Ahmedabad: Gujarat minister Pradipsinh Jadeja on Wednesday testified in the Gujarat High Court in an election petition filed by BJP leader Balvantsinh Rajput, challenging the victory of veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel in 2017 Rajya Sabha election.Jadeja, who is the Minister of State for Home, told high court Judge Bela Trivedi that Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil had snatched Congress turncoat Raghavjee Patel’s ballot paper after noticing that he had voted for Rajput in August 2017 Rajya Sabha election for three seats in Gujarat. He also told the court that since Congress MLAs Shailesh Parmar and Mitesh Garasiya had showed their ballot papers to persons other than the authorised agents, their ballot papers should have been cancelled, which was not done by the Election Commission (EC). When the defence lawyer asked him during his cross-examination whether seven of the fourteen rebel Congress MLAs were subsequently given tickets from the BJP to contest the December 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections as an incentive for joining the saffron party, he replied in the negative. Jadeja said that as per the decision taken by the party’s parliamentary board in consultation with the state parliamentary board, the candidates were selected based on their popularity and other factors. He also said he was not aware that Congress MLA Parmar had given a written complaint against Raghavjee to the returning officer. Ahmed Patel was declared the winner after the EC invalidated the votes of rebel Congress MLAs Bholabhai Gohel and Raghavjee Patel, bringing down the number of votes needed for the victory to 44 from 45. In his election petition, Rajput alleged that Patel had taken Congress MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru before the election, which amounted to “bribing the voters”. He also said that the EC should invalidate the votes of two Congress MLAs Parmar and Garasiya.
Rabat – 191 new hotels were built in Morocco in 2014, according to official figures released on Monday.Investments in the tourism sector have contributed to the creation of 9,000 additional beds in 2014 to reach a total of 40,000 beds since the launching of the national strategy for tourism, said Imad Barrakad, President of the Moroccan Company for Tourism Engineering (SMIT).Speaking to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on the sidelines of the 19th edition of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany, Barrakad said that thanks to the presence of international tourism institutions, a significant number of projects in the tourism sector are underway in Morocco. Barrakad said that investing in the Moroccan tourism sector is not only limited to foreign investors. He added that Moroccan nationals have also invested in hotel projects that would provide high level services.He said that the SMIT has signed five regional programs agreements to promote Moroccan cities including, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier and Tetouan.The 2015 edition of the International Hotel Investment Forum is marked by the participation of destinations with high tourism potentials such as Ecuador, Italy and Brazil, said Barrakad, adding that this requires investors to make a great effort.IHIF is a global gathering of tourism professionals and a meeting place for the hotel industry. The event is attended by over 2,000 delegates from over 70 countries and attracts major hotel CEOs, influential global tourism ministers and the largest group of investors and hotel owners.
Ahead of World Cancer Day, the United Nations health agency today launched a survey showing that more than half of all countries are struggling to prevent cancer and to provide appropriate long-term treatment and care to avoid human suffering and protect countries’ social and economic development. “Cancer should not be a death sentence anywhere in the world as there are proven ways to prevent and cure many cancers,” Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the World Health Organization (WHO), said in a statement about the global capacity survey. “In order to reduce exposure to risk factors leading to cancer and ensure that every person living with cancer gets access to appropriate care and treatment, comprehensive cancer control programmes need to be set up in every country.”A functional cancer control plan includes prevention, early detection, treatment and care, according to WHO. The agency’s recent survey of 185 countries and their national capacity for noncommunicable diseases revealed major gaps in cancer control planning and services. Even if countries developed cancer plans or policies, many of them are struggling to move from commitment to action, the survey showed. Seventeen per cent of African countries and 27 per cent of low-income countries have cancer control plans with a budget to support implementation, according to the survey.In contrast, South-east Asia generally has the greatest percentage of countries with policies, plans or strategies related to cancer, and all of them have some type of policy for diabetes, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use, which are known risk factors for some cancers. Overall, fewer than half of the countries have population-based cancer registries critical to capture high-quality information on the numbers and types of cancer cases. The data helps to develop, implement and evaluate effective national policies for cancer control. To support Member States’ capacity to collect reliable data, WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and partners introduced the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (GICR). “This initiative is supporting mainly those countries that lack the resources to efficiently fight the rapidly growing cancer burden,” said Christopher Wild, Director of IARC. “Better data on cancer occurrence will help governments to make the most of their limited resources and direct funds and activities to the areas where they are needed most.”The first regional hub was launched in Mumbai, India, last year, with the regional hub in Izmir, Turkey, to become operational this year. Political commitments from world leaders to address cancer have gained steam recently, WHO said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month called on participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to strengthen efforts to achieve global targets related to health, stressing the imperative of building a better future for all.This year’s World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February, focuses on improving general knowledge around cancer.
