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FPI Nomura Morgan Stanley Citi Fidelity may meet FM

first_imgNew Delhi: Leading foreign investors, including Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Templeton, Fidelity, GIC (Singapore), CPDQ are likely to meet Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar and DEA Secretary Atanu Chakraborty on Friday afternoon as the government reaches out to know their concerns over the surcharge on FPIs who are operating as trusts or association of persons (AoP) without being registered as companies. The FPIs are likely to raise issues such as the recently-introduced tax surcharge and seek either full rollback or suitably tweaked to keep them out of the higher tax net. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Sources indicated that the discussions would throw up other issues like restricted access to foreign investors in corporate bond markets and tighter know your client (KYC) norms. These issues have also dented institutional investors liking for the Indian market. However, surcharge on tax for FPIs is the biggest concern that has impacted FPI inflows into the maker since the budget announcement in July 5. It is learnt that meeting would also be attended by Citi, Deutsche, Fidelity and Capital Group JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BoAML, UBS. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “The government is keen to get suggestions from foreign investors about the outflows in the past few weeks before taking any policy intervention steps. It may be pointed that the Budget for FY 20 which contains the surcharge on FPIs has already been passed by Parliament,” said an official source. However, ordinance route may also be explored if government decides to remove tax liability on FPIs. This would be required as the tax proposal is part Finance Bill 2019 and it needs to be amended and approved by Parliament if changes are to be made. The meeting comes amid growing concerns among FPIs triggering outflows of over Rs 22,000 crore since July. The government had increased the tax surcharge on all the non-corporate entities which earn over Rs 2 crore of income annually. About 40 per cent of the FPIS would be impacted by this tax .last_img read more

TN varsity sex scandal College teacher walks out of jail after 11

first_imgMadurai: A woman college teacher, behind bars for 11 months in connection with the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) sex scandal, was released on bail from the central prison here on Wednesday.Suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, accused of luring some girl students to extend sexual favours to senior MKU officials to get higher marks and money, was granted bail by the Madras High Court bench here on March 12. Her release was delayed as the bail formalities were completed on Tuesday only, after her brother and a family friend furnished sureties, police said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Devi was working with the Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai, affiliated to the MKU. She was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint filed by the college and a women’s forum after an audio clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on social media. In the audio clip, she purportedly told the girls to “adjust” with some officials “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”. Devi, who has denied the allegations, was suspended by the college following an internal enquiry. The Crime Branch-CID of Tamil Nadu police had filed the charge sheet in the case, booking Devi for several offences under the Indian Penal Code, Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and Information Technology Act.last_img read more

