Urban Growth and Sustainability: Building Smart Cities with the Internet of Things

first_imgThis is the first installment (#1 of 4) of the – Smart Cities Tech Innovation Series.Click here to view: blog #2To view more posts within the series click here: Smart Cities SeriesNot long ago, the human race hit a significant milestone. In 2009, for the first time in our history, more of us lived in urban areas than rural. It’s estimated that 54% of today’s global population lives in cities and this figure is expected to rocket up to 66% by 2050. With this increase in city inhabitants, we’re quickly heading towards the “Megacity” era.  Soon a city with a population of 10 million or more will seem typical.  As these burgeoning metropolises drive industrial and financial growth on a global scale, the emergence of powerful new economies are beginning to be introduced and developed around the world.Despite being financial powerhouses, cities can also generate their fair share of problems. For example, they consume two thirds of today’s available energy and other valuable resources, leaving the other third for the millions who still live in smaller settlements and rural areas. As urban populations get bigger, it is vital to make sure that our cities are ready to deal with more people, more traffic, more pollutants and more energy use in a scalable and sustainable way. In short, we need our cities to be smarter.This is the challenge that gets me out of bed in the morning. I’m excited to be part of Intel’s smart cities initiative, which is focused on putting the Internet of Things (IoT) to use in any way that will benefit urban societies.The IoT blocks that build smart cities may include anything from technical components like sensors that measure air quality or temperature, to end-to-end city management solutions that control traffic flow based on analysis of citywide congestion data. The combinations in which these blocks can be applied are almost limitless, and we are exploring innovative new applications to improve quality of life, cost efficiencies and environmental impact.  For example, the work Intel is undertaking with the City of San Jose, California, uses IoT technology to build more sustainable infrastructure, and the project has been recognized by the White House as part of its Smart America initiative.In this blog series (this is the first of four posts), I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the key areas in which we’re driving the smart cities of the future, based on innovative trials and deployments already completed, or going on now. My blog posts will cover three main areas:Smart security and the evolving challenge of safeguarding our increasingly connected citiesTechnology driving innovation in traffic and transport managementSustainable solutions to the problem of rising air pollution.Check back soon for my next post (next Thursday – 1/15/2015), which will explore how Intel’s smart city initiatives can help enhance citizens’ safety and security. I’ll give you a clue: it’s not by just rolling out more CCTV cameras.Let’s get smart.To continue the conversation, let’s connect on Twitter @DawnOlsenDawn OlsenGlobal Sales DirectorGovernment Enterprise, Intel This is the first installment (#1 of 4) of the – Smart Cities Tech Innovation Series.Click here to view: blog #2To view more posts within the series click here: Smart Cities Serieslast_img read more

Meralco road goes through Global

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Global is coming off a second place finish in the Singapore Cup last week. But while the team has struggled in the PFL this season, Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas still boasts one of the most experienced teams in the league led by Misagh Bahadoran.Nawas however rued the missed opportunity of not playing in Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ LATEST STORIES But Meralco is upbeat with coach Aris Caslib liking his squad’s chances since it no longer needs to travel to Cebu to play Global’s home match due to the unavailability of the Cebu City Sports Center.“The confidence of the team is high,” said Caslib. “This will be a good opportunity to have rest in between games because we don’t need to travel.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe former national team coach has actually impressed in his first season with the Sparks, coping well despite the departure of Phil and James Younghusband to the Davao Aguilas in the middle of the season.Simon Greatwich, Tahj Minniecon and Joaco Canas have taken over the leadership mantle in the squad, while talented youngsters like Daniel Gadia and Connor Tacagni have actually emerged as solid options for the Sparks. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 As if topping the quadruple round league wasn’t tough enough, FC Meralco Manila’s road to a first Philippines Football League title now needs to go through a club which already owns a rich winning tradition.Global Cebu, which has endured an inconsistent season, finishing fourth in the league, stands in the way of the Sparks in the two-leg semifinals starting Saturday at 4 p.m. at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments F2 Logistics battles lowly Iriga with eye on No. 1 berthlast_img read more

Hardik Pandya should play every game for India in the World Cup: says former…

first_imgAdvertisementHardik Pandya has been in the news and the talk of the town, ever since the year began. While at the start of the year, he made the headlines for all the wrong reasons by being involved in a ‘coffee’ controversy. He later turned it out, particularly in the IPL by being the name on everyone’s mouth through his sensational performances. Many fans and pundits alike have been saying for a while now that Pandya and his form will be the key to India’s success in this World Cup, the latest to join this bandwagon is former South African all-rounder Lance Kluesener.Pandya performed well in the IPL with the ball, taking 14 wickets with an economy rate of 9.17. It was with the bat where he truly shined, he scored a career-high 402 runs in the IPL this year with a strike rate of almost 192, hitting 29 sixes and 28 fours in the process. He truly emerged as a scary big hitter and his strike rate was only a little behind the enigmatic Andre Russell.Kluesener believes that Pandya is the glue that holds India’s batting and bowling together. He is adamant that Pandya must start every game for India. Here’s what he told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview:One aspect that India haven’t really had in recent times, is a quality seam bowling all-rounder. Pandya has filled that gap. That makes a huge difference to the balance of the team. You play two fast bowlers with Pandya at 7 and of course the two spinners, which were never a problem for India.Pandya should play every game for India, he’s that glue between the batting and bowling and can make a whole lot of difference to the game. Advertisement ALSO READ:Sachin Tendulkar Gives Team India Advice Before The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Yuvraj Singh feels Hardik Pandya has a great chance to shine in the World Cuplast_img read more

