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Port of Baku Inks Cooperation Deal with BPI Co

first_imgzoom Azerbaijan’s Baku International Sea Trade Port (Port of Baku) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.) at the fourth meeting of Bulgarian – Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Baku on September 29, 2016.The duo agreed on enhanced cooperation and exchange of experience between the Port of Baku and ports of Varna and Burgas.Port of Baku is said to be an important participant of both East-West and North-South corridors which are in the interest of Bulgaria in terms of having an access to Central Asia.In 2015, the Joint Committee of Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor was established between the Port of Baku, the Port of Aktau in Kazakhstan, and the Sea Port Poti in Georgia. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to attract extra cargo carried via the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor. In January 2016, Ukraine also joined to the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor.In addition, the Port of Baku inked Memoranda of Understanding with Antwerp, Panama, Aktau and Poti ports in the past years.last_img read more

Phoenix Reisen Extends Charter for MS Deutschland

first_imgzoom Germany’s travel agency and cruise ship operator Phoenix Reisen has extended a charter for MS Deutschland, a 1998-built cruise vessel.As informed, the 22,496 gross ton ship will stay in the company’s fleet until at least 2025.In addition, the charter contract for the upcoming summer season remains in force with this Bonn-based company.“We are happy that we can continue to offer the ship to our guests and that the future of the favorite dream ship is secured,” Benjamin Krumpen, CEO of Phoenix Reisen, commented.Built at HDW shipyard in Kiel, the vessel was sold to Delos Cruise in January, Phoenix Reisen said.MS Deutschland has also been chartered to student organization Semester at Sea during winter. Phoenix Reisen informed that the organization remains the second charterer of the vessel.During winter, the ship sails under its alternate name World Odyssey, transporting Semester at Sea students. During summer, it works for Phoenix Reisen under the name MS Deutschland.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

DFDS to Dispose of Liverpool Seaways

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish ferry and logistics company DFDS has entered into an agreement to sell a 1997-built combined freight and passenger ferry (RoPax).The 21,856 GT Liverpool Seaways will be bought by French shipping company La Meridionale.DFDS said the sale is expected to be completed in April 2020 with proceeds of around DKK 200 million (USD 29.5 million).As informed, the ferry is scheduled to be delivered to the new owner in April 2020.Liverpool Seaways is currently deployed in DFDS’ Baltic route network and is planned to be replaced by a ferry from DFDS’ existing fleet.According to DFDS, an accounting profit of around DKK 100 million will be recorded under special items. The sale has no material impact on the company’s outlook for 2019.In the second quarter of 2019, DFDS’ revenue and EBITDA increased by 9% and 4%, respectively. The growth was mainly driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and higher passenger revenue.last_img read more

Govt to come out with national ecom policy within 12 months

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will come out with a national e-commerce policy within 12 months to facilitate achieving holistic growth of the sector, an official said. This was informed by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in his second marathon meeting with stakeholders, including e-commerce companies, on Monday. “We will put in place an institutional framework to bring out a national policy on e-commerce within next 12 months,” the official said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe government, in February, had released the draft national e-commerce policy proposing setting up a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow and also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad. Several foreign e-commerce firms have raised concerns over some points in the draft pertaining to data. An inter-ministerial panel under DPIIT will be formed to address stakeholder grievances on FDI and draft e-commerce policy. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsGoyal also said in the meeting that the Press Note 2, which talks about FDI in e-commerce, is clarificatory in nature and the government has not made any changes in the existing law. “Companies who participated (in the meeting) agreed with this. They confirmed unequivocally that the Press Note 2 of 2018 on FDI in e-commerce was only clarificatory in nature and did not change the provisions in the FDI policy,” the official added. The minister also stated that India wants to engage with the world on data and e-commerce issues “but there has to be reciprocity”, the official said. Top executives from Walmart-owned Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Paytm, eBay, Makemytrip, Swiggy and others attended the meeting. The minister will meet again with retail and e-commerce firms to further address their issues. The e-commerce firms shared sectoral concerns such as the ones related with goods and services tax and discounts. Flipkart Chief Executive Officer Kalyan Krishnamurthy in a statement said the company appreciates the government’s efforts to “engage in a candid, positive and progressive discussions aimed at creating a vibrant e-commerce market and Digital India”. “We look forward to working with the ministry and many other stakeholders to realise this growth dream,” he added. A Walmart spokesperson said the company welcomes the multiple consultative meetings that Goyal has hosted with business leaders. The minister has shown an open mind to discuss various issues related to e-commerce so that there is meaningful progress to ensure that everyone benefits from the growing digital economy, promoting a positive investment environment for both international and domestic companies, the spokesperson added. Amazon India tweeted that it welcomes the industry meeting for the open and candid discussions, as well as the “promise of continuing engagement”. “We’re committed to and will contribute to scale ecomm exports…” it added. A Snapdeal spokesperson said e-commerce is an incredible opportunity for India to enable 70 million medium and small Indian businesses to become the bedrock of India’s digital economy. “Snapdeal welcomes the government’s determination to ensure that the policies governing the sector are followed both in letter and spirit,” the spokesperson added. Global online marketplace Etsy said the deliberations have been very focused on how to make it easier for a small sellers or artisans to sell online, and ease out any hurdles that they might be facing. “It gives the impression that we are on the right path to resolve to give e-commerce a boost in the country, and make it easier for small sellers to export with lesser compliance costs. The Ministry is looking to fastrack a lot of processes,” Himanshu Wardhan, Managing Director for India, Etsy, said. Meanwhile, the commerce and industry ministry in a statement said Goyal has directed Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) to immediately form a committee headed by the additional secretary of the department, with representatives of Department of Commerce, Ministries of MSME, Consumers Affairs and legal experts as members. “The committee will hear grievances and provide necessary clarifications on issues related to FDI in e-Commerce,” it said.last_img read more