The inimitable Chowkidar

first_imgThe humble chaiwala has lost his pride of place. Even the familiar Gorkha has been fired; along with him are gone his night howls of ‘hoshiar raho’. It is because Prime Minister Modi gave a clarion call to every citizen to become a chowkidar to protect our nation. Yes, he has done a great service in reminding us of our duty, albeit it is through protecting our democracy. For this, we need to choose the right chowkidar-in-chief, who would honour the very principles of democracy; and is committed to making us happy and changing our lowly position in the World Happiness Report Index. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe World Happiness Report of the UN looked at six key variables – well-being, income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support, and generosity. India stands at 140 among 156 countries in the survey of 2018, down by seven notches over the previous year. Finland is the happiest for the second year in a row, while Denmark has been consistently in the top five for the past five years. Are we really as unhappy as the survey says? Let us have a look at each of the parameters. Also Read – Insider threat managementFirstly, well-being. Our philosophy, Yoga, and Upanishads emphasise well-being and happiness as a state of complete physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being and harmony with nature. But, the increasing stress of modern day life has robbed us of our mental peace and happiness. Studies have reported that extended families have more ‘life satisfaction’ than nuclear families which is a norm now. They further indicate that by 2025, over 38 million years of healthy life will be lost to mental illness in our country. Further, there is a total change in our cultural values. Leaders telling lies on oath, rendering ethics and values of no consequence, is so common. Alongside globalisation, religion too has become commercialised – profit and wealth being the primary objectives. In contrast, until recent times immediate well-being was not considered as important as the ultimate well-being. Religion is no longer a solace since the culture of rationality and truth-seeking has been replaced with blind faith, rituals and bigotry. Jesus was killed because he talked about taking business out of the temple, whereas Buddha called into question all the Hindu Gods and rituals, yet, no harm was caused to him. Instead, those who opposed him became his monks when they were convinced in months-long debates. It is not our culture to kill people with blind faith in our beliefs, like what the cow-vigilantes are doing with the blessings of the Party and governments. This change is a serious cause of social tension and unhappiness in the country. Happiness is elusive when we think of income too. Right to equality and equal distribution of wealth is only on paper; governments are pro-rich. The GDP growth of 7 per cent, being claimed by the government, is dubbed by many experts as manipulated. Doubting the figure, because not enough jobs are being created, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan even seeks to check its veracity by an impartial body. Total employment actually shrank by millions and the rate of unemployment is a whopping 16 per cent. And, whatever wealth is generated, the distribution is skewed. As per Oxfam survey in 2018, richest 1 per cent Indians cornered 73 per cent of Rs 20.9 lakh crores of wealth generated, while the rise is only 1 per cent for the poorest half of 67 crore Indians. Previous year’s survey showed the richest 1 per cent held 58 per cent of the country’s total wealth. Now, regarding freedom. We have freedom of the press, but the publishers are either induced or coerced into toeing the line of the government. We have freedom of religion, but there are communal tensions caused by bigots. There is freedom to choose professions; but the choice and opportunities are dwindling, with corruption inhibiting them further. One has the freedom to contest elections, but without money-power, it is beyond one’s dream. More than anything else, freedoms of thought and expression are stifled with government action; and freedom of privacy is intruded by snooping into every computer. There is also a great trust deficit. The promise of cooperative federalism is a farce; there is a mockery of democracy – no debates, no press conferences; only witch-hunting opposition with abuse of institutions; there is the only autocracy. Election promises are made only to be broken; election-time sops are only to please the voters. In the absence of a choice, one has to vote only for the better among the worst, who, once elected, would be on sale for voting in Parliament or Assembly. There is also mutual suspicion among people, like in the Big Brother regime. Now for health and social support. Easily available liquor every hundred yards, made so by the government of AP, etc., has proved to be a health hazard. Globalisation, and absence of character building in education, cause great stress and tensions, and there is a telling effect on life-expectancy; and even premature deaths through suicides. Food adulteration is another cause. Private medical treatment is very expensive and government hospitals, mostly, are not comfortable and conducive places. There is social support in terms of myriad welfare schemes, but corruption sabotages the very intentions. And, NGOs, mostly, work for their gains. Overall, for the chowkidars, there has been an increase in negative emotions – anxiety, sadness, anger and worry, distrust and insecurity. Thus, the survey has rightly placed India among the unhappiest countries. But, instead of sulking, it would be prudent to find ways to cheer us up. Happiness is variously defined. Psychologists consider it as ‘a mental or emotional state of well being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy’. Sociologists say it is the degree to which an individual judges the overall quality of his life-as-a-whole positively, and refer it as subjective well-being (SWB) or life satisfaction. But quantifying it is difficult. A breakthrough, however, was made by Bhutan by calculating their country’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) and they evolved a single digit Index as a measuring tool for policy-making and to create policy incentives for the government, NGOs and businesses of Bhutan to increase GNH. Good governance, sustainable socio-economic development, cultural preservation and environment conservation are the four pillars that support the nine domains – psychological well-being, health, education, time use, cultural diversity and resilience, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and resilience, and living standards, and 33 indicators, which help in reaching the GNH Index. UN also passed a resolution in 2011 in support of this novel concept. While East European countries with no freedoms are low in happiness than poorest democracies, Denmark stands out as an example of happiness and well-being – free from corruption, thrust on health care, gender equality and voluntary work; and they proved the efficacy of cycling in environment protection, fuel saving, accidents, etc. As against the fact that 40 per cent Danes get involved in volunteer activities that generate a feeling of oneness of society, and accountability to each other for common growth, volunteerism is lacking in us. No serious efforts are ever made by us to bring such cohesion. Instead of emulating these examples, the government in power spends crores of rupees in advertising about their bounties and achievements. Any national newspaper of 26- 28 pages would generally have nearly half devoted to full page, half or quarter to advertisements from different government departments, although this does not pay any dividends. There are not even proper mechanisms to assess people’s satisfaction with government projects and schemes. The present systems of vigilance and anti-corruption are grossly inadequate since they only manage statistical targets, and whatever action is taken by them gets riddled in dilatory departmental or legal processes. It is imperative that effective feedback mechanisms are in place for real-time check and corrective action. In the past, apart from using elaborate spying systems and overt feedback mechanisms, benevolent kings themselves used to move incognito to check the well-being of their subjects. It is worthwhile, therefore, to divert the money spent on advertisements for this task since the dividends for the good and sincere work done, and the goodwill generated, are enormous. In a democracy, people’s satisfaction is paramount, like customer satisfaction in commercial establishments. The customer care departments vie with each other to please their customers, while sales departments aggressively advertise their products to lure potential customers. Take for example a pharmaceutical company. Whenever a new product is launched, their salesmen and qualified pharmaceutical degree holders interact with doctors who prescribe them to their patients and get feedback about how much better this new drug is working. Yet, not satisfied, they employ talented engineers and others to get independent feedback from the doctors who are handsomely compensated for the time invested. Similar is the case with sales of vehicles, and so on. It is time that chowkidars become inimitable and assertive, to set things right in our democracy. Revered Hanuman never knew his strength until he was reminded of it. Kumbhkaran had to be awakened from his deep sleep to show his power. For their own well-being and life satisfaction, for effective delivery and improvement in government policies, people should demand a comprehensive model based on Bhutanese and Danish experiences, and also for effective feedback mechanisms, with their participation. Lokpal has to be made proactive and given a pivotal role in this task. Ultimately, the happiness of a nation is the aggregate of the happiness of society and of individuals. For this, a real democrat should be chosen as the chowkidar-in-chief of India. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Use caution running fence line trail

Over the past few weeks, a number of people have been stung by bees or wasps along the trail at the top of Hydro Hill that runs parallel to the hydro fence.Near the middle of that off-road trail, bees or wasps have taken over a bird house close to the path and have been rather protective of their new home.Until the matter is dealt with, anyone using Brock’s network of off-road trails should use caution in that particular section.

