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Mixed messages on BCs efforts to cool the hot housing marketMixed messages on BCs efforts to cool the hot housing market

first_imgVICTORIA – Real estate experts say the British Columbia government started to build a strong foundation for more affordable housing in Tuesday’s budget, but opinion varies on the expected outcomes.Finance Minister Carole James is trying to ease the province’s housing crisis by introducing a new tax on property speculators, expanding and increasing a tax on foreign homebuyers and spending $6 billion to build affordable housing over the next decade.James said she expects to see property values start to drop as her budget measures kick in.“We’re an amazing province,” she said Wednesday after speaking to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “There’s no question people are going to want to live in B.C. But we need to see a moderation and my hope is, by addressing both supply and demand, you’ll see more supply in the market that will ease some of the cost pressures and you’ll see a moderation.”Tom Davidoff of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder school of business said he hopes the speculation tax will help make the lower end of the market more affordable, particularly for condos.The levy will be introduced this fall, targeting foreign and domestic homeowners who do not pay income tax in B.C., including those who leave homes vacant.In the 2018 tax year, the rate will be $5 per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. Next year, the rate will rise to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value. It will initially apply to Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria area, the Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.A non-refundable income tax credit will also be introduced to offset the new levy, providing relief for people who do not qualify for an exemption but who pay income taxes in B.C.James said B.C. residents with multiple properties, such as a summer cottage, will get the levy back as a credit on their income tax refund. But property owners from out of province will be dinged if they leave their B.C. home vacant, she said.The tax makes a lot of economic sense, Davidoff said, because B.C. has high income and sales taxes but low property taxes, which encourages vacationers to buy property and makes life more expensive for workers.“That is the worst possible idea in a market like Vancouver where you have a tremendous amenity level and it’s so hard to build,” he said. “We’re such a draw for people who don’t want to work here, but do want a lovely vacation home.”People who are affected by the new levy might sell their properties, freeing up housing for locals, he said.One issue the budget didn’t directly address is zoning, Davidoff said, adding that the taxes on speculation and foreign buyers might provide some indirect help because they will “bash” the high end of the real estate market. That encourages people to push for changes in zoning density to keep their property values up, he explained.“The property they own is going to be worth a lot less than it was before this tax. When you have new zoning, there’s a trade off — your property becomes more valuable because you can put greater density on it, but you don’t like what’s happening to your neighbourhood,” Davidoff said.He said the changes make it more attractive for people to subdivide a single luxury property into five or six moderately priced properties.Cameron Muir, chief economist at the Real Estate Board of B.C., said plans to help build 114,000 affordable housing units will offer much needed supply for rental and low-income properties.But he said a tremendous undersupply of available homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna, coupled with B.C.’s strong economy, will keep home prices from dropping.“In terms of market impacts, it may be great to raise tax revenue, but this is not going to have a demonstrable impact on housing markets,” said Muir. “The chief culprit of rising home prices is the inability to supply the housing market in a timely fashion.”The head of an association of real estate developers across B.C. said measures in the budget won’t bring down prices for non-subsidized housing.An additional property transfer tax on homes worth more than $3 million will make it more expensive for developers to acquire land and that cost will be passed on to buyers, said Anne McMullin, president and CEO of the Urban Development Institute.There also isn’t enough labour to build thousands of new affordable housing units while keeping pace with the demand for housing built at market prices, and unless the province works with municipalities to speed up approval times, home prices will remain high due to a lack of supply, she added.“You can’t say ‘I’m going to add all these below market and social housing (units) to the market place, to the labour pool, to the industry,’ without dealing with the supply side, without dealing with the long processing times, without dealing with the lack of competition in the marketplace,” McMullin said.— With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.last_img read more

PAM Parliamentarians Return Their Compensation to the State TreasuryPAM Parliamentarians Return Their Compensation to the State Treasury

