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SC asks Centre to come out with uniform proposal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to come out with a “uniform” proposal for all cases to resolve the difficulties being faced by lakhs of homebuyers who have not yet got possession of flats despite paying huge amounts of money to real estate builders.The apex court, which was hearing a homebuyers matter related to Jaypee Infratech Ltd, said the issue concerns lakhs of flat buyers and the Centre should give a proposal to resolve it. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We want suggestions from the Union of India which could be uniform for all such cases,” a bench comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said. “This issue will be bothering lakhs of homebuyers. Within the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code), we cannot do anything. But outside it, you (Centre) can suggest something. We can consider that,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General (ASG+) Madhavi Divan, who was appearing for the Centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe bench made the observation while hearing a plea which has sought that Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL) be not sent into liquidation, although the deadline for the corporate inlpsolvency resolution process is over, as it would cause “irreparable loss” to thousands of home buyers. The ASG told the court that proper authority to respond to the plea would be the resolution professional or the bank concerned. “Can some other arrangement be suggested by the Union of India without disturbing the ongoing process?,” the bench asked, adding, “We are keen to know whether you have something to suggest”. “Policy issue has to be resolved by the Union of India,” the bench said and posted the matter for hearing on July 11. The apex court had on August 9 last year ordered re-commencement of the resolution process against JIL and barred the firm, its holding company and promoters from participating in the fresh bidding process. It had also allowed the Reserve Bank of India to direct banks to initiate corporate insolvency resolution proceedings (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Associates Ltd (JAL), the holding company of JIL, under the IBC. It had said there was “no manner of doubt” that JAL and JIL lacked financial capacity and resources to complete unfinished housing projects in which over 21,000 home buyers had not been given the possession of their flats till then. The fresh plea filed in the top court has sought a direction that an “independent and thorough forensic audit” of JIL should be conducted from the date of its incorporation. Referring to the apex court’s last year order, the plea has said, “The court had made a conscious effort to avoid liquidation of Jaypee Infratech Limited. However, the events as have unfolded subsequent to the passing of the judgment have frustrated the efforts as made by the court.” As per apex court’s direction, the 270 days for completion of CIRP have concluded on May 6, it has said. “Till date only two serious bids have been received by the Committee of Creditors. One bid has been submitted by National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited, whereas the other has been submitted by Suraksha ARC. None of the said bids have been accepted by the Committee of Creditors till date,” the plea has said, claiming that “threat” of JIL going into liquidation is “turning into a reality with each passing day”.last_img read more

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BC teaching material linking squaw to Aboriginal woman pulled for review

