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Innovative Tech Firm Building International Momentum

first_imgAnalyze Re is taking advantage of local talent and expanding its Halifax operations after celebrating its first anniversary in Nova Scotia. The company, which provides technical solutions to the reinsurance industry, is headquarted in Halifax with clients in the United States, Europe and Bermuda. “Atlantic Canada has a vibrant tech start-up community which is offering a lot of mentorship, helping companies like Analyze Re succeed,” said Shivam Rajdev, chief operating officer, Analyze Re. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has signed a six-year incentive agreement with Analyze Re. The agreement is for up to 50 jobs, which would be more than $10 million in salary and provincial personal income taxes of about $1.15 million. The company would earn up to $792,750 in payroll rebates from NSBI’s Strategic Investment Funds. “There are many reasons why Nova Scotia is a great location for us,” said Adrian Bentley, CEO of Analyze Re. “We have a major client base in Bermuda, which is in the same time zone as Halifax. This, coupled with highly educated and skilled labour force, made perfect sense to us to be located here. It is also a great place to raise a family and there is a strong sense of community, which is something that we have really appreciated since immigrating here.” Funding from Innovacorp supported the company’s research and development, demonstrating how the province’s different agencies and tools work together to support the unique needs of innovative start-up companies. When Flagstone Reinsurance was acquired in 2012, the three founders of Analyze Re turned down several job offers from global firms to start a new company and stay in Nova Scotia. Reinsurance is insurance purchased by insurance companies to help manage risk. “NSBI is delivering on its growth strategies for Nova Scotia’s financial services sector and we have attracted companies in fund administration, reinsurance, captive management, due diligence and insurance,” said Peter MacAskill, vice-president, NSBI. “Analyze Re represents a new opportunity that includes financial services and new technology (IT).” For more information on Analyze Re, visit .last_img read more


Awareness camp on legal services in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: A legal awareness service camp was organised by the department of District Legal Services Authority, South Dinajpur unit, in association with Balurghat civic authorities on Monday afternoon.The objective of the camp, in which around 100 people took part, was to provide information on legal services to people. “None should be deprived of getting legal services. People are not informed about various aspects of law. We have organised the camp to help them,” said the secretary of the department of District Legal Services Authority Soumendranath Roy. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMember of the district child welfare committee Suraj Das, who took part in the camp, said: “We discussed many important topics, including cyber crimes, elderly citizens’ legal aid and complications related to their name enrolment for pension and providing aid to those people, who are attached to agricultural sector.” “Everyone should know about their rights and the legal assistance they are entitled to so that no one can cheat them. We interacted with the participants of the camp through a question-and-answer session,” said a legal assistant Jaya Mondal.last_img read more


Five things about the federal budget

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberals’ last budget of this mandate sets the stage for the October federal election and includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum. But there are also gaps in spending for some groups.Here’s what the budget does and doesn’t do, for five key voting groups:VeteransThe Liberals will enter the election campaign facing an uphill battle with veterans after Tuesday’s federal budget promised some new money to those who have served in uniform but otherwise failed to address the community’s largest grievances.The budget includes funding for chronic-pain research, for survivors of veterans who married after they were 60 years old, for measures to ease the transition from military to civilian life and for Second World War commemorations.But it doesn’t make any changes to the Trudeau government’s controversial disability pension plan, which will come into effect on April 1. The plan has been blasted by many veterans as falling far short of what the Liberals promised in the last election and was recently found by the parliamentary budget officer to provide less support for the most severely injured veterans than the current system of benefits.SeniorsTo help aging Canadians with soaring drug costs in Canada, the budget promises a new agency to buy drugs in bulk and cut Canadian medication costs as a first step toward a national pharmacare plan. Ottawa is also promising to spend $500 million a year, starting in 2022, on subsidizing drugs that treat rare diseases. The government says it intends to work with provinces, territories and other partners to develop the mandate for the national drug agency, with Health Canada to receive $35 million over four years starting in 2019-2020 to create an office to support the plan.Over 420,000 seniors in Canada have been diagnosed with dementia — and the rate of seniors living with this debilitating disease is on the rise. That’s why government will spend $50 million over five years in a new national dementia strategy.To help with retirement costs, the budget also proposes to enhance the guaranteed income supplement’s earnings exemption, beginning next year, so seniors can work part-time and still see financial benefits.EnvironmentalistsMore Canadians are choosing to drive zero-emission vehicles and the federal government wants to help make them more affordable. An investment of $300 million over three years will see Transport Canada introduce a subsidy of up to $5,000 for electric-battery or hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles that cost less than $45,000.Natural Resources Canada will also get $130 over five years to deploy new recharging and refuelling stations in workplaces, public parking lots, commercial and multi-unit residential buildings and in remote locations.Immediate expensing will be provided to a full-range of zero-emission vehicles so that businesses that want to switch over their fleets can recoup their costs faster.FarmersDairy, egg and poultry farmers who lose money because of Canada’s recent free-trade agreements will receive billions of dollars in compensation.The budget sets aside $2.15 billion over the coming years for supply-managed farmers who lose income because of the country’s trade deals with Europe and the Pacific Rim.Another $1.5 billion is being earmarked to compensate farmers who lose money when they sell their stakes in the three protected domestic markets, which Canada agreed in each of the agreements to open up to more foreign competition.Meanwhile, pork producers who have been watching a spread of African swine fever among pigs in parts of Asia and Europe may breathe easier thanks to a plan to increase monitoring for this disease at international airports. The Canada Border Services Agency will receive $31 million over the next five years, with up to $5.8 annually after, to increase the number of detector dogs at airports across the country.MillenialsReal-estate prices in some of Canada’s largest cities have increased beyond many young would-be buyers’ reach — something the Liberals have long promised to address.Tuesday’s budget announces measures for qualifying buyers to be able to have the government pick up part of the cost of their mortgages to lower their monthly payments, with the amount of help depending on their income and whether they’re buying a newly built or existing home.Changes are also being planned to allow Canadians to raise the amount they can pull from their retirement savings plans to fund the purchase of their first homes, from $25,000 to $35,000, and to allow people whose marriages or common-law partnerships break down to dip into those savings a second time.To help Canadians still struggling to save for their education and repay their student loans, The budget proposes changes to the interest rate on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans.In addition, legislative changes will be made so that student loans no longer accumulate interest during the six-month non-repayment “grace” period after a student borrower leaves school.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Sir Ranulph Fiennes Global Reach Challenge