Rabat – In what could be considered a first in the Moroccan parliament, the Authenticity and Modernity Party’ s  (PAM) parliamentarians decided to return their past three months’ compensation to the Moroccan General Treasury.This Monday and Tuesday morning, PAM MPs kept to their word, carrying out the Party’s decision to return the three months’ compensation they received to the treasury of state, which they considered to be undeserved because of the Parliament hiatus.Khalid Adennoun, PAM spokesman and member of its official office, published a picture of a check deposit of MAD 84,000 to the Treasury of the Ministry of Economy and Finance,as well as pictures of Latifa Al Hamoud, another PAM MP, returning her compensation to the treasury. Last week, 102 PAM parliamentarians voluntarily took the decision to return their compensation by March 13.As the delay in forming the new government continues, PAM MPs felt that they do not deserve  compensation because of inertia experienced by the parliament.Such compensation amounts to MAD 35,000 per month for each member of parliament, and if all PM MPs commit to the decision, a total sum of MAD 10 million will be returned to the General Treasury of the Kingdom.The PAM  is currently drafting a law to create unified pension system for the members of the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors to ensure that MPs do not benefit from their pension until they reach the legal age of retirement.According to an article published on the PAM website, the law would also set the MPs and State’s participation fees at MAD 2900 per month, stressing the need to stop the MPs pension in case of their death.It would additionally limit the monthly pension for members of the House of Representatives and members of the House of Councilors at a MAD 1000 per month for each full legislative year. read more

SecretaryGeneral mourns deaths of two aid workers in Sri LankaSecretaryGeneral mourns deaths of two aid workers in Sri Lanka

4 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the brutal killings of two employees of the Sri Lankan Red Cross at the weekend and offered his condolences to their families. Mr. Ban demanded that the police thoroughly investigate the incident and reminded the Government of its obligation to investigate the murders of 17 Action Contre la Faim aid workers who were killed 10 months ago, according to a statement released by his spokesperson. “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the security of civilians and aid workers in Sri Lanka and reminds all parties in the country that aid workers have a right to protection at all times,” the statement said. Mr. Ban has spoken out repeatedly this year against the intensifying violence between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and called for them to return to the negotiating table. read more

Top UN political official en route to Moscow following visits to TokyoTop UN political official en route to Moscow following visits to Tokyo

26 February 2008The United Nations political chief is on his way to Moscow to discuss a number of issues with Russian officials, as part of a regional tour that also included visits to Tokyo and Seoul. Yesterday, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe attended the inauguration of President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea. He was joined there by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Deputy Chef de Cabinet and Special Adviser Kim Won-soo.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that the delegation had a “very warm” meeting with the new President, who expressed strong interest and determination to expand, as part of his country’s global diplomacy, its role in the UN, including on climate change, increased participation in peacekeeping operations and official development assistance (ODA).Before visiting Seoul, the delegation was in Tokyo where it had discussions with Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Masahiko Koumura, and other senior officials on the areas where Japan and the world body could further strengthen their interaction on UN reform, international peace and other issues of mutual interest, Ms. Montas said.Mr. Pascoe conveyed the Secretary-General’s strong appreciation for Japan’s contributions to the Organization. He added that the UN will work for the success of the upcoming Group of Eight (G-8) Summit in Hokkaido, as well as the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development. read more

Sri Lanka informed it will not receive ADB WB aid after 2019Sri Lanka informed it will not receive ADB WB aid after 2019

The Prime Minister also slammed some media institutions who have been critical of the Central Highway Project. (Colombo Gazette) Replying a query raised by opposition chief whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Prime Minister said, Sri Lanka has to discuss how to obtain funds in future. “We will not receive concession and aid after 2019. It has been communicated to us by the ADB and WB. It is better to discuss that how we can find the funds in future,” he said. Sri Lanka has been informed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) that it will not receive any concessions or aid after 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe told Parliament today.Wickramasinghe said this while making a special statement  to the House on the Central Highway Project.

Teachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief programTeachers union sues DeVos over embattled loan relief program

A major teachers union is suing the U.S. Education Department over a program designed to forgive student loans for public workers but which has been beset by problems.The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington on Thursday alleging the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program has been mismanaged, violating the Constitution.The program was created in 2007 and promised to forgive student loans for graduates who made 120 monthly payments while working as teachers, nurses or other public workers.Just 1% of applications have been approved. Many applicants say they were wrongly rejected or weren’t notified they had the wrong type of loans.The lawsuit asks for improvements to the application system and a new appeals process.The department said it does not comment on pending litigation.Collin Binkley, The Associated Press read more

WestJet November traffic grows but load factor dips on higher capacityWestJet November traffic grows but load factor dips on higher capacity

