The events in Bomb City needed a larger-than-life feel and a gritty reality. We talked to DP Jake Wilganowski about how he pulled it off.Top Image via Ericka Estrella Photography.On December 12, 1997, Amarillo, TX native and punk rocker Brian Deneke was murdered in a deliberate hit-and-run attack. The events both before and after this attack are steeped in controversy and vitriol, and the news of the murder and the associated controversy quickly rippled across the entire state of Texas — as well as punk/skater groups nationwide.The film Bomb City, directed by Jameson Brooks (who also co-wrote the film with composer Sheldon Chick), tells the story of this murder and the questionable actions of the justice system to reprimand it.The film is now playing in select theaters and available on Video On Demand.Trailer via Gravitas Ventures.The film, which portrays some visceral, gritty moments from late ’90s Amarillo (a.k.a. Bomb City — the film’s title — because of its nuclear bomb disassembly plant), includes some stunning cinematography by Jake Wilganowski.With the use of grungy lights, colorful practicals, anamorphic lenses, stellar camerawork, and authentic locations (including some of the places where the events actually occurred), Wilganowski created a beautifully gritty reality.Check out this video for a behind-the-scenes look.Jake was generous enough to answer some questions about his work on the film and some of the techniques and tools he used to achieve the look.Image via 3rd IdentityPremiumBeat: Will you give me a bit of background about yourself and your previous work? Is this your biggest narrative project so far?Jake Wilganowski: Definitely the biggest narrative project I’ve photographed. I did one narrative feature before this one. And a feature-length doc. Other than that, it’s been shorts, music videos, and commercials.Image via 3rd Identity.PB: What was the genesis of your involvement with this film? Was the story something you had known much about beforehand? Had you worked with this director before?JW: I was 17 and lived in a town of 50,000 in Texas when the events happened in 1997. I remember hearing about it because it got quite a bit of news coverage. I was then — and still am — a skateboarder, and at that time in a small Texas community, we were on the outskirts of normalcy. We weren’t jocks or preps or kickers (western). So that’s why this story hit home with me when Jameson and Sheldon (director/writer and writer/composer) told me about the film, and I remembered the story.Dave Davis as Brian Deneke. (Image via Gravitas Ventures.)We had worked on a few commercial projects together, and I remember them mentioning this project to me when we first met, but you take everything with a grain of salt when people start talking about projects that are in development because it’s a long process to actually get something made, and most people quit somewhere in the process. So a couple years (I think) went by, and we worked together periodically on commercial projects, when one day Jameson called and said it was happening if I wanted to do it.MaeMae Renfrow as Jade. (Image via Gravitas Ventures.)PB: The film has a very pronounced visual tone that works really well with the story. How did you come up with this approach? Was there anything in particular that you drew inspiration from?JW: The whole style and look started with a look-book the director put together. We both love the same aesthetic, so it was easy to get on the same wavelength. We needed stylized naturalism in the lighting. I don’t know if that’s a thing or not, but it describes the lighting look to me in a nutshell.We used the camera movement to support the feeling of the characters and the scenes. All the courtroom and jock scenes are smooth movements — jib, dolly etc. Punk and fight scenes are mostly handheld. Jameson always said “Make it pretty.” Ha. We wanted the look to be raw and realistic, but beautiful and interesting to look at — stylistically heightened a bit from reality while still feeling grounded.Image via 3rd Identity.PB: What sort of pre-production did you do? Did you work off of storyboards, or was it more of an organic process?JW: The director and the writing and producing team pretty much lived at the production office for a month preceding actual shooting. I would go and visit to talk about things. We would plot things out generally or talk about different shot ideas. But on the actual shooting days, pretty organic.We definitely had ideas and notes going into each scene, of course, but I generally would light for areas instead of shots so we could figure out how we wanted to cover it as we rehearsed. We would have quick meetings beginning each day to go over everything, talk about certain shots or story points, then jump in.Image via Ericka Estrella Photography.PB: Can you give a quick rundown of the gear that you used to create the look of the film? (camera/ lenses/lights, etc.)JW: Two RED weapons using the 6k Dragon sensor. Shot everything at 1280 ISO for the most part. Kowa 2x anamorphic lenses: 40,50,75,100. For lighting on the bigger side, we used a few 6k HMIs, a 12k HMI, and a 4k HMI balloon light. We didn’t carry these larger lights with us to every location — only for specific scenes.We probably had a 3-5 ton grip package and would order additional things like lifts or the larger stands when needed. We also used traditional smaller movie fixtures, jokers, kinos, and tungsten lights, and all sorts of “found”-type lighting fixtures in the punk warehouse space, for example.Image via Ericka Estrella Photography.PB: How/why did you decide on the anamorphic lenses you used?JW: Kowa’s are by far the smallest 2x anamorphics made, so that was a big factor. I like to keep it light and tight. Also, in my opinion, they give the most interesting and one of the heaviest looks. Very alive and atmospheric. Modern lenses are fairly boring. This story needed lenses with some grit and soul. Jameson and I are both big anamorphic fans, and it just seemed to make sense aesthetically. We wanted this to be stylized and organic at the same time.Image via Gravitas Ventures.PB: The lighting in the film has a very natural, practically lit feel, yet there is a lot of color and style to the lighting throughout. How did you approach the lighting in the film?JW: A lot of my work wasn’t until we were walking the sets and really getting a feel for the spaces. I’ll go through a few setups:We had a couple days to pre-light the punk warehouse in particular, where the first week of shooting happened. The fun thing about that space was a lot of the scenes there take place at night, so we got to use DIY lighting just like kids in a warehouse would in real life. An old lamp or neon sign, a raw bulb in an old microwave for example, then we would supplement with hidden movie lights. The scene when they walk outside after the punk show for example is lit by an m18 HMI into an overhead ultra bounce for a soft blue ambient glow, then a few warm Home Depot work lights in frame and a couple other small movie lights creating some green. We wanted the color temps to be inconsistent. It was part of making it feel alive and real.Image via 3rd Identity.Hotspots in frame are another thing I like, so seeing all these fixtures play in frame is great — it creates life in the image. For the courtroom scenes, we wanted these to be bright and sunlit, but still contrasty and stylized. I think we secured that location right before we actually shot there, so we couldn’t do a lot of pre-pro, but we made it work, and thank God the weather cooperated.We created the main sunlight beam with a 12k HMI, if I remember correctly. The courtroom was on the second or third floor so the lights had to be on lifts outside the windows. There was also a 6k or 4k HMI outside, and inside was another smaller HMI bounced into an 8x ultra bounce, and then some negative fill we floated around depending on the shot. All the courtroom was shot on remote head jib, for the most part.Key Grip Richard Porter prepping an HMI for the courtroom scene. (Image via Jake Wilganowski.)The bonfire scene we had a 4k HMI balloon light with a double net on it hung from a lift. Then some tungsten fixtures bounced and dimmed around to create the fire glow. The lighting team also rigged all the red lights underneath and on the interior of Ricky’s truck using LED panels and ribbon light. For the main fight scene, we had three 6k HMIs that did the bulk of the lighting. They were parked on lifts or hydraulic stands a good distance away from the action to simulate parking lot lights.Image via Jake Wilganowski.PB: Were there any significant challenges or limitations you encountered during production?JW: Production is hard in general. Lack of sleep is probably the biggest challenge to any long-term production, especially with shooting so many nights. But when you’re making cool stuff as a DP it’s so invigorating, you just kind of go into work robot mode, and it consumes your life. That’s the hardest part: the grind, the flipping of days to nights and back. Keeping up with the real world in the period of production is hard. But you know it’ll be worth it.Image via Ericka Estrella Photography.PB: What did your crew look like? Did you generally keep things pretty small, or take it on a day-by-day basis?JW: For lighting, it would go up and down a bit depending on the days and locations, but we had 3-4 guys in electric and 3-4 in grip, plus the gaffer and key. The camera team was me and another op, a first AC for each of us, one 2nd AC, and a camera PA. It seemed like there were a million other people always around between production design, wardrobe, hair, actors, fight choreographers, extras, safety folks, PAs, etc. But there were some times when we would just go shoot with Dave (who plays Brian), Jameson (director), and me.The scene where he is out skating and stands really close to a train was just me and Dave and Jameson, who was driving us around at night in Amarillo. Dave just did this thing, and I shot it, and that was that. That is part of what’s cool about this movie. There are moments that are small and very documentary-like.We were doing exactly what Brian was doing at some point I’m sure — skating around, waiting for a train to pass at night in downtown Amarillo. Surreal.Image via Gravitas Ventures.PB: The subject matter of the film is very personal and emotional. Was it difficult or intimidating to tell such a heavy story like this?JW: There was definitely a weight involved. The coolest thing about this project was how everyone involved was very respectful about the project and Brian as real person. Literally, from the first day of shooting, there was great morale and energy. We all felt this wasn’t some crappy indie flick. There was something special here.I know the director/writers/producers all were very involved with the family for a long time before and during production, so they felt a special weight to do Brian justice and give more people a chance to know this story. I was there in a very, very