first_imgTMF Group is proud to announce its sponsorship of the ‘Global Reach Challenge’; renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ world record breaking attempt to become the first person to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on every continent.TMF Group brand ambassador Sir Ranulph Fiennes holds Marie Curie banner at the top of Mount ElbrusTMF Group brand ambassador, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has just returned from climbing Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. He has already successfully summited Mount Everest in Asia (2009) and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (2004) as well as reaching both the North and South Poles by crossing the Antarctic continent and the Arctic Ocean.In a race to secure the record before anyone else, the 72-year old will climb four more mountains in less than a year; Mount Carstensz in New Guinea (Australasia), Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina (South America), and finally Denali, the highest peak in North America and one of the world’s most dangerous and difficult mountains to climb.Sir Ranulph’s progress, photos and videos related to the Global Reach Challenge can be tracked on a dedicated website.Sir Ranulph outlined his reasons for undertaking the challenge: “In 2009, I was the first person to complete what was then The Grand Slam, which was, and was established in the New York Explorers Club and everywhere else, as being the first person to cross the Arctic Ocean, on the surface of the Arctic Ocean, and the Antarctic Continent, and the highest mountain, Everest – known as the third Pole.“However, I then learnt that the goal-posts had been moved by the global adventure community. And now The Grand Slam has been expanded so that it is the Arctic, the Antarctic and, not just Everest, but the highest mountain on all seven continents.”Along with the goal to achieve the world record, Sir Ranulph is also on a mission to raise funds for Marie Curie, a UK-based charity that provides vital care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families, across the country.“Climbing four mountains in a short space of time will definitely be a challenge,” explained Fiennes. “Especially Denali in Alaska, which only had an 18% success rate during this year’s season. However, with local expertise and know-how, I would really like to have a go as this endeavour also raises money for Marie Curie – a very worthwhile cause.”The Global Reach Challenge is financially sponsored by TMF Group, a leading provider of global business services that specialises in helping companies to expand into new territories and invest across international borders.Fiennes went on: “Our sponsor is TMF Group who, for any company or even individual who wants to set up in remote areas or expand their company, has the expertise of dealing with local people and local problems to enable companies to set up abroad. So like our sponsor, we need to do everything meticulously in a remote area and that’s what we’re good at.”Frederik van Tuyll, CEO of TMF Group added: “Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the world’s greatest living explorer. He has inspired many for generations with his perseverance and dedication, and has pushed himself to the extreme to complete some of the world’s most gruelling and difficult challenges.“He has shown that to succeed in remote areas requires not only tremendous ambition but also detailed local knowledge and expertise – so he surrounds himself with a strong team, all experts in their field. TMF Group understands this too, and is excited to be part of the Global Reach Challenge team.”last_img read more


WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin to visit Sri Lanka

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, travels to Sri Lanka on Friday at the invitation of the Government to attend the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition, which will help shape and inform the country’s ongoing efforts to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) of zero hunger.The launch will bring together  Government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society, academia,  the private sector and UN agencies. The research was led by Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the South Asia Policy and Research Institute. Cousin will also travel to Monaragala where she will meet people involved in WFP’s programmes to build the resilience of vulnerable communities in the face of frequent climate-related shocks, such as the current drought. (Colombo Gazette) During her visit, Cousin will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, as well as ministers and senior government officials with whom WFP collaborates in efforts to build food and nutrition security in the country. read more


Annan appoints former US President George HW Bush as envoy for quake

“I am delighted that President Bush has accepted to play this role,” Mr. Annan said, introducing Mr. Bush in his new capacity. “I know the Pakistani authorities are too. We know that he is going to bring extraordinary leadership and attention to this terrible tragedy.” He will work to mobilize and sustain the political will of the international community “to ensure that the pledges that have been made are promptly converted to cash, so that the recovery and reconstruction and emergency activities can continue,” he said. He will also, Mr. Annan said, work with the Government and people of Pakistan to ensure their coordination with the UN and its development agencies, regional organizations, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations. Former President Bush, along with his successor, former President Bill Clinton, were named by President George W. Bush to lead private fundraising efforts in the US in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, after which Mr. Clinton became the UN’s Special Envoy for regions affected by that disaster. The devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale that struck South Asia on 8 October killed more than 73,000 people in Pakistan and 1,300 in India. An additional 69,000 people in Pakistan were injured as a result of the quake. In a rapid response to the disaster, the UN provided search-and-rescue and other life-saving assistance on the ground and launched a Flash Appeal for humanitarian assistance, asking for $500 million, of which $226 has already been committed. A donor conference, focused on support for national reconstruction efforts, was organized by the Government of Pakistan in Islamabad on 19 November, at which nearly $6 billion was pledged. read more


Security Council must take over IsraeliPalestinian peace efforts – UN rapporteur

The Quartet – which comprises the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – was too influenced by certain powers and the UN role had been undermined and minimized as a result, John Dugard told the Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) yesterday.Mr. Dugard, who is the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, also expressed misgivings about the Road Map, the Quartet-sponsored plan which calls for Israelis and Palestinians to live side-by-side in two States.The Road Map was entirely within the control of the Quartet, and that grouping had not shown itself to be impartial, he said, noting its stance on the imposition of economic measures following the election of a Hamas-led government in January.In response to questions from Committee delegates, Mr. Dugard said he did not think the Human Rights Council or General Assembly could achieve much on this issue and it was therefore up to the Security Council to assert responsibility.Israel and the Palestinians must also begin direct talks as soon as possible, especially on the issue of the permanent status of the Palestinian territories.Mr. Dugard said the situation inside the Palestinian territories had worsened markedly since late June. In the Gaza Strip, Israel had conducted a brutal assault that was excessive and without military purpose, wrecking key infrastructure and creating a humanitarian crisis. In the West Bank, Israel continued to build a separation barrier that left Palestinians cut off from schools, hospitals and workplaces.Following criticism by Israel’s representative on the Committee that his report was one-sided, Mr. Dugard said it was understood that his mandate was limited to investigating human rights violations by Israelis and not by Palestinians. read more


US newhome sales tumble 81 per cent in June to annual rate

WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.New home sales fell 8.1 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate to 442,000 from 504,000.Buying of new homes fell 20 per cent in the Northeast, followed by less extreme declines in the Midwest, South and West. The modest sales caused the inventory of new homes on the market to increase to 5.8 months, the highest since October 2011.The median sales price was $273,500, up 5.3 per cent over the past 12 months.Home sales had been improving through the middle of 2013, only to stumble over the past 12 months due to a mix of rising prices, higher mortgage rates and meagre wage growth.The pressures from mortgage rates have eased since the start of 2014 and the pace of price increases have slowed. Still, other indicators suggest that home-buying has stalled after rebounding from lows reached during the Great Recession.The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes increased 2.6 per cent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million homes. It marked the first time that sales have been above the 5 million-mark since October.Economists were encouraged by the second straight monthly gain in existing home sales, though those sales are still hovering below the recent peak of 5.38 million sales hit last July.Nasty winter storms weighed on sales of both existing and new homes in late 2013 and early 2014, making it unlikely that sales can match last year’s pace. Sales of existing homes are expected to be below the 5.1 million homes bought last year and the 5.5 million annual sales that would be consistent with a healthy housing market.Still, there are indications that sales could pick up.Along with the arrival of spring, average mortgage rates have dropped to 4.13 per cent, from 4.53 per cent at the beginning of this year, according to Freddie Mac. The rate of price gains has slowed as the inventory of homes for sale has improved. But wage growth has barely kept pace with inflation, reducing how much income people have to spend and save for down payments. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US new-home sales tumble 8.1 per cent in June to annual rate of 406,000 by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 8:29 am MDT read more


