Sitharamanled first GST Council meet to decide on tax cut on evehicles

first_img1(584 Words) Download Download PrintPrint 6/20/2019 5:37:00 PM (Eds: Updating with more details) New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) The GST Council will on Friday consider slashing GST rate on electric vehicles to 5 per cent, from 12 per cent currently, along with extension of the tenure of the anti-profiteering authority by a year till November 2020, an official said. The 35th meeting of the GST Council and the first under Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also consider a couple of anti-evasion steps such as integration of e-way bill with NHAI’s FASTag from April 1, 2010, and asking businesses with a turnover of over Rs 50 crore to issue e-invoice for B2B (business-to-business) sales, as well as asking states to make e-ticketing mandatory for all movie halls. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The Council will also consider tweaking GST rate on lottery. An 8-member group of state finance ministers could not reach a consensus on whether a uniform tax rate should be imposed on lotteries or the current differential tax rate system be continued. Currently, a state-organised lottery attracts 12 per cent GST, while a state-authorised lottery attracts 28 per cent tax. Also, the Council is likely to discuss a mechanism for single-point sanctioning and processing GST refunds. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The current mechanism entails twin refund sanctioning authority of the central and state tax officers but that could well change by August when the proposed new structure involving a single authority comes in place. Besides, the Council would also deliberate on setting up a national bench of the Appellate Authority for Advance Ruling to reconcile the contradictory orders on similar issues passed by the Authority for Advance Ruling in different states, a move aimed at providing certainty to taxpayers. To give a push to manufacturing electric vehicles, the Council will consider slashing GST rates to 5 per cent from 12 per cent, the official said. GST rate for petrol and diesel cars and hybrid vehicles is already at the highest bracket of 28 per cent plus cess. Besides, the Council will also consider extending the tenure of the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) by a year till November 30, 2020, as the authority continues to receive consumer complaints of profiteering against companies. The NAA came into existence on November 30, 2017, after its Chairman B N Sharma assumed charge. So far, the NAA has passed 67 orders in various cases. In a move to check evasion, the Council would also discuss the proposal of integrating e-way bill with NHAI’s FASTag mechanism from April 1, 2020. Such an integration would help find the location of the vehicle and when and how many times it has crossed NHAI’s toll plazas and restrict transporters from doing multiple trips by generating a single e-way bill. Transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 would be required to present an e-way bill during transit to a GST inspector, if asked. However, lack of harmonisation under the ‘track and trace’ mechanism in terms of sharing information among different agencies is leading to misuse of e-way bill. The Council would also consider another anti-evasion proposal of issuance of e-invoices on a centralised government portal by businesses with turnover of Rs 50 crore and above for B2B sales. An analysis of return filing shows that as many as 68,041 businesses have reported a turnover of over Rs 50 crore and accounted for 66.6 per cent of total GST paid in 2017-18. Further, while these businesses account for just 1.02 per cent of GST payers, they make up almost 30 per cent of the B2B invoices generated in the system.last_img read more

Toronto opening armoury to homeless ahead of schedule amid frigid temperatures

first_imgTORONTO – Officials say a downtown armoury will open to Toronto’s homeless Saturday evening as the city faces a 13th day with an extreme cold alert in effect.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Friday that the armoury would be opened as a temporary homeless shelter for two weeks following a request from the city as it sought more shelter space.The facility, just on the eastern edge of the downtown core, is close to a supervised injection site and near other shelters where scores of people seek refuge every day, but was not expected to open until Monday.The city says the Moss Park Armoury will provide 100 cots in response to unprecedented demand and the continuing extreme weather conditions.The City has also increased the capacity at the Better Living Centre to 200 cots and added an additional 80 cots at a community centre.It has also added an overnight shift for at least four street outreach teams during extreme cold weather alerts.“We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our city’s most vulnerable,” said Mayor John Tory. “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to city staff for this extraordinary response to address this urgent situation.”Tory called the cold conditions “relentless” and said the increased demand for additional homelessness supports is “unprecedented.”City staff gained access to the federally owned armoury on Saturday morning and immediately began retrofitting the facility, which will be available as a winter respite location around the clock for two weeks.When fully operational, services will include access to meals, showers, hygiene kits and referrals to additional supports such as case management and housing supports.last_img read more

