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MANITOBA FILM TAX CREDIT STILL UNDER REVIEW DESPITE 217MBOOST FROM FEDS PROVINCE

first_img Facebook Advertisement The Manitoba government will benefit from the biggest jump in federal equalization payments in a decade, but says it’s still keeping an eye on spending controls that include a review of a major tax credit for the film industry.Documents from the federal government show Manitoba is set to receive more than $2 billion in equalization payments in the fiscal year that starts in March, up 11 per cent — or $217 million — from the current year.The reason, according to the federal Finance Department, is a stronger economic picture in Ontario. Twitter Advertisement The federal government is upping its annual equalization transfer payment to Manitoba by 11 per cent, but provincial Finance Minister Cameron Friesen says the government still plans to review its film tax credit system. (CBC)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “Ontario’s fiscal capacity has improved relative to that of the other equalization-receiving provinces, including Manitoba,” deputy spokesperson Jocelyn Sweet wrote in an email.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to richer ones. It is entirely federally funded and based on a complex formula that measures the fiscal capacity of each province. Six provinces currently receive money under the program.Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said the extra cash is welcome, but the province is dealing with lower-than-expected income taxes this year and is still working to cut a deficit of $779 million.“Does this solve all our problems? Absolutely not, many challenges ahead. But it is some revenue for certain this year,” Friesen said in an interview.As part of its promise to balance the budget, the government hired auditing firm KPMG to conduct a wide-ranging review of government spending and operations. The report, released last year, said the province’s Film and Video Tax Credit should be reduced.The credit provides either 45 per cent of a project’s labour costs or 30 per cent of production costs in Manitoba, along with certain bonuses. The KPMG report said the credit is the most generous among the provinces, and Manitoba should consider reducing it to a level even with other western provinces.Finance Minister Cameron Friesen released the contents of the KPMG review of the provincial government’s finances last fall. (John Woods/Canadian Press)Friesen said he would not reveal his plans in advance of next month’s budget, but said he wants to strike a balance between recognizing the value of the film and television industry and getting a return on investment for taxpayers.“We certainly see the tremendous value that the film and video industry has in Manitoba, not just for filming now … but also for the post-production work, for the expertise we’re building here in Manitoba,” Friesen said.“We have said that we’re a government that takes a view that there must be a return on investment. There must be a value-for-money principle in play here.”Film and video production in recent years has produced the equivalent of 680 to 920 direct full-time jobs in Manitoba, according to a 2016 industry report by the Canadian Media Producers Association.The tax credit has cost the province $15 million to $24 million annually in recent years, according to a review of the industry last year by On Screen Manitoba, a provincial association. The money given out by the province exceeded the money it recouped through higher income taxes and other sources in four of the preceding five years, the association’s report said.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rainbow Tobacco not too worried about Big Tobacco court action

first_imgAPTN National NewsNorth America’s largest tobacco companies have launched a $1.5 billion lawsuit against Aboriginal producers in Ontario and Quebec.Papers were filed in an Ontario court and names companies in Kahnawake, Akwesasne, Tyendinaga, Six Nations and others.The owners of so-called smoke shacks on reserves and Mohawk territories are also being sued.In court documents, Imperial Tobacco, Benson & Hedges and a number of other large companies claim that Aboriginal cigarette producers should be included in a larger suit launched by Ontario government.Ontario is suing Big Tobacco for $50 billion in damages caused by smokingRainbow Tobacco of Kahnawake in Quebec is one of the companies named.Robbie Dickson, president of Rainbow, spoke to APTN from Tyendianga Mohawk Territory.last_img read more

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Grains livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was down .8 cents at $4.5840 a bushel; May corn rose 3.6 cents at $3.6160 a bushel; May oats lost 3 cents at $2.786 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 1 cent at 9.0020 a bushel.Beef lower, pork higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was off .88 cents at $1.2542 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle fell 1.03 cents at $1.4547 a pound; Apr. lean hogs gained .3 cent at .7895 a pound.The Associated Press read more

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US Congress delegation and President Sirisena hold talks