Sodexo chefs will go head-to-head in a soup competition judged by you during the annual Souper Star lunch for the United Way.The event takes place Oct. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in Market Hall.For $10 you get to sample six soups and judge your favourite. Tickets are available in the Campus Store.Deans from each faculty will be serving the soup. Once you’ve sampled them all, you’ll get to vote for the tastiest. The winning soup and Dean who served it receive the coveted Souper Bowl.Bring your completed United Way pledge form to the lunch and you’ll be entered into a draw to win an Antipastos di Roma gift basket.To learn more about Brock University’s United Way campaign and United Way’s impact in Niagara visit brocku.ca/united-way
Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf congratulating several students on representing the Goodman School of Business at recent competitions.MBA students Kajsa Cirocco, Vera Li, Abdul Rahimi and Yanqi Wang competed at the John Molson MBA International Case Competition last week, while over 40 MBA students competed at MBA Games hosted by York University’s Schulich School of Business.At the undergraduate level, over 40 BBA and BAcc students competed at JDC Central in Toronto this past weekend and competed in academics, debate, sports, and social categories.This coming weekend is also a busy one for Goodman students, with several students competing at DECA U Provincials in Toronto. Goodman undergraduate students James Fioretti, Ashley Howard and Deeksha Sharma will be competing in the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition hosted by University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business, and Holly Arruda, Mitch Minor, Sean Bouwers and Bryan Dizon will compete in the final round of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.Students are reminded that the Goodman Experience event is taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the Scotiabank Atrium from 1-4 p.m. Mallory Rellinger from CPA Ontario will be on campus on Thursday, Jan. 14 holding office hours. Students interested in learning more about the CPA designation can register on the CPA Ontario website. Registration is now open for the How to Get a Job in Accounting and How to Get a Job in Sales and Marketing events which are scheduled for later this month.This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.Produced by the Goodman Marketing and Communications team, the Good Morning Goodman podcast features weekly updates for students, staff and faculty. Podcasts are posted on the Goodman website.0:51 – John Molson MBA International Case Competition recap1:12 – MBA Games recap2:00 – CEOx1day semi-finalist Ashley Howard2:32 – JDC Central recap3:33 – DECA U Provincials3:52 – Global Family Enterprise Case Competition4:19 – Inter-Collegiate Business Competition4:45 – Goodman Experience event5:50 – CPA Ontario office hours6:16 – How to Get a Job in Accounting/Sales & Marketing6:36 – Student clubs hiring for 2016/17
New bulk sample tests are to be undertaken at the laboratories of ANSTO Minerals (a division of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) in Sydney next month, in a move that, potentially, will see waste material used to commercially enhance Western Australia’s ranking as the world’s largest lithium producer.New potential for waste materials to contribute to commercial lithium productionSource in Western Australia (WA) selected for additional ANSTO pilot plant runAugust test schedule in Sydney, with results by year’s endMultiple feed sources identified for new lithium processing large-scale pilot plant (LSPP)LSPP front-end engineering and design study nearing completion.The tests, at a new and specially built facility at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights laboratories, were initiated by Perth-based Lithium Australia, which specialises in the development of processing technologies that deliver sustainable and ethical supply solutions to the battery materials industry.Lithium Australia will conduct tests on concentrates derived from lithium mica, long considered waste material by the mining industry. The mica, which will be sourced from one of two sites in WA’s eastern Goldfields region, will be assessed for its suitability as base feedstock for the company’s proposed LSPP, on which work is anticipated to commence early in 2019.According to Lithium Australia, which is developing disruptive technologies for the production of battery materials, says WA’s world-class ‘Lithium-fields’ host abundant pegmatites, many of which contain lithium micas.The company’s pursuit of potential feed sources for its LSPP has already identified lithium mica deposits in France and Germany, as well as the two deposits in the eastern Goldfields region.In Germany, a maiden resource has been defined under Lithium Australia’s strategy to develop high-specification cathode materials and lithium-ion battery recycling technologies.Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin has confirmed that the company had undertaken substantial bench-scale test work on lithium micas sourced from its 80%-owned Lepidolite Hill deposit in the eastern Goldfields.“However, far less test work has been carried out on a second lithium mica-style Goldfields deposit, designated Waste2; however, early laboratory tests show that concentrates produced from Waste2 have metallurgical characteristics that vary from other micas tested,” Mr Griffin continued.“This is because the Waste2 concentrates are a mixture of muscovite (a common, low-lithium-content mica) and lepidolite (a common lithium mica).“To help complete the final design parameters for the LSPP, a bulk concentrate from Waste2 has therefore been produced via froth flotation and will undergo testing at the newly constructed facility at Lucas Heights, which is based on Lithium Australia’s proprietary SiLeach® processing technology.“This plant reflects our latest SiLeach operating conditions, including recovery of lithium by phosphate precipitation.”The pilot plant run will commence in early August and produce lithium products to commercial specifications.The data acquired during the test run will be used to finalise front-end engineering and design (FEED) criteria.Lithium Australia, in conjunction with CPC Project Design and ANSTO Minerals, anticipates completion of the FEED study in the September 2018 quarter.Location trade-off evaluations are being undertaken in conjunction with this study.Griffin said the new tests would demonstrate that processing the Waste2 material via a SiLeach pilot plant generates a commercial lithium chemical in addition to valuable by-products.“The lithium chemical will also be sent to VSPC, our Brisbane nanotechnology plant, where it will be processed into battery cathode material, then tested at the in-house battery facility there.“Results on the suitability of this chemical for battery use should be available in the December quarter.”Lithium Australia’s technology comprises the SiLeach and LieNA® lithium extraction processes, along with superior cathode material production courtesy of VSPC Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia) and enhanced recycling techniques for battery materials. By uniting resources and the best available technology, Lithium Australia seeks to establish a vertically integrated lithium processing business.
