Drivers of economic growth

first_imgEconomic development always comes with a dash of urbanisation. That is almost an economic truism. Empirical studies have shown that nearly all countries that have attained middle-income status were urbanised by at least 50 per cent, and all high-income countries were at 70 to 80 per cent level of urbanisation. The causal factor is the people that are attracted towards cities as urban areas are hubs of activity and growth. The concentration of talent in urban areas drives productivity and spurs job creation and growth. This explains the strong linkage between urbanisation and growth of economies as a whole. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe view that cities are the epicentre of economic growth is supported by the fact that with only 50 per cent of the world population, cities generate more than 80 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As a result, the composition of cities is such that they are home to a greater number of young and working-age population relative to rural areas, which makes these regions critical for capturing the demographic dividend. Thus, cities in the developing world should be the focus of growth strategy due to their economic size, population composition, and innovative edge. Also Read – Insider threat managementSo, the path to higher growth for an economy like India should be through its urban areas. It must be noted, however, that India has had a curious trend in urbanisation. As per the 2011 Census, 31 per cent of India was urbanised. This is projected to be at 34 per cent by the World Bank currently. By contrast, about 55 per cent of the world has urbanised on an average. Indian urbanisation trends have been slow with an annual growth rate of 2.76 per cent between 2001 and 2011. In fact, the rate of urbanisation in the first decade of the new millennium has been slower than most of the second half of the previous century when urbanisation grew in excess of 3 per cent annually until the 1990s. These figures show that India is not urbanising at a growing pace as is often argued. Also, in what the World Bank has termed “messy”, the physical space occupied by Indian cities is growing much faster than the population growth in these areas. Satellite analysis of night lights in South Asian cities shows that urban areas are expanding at the rate that was slightly more than 5 per cent annually while the population growth in them has been a little less than 2.5 per cent per year. This curious trend can be a reflection of the growth of slums and sprawl in the periphery of cities. Thus, it can be argued that urbanisation in India and the manner in which it is taking place has immense scope for improvement. On the other hand, as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas with aspirations of a better quality of life and opportunities, it becomes increasingly challenging to meet those demands. Growing urbanisation brings with it severe stress on the city infrastructure, basic services, housing, land use and environment. The inability to meet these challenges constrains the potential of cities to gain from the agglomeration economies as productivity is severely hampered. A range of policy issues needs to be addressed to remedy these regional issues facing India as they can unlock immense growth potential for the country. First, at times there is little clarity on the responsible body of governance for urban areas. The Census differentiates between statutory towns and census towns. While the latter are governed by municipalities, census towns, which are areas that have a minimum population of 5,000, at least three-fourths of its male population engaged in non-agricultural activities, and have a population density of at least 400 per square kilometre, are classified as urban areas but are considered rural for all other matters, especially governance. This results in a chaotic development of urbanisation. India had almost 4,000 census towns as of 2011. Second, India still lacks devolution of power to local areas despite having decades of constitutional ability to do so. The 74th Constitutional Amendment of 1992 gave the state governments power to transfer a set of 18 municipal functions to urban local governments as they have a greater knowledge of service delivery at the local level. However, most of the states have refrained from devolving all of these powers to local governments. Town planning, for instance, still rests with a lot of states. It is problematic for urban local bodies to be accountable to the people but not having the power to deliver services to them. Finally, to add to the constraints of local governments, the introduction of GST has limited their source of fiscal revenue as taxes like octroi and local body tax were subsumed within it. This imposed a heavy strain on the functioning of local bodies as they had relied heavily on revenue from these sources. The GST revenue, thus, should have been shared with local bodies as well. This has not been done; severely limiting the ability of urban local bodies to implement development plans and provide services. India needs to address these issues facing its urban economies to access the full potential that they present for being drivers of economic growth.IANS(Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Chirag Yadav, senior researcher at the institute, has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Advocacy group presses NS government to ban private plasma companies

first_imgHALIFAX – A national advocacy group appealed to the Nova Scotia government Tuesday to ban private, for-profit plasma companies from the province, saying the model discourages voluntary donations and compromises safety.Kat Lanteigne of BloodWatch.org met with staff from the office of provincial Health Minister Randy Delorey to press for legislation prohibiting such companies from operating in the province.She said that unless the Nova Scotia government adopts such a law, it would not be able to stop a company like Canadian Plasma Resources, which has an operating licence from Health Canada.Lanteigne, who was kicking off a cross-country tour in Halifax to promote her message, said Nova Scotia and British Columbia are thought to be the next possible locations for collection centres for the company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer that collects plasma from donors and uses it for therapies to treat a variety of health conditions.“We are trying to compel the governments in both provinces to join Ontario, Alberta and Quebec who all have a ban in place, to pass this law in order to protect the blood supply in Nova Scotia,” she said ahead of her meeting, arguing that the for-profit model reduces voluntary donors.“They literally take donors out of the public system, so you lose access to donors and you create a competitive model … and safety on all sides is an issue.”Delorey said the province is aware of concerns voiced by groups such as BloodWatch. He said he has also discussed concerns with the head of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, Janet Hazelton.However, Delorey said the province hasn’t taken a position to date on whether or not to ban private plasma companies.“We know there is a national report coming out this spring so what we are doing is waiting for that report to get that information to inform any next steps we might take as a province,” said Delorey.Delorey said there are currently no private companies operating in the province.“Right now blood donations are through Canadian Blood Services on a volunteer basis,” he said.Lanteigne said allowing a private blood supply system contravenes the recommendations of the Krever inquiry, a royal commission struck to look into Canada’s blood supplies after thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted blood and blood products from the mid-1980s to 1990. It had cautioned against compensating people for blood products.Private, paid-plasma clinics now operate in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, where Canadian Plasma Resources pays donors up to $50 for each donation.“We are trying to compel these health ministers to uphold what we view as their legal obligation to protect the blood system,” Lanteigne said.Barzin Bahardoust, CEO of Canadian Plasma Resources, said Tuesday his company has no immediate plans to open collection centres in Nova Scotia.He said he is awaiting a report from an expert panel assembled by Health Canada that is assessing the country’s long-term supply of immune globulins — which are derived from plasma — before announcing any future expansion.But, he disputed Lanteigne’s assertion that the for-profit collection model diminishes the supply or affects its safety. Instead, he said Canada needs to have a reliable, self-sustaining supply rather than importing plasma products.“About 85 per cent of the plasma-derived medicinal products used in Canada are manufactured from paid plasma collected in the United States,” he said in an interview.“The rate of self-sufficiency in Canada has consistently been going down and we think that it’s best to have a home-grown industry regulated and supervised by Health Canada.”last_img read more

