Justin Brake APTN NewsNewfoundland and Labrador’s Child and Youth Advocate has announced that her office will undertake a “comprehensive, independent review of the treatment, experiences and outcomes of Inuit children and youth” in the province’s child protection system.“I am extremely troubled about the poor outcomes for Indigenous children in the child protection system,” Jackie Lake Kavanagh said in a press release Wednesday. “This is a historical issue with its roots in colonial practices reflected in residential schools, generations of families with histories of trauma, and social inequality. The status quo is not acceptable and cannot continue for Inuit children and youth.”The announcement comes almost 10 months after the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a provincial inquiry into Innu children in state care.Days prior to that announcement Innu leaders from Labrador confronted former Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett at a Canada Day barbecue in her Toronto riding and demanded federal intervention in what many have described as a suicide and child welfare crisis.Michelle Kinney, Nunatsiavut Government’s Director of Social Development and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development told APTN Wednesday’s announcement is the result of collaboration between the provincial government and the self-governing political body that represents the Inuit communities of Northern Labrador.“We wanted a process where we could review the systemic issues, involve people in our communities so that they were part of the process, and come up with solutions and ways of implementing them,” she said.“We thought that if we can get this process right that it would be a good model for reconciliation for the province, for the feds, for the future projects that we might work on.”Kinney said approximately 145 of the roughly 1,000 children in state care in Newfoundland and Labrador are Inuit. Many of them have been taken away from their extended families, communities, and even placed in foster homes outside of Labrador.She said Nunatsiavut’s 2005 land claims agreement gives Inuit the ability to “take down or devolve any provincial program when they are ready and have the capacity to do so, and can meet or exceed provincial standards.”In the meantime Kinney said the Inuit have been gradually identifying and implementing some of their own solutions, but that a successful and all-encompassing process requires the kind of review being undertaken by the Child and Youth Advocate’s office.“If we’re looking at a devolution process we really need to have good documentation, good evidence, look at what hasn’t worked in the past, and have a really good model and plan for moving forward. So we’re hoping this review will give us some of that,” she explained.“The biggest issue we see is that the child welfare system has become reactive, Kinney continued. “We would like to see resources put into preventing children from coming into care.“We all know the systemic issues. We all know why some parents are not doing well: residential schools, relocation, colonization. All of those things haven’t been favourable to Indigenous people.”She said the “majority of our children are coming into care for neglect, poverty, parents’ issues with alcohol, and witnessing family violence,” and that “very few children are actually coming into care because of maltreatment or physical or sexual abuse.”The terms of reference mandate directs Kavanagh to “review child protection services provided to Inuit children” in the province “with a view to identifying deficiencies, exploring promising and best practices, and making recommendations for improved outcomes within an appropriate cultural framework.”The review is scheduled to conclude by March 31, 2019 and a public report with the review’s findings will be released thereafter.APTN requested comment from Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Lisa Dempster but did not receive a response by the time of publication.
CALGARY – Shares of Enbridge Inc. popped higher in early trading after the company announced plans to raise its dividend, issue shares and sell off at least $3 billion in assets next year.The stock was up $2.72 or about six per cent at $48.47 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday morning.In a strategic update after markets closed Wednesday, the Calgary-based pipeline company said it has identified $10 billion of what it describes as non-core assets.The company also announced Wednesday a private placement of $1.5 billion in common shares and plans to issue an additional $4 billion of hybrid securities through the end of 2018.The moves follow Enbridge’s takeover of U.S. -based Spectra Energy earlier this year.“With the Spectra Energy assets now in the fold, we will focus our attention on what we do best and the value proposition that has served shareholders well over the years,” Enbridge chief executive Al Monaco said in a statement.“We will rationalize our asset mix to a pure regulated pipeline and utility business model, which emphasizes low risk businesses and strong growth in our three crown jewel businesses: liquids pipelines and terminals, natural gas transmission and storage and natural gas utilities.”Enbridge (TSX:ENB) said it will pay out a quarterly dividend of 67.1 cents per common share, payable on March 1, 2018. The dividend represents a 10 per cent increase from the previously quarterly rate.The company also said it expects to continue to grow its annual dividend by 10 per cent through 2020.The company has an extensive network of oil and natural gas pipelines that ship about 65 per cent of Canadian crude oil exports bound for the U.S.
