Marian Tyson, deputy minister of Justice Robert Cormier, Nova Scotia fire marshall Halifax Regional Police Deputy Chief Chris McNeil, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association Craig MacLaughlan, CEO, Emergency Management Office Brig.-Gen. David Neasmith, commander land forces, Maritime Forces Atlantic Wayne Adams, member-at-large John Cody, member-at-large For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at the Department of Justice at 902-424-5941, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.gov.ns.ca/bravery . Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6. The province is seeking nominations for Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery. This is the third year for the medal, which is awarded to people who put themselves at risk to protect the life or property of others. Any Nova Scotian can be nominated, not just individuals in law enforcement and public safety sectors. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, offices of members of the legislative assembly, and on the Medal of Bravery website at www.gov.ns.ca/bravery. The deadline for nominations is May 1. An advisory panel, chaired by former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia Constance Glube, will select this year’s medal recipients. Other committee members are:
New Delhi: The Congress on Friday said the country’s healthcare is in “shambles” and accused the BJP of showing “humungous indifference” in the face of deaths due to encephalitis. “‘Health Care’ is in shambles, ‘Human Lives’ have little value, ‘Humungous’ indifference by BJP! 160 die of Encephalitis in Bihar, 48 die of Encephalitis in Assam. Anyone listening?” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. Earlier this week, the Congress had claimed that India’s healthcare deficit is “glaring” and said it expects the government to double the healthcare expenditure in the budget. Citing a media report, Surjewala had said there is a shortfall of 82 per cent in specialists like surgeons, physicians etc., 40 per cent of lab technicians, and 12-16 per cent of nurses at primary health care level.
New Delhi: GST officers have arrested the proprietor of Delhi-based Shree Balaji Enterprises for fraudulently availing input tax credit worth over Rs 5 crore by generating fake invoice, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.The Gurugram zonal unit of Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) on July 12, 2019, arrested Ajit Jindal, Proprietor of Shree Balaji Enterprises, in Saraswati Vihar, North-West, Delhi, the ministry said in a statement. The firm had taken ITC fraudulently to the tune of more than Rs 5.06 crore involving invoice value of Rs 28.11 crore on the strength of invoices issued by fake firms. “The said firm, thereafter, utilised fraudulently taken ITC to discharge their GST liability against the outward supply, with an ulterior motive to defraud the Government exchequer,” the statement added. The offences committed by Jindal are cognizable and non-bailable. Further investigations in the matter are in progress, the ministry added.
OTTAWA – More than 30 advocates, indigenous leaders and family members issued an open letter Monday to the chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, suggesting the process is in “serious trouble.”The group writes that while it is aware the commission has a difficult challenge, immediate action must be taken to prevent damage and shift the current approach of the inquiry.The letter, posted on the website of Metis artist Christi Belcourt, says people are “deeply concerned” by a continued lack of communication that’s been fostering anxiety, frustration, confusion and disappointment.The inquiry, designed to cost $53.8 million and take two years, is led by Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in British Columbia, with four other commissioners.The team’s mandate requires an interim report on its work in November, but a growing number of family members and other stakeholders say it’s still not clear when they will get a chance to share their testimony.The commission is set to hold its first public hearing May 29 in Whitehorse, but other community meetings won’t take place until later this fall at the earliest.No other dates have been confirmed for additional hearings, an inquiry spokesperson said in a statement last week, and the commission has yet to develop a database comprising the names of the victims.“There are now about 294 families who have reached out to the national inquiry and identified as wishing to participate,” said communications director Bernee Bolton.“There is an extensive community engagement and communications plan to connect to families and survivors.”Signatories of the letter published Monday say the time frame for the inquiry is “clearly too short,” adding the commissioners should formally request an extension from the federal government.“This will enable you to use the time this summer to seriously consider how the inquiry can be reformatted to address the myriad of concerns being raised widely across the country.”A spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the minister remains confident that the commission has the appropriate resources and time to conduct its work.For its part, the inquiry said late Monday that the chief commissioner has received the letter and needs some time to “carefully consider the content.”In May 2014, the RCMP documented 1,181 murdered and missing women between 1980 and 2012.A year later, the force said 32 additional aboriginal women had been murdered and 11 more had disappeared since it first reported on the issue. It also cited an “unmistakable connection” between homicide and family violence.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
OTTAWA – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada will rejoin NATO’s airborne warning and control system, a program which the Harper government abandoned.Speaking in a conference call from Brussels after a series of meetings with NATO ministers, Sajjan says the so-called AWACS program is important and that the previous government pulled out needlessly.He says that in an alliance like NATO, each country needs to contribute its fair share.Rejoining the program means Canada will support its operations and support budget.Sajjan says doing so will cost between $17 million and $20 million a year.On Friday, Sajjan will take part in the annual, global Munich Security Conference, a major forum on international security.