Ohio State football team mixing youth experience at skill positions

OSU freshman wide reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) practices kick-return duties while freshman running back Curtis Samuel (4) and junior linebacker Cam Williams (55) block during fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 6 in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorIn the world of college football, returning contributors often find themselves with a leg up on younger players, but that isn’t necessarily the case at Ohio State.The Buckeyes will be forced to replace their top running back and top pass catcher from 2013, and a plethora of young talent has gained praise from the coaching staff throughout the offseason. OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the added youth combined with returning players has given the team depth at skill positions it may not have had in years past.Herman said that depth will lead to a more competitive feel around those position groups, and will force every player to earn their right to touch the ball.“You want to go on that field and touch the football, you’re going to have to prove everyday in practice that you deserve it and that you deserve it more than these 10 guys,” he said Sunday at the annual OSU football media day.In 2013, the Buckeye offense relied heavily on then-senior running back Carlos Hyde, who carried the ball 208 times for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns. Wide receiver Corey  “Philly” Brown has graduated as well, leaving the Buckeyes without his production of 63 receptions for 771 yards and another 10 scores.The 2014 OSU roster features experienced players at both running back and wide receiver, but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff will rule out freshman and sophomores who have seen less time on the field to replace those players.Two true freshmen in running back Curtis Samuel and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon have repeatedly been praised by OSU coach Urban Meyer and other members of his staff. While those two may be leaned on more than other newcomers, it may be a sophomore expected to step into Hyde’s shoes –– at least to an extent.Ezekiel Elliott has been pegged as a potential starter at running back for his second season in Columbus, and Meyer even said he is the current No. 1 despite a continuing competition. Elliott himself said his top priority is to simply make sure he is the first man up come Aug. 30 when OSU is scheduled to open the season against Navy.“The first thing first is just securing the starting spot,” Elliott said. “We’ve got a lot of great backs in our backfield and everyone works hard, everyone brings a little bit something different to the table.”OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said he recognizes the need to replace Hyde, but added to expect that same exact production is “unfair.”Even though Elliott seemingly sits ahead of Samuel and others on the depth chart, Drayton said his work ethic is rubbing off on the other running backs and helping to fuel the competition for carries.“That alone, and the way he goes out and works, he’s constantly creating a competitive environment in that group,” Drayton said. “As long as you can keep that type of fire going, everybody in that room improves.”Regardless of Elliott or any other running backs, Meyer made it clear that Samuel is 100 percent in the picture going into his freshman season.“I’ve got to be careful because I do this, but I love that kid, and man, oh man, does he go hard,” Meyer said during his Sunday press conference. “He is talented and he will play this year.”Outside of Elliott and Samuel, Meyer said redshirt-senior Rod Smith and redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn are in the running for more carries this season.As far as the receivers are concerned, there’s a long list of players who expect to have an impact in 2014.Senior Devin Smith had 44 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and senior Evan Spencer and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson each had 22 receptions. While they contributed, none of that trio had the same impact as Brown in 2013.Wilson, for one, said he is confident in his role replacing Brown going forward.“As of now I start at the slot position, I’ve been starting since spring, so I’m pretty comfortable with that,” Wilson said. “I’m glad I start, I worked hard for the position, I feel like I’m really a big part of the team.”With that slot position locked up, the outside spots would seemingly be left to Spencer and Smith. Spencer said he simply wants to “play and compete at the highest level that I am able to do,” but said he always wants to stay motivated with the competition behind him.“I always try to keep the fire under myself…just to keep me…going and keep performing,” he said. “But I mean, yeah, competition is always there, it’s what drives out great players.”Yet another player hoping to make his mark on the receiving corps is redshirt-junior Corey Smith, who sat out last season after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Smith said he wants to have a role, but is willing to do whatever is asked of him.“I plan on having a big role, just do my best in whatever role it is to contribute,” Smith said. “But I plan on having a big role.”The Buckeyes will have the remainder of fall camp to sort out these competitions before taking the field for the regular season. OSU is scheduled to return to the practice field Monday for its second two-a-day session of the fall. After that, there are 11 more practice days on the schedule for camp.OSU’s opening game against Navy is scheduled to kickoff at noon Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Gislasons advice for Vranjes Doublefunction no thanks

THW Kiel coach Alfred Gislason (54) has no positive opinion about coaching club and national team in the same time. “Double-function” is something what Gislason makes happy, as he tried that with Iceland and Gummersbach between 2006 and 2008 without serious success.– That is my point of view. You have to think about handball in every second, which can bring you to the point of madness – said Gislason for HANDBALL-MAGAZIN.German media speaking about three candidates for the new head-coach of the national team – Ljubomir Vranjes, Markus Baur and Dagur Sigurdsson.  Alfred GislasonGerman handballLjubomir Vranjes ← Previous Story GOLDEN GENERATION 1996: Romania wins Youth WCh 2014! Next Story → U20 EURO 2014 “All star” team: Nikola Bilyk is the top scorer and MVP!

Elverum beat Montpellier – Besiktas remain undefeated in Bucharest

3. Elverum Handball311177:77(0)3 4. Besiktas Mogaz HT311178:90(-12)3 5. ABC/UMinho310296:95(1)2 1. HBC Nantes321094:78(16)5 HBC Nantes and Naturhouse La Rioja leading the “lower part” Group C and D of the VELUX EHF Champions League. The biggest surprise in Round 3 was made by Norwegian Elverum, who beat French Montpellier 32:31 (18:16) with Pujol and Mehl in the main roles with seven goals.This can be called a disaster for the team with over 7.000.000 EUR budget, which can’t be comparable with any of their rivals in Group C and D, but certainly making Montpellier a TOP 10 teams in Europe in this moment.Naturhouse La Rioja beat Tatran Presov 33:27, while Chekhovskie Medved outplayed RK Metalurg 25:21.STANDINGS: 5. TATRAN Presov310277:83(-6)2 3. HC Motor Zaporozhye311191:89(2)3 6. HC Metalurg310261:69(-8)2 Another French team HBC Nantes had no problem at the start of the European season. The newcomers in elite competition beat Portuguese ABC UMinho 35:33 to stay at the TOP of Group D.Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ won point in Bucharest against Dinamo 26:26, while Ukrainian Motor had no problem to win against Danish TT Holstebro 34:28.STANDINGS: 2. Dinamo Bucuresti312093:89(4)4 6. TTH Holstebro301287:98(-11)1 2. Chekhovskie Medvedi312081:77(4)4 1. Naturhouse La Rioja321092:85(7)5 4. Montpellier HB310289:86(3)2 Besiktas handballElverum handbalVelux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story RK Vardar Skopje win once again in Celje! Next Story → EHF CL Best 7: Ristovski, Palmarsson, Du Rietz, Sorensen… read more

