Shamattawa First Nation declares state of emergency after fire guts store band

first_img(The grocery store and band office in Shamattawa First Nation was gutted by fire Thursday. Photo courtesy Roy Miles)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe Chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the only grocery store, the band office, 911 call centre ‎and radio station.The fire has also resulted in the loss of Internet service in the remote northern community, something Chief Jeffrey Napaokesik says the community relies on heavily.Reports of the fire first came in Thursday afternoon when many in the community were attending a funeral.When reached by phone Thursday night, the chief said the fire continues to burn.He said the immediate concern is getting an emergency supply store set up as soon as possible on Friday.Photo Courtesy Roy Miles.Napaokesik said most members of the community are on social assistance and live day to day. There will be an immediate need for things like water and baby formula.There will be an immediate need for things like water and baby formula.Shamattawa First Nation is a fly-in community with about 1,000 members 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Officials from the Northwest Company are due in Shamattawa in the morning with supplies for an emergency store that will be established.The chief said things are calm right now but expects people to wake up in a panic in the morning.Officials will be going door to door in the morning to explain how things will be handled.The chief said at the moment nobody appears to be missing or have been caught in the fire.He says it’s too early to know how the fire started.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Manitoba families call for National Inquiry reset that includes the resignation of

first_imgAPTN National NewsA coalition of families and survivors of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Manitoba is calling on the remaining commissioners at the national inquiry to “be brave” and resign.“We the families of MMIWG and survivors in Manitoba have lost confidence in the national inquiry,” said Hilda Anderson Pyrz, co-chair of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition of Manitoba. “The families and survivors agree that a hard reset required. This hard reset requires the resignation of the lead commissioner and of the remaining three commissioners and the explicit inclusion of policing in the terms of reference.”Family members and advocates gathered on Wednesday on the heels of the latest resignation from the embattled National Inquiry, this time from Commissioner Marilyn Poitras.The Manitoba coalition says they’ve “lost confidence” in what they call a “flawed process.” They cite a lack of communication, consultation and transparency. They’re also calling on the government to include policing in the terms of reference which has been a point of contention for many advocates and family members.The coalition will be writing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let him know how they’d like to see the process move forward in Manitoba.That would include a regional, Indigenous process building on the “Families First” approach already being utilized. The Coalition would like to see a Commissioner for Manitoba that would work regionally and work parallel with the National Inquiry.“We are also calling for the implementation of an Indigenous design and Indigenous-led process for Manitoba that can contribute to a renewed national inquiry process,” said Pyrz.No names were put forward but some in the coalition believe a family member who is dealing with the pain and grief of losing a loved one should be named as a commissioner.On Monday, Marilyn Poitras sent a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stating that she couldn’t fulfill her role as commissioner under the current structure of the inquiry. She sent a more detailed letter out Tuesday saying that few at the inquiry shared her vision of how the process should work.Poirtras’ resignation is the fifth resignation in the past couple of months. In June, the commission lost senior communications officer Sue Montgomery, Tanya Kappo, manager of communications, Chantale Courcy, director of operations and Michèle Moreau, the inquiry’s executive director.According to head Commissioner Marion Buller, people left for personal reasons – and “better opportunities.”Poitras’ resignation forced Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to call a meeting with the commissioners to find out where the inquiry is at in terms of fulfilling its mandate.Indigenous Affairs Minister meeting with reporters Tuesday on Parliament Hill. Bennett called a news conference on Parliament Hill Tuesday to tell media that she was surprised with how much work the inquiry had done and was impressed with the work plan in place.“There is no question, that we all agree, communication has been an issue. And that they have got to do a better job at communicating their vision, their plan, values and the way that they’re going to get this work done,” said Bennett.The Manitoba families said they are not calling for the national inquiry to be scrapped – but restructured, including the need for regional representation.“Manitoba would name its own Indigenous commissioner,” said Sandra Delaronde – Co chair MMIWG Family and survivors coalition. “That would do the work regionally and then that work would feed into the national inquiry. The people in Manitoba, the coalition, in concert with the families, feel it’s important to be in control of the inquiry. We waited 20 years for the inquiry to come into play and the inquiry in its current form is not hearing the voices, is not inviting the consultation of the people in the region, or if it invites it, it’s not listening.”Betty Rourke, whose daughter was murdered in 2013, and a sister murdered in 1980, said it was hard to watch the National Inquiry livestream from Whitehorse at the end of May.She said she refuses to be “on trial” and said her family is hurting and feels nothing will come from the Inquiry in its current form.“It’s just a big farce. It’s all about money. All those commissioners are getting paid big bucks because of me hurting and all of my missing and murdered Family. We’re all hurting but we get nothing. No Answers, no phone calls, nothing,” said Rourke.The coalition said the process to choose a Manitoba commissioner would follow the same path as for the inquiry – the main quality being a person who can work with the families.“The families don’t feel heard. They aren’t engaging in this process. They don’t feel like they are able to engage in this process,” said Angie Hutchinson, a member of the coalition. “And they don’t feel like their loved ones are being valued in this process and we want to look at changing that.”Lead Commissioner Marion Buller. On Tuesday, Ontario Native Women’s Association sent a letter to Commissioner Marion Buller rescinding the association’s support of the inquiry.“This Inquiry needs to honour Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” said Executive Director, Cora McGuire-Cyrette in a statement posted Tuesday. “We cannot continue to harm the most vulnerable population in our communities. When do Indigenous Women get to matter? We want the Inquiry to assist families in their healing and to help Canada, Indigenous nations and communities to provide the guideposts to the changes we need so that we do not lose any more Indigenous women and girls to violence. We do not believe that the Inquiry in its current configuration can achieve these outcomes.”A spokesperson for Carolyn Bennett said the Indigenous Affairs Minister stands by the statements she made Tuesday. dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks up as oil jumps on tanker attack