Rabat – Moroccan Cinematographic Center allocates 4.8 million Dirhams to Movie Theater Renovation.The Committee for the Support of the Digitization Modernization and the Establishment of Movie Theaters gathered on July 5 to discuss budgetary needs of movie theatres in Morocco. After deliberation, the committee decided to allocate 4.8 million dirhams for the restoration and renovation of four movie theatres across the country.The movie theaters that will receive these funds are: Le Colisée Cinéma in Marrakech, l’Eden Club A and B in Casablanca, and El Kifah Cinema in Rabat. The Committee allocated 1.8 million dirhams towards the renovation of Le Colisée Cinéma; l’Eden Club A and B received a total of 1.5 million dirhams, and the remaining 1.46 million was assigned to El Kifah Cinema.This budgetary allocation is a part of an initiative for renovation and restoration that the Moroccan Cinematographic Center’s Administrative Council (CCM) began in 2004. In addition to restoring theaters, the CCM has digitalized 70 documentaries, 20 feature films and 150 news reports.Although these grants only covers approximately 50 percent of the overall cost required to renovate these spaces, they are an important step towards to the revival of the outdated movie theaters.
Protests were staged even today in Colombo against SAITM medical campus.Students affiliated to Government university student unions have been protesting for several weeks demanding that SAITM be completely abolished. (Colombo Gazette) A decision has been taken to transfer the medical students of the Malabe SAITM medical campus to the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).The decision was taken following a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena today, the President’s media division said.
MONTREAL — Loyalty rewards company Aimia Inc. says CEO David Johnston is stepping down.The company said in a news release late Thursday that Johnston and the company’s board of directors “mutually agreed on his departure,” but did not elaborate.A replacement has not been named and Johnston will remain in his post until a new CEO is named.Aimia reaches deal with Mittleman Brothers ahead of annual meetingAeroplan members to start earning miles on Amazon.ca purchases next monthAimia investor may push for board, management changes or sale of company“I am proud of the results we have achieved over the past year despite significant challenges” said Johnston in a release.“As Aimia reshapes itself with a tighter business and geographic footprint, it is the right time for me to further my career elsewhere.”Meanwhile, the operator of the Aeroplan loyalty program says it earned $21.4 million in net earnings during the quarter ending March 31 and 25 cents per adjusted share from continuing operations.That was up from $9.6 million and a 13 cents per adjusted share in the same period a year ago.Total revenue during the period was up slightly at $406 million during the quarter, up from $402.4 million a year ago.The quarterly results and the departure of Johnston come as Aimia faces the prospect of a shareholder revolt after a U.S. investor vowed to vote against the existing board of director nominees at Friday’s annual meeting.22NW Fund LP of Seattle blames Aimia Inc.’s poor performance and plummeting share price directly on the board’s actions including the “botched” Air Canada renegotiation and the sale of the British program Nector to retailer Sainsbury.The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its 30-plus year partnership when the current contract ends in 2020.Fund manager Aron English said earlier this month that board members “should be fired immediately.”22NW Fund said it will vote at Friday’s annual meeting against chairman Robert Brown and Johnston along with directors Roman Doroniuk, Thomas Gardner, Emma Griffin, Robert Kreidler and William McExan and instead support new director nominees Brian Edwards, Philip Mittleman and Jeremy Rabe.
