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James Gandolfini Hosts LA Police Memorial Foundation Poker

first_imgOn Saturday night, April 27th, over 60 Celebrities along with LAPD Officers & members of the community showed up at the historic Saban Theatre for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament & Party hosted by James Gandolfini.The street was packed with fans and press as each celebrity made their way to the carpet and into the event.The 1920’s Rotunda of the Theatre was filled with unique and priceless auction items like a Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant autographed Collage and an item from Muhammad Ali as well as a plethora of food and cocktails, a 3D photobooth, a high-end Cellupedic bed to lounge on and a dozen+ poker tables.The evening began with the Al Atkins, Executive Director of the Foundation presenting a plaque to James Gandolfini for his service to the cause. Gandolfini took the microphone and while looking at the plaque responded that he did not expect this. He recently moved to the area and thought “what’s a better way to give back to the community than to support his local law enforcement, the LAPD”.The poker tournament was a diverse mix of celebrities from all genres, including Michael Cudlitz and C. Thomas Howell (Southland), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Vanessa Marcil, Rob Riggle, Neal Mcdonough, Rocky Carroll (NCIS), Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS LA), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Brian Baumgartner (The Office), Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), Adam Rodriguez and Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami), Katherine LaNasa (Deception), Grant Show (the original Melose Place), Shaun Sipos (the new Melrose Place), Roger Cross (Continuum), Neal Flynn (The Middle), Michael Trucco (Revenge), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Sarah Brown (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (Young & the Restless), Aaron Hil (Greek), Marlon Wayans, Billy Burke (Twilight), Rory Cochran (Argo), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Ken Davitian (Borat), AJ Mclean (Backstreet Boys), Adrian Young (No Doubt), Bryce Sodeberg (Lifehouse), Blake Lewis (American Idol), UFC Fighter Tito Ortiz, Detroit Piston Corey Maggette, former NFL player and Olympic Gold Medalist Willie Gault, Jack Osbourne, Shanna Moakler, Alexis Bellino and Jim Bellino (Real Housewives of the OC), Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi (Shahs of Sunset), Omarosa (Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars), Jennifer Tilly, Jamie Gold, Maria Ho, Jason Sommerville, Tiffany Michelle and more.The Memorial Foundation recently brought in Producer Traci Szymanski to help bring a new and fresh energy to the scene. “The Foundation has had great success over the years with very loyal supporters in the community and in the Entertainment Industry. I think we’re creating something for everyone… the wonderful long-time supporters and introducing new names to the Foundation. A non-profit organization has to constantly evolve and grow with the environment and I think we’re helping the Foundation to do just that.”During the event, a live auction was held including an LAPD Helicopter Ride-Along, an Aqua Expeditions cruise down the Amazon River and the Main Poker table autographed by James Gandolfini and all attending celebrities was auctioned off to the crowd. Officers, celebrities, sponsors and supporters all excitedly participated in the festivities. NBA player Corey Maggette took home both the Cruise & the Poker Table (after the tournament had concluded).As the night was winding down, the Final Poker Table left in the tournament was half-filled with celebrities including Billy Burke, Jeremy Sisto, Adrian Young and Paul Johansson. The Grand Prize was graciously donated by PokerStars, the biggest online gaming company in the world who makes it a priority to give back to charitable causes worldwide. And the lucky winner is One Tree Hill’s, Paul Johansson. Johansson has won himself a $10,000 Main Event Seat at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas and a flight there provided by Latin Escapes.Proceeds from this event benefit officers and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has raised over $14.5 million without any direct taxpayer money.The support of the entertainment community helps enable the Memorial Foundation to raise needed funds to support officers in their time of need.last_img read more

