Walkathon to spread cancer awareness

first_imgKolkata, Jan 14 (PTI) To spread awareness about cancer among women and the importance of preventive healthcare, a walkathon was today organised in West Bengals Howrah district.Around 2,000 people participated in the walkathon which started from Tulsi Chakraborty Uddyan, Khurut Sastitola, and culminated at Swamiji Sporting Club Ground Kalabagan lane, in Howrah districtThe walkathon was organised by Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah in association with Ambica Banerjee Cancer Foundation. PTI SCH RGlast_img

Takes on patriotism

first_img Manjari Saxena New DelhiAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 23:14 IST A still from 2005 movie Mangal Pandey.From films made by Dada Saheb Phalke in the early 1900s to Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal in 2019, Bollywood has based films on patriotism that have never failed to rekindle the ‘josh’ of nationalism in every Indian. Since the pre-Independence era, we’ve seen the industry churn out films such as Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Jhansi Ki Rani (1953), Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1954), Naya Daur (1957), Upkaar (1967), Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Border (1997), Rang De Basanti (2006), right down Raazi (2018) to Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019).The Father of Indian Cinema Dhudiraj Govind Phalke, aka Dada Saheb Phalke, was the first to lace his films with a message of building a new progressive India. Even though most of his films such as Raja Harischandra, Lanka Dahen and Satyavan Savitri, were rooted in Hindu mythology, Phalke subtly introduced a note on nationalism.Inspired by the French film Life of Christ, he decided to make the first full length Indian feature film Raja Harischandra and establish a new industry that would create art by an Indian, for an Indian. Despite being silent Raja Harishchandra created a lot of buzz because Phalke, amongst other things, raised his voice against the concept of women as a man’s property. In his Kaliya Mardan people took the snake Kaliya as symbolic of British atrocities and its slaying by Krishna as freedom from slavery.Movies like these set an example for “future” filmmakers such as V Shantaram, Manoj Kumar and much later J.P.Dutta, Ashutosh Gowarikar and Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra to present their perception of nationalism through cinema. In 1931, when India was struggling for liberation from the British Raj, Shantaram iconised Chhatrapati Shivaji in a Marathi film called Swarajyache Toran or the flag of Independence.advertisementThe film garnered controversy with the British censor as it depicted Shivaji uprooting the Raj, symbolised in the climax scene where he took down the Union Jack to unfurl his own emblem. The film took seven years to release with a new name, Udaykaal, and deleted scenes, including that of the flag hoisting. In 1965, Manoj Kumar donned the hat of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Shaheed, which led the then Prime Minister of India, the late Lal Bahadur Shastri to ask him to create a film based on his slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisaan’ after the 1965 Indo-Pak war.This seems to have opened the floodgates for Kumar’s – who called himself ‘Bharat’ (India) in every future film – patriotism with films such as Upkaar, Purab Aur Paschim and Kranti (1981). Shantaram too continued his streak of nationalism with Do Aankhen Baraah Haath (1957) where six dangerous prisoners were reformed and rehabilitated by a jail warden into persons of virtue. The film taught that if people focus on hard work and dedication and channelised energy in the right direction they can always succeed.Chetan Anand’s 1964 multi-starrer hit Haqeeqat, based on the Sino-Indian war of 1962 was another one of the major border patriotism films post-Independence after the 1948 Dilip Kumar starrer Shaheed, which mainly dealt with the life of a disillusioned son of a rich father set against the backdrop of the 1942 Quit India movement.This border patriotism was rekindled in the 1980s by Shashi Kapoor’s landmark Vijeta which was against the backdrop of the IndiaPakistan war of 1971. From the 1990s J.P. Dutta took on the Indo-Pak conflict in films such as Border, Refugee, and LOC Kargil (2003).With the turn of the century patriotism took on a more mature perception evident in films such as Rang De Basanti, which mobilised the Indian youth to raise its voice against corruption at various levels; Swades (2004), where a successful non-resident Indian returns to India to help in its progress; Chak De! India (2007)and Bhaag Milka Bhaag (2013) which looked at a different kind of ‘border patriotism’ with sports rather than guns.But filmmakers returned to the border conflict again after the Kargil war of 1999, bringing on films such as LOC Kargil, Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya 2004), Deewar (2004), Tango Charlie (2005), Ek Tha Tiger (2012) the recent Parmanu (2018), Raazi and Uri.Interestingly, the most depicted freedom fighters of Indian history are Bhagat Singh and Mangal Pandey. Not long ago Bhagat Singh had three films being made on him simultaneously.Remarkably with every progressive step the country embarked on, Bollywood was quick to grab the opportunity in mirroring the socio-economic and political change through its movies. Every Indian doesn’t mind saying Sar Kata Sakte Hai Lekin Sar Jhuka Sakte Nahin and in the same breath shake a leg to Chak De India and Jai Ho. So it won’t be wrong to say from time to time Bollywood presents the theme of patriotism like old wine in a new bottle.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Takes on patriotismThe Father of Indian Cinema Dhudiraj Govind Phalke, aka Dada Saheb Phalke, was the first to lace his films with a message of building a new progressive India. Even though most of his films such as Raja Harischandra, Lanka Dahen and Satyavan Savitri, were rooted in Hindu mythology, Phalke subtly introduced a note on nationalism.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Ontario cuts small business taxes to ease transition to higher minimum wage