President Sirisena, expressing his satisfaction over the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries, said that that the Government of Sri Lanka is committed to further strengthen relations with the US, especially in the economic and investment spheres. Their aim was to promote an on-going partnership between the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) and the Sri Lanka Parliament while  strengthening democratic institutions and deepening bilateral relations. During the call, leader of the HDP Group Congressman Peter Roskam expressed his admiration on behalf of US House of Representatives for the transformative process that the President has led after his election two years ago.He said that measures taken for reconciliation, development of the country, good governance and citizen’s right are laudable. He said that USA will stand by Sri Lanka in its challenging journey towards economic development. A bi-partisan group of representatives of the United States Congress visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat.Accordingly, Congressman Peter Roskam (Chair – Republican), Congressman David Price (Democrat), Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (Democrat) and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican) met the President. The delegation was accompanied by Atul Keshap, Ambassador for USA, and Prasad Kariyawasam Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in USA. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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SMMT urges government to boost consumer spending

‘We’d like to see a full package of support for the sector to boost consumer confidence and encourage buyers back into showrooms’, said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. ‘Last week’s cut in interest rates is a positive start but we need to ensure the cut is passed on to consumers and small businesses, quickly and in full to maximise it’s impact.’ As the impact of falling car sales continues to spread, SMMT is repeating its call for immediate government action to boost consumer confidence and kick start the market. ‘We’d like to see government maintain public expenditure on new vehicles and investigate schemes to incentivise cleaner, lower-emitting vehicles, including scrapping the planned changes to VED. It’s vital that government send out the right signal at this time.’ SMMT will continue to lobby government ahead of the pre-budget report, expected later this month. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The Cavs Arent Even Playing That Badly

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (June 4, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss the state of the NBA Finals, which the Golden State Warriors lead 2-0. They ask whether the Warriors’ Stephen Curry is finally going to get a finals MVP award, analyze why the Cavaliers are losing even though they’re not playing terribly, and talk about how Cleveland could turn the series around at home.The Lab will be back with another episode later this week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Embed Code read more

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Deshaun Thomas everchanging Ohio State role

Deshaun Thomas’s role keeps changing for Ohio State’s basketball team. The junior forward was one of the top recruited players in the nation during his senior year at Bishop Luers High School in Indiana, but was mostly a bench player during the 2010-11 season, averaging 7.5 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting in 14 minutes a game. The next year, his role evolved as he emerged as a key cog in the Buckeyes’ offensive attack, averaging 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting. He also led all Buckeyes with 19.2 points per game during the team’s run to the 2012 Final Four. But Thomas’s role is only expected to expand for his junior year and he’s starting to get the hardware to prove it. On Aug. 29, The Blue Ribbon College Basketball yearbook announced that it named Thomas a preseason All-American. “(The award) feels great, especially since I found out that I’m an all-American by Blue Ribbon on my 21st birthday,” Thomas said. “It lets you know what people think about you and how hard you work to get at that position.” Thomas said he understands more will be expected from him this season, but at the same time his expectations for himself will be bigger than those who analyze him. “I expect to do a lot,” Thomas said. “To help my teammates win, and do the little things to help them win. It’s going to be all work and dedication.” Thomas, along with fellow junior point guard Aaron Craft, have the same goals as last year, which is to get back to the Final Four and bring home a championship to his school. “The goals don’t change from year to year. The guys change, the personnel changes, maybe the coaches change, but the goals don’t really change,” Craft said. “The goals are always the same, which is to become the best basketball team that we can be, and play our best basketball when we need to.” Many thought Thomas was going to be part of the personnel change Craft mentioned. After the season, Thomas considered declaring for the NBA Draft, but ultimately said the people around OSU’s program kept him in Columbus. “The fans and the people who run this stadium, who run this program, I’m going to miss them,” Thomas said. “They treat us like family, and being with my teammates has been great.” Craft said he’s just happy that Thomas is still on campus. “Not a lot of people get the chance to know him at a personal level and get to be around him enough to know that he is much more than just a basketball player,” Craft said. “I am just really glad DT is still here, and we can have some fun this year.” Thomas said he worked hard in the offseason to improve his game and to become the player his team needs him to be. “I just try to get better, knowing the weaknesses of my game,” Thomas said. “I worked hard on my ball-handling skills, and to be in the best shape that I can be in.” For Thomas, working on his game has been paying dividends, as other people are noticing how dangerous of a player he can be. His teammates have also seen the maturity in Thomas, and how much he has improved since he first stepped on the court. “People know Deshaun has a scorer-first mentality, but Deshaun is a great basketball player,” said OSU senior forward Evan Ravenel. “He has gotten a lot better since he’s been here, just more understanding of the game of basketball.” Craft added that Thomas has taken his game to another level while simultaneously growing as a person. “The growth happens off the floor as well, I mean, stuff with school and how seriously he takes that now,” Craft said, “and to see him grow into a man, it’s been awesome to see that growth.” The Buckeyes will play their first game in style – a contest against Marquette on Nov. 9 atop the retired USS Yorktown battleship in the Carrier Classic in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. “Oh yeah, we looking forward to playing on some water, you know, a little battleship,” Thomas said. “We got a couple of people who are scared of a boat, but we’re going to get through that fear. I ain’t going to say his name, but it’s going to be fun and a great experience.” Two games that Thomas said he is looking forward to this year are against Kansas and Duke. “We know that (Kansas) beat us last year in the Final Four, so we’re going to be amped up and ready to go,” Thomas said. Asked why he is excited to play against Duke, Thomas had one answer: coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Yeah it’s because of Coach K, I mean he coached the USA team, and he is one of the best coaches in college basketball,” Thomas said. Thomas said he would be ready for the NBA, but that answer won’t be known until much later into the year. “You know, if God’s willing, if it comes down to that, to me to make that decision, I’ll be happy and go,” Thomas said. “That’s every kid’s dream. I feel like I would be mentally ready and skill ready. All I have to do is keep staying at it, stay in the gym, believe in myself and the sky is limit.” read more