The things becoming even harder for the Danish national team coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson. Experienced Icelander who replaced legendary Ulrik Wilbek on the Danish bench suffering new problems after “only” fifth place at the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. Right back Kasper Sondergaard (indefinitely) together with the first left wing Anders Eggert won’t be able to join the national team in the upcoming period.SG Flensburg’s left wing had decided to take a rest until end of the season due fatigue and family reasons (he will become a father)– I have always been very happy to play for the national team, but I can not find profits in the coming period, where I shall be a father again. I need a break and believes that it is now the time is right, says Anders Eggert to dhf.dk.Denmark began EHF EURO 2016 campaign with two wins over Lithuania and Bosnia and Herzegovina which put them on the TOP of the Qualifications group. Anders EggertDenmark Handballgudmundur gudmundssson ← Previous Story Michael Biegler close to HSV Handball bench Next Story → CRUNCH TIME: VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 action in next three days
These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target We all experienced a little bit of sticker shock when Apple announced that the lowest-tier iPhone X would clock in at a thousand dollars (give or take a penny or two). Four figures is a pretty nasty sum for a mobile phone, especially considering how often we mess ours up in the course of the battle against evil. But they’re the market leaders, so they set the rules.The thing is, in context a thousand bucks isn’t even that bad. People have been making cell phones way more expensive than that, and they don’t even have edge-to-edge screens or FaceID. Join us as we dive deep into the world of high-end cell phones for the rich and crazy.SolarinCost: $14,000.00Security is a big deal in this post-Fappening universe, and if you’re worried that hackers will get into your cloud storage and have a lot of money to throw around, the self-styled “world’s most secure cell phone” might be for you. Made by Sirin Labs, the Solarin comes with endorsements from Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Running a custom Android OS, the big draw here is a hardware feature – a switch at the back of the device toggles it into a mode where it can only make outgoing voice calls and securely encrypted messaging. All that security doesn’t come cheap – this baby weighs in at nearly half a pound.Gresso Meridian BlackCost: $9,500.00While most phone makers are moving towards bigger touch screens, the luxe merchants at Gresso are holding tight to buttons – they’re just making them out of gold. The Meridian Black is milled from a single piece of titanium, with a gold keypad where each button is hand-polished by a single craftsman. Produced in a limited edition of 999, it’s a retro-looking mobile device with the unusual ability to support two SIM cards, letting you switch identities easily if that’s the kind of thing you like to do. The rest of the machine isn’t that technically impressive, with 32GB of internal memory and a 3MPX camera, but it sure does look cool.Goldvish Eclipse – Magic Onyx AlligatorCost: $7965.00The more fancy-sounding words in a phone’s name, the more you can charge for it. That’s just how it works! The “Onyx Alligator” in this pricey mobile’s name refers to the black alligator leather that enrobes the device, which doesn’t add any performance improvements but feels pretty cool. The device itself is relatively solid, with 64GB onboard storage and a Snapdragon quad-core processor. It runs the latest version of Android Cyanogen, a popular mod that delivers a number of performance improvements over base Android. In addition, the 5MP front camera lets you snap Instagram selfies with gorgeous clarity. If you’ve got a phone like this, it’s fair to say you probably do that a lot.VIPN Black DiamondCost: $300,000.00What could make the idea of buying a $300 large cell phone even more ridiculous? What about if it was a Windows phone? That’s one of the many completely inexplicable decisions that went into 2006’s VIPN Black Diamond telephone. The creation of Singaporean artist Jaren Goh, the device has a pair of diamonds inlaid into the surface – one on the joystick and the other one on the flip side. It boasted a beefy (for the time) 2GB SD card, a 2.1-inch touchscreen along with traditional keypad and a weird chevron-esque form factor. Only five were made, with a clientele of wealthy oil millionaires the target market.Savelli Champagne DiamondCost: $57,000.00Many of these pricey smartphones get their cost from the combination of high-end materials and the signature of a designer who has a high opinion of himself. A perfect illustration of this is the Savelli Champagne Diamond, which debuted in 2013. The creation of Swiss designer Alessandro Savelli, the guiding principle behind the Champagne Diamond was to create a cell phone that would work as a luxe accessory. With a shell formed of 18 carat rose gold, inlaid with 395 white and cognac diamonds, it’s quite the conversation piece. Its Android OS runs a custom Savelli-commissioned app, “My Jardin Secret,” which is some kind of super-rich person’s version of Yelp.Vertu Signature TouchCost: $10,800.00“Constructed by hand” is a big selling point for many of these high-end phones. That kind of overlooks the fact that most iPhones are made by hand, too – by underpaid Chinese labor. Vertu’s Signature Touch phone is made by English craftsmen and it shows. