DiCaprio steers attention to Chennai water crisis

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar winning Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his environmental activism, has raised awareness about the ongoing water crisis in Chennai. DiCaprio took to Instagram to share a photograph of a dry well. He wrote: “‘Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.’ A well, completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran dry.” “The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tankers. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city’s metro. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water — but the community continue to pray for rain.” Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis. While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft), Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have gone dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in the Poondi reservoir (full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. DiCaprio, who works extensively as a climate champion, had visited India in 2015 to film a segment for his 2016 documentary film, “Beyond the Flood”. He also visited the Taj Mahal during his trip.last_img read more

Israels evictions in Jerusalem violate international law says senior UN official

Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), visited the home of one of the Palestinian families who are being forced out of the neighbourhood, where four families – comprising dozens of people –have already lost their homes.Currently, eight families, totalling 120 people, have been served with orders to vacate their homes.Israeli settlers, with the active protection and assistance of Israeli authorities, have taken over the vacated homes.“But these numbers don’t speak to the human suffering and trauma that has been the unfortunate hallmark of these forced evictions,” Ms. AbuZayd said on her last official visit to Jerusalem, coinciding with Human Rights Day.In Sheikh Jarrah, she noted that the “failure of the international community to fulfil the promise of the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights] is so acutely felt and where the pain and the ugliness of dispossession and occupation are so tragically in evidence.”The UN, she said, rejects Israel’s claims that these cases are a private matter to be dealt with by municipal authorities and domestic courts.“Such acts are in violations of Israel’s obligations under international law,” the Commissioner General underscored.UNRWA, she said, calls on Israeli authorities to reinstate all Palestine refugee families that have been displaced or forcibly moved out of their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, and “asks that the dignity, rights and freedoms of these people be protected at all times.”Israel’s willingness to support pre-1948 land claims in occupied East Jerusalem, while contesting pre-1948 Palestine refugee land claims in West Jerusalem and other areas, is “discriminatory,” Ms. AbuZayd emphasized.In her address today, she also highlighted the plight of the Bedouins of the West Bank, whom she characterized as one of the most disadvantaged groups in the region.Israel, as the occupying power, is responsible for ensuring that the occupied population’s needs are met, the Commissioner General said, but many Bedouin and herding communities originally uprooted in 1948 are being evicted from their homes.“These groups are now sinking deeper into food insecurity and abject poverty as grazing land continues to shrink and access to natural resources is severely restricted by the occupying power,” she said. “Their full rights must be respected as a matter of utmost urgency.”Yesterday, the UN and partner aid organizations issued a call for $664 million to respond to humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory, with the top humanitarian official in the region underscoring how Palestinians are becoming increasingly dependent on aid.The funds are intended to support programmes targeting the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank where the barrier, Israeli settlements, access and planning restrictions imposed by Israeli authorities have impacted people’s livelihoods.“Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory continue to face a crisis of human dignity,” said Maxwell Gaylard, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.“The continued erosion of livelihoods and the denial of basic human rights together are compelling Palestinians to become more and more dependent on international aid, he added, noting that humanitarian needs have increased, especially in the Gaza Strip, in the wake of the devastation wrought by Operation Cast Lead, launched by Israel in December 2008 in response to rocket attacks by militants in Gaza. 10 December 2009The forced evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem by Israel are in contravention of international law, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting millions of Palestinian refugees said today. read more

UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia urges States to help arrest

In a report to the UN General Assembly and Security Council released today, the President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Claude Jorda, details reforms the court has undertaken to cope with an increased workload and to focus on the most serious violations. The Tribunal says it aims to complete investigations by 2004 and trials by around 2008.The report stresses that the “effective and rapid arrest of the accused at large is a sine qua non” if the Tribunal’s strategy is to be properly carried out, and remains dependent on unfailing international cooperation. “Indeed, only if all the actors concerned cooperate fully with the Tribunal will it be able to accomplish the reforms already implemented and those now under consideration and thus complete the mandate given to it by the Security Council: to combat impunity and render justice to the victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the report says.As part of the reform measures, the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber underwent significant changes to cope with the foreseeable increase in its workload, adding two judges from the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and reaching a cooperative agreement with that court on rationalizing its working methods. Amendments were made to the rules of procedure and evidence and “Practice Directions” were adopted to allow some of the difficulties encountered in appeals proceedings to be resolved.“The reform should moreover ensure that the case law of the Appeals Chambers of the Tribunal and ICTR is more consistent and that their working methods are rationalized,” the report says, noting that the cooperation agreement between the two Tribunals will promote an institutional rapprochement of the two Appeals Chambers.Aiming to initiate a completion strategy for the Tribunal’s mandate, the court has agreed to focus more on the prosecution of the most serious crimes while, under certain conditions, referring some cases to national courts.The addition of a pool of temporary, or “ad litem,” judges enabled the Tribunal to deal with its cases more rapidly, according to the report, which notes that the court is now operating at full capacity, conducting six simultaneous first instance trials every day.Judge Jorda is scheduled to brief the Security Council on the court’s work on Tuesday. read more

