New Delhi: Leasing of warehousing spaces went up by 31 per cent to over 13 million sq ft across eight major cities in the first half of this year, while investment of more than $200 million was witnessed in the industrial and logistic real estate segment, according to property consultant CBRE. The demand for warehousing/logistics space was driven by third party logistic firms, which absorbed 56 per cent of the total space, CBRE said in its report ‘India Industrial and Logistics Market View H1 2019’. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal
New Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet on Thusday approved free rides for women on DTC buses as well as its cluster buses from October 29 in order to provide them with a safe travel experience. During the cabinet meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot announced that women can avail the free bus ride facility from October 29 onwards, which is also Bhai Dooj. “It would be a choice for the women travelling in DTC buses and cluster buses if they want to buy the ticket or they want to avail the free bus service. In case they want to buy the ticket, they can simply collect it from the conductor and if they want to avail the free service, they can get a single journey pass from the conductor and travel,” said Gahlot. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Single journey pass means that the passenger has to buy that pass every time she boards the bus. This service has been introduced in order to provide women with safe travel experience,” Gahlot added. The Delhi Assembly had on Monday approved additional grant of Rs 479 crore for the Transport Sector, which includes funds to provide subsidy for free rides for women in DTC buses. The supplementary grant for the transport sector was moved by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia and includes Rs 140 crore for free transport for women by buses. “Rs 90 crore was kept for DTC buses while Rs 50 crore was kept for cluster buses to provide subsidy to female riders,” the proposal said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn June 3, CM Kejriwal announced that his government is planning to roll out a free travel scheme for women in Delhi metro and DTC. He said the Delhi government will provide subsidy for free travel to women in DTC buses, cluster buses and Delhi Metro in the national Capital. It is pertinent to mention that out of the total estimated budget, Rs 140 crore has been earmarked for DTC buses while Rs 150 crore has been set aside for Delhi Metro. The proposal for free metro ride is still under process as it includes several technicalities, he added. On August 15, Kejriwal announced that women commuters will be able to travel free of charge on DTC and cluster scheme buses starting October 29. The facility will be available in both AC and non-AC buses.
An Ontario high school science teacher who was found guilty of professional misconduct after pushing anti-vaccination views says he was suspended without pay for three days for speaking to the media about the case.Timothy Sullivan said he received a letter from the Grand Erie District School Board that said he had breached the ethical standards of the Ontario College of Teachers.“You have drawn your employer, the board, into the media attention,” said the letter, dated April 20 and signed by superintendent of human resources Scott Sincerbox.“The result of that is that the board’s image in the public domain has been negatively impacted.”Sullivan said he served his suspension last week.In February, the southwestern Ontario teacher attended a public hearing at the Ontario College of Teachers in Toronto.The college accused Sullivan of professional misconduct for his actions on March 9, 2015, when he shouted at a public health nurse administering vaccines at his high school and accused the nurse of withholding information from students receiving vaccinations.The proceeding also heard Sullivan asked a student if they knew that one particular vaccine could cause death.An independent disciplinary committee of the college found the teacher guilty of five offences, including abusing students psychologically or emotionally. He is awaiting sentencing from the college, which is seeking a suspension for one month, completion of an anger management course and a public reprimand.Sullivan denies the allegations from that case, despite his finding of guilt, and is confused about the suspension for speaking with the media.“I didn’t think it was actually hidden. The charges against me were on the Ontario College of Teachers website, the hearing dates were published in advance and the hearing itself was public,” Sullivan said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“Yet, I’m hesitant to talk because that’s an odd letter and here I am talking to the media.”In the letter, Sincerbox chastised Sullivan for speaking to reporters during the college’s two-day hearing, calling the media attention “excessive.”“Tim, your actions brought unnecessary publicity and attention to the matter,” Sincerbox wrote. He also wrote that the board was not looking for a repeat of “the unwanted media attention.”Another line from Sincerbox’s letter that sounded ominous to Sullivan read: “Please note that future incidents of this nature may lead to further discipline, up to and including dismissal.”Sullivan said he turned to the media because his union, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, dropped his case and didn’t attend either the hearing with the college or the meeting with the board.The union said it would not comment on the matter.Sincerbox declined comment in an email citing employee confidentiality.During the hearing with the college, the school’s principal at the time testified that parents and students had complained about Sullivan’s views on vaccination in the past, adding the teacher had told his pupils there is a link between vaccines and autism — a view that is widely denounced by the scientific community.Is he against vaccines?“I won’t say I’m anti-vaccine, as it does seem like they’ve had some benefit over the years, but the number of them and the ages of — no, I’m going to end it there,” Sullivan said. “I’m pro informed consent, let’s leave it at that, OK?”