ALBANY, N.Y. — A former General Electric engineer and his business partner in China were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole the company’s trade secrets from a New York plant for the Chinese government in what federal prosecutors called “a textbook example” of industrial espionage.The Department of Justice announced that Xiaoqing Zheng, 56, of Niskayuna, New York, and Zhaoxi Zhang, 47, of Liaoning Province, China, were charged with economic espionage and conspiracy for stealing GE’s turbine technologies for China.Zheng was working for Boston-based GE’s power division in Schenectady when he was arrested at his home last summer. FBI agents raided his suburban home and removed computers, cash and other items. Zhang, the business partner, wasn’t charged at the time.Prosecutors allege that Zheng stole computer files dealing with GE’s gas and steam turbines and sent them to Zhang, who’s in China.The thefts are “a textbook example of the Chinese government’s strategy to rob American companies of their intellectual property and to replicate their products in Chinese factories,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.GE said at the time of Zheng’s arrest that it was co-operating with the investigation.Zheng was arraigned in federal court in Albany on Tuesday and allowed to remain free on the $200,000 bond he posted after his arrest on Aug. 1, 2018. His lawyer, Kevin Luibrand, said he wasn’t commenting on the charges.According to the 14-count indictment, Zheng specialized in sealing technology at GE and used his access to company files to grab proprietary information and email it to Zhang, who is Zheng’s nephew. The two men received financial support from the Chinese government and co-ordinated with government officials to enter into research agreements with Chinese state-owned institutions to develop turbine technologies, prosecutors said.“When such technology is stolen it can be devastating to U.S. businesses and can result in American workers losing jobs,” said FBI Assistant Director John Brown. “China continues to support behaviour that violates the rule of law.”An email seeking comment on the indictment was sent to the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C.President Donald Trump has accused China of using predatory tactics to try to overtake U.S. technological dominance in various industries. Chinese officials have rejected the allegations while complaining that Washington’s aim is to cripple a rising economic competitor.In October, the Justice Department charged an operative of China’s Ministry of State Security with attempting to steal trade secrets from GE Aviation and other aerospace companies. At the time the charges were made in Cincinnati, Ohio, Demers said the case was a “significant economic espionage matter” and the latest proof China is trying to steal information from American companies.Chris Carola, The Associated Press
The industry of trafficking in humans is the third most profitable crime worldwide, after drugs and arms dealing, Miguel D’Escoto said at the end of a two-day conference in Manama, Bahrain.“Although the General Assembly has pledged its commitment to fighting this crime in several important resolutions, change — real, credible and sustained change — takes more than simple political will,” he said. “It is time to tap into the reserves of moral courage that lay within each of us as individuals and of all of us as nations to carry out the changes needed to ensure freedom for all men and women.”Mr. D’Escoto pointed out that many countries’ justice systems do not acknowledge the seriousness of the crime, citing a report by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released last month that noted that two out of every five countries have yet to convict a single offender.“I fear the problem will become exacerbated by the deepening economic crisis which could increase both the supply of vulnerable potential victims and the demand for cheap labour,” he said at the conference focusing on the theme, “Human Trafficking at the Crossroads.”The President called for stepped up efforts to implement last December’s Assembly resolution demanding enhanced coordination in combating trafficking and protecting its victims.In spite of international treaties and other instruments committing nations to tackling the scourge, “we are still lacking a blueprint for global action on the ground, one that brings together the punitive and restorative measures, and joins the development, justice and security dimensions into a common endeavour,” he stressed.The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that two million people become enslaved annually, and last month’s UNODC report said that only one victim out of every 100 trafficking cases is rescued.“Are we making progress?” said Antonio Maria Costa, UNODC Executive Director, said at the report’s launch in New York. “My answer is: I wish we were.”Nearly 80 per cent of trafficking comprises sexual exploitation, but he warned that that is illusory, since it is the most commonly reported since it is more visible compared to other forms of the offence, such as sweatshops and child exploitation. 3 March 2009Human trafficking has no place in the 21st century, the General Assembly President said today, calling for commitment and change exceeding political will to eradicate the scourge.
The two airline employees had in their possession 75 gold biscuits weighing 7.5 Kg valued at Rs. 37.50 million.The gold had been brought from Singapore on an Emirates flight. The two suspects were handed over to the CID for further Investigations. (Colombo Gazette) Two employees of an airline company were detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning with gold biscuits.The Customs Department said that the airline staff were detained by Sri Lankan Airlines security staff and handed over to the Customs Department for investigations.