Marcus Rashford demands 300,000 Euros a week to stay in Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisementMarcus Rashford has reportedly asked for a much improved contract if he has to stay at Manchester United. The figure is said to be a staggering 300,000 a week!With Lukaku , Pogba and a few others on the way out of the club, Rashford’s financial team has taken advantage of the bleak situation to demand a much improve contract from his 80,000 a week.Rashford, a boyhood United fan, made his debut for the club in memorable fashion in February, 2016 when a striker crisis meant he was afforded a start by Louis van Gaal against FC Midtjylland. He made the best out of his opportunity, scoring twice at Old Trafford in a 5-1 win.The youngster has gone on to score 33 goals for Manchester United in 130 appearances.As promising as Rashford is, 300k a week would be a bit too much for any 21 year old in the eyes of a football club for even those with wage structures as absurd as Manchester United.Advertisementlast_img read more

Five Common Reasons Resumes Get Discarded

first_imgWho can forget Elle Woods, cheerfully handing her resume to her law professor’s assistant. “It’s pink,” he says. “And scented. I think it gives it a little something extra,” she bubbles in reply.But wait – maybe not so much.In the annals of resume mistakes, ‘cute’ is near the top of the list. Let’s look beyond cute at five more common reasons resumes are discarded – often before they’ve even been read.Spelling, grammar, punctuationTales of resumes with spelling errors are legion among hiring managers – from the pathetically funny ‘Pubic Relations Expert’ to the sadly amusing ‘Manger’ where Manager was intended. Spell check is adequate but not sufficient – use a real dictionary if you’re unsure how something is spelled, have a friend read the resume  to you back to front to proofread for errors, have a parent read it, or, best option, retain a professional resume writer or coach for final review, edit and proof. Your resume is your proxy with prospective employers. Make sure to present your best face.Objective statementsOnce a resume standby, have fallen out of use. Stating your objectives on a resume is a triple-fail – it focuses the resume on what you want, rather than how your skills match the job description; it steals precious space for information that should be in the cover letter; and, except in cases where your job record may not match the requirements of the post you’re applying for, it doesn’t tell the recruiter anything they don’t already know. It may be ok to use an objective statement when you’re trying to position your experience in one field as applicable to a new opportunity in a different field, but even that’s a stretch.  Avoid the objective statement to avoid the wastebasket.Overly formattedCursive fonts, multiple fonts, elaborate paragraphing, excessive use of bullets, gratuitous boxes and margin rules, graphics and images – especially photographs – stop many recruiters before they’ve read word one. Communicate clearly why you’re the right candidate by including useful information about your skills and experience, and using formatting sparingly. Formatting your resume in such a way that it’s hard to read – or cute – is a mistake.Too much informationToo much personal information is cringe-worthy on a resume. Recruiters don’t care if you have a cat, are a tri-athlete, love to read or knit, sail or race motorcycles. They aren’t looking for a well-rounded, healthy individual; they’re looking for the best fit for the job’s requirements.  A resume has one function: to present your credentials for a specific job. Be complete with relevant information – list all jobs, provide a short description of your former employers’ businesses, cite dates and titles, list skills, describe what you did to make the company successful. Leave no holes in the timeline. Save discussion of your pet’s many virtues for some time after you’ve landed the job – hopefully after you’ve learned your manager’s position on cats. (Note-I do think personality, culture fit is very important and you should showcase – this is for a later blog post)No cover letterCover letters are the bonus round. It’s where you get to add context to your resume. Simply posting a resume looks suspect – recruiters immediately assume you’ve been posting to every job board or company you come across. A cover letter adds a personal touch and gives you a forum to set forth exactly why your skills and experience qualify you for consideration. Note to self: no pink scented paper and no cursive font. Skip a thoughtful cover letter and your resume may wind up in the round file.Of course there’s a lot more to the perfect resume. Avoid using the personal pronoun ‘I’ – this is not about you, it’s about how your skills and past experience make you the best candidate for the job. Don’t be familiar. Recruiters and hiring managers are not always your friends – they are the gatekeepers for companies and probably see hundreds of resumes a day. Make sure times and dates add up. If you were unemployed, note that, and say what you did while looking. If you’ve been looking for a long time, consult with a career coach on how best to work around the hole in the timeline. And remember: if something makes you smile or chuckle in your resume, delete it.Unless you’re applying for a job as a comedian, of course. Smiles.last_img read more

