Li Bingbing Wages War On Ivory And Rhino Horn Trade

first_imgChina’s top actress and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, Li Bingbing, is joining the world’s largest wildlife awareness campaign against the ivory and rhino horn trade in a series of public service announcements beginning with War.The screen star will appear in five live action spots currently being scheduled to air throughout China as part of the “Say No To Ivory and Rhino Horn” Campaign. Li joins fellow countryman and WildAid Ambassador Yao Ming, who launched the campaign last month in Beijing with WildAid, Save the Elephants, and the African Wildlife Foundation.Li recently completed an official mission with UNEP to learn more about Kenya’s wild elephants and confront the impacts of poaching that are threatening elephants and rhinos across Africa.“We are incredibly thankful that Li Bingbing is joining our campaign as a WildAid Ambassador to shift China’s view of ivory and rhino horn consumption,” said WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights. “Due to the ivory and rhino horn trade as many as 25,000 elephants are killed every year and up to 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the past four decades, with the last of the species in Mozambique recently falling victim to poachers. We must act now to save these endangered animals from extinction.”The importance of raising awareness within China, the leading country for ivory consumption, is central to Li’s campaign. As the actress states in her first PSA: “There is a war in Africa you don’t hear about in the news. A war that kills 25,000 elephants a year, for ivory. A war that sponsors civil wars and criminal gangs, paid for with ivory. But this is a war we can stop, by simply saying no to ivory. When the buying stops, the killing can, too.”In 2012, WildAid launched an inaugural awareness campaign seeking to ban shark fin consumption in China. The campaign centered on multimedia components, and a vital partnership with CCTV, to highlight the cruelty inherent in shark finning and the vital role that sharks play in the marine ecosystem. According to the South China Morning Post: “…the Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong reported that shark fin imports have reduced from 10,292 tons to 3,087 from 2011 to November 2012; over a 70% decline.”“Our shark fin campaign proved that our model of targeting the consumer has a tremendous impact on the lives of endangered animals,” Knights added. “Today marks another successful step in our partnership with China’s leading conservationists as well as the nation’s broadcast media and government.”Source:WildAidlast_img read more

Palestinian Government Calls on UN to end Israeli Hostilities in Gaza

Rabat – The Palestinian government has called on the United Nations for immediate intervention to put an end to the Israeli hostilities against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to guarantee the Gazans international protection. The chairman to the ministerial council meeting on May 6, 2019, Mohammad Shtayyeh, stated, “The international community should not keep silent about the crimes the Israeli occupation is committing against Palestinian civilians.” He added, referring to the international community, that “no one should take a neutral stance when faced with images of corpses of three little kids,” stressing that the government can in no way accept putting criminals on par with victims. Shtayyeh further noted that it is of paramount importance to strengthen the national unity of the Palestinian people “against the Israelis’ atrocities against the Palestinian people and its just cause.”Read also: Report: Israel Detained Over 50,000 Palestinian Children Since 1967While calling attention to the Palestinian government being at the service of the Palestinians, he said the government will launch humanitarian and paramedical aid to the Gaza strip. The statement came at a time when the clashes between Palestinians and Israelis were in full swing, where Israelis carried out air strikes, resulting in a death toll of 20 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and two babies.In late April, Abd al Nasser Ferwana, the director of the Commission of Detainees Affairs’ Studies and Research Unit, stated in a press release that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have detained 50,000 Palestinian kids since 1967, including 16,655 since 2000 only. From 2002 to 2012, the average rate of arrests stands at 700 children per year, Ferwana noted, and the arrests have since 2011 witnessed a considerable increase, reaching 1,250 arrests yearly. read more