CMC said in a statement that health inspectors had conducted the raid on the advice of Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake. The CMC said that after the bugs were found an order was given to remove the carpets and seats to inspect the cinema further.Instructions were also issued to shut down the cinema pending further investigations. CMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni and his staff were involved in the raid. The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) raided one of the cinemas at the Majestic City complex and found bugs on some of the seats.The raid was conducted following a complaint made by a patron. Meanwhile, Executive Director of the C.T. Holdings PLC, Sanjay Niles has said that an investigation was launched over the incident where bugs were found in one cinema owned and managed by C.T. Holdings at the Majestic City complex.Niles also expressed regret over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
“The critical need of the moment is the protection of these desperate civilians. All fundamental rights are currently being breached in areas like Vaharai and villages in Trincomalee District and it is imperative that direct shelling where civilians reside stops,” said Amin Awad, Acting UN resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. He said civilians must be granted “full and unhindered freedom of movement away from military operations,” referring to the conflict between Sri Lanka’s Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that has intensified since April, and especially over the past few weeks.“The wounded need to be evacuated and assistance and protection to the civilian population guaranteed,” Mr. Awad said, calling on both parties to respect their responsibilities under international law, including allowing access for humanitarian aid to the north and east of the country.Echoing these concerns, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, highlighted in particular a recent attack on a school and the effect the decades-old conflict is having on the country’s young people.“Attacks on schools and hospitals are clear violations of international humanitarian law. The recent mortar attack by the LTTE on a school in Kallar village which killed one child and wounded 10 school children is a grave violation. Indiscriminate shelling by both sides against civilian targets has resulted in a great deal of suffering.”“This kind of warfare takes an enormous toll on children. Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim children have all suffered terribly in the last few months. The Government must take responsibility to secure humanitarian access to the population and the LTTE must stop placing its military hardware in civilian areas,” she added.In Trincomalee district, some 2,500 civilians have left their homes and taken refuge in Kantale, while approximately 35,000 people remain trapped along a sliver of land in the east where Government troops and the LTTE are fighting, Mr. Awad’s office said in a press release.Humanitarian agencies are delivering immediate assistance to the affected population and separately the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was helping almost 4,000 people in Kantale, who were forced to flee their homes in the Serunuwara, Somapura and Sooriyapura areas when fresh fighting flared early last Friday.“We anticipated that more people would be coming, so we got relief items ready for around 200 families. We are expecting even more people to make the 45-kilometre journey to Kantale in the coming days,” said Agron Dragaj, a UNHCR field worker in the area. UNHCR is working with the Government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide assistance to the growing number of people arriving in Kantale. This type of collaboration is imperative to ensure that the immediate needs of the displaced are met.Fighting between Government forces and the LTTE has lasted for more than 20 years, despite a ceasefire agreed in 2002 aimed at ending the conflict that has claimed some 60,000 lives.
The family of Mr Hett, who appeared on reality shows Tattoo Fixers and Come Dine With Me, have asked for donations to the Kidscan Children’s Cancer Charity, Beechwood Children’s Bereavement Service and Beacon Counselling in Mr Hett’s memory. A host of Coronation Street stars were among mourners who gathered to celebrate the life of a PR boss killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.Martyn Hett, 29, was a “superfan” of the ITV1 soap and even had a tattoo of Weatherfield stalwart Deirdre Barlow on his leg.In attendance at the funeral at Stockport Town Hall were actors Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre), Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Brown), Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor), Anthony Cotton (Sean Tully) and the show’s producer Kate Oates. Paying tribute, his father Paul Hett told the congregation: “It was in the early hours of Tuesday morning that we were told by his friends Martyn was missing.”Our world was instantly turned upside down and from that moment and all along our painful journey which brought us here today we were cared for with so much empathy and understanding by everyone concerned. We are so very proud of Martyn.” Actress Kym Marsh arrives at Stockport Town HallCredit:Dave Thompson/Getty Martyn Hett was killed in the May attack on Manchester ArenaCredit:AFP Martyn Hett’s Coronation Street-themed coffin arrives at Stockport Town Hall Credit:Peter Byrne/PA His Coronation Street-themed coffin arrived at the service in a horse-drawn carriage and was greeted by a minute’s applause before it entered the building to the tune of Beautiful by Mariah Carey.Former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus welcomed guests to the service in which the dress code was “black and fabulous”, and was due to sing during the ceremony. “He actually had discussed and planned his funeral the way he wanted to exit. It’s going to be almost theatrical actually.” Jennie McAlpin, right, hugs a friend before the funeralCredit:Dave Thompson/Getty 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. Mrs Murray said: “It seems that he was fearless about life as well because he wasn’t frightened of talking about his own death. Mourners were told the dress code was ‘black and fabulous’Credit:Dave Thompson/Getty Mr Hett was a massive fan of the Scottish singer and once spent more than 24 hours on a coach to travel to see her in concert.Speaking in the days leading up to the service, his mother Figen Murray and stepfather Stuart Murray said it was only after his death that they realised how well known Mr Hett was through social media. A funeral service for 15-year-old Megan Hurley, another of the 22 victims of the May 22 atrocity, was also taking place on Friday in her home town of Halewood, Merseyside. He added: “I would describe Martyn’s life as one long rollercoaster ride. You never knew where it would take you or what was round that corner, but you couldn’t wait for it to happen.”He was inspirational and this in turn inspired everyone around him. His comic timing was perfect. He would have gone on to achieve the most amazing things, of that we have no doubt.”In a very nice way, Martyn loved being in the limelight and the centre of attention. He would be loving every minute of this fantastic celebration of his life.”
