first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement George Canyon, a Juno Award-winning country singer from Nova Scotia, takes the role June 12 to 17; Big Time Rush star Logan Henderson is onstage June 24 to 29; and Drake Bell, star of Drake & Josh, is up July 3 to 8.This Toronto re-engagement stars Janel Parrish of Pretty Little Liars as Sandy and Matthew Helfer as Danny. See for more information.By DEBRA YEO | Toronto Star LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A Canadian country music star and three TV notables are making cameo appearances in Grease: The Musical, now onstage at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre.Producers say guest cameos in the role of “Teen Angel” date back to former teen idol Frankie Avalon, who played the role in the 1978 movie and also onstage.First up in Toronto June 7 to 10 is Mark Ballas, an Emmy-nominated choreographer and Dancing With the Stars performer who made his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.center_img Facebook Canadian country music star George Canyon is one of four celebrities who will make cameo appearances in Grease: The Musical in Toronto. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Vogelsang was arrested in October 2017 after a Royal Bank of Canada branch and a Bank of Montreal branch were robbed.Earlier this month he was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of bank robberies in Regina and Saskatoon in 2017.With credit for time served he has three years left in his sentence.Vogelsang was a sports anchor and news director for many years with CKY (now CTV Winnipeg) and was also a journalism instructor at Red River College in Winnipeg.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: A former journalist arrested almost two years ago after two banks were robbed in Medicine Hat, Alta., has been convicted of the crimes.Stephen Vogelsang, who is 55, entered guilty pleas Thursday in provincial court to two counts of robbery.He is to be sentenced on July 30. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Stephen Vogelsang was a journalism instructor at Red River College from 2002-11 and before that was the news director and longtime sports anchor at CTV. (Steve Vogelsang/Facebook) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Renault keeps Ghosn as CEO despite arrest in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — France’s Renault says it has decided to keep its CEO Carlos Ghosn on despite his arrest in Japan on allegations that he misused assets of partner Nissan Motor Co. and misreported his income.Renault’s board of directors announced late Tuesday that the No. 2 at the company, Thierry Bollore, would temporarily fill in for Ghosn.The French automaker said it would further consolidate its alliance with Nissan. The two automakers have a partnership, also, with smaller automaker Mitsubishi Motor Corp.There was no update Wednesday in Tokyo from prosecutors on Ghosn’s case, and no public word from Ghosn himself. It was unclear where he was being held.The Japanese and French governments have confirmed their support for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the industry leader with 10.6 million vehicles sold in 2017.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Are you on speaking terms with your old pensions Ignoring them could

TORONTO — If you haven’t thought about the pension funds you’ve racked up at previous jobs for a while, it might be a good idea to check in.Not keeping in touch with plan administrators at those old workplaces could see you missing out on important decisions, and in some cases even lose you money.While there isn’t reliable data on just how many people are disconnected from their pensions, the federal government says the number could be rising with people switching jobs more often, qualifying for pension plans faster, retiring abroad more often, and not updating their mailing address because of increased reliance on online accounts.Administrators not being able to find recipients is certainly a problem, even if the amounts owing can often be small, said Todd Saulnier, chair of the national policy committee at the Association of Canadian Pension Management.“For sure it is an issue. It’s an issue with all the plan sponsors and administrators.”Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, for example, has about 30,500 members that it can’t locate. And while the Canadian government hasn’t put a dollar amount to the problem, a difficult task with 10 separate regulatory regimes, the U.K. estimated there was about $682 million in unclaimed pensions in that country when it rolled out a pension-finding database a few years ago.The industry does use a variety of methods to try and track people down, including through Equifax, search firms and the CRA, but in the last case in particular, people don’t tend to respond due to suspicions they’re being scammed, said Saulnier.“The success rate is pretty darn close to zero…how would you feel if you got a letter from the CRA saying you’re owed money?”While pension plans are responsible for tracking you down, and funds are generally safe until you need them, there are reasons to reach out to administrators yourself.  If you want to take a cash payout on the pension, you often have to do so before you’d qualify for the pension itself.“That delay of not contacting could close some option they otherwise would have had,” said Saulnier. If the pension is the increasingly common defined-contribution type, then you also need to decide if you want to manage it yourself or keep it with the company. If you’re no longer an employee, you may be charged higher management fees.“It’s better to know where it is. Maybe you’re comfortable keeping it with your old employer, maybe you’d prefer to have it closer to home and under your own control. Each individual has to figure that out.”Depending on the province, if administrators can’t find beneficiaries the funds could be transferred to unclaimed property divisions, which could then eventually end up in general government revenue. That’s the case in some circumstances in Quebec and Alberta, while in British Columbia it only happens if the pension plan is terminated.Federally regulated pensions could also start transferring unclaimed funds, in this case to the Bank of Canada, if proposed changes go forward.If you want to track down an old pension, from jobs you worked at for either weeks or years, the most straightforward place to start is to call up the human resources or pension administrator at your old company.If the company’s been taken over, gone bankrupt, or otherwise hard to find, you can try getting in touch with the provincial regulator.Some provincial regulators, such as the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, also have databases you can search for the right contact information, and will be making more changes once a new regulatory body takes over in June. Ontario also now requires plan administrators to send out pension statements every two years, so if you have an Ontario-based pension, but haven’t received a statement, they may not know where you are.A surviving spouse should be able to get details on old pensions as well, because they often have the same rights to information. Other beneficiaries might have a tougher time jumping through privacy and legal hoops, but human resources will likely help out, said Saulnier.“I’m sure HR would be willing to do a certain amount of digging from that perspective, particularly if it allows them to clean up their records.”There’s also a chance that you didn’t qualify for a pension, especially if the job was in the 1980s or earlier, but more recently people vest into the pension fairly quickly or right away.If you’re soon leaving a job, the biggest decision on a pension will be on whether or not to take a payout and what to do with it, said Ayana Forward, a certified financial planner in Ottawa.She said the sometimes large sums means you might want to be wary of commission-based advisers who want to sell you a place to park it, while people should also remember to keep any pension paperwork when you leave.“Have a file with all of that paperwork. It seems pretty simple, but not a lot of people do that.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press read more