NS judge denies certification of proposed Africville classaction suit

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has denied a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for the expropriation of land in Africville more than five decades ago — but he has not shut the door entirely on the legal action.Former residents of the former African Nova Scotian community were seeking compensation through a class action brought by former resident Nelson Carvery. First settled in the mid-1800s, Africville was demolished in the 1960s in the name of urban renewal.The demolition cast a long shadow over race relations in the city, and in 2010, city hall issued a public apology and $3 million to rebuild the Africville church on the southern shore of the Bedford Basin, among other things, but the settlement did not include personal compensation.The Carvery suit sought liability on the part of the City of Halifax, damages and costs.But Justice Patrick Duncan dismissed the application, saying in his decision last Friday that the plaintiff had failed to satisfy the requirements of the Class Proceedings Act.In particular, Duncan ruled that the plaintiff did not demonstrate that there is a second member of the class and that there is a common issue for possible class members.“I am not satisfied that the proposed definition of a class member … would identify persons who have a potential claim for relief against the defendant,” he wrote in his 34-page decision.“The motion for certification of the action and appointing the plaintiff, Nelson Carvery, as representative plaintiff is denied.”But Robert Pineo, Carvery’s lawyer, said Wednesday that the motion for certification will be amended based on the judge’s findings and will be heard again at a future date.He said the information in the decision will help refine the argument.“The certification process allows the representative plaintiff to amend its motion for certification and have it heard again,” he said in an email. “In a sense, this first motion decision has assisted my clients with the next motion.”Pineo said he is in the process of refining the issues, but it’s not yet clear when the matter will return to court.Carvery claimed former residents and their ancestors had communal land wrongfully expropriated by the city. He argued in his affidavit that community members used the land on the shores of Halifax harbour for fishing, farming, recreation and gathering berries.The decision says the case dates back to 1996, when a statement of claim was filed by 129 plaintiffs against the City of Halifax. The group argued that the city was liable to the former residents for breaches of contract and owed them damages “for the loss and injury claimed to have been suffered” as a result of the municipality’s actions.The settlement was reached in 2010.But, some plaintiffs disagreed and went on to pursue the claim with Pineo representing them and Carvery named as the plaintiff. The class would include all former residents who were removed from the community between 1962 and 1970 who hadn’t had their claims dismissed previously.The defence argued that Carvery failed to establish that all members were land owners or that they would claim a communal use of the land.Carvery contended in his affidavit that his father owned six parcels of land in the community and refused to sell them to the city in 1969. He claimed that no compensation was paid for any of that land in the 1960s, when residents were evicted and homes and the original church were torn down to make way for the MacKay Bridge.last_img read more

RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major crossborder drug bust

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. — RCMP east of Vancouver were involved in a cross-border drug bust this summer that involved nearly 300 kilograms of meth, more than 100 guns and an aerial chase between a police plane and a helicopter.Details of the bust are in paperwork filed at the Penticton Law Courts to support multiple search warrants for a property near Chilliwack, B.C., where a helicopter at the centre of the chase is alleged to have landed with an RCMP plane on its tail.Documents filed on behalf of the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section in Osoyoos say the office was alerted in early June by U.S. Homeland Security about a planned cross-border drug deal involving nearly 200 kilograms of methamphetamine.U.S. officials staked out a landing site in Washington state about 110 kilometres south of Princeton, B.C., where they believed the drugs would be transferred to Canadian buyers. Something spooked the pilot of the helicopter, and it fled north into Canadian airspace. Two men who tried to leave the landing site in Washington were arrested by U.S. agents who seized 188 kilograms of methamphetamine.In Canadian skies, an RCMP plane was patrolling near Princeton hoping to intercept the unmarked, black helicopter. Mounties spotted it in a shadowy landing site on a remote mountainside in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.The helicopter lifted off and headed west.The chase was on.“The helicopter took deliberate evasive action, attempting to lose surveillance,” the documents say. “The helicopter flew at very low altitudes, near the tops of trees and up narrow draws. It repeatedly changed direction, and made rapid ascents up towards the mountains.“The helicopter varied its speed in an attempt to outrun the RCMP aircraft, and slowed down to have the RCMP aircraft overtake it.”The dogfight continued for 45 minutes, the documents say. On two occasions, the chopper pilot tried to lure the RCMP aircraft to a lower altitude and then rapidly ascended, in a vain effort to shake the pursuers.The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack.The court documents say searches of that property turned up 72 long guns, 35 handguns, ammunition, cellphone jammers, U.S. government helicopter decals, drones and currency from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.RCMP have not said if anyone has been charged and referred a request for comment to Homeland Security.Homeland Security spokeswoman Tanya Roman said the investigation turned up an additional 84 kilograms of drugs, bringing the total amount of drugs seized to 272 kilograms.“This sizable amount is indicative of the possible involvement of a large and sophisticated smuggling organization,” she said in a statement.“Due to the ongoing investigation and law enforcement sensitivities, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”Authorities believe the pilot was one of two men arrested at the Chilliwack-area property.The Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry shows the helicopter’s registration was cancelled last May. (Penticton Herald)Joe Fries, Penticton Herald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chief insulted by mock Indigenous ceremonies at two Ontario summer camps