Letter from New Zealand Māori heartland Fathers Day and the red army

first_img http://the42.ie/3451288 Letter from New Zealand: Māori heartland, Father’s Day and the red army Murray Kinsella checks in after moving from Rotorua to Hamilton ahead of the Chiefs game. Monday 19 Jun 2017, 7:32 AM From there, the self-deprecating and witty James McOnie from The Crowd Goes Wild show extended the welcome with something of a stand-up comedy gig before he introduced Chiefs boss Dave Rennie and the “guest selector” for this game.10-year-old Chiefs fan Sam Webb had the honour of reading out the Chiefs team that will provide a ferocious challenge to the Lions tomorrow, and it was hard not to smile at the charm offensive in Hamilton.The Chiefs have had some bad off-the-field publicity in recent times, but their welcome to those who had just arrived from Rotorua and elsewhere was kindly appreciated.McOnie joked that Hamilton is a city where there’s very little to do, but the fans who have arrived in to warm up for this weekend’s first Test in Auckland appear to have been enjoying getting a taste for the local brews.There are notably more Lions supporters with each passing day on this tour and they made their presence felt down in Rotorua last weekend as Warren Gatland’s side took the Māori All Blacks apart.The Chiefs’ welcome in Hamilton did not include a haka – McOnie pointing out that the haka fatigue must surely be growing – but the haka we saw from the Māori All Blacks was truly spectacular, with smoke from the pre-match fireworks sitting over them as Hika Elliot and Ash Dixon led an astoundingly powerful challenge to the Lions. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOImmediately after, however, the Lions fans nestled onto the grass banks of the homely Rotorua International Stadium found their voice and broke into the first of many, many ‘Lions, Lions, Lions’ chants.While the Lions’ numbers have been boosted outside the squad, Warren Gatland’s group have also increased in number with the controversial addition of six Welsh and Scottish players.It remains a major talking point here and at home, but the Lions have already moved on and the new guys are fitting right into a squad whose spirit is very high – despite reports of its demise in the New Zealand Herald.“The boys have been fully embroiled straight away,” says James Haskell. “A couple of them had to roll the dice [for fines] and one of them is wearing a suit for the next three days!“It’s not a get to know you, ‘Hi, my name’s James Haskell, my favourite colour is red and I play for Wasps.’ You’ve got to get straight in, you’ve got to learn the calls, you’ve got to get right in the mix and that’s the way you do it.”Haskell is the real joker in the pack and his bromance with Sean O’Brien has been bringing lots of laughs for the Lions squad and those following their relationship on social media.“I’ve been sharing a room with Sean all tour,” says Haskell with a smile. “We’ve bonded to say the least.”Dan Cole and Haskell have taken control of presenting the Fact of the Day to the Lions squad, with the Leicester prop’s dry delivery winning him many fans on the team bus but O’Brien’s efforts at jokes have been poorly received, at least according to Haskell. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIn among the high jinks, there were a few teary moments for some of the players yesterday as the Lions management marked Father’s Day in a rather classy manner.The backroom staff secretly arranged for the players’ wives and partners to record videos of their kids expressing their love to their dads over in New Zealand, and the clips were played in the team room as a surprise.With quite a few players away from their kids for the first extended period, Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton among them, there have been some tough days and the Lions’ nice idea of getting the videos sent over went down very well.For those players involved tomorrow against the Chiefs – most of them now accepting that their first Test chances are gone – they will have to steel their emotions for what could be a difficult fixture.The Lions coaching staff have stressed the importance of preparing tomorrow’s team as best possible, but it is only natural that everything on the outside is already looking towards Eden Park on Saturday.Gatland’s side will face another haka tomorrow, with the Chiefs being so proudly driven by their connections to the Māori community. Source: The42/YouTubeBack in Rotorua, we saw the world’s biggest haka pulled off on the main green in the city, one of the highlights of what were some very enjoyable days in the Māori heartland of New Zealand. A visit to Lake Taupo, a true gem, was restorative.Up the road to Hamilton on Sunday, the presence of the growing red army was notable against and this whole beast will be shipping on up to Auckland on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as the tour continues to build to what should be a fascinating series opener.Waikato boy Gatland is back on home soil in Hamilton and he had a few words of congratulations for local hero Stephen Donald, who rather perfectly got engaged out on his fishing boat.The affable Chiefs out-half, who starts at 10 against the Lions, famously came off the Waikato river and a fishing trip to kick a penalty in the 2011 World Cup final for the All Blacks and he will always be a legend here thanks to that feat.After a few words with the man himself on Sunday, we wandered out to take in the remarkably laidback Chiefs on the training pitch and there was Donald working hard, fishing hat firmly planted on his head.And good old Beaver will be looking to help the Chiefs reel in a pretty big prize tomorrow night in front of what should be a fervent Hamilton crowd.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Murray Kinsella reports from HamiltonALL PRESS CONFERENCES should be like the Chiefs’ press conference to announce their team to face the Lions tomorrow.It was literally all-singing and all-dancing from the Super Rugby outfit as a group from the local Tai Wananga school welcomed the media to the Chiefs’ training base in Hamilton with a lovely waiata, a Māori song. 6 Comments Test team takes shape but a handful of huge calls ahead for GatlandLions have no doubt that Owen Farrell will be 100% fit for first Test By Murray Kinsellacenter_img 12,917 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie Jun 19th 2017, 7:32 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Skippings exposes PDM booted him out

