National Conference president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that if his party is voted to power in the upcoming Assembly elections, “regional autonomy will be granted in J&K within 30 days of his party forming the government”.“A roadmap in this regard has been drawn between 1996 and 2002 and the larger objective of regional autonomy will be politico-economic empowerment of all the regions of the State,” said Dr. Abdullah in Jammu. The National Conference moved a similar resolution on April 13, 1999, and was passed with a voice vote on June 26, 2000. The move triggered a major face-off between Dr. Abdullah’s government and the Centre. The resolution was rejected by Parliament without having any discussion. Dr. Abdullah’s fresh remarks on it came on a day when he welcomed former BJP leader Gagan Bhagat into his party. Mr. Bhagat was ex-MLA of the BJP from R.S. Pura. “A regional autonomy mechanism under overall superintendence of the State government will further strengthen the regional unity, which is imperative for singular entity of J&K,” said Dr. Abdullah.Rally plan foiledMeanwhile, NC workers in Srinagar made an attempt to take out a rally over the killing of seven civilians in security forces firing in Pulwama. However, the police foiled the rally, which was led by NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.
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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actress Shivangi Joshi, popularly known by her screen name Naira, is a multitasker. She is busy shooting for the show, and beating the heat simultaneously.Shivangi, who is pretty active on social media, recently posted a picture of herself in a swimming pool looking like a million bucks. The actress had posted the picture on Instagram. Dressed in a black and blue sports bra, Shivangi looked like the stunner that she is.Check out the picture:Who knew Shivangi was a water babe?Also see: Tejasswi Prakash to Shivangi Joshi: The heavy wedding lehengas of these TV actresses will make you sweat in this heat
India’s 2011 World Cup hero and arguably one of the greatest match-winner’s in the limited-overs formats, Yuvraj Singh turns 36 today.It is a very special birthday for the Punjab batsman as he also celebrated his first marriage anniversary a few days ago, and he was conferred with a doctorate by a Gwalior university for his contribution to Indian cricket and the society.Yuvraj tied the knot with Bollywood actor Hazel Keech on November 30 last year in a glittering ceremony which was attended by Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and the Indian team along with celebrities from the Indian film industry.Kohli and Anushka followed in Yuvi and Hazel’s footsteps and got married on Monday in an intimate ceremony in Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, south Italy.Yuvraj, who is a celebrated figure in Indian cricket and is known for his fighting spirit, has over 10,000 international runs in over 400 appearances and has been India’s go-to player on numerous occasions.The left-handed batsman had made a successful comeback into the ODI team this year and played 11 ODIs scoring 372 runs at an average of 41.33.Wishing #TeamIndia all-rounder @YUVSTRONG12 a very Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/6JpciQxqG3- BCCI (@BCCI) December 12, 2017The highlight for him this year was the career-best 150 that he smashed off 127 balls against England in the second ODI of the series at Cuttack in January.The flamboyant batsman then slammed a quickfire 32-ball 53 against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy group stages in June but since then had a string of low scores and was ultimately dropped from the squad after he failed to pass the yo-yo test ahead of the tour to Sri Lanka in August.advertisementBut the fighter that he is, Yuvi has no qualms in conceding that he has been “failing” but the out-of-favour Indian cricketer says he won’t give up on his career at least till 2019.”I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj said last week.Many many happy returns of d day 2 u @YUVSTRONG12 Paa G. U r One of d best inspirational cricketer India ???? has ever produced ?????? May God always bless u wit loads of happiness nd success ??? #legend pic.twitter.com/R9Rr7eZt9j- Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) December 12, 2017″I am not afraid of failure. I have gone through ups and downs. I have seen defeat and that’s what’s the pillar of success.”To be a successful man, to be a successful person in your life, you need failure and you’ve got to be defeated. That will make you a stronger person and it will take you to the next level,” he explained.Yuvraj broke into the international scene after being named the Player of the Tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka.The southpaw was then immediately drafted into the national side for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 where he smashed a match-winning 84 in his debut against Australia in Nairobi and caught the attention of the world thereafter.He has since played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals in his 17-year-career scoring 1900, 8701 and 1177 runs across the respective formats.1,900 Test runs8,701 ODI runs1,177 T20I runsThe fastest 50 in T20I historyHappy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12! pic.twitter.com/I5zQDr3hlk- ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2017Yuvraj will always be remembered for the six sixes that he smashed in one over against England’s Stuart Broad in the inaugural 2007 World T20 at Durban.6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6!Happy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12! pic.twitter.com/3I1NqllFcZ- ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2017But being named Player of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup and receiving the winner’s medal at the Wankhede remains the crowning moment of his career.Happy Birthday to an inseparable part of my life. Wish you nothing but the very best in everything @YUVSTRONG12 . May you have a great year ahead. pic.twitter.com/P32Wy0VdWh- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 12, 2017Yuvraj, who loves to perform at the biggest stage, scored 362 runs in 9 matches at a staggering average of 90.50 with one century and four half-centuries. He also went on to pick 15 wickets in the tournament including two in the final played in Mumbai.His life turned completely upside down after he was diagnosed with a rare germ-cell cancer tumour located between his two lungs which was there when he was representing the country at the World Cup.He immediately headed to the United States after the tournament ended for treatment and rehabilitation. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.advertisementAnd then the prince returned to the Indian team in 2012 after fighting against all odds.Now in the final stages of his career, Yuvraj is eyeing the 2019 World Cup before calling time and we wish him all the best and hope to see him in the Indian team very soon.
Croatia will have more than enough energy to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday despite being taken to extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.The Croats needed penalties to beat Denmark and Russia in the last-16 and quarter-finals respectively and then played another 120 minutes to edge England in the last four and reach their first tournament final.Some of Rakitic’s team mates looked to have reached their physical limits after the England game and were barely able to get off the pitch.Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia finalYet that will matter little in the biggest game the Balkan nation has ever played, Rakitic said on Friday.”There will be excess power and energy, don’t you worry about it,” Rakitic told reporters.”This is an historic game not only for us. For the players but also for everybody who is a Croat.”World Cup 2018: The cup feels so close we can almost touch it, says Matuidi”There will be 4.5 million (population of Croatia) players on the pitch. We will carry each another, we will have the energy. We want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and to say we did everything.”Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent homeCroatia reached the last four at the 1998 World Cup but lost 2-1 to eventual winners France. For Rakitic that game means nothing.”We have to put that game behind us. History is history and the past is the past. We dreamt about (France’s Lilian) Thuram and his two goals for many years but we have to put that past us. They won that tournament. We want to win on Sunday.”advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Croatia ministers wear football team jerseys to cabinet meetingThe creative midfielder, who has won the Champions League, the Europa League and a string of other titles, said he would trade all of his trophies for the World Cup. He would even retire the next day if that was the price he would have to pay.”I would exchange all titles. I would definitely leave my boots at home if that were the price I would have to pay,” the 30-year-old said. “I would pay any price for the success of my country. Individuals don’t matter. It is all about us.”Rakitic was also quick to praise Argentine referee Nestor Pitana who will be in charge of the final. Pitana also refereed Croatia’s shootout victory over Denmark in the round of 16.”I was very glad to see that he will be refereeing. We had the luck to see him perform in the game against Demark. Not only did we win the game but he had a perfect attitude. His linesmen were also fantastic,” Rakitic said.”This is probably his greatest game of his career… I hope after the game we can shake hands and God willing he will congratulate me on our victory.”(With Reuters inputs)
Pat Cummins ahead of the third Test at Melbourne said that there is little room for error when bowling to the world’s best batsman Virat Kohli, as a bowler can’t try “anything funky”.”Of course, early wickets are great and if you get them, then we are still fresh. We have a new ball then and it helps a bit (against the middle order batsmen).”Virat batted really well I thought. Like all really good batsmen he has certain strengths and if you bowl in those areas, he will simply put you away probably nine out of ten times. For us, its just about starting really well and not letting him get off to a flyer. We want to bowl with consistency and bowl plenty of good balls.””Against him, you cannot try anything funky because he has such strengths. I am a happy with how we have bowled at him so far. He batted really well in first innings (at Perth), but we could have also had him a couple