October 7, 2019

How the arrival of fibre optics is putting the squeeze on lowerpriced

TORONTO — George Burger says his company VMedia Inc. can’t get internet service into customer buildings and homes the way it once did because copper wiring that the Toronto-based internet service provider uses to reach customers is being replaced, taking parts of his market with it.The problem is that fibre optics networks — which carry internet signals over glass filaments — are gradually being installed directly into homes and replacing slower, but less expensive, copper-based wiring.VMedia is one of hundreds of independent ISPs across Canada that rent space on the networks of large telecommunications and cable companies in order to cater to price-conscious consumers, who like the idea of paying monthly fees that are about 25 per cent less compared with the larger mainstream partners.Why indie internet provider TekSavvy is building its own fibre network for the first timeCanada has one of the world’s most protected telecom sectors — and the rates to show for itCRTC calls for complaints on misleading, aggressive telecom sales practicesBut Burger says ISPs like his are increasingly unable to offer consumers such low prices as they lose access to old-style wiring that can be rented from a big player at a mandated wholesale price that’s low enough to still earn a profit.Burger says it’s not always clear why VMedia can’t get access to a new customer in an older building.“We know that we used to have somebody in that building that we were able to service and now we can’t.”Graham Fletcher, owner of independent ISP the Internet Centre in Edmonton, shares Burger’s concern about the removal of old-style wiring such as digital subscriber lines (DSL) that phone companies deployed for residential internet services.Sometimes, Fletcher says, old wiring is removed from conduits that run through a neighbourhood, while other times the copper wires remain but they’re unavailable for communications because their power is diverted for other uses.“Either way, we lose the DSL business if they use the conduit for fibre,” Fletcher says.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has decided that the big phone and cable companies are obliged to allow small ISPs to use their newer residential fibre — but at interim prices that are too high to make business sense, and much higher than the wholesale prices for legacy wiring, Burger says.VMedia, for instance, must currently pay $121 per month to Bell for each fibre optic line — higher than the promotional retail prices that Bell offered to consumers recently for its fibre-to-the-home products.Both Burger and Fletcher — along with the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) — have been pressing for the CRTC to complete its process for determining final wholesale prices for renting fibre optic infrastructure.They expect the final wholesale rates set by the CRTC will be much lower than the interim rates that are currently in place.“I’m pretty confident that, over time, the CRTC is going to realize that that’s going to have to be addressed,” Burger says.“But for the moment, the way things stand right now, it’s really unclear on the direction that the regulators are taking in encouraging competition at the independent ISP level. And that’s the concern.”Matt Stein, chief executive of Distributel — a national independent ISP based in Toronto — says the CRTC’s process “is taking much longer than we anticipated and throughout this delay the big carriers continue to operate without competition from companies like Distributel.”“That means customers are not getting the full array of choice that they deserve,” says Stein, who is also chairman of CNOC, which represents independent ISPs.But there’s a limit to the effect of lower prices on the indies, says Warren Shiau, vice-president of research at IDC Canada. He suggests consumers are willing to pay what Bell, Rogers and Telus are charging for various reasons, including consumer complacency.“The resellers provide significant cost savings, typically in the area of 25 per cent for similar service, but relatively speaking their share of the market is minuscule,” he says.Only 13 per cent of Canada’s retail internet subscriptions were spread among the some 550 alternative providers in 2016, according to the Competition Bureau, with 87 per cent at a dozen regional phone and cable companies such as Bell Canada and its affiliates, Telus, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Cogeco and Eastlink.“It’s not like it’s hard to find one, there are hundreds of them. It’s not as if the service is inferior, they are just reselling internet service from Bell, Rogers or Telus networks — so the service is equivalent.”Burger says that, despite the small market share it holds, VMedia has been able to flourish with the legacy wiring “because we were able to provide services at a significantly lower cost than the incumbents were.”“And we were still making money, so you can imagine how much the incumbents were making.” read more

