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first_imgMaking Nova Scotia a leader in environmental sustainability while generating economic growth is essential to the future prosperity of the province. This is the message Environment Minister Mark Parent and Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac delivered to business and community leaders in Bridgewater today, Sept. 18. “This summer’s Green Economy Tour has been one of the highlights of my career as Minister of Environment,” said Mr. Parent. “I’ve listened, learned, and am inspired by Nova Scotians who are working hard everyday toward environmental management and economic growth.” Mr. MacIsaac discussed the positive impacts that local businesses are having on the economy through environmental management and protection. He also made a $75,000 investment announcement for the Municipality of Chester’s Kaizer Meadows Waste Management Facility. This will involve a feasibility study for its Eco-Park for re-manufacturing items from the waste stream. “The businesses I’ve had the opportunity to visit this summer have shown incredible foresight in incorporating sustainable practices,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Their continued innovation will help position our province as a leader in the ‘green’ business.” This is the fourth joint stop on what has been a successful provincial tour, supported by regional development authorities. Environmental management and protection is one of government’s five immediate priorities. Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act sets out 21 far-reaching goals for the province including reduced air emissions and waste, and increased protection of land and water. The act is a vital companion to the province’s economic development strategy, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. It will help the province achieve economic performance at or above the national average by the year 2020. Reports detailing the province’s progress towards meeting commitments in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and in Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity were released in May, showcasing government’s commitment to making Nova Scotia one of the greenest, healthiest, and most economically sustainable environments in the world by 2020. More information on the act and its progress report are available on the Department of Environment’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/nse . The second annual progress report for Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity is available on the Department of Economic Development’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/ofsp .last_img read more

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first_imgBALURGHAT: Irrigation department will construct a dam on Atreyee river to continue the free flow of water without hindrance.According to an official source, state Irrigation department has already initiated measures regarding the issue and delivered a letter to its counterpart in South Dinajpur to chalk out a plan to follow up the order as early as possible. “We have been instructed to start the procedure of making a dam on Atreyee so that the natural flow of water can’t be hindered. A high-level team from the state Irrigation department has already inspected the probable spots where the dam can be constructed. As preliminary process, we have started testing soil, water and sand of the river. The department will soon chalk out the draft of the entire plan and send the blueprint of the same to the higher authority,” said Irrigation officer of South Dinajpur, Swapan Biswas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInitially it was decided that the dam will build at Dangi or adjacent to area located in Saroj Setu in Balurghat. The officials, have, however, said the height or what type of dam will be built up is yet to ascertain. According to him, a similar dam will also construct on Punarbhaba in Gangarampur subdivision. It may be mentioned that the decision of building the dam on Atreyee has been taken after seeing the reluctant attitude of neighbouring Bangladesh government to resolve the long-standing problem of sharing water of the river, the lifeline of South Dinajpur people. According to a source, the natural flow of the river was restricted after Bangladesh government had constructed a dam at Mohanpur. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We are against constructing dam in Bangladesh and have sent letters separately to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioning the issue. Since the Bangladesh government had constructed the dam in 2013, the river runs dry during summer while incidentally they are channelizing excess water during monsoon causing flood,” said nature activist of Balurghat, Tuhin Subhro Mondal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also raised the issue while talking to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina but no move comes from the neighbouring country’s counterpart. Vice-chairman of North Bengal Development Department, Arpita Ghosh said: “We have been forced to build up similar river dam here in South Dinajpur on Atreyee just like Bangladesh to control the water of it. Thousands of fishermen and farmers depend largely on it. The flow of water has been artificially restricted by Bangladesh and thus creating problems for the local people here. Our Chief Minister’s appeal was also not even entertained by the Union government with its Bangladesh counterpart. Recently we have talked to the state Irrigation department and taken decision of constructing a dam here.” Notably the 390 km long Atreyee originates in Siliguri, flows into neighbouring country before entering Balurghat and Kumarganj blocks in South Dinajpur and flows back again into Bangladesh.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement After three movies and one TV series without them, the original Terminator dream team is reuniting for an as-yet-untitled sixth installment in the franchise. James Cameron announced at a private event Tuesday night that the original Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton, will join Arnold Schwarzenegger for the next chapter in the Skynet saga currently scheduled to premiere in 2019.Cameron made headlines (and not in a good way) last month when he unfavorably compared Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to the female action stars of his films. We should have sensed then that he was, perhaps, priming the pump for this Hamilton announcement when instead of leaning on Sigourney Weaver’sslightly more well-known Ellen Ripley (a part famously written for a man), Cameron brought up Sarah Connor.“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided,” Cameron told The Guardian. “She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie, but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement READ MORE Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street after President Donald Trump agreed to hold off on raising tariffs on Chinese imports as trade talks progress.Technology and industrial companies led the way higher early Monday.General Electric jumped 14.8 per cent after agreeing to sell a biotech business to Danaher for $21.4 billion as the once-sprawling conglomerate continues to slim down.The S&P 500 index rose 16 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,809.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 173 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 26,205. The Nasdaq added 65 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 7,594.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.68 per cent.The Associated Press read more

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Three people were killed and several others sustained injuries following an accident in Ballapana today.The accident involved a bus and a van. The accident took place along the Kandy – Colombo main road.

