New Delhi: The ambitious ‘e-assessment’ scheme, also called the faceless or nameless assessment, for income-tax payers has been notified by the Central government.The notification gazette was published by the Union Finance Ministry on Thursday. The scheme envisages the creation of a national e-assessment centre. The centre will serve notices to the assessees specifying the issues for selection of their case for assessment, and after a response is received from them within 15 days, the centre will allocate the case to an assessing officer using an automated system, it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the scheme would be rolled out from October 8, which is also ‘Vijayadashami’. “A person shall not be required to appear either personally or through an authorised representative in connection with any proceedings under this scheme (e-assessment) before the income-tax authority at the National e-assessment Centre or Regional e-assessment Centre or any unit set up under this scheme,” the notification said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn case assessees or their authorised representatives want a personal hearing to make their submissions or present their case before the income-tax authority, they will be allowed to do so “in any unit”, and such hearings shall be conducted exclusively through video links or any other such facility, it said. The new e-assessment regime will be voluntary, and the taxpayers can take a call on whether to conduct their dealings over the e-system or through the existing procedure of manual submission of documents by visiting the tax office. With PTI inputs
Secondary school students have the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles by entering the second annual IWitness Video Challenge hosted by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.The contest challenges students to act on the legacy of the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List and do something positive in their community that exemplifies the movie’s message that one person can make a difference. It is open to all secondary school students in the United States and Canada who attend public, private or home schools.Participants will be guided in the IWitness Video Challenge activity to build a community service project through the examples they learn from engaging with testimonies in IWitness, the Institute’s free educational website. IWitness brings the human stories the Institute’s Visual History Archive to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia learning activities.Students are then tasked with creating a one- to four-minute video essay with an intuitive video-editing tool on the IWitness website, allowing them to link their voices to those in the archive who inspired them to act.The winning student, along with their teacher and parent/guardian, will be flown to Los Angeles to screen their film at USC Shoah Foundation. The 2014 winner, 14-year-old Ruth Hernandez from Philadelphia, was inspired by watching the testimony of Holocaust survivors who had to leave their homes to construct Voices of Our Journey, a video about modern-day immigrants.USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg helped launch the inaugural IWitness Video Challenge in February 2013. The challenge was designed around the same premise as the movie Schindler’s List, that one person can make a difference. As Spielberg said at the time of the inaugural launch, “We can use IWitness to show the power of random acts of kindness, the significance of contribution to community and the very idea that the best way to teach empathy is with examples of it so that maybe someday kindness will be a natural reflex.”Evaluation of IWitness over the past year has resulted in research that shows up to a 28 percent increase in an interest in helping others after they engaged with IWitness. Students also showed a 30 percent improvement in their critical thinking skills. In all, 72 percent of students surveyed said they benefitted from using IWitness.Teachers interested in signing up their students for the IWitness Video Challenge must submit their class-winning entry by May 8, 2015. Regional winners will be announced on May 29, 2015. The national winner will be announced on June 5, 2015.Now used in all 50 states and 58 countries, IWitness gives students access to some of the more than 53,000 testimonies of survivors of not only the Holocaust, but also the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and Nanjing Massacre.“Not only does IWitness teach digital skills that are so important today, it provides invaluable content that helps students understand that they not only have the power to make positive changes, but also the responsibility to take action,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith. “And now, with the IWitness Challenge, students can become teachers by creating and sharing their videos.”Source:PR Newswire
Rabat – What if the Moroccan Government had dealt in a constructive manner with the wave of boycott that targeted the “Afriquia”, “Sidi Ali” and “Central Danone” brands over the last eight weeks, instead of attacking the boycotters and calling them names? What if the three companies tried to understand the demands of the boycotters, sympathized with their grievances and positively reacted to their expectations? If this had happened, the boycott movement (be it spontaneous in nature or inflamed by occult forces, as some claim) might have abated more quickly. The negative effects of the movement on the national economy, on Morocco’s attractiveness as an investment destination, and on the lives of thousands of workers, farmers and families, as well as on the areas where the three companies’ industrial units are located would have been mitigated, if not avoided. If this had happened, government and private sector, alike, would have learned how to listen to the voice of the people and the whole country would have ushered in, in an intelligent and wise manner, a new phase of citizen engagement and involvement in decisions that affect their lives.Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani should have spoken from day one and said: “The government understands the demands of the people and feels for the families who are severely affected by high prices. We will seriously study the issue and come up with a set of concrete measures to deal with rising prices and rocketing cost of living”. The three boycotted companies should also have declared from the get-go that they understood the demands of the boycotters regarding high prices, that they would study the situation, review their price policies, and would look seriously into what can be done in consultation with the government and their stakeholders. Hence, the first reaction of both Government and the three targeted businesses should have been to listen to public opinion by opening a dialogue with consumer watchdog groups, civil society organizations, media outlets, trade unions, parliament, political parties, milk producer cooperatives, farmers ‘associations etc. Setting up web platforms and social media pages to receive and monitor citizens’ opinions and a toll-free telephone number to receive calls and grievances on the subject would have encouraged citizens to voice their grievances knowing that Government was listening.Once communication channels are open and grievance mechanisms are set and citizens are made aware that the government and other concerned parties are listening, a second equally important phase should be initiated. A series measures should have been announced by the government that would include: Canceling the liberalization of oil prices and setting a ceiling for them, while linking the rise of oil prices internationally to a parallel reduction in the sales tax; the compensation would come from the consequent rise in VAT revenue. Using part of the Agriculture Green Plan budget to support reductions of farmers’ milk purchase value by one dirham, and inciting the dairy products companies to reduce the sale price by one dirham per liter in parallel.Reducing part of the added value and the consumption tax on processed milk and mineral water, urging the companies to reduce retail prices in parallel; Developing a price control mechanism that would enable the government to intervene in a timely manner to reduce the high cost of living; Developing communication mechanisms to listen to and monitor citizens’ grievances and to appropriately respond to them on a regular basis.On their part, companies would announce a series of measures that include a decrease in the profit margin and a reduction in production, transport and logistics costs. The measures would enable them to find ways to reduce prices without incurring big losses. Continuing to communicate with citizens, suppliers and the government to achieve a price policy that is appropriate to the purchasing power of all citizens is of utmost necessity.The government and the three targeted companies would continue to communicate and listen to the voice of citizens and respond to their complaints and grievances, and go back regularly to the public opinion to announce decisions taken to respond to the demands of the people.If all this were done, the boycott would not have lasted long, and the economy would not have reached a point where trust is at its lowest point since 2011. If the government had taken the crisis seriously and the boycotted companies had managed it well (except for Centrale Danone, which apologized and took some measures that, regrettably, were not enough and came too late), we would not have reached the current state of anxiety and quasi-political crisis. A balanced and thoughtful approach to the crisis may have helped improve the popularity of an already weak government and would have helped in bettering the already negative image the public opinion has of the three boycotted brands. Unfortunately, I have not yet seen a more disastrous approach to a socio-economic and public relations crisis!Why has not the government taken any measure? And why did not the three companies react immediately and attempt to manage the crisis in a more effective and rational manner? Firstly, the government lacks a unified and collective view of economic issues and, as such, cannot muster enough political courage to interact with and influence public opinion. Secondly, the government sees any action to respond to citizens’ issues as proof of weakness. Thirdly, responding to citizens’ issues is seen by the government as a sort of negative empowerment of citizens. You can almost hear the government saying: “If we respond to these demands, we do not know what other demands will come down the road and affect the political power structure as well as the national economy!” Fourthly, there is what is called “state reason”, meaning that the government is always right because it has the power, the legitimacy and the capacity to decide; the citizen’s role is to comply.The boycotted companies were not more effective than the government, nor did they show much of any skills in crisis management and communication. Instead, they considered the boycott as a political campaign covered in economic terms (which is possible, but it does not matter); therefore, they opted for confrontation rather than positive interaction (except for Centrale Danone, which dropped off the confrontation approach and opted for interaction and communication, but it was too late). The boycotted companies managed the crisis in a primitive manner preferring not to learn from international practices in the field of crisis management. They were surprisingly stubborn in not attempting at all to interact even partially with the demands of the boycotters (Centrale Danone reduced the price during the month of Ramadan, but that was not enough).What neither the government nor the boycotted companies have understood is that international experience has shown that positive interaction with citizens’ issues does not pit them against public authority or the private sector; on the contrary, it ensures their positive participation in the management of public goods and services. “Negative empowerment” is an obsolete notion, especially at times when governments and the private sector are seeking ways to know better, respond to, and encourage feedback from citizens. The more citizens feel they are involved in the decision-making process, the more the development process is appropriated by them and the more trust they have in the institutions. It is called Citizen Engagement. The boycott was bad for business but was a rare opportunity to ensure greater participation and rebuilding of public confidence in politicians and the business community. But we missed this opportunity: the results of the boycott are yet to be understood and evaluated; but the big change needs to happen at the level of the political and economic élite: learning to engage with citizens is key to the success of public policies and the grand development programs. Otherwise, public officials and private businesses’ fear will become a self-fulfilling prophecy: left alone and ignored, citizens will definitely be pitted against government and business. Engaged, they will become partners in development.