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October 7, 2019

Fear from two sides BC refugee claimant who helped repair vehicles for

VANCOUVER — At a Canadian immigration hearing a few years ago, refugee claimant Boutros Massroua was asked for his opinion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).“Their members are not human beings,” he answered. “They are worse than animals that kill each other.”Despite this unequivocal response, immigration authorities have repeatedly denied the Lebanese national’s refugee claim on the ground that he was complicit in crimes against humanity because of work he did in 2015 repairing vehicles for the terrorist group.Massroua, 54, who resides in Vancouver with his wife, says the work he performed was brief. He insists he had no idea at first who he was working for and when he finally clued in, it was impossible for him to immediately get out.This introduction surely must have put the claimant on alert that he was, at least, going to a criminal operation of some sortBut in rejecting Massroua’s claim, one adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board said it should have been plainly obvious to him this was an “illegal military group” and that he had ample opportunity to flee. Moreover, had it not been for the repair work he did, “these vehicles would not be returning to Syria with guns on top of them — to shoot unarmed women, children, men of every religion.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.As Global News first reported in April, the complicated case is now set to go before the Federal Court of Canada for review. A hearing is scheduled for next month.Massroua recently underwent a change of lawyers. His new lawyer, Amanda Aziz, declined on Monday an invitation to speak to the Post about the case.Lawyers for the federal government say in court papers Massroua has “failed to establish a fairly arguable case” that immigration authorities erred in denying his claim.Massroua’s September 2015 refugee claim begins ominously: “My wife and I fear from two sides: ISIS and Hezbullah.”According to the claim and hearing transcripts, Massroua was approached in December 2014 by a stranger named Abou Mohamad, who needed repairs to his SUV. At the time, Massroua and his wife lived in Zahle, Lebanon, near the Syrian border, and Massroua worked for a small auto repair company. A group of alleged Islamic State group recruits riding in armed trucks in an unknown location in September 2014. Handout/AFP/Getty Images When the job was done, Mohamad offered Massroua a well-paid side gig in the evenings to repair cars and mentor mechanics at another garage. “I had no suspicions at this point,” he wrote.In late February or early March 2015, Massroua says he was taken to a new location — he described it as a hangar — staffed by people with non-Lebanese accents who were reinforcing the floors of jeeps and outfitting their rooftops with metal cases, which he knew were for weapons. None of the vehicles had licence plates.Massroua says he returned to the hangar several times — always taken in their car and never allowed to drive himself. Each time, he was patted down, stripped of his phone and told to remove the cross around his neck. (Massroua is Catholic.)During one visit, he says he was working on a truck when he felt something sticky in the cab. There was blood on the seat and floor, as well as a machine gun.“The smell sort of made me nauseous,” he testified. It was the first time he felt afraid.Massroua says he came up with excuses not to return. He’d say he was sick. But they came to his house carrying guns and pressured him to return to work.I was convinced by then that they were ISISOne time, he says, they took his passport for a day and put a Chinese visa in it and told him to prepare to travel to China because they needed him to pick up something.On three occasions, they took him across the border into Syria to do repairs. He could see and hear shelling in the distance.“I was convinced by then that they were ISIS,” he wrote.The pressure intensified, he says, after he received a visit from a member of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, accusing him of working for ISIL and telling him to quit. He and his wife started making plans to stay with his sister in Canada.Hezbollah members returned again and again, eventually offering to pay him handsomely if he spied on ISIL for them — take photographs and wear a wire.“Hezbollah said that if I did not comply then they would kill both me and my wife,” he wrote.That’s when he and his wife moved temporarily to his wife’s parents home in Beirut. As soon as their passports and visas were ready, they flew to Canada in May 2015, telling their Beirut family they’d be gone a couple of months.A supporting letter written by Massroua’s mother-in-law in Beirut describes the day she discovered their apartment in Zahle had been ransacked. ‘We’re doing nothing’: Canada could be a leader in handling its foreign fighters, but isn’t, say experts B.C. man who ‘glorified’ ISIS terrorism on Facebook issued deportation order from Canada Almost 800 people who survived ISIL now in Canada as refugees: Immigration Minister “The apartment was in chaos,” she wrote. “When I got downstairs, I went to the garage where my daughter parked her car, I noticed that the car windows were smashed.… I immediately called my daughter and told her what had happened and what should I do. Should I call the police? It was then that she told me everything and that she and her husband are under threat of being killed.”Before Massroua’s refugee claim could be assessed, he had to appear before the Immigration and Refugee Board in May 2016 to determine if he was admissible to Canada. He found a sympathetic ear in adjudicator Laura Ko, who determined the short duration of his work for ISIL and “lack of any commitment to the organization’s goals,” did not constitute membership.But in reviewing Massroua’s refugee claim in the fall of 2016, IRB adjudicator Michal Fox was more skeptical, concluding that he met the standard set by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012 for excluding a refugee claimant from protection because of complicity in international crimes.The Supreme Court decision stemmed from the case of Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, a former diplomat from the Democratic Republic of Congo who sought refuge in Canada in 2008. The top court ruled that mere association with an organization that commits war crimes was insufficient to deny protection. In order to be excluded, there needed to be “serious reasons for considering that he or she voluntarily made a knowing and significant contribution” to those crimes.Fox said Massroua met that threshold, concluding it would have been impossible for him to not have known he was assisting ISIL the first time he went to the hangar. Massroua was driven into a Sunni area at night, forced to take off his cross, had his phone taken from him and patted down for weapons, Fox said.“This introduction surely must have put the claimant on alert that he was, at least, going to a criminal operation of some sort … something clandestine.”Even after seeing blood and a weapon in a vehicle, Massroua kept returning “over and over,” Fox continued.This is a significant contribution to the entire war effort of ISISTowards the end of her decision, Fox delivered perhaps the most damning line of all: If not for Massroua’s work, “these vehicles would not be returning to Syria with guns on top of them — to shoot unarmed women, children, men of every religion, to blow up buildings, and to keep food from reaching the starving people of Syria. This is a significant contribution to the entire war effort of ISIS.” (Records show Fox did grant Massroua’s wife refugee status after finding she had a well-founded fear.)Last December, Patricia O’Connor of the IRB’s refugee appeal division upheld Fox’s decision, noting that Massroua had chosen for a time to stay put despite having a “safe avenue of escape” and had made a significant contribution to ISIL.In applying to the Federal Court for a judicial review, Massroua’s previous lawyer maintained the mechanic’s work for ISIL was sporadic and done while under duress.He and his wife fled Lebanon “at their earliest opportunity.”• Email: dquan@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

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October 2, 2019

MOT pass and fail data

Motorists should ensure that their car is regularly serviced by a reputable garage that employs appropriately qualified technicians. MOT pass and fail informationThe MOT test is a vital part of measures to keep vehicles on our roads safe and fit for purpose. Pass rates will be determined by a wide range of factors, but particularly the level of use, ownership profile and the frequency of servicing or regular maintenance. Motorists should also regularly check tyres, lighting, seat belts, etc to make sure that their vehicle remains roadworthy between testing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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October 2, 2019

Ohio State mens basketball overcomes slow start in win over Northern Illinois

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt wasn’t pretty in any sense of the word, but the Ohio State men’s basketball team is back at the .500 mark.Despite a woeful shooting night, plenty of turnovers and even more fouls, the Buckeyes improved to 5-5 on the young season with a win over Northern Illinois (7-2) at the Schottenstein Center on Wednesday evening.The Buckeyes took just a two-point lead into halftime at 33-31 and took some time to get going after the break, but they pulled away down the stretch.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate proved to be the spark plug coach Thad Matta’s team needed, picking up his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds — 11 and seven, respectively, in the second half — while adding three steals.“When we went in at halftime and came out, we just had that Buckeye basketball sense to us,” Tate said. “Getting on the ground for loose balls, being in the gaps. We just played harder and we got the win.”Matta said Tate displayed great leadership during the game, something he wants to see more from the sophomore moving forward.“I pulled him aside afterwards and just said, ‘Hey, that’s who you are. That’s who you need to be,’” Matta said. “Obviously, when you lead from the front, it can make you a better player, and I thought he was really, really good tonight.”The Buckeyes’ most efficient scorer on the night was another sophomore forward, Keita Bates-Diop, who had 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a trio of 3-pointers. He picked up his second career double-double, as well, by adding 10 rebounds.Junior forward Marc Loving saw his streak of 10 or more points in each game this season come to an end, scoring only eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.Loving’s shooting night was more indicative of his team’s offensive performance than Bates-Diop’s, as OSU shot only 39.2 percent for the game. Fortunately for OSU, the Huskies were much worse, shooting an abysmal 26.8 percent.“At times, our shots wasn’t falling, but we just kept playing defense,” said redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, who had 10 points and eight rebounds. “The biggest key with us is when we’re not hitting shots, we continue to play D,”Despite the difference in field-goal percentages, Northern Illinois hung around for much of the contest. A steal by OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle and a three-point play from Tate broke a 44-all tie with 11:33 to go, and from that point on, the Scarlet and Gray held a 23-10 scoring advantage over the Huskies, who hit just 2-of-11 shots and turned the ball over six times down the stretch.Matta gave all the credit for the team’s late run to defense and called it a “growing experience.”“You shoot 39 percent and we had some point-blank shots at the rim and they didn’t go down for us, but guys ran back down, they kept defending,” he said. “That, to me, was really the difference.”In addition to the poor shooting, both teams struggled with turnovers, combining for 27 on the night. Fouls, however, were the main reason for the sluggish, sloppy pace of the game. The teams were called for a total of 44 infractions, though OSU freshman center Daniel Giddens was the only player to foul out of the contest.Neither team scored until the 17:43 mark of the first half when Lyle hit a floater in the paint. The slow shooting start was indicative of what was to come, as both teams shot under 40 percent for the half.“I think we came out playing hard, but I don’t think we came out to our full potential,” Tate said. “We were kind of stuck in second gear there.”Adding to the poor shooting performance was a plethora of fouls, with both teams reaching the double bonus — the Buckeyes doing so with 14:27 left — and shooting a combined 34 first-half free throws.OSU was eventually able to take a 24-18 edge, its biggest lead of the first half, but couldn’t turn it into a run and pull away.After it took the six-point advantage with 6:58 to go, the Buckeyes made only one field goal the rest of the half, taking a slim lead into the locker room.“We’re still looking for that consistency all the way through,” Matta said. “We had a six-point lead in the first half and we had those turnovers and we weren’t able to extend it. That’s kind of been a theme with this team.”The second half opened on a similar note to the first as the scoreboard stayed at 33-31 until Bates-Diop knocked down a corner three with 17:10 remaining.But the Buckeyes couldn’t build on that five-point lead, as continued poor shooting and turnovers allowed the Huskies to hang around.After Tate’s three-point play, however, OSU was able to turn on the jets and close out the Huskies to escape with a win.OSU is scheduled to return to the court on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, as it travels to take on No. 4 Kentucky in the Barclays Center as part of the CBS Sports Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.“I just want to see growth,” Matta said of the highly anticipated matchup with the talented Wildcats. “I want to see us play better than we played last Saturday and better than we played tonight.” read more