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are rising early Thursday as a jump in the price of oil boosts energy companies.U.S. oil rose 3.3% after two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks. Brent crude, the international benchmark, gained 3.6%. Oil prices had been falling on signs demand is declining.Exxon and Chevron each rose over 1%. Operators of oil drilling rigs also posted gains. Helmerich & Payne rose 2%.Tyson Foods rose 2.3% after saying it plans to sell chicken nuggets made from pea protein and a burger than is part pea protein part beef.The S&P 500 index rose 13 points, or 0.5%, to 2,892.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 127 points, or 0.5%, to 26,132. The Nasdaq rose 46 points, or 0.6%, to 7,839.The Associated Press read more

Lack of donor support threatens food supplies for 2 million refugees –

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the lack of donor support is threatening food supplies for more than 2 million refugees.With global food aid declining, the agency now urgently needs $315 million to meet the needs of 2.2 million refugees living in camps, with 75 per cent of the sum required for Africa alone.WFP – the world’s largest relief agency – has already been forced to reduce food rations for refugees in Africa. Without new contributions, the organization said, it will have to resort to more cuts.“Refugees are among WFP’s most vulnerable beneficiaries and have been hit hard by shortfalls,” said WFP’s Deputy Executive Director John Powell, who was in Geneva yesterday to discuss funding with officials of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).This month, WFP began reducing rations to refugees in Sierra Leone, while provisions for refugees in Guinea and Liberia have also been cut, as only 40 per cent of its $93.5 million appeal for refugees in West Africa has been funded so far, WFP said.“The reduction of food rations for refugees has a number of negative effects: health deterioration, inadequate nutrition, increases in domestic violence and crime – as well as refugees taking up illegal employment outside the camps to supplement their diets,” said Mr. Powell.Within a few weeks, WFP will be running out of food for the 60,000 Sudanese refugees, as well as 3,000 newly-arrived Congolese refugees in Uganda following clashes between factions in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A total of 1.4 million people will be affected, including internally displaced, refugees and other vulnerable persons.“Many of the refugees rely almost entirely on food aid for their survival,” said Mr. Powell. “They are frequently confined to camps where arable land, if available, is scarce and employment opportunities are limited.” read more

