CALGARY – As the country’s population grows older, it seems more Canadians are becoming primary caregivers for aging relatives.A new poll from Angus Reid shows that more Canadians over the age of 30 are making this big change in their life, including in the Calgary area.“In Alberta, it’s right on that national average of 26 per cent,” said research associate Dave Korzinski. Korzinski adds it’s especially difficult for lower-income families. The survey found that 28 per cent are worried they and the person they care for can’t afford the care they need.“It’s just little things that the costs really add up. Especially if you’re on a fixed income, it doesn’t take much to through your balance sheet out of whack,” he said. “People are certainly trying to do what they can to keep costs low for lower-income households.”But there’s another issue that’s particularly prominent in Calgary, according to the Kerby Centre.“The number of people of who, you know, have three or four children, two or three of those children move to a different city, move to a different part of the country, move to a different country altogether. And those children who are physically closer, take up much more of the caregiving and the day-to-day [tasks],” said the Kerby Centre’s Keith Calbeck. And on top of that, it’s hard to find the right care.“Changes in the life of an older adult can happen suddenly. You have a medical concern, you have a changed circumstance, a change in mobility, and if you’re an adult child of an older adult, you’re learning this very, very quickly.”He adds that the centre has received dozens of inquiries with the number one issue of finding the best housing options for loved ones’ needs.“People want to live independently as long as possible and that requires certain supports–access to medical and transportation, etc.–that continues for longer than we may have seen maybe 50 or 75 years ago,” said Calbeck.Calgary Seniors‘ Shannon Janewski says she sees this every day.“I hear a lot of people caregiving living separately. They’re trying to have that balance of caregiving or also working or raising their families or things like that,” she said.“People are feeling guilty, too. They’re trying to do as much as they can for the person they’re caring for but they also need to be able to work and care for their families and have time for themselves.”Korzinski says the poll showed the burden of caring for aging parents tends to fall disproportionately on women.–with files from Kenny Mason
APTN National NewsAs occupiers sit in Nalcor’s offices thousands of kilometres away in Labrador, about 100 people held a rally at Ottawa’s human rights monument in support of Billy Gauthier, and the make Muskrat Falls right movement.Gauthier is the Inuk artist who is currently on a hunger strike, consuming water only, in an effort to stop flooding associated with the Muskrat Falls dam project that studies show will poison the land downstream from the project.“If the land and the water are our mother then all of us are brothers and sisters? Gauthier, with shaky legs, asked his supporters. “We can’t forget that – it will only bring us closer and it’s only going to make us fight for what’s right and I guarantee we’ll keep going.”Gauthier has been joined on the hunger strike by Delilah Saunders and Jerry Kohlmeister who are not eating, but consuming broth.Saunders said living off the land was important growing up.“The three of us agreed, we are willing to put our lives on the line because if this goes through it will affect so many more people,” said Saunders. “I want to have a family some day and go ice fishing.”Kohlmeister thanked everyone who came out – then broke down in tears during his speech.“I have a beautiful two year old daughter and I decided to join these people on the hunger strike for her,” he said. “I want her to grow up like I did and live off the land. This means so much to so many people,” he said.Gauthier said he has lost about eight kilograms since beginning his hunger strike nine days ago.He and hundreds of Innu and Inuit in Labrador are concerned about the planned flooding of 11 square kilometres of land for the reservoir for the $11.4 billion Muskrat Falls dam.Studies have shown that the toxin methylmercury will be released when the water mixes with the vegetation and topsoil in the reservoir. That toxin will flow downstream to where Innu and Inuit hunt and fish. To mitigate the risks, they are asking that all vegetation and top soil be removed prior to flooding.The Ottawa rally ran in tandem with rallies in Toronto, Halifax and St. John’s.There is another rally planned for Parliament Hill later this week.Yvonne Jones, the Liberal Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs did not attend.