first_imgVANCOUVER – A complaint from a parent about a classroom assignment to match the word “squaw” to “Aboriginal woman” has prompted a publisher to remove a book for review and is raising questions about how schools should teach controversial topics.A Vancouver woman took to social media over the weekend to express her shock about educational material used at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver related to the graphic novel “Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the Bush.”Publisher Margie Wolfe of Second Story Press apologized Monday and said the book had been removed from the company’s website for review, along with all other material with content related to Indigenous history, peoples, and communities.“We take very seriously the criticisms of this guide and sincerely apologize for the hurt and offence we have caused,” Wolfe said in a statement.“We appreciate the efforts made by everyone who called attention to the guide, particularly the family in Vancouver, British Columbia, who were so hurt by the use of the resource in the classroom.”The woman, whose name isn’t on her social media account, said she was livid about the “stomach-twisting” lesson plan. She could not be reached for comment.The novel is an adaptation of a Canadian classic first published in 1852, in which the word squaw shows up 39 times. It was accompanied by a recently developed teaching guide that describes the book’s language as politically incorrect.One of the exercises asks students to match terms with their “appropriate language” definitions, which for squaw is “an Aboriginal woman.”“Common prejudices in the nineteenth century resulting from … racism perpetrated by white Europeans against blacks and Aboriginals were reflected in the everyday language people used to describe themselves and each other,” the teachers’ resource guide says.“Today it is unacceptable to use words such as Indian, squaw, darkie, Negro, Yankee, and papist. The use of such language in this book should be viewed in the context of its time in history.”Jon Smith, an English professor at Simon Fraser University whose research focuses on the southern United States, applauded the decision to pull the material from circulation.Smith dismissed the notion that discriminatory language is any less offensive in the past just because its use may have been more widespread.“That’s a pretty naive way to talk about racism. My analogies are with the N-word, and that word was always loaded with power and derogatory,” he said.“I mean, my gosh, they actually had the word darkie in there? Even in 1852, that word wasn’t exactly free of racist connotations.“In the U.S. South, people want to say, ‘Heritage not hate.’ But the heritage is hate; hate is part of the heritage. And the only way to get past that it seems to me is to acknowledge that quite forthrightly.”The Vancouver School Board is looking into the context in which the materials were used in the classroom, Supt. John Lewis said in a single-sentence statement.Glen Hansman, president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, said it is important for instructors to engage with students on fraught subjects rather than shy away from them.“The responsibility of the teacher then is to unpack that use of language and to situate it in the historical context and to do things in a way that is sensitive to students in the classroom,” Hansman said.“My understanding is that is exactly what was happening in the particular classroom that triggered this incident.”Hansman said he does not presume to know the particular circumstances of this parent, but he would encourage her to reach out and engage with the teacher and the school about her concerns.“Rather than being in denial about attitudes we used to have, we have to acknowledge them, identify them for what they are and then equip our teachers and students with ways of combating those things so they don’t occur again,” he said.Education Minister Rob Fleming said he is always concerned when a student has a negative experience, but added that it is unfortunate the incident is drawing attention away from the overwhelming success of the curriculum to date.“The conversation that British Columbia is having all over the school system is about how exciting the new curriculum is and how inclusive the lessons of Aboriginal culture and their contributions to British Columbia culture are,” Fleming said.B.C. introduced a new curriculum last year that teaches students as young as 10 about the government’s past discriminatory practices, including the crushing legacy of Canada’s residential-school system and the Chinese Head Tax.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

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DoubleDouble Nunavut style

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut is the last frontier left in Canada and people who live there are used to not having all the comforts the rest of the country takes for granted.Now you can scratch one of those differences off the list.As APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains, southern coffee culture now has a northern foothold.last_img

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Is Morocco Headed for a Real Estate Stock Bubble

By Hicham BennaniRabat – Are we witnessing a new positive run for Addoha, Résidences Dar Saada and Alliances?Just few months ago, Addoha was trading at MAD 23/share, Dar Saada at MAD 130/share, and Alliances at MAD 35/share. Today, Addoha is Hovering around MAD 40 (73% increase), Dar Saada at MAD 180 (38% increase), and Alliances at MAD 66 (88% increase). Many people are concerned now, should they be buying real estate stocks? Should they surf on the wave?If you are bitten by a snake, you will be afraid of the rope. As a matter of fact, many individuals, Institutions and funds lost tons of money in the latest Casablanca stock market crash, after the speculative bubble burst leaving them stranded.Why the prices of all the listed real estate companies rocketed? Have the market fundamentals improved?There seems to be no plausible reason for the hike for the three companies. Market fundamentals are the same, and the economic situation of Morocco is not improving at a pace that can explain the boom in the prices of these stocks.Moreover, theses companies have not announced any mega projects with lucrative returns that can boost their future earnings, at thus increase their valuations.The PE ratio for the three companies might look within the acceptable range (10 to 15 times) compared to the benchmark in other developing stock markets.However, one should keep in mind that the real estate in Morocco is in deep crisis, characterized by a high level of Leverage. In fact, the debt-to-equity ratio for the listed real estate companies is high, which makes these companies vulnerable to downturns in the business cycle.I recommend selling the three listed stocks because the outlook is not clear, and because they outperformed the MASI and MADEX indices for no valid or logical reason. read more

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UN agency relocates Kenyan refugees in Uganda

