GRASSLEY TO CHAIR TRUMP BUDGET HEARINGS IN SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

first_imgPresident Trump’s proposed 2020 budget is the subject of multiple hearings this week before the U-S Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.The president’s spending plan reportedly calls for a 31-percent reduction in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency.That’s two-point-eight billion dollars, and Grassley isn’t sure he’d support that deep of a cut.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HEARING1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……do its job. :13Trump’s budget also calls for another eight-point-six billion dollars for the border wall.Grassley notes the president has already amassed a significant amount of money for the wall in the previous appropriations bill, in addition to the money he was able to transfer under existing law.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HEARING2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the courts say. :19As for the overall Trump budget of four-point-75 trillion dollars, Grassley says, “Presidents propose and Congress disposes.”last_img read more

Baylor Assistant Tweets, Deletes Dig At Media Regarding Art Briles

first_imgEarlier this week, ESPN’s Outside the Lines published a report detailing a number of incidents of either alleged domestic violence or sexual assault involving Baylor football players – and how some of the school’s staffers and coaches reportedly knew about the allegations and chose not to punish them. It was also reported that the university’s board of regents is debating what to do with head coach Art Briles in the aftermath.Friday night, Baylor assistant Randy Clements took to Twitter with a shot at the media. He tweeted, then deleted a note about the media “speculating” in regards to Coach Art Briles. The tweet was only up for a short time before being taken down.baylor_randy_clementsObviously, it isn’t really in the best interest of any staffer, coach or player to take to social media regarding this topic until the dust has settled. The alleged crimes are being taken very seriously – and any comment from someone at the school could be taken as insensitive.last_img read more

New Appointments to Arts and Culture Partnership Council

first_imgNova Scotia’s arts and culture sector will continue to be broadly represented with the appointment of four new members to the province’s Arts and Culture Partnership Council. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher announced today, Aug. 10, that Shelley Fashan, Jim Morrow, Kim Reinhardt and Linda Ross have accepted appointments to the Partnership Council. “The arts and culture industry in Nova Scotia enhances our quality of life and brings important social and economic benefits to our communities,” said Mr. Goucher. “I look forward to working with these respected members of our arts and culture community to further strengthen this vibrant sector.” Ms. Fashan lives in Lake Echo, Halifax Co., and is involved with many cultural events and projects, particularly in the African Nova Scotian community. She was a founding member of the African Nova Scotian Music Association and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, a former board member of the East Coast Music Association and one of the first members of the former Nova Scotia Arts Council. Mr. Morrow, of Port Williams, Kings Co., is the artistic director and resident designer at Mermaid Theatre. His plays have earned the company numerous awards, including the Canada Export Award and the Nova Scotia Export Award. He is also the current chair of the Artist in Residence Program at the QEII Hospital’s Centre for Health Care of the Elderly. Ms. Reinhardt, of Ketch Harbour, Halifax Co., is the chief curator at Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum. She has taught historical and critical theory courses in film and Canadian art and has served as the curator for the Multicultural Arts Resource Centre and Gallery, assisting newcomers to Canada who aspire to lead careers in the arts. Ms. Ross from Sable River, is chair of the Community Business Development Corporation in Shelburne County. With aerial photography as her speciality, she has produced more than 20 postcards featuring Nova Scotia’s beaches and shoreline towns. Her work has been featured in many books and publications. Mr. Morrow has been appointed to the Arts and Culture Partnership Council for three years, Ms. Fashan and Ms. Reinhardt for two years and Ms. Ross for a one-year term. “I am delighted to welcome these talented and experienced individuals to the Partnership Council,” said Paul Gallant, council chair. “Together with our returning members, they will play an important role in representing the interests of our arts and culture sector here in Nova Scotia.” Joella Foulds, Terry Kelly and Wayne MacGillivary have all been appointed as returning members to the Partnership Council for three-year terms. Other council members include: Jenni Blackmore, Seaforth, Halifax Co.; Karen Diadick-Casselman, Cheverie, Hants Co.; Donald Ferguson, Glace Bay, Cape Breton Co.; Wanda George, Canning, Kings Co.; Laurie Swim, Lunenburg, Lunenburg Co.; and Dianne Coish and Marcel McKeough, representing the culture division, Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was established in 2003. In consultation with the arts and culture sector, it provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage regarding ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. The council members represent a cross-section of Nova Scotians with geographic and cultural diversity, and a broad range of experience in the arts and culture sector.last_img read more