Stars Talk Giving Back In The Back Seat

first_imgChideo, part of the Charity Network, has announced a partnership with Circa, a new mobile-friendly, video-driven news and entertainment portal that launched today.Under the new deal, Chideo, a leader in cause and entertainment content, will produce a celebrity-driven web series called, “In the Back Seat with…” that will stream on Circa’s various digital platforms, including its website and mobile app.The new web series, which can be accessed at Circa.com/pop-culture, will focus on in-depth, one-on-one celebrity interviews about their charitable causes and their latest projects as they ride around in the back seat of a luxury SUV. Each celebrity guest can drive direct donations to their favorite charity or cause through tie-ins with the Charity Network’s fundraising platforms Charitybuzz and Prizeo. Initial “In the Back Seat with…” interviews will feature music and sports legends including LL Cool J supporting Jump and Ball, Kevin Love supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mike Rowe supporting mikeroweWORKS and Cardinal Timothy Dolan in support of the Archdiocese of New York.“As we continue to build the Charity Network, we want to make cause-centric content readily available to people across multiple platforms, which is why Circa is such a great partner,” said Charity Network founder and chairman Todd Wagner. “Chideo’s new web series will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at each celebrity’s life and how they give back, resulting in increased awareness and donations for the causes they care about most.”John Solomon, Circa’s chief creative officer, said the partnership offers a chance to inspire a new generation of volunteers and philanthropists. “We know the next generation of consumers have a healthy appetite for cause-focused content, and we’re excited to be partnered with Chideo, the leader in this space, to create an entertaining series that will drive people to learn, think and become engaged themselves,” Solomon said.“In The Back Seat with…” will be hosted by Circa’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief Stephanie Abrams and Chideo’s Cash Sirois, both longtime experts on Hollywood and charitable giving. Abrams has been a journalist in Los Angeles and the national scene for two decades and has chronicled the rise of charitable giving in the digital era through her regular Give Back News reports. Sirois is an Emmy Award-winning sports journalist and co-host of the “Cirque du Sirois Show” on Dallas’ SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket.The new project builds on an existing partnership Chideo struck in May 2015 with Circa’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), the largest television broadcaster in the country. Through this unique distribution deal, Sinclair connects approximately 43 million homes with Chideo’s inspirational and entertaining content – all to benefit the world’s leading charities.last_img read more

Guinea Security Council calls for trial of perpetrators of bloody crackdown

“The Security Council reiterates the need for the national authorities to fight against impunity, bring the perpetrators to justice, uphold the rule of law, including the respect for basic human rights and release all the individuals who are being denied due process under the law,” the 15-member body said in a presidential statement read by Ambassador Le Luong Minh of Viet Nam, which holds this month’s presidency.Beyond the deaths and injuries that resulted from the crackdown on 28 September in Conakry, the capital, the statement cited “other blatant violations of human rights including numerous rapes and sexual crimes against women, as well as the arbitrary arrest of peaceful demonstrators and opposition party leaders.”The Council endorsed efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to resolve the crisis, particularly its insistence on the establishment of a new transitional authority to ensure credible, free and fair elections in which Captain Moussa Dadis Camara and other coup leaders would not be candidates.Capt. Camara is head of the National Council for Democracy and Development (NCDD), which seized power in December in a coup d’état after the death of then president Lansana Conté. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will soon set up an international and independent commission of inquiry into the crackdown following its acceptance by local and regional stakeholders, including Mr. Camara, who pledged full cooperation during a recent visit from UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios. 28 October 2009The Security Council today again called on Guinean authorities to charge and try the perpetrators of last month’s deadly crackdown on unarmed demonstrators that reportedly killed 150 people and wounded hundreds more, warning that situation might pose a risk to regional peace. read more

Fed is poised to cut rates for first time in a decade

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is poised to cut its key interest rate Wednesday to counter what it sees as threats to the U.S. economy ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts to persistently subpar inflation to a darkened global outlook.It will be the Fed’s first rate cut since December 2008 in the depths of the Great Recession.Most analysts expect the Fed to announce a quarter-point cut in its benchmark short-term rate. That rate, which affects many consumer and business loans, is now in a range of 2.25% to 2.5% after nine quarter-point rates increases from December 2015 to December 2018.Under Chairman Jerome Powell, the Fed has faced pressure to ease credit since it raised its key rate in December for the fourth time in 2018.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

UN expert group cites need for global instrument regulating private security companies

