The Most Recession-Proof States

first_img Texas, according to Fit Small Business data, is the best state to survive a recession. What sets Texas apart is its lack of an income tax rate, as well as the second-lowest debt-to-income ratio in the nation at 1.16. Texas also has a low unemployment rate of just 3.4%.Additionally, Texas also has an average home value of $198,100, one of the lowest in the country. Several Fit Small Business’s top states for recession survival are marked by low median home values, including Texas, followed by West Virginia, Nebraska, and Indiana, each with median home values lower than the national median.West Virginia holds one of the lowest median home values in the country, at $98,300, $100,000 lower than the national average median home value in 2019. West Virginia has also proven to be recession-proof in the past, as its GDP grew by a modest 0.1% during the 2008 recession.In Nebraska, the median home value is $168,600, still lower than the national median. Also, like West Virginia,Nebraska saw a 1.3% gain in GDP in the year following the last recession.Across the country, housing remains a bright spot in economic growth, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. Risks to the ESR Group’s forecast remain biased to the downside, with trade tensions between the U.S. and China continuing to pose the greatest threat to growth, but housing is expected to be a source of strength in the near term. While the ESR Group had expected housing to contribute positively to third quarter GDP growth, stronger-than-expected recent data led the Group to revise substantially upward its projection for residential fixed investment. The Group’s updated forecast of 4.2% annualized is 3.3 percentage points higher than last month’s projection. According to Fannie Mae, this would represent the first time residential fixed investment has been positive since 2017. Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / The Most Recession-Proof States Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Home Values Recession October 23, 2019 2,604 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home Values Recession 2019-10-23 Seth Welborn Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Facebook Joins Google, Microsoft in Funding Affordable Housing Next: The Mortgage Customer Connection Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Most Recession-Proof States Subscribelast_img read more

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Q1 passenger traffic at Ngurah Rai falls 15%, but worst yet to come

first_imgDuring the first quarter of this year, AP I recorded 17.78 million passengers in its 15 airports across Indonesia, an 8.11 percent drop from 19.3 million in the same period last year. The operator also reported that cargo traffic at its airports had dropped by 16.98 percent to 121.12 million kilograms (kg) in the first quarter this year from 145.89 million kg in the same period in 2019.In line with the drop, the operator also reported a decline in aircraft traffic to 175,143 flights in the first quarter from 184,085 flights during the same period last year.“The decline began after Indonesia unveiled its first confirmed COVID-19 case at the beginning of March,” AP I president director Faik Fahmi said in a statement.He added that traffic dropped further after the government imposed social restrictions to halt the spread of the disease in mid-March.AP I manages 15 airports in central and eastern Indonesia, including Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar; Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java; Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi; and Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), foreign tourist arrivals in January and February fell by 11.8 percent to 2.16 million people from 2.45 million people during the same period last year.Topics : Passenger traffic at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, fell by 15 percent in the first quarter of this year, as the resort island grapples with a drop in tourist arrivals as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.According to state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I), which operates Ngurah Rai Airport and 14 others in central-eastern Indonesia, Bali’s main airport saw a drop in passenger traffic to 4.66 million in the January-March period from 5.39 million in the same months last year.  But it seems that the worst is yet to come as tourist arrivals have continued to drop amid fears of COVID-19. Bali Tourism Agency head I Putu Astawa revealed in Denpasar on Saturday that tourist arrivals had fallen about 95 percent from before the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Indonesia on March 2.He added that an average of 500 travelers arrived in Bali every day; that compares to between 10,500 people and 11,000 people a day in 2019.Tourist arrivals in Bali are currently dominated by Australians as the number of tourists from other countries, especially China, has dropped significantly, he said as reported by Antara news agency.Read also: Tens of thousands of flights canceled in Indonesia because of COVID-19last_img read more