Life expectancy in subSaharan Africa is lower now than 30 years ago

The HDI, released today as part of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2006 Human Development Report (HDR), shows that after a setback in human development in the first half of the 1990s, Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States recovered strongly, and progress since 1990 in East and South Asia continues to accelerate. But sub-Saharan Africa shows no sign of improving.The index analyses 2004 statistics from 175 UN member countries along with Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region, China), and the occupied Palestinian territories. This year’s rankings do not include 17 UN member nations, among them Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, due to insufficient data.“In the 31 countries at the bottom of the list, 28 of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, a person can hope to live on average only 46 years, or 32 years less than the average life expectancy in countries of advanced human development, with 20 years slashed off life expectancy due to HIV/AIDS,” according to a UNDP press release.“The countries at the top and bottom of the rankings in the 2006 HDR are unchanged from the 2005 HDR; Norway ranks highest, while Niger is last of the countries for which sufficient information is available. People in Norway are more than 40 times wealthier than people in Niger and they live almost twice as long.”This year’s index also provides a snapshot of the disparities between income groups within countries, showing for example that children born into the poorest 20 per cent of households in Indonesia are four times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children born into the richest 20 per cent of families. In Bolivia, the richest 20 per cent of people rank in the upper echelons of human development, alongside Poland, while the poorest 20 per cent equate to the average HDI for Pakistan. Poland and Pakistan are separated by 97 places on the global HDI ranking. The same trend is found in affluent countries, says the report, noting that while the richest 20 per cent of the United States population tops the list of human-development achievements, alongside Norway, the poorest 20 per cent rank considerably lower – slightly below the HDI for Argentina and on par with Cuba. read more

Brock has an eye on the future with its next VicePresident Research

Brock University’s next Vice-President, Research is coming to Niagara from the academic ranks at the University of Waterloo.Tim Kenyon, a Philosophy professor who is also Waterloo’s Associate Dean of Arts (Research), was announced today, Thursday, July 27, as Brock’s next VP Research, by Brock’s Interim President Tom Traves.The appointment takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018, when Kenyon will succeed Joffre Mercier, who is leading the University’s research administration on an interim basis.Kenyon (PhD in Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, ’98) joined Waterloo in 2000 as an assistant professor, and by 2006, had begun a six-year run as Chair of the Philosophy Department. His achievements include the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award. Kenyon was also selected by his peers to serve a term as President of the Canadian Philosophy Association.His earlier career included a postdoctoral studies at University of Alberta as well as terms at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and University of St. Andrews. He received his MA in Philosophy from Carleton University (’94) and an Honours BA in Philosophy from University of British Columbia (’92).Kenyon’s appointment at Brock culminates a search that began last winter, and was steered by an advisory committee that was chaired by Traves and included academic members from all seven of Brock’s Faculties.Traves said having a strong, collaborative voice in the VP, Research office is a critical piece of the leadership structure that will be needed to guide Brock into a major new phase of growth and success.“The Vice-President, Research must provide leadership and vision in shaping Brock’s strategic research direction, and continuing its transformation as a research-intensive university,” said Traves.Kenyon said he is excited about coming to the Niagara region and helping colleagues advance Brock to its next level as a home of dynamic, comprehensive research.“The fundamental purpose of research administration is a simple one,” said Kenyon. “It is to enable all scholars and investigators to make good on their research aspirations.“My job is to make sure that researchers have the support to do the things that they’re great at. It’s a matter of providing the conditions for your colleagues to be their best.” read more

Serena Williams Loses in Qatar Open Finals Gains No

Serena Williams, the future No. 1 player in the world come Monday, was defeated in the Qatar Open finals on Sunday by defending champion Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3.Azarenka ended her 10-match losing streak against Williams to earn her 16th title. She had not defeated Williams since 2009, and had a 1-11 record against her going into Sunday’s final. But Azarenka has been on a roll lately, winning her last 14 matches, which included her second Australian Open title.“It feels incredible,” Azarenka told The Associated Press. “You know, this tournament is really great. … It had such a strong field going into it, and I’m really glad that in the end of the week I’m the one who’s holding the trophy.”Williams stumbled from the beginning of the match. She was unable to impose her fierce serve throughout the first set. Williams had a dismal 26 unforced errors. Despite her horrific start, Williams managed to stay in the first set of the game with a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker. Ultimately, Azarenka won the first set after Williams hit a poor forehand into the net.Williams managed to bounce back in the second set, capitalizing on her potent serve and forehand. Azarenka only managed to hit 39 percent of her first serves.In the final set, Williams had control of the first game. Azarenka fell behind quickly 0-30, but administered a comeback to take a 3-0 lead. Williams made one last effort to stay in the match by saving a match point at 5-2, but Azarenka clinched the victory when Williams hit a forehand wide.“I just wanted to fight and give it my best, give myself every opportunity I can,” Azarenka said.Williams saluted Azarenka’s performance, but it was apparent that she was not at her best. She was still recovering from a right ankle injury that bothered her at the Australian Open and appeared to be managing a cold. Williams needed three sets to beat Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.“This whole week, I just don’t think I played my best tennis, and I was fighting every match,” Williams told  The Associated Press. “I can’t play that quality game against a top player like Victoria. I have to be able to pick up my game, and I wasn’t able to do that today. I stayed at a two out of a 10, and I can’t play that low.”However, Williams smiled when asked about her return to No. 1 ranking in the world.“It was such a long journey, and after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the (WTA) Championships, I thought, I just don’t think I can win anymore,” she said. “I don’t know what it takes to be No. 1. So it was awesome to come here and achieve that goal.”Williams could easily lose the ranking next week in Dubai to Azarenka if she does not make it to the finals and Azarenka does.Another rematch would put the top two players in the world against each other once again. read more