OTTAWA _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down Sunday with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in an effort to hash out a solution to the ongoing dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Trudeau, who is on his way to Peru for the Summit of the Americas, will return to Ottawa for the meeting before resuming his travels to Paris and London, spokesperson Chantal Gagnon said Thursday, just moments before the prime minister’s flight took off.Tensions over the pipeline impasse reached a new peak this week when Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the expansion project, pending reassurance from the federal government that the project would be going ahead.Trudeau had an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday where ministers discussed _ but did not settle on _ options for action, including whether to help finance the project or pull funding from B.C. to help convince Horgan to stop blocking the project.Finance Minister Bill Morneau met Wednesday with Notley, after which he said the federal government would meet the company’s May 31 deadline for action.Ottawa has jurisdiction for the pipeline and approved the expansion plans in 2016, but Horgan has thrown up a number of roadblocks, including a lawsuit over the approval process and a threat to prevent oil from flowing through it, all of which have helped to spook Kinder Morgan’s investors.Alberta Premier Rachel NotleyThe impasse has become one of the most difficult political predicaments to date for the Trudeau government, which is being squeezed between those who accuse it of not doing enough to get the expansion built, and critics who don’t want to see it built at all.Trudeau posted a new video Thursday in which he insists he would never approve pipelines like the Trans Mountain expansion if he did not believe they could proceed safely.In the video, Trudeau is seen strolling along a B.C. beach with Ocean Networks Canada CEO Kate Moran and Rob Stewart, president of B.C. Coast Pilots, discussing the government’s $1.5-billion oceans protection plan, which he says gives the government the confidence that Canada’s oceans and coastlines will be protected even with a new, expanded pipeline.Trudeau has long insisted that the environment can’t be properly protected if Canada can’t also get its resources to market since resource-driven economic growth is what allows the government to take steps to protect the environment. Had the government not approved the pipeline, it would never have been able to convince industry stakeholders or the Alberta government to support its climate and oceans protection plans, he has said.Thursday’s developments come the same day as a new economic analysis from Environmental Defence and Climate Action Network Canada, which argues the country’s emissions targets can still be met without new pipelines and without hurting the economy.Read more: As Feds and Alberta talk, Indigenous rights left out of Trans Mountain debate With a shift to clean technology, the report says, Canada’s economy would grow by up to 38.5 per cent between now and 2030, even with the actions necessary to meet emissions targets under the Paris climate change agreement.Meanwhile, doing nothing on climate change would mean economic growth of 39 per cent by 2030, it says _ a difference that would be readily taken up by the savings in health costs and other impacts resulting from less pollution and lower global temperatures.An expanded Trans Mountain pipeline would mean additional fossil-fuel development in the oilsands, said Environmental Defence national program manager Dale Marshall, who argues it can’t be allowed to proceed if Canada really wants to reduce emissions.Thursday also saw the release of a letter to Trudeau from some 40 environment groups in Quebec, warning the prime minister that his electoral fortunes in that province will be in peril if he makes Trans Mountain his political legacy.Aurore Fauret, with the group 350 Canada, says Trudeau has not provided any scientific evidence to back his claims that the pipeline will pose no risk to emissions levels, the oceans or email@example.com
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Justice Department charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei (all times local):11:35 p.m.Chinese tech giant Huawei denies committing any of the violations cited in a U.S. indictment that accuses the company of stealing technology, violating trade sanctions and lying to banks.Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement Tuesday it asked to discuss the investigation with U.S. prosecutors following the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada in December but that request was rejected.The company notes the allegations in the trade secrets charge already are the subject of a U.S. civil lawsuit that has been settled.The statement says, “The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments.It also says Huawei is “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”___4:45 p.m.The U.S. Justice Department is filing charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei.A 13-count indictment was unsealed Monday in New York charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a top executive at the company.The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.A separate case filed in Washington state charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile.Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. Prosecutors allege she committed fraud by misleading American banks about Huawei’s business deals in Iran.Prosecutors charge Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies.The Associated Press