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WestJet November traffic grows, but load factor dips on higher capacity WestJet Airlines signalled that the travel market remains strong, even though its November load factor fell from last year’s record as its overall capacity grew faster than passenger traffic.The Calgary-based airline’s planes flew 79.7 per cent full in the month, down 2.9 points from the same month last year, but up from 79.2 per cent in October.Traffic measured in revenue passenger miles increased 5.7 per cent, on a 9.4-per-cent increase in capacity. The carrier flew 1.4 million passengers, up 3.8 per cent from the prior year.“We are very pleased with the achievement of our second-highest November load factor, two percentage points better than our third highest, as our strong traffic growth continued in the month,” said president and CEO Gregg Saretsky.WestJet’s Encore regional service has added Terrace, B.C., to its growing list of destinations. It plans to launch Encore in Toronto next summer.Meanwhile, Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) said its November load factor fell to 76.5 per cent from 78.1 per cent a year ago.The drop came as the airline increased system-wide capacity by 3.3 per cent, while system traffic increased 1.1 per cent.“Major market segments, notably the U.S. transborder and Latin America and the Caribbean, experienced traffic growth in a month that is typically challenging for international carriers,” Air Canada president and chief executive Calin Rovinescu said.“Capacity added during the month was largely at significantly lower incremental cost due to the deployment of our high-density Boeing 777s and Air Canada rouge aircraft reconfigured with more seats.”WestJet (TSX:WJA) expects its capacity — as measured by available seat miles — will grow by seven per cent in December, eight per cent in the fourth quarter and 8.5 per cent for the full year.In 2014, system-wide capacity is expected to grow by four to six per cent, with WestJet Encore representing about half that growth.Despite the lower load factor, which measures the percentage of its planes filled with paying passengers, analysts said the robust November traffic numbers point to a continued healthy market.“New capacity is clearly stimulating new demand, in particular on the domestic front as WestJet rolls out their new regional low cost subsidiary, Encore,” said analyst Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets.“The key here is that while system-wide load factor compressed for the month, it remains healthy at levels close to 80 per cent and was on the back of a firmer pricing environment.”However, analyst David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the lower load factor could feed investor anxiety that WestJet is trying to add too much capacity into the market.“We think the results are better than the headlines suggest,” he said.Tyerman expects WestJet has good earnings growth potential from the launch of premium economy seating that should add about $80 million in annual revenues. He also pointed to WestJet Encore, that should add 50 cents per share in earnings by 2018, U.S. and international growth and the benefits from cutting $100 million of costs.Air Canada also announced Wednesday it will fly its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Toronto and Tel Aviv, beginning in July.The airline plans to preview the new aircraft on select domestic and transatlantic routes temporarily once the first three planes are delivered next spring.Air Canada has ordered 37 of the planes which should be delivered by the end of 2019. The order includes 15 smaller 787-8 versions and 22 larger capacity 787-9s that should begin to enter the fleet in July 2015.As it takes delivery of the aircraft, the airline plans to transfer older Boeing 767s and Airbus A319s to its low-cost subsidiary Air Canada rouge.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, WestJet’s shares were unchanged at $28.11 in Wednesday. Air Canada’s shares hit a 5 1/2-year high, closing at $8, up 27 cents or 3.5 per cent. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2013 2:16 pm MDT read more

School admissions Eirgrid and everything else happening in Leinster HouseSchool admissions Eirgrid and everything else happening in Leinster House

first_imgWHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The Tánaiste is once again likely to field questions with Enda Kenny away. This will be taken at 12 noon.Dáil: Electricity Infrastructure and Eirgrid –  Fianna Fáil’s Private Members’ motion will resume after at 7.30pm, while Fintan Slye, Chief Executive of Eirgrid, will be in front of the Transport and Communications Committee in Room 4 at 9.30am to hear regional community concerns in respect of State company’s project to upgrade the country’s electricity infrastructure.Committees: School Admissions – Parent and education groups will be in attendance at the Education and Social Protection Committee in Room 3 at 1pm to discuss the Draft General Scheme of an Education Admission to Schools Bill.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilThe Finance Bill which provides alteration and regulation of taxation and stamp duties enters final stage today and will be discussed at 10.45am and resumed at 2.40pm.The Order of Business will be taken at 12.21pm or probably a little after that before Topical Issues will be taken at 12.51pm or probably closer to lunchtime. The morning’s business on the Finance Bill resumes after that, before Fianna Fáil’s motion is debated.The Dáil adjourns at 9.00pm.Everything else that’s happening the SeanadSenators start the day by discussing anything and everything on the Order of Business from 10.30am.Junior Minister Fergus O’Dowd will be discussing the Water Services Bill, which relates to the establishment of Irish Water and its charges, at 12.30pm.Labour senators will be asking the Government at 5pm to ensure staffing levels in the mental health services will increase and that community based teams are strengthened.Then it’s Matters on the Adjournment before the Seanad itself adjourns at 7pm.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesTánaiste Eamon Gilmore will attend meetings of the EU Foreign Affairs Council of Ministers and the Foreign Affairs Policy Review at the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs at 2.30 pm in Room 1.The Minister for Defence Alan Shatter will be in front of Justice, Defence and Equality Committee in Room 2 at 4pm to discuss supplementary estimates to the Army pensions.Seán Ó Cuirreáin, An Coimisinéir Teanga, will be at the Public Service and Oversight and Petitions Committee to discuss the annual report in Room 4 at 4pm.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