Nigerian ambassador elected to head UN Human Rights Council

19 June 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council today elected Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria for a one-year term as President of the Geneva-based body that replaced the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Uhomoibhi, 57, has been serving as his country’s Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva. Following his election to head the 47-member body, Mr. Uhomoibhi recalled that the Council’s main purpose was to uphold the dignity of the human person through the promotion and protection of human rights.“Failure to advance the aims and objectives of the Human Rights Council collectively by all nations, all peoples and all institutions will be a colossal failure of humanity to protect its own dignity and rights under the rule of law and agreed norms and practices,” he said. “States undoubtedly bear the primary responsibility to protect and promote human rights,” he added. “As such, the Council should per force continue to direct its gaze and its searchlight on actions of States to ensure that they abide by all their commitments.” The new President also pointed out that no nation or people have a monopoly over human rights, but all nations, and certainly all people, have a duty to promote and protect them.Mr. Uhomoibhi succeeds Romania’s Doru Romulus Costea, who took over from the Council’s inaugural president, Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico.The Council also elected four Vice Presidents today. They are Elchin Amirbayov of Azerbaijan, Erlinda F. Basilio of the Philippines, Alberto J. Dumont of Argentina and Marius Grinius of Canada. Mr. Amirbayov was also elected as Rapporteur. The terms for the newly-appointed bureau members will end on 18 June 2009. The Council will hold its next regular session from 8 to 26 September. read more

Sex workers rally for rights

On June 13th, the Supreme Court will decide on an Ontario court decision on the laws surrounding prostitution. Today, there were rallies across the country in support of the rights of sex workers. Lisa Hepfner was at the march in downtown Toronto and has more details.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

What was it like to hit the most famous hurling point of

first_imgClick here if Soundcloud does not embed correctly.14 things we learned from the Clare hurlers ‘Behind The Banner’ DVDVIDEO: Banner men go accordion mad in Croke Park dressing room HE WAS THE unlikeliest of hurling heroes in the unlikeliest of hurling years.Before there was Shane O’Donnell and his hat-trick, there was Domhnall O’Donovan and his point.And without O’Donovan, there would have been no Liam McCarthy Cup triumph for Clare.As 2013 draws to a close, we reflected with O’Donovan on that famous point on September 8th, 2013.Cork lead 3-16 to 0-24 as the clock ticks down“I was looking around the pitch and a lot of Clare players had their heads were down. They were thinking the game was over. I looked at Brian Gavin and the whistle wasn’t in his mouth. I didn’t think he was ready to blow it up just yet.”Deciding to run forward from corner-back“I usually wouldn’t do that. You do these kind of things with the club and it doesn’t get recognised. At this stage we were gone and set to lose the All-Ireland by a point. I thought we might as well lose by two and I figured I wasn’t much use to the attacking side of things back there.“I just saw space in front of me as I ran forward. Colin Ryan wasn’t in his position so that’s why I went to that part of the field. It wasn’t because I was looking for the ball, I thought that I’d just try to draw away some Cork defenders.”The ball is pucked out by Patrick Kelly towards the Cusack Stand“Patrick (Kelly) decided to hit it to me and it broke. I don’t think enough credit went to Patrick O’Connor for winning the ball. It went to Nicky (O’Connell) and three or four Cork players were drawn to Nicky. They thought he was going to shoot and people probably thought I won’t score anyway if I get the ball!“The ball then came out to me. Growing up my left was always better even though I’m a right handed hurler now. Looking back at pictures, I never realised at the time  how close Cork’s Stephen White got to me.“It shows how fine the margins are. When it went over, I was just on top of the world. The whistle went and I fell to the floor, absolutely exhausted.”YouTube: gaaclipsPast scoring record“I used to play wing-back or centre-back for the club Clonlara. Often you’d get a big of space and often you could hit over long-range shots. The year we won the Fitzgibbon Cup with NUIG, I managed to get two in the semi-final against LIT.“So I had hit points before but I don’t have a reputation for it. You think about it, if someone had said a Clonlara player would hit a key score for Clare, you wouldn’t have picked me. Especially when we have Darach Honan, John Conlon, Colm Galvin, Nicky and Cathal O’Connell involved in the squad.”The reaction to the point“Everyone was buzzing afterwards. People can say we should have won but we nearly lost it. A few people came over to me in the dressing-room and just laughed. They never expected me to do that. It was great to get the reaction.“There’s a few guys from the USA who are colleagues of mine in work in Dublin. They’ve have watched the Sunday Game during the year and then often told me on the Monday, ‘Hey Domhnall, we never saw you on the TV last night, were you even playing?”“I was trying to explain that if a corner-back doesn’t feature in the highlights in hurling, it’s a good sign as my man isn’t doing much damage. But after the drawn final, they were all coming up to me. I was finally on TV!”Shane O’Donnell becomes the star in the replay“The way we ended up winning the final meant that Shane O’Donnell took the limelight off me. To score 3-3 was just a dream story for him. I helped us get the draw but Shane helped us to win the All-Ireland.“You’d still have people saying it to me. Des Cahill mentioned Marty Morrissey’s ‘Holy Moses’ commentary of the point as one of his highlights of the year on Morning Ireland before Christmas. I hadn’t heard that commentary so I’d a laugh off that.”Next year“I won’t be thinking much about scoring next year. I’m happy in defence, can’t see myself venturing too far forward. When you can afford to leave someone like Darach Honan on the bench, it shows they’re okay for forwards up there. But of course it was a great moment. I won’t forget it.”last_img read more