Housing sales down 11 in Q1

first_imgNew Delhi: Housing sales fell 11 per cent in April-June 2019-20 across nine major cities to nearly 72,000 units but demand is expected to rise due to additional tax sops in the Budget for affordable homes and political stability at the Centre, as per a report. New housing supply fell 47 per cent to 37,852 units in nine cities due to liquidity crunch and general elections, the report by News Corp-backed property brokerage firm PropTiger said. The nine cities covered in the report are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Noida and Pune. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While we saw a decline in both sales and launches in Q1 FY’20, the outlook is optimistic going forward. A stable government at the Centre and a Union Budget that announced several favourable measures for the residential real estate sector are likely to act as catalysts,” said Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO of PropTiger, Housing.com and Makaan.com. He said traffic at the group’s all three portals increased during April-June quarter, but it seems that people were on wait and watch mode because of general elections. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAgarwala expected housing demand to rise in the coming months on the back of rise in the tax deduction limit on the interest payable on home loans to Rs 3.50 lakh for affordable homes from the current Rs 2 lakh limit, as announced in the Budget. “Additionally, several banks have lowered interest rates after the RBI reduced the repo rate to a record low. We are confident that these measures are likely to stimulate home sales in the coming quarters,”Agarwala said. According to the data, housing sales increased in four cities — Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune — and declined in the remaining five. Gurugram witnessed the highest increase of 32 per cent in housing sales at 4,951 units during April-June 2019 from 3,737 units in the year-ago period. Housing sales in Hyderabad and Kolkata rose 10 per cent at 6,204 units and 3,481 units, respectively . Pune saw 5 per cent rise in demand at 14,998 units. However, Noida saw steep 56 per cent decline at 3,304 units, followed by 36 per cent dip in Ahmedabad at 3,362 units, as per PropTiger.com’s ‘Real Insight Report’ for April-June 2019-20. Sales in Bengaluru went down 17 per cent at 8,431 units, while demand fell 14 per cent in MMR at 22,652 units. Chennai saw modest 2 per cent fall at 4,574 units during the period under review.last_img read more

