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Oct
22

Traffic Advisory Halifax County

first_img Local area office: 902-424-6702 Fax: 902-424-7024 HALIFAX COUNTY: Air Show Traffic To accommodate increased traffic volumes during the Nova Scotia International Air Show at the Halifax International Airport on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, traffic on Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) will be directed through Grove Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please obey signs and RCMP members at the site. Traffic approaching the air show on Highway 102 northbound from Halifax should use Exit 5A. Traffic approaching on Highway 102 southbound from Truro should use Exit 6. These adjustments will prevent traffic backups on Highway 102 and improve traffic safety during the event. -30-last_img read more

Oct
17

Notley hopes for momentum shift as provincial election campaign winds down

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta’s NDP leader is hoping momentum moves toward her party in the waning days of what has been a nasty provincial election campaign.Rachel Notley visited a Sikh temple in Calgary today before heading to Edmonton for a rally.Tomorrow she’ll be back in Calgary — a key battleground ahead of Tuesday’s election.Notley says her team is feeling good on the ground and that the NDP is seeing a lot of volatility and movement among voter attitudes.She once again took aim at Jason Kenney’s plans to aggressively go after pipeline critics and immediately proclaim a law that would block energy shipments to British Columbia.Notley accused the United Conservative leader of political grandstanding and says his plans threaten to alienate the very people Alberta needs to have on-side to ensure its energy gets to market.“He’s declaring a war in order to further national political objectives, but Alberta may well be the casualty in that,” she said Sunday.“I don’t think that he’s prepared to stand up for Albertans. He’s just grandstanding.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
15

Jeanne Beker explains why shes championing Mark Sakamotos book Forgiveness for Canada

first_imgJeanne Beker is defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto. (CBC) Advertisement Canada Reads panellist Jeanne Beker stops by q to share the personal reason why she chose to champion the book Forgiveness by author Mark Sakamoto.She also opens up about how her life-long career as a storyteller and her three decades as a celebrated fashion journalist.— Produced by Shannon Higgins Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Oct
12

Sarri hails stars of future as Chelsea young guns torment Brighton

first_imgLondon: Maurizio Sarri hailed Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the future of Chelsea after the young guns inspired a crucial 3-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday. Sarri couldn’t afford a negative result against struggling Brighton at Stamford Bridge after being subjected to fresh calls for his sacking during Sunday’s unconvincing win at Cardiff. The angry Chelsea fans who showed their displeasure at the weekend were in part motivated by Sarri’s refusal to select England winger Hudson-Odoi. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut Sarri finally unleashed Hudson-Odoi for his first Premier League start, while Loftus-Cheek also made the most of a rare appearance as the youngsters bolstered Chelsea’s bid for a top-four finish. Hudson-Odoi set up Olivier Giroud’s first-half opener and Loftus-Cheek provided the assist for Eden Hazard’s superb second. England midfielder Loftus-Cheek capped a morale-boosting victory for the troubled Blues when the 23-year-old netted a majestic third to kill off FA Cup semi-finalists Brighton. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The youngsters played very well, but I was already sure about it. Callum now is ready to play in every match tactically,” Sarri said. “He improved a lot during the season. I’m really very happy with him because he also defended well. “He is happy but I told him he missed an easy chance in the first half! He has to stay with his feet on the ground.” Chelsea are up to fifth place, behind fourth-placed Arsenal on goal difference as the race to qualify for the Champions League approaches a dramatic denouement. Achieving that target is essential for Sarri as he battles to avoid the sack so he can benefit from his youngsters’ progress in the near future.last_img read more