TOKYO — Asian shares were higher Monday, as investors continue to rejigger their read on President Donald Trump’s trade war and growing worries about slowing economies around the world.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% in afternoon trading to 20,551.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.8% to 6,454.10, while South Korea’s Kospi was 0.6% higher at 1,937.74. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.9% to 26,216.23. The Shanghai Composite added 1.5% to 2,865.32.On Friday, the S&P 500 rose 41.08 points, or 1.4%, to 2,888.68. The Dow, which had an 800-point drop earlier in the week, added 306.62 points, or 1.2%, to 25,886.01. The Nasdaq climbed 129.38 points, or 1.7%, to 7,895.99. Each index still finished with a third straight weekly decline.Investors favoured smaller company stocks, which pushed up the Russell 2000. The index rose 31.99 points, or 2.2%, to 1,493.64.Wall Street stocks and other investments had heaved and dropped all week, hitting a crescendo on Wednesday when a fairly reliable warning signal of recession flipped on in the U.S. Treasury market.Investors are hoping that the Federal Reserve will continue to cut interest rates to shore up economic growth. The central bank lowered interest rates by a quarter-point at its last meeting. It was the first time it lowered rates in a decade.“With global economic engines still clattering and in desperate need of some high-grade Central Bank stimulus, investors are still pinning their hopes on central bank policy,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at Valour Markets in Singapore.Investors are also worried about Trump’s shocking announcement on Aug. 1 that he planned to extend tariffs across virtually all Chinese imports, many of them consumer products that were exempt from early rounds of tariffs. The tariffs have been delayed, but ultimately will raise costs for U.S. companies bringing goods in from China.ENERGY:Benchmark crude oil rose 51 cents to $55.38 a barrel. It rose 40 cents to settle at $54.87 a barrel Friday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, rose 65 cents to $59.29 a barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar rose to 106.37 Japanese yen from 106.24 yen Friday. The euro rose slightly to $1.1091 from $1.1085.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
TORONTO – Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said Wednesday that consumers should expect to see higher prices for their meat and bread products starting next year, due to the rising costs of getting those items onto shelves.The Toronto-based meat and bakery company, which also reported weaker third quarter earnings, outlined plans to raise its prices in the first quarter of 2013 due to higher raw materials costs.In the bakery division, “we continue to face higher inflationary costs, as well as projected increases in flour and dairy raw material costs,” said president and CEO Michael McCain.“We expect to pass on (higher) pricing in the first quarter of next year.”McCain said prices will rise seven cents per item on the wholesale market, which would boost prices by about 10 cents on store shelves, starting at the end of January.“That will largely cover the cost of our commodity increases, although probably not the whole value of all of our inflation,” he said.“We still have some work to do to offset that.”Meanwhile, prices will also go up for its meat products sometime in the first quarter, though the magnitude and exact timing of the increase hasn’t been decided.“It will be significant, but we just don’t know exactly how significant or exactly when yet in the protein business in 2013,” he said.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) has faced a double whammy of higher prices for raw materials and other inflationary costs, while also booking a lower value for the live animals that eventually become its meat products.On Wednesday, the company reported a drop in net earnings during the third quarter, due to lower revenues and a write down on the value of some assets.Maple Leaf Food’s net earnings fell to $32.6 million, or 22 cents per share. That missed expectations of 28 cents per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters, and were below the reported $43 million in the third quarter of 2011.The weaker results were mostly from a $13-million decrease in the fair value of the company’s biological assets.McCain said the adjustment came from new international reporting standards that require the company to recognize the value of its live assets — live pigs, eggs and live chickens — as if they were all going to be sold at a current market value.“We’ve excluded these amounts from our adjusted operating earnings because we don’t consider those effects to be representative of operational results during the period,” he told analysts on the conference call.On an adjusted basis, operating earnings improved to $76.3 million from $73.3 million.Revenue slipped to just under $1.24 billion from just over $1.26 billion.Maple Leaf is Canada’s biggest food processor, making and selling such well-known store brands as Maple Leaf, Burns and Schneiders hot dogs, Dempster’s bread, Olivieri pasta, as well as Shopsy’s deli meats and Mitchell’s Gourmet foods.Last year, Maple Leaf announced a plan to cut 1,550 jobs by closing plants in four provinces and streamlining distribution, part of a three-year, $560-million restructuring plan expected to boost competitiveness and profitability.Maple Leaf has 21,000 employees at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia. Maple Leaf Foods posts lower third-quarter profit as it plans price increases by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2012 5:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers NEW YORK, N.Y. – A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.Roberta’s, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.There have been no arrests. A telephone call to the restaurant on Wednesday night went unanswered.The threatening calls to Roberta’s came after social-media users connected the restaurant to the Pizzagate hoax centred on the Washington