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Labours plan to tax private school fees to pay for free school

first_imgHe said: “All too often teachers see the impact that hunger has on their pupils. It affects their concentration and ability to learn and their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The benefits of a healthy and nutritious school lunch are well documented.”Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “Free school meals provision is already a poorly targeted policy and extending it to all primary school children would be an unacceptable waste of taxpayers’ money.The scheme will end up subsidising middle class and affluent families who don’t need the help, while those who are struggling to make ends meet will feel very little benefit. A Conservative spokesman dismissed the plan saying: “Labour would wreck the economy if they ever got back into government – meaning there would be less money to spend on our schools, not more.”Their economic incompetence means this promise isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”  Senior boys wearing their games blazers walk along Common lane at Eton College  Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner told the Today programme free school meals would ‘raise attainment’Credit:Christopher Furlong Children in reception year 1 and year 2 already get free school meals  The authors of the study say more research is needed The Labour leader will say this morning that the universal roll out of free meals will boost the health and educational attainment of all children  Labour Leader Jeremy CorbynCredit:PA Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Asked if they had been able to prove the link between attainment and free meals, Lorraine Dearden said: “We definitely concluded that we needed more work. “While we found that there was a slight improvement in attainment, we struggled to find the mechanism by which this took place. Questioned on whether she believed the report justified rolling out the scheme nationally, Ms Dearden said: “It would be overstating it by quite a bit and in the report we said this is very, very expensive to roll out nationally- we estimated around 1billion a year. “We weren’t able to identify the mechanism by which this was working and whilst we were reasonably confident that in pretty deprived areas this seemed to have an effect, we were very careful to say more work needed to happen before you would roll this out.”  Speaking this morning, Mr Corbyn said: “No child in the UK should go hungry at school. By charging VAT on private schools fees, Labour will make sure all primary school children, no matter what their background, get a healthy meal at school.”However, Mike Buchanan, chair of the The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, said the proposals would hurt “hard working, dual income families who are working very hard”. The chair of the The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference said the proposals would hurt “hard working, dual income families”Credit:Dmitriy Shironosov / Alamy “Independent schools are fully aware of their social responsibilities and offer free and reduced cost places to children from lower income homes.”They also partner with state schools to offer support with sciences and languages, A-levels and university access, as well as sport and music.”Labour say the provision of free school meals also improves the health of pupils through better nutrition – with over 90 per cent of pupils who have a school lunch consuming food or drink containing vegetables or fruit compared with just 58 per cent.  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. Children in reception year 1 and year 2 already get free school meals  Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner Children in reception year 1 and year 2 already get free school meals and Labour said that extending the scheme to all primary school pupils had been estimated to cost between £700 to £900 million a year. A young boy reading a book in the classroom  The party said that an estimate by the Fabian Society in 2010 suggested that introducing VAT on private school fees could raise around £1.5 billion annually.Kevin Courtney, leader of the National Union of Teachers,  has backed Labour’s proposals. Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to impose VAT on private school fees to pay for free meals for all primary school pupils have unravelled after questions were raised about the evidence used to justify the policy.The Labour leader will say this morning that the universal roll out of free meals will boost the health and educational attainment of all children while ending a “subsidy to the privileged few”. He will point to research showing that offering universal access to free school meals improves pupils’ productivity, enabling primary school pupils to advance by around two months on average. The Independent Schools Council (ISC), representing private schools, said Labour’s proposals did not add up and would force some smaller schools to close.”A third of pupils at our schools are on reduced fees and are from families where both parents work hard to pay the fees,” said ISC general secretary Julie Robinson.”If this measure was introduced smaller independent schools may close, driving more children back to be funded in the state system. 600,000 children are educated in independent schools, saving the taxpayer the cost of educating them. The Independent Schools Council said Labour’s proposals would force some smaller schools to closeCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty  Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The evidence from National Centre for Social Research and the IFS have both been quiet clear that actually providing universal school meals at primary level will raise attainment.”However, one of the co-authors of this report told the same programme that they had found a “slight improvement” on pupils’ attainment, but “we certainly do not know if this impact will replicated nationwide”.Their 2012 report was based on a pilot in primary school pupils in Newham and Durham. last_img read more