It may be a dreary morning for many but theres a possibleIt may be a dreary morning for many but theres a possible

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It may be a dreary morning for many – but there’s a ‘possible heat wave’ on the way The temperatures are set to return to the 20s by Sunday. Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 7:20 AM By Sean Murray 30,821 Views Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Image: Image: Met.iecenter_img Share87 Tweet Email1 Jun 20th 2018, 7:20 AM 12 Comments A rather dull, damp & breezy start to the day. Brightening up through the day however with sunny spells developing. Becoming dry too, apart from the odd shower which will feed into northern areas. Less humid than recent days with top temps of 15 to 18°C in a moderate NW breeze.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 20, 2018 Short URL Saturday will see temperatures reaching as high as 23 degrees in the inland and across the south, and 24 degrees on Sunday.Into next week, Met Éireann said there will be “very warm or even hot conditions” with “sunshine prevailing”.“The warmest weather so far this year possibly on the way through this extended settled spell,” the forecast added. IT’S A RATHER dull, damp morning for many around the country this morning, but the weather is set to take another turn towards dry, sunny weather by the weekend.The outlook further ahead is looking very positive, with temperatures set to hit the mid 20s from Sunday and well into next week, with a “possible heat wave” on the way.Met Éireann has forecast a rainy, breezy morning that will give way to sunny spells later today. Apart from the odd shower, it’ll be mostly dry as the afternoon wears on with temperatures ranging between 15 to 19 degrees.There’ll be more showers tonight in northern areas but dry for many, giving way to another clear day albeit slightly cooler.Looking further ahead, the forecast is for “dry, calm and settled [weather] with high pressure building”.Met Éireann said: “Becoming warmer and sunnier this weekend with values reaching the low or even mid 20s (warmest on Sunday). Values climbing further into next week with possible heat wave conditions setting in.”last_img read more

3 dead in plant shooting in East Tennessee3 dead in plant shooting in East Tennessee

first_imgATHENS, Tenn. — Three people have died in a shooting inside a factory in East Tennessee.Athens Police Chief Charles Ziegler said it’s believed the shooter is among the three people and that it appears he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday. He said the man was apparently using a semi-automatic pistol, but he didn’t know the caliber or brand.Ziegler said the shooter was an employee of the Thomas and Betts plant, which he said is a steel fabrication facility.Law enforcement was called to the plant just after 4 p.m.Ziegler said law officers hadn’t done any investigating inside the plant yet and would be there through the night.Identities of the dead weren’t released. Ziegler said to his knowledge, no one else was injured.last_img

Mourinho aims a jibe at ScudamoreMourinho aims a jibe at Scudamore

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho aimed a jibe at Premier League chief Richard Scudamore following his side’s 2-1 victory over Leicester CityCaptain Pogba converted from the spot inside the first five minutes while Luke Shaw netted his first goal for United to increase the lead for Mourinho’s men.However, Jamie Vardy’s goal in added time created a tense ending in what was an overall lackluster display from the Red Devils.Mourinho didn’t hide his emotions and wasted no time to lambast Scudamore over the Premier League schedule.“Mr Scudamore must be happy, it’s a good way to start the Premier League,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“A good match. A match where I needed six changes not three. I want to play Martial but I can’t, Paul Pogba can’t play 90, Fred the same. I need more changes.“It was not easy to manage the game from the touchline. But I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play. Leicester were strong in periods but we coped with that as a team.“The team played as a team. In the second half, I had Andreas Pereira and Fred with a yellow card, Paul was fantastic his contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. We were in trouble.“Martial in the last 20 minutes could have given us the second goal but I couldn’t make that change. The players gave everything, they gave what they had. Everybody did that.”last_img read more

