Maharashtra continues to dole out sops to struggling real estate sector

first_imgAs part of the series of concessions being granted to the real estate sector, which is facing a credit crunch, the State government aims to help relax the ban on construction in the buffer zone around flamingo sanctuaries in Mumbai and Thane.Ahead of the Assembly polls, the State government is pushing the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to notify Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZs) around the sanctuaries. The notification will help real estate developers seek a relief from the ban imposed by the apex court on construction within the buffer zone. Real estate bodies have submitted an affidavit to the courts on the need to lift the ban for the benefit of the industry. ‘Fast-track proposal’According to the Supreme Court directive dated December 11, 2018, unless the State government notifies ESZs, a 10-km buffer has to be marked from the boundaries of flamingo sanctuaries. As per the directive, construction will be banned within or around the buffer zone. Real estate representatives have demanded the proposal to declare the sanctuaries as ESZs be put on the fast track. An environment department official said, “We have done our bit to mark out the ESZs and forwarded the proposals to the (MoEFCC) from the Mangrove Cell of the Maharashtra Forest Department. The developers have moved the courts seeking relief from the ban, which will become easier once ESZs are marked.”In the recent past, the government has relaxed a variety of environmental permissions while lifting cess and premium charges on projects to support the real estate sector. Twelve demands made by industry associations have been approved, including the submission of development proposals simultaneously to the planning authority and the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). According to the existing practice, proposals in Coastal Regulation Zone (2) area are submitted first to the planning authority and later to the MCZMA. The government has decided to exempt real estate projects from an online system, which monitors commercial, information technology and green building projects. The Project Proponent (PP) will no longer be made responsible for operation and maintenance of pollution control systems in a housing society. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board regulations mandate that the PP be held responsible for five years for systems installed after the formation of a housing society in a residential project.Last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved a slew of fiscal concessions to the struggling construction sector, setting the State exchequer back by ₹800 crore. Among the measures were the removal of development cess on the additional floor space index component. The premium charged in case of residential projects was reduced to 35% from 50%, while the commercial charges in the category were brought down to 40% from 60%. The premiums on construction of information technology parks, redevelopment of Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority structures too was reduced by 50%, officials said.last_img read more

Legislation to Regulate Sugar Content Next Step in JA Moves Campaign – PM

first_img He was addressing a large crowd that had gathered at Bargain Village Shopping Centre in May Pen on Thursday (November 30) for the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Ministry of Health. Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign will be to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products.But before that, he said, persons will have to be educated about the ill effects of some of the foods they consume daily.He was addressing a large crowd that had gathered at Bargain Village Shopping Centre in May Pen on Thursday (November 30) for the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Ministry of Health.Mr. Holness encouraged the citizens of Clarendon to take better care of themselves by exercising daily and eating healthy, and also cautioned them against smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, hypertension and stroke, are linked to our lifestyle and how we choose to live. We eat rice, yam, dumpling and banana on one plate and all of that is starch, which converts to sugar. When you have too much of that and you are not exercising, you start to put on weight,” he pointed out.“We want all Jamaicans to be healthy. We recommend 30 minutes a day of relatively easy exercise, such as walking in the morning; or 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily (which) is good for all of us,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that he, too, had recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle by eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from his diet, and is encouraging all Jamaicans to either cut down or cut out sugar. He said he had also reduced his fat intake.“I am also encouraging you to eat more fruits and vegetables, like callaloo and cabbage. We, as a Government, are not just looking at the economy, roads and crime, but we take your health very seriously and are taking the message to you,” he said.He commended the Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, on doing an excellent job with the Jamaica Moves campaign and for practising what he preaches by exercising daily.The Prime Minister later joined Dr. Tufton; Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh; and councillors in leading the crowd in a 20-minute workout.Dr. Tufton, for his part, encouraged all attendees to move and participate in the evening’s activities, because “we are trying to get every Jamaican to understand the relationship between physical activity and healthy lifestyle”.“We have too many Jamaicans dying of heart failure, diabetes and arthritis because they sit too much, eat badly, and before they reach 70 they have to take five to six tablets and live at the hospital and doctor. We don’t want that,” he said.The Health Minister noted that “public health is not just about hospitals but encouraging Jamaicans to live healthy lives.” The Prime Minister noted that he, too, had recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle by eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from his diet, and is encouraging all Jamaicans to either cut down or cut out sugar. He said he had also reduced his fat intake. Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign will be to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products. Story Highlightslast_img read more