TORONTO — With an eye to next spring’s election, Ontario’s Liberal government will slash small business taxes as part of $500 million in new investments aimed at easing the transition to the province’s increasing minimum wage.Finance Minister Charles Sousa unveiled the government plan in the province’s fall economic statement Tuesday afternoon. The corporate tax rate for small businesses will fall from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day the province will increase its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14.Critics of the government’s sweeping labour reform package introduced in May have called for the tax offsets for months to allow businesses to absorb the cost. The government plan will eventually see minimum wage jump to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019.Business coalition urges five-year implementation of minimum wage hikeOntario heading into ‘uncharted waters’ with $15 minimum wage, study warns“We will not back down from these commitments,” Sousa said. “An increase to minimum wage cannot wait. People cannot wait … delaying an increase is delaying an increase.”As part of the $500 million package for small business, Sousa said the province will designate that one-third of its procurement spending on goods and services will come from small and medium-sized businesses by 2020.The government will spend $124 million over three years to help companies with fewer than 100 employees who hire youths aged 15 to 29. The government will pay incentives of $1,000 for each worker hired and another $1,000 for each worker retained for at least six months by a small business.“We also want to help young people find meaningful employment,” Sousa said. “To find their first job, or take their first steps towards building their career. And we want to support small businesses that hire these young people.”The province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, has estimated more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs due to the minimum wage increase. A report from the FAO said job losses would be concentrated among teens and young adults, while the number of minimum wage workers in Ontario would increase from just over 500,000 to 1.6 million in 2019.Business groups have argued that needed offsets for business should have comes months ago.“Businesses will have started to increase costs, they will have started to let people go, they will have stopped hiring people that they might have hired because they’re planning now under the presumption there is no offset,” Karl Bauldauf spokesman for the The Keep Ontario Working Coalition, which includes the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has said.A report from the coalition released in September said the risk of job losses due to the minimum wage increase could be significantly reduced if the government extended the policy phase-in period. An economic analysis of the wage increase by the coalition concluded over 185,000 jobs could be impacted by the hike.However, many economists support the government move, saying hiking the minimum wage boosts economic activity and increases people’s purchasing power.Tuesday’s economic statement also covers a number of previously announced government programs including its seniors strategy, opening applications for free tuition for post-secondary students early and creating 1,200 new hospital beds across the province.Sousa also confirms Ontario’s 2018 budget will be balanced — as will budgets over the next two years. read more

Diesel registrations motor on during quiet May

‘The ever-frugal motorist has helped limit climate change through reduced tailpipe emissions by purchasing more cars with fuel-efficient diesel engines,’ says Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT. ‘Ipsos MORI research commissioned by SMMT, Women and motoring, indicates that the environment is gradually becoming more of a hot topic for new car buyers – especially with the younger motorist. Hopefully, campaigns such as Act on CO2, will make more motorists aware of both the cost, and climate change advantages, of modern, cleaner engine technology.’ * Total year-to-date registrations up 2.2 per cent to 1,044,436 units* Year-to-date diesel registrations rise by 7.2 per cent to 404,658 units* May total of 185,797 units down 2.2 per cent on previous year* Market currently remains on target to reach 2.335 million units forecast Full details can be downloaded below. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Diesel registrations motor on during quiet May read more

UK new car market – Ford shows whats driving the change

Ford has topped the UK new car registration tables since 1972The UK car market is constantly changing; models, niches and trends come and go, but for the past 42 years there has been one constant. Currently exhibiting at SMMT’s Westminster showroom, Ford has produced the UK’s best-selling car since 1972.Ford’s sustained market performance makes it ideal to show how buying trends have changed in recent years.From 1999 to 2008, the Ford Focus was the UK’s best-selling car. During this period, more than 1.3 million were registered. The Focus was hugely popular, praised by consumers and critics alike, but its success reflected a wider trend. In 1999, the C-segment (or small family car segment) accounted for 32% of the market. This remained stable for the following nine years, but in 2009, a year after the recession hit, this segment had shrunk to 26.6% of the market.As financial instability hit millions, the UK scrappage scheme worked to keep the market afloat. Motorists were now looking for efficiency and affordability in a new car, to make the most of their scrappage pounds and spend as little as possible. The already large B-segment (supermini) swelled from a market share of 32.1% in 2007 to 37.2% in 2009. Ford’s Fiesta capitalised on this, registering 117,296 units, making it the year’s best-seller.Since 2009, Ford has registered more than 600,000 Fiestas, retaining its place at the top of the sales chart. At the same time, the Ford Ka, which is also in the B-segment, has also seen sustained success, registering over 100,000 cars in the same period. The B-segment remains the largest segment in the market, accounting for 35.9% of all registrations in 2013.While austerity has driven one end of the market, consumer demand has brought about growth in another. In 2000, multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) accounted for just 2.7% of the market, with 59,000 vehicles registered. In 2007, with a growing number of models on offer, there were 143,859 registrations. Recession saw volumes dip by around 40,000 units, but by the end of 2013, more than 150,000 were registered.Ford’s Galaxy was first introduced into the UK in 1995, joining a number of first generation MPVs of the time. In the following two decades, while demand has remained strong, Ford has managed to gain market share by introducing a number of vehicles to the segment. The S-Max was first introduced in 2006, followed by the smaller C-Max and B-Max in 2007 and 2012 respectively. In 2013 nearly a third of all cars registered in the MPV segment were Fords.To find out more about the changing new car market, see SMMT’s 2014 Motor Industry Facts guide.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

