New Delhi: Investigation has been initiated against e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart for alleged violation of foreign exchange law, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday informed the Delhi High Court. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani noted the submissions of the ED that a case has been registered under provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against the two companies and disposed of a PIL which has alleged that the e-commerce giants were violating foreign direct investment (FDI) norms. The court had earlier sought response of the central government, Amazon and Flipkart to the plea which has sought a probe into the alleged FDI violations. The ED, in its reply filed through central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, has said the “department has already registered and initiated investigation under the provisions of FEMA against the two companies to ascertain whether they have been contravening any provisions of FEMA or contravening any rule, regulations, notification, direction or order issued in exercise of the powers under FEMA….” The agency also sought dismissal of the petition. The petition by an NGO, Telecom Watchdog, also asked for initiation of legal proceedings against the two e-commerce companies under the FEMA for alleged violation and circumvention of FDI norms. The plea, filed through advocate Pranav Sachdeva, has claimed that Amazon and Flipkart have created multiple entities to circumvent the FDI norms and route the hot-selling stock at cheaper rates. The petition has contended that according to Press Note 3 of 2016, which regulates FDI in e-commerce, entities like Amazon and Flipkart are not to exercise ownership over stock, nor directly or indirectly influence price of goods and services sold on their marketplace. It claimed that by creating name lending companies, Amazon and Flipkart buy branded goods in bulk at discounts from manufacturers and render small sellers uncompetitive by a wide margin, thus influencing the prices in violation of the FDI norms. “As a consequence of this FDI norms violation, smaller sellers are unable to participate in the fast growing e-commerce sector,” the plea has contended, adding that due to subsidised prices on such platforms, small sellers are unable to sell in the brick-n-mortar world too. Besides, the plea has also claimed that the two e-commerce firms have created several other group companies in the chain to divide discounts and losses. “Exchange offers, EMI costs and bank offers are funded completely or substantially by Amazon and Flipkart and constitute a clear influence on price in violation of FDI norms,” it has alleged.
Washington DC – The Mayor’s office of the City of Alexandria is hosting a spectacular four-day festival beginning this weekend featuring Moroccan culture, music, and cuisine as well as a handicrafts exposition, showcasing artisans from Morocco. The Moroccan Artisans’ Festival is the culmination of months of organizational effort on the part of City of Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and his staff working with Moroccan local businessman, Mohamed Elhajjam, whose brainchild the event is, and the Moroccan government.Mayor Euille latched onto the project as the City was looking for opportunities to diversify the City’s revenue base in this very competitive region of the country, recognizing that “success for any city is to be part of the global economy,” according to the Mayor. As part of his global vision, since he became mayor in 2003, Mayor Euille has travelled on mayoral delegations to numerous countries in Europe, as well as to Turkey and Taiwan, to learn about best practices, and to establish dialogue and exchanges.At a program hosted by the Turkish American Council, he met Elhajjam a resident of Alexandria who hails originally from Casablanca, who invited the Mayor to “come to my city,” see the country, and especially the artisans, according to the Mayor.Mayor Euille then took a small delegation to Morocco hosted by the Moroccan government and the Minister of Arts and Culture, where they were welcomed with open arms and given the red carpet treatment. The Mayor also met with U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Dwight Bush. Impressed not only with the hospitality, cuisine and “especially the people,” but also with “the Moroccan government’s commitment to the people and the artisans to promote talent and products, Mayor Euille felt it would be worthwhile to establish a relationship, and grew to like the idea of hosting a Moroccan festival. Of course, he had to convince City Hall.Fortunately, the project was received with great enthusiasm and excitement within the City government, and the rest, as they say, is history.Morocco, the crossroads of many cultures — Amazigh (Berber), Sephardic, European, Arab-Islamic, and African — has over thousands of years become a melting pot of diverse artistic influences. Artisanal products are a major contributor to the economy of the country, with more than 2.3 million artisans generating 8 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product. The sector creates sustainable jobs that benefit many families in urban centers, as well as in rural areas where work opportunities are in short supply.The festival will showcase the rich cultural and artistic traditions of Morocco through music, dance, cuisine, and handicrafts. Moroccan oud player Mohamed Zyat will perform traditional Andalusian music at the Festival as well as a new song, written especially for the festival.“I like to think of Alexandria as an arts destination,” said the Mayor. “You cannot have too much art.” Although the expo this time features only 10-12 artisans “ just to get a flavor” of Morocco, the Mayor hopes to host a larger event in the fall and to bring 30-40 artisans from Morocco.There will also be opportunities for B2B (business to business) meetings, and an exchange of tourism back and forth. The Mayor noted the great potential for establishing a sister-city relationship with a city in Morocco. Alexandria already has four sister-cities in Scotland, Armenia, Sweden, and France.The opening ceremony takes place on Monday, April 27, at noon, and will feature remarks by Mayor William D. Euille, and by Minister Fatima Marouan, Morocco’s Minister of Handicrafts & Social and Solidarity-based Economy.The Moroccan Artisans’ festival runs Sunday through Wednesday at Market Square, 301 King Street, in Old Town Alexandria, and admission is free.For more information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or visit alexandriava.gov/Recreation.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
