Centre refuses to make public records on appointment of Info Commissioners

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has refused to make public records containing deliberations on the appointment of four Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission, claiming it to be cabinet papers which cannot be made public before the final decision is arrived at.In response to an RTI application filed by activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra, the government has said 256 applications were received by it in response to its advertisement on January 4, 2019. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThere are seven Information Commissioners, including the chief, as against a sanctioned strength of 11. Over 30,000 cases are pending before the the commission, the highest adjudicating body in matters pertaining to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, according to government data. To Batra’s demand for the list of applicants, procedure of selection and inspection of file notings, the government said, “The information relating is exempted under Section 8(1)(i) of the RTI Act, 2005. Since, the information in the file would be placed before the Committee of Secretaries and the process of selection of candidates is yet to be completed. It would not be conducive to allow inspection of files.” Section 8(1)(i) of the RTI Act cited by the government exempts disclosure of cabinet papers, including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers. Batra also alleged the appointment process was not “transparent”. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn its January 4 advertisement inviting applications for the post of four vacant positions in the Central Information Commission, the government had said the “salary, allowances and other terms and conditions of service of the Information Commissioner shall be as may be specified at the time of appointment of the selected candidate”. On a petition filed by a group of activists, including Batra, the Supreme Court had on February 15 held that terms and conditions of appointment given in the RTI Act undoubtedly state that the CIC and Information Commissioners shall be appointed on the same terms and conditions as applicable to the Chief Election Commissioner/Election Commissioner. “At the same time, it would also be appropriate if the said terms and conditions on which such appointments are to be made are specifically stipulated in the advertisement and put on website as well,” the top court had said. The SC had also said it would also be appropriate for the Search Committee to make the criteria for short-listing the candidates, public, so that it is ensured that short-listing is done on the basis of objective and rational criteria.last_img read more

China backs N Korea amid deadlocked nuclear talks

first_imgSeoul: China reasserted its backing for North Korea on Tuesday as its foreign minister visited Pyongyang, vowing to maintain “close communication” with its longstanding ally in the face of deadlocked nuclear talks with Washington. Beijing has long been North Korea’s key diplomatic backer and main provider of trade and aid, and while ties deteriorated over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations and China’s subsequent backing of UN sanctions, the two have since worked to repair their relationship. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSince March 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met five times, with Xi seeking to weigh in on Pyongyang’s diplomacy with Washington. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi arrived in Pyongyang on a three-day trip on Monday, just two months after Xi became the first Chinese leader to visit the North in 14 years. Wang told his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho that Beijing was ready “to promote… close communication and cooperation on the international stage”, China’s foreign ministry said Tuesday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsReflecting on their 70 years of alliance, Wang noted that Beijing and Pyongyang have “always been in the same boat and moving forward side by side”, it said in a statement. Ri said that North Korea is willing to work with China to “promote greater development” of their relations in the “new era”, according to the document. Pyongyang and Washington are engaged in a long-running diplomatic process over the North’s nuclear programmes although little progress has been made. Those talks have been deadlocked after a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump collapsed in Hanoi in February with the two unable to reach a deal on sanctions relief and what the North might give up in return. They agree to restart talks at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, but that working-level dialogue has yet to begin. China always prefers stability in its neighbourhood and officially supports talks between the North and the US. But Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Wang’s visit “will raise concerns about their coordinating economic cooperation despite UN sanctions”. “Beijing and Pyongyang may also strategise how to exploit widening divisions between Seoul and Tokyo and how to play the US election cycle,” he added, but stressed that North Korea wanted to avoid over-reliance on China. “Despite signs of camaraderie, Kim isn’t choosing sides, he’s playing everyone off each other,” he said.last_img read more