Podravka wins strong tournament Metkovic 2011

First match at the TOP quality women’s tournament “Metkovic 2011” in Croatia,  domestic team, HC Podravka lost against Serbian champion, HC Zajecar 24:28, but on the end, Croatian team won tournament in the exciting clash against Buducnost Podgorica 27:27 after penalty-shoot-out. Third place wins “Hit of the Tournament”, Macedonian Metalurg, who was better against HC Zajecar 33:32.TOP EHF CL team, Krim Mercator showed low level of performance. They lost easily against Buducnost 21:28 and Metalurg, took 5th place at the end. Sixth is DVSC Corvex and last two places won domestic team, Dalmatinka and Katarina.ALL STAR TEAM “METKOVIC 2011”All star postava turnira „Metković 2011“:Goalkeeper: Klara Voltering (Budućnost)Left wing: Nikica Pušić (Podravka)Left back: Bojana Popović ( Budućnost)Playmaker: Kristina Liščević (Metalurg)Pivot: Vesna Milanović-Litre (Podravka)Right back: Elena Gjorgijevska (Metalurg)Right wing: Anita Gaće ( Podravka) ← Previous Story Marta Mangue: “In Denmark will play only Scandi girls” Next Story → Mirza Dzomba retires read more

Boost your Verizon LTE signal with the Sleek 4G

first_imgFor those of you lucky enough to be taking advantage of Verizon’s ultra-fast LTE network on your smartphone or tablet, you may have also had the privilege to experience having little or no LTE signal when traveling in a vehicle or inside your home/office. Wilson Electronics is looking to help you with this problem by releasing what it is calling the world’s first 4G booster, the “Sleek 4G.”Wilson’s newest booster is geared to be able to operate on standard 2G and 3G networks on the 1800/1900MHz frequency bands, as well as with Verizon’s 700MHz 4G LTE network. Wilson claims that the device is twenty times stronger than the antennas installed in 4G-capable mobile phones and tablets, giving buyers a solid connection even if they are in what appears to be a low signal area. (note this won’t work to fix the graphical glitch on the Galaxy Nexus).Wilson is looking to release the Sleek 4G sometime in the second quarter of this year. Out of the box it will be able to work to boost signal in vehicles by attaching it to the roof of your car or truck. As far as inside your home or office, representatives say there will be an outdoor antenna kit that you can install that will relay signal to LTE devices indoors. The Sleek 4G will most likely retail around $150 on launch day.Living in rural Missouri, getting cell signal inside my home has been a battle. We have tried several boosters including the zBoost YX545 to try to get our handsets to connect, but with little success. The Wilson Electronics brand of boosting devices get good ratings and reviews, so it will be interesting to see if it really can succeed where others fail. Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Enquête avis mitigés sur liPad 3 1ère partie