WatchCanadians should get used to idea of 3 interest rates says Bank

Poloz says the current rate is still too stimulative for the improved economy and he’s reiterating his warning that it will rise to what the bank considers its neutral range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.He says the pace of future rate increases is still unknown, but he adds the bank will carefully analyze how well the hikes are absorbed — particularly for the many households that have piled on considerable debt in the low-rate environment.“We sought to put more emphasis on the notion that someday we’re going to be back at neutral — and that neutral is 2.5 to 3.5 per cent — so that people would begin to digest that as an approaching fact,” Poloz told the House of Commons finance committee.“It shouldn’t be a hard thing for people to service their debt at those kinds of interest rates. But if people have overextended themselves, given the low interest rates, then we’ve got a transition issue. That’s why we’re putting so much emphasis on that and analyzing it so carefully, and choosing our pace as we gather the data.” OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz wants Canadians to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal, now that the era of rock-bottom borrowing costs is gradually fading away.Poloz raised the benchmark rate last week for the fifth time in just over a year to 1.75 per cent — its highest level in about a decade.He sent signals that future hikes could arrive sooner than previously expected, in large part due to the economy’s resilience and the removal of some business uncertainty following the recent agreement on an updated North American trade pact.Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The charts that matter most to the Bank of CanadaRosenberg: Things aren’t nearly as rosy as the Bank of Canada believesCanada’s household debt flashes red in Morgan Stanley risk reportTestifying before MPs on Tuesday in Ottawa, Poloz said many adults are used to the lower rates and are too young to remember the much-higher rates of the 1980s, when they climbed into the teens.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins arrive to appear as witnesses at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Tuesday. Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld read more