Mandatory minimum changes one part of planned overhaul of justice system

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is set to begin tackling mandatory minimum sentences this spring, but advocates for reform have been waiting a long time for the promise to play out.“It’s something the government promised long ago and its delivery is overdue,” said Eric Gottardi, a Vancouver defence lawyer and past chair of the criminal justice section at the Canadian Bar Association.“We are all kind of looking forward to it with bated breath.”The Liberal campaign platform was silent on mandatory minimum sentences, but then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasked Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould with reviewing changes to the criminal justice system and sentencing reforms the previous Conservative government brought in as part of its tough-on-crime agenda.Many of those changes involved imposing — or increasing — mandatory minimum penalties for dozens of offences, which critics decried for taking away the ability of judges to use their discretion in handing down a punishment that fits not only the crime, but also the person convicted of committing it.The push to finally begin introducing legislative amendments on that front came as part of the response to the worsening problem of backlogs in the courts, which took on new urgency after the Supreme Court of Canada last year imposed strict limits on the length time an accused can wait to stand trial.Changes to bail, preliminary inquiries and the reclassification of offences are other policy areas where the federal government is looking for solutions to that problem.“Was it a kick in the butt?” Wilson-Raybould said after an April 28 meeting with provincial justice ministers on whether the ruling accelerated plans for reform.“I think it was a call to action for all of us, absolutely.”Yvon Dandurand, a criminologist at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C., said the Liberals could bring back some more flexibility to judges by creating special exceptions to some mandatory minimum penalties, an option he outlined in a report provided to the Justice Department last year.Dandurand said he suspects the coming legislation will include a mix of adding special exceptions to some mandatory minimum sentences while abolishing others.He said he also thinks, based on what he has heard from Wilson-Raybould and her officials during consultations, that they will go beyond reversing the last decade of changes.“(They) said this sentencing reform they are contemplating is not just a matter of setting back the clock and changing what has happened during the Conservative government… but going back to principles and more fundamental changes to the sentencing regime that we have,” Dandurand said.The last overhaul of the sentencing provisions in the Criminal Code happened in 1996.Conservative MP Rob Nicholson, who spent more than five years as justice minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper, said he does not want the Liberals to touch any of the mandatory minimum penalties.“We were targeting very serious crimes,” including the sexual exploitation of children, said Nicholson, who is now Opposition justice critic.“If some of them are going to be getting a break in the next couple of weeks here, I mean obviously we’ll oppose that.”The Supreme Court, however, has already struck down two of the Conservative sentencing reforms last year, including a mandatory minimum penalty of one year behind bars for anyone convicted of a drug offence. That measure was introduced in 2012 as part of an omnibus crime bill.Alistair MacGregor, the NDP justice critic, said he would like to see the Liberals allow for more judicial discretion in some cases, such as for non-violent offences and first-time offenders, especially if the judge sees hope for rehabilitation.A federal government source said it is too early to get into detail, but noted Wilson-Raybould was asked to look at all mandatory minimum penalties.The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss matters not yet made public, said choosing which ones to amend is a matter of finding a political consensus over what will work.Gottardi said he remembers leaving consultations with Wilson-Raybould feeling “buoyed and inspired” by the bold vision and encouragement to think outside the box when it comes to criminal justice reforms.Now, he said, he suspects the Liberals might end up disappointing him.“I have the sinking feeling that the reality of politics is quickly seeping in and we will see a much more muted response to mandatory minimum sentences than a lot of us are hoping for,” Gottardi said.That view stems from how much time has passed and the fact that the Liberal government ended up taking a “pretty careful and cautious approach” to legislation on difficult issues such as medically assisted dying and the proposed legalization of marijuana for recreational use.Barry Stuart, a director with the Smart Justice Network of Canada, said he believes the circle around Wilson-Raybould is open to a “sea change” and he is willing to wait as long as it takes for the federal government to get it right.“I don’t want another quick bandage on the system — I’m patient,” said Stuart, a retired Yukon judge.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Viola Davis Helps Raise 45 Million To Fight Childhood Hunger In America