24 January 2008As security conditions deteriorate in Kenya, the United Nations refugee agency is in the process of relocating an estimated 6,500 refugees who fled across the border to Uganda to a transit centre farther inland. As security conditions deteriorate in Kenya, the United Nations refugee agency is in the process of relocating an estimated 6,500 refugees who fled across the border to Uganda to a transit centre farther inland. Hundreds of refugees have already been transported by bus from the border towns of Busia and Malaba to a centre at Mulanda, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said, as part of a five-day relocation operation. Many of the Kenyan refugees “carried plastic bags containing the meagre possessions they were able to salvage before being chased from their homes in post-election violence across the border in Kenya,” the agency said. By Wednesday, some 200 tents provided by UNHCR had been erected at the transit centre in readiness for the refugees, with another 300 being prepared. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) installed water tanks at the site. Registered refugees will receive ration cards which entitle them to food, basic household commodities and other services at the transit centre. Many of the refugees had been living at schools, with women and children quartered in classrooms and men sleeping in tents. But others who are staying with relatives and friends “may not move to Mulanda because they prefer to stay close to the border where they can closely follow developments taking place on the other side,” said a UNHCR official who travelled. She added that they were anxious to return home, put their children back in school and rebuild their lives. In contrast, many of those moving to Mulanda on Wednesday were expecting to be there for some time. “I have nowhere else to go. We plan to stay here for some months as we decide what to do next,” said Rahab Wanjiru, a dealer in electronic goods in Busia, which straddles the border. Her shop was set ablaze by drunken youths as they hunted down people from Wanjiru’s ethnic group after the results of the 30 December presidential poll were announced, sparking violence that has left hundreds dead. Security conditions in Kenya are deteriorating, according to UN officials who reported on Wednesday that more than a dozen civilians have been killed in political violence, and 70 houses burned, just in the prior 24 hours. Uganda currently hosts more than 216,000 refugees, mostly from neighbouring Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, as well as 850,000 internally displaced persons according to UNHCR. read more

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Returns of Afghan refugees exceed expectations UNHCR reports

More than 800,000 people have returned to Afghanistan since 1 March in what has become the largest and fastest refugee return since Kosovo in 1999, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.The vast majority – some 730,000 – have returned from Pakistan, but a further 60,000 have come back from Iran, with smaller, but not insignificant numbers also arriving from Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Although large-scale returns were expected – initially UNHCR predicted some 1.2 million Afghans would return from abroad in 2002 – the scale and speed of the returns has forced the agency to review its budget and planning.Because the security situation is still fragile in parts of the country, and access to food, health care, shelter and water remains limited, UNHCR is not actively promoting refugee returns at present. However, it is providing assistance to those who choose to go home. Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Afghanistan announced today that Phase I of the Loya Jirga selection process was completed in all but about 25 districts, among them the ones where conditions for the selection process could not be met. Where that is the case, the Loya Jirga Commission will appoint the delegates. The first phase of the Loya Jirga process is the election by secret ballot of district representatives from Afghanistan’s 381 districts. In the second phase, those district representatives will meet at regional centres to select delegates to actually attend the Emergency Loya Jirga. The Loya Jirga itself is scheduled to start on 10 June. In another development, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi, has accepted a request to guest star in a popular BBC Afghanistan radio soap opera called “New Home, New Life.” The episode, which will be broadcast on the first day of the Loya Jirga, will feature Mr. Brahimi talking to the characters about the important role of the Afghan people in the decision-making process. read more

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Conservatives want to sell Hydro One OPG get government out of hydro