Reports of BC LNGs demise greatly exaggerated industry alliance boss says

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Reports of B.C. LNG’s demise greatly exaggerated, industry alliance boss says by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2015 11:51 am MDT CALGARY – The head of the B.C. LNG Alliance says it’s not a matter of if, but when, the province becomes a major global LNG player and he wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one project get the green light this year.David Keane took on the industry’s naysayers at a Calgary energy conference on Tuesday.“To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of B.C. LNG’s death have been greatly exaggerated,” he said. “To the contrary, we are not alarmed by the present volatility in the energy market.”High construction costs and plunging crude have been weighing on the nascent sector, with some companies, such as Malaysia’s Petronas, putting off final investment decisions until they can make the economics of their multibillion-dollar projects work.The B.C. LNG Alliance includes seven of the 19 LNG projects that are currently proposed for Canada’s West Coast, including ones led by Petronas and other heavyweights such as Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron.No West Coast LNG project has been given the official go-ahead by its backers, stoking concern that Canada may lose competitive ground to projects in the U.S. and elsewhere that are further along in development. Cost estimates for some B.C. projects have run into the tens of billions of dollars.Keane said he’s more focused on the long-term outlook, with global demand expected to outpace supply by between 100 and 120 million tonnes a year over the next decade or so.And he notes B.C. has an edge over some of its competitors globally. For instance, its colder climate means it’s more efficient to operate the plants where natural gas, piped in from the province’s northeast, would be chilled into a liquid state.While Keane commends the B.C. government’s recent moves to bolster the industry, he says more work needs to be done when it comes to its greenhouse gas regulations.Specifically, Keane says industry players should have more options when it comes to purchasing carbon offsets.“Right now, the requirement is that they be in British Columbia, which I think skews the market and I would like to see us have an opportunity to look throughout North America for carbon offsets,” he told reporters.Keane also lauded federal tax breaks for the industry announced last month by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying the move eliminates one major hurdle.High labour costs have been one big concern for LNG developers, but tumbling crude prices may help in that regard, Keane said. With activity in Alberta’s oilpatch slowing down and layoffs being announced, more construction workers have been freed up to work on the West Coast.“There’s an awful lot of trained workers that will be, because of the downturn in the oil price… looking for work, and I think there may be an opportunity for the LNG facilities in British Columbia to be able to capture some of that labour,” said Keane.“Clearly, the premier in British Columbia has been saying she’s going to put up advertising in the Fort McMurray airport to get people back to B.C.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

Vancouver council candidates weigh in on downtown school annexation

first_imgFour Vancouver City Council hopefuls met with the Columbian’s editorial board Wednesday to discuss top issues facing the city and what makes them stand out from their opponents. There are five candidates running for Position 1, currently held by Councilor Laurie Lebowsky. The position was filled by appointment in February as Scott Campbell, who was elected in November, died before the election.Lebowsky was joined by Sarah Fox, Mary Elkin and Adam Shetler. Maureen McGoldrick, the candidate who lost to Campbell in 2017, did not respond to the editorial board’s invitation.As occurs with most discussions about Vancouver’s future, replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge came up. All four candidates said they support replacement and Elkin, Fox and Lebowsky advocated for public transit in some form. While Elkin outright supports light rail, Fox and Lebowsky said they hope to focus on any form of transportation the community supports, likely an expanded bus rapid transit line.As Lebowsky pointed out, any solution is unlikely to come from the city council directly.“There’s very little we can do,” she said. “It’s reliant on working with the Washington (State) Department of Transportation and the state of Oregon.”Candidates were asked if they believe downtown Vancouver is an appropriate place for a new elementary school as proposed by Vancouver Public Schools. Elkin said she understands planning for the future, but she’s concerned about student safety.last_img read more