Indigenous people worry Saskatchewan trespassing plan may stoke racial tensions

first_imgA Saskatchewan grandmother who was confronted by a farmer with a gun says changing trespassing laws probably won’t stop crime but could increase racial tension.Angela Bishop, a Metis lawyer, was driving on a rural road in Alberta in September with her two grandchildren who are visibly Indigenous. They were looking for a place to get out, stretch and go for a short walk during a long drive to Edmonton.She noticed a vehicle driving up behind her, so she stopped.A man got out and started to yell at her to get off his road, she said, despite her attempts to explain why she was there. She said she spotted a gun inside his vehicle.Terrified for her grandchildren, Bishop said she tried to drive away — but the man pursued her.She eventually pulled over, called law enforcement and requested a police escort. Officers told her that, in fact, it was a public road and she could be there.As a rural land owner in Saskatchewan, Bishop said she can sympathize with frustration about property crime, but a life is more important.“My concern would be that they believe they are legally entitled to take the law into their own hands,” she said from Quintana Roo state in Mexico.The Saskatchewan throne speech last month included a reference to changing trespassing laws to “better address the appropriate balance between the rights of rural landowners and members of the public.”The government said in an emailed statement that Justice Minister Don Morgan is prepared to meet with Indigenous people to discuss their concerns.The province has already sought public input on whether access to rural property should require prior permission from a landowner, regardless of the activity, and if not doing so should be illegal.A lawyer representing the family of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man fatally shot by farmer Gerald Stanley in August 2016, said she is worried the Saskatchewan Party government is engaged in political posturing which could stoke racial fear.“Indigenous people aren’t feeling safe that the authorities or the police are going to protect them or that they are not going to be shot at,” Eleanore Sunchild said from Battleford, Sask.“It seems like there’s more of an approval to take vigilante justice in your hands, and if you are an Indigenous victim, nothing is going to happen to the non-native that shot you.”Stanley was acquitted of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally. He said he was trying to scare away young people he thought were stealing from him. The Crown decided not to appeal.Sunchild said the throne speech sends the message that the farmer was right to shoot the Indigenous man and that trespassing fears are justified.Sunchild wonders what advice she would give her own children if they have car trouble or need help on a rural road.“Do I tell them to go ask a farmer? I don’t think so.”Heather Bear, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said the Boushie trial and provincial response have many Indigenous people feeling afraid.Saskatchewan recently put out a request for proposals to buy 147 semi-automatic carbines for conservation officers. They currently carry sidearms as well as shotguns to deal with wildlife.Bear, who called the move disturbing and unnecessary, said it could mean more lives lost. Many conservation officers have negative views of Indigenous people and don’t understand treaty rights, so arming them could be disastrous, she said.Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said the move is in response to a 2014 shooting in New Brunswick that killed three RCMP officers.“For anybody to suggest that any member of any community … is at greater risk because our conservation officers are now being deployed with the appropriate level of firearm … I just don’t think we need that type of commentary in the province,” he said.last_img read more

