The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sounded the poll bugle for the Assembly polls by announcing a rath yatra across the State.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will ride the rath, with slogans such as ‘Abki Bar 220 ke Par’ and ‘Ek Bar Fir Shiv Shahi Sarkar’ on it, the party announced on Saturday. The journey will begin in August, covering all the constituencies before winding up in Mumbai. The elections to the 288 seats of the Assembly are due in October, and both Shiv Sena and the BJP are likely to fight it together. The journey, in parts, will be completed by the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former party president Amit Shah, BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said on Saturday.The CM post“The three leaders will decide which party will get to have its chief minister,” said Mr. Patil when asked if the Sena would have one of its candidates as the chief minister this time. The BJP held a marathon meeting of its core committee on Saturday and discussed the possibility of government formations late this year. Senior leaders said the committee is of the opinion the chief minister should belong to the BJP under all circumstances. “But the focus of both the parties would be to win maximum number of seats. The rath yatra will also be used to highlight the works done by the BJP-Sena government in the last five years. The elections are likely to be held between October 15 and 20 and a code of conduct would come into place a month earlier, BJP leaders said. The party is looking to induct new members and has set a target of 25 lakh members. The BJP said three years ago it had achieved the target of adding 1.11 crore new members and believes it can easily achieve the latest target before the polls in the State. “Nearly 20,000 volunteers have been assigned the work,’ Mr. Patil said.
With the Mens, Womens and Opens finals being recorded for Fox Sports and a record number of teams taking part in the event, the 2006 NTL is set to be the biggest ever.If you would like to advertise amongst the NTL crowd for your own business, company or even for your local Touch knockout or competition, here’s your chance!Approximately 3000 copies of the NTL program will be produced for the event and it will also be uploaded onto the TFA website. The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per half and $125 per quarter page.Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 654 951 if you’re interested in this opportunity.This opportunity will close on Monday February 20 as the program will head into production.Home
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini: Bakayoko, Higuain deals dependent on…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini admits their transfer policy will be dependent on Champions League qualification.Milan are skirting the boundaries of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play laws.“We’re absolutely convinced we can get fourth place,” Maldini told reporters at Milanello.“We’re not happy with how things have gone this month, of course, when we’ve had a lot of injuries and therefore great difficulty in terms of numbers.“Despite that we expected more, and [Coach Gennaro] Gattuso knows that too. We need to change the attitude during the game, we can’t lie down and we can’t look for sixth.”(Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue) Bakayoko and (Juventus striker Gonzalo) Higuain? We’ve been clear with the players: the Champions League is binding.”
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 01: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets watches from the sidelines during the second half of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)One of the most intriguing prospects in the new Alliance of American Football league, former Penn State star and NFL bust Christian Hackenberg, got his first start as a professional football player with the Memphis Express today.But if his performance against the Birmingham Iron is any indication, the Jets, Raiders, Eagles, and Bengals all had a very good reason for getting rid of him so quickly.After just one half of play in the AAF, Hackenberg’s numbers are fairly abysmal.He is currently 3-of-11 for 20 yards and an interception. In the NFL, those numbers would come out to a passer rating of 1.7 per Pro-Football-Reference.Christian Hackenberg’s halftime stats in his first start with Memphis of the AAF pic.twitter.com/btoVfOZdyD— Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman) February 10, 2019Hackenberg was a star with the Nittany Lions, leading them to a bowl win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl while putting up record-breaking numbers for the school.He wound up being taken by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, but failed to see any action in two years with the team.In the 2018 offseason, the Jets traded him to the Oakland Raiders, who cut him less than a month later.After signed and later cut by the Philadelphia Eagles in pre-season, he wound up on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, where he was later cut in November.The Memphis Express drafted Hackenberg No. 14 overall in the 2019 AAF Quarterback Draft.