Skippings exposes PDM booted him out

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 13, 2016 – Oswald Skippings says he and Sam Harvey did not defect from the People’s Democratic Movement; he yesterday told media in the PDA party’s manifesto launch that he was fired by the party because he would not take big money from big investors.  “The matter is you were at a New Year’s party when one of the officials of the PDM openly stated that they turned against me because I refused money from Mr. Cashcroft and I had the nerve to campaign against him.”Skippings says he was due to publish a letter to prove it,  “It’s dated 14th of April,  2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands.  Dear Mr. Skippings, Re: Suspension of Membership, pursuant to a recommendation for the Disciplinary Committee regarding your actions that have been deemed  to be contrary to the aims and objectives of the party and in direct violation to the constitution  of the People’s Democratic Movement.  The National General Council considered the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee and voted in the affirmative to approve the recommendation to suspend your membership with the party.”The former leader of the PDM Party and former Chief Minister read that letter during the press conference where the PDA’s plan for the TCI were laid out in a document called ‘United for Change, Empowering Our People.’There are 113 pages which focus on developing new industries in light manufacturing and agricultural investment. The PDA is contesting 12 seats in the upcoming General Elections on December 15. #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Avengers Endgame full Telugu movie leaked online Will its free download affect

first_imgAvengers: Endgame movie reviewTwitterThe full Telugu movie of Avengers: Endgame has been leaked online hours after its release in theatres. The free download of its pirated copy is set to take a toll on its collection at the box office.Avengers: Endgame is the latest and last film in the Avengers series, the American superhero film franchise based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The first three instalments were dubbed and released in Telugu with the same title and they have become massive hits with the audience in the Telugu states.Avengers: Endgame, which is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), marks the ended of the Avengers film series, which has created a lot of curiosity and hype for the fourth instalment. As usual, the makers have dubbed and released it in Telugu on April 26 in bid to cash in the popularity of the franchise in the state.The screening of Avengers: Endgame began in several centres across the Telugu states in the wee hours of the Telugu states. But some miscreants have allegedly leaked the full movie on the internet for free download soon after the regular morning show got over. They released HQ HDCAM – HQ Line Audio print, which spread to other torrent sites within no time, enabling some viewers to watch it freely. Avengers: EndgameTwitterA miscreants’ gang, which is known for its notorious activities online, allegedly record the complete Telugu film and Avengers: Endgame. This gang’s website offers seven different prints of the full movie ranging from 2.8 GB to 200 MB for free download. Since these are theatre prints, their audio and video quality will not be good.Avengers: Endgame is an action-adventure fantasy thriller movie. It is a 3D film and a lot of VFX works make it a visual treat. Moreover, the background score plays an important role in making it an ethereal experience. But its pirated copy lacks both these features, there will be a lot of disturbance in picturisation and audio quality. It should better be watched in the cinema to get the real of the movie.In fact, the full English movie of Avengers: Endgame was leaked on the internet a week before it hit screens across the world. It has freely available on many torrent site for the last one week. Yet there was a massive amount of advance booking for the film in the Telugu states. Avengers: EndgameTwitterHowever, Avengers: Endgame has been released only in multiplexes, but it is not available in single screens, which are mostly located in suburban areas. The audience, who watch the film in single screens, may resort to downloading the full movie from torrents, which may take a toll on its collection.Avengers: Endgame has been directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The film features an ensemble cast of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.last_img read more

Google remembers Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Google remembers Raja Ram Mohan Roy

first_imgGoogle DoodleGoogle on Tuesday celebrated the 246th birth anniversary of renowned social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy recognised as the “Father of the Indian Renaissance”, who paved the way for a modern India.Roy was a non-conformist to many a tradition he was born into on this day in 1772, in Radhanagar village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.Although born into a Hindu Brahmin family, where his father Ramkanto Roy, was a Vaishnavite, Roy at a young age left home, shunned orthodox rituals and idol worship and became a staunch supporter of monotheism.Following his differences with his father, Roy went on a journey that took him far from his roots. He travelled extensively including in Tibet and the Himalayas.He studied Persian and Arabic along with Sanskrit, which influenced his thinking about God. He read Upanishads, Vedas and the Quran and translated a lot of the scriptures into English.When he returned home, his parents married him off in a bid to change his outlook. But Roy continued to explore the depths of Hinduism only to highlight its hypocrisy.After his father’s death in 1803 he moved to Murshidabad, where he published his first book Tuhfat-ul-Muwahhidin (A Gift to Monotheism).Roy took a keen interest in European politics and followed the course of the French Revolution.In 1814, he settled in Calcutta, and the following year he founded the Atmiya Sabha. In 1828, he established the Brahmo Samaj, which is considered to be one of India’s first socio-religious reform movements.However, his most significant contribution as a social engineer was towards women’s rights. Nearly 200 years ago, when evils like-Sati-plagued the society, Roy played a critical role to bring about a change.He opposed the regressive practice that forced a widow to immolate herself on husband’s pyre.The doodle on Roy, created by Beena Mistry, a designer based out of Toronto, shows Roy speaking at a public meeting with his detractors in the background. There is also the presence of a woman among the audience, this is at a time when the purdah system was rigidly followed.He campaigned for equal rights for women, including the right to remarry and the right to hold property.In 1830, he travelled to the UK as the Mughal Empire’s envoy to ensure that Lord William Bentinck’s law banning the practice of Sati was not overturned.Roy was also one of the pioneers of Indian journalism. He published several journals in Bengali, Persian, Hindi and English to propagate social reforms.Bengali weekly Samvad Kaumudi was the most important journal that he published. The Atmiya Sabha published an English weekly called the Bengal Gazette and a Persian newspaper called Miratul-Akbar.Roy died in a village near Bristol in England on 26 September 1833 of meningitis, and was buried there.last_img read more