EAs Pension Scheme Assets More Than $1 Billion

first_imgThe latest financial statements of the Executive Agencies (EA) Pension Scheme show that the entity has accumulated assets totaling more than $1 billion. This was disclosed by Pension Fund Manager at NCB Insurance Company, which manages the fund on behalf of the Trustees, Desmond Johnson, while delivering the Fund Manager’s Report at the EA Pension Scheme’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on November 27. The meeting was held under the theme: ‘Today’s Contribution; Tomorrow’s Financial Security’.   Mr. Johnson told the Scheme’s members that the net value, as at December 2011, stood at $1.16 billion, as outlined in the financial statements, which were audited by the chartered accounting firm, KPMG, which concluded its report in June this year. The Fund Manager disclosed that more than 50 per cent of the funds accumulated from the contributions of the Scheme’s nearly 1,500 members, matched by the respective executive agencies to which they are attached, were invested in Government paper. He said another 30 per cent was invested in equities, with less than 10 per cent being channeled into lease financing. He explained that selection of these options was determined by the Scheme’s Statement of Investment Policies and Principles (SIPP), which, among other things, directs the Fund Manager on the investments to be embarked on.   “The SIPP was developed by the Trustees and NCB Insurance Company, and it dictates what the objectives of the Pension Fund Managers are and what the benchmark (on returns should be), which is two per cent above inflation in any given year. We have been surpassing that for a while. I think we have been doing pretty well, in terms of the returns, given what is happening in the economy,” Mr. Johnson said. Meanwhile, KPMG’s Audit Manager, Samuel Sanderson, who also spoke at the meeting, told the members that based on the entity’s financial statements, “proper accounting records have been maintained.” Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Robert Martin, said based on its performance, since being established in 2002, the EA Pension Scheme is currently regarded as one of the best managed facilities of its kind in Jamaica.   “This is because we have a set of Trustees and Retirement Committee Members who really spend a lot of time liaising with the Fund Manager and making excellent investment decisions on behalf of the membership,” he explained. Commending the work of the 13-member Board of Trustees, and 10-member Retirement Committee, Mr. Martin said they had executed their duties “with excellence.” “I couldn’t have asked for a better team; and we sincerely hope that as time goes by, the robustness and strength of the team will continue to prosper,” he said. Guest speaker, Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Associate Vice President for University Relations, Professor Patrick Smith, underscored the need for timely planning for retirement. He also stressed the importance of persons embarking on this undertaking with immediacy rather than opting to defer, pointing out that the latter choice could, in the long run, have serious consequences.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 Route 302 from Athol Road to Trider Road will be reduced to one lane until Saturday, Sept. 30, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will be reduced to one lane from 2.1 kilometres east of Fox Point Road for three kilometres to the east for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 3. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Cape Jack Road Cape Jack Road, from Trunk 4 at Linwood, northerly to Cape Jack Wharf Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-885-2821 Fax: 902-885-3090 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Lane closures will be required on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow for repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Repaving work will restrict traffic to one lane on Highway 104 from east of the railway underpass (east of Port Hawkesbury) to Exit 44. Traffic will be controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Thursday, Aug. 31. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from the Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Cape Jack Road easterly to Frankville Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane from the church in East Bay for 3.5 kilometres to the west to allow for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be directed by traffic control persons and signs. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7, Spry Harbour Bridge A 500-metre detour on Trunk 7 near Spry Harbour will allow for the replacement of the Spry Harbour Bridge. The detour will be in place 24 hours a day until Monday, Aug. 28. There will be two-way traffic on the detour with a maximum speed of 50 km/h. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Fraser Mountain Road, to the intersection of Highway 104 at Exit 27A until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail from Highway 105 to Yankee Line Road will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: 101 Connector 101 Connector, (Middle Dyke Road), at Exit 12 to Belcher Street, New Minas, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 1, for re-paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-752-7913 Fax: 902-755-7049 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Exit 11 (St. Ann’s), to Exit 12 (Englishtown), will be reduced to one lane for re-paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes palace from 6 a.m. to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Browns Mill Road northeasterly for 5.8 kilometres until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North Sydney Rail Road Overpass The North Sydney Rail Road Overpass on Highway 105 will be reduced to one lane for repairs for 24 hours per day, until Thursday, Aug. 31. Automated signals will control traffic. An alternate route is available through Northside Industrial Park. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Trunk 4 Highway 125, Trunk 4 in Sydney River will have a single-lane closure for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Motorists should expect delays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and are advised to use alternate routes. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 is reduced to one lane due to construction at the Broadway overpass between New Glasgow and Antigonish until Friday, Sept. 1. Traffic is controlled by automatic signals, however, delays may occur during peak travel times. Signs are in place marking an alternate route on Trunk 4 between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River. Use of this alternate route is recommended.center_img Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Welshtown Bridge Welshtown Bridge on Welshtown Road will be closed from Monday, Aug. 28, until Friday, Sept. 15, for repairs. Detours are available on Route 203 to Trunk 3 on the west side of the bridge and Upper Clyde Road to Trunk 3 on the east side. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes between Exit 21 and Exit 27 of Highway 104 may be reduced to one lane for up to three kilometres at a time until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Motorists are advised to expect delays on interchange ramps. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Two sections on Highway 105 will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Sept. 11, to allow for road surfacing. The sections are from the Marsh Bridge at Skye River, near Whycocomagh, east for 4.9 kilometres, and near Blues Mills from 0.5 kilometres west of Big Marsh Road east, to 3.1 kilometres east. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons and guided through the work zone by a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Humes River easterly to West Side Middle River Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 9 (Avonport) interchange, on and off ramps and roundabout on Trunk 1 will have one-lane closures until Friday, Sept. 1, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. A reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 PICTOU COUNTY: Trenton Connector Trenton Connector from Highway 106 at Exit 1A, easterly to the Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from Louisbourg town limits northerly for about 4.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and re-paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Route 358, for 1.6 kilometres to the intersection of Deep Hollow Road, to allow for repaving. Work will take place until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control consists of flagpersons. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Oct. 30. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour is open to one-lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road Closure The Gaspereau Road will be closed until Saturday, Sept. 30, to allow for the replacement of the Minor Bridge over Curry Brook. Detour routes are marked on Gaspereau River Road, Grand Pré Road, Ridge Road, and Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road from Highway 105 at Exit 2, southerly for 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road, will have a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. The work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Fort Lawrence Road to the Amherst Town Line. Traffic will be controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Friday, Sept. 15. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482last_img read more