Oct
4

Denison to acquire International Enexco for its uranium assets spin off copper

TORONTO – International Enexco Ltd. (TSXV:IEC) is to be split up, with its uranium assets in northern Saskatchewan going to Denison Mines Corp. and its copper assets being added to a new company with projects in Nevada and Alaska.The multi-company proposal calls for Denison (TSX:DML) to buy all of IEC’s shares but to spin off the junior company’s copper assets, which will become a key part of a newly formed CopperBank Resources Ltd.In a release, IEC CEO Arnold Amstrong said Denison has been a “strong partner” since 2012. The two are partners in the Bachmann Lake uranium project.“We look forward to giving shareholders the opportunity to be part of Denison’s larger exploration portfolio, within which Mann Lake is an excellent fit,” he said, referring to a uranium project being developed alongside mining giant Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO) and French nuclear firm Areva in Saskatchewan’s prolific Athabasca Basin.CopperBank is being formed through a three-way deal between Full Metal Minerals (TSXV:FMM), Choice Gold and International Enexco.International Enexco says its shareholders would own about 54 per cent of Copperbank, which will own IEC’s Contact copper project in Nevada and Full Metal’s Pyramid copper project in Alaska.“With CopperBank, shareholders will retain majority exposure to the Contact Copper Project, while gaining an ownership stake in Full Metal’s prospective Pyramid deposit in Alaska, all within the context of a new investment entity which shall be fully funded and will pursue an aggressive path ahead,” said Armstrong.International Enexco says the combined deals value its shares at 64 cents each, based on March 19 closing prices of the companies involved, representing a 63 per cent premium as of Wednesday.The complex series of interrelated agreements between the four companies require various approvals, including from shareholders.International Enexco shares gained 41 per cent to trade at 55 cents on the TSX Venture Exchange in early afternoon trading Thursday.Denison’s stock rose six per cent to $1.85 on the senior exchange, while Full Metals doubled to three cents on the TSX Venture Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Denison to acquire International Enexco for its uranium assets, spin off copper by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2014 5:18 am MDT read more

Oct
2

Good governance of natural resources vital for postconflict recovery – UNbacked study

“Understanding the nexus between governance and natural resources is crucial to the recovery of post-conflict countries,” said Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in a press release.“This study makes it clear that, while natural resources offer the opportunity for growth in post-conflict situations, their exploitation must be accompanied by capable, accountable institutions that manage natural wealth in a transparent and inclusive manner,” he added. Launched yesterday, Governance, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding reports on how natural resources are essential to sustaining people and peace in post-conflict countries, but governance failures often jeopardize such efforts. Nevertheless, with persistence and commitment on the part of government, civil society, and the international community, it is possible to improve governance of natural resources and thereby help ensure that a country’s natural resources bring peace, health, and economic development and not crime, corruption, and a relapse to violence. The study relies upon the combined expertise and field experience of more than seventy researchers, diplomats, military personnel, and practitioners from governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations to illustrate the mutually reinforcing relationship between natural resources, good governance, and peace. It examines the theory, practice, and reality of post-conflict governance in fifty conflict-affected countries around the world to explore the opportunity and challenge of effectively and equitably governing the use of natural resources and then converting the subsequent revenues into the jobs, infrastructure, and public service needed to consolidate and sustain peace. Writing in the book’s foreword, Óscar Arias Sánchez, former President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, calls on the international community to “[take] seriously the idea that peace is much more than a white flag or a treaty. Peace is a state of affairs that can only be sustained through strong institutions, through prosperity and above all, through investment in education and human development.” Edited by Carl Bruch, Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute, Carroll Muffett, President of the Center for International Environmental Law, and Sandra S. Nichols, an environmental and natural resources attorney, the book explores lessons from past and ongoing peacebuilding efforts; describes how these lessons may be applied to create more effective governance initiatives; and presents an emerging theoretical and practical framework for policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and students. “This analysis makes it clear that good governance of natural resources and peace go hand in hand,” said Scott Fulton, the President of the Environmental Law Institute. “Not only do transparency, accountability, and equity in the governance of natural resources strengthen the rule of law, empower marginalized communities, and rebuild social ties; it also helps post-conflict economies recover quickly and sustainably,” he noted. The study finds that, although the post-conflict period is a time of fragility, post-conflict peacebuilding provides societies the chance to make governance structures more effective, efficient, and equitable and to address problems and injustices that contributed to the conflict. Good governance of natural resources can support the reestablishment of security, delivery of basic services, strengthening of the economy and livelihoods, and improved legitimacy and cooperation. read more