Bains to tell business its your turn to boost diversity and the

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government has done its part with measures to bolster diversity on corporate boards at publicly traded companies, and now is the time for business leaders to pick up the torch, says Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains.“This is really a call to action for corporate Canada to step up,” Bains said in an interview Tuesday after the government’s changes to the Canadian Business Corporations Act received royal assent from Governor General Julie Payette.That means publicly traded companies are now required, among other things, to disclose the number of women and others from equity-seeking groups, such as visible minorities, on their boards and in senior management.They will also now have to share their policies on diversity — or explain themselves to their shareholders.The act affects nearly 270,000 companies, but Tuesday’s amendments would only affect those that also issue shares and report to a securities commission, including about 600 companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Conservatives, who began consultations on the possibility of bringing in such legislation when they were in power, supported it.Bains said he wants Canada to lead the world on the issue.“We want Canada to be that jurisdiction globally for governance, for board diversity, that go-to place, where Canada plays a leadership role in not only talking a big game on diversity, but actually promoting in the most senior levels in corporate Canada,” he said.Now that it is the law of the land, Bains said the Liberals will be turning to the corporate world to encourage them to carry through — and to convince them that having more diversity at the top of a company can also translate into a healthier bottom line.There is still a long way to go, he added.“I’ve been in too many boardrooms where I’m the only minority. I’ve been in too many boardrooms where it’s all men, and that has to change.”Bains said the Liberals will be stepping up efforts to raise awareness of the changes — and to change stubborn minds.“I was asked recently if there is a strong enough pipeline of people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, to sit in board positions,” he said. “And I was very clear about what I felt about that comment, because I felt that the talent is there.“The excuses of talent no longer apply. We have the people with the right set of experiences, people that can make a meaningful contribution, people that can play a leadership role. We have to change the culture and make sure they are provided and afforded the opportunity to do so.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Soldier killed as Pak army violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri

first_imgJammu: An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas and posts along the Line of Control with mortar bombs in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Thursday, officials said. Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector this morning, they said. One soldier was was killed in Pakistani firing, they added. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.last_img

Army Chinese envoy hold talks

A four-member Chinese delegation, headed by the ambassador, included Li Chen Glin, the newly appointed Defence Attaché and two other diplomats. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the new Army Commander held discussions today at the  Army Headquarters.Chinese Ambassador Wu Jianghao is the first foreign diplomat to have formal talks with the new Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake. Towards the end of the meeting, both of them signified the importance of the occasion by exchanging mementos, the army media unit said. During their interaction, both the Ambassador and the Army Chief shared sentiments of goodwill and views on matters of mutual interest.

George Weston Q3 restructuring costs down profit rises 72 to 254 million

TORONTO – George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) is reporting a big increase in third-quarter profit, mostly because of a decline in restructuring charges, compared with the same time last year.The parent company of Loblaw (TSX:L) and Weston Foods says net income available to common shareholders was $254 million, up 72 per cent from $147 million in the comparable period last year.The improvement included a $113-million decline in restructuring and other related charges, equivalent to 37 cents per share.On an adjusted basis, profit available to George Weston common shareholders was $266 million or $2.06 per common share, up $54 million or 41 cents per share, from the third quarter of 2015.Weston said the improvement in adjusted profit was due to higher earnings at Loblaw and an increase in George Weston’s interest in Loblaw as a result of share repurchases.Revenue was up $219 million or 1.5 per cent, rising to $14.6 billion from $14.4 billion — mostly from the Loblaw division. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 5:47 am MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email George Weston Q3 restructuring costs down, profit rises 72% to $254 million read more

