JUTC fleet in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) to increase from 244 to 350 Effective September 1, the fleet of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses plying routes across the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) will increase from 244 to 350.This will be facilitated through the introduction of a number of buses which the state-run entity acquired recently.Managing Director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, who made the disclosure during a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the JIS’ head office in Kingston on August 21, said 35 new buses imported earlier this year, have been serviced and are ready to be incorporated into the fleet.“What 350 buses will enable us to do is to provide a more predictable schedule for commuters; obviously to provide more seats on the routes, so that customers won’t have to seek alternative modes of transportation,” he stated.Mr. Campbell said the fleet is slated to be further increased to 400 by year-end, a move which will also be facilitated through the acquisition of new buses as well as re-introduction of repaired units.He informed that an additional 20 articulated (twin) buses have been released from the wharf, and are slated to be commissioned into service by late October. Further, several buses, which were taken out of service for repairs, should also be returned shortly as the requisite parts have been received.Mr. Campbell advised that some 15 of 40 units that were withdrawn to facilitate tyre installations are slated to be re-introduced shortly, as this exercise has been completed.“Therefore, out of a combination of new buses, repairs, purchasing of tyres, and refurbishing of buses, we intend to achieve the roll-out numbers. Once we achieve the roll out numbers and can consistently keep those seats on the road we should be able to bring our revenues up an additional $118 million per month,” Mr. Campbell said. 35 new buses imported earlier this year 15 of 40 units that were withdrawn to facilitate tyre installations are slated to be re-introduced shortly Story Highlights
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Town of Truro Renews Affirmative ActionCommitment Residents have renewed confidence that the Town of Truro iscommitted to building a workplace free of discrimination. Officials renewed the town’s affirmative action agreement onThursday, March 31, with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commissionat a signing ceremony in Halifax. “For the Town of Truro this commitment is very important,” saidMichael Baker, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “AsNova Scotia embarks on its efforts to encourage immigration, allof our communities need to be supporting the values of respectand inclusion.” The affirmative action agreement commits staff and officials inthe town to identifying and eliminating barriers that may denyequal employment opportunities to women, visible minorities,aboriginal people and people with disabilities. “The Town of Truro has recognized that actions such asdiversifying its staff enhances and increases the value of theresources and services it provides to the community,” said LanceHale, vice-chair of the Human Rights Commission. It is the second time officials from Truro have signed anaffirmative action agreement. The town’s original agreementexpired in 2004. “Council believes the goals and objectives identified in theagreement are both important and attainable,” said Truro MayorBill Mills. “As part of our strategic process, council will beannually measuring its success in implementation and results.” The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission currently has affirmativeaction agreements with 30 private and public sector groups in theprovince. “Affirmative action policies recognize that women, people withdisabilities, gays and lesbians, racially visible people, AfricanNova Scotians and First Nations people face disadvantages,” saidMayann Francis, CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.”By renewing this agreement, the town has reaffirmed itscommitment to promote equity and inclusion for its citizens.”