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 14, 2012 4:49 pm MDT Conservatives want to sell Hydro One, OPG, get government out of hydro biz TORONTO – The Progressive Conservatives announced plans Monday to privatize Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One, saying it’s time government stopped running the province’s electricity system.The Tories want to open the two huge utilities to private investments in a staged process, starting by offering a minority stake to Ontario-based public sector pension funds.“The goal is actually to make our energy system about affordability and competitiveness, to make sure that businesses have the confidence to invest in our province,” PC Leader Tim Hudak told reporters.“I’ll have more details in our white paper recommendations, but part of it will call for new investment in OPG and Hydro One through public sector pension funds to start.”The Tories plan to release their white paper on energy issues Tuesday, saying the Liberals’ policies, especially expensive subsidies for green energy, are driving rates up to unaffordable levels.The minority stake sales of OPG and Hydro One would be followed by an initial public offering of shares to both institutional and retail investors, Hudak told the Ontario Power Summit last week.Hudak wouldn’t promise that his plan will lower electricity rates, but said Monday he hopes to get prices under control.“You know energy rates are the principal costs of doing business, and we’ve seen rates go through the roof with this government,” he said.“Our white paper hopes to reset the energy policy debate back to affordability and reliability to encourage job creation and so families can pay the bills.”Energy Minister Chris Bentley said the last time the Tories tried to privatize Ontario’s electricity system 10 years ago it sent hydro rates skyrocketing and had to be quickly cancelled. An IPO of Hydro One was cancelled at the last minute by then-premier Ernie Eves.“They talk about rates, but their failed policies back in 2002-03, in the course of seven months, increased the rates the equivalent of 60 per cent in the course of a year,” said Bentley.“The Tory ideas are recycled ideas.”The Conservatives “virtually gave away Highway 407” when they privatized the toll road just before the 1999 election, and selling off public hydro assets doesn’t make sense either, said Bentley.“Think of how much further ahead we’d be today if we had the 407 asset in public hands,” he said.The New Democrats are constantly hammering the Liberals over soaring electricity prices in Ontario, which they say are double those in neighbouring Quebec and Manitoba, but they oppose privatization.“There’s no doubt we need some new ideas around the table when it comes to our energy system and the price of hydro,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“But rehashing the same old ideas that haven’t gotten us anywhere already is really not very helpful.”Ontario’s long-term energy plan includes a $33-billion program to refurbish its aging fleet of nuclear generating stations and build one of two new reactors — $18 billion for the upgrades at Darlington and Bruce and $15 billion for 2,000 megawatts of new nuclear generation.The Conservatives say private investors should be on the hook for any cost overruns in the nuclear projects — which are notorious for failing to come in on time and on budget — not hydro ratepayers or Ontario taxpayers. read more

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Valeant names former Perrigo chief executive Joseph Papa as new chairman and

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2016 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals has turned to a drug industry veteran with more than three decades of experience to overhaul the embattled company and restore investor confidence.Joseph Papa, who was chairman and CEO of Irish drug company Perrigo, is expected to join Valeant early next month as chairman and chief executive, the Quebec-based firm said Monday.“We have an opportunity to move forward with a renewed focus on operating with integrity across all areas of the business and providing customers with safe and affordable products that improve their lives,” he said in a statement.Papa, 60, had been CEO of Perrigo since 2006 and chairman since 2007. He resigned on Sunday.His appointment comes at a critical time for Valeant (TSX:VRX).The company announced last month that chief executive Michael Pearson was leaving after eight years at the helm. He is scheduled to testify to a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday about drug pricing.Once one of Canada’s most valuable companies following years of acquisitions, Valeant has seen its shares plunge amid controversies over soaring drug costs and its relationship with U.S. mail-order pharmacy Philidor.Valeant chairman Robert Ingram said Papa has experience in leading companies through times of transition.“In addition, fostering an ethical culture and creating opportunities for professional development have always been high priorities for Joe, and we look forward to Joe’s arrival at Valeant,” Ingram said.Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity said he’s hopeful that Papa will bring much-needed stability at the top following Pearson’s “tumultuous tenure.”“We expect that the addition of Mr. Papa is likely to bring an entirely different tone to the organization with less of an emphasis of growth through acquisition and more of a focus on solidifying the base businesses and rebuilding relationships,” he wrote in a report.Vicki Bryan, an analyst with corporate bond research company Gimme Credit, said she has doubts about the quality of Valeant’s products and its operating performance potential even under new management.While Perrigo and Valeant have both grown through acquisitions and keeping a lid on research and development costs, she said in a note to clients that Perrigo has maintained comparatively low debt and its financial numbers are transparent without “questionable” acquisition-related charges,Before joining Perrigo, Papa was chairman and chief executive of the pharmaceutical and technologies services segment of Cardinal Health Inc. He also served as president and chief operating officer of Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc.Valeant said earlier this year that it had to restate its financial results for 2014 and 2015 after discovering that about US$58 million of sales were recognized at the wrong time. It hopes to submit its restated financial statements for 2015 to regulators by Friday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Perrigo was a U.S. drug company, and while it has operations in the U.S., it is headquartered in Ireland. Valeant names former Perrigo chief executive Joseph Papa as new chairman and CEO The head office and logo of Valeant Pharmaceutical are pictured in Montreal on Monday May 27, 2013. Embattled drug company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has named Joseph Papa as its new chairman and chief executive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