Prince Harry condemns lies and misconceptions damaging young people in internet age

first_img“I can’t stand the idea of young kids and teenagers having to deal with these issues alone and not being able to talk about it with their parents, not being able to talk about it with their buddies at school because of fear of stigma, expectation.“You’ve got all of these children having lies and misconceptions thrusted upon them, rammed down their throats on a daily basis, where they think that everybody else’s life is absolutely perfect. Guess what? We all have mental fitness.“Growing up in this day and age, in this world where everything is thrown at you all the time, social media, internet, whatever it be. Prince Harry has condemned the “lies and misconceptions” of the internet age, saying he “cannot stand the idea” of a generation of young people dealing with their worries alone.Prince Harry, who this week spoke for the first time about his own mental health, said the “huge generation gap” between his upbringing and children today means the world and the monarchy must advance to keep up.Saying that sharing his own experience is part of his “duty and service” as a young royal, he added he was determined to help shatter the stigma around mental health to help young people realise that not everybody else’s life was “absolutely perfect”. The Duchess of Cambridge meets London Marathon runners In a series of television interviews, Prince Harry said he hoped his mother would be proud of him and his brother for their efforts, adding: “I know exactly what she would say. She would say ‘wow’ the appetite [for the public to speak about mental health] was there.”Earlier this week, Prince Harry told the Daily Telegraph how he had been to therapy after spending years repressing his feelings about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.On Wednesday, he appeared in public for the first time since the interview to officially open the London Marathon, meeting runners taking part in aid of Heads Together. The Duchess of Cambridge meets London Marathon runnersCredit:Getty Prince Harry meets London Marathon runners and supportersCredit:Getty In an interview with Channel 5, he told Sian Williams, who is running the marathon for the charity along with the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon, that he was acutely aware of the challenges facing a new generation.“There is a huge generational gap across the whole country and one thing we worry about the most is the younger generation,” he said.“There was no internet when I was born and the speed at which this world has advanced…we have to advance with it. It’s as simple as that. Prince Harry opens the London Marathon with five-year-old MellisaCredit:Getty Prince Harry speaks to Sian WilliamsCredit:Channel 5 Prince Harry opens the London Marathon with five-year-old Mellisa “I think from her perspective she would be overwhelmed and hugely encouraged by the fact that the UK – not known for wanting to talk about mental health issues – has suddenly got to this point.”In a separate event yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge also met marathon runners at Kensington Palace, and launched a series of large Heads Together headbands adorning post boxes and monuments including Battersea Power Station ahead of Sunday’s event. “Just by sharing that little bit to help other people come forward and discuss their own issues – that sort of comes with the job, it comes with the role, and we can’t really do this whole campaign, ask everybody else to share and then not share ourselves,” he said.Asked by ITV whether his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, would be proud of the Heads Together campaign, he said: “I hope so. I think she would be proud of the campaign, proud of everybody involved, proud of us.”But specifically proud of the UK for having this conversation. Prince Harry meets London Marathon runners and supporters Show more “There are stresses we have to deal with which the older generation had to deal with in different ways but it’s very, very different and quite unique now and therefore we as a country have to adapt.”He added: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could reduce the stigma and stop a whole other generation having to go through everything that we’ve gone through?”Prince Harry, 32, said he had felt a responsibility to share his own story about spending the year encouraging a “national conversation” about mental health in a series of events with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry speaks to Sian Williams 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.last_img read more

