Punjab to seek GST exemption for job work sector

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 3 (PTI) Punjab will seek exemption for unorganised job work sector from GST and pitch for removing anomalies in the tax rates during the upcoming meeting of the GST Council on August 5, a state minister said today.Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, who will attend the GST Council meeting, said he will also raise the sensitive issue of GST on langar (community kitchen) in the Golden Temple. Manpreet has been meeting representatives of several industry verticals, including sports goods and textile, to know about their grievances regarding GST.”Textile industry is seeking complete GST exemption for job work sector. Besides, other industries like bicycle have also sought similar exemption for job work,” Badal said.”People engaged in job work sector which does embroidery work, buttoning etc run operations from their houses. This sector should be exempted as there is not going to be huge collection of tax from it,” said Badal.He further pointed out anomalies in tax rates existing in several verticals like sewing machines, tractor industries, garment and sports goods industries.He further said he will also take up the issue of GST on langar.The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had pointed out that GST would cause adverse effect on buying of food items for langar purposes.The Golden Temple faces an extra financial burden of Rs 10 crore a year with the implementation of the GST.Badal while taking a dig at Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said she was the union minister who could take up GST on langar issue with the central government.advertisementOn the issue of seeking permission for more borrowing from the Centre to implement debt waiver, Badal said the central government should accept the request of the state government for a one-time exemption from the provisions of the FRBM Act, 2003 that restrict its borrowings to a maximum of 3 per cent of the GSDP. He said the Centre should give one-time exemption to the state as it had done while converting settlement of Rs 31,000 crore cash credit limit issue to debt. “Why should they refuse us (one time exemption)? Three months back, Rs 31,000 crore was converted into loan by the Centre. Was not it relaxation in FRBM,” he asked.Chief minister Amarinder Singh in a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had sought a one-time exemption to the state government from the provisions of the FRBM Act, 2003 that restrict its borrowings to a maximum of 3 per cent of the GSDP.The chief minister had sought permission from the Centre to allow the state government to raise additional borrowings of Rs 10,000 crore from financial institutions/market to help mitigate the financial distress of the farmers. On the issue of recovery notices sent by banks to farmers, Badal said he will take up the matter with the RBI in this regard, saying banks should not “humiliate” growers.On giving smartphones as promised in poll manifesto, Badal said the government may start distributing mobile handsets from Diwali. “It may be Diwali. We will conduct competitive bidding for it and those companies who give phones of best terms will be selected,” he said.The Congress before polls had promised to give 50 lakh smartphones with one year of free data and calling to the youth in the state, to empower them and connect them digitally, once it comes to power. PTI CHS MRlast_img read more

21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Dabo Swinney Reveals What He Told Nick Saban After Game

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson and Alabama have split their four meetings the last four seasons. They’ve also split the last four national championships.Did we mention they have identical records over that time span? It is pretty obvious that the college football hierarchy right now is Alabama, Clemson and then everyone else.Will we see that hierarchy stay intact and the arrival of Clemson-Alabama V in 2019? Dabo Swinney certainly thinks so.Today, Swinney told reporters that he told Nick Saban after last night’s game that he’ll “see you next year.”Dabo: I told coach Saban “see you next year” because I know they’ll be back.Yep.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 8, 2019Does anyone really want to bet against Dabo here? That loss last night was crushing for the Crimson Tide but it shouldn’t stop them from loading back up for next fall.Clemson and Alabama should enter next season as the top two teams in preseason polls. There’s a strong chance they will both be in the playoff again.That might be boring for some college football fans, but it seems to suit Swinney just fine.last_img read more