MA in Critical Sociology information session Wednesday

Interested in learning more about Brock University’s master’s degree in Critical Sociology?An information session is being held Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students interested in pursuing a master’s that studies social problems and the possibilities for progressive social change. The MA in Critical Sociology focuses on critical perspectives in sociological analysis, in particular, the dramatic evidence of global and local conflict, inequality and challenges that characterize much of the modern era.The purpose of the program is to inform MA students of the latest developments in these intellectual discourses and to prepare them to advance theoretical analyses, methodological approaches, social research projects and social policy initiatives.At the information session you will learn about the career opportunities, meet current students and recent graduates and find out about grad student funding to cover tuition costs and living expenses.The event is being held in AS427.For additional information, please contact Kevin Gosine, Graduate Program Director (kgosine@brocku.ca). read more

Met Police apologises over collapsed Liam Allan rape trial as force reveals

first_imgA total of 600 sex cases are under urgent review as it emerges that a catalogue of errors by a single detective mean a student is in line for a £100,000 payout after he was wrongly charged with rape.The Metropolitan Police and senior lawyers have personally apologised to Liam Allan, 22, after he spent nearly two years on bail and endured three days on trial before it was discovered his accuser had pestered him for “casual sex”.The case triggered a review of 600 “live” rape and sex assault cases by the force and thousands more across the country with “some” giving cause for concern. And since Mr Allan’s case came to light at least three other rape trials collapsed over police failings to disclose key information to defence lawyers. Liam Allan, who spent almost two years on bail, has alleged that rape convictions are chased 'like sales targets' He added that the force had drafted in 120 officers to help review the 600 sex offence cases. The review found the officer had not properly searched data on the woman’s phone or listed it on a disclosure form to lawyers, who then failed to check why phone records had not been properly scoured.Although the review found that information was not purposely withheld, it said a “combination of error, lack of challenge, and lack of knowledge” led to the disclosure problems.Mr Azariah wrote to lawyers in the case explaining how “because of the volume of analysis of phone downloads I deal with, I had wrongly assured myself that I had looked through this entire download” which contained 57,000 pieces of data.Criminology ‘student alleges convictions are chased ‘like sales targets’The Met’s Commander Richard Smith and Claire Lindley, chief crown prosecutor for London South, told a press conference that they had met with Mr Allan to apologise for the errors.Mr Smith said: “Claire and I met Mr Allan where he received a personal apology from us both and I was really pleased to have that opportunity to meet with him face-to-face, allow him to read the report and apologise for the errors that were made.”Although the errors were not caused by a lack of resources, Mr Smith said that the officer felt his workload of around 20 cases contributed to mistakes he made. Ms Lindley added: “During the review some cases have given cause for concern. Some cases are discontinued in the normal course of events.”Mr Smith said Mr Azariah is not currently working on sexual offences, adding “which is not to say that don’t have faith in him. He made an error and we should have systems in place to spot that.”After the case collapsed in December 2017, Mr Allan announced that he planned to sue the Metropolitan Police Service over its failure to disclose vital evidence that could have proven his innocence. In the past, the force has paid out £100,000 for a bungled police operation. Both Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan received that payment after their homes were raided as part of the disastrous Operation Midland child sex abuse investigation. Those payments were made after lawyers admitted the searches of their homes should never have taken place.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Liam Allan, who spent almost two years on bail, has alleged that rape convictions are chased ‘like sales targets’Credit:Nicholas Razzell  A joint review by the force and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) into his case found that Detective Constable Mark Azariah repeatedly failed to properly examine messages on the phone of the woman who falsely accused the criminology student of rape. It was only during the trial that it emerged she had sent phone messages to a friend saying she had fantasies of being raped and having violent sex. The trial collapsed at Croydon Crown Court last month after details of the records emerged on the third day of evidence.last_img read more