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LP Chides Gov’t for ‘Lawlessness, Bad Economy, High Unemployment’

first_imgSenator Stephen Zargo flanked by LP Secretary General Jacob Smith (left) and UP chairman Wilmot Paye (right) at yesterday’s press conference. — Supports June 7 planned protestOpposition Liberty Party (LP) is on the back of President George Weah for “his government’s disregard for the rule of Law, the economic growth that has declined to below 0 per cent and the worsening unemployment rate.LP meanwhile says it supports the June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ to remind the CDC-led government of the growing wave of economic hardship, uncontrollable corruption, flagrant constitutional violations, mob violence and clamp down on non-adherents.On Tuesday, April 24, LP Chairman Stephen Zargo, said with just a little over one year of the CDC-led government, “the country continues to experience rapid decline in nearly all sectors of our governance framework, including sharp decline in the performance of the economy, as well as widespread acts of lawlessness and mysterious deaths of prominent citizens with elusive promises of police investigation or none at all.LP said the party supports the June 7 planned peaceful protest to remind the government of the growing wave of economic hardship, uncontrollable corruption, flagrant constitutional violations, mob violence, clamp down on non-adherents across the country. According to Sen. Zargo, the planned protest is a fundamental tenet of democracy for the people to freely assemble and petition their government when it is so required.“Our decision is further informed by the demonstrated indifference the President and officials continue to show in the face of the bruising economic hardship.“As a party that is acclaimed for adherence to the rule of law, and given the sad history of recent violent protests organized by the CDC, while in opposition, and during the recent Montserrado County by-elections in district #13, we urge the organizers of the protest to remain peaceful and act in keeping with laws. On the Strength of the 1986 Constitution, it is the rights of the people to, at any and all times, assemble and express themselves on issues affecting their wellbeing,” Zargo said.“During the course of the planning and implementation of the planned protest, the CDC-led Government must also take cognizance of its constitutional mandate to provide security for the protesters and constructively advert any plan by surrogates of the government to provoke violence as was done by Mayor Jefferson Koijee and his supporters in District 13.”Chairman Zargo, who is also a Senator of Lofa County, said there are several incompetent people appointed by President Weah to strategic positions in the public sector, and it is conspicuous that the health care delivery system portrays a life-threatening decline as a result of the lack of basic medical supplies to major health centers.“The civil service is overcrowded by political surrogates of the CDC, without a corresponding and practical alignment with the size of the national envelop, accountability, a cardinal part of good governance, is grossly lacking, as is also a clear demonstration of political will to punish people culpable of corruption,” the LP Chairman stated.Sen. Zargo: “It is therefore no surprise that there is a rapid and astounding erosion of public confidence in the CDC-led Government.”Flanked by the Unity Party (UP) chairman Wilmot Paye and LP’s Secretary General Jacob Smith, Zargo said when the CDC-led Government assumed state authority in 2018, the strength of the economy stood at over 2% growth rate, but as it is, economic growth has declined 0% to the extent that inflation has increased to more than 25%.He pointed out that unemployment is worsening due to a growing wave of layoff exercises at major investments, and to complicate this economic nightmare, the US$25 million, which was intended to stabilize the exchange rate (currently at US$1 to L$175) was mismanaged, while some of the prime culprits, including Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor Nathaniel Patray walk around scout-free.The LP has meanwhile pleaded with the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS and all foreign partners, who invested so much in the country’s peace process to keep eyes on the trend of events unfolding in our country; particularly the regrouping of former rebel commanders with government assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Derelict buildings in Ramelton ‘a shame’ to see – Cllr

first_imgThe Letterkenny-Milford council is being called on to deal with the high number of derelict properties in many areas of Ramelton.Cllr Ian McGarvey said that the number of empty buildings has been a major issue for some time at The Mall, Bridge Street, Castle Street, Town Hall and the Quay.He said the problem has affected Ramelton over the years and it can also be a liability to property owners. Letterkenny-Milford Mayor John O’Donnell backed Cllr McGarvey’s motion and said: “We definitely need to take the lead on this as the local authority.”He said he thinks it’s “a shame” to see derelict properties all over the town.In response, the council said that there has been a limited application of the Derelict Sites legislation across the country due to the likely review of the legislation flagged in discussions under the Rebuilding Ireland initiative.Meanwhile, Ramelton is due to be examined under work programme of the council’s Regeneration and Development team. Derelict buildings in Ramelton ‘a shame’ to see – Cllr was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny-milfordRameltonlast_img read more