first_imgEnquête : avis mitigés sur l’iPad 3, 1ère partieApple a dévoilé son nouvel iPad il y a maintenant deux jours. Bien que disponible en pré-commande en ligne et dans les Apple Store, l’iPad n’est pas encore arrivé en France. Devant l’Apple Store d’Opéra, les gens seront-ils prêts à acheter la nouvelle tablette ? Les fans d’Apple seront-ils au rendez-vous pour acheter le dernier bijou de la marque à la Pomme? Maxisciences a mené l’enquête…Lorsqu’on leur demande s’ils ont écouté la keynote de Tim Cook, la plupart l’ont fait et sont prêt à foncer acheter le nouvel iPad.Alors, il y a, bien sûr, les inconditionnels d’Apple, pour qui, l’iPad 3 est le top du top…Pierre-Antoine a bien suivi la conférence mais “en différé, depuis mon bureau”. “Moi, j’ai l’iPad 2. Et là je trouve que ça commence vraiment à s’améliorer, notamment au niveau de la résolution. Ils ont annoncé qu’elle serait aussi importante qu’une télévision en 1080p donc déjà ça c’est un premier point intéressant. Ensuite, il est compatible avec des normes de sécurités plus efficaces et des normes de vitesse assez rapides, la 4G/LTE. C’est quelque chose d’assez important et qui rend l’iPad encore plus attractif”. Il affirme que “l’intérêt principal que j’attendais en tant qu’utilisateur, c’était l’aspect écran Retina car on lit des livres sur l’iPhone 4 par exemple, c’est difficile de revenir à quelque chose d’un petit peu plus flou.C’est vrai que niveau caractéristiques internes, il est très convaincant”.Jean-Marc a suivi deux sujets le 7 mars au soir: “la Grèce et l’iPad 3”. Pour lui, “Apple est entré dans l’ère du développement plus institutionnel, même en l’absence de Steve Jobs. Les produits sont assez matures et les équipes sont en train de les rendre encore plus performants”. “Je suis un Applemaniac donc pour moi, les produits Apple me satisfont complètement” plaisante-t-il. Et l’iPad 3? “Je vais l’acheter! Les caractéristiques me séduisent absolument. Je suis chirurgien et Apple a introduit un aspect très intéressant pour le secteur médical, c’est la définition Retina. L’iPad 2 n’est pas très fin à lire, il vaut mieux utiliser un Kindle. Mais avec l’iPad 3, c’est bien mieux. Après, les autres fonctions restent appréciables. La connectivité 4G sera peu utilisable chez nous, mais ça me paraît très bien”. Alors, Apple se tourne vers le secteur médical? “Pour avoir reçu téléchargé et reçu des scanners et des imageries d’artères sur mon iPhone 4, si l’iPad 3 a la définition de l’iPhone 4, ce sera bien mieux que sur mon PC dans mon bureau à l’hôpital”.Ophélie a bien écouté la conférence d’Apple. Pour elle “le nouvel iPad est un bon produit vis-à-vis de l’iPad 2  qui était assez décevant. J’ai très envie de l’acheter car l’iPad 3 est une sorte de super-tablette. Je suis que tentée de l’acheter et je ne suis pas la seule parmi mes amis, l’iPad 3 fait l’unanimité”. “L’intérêt pour moi, c’est de pouvoir avoir ce mini-ordinateur avec moi tout le temps. Ce serait un outil de travail et de loisir”.… Mais font un peu de résistance.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors Pierre-Antoine, tenté? “Effectivement, l’iPad 3 me fait envie. Pour l’instant, je résiste, mais avec le temps, il y a de fortes chances que je me laisse tenter”. Pourquoi réfréner cette envie? “Ce qui me freine le plus. Déjà, bien sûr, il y a le prix. Ensuite c’est vrai que j’hésite pas mal entre les différentes éditions. Je sais que la version 3G sera aussi disponible et j’attends de voir ce que peuvent proposer les opérateurs, notamment Free, pour s’adapter à l’iPad”.”Mais ce qui me freine le plus c’est le prix. J’ai déjà vu le prix en euros et en dollars, et je vais mettre un peu d’argent de côté avant de l’acheter” affirme Ophélie.Le 9 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Douglas Publications Sues Distributor

first_imgNewsletter and trade magazine publisher Douglas Publications is suing distributor Baker & Taylor over magazines and directories the publisher says the company distributed on a credit basis but allegedly never paid for.The suit was filed late last year in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County Superior Court. According to the complaint, Douglas Publications is seeking $53,541.20 in outstanding “goods and services.” The publications in question include Douglas’ Salesman’s Guide directories and Facility Care magazine.“We have attempted over the last several years to obtain payments but were unsuccessful,” Douglas Publications president Alan Douglas wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Baker & Taylor did not pay us and Castle Harlan Partners [a private equity group with controlling interest in Baker & Taylor] refused to respond. Silence isn’t always golden when vendor disputes drag on for years.” Baker & Taylor did not return a FOLIO: request for comment.In addition to Facility Care, Douglas publishes American Painting Contractor and Workplace HR & Safety magazines. Earlier this year Baker & Taylor—a global distributor of books, magazines, videos and music to libraries and retailers—announced that its chairman and CEO, Richard Willis, resigned in order to spend more time with his family. He was replaced as chairman by Baker & Taylor board member Jack Eugster.last_img read more

