Bolstering Your Balance Sheet with Your Tax Refund

first_imgYou could use your refund to start building your emergency savings fund or increase an existing emergency fund. This strategy may help you avoid landing in credit-card debt if you have an emergency. Adding funds to an emergency savings fund would increase your assets on your balance sheet.U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Ma, Jae-sang By Dr. Martie GillenAccording to the IRS, refunds to taxpayers averaged about $3,200 over the past two years and over 92% of the refunds were direct deposited into the taxpayers account. Use this as an opportunity to bolster your personal balance sheet.You could use the refund to pay off debt. For example, you could pay off credit card debt. Paying off credit card debt with your refund would decrease your liabilities on your balance sheet. You could use your refund to boost your retirement savings. For example, you could contribute to a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. In 2016, the total amount you may be eligible to contribute to either a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA is $5,500. People 50 and over can contribute an additional $1,000 for a total of $6,500. Keep in mind that you can only contribute to a Roth IRA if you have earned income and your income is below a certain threshold. If you work and your spouse does not, you can also contribute to a Roth IRA in his or her name if your joint income is within the limits. Adding funds to an IRA or Roth IRA would increase your assets on your balance sheet.You could use your refund to build a college fund for your children. For example, you could use the refund to contribute to a 529 account. Adding funds to a 529 account would increase your assets on your balance sheet.Lastly, if your refund was substantial, consider giving yourself an immediate raise by adjusting your tax withholding to increase your take-home pay rather than waiting all year to receive a refund next year. You can adjust your withholdings by updating your W-4 at any time during the year. Use the IRS Withholding Calculator to help you determine the adjustments.last_img read more

Many answers to the pollution crisis

first_imgIt’s the same story this year as it was last year. And the year before: the air pollution is killing us. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even pointed out that a hundred thousand under-five children in India died from air pollution in 2016. If this isn’t an emergency, I,It’s the same story this year as it was last year. And the year before: the air pollution is killing us. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even pointed out that a hundred thousand under-five children in India died from air pollution in 2016. If this isn’t an emergency, I don’t know what is, except for active war, bombing and the end of water. What should India do?We need a broader, systems approach. The stubble burning crisis is a case in point. I’ve been meeting dozens of farmers and agricultural labourers over the past five weeks, often in their burning fields, asking what gives. Of the many solutions they proposed, the big one is the need for a shift in Punjab’s farming. It is not viable to grow a water-guzzling crop like rice, suck up the depleted water tables and then struggle with the stubble. Until this shift takes place, farmers will ask for better MSPs to incentivise the cultivation of hand-threshed varieties, where the stubble is not bruised by machines and can be fed to cattle; using MNREGA for labour to remove stubble because labour is too expensive in Punjab for most farmers to hire farm hands; and a re-think on sowing dates.Then there’s Delhi, which often grabs the headlines as the most polluted city in the world. Let’s not fall into this trap and stay so focussed on the capital. According to analysis by urbanemissions.info, a non-profit that focuses on making data and science on air pollution accessible, India has 134 air monitoring devices, though it needs 4,000. It is likely that several industrial belts and coal mining areas fare much worse than Delhi. Let’s measure and address the pollution away from the spotlight , where so many of our fellow-citizens suffer.advertisementWe speak of the metro systems in Kolkata and Delhi, or buses and trains. Safe, reliable public transport, not run on existing dirty fuels, in every city can be a game changer. This is where money has to be pumped in. And goading the public to use it is key too, including by refusing to register private vehicles for five years in 100 non-attainment cities listed by the government for consistently falling below the standards. Electric vehicles could be an exception.The waste issue is also much more complex than it seems. Solutions here are driven by managing the condition of urban workers. Tested solutions exist for security guards and the homeless-key people who burn waste in the winter. These range from warm kits and better kiosks to decent housing in the medium-term and decent, safe night shelters at once. Monetary Incentives and land for local composting are key to preventing organic waste from burning at landfills as are local material recovery facilities. In India, it’s the poor that recycle waste. Ensuring their masterplan space and supporting them as legitimate enterprises are part of the fight against air pollution. Construction emits significant dust. Even when it is stopped, the malba pollutes. Every construction or demolition activity should prepay waste handling fees per tonne, with a municipality appointed contractor paid to pick up the malba for recycling. We need an urban re-jig, both in terms of land use and local financial incentives. Can the Swachh Bharat Mission also help us with swachh saans?People and their lifestyles matter. We saw the suicidal actions of many on Diwali night, as fireworks went up endlessly. How can you first create illness and then expect Lakshmi to visit you? In many cities, we see traffic jams of private vehicles and polluting trucks driving through unchecked. Our industries still pollute extensively. Our coal plants are slow to upgrade and reduce emissions, postponing deadlines. India is in an emergency, but seems shrouded in disbelief. Our government must become a stronger administrator and aggressively push implementation. It’s time to stop all sporting events and outdoor events when it’s polluted, stop any trees being cut and parks destroyed. We need the National Clean Air Plan of the government rolled out with milestones and targets. We need tough love all around.(Bharti Chaturvedi is Founder and Director, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group)last_img read more