Ritchie Bros to open new Geelong facility in Victoria

first_imgRitchie Bros Auctioneers is set to celebrate the grand opening of its new auction facility at its Geelong site, including a new 2,489 m2 auction building, on March 19, 2013. Company officials will be joined by local dignitaries, who will cut the official grand opening ribbon during a mid-morning ceremony in the main auction theatre. More than 800 heavy equipment items and trucks are currently featured in the Geelong grand opening auction, with more items being added daily. All items will be sold unreserved to the highest bidders on auction day, regardless of price. “We have been conducting auctions in Geelong since 2009 and are proud to offer our customers a new state-of-the-art auction facility,” said Warwick Mackrell, Vice President, Sales, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers.“The site was made with the purpose of making it as easy as possible for contractors to buy and sell equipment locally, across all of Australia and to markets around the world from this one location. And, as with all our unreserved auctions, we are open to the public so we invite everyone to come and check out the auction and the great selection of featured equipment.” The Geelong auction site is now over 40 acres and is located just off the Princes Freeway, less than an hour’s drive west of Melbourne. The new auction building consists of a registration area, a 670-seat main auction theatre where items are brought over a ramp in front of the seated crowd while being sold. There is also a 500-seat capacity Virtual Ramp theatre, where items are shown on a screen while being sold. All equipment items will be on site leading up to auction day, and interested buyers are encouraged to come to the site ahead of time to test and check out the equipment prior to auction day. Equipment highlights in the auction include hydraulic excavators, crawler tractors, wheel loaders, and articulated dump trucks.last_img read more


Masked gang attack three men with sledgehammers

first_imgUpdated 7.54pmONE MAN WAS hospitalised and two others sustained injuries after they were attacked by a masked gang armed with sledgehammers and baseballs bats at a house in Northern Ireland last night.The attack happened just after 10pm on Monday night at the house in Castle Park in Derry when the four masked men entered the house and carried out the attack.One of the victims, a 20-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries to his arm and head. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The two other men who were assaulted did not receive serious injuries, the PSNI said.Police investigating the attack have asked for anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information to contact the PSNI.Originally posted 9.42amRead: Haass talks in Belfast end without agreement >last_img read more

NHIB gets 4 million more says Premier Robinson

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 20, 2017 – The National Health Insurance Plan has received that additional $4 million dollars to save its operations.  A report in November by then interim CEO, Tamera Robinson exposed a dire need for $6.1 million and the former PNP Administration immediately made $2 million available through the Contingency Fund to save the ailing public health care plan.Premier Sharlene Robinson, in that meeting with the media explained that the review is still set and that an audit will tell a comprehensive story about what NHIP requires to function effectively and contentiously.#MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Rosh Lowe

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. General Assignment ReporterRosh Lowe joined WSVN in 2002 from WFTX in Fort Myers. During that time he has scored some of the biggest exclusive stories in town.Follow @rloweon7He was the only reporter to interview Scott Rothstein, the accused mastermind of a 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme and the first to interview his wife Kim. Rosh was the South Florida reporter that broke the news that NFL star Donte Stallworth was over the legal limit when he hit and killed a man.Rosh has covered major national stories such as the serial sniper in Washington D.C., the Michael Hernandez murder trail and the most recent OJ Simpson trial.A native of New York, Rosh earned his Master’s Degree in Journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism. He is a recipient of an Associated Press Award and also a Best News Story of the Year Award from Emmis Communications.Rosh lives in Miami and is an avid runner. last_img read more

Selena Gomez To Star In Woody Allen Movie For Amazon

first_img Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 4:56 pm Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez: 58th GRAMMY Fashion Cam Selena Gomez To Star In Woody Allen Movie For Amazon As for new music? Gomez has been riding high with recent singles “Bad Liars” and “Fetish” featuring Gucci Mane, and she’s been hard at work on finding a through line for her follow-up album to 2015’s Revival.”I’ve been in the studio for a year,” Gomez told Carson Daly during a radio interview in June. “So I can technically say I have an album, but I don’t know where I want to go with it because of how different everything sounds.”Miley Cyrus Announces New Album, Younger Now Twitter Singer/actress sets sight on latest film project — is a new album far off?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2017 – 5:01 pm GRAMMY.comWe may have a fetish for her music, but we’re also hooked on Selena Gomez onscreen as well.The singer will star in a forthcoming Woody Allen film, also set to feature Elle Fanning and Timothée Chalamet. While details for the as-yet-untitled project are few and far between, the film will be released by Amazon Studios, which is riding the momentum of three Oscars at the 2017 Academy Awards.Gomez has made plenty of noise in film. In addition to recent starring roles in The Fundamentals Of Caring and In Dubious Battle, she served as the executive producer of the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. She also added her voice to the upcoming Hotel Transylvania 3, a 3-D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film set to bow in September 2018. Selena Gomez: Did You Hear About Her New Film? selena-gomez-star-woody-allen-movie-amazon News Facebook last_img read more