RAFs new drone to battle terrorists killing machine which can be entirely

All Protector aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.Credit:WG CDR J D EKLUND/UK MOD CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019 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. The MoD announced that the first Protector flew from Yuma in Arizona to Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, from where the RAF’s 39 Squadron has been flying missions in Afghanistan and elsewhere since 2007 using the current Reaper drones. Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth, commander of the RAF’s intelligence and surveillance force, pictured in front of a Protector. “Not even the US have the ability to take-off and land drones controlled via satellite from another ground station.“They have never needed to develop that technology as Uncle Sam has a global network of bases.”An RAF spokesman said: “UK RPAS aircraft are controlled by highly trained RAF pilots who adhere strictly to the same laws of armed conflict and rules of engagement as traditionally manned RAF aircraft. “Our RPAS do not have the capability to employ weapons autonomously, our pilots always make the decision when and where to employ and release weapons.”The announcement comes as Pentagon officials confirmed that a US Reaper drone was shot down over Yemen on Tuesday night. A statement from US Central Command said: “We are aware of reporting that a US MQ-9 [Reaper] was shot down over Yemen. We do not have any further information to provide at this time”.Reuters reported a spokesman for the Houthi regime had said the drone was brought down by a surface to air missile south-east of the capital Sanaa. Wing Commander Colin Welsh, Officer Commanding 39 Squadron (motto: ‘By day and night’) said: “It takes everything that’s great about Reaper and adds a whole bundle of capabilities.”The Protector programme, thought to cost in the region of £1 billion, is two years late as the MoD has had to reorganise and stretch the spending, due to sterling weakening against the dollar.“The exchange rate in 2015 is not what it is now,” said Tim Ripley, of Jane’s Defence Weekly.Mr Ripley said the Protector programme is hugely innovative and that the RAF is breaking new ground in RPAS technology. “It offers a truly global power projection capability,” he told the Telegraph. Britain has said it will buy 16 Protector drones and they are due in-service in 2023. As the 38ft long aircraft will be certified to fly in European airspace, they could potentially be used in Nato intelligence-gathering missions in eastern Europe, or even over the UK and its waters and with a 50 per cent payload increase over Reaper it can carry an even more deadly mix of sensors and weapons. Britain has said it will buy 16 Protector drones and they are due in-service in 2023.Credit:Wg Cdr J D Eklund/UK MOD Crown Copyright 2019 The RAF’s future drone has been unveiled for the first time to the crews that will fly it .Britain’s new armed surveillance drones, called Protector, will be able to fly for up to 40 hours, over double the time of the current Reaper aircraft, and strike terrorists with precision missiles and laser-guided bombs.New “game changing technology” means that the Protector Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) is capable of taxiing, taking off and landing anywhere in the world controlled via satellite link from a remote base. With special anti-icing and lightning protection, Protector will be able to conduct missions in adverse weather conditions. It means that in future RAF pilots will be able to attack targets anywhere around the world from their home base in Waddington, Lincolnshire, without having to deploy ground crews.Up to now, drones have needed ground control stations at the airbase they fly from and land at, and have not been certified to fly in regulated airspace alongside civilian air traffic.   Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth, commander of the RAF’s intelligence and surveillance force, pictured in front of a Protector. RAF personnel from 39 and 54 Squadrons gathered at the base for their first opportunity to see up close the aircraft they will soon be operating. Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth, commander of the RAF’s intelligence and surveillance forces, was impressed with the minimal after-flight attention the aircraft required.“After an hour, with only two people plus a laptop, it was turned round, restarted, taxied out and took off, en route back to Yuma. Brilliant expeditionary RPAS capability” he said on Twitter.Speaking from the hangar in Nevada, he said: “When we talk about next generation Air Force one of the capabilities that we’re delivering is most definitely Protector. “This idea that we’ll have an RPAS that can operate anywhere at any time in controlled airspace alongside airliners is an absolutely game changing capability.”Built by US company General Atomics and due to enter service in 2024, the Protector will be operated by a crew of three, comprising a Pilot, a Sensor Operator and a Mission Intelligence Coordinator.It will carry up to 18 Brimstone missiles, which have been used to attack moving targets such as armoured vehicles or terrorists on motorbikes, as well as Paveway IV laser-guided bombs, spread across nine weapons points on the aircraft. All Protector aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. Britain has committed to buying 16 Protectors, with a possible further 10 to follow. They will replace the existing fleet of 10 Reaper aircraft which were bought as urgent requirements for operations in Afghanistan.Like the Reapers, the Protectors will be flown by 13 Squadron (motto: ‘We assist by watching’) based at RAF Waddington and 39 Squadron from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. All aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Waddington, with a planned investment of £93 million to construct a new purpose-built hanger as well new facilities and accommodation for crews. read more

McCarthy replaces the injured Whelan Brady dropped for Walters

first_imgIreland team to play Sweden: Forde, Coleman, O’Shea (c), Clark, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean, Keane, Long.Somebody needs to sit Paul Green down and make him watch this over and over againSweden v Ireland: Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s opposition Updated 18.20JAMES MCCARTHY WILL replace the injured Glenn Whelan in Ireland’s starting line-up to face Sweden tonight.Stoke midfielder Whelan had been carrying an ankle injury but was expected to be fit after being named alongside Paul Green in midfield by Giovanni Trapattoni earlier this week.However, news emerged earlier afternoon that the 29-year-old hasn’t fully recovered in time and it has been confirmed that Wigan’s James McCarthy will replace him.In a surprising move, Trapattoni has also decided to withdraw Robbie Brady for Jon Walters. The Italian yesterday questioned the Hull winger’s “psychological fitness” and with hours to go before kick-off (7.45pm Irish time) he has opted to make a late switch.last_img read more