18 PSBs hit by 2480 cases of fraud of Rs 32000 cr

first_imgIndore: A total of 2,480 cases of fraud involving a huge sum of Rs 31,898.63 crore rattled 18 public sector banks in the first quarter of this fiscal, an RTI query has revealed. The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) remained the biggest prey to frauds with 38 per cent share, Neemuch-based activist Chandrashekhar Gaur told PTI on Sunday quoting an official of the RBI who furnished him replies to his RTI application. As many as 1,197 cases of cheating involving Rs 12,012.77 crore were detected in SBI in the first quarter, according to the RTI reply. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAfter SBI, Allahabad Bank faced the heat with 381 cheating cases involving Rs 2,855.46 crore. Punjab National Bank stood third in the list with 99 sham cases worth Rs 2,526.55 crore. However, the information provided by the RBI does not give specific details of the nature of banking fraud and the losses suffered by banks or their customers. On losses suffered by PSU banks due to frauds, the RBI said it did not have figures available as to how much amount was lost by theses banks during the period under review. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostA total of 75 cases of fraud involving Rs 2,297.05 crore were reported in Bank of Baroda in the first quarter, while 45 cases of fraud amounting to Rs 2,133.08 crore in Oriental Bank of Commerce, 69 cases worth Rs 2,035.81 crore in Canara Bank, 194 cases worth Rs 1,982.27 crore in Central Bank of India, 31 cases of fraud of Rs 1,196.19 crore in United Bank of India were witnessed. Likewise, Corporation Bank detected Rs 960.80 crore worth fraud in 16 cases, Indian Overseas Bank Rs 934.67 crore in 46 cases, Syndicate Bank Rs 795.75 crore in 54 cases, Union Bank of India Rs 753.37 crore in 51 cases, Bank of India, Rs 517 crore in 42 cases and UCO Bank detected Rs 470.74 crore fraud in 34 cases. Other banks, which fell victim to fraud included Bank of Maharashtra, Andhra Bank, Indian Bank and Punjab and Sind Bank.last_img read more

Irene Gentle named editor at the Toronto Star first woman to hold

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Star has named Irene Gentle as its new editor, the first woman to hold the job.Gentle replaces Michael Cooke, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in June.She has been the Star’s managing editor since June 2016. The promotion is effective immediately.Gentle joined the Star in 2011 as business editor and was named assistant managing editor and city editor in 2012.Before the Star, she worked at the Hamilton Spectator.The Star and the Spectator are owned by Torstar Corp. which also owns daily and community newspapers throughout Ontario and a majority interest in VerticalScope.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B)last_img read more

US job openings fell in November to stillstrong 69 million

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. job openings fell in November from the previous month, but the number of available positions remained healthy.The Labor Department says job openings slipped 3.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 million. That is the fewest openings in five months, but still 16 per cent higher than a year ago.The job market remains strong despite sharp stock market declines last month, interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, and a slowing global economy that is also bedeviled by trade fights. Last week’s blockbuster jobs report helped assuage concerns about the economy, as it showed that hiring reached a 10-month high in December.The number of people quitting fell in November, the report showed, but the total also stayed at a solid level.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Former Bosnian Croat leaders granted temporary leave by UN war crimes tribunal

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, ordered today that the five men be released from tomorrow until 4 May, a day before the defence case in their collective trial – known as the Prlic and others case – is scheduled to begin.Under the conditions of the release, the accused will reside in Croatia and the authorities in that country will provide all necessary security measures and ensure the return of the men to the ICTY’s custody. All five are also expected to appear before the Tribunal for hearings on 17 and 26 March and a pre-defence conference on 21 April.The men being released are Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic and Valentin Coric, while the other man facing trial in the case is Berislav Pušic. All six have previously been granted temporarily release from ICTY detention during earlier court recesses.The accused, former high-level leaders in the Bosnian Croat wartime entity known as Herceg-Bosna, stand accused of war crimes committed in 1992 and 1993 against Bosnian Muslims and other non-Croats in south-western and central Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the municipalities of Prozor, Gornji Vakuf, Jablanica, Mostar, Ljubuški, Stolac, Capljina and Vareš.The many charges include murder, rape, unlawful deportation, imprisonment, cruel treatment, unlawful labour, the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds. 20 February 2008Five former senior Bosnian Croat figures facing trial over their actions during the Balkan wars of the 1990s have been granted temporary release by the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of that era. read more

Trump administration loses bid to dismiss monument lawsuits

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration’s bid to dismiss lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a 2017 decision to downsize two sprawling national monuments in Utah.U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan’s written decisions issued late Monday night means the legal challenges seeking to return the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to their original sizes can move forward.Chutkan didn’t decide the key question at the core of the lawsuits: Does the Antiquities Act give presidents the power to create monuments as well as reduce them?The government has already created new management plans for the downsized monuments. Trump downsized Bears Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase by nearly half.The lawsuits were filed by environmental organizations, tribal coalitions, an outdoor recreation company and a paleontology organization.Brady McCombs, The Associated Press read more

Car manufacturing picks up pace in March as home and export markets

Click through to download the full UK car manufacturing news release for March 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK car production rose 12% in March to 142,158 units, bringing 2014-to-date growth to 2.9%.Good news for UK’s volume manufacturers as European demand for cars strengthens.Nearly 80% of cars manufactured are for global export markets, enhancing UK balance of trade.“The 12% growth in UK car production in March is a significant step forward after a period of product changes at the start to the year,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “After several years in the doldrums, European demand for new cars is now picking up with growth in the last seven months. This is a welcome boost for the UK’s volume manufacturers for whom Europe is the key market. As new models are launched and investments realised, the sector remains on course for all-time record levels of output by 2017.”Car manufacturing output rolling year totalCar manufacturing output, year-to-date, 2012-2014 read more