Tim Hortons franchisee seeking classaction lawsuit against parent company RBI

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 1:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tim Hortons franchisee seeking class-action lawsuit against parent company RBI A Tim Hortons coffee shop is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. A Tim Hortons franchisee is seeking a class-action lawsuit against parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR), alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima. TORONTO – A Tim Hortons franchisee is seeking a class-action lawsuit against parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR), alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund.The claim alleges that since RBI acquired Tim Hortons in 2014, its subsidiary TDL Group Corp. started to charge administrative and operational expenses, such as the costs of franchisee training, to the fund. It also alleges TDL failed to provide statements of the fund’s operations, which is required by franchise agreements.“RBI has funnelled the money to itself, TDL and the individual defendants at the wrongful expense of the franchisees,” read the claim filed on behalf of franchisee Mark Kuziora in Ontario Superior Court on Monday.The allegations have not been proven in court. The suit is seeking $500 million in damages.Each franchisee contributes 3.5 per cent of their gross sales to the fund to be used for advertising, marketing and sales promotion, according to the claim. Since Dec. 14, 2014, the fund has collected nearly $700 million, it says.TDL and several individuals, including RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz, are listed as defendants in the proposed class action.“We vehemently disagree with and deny all the allegations,” said RBI in a statement, adding it’s “very disappointing” that a few restaurant owners opted to take action against the company.A rogue franchisee group, the Great White North Franchisee Association, was recently formed in an effort to raise some franchisees’ concerns about RBI’s management of the coffee-and-doughnut chain. The plaintiff, Kuziora, is a GWNFA member.“The claim was filed because RBI failed to adequately respond to legitimate questions about its use of advertising funds collected from Tim Hortons franchisees,” said the group in a statement, adding litigation was not its preferred option.Schwartz has previously said he’d prefer if the group relayed their concerns privately and recently met with some of the franchisees.Tim Hortons Canada brand president Sami Siddiqui sought to reassure restaurant owners in an email following the filing of the claim.He rejected the allegations in the claim, saying the company has offered to go over numbers, line by line, with any restaurant owner wishing to do so, and echoed Schwartz’s misgivings about the public criticism.“As we have discussed many times before, these types of public accusations will only hurt the brand that all of you have worked so hard to build,” Siddiqui said.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Joe Greenwell named as new SMMT president

Joe Greenwell, Ford of Europe’s vice president, governmental affairs will be the next president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) with effect from 1 January 2009. Mr Greenwell will succeed Graham Smith OBE, senior vice-president Toyota Motor Europe who will be stepping down at the end of his two year term. Mr Greenwell, who has held his current post at Ford since 2005, has enjoyed a long and successful career in the automotive industry. Immediately before his current position, he was chairman and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, having previously been vice president, Marketing and Operations, responsible for Ford of Canada, Ford of Mexico, Worldwide Direct Market Operations and Global Marketing. Mr Greenwell had been vice president, Global Automotive and Product Promotions and Associations. Before assuming those roles, Greenwell was vice president, Communications and Public Affairs for Ford of Europe. He joined Jaguar in 1983 and held several senior management positions within sales, marketing and public affairs. Notes:The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media. “I am under no illusions about the severity of the challenges that we face. The economic downturn is having a major impact on our industry and there may be worse to come.  Our sector is a vital part of the UK economy. I shall be working hard with the SMMT team and industry colleagues to raise awareness of our position and to promote proposals for seeing the industry through these very difficult times.” Previous SMMT presidents since 2000 are: Commenting on his appointment, Joe Greenwell said, “I am delighted to succeed Graham as President and I congratulate him on a very successful tenure. While at Jaguar, he was actively involved in numerous community support projects. He chaired the Coventry Business Cares for Children fund raising initiative in association with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and also the Foleshill Business Forum, part of the UK Business in the Community programme focusing on urban regeneration. He was also a Governor of Coventry Technical College and Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. He is currently president of BEN, the motor industry and allied trades benevolent fund. January 2007 – December 2008      Graham Smith OBEJune 2005 – December 2006          Roger Putnam CBEJune 2003 – June 2005                  Tod EvansJune 2002 – June 2003                  Mike Baunton, CBEJune 2001 – June 2002                  Nick Reilly CBEJune 2000 – June 2001                  John Neill CBEClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens rowing team wins 2nd consecutive NCAA championship