Oct
2

Investing in women key to sustainable peace in DR Congo and Nigeria

“Both have dismayingly low levels of women’s political participation and are experiencing conflicts marked by extremely high levels of sexual- and gender-based violence,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed as she updated the Security Council on her recent trip to the two African countries.The trip, from 19 to 27 July, was “the first of its kind” because it focused entirely on the role of women in peace, security and development, she said.The joint AU-UN high-level mission was undertaken by four African women, namely Ms. Mohammed, the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop. The mission’s goal was to advance peace by advancing the equality, empowerment and well-being of women, which is in line with the Secretary-General’s vision and the relevant Security Council resolutions.In both countries, Ms. Mohammed noted, the mission met with Heads of State, ministers, donors, diplomats, faith leaders, parliamentarian and the respective UN mission and country teams, spending the lion’s share of time with the women and girls most affected by conflicts, including through visits to camps for internally displaced persons.The international community needs to better understand the role of women in development and peace building alongside the gender dimensions of conflict if our responses are to be effective UN deputy chief Amina MohammedWhile each country is unique, the situations share some commonalities, she said, noting that sexual violence is widespread in the DRC, and abductions, forced marriage and the use of women as suicide bombers have taken a terrible toll in northern Nigeria, where in the camps sexual exploitation, including in the form of “sex for food” is a new and alarming trend. “The international community needs to better understand the role of women in development and peace building alongside the gender dimensions of conflict if our responses are to be effective,” she said.Turning to country-specific matters, the UN deputy chief said that the mission was touched by the meeting with the schoolgirls, who were abducted in Nigeria’s Chibok and then released, after years in captivity, by the Boko Haram group. “Their remarkable strength as survivors rather than victims is inspiring. Many are receiving education and psychosocial support to prepare them for reintegration,” Ms. Mohammed said, noting that thousands of other young women who have been subjected to sexual violence and affected by conflict in other ways are still to receive adequate support. In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was received by President Joseph Kabila at the presidential pavilion of N’djili International Airport. Photo: UN Photo/John Bompengo The UN has a long standing presence in the Muganga camp. This photo is taken in 2007, as internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up for food distribution, supplied by WFP. UN Photo/Marie Frechon At the airport, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was welcomed on arrival by Maman S. Sidikou, Head of the UN stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUSCO. UN Photo/John Bompengo Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed participates in a meeting with women leaders, as well as conflict-affected women, in Nigeria. Photo: UN Photo/Lulu Gao The Mugunga camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) is located in Goma, North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s visit to the camp was part of a four-day trip focused on the fight against sexual violence and the advancement of women. UN Photo/Myriam Asman Prior to Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), she spent several days in Nigeria. In this photo, she is pictured in Abuja with Nigerian women leaders, as well as women and girls affected by conflict in the north-eastern part of the country. On the same day, the UN deputy chief told reporters that action is needed now towards the meaningful participation of women in peace processes, as well ensuring their voices are heard in all aspects of society. UN Photo/Lulu Gao Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of her joint AU-UN high-level trip. During her visit to the Mugunga camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), she said that she is committed to ensuring that women can return in “dignity and humanity, which is not a favour but a right.” UN Photo/Myriam Asman. ‹ › Beyond theoretical debate, humanitarian-development nexus requires tangible resourcesIn the DRC, the mission emphasized the need to respect and implement the 31 December agreement, which provided a clear path towards democratic elections, she noted.At the time of her visit, Ms. Mohammed said the electoral commission had registered more than 80 per cent of voters. That number now stands at more than 90 per cent. Of those registered, 48 per cent are women, placing the country in the same bracket as more established democracies such as Solomon Islands and Paraguay.The mission also met with women who have no choice but to cook with coal in their tents, at great risk to their health and that of their children.“While we may debate the humanitarian-development nexus philosophically here in New York, without resources flowing to both sectors simultaneously and a real investment in early recovery, we can neither sustain peace nor prevent future gender based violence,” she said, encouraging donors to respond to the DRC’s reintegration challenges based on need alone. read more

Sep
25

Trans people to be given option of putting sex different to birth

It also can be used to “monitor equality between groups of people of different sexes”, the document continues.The move comes amid a cultural sea change among public bodies about how biological sex is recorded, even if the individual in question has not undergone physical changes. The NHS, prisons and schools have all taken to steps towards allowing people to register as the gender with which they best identify.Dr Juile Maxwell, a paediatrician for the NHS, raised concerns about the implications the move could have for public funding. “Almost every kind of illness behaves differently in men and women,” she told the Mail on Sunday. “If the national statistics are skewed in this way so you don’t know how many biological men or women there are, and if you add on to that the fact people are already changing their sex on medical records, you lose any meaningful knowledge of how often health problems are happening in men and women. “And my biggest fear for children is they are not going to get appropriate health services allocated for their needs because of messing around with statistics.”The census will be sent out to 26 million households – electronically rather than by post for the first time – in March 2021 Trans people will be permitted to change their sex on the next official census, despite warnings it could mean the statistics become “skewed”.Guidance for the forthcoming survey in 2021 will give respondents the option to state their sex is “different from what is on your birth certificate”. It is feared the advice, which applies to both adults and children, could distort population data upon which the Government bases future policy. A set of “rehearsal” questions published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this month provided written advice alongside the question on sexIt said: “If you are one or more of non-binary, transgender, have variations of sex characteristics, sometimes also known as intersex, the answer you give can be different from what is on your birth certificate. “If you’re not sure how to answer, use the sex registered on your official documents, such as passport or driving licence, or whichever answer best describes your sex.“A later question gives the option to tell us if your gender is different from your sex registered at birth, and, if different, to record your gender.”Explaining why the question is asked, the census form is expected to say the answers helps “charities, organisations, and local and central government to understand what services people might need”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Sep
21