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16 June 1976: the day Hector Pieterson died

first_img“I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot.”(Image: South African History Online)Brand South Africa reporterThese are the words of Sam Nzima, recalling the events of 16 June 1976, when over 500 people were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools.Nzima’s photograph of the dying Hector Pieterson being carried by a fellow student was published around the world, and came to represent the anger and tragedy of a day that changed the course of South African history, sparking months of clashes between police, schoolchildren and protesters.Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of what came to be known as the Soweto Uprising.Hastings: June 16’s forgotten heroFifteen-year-old Hastings Ndlovu was probably shot before Hector Pieterson, although he died later. But no photographer was on hand to record the moment.Another boy, Hastings Ndlovu, is believed to have been the first child to be shot on that fateful day. But Nzima, a photographer for Johannesburg newspaper The World, was on the spot when Mbuyisa Makhubo picked Hector up and, together with Hector’s sister Antoinette, ran towards a press car, into which he was bundled taken to a nearby clinic, where he was pronounced dead.“I was the only photographer there at the time”, Nzima says. “Other photographers came when they heard shots.”A few months after that, The World was banned and shut down.Hector Pieterson MuseumWhen you visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, you’ll see Nzima’s legendary photograph showing the unconscious Hector being carried by Makhubo, with Hector’s sister – now Antoinette Sithole – running alongside.You might also get to see Antoinette herself, who works at the museum, giving guided tours.But don’t expect to come away with an image of what Hector looked like – the family do not have a single snapshot of their famous son.Soon after 16 June, journalists approached the Pieterson family for pictures of Hector. Photographs were handed over with the promise they would be returned – but they weren’t. Thirty years later, the search for the photographs continues.The museum, which opened on 16 June 2002, follows the chronology of the build-up to 16 June 1976, starting with the way tensions were building among Soweto’s school children, with one school after another going out on strike.The museum stands two blocks from where Hector was shot and fell, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Streets in Orlando West, Soweto. There are houses on all four corners of that intersection, so the museum is located up the road in Kumalo Street.Hector’s mother, Dorothy Molefi, lives in nearby Meadowlands. “I’m very proud that there’s a museum for Hector, and that children are learning about him in history,” she says. “We still visit his grave every few months.”Hector’s father died not long before the opening of the museum.The museum is an impressive red-brick building, two storeys high, with irregularly shaped windows in a haphazard pattern. The community asked that the building blend in with the dwellings around it – small red-brick, semi-detached houses with iron roofs.Walking through the large rust-red door, the immediate impression is of a cathedral, with its double volume ceiling, tall thin windows, stripped wood floors, concrete columns and tall red-brick walls.The wall opposite the door is filled with an enlarged photograph of marching children, with banners and posters protesting the use of Afrikaans in township schools.The musuem’s chief curator, Ali Hlongwane, is sensitive to the differing accounts of why that day’s protests exploded the way they did.There is some debate about the extent to which several student organisations, in particular the South African Students Organisation and the South Africa Students Movement, were involved in the lead-up to the uprising. The role of the liberation movements – the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress – is also unclear.“The re-representation of the story is an ongoing process”, says Hlongwane; the museum continues to record people’s stories and add to its displays.“We may get someone come into the museum, look at the photograph, and say: ‘This is me’, or ‘I know that face’. We will then record and archive their experiences”, Hlongwane explains.There seems no doubt about the role of various cultural activists in building solidarity among the youth, inspired by Black Consciousness philosophy. Writers, poets, dancers, singers and painters captured the injustice of apartheid, and some of these works are on display.Build-up to 16 JuneBut it is generally agreed that tensions in schools had been growing from February 1976, when two teachers at the Meadowlands Tswana School Board were dismissed for their refusal to teach in Afrikaans.Students and teachers throughout Soweto echoed this sentiment, and the African Teachers’ Association of South Africa presented a memorandum to this effect to the Education Department. From mid-May around a dozen schools went on strike, and several students refused to write mid-year exams.On 16 June, students from three schools – Belle Higher Primary, Phefeni Junior Secondary and Morris Isaacson High – planned to march from their schools to the Orlando Stadium, about a kilometre from the museum, to hold a meeting. But before they got to where the museum stands today the police met them, in Moema Street.There are conflicting accounts of who gave the first command to shoot, but soon children were turning and running in all directions, leaving some children lying wounded on the road – among them Hector Pieterson and Hastings Ndlovu.A major part of the museum’s presentation of the story of the day is done through TV monitors, recording the world’s footage of the events, as South Africa had only just got television. Text panels scattered throughout the museum give eye-witness accounts and background viewpoints.Inside the museumThe museum is arranged in a series of interleading spaces joined by ramps, moving you closer to Nzima’s photograph – enlarged and waiting for you at the top of the second ramp.The interior is dominated by red brick walls, with some areas plastered and painted white and black, and