OTTAWA — Sturdy economic growth and a central bank survey showing renewed business optimism reinforced expectations Friday that Canada’s first interest rate hike since 2010 could be less than two weeks away.A Statistics Canada report showed the economy posted yet another month of solid growth in April, building on the surprisingly strong first quarter.The Bank of Canada survey found that business sentiment had climbed to its highest level since 2011. The forward-looking poll said corporate expectations in key areas like future sales, investment and hiring intentions all rose above historical averages.Combined, the results provided further evidence the economy is building momentum.This, along with increasingly “hawkish” comments from senior Bank of Canada officials, has led many analysts to predict the bank will start raising its trend-setting rate at its next scheduled announcement on July 12.“Arguably, it’s a done deal,” Randall Bartlett, chief economist for a University of Ottawa think tank, said when asked how the latest figures affected rate-hike expectations.“Given how clearly they’ve telegraphed this in speeches, in interviews and the positive economic data that we had today … I think it would be unlikely for them to keep rates on hold at the July meeting.”The Bank of Canada’s main policy rate rate sits at the low level of 0.5 per cent. An increase will likely prompt big banks to raise their prime rates, a move that would drive up the costs of variable-rate mortgages and other borrowing tied to the benchmark rate.The country’s growth — as measured by gross domestic product — expanded by 0.2 per cent in April, according to Statistics Canada. The increase matched the expectations of economists and signalled a healthy hand off to the second quarter.Growth in service-producing industries for April increased by 0.3 per cent, while on balance goods-producing industries remained essentially unchanged.On business sentiment, the Bank of Canada survey found that since April its measure for hiring intentions over the coming 12 months had accelerated to the highest level on record.The survey also showed Canadian firms expected sales growth to continue improving over the coming year, while business investment intentions for that period also remained elevated.Along with key economic indicators — and inflation figures, in particular — the Bank of Canada keeps a close eye on its measure for business sentiment when making rate decisions.Increased borrowing costs would have far-reaching implications for average Canadians, rate-sensitive industries and the broader economy.Bartlett’s think tank, the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, released new research Friday that showed that higher rates would have multibillion-dollar impacts on the Canadian government’s books.The study predicted the stronger-than-expected growth outlook will reduce Ottawa’s annual deficits by between $2.8 billion and $10.1 billion in each of the next four years, compared to the projections in the federal government’s March budget.However, over the longer term, the analysis said the effects of higher debt charges triggered by sooner-than-expected rate hikes would increase the annual shortfalls by $2.9 billion in 2020-21 and by almost $9.3 billion in 2021-22.“We’re expecting to see that debt charges are going to rise much more rapidly than we had expected back in March,” Bartlett said.
In this Oct. 19, 2011 photo, rock star Jon Bon Jovi sits in his JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurant in Red Bank, N.J. which lets the needy do community service in return for a hot meal. On Feb. 24, 2015 Bon Jovi said his charitable foundation is funding a similar community restaurant at a firehouse in Union Beach, N.J., which is struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy nearly 2 1/2 years later. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2015 9:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jon Bon Jovi sponsors community restaurant in Jersey shore town pummeled by Superstorm Sandy UNION BEACH, N.J. – Rocker and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi is sponsoring a community restaurant in a Jersey shore community still struggling mightily to recover from Superstorm Sandy.Through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, he is providing financial backing to Spoon Full of Hope. The church project began serving meals in January in a firehouse in Union Beach, New Jersey, near his childhood home of Sayreville.It lost its funding last summer.Patrons can either pay a minimum donation or give an hour of time to earn a dining certificate for the volunteer and four family members.It’s similar to the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant Bon Jovi founded in Red Bank in 2011.Bon Jovi says the project gives hope to people still rebuilding their lives.