Darjeeling: Bodies of a woman and her daughter were found floating in the Mirik lake on Thursday morning. The duo were residents of Kalimpong.Morning walkers of this lake town saw the two bodies in the lake on Monday morning and informed the police. The bodies were seen floating near the boat house. The police fished out the bodies from the lake. The two women were identified as Sushala Gurung (63) and her daughter Sushma Gurung (32). Their wrists were tied together with a dupatta. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe daughter had a bag in which contained their EPIC cards and a Transfer Certificate of the Girl’s High School in Kalimpong where Sushma had done her schooling from. “Prima facie it looks like a case of suicide. The bodies were bloated hence they could have committed suicide on Wednesday night. We have started an investigation. We are trying to ascertain if it is a case of suicide or murder. The bodies are being sent to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for post mortem,” stated Sudip Pradhan, Officer in Charge, Mirik Police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIncidentally, Sushala Gurung is originally from Mirik. She had been married to Madhukar Gurung of Kalimpong. Madhukar was in the army and had died. Sushala’s daughter Sushma had completed her M.Sc and was working in a private firm in Sikkim. Sushala’s relatives live in Mirik. However, they claimed that the mother daughter had not met any of their relatives in Mirik. The relatives were not aware of their visit to Mirik. In another incident, Junita Rai Chettri was sent to judicial custody by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Thursday. Chettri allegedly stabbed her husband Rupon Chettri during a scuffle. Thirty-two-year-old Rupon Chettri used to live in Dapaipani Bustee near Darjeeling town with his wife Junita (36) Rupon was a habitual drunkard and used to have regular scuffles with his wife. On Tuesday night his wife had a heated exchange of words with her brother-in-law Madan Chettri, who lives in the neighborhood. Later, at night Rupon in an inebriated state had a scuffle with his wife telling her not to behave badly with his brother. In a fit of rage he throttled her and pushed her on the kitchen wall. Junita caught hold of a kitchen knife and stabbed Rupon in “self defence.” Not realising the gravity of the situation she had helped him to bed and even tried to help him. Later, when she realised that he had died, she left the house and hid in the jungles. “On Wednesday afternoon she surrendered at the Jorebungalow police station. The brother of the deceased on Wednesday morning visited the house to find Rupon dead and Junita missing. He then informed the police. We recovered the body and later arrested Junita,” stated TS Nath, Inspector in charge, Darjeeling police station.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment At home in Toronto with music’s reigning (and restless) hitmaker as he shifts his focus to new projects with Netflix and Apple and unveils plans to “take six months or a year to myself and do some great films.”Stepping into Drake’s apartment on the 52nd floor of a Toronto high-rise, with sweeping, unobstructed views of the CN Tower and Lake Ontario in the distance, all is quiet, except for a large-screen TV playing nonstop coverage of Hurricane Irma on CNN. Though he no longer has a house in Miami, Drake is transfixed by the news. That’s just the way he approaches any subject that interests him. He dives deep, albeit on his own schedule. “This interview is kind of early for me,” he admits, though it’s presently 1:45 p.m. The night before, he started plowing through musical ideas — an instrumentation, a beat, an arrangement — well after midnight, and he didn’t stop until 10 a.m. “My wheels just start spinning faster than most people’s at that hour,” says the 31-year-old rapper-musician and former teen actor, dressed in a navy blue tracksuit and plain white Nikes. “It’s best for me to find an atmosphere that’s quiet. I don’t like a lot of people around when there’s a task at hand.”Case in point, I find no entourage here, only longtime manager and business partner Adel “Future” Nur, 32 (not to be confused with Future, the Atlanta-born rapper). The duo is in their hometown of Toronto on this brisk September afternoon to debut their first movie as producers, The Carter Effect, a documentary about high-flying former NBA star Vince Carter, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. The previous night, LeBron James swung into town to host a celebratory dinner at Drake’s pan-Asian restaurant Fring’s for a group of 30, including executives from HBO Sports and Universal Pictures and such stars as Idris Elba (who rolled in from his Molly’s Game premiere with an entourage of about 12). After heaping congratulations on his friend, James joked in a toast that they both now have “day jobs” — a reference to their budding Hollywood careers.READ MORE Drake – Photo by Ruven Afanador Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement
Gunawardena said the government has no issue with who attends the summit on behalf of Canada.Canadain Prime Minister Stephen Harper had said earlier that he may not attend the summit over human rights concerns.Gunawardena also said that there will not be any major traffic disruptions during the summit. (Colombo Gazette) Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been calling on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boycott the summit over human rights concerns in Sri Lanka. External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris had this week handed over an official invitation to the Indian Prime Minister for the summit. The government does not expect any issue with India’s participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November, a top Government parliamentarian said today.External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena told reporters today that so far India has not said anything about boycotting the summit in Sri Lanka. MP Gunawardena said that the government is satisfied with the preparations for the summit and expect all the Commonwealth countries to be represented.He also said that Canada, which was part of an advanced team which visited the country this week ahead of the summit, was happy with the preparations.