Putin vows to boost ruble and wean Russia off oil and gas

MOSCOW – Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.While he issued a litany of sharp rebukes against the West, Putin struck a conciliatory note on Ukraine, saying that the rebellious east should remain part of the country, backing a quick exchange of war prisoners and praising his Ukrainian counterpart.The mixture of blistering anti-Western rhetoric and constructive signals appeared to indicate that Putin is eager to negotiate a face-saving solution to the Ukrainian crisis, but has no intention of conceding defeat in his standoff with the West.In his first public appearance since the crash of the ruble’s value this week, Putin accepted responsibility for the economic crisis.He said Western sanctions accounted for at least 25 per cent of the ruble’s fall, but the main reason was Russia’s failure to ease its overwhelming dependence on oil and gas exports.In his speech, the man who has led Russia for 15 years sought to soothe market fears, saying the country has sufficient currency reserves and would not resort to administrative controls, such as fixing exchange rates or obliging exporters to convert their Western currency holdings to rubles.Following Putin’s performance, the Russian currency traded between 60 and 62 rubles to the dollar, roughly the same level as late Wednesday, when it rallied 12 per cent after plummeting to a historic low of 80 rubles per dollar. Still, the currency has lost about half its value since January.In Brussels, the European Union strengthened its sanctions against Russia with new measures Thursday that ban investment and discourage tourism in Crimea.And in Washington, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.Putin shrugged off speculation that some members of his inner circle hurt by Western sanctions could rebel against him in a “palace coup,” citing strong public support.An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday backed up that view, recording his approval rating among Russians at 81 per cent, a level far above typical ratings for world leaders.The poll was conducted before the ruble’s slump this week, which spurred many Russians to withdraw bank deposits and buy Western currencies or durable goods in an attempt to protect the value of their savings.Audi was the latest major company to suspend deliveries in Russia amid the ruble’s turmoil. Apple halted online sales earlier this week.If the Kremlin fails to stabilize the ruble soon, panic could spread, triggering an even more massive run on banks and a sharp surge in inflation that could swiftly erode Putin’s support.The president argued that the nation’s hard currency reserves are sufficient to keep the economy stable. He said the Central Bank should not “thoughtlessly burn” its reserves worth $419 billion.Putin appealed to Russia’s exporters to turn their foreign-generated profits back into rubles at home, adding that he had personally asked some executives to do this.“Our economy will overcome the current situation. How much time will be needed for that? Under the most unfavourable circumstances, I think it will take about two years,” he said.Chris Weafer, senior partner at Moscow-based Macro Advisory, said Putin’s comments reflected a greater political will to push overdue reforms, but also amounted to an acknowledgment that the government lacks a clear strategy. He summed up Putin’s message as, “We’re definitely in a world of pain here and there is no obvious solution.”Putin struck a defiant note against the United States and the 28-nation EU, saying the sanctions they slapped on Russia after it seized the Black Sea region of Crimea in March were part of a historical campaign to weaken Russia.To illustrate his point, he raised the metaphorical Russian bear.“Sometimes I think maybe it would be better for our bear to sit quietly, rather than chasing around the forest after piglets. To sit eating berries and honey instead. Maybe they will leave it in peace,” Putin said.“They will not. Because they will always try to put him on a chain, and as soon as they succeed in doing so, they tear out his fangs and his claws.”Putin said he was referring to Russia’s nuclear arsenal, which protected its valuable natural resources.“Once they’ve taken out his claws and his fangs, then the bear … (will) become a stuffed animal,” he said. “The issue is not Crimea. The issue is that we are protecting our sovereignty and our right to exist.”Putin said he wanted a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have battled Ukrainian government troops since April, leaving more than 4,700 dead.He said Ukraine must remain one country and the two sides should hold a prisoner swap before Christmas.Yet he defended Russia’s increased military activities, including Baltic air patrols that NATO says are putting civilian flights at risk, as a necessary response to what he described as Western aggression.Putin said he was sure that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wanted a peaceful settlement, but other forces in Ukraine did not. He urged the Ukrainian government to grant amnesty to the rebels and offer broad rights to eastern residents.Despite his strong criticism of the West, Putin still held out hope for normalizing ties, saying Russia wants to restore full-scale economic and security co-operation if its interests are respected.“Yes, we want equal relations,” he said, “but with full respect for our security and economic interests.”Putin also softened his rhetoric against liberal critics at home, whom he previously dismissed as Western stooges.In an apparent goodwill gesture hours before the press conference, a Russian tycoon under house arrest since September, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, was released. Shares in Yevtushenkov’s company Sistema shot up more than 100 per cent on Moscow’s stock exchange as Putin expressed hope that it would regain its market strength.One of Sistema’s most lucrative assets, the oil company Bashneft, was transferred to government ownership this month, but Putin said money-laundering charges against Yevtushenkov have been dropped.__Associated Press reporter John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed to this report. Putin vows to boost ruble and wean Russia off oil and gas, says West won’t defang Russian bear People walk past a sign advertising currency exchange rates at an exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) by Laura Mills And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 2:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Moumental ambition