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 12:36 IST India vs Australia: Matthew Hayden enters Virender Sehwag’s babysitting ad saying, “Don’t consider the Australians as kids.”HIGHLIGHTSIndia vs Australia two-T20I series begins in Bengaluru on February 24Virender Sehwag had begun the promotional ad for the series with reference to the babysitting episode in AustraliaMatthew Hayden has now joined the advertisement warning Sehwag not to take the Aussies lightlyFormer Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden has now joined Virender Sehwag in the babysitting advertisement for the upcoming T20I and ODI series between India and Australia. The two-T20Is and five ODIs series will begin on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru but ahead of the on-field battles, the promotions have all been over the infamous babysitting episode between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine.Virender Sehwag began the babysitting commercial, where he can be seen with a bunch of kids wearing Australian jerseys, saying: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge [When we had gone to Australia, they asked us, will you babysit? We said all of you come, we will surely do].”Hayden has responded to the ad and Sehwag on social media by saying, “Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy.”Now Hayden has joined Sehwag in a new commercial for the series. Sehwag begins the new commercial by bringing bottles of milk for the kids adorning Australian jerseys.He goes to one kid and says, “Beta aap bhi doodh pee lo, warna Kohli aa jayega [Son, you also have milk, otherwise Kohli will come]” and the kid has an expression of disdain.As Sehwag turnaround, a ball hits the bottles in hand and they all fall in the tray. Hayden then enters the ad beaming and says, “Viru Paaji, Australians ko bachcha mat samajhna!”I do not want to say ‘I told you so’ but guess what, I TOLD YOU SO, @virendersehwag!The Aussies are up for the #babysitting challenge from Feb 24 on Star Sports. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/46knNAenlBadvertisementMatthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 16, 2019All the kids then begin smiling wide and clap along.This babysitting anecdote began during the third day of the Boxing Day Test, when Australian captain and wicketkeeper Paine asked Pant, who was batting then: “Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”When Pant got the chance in the following innings, he referred to Paine as the “temporary captain” and mocked him from behind the stumps.During Indian team’s New Year meet with Australian Prime Minister, Pant was pictured with Paine’s wife Bonnie and his kids and the photograph posted by Bonnie went viral.The joke went so viral that during the Sydney Test in January, the Bharat Army even dedicated a song to Babysitter Pant.Pant even reacted to the advertisement on Twitter as he wrote, “Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting an inspiration always!”The first T20I between India and Australia will be held on February 24 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The second will take place on February 27 at the Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.The ODI series will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Nagpur will host the second ODI on March 5 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium Complex will see the third ODI on March 8, followed by Mohali (March 10) and Delhi (March 13).Also Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Never thought I will get an opportunity to play for India so soon: Mayank MarkandeAlso Read | Want to give Rishabh Pant a few ODIs before taking final call on World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Virat Kohli returns to lead India in T20Is and ODIs vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Matthew HaydenFollow Virender SehwagFollow Babysitting adFollow India vs Australia Matthew Hayden joins Sehwag in babysitting ad: Australians ko baccha mat samajhnaIndia vs Australia: Matthew Hayden enters Virender Sehwag’s babysitting advertisement and tells him not to consider Australians as kids as the T20I and ODI series draw closer.advertisement
zoom While the hurricanes had a negative impact on its overall revenue, Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises said it ended the third quarter of 2017 with record earnings.The cruise giant’s net income for the three months ended September 30 reached USD 752.8 million, up from a net income of USD 693.3 million reported in the same period a year earlier. The company’s revenues for the quarter, which were at USD 2.56 billion, remained at a similar level to last year’s mainly due to the impact of an active hurricane season.Financially, the storms were “unusually impactful” because of when and where they hit and the net effect was a cost to the company in excess of USD 55 million, according to Royal Caribbean. Most of this impact was from lost revenue, but there were also direct costs associated with the storms and with the company’s humanitarian efforts.In addition, there were significant timing shifts across a wide range of activities as expenses were shifted between quarters to adjust to the storms. The company added that it still expects to generate earnings for the year within the increased range of guidance provided prior to the storms.As the company is “only weeks away from crossing the finish line” of its Double-Double program, Royal Caribbean Cruises introduced its new three-year program designed to further drive performance, namely the 20/20 Vision.Under the 20/20 Vision, which will continue to leverage the culture and discipline instilled by the Double-Double program, the company will look to improve its guest satisfaction and employee engagement, while delivering environmental commitments.“20/20 Vision will serve as a guiding light for the organization over the next three years. The program builds on our proven formula for success: modest yield growth, strong cost control and moderate capacity growth, while incorporating key operational drivers of our long-term progress,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, said.For the nine months ended September 30, the company’s net income reached USD 1.33 billion, against a net income of USD 1.02 billion reported in the same period a year earlier. Total revenues for the period were at USD 6.77 billion, up from USD 6.58 billion seen in the first nine months of 2016.The company expects full year adjusted EPS guidance to be in the range of USD 7.35 to USD 7.40 per share. Excluding the cost of the hurricanes, adjusted EPS would have been in the range of USD 7.60 to USD 7.65 per share.Royal Caribbean Cruises said that it is experiencing strong early booking trends for 2018 as booked load factors and APDs are higher than same time last year while the booking window has continued to extend.“While still early in the booking cycle, the view for 2018 is encouraging and the company expects another year of solid yield and earnings growth.”