The Ohio State rowing team celebrates after winning the program’s first NCAA Championship in 2013. The team tacked on another championship June 1, making consecutive championships.Courtesy Walt Middleton Photography / provided by OSU athletic departmentSometimes, repeating a championship performance is harder than winning the title the first time. But one Ohio State athletic team held on to its crown in style.The OSU women’s rowing team claimed its second straight NCAA championship Sunday morning in Indianapolis. OSU now boasts five individual national championships, good for the fourth highest in NCAA rowing, according to an OSU press release.The No. 1 ranked Buckeyes finished with 126 total points, and their closest competitor was California, with 118 points.OSU also walked away with individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four, according to the press release.The winning first varsity eight team is made up of seniors Eelkje Miedema and Claire-Louise Bode, juniors Ashley Bauer and coxswain Victoria Lazur, sophomores Catherine Shields, Holly Norton and Aina Cid Centelles, and freshmen Stephanie Williams and Elodie Ravera. They finished their season with an undefeated 12-0 record.The second varsity eight team features seniors Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Katie King and Taylore Urban, juniors Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks and coxswain Sami Jurofsky, sophomore Daphne Socha and freshman Anne Dietrich. The crew was the third team overall to win consecutive titles in the event.The varsity four team picked up 16 points toward the total with senior Katie Beletskaya, junior Sarah Kessler, and sophomores Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski and coxswain Sarah Asad.The Buckeyes are the fifth team to win consecutive titles and the first team to do so since Brown captured back-to-back wins in 2007 and 2008.The OSU Department of Athletics did not immediately return a request for comment. read more

OSU softballs charity event for breast cancer research to host 22 teams

OSU then-redshirt junior shortstop Maddy McIntyre (30) throws the ball to first base against Ohio on April 21 at Buckeye Field. OSU defeated Ohio, 12-4. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State softball team’s 15th Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, which benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, is scheduled to host 22 teams from three different states on Saturday and Sunday at Buckeye Field and Fred Beekman Park.OSU softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said it has been incredible to see the growth of the event since its start in 2001.“We want our players to be significant and to pay it forward,” she said. “Having these powerful women outside of our team join the fight to end breast cancer means a lot to the program.”The event has become one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in central Ohio, bringing in more than $200,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund over the past 14 years.Redshirt senior catcher and first baseman Erika Leonard said that raising awareness about breast cancer and research is extremely important to her.“My mom had breast cancer and is now going on to be a 17-year survivor,” Leonard said. “Without the advancements in research, my mom might’ve not been here today.”Entrance to the event is a $5 donation, with all proceeds from ticket sales and concessions benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund.Madison Spielman, a fourth-year in communications and daughter of the late Stefanie Spielman, said she is grateful for the effort to continue to fight the disease.“It’s a reminder that even after six years since her passing, our mom’s legacy still lives on,” Madison Spielman said. “It means the world to have the support from the school I love.”Redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre said it is a great feeling for the team to be part of something bigger than each individual.“My favorite part is when the Spielman family comes out and throws the first pitch of the tournament,” McIntyre said.After the first pitch from the Spielman family, OSU is set play against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.The following day, the team will split into two squads: OSU Scarlet and OSU Gray. Team Scarlet is set to face Northern Kentucky at 9:30 a.m. at Buckeye Field, while Team Gray is scheduled to play Toledo at 11:45 a.m. read more

Murder of informants lawyer raises fears of Dutch narcostate

“This is a confirmation that we live in a narco-state,” said Jan Struijs of the NPB police union. “It is an attack on the rule of law.”The two suspects, Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki, are considered the most wanted criminals in the Netherlands, which has issued international arrest warrants against them on suspicion of murder and drug trafficking.Mr Bakkali incriminated Taghi in eight separate murders, two attempted murders and planning another two assassinations. The shooting of the lawyer came a year after Nabil Bakkali’s own brother was shot dead, raising questions about why Wiersum was not provided with better security. A former Dutch professional footballer who played for clubs in Portugal, Hungary and England was also shot dead in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Defender Kelvin Maynard, 32, died when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire on his car on Wednesday night in a south-east district of the Dutch capital, a police statement said. No details for a possible motive were given. Recreational drug use has long been tolerated by law enforcement in Amsterdam, a city of 800,000 people, creating an underworld of dealers and suppliers which sometimes fuels violence. Dutch prosecutors have vowed to continue using supergrass witnesses in the fight against organised crime after an lawyer for an informant in a major drug case was murdered. Lawyers and prosecutors in big drugs cases were put under special protection after the murder, which raised fears that the Netherlands was turning into a narco-state. Derk Wiersum, a 44-year-old father of two, was gunned down in the street in broad daylight and in front of his wife shortly after leaving his house in Amsterdam on Wednesday.Mr Wiersum was the lawyer for a state witness named Nabil Bakkali, who had turned informant in a huge case against two Moroccan-born men dubbed the most wanted criminals in the Netherlands.Police are hunting a hoodie-wearing assailant who fled on foot. Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister said the murder was “incredibly disturbing” and local newspapers compared it to cartel killings in Colombia and mafia murders in Italy. “We must continue to use the means of key witnesses, otherwise we will get no further in criminal cases,” said Fred Westerbeke, of the Public Prosecution Service. “The scenario that we assume is indeed that he was assassinated because he represented key witness Nabil Bakkali,” he told  Dutch television, This is also meant to undermine the rule of law and to frighten us.”  read more