small group with Brian’s family when they saw the movie for the first time in a closed theater. That was pretty heavy.Image via Ericka Estrella Photography.PB: Where was the film shot? Did you do any scenes where the events depicted in the film happened?JW: It was shot in Dallas, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Denton, Rockwall, and some other places I’m sure I’m forgetting. Amarillo was for a lot of the skating and exteriors, since that was where the story takes place. And yes, lots of places we were probably walking right where Brian walked or skated or stood or whatever. Just 20 years later.The courthouse exterior you see in the film is in downtown Amarillo and is the real one. The weird thing is that we’d be out shooting scenics in Amarillo and we’d get approached by people who were friends with him back then. One girl owns a tattoo shop now that we were shooting B-roll in front of one night, and she came out and talked with us. This happened a few times. This crime was a national news story the late ’90s — Oprah, 20/20, everything.People there definitely still remember.A Image via Gravitas Ventures.PB: What was post-production like? How did you collaborate with the colorist? Were any LUTs used during production that carried over into post?JW: I used a custom LUT I built for the production, I’d say 80 percent of the final look is what we saw on set. I wasn’t able to attend the color session, but they mostly used the look and doctored it up a bit. The director edited the entire film himself and went through a ton of revisions over the course of a year. There’s probably a solid hour of edited footage cut out of the final film.PB: What has it been like seeing the response to the film so far?JW: Seeing how people are affected after watching it is pretty amazing. It really works. It’s hard to elicit a genuine emotional response from people, and this film does it several times in different ways — from cringes to tears. It just reminds me the power of film: how it can cause people to think about things differently. When you can affect someone’s emotions and appeal to their intellect, that is a very powerful thing.Image via Ericka Estrella Photography.PB: Any advice for someone who is primarily in the lower-budget, commercial/doc space trying to break into narrative filmmaking?JW: It’s a very different way of thinking, and the best advice I can give is to try and make some things however you can. Even if it’s super low budget or with friends — as long as everyone is serious about trying to make something good. There is a switch that happens in my brain when approaching something narrative vs. a commercial. Long-form narrative is so completely different than a commercial in pretty much every way. You are way more into servicing the acting and actors than you are in a commercial. More respectful of the performance and of the moment. You are thinking about pace and sequences and mood and actor emotion so much more than in a commercial.When an intimate or highly emotional scene plays out between two characters over a few minutes, and you are right there next to them experiencing it, too, that’s something different. That’s where you want all your lights and equipment to just get out of the way, and you can just create art in the moment and be there with the actors. That doesn’t really happen in commercials. But basically if you want people to start asking you to shoot narrative work, then you have to shoot some narrative work. Or at least narrative-style work. A lot of the music videos I worked on earlier were narrative-based rather than performance-based, and those were the ones I enjoyed the most. I think every person will have a different path as to how they get to shoot their first legit narrative project, but it’s really about having people trust you to do a good job. You have to become friends with aspiring directors as an aspiring narrative DP.Image via 3rd Identity.PB: What is your main takeaway from the experience of helping to tell this story?JW: It’s spoiled me. I’ve turned down a couple other features because to me, a feature is so hard — you have to be passionate about the story. And the director and producing team. If all three of those things aren’t there, I won’t do it. I think this movie will always have a special place in my heart because it’s nostalgic to me. I was 17 when this happened, and Brian was 19. We both skated and lived in conservative, small Texas towns. I can relate to him, his friends, their lifestyle.What happened that night in Amarillo is a tragedy, and what happened later in the courtroom is an injustice. This film is so relevant right now, it’s astounding. Bomb City for life!Interested in more filmmaking interviews? 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India have the resources to become the best team in Test cricket and the bumper home season would be a perfect opportunity to sow the seed of their ascendancy, captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday.Kohli’s men embark on an important 13-Test season on Thursday when they take on New Zealand in the first match of the three-test series at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.”We believe we certainly have what it takes to be the best team in the world,” the 27-year-old told reporters on the eve of what would be India’s 500th test.”One area we have tapped into is belief. It’s something that a lot of young players can lack coming into international cricket. (Also read: India will be too strong for New Zealand, says Brett Lee)”It’s all about getting rid of that feeling…That’s the only way you can go out there, be confident and express yourself. Express how good you are, and that’s what this team has done.”More often than not if you’re fearless, the results will fall your way because you’re willing to take that extra risk in the course of the game. I certainly feel that this team has what it takes to be the best.”TIME TO PERFORMIndia’s poor record as tourists have been a home truth but under Kohli, the team have won series in Sri Lanka and West Indies to briefly occupy the top test rankings before arch-rivals Pakistan snatched it. (Also read: India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)advertisementKohli saw a gilt-edged opportunity to reclaim the tag in the big ‘career-defining’ home season which will also include tests against England, Australia and Bangladesh.”This season is a phase where we can lay the foundation where the test team will go,” Kohli said. “The challenge in last one year or so has been to show composure and get the victories which we require and we have been able to get that. The important thing is to continue the same.”This season will be career-defining for all the people in the squad, because hardly we have played 17 test matches regularly.””That’s something we are happy about, that we can plan our test cricket, and back ourselves and get those victories whenever the chance comes. Very exciting times ahead.”Dwelling on the Test against New Zealand, Kohli praised the touring side’s fearless brand of cricket, which he attributed to former Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum. (Also read: India vs New Zealand: Five reasons why Black Caps can stun fancied hosts in Kanpur)”Their mentality was cricket was not the end of the world for them, they just enjoyed the game,” Kohli said. “I think they have been able to detach themselves from those pressures and that’s why they have got successful in last couple of years.”Indian paceman Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Test with mosquito-borne viral disease Chikungunya.
India continued their dominating show at the Hero Asia Cup as they thrashed hosts Bangladesh 7-0 in their Pool A match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium here on Friday.It was goals by Gurjant Singh (seventh minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (13th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Harmanpreet Singh (28th and 47th), Ramandeep Singh (46th) that ensured India were on top of the pool table.At the start though, backed by a boisterous home crowd, Bangladesh looked determined as they began with a good attack but a clinical performance from the Indian team gave them little opportunity to bring some cheer to their supporters who had turned up in large numbers.India were on a goal-fest right from the start. First it was Gurjant Singh who received a brilliant assist from Amit Rohidas on the right baseline which he simply had to nudge into the post to fetch India a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.Later, after having missed an open goal only seconds earlier, Akashdeep Singh was at ease when he worked a perfect pass from S.V. Sunil to put the ball past Bangladeshi goalkeeper Abu Nippon to double India’s lead in the 10th minute.Three minutes later, Lalit Upadhyay struck his second goal of the tournament when he put one past Abu Nippon as India went into the first break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.The Manpreet Singh-led Indian team continued to build on their dominating start with impressive speed, tactically passing the ball in the midfield and worked some effortless moves to penetrate Bangladesh’s circle.advertisementA breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Gurjant Singh swiftly dribbled into the left flank to find Amit Rohidas perfectly poised in front of the post.Rohidas, with no real threat from the Bangladesh defenders, struck the ball into the goal winning India a 4-0 lead.Only a minute later, India won four back-to-back penalty corners but the Bangladeshi defenders denied Harmanpreet Singh a successful dragflick.However, in the 28th minute a deliberate stick-check in the circle by a Bangladeshi defender saw them concede a penalty stroke. Harmanpreet made no mistake in converting it and take India’s lead to a formidable 5-0.Two minutes into the third quarter, India won a penalty corner but India’s young dragflicker Varun Kumar’s effort was padded away.India won back-to-back penalty corners the following minute but nothing came out of it. In the third quarter a few of the opportunities created in the circle by India, were well-defended by Bangladeshi goalkeeper Nippon.Having dominated with 70 per cent ball possession, India began the fourth quarter with a penalty corner. A clever variation saw Varun softly flick the ball to injector Ramandeep Singh who deflected the ball into the goal earning India their sixth goal of the match.India won their 10th penalty corner of the match within seconds and this time the umpire awarded another penalty corner as Varun’s effort was obstructed by Bangladeshi defenders.This time, Harmanpreet fiercely struck the ball to the top of the net to earn India a 7-0 lead. Good work in the circle by Varun and Sunil saw India win a penalty corner with less than two minutes to go for the final hooter but Harmanpreet’s effort went too high up the post, ending the match with a 7-0 victory.India will take on Pakistan in their third Pool A match on Sunday.