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Buying exploration drilling capacity

first_imgIn these days when contract exploration drills are hard to get, companies are increasingly buying their own rigs, or even drilling contracting companies, as in the case of Ashburton Minerals. Ashburton has just moved to full ownership of Transdrill after its wholly owned subsidiary, Trans Pacific Gold, acquired the remaining 50% of the private drilling company. Transdrill provides drilling services to the company at its Cuiaba Gold Project in Brazil. The company says “The move to full ownership of Transdrill provides [it] with secure access to a drilling rig at a time of competing demand for drilling services in Brazil, in particular for exploration rigs. Transdrill operates a versatile RAB/Aircore/RC rig running 3-in diameter 3 m rods. A truck-mounted compressor rated at 900 cfm @ 350 psi enables drilling of holes to 150 m depth. The rig is operated by an experienced Australian driller using trained local offsiders.“The acquisition represents a significant cost saving to the company in light of the 7,000 m drilling programme envisaged for the current field season and which commenced earlier this month with the drilling of the large Teixeirinha gold anomaly. Ashburton sees the acquisition of Transdrill as an important step in securing the viability and independence of its exploration programs in Brazil.”last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgUpdated: 23:00NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.Enda Kenny (centre) with Paddy Cosgrave, founder of the Dublin Web Summit ( left) and Bruce Aust, Nasdaq’s head of listings ( right) after ringing the opening bell to for the NASDAQ (Image: Brian Lawless/PA).IRISH Steve Jobs’s house is now considered a historic property. [The Daily Edge]The first ticket has been handed out for use of Google Glass while driving. [Phandroid]PARTING SHOTPhotographer Martin Reitze put together this stunning timelapse of Russia’s Kliuchevskoi volcano erupting earlier this month. [Telegraph](Video: TheFaceintheclouds/YouTube)First published 21:00.Here’s What Happened Yesterday> Enda Kenny rang the Nasdaq bell.Water restrictions in Dublin will last at least until next Monday.Dublin Marathon runner Ricki Savage who collapsed at the finish-line on Monday passed away.The search for a missing walker in Mayo was suspended for the night.Over 330 jobs were announced across the country.A garda appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting and harassing two female colleagues. [RTÉ]Dublin Bus will push ahead with its cost implementation plan on 17 November.James Reilly apologised for problems people are having with medical cards.The government will make a decision on a same-sex marriage referendum next week.Just five clicks will now book you a flight on Ryanair‘s website.Another Labour councillor resigned from the party.WORLD#UNITED STATES: It emerged the NSA tapped into links to Google and Yahoo data centres. [AFP]#NEWS OF THE WORLD: Three former journalists at the News of the World pleaded guilty to phone hacking. [AFP]#INDIA: 45 people were killed when the bus they were travelling in caught fire after a collision. [The Guardian]#SMOKING: New York City Council voted to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. [Associated Press]INNOVATIONlast_img read more