first_imgThe Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) have announced they have raised more than $4.5 million in support of Hunger Is, a joint charitable initiative designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in America.Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation to End Childhood Hunger.The campaign kicked off in April with a month-long in-store fundraiser in more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the U.S. Additional funds were generated through online donations at HungerIs.org. The year-round campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving this widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed and, according to the USDA, affects one in five children in America.Concurrent with the launch of Hunger Is, public service announcements appeared on television, in print, online, and out-of-home media featuring Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis, who shared her compelling story about growing up hungry.“I am so thrilled at the incredible success of this important initiative. Millions of children go to bed hungry every night and it’s time we all take action to end this nationwide problem,” Davis shared. She went on to say, “I’m looking forward to the continued momentum of this meaningful campaign as this is just the beginning.”“We are grateful to our customers, who heard our call to action and chose to help make a difference in the lives of children,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Inc. Executive Vice President and Chair of The Safeway Foundation. “We are off to an amazing start and will continue our efforts with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Viola Davis, who is a passionate champion in the fight against childhood hunger.”Funds raised through the campaign will go toward programs focused on eradicating childhood hunger and improving health-related and education outcomes. During this inaugural year, breakfast programs will be the focus, giving children a healthy start to their day and the best chance to excel. Research shows that children who eat breakfast have better school attendance and achieve higher math scores than children who lack adequate access to food.In the coming months, the Hunger Is Project Advisory Committee will be convened, enlisting hunger experts from across the country with a critical understanding of how hunger affects children from rural to urban communities. These experts will include representatives of Hunger Is collaborators Feeding America – the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity; the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) – the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the U.S.; and No Kid Hungry – a campaign which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The Project Advisory Committee will help identify hunger programs throughout the U.S. that will make a difference in reducing childhood hunger.“We are so thankful for the incredible support for this campaign from Safeway customers, employees and the general public throughout the U.S., who agree it’s simply unacceptable for our children to be hungry,” said EIF President & CEO Lisa Paulsen. “Too many kids are not getting the nutrition they need to reach their full potential, and we’re privileged to work with The Safeway Foundation to engage communities across the country in helping to change that.”More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Advertisement ARE YOU SEEKING AGENCY REPRESENTATION?.The eBOSS DIRECTORY has an AGENT’S SECTION just for youFor each agency, we have added– Are they currently expanding their roster?– How do they accept submissions?– What should you include in your submission?– What type of talent do they represent or specialize in?– Are they affiliated with TAMAC, EIC or CTAG?– Are they a licensed Agent? (for BC Agents)*** VISIT THE eBOSS DIRECTORY ***https://www.ebosscanada.com/directory/Scroll down to the TALENT & RELATED SERVICES Section Popular searchesFor a list of Agents in AB – Click HereFor a list of Agents in BC – Click HereFor a list of Agents in ON – Click HereFor a list of Agents in QC – Click HereIf an agency is missing – CLICK HERE to send us an emailTAKE A TOUR OF THE eBOSS SITE:*** LOOKING FOR AUDITIONS? ***Check out our CASTING BOARD on a daily basis.https://www.ebosscanada.com/casting-calls/*** NEED A COURSE OR WORKSHOP? ***Check out our TRAINING sectionhttps://www.ebosscanada.com/training/*** LOOKING FOR CREW WORK? BTS WORK ***Do you work Behind The Scenes?Check out our JOB BOARDhttps://www.ebosscanada.com/jobs/*** KEEP UP ON INDUSTRY NEWS ***Keep up-to-date on your industryOur news section contains news for Canadian Film, TV, Theatre, Music, Art, Photography, Festivals and much much morehttps://www.ebosscanada.com/*** ATTEND AN EVENT ***Support Canadian Productions (Film Screenings, Theatrical Plays, Network Meetups, etc.)https://www.ebosscanada.com/events/.Break a leg out there.Creatively YoursThe eBOSS Team(E)ntertainment(B)usiness(O)ne-(S)top(S)hopDOWNLOAD THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Two brothers plea guilty in Provincial Court relating to hunting matter in

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Conservation service shared two brothers have been charged in Provincial Court for a hunting matter in Fort St. John.The tweet shares, the two brothers entered into a guilty plea in court relating to a hunting matter in FSJ this winter. One brother was convicted of discharging a firearm in a no shooting area, trespassing and was fined $3500 and received a 2-year hunting ban. The other was fined $500 for trespass.last_img

New home sales in GTA sank to lowest level since 2000 say

TORONTO — New home sales sank to their lowest level in almost two decades in Toronto last year driven by a drop in new condominium sales, a pair of reports say.The Altus Group Ltd. says 25,161 new homes were sold in the Greater Toronto Area in 2018, the lowest number since it started tracking sales in 2000.New condominium sales fell 38 per cent to 21,330 while new single-family home sales plunged 50 per cent to 3,841.The average price of new single-family homes fell 6.7 per cent to $1,143,505 in December while condo prices rose 11 per cent to $796,815.Urbanation Inc. says new condo sales slumped 31 per cent in the fourth quarter to 6,040 from a record 8,816 in the same period of 2017.It added that the number of resale condominium transactions in 2018 declined for a second consecutive year to 20,121 units, a drop of 16 per cent.With 24,347 units available for sale last year, new supply outpaced demand for the first time in five years. Urbanation says a 29 per cent increase in unsold new condos in development in 2019 will limit price growth.The Canadian Press read more