Brantford police have identified a suspect in a stabbing on Kennedy Street on Monday.Police received a 911 call at about 4 p.m. about an assault on Kennedy, near Sydenham Street.Officers found a 41-year-old man with a stab wound to his abdomen. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains in critical condition.Police said that under a Section 110 order under the Youth Criminal Justice Act they are identifying the suspect as Nebiyu Nediran Myers, 17, of Brantford.He is wanted for charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in relation to the incident.He is described as black, five-foot-11, with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.Police said the stabbing is not a random act of violence and that the victim and suspect know each other.Police say the suspect should not be approached and anyone who sees him should instead call 911.Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Jason Sinning of the major crime unit at 519-756-7050, ext. 2265.
“We can all benefit from the warmth and wisdom of older generations. But while many people look forward to a fulfilling old age, more than one in five adults aged 60 and over experiences mental or neurological disorders such as dementia and depression,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, which this year focuses on older adults.According to UN figures, the proportion of those aged over 60 is expected to increase from just over 605 million in 2000 to 2 billion by 2050.Mr. Ban said the Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the problems surrounding mental health in older persons.“Health care professionals and older people themselves often do not recognize these mental health problems. Worse, people are frequently reluctant to seek help because of the stigma surrounding mental illness,” he said. “Older adults are also vulnerable to physical neglect and shameful mistreatment – abuse that can itself trigger mental health problems.”Mr. Ban highlighted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan for the period 2013-2020, which seeks to strengthen effective leadership and governance for mental health, provide comprehensive and responsive mental health and social care services in community-based settings, implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health, and strengthen information systems, evidence and research in this area.The Plan also calls for taking account of health and social needs at all stages of life, from infancy through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age.“On this World Mental Health Day, I call for greater efforts to carry out the Action Plan for the sake of all people with mental health problems, especially those who are older and require special attention,” Mr. Ban said. “This compassionate response will benefit all of society.”
Le dernier réchauffement climatique a commencé dans l’hémisphère SudUne nouvelle étude affirme que le dernier réchauffement climatique, il y a environ 10.000 ans, a été initié dans l’hémisphère Sud.La dernière période de glaciation sur Terre, connue sous le nom de Würm, a commencé il y a environ 110.000 ans pour se terminer il y a 10.000 ans. Jusqu’à présent, on pensait que c’était l’hémisphère Nord qui s’était réchauffé, suivi par l’hémisphère Sud. Une nouvelle étude parue dans la revue Nature affirme le contraire, le réchauffement aurait commencé en Antarctique ! Une nouvelle qui devrait grandement aider les climatologues à mieux comprendre le déroulement des réchauffements planétaires.Le changement a été initié dans l’hémisphère SudCes résultats proviennent de l’analyse de carottes de glaces récupérées en Antarctique ouest. Les analyses ont été comparées à celles de carottes provenant du pôle Nord, révélant que le réchauffement a commencé des milliers d’années plus tôt dans le Sud que dans le Nord.Le docteur Ross Edwards, de l’université Curtin en Australie, a participé à l’expédition. Il explique que “de nombreuses études avaient suggéré que le Nord s’était réchauffé d’abord, à cause de variations dans l’orbite terrestre et de la topographie de la banquise polaire.””La nouvelle étude suggère que ce sont les changements dans l’hémisphère Sud qui sont responsables de la fonte des glaces. En d’autres termes, c’est un feedback amorcé dans le Sud qui a initié le réchauffement, et non l’inverse”.Rapport isotopique À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’équipe a analysé une carotte de glace de 3.405 mètres de longueur, afin de retracer l’histoire climatique de l’Antarctique. Le docteur Edwards s’est chargé des 577 premiers mètres, permettant de remonter jusqu’à la dernière glaciation. Un appareil a permis de faire fondre la glace et de la fractionner jusqu’à l’état de simples atomes, afin de pouvoir mesurer leur rapport isotopique.Les isotopes sont des atomes dont le nombre de neutrons est différent, par exemple l’oxygène 18 qui possède 2 neutrons de plus que l’oxygène 16. Or, en fonction de la température, la quantité d’isotopes qui se retrouvent prisonniers dans la glace n’est pas la même. Ainsi, en analysant les bulles d’air présentes dans les carottes, les scientifiques peuvent retracer l’histoire climatique mondiale.”Les charbons et suies ont également été analysés pour obtenir des données sur la fumée, qui atteint des pics en septembre et octobre dans l’hémisphère Sud, en raison des incendies de la saison sèche” ajoute le Dr. Edwards.L’étude conclut que les premiers signes de réchauffement en Antarctique sont apparus il y a 21.000 ans, soit plus de 2.000 ans avant l’hémisphère Nord. Le rôle de l’Antarctique ayant été sous-estimé, les chercheurs insistent sur l’aspect fondamental de leur recherche.Le 21 août 2013 à 18:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Saudi Arabia national team will play their opening match of Group E against North Korea in the 2019 Asian Cup.After seeing surprising results so far in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Saudi Arabia is not taking things for granted.And coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says they will not relax against North Korea.