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European Trading Scheme price (March 2009)£935 Carbon off-set price £831 Inconsistent, confusing and unfair. Yet drivers are paying many times that through fuel duty and vehicle excise duty (road tax). At the same time the cost of CO2 emissions for big business on the open market through the European Trading Scheme (ETS) is just £9 per tonne. £/tonne CO2% of SPC Shadow Price of Carbon SPC** (CO2 equivalent)£25.50– ** The UK Government uses the shadow price of carbon (SPC) to assess the cost benefit of policies. This is taken as the benchmark for this paper as it is intended to reflect the full cost to society of climate change caused by each additional tonne of GHG emissions, quoted as CO2 equivalent. The SPC in 2007 prices was £25.5/t CO2 in 2007, £26t/CO2 in 2008, £28.1/tCO2 in 2012, £29.8/tCO2 in 2015, £32.9/tCO2 in 2020 and £59.6t/ CO2 in 2050 Professor Stephen Glaister continued, “Motorists, like every other sector, have a role to play, but the burden placed on them must not be disproportionate. The Climate Change Committee focus on encouraging more fuel-efficient vehicles and eco-driving should be applauded as these are the least costly options to take in the short to medium term. Current motoring policy on fuel duty, VAT and local authority schemes needs to catch up with this thinking on the cost of carbon.” Fuel Duty (approx average for petrol/diesel)£213835 The government has already set a Shadow Price of Carbon that defines the environmental cost to the planet of CO2 emissions. “Without a uniform price for carbon how is anyone going to be able to set a meaningful carbon budget? The current cost of carbon varies enormously, which makes it very difficult for businesses and consumers to plan and understand the true costs of their actions.” The RAC Foundation and SMMT believe that if the correct carbon value is used in Government policies, the overall cost to individuals and business of reaching the 80% reduction of emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2050 will be lower. * The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Royal Automobile Club Foundation paper ‘Carbon Prices: The Right Charge for Motorists’ is a joint paper available on request or can be found online at www.racfoundation.org and www.smmt.co.uk. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) This is how the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT) and the Royal Automobile Club Foundation (RAC Foundation) are today describing government’s approach to pricing carbon emissions in their joint report ‘Carbon Prices: The Right Charge for Motorists?’* SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said, “Car companies are taking ever greater strides in reducing the environmental impact of their products. Average new car CO2 emissions fell by their biggest ever margin in 2008 and the choice of low-carbon models on the UK market is growing. Motorists are increasingly choosing the lowest-emitting car for their needs and this should be supported by a consistent and transparent tax regime. “ Professor Stephen Glaister of the RAC Foundation said, “The picture is utterly chaotic. The Government has to fully and clearly explain to confused motorists just how much of what they pay in duty is actually a green tax. It then has to explain what is done with the money to help save the planet. In the national accounts – the Blue Book -the Government claims all fuel duty and road tax are environmental charges. Yet that means drivers pay many, many times their fair share towards the cost of mitigating climate change. And that cannot be right.” UK Trading Scheme price£1.506 Richmond residents parking scheme£40157 “If on the other hand – as is widely accepted – a large proportion of the tax raised from motorists goes into other areas of Government spending, then exactly what proportion is spent covering CO2 emissions? Much greater transparency is needed on what the charges truly represent. Nor must climate change be used as a convenient excuse to load motorists with further fuel taxes.” Vehicle Excise Duty£66257 read more

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first_imgThis year, CrossControl’s booth at the Bauma show, in Munich, (April 8-14) will showcase the latest additions to its product portfolio, including upcoming flat-front 5 in and 7 in display computers, featuring “PCAP touch interface, optically bonded screens and best-in-class sunlight readability,” the company says.CrossControl will also highlight the next generation of small form factor displays, the CCpilot VI (pictured). This “defies expectations with its rugged 3.5 in display and robust dynamic multifunctional capabilities”, according to the company. “Use cases even include video monitoring, not something commonly achieved on such a small device,” CrossControl said.CrossContol said: “And, the powerful get smaller as the CCpilot XM display computer series, with Intel® Atom dual core, expands with a new 9 in PCAP touch screen variant.”Plus, CrossControl said it had reimagined the human machine interface of things into a fully-fledged platform for telematics. “Smart Connect enables connectivity between machines, displays and smart devices for additional control interfaces and to leverage supplementary communication options to enhance lean