Not going to play US Open singles: Andy Murray after crashing out of Cincinnati Masters

first_imgAndy Murray announced on Monday he would not play singles at the US Open after losing in his long-awaited return from hip surgery at the Cincinnati Masters.The Scot lost 6-4, 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in his first singles match since January before saying he had turned down a wild card into the men’s draw at the year’s final Grand Slam.”I am not going to play U.S. Open singles,” the 32-year-old said.”I didn’t feel I was able to make that decision before today’s match.”He indicated, though, that he would play doubles and mixed doubles at Flushing Meadows in two weeks and left open the door for possibly for playing before then.”I may play Winston-Salem potentially,” he said of the North Carolina event, which starts in six days.”But I’ll probably look at just playing doubles and mixed doubles. That’s what I will do at the U.S. Open.”In his first match since the hip resurfacing surgery which he hopes will prolong his career, Murray started tentatively but improved as the match went on, even if he was always up against it after Gasquet broke his serve to start both sets.”I don’t really know what I was expecting, to be honest. I think I did okay,” he told a news conference.”I think there was a lot of things I would like to have done better in the match, but, you know, you also have to be somewhat realistic, as well, in terms of what you can expect.”advertisementNot having playing singles tennis for several months had an obvious impact, he said.”I think physically, you know, my legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match in comparison to maybe what they normally would be if you played a bunch,” he said.”I was having to move quite a lot laterally, and I didn’t move forward particularly well. Like when he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn’t even run to the ball, didn’t react to it, and that’s nothing to do with my hip.”The former world number one arrived on centre court to huge cheers, recording a video of the moment as he offered a big smile.But the first serve was far from what Murray and the crowd particularly the fan waving the Scotland flag wanted.A two time winner of the tournament, Murray double-faulted and Frenchman Gasquet, who returned himself in May from groin problems, was quickly 2-0 up.Murray then seemed to find himself. The Briton, moving better, won three consecutive games, including a break of serve, to go ahead 3-2.But Gasquet, 33, won the next three games to move ahead 5-3 and into position to take the opener.Murray played much better in the second set and had a break point to get back on serve at 2-2. But Gasquet never let go of his early break and eventually went up 4-2.Earlier, Marin Cilic became the first seed to fall when he was eliminated by Radu Albot of Moldova 6-4 7-6(6), while Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic upset Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-3 6-3.American Sam Querrey and Japan’s Yodhihito Nishioka were also winners, Querrey outlasting France’s Pierre-Hughues Herbert 7-6(2) 7-6(1) and Nishioka defeated Australian Jordan Thompson 7-5 5-7 6-4.World number two Rafa Nadal, the second seed, withdrew overnight, citing fatigue after winning his fifth Rogers Cup title on Sunday.last_img read more

New Zealand Faces Expected Ship Officer Shortages Head-On

first_imgzoom Worldwide shortages of over 42,500 officers expected by 2019 has prompted New Zealand’s maritime industry and Maritime NZ to join up for the first time to encourage young people in this country to train for maritime careers.Maritime NZ’s Director, Keith Manch, said with the large shortfall in officers, competitive salaries (Masters of large vessels earn NZD 250,000 a year), and more than 90 per cent of the world’s goods being transported by sea, it’s a good time to start a maritime career.Internationally, Thursday, September 24, is World Maritime Day and this year’s theme is maritime education and training.“Our #NZcareersatsea promotion is aimed at mobilising mariners to show off their careers and encourage young people to see that maritime careers are exciting and well paid,” Manch said.“Our country’s training is internationally recognised and well-regarded by employers all over the world. It gives young men and women great opportunities for local, national and international careers.”#NZcareersatsea and World Maritime Day will be celebrated at a maritime industry function in Wellington on September 16. It will include information on social media, websites, port visits, maritime school open days, advertising and news media.A photo wall has already been created where people in the maritime industry are posting pictures of themselves and telling their own stories. The wall links people to Careers New Zealand website for details about how to train for those jobs.“There is huge variety of work, career, and lifestyles in the maritime industry including: deck hands, technical crew, ships officers, navigators, hospitality, stevedores and business,” Manch said.In New Zealand, work includes coastal shipping, Cook Strait ferries, fishing, tourism, offshore oil and gas and more.last_img read more

