Report on Aboriginal peoples overpopulating prisons a wakeup call Critics

first_imgAPTN National NewsReaction to the long-awaited report on the representation of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system came quick and not surprising condemned the federal government.National Inuit leader Terry Audla called Howard Sapers’ report a wake-up call for those on Parliament Hill.“The problem of the increasing number of Inuit in our prison systems must be managed better and I call on the federal government to take immediate action,” said Audla.But it’s a wake-up call on old, long-standing issues.“Many of these alarming issues have been raised years ago,” he said. “This report makes it clear that the status quo isn’t working and the federal government must engage directly with the Inuit to put in place support for those Inuit who are incarcerated.”Sapers found there’s been a 23 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal peoples in the federal prison system in the last five years.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of Canada’s population.The report “confirms the staggeringly disproportionate number of Aboriginal peoples filling our prisons, and the reality that this trend is intensifying at a rapid rate,” said Francis Scarpaleggia, the Liberal public safety critic. “In fact, under the (Stephen) Harper Conservatives’ failed crime agenda, the Aboriginal inmate population has increased by a shocking 43.5 per cent, compared to only a 9.6 per cent increase in non-Aboriginal inmates.”This independent report comes on the heels of another report last week which pointed to racism and systemic discrimination in the Ontario justice system by Justice Frank Iacobucci.“There is a crisis for First Nations people, their families and communities in Canada’s justice system and prisons,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “With a near 40 percent increase in the incarcerated population of our people in the last decade, it’s time for urgent, substantive and meaningful change.”Atleo said more investments have to be made in early childhood, elementary and secondary education, as well as, skills training.Reports aren’t new when it comes to Aboriginal peoples. There’s been many, but as Atleo pointed out no one seems to do anything with them.That includes a report by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2003 on women in the correctional system.Nothing has really changed said David Langtry, acting chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.“We are still seeing a disproportionate number of Aboriginal women in solitary confinement, which creates barriers to access to rehabilitation programs,” said Langtry. “As a result, Aboriginal women in corrections do not get paroled early if at all. Not only are they over-represented, they are serving more time. These facts were confirmed by the Correctional Investigator today.”Sapers’ found one out of three federal female inmates are Aboriginal.“Female offenders are the most vulnerable inmates. They are twice as likely as male offenders to have a significant mental health diagnosis at time of admission, and they are far more likely than males to self-harm in prison,” said Langtry.Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett also pinned blame on Harper and the Conservative party.“This Conservative government’s reckless policies have exacerbated this glaring overrepresentation-rooted in long-standing social and economic factors, as well as systemic discrimination faced by Aboriginal peoples in our justice system,” said Bennett. “Unfortunately it will continue to worsen given the lack of funding for education and social services on reserves. As National Chief Atleo has counseled, when you open the door to a school, you close the door to a jail cell.”last_img read more

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Closing Bell TSX Wall Street rack up small gains as investors await

Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,055.89     +15.46     +0.10% S&P 500 —  1,941.99     +4.21     +0.22% Dow — 16,808.49     +27.48     +0.16% Nasdaq — 4,337.23     +16.13     +0.37%TORONTO — The Toronto stock market racked up a small gain Tuesday as commodities mostly fell despite continuing uncertainty in Iraq, while south of the border the U.S. Federal Reserve began a two-day policy meeting.The S&P/TSX composite index added 15.46 points to 15,055.89. The Canadian dollar dipped 0.19 of a cent to 92.05 cents US.Traders were cautious as they awaited the outcome of the Fed meeting and its latest economic outlook, due for release Wednesday.The meeting is taking place amid news from the U.S. Labor Department that American consumer prices rose 0.4 per cent in May, the biggest one-month jump since February 2013, pushed up by the rising cost of food and gasoline and the biggest hike in airline fares in 15 years.The U.S. central bank is expected to cut its monthly bond purchases by $10 billion to US$35 billion a month but traders will be looking for clues as to the Fed’s intentions on tapering going forward. The stimulus has helped keep long-term borrowing rates low and supported equity markets.Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd., says there shouldn’t be any big surprises from the central bank.“Ever since they started tapering we haven’t really had any surprises out of them. We’ll be looking at the language of the release and pay attention to the press conference,” he said. “But they’ve been pretty predictable.”Wall Street was higher, with the Dow Jones industrials up 27.48 points to 16,808.49, the Nasdaq 16.12 points higher at 4,337.23 and the S&P 500 index ahead 4.21 points at 1,941.99.Meanwhile, Ottawa’s long-awaited decision on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline was due after markets closed Tuesday.The $7-billion, 1,200-kilometre pipeline would link crude from the Alberta oilsands to a terminal in Kitimat on the British Columbia coast for shipment overseas. The project has already received approval from a joint panel of the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency but faces stiff opposition from many First Nations, who have threatened court challenges if the project gets the green light. Shares in Enbridge (TSX:ENB) gained 45 cents to $51.96.Commodity prices were mostly lower after enjoying a bump last week as a result of the deteriorating military situation in Iraq.About 300 U.S. soldiers are being moved into position to protect the U.S. Embassy and other American interests as President Barack Obama weighs options for dealing with the al-Qaida inspired militants who have captured a vast swath of the country’s north. Iraq’s crude oil exports have so far not been disrupted, but the conflict had raised concern about whether the country can rebuild its oil infrastructure and meet global demand.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 54 cents to US$106.36 a barrel.Watson said if the situation in Iraq continues, it may give the Toronto Stock Exchange more support to surpass its record high close of 15,073 set back in June 2008. The TSX has recently been trading near that level, with intraday highs going beyond it.But if the current oil price is any indication, traders are now in a “wait and see” mode with oil, he said.“That initial risk premium has been put into oil prices,” said Watson. “I don’t think traders are willing to push that premium too high until we see further advances by this insurgency.”Investors did not flock to gold either, which is usually seen as safe haven amid geopolitical uncertainty. August bullion was down $3.30 to US$1,272 an ounce, while July copper was up a penny at US$3.06 a pound. TOP STORIESEven without Northern Gateway pipeline, Canada can still get its oil to China: IEAValeant plays down fears as share price slump weakens Allergan bidWhat the Fed might tell us about its long-term exit strategyFirst Quantum’s $470-million deal to buy Lumina Copper gives it control over Taca Taca project in ArgentinaWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect 0.5% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Current Account (Q1): Economists expect $97-billion deficit 2 p.m.U.S. Fed policy decision 2:30 p.m.Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s press briefing CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESFedEx  Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.36 a share Red Hat, Inc.  Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 33¢ a share read more

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GRA in bid to deter smuggling says alcohol tobacco products to

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaretaker of licenced liquor business fleeced by men pretending to be GRA agentsMay 24, 2018In “Business”Local pharmaceutical manufacturer wants burdensome Excise Tax removedApril 15, 2016In “latest news”Govt hikes excise tax on neutral spirits from 40% to 65% – manufacturing businesses using alcohol as raw material to feel squeezeApril 11, 2016In “latest news” -Stiff penalties outlined for non-complaint importers/retailersStamped alcohol from the launch of the Excise Stamp ProgrammeFollowing the launch of its Excise Tax Stamp programme a few weeks ago, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, Custom Officers of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) placed the first set of Excise Tax Stamps on imported alcohol at Kings Liquor Outlet.According to the GRA, this process has been implemented to ensure that all duties and taxes were paid on imported alcohol and tobacco and to verify that these products are legal and safe to consume.As such, all “importers and retailers of alcohol and tobacco products are required to stamp each bottle of alcohol (excluding beers) and cigarette packs” the Authority outlined.The GRA says it has teamed up with the Canadian Bank Note (CBN) to reduce the amount of alcohol and tobacco smuggled through Guyana’s porous borders. The CBN has committed to designing, producing and shipping stamps to Guyana.According to Deputy Commissioner of Excise Stamp and Environmental Levy, Rohan Beekhoo, the stamp is clearly identifiable with a host of security features such as metallic gold inks, heavy ink deposits inherent to the security printing processes, etc.Additionally, Beekhoo pointed out that officers will be equipped with hand-held scanners to verify whether or not the stamp is authentic, if it was applied to the right product and whether all duties and taxes were paid.Customs Officer of the GRA demonstrating how the Excise Stamps will be affixed to alcohol productsGRA in a statement  posited that the self-adhesive tobacco and alcohol stamps will incur a cost of $8 and $16 per stamp respectively.“Custom Officers have started verification checks to businesses, importers and persons selling these products to determine existing inventories before beginning the stamping process. The officers will be requesting documents and supporting evidence to corroborate that the items were legally imported. Once they are satisfied that the full payment of taxes was made, payment for the stamps will be facilitated at GRA Headquarters – Cashier counter” said the GRA.Moreover, the Revenue Authority cautioned that failure to pay the relevant duties and taxes and neglecting to stamp the products “will incur penalties ranging from 300 [per cent] of the tax-value to five years’ incarceration.”The GRA is urging all importers to register with the agency and indicate the amount of stamps required. read more