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man convicted of committing a Hells Angels-ordered killing in October 2000 has been granted a new trial by the province’s Court of Appeal.Dean Kelsie was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder by a judge and jury in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.Sean Simmons was shot twice — once in the arm and once in the head — in the lobby of a Halifax-area apartment building, because he’d had an affair with a girlfriend of a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.Kelsie was one of four men convicted of the crime, but testimony at the trials indicated that it was Kelsie who pulled the trigger.But now, more than 14 years after Kelsie began serving his sentence, the Appeal Court has ruled that the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury.It says the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury around intention, and erred on what use jurors could make of the hearsay evidence of co-conspirators.And it found the judge should have mentioned manslaughter to the jury as an alternative verdict, even though Kelsie’s lawyer didn’t object that it wasn’t.“The possibility of a verdict of manslaughter was available. Failure to charge the jury on manslaughter cannot be excused by the conduct of counsel. To do so would be a grave injustice,” Justice David Farrar said for the three-judge panel.No date has been set for the new trial.In the ruling, Farrar set out how Simmons came to be targeted.“Mr. Simmons, in the early 1990s, had been closely affiliated with the Halifax Hells Angels and hoped to become a member. By 1993, however, he was targeted for violence by the club and was beaten up twice. The evidence suggested that this was the result of a belief among Hells Angels members that he had had an affair with the mistress of Michael McCrea, the then president of the Halifax chapter,” the judge said in his decision“As a result, Mr. Simmons and his wife left Halifax and spent several years in New Brunswick, returning at the end of 1998.”When the Hells Angels learned about Simmons’ return, a hit was ordered, the judge said.Kelsie’s conviction is the second that has been thrown out in the Simmons murder.In October 2016, the Court of Appeal threw out — for a second time — the first-degree murder conviction of an Ottawa man, Steven Gareau, who claimed he had no idea Kelsie was planning to shoot Simmons when they went to the apartment building on Oct. 3, 2000.Gareau was first convicted in 2004, but it was thrown out eight years later because of different legal mistakes by a different judge. He was retried over seven months in 2013 and 2014.
The 65th annual Boomtown Gala will take place in Beverly Hills on Sunday.The event is presented by SHARE, Inc. SHARE, Inc. is Hollywood’s oldest and most noteworthy charity, founded in 1953 by seven women – some of whom were the wives of the Rat Pack. Their mission is to improve the lives of children with special needs and members of the community who are less fortunate. Charities that benefit from SHARE, Inc. and the Boomtown Gala include CASA, Ahead With Horses, Team Prime Time, The Sophia T. Salvin Center, and many others.This year’s star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances by The Righteous Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars, the SHARE ladies themselves and more. Famous women’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred, will be presenting the Shining Spirit Award to this year’s honoree, Loreen Arbus, Founder of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, and the first female Head of Programming for a U.S. network – a feat she accomplished twice – both at Showtime and Lifetime networks. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer.Also expected to attend are Kathy Hilton, Nichelle Nichols, Pat Boone, Tommy Chong and many more.WHEN:May 20, 2018WHERE:The Beverly Hilton Hotel9876 Wilshire BoulevardBeverly Hills, California 90210
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is expanding at its most profitable airport, opening 15 new gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International.American said the gates that opened Friday in Terminal E will let it add more than 100 daily flights on its American Eagle affiliate.By early June, Fort Worth-based American plans to operate more than 900 daily flights from DFW, up from 800 last summer. It is adding 23 new destinations and increasing flights to existing ones.The move is freeing up room for six gates for larger American Airlines planes at Terminal B.Company President Robert Isom said last week that DFW will account for most of American’s growth this year.Isom says early bookings and revenue for the new flights are higher than American’s systemwide average.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — The number of Canadians who can’t pay their debts and are being forced into insolvency is on the rise for the first time since the recession, according to a report by CIBC.The bank says the cumulative number of insolvencies rose by 1.2 per cent in the six-month period ended in February.The overall increase came as personal bankruptcies fell by 4.7 per cent. However the number of proposals, where consumers negotiate to repay only a portion of their debt, rose by no less than nine per cent.CIBC economist Benjamin Tal noted the affect of lower oil prices is starting to show.The number of insolvencies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan rose by almost 11 per cent, while Alberta saw an increase of 6.5 per cent.In contrast, the number of insolvencies in Ontario fell by almost seven per cent.