As the Winter Term gets underway, all members of the Brock community are invited to learn about the many volunteer opportunities available in Niagara.VolunteerFEST will return to Market Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 with more than 30 local organizations raising awareness of their activities and actively recruiting new volunteers.Participants are asked to bring their Brock Card as they navigate the vendor-style setup, if they would like to receive credit for their attendance in the University’s Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum.Student Life and Community Experience and Career Education are hosting the biannual event, which kicks off a packed semester of outreach opportunities, both locally and around the world, including Alternative Reading Week trips, on-campus blood drives and more.To learn more about VolunteerFEST and view the entire list of participating organizations, visit the ExperienceBU website.
Ohio State players celebrate after a goal by junior forward Kevin Miller. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Lantern reporterGoals within the final minute of periods have the ability to build momentum, and Ohio State took advantage by netting two of them.On Friday night, the Buckeyes (17-8-6, 8-6-1-1) defeated the Michigan Wolverines (9-17-3, 2-11-2-2) by a score of 4-2. While the Wolverines took the early lead, it was a breakthrough by OSU senior forward David Gust that swung the momentum of the game in favor of the Buckeyes.An interference penalty late in the first period on Michigan defenseman Joseph Cecconi provided the first of the influential power play goals.Sophomore forward Dakota Joshua attacked the net with a powerful wrist shot that deflected off of Michigan goalie Jack Lafontaine. Simultaneously, Gust set himself up in front of goal to put in the rebound with a backhand shot with less than a second left in the first period.In the second period, a late power-play goal by senior forward Nick Schilkey increased the Buckeyes’ lead to two goals. Schilkey set himself up for a rebound similar to Gust and put the puck in net with six seconds left. His 24th goal of the season turned out to be the final tally in the game.Coaches preach to their players that the final two minutes of every period are the most crucial times in a game, and OSU’s Steve Rohlik reaffirmed that message.“It was a difference in the game,” he said. “You score with 0.1 and six seconds left, it’s a heartbreaker for the other team.”The momentum these types of goals create were evident in the flow of the game. Following Gust’s tally, the Buckeyes picked up two quick second-period goals from junior forward Kevin Miller.“Getting (Gust’s late goal) gets us back in the hockey game and you want to build off of late goals like that one,” Joshua said. “We most certainly did coming out and getting those two goals in the second period.”Miller did not focus on his two quick goals, but rather the momentum Gust’s goal had heading into the first break.“You see it all the time in hockey. If there’s a late goal in a period, it really has some momentum heading into the intermission,” said Miller.For the team, OSU will look to carry the momentum gained from Friday’s game into Saturday’s rematch with Michigan. Puck drop is at 5 p.m. for their final regular season matchup with the Wolverines.