Diana Extends Capesize Charter Deal

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the M/V Houston.Expected to start on February 17, 2017, the charter will be extended to a period of about thirteen to fifteen months.The gross charter rate is USD 5,150 per day for the first fifteen days of the charter period and USD 10,000 per day for the balance period of the time charter.According to Diana, the employment extension of Houston is anticipated to generate approximately USD 3.68 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 177,729 dwt Houston was built by China’s Jiangnan Shanghai Changxing Heavy Industry in 2009.Market value of the bulker currently stands at USD 16.49 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The extension of the charter comes a few days after Diana released financial results for 2016. The company delivered a much wider year-on-year loss amounting to USD 164.2 million, compared to a net loss of USD 64.7 million seen in 2015.Diana’s fleet currently consists of 48 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of around 5.7 million dwt and a weighted average age of 7.71 years.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge Gates Bridge, near the intersection of Sissiboo Road and GatesLane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction until bridgerepairs are completed. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 from the Sydport Road off ramp (Exit 5) and SydneyRiver (Exit 6) will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. for theinstallation of steel girders for the new Coxheath Bridge. A detour is posted via Route 305 – Keltic Drive. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs in Pictou Countyis closed to traffic. Motorists are asked to detour by way ofWest River Station Road and Limerock Road. Traffic signals willbe erected on the West River East Side Road by Friday, Feb. 18 toallow for one way traffic. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Roaduntil June. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availableon Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project betweenExit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Motorists crossing Highway 103 on Trunk 3, and on Route 213,Hammonds Plains Road, must detour over temporary structures. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and3:30 p.m. until March 31. Efforts will be made to minimize delaysat peak travelling times. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Carl’s Lake Bridge Carl’s Lake Bridge on Merland Church Road, Merland, is closed toall traffic until further notice for repairs. A detour is available on Monastery Road to Trunk 4 in Monastery.Traffic control consists of signs. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 -30- Local area office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049last_img read more

Model of SS Royal William at the Maritime Museum

first_imgA model of the first ship to cross the Atlantic on steam power alone will be on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, beginning today, Aug. 18. This year marks the 172nd anniversary of the SS Royal William’s Atlantic crossing. Built at a shipyard in Cape Blanc, Que., the ship was originally intended to regularly travel between Quebec and Halifax. Unfortunately, the cholera epidemic of 1832 imposed restrictions on passenger travel and effectively destroyed the economic viability of the route. Facing bankruptcy, the owners chose to send the ship to England for auction. On Aug. 4, 1833, the Royal William sailed out of Quebec under Capt. John McDougall, stopping in Pictou to pick up 324 tons of coal, before it set off on its 25-day voyage to England. On Aug. 18, 1833, the Royal William left Pictou en route to London, England. When it arrived on Sept. 12, it officially became the first ship in the world to cross the Atlantic on steam power. Although the voyage was intended simply to deliver a ship for auction, there was no doubt that the crew recognized the significance of their journey. The vessel’s captain later wrote, “She (Royal William) is justly entitled to be the first steamer that crossed the Atlantic by steam, having steamed the whole way across.” The model, which is on loan from the Ontario Science Centre, was constructed by Mahone Bay native, Ben Verburgh, one of North America’s top model builders. The Maritime Museum is located at 1675 Lower Water St.last_img read more

Welcome A Potential Animal Star Into Your Home During Petcos Adoption Weekend

first_imgPetco will host a National Adoption Weekend at stores nationwide July 5-6, 2014, where animal lovers can find their future best friend and very own potential star.PetcoMany famous four-legged silver screen and social media pet stars were once housed in a shelter; but through pet adoption, these amazing animals found their fairy tale ending in a forever home.Here’s a list of some famous pups and cats that were adopted before the world knew their name:• Benji: The first dog to play Benji was a shelter dog named Higgins who was adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The movie “Benji,” released in 1974, is the first film in a series of nine about the golden mixed breed dog with an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time.• Grumpy Cat: Arguably one of the most famous cats on the Internet, Grumpy Cat, whose real name is actually Tardar Sauce, has over five million Facebook friends and more than 300,000 Instagram followers.• Uggie: Born in 2002, Uggie is a Jack Russell Terrier famous for his roles in “Water for Elephants” and “The Artist.” Before his big screen debut, Uggie was rejected by his first two owners for being “too wild.”• Tuna Melts My Heart: Left abandoned on a San Diego road, Tuna was found by a rescuer, traumatized and afraid. The rescuer brought him to a local farmer’s market and Courtney Dasher adopted him. Now Tuna has almost 800,000 Instagram followers and is an advocate for pet adoption.• Baxter: Before playing Will Ferrell’s dog in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” Baxter, whose real name was Peanut, was adopted from the Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley Shelter. An animal trainer rescued Peanut after his life of abuse, injury and neglect, and turned him into one of Hollywood’s funniest pet sidekicks.For those ready to welcome their very own pet star into their life, Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations nationwide will be hosting adoption events the weekend of July 5-6, 2014. Pet adoption times may vary, so it’s recommended to contact the nearest location for adoption hours.For more information on adoption events in your area, visit www.petco.com/adoptions.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Saskatchewan survivors file class action against Ottawa over excluded residential school