“Providing security is a fundamental human right and a fundamental responsibility of the State,” Anton Katz, who currently chairs the five-member group of independent experts, said in a news release. “But the ever expanding activities of PMSCs continue to raise a number of challenges, and the outsourcing of security to these companies by States create risks for human rights, hence the need to regulate their activities.” Presenting the group’s report to the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which examines human rights issues, Mr. Katz stressed that existing national legislation is not sufficient to address the challenges posed by PMSCs.He cited inadequacies related registering and licensing, and the lack of effective and transparent mechanisms and remedies for human rights violations within existing legislation, adding that these limitations are worsened by the transnational nature of PMSCs and the difficulties in ensuring accountability for any violations that may occur.He noted that there are self-regulatory initiatives such as the Montreux Document and the International Code of Conduct which have been established by a number of States and corporate actors in the past years to try and address the challenges posed by PMSCs. “However, these initiatives are not legally binding and cannot be considered as complete solutions for the problems concerning PMSCs,” he stressed. On mercenaries, Mr. Katz said that recent events in several parts of the world demonstrate that mercenaries remain a threat not only to security but also to human rights and the right of peoples to self-determination. “We continue to call on States to cooperate in eliminating this phenomenon,” he stated. Over the past year, the group made two country visits, to Somalia and Honduras. It also launched a national legislation project to look into analysing good practices and possible shortcomings in States’ protection of human rights in transnational security-related activities. It has also embarked on a study on the UN’s use of PMSCs which will be the focus of its report to the General Assembly in 2014.Members of the Working Group are appointed by the Human Rights Council. Their positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Wrapping up visit to Yemen UN aid chief stresses need for all

“It has been shocking to see the terrible impact of this man-made conflict,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said in a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“In Aden and Sana’a, and during my visits to Lahj, Hudadydah, Hajjah, and Amran governorates, I have met hundreds of Yemenis, and listened to their stories of atrocious suffering,” he added.Plunged into civil war between Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemen’s internationally recognized Government in 2015, Yemen has faced one of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, including the fastest growing cholera epidemic ever recorded, the world’s largest food emergency and widespread population displacement.Mr. Lowcock, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that the UN and partners have the capacity to further scale up their work but more generous and timely donor financing is needed and all parties must help facilitate and never hinder humanitarians’ work.During this visit, his first to the country since his appointment on 1 September 2017, Mr. Lowcock held frank discussions with the Government in Aden and those in positions of authority in Sana’a on ways to alleviate the suffering of the population and address the challenging operating environment. In Aden, he asked Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Dagher, among other things, to ensure progress on paying salaries to health workers, teachers and other civil servants, to get Sana’a’s airport reopened for commercial and humanitarian flights and to improve the operation of the ports, especially Al-Hudaydah.In Sana’a, he raised serious concerns about the operating environment facing the UN and other humanitarian agencies. “I am concerned about the increasing levels of interference in the work of the humanitarian agencies, including delays in granting and denial of visas, delays of essential equipment and supplies at the ports, bureaucratic impediments affecting NGOs and preventing essential assessments of needs so that we can target our assistance most effectively,” he said.Mr. Lowcock stressed that the end to the horrendous suffering in Yemen requires an end to the conflict, for which a political resolution is needed. “In the absence of substantial progress on all these points, the already dire situation will continue to deteriorate. The human suffering, already extreme, will grow and grow,” he said.Despite challenging conditions and lack of funding, UN and humanitarian parties are providing direct assistance to more than 7 million people each month. read more

Reject passivity and embrace responsibility for our future Lithuanias President tells UN

Highlighting the reality of the world we live in today and drawing on examples from the past and present, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that even though multilateral institutions exist to protect the world’s citizens, “we must recognize that we, the Member States, have the power and resources to enable United Nations to stand up for freedom, equality and humanity.”“We cannot let the voices of nationalism and division win over dialogue and cooperation,’ she cautioned world leaders gathered for the Assembly’s annual general debate.She went on to say that “before we seek to destroy multilateral institutions, commitments and agreements, we must know what we want to build instead.”“So far, we have been too quiet, too passive, too ignorant.”Multilateral and world Organizations, including the UN Security Council are ‘not perfect,’ and it is up to the countries that make up the United Nations to work together, she decalred, closing with: “We are the UN, so let’s take responsibility for our future, empowering the UN to act.’Full statement available here. read more