telematics,” the company said.Enterprise Connect provides fleet-wide connectivity for geofencing, routing, data logging and diagnostics to provide end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the data they need for the next level, according to the company. “As part of this, CrossControl will introduce the new CrossLink TG, an advanced telematics module that easily integrates with on-board systems. It comes with the same modular LinX software platform as all CrossControl displays, featuring ready-made components that shorten your application engineering effort,” the company said.CrossControl provides OEMs in the industry with industrial I/O controllers, main controllers, cable harnesses and display computers. With these components, OEMs can design modular systems, easily configured for the automation needs of different equipment types, the company said.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Parishoners of Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani celebrated the birth of Theotokos last Sunday, with Father Elefterios Tatsis conducting the blessing of the bread.last_img

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first_imgThirteen people, including a 3-year-old child, have been confirmed killed in the Thursday afternoon attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas walkway, when a van run over a crowd.Spanish authorities stated that the death toll will most likely rise as 15 people are injured and in critical condition at the moment.The identities of the victims have not yet been released but according to a CNN report acquired from local authorities they come from 18 countries: France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina, Venezuela, Belgium, Australia, Hungary, Peru, Romania, Ireland, Greece, Cuba, FYROM, China, Italy, and Algeria. A Belgian woman was reportedly among those who lost their lives, while Greek and Australian authorities confirm citizens amongst the wounded.Police are currently working under the assumption that two other incidents nearby are linked to the main terrorist event with ISIS taking credit: a deadly attack in the seaside city of Cambrils and a house explosion in Alcanar coast.Spain’s Prime Minister called it an act of “jihadi terrorism”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_img WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR During the UFC 226 post-fight press conference on Saturday night in Las Vegas, newly crowned UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier made things very clear: Brock Lesnar needs to be clean and fully tested by USADA over the next six months.Lesnar, the current WWE Universal Champion, has reportedly (and quietly) re-entered the USADA testing pool according to UFC President Dana White and will begin the testing process over the next six months following his suspension from back in 2016.Cormier has advocated for even further testing beyond USADA.“Brock’s gotta be clean, man. I’m not gonna fight him if he’s not clean. We’ll do USADA testing and we’ll do other testing. We’ll do testing above USADA to make sure this man is clean. I’m not fighting him if he’s cheating, I’ve done that on a number of different occasions already. I don’t want to fight him if he’s dirty, man. Do it the right way.”If you missed it over the weekend, Lesnar showed up at UFC 226 after Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic in the first round via knockout. Cormier, who is now a dual UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, invited Lesnar inside the ring to hype a fight.UFC President Dana White confirmed later that night that Cormier would indeed be defending the UFC Heavyweight Championship next against Lesnar. When that fight will take place remains to be seen based on the current testing process with Lesnar.Quote Excerpt Courtesy: MMAMania.com Pinterest Twitter Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Torontocenter_img Google+ Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s reported summer move to Juventus will help elevate the Serie A back to it’s “level of the past”, says former Real Madrid and AS Roma forward Julio BaptistaSince Tuesday last week, Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus this summer in a €100m deal following a breakdown in his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez.Baptista, who spent three-year spells with both Real and Roma, has welcomed the move and believes that the arrival of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner will represent a major boost for Italian football.“Serie A needs to change a few things to get back to the level of the past,” said Baptista, according to SportsKeeda.“Cristiano is a great player so it [Serie A] will improve, definitely.“I think a few changes are needed to improve Serie A. It is not as good as it was 15 or 20 years ago.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Juventus would have a stronger team with Cristiano, more competitive, they would have an advantage. We will have to see, but it’s a really good signing.”The 36-year-old wondered how Real could possibly replace a player like Ronaldo, who has scored 450 goals in 438 games in nine years for the club.“For Madrid it would be a very big loss,” he said.“As much as people can say what they want about Cristiano, he has been a player who has left a tremendous mark on Madrid and the Spanish league as well.“He has the best records in the league and in Madrid.”last_img read more