“I respect all teams we will play against. We know these teams, but history counts for nothing as we have to play each of them and win,” Pizzi said according to The Gulf News.Infantino wants a world cup in North and South Korea Manuel R. Medina – March 5, 2019 The FIFA president believes the 2023 Women’s World Cup can be played in North Korea and South Korea, as he wants them to share a bid.“If we can’t win then we won’t get the points. Tomorrow we need to go out there and win those three points.”“It’s not going to be easy. There are pros and cons and the job of the strikers is to score goals so that we can win,” he explained.“We trust in all our players and they will give their best to ensure we take the three points.”
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In an April 28th memo announcing salary cuts and a reduced work week for the summer months, Penton Media CEO Sharon Rowlands advised employees that they may be eligible for unemployment benefits and told them to check with their local unemployment office. She also noted that “special rules may apply to employees in California and to non-exempt employees, and we will be reaching out to these employees and their managers with specific information and specific instructions.”Pay cuts and layoffs are hard enough on employee morale but publishers have another reason to tread lightly in this area: Violation of state or federal labor laws could end up costing the publisher significant money and hamper future cost-saving steps.FOLIO: spoke with law firm Morgan & Lewis, which specializes in labor law, on what areas should be of particular concern to publishers trying to cut back. Government Eye on Small Businesses Smaller publishers that have made due with either a part-time human resources staffer (or none at all) may want to reinvest in that position. While some publishers may be too small to be eligible under Federal law (typically 15 employees or more), state law may still apply. All it takes is one phone call from a disgruntled worker to put you on some agency’s radar. Be particularly mindful of the overtime demands made on low wage earners (most employees must take home at least $455 per week before deductions). The Federal Department of Labor has announced investigations on low wage earners in variety of industries. “The Obama administration says it will pour a lot more money into that,” says Morgan & Lewis partner David McManus. “While the government might decide to focus on a particular industry, smaller companies get on a government agency radar because a former or current employee makes a complaint. Often an employee leaves for another job where they do similar work but they’re classified differently. Now that they get overtime, they scratch their head and say, ‘What‘s up with that?’ and file a complaint against their old company.”While “overtime” is a seldom-heard term in the publishing industry, publishers do have to be aware of company hours in relation to reduced wages. “You have to be vigilant in making sure you have an off-the-clock policy and make sure managers aren’t applying pressure to employees to work overtime that’s not reported,” says McManus. “Employees generally are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Act with exceptions, so many that the exceptions almost become the rule.” Don’t try to sneak work in during a furlough week, even with the promise of future compensation. “If for a week you’re furloughing people who are exempt from the overtime laws, you have to make sure they’re not working at all,” says McManus. “If they’ve done work and they’re an exempt employee, they’re entitled to their weekly pay. You may even lose the exemption for a whole class of employees based on that one employee.”Heightened Litigation with ContractorsPublishers are increasingly outsourcing core duties such as production, edit and sales to contract workers. However, that’s also becoming a growing source of litigation. New York State is considering investigating the status of independent contractors and whether they’re classified correctly. “We’ve seen an increasing trend in private litigation and in state and federal regulatory agencies going after claims that individuals who were treated as contractors, so they didn’t get benefits or overtime, actually are employees,” says McManus.Sales reps are a particularly touchy area. If a rep is required to spend so many hours in meetings with the publisher, that rep could be classified as a full-time employee, and eligible for corresponding benefits.