Ituni residents lament little to no access to landline internet services

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKuru-Kururu residents without internet, landline servicesSeptember 8, 2018In “Business”President says access to justice will improve significantly in the Upper Demerara RegionAugust 4, 2017In “Court”Barnwell North residents to receive water for first time in over 15 yearsDecember 15, 2015In “Business” In an era where technology is rapidly expanding and various means of communication are constantly being developed, residents of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community of Ituni say they feel as though they are being left behind.Several residents who spoke to this publication have expressed their frustration, noting that after years of living in the community, they are yet to receive landline services and/or internet access despite having applied a number of years ago. Many other residents related that while they did have access to landline service in their homes, they did not receive any internet access.Following residents’ complaints, comments were solicited from Community Development Officer Keisha Griffith, who noted that she has also received numerous complaints from residents, more so recently, regarding the issue.  Ituni residents noted that they were seeking answers from GTT and remained hopeful that systems could soon be put in place to allow access to landline and Internet services.“It’s like we have been forgotten. We are way behind with everything. Since they launch the cell site, we haven’t heard or seen any representative in our area. Landline is a problem. They have applications for persons years now and nothing…We don’t have any access to WiFi”, Griffith explained. She also noted that the cell site was set up in the community since 2008.An affected resident, Yetunde Pluck said her home was equipped with a landline telephone, but no Internet access. She said it was frustrating because her school aged children required the service to do research for School-Based Assignments.“My concern is mainly the Internet system. I have a landline and a few other people have landlines in Ituni, but I don’t know why they’re not sharing so that other people could get. I don’t know why we’re not entitled to get Internet access. They’re saying that it’s something with the tower…We have children attending secondary school. They come home every weekend. They have assignments to do and we don’t have Internet access to get the information for our children,” she lamented.Additionally, resident Johnquin Nurse said he had applied for landline service for a number of years, but had only received a letter stating that there was no available facility.“For the past years I’ve applied for a landline telephone with GTT and this is 2017, and I’m still waiting although I’ve applied since 2002. All I got was that there’s no facility and as soon as they have facilities, they’re going to come and hook us up. On to this day, we’re still waiting,” he noted.Similar sentiments were also expressed by other affected residents who noted that it was their hope that the relevant authorities would look into the situation so that improvements can be seen. (Utamu Belle) read more

PANAMERICA HANDBALL Draws are ready bring on the Games

The Pan-American Games are just a few months away and excitement started to build last Sunday in Canelones, Uruguay, where the draws for the handball competition took place. Next July, when eight Pan-American teams face each other in Toronto the most valuable prize will be at stake: a place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.With Brazil already qualified in both men and women, as they’re the host nation, the rest of the Pan-American countries will fight for that one unique spot available for the Olympic Games during this event. The handball competition will go from July 16th until July 25th and will take place at the Exhibition Centre, in downtown Toronto.The last team to qualify was Uruguay, in both men and women, after they defeated the United States in a home and away qualifier. Right after the qualification, the draws took place and this is how the groups were formed:Men’s competition:Group 1: Brazil, Dominican Republic, Canada, Uruguay.Group 2: Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Puerto Rico.Women’s competition:Group 1: Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada.Group 2: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Cuba.The Pan-American Games are the third largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympic and Asian Games. This will be the third time that Canada hosts the Games after Winnipeg 1967 and 1999. The defending champions from the latest edition in Guadalajara 2011, are Argentina (men) and Brazil (women); they both granted their participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games.TEXT: LAURA AGENA Pan America handball ← Previous Story EHF Cup TOP 6 draw: Germans looking for three places in “Max Schmelling Arena” Next Story → Battle for Cologne 2015: Veszprem against PSG – Kiel against Szeged for German honour read more

MATHES SOLDIERS Chambery win in Nantes to overtake TOP of French League

5.Montpellier6501176:16010 8.Tremblay8314234:2417 2.Nantes8701240:21414 10.Cesson Rennes-Metropole8215196:2165 4.Nimes7511205:18911 Chambery SavoieErick Mathe 3.Paris SG7610234:18413 7.Dunkerque8413196:1859 13.Istres8026200:2402 12.Pontault8107197:2572 Chambery Savoie are the surprising leaders of the French LidlStar Ligue 2018/2019! The new leaders stayed undefeated in this season in victory over the closest rival HBC Nantes on their court – 33:29. Goalkeeper Jann Genty did a very good job with 16 saves, while right wing Fahrudin Melic scored nine goals. On the other side, 11 goals of Valero Rivera haven’t been enough to avoid the first defeat of the season.RESULTS – Round 8Dunkerque – Cesson Rennes-Metropole 25:17Nantes – Chambery Savoie 29:33Paris SG – Aix 31:27Pontault – Istres 29:22St. Raphael – Tremblay 33:29STANDINGS: 11.Ivry7106171:2042 ← Previous Story “Thanks, Plzen”: Petr Stochl to play again for Fuchse Berlin Next Story → VIDEO: Olafur Stefansson moment of Nordic mythology 9.Aix8305220:2106 14.Toulouse7016201:2221 1.Chambery Savoie8710241:21115 6.St. Raphael8413244:2229 read more