Crufts judge accused of failing to control dogs after her deerhound grabs

Rolo, left, was allegedly attacked by a dog belonging to Joan Wragg, pictured right with an unknown deerhound “They were huge, two great big shaggy, grey things. The lady that was holding them was looking at something.”We had gone to walk past them and the dogs got up, pulled her across the path and one had picked up my chihuahua in his mouth.”They just lunged over and grabbed him and luckily my boyfriend managed to get him off.”I grabbed my dog and curled up in a ball around him in case it tried to get him again. Ella Tramonte with her pet Chihuahua Rolo When approached at her home in Huntworth, Somerset, Mrs Wragg denied her pets were off the lead or out of control. Rolo, left, was allegedly attacked by a dog belonging to Joan Wragg, pictured right with an unknown deerhound Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Business analyst Miss Tramonte, of Witney in Oxon, said: “We were there for not even ten minutes and then there were these two dogs lying down to the side of the path with their owner. Ella Tramonte with her pet Chihuahua RoloCredit:Triangle News She said: “I’m a responsible dog owner and immediately apologised for my dogs turning on the chihuahua.”But Miss Tramonte added: “She was completely unaware of the severity of the situation. She said it was a stressful day for everyone but she didn’t seem to be stressed by it at all.”An experienced dog handler should not be allowing their animals to pull them along. I would never have taken one of those dogs out, let alone both.”A police spokeswoman said: “We are currently looking into a report of an incident at Mottisfont Abbey on April 20 between 1.25pm and 1.35pm.”A 25-year-old man was scratched by two dogs as he intervened to separate the dogs from his dog.” A senior judge at Crufts has been accused of failing to control her deerhound after it picked up a Chihuahua in its mouth in an alleged attack. Police are investigating the incident on April 20 at a National Trust beauty spot where it is claimed Joan Wragg’s dog left the smaller pet with a puncture wound.Ella Tramonte and her boyfriend Elliot Hills, both 25, were out walking their Chihuahua Rolo at Mottisfont in Romsey, Hampshire, when they say two large dogs lunged at them.The couple claim Rolo, aged seven, was picked up by a deerhound and Mr Hills was forced to prise open the dog’s mouth to free his own pet.Mrs Wragg was said to have been dragged down the footpath and Miss Tramonte reported her for owning an out-of-control dog and the Chihuahua was left with a wound to the side of its body which required emergency vet attention. The Crufts judge, who also breeds dogs, agreed to pay the £314.55 bill and said she was “mortified” by what happened.  “It was so quick. I honestly don’t know what would have happened if Elliot hadn’t been there.”The only reason her dog got off Rolo was because my boyfriend got in there. She just stood there. She didn’t even seem that shocked.”Mrs Tramonte checked Rolo over and initially didn’t think he was hut, but when she noticed her Chihuahua was bleeding, the 25-year-old confronted Mrs Wragg.”We asked why she was taking these dogs out if she obviously couldn’t control them,” Miss Tramonte said. “She’d been pulled half way across the path. Why were they not muzzled? She just said they were gentle and we were like ‘Clearly not. Look at my dog.'”Elliot was so upset as he said it could have been a baby or toddler.” read more

Electric vehicles – not just a lithium story

first_imgAustralian heavy rare earths (HREs) developer, Northern Minerals provides a progress update on the Browns Range Pilot Plant Project, under construction in the East Kimberley region of WA, including the following achievements:• First steel in the process plant has been erected• 95% of the second shipment of equipment and modules has been delivered to Browns Range site• Third and final main shipment arrived at Darwin Port on 16th of December and has been unloaded• Concrete progressing well with over 1,000 m3 now pouredThrough the development of this flagship project, Northern Minerals aims to be the first significant world producer of dysprosium outside of China. The project is 100% owned by Northern Minerals and has several deposits and prospects containing high value dysprosium and other HREs, hosted in xenotime mineralisation.Dysprosium is an essential ingredient in the production of DyNdFeB (dysprosium neodymium iron-boron) magnets used in clean energy and high technology solutions.The three-year R&D pilot plant project will commence first production of heavy rare earth carbonate in Q3 2018. The pilot plant development provides the opportunity to gain production experience, surety of supply for the offtake partner and assess the economic and technical feasibility of the larger full-scale development.Primero Group is nearing completion of the concrete works in the beneficiation plant area and is making good progress with concrete works in the hydrometallurgical plant area, with the milestone of 1,000 m3 poured on site. This represents over 67% concrete works complete.The picture shows an aerial view of the pilot plant, rom pad and ore stockpilesDelivery of the second main shipment of equipment and modular components to Browns Range has commenced with over 95% of the shipment already delivered to site.The third main shipment, consisting of 33% of the total modular process plant and equipment arrived at the Darwin Port on 16 December and will be delivered to Browns Range over the coming weeks.George Bauk, Managing Director and CEO, presented at a symposium for emerging technologies and new suppliers of critical materials in the global supply chain for electric vehicles in New York. Feedback included that a combination of heavy rare earths can be used as a substitute for scandium. This is planned to be investigated in the future as a way of extracting further value from the Browns Range product suite.last_img read more

Stansted owner says it wont allow Ryanair to buy the airport

first_imgTHE OWNER OF Stansted Airport in Essex has said it will not allow the airport to be sold to Ryanair.Ferrovial, the majority shareholder in BAA, which owns the airport, will exclude Ryanair and any Ryanair-related consortium from the sale process, the airline said this evening.Ryanair said that it has subsequently withdrawn from the sale process after being told that it has been excluded.“While we fully accept that Ferrovial is entirely free not to sell to Ryanair, we fail to understand how it can comply with competition law if Stansted’s biggest customer, accounting for 70 per cent of the traffic, is excluded from this sale process,” said Stephen McNamara of Ryanair.Ryanair operates 41 planes from Stansted which is the fourth busiest airport in the UK.  It had expressed interest in August in buying or taking a minority shareholding in the airport worth around £1 billion.The competition authority in the UK had ruled in 2009 that the airport had to be sold by the operator because of the lack of competition between airports around London.Stansted Airport had fought a legal battle against the enforced sale but in August said that it would no longer try to stop the airport from being sold.The airline did not specify why it has been excluded from the sale and BAA was not available for comment.Ryanair said that it has written to all investors and consortia it had held discussions with to advise them that it will no longer be a participant in the sale process or seek a minority stake in Stansted.Read: Aer Lingus and Air Canada sign single ticket agreement > Read: Irish authorities in talks with Spain over Ryanair’s safety standards >last_img read more