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former SYRIZA leader Alekos Alavanos officially launched his new “Plan B” party, advocating Greece leave the euro and return to the drachma.Alavanos led SYRIZA between 2004 and 2008 but has been mostly on the political sidelines over the last few years. Over recent months, he has criticized the party he used to lead, arguing that its goal of rejecting the terms of the EU-IMF bailout but remaining in the single currency was not credible.This criticism culminated in the 63-year-old announcing the creation of a new party that would give “a large part of Greek society, possibly as much as 50 per cent who are in favor of leaving the euro, a chance to have their say.”Alavanos said that in contrast to SYRIZA, the positions held by the Communist Party (KKE) and anti-capitalist ANTARSYA, which advocated a euro exit, had been “justified to a large degree.”However, the leftist stressed that a return to the drachma would not in itself be a solution to Greece’s problems. “Leaving the euro is a precondition for salvation and recovery but is not enough on its own,” he said. “It is a link in the chain of transformations that have to happen, which includes economic planning, stopping payments to foreign lenders and nationalizing banks.”The treatment of Cyprus by the eurozone, including threats that the liquidity supply to its banks would be cut off, only strengthened the need for Greece to look at alternatives, said Alavanos. “Events in Cyprus give the image of a nightmarish future, which we must never experience in Greece.”Alavanos, who led SYRIZA to a 5.04 percent share of the vote in 2007, said that his new party would eschew the usual bureaucracy associated with political movements and instead harness the power of the Internet and direct democracy by operating through a “national network of assemblies, which will have decision-making powers.”Source: Kathimerini
Traffic on one of Melbourne’s central arteries was brought to a standstill yesterday as cabbies opposed to the state government’s taxi industry reforms vented their anger at the unlimited release of new taxi licences.Organised by Victorian Taxi Families (VTF), the blockade took place in Exhibition Street directly outside the offices of the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) – the body charged with implementing the state’s controversial new taxi laws.With police allowing scores of cabs to stop bumper to bumper in Exhibition Street from 11am, more were circling nearby in the VTF’s highest profile action to date. Between 100 and 200 cars are estimated to have taken part.The protestors – taxi licence holders who have worked in the industry for decades – have seen the value of their licences destroyed by the Napthine government’s new legislation.Many of those who took part were elderly owner-operators of Greek heritage.Bill Spanos – who has held a licence for 22 years – said he was tired of being ignored.“The government play games with us, they say they want better customer service but how will they do this by putting more taxis on the roads when already most taxis are under-used.“The government is ignoring us. If they gave us compensation we’d be happy.”Taxi licence values that were once estimated around $500,000 each a few years ago are now worth much less than half that figure.Speaking from the back seat of her dad’s cab, Maria Papakyriakopoulos said she was protesting in support of her 73-year-old father Nick – who has held a taxi licence for 33 years.“My dad began working when there was no superannuation, he’s worked very hard and has never asked the government for anything. We’re here to say it’s not on,” Maria told Neos Kosmos.“If the government is going to devalue our licences people should have either compensation or they should change the law.” Last month the TSC made up to 60 new metro taxi licences available. Hundreds more are planned to be released in July, despite current taxi occupancy rates at 28 per cent – meaning cabs are empty 72 per cent of the time.Parallels have been drawn between the government’s compensation offer for property holders affected by the proposed East-West link and the plight of taxi licence owners, whose capital asset has been slashed in value due to government policy.While Labor voted against the initial taxi reform legislation and has moved amendments, the state Opposition – as yet – has been reluctant to set out its stall as to what promises it makes to the industry in the run up to state elections.A Labor spokesperson told Neos Kosmos: “Labor remains seriously concerned about the impact Napthine government changes are having on the taxi industry. We have raised these concerns in parliament and in forums with Victorian Taxi Families.”Labor has vowed to continue meeting with the industry ahead of the elections and said it will “have more to say about these changes before the November poll.” This week the government accepted recommendations from the Essential Services Commission to increase taxi fares by up to 30 per cent by the end of May, but the move is cold comfort to taxi licence owners whose prime asset has been decimated. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Ecotaxe poids lourds : un décret critiqué par les transporteursLe gouvernement a cherché à faire passer discrètement le décret organisant l’application de la future écotaxe poids lourds. Mais la publication parue dans le Journal officiel du 6 mai n’a pas échappé aux transporteurs qui dénoncent un “dévoiement de la loi” et exigent que le texte soit revu et corrigé.Le délégué général de la Fédération nationale des transports routiers (FNTR), Jean-Paul Deneuville, ne décolère pas. En effet, certainement contrairement à ce qu’aurait souhaité le gouvernement, le décret organisant l’application de la future écotaxe poids lourds ne lui a pas échappé. “Nous avons prévenu les deux gouvernances, la sortante et l’entrante, qu’il s’agit d’une bombe à retardement”, a-t-il déclaré hier à l’AFP.En effet, les transporteurs routiers contestent le dispositif de répercussion de cette écotaxe qui doit s’appliquer à partir de juillet 2013 aux poids-lourds à partir de 3,5 tonnes circulant sur le réseau national non-payant (essentiellement les routes nationales, départementales et communales). Calculée sur une base kilométrique, cette redevance servira entre autres à financer les projets d’infrastructures de transport. Elle sera par ailleurs répercutée par les transporteurs sur les bénéficiaires de la circulation des marchandises.Parmi les points litigieux soulignés par les professionnels, figure notamment la complexité du dispositif de répercussion de la taxe par les transporteurs sur les donneurs d’ordre, prévu par la loi. “Chaque camion qui part de nos entrepôts livre entre 20 et 25 clients par tournée dans un rayon de 200 kilomètres”, a expliqué à l’AFP Hugues Pouzin, directeur général de la Confédération française du commerce interentreprises (CGI). “La difficulté, c’est que la position des clients peut changer d’une tournée à l’autre ce qui va compliquer la gestion de l’écotaxe car le prix va changer tous les jours pour le client”.Une concertation avec les professionnelsÀ lire aussiVeolia s’équipe de camions de ramassage d’ordures à moteur hybridePour la Fédération des entreprises de transport et logistique de France (TLF), cette imprécision prête “le flanc à des interprétations tronquées et subjectives, préjudiciables au bon équilibre des discussions et négociations commerciales menées par nos entreprises de transport”. TLF craint en effet, que les clients des transporteurs ne demandent “des explications et des justifications sur le taux retenu par le prestataire de transport”.Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque la FNTR souligne que “la complexité de la répercussion [de la taxe] est renvoyée au niveau de l’entreprise, les délais de paiement, les kilomètres à vide [ … ] ne sont pas pris en compte”. M. Deneuville s’inquiète également, s’ils laissent faire de devoir “payer la taxe avant d’avoir été payé par les clients”. La fédération recommande donc “aux futurs responsables politiques du Transport d’organiser très rapidement sur le sujet une concertation avec les représentants des professionnels”. Ceux-ci menacent même de remettre totalement en question l’écotaxe si l’Etat décide de laisser le texte tel quel.Côté chiffres, la FNTR indique que la mise en place et la gestion du dispositif coûte près de 250 millions d’euros. Mais à raison d’environ 12 centimes d’euros, elle devrait rapporter 1,24 milliard d’euros par an à l’Etat dont 760 millions de recettes pour l’Agence de financement des infrastructures de transport de France (AFITF) et 160 millions pour les collectivités territoriales.Le 11 mai 2012 à 16:36 • Maxime Lambert
DALLAS, TX (WSVN) – A shoplifter was shot and killed at a Dallas CVS by a loss prevention employee, who now faces a murder charge.According to Fox 26, Dallas Police claim 31-year-old Christopher Geddes was caught on camera, Sunday, stealing an item and running out of the store. Thirty-six-year-old Julio Ruvalcaba chased Geddes in his vehicle.A police report states witnesses called 911 to report seeing a Camry and a Camaro chasing each other on a local highway. The Camry collided with a street sign at an exit, causing it to stop at an intersection.The arrest report said Geddes “who was sitting in the passenger side of the Camry, exited the vehicle and walked towards the Camaro.”The getaway driver for Geddes told Dallas Police Ruvalcaba then pulled out a gun, shooting Geddes. The shoplifter died a short time later, police said.Ruvalcaba was arrested shortly after the shooting and booked into jail. He has since posted bond.