others left in grey concrete. Large square windows at the top of the ramps give views of the suburb’s significant sites: Orlando Stadium, the Orlando Police Station, Moema Street, and several schools. Combined with black steel banisters and high ceilings, the effect is stunning.One of the few walled-in rooms in the museum is the Death Register, the room that records the names of the children who died over the period from June 1976 to the end of 1977.But the day, and the events that followed, had positive consequences. Thousands of students joined the broader liberation movement, ensuring that resistance to apartheid was maintained and escalated. International solidarity movements added to pressure on the apartheid government.The use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was dropped. More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants.And most importantly, urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Before, they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, often inferior pieces of land far away from industrial centres and jobs.Like the Apartheid Museum at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City, this much smaller museum – the first museum in Soweto – has a simplicity which allows the drama of the story to have maximum impact.What became of them?What became of some of the chief protagonists of 16 June 1976?Sam NzimaNzima, who took six sequence shots of 12-year-old Pieterson in those brief moments, left Johannesburg for Limpopo – then the northern Transvaal – about a year later, when it became clear that his safety in the city was under threat. “The security branch phoned me and told me to go to John Vorster Square, but I went into hiding for three weeks,” he says.The harassment didn’t stop after he left the city. “In 1978 the security branch from Nelspruit phoned and told me that they knew of my whereabouts and what I had done.”Nzima set up a bottle store after he settled up north, and later served as a member of parliament in the homeland Gazankulu government. He opened a school of photography in Bushbuckridge after being donated a black and white enlarger by The Sowetan newspaper.“There is an art to developing black and white pictures”, he says.When the Independent Group bought Argus newspapers in 1999, he was given copyright to his Hector photographs.Theuns ‘Rooi Rus’ SwanepoelThe police commander who is believed to have given the command to fire on the schoolchildren on the day, Theuns “Rooi Rus” Swanepoel, was described by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1998 as a policeman “who already had a long history of human rights violations as chief interrogator of the security branch”.Swanepoel told the TRC: “I made my mark. I let it be known to the rioters I would not tolerate what was happening. I used appropriate force. In Soweto and Alexandra where I operated, that broke the back of the organisers.”Die Afrikaner, the far-rightwing Herstigte Nasionale Party mouthpiece, gives the following version of how the first shot was fired in Orlando West: “In the heat of the struggle, (Swanepoel) and his men are called in from leave to stop a mass of seething, threatening youths. The atmosphere is laden and then one of the blacks throws a bottle into the face of the Red Russian (“Rooi Rus”).“A war breaks out as the young men let loose on the seething crowds and the one responsible for throwing the bottle looks like chicken mesh after the automatic machine gun flattens him.”Swanepoel allegedly lost his right eye in the incident. He died of a heart attack in 1998 at the age of 71.Mbuyisa MakhuboMbuyisa Makhubo, the schoolboy who picked up Hector, was harassed by the police after the incident and eventually went into exile. His mother, Nombulelo Makhubo, told the TRC that she received a letter from him from Nigeria in 1978, but that she had not heard from him since. She died in 2004.Antoinette SitholeAntoinette Sithole, Hector’s older sister and one of five sisters, still lives in Soweto. She was 17 in June 1976.“On the day, I was hiding in the second house next to my school Phefeni High School,” Antoinette says. “There were younger children at the march who shouldn’t have been there. I don’t know why they were there – Hector was one of them. There were random shots, we were not familiar with teargas shots. I was confused, those first shots could have been teargas.“I came out of hiding and saw Hector, and I called him to me. He was looking around as I called his name, trying to see who was calling him. I waved at him, he saw me and came over to me. I asked him what he was doing here, we looked around, there was a shot, and I ran back to my hiding place. When I looked out I couldn’t see Hector, I waited, I was afraid, where was he?“Then I saw a group of boys struggling. This gentleman came from nowhere, lifted a body, and I saw the front part of the shoe which I recognised as Hector’s. This man started to run with the body, I ran alongside, and said to him: who are you, this is my brother?“A car stopped in front of us, a lady got out and said she was from the press, and offered us a lift to the clinic. We put him in the car. I don’t remember how I got to the clinic, but the doctor said Hector was dead so I gave his details.“I was so scared of how I was going to tell my mother. Two teachers from a nearby school took me to my grandmother’s house. A neighbour phoned my mother at work, and when she got home at 5.30pm my uncle was standing outside the house with me. She said she had heard on the radio that children had died. My uncle broke the news – she was calm, she showed no emotion.“My father lived in Alexandra – my parents are divorced – he saw the picture in the paper and recognised me and wondered why I wasn’t at school.“My mother’s strength – she was stronger than my father – helped me come to terms with death. I can accept now that we are all going to die.“My mother is still alive and still very strong. She still lives in the same house in Soweto. Hector was her only son, and since the uprising she has lost one of my younger sisters in a car accident.“To me and my family, Hector did not die in vain.”Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research wins two awards at the Southern African Market Research Association (SAMRA)