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government is taking steps to cut the interest rates charged on so-called payday loans.The maximum allowable charge for a payday loan in B.C. will drop from $23 to $17 for every $100 borrowed, starting Jan. 1, 2017.The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General says the changes mean B.C.’s borrowing rates for the high-cost, short-term loans will be the second-lowest in Canada.Prior to 2009, charges for payday loans in B.C. were as high as $30 for every $100 borrowed.The ministry says in a news release that regulators will also consult with credit counsellors, advocacy organizations, loan providers and others as the province seeks improved protection for consumers who rely on payday loans.The 30-day consultation will examine issues ranging from consumer education and information, to development of innovative lower-cost loans that could shift consumers away from more expensive options.“I saw for myself the devastating effect these short term, high-interest payday loans have on our communities. This is a positive step towards improving the lives of families and working people,” says Maple Ridge councillor and former Maple Ridge food bank chairman, Tyler Shymkiw, in the news release.Central 1 Credit Union regional director Anna Hardy says she applauds any solutions that prevent borrowers from becoming trapped in a cycle of personal debt, and adds she looks forward to speaking with the province about the issue. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2016 11:36 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. to reduce maximum charge on payday loans, seek options to high cost lenders
Freshman defender Theo Alexis (18) splits two defenders during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorWhere there was plenty of rain Tuesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, there was no shortage of offense as Ohio State (5-1-0, 2-0-0 Big Ten) defeated Penn State (1-2-2, 0-1-0 Big Ten), 3-0.The first goal came in the 49th minute from senior defender Niall Logue, his second of the season, and kicked off the scoring. Six minutes later, in the 55th minute, senior forward Nate Kohl buried his first of the season.The final tally was off the head of freshman forward Mitch Bergman in the 84th minute for his first career goal. Abdi Mohamed and Kevin Blackwood recorded assists.“We put it away in the last couple minutes there against a quality side in Penn State,” Bergman said. “Out of my mind right now, don’t know really what to think, just living up the moment right now.”The Buckeyes ended the game with 15 shot attempts, Bluem said the first goal opened up the Penn State defense and allowed for more opportunities.“It was a hard game when they were able to sit back defensively, they had a lot of numbers behind the ball,” Bluem said. This marks goalie Parker Siegfried’s fourth straight win and shutout. “It’s a team effort when you get a shutout, and we’ve been stressing that a lot with our team,” Bluem said. “Trying to make sure we’re organized defensively, we know what we want to do, where people are supposed to be then it comes down to individual effort. Are the guys on the field making that extra effort to do their job defensively, and if they are it makes it easier for us to get a shutout.”Despite having eight shots in the first half, the Buckeyes still ended the first half with a scoreless tie. Ohio State coach John Bluem thought the weather might have had something to do with it.“You know it’s funny, it didn’t rain till right when the game started, so we didn’t get used to the field being wet. So, I think both teams had a difficult time adjusting to the wet conditions. It was easier in the second half.”The Buckeyes next game will be in Piscataway, New Jersey, as they challenge in-conference opponent Rutgers at 1 p.m.Even though the Buckeyes have plenty of momentum, Bluem doesn’t believe they should be over-confident heading into Sunday.“We got to go back on the road again in the conference, it’s never easy to go on the road,” Bluem said. “Rutgers is a very good team, I watched them the other night. They’re very dangerous going forward, they’re going to cause us some problems. I think it’s going to be a wide-open game and a very difficult contest for us.”
BOSNIAN SERB WARTIME leader Radovan Karadzic opens his defence before the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes court today, hoping to convince judges of his innocence in a conflict that claimed 100,000 lives.Brought to court after his arrest on a Belgrade bus in 2008, Karadzic, 67, is charged with masterminding the murder of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys by forces loyal to him in the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.The massacre, when Bosnian Serb troops under the command of wartime general Ratko Mladic overran Dutch UN peacekeepers, was the worst atrocity committed on European soil since World War II. Over the space of a few days, thousands were systematically executed and dumped into mass graves in the area.Karadzic’s legal adviser Peter Robinson said his client would argue that “no policy was being implemented (at Srebrenica),” asserting that the former Bosnian Serb leader “did not know prisoners would be executed.”MassacreHe added that Karadzic, who risks life imprisonment if convicted, would tell the judges that while he did not deny that people were killed in Srebrenica, he “challenges the scale of the massacre”.Prosecutors say Karadzic, former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and Mladic acted together to “cleanse” Bosnian Muslims and Croats from Bosnia’s Serb-claimed territories after the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991.Milosevic died midway through his own trial for genocide and war crimes in March 2006.Karadzic, a poet and trained psychiatrist, is also charged for his alleged role in the siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo between May 1992 and November 1995 in which 10,000 people died under terrifying sniper and artillery fire.Like Mladic, he has also been charged for his alleged role in taking hostage UN observers and peacekeepers to use them as human shields during a NATO bombing campaign against Bosnian Serb targets in May and June 1995.Indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1995, Karadzic