US says Chinas death sentence against Canadian politically motivated

first_imgTORONTO — The U.S. State Department says China’s death sentence against a Canadian man is “politically motivated.”Wednesday’s statement from U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino says that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke Tuesday and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.”A Chinese court resentenced Robert Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial of a drug-smuggling case on Monday.Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been talking to world leaders about Schellenberg’s case and the cases of two Canadians arrested in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.Canada arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder at the request of the U.S., which wants her extradited to face fraud charges.The Associated Presslast_img read more

SIX HORRORFYING CFC ALUMNI SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE SCARY MOVIES

first_imgAdvertisement In honour of Halloween, we made like Ghostface and asked a few CFC alumni who are working in (or have worked in) horror film and/or TV that very pertinent question.More specifically, we asked these former residents to think back to the movies that scared them and, in effect, inspired them. The answers we received not only provide interesting insights into each of these creators, but could also make for a mighty macabre movie marathon.Read on—if you dare!—for the full list. But first, can we just ask, what’s that behind you? Login/Register With: Advertisement JOHN AINSLIE (THE SUBLET)THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It’s a master class on what can be done on a low budget. The cinematography and creative use of sound are extremely effective in sucking you into what can only be described as total mayhem.It’s [also] a great example of a film where plot is less important than tone and style to create a visceral cinematic experience. They really pushed the envelope and created this amazing world that has you as fascinated by what’s going on as you are frightened.READ MORElast_img read more

Jamaicas DPP talks fake news at CBU conference in Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – The seriousness of fake news was a major topic tackled by Paula Llewellyn at day two of the Caribbean Broadcasters’ Union annual general assembly being staged at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau.    The Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica explained that reputation is a valuable commodity in the media business and advised against publishing unchecked information.In an era when invented information comes in as easily and as believably as credible information, 48 media houses from 23 countries within the region listened intently as Llewelyn gave the legal ramifications of fake news and irresponsible journalism.   #PaulaLlewellyn is the first woman DPP of Jamaica.The theme of the conference which ends on August 24th is Digital Developments in Caribbean media.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PaulaLlewellynlast_img read more

Hotline numbers released to report price gougers

first_img Bahamas Min. of Labour speaks on Price Gouging Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PriceGouging, #PriceInspectors PNP Opposition: Premier has got the Power Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Labour Minister Dion Foulkes had something to say to merchants today, and to the consumers he announced a hotline number to report #pricegouging which is a crime.    The Minister said, “it is illegal, unethical and immoral for businesses in The Bahamas to artificially increase the price of goods and services offered for sale or hire in an attempt to secure abnormal profits in anticipation or in the aftermath of a national disaster, in this instance, Hurricane Irma.”Minister Foulkes explained that the Government has directed #PriceInspectors throughout The Bahamas, Inspectors from the Bureau of Standards, and Family Island Administrators to be keenly vigilant and monitor businesses suspected of price gouging.The Hotline numbers are: 376-1507 and 376-5125.The Minister said his officers will pay special attention to those who try to inflate prices on bread basket items.    It was also explained that the three of the major fuel suppliers had sufficient fuel (regular and diesel) to satisfy the public demand pre and post Hurricane Irma.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas PM warns “Price Gouging is a criminal offense”last_img read more