Soldiers to Train Near Bethel

first_imgDownload AudioMore than 100 soldiers will train in the Bethel area over the next week and a half to build arctic operational expertise and cultivate the next generation of National Guard soldiers. Members of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade are descending on the YK Delta to polish their arctic skills.last_img

Juneaus state legislators field questions cynicism at town hall

first_imgRep. Justin Parish addresses a packed room at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library during a town hall with Juneau’s state legislators on Thursday. Parish, Rep. Sam Kito III, left, and Sen. Dennis Egan make up Juneau’s legislative delegation. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Juneau’s state legislators hosted a town hall Thursday to hear from the public and talk through concerns. The 2018 legislative session begins next week.Listen nowIn a packed room at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, Sen. Dennis Egan and Reps. Justin Parish and Sam Kito III struck a somewhat pessimistic tone as they fielded questions from constituents.“We are getting to the point where we are almost out of savings in our constitutional budget reserve account,” Kito said.He said oil revenue went from making up 90 percent of state earnings to now between 20 percent and 25 percent, forcing the state to draw on savings.“We still have to provide for education and public health according to our constitution,” Kito said. “We have to provide a transportation system. All of those things cost money.”The state needs to find ways to cover that deficit, he said, whether through a proposed state income tax, dipping into the Permanent Fund or some other solution. Budget reserves won’t last.Egan shared his own reservations about the upcoming session.“It’s an election year, and a lot of times every two years a lot of things don’t happen because people are running for re-election and they’re afraid to tackle major issues,” Egan said. “And that concerns me. It shouldn’t be about election years, it should be about solving Alaska’s problems.”Helen Unruh asked if there was anything to be done about legislative inaction. Parish suggested leaning on other Alaskans.“Do you have any friends in Fairbanks? If you have any friends who are represented by a senator who’s in the majority, please have them call their senator,” Parish said. “I know that when I get a call from a constituent, I take it very seriously.”Still, several community members echoed the feeling that Alaska’s fiscal future is being held hostage by the Republican-led Senate majority.Juneau’s legislators are all Democrats.Egan didn’t contest one constituent’s observation at the town hall:“We’re not talking and there’s just not enough being done during the session,” the young man said. “Lord knows the governor has tried to force you guys to work it out, calling you guys back over and over again, but to no avail.”“But we do nothing,” Egan replied.Afterward, Egan said the partisan politics that have overtaken the Legislature weren’t always the norm.“Well I thought we functioned really well when we were a bipartisan working group,” he said. “We did a lot of great things for the people of the state, but we worked together, Republicans and Democrats, and an independent. But we got things done. But lately, I don’t like it. I mean, I don’t like the way it’s been functioning.”The 30th Alaska Legislature reconvenes Tuesday.last_img read more

Postearthquake donation needs

first_imgMany organizations are in need of donations after Friday’s earthquake. RurAL CAP is seeking donations to replace a broken water main and repair damage to Karluk Manor. They also need to replace broken televisions and cover unexpected overtime pay. You can donate here. The Red Cross is operating the area’s emergency shelter. Red Cross communications officer Cari Dighton said money is more useful than individual items. It can be used to purchase enough goods for everyone in need. You can donate here. The Salvation Army is providing food for the shelter.At Bean’s Cafe, electric problems caused by the earthquake damaged the organization’s industrial coffee makers, donation scale, and boiler. They are seeking instant coffee, tea, and hot cocoa as well as financial donations and other items. See the whole list here. Catholic Social Services is in need of food for the St. Francis House Food Pantry, especially produce, proteins, and canned goods. Clare House and Brother Francis Shelter need towels and blankets. The Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services program needs a desk and basic supplies. Find out more here.The Foraker Group is also consolidating a list of needs from organizations across the region to more effectively connect them with donors and volunteers. You can fill out their survey  through the end of the day on Wednesday here.If your organization has earthquake-related needs let us know by emailing .last_img read more