“Zooming in on the situation in Alberta, there are reasons to believe that the coming quarters will see continued deterioration,” Tal wrote in the report.Weak oil prices have prompted some of the industry’s biggest names to cut capital spending plans for this year and reduce staff in order to lower costs.For example, Trican Well Service announced last week that it would cut 2,000 people from its North American workforce, just the latest firm to make such a decision.More seniors filing for insolvency with bigger debts than young, report saysCredit counselling in high demand in Alberta as oilpatch downturn hits homeTal noted the shift to proposals followed changes in 2008 that increased to $250,000 from $75,000 the limit of non-mortgage debt that can be considered under such arrangements, making the option more attractive than bankruptcy.“The opposing trajectories of proposals and bankruptcies have led to a situation in which proposals now account for a record-high 50 per cent of total insolvencies,” Tal said.The Bank of Canada and others have suggested consumer debt is a key risk to the economy.A prolonged period of low interest rates has helped boost household debt to record levels. Statistics Canada reported earlier this year that households in the fourth-quarter of last year owed about $1.63 in consumer credit, mortgage and non-mortgage loans for every dollar of disposable income.However, data also suggests that while Canadian families are borrowing more, that increase has come against a backdrop of rising asset values, notably real estate worth.Tal noted that if interest rates start to increase, the number of insolvencies could rise even further.“Given the increased sensitivity of Canadian households to higher interest rates, it is reasonable to expect that, as opposed to previous cycles, the upcoming interest rate tightening cycle will lead to a moderate increase in the insolvency rate,” Tal wrote.The CIBC report noted that delinquency rates continue to trend downward in all major types of borrowing, with the exception of lines of credit, where the delinquency rate has been on the rise in recent years.“This trajectory largely reflects transfer of risk from credit cards to lines of credit,” Tal wrote.
However, he says the opposition broke away from that agreement today and called for a vote. The Government says it is not shaken after losing the vote on the expenditure heads for two Ministries today.Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government may seek a fresh vote on the expenditure heads of the two Ministries and ensure it is approved. Most Government MPs were not in the House when the sudden vote was taken. (Colombo Gazette)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Accordingly, the expenditure head for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government was defeated in Parliament today.The expenditure head for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was also defeated in Parliament today. He said that there was an agreement among party leaders that a vote will not be taken on the expenditure heads of any Ministry during the committee stage of the 2019 budget debate.
The latest awards approved by the Geneva-based UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) will be disbursed to 17 governments for distribution to 357 successful claimants from the category of corporations, other private legal entities and public sector enterprises. Payment will also go to settle claims by Governments and international organizations.Today’s payment brings to nearly $13.7 billion the overall amount of compensation made available by the UNCC. Money to pay the awards are drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which receives up to 30 per cent of the revenue generated by the export of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products under the UN-supervised “oil-for-food” humanitarian programme.Meanwhile in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced that he has appointed a senior military officer from Argentina to head the UN peacekeeping forces in the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).Currently the Commander of the XII Jungle Brigade, Major General Miguel Angel Moreno previously served in 1993 as the commander of the Argentine Battalion in Croatia as part of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR). Two years later, he was an observer in the deployment of the multinational force headed by the United States in Haiti. He also served the UN as a Military Observer in the UN Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG) in 1988.
In his letter, Mr. Annan says the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) needs another 100 military police and qualified Francophone investigators to conduct self-monitoring programmes, spokesperson Marie Okabe said at the daily briefing in New York.Mr. Annan notes it is important for peacekeepers to know that the members of the UN community stand together in recognizing and honouring their tremendous contributions and sacrifices, she added.Meanwhile, a multi-disciplinary team of investigators from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), led by Assistant Secretary-General Angela Kane, is in the DRC and has tightened a no-fraternization rule and imposed a curfew for military contingents.DPKO has also organized a task force at UN Headquarters to take other steps, including the forceful promulgation of the UN Standards of Conduct for peacekeepers.The Secretary-General ends his letter with a reaffirmation of his personal commitment to remain vigilant on this issue, and with an assurance that the UN will work tirelessly to restore faith in UN peacekeeping as one of the world’s most noble callings, Ms. Okabe said.Last month an initial report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) found that MONUC troops engaged in sexual exploitation of Congolese women and girls, with payment ranging from two eggs or $5 per encounter. The Office said such activities continued to take place even though troops were aware of the UN probe in Bunia in the eastern DRC.