How to manage the HTC Ones Beats Audio and EQ settings

first_imgThe HTC One has a lot of cool features, but one of the most interesting is Boom Sound. This slick branding term refers to the massive dual front-facing amplified speakers. You really have to hear the speakers in real life to grasp how much better they are than every other option. Coupled with Boom Sound is Beats Audio.HTC has chosen to go with a one-size-fits-all approach on the One, but maybe you want more Let’s take a look…If you check the settings in the HTC One’s Google Play Music app, you will see something missing. Whereas most devices have a link to the Android equalizer, the HTC One has nothing. Google added stock EQ capability to Android in version 2.3 (Gingerbread) — at the time it was just an API that developers could plug into, but was expanded to an integrated service in 4.0.HTC has removed all the stock EQ settings in favor of Beats Audio, but there’s only one setting — “On.” Beats has its own line in the main system settings, but unlike some of the other toggles, there is no submenu with other settings. Older HTC devices with Beats did include more presets, but now there is just the one toggle.Beats is basically an equalizer preset. It bumps up the base, and makes the mid-range a little louder. It makes music sound better in a general sort of way because it’s louder. Audiophiles might not agree, though.All of the Android EQ APIs are still in there, there’s just nothing connected to them when the phone comes out of the box. Bummer, right? There are, however, a few ways to tweak the audio more to your liking, though.One option is to grab a standalone music player app that has its own equalizer controls. I like Poweramp because it has a really awesome 10-band equalizer with tons of effects and presets. The downside of this approach is that your Google tunes in the cloud won’t be accessible. If you don’t use that service, Poweramp offers great functionality — more than the Google or HTC app.Another route is to pick up one of the apps that utilize the equalizer API without including a full music player app. This can alter the sound globally, but it’s a bit more touchy. Some apps work fine on some devices, but others will cause conflicts with certain apps. Equalizer is one of the more popular and feature-rich options. Music Volume EQ is another app with similar functionality.Whichever route you decide to go, make sure you get just the right sound for your tastes. The Boom Sound speakers are too good to not use to the fullest.last_img read more

Breakspear Park offers free diabetes screening to staff

first_imgBreakspear Park business park in Hemel Hempstead has offered all employees a free health screening for diabetes as part of a drive to raise awareness of the condition.The business park commissioned the charity Silver Star, which campaigns across the UK for diabetes awareness, to visit the offices on 14 November 2018 and give all employees the opportunity to have a free consultation and testing.Dina Mistry, marketing manager of Breakspear Park, said: “There are more than three million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes and there is an estimated one million people unaware they are living with the condition. Offering all employees the chance to be tested for free within work hours allowed them to establish whether they had diabetes and what their susceptibility was.”Around 800 employees are based at Breakspear Park, working for organisations such as Regus, Britvic, BAM Construction and RealD. Nearly 50 people within the business park participated in the assessment.Mistry said: “We have received such positive feedback following the event, with employees remarking how Breakspear Park is the ultimate place to work because of our focus on quality of life. We look forward to hosting further events to help improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who works here.”The initiative fell under Breakspear Park’s ‘park life’ campaign, which aims to help achieve a better work-life balance for all employees. Other initiatives include handing out 300 pumpkins to staff and hosting three days of free massages. Forthcoming events include a Christmas fair, 30th birthday celebrations and an inspirational speaker booked for the end of November.Heidi Gibbens, an employee at Britvic, said: “It is so difficult to find the time outside of work to do some things. Having the ability to undertake health checks or have a quick massage in the workplace is a real bonus. Health and wellbeing is really important so it is great that this is being focused on and offered to all employees for free.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Sept 17 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowCharges filed against a Kotzebue man in the case of a missing girl who was found dead.Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageU.S. Attorneys charged 41-year-old Peter Wilson with making false statements to federal agents.Alaska’s U.S. Senators call for more information about sexual assault allegations against Brett KavanaughLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington DCThe allegations are from a California professor who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students.Alaska will see a cut to salmon allocations under proposed treaty with CanadaJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauAlaska would get a 7.5 percent cut under a proposed 10 year salmon treaty deal with Canada.Three senior Department of Health and Social Services administrators have resignedAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media-KTOO – JuneauCommissioner Valerie Davidson has named two acting replacements and a new permanent CEO of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.Teams of citizen scientists count endangered whales near AnchorageNat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFederal wildlife managers organized an event over the weekend to count Cook Inlet BelugasPublic meetings start in Juneau over proposal for news roads in TongassElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe U.S. Forest Service is on a tour through Southeast Alaska and Anchorage to talk about the prospect of building new roads in wilder parts of the Tongass National Forest.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to keep rats off St. Paul IslandZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaA rat is loose on St. Paul Island. And that’s a big deal because the Pribilof Islands have always been rat free.High rates of suicide in southwest Alaska where healthcare services are overburdenedTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelThe Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and communities aren’t getting the resources they need to cope with it.last_img read more