In the meantime, Time Inc. says it’s transferring Source Interlink’s distribution business to The News Group, which, along with Comag, is owned by the Jim Pattison Group.Time Inc. estimates that it will take up to 12 weeks to re-align the distribution operation under The News Group to accommodate the added retailers. Because of this, Time Inc. expects to take a $4 million revenue hit and incur about $1 million in transition costs. Under the new payment terms with The News Group, which extend through May 2019, Time Inc. expects a $12 million decrease in operating cash flow. The publisher-wholesaler relationship has been a contentious one. In 2009, Time Inc. and Source Interlink effectively settled an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Source when Time Inc., along with other publishers, refused to go along with a per-copy distribution price increase. As part of the deal, Time Inc. entered a multi-year contract with Source, but didn’t have to pay the increase. See Also: Time Inc. Strikes Deal with Source InterlinkPrior to that deal, Time Inc., other magazine publishers and national distributors had threatened to deny shipments to Source, which was granted a restraining order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York which prevented the publishers and NDs from doing so. In advance of its spinoff from Time Warner, Time Inc. has terminated its business with Source Interlink Distribution, its second largest wholesaler. According to a regulatory filing, the decision was made due to $7 million in uncollectible receivables owed to Time Inc. that will be recorded as bad debt in 2Q 2014.Source Interlink distributed Time Inc.’s titles to retailers in the U.S. and sales of these magazines represented about 2 percent of the company’s total 2013 revenues—about $70 million.Actions like these in the magazine newsstand distribution market typically cause an immediate chain reaction. According to a source, Curtis, a national distributor, has pulled its business from Source Interlink as well and Comag, another national distributor, had already done so, going as far as sending letters to its publisher clients notifying them of Source Interlink’s supposed payment problems.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Senators question Dunleavy’s budget proposalAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAnchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said that to maintain Dunleavy’s commitment to full permanent fund dividends — without having an income tax — would require cuts on the scale he’s proposed.Suspect arrested for 25-year-old murder of UAF studentDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThere’s a break in a murder case that has haunted Fairbanks for over a quarter century.Industry launches campaign to rid ocean of plastic. Is it for real?Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The plastics industry has a new billion-dollar campaign to get plastic trash out of the ocean. Sen. Dan Sullivan and a close ally are working on a bill to enhance that campaign. But is industry really suited to clean up the mess its products create?5 people rescued from life raft after vessel sinks southwest of UnalaskaLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaFive people were rescued safely from a life raft in the Bering Sea Friday, after their fishing vessel sank about 40 miles southwest of Unalaska.Ketchikan, Peterburg and Wrangell all low on hydropowerJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellPetersburg and Wrangell officials have floated the idea of SEAPA paying for all or some of the cities diesel costs.Part of Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery could move toward quota systemAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerAbout a year after federal regulators dramatically cut the Pacific Cod quota in the Gulf of Alaska, some fishermen in the Bering Sea say there are too many boats fishing for the declining species.UAF to name new coastal research vesselRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksA new research boat will hit Alaska waters this spring. The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF will use the new Research Vessel for coastal science.Fashion faux pas? MLM company LuLaRoe sued in Alaska over sales taxes.Matt Miller, KTOO – JuneauAnchorage resident Katie Van says she was charged undue sales taxes on clothing she bought from outside of Alaska. But LuLaRoe says they fixed their sales tax automation software and already made refunds.Mushers cap off 2019 Yukon Quest at annual banquetLex Treinen, KUAC – FairbanksYukon Quest mushers, fans and officials gathered Saturday night in Fairbanks for the annual finish banquet. Mushers took to the microphone to recount their experiences on the trail, while awards recognized their achievements.