Wine grape preharvest monitoring service returns

With harvest season around the corner, a popular online pre-harvest monitoring service for Niagara grape growers is once again telling the story of this year’s crop.Building on the success of last year’s program, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and the Grape Growers of Ontario are tracking the progress of this season’s wine grape ripening. The results will be posted weekly on CCOVI’s website.CCOVI viticulturist Jim Willwerth will co-ordinate ongoing grape sampling and analysis at four Niagara locations over the coming weeks. He will track key indicators of fruit ripeness to help assess the variation in ripening across the region.Willwerth will sample four of the region’s most common vinifera wine grape varieties (Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) at four separate vineyards — two on each side of the Welland Canal.Linda Tremblay, lead technologist in the analytical lab at CCOVI, will test samples for sugar, pH, titrable acidity and volatile acidity. CCOVI technician Lynda van Zuiden will help handle the additional processing volume for this year’s program.Results will also be reported at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs site.Program data will also feed into a database CCOVI is developing for year-to-year comparisons in support of research it is conducting on the impact of climate change on Ontario’s grape and wine industry.“This service allows for important pre-harvest data to be shared among grape growers and winemakers in Niagara,” said Debbie Inglis, CCOVI director. “This is a shining example of how our institute is working together with growers and wineries to meet their needs.”Willwerth was hired last summer to help CCOVI support grape growers and winemakers with applied research and outreach focused on priorities identified by the industry. The CCOVI Analytical Services lab opened in March 2010. read more

John Constable sketches found among box of dusty drawings by son of

A dusty cardboard-box filled with drawings in unprepossessing 1950s frames brought in to a London auctioneer has turned out to contain two previously-unpublished studies by John Constable, the great 19th-century master.The drawings belong to Tam Fry, the son of the late playwright Christopher Fry, who was in the process of clearing out and selling the family home.Mr Fry, 81, told the Sunday Telegraph: “We thought they were beautiful, but we never realised they were Constable… To be told the provenance is unbelievable.”Suzanne Zack, head of British and European Art at Chiswick Auctions, spoke of her excitement over finding two pen-and-ink studies of a woodland glade by the genius who painted masterpieces such as The Hay Wain.She said: “These things were covered in dust, and hadn’t been researched at all.”She subsequently showed them to Anne Lyles, the leading Constable expert and former Tate curator, who describes them as “exciting” discoveries, “small compositional drawings in pen, ink and wash which can be dated to Constable’s late period”. The drawings will be offered in the forthcoming British & European Fine Art sale on March 6 at Chiswick Auctions They are thought to be Constable’s early thoughts in illustrating the scene of Jaques and the Wounded Stag from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. He produced various designs as one of the artists commissioned to illustrate The Seven Ages of Shakespeare, a compendium published in 1840.The drawings are small – just 2½ x 3¼ inches (83 x 64 mm) and 1 13/16 x 3 inches (77 x 47 mm) respectively.Zack said: “What’s amazing is that, in a few pen-and-ink marks with brown wash, he creates the light and shade of a composition. You can see that he did it quickly and drew a little frame around it… It shows his brilliance – how quickly they were done, but also how he was able to create a real composition in a tiny format.”Asked how unusual it is to find previously-unknown Constable sketches, she said: “They are very scarce.”Fry, who died in 2005 aged 97, made his name in the 1940s with The Lady’s Not for Burning and Venus Observed. As one of the foremost playwrights of the English stage, his productions drew great actors, including Laurence Olivier.The drawings will be offered in the forthcoming British & European Fine Art sale on March 6 at Chiswick Auctions. Believed to have been bought in 1951 for £3, they are estimated to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000 each.      Tam Fry, who chairs the National Obesity Forum, joked: “{My father] would have said ‘they are now going to be the property of people who really do value the items’… [He] had a great sense of humour. He would have said, ‘what a pity my pig-ignorant son didn’t understand [them]’. He would have found that very amusing.” The drawings will be offered in the forthcoming British & European Fine Art sale on March 6 at Chiswick AuctionsCredit:Chiswick Auctions 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. read more