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Ireland is Apples Holy Grail of tax avoidance

first_img 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions TECHNOLOGY GIANT APPLE has been accused of using Ireland as a tax haven by a US Senate Subcommittee.The multinational firm behind the iPhone and the iPad has reportedly avoided paying $44 (€34) billion in US taxes over the past four years by operating off-shore companies based in Hollyhill Industrial Estate in County Cork.This is the second time in less than two weeks that Ireland has become in embroiled in an international tax avoidance controversy. The UK parliament’s Public Accounts Committee accused internet search engine Google of “devious” use of Ireland’s corporate tax regulations to reduce its tax bill in Britain.According to the Senate investigation, led by Democrat Carl Levin and Republic John McCain, Apple negotiated a special two per cent tax rate in Ireland – far less than the State’s 12.5 per cent rate for companies.Apple, who employ 4,000 people in Ireland,  has been asked to explain in the US how two Irish subsidiaries  – Apple Operations International (AOI) and Apple Sales International (ASO) – pay little or no tax on profits in either country.AOI has not filed tax returns in any country over the past five years despite income of around $30 (€23) billion between 2009 and 2012, according to the Senate’s investigation.The company was set up here in the 1980s but is owned and controlled in the US by parent company Apple Inc.ASI paid just $10 (€7.7) million in taxes on $22 (€17) billion profits in 2011 following a special tax deal agreed with the Irish Revenue Commissioner back in the early nineties.“Apple sought the Holy Grail of tax avoidance,” Levin told the committee. “It has created offshore entities holding tens of billions of dollars, while claiming to be tax resident nowhere.”Former US presidential candidate, McCain, said: “A company that found remarkable success by harnessing American ingenuity and the opportunities afforded by the US economy should not be shifting its profits overseas to avoid the payment of US tax, purposefully depriving the American people of revenue.”Apple is not accused of doing anything illegal and the firm released a statement denying it used “tax gimmicks” to lower its bill. It also claimed to be the highest payer of corporation tax in the US.However, Business Insider’s Henry Blodgot said the firm uses “highly sophisticated tax dodging” techniques, including: Using a so-called cost sharing agreement to transfer valuable intellectual property assets offshore and shift the resulting profits to a tax haven jurisdiction;Taking advantage of weaknesses and loopholes in tax law and regulations to “disregard” offshore subsidiaries for tax purposes;Shielding billions of dollars in income that could otherwise be taxable in the United States;Negotiating a tax rate of less than 2 per cent with the government of Ireland – significantly lower than that nation’s 12.5 per cent statutory rate – and using Ireland as the base for its extensive network of offshore subsidiaries.Additional reporting by Business Insider.Read: Google exec grilled in UK over ‘devious’ use of Ireland to reduce tax >Read: Google’s Irish tax operation may be examined by UK tax investigation >center_img China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack 10 things in tech you need to know today last_img read more

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There Are More Ways than You Can Count to Promote Your Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Community-military partnership organizations, the community-based groups that advocate for the military installations they host, take a variety of forms and employ a number of approaches to support local defense facilities.At a special session at the National Summit, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how two advocacy groups, the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance and Fort Polk Progress, are facing the challenge of sustaining their own organizations while fostering local bases.The session will allow for an informal discussion as the two panelists — John Schueler, president of the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, and Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress — cover the basics of how a community can establish a partnership organization, as well as talk about their latest initiatives for promoting their installations.Topics will include organizational structure, financial support and membership development, says Celeste Boccieri-Werner, vice president for Matrix Design Group, who will moderate the session. Schueler and Reese also will talk about their approaches to representing their communities and advocating on behalf of their installations, both locally and in Washington.The two speakers will address their efforts to take advantage of the new DOD authority allowing installations and communities to form intergovernmental support agreements to share base support services. That discussion will focus on what role community-military partnership organizations can play to help bring installation and municipal officials together, according to Boccieri-Werner.The interactive session will maximize the audience’s ability to participate in the discussion, either by asking the panelists questions or sharing experiences from their own community.Participants can plan on bringing home a plethora of new ideas for organizing their community to support the local military presence, with Boccieri-Werner highlighting best management practices and lessons learned throughout the session.The audience will leave with a greater understanding of what kind of approaches to advocacy and support work in one kind of situation, or community, but perhaps not in another, she told View from the Summit.last_img read more