Three electrocuted as live wire falls in farm in Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur: Three people, including a woman and her son, were electrocuted on Sunday when they came in contact with a live wire that broke and fell in a farm where they were working in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, police said. The incident took place in Rajpura village, they said. Nimbu Bhil (70), her son Mafaram Bhil (50) and their relative Kanaram Bhil (35) were working in the farm when the live wire fell and a fire erupted in some things kept on the boundary wall, the police said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The victims came in contact with the live wire while putting out the flames and were electrocuted,” they said. Nimbhu and her son died on the spot while Kanaram succumbed to injuries in hospital, they added. Sub-divisional officer of Raniwara-Jalore, Prakash Agrawal, said a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each will be given to the families of the deceased. He said it was also being examined whether there was any carelessness on part of the electricity department.last_img read more

Malaysia to build island near Singapore

first_imgMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday he wants to develop an island on a cluster of rocks previously disputed with Singapore, a move that could anger its neighbour.The strategically located area has long been a flashpoint between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and they previously took a territorial dispute to the United Nations top court.The International Court of Justice in 2008 awarded two rock clusters, called Middle Rocks, to Malaysia while a nearby island was deemed to be Singaporean territory.Malaysia launched a challenge to that ruling last year but Singapore’s foreign ministry said Wednesday it had been withdrawn by Kuala Lumpur.However, at the same time Mahathir announced Malaysia wanted to develop an island on Middle Rocks, at the eastern entrance of the strategic Singapore Strait.The 100-kilometre (60-mile) strait is one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping routes, with vessels using it to access the city-state’s port.“It is our intention to enlarge Middle Rocks into a small island for us,” the 92-year-old-who started his second stint as premier this month after a surprise election win-told a press conference.He gave no more details about what the proposed island would look like or how long it would take to build.Mahathir added that Malaysia had already built a structure on Middle Rocks. Reports said Malaysia inaugurated a maritime base there last year.James Chin, a Malaysia expert from the University of Tasmania, told AFP that Singapore would see the move as “hostile”.“Among the Singapore elite, they will see it as part of Mahathir’s anti-Singapore stance,” he said.It came after Mahathir announced this week that he was scrapping a planned high-speed railway between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as he seeks to improve the nation’s finances.Both developments are likely to alarm the Singapore government, already wary of Mahathir’s return as ties between the neighbours were famously stormy during his first stint as premier from 1981-2003.Still, Kuala Lumpur’s decision to drop its case at the ICJ could assuage fears.Malaysia had lodged its challenge in February 2017, calling for the court to overturn its earlier ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over the disputed island.last_img read more

Airbnb Agreement With Texas Means Hosts Wont Get Around Paying Tax

first_img 00:00 /01:17 Listen Share X AP Photo/John LocherRandy Tussing, an Airbnb host, looks at his phone while standing in his home, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.Starting May 1, people who host paying guests through Airbnb in Texas won’t get around paying the 6 percent state hotel occupancy tax.Laura Spanjian, public policy director at Airbnb’s southwest region, said many hosts didn’t know they had to pay those taxes or couldn’t figure out how to.“So we decided, could we actually take on the responsibility of the host and have Airbnb collect and remit the tax?” she said. “So we realized, legally, we could do that if we had agreements with cities and states that in essence transferred responsibility from a host to us.”Texas is not the only place where the company is doing this.By next month, Airbnb will have similar agreements with 250 jurisdictions in the United States, including 20 states.David Stacy has hosted guests through Airbnb for the past two years in his garage apartment north of downtown Houston.He said he has never paid hotel occupancy taxes before, but he’s not concerned that the additional charge will deter potential guests.“I’ve looked at lots of websites for Airbnb in cities that I enjoy traveling to, and I see Airbnb there for a lot less than I would have to pay for a hotel,” he said. “So to me, I think it’s still a good bargain.”Stacy said he wants to abide by the law and is glad Airbnb is stepping in.The city of Houston, by the way, does not yet have an agreement with the company and will still be missing out on a lot of revenue from the local hotel occupancy tax, which is 7 percent.Spanjian said she is in talks with Houston as well. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Rep Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report Impeachment And Her First Bill