Taoiseach arrives in Japan for five day trade trip

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has arrived in Tokyo for talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who in June became the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit Ireland.During his five-day working visit, Kenny will also call on Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito, tomorrow.The Taoiseach will spend two days in Tokyo attending a number of business events before travelling to Nagoya and Osaka for further meetings.He’s being accompanied on the trip Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, while a large number of company representatives from the ICT, financial services and agri-food sectors have also also flown out.Coveney said that the mission represented “a significant opportunity” for Irish food companies wishing to carve out business opportunities in the country.The Taoiseach’s itinerary today included a trip to Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, a shinto temple in memory of the emperor Meiji, who died in 1912.Read: €53 million worth of cocaine washes up on a beach in JapanRead: Hello, world: New island off Japan coast after volcano eruptionlast_img read more

PM Narendra Modi completes Bahrain visit leaves for France

first_imgManama: Ending his first ever visit to the Gulf nation Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday embarked on a visit to France to take part in the G7 Summit. Modi was seen off at the airport by Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Ministers Mohammed Bin Mubarak and Khalid Bin Abdullah. “After the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain, as a special gesture PM@narendramodi is seen off by Deputy PMs as he emplanes for Biarritz, France, to participate in G7Summit as Biarritz Partner,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Modi was in Bahrain as part of his three-nation five-day visit scheduled between August 22 and 26. In his first leg, Modi visited France on August 22-23 and is returning to the country for the G7 Summit after completing his travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.last_img read more