Leaders of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance on Sunday vowed to legally and politically face the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution. Speaking at a press conference after a meeting at the AL chiefs Dhanmondi political office, they termed it irrelevant, unacceptable and motivated. He also said the chief justice gave a scope to the BNP-Jamaat clique so that they could engage in conspiracies. As part of it, were demanding that the verdict be scrapped and it has to be scrapped. Well face it legally and politically. Jatiya Party (Manju) secretary general Sheikh Shahidul Islam said not only the 14-party, but also the entire country is aggrieved with this verdict. So, this verdict should be abolished. Coordinator of the 14-party combine and also health minister Mohammad Nasim said they are rejecting the apex court observations on a legal parliament, Liberation War and Bangabandhu. About SK Sinhas call for not doing politics over the apex court verdict, Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha said, …its decent to overlook the words stated in this verdict regarding the most important matter of the country– Liberation War. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president and information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said after any verdict of the apex court, it becomes the property of people. There could be criticism over that property and this not the defamation of the court, he said. He also demanded review of the verdict. Samyabadi Dal general secretary and former industries minister Dilip Barua said parliament was defamed through the verdict.I dont know where the chief justice was during the Liberation War. Mainly, he dared to show this as he knows nothing about the Liberation War. He said people know about the great Liberation War and Bangabandhu very well. Its a universal truth that Bangabandhu led the Liberation War. People wont accept what was said in the verdict. They wont pardon it, too, he said, adding that that is why the review of the verdict is a must. He said the role of Bangabandhu was undermined through the verdict. Its motivated, out of the context and irreverent. It came to undermine the Liberation War and peoples power. Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said peoples rights were snatched through the verdict. In the constitution, it was stated that people will be the owner of everything. All power will be in the hand of public representatives, and this is a natural thing. You can say that this verdict is against the constitution, he said.
At least 15 people have died after a fire ripped through a karaoke bar in central Myanmar, trapping revellers inside singing rooms filled with poisonous smoke.Eleven men and four women died when the blaze consumed the top floor of the Shwe Myat Min Thamee KTV bar in the town of Magway, northwest of the capital Naypyidaw, on Sunday night.A local fire official said the electrical system had apparently overheated and set fire to the sound-proof lining inside the singing rooms.”All those killed were inside KTV rooms at the time … It seems the wires became hot and started burning the foam,” Magway region fire department director Aung Win Sein told AFP on Monday.The four women who were killed were all said to be workers at the bar.Police have opened two cases against the bar owner for negligence.Karaoke bars are popular in Myanmar, where many also serve as fronts for illegal brothels.