spent 13 years on the run before being arrested in 2008 in Belgrade where he practised as a doctor of alternative medicine.His trial began in October 2009 and prosecutors put their case against him between April 2010 and May this year.GenocideJudges dropped one genocide count in June, saying there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charge for killings by Bosnian Serb forces in Bosnian towns from March to December 1992. Genocide, the gravest crime in international humanitarian law, is the hardest to prove.Karadzic plans a four-hour statement to open his defence, followed by the testimony of Russian colonel Andrei Demurenko, the UN chief of staff in Sarajevo from January to December 1995.Wives and relatives of victims of the massacre will look on from the public gallery.Today is a historic day for the ICTY as it also sees the start of the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic, the last of 161 war-crimes suspects to be handed over to the court.Read: Karadzic asks judges to dismiss his genocide case >
YOU DID NOT need a crystal ball to see that Paddy Jackson would be fit to start against France.The whole Ronan O’Gara issue was concocted by Declan Kidney, in my eyes.He put three outhalves into his squad and said there was no place for O’Gara. Jonathan Sexton was never going to make it for this weekend but was named so O’Gara could be left out.The funny thing is O’Gara had played well for Munster [against Ospreys] the day before. Still, I don’t think the dropping is a harsh thing, the other two lads – Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan – are playing better rugby.O’Gara was a major stalwart of the team for almost 13 years and had a fantastic career. He should look back on it with absolute joy.The only thing missing is that deserved ovation he would have got going off the pitch. O’Gara may never get the Irish send-off his illustrious career deserves. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Maybe Kidney is finally starting to select players with a bit more freedom. He has been too bloody static for too long.Some of his changes are questionable but not when it comes to Jackson over O’Gara. It was the form selection but could have been handled better.Gameplan will not alterWesley Fofana is a superb player and everything good from the French backline generally goes through him.Louis Picamoles is an absolutely incredible player. If he can stay injury-free he’ll go down as one of the best Number 8′s of all-time.I’ve a lot of time for Fergus McFadden. He should have been on the pitch against Scotland. He is in incredible form and has shown that consistently all season.You could not argue with the selections of Craig Gilroy or Simon Zebo at the start of the championships but, on this occasion, an injury [to Gilroy] has saved Kidney from making that big decision.Jackson distributed well to his backline and was the focal point for those clean breaks we made against the Scots.There will be no change to the gameplan – the bulk of the ball carries will be up to Sean O’Brien again.Our execution of try-scoring chances was poor. I don’t think Keith Earls will ever miss passing to Brian O’Driscoll ever again.O’Driscoll and Earls exchange views at Murrayfield. (YouTube: RBS6Nations)All change againAny other coach on the planet would have started, on Saturday, with the team that started against England.They were playing fantastic at Twickenham and had the match in the bag. But Philippe Saint-Andre has made wholesale changes, dismantled that team and picked players that came on and failed against England.They made great linebreaks and were very physical against England but that’s all out the window and, as far as Ireland are concerned, happy days.France are staring down an alleyway they haven’t been down in over 20 years.It is an absolutely impossible game to call. As I’ve said before, we have no idea what Ireland team will show up.Will we see that side that started so well against Wales or the one that did everything right against Scotland but score.I genuinely feel that they can win the game.*Shane Byrne’s publication, Club Rugby Magazine is available monthly in the Irish Independent. Follow the magazine, and all the latest rugby news, on Twitter @ClubRugby1.‘The form in the camp is brilliant’ insists O’Mahony as France check-in
By now, you have probably absorbed the good, bad, and ugly of CES. You’ve seen tablets, toys, upcoming smartphones and more accessories for each than you or anyone else could possibly know what to do with.Like most in attendance, I am just now sorting through the wreckage that has become of my trip, and I stumbled across a real gem. I snapped a picture of this gadget, took some notes, and completely forgot about it. The manufacturer of this product (currently Lavatelli, but it may get released under a different name) asked a simple question: Have you ever wanted to throw in an emoticon, but tapping the individual keys was for some reason just beyond the effort threshold?Would it be easier if you just had a single button to push? Are you one of those people who are afraid that if you have open USB ports the viruses will climb in through them and cause problems? There is, in fact, a solution in the works.AdChoices广告What you see here is a prototype for an emoticon keypad. The concept is mostly self explanatory, if you plug this in, you need only tap one of the bubbles with the emotion you wish to convey, and it will simply appear on your screen. The keypad will be customizable, in that multiple glow options will be available to offer some personality to these white bubbles of emotion. Without a doubt, this will shortly be added to novelty gadget websites the world over once production has begun.Update – 2/3/11 – We’ve been informed that this product is available for sale on bajca.com. It sells for € 29,90 and is available in three different versions (Chat, Art, and Text) and a number of different colors.