Apple Delays AirPods Launch

first_imgOne of the main talking points following the unveiling of the iPhone 7 was the smartphone’s lack of a headphone jack. It instantly rendered millions of pairs of headphones unusable without an adapter, and paved the way for Lightning headphones alongside wireless audio.Apple intends to take full advantage of this forced moved to new audio connections with a new range of Beats headphones/earphones using a Lightning connector. But the real star of the show as far as Apple is concerned comes in the form of the AirPods. The $159 wireless earphones promise to solve the cable issue permanently by not having any.There’s one problem with AirPods, though, (beyond the high price, poor battery life, and concerns about losing them) and that’s actually being able to buy them. AirPods were meant to go on sale before the end of October, but Apple has confirmed that is no longer going to happen.No reason has been given for the delay, and no new release date or even window has been stated. Apple simply says they require “a little more time” to perfect the product. That could translate into a design or performance issue, but more likely it’s a production short fall. Apple wants AirPods to sell like hot cakes, and it needs the stock available for that to happen at launch.Will AirPods appear before Christmas? If they don’t then that’s a major failing and missed opportunity on Apple’s part. AirPods are the kind of product many will consider adding alongside an iPhone purchase for under the tree, even if they do cost $159 a pair.last_img read more

Ridgefield to restrict fireworks use in city

first_imgRidgefield city councilors voted Thursday night to restrict fireworks use in the city, following a recent trend around Clark County of municipalities limiting the days people can shoot off fireworks.The council voted 5-1 in favor of limiting firework use to 9 a.m. until midnight July 4, with sales allowed from July 1 through 4. Currently, Ridgefield allows fireworks use from June 28 through July 5. The city previously allowed fireworks use on New Year’s Eve, but voted to change that in November 2017. This year will be the city’s first New Year’s Eve not allowing fireworks use.Ridgefield’s vote comes after the Clark County Council voted 3-2 to limit fireworks use in all unincorporated areas from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4, Battle Ground city councilors voted 4-3 in favor of limiting the discharging of fireworks to July 3 and 4 and Camas city councilors voted 5-2 in favor of restricting fireworks use from 9 a.m. until midnight on July 4.All of the new regulations start in 2019.“Every Fourth of July, the conversation (to limit firework use) happens,” Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart said. “It’s just happened more over the last few years.”He attributes two factors to that: people living closer together because of growth and being concerned about their neighbors, and the Eagle Creek Fire, a fireworks-caused fire that caused major damage to the Columbia River Gorge.last_img read more