Baltimore Shocked Angered Hurt Grieved by Death of Dr King

first_imgApril 6, 1968Mayor Thomas J. D’Allesandro III, led Baltimore in officially mourning the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.  This is what he said:“This is a very sad day.  Dr. King was a responsible leader of the nation.  He was a churchman and distinguished citizen.“From the very beginning he adopted non-violent tactics in trying to correct injustices in our society.“I hope this tragedy will serve as a symbol to all Americans once and for all that we have to rid our society of the injustices hatred and prejudice which brought his death.”This 1968 article collects quotes from Baltimore citizens in the immediate aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King. (AFRO Archives Graphic)George L. Russell Jr., City Solicitor:“History will record that this is one of the darkest hours of our history.  We must do something to bring sanity back to our society. It is a deep personal loss.”Sen. Verda F. Welcome:“This is a tragic loss. Dr. King’s death is a tragic loss not only for colored Americans but for all people and the world.“I hope we will remember the words of Dr. King that we can achieve nothing by lawlessness.“I hope we press on toward the goals set by Dr. King for complete freedom and justice.”Madeline Murphy, Community Action commissioner, and civil rights activist:“The death of Martin Luther King is a senseless act.  A man who preached nonviolence is the innocent victim of a violent, White racist America.“A man of peace had become a victim of war, the insidious war against 20 million Black people.“We mourn him and shall mourn him on every rung of the ladder towards freedom from oppression which our Black brothers and sisters have suffered too long.“Always his death will be a reminder that the sleeping Black giant must be awakened.“We must sleep no more.“We knock on every door- organize, mobilize, for action, for freedom in unity.”Mrs. Jaunita J. Mitchell, president of Maryland NAACP:“In his dying, Dr. King’s spirit of love and non-violence rise above the assassin’s bullet to inspire and challenge our youth to continue the fight for freedom with love.“He has joined the long list of martyrs, Medgar Evers, Schermer, Goodman, and Chance of Philadelphia, Miss.  Vernon Dahmer of Hattiesburg, Miss., whose restless spirits call us to rededicate our talents and efforts to speed the end of injustice.”James Griffin, chairman Baltimore CORE and school commissioner:“Mahalia Jackson is singing, ‘[Were] You There When They Crucified My Lord,’ – that’s how I feel now.“The shooting of Dr. King demonstrates how White America will not tolerate nonviolence and passive aggressiveness on the part of Black people.“It clearly points out that we have to reorganize our thinking and become unified as one.“We must continue to push forward with even more vitality and determination and use whatever means necessary to gain our freedom.“Even though I didn’t agree wholeheartedly in his approach to the problem he was more than ian inspiration to me.”Parren J. Mitchell, Community Action Agency director:“This is the ugly America. This is the America of the lynch law.“This is the American of violence.  Not Black violence, but White violence.  Not Black hatred, but White hatred.“The White community, White America, stand condemned.”Former Mayor Theodore R. McKeldin:“I think it is a great tragedy for America, that one of the greatest influences for peace and goodwill was killed tonight.“The greatest way to honor him would be to continue his work for full recognition of colored people in every area of American life.“We must do it vigorously and consistently, but peacefully the way he would have done it.”Robert Moore, SNCC field secretary:“What we find once again is that we cannot protect our leaders.“I think that the Black community must move to protect its leaders and protect the community itself.“White America has a plan of genocide for Black Americans.“Rap Brown is in jail now.  He has not been convicted of any crime.“Students at South Carolina State College had committed no crime when they were shot down by White cops.“Martin Luther King had committed no crime when he was shot down.”IN THE MEANTIME an {AFRO} reporter talked to the “man in the street” and found what he called an “Epitaph to Non-Violence.”This is his report:Shock, confusion, anger- the words seem trivial and inane when used to describe the reactions of the man in the street to sudden death of Dr. Martin Luther King last night.In bars and on street corners, bus stations and buses, people reacted- some in buzzing, low incredulous whispers, others in silence- and others in angry threats.