Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that:– legalizes marijuana for medical purposes; and– imposes a 4% tax on retail sales of marijuana for medical use that are sold at medical marijuana dispensary facilities in Missouri.These provisions are effective December 6, 2018Constitutional Amendment No. 2, Ballot Measure, Missouri Secretary of State, November 7, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
The Labour Party The Irish government announced yesterday an investment of €300 million in seven new research centers. The centers will support key sectors of the Irish economy and be funded over 6 years with €200 million from the government and €100 million from industry partners. Despite the country’s dire economic situation, the program marks Ireland’s largest ever government-industry co-funding arrangement. The Irish minister for research and innovation, Sean Sherlock, says that research will deliver jobs and major economic and societal benefits: “Today we are sending out a major positive signal that, despite our status as an E.U./IMF program country, we are still investing smartly and significantly in research talent.” Not everyone is happy about the emphasis on industry-relevant research, however. “The negative side to my mind is how all the money is now allocated in such a tightly focused way by interests outside science. Basic research as I understand the concept is now excluded,” says theoretical physicist Mike Peardon of Trinity College Dublin. 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They were selected from 35 proposals following an international review process. Mark Ferguson, director general of the funding agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), says the projects were first reviewed for scientific excellence by a panel of leading international researchers. The winners were then ranked for potential impact in Ireland by an international panel of leaders from the investment community, R&D experts in industry, and technology transfer people from universities. “This was highly competitive,” Ferguson says. The biggest center will focus on big data. It consolidates five existing SFI research centers but brings onboard more than 40 different industry partners, including Abbott pharmaceuticals, the consulting firm Accenture, sportswear company Adidas, large multinational companies such as Intel and Microsoft, and media companies such as The Irish Times and Storyful. “There is no one big anchor tenant. It’s a constellation of different partners,” explained Alan Smeaton, a computing professor at Dublin City University who led the big data project submission. The announcement today follows on from the recommendations of the Report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group 2012. It recommended that government investment focus on 14 priority areas, such as data analytics, medical devices, food and marine resources, with an emphasis on growing the economy and jobs. Some are concerned about this focus. “Scientific discovery without potential economic return or job creation potential is therefore not being considered by SFI or the Irish government at the moment,” notes physicist Peter Gallagher of Trinity College Dublin, who adds that Ireland remains one of the few European countries not in CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics. “The government sees research exclusively as a fix to improve our economic well-being in the short-term. This might pay off attracting investment in the near future but longer term, Ireland’s reputation will suffer,” Peardon says. SFI says the seven centers are not the last word and that this is just the beginning. “Some important areas are not represented, so another call for applications will open toward the end of this year,” Ferguson says. “As a small country, we cannot do everything well. We are not a scaled down version of the U.S. or the U.K. We have to be subjective and support a few areas of excellence, while maintaining broader support at much lower levels for other areas because they need to support teaching and so on,” Ferguson tells Science. Sean Sherlock
The ground located in Mumbai is one of the ten IPL venues in India this season With a capacity of 45,000 spectators, the Wankhede stadium is one of the premier stadiums in India. Located in Mumbai, the stadium is the home ground for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.Built in 1974, the Wankhede stadium hosted its first Test match when India locked horns with West Indies on January 23, 1975. The first One-Day International(ODI) at the stadium took place on January 17, 1987 when India played against Sri Lanka.One of the highlights of the stadium is the suspended cantilever roofs. The Teflon fabric roof is lighter in weight and heat resistant. There is no beam support for the roof to ensure that the spectators will have a better view. On the roof there are exhaust fans which suck the hot air from the stands and allow the breeze from the West to flow in. The stadium has 20 elevators for North and South stands.Total T20Is Hosted: 1First T20I: India vs England on December 22, 2012.Highest Total(T20Is): England’s 181/4 against India on December 22, 2012.Lowest Total(T20Is): India’s 177/8 against England on December 22, 2012.Best Bowling figures: Indian spinner Yuvraj Singh’s 3/17 against England on December 22, 2012.