Ubers IPO filing dishes on frenemies synergies and DeleteUber

first_img 1 Khosrowshahi took over the helm at Uber in September 2017 after a deluge of scandals led to the resignation of Kalanick. In the previous six months, Uber had lost more than 200,000 angry passengers to the #DeleteUber movement. It was outed by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who wrote a bombshell blog post detailing a chaotic corporate culture that tolerated sexual harassment. Lawsuits poured in, more scandals mounted and the company was left leaderless for two months with a dysfunctional board of directors.When Khosrowshahi came on, he vowed to fix Uber’s moral compass and to take the company public. He’s now looking to deliver on both those promises. In its filing, Uber spent several pages discussing how its revamped its leadership team, changed its company culture and focused on diversity and inclusion. “We are on a new path forward… following many challenges regarding our culture, workplace practices, and reputation,” the filing reads. “It is a new day at Uber.”We combed through the 285-page document for all the interesting tidbits. Here’s the breakdown:What is Uber? Uber was founded in 2009 as a black car service called Ubercab that let passengers hire a car with a push of a button on their smartphone. The company changed its name to Uber in 2011 and morphed in 2012 into a ride-hailing service through which riders could connect with drivers through its app. Since then it’s gotten into all types of transportation and services, including food delivery, self-driving cars, carpooling, on-demand scooters and bicycles, freight trucking and even the development of flying cars. Uber says its customers have taken more than 10 billion trips.Uber says its customers have taken more than 10 billion trips. Uber The new motto. “We ignite opportunity by setting the world in motion.” Get it? Because it’s a transportation company.UBER. Uber will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol UBER. It’s estimated that, with the IPO, the company could be valued at up to $91 billion. Its market debut could come as soon as early May.The players. Khosrowshahi is the CEO of Uber and has promoted several new people into his leadership circle, including Nelson Chai as chief financial officer, Manik Gupta as chief product officer and Barney Harford as chief operating officer. The money. The company reported revenue of $11.3 billion in 2018 on $49.8 billion in bookings. That’s up 42 percent from 2017. The company’s hallmark service, ride-hailing, generated the lion’s share of its revenue, raking in $9.2 billion in 2018. What about losses? Uber lost $1.8 billion in 2018. While that’s down from a loss of $2.6 billion in 2017, Uber said it may never make a profit. “We expect our operating expenses to increase significantly in the foreseeable future, and we may not achieve profitability,” the filing says.The board. Uber has 12 board members, including two women. Khosrowshahi, co-founders Kalanick and Garrett Camp, and early Uber CEO Ryan Graves are all on the board. Ronald Sugar, former CEO of global aerospace and defense company Northrop, has been the chairperson of the board since July 2018. The best-known board member is likely Arianna Huffington, businesswoman, author and founder of The Huffington Post.The stockholders. While most of Uber’s board of directors will see a nice payday when the company goes public, some look like they’ll get really really, really rich. Kalanick has 117.5 million shares in the company, and Benchmark investor Matt Cohler has 150 million shares. By comparison, Khosrowshahi has a measly 196,000 shares. Comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags Uber first started as a black car service with the motto “everyone’s private driver.” Uber Uber has come a long way since its days of “Boob-er” — the infamous nickname co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick gave himself because his role at the company helped him score women. The San Francisco-based company appears all grown up now. In mid-April, Uber publicly filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering that could hit a valuation as high as $91 billion, which would put it among the largest US tech IPOs in history. In an update to that filing on Friday, Uber set a price range of $44 to $50 a share. The ride-hailing company plans to offer 180 million shares and seeks to raise about $9 billion in its IPO. As a private company, Uber raised $14.9 billion, giving it an estimated valuation of $76 billion.Uber will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol UBER. Its IPO could come as soon as early May.”Ten years ago, Uber was born out of a watershed moment in technology,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a letter included in the SEC filing. “What began as ‘tap a button and get a ride’ has become something much more profound.”If all goes as planned, 2019 will be a year of tech IPOs. Along with Uber, San Francisco-based companies including Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack are expected to go public. Uber’s archrival, Lyft, issued its IPO at the end of March, setting its share price at $72. It had a strong stock market debut, but has faltered some since then, with its shares trading as low as $54. “Having the Lyft IPO take place before Uber, with Lyft trading much below the offer price, is not a positive development for Uber,” said Reena Aggarwal, professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “There are questions about the future profitability of the company. However, I think investors will still want a piece of this very large IPO.”While Uber and Lyft offer the same service, hailing a ride with a smartphone app, each company has pointed potential investors to different aspects of its business. Uber has showcased itself as a global company with diverse features such as food delivery and, it hopes, flying cars. Lyft, much smaller, with services only in the US and Canada, is focusing on being a stable company that hasn’t experienced the same kind of turmoil as Uber. What began as ‘tap a button and get a ride’ has become something much more profound. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber Waymo vs. Uber, and self-driving cars. Last year, Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car arm, sued Uber over alleged theft of trade secrets. The two companies settled, but in its S-1, Uber said it may owe Waymo another $128 million because of arbitration demands. Uber may also need to pay a licensing fee or make design changes to its autonomous driving software, but those decisions aren’t final.”Synergies.” You can’t have a Silicon Valley IPO with mentioning this word. Uber used it 11 times. Workplace culture. Uber has famously been hit with scandals over sexual harassment, bro culture and regulations. The company said in its S-1 that its “forward-leaning approach” caused “operational, compliance, and cultural challenges.” That’s one way to put it. Experiments may not pay off. Uber is investing in several kinds of transportation services beyond traditional cars. They include dockless e-bikes, e-scooters, Uber Freight, and Uber Elevate. But those investments may never bear fruit, Uber warns: “We may never realize any expected benefits from them.”Sweet spot: 3 to 10 miles. The largest proportion of Uber rides — 32% of total rides — are between three and 10 miles. After that, most rides are less than a mile, at 21%. In all, 95% of rides are less than 30 miles. Headcount. Uber had 22,263 employees as of December 2018. More than half of them, 11,860, are in operations and support.Big paydays. In 2018, Khosrowshahi got $45.3 million in total compensation, including salary, bonuses and stock. COO Barney Harfard got slightly more, at $47.6 million. CFO Nelson Chai got $27.9 million. Frenemies with Alphabet. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is a 5.2% stakeholder in Uber. Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond used to be on Uber’s board. The ride-hailing company relies heavily on Google Maps and the Google Play app marketplace. But there’s also been a ton of tension. Let’s not forget that massive legal battle with Waymo. 20 Photoscenter_img #DeleteUber packed a punch. A 2017 backlash against Uber and the resulting #DeleteUber rallying hashtag took a real toll on the company’s operations: “As a result of the #DeleteUber campaign, hundreds of thousands of consumers stopped using the Uber platform within days of the campaign,” Uber said. The damage has been lasting. The rate of decline continued through 2018.Uber clocked a lot of miles. Uber drivers took passengers on a total of 1 billion trips in March 2016, 2 billion in October 2016, 5 billion in September 2017, and 10 billion in September 2018. In 2016, passengers traveled a total of 26 billion miles on Uber trips. That’s less than 1 percent of an estimated total of 4.7 trillion miles by all means of personal transport in the 63 countries where Uber operates — an important statistic for potential investors who want to know Uber’s potential for growth.Criminal element. Lawbreakers could be a problem, Uber said, pointing to a 2014 rape case where a driver in India “kidnapped and raped a female customer.” (Uber fought a lawsuit filed in the US concerning the case.)Even if Uber drivers aren’t doing anything wrong, crime could hurt Uber: “In Latin America, there have been numerous and increasing reports of drivers and consumers being victimized by violent crime, such as armed robbery, violent assault, and rape, while taking or providing a trip on our platform.”And then there are worries about bribes. “We received requests from the [US Justice Department] in May 2017 and August 2017 with respect to an investigation into allegations of small payments to police in Indonesia and other potential improper payments in other countries in which we operate or have operated, including in Malaysia, China, and India,” Uber said.60,000 drivers say they’re employees, not contractors. Uber warned that efforts to classify its drivers as employees — not just today’s less financially burdensome contractor status — would hurt the company’s prospects. More than 60,000 drivers today have either begun arbitration proceedings arguing they’re contractors or plan to open them, Uber said.Uber is sticking to its position: “We believe that drivers are independent contractors because, among other things, they can choose whether, when, and where to provide services on our platform, are free to provide services on our competitors’ platforms.”Uber munchies. The average delivery time for Uber Eats food deliveries was about 30 minutes in 2018. The service delivers food from 220,000 restaurants to a sixth of the people who use Uber apps each month. Uber Eats is an important recruiting tool for Uber, getting new drivers into the system even if they or their cars aren’t yet up to Uber requirements for shuttling passengers, Uber said. Still, the company warned, the number of drivers and restaurants on the platform could decline or fluctuate.Uber Freight has real customers. Uber Freight, which has 36,000 carriers delivering goods from 1,000 shippers, garnered $125 million in revenue in the last quarter of 2018. Customers using the service include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Land O’Lakes and Colgate-Palmolive.Rivals galore. Uber says it’s got abundant competition besides Lyft. Other competitors for its main people-shuttling or bike- and scooter-renting businesses are OLA, Careem, Didi, Taxify, Yandex.Taxi (even though it’s an Uber joint venture), Motivate, Lime, Bird and Skip.And even more rivals. The list of competitors gets a lot longer when other Uber businesses are included. When it comes to self-driving vehicles, Uber sees competition from Waymo, Cruise Automation, Tesla, Apple, Zoox, Aptiv, May Mobility, Pronto.ai, Aurora and Nuro. And Uber Eats competes with GrubHub, DoorDash, Deliveroo, Swiggy, Postmates, Zomato, Delivery Hero, Just Eat, Takeaway.com and Amazon. And for Uber Freight, there’s DHL, C.H. Robinson, Total Quality Logistics, XPO Logistics, Convoy, Echo Global Logistics, Coyote, Transfix and NEXT Trucking.Forget dividends. Assuming Uber someday will become profitable, investors shouldn’t expect a cut of the proceeds. Profits will be plowed into business development and expansion, “and we do not anticipate declaring or paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future,” Uber said. That’s pretty common among tech companies.Boob-er. This word doesn’t show up in the document.This story originally published on April 11 and is being updated continually as more information becomes available.  Uber reveals more about its flying taxi ambitions London’s taxi drivers send Uber a message 2:53 Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow Share your voicelast_img read more