Edgy comedy duo Williams and Ree inundated with hate mail loses work

first_imgJohn MurrayAPTN InvestigatesThe comedy duo of Williams and Ree has been inundated with hate mail and has had concerts in Canada cancelled because of what many called racist comments during a tribute concert for the Humboldt Broncos in late April.“I can count on one hand the complaints that we had up until this one,” said Terry Ree who was reached by APTN Investigates in Florida after a show. “You know the complaints that the people who were usually offended were usually drunk white people who didn’t understand what we’re doing. Certainly to call us racist is the furthest thing from our minds. We just had fun.“We had fun and soon realized that we were actually doing more good than harm because we were showing people how stupid it is to be racist and to hate.”The Casino Regina cancelled a May 24 engagement after their performance April 27 in Saskatoon caused an uproar on social media.The duo, comprising of Bruce Williams and Ree who also call themselves The Indian and The White Guy, tour North America with their show combining music with comedy that plays on stereotypes.Ree said Williams had already apologized on the group’s Facebook page but it was deleted because of the response it received.“Hundreds, hundreds of hate mail. Death threats you know. I mean vulgarity, like I can cuss with the best of them but I’m telling you it was crass,” he said, “So I just said ‘take that whole thing down.’”The April 27 incident came to light after an Instagram post by Miriam Dreaver.“Got asked to come to the Humboldt concert. Left early though. I’m all about supporting other humans but when the MC says ‘country girl shake it for me now, shake it for me, shake it for me, shake it for the Indians with the STDs’ and everyone in there, except my friend and I, roared with laughter,” Dreaver wrote.The post has since been deleted after Dreaver began receiving hateful messages.She said that there were many more supportive and positive comments than negative ones.Unfortunately, the negative ones were often personal and vulgar, she said.When reached by APTN, Ree, who is Sioux, said that he and his partner Williams (who is not Indigenous) were working in Seattle when Country Thunder proposed the concert.They immediately agreed and left Seattle on the Friday of the tribute concert, travelled all day and performed that night.“So we had very little sleep Thursday night, drove to the Seattle airport early morning, we flew to Saskatoon and got off the plane at five o’clock. We went to the venue at seven o’clock. The show started and we did what we do,” Ree said.They performed between musical acts and were well into the show when the incident occurred.When APTN spoke to Dreaver she said she was there with her friend Bernadette Anaskon and they were the only visibly Indigenous people in their vicinity.She told APTN that she has a good sense of humour but the comedy that night didn’t sit well with her. When Williams and Ree started singing she had an immediate reaction.“As soon as I heard the tone of their song, like as soon as I heard them start singing, I was like here we go. It’s like I knew it was coming. And then boom and I was like ‘nah I don’t want to stay here,’” she said.Others also weighed in on the controversy by posting on the Country Thunder Foundation Facebook page.“Pretty sad that you use this tragedy to slam another race with your comments,” Rhonda Copegag posted. “Last I checked we are all human and all bleed the same color. Guess you never thought that this whole world was mourning this tragedy also, including the ‘[I]ndians’. I am disgusted by your actions.”Bernadette Anaskon also offered her opinion on the promoter’s Facebook page.“Even though I’m for Humboldt and what they stand for because I relate, being a hockey mom but to hear tonight from one of the announcers and his ridiculous comment. I’m amazed at the ignorance of our society,” she said.Anaskon attended the event with Dreaver. She told APTN that they were there having a good time laughing when they heard the song line.They both looked at each other and immediately decided to leave.“My initial reaction to hearing what he said, as we were busy laughing, talking and having a good time, it was like OK wait what?” Anaskon said. “You know I looked at her and I was like shocked. And I was standing and I’m like did he just say that and then she said yeah. I said oh my god, why would he say that? And then she’s like are you ok? I look around and I’m like geez. And then she was like are you OK and I’m like No. She’s like you do you want to leave? I’m like yeah let’s go.”Anaskon was there to support the Humboldt Broncos.“My kid is around that age. He made pre-season with the Blackhawks for Beardy’s and you know it was his dream to jump on the bus. And he goes as a stats person and a trainer for a bantam team in Regina. And you know they lost one of those of guys, you know a 16-year-old on the bus, so it pulls on my heartstrings” she said.Facebook threats and insults were hurled in both directions, by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike, according to both Dreaver and Ree.Dreaver, in a follow up Facebook post after deleting the initial post said she didn’t intend to promote hate.“I just wanted to say. I don’t promote hate or anger but what happened at that show was inappropriate in my eyes. I wasn’t a fan of the jokes, especially at this time, and that’s OK,” she said.Ree felt otherwise.“It certainly did invoke hate,” he said. “You know, hundreds of people who have never seen us and have no idea what we do sent hate mail and we lost a job. They cancelled us at Regina at the casino where we played every other year since the casino started.”SaskGaming, the corporate body for Casino Regina, offered the following statement by email: “Due to content concerns stemming from the recent Humboldt Broncos tribute concert, Casino Regina has made the decision to cancel the Williams and Ree comedy show originally scheduled for May 24, 2018 in the Show Lounge. All ticket holders will be refunded using their original method of payment.”Saskatoon resident, concert attendee, and former APTN corresondent Larissa Burnouf, shared Casino Regina’s Facebook announcement with the following comment.“Bravo Casino Regina!! Racist ‘jokes’ at a tribute concert for the Humboldt Broncos is not acceptable and we were all extremely offended by the things these men were saying at the show. I will never attend another Country Thunder production again,” Burnouf wrote.Country Thunder Music Festivals is a promoter and organizer of concerts and music festivals like the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan.Despite the cancellation in Regina the duo is slated to host the Craven Country Music Jamboree this summer and will be opening for The Bellamy Brothers at River Cree Casino in Edmonton in November.Country Thunder Music Festival Foundation sponsored the event with proceeds going the victims and families of the tragic motor vehicle collision on April 6 that took the lives of 16 people.APTN reached out to Country Thunder but calls were not returned.Ree wanted people to know they are about having fun.“I just want anybody who thinks we are hate, come see the show. You know, we tell them up front that we’re not politically correct and if you’re easily offended this might not be the place for you. And then we do what we do,” he said.jmurray@aptn.ca@murrjwlast_img read more