AFN national chief election fails to declare a winner on first ballot

first_img(AFN Electoral officers delivering the results of the first ballot Wednesday in Vancouver)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe first ballot in the election of the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations did not declare a winner.Perry Bellegarde got the most votes with 286 but needed 323, or 60 per cent of the 538 votes to be declared a winner.Sheila North had the next highest at 106, Miles Richardson with 87, Russ Diabo with 40 and Katherine Whitecloud got 19 ballots.Because Whitecloud had the lowest amount she is eliminated from the second ballot.The first ballot wasn’t without its controversy.Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett was spotted leaving the room of the Alberta caucus Wednesday morning.Bennett told APTN News she was invited to deal with an “issue.”But Diabo took issue with her meeting with Alberta chiefs and proxies as ballots were being cast.He said it tainted the election process and Bennett should have declined the invitation until the election was over.“‎At no point was the election for national chief ever discussed. We have no role directly or indirectly in who the AFN chooses as its National Chief and we are committed to working with whoever occupies that office,” said a spokesperson for Bennett in a statement to APTN.Click here for APTN’s full coverage of the AFN election: AFN VancouverEach of the candidates gave speeches to chiefs and proxies Tuesday.Diabo didn’t pull any punches in his address.He said the lobby group has become a “cheerleader” for the federal government’s approach to First Nations’ issues under incumbent candidate Bellegarde.“Their job is supposed to warn the chiefs of any dangers from Ottawa, but they aren’t doing that,” Diabo said. “They’ve basically turned into a cheerleader for the federal government.”Bellegarde defended his record.“We opened the doors to the chiefs so you could take your issues forward. You need to have access to the prime ministers, the cabinet ministers … that’s how we made our organization, the AFN, more effective in that way,” said Bellegarde.He received several loud rounds of applause from the crowd during his speech. There were just over 2,600 people registered to the event, including 538 chiefs and proxies that cast a ballot.Bellegarde has called the Trudeau government’s investments of about $17 billion since 2016 “historical.”“We advocated for investments every fiscal year. Yes, that $17 billion is not enough and we know that,” he said. “We have more work to do.”North also took aim at the AFN and Bellegarde.“We need a national chief that can sit at the table with the Liberals without becoming one,” North said.Trudeau has put a lot of money into the AFN since coming into power in late 2015.Under the Trudeau government, funding for the AFN has nearly tripled from about $13 million to approximately $32 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year according to financial statements released Tuesday.Richardson said First Nations are at a crossroads — continue to live under the Indian Act or move away from it as sovereign nations.“I want to say this to you, all of the chiefs assembled here, we are the change,” Richardson said. “The people that have the power to choose our path forward are sitting in this room.”Whitecloud’s speech that focused on hope and encouragement.“You have a responsibility to your people, to your nation because every single person is important,” she said. “Lead, because that is what our children expect of you.”kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

Mens lacrosse Buckeyes preparing for matchup against backtoback NCAA runnerup Maryland