Smart townships are also designed to respond faster toSmart townships are also designed to respond faster to internal and external challenges. What could one expect from a smart township? A smart township is not just about blocks of buildings; they are also defined by how they interact with the surroundings, and also the various amenities available. Amenities include: social amenities such as healthcare and education; retail amenities – shopping centres; and cultural and sports centres. A township also becomes a smart one in the way it minimally consumes natural resources, and contributing to a larger cause like environment conservation.Besides, smart townships go beyond the information and communication technology components; in fact, quality of life and sustainability are considered as major pillars of smart townships. They create an ecosystem where people live close to industrial hubs and have an efficient connectivity to these hubs.What are some of the features that make a township smart? To begin with, a smart township is one which has been planned well to include lot of open space, clear zoning for homes, school, hospital, retail, offices, sports and entertainment areas. Besides offering technology-based intelligent security management systems, the township also offers efficient water, energy and waste management systems; has effective transportation systems that connect in-campus facilities and also important hubs outside the campus. MORE PRNewswire GSV
Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: India Today)MS Dhoni along with his partner Dinesh Karthik led team India home in the last over during the 2nd ODI at Adelaide. But a video as emerged showing that the former had not completed a run during the chase.Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni led India to a thrilling final over victory in the 2nd ODI against Australia in Adelaide on Tuesday. The 37-year-old managed to score 55 runs in 54 balls to take his side home and level the series 1-1.Needing 7 to win of the last over, Dhoni smacked Behrendorff for a six that drew comparisons of his finish in 2012 against the bowling of McKay. He then run a quick single to guide India home with 4 balls to spare. However, a video surfaced on social media after the match, suggesting that the batsman had not completed a single during the match.Video Playerhttps://www.sportsindiashow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/jAxSYQEontR-MEo-.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The incident took place during the 45th over, during Nathan Lyon’s final spell. While walking to take a single off the final ball, Dhoni appeared not to ground his bat at the other end, something that went unnoticed by the umpires, and the run was added to India’s account.The incident shone to limelight after FOX Sports commentator Adam Gilchrist spotted it during his time in the commentators box.“In Lyon’s last ball of his spell, MS Dhoni chipped him to the onside and straight away said there is no need for any pushing there because I have already hit him for six earlier in the over. Then the over was called and nothing touched the ground there,” Gilchrist said on-air.“So this will be interesting with India requiring 25 off 18 and it was in the 45th over, so I wonder if we will hear anything more about that should this go down to the wire,” he saidWith the series tied at 1-1, the two teams will fight it out for the title in the 3rd and final ODI at MCG on Friday.Also Read:Watch: Virat Kohli stands up to applaud MS Dhoni’s six that brought India to the cusp of victory Advertisement
Good email writing is friendly and conversational. While there are certainly times where the newsy, facts-only journalistic style can work, most nonprofit newsletters should be much more personal, and even a little chatty.People give to and support nonprofits for highly subjective reasons. Your supporters get something deeply personal out of their affiliation with your organization as a donor, volunteer, or advocate. So why would your response back to these passionate people be institutional, monolithic, and completely objective?You need to break out of the “501(c)(3) speaks to the masses” writing mode, if you want your email communications to be successful.Here are a few ways to make your writing feel more personal to your readers:Speak directly to your reader by calling them “you” and refer to yourself and your nonprofit as “We” or “I.”Use bylines. Let your readers know who is writing the article.Make people central to your content. Include your staff, donors, volunteers, clients, and others by name in your articles.Tell stories. Tell stories in your e-newsletters to engage your donors in your work, to reinforce their giving decisions, to inspire them to do more, and to encourage more word-of-mouth marketing on your behalf.Include headshots or photos with people. Show your readers who’s talking and who you are talking about.Your supporters give their time, talents and gifts with passion for your cause. They are part of the family. Write to them that way. Kivi Leroux Miller is president of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com.