Ajay Singhs SpiceJet Rescue Plan Expected to be Finalised by Januaryend

first_imgBeleaguered budget carrier SpiceJet is expected to receive a bailout package before the end of January, raising the prospects of a last-minute rescue for the airline.The Sun Group-owned airline has been bleeding cash and has had to return some of its leased planes. It currently operates about 200 flights a day and with every passing day, the chance for continued operations diminishes.SpiceJet founder Ajay Singh, backed by US-based private equity funds, could take over the ailing airline, if the current owners exit and he plans to bring in about $200mn as fresh fund infusion.Singh submitted a detailed business plan to the government this week and a financial package is expected to be ready by the end of January — once the due diligence is completed, reports Reuters.Though SpiceJet declined to comment on the development, the beleaguered airline could see a new management on board by the end of the month, if the necessary approvals are received. The move would see the Marans exit the budget carrier and Ajay Singh return to the helm.The ill-fate of Vijay Malaya’s Kingfisher Airlines continues to reverberate across the industry and the government. And even after two years, the government is keen to avoid another airline perish. ReutersMeanwhile, Air Vistara, a joint-venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines started operations on Friday. The full-service airline plans to offer a better value proposition with its economy, premium economy and business class seatings.last_img read more

Imran Khan all but certain to become Pakistan PM

first_imgSupporters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party celebrate during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 26 July 2018. Photo: ReutersPakistani cricket icon-turned-politician Imran Khan inched closer to power on Thursday after a general election that has been marred by long delays in ballot counting and claims of rigging by opponents.With nearly half the votes counted from Wednesday’s election, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, was in a commanding lead in the nuclear-armed, Muslim nation.But supporters of jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said the counting process was an assault on democracy in a country that has a history of military rule.The stock market shot up nearly 2 per cent in early trading on relief the likely coalition government will not be a weak one. Pakistan faces a mounting economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout by the International Monetary Fund, although PTI has not ruled out seeking succour from China, Islamabad’s closest ally.Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) secretary Babar Yaqoob said told reporters early on Thursday counting had been delayed by technical failures in an electronic reporting system and the tallying was now being conducted manually. The results had been due by 2:00am (2100 GMT on Wednesday).“There’s no conspiracy, nor any pressure in delay of the results. The delay is being caused because the result transmission system has collapsed,” Yaqoob said.Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Mohammad Raza also defended the process, saying “elections were 100 per cent transparent and fair”, but could not set an exact deadline when the full results would be released.With 48 per cent of the total vote counted, Khan’s PTI was listed by the ECP in its provisional results as leading in 113 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies.Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was ahead in 64 constituencies, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), led by the son of assassinated two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, led in 42 constituencies.Khan’s party spokesman, Fawad Chaudhry, tweeted “Congratulations to the nation on a new Pakistan! Prime Minister Imran Khan”, although his party has officially held off on declaring victory.Although Khan still appeared likely to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, he should not have problems finding coalition partners from smaller parties and independents.“INTOLERABLE”Pakistan’s benchmark 100-share index surged as much as 1.9 per cent to 42,136 points in early trading. Analysts said investors were relieved Khan is now unlikely to have to rely on major opposition parties in a messy coalition.“Now they can go ahead with smaller allies and make necessary reforms without much opposition,” said Saad Hashemy, local brokerage Topline Securities’ director of research.Wednesday’s voting was marred by a suicide bombing that killed 31 people near a polling station in Quetta, capital of the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Islamic State claimed responsibility.This election will mark only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan’s 71-year history, and comes at a time when relations with on-off ally the United States are volatile.But campaigning has been plagued for months by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month.The PML-N, which came to power in a landslide 2013 vote, had sought to cast the election as a referendum on democracy, saying it was campaigning to protect the “sanctity of the vote”, a reference to a history of political interference by the military.Early on Thursday, Sharif’s brother Shehbaz, who now leads the PML-N, rejected the results after complaints that soldiers stationed in polling stations had thrown out poll monitors from political parties during the counting.About 371,000 soldiers have been stationed at polling stations across the country, nearly five times the number deployed at the last election in 2013.The PML-N and the PPP both said their monitors in many voting centres had not received the official notifications of the precinct’s results, but instead got hand-written tallies that they could not verify.“It is a sheer rigging. The way the people’s mandate has blatantly been insulted, it is intolerable,” Shehbaz told a news conference as the counting continued.“We totally reject this result,” he said. “It is a big shock to Pakistan’s democratic process.”The PPP also complained that its polling agents were asked to leave during the vote count in a number of voting centres.“This is the warning bell of a serious threat,” said PPP senator Sherry Rehman. “This whole election could be null and void, and we don’t want this.”“ISLAMIC WELFARE STATE”Khan has staunchly denied allegations by PML-N that he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy in the nuclear-armed nation.The army has also dismissed allegations of meddling in the election.Khan has promised an “Islamic welfare state” and cast his populist campaign as a battle to topple a predatory political elite hindering development in the impoverished nation of 208 million, where the illiteracy rate hovers above 40 per cent.last_img read more