restaurant Comet Ping Pong. One caller referenced an email from Clinton’s private server and noted the Clintons attended a donor’s birthday party at Roberta’s years ago.The hoax took a dangerous turn on Sunday when a man, Edgar Maddison Welch, fired a rifle inside Comet Ping Pong while trying to “self-investigate” the conspiracy, police said.Court records state Welch, of Salisbury, North Carolina, fired an AR-15 assault rifle in the restaurant but later walked out with his hands up, leaving his rifle and other weapons inside. They say he told police he had “read online that the Comet restaurant was harbouring child sex slaves and that he wanted to see for himself if they were there.”They say he said he “was armed to help rescue them” and “surrendered peacefully when he found no evidence that underage children were being harboured in the restaurant.”Welch was arrested on several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon. No one was injured in the shooting.One of Welch’s friends told The Washington Post she doesn’t think he intended to shoot anyone.“He most likely really believes the conspiracy theory,” said Kathy Sue Holtorf, who lives in California and works as a film producer. “He’s a good guy with the best of intentions. He probably saw himself as more on a hero mission to save children than anything else.”The origins of the conspiracy theory are unclear. Some elements trace back to hacked emails from Clinton chief of staff John Podesta that were released by Wikileaks and refer to pizza parties, with online commentators speculating that “pizza party” is code for something nefarious.By Nov. 3, Comet Ping Pong, so named because patrons can play Ping-Pong on tables in the back, had been pulled into the conspiracy, which the restaurant’s owner has flatly denied.“Let me state unequivocally: These stories are completely and entirely false, and there is no basis in fact to any of them,” owner James Alefantis said in a statement on Sunday. “What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences.”The threatening calls to Roberta’s were first reported by DNAinfo. by Tom McElroy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2016 8:39 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
With Windows 8 on the horizon, there appear to be significantly more companies ready to take advantage of the new OS with a tablet as opposed to the traditional laptop. The new UI for Windows is certainly tablet friendly, but not tablet exclusive. As we get closer to the launch date for Microsoft’s latest OS, it’s expected that manufacturers will be preparing to launch all kinds of devices to support the platform. The latest from HP includes a pair of laptops that have been dubbed Sleekbooks, both running Windows 8.Instead of being locked into Intel’s Ultrabook category, HP’s Sleekbooks offer a pair of computing systems to support different needs. The Sleekbook 14 (14-inch display) is an AMD powered lightweight notebook packed with all of HP’s latest toys. CoolSense to regulate temperature, ProtectSmart to save your data in case of a sudden impact, and Connected Photo and Music for cloud based storage. The Sleekbook 15 (15.6-inch display) is an Intel based laptop that includes a keypad and support for up to a 1TB internal hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and discrete NVIDIA graphics cards. Both machines come with an HDMI port, as well as USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. The Sleekbooks are made with glossy plastics with a raised hinge that gives the machines a noticeable gap between the screen and the rest of the machine, but helps it look very thin when closed.HP has positioned the new Sleekbooks at $499 and $599 respectively, and will come pre-loaded with Windows 8 Standard. As a cheaper alternative to an Ultrabook, HP could see the Sleekbooks do swift business this holiday season.
Short URL Feb 15th 2017, 1:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 1:45 PM Share8 Tweet Email1 21,089 Views http://jrnl.ie/3240837 18 Comments Source: Estrellas Orientales via FacebookA RADIO JOURNALIST in the Dominican Republic was killed yesterday after he was shot while reading the news on-air and broadcasting on Facebook Live.A second journalist was also killed in a separate room during the incident.Luís Manuel Medina, the presenter of the news programme Milenio Caliente, was shot while reading the news on air on FM 103.5 yesterday morning. He was also live streaming on Facebook at the time.Gunfire can be heard near the end of the live broadcast. A woman shouts “Shots! Shots!” Shots!” and Medina looks up before the transmission is cut off.The Guardian reports that the producer and director of the show Leo Martínez was also shot and killed in an adjacent office at the radio station.The secretary of the station Dayaba Garcia was injured in the attack and taken to hospital for surgery.Police said that the shooting happened in San Pedro de Macorís, a city about 45 miles east of the capital, Santo Domingo. Milenio Caliente – or Hot Millennium – was a popular local radio station in the area.As of yet, no motive for the shooting has been established.Local website Dominican Today reports that three men have been arrested in the wake of the shooting, and police and military have carried out a series of raids across the city.Medina was also the official announcer of the Estrellas Orientales baseball team, who confirmed the death and expressed their sadness at the loss in a Facebook post.The Guardian reports that Medina had recently mounted a campaign condemning pollution in Laguna Mallen, a protected lake in San Pedro.Read: After damning leaks, Trump says his own spies are behaving ‘just like Russia’Read: Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission Two journalists killed during Facebook Live broadcast in Dominican Republic Luís Manuel Medina was in the middle of a news broadcast when he was shot.