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA group of residential school survivors recently filed a class action lawsuit against Ottawa seeking compensation for their time as students at the Île-à-la-Crosse residential school in Saskatchewan.The class action lawsuit, which still needs certification, was filed on Sept. 2 with the Federal Court of Canada.The Île-à-la-Crosse school was excluded from the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement because Ottawa said it had nothing to do with operating the school which was run by the Roman Catholic Oblate Fathers order.The lawsuit argues that Canada has a constitutional responsibility for the First Nation and Metis children who attended the school and that Ottawa delegated the school’s operation to the Saskatchewan government. The lawsuit said the RCMP also enforced attendance at the school and residential schools operated as a result of federal policy.The class action represents about 100 survivors who attended the school from Saskatchewan communities like Buffalo Narrows, Dillon, Turner Lake, La Loche, Beauval, Jans Bay and Cole Bay.“I know some of those nuns would be in jail, what they did to kids there,” said survivor Tony Maurice, 73. “I saw one kid, one morning, he had his bedsheet over his head that the nuns had thrown over him and they wanted him to smell his piss. It was a Dene kid.”Maurice began attending the school in 1950 when he was seven and remained there until 1956.“It was pretty tough, it is pretty tough,” said Maurice, who is the mayor of Jans Bay, in northernwestern Saskatchewan. “It took me a month at least to say I wanted to go the washroom (in English)…I saw a lot of kids going in their pants and everything.”Maurice said Cree was his first language.“Personally, I had been called everything from a ‘nigger’ to different names,” he said. “I am a fairly dark person, I guess I didn’t qualify as a human being.”Maurice said Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett visited Île-à-la-Crosse on Sept. 8 for the school building’s ceremonial demolition. Maurice said she met with some of the survivors. Maurice said Bennett told them she wanted to negotiate a settlement. He said Bennett told them “it was time to get to the table” to find a “just and honourable resolution.”But he’s not holding his breath for Ottawa to come and settle their claim.“I am waiting. Every day I wait for a call or something,” said Maurice, in a phone interview from the Jans Bay hamlet office.Bennett’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.The lawsuit is being handled on behalf of the survivors by Calgary law firm Klym Law.The school operated from 1921 to the mid-1980s.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Cyprus to EU Speed up granting name protection for halloumi

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus is urging the European Union to speed up the process granting full name protection to halloumi cheese, the east Mediterranean island nation’s top culinary export.Cyprus government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told The Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities are pressing the European Commission to speed things up. An application, filed in 2015 amid talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus, would limit use of the name in EU countries to halloumi made only on both sides of the divide. But Cyprus peace talks collapsed in 2017.Cyprus recently lost the halloumi trademark in the U.K. due to what officials said was an administrative foul-up.The Associated Press

Federal election 2019 roundup NDP not happy about Peoples Party debate invitation