PORTLAND — The Portland Marathon board of directors has canceled this October’s race and plans to dissolve the 47-year-old organization following a state investigation into the group’s operations.On its website Friday, the board said it was a “difficult and painful decision” to scuttle the Oct. 7 race and that 2,500 race registrants will get a full refund.The announcement followed a settlement between the former director of the race, Les Smith, and the Oregon Department of Justice, after an investigation found that Smith and companies he ran illegally borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization that puts on the race.Michael Cox, a spokesman for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, said via email that the city had earlier contacted the organization to let them know they would be opening a new search for an organization to put on a marathon in the city beginning in 2019.After that, Cox said, the organization told the city that starting a search “would undermine their ability to produce a race in 2018.”The organization said Friday that its decision to cancel the 2018 race was based on several factors, including a decline in registered runners and its understanding that city officials wanted changes.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPress ReleaseCARPHA Conference Dr. The Hon Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services stated “this is a historic moment with tremendous exposure for the TCI” he added “it is an opportunity for our local health professionals to share their experiences and challenges and at the same time be educated and informed”. The meeting of the Chief Medical Officers of the Region will also take place the Conference Week. The TCI welcomes CARPHA and delegates. The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health (CARPHA) will be hosting the 61st Annual Health Research Conference. This is the first time the conference is being held in our ‘Beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands,’ at Beaches Turks and Caicos, 23-25 June 2016. It will be preceded by a series of workshops and satellite meetings beginning 18 June 2016. This conference will attract about two-hundred local, regional and international researchers, medical professionals, university professors and health students from the broader Caribbean, USA, Canada and the UK. The theme of the conference is Family Health: Health Living at All Ages. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: The conference will host a number of capacity building workshops, which will be attended by TCI health practitioners to strengthen the health system and health services delivery in the TCI. Monitoring and Evaluation, Data Analysis, Policy Dialogue, and Community Based Rehabilitation are some of the workshops being offered during the-preconference and conference week. For more information contact Dr. Terese Maitland Chief Epidemiologist on 332-9757
TOKYO — Just weeks after three Americans detained in North Korea were released, a U.S. citizen has shown up in the repressive state, appearing on television to denounce his home country as a “mafia enterprise” and call American democracy “an illusion.”Although details remain sketchy, it seems that the man, Arturo Pierre Martinez of El Paso, Texas, willingly went to North Korea. He says he is not being detained.At a news conference Sunday morning in Pyongyang, Martinez vigorously criticized the United States for alleged human rights violations.“The illegal war carried out against the nation of Iraq serves as a perfect example of how the U.S. government acts much like a mafia enterprise by criminally plundering entire nations of their resources, strategic reserves and economies instead of smaller-scale business and individuals, and does so without a code of ethics,” he said in a video released by the official Korean Central News Agency.His remarks come at a politically opportune time for North Korea, which is assiduously trying to derail international efforts to indict its leaders over war crimes and has sought to label the United States as the real human rights violator.But his mother, Patricia Eugenia Martinez, told CNN that her 29-year-old son has bipolar disorder and had previously tried to enter North Korea by swimming across a river but was apprehended and sent back to the United States, where he was treated at a psychiatric hospital in California.
Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The NGCB’s findings include multiple instances where Wynn Resorts “did not conduct a timely investigation” into allegations and where specific executives “failed to initiate and/or conduct an investigation after obtaining knowledge of allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Wynn as required by the respondents’ policies and procedures.”Steve Wynn was later revealed to have paid a US$7.5 million settlement to one employee who fell pregnant after alleging she was raped by him in 2005, while a second employee was paid a US$975,000 settlement in 2006 for allegedly being pressured into sex.In a filing with the SEC overnight, Wynn Resorts described the NGCB’s findings as “an important remedial step” and said it looked forward to reviewing the settlement in order to reach a final resolution.“Upon learning of the extent of the allegations, the new leadership of Wynn Resorts took immediate actions to ensure an open and safe work environment for all employees and made dramatic changes at every level of key decision-making in the company,” Wynn Resorts said.“As an example, any employee mentioned in the NGCB report who was aware of allegations of sexual assault against the company’s former chairman and did not investigate or report it is no longer with the company.“We have undergone an extensive self-examination over the last 12 months, intended to reinvigorate and implement meaningful change across all levels of the organization, cultivate a safe, healthy and supportive workplace culture, and build on our core values of respecting our employees, corporate responsibility and citizenship, and service to the community.”The Wynn Resorts board has undergone a raft of changes over the 12 months, including the appointment of former Harrah’s CEO Phil Satre as Chairman and introduction of new female board members.Steve Wynn stepped down from the board shortly after sexual misconduct allegations first emerged early last year and later sold off his entire 12.1% stake in the company. RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Load More Wynn Resorts has revealed that it will pay an undisclosed fine to settle after the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) filed disciplinary action against the global gaming giant on Monday over a series of sexual misconduct complaints against founder and former Chairman Steve Wynn.The action refers to complaints against Steve Wynn by seven female employees who worked for the company as cocktail waitresses, flight attendants or therapists at Encore Spa and Wynn Salon between 2005 and 2016.