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Décollage raté pour Ariane

first_imgDécollage raté pour ArianeHier soir, la fusée Ariane était censée décoller du Centre spatial de Kourou en Guyane. Mais après l’allumage de son moteur, l’engin est resté cloué au sol.C’est un “tir avorté” a déclaré Jean-Yves Le Gall, PDG d’Arianespace. Hier soir, la fusée Ariane devait être lancée de la base spatiale de Kourou en Guyane entre 23h45 et 00h52, heure de Paris. Mais quelques secondes après son allumage, le moteur de la fusée s’est éteint, empêchant tout décollage.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Le moteur cryogénique a démarré comme cela était prévu. Pendant 7 secondes le lanceur fait des tests, si ces tests s’avèrent concluants, les étages d’accélérateurs à poudre se mettent en marche” permettant à la fusée de décoller, a expliqué à l’AFP le PDG d’Arianespace. Pour l’instant, les scientifiques ignorent encore les causes précises du problème et s’apprêtent à analyser le moteur. En attendant, le lancement est reporté.La mission de la fusée Ariane était de lancer deux satellites de communication Yahsat YA1 et Intelsat NewDawn. Le premier appartenant aux Emirats Arabes Unis est destiné à fournir au Moyen Orient, à l’Afrique, à l’Europe et à l’Asie du Sud-Ouest, des services de télévision haute définition. Il doit aussi permettre d’acheminer Internet et des données d’entreprise. Quant au satellite Intelsat New Dawn, il doit offrir un éventail de services (téléphonie, Internet, données et applications médias) à l’Afrique.Le 31 mars 2011 à 09:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le ministère de la Culture téléchargeraitil des films illégalement

first_imgLe ministère de la Culture téléchargerait-il des films illégalement ?Selon le blog antiHadopi, des adresses IP liées au ministère de la Culture auraient été repérées sur des sites de téléchargement de films durant les deux derniers mois.L’Etat français serait-il coutumier du fait ? Après l’Elysée, c’est au tour du ministère de la Culture de se faire épingler. En effet, d’après le blog anti-hadopi, des films et des séries auraient été téléchargés depuis les bureaux de la rue de Valois sur des plateformes telle que BitTorrent. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les bloggeurs ont utilisé la même méthode que Trident Media Guard, prestataire chargé de surveiller les téléchargements sur le web en France. Ils ont trouvé les adresses IP du ministère et vérifier si elles n’avaient pas servi à des téléchargements grâce au site À lire aussiHadopi : Aurélie Filipetti règle ses comptesDe cette manière, ils ont trouvé que 250 adresses sur 62.000 allouées au ministère se seraient rendues coupables de téléchargements illégaux (musiques, films…) ces deux derniers mois. Mais reste à vérifier les accusations car les adresses IP ne suffisent pas pour assurer la fiabilité de telles avancements, les adresses pouvant facilement être détournées. “Une adresse IP est une adresse IP, ce n’est pas une donnée fiable pour identifier un internaute”, explique ainsi le responsable de cité par ZDNet. Or, si l’Elysée évoque également ce fait pour contester les accusations, celui-ci ne convainc pas tout le monde. “De nombreux fichiers reviennent plusieurs fois dans cette liste, en transitant via une adresse IP différente mais appartenant toujours au ministère ! Or, les chances pour que des adresses IP appartenant au même organisme apparaissent plusieurs fois pour un seul et même fichier téléchargé sont extrêmement minces”, a expliqué à Libération Nicolas Perrier, du blog nikopic. Reste que pour l’Etat, l’adresse IP ne serait pas une preuve fiable… mais n’est-ce pas justement un des fondements de la loi Hadopi, de se baser sur l’adresse IP du pirate ?Le 28 décembre 2011 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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County city calculate sales tax loss from leakage to Oregon