In a new report released in Dili, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) noted that the 11 February attacks against President José Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão constituted a significant security challenge. “The national authorities responded to these challenges in a way which indicates increasing institutional stability and adherence to the rule of law,” according to a news release issued by the Mission. “The cooperation between the military and police, as well as the successful efforts to apprehend those wanted in connection with the attacks without resorting to use of force, were positive developments.” However, important challenges remain, according to the report, which covers the period September 2007 to June 2008. “The notable increase in the number of cases of ill-treatment by members of the security forces reported during the state of exception is of particular concern,” the Mission said. UNMIT also received reports of death-threats and arrests that did not follow legal procedures. While national leaders made commitments to address such violations, accountability mechanisms remain “weak.” The report also noted some progress in strengthening the justice system, including the growing number of Timorese judicial personnel and their increased presence in the districts. “However, effective access to justice remains constrained,” the Mission stated, pointing out that the backlog of cases has grown to an estimated 4,700 criminal cases. In addition, key legislation for dealing with gender-based violence – which continues to be a major concern – has not yet been adopted. In terms of justice for past violations, the final report of the Indonesia–Timor-Leste Commission of Truth and Friendship was submitted to the Presidents of Indonesia and Timor-Leste on 15 July. The two Presidents issued a joint statement recognizing that gross violations of human rights had occurred, expressing remorse to all those who suffered. “However, progress towards holding accountable those responsible for criminal acts during the 2006 crisis was slow,” said UNMIT.Timor-Leste – which the UN shepherded to independence in 2002 – is now at a “human rights crossroads,” noted Louis Gentile, Chief of UNMIT’s Human Rights and Transitional Justice Section.“The Timorese people and state institutions can continue to build on progress achieved – or can turn back towards a more violent past. The United Nations stands ready to assist them to move forward,” he stated.The report, which is the second produced by UNMIT on the country’s human rights situation, contains a list of recommendations relating to key human rights developments in relation to the security sector and access to justice. 21 August 2008Timor-Leste is making progress in key human rights areas, including adherence to the rule of law, strengthening of the judicial system and addressing past violations, but it needs to do more to consolidate these gains, the United Nations said today.
1 April 2009Although the number of misconduct allegations for blue helmets serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the decline, the top United Nations envoy to the country today vowed to press ahead with efforts to prevent and act on accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse. A new report issued by the Conduct and Discipline Unit of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC) “indicates that preventive action to train personnel, monitor behaviour and act on allegations is producing results,” said Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.“We will not relax our efforts,” he vowed.Allegations are categorized according to their severity, with Category I offenses including behaviour such as sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), serious fraud and abuse of authority, while Category II offenses pertain to personnel matters, contract disputes, misuse of equipment and small theft, among others.According to the report, Category I allegations dropped from 66 in 2007 to 56 last year, and within these instances, the number of sexual abuse and exploitation allegations fell from 48 in 2007 to 38 in 2008.The number of Category II allegations is also on the wane, with 202 allegations received last year, as opposed to 294 the year before. In 2008, 15 of the allegations pertaining to reported sexual abuse and exploitation mainly involved breaches of curfew. MONUC peacekeepers are prohibited from visiting bars frequented by prostitutes or areas that are off-limits for security reasons.Some 31,000 MONUC personnel have been briefed and trained on sexual abuse and exploitation last year, with the Conduct and Discipline Unit visiting field sites regularly to assess the quality of training.Additionally, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) requires that all peacekeeping personnel attend training on sexual exploitation and abuse upon arriving in the mission area and every year thereafter for as long as they are employed by the mission.The UN has imposed a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers, and senior officials have reiterated in recent years that this means there is no impunity for blue helmets who engage in such practices.Last July, top officials serving with MONUC, one of the largest UN missions in the world, set up a conduct and discipline advisory committee comprising senior advisers and others to monitor and ensure that the highest standards of conduct and discipline are maintained.