Miami Beach temple hosts Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Community leaders and officials from a variety of religious backgrounds attended a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, Sunday night, amidst a rise in anti-Semitism.The ceremony at Temple Beth Sholom commemorated the millions of people killed in the Holocaust.In the wake of a recent rise in hate crimes and anti-Semitism, Sunday’s event was attended by people from several religious backgrounds, all of them promoting interfaith tolerance.“In this year with the hyper-polarization of our community and country we felt that lessons of the Holocaust really had relevance way beyond the Jewish community,” said Jacob Solomon, president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.The event, which was highly secured, proceeded without incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 dead 4 hospitalized after car hits tree in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has been killed and four others were hospitalized when a car crashed into a tree in North Miami.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived at the scene near Northwest 125th Street and First Court.Fire rescue had to pry open the doors of the car in order to reach the five passengers inside.One person was killed in the crash while the other four passengers were taken to the hospital in unknown conditions.The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

No Bull at IMAG

first_imgEVANSTON, Illinois—Day two of the MPA’s IMAG conference opened here today with a promise from David Lusterman, publisher of String Letter Publishing and IMAG conference chair, to “take the level of candor to new heights.” Lusterman then laid down two rules for speakers and audience members: No “bullshitting,” and no withholding.The agenda was focused primarily on making the jump from a print to a multi-platform publisher—an imperative underscored by session speaker Cia Romano, CEO and founder of Web consultancy firm Interface Guru, who warned that publishers who don’t make the turn are “not going to survive what’s coming.” (Attendees appear to understand that the threat is real, as evidenced by how the crowd fell silent during Wednesday’s award dinner following mention of the recently shuttered country music magazine No Depression.)When Romano asked how many people have identified the three primary users of their Web sites, only a pair raised their hands. “That’s not good,” she said. “If you’re not user-centric then you have no strategy.” Janet Ludwig, president of Allured Publishing—which serves the spa, fragrance and cosmetics care markets—says her company took this approach as far as naming their “types” of users, such as “Esther the Aesthetician,” during the Web redesign process. “’We would say, ‘Is this for Ophelia or is this for Esther?’”Changing the MindsetFor Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director at Ogden Publications and IMAG board chairman, building a successful multi-platform business means changing mindsets. “I hear a lot of my peers—and the voice inside my head sometimes—saying, ‘I have this medium or I have this revenue stream’ or some business school commodity,” Welch said during a session called “Successful Multi-Media Publishing Strategies. He says publishers need to move away from mission by medium and move toward mission in terms of building communities—in his case of registered users who want to consume the products his company is selling.“We have about a million paid subscribers to all our print publications and about 400,000 registered users online,” Welch said. “We believe this is backwards. We should have 10 million registered users. Once we have them in the community, I don’t know what we’re going to sell them, but I know damn well we’re going to sell them a bunch of stuff.”[EDITOR’S NOTE: Check throughout the week for news and posts from the IMAG conference.]last_img read more