NFL Week 10 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em David Garrard (Jacksonville): Garrard is looking to build off his Week 8 performance, when he threw for 260 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. This week, Garrard faces a Texans pass defense that allows an average of 25 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, the most in the league. Mike Sims-Walker and Marcedes Lewis are good plays in this favorable matchup as well. Joe Flacco (Baltimore): For those of you looking for Flacco to break out, this could be the week. Flacco is facing a Falcons pass defense that is ranked 26th in the league and has given up eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in its last three games. Since Week 3, Flacco has thrown 11 touchdowns against one interception. Jahvid Best (Detroit): Best is a solid option this week. His toe injury is a concern, but Buffalo, Detroit’s opponent this week, allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and is dead last in rushing yards allowed per game (178). Best is a solid No. 2 fantasy running back this week based on the Bills’ poor run defense. Steve Johnson (Buffalo): The Bills might be winless, but one bright spot has been their passing game. Last week against Chicago, Johnson had 11 catches for 145 yards. Johnson is a must-start against a Lions defense that allowed a total of 192 receiving yards and a touchdown to Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards last week. Bench ‘Em Tom Brady (New England): Brady is battling a foot sprain and regardless of health, is a low-end No. 1 fantasy option this week against the Steelers. Pittsburgh allows 13 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks in standard leagues. Until someone steps up in the passing game, Brady’s numbers will continue to be mediocre. Donovan McNabb (Washington): Last week, McNabb threw for 210 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Expect similar numbers against the Eagles. McNabb has yet to throw multiple touchdowns in a game this season and is facing an Eagles defense that allows 215 passing yards per game. It’s hard to trust a quarterback that is lost in the play-calling and gets replaced with Rex Grossman. Any Indianapolis Colts running back: It’s been a revolving door in Indy with the running back situation. Joseph Addai and Mike Hart are still banged up, which means Donald Brown should get the start, but Javarris James should continue to get goal-line carries. Peyton Manning will dictate the direction of the offense, giving his running backs a back seat. Last week against Philadelphia, the Colts ran the ball 19 times and threw 52 times. Save yourself a headache, stay away from the Colts’ backfield. Knowshon Moreno (Denver): Moreno’s hamstring injury seems to be all right but until he shows he can be a dependable back, keep Moreno on the bench. In Week 8 against the 49ers, Moreno rushed for 40 yards. This week, Moreno faces a top-10 Chiefs run defense led by linebacker Derrick Johnson. Steve Smith (Carolina): Smith’s value is hurting because of the inconsistency at quarterback. Last week, Smith had one catch for nine yards. That kind of production will continue with either Tony Pike or Jimmy Clausen starting. Smith hasn’t scored in six games and is a risky play from here on out. read more

Visa is the exclusive payment partner of the Olympics literally

first_imgIn most cases, seeing an “exclusive partnership” is one of those things that you don’t pay attention to until it affects you. Every major event for anything, be it music, sports, or technology, deals in these exclusive partnerships. When you consider an event as large as the London Olympics, it goes without saying that you will experience the same kind of thing. Where’s the line, though? How far can exclusivity really go before it hurts the very people you are trying get to recognize your brand?Among the many brands that have an exclusive partnership, a list that includes Samsung, Acer, and McDonalds (because when I think about Olympic athletes, I think McDonalds). Visa is the worldwide payment sponsor of the 2012 Olympics. As a benefit for Visa, every cash register in the vicinity of the Olympic Village can only accept Visa cards. In fact, the registers even have signs that specifically state that all other forms of plastic payment are banned. “Proud to accept only Visa” on big cards to make sure you don’t try and pay with anything else. If you don’t have a Visa, you’re out of luck because there are no other options for you once you are inside the Olympics.This isn’t the first time this has happened. When the Olympics game to Atlanta it was MasterCard who offered the same opportunity to not use your plastic of choice. It’s not like most banking institutions offer you a choice. Most consumers don’t specifically say “I use Visa because [reason]”, that’s just the card they were given when they signed up for the account.It’s not even a huge deal in London, where Visa is a dominant force already, but it shows a real lack of marketing focus on behalf of the company. Instead of banning all other cards, why not simply offer an incentive for using Visa? Why not create a Visa Olympics rewards program that creates a benefit for everyone who uses Visa at the terminals in the game?All of this brings me to a greater question — what will happen when contactless payments become commonplace? The world is barreling towards NFC-enabled payment systems. Will the next Olympics ban the use of anything but Samsung phones to make purchases, or will you have to be on a specific carrier? As me move further into a world where everything is done mobile, can these kinds of restrictions continue to be a part of the Olympic sponsorship without causing more serious problems?Image courtesy of Modern Products Tumblrlast_img read more