Google Maps error could have plunged two South American countries into war

first_imgAs great a resource as it is, sometimes Google Maps gets it wrong. In my case, it was a relatively minor occurrence by sending me about ten minutes out of my way on the way to a friend’s gig. In Nicaragua’s case, though, a Google Maps blunder almost led to war.According to SearchEngineLand, a Nicaraguan military commander recently invaded Costa Rican territory, ordering his troops to rip down a Costa Rican flag and replace it with Nicaragua’s flying colors. Why did he do that? He was under the impression that the territory he had, in fact, illegally invaded belonged to his mother country, and the Costa Ricans were trying to make a land grab.The actuality is a lot less Tom Clancyesque. In actuality, Commander Eden Pastora was unaware of the legal borders of his own country. Why? Because he used Google Maps before he launched his invasion, which puts the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica at a subtly different place than it actually lies politically. It’s only a 3000 meter difference, but that was enough to almost plunge two South American countries into war.Google says they have no idea how the error was caused, but they’re correcting it and apologize for any trouble. I don’t think they have anything to feel sorry for, though: one would expect the sovereign nations of the world to know their own country borders without referencing the internet on the matter.Read more at Search Engine Landlast_img read more

Low house prices the new norm

first_imgNew figures from Commonwealth Bank show the annual average pace of housing appreciation in Australia has been 1.8 per cent since the financial crisis, substantially below the 8 per cent average over the prior 20 years. It warned that a lower pace of appreciation was the “new normal.” “There is a risk that some purchase decisions that were made on the expectation of higher long-run average growth rates may have to be reassessed,” it said. Property analyst Mark Armstrong predicted appreciation would be slowest for home owners in outer suburbs, who could see negative to zero growth in values for as many as 20 years. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

FYROM PM says Greek name suggestions are unacceptable

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s terms for a solution to an ongoing name dispute with the neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) “have been shaped in such a way to be unacceptable to us,” the Balkan country’s Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, told the Skopje-based Republika newspaper.“Greece’s official position is that it wants to find a solution to the name dispute, but there are certain conditions which it knows will not pass,” Mr Gruevski said.“Greece’s unofficial position… is essentially that Greece is no place to solve this issue. It has too many domestic, political and economic problems.”FYROM’s Prime Minister went on to suggest that the international community is also reluctant to put pressure on Greece to reach a compromise as its focus is on getting the country to fulfil its financial commitments.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

Hadopi veut justifier son action

first_imgHadopi veut justifier son action France – Hadopi profite du retour des vacanciers pour communiquer aux péages des autoroutes françaises. Histoire de cibler un maximum de familles.Les vacanciers aoutiens reçoivent désormais un prospectus à leur arrivée aux péages autoroutiers. Le document explique l’utilité d’Hadopi et veut sensibiliser un maximum de personnes sur le piratage. “Le choix s’est porté sur les péages puisqu’ils sont un point névralgique de la période du retour des vacances. Une présence lors des deux plus importants week-ends de retour au mois d’août permet de toucher le grand public et de s’adresser à toute la famille”, explique la Haute Autorité. Le prospectus précise que désormais les internautes ne peuvent pas télécharger illégalement mais surtout qu’ils doivent protéger leur accès Internet. Rien que ce week-end, 260 000 dépliants ont été distribués. Le 23 août 2010 à 13:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Starlink Battle for Atlas Kills Its ToystoLife

first_imgStay on target When Activision first launched the Skylanders series in 2011 they turned somewhat B-tier mascot Spyro into a way to sell even more lucrative plastic garbage to gamers than Guitar Hero. Toys with NFC chips that interacted with video games is a pitch plucked from a child’s dreams and packaged back to them. It was brilliant.It was so brilliant that every other #brand wasted no time getting on board from Disney Infinity to Lego Dimensions to Nintendo’s amiibo. And because capitalism is bad the market for toys-to-life became so flooded it basically died, except for amiibo which get by on account of being mostly unnecessary. That’s why it was so strange to see Ubisoft belatedly enter the genre last year with Starlink: Battle For Atlas. That’s also why it’s not strange to see Ubisoft is now shutting down Starlink toy production just six months later.Starlink’s toys-to-life hook was selling little toy spaceships and pilots. You could pull apart the toys, add different wings and weapons, and those changes would be instantly reflected in the game. They were high quality toys, too. In theory we could see kids playing with them on their own. But that wasn’t happening in reality. In a production update blog post, Ubisoft said that due to sales that fell below expectations, don’t expect any new Starlink toys.Fortunately, the best thing about Starlink: Battle For Atlas is that it totally holds up as a game even if you strip out the toys gimmick. As I said in our review, it’s a really nifty open-world sci-fi action-adventure game for kids with excellent ship controls in space and on land. The game already let you purchase digital equivalents of physical toy pieces. And going forward the team will release new weapons and ships and pilots solely digitally. There’s other new content on the way as well like a racing mode and exclusive extra Star Fox missions for Nintendo Switch.So look on the bright side, Starlink fans. Your houses are about to get way less cluttered. For more on cool toys that are still sticking around check out these awesome Gundam, Street Fighter, and Transformers toys. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