Believe me its not over Protesters dispute vote that tightens Erdogans grip

first_img Monday 17 Apr 2017, 8:13 AM 47 Comments ‘Believe me, it’s not over’: Protesters dispute vote that tightens Erdogan’s grip on power Opposition parties have claimed there were irregularities in yesterday’s referendum vote. Apr 17th 2017, 8:13 AM Supporters of No vote chant slogans as they protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul early today Supporters of No vote chant slogans as they protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul early today Image: Emrah Gurel AP/Press Association Images This is totally invalid. We are declaring this here.The opposition had already complained that the referendum was conducted on unfair terms, with Yes posters ubiquitous on the streets and opposition voices squeezed from the media.Closely watched today will be the initial assessment of the international observer mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).‘Robust and muscular’ Erdogan again warned Brussels he would sign any bill agreed by parliament to reinstate capital punishment, a move that would automatically end Turkey’s EU bid.If the opposition failed to support the bill, Erdogan said another referendum could be held on reinstating the death penalty.Western reactions to the referendum will be crucial after Erdogan accused Turkey’s allies of failing to show sufficient solidarity in the wake of the failed coup.“We would like other countries and institutions to show respect to the decision of the nation,” Erdogan said.“I don’t think [Erdogan] will reverse course. I don’t think Erdogan will change the robust and muscular approach to politics that he has adopted so far,” said Fadi Hakura, Turkey expert at London-based Chatham House think tank.- © AFP 2017Read: Turkey is at a crossroads as millions turn out at referendum vote – but what is actually happening?Read: ‘If you have the death penalty, you can’t be in the EU’ – The simple message to Turkey By AFP 12,553 Views TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a historic referendum yesterday that will tighten his grip on power.The knife-edge result has left the country bitterly divided and the opposition crying foul.The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu.The result could also have even wider implications for Turkey, which joined Nato in 1952 and for the last half-century has set its sights on joining the European Union.The Yes campaign won 51.4% of the vote against 48.6% for No, the election commission said in figures quoted by state news agency Anadolu, in a count based on 99.5% of the ballot boxes. Turnout was a high 85%.The new system would dispense with the office of prime minister and centralise the entire executive bureaucracy under the president, giving Erdogan the direct power to appoint ministers.It is due to come into force after elections in November 2019. Erdogan, who became president in 2014 after serving as premier from 2003, could then seek two more five-year terms.As huge crowds of flag-waving supporters celebrated on the streets, Erdogan praised Turkey for taking a “historic decision”.“With the people, we have realised the most important reform in our history,” he added.Opposition supporters in anti-Erdogan districts of Istanbul showed their dissatisfaction by bashing pots and pans with kitchen utensils to create a noisy protest. Hundreds also took to the streets in the areas of Besiktas and Kadikoy.Supreme Election Board chief Sadi Guven confirmed the Yes camp had emerged victorious, but the opposition has vowed to challenge the outcome.‘New page opened’ The referendum was held under a state of emergency that has seen 47,000 people arrested in an unprecedented crackdown after a failed military coup against Erdogan in July last year.In a nail-biting end to a frenetic campaign, the No share of the vote climbed as more ballots were counted, after lagging well behind in the early count, but failed to overtake the Yes votes.“This is a decision made by the people. In our democracy’s history, a new page has opened,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, whose job will disappear under the constitutional changes, said.In a television interview on Friday Erdogan had predicted a far clearer victory saying polls showed a 55-60% share of the vote.But voting patterns showed Turkey deeply divided over the changes, with the No vote victorious in the country’s three biggest cities.The Yes vote held up strongly in Erdogan’s Anatolian heartland but the Aegean and Mediterranean coastal regions and Kurdish-dominated southeast backed the No camp.In a major disappointment for the president, the No vote was just ahead in his hometown of Istanbul and in the capital Ankara and clearly ahead in the third city of Izmir. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Source: Depo Photos/ABACA ABACA/PA ImagesA statement issued by European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said, in view of the closeness of the result, the Turkish authorities need to seek the “broadest possible national consensus” for the changes.Erdogan made relations with the EU a key issue in his referendum campaign, lambasting Brussels for failing to make progress on Ankara’s stalled accession talks and he accused Germany and the Netherlands of acting like the Nazis when they barred pro-government rallies.‘Totally invalid’ Turkey’s two main opposition parties said they would challenge the results over alleged violations.The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said it would challenge two-thirds of the votes, saying: “There is an indication of a 3-4 percentage point manipulation of the vote.”Republican People’s Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu said the actions of the election authorities “caused the referendum’s legitimacy to be questioned” insisting that the No side had won at least 50% of votes cast.“Believe me, this election is not over,” deputy CHP leader Erdal Aksunger told CNN Turk, quoted by the Dogan news agency. Image: Emrah Gurel AP/Press Association Images Short URL Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3343811 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sep
20