Les biocarburants ne seraient pas si verts que ça

first_imgLes biocarburants ne seraient pas si verts que çaFrance – Un premier bilan sur les conséquences environnementales des biocarburants vient d’être publié par l’Ademe (Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie). Elle présente les résultats de diverses analyses du cycle de vie de biocarburants utilisés sur le territoire français. Les études montrent que les effets des biocarburants sur l’environnement dépendent grandement du lieu de fabrication de ces derniers. En effet, les biocarburants fabriqués en France permettent une réduction de l’émission de gaz à effet de serre de 60 à 70% pour les biodiesels mélangés au gazole et de 50 à 65% pour les bioéthanols mélangés à l’essence. Cependant, il est important de préciser que, selon un rapport de la Chambre d’agriculture de Normandie publié en 2007, pour couvrir l’énergie nécessaire aux transports mondiaux, soit 80 Exajoules environ tous les ans, il faudrait cultiver 850 millions d’hectares pour la production de biocarburants. Cela représente la totalité des surfaces agricoles utiles des pays en développement. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?De plus, même si l’éthanol à base de canne à sucre permet une réduction des émissions de CO2 par rapport à l’essence, il s’agit d’un biocarburant issu de l’importation. Or les experts ont également constaté la grande complexité d’évaluation des conséquences environnementales dues aux processus de fabrication, aux éventuelles importations et à la consommation des biocarburants. Ainsi, selon un article publié sur LesEchos.fr, lorsque les cultures destinées à la production de biocarburants prennent la place de celles destinées à l’alimentation, ces dernières remplacent les espaces naturels, augmentant ainsi l’empreinte carbone. Par exemple, une voiture consommant du biodiesel à base de soja issu des forêts amazoniennes subissant la déforestation, rejette quatre fois plus de gaz à effet de serre que du gazole fossile. De ce fait, d’autres études doivent être menées afin de déterminer le réel impact des biocarburants, ce type de carburant pourrait même se révéler plus pollueur que les énergies fossiles.Le 9 avril 2010 à 17:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Smart Plants May Be Able to Detect Radon and Mold in the

first_imgStay on target Researchers have been looking for new ways to improve the safety of our homes. One possible approach has been to genetically engineer plants to make them able to act as “detectors” of sorts. These would be relatively cheap to make, given that they simply grow, and would be far easier to maintain than traditional radon and mold detectors.Right now, though, teams are a bit far off. A team published a new paper detailing past efforts to accomplish similar goals. Like when scientists modified to tobacco plants to produce a fluorescent orange protein when exposed to disease-causing bacteria.To pull this off, researchers have been looking for specific chemical markers that are predictors of something else. For instance, the standard smoke detector works by allowing a tiny bit of radioactive material to decay, sending energized particles to another detector. If there’s smoke, the particles won’t make it and the message gets blocked.In much the same way, scientists are looking at volatile organic compounds. These are an extremely broad category of chemicals, but they are also relatively specific. For an accurate test, you can reduce the scope of the search to a just a few compounds, then isolate the genetic sequences that control for the plant’s response to them. And that’s precisely what the team did — dialing up the reactivity of the plants. Then, with special glasses, researchers were able to see the fluorescent light and effectively test the presence of bacteria.The potential is pretty vast and could allow for us to screen all kinds of domestic pollutants. They could be built into air vents into what the scientists dubbed “living walls” that could screen for practically anything. And this technology likely wouldn’t take long. Though, for now, the plants would be limited to pigments that glow under UV. Someday researchers hope to find a protein that will be visible to the naked eye, but that’s a ways off.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Book Your Botanicals Free Room, Board at London Plant HotelChina Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s Surface last_img read more