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Opposition calls for forming polltime govt thru talks by 30 Sept

first_imgLeaders of different political parties join the rally of Jatiya Oikya Prokriya at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city on Saturday. Photo: Tanvir AhmedNational Unity Process convenor Kamal Hossain, United Front’s AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir joined a rally on Saturday that called for restoration of democracy, rule of law and voting rights of people.Also joined by some other opposition leaders and civil society representatives, the rally gave the government a 30 September deadline to meet its three-point demand, especially steps for formation of a polls-time neutral government through dialogue between political parties.The forum of the opposition coalition demanded reconstitution of the election commission and dissolution of parliament before announcement of the election schedule. The 11th parliamentary election is due later this year.“We called for unity of all pro-democracy forces and we Jukto (United) Front, Kamal Hossain, BNP and other national leaders discussed the unity issue. The unity process is on and we are optimistic about progress,” said Badruddoza Chowdhury, a former president, who floated the United Front recently.He insisted that steps must be taken to ensure that no autocratic government could be installed in Bangladesh in future.The National Unity Process announced to hold rallies across the country beginning 1 October to engage people with their unity process. National leaders are expected to be present there.UNB adds: Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah, convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, read out the proclamation of the citizens’ rally.Kamal Hossain-led National Unity Process organised the rally at Mahanagar Natya Mancha in the city as part of its efforts to create a greater national unity to ensure a ‘functional democracy’ in the country through holding a credible national election. Kamal Hossain presided over the rally.Top leaders of BNP and its some alliance partners, Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, Jataiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob), Nagorik Oikya, Ganosanghati Andolon and different other political parties and some civil society members joined the rally, and expressed their solidarity with the demands.The rally urged upon people to form committees of the ‘greater national unity’ in all the districts. upazilas, unions and wards comprising all the political parties, individuals, the people of all walks of life and civil society members who believe in the spirit of the liberation war to realise the demands of the mass people through united and peaceful programmes.The election commission’s ‘failure’ to hold the recent local government elections in a fair and neutral manner has exposed again that a credible election is not possible under a political government, said the announcement of the rally.”A unity has also been created among people over the matter. So, today’s rally extended solidarity to the five-point demand and nine targets announced by Oikya Prokriya and Jukta Front at the Jatiya Press Club for a fair and impartial election on 15 September.”The rally also demanded that legal and justified rights be ensured for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as she has been jailed unfairly by hindering the normal process of justice.It also demanded the government release the arrested students as they waged quota reform and safe roads movements and leaders and activists of all political parties after withdrawing the ‘false’ cases filed against them.The citizens’ rally also asked the government not to arrest leaders and activists of any political party until the national election is over.Speaking at the rally as the chief guest, Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh president, AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury said they are in discussions with different political parties and individuals, including BNP to strengthen the national unity. “We think our efforts will be successful.”He, however, said they will not forge the national unity with those who were against the liberation war. “The national unity can be intensified with only those who are pro-liberation forces. It’s time for putting up a resistance …and realising demands.”B Chowdhury criticised the government for its ‘failure’ to ensure the security of people, including women and children, check extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance, corruption, bribery and maintain law and order.He also slammed the government for attacking and torturing students.The former president also questioned as to why the political parties need to take permission from the police to hold rallies and meetings while the ruling can do it anywhere anytime as per its wish.”We’ll hold rallies by taking permission from people, not from the police, in the days to come.”He also castigated the government for its failure to realise the fair share of Teesta water from India over the last 10 years.Speaking at the programme, Kamal Hossain said they are putting in their best efforts to empower people and restore their voting rights.He said the country now has been under misrule as political opponents of the ruling party are being constantly harassed.Mentioning that some people are sensing a conspiracy behind the national unity process, Kamal said those who fear people are insulating people by calling their efforts to get united as a plot.”Bangabandhu had given me the responsibility for formulating the Constitution of the just-liberated country. It’s my best achievement. Personally, I’ve nothing else to get. As a political activist, it’s my sacred duty to ensure the empowerment of people as per the Constitution,” he said.Kamal Hossain, also the president of Gono Forum, said they are trying to forge the national unity to ensure a functional democracy and the rule of law and neutral enforcement of law by restoring people’s voting, basic, human and constitutional rights.”People are giving a tremendous response to our call as they’re united over the basic issues. Time has come to unite the like-minded parties. I believe our efforts will yield a positive outcome.” Speaking at the rally, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir thanked Kamal Hossain and B Chowdhury for taking steps to forge the national unity as the government is trying to establish a one-party rule by destroying democracy.”There’s no alternative to forging the unity to get rid of misrule of this government, and remove it from power,” he said.Fakhrul also said their chairperson Khaleda Zia gave them a message from jail to create the national unity to oust the ‘fascist regime’ and restore democracy.He said the government is now implicating their party leaders and activists in ‘ghostly’ cases to keep people away from election.The BNP leader said people will lose their basic rights while the country’s independence will be at stake if a pro-people government cannot be established removing the current one.Fakhrul said most political leaders at the rally made almost similar demands, including resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament, installation of an election-time government, reconstitution of EC, deployment of army and cancelation of EVM use decision, for holding the next polls in a fair and credible manner.He called upon the national leaders to launch a united movement to force the government to release Khaleda Zia, all political prisoners, and ensure a fair and credible election. “We must get united for it. We’ve made a good progress over forging the national unity through this rally. We hope we’ll be able to forge the unity very soon under the leadership of the national leader and move forward.”He also called upon all to join the movement for realising all the demands of the people.last_img read more