Rio20 François Hollande espère un sursaut

first_imgRio+20 : François Hollande espère un “sursaut”Le 19 juin, à la veille de l’ouverture du sommet Rio+20, les négociateurs internationaux ont réussi à trouver un accord in extremis en vue d’un projet final. Un texte qui pour François Hollande constitue une nouvelle “étape” dans “la grande bataille del’environnement”.Quelques heures seulement avant que les chefs d’Etat n’arrivent au Brésil pour prendre part au sommet Rio+20, vingt ans après le Sommet de la Terre, les délégués internationaux ont réussi à trouver un accord préliminaire au terme de houleuses négociations. Sur place depuis hier, mercredi 20 juin, François Hollande s’est réjoui de cette issue, l’accord arraché à la veille de l’ouverture de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le développement durable constituant à ses yeux une importante “étape” en vue de remporter “la grande bataille del’environnement”, a-t-il déclaré lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par le Monde.fr.Mais le président français est bien conscient que cet accord n’est qu’un début, et affirme attendre aujourd’hui un “sursaut” de la part des chefs d’Etat réunis en ce moment au Brésil. Car cette bataille visant à protéger l’environnement des menaces que l’Homme fait peser sur lui, en adoptant une politique menée par le développement durable et la justice sociale, “ou nous la gagnerons ensemble, ou nous la perdrons ensemble” a-t-il souligné. Si François Hollande a tenu à saluer les “avancées réelles” obtenues dans la nuit de lundi à mardi en faveur de l’éradication de la pauvreté et du respect de la planète, il a également évoqué ses “insuffisances”. Lesrésultats des négociations préliminaires, “aussi appréciables soient-ils, sont en dessous de nos responsabilités et de nos attentes” a déclaré le chef de l’Etat français. Tandis que les associations de protection de l’environnement telles que Greenpeace et le WWF se disent très déçues par l’accord conclu à l’arrachée avant l’ouverture du sommet, François Hollande déplore l’absence d’entente au sujet de la création d’une agence onusienne dédiée à l’environnement. Sur les plus de 190 pays représentés à Rio, ils sont en effet très nombreux à s’opposer à ce projet déjà soutenu par Nicolas Sarkozy.Soutenir les pays en développementÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais le président se veut optimiste, et affirme qu’il “ne désespère pas, non seulement de mener ce combat mais de le rendre un jour victorieux et d’installer cette organisation à Nairobi”, lacapitaleduKenya. François Hollande a également exprimé sa volonté de voir “la proposition d’instaurer des financements innovants” pour soutenir notamment les pays en développement, tels que la taxe sur les transactions financières, trouver rapidement une “traduction concrète”. Sans ces nouveaux fonds, “nous ne pourrons pas atteindre (nos) objectifs”, a-t-il insisté.C’est demain, le 22 juin, que s’achèvera la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le développement durable. Ce sommet vise à définir des moyens de réduire la pauvreté, promouvoir la justice sociale et assurer la protection de l’environnement. Un défi majeur alors que la population mondiale ne cesse de croître.Le 21 juin 2012 à 21:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sep
5