Videos Articles Twitter WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Velvet Sky Multiple wrestling media sources are reporting that WWE Tough Enough contestant Patrick Clark has agreed to terms on a developmental deal with WWE. Clark, who has stayed silent on Twitter the last few weeks, is scheduled to start at the WWE Performance Center this week.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes WWE announces new Performance Center signings, Including a former Impact star Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coach Facebook Now Playing Up Next Google+ Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Sean Waltman teaching again at Performance Center, Three NXT stars receive new names
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe results of the 9th annual San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard are in.The Dashboard assesses top economic and environmental indicators and rates the region’s sustainability.KUSI was joined by Mikaela Bolling, a project manager from the Center for Sustainable Energy with more. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Ninth annual San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard results Posted: April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 19, 2018
HDFC Bank, India’s second-largest private sector lender, will be declaring its fourth quarter (Q4) results April 22. The results will be keenly watched, given the increasing attention banks are getting due to burgeoning bad loans, provisioning for non-performing assets (NPAs), rate cuts on deposits and loans and overall sectoral performance.Q3 performanceThe bank’s gross NPAs rose by Rs 427.43 crore during the quarter to Rs 4,255.20 crore, an increase of 11.20 percent over Rs 3,827.77 crore as on Sep. 30, 2015. Net NPAs rose sharply, both sequentially and year-on-year (YoY). The figure stood at Rs 1,260.60 crore as of Dec. 31, 2015, up 21.48 percent from Rs 1,037.68 crore as on Sep. 30, 2015, and even sharply by 39.49 percent from Rs 903.66 crore as on Dec. 31, 2014.During the quarter ended December 2015, HDFC Bank’s provisioning for bad loans rose to Rs 601.50 crore, marking an increase of 23.35 percent from Rs 487.60 crore during the corresponding quarter in financial year 2014-15.As on Dec. 31, 2015, gross NPAs of the bank were 0.97 percent of total advances, while net NPAs stood at 0.29 percent.HDFC Bank’s domestic loan mix between retail and wholesale was 53:47. Its total advances as of Dec. 31, 2015, stood at Rs 436,364 crore, while deposits were Rs 523,997 crore.Rising bad loans of banks in generalIndian banks, both state-owned and private, reported a spike in bad loans (NPAs) and provisioning for such loans while declaring their third quarter results.The increase in provisioning is the outcome of the Asset Quality Review by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) wherein banks were directed to set aside certain stressed and large accounts as NPAs, according to a note by brokerage Angel Broking earlier this month.The apex bank has set a deadline of March 2017 for banks to clean up their balance sheets. Though the problem of rising NPAs is more acute in the public sector banking space, private sector lenders are being hit as well. The gross NPA of 16 listed private sector lenders stood at Rs 46,271 crore as on December 30, 2015, according to a PTI report.Gross NPAs of public sector banks stood at Rs 3.60 lakh crore at the end of December 2015, up from Rs 2.67 lakh crore from March 31, 2015, according to another PTI report. The impact of the government slashing interest rates on small savings schemes will be visible only after the fourth quarter results of banks, though the RBI is expected to take a call on repo rate at its April 5 meeting.”With these schemes expected to pose less of a competition in the quarters ahead, banks will have an additional impetus to lower retail deposit rates to better reflect the 125bps cut in the policy rates last year. This in turn is expected to help bring lending rates down, though any significant changes are only likely after the banking sector’s quarterly earnings are out next month,” said Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank, in her Monday noteStocks of HDFC Bank closed at Rs 1,044.25 on Monday on the BSE, up 1.52 percent from its previous close.