The Next Local Control Fight Like Uber Before City Regulations For AirBnB

first_imgFrom the state house to the courthouseMore than a dozen Texas cities have some sort of ordinance regulating short-term rental policies, according to a list compiled by the Texas Municipal League. Among the most prominent are Galveston and Fort Worth; San Antonio is bickering over its own. They range widely in scope and severity; some regulate the number of people who can stay in a short-term rental and what activities they may do while there, while others require little more than a licensing permit.The rental services allow people to offer up houses or apartments to travelers for short-term stays. Some landlords are city residents just hoping to make some money off their spare bedrooms. But investors are also known to buy homes for the sole purpose of renting them on AirBnB or HomeAway. As short-term rentals grew more popular, cities began to worry that their quiet residential neighborhoods would be overrun with thrill-seeking vacationers or that the investment properties would drive up the cost of housing. Local officials say that short-term renters too often create disruptive party environments that agitate nearby families. But critics of the local regulations say there are already laws in place to regulate that kind of public nuisance. Austin’s ordinance, which aims to phase out certain types of short-term rentals entirely and limits how many can exist in any particular area, is one of the state’s oldest and strictest — and it’s situated, of course, in a red state’s blue capital city, making it the perfect backdrop for a familiar fight.Rob Henneke, the TPPF lawyer representing the Zaataris, says Austin’s ordinance violates fundamental rights like equal protection — why should short-term renters be treated any different from long-term renters? — and property rights — why should owners be kept from leasing their homes however they choose?  Share “It is a fundamental right to lease your property,” Henneke said. “It makes no sense — and is inconsistent with that — to try to bracket that right in some way.”The city counters that it has the right to regulate commercial activity within its boundaries, and that its ordinance is important for city planning purposes. The ordinance addresses critical issues in the city like rising real estate prices and noise complaints from obnoxious “party houses,” said Austin City Council member Kathie Tovo.Beyond the question of whether short-term rentals should be regulated is the question of who should regulate them. For Tovo, it recalls the recent fight over Uber and Lyft, which ended when the Legislature overturned Austin’s safety regulations for the ride-hailing apps. City officials sit closer to their constituents, she said, so they are better positioned to write rules that benefit their communities.“It is an example of what we regard as state overreach,” she said. “And those of us on the ground who represent our communities are in the best position to know what ordinance and regulations are responses to their needs.”Henneke, meanwhile, advocates for uniformity statewide — if there are to be restrictions at all.“If short-term rentals are going to be regulated, it should be at the state level to ensure statewide consistency and to protect property owners from a patchwork quilt of overly burdensome regulations at the local level,” Henneke said.The current fight, said Texas Municipal League Executive Director Bennett Sandlin, fits into a disturbing pattern of state lawmakers trying to consolidate power at the Capitol by taking it away from the cities.“It’s absolutely a recent … concerted effort to say that — the allegation that cities are against liberty, and you should have the liberty to do anything you want to do with your house including turn it into a party barn,” he said. “We support liberty but we also support liberty of the neighbors to keep their property values up and keep their yards free of beer cans.” The Legislature did try to tackle the short-term issue last year. The effort that went furthest was a bill by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, that passed the upper chamber but died in the House in the waning days of the regular session. A similar bill championed by state Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, never even got a committee vote. Neither Hancock nor Parker returned requests for comment.Those measures struggled to find sufficient support even in a session rife with local control issues. All told, by the end of August, the 85th Legislature had passed state laws overriding city rule on issues ranging from tree maintenance to ride-hailing regulations. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, even expressed supportfor a “broad-based law” to pre-empt local regulations, but no such bill passed. Short-term rental ordinances, some say, share all the hallmarks of the memorable fight over ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. A new technology platform makes an age-old practice simpler; a liberal-leaning city council moves to regulate it. Eventually, the state steps in and opposes that local ordinance to protect “freedom and free enterprise.”But while local control battles have raged in Texas since Abbott took office decrying a “patchwork of local regulations,” they have mostly been fought on the floors of the Legislature. (One notable exception is an ongoing legal fight over the city of Laredo’s ban on plastic bags, a case the Texas Supreme Court is expected to resolve in the next few months.) This court fight is a comparatively new playbook for opponents of local control.“Opponents of local government are happy to challenge these ordinances either in the state House or in the courthouse,” Sandlin said. “They will absolutely take any avenue they can to go after it.” Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneHomes on Garden Street in Austin on Feb. 24, 2017.When the Zaataris moved to Texas from Lebanon, part of the draw was the American Dream. In Austin, they’re working toward that dream in the real estate business.The young couple wants to grow their family — “I’m negotiating for three,” Ahmad Zaatari joked — but they rely on the income from their short-term rental property to support the one child they already have. But with overburdensome regulation, some argue, “the City of Austin wants to shut them down.”That claim appears in glossy detail in a promotional video compiled recently by one of Texas’ most influential conservative think tanks. The video closes: “The Zaatari family believed in the American Dream. The Center for the American Future is fighting to keep it alive.”The Zataaris are two in a small group of plaintiffs represented by the Center for the American Future, a legal arm of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that filed a suit against the city of Austin in 2016 calling the city’s short-term rental ordinance unconstitutional. That case, which is now winding its way through state appeals courts, has emerged as a likely candidate for review at the state’s highest civil court. And it’s been bolstered by Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas’ top lawyer, who has sided several times with the homeowners, most recently in a 102-page brief. Short-term rentals, a longtime local reality especially widespread in vacation destinations like Austin and Galveston, have become astronomically more popular in the last decade with the rise of web platforms like AirBnB and Austin-based HomeAway. That ubiquity has ripened them for regulation — and for litigation,  including more than one case pending before the Texas Supreme Court.  In Texas, it’s a new frontier for the simmering state-city fight over local control. Left unresolved last session by the Legislature, short-term rental ordinances have become an issue for the courts. “Business” or “residential”?The Zaatari case isn’t the only lawsuit that has challenged a local short-term rental ordinance, but it is the most prominent. A Houston appeals court ruled in 2015 that in certain circumstances short-term rental ordinances can violate property rights; in Travis County, another pending case asks whether Austin’s ordinance is unconstitutionally vague.“Part of it seems to be that local government takes unusual positions when suddenly the internet becomes involved. … Here in Austin, it’s been documented that short-term rentals have been an encouraged practice for over 100 years, and yet suddenly when the internet provides a way of efficiently connecting buyer and seller, everybody just has to go crazy and adopt a bunch of rules,” Henneke said. “I think it’s a need for control and a need for regulation for the sake of regulation.”In the meantime, the issue is being litigated on other fronts.A Texas Supreme Court case argued in February asks whether, for the purposes of homeowners’ associations’ hyperlocal deed restrictions, short-term rentals should be considered primarily “business” or “residential.” That case won’t have direct legal bearing on local ordinances, but the fact that it’s ascended to the state’s highest civil court signals that the issue is set for a legal reckoning.About a decade after the industry grew popular, “a lot of issues are coming to a head,” said Patrick Sutton, a lawyer arguing that Texas Supreme Court case and many other short-term rental lawsuits. Short-term rental companies like HomeAway say they agree that their industry should be regulated — they say they’re eager, in fact, to collaborate on regulations. But many involved in the issue think those restrictions are best established democratically.“Sharing presents a new set of public policy challenges,” Sutton said. “What upsets me is that these issues should be worked out politically. They should be worked out in the state house, and they should be worked out in the voting hall at subdivisions… But that didn’t happen.”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday December 4

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u A look at some of the week’s top stories from the pages of the AFRO American Newspaper, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, a review of the first week of the trial of Officer William Porter, one of the six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray. We’ll talk to award-winning veteran journalist Charles Robinson, of MPT’s State Circle.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