OSU then-redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorAfter the No. 7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team completed their 18-7 victory over Michigan, their attention immediately shifted to the game they have had circled on their schedule since the preseason.The Buckeyes will be welcoming in the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins into Ohio Stadium for the last home game of the season. For a team like OSU, sending out a large, strong senior class on a high note is important for everyone within the program.The implications are now elevated as the Buckeyes will be facing one of the toughest opponents on their schedule with a rich tradition of success.The Buckeyes will have their hands full with a program that is a consistently elite program. Maryland has played in the previous two NCAA championship games and is second in the NCAA with 38 tournament appearances. The Terrapins have not missed an NCAA Tournament since 2002.This game sets up OSU with a prime opportunity to make a statement, but they are keeping their focus on maximizing their quality of play.“Right now we’re just focused on ourselves and we’re really chasing the best version of ourselves,” said Tom Carey, OSU’s redshirt senior goalie. “To come out of Saturday with a win, and we know we are capable of it, would be a big statement for us.”Carey went on to reiterate that the team’s focus is to chase the best version of their team.For the Buckeyes to prevail, they must limit another elite offense. While the Terrapins do not possess a highly-ranked goal scorer, the offense spreads out the attack evenly. There are six Terrapins with at least 15 goals on the season. As a team, Maryland ranks eighth in the NCAA, averaging 13.45 goals scored per game.OSU’s defense, which ranks third in the NCAA in fewest goals allowed on average, will be challenged in this matchup and will have to be prepared for the opportunity in front of them.“Their scorers are pretty distributed throughout their lineup and that’s something we’re aware of,” Carey said.Redshirt senior midfielder Tyler Pfister added his insight and insists there will be no changes to the defensive strategy.“For us, it’s coming back to the basics of what we know and we trust our guys,” said Pfister. “It’s not going out of what we’ve already done, but it’s building on where we’ve already been.”Offensively, the Buckeyes need to build off of the momentum they gained while scoring 18 goals on Michigan last Saturday. The centerpiece, senior midfielder Jake Withers, is the starting point for OSU’s offensive attack. He ranks third in the NCAA with a 68 percent face-off win percentage. Gaining continuous ball possession will be an important key to controlling the game.Withers’ ability to win face-offs and keep OSU in possession is crucial to offset Maryland’s ability to reach their scoring average.“The fact that you can go out as an offense, play a possession, score and pretty much know you’re getting the ball back makes all the difference,” Pfister said. “Jake (Withers) is a complete difference maker.”To add to the importance of this game, an OSU win would create a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference with the final weekend of the regular season remaining. It would set up for the possibility of the Buckeyes earning the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.This reigns supreme in their goals for this weekend.“I think it would mean the world to our guys (to get the No. 1 seed),” Pfister said. “We just want to go out there and play the best that we can, especially for our home crowd. But again, we’re really just trying to chase the best version of ourselves.”This will be the second-straight game aired on national television for the Buckeyes. Opening face-off is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

John Smyth the QC accused of beating boys at Christian camps dies

The Iwerne Trust is now part of the Titus Trust. A spokesman for the Titus Trust said last year that the “very disturbing allegations… should have been reported to the police when they first became known”. John Smyth QC and his wife Anne at their home in Bergvliet in Cape Town Mr Morse had complained he was repeatedly ignored by the Church of England when he reported the abuse he had suffered. One victim who uses the name Graham, said that he remains angry that the Archbishop of Canterbury did not do more when he learned of the allegatiosn.“I am incandescent with rage that the opportunity to bring him to justice,” he said. “It was a wasted opportunity to address the most horrendous level of crime that has been known about for many years.Andrew Graystone, who has worked as victims’ advocate in the case, said: “The victims are terrifically saddened. But, there’s also anger that the police, the church and the Titus Trust [which took over Iwerne Trust in 2000] had taken so long to start to engage with them. So, the opportunity for any justice has been lost.”Last year, the Archbishop insisted he was “completely unaware” of claims Smyth, his colleague at the summer camp, had been subjecting boys to brutal sado-masochistic beatings.In a radio interview he insisted that he had “never heard anything at all” about allegations regarding Smyth.Smyth had chaired the Iwerne Trust, the charity that oversaw the camps,  and held summer retreats for public school boys om Dorset in the Seventies. They were described as religion’s Sandhurst, intended to produce the next generation of elite Christians. A spokesman for the Western Cape Police said: “This office can confirm that Kirstenhof police attended to the death of a 77-year-old man this morning in Bergvliet.“On the scene, EMS personnel was interviewed who reported that the deceased succumbed to death due to natural causes. No police investigation has been instituted.”A spokeswoman for the CPS was last night unable to confirm claims by some of the victims that it had been planning to apply to extradite Smyth to the UK to face prosecution.Smyth’s victims expressed anger that his death meant he would never be brought before a court to face charges that he systematically abused them.It was claimed last year that the barrister had escaped justice after the Iwerne Trust that oversaw the camps failed to report the attacks to police when they first learned of them decades ago.Last night, Andrew Morse, 57, who was abused by Smyth, told the Telegraph: “We should all remember that John Smyth himself was a child. We can only move forward with forgiveness, I hope people will allow his family to grieve in private.” John Smyth QC and his wife Anne at their home in Bergvliet in Cape TownCredit:Halden Krog John Smyth when he was younger A former QC and Christian evangelist accused of brutally hitting boys in the 1970’s at a Christian holiday camp where the Archbishop of Canterbury once worked has died.John Smyth is thought to have suffered a heart attack at his home in Cape Town, South Africa, aged 77, on Saturday morning.His death comes a year after he was forced to repeatedly reject claims he had used summer camps as a way to recruit young men to a cult in which he subjected them sado-masochistic assaults.He was accused of handing out up to 800 lashes to more than 20 young men over a four year period in the late 70’s.Hampshire Police launched an enquiry into the allegations last March and had reportedly recently requested he return to the UK for questioning.The Most Rev Justin Welby was forced to issue an “unreserved and unequivocal” apology on behalf of the Church of England after admitting last year that the Church had failed to report allegations of abuse by John Smyth QC to the police after allegations came to light as far back as 1982.Smyth’s family said in a statement:  “At approximately 9am on Sat 11 August, John Smyth died in his home in Cape Town. John Smyth when he was younger “The official cause of death has not yet been made known, but the indicators are that it was a sudden heart attack following a heart procedure earlier in the week. We ask that the family be left alone to grieve his passing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Well leave it there so Galway Races begin Southampton exodus continues and