Yesterday FLSmidth signed an agreement to acquire the assets of the privately owned company Knelson, a Canada based corporate partnership which is active within the minerals industries. Knelson develops, manufactures, and installs equipment for the recovery of precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver, as well as the enhanced gravity separation of base metals and industrial minerals with over 3,000 installations in over 70 countries worldwide. Knelson’s customer base comprises all the major gold, platinum and silver mining companies. It is a world leader in the development, design, manufacturing and supply of gravity concentration technology for the global mining and minerals processing industries. The company holds a number of patents that have helped it to achieve the leading market position in the gravity separation of gold from mined ore. The activities are mainly handled out of the headquarters in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.The purchase includes Knelson’s polyurethane company Progressive Urethane Manufacturers, which will be a valuable addition to FLSmidth’s wear parts supply chain, and Knelson’s fine grinding product business, Knelson Milling Solutions.“The acquisition of Knelson strengthens FLSmidth’s offerings especially in the precious metals processing segment and supports our ability to serve all the customers’ needs for process technology, process knowhow and complete integrated solutions”, Group CEO Jørgen Huno Rasmussen says. The company was founded by Byron Knelson in 1978. Today it employs around 140 people with son, Brett Knelson, and son-in-law, Doug Corsan, continuing to operate and manage the family-owned company after Byron’s retirement in 2000.A letter of intent has also been entered into to purchase the assets of Knelson’s operations in Russia. Dependent on governmental approval to acquire the assets, this portion of the transaction is expected to close within the next 90 days.
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At 1pm, the sub-committee on Public Expenditure and Reform begins the process of tearing through the revised estimates for public expenditure published last week. Brendan Howlin and Brian Hayes will be explaining changes to funding for state pay, the Public Appointments Service and more. (Watch here.)The Agriculture committee gets together at 2pm to continue its discussions of a proposed code of conduct for grocery retailers – with the IFA and the Food and Drink Industry Ireland offering their thoughts. (Watch here.)The EU Affairs committee also meets at 2pm to hear from the NUI Galway pairing of Prof John McHale and Dr Alan Ahearne – a former advisor to Brian Lenihan – as they discuss the European Economic and Monetary Union. (Watch here.)At 2:15pm, the Environment committee resumes its deliberation of insurance coverage for areas prone to flooding, hearing from the OPW, before hearing from Bill ‘Okey Doke’ O’Herlihy to discuss his forthcoming chairmanship of the Irish Film Board. (Watch here.)The Health committee has a late enough sitting, getting together at 5pm to discuss possible amendments to the Health Service Executive Governance Bill 2012, which abolishes the board of the HSE and creates a new structure of governance ahead of the abolition of the board altogether. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILRichard Bruton kicks off the day with Questions to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at 2pm, setting the scene for Enda Kenny to step in with Leaders’ Questions at 3:15pm and then the more formulaic Questions to the Taoiseach at 3:36pm.Four topical issues are discussed just after 5pm before the first debates on Bruton’s new landmark Companies Bill – which completely overhauls and consolidates the law on setting up new companies, and aims to streamline the process of setting up small companies. That’ll be discussed until about 8pm.At 8pm Fianna Fáil gets the first of two 90-minute debates on a motion about public sector pay. Written after the collapse of Croke Park 2, it calls on the government to engage with the public unions instead of legislating for pay cuts – and, in fact, pledge NOT to introduce those pay cuts. Debate adjourns at 9:30pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADIt’s a relatively late start for the Seanad today – because the chamber is being used to welcome 45 Transition Year students giving their thoughts on various public matters. They’ll be in situ from 12:30pm to around 2:45pm.This means the Seanad itself doesn’t start until 4pm, when it spends 75 minutes discussing its future agenda. When that’s taken care of, there’ll be the final discussion on the Education and Training Boards Bill 2012 which rationalises Ireland’s VECs.COMMITTEESThere are five committee meetings holding public sittings today:
Source: Dominic Lipinski#UK: Rolf Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.#BOSNIA: Floods in Bosnia have unearthed a mass grave.#UK: Andy Coulson was given an 18-month prison sentence for phone hacking.#FRANCE: A teacher has been stabbed to death by a mother of a student.#AUSTRALIA: A woman has been charged by police for racially abusing a Asian train passenger.INNOVATIONThis satellite could help predict climate changes. [Phys.org]Bitcoin has been given the red light by Europe’s top banking regulator. [Gigaom.com]What are the biggest threats to the Internet in the next 20 years? Here’s what the experts had to say. [The Washington Post]PARTING SHOTAs our American friends are celebrating Independence Day today with a load of fireworks no doubt, here is a history of fireworks in pop culture. [The Atlantic] Updated 11pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… Newly elected leader of the Irish Labour party is congratulated by her husband Pat and daughter Aoife at the Mansion House in Dublin. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesIRISHJoan Burton was elected the new leader of the Labour Party. Alan Kelly is stepping into Joan’s old shoes as deputy leader. Fianna Fáil wants new legislation introduced to end the Garth Brooks concerts fiasco, Varadkar says the gigs should go ahead, while Dublin City Council says there’s no going back on their decision.Racist graffiti greeted those who were on the way Irish citizenship ceremonies.Gerry Adams said the peace process should not put at risk by the walk-out by Unionist parties.Hilary Clinton said she “cares deeply” about Northern Ireland but is not going to comment on “internal Irish politics”.Over 90,000 homes may have dangerous levels of radon gas.The UK pub chain Wetherspoon confirmed that they will not be buying the iconic Dublin pubs Café en Seine, The George, The Dragon and Howl at the MoonWORLD
Apple has had an interesting year with all the “Antennagate” problems it faced, yet engineers at the time were already at work on a new type of antenna which Apple is dubbing as their “logo antenna”.According to Patently Apple this new antenna will likely hide behind the larger Apple logo at the back of the device, therefore increasing its chances of picking up a stronger signal. Its position will also ensure that interference from metal or the outer casing will be minimized, thus helping to avoid the problems that plagued the iPhone 4 earlier this year.AdChoices广告To get around the issue of interference Apple’s Logo technology may contain conductive sidewalls that would more than likely be constructed from aluminum to dampen the interference. However what’s interesting is that the walls of the housing may also be used to hold other conductive components for example displays.If Apple gets it right their patented technology could even be used on a smaller scale, for example wrist-watches, pendants, headphone/earpieces and other wearable devices.Read more at Patently Apple
Image: Karen Eckberg via Flickr/CC Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3326838 21,314 Views Short URL By Paul Hosford Accordingly, the penalty notice was properly issued to Mr Platt and, having not paid the penalty fine, he should have been convicted of the offence unless he can establish one of the statutory exceptions.Lady Hale’s judgment adds that Platt’s actions were “a slap in the face” to other parents.Finally, given the strictness of the previous law, Parliament is unlikely to have found it acceptable that parents could take their children out of school in blatant disregard of the school rules, either without having asked for permission at all or, having asked for it, been refused. This is not an approach to rule-keeping which any educational system can be expected to find acceptable. It is a slap in the face to those obedient parents who do keep the rules, whatever the cost or inconvenience to themselves.The BBC quotes Platt as saying outside court that the decision meant the “state was taking the rights away from parents”.Read: ‘We’re not going to have a general election over water’ – Could this be the row to take down the government? Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 11:58 AM Image: Karen Eckberg via Flickr/CC Share7 Tweet Email2 A BRITISH FATHER has lost a Supreme Court case after he was fined for taking his daughter on holiday during the school term.The court ruled against Jon Platt, who had previously won cases against a £120 fine imposed by Isle of Wight council.Platt’s case concerned a law that allows parents be fined if their children do not attend school “regularly”.Platt had sought permission from his daughter’s head teacher to remove her from school during term time for a holiday to Florida. The head teacher refused the request but Platt took his daughter on holiday as planned, causing her to miss seven school days in April 2015.On her return, he was served with a £60 fine which he did not pay before he was prosecuted in the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court. The fine was increased to €120.The magistrates ruled that Platt had no case to answer, saying that his daughter had attended school ‘regularly’ – as required by the law – because, even after the holiday, she had attended 90.3% of the time up to that point in the academic year. Jon Platt speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court in London. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe Council appealed on the issue of whether the magistrates had been entitled to take into account attendance at school outside the period of the absence.In today’s Supreme Court judgment, justices unanimously agreed that the word ‘regularly’ means “in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school”.It added:A boarder fails to attend regularly if he is absent without leave during any part of the school term, and there is no reason why 100% attendance should be required of boarders but not of day pupils. 22 Comments Father who brought daughter to Disney World during school year loses British Supreme Court case In today’s Supreme Court judgment, justices unanimously agreed that the word ‘regularly’ means “in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school”. Apr 6th 2017, 11:58 AM
Secunderabad: Veda pundits of Sri Ujjaini Mahankali temple here on Monday performed ‘Varuna Japasahita Rudrayaga Sathanuhaka Pattabhisheka Sahita Varuna Yagam’ at the instance of Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav wishing that Telangana should have sufficient rain for the people to be happy with crops.Among those who participated in the ‘homam’ and puja were corporator Athelli Srinivas Goud. Temple Executive Officer Annapurna was present.