EHF President Michael Wiederer We treat all European leagues the same way

← Previous Story Meshkov Brest – 10 days, four matches, no win! Next Story → RK Vardar against Meshkov Brest for SEHA Gazprom F4 Final EHFEHF presidentMichael Wiederer “March 24” is hot topic in European handball. Problem between EHF and HBL with conclusion in decision of Rhein Neckar Lowen to send second team at EHF CL TOP 16 match in Kielce, opened a lot of question.EHF President Michael Wiederer spoke to HandballWoche and EHF CL website about schedule problem with Germans.The EHF does not have a power struggle with the HBL, but it is true that the current discussion is not good for handball. We are in close contact with the rapidly developing French league, the Hungarian league and the SEHA league. So why should we have a power struggle with the HBL? The current discussion is an isolated HBL matter, our job is to organise a Europe-wide competition as a platform for everybody, therefore the HBL cannot claim that we have not handled them correctly. We have to treat the fans and the clubs in Kielce and Szeged in exactly the same way as we do all those competing in the competition. This means for example that throw-off times in Hungary and Poland are decided in these markets.  For many years we have aligned our competitions with the needs and requirements of the HBL. We are not for or against the HBL, but have to do our job for the whole of European handball. All leagues have the same status. We have often heard that we are too ‘German-friendly’ but at the same time are criticised by the German league – said Wiederer and added:The dates for this season’s Champions League schedule were set two years ago and now, for a second time, the HBL has caused scheduling problems. A few seasons ago, the German Cup final tournament was organised at the same time as the Champions League quarter-finals. Now they have scheduled this match (to be shown on German public TV channel, ARD) at the same time as the Last 16. We have not caused this problem but have to cope with the situation. We have been praised by many European clubs for not bending to the demands of the HBL.Rhein Neckar Lowen won’t be banned because “second team” in Kielce…There will be no consequences, as long as they use the eligible players from their squad. However, this is an important point for the criteria list for future Champions League participation; namely how a club approaches and values the competition.Rhein Neckar-Löwen offer to play against Kielce on Sunday…We had a similar situation in the group phase; Rhein-Neckar-Löwen had a Bundesliga match in Leipzig on Saturday followed by a Champions League match at Barcelona on Sunday. This decision was criticised in the media by their coach, sports director and players, even though this solution had been proposed by Rhein-Neckar Löwen. We have to take into consideration the health of the players, just as Rhein-Neckar Löwen argued at the time. Therefore, we had to dismiss the possibility of playing the match on Sunday.A version of this interview also appears in the latest edition of the German weekly handball newspaper, Handballwoche read more

Take your Favorite Meat Anywhere with My First Bacon

first_imgIf you thought bacon was over, think again. Now you can take delicious bacon with you wherever you go or just cuddle him at night with ThinkGeek’s My First Bacon. The cuddly plush bacon toy started as an April Fool’s joke, but like many products that ThinkGeek announces as April Fool’s jokes, got such a rise out of the geek community that they just had to make him real. My First Bacon will set you back $19.99, and can be only be ordered from ThinkGeek directly. When you squeeze him, he says “I’m bacon!” He’s a huggable 19-inches tall by 7-inches wide, and recommended for children (and adults) ages 3 and up.last_img read more