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor powers an Android OS machine with a 21-megapixel camera that lets you perform ultra-high definition 4k video capture. High-end front-facing speakers provide crystalline audio playback of custom ringtones composed for Vertu and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. If you want one, buy now, as Vertu recently closed down operations.Dior Reveries Haute CoutureCost: $102,557.00Why wouldn’t one of the world’s most storied fashion houses get into electronics? Everything’s part of style, after all. The Dior Reveries phone has a form factor that was outdated three iPhones ago and a paltry 5-megapixel digital camera, but it makes up for it with 1,539 diamonds and 46 pieces of mother of pearl. It comes loaded with a custom Dior app that lets you explore a multimedia journey through the company’s history. Only 99 of these units were made, and competition for them was fierce.Mobiado Grand PioneerCost: $9798.00Mobiado is a boutique smartphone manufacturer who loves to use exotic materials in their cases, but the Grand Pioneer, which they released in 2009, went above and beyond. The battery cover on this device is made from fragments of the Gibeon meteorite, a space rock that was discovered in 1836. The rest of the phone is crafted from the same aluminum they use in spacecraft, with buttons made from sapphire crystal and stainless steel. Inside it runs the Nokia Symbian OS. Just 350 units were produced, because it’s not like they can make more meteorites.Diamond CryptoCost: $1,300,000.00How important is security to you? Is it worth a million dollars? In 2006, Russian firm JSC Ancort teamed up with Austrian jeweler Peter Aloisson to release a seven-figure smartphone designed to keep your data safe while also dazzling passers-by. The Diamond Crypto is cast from solid platinum with inlaid rose gold and macassar ebony, featuring hand-engraved keys and a directional button with 28 round cut diamonds. Inside was a lot less impressive – a Windows CE OS with a paltry 266 MHz Motorola MX21 processor and a 240×320 screen. The custom encryption lets owners of the phones send messages to each other securely, if you’ve got friends as rich as you are.Lamborghini Alpha OneCost: $2,450.00We’ll say this about the Lamborghini Alpha One: it costs less than a car by the same manufacturer. Released in August, the Alpha One comes encased in luxe Italian black leather and boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage running Android Nougat. High-quality front and rear cameras and Dolby Atmos speakers fill out the specs. That’s a decent loadout, to be sure, but minus the leather nothing that we haven’t seen elsewhere for a fraction of the price.Goldvish Le MillionCost: $1,179,950.00Okay, now this thing is just ridiculous. We had another Goldvish phone earlier on this list that came in at a hair under eight grand, but the company wasn’t satisfied with that plebian price point and decided to create a phone so expensive that only the richest morons in the world could buy one. Enter the Le Million, which sold to a Russian oligarch in 2006 for a million euros, or about a million bucks and change. With a body made from 18 carat white gold inlaid with 120 carats of diamonds, this thing couldn’t be comfortable to use, and it wasn’t even state of the art when it was released.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Pogba will still captain United once again when they face Brighton on Sunday and he will continue to captain the club pending when Antonio returns.There have been numerous reports of a rift between the United midfielder Pogba and his boss Mourinho but it did not stop Mourinho from understanding Pogba’s leadership potentials as they plan to win more games this season.“For the next match, yes,” said Mourinho, when asked if Pogba would skipper United at the Amex Stadium, according to Express Uk.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“For the next match, Paul will be captain it will stay with Antonio Valencia.“Last season I made Paul captain against Basel we thought he’s a young guy but a good personality, he was made in academy, normally a starting line-up player, so he has conditions to be captain in the future.“But when Antonio comes back he will be the captain.”