Allaying fears over taxation on ancestral jewellery, government Thursday clarified that amended Income Tax bill, which has been passed by Lok Sabha, has no provisions to tax jewellery inherited by an individual or bought from his disclosed income.”It is clarified that the jewellery or gold purchased out of disclosed income or out of exempted income like agricultural income or out of reasonable household savings or legally inherited which has been acquired out of explained sources is neither chargeable to tax under the existing provisions nor under the proposed amended provisions,” the notification said.Earlier, there were rumours spreading around that all gold jewellery including ancestral one shall be taxed at 75 percent with an additional penalty of 10 percent.”The apprehension sought to be created that the jewellery with the household which is acquired out of disclosed sources or exempted income shall become taxable under the proposed amendment is totally unfounded and baseless,” the notification said.The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Taxation Laws (second) Amendment Bill, providing another chance to people with unaccounted cash to come clean. The bill is now under the consideration of Rajya Sabha.In a surprise move, government announced demonetization of high value currencies on November 8 in its bid to check flow of black money in the system. As some of the black money makes it way to gold, there were fears over imposing taxation on jewellery.However, government Thursday clarified that legitimate holding of jewellery upto any extent is fully protected and will not invite any taxation.
A man looks on from a building at a residential area from where several people travelled illegally on a boat to New Zealand, in New Delhi, India, 23 January 2019. Photo: ReutersIn a dark alleyway no wider than arms’ length, a single ladies’ shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter.Prabhu, 30, was one of around 50 residents of a refugee community in New Delhi who left the capital to attempt a 7,000-mile boat journey through some of the roughest waters in the world with the aim of landing illegally in New Zealand, relatives and police said.He is now in custody in southern India, while his wife and daughter are missing, along with everyone else who boarded the fishing boat that police say left Munambam harbour in Kerala on 12 January carrying more than 100 people.The most likely and shortest route, though the straits between Indonesia and Australia, passes through seas where storms and typhoons are common.More than a dozen relatives of passengers on board the boat, that include pregnant women and young children, told Reuters they left to escape chronic unemployment in the Madangir area on the south side of New Delhi.“They had to leave to find jobs, to eat,” said Prabhu’s mother, Sugana. “They have been promised work in New Zealand.”When asked if she knew where the country was, she shook her head.It is the first known attempt by migrants to reach New Zealand by boat from India, and their story is a reminder of the vast challenge the country faces to create jobs for the 1 million young people who enter its workforce every month.Boats have been setting out from South and Southeast Asia for Australia for a number of years but Indians making the trip have been relatively rare, based on Australian government statistics that show the largest numbers detained there to be asylum seekers from Iran and Afghanistan.Long JourneyPassengers from Delhi left the capital in stages in December and early January. They checked into guesthouses near Munambam, a busy fishing port.They appear to have boarded the boat willingly, said a senior police official in Delhi briefed on the investigation. Their local police station in the capital had not received any missing persons’ reports.Precise numbers on the boat – and who organised it – are unknown. One officer from Kerala investigating the case said around 100 people were on board. A second said it could be more than 200, with the remaining passengers coming from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Police recovered more than 70 bags left behind by the migrants, said one of the officers, VG Ravindran.“The bags are full of dry goods and clothes, suggesting they were preparing for a long journey,” MJ Sojan, the officer leading the investigation told Reuters. “The people and boat are missing somewhere in the sea.”Some passengers, including Prabhu, did not board the boat, and police traced several back to Madangir after finding identification documents in the bags left behind. He was detained by Kerala police less than 10 minutes after arriving back in Delhi, his mother said, and taken back to the state for questioning.Sugana said she did not know why Prabhu did not board the boat with his wife, Anandi, and eight-year-old daughter Trisha. She said he was not involved in people smuggling.Hard LifeMany of the older residents of the Tamil community in Madangir fled Sri Lanka in 1983, when a civil war erupted between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population and the minority Tamils, an ethnic group predominantly living in south India and north and east Sri Lanka.They settled in the area, a few miles from India’s parliament building and some of the country’s most expensive real estate, but which has suffered from rampant unemployment, residents said.