Day seven of the 2019 federal election begins with Justin Trudeau making an early announcement about maternity benefits in St. John’s. In this live story, we’ll be tracking the campaign news as it happens.4:00 p.m. — The race is still a dead heatThe Nanos nightly tracking polling numbers continue to show a statistical tie between the Conservatives and Liberals, with the two parties at 36 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively, in voter intention. The NDP has also been consistent at around 15 per cent support.Nanos also saw “notable negative pressure” for the Green Party, which is down to 7 per cent support.3:15 p.m. — Singh rides a tractor in VernerThere was a veritable lineup of politicians waiting to plow a small patch of ground at the Verner International Plowing Match in Ontario today. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh finally got his turn after provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Here’s the #NDP photo op of the day- week, so far. #IPM #IPM2019CIL #cdnpoli #exln43 pic.twitter.com/aFQLKkv2Ds— Abigail Bimman (@AbigailBimman) September 17, 2019 2:45 p.m. — The growing cost of Conservative campaign promisesNational Post columnist John Ivison has filed from the campaign trail with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and he’s concerned about the cost of all these promises.“He has skated around questions about how he will pay for this spending but he confirmed he has no plans to cut the Canada Child Benefit, which the Liberals enriched by 15 per cent for children under age one on Tuesday.Federal deficits are forecast to average $15 billion a year through the next Parliament and Scheer’s proposals add another $8.3 billion a year when all measures are in place.”Read it here.1:58 p.m. — Rick Mercer not happy with Conservative PartyRick Mercer says a Conservative candidate is distributing a meme featuring a photo of the comedian and a plea to “vote Conservative” and he’s not happy about it. “Not true. All fake. Please stop,” the comedian wrote on Twitter.Dear @AndrewScheer & good folks at @Cpc_hq – Your candidate in Burnaby North Seymour is distributing a Meme on social media with my face and the words “Vote Conservative” indicating it is a quote from me. Not true. All fake. Please Stop. #WhoAreThesePeople? #Cdnpoli #yuck— Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) September 17, 2019 Update: The Conservatives say the post has been deleted.1:00 p.m. — NDP not happy about People’s Party debate invitationNDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he is troubled by the recent decision to include the People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier in the federal leaders’ debates on Oct. 7 and Oct. 10.In a letter to the debate commission, Singh accused Bernier of recruiting racists to run for his party and for peddling conspiracy theories.Singh also criticized Bernier for attacking 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, which Bernier subsequently backtracked on.10:20 a.m. — Scheer promises to boost RESP grantConservative leader Andrew Scheer promised to increase the government’s contribution to RESPs by boosting the maximum annual grant from 20 per cent to 30 per cent, with the maximum contribution rising from $500 to $750 per year.At a press conference in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Scheer said that a couple who contributes $50 each month to their child’s RESP will receive about $1,080 more than they would currently receive, over the lifetime of the fund.The plan also allows low-income parents to receive a 50 per cent contribution on the first $500 they contribute to an RESP, compared to the current contribution of 40 per cent.9:40 a.m. — A stop for poutine on the campaign trailA clip of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau buying poutine for CBC reporter David Cochrane at a campaign stop yesterday is making the round on social media.“The Liberal Party always supports the CBC,” Trudeau joked.“The Liberal Party always supports the CBC,” Justin Trudeau jokes as he gives a CBC journalist an order of poutine while on the campaign trail Monday. More #elxn43 coverage: https://t.co/ir9WSRTwJM pic.twitter.com/WoSEKNwc2A— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) September 17, 20199:00 a.m. — Trudeau announces boosted child benefit for infantsLiberal leader Justin Trudeau announced a plan to boost the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under the age of one. The party estimates that it could give families up to $1,000, depending on how much they qualify for the income-tested benefit.Trudeau also announced a plan to move toward tax-free maternity and paternity benefits and increased benefits for adoptive parents. The Conservatives also announced a plan to reduce the tax burden on maternity and paternity benefits.8:45 a.m. — Singh touts candidate in McKenna’s ridingNDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in downtown Ottawa this morning boosting Emilie Taman, the party’s candidate to take on Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.Singh also spoke about the party’s housing affordability plan, which involves spending $5 billion in the first year-and-a-half of government to eventually create half a million new affordable units over 10 years. Singh also kept up the NDP’s sustained attack on the Liberal housing policy.“More of those pretty words, acknowledging the problem. But when it comes to the actual solving of the problem, just empty promises,” said Singh.8:30 a.m. — Trudeau heads east, while Scheer spends the day in WinnipegLiberal leader Justin Trudeau will be in St. John’s this morning for a policy announcement and media availability at 9:30 a.m. local time. He heads to P.E.I. in the evening for a rally.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in Winnipeg this morning where he will make a policy announcement and take questions from reporters at 9 a.m. local time.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will be in downtown Ottawa this morning to make an announcement about housing, before heading off to Sudbury for a town hall on affordability.Green party Leader Elizabeth May will announce the party’s platform on privacy rights in Waterloo at 11 a.m.• Email: sxthomson@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