Review round up The House of Marley audio collection

first_imgIt’s not always easy to choose the right set of headphones. You want them to look nice, sound good, and be sturdy enough that you won’t have to replace them any time soon. The team at House of Marley audio collection specializes in not only standing out, but being consistently made of recyclable materials. Here we’ve provided a roundup, one audio device from each of their product categories.Smile Jamaica earbudsMy favorite thing about the Smile Jamaica earbuds is how they stand out of the crowd. The buds have a thick fabric-covered braided cord with just enough color to stand out in the packaging. The cable ends with a little rubber stopper in between the cord and the buds. The majority of the buds — certainly the parts that will stick out of your ear — are made from the same FSC-certified mahogany and beech wood found in many acoustic guitars.The package comes with three different size ear tips, one smaller and one larger than the pair that come attached. Despite being a little bulkier as a result of the thicker cords, the Smile Jamaica buds are comfortable to wear for hours, and after shoving them in pocket after pocket they have yet to tangle up. The Smile Jamaica’s come in three different cable styles, allowing you to have either a straight cable, or a cable with a microphone for mobile devices. The third variant of the cable includes musical controls, but the website warns that it works with iOS-devices only.The sound generated by the Smile Jamaica earbuds is very clean with a great balance of high pitch noises and handle every king of music I threw at it well. The 8mm moving coil drivers in these earbuds also deliver a surprising bass kick, adding character to most everything you play without being so strong as to try to vibrate out of your head. Unlike many less expensive earbuds, the Smile Jamaica’s maintained their audio quality as it got louder, instead of allowing the sound to become muddy or overly bassy.House of Marley bills the tips as being “noise isolating”, and while I didn’t find them to be exactly that the earbuds get more than loud enough to drown out most of the world around you, with very little of the sound seeping back out into the world around you. For $30, the Smile Jamaica earbuds are terrific. Not only do they look and feel great, but they deliver more than enough quality sound to make the average mobile music fan happy.Revolution on-ear headphonesMid-range on-ear headphones are tricky business. The goal for any company to approach this range is to keep costs as low as possible without losing too much sound quality. The House of Marley Revolution headphones try to fit that mold. The headphones themselves are made of recyclable aluminum and canvas, giving them a light but sturdy feel to them. The headphones have a nice fabric woven cable that comes in either straight cable or microphone and iOS music controller cable. The cable is not removable from the headphones, but the Revolution collapses using a pair of swivel joints just above the headphones, so there’s little to no tress put on the cable when it is placed in storage. Despite being on-ear headphones, the Revolutions do not push on the ears, and so let you wear them for hours without discomfort.Compared to the rest of the House of Marley audio devices I’ve experienced for this review, the Revolutions are a bit disappointing. While managing to be light and comfortable, the Revolutions are not nearly as clean and crisp as the rest of the House of Marley lineup. Almost everything you listen to with these headphones is very bass heavy, and in cases where the song is meant to be bassy it just comes out muddy. During a phone call or with purely instrumental music, the Revolutions sound much better, but most other things you try to listen to the headphones did not live up to the rest of the brand. For $90, the Revolutions fall into the mid-range trap of failing to balance between decrease in cost and decrease in quality.Destiny TTR headphonesAt CES this year, one of the representatives put a pair of Destiny TTR’s on my head and told me it would be the best audio experience I had ever had. They sounded pretty good, but I was in a room with nearly 5,000 other loud people, so I simply smiled and moved on. When I received a pair to review, I knew that the top of the line at House of Marley was going to need a little more attention.As the only pair of over-the-ear headphones that House of Marley sells, the TTR’s are by far the largest of their headphones. The head band and ear cups are a soft leather that breathes well enough that your head doesn’t get hot wearing them for long periods of time. The rest of the headphones that you can see is recyclable aluminum, making them feel light and strong. The TTRs come with two different cables and a handful of accessories in the hard case you find inside the packaging. You have a Studio style 52-inch braided straight cable, a much shorter cable with a microphone and phone control built in, and a pair of 3.5mm jack converters. The TTRs are powered headphones, requiring a pair of AAA batteries to drive the headphones. Unfortunately, the headphones don’t work without the batteries so if they die while you are on the go you are stuck until you find some more.From the moment you put the TTRs on and turn the switch, your head is encompassed in whatever your headphones are plugged into. The sound isolating design of the headphones keeps most sounds out when you aren’t listening to music, and pushed the rest of the sounds out when music starts playing. The sound is incredibly clean, some of the most balanced headphones I have ever enjoyed. The bass sounds like it is farther away than the actual headphones as a result of your ears not resting right against the headphone. Phone calls, instrumental, and heavy bass all sound great with these headphones.The House of Marley TTR’s are my favorite sounding headphones to date. Many of my colleagues didn’t feel the same way, but that was because they could hear what I was hearing from up to two rooms away. The TTRs do absolutely nothing to keep the sound inside the headphones, you might as well be wearing them backwards there’s so much audio leak. For $300, House of Marley clearly put their best foot forward. These headphones sound amazing, and come with quality accessories that help make them useful in a wide variety of situations. Unless your workspace had a door, or everyone else in your office has headphones on, you’ll probably have to refrain from keeping your skull mounted boom box in the office, but wherever you use them you are sure to enjoy the experience.And now for something completely differentHouse of Marley has made quite a name for themselves with high quality audio equipment that not only stands out but is marginally more eco-friendly than most of their competitors. The House of Marley guys also make some home and mobile audio devices, the most recent of which was unveiled at CES this year. The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm is a portable stereo system. Like the boom boxes of yesteryear, the Bag needs six D batteries to function without the power cord. For an eco-friendly company to force users to rely on disposable batteries seemed a little strange, but the team at House of Marley tells of a rechargeable battery pack that will be available “soon”. The bag is designed for an iPhone or iPad to dock into it, but includes an AUX jack for the rest of us.Out of this torso-sized noise machine with its 4.5-inch woofers and a matching pair of 1-inch tweeters comes plenty of high quality audio. The bag is capable of getting very loud without losing audio quality, and like many of House of Marley’s other products, provides a nice balance of clean sounding audio with just enough bass to compliment. The bag is light enough, and the strap supportive enough, that you could absolutely enjoy walking down the street blasting arrest-worthy volume levels with no problems.For $350, you’d need a really good reason to convince yourself that you just had to have one of these. I’ll admit that while I enjoyed the audio quality of the Bag of Rhythm, I kept it in my car in the hopes that when I was out somewhere the opportunity would present itself where I’d be able to bust out some tunes and have a good time. If you find yourself spending a lot of time at a park or on the beach where this kind of equipment won’t get you in any trouble, then the Bag or Rhythm would be an incredible addition to your audio arsenal.You can find the entire line of House of Marley gear at http://www.thehouseofmarley.comSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCMarley-Personal-Audio-Product-Catalog-Jan-2011-e1294198857178last_img read more