Indian football team stands on the cusp of history as the hosts are set to make their debut in a FIFA event against the formidable US in a group match of the U-17 World Cup, which begins in New Delhi today.India would enjoy the home advantage and captain Amarjit Singh and his team-mates have promised to be competitive at the showpiece event. The feat of playing in India’s first-ever FIFA tournament should spur the U-17 Blue Cubs team to bring out their best and deliver something worthy of a host country. They will also be the first Indian players to feature in any World Cup.India qualified automatically for the event as hosts. They have prepared well with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) sending the players for training tours in Europe and a tournament in Mexico. However, known for its man-to-man marking, US is the clear favourite in the Group A match to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Most of the American players ply their trade in Major League Soccer youth teams and a couple of them are set to play in top European clubs as well.The Indian team was assembled in just seven months by head coach Luis Norton de Matos who took over in March after the sacking off German Nicolai Adam.What could be the coach’s strategy?The head coach has indicated that India cannot play an open game and his focus would be on strong defence and not to concede goals. His strategy would be to rely on smooth and swift transitions from defence to offence and hit on the counter-attacks.advertisement He is expected to start Moirangthem Dheeraj Singh at the goal while two regular centre-backs Anwar Ali and Jitendra Singh are certainties.Sanjeev Stalin should start as the left fullback while Hendry Antonay is expected to man the right full back’s position in place of Boris Singh, who was ruled out after picking up a red card against Iran in the AFC U-16 Championship in Goa last year. The six-feet-two inch defensive midfielder Jackson Singh could be the key man who will strengthen the defence as well besides helping captain Amarjit and Suresh Singh Wanjam in the midfield.Komal Thatal, who scored a brilliant goal in India’s campaign against Brazil in the BRICS Cup last year, has been doing well at the left flank while Aniket Jadhav is expected to start as the lone striker. Know your team:GoalkeepersDheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny DhaliwalDefendersBoris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande MidfieldersSuresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. ShahjahanForwardsRahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav(With inputs from PTI)(All picture credit: @IndianFootball – Official Twitter handle)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Virat Kohli is all geared up and motivated to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from the front once again in the upcoming 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).RCB have reached the final of the IPL three times in the competition’s 10 season so far but ended runner-ups on all three occasions.Kohli is hopeful of achieving the “goal” this season which starts April 7 when Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. RCB start their campaign on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.”More than the fans I want to win the cup. I have been with Bangalore for last 10 years and we haven’t crossed the final hurdle three times. I can assure you, my commitment is going to be 120 per cent to try and achieve the goal this time,” said Kohli after a training session.Virat Kohli’s 10-year journey from chubby teenager to IPL’s highest paid cricketerRCB have always had a strong batting batting line-up but this season Kohli feels the team has a good bowling line-up too.”The batting has been strong point for RCB over the years, but I think the strengthening of bowling department has been a massive boost for us from this auction. I am very optimistic about our chances heading into this IPL,” said the skipper.IPL 2018: Virat Kohli can dance. Yuzvendra Chahal has proofThe franchise has a solid spin department comprising Yuvzendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, M Ashwin, Pawan Negi and England all-rounder Moeen Ali. There are plenty of pace options too in the presence of Umesh Yadav, England all-rounder Chris Woakes, Delhi’s Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj and New Zealander Tim Southee.advertisementVirat Kohli gearing up for IPL 2018: ‘Getting stronger every day’On new players bought in the auction, Kohli said they are very excited to be part of RCB and he had the joy of playing with some of them.”Some of them I know personally. We picked up players who could contribute to our culture and not be so worried about their personal performances,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)