first_imgWhen Anthony Skliros first arrived in Australia he fell into the stone industry after taking a job at the Footscray quarry. This led to working at a monumental company where he learnt the trade. Recognising the need for a Greek speaking monumental mason who understood the Greek Orthodox traditions and requirements in regards to burials and monuments, Anthony took the next big step and started his own company. In 1969 Anthony established the first Greek-speaking monumental company in Melbourne: Anthony & Preston Memorials. This lay the foundation for the family’s strong roots in the Victorian stone industry and after years of trailing his father through the stone dust Anthony’s son Peter followed in his footsteps. Spending everyday before and after school following his father around the factory, Peter quickly learnt the basics of the job, completed his formal qualification to become a Master Stonemason 24 years ago and has been running the family business together with Anthony ever since. Recognising the demand for a superior paving and building product, the company built a dimension stone facility at the site of a bluestone quarry in Lara, Victoria, which saw the birth of Victorian Bluestone Quarries in 1999. “We have since established a strong local and international clientele base consisting of councils, architects, landscapers and construction companies. Together we run both businesses,” Anthony says. The head office, based at the original site in Coburg, operates two factories, while an office in Mulgrave services clients in the South-Eastern suburbs. “We specialise as monumental masons, manufacturing and erecting custom made monuments and plaques in all cemeteries throughout Victoria. We also cater to all cultures and nationalities,” Anthony says. In the bluestone side the business specialises in the quarrying and processing of local Australian bluestone for use as council paving and residential landscaping. The most common requests for monuments are black or charcoal granites, however there are occasional requests for white marbles or more exotic green or maroon granites, Anthony says. “It takes approximately three months to create a monument, from ordering of the stone to final installation. All monuments are customs designed in consultation with our clients, colours are decided and lettering and final details are all constructed according to our customers requirements,” he says. Monument trends have not changed a great deal over the years, however cemetery regulations and OH&S requirements have improved the industry and created some restrictions in the design style allowed by the cemeteries, Anthony says. A gradual decline in the number of qualified Stonemasons in the industry makes it difficult when recruiting new employees, Anthony says. However the Skliros business is a full family affair. “Our business employs all six members of the Skliros family and while working in a family comes with its challenges, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages,” Anthony says. “Working with our family has created a strong bond and equal determination as we work towards to the same goal. Good communication and understanding is essential as is planning for the future”. The job can be challenging at times when speaking with emotional clients who have lost a loved one, Anthony says. “We approach our position in a gentle and understanding manner, paying the utmost respect to the family and memory of their loved one”. The increase in cheap inferior imports from China is another industry challenge, but Anthony insists Anthony & Preston Memorials and Victorian Bluestone Quarries will remain loyal to Australia. “Our bluestone is a local Australian stone and a traditional Victorian building product and we will continue to promote Australian products and Australian industry and employment into the future”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vasilis family day for all

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Watch again as Vasili and his crew from Home of Vasili’s take over Coburg with their January Family Day. Join in the big zorba dance, or enter the chilli eating competition – if you are game enough. Sit back and enjoy some Greek recipes in mamma’s cooking demonstrations. Learn traditional cooking techniques and even get to sample some of her culinary delights. There will be face painting, balloon twisting and a jumping castle for the kids, as well as raffles and prizes to be won the whole day long. Just a big family day out with fun, excitement and all things gardening. M’aresi!Vasili’s Family Day will take place at Home of Vasili’s on Saturday 28 January at 21-25 Munro Street, Coburg.last_img read more

GCM mourns loss of Bob Hawke

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has issued the following announcement for the passing of a great leader: The Greek community of Melbourne mourns the loss of a great Australian visionary and strong advocate of social justice and multiculturalism, former prime minister Bob Hawke.Initially through his leadership of the ACTU in the 1970s, he developed close ties with Australians of ethnic background and clearly understood the need to engage with them and encourage their active involvement in the Australian narrative and way of life, be that in their workplace or in the community institutions which they served.READ MORE: Bob Hawke and the Greeks, an amazing relationship in picturesHe will be remembered for many great achievements and defining moments. His role in ending apartheid in South Africa, his efforts to demolish the gender pay gap and the launch of Medicare in 1984 as Australia’s first affordable universal healthcare system are just some of those.The Greek community is especially proud of the fact that Bob Hawke attended and opened the inaugural Antipodes festival in 1988.He maintained a close friendship not only with the leaders of our organisation but with many Greek Australians of all walks of life.He will be fondly remembered by members of our community.last_img read more

Validation Of National Forest Investment Plan Underway

first_imgBy: Kebba AF TourayThe Ministry of the Environment and its line departments in collaboration with various stakeholders, have started a two -day validation workshop on the Gambia’s National Forest Plan, at a local hotel in Bijilo.The ECOWAS funded forum aims to support the country’s resource mobilization and advocacy for the effective implementation of its national forest investment plan.Madam Vabah Gayflor on behalf of the ECOWAS Commission, expressed gratitude to the government of the Gambia for accepting to host the workshop. She said the workshop aims to support the country’s resource mobilization and advocating for the effective implementation of the country’s national forest investment plan; that this is a decisive and critical period in the member states’ efforts for creating an enabling environment for the sustainable management of forests and wildlife in the sub-region; that West Africa’s forest contribute significantly to the national economies of members states with high timber export potential and manufacturing, which feeds the private sector with processed furniture and construction material.“The rates of forest degradation are accelerating in the face of climate change. This is affecting the region in various ways, as evidence abound in weak cooperation and management between states in shared trans-boundary forest resources”; that the ECOWAS Commission adopted in December 2003, the West Africa Forest Convergence Plan, with the objective to federate efforts to achieve concerted and sustainable management of West African forest ecosystem, in order to contribute to the achievement of sustainable forests resource management and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the region.“As part of the implementation of the West Africa Forest Convergence Plan from 2016 to 2017, the ECOWAS Commission supported all member states to develop and validate their National Forest Investment programs. Thirteen out of fifteen National Forest Investment Plans (NFIPs) were developed with the financial and technical support of FAO,” she asserted.During the year 2017, twelve out of the NFIP were validated by national stakeholders with financial and technical support from ECOWAS and FAO; that the present national consultation of partners and stakeholders of NFIP of the Gambia, is to support the country in resource mobilization.The Minister of Environment Lamin Dibba, expressed appreciation to be associated with the validation; that when validated, NFIP will strengthen the country’s capacity in resource mobilization and advocacy for the smooth implementation of its national forest investment plan.last_img read more