Council Member Orange Offers Bill to Get 1 Million Signatures for DC

Council Member Orange Offers Bill to Get 1 Million Signatures for DC

first_imgVincent Orange (D-AtLarge) D.C. Council member (Courtesy Photo)A veteran D.C. Council member seeks to launch a petition drive to get one million people to support making the District of Columbia the 51st state in the union.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) submitted a “sense of the council” resolution on July 7 called the “‘Statehood or Else’ Signature Campaign of 2015.” Partially using the slogan of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March – “Justice or Else” – the event will take place on Oct. 10.“The time is now for the District to push for statehood and collecting one million signatures demonstrates that sense of urgency,” Orange said. “It is important to have the signatures by next summer so that the future leadership in the White House makes statehood in the District a priority of their administration.”Orange said he wants to collect one million signatures for a petition supporting D.C. statehood and submit them to the White House, the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, and to the leaders at the 2016 Democratic and Republican conventions.The resolution is legislation that expresses the determination, decision, and direction of the D.C. Council, according to the latest edition of the D.C. Council Handbook. The resolution only has to go through one full reading by the Council and doesn’t have to be approved by the mayor or the U.S. Congress. Orange’s bill will likely be taken up after the D.C. Council’s summer recess, which ends on Sept. 15.D.C. Council members Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), Brandon Todd (D-Ward 8), Brianna Nadeau (D-Ward 1), and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) are co-sponsoring the legislation. However, while Orange has enough support to pass his bill through the council, he said that more political and governmental leaders need to be on board.“For the campaign’s success, we need Mayor Bowser, all 13 council members, [D.C.] Attorney General Karl Racine, the Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt, [D.C.]Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, [D.C.] Senators Paul Strauss and Michael D. Brown, [D.C.] Representative Franklin Garcia, D.C. Vote, D.C. Appleseed and all District residents and citizens of the United States to aggressively support this campaign for D.C. statehood,” Orange said.“The ‘Statehood or Else’ campaign is an opportunity to present a unifying front with the goal of achieving statehood for the District.”Garcia said he supports Orange’s initiative enthusiastically. Garcia, Strauss, and Brown are non-paid elected officials charged with lobbying Congress to grant the District statehood. “It is a good initiative,” Garcia told the AFRO on July 25. “We need to have a national campaign to get statehood and we need to take our message beyond D.C. and its borders.”Garcia said that any effort to highlight the political plight of D.C. residents is worth it. “I was in Rhode Island recently and I explained to an audience that D.C. residents don’t have a vote in Congress and people were shocked to hear that,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know what is going on in D.C. We need to do whatever we can do see that people across the nation are informed about our lack of democracy.”Orange also has the support of Stand Up! for Democracy – Free D.C., a grassroots organization that is pro-D.C. statehood. The organization posted that it “has already planned to work to mobilize and educate visitors for D.C. statehood [on Oct. 10] and will work in coalition with council member Orange and ‘Justice or Else.’However, Orange’s approach does have its critics. Josh Burch, the founder of Neighbors United for Statehood, said on his website, the51st.org, that he supports the spirit of what the council member wants to do, however, some aspects should be changed. “There are many good components in Council member Vincent Orange’s resolution to promote the statehood cause through a multi-media campaign and a petition drive,” Burch said. “The name D.C. Statehood or Else, should be tabled but the basic premise should be preserved, nurtured and developed into something meaningful, impactful and inspiring.”Burch proposes that a march, rally, and a peaceable and non-violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by District residents takes place on April 16 instead of a petition drive.last_img read more

Pastors For Hogan Coalition Join Growing Democratic Coalition for Hogan

Pastors For Hogan Coalition Join Growing Democratic Coalition for Hogan

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROA coalition of African-American pastors announced its support for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.  This proclamation comes at a time when some of the state’s top Democratic veterans privately say Ben Jealous is losing ground in his bid to unseat the Republican governor, even during the era of President Donald Trump.Baltimore and Prince George’s County are critical for any chances of Jealous winning and this is why the endorsement of a number of prominent pastors is a political body blow to the former President and CEO of the NAACP.  Further two of the pastors are leaders in the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which was formed by pastors aligned with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Black Pastors such as the Rev. Anthony Maclin of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Prince George’s County are supporting Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan (R) who is running against Democrat and former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous.“The gubernatorial leadership of Governor Hogan for our great state has been, and continues to be, insightful, thoughtful and respectful,” said the Rev. Dr. Harold Carter Jr. of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, according to a statement released by the Hogan campaign. “His administration has been one of inclusivity and stability. We are the better for what he, along with Lt. Gov. Rutherford, bring to the table.”The Rev. Anthony Maclin, pastor of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square, in Capital Heights, Md., is also supporting Hogan and said in a statement, “This governor has brought people together, reaching across political lines for the betterment of the people of the great state of Maryland.”The endorsement of these pastors came during a time where Jealous is being seen at major African American events such as the Morgan State Homecoming last weekend and the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce Gala at National Harbor. Privately, at both venues, leaders say Jealous is losing to Hogan in terms of a good ground game and African Americans like what Hogan has done.In terms of the faith community the pastors supporting Hogan are major players.“The Hogan/Rutherford team has proven to be thoughtful leaders,” said the Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathaway Sr., pastor of Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church. “I’ve found them willing to listen, debate and collaborate. These are the skills needed in this highly partisan climate. Together we are planning major changes in the west Baltimore community I serve.”The Rev. Dr. Calvin Baltimore of the Peoples Community Church in Silver Spring, Md., said, “These men are giving Maryland stellar leadership. I and other ministers and friends will be supporting these great men for re-election.”In addition to touting $25 billion for K-12 education, including $3.8 billion for Baltimore City, Hogan said in a statement that his administration, “has also taken strong action and spoken out against hatred and divisiveness in Maryland,” and has allocated money to improve security passed laws to strengthen hate crime laws.In terms of the endorsement, Hogan said in a statement, “These pastors are pillars of their communities and it is a privilege and an honor to receive their support.“I have been grateful to receive their wisdom and moral guidance during my first term. I look forward to working with them as we continue changing Maryland for the better.”Rutherford, another key to Hogan’s support, said, “Our administration has made building strong communities throughout Maryland a top priority, and these pastors have been vital allies in that effort.”last_img read more