Manchester City That’s why City can be champions! De Bruyne personifies Pep’s masterplan Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 02:41 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Guardiola Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Opinion The Blues boss admits that the secret to management is having good players, but his track record proves he knows exactly what to do with them Pep Guardiola has always got a plan. At Barcelona and Bayern Munich he had players who carried it out more often that not, and the trophies followed. It looks like Manchester City are heading in the right direction.Guardiola was startlingly honest recently when, in an interview with the BBC, former England international Gary Lineker asked him what was the secret to management. “Having good players,” came the reply.Man City 9/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The City boss made some mistakes last season; at times he forced his system on players who were not ready, and he may even have even been partly to blame for the failure to buy any full-backs last summer, by believing he could get more out of them than he was able.However, it is also true that he was let down in some key areas, particularly by Claudio Bravo – nobody could have known he would perform so poorly, given his background – and his ageing full-backs, who simply could not provide the pace or energy required.This summer’s recruitment drive, however, has put the Catalan in charge of the finest collection of players in the country, and his record shows he knows what to do in this position.Much has already been written about City’s improvement this seson, and the role of the new full-backs. Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy look like exactly the right men for the job, and their skills have changed the way the Blues play.Ederson, too, looks an outstanding goalkeeper. City were confident the £35 million they paid Benfica for the Brazilian would prove to be a bargain, and so far they seem to be right.However, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, Guardiola showed that there is more to it than simply having the best players. For starters, the champions are not short of quality themselves. Antonio Conte’s side, however much they are comfortable ceding possession, were left pegged back and unable to launch the kind of counter-attacks they so normally relish.That owed much to City’s organisation. Without the ball, City settled into something most resembling a 4-3-3 shape. As soon as they had it, however, Walker became a third centre-back and Fabian Delph, a stand-in for the injured Mendy, went into midfield, pushing City into a 3-4-3. It is not unusual for teams to shift formations depending on who has the ball, of course, but few coaches have the courage and belief in their players to move things around quite so much in such a big game.Guardiola certainly tried these things last season but would often come unstuck. If individual errors at the back weren’t to blame, a baffling failure to take clear-cut chances so often left them reeling, particularly in the big games.Now, though, everything is coming together. Guardiola has proven his managerial pedigree – look at his record – and now he has the talent at his disposal to put his ideas into practice.A word, too, for the resurgent Kevin De Bruyne. Guardiola and his staff acknowledged that the Belgian went through a period of adaptation last season, particularly with the amount of running he was being asked to get through, but they recognised that they had the perfect man for their positional play system.He is not just technically brilliant but extremely intelligent. He is the man who takes in Guardiola’s orders and relays to his team-mates what they need to do, either on the training pitch or in the heat of the battle.The biggest indication of how trusted he is by Guardiola is how he is the one player who is allowed to break the coach’s strict positional rules. The Catalan sets his teams out in five vertical zones, and his former players have regularly said how they are forbidden from straying, or going in search of the ball.De Bruyne, however, has been given an extremely rare freedom. If the going gets tough, he is allowed to roam, to pick up the ball where he sees fit, and dictate the play himself. There can be no higher recognition of his talents than that.And if this City team are to reach their potential in the coming years, he will almost certainly be part of it. Last December it was he who hit the bar from a matter of yards out when City were leading Chelsea 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.Thanks to mistakes at the back and in goal, Chelsea went on to win 3-1, effectively ending City’s title challenge.But on Saturday it was De Bruyne who ensured City’s superior game plan came to fruition, with a thumping left-footed strike from outside the area.It means City keep up their fine start to the season, and head into the international break top of the table. This time, it is Chelsea, six points back, who have been left reeling.Guardiola has been in a similar position before – he oversaw 10 wins from his first 10 games last season, of course – but there is clearly much more about his team this season.City look like the real deal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
news Share on Facebook Read more Read more Share on Messenger Share via Email Chelsea Share on WhatsApp Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Carabao Cup “When we lost 2-0 in Stamford Bridge [in December] you cannot accept a defeat at home [in the return]. But it’s what it is. We are going to play the final, try to improve, play the type of game you play in a final and try to win.“When we reviewed the game [at the Etihad] – maybe people don’t believe me but they did incredible things. The first goal was a mistake, they were not paying attention. The [third] one Ross Barkley made a mistake. The second one, Sergio [Agüero] scores an incredible goal. When that happens it’s tough for the managers and the teams. But they did many, many good things. That was my feeling. I’ve spoken to my staff and they had the same opinion.