Addressing Excess Capacity Would Help Armys Dollars Go Further Halverson Says

first_imgCongressional authority to shed unneeded facilities, including a new BRAC round, would go a long way toward helping the Army sustain its infrastructure amid tight budget constraints, Lt. Gen. David Halverson, the service’s assistant chief of staff for installation management, told lawmakers last month.“The challenge we have is that we can’t optimize our investments or optimize if we don’t have some authorities to study, like a BRAC, and how we can move forward,” Halverson told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee during a Dec. 3 hearing on the impact of reducing funding for infrastructure and installation support.Halverson was responding to Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who asked how the Army’s estimate of excess infrastructure would change as its end strength drops.The service estimates that 18 percent of its infrastructure is excess under its current active-duty strength of 490,000 soldiers.“That is our best guess right now, and we have an order out for all of our garrison and our senior commanders to be able to look at their excess capacity,” Halverson said.Readiness Chairman Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) pointed out that the new defense authorization bill directs the services to prepare a new capacity analysis. Without the authority to carry out a new BRAC round, DOD had been relying on the capacity analysis it conducted prior to the 2005 round since it had been prohibited from updating the earlier study.“We’ve asked them to do a detailed analysis so we can truly look at what the capacity is, where there’s overcapacity on a service branch by service branch basis. So we should have that information for next year,” Wittman said.The Army estimates its surplus capacity is forcing it to spend $480 million a year in operating costs unnecessarily, Halverson told O’Rourke. The Army’s end strength is slated to drop to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018, though. That would result in an estimated 21 percent excess capacity and $570 million in surplus facilities costs.A decade ago, the 2005 round of base closures helped the Army improve the overall condition of its installations, including ranges and other facilities.“What we’ve seen is that, with BRAC 2005, we had an increase, where we were from 19 percent up to 30 — 60 percent, and now we’re seeing a degradation of our readiness,” Halverson told the panel.“So we are seeing a dip in our Q ratings in our facilities because of decreased funding, or ability to do the sustainment and the restoration and modernization that we do need in some of our facilities,” he said.A webcast of the hearing is available on YouTube. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Town Reaches Contract Agreements With Firefighters Union Custodians Union

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington recently ratified collective bargaining agreements with two unions in town — the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1370 and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 1703, Unit 1 (custodians and building maintenance workers).Fire Fighters Union“Basically, the major terms of the agreement are a COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) of 2.5% retroactive July 1, 2018; a 2.75% COLA beginning July 1, 2019; and a 2.75% COLA beginning July 1, 2020.” announced Hull at last week’s Selectmen’s Meeting. “There’s a number of language clarifications in the contract. One of the things we obtained was confirmation that when someone is out on unpaid leave, they won’t accrue personal, sick or vacation time… There was also an adjustment to their uniform allowance, with an increase from $700 to $1,000.”Selectmen unanimously approved and executed the agreement without discussion. The town had been negotiating with the union since early 2018.Custodians & Building Maintenance Workers Union“The contract expired on July 1, 2018. We’ve been negotiating with them since early 2018. They’ve received COLAs of 2.5% retroactive July 1, 2018; a 2.5% COLA beginning July 1, 2019; and a 2.5% COLA beginning July 1, 2020,” explained Hull. “The agreement also contained language indicating employees on unpaid leave would not accrue benefits. In addition, employees have to notify the town 72 hours in advance if they’re requesting vacation time. And we’ve codified what happens when someone accrues personal time after they’ve been hired. There had been confusion on this matter that led to a grievance.”Selectmen approved and executed the agreement without discussion. Selectman McCoy abstained from the vote.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Enters Into New 3-Year Contract With Dispatchers UnionIn “Government”Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Sign New Agreement With TownIn “Government”last_img read more