Serving health and taste in a platter

Serving health and taste in a platter

first_imgHow many times have you tried and failed at achieving that fit, no-flab body? ‘Eat good, feel good’ only remains as a saying for many people who ‘cannot resist the desire of that one last sweet bite off the brownie. With changing situations many are turning towards food with high nutrition value. But compromising with taste just to eat a healthy snack doesn’t really make one happy. “A healthy diet doesn’t have to be devoid of carbs or fats, when you can simultaneously make healthy delicious,” said Chef Vinod Saini, Master Chef Indian, The Leela Palace, who at Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering, recently judged a hospitality competition organised by Association of Hospitality Professionals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Chef has suggested some scrumptious recipes that can be easily made and is a healthy yet tasty option for people who want to eat well:QUINOA SALAD:Quinoa is the most protein rich food and contains twice as much as fibre as other grains. Ingredients Qty Quinoa Grains white 30 gmsQuinoa Grains black 50 mlAssorted nuts 20 mlOrange Segments 70 gmsGrapefruit segments 70 gmsChopped parsley 5 gmsFresh Strawberries 100 gmsCherry tomatoes 80 gmsDried cranberries 60 ml Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMandarins juice 100 mlMixed Lettuce 30gmsSalt to taste Honey Lemon Vinaigrette dressing 40mlMethodBoil water in a large saucepan. Add both Quinoa black/white separately and let it cool in fridge. Chop the nuts and citrus fruits length wise along with strawberries. Keep the dried cranberries whole and cut the cherry tomatoes into halves. Mix everything together gently and add dressing and a pinch of salt. Serve chilled.Wild rice khichadi:Ingredients Qty Wild rice 40gmsBrown rice 30gmsBroccoli 100gmsGreen beans 80gemsOlive oil 70mlCrushed pepper 2gmsGinger chopped 5 gmsCherry tomatoes 50 gmsFresh coriander 20 gmsChop green chilli 10 gmsCoconut milk 80 mlMethod of preparationSoak wild and brown rice separately for half an hour and then boil them by adding salt. Blanch broccoli and green beans and keep aside. Take a thick bottom saucepan, add olive oil and sauté green chilli and ginger with vegetables. Add boiled rice and cook for few minutes and then add cherry tomatoes and coconut milk. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.last_img read more

March Madness College student shuts down class by burying clutch nolook paper

March Madness College student shuts down class by burying clutch nolook paper

first_img Advertisement Not even the stuffy halls of our hallowed academic institutions can stop March Madness.One group of students executed a last second buzzer beater in honor of the madness that transformed a boring Wingate University class into a frenzy worthy of a Sweet 16 buzzer beater.The students passed a wad of paper around the class that culminated in one clutch undergrad sinking a no-look shot from across the room.The teacher was left wondering what the hell happened as the class went bananas and the shot maker was carried out of the room by his classmates. Check out the clutch shot:When March Madness hits the classroom ? pic.twitter.com/oZvwZEp2dL— Samuel Grubbs (@SamuelGrubbs1) March 19, 2017last_img

Jetstar moves in on Pacific Blues future ex

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Within hours of Pacific Blue announcing it will soon cease New Zealand domestic operations, Jetstar released a statement advising its plans to increase its New Zealand domestic presence over the next year.Jetstar announced it will add two A320 aircraft into the country within the next year, a move which will increase its total New Zealand fleet to eight craft. “We plan to further grow our existing domestic NZ routes and will investigate new destinations in line with our strong and expanding market presence,” Jetstar Group Chief Executive Bruce Buchanan said. According to Mr Buchanan, Jetstar’s position in the New Zealand domestic market “will keep fares low through consumer choice”.“Jetstar has embedded itself as one of New Zealand’s two domestic airlines and as the clear low fares leader we will continue to invest in new services and growth,” he said.The airline will aim to add frequencies from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and expand domestic operations in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, a key tourist event. “Jetstar seeks to offer…low fares to Kiwi passengers to make it easier, more convenient and affordable for them to travel around the country and at the same time connect into our growing international network to and from New Zealand,” Mr Buchanan said.New Zealand flag carrier, Air New Zealand confirmed it will carry passengers disrupted by Pacific Blue’s exit from the New Zealand domestic market and added it will offer each passenger free membership to their Airpoints programme.last_img read more

NAMFS Updates Online Remediation Platform

NAMFS Updates Online Remediation Platform

first_img in Servicing, Technology Share Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Processing 2011-06-21 Ryan Schuette June 21, 2011 460 Views center_img NAMFS Updates Online Remediation Platform Adding to an innovative new remediation platform it launched in May, the “”National Association of Field Mortgage Services””:http://www.namfs.org/ (NAMFS) announced key additions that propose to enhance the speed and ease with which field services providers and code enforcement officials try to remediate at-risk property violations.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a statement, “”NAMFS””:http://www.namfs.org/ made updates to ALLIANCE, which proffers its national members and code enforcement officers with an online communications system that exists to help resolve code-related issues and potential fines.ALLIANCE’s features include electronic forms, contact information, search capabilities, and the ability to designate property attributes and conditions.””NAMFS””:http://www.namfs.org/ could not be reached for comment.According to the association’s Web site, code enforcement officers input code-related data into an ALLIANCE electronic form, which participating NAMFS members receive in real-time, following which users may contact an appropriate officer about the at-risk property or signify their lack of stake in the violation.ALLIANCE aims to facilitate faster resolution of at-risk property violations by connecting field services providers and code enforcement officers.last_img read more