Salley had in March said he had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by Muslims as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.He said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines. The United Nations says it has not received a letter from Muslim politician Azath Salley.UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York yesterday that such a letter had not been received. Yesterday he said “I was asked about whether the Secretary-General had received a letter from a Sri Lankan Muslim leader. The answer is no — or, at least, not yet”. The letter, a copy of which has also been sent to the UN Human Rights Council, says the government of Sri Lanka is failing to uphold and is pushing the country towards another holocaust. “We urge your Excellency to take all necessary measures to guarantee that the rights and the freedom of religion or belief of the various religious communities living in Sri Lanka are respected and protected and ask of the government of Sri Lanka to adopt effective measures to prevent the recurrence of these acts,” the letter sent to the UN Chief said. (Colombo Gazette) When asked about the letter a day earlier Nesirky had said he was not aware aware of it and had to check. “After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” a copy of the letter sent to the media said.The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities.He said the Government of Sri Lanka has failed to honor, article 2 (1) of the 1981 Declaration of the General Assembly which states that no one shall be subject to discrimination by any State, institution, group of persons, or person on the grounds of religion or other belief.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A Montana woman will launch an electric scooter business in Bozeman that aims to alleviate parking problems and help people better explore the city.The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Blink Rides will offer about 100 scooters for the public to rent beginning this weekend.Owner Lana Kitto says the scooters will be accessible through an app costing 99 cents. Each ride will cost $1.50 for the first minute plus 30 cents for every minute after.Kitto says she even designed the scooters to operate in snowy winters making them two-times heavier than average.Authorities say all bike laws apply including avoiding sidewalks, for which there is a $40-violation fee.Neighbouring city officials say electric scooters were banned due to safety concerns and for not being discarded properly.___Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.comThe Associated Press
WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices scaled new heights in April, with seven cities — Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon — setting highs.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.4 per cent in April compared with a year earlier, just below the 5.5 per cent year-over-year gain posted in March.Home values are now just 9.6 per cent below their peak set nearly a decade ago, according to the report released Tuesday.A shrinking supply of homes for sale has intensified competition from buyers and forced up prices. Demand has been further fueled by a healthy job market and historically low mortgage rates, which have made people more comfortable about paying higher home prices.The number of listings has fallen 5.7 per cent from a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said last week.Home prices rose in all 20 major housing markets, with double-digit annual increases in Portland and Seattle.“While strong price growth in these markets should help increase inventory in the coming months, homes will be significantly less affordable for homebuyers than this time last year,” predicted Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at the online real estate service Trulia.Overall home ownership rates have dropped near a 48-year low in the aftermath of the housing bust that began in 2007. But sales have improved as the broader economy has slowly healed.Sales of existing homes improved 1.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.53 million, according to the Realtors. It was the best pace since February 2007.The foundation for much of that growth has been a low 4.7 per cent unemployment rate, which reflects a stable period for workers. Rising prices have also been tempered by ultra-low mortgage rates, which have held monthly loan payments in check.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.56 per cent last week — down from 4.02 per cent a year ago and well below the long-term average of 6 per cent. This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, photo shows a home for sale in Andover, Mass. On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for April is released. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 7:10 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 11:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email With the supply of homes slight, US prices surged in April
“The Working Group is concerned that in the drafting of a new constitution, in particular, its article 28, gains on equality and women’s human rights and women’s status in society achieved in the last five decades risk being rolled back,” said Kamala Chandrakirana, who currently heads the UN expert panel. Made up of five independent experts, the Working Group’s focus is to identify, promote and exchange views, in consultation with States and other actors, on good practices related to the elimination of laws that discriminate against women. At the time of its establishment by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, in September 2010, it was hailed as a milestone on the road towards women’s equality with men. Demanding democracy and freedom, the people of Tunisia were at the vanguard last year of a wave of popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East, which became known collectively as the Arab Spring. These movements have led to changes in government in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and to uprisings elsewhere. Tunisia’s political transition started in January last year, and in December, an interim Government was appointed. According to a news release from the Office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Tunisia’s new draft constitution places women on unequal footing with men and does not consider them as independent, full individuals. It also delineates their role as ‘complementary to the one of the men in the family’ and fails to ensure that this provision is reciprocal. “Rights are guaranteed to women not on the basis of them being entitled to human rights by virtue of the fact that they are human, but rather, them being complementary to men,” Ms. Chandrakirana said. “Although the text refers to women’s role in nation-building, it conditions this on women being ‘complementary to men,’ thereby failing to establish the basis for full independence and empowerment of women, and their participation as active citizens for change,” she added. According to the Working Group, women in Tunisia have long enjoyed an admired position in a region where much remains to be done to protect and promote women’s human rights, thanks in part to previous efforts by the women’s movement and the Government’s adoption in 1956 of the Code of Personal Status, which contained progressive laws on equality between men and women. “The current Government has an obligation and responsibility to build on these achievements,” Ms. Chandrakirana said. “While Governments change, international human rights obligations remain binding.” The Government of Tunisia has accepted a visit of the Working Group in November.