times as well,” Cummins said.His Australian pacer partner Mitchell Starc expressed his disappointment at ICC rating the Optus Stadium pitch was as “average” after Australia beat India in the second Test by 146 runs.A few batsmen were hit in Perth, particularly during the second innings, and Starc said that it was just good aggressive Test cricket and such ratings make it the batters’ game completely.”Just as a cricketing fan, it was a bit disappointing to see Perth pitch being rated average. I thought it was a fantastic battle between bat and ball, which is what you want in Test cricket,” Starc said ahead of the Boxing Day Test.advertisement”For example, playing in MCG last year was pretty docile and the pitch didn’t do anything. You want a contest between bat and ball so that’s going to keep Test cricket alive and get people into the game like in Perth. It was a fantastic battle there and I thought it was a great pitch,” Starc said on Sunday.Starc agreed that cracks opened up on the last two days but flat tracks which increasingly made cricket a batsmen’s game would then be devoid of any contest.”Cracks did play a part but that’s what happens when a wicket is wearing on days four and five. Cricket is turning out to be a batters’ game if you keep making flat wickets always. You want exciting contest between bat and ball. “When the ball is flying around and batsmen have to play, that’s the game. Marcus Harris batted on after being hit and batsmen from both sides got hit on shoulders but carried on. It’s good aggressive cricket and it brings people to the game,” he added.Earlier during the Adelaide Test, Starc was criticized for lazy body language, but he hit back at critics with 10 wickets in the series so far, successfully spearheading Australia’s pace attack.”I did swing the ball in Perth but also in Adelaide. That’s something I have been working on with our bowling coach David Saker and it is going well. I hope to find some swing in Melbourne as well.”Hopefully we have more grass on this pitch unlike last year. I am told it is supposed to be like the Sheffield Shield game here, so it should be a good one if so and unlike last year,” he said.The pacer said that the Australian attack is making a concentrated effort to get early wickets and the Indian openers being in poor form has certainly helped them.He hoped to continue with similar tactics in the third Test as well, irrespective of who opens for India.”That’s our plan we want to take early wickets and get stuck in that middle order with the new ball. That’s still our plan going forward. We will see if they make any changes to the top order. We will still have the same plan try to put them under as much pressure as we can and bowl at that middle order as early as we can.”Starc made it clear that their gameplan won’t change even if India tweak their top-order.”We are not worried about what India are doing. For us, it’s about taking early wickets. We are trying to get into that middle order as quickly as we can and use the newer hard ball. Try to put on as much pressure as we can and take early wickets. Fortunately, we have done that in the first two Tests and hopefully it continues this week as well,” Starc said.advertisementHowever the left-arm speedster doesn’t want to take Murali Vijay and KL Rahul lightly if they happen to get another chance for their past record in Australia.”There is always pressure on anyone at any given time for both teams. We will just try to take early wickets and put that pressure back on them. Both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul have scored some big runs for India in Australia before, so you cannot take them lightly. For us it is about trying to keep their scores low and trying to get stuck in that middle order as early as we can,” he added.Also Read | What is wrong with Virat Kohli’s behaviour? He is an absolute gentleman: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Perth pitch by no means average: Sachin Tendulkar seconds Shane Warne, Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | Ravi Shastri reveals why Ravindra Jadeja did not play Perth Test vs Australia
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A Liberian-flagged cargo vessel, owned by Germany-based dry bulk operator MST Mineralien Schiffahrt, is being held in Duluth, Minnesota, for alleged violations of U.S. law related to the discharge of oily water.Based upon current information in the investigation, it does not appear that the 2000-built vessel Cornelia discharged the water within the port of Duluth – Superior.The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the 24,516 dwt vessel, which has been anchored in port since November 4. The investigation covers the vessel’s crew, equipment, as well as its records.The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota accepted the case for criminal investigation on November 9.The Coast Guard said it is in talks with MST Mineralien Schiffahrt regarding a security agreement that would permit the vessel to depart the port while simultaneously protecting the integrity of the investigation and the interests of the vessel’s crew members.MST Mineralien Schiffahrt operates a fleet of 40 dry bulk vessels ranging from 21,000 to 75,610 dwt. MST also operates three combination vessels for dry and liquid products with a total carrying capacity of approximately 82,949 dwt.