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September 25, 2019

Cadbury criticised for selling variety box containing just eight biscuits

first_imgTake The Biscuit: Cadbury Blasted For Selling Large Variety Box Which Contains Just EIGHT Biscuits! 😲 – https://t.co/fDJFg9kxC5 pic.twitter.com/B3ZxgsJfop— SWNS.com (@SWNS) January 4, 2018 Cadbury was sold to US giant Kraft Foods for a reported £11.5billion in 2010. It is now part of global snacks business Mondelez.Since the takeover, customers have complained of changes to the taste of some of Cadbury’s most iconic snacks.A spokesperson for Cadbury said: “We are sorry to hear that the consumer was disappointed.”However, we do not believe our packaging is misleading as the weight of our products is clearly labelled on pack so people can be certain of what they are getting, as is standard across the food industry. Cadbury has been criticised for selling a variety box product which contains just eight biscuits.A disgruntled customer, who posted a video of him opening the Cadbury Biscuit Assortment on social media, said the confectionery company was “quite literally taking the biscuit”.The customer’s wife, who works as a teacher, was given the box by one of her pupils before Christmas.The husband, from Birmingham, who does not want to be named for fear of embarrassing the pupil, said: “It was a box given to my wife from one of her pupils at Christmas which was a lovely gesture.”We saved the biscuits until after Christmas and we sat down with a glass of red wine and thought we’d open it up and tuck in. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @CadburyUK Worst box of biscuits I ever seen from Cadbury. 8 biscuits in an enlarged box what a waste of resources pic.twitter.com/JaKs80xxQd— Captain Falcon (@f_zero_x) June 6, 2016 Had a ‘Cadbury’s Biscuit Assortment’ bought me for Christmas. Opened it. It was literally eight biscuits.— British Problems (@British_problem) December 26, 2016 “I saw eight biscuits and thought they would be double-stacked. To my amazement it was just one biscuit in each compartment.”What angered me was the plastic tray inside the box had been built up by at least an inch to make it look like it was deeper than what it actually was.”Looking at the depth of the box, a customer would think there were lots of biscuits in there. It’s not just a waste of packaging but quite misleading to the customer.” According to website Cadbury Gifts Direct, the box is a “107g Cadbury Biscuit Assortment Box – Cadbury Milk Chocolate Biscuits in seven varieties.”The description states: “A scrumptious Cadbury chocolate biscuit selection. “A Cadbury box with seven biscuit flavours to choose from!”Chocolate Chip Cookie, Vanilla Crisp, Half Coated Shortie, Milk Triangle, Hazelnut Falvour Crispette, Crunchy Milk Ring and Simply Shortcake.” Other dissatisfied customers have also left reviews of the confectionary gift online and complained on Twitter.One person who left a one-star review on Amazon said: “I bought this item but didn’t realise the picture is all you get – one of each biscuit, there are actually eight biscuits in a box, not what I was expecting.”Twitter user Tom P said: “Trade descriptions Cadbury! Full-sized box to house eight measly biccies. Sadbury more like!” “We are committed to providing great tasting Cadbury biscuits people love, at the best possible value.” Can’t believe this Cadbury Biscuit selection only 8 Biscuits #poundland pic.twitter.com/KLe9lULQIz— Garry Merrifield (@GarryMerrifield) April 25, 2017last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Seven great games like Temple Run 2

first_img 1 2 3 We’ve come a long way from being forced to play a monochrome version of Snake on our phones while waiting in line at the supermarket. Smartphone gaming has exploded, and with the dramatic increase in tablet sales it’s not uncommon to see someone grabbing a few minutes of their favorite game while on lunch break, on the bus, or waiting at the post office. Temple Run 2, the recently released successor to the incredibly popular mobile game, is a perfect example of the kind of quick, time-wasting fun that become popular alongside the smartphone.As good as they are, Temple Run and its sequel are far from the only games that provide a great pick-up-and-play experience. We’ve assembled seven other games like Temple Run 2 that do an amazing job of distracting you for a few seconds to hours at a time.Temple Run: BraveThis one is fairly obvious, so we’ll get it out of the way first. Disney and Imangi made a custom version of Temple Run to celebrate the release of the movie Brave. Instead of playing as a tomb raider who is running around being chased by monkeys, you play as Merida being chased by the massive bear from the movie “Brave”. Instead of just replacing the graphics and keeping everything the same, however, Imangi made a whole new game with entirely different mechanics.One of the most important things about Merida is her love of archery, and this is demonstrated in the game. It features sprints where you must shoot targets as well as navigate the maze. It’s not a requirement that you hit the targets, but there are huge multiplier benefits for being able to hit all of the targets in a single run. I found the added challenge in Temple Run: Brave along with the overall theme from the movie to really give the game a whole new feel.It’s $0.99 for iOS and Android, so there’s no reason not to pick it up.Mirror’s EdgeAs impressive as it would be to have a mobile device offer the mind-blowing and intense experience that Mirror’s Edge offered on the PS3, that’s not what I am about to tell you. The iOS exclusive Mirror’s Edge features the same main character and the same concept of crazy acrobatics feats and skillful non-violent takedowns, but in an intuitive 2D side-scroller. The game is spent is constant motion, just like the original, but you swipe on your screen to cause slides, jumps, and disarm and knock out maneuvers.Mirror’s Edge is broken out into small levels that make it easy for you to put the phone or tablet away when you need to, but the continuous story of the game makes sure you keep coming back to it.You can get the game for the iPhone or the iPad for $9.99, making it a little pricey but still a great add-on for any existing fans of the original game.Falling FredIt’s a little easier to hide the fact that you are playing a game when you are swiping back and forth on a screen, but sometimes it is just plain entertaining to use the accelerometer in your phone to control things. Falling Fred is a physics game where you guide your character through a series of gruesome obstacles by tilting your phone. The longer Fred (or one of his friends) stays alive, the faster the game gets. Eventually your character dies, and you can record the manner in which you met your end and then share it online with your friends.Falling Fred, like Running Fred before it, are hardly what I would call child safe. They feature a fair bit of badly animated blood, and the gore is just enough for a little shock value added into what is already a really engaging game. Each fall lasts just seconds, making this a perfect time killer.Falling Fred is free for both iOS and Android, and each version offers unique content that is not available on the other platform.Read on for more great games like Temple Run 2…last_img read more