DU students seize buses protesting at sexual harassment in bus

first_img.The students of Dhaka University (DU) have seized four buses of Trust Paribahan on the campus protesting at ‘sexual harassment’ of a female student by a staff of the transport company at Karwan Bazar intersection on 17 May, reports UNB.Sahabudding, assistant of a Trust Paribahan bus driver, misbehaved with the victim, a student of DU’s Finance department, and sexually harassed her while she was travelling in the bus, said victim’s friend Rashed Mahmud.However, she managed to leave the bus at Shahbagh intersection, he added.After the incident, the friends of the victim seized one bus of Trust Paribahan on Thursday and demanded punishment of the assistant.As the bus authorities remained indifferent to their demand, the students seized another three buses of Trust Paribahan along with their staff.A total of four buses of Trust Paribahan were seen parked at the Mall Chattar on the campus in the afternoon, witnesses said.Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said he had heard the matter but no written complaint has yet been lodged in this regard.last_img read more

Trump shared classified info with Russians in Oval Office Officials

first_imgPresident Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House into another controversy just months into Trump’s short tenure in office.The intelligence, shared at a meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was supplied by a U.S. ally in the fight against the militant group, both officials with knowledge of the situation said.The White House declared the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, incorrect.”The story that came out tonight as reported is false,” H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, told reporters at the White House, adding that the leaders reviewed a range of common threats including to civil aviation.”At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. The president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known…I was in the room. It didn’t happen,” he said.The White House also released a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the Oval Office meeting focused on counterterrorism, and from Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, who called the Washington Post story false.Still, the news triggered concern in Congress.The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, called Trump’s conduct “dangerous” and “reckless”.Bob Corker, the Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the allegations “very, very troubling” if true.“Obviously, they’re in a downward spiral right now and they’ve got to come to grips with all that’s happening,” he said of the White House.SECRET COMPARTMENTThe latest controversy came as Trump’s administration reels from the fallout over his abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and amid congressional calls for an independent investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.One of the officials said the intelligence discussed by Trump in his meeting with Lavrov was classified “Top Secret” and held in a secure “compartment” to which only a handful of intelligence officials have access.After Trump disclosed the information, which one of the officials described as spontaneous, officials immediately called the CIA and the National Security Agency, both of which have agreements with a number of allied intelligence services around the world, and informed them what had happened.While the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardize a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement, the U.S. officials said.Since taking office in January, Trump has careened from controversy to controversy, complaining on the first day about news coverage of his inauguration crowds; charging his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, with wiretapping; and just last week firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into potential ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.Trump, a Republican who has called allegations of links between his campaign team and Russia a “total scam,” sharply criticized his 2016 election rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, for her handling of classified information as secretary of state, when she used a private email server.The FBI concluded that no criminal charges against Clinton were warranted, but Comey said she and her colleagues had been “careless” with classified information.’NO FILTER’In his conversations with the Russian officials, Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on “great intel every day,” an official with knowledge of the exchange said, according to the Post.Some U.S. officials have told Reuters they have been concerned about disclosing highly classified intelligence to Trump.One official, who requested anonymity to discuss dealing with the president, said last month: “He has no filter; it’s in one ear and out the mouth.”One of the officials with knowledge of Trump’s meeting with the Russian called the timing of the disclosure “particularly unfortunate,” as the President prepares for a White House meeting on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, an ally in the fight against Islamic State.Trump’s first foreign trip also begins later this week and includes a stop in Saudi Arabia, another Islamic State foe, and a May 25 NATO meeting in Brussels attended by other important U.S. allies. He also has stops planned in Israel and the Vatican.The president’s trip and latest uproar over his meeting with Russian officials come amid rumors that he might shake-up his senior staff in a bid to refocus his administration.last_img read more

KMC health centres to get sanitary pad vending machines

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to come up with sanitary pad vending machines at all its health centres across the city. The civic body has health centres at 44 wards.”As a mark of respect to mothers and sisters on the occasion of International Women’s Day today (Friday) we have decided to set up sanitary napkin vending machines at every health centre under our jurisdiction. The service can be availed at a nominal price of Re 1. The move will ensure better health and hygiene for women,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that the number of people visiting KMC health centres is increasing by leaps and bounds as the Health department of the civic body is taking measures from time to time to boost the infrastructure of its health units. In 2018, KMC health centres had catered to 22 lakh patients. This apart, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will take steps to renovate and revamp more than 60 water bodies in the city soon after the elections. “The election dates are expected to be announced soon so, we will not be able to commence work during this period. We will complete the tender process and formalities for allotment of work order during this time. So, once the elections are over work will start immediately,” a senior official of KMC said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSwapan Samaddar, member Mayor-in-Council (Environment ), held a meeting with officials in this regard in presence of Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed. “We have got the approval of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board and we are waiting for the administrative approval from the state Municipal Affairs department for renovation of these waterbodies. The DPR for the renovation projects has been sent sometime back,” Samaddar said.last_img read more

United Wholesale Ranks No 1 Among Wholesale Lenders in Q3

first_imgUnited Wholesale Ranks No. 1 Among Wholesale Lenders in Q3 in Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2014-01-02 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img January 2, 2014 434 Views “”United Wholesale Mortgage””:https://www.uwm.com/ (UWM), one of the nation’s fastest-growing wholesale lenders, has good reason to celebrate going into 2014: The company was ranked on “”MortgageStats.com””:http://mortgagestats.com/ as the No. 1 wholesale lender in the country for the third quarter of 2013.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release from UWM, it was the first time the lender was able to take the top spot for wholesale origination volume in its history.””We’ve been intensely focused on getting our business to this level of growth from the beginning,”” said Mat Ishbia, president of the Michigan-based firm. “”Our hard work, along with the trust and valued business of our brokers, has now officially catapulted us to the number one spot.””The company attributes its achievement to its wide range of innovative offerings, which in 2013 saw the addition of UWM Connect, the Income Calculator, free customizable marketing, and the newly released Flex Term, among others.Also a factor in UWM’s growth is the way the company approaches customer service, Ishbia said.””We developed a unique business model in how we interface with our brokers that is completely driven by a highly service-oriented approach to customer service that clients laud as being second-to-none,”” he commented.last_img read more

Water cuts in Famagusta area from Tuesday

first_imgWater supply in the Famagusta district will be restricted from Tuesday, the Ayia municipality announced on Monday.Officials said there was a problem with the central pipeline running through the Larnaca-Dhekelia road.The municipality said that the cuts on Tuesday would last from 7am to 7pm leaving the whole district with a restricted supply.The cuts will continue until the fault is fixed. A municipality official could not say when that might be but hoped the fault would be fixed within a couple of days. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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