Brian Rolle joins former Buckeye Kurt Coleman in Philadelphia

Former Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Rolle, the 193rd overall pick, is undersized for his position in the NFL, at 5-foot-9, but his ability to defend against the pass makes him an asset for any defense. He will join another former Buckeye, Kurt Coleman, on the Eagles defense, and may get consideration at the strong safety position. He is expected to be a special-teams player as he develops his game, much like his career at OSU. Rolle started two seasons at OSU at the middle linebacker position, and was named first-team All-Big Ten his senior season with fellow Buckeye Ross Homan. Rolle recorded 76 total tackles and two interceptions in the 2010 season. Rolle ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, and benched 225 pounds 28 times at the combine. He is the cousin of the New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle, and the Eagles hope Brian will offer the same success. The Eagles finished last season 10-6 and won the NFC East before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. read more

Nepal clinch onerun thriller to record maiden ODI win

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKhadka becomes Nepal’s first ODI centurion as they beat UAEJanuary 28, 2019In “latest news”Nepal’s ‘miracle’ takes them into World Cup QualifiersFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Nepalese young talent Lamichhane excited to be playing alongside Gayle, LewisJune 19, 2018In “Sports” A crucial 61 off 46 balls from Sompal Kami was followed by a game-changing spell of legspin by Sandeep Lamichhane as Nepal defeated Netherlands by a solitary run for their first ever win in ODIs in just their second match.Paras Khadka drives Pieter Seelaar over long-on for six during his maiden ODI fifty Peter (Della Penna)Nepal were in trouble after captain Paras Khadka fell for 51 at the end of the 31st over to leave them on 135 for 6. But Kami counterattacked after entering at No. 8 and thwarted the hosts’ bowling attack with a fierce flurry that included five fours and three sixes to propel Nepal to 216.Netherlands were cruising at 114 for 2 behind a half-century from Wesley Barresi before Lamichhane struck twice in three balls in the 29th over to spark a dramatic collapse. With his final two overs held back by Khadka, Lamichhane returned for another key blow in the 44th over, foxing Shane Snater with a googly for the ninth wicket, with Netherlands needing 32 off 39 balls and they eventually fell one run short. (ESPNCricinfo) Nepal 216 (Kami 61, Khadka 51, Klaassen 3-38) beat Netherlands 215 (Barresi 71, Lamichhane, 3-41) by one run read more

This Creature Has a Transient Anus That Only Appears When Its Needed

first_imgStay on target Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists A scientist has stumbled upon a jellyfish-like creature with one unique feature and not-so-dirty-secret: a “transient anus” that only appears when it needs to defecate and disappears as soon as it excretes waste.The warty comb jelly (Mnemiopsis leidyi), also known as sea walnut, resembles a jellyfish but is actually a species of tentaculate ctenophore. As detailed in an article published in Invertebrate Biology, it doesn’t have a visible anus most of the time. Instead, the comb jelly forms an anal pore that ejects digested food once the gut has filled up. After it has finished its business, the hole neatly closes up again.“That is the really spectacular finding here,” Sidney Tamm of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who made the discovery, told New Scientist. “There is no documentation of a transient anus in any other animals that I know of.”Jellyfish and comb jellies are simple organisms with one inner tract. In some jellies, the gut has only one opening that functions as both a mouth and anus. But while studying the warty comb jelly, Tamm could not find any trace of its anus.Warty comb jelly (Mnemiopsis leidyi) at the New England Aquarium. (Photo Credit: Steven G. Johnson/Wikimedia Commons)“It is not visible when the animal is not pooping,” he said. “There’s no trace under the microscope. It’s invisible to me.”According to New Scientist, Tamm’s observations show there is no permanent connection between the gut and the rear of the body. When waste accumulates, part of the comb jelly’s gut starts to balloon out until it touches the outer layer, or epidermis. The gut then fuses with the epidermis, forming an anal opening. Once excretion is complete, the process is reversed and the anus vanishes.The whole process happens quickly, and a mature warty comb jellies grow a new anus every hour or so, while their larvae do it about once every 10 minutes.Of course, the discovery is not just interesting poop-related news. The discovery of the transient anus of the warty comb jelly, whose family is over 500 million years old, may shed light on the evolution of a permanent anus in animals.Tamm told New Scientist the process of the gut bulging and fusing with the epidermis to form an anus is how the anus evolved in the first place.As expected, Twitter has hilarious reactions to the discovery.center_img More on Geek.com:500-Million-Year-Old Worm Superhighway Discovered in Canada‘Astonishing’ New Tarantula With Bizarre Horn On Its Back Discovered in AngolaBiologist Discovers Flying Squirrel That Glows Pink in the Darklast_img read more