South Caicos fire survivors get help

first_img State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Breaking: Fire at Providenciales’ Dump Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The Red Cross and the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies have teamed up to get urgent supplies to Richard ‘Dickie’ Stubbs and his family; the Stubbs family lost everything in a fire in South Caicos which devoured their home and business last week. While police continue the investigation, the agencies charged with reaching out in times of disaster are doing just that. Lormeka Williams, Director of the TCI Red Cross confirmed the coordination which will see goods including bedding, clothing and hygiene items delivered to South. If you want to help, you can says Mrs. Williams. “Donations can be dropped off at the Red Cross Office between the hours of 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday at the Lucille Lightbourne Building, Suite 2 or call 331-8056.”Police had asked for information in this case, where it is believed a fire was started in the restroom of the bar in Trench town, South Caicos. Related Items:Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, Fire, help, lormeka williams, lucille lightbourne building, red cross, richard “dickie” stubbs, south caicos, trench town Long Island fire extinguishedlast_img read more

Government Overhaul Proposal Would Rationalize Federal Property Management

first_imgA wide-ranging White House plan to reorganize the federal government released last week largely leaves the Pentagon untouched, but it includes several recommendations to shrink the federal real property footprint. The plan improves incentives for agencies to divest of unneeded assets, establishes a new budgetary mechanism for capital projects and outlines better leasing practices, reports Federal News Radio. It calls for several changes to the disposal process for unneeded properties:allowing agencies to retain sales’ net proceeds and dedicating them to real property use without further appropriation;expanding allowable uses of the General Services Administration Disposal Fund to support agencies with the upfront costs of disposition; andeliminating all conveyance authorities and allowing surplus properties to go straight to market.The proposal expands on the 2016 Federal Assets Sale Transfer Act of 2016, which established a Public Buildings Reform Board to review agency recommendations for property disposal and included some language to streamline the disposal process.Beyond reforming federal real estate practices, the White House plan would:shift the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program to the departments of Interior and Transportation;transfer the responsibility for performing background investigations for security clearances and employment from the Office of Personnel Management to DOD; andmove the Interior Department’s Central Hazardous Materials program and a similar program run by the Agriculture Department to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program in an effort to streamline management of cleanups at abandoned mine sites.Many of the recommendations would require approval from Congress, where Democrats are expected to resist much of the plan, reported the Washington Post.Photo by Ben Aveling Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Convergence meet held at Cyberabad Commissionerate