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 15 June 2018 – Brand South Africa in collaboration with its domestic perceptions research agencies, African Response and MarkData, are proud to announce to have won two awards at the annual Southern African Market Research Association (SAMRA) conference.SAMRA is a non-profitable marketing research organisation that seeks to fulfil its objectives of growing the marketing research, social research, and opinion polling research industry and to enhance quality and professionalism in the sector.Their paper, “A social segmentation model of the diverse and complex South African society,” received both the Kantar Innovation award, and the Best Overall Paper awards in Durban, on the 13th of June. The foundational issue, the fundamental question, that precedes or underlies reflections on the development of a segmentation model for the South African society, relates to broad questions of nationhood, factors that influence both its making and un-making, how it is constituted through what people do, while acknowledging that how they do it, can also be the source of a nation’s un-doing.After extensive preparatory work the partners developed a segmentation model that identify ten broad behavior groups in South African society. Interestingly enough, none of the groups are dominated by any specific race, or traditional classification. This means that the behavior groups and underlying segmentation model shows the extent to which South Africans have much in common when it comes to values, attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of ourselves as a nation.A brief introduction of the paper takes focus on the interrogation of nationhood and identity, or in simple terms – the Who We Are, and the Who Are We?, as a South African nation.“A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principle. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is present-day consent, the desire to live together, the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form… The nation, like the individual, is the culmination of a long past of endeavours, sacrifice and devotion. Of all cults, that of the ancestors is the most legitimate, for the ancestors have made us what we are.” – Homi K. Bhabha  “Congratulations to the entire team. We are delighted to receive these awards for the work we do in order to understand our evolving nation, and national/brand identity better. To be acknowledged by the research industry through these awards, means that we are heading in the right direction with our domestic perceptions research programme. Through it we aim to understand the diverse and complex South African society we live in, in order to confidently communicate to both local and global audiences,” said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus De Kock.During 2017 Brand South Africa implemented a new comprehensive Domestic Perceptions Research project encompassing both quantitative and qualitative elements. These include an annual national omnibus survey, monthly online/mobile surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews. The programme delivers 6000 research records per year allowing for robust data on which to base analysis, advice, and feedback to civil society, government, business, and international stakeholders.Brand South Africa continues to make the nation proud as an award-winning organisation.  The organisation has been acknowledged by diverse industries such as the SAMRA, the Loeries, and Marklives.com for its work in marketing the South African Nation Brand.To set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 5, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a little bit of a damp pattern emerging today and tomorrow over the state, but may salvage a good part of the weekend if we are lucky. Today, we see scattered showers developing along a slowly moving, almost stagnant frontal boundary draped across the region. The action remains rather light, bringing a few hundredths to perhaps .3” over about 60% of the state. Tomorrow the wet forecast stays in place over northern Ohio, but rain retreats out of the south. Rains tomorrow will be most frequent north of US 30, where we can see .25”-.5” rains with coverage at 70% areas north of US 30, but only a few spits and sprinkles south of there. South of I-70 we have nothing for tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday are interesting. We see some rains developing to our west over IN and IL, but nothing of any consequence can get in here. We will keep clouds in the forecast, but not really look for anything more than spits and sprinkles for the weekend period. We may not see serious drying those days, but will not see moisture either.The biggest push of rain into Ohio will come from late Sunday night right on through Monday. We have a surge of moisture coming up the old frontal boundary out of KY, ripping right across the heart of the state. Rains from late Sunday night through Tuesday morning will be from half to 3” over about 80% of the state. Only NW Ohio, north and west of a line from Toledo to Van Wert, will miss out of those rains Monday-Tuesday. The heaviest rains will be seen in the far eastern part of the state where the 3 inch totals can develop, while central and southern parts of the state may see a lot of 1”-2” rain totals. The map above shows potential cumulative rain totals from today through Tuesday midday.The rest of the week should be dry over most of Ohio. The exception will be the NE corner, where we see lingering showers through Wednesday and into early Thursday. These are mostly lake enhanced little clusters, developing off of Lake Erie. We have no new frontal boundary action or systems moving in. It should be breezy across the state as we finish the week as well. By Saturday, we should see those winds full out southwest, bringing warmer air and significant drying.The extended period remains dry to start with a strong upper level high pressure dome slow to leave. We may be able to stretch the dry period all the way through the 18th. However, the next front that is developing out west is strong and slow moving. That means we have a good chance of rain there for the 19th and 20th, potentially half to 1.5” over 90% of the state. The air behind that front will be dramatically different, and may bring us our first good chance of “first frost” type temperatures. This is 15 days out, so there is plenty of time for the front to modify and change track. However, so far, the only changes this front has made over the past few days is to slow down (strengthen) and pick up more moisture.  Either way, it does look like we will have another decent harvest window over the state after next Tuesday…but how soon we can take advantage rides purely on if we meet, exceed, or fall short of current expectations of rains from today through next Tuesday morning.last_img read more