first_img(Kilcoo Camp director David Latimer holding what appears to be a sacred pipe at an event in 2008, which was pulled from camp’s website.)Julien Gignac APTN National NewsTwo southwestern Ontario summer camps catering to non-Indigenous boys aged seven to 16 conduct Indigenous-themed rituals, which include dancing around fires wearing headdresses, painted faces and bodies.Kilcoo Camp in Minden, Ont. and Camp Ponacka situated near Bancroft, Ont. are privately owned and operated camps for boys which cost roughly $4,000 a month.Neither shy away from taking part in practices that could be considered off-colour to Canadians according to pictures lifted from their websites that reveal campers and camp directors themselves donning headdresses and Indigenous regalia.Some have painted their bodies red. Others can be seen standing stoically around towering fires.Campers dressed in loincloth at Camp Ponacka 2014.Chief Lance Haymond of the Eagle Village First Nation in Kipawa, Quebec finds it offensive.“Redface to them may be a sign of respect for our culture, but to me it’s an insult,” said Haymond. “I think there are two options: stop doing it, or bring in First Nations people who are close to the camp and work with them to bring in a cultural component that does not make a mockery of our culture.Haymond said the role playing gives the campers a “misguided impression of First Nations people.”David Latimer, has been the camp director at Kilcoo since 1985.He spoke with APTN about the “Grand Councils.”Kilcoo Camp in 2008.“Years ago they’d put on paint and stuff like that and we didn’t understand what it meant and it wasn’t for us, it wasn’t our place,” said Latimer. “We’re very clear to the kids that this is not an authentic thing—we’re honouring those who came before us.”An image taken last summer posted on Kilcoo’s Twitter feed shows a young man with a face painted white and red, flexing faux tribal tattoos, hoisting a flag high with an image of a trout and the word Algonquin plastered across the shred of burlap.Kilcoo Camp in the summer of 2014 during the “Bushpede” ritual.Kilcoo has an annual event called “Bushpede” where the camp divides boys into two “tribes”—the Algonquin and Iroquois. People proceed to dress up and compete in a variety of different games.“This special day culminates in Grand Council, homage to the traditions of Native Canadians,” says Kilcoo’s website. “Grand Council is a spectacle of fire, colours, dance, stories, games and song. It is certainly an experience unique to summer camp.”Pictures on the camp’s website from 2008 to 2012 show Latimer and other staff members dressed in aboriginal attire — the campers busy arm wrestling by fireside, playing tug of war and chopping wood, some painted blue, others red.“Our [event] is more the spirituality of the elements — the land, the water — not so much about the aboriginal part of it,” said Latimer.  “What we talk about is what the Indigenous people did years ago, celebrate the end of a day with a fire, games and that’s about it.”Latimer said that there are currently no people who identify as Indigenous at the camp.Photographs pulled from Camp Ponacka’s website reveal what took place last summer. The camp director on a horse wearing a headdress leading boys, who are also wearing headdresses, down a dirt road. Later, pictures show a bonfire with campers wearing beach towel loincloths and painted red, black and blue.Ponacka’s camp director Don Bocking refused to comment on the issue.Ponacka’s camp director and owner Don Bocking leads a procession in 2014 wearing a headdressJennifer Adese is an assistant professor at Carleton University whose research interests include racism, colonization and racialization.Adese, who is Metis, said that what these camps are choosing to adopt are not actual aspects of Indigenous cultures grounded in the real world.“They’re generating aspects from fantastical places that come from this history of imagining what a headdress may look like, or imagining what Indian clothes might look like,” she said. “To me, that’s what connects it to racial stereotypes rather than cultural appropriation.”The consequence is that young people are being ill-informed, said Adese.“People often doing these things often don’t consider it as racism,” she said. “They haven’t been taught how or why this is racist—this is part of the culture that people have been brought up in, especially within Canada and the U.S. It’s been so normalized that these kinds of representations are OK to them.”For years the camps have been holding these events at the end of July.Campers wearing headdresses at Camp Ponacka in 2014.This year, there is no word that they won’t take place.“You’re working with a bunch of young, impressionable people,” said Chief Haymond. “These people are eventually going to become lawyers, or future leaders and the basis of what they should be starting off in is our real history.”jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

Authorities accuse teen of peddling drugs, guns on Snapchat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say they have arrested a New Mexico teenager accused of using social media to peddle fentanyl, assault weapons and other firearms.Bernalillo District Attorney Raul Torrez on Wednesday announced the 17-year-old’s arrest. Authorities said it came after a multi-agency investigation that involved the FBI and state police.The teen is expected to make an appearance Thursday in Children’s Court on drug-related charges and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Associated Press is not naming the teen because of his age.An FBI search warrant showed the teen was arrested early Tuesday morning at a house in southwest Albuquerque.FBI and state police agents’ list of items seized included 60 tablets they suspected to be the powerful opioid fentanyl and a loaded AR-15 pistol with a 30-round magazine.The Associated Press read more

Rise of the machines Canadian retailers on cusp of using more robotics

Rise of the machines: Canadian retailers on ‘cusp’ of using more robotics A man watches products at the Sobeys Vaughan Retail Support Center equipped with robotics for automation, in Vaughan , Ont., on Monday June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Back in 2009, Sobeys found itself at a crossroads.Labour costs were rising, employee productivity was waning and the grocer knew that it had to keep building bigger distribution centres to accommodate the growing number of items being sold in its supermarkets.So instead of building out and hiring more workers, the national grocery chain built up and replaced many employees with robots.“The combination of labour costs going up and SKUs (stock keeping units) being on the rise kind of forced us to start thinking outside the box and try to find a technology to help us resolve those issues,” said Eric Seguin, senior vice-president of distribution and logistics for Sobeys, during a tour this week at the company’s largest warehouse in Vaughan, Ont.Sobeys is one of a small number of Canadian retailers that have embraced robotics technology. Others have been reluctant to follow suit, experts say, due to a lack of investment, a lack of access to the technology and for a long time, a lack of competition.Today, Sobeys (TSX:EMP.A) operates four robotics distribution centres: two facilities north of Toronto spanning 750,000 square feet, another in Montreal and one in Calgary that opened earlier this month.Unlike its 21 traditional warehouses, the mostly-automated centres rely on robotics instead of workers to pull items off the shelves and pack them onto pallets to ship to its 1,500-plus grocery stores.The robots, which whiz up and down rows of stacked products piled up to 75 feet high for 20 hours a day, have resulted in reduced employee costs and quicker and more accurate deliveries, Sobeys says. It’s also allowed the Stellarton, N.S.-based grocer to double the amount of items that can be stored.One robot does the work of four employees, Seguin said.“The robots don’t get tired,” Seguin said.“They always show up the morning after the Stanley Cup final. They are always there the morning after the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter if it’s 35 (Celsius) and a beautiful weekend.”The company has spent between $100 million to $150 million on each of its robotics facilities. Seguin says retailers, especially those in the grocery industry, have been slow to adapt due to the high upfront investment costs.But that attitude is changing — and fast, says retail consultant Doug Stephens.“Retail in this country has enjoyed for many decades a bit of a dearth of competition, which is coming to an end now,” said Stephens, who recently wrote a book called Re-Engineering Retail.“With the influx of U.S. players in the last decade and certainly with the presence and impact of Amazon, Canadian retailers are really having to awaken to the idea that if we don’t adapt and change and compete — we’re going to be in big trouble.”Behemoth multinational corporations like Amazon and Walmart have raised the stakes for Canadian retailers, offering lower prices, as well as quick and often free delivery or pickup services.Last year, Canada’s oldest retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company, said it was spending more than $60 million in robotic upgrades to its 725,000-square foot Toronto distribution centre. Online orders that would’ve taken up to 2 1/2 hours to locate and pack manually are being shipped out of the warehouse and onto a truck within 15 minutes.“We’re really just on the cusp of the capabilities of these technologies,” said Stephens.While manual labour jobs are being lost in retail, the types of positions that survive the wave of automation will evolve and likely be more focused on loyalty and analytics, says Marty Weintraub, a partner in retail at consulting firm Deloitte.“Robots can be much cheaper to implement and execute, and they don’t come with some of the challenges that humans would face such as making errors or having poor judgment,” he said.“But technology cannot replace certain skills that computers can’t do today, like jobs that require problem solving, intuition, the art of persuasion and creativity.”According to documents obtained by The Canadian Press in March, federal government officials were warned that the Canadian economy could lose between 1.5 million and 7.5 million jobs in the next 10 to 15 years due to automation.In a report, Sunil Johal of the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto estimates that the retail sector employs about two million people and between 92 per cent to 97 per cent of those who work in sales or as cashiers are at risk of losing their jobs.“We’re just scratching the surface of how technology can affect the retail sector,” said Johal. “That’s a cause of concern.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Woman who accompanied her husband to Dignitas will inherit his £18 million estate