MANAWAN, Que. – A three-year-old boy and his five-year-old brother from a First Nations community in Quebec were recovering Friday after allegedly being beaten by a group of other children.Chief Constant Awashish of the Atikamekw Nation said the boys were allegedly attacked by some older children on a playground in Manawan earlier this week.“Two little boys were jumped by two or three other little boys, a little older than the victims,” he said in a phone interview.He said both boys were airlifted to hospital after a family member stopped the incident and called emergency services.The older boy was released after being sent to a hospital in Joliette, while the younger boy, who sustained more serious injuries, remained in hospital in Montreal, according to Awashish.The younger boy was “doing very well” and should be released by the beginning of next week, he said.Awashish said the incident was “traumatizing” to many in Manawan, a tight-knit community about 250 kilometres north of Montreal.“You always hear about stuff like that happening everywhere, but we never think it will happen in our own community,” he said.He said support and counselling were being made available to anyone who needed it, including the families of the alleged victims and of the alleged perpetrators.“The families of the aggressors are in shock, they’re stressed, they don’t know how to handle this,” he said.Local police as well as youth and social services were investigating the incident.
Companies in this story: (TSX:RAY.A) MONTREAL — Stingray Group Inc. has dropped its takeover attempt of Music Choice.Montreal-based Stingray, which provides music and in-store media, had made the unsoliticited bid for the U.S. company in August last year.The offer was worth US$120 million.Music Choice produces music programming and music-related content for digital cable television, mobile phone and cable modem users.Stingray chief executive Eric Boyko says while the company continues to see benefits in a combination with Music Choice, it’s confident in its strategic direction.Stingray announced Monday a distribution agreement with Altice USA, which will bring 50 Stingray music audio channels and hundreds of music videos from its on-demand catalogue to Altice USA’s subscribers. The Canadian Press
· Good legacy from 2008’s big bus demand helps February’ figures. · Tradition and new plates slow coach registrations. · Minibuses continue to decline, undermined by shifting buyer and use patterns “February registration data shows that all the bus segments are positive while coaches and van-based minibuses continue their decline,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “February is always very slow for coaches because by tradition operators wait for Easter for new vehicles and the new number plate in March reinforces that trend. Overall, though the outlook is steady, we cannot take anything for granted and remain very cautious”. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Bus registrations shine through economic gloom
Panel chairman Paul Morris said: “Mrs Lewis’s actions showed a complete disregard for patients, her colleagues and the hospital. Mrs Lewis acted dishonestly in deliberately attempting to conceal information.”The panel found that Mrs Lewis’s actions fell seriously short of the conduct and standards expected and amounted to professional misconduct which was very serious.”Mr Morris said: “The panel considered that by knowingly or recklessly obtaining personal data and receiving a conviction, Mrs Lewis had breached fundamental tenets of the profession. Mrs Lewis’s actions were very serious.”The panel found Mrs Lewis is liable in the future to put patients at unwarranted risk of harm, to bring the profession into disrepute, breach fundamental tenets of the profession and act dishonestly.” [Her] actions showed a complete disregard for patients, her colleagues and the hospitalPanel chairman Paul Morris Board chief executive Steve Moore said that Lewis had accessed the records “for her own interest”, but had not altered any of them and no patients’ treatment had been affected.The nurse was dismissed by the health board after the data breaches were discovered and has now been stuck off by the Nurse and Midwifery Council.A fitness to practice hearing in Cardiff heard her hospital colleague feared Lewis would end up “killing somebody” by neglecting her duty.The panel found her actions had amounted to misconduct which impaired her fitness to practice. Elaine Lewis was working late shifts at Glangwili General HospitalCredit:Google Street View A nosy nurse has been struck off for spying on the health problems of thousands of people by illegally tapping into their personal medical records over two years on late shifts.Hospital ward nurse Elaine Lewis, 63, secretly looked into the records of 3,000 patients “for her own interest”, a hearing was told.Health chiefs wrote to apologise to hundreds of patients when the “significant data breach” by Lewis was discovered.Bosses at Glangwili General Hospital, in Carmarthen, west Wales, discovered that Lewis had illegally delved into the medical histories of patients of all ages.The case against Lewis was brought by the Information Commissioner after the investigation by bosses at the Hywel Dda Health Board. The panel decided to impose a striking off order, which will see Mrs Lewis’s name removed from the nursing register. Lewis did not attend the hearing in person and was not represented.Lewis, from Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire, had earlier admitted accessing information without permission from the health board between July 2013 and September 2015.The former nurse was fined £650 by Llanelli magistrates and ordered to pay £664 in costs for breaching the Data Protection Act 1998. 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.