President Trump Was Elected A Year Ago — And Americans Are Feeling

first_imgDespite that promise, an infrastructure bill hasn’t even been introduced — or pushed by the White House, for that matter.What’s more, Trump has so far gotten no major legislation through Congress — not a repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, not a tax overhaul.But he appears to have a long leash with his base, which is willing to blame others — Democrats, Republican leaders — but not the man they voted for for president who is trying to, in their view, “drain the swamp.”Part of that long leash could be because cultural grievance was more important to his victory than economic issues.The Atlantic, citing data from the Public Religion Research Institute, reached that conclusion in May: “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,” Trump said. “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.” “In the wake of Trump’s surprise win, some journalists, scholars, and political strategists argued that economic anxiety drove these Americans to Trump. But new analysis of post-election survey data conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic found something different: Evidence suggests financially troubled voters in the white working class were more likely to prefer Clinton over Trump. Besides partisan affiliation, it was cultural anxiety — feeling like a stranger in America, supporting the deportation of immigrants, and hesitating about educational investment — that best predicted support for Trump.“This data adds to the public’s mosaic-like understanding of the 2016 election. It suggests Trump’s most powerful message, at least among some Americans, was about defending the country’s putative culture.” Why cultural grievance is so salientLook no further than the NPR poll — 55 percent of whites said they believe discrimination exists against whites, generally.That is even though just 19 percent said they have personally experienced discrimination in applying for jobs.Even fewer whites said they have personally experienced discrimination when it comes to promotions, college acceptance, interactions with the police, or housing.There are major political divisions among whites.Three-quarters (74 percent) of white Republicans said discrimination exists against whites. But when it comes to Democrats, it’s less than a third (28 percent).That is an almost 50-point gap.There are also big splits when it comes to how well-off financially a white person is.The more money a white person makes, the less he or she thinks discrimination against whites exists generally. In some cases, they are also less likely to say that they’ve personally experienced discrimination or that it happens often in their neighborhoods.Roughly two-thirds of whites without a college degree and whites who live in rural areas, however, believe discrimination against whites exists. And those whites are also more likely to say they’ve experienced that discrimination personally.And those are exactly the kind of people who are in Trump’s base.That is very different from nonwhitesNonwhites believe discrimination exists against their groups by even wider margins than whites. (Of course, many would argue that nonwhites face real rather than perceived racism — as the numbers bear out.)Here is what nonwhites said about whether discrimination exists against their group:African-Americans: 92 percentLatinos: 78 percentNative Americans: 75 percentAsian-Americans: 61 percentAnd much higher percentages of nonwhites say they have personally experienced discrimination.For example, a third of Latinos say they have experienced discrimination when it comes to applying for jobs, getting paid equally or looking for housing.The gap between whites and African-Americans is even larger.Half or more African-Americans said they have been discriminated against personally when applying for jobs, getting paid fairly and in interacting with police.center_img Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesWhen his back is against the wall, President Trump goes back to where he derives energy — his base. That includes a large percentage of whites without a college degree.Donald Trump won the votes of whites without a college degree by a bigger margin than any Republican presidential candidate since 1980. And there is reason for that. He gave voice to a group of people who have felt left behind.“Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential,” Trump said in his election night victory speech, one year ago this week. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”At nearly every rally and campaign event, populated largely by whites, Trump spoke to their cultural grievances — and he has continued to do so as president.But what has also been clear is that nonwhites, many of whom have felt like targets of Trump’s nationalist and protectionist tendencies, are also aggrieved. A survey by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that majorities across racial lines, including whites, said discrimination exists against their group.It does seem that in America today, it is something of a golden age of grievance.One year laterIt may be hard to believe, but this week marks one year since Trump was elected president of the United States. And it hasn’t been the easiest go of it for the 45th president.As a candidate, Trump had the lowest favorability ratings of anyone ever elected since polling began. And since his ascendancy to the presidency, he has continued along a similar pattern — with the lowest job-approval rating of any president in modern polling.According to an average of the polls, Trump stands around 39 percent. That is about where he has been throughout his first 10 months in office. He peaked around 46 percent in early February, just after his inauguration, and he has never dipped below 37 percent, which he hit in mid-August.That was right around the time Trump faced widespread criticism for his response to racial violence and protests in Charlottesville, Va.All about that baseIt has been clear that when his back is against the wall, Trump goes back to where he derives energy — his base.For example:One of his first moves was to institute a travel ban that has been held up in the courtsover whether it discriminates against Muslims.He tried to ban transgender people from serving in the military. That is also held up in the courts.Trump has taken a hard-line, nationalist approach on immigration endorsing a plan to cut legal immigration in half and make it “merit-based.” He also called for an end to the diversity visa lottery program after the terrorist attack that killed eight people in New York last week.Again and again, Trump has criticized political correctness.“We have to get much tougher,” he said after the New York attack, echoing a line from the campaign trail. “We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything.”His base is holding mostly firm. There is some evidence of a softening of support but not enough that shows his people abandoning him.Art of the deal?Rhetorically, Trump certainly hasn’t abandoned his base, but what about on policy?The next lines of that election night speech, after noting the forgotten men and women were these: Sharelast_img read more