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Proof that nagging does not work study shows being positive is better

first_imgIn centuries past deterrents against nagging ranged from the notorious scold’s bridle to the ducking stool.But now a psychological study has come up with what could be a much more powerful means of preventing nagging – evidence that it just does not work.Research commissioned by the insurer Zurich UK into what motivates people to save money found that having a positive personal goal was a more powerful motivation than simply knowing it was important.It found a marked divide between how people responded when asked what they ought to put money aside for and what, if anything, they actually were saving for. One of the options in the survey was saving to buy a houseCredit:David Cheskin/PA Unsurprisingly, given that it would not apply to all of the respondents, weddings were least common reason for saving but had stronger emotional appeal for those who did choose it.The participants were then asked whether they were already saving for some of the 10 goals and if so roughly what proportion of their income they set aside.This time the results were almost the opposite.Among those who were actively saving for something, the more emotional goals came out on top – both in terms of people’s reaction speed and the amount they said they were saving.Caring for an elderly relative came top on this measure, with both the biggest emotional draw and by far the biggest cash behind it, with those who chose it putting aside more than a quarter of their income.Having children was ranked second, just ahead of “going travelling”, which had noticeably more emotional appeal than saving for a standard holiday among those actively saving.Meanwhile big financial goals such as buying or renovating a house, although judged among the most important causes among the overall sample, came close to the bottom among those actually saving for a particular purpose.The researchers concluded that, while the head might appear to rule when people were asked what they ought to do, the heart was more decisive in determining what they do in practice.  Duncan Smith, Managing Director, MindLab, said: “Zurich asked us to test people’s implicit associations with savings goals so they can delve far deeper into what drives saving behaviour.“It provides insight into non-conscious processing in the brain, allowing us to measure the emotional value we attribute to different goals.“Exploring the ‘heart’ as well as the ‘head’ in this way gives us better insight into savings behaviour because it is emotions that power decision-making.  “What’s clear is that goal-setting does increase the amount people save, and that some goals are more effective than others, but it’s those ‘emotional’ goals – saving to care for elderly relatives or for retirement – that come out as the most important from both a head and heart perspective.”Anne Torry, Head of Zurich UK Life, added: “Our research demonstrates that thinking about what you aspire to and having goals for the immediate and long term will inspire people not only to save, but save more.“This is why it is so critical to take time out, and visualise your future so that you can then take action to financially prepare and realise your ambitions.” 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. Our research demonstrates that thinking about what you aspire to and having goals for the immediate and long term will inspire people not only to save, but save moreAnne Torry, Head of Zurich UK Life They were given dozens of mini dilemmas, each involving a straight choice between the different options and asked to give an instant answer.Their responses were then analysed not only by how often the different options were chosen but also how quickly the participants chose them in each case.That enabled the researchers not only to rank the different options in terms of importance but also to see which had the strongest emotional appeal, based on their reaction times.Overall retirement was ranked as the most popular reason to save money, chosen in almost 70 per cent of the different scenarios in which it was an option. It also ranked highly for emotional appeal based on how quickly people chose it whenever it came up in one of the dilemmas.Holidays had the most emotional appeal, based on reaction time, but were ranked fourth in terms of importance behind buying a house and home improvements.Saving to support children was ranked just behind holidays in order of importance but close to the bottom for emotional appeal.center_img Holiday on a beach Saving to fund a holiday was an emotional motivatorCredit:Lauren Hurley /PA Estate agent When asked about what they should save for, people’s answers appeared to be governed by the head.But when the behaviour of those who said they were actively saving money for a particular goal was analysed the answers were noticeably governed by the heart.  The study found that the more a particular goal resonated with someone at an emotional level, not only were they more likely to save up for it but also more likely to save a larger amount.The findings could be applied to other seemingly unattractive chores such as DIY or cutting the grass.Psychologists working for the research group Mindlab devised a test to work out whether people were more likely to be motivated to save money by their head or the heart.A group of 900 people were recruited to carry out a simple online test involving choosing between 10 possible reasons for saving, from buying a house or planning a wedding to going on holiday.last_img read more