Forget the Galaxy Fold wheres the Galaxy Home smart speaker

first_imgSamsung originally said the Galaxy Fold would launch April 26. Now it will hit the market in September. Waiting to release a product until it’s essentially perfect is the right move for customers and for Samsung. In times in the past, the company rushed to sell devices before the bugs had been worked out, all in a quest to be first. It has taken a more measured approach in recent years, but Samsung still gets ahead of itself. The Galaxy Fold is evidence of that. After using the device for only days — or,  in some cases, hours — during a short review period in mid-April, several technology journalists had issues with their devices. Some peeled off a thin top layer on the display, which was an essential protective coating, not a removable screen protector. Others had detritus get under the screen itself, causing bumps and bulges. Samsung canceled the release date to explore what happened. “It was embarrassing,” Koh told reporters in Korea. “I pushed it through before it was ready.”samsung-developer-conference-9891The Galaxy Home draws on expertise from Samsung and Harman, the audio business it purchased.  Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday, 89 days after the Galaxy Fold was to go on sale, Samsung said it has addressed the issues experienced by those reporters. It extended the screen’s protective top layer beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure.” It added “reinforcements” to keep debris from getting under the screen, while new “protection caps” strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area. Samsung also added reinforcements beneath the Infinity Flex Display, likely to make the plastic screen stiffer, and it reduced the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.Samsung doesn’t need another big delay or more problems with the Galaxy Fold. It said it took “the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes we made.” But this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung’s had multiple problems with a new device. Remember the Galaxy Note 7? Shortly after the phablet went on sale in August 2016, users started reporting overheating problems. Samsung originally tied the issues to a battery flaw and recalled all the Note 7 phones on the market. That didn’t fix the problem, however, and the replacement devices also overheated. Samsung launched a rare second recall in October 2016 and stopped manufacturing the Note 7.Samsung has repeatedly said that it’s learned from that experience. Presumably the tests it’s conducting on the Galaxy Fold, which are ongoing, will head off any issues people could see with the device. We won’t know, though, until reviewers and consumers get their hands on the revamped phone. Then the focus turns to the Galaxy Home. We hope.  Samsung Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy Fold: Samsung will relaunch the foldable phone in September A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter 8:07 Global smart speaker sales should reach 147.7 million units this year, up 71% from 2018, Strategy Analytics predicted in May. Amazon and Google will each control nearly a third of the market, while the rest will be split between more than a dozen other voice OS platforms, including Apple’s Siri, Alibaba’s Ali Genie, Baidu’s Duer OS and Xiaomi’s Xiao AI, the research firm said. There was no mention of Bixby. When Samsung announced its first smart speaker a year ago, there were already concerns that the device came too late. Even Apple has struggled in smart speakers. Its Siri-powered HomePod has regularly been placed on sale, and Apple in April even slashed the price by $50 to $299, an unusual move for the company. So far, consumers haven’t been willing to shell out more money for better sounding smart speakers.”I struggle to see Samsung really succeeding in bringing an alternative,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. The situation might have been different a year ago, she said, “but seeing how little progress they’ve made from a Bixby perspective makes me really doubt that they will ever be able to compete with Alexa in the US.”Shaky reputation?Samsung may be starting to develop a reputation for delayed products. Even my un-tech-savvy parents in Iowa know about the Galaxy Fold’s delay. The company worked on foldable displays for years before showing anything to the public. It demonstrated a flexible OLED screen at CES 2013 and gave the first glimpse of the Galaxy Fold at its developer conference late last year. It officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold at the beginning of its Unpacked Galaxy 10 launch in February. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a separate 7.3-inch display when unfolded into a tablet. It starts at $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800) and comes in four colors: cosmos black, space silver, martian green and astro blue. Users can start using apps like Flipboard on the small, front display and then pick up where they left off when moving to the big, inside display.  Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… Share your voice Tags 0 Then at the Galaxy S10 launch in February, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET the device would go on sale by April. (Samsung PR said it would launch in the first half of 2019.) But it’s now late July, and there’s still no sign of the Galaxy Home. The latest update from Samsung was in the form of comments by another co-CEO — Hyun-suk Kim, the head of the consumer electronics division — who told the Korea Herald in early June that the Galaxy Home would launch in the third quarter. For those of you keeping score, that’s at least three missed launch dates. If the third-quarter timing is true, it could make sense for Samsung to unveil the launch date at the Galaxy Note 10 event in two weeks. It also could wait for the IFA electronics show in Berlin the first week of September. Samsung on Thursday said it didn’t have anything to add at this time. While a smart speaker may not be as flashy or as novel as a phone with a folding screen, it’s a device that has more universal appeal. People would be more likely to buy the Galaxy Home this year than the Galaxy Fold. The foldable device — soon to be the first like it on the market — is more experimental and expensive than other phones, limiting its appeal largely to early adopters. Smart speakers are becoming so common even children know how to use them. Amazon in June said it’s launching an Echo Dot aimed at kids. The company, with its Alexa voice assistant, dominates the smart speaker market in the US, followed by Google.  See also Smart Home Mobile Foldable Phones Smart Speakers & Displays Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Home a year ago but still hasn’t started selling it.  Angela Lang/CNET Late Wednesday, Samsung finally gave us news three months in the making: the revised launch date for its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. But there’s another product with an even more complicated and prolonged timeline: the Galaxy Home. Samsung started talking about the smart speaker in early 2018, and it showed off the device during its Galaxy Note 9 unveiling last August. The cauldron-esque speaker is powered by the company’s Bixby digital assistant, which was initially geared as an interface to control 2017’s Galaxy S8. Samsung has expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. The Galaxy Home would be Bixby’s first appearance in a smart speaker. We don’t yet know exactly what the speaker will do or how much it’ll cost. When Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home a year ago, it said it’d go on sale in the second half of 2018. It showed the smart speaker again during its developer conference in November but didn’t specify the launch date. 2018 turned into 2019 with no sign of the Galaxy Home. last_img read more