first_img“I’ll need to find myself one of those ‘no Wifi’ deckings.” NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… The main stand at the Galway Festival in Ballybrit. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOHomeIrish Olympic boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan are through to the quarter-finals in their respective divisions at the Commonwealth Games after victories today. The Galway Races began today with McKinley (7-1), Beckwith Star (12-1), Jamaica (4-9f), Quick Jack (4-1f), Expensive Taste (12-1), Timiyan (3-1) and Pincely Conn (7-1) all winners on Day 1. Check out the results and the best pics here.Limerick hurler Shane Dowling admitted that he was unsure whether his second goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Wexford was legal.The Irish rugby team trained in France this afternoon ahead of their Women’s World Cup opener against the US on Friday.Team Ireland golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are riding high in the early Olympic rankings with two years to go until Rio 2016.AwayThe Southampton exodus continued today as promising young full-back Calum Chambers officially joined Arsenal for a reported £16m.Dan Carter has been named in a 31-man New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championship after his sabbatical ended.LeBron James’ homecoming in Cleveland is set to be in a season-opener against reigning NBA champions San Antonio Spurs, according to reports.The best thing we sharedAn incredible 41-shot table tennis rally from the Commonwealth Games. Source: Dewiz Sarpong/YouTubeOn the recordIf you’re ever thinking of taking singing lessons, let us know. We’d love to help you!” – Borussia Dortmund respond to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s apology after the German midfielder was filmed singing an chant which called the Bundesliga club “sons of bitches”. Where we were todayTheScore.ie‘s GAA editor Fintan O’Toole made the short trip to Newstalk HQ as a guest on Monday Rewind this morning. Listen to the podcast here.The fixture listIt’s Day 2 of the Galway Races and there is more action from the Commonwealth Games.Showbiz, Baby!Two AC Milan-loving pitch invaders managed to get close enough to Italian international Mario Balotelli to get a selfie with the striker during last night’s 5-1 defeat to Manchester City.center_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

Ford Explorer destroyed by incompetent city worker in New York blizzard

first_imgThe snow that has fallen in New York yesterday made travel difficult for most vehicles. If you’re stuck, then someone may try and help you out, but sometimes you have to give up and wait for the snow to clear.The city worker driving this front-loader in Brooklyn Heights wasn’t about to wait. He wanted his machine unstuck, and had called on a tow truck to help. The only problem is, there’s a Ford Explorer parked right next to the front-loader. Rather than trying to avoid it, the city worker decides instead to use it for leverage.What follows is the destruction of the back of the vehicle and multiple cries from local residence to stop the stupidness. Is it a total lack of consideration for other people’s property by the driver? Or just someone who really doesn’t care as long as his vehicle gets freed?There’s also a question mark over whether the Explorer should actually be parked where it is. But as the snow fell so quickly and so heavily, the driver may have had no choice but to pull over to avoid an accident or getting stuck in a more dangerous location.Whatever happened, the owner of the Explorer has this video evidence to use when contacting his insurance company.via YouTubelast_img read more