It’s time to dig out your home’s hidden treasures to support an enriching Reading Week experience for Brock students.The annual Brock Bazaar returns Sept. 9 in support of the University’s Alternative Reading Week (ARW) program, which allows students to participate in volunteer work both in the local community and abroad.The community wide yard sale, hosted by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, allows Brock students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader public, to register and sell their items.The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic South hallway.Registration is $15 per table until Saturday, Aug. 5, after which the price will increase to $20.Parking, as well as a table to sell items, is included.One hundred per cent of the registration fee will be donated to the ARW program.Yard sale participants keep all of the profits from their sales.Registration can be done online or by visiting Mackenzie Chown A-Block 204.Anyone who would like to donate items to the cause but is unable to attend can connect with organizers via the above link.For more information, contact Nicolas Sardella at email@example.com or 905-688-5550, x6321.
No word of Sgt Pepper’s whereabouts ever reached his family and his beloved sister, Patricia, died without realising the missing aircrew were far from forgotten. The 27-year-old had been part of a Stirling bomber crew which disappeared en route to a planned raid on the industrial nerve centre of the Nazi war machine in 1942. For the best part of a century, the family of RAF flight engineer Maurice Pepper believed his fate was a mystery forever lost in the vast and terrible conflict which claimed his life. His plane was gunned down by enemy fire and spiralled into a boggy field in the Netherlands where, over decades, it was allowed to sink below the earth. Now, exactly 80 years since the start…
Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change DiscoveryNASA Is Working With Cute Seals to Study Antarctica’s Ocean Environment Stay on target As Antarctica slowly wastes away, mysterious holes occasionally form on the surface of its Weddell Sea.Known as polynyas, these stretches of open water surrounded by ice have been appearing for decades.But one that developed between 2016 and 2017 drew particular interest from scientists: This was the first time oceanographers had a chance to truly monitor the unexpected gap in Antarctic winter sea ice.About 30,000 square miles at its largest (about the size of Maine), the hole is the biggest polynya observed in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s—making it an ideal candidate for study.New research, published in the journal Nature, combined data from satellite images, robotic drifters, and sensors attached to elephant seals to solve the mystery of these giant voids.“We thought this large hole in the sea ice … was something that was rare, maybe a process that had gone extinct. But the events in 2016 and 2017 forced us to re-evaluate that,” lead author Ethan Campbell, a doctoral student at the University of Washington, said in a statement.“Observations show that the recent polynyas opened from a combination of factors,” he continued. “One being the unusual ocean conditions, and the other being a series of very intense storms that swirled over the Weddell Sea with almost hurricane-force winds.”A Russian word that roughly translates to “hole in the ice,” polynyas can form near the shore or far from the coast—and may stick around for months, acting as an oasis for animals to surface and take a breather.This particular spot has seen large polynyas before, according to UW: The most impressive one appearing between 1974 and 1976, when an area the size of New Zealand remained ice-free through three consecutive winters, despite air temperatures dropping far below freezing.The hole in the sea ice offshore of the Antarctic coast as seen by a NASA satellite on Sept. 25, 2017 (via NASA Worldview/NASA Blue Marble)In a more recent scientific break, a NASA satellite in August 2016 captured a 13,000-square-mile gap that lasted three weeks; an even bigger hole (19,000 square miles) appeared in September and October 2017.“This study shows that this polynya is actually caused by a number of factors that all have to line up for this to happen,” co-author Stephen Riser, a UW professor of oceanography, said. “In any given year you could have several of these things happen, but unless you get them all, then you don’t get a polynya.”The quirky forces of nature require warmer, saltier water from the ocean depths to be churned up to the surface, where air chills it and makes it denser than the water below.As that water sinks, relatively warmer deep water replaces it, creating a feedback loop where ice can’t reform.“Essentially, it’s a flipping-over of the entire ocean, rather than an injection of surface water on a one-way trip from the surface to the deep,” co-author Earle Wilson explained.It’s possible that climate change—specifically, fresh water from melting glaciers and other sources—will make the Southern Ocean’s surface less dense, therefore allowing for fewer polynyas.But the new study suggests that winds circling Antarctica will become stronger and draw closer to the coast, encouraging more polynyas to form.The lasting effects of these holes are still unclear; UW researchers warned that large and long-lasting gaps could release deep reservoirs of carbon into the air.“A large carbon outgassing event could really whack the climate system if it happened multiple years in a row,” Campbell said.Last month, NASA teamed with Antarctic elephant seals to better understand small-scale ocean features around the southernmost continent.More on Geek.com:Scientists Study Ancient Icebergs for Clues About Modern Climate Change‘Flat Earthers’ Planning Bizarre Antarctica Trip to Prove Planet’s ShapeScience Confirms That Antarctica is Screwed—And So Are We