Stay on target You’d think years of writing and editing stories about 3D printing, as well as being surrounded by 3D printers and 3D-printed objects here in the office, would eventually make the tech less interesting. But that’s just not the case. Being able to upload a virtual object onto a computer and have that computer spit out a real version of that object is just so futuristic and cool. It’s so cool!The very idea and existence of 3D printing is inherently awesome. But beyond that, there are a bunch of specific examples of fun, funny, or fascinating 3D-printed objects. We’ve got stories about all of these on Geek.com, but here, in a nice convenient list, are the coolest things to ever be 3D printed.Sgt. Adrian Willis with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to print a 3D model aboard the USS Wasp (via U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Bernadette Wildes)Combat Aircraft PartsYeah it kind of sucks that a big driver of technological innovation is “how efficiently can the military use it to kill things,” but there’s something undeniably cool about U.S. marines 3D printing replacement parts for combat aircraft.The Orion spacecraft will venture thousands of miles beyond the moon during Exploration Mission-1, its first mission atop NASA’s Space Launch System rocket (via NASA)Orion Spacecraft Parts3D printing’s ability to conjure objects from dust gives it more than a passing resemblance to Star Trek’s replicator tech. So it’s only appropriate that 3D printed parts are now being used with next-generation spacecraft like the Orion.ColorFab items of different colors with activation areas (via MIT CSAIL)Color-Changing AccessoriesThe material you use to 3D print an object naturally will influence what that object is capable of it. So if you print some jewelry with this color-changing ink material, all of a sudden your wardrobe becomes much more dynamic, shifting its hue in response to different lighting.Chocolate!Chocolate makes everything better, even 3D printers. The Cocoa Press, created by University of Pennsylvania student Evan Weinstein, prints and cools melted chocolate into all sorts of delicious shapes. Edible tech is the best tech.What will you create? (via MIT CSAIL)RobogamiA bit like the recent Nintendo Labo, Interactive Robogami is a system of 3D printed objects anyone can fold up into little robots and program as an intro to robotics. The sizable library of custom pieces takes advantage of 3D printing’s open-source nature, and the Robogami creations themselves are just so cute.Moon HousesContinuing 3D printing’s deep sci-fi potential, eventually people are just going to screw up the Earth so bad we’re going to have to live elsewhere in space. So how about we live on the moon? How about we live in 3D-printed houses on the moon? MIT has developed a system for 3D printing whole buildings that may make this possible.A Tiny Map of Tokyo3D printing makes it much more practical to quickly construct lots of tiny intricate things. One of the coolest examples of that we’ve seen is this detailed, 100-piece 3D map of Tokyo that fits right in your hand. Make your Godzilla fan films even more accurate.3D Printer BackpackThis is less a “3D-printed object” and more a “crucial object for fans of 3D printers.” The tradeoff we currently have to accept for tech as awesome as 3D printing is that 3D printers themselves are big, complicated, fragile, cumbersome things. Fortunately, this 3D printer backpack from Ultimaker makes it much more feasible to carry the hardware around.Beer, Hemp, and Coffee!Anyone can enjoy some chocolate 3D printing. But if you’re a little more… grown up, you can also print 3D objects out of material derived from coffee, beer, and even hemp. “3D Hemp Printing” is maybe the most California concept that’s ever been conceived.A Dead Man’s FingerOn the more dystopian end of “cool,” there are cases of cops attempting to 3D print models of hands covered with the fingerprints of a suspect in order to bypass phone security. We haven’t heard of successful uses of this tactic, but this is something cops are thinking about. Cool!A Pokemon Go PokedexIt wasn’t that long ago when Pokemon Go took over the globe. But if you really wanted to stand out from the hordes of other folks trying to catch monsters on their phone, you needed to 3D print this slick Pokedex phone case for added authenticity.Deus Ex Prosthetic LimbsThe modern Deus Ex video game series is about the ethical implications of mechanical augmentation, a fancy way of saying “bolting robot limbs onto people.” But there are people in the real world who also could benefit from that kind of tech, and if you ask for this you can print Deus Ex prosthetics of your own.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the extent of the danger remained unclear.The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties. In requesting the federal declaration, which makes federal resources available to the state, state officials said about 300,000 people were affected.Federal authorities are also launching an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the spill and what caused it, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a news release Friday.Shortly after the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order to customers of West Virginia American Water: Do not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.The chemical, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process, leaked from a tank at Freedom Industries and overran a containment area. Officials from Freedom, a manufacturer of chemicals for the mining, steel, and cement industries, hadn’t commented since the spill, but a woman who answered the phone at the company said it would issue a statement later Friday.
Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) has announced the hiring of Scott Sibella as President of the under-construction Las Vegas Strip resort.Sibella will oversee the development, start-up and operations of Genting Group’s US$4 billion project, having advised RWLV on project design as a consultant for W.A. Richardson Builders, the company said. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team “Scott has a wealth of experience in both development and operations which will ensure that Resorts World Las Vegas is successfully built and operated,” said Hui Lim, Deputy CEO of Genting Group. “The project is now fully financed and construction continues to ramp up. As we now turn our focus to eventual operations, Scott will oversee a smooth opening and ensure Resorts World Las Vegas is run efficiently while providing a world-class guest experience.”Sibella is no stranger to the Las Vegas Strip, having spent eight years as President & Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand for the last eight years. He previously held similar roles at both the Mirage and Treasure Island.His appointment follows the departure of former RWLV President Edward Farrell, who has transitioned to President of Genting Americas, Genting Group’s US-based corporate entity which oversees development and operations in New York, Florida, Massachusetts and the Bahamas.In announcing Sibella’s move to RWLV, Genting also revealed that construction of the resort’s 59-storey towers has now reached the 55th floor with the towers expected to be topped out in the coming months ahead of a planned soft opening in late 2020. Genting’s KT Lim moving to take New York’s Resorts World Catskills private RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia shares plummet almost 12% following news of Empire Resorts acquisition plan
MIAMI (WSVN) – A man who severely beat and attacked his roommate with a knife has been convicted of his crimes.Byron Mitchell, 35, was found guilty of attempted premeditated murder and false imprisonment with a deadly weapon, Tuesday.Police said Mitchell attacked Danielle Jones, his roommate at the time, with a knife on Valentine’s Day in 2016.Mitchell faces life in prison.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Malibu, California-based CurtCo Publishing is in the final stages of negotiations with three separate buyers to sell the magazines published under its Gulfshore Media group as well as San Diego magazine and Art & Antiques. According to several sources with knowledge of the negotiations, one buyer is expected to purchase Gulfshore Life and Sarasota magazines, as well as their related properties. Meanwhile, a second buyer is expected to pick up San Diego and another will acquire Art & Antiques. The deals could close as early as this week.The sources declined to say who the individual buyers are and a CurtCo spokesperson did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. CurtCo’s regional titles have been on the block since December. While CurtCo initially aimed to sell the properties as one unit, the economic recession and subsequent M&A market forced the company to sell the properties individually, according to the sources.Weston Presidio-backed CurtCo, which publishes Robb Report under the CurtCo Media Labs parent company, acquired Sarasota, Florida-based Gulfshore Media (Gulfshore Life and Sarasota magazines) in 2004. It acquired San Diego and its related properties from San Diego Magazine Publishing Co. in 2005 and Art & Antiques from Trans World Publishing in 2006.“CurtCo’s regional acquisitions never made any sense,” one source tells FOLIO:. “While they managed to sell some national advertising, but not enough. The brands never fit with Robb Report.“I think these divestitures represent CurtCo trying to right its portfolio,” the source adds.CurtCo sold Worth magazine in 2008 to Boca Raton, Florida-based Sandow Media. Last year, it sold ShowBoats International to London-based Boat International Media.Check back to FOLIOmag.com for updates to this story.