“It don’t seem real, it just don’t seem real,” one youth stand on a Walbrook corner mumbled, his arms waving, pacing in front of two friends.“Man that sure hurts me.  I swear that sure hurts me,” a second youth muttered leaning against the rain-streaked brick wall of a bar.“This guy was one of the good guys- he talked about non-violence.  I didn’t dig it, but I admired him.“Maybe this will wake Black Americans up to what’s happening, “ said Carl Williams an insurance salesman sitting in a Clifton Ave. bar.“It should show every Black man in this country that no matter who he is, how big he is, or what he believes, if he wants his rights he’s going to have to die for them,” a middle-aged man at a table responded.“Every Black man is vulnerable, and if they didn’t know that, they sure know it now,” –Melvin Reed, a West Baltimore barber said.“My God there’s going to be some action this summer,” a youth standing on a Pennsylvania Ave. corner.“I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner- when he was in Alabama and Mississippi.  I guess I knew it would happen someday.“But when it didn’t, it got so you kind of thought nobody would dare.“Especially when Stokely and Rap Brown talk that talk, “a woman sitting at the bar in the Garrison Lounge remarked.“I always wanted to meet him- I swear I just never got the chance when he was here,” a female companion murmured barely audibly.“It’s the sign to fight- to let go.  This proves that the non-violence don’t work.  He preached non-violence and look at him now.”“I admired King- he was a great- a great man.  But he set himself up to be killed.  Non-violence just ain’t the way,” a Bethlehem steelworker sitting in Ave. club said.At the Greyhound bus station, three cabdrivers were engaged in intense conversation about the assassination.“Anything can happen now- and I do mean anything.  This man has been killed for no reason at all.”Second Cabbie: “I got four guns- and I’m willing to share them with anybody who wants them.”…I just don’t see this.“I just don’t see how you can keep talking non-violence when something like this can happen.”Third Cabbie: “But Dig man- look at it this way.  If they raised hell about this, this would mean he died for nothing.“King was trying to prove it could be done his way- no blood- rioting is just going to show he was wrong…”The argument continued… snatches of conversation breaking through the slow raindrops, incoming Greyhound buses, and swish of tire wheels on the street providing a weird dirge.THERE WERE numerous threats on Dr. King’s life and at times of major campaigns sometimes referred to them in a detached manner of a man who knew he was marked.In the spring of 1964 he moved most of his organization into St. Augustine, Fla., for a big push against segregation in the nation’s oldest city.  His beach cottage was shot up one night and soon he talked again of being the target of an assassin.Dr. King, his wife and four children, lived in a modest home in Atlanta.A cross was burned on his lawn one night and the family often received threatening telephone calls.On the rare weekends when he was free of engagements, he liked to relax with his wife, a gifted and attractive concert singer, and his youngsters.He lived with the threat of violence daily.In New York in September of 1958, a woman armed with a letter opener and a loaded automatic stabbed him while he autographed one of his books in a Harlem Department Store.It was the third attempt on his life up to that time and he narrowly escaped death.A team of surgeons, fighting the possibility of infection, removed two and one-half inches of bone from his chest.  The wound bothered him for the rest of his life.AN UNKNOWN person fired a shotgun blast through the door of his home in 1956 and a dynamite bomb was thrown on the porch of his home a year later.  It failed to explode.In St. Augustine, King rented a beach cottage and it was promptly riddled with gun fire.  He was not in at the time.King traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa and was an official guest of the Prime Minister at the independence celebration in Ghana in 1967. His great-grandfather was a slave.last_img read more