Nokia Maps désormais disponible hors ligne

first_imgNokia Maps désormais disponible hors ligneDisponible jusqu’ici en HTML 5 depuis un navigateur web, l’application Nokia Maps dispose désormais d’un mode hors ligne qui nécessite simplement de télécharger les cartes au préalable.En prélude au Nokia World qui se déroule aujourd’hui même, le fabricant finlandais a annoncé une mise à jour de son application web “Nokia Maps”. Une nouvelle version qui apporte des petits changements qui vont néanmoins s’avérer très utiles. En effet, grâce à cette mise à jour, il est désormais possible d’utiliser l’application hors-ligne. À lire aussiUne nouvelle cartographie ultra-précise pour protéger la biodiversité Pour cela, il suffit de télécharger tout simplement ses trajets ou cartes en Wi-Fi afin de pouvoir y accéder en mode hors connexion. Pratique lorsque l’on se trouve dans une zone non couverte en 3G ou lorsque l’on dispose d’un forfait data limité. Par contre, il faudra tout de même se connecter pour accéder au calcul d’itinéraires.  Outre ce mode hors-ligne, Nokia a également une autre nouveauté. En plus du guidage routier et piéton existant, l’utilisateur peut désormais bénéficier d’un guidage en transport en commun. Cependant, la liste des villes dans lesquelles la fonction est disponible n’a pour l’heure pas été communiquée, les captures d’écrans ne montrant que Londres, précise Clubic.com. Enfin, l’application peut aussi afficher les points d’intérêts situés à proximité de l’utilisateur, adresses et lieux, ainsi que les avis correspondants, des photos ou des informations pratiques.  Le 26 octobre 2011 à 10:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Magnetic Media Boundless Borderless

first_img CEO goes on Maternity Leave; now Shorrell Dames is reporting Magnetic Media recommended Valentine’s Day Events Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:instant media, magnetic media, podcast Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2014 – Magnetic Media is really on the move! The Gateway of the Caribbean! We are giving audiences an Instant Media (IM) experience and growing our digital fan and follower base! All major social media! Up to date on new media platforms! Expanding on traditional media! And for the first time in the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas; our TV and Radio news is available on i Tunes! Podcast! This is just the beginning… stay tuned; November and December 2014 will bring even more multi-media & multi-market breakthroughs as we enhance ways to see our Clients, our Content, our Culture and our Caribbean! We believe in ONE Caribbean!SUBSCIBE HERE!https://itunes.apple.com/tc/podcast/magnetic-media-caribbean-news/id928762719?mt=2last_img read more

Etihad Airways leads World Travel Awards winners in Middle East

first_img Recommended for you Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDubai, May 5th 2015 – Etihad Airways has retained its title as the Middle East’s Leading Airline for an incredible ninth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards.The United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier was recognised during a red carpet awards presentation evening at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach in front of hundreds of Middle Eastern tourism leaders.Also picking up the a coveted trophy was Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah which claimed the Middle East’s Leading Hotel title, while Jebel Ali Golf Resort walked away with the prize for Middle East’s Leading Family Resort.Speaking during the event World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege for World Travel Awards to recognise the leading airlines, hotels and tour operators from across the Middle East here at the luxury Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.“This beautiful property – which itself takes the title of Middle East’s Leading New Resort – has provided us with a wonderful backdrop for this prestigious event.“Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing them later in the year for the World Travel Awards Grand Final.”Also among the winners at Four Seasons was Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, which took the title of Middle East’s Leading Boutique Hotel, Le Royal Meridien, recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Spa Resort, and the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, which took the title of Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board.Hailed by worldwide media for its role in identifying and rewarding excellence in the travel and tourism sector, World Travel Awards celebrates its 22nd anniversary in 2015 and is acknowledged as the ultimate travel accolade.World Travel Awards global events are widely recognised as the best networking opportunity within the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Related Items:dubai, etihad airlines, four seasons resort, world travel awards Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awardslast_img read more