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September 15, 2019

2 killed after car crashes into tree in Fort Lauderdale

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people were killed after, police said, their car slammed into a tree in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday afternoon.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash on Northeast Ninth Street and North Federal Highway, at around 12:15 p.m.Officials said the victims’ vintage model Mercedes-Benz crashed into a tree located in a median.Paramedics transported them to Broward Health Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.Officers temporarily shut down one lane of North Federal Highway while they investigated.Police are withholding the victims’ names until next of kin is notified.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

In a Texas border town a church on the edge and wildlife

first_img Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard He and his family are already battling the federal government in court over their land. But their prospects of winning the case don’t look good.Anzaldua says he’s also opposed to the wall because he sees this region of South Texas and Northern Mexico as one community, as have the generations of his family who came before him. He doesn’t like the idea of dividing it with a barrier.”We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us,” Anzaldua says. “I’m not giving up to the last minute, until it’s all done. Then we’ll have to work to tear it down.”The river’s endThe Rio Grande is the fourth longest river in the US. It originates in the Colorado Rockies, then bends and winds its way through New Mexico and along the edge of Texas to eventually empty into the Gulf of Mexico, 1,896 miles later. After traveling hundreds of miles along this river, I had to see its end.I drive my rental car toward the gulf, past cabbage, melon and grapefruit farms, to the dunes and salt flats of Boca Chica State Park. When the road ends at a long, desolate beach, I park and walk. It’s about three miles to the mouth of the river. A cool, thick fog hangs over the ocean as small waves tumble onto the shore.borderlands-8797Where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Dara Kerr/CNET Behind me, a lifted black Ford pickup comes driving down the beach. I still have a ways to go, so I give a wave and ask for a ride. It’s a couple from Missouri wintering in Texas. A pop country station plays over the radio. Like me, they want to see where the river disappears into the sea. We slowly crawl down the beach until we make it to the mouth of the Rio Grande.The land out here is open and rugged. It’s only about 30 feet across to Mexico. The US side is empty, but on the Mexican side, a handful of fishermen in fluorescent green waders stand shin deep, casting their nets. Herons, gulls and pelicans look on.As I’m taking it in, I’m reminded of a plaque I saw at the Butterfly Center engraved with a quote from the writer Wallace Stegner:”Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed. … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”A small, black SUV pulls up to the water’s edge across the river in Mexico. A family of four gets out to take in the view, just the same as us. The dad looks over at me, standing here on the US side. He smiles and waves.Tall Order: Building the Border Wall is our Texas border series exploring what a wall and tech alternatives might mean to the people, communities and law enforcement agencies living in its shadow. Read the first story here: Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative, and the second story here: At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx. Tags 2:09 Tall order: Building the border wall Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints Along with historic sites and wildlife refuges, the Trump administration is also looking to build the wall across residents’ private property. Throughout Texas, more than 1,000 landowners are going to be potentially impacted by property seizures, says Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican whose district covers more than 800 miles of the Texas-Mexico border and who opposes a wall along the entire southern boundary.In the Rio Grande Valley, the government has been sending letters to dozens of property owners over the past few months asking to survey their land for the wall. If the landowners refuse, these matters typically end up in court with the government making a case to seize the property under eminent domain. The Butterfly Center and La Lomita had cases against the federal government over the use of their land, and both cases have been dismissed. The Butterfly Center appealed that decision.”The messiness of all these takings has become a real burden for people,” says Peter McGraw, a lawyer with the nonprofit legal assistance firm Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.Mission area resident Reynaldo Anzaldua (left) and the mayor of Mission, Armando O'Caña.Mission area resident Reynaldo Anzaldua (left) and the mayor of Mission, Armando O’Caña. Dara Kerr/CNET Reynaldo Anzaldua’s family has lived in the Mission area since before the US was even a country. He’s a descendent of the Spaniards who settled on both sides of the river in the 1750s. His extended family owns plots of land throughout the region and even has a land grant dating back to 1767. Now the government aims to build the wall through about 70 acres of his family’s property.Anzaldua, who’s soft-spoken with thin, gray hair and wire-rimmed glasses, is a retired customs officer and Vietnam War vet. He says he’s opposed to Trump’s wall because he doesn’t think it’s needed or will work.”One thing I do know about is smuggling. They need to look at the root causes of things,” Anzaldua says. “This is about demand for drugs and demand for illegal immigrant labor. If you reduce demand, you reduce violence in Mexico, you reduce problems here.” The messiness of all these takings has become a real burden for people. Peter McGraw, lawyer for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid reading • In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx Politics Security Clear-cutting isn’t the only side effect the wall will have on South Texas’ wildlife, Sánchez-Navarro says. It’ll also cut off access to water and migratory routes for animals. And the 36-foot-tall barrier will exacerbate wind flow, light pollution and trash and debris buildup.Flooding may be a serious issue too. South Texas is prone to what locals call “rain events,” when a sudden storm pours down massive amounts of water. When this happens, the Rio Grande tends to flood very quickly.”With the wall there, animals would get trapped and drown,” Sánchez-Navarro says. “They don’t have a way to escape.”story-003-nature4Enlarge ImageThis map shows where the border wall will be built in the Mission, Texas, area of the Rio Grande Valley. Amy Kim/CNET Customs and Border Protection says it’s waived various environmental laws to build the wall, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. But it also says it’s working with federal, state and nongovernmental organizations to identify the potential impact on wildlife.”To the greatest extent practicable, CBP will incorporate design considerations to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any potential impacts that are found,” the agency says.A couple miles west of the Butterfly Center, Customs and Border Protection’s excavators have already uprooted brush and cleared about eight acres in a tract of land called La Parida Banco, which is in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This is the first location in Hidalgo County to get Trump’s new border wall.”It is happening next door to us, but not to us,” Wright says. But if Trump’s agenda continues, she says, “they will eventually build the wall through us.”