SA Mosby Nearly 900 Cases Tainted By Police Misconduct

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROAs the city grapples with another record year of violence, finger pointing has been rampant.Governor Larry Hogan and the Police Department have in part blamed the judiciary for imposing weak sentences on gun offenders.  And the city council and mayor’s office have traded barbs over the depth and substance of competing crime plans.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recently announced nearly 900 criminal cases arre tainted as a result of alleged police misconduct. (Photo by Taya Graham)But little has been said about the burden that incompetent and sometimes corrupt policing has placed upon the system.And now statistics released this week by the Office of City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby paint a picture of just how significant a toll a series of scandals and miscues has taken on an already overburdened criminal justice system.  Misconduct by police has led to dropped cases, overturned convictions and has waylaid prosecutors with hundreds of hours of review and dozens of court motions to clean up charges still pending.“Over the past few months, the Office of the State’s Attorney has had to employ significant resources in order to not only thoroughly evaluate questionable body-worn camera (BWC) incidents and all related cases pertaining to the officers involved, but we’ve expended significant resources in thoroughly evaluating the materiality of the now eight federally indicted officers,” Mosby said in a statement.Since federal prosecutors indicted eight officers of the now notorious Gun Trace Task Force for stealing from residents, dealing drugs, and overtime fraud, Mosby’s office has flagged 864 cases for dismissing or reducing of charges.Roughly 300 of those cases are tied directly to the indicted officers who are facing federal charges.  Many of those are high profile gun possession charges, the same potentially violent dangerous crimes that both Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Catherine Pugh have said are the root cause of the city’s record pace of homicides this year.But an even larger number of problem cases are related to a series of body camera videos, which emerged over the past several months that purport to show officers tampering with evidence during narcotics investigations.  According to Mosby’s office nearly 600 cases have been affected by the footage.  Of those, nearly 230 cases will either be dropped or not pursued by prosecutors.The footage, which also garnered national attention, has prompted accusations that officers planted drugs on suspects, an allegation the police department has denied.  But the statistics illuminate the legal ramifications of the actions of the officers on camera go beyond current prosecutions, with nearly 70 cases that were previously closed now under review solely due to the credibility questions raised by body camera footage.“Public trust in the criminal justice system is crucial to the success of all prosecutions; therefore, as prosecutors, we will remain vigilant in our pursuit of justice and we will continue to do our part to restore public trust and build confidence in the criminal justice system,” Mosby added.Police misconduct has far reaching implications, and can be particularly difficult for prosecutors dealing with a heavy caseload says criminal defense attorney A. Dwight Pettit.“For defense it’s a windfall, as soon as you see a name you’re going to raise issues of credibility,” he told the AFRO. “But for prosecutors it’s a tremendous headache.”“Now you have to got to go back and examine each case and see if there is an issue of law and issues of credibility with any of the officers involved.”Worse yet, Pettit says given the expanding scope of the investigation into the eight officers of the Gun Trace Task Force, which has led to additional indictments, there could be more problems to come.“I was surprised by the number of cases,” he said. “But it could just be the tip of the iceberg. “last_img read more

4 DataBacked Reasons to Use Mobile in the Workplace

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read How Success Happens January 12, 2015 Long gone are the days of working solely from the office or haulin g stacks of paperwork from one place to another. Mobile technology pervades in the workplace not as a distraction, but as a tool for building workplace productivity, communication and morale.Workers are constantly on-the-go and, as such, mobility has become a key factor affecting today’s workplace. Here are four data-backed reasons you should consider taking advantage of mobile tech in the office:  1. Mobile learning drives company success.Mobile learning, sometimes referred to as m-learning, is defined as learning across multiple contexts using personal mobile devices. Mobile learning enables employees to receive and engage with real-time information while on-the-go anywhere, at any time. This form of information distribution is especially useful for training employees, who benefit from the flexibility to take in information at their own pace. It serves as a great reference tool for on-site and remote workers alike.An estimated 90 percent of organizations now support corporate applications on a variety of personal mobile devices and by the end of this year the majority of workers will interact with those applications. Mobile is a great way to connect employees with the training tools they need to be productive and engaged members of the workforce. It also saves employers both time and money associated with training.Related: 4 Ways Technology Can Help ‘Clone’ Your Best Salespeople2. Mobile technology provides flexibility.Mobile technology continues to make working anywhere a possibility for many. As the new generation of workers who grew up with social and mobile technology begins to enter the workforce, it is crucial employers create workplaces that support these technological advances.Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever. The global mobile workforce grew from one billion in 2010 to an estimated 1.3 billion in 2015, according to a forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). The rise of mobile in the workplace has greatly impacted the way we work. A 2014 survey of 1,500 job seekers conducted by FlexJobs revealed that 20 percent of respondents would take a cut in pay for flexible work options, largely to achieve a better work-life balance (74 percent). The flexibility mobile technology offers can greatly benefit employees and companies — particularly companies looking to hire remote workers.   3. Recruiting is made easy with mobile tech.Mobile recruiting is a trend that is likely here to stay, seeing as 43 percent of job seekers use mobile in their job search, according to Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey of 1,855 recruiting and HR professionals. Despite the fact that so many job seekers are searching for jobs on their mobile devices, Jobvite’s survey found that 59 percent of recruiters currently invest nothing in mobile career sites.Related: 6 Recruitment Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2015Investing in mobile career sites is crucial to recruiting new talent. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey of 5,518 workers and 2,775 hiring decision makers found that two in five candidates say their perception of a company is negatively impacted if a company career site is not mobile-optimized. With so many job seekers using mobile day-to-day, companies should aim to remedy the mobile disconnect between job seekers and recruiters by making the necessary mobile upgrades to their career sites and applications.        4. Mobile tech takes global business to another level.As organizations continue to grow and expand to other countries, mobile technology becomes a necessity. The use of mobile devices in the workplace allows for instant access to employees and clients both near and far.The use of mobile tech helps employees cross work barriers caused by various employee and client time zones and locations. In its Tech Trends 2013 Elements of Postdigital report, Deloitte predicts a “mobile only” future for the global workforce, making the move to mobile something employers need to consider.Related: Tech Tools That Make Doing Business Internationally Easy Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Azerbaijan editor accused of spying for Iran