Junior Joy Team brings cheer to City Hall

first_imgIt wasn’t random, but it certainly was kind.Members of the newly formed Junior Joy Team stopped by Vancouver City Hall on Monday to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness week. The children, ages 6 to 11, brought more than 260 bags filled with hand-drawn pictures, notes and candy to give to each of the city’s employees. It was the kick-off event for the group and has been in the works since January.“The kids couldn’t sleep last night,” said parent Dana Damara. “They were so excited.”The group, like its adult version, aims to spread joy and optimism to the community.Joy Team founder Michele Larsen founded the adult group in February 2011. She said a children’s group was a natural part of the group’s evolution because her children accompanied her to many of the adult group’s events.“I thought maybe we should have the Junior Joy Team, so kids can choose (the projects),” Larsen said.The kids group first met in January.“It was seriously a board meeting over mac ’n’ cheese and carrots,” Damara said.The first thing the kids chose to do was visit city employees.On Sunday, they spent an hour and a half stuffing cards, hand-drawn pictures and candy into heart-covered bags while learning about city departments.On Monday morning, seven of the 10 team members took a tour of City Hall, passing out goodie bags along the way. The children attend Hough Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic and King’s Way Christian schools.Michele Larsen’s daughter, Taryn, 8, said she wanted to meet the mayor and spread joy through the community.The kids said the highlight of the trip was spending time behind the councilors’ chairs and answering questions from Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. The mayor, who played a concerned citizen during a pretend meeting, suggested to the councilors-in-training that the city needs more police officers.Kellen Larsen, 10, another one of Michele’s kids, handled it like a pro.“Well, let us think about that,” he said, while sitting in Councilor Larry Smith’s chair.All of the kids fielded another question from the audience: “Is this better than being in math class?”The answer was a unanimous “yes.”Jill Bingham, an administrative assistant in the city’s economic development department, made sure it would be OK for the kids travel through the building and had a representative from each department talk about what he or she does. She also guided the students through the work area to hand out the gifts.last_img read more