Samaras takes action on unemployed

first_imgGreece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called for action to tackle unemployment in the European Union at a conference in Berlin organized by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, warning that other countries faced the side effects seen in peripheral nations.“If we don’t tackle unemployment now, populism and extremism will become a reality in all countries and not only for those with problems,” Samaras said six months before Greece is to assume the rotating EU presidency and ahead of European Parliament elections next May.He called for EU funding to go toward boosting employment and small businesses. Athens is keen to see the creation of an investment fund with money from German government-owned bank KfW. The issue is to be broached during a visit to Athens by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on July 18 while Samaras is to meet in Athens on Thursday with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Italian Premier Enrico Letta is expected to visit Athens on July 29 following an invitation by Samaras on Wednesday.Meanwhile Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis, whose party quit the coalition over Samaras’s decision to shut state broadcaster ERT, accused the premier of wanting to trigger snap polls but buckling under EU pressure. “When a prime minister decides to proceed alone, he want elections,” Kouvelis said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fukushima 168 fois plus de césium 137 quà Hiroshima

first_imgFukushima : 168 fois plus de césium 137 qu’à HiroshimaUn journal japonais indique que la quantité de césium 137 radioactif dégagée depuis le 11 mars par la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima est 168 fois plus élevée que celle dispersée en un instant par la bombe atomique d’Hiroshima.Selon le Tokyo Shimbun, un journal japonais qui dit s’appuyer sur des estimations du gouvernement, les réacteurs endommagés de la centrale de Fukushima ont dégagé jusqu’ici 15.000 terabecquerels de césium 137 au fil des mois. En comparaison, en août 1945, la bombe atomique larguée par l’armée américaine au-dessus de la ville d’Hiroshima avait relâché instantanément dans l’atmosphère 89 terabecquerels de cet isotope dont la période radioactive est de 30 ans, a ajouté le journal.À lire aussiLe lac Chagan, ce lac créé par une puissante explosion nucléaire il y a plus de 50 ans”En théorie, la quantité de césium 137 échappé de la centrale de Fukushima est donc 168,5 fois plus importante que celle de la bombe américaine”, peut-on lire. Dans la même perspective comparative, cela reviendrait également à dire que l’explosion du réacteur de Tchernobyl en 1986 a dispersé dans l’environnement 900 fois plus de césium 137 que la bombe d’Hiroshima. Toutefois, la bombe A avait fait 140.000 morts, immédiatement tués par la chaleur ou par le souffle de l’explosion, ou dans les mois suivants à cause des effets des radiations. A Fukushima aucun décès n’a été directement imputé aux radiations jusqu’ici, rappelle TV5monde. Le gouvernement estime d’ailleurs qu’il est “non rationnel” de comparer ainsi la contamination radioactive d’une centrale nucléaire avec celle d’une arme atomique destinée à tuer.Le 25 août 2011 à 15:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Campaign trail Clark County council chair

first_imgPike to hold ice cream social: Washington state Representative and candidate for Clark County council chair Liz Pike is inviting the public to attend “an old fashioned Barn Party and Ice Cream Social” next week in Ridgefield.The event will be held Oct. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rietdyk’s historic barn, located at 512 N.W. Carty Road.According to a news release, the meet-and-greet event is part of the Camas Republican’s 2018 run for the county-wide council chair position.At the event, Pike plans to lay her top priority of making Clark County more job friendly and not remaining just “a bedroom community to Portland,” according to the news release.Sign up for the Oct. 12 event by calling or texting 360-281-8720 or by emailing ElectLizPike@comcast.net.last_img read more

Macau GGR rebounds strongly in August with 171 growth

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Macau’s gross gaming revenue rebounded strongly in August, growing 17.1% year-on-year to MOP$26.6 billion – the second highest amount in absolute terms in 2018, behind only February.The August figure, coming in comfortably above consensus, represents a 25th consecutive month of GGR growth for Asia’s gaming hub after a significant deceleration in June and July. It also takes accumulated GGR for the first eight months of 2018 to MOP$202.1 billion – up 17.5% on the same period last year.Notably, August included the 12-month anniversary of Typhoon Hato, the T10 Typhoon that devastated Macau on 23 August 2017 and caused considerable damage to a number of the city’s integrated resorts.Nevertheless, Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen described this year’s August results as “cause for optimism” with GGR having clearly accelerated in the last month of summer.“Even more importantly, we continue to believe that mass market remains the strongest segment, likely at or north of a 20% growth rate, with VIP remaining in the mid-teens,” Govertsen added. “Based on recent conversations we’ve had with VIP junkets, we get the sense that business remains good and is maintaining a mid-teens trajectory despite fears to the contrary. To date, there has been no negative reaction (or even precautions) taken by VIP customers as it relates to trade wars and the potential impacts thereof. By and large, VIP and other premium customers have not changed trip frequency or their wallet size.”Early predictions for September have GGR growing at around 15%. RelatedPosts Big trouble in little Chinacenter_img Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