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. Chief Master Matthew Marsh, the High Court judge who made the ruling, was told that Mrs Ninian had tried to dissuade her husband from taking his own life, had contacted the police and helped with their inquiries, and had not been prosecuted. The retired businessman had been diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy in 2013. He had difficulty swallowing, could not move his eyes, had poor mobility and rarely spoke.  He had instructed lawyers to prepare a statement in which he said his wife had been opposed to his decision, had not pressurised him to make it and only accompanied him to Zurich because he could not travel there unaided.The couple, who married in 1983, lived in London together and had no children.Mrs Ninian told the judge: “A few months before his death, I asked him if he got any enjoyment out of life at all and he gave me the thumbs down.”I spent a year trying to get Alex to change his mind but he was solid in his decision that he wanted to be dignified to the end, which is why he chose to end his life. He faced a future that he did not want.”Alex was my soulmate for 40 years and it is very hard to cope with losing him. Everything that I did for him I did because he asked me to, and because I loved and cared for him too much to refuse.” A woman who accompanied her husband to Dignitas can claim his £1.8 million estate, a High Court judge has ruled in a test case.Sarah Ninian, 63, travelled with her husband Alex, 84, to the famous Switzerland clinic in November 2017 after he was diagnosed with a progressive incurable disease and was unable to get there by himself.Mrs Ninian, who was named as the sole beneficiary in her husband’s will, could have been blocked access to his estate, worth an estimated £1.8 million, because of laws barring inheritance when a beneficiary has been involved in a person’s “unlawful killing”.But at a High Court hearing today she successfully applied for the so-called “forfeiture rule” to be waived or modified in her case.Solicitor Gary Rycroft, from Lancaster-based firm Joseph A. Jones & Co, told The Telegraph that it could be a test case which will lead to greater transparency when people accompany their relatives to suicide clinics but are not charged with any offences.”It could reassure people that they can come forward and not worry that they will be cut out of their loved-ones’ inheritance,” he said. read more