Whether or not Cooper Hefner will extend his efforts to pulling the Playboy Mansion off the market remains to be seen. The March/April issue, on newsstands now, features cover model Elizabeth Elam, as well as a profile of CNN commentator Van Jones, interviews with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Scott, and an essay by Hefner’s fianceé, actress Scarlett Byrne. “I’ll be the first to admit the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” read a statement released on social media by Cooper Hefner, who took over as Playboy’s chief creative officer in October. “Nudity was never the problem, because nudity isn’t a problem. Today, we’re taking our identity back and rediscovering who we are.” That’s quite a backpedal from the October 2015 assessment by then-CEO Scott Flanders, who spearheaded the magazine’s non-nude makeover in an effort to reach younger audiences. A year after Hugh Hefner’s legendary men’s magazine made waves by dropping the nude pictorials that defined its brand for six decades, Playboy revealed today its decision to call off the experiment and return to its roots with a March/April issue bannered, “Naked is normal.” Early returns indicated that the decision to pull nudity was a prudent one; single-copy sales jumped 28 percent in the first six months of 2016 over the same period the year before, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media. Unfortunately for Playboy, subscribers account for the overwhelming majority of its circulation, which tumbled 23 percent in the same period, to 816,926. To put those numbers in greater context, Playboy sold 7.2 million copies of its November 1972 edition, and its circulation topped 3 million as recently as 2006. “I do not agree with the decisions and the direction that the company is currently going in,” said Cooper in a candid interview with Business Insider last week, before heavily implying that he was isolated from the company board due to disagreements with Flanders. “Millennials and Gen-Y didn’t view nudity as the issue,” Hefner elaborated. “The issue was the way in which nudity and the girls were portrayed.” To Cooper Hefner’s credit, the 25-year-old heir says he was averse to the decision to cut nudity from the start. Flanders stepped down as CEO in May after six years at the helm, and just three months after a Wall Street Journal report indicated that the elder Hefner, alongside majority shareholder Rizvi Traverse Management, was exploring a sale. That same report indicated that while the company’s media assets remain lucrative — pulling in $38 million in revenue in 2015 — far more valuable is its brand licensing business, accounting for nearly 60 percent of overall revenues. Then-chief creative officer Cory Jones was let go in July. It seems that not enough people read it for the articles, after all. In a lengthier editor’s letter posted on Playboy.com, Hefner details his father’s role in America’s sexual revolution before seemingly equating the magazine’s celebration of nudity to other cultural norms being threatened in the modern climate, like religious tolerance, healthcare rights, and preserving the First Amendment. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free,” Flanders told The New York Times, contemplating Playboy’s place in an increasingly digital world. “And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”
Jayanne English, University of Manitoba/NRAO/F. Schinzel et al., DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey and NASA/IRAS NASA astronomers have discovered a pulsar zipping though space like a hyperspeed cosmic cannonball, travelling at 2.5 million miles per hour — five times faster than your average pulsar.At that speed, it’s travelling at a startling 694 miles per second. If you could somehow build a cannon capable of firing this pulsar from the starboard side of your pirate ship in the Atlantic Ocean, it would speed around the Earth and hit your port side 35 seconds later. Arrrr!Pirate ships aside, a pulsar is the rapidly rotating, dense star left behind in the wake of a massive supernova explosion. Astronomers believe that the explosion can send the pulsar hurtling through space like a cannonball. This one, named PSR J0002+6216, was discovered using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which originally launched to space in 2008, and a suite of Earth-based radio telescopes known as the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array.PSR J0002+6216 — or “J0002″ — is not like most of those other, standard, boring, pulsars we’ve seen before. No, J0002, is like the Sonic the Hedgehog version of a pulsar — faster than 99 percent of those we’ve measured in the past. Thanks to Fermi, which launched in 2008, there is a decade of data with which to analyze J0002, meaning the research team could provide an accurate measurement of its movements.”The longer the data set, the more powerful the pulsar timing technique is,” said Matthew Kerr, a researcher with the US Naval Research Laboratory. “Fermi’s lovely 10-year data set is essentially what made this measurement possible.” Tags Share your voice 13 Photos Sci-Tech 0 NASA J0002 currently lies about 6,500 light-years away in a constellation known as Cassiopeia, and 53 light-years away from the remnants of a huge stellar explosion known as CTB 1. That explosion took place around 10,000 years ago and resulted in a rapidly expanding bubble of gas that engulfed the pulsar.But around 5,000 years ago, the incredibly fast pulsar would have burst though the ghostly gas cloud, and continued speeding away, resulting in the fabulous image at the top of this article showing a streaky, fiery yellow tail. That tail looks small in the image, but it extends 13 light-years behind the speeding cosmic cannonball.The tail also allows astronomers to trace the origin of the pulsar, giving them a better chance to understand how it formed and how it was ejected from the supernova explosion.”Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed,” said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.The pulsar was first discovered in 2017 as part of a citizen-science project known as Einstein@Home. That project uses the processing power of idling computers to search Fermi’s mountain of data for hints of a pulsar and, to date, has enabled the discovery of 23.The work will be published in an upcoming edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Post a comment
Vikarabad: Though the state government is pitching for the speedy disposal of farmer’s grievances, nothing seems to have changed with regard to the official lethargy. Farmers are still waiting for hours together for the arrival officers, passbooks and various benefits under ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme, etc.Farmers were seen waiting under the blazing sun for the officials on Monday at the Tahsildar’s office in Mominpet. District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam and Joint Collector Aruna Kumari repeatedly directed the officers to address the issues of farmers immediately. Even MLA Dr Anand also asked the officers not to trouble farmers for anything during his reviews, though there was no change in the situation. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India here on Monday, a farmer said he had been making rounds several times till now to get his passbook. Another farmer lamented that he did not receive financial assistance from the State government and no official was available to address his issue. They alleged that the officials were skipping their duties to evade the rush of the people.
Guntur: Former chief designer of India’s light combat aircraft Dr Kota Harinarayana urged the farmers to use artificial intelligence (AI) to get more yield in agriculture. He said small and marginal farmers may use GIS, GPS to identify fertile lands to get more yield with less investment. He addressed a meeting held at Vignan’s University at Vadlamudi in Guntur district on Saturday on the occasion of university’s 7th convocation. He urged the students to concentrate on research to bring revolution in agriculture. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Later, Dr Kota Harinarayana and Vignan’s University chairman Dr Lavu Rathaiah presented honorary doctorates to music director Ilayaraja, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale, TCS senior vice president V Rajanna and felicitated them. They presented 22 gold medals, 1,570 degrees, three endowment awards and 18 best outgoing student awards to the students. MP and Vignan’s University vice-chairman Lavu Sri Krishnadevarayalu, vice-chancellor Dr MYS Prasad were among those participated.
The story of Oscar Schindler is well known across the world, largely thanks to the Oscar-winning movie of 1993, directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of the German businessman and Nazi party member who saved hundreds of Jews from the concentration camps during the Holocaust. However, few people have heard of Schindler’s Japanese equivalent, Chiune Sugihara. While working in the Japanese consulate in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara single handedly saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees by granting them visas to escape via Japan.Chiune SugiharaHis story is one of the most remarkable events of the war, and yet rarely features in historical accounts of the events of the Holocaust.According to the Times of Israel, in 1940, Sugihara was working as the Japanese vice-consul in Kaunas, then capital of Lithuania. The city had a large and prosperous Jewish community, comprising around 30,000 people.This population was supplemented between 1939 and 1940 by thousands of Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi-occupied Poland. These refugees brought with them terrible tales of the horrors befalling Jews under Nazi rule.Former Japanese consulate in Kaunas. Photo by Bonio CC BY-SA 3.0Unfortunately, after the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania in June 1940, the Jewish population of Kaunas remained trapped, unable to leave the country, even as the Germans advanced on the Soviet line. According to the Times of Israel, Sugihara became increasingly aware of the Jews’ desperate plight, and urgently sought a way to use his position to help them.The Jewish refugees were unable to leave Lithuania and travel east through Soviet territory without guarantees of visas for onward travel. Many were heading for the Dutch Caribbean islands of Curacao and Guiana, but in order to get there safely, they needed transit visas through East Asia.German soldiers and locals watch a Lithuanian synagogue burn, July 9, 1941. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-L19427 / Zoll / CC-BY-SA 3.0Sugihara immediately saw a way that he could help. He resolved to issue transit visas through Japan for Jewish refugees, allowing them to travel through the Soviet Union, into Japanese territory and then on to the Caribbean.When all foreign diplomats were ordered to leave the city, he applied for leave to stay for an extra 20 days, and wrote to his superiors in the Japanese Foreign Ministry to request approval for his plan.According to historian Yutaka Taniuchi, however, the Japanese authorities completely refused to issue visas to Jewish refugees, unless they had guarantees of onward travel from Japan.Chiune and his son Nobuki in Israel, December, 1969. Photo by 杉原伸生 CC BY-SA 4.0This was impossible for the refugees to obtain, and effectively precluded the possibility of obtaining any sort of transit visa. Sugihara wrote to his superiors three times, imploring them to help. When they refused, he was left with a considerable dilemma: should he follow his orders, or his conscience?The Japanese culture of Sugihara’s time was one that prioritized hierarchy and discipline, and for Sugihara to go against the express wishes of his superiors was a very grave matter indeed. He faced severe punishment if he were to abuse his position and act in contravention of his orders.1940 issued visa by consul Sugihara in Lithuania, showing a journey taken through the Soviet Union, Tsuruga, and Curaçao.Each day, hundreds of Jewish families appeared outside the gates of the Japanese consulate in Kaunas, begging Sugihara to help them. With the support and help of his wife Yukiko, Sugihara began to issue visas.During the month of August, Sugihara and his wife were constantly engaged in the work of creating and distributing transit visas for Jewish families. They kept up a rigorous pace of around 300 visas a day, an extraordinary quantity that would have usually taken around a month to process. Sugihara worked around the clock, barely stopping to eat or sleep, determined to help as many families as he possibly could.Shinzō Abe visits the former japanese consulate in Lithuania where Chiune Sugihara worked as vice consul. Sugihara helped some six thousand Jews flee Europe during the Second World War by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory, risking his job and his family’s lives. Photo by 首相官邸ホームページ CC BY 4.0On September 1, 1940, Sugihara was forced to leave Lithuania, and departed on a train bound for Berlin. Even as he sat on the train on the platform waiting to depart, he continued to issue visas, throwing them into the crowd that had gathered next to the train.At the last moment, he even gave his consular stamp to one of the Jews waiting on the platform, allowing him to forge visa permits for the remaining families. His final words to the crowd were, “Please forgive me. I cannot write any more. I wish you the best.”Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara’s plaque in the garden at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Photo by Yoshi Canopus CC BY-SA 4.0xNo one knows for certain just how many people were saved by Sugihara’s heroic actions, but it is estimated that he issued around 6,000 transit visas. Many of these were for families, so the number of people who were actually saved may have ben considerably higher.Within a year of his departure, the Germans had taken over Lithuania completely. The Jews of Kaunas who hadn’t managed to get visas from Sugihara were deported to concentration camps en masse and in many cases, were murdered in the gas chambers.Sugihara and his wife were subsequently imprisoned in Soviet-controlled Romania, and later released to the Japanese government, whereupon he was stripped of his position, title and job.He was left to struggle in menial jobs, with little to support his family; a significant fall from the high-status diplomatic lifestyle he had been accustomed to.Read another story from us: 25 Years Later – 5 Surprising Facts About Schindler’s ListNevertheless, he never regretted his decision to help the Jews of Lithuania, and was rewarded for his courage in 1984 when he was named as Righteous Among the Nations by the state of Israel.
Advertisement As euphoric as UCLA fans were last night after their stunning 34-point comeback win over Texas A&M, Aggies fans were equally dejected, and angry over head coach Kevin Sumlin kicking away what looked like a sure win.Among those calling for Sumlin’s firing was a person who could actually make it happpen, A&M regent, and Texas attorney, Tony Buzbee.Buzbee unleashed a Facebook tirade following the L, and called for an immediate end to the Sumlin era. Even though he’s only one vote, he said he’s ready to pull the trigger on canning the coach right now.Here’s the post. Buzbee doesn’t hold back. If A&M continues to disappoint, it won’t be long before Sumlin is shown the door. Texas A&M regent and noted Houston attorney: pic.twitter.com/WxSHZijQeN— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) September 4, 2017
Browns fans were understandably excited when the news broke that Cleveland traded for superstar wideout Odell Beckham. Some got a little too excited.One fan got so pumped after hearing the news that he left his house to run down the street and scream at the top of his lungs in celebration. It seemed like a good idea, until his neighbor spotted the guy in the street – generally acting like a crazy person – and called 911. Apparently she’s not on NFL Twitter.The Cops eventually showed up and let the guy off with a warning, and also shared in the excitement of adding OBJ. You can hardly blame the nutty fan, he’s still getting used to reacting to good news when it comes to the Browns.Woman calls 911 after an excited @Browns fan celebrates Odell Beckham Jr. traded to the team. @KellyDWeather 😂 pic.twitter.com/7M9TYNL3wo— Matthew Sewell (@_MattSewell) March 14, 2019 Advertisement