zoom Dubai-based port operator DP World closed the 2015 financial year with a reported revenue growth of 16.3% and adjusted EBITDA increase of 21.4%, delivering a profit of USD 883 million, up 30.7% year-on-year.As explained by DP World Group’s Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the revenue growth was driven by the acquisition of Economic Zones World (EZW) and robust underlying growth.The group reported volume growth of 2.7%, ahead of industry growth estimates of 1.1%. In addition, DP World recorded containerised revenue per TEU rise of 3.2% on a like-for-like basis and its non-container revenue increased 8.2% on a like-for-like basis and up by 64.6% on a reported basis due to acquisitions.During the year, the company’s terminals in Mumbai (India) and Yarimca (Turkey) added 800k TEU of capacity each and 850k TEU capacity came on line with acquisition of Prince Rupert (Canada). Expansion in London Gateway Logistics Park (UK) and Jebel Ali Freezone (UAE) continue.DP World expects by the end of 2016 to have approximately 86 million TEU of gross global capacity, an increase of approximately 15 million TEU since 2012, and over 100 million TEU of gross capacity by 2020, subject to market demand.“ In 2015, we have invested approximately USD 5.4 billion with USD 4 billion in acquisitions and USD 1.4 billion in capex, and this investment leaves us well placed to capitalise on the significant medium to long-term growth potential of this industry. Furthermore, we are pleased to report strong progress with EZW with continued growth as we benefit from operating an integrated logistics hub,” Bin Sulayem said.As a result, the company’s board recommended increasing the dividend by 28% to a total dividend of USD 249 million, or 30.0 US cents per share to reflect the increase in earnings.“While 2016 is expected to be another challenging year for global trade, we have made an encouraging start to the year and current trading is in line with group expectations. Macro-economic conditions and geopolitical issues across some locations remain uncertain but we believe our portfolio is well positioned to deliver volume growth ahead of the market this year,” DP World’s CEO added.For 2016, the port operator anticipates capital expenditure to be between USD 1.2-1.4 billion with investment planned into Jebel Ali (UAE), Jebel Ali Freezone (UAE), London Gateway (UK), Prince Rupert (Canada).“We remain on course to deliver over 100 million TEU of capacity by 2020, while maintaining the existing shape of our portfolio that has a 70% exposure to origin and destination cargo and 75% exposure to faster growing markets. This positioning should enable us to deliver attractive earnings growth and shareholder value over the long term,” Bin Sulayem concluded.
LLOYDMINSTER, Alta. – Police have charged a man who they allege confronted another man with a video camera and accused him of trying to meet up with a young boy in what is being called a case of mistaken identity.RCMP allege the suspect approached a man last weekend outside a restaurant in Lloydminster, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.When the suspect with the camera accused the other man of being there to meet a child, police say the second man got into his car and drove away.Police say a vehicle followed him, blocked him in, and the man with the camera demanded he get out.Police say the man being videotaped feared for his safety and hit a parked car while trying to flee.Sgt. Jack Poitras said the man who was confronted wasn’t even the person the man with the camera was looking for.Poitras said that while police understand the public wants to help stop child-luring, it’s always better to get the law involved.He noted the evidence that people collect on their own is useless in court.It’s not the first time that citizens who try to gather such evidence have had a run in with the law recently.Two men in B-C were charged with assault earlier this year in an alleged altercation involving a man accused to having been involved in child luring.The person charged in the Lloydminster case, Chase Brian Karnes, 22, from Marsden, Saskatchewan faces counts of common nuisance, criminal harassment and mischief.He will appear in provincial court in Lloydminster on Aug. 28.