Stay on target Watch: Water Snake Tries to Swallow Entire Catfish Off Boat DockCatfish Directors Set to Write and Direct Mega Man Movie An Arizona man recently caught a colossal 50-pound catfish as part of a local conservation effort.Erick Barrantes, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, caught the flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake, which is located roughly 60 miles away from Phoenix, on Aug. 11, Fox News reported. Barrantes was shocked when he reeled in the ginormous fish, which was 49 inches in length, and he didn’t expect his “catch of the day” to be a special one. “My fishing reel, my clicker, just started screaming at me,” Barrantes told Fox 10 Phoenix News in an interview. “We kinda got in trouble a [couple of] times by these guys for being too loud when we reeled it, it was a big fight, pretty big fight to bring something that big in.”Barrantes, who is part of the Arizona Catfish Conservation Association, was participating in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s “Fat Cat Challenge,” a conservation effort for anglers who catch flathead catfish that are longer than 45 inches. Once the catfish are caught, they are documented and then released back into the water.This isn’t the first unusual “catch of the day” reeled in by a fisherman: In February, a man caught a massive 20-pound goldfish using a biscuit as bait. The goldfish, which had a beautiful orange, yellow, and red hue, was caught in a local pond near Boyle County, Kentucky.More on Geek.com:Watch: Water Snake Tries to Swallow Entire Catfish Off Boat DockThis Cuckoo Catfish Tricks Other Fish Into Raising Its Deadly OffspringSix New Species of ‘Superhero’ Catfish Discovered in Amazon
Jason Weller. (NRCS photo)ASA and 19 other farm groups and ag stakeholders have written to President Barack Obama in support of the nomination of Jason Weller to be Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).Weller has been serving as Acting Chief since December. In that capacity he attended Commodity Classic at ASA’s request to meet with grower leaders and discuss conservation policy issues.The letter states, “…we believe it is important for NRCS and for farmers’ and ranchers’ conservation efforts that his appointment as Chief be finalized as soon as possible. There is much to be done in support of conservation in agriculture and we are ready to work with Mr. Weller to this end.”Weller previously served as Acting Associate Chief for Conservation and as Chief of Staff at NRCS; he also worked for the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.
A fire in the back of an automobile repair shop at the intersection of East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Watson Avenue caused minimal damage, according to a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman.Multiple engines were dispatched to Mac’s Radiator Repair and Installation Center at about 8:10 a.m. As they were en route, most of them were called off.“It was out on our arrival,” spokesman Jim Flaherty said of the fire.Two engines continued to the business on Fourth Plain to help clear smoke, Flaherty said, adding the fire may have caused minor smoke damage. There were no injuries reported.
Wall Street closed higher Tuesday as did most regional stocks, including Northwest Pipe Co. and Barrett Business Services Inc., both headquartered in Vancouver.However, Nautilus Inc. — the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment — saw its stock plunge by about 21 percent Tuesday, one day after the company posted a second-quarter loss of $164,000.Nautilus stock, which trades as NLS, closed down 70 cents Tuesday, at $2.65 per share. The company’s shares have traded between $1.32 and $3.64 in the past 52 weeks.
ORTING — The Pierce County sheriff’s office is investigating how a threatening man was shot and killed by an off-duty Fife police officer outside the officer’s home in Orting.Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told The News Tribune that the 21-year-old man apparently lived in the same neighborhood as the 35-year-old officer.The Pierce County medical examiner identified the dead man as Ben Ellett.Fife police identified the officer as Jake Stringfellow.Troyer says the younger man appears to have had mental health issues in the past. He made repeated calls to 911 dispatchers Tuesday evening about shooting people and drove to the home where a patrol car was in the driveway.Deputies recovered a rifle that apparently belonged to the younger man. Troyer says several rifle casings were found at the scene but it was unclear where Ellett fired.
The Lower Georgia Avenue Community invites residents join them as they provide a platform for members of the community to provide input for a future Lower Georgia Ave Corridor. The group will discuss promotion, design, economic vitality and organization. Lunch will be provided and admission is free. This event will be held in the Howard University Mackey Building, 2366 6th St. NW on July 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To register for this event, visit eventrbite.com.