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UTTT Poll When It Comes To Texans View Of Trump Party Outweighs

first_imgThe University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.The University of Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Illustration by Emily Albracht for The Texas TribuneThe most reliable indicator of whether a Texan thinks Donald Trump has what it takes to be president is the party that voter identifies with, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Republicans are full of praise. Democrats are full of scorn.Overall, more than half of Texas registered voters do not believe Trump has the temperament to be president, that he is honest and trustworthy, or that he “cares about people like you.” By a narrow margin (48 percent to 46 percent), they believe he is competent; by the same margin, they said he is knowledgeable. Equal numbers said Trump is a strong leader.“For someone who has been in the public eye for so long — even more, maybe, than even the average president — the reality is that most people have developed their attitudes towards Trump,” Josh Blank, who manages polling research at the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project. “External circumstances, policy achievements or failures are only likely to make small, minor changes at this point in time.”That apparent balance in the overall numbers disappears when answers are sorted by party. More than 70 percent of Republican voters believe Trump possesses all six qualities; 83 percent of Republicans said he is competent, knowledgeable and a strong leader.“Is there going to come a moment, particularly from the liberal point of view, when people are going to ‘see’ Trump and his support is going to evaporate? There’s just no evidence of that,” said Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin and co-directs the poll. “In practical terms, if you’ve been worrying about how to position yourself vis-à-vis Trump, in terms of his base, there’s no reason to worry.”Democratic voters lean just as strongly in the other direction, with fewer than 10 percent saying the president has the temperament for the job, is honest or empathic. The other three characteristics they were asked about — competence, leadership and knowledge — got positive marks from about one Democrat in eight.The dividing lines are pretty clear, said Daron Shaw, a government professor at UT-Austin and co-director of the poll: “I’m a Democrat — he’s bad. I’m a Republican — he’s good.”Shaw said of the Democrats what Henson said of the Republicans — they don’t appear likely to flip in their sentiment.“He’s not going to get Democrats. He’s just not,” Shaw said. But, he added: “Republicans seem to be consolidating around him.” Sharelast_img read more

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Sets New Guinness World Record

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on target Game of Thrones is in its last season, however, the show is climbing the ranks when it comes to global demand: On the day of the series’ Season 8 premiere, the global demand exceeded the global premiere demand of every other TV show, for any season across all platforms and markets under measurement.Parrot Analytics, a firm that focuses on global audience demand measurement, collaborated with Guinness World Records to chart Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere’s demand and officially declared it as the most in-demand TV premiere, Deadline reported.Who will take the Iron Throne? Millions couldn’t wait to find out as @GameOfThrones comes to the final season https://t.co/ytVqQso5mY— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) May 3, 2019The firm’s methodology claims to leverage real-time, platform-agnostic, and global TV demand measurements. Parrot Analytics and Guinness World Records analyzed global demand for all series openers from April 2015 to April 14, 2019, the date of the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, to calculate the ranking.“Game of Thrones amassed a per capita global audience demand of 25.46 on 14th of April 2019, its Season 8 premiere day. Compared to its per capita global demand of 24.74 on the day of its Season 7 premiere, the latest and final season has premiered 2.9 percent higher globally,” Samuel Stadler, VP of marketing at Parrot Analytics, told Deadline in a press statement. “Premiere day demand has been particularly strong in the United States, United Kingdom, and France.”Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1, which highlighted Winterfell preparing for a battle with the Night King’s Army, generated millions of viewers, said a Guinness World Records press release. HBO confirmed that 17.4 million people streamed the episode on their subscription TV services, and their HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming apps, within 24 hours of the Season 8 premiere.“It comes as no surprise. Game of Thrones has its fans tightly clenched in its dragon-like grip, and excitement for this final series has seen phenomenal engagement across every platform,” Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said in the press release. “It has broken records since it first aired – for its viewership figures, Emmy wins, and even its status as the most pirated TV show! It looks like it’s going to continue breaking records right up to the final, undoubtedly devastating episode.”More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to WinEmilia Clarke: Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Fight Will Be Bigger Than Winterfelllast_img read more