ATHENS – After a bomb scare, Panathinaikos lost 80-67 to explosive Spanish power Barcelona in a meaningless Euroleague group encounter.The 15,000 Panathinaikos fans at the stands were forced out at half-time as the sniffer dogs came in to ensure the phone call about a bomb was no more than just a hoax, Kathimerini said.Spooked by the incident, Barcelona’s players almost refused to return while half the stadium emptied out in fear before police didn’t find any device.A shaken Barcelona, which led 40-23 at the half, seemed discombobulated in the third period, letting the Greens crawl abck to within 53-47 behind DeMarcus Nelson.Recovering its poise, Barcelona grouped to run away with the win at the end and finish in first in the group, leaving the limping Greek power Panathinaikos in third after playing without injured guards Lefteris Bochoridis and captain Dimitris Diamantidis. Antonis Fotsis led the team with 14 points.The two teams will meet again in the second group stage of the Euroleague as they are in the same pool of eight teams that also features Real Madrid, Euroleague champ Maccabi Tel Aviv, Galatasaray, Alba Berlin, Zalgiris Kaunas and Red Star Belgrade.In the other group Olympiakos will face CSKA Moscow, Malaga, Armani Milano, Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce Ulker, Laboral Kutxa and Nizhny Novgorod. TweetPinShare0 Shares
ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND A SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING A SHOOTING WEDNESDAY MORNING OUTSIDE OF THE SOUTH SIOUX CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER ON 27TH STREET.SOUTH SIOUX POLICE CHIEF ED MAHON SAYS THE SHOOTING OCCURRED JUST AFTER 8 A.M. IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE L-E-C:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SSC-SHOT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..IN THAT AREA. :22THE WOMAN HAD GOT OUT OF HER VEHICLE WHEN THE MALE SUSPECT EXITED HIS NEARBY CAR AND ALLEGEDLY SHOT HER AT CLOSE RANGE.MAHON SAYS SHE DIED FROM HER INJURIES AROUND 11 A.M.BOTH PEOPLE WERE DESCRIBED AS BEING IN THEIR EARLY TO MID 30’S.MAHON SAYS THE SUSPECT SURRENDERED WITHOUT RESISTANCE AND A GUN WAS FOUND A SHORT DISTANCE FROM HIM.SOUTH SIOUX SCHOOLS WERE PLACED ON LOCKDOWN FOR A SHORT TIME, BUT THAT WAS CANCELLED WHEN IT WAS DETERMINED THERE WERE NO OTHER PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT.THE MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING AND IF THE MAN AND WOMAN WERE IN A RELATIONSHIP HAS NOT BEEN REVEALED.THE VICTIM AND THE SUSPECT’S NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.
Courtesy of Mike LeeRanked in the top three boxers in the light heavyweight category by the World Boxing Organization, Mike Lee is sitting pretty with a 20-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. But you’d never guess this powerhouse has a degree in finance from University of Notre Dame, battles a chronic autoimmune disease, and turned down a lucrative career on Wall Street to pursue boxing.The Manual sat down with Lee to hear how he turned from finance boy to boxer, get some diet and exercise tips (you can find much-needed fitness inspiration on his Instagram), and learn the secret trick he uses to manifest his wins.The Manual: So … you’re a boxer with a degree in finance?Mike Lee: I was always good at two things: numbers and fighting. Those were things I loved. I started working at the Chicago Board of Trade during the day, took the test I needed to trade commodities, and at night I was in the gym boxing.Courtesy of Mike LeeTM: I’ve heard your first boxing class was a wreck.ML: I was eight-years-old and sparred a kid that was 10, bigger than me, and he beat me up. I ran to the bathroom and my nose was bleeding. I remember thinking, “I’m never doing this again.” My dad came in and told me how proud he was that I stayed in there and didn’t quit. So I thought, “I’m not going to quit,” and went back the next day. Eventually, I got better and started sparring pros before I got my driver’s license. I would do anything not to lose.TM: Did you always dream of being a pro boxer?ML: I didn’t really care. My first big dream was going to Notre Dame. This stemmed from people around me saying I’d never get in. You tell me I cannot do something, I’m going to find a way to do it. I was on the phone constantly bugging them about letter and grades I needed. I was let in my sophomore year.I learned very early in my career to visualize every fight coming up … There’s a lot of strength in sitting down and visualizing that moment.TM: After graduation, you turned down a career on Wall Street?ML: I had a couple offers— investment banking, a couple firms for trading. But no right offer. I realized I could turn pro and knew in my heart that was what I needed to be.TM: During the next 20 wins, you battled ankylosing spondylitis (an autoimmune disease that’s like very intense arthritis of the spine). What has that felt like?ML: I was first diagnosed because I was going through so much joint pain, fatigue, and headaches. I was 26, undefeated, 12-0, in national Subway commercials, Super Bowl ads, and all of that was taken from me. I went from doctor to doctor being misdiagnosed, being told it was all in my head, and I started getting anxiety. It took a lot to get out of that, but I’m so glad it happened. It made me a different human being, transforming me as nothing like pain could … it made me grateful. I started practicing visualization and meditation and was consciously thinking what I wanted my body to do. I started reading a lot.Courtesy of Mike LeeTM: What books helped change your mindset?ML: I love Law of Attraction books. Right now I’m reading Ask and It Is Given. My favorites are Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and anything by neuroscientist Joe Dispenza.TM: You’re also a fan of CBD oil (cannabidiol, a chemical compound in marijuana).CBD has really helped me with everything from pain to inflammation to remaining calm. There’s no THC in it. I’m actually launching a CBD line at the end of June.TM: What does a pro boxer eat?ML: Food was a big change for me also. Not that I was eating cheeseburgers every day, but I did a lot of tests and learned about how misguiding food information can be. Now my rule is: if it wasn’t around 10,000 years ago, I don’t eat it. Some people call it Paleo or caveman diet, but for me, it’s about no gluten, no dairy, and I don’t do eggs, artificials, or GMOs.TM: Do you have any workout or training tips for the guys at The Manual?ML: I encourage people to get into boxing— of course, I’m biased. Do things that you love. If you hate running or the stair master, you’re going to quit. Go hiking, paddle boarding, rock climbing to get momentum. Have fun.TM: What’s your go-to pump song?ML: Something that makes me want to dance and move. I never got into heavy rap. I prefer Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Bruno Mars.Courtesy of Mike LeeTM: What’s the biggest lesson that boxing has taught you?ML: Visualization. I learned very early in my career to visualize every fight coming up, what it smelled like, sounded like. I’d picture different scenarios so when I got into the ring my brain had been there. I apply that to life now. Maybe I’m about to do an interview on TV or a speech, a presentation. 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New Delhi: The black waters of the Yamuna river on its Delhi stretch have been declared unfit for drinking and bathing purposes, but that did not deter 65-year-old newspaper hawker Ashok Upadhyay to do his bit in protecting the river from further pollution. On the last Sunday of every month, Upadhyay comes to the Chhath ‘ghat’ (steps) of the river near ITO to clear the waste accumulated on the banks. He is joined by about 100 other newspaper hawkers of the city who have taken upon themselves to be the change that they want to see. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Before setting up the ‘Maa Shri Yamuna Seva Samiti’ group of volunteers in October last year, who are also referred to as Friends of Yamuna, Upadhyay, while on his way to the newspaper centre every morning, used to go alone to pick up the trash on the riverside. He also planted saplings near the banks to make it look greener. Some of his family members and friends started joining him in the cleanliness drive and as the group grew bigger, they decided to devote at least three hours (between 8-11 a.m.) on the last Sunday of every month to the cause. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “After the death of my mother, I was broken up from the inside. One day I realised that Yamuna Ji is also our Goddess (‘Ma’) and I must take care of it and it is our duty to clean the river,” Upadhyay told IANS. “I felt that my late parents would be happy to see me serving Ma Yamuna. So I started doing the cleaning job at my level. I felt that the river, which we consider our Goddess needs to be saved,” he said. “We bring tools such as brooms and gloves from our own houses. We also do not want any monetary help from people or from any government. What we actually need is manpower and pure dedication towards cleaning the river,” he added. After collecting all the waste from the river banks, they dump the collected garbage in the dumpers provided by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. “We have plans to expand the drive once more people join us. The work on Chhath ghat is just the start and bigger things are coming. It is in our capable hands to make this change,” said B.N. Singh, a member of the group. According to Asha Chaubey, another member who has joined the cleanliness drive, it is very important for people to come forward and do their bit for the environment. “It really saddens me to see the conditions of our rivers. People have mistaken our water bodies as garbage dumping areas,” Chaubey lamented. “With the groundwater depletion in various parts of the country, keeping our rivers clean is the need of the hour and people should start taking it seriously before it is too late,” Chaubey told IANS. The newspaper hawkers are now planning to plant more trees on the banks of the Yamuna and their only appeal to people is not to throw any garbage into the river. Although the Yamuna river flows only for 54 km through Delhi, from Palla to Badarpur, the 22-km stretch from Wazirabad to Okhla, which is less than 2 per cent of the river length of 1,370 kilometres from Yamunotri to Prayagraj, accounts for about 76 per cent of the pollution level in the river, according to the findings of a committee. Though housands of crores have been spent to clean the river, the pollution levels have shown no serious signs of decline. The total expenditure incurred on river conservation under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) alone, introduced in 1993, has surpassed Rs 1,500 crore.