‘We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us’After mass, Father Snipes offers to take me on a boat tour down the Rio Grande on his 50-year-old Kenner ski barge. He puts on his cowboy hat and Texas A&M jacket, towels the morning dew off the boat’s seats and gets the old barge’s motor going.”And we’re off like a band of turtles,” he jokes.The river is wide and calm here, flanked by palms and swamp grass. As Snipes steers the boat downstream, he points to Mexico with its riverside houses and a tidy park full of picnic tables. On the US side, Border Patrol surveillance towers watch over the water. An aerostat hovers in the distance.20190215-084456Father Roy Snipes steers his Kenner ski barge down the Rio Grande. Dara Kerr/CNET “It’s hard to see any signs of a crisis,” Snipes says, as he scans the empty river. “The crisis is demonizing and despising your neighbors.”Snipes took his final vows as a priest at La Lomita in 1980 and he’s been here ever since. He’s had hundreds of parishioners from both sides of the river, including Border Patrol agents and Mexicans who entered the US without papers. The church sits just below the levee, which means it’s inside the 150-foot enforcement zone. Snipes says he hasn’t heard talk of demolishing La Lomita, but being in a deforested area next to a 36-foot-tall concrete and steel wall will change the church.”It’s such a serene and peaceful place to pray, and if you have a militarized zone right there, it would desecrate the atmosphere,” he says. “Couldn’t we find something better than a 15th century wall?” The crisis is demonizing and despising your neighbors.  Father Roy Snipes, parish priest for La Lomita Border wall dividing homes and habitat • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai Adobe Donald Trump More than 100 pilgrims quietly make their way into La Lomita Chapel and slide onto the wooden pews of the 120-year-old Catholic church. As one man sits down, he hangs his cowboy hat on a post near the pulpit. The one-room adobe chapel is lit only by a table of flickering votive candles. It’s a cool February morning in Mission, Texas, and the sun has yet to rise.”We pray for ourselves,” Father Roy Snipes says with a Texan lilt, holding a flashlight as he reads his sermon. “But we also pray for our oppressors.” Enlarge ImageThis is the third story in our Texas border trilogy, Tall Order: Building the Border Wall. Click here for the first story and click here for the second story. Amy Kim/CNET Snipes, who’s tall with a slight stoop and combed white hair parted on the side, has served at La Lomita Chapel for nearly 40 years. As he continues his sermon, he turns to a topic his parishioners are familiar with: the border wall.La Lomita sits directly in the path of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall. The tiny white church is situated in a grassy park less than a block from the dark green Rio Grande — the international boundary between Texas and Mexico. That has turned this historic landmark into a symbol of what might be lost once the wall is built. And it’s turned Snipes, who’s locally known as the “cowboy priest” and has been described as “Mr. Rogers with a Stetson,” into an unlikely symbol of protest against the physical barrier the Trump administration just started building in Texas last month.”In the long run, it’s going to be a real sad chapter in our history, that wall,” Snipes says. “It’s a shame they couldn’t think of something better than that with all of the tech we have.” It’s going to be a real sad chapter in our history, that wall. Father Roy Snipes, parish priest for La Lomita The US Border Patrol has blanketed the nearly 2,000-mile-long US-Mexico border with technology, most of it geared toward surveillance. The agency relies on a network of sensors, cameras and drones equipped with lidar and radar to spot people, boats and vehicles crossing the border into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Watchdog groups warn that this mass surveillance could have serious privacy implications. But a wall, say the dozens of Texans living along the border who granted me interviews, may be even worse.If all goes according to Trump’s plans, roughly 550 miles of wall will be built along the US-Mexico border as soon as possible. Most of that new construction is expected to happen in Texas. Unlike California, Arizona and New Mexico, which already have about 60% of fencing or walls at their borders, Texas only has around 20% because of its natural barrier with Mexico — the Rio Grande. Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says Neema Singh Guliani, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, says, “A lot of us would have objections to surveillance infrastructure in our communities that could track everywhere we went, every time we went to a doctor’s office or a place of worship.”Still, many people who live in South Texas say all that surveillance is better than a physical barrier.”You don’t have to build the wall; you could increase border security, you could increase technology,” says Susan Keefer, an avid birder and part-time resident of Mission. “In some places a wall might be best, but it sure isn’t right here.”Trapped between the river and the wallThe National Butterfly Center sits on 100 acres of riverside property that’s thick with vegetation. Within that tangle of bushes and trees, it’s teeming with wildlife. Kids on a field trip are learning about local butterflies, like the zebra heliconian and southern dogface. And birders walk the grounds, stopping to fix their binoculars on a small gray screech owl sleeping in a tree and a flock of bright green jays that jump branch to branch.The Rio Grande Valley is one of the most biodiverse habitats on the continent. It’s home to 1,200 plant species, 300 butterfly species and 520 bird species, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. And at least 18 threatened or endangered animal species live here.”We’re at the crossroads of the subtropical and tropical Americas,” says Marianna T. Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center. “If you’re doing a Venn diagram, the Rio Grande Valley is that sweet spot in the middle.”Animals of the Rio Grande Valley, including a zebra longwing butterfly, an Altamira oriole, an ocelot cub and a javelina.The Rio Grande Valley is home to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and animals. Clockwise from the top left: zebra longwing butterfly, Altamira oriole, ocelot cub, javelina.  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service Down the road from the Butterfly Center in a flat, dusty lot enclosed by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, a completely different scene started taking place on April 16. Flatbed 18-wheelers began hauling in truckloads of massive steel bollard panels. Bright orange tractors unloaded the oversized metal planks, placing them in several 10-foot-high stacks across the lot. These are the panels for the border wall.”We’re getting a 36-foot-tall barrier that no terrestrial wildlife will be able to cross,” Wright says. “That means trapped between the river and a wall, there will be increased competition for resources, for mating territory, for food, for shelter, for breeding.”So far, the majority of construction on Trump’s wall has been replacement of existing barriers. That’s about to change.Along with more funding for border technology, Congress’ spending measure authorized $1.375 billion for 55 miles of steel fencing in the Rio Grande Valley. The measure also said, however, the wall couldn’t be built in four protected areas: the National Butterfly Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and La Lomita Chapel. But the day after Trump signed the measure, he announced a national emergency at the southern border, arguing that the US is struggling with an “invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country that we stop, but it’s very hard to stop. With a wall, it would be very easy.”img-2441Marianna T. Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center, stands with football players Demario Davis and Josh Norman in front of a stack of steel bollard panels that’ll be used to build the border wall. The National Butterfly Center That move lets him tap into more than $6 billion in additional funds, diverted from other government reserves. It also lets him waive environmental assessments and override the no-wall provision for those four protected areas.While Trump is facing several lawsuits and a congressional challenge to the national emergency, his order stands and construction on the wall moves forward.Along with the 55 miles of wall authorized by Congress in February, an additional 33 miles of steel barriers in the Rio Grande Valley were funded by Congress in March 2018. Of this, 25 miles of nearly continuous wall are slated for Hidalgo County, where the Butterfly Center and La Lomita are located, according to a July 2018 letter that Customs and Border Protection sent to a nongovernmental organization and that was seen by CNET. Customs and Border Protection didn’t respond to a request for comment on the contents of the letter.The wall in Hidalgo County will be 36 feet tall — nearly as high as a four-story building. It’ll start at the foot of the levee with an 18-foot base of reinforced concrete and be topped with 18 feet of steel bollards, according to the letter. Detection and surveillance tech will be incorporated into the wall, along with floodlights. All trees and brush will be excavated 150 feet south of the wall toward the river to clear an area called the “enforcement zone.” If you’re doing a Venn diagram, the Rio Grande Valley is that sweet spot in the middle. Marianna T. Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center See All I set out to travel the length of the Texas-Mexico border, about 1,200 miles, starting in El Paso and ending here at the southern tip of the state in the Rio Grande Valley. While much of the border is remote and desolate, South Texas is different. It’s peppered with numerous towns whose inhabitants live on both sides of the river. It’s also one of North America’s top biodiversity hotspots for birds, insects and animals, such as the endangered ocelot and Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.Building a wall in the middle of such a wildlife corridor will harm the hundreds of different species that live here, say scientists and conservationists across Texas. It also puts at risk the future of La Lomita.Father Roy Snipes, the parish priest at La Lomita chapel, holds a dawn mass in Mission, Texas. Father Roy Snipes, the parish priest at La Lomita chapel, holds a dawn mass in Mission, Texas.   Dara Kerr/CNET As Snipes finishes mass at the chapel, birds chirp awake and a hawk hovers in the nearby field. Through the church’s windows, the sky over the levee is cast in red, peach and bright turquoise. In the other direction, a low fog lifts off the river. Overhead, a Border Patrol helicopter buzzes.”They think they’re going to build a wall and it’ll solve all of our problems,” Snipes says. “I think it’s going to cause more problems than it’s going to solve.”Surveillance stateThe Rio Grande Valley isn’t actually a valley, it’s a river delta. It’s flat, dry and hot. Along Highway 83, one-stoplight towns sell tacos and barbecue brisket out of roadside trailers, and broken-down gas stations are a mainstay. Through the dense and thorny brushland filled with sweet acacia, Texas ebony and mesquite trees, the Rio Grande drifts in and out of sight.Every few dozen miles, a white blimp floats 5,000 feet in the sky. Called aerostats, or tethered aerostat radar systems, these apparatuses look like a cartoon version of an airplane, with a softly rounded nose and curved puffy tail wings. They’re one of the surveillance tools US Customs and Border Protection uses to monitor the border.An aerostat used by US Customs and Border Protection along the Texas-Mexico border.An aerostat, used for border surveillance, gets lowered to the ground in rainy weather. Dara Kerr/CNET Each balloon is attached to the ground by a nylon cable that can be extended and reeled in. When in the air, the unmanned aerostats monitor the terrain below. Using radar, along with infrared and electro-optical cameras, they can “see” approximately 20 miles and pick up the movement of people and vehicles, according to Customs and Border Protection.The Border Patrol has six tactical aerostats in the Rio Grande Valley. Each blimp’s radar and camera feeds are monitored 24 hours a day by government contractors and a Border Patrol agent, according to Jose A. Martinez, assistant chief patrol agent.”It has greatly assisted us,” Martinez says. But, he adds, “The aerostat has its limitations because it’s only operational 60% to 70% of the time due to weather and maintenance.”Aerostats are just one of the Border Patrol’s surveillance tools. To detect potential illegal immigration and drug trafficking, the federal agency uses everything from surveillance towers equipped with high-powered cameras to military grade drones to a complex system of sensors, including seismic, magnetic, acoustic, infrared, radar, microwave and photoelectric. The Border Patrol is also testing innovations such as machine-learning AI software and facial recognition tech.The federal government is pouring money into border technology. A congressional spending measure, passed Feb. 14 and signed by Trump, awarded $100 million in technology funding to the Border Patrol, with an additional $112 million for aircraft and sensor systems.US Border Patrol boat in the Rio GrandeBorder Patrol agents keep watch on the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas. Dara Kerr/CNET But some people aren’t happy with the indiscriminate surveillance. A group of 28 tech and human rights organizations, led by digital rights group Fight for the Future, has been pushing Congress to stop funding border surveillance tech.”It’s sickening to see both Republicans and Democrats add significant funding for invasive surveillance technologies to trample on millions of people’s basic rights at a mass scale,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement after Congress passed its spending measure in February. “The US government’s mass surveillance programs are already out of control.”Civil liberties groups and some think tanks are also opposed to added border surveillance. Libertarian think tank Cato Institute says the tech “intrudes on law-abiding Americans’ privacy” and it’d “be naive to believe that Border Patrol surveillance equipment won’t be turned on Americans going about their days.” You don’t have to build the wall, you could increase border security, you could increase technology. Susan Keefer, part-time resident of Mission, Texas Environmentalists say this could deal a devastating blow to South Texas’ already compromised ecosystem. Agriculture and urban growth have destroyed almost all of the Rio Grande Valley’s native brushland, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Less than 5% of this habitat remains — and what’s left is mostly along the banks of the Rio Grande. This is where birds nest, butterflies lay their eggs, and animals hunt and burrow.”This tiny strip of wildlife along the river is now in jeopardy because of the border wall,” says Paul Sánchez-Navarro, senior representative for advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife. “We’re talking over 50,000 acres of deforestation.” US Tech Policy US Tech Policylast_img read more