Marco Silva proud of Evertons display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva credited squad depth and inner resolve for his team’s late winner over Crystal PalaceThe Toffees broke the deadlock late in the game thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was introduced in the 82nd minute which was followed by another substitute Cenk Tosun in the 89th minute.The Eagles were made to rue their missed chance after missing from the spot.“Sometimes you make changes and everything goes well, like this afternoon,” Silva told Sky.Marco Silva hails Everton’s strong personality after Wolves win Andrew Smyth – September 1, 2019 Everton manager Marco Silva praised his team’s strong personality after scrapping a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wolves on Sunday.“The other times you try and it’s not the same but in that moment it was important for us, we changed the formation with the substitutes and they did well.“They came on and helped the team and showed that everybody is ready to play and everybody is fighting for positions in the squad.“That is really important. It’s not just the 11 players but the squad and that’s what we want as a club.“I’m happy because the three players came on and they helped. Cenk, Lookman and Dominic are working really hard to achieve what they want, which is to play in our starting XI and this afternoon they helped the team.”last_img read more

Kenai Continues To Tackle Onsite Marijuana Consumption

first_imgAccording to a letter to the council from Bloom if passed, a retail marijuana store can sell marijuana and marijuana products, excluding concentrates, to customers in a consumption area separated from the rest of the store. For consumption, only one gram may be sold to a person per day, or edible products containing 10 mg or less of THC. Food and beverages not containing alcohol or marijuana may also be sold at the location. Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom: “There are two options; we could not take any action and then in that case I would bring forward an ordinance to incorporate on-site consumption into our existing conditional use permit process. Council also has the option to opt-out of allowing onsite consumption or to enact regulations that are more stringent than the state regulations.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Licensed retail marijuana businesses in Alaska are now able to apply for a “special onsite use endorsement” from the state as of April 11. Local governments will have the option to prohibit endorsements for on-site consumption. The Kenai City Council will once again weigh in on whether or not the city will allow onsite consumption within city limits at their meeting on Wednesday.center_img The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board first began considering onsite marijuana consumption rules in 2016, but rejected the project in 2017. Alaska is the first state to authorize on-site consumption. The Planning and Zoning Commision submitted a letter to the council recommending the passage of the ordinance. The Kenai City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

SimpliSafe smart lock could be launching soon

first_img Review • Myfox review: High-priced security system is a major miss SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… 14 Photos 5 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2:29 Tags Nest vs. Ring vs. Abode vs. SimpliSafe: The smart home security systems with the best privacy The best DIY home security systems of 2019 Mentioned Above Myfox Home Alarm See it See It Now playing: Watch this: Take a look at SimpliSafe’s new home security systemcenter_img Walmart $44 Preview • MyFox wants to help you keep burglars on the outside $44 Share your voice The new smart lock launches next month. SimpliSafe DIY home security company SimpliSafe has confirmed it has a smart lock on the horizon, after the news leaked Tuesday. It’ll be available on SimpliSafe’s website starting Sept. 15 for $99, and from Best Buy on Oct. 13. A report from Dave Zatz of the site Zatz Not Funny revealed a picture of the upcoming device earlier in the day.   For now, SimpliSafe packages include a base station, keypad and yard sign, and motion detectors and sensors can be added to the system at extra cost. They include entry sensors, motion sensors, glass break sensors, the SimpliCam, a panic button, smoke detectors, freeze detectors and leak detectors. Myfox Smart Home Security System DIY home security Comments Other add-ons include a key fob and siren. There’s no monthly fee if all you want is a localized alarm that sounds a siren if there’s a break-in. Professional live monitoring costs $15 a month, and adding the ability to monitor the system from your phone using the SimpliSafe app on top of the professional live monitoring costs $25 a month. First published Aug. 20, 1:59 p.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m.: Adds confirmation from SimpliSafe; Aug. 21, 12:09 p.m.: Keypad and yard sign are included as standard in all systems Smart Home Smart Locks Security Cameraslast_img read more