State funding for early education restored but services this year could still

first_imgFrommherz said she and her staff are working to open all classrooms in September, but it will be a scramble. Reinstating bus services will be a particular challenge, she said, because they’ve already gotten out of their contracts. “Plans have been put in place that it’s hard to walk back from, because this was such a disruption,” she said. Juneau School District had hoped to add preschool classrooms this year. But with the start of the school year just around the corner, superintendent Bridget Weiss said that’s off the table for now. Amber Frommherz, director of Tlingit & Haida’s Head Start program, pictured in one of five Juneau Head Start classrooms on July 24, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) Gov. Mike Dunleavy agreed Tuesday to restore funding for early education in Alaska. But educators in Juneau say that even with funding back in place, services this year could be affected. But if it’s too late to add an entire preschool classroom, Weiss said the restored state funding gives the district more room to expand services in other ways. That could include more full-day and after-school preschool programs. Weiss said those changes could happen this school year. Tlingit and Haida Head Start director Amber Frommherz said the funding reversal is good news — but it’s not yet certain if all services will be restored. The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, which operates 15 Head Start classrooms around Southeast, planned to respond to those cuts by closing three classrooms and discontinuing bus services. “It’s very disruptive to the system to try to do that and find a teacher and move forward right now with expanding a classroom,” Weiss said. In June, the governor vetoed nearly $9 million for Head Start and early learning programs from the state operating budget. The first day of preschool at Juneau schools is Aug. 27. Tlingit and Haida Head Start classrooms will open in early September.last_img read more

World Banks investment arm to buy stake in Lenskart

first_imgInternational Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of World Bank, is planning to invest about $25 million or Rs 170 crore in online eyewear retailer Lenskart Solutions, as part of its efforts to expand portfolio in investments in online retailing firms.IFC’s investment forms a part of new funds, estimated to be worth $50 million or Rs 340 crore, being raised by Lenskart.Recently, IFC bought stake worth $25 million in online grocery retailer BigBasket, The Economic Times reports.The Delhi-based Lenskart is also in talks with other investors in the current round of funding. However, the valuation of the firm is yet to be known.In November last year, Lenskart raised Rs 60 crore from private equity firm TPG Growth, which was already an investor in the company. The deal valued Lenskart at Rs 1,000 crore, according to filings with Registrar of Companies (RoC).The company’s valuation stood at Rs 135 crore in December 2014, when it raised nearly Rs 634 crore from TPG Growth and TR Capital.Last week, Peyush Bansal, co-founder and CEO of Lenskart, said that the company was planning to open 1,000 brick-and-mortar shops via the franchise model.Currently, the company has 90 franchisees in over 50 cities. Amit Chaudhary, Neha Bansal and Sumeet Kapahi are the other co-founders of the company.Last month, Assocham had said that the domestic e-commerce market is estimated to grow by 67 percent to $38 billion (Rs 2.51 lakh crore) in 2016 from over $23 billion (Rs 1.52 lakh crore) last year, boosted by a rise in Internet and mobile users.India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009 and it increased to $17 billion in 2014 and to $23 billion in 2015.last_img read more