One Texas Board Of Education Primary Result Could Spell A Return To

first_imgShe holds extreme views on many subjects and often affirms various conspiracy theories on her personal Facebook page. This week, she put up a few posts suggesting survivors of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting who have publicly advocated for gun control measures are “crisis actors,” not students, a notion that has been widely debunked.Two Democrats are also running for Hardy’s seat: Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist and special education advocate in Fort Worth, and Celeste Light, who has no campaign website set up and has not responded to media requests for comment.Decisive primariesThree State Board members — Beaumont Republican David Bradley, Dallas Republican Geraldine “Tincy” Miller and Fort Worth Democrat Erika Beltran — are stepping down this year. In all three seats, a candidate from the incumbent’s party is running unopposed in the primary: Matt Robinson in Bradley’s District 7, Pam Little in Miller’s District 12, and Aicha Davis in Beltran’s District 13.Given their voting history, those districts are unlikely to change party hands, meaning those three candidates will win, said Mark Jones, political science professor at Rice University. “We often talk about how the primaries are decisive. In the State Board of Education, they’re 100 percent decisive,” he said. “There’s no doubt whatsoever about who’s going to win in November because of the way the districts have been drawn.”Bradley, one of those incumbents, is widely considered one of the most socially conservative and most divisive members on the board, supporting abstinence-only education and creationism in science classes.“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state,” he said, before the board voted to adopt more right-leaning social studies curriculum standards in 2010. “I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”In 2016, he sent an email proposing board members walk out of a discussion about a Mexican-American studies textbook that advocates and academics considered racist, in order to “deny the Hispanics a record vote.”Bradley’s likely replacement is Robinson, a Friendswood ISD board member and physician, the only Republican running for the District 7 seat. Bradley endorsed Robinson a few months after he filed paperwork to run.“Generally speaking, if you voted for David Bradley in the past, you’d feel good about voting for me,” Robinson said. “If you didn’t, you might still be happy with me.”Robinson said schools should teach abstinence-only sexual education: “I think that should be the limit of what they do.”He supports state subsidy programs that would help parents pay for private schools, such as vouchers or education savings accounts — generally opposed by public education advocates, who see the subsidies as a potential financial drain on public schools.But, unlike many conservatives who support these subsidies, Robinson argues a child who takes state money to a private school should have to take the state standardized test or participate in some other form of state accountability. “It would not really be fair to have no restrictions or oversight whatsoever for private schools where state dollars are going,” he said.Miller, also leaving her seat at the end of the year, is generally considered more moderate than Bradley and is best known for pushing the state’s first law mandating schools serve kids with dyslexia. Miller has endorsed her likely replacement, Pam Little, who is a retired regional vice president at publishing company Houghton Mifflin. Little said she supports abstinence as the first approach to sex education, and has not yet made up her mind on whether health standards should include education on contraception.When Little ran for Miller’s seat in 2012, she said that local communities should be able to decide whether to offer any additional sex education, given the state’s high teen pregnancy rate.Beltran endorsed Davis, her likely replacement, upon retiring from the board. A 2011 transplant to Texas, Davis has been a middle and high school science and engineering teacher for the past decade. But experts say Hardy’s race in particular could help determine whether the board will retain its recent political equilibrium or return to a more polarized iteration characterized by frequent head-butting among the board’s liberal, moderate Republican and social conservative factions, which has earned it national notoriety for decades.“With three open seats, this is a really important election for the state board, because the board has moved closer to the center over the last several election cycles,” said Dan Quinn, spokesperson for left-leaning state board watchdog Texas Freedom Network. “The question is whether it will continue to do that or if we’ll see a swing back to the fringe politics that have dominated the board for the last 20 years, or longer than 20 years.”Whoever wins will be responsible for setting curriculum standards and making textbook recommendations for schools across the state, deciding what 5.4 million Texas students learn.Over the next couple of years, the new board’s responsibilities will include the politically fraught duty of tackling a full revision of health standards, including how schools teach sex education, informing the content for textbooks Texas teachers will use for years.“What students learn about contraception in a state with one of the highest rates of teen birth rates in the nation will be up for debate,” Quinn said.Challenging a swing voteThe State Board of Education has 15 members, each representing nearly 2 million Texans. Though the board is made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, its debates often divide the board three ways — between Democrats, moderate conservatives and social conservatives. Share Facebook campaign pagesLeft to right: State Board of Education District 11 incumbent Pat Hardy and her two Republican primary challengers, Feyi Obamehinti and Cheryl Surber.Over her 16 years on the State Board of Education, Pat Hardy has rallied for her share of socially conservative measures. She’s endorsed keeping “pro-American” values in history textbooks. She’s backed emphasizing “states’ rights” instead of slavery as the cause of the Civil War. And she’s supported teaching “both sides” of arguments around climate change.But her Republican challengers in the March 6 primaries — Feyi Obamehinti and Cheryl Surber— are telling voters that they’re even further to the right. (Surber’s campaign Facebook page even refers to her as the “Donald Trump of the Texas State Board of Education” candidate.)“It’s probably true!” Hardy said. “Which is funny because I’m very conservative. But they are to the right of me.”The Fort Worth representative, a retired public school social studies teacher, is fighting to keep her seat in one of the most anticipated State Board of Education contests this year. Hardy’s District 11 seat is one of seven up in the 2018 midterms, including three other seats where incumbents are also fending off challengers. Three other incumbents are stepping down, prompting open races.  Hardy describes herself as a Republican who doesn’t always fit the mold, often a swing vote on the board.“You have a balance on the board, which means that each of those three groups are compelled to work with one of the others to accomplish their goals,” said David Anderson, a longtime education lobbyist at Hillco Partners. “If you lose Pat to one of the other two candidates, you lose a critical part of that balance.” Hardy’s district covers Parker County and parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.Hardy does not believe Texas should subsidize private school tuition for parents. “I’ve always felt the public school was a unique thing that historically set us apart from other countries because we had free education,” she said. Her opponents argue parents should be able to use state money to go to any type of school they want. Obamehinti, a former public school teacher and current education consultant from Keller, also homeschooled her daughter for 11 years and wants to make it easier for other parents to have the same option.The board has no jurisdiction over whether to approve vouchers or similar programs, but candidates’ views on this issue may indicate whether they want to improve the current public education system or overhaul it in favor of a more free-market approach.Obamehinti also supports teaching creationism in science classrooms and is skeptical of the idea that the state should approve a Mexican-American studies course, a current consideration on the board. She argues she can do a better job of reaching out to constituents than Hardy has done. “I live in District 11, and I have never had any outreach in 16 years,” she said.Surber said she would never be a swing vote on the board. “I’m like the Donald Trump of this race. I want to hear various sides, even sides that might disagree with me,” she said. She said she is not in favor of a Mexican-American studies course for Texas because students are “in the United States of America. We’re not in Mexico. We’re not in Canada. We need to learn American history.”last_img read more