AU VC inaugurates RACPL2019

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Andhra University organised International conference on ‘Recent advances on chemical, pharmaceutical and life processes’ (RACPL-2019) here on Saturday. Varsity Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao explained the genesis of international conference and the importance of conference in the present context. He said the platform provides a great opportunity for students, researchers and faculty to interact with delegates and learn from one another. CEO and Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University, Malaysia Amiya Bhaumik spoke on science and tradition. AU Registrar T Byragi Reddy, Rector M Prasada Rao, Principal of College of Science and Technology T Vinoda Rao, among others spoke.last_img read more

Meltdown Rahul leads Congress assault

first_imgNew Delhi : The Congress on Friday mounted a coordinated attack on the government over the economy, saying that its own advisors were warning of an unprecedented crisis with little sign of a turnaround plan. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi led the charge with a shot on Twitter, followed by sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the party’s social media apparatus. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman silence on the economic slowdown was flayed and the party praised the Vice Chairperson of Niti Aayog, Rajiv Kumar for his confession that the current stress in the financial sector is unprecedented. Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “The silence of the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister is deafening.” Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us He said the country is witnessing the politics of vendetta and an unprecedented and undeclared emergency-like situation. Slamming the government, Tewari said, “The government does not have a clue about how to handle this economic crisis, which is intensifying every day in the country.” Hitting out at the government, Tewari said, “Rajiv Kumar deserves to be congratulated for his confession. He says the current stress in the financial sector is unprecedented.” Advertise With Us He said the BJP-NDA government would like us to believe that this is because of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, but “unfortunately that is not the case”. His remarks came a day after Rajiv Kumar described the current economic slowdown as an “unprecedented situation that India has not faced in last 70 years”. “This is the making of the BJP led NDA government in the past five years,” Tewari said, adding, “If you look at some of the figures which stare you in the face, over three crore people are currently facing a threat of becoming unemployed.” Congress leader Kapil Sibal said while the economy is in Intensive Care Unit, the government has issued a “look out notice” for all those defending civil liberties. Taking to Twitter, the former law minister said the developments in the last few weeks have shown that both the economy and the cause of liberty need a “stimulus package”. “The economy is in ICU and government has issued a “look out notice” for all those defending civil liberties,” he tweeted. This comes a day after Sibal had expressed his discontent over Chidambaram’s arrest and termed it “drama” and “political persecution”. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury hit out at the government over the state of the country’s economy. “India is experiencing what it has not in decades as millions of livelihoods are destroyed. The government is busy pretending that all is well. “Forget government spin. But when Niti Aayog chief and two members of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council go public with the alarming situation in the Economy, it is a crisis of deep confidence in this govt. Is anyone responsible on top even listening to their own appointees?,” the Left leader said in a tweet. Indicators suggesting economic slowdown are a cause for worry, Shiv Sena deputy leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said and called for ideas to overcome the situation.last_img read more