Actor Robert Patrick of the CBS show “Scorpion” and some 125 fellow riders from the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 101 and other local motorcycle clubs took part in a toy run for Hillsides, a foster care charity, prior to Christmas.The riders rode from Canyon Country, California to Hillsides main campus in Pasadena, California with a truck load of holiday gifts. Actors Mike Beach and Emilio Rivera from the FX show “Sons of Anarchy” were also among the riders. The toys were collected at the “Scorpion” set and through the Boozefighters motorcycle club.“This is the second year that Robert and his fellow riders have come onto campus bearing gifts, and it is a tremendous sight to see,” said Hillsides Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa. “Not only did they collect hundreds of toys, the children who live at Hillsides get a huge kick out of talking to the riders and sitting on their motorcycles. This is a true highlight of the holidays for everyone.”Patrick, first made famous for his role as T-1000 in the 1991 movie “Terminator 2,” said that he feels compelled to give back because as a child, he was surrounded by a loving family who supported his dreams. “I love that Hillsides is giving kids a chance for opportunity and to change their lives,” he said. “I know from personal experience how important it is to have someone believe in you.”Patrick learned about Hillsides through his local Episcopal church, St. Thomas the Apostle in Hollywood. Hillsides has its roots in the Episcopal Church, having been founded in 1913 by an Episcopal deaconess, Evelyn Wile. Besides helping Hillsides, Patrick is a devoted advocate for veterans and has traveled around the world with the United Service Organization (USO) visiting troops.The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for veterans and has participated in several toy runs over the years.The gifts collected through the toy run will be distributed to some of the 13,000 children and families Hillsides serves throughout Los Angeles County.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The upcoming Chamber Luncheon will host Katie Rosenberger, Executive Director of the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) on the need to strengthen newcomer integration.The BC Provincial Association will share how they help to strengthen member agencies and stakeholders who serve newcomers and build culturally inclusive communities with the knowledge, resources and support.After an extensive consultation period in November 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada released its multi-year Immigration Levels Plan. This plan is to help be proactive in determining service and market integration needs by impact settlement and integration programming. Yet it was clear that BC lacked planning in regards to the integration of newcomers. Employment in BC increased at a faster pace than at the national level which enabled BC’s labour force to expand by 74,700 persons in 2016 and 68,400 persons in 2017, to reach a labour force of 2.6 million people.Shared in the promotion information from the Chamber, according to the Economic Insight no. 81, Recent Economic Developments in British Columbia, Immigration, particularly to Vancouver, accounted for 50% of the overall labour force increase in 2016.The promotion information goes on to share that the 2018 BC Labour Market Outlook forecasts 903,000 job openings between 2018 and 2028 with 68% of these openings occurring due to retirement and 32% due to the creation of new jobs.It is estimated that 27% of these vacancies will need to be filled by 24,300 immigrants each year. The 2018 BC Labour Market Outlook estimates that 77% of the 903,000 jobs that need to be filled by 2028 will require at least some form of post-secondary education or training.The need for a highly qualified workforce requires a commitment from BC to provide job-readiness training and industry-specific language training for newcomers. Their innovative ideas and diverse perspectives can contribute significantly to existing structures, according to the Conference Board of CanadaThe AMSSA released a report September 2018 calling for action from the Government of BC to increase support for the integration of newcomers. The report provides a series of significant recommendations for investments into BC’s immigration integration system.Immigration for BC’s FutureTuesday, January 22, 201911:45 am – 1:00 pmPomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre11308 Alaska RoadTo Register for the event CLICK HERE
SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve expansion to Seattle, with the league’s 32nd team beginning play in the 2021-22 season.A three-quarters vote of the current 31 owners is needed to confirm Seattle as the league’s newest franchise. The nine-member executive committee that heard Seattle’s presentation in October voted unanimously to move the matter to the full board, which is meeting in Georgia. The vote is expected on Tuesday.Seattle Hockey Partners will pay NHL owners $650 million to join. The group led by majority owner David Bonderman, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and president and CEO Tod Leiweke had been hoping for play to begin in 2020, but uncertainty over completing arena renovations in time means Seattle will have to wait another year for the return of a major winter sports team.A team in Seattle balances the Eastern and Western Conferences at 16 teams apiece, but also requires realignment to even out the Central and Pacific Divisions. Many expect the Arizona Coyotes to be moved to the Central Division in 2021 when Seattle enters the league.___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsStephen Whyno, The Associated Press