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Guardiola said: “The situation [Sarri’s] is a little bit different [to mine]. In my first year, never did the club doubt me. It was never in the media that I’d be sacked if they lose this game or the other game. It never happened. I was surprised that when Conte won the title [two years ago] and they lost one or two games at the beginning of the following season, people start to say he was going to be sacked.“I said: ‘Wow, but two or three months ago they won the Premier League.’ The situation is completely different.”Sarri will claim a trophy if he leads Chelsea to victory in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against City. Guardiola’s side beat Chelsea 6-0 in this month’s Premier League meeting.“In that moment I was so happy to beat them but now I would prefer not to have beaten them 6-0,” Guardiola said. “I don’t like to play a team again in a short period of time, when you’ve beaten them by so much. They are incredible professional players, they are proud, they will do an extra [effort]. Reuse this content Manchester City Share on Twitter City did not train on Friday so Guardiola will know on Saturday whether John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are available after minor injuries. “The info I have is they are getting better but right now I cannot say if they will be ready,” he said.Aymeric Laporte has signed a two-year contract extension to 2025. Maurizio Sarri Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva Pep Guardiola has highlighted Chelsea’s short-term approach by stating he enjoyed Manchester City’s backing in a way Antonio Conte never did and suggested Maurizio Sarri may encounter the same lack of support.Guardiola struggled during his first season but never felt any sense he would be removed. He cited this when saying his experience was different to that of Sarri, who is under severe pressure during his opening campaign at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea may turn to England coach Steve Holland if Maurizio Sarri is sacked Pep Guardiola
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: The type of striker Man Utd will buyby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will seek to buy a mobile striker in January.Neville reckons Solskjaer will target a “striker like Roberto Firmino or Son Heung-min” in the New Year.He told Sky Sports: “I look at Firmino when he first came to England, I look at [Mohamed] Salah when he was first at Chelsea, I look at [Sadio] Mane. Sometimes players have to develop into what they are going to become.”I think United want a striker like Firmino, like Son at Tottenham . I think [Solskjaer] wants that type of player.”I don’t think he wants a typical striker who is basically going to be a Lukaku or a Costa.”I don’t think he’s looking for that type. I think he’s looking for a more mobile type in a front three or a front two.”I think this club has always had strikers who can play in pairs, who contribute off the ball.”I’ll make a point about Ruud van Nistelrooy. We won less championships with him at centre-forward than when we brought Louis Saha in to partner Wayne Rooney.”He was nowhere near as good a finisher as Ruud or as good a striker as Ruud, but the team became better. “And that’s my point, I don’t think Ole wants a striker like that; I think he wants a mobile striker.”
Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has unveiled a wide-ranging research partnership aimed at developing an advanced navigation support system.The company said it jointly agreed on the project with MOL Techno-Trade, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.In the joint study, all parties will conduct basic research on advanced navigation support system, which is indispensable for safe navigation of conventional ships as well as the autonomous ships of the future.Specifically, the study aims to develop a navigation support system that introduces the concept of Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT), one of the ship collision risk index, leading to the application of technologies such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA).
Higher child-care subsidy rates for low income families wereannounced today, Feb. 2, by Community Services Minister DavidMorse. The announcement follows the first phase of a review that beganin 2004. The goal of the review is to develop a program thatprovides as many eligible low income families as possible with asubsidy that is supportive to families and fair to child-carecentres. “Child-care subsidies are a critical support to lower incomeparents who work or go to school,” said Mr. Morse. “We recognizedthe program needed an overhaul, and have been working with child-care representatives to develop subsidy rates that better reflectchild-care costs.” The new daily maximum subsidies for full-day child care rangefrom $22 for infants to $17.70 for school-age children, andinclude a $2.25 daily parent fee. The new rates are stepped to reflect the higher cost of caringfor younger children, and replace the former flat rate that wasprovided regardless of the age of the child. Increases in dailysubsidies range from $1.30 to $4.30 per day. The new rates wereeffective Jan. 1, and will increase the subsidy budget by$700,000 per year. “Our work to date has been an important first step in improvingthe subsidy program in Nova Scotia,” said Elaine Ferguson,executive director of Child Care Connections, an organizationrepresenting licensed child-care centres. “We will now worktogether to make improvements in other areas of the program.” The rates were developed by a working