Spinning Water Droplets Could Provide Insights into Black Holes Atomic Nuclei

first_img(Left) A cryostat containing the superconducting solenoid magnet used for magnetic levitation experiments. The solenoid is kept at a temperature of 4 Kelvin (-269 Celsius). (Right) Cross-section diagram showing the water droplet levitating inside the bore in the magnet, and the positions of the electrodes used to apply the current used to spin the droplet. Image credit: Hill and Eaves. “Firstly, for us, it’s interesting to observe water – familiar to everyone – in unusual circumstances: here we have a water droplet floating weightless on Earth, and we spin it by passing an electric current through it, effectively turning the droplet into an electric motor,” Hill told “We’re excited about these results because the behavior of a 1-cm-diameter spinning weightless droplet, an object on the ‘human’ scale, can give insights into objects at nuclear length scales and also at astronomical sizes. We hope that by studying a spinning weightless water droplet, something easily observable with the naked eye, we may help other researchers trying to understand much stranger objects such as black holes and atomic nuclei.”Scientists have been intrigued with spinning water droplets going back to 1863, when the Belgian physicist Joseph-Antoine-Ferdinand Plateau suspended a drop of olive oil in a water-alcohol mixture of the same density. He used a rotating shaft to spin the oil droplet and found that the droplet changed shape: it became flattened at the poles, and bulged at the equator (which, incidentally, is similar to the shape of the Earth due to its rotation). More recently, theoretical investigations have revealed that a droplet’s shape should change depending on its rotational velocity, assuming a series of shapes as it spins faster and faster. The reason for this distortion, the scientists explain, is that a droplet seeks the lowest energy state for a given rotational frequency. Specifically, it begins as a sphere when at rest, and then progresses into a two-lobed “peanut” shape.Theory predicts triangular (three-lobed) and square (four-lobed) shapes at higher rotational velocity, but these shapes should be unstable and should decay into the ellipsoid shape. Yet previous experiments on acoustically levitated droplets have shown that it’s possible to stabilize a spinning triangular shape. However, in these experiments, the droplet’s shape oscillates strongly as it spins, so the equilibrium shape is not clearly observed in these demonstrations. Explore further A spinning and levitating 1.5ml water droplet, shown forming a 3-lobed, triangular equilibrium shape. The nine consecutive movie frames are taken 1/50 second apart. Image credit: Hill and Eaves. Researchers Richard Hill and Laurence Eaves of the University of Nottingham in the UK have recently designed an experiment that exploits the possibilities of a spinning water droplet to the fullest. Their technique overcomes previous challenges, such as completely removing the effects of gravity, and minimizing the viscous drag caused by spinning in order to stabilize the droplet. Their study is published in the December 5th issue of Physical Review Letters. Citation: Spinning Water Droplets Could Provide Insights into Black Holes, Atomic Nuclei (2008, December 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. How plague pathogens trick the immune system By magnetically levitating water droplets, and using a “liquid electric motor” technique to spin them, researchers can investigate how the droplets change shape. Rather than being just a curious experiment, the results could provide insights into systems that cannot be controlled in the laboratory, such as black holes and atomic nuclei. In the current study, Hill and Eaves used techniques that, for the first time, allowed them to see the equilibrium three-lobed shape clearly. To do this, they first found an innovative way to create a gravity-free environment, by using diamagnetic levitation. Because water is diamagnetic, the electrons in the water molecules rearrange themselves in the presence of an applied magnetic field, creating small currents. These currents oppose the applied magnetic field by Lenz’s Law, and generate a strong enough magnetic repulsion to balance the force of gravity, so that the droplet levitates. Once the droplet is weightless, the researchers used a novel “liquid electric motor” technique to spin the droplet. They inserted two thin wire electrodes in the droplet, and passed a current through the wires, creating a torque on the droplet that causes it to rotate. By adjusting the current, the researchers could easily control the frequency. More importantly, the flow of water past one of the electrodes sets up small waves on the surface of the droplet, and these side currents can help stabilize the droplet, preventing the many-sided shapes from decaying into an ellipsoid. The researchers found that the behavior of the peanut and triangular shapes agreed well with theoretical predictions.The researchers hope that understanding spinning water droplets could provide insights into other systems that have analogies with fluids. For instance, gravity and the strong nuclear force behave in a similar way to surface tension in that they are all cohesive forces. Understanding the surface tension in a spinning water droplet, then, could help scientists understand how astronomical bodies, as well as atomic nuclei, are held together.“Cosmologists believe that the event horizon of a black hole behaves as if it possesses surface tension, like a droplet,” Hill explained. “The stability of the shapes of a spinning droplet could tell us some new things about the stability of the event horizon of a spinning black hole.“The shapes of other more familiar astronomical objects such as planets and asteroids, which are held together by their own gravity, rather than by surface tension, also follow a similar pattern to that of the droplet,” he continued. “For example, recent observations of asteroids in the Kuiper belt beyond Neptune have revealed objects with an ellipsoidal shape, probably due to their rapid spin, similar to that observed in our experiments.”The scientists added that, in the liquid drop model of the atomic nucleus, recent work has been done investigating the stability of very rapidly spinning atomic nuclei. Researchers can use the behavior of a liquid droplet to gain insights into this problem, as well.In the future, the scientists plan to further investigate the possibilities of magnetic levitation.”We’re investigating whether magnetic levitation can be used to explore what happens to biological organisms, such as plants, in a weightless environment like that of space,” Hill said. “We can keep objects levitating for months using our magnet – the information we get from long-term experiments could be extremely useful for future missions to the Moon or Mars. However, like Plateau, studying floating oil droplets in 1863, we may have to wait several decades before this work finds applications!”Watch videos of the spinning water droplet as it changes shape at … =E-PRLTAO-101-065848 (Supplementary information: Hill, R.J.A. and Eaves, L. “Nonaxisymmetric Shapes of a Magnetically Levitated and Spinning Water Droplet.” Physical Review Letters 101, 234501 (2008).Cardoso V. “The many shapes of spinning drops.” Physics 1, 38 (2008) Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Raja arbitrarily subverted process for dual technology CBI