Rohingya refugee. File PhotoUN officials have condemned a deal struck between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start repatriating Rohingya refugees, apparently for failure to involve the UN refugee body with the process.The Guardian newspaper quoted the UN refugee agency confirming they have not been consulted about the plan.The UNHCR reportedly said, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is ‘not yet conducive’ for return of Rohingyas who fled their homeland following crackdown by the Myanmar military.The Guardian mentioned that Bangladesh and Myanmar government officials announced this week they had struck a “very concrete” repatriation deal for the return of the 720,000 Rohingya refugees.Myanmar officials, according to the report, said on Wednesday they had verified 5,000 Rohingya refugees so far, with the “first batch” of 2,000 to be repatriated in the next month.Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN secretary general, António Guterres, was quoted to have said that the deal had taken the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) by surprise.“To be clear … UNHCR, which is in lead on the issues of refugees, was not consulted on this matter,” Dujarric said at the daily press briefing given by the secretary general’s office.Chris Melzer, the UNHCR’s senior external officer based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, reiterated this, saying: “UNHCR was not a party to that agreement, wrote the British newspaper.“We would advise against imposing any timetable or target figures for repatriation in respect of the voluntary nature and sustainability of return,” added Melzer.“It is unclear if refugees know their names are on this list that has been cleared by Myanmar. They need to be informed. They also need to be consulted if they are willing to return … It is critical that returns are not rushed or premature.”Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been living in cramped refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar for more than a year after fleeing rape, murder and arson in Rakhine state at the hands of the Myanmar military, the report pointed out.The Myanmar government signed an agreement with the UNHCR in June that they would work with the UN to create “safe and dignified” conditions for the return of the Rohingya to Rakhine, including guaranteeing security, freedom of movement and pathway to citizenship.The Guardian said none of these assurances have been made by the Myanmar government so far and the UNHCR has only been given restricted access to Rakhine state.“For UNHCR, the conditions in Rakhine state are not yet conducive for a return to Myanmar,” said Dujarric. “And, at the same time, we’re seeing Rohingya refugees continue to arrive from Rakhine state into [Bangladesh], which should give you an indication of the situation on the ground.”Bangladesh has handed Myanmar a list of 24,342 refugees whom they have cleared for repatriation, but details of the logistics and precise date of the repatriation are unclear, the report said.It added that the issue of consent and possible forced repatriation has also been raised, with Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar saying they were fearful of going back and had never been asked whether they wanted to return.Myanmar officials, including Myint Thu, the permanent secretary at Myanmar’s ministry of foreign affairs, visited the camps in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday and were greeted by hundreds of Rohingya protestors who held placards demanding citizenship and security, according to media report.“We are here to meet with the people from the camps so that I can explain what we have prepared for their return and then I can listen to their voices,” Myint Thu was quoted to have said.Safiullah, who was among the refugees who met the Myanmar members, had asked whether the Rohingya would be able to return to their own villages and get back their confiscated land and other properties but “the Burmese officials did not give me an answer”.“I will not return to Myanmar even if the authorities enlist me for repatriation. I am sure this is the view of almost all Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh,” he was quoted to have said.Suktara Begum, a Rohingya refugee woman who spoke to Myint Thu on his visit to the camps, said: “They came to meet us today simply because of pressure from the international community. They have not taken one step to meet our demands in so many months. They are not serious about our return to our homes. We do not trust them.”
Turkish Airlines connects Košice, the urban center of Eastern Slovakia with Istanbul, one of the most important global transport hubs to the world. The flag carrier will operate flights to and from Košice three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in both directions.This way, Košice will gain strategic importance in the process of building and strengthening cultural, business and tourist activities. For Turkish Airlines, Košice is the 289th destination that its fleet will connect with the rest of the world.Introductory trip fares are available from Istanbul to Košice starting from 99 American Dollars and from Košice to Istanbul 99 Euros (including taxes and fees). Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destinations, there is a special offer for Miles&Smiles members, with a 25% reduction in the miles needed to redeem either award tickets or upgrades.