Knicks Would Be Crazy To Trade The 1 Pick for Anthony Davis

first_imgAlso:-Best Landing spots for Zion-KD as good as gone to the Knicks?-Colin plays Zion or NBA star?-The longer KD’s out, the more it’s Steph’s teamGuests:Chris Broussard, Bill Raftery, Chis Haynes, and Rick Barry. No way the Knicks should trade the #1 pick for Anthony DavisThe NBA Draft Lottery is tonight, and every Knicks fan is praying to the basketball gods that they can land the #1 pick and the rights to Zion Williamson. According to some reports, the Knicks have not ruled out the idea of trading the rights to the #1 pick and Zion for Anthony Davis.Colin thinks this would be a huge mistake, not only because Williamson could end up being better than Davis, but also because Zion is the rare player who gets eyeballs to TV’s, butts in seats, and people buying sneakers. Davis is just boring. The only right decision for the Knicks is to keep the pick.last_img read more

A deaf genderqueer artist has documented his full transition on YouTube

first_imgGoing on Chella told the magazine about his struggles with gender identity and how it presented a challenge as he grew up.‘Before I hit double-digits, I felt both beautiful and confident simply because I was presenting masculine, which is what I preferred.‘However, once puberty hit, my body shifted against my wishes.‘As my chest and curves grew, I felt my sense of beauty and confidence fade away. I fought it, of course.‘But the disconnection between my mind and body overshadowed any compliment I received regarding my beauty,’ he said.[embedded content]Chella Man then told how ‘infamously gendered objects’ such as make up and clothes to accentuate both masculine and feminine qualities.But since transitioning, the teenager says his relationship with his body has ‘blossomed’ as he tackles dysphoria.‘Today I feel most beautiful when I am eating healthy, plant-based foods, drinking enough water and working out consistently.[embedded content]‘Of course, there are times when I feel insecure, either when I feel my dysphoria kicking in or when I have a bad pimple.‘But recently I’ve realized that only I can make myself insecure for the most part, other people do not have that power over me.’‘Moving forward, I’d like to see more accessibility, more representation, open-mindedness, empathy and forgiveness.‘The bravest thing you can do is what you know in your heart is right,’ he concluded with.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- 19-year-old Chella Man felt isolated due to a lack of deaf, POC genderqueer visibility as he was growing up.But he documented his personal transition in order to help youngsters who identify as genderqueer with a disability.He also wants to tackle dysphoria and help others enduring the hardships he suffered growing up in middle America.Chella Man uses he/his pronouns.Tackling stereotypes of non-binary gender[embedded content]Through his work on Instagram, YouTube and more, Chella Man is offering a first hand education on subjects such as trans visibility, diversity, queer culture and living with a disability.Speaking to i-D, the New Yorker – who also writes a column for new Conde Nast publication them – offered the magazine his notes on beauty.‘I am Chella Man, a 19-year-old deaf, genderqueer artist currently transitioning on testosterone.‘I grew up in Central Pennsylvania, basically in the middle of nowhere. The atmosphere there is extremely narrow-minded.‘To help people understand it, I always tell them Trump came to speak at my high school a few months before the election. ‘Chella Man documents genderqueer transition to educate people[embedded content] A deaf, genderqueer artist has documented his entire transition process on his YouTube channel.center_img Chella Man has documented his experiences of transitioning in the hope that other genderqueer and disabled people won;t feel marginalised (Picture: Instagram/MaryV) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Genderqueer actor Jesse James Keitel is the new star of YoungerThis organization is giving free chest binders to trans people in needThis New York teen is challenging masculinity with glitterRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more