Savers have accessed £256 billion through pension freedoms

first_imgRetirement savers have accessed approximately £25.6 billion through pension freedoms since reforms were introduced in April 2015, according to data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Its Flexible payments from pensions: April 2019 report also found that the number of individuals who have received flexible payments from their pensions between the second quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 is 539,000. This compares to 375,000 between the second quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, and 393,000 between the second quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. A total of 232,000 individuals received flexible payments from their pensions between the second quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.Since the introduction of pension freedoms in April 2015, approximately 1.1 million individuals have accessed flexible payments. A total of 6.1 million payments have been made since April 2015.Helen Morrissey, pension specialist at Royal London, said: “[These] figures show the appetite for pension freedoms remains undimmed, with more than £25 billion being accessed since freedom and choice was introduced in April 2015. With more than £2 billion being accessed in the last quarter alone, it is clear the reforms have injected real flexibility into people’s retirement planning.”Between January and March 2019, 648,000 payments were received by 284,000 individuals, totalling £2 billion. This compares to 628,000 payments to 264,000 individuals in the fourth quarter of 2018, worth £1.9 billion.From July to September 2018, 585,000 payments were made to 258,000 individuals, totalling £1.9 billion. Between April and June 2018, 574,000 payments were made to 264,000 individuals, amounting to £2.2 billion.Steven Cameron, pension director at Aegon, added: “The freedoms marked a radical change in the retirement landscape, which is now almost unrecognisable from where it was before inception in 2015. Individuals now have much more control over their pension savings, including allowing those looking for a more gradual transition into retirement the chance to work, combining reduced hours with part pension as they approach or move beyond traditional retirement age.“While the number of payments made is also at a record high, the average amount being withdrawn has fallen year on year since inception. In the first year, the average value was £8,430. This had fallen to £3,713 for 2017-2018 and has fallen again to £3,358 in 2018-2019 suggesting individuals are exercising restraint over how much to take out.“This is encouraging as with greater flexibility comes greater responsibility and the freedoms have also introduced an increased risk. Historically, retirees would receive a fixed income which would last them for the rest of their life, but now many are responsible for investing appropriately and ensuring they do not overspend, risking their pension pot running dry part-way through retirement. The more people who take advantage of pension freedoms, the greater is the need for access to professional financial advice.”The figures are based on data reported to HMRC, with numbers rounded to the nearest 1,000. The yearly individual totals are lower than the sum of the quarterly individual numbers, as some have taken payments in multiple quarters.Reporting was optional up to April 2016, when it was made compulsory. For this reason, figures prior to this are not comprehensive. This may account for part of the increase in reported payments seen in the second quarter of 2016.Nathan Long, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Retirees shrugged off any Brexit concerns in the first three months of the year, avoiding the temptation to raid their pensions. Withdrawals per person and per payment continue to fall year-on-year, showing that the initial dash to cash is firmly behind us. The stock market produced solid returns during the period; the behaviour of retirees when it goes into reverse looks [like] the obvious challenge on the horizon to the pension freedoms.“Taking income from [a] pension [while] remaining invested, known as drawdown, is a higher risk strategy and it’s important to make sure [this] approach is sustainable. Make sure [there is] sufficient secure income from an annuity, state pension or final salary pension to pay the bills and then consider drawdown for the retirement nice-to-haves. If [opting] for drawdown, taking only the income from pension investments should ensure [the] pension lasts.”last_img read more

ESL NarasimhanKCR bonhomie ends

first_imgHyderabad: Are the equations changing in the state? Has the bonhomie between Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao come to an end? Political circles are agog with this speculation as the Governor is learnt to have sent back the Telangana Municipal Bill to the government suggesting certain amendments. This is the first time after the bifurcation of the state that such a thing had happened. Following this, the state government on Tuesday issued an ordinance incorporating the recommendations of the Governor to the Municipal Bill. This will be ratified by the Assembly at its next session. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us It is a known fact for the last five years that the Chief Minister and the Governor maintain very cordial relations. Narasimhan had on many occasions praised KCR calling him as Kaleshwaram Chandrashekar Rao after witnessing the massive construction activity at the project site and both have been meeting very frequently. Whenever he takes a decision, the Chief Minister used to meet the Governor and apprise the latter about it. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us While the Congress leaders feel that with ESL being relieved from the additional responsibility of being Governor of Andhra Pradesh, he was now focussing on state issues seriously, a section of TRS leaders believe that the BJP has started its political game in Telangana. They feel that sending back the Bill passed by the Assembly for amendments to the Municipal Act by the Governor is a ploy hatched by the Centre to create a rift between the Chief Minister and the Governor. Advertise With Us There were rumours in political circles that after Karnataka, the BJP would be focusing on Telangana apart from Andhra Pradesh for its growth and the Governors would also be changed. And Narasimhan’s action is being seen in that direction. Incidentally, BJP leaders led by former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya met Governor ESL Narasimhan and sought his intervention and urged him not to give his nod to it as it goes against the Constitution. During a recent interaction with the media, when TRS working president K T Rama Rao was asked on the plans of the Centre to challenge the TRS through the institution of Governor, he said the Governor does not campaign for any party. If the institutions are misused, the party would give its response, he said, recalling the comments of former Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh late N T Rama Rao, who had questioned the very existence of Governor’s institution.last_img read more