OTTAWA – Tax experts say Finance Bill Morneau’s plan to adjust his controversial tax proposals is easier said than done.Morneau has tried to calm the anger surrounding the federal government’s small business tax package with some hints on how he might address some of the concerns.But tax experts who have studied the government’s tax proposals warn that while there are some options, delivering on many of Morneau’s tweaks will be challenging.Even Finance Department officials have acknowledged at least one expected change is posing a major problem.Earlier this week, as a 75-day consultation period on the three-part plan came to a close, Morneau conceded that “changes are going to be required” to the proposals he announced in mid-July.Morneau said the government’s next steps will guided by the several “key principles” based on the concerns it received during the consultation.He has offered a few clues on where some adjustments to the proposals might be made.The highlighted concerns that Morneau has signalled he will seek to fix include: avoiding any change that would complicate the intergenerational transfer of family farms; ensuring women entrepreneurs will be able to put away money within their firms for maternity leaves; and making sure businesses won’t be subjected to additional, onerous administrative work.Morneau also said this week that he would make sure angel investors and venture capitalists — whose financing so often helps start-up firms grow — won’t face “unintended consequences” from the tax changes.The finance minister has tried to reassure owners of farming and fishing businesses on the family succession issue by saying “technical fixes” may be on the way. There are concerns the reforms could add significant costs for those who seek to keep these businesses in the family.“Is the challenge that they’re dealing with difficult? No question,” said Kim Moody, a director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law.“And, frankly, I don’t have any easy suggestion for them, either, because I’ve racked my brain in terms of how they could solve what they’re trying to solve.”Officials from Morneau’s own department have also admitted that finding a fix to the succession issue hasn’t been easy.“We’re still struggling to find another approach to this and, to the extent, when we’ve been talking to farm groups and others we’ve really been trying the emphasize the point that we’re looking for comments on this,” Brian Ernewein, the department’s general director of legislation in the tax policy branch, told a Senate committee Tuesday.“I can’t say that we’ve…looked at all the submissions because most of them just landed with us in the last couple of days with the consultation period closing.“We’re hopeful that there’s something in there that will give us inspiration.”Morneau argues the proposals are designed to create a fairer tax system, especially for those in the so-called middle class. He also hopes the tax reforms will unlock cash for business investment and help lift the country’s “productive capacity.”His proposal package includes restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau has also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit the ability of business owners to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Critics of the plan say it would hurt entrepreneurs who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a business, hire staff, save for retirement, save for maternity leave and sock away funds for economic downturns.Tax experts, including Moody, do see a couple of ways the government can make changes to the reforms to fit the principles Morneau laid out this week.To address a number of those issues, Moody suggested the government “dramatically simplify” the income-sprinkling rules by extending the existing regime to only allow business owners to split income with family members aged 24 and above. He also recommended that the system should continue to allow income transfers with spouses.“I think that would be a big one,” Moody said.“What they’ve got right now is just a whole bunch of complexity and a whole bunch of uncertainty, and both of those just are not good policy tenets.”Jack Mintz, a tax expert with the University of Calgary who has been critical of the proposals, agrees that dropping spouses from the legislation and raising the age of family members eligible for sprinkling — even to 28 or 30 — would solve some of the problems.On the succession issue, Mintz said changes are needed to help families avoid double taxation, but making it happen will be difficult.Mintz said some of Morneau’s other potential fixes will also be complicated to pull off, including making sure the reforms will enable women to save for leaves through their corporations.He said there are many reasons why someone would want to retain earnings in a company and that it will be difficult to carve out selected categories.“He’s just putting a band-aid on a bad proposal,” Mintz said.Moody said he didn’t know how the proposals could be adjusted for women business owners. One possibility, he noted, could be making women entrepreneurs eligible for Employment Insurance.When it comes to ensuring angel investors and venture capitalists are not hit by unintended consequences of the changes, Mintz said the government would likely have to eliminate the passive investment income proposal altogether.He said these investors would be “heavily hit” by the new passive income rules.“I think (the proposal) is completely unworkable,” he said.“I would drop it altogether, but I suspect that’s not necessarily going to happen.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
CALGARY – A Canadian environmental group wants a United Nations agency to warn the federal government about the possible impact of holding Winter Olympic events in Banff National Park.The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has written a letter to UNESCO saying ski events at Lake Louise could threaten the values that have made the park a World Heritage Site.“We are asking that the World Heritage Committee make a recommendation to Canada or a statement against large-scale events or development that would have negative long term impacts in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site,” said the letter sent in April.A feasibility study presented to Calgary city council, which is considering bidding for the 2026 Winter Games, suggests Lake Louise should be considered as a venue for ski speed events.Concerns have been raised about how the park would be affected by crowds attending the races, as well as by grandstands, media facilities and other infrastructure that would be required.An Olympic bid committee has suggested that Nakiska ski resort might be an alternative. Nakiska is outside the park and was the site for ski events during the 1988 Winter Games.However, a spokesman for the bid committee acknowledged that Lake Louise is still in the mix.“They’re exploring all options,” said Chris Dornan. “Nothing’s been finalized. It’s a very early stage.”Banff National Park is part of the Canadian Mountain Parks World Heritage Site that includes Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks.“With rugged mountain peaks, icefields and glaciers, alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, extensive karst cave systems and deeply incised canyons, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks possess exceptional natural beauty,” says UNESCO’s description.UNESCO monitors its sites and can request member nations to report on them and propose ways to fix problems. The federal government is currently developing plans to improve Wood Buffalo National Park after UNESCO raised concerns about it.The letter says Banff is already overloaded with visitors and carrying as much infrastructure as it can stand.“Visitation to the Park has skyrocketed and the government of Canada has failed to safeguard the ecological integrity of the area. The park is bursting at the seams, and crowding, traffic and human-wildlife conflict have become major problems,” it says.“The scale, scope, and cachet the Olympic Games have will greatly and inevitably (exacerbate) the pressures and impacts the park is already challenged with.”The letter points to a 2016 Parks Canada assessment that suggests Banff’s ecosystems are only in fair condition.Dornan said no official venue proposals will be made for a while. He said concerns such as those raised in the letter will be heard.“There’s a lot of parties involved here. We’re listening to everybody.”Lake Louise holds regular World Cup ski races.A non-binding citywide plebiscite is expected for the late fall on whether Calgary should proceed with a bid.The Parks and Wilderness Society said it’s not opposed to the Olympics, just using national parks as a venue. It warned that doing so would increase controversy around an event that is intended to bring people together.“The idea that the Olympics may be held in a national park and World Heritage Site is a contentious issue and will divide Canadians,” the letter says.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960
Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs, will honor its partners in the fight against hunger — Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Sandra Lee-Simply Living Publishing — at the 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America, on Wednesday, April 21st, at Cipriani Wall Street.Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long-time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Award honorees, serve as this year’s Honorary Chairs.Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning country music group, Little Big Town will be the special musical guest, bringing some of their biggest hits to the Can Do Awards. More than 600 guests are expected to fill the room in support of Food Bank For New York City’s fight against hunger. The evening unites an extraordinary array of people including musicians, artists, actors, culinary greats and other caring New Yorkers in the fight to end hunger in New York City.“Tonight’s gala celebrates our city’s diversity and honors the dedication and perseverance of each of you in the fight against hunger, wherever you find it in our little big town,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “It is your support that allows us to connect people with solutions. I applaud our honorees for their courage, their commitment, and for providing a voice for many who go unheard. When others say I can’t, you always respond, I “Can Do.” Food Bank For New York City is very grateful for your service.”Can Do Honorees Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush are being honored for their commitment to giving a voice to the millions who struggle to afford food, and for shining a light on the inequalities that exist in our society, thus inspiring many to action. Together, they have been a leading force for change and true advocates for those struggling to put food on the table every day.Can Do Honoree Stavros Niarchos Foundation has supported Food Bank For New York City’s hunger-relief efforts since 2009. In 2011, The Foundation made a transformational gift to help create a technology solution that enables Food Bank to connect New Yorkers in need with emergency food and other services. The initiative tracks New Yorkers accessing food and other services through Food Bank’s network of 1,000 community partners. The project will play a key role as part of Food Bank’s strategic vision to create networks of organizations connecting clients with food and other benefits in an effort to reduce and eliminate the “meal gap” (the city’s official measure of food insecurity).This year’s Corporate Can Do Honoree is Sandra Lee-Simple Living Publishing, who has made ending hunger a cause she is deeply committed to, having known first-hand what it is like to live with the worry of not knowing where a next meal was coming from. Sandra has partnered with Food Bank on many campaigns over the years, including helping raise critical support for Food Bank’s Sandy Relief efforts. In 2013, she hosted the World’s Largest Bake Sale, which raised more than $50,000 for Food Bank’s vital programs.The Can Do Awards Presenting Sponsor is Bank of America. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and both a live auction hosted by Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House, and an exciting silent auction.The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank programs and services, including one in five children. New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 134 million meals as a result of the November 2013 cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. Can Do celebrates what each of us ‘can do’ to help fight hunger in New York City. Since its inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than 12 million dollars, helping to provide 60 million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For New York City helps provide five meals.Tables/Tickets can be purchased by calling the Can Do Awards Benefit Office at 212-867-1777, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org/ or click here.