EACH MORNING, THIS week we’ve been entertaining – or torturing, as it may be – your 11 o’clock break with a maths teaser.We haven’t been doing it out of sheer cruelty – all this week, libraries, colleges, universities and other groups have been running events to highlight mathsweek.ie and the practical benefits of basic numeracy skills to our everyday life.And here are the answers you’ve been waiting for. Let us know how you did…Monday’s puzzle: The Budget is expected to make adjustments of €2.5 billion. We’ll have to make our euros stretch as far as we can. Imagine you place 2.5 billion euros in a row: what’s the furthest it would stretch? (One euro coin is 23.25mm across)A. Dublin to CorkB. Dublin to New YorkC. Around the equatorD. Forty times around the coast of IrelandAnswer: D. Forty times around the coast of Ireland – 58,125km.Tuesday’s puzzle:Some predict that the VAT rate for restaurants will be put up from 9% to 13.5% later today. If you pay €100 for a meal out at present, what would you pay for the same meal in January at 13.5% VAT?A. €96B. €104.13C. €104.50D. €113.50Answer: B. €104.13Wednesday’s puzzle:Annual membership to your gym costs €600 but you can pay as you go for €12 a visit. If you plan going at least once a week which is the best value?A. Annual membershipB. Pay as you goAnswer: A. Annual membershipThursday’s puzzle:In a competition with cash prizes the second place is to get half the amount that first place gets. Third place will get a third and fourth place is to get a quarter. To ensure that fourth place gets €1,500 how much prize money is needed overall?Answer: €12,500.Fourth place gets €1,500 – that is a quarter of first place. Then first place gets €6,000. Second place gets half of this – €3,000. Third place gets a third – €2,000.This morning’s puzzle:A large tea is €1.20, a medium tea is €1, while a small is 60c. I buy 10 teas for €10, how many teas and of what size do I get?Answer: There are four possible answers.6 large, 1 medium, 3 small.4 large, 4 medium, 2 small.2 large, 7 medium, 1 small.0 large, 10 medium, 0 small.‘Fear of maths’ affecting careers and the economy>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When was the last time you got something for free? Like proper, no-strings-attached free? It’s hard to imagine that such a thing can exist, but Preston is attracting a community of like-minded individuals who are doing their bit to bunk the status quo with the Really Really Free Market.Held monthly, people bring along everything from plant seedlings, books and clothing, to offers of services such as massage, repairs, and recorder lessons free of charge, a concept co-organiser and participant Eric Hornung says takes some getting used to.“Understandably, a lot of people are not used to taking something without paying. I often hear people saying ‘Can I actually just take this?’ or when Food-Not-Bombs is serving lunch: ‘is this food really free?’,” he tells Neos Kosmos.The first market of its kind took place in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2001 as a protest against a meeting on free trade, and since then the concept has spread around the world to Jakarta, the US, Russia, and even Greece. “The Preston Really Really Free Market was partially inspired by these efforts, but also a range of things like environmental sustainability, community building, and just doing something fun that everyone can participate in,” Hornung explains.Given the event’s satirical name, he says organisers were also likely drawn to the idea from an anti-capitalist perspective – providing a pop-up ‘gifting economy’ or mutual aid often advocated by anarchist politics, which he says provides “a stark contrast against the monetary-based neoliberal economy which dominates in Australia today”. Aside from everything being available free of charge to the market visitor, what also makes the market distinct is its organisation, which is moving away from the concept of a hierarchy with little to no distinction between organisers and market goers.With the help of local grassroots groups Transition Darebin and Doing It Ourselves, since its inception in April the market has been well received with the number of attendees on the rise.“One encouraging thing about the market is it has attracted a cross-section of Preston’s multicultural population,” he says. “We are working on getting our posters translated to the different language groups in the area to hopefully reach more people who might not otherwise come.”As in the US and Russia, the idea of starting markets in other areas across Melbourne has also been raised in a bid to keep the event decentralised and community-controlled – a key component.While the concept is a clear push toward sustainability – giving new life to used items, for Hornung what truly stands out is the market being a place where all feel welcome regardless of background, social status, or whether they know anyone.“The market helps to inspire thoughts on different ways we might be able to interact with each other to meet our needs in a society where our relationships often take place around the need to compete against or exploit each other,” he says.“Anything getting us off the couch and actually interacting with each other is probably worthwhile, and based on the smiles at the market, surely it’s a good thing.”The next Really Really Free Preston Market is on Sunday 27 August from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm. For more information, click here.
Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on target I have a lot of opinions about The Room. The so-called “Citizen Kane of Bad Movies” is indeed so awful that it’s absolutely hilarious. Every minute is packed with meme-worthy bits of bizarre incompetence as this weird vampire man stars in a glossy nonsensical romance drama. I love it, watching it alone or with a trained cult crowd in midnight theaters Rocky Horror style.What I don’t love is Tommy Wiseau’s desperate attempt to spin the whole thing as some kind of joke on purpose. I’m not laughing with Tommy, I’m laughing at him. What doesn’t help are all the accounts of Wiseau’s sketchy behavior detailed in The Disaster Artist (co-written by co-star Greg Sestero sadly accepting this is the height of his career). This book was then adapted into a pretty great drama by my personal irony king James Franco, just adding to my inner conflict.Anyway, here’s a video that imagines what it might be like if Tommy Wiseau entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Edited by Pistol Shrimps and Schomoyoho, this musical mashup inserts songified clips from The Room into various iconic Avengers moments. They even got Sestero to record some new footage, and plug his new movie with Wiseau Best Friends. This was actually first posted a few months ago, hence why there’s nothing here from Avengers: Endgame. But Wiseau just posted it on his own YouTube page, renewing interest.After SDCC, we already know about Marvel Studios Phase 4. But would you want to see Marvel Studios’ The Room as part of Phase 5? It could work. Wiseau is already part of the Marvel universe in the comics. He’s an alien criminal who escaped the Guardians of the Galaxy and fled to Earth to make bad movies. James Gunn would have a field day with that. For more on Tommy Wiseau check out his weird underwear website.
The Upper Tribunal has ruled against television broadcasting organisation ITV, confirming that pensions watchdog organisation The Pensions Regulator (TPR) was entitled to use its powers to gain financial support for members of the Box Clever pension scheme.The case, ITV and others v The Pensions Regulator, concerns TPR’s decision to undertake anti-avoidance action regarding the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme in December 2011.Box Clever, formed in 2000, was the result of a merger between television rental organisations Granada (now ITV) and Thorn, now known as Carmelite. Prior to the organisation’s collapse, employees affected by the merger were transferred into a Box Clever pension scheme when they moved to the new organisation. This was to ensure that staff received the same benefits they would have gained from their previous pension arrangements.The Box Clever pension scheme currently has approximately 2,800 members, and a deficit of around £115 million.TPR opened anti-avoidance action in December 2011, to issue financial support directions (FSD) to five organisations that form part of the ITV Group. The FSDs required the organisations to propose how they would financially support the Box Clever pension scheme. This could include, for example, the target of the FSD assuming responsibility for the employer’s liabilities to the scheme or making a lump sum cash payment into the pension scheme.ITV originally referred to the Upper Tribunal in January 2012 to question TPR’s determination to issue FSDs in this instance. The broadcasting organisation then challenged TPR’s ability to submit additional evidence to the anti-avoidance case in 2013.Both the Court of Appeal and the Upper Tribunal ruled in favour of TPR and refused ITV permission to appeal, with decisions announced in 2017 and 2016, respectively. This confirmed that TPR is not bound by the original case it presented to the Determinations Panel, but that it is entitled to raise matters not previously raised where a determination is referred to the Upper Tribunal.The Upper Tribunal decision, which was published on 18 May 2018 following a two-week hearing in January 2018, concluded that it is reasonable for ITV to provide financial support for the Box Clever scheme in the circumstances of this individual case.The tribunal clarified that, in order to meet its objectives, TPR had to consider events which had occurred retrospectively to the Pensions Act 2004 coming into force, especially in relation to the FSD framework, which is designed as a rescue measure for pension schemes in deficit.The tribunal further concluded that the FSD is not a fault-based regime, but a responsibility-based one; therefore, because shareholders chose the structure of the joint venture, they should also bear appropriate responsibility for the associated risks.The tribunal also found that an FSD may still be issued against