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CAG: Cricketers are given incorrect income deduction benefit

first_imgSachin TendulkarThe woes of Indian cricket and its stars never seem to end. After their ungainly ouster from the World Cup, now it’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar who have been bowled a bouncer by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for being given an incorrect benefit of income deduction,Sachin TendulkarThe woes of Indian cricket and its stars never seem to end. After their ungainly ouster from the World Cup, now it’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar who have been bowled a bouncer by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for being given an incorrect benefit of income deduction as sportsmen. The tax department feels shortchanged by Rs 4.42 crore.The CAG report, tabled in Parliament on May 14, put the blame squarely on the I-T Department for giving incorrect allowance of deduction of income to both the players for their earnings from endorsements and from cricket commentaries. Tendulkar was allowed an aggregate deduction of Rs 8.89 crore on income from endorsements and publicity activities on the grounds that this was in foreign exchange. Sudha Krishnan, principal director-audit, CAG, says, “They said he is an artist but we say he is a model.”BCCI, the richest sporting body in India, has been passing itself off as a charitable organisation to avoid paying taxes. But according to the I-T Department, Tendulkar may have to cough up about Rs 3.5 crore in tax arrears while Gavaskar may be poorer by Rs 80 lakh. Both the players may appeal to the third umpire-the Central Board for Direct Taxes- but the chances of reprieve are slim.Tendulkar’s first brush with the taxmen came in 2002 when Fiat gifted him a Ferrari-360 Modena through Formula 1 ace Michael Schumacher. The master blaster was given tax exemption for importing the car, which created a furore. Fiat finally payed the dues to end the controversy.advertisementBCCI chief Sharad Pawar has also come down strongly on endorsements by cricketers, saying, “The system needs to be strengthened. I’ve asked players to submit their copies of old contracts.” Clearly, there seem to be taxing times ahead.last_img read more

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FDDI notifies for faculty recruitment at various campuses