Viewer numbers for 928 WWE RAW new low for three hours

first_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+ Last night’s 9/28 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.33 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.48 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.33 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.19 million viewers.This is slightly down from last week’s 3.35 million viewers. Monday Night Football dominated the night with 13.51 million viewers. This number is the lowest non-holiday number for the show since it began its run of three hours every week in July 2012. Source: Showbuzzdaily.com WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)center_img Facebook Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

Legal heirs of late Nawab Fakhrul Mulk appeal to KCR

first_imgHyderabad: Legal heirs of Nawab Fakhrul Mulk, who constructed the Errum Manzil Palace, on Wednesday urged Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao not to demolish the 1870 structure for construction of a new State Legislative Assembly and Council buildings in its place. Errum Manzil is an architectural wonder and hidden gem in the busy and fast developing streets of Hyderabad. The palace boasts of over 150 rooms, with a golf course, horse stable, and polo ground, but is currently used as offices for government officials. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, General Secretary of Nawab Fakhrul Mulk Legal Heirs Association addressing the press said the Errum Manzil Palace was built and owned by the famous, eminent Nobel of Hyderabad, Nawab Fakhrul Mulk Bahadur, who was awarded a status of Umara-e-Uzzamin, in the Nizam regime. Like the Hyderabad House in Delhi, we can use this historical monument for meeting and visiting of the foreign dignitaries as this beautiful structure is very much part of Hyderabad’s history, culture and heritage, he added. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Doctor Fathima Shenaz, one of the Heirs said Errum Manzil is a historical monument which was visited by top British dignitaries including the Viceroy of India. She also pointed out that the palace had served as the government office for decades and had become landmark that a metro station has been named after it. She recalled that Fakhrul Mulk had served as Minister in different portfolios in the then Nizam government. “Our family motto is only to save the palace and restore its glory”, she added. Advertise With Us Nawab Syed Ali Shahreyar, Association president said, “when our ancestors graciously surrendered the property to the government; we expected it to be taken care of, to be used as a remembrance of Fakhrul Mulk and his contributions to Hyderabad instead of demolition and construction of something else.” Dr Lubna Sarwath said it is not fair to demolish such historical monument Errum Manzil building which was constructed in the year 1870 was a heritage structure and it cannot be demolished without permission from Heritage Conservation Committee. She also stated that instead of demolishing Errum Manzil palace Telangana government can modify the State secretariat which is more than 24 acres. They claimed that they do not stand to benefit monetarily in any way from saving this structure and their only desire is to preserve the building.last_img read more

Texas AG Files Lawsuit Against Businesses For Alleged Price Gouging During Harvey

first_img Share Photo: Marjorie Kamys Cotera | Texas TribuneTexas AG Ken Paxton during a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed the lawsuits against a hotel business and two gas stations.The hotel allegedly charged three times its normal rate during Harvey, and two gas stations allegedly charged customers nearly seven and even up to 10 dollars a gallon for regular unleaded gas.“It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable – those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.”Texas law prohibits vendors from charging exorbitant prices for necessities like drinking water, food, and fuel during a declared disaster.last_img read more