Is Termination Of Services Being Done According To Rules

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYCOMPLAINTS ABOUT THE TERMINATION OF SERVICESA number of people did approach Foroyaa to find out whether their termination from office is justifiable. Foroyaa has made enquiries and it is necessary for those who are victimized to address letters to the Office of the Ombudsman to seek redress.This office is an oversight institution and under the new dispensation it should prove its independence and impartiality so that political consideration, past or present, will not be the basis of depriving public servants of their right to hold public office or enjoy promotion on the basis of merit.Foroyaa is thus advising such civil servants to test the viability of such institutions in preventing public servants from being victimized.last_img

Students Meet Their Hawaiian Ohana At The GRAMMY Museum

first_img Twitter News Email Facebook Kids Meet Their Hawaiian Ohana At GRAMMY Museum students-meet-their-hawaiian-ohana-grammy-museum Students Meet Their Hawaiian Ohana At The GRAMMY Museum Hawaiian musicians Bobby Moderow and Kimie Miner shared their music, culture and wisdom with L.A.’s youth, with Moderow noting, “When you hear a song you’re actually hearing about someone’s life”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 6, 2019 – 6:28 pm Today the GRAMMY Museum in downtown L.A. hosted another successful GRAMMY Week event for students from across Los Angeles County, filled with music and joy. For the Hawaii Education Program, Hawaiian artists Bobby Moderow Jr. and Kimie Miner taught L.A.’s youth what ohana, or family, really means.  They shared their music with the excited audience of students, with Moderow—who is in a trio called Maunalua—demonstrating the traditional Hawaiian method of slack-key guitar and Miner bringing out her ukulele. He introduced himself as “Uncle Bobby” and his fellow presenter as “Auntie Kimie,” explaining that everyone is family in Hawaii. Both of the singer/songwriters are Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners, which Miner described as the “Hawaiian GRAMMYs” (and the website explains that it was modeled after the Recording Academy).”When you hear a song, you’re actually hearing about someone’s life,” Moderow shared. He encouraged the students to share their stories with poetry and music.Miner discussed how she started making music when she was 14, after her parents got the singer/songwriter her first ukulele. For the Hawaiian native, it’s important to her to share the things she loves about her home and culture through her music, which captures the sunny vibe of the island. While her upbeat songs are “rooted in Hawaiian traditions,” she loves incorporating a blend of influences, like pop and reggae, to spread her message of love and positivity far and wide.  She performed her song “Bamboo,” which won Song Of The Year at the 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, which had the kids clapping along to its Jack Johnson-esque melody. Explaining the backstory behind the inspiring lyrics, she shared that she co-wrote the song with Jesse Epstein, an L.A.-based singer/songwriter.”One of the coolest thing about music is that you can collaborate with people from all over the world,” Miner said.Before the two artists closed the event with a traditional farewell song, Moderow shared the story of Māui, who, in Hawaiian mythology, is believed to have pulled up the islands with his large fish hook. He explains that the hook has important symbolic meaning; what you put out into the world comes back to you. He encouraged the youngsters to remember “the three Fs: faith, family and future,” when they think about what they want to share with the world.If you want another taste of their music, the two artists will be performing for the public tonight, along with more Hawaiian musicans, at the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Of Waikiki event at 7:30 p.m.GRAMMY Week concludes this Sunday on Feb. 10 with the 61st GRAMMY Awards—be sure to catch the show live on CBS, beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT live from the STAPLES Center.Read morelast_img read more

Sensex Nifty extend losses for second day gold gains

first_imgIndian benchmark indices extended losses for the second day on Wednesday, tracking weak global cues and selling pressure ahead of the twin budgets to be presented within a span of five days, starting from Feb. 25.The S&P BSE Sensex dropped 321 points, or 1.37 percent, to close at 23,089, while the NSE Nifty shed 90 points, or 1.28 percent, to settle at 7,019.The selling was seen across almost all sectors on the bourses.Top Sensex losers were BHEL, NTPC, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and ITC, while Bharti Airtel, Mahindra & Mahindra, Asian Paints and Hindustan Unilever registered modest gains.NMDC was the biggest loser on the BSE, ending the day at Rs 80.50, down 13.63 percent.ITC, HDFC, ICICI Bank, BHEL and Cipla hit new 52-week lows on the BSE. Kalindee Rail Nirman, Texmaco Rail Engineering and Titagarh Wagons extended their losses on Wednesday ahead of Rail Budget that will be presented on Thursday. The stocks had witnessed steep fall on Tuesday.Top Nifty losers on Wednesday included BHEL, NTPC and Tata Motors, while BPCL, Bank of Baroda and Powergrid Corporation gained.Asian markets closed with losses on Wednesday. The Straits Times declined 2 percent, while the Hang Seng dropped 1.2 percent and the Nikkei was down 0.9 percent. China’s Shanghai Composite gained modestly at 0.9 percent. Gold reversed its three-day losing streak on Wednesday and closed at Rs 29,100 per 10 gm, with a gain of Rs 190, while silver traded with a loss of Rs 150 at Rs 37,100 per kg.Gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) saw a mixed trend on the NSE. While the net asset values of most of the funds gained, some of them declined.last_img read more