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September 6, 2019

TS EAMCET 2019 final phase web counselling from tomorrow

first_imgThe final phase of web counselling for the engineering courses through EAMCET will begin tomorrow. Students can register on the official website tseamcet.nic.in on July 24 and 25 along with the slot booking for certificate verification. The certificate verification for the students who booked the slot will be held on July 26. The students who are done with the verification can exercise web options till July 27. The provisional seat allotment will be made on July 29. In the first phase, around 49,012 students were allocated seats in the colleges.last_img

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September 3, 2019

Trump speech praised but US Congress wants details

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch with House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPDonald Trump’s muted prime-time address to Congress got positive reviews on Wednesday, but numerous questions remained about the details and costs of his ambitious agenda.Americans reacted warmly to Trump’s lengthy speech, in which he ditched the most bellicose of his rhetoric in favor of a call for national unity and a more presidential timber.A CBS News/YouGov poll showed that 76 percent of those who watched the speech approved of what they saw.Wall Street also voiced its appreciation, with the Dow topping 21,000 for the first time.It was a substantial and much needed boost for the 70-year-old Republican president, whose approval rating is at a historic low for presidents after a month in office, and his embattled White House.Trump—ever-aware of his image and popularity—fired a triumphant “THANK YOU!” message to his 25 million Twitter followers Wednesday morning.To keep the momentum, the White House postponed the unveiling of a controversial new ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries, which would have dominated news coverage.It also pared back Trump’s public remarks and held its daily press briefing off-camera.The speech—staunchly nationalist, but delivered in a more measured tone—may help soothe a deeply divided country.In the nearly six weeks since Trump took office, political polarization in America has reached fever pitch.Trump’s supporters have flung themselves into the cause, hoping the election of an outsider will shake up the elites and insider politics in Washington.But among opponents, there is still a sense of disbelief that a billionaire with what they see as authoritarian tendencies and no political experience is in charge of the world’s pre-eminent superpower.According to Gallup, there has been a steady increase since November’s election in the number of Americans experiencing worry on any given day.‘Really pleased’An estimated 48 million people tuned in to watch Trump’s speech, according to the Nielsen ratings firm, lower than the some 53 million who watched former president Barack Obama’s first joint address in 2009.Trump’s speech was welcomed by the hundreds of mostly Republican lawmakers who witnessed it firsthand in Congress.“I think we were all really pleased last night to hear the president’s unifying message. It was refreshing for everyone after such a difficult election season,” Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.Americans, he said, are “ready for a new start.”Trump brought Republicans and Democrats together by strongly criticizing recent threats against Jewish community centers and condemning the seemingly racially motivated killing of an Indian immigrant.He also reached out to opposition Democrats, reprising his call for a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and expressing support for paid family leave and affordable child care.Attention will now turn to how Trump can meet those pledges—along with goals to “restart” the US economy, boost defense spending and reduce violent crime.While he promised to replace his predecessor’s landmark health care reforms with a plan that would broaden choice, lower costs and improve access, he offered little in terms of how that would be achieved.Words and deedsDemocrats expressed skepticism about whether the change in tone would last.White House spokesman Sean Spicer reinforced the fear by insisting, “It was not a reset speech.”“With Donald Trump, the speeches don’t mean very much,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told CBS News.“His speeches are populist. They’re aimed at the working folks who supported him. But his governing and what he does is hard right, favoring special interests over the working class.”Trump’s plans on infrastructure, health care, and high-stakes tax reform will likely run afoul of fiscal conservatives, who are intent on bringing down the national debt, which will hit $20 trillion on Trump’s watch.He also wants to hike defense spending by $54 billion, offsetting it with cuts to foreign assistance and other non-military spending.That issue is likely to be front and center as Trump visits military shipyards in Virginia on Thursday.The “deficit spending” that Trump would likely employ set off alarm bells for lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher, who said he was dumbfounded at the lack of opposition from his fellow Republicans at the potential for ballooning spending.“The emphasis that Republicans have placed on (shrinking) the deficit is now going to be something that we will remember in the past,” he said.Some Democrats were also dismissive: “This plan doesn’t add up,” Senator Chris Van Hollen told AFP.“A third-grade math student can see that you’re going to blow a huge hole in the deficit if you do the things the president is talking about.”To square the circle, Trump—the consummate political outsider—may have to embrace Washington deal making.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Bangladesh needs free fair inclusive polls US ambassador

first_imgMarcia Bernicat. Prothom Alo File PhotoUS ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat on Monday said a free, fair and inclusive election is important for a democracy, especially for the one which is on track to become a middle-income country.”Together, we can contribute to a peaceful and prosperous Bangladesh,” UNB quoted her as saying.The US ambassador said political parties must accept their rivals as legitimate participations in the political process and as potential leaders of the next government, even when they disagree on issues or policies.”It’s essential that Bangladeshis urge nonviolence by all actors at every stage of the democratic process, before, during, and after the elections,” Bernicat said.She said violence serves only those who wish to undermine the democratic processes and the interest of Bangladesh and its citizens.Democracy International brought together 400 Awami League and BNP leaders to inaugurate `Shantite Bijoy’ Campaign’, a national campaign ahead of the next national election, seeking peace centering the polls.The campaign was launched at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) with a slogan ‘Bangladesh will win if peace wins.’This campaign engages and raises awareness among registered political parties of Bangladesh and candidates in the upcoming national elections in favour of peaceful elections and tolerant politics.The prime minister’s Political affairs adviser HT Imam, senior BNP leader Moyeen Khan, US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat and British high commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake along with senior political leaders attended the event.The programme began with singing the national anthem. A documentary was also screened on the occasion.Speakers expressed the hope for peaceful and participatory polls.last_img
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September 1, 2019

DCs Fight for Affordable Housing

first_imgResidents gather outside Foundry United Methodist Church March 5 to advocate for more affordable housing in D.C. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman )The atmosphere at Foundry United Methodist Church was charged with excitement. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council Housing and Community Development Committee Chair Anita Bonds, and Councilmember Elissa Silverman, joined roughly 500 residents to announce continued efforts to secure existing and increase the number of affordable housing units in the city.At times the gathering took on the call and response style of an old Baptist church service. “We now have to make sure that we’re doing all that we can where the government can make a difference,” Bowser said at the event on March 5.”There’s no mayor, there’s no government that can reverse housing prices. But what we can do is make sure that the city is involved in supporting subsidized units and preserving housing and ending homelessness. And that’s what our focus is.”Bowser, aware of the criticism she has faced in trying to ending homelessness, asked residents to consider the dilemma faced by the city. She mentioned the competing realities of trying to halt the loss of reasonably-priced housing, as 30-year-covenants between the city and building owners end and developers hoping to capitalize on the influx of single, childless professionals with high, disposable incomes, rush in.“We are absolutely working to ensure that even as we add new affordable housing units to the city, we do not lose the ones we currently have. Many of you have been in the city for 5 days, 5 months, 5 years, while there are many more who have been here, like myself, who have been here for 5 generations,” Bowser said. “And what we need to realize is that no matter the length of time you have been here, D.C. is your home.”Bowser talked about upcoming legislation that incorporates both social services and better employment opportunities to housing production.The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, who organized the event, was joined by members of Union Local 25 to support the city’s initiatives. Local 25 members and Ward 8 residents Juanita King and Patricia Samuels cheered Bowser and Bonds and said understanding how employment and housing are intertwined is the first step to ending chronic homelessness.“Mayor Bowser shadowed me for a day on my job at the Marriott Marquis – from the time I got up in the morning, she took public transportation with me, and stayed with me the entire day and on the journey home,” King told the AFRO. “It helped her understand how three things: housing, public transportation, and a livable wage, operate in tandem to keep residents safe, secure, and happy. If even one of these is functioning poorly – say the Metro is experiencing delays or my building has a rodent issue – the other areas are compromised.”last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