By Hinna SheikhRabat – As many as 23 people are dead and numerous others are wounded during Friday prayers in the tribal district on Mohmand in Northern Pakistan.Whilst attending Friday prayers in a mosque located in the northwestern village of Anbar Tehsil, 23 worshippers were killed whilst various others were wounded in the attack. The village lies on the border with Afghanistan, where the Pakistani army have been combatting the Pakistani Taliban.According to the news agency Reuters, that the bomber shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) before detonating himself. Eyewitnesses further reported that the majority of casualties came after part of the mosque collapsed in on the worshippers.Responsibility for the attack is yet to be claimed, but it is known that the Pakistani Taliban attack targets such as schools, mosques and courts.Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has come out and condemned the attacks and further reinforced the country’s commitment to combatting terrorism.In June 2014, the army launched an operation to rid the country of its armed group located in the northwestern region. Since such initiatives, security in the country has improved, with terrorist incident dropping from 125 in 2014 to 74 in 2015.The country has struggled with terrorism for many years and with the rise of ISIL (the Islamic State Iraq and Levant), groups have started pledging their allegiance to them. Last month in the city of Quetta, 74 people were killed in an attack against the regions lawyers, claimed by ISIL.
In this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 photo, a bowl of free items is shown in a tent set up by Generation Opportunity, a national conservative organization that targets young adults, outside Sun Life Stadium before the start of an NCAA college football game between Miami and Virginia Tech, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The 100-yard stretch of free pizza and party tents, is also a carefully crafted strategy aimed at getting students to opt out of President Barack Obama’s controversial new health law. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) by Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 1, 2014 7:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Efforts to get young invincibles to sign up for health insurance ramp up-but are they working? MIAMI – The so-called “young invincibles” are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.The federal government and states running their own exchanges have launched marketing efforts for this crucial demographic of healthy young adults, but it’s unclear if the messages are getting through.Eric Fisher, a 28-year-old from Salt Lake City, said he still hasn’t seen any of the social media campaigns — one of which targets Utah residents with images of people snowboarding and rock climbing.He tried to sign up online when the federal marketplace first launched but couldn’t because of the long wait times and other website glitches. He said he’ll try again at some point. He added that the historic health care overhaul isn’t a topic he and his friends spend much time talking about.“It’s not like a coffee table conversation,” Fisher said.According to a recent Harvard survey, many of Fisher’s peers are undecided.A poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics shows about 40 per cent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 are on the fence about whether to sign up, with the rest split fairly evenly between those likely to enrol and those who probably won’t.The survey of 2,000 young adults was conducted from Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, after the first month of enrolment on the health care exchanges and when sign-up problems were at their peak.Consisting of healthy college students and twenty-somethings, the so-called “young invincible” demographic is the holy grail of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers need their participation to offset the costs of covering older, sicker Americans. If enough young people decide not to buy insurance through state or federal marketplaces, it could throw off the market’s equilibrium and cause insurance rates to rise dramatically the following year.Federal officials haven’t released detailed demographic information on who’s enrolled so far, so it’s not clear how many young people have signed up.Ad campaigns in many states are courting undecided young adults. In Colorado, a non-profit group created a series of provocative “got insurance?” ads. One features a blonde standing next to a life-sized cut-out of celebrity heartthrob Ryan Gosling with the caption, “Hey girl, you’re excited about easy access to birth control and I’m excited about getting to know you. She got insurance.” Another touting “Brosurance” encourages men doing a keg stand not to tap into their beer money to cover medical bills. When the exchange launched, models wearing nothing but underwear and “Get Covered” signs passed out fliers in downtown Denver.Arizona and Utah ads targeting weekend warriors and other athletes note the risks of getting hurt without health insurance.Shmuel Johnson, who works in Los Angeles at a small sound studio, hasn’t seen any ads or perused the state’s health exchange.“There’s this elitist attitude that (politicians) think they know what’s better for us than ourselves and that’s part of why I take issue with this. I’m being forced to do something that’s not necessarily in my best interest,” said Johnson, a 31-year-old who’s never had insurance. “I don’t need insurance, man. I’m healthy.”He’ll wait until March to enrol and says he’ll select the cheapest, lowest-level of coverage available simply to avoid the fine. Experts expect many young adults, like Johnson, to wait until March.In 2012, 18 million 19 to 34-year-olds lacked insurance — or 27 per cent of all people in that age group, according to U.S. census data.The Obama administration is making the rounds on college campuses to encourage people to sign up and has enlisted celebrities including Lady Gaga and Kerry Washington in its Get Covered social media campaign. Jennifer Hudson and Olivia Wilde were featured in skits pushing the Affordable Care Act on the humourwebsite FunnyorDie.com. In the latest push, an Obama impersonator encourages young adults to tell their friends to get covered in an online rap.The president himself recently told a group of mothers visiting the Oval Office that: “Moms can tell young people who think they’re invincible that they’re not and prod them to at least get information.”California state exchange officials even tried to persuade women to pay the first month’s premium as a Christmas gift to their adult children and grandchildren.Experts say engaging young invincibles requires a nuanced touch. They prefer to talk with their peers about pragmatic things they can do to impact the world, but aren’t interested in ideological debates, said Morley Winograd, author of 3 books on millenials, including “Millenial Momentum.”But the cost of coverage will play the biggest role, experts say.More than 3 million young adults have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act because they remained on their parents’ health insurance, according to the feds. The law extended the age that children can stay on their parents’ plan to 26.Joshua Benson stayed on his parents’ insurance until he turned 26 last year. After that, Benson, who had his pancreas removed and needs daily insulin for his Type 1 diabetes, struggled to find coverage. He was either denied or quoted $2,000 monthly premiums, said the South Florida resident, who works part-time as a grocery store cashier.He recently enrolled in a platinum plan with no deductible that costs him $170 a month and even covers his endocrinologist. The federal government kicks in another $200 a month.Benson says he was amused by the Funnyordie.com skits, but said many other ads “are focusing more on getting our attention than actually giving us any valid information.”On the other side of the aisle, groups that oppose the health overhaul such as Generation Opportunity are spreading their message at college tailgate parties. The organization gained a following after disturbing-by-design social media videos featuring a creepy Uncle Sam popping up at gynecological and proctology exams went viral. The tagline urged young adults to keep big government out of their personal health decisions.The group’s recent tailgate party at the University of Miami had all the markings of the South Beach club scene: hired glossy-haired models handing out swag, free alcohol and a sea of sweaty twenty-somethings bumping and grinding to a live DJ.Mette Jensen, a 22-year-old student, says she supports “Obamacare” even though she signed a petition against it.“Well, why not. I love free stuff.”__Follow Kelli Kennedy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kkennedyAP__Associated Press writers Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City, Utah and Gillian Flaccus from Los Angeles contributed to this report.
“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Cameroon and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the terrorist attacks,” says a statement issued yesterday evening by the UN Spokesperson. The Secretary-General, adds the statement, reiterates his support for the Government of Cameroon and countries of the region, encouraging them to further strengthen their cooperation in addressing the threat posed by Boko Haram, as well as ensuring strict compliance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. According to the media, two women detonated bombs attached to their bodies in crowded markets, killing at least 13 people.