Home Investors Remorse or Delight in NYC

Home Investors Remorse or Delight in NYC

first_img At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, there were some people who bought or invested in condos in New York City, believing those investments would pay off in the long run. It turns out, they were right, according to a report by PropertyShark.“Most homebuyers who acquired a piece of real estate back in 2008—especially in Brooklyn and Manhattan—managed to sell their assets for a profit in 2017,” the report states.PropertyShark looked at about 1,000 homes in New York City that were bought in 2008 and sold in 2017. From just sale prices alone, the report found that the median price of $500,000 in 2008 jumped to more than $677,000 last year. Adjusted for inflation, those properties would have sold for about $582,000 in 2008.“That’s still a decent profit,” the report stated, “but far from what investing in the stock market, for example, would’ve gotten you.”For context, the report found that $500,000 invested in Dow Jones stock in 2008 would have yielded $1.4 million by 2017.Still, the New York City real estate scene did show some notable growth over the decade since 2008. Brooklyn prices (median price $440,000 in 2008) increased 50 percent by 2017. That was the largest growth in the Five Boroughs. Manhattan (median price $850,000 in 2008) grew 25 percent, to $1.1 million median. Lower Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and an area in Harlem featured the largest increases during that time.Elsewhere in New York, about 230 homes purchased in Queens in 2008 (median: $219,000) sold for a 32 percent profit last year. Adjusted for inflation, though, the growth in Queens was about 10.5 percent over the decade.“The Long Island City ZIP area had the most expensive transactions and a median change of $285,000,” the report stated. The priciest sale in the borough was a unit at 509 48th Avenue, which changed hands for almost $2 million in 2017. That’s 70 percent more than the property sold for in 2008.The only borough to see values drop was Bronx. While median prices there did rise 4 percent over the decade (from $190,000 to $197,000), inflation over the decade effectively translated to an 11 percent drop in prices, the report found. in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, Market Studies, News Share Home Prices Investment Property new york city NYC PropertyShark 2018-05-14 David Whartoncenter_img May 14, 2018 460 Views Home Investors’ Remorse or Delight in NYC?last_img read more

Reaction to the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bo

first_imgReaction to the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain Reaction to the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, whose body was discovered in France on Friday. He died of an apparent suicide.“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine,” Actress and activist Asia Argento, Bourdain’s girlfriend, posted on Twitter.“Anthony was a dear friend. He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones,” said celebrity chef Eric Ripert, who found Bourdain’s body, in a statement.“I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE. Stay on this side of it — in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day,” actor Patton Oswalt on Twitter, also posting the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.“No. No. No. NO. I just can’t begin to understand this. Goodbye to another great gone far too soon,” actor Josh Gad posted on Instagram. “Please please please remember that If you are or anyone you know is struggling and needs help, you are not alone. Reach out for help at the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at“Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123,” fellow chef Gordon Ramsay wrote on Twitter.“Another heartbreaking loss,” tweeted actress-singer Lea Michele. “You are and will always be one of my idols Anthony Bourdain… watching your show always brought me such happiness. Thoughts and prayers are with your family now.”“I’m in shock having just heard that Anthony Bourdain has passed away. I loved the guy, and he was a light of kindness and good vibes in my life,” rocker Iggy Pop wrote on Twitter.“Maya and I are so sad to hear the news of our dear friend today. You will be missed terribly. If you or anyone you know needs help, please don’t wait to reach out,” wrote chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, who posted a photo of himself, his wife and Bourdain.“His unconventional way of accessing the heart and soul of food culture led us all on a globetrotting food mission that kept us not just informed but inspired,” chef Daniel Boulud wrote in a statement.“Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :(,” wrote model and TV host Chrissy Teigen.“Im so angry this morning. Life is (expletive) hard and crazy and Tony I love you. Im wearing your boots that I never wore because they were yours, and going to work,” chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern wrote on Instagram and Twitter, also posting a photo of the shoes on his feet. “Everyone should hug some extra people today. My heart is heavy.”“The losses of Anthony Bourdain & Kate Spade are leading many people to reflect. We never truly know what is happening in another’s life. Take time to listen & talk with those you love. Small acts of kindness can make all the difference. If you are struggling, call 1-800-273-8255,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wrote on Twitter.“Tony Bourdain made the world a smarter, better place, and nobody will forget him — especially not the people who wish they could. My heart goes out to his family and friends,” Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s “Chopped,” wrote on Twitter.“Just saw the sad news that Anthony Bourdain has died. I watched his show when I was in space. It made me feel more connected to the planet, its people and cultures and made my time there more palatable,” tweeted retired astronaut Scott Kelly. “He inspired me to see the world up close.”“I am shocked and deeply saddened. RIP to a father, partner, chef, writer, and incredibly talented man,” chef and “Queer Eye” co-host, Antoni Porowski, wrote on Twitter. “Prayers for his loved ones.”“Anthony Bourdain was a chef contemporary, a friend and an icon for chefs as well as others around the world. He had a uniqueness that opened many worlds to many people through food and hospitality,” tweeted Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. “It’s truly a sad day and my heart grieves for his family. Rest in peace Anthony.”“Heartbroken over Anthony Bourdain. He was a kind person. This world doesn’t make sense today,” actress Emmy Rossum wrote on Twitter. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2018 9:03 am PDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

September 16 2003 PUBLIC RESTROOMS 8 A set of dr

first_imgSeptember 16, 2003PUBLIC RESTROOMS 8: A set of drinking fountains and a bench are installed next to the entrance to the public restroom facility under construction in Unit 8 of the East Crescent. >>left>> Construction crew members, Anthony Oronzo and Takei Yamasaki, mix concrete with blue pigment in a wheel barrow. >>right>>Tomiaki Tamura packs and screeds the blue concrete mix into a prepared form for one of the water fountains. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] The crew built a form next to the sinks for a concrete bench. Takei screeds the concrete to give the bench a smooth surface. This time the concrete is mixed with yellow pigment. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] The concrete has cured and the forms are removed from the bench and the drinking fountains. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa] Utilities are connected and Tomiaki tests the water. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: sa]last_img read more