Former homeless man slapped by officer files lawsuitFormer homeless man slapped by officer files lawsuit

first_imgLaclair has since found a job and proper shelter. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale Police officer and the department is being sued by a man who was slapped by that officer when he was homeless.On Wednesday, Bruce Laclair filed a lawsuit against Fort Lauderdale officer Victor Ramirez and the city’s police department for over $15,000.In 2015, Ramirez was caught on video threatening and striking Laclair at a bus terminal in Fort Lauderdale. Laclair was homeless at the time.Ramirez faced misdemeanor charges but was not found guilty.He was put on a 20-day suspension shortly afterwards, though.Laclair hopes the video will show his side of the story.“He is concerned that because police control, when the body cameras are being used, that the truth and justice with regard to what happened will not totally be presented to the public,” said attorney Gary Kollin. last_img read more

Oil prices fall on high production despite planned OPEC output cutOil prices fall on high production despite planned OPEC output cut

first_imgOil prices fell away from $50 per barrel on Monday despite an agreement last week by exporters to cut output, with traders doubting the step was enough to rein in production that has exceeded consumption for the better part of three years.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading down 25 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $49.94 per barrel at 0205 GMT.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures CLc1 were down 26 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $47.98 a barrel.The dips follow fresh production highs from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as rival members like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq are reluctant to give away market share.OPEC’s oil output is likely to reach 33.60 million bpd in September from a revised 33.53 million bpd in August, its highest in recent history, a Reuters survey found on Friday.”Sentiment has been slightly dented by a Reuters survey Friday, showing that despite agreeing to cut production OPEC pumped crude in record amounts through September,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at brokerage OANDA in Singapore.The price falls came despite last week’s agreement by OPEC members to cut output to between 32.5 million barrels per day (bpd) and 33.0 million bpd from about 33.5 million bpd, with details to be finalised at OPEC’s policy meeting in November.Traders said there was more downside risk to oil prices if the planned cut wasn’t deep enough to bring production back in line with consumption.”OPEC has created its own Q4 risk to oil prices … In raising expectations of a November deal to cut production, it also risks a steep price decline should it fail to achieve its goal of cutting output back to less than 33 million bpd,” Barclays said in a note to clients.Despite that, the British bank said it did not expect a repeat of the price crash seen late last year after a rally earlier in 2015.”We think oil prices, and commodities more generally, will avoid the Q4 price crash that has become a feature of the market in recent years,” it said, pointing to an improving Asian economic growth outlook, falling oil supplies and rising investor interest in oil markets as support factors.Trading activity will be limited on Monday as public holidays in China and Germany mean Asia’s and Europe’s biggest markets are shut.last_img read more

Nick Jonas spotted with delicious dadbod fans inlove with thick NickNick Jonas spotted with delicious dadbod fans inlove with thick Nick

first_imgTwitterThere is something about celebs and their dad-bods that even trolls can’t troll. Nick Jonas was recently spotted having a gala time with wife Priyanka Chopra during her birthday vacation in Miami. While many pictures of their romantic and adventurous vacation have gone viral, one particular picture has caught everyone’s fancy.A picture of Nick, holding a hose while standing on a yacht and soaking himself up in some water, while flaunting his dad-bod has gone viral. Shirtless and wearing only white swim trunks, women are finding Nick irresistible. The picture has gained tremendous response from all sections. Fans seem to have fallen-in-love with Nick’s bulges and some have even said on social media that they want to have a piece of this ‘thick Nick’.Thanks Pri for giving us thicc Nick Jonas— ana flavia (@_analisboa) July 22, 2019I can’t stop thinking about that bit of belly hanging over Nick Jonas’s shorts— Xanax: Worrier Princess (@platholyte) July 21, 2019a colleague came over to my desk when I was passionately zooming into the thicc nick jonas pics and now I want to die— Maggy (@maggyvaneijk) July 22, 2019From calling him ‘delicious’ to ‘thick Nick’, netizens can’t seem to have enough of Priyanka Chopra’s husband. Another picture of the couple from their vacation, where an ‘asthmatic’ Priyanka was seen smoking along with hubby Nick and mother Madhu Chopra, had recently drawn flak. Fans reminded Priyanka of her video where she had claimed to have asthma and hence had urged people not to burst crackers on Diwali as it makes breathing difficult for people with this breathing problem.Earlier, Jason Momoa had been body-shamed on Instagram for being spotted with a dad-bod. The Aquaman actor who had been hailed for his incredible acting skills and ripped body, was trolled for his paunch. Leonardo Di Caprio, Adam Sandler, Gerald Butler are some other Hollywood celebs who were trolled when spotted with a dad-bod.last_img read more