Canfor temporarily curtailing production capacity in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Canfor Corporation has announced that it will be temporarilycurtailing operations at three British Columbia mills due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions.Canfor’s sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks from February 11 to March 22, 2019.In addition, Canfor’s sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in Q1. According to Canfor, these curtailments will reduce production output by approximately 40 million board feet.This is in addition to the approximately 150 million board feet of production capacity thatwas curtailed by Canfor in Q4 2018 and early Q1 2019, as previously announced.Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada, with a total annual capacity of approximately 3.8 billion board feet.last_img

Stock markets soar as US fiscal cliff averted

Stock markets raced higher shortly after the open as investors returned to trading for the first time since the U.S. Congress agreed on measures to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The S&P/TSX composite index gained 149.28 points to 12,582.81 while the TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 18.65 points to 1,239.95.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial jumped 233.60 points to 13,337.74, the Nasdaq rose 81.83 points to 3,101.34 and the S&P 500 index gained 28.87 points to 1,455.06.In commodities, oil prices rose with the February contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.62 to US$93.44 a barrel.Gold prices picked up with the March bullion contract ahead $12.10 to US$1,687.90 an ounce. Copper prices for the March contract were up 8.4 cents to US$3.65 a pound.The Canadian dollar rose 1.15 of a cent to 101.66 cents US. read more

Canadas minimum wages in 2013 is the same as it was in

Statistics Canada says the average minimum wage in 2013 was almost identical to the 1975 minimum wage, in constant dollars.The agency says the average minimum wage was $10.14 in 2013 and the 1975 wage, expressed in 2013 dollars, was $10.13.Between 1975 and 2013, however, the minimum wage in 2013 dollars, varied, slipping to $7.53 in 1986 before rising to $8.81 in 1996.Up to 2003, the real minimum wage remained stable at around $8.50.The report says 6.7 per cent of all paid employees earned the minimum wage in 2013, up from 5.0 per cent in 1997.It says young employees, less-educated employees, part-timers and people in service industries were most likely to be paid minimum wage.

Curry McGirt among 9 picked for boxing Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Two-division champions Donald Curry, Julian Jackson and James “Buddy” McGirt have been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.Also to be enshrined are welterweight champion Tony DeMarco in the old-timer category, promoter Don Elbaum, referee/judge Guy Jutras, publicist Lee Samuels and broadcaster Teddy Atlas in the nonparticipants and observers category.Journalist Mario Rivera Martino was selected posthumously in the observer category.Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. The induction ceremony is June 9 in Canastota, New York.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

New Japanese Cosplay Talent Agency Will Also Represent Foreign Talent

first_img 11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX WestPhotos: Best Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Video game and anime cosplayers are all over the world, and a lot of them live in Japan. That’s why Dwango, the operators of Japanese streaming service Nico Nico Douga, are looking to help cosplayers find paying jobs that can help them keep the bills paid and food on the table using their mad cosplay skills. Cosplay can be an incredibly lucrative gig if you’re making the kind of quality outfits that people recognize, and as such Dwango has opened a new cosplay agency dedicated to finding models to promote products at launch parties, trade shows, and more.The aptly-named Cosplay Agency will allow cosplayers to register and create a profile page with their samples and other profile information for potential employers to peruse. There’ll also be a space to list skills that the cosplayers can utilize when employed, like singing and dancing or even hosting an event. There’s also a space to put how fluent the model is in English or how willing they are to head overseas for a certain job, which will let potential employers filter the list to find those willing participants as such. The actual site itself is a pretty attractive one too, with lots of large, full-color images and easy filters to apply.The service is open to foreign cosplayers too, so if you find yourself having moved to Japan to up your game when it comes to dressing like your favorite characters, this agency could be the next big thing for your modeling and cosplay career. What’s more, you can go ahead and add yourself to the agency’s database right now. There aren’t many Americans or foreigners in the database just yet, it seems, but there are some great-looking cosplays. Hopefully, this will lead to talented individuals getting additional recognition and gigs for doing what they’re best at!AdChoices广告 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lorenzo Tonelli is struggling in the Serie A