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Orange et SFR arrachent les dernières fréquences 3G

first_imgOrange et SFR “arrachent” les dernières fréquences 3GFrance – Orange et SFR n’ont pas hésité à sortir leur porte-monnaie pour s’approprier les dernières fréquences 3G disponibles. Celles-ci sont devenues indispensables aux deux opérateurs, afin que puisse augmenter le trafic sur leurs réseaux respectifs.582 millions d’euros. C’est ce qu’ont investi Orange (282 millions) et SFR (300 millions) pour acheter les dernières fréquences 3G disponibles sur le marché français, selon Le Monde. Il faut dire que les clés 3G connaissent un vif succès grâce aux téléphones multimédias. L’Arcep, l’autorité de régulation des télécommunications sur le marché français, a sélectionné ces deux opérateurs notamment pour leur engagement à laisser accéder à leurs réseaux les opérateurs mobiles virtuels ne possédant pas le leur. Les deux blocs en vente permettent de transmettre de l’image et du son.Le 20 mai 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Loneliness Epidemic Has Simple Cure

first_imgMurthy says that loneliness has become an epidemic. and Nurse Researcher Dr. Shannon Holloway says the cure is human connection, and because of isolation, new parents and the elderly are most likely to be afflicted. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-loneliness-epidemic-has-simple-cure.mp3VmDorene-on-loneliness-epidemic-has-simple-cure.mp300:00RPd Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “Turn to the person next to you and just say hello. Reaching out to someone in line is a great way to have social interaction, and when you do something that is kind for someone else it comes back to you multiplied.” 37% of men and 34% of women admit to being lonely, according to data collected by AARP, and the impact of that is more than just the blues. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s cold, it’s dark, and the end and beginning of the year can remind us of unhappy memories. It is a time when some people can be forgotten. Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley says the answer is simple. She says finding meaningful connection can be as simple as looking up from your phone. Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “On the Kenai, where people may live far away from their nearest neighbor, social isolation can also be a problem. So when you have the opportunity to speak with someone in person, reach out.” Former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy: “Loneliness is associated with a reduction in your lifespan that is as severe as a reduction in lifespan seen from smoking 15 cigarettes a day, it is greater than the impact on mortality of obesity.”last_img read more

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WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Holds Small Business Month KickOff Celebration

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Small Business Month Kick-Off Celebration on Wednesday, May 2 at Kyoto Japanese Steak House in Tewksbury.The event was sponsored by Eastern Bank and honored our local hardworking business men and women.Guests enjoyed a night of celebration including sushi, Chinese food, chocolate gifts and casual conversation.Nancy Vallee, Chamber Executive Director, encourages everyone to thank local owners for being part of our thriving community and to please support our local businesses by buying local whenever possible. (NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)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… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By ‘Networking With A Purpose’In “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives ‘Welcome Bags’ To New ResidentsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”last_img read more

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Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav India

first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to grant consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, a fortnight after the ICJ ruling, and has informed India about it. New Delhi confirmed on Thursday it has received the Pakistani proposal and said it will communicate with Islamabad through diplomatic channels. Amid reports that Pakistan has set some conditions on providing consular access, like insisting that it will have its own person present during the meeting between Indian officials and Jadhav, India said that it is “evaluating” the Pakistani proposal in the “light of the judgement of the ICJ ruling”. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us “I am not getting into the modalities. We have received a proposal from Pakistan, and we are evaluating it in the light of judgment of the ICJ. We will maintain communication with Pakistan through diplomatic channels,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, answering queries at a media briefing in New Delhi. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammed Faisal, in an answer to a query at a media briefing in Islamabad, said: “We have offered the Indian High Commission to avail consular access on this Friday. The reply from the Indian side is awaited.” Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us According to reports, the time for the consular access is 3 p.m. on Friday. On July 18, Pakistan said it has informed Jadhav of his rights to consular access under the Vienna Convention, in accordance with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, and said it will grant consular access to the Indian national “according to Pakistani laws”. Advertise With Us The move comes after the ICJ rapped Islamabad for continually denying Jadhav, incarcerated in a military jail in an unknown location in Pakistan, consular access in accordance with the Vienna Convention. In its July 17 verdict, the ICJ had directed Pakistan for a continued stay on the death sentence of Jadhav and to provide him consular access. Pakistan had refused to allow Indian officials to meet Jadhav ever since his “arrest” in March 2016 for alleged espionage. In April 2017, he was sentenced to death by a military court, after which India approached the ICJ.last_img read more