No development work destroying croplands PMNo development work destroying croplands PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina administers the oath of newly elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat at the prime minister’s office (PMO) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to undertake development projects in such a way so that arable lands are not damaged for it.“You’ll have to remain careful always so that cultivable lands are not destroyed in any way while undertaking any development scheme,” she said during the swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat.After the function, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen.He said the prime minister also instructed the authorities concerned to undertake development projects as per the need of all places including districts and upazilas.“You’ll also have to prepare a master plan to this end,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said mills, factories and other establishments will have to be built by protecting the environment.Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath of office to the newly-elected Panchagarh district council chairman.Local government division senior secretary SM Ghulam Farooque conducted the function.LGRD and cooperatives minister Md Tazul Islam, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, LGRD state minister Swapan Bhattacharya, PM’s principal secretary Md Najibur Rahman and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hasan were present.The by-elections to Panchagarh district council were held on 28 February in which Anwar Sadat Samrat was elected as the chairman.The post of the chairman fell vacant following the death of former chairman Md Amanullah Bachchu on 9 January this year.last_img read more

Tattoos Not just a fashion statementTattoos Not just a fashion statement

first_imgIt is said that one’s body is a temple, but how long can one live in the same house before redecorating it? Renowned actor Angelina Jolie said once that all her tattoos came at good times, adding that “a tattoo is something permanent when you’ve made a self-discovery, or something you’ve come to a conclusion about”. Tattoo art is an old art, with spiritual connotations in some tribal cultures of the belief to follow the bearer into the afterlife. Slowly but surely, tattoos are beginning to carve for themselves their own niche in the cultural fabric of society as an art form. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnd as author Sylvia Plath said, “a tattoo is like wearing one’s heart on one’s skin,” tattoo is now no longer just a tribal ritual but is turning into a fashion statement. The second Heartwork Tattoo Festival is being held in the national Capital at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium from the December 2 – 4 with the participation of around 110 artists in over 100 booths. The event will feature some of the best tattoo artistes from over ten countries. The event is being organized by the Czars of The Indian Tattoo Industry who formed a group called Creative Skin Graphic Pvt Ltd to revolutionise tattoo art all over India as they realised that getting inked was more than just a ritual. It was in the true sense Heart-work.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHeartwork is the brainchild of four pillars of the Indian tattoo industry: Lokesh Verma of Devil’z Tattooz, Delhi; Sameer Patange of Kraayonz Tattoo Studios, Mumbai; the biggest distributor of tattoo equipment in India, Anu Singh of Tattoo Empire, and Arvind Garg of Tattoo Gizmo. The opening performance will be by the renowned dancer/ choreographer/ actor Remo D’souza with a live tattoo on him. There will also be live workshops by legends of the International tattoo industry. They take upcoming artists through demonstrations on various art practices and design methods.  Participating tattoo artists include Jay Freestyle from Netherlands, Bez 666 from the United Kingdom, Stepan Nagur from Russia, and Fred from Spain – all of whom have already achieved name and fame internationally. There will also be live Tattoo on-the-spot competitions on all the three days of the festival, with multiple categories to compete in. The best tattoos everyday will be eligible for trophies and prizes.On all the three days tattoo enthusiasts will witness entertaining and high energy acts of live music bands and Djs.The list of performers include Kabir Cafe, a fusion Sufi band, Jyoti Ram from France who does some crazy acts with his electronic sitar and crystal balls, and a standup comedian who is one of the best in the country.According to Sameer Patange, “Heartwork has come a long way and has been appreciated not just by tattoo artists but also by general masses in India as well as overseas. The idea of creating Heartwork was to create a general awareness amongst people and that has happened quite successfully. A huge lineup of foreign artists is going to make it to our shores this year. Let them see and know what we Indians are made of when we talk art”.Lokesh Verma added, “My basic idea to initiate Heartwork was to put Indian tattooing scene on the world map of tattoos. Looking at last year’s response and the number of international artists and media interested in this year’s event, I think we are on the right path. Let’s see where it takes us.” Arvind Garg said, “In the first year, Heartwork saw the biggest gathering of professional tattoo artists under one roof in India. With the first year’s success we can already see the tread moving from googling the tattoo design to the customised tattoo, we can see the personal stories in body art has seeped into popular culture. This indicates a dilution in the stigma that is usually associated with tattooing. With this effort Indian artist are able to showcase their skill which is seen at international level and now we can see that more and more Indian artists are being sponsored by international brands. “    Anu Singh Co-organiser expressed  his thoughts about the celebrated tattoo festival, “We began our journey with Heartwork Tattoo Festival in 2015 to give Indian Artists a big platform to showcase their talent. And with the immense love and support of everyone it started a chain reaction. Carrying on the legacy we are back to give the best lineup of international and national performances in music, tattoos and art that everybody has been waiting for. We are pretty sure and excited that this year too its going to be one heck of a ride.”last_img read more