The cookie is the on-campus experience. College is not just about the chocolate chips. It’s about all of that stuff that holds the chips together. College is more than a collection of classes. It’s the experience of living away from home. It’s the cookie dough of relationships with other humans and even faculty. College can be about clubs and other student groups. It’s about studying with your peers. College is the whole cookie.You can’t get this whole cookie online; you only get the chips.Honestly, this is why I’m not a big fan of online courses that are offered at universities. It’s not just that you can’t get the content online—it’s that online courses don’t add to the rest of the big-chocolate-chip-cookie theory of education. And while just about everyone will agree that it’s pretty darn hard to learn physics, it’s especially difficult to do it online.But wait! While we are talking about learning stuff, I have one more point to make. Don’t think that you should acquire all of the skills and knowledge you need for your whole career during your time at school. You will always be learning new things, and there will always be new stuff to learn (no one learned about smartphones in the ’80s). In fact, a college degree is not about job training. It’s not. Really, it’s not about that.Then what is the whole chocolate chip cookie about? It’s about exploring who you are and learning things that might not directly relate to a particular field. College is about taking classes that might not have anything to do with work. Art history is a great class—even if you aren’t going to work in a museum. Algebra should be taken by all students—even though you probably won’t need it (most humans get by just fine without a solid math background). So really, the whole cookie is about becoming more mature as a human. It’s about leveling up in the human race—and that is something that is difficult to do online (but surely not impossible). I’ve seen several quotes that say something like this: “Everything I learned in college can now be found online for free.”Is that true or false? Well, it depends, of course, on what you did in college—but I hope it’s false.Let’s start with some examples that seem to support this idea. I will use the area of physics, since I’m a physics professor. Is it possible to learn introductory physics (equivalent to the first year of university-level, calculus-based physics) for free online? I think the answer is yes.There are two excellent places to start if you are seeking your own understanding of physics. What about Wikipedia? The physics page has lots of good stuff and more specific topics are pretty accurate. Here is the page on the work-energy principle, and it seems fine. The main problem with using Wikipedia as an educational resource, of course, is that there is no logical overview or layout of the important topics. If you know what you want, then you can get it—but what if you don’t know where to start? Another site that I find useful is HyperPhysics. Like Wikipedia, you can find just about any physics topic—but this site has all of the stuff arranged in a more sensible manner. Still, it might not be the best if you want to start off on your own. The same is true for the very many excellent videos on YouTube. In fact, I have posted my own fair share of physics videos online. Finally, there are even online courses you can enroll in for free. Take a look at the stuff offered by MIT—it’s got everything you need to get started with physics. Or you could take a look at some of the online curriculum that I have created (of course my version includes numerical calculations).So then it’s true? You can learn everything online for free? Well, I think you can get all of the physics content online for free—but you won’t get the same thing as you get from going to college.I can explain what I am talking about with an analogy. Suppose you have some chocolate chips—like this:Looks tasty, right? Those chocolate chips are just like the courses you take in college. You can also find chocolate chips (the exact same amount) in a chocolate chip cookie: More Great WIRED StoriesThe political education of Silicon ValleyThe challenge of teaching helicopters to fly themselvesThis fake conspiracy site is fully post-parodyInside the moonshot factory building the next GoogleHow to free up space on your iPhoneHungry for even more deep dives on your next favorite topic? Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter
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(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments Share “The operation is underway,” police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said of increased security measures seen in the capital on Sunday and Monday. “We have rounded up many suspects, but the real criminals will be discovered after investigations.”The tightened security and the latest attack reflect the ongoing threat from al-Shabab, which has lost control of the capital and the port city of Kismayo since 2011 but still carries out suicide bombings against African Union troops, the U.N., the Somali government and prominent Mogadishu businesses.Al-Shabab in recent weeks has increased its attacks, sending mortars into the city and apparently carrying out targeted killings. Then on Friday came its attack on the presidential seat of power.“The enemy has attacked our national symbol of the presidential palace,” said Abdullahi Godah Barre, Somalia’s interior minister after a cabinet meeting Saturday. “Therefore, we shall take a punitive action in response to that attack.”Responding to criticism of lax security, Somalia’s president said the attack would not derail the plan to oust militants from their last strongholds in Somalia’s southern countryside. “Our plan for the offensive against the enemy will not stop,” President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed said.Somalia’s security minister, who bore the brunt of criticism from Mogadishu residents, warned of tougher security measures in the capital. Soon after, Somali troops were kicking in doors to arrest suspects.“They didn’t leave anything unturned. They also took my husband with them as well,” said Sharifo Abdi, a mother of seven in the city.Residents in the Somali capital who have experienced decades of war fear heightened violence in coming months. Many are not sure the security forces can defend the city against insurgent-style attacks.“We hope they can, but it’s a matter of days until they take another blow,” said Hassan Ali, a university student in Mogadishu. “Constant efforts will allow us to regain our faith in the government, instead of a few days of frantic efforts followed by a slide backward.”One security expert said al-Shabab is increasing attacks in Mogadishu in order to throw off a looming offensive in the areas of the country they control.“It is unlikely that the government would go ahead with the offensive against al-Shabab while the capital is on fire,” said Mohamed Sheikh Abdi. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Hooded soldiers carrying sniper rifles have unleashed a sweeping crackdown across Mogadishu in a hunt for militants and weapons after the country’s al-Qaida-linked militants group’s latest attack on the country’s presidential palace.Soldiers have been deployed on the city’s key roads following the Friday attack, which saw multiple car bombs and seven gunmen try to penetrate the presidential palace. Al-Shabab’s spokesman vowed that the group would succeed in killing Somalia’s president in a future attack.