Sheraton on the Park named Conference Hotel of the Year

first_imgSource = Sheraton on the Park Sheraton on the Park has been named “Conference Hotel of the Year” at the 2016 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence, held at the Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour Sydney on Thursday 21st July, 2016.The TAA (NSW) Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry, honouring the achievement of excellence in service and judged by a selected panel of industry experts and leading travel editors and writers.This win cements Sheraton on the Park’s reputation as the hotel of choice for meetings and events in Sydney.Sean Hunt, Managing Director, Sheraton on the Park and Regional Vice President Starwood Pacific Hotels, says this award proves the hotel’s commitment to providing a superior product through the hard work and dedication of each and every one of the hotel associates.“Meeting planners can take comfort in the flawless delivery of their function at Sheraton on the Park. Our commitment to providing personalised meetings with the latest in hi-tech facilities is one of the hotels key differentiators. This award is testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction and the professionalism of our associates. It is a real team effort,” Mr Hunt said.Accommodating from 10 to 1600 guests, the hotel is one of the largest conference hotels in the city. An abundance of natural light throughout, wireless internet access, outdoor terraces and meeting concierge services guarantee the utmost in comfort and friendly service.Meeting planners are spoilt for choice at Sheraton on the Park, which features over 2500 square metres of function space, 18 versatile meeting rooms, pre-function areas and break-out spaces, providing the ideal space for any special event.The pillarless Grand Ballroom, complete with natural light, caters up to 900 theatre style and 550 banquet style and boasts integrated high definition audio visual equipment. The executive style ‘Meetings On 5’ is dedicated to board meetings, VIP gatherings, or intimate conferences for 2 to 22 guests, with luxurious boardrooms, an outdoor terrace, innovative catering and Meeting Concierge services.Offering the fastest wireless internet connection in Sydney with 160MB connection at all times and throughout the entire property, the hotel is ahead of the competition by at least 60MB. On request, the property is able to offer up to 1,000MB for high calibre meetings and events. Smartest meeting space in the city with full HD vision system, Meyer sound system, interactive screens and Apple TVs. Sheraton on the Parklast_img read more

Executive chef at X2 Chiang Mai Riverside wins Iron Chef Thailand Chal

first_imgChef Alexandre Demard and Chef Thanunya “Gai” Kaikaew.Executive chef at X2 Chiang Mai Riverside wins Iron Chef Thailand ChallengeChef Alexandre Demard will serve a creative eight-course menu including amuse bouche & mignardises for one night only on Saturday 19 May 2018X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort’s Oxygen Dining Room will host a one-night special event on Saturday, 19 May to celebrate its executive chef, Alexandre Demard’s recent victory as a challenger on the hit television show, Iron Chef Thailand.On 5 May, Chef Alex went head-to-head with reigning Iron Chef, Thanunya “Gai” Kaikaew, to prepare five inventive dishes using key ingredients from around the world, including fresh Alaskan crab, pigeon, Waygu beef and durian. In a blind taste test of the finished dishes, Chef Alex was named the winner of the challenge.In honour of his culinary achievement, Oxygen Dining Room is hosting an exclusive 8-course dinner to showcase the winning menu and give discerning diners the opportunity to experience Chef Alex’s acclaimed creations for themselves. The restaurant’s culinary consultant, Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Isnard, will also be in attendance to chat to guests about the exquisite flavours on offer.Exquisite cuisine at Oxygen Dining Room.To begin the meal, diners will enjoy a delicate dish of Alaskan crab with apple, coriander, coconut jelly and Caviar de Neuvic. Next, they’ll savour pigeon and beetroot with a gelatin spiral of mulberries and raspberries followed by a succulent main called Samurai Beef, a thin tart of Kobe beef adorned with mushrooms and cape gooseberries. To round out the experience, diners will then delight two delectable desserts that exhibit a unique blend of unexpected flavours and textures: honey caramelised durian layered between dark and white chocolate mousse followed by dark chocolate chili ganache paired with raspberries and jalapeños.Known for his finely honed cooking techniques and elaborate plating, Chef Alex boasts an impressive background in French cuisine having worked for 15 years in Cannes’ prestigious Palace Hotel before opening his own restaurant, Le Manoir in the same city. Chef Alex joined X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort as part of the opening team in 2017, launching the contemporary Oxygen Dining Room in conjunction with consultant Michelin-starred chef, Nicolas Isnard. The stylish venue, right on the banks of Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping River, has quickly made a name for itself by fusing traditional Thai flavours with international culinary excellence.Chef Alex and the team from X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort.“Although we have appreciated Chef Alex’s creativity and skill from the beginning, we’re thrilled that he’s now being recognised on a national level through the Iron Chef Thailand challenge,” said X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort’s General Manager, Ewan Taylor.“Oxygen Dining Room offers a truly unique culinary experience and menu. This recent achievement is just one example of how the restaurant is elevating the level of fine dining in Thailand’s Rose of the North.”The Iron Chef Exclusive Dinner on 19 May at Oxygen Dining Room features a five-course meal held from 18.00 – 22.00 hours and costs THB 2,500++ per person or THB 3,500++ per person with wine pairings.To make a reservation for the special evening, please contact +66 53 931 999 or email fbco.cmr@x2resorts.com Source = X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resortlast_img read more