How does complex behavior spontaneously emerge in the brain

first_img Citation: How does complex behavior spontaneously emerge in the brain? (2013, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-complex-behavior-spontaneously-emerge-brain.html A spatial representation of the background avalanche activity in a circular culture with a 2.5-mm radius and density of 300 neurons per mm. Only the top 1% of the most active connections is shown. Different colors correspond to different neuron communities, according to a community detection algorithm. Credit: Javier G. Orlandi, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited In a new study published in Nature Physics, a team of researchers from Spain has shown that emergence in neuronal networks can be explained as a noise-driven phenomenon that is controlled by the interplay between network topology and intrinsic neuronal dynamics. In this scenario, a randomly fired pulse propagates through the network and is amplified by noise focusing, which the researchers describe as an implosive concentration of spontaneous activity. “From the experimental point of view, we show that in neuronal cultures, the emergence early in the development of collective spontaneous activity is dominated by the presence of activity waves that initiate in specific regions of the culture, in a similar way as it happens in vivo,” lead author Javier G. Orlandi at the University of Barcelona told Phys.org. “And with the help of simulations, we also show that you don’t need any special mechanism to explain this behavior, just the right combination of network structure and dynamics. These waves emerge naturally from the noise focusing effect, in which individual firings propagate and concentrate in specific regions to later generate these activity waves.”The researchers arrived at this explanation by combining high-resolution calcium imaging experiments of rat cortical neurons with simulations. The experiments revealed that bursts of neuronal pulses are controlled by waves that originate at small areas called nucleation sites. Although previous research has hinted at the existence of such waves, this study is the first that provides sufficiently high resolution to measure the wave velocity for the first time. The random nature of the wave initiation from spontaneous neuronal firing also supports the idea that it is a noise-driven phenomenon, in which the waves are later amplified to become global bursts.The view of emergence in neural networks as a noise-driven phenomenon differs from the common view in which the bursts of neuronal pulses are controlled by specific leader neurons assisted by the network architecture. In the noise-driven explanation, the nucleation sites do not actively initiate the firing process, but collect and amplify the firing activity that originated elsewhere.As the researchers explain, understanding the full implications of noise focusing in the brain remains a question for future research.”The mechanism of noise focusing emerges naturally in any system with interconnected integrate-and-fire units (like neurons), so its effect should also be present in the brain,” Orlandi said. “If this effect is important in the brain, or by contrast, if the brain has other mechanisms to counter its effect, is still an open question. It could be that noise focusing is responsible for the generation of waves of activity during development, like in the retina, and that it helps the maturation of specific neuronal pathways.”In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate neuronal activity through more in-depth investigations.”We want to see what happens in more complex neuronal systems, like slices or electrode recordings from anaesthetized animals, and see if we find the same effect in there,” Orlandi said. “We know that activity waves are present in these systems, but we still need to see how these waves form exactly, if it is also due to noise focusing or due to something else. It would also be extremely interesting to check what role noise focusing plays in social networks, for example in rumor spreading.”In this analogy, the points of a rumor’s origins can be compared to the nucleation sites where waves originate, and the spreading of a rumor to the brain’s collective neuronal firing. More information: Javier G. Orlandi, et al. “Noise focusing and the emergence of coherent activity in neuronal cultures.” Nature Physics. DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS2686 Journal information: Nature Physics Coherence activity in neuronal cultures from noise focusingcenter_img Explore further (Phys.org) —The idea of emergence, in which complex behavior spontaneously emerges out of simple interactions, exists in a wide variety of areas, such as economics, the Internet, and urban development. But perhaps the ultimate example of emergence is in the brain, where thousands of randomly firing neurons spontaneously reach a coherent state of collective, periodic firing that underlies all brain functions. Despite significant progress, the mechanisms responsible for the origin and maintenance of spontaneous neuronal activity are still poorly understood. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Femaledominated workplaces offer less flexible timing

first_imgIf you work in a female-dominated workplace, chances of having access to flexible working arrangements could be less and not more as commonly assumed, new research suggests. The study looked at individuals in 27 countries across the European Union. It found that the best workplaces for providing flexibility were gender-neutral – where men and women were equally represented.The research, published in the journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, provides evidence to ‘reject the assumption’ that women have better access to flexible working arrangements and that female-dominated workplaces are better at providing them, said researcher Heejung Chung of University of Kent in Britain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Working in female-dominated jobs and/or sectors significantly reduces access to schedule control for both men and women,” the study said. It is commonly assumed that the low wages often found in female-dominated workplaces can be justified through better provision of family-friendly arrangements, but this research provides evidence that low wages are accompanied by worse working conditions for many.The implication for policy makers is that the group of the population that may be in most need of flexible work arrangements may be unable to gain access to them.last_img read more