High Court order means paid parking on hold – former AG

– says respondents would be in breach if project continuesFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallIn spite of an ‘order nisi certiorari’ being issued by Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards against them, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King have committed to ensuring that paid parking is re-implemented in Georgetown from today. This announcement has raised eyebrows among legal experts and stakeholders alike, and according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, that ‘order nisi certiorari’ has placed a hold on paid parking until the High Court hearing, scheduled for February 27, before Justice Brassington Reynolds.In an interview on Sunday, the Attorney noted that if the city were to continue implementing the project or force anyone to pay for parking before the hearing, this would be tantamount to violating a court order.“A writ of certiorari is one of the prerogative remedies which is granted to quash decisions made by public officers, public authorities or statutory tribunals. The order is granted, firstly by an order nisi being issued calling upon the other side to show cause why a particular decision should not be quashed.”“When that order nisi is issued, it puts that particular decision, which it imputes, upon hold until the (respondents) show or does not show cause. If the other side succeeds in showing cause why the order should not be made absolute, then the order nisi is discharged.”From left: Public Relations consultant Kit Nascimento, Town Clerk Royston King, Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Head of Smart City Solutions Amir Oren during the press briefing at National Communications Network obn FridayHe noted that if the respondents do fail to show cause, then the order nisi is upheld and made absolute, thus quashing the decision.“What that means, therefore, is that until the case is concluded, the decision (in this case) the parking meter contract and its implementation has been put on hold by the order nisi.”In violationNandlall observed that if vehicular clamping were to resume today, then they would be violating a court order. Flouting a High Court order, Nandlall observed, was a serious matter.“And therefore, the Chief Justice should be requested to summon (respondents) before her to answer for violating the court order. Because a court order (would) be violated and that is not a matter that should be treated lightly.”The High Court order was granted on Thursday last after an application for judicial review was made by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran, on behalf of Mohendra Arjune. Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King and unspecified City Councillors were named as the respondents.The writ had stated that, “an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or around 13 May, 2016”.In addition, the order prohibited the respondents from making “any amendments thereto for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown with (Smart City Solutions – SCSI) and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision”.The order also curtails the power of the Town Clerk. According to the High Court order, “this court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk empowering and authorising the Town Clerk to sign and operationalise contracts with (SCSI) for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown and all acts and things done or caused to be done thereafter flowing from that decision”.It also revoked “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown”.The respondents also have to show cause against all the orders made by the Chief Justice to quash their decision to enter into the contract, which has already caused weekly mass protests in front of City Hall.Their day in court is set for February 27, 2017, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Should they fail to comply, the document noted, they will be held in contempt of court.UnfazedSince the implementation of the order, however, the Mayor and Town Clerk have remained unfazed.During a pre-recorded press conference at National Communications Network (NCN) on Saturday, Mayor Chase Green was quoted as saying that “as of Monday next, we will resume the implementation of the parking meter project.”The statements have been heavily criticised, with lawyers from the lobby group Movement Against Parking Meters expressing consternation during a town hall meeting on Saturday.The issue is a hot topic among citizens, in particular on social media platforms. Already, there have been weekly mass protests outside of City Hall.There is another court order concerning the parking meters in the High Court, scheduled to be deliberated on by Justice Reynolds today . This one, which was brought by New Building Society (NBS), features the Town Clerk and Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan as respondents.In that writ, the respondents have to “show cause why a writ of certiorari should not be issued to quash his approval/decision to approve the Parking Meter By-Laws made under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 made on or about the 23rd day of January, 2017, in that the said approval or decision to approve was of no legal effect and was made unlawfully and in breach of statute.” (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedM&CC flouts court order, clamps vehiclesFebruary 22, 2017In “Business”M&CC shows ‘gross disrespect’ for Chief Justice’s Court OrderFebruary 18, 2017In “latest news”Justice Reynolds denies ‘stay’ to put on hold M&CC’s paid parking projectMarch 6, 2017In “Court”,– says respondents would be in breach if project continuesFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallIn spite of an ‘order nisi certiorari’ being issued by Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards against them, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King have committed to ensuring that paid parking is re-implemented in Georgetown from today. This announcement has raised eyebrows among legal experts and stakeholders alike, and according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, that ‘order nisi certiorari’ has placed a hold on paid parking until the High Court hearing, scheduled for February 27, before Justice Brassington Reynolds.In an interview on Sunday, the Attorney noted that if the city were to continue implementing the project or force anyone to pay for parking before the hearing, this would be tantamount to violating a court order.“A writ of certiorari is one of the prerogative remedies which is granted to quash decisions made by public officers, public authorities or statutory tribunals. The order is granted, firstly by an order nisi being issued calling upon the other side to show cause why a particular decision should not be quashed.”“When that order nisi is issued, it puts that particular decision, which it imputes, upon hold until the (respondents) show or does not show cause. If the other side succeeds in showing cause why the order should not be made absolute, then the order nisi is discharged.”From left: Public Relations consultant Kit Nascimento, Town Clerk Royston King, Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Head of Smart City Solutions Amir Oren during the press briefing at National Communications Network obn FridayHe noted that if the respondents do fail to show cause, then the order nisi is upheld and made absolute, thus quashing the decision.“What that means, therefore, is that until the case is concluded, the decision (in this case) the parking meter contract and its implementation has been put on hold by the order nisi.”In violationNandlall observed that if vehicular clamping were to resume today, then they would be violating a court order. Flouting a High Court order, Nandlall observed, was a serious matter.“And therefore, the Chief Justice should be requested to summon (respondents) before her to answer for violating the court order. Because a court order (would) be violated and that is not a matter that should be treated lightly.”The High Court order was granted on Thursday last after an application for judicial review was made by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran, on behalf of Mohendra Arjune. Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King and unspecified City Councillors were named as the respondents.The writ had stated that, “an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or around 13 May, 2016”.In addition, the order prohibited the respondents from making “any amendments thereto for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown with (Smart City Solutions – SCSI) and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision”.The order also curtails the power of the Town Clerk. According to the High Court order, “this court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk empowering and authorising the Town Clerk to sign and operationalise contracts with (SCSI) for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown and all acts and things done or caused to be done thereafter flowing from that decision”.It also revoked “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown”.The respondents also have to show cause against all the orders made by the Chief Justice to quash their decision to enter into the contract, which has already caused weekly mass protests in front of City Hall.Their day in court is set for February 27, 2017, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Should they fail to comply, the document noted, they will be held in contempt of court.UnfazedSince the implementation of the order, however, the Mayor and Town Clerk have remained unfazed.During a pre-recorded press conference at National Communications Network (NCN) on Saturday, Mayor Chase Green was quoted as saying that “as of Monday next, we will resume the implementation of the parking meter project.”The statements have been heavily criticised, with lawyers from the lobby group Movement Against Parking Meters expressing consternation during a town hall meeting on Saturday.The issue is a hot topic among citizens, in particular on social media platforms. Already, there have been weekly mass protests outside of City Hall.There is another court order concerning the parking meters in the High Court, scheduled to be deliberated on by Justice Reynolds today . This one, which was brought by New Building Society (NBS), features the Town Clerk and Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan as respondents.In that writ, the respondents have to “show cause why a writ of certiorari should not be issued to quash his approval/decision to approve the Parking Meter By-Laws made under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 made on or about the 23rd day of January, 2017, in that the said approval or decision to approve was of no legal effect and was made unlawfully and in breach of statute.” (Guyana Times) read more

Trio crushing plant for Chinese iron ore

first_imgChina’s largest and the world’s second largest steel group, recently turned to Trio for a crushing solution in its iron ore processing. After a detailed analysis on customer’s application and working conditions, and a dynamic communication with the customer, a Trio MJ3254 track mounted jaw crusher plant was purchased and installed.  The MJ3254 track mounted jaw crusher plant provided for this customer is highly customised for  the application, working conditions and requirements. The plant capacity is 250 t/h with discharge setting ranging from 63 to 75mm. The main machine, the CT3254 jaw crusher, is rugged yet versatile.The feeding equipment in this plant is Trio’s TF5217, a grizzly vibrating feeder that can pre-scalped the undersized rocks or ores from feeding material before the primary crushing equipment. It is a perfect match for the CT3254 to ensure smooth and stable operation.Moreover, the MJ3254 track mounted plant is equipped with a Cummins 240kW diesel-electric generator, powerful enough to ensure the stable operation of the whole tracked plant, yet causing little pollution to the surrounding environment. An optional hydraulic crushing hammer can crush the oversized rocks before their feed into the crusher.Safe and easy operation, the movement of the track undercarriage, hydraulic system, feeder and crusher can be all controlled from the central control panel, which makes MJ3254U easy to operate. Optional remote control system is also a guarantee for safe and reliable operation.“This installation is a mile stone for Trio to cooperate China’s large state-owned group in defeating other market leaders.” said Jimmy Zhang, Vice President of China sales in Trio Engineered Products.“With this successful installation, we are excited about TRIO’s development in China. Trio will continue to provide innovative and customised solutions that comprehensively satisfy customers’ investments, operating costs, work environment, production capacity and product gradation requirements.” said Ming Shen, Global Market Director of Trio Engineered Products.last_img read more