Oppose the procedure not its spirit Mamata

first_imgKolkata: A day after the Centre scrapped Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke her silence and called the whole procedure followed by the government as “undemocratic”.While leaving for Chennai, Banerjee, at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport said that the Bill was passed by the Centre in an “undemocratic” manner and her party would not support the Narendra Modi government for what it has done. She also maintained that the people of Kashmir were not consulted before the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha. However, she also clarified that she was not talking about the merit of the Bill. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I don’t agree with the procedural method the Centre has adopted. It was not done in a democratic way. I am not talking about the merit of the Bill. I am only talking about the method. Our party has taken a strong decision and we would not support this Bill. We cannot vote for this Bill either as it would go on record. Voting for the Bill will appear to be as if we have directly or indirectly accepted the Bill. What happened in the Rajya Sabha on Monday is not praiseworthy as it was not right constitutionally, legally or technically,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Chief Minister also pointed out that the Centre should have taken the consent of the people of Jammu and Kashmir before bringing in the resolution.There should have been an all-party meeting discussing all the aspects and the people of the state must have been taken into confidence. The Kashmiri people will consider themselves isolated following the passing of this Bill. “As a citizen of the country, I have been watching what is going on. We are all patriotic people and love our country. We firmly believe that Kashmiri people are our brothers and sisters. If a permanent solution is to be found, the Centre should have discussed the matter with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that there are some procedural lacks. We were willing to attend an all-party meeting if the Centre would have held it.” Expressing concern over the arrest of the Kashmiri leaders, the Chief Minister said: “I don’t have any information about senior leader Farooq Abdullah. We have seen in the media that Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been arrested. Mehbooba and Omar are political personalities. They are not terrorists. They should have been released in the interest of the democratic institution and for the interest of the people as well. Yesterday (Monday) we have seen curfew-like situation in Srinagar and other areas. We must restore peace. We want peaceful negotiation and a peaceful solution. There should not be any political commotion.” Giving a strong message to the people of Kashmir, Banerjee said: “In any case related to our motherland, we are together. Let the message be passed to every corner of the country that we love our motherland. The message will build confidence among the people. We have to consider that we are all citizens of the country. I would like to remind the Centre that Kashmiri people should not feel isolated. They should feel that they are very much with the country.” Banerjee on Tuesday left for Chennai to attend a meeting to commemorate the first death anniversary of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

Costa Ricas 1 billion port renovation project holds up in court

first_imgA Costa Rican administrative court on Monday ruled in favor of a $1 billion port renovation project in Moín, on the northern Caribbean coast.The project, worth an estimated $992 million, will permit Dutch company APM Terminals to modernize the Atlantic coast’s dilapidated ports. The 33-year contract gives APM Terminals permission to construct and operate a new port called the Moín Container Terminal.The 173-page ruling rejected two simultaneous lawsuits filed by the National Banana Workers Chamber and the Atlantic Port Authority union, which attempted to annul the largest private concession contract in Costa Rica’s history. The plaintiffs argued that the contract was granted without the completion of proper economic, technical and environmental studies.  Judges disagreed, stating that the court did not see any violations and the concession would stand between APM Terminals and the government.Paul Gallie, managing director of the project for APM Terminals, said in a statement the ruling “affirms the transparency and legality of the concession process.”President Laura Chinchilla, who signed the contract in August 2011, also praised the verdict.“This is excellent news for the country and for the province of Limón in terms of investment, generating employment and revitalizing the economy,” Chinchilla said in a press release. “This will help us continue working for the development of the province and improving the future for residents. Furthermore, the port will lift Costa Rica from the shameful position that we occupy worldwide for port infrastructure.”The World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness report on port infrastructure ranks Costa Rica 137th of 142 countries. Government officials believe the construction and operation of the terminal will lead to thousands of new direct and indirect jobs in Limón, the country’s poorest province. Unions see the project as a threat to their livelihood. The trial concluded July 6, and judges had until Tuesday to rule on the case.Ronaldo Blear, head of the port workers union, said his organization already is preparing new legal measures to stop the project, according to CRHoy.com.He said union lawyers would appeal the ruling. They also have filed a separate lawsuit challenging the concession’s constitutionality.The port renovation will give the port the ability to take in enormous Post-Panamax ships that can hold up to 12,000 containers. The current docks only can accept ships that hold a couple thousand containers.The deadline for completion of the first phase is 2016, with construction set to start in late 2013. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Celebrity chefs to sell tastes of Australian tucker to international t

first_imgTourism Australia has recruited top celebrity chefs to promote Australia food to tourists.The Restaurant Australia campaign features top chefs such as John Torode and Vlado Gregurek promoting Australian food across a number of mediums including online, in blogs and articles, The Australian reported. The campaign promotes Australia as the world’s greatest living restaurant. “These shows provide a tasty appetiser for the promotion of Restaurant Australia, bringing together passionate locals, breathtaking landscapes and the freshest of produce to represent some of the unique and most distinctive food and wine experiences of our beautiful country,” Tourism Australia chief marketing officer Nick Baker said.  Memorable parts of the series for Torode include diving for abalone off Bruny Island and going spearfishing in Tropical North Queensland. The latest promotion is Torode’s John Torode’s Australia which showcases him travelling to places that invigorated his love for food. Tourism Australia hopes the campaign will lift visitor numbers from the UK especially after ABS data indicated that British tourist visits had jumped by 6.3 per cent in 2013 to 634,100 people. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