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first_imgA tractor trailer owned by Fairbanks-based Colville Incorporated went off the Dalton Highway about 30 miles north of the Yukon River Bridge Wednesday.Download AudioAlaska Department of Environmental Conservation on-scene coordinator Tom Deruyter says the truck rolled over, spilling between 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel. He says the diesel spilled in a forested area with about 3 feet of snow cover, and state responders and a Colville-hired contractor are preparing for a cleanup.“The snow will have to be removed, melted and then the fuel recovered out of the snow,” DeRuyter said. “It’s also anticipated that there’s going to be fuel in the duff layer around the trees. Now whether they try to do a removal around the trees or just clear the area and do an excavation, that has yet to be seen.”DeRuyter says the make up of the sub-soil will determine how deep the fuel penetrates.He says the driver of the truck is OK.last_img read more

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first_imgFord’s recently launched EcoSport SUV which has registered an amazing sales figure has reportedly overtook its current rival – Renault Duster, in the auto market .According to a report by Indiancarsbikes, the compact SUV which has received many accolades in India as well as in the global market since the time of its inception is now the best selling SUV in the sub-continent. Ford reportedly sold 4,715 units of EcoSport in India within two months, in comparison to 3,089 units of the Renault Duster.The aggressive price strategy adopted by the company is believed to be the reason for the huge success of EcoSport in the Indian market. The vehicle which was launched in ten trims and three engine versions with a starting price of ₹5.59 lakh has witnessed remarkable demand in the country. The vehicle received more than 30,000 bookings within the first 17 days of its launch in India on 26 June. The fact that the EcoSport is steering in with a greater speed when the whole auto market is reeling under sluggish demand sweetens its title even more. Ford is also witnessing good demand for the vehicle in other countries like Nepal and South Africa where EcoSport is being exported.Ford EcoSport in a nutshellUnder the hood, EcoSport comes with 1.5L petrol, 1.5L diesel and the 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The 1.5L petrol engine gives 112 PS power and 140 Nm torque and comes in both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual transmission model claims to give a mileage of 15.8 kmpl, while the automatic model delivers 15.6 kmpl. The revolutionary EcoBoost EcoSport engine churns out a power of 125 PS and 170 Nm torque along with a mileage of 18.9 kmpl. The diesel variant of EcoSport is the most fuel-efficient among all models and is expected to deliver a mileage of 22.7 kmpl.The prices of Ford’s Ecosport SUV are listed below:    * 1.5L petrol MT – ₹5.59 lakh    * 1.5L diesel – ₹6.69 lakh    * 1.0L EcoBoost – ₹7.89 lakh    * 1.5L Petrol Auto – ₹8.44 lakhlast_img read more

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first_imgPrestige Estates Projects Ltd., a Bengaluru-based real estate company, informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday that it will be exploring ways and means to restructure its lines of business.The decision, taken at the company’s board meeting on Thursday, was communicated in a regulatory filing to the BSE.”Prestige Estates Projects Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of the Company at its meeting held on August 11, 2016, inter alia, has discussed the merits and business case for exploring a restructuring exercise of the business of the Prestige Group along streamlined verticals, namely Office, Residential, Retail, Hospitality and Property Management and other Services verticals, to leverage the strengths of each asset class,” the filing said.”These exercises are only exploratory in nature, and any restructuring transaction will only be undertaken based on specific corporate approvals, and any regulatory approvals, that may be required, if any,” it added.The share price of Prestige Estates Projects was trading almost flat at Rs. 202.40 on the BSE at around 12 noon. The Sensex was up 232 points at 28,091.The company’s promoters comprising CMD Irfan Razack and other family members hold 70 percent stake in the entity, according to a June 30 filing to the BSE. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) hold about 25 percent.Prestige Estates Projects is predominantly present in South Indian cities such as Bengaluru (Bangalore), Kochi, Mysuru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mangalore.For the current financial year, the company has a revenue target of Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 4,500 crore.In 2015-16, its standalone revenues stood at Rs.2,319 crore. Net profit declined 12 percent to Rs. 361 crore from Rs. 414 crore in the preceding financial year.last_img read more