Australia beat New Zealand and earn place at 2017 Asian WCh

australia handballNew Zealand handball The Australia women’s team defeated New Zealand in a two-day qualification series played on October 5 and 6 in Sydney, New South Wales, thereby earning a place at the 2017 Asian Women’s Championship in Korea.The qualification series represents the first step for teams from the Oceania continent on the road to IHF World Championships since the pathway was reassessed ahead of the 24th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar in 2015.Australia won both matches played against New Zealand at Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Gardens, defeating their rivals 26:12 (14:5) in game one on October 5, then 31:9 (15:4) on October 6.Australia will now prepare to attend the 2017 Asian Women’s Championship in February, from where the four top-ranked teams will qualify for the 2017 IHF Women’s World Championship in Germany.Quotes from assistant coach Caleb Gahan:Key factors in Australia’s victory:“The obvious one is experience – we have a lot more handball experience than New Zealand. We have a lot of girls who have a fair bit of international experience, and have been playing together for a long time, which is very helpful.“That leads me to the second point – we played really well together. As a team everything looked quite good, all our movements were good, everything was quite crisp. Not many errors in the second game in particular. Reducing our errors and playing good team defence was probably the key.”On what to learn from the Oceania Qualification Series:“There are a lot of positives we can take from Oceania to keep building on those, to take with us to Korea. At the Asian championship there are going to be a lot of very fast teams, and they play really good, error-free handball.“That’s a big thing for us – just getting together more, and playing more matches together is key. It’s always tough as Australian teams never have many international games, so to have that experience together is going to be good.”On playing for the men’s team at the 2015 Asian Championship and how he expects the first Asian championship experience will be for the women’s team:“There are small differences – the women’s Asian handball is dominated by Korea and Japan, compared to the men which is dominated by Middle Eastern countries, so that’s obviously a bit different. Qatar are playing with those massive shooting backs while my experience with Korea and Japan is that they play a lot of quick handball, spreading the ball a lot, moving the ball very well.”On handball in Oceania:“I think it is definitely coming along. The good thing about the New Zealand women’s team is that they’re all really young, and I think New Zealand have been doing that really well. They won the last Under 21 Oceania Championship, so they’re doing a really good thing with their juniors and maybe that hasn’t quite come through to the senior programme yet, but it does seem that a lot more countries are developing their younger players and doing a better job at that.”Head coach: Tomasz SzklarskiSocial media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handballaustraliamain/?fref=tsTwitter: https://twitter.com/AusHandball ← Previous Story 2016 Australian Open Club Championships in Geelong read more

The Evening Fix now with added hair archaeology

first_imgMeerkats look at a beetroot flavoured love heart at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling. Picture date: Thursday February 14, 2013. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan /PA WireTHINGS WE LEARNED: #ROBO-CALLS: Ireland’s communications and data privacy regulators have determined that automated phone calls targeted at Irish phone numbers late last year actually came from the United States – meaning they are powerless to take action against them. During the calls, an automated message carried indirect quotes from a veteran obstetrician from Galway concerning abortion.#PISTORIUS: Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, 26, is to spend tonight in jail ahead of a court appearance tomorrow after being charged in connection with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Model Steencamp, 30, was found dead at Pistorius’s home in Silver Lakes, Pretoria in the early hours of this morning, reportedly shot four times in the upper body and head.#GARDAÍ: The body representing rank and file members of the Garda Siochána, the Garda Representative Association, has formally passed a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. The association called on the Garda commissioner to “publicly addresses the negative effect to Garda morale resulting from speculative proposals to cut Garda pay and other proposed changes to working conditions”.#MEAT: The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association president, Gabriel Gilmartin and Fine Gael TD, Paudie Coffey have both called for permanent DNA testing throughout the meat processing industry in Europe. The calls follow an announcement by the European Commission concerning the implementation of a three-month programme of random DNA testing on meat products.#EILEEN DOHERTY: Today, 59-year-old Robert Rodgers was convicted for the sectarian murder of 19-year-old Eileen Doherty in Belfast in 40 years ago. Eileen was shot three times in the head by gunmen who hijacked a taxi she was taking home from the Ormeau Road to Andersonstown in September 1973.THINGS WE LOVED:Playing the European Parliament’s equivalent of Where’s Wally? with this rather excellent panoramic photograph…This Valentine’s Day message by astronaut Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station.Speaking of Twitter and Valentine’s Day – who on the microblogging site has stolen your heart (or, at least, most of your attention)? Find out with Twit Amore…A kiss is just a kiss – or is it? It really all depends on who’s nearby with a camera (not as dodgy as it sounds, trust us).Baltimore hairdresser Janet Stephens was so captivated by the gravity-defying hairstyle of a bust of the Roman empress Julia Domna that she embarked upon a new career – hair archaeology. And she’s very good at it, too.Uploaded by WSJDigitalNetworkTHINGS WE SHARED: If you’re not currently loved-up, ‘V Day’ can feel like a bit of kick in the teeth. But just bear in mind, not all those smiling couples are as happy as you assume. You’re better to be single and happy than in a relationship that’s not right for you, relationship counsellor Tony Moore reminds us.The Guardian’s coverage of events around the world to mark One Billion Rising – a day of action to protest against violence against girls and women.Everyone judges a book by its cover (whether they admit it or not). Here, two centuries of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice shows the  fluctuating mores of society – while this list of US v UK book covers demonstrates how readers’ design tastes alter in their journey over the Atlantic.A horse pulled cart passing by a sunflower field, In Sieu Sfantu, outside Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)last_img read more

Its Fridayso heres a slideshow of things that will please you

first_imgIS THERE ANYTHING better than pictures of people wearing silly things in the rain?Maybe photos of men on stilts? Or a baby tapir making its debut in a mucky zoo?Examples of real-life, grown men running around with broomsticks between their legs could come close too (it took a huge effort to keep that sentence clean). As could images of Robert Downey Jr acting the maggot in Munich.Then there are politicians getting caught flicking through magazines and playing with their iPhones when they are meant to be listening to Very Important People talk about Very Important Things.There is stiff competition really for what the best thing ever is. And we haven’t even mentioned people falling over yet.So, it is a rare day in Internet heaven that ALL OF THESE THINGS are captured by professional photographers. But it happened today people. And we are all over it. Enjoy!last_img read more