first_imgDuring the final arguments in 2G spectrum allocation case, special public prosecutor Anand Grover said that Raja had not evolved any procedure, which was to be followed while dealing with pending applications for dual technology, despite the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Telecom Commission insisting on it.“No procedure was evolved to allocate dual technology licence. A Raja subverted the procedures. Everybody else was saying that evolve a procedure, but Raja deliberately ignored them,” Grover told Special CBI Judge OP Saini. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Without evolving any procedure, Raja gave approval to grant dual technology,” he said, asking that “a minister can approve it, but where was the procedure”.He further argued that “the entire process has to be fair. It was the government, so the process must be fair. There was no public announcement about it. Raja approved it arbitrarily to favour certain applicants.” Grover said that STPL was “ultimately favoured” in the entire process.“No procedure was evolved by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Everybody, from TRAI to Telecom Commission, was saying that a procedure should be evolved. There was no public announcement,” he said. “Without making it public, you are parting with the property of the state. This was done to favour certain people,” he said during the arguments, which would continue on Tuesday. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeIn its charge-sheet, the agency has alleged that Tata Tele Services Ltd and Spice Communications, which were having priority over STPL in terms of the dual technology approvals, were “unreasonably deprived” of the allocation of spectrum for Delhi circle.Raja, STPL and its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka and 13 others are facing trial in the case. Raja and other co-accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.  Besides Raja, Balwa and Goenka, DMK MP Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary RK Chandolia, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance ADAG – Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair – are facing trial in the case.Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV Director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are also accused in the case, besides three telecom companies –Reliance Telecom Ltd, STPL and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd.In its charge sheet, CBI had alleged a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012. All the accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by the probe agency.last_img read more

7th edition of YIWU fair kicks off in China

first_imgAnil Kumar Rai, Consulate General of India in Shanghai, China, inaugurated India Pavilion during the 7th edition of Yiwu Imported Commodities Fair 2018 on May 6 along with Prashant Tripathi, Consul, CGI Shanghai. Rajesh Rawat, Joint Director, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH India) was also present during the inauguration ceremony. The fair is being held at Yiwu International Expo Centre, China from May 6 – 9 as informed by Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director EPCH. Around 1000 companies are participating from over 80 countries like India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, Russia, Poland, Pakistan, Germany and more. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfYIWU, a city in China, is known as “China Small – Commodity Market”. For six consecutive years, Yiwu has topped China’s 100 top open markets list and was listed as “China’s civilized open market” for the successive years. It has been named as the banner of China’s market economy which offers a large variety of quality yet cheaper commodities. The city is famous for its small/medium commodity trade and vibrant market. Also, it is a regional tourist destination. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRakesh Kumar, ED EPCH further informed that looking at the versatility of the YIWU market, Council participated in the 7th edition of YIWU Imported Commodities Fair and organised India Pavilion with 49 member exporters and three master craftpersons.The exporters are displaying a wide range of products which include woodware, fashion jewellery and accessories, metal crafts, home furnishing, natural fibres, aggarbattis, home décor etc. Three master craft persons from Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Saharanpur U.P. will be giving live demonstrations on ‘Kalamkari Painting’, Shawl embroidery and wood carving crafts respectively. Kumar further elaborated that an MOU was signed between EPCH and China Council for the promotion of International Trade and strengthen the friendship between connected people in two countries.EPCH – an apex body for promotion and export of handicrafts products from India to the world markets – has made an integrated and comprehensive policy which revolves around the development of new product lines, new designs,improvement in technology and aggressive marketing as well as the exploration of new markets.last_img read more

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Ohio to Adopt Transitional License Rule for Out of State Originators

first_imgOhio to Adopt Transitional License Rule for Out of State Originators in Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Regulation Service Providers 2013-01-14 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img A “”new Ohio law””: to be enacted in March will allow licensed originators from out of state to obtain temporary loan originator licenses while completing requirements to obtain their regular state licenses.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The law makes Ohio the first state to enact such a law, which reflects “”the industry’s desire for the creation of less rigid licensing laws whereby out-of-state licensed MLOs can more quickly begin engaging in the business of mortgage loan originators in other states,”” “”Ballard Spahr””: associate Matthew Saunig wrote in a company newsletter.The temporary license is good for 120 days and may not be renewed.In addition, some restrictions apply: For instance, the individual must have at least two years of residential mortgage lending experience in the five years immediately preceding the application. Temporary licenses will not be given to applicants who have had an origination license revoked or to applicants with a recent criminal history involving fraud, dishonesty, breach of trust, theft, or money laundering.The new rule also requires a sponsor in the form of an employer. Sponsors must supervise the applicant’s conduct “”in the same manner as is required of its other licensees.”” January 14, 2013 457 Views last_img read more