Transport News Brief Week 15, Tuesday 10 April 2007 Mixed fortunes in March van and truck registrations Figures last week from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the rolling year’s total van and truck registrations down 1.2% to 379,083, but still strong compared to the five year average. Medium van registrations are up 74.7% to 43,092 and truck registration are down 25.5% to 52,036 for the rolling year to the end of March. “We’re seeing structural changes in the van market as some previously light vans, for example Astra and Caddy, move into the medium sector and some operators use heavy vans as a more hassle-free alternative to heavier trucks,” said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. “Truck registration comparisons with last Spring are of limited value as the bungled introduction of digital tachographs on 1 May 2006 caused massive market distortion in the months immediately before. Overall, the immediate economic outlook is quite bright and we’re confident that this will be another good year.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or email@example.com New Drivers’ Hours law – simple, flexible analysis The new Drivers’ Hours Law start on 11 April and many drivers and operators will be subject to new rulings on Weekly Rest criteria and definitions for key terms such as ‘carriage by road’. At this year’s CV Show Stoneridge Electronics will run free seminars on its stand nr 5221. These will detail the effect of the changes and the firm says say that both of its tachograph analysis products Optac+ (digital tachograph analysis) and Optac2 (Mixed Drive Analysis) have been upgraded to include the new legislation. More from Sandra McKillen on +44 (0)8 000 731 577or firstname.lastname@example.org Vehicle speeds in Great Britain: 2006 The Department for Transport just published National Statistics of vehicle speeds in Great Britain in 2006. These show the speeds at which drivers travel in free-flow conditions across the road network and indicate the degree to which different groups broke speed limit law in 2006 compared to the year before. There are wide variations between driver groups and their behaviour on different road types, but in the main seems slightly more drivers of motor bikes, cars and trucks stick to speed limits. More from ID=5130454&s=147244029 href=”http://rd.bcentral.com/ ID=5130454&s=147244029″>www.dft.gov.uk Fontaine says it had the drop on trailer report Following Jost’s announcement of what it believed is the first report on dropped trailers – accidents when a tractor looses its trailer, Fontaine says it got there first. The firm published a report in 2005 following a survey that questioned 1,053 drivers from the UK, France, Germany and Benelux in March that year. More from Katie Burbidge on +44 (0)8 453 455 606 or Katie.email@example.com Knorr-Bremse launches ‘next generation’ kit CV show Knorr-Bremse will be launch its next generation products, including its trailer electronic bra king system, Tebs G2 and a trailer information module, Tim G2 on its stand 5480 at the CV Show in Birmingham. Visitors can try a “larger than life” working model of Tim G2 and see the firm’s new Neo System Diagnostics, designed to help workshops deal professionally with all common truck and trailer electronic braking systems. Knorr-Bremse will also have its new Trailer Handbook and slack adjuster catalogue available. The firm won a European Excellence Award last autumn and earlier this year reported record growth, taking its earnings to a record Ã¢â€š¬3.1bn. More from Rebecca Stone on +44 (0)1 179 846 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org New cab conversion from Hatcher Hatcher Components plans to launch a brand new cab conversion design on its stand 5590 at the CV Show. “We’ve chosen this year’s event to show a brand new cab conversion design and several new innovative product developments,” said the firm’s Brian Getley, who says Hatcher is Europe’s leading cab conversion and aerodynamics specialist. “It has a proven track record of pioneering product innovation and delivering quality parts on time, no matter what the distance.” More from Brian Getley on +44 (0)1 728 723 675 or email@example.com Van drivers shamed but want to do better Van drivers cause more than two-thirds of the accidents they are involved in but there is hope – more than half want to improve driving skills in 2007, according to insurance firm Royal & SunAlliance’s own claim statistics. The data shows almost 60% of van drivers had caused an accident in the past 12 months, costing about £30m in claims and the firm says van drivers are Britain’s most feared drivers. A separate study of over 1,200 showed most UK van drivers planned to improve their behaviour on the road during 2007. More from www.fleetnews .co.uk CV Show debut for award-winning fleet tracking system AutoAlert will use its stand at the CV Show to launch what it says is an innovative combination of satellites and telecommunications technology. “This brings affordable vehicle tracking whether you have one, two or 50 vehicles or more,” says the firm’s Richard Harris. “Its our first time at the event and we’ll be show how our system allows you to monitor your vehicles even when you’re out in the field. Unlike existing technology, with AutoAlert you can monitor your vehicles simply and easily through your existing mobile telephone, with wide ranging reports available cost effectively using a standard web browser.” More from Richard Harris on +44 (0)2 073 947 457 or firstname.lastname@example.org Citygate upgrades Colindale VW centre Volkswagen retailer group Citygate is upgrading its retail centre in Colindale, London, making space for vans for the first time. It will offer ready-bodied vehicles, including tippers, drop siders, box vans and ready-racked panel vans. Citygate says it offers repair and maintenance deals and its workshops will be open from 0600 to 2200 from Monday to Friday, from 0800 to 1600 on Saturdays from 1000 to 1600 on Sundays. The upgrade should be finished in August this year and the site will stay open during the work. Citygate runs Volkswagen dealers across North West London, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex and Hertfordshire, employing 330 people. More from Christabel Saunders on +44 (0)1 189 395 900 or email@example.com New technology car transporter Car transporter firm Ryders says it will launch a new-generation and car transporter at the CV Show. The vehicle uses aircraft industry style aluminium honeycomb panels to cut unladen weights and so incerase payloads. The firm, which celebrates its 75th anniversary at the event, says it thinks this material has not been used before in the commercial vehicle industry. More from Colin Pinchen on +44 (0)1 519 334 338 or firstname.lastname@example.org Volvo delivers its first Euro 5s Volvo Bus says it has delivered its first batch of coaches to Euro 5 emission levels just a few months after Euro 4 levels became law. The Oxford Bus Company just took 10 Euro 5 Volvo B12Bs. These will produce 40% lower emissions than a Euro 4 coach. The firm will use the new 48 seat, Plaxton bodied coaches on its scheduled service to Heathrow airport. Each has a 420 bhp Volvo 12 litre engine driving through an I-Shift gearbox. Also each coach has a ‘Magic Floor’ lift at the front entrance for wheelchair access. Euro 5 emission levels are due to be a legal requirement from October 2009. Many continental operators are working to these standards to take advantage of ‘early uptake’ incentives like lower tolls and taxes on the mainland. More from Adrian Wickens on +44(0)1 926 414 518 or email@example.com RHA offers website deals The Road Haulage Association says that during the CV Show and then till the e end of June 2007, RHA Icon is offering a 10% discount on all orders based on enquiries received via its website, ID=5130453&s=147244029 href=”http://rd.bcentral.com/ ID=5130453&s=147244029″>www.iconvehiclesafety.co.uk “Nearly every week we are in the very pleasing position of having to recognize the improvements being made in the safe operation of vehicles,” says Grahame Cook, managing director. “At the CV Show this year Chamberlain Transport will be awarded its Gold Certificate, adding its name to the growing list of Icon Certificate holders.” Cook says increasing numbers of operators are getting real financial benefits from better driver training and safety. He hopes the deals he’s offering will help get the message to the entire industry. More from Grahame Cook on +44 (0)8 704 439 496 or firstname.lastname@example.org New chassis cab range from LDV at CV Show Van maker LDV says it will launch its new Maxus chassis cab range at the CV Show in April. “This is by far our most comprehensive display of Maxus vehicles, says Steve Miller, marketing director. “We’ll show vehicles never seen before, including our new chassis cab range. The CV Show is always a home-coming for LDV and we’re sure we won’t disappoint visitors this year.” The show will also be the first time for new owners GAZ International and GAZ president, Eric Eberhardson will be there with chairman Martin Leach and chief executive Steve Young. More from Steve Miller on +44 (0)1 213 223 089 or email@example.com RHA Training Conference goes to Jaguar The Road Haulage Assaocaition says its 10th Training Conference, on Thursday 10 May will b at Birmingham’s Jaguar Cars. “Training is now one a vital issue for today’s road transport operator,” says the RHA. “With profit margins tighter than ever, a skilled workforce really can mean make or break for even a small transport operation.” Chaired by Graham Westcott, chairman of the Association’s Careers and Training Committee, the agenda for the day covers a wide range of topics, including a Policy Update from the Driving Standards Agency. All aspects of the Driver CPC will come under scrutiny from a DSA-led presentation covering “What you need to know” followed by “What you need to do” from Ian Hetherington of Skills for Logistics. More from Ruth Pott on +44 (0)1 932 841 515 or firstname.lastname@example.org Irtec’s first four National Awards Alan Halton, John Pitt, Ian Smith and Robert Mitchell are the first four Irtec licence holders to win the irtec National Awards, run by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. The four winners will collect their prizes on the Society of Operations Engineers stand 5731 at the CV show, on Tuesday 24 April at 17.00. More from Gareth Jenkins on +44 (0)2 076 301 111 or email@example.com Maywood at the NEC again Maywood Equipment Group, on stand 5035 at the CV Show and ATS have a bigger space than last year. “We’ve decided to go back to one large stand rather than have a smaller one in both halls, said Trevor Homewood, managing director. “We feel we can give better care and attention to our visitors as well as the fact that all our staff will be available in one place. Our stand will cater for both car and commercial product customers.” The firm will show a range of workshop and garage equipment products including items from both the Finkbeiner and Hofmann ranges of vehicle lifts with capacities up to 50 tonnes. More from Trevor Homewood on +44 (0)1 622 718 044 or firstname.lastname@example.org Allison Transmission to reveal truck test results at CV Show Allison says it plans to use the CV show to reveal whole-life cost comparisons between auto and manual truck gearboxes. The firm, on stand nr 2356 says it has analysed a constant stream of data including fuel consumption, down time and operating