Fannie Mae Millennials Mortgage Lenders 2015-06-12 Staff Writer Mortgage Lenders Must Think Long-Term June 12, 2015 528 Views In order to prepare for future industry changes, mortgage lenders must consider how long-term effects shape the housing industry Housing is making a comeback this summer, but industry experts want to know what it will look like by the end of the decade in order to prepare for the future. Long-term demographic trends shape housing demand and, in turn, impact mortgage lenders.Fannie Mae recently identified millennials and aging baby boomers as two particularly important anchors for the future of housing demand, and the government-sponsored enterprise is zeroing in on these populations with additional research and analysis. MINORITY HOUSING GROWTHMark Palim, VP of applied economic and housing research at Fannie Mae, also said during a recent presentation that minorities will account for most of the increase in households in the years ahead. They accounted for 71 percent of household growth in the previous decade and are expected to account for 75 percent of housing growth in the second half of this decade, according to Fannie Mae.What does this mean for lenders? For one, we must take into account the financial constraints of minority households in comparison to non-Hispanic whites. This could mean a greater focus in the future on a high loan-to-value product.SUBDUED MILLENNIAL DEMANDMuted demand from the millennial generation also remains a major concern. Significant numbers of millennials entered the job market during the Great Recession and have yet to recover from depressed salaries or sustained unemployment.Saving for a down payment for this generation amid concerns about student loan debt and wage stagnation has been challenging. This generation’s tendency toward marrying later in life also is negatively impacting housing demand.Still, despite these challenges, there is strong desire for homeownership. A recent Federal Reserve Bank of New York survey showed most renters (many of them millennials) report that they would rather own than rent if they had the necessary financial resources.To address the challenges facing millennials, lenders need to innovate with product offerings that can help this generation. This doesn’t mean we should return to the old days of negative amortizing or no-docs loans, but we should work harder to develop responsible lending products and practices to help millennials become homeowners.DOWNSIZING BABY BOOMERSBaby boomers, meanwhile, will have different needs as they age including the desire to downsize from their suburban homes to patio homes, townhomes, or urban condos with smaller footprints and less maintenance. Homebuilders have already identified some of these trends and are responding. What are lenders doing?It may seem like, as lenders, all we do is work day and night to stay compliant with new regulations. Although staying compliant is vitally important to be successful in this business, we must also strive for a fuller view.Lenders who have a good handle on long-term demographics will be better prepared for the challenges expected to impact the market in the future.Click here to learn more about Guardian Mortgage Company. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Government, News Share
CoreLogic Growth Home Prices Homebuyers sales 2019-04-02 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination April 2, 2019 980 Views The Road Ahead for Home Price Growth Home prices rose both year over year and month over month in February, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for February 2019. According to the HPI, home prices increased 4 percent year over year from February 2018, and 0.7 percent in month over month in February 2019.“During the first two months of the year, home-price growth continued to decelerate,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “This is the opposite of what we saw the last two years when price growth accelerated early. With the Federal Reserve’s announcement to keep short-term interest rates where they are for the rest of the year, we expect mortgage rates to remain low and be a boost for the spring buying season. A strong buying season could lead to a pickup in home-price growth later this year.”The Forecast indicates that home prices are expected to decrease by 0.5 percent from February 2019 to March 2019 on a month over month basis, and increase by 4.7 percent on a year over year basis from February 2019 to February 2020.Corelogic also looked at data by metro area, and according to the CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators, 35 percent of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country were overvalued as of February 2019. Another 27 percent were indicated as being undervalued, while 38 percent were at value.“About 40 percent of the top 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country are now categorized as overvalued and we expect that percentage to grow over the remainder of 2019. The cost of either buying or renting in expensive markets puts a significant strain on most consumers,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic. “Our research tells us that about 74 percent of millennials, the single largest cohort of homebuyers, now report having to cut back on other categories of spending to afford their housing costs.Learn more about the CoreLogic HPI here. Share
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