first_imgBAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) – Azerbaijan has charged the editor of a Talysh ethnic minority newspaper with spying for neighboring Iran and inciting public unrest, officials said Wednesday. But human rights activists said the journalist, who has criticized the authoritarian government for its treatment of minorities, may have grown too influential for officials’ taste.The case also comes as Azerbaijan-Iran relations have grown strained amid Iranian concerns about alleged Israeli spy activity in Azerbaijan. Patients with chronic pain give advice Prominent local human rights activist Leyla Yunus said at the time of Hilal Mammadov’s arrest that he may have been targeted because he had become too influential in the Talysh community for the government’s liking. It was not immediately clear how or if Novruzali and Hilal Mammadov were related.Azerbaijan has nurtured close relations with the United States, while American nemesis Iran has expressed concern over alleged Israeli intelligence activity in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan, meanwhile, says it has arrested dozens of people allegedly hired by Iran to carry out terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies as well as Western-linked groups and companies.Azerbaijan hosted the high-profile Eurovision Song Contest in May, leading some rights workers to hope that political freedoms might receive a boost as the country fell under the international spotlight. But Amnesty International has since reported a rise in police harassment of activists who took part in anti-government protests during Eurovision.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Talysh Voice editor Hilal Mammadov was arrested last month after allegations of heroin possession. On Wednesday, police and prosecutors alleged in a joint statement that Mammadov was recruited by Iran’s security services in 1992, and that they believe Mammadov was acting to undermine Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and inciting ethnic, racial and religious hatred.Mammadov has criticized authorities for allegedly repressing minority populations in Azerbaijan. The Talysh, who speak a language akin to Persian, live along Azerbaijan’s border with Iran.The newspaper editor earlier gained attention in northern neighbor Russia for being behind a wildly popular Internet clip.Mammadov created a wedding video showing dueling singers improvising barbs ending with a dismissive phrase that translates roughly as: “Who do you think you are? Get lost.” The video was intended to illustrate local customs, but the phrase became popular in its own right and was adopted by Russia’s opposition movement in reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Journalists are frequently jailed in Azerbaijan on charges that rights activists say are fabricated. Mammadov’s predecessor as editor of Talysh Voice, Novruzali Mammadov, was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2008, also on charges of spying for Iran. He was moved to a hospital shortly after being jailed and died in August 2009. 0 Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories last_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — Larry Fitzgerald was back at practi

TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald was back at practice for the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, albeit in a limited capacity.“Everything was up in up, I passed all my tests,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I was cleared to go.”Fitzgerald suffered a concussion Sunday when the Tennessee Titans’ Jackie Battle hit him with his helmet. He passed his baseline tests after the game, but following concussion protocol, the receiver had to pass a few more before he could return to the field for practice. As for Sunday’s game, Fitzgerald will have to be checked out by a neurologist who is independent from the team Friday before he will be good to go. Top Stories Fitzgerald, who has not missed a game since 2007, has caught 73 passes for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. It’s been a bit of a renaissance for the Pro Bowler, both in personal and team success.So with his team still in the playoff hunt, it’s no wonder that he is anxious to get back out on the field. Fitzgerald said he’s never missed a division game in his life, and he has no plans on doing so this week.And, if the situation arises where he’ll be called upon to be a member of the hands team for an onside kick, Fitzgerald will be ready to go.“It’s a privilege to be on the hands team,” he said. “It’s an honor to go out there and close the game out. When you’re out there, it’s like Mariano Rivera coming out on the mound; you’re out there to close it out. And that’s what our job is.” “It’s my choice and this is what I love to do.”It’s worth noting that the concussion, which Fitzgerald said was his first, happened as a member of the hands team, not as a receiver. On offense, he knows where defenders are and is able to brace himself for big hits that might come his way. When trying to recover an onside kick, that’s hardly the case.“In that situation I have no idea where that guy’s coming from, so I can’t brace myself, I’m in a vulnerable position,” he said. “He just caught me. Muhammad Ali got knocked out a couple of times, it just happens. He caught me flush.”The receiver said he does not remember the hit that led to his injury, and while he wishes he could, he did watch it on film for the first time Thursday. “He just caught me; I didn’t see it coming, I was watching the football the whole time,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s just a little bit of a lapse there. But I got everything back once I got on my feet. I remember [trainer Tom Reed] talking to me, getting me to the sideline. Things started coming back pretty quickly for me.”Fitzgerald never made it back into the game, but he was happy his teammates were able to close the game out and get the win, the team’s ninth of the year. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Head injuries are a dicey subject in the NFL these days, and the receiver, while important to the team, was not going to be allowed to play unless he was absolutely ready to.Wednesday, head coach Bruce Arians said the health of a player comes before anything else in terms of importance, saying he would never force someone to play in a big game.“It’s not that important,” he said. “It’s a game, and your long-term health is the most important thing.”Fitzgerald, 30, is very much aware of that, and was not going to get back on the field unless he was able to do so safely. He knows there is risk involved and is aware of what head injuries can lead to down the road, but enjoys the sport too much to let that prevent him from getting back on the field.“It’s uncharted territory for me; it’s a serious issue, but I want to be out there and play and I’m going to do everything I can to protect myself and my brain,” he said. “But this is football. It’s a tough sport played by tough men.“It’s my job.”Fitzgerald said it was his decision to be a football player, and that means accepting the risk that comes with it. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact read more