Budget 2016: The £150 limit on income tax and national insurance (NI) relief on employer-arranged pensions advice is to be extended to £500.In its Budget 2016 documentation, the government also confirmed that it is to consult on the introduction of a pensions advice allowance. This would allow pension scheme members under the age of 55 to withdraw up to £500 tax free from their defined contribution pension to redeem against the cost of financial advice.The consultation will seek to determine the exact age at which people can do this.The government will also consult on introducing a single, clear definition of financial advice to help remove regulatory uncertainty and ensure providers can offer the help consumers need.These measures were first recommended in the Financial Advice Market Review, which was jointly undertaken by the Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury and published on 14 March.
February 15, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Today, more than 35 percent of the U.S. workforce are freelancers — and this proportion is growing every year. This means competition is fiercer than ever. In order to be successful and stand out from the crowd, it’s vital to develop the most sought-after skills in the U.S. freelance job market.Related: The Rise of the 6-Figure FreelancerFreelancing website Upwork recently released its Skills Index, a list of the 20 freelance skills that grew the most quickly at the end of 2016. From data science to engineering to IT and development, 65 percent of the skills on the list are tech skills, while marketing skills account for 30 percent.Between 2015 and 2016, demand for each of the skills on the list grew by at least 100 percent. The top 10 saw 200 percent year-over-year growth.Here are the top five fastest-growing skills:Natural language processing — a field of computer science that studies human-computer interactionSwift — a programming language for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOSTableau — business intelligence and analytics softwareAmazon Marketplace Web Services — a web service that supports and helps individuals and companies sell through Amazon.comStripe — online payment technologyBetween the third and fourth quarters of 2016, data science was the fastest-growing category. With the rise of AI, and as products such as Amazon Echo and Google Home pick up in popularity, it’s no wonder natural language processing is the most coveted skill.Related: 4 Ways to Hire and Keep the Best FreelancersApple products continue to demand more developers — in fact, sales of the Apple Watch reached a record high during the 2016 holiday season. The programming language behind these devices is Swift, which takes second place on the list of top skills.If you’re a freelancer, check out Upwork’s infographic below to find out which skills you should start learning today. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
in Daily Dose, News, Origination January 17, 2017 609 Views Homebuyers Millennials 2017-01-17 Seth Welborn Share Millennial Homebuyer Capacity is Shrinking Thanks to rising interest rates, the average U.S. millennial homebuyer has lost 9 percent in mortgage capacity since the October 2016, according to Fitch Ratings.Since October, 30-year mortgage rates have increased from 3.42 percent to 4.2 percent and, as a result, since September, the median mortgage that borrowers under 35 could afford dropped from $120,000 to $109,000 as of early January.“Historically low rates have been one of the few factors that have helped young adults to buy homes,” Fitch Ratings reported. “If rates continue to rise, particularly if the rise occurs rapidly over a short time period, this could add yet another obstacle to homeownership. Many first-time homebuyers have seen mortgage capacity eroded by tight loan underwriting standards, rising student loan payments, high rents, and stagnant wages.”Throw in the recent data that homeownership is low on Americans’ 2017 to-do lists, as well as the rising amounts of student loan debt college graduates are dealing with, and this is just one more hurdle millennials must jump before buying a home is an option.“The growth in the cost of higher education outpaced consumer price inflation for several decades,” the report stated. “This led to an increase in both the number of student loan borrowers and the average amount owed. The median student loan monthly payment in 2016 was $203, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.”Tighter lending standards are also boxing the millennial out of the market. FICO scores on conventional loans for first-time buyers are “notably above the 720-730 range level typical prior to the crisis,” Fitch Ratings reported.As a result, more and more millennials are choosing to live with their parents, avoid high rental costs, and put off homeownership for the foreseeable future.“The homeownership rate for under 35-year-olds experienced a large drop,” the report stated, “declining to 35 percent in 2016, from 41 percent in 2000, according to the US Census Bureau. During this time, rental costs increased faster than the incomes millennials earn.”Though these may be short-term decisions for millennials themselves, as a whole, the trends could have a lasting effect on the economy and housing marketing in general.“For younger Americans forced to defer or abandon plans to buy a first home, the long-term financial effect of missing out on home-equity creation could be significant,” the report stated. “Long-lasting shifts in savings and consumption patterns, while difficult to isolate now, will likely emerge more prominently in the coming years. This could mean other long-run affects including downward pressure on durable goods consumption, urban population growth and a decline in affluence, translating into lower birth rates, and less secure retirements.”