Costa Rica 101 Juan Santamaría International Airport SJO

first_imgJuan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is both the first and last destination for the majority of tourists to Costa Rica.Air travel can be stressful enough before adding the uncertainty of an unfamiliar airport in a foreign country. The Tico Times is here to make that easier.Arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)Prior to your flight, we recommend printing and carrying a copy of your itinerary that shows proof of your departure date from Costa Rica.Before landing, flight attendants will distribute immigration and customs forms. Each person needs to fill out his/her own immigration form, but only one customs form per family is required. [Update: As of July 2019, the paper forms are no longer necessary unless you need to declare items.]Both forms are straightforward and are written in both Spanish and English. Use a blue- or black-ink pen to complete them.The immigration form asks for your name, passport number and type, nationality, profession, birthday, sex, purpose for travel, foreseen address, flight number and departure country. (Your passport type is likely “ORD,” for “ordinary,” and your foreseen address is the city or hotel where you will be spending the majority of your time.)The customs form asks for much of the same information. It also includes standard questions about whether you’ve been in contact with livestock or are transporting animals, whether you’re carrying more than $10,000, and whether you’ve been out of the country for at least three days. You will likely answer “no” to all except the last question, and if you’re bringing more than $10,000, consider making a donation to The Tico Times.After deplaning, follow signs for immigration, and then get in the correct line. The line on the right is meant for tourists, while nationals and permanent residents can use the line on the left. While the wait can get long if several planes arrive within minutes of each other, the building is air-conditioned and there is free Wi-Fi available.At the immigration booth, show the agent your passport and immigration form, and have a copy of your itinerary handy. The agent may ask where you’re staying, how long you’re staying, or any number of similar questions — stay calm, and answer honestly.You’ll then pass through duty-free shops to the luggage carousels to reclaim any checked luggage. This area also has bathrooms, an ATM and a currency exchange store.With your luggage in-hand, you’ll proceed to the far end of the room to customs, where you’ll hand an agent the customs form and place all your luggage through an x-ray scanner. You may be stopped if you’re transporting fruit, drugs (obviously), or excessive quantities of things such as electronics that don’t appear to be for your own personal use. But typically, the customs step takes less than a minute, and you’ll collect your luggage on the other side of the x-ray without an issue.After walking past rental-car kiosks, you’ll step out into the San José* air, where a large group of people gathers to welcome family or offer transportation services. Keep your luggage secured and walk confidently, as it can get crowded. Immediately outside the door, you will find a line of orange taxis; those are the official airport taxies. Alternatively, head left and loop around the parking structure to the bus stops.Uber does offer service at Juan Santamaría International Airport, with a pickup location about 500 feet to the right of the exit door. However, don’t be surprised if your driver cancels or asks to meet elsewhere. Uber remains in a legal grey area, and drivers often won’t pick up at the airport if they think Traffic Police are watching.(*We know, we know. Technically, Juan Santamaría International Airport is in Alajuela, not San José.)Departing from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)After exiting the highway for the airport, you’ll take a roundabout. Look for the signs to the international departures terminal or parking on your right.Until recently, most airlines did not include Costa Rica’s exit tax in their ticket price, meaning travelers had to pay it at the airport prior to checking in for an international flight. However, the vast majority of airlines now include the departure tax, so you can proceed directly to check-in.As of February 2019, official signage at the airport says passengers on the following airlines must pay the $29-per-person tax:Cubana de AviaciónAlbatros AirlinesSANSAWestJetLufthansaLATAMHowever, to be 100-percent sure, double-check your fare breakdown for a line that reads “Departure Tax” or “Boarding Tax.” Or, at the airport, ticket agents for your airline will tell you whether it’s required.After checking in, follow signs for “all gates” to the security checkpoint. (Note that there is a separate line for families traveling with minors.) You’ll first show your passport and boarding pass to an immigration agent, who may ask about where you stayed and for how long. Then you’ll pass through a TSA-like security screening, where you’ll have to remove liquids and electronics from your bag and walk through a metal detector. Thankfully, you don’t have to take off your shoes unless specifically asked to do so.You’re through! Immediately after security, there is a collection of souvenir shops, including one where you can sample a plethora of Britt coffee and chocolates.The international terminal also has several restaurants, ample charging areas and Wi-Fi. Note that the free Wi-Fi network seems to block Netflix and other high-bandwidth platforms, so you may want to download shows for your flight elsewhere (or pay for the premium internet).Enjoy your flight!This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year Ecuador tourism stunt featuring Costa Rica sparks international row El Salvador to host event aimed at promoting Central American cruise-ship tourism Travel Alert: MOPT suspends daily closures on Route 32last_img read more