first_imgVancouver is losing out on more than $300,000 annually in vehicle registration tab fees, but that’s not the only financial loss the city endures when its residents hold on to Oregon identification.The city could be missing out on $4 million in sales tax as a result of Washington residents keeping their Oregon driver’s licenses and opting out of sales tax at the register.A recent city study found about 9.7 percent of licenses in Vancouver are from out of state. An accurate figure for losses is hard to pin down because there’s no way to calculate how many residents are using their non-Washington identification to avoid the 8.4 percent sales tax. But the study suggests there’s a problem.“This ($4 million) would be in addition to the estimated $318,000 that the city is losing in license fee tab revenues from the same population group,” said Natasha Ramras, Vancouver’s Deputy Finance Director.In the past, the city estimated lost sales tax by comparing its figures with those from comparable Washington cities not located near states without a sales tax.last_img read more

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Beach Enclave Long Bay opens in high season high spirits

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 24, 2016 – Development along Long Bay Beach is advancing and Tuesday, a new luxury experience was opened by Beach Enclave which introduced a new collection of beach villas.The experience, they say is unparalleled, in a media statement, CEO and Co Founder, Vasco Borges explains:  “We are thrilled to offer home owners a remarkable travel experience, while also offering a seamless experience for home rentals in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.” This is the second series of villas for the BE collection; Beach Enclave North Shore features 10 barefoot living villas and Beach Enclave Long Bay features two designs in five villas.  Media and officials were invited to the grand opening on which happens during one of the tourism peak seasons for these islands… and Vasco said they selected Long Bay as home to their second enclave because it boasts “a secluded beach, stunning sunrises and sunsets and incredible wind sport opportunities nearby.”These villas are a multi-million dollar second home ownership opportunity too, at just under $4 million on Long Bay and up to nearly $9 million for the third installment of Beach Enclave on Grace Bay which begins construction in 2017 and already sold out in the first project, Beach Enclave North shore; rental per night is $2,500, plus taxes.Providenciales still ranks as one of the top five islands in the world according to Trip Advisor.last_img read more

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Vancouver attorney to run against embattled judge

first_imgA Vancouver private practice attorney announced Wednesday he plans to challenge embattled Superior Court Judge John Wulle in this year’s election.David Gregerson, 44, has been a lawyer since 1992 and is the principal of the law firm Gregerson & Langsdorf. He practices primarily civil law, but his firm also handles family law and criminal defense.Gregerson initially expressed interest in running for Superior Court Judge Edwin Poyfair’s seat after Poyfair announced he did not plan to run for election again this year. However, Poyfair later moved up his retirement date to April, meaning the governor will now have to appoint a replacement.Gregerson’s announcement came a week after news broke that Wulle was being charged by a state judicial board with violating codes of conduct relating to his courtroom demeanor. A decision on any discipline is pending.Gregerson said he weighed the allegations against Wulle in deciding to run against him.“I had prepared myself, family and practice to run in this election,” Gregerson said. “The information reported last week (about Wulle) has been known among the legal community for quite some time. And it definitely factored into my decision.”“In Washington, judges are accountable to the public they serve,” Gregerson said in a press release. “I believe I have the breadth of experience, the confidence of the lawyers and judges, and the judicial temperament to serve the court and this community.”last_img read more