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SpiderMan Arrives Exclusively on PS4 This September

first_img ‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sony Interactive Entertainment and Insomniac Games have announced that Spider-Man will swing to the PlayStation 4 on September 7. Along with the announcement, the companies also revealed the game’s cover art and collector’s edition.The game’s cover features Spider-Man web-slinging against a red backdrop. Though Spidey is wearing a brand-new outfit, his pose is inspired by classic Spider-Man covers of the past. Over on the PlayStation Blog, James Stevenson, Community Director for Insomniac Games said: “fans of the wall-crawler will see nods to the work of J. Scott Campbell, Mark Bagley, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Joe Quesada and (of course) Steve Ditko, as well as many other iconic Spider-Man artists.”As with most big releases nowadays, Spider-Man has several different editions. The standard edition costs $59.99 and is available both in retail and digitally. The Digital Deluxe edition costs $79.99 and includes a copy of the game and new story chapters through the DLC series, Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps. Those who pre-order the Digital Deluxe edition will also get a limited edition collectible pin sent to them by mail. The pin features Spider-Man from the game’s cover.The showstopper is, of course, the Collector’s Edition. This $149.99 box set includes all the digital content from the Digital Deluxe edition, a steelbook case featuring the “iconic” white spider, a mini art book from Titan Books, and a Spider-Man statue by Gentle Giant. Stevenson notes that the Spider-Man statue is perched “on top of something” that will be revealed at a later time.Speaking of things that’ll be announced later, the aforementioned DLC expansions will contain three new chapters. Each chapter contains new missions, villains, characters, and more suits for Spider-Man. We don’t know when these items will be revealed, but it should be soon.Pre-ordering any edition of the game gets users a Spidey-Suit Pack featuring Spider-Punk and other suits being revealed this summer. Other goodies include the Spider-Drone gadget, a PSN avatar, an original PS4 themed designed by artist Adi Granov, and some extra skill points to unlock in-game abilities faster.Spider-Man is sure to be another big seller on PS4. We’ll no doubt get more details in the following months (especially during E3) so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, make sure to check out Game Informer, who will be posting stories and interviews with the Insomniac team all month long.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Amendments to Real Estate Bill approved

first_imgThe recommendations of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Urban Development and suggestions of various stakeholders (consumer organisations, industry associations, academia, experts etc.) have also been included after extensive consultations.The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill is a pioneering initiative to protect the interest of consumers, to promote fair play in real estate transactions and to ensure timely execution of projects. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Bill provides for a uniform regulatory environment, to protect consumer interests, help speedy adjudication of disputes and ensure orderly growth of the real estate sector. The Bill contains provisions of registration of real estate projects and registration of real estate agents with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority; functions and duties of promoters and allottees; establishment of Real Estate Regulatory Authority; establishment of fast track dispute resolution mechanism through adjudication; establishment of a Real Estate Appellate Tribunal; offences and penalties etc.last_img read more

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VIDEO Korean League batter furiously charges mound after getting hit by pitch…to

first_imgThe Korean Baseball League is a lot like Major League Baseball, except there are fewer unwritten rules and a lot more fun.A clip circulated on social media last night showed a batter getting drilled by a pitch, bowing up and aggressively charging the mound. But, just when it looked like he was all about to go all Bryce Harper on the pitcher, he pulled up at the last second and gave him a big ol’ hug.Baseball players with a sense of humor, who would have thought.Korean baseball is so great pic.twitter.com/3sjWhup8iO— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) July 15, 2017 Video via Baseball Fam Advertisementlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The RitzCarlton Hotel