first_imgFDDI a premier institute in the area of Fashion, Footwear, Leather Products, Design Technology invites applications for the following academic posts for its various campuses. The appointment is on contract basis. 1. Sr. Consultant/ Consultant/ Jr. Consultant/Sr Faculty /Faculty /Associate Faculty- Total No. of Posts: 14 (2 Jodhpur /2 Chhindwara/2 Chennai /2 Kolkata/ 2 Rohtak/2 Fursatganj/2 Noida)Qualification: M.E./B.E./DFT/SFT/PGDFTM/Equivalent Degree with specialization in Footwear Production and exposure in Polymer Science and Sports Shoe Technology with relevant experience.2. Sr. Consultant/Consultant/Jr Consultant/Sr Faculty/Faculty /Associate Faculty-Fashion Design Total No. of Posts: 12 (2 Noida/ 2 Chennai/2 Kolkata/2 Fursatganj/2 Jodhpur/2 Rohtak)Qualification: Masters/PG Diploma /Bachelors in Fashion Designing /Equivalent degree with relevant experience.3. Sr.Consultant/Consultant/Jr Consultant/Sr Faculty/Faculty /Associate Faculty -For Footwear- PDC (CAD/CAM)Total No. of Posts: 7 (1 Noida/ 1Fursatganj/1 Jodhpur/1 Kolkata/1 Rohtak/1 Chhindwara/1 Chennai)Qualification: Masters/PG Diploma /Bachelors in Designing / CAD-CAM/ Equivalent degree with relevantexperience.4. Sr. Consultant/Consultant/Jr Consultant/Sr Faculty/Faculty /Associate Faculty -LGADTotal No. of Posts: 6 ( 2 Fursatganj/ 2 Kolkata/2 Noida)Qualification: Masters/PG Diploma /Bachelors in designing/ Equivalent degree with relevantexperience.5. Sr. Consultant/Consultant/Jr Consultant/Sr Faculty/Faculty /Associate Faculty -RetailTotal No. of Posts: 14 (2 Noida /2 Jodhpur /2 Fursatganj/ 2 Kolkata/ 2 Chennai/2 Chhindwara/2 Rohtak)Qualification: MBA/ Post Graduate/ PG Dip in Finance/Management/Marketing with exposure to Retail Marketing, Visual Merchandising, Market Research, Business statistics, Personality Development, General Management/ Equivalent degree with relevant experience.6. Sr. Consultant/Consultant/Jr Consultant/Sr Faculty/Faculty /Associate Faculty -Business ManagementTotal No. of Posts : 6 (3Rohtak/3 Noida)Qualification: Masters/PG Diploma / Equivalent degree with relevantexperience . 7. Sr Instructor/Instructor/ Demonstrator-Total No. of Posts : 14 (2 Chennai / 2 Kolkata/ 2 Fursatganj/2 Rohtak/2 Chhindwara/2 Jodhpur/2 Noida)Qualification: 8th Pass with short term certificate course in shoe design/pattern making/cutting/closing/upper making/ lasting/finishing/component; with relevant experience. advertisement8. Craftsman -Fashion Design – 2 Noida / 2 KolkataRetail Management – 2 JodhpurFootwear Design – 2Kolkata / 2 RohtakTotal No of Posts – 10Qualification: 8th Pass with experience in relevant field.9. Sr.Technologist/Technologist/Sr. Lab AnalystTotal No. of Posts : 2 (2 Noida)Qualification: M.Tech/M.Sc. with experiencein relevant field.10. Lab AnalystTotal No. of Posts : 2 (1 Chennai/ 1 Noida)Qualification: B.Tech/B.Sc with relevant experience in Physical and Chemical Testing. Candidates are requested to Enclose attested copy of all Qualification and Experience Certificates along with their Application Form and send to the below mentioned address:Manager(Admin &Pers)Footwear Design & Development Institute(Ministry of Commerce & Industry)A-10A, Sector-24, Noida-201301last_img read more

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Jamaica to Host Preparatory Meeting for Conference on SIDS

first_imgJamaica will host the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), beginning Tuesday, July 2, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.The Caribbean preparatory meeting is one of three regional meetings which will be held this year as groundwork for the SIDS conference in Samoa next year and will last from July 2 to 4. The others will be held in Fiji for the Pacific region on July 10-12; and in the Seychelles from July 17-19 for the African, Indian, Mediterranean and South China Seas (AIMS).Director of the Environment Division, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Gillian Guthrie, said the meeting will provide a forum for the region to discuss what has been done so far on the sustainable development blue prints; assess the challenges and plan the way forward.She explained that the blue prints, under the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the 2005 Mauritius Strategy of Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, articulates what must be done at the national, regional and international levels.Issues discussed in Kingston will be raised at the Conference in Samoa, which is expected to provide an opportunity for increased attention to the concerns of Caribbean nations.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m., while the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative, Dr. Arun Kashyap ; Chair, Alliance of Small Island Developing States, Her Excellency Marlene Moses; and Director, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Nikhil Seth, will also address the event.The year 2014 has been declared the International Year for Small Island Developing States and as such, increased focus will be placed on addressing their vulnerabilities and challenges. These include ways to build resilience to natural disasters and adaptation to climate change; ways to bolster the countries’ small and open economies through equitable trading arrangements and a strategic approach to trade in services; ways to build on issues of critical relevance to SIDS – energy, education, and health; and ways to place on the international agenda the problems faced by SIDS in accessing financing for developmental purposes.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

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