Meet Googles New Pixel C TabletMeet Googles New Pixel C Tablet

first_imgSeptember 29, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Deep down, it seems every device maker thought Microsoft’s Surface tablet was a good idea.During an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google announced the Pixel C, a new 10.2-inch convertible tablet with an optional keyboard.The device is reminiscent of Google’s Chromebook Pixel; however, it uses Android as its operating system. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and has 3GB of RAM – enough power, the company says, to make it a contender in both work and entrainment pursuits.Like the Chromebook Pixel, the device has a high-resolution screen, specifically, a 2560 x 1800 resolution at 308 pixels per inch (ppi).The keyboard attaches to the device via magnets (there’s no kickstand) and can be adjusted from 100 to 135 degrees. It charges using the tablet’s power, so you don’t have to worry about charging it separately, like most tablet keyboards. It’s a 18.8mm pitch keyboard, slightly smaller than your standard 19mm laptop keyboard, but close enough that you should still be able to type as normal on the device. Four built-in microphones allow you to do things like video chat from across the room and still be heard.Google says the Pixel C will be available “in time for the holidays” with pricing starting at $499 for the tablet, and $149 for the keyboard.Apple announced a somewhat similar tablet, the iPad Pro, earlier this month.  2 min readlast_img read more

Redesigned Alienware m15 and m17 Get 9th Gen CPU RTX GraphicsRedesigned Alienware m15 and m17 Get 9th Gen CPU RTX Graphics

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement In the wake of the launch of the award-winning Alienware Area-51m, two other members of the lineup have gotten a legendary makeover. Dell has pulled back the curtain on the revamped Alienware m15 and 17. Available starting in Q3, at a competitive starting price of $1,499, both systems are lean, mean and ready to take your gaming to the next interstellar level. Laptop Alienware m15 and m7Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:1303:13Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  DesignIf you love the Area-51m’s design like I do, you’re going to love the new m15 and m17. Both systems now sport the Legend design, which means plenty of curves and a toned-down light show. Like their big brother, both notebooks are available in Dark Side of the Moon and Lunar Light. But where the Area-51m is downright massive, the company has found a way to shave down a few inches, making the 15-inch m15 2 percent thinner than its predecessor and the 17-inch m17 a whopping 11 percent slimmer. Both systems will also sport narrower bezels, giving gamers more display real estate to enjoy. AdvertisementDisplaySpeaking of the display, Alienware’s has several configurations for you to choose from for your viewing pleasure. The base model of the m15 starts with a FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel with a 60-Hertz refresh rate. However, you can also get the FHD screen at either 144 or 240-Hz. Not enough for you? Then considered going OLED HDR with a 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution with 60Hz with an estimated 400 nits of brightness.The m17 doesn’t offer nearly as much choice with FHD panels with either a 60 or 144-Hz refresh rate. But during my brief time with both systems, the displays are bright and vivid with sharp detail and contrast which is what you want in a gaming laptop.SpecsIn addition to its plethora of display choices the m15 and m17 also have some other notable specs to consider. Both notebooks can be configured with up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor with a 2TB PCIe SSD and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM. And in a first for the m15 (with the exception of the base model), the system will have an integrated Tobii eye tracker. That means on compatible games, you can control the in-game camera with your eyes as well as activate a few productivity and power-saving functions.MORE: Best Dell LaptopsPerformanceWith such powerful specs, both notebooks are sure to deliver top-notch performance. But just like every gaming laptop, the m15 and m17 are fighting the battle of heat dispersion in a rather small chassis. To combat potential overheating, Alienware made sure the laptops have plenty of vents, clearly hidden in the attractive honeycomb design. Each laptop also comes equipped with voltage regulation for both the CPU and GPU (6 and 8 phases, respectively). It essentially means that integrated modules will control and lower the voltage to help keep things cool and prevent either component from exceeding their maximum voltage. That way, both the processor and graphics cards will run at their highest thresholds for longer amounts of time.UpgradabilityOne of the Area-51m’s biggest claims to fame is its upgradability. This is the only gaming laptop on the market where you can upgrade everything, including the CPU and GPU. While you’ll be able to tweak the storage on the m15 and m17, you can’t give it the full monty like the Area-51m. But something is better than nothing.Bottom LineAlienware is evolving. While the company will still offer the m15 and m17 in last generation’s Epic design, the company is expanding consumer choice with it Legend design language. The redesigned notebooks are just as powerful if not more than their predecessors and have a bunch of cool features to help them take on the competition. I’m really looking forward to taking both models for a test spin when they arrive at the Laptop Mag offices.Best Gaming LaptopsBest RTX 2080 Gaming Laptops (So Far)Here Are the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000: Editionlast_img read more