first_imgHouston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher was one of just two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018. Now, she’s completed her first 100 days in office, she’s preparing to file her first bill, she’s held some town halls across the district, and she’s even picked up a challenger for 2020, along with another potential challenger from the Bush family.In the audio above, Rep. Fletcher joins Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to talk about her tenure so far and to answer listener questions. Here are some highlights from that conversation:ON THE MUELLER REPORT:Regarding whether Congress should consider if any of Pres. Donald Trump’s actions as outlined in the report rose to the level of obstruction of justice, Rep. Fletcher said the American people deserve to know the truth.  “I think that we deserve to know the facts, and we want to know what happened,” she said. “And I think that we’re entitled to that. So, Congress needs to look at that.”She added that Congress needs to address the one, unequivocal finding in the report: that Russians interfered with the 2016 election.“If we can’t ensure the sanctity of our electoral process and make sure that our elections are free from interference from from foreign powers, we will be in a much worse place,” Fletcher said.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaCongresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.ON POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT:A handful of House Democrats seem to see the Mueller report as enough evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against Pres. Trump, while others — such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi –have urged more caution. Where on that spectrum does Fletcher fall? She said she still wants to know more information.“Certainly the Mueller report has presented a lot of facts,” she said. “But we need to see the underlying documents, and frankly we need to see the full un-redacted report to be able to reach certain judgments.”ON HER FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION:Fletcher says “very soon” she’ll introduce her first bill, a bi-partisan measure related to flood prevention.“That’s designed to make sure that we can move ahead on some of these flooding mitigation projects and cut out some of the red tape that prevents local sponsors like Harris County Flood Control or the City of Houston from being able to proceed with projects and risk the possibility of losing federal funding,” she said. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen in a previous interview with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher in February 2019.center_img X 00:00 /19:21 Sharelast_img read more

Arctic Whisper First fastcharging hybrid electric bus debuts in Sweden

first_img © 2010 Citation: Arctic Whisper – First fast-charging hybrid electric bus debuts in Sweden (2011, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The engineers from Opbrid took a unique path in developing the bus, which is based on technology originally developed for electric cars. Instead of just charging the bus overnight and trying to figure out how to keep it going for 18 hours, they opted instead for adding short bursts of charge at the beginning and/or ends of each bus route. The Arctic Whisper is fully charged every night, but is given periodic burst charges at the end of each run by means of a long-bar charging station. When the bus pulls into such a station, the driver flips a switch that raises the leads that lay atop the bus to meet the charging bar as it is lowered from above. The whole process takes as little as five minutes, and then the bus is on its way again and only works because of the specially designed very fast charging battery technology designed by Epyon power company.The charging stations don’t have to charge the bus all the way, just enough to keep it going for 18 hours of bus ridership. For longer routes or when unforeseen conditions arise, the bus is also equipped with a diesel generator to automatically charge the batteries en-route. 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. At any rate, so far, it appears that riders, drivers and everyone else in Umea is quite happy with the initial results. Passengers don’t get jerked around during gear shifting since the bus doesn’t have gears, and they can ride in relative quiet. Drivers too, apparently are very happy to not have to shift gears all the time, reporting far less fatigue after a shift. And pedestrians and other drivers on the road report far less noise and pleasure at the sight of a commuter bus that isn’t belching burned diesel fumes. Explore furthercenter_img More information: Hybrid Bus in the City: A Prototype with a Future ( — The Spanish “green” technology firm, Opbrid, has delivered a new kind of diesel-electric hybrid commuter bus to the northern Swedish town of Umea for initial testing of its over-head fast charging vehicle, dubbed the “Arctic Whisper.” The name comes from the fact that it is almost silent as it makes its way around and the fact that onboard it’s so quiet, you can actually whisper to a fellow traveler. Executives at Opbrid are touting their new bus as the obvious solution to urban pollution problems, citing the fact that the bus produces zero emissions almost 100% of the time; and while this might be an accurate assessment for a bus that runs in Sweden, a country at the forefront of using alternative ways to produce electricity, the argument might not fly so easily in other countries who still rely very heavily on coal fired plants to produce most of their electricity to run such a vehicle as the Arctic Whisper.last_img read more

No social media for Kate Winslet her children

first_imgShe is starring in the upcoming film about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but Oscar-winning actor Kate Winslet says she is not good with technology.The 40-year-old actor is mother to a 15-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and her youngest son will turn two in December, reported BBC online.“I’m terrible. I am the least techie person you will ever meet, I’m rubbish. “We’re not a big deviced-up household. We don’t have any social media, nothing like that,” she said.Asked if she is strict with her children about how much they can use technology, Winslet said, “Not strict. But you have to have rules I think and we certainly have those, yes.”last_img

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