“It was ridiculous,” said Geddes’ cousin, Donte Gordon. “It was totally unnecessary. It was uncalled-for.” Geddes leaves behind a girlfriend and a 6-year-old daughter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder first drive: A Boxster with way more bite 0 Enlarge ImageThe GT500 is the most powerful Mustang ever and keeping it cool at wide open throttle requires some seriously smart design. Ford Ford’s forthcoming GT500 Mustang promises to be the fastest and most technologically advanced Mustang ever. To help with the “fastest” part of that equation, the GT500 has a supercharged V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower on 93-octane pump fuel. The technological part requires a bit more explaining.See, one of the unfortunate byproducts of producing all that sweet, sweet horsepower is the production of massive amounts of heat. How massive? Try more than 230 kilowatts — that’s more than 784,000 BTUs per hour, in old money. Getting rid of that heat efficiently and in a way that doesn’t compromise the GT500’s aerodynamics is a fairly complicated problem to solve. So complicated that Ford opted to involve a few supercomputers to help.All cars are cooled by air, and managing how that air moves through the various cooling devices determines how efficiently they can do their job. Of course, on a car like the GT500, you have a radiator to keep the engine itself cool. Then you have an intercooler which helps drop the temperature of the air that the engine breathes. Enlarge ImageFord’s supercomputers use their vast amounts of processing power to help determine the optimum shape for cooling and aero on Ford’s fastest Mustangs. Ford On their own, packaging these inside the aggressively-styled nose of the Mustang takes a little finesse. Each needs to be large enough to do its job, but small enough to leave room for the other cooling pack components. The GT500 has air conditioning, so that means a condenser is mounted in front of the radiator, then there is a transmission cooler, an engine oil cooler and so on.Each of these matrices is a different thickness and causes an obstruction to incoming air that affects the component behind it. This is where the supercomputer comes in. First, the computer helps find the optimum size and shape of the grille area for the Mustang, and then it will help determine the ideal placement and size of the various cooling components.Now, with the engine’s need for air satiated, the supercomputer calculates the flow through the grille, the cooling components, and out of the hood vent, the cowl and other ducts in the car. These all affect the car’s wind resistance and the amount of aerodynamic downforce the vehicle produces.Enlarge ImageThis is the GT500’s aero buck. It’s a test mule that Ford’s designers can use to quickly check any potential aerodynamic changes. It’s not pretty, but it’s helpful. Ford The temperature of the air coming out of these ducts affects this as well. As you’d imagine, air coming out of the hood vent is good and hot after having gone through a half-dozen radiators and around a massive roaring engine. The supercomputer accounts for this.Of course, not even a supercomputer can nail things on the first go so the ability to rapidly design, model, and then build and test parts in a wind tunnel and then on-track is critical. To that end, Ford employed the use of in-house 3D printers that allowed its engineers to design, for example, new winglets that mount on the bumper to increase front downforce. Ford ended up going through more than 10 different designs for these “splitter wickers” before finding the right one.Long gone are the days of the Ford Thunderbolt, when making a faster car meant taking a standard car, stripping weight out of it, tossing in the biggest engine you had and telling the customer good luck if they had problems. Ford understands that not only does its GT500 have to go like hell on a race track or a drag strip, but it also has to start every time you push the button. Based on the engineering that Ford’s showing us here, it looks like we have plenty to be excited about come summertime. 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 98 Photos Share your voice Ford Post a comment Tags Performance Cars Auto Tech Supercomputers Ford More From Roadshow
A man, who was allegedly put on fire by some drug traders over a drug-related dispute in Fatullah, Narayanganj succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday–reports UNB.The victim is Suman, 38, son of Abdul Jalil of Mahasadair Pakapul area in Fatullah of sadar upazila.Victim’s wife Sumi said a local resident who was known to them, Sohel Mandal, younger brother of Aslam Mandal, former Enayetnagar Union member called her husband out around 9:00pm on Friday night.A few minutes later she rushed to the spot and after hearing the screaming of her husband on the road, found him with burn injuries.Severely injured Suman was rushed to local hospital and later shifted to DMCH as his condition deteriorated.Before losing his battle for life, Suman told his relatives that he had an argument with local drug dealer Biplab, his wife Sahela Begum and accomplice Sohel Mandal, over a payment which he gave Biplab earlier as a loan.At one stage, Biplab and his associates attacked him and poured kerosene on him and set him on fire.Officer-in-charge of Fatullah police station Shah Manjur Kader said they were investigating the matter.Meanwhile, Biplab denied the allegation and said Suman immolated himself as he was a drug addict.
.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader visited ailing Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital on Monday.Obiadul Quader visited Ershad at the hospital at 10:30am, said Ershad’s deputy press secretary Deloar Jalalai.Ershad’s brother GM Quader, also the party’s acting chairman, and secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga were present during the Quader’s visit, reports UNB.
Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERATom Kiernan is the director of the American Wind Energy Association.Wind is now the top source of renewable power in the nation. The American Wind Energy Association bragged about that news Thursday morning in Arlington. Its latest report shows Texas leads the nation in wind power production. Listen to the KERA News story.Last year, the wind in the Lone Star State produced more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity.“That’s enough energy to power more than 5.7 million homes here in Texas, and also provide more than 25,000 jobs here in Texas,” said Tom Kiernan, who runs the wind energy trade group.Now, if renewable energy conjures images of hippies hugging trees, that’s a bit of an outdated image. The backdrop for the day’s news conference helped sell that message: It was the factory floor of the General Motors’ Arlington Assembly Plant. That factory produces 1,200 big SUVs every day. It’s in the middle of a $1.4 billion expansion, and by 2018, it’ll be run entirely on renewable energy, most of it from wind.CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSIn 2018, General Motors plans to run its entire Arlington Assembly Plant on renewable energy. The factory produces 1,200 SUVs every day.“It’s reliable, it’s affordable, it just makes good business sense,” Kiernan said.All of that has meant more jobs in the wind energy industry building and maintaining those soaring wind turbines – more than 100,000 nationwide. It’s also put money into rural communities: Wind energy companies paid some $60 million in land leases to Texas farmers last year.“Wind in Texas has gone from something that we would cuss every day, to now helping families to keep the ranch from one family to the next,” said Ken Becker, who heads economic development for the West Texas town of Sweetwater.With some $60 billion worth of new operations in the pipeline nationwide, wind power won’t be winding down any time soon.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM.
Verizon’s rollup strategy combining Yahoo and AOL hasn’t panned out the way it expected.The telco spent around $10 billion to acquire Yahoo and AOL, merging them under the Oath operating division. But the internet-media business isn’t performing as well as Verizon originally expected — and on Tuesday, Verizon said it expects to record a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of approximately $4.6 billion (pre-tax) in the fourth quarter of 2018.That write-down represents the elimination of nearly the entire goodwill balance of $4.8 billion that Verizon was carrying on its balance sheet for the Oath acquisitions. In accounting, goodwill reflects the value of intangible assets of an acquired entity.“Verizon’s Media business, branded Oath, has experienced increased competitive and market pressures throughout 2018 that have resulted in lower than expected revenues and earnings,” the company said in an SEC filing. “These pressures are expected to continue and have resulted in a loss of market positioning to our competitors in the digital advertising business.” Oath also has “achieved lower-than-expected benefits from the integration of the Yahoo Inc. and AOL Inc. businesses,” Verizon said.The Oath strategy was engineered under a previous leadership regime, including Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media. McAdam is retiring, Armstrong exited Oath this fall and Walden stepped down at the end of 2017.K. Guru Gowrappan (pictured above), formerly an executive at China’s Alibaba Group, took over the reins as Oath CEO effective Oct. 1, reporting to Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, who stepped into the job in August. In the SEC filing, Verizon said the new leadership team — including Gowrappan and Vestberg — completed a five-year strategic planning review of Oath’s business prospects, which resulted in the downward revision for Oath’s financial projections.Oath has been losing share in the digital-ad space since 2017, as other players including Amazon have made gains. Last year, Oath represented 4.1% of U.S. digital ad revenue (around $3.6 billion); its market share is projected to decline to 3.3% in 2018 (roughly $3.7 billion), according to research firm eMarketer.Also in Tuesday’s filing, Verizon said it will take a charge of $1.8 billion-$2.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018 for severance costs, after around 10,400 employees accepted the company’s voluntary buyout offer initiated in September. Nearly half of those employees will exit in December, with rest to leave by June 2019.In addition, Verizon disclosed that it expects to complete a reorganization of “legal entities associated with its wireless business” in December 2018. That will result in a one-time deferred tax benefit of around $2.1 billion in Q4 of 2018, the telco said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15