Richard Haass said it was time to ‘fish or cut bait‘ in the NI talksWork continued to try and reconnect all households left without power in the wake of the stormOur trawl through the 1983 State papers uncovered an interesting story involving Jimmy Savile and Charlie HaugheyAn Irishman was left in a critical condition after an assault in AustraliaGardaí in Cork appealed for help tracing a missing teenagerThe PSNI issued a warning not to ingest ‘legal highs’ stolen from a shop in BelfastFive horses were rescued from the River ShannonAnd we found out Martin McGuinness’s dog is called ‘Buttons‘WORLDFlooding outside Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire following the Christmas storms which swept Britain [PA Wire]#USA: New documents on the Sandy Hook shooting were released by police. The evidence report shows that ammunition, gun magazines and shooting targets were found at the home of the gunman, Adam Lanza.#CHINA: The top legislative committee in China formally approved a loosening of the country’s controversial one-child policy. In future, couples where either parent has no siblings to have two children.#INDIA: At least 26 people have been killed after fire engulfed an express train in southern India. It’s believed many passengers became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open.INNOVATIONTeenagers are leaving Facebook in their droves, in favour of Twitter and Snapchat. According to 16- to 18-year-olds in the UK the social network is, like, just not cool… not cool at all. [Digital Spy]And this might be handy if you’re heading to the winter sales — Business Insider has put together some handy tips on how to spot counterfeit iPhones and other phony tech toys.PARTING SHOTNottingham’s official Robin Hood and Maid Marian have announced the birth of a girl, according to BBC News. Who knew there was an ‘official Robin Hood’? Wonder how much ‘robbing from the rich’ he gets up to… Nottingham Police won’t have too much trouble tracking him down — he’s on Twitter and everything.[Image: Tim Pollard via Twitter]Of course, for many movie enthusiasts, there’s one actor whose name will forever remain synonymous with ‘The Hooded Man’…(Youtube: Dr Nordenstam) NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Seven-year-old Cliodhna O’Callaghan takes advantage during a break from the stormy weather for a sunny walk along Sandymount Strand, Dublin [Photocall Ireland]IRELANDA man was arrested after exchanging shots with gardaí in SligoA 32-year-old man was charged with the murder of David Spain in Shankill
(Youtube/Fun Bizg)WHAT CAN ONLY be described as a storm season is not quite over yet with more wind and rain on the way.As these pictures we put together show the damage around the country so far has already been quite significant.Perhaps none are as dramatic though as this clip from East Sussex on England’s south coast.The storm waves battering cliffs in Hastings finally took their toll when a portion of the cliff fell into the English Channel.Thankfully nobody was injured but onlookers did capture these great shots.Read: Storm a-brewin’: Atlantic weather to bring more high winds and flooding risk >
Doctors urged the government yesterday to make arrangements for more rooms to be made available for intensive-care patients, as it was revealed that more than 200 new cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Greece this week alone, including that of a 16-year-old British girl who became the third person to suffer serious problems after contracting the virus.The Hellenic Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL) said in a statement yesterday that 210 people had contracted swine flu between July 20 and 27, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Greece to 730.However, it is estimated that the total number of sufferers is much higher, as tests are not being carried out on all suspected cases.Authorities also confirmed late last week that a 16-year-old British girl, who developed serious breathing problems after contracting the disease, has been admitted to an intensive-care unit at the Pendeli