a target even if it has not received any substantial benefit from its relationship with the pension scheme’s sponsoring employer.ITV now has 14 days to seek permission to appeal the tribunal’s decision. If no appeal is held, TPR’s Determinations Panel will issue financial support directions to ITV.This is the first time an anti-avoidance case by TPR has been heard in full at the Upper Tribunal.Mrs Justice Rose and Judge Timothy Herrington, who ruled over the case, said in the court documents: “By their choice of structure for the joint venture, the shareholders extracted considerable cash from the business with no risk of recourse to their assets. They retained an ongoing interest in the merged business with the possibility of further value being generated if the business was successful, but without having to bear any responsibility if the business, whose strategy they continued to determine, subsequently failed.”A spokesperson at ITV said: “ITV is naturally disappointed by the tribunal’s decision. ITV continues to believe that the case brought against it is unfair and will be seeking to appeal the decision.“The tribunal repeatedly stressed in its judgment that no blame or criticism should be attributed to ITV concerning the transaction, 18 years ago, that formed the Box Clever joint venture. There were sound reasons for implementing that transaction, which was, in good faith, regarded as being in the best interests of Granada’s shareholders, employees and consumers.”Mike Birch, director of case management at TPR, added: “We are very pleased with this ruling, which sends a clear message to [organisations] linked with defined benefit pension schemes that we will not hesitate to use our anti-avoidance powers where we believe it is reasonable for them to provide financial support. We will pursue these cases for as long as necessary to protect pension savers and the Pension Protection Fund.“This has been a long and complex case, where the targets have raised numerous legal challenges, causing significant delays in an outcome being reached. We now hope that ITV will accept the Upper Tribunal’s findings and seek to work with TPR to put in place appropriate financial support for the scheme and deliver a good outcome for members.”
Around 1.4 million (1,418,680) UK employers have completed their pensions auto-enrolment duties as at November 2018, according to research by The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Its Declaration of compliance report: July 2012-end November 2018, which is based on information submitted by employers when they complete their declaration of compliance documentation, also found that just under 10 million (9,958,000) employees are saving for their retirement after being automatically enrolled into a workplace pension since 2012.Between September 2015 and November 2018, 73,643 employers confirmed they have completed their pensions automatic re-enrolment duties to remain compliant. This means that 591,000 eligible employees have been successfully re-enrolled into their workplace pension over this period.Clare Moffat, head of business development at Royal London, said: “[The] auto-enrolment compliance statistics show the number of employees auto-enrolled into a pension edging ever closer to the 10 million mark. This is great news, but the stats also show there are a further 9.2 million [employees] within these [organisations] who have not been enrolled into a pension.“We need urgent action to bring groups such as the low paid, part-time [employees] or the self-employed into auto-enrolment to ensure they are also given the opportunity to build a sustainable pension to see them through retirement.”
WOBURN, MA — The Woburn Business Association, Reading/North Reading Chamber, Wilmington/Tewksbury and Stoneham Chambers recently gathered at Boston Appliance for a Young Professionals networking event. Host and President, Christian Jason graciously entertained over 70 guests in their impressive showroom with a Food Network chef, networking Bingo and amazing raffle prizes.In addition to enjoying a great night of networking, attendees also supported a great cause. NuPath is a Woburn-based non-profit human services agency that helps adults with disabilities lead fulfilling lives in their communities. One of the services that NuPath provides is job training and support. Boston Appliance as well as many other businesses in the area have hired through NuPath and found engaged and enthusiastic employees. Attendees donated $400 to support the important work of NuPath.(NOTE: The above announcement and photo is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Invites Local Business Owners To Woburn Networking EventIn “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business”