Tourists love Thessaloniki

first_imgAccording to the findings of a survey conducted by Thessaloniki hoteliers and GBR Consulting, 93 per cent of the people who visit Greece’s second-largest city for leisure purposes and 91 per cent of those there for professional reasons would recommend it as a holiday destination to friends and family, indicating the high level of satisfaction Thessaloniki generates. Recreational travellers spent an average of 70.58 euros per day in the city last year, of which 22.60 euros went toward purchases, 19.50 euros to restaurants and cafeterias and 9.20 euros to sites and entertainment. The average room rental rates went down 5 per cent year-on-year, making it the cheapest among 26 European cities, said the head of the Thessaloniki Hoteliers Association, Aristotelis Thomopoulos, adding that the average occupancy rate dropped by 4.3 per cent in the first 10 months of 2013. The survey also found that half of the tourists in Thessaloniki had made their booking online. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a couple of recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Astros Beat Rays in Playoff Opener on Wednesday, June 13 at Boutwell FieldIn an epic back and forth game, the Astros outlasted the Rays 11-10 on a dramatic sixth inning walkoff bomb by Joe Gronemeyer scoring Luke Kitanov.  The game saw some wild swings.  The Rays erupted for six first-inning runs despite some great fielding by centerfielder Joe Fennelly and right fielder Ethan Afthim.  Will Poyant came in and really shut them down for the next several innings though.  The Rays got good pitching from Riley Young and Luke Cushing. The Astros made solid contact in the bottom of the first off the bats of Ronnan Scafiddi, John Roofe, and Kevin Pruslin but the Rays’ fielders wouldn’t let any of them get on base.  Kyle McDonald walked and Kitanov singled in the second but still the Astros couldn’t push anyone across.  Meanwhile, the Rays had timely hitting from the top six of the their order. Tommy Pereira, Allen Vicente  Ken Branley, Jake Arsenault, and Luke Cushing all went 2 for 3 in the game.  Gavin Burke was one for three and Braedon Almas was on fire going three for three. On the other side, the Astros’ bats finally came alive in the third.  Fennelly walked, Evan Cummings singled, and Jake Cronin’s sharp grounder scored Fennelly for the team’s first run.  Subsequent singles by Joe Cavanaugh, Tim Watson, Scafiddi, Roofe, and Kevin Pruslin plated four more runs and Poyant’s double pushed across the last run of the inning.  Kitanov walked and scored in the fourth as Fennelly singled and Cummings and Cronin made solid contact.  Cavanaugh walked and scored in the fifth while Watson and Roofe both doubled to plate another run.  The Rays scored two in the top of the sixth to take a one run lead, including the go-ahead RBI on Almas’ third hit of the game.  This set the scene for the dramatic ending.  The Astros’ Poyant doubled for the second time and scored on Kitanov’s single.  Gronemeyer then blasted a double scoring Kitanov for the walkoff win.AAA: Braves Beat Astros in Playoff Semi-Finals on Thursday, June 14 at Rotary ParkThe Braves found themselves in a tight game early as Astros pitcher Joe Gronemeyer gave them all they could handle. Luckily The Braves starting pitcher, Jonathan Stokes, was able to hold off the Astros attack.  Tim Watson’s leadoff single and John Roofe’s walk were the only baserunners in the first and Kyle McDonald was the only runner to get on in the second.  The Braves loaded the bases in the second inning thanks to great at bats by Matt Driscoll, Derek Perrault, Nate Anderson and Cam O’Connell. However, they were only able to score one run.  The Astros plated their first run in the third as Joe Fennelly and Evan Cummings singled.  In the bottom of the inning, Ayden Rivera, Dylan Delano, and Jake Banda again loaded the bases for the Braves. This time the Braves were able to plate a few runs thanks to RBIs from Stokes, Eric Banda and Driscoll.  The Astros’ fielding was a big reason the score remained close these first three innings as Joe Cavanaugh, Watson, Fennelly, and Cummings made some really good plays in the field.  In the late innings Braves’ hitters Matt Boyer and Justin Fricia scored creating much needed breathing room.   Watson and Ronnan Scafiddi singled in the Astros’ second run while Gronemeyer’s single and some solid contact by Jake Cronin and Cavanaugh scored their third.  Luke Kitanov hit the ball hard twice only to be stymied by the Braves’ fielding.  Kitanov struck out three and made a nice play at the mound during his two innings pitching and some more solid and alert positioning and glove work by Kevin Pruslin, Will Poyant, and Ethan Afthim kept things from getting out of hand.  The Braves’ Derek Perrault closed out the game pitching the last two innings for the save.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)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 Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

OBITUARY Gerald F Sullivan 69

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Gerald F. Sullivan, fondly known as “Sully” or the “Irishman”, age 69, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on January 28, 2019.Jerry was born on July 25, 1949 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John and Ruth (Egan) Sullivan. Jerry was raised and educated in Somerville.Jerry worked for Lechmere in the warehouse for many years. After leaving Lechmere, he went to work at Home Depot in the Customer Service Department.Jerry met Filomena “Phyllis” (Ventola) Sullivan over 35 years ago. They moved to Wilmington and just celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in November. The couple had many wonderful memories together.Jerry loved to spend time with his friends at Wyman Beach in Westford. He also enjoyed his trips to the casino.Jerry will be remembered as a kind, caring man. He had a great sense of humor; he was funny and loved to joke with his family and friends.Jerry was the beloved husband of Filomena “Phyllis” (Ventola) Sullivan, devoted father of Daniel Sullivan & his wife Vicky of Saugus, Edward Bevans & his wife Randy of CT, Erin Sullivan of Concord, NH and Megan Papadopolis of NH, loving “Papa” of many grandchildren, dear brother of George Sullivan & his wife Debbie, Robert Sullivan and Paul Sullivan all of Florida, brother-in-law of Marie Luongo of Boston. Jerry is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 2nd from 12:00-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Jerry’s name may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.Gerald F. Sullivan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Keith A.J. Sullivan, 38In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Gerald F. “Jerry” Tully, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Best backtoschool backpacks and bags for 2019