Deal done Bharti Airtel to acquire Tata Teleservices

first_imgAirtel has new offers.ReutersIndia’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has made a deal with debt-ridden Tata Teleservices, in which the former is going to take of the latter. The acquisition is subject to requisite regulatory approvals.Billionaire Sunil Mital-owned Bharti Airtel will acquire Tata Group’s operations across 19 circles under Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), the companies said in a statement.With the acquisition, Bharti Airtel spectrum footprint will increase 178.5 MHz in the 850, 1,800 & 2,100 MHz bands, the company said in an exchange filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange.The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Bharti Airtel, further augmenting Bharti Airtel’s overall customer base and network.The transaction will also provide Bharti Airtel with an indefeasible right to use (IRU) for part of the existing fibre network of Tata.The merger will be executed on a debt-free cash-free basis, except for Bharti Airtel assuming a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata’s towards the DoT, which is to be paid on deferred basis, according to the press release.”This is a significant development towards further consolidation in the Indian mobile industry and reinforces our commitment to lead India’s digital revolution by offering world-class and affordable telecom services through a robust technology and solid spectrum portfolio,” said Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel.Tata and Bharti Airtel will work together to explore other mutual areas of cooperation, noted Bharti Airtel in the news release.”We believe today’s agreement is the best and most optimal solution for the Tata Group and its stakeholders. Finding the right home for our longstanding customers and our employees has been the priority for us. We have evaluated multiple options and are pleased to have this agreement with Bharti,” said N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons, the parent of Tata Teleservices.Highlights of merger• Tata CMB to merge with Bharti Airtel• Over 40 million customers to join Bharti Airtel and benefit from state-of-the-art 4G Mobile network with fallback on its 3G and 2G ecosystem• Merger on a debt-free cash-free basis• All past liabilities and dues to be settled by Tata• Bharti Airtel will assume a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata• Merger to bolster Bharti Airtel’s pre-eminent spectrum pool with significant additional spectrum in 1800, 2100 & 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G• Transaction will also provide Bharti Airtel right to use Tata’s existing fibre network• Merger of TTL’s customers and revenue base will further strengthen Bharti Airtel’s Revenue Market Share (RMS)• Tata to retain its stake in Viom and take care of associated liabilitieslast_img read more

Sep
3

UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests

first_imgPeople protest near the university of Tehran, Iran December on 30, 2017. Photo: ReutersAt Washington’s request, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the wave of protests in Iran.US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned ahead of the meeting that the demonstrations could escalate into full-blown conflict, drawing a comparison with Syria.”The world has witnessed the horrors that have taken place in Syria, that began with a murderous regime denying its people’s right to peacefully protest,” Haley said in a statement late Thursday.”We must not let that happen in Iran.”A total of 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the regime as a whole, with attacks on government buildings and police stations.The United States formally requested the meeting on Thursday, but Russia and some of the other council members are not convinced that the top UN body should discuss the unrest in Iran, diplomats said.Russia has criticized the US push for Iran to be discussed at the Security Council and accused Washington of interfering in Iran’s domestic affairs after President Donald Trump backed the anti-government protests.Diplomats said they expected Russia to request a procedural vote at the start of the meeting to decide whether the situation in Iran should be on the council agenda.For a new agenda item to be discussed at the Security Council, at least nine of the 15 council members must support holding the meeting. No vetoes apply.”This is a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of international peace and security,” said Haley.”It will be telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion, just as the Iranian regime tries to deny its own people the ability to have their voices heard.”- Russia warns US -Pro-regime rallies were expected to be held in Tehran after Friday prayers, the third straight day of marches held in support of the government, which has declared that the unrest over.At the request of the United States, the council will hold an open session from 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) during which UN Assistant Secretary General Taye Brook Serihoun will brief on the recent violence.The US administration has also imposed unilateral sanctions on five Iranian companies linked to Tehran’s ballistic missile program.Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday warned the United States against “any attempt to interfere in the internal affairs” of Iran.Russia maintains that the protests do not pose a threat to international peace and security and should not be taken up by the Security Council.Over the past days, the United States has lobbied hard to win support for the meeting, especially from the six new non-permanent council members, diplomats said.Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands began their stint at the Security Council on January 1.The council is not expected to issue a statement on the unrest in Iran, which would have to be agreed by all 15 members, diplomats said.Iran’s UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo on Wednesday sent a letter to the council accusing the United States of meddling in its internal affairs and urging countries to condemn Washington’s statements.Trump has pledged to help Iranians “take back” their government.last_img read more