group of child-carerepresentatives and Department of Community Services staff. Thegroup will now look at the operational grants that are providedto centres and improve eligibility so more parents have access tosubsidies. In the interim, a $200,000 grant will be distributed amonglicensed full-day centres that provided subsidized child-care in2004-05. Recommendations are expected in spring 2005 tostreamline and enhance the existing grants in anticipation of newfederal funding for child care. Working group member Leeanne Marchand of Cape Breton said theinterim funding is a short-term measure while the group examineshow grants are provided to child-care centres. “We look forwardto working on improvements to the operational grants, recognizingthey are an important support to child-care centres,” said Ms.Marchand. “These subsidy increases are good news for Nova Scotia families,”said Shane Richard working group member and child-care operatorfrom Truro. “We have more work ahead and expect other improvedsupports for families and child-care centres in the near future.” COMMUNITY SERVICES–Child-care Subsidy Increased for Low IncomeFamilies
Kolkata: The tea garden at Eco Park, the only of its kind in south Bengal has become a prime location over the years.Though tea plantation is carried out in some areas in the plains in north Bengal, the scientists of Bidhannagar Krishi Vidyalaya, Tea Board, Andrew Yule and workers of local nurseries toiled hard to grow tea in south Bengal where the tea leaves cannot grow because of scorching sun rays. In the first year many of the leaves did not survive. Also, the leaves did not survive because of the acidic soil. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTo combat the situation shade trees were planted. Soil was brought from north Bengal. The supply of water to the budding leaves has been provided by drip irrigation with automatic controller. The tea garden has come up on 3 acres of land. An exquisite tea lounge designed by renowned architect Dulal Mukherjee has been constructed. The tea lounge resembles one of the tea bungalows of Darjeeling. Tea leaves processed and packed are made for gifting. The participants of different programmes which are organized by the Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation ( Hidco) are given a packet of tea as gift. People visiting the tea gardening are not only enjoying the tea but are buying the gift packs for their near and dear ones. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe tea lounge will be thoroughly renovated and the new look tea lounge is likely to be ready before the pujas. Eco Park has become the most popular destination in and around Kolkata. The park stands on 480 acres of land surrounded by 104 acres of water body. It is the biggest urban park in the country. The miniature of seven wonders, the Japanese garden, butterfly park, rose garden and the replica of Ghoom railway station and the toy train have attracted the tourists all over the country.
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VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s tourism industry is outpacing provincial economic growth, contributing $9 billion to the economy.Destination BC, the Crown corporation that co-ordinates tourism marketing, released the latest figure from 2017, saying it’s a 6.7 per cent increase over the year before.The Tourism Ministry says in a news release that the industry generated $18.4 billion in revenue the same year, an 8.4 per cent leap in one year and over 41 per cent since 2007.It says statistics show tourism added the largest value to the provincial economy between 2007 and 2017, relative to industries, such as oil and gas, mining, forestry, logging and fishing.The figures were released at the Tourism Industry Association of BC conference in Vancouver at the same time as the ministry announced a new strategic framework that it says will guide year-round tourism growth while protecting the province’s natural environment.Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., says the framework will allow the industry to reach its full potential as one of the province’s leading business sectors.“The province’s new strategic framework for tourism provides a blueprint for both the growth and sustainability of B.C.’s visitor economy for the foreseeable future,” he says in the release.B.C. greeted nearly 6.1 million international visitors in 2018, which the ministry says is a new record and an increase of 6.4 per cent in just twelve months.Marsha Walden, the CEO of Destination BC, says the trend for the coming year appears just as promising.“By all accounts, 2019 is going to be another strong year for tourism across the province, bringing jobs and opportunities to communities across British Columbia.”Budget 2019 included a funding increase of $1 million for Destination BC over the next three years. The Canadian Press