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed a management agreement with The Liamuiga Corporation to open a Ritz-Carlton resort in St. Kitts expected in 2021, bringing the award-winning luxury brand to this Eastern Caribbean Island for the first time.“We are excited to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to the stunning island of St. Kitts and are happy to have found the right opportunity to do so,” said Lisa Holladay, global brand leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “This collaboration will help meet the increased demand for luxury travel offerings on St. Kitts and we look forward to welcoming guests to experience The Ritz-Carlton’s legendary service set against such a breathtaking backdrop.”The Ritz-Carlton resort, which will include 125 suites plus 25 branded villas and residences, will be located on the picturesque Southeast Peninsula of the island facing the Caribbean Sea. From this location there is easy access to the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brimstone Hill, downtown Basseterre and the local beaches of both leeward and windward sides of the Caribbean Sea. The resort will offer a wide range of amenities including a luxury spa, several swimming pools set within the lush tropical landscape, and spectacular indoor and outdoor dining facilities and meeting spaces.The Ritz-Carlton resort will be the anchor of a larger development project led by The Liamuiga Corporation in association with Jim Wrightsman, principal of the development management firm The JSW|Group. The exciting multi-phased project is situated on a picturesque 100-hectare site fronting two sides of the Caribbean Sea. The project design team includes talented local professionals and consultants and an award-winning collaboration of the Coleman Partners Architects, Three Architecture Inc. and Marzipan Interior Design.The Ritz-Carlton resort is estimated to create 300 jobs on the island during construction, with a further expected 250 jobs once the resort is operational.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Playa del Carmen Mexico – Reported by Elite Trave

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCelebrity starlet Leven Rambin, known best for her television roles in ABC’s All My Children and Grey’s Anatomy left Hollywood behind this past Labor Day weekend and escaped with friends to a chic celebrity favorite, the stunning Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The Hunger Games celeb was relaxing after wrapping up a long and demanding shoot for the upcoming Percy Jackson 2: Sea of Monsters.The young star spent her time at the resort swimming in the breathtaking beachside pool, sometimes at night under the stars, as well as jet skiing in the warm Caribbean water that laps the resort’s white sand beach. She was also seen enjoying the resort’s famous fish tacos and spent a day exploring nearby Mayan ruins. To wind down after the adventurous getaway, Leven indulged in a deep-tissue massage at the resort’s luxurious Mayan-themed spa.This year, the exclusive jungle hideaway added 11 new luxury villas with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. As an ever-expanding exclusive getaway, Viceroy Riviera Maya’s detailed take on luxury hospitality includes clever additions such as their new Soap Concierge who deliver hand-cut, organic soaps daily, as well as a resident Shaman who bestows traditional Mayan blessings on arriving guests.www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/rivieramayalast_img read more

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Windows of Elams Limassol offices smashed

first_imgFar Right party Elam said on Monday that unknown individuals had smashed the glass windows of its offices in Limassol.“It seems the national, clear, and honest voice of the National Popular Front (Elam) bothers many people, but they should know that such insidious and abhorrent acts will not muzzle us,” the party said in a statement. “On the contrary, they make us stronger and toughen our faith to continue.”The party said wondered if any of the other political parties would condemn the attack or whether, just like three months ago during a similar incident, “their selective sensitivity and ideological fixations won’t allow it”.The party urged the police to resolve the case immediately.“Terrorism did not silence and will not silence the National Popular Front.”  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Yale Doctor: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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

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a University of South Carolina professor who studies the technology. My answer is a tentative yes, where officials including Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown, seven persons were killed and over 60 shops and eight vehicles were burnt when the gunmen attacked the area Thursday night at about 7 pm. He added that apart from the seven persons that were killed,twitter."Klund’s defense team — Switzer and attorney Aaron Haddorff — said the former Marine was acting in self-defense against two conniving methamphetamine addicts who had "weaseled" their way into his home to rob him with a knife. Varanasi zone, [WSJ] Write to Victor Luckerson at victor_luckerson@timeinc. and a civil rights group – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari.

no matter how lethal the results. the year he was knighted, I didn’t like it at all, "Some of these items were consistent with a Honda vehicle. no naps.” He’s wrong on the facts as the new temperature readings demonstrate and wrong on his interpretation of the science which shows that the rate of atmospheric warming has indeed slowed a bit in the past decade and a half. (The organization has declared a PHEIC four times: for H1N1 influenza," he added, set aside a ruling of the federal high court in the matter instituted by Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe against the executive of the party in the South West zone. read more

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