hours from vehicles operating in the same on-highway application. “We have some very interesting results,” promises Riccardo Sardelli, UK area manager. More from Eilidh Forster + 44 (0)1 295 277 050 or email@example.com Luxi Lighting comes to CV Show Show debutants Luxi Lighting, on stand 5201 says it will show its new LED interior lamps for refrigerated vehicles and a cost efficient harness system for trailers. More from John Grote on +34 946 270 360 or firstname.lastname@example.org Battery tester forms centre-piece of Rohart’s ATS debut Automotive Trade Show newcomer Rohart Enterprises will present live demonstrations of its Electro-pro battery tester on stand 1428. The firm says that while vehicle reliability is improving, electrical faults are increasing – and the battery is the main culprit. The beauty of Electro-pro is its ability to identify a flat battery as either ‘Flat / OK or Flat / Bad’ says Rohart. More from Tony Benson on +44 (0)8 450 956 751 or email@example.com Merridale unveils combination fuel management dispenser. New products from MIS Fuel Monitoring at the CV Show include the Merridale GST combination fuel management dispenser. Making its debut at the CV Show, and designed for easy installation the new unit brings together fuel dispensing, key or card activated security and management and tank gauging together into a single enclosure with options for single and twin pump dispensers. More from Steve Hannan on +44 (0)1 902 870 037 or firstname.lastname@example.org Teleroute to preview future online freight ‘dating agency’ The pioneering freight-exchange organisation, Teleroute, will show previews of forthcoming new products and features at this year’s CV Show. “Teleroute has been in operation across Europe for more than 20 years and gives hauliers access to information across 40 countries,” says Alix Elvin. This allows them to match freight with vehicle space. Effectively we act as an online service to marry up vehicles returning empty with freight requiring road transport.” Although well established, Teleroute has big plans for the future and will use the NEC as a shop window. More from Alix Elvin on +44 (0)2 082 471 461 or email@example.com SMMT stand better than ever at CV Show The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says there will be more reason than ever to visit its stand, 5701, at the CV Show. There will be presentations on the Society’s services and the benefits of membership, while people from member firms will be able to talk with technical managers about the Society’s new Type Approval Advisory Service. They can also get free use of the four person meeting room, between 0900 and 1630, though it will be available on a first booked first served basis. More from Rachel Bell on +44 (0)2 073 449 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org Skills Zone offers solid careers advice “If you’re looking to develop your career over the coming year then head to the Skills Zone at this year’s CV Show.” The main base is in Hall 2 but for the first time the Zone will spread into the CV Show itself. “A number of companies will have their own Zone staff on their stands,” explained Gareth Jenkins. “You’ll be able to spot them thanks to their green badges.” There is also a special event planned for school careers advisors, on 24 April. “We’re telling them about the variety of careers our industry offers so that they can go back and inspire the next generation.” Gareth Jenkins on + 44 (0)2 076 301 111 or email@example.com Knapen Trailers go Dutch Dutch firm Knapen Trailers say quality and innovative design drives the lowest operating costs for their customers. CV Show-goers can find out more by visiting the Dutch Pavilion, stand 3341 More from Stephen Collins on +31 (0) 493 320330 or firstname.lastname@example.org Experts debate new moves to tackle vehicle crime Senior police officers, insurance experts, members of Government and representatives of vehicle manufacturers will be discussing the latest measures to tackle auto theft at the National Vehicle Crime Conference in Warwickshire, from 24 to 25 April at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon. The event will highlight recent developments in tackling vehicle theft across a range of market sectors, including cars, motorcycles, construction plant, trucks, trailers and road freight crime, and leisure vehicles such as caravans and motor homes. The event is organised by the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. The two day delegate rate is £97. More from Jacqui Gay on +44 (0)1 889 561 400 or email@example.com First Scottish Euro 4 Citaros The first Euro 4 Mercedes-Benz Citaros for a Scottish operator just went to work for McGill’s Bus Service on its route linking Largs, Greenock and Glasgow. The two new buses are amongst the first Euro 4 buses to work in Scotland. More from Christiane Rieger at +44 (0)2 476 626 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org Plaxton’s Yorkshire century Plaxton, which says it ist Britain’s biggest coach builder celebrates its centenary this month. The firm has been based in Scarborough since 1907 and has been building vehicles since the earliest days of the charabanc. Today’s 500-strong workforce builds touring coaches and modern easy-access urban buses for customers around the British Isles and creates a turnover of over £60m. More from Andrew Warrender on +44 (0)1 723 581 500 or email@example.com FTA’s Scottish manifesto Freight Transport Association just published a Freight Transport Manifesto for Scotland, its says, to help candidates in the Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections. The document outlines the transport and distribution needs for industry seeking to deliver goods and services within Scotland, to England and beyond, and for goods coming inwards. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or firstname.lastname@example.org Robinson’s road train for CV Show The CV Show organisers say that Stafford based haulier Stan Robinson hopes to bring its road train to the CV Show to join Denby Transport’s Eco-Link trailer. Both extra long trucks offer opportunities to cut both congestion and pollution through increased efficiency. “We’re delighted to give space to these innovative trucks,” said Bob Sockl, marketing consultant to the CV Show and ATS. There are trials on the continent and a UK government study under way, so there is growing interest in the UK and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to help stimulate discussion – and what better place than at Europe’s biggest annual commercial vehicle and road transport show ” Both the trucks will be in an outside display area and the organisers expect them to attract a lot of attention. More from Robin Dickeson +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or email@example.com Riverside buys Trio Widnes-based Riverside Truck Rental Limited, a division of NRG Fleet Services Ltd, says it just bought Milton Keynes-based Trio Hire Direct for an undisclosed sum. The move will increase Riverside’s 600 strong fleet by 15% and see Trio Hire Direct change its name to Trio Truck Rental More from Russell Markstein on +44 (0)1 514 233 000 or Russell@riversidetruckrental.comDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
A Melbourne doctor who mistakenly prescribed penicillin to a 73 year old fatally allergic patient has escaped incrimination and fines. According to a coroner’s finding, Dr Arthur Papagelis prescribed and organised the administering of a shot of penicillin to Mr. George Perdikaris, although his patient notes indicated that Mr. Perdikaris was allergic to the antibiotic. Coroner Paresa Spanos found that Dr Papagelis, “did not refer to the notes until it was too late, and that Dr Pagagelis, “carefully asked Perdikaris whether he was allergic to any antibiotics…and finally whether he was allergic to penicillin.” But the coroner said Dr Pagagelis’s claim was “unsworn and self-serving.” The elderly man died on July 23, 2005 after returning home to collapse in front of his wife, Niki and two granddaughters. A formal hearing conducted by the Medical Practitioners Board last week concluded that the doctor had engaged in unprofessional conduct and that he had given an injection of penicillin to his patient when he ought to have known Mr. Perdikaris might have been allergic to penicillin. The panel ordered that the reprimanded doctor undergo counselling in relation to the role of clinical records, prescription, administration of medication, and recording of allergies.Mr. Perdikaris’ daughter, Nea Farquharson, who had previously called on the board to deregister and fine Dr Papagelis, is distraught with the outcome and is sending a letter to the board to express her disagreement. In expressing her anger to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) “Our law stinks when it comes to doctors. This doctor has killed my father and as far as I’m concerned because they have a doctor title next to their name they can get away with things like this. If I killed my friend by accident I would be in jail,” she says.“We will never ever know what happened in that room while he gave that injection because the doctor did not give evidence in person to the coroner, or the board and our legal system allows us to do that again because he is a doctor and it might incriminate him,” she adds.Whilst Ms. Farquharson alludes to the difficulty of laying criminal charges, the family’s lawyer, Andrea Tsalamandris from Holding Redlich confirms that a claim was made by Mr. Perdikaris’s widow, which has settled informally for a six figure sum. “The family are satisfied with the settlement achieved in the case, but of course no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one,” she says. “The Medical Practitioners Board finding that Dr Papagelis engaged in unprofessional conduct is a very significant finding against him but sadly for the family the Medical Board’s findings are too little, too late.”When asked why Dr. Papagelis did not receive a harsher penalty, a spokesperson for the Medical Practioner’s board would not comment directly however said that,”The role of Board is to protect public and to assess whether or not it is safe for medical practioners to practice, and whether they provide an acceptable level of care.” Ms. Farquharson is not only disappointed of the Board’s outcome but also distressed that Dr Papagelis, “has been allowed to practice as a doctor for three and a half years after he killed her father.“He knew my father for over 10 years and in that time since he has shown no remorse and has never apologised to my family”.NKEE attempted to contact Dr. Papagelis at the Hillcrest Health Centre in Broadmedows twice but did not receive a response at the time of publication. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
WASHINGTON — A budget scorekeeper for U.S. lawmakers projects that federal debt compared to the size of the economy will reach 78 percent this fiscal year, the highest level in nearly seven decades.The Congressional Budget Office predicts the debt will grow even as government revenue flattens out in the next few years. Meanwhile, spending on Social Security and Medicare is projected to take a larger share of the pie.Keith Hall, the CBO’s director, says the prospect of large and growing debt poses substantial risks for the nation.The CBO’s report says more of the government’s spending will be dedicated to servicing the debt, to the point that interest payments will about equal spending on Social Security in 30 years.