Housing Market Improves Amid Favorable Conditions

first_imgHousing Market Improves Amid Favorable Conditions in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Origination As consumers purchase more homes, remain current on mortgage payments thanks to low rates, and employment continues to grow, the housing market continues to show improvement.Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) showed that the U.S. housing market continued to stabilize as the national MiMi value reached 81.2 as of August 2015. This means that the market is on its outer range of stable housing activity.The MiMi rose 0.27 percent from July to August and has shown a three-month improvement of 2.54 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Year-over-year, the MiM values has increased 6.16 percent and has rebounded 37 percent since the all-time low in October 2010. However, the value is still significantly lower than its high of 121.7.”The nation’s housing market continues to improve riding the wave of the best year in home sales since 2007,” said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac deputy chief economist. “With the MiMi purchase applications indicator at its highest level in more than seven years we expect home sales to remain strong. Low mortgage rates are fueling the recovery across the country”The key drivers of the positive MiMi value were the current on mortgage indicator (83.7 points) and the employment indicator (103.3 points), both fell in range and increased 0.60 percent and 1.03 percent from July, respectively.The purchase applications indicator fell at 66.9 points in a weak position, but increased 1.23 percent from last month. The payment-to-income indicator also came in weak at 70.9 points, and fell 2.03 percent from last month.A total of 29 of the 50 states including the District of Columbia had MiMi values in the stable range, with the District of Columbia (103.9), North Dakota (96.9), Hawaii (93.5), Montana (93.2), and Utah (90.3) occupying the top five spots, Freddie Mac reported.Meanwhile, 46 of the 100 metro areas have MiMi values that are stable, with Fresno (99.4), Austin (96.6), Honolulu (94.1), and Salt Lake City (93.3), and Los Angeles (93) occupying the top five spots.”Buoyed by strong employment growth, housing supply is struggling to keep pace with demand, which is driving house prices higher,” Kiefer said. “Fortunately, low mortgage interest rates are helping to keep homebuying affordable for some prospective homebuyers.””Nationwide, housing markets are getting back to their long-term benchmark averages, but they still have room for improvement. We’re expecting housing to sustain its momentum going into yearend, but we’re going to need stronger income growth to carry housing throughout 2016,” he added.Click here to view the full report. Freddie Mac Housing Market Recovery Multi-Indicator Market Index 2015-10-23 Staff Writercenter_img October 23, 2015 474 Views Sharelast_img read more


New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineA perennial favorite among collectors, “World Time” watches and clocks indicate time in all 24-hour time zones. Along with dual-time watches, these timepieces are particularly relevant in this era of global interaction and dependency. For its June 15 sale in New York, Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers plans to present a captivating selection of “World Time” men’s and women’s wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks, along with other collector-level timepieces.More than 200 timepieces, including the World Times, will be offered in the auction, with two sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the company’s gallery on the sixth floor of 595 Madison Avenue. A three-day Silent Sale of an additional 150 to 200 watches will be held from Saturday, June 12, to Monday, June 14.“World Time clocks and wristwatches eloquently capture a geographic history of the world,” said Osvaldo Patrizzi, president and chief executive officer of Patrizzi & Co.“These timepieces preserve the evolution of timekeeping and international capitals, going back to the magnificent clock from 1630 that we sold last summer in our Renaissance Clocks auction in Milan.” World Time watches and clocks in this auction date from circa 1940 to 2009, including models from Patek Philippe, Breguet and Vacheron Constantin.For the first time, the auction collection will preview in Shanghai where Patrizzi & Co has established a new office.Highlights:-F. P. Journe, “Sonnerie Souveraine – Grande et Petite Sonnerie – Répétition Minutes,” stainless steel minute repeating wristwatch with grande et petite sonnerie striking chimes and power reserve indication; made in 2007 Estimate: $450,000 – $550,000-Cartier Art Deco Mystery Clock, Model A, 18k yellow gold and rock crystal with diamonds; in mint condition; c. 1938-1940 Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000-Patek Philippe, Officer’s wristwatch, Ref. 3960, in platinum; made in limited edition to commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary in 1989 Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000-Patek Philippe World Time, Ref. 5110, in platinum; self-winding with night and day indicator and dial depicting time in 24 time zones; made in 2004 and sold Oct. 15, 2004 Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000-Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5970, in 18k pink gold; sold Nov. 5, 2004 Estimate: $100,000 – $130,000-F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain, No. 141/01T, in 18k pink gold; sold Aug. 9, 2001 Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000-Breguet Souscription Set, No. 11, in 18k yellow gold; made in limited edition of 300 pieces to commemorate “The Art of Breguet” auction in 1991 Estimate: $100,000 – $140,000-Luminor Panerai wristwatch featuring Rolex case and movement and Panerai dial; c. 1940 Estimate: $70,000 – $90,000-Conrad Kreitzer, cross-shaped Pendant Watch in gilt brass, and rock crystal and in mint condition; circa 1620 Estimate: $28,000 – $36,000www.patrizziauction.comlast_img read more