first_imgThe Italian defender is currently on loan with Sampdoria, where he has just played in 12 matches.Italian center-back Lorenzo Tonelli started his professional career with Empoli in 2010 in the Lega Serie A.There, he established himself as a good element and played in 159 matches, scoring 14 goals in the process.He then was transferred in 2016 to Napoli, where he had a very difficult time making a name for himself and didn’t play much.Tonelli was then loaned in the summer of 2018 to Sampdoria, where he is still struggling to do well.“Will I stay at Sampdoria? We’ll have to see about that, it depends what the clubs decide,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“In Naples, they say that I don’t play a lot here to try to lower the price of the redemption.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I call this politics I’m not sure if this is true or not, as a player I just focus on practicing and give my best if given an opportunity,” he explained.“What do I prefer between Napoli and Sampdoria? I want to find a solution that suits me and my family, I want to find a club that believes in me, if it’s Sampdoria great if not I’ll find another one.”The footballer’s lack of game time has not allowed him to develop further.He was called up to the Italy national team U16 team in 2006, and then in 2010 to the U21 squad, but since he’s not getting enough play time, he’s missing the chance to be playing for the Azzurri.last_img read more

MUST SEE TownWide Yard Sale Map Finalized With 70 Locations

first_imgLike 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… RelatedMUST SEE: Town-Wide Yard Sale Map Finalized With 56 LocationsIn “Community”Wilmington’s 5th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Set For June 8; Applications Now AvailableIn “Community”Wilmington’s 2nd Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Set For June 11In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library has organized the fourth annual Town Wide Yard Sale this Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 8am to 2pm.More than 70 locations are participating in this year’s sale!  The list and map of yard sale locations can be found below. The map is also located online HERE (where it’s a bit larger and clearer). Paper maps are available at the library, Town Hall, and the Market Basket courtesy counter.last_img read more

Review of Star Sports World Cup ad Unique celebrates Englands diversity and

first_imgIt shows the Queen at a social event where one of her aides raises a toast to hope of England’s success in the World Cup. Then, an Indian waiter gives the tray of champagne to the aide and rips off his formal uniform to reveal the shirt of Indian cricket team’s blue jersey. Then he starts singing a song which is actually quite hummable as opposed to the grating theme song ‘De ghuma ke’ from the 2011 edition.Till now, it seems like the ad is only talking about India’s campaign. But then it takes a rather unique turn when a guest stops him and then takes off the upper half of his formal suit to reveal the shirt of the Australian team and engages in a dance-off with the Indian. Soon, the chef emerges from the kitchen and rips off his coat to joins in except that he is wearing South African jersey’s shirt. Then appears a bulky bodyguard who handcuffs one of the men much to the Queen’s approval. But after that, he rips off the upper part of his suit to show the West Indian shirt.This leads to all hell breaking loose as supporters of all teams join in and guess what, the Pakistani among them is the same guy who featured in the famous ‘Mauka Mauka’ ad. This mayhem continues until the Queen nods meaningfully to her aide. He understands the instructions and, handing over the tray, rips off the top of his own suit to show England’s jersey. The mad dance-off continues.So, the ad is not unnecessarily one-sided and biased. It has music which, like what was there in the ‘Mauka Mauka’ ads, entertaining and not too loud. But the ad does another thing, though it might have been inadvertent. It shows the multicultural society that has emerged in England, at least in the urban centres. The Star Sports creative team have done a decent job of capturing the excitement that one can expect during the event. Lastly, this commercial isn’t going to offend anyone. ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close A screengrab from the World Cup adYouTube/Star SportsLet’s be fair, Star Sports hasn’t always been good at making advertisements to promote its sports content. It may be due to the conviction that Indians can’t appreciate sports on its own and need it to appear more melodramatic.Take for instance their ad to promote the Premier Badminton League. It showed India’s top shuttlers posing with an aggressive demeanour and had the tagline, ‘Baddies are back.’ It’s as if badminton with its exciting speed and awe-inspiring skills isn’t enough to attract the audience, therefore it needs imaginary gruesomeness.Another commercial that the channel made before India’s tour of Bangladesh in 2015, where a group of kids patronisingly remark on seeing a younger boy batting well, ‘bachche ab bachche nahin rahe,’ referring to Bangladesh cricket team’s progress, was downright insulting to the host nation. Their win in the 3-match ODI series must have seemed poetic justice to their fans.2019 World Cup advertisementBut the advertisement to promote the upcoming ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup seems to have been crafted really well. The start makes you think it is another one of those silly commercials which presents England and its people according to semi-developed Indian stereotypes visible in movies like Namastey London and Housefull.last_img read more