children’s hospital in northern Athens. Her condition was said to be serious but stable.She is the third swine flu sufferer to be admitted to an intensive-care unit. Two men in critical condition are still hospitalised in Iraklio, Crete.The rapid rise in the number of swine flu cases and the fact that some sufferers are now needing intensive treatment led to representatives of the Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors’ Unions to ask Health Ministry officials to help them set up more intensive-care beds so authorities are prepared for a pandemic. The government said that it would assist hospitals so they could offer another 50 beds.Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said that Greece is due to receive the first batch of vaccine against swine flu on September 14, ahead of a mass inoculation program.Avramopoulos also outlined the key points of the national action plan against the H1N1 flu, while briefing the parliamentary Health committee.The plan, he stressed, includes all activities capable for protecting public health and safeguarding the nation’s economy.Avramopoulos said that private doctors and dentists will be employed in the campaign, while he is meeting next week with the pharmacists to see if they will join the campaign.The Health Minister then lashed out at the main Opposition party, PASOK, blaming them for using the pandemic to further their own political interests.In addressing the leadership of PASOK, Avramopoulos urged them to stop spreading uncertainty and panic and questioning the Greek state’s ability to tackle the problem.The Government, he stressed, promptly stepped in, impressing the international community with its prompt action. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Insomnies : bientôt un médicament anti-bruit ?Monde – Des chercheurs viennent de découvrir l’impulsion électrique qui permet de dormir sereinement.Notre environnement est de plus en plus bruyant et ce, même la nuit. Sirènes, trafic automobile, voisins, etc. Les villes vivent vingt-quatre heures sur vingt-quatre. Or il se trouve que ces nuisances perturbent le sommeil de certains, quand d’autres n’en ont cure et dorment comme des bébés. Des chercheurs se sont donc intéressés à la manière dont notre cerveau filtrait les bruits durant le sommeil. Le Docteur Ellebogen a ainsi suivi douze hommes et femmes dans sa clinique pendant trois nuits. L’imagerie médicale a permis de démontrer que le thalamus envoyait des impulsions électriques aux autres parties du cerveau lorsque le sujet endormi était assailli par les bruits extérieurs. Plus le thalamus est actif, moins on est dérangé dans son sommeil. A partir de ce constat, les scientifiques espèrent élaborer des médicaments “anti-bruits”. Ils pourraient augmenter l’activité du thalamus chez les personnes pour lesquelles elle ne serait pas suffisamment développée. Le 15 août 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Something for the weekend: Long service awards are a great way to acknowledge and recognise committed members of staff, and this week the Armed Forces celebrated one of its most well-known commanders: Her Majesty The Queen.Alongside her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth has been presented with long service and good conduct medals to commemorate her 65 years of service as the commander in chief of the Armed Forces.Holding the post since her ascension to the throne in 1952, The Queen has received three medals in total, one each for the Royal Navy, Army, and the Royal Air Force. Each individual medal has five bars on its ribbon to denote her years of service.The Duke of Edinburgh received a medal from the Royal Navy boasting six bars to represent his 75 years of service.The medal, which has recently been extended to include those ranked as military officers, recognises the good conduct of Armed Forces personnel over a 15-year period.Here at Employee Benefits, although we cannot boast to having 65 years of service, between the editorial team we have approximately 21 years of service. That at least deserves some chocolate, right?
Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflix Netflix mind-bender Altered Carbon gets Marvel actors for season 2 Take a five-hour bubble bath with Big Mouth’s Hormone Monstress Jessica Jones season 3 on Netflix: Everything we know so far TV and Movies The OA Part II returns with Brit Marling’s character teaming up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir) to solve an alternate universe mystery. Netflix When we first meet the wounded heroine Prairie (Brit Marling) in season one of Netflix’s sci-fi series The OA, we see what happens when a mad scientist named Hap (Jason Isaacs) kidnaps people and use them for dangerous experiments to test the boundaries of life and death.By the end of the first season, we’re left wondering if Prairie (who renames herself OA — which stands for Original Angel) and her fellow captors ever really figured out how to transport themselves to other dimensions.Or if it was all a fictional adventure she made up to cope with being tortured for seven years. 50 Photos Tags Share your voice “We think of Part II as very much a noir,” The OA co-creator Zal Batmanglij told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday. “We wanted to come in through the character of a cynical detective. That’s why we thought, ‘What better place than San Francisco and the tech world to set a noir today?'”The returning cast includes Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen and the late actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), who played Prairie’s adoptive father in season 1. Wilson filmed his role for The OA Part II before dying from leukemia last October.The OA Part II premieres on Netflix on March 22. Now with The OA Part II, we see Prairie/OA again but as an alternate-universe version of herself as a wealthy Russian heiress who lives in San Francisco. This version of her was never kidnapped or experimented on.In the new trailer for The OA Part II posted on Wednesday, we see OA team up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir), who is looking for a missing teen named Michelle Vu. OA and Washington find themselves drawn to a house in San Francisco’s wealthy Nob Hill neighborhood that’s connected to the disappearance of several other teenagers. 0 More Netflix shows
Share Tuesday, August 6, 2019Top afternoon stories:Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaThis 2015 file photo shows a construction zone at the intersection of the Grand Parkway and the Hardy Toll Road.Local Leaders Support State Funding For Grand ParkwayAfter years in the planning stages, the Texas Transportation Commission is now thinking about removing part of the Grand Parkway from its 10-year funding plan, known as the Unified Transportation Program.The proposed section they’re considering defunding is the part that would run from I-69 near Sugar Land to I-45 at League City.Local leaders planned to speak at a Tuesday public hearing about their need for the Grand Parkway, especially as the region’s population grows. One of those signed up to speak is John Baumgartner, City Manager for League City. “The Grand Parkway has been part of the planning process as a toll facility for a number of years,” said Baumgartner.Friendswood State Senator Larry Taylor posted on social media that he’s been working with the commission and feels confident the roadway will be funded. The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council has also passed a resolution asking that the project be kept in the Unified Transportation Program.Catherine Fusillo/ Houston Public MediaThe Montrose Center broke ground on a new LGBTQ-affirming senior living center.Upcoming Affordable LGBTQ-Affirming Senior Living CenterThe Montrose Center broke ground Tuesday on a new senior living center aimed at low-income LGBTQ residents in Houston’s Third Ward. The project, founded in part by former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, is open to seniors 62 years old and over. Parker says that she was inspired to get involved in the project when she visited a similar center in Los Angeles.The Montrose Center also said in a press release that they hope the center will “support seniors, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”The project has been funded in part by $5 million that was raised from the community, and the lot that the facility will be built on was donated by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority.Erin Tobz via TwitterOn August 3, 2019, two Galveston Police officers led Donald Neely by rope after arresting him for alleged trespassing.Backlash Against Galveston Police Over Arrestee Led By RopeGalveston’s police chief is apologizing after two of his officers, mounted on horseback, led a handcuffed suspect by a rope through downtown streets.Photos of the Saturday incident went viral on social media. The two officers linked the rope to handcuffs worn by 43-year-old Donald Neely, who was being detained for criminal trespass and led him around the block to a mounted patrol staging area.In a statement sent out on Monday, Police Chief Vernon Hale said “this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios,” such as with crowd control. However, he said he believes his officers “showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of arrest.”He said his department has “immediately changed the policy” to prevent use of the technique.Houston Police Dept. via APDerion Vence.New Charge Against Derion Vence In Maleah Davis CaseHarris County prosecutors have filed a more serious charge against Derion Vence in the case of Maleah Davis’ death. The 4-year-old girl was reported missing in May and was later found dead in Arkansas.Vence, ex fiancee of Davis’ mother, has been charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child. The count against Vence carries a potential life sentence. He is scheduled to appear in court on the new charge on Wednesday.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said in statement sent out on Monday that “after a review of all of the evidence, including the autopsy results,” prosecutors determined there was enough evidence to charge Vence with the more serious count.District attorney’s office spokesman Dane Schiller said the investigation in the case continues and a potential murder charge against Vence is “not off the table.”