BJPs name shows on EVM during mock poll at Barrackpore

first_imgKolkata: Taking strong exception to the name of the party written under the symbol of BJP during a mock poll at Barrackpore, the Trinamool Congress has lodged a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal.TMC had raised questions over the act as the name of no other party is written under its respective symbol, except the saffron party. The ruling party alleged that BJP is trying to influence the Commission through such an act. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe anomaly was perceived during the mock poll at the office of the SDO of Barrackpore on Friday morning. Soon, the polling agents of TMC who were present during the mock poll protested and started agitating. The mock poll was stopped and a complaint was lodged with the returning officer. Congress also joined the protest along with TMC. It may be mentioned that Arjun Singh is contesting on the ticket of the saffron party from the Barrackpore seat, while Dinesh Trivedi is the candidate for Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater in the day, a delegation of TMC led by its secretary general Partha Chatterjee, along with senior TMC leaders Tapas Roy, Derek O Brien, Subrata Bakshi and Subhasish Chakraborty met CEO Ariz Aftab and lodged a complaint in this regard. “We have seen during the elections till date that only the symbol of a political party is present on the EVM. The name of any political party does not feature on it. If the name of one party is written then it should have been so for other parties as well. It seems that a political party is trying to use technology with an evil intention. We have urged the Commission to take immediate action so that such things are not reflected during the elections,” Chatterjee said. Barrackpore, along with six other Lok Sabha constituencies namely Bongaon, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh goes to polls on May 6, the fifth phase of the ongoing seven phase elections. TMC district president, North 24-Parganas, Jyotipriya Mallick said: “We are witnessing strange things during the elections this year. How can the name of a political party be written under the symbol? The act is illegal and BJP has done this with malafide intentions. They have realised that they will be defeated and so they are doing such things out of desperation.” TMC has also pointed out in its complaint that similar things had also occurred during the mock poll at Raiganj, where the elections have already been held. A senior official of the CEO’s office said that they have forwarded the report of the District Magistrate in this regard to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.last_img read more

Wellington keen to dissolve intl depature fee

first_imgAiming to boost its appeal to international travellers, Wellington Airport has proposed removing the International Departure Fee.In a pricing proposal to airlines presented earlier this month, the airport’s chief executive John Howarth explained that removing the fee would also remove “passenger frustration”. “Removing the fee will raise the standard of the passenger experience to the level expected of a sophisticated central city airport,” Mr Howarth said.“As part of our continuing efforts to make international travel more competitive and promote new routes and additional services to the Capital, Wellington Airport has proposed reducing international charges and incentivising new growth with a published discount structure available to all airlines.” The year-long proposal was compiled by the airport to determine aeronautical pricing, the cost airlines would pay to continue using its facilities and infrastructure from 1 April next year.As part of the report handed to airlines, Wellington Airport said it would decrease the cost for international service per passenger by up to $7 over the next five years, while domestic services would see an increase between $0.37 and $1.79 each year.The size of the aircraft flying in will also contribute to the overall cost of flying in and out of the airport.“Wellington Airport has a single runway which can accommodate 35 flights an hour in good weather,” Mr Howarth said.“That capacity is now being approached at peak times and even though the charge to land a small regional aircraft is around 20 times less than a domestic jet carrying 180 people, the slot each aircraft occupies is the same. “The pricing proposal explores the potential to provide an incentive for smaller aircraft to operate during off peak times, freeing up the limited capacity for larger aircraft to accommodate growth.”Wellington Airport also proposed an investment of up to $67 million in aeronautical assets and upgrades, including explansion of terminal buildings, enhancing safety systems and airfield improvements. Having received the proposal, the airporth as issued the airlines a 7 October deadline for feedback on proposed changes.New prices will not be implemented until the “open and comprehensive” process of the proposal has been completed. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Housing Permits Soar Highest Since September 2008