Logo of Fire IllustrationEight people, including four women and a minor boy, sustained burn injuries as a fire broke out following a leakage in a gas pipeline at Beparipara in Uttarkhan area of the capital early Saturday.The injured are Dablur, 33, Anjum, 33, Abdullah, 5, Urmi, 16, Azizul, 30, Purnima, 30, Sufia, 60, Sagor, 12, hailing from Bhangura in Pabna district, reports UNB.Six of the burn injured were in critical condition, said Shafiqul Islam, a senior station officer of fire service and civil defence in Uttara.They were living in the ground-floor flat of a two-storey building, said sub-inspector Bachchu Miah of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost.The fire broke out at the ground-floor flat around 4:00am as there was a leak in their gas pipeline, said Shafiqul Islam.On information, three units of the fire service rushed to the place and doused the fire.Later, the fire fighting team rescued the injured, including the four women and the minor boy, from the flat and took them to the DMCH.Most of the victims are garment workers, the fire service officer said.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera, Texas TribuneTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a news conference on Jan. 12, 2017.A district attorney has been probing whether Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke any laws by accepting a $100,000 gift from a CEO whose company was being investigated for alleged fraud, according to news reports.Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley on Thursday told the Dallas Morning News she was examining whether Paxton ran afoul of state bribery and corrupt practices laws by accepting the gift from James Webb, whose North Texas medical diagnostic company ultimately paid $3.5 million to settle allegations that it improperly billed the government for Medicare and Medicaid services performed without appropriate medical supervision.“There is an active investigation looking into that matter,” the newspaper quoted Wiley, a Republican, as saying. “We are carefully and thoroughly going through every piece of evidence.”Wiley’s office did not immediately respond to messages from the Texas Tribune. Paxton has been fighting securities fraud charges since July of 2015 — a case that has faced multiple delays due to a dispute over prosecutors’ fees. Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a company from before his time as attorney general. If convicted, he could face up to 99 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.Webb gave Paxton a $100,000 gift in 2015 to help the Republican attorney general pay his growing legal bills. Paxton has disclosed accepting at least $547,000 in gifts for his legal defense over the course of his trial for alleged securities fraud.State bribery laws prohibit elected officials from receiving gifts from people or entities subject to their authority, and as attorney general, Paxton’s could extend broadly. Seeking to circumvent those barriers, Paxton’s disclosures of legal defense gifts cited an “independent relationship” exception. That allows gifts from family members and those “independent” of an office holder’s “official status.”Paxton’s team on Thursday acknowledged the investigation into Webb’s gift and said Paxton did nothing illegal by accepting it and other gifts.“We have fully cooperated with this inquiry since it began months ago and we have every indication from the Kaufman County DA’s office that it will be completed soon,” Matt Welch, a Paxton spokesman, told the Texas Tribune in a statement. “Attorney General Paxton’s personal financial statement fully complies with Texas ethics laws and has been thoroughly vetted by legal counsel who are ethics experts.”Webb’s company, Preferred Imaging LLC, admitted no wrongdoing in 2016 when it settled a fraud case with state and federal authorities, including the civil medicaid fraud division within Paxton’s office.Paxton’s office has said the U.S. Attorney General’s Office took the lead in investigating Preferred Imaging and that neither Paxton nor his office was actively involved in it.The billing investigation covered a six-year period — between January 2009 and February 2015. Paxton took office in January of 2015. According to the Dallas Morning News, Wiley said Thursday she was close to deciding whether to send the case over Webb’s gift to Paxton to a grand jury. She said she received “great cooperation” from both the Texas Rangers and Paxton’s legal team, the newspaper reported.Welch, the Paxton spokesman, suggested Thursday that questions over the donation’s legality amounted to “irresponsible media speculation and wishful thinking by political opponents.”On Wednesday, Harris County District Court Judge Robert Johnson delayed the trial on one of three charges Paxton faces for a third time at the request of prosecutors, likely pushing the trial into 2018. Share
The Peoples Congregational United Church is sponsoring its annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 6 at 4704 13th Street N.W. from 9:30 a. m. – 3 p. m. The bazaar is sponsored by Peoples’ Fellowship Committee, and will feature vendors selling jewelry, clothing, greeting cards, decorations and many more items. Chicken and fish dinners will be also available amongst other, homemade baked goods. For more information, contact Sheryl Ellison-Blue at 301-352 – 3562.