CPM BJP Congress hold rally together in Nadia

first_imgKolkata: The allegations made by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee that Congress, CPI-M and BJP are fighting the three tier Panchayat election holding each other’s hands when a rally comprising the members of these parties was taken out in Nadia on Saturday.The rally which was taken out at Gangnapur gram panchayat area in Nadia was led by Rama Biswas, CPI-M MLA and state committee member of the party. She was the former Sabhadhipati of Nadia district. The candidates of all the three parties took part in the rally and urged people to vote for them. It may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee have made this allegation over and again and criticised CPI-M for failing to stop the flight of its cadres of BJP. Sixty thousand cadres in Bengal have not renewed their membership and a significant number of these floating party workers have joined BJP. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Panchayat election has witnessed an unprecedented number of Independent candidates. A total of 16,880 candidates are contesting in the Panchayat election. This is more than the number of candidates filed by Congress. Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), CPI-ML (Liberation) and SUCI have filed their nominees as Independent candidates. Their collective strength will be around 880. The remaining 16,000 candidates are all members of various political parties. They are contesting the election without a party symbol. Political analysts said in many areas BJP is not contesting in its official symbol and has nominated an Independent candidate. CPI-M and Congress have towed this line. In Gram Panchayat, where the number of voters is less and every vote matters, fielding an independent candidate will put pressure on the ruling party.last_img read more

Cricket betting racket busted in Beniapukur 2 held

first_imgKolkata: A cricket betting racket was busted by Kolkata Police on Thursday night.During the raid by the officers, two persons were arrested. According to the police, on Thursday, during the India-West Indies cricket match, cops from Detective Department came to know from their sources that a cricket-betting was running somewhere in Beniapukur. In the evening, cops came to know about the place from where the racketeers were functioning. Around 7 pm on Thursday, a team from DD of Kolkata Police raided a house located at 14, Tantibagan Lane in Beniapukur and found a person identified as Md. Inam alias Guddu. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe was operating a betting racket through mobile phone. Cops seized two mobile phones from him and arrested him. A case has been registered at the Beniapukur police station under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and three sections of West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competition Act. After interrogating Inam, sleuths came to know that the actual culprit of the gang is operating the racket from Tiljala area. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said a person identified as Rajkumar Shaw of Chowbaga Road was controlling the racket from 1, Topsia 1st Lane in Tiljala area. After Inam gave his statement to the police, cops raided the house he mentioned about in Tiljala and arrested Shaw. Police seized a computer, one mobile phone cash worth Rs 4,600. Sources informed that the police suspect that a big racket is operating in and around Kolkata due to the ongoing World Cup. The duo arrested on Thursday night are being interrogated to find out the other members of the racket.last_img read more

Should we shed tears for Michael Jordan over Crying Michael Jordan

first_img Jason, who was tough on Jordan while covering him during his career, feels bad that he has become synonymous with losing.“Starting in 1995, when he came back out of retirement, I started calling him “Hot Air”, Hot Air Jordan. When he was playing in his playing days, I’m a longtime Indiana Pacers fan, I didn’t like Michael Jordan. On this here though, this seems ridiculous. You’re talking about, you could argue, one of the most accomplished athletes of all time. He’s carried himself with dignity throughout his career.”Colin doesn’t see anything to cry about over Crying Jordan. He thinks a 30-year global icon like MJ should have thicker skin by now.“I’ve always looked at Jordan, as once that brand was built around him by Nike, in the greatest marketing campaign in the history of American sports, his brand is impenetrable. Criticism falls off. So, he’s getting a little prodding.”Colin added that there are worse places to catch heat nowadays than a newspaper, “I don’t know the newspaper industry in Africa, but if it’s anything like the one in our country, no one is reading it.”Michael Jordan was known as the face of winning. Did we flip it and make him the face of losing? #CryingJordan— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 28, 2016 During his playing career Michael Jordan was known as the face of winning. In retirement, he’s  become the face of losing, and it’s all thanks to the “Crying Jordan” meme.For the benefit of those that haven’t seen the Crying Jordan meme, it’s…..never mind, everyone has seen it.Recently, an African newspaper used Crying Michael Jordan as the photo for an article about his Airness’ $2 million donation to combat gun violence. Obviously, something was lost in translation, but the mistake only demonstrates that the meme is now so far out of Jordan’s control, he has no power to stop it.Today on Speak for Yourself, Colin and Jason were asked if they feel bad that the greatest basketball player of all time has been reduced to the most prolific meme in the history of social media. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgThe November meeting of the Arenal Gardeners, held atJeff and Allison Spencer’s home, provided a comprehensive seminar on the Black Gold of organic fertilizers- namely, worm castings (you know, poo). Jeff demonstrated the proper construction and maintenance of a worm farm. He also provided a syllabus describing the multiple applications and benefits of worm castings as an all-around non-toxic fertilizer that is safe to use on vegetable gardens and around pets and children (should they ingest it by accident). Diluted with water, it may be applied directly to plants as a foliar or used in solid form for planting seeds.As expected, worms go forth and multiply, so as the population of your worm farm increases, consider giving some to friends. They make excellent Christmas gifts, especially when accompanied by Xiphong Lee’s Taiwanese cookbook titled (roughly translated) “Worms, the Heavenly Happy Food.” Note: There will be a special event at Patricia Brennis’s home on Dec. 17. Contact Victoria Torley at 8718-0480 for details.Kudos to Gloria Dempsey for organizing a successful spay/neuter clinic Nov. 30. The new venue at John and Meilin’s home in Nuevo Arenal proved far more comfortable in all respects than the local bullring. It was a long day for veterinarian Dr. Mario and his assistant Carlos, who performed 17 spays and one neutering. Many thanks to volunteers Dawn Toley, Mickey Walters (and daughter), Denice and Rob Key, and Myrna Kastner for their tireless work getting animals ready for surgery and during the recovery. Thanks to Gloria Dempsey for her help in writing this report.–William & Jean Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Fall to New Record Lows as Greece Titters