US Negative Equity Rate Drops to 169

first_imgU.S. Negative Equity Rate Drops to 16.9% The number of U.S. homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth has fallen off by nearly half in the last two years, but third-quarter data shows millions are still close to slipping back under.In a report released this week, property data company Zillow estimated that 8.7 million homeowners living in the nation’s top housing markets were underwater on their mortgage as of the end of the third quarter, putting the country’s negative equity rate at 16.9 percent. The U.S. underwater rate peaked at 31.4 percent in 2012’s first quarter.”The market has made terrific strides since bottoming out in late 2011 and early 2012, with millions of underwater homeowners freed in just the past few years, and millions more set to surface in coming months and years,” said Dr. Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow.By the end of Q3 2015, the company expects negative equity will drop further to a rate of 15.2 percent.While improving trends in home values and foreclosures have helped push more homeowners into positive equity positions, many are still barely afloat, possessing too little equity to realistically afford the cost of selling their home and buying a new one. Because they’re essentially locked into their houses, those homeowners are unable to contribute to their local stock of for-sale homes and are stuck in the way of entry-level or move-up buyers.Factoring in that group, Zillow estimates the “effective” negative equity rate is closer to 35 percent.On top of that, most of the improvement in home values has happened in the housing market’s highest price tier, where homeowners are only about one-third as likely to be underwater as those in bottom-tier homes (9.3 percent compared to 27.4 percent).The gap is even greater in some of the nation’s still-struggling markets—like Detroit, where nearly 50 percent of homes valued in the bottom price tier were underwater, while 7.6 percent of the highest-priced homes were upside down.Humphries says those problems are partly a reflection of some of the housing market’s current challenges, including low inventory, rapid value appreciation, and weak sales.”None of these problems will be solved overnight, in large part because negative equity will likely be a part of the housing market for years, and easily into the next decade in some hard-hit areas,” he said. “But we’re moving in the right direction, and time will heal all wounds.” December 18, 2014 550 Views Home Equity Home Values Underwater Zillow 2014-12-18 Tory Barringercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

San Carlos CA – XOJET the private aviation compa

first_imgSan Carlos, CA – XOJET, the private aviation company that provides simplified pricing to private jet travelers, announced it will now offer fixed-price rates starting at $25,000 for one-way transcontinental flights between preferred airports serving major U.S. cities  like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego.  Fixed-price rates for flights between more than 4,000 additional airport pairs serving designated East and West coast metro areas are also available.The rate includes ground transportation, catering and unlimited in-flight worldwide calling. There are no repositioning fees, hourly rates or fuel surcharges, as is common in the industry.  XOJET’s all-new fleet of Citation X jets, the fastest civilian aircraft available, makes the New York to Los Angeles flight on an average of under four hours and thirty minutes.“Private jet travel is supposed to make flying simple and stressless, yet pricing for private aviation is often complicated and confusing, with an array of middle men, add-on fees, mark-ups and hidden charges,” said Adam Komack, chief marketing officer of XOJET. “Our fixed-price transcontinental rate with a bundled service package provides direct, simple and transparent pricing for travel on XOJET’s brand new fleet of company owned and operated business jets.  Simplified pricing is one of many examples of XOJET’s commitment to delivering the best possible private aviation experience – from the moment our clients book their flights to the time they arrive at their final destinations.” The $25,000 rate is available at preferred airports like  Teterboro (New York), Northeast Philadelphia (Philadelphia), Bedford (Boston), Manassas (Washington, D.C.), Van Nuys (Los Angeles), Henderson (Las Vegas), Oakland (San Francisco), Carlsbad (San Diego), and Deer Valley (Scottsdale/Phoenix).last_img read more

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