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Xbox Game Pass Will Have Xbox Exclusives on Launch Day

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Xbox One exclusive games will land on Xbox Game Pass on the day they are released. This was announced by Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb earlier this morning.close dialogclose dialog“Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release,” said Hryb. “This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.“This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.”Right now, Xbox Game Pass is available for a monthly subscription fee of $9.99. Today’s announcement also revealed that six-month subscriptions will be sold for $59.99 at GameStop and other select retailers starting on March 20.“With the addition of more great games, new blockbuster releases and a new subscription offer, we are giving fans more choice and value in how they discover and enjoy games – purchase games for their permanent library or play through Xbox Game Pass for one low price,” added Hryb.This is certainly an interesting decision by Microsoft. One has to wonder if this will impact game sales in any significant way. After all, it would be cheaper for users to pay $120 a year (the cost of buying two 6-month subscriptions) than purchasing individual titles. On the other hand, knowing new Xbox exclusives will be available on day one could incentivize more consumers to opt into the service. This venture certainly has both risks and rewards. I suppose we’ll find out how this venture pay off for Microsoft by the end of the year.center_img Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know last_img read more

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Amsterdam University Hospital Brings Sectra Education Portal Online

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content July 26, 2017 — International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra’s solution for medical education and clinical training, Sectra Education Portal, is now in use at the Amsterdam Center for Radiological Anatomy (ACRA). ACRA is part of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Sectra Education Portal and its interactive tools such as the Sectra Table provide teachers and students with virtual representations of real bodies rendered from clinical imaging. All medical students at the Amsterdam University Hospital will now be able to digitally interact with renderings of real-life medical cases, allowing for deeper understanding and insight into anatomy.To bring radiology and anatomy closer together, bodies used for medical education at Amsterdam University Hospital will now be scanned and rendered. Teachers and students will thus be able to access and interact with these cases repeatedly during their education.Through Sectra Education Portal, the cases can be shared with other portal users outside AMC and also be accessed remotely by teachers and students. This creates an international workspace in which users from all over the world learn from each other’s cases.“To interact with the 3-D renderings on the Sectra Table enables our students to learn and explore in a realistic environment. The portal itself is yet another way for enhancing medical training since students can access cases from their own workstations,” said Bernadette S de Bakker, M.D., lecturer in anatomy and embryology at Academic Medical Center.AMC currently has around 500 existing full-body computed tomography (CT) cases and will use the solution for its approximately 150 new cases per year.For more information: www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS Accessories | July 26, 2017 Amsterdam University Hospital Brings Sectra Education Portal Online Portal provides interactive tools for medical students News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Serb police ban gatherings marking Srebrenica anniversary

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Fearing unrest, Serbia’s police on Friday banned gatherings honoring the victims of the Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago as well as those by ultranationalists who have threatened to disrupt the event.Liberal Serbian groups have planned to organize a happening in Belgrade on Saturday when thousands of people would lie down on the pavement in front of the country’s parliament.The symbolic gesture would mark the 20th anniversary of the slaughter in neighboring Bosnia of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb troops — the worst carnage in Europe since World War II. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Sponsored Stories ___AP reporter Jovana Gec contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Several Serb ultranationalist groups, who claim fewer than 8,000 people died in Srebrenica and that they were all Muslim soldiers who had killed Serbs, had pledged to disrupt the event.“For police, the safety of all citizens is important and we won’t allow chaos on the streets,” said Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic while announcing the ban.The organizers of the liberal protest were furious, saying the ban of their event shows that Serbs has never come to grips with their wartime past.“We (Serbia) have shown where we stand. And that is what’s so worrisome,” said Dusan Masic, a journalist who initiated the commemoration event.This week, a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that labeled the Srebrenica crime “an act of genocide” — as two U.N. courts have already done — was vetoed by Russia, Serbia’s traditional Slavic ally.Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist, has said he will be representing Serbia at the central commemorations in Srebrenica on Saturday.Stefanovic, the police chief, indicated Friday that Vucic’s trip is still in question because of alleged security threats posed by Muslim extremist groups.last_img read more

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