Aug
31

Buffet successor Indiaborn Ajit Jain among contenders

first_imgWarren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway dropped one of the biggest hints about a possible successor to the billionaire investor, describing India-born Ajit Jain and Greg Abel as “world-leading” performers who are “better” business executives than the octogenarian.In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffet praised Jain, who manages the Berkshire Reinsurance Group, for the way he has grown the business over the years. While Buffet stopped short of naming his successor, company Vice Chairman Charles Munger named Jain and Abel, who heads Berkshire’s energy business, while talking about possible successors to Buffett.”But, under this Buffett-soon-leaves assumption, his successors would not be ‘of only moderate ability’. For instance, Ajit Jain and Greg Abel are proven performers who would probably be under-described as ‘world-class’. In some important ways, each is a better business executive than Buffett,” Munger said in his letter to the shareholders.last_img read more

Aug
19

Costa Rica cops dismantle drug smuggling ring that used local postal service

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican Drug Control Police (PCD) arrested seven suspects – four Costa Ricans and three foreign nationals – allegedly involved in an international drug-smuggling ring during several raids across the capital Wednesday morning.The illegal operation allegedly relied on the Costa Rican postal service, Correos de Costa Rica, S.A., to import drugs into the country and export them to Europe and Nicaragua, according to a statement from the PCD.On Wednesday morning, authorities seized 11,000 doses of ecstasy valued at more than $220,000 as it entered Costa Rica, presumably for domestic consumption. Law enforcement agents also seized 1,571 grams of cocaine destined for Europe.Raids took place at seven locations across the city, including the offices of Correos de Costa Rica and a delivery service named O.C.S. Courier, located in central San José. Costa Rica appears to have operated as a way station for the drugs.The syndicate exported drugs from Costa Rica to Nicaragua and cocaine to Holland. The group also imported ecstasy from Holland and Germany for the local market.   Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said that there were no known ecstasy laboratories in the Central American country, and Costa Rica is a net importer of the synthetic drug.Zamora opined that tourists from the United States or Europe, where there is greater familiarity with the club drug, are the typical users of the drug in Costa Rica.The drug ring’s leader was identified as a Lithuanian citizen, but the organization was international, including citizens from Colombia, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.The minister said that the investigation began on Aug. 10, 2012. Zamora did not know the quantity of drugs that were shipped via the Costa Rican mail service, but he noted that packages from the syndicate moved frequently.Authorities identified the seven suspects by their last name, including a Lithuanian citizen named Zukauskas, 55, and two Romanians, a 33-year-old named Calota and a 28-year-old woman named Vilceanu.Authorities also arrested three Costa Ricans employees of Correos de Costa Rica, a 33-year-old named Vargas who worked at the company’s Escazú branch; and two who worked in the Corres de Costa Rica Mail Processing Center – Rivera, 45, and Castillo, 41.Law enforcement arrested another Tico, a 45-year-old suspect with the last name Montero, who worked for O.C.S. Authorities found cocaine, methamphetamines and ecstasy in eight other packages seized from November 2012 to June 2013.   Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Aug
15