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has unveiled 12 newly constructed rooms and suites, including the Grand Luxury Suite, complete with vaulted ceilings, dining areas, a gas fireplace and a large master bedroom.In addition are four smaller suites, including the Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite – all with gas fireplaces, Nespresso machines and picturesque views, and seven Superior rooms – bringing the resorts total accommodation offering to 223 rooms.Architect Michael Munro from Hoskins Munro designed the new accommodation wing, while Debbie Schwartz, wife of hotel owner Dr Jerry Schwartz did the interior design.Bernie Boller, General Manager for Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery said, “we are thrilled with how the new rooms and suites have come together and we were honoured to have had His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama stay in the Grand Luxury Suite for the duration of his five-day Spiritual retreat at the resort and give it his seal of approval. After His Holiness confirmed he would be staying with us and holding his retreat in the grounds of our resort back in 2013, it was the catalyst for us to get the new build suites built and ready in time for his arrival.” Enhancing the resort’s leisure facilities further, a new 12 treatment room day spa is scheduled to be completed by early 2016, which will include an array of health programs, couples rooms and relaxation space among its features.
Police are inviting residents of Pyrgos in Limassol to a presentation on its neighbourhood watch programme on Monday evening.The meeting is to take place at 7pm at the event hall in the community centre, a police announcement said. It will be chaired by the Deputy Police Chief Kypros Michaelides.“The neighbourhood watch programme is a modern crime prevention strategy, which is implemented through in cooperation with the local authorities and citizens,” the announcement said.“It aims to prevent crime and increase security in municipalities and communities. It helps protects the public from crime, and assists in the drastic reduction of theft, burglary, property destruction and trafficking of illegal substances,” it added.Police said there are now 104,00o people islandwide participating in neighbourhood watch programmes.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Lilly News 16May Rep. Lilly testifies on plan to make road maintenance funds for MDOT and county roads more efficient State Rep. Jim Lilly this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his plan to allow the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to carry-over road maintenance funds at the close of the fiscal year.State Rep. Jim Lilly (right), Oakland County Road Commission Director of Highway Maintenance Darryl Heid (middle), and Ottawa County Road Commission Managing Director Brett Laughlin testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Under current law, all work activities under the state trunk line maintenance agreement must be completed before the end of the state fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.Lilly’s plan provides MDOT and county road commissions the ability to complete road maintenance work without rushing to finish the job before the end of the fiscal year.Under Lilly’s plan funds must be used no later than three months after the close of the fiscal year and funds will be allowed to be deferred further in the event of inclement weather.“Eliminating the fiscal year deadline will cut costs and effectively utilize our tax dollars to fix our roads,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “There is a small window to do construction and we must be more efficient on how money is spent.”MDOT is responsible for preserving and maintaining 9,683 miles of state trunkline highways and 4,485 trunkline bridges. The department contracts with 64 country road commissions as well as a number of municipalities for state trunk line services.Both MDOT and county road commissions achieve savings through sharing facilities and equipment.House Bill 5899 remains under consideration by the committee.####
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 5, 2015; National Council on NonprofitsThe OMB Uniform Guidance, the new rules for nonprofits that work on government contracts which went into effect at the end of 2014, is hugely significant. Prior to this, nonprofits working on government contracts had to study various OMB “circulars,” such as A-110, A-133, A-87, and others, as though they were books of scripture and hope that they all made sense—and that following their directives wouldn’t end up impaling nonprofit operating budgets on a federal regulatory sword. The new Uniform Grant Guidance supersedes all of those circulars and others, streamlining the rules governing administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements on federal awards.The new rules aren’t a panacea, to be sure. They don’t fix many aspects of government contracting that bedevil nonprofit contractors, particularly the agency behavior of not fully funding nonprofits’ service delivery costs or changing contract terms mid-stream. But they do remove plenty of inconsistencies in the old circulars and, probably most importantly in Uniform Guidance text, require that governments pay their nonprofit contractors reasonable indirect costs—administrative costs, that is, or “overhead.”Working on practical solutions for nonprofits that contract to deliver government-funded services has long been a priority of the National Council of Nonprofits under CEO Tim Delaney’s leadership. Delaney’s policy focus at the helm of this association of state nonprofit associations appears to be the quotidian challenges nonprofits face. The Council’s extensive involvement in the effort to replace the old circulars and to ensure that government agencies pay for overhead will affect the lives of tens of thousands of nonprofits.What’s particularly important in the OMB Uniform Guidance for nonprofits?First, as stated, the rules now clearly oblige government to pay for a reasonable share of the indirect costs incurred by nonprofits on government grants and