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Netflix Turning Too Blue Republicans Perception of the Brand Has Dropped Data

first_imgHow much has Netflix alienated the right? New data from YouGov, a brand-perception research firm, indicates that Netflix’s positive-impression rating among Republicans in the U.S. has drifted down 16% from the beginning of 2018 through May 31, according to data from YouGov’s BrandIndex. At the same time, Netflix’s approval rating with Democrats has risen 15% over the same time period (see chart, below).That said, Netflix maintains a relatively high favorability rating — even among Americans who identify as Republicans. YouGov BrandIndex’s Impression survey measures overall perception on a scale of -100 to 100, and Netflix is in firm positive territory across the political spectrum.Indeed, Netflix is the No. 2 most popular TV network overall tracked by YouGov (based data from Nov. 10, 2017-May 28, 2018), ranking behind only Discovery. For 2017, Netflix had the second-highest average “buzz” score after Amazon, per YouGov’s measurement of week-to-week consumer reactions brands — ahead of Nike, Apple and M&M’s. Netflix also is No. 7 among brands people say they’d be “proud” to work for on YouGov’s 2018 workforce ranking.All the same, the 21-point differential in Netflix’s brand perception scores as of May 31 between Dems (62.8) and GOP-ers (41.8) on YouGov’s Impression survey is telling.Netflix declined to comment on the YouGov results. (The company typically does not weigh in on third-party data.)For now, it’s difficult to definitively gauge the scope of the #CancelNetflix conservative backlash, and whether that will put any kind of dent in its subscriber momentum. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer — who has personal ties to Democratic figures — has suggested critics wait for the actual content that emerges from the Obamas’ production company before passing judgment.“This is not The Obama Network,” said Sarandos, speaking at the Paley Center for Media in New York on May 29. “There’s no political slant to the programming.” The disavowal by Sarandos that the Obamas will not produce content with a political agenda has not gone over well with conservatives who harbor an intractable enmity toward the 44th U.S. president.And Sarandos’ statements are fairly disingenuous. While Higher Ground probably won’t produce a documentary, say, exploring the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, the content is expected to have a progressive worldview. One idea that’s brewing is for a Netflix show hosted by Barack Obama discussing health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, and climate change, per a New York Times report.Meanwhile, “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” the weekly half-hour variety/sketch series with new episodes streaming every Sunday, certainly isn’t helping Netflix win over any conservative fans. In her June 3 segment, Wolf delivers this zinger: “Don’t compare Trump to an ape — because that’s rude to apes! Compared to Trump, apes are quite accomplished!”To put this into perspective, Netflix’s politically charged content is just a tiny fraction of the stuff it pumps out. I’m guessing most customers probably don’t care about the board appointment of Susan Rice — or even know who she is. And through its relationship with the Obamas, Netflix is calculating that the appeal of the ex-First Couple will outweigh upsetting any haters.Then there’s this important point: Netflix is a global service, operating in more than 190 countries. Barack Obama left office last year with very high worldwide approval ratings: an average of 76% of respondents in 24 countries said he was a good president, according to research firm Ipsos. Asked about Trump, 66% said they believed he would be a bad president.Pictured above: Netflix’s “The Break with Michelle Wolf” Popular on Variety Hollywood’s left-leaning politics has made the industry a bête noire among conservatives for decades. But Netflix has made some recent moves that have especially rankled Republicans.In March, the streamer named Susan Rice — former national security adviser to President Obama, and a conservative target in the Bengazi scandal — to its board of directors. Last month, Netflix officially announced an exclusive multiyear deal with the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions for original programming. And last week, it premiered “The Break with Michelle Wolf” — a late-night-style show from the comedian who delivered a blistering takedown of the Trump administration and other conservative politicos at the White House Correspondents Association dinner.Thousands of right-wingers have taken to social media to express their unhappiness with Netflix’s left turns. They’ve condemned Netflix, announced they have dropped the streaming service, and urged like-minded folks to also cancel. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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PlayStation 4 to use an AMD GPU