Ghacks Deals KeepSolid Private Browser Lifetime SubscriptionGhacks Deals KeepSolid Private Browser Lifetime Subscription

first_imgGhacks Deals: KeepSolid Private Browser: Lifetime Subscription by Martin Brinkmann on August 06, 2019 in Deals – No commentsKeepSolid Private Browser is a mobile web browser for Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS operating system. It works on any Android device that runs version 4.4 or higher, on iOS 9.0 or higher, iPhone 5s or later, and iPad Air or later. The application has a score of 4.6 from 5.0 on Apple’s App Store and a score of 4.1 of 5.0 on Google Play.The mobile browser comes with VPN support built-in; you can connect to VPN servers in more than 70 locations globally to protect your traffic from prying eyes and hide your assigned IP address.  Speed and bandwidth are not limited, and you may use up to five devices simultaneously when using the browser.The length of the subscription period is set to 100 years, and you get it for just $29 right now.Click here to open the KeepSolid Private Browser deal on Ghacks DealsNot for you?Are you looking for just a VPN that you can use with any mobile or desktop browser? Check out these deals here.Fine print: make sure that you check out the specs and terms of the deal.Disclosure: The deal is provided by StackCommerce in partnership with Ghacks Technology News; you need a StackCommerce account to participate in giveaways or make purchases. Check out the privacy policy and Terms of Service here.Ghacks Technology News benefits from sales made on the Ghacks Deals website through a revenue share agreement. All revenue goes towards the running costs.Advertisementlast_img read more

What do you do when all your best travel photos feature yourWhat do you do when all your best travel photos feature your

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by What do you do when all your best travel photos feature your ex? Friday, June 2, 2017 center_img TORONTO — A 19-year-old from Portsmouth, Rhode Island has found a new way to erase bad relationship memories and enhance travel ones, all at the same time.Baylee Woodward of Portsmouth, Rhode Island spent the past year working on a yacht and travelling with her boyfriend at the time, Garren, who was also her boss. Despite visiting some amazing destinations together, Garren abruptly fired and broke up with her all at the same time, which not surprisingly, broke Baylee’s heart.“The breakup was rough because he was my travel partner for a year,” she tells BuzzFeed. “We were together literally 24/7, and then he just fired me out of nowhere.”So what’s a girl to do when she has a bunch of amazing travel photos, but are unable to share them due to the fact that her jerk of an ex-boyfriend is featured prominently in all of them?For Baylee, the solution was obvious: to photoshop Zac Efron’s head over her ex’s. Pretty genius, right?More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe result makes for an epic series of travel pics featuring Baylee and the celebrity stud hiking through jungles, riding on horseback, and languishing on beaches.Baylee insists she isn’t trying to be “petty”, and that her creative retouching was a way to post her pictures without having people think she was back together with her ex.She has since shared the photos on a Facebook group and her personal page, where they’ve gotten thousands of likes. Share Tags: LOLlast_img read more