in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News September 15, 2015 542 Views Consumer expectations for the housing market are showing a mixed outlook for the U.S. economy, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data August 2015 Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) released Tuesday.The SCE contains information about how consumers expect overall inflation and prices for housing, food, gas, and education to behave. It also provides insight into Americans’ views about job prospects and earnings growth and their expectations about future spending and access to credit.The survey data found that both the perceived change and the year-ahead credit availability expectations were slightly more pessimistic in August, as a portion of survey respondents that believe credit is easier to obtain fell in both conditions.The Zillow Mortgage Access Index (ZMAI) quarterly report released earlier this month found that access to mortgage credit tightened in the first quarter of 2015 and is almost unchanged from a year ago.According to Zillow, in a survey earlier this summer of more than 100 economists and housing experts, more than 60 percent said they expect mortgage regulations to loosen further, with many expressing concern the market will become too lax over the next year.Access to mortgage credit has improved in Q1, reaching 65 and is over two-thirds of the way back to 2002 pre-crisis levels, Zillow says.”Recent market volatility is causing some lenders to be more cautious in their underwriting,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Tighter mortgage access will make it harder for people with low credit scores to get a home loan, and even people who can get approved for a mortgage will have fewer options in terms of available mortgage products.The survey data showed that the median expected home price change matched series lows in February 2015, declining slightly to 3.0 percent.Median household income growth expectations for one-year ahead rose to 2.9 percent, which was the same as spring 2015 highs. The NY Fed credits much of this increase to those with a high school or less education and incomes in the $50,000 to $100,000 range.Median year-ahead household spending growth expectations remained flat at 3.5 percent, the same as last month’s all time low since the survey began. In addition, the expected median change in tax payments dropped to a new all-time low of a 2.7 percent increase.In terms of the labor market, the expected median one-year ahead earnings growth remained stable at 2.4 percent and have stayed flat for the most part since December 2014.Job separation expectations also fell, with the probability of losing a job reaching a new low of 13.5 percent and the probability of leaving a job dropping from 22.0 percent to 20.8 percent.However, the recent jobs report found that job gains fell below expectations for the month of August, totaling less than 200,000, but wage growth finally began to show some upward pressure. Analysts are still divided on whether it will be enough to convince the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in their September meeting, however.According to the August 2015 Employment Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday, nonfarm employment increased in August by 173,000, which is well below the monthly average for the previous 12 months of 247,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent while the number of unemployed persons in the nation fell below eight million. The unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons are down by 1 full percentage point and 1.5 million people, respectively, year-over-year in August.While wage growth has been slow for the most part in recent months, average hourly earnings for all employees jumped by 8 cents in August up to $25.09, a year-over-year increase of 2.2 percent. This increase followed a gain of 6 cents in July. For non-supervisory employees, average hourly earnings increased by 5 cents in August up to $21.07.The NY Fed also reported that median inflation expectations lowered from 3.0 to 2.8 percent at the one-year ahead mark, and fell from 3.0 to 2.9 percent at the three-year ahead mark.Click here to view the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s August 2015 Survey of Consumer Expectations.Photo courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Credit Access Economic Outlook Federal Reserve Bank of New York 2015-09-15 Seth Welborn Consumers Show Mixed Economic Outlook, Survey Finds Share
7 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Jared Veldheer (68) works on technique as Mike Iupati (76) looks on during an NFL football organized team activity Monday, June 1, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) pic.twitter.com/e00IAYHzHs— Jared Veldheer (@Veldheer68) March 28, 2018The Cardinals signed Veldheer to a five-year, $35 million deal in 2014 in order to protect the blindside for quarterback Carson Palmer. Veldheer held that position before a right triceps injury put him on injured reserve midway through the 2016 season. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Coming off the injury and after briefly contemplating retirement last offseason, Veldheer returned in 2017 as Arizona’s starting right tackle, sliding over as the Cardinals’ 2015 first-round pick, D.J. Humphries, moved to left tackle.Related LinksArizona Cardinals trade Jared Veldheer to BroncosCardinals’ O-Line joins forces with Arizona Wilderness for great causeVeldheer played 13 games last season before an ankle injury put him on injured reserve in mid-December.Off the field, Veldheer was active in the community. A homebrewer, he collaborated with local breweries and tied some of those beer-making experiences to charitable causes, raising money to support recovery efforts for the Sonoma wildfires and, more recently, the Pat Tillman Foundation.Arizona’s trade of Veldheer for a 2018 sixth-round pick came after the team signed free agent tackle Andre Smith to a two-year, $8 million deal that could approach $10.2 million with bonuses. Departed Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer thanked the state of Arizona, the NFL franchise and its fans on Wednesday, five days after being traded to the Denver Broncos.