Deputy Treasury Secretary Student Debt Not Inherently Bad for Housing

first_img September 30, 2014 514 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Deputy Treasury Secretary: Student Debt Not ‘Inherently Bad’ for Housing Speaking at the 56th annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) on Monday, Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said she does not see the nation’s growing problem of student loan debt leading to an economic meltdown—and student loan debt may not be affecting a borrower’s ability to buy a home, depending on that borrower’s financial situation.Raskin said that while student loan debt in the U.S. is a “serious burden for far too many borrowers,” totaling more than $1 trillion and is growing at approximately 11 percent every year, she does not believe that it is “inherently bad” when considering its significant return on investment where higher education is concerned.”We cannot understand the macroeconomic impact of student loans without incorporating the full economic and societal benefits of a more educated workforce,” Raskin said. “That is, what would the macroeconomic effect be if borrowers had no debt, but also lacked the higher education that comes with it?”Raskin pointed out that the “vast majority” of borrowers are current in their payment of student loans compared with those that are delinquent or in default. When examining the data concerning how student loan debt is affecting the borrower’s ability to obtain a mortgage loan for a home, she said it depends on what other financial resources are available to the homebuyer or how close the homebuyer is to having enough money for a down payment.Acknowledging that single-family home sales are still far below their pre-recession levels, Raskin then gave as an example the fact that the average borrower in 2012 would have saved about $800 per year if the student loan debt did not exist. This amount, she said, would save a borrower a total of $13,300 over the life of a 30-year mortgage at 4.5 percent. Or, the $800 theoretically saved would represent about 5 percent of the average mortgage loan down payment of $16,300.”So, the effect of a current student loan on the decision to buy a house is—or is not—significant depending on the borrower’s other financial resources or how short the borrower is from having enough for a complete down payment,” Raskin said.Raskin said the larger problem when it comes to homebuying is not the money going toward paying student loan debt that could be used for housing, but rather the damage done to the borrower’s credit when he or she defaults or is delinquent on a student loan.”What I call the ‘damaged credit’ channel may be the most dramatic channel through which to see macroeconomic effects, including in the housing market,” Raskin said. “So consider now a graduate who is delinquent or in default. Delinquencies for young adults are particularly relevant, since this is the population of potential first-time homeowners. This delinquency constitutes a negative credit event, which would limit access to credit, making it harder for the potential homeowner to get a mortgage. Negative credit events exacerbate access to not just mortgage credit, but also to other forms of credit. And when delinquencies become defaults, the full weight of the government’s collection efforts drop on the borrower, accentuating the negative credit event of a delinquency.”Despite the amount of data available as to the macroeconomic effect of student loan debt, Raskin said there is still a great deal that is unknown—and without that information, the full macroeconomic effect cannot be measured.”First, we need to better understand how borrowers view their loan repayment burden,” she said. “Is it a function of their total amount owed and the strength of entry-level jobs?  Or is it a function of monthly debt payments?  What other financial resources do they use? How do they evaluate their different options for higher education? To what extent do they understand all their options for repayment?”Second, we need to understand more precisely why borrowers reach delinquent or default status. We need to consider ways to reduce unnecessary delinquencies and defaults so as not to impair borrowers’ future access to credit and compromise their ability to avoid garnishment and loss of federal benefits.”center_img Share Debt First-Time Buyers Treasury 2014-09-30 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Aug
11

Top Stories

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Aug
11

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGlobetrotters seeking a travel experience may be tempted by a 10,000€ indulgence at Six Senses Yao Noi, created to celebrate the resort’s 10-year anniversary in Southern Thailand.Since 2007, the resort has made several enhancements aimed to elevate the guest experience. Highlights include the addition of the Retreat, which is the top-tier villa ideal for accommodating couples and multi-generational families. The Juice Bar at the Six Senses Spa Village is dedicated to wellness and fitness enthusiasts, and provides a space for those willing to enjoy nutritious juices. Additionally, to support the resort’s focus on and dedication to sustainability, Six Senses Yao Noi has also added several experiences that include the addition of a goat farm, chicken farm, duck pond and the Hornbill Club, an educational centre for the younger guests.The ‘Perfect Ten Experience’ features a five-night stay in the Ocean Panorama Pool Villa for two that includes:90-minute signature spa treatment at Six Senses Spa villagePrivate flying yoga session at the Wellness PavilionPrivate Muay Thai (boxing) session with the resort’s Thai instructorHalf-day island hopping excursion by long tail boat with snorkellingHalf-day island hopping tour around enchanting Koh Yao Noi island in a personal tuk-tukSunset castaway cruise by long tail boatPrivate Thai cooking classPrivate in-villa barbecuePrivate Chef’s Table gourmet dinnerSunrise breakfast at the Hilltop ReservePrivate helicopter and speedboat transfersThe Perfect Ten Experience at Six Senses Yaoi Noi is available from 1 November 2017 to 30 April 2018, blackout periods apply from 19 December 2017 to 10 January 2018 and 24 March to 6 April 2018.Six Senses Yao Noi is a 45-minute speedboat ride from to the south of Phang Nga Bay, approximately 42 kilometres from the mainland.“This package captures every aspect of the resort’s touch points,” says Graham Grant, GM, Six Senses Yao Noi. “Even before arrival, we’ve tailored every experience to create lasting memories and craft an out-of-the-ordinary holiday. In turning 10 this year, we want our guests to join us in celebration of this milestone by experiencing the top 10 experiences that we offer.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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