Enbridge Inc. insists in a regulatory filing that its design for the Line 9 pipeline through southern Ontario has the right shut-off valve configuration to minimize the risk to waterways and reservoirs in the event of a rupture.The Calgary-based company was responding to the National Energy Board’s decision to delay a restart of the pipeline because it’s “not persuaded” that Enbridge has met one of the the conditions attached to the NEB’s approval of the project.Line 9 had been targeted to begin shipping western crude eastward through southern Ontario to Montreal in early November but the NEB said in a Oct. 6 letter that approval would be withheld until its concerns over shut-off valves were addressed.In an Oct. 23 response, Enbridge told the NEB that the company has met or exceeded the safety standards but may have failed to explain its highly technical approach adequately to the regulator.Most of the eight-page letter is devoted to explaining how Enbridge took the best approach by considering a combination of factors such as the elevation of the pipeline’s route when deciding where to place shut-off valves.“It has become evident to us that key aspects of our valve placement methodology were not clearly conveyed,” said the letter from Guy Jarvis, Enbridge’s president for liquids pipeline, to the Calgary-based National Energy Board.“Enbridge’s conservative approach to risk management and valve placement is designed to ensure we not only meet, but exceed, regulatory standards. Our IVP (Intelligent Valve Placement) methodology applies competent engineering judgment and sound engineering practices to reduce potential release volumes to the lowest level reasonably practical along the entire pipeline. In doing so, it helps protect the public and the environment in the unlikely event of a pipeline release.”Line 9 is a 40-year-old pipeline that’s part of a larger Enbridge plan to transport more crude from Western Canada to refineries in Eastern Canada and potentially to export markets. The Line originally flowed in a west-to-east direction in the 1970s, but that was reversed in the late 1990s in response to changing market conditions and is being reversed again.Although the company insists Line 9 has operated safely throughout its history, there’s been local opposition to Enbridge’s plans to ship more oil eastward due to concern about the risk of a major spill into water supplies.In its Oct. 6 letter, the NEB said it appeared that Enbridge hadn’t complied with some of the conditions imposed by the regulator and said the company had to address the board’s concerns before applying for final permission.
Several plantation trade unions signed a new collective agreement with Plantation companies today despite protests by some estate workers.Estate workers in Hatton and some other areas protested today against the new agreement which goes against their demand of Rs. 1000 as a daily wage. Trade union have been demanding nothing short of Rs. 1000 as a daily wage but plantation companies refused to agree.Meanwhile. the Planters’ Association of Ceylon announced that following negotiations between the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and Trade Unions representing Regional Plantation Company employees, an agreement was reached for a revised collective agreement. However, despite the protests, several plantation trade unions signed the new collective agreement for Rs. 700 as a daily wage for estate workers. Secretary General of The Planters’ Association, Lalith Obeyesekere said that as per the revised agreement, a daily basic wage of Rs. 700 plus a Price Share Supplement (PSS) of Rs. 50, totalling Rs 750 is the only remuneration a worker would receive based on the plucking norm. (Colombo Gazette) On Friday, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said that an agreement was reached between plantation companies and the trade unions for a daily wage of Rs. 700 plus an additional Rs. 50.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) West Indies selectors have kept faith with the same squad of 13 for the decisive third and final Test of the current series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday at Windsor Park here.Buoyed by the side’s stunning 107-run victory in the second Test which ended last Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the selection panel will choose from the same group of players that have served throughout the three-Test series which is currently level at 1-1.Azhar Ali (right) of Pakistan cricket hits a boundary during Day 2 of the 2nd Test match against West Indies cricket team at Kensington Oval, BridgetownCourtney Browne and his fellow selectors will however, face some key decisions ahead of the crucial match which West Indies will be aiming to win to claim their first Test series victory in four years and over a side ranked higher for the first time in eight years.They will have to decide if to offer a reprieve to the inexperienced, left-handed Guyanese middle-order duo of Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh, instead of going for greater stability in the more experienced Jermaine Blackwood.Though they have promised much, Hetmyer has had scores of 11, 20, 1 and 22, and Singh 9, 9, 3 and 32, hardly reassuring figures, but they have given brief glimpses of what they may be able to accomplish given more opportunities.The 25-year-old Blackwood has played 22 Tests, gathering 1,128 runs at an average of 31.33, not overpowering stats, but in a side light on experience, he could offer a bit more of a competitive edge.The selectors will also have to consider if the current bowling combination will be effective enough, especially if the Windsor Park pitch is typically unyielding.Though they bowled the team to victory in Bridgetown, skipper Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Devendra Bishoo would crave a little more help from Miguel Cummins, particularly if the local-ground staff fails again to cooperate.This, too, may impact on the batting of the side, meaning leaving out one of the batsmen to play five bowlers and asking Holder to shoulder more responsibility with the willow.Squad — Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singh.