The federal government is cracking down on the Juneau School District because its website discriminates against people with disabilities. People living with conditions like low vision and deafness use special features on their computers to make surfing the web possible.Listen nowBrin Marx builds websites for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He uses high-contrast accessibility features and reading software to compensate for his low vision. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)The Juneau School District was called out by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights after receiving a complaint about the district’s website.Kristin Bartlett is the school district spokeswoman. Bartlett said, “A complaint had been filed with them because certain pages of its website were not accessible to people with disabilities.”The department found similar problems with 10 other schools and education groups in seven states including the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind.The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit government agencies and any entity that gets federal money from discriminating against people with disabilities.In a settlement with the Department of Education, the district and the other education groups agreed to fix their sites.“In July we’ll be transitioning to a new website and that service provider operates by what’s called the web content accessibility guidelines,” Bartlett said.Bartlett said those guidelines are like best practices for web building.The Department of Education lists examples of problems disabled people might have with a website in a press release. It might be hard to understand, so we found somebody who could show us.Brin Marx works for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He has low vision and works in IT writing webpages.Brin Marx says this backlit keyboard is extremely helpful for helping him deal with low vision. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)At his desk, he works on the agency’s website and other internet applications. He has pretty standard equipment. PC, dual computer screens. It could be any workstation in any office — until you notice his operating system narrating webpages.To read from a computer screen, Marx turns on special settings that most PCs have. He runs his mouse cursor over words and a narrator reads to him. He also has a backlit keyboard that illuminates the numbers and letters. He bought it back when his sight was normal but now it’s extremely helpful. His most valuable tool is a high contrast display made for people with low vision.“What that means is that most colors are black, and there’s no background images or colors, and the text is just white, and the webpage is very plain – usually just the text and the occasional image. Most of the images are gone,” he said.Marx had normal vision up until three years ago. He said he has a genetic disorder called FEVR, where causes the retina to detach slightly in the later teen years.“I’m unable to differentiate a lot of colors, seeing in low light and very bright lights – it’s fairly difficult to navigate, recognize people and faces,” he said.He said there’s been stem cell research into reattaching a retina to the back of the eye, but it’s still just theory and probably wouldn’t help him anyway. So he’s had to adapt.Marx visits the Juneau School District’s website and gave us his take.“So this page is pretty interesting actually because normally if I mouse over these links it would read off what the link says obviously, but in this case they don’t and I’m not sure why it doesn’t. You’d have to go out of your way to turn that off,” he said.Besides the screen reader-hyperlink problem, Marx said the biggest issue is that the website uses a lot of PDFs. Screen readers can’t read PDFs and the high contrast mode he uses to read doesn’t work with them either.“A lot of PDFs will just be black text on a white background. Maybe people like white text on a black background and that’s just not possible. They’re not able to enlarge the font size if they need to,” Marx said.Marx said it’s pretty common for websites to be designed without considering people with disabilities. He thinks a lot of designers try to make their websites flashy, which can hurt accessibility.“One of the biggest problems is people using images instead of real content. They tend to put text in images, which really doesn’t work for screen readers. It’ll either be hidden or they simply won’t be able to read what is in the text,” Marx said.As part of a deal with the Department of Education, the Juneau School District will eventually have regular compliance audits of its new site.“A good design should be usable by anyone. That’s really what I strive for. To be good at my job I have to be able to write accessible webpages,” Marx said.Marx said government websites have among the worst accessibility, ironic considering the federal government passed the laws that protect people with disabilities from discrimination.
Visakhapatnam: YSRCP Anakapalle MLA Gudivada Amarnath on Sunday said that people were happy with the decisions taken by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the past one month. The MLA said that Jagan initiated measures to resolve the water woes in the State. As part of it, Amarnath said the Chief Minister has plans to divert the Godavari water to Srisailam by adopting friendly attitude with the neighbouring state Telangana. However, he pointed out that it was unfortunate that the TDP was finding fault with such initiative taken by the Chief Minister for the welfare of people.
Stock market indices worldwide have been crashing through key psychological levels to new all-time highs: 7,000 on the FTSE 100, 5,000 on the technology-heavy Nasdaq index in the US and 12,000 on the key DAX index in Germany.But most people have missed out on this market rallyWhile this stock market rally sounds very glamorous, one of the key features of the current run-up in stock markets worldwide is how few people in Europe have actually taken advantage.Take the example of the UK: only 18% of households hold exposure to shares directly or indirectly via unit trusts or other funds (Figure 1). That means 82% of households have seen no direct benefit from the doubling in value of the FTSE 100 index since the early 2009 crisis lows.In fact, matters are even worse in Germany, where only 13% of all households had any exposure to shares or equity funds of any sort.And you may think the doubling in value of the FTSE 100 over six years is impressive. Well think again. The German DAX index of Germanys largest 30 stocks has risen from 3,600 in early 2009 (a similar level to the FTSE back then) to over 12,000 today, more than tripling in value over the same six years.The 2008-09 financial crisis took its toll on stock market confidenceClearly, the big hit to stock markets from the 2008 global financial crisis (when the FTSE 100 fell nearly 50%) has put many people off investing in stocks and shares, as we can see from the drop in value of unit trusts held in Isas from 2005 to 2008 (Figure 2).Interestingly, the total value of funds held in Isas only rose 84% from the low in 2008 to the end of 2014, while the FTSE 100 doubled. Clearly, a lot of the money held in funds in Isas was not invested in shares but rather in other assets such as government bonds.Yet again, more evidence that many investors have not taken full advantage of the current stock market rally.Mostly about housingSo where is the net worth of UK households held? Unsurprisingly, given the strong rebound in the UK property market over the past few years, 42% is held in housing (both primary residences and second homes, plus buy-to-let; Figure 3). Meanwhile, 35% is held in private pensions and life insurance policies (including annuities). And a full 16% of total household wealth is still held in cash savings, despite the historically low interest rates on offer. In stark contrast, only 7% of total household wealth is held directly in shares or unit trusts exposed to shares.Time to build up your share exposureThese statistics serve to highlight most people have not benefited anything like as much as they could have from the rise in the FTSEs value. But it is never too late.Looking today, I would make two observations. Firstly, Europe could be a good home for new share-based fund investments given the economic recovery under way and the consequent improvement in corporate profits. And secondly, one of the best low-cost ways to achieve this is through exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which are as easy to buy as any share and can be held in any self-select stocks and shares Isa.Dont forget, time to fill up your IsaRemember the limit for contributions to an Isa are £15,000 for the 2014-15, which ends on 5 April, two weeks from now. So if you havent put much or even any money into a stocks and shares ISA, now could be a good time if you have any spare cash lying around earning a minimal rate of interest in a savings account.A good ETF to buy to get exposure to the strong recovery in Continental Europe is the iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETF (code: IEUX), which is priced in pounds but gives exposure to the largest companies in France (21%), Germany (21%) and Switzerland (21%) within Europe.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Close