first_imgHyderabad: To curb traffic congestions in the city and other issues relating to traffic in IT corridor, four-line railway under bridge at Hitec city and constructions around the Cantonment area were discussed in the convergence meeting which was held at Cyberabad Commissionerate. The meeting was attended by GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore, Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Managing Director Venkata Narasimha Reddy, CPDCL, MD G Raghuma Reddy, Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts Joint Collectors Ravi and Harish and officials of different governmental organisations. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Few IT company representatives who attended the meeting decided to come on board voluntarily and implement inclement weather traffic management protocol. IT companies are willing to work with traffic police on a staggering protocol that can inform when and what size traffic to stagger, agreements between the company facility managers and Cyberabad traffic police will be signed and a map of major companies in impacted areas in the agreement will be drawn up to regulate traffic. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us It was decided that the infrastructure and other developmental work which are being carried out by the various departments in the city would be completed in a timely manner with proper coordination. Greater Hyderabad Municipality Corporation (GHMC) has decided to grant permission to constructions of multi-storied buildings in the borders of the cantonment area but they first have to acquire a NOC letter from the Cantonment board before the permission from GHMC. Advertise With Us Army Officials said since the Army has many sensitive and security elements in the Cantonment area, a NOC letter has to be granted from the Army in the context of issuing permits for the multi-storey building along the cantonment grounds. Dana Kishore ordered Town Planning officials not to grant permissions for multi-storied building before a letter of NOC from the Cantonment authorities. Dana Kishore has instructed the Water Board officials to take appropriate action to remove the pipeline which is an obstacle to the construction of the four-line railway under bridge at Hitec City, as requested by the Railway Officials. During heavy rains in the Greater Hyderabad, water logging centres must be identified and there should be a continuous monitoring of water logging. A senior officer from GHMC will be deployed for every two circles and these officers would be known as the Monsoon Monitoring Officer, they would be tasked with identifying areas of water logging in the circles assigned to them and working with relevant field officers, said Dana Kishore. GHMC Commissioner said The Hyderabad Road Development Corporation requested to provide large scale compensation for various development projects in the city, and the government has been asked to review the matter once again.last_img read more

AppOnboard Studio Lets Anyone Create a Mobile Game Demo Without Coding

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 App development platform AppOnboard just launched a new tool that gives anyone the ability to craft a mobile game demo without the need for coding.AppOnboard Studio rolled out globally on Thursday. It supports popular software like Adobe Creative Suite and Sketch, so creators can easily import art and other assets. Once a demo is finished, the developer can launch it and promote their app on the Apple App Store, Google Play, social networking platforms, ad networks, and more.AppOnboard has been working on it for the last three years, and said there’s nothing else on the market that allows people to develop and create fully-functioning app demos.“As we watched the cost of app development continue to skyrocket and require more specialized skills, coding, experience, larger teams, tools and engineers, we developed AppOnboard Studio to remove 99% of those costs,” it said in a blog post on Thursday.center_img Some developers have already used AppOnboard’s tools to create demos for titles like the free-to-play RPG “Marvel Strike Force” and strategy RPG “Aion.” Anyone who wants to use AppOnboard Studio can join its wishlist on the company’s website.“We have been amazed by the power of AppOnboard Studio and recently watched in awe as a small team of artists with a great idea and some early art assets leveraged AppOnboard Studio to bring their idea to life and create their first app,” it said. “We couldn’t be more excited to see the brilliant ideas that continue to come to life with AppOnboard Studio.”last_img read more

Luxperience 2017 currently underway in Sydney ha

first_imgLuxperience 2017, currently underway in Sydney, has announced dates for next year with exhibitor early bird deals on offer for 2018 at 2017 rates, when booked before 31 December 2017.Luxperience 2018 – with the theme “The Blueprint – a world redesigned” – will run between 16 to 19 September 2018 in Sydney, with the venue to be confirmed soon. The theme is anchored round creativity and inspirational planning, encouraging out of the box concepts and personalised experiences offered through the premium travel and events industry.Exhibitor rates start from $7340 inclusive of GST for an individual suite, with involvement in over five networking events, up to 55 pre-scheduled appointments, access to the Thought Leaders Forum, the opportunity to participate in the Luxperience Awards, and media opportunities. All enquiries: beinspired@luxperience.com.au earlybirdsLuxperience 2018last_img read more

BoC announces appointment of Maria Philippou as BoD member

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesBank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, said that the European Central Bank approved on Monday the appointment of Maria Philippou as member of its board of directors.“Philippou will also participate as a member of the human resources and remuneration committee,” the bank said on Tuesday.Her appointment applies for both the board of Bank of Cyprus Holdings Public Limited and Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited, the bank said.Other members of the human resource committee chaired by Michael Spanos are Michael Heger and Anat Bar-Gera.You May LikeAuto OverloadVietnam War Photographs That Were Never Shown In History ClassAuto OverloadUndoAnswer MindTrying to Lose Weight? Eat These 5 ThingsAnswer MindUndoIQgal7 Early Warning Signs of Cancer Women Shouldn’t IgnoreIQgalUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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