Kenya begins work on its maiden Cruiseship terminal

first_imgKenya has commenced building its first ever cruise ship terminal at the Port of Mombasa with the aim of boosting tourism in the region. According to the reports, the Sh350 million terminal is a project jointly funded by the Government of Kenya together with the private firm Trade Mark East Africa.Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Catherine Mturi said they expect the terminal to improve the facility’s cruise tourist arrivals by a substantial extra 140,000 visitors each year and also generate $52 million profit in the same period.The facility is deemed to become the port’s first terminal that is fully customised for luxury vessels. According to data revealed by Mturi, 10 cruise vessels with 6,000 tourists docked at the port last year alone, and the number is expected to go up this year.“We are very keen on improving our port in this area to attract more passenger vessels and fully exploit the great potential that exists in our Blue Economy,” she said.last_img read more

Experts Basel III Will Mean Higher Borrowing Costs

first_img The city of Basel, Switzerland, rejoined the debate over housing finance Tuesday ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and not for Swiss mortgage rates.[IMAGE]Earlier Tuesday the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ went forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that calls for annual stress tests to determine capital adequacy for banks.The notice built on the Basel Accords, which the “”Basel Committee on Banking Supervision””:http://www.bis.org/bcbs/ (BCBS) revisited with help from a consortium of central bankers over 2010 and 2011.Basel III is the latest by BCBS to require stress tests for so-called Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions, which include mortgage giants “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/, “”Citigroup””:http://www.citigroup.com/citi/homepage/, “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm, “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/, and several other U.S. lenders.Former FDIC chairman “”William Isaac””:http://www.sec.gov/spotlight/faivalue/marktomarket/wisaacbio.pdf warns that the framework presents a “”highly pro-cyclical”” set of rules for the economy and mortgage marketplace.Isaac ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a participant in negotiations that helped field Basel Accords I and II ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô tells us that Basel III demands “”banks increase their capital at a time when banks can least afford to capital.””If you’re worried about the economy and want it to grow again, then you should want banks to be out lending,”” he adds. “”Telling banks to triple their capital level during these difficult times will impede growth.””[COLUMN_BREAK]””Anat Admati””:http://gsbapps.stanford.edu/facultyprofiles/biomain.asp?id=44282009, a professor of finance and economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, points to the lurking threat of another global systemic financial crisis. She recently published a column with several other academes in The Financial Times that called the third accord “”far from sufficient to protect the system from recurring crisis.””In it, she argued that the accord needs to fund at least 15 percent of an institution’s non-risk-weighted assets, saying “”the social costs would be minimal, if any.””But recent research presents Basel III as a potential problem for the mortgage marketplace. A white paper published by the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ found that Basel III ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô if adopted by the Federal Reserve, as news reports from December would suggest ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô would raise borrowing costs for homeowners and reduce capital value for mortgage servicing rights.””David John””:http://www.fhfa.gov/, a senior research fellow with the “”Heritage Foundation””:http://www.fhfa.gov/, says that a preferential classification for sovereign debt and agency mortgage-backed securities may create problems for lawmakers who aim to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.He says assumptions about agency debt may allow banks to carry “”securities on the books at one value but with a liquidation value that is substantially less, which would be exceedingly dangerous”” to the global financial system.As for the fixed-rate mortgage itself?””Eventually mortgages will be more expensive and much riskier for the holder,”” John says, predicting that subsidies for existing bank capital requirements ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a factor in keeping mortgage rates near record lows ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô may come to an end. He says that Basel III will force U.S. policymakers to “”take a look at whether we will need to adopt European standards, at least in mortgage markets.””The nation’s biggest bankers will need to raise their minimum capital buffers in accordance with regulation by 2013, and then continue to meet basic requirements under Basel III in successive phases. in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing January 17, 2012 434 Views Experts: Basel III Will Mean Higher Borrowing Costscenter_img Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup Fannie Mae FDIC Federal Reserve FHFA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage Rates Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-01-17 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgSan Francisco – Bonhams today announced further development of its U.S. motoring sales calendar with a sale at one of the North East’s most popular and long established collector car events, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.Since 1995 the Greenwich Concours has brought together enthusiasts and collectors for two days of friendly competition in a garden party atmosphere at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, overlooking Greenwich Harbor, Connecticut.In addition to being an important date in the concours circuit for more than a decade, the early summer event has become known for its collector car auction that has seen millions of dollars in automobiles change hands. Starting this year, this auction will now be conducted by Bonhams.Says Greenwich Concours founder Bruce Wennerstrom, “Bonhams’ experience and reputation in the automotive world is renowned, and we are very pleased to partner with them in this exciting celebration of the automobile.”“Bonhams is delighted to be working with Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom and enhancing our American auction schedule with a presence at one of the foremost events in the country,” says Rupert Banner, Bonhams’ VP of Business Development for the US Motoring Department. “For Bonhams, we are confident that the widespread coverage this event receives and the close proximity to many car collectors will prove a winning combination for sellers and buyers alike. The take-up already has been impressive with a number of significant entries consigned to date.”These highlights include: -The ex-Ralph Salyer 1965 McLaren-Chevrolet M1A “Cro-Sal” Special -1934 Aston Martin MkII Sport Saloon, coachwork by Bertelli -1915 Stutz Bearcat -1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 3.5 ConvertibleOwners interested in consigning individual cars or entire collections to the June 8th auction should contact the Bonhams Motoring Department. E-mails can be sent to motors.us@bonhams.com, or calls may be made to the following individuals: -Rupert Banner, Motoring Dept. Business Development Dir., New York, 212- 461-6515 -Mark Osborne, Motoring Department Director, San Francisco, 415-391-4000For general information about Bonhams and its 50 specialist departments worldwide, visit www.Bonhams.com.For more information about the Saturday through Sunday, June 7th and 8th show, go to GreenwichConcours.com.last_img read more