Trump blames rogue killers in Khashoggi case

first_imgDonald Trump“Rogue killers” could be to blame for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US president Donald Trump has said, as his secretary of state headed to Riyadh in an attempt to find out what happened.Turkish police on Monday searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US president who became increasingly critical of powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing.He has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on 2 October.Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed—a claim Saudi Arabia has denied—with the controversy dealing a huge blow to the kingdom’s image and efforts by its youthful crown prince to showcase a reform drive.But US media reported on Monday that the kingdom is considering an admission that Khashoggi died after an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.Trump dispatched secretary of state Mike Pompeo for what the State Department described as “face to face meetings with the Saudi leadership”.Until now, Riyadh has not allowed Turkish investigators to search the consulate—officially Saudi territory—with reports both sides were at odds over the conditions.The team, which arrived in a motorcade of six cars late Monday, left the premises in the early hours of Tuesday after an an eight-hour search, an AFP correspondent said.They took samples with them, including soil from the consulate garden that was loaded into vans, one official at the scene said.A Saudi delegation had entered the consulate one hour before the Turkish police arrived and appeared still to be inside as the search was conducted.‘No knowledge’ -Trump’s comments came after a telephone conversation with King Salman, father of the crown prince, the first such talks since the crisis erupted.“Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen’,” Trump tweeted.Riyadh’s most recent comments have focused on having no knowledge of any killing or denying any order to kill Khashoggi had been given.“The denial was very, very strong,” Trump later told reporters at the White House. “It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”But CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that his death resulted from a botched interrogation, while the Wall Street Journal said the kingdom was weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi by mistake.After critical talks in Riyadh Tuesday, Pompeo was expected in Turkey on Wednesday to meet Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.The search came after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman also had their first telephone talks since the controversy erupted, in what appeared to be a conciliatory conversation, according to official readouts.While lurid claims have appeared in Turkish media—including that Khashoggi was tortured and dismembered—Turkey’s leadership has so far refrained from pointing the finger directly at Riyadh in public comments.King Salman emphasised the importance of the Turkey-Saudi relationship and said no one should be able to “undermine the strength of this relationship”, Saudi’s official media reported.‘Davos in Desert’ unravels -The controversy has troubled Saudi’s traditional Western allies, who are key arms suppliers to the kingdom, and also undermined efforts by Mohammed bin Salman to present himself as a modernising ruler.An investment conference seen as a platform for the crown prince and dubbed the “Davos in the Desert”, which was scheduled to take place in Riyadh next week, has been hit by a string of prominent cancellations.Business barons including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses Bloomberg and CNN have pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative (FII).In a major new blow for the event, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford also cancelled plans to attend as well as Larry Fink, the head of investment giant BlackRock, and Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone.US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said he still plans to attend but would “take (it)… into account” if more information came out.Saudi stocks have also been hit, suffering days of heavy losses, but made a strong comeback on Monday with the Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) rising more than four percent.Trump has threatened the kingdom with “severe punishment” if it is shown that Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul mission.But he has also made clear he is reluctant to curb all-important arms sales to Saudi Arabia.Britain, France and Germany also released a rare joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi’s disappearance “with the utmost seriousness” and calling for a “credible investigation”.Riyadh, however, has vowed to hit back against any punitive measures imposed over the affair.last_img read more

US Consul General of Kolkata meets Tourism minister in Siliguri

first_imgDarjeeling: Patti Hoffman, US Consul General, Kolkata made a stopover at Siliguri on the way to Sikkim. In Siliguri, the Consul General met Tourism Minister Goutam Deb and discussed different issues pertaining to tourism on Tuesday.”The Consul General wanted to know about different festivals of the state. I apprised her that Durga Puja is the most important festival. However, festivals like Gangasagar Mela and Rash Mela in Cooch Behar draw lakhs of tourists from all over the country,” stated Minister Deb. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeConsul General Hoffman wanted to know about the tourism potential of the state, the amount of investment in the tourism sector and the foreign tourist footfall in the State. “She wanted to know of the air and road connectivity along with the type of accommodations available for the tourists. I apprised her of the improvement in air and road connectivity in the State. Our Government under the able leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a lot of impetus on road and air connectivity for the benefit of locals and tourists alike,” stated Deb. The Consul General suggested that an increase in direct flights connecting Netaji International Airport, Kolkata to important cities throughout the globe would increase foreign tourist footfall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another development, the Airport Authority of India jointly with the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) is all set to start a Perishable Cargo unit at Bagdogra Airport. This would be the only Perishable Cargo unit in this region including the North East, Nepal and Bhutan. “No Airport in this region has the capability to handle perishable cargo. The unit will emerge as a very profitable component to Bagdogra,” stated Sourav Chakraborty, Chairman, SJDA.last_img read more