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday urged the Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University to take a humanitarian approach and complete the renovation of the Hindu hostel as fast as possible. Chatterjee on Tuesday spoke with V-C Anuradha Lohia and told her to take all possible measures to expedite the renovation work. The minister also enquired of the progress of work and the cause of delay in handing over the hostel.”The work for the Hindu Hostel has been going for a long time and the students have lost patience. So they are resorting to agitation which is affecting the prestige associated with the varsity. If the work could have been completed in time then there would not have been such an agitation,” Chatterjee said.Lohia on Monday had sought another four to five months from the students in handing over the hostel. She had claimed that the state Public Works Department (PWD) has not been able to complete the renovation work in time, causing the delay. The V-C had earlier promised to open the Hindu Hostel for students byJuly 15.
Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News July 4, 2017 556 Views One area that is too often neglected when it comes to the vendor due diligence process is the prospective partner’s document signing protocols. There are a number of functions that require third party partners to produce signatures on behalf of their clients. When performing this type of work, accuracy and adherence to client requirements are essential. To deliver that, the firm must have a well-designed and compliant system.The first element of such a system is a well-trained staff. Everyone associated with the process must have very deep training on our industry, its practices, and compliance requirements. Compliance requires that every employee has full knowledge, familiarity, and integrity on each and every document the firm signs on behalf of a client. This knowledge should be imparted through detailed and monitored training, but that’s just the beginning.A well-trained staff will need the aid of efficient systems and technology in order to ensure that every document is signed correctly every time. Such a system of controls must include a signing authority database, frequent internal audits, and physical location controls that determine where employees are located throughout the facility.In regards to training, notaries should be required to attend document review training and document reviewer specialists should likewise be required to attend notary training as well. This cross-training will ensure that all employees, regardless of position, understand what has to happen to ensure compliance.Advanced database technology should be employed to hold detailed client records that will determine what documents company personnel can sign and under what circumstances. Power of attorney and corporate resolutions should also be held in this secure database.Physical location controls should be employed to determine where employees work, as well as their proximity to each other and to notaries. This will allow the company to orchestrate the workflow and ensures that no document that must be notarized can leave the area without being thoroughly completed.If it sounds like the vendor partner should build its company around signing controls instead of adding signing controls to an existing company, that’s correct. Any company who does not do this is not taking compliance seriously enough to mitigate the risks that face today’s financial servicing companies.An easy way to tell how well the company is doing is to ask about their compliance record with the nation’s County Recorder’s Offices. If more than a fraction of one percent of their documents are being returned for compliance errors, one can bet that firm is making other errors that will expose anyone who hires them to significant risk.Another excellent measure of the firm’s ability to meet the needs of its clients is to ask whether any of them are now adopting the partner’s document signing practices in their own companies. It happens. Document Service Compliance: The Importance of Being Vigilant 2017-07-04 Sean Hunt
asiaPlaza Premium Groupresponsible business practices Plaza Premium Group received the ‘Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award (AREA) 2017′ in Bangkok on 2 June 2017 for executing a sound and effective Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in selected developing countries in 2016/17.Often dubbed the Nobel Prize for Sustainability, AREA is an annual presentation organised by Enterprise Asia since 2008 with the aim of honouring Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible business practices, demonstrating companies’ leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, compliance, investment in stakeholders, involvement in communities and protection of the environment into the way they run their businesses.The Award to Plaza Premium Group was in the category of ‘Investment in People’, a testament to the Group’s commitment to responsible business practices, illustrated by its year-long CSR Education Programme, in association with The New York Times, through workshops that facilitate access to relevant online resources and English materials including articles, experimental educational features, debates and case studies across ten universities in Cambodia, India and Thailand. The program seeks to enhance the analytical skills of university students in these countries, promote their habit of reading, improve their English level, foster innovative ideas through learning, and enhance their understanding of global issues as our future leaders. Over 20,000 cumulative daily page-view for one institution in Thailand alone were established and about 27,000 sessions of visits across the participating institutions were achieved for the first nine months.IMAGE: Mr. Song Hoi-see, Founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Group (2nd from the left) received Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award in Bangkok from Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, Chairman of Enterprise Asia (left) in recognition of the Group’s CSR initiative in Asia.