5 Ways to Participate in the Bitcoin Revolution

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read July 20, 2016 Bitcoin is the most successful digital currency to date. It is a new form of crypto-currency in which encryption techniques are used to control the creation of new bitcoins and to verify transactions.Enthusiasts for bitcoin include Bill Gates, the founder and ex-CEO of Microsoft; Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; ex-US vice president Al Gore; and Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. “At our venture firm, we continue to see an escalating stream of fascinating new bitcoin uses, cases and applications from entrepreneurs,” says legendary venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.Related: Why Billionaire Investor Reid Hoffman Is Betting Big on BitcoinHere are five ways to participate in the biggest financial revolution of the century:1. Acquire bitcoins.There are three popular ways to acquire bitcoins. You can do it by accepting bitcoin payments, mining for bitcoins, or purchasing them on a bitcoin exchange.A.) Accepting bitcoin payments: The easiest way to get into bitcoin as an entrepreneur is to start accepting bitcoin payments through a merchant solution. In 2015, there were more than 100,000 retailers that had already started to accept bitcoin payments through bitcoin payment processors such as Coinbase, BitPay and Coinify. These retailers now include high-profile businesses like Amazon, Tesla and Microsoft.B.) Mining bitcoins: Mining bitcoins is like mining for gold, except that instead of mining in a physical geographic location, you mine bitcoins on the online bitcoin network. Your tools for bitcoin mining are not gold pans and buckets but a powerful computer and specialized software. You mine bitcoins by solving complex math puzzles. As of July 2016, miners compete for a reward of 25 bitcoins approximately every 10 minutes when they successfully solve a puzzle. The supply of new bitcoins will continue to drop by half every four years.When bitcoin mining was still new, you could mine using an off-the-shelf computer. Now that there are a lot more people competing to mine, you need to spend more money for faster hardware. A cheaper alternative is to combine your computer power with other groups of bitcoin miners through mining pools like Slush’s Pool. Bitcoins mined are divided among the group in line with what has been contributed to the pool.C.) Purchasing bitcoins: You can purchase bitcoins using cash through a bitcoin exchange and then transfer the bitcoins to your bitcoin wallet. A bitcoin wallet is used to store your private keys which are matched to your bitcoin address as evidence of your ownership of the bitcoin.Related: How a Teenage Entrepreneur Built a Startup on Bitcoin RichesYou can also purchase bitcoins from individuals in your area on sites like localbitcoins.com. 2. Engage in services for bitcoin.“The bitcoin world is this new ecosystem where it doesn’t cost that much to start a new bitcoin company, it doesn’t cost much to start owning bitcoin either, and it is a much more efficient way of moving money around the world,” says Tim Draper, venture capitalist.If you don’t know where to start with bitcoin, take a look at some of the existing business ideas that have already succeeded within the bitcoin world:A.) Digital or hardware wallet services: All owners of bitcoins need a secure place to store their bitcoins. At the moment, they store them in a digital or hardware wallet that is similar to a virtual bank account. The biggest threat to digital wallets are hackers. Hackers have been known to break into digital wallets. These bitcoins are not backed by any government or the Federal Reserve. Once stolen, owners have no way of getting back their bitcoins or have much recourse against the hackers. Online security for digital wallets will probably be extremely important for bitcoin’s future.To protect your bitcoins, you can use cold wallets. These are hardware wallets that aren’t connected to the internet, which keeps them away from hackers.B.) Bitcoin payment processors: Also known as bitcoin exchanges, there are multiple bitcoin payment processors that have received substantial funding from venture capitalists to create services to process payments on behalf of vendors. Large businesses like Amazon, Microsoft and Dell all use these services.3. Provide solutions for bitcoin acceptance.One of the biggest challenges that bitcoin faces for its survival is to find acceptance among non-users. Current bitcoin owners are invested in the success of bitcoin’s future. If you can create a way to make bitcoin more widely understood and accepted by the public, you are onto a winner.4. Leverage blockchain technology.Blockchain is the technology that makes bitcoin digital currency possible. It is a public digital ledger of all executed bitcoin transactions.Related: Blockchain.info CEO: This Is Why You Shouldn’t Fear Bitcoin For many financial institutions, the blockchain recording system holds promise as a secure, improved and transparent method to speed up transactions, cut costs and eliminate fraud. Because of this, some organizations, including financial institutions, are looking for ways to leverage blockchain technology for their own businesses.This represents a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to find new ways to leverage blockchain technology in order to create better systems and services for these organizations.For example, the blockchain technology enables Bitwage, a payroll company, to process international payroll in minutes instead of days through the traditional banking system.5. Invest in bitcoin.One reason that bitcoin has been popular as an investment vehicle is because the numbers are limited. There are only a maximum of 21 million bitcoins to be mined. Currently, there are 15 million bitcoins in circulation; that is, 74 percent of bitcoins have already been mined. The limited amount of bitcoins available makes bitcoin an attractive investment tool for many, although the price of bitcoins has been highly volatile. For example, entrepreneurs have been able to profit by buying low when the bitcoin first came out and selling high when its price rose.If you are a savvy investor, you may be able to find a way to profit from the changing price of bitcoin.Related: Hong Kong’s Central Bank Warns Against Investing in Bitcoin in Wake of Alleged Pyramid SchemeThese are just five ways you can participate in the bitcoin revolution. They are not risk-free so make sure that you do your research, understand the technology, and perform due diligence before making your first move. 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