first_imgHousing Permits Soar Highest Since September 2008 in Data, Government, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Department of Commerce Homebuilders Housing Affordability Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Residential Construction Service Providers 2012-06-19 Mark Lieberman Sharecenter_img Housing permits soared in May to their highest level since September 2008, surging 7.9 percent to 780,000, the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD reported jointly Tuesday, but housing starts dropped 4.8 percent to 708,000, giving back all of April’s gains.[IMAGE]At the same time, permits for April were revised upward to 723,000 from the originally reported 715,000. April housing starts were also revised to 744,000, up from the originally reported 717,000.Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected increases in both areas, with 736,000 permits and 720,000 starts.Total housing completions fell to 598,000, a 10.3 percent drop, the first decline in four months. April completions were revised up to 667,000 from the originally reported 651,000.Multifamily (five or more units) activity accounted for most of [COLUMN_BREAK]the increase in permits, 40,000 of the reported 57,000 increase in May. Multifamily starts fell 57,000, more than the total 36,000 decline as single family starts increased.Of the housing completions, builders completed 458,000 single-family homes in May, a 6.3 percent drop from the 489,000 completed in April (unchanged from the initial report), compared with the 343,000 new home sales reported for April. Even with the month-over-month drop, total starts in May were up 28.5 percent from May 2011 and permits were up 25.0 percent from the year’s earlier activity. Total completions were up 10.1 percent from last year.The census data covered the same month for which the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.com/ reported builder confidence ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô measured by the Housing Market Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose to 28 (out of 100) from 24. Any HMI reading below 50 is considered to signal a contraction. Builder confidence for June as reported Monday by NAHB.Permits rose in three of the four Census regions, falling only in the Northeast, down to 81,000 from 88,000 in April. But permits soared to 399,000 in the South from 359,000 in April. In the West permits jumped to 179,000 in May from 162,000 in April while in the Midwest permits rose to 121,000 from 114,000 in April.Starts rose sharply in the West to 167,000 from 146,000 in April but fell in the three other Census regions, falling to 367,000 in May from 391,000 in April in the South, dropping to 111,000 in May from 128,000 in the Midwest and slipping to 63,000 in May from 79,000 in April in the Northeast. June 19, 2012 438 Views last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals are out of the playoff picture but they still have opportunities to disrupt other teams’ playoff hopes.Starting with the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. “They’re a good football team, it’s defintely going to be a challenge but we’re excited about being at home,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It will be a good chance to see how we stack up.”The Cardinals have won their last two matchups against the Cowboys including last year’s 27-26 victory on Christmas night. The Cardinals defense has averaged 18.25 points against the past four games, a huge improvement since their first 7 games that dug them into a 1-6 hole. Tony Romo is the player to watch on the Cowboys. As Romo goes, so do the Cowboys.“He’s a guy that is scary because he makes plays,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s always looking down the field even when he has to scramble or move in the pocket.”The Cardinals have won three out of their last four games and would improve to 5-7 with a win over Dallas.“We’ve played better in a number of areas, our guys are excited about this opportunity and hopefully we’ll play well,” Whisenhunt said.center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

No damage to turtle nests from wedding event ministry says

first_imgNo damage to any turtles or the environment was caused by the setting up of a stage on the Anassa hotel’s Asprokremmos beach in Akamas, Paphos, earlier this week, the agriculture ministry announced on Friday.In a statement, the ministry said that a joint team from the environment, fisheries, and forestry departments carried out on-site inspections during the dismantling of the stage, which had been set up for the three-day wedding party of a Russian millionaire.“Any changes caused by the use of machinery on the beach were restored following today’s work manually under the supervision of the departments and the [Paphos] district officer,” the statement said.According to the ministry, inspections showed that no turtle nests existed under the stage, and that other nests nearby were unaffected by work to set up the stage.It was also found that no additional sand, soil, or other material was brought to the beach at any point.“The ministry’s departments will continue to monitor the situation to safeguard the sea-turtles’ nesting sites,” the statement said.Pictures of bulldozers on the beach near turtle nests in the Natura-designated area earlier this week sparked public outcry on social media.The hotel replied that no damage to the environment or any turtles had been or would be caused, and that it had secured a permit from the Paphos district officer for the event, but this was promptly rescinded.After some confusion over which government agency was really in charge of authorizing or denying the event, it was clarified that the beach was designated a national forest, and thus it fell under the authority of the Forestry department.However, due to the presence of sea-turtles and the Natura designation, even the forestry department would have required the sign-off of the fisheries and environment departments before making any decision.This red tape was identified as the root cause of the affair by the Commercial and Technical Chamber.In a statement, the chamber said that the issue of which department is responsible for what must be resolved immediately.“This instance is a monument of shoddiness, miscommunication, and inability to apply the law by authorities tasked with environmental protection, even in areas of extreme environmental sensitivity,” the chamber said.It asked why the district commissioner, who issued a permit for use of the beach in the first place, did not order the monitoring of any work done at the site, since it was a known nesting beach of endangered turtles.The chamber added that for many years it has asked the state to treat the environment as a national treasure and expressed deep concern over its failure and shortcomings.While recognizing the revocation of the permit and the ending of work on the beach, the chamber insisted that the state must apply the law and assign responsibility for the incident wherever appropriate. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Migrants buried

first_imgThe nine migrants whose bodies were found washed up on shore in the north earlier this month were on Saturday buried there.The ceremony took place at the cemetery in Lefka.The funeral was attended by ‘Foreign Minister’ in the north Kudret Ozersay, mayor of Lefka Aziz Kaya and relatives of the deceased from the free areas who had crossed over for the occasion.You May LikeHolzkernWood and Stone crafted timepieces: You’ve never experienced a watch like this.HolzkernUndoObsevThe National Park From Alaska People Don’t Dare To VisitObsevUndoTettybettyThe Stars of “Game of Thrones” – In and Out of CostumeTettybettyUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more