This analyst believes India will decouple from US market in 23 months

first_imgA broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, February 26, 2016.Reuters fileAt a time when the equity markets around the world are falling in tandem with Wall Street amidst fears of higher U.S. interest rates, there’s one stock expert who believes India will standout from the pack in the next few months.Sandeep Tandon, chief executive officer of Quant Broking, is of the view that the U.S. stocks have already had a great bull run so far and any “recovery coming back may be in the second half of 2018 for the U.S. market should be used to sell only”.This would bode well for emerging markets, which will see investors moving funds from U.S. equities towards emerging market, according to Tandon.He expects emerging markets to outperform in medium and long-term on improved liquidity.”Even (if) 5 percent to 8 percent or 10 percent money shifts from U.S. market to Asia that itself will be good enough for a big move in Asia,” Tandon told ET Now in an interview on Friday.Wall Street slumped 3.8 percent on Thursday to new lows for the year. With previous session’s losses, both the S&P 500 and the Dow slid into correction territory, falling more than 10 percent from record highs of January 26.U.S. stocks selloff had a rub-off effect on Indian markets too with major indexes on track for a second straight weekly fall on Friday.Likewise other emerging markets also plunged, with the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares on track for its sixth straight day of losses and stood to fall 7.6 percent on the week.”We have seen a sharp correction and can continue for a few more days but when things settle down, you see can a recovery coming back may be in the second half of 2018 for the U.S. market,” Tandon said.”It will decouple from the U.S. whatever is happening and so it is a wait-and-watch approach right now”.last_img read more

Varietys International Music Impact Report The Power Players Across the World

first_img Popular on Variety Streaming has literally changed the world — it’s bringing music and the businesses around it to previously under-optimized territories, and the results are already in full effect. Latin America has become a streaming powerhouse, China and India are well on their way, and the major labels are moving aggressively into Africa, the Middle East and the rest of Asia.There can be a tendency in the United States to look down at the rest of the world — we’re not just talking about the president — and when we least expect it, along comes a “Gangnam Style” or “Despacito” or BTS to make us realize just how much we don’t know, and how much great music is being made off of our radar and yet at the same time, thanks to streaming, right under our noses. Who’s next? What’s next? Not knowing and then finding out is part of the thrill that inspires us — and all of the international-facing executives profiled here — to do what we do every day. (View the entire list in the gallery above — click on “View Gallery”.)As the international music community gathers for Midem June 4-7 in Cannes, Variety recognizes the executives leading the charge.Profiles written by Charlie Amter, Jem Aswad, Jeff Benjamin, Karen Bliss, Steven J. Horowitz and Roy Trakincenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

KMDA gears up to save Rabindra Sarobar islands from erosion

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has taken all possible measures to prevent erosion of the four islands on Rabindra Sarobar lake in South Kolkata. There are four islands on the large waterbody, which were found to be shrinking due to the dual effect of no boundary surrounding the islands and the loss of tree cover.The islands are inaccessible for common public and the job of protecting the islands rest with KMDA, which is the custodian of the sprawling waterbody. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have already piled saal logs along the edge of the islands and have dumped huge quantities of earth to rebuild the banks and prevent water from gnawing at them. Trees that are known to prevent soil erosion like Hijal, Pakur and Aswattha have been planted on the islands,” said a senior official of KMDA who looks after the maintenance of Rabindra Sarobar. Conserving the biodiversity of the lake has assumed prime importance in recent times, with the National Green Tribunal keeping a hawk eye on its upkeep. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEfforts have also been made to present a colourful look to the islands and for that purpose, KMDA has planted Radhachura, Krishnachura, Palash, Kathalichapa and similar species of trees.In recent times, the number of migratory birds to the islands have dwindled with the loss of tree cover and lack of proper nesting place for the avians. Fruit bearing trees like guava, papaya and jamrul have been planted to attract the birds.”We have also thwarted the attempts of some urchins venturing into the islands swimming across the lake and stealing juvenile birds from their nests, by strengthening the security of the islands,” the official added.KMDA has taken the opinion of the Botanical Survey of India, while increasing the green cover of the four islands.It may be mentioned that among the four islands on the Lake, the only one accessible to the public houses a mosque.last_img read more