contracts. At a minimum, nonprofits can opt for an indirect cost rate of 10 percent of their total direct contract costs (unless the nonprofit contractor already has had a federally approved indirect cost rate). In trying to stretch funds, however, some government agencies may subtly (or less than subtly) suggest that nonprofits waive their ability to collect an indirect on their grants. The new rules actually prohibit agencies from doing that, but the mechanisms for making a complaint are, of course, political; if your nonprofit gets its proverbial arm twisted by a federal agency to waive its indirect rate, and the fear is that complaining might earn your nonprofit an agency’s enmity, you’ve just discovered the importance of a nonprofit trade association like the National Council on Nonprofits. Industry-wide advocacy is going to be needed so that federal agencies get used to the idea that they must pay indirect costs and cannot pressure grant or contract recipients to do otherwise.Second, that indirect cost requirement applies not just to the federal government agencies as they award grants and contracts to nonprofits, but to the pass-through entities that allocate federal grant dollars, including states, local governments, and even nonprofit intermediaries. Anticipate, however, that some pass-through entities may operate under the belief that the rules for indirect cost recovery somehow don’t apply to the grants and contracts they award—and some really will make that argument, trust us! Regardless, the rules do apply, and the pass-through entities will have to be educated—nicely—to understand the new rules of the grants-and-contracts game. The OMB Guidance requires that pass-through entities acknowledge and notify their nonprofit grant and contract partners that they are using federal funds to make the awards. Again, rather than putting the entire onus of this on individual nonprofits, the importance of sector-wide advocacy that keeps a close eye on federal moneys handled by pass-through governmental entities and nonprofit intermediaries is going to be very important.Third, the rules allow for more of what nonprofits used to classify as program administration (or indirect costs) to be billed to grants and contracts as direct costs.Fourth, even though the new rules took effect in late December, there are still 60 days for nonprofits to propose additional changes. The filing period for comments ends on February 17th, so this is the time to make sure that OMB understands fully what nonprofit contractors really need. In light of the extended comment period, nonprofits would be well advised to inform the National Council of Nonprofits about their grant and contract experiences under the new OMB Guidelines so NCN can present to the federal government an empirically grounded argument for additional modifications in the rules if they are needed.One more comment is warranted: If the federal government is going to gradually get into the necessary and logical mode of including overhead rates in contracts and grants involving federal money, perhaps the lessons should expand so that state and local governments do the same with their non-federal moneys. Even private foundations, some of which favor grant applicants that profess to have unnaturally low or no overhead costs, might be well advised to listen, learn, and get into a mindset that compensates their nonprofit grantees for their indirect as well as direct costs of service delivery.—Rick Cohen: ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share36Tweet1Share4Email41 Shares“Sunset Barrier” by Dawn HuczekMay 19, 2017; News & ObserverEducation and economic success are closely related. The further you progress educationally, the better your earning prospects are. As the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis noted:[T]hose who had no high school diploma comprise a far greater share of the population in poverty than their share of the general population and those with a high school diploma and no college comprise are overrepresented to a lesser degree. Those with some college but no degree comprise a somewhat lesser share of the population in poverty than their share of the general population and those with a bachelor’s degree or higher are underrepresented to a much greater degree.Moving up the economic ladder remains difficult, and the gap between rich and poor has grown. Is this an indicator, as some assert, of the failings of our public education system? A recent look at the schools in North Carolina by the News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer suggests a need to think about the problem more deeply. Their study of the state’s gifted programs suggests that implicit bias plays a significant role in school and life outcomes:As they start fourth grade, bright children from low-income families are much more likely to be excluded from the more rigorous classes than their peers from families with higher incomes…The unequal treatment during the six years ending in 2015 resulted in 9,000 low-income children in North Carolina being counted out of classes that could have opened a new academic world to them.The support that admission to a gifted track provides has a major and enduring benefit. Keith Poston, executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, told the News & Observer, “Students who show promise need to be challenged. Schools need to see their promise and push them into more rigorous classes early so they aren’t left behind and left out.” The track, once begun in the fourth grade, provides opportunities for learning that make college admission more likely years later. Moreover, subtle benefits accrue from the affirmation of their capability that selection for this track conveys.Conversely, the implicit message to qualified students not so recognized is that they aren’t really that bright and are not expected to perform at a high level. A math coach described the impact when students are left behind: “Once…off the track, it’s almost impossible to get back on. Kids know when they are not being challenged. They know when they’re moved out of that environment. The way they see themselves shifts, and they don’t