LPG plot hatched well ahead of Centres notification Police

first_imgKolkata: Police investigation into the LPG dealership scam in which several people were allegedly duped have revealed that the plot for the scam was hatched days before the Union Petroleum ministry came up with the notification for LPG dealership.According to police sources, BJP leader Ranjeet Majumder who was arrested in connection with this case in the month of September, had made plans a fortnight ahead of the Centre’s notification and had e-mailed the same to a number of district presidents of the party asking them to send names of people who are interested in taking up distributorship. The list was prepared on the basis of this e-mail and amounts ranging from Rs 4 to 7 lakh were collected from each person. The entire transaction was done in cash. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe sleuths, on the basis of this e-mail, have learnt that money was collected from more than 234 persons. It may be mentioned that Majumder was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at Jorasanko police station by Ashoke Sarkar, a former BJP leader, alleging “criminal conspiracy” that was “hatched” by some “senior BJP and RSS leaders of Bengal”. Sarkar, in his complaint, had urged the police to carry a thorough probe in the matter and punish the offenders as per law. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources, allegations of financial corruption associated with LPG connection against BJP leaders have come up from Murshidabad and Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and could go up to the tune of a few crores. The central division of Kolkata Police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of nine officers to probe the complaint. The sleuths are also probing the role of some more BJP leaders in connection with the case. Some leaders in Murshidabad district have been quizzed in this connection by the SIT. A senior BJP leader, when contacted, denied the involvement of the party in the matter. “If somebody is found to be involved then he has to take his own responsibility. The party will not stand by him.” It may be mentioned that in January 2017, Sarkar had filed an RTI with Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Polytechnic in Jhargram, alleging that BJP state president Dilip Ghosh had lied about his educational qualifications. He had alleged that the information furnished by Ghosh in his affidavit for the Assembly election regarding his educational qualifications was false.last_img read more

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August 28, 2019

Market Day puts a spring in your step

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Coinciding with the beginning of spring, the monthly Market Day was held today at the Natural Health Centre (across from Public Safety offices in Murchison Street).There was something for everyone: a jumping castle for the little ones and loads of goodies for the grown-ups.Starting at 9am and carrying on until 3pm, these market days aim to promote small businesses often run from home.Lots of stalls sold a variety of items worth spending your cash on.The theme of this particular market day was of course ‘Spring’, putting a spring in everyone’s step.Be sure not to miss the next one, which will be held on the first weekend of October.last_img read more

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August 17, 2019

Travellers reminded to stand up and be counted

first_imgThe Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will conduct the Australian Census tonight (9 August) with travellers reminded that they are required to participate regardless of where they are and where they come from.The Census aims to count the number of people in the country, collect data on their dwellings and analyse their behaviour so governments can better plan infrastructure and community services.  Travellers staying in hotels, hostels and other lodging will be provided with details about the Census by property management whilst those travelling on a plane, ship, train or bus on Census night should be contacted by their transport operators. The ABS has made arrangements for visitors to remote areas with Traveller’s Packs available from designated collection points located around Australia. The Australian Census is carried out every five years. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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August 17, 2019

JTG reaffirms commitment to Newmans Holidays

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. Correcting incorrect media reports, the Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) has issued a statement assuring that the “impending demise” of Newmans Holidays is completely “inaccurate”.The company’s Australian wholesale general manager Rohan Moss said in a statement that the company was “very successful” over the Sky season despite a difficult year and the Group was committed to the evolution of the brand strategy.“I would like to reconfirm our commitment to Newmans Holidays, a brand synonymous with quality New Zealand Holidays and expertise,” Mr Moss stressed.He added that Newmans Holidays contact centre team were still in place and that JTG would continue to represent the brand. Newmans Holidays is preparing to unveils its 2012 Ski range brochure early next year and according to Mr Moss is filled with up to 100 pages of “quality holiday product”.last_img read more

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August 15, 2019

Titan Lenders Corp Reports Major 2014 Growth

first_imgTitan Lenders Corp. Reports Major 2014 Growth February 4, 2015 460 Views Share In Denver, Titan Lenders Corp., a firm specializing in mortgage services, is headed into 2015 strong after closing the book on one of its best years yet, according to an announcement.Adding up its results for 2014, Titan reported an overall 71 percent increase in revenue over the year prior, thanks in part to a 15 percent increase in its services client base and significant growth in compliance support (up 278 percent year-on-year), MERS audit services (up 115 percent), and whole loan purchase review (up 54 percent).”In 2014, Titan Lenders Corp. experienced a shift in the demand for its services from lender-focused back-office support to quality assurance-related activities for investors and servicers,” said Titan CEO Mary Kladde. “Despite the poor performance of our retail general fulfillment division, Titan had an extremely successful year as a company, and with our renewed focus on servicers, warehouse lenders and investors, 2015 should prove to be equally as lucrative, if not more.”Another major contributor to Titan’s growth in 2014 was its jumbo correspondent investment subsidiary, Titan Capital Solutions (TCS), which saw its number of approved sellers rise by 60 percent over 2013 and the number of loans purchased surge by 461 percent.The total value of loans purchased by TCS increased 409 percent, while the total value of locks issued in 2014 increased 485 percent, the company added.”2014 was a tremendous year of growth for Titan Capital Solutions,” said Titan EVP Ruth Lee. “There is an established appetite in the market for jumbo origination, and as TCS enters 2015, it is with an eye towards expansion beyond jumbo to other products where supply may not meet demand. Titan’s mission in 2015 is building our product base, expanding our quality control channels and offering an outlet for scratch and dent.”center_img Company News Titan Lenders Corp. 2015-02-04 Tory Barringer in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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January 15, 2019

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