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first_imgMayor Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier are creating policies and procedures to reduce crime in the city. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) unveiled her anti-crime package on Aug. 27 at the former Malcolm X Elementary School in Southeast. It has been met with mixed opinions. However, District residents are not sitting idly by while the package is debated in the media and by political leaders. They want to be involved in its creation and implementation.“Any plan that the mayor proposes must have serious and continuous involvement of the community,” Anita Bellamy Shelton, president of the D.C. Women in Politics organization, said. “We are here at city hall today to learn and understand the rationale of the mayor’s plan.”The District of Columbia has recorded 109 deaths by homicide as of Sept. 8, more than all of last year.  To combat the rise in homicides, and crime in general, Bowser wants to: put more police officers on the streets, give law enforcement professionals more tools to fight crime, stop violent criminals from repeatedly victimizing members of the community, increase penalties for violent crime on public transit, launch a community partnership strategy to support neighborhoods, strengthen community-police relations, and implement returning citizens employment legislation.Susan Meehan, a longtime District activist who worked on police reform after the 1968 riots, attended the Shelton meeting. Sheehan said the mayor’s plan is missing a key aspect. “There really needs to be a plan for addressing the mental health of some of our returning citizens,” Meehan, a Ward 2 resident, said. Meehan said numerous studies show violent offenders often have psychological challenges that law enforcement professionals either ignore or do not address.D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) said she likes what the mayor is proposing but more could be done. While Bonds, who didn’t attend the Shelton meeting, acknowledged the confiscation of illegal guns by the police and the proliferation of synthetic drugs in the city, she said other factors are driving up crime that have little to do with law enforcement.“As we join together to address the root causes of crime, we must provide greater opportunities to our young men who disproportionally suffer from violent crime on our streets,” the council member said. “Forty-one percent of our youth drop out of school and without a high school diploma they have very few employment options.”At the Shelton meeting, Greater Washington Urban League representative Stacey Palmer said, “The police officers ride around in their cars too much. They should go to recreation centers and play ball with the kids. They need to walk the neighborhoods and get to know the people.”Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public safety, told Shelton’s group that he was at the meeting to listen to their concerns and wanted everyone’s point of view. Donahue said there is no clear reason why there is an uptick in homicides in the city.Donahue said the mayor’s plan will, among other things, give grants to organizations and individuals who fight crime in the city, and will increase benefits for police officers to stay on the job instead of retiring or resigning to work at another jurisdiction.Bowser will send her crime package and its budget supplement to the council by Sept. 16 for its approval. Shelton said she will convene another meeting of community leaders in the near future to further discuss the mayor’s package.“We will submit a list of recommendations to the mayor so that we will input on what she gives to the council,” Shelton said.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Three youths were killed in a road accident when they were riding on a motorcycle. The incident took place at Tumbani village near Rampurhat in Birbhum on Tuesday morning. The incident caused traffic disruption on Dumka-Rampurhat Road for nearly an hour. The victims have been identified as Bablu Soren (34), Baidyanath Kisku (22) and Chunde Soren (23). Police said that Bablu was riding the motorcycle with the two others as pillion, on their way to Rampurhat from Hariharpur village in Birbhum. When they were crossing Kharbana area, a speeding dumper hit them. The dumper was on its way to Jharkhand when the accident occurred. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe driver of the vehicle fled the spot immediately after the accident, leaving the dumper at the site. All the three victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead. The local residents staged a sit-in demonstration at the spot, protesting against overspeeding of the trucks in the area. According to the police, the victims had received injuries in various parts of their bodies. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the dumper was moving at a high speed, as a result of which the driver could not control the vehicle. Senior police officers reached the spot after the accident and lifted the demonstration. Initially, the local residents engaged in an altercation with the police officers but later agreed to lift the agitation.last_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   She survived by taking on an assumed Christian identity. Her mother and her sister were saved by papers issued by Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat in Budapest who rescued thousands of Jews.Her father and other relatives perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp.“He was a fantastic athlete,” she said of her father. “He’s the one who got me into sports.”After the war she resumed her training.“For me, sports was really just a way to see the world,” she said. “Maybe that’s why I never got nervous. People said they got scared before competitions. That never happened to me. Gymnastics was just a part of my life.”During the 1956 games in Australia, the Soviet Union invaded Hungary, half a world away. Keleti, along with about half the Hungarian delegation, sought and received political asylum.She emigrated to Israel the following year to compete in the Jewish Maccabiah Games. She married, had two sons and coached Israel’s national gymnastics team for decades.In 2002, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.Now widowed, she maintains an active lifestyle, swimming and walking for more than an hour a day. She has a firm handshake and is flexible enough to touch the floor from a standing a position, hold her leg high above her head and even do the splits. Now living in an apartment near the beach in the coastal city of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, the retired gymnastics coach is still physically fit but has trouble recalling details of her Olympic heyday.She couldn’t find her precious hardware.“Staying alive is more important than the medals,” she said, after rummaging in vain through drawers in her apartment. “The medals have no meaning.”After the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia, she had more of them than any other woman in the world.At 35, an age when most gymnasts have long retired, Keleti won four gold medals and two silvers, winning three of the four individual events _ floor, bars and balance beam _ and placing second in the all-around. The showing made her the top medalist of the games and the oldest female gymnast ever to win gold.Together with her four medals from the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland, she became the top female medalist ever, trailing only Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi and American shooter Carl Osburn on the all-time list at the time.Keleti said she never even wanted to be a gymnast. Her childhood dream was to be a cellist. Those and other plans changed with the Holocaust, when her family was driven from home and scattered across Europe. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories center_img She followed the just-completed Olympics closely on TV.Watching the athletes compete, he said she was struck by how much sports have changed and progressed since her days.“It’s developed too much. It’s unbelievable the things they can do. It’s not sports anymore, it’s a profession,” she said. “Today I never would have succeeded. The gymnasts today are better at acrobatics than those in the circus. The things I see look impossible.”Her 10 medals surpass the seven all of Israel’s athletes have earned together over 60 years of competition, and she was disappointed with Israel’s shutout showing this year.“It’s a shame that Israel didn’t get a medal,” she said, before adding with a smile, “but I’m Israeli, too.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressHERZLIYA, Israel (AP) – One of the world’s most decorated Olympians is living quietly in Israel, a country that just wrapped up its participation in the world competition without a single medal.Agnes Keleti, 91 now, won 10 Olympic medals in gymnastics, including five golds, for Hungary in the 1950s before defecting and emigrating to Israel.That was just one chapter of her unusual life. Her Olympic heroics began when she was already at an age when most athletes have hung up their shoes _ because she spent her prime sporting years escaping the Nazis during World War II. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

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first_imgHomeVestors Expands its Network of Franchisees in Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-04-10 Abby Gregory April 10, 2012 426 Views center_img “”HomeVestors””:http://www.homevestors.com/ is celebrating a strong end to the first-quarter of 2012, recently announcing that the company reached record numbers of new franchisees during the period. During the past three months, HomeVestors added 38 franchises to the company’s portfolio.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Dallas-based HomeVestors operates as a network of independently owned franchises, specializing in professional home purchases. In an official statement, HomeVestors noted that its latest franchisees are scattered around the nation, covering 30 markets in 17 states.David Hicks, HomeVestors’ co-president, said of the company’s growth, “”Thirty-nine new franchises have opened in the past three months. That number is remarkable and attests to our belief that for the first time in years, there is a true wealth of great opportunity for investors in this business.””HomeVestors’ Ken Channell, also a company co-president, added, “”The number of additional new franchisees during the first 3 months of 2012 is an indication that investors increasingly believe that there is opportunity in the market. We are committed to our franchisees to help encourage continued growth and success this year.”” Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-10-31 Tory Barringer October 31, 2013 461 Views A Florida bank became the 23rd FDIC-insured institution to fall this year, the agency announced Wednesday.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The “”Florida Office of Financial Regulation””:http://www.flofr.com/ made the call to close the Bank of Jackson County, located in Graceville. Acting as receiver, “”FDIC””:http://fdic.gov/ announced a purchase and assumption agreement with “”First Federal Bank of Florida””:https://www.ffsb.com/home.aspx in Lake City.According to FDIC’s announcement, First Federal Bank will assume all of Bank of Jackson County’s $25.0 million in total deposits (estimated as of June 30) and $23.1 million of the failed bank’s $25.5 million in assets. FDIC will hold onto the remaining assets for later disposition.The estimated cost to FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund will be $5.1 million, the agency said. The closure marks Florida’s fourth federally insured bank collapse of 2013, making it the most active state so far this year for bank failures. in Governmentcenter_img FDIC Announces Collapse of Florida Bank Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgin Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Eye on the Industry 2017-08-10 Brianna Gilpin As individuals make their way through the industry and companies merge, keep watch on the important highlights in this activity update.Flagstar Bank recently announced the addition of Kristy Fercho, who was previously SVO and Customer Delivery Executive for Fannie Mae, to lead Flagstar’s Mortgage Business. In 2016 alone, Flagstar originated $32 billion in home loans. Fercho spent 15 years with Fannie Mae, originally as the VP of human resources responsible for the company’s people strategy, talent acquisition, and cultural transformation. Since then, she served in customer management roles and oversaw mortgage production of almost 2,000 lenders. As of late, she managed customer delivery strategy and business performance of all Western U.S. customers, delivering single-family home loans to the agency. She is a mortgage industry veteran with knowledge in mortgage originations, servicing, fulfillment, risk management, and regulation. _______________________________________________________________________________________Melvin Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), recently announced Andre D. Galeano to Deputy Director of the Division of Federal Home Loan Bank Regulation. Prior to this position, Galeano served in various positions in the FHFA since 2002. Additionally, Galeano served as Associate Director of examinations for the FHLBanks, Associate Director of credit risk for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and Examiner-in-Charge of Fannie Mae._______________________________________________________________________________________ZVN Properties has recently announced the hiring of Kiyoshi D. Hunt as VP of Strategic Partnership. Hunt has over 23 years experience working in professional sales and management with local and national organizations over multiple business segments. Utilizing his “client first” approach, he has a proven track record of high level business development and service management, problem resolution skills, and is an expert in creating efficiencies and processes to assist clients in achieving their goals.  Hunt has worked in the REO industry since 2009, and has excelled in forming strategic partnerships. Prior to joining ZVN Properties, he has successfully created synergies among multiple companies in the REO industry to protect vacant properties by working with national property preservation companies, banks, and other organizations in the industry._______________________________________________________________________________________International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), a mortgage document preparation vendor, announced recently the promotion of former Manager of Development Beckie Santos to the newly created position of Manager of New Product Development. In her new role, Santos will leverage her development experience to work closely with the IDS development team as well as operations, quality assurance, and compliance to help shape and guide future solutions. Santos joined IDS in 2004 as a developer. During her tenure in development, she became known as a go-to developer for difficult projects. In 2010, Santos was promoted to Manager of Development. In her new position, Santos will also oversee the global integrity of IDS systems. She will further work to make certain that releases run smoothly, coordinating with both customer support and development to certify that all updates are clean and efficient._______________________________________________________________________________________ClosingCorp, recently announced that Springboard Home Loans, a not-for-profit mortgage lender working to expand homeownership, has begun using its SmartFees solution, an automated fee solution that delivers real-time closing cost data from more than 20,000 individual service providers. With this move, Springboard will now be able to expedite Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure production through its integration with ClosingCorp and Ellie Mae’s mortgage management solution, Encompass. August 10, 2017 584 Views Sharelast_img read more