By The Associated PressA Baltimore man who spent almost three years in prison for child abuse that caused the death of his infant son is now charged with killing his girlfriend’s son as well.Baltimore police announced the first-degree murder charge Monday against 35-year-old Francois Browne in the death of 18-month-old Zaray Gray. Media outlets report the toddler died last week with a broken clavicle and internal injuries.Francois Browne. Browne, who spent almost three years in prison for his son’s death, is now being accused in the death of his girlfriend’s son. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)Police wrote in charging documents that Zaray stopped breathing after Browne took him to a playground Wednesday. Browne told police Zaray fell while going down a slide.Browne was convicted of child abuse resulting in death after his 7-month-old son Kendall suffered fractured ribs and bleeding in his brain in 2012.Brown is now held without bail. Online court records didn’t list an attorney.
The 5-day-long festival, set to begin on September 21, also celebrated as International Day of Peace, will also usher in the United Nations’ 12-day peace campaign here. “This year the Flute Festival will take place in the first few days of the 12-day-campaign. The flute, is a pan-Indian instrument apart from being a global peace instrument. It links and binds this nation with its sweetness and brings together the human, spiritual and divine elements in a way that is unique and so beautiful,” Rajiv Chandran, currently heading United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) said.27 flautists will form the international component of the festival. Major attractions will include Riga Saxophone Quartet from Latvia and Arcadio Baracchi from Italy among others. Some Indian performers include Pandit Pravin Godhkindi, Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Pandit Chetan Joshi.
Over the past two decades, Manoj Kachangal’s artistic output has been dominated by visions of tangled brushstrokes and limpid landscapes. Dense thickets of lines obscure distinctly divisional backgrounds, entangling the human eye in webs of wandering tendrils that invite full contemplation of what lies beyond. By emphasizing the hand of the artist through horizontal sweeps and zagged brushstrokes, Kanchangal explores broad themes of chaos, catharsis and rebirth in his work, while silently challenging perceived boundaries between abstract and landscape painting. In the world of art, Kachangal is a neo abstractionist. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTumultuous landscapes”My biggest realization over the years has been how to use line, colour and form to convey my responses to issues, shapes, experiences and feelings. I learned how to use my feelings to engage in a critical examination of subjects close to my heart, rather than producing acrylic paintings that merely visually describe my patterns of exploration,” he states.These are not facile, painterly or merely beautiful landscapes but they are tumultuous “landscapes” that tend towards the abstract, seeking to convey a sense of the subliminal rather than accurately represent the world around him. Beyond the net of painted lines, these works appear to capture a moment of creation emerging from chaos – the light suggesting a harmonic presence bringing illumination to the landscape. Kachangal’s selective use of bold, intense colours and a tendency towards dramatization also evokes the works of early expressionists, who sought to capture the emotional resonance of their subjects over their physical form.In these Landscape Series, the planes that are interwoven across the canvas surface suggest troubles and tribulations; the jagged “branches” that dominate these seemingly sunset laden landscapes have neither beginning nor end, and the rippled disturbance-like structures are actually discernable. Dabs of primary colour and streaks of grey/ochre/ straw lend definition to the overall composition, providing balance and tempering the darker tones, but no attempt is made towards a perfect dimensional modelling. The artist has stated anecdotally that it was his reading of the Puranas and shastras that inspired his interest in the interiority of forms, shown in the intensity of the brushwork and tactility of the paint he uses to ground this series strongly within the abstract realms.Visual oscillationWhen translated into different dimensional forms, Kachangal’s work deconstructs the viewer’s understanding of mass, for the landscapes are at once airy as well as deeply dense. The visual oscillation between positive and negative space within Kachangal’s interconnected construction creates an optical motion. As the viewer perceives one form, another spatial combination suggests itself, contradicting the first and lending the viewer to reconsider the canvasses as a whole. Thus, we see early hints of a ‘dematerialized’ and highly intellectualized formula: a canvas can embody the volume of human experiences and relationships as revealed in the complex manipulations of form and linear horizontals in striations of colour.