first_imgMortgage Rates Fall to New Record Lows as Greece Titters in Government, Origination, Servicing Share Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Debt Crisis Euro European Union Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Politics Processing Service Providers Treasury Yields 2012-05-17 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Interest rates for mortgage loans saw new, all-time lows this week as investors fled debt crises in Europe.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac””: found the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage sliding to 3.79 percent, down from 3.83 percent last week and a far cry from 4.61 percent last year. The 15-year loan fell from 3.05 percent to 3.04 percent.Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) went up. The 5-year variable loan averaged 2.83 percent this week, a few percentage points up from 2.81 percent, while the 1-year climbed to 2.78 percent.””The European debt crisis overshadowed improving economic indicators for the U.S. and allowed Treasury bond yields and fixed mortgage rates to ease for another week,”” “”Frank Nothaft””:, chief economist for Freddie, said in a statement.He cited a gain for industrial production by 1.1 percent in April, the largest such since December 2010, and a rise for consumer sentiment since January 2008, according to the University of Michigan.[COLUMN_BREAK]Even so, analysts suggest that ongoing crises of debt and confidence in Europe could tilt the U.S. economy back toward danger by slashing jobs in the exports industry and exposing systemically important financial institutions to a credit crunch. A combination of low economic growth and high public debt led to ousters in recent elections across Europe, driving down the worth of the euro and damaging investor confidence in the European Union. Newly elected French President Francois Hollande unseated incumbent Nicholas Sarkozy.An antiestablishment mood in Greece also propelled leftist parties like the Coalition of the Radical Left to power last week, ousting more independent political parties and further soiling interest in tough austerity measures from Germany.The uncertainty in Greece largely pushed investors back to the safe haven of U.S. Treasury debt, driving down yields along with mortgage rates.””The ongoing European debt crisis is producing another flight to quality, where investors gravitate to safe-haven investments such as U.S. Treasuries,”” says “”Greg McBride””:, a senior financial analyst with “”””: “”As long as uncertainty prevails, mortgage rates are likely to remain at these ultra-low levels.””The finance Web site likewise saw new record lows for mortgage rates, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropping below 4 percent for the first time by arriving at 3.97 percent. The average 15-year loan stayed unchanged at 3.2 percent.Five-year ARMs went up to 3 percent, while 1-year variable loans fell to 3.11 percent.With mortgage rates largely falling this week, mortgage applications rose, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:, which recorded a 9.2 percent increase last week. May 17, 2012 514 Views last_img read more

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