first_img See All $70 at Amazon $50 at Amazon Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Timbuk2 Scope Expandable Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET $189 at Timbuk2 $105 at Vessel Bags Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET If you’re stocking up on new tech as you head back to school — headphones, a laptop or chromebook and other dorm essentials — you’ll likely need something to carry all that stuff in. Here are our favorite backpack picks that fit a variety student needs, from small and simple to big with lots of organization. There’s even one that starts off slim and grows for a weekend away from campus.  Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors. All products have been used hands-on and selected based on our testing. Note also that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.  Sarah Tew/CNET The Myth swings the other direction from the Ogio when it comes to internal organization. There’s still one big main compartment, but it has several drop-and-slip pockets and a zippered pouch in addition to a fleece-lined suspended 15-inch laptop sleeve (the suspension protects your laptop if the bag’s dropped). A grommet and a cable clip lets you run a charging cable from inside the bag to the zippered pocket in front. You can run a cable to the laptop compartment as well. There’s also a fleece-lined pocket at the top front for sunglasses or Airpods. And don’t worry if you fill the inside with stuff: The air channel back-panel-and-yoke system keep the Myth comfortable even when fully loaded.  The Scope is a top pick for its flexibility. The water-resistant backpack is broken into three main compartments: A small organizational section in front, a side-loading waterproof 15-inch laptop compartment in the back and a spacious storage space in between. But that center section can be expanded by releasing magnetic side compression straps and opening a zippered gusset on top. That means you can use it for all your tech and books during the week and for travel on the weekends. Also, Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.  Sarah Tew/CNET It doesn’t get much more simple than Ogio’s smallest Alpha Convoy bag. Lightweight, durable and water-resistant, it has just a zippered pocket in front and one large compartment. There is a large laptop pocket inside as well as a single drop pocket and pen holder, but that’s it, leaving you room for your books, lunch and a jacket. However, if you do need more storage there are a couple MOLLE straps on front to attach things to or consider stepping up to the Convoy 320, which gives you a lot more organization inside and out.   0 reading • Best back-to-school backpacks and bags for 2019 Timbuk2 The Closer Case Sarah Tew/CNET Though backpacks are the better way to go for regularly carrying a heavy load, a messenger is great for getting at your stuff fast without taking it off first. The Closer Case keeps things simple, but still has all the storage you need. It uses a coated fabric to help keep the elements out, and there’s a neoprene pocket on one side to hold a water bottle or umbrella. On the back there’s a pass-through for a luggage handle with has a zipper at the bottom, letting you use it as a pocket, too.  • $120 at Amazon Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Lightweight and durable, but still stylish, the Skyline is a good pick if you need space for a laptop and tablet and not too many books. One large compartment with several pockets inside help keep you organized, while three pockets on the outside keep things like your phone, keys, sunglasses and earbuds easy to access.  Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 A slim, stylish and lightweight backpack for people who maybe don’t need to carry their life on their back every day, but still have room for all your books and binders. It’s broken into three main compartments plus a zippered front pocket for things like your keys, earbuds and wallet. Two stretch side pockets give you a place for a water bottle and umbrella and there’s a luggage handle pass-through on the padded back panel. The rear compartment has a padded sleeve to hold up to a 15.6-inch laptop and another padded pocket in the front compartment can hold a tablet. The center compartment is perfect for a lunch, books and a jacket.  $90 at Amazon Ogio Alpha Convoy 120 Vessel Skyline Backpack STM Goods Myth Backpack Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Computers Computer Accessories Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 Solo NY Varsity Region Backpacklast_img read more

Legislative lease lawsuit shows lawmaker emailed developer

first_imgAn attorney is using emails between a lawmaker and developer in his case against the Legislature’s $4 million lease on renovated Anchorage office space.The Alaska Dispatch News reports emails show the lawmaker who the “Taj Mahawker” is named for used his personal email account to communicate with the developer on making the lease comply with state law.Anchorage Republican Rep. Mike Hawker declined to comment on the pending litigation.Attorney Jim Gottstein filed his lawsuit over the legality of the lease and for damage to a building he owns that he says was renovation-related.Hawker’s emails to developer Mark Pfeffer were included in 8,000 pages provided to Gottstein during the lawsuit’s discovery phase.Gottstein is using the documents to challenge an attempt to block his punitive damages claim and to argue for a whistleblower award if the lease is invalidated.last_img read more

PM Hasina says Khaleda too involved in 15 Aug coup

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a discussion organised by Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the National Mourning Day and the 43rd anniversary of martyrdom of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there is no doubt that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was also involved in the 15 August carnage conspiracy.”Zia’s wife (Khaleda) brought self-confessed killer of the father of the nation (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) to parliament by rigging votes. What does it mean? It was not only Zia but also his wife involved in the conspiracy of the 15 August carnage. There is no doubt,” Hasina said.She came up with the allegation while addressing a discussion organised by Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the National Mourning Day and the 43rd anniversary of martyrdom of gather of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The prime minister said Ziaur Rahman had obstructed the investigation to the 15 August killing as he was fully engaged in the killing.AL president Sheikh Hasina presided over the discussion.AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, health minister Mohammad Nasim and Awami League leader Sahara Khatun,general secretary of Samyabadi Dal Dilip Barua and Tajuddin Ahmed’s daughter Simeen Hussain Rimi, MP, among others, spoke on the occasion.Syed Shamsul Haque’s poem ‘Amar Porichoy’ was recited at the programme.last_img read more

160 Myanmar nationals enter Bangladesh

first_imgSome 160 Myanmar nationals of 35 families, who were displaced due to fighting between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army in Chin State, have entered Bangladesh, reports UNB.Locals and community leaders said they entered Bangladesh through Remakree Prangsha border in Ruma upazila on Tuesday after staying at the no-man’s land along Chaikkhong border since Saturday.The Myanmar nationals, belonging to Buddhist ethnic groups like Khumi, Khyan and Bawm, have taken shelter in temporary tents in bordering Cheihkayingpara and adjoining villages.Locals were seen providing them with food.Intelligence sources said a joint team of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has visited the area and the local administration has sent officials to observe the situation.BGB sources said several teams were patrolling in the bordering areas to enforce more security.Shamsul Alam, upazila nirbahi officer of Ruma upazila, said he was informed by local representatives about the intrusion of the Myanmar nationals.last_img read more