first_imgIn the current generation console wars, Microsoft relies on a 500MHz ATI Xenos graphics processor in the Xbox 360. Sony on the other hand uses a 550Mhz Nvidia RSX “Reality Synthesizer” in the PS3. However, for the next generation of machines, Nvidia may not even feature.According to a former AMD employee, Sony is already working on the PlayStation 4 and that it will utilize an ATI GPU. The ex-AMD guy also believes the ATI chip plays a major role in the new console, but hasn’t the GPU always played an important role in every console?As this is a person who has now left AMD, the information doesn’t hold much value. As expected, both AMD and Sony are refusing to comment on the statement, but then why should they?Sony works on a 10-year lifecycle for its consoles, meaning it could be 2016 before we see the PS4 released. While that’s a long way off in consumer terms, it’s only 4 years for Sony to figure out what the PS4 is, and it must be at least thinking about the next machine. There was a rumor earlier this year that the PS4 would be shown off at E3 in June. It was later denied by Sony, but you do have to wonder if the next PlayStation will arrive early. One thing Sony doesn’t want happening is Microsoft getting the jump on them like with the launch of the Xbox 360, which appeared a year earlier than the PS3. Microsoft has become a true competitor this generation, so giving them a head start again would be a major blow this time around.My prediction? With the rate at which smartphones and tablets are developing in terms of raw power, coupled with the continuing move to cloud gaming (both digital downloads and streaming), Microsoft and Sony have to do something before the end of next year.via Forbeslast_img read more

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Stories that speak of Love and Betrayal

first_imgSet in Kolkata and Delhi, the stories in ‘The Love Song of Maya K and other stories’ deal with love and betrayal, dogma and superstition, sexuality and thwarted desires. The characters belong to the world of urban, aspirational India where snobbery and rat race go hand in hand with class and religious conflicts. Dark or funny, satirical or poignant, these stories are as much a snapshot of modern India as they are an intense crystallisation of the unpredictable chaos of life. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis book written by Shuma Rahathis, will be launched on June 7 in the presence of Mrinal Pande(Writer, Former Chairperson of Prasar Bharati, Senior Group Editorial Advisor to the National Herald Group), Anita Agnihotri(Writer and Former Civil Servant) & Poonam Saxena (Writer, Translator and National Weekend Editor, Hindustan Times). The book has been published by Niyogi Books.The thirteen stories are written in lucid language and the razor sharp crispness of words lingers on in the mind. However the author exercises restraint even while dealing with somewhat communal topics. The opening story is gripping like the rest and successfully captures the attention span of the reader. Like a true and good short story, all the thirteen hold an element of surprise, the unexpected and an air of subtle suspense. Shuma Raha, the author, has been the winner of the Juggernaut Short Story Prize, 2017. A former journalist with newspapers such as The Telegraph and The Times of India, this book is her debut collection of short stories. While charting a career in writing fiction, she continues to be excited by current affairs and contributes columns to a number of print and digital publications.last_img read more

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AMPI Cancun calling on businesses to curb rental properties

