, had been rezoned in 2008 nine days before the presidential elections by then interior minister Christos Patsalides.Patsalides defended his action arguing that he had simply accepted the recommendations of experts, which had been prepared following consultations with local officials, the district administration and the union of communities.No one had objected after the publication of the decision, he said.The former minister in the Tassos Papadopoulos administration questioned why building permits were granted 10 years later if the decision at the time had been wrong.You May LikeHomeToGoBest Vacation Home Deals in the USAHomeToGoUndoKiwiReportDid You Try To Use WD-40 As Engine Oil? See What Happens..KiwiReportUndoFood PreventHow to Detox Your Liver By Raisin WaterFood PreventUndo New equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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precautions that prevent the disease from spreading to others through exposure to brain tissue or spinal fluid he says A type of the disease called variant CJD in humans results from eating meat infected with mad cow disease Researchers made a major stride toward better diagnostic methods in 2010 when Caughey and other researchers first described a new technique called the RT-QuIC test The test requires removing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients by means of a spinal tap putting samples into a bath of normally shaped prion proteins and agitating the solution to encourage any abnormal prion “seeds” in the tissue to latch onto the regular proteins If even trace amounts of pathogenic protein are present they rapidly use the normal proteins to create millions of insoluble fibrous amyloid strands Researchers believe that these amyloid aggregates also seen in other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease ultimately cause CJD by interfering with or killing off neurons en masse After death the brains of people affected by CJD are so badly damaged that they often resemble Swiss cheese or sponges The RT-QuIC test now being used in diagnostic centers around the world works well but still misses about 10% to 20% of cases Caughey says It also requires an invasive potentially painful spinal tap In the new study the researchers ran a fiber optic scope straight up patients’ noses to the very top of the nasal cavity where olfactory neurons are located In theory these neurons should contain much higher levels of abnormal prion protein tangles than does CSF because they are directly connected to the brain Caughey notes Then the scientists rolled a small brush along the roof of the nasal vault and analyzed the samples of discharge or tissue they collected with the RT-QuIC assay As predicted the concentration of abnormal prions detected in the nasal samples was several orders of magnitude higher than those found in CSF the group reports online today in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Compared with the CSF-based method which correctly identified only about 77% of positive cases in this study the swab test caught 97% of 30 CJD-positive patients missing just one In addition the nasal brushings produced no false negative results in 45 disease-free controls Caughey says “Much higher numbers of patients and controls need to be tested to work out the actual diagnostic sensitivity” of the test but it appears to be a promising way of detecting CJD without performing an invasive procedure Caughey says One of his colleagues underwent the nasal brush test he says and although it was not exactly a pleasant experience “there’s not much pain involved apparently” “This is a big advance” says Pierluigi Gambetti a neuropathologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio In principle the nasal brush test should make it possible to diagnose the disorder much earlier than the CSF–based technique because abnormal prions build up in olfactory neurons more quickly than they migrate out of the brain into spinal fluid he says Gambetti who was not involved in the new study is co-author on a second NEJM paper appearing online today that shows that an assay similar to the CSF–based RT-QuIC test can pick up very small amounts of abnormal prion protein in the urine of people who have contracted a rare variant of CJD that is transmitted by consuming contaminated meat A handful of such cases have recently been diagnosed in the United States he notes and the urine test could be another quick affordable way to screen for the disease Although these new diagnostic methods may help prevent CJD from spreading they can do little for patients themselves Caughey says “Hopefully someday we’ll have a therapy” so that clinicians can intervene before too much damage is done APOEL finished bottom with two points " That is something Tottenham have not achieved in a month Olsen said said NCUA spokesman John Fairbanks” The rankings are 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