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first_img From left, Britain’s Prince William, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice at the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Owen Humphreys/pool photo via AP) by Gregory Katz And David Rising, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2018 8:27 am PDT Last Updated May 19, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fiery US bishop brings American flair to royal weddingcenter_img WINDSOR, England – Nothing captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday’s royal wedding as much as the guest preacher whose sermon brought American fire and flair to a very English church service.The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to address their 600 wedding guests.The bishop’s passionate sermon on the theme of love, studded with quotes from the bible, Martin Luther King Jr and African-American spirituals, was a contrast to the more solemn and muted Anglican style the royal family is used to.Many observers were surprised and delighted. BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine tweeted: “The preacher is doing 50 in a 30 zone and it’s brilliant.”Supermodel Naomi Campbell hit Caps Lock and tweeted: “BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY GIVING ME LIFE.”Quoting civil rights King on the “redemptive power of love,” Curry told the bride and groom “it’s not just for, and about, a young couple who we rejoice with, it’s more than that.”Curry, who like Markle’s mother has African ancestors who were slaves in the U.S., said that even during their time of bondage, love helped those in captivity persevere.“When love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actual family,” he said in a sermon that touched on poverty, inequality and the healing power of love.“When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all and we are brothers and sisters, children of God and brothers and sisters,” he said. “That’s a new heaven, a new earth a new world, a new human family.”Harry and Markle exchanged a quick glance at one another at one point as Curry drifted from his prepared remarks and ad libbed while the queen looked on stoically. Camilla and Kate — the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge — traded sidelong glances.Queen Elizabeth II, who as monarch holds the title of Supreme Governor of the Church of England, did not show any sign of discomfort and looked as stoic as she had through the entire ceremony.There may have been a touch of royal relief when Curry wrapped up with “We gotta get y’all married now.”The crowds waiting outside for a glimpse of the royal couple loved it. Cheers greeted Curry as he walked uphill from the chapel along the procession route after the service. One man shouted “well done” — prompting a smile and “God bless you” from the bishop.Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, an atheist, tweeted: “Rev Michael Curry could almost make me a believer.”The Episcopal Church is an offshoot of the Church of England in the United States and has been the spiritual home of many of the American founding fathers and U.S. presidents.Even though its support for gay marriage has recently caused friction with the greater Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said ahead of the ceremony that he was “thrilled” Curry would be speaking there, calling him a “stunning preacher.”Curry, 65, who is married and has two grown daughters, was born in Chicago and raised in Buffalo, New York. He began his ministry in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and also served as rector in Lincoln Heights, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland.Selecting him to give the sermon was one of several personal touches Harry and Meghan put on the service, held in the 15th century St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.Markle, who attended a Roman Catholic school, was baptized in March into the Church of England in preparation for the wedding and joining the royal family.The ceremony was based on Common Worship — the most modern of several Church of England service options — and included prayers and hymns, as well as readings and musical selections chosen by the couple and their families.That included a fusion of American and British elements, including by London-based gospel ensemble the Kingdom Choir’s renditions of Ben. E. King’s “Stand By Me” and Etta James’ “Amen/This Little Light of Mine.”Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason wowed the 600 guests with works including Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” The cellist won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year contest in 2016, the first black musician to do so.For all the individual touches, the service was dominated by tradition.The pair read the Church of England wedding vows, promising to have and to hold, “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.”Then the archbishop pronounced them husband and wife.“Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder,” he said._____Rising reported from Berlin. Jill Lawless in London contributed.last_img read more

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