“If we get the chance we will also go: this is a rotten place,” said Kanaga Lingam, a Sri Lankan refugee whose son, K Raghu, boarded the boat with his wife and two sons.There is anger too at prime minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014 promising to create millions of new jobs for India’s young and rapidly expanding workforce.In fact, the country lost as many as 11 million jobs last year, according to a report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) think-tank, putting Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under pressure before a general election due by May.While the official jobless rate is only 3.5 per cent, the last comprehensive labour bureau survey was in 2015-16, and many unofficial estimates say it is much higher, especially if the underemployed, who only work for a few months a year or a few days a week, are counted.Many of those in the Tamil enclave who do work do so as daily manual labourers, a poorly-paid and unstable living.“If I am able I will go to Modi’s house and beg at his feet to be allowed to go to another country,” said a woman called Bumi, who like many southern Indians goes by only one name.“There are a hundred problems here. We have no jobs,” said a 32-year-old man, who like many in the area declined to be named, fearing involvement in the police investigation into the boat.Crime is also an issue in the area, primarily theft, the Delhi police official said.The BJP disputes the CMIE figures on unemployment. On Thursday several cabinet minister pointed to alternative figures from Naukri, an online jobs portal, showing a pick-up in employment over the last year.Land of promiseMany of those Reuters spoke to in the community, centered around a rubble- and garbage-strewn courtyard and several densely populated alleyways, said those on board the boat had been inspired by stories of Indian migrants starting new lives abroad, particularly in Australia.More than 600,000 Indians live in Australia, according to the latest government census, the vast majority of whom arrived legally. There are 155,000 in New Zealand.“People who go to Australia get put in camps for three months,” Kanaga said. “After that they get given proper housing. Everything is taken care of.”But few of those on the boat had passports, according to several people with relatives on board, and the reality for those arriving illegally is very different.If the boat lands in Australia or is intercepted by its border force on the way to New Zealand, those on board face being sent back to India, or to controversial camps in the South Pacific for long-term detention.“If they don’t have visas they would be unlawful maritime arrivals and as such they would be prevented from making an application for a further visa,” said Melbourne-based migration lawyer David Harvey. “They would likely be diverted to an offshore processing center.”New Zealand has seen fewer arrivals than Australia, although it now is also trying to warn off illegal migrants arriving by boat.“Any attempt to reach New Zealand will put your life, and the lives of your family members, at great risk,” said Stephen Vaughan, assistant general manager of the country’s immigration department. “There is every chance you will drown at sea.”But in Madangir, residents say the warnings will do little to deter such journeys.“We know about the dangers,” Kanaga said. “But it is more dangerous to live here than it is to go.”
The Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Washington, D.C. (KSEF) will host its 31st annual Celebrity Auction and Soul Food Feast on Nov. 2 at the Blackburn Center at Howard University. The silent auction runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The soul food feast begins at 3 p.m., with the liveauction immediately following the conclusion of the meal. All proceeds benefit the fund, which gives college scholarships to D.C. public schools graduates. This year’s celebrity auctioneers include, Vincent Gray, D.C. Mayor; Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area; Guy Lambert, WPGC-FM radio personality; and Doris E. McMillon, CEO, McMillon Communications. For more information contact Vincent Bruton at (866) 671-5295 or Michael Fauntroy at (202) 577-8048.