make it back up until they’re adults.”For families trying to move upward, the cost of a biased system is high. From one mother’s perspective, getting a fair shot at success should not be in question: “As a single mother and a minority, I want to trust the school system to do the best thing for my children. I want them to have my children’s best interest at heart and push them to their potential.”There seems little reason to see these outcomes as unrelated to the bias built into the system. Using test results to compare groups of students, the analysis found, “In Wake County, 24 percent of low-income third graders scoring a 5 in 2014 were labeled gifted in math the following school year. The percentage for their higher-income counterparts was more than twice as high: 54 percent. Overall, 25 percent of Wake’s more affluent fourth-grade students were labeled gifted in math in 2015, versus three percent of students from lower-income households.”The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer found no simple explanation for these outcomes.Experts, educators, and parents cite a range of causes: Educators can unwittingly stereotype low-income and minority students as low achievers. School assignments can leave high achievers with few academic peers or advanced classes. Testing and screening consistently favors higher-income, white, and Asian students. Overworked faculty must sometimes fill gaps for families that lack ability to advocate for their children. And a range of costly private help is available to affluent families whose children compete for recognition and opportunities.The impact of poverty makes escape difficult. Unless that is recognized and taken into account, educational systems will continue to not see how they have stacked the deck against those who need their supports the most.—Marty LevineShare36Tweet1Share4Email41 Shares
Two Russian pay TV service providers with contrasting business models provided interesting insights into some of the dynamics at work in the Russian market at Informa’s Digital TV CEE event in Prague yesterday.Speaking on a panel session on combating churn and delivering revenue growth, Anna Soppova, PR director at Russian mass-market DTH provider Tricolor TV, said that Tricolor’s customers primarily bought the service for ease of connection and ease of usage, for a “fantastic price for services” – €15 a year – and for a long-lasting service based on a single annual payment.Customers want a simple service, she said, without too much additional complexity. However, customers could also buy additional services for small additional fees.Soppova said there was little churn from satellite services in Russia, largely because it was difficult to change provider. Customers had to change their reception equipment, which few were willing to do, she said. While there was some churn in large cities like Moscow and St Petersburg, there was very little in rural areas.Alexander Kosarev, deputy head of network operations and development at Russian cable operator Akado said that while TV packages cost about US$12-15 a month (€9.50-12), ARPU was higher because Akado bundled TV services with internet and telephony. Kosarev said that his company had worked constantly over the last few years to improve quality of service.Kosarev said Akado has seen slow churn on TV but higher churn on internet services and had moved to introduce higher speed DOCSIS 3.0 services to improve the quality of the latter. He said churn on broadband and TV was now stable and around the same level. Churn had also forced the company to improve the quality of its services, he said.Kosarev said that customers had little loyalty to infrastructure or brand and Akado had sought to build a stronger relationship with its base by investing in customer relations, with timely delivery of services at the household level by well-presented staff.Speaking on the same panel, Pawel Fecko, sales and customer care director at Polish cable operator INEA said that customers wanted something that worked. He said that INEA was making 2012 the ‘year of the customer’ and was focusing on implementing an SAP-based IT system to make customer care more efficient. INEA’s ARPU is about €20 a month.Fecko said that technical operations staff had a big impact on customer acquisition and retention. It was also important to deliver as promised on the date the customer chose.
It made no sense to pay an additional 70% to retain English Premier League rights in the UK, given that telco BT viewed holding the sports rights as a way to defend its broadband business rather than as a profit centre in their own right, Murray Barnett, vice-president, media distribution, ESPN, told CTAM Europe EuroSummit attendees this morning.ESPN lost out on English Premier League rights in the most recent bidding round as BT entered the market to acquire a package of rights for its BT Vision service. The UK telco beat competition from ESPN to secure two packages of rights for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 seasons, while pay TV operator BSkyB retained the rights to its five packages.Speaking on a panel session on TV Everywhere at the EuroSummit, Barnett said that ESPN would focus on building an additional experience around sport and cited the example of the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics as an exemplary model. “It’s about a non-linear environment and offering enhanced services around that,” he said.Most sports content was controlled by aggregators, while in the US sports rights-holders additionally exploited rights on their own online players, said Barnett. The opportunity for ESPN was to try different initiatives and to invest in different types of content such as documentary films about sports.
Deutsche Telekom plans to upgrade its DSL network to offer higher speeds and compete more effectively with cable in Germany next year.The telco plans to roll out so-called vectoring technology to improve broadband speeds on its network. Telekom Deutschland CEO Niek Jan van Damme said the upgrade could begin next year if Telekom wins regulatory approval. However, Telekom would not share the vectored DSL lines with rival operators.