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Some real estate professionals are concerned about the amount of new developments being purchased for rental purposes in Cancun and throughout Riviera Maya.Taydé Favila Soriano, president of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) in Cancun, says there are around 1,000 new housing units being constructed with the objective of being used as rental properties on platforms such as Airbnb.She says Airbnb is like a “tsunami” that hoteliers cannot oppose since it is an international trend that fills needs that traditional hotels cannot meet.“The All Inclusive concept in the hotel industry had its moment as a market need, however, today all hotels are All Inclusive because the concept went out of control with the effects of lack of economic dispersion,” explained Favila Soriano.The new vacation trend of platforms such as Airbnb is the reason almost 40 percent of the new subdivisions being built are being marketed with that sales strategy, to become a productive investment as a vacation rental.She says the trend is particularly high in Riviera Maya, in places such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum where developers are promoting the new developments as investments through profits generated by renting it out to vacationers.She says that to prevent this from getting out of control and having negative effects, AMPI is calling on business chambers to create a regulation that allows a healthier coexistence of traditional hospitality with the new platforms such as Airbnb.Miriam Cortés Franco, executive director of the Association of Vacation Clubs of Quintana Roo, said that the “deep” regulation of digital platforms such as Airbnb will be one of the commitments that the hotel industry will require candidates to assume as part of their political platforms for the elections in July.She explained that they are asking for a detailed regulation not only to force the owners of rental housing to pay taxes, but also so that the urban ordinances can be revised to define areas in which the operation of the vacation rentals could be allowed and other areas where it will be prohibited.She added that already in Cancún, the cost of rent in central areas is increasing significantly and it’s displacing the local population because the price for traditional housing is out of reach for most.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Report Palestinians lose billions to Israeli bans

first_imgJERICHO, West Bank (AP) – The Palestinians could expand their struggling economy by a third and slash their budget deficit in half if Israel allowed them to use 61 percent of West Bank territory that is now largely off-limits, the World Bank said Tuesday.The bank and donor countries supporting the Palestinians have repeatedly urged Israel to open up the restricted territory, known as Area C. But the report released Tuesday marked the first detailed attempt to quantify Palestinian losses. The total potential value added would grow to $3.4 billion, or 35 percent of the GDP, if indirect benefits such as improved infrastructure and spillover to other sectors of the economy are taken into account, the report said.The added value would increase tax revenue by some $800 million, significantly reducing the West Bank’s dependence on donors, the bank said.Palmor said Israel has approved more than 300 humanitarian and economic projects in Area C in the past two years, and is reviewing projects proposed by the international community and the Palestinian Authority.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “Access to Area C will not cure all Palestinian economic problems but the alternative is bleak,” the report said. “Without the ability to conduct purposeful economic activity in Area C, the economic space of the West Bank will remain crowded and stunted, inhabited by people whose daily interactions with the state of Israel are characterized by inconvenience, expense and frustration.”Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said most of the issues raised by the World Bank are to be settled in ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Developing the Palestinian economy is in Israel’s strategic interest, but political realities have to be taken into account, he said.“The question of access in the Palestinian territories is closely related to the question of security,” he said.The partition of the West Bank into spheres of control was part of interim deals that were to have concluded with a final Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the borders of a Palestinian state by 1999.The Palestinians want to establish such a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands captured in 1967. A new round of peace talks began in late July, but expectations of reaching a deal are low. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likecenter_img Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Meanwhile, the old arrangements remain in place. Israel has sole control over 61 percent of the West Bank, or Area C, while the Palestinians administer the rest. Israeli retains overall control over security and crossings in and out of the West Bank.All of the West Bank’s more than 300,000 Israeli settlers live in Area C, along with 6.6 percent of the territory’s Palestinians, or 180,000.Most of the West Bank’s natural resources and open spaces, including the sparsely populated Jordan Valley, are located in Area C.Yet less than 1 percent of Area C is open for Palestinian use, the bank said. Most of the rest of the land is controlled by Israeli settlements or has been designated as nature reserves and closed military zones, making it off-limits to Palestinians.“The key to Palestinian prosperity continues to lie in the removal of these restrictions with due regard for Israel’s security,” the report said.The bank looked at direct benefits to agriculture, Dead Sea minerals exploitation, stone mining and quarrying, construction, tourism, telecommunications and cosmetics.The potential additional output from these sectors would be at least $2.2 billion a year, or 23 percent of the Palestinian Gross Domestic Product in 2011, the bank said. The bulk would come from agriculture and from exploitation of Dead Sea minerals like bromine and potash. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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US top diplomat Kerry traveling to China SKorea

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