Stay on target Earlier this week, Sony Pictures Television Networks announced it will purchase Funimation for $143 million. When everything is finalized, Sony will effectively hold the rights to distribute popular anime like Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, My Hero Academia, and more around the world. This move will also put Sony in direct competition with the likes of Netflix and Hulu and other streaming TV services, who also distribute anime.Sony’s purchase of Funimation may not seem like a big deal on the surface. After all, PlayStation systems (PS3 and PS4 specifically) have had the Crunchyroll anime app for years. Even the Funimation Now app has been available on PS4 since early 2017. Anime is readily available to PlayStation owners, so how does this deal benefit them? How does it help anime overall? At the moment, it doesn’t. Moving forward, however, Sony’s acquisition of Funimation will bear fruit. In fact, I believe Sony has the potential of making anime even more popular than it is because of this deal.One of the problems with Crunchyroll is that most of its anime is subtitled. I understand that a large portion of anime fans prefer to watch shows this way because they feel it is a more authentic experience. While that has some validity to it, there are a great deal of folks who get turned off anime because they’re not dubbed into English.While Funimation does have its fair share of subtitled anime (particularly shows it simulcasts directly from Japan), its true specialty is in dubbed anime. This has been the case since the company’s inception 23 years ago. Now that Sony will own Funimation, PS4 owners who log into their systems will no doubt see top-tier anime presented to them on the PlayStation Store. If they want to try out a show, they won’t immediately be met with a ton of text on the bottom of the screen. Since Funimation’s forte is dubbed anime, Sony can more easily market shows to a wider audience.Anime is arguably bigger now than it has ever been. However, it’s also a very insular and restrictive hobby. Companies that distribute anime in the West do very little to entice viewers to watch these shows. Most of the time, the anime sections of Netflix and Hulu just feel tossed in without much thought (or care). Sony can put Funimation front and center on PS4 to make it easy to find.One of Sony’s biggest weapons is its PlayStation Plus subscription service. Each month, subscribers are treated to a number of free games on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Why not toss some anime into the mix? Free stuff is always nice, and folks who normally wouldn’t watch anime could be convinced to try out a show since it isn’t costing them extra (outside of the PS+ subscription price). Subscribers are introduced to games they may not have otherwise played because they got them through PS+. There is no reason to believe the same couldn’t also apply to anime.This partnership will also help Funimation acquire even more of the hottest anime in Japan. Even as I write this, places like Netflix are directly making deals with Japanese studios for their shows. With Sony’s backing, Funimation has a better shot of having first dibs on programs, thus ensuring the company will continue to have the most talked about anime.There’s also another interesting side to all of this. Sony owns Aniplex, and it stands to reason the company will use Funimation to distribute anime from this production studio. The Funimation app is available on mobile devices and even on Xbox One. Sony can now promote its own content on devices outside of the PlayStation ecosystem. It’s crazy to imagine going into the Xbox store and seeing a Sony-produced show being advertised, but this is something that could potentially happen.As a fan of anime, I’m eager to see where this all goes. My hope is that Sony promotes Funimation on PS4 specifically at audiences who aren’t already anime fans. There are roughly 63 million PS4s out in the wild so the potential audience is huge. Crunchyroll and Funimation’s partnership still stands (for the moment) so PS4 owners will definitely get the best of both worlds when it comes to anime. It’s hard to say where things will go in the future, but I think this deal will help bring anime to a whole new audience.Subscribe to Funimation NowLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵…
Blending in world music with the rhythms from Kerala, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has organised a one of its kind choreographic production, Rain by Vijaylakshmi on 5 July.Rain is a new choreographic work in Mohiniyattam by Vijayalakshmi, the renowned Mohiniyattam dancer. This production is inspired by poet Sudeep Sen’s critically-acclaimed book of poetry, Rain. One of the verse from his book reads: ‘It is raining again, but today’s is a beautiful kind of rain…. steady, symmetrical confident, and unobtrusive. It has a kind of presence that is omnipresent without acutely announcing that it is there, like ambient music.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Infusing its essence into a dance form, Vijayalakshmi interprets Rain through the idiom of Mohiniyattam, the south Indian classical dance, which through its fluidity and ability to convey emotions and moods is very suited to express the metaphor of rain.As with most of her path breaking productions, the musical arrangement in Rain is very unique.She has worked very closely with Mac Quayle, an eminent American composer, to arrange traditional Kerala rhythms, Dhrupad, Rabindra Sangeet and contemporary elements which are all brought together seamlessly into a unique blend of world music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is perhaps for the first time that Dhrupad has been incorporated into a Mohiniyattam choreographic work, rendered by the eminent torch-bearer of Dhrupad tradition, Wasifuddin Dagar.This vision was furthered by her collaboration with artistic director, Sara Baur-Harding, who also directed the documentary film on Vijayalakshmi and her mother, Beyond Grace and the 3D short film Carmen. Vijayalakshmi has always endeavoured to take Mohiniyattam to higher levels by constantly exploring uncharted territories and expanding traditional boundaries through innovative choreographies inspired from a pan-Indian and global perspective. A recipient of several prestigious national awards, she has carved a distinct niche for herself and has played a significant role in the rejuvenation of this beautiful Indian classical dance form.Head over and experience a confluence of forms.