Appraiser and Homeowner Opinion Gap Doubles in July

first_img Appraiser Gap Homeowner Opinions Quicken Loans 2015-08-11 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Appraiser and Homeowner Opinion Gap Doubles in July Quicken Loans reported on Tuesday that the gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions of value in July was nearly double the gap between these values in May.This will mark the sixth consecutive month that homeowners valued their homes higher than appraisers.According to Quicken Loans, appraiser opinions of home values were 2.33 percent lower than homeowner estimates in July, according to the company’s national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI).“Many homeowners around the country are seeing the national headlines about home value increases and they are optimistic about their equity increasing,” said Bob Walters, chief economist at Quicken Loans. “While some areas are seeing the same level of home appreciation, or even more, there are also some areas that have slower home value increases. This can lead to homeowners and appraisers not quite seeing eye-to-eye.”The national HPPI found that homeowners are increasingly overvaluing their homes. The study showed appraisers’ opinions of home values was, on average, 2.33 percent lower than homeowners’ estimates in July. Last month’s gap was nearly double the difference between opinions in June when appraisers’ opinions were 1.40 percent less than homeowners’ estimates.The HPPI also determined that appraiser values were lower than homeowner perceptions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (-3.03 percent); Kansas City, Missouri (-2.69 percent); Charlotte, North Carolina (-2.15 percent); Chicago, Illinois (-2.04 percent); and Cleveland, Ohio (-1.36 percent).Quicken Loans’ Home Value Index (HVI), the only measure of home values based exclusively on actual home appraisals, reported national housing values were nearly flat, with a 0.27 percent drop in value. In addition, the index showed a 3.89 percent value growth nationally since July 2014.“A slowing of home value increases adds to the misunderstanding of local home values,” Walters said. “Appraisers are viewing the housing industry every day; they know when home values growth may be slowing. Homeowners may think values are still skyrocketing, when they have instead returned to more healthy appreciation in their area.”Click here to view Quicken Loans full report. center_img August 11, 2015 449 Views Sharelast_img read more

Borgo Finocchieto a private retreat in the Tuscan

first_imgBorgo Finocchieto, a private retreat in the Tuscan hills, announces that it is now accepting reservations for travelers, small groups, families, and weddings seeking a private enclave that is also an ideal base for experiencing the cultural richness and geographic beauty of the Montalcino region of Italy, and doing so with unsurpassed intimacy and personalized service.“We are proud to invite visitors to experience the sense of community, conviviality and contemplative relaxation that is unique to the Borgo,” said Marco Albanese, General Manager. “In past months we have been honored to welcome distinguished leaders of business, government and culture from around the world, whose appreciation for our destination is remarkable.”Restoration of the Borgo’s main villa and independent houses encompassing 22 luxurious rooms was completed less than a year ago, on the site of a farming village on the historic Villa Francigena, the medieval pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome.The result allows guests to experience a world class retreat that functions as its own community, but permits a level of relaxed flexibility and personalized service available nowhere else in Tuscany.The Borgo’s gathering spaces include a formal dining room and outdoor terrace, a living room with grand piano and study, a state of the art media room, lounge, conference facility, and a gazebo, a 60-foot oval pool and a 5000 square-foot spa overlooking the hills of Tuscany. Guests are also pampered by the owner’s personal chef, who prepares meals to suit the tastes of the most discriminating palate. Upon check in, guests will also find that each room has been designed with period pieces as well as modern amenities to provide the authenticity of the past alongside the comforts of the present. Personalized itineraries and on-site activities[MH2] are tailored to meet the needs and interests of each visitor to the Borgo.www.borgofinocchieto.comlast_img read more

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