Flaherty gets creative in controlling government spending

first_img Government simplifies application for GST/HST credit Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A freeze on government department operating budgets, reducing the costs of civil service benefits and suspension of Defence Department future capital spending accruals is keeping Ottawa’s overall program spending to an increase of just 0.9% in the coming fiscal year (ending March 31 2015), and producing a decline of 0.4% in the following year. But a couple of points should be noted: Related news 1. Suspending Defence accruals is not a reduction in actual spending. The dollars were being accrued for expenditures that the department will have to make in the future. And it makes sense to save these funds gradually rather than have to come up with large sums when they are needed. In this case, it has been determined that Defence would not be spending the $3.1 billion that would have been accrued in this period until after the budget’s horizon of fiscal 2019. 2. The 7.3 billion in compensation costs in fiscal years 2014-2019 also involves a reduction in accruals — specifically the accruals that the government has to make to cover future health-care benefit liabilities. The government wants to move to paying 50% of the cost of retiree benefits for retired federal employees from the present 75% under the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) and to increase eligibility for these benefits to six years of service from two years. The PSHCP agreement is government-wide and is negotiated by a group of representatives from the various unions. The carrot in this process is enhancement of sick days for civil servants, which will be negotiated as each collective agreement comes up for renewal. These were the main spending-related measures. There were also many new spending initiatives but they were very small individually and didn’t amount to much more than $1 billion per year in total. For instance, the budget made a lot of hoopla about “creating jobs,” and there was a separate paper with the budget on the state of the Canadian labour market. However, the net fiscal cost of the measures being introduced is $427 million in fiscal 2015 and $469 million in 2016 — tiny amounts given the projected $251.2 billion in program expenses in 2015. Keywords Budget 2014 Catherine Harris center_img Budget 2014: End of graduated rates for testamentary trusts Budget 2014: Impacts on individuals and small business Ottawa to loosen rules relating to an estate’s charitable donations Budget supports Canada’s ‘Aaa’ rating: Moody’s Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Airtel, Jio in running for Aircel assets

first_img A number of companies, including Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, have bid to purchase the assets of troubled operator Aircel, although lenders are keen to sell to just one party.“The bids have been received. But we are thinking of the possibility of a lump sum sale, that is, give all of the assets to a single party. This should get better value for the assets,” a source told Livemint, adding the company is hoping to make around INR250 billion ($3.5 billion) from the sale.Aircel filed for bankruptcy in March after failing to reach an agreement with creditors on repayment of its growing debt. The bulk of its INR500 billion liability is owed to financial lenders.Bids for the assets closed earlier this week. Livemint’s sources told it two investment companies and telecoms equipment manufacturer Sterlite Technologies were among the other bidders, though the latter subsequently issued a statement denying “having participated in any such bid” in response to the report.Aircel holds 65MHz of spectrum in the 2100MHz band; 103MHz in the 1800MHz band; and 21MHz in the 900MHz band. Other assets include some fibre networks and mobile towers, though details around these are not clear.Airtel is the only bidder for the spectrum assets, while Jio is the sole bidder for the towers and is also interested in some fibre assets.A decision on the bids is expected in October. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back HomeAsiaNews Airtel, Jio in running for Aircel assets Tags Saleha Riaz Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Previous ArticleMobile Mix: Holograms, the return of mojos and AI angstNext ArticleGoogle falls foul of Turkish watchdog Relatedcenter_img Author Airtel returns to profit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 SEP 2018 Asia AircelBharti-AirtelReliance jio Jio profit soars on subscriber gainslast_img read more

Celebrating the Holiday at the 90th America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

first_imgBig Heads are a favorite at the parade every yearIt’s our first year here. I can’t believe how much fun it is to see the parade in person!The young women and her husband sat next to me on the sidewalk along Woodward Avenue.We quickly exchanged names as we settled in to watch the parade. Her two young children oohed and aahed as the parade floats slowly traveled by us. 90th America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeDespite waking up late this morning, I scrambled out of bed and in ten minutes I was on the road. I wasn’t going to miss this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit.Today’s parade commemorated the 90th anniversary of the parade that started in 1924 by the J.L. Hudson Company department store (the parade was suspended in 1943 and 1944 during World War II).Huntington Bank’s “Michigan Strong” floatI was glad for today’s relatively warm weather (around 40 degrees) as I sat in the front row seat on Woodward Avenue next to the Wayne State University campus.Cookie Monster is a new balloon this year!Thankfully, there were no winds today and the balloon handlers had no trouble spinning the large balloons, much to the delight of the parade watchers.Clowns and parade walkers stopped by to shake hands with Beth’s two young children and share candy canes and necklaces.The marching bands were amazing, their hours of practice paid off as they walked in sync down Woodward Avenue while performing Christmas songs. The Chippewa Valley “Big Reds” Marching BandAt the end of the parade, we all started packing up our things. Beth asked me if I could take some shots of her family before we left.Of course, I replied.We’re coming back next year to this same spot, Beth said. Shall we keep a spot open for you?Sure! I’ll see you next year!If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKicking off the Holiday at America’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeFor the third year in a row, I spent Thanksgiving morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with thousands of other people in Detroit, Michigan. The floats were amazing to see, and as usual, the clowns were fun to watch! My favorite float…In “Miscellaneous”Celebrating the 91st Thanksgiving Day Parade in DetroitWhat a wonderful way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday at the 91st Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, now known as America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I woke up early this morning to claim my spot on Woodward Avenue, along with thousands of other Michiganders, to watch the annual parade of…In “Detroit”Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!If you’re in the United States, I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. I spent the morning with a front row seat on Woodward Avenue watching the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person in Detroit, Michigan. What a great parade! I met so many…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

South Africa’s justice system

first_imgThe Constitutional Court is South Africa’s highest court, where issues of constitutionality are settled. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Constitutional Court +27 11 359 7400 [email protected] • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justice • South Africa‘s justice system goes hi-techLucille DavieChampion paraplegic athlete Oscar Pistorius allegedly murdered his partner of four months, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home in Pretoria, Gauteng, on 14 February 2013.The state has brought a Schedule 6 case of premeditated murder against the paralympian. If he is found guilty, he will get a life sentence, which is 25 years. He will only be eligible to apply for parole after serving that term, under a Schedule 6 conviction.His defence team, led by advocate Barry Roux SC, has indicated that it would be bringing evidence to prove his action is instead a Schedule 5 offence.Schedule 5 offences include murder; attempted murder; rape; drug-related crimes – especially where the drugs are found to be worth R50 000 or more; corruption; extortion; fraud; forgery or theft to the value of R500 000; the illegal dealing in, or smuggling of, firearms; and assault on a child under the age of 16. If convicted of a Schedule 5 offence, the minimum sentence is 15 years for a first-time offender.Schedule 6 offences include murder, including premeditated murder; the death of a law enforcement officer; or death as a result of rape or robbery with aggravating circumstances. Also falling under this offence is rape, which includes gang rape or rape by a suspect who knows he is HIV-positive. Rape of a person under 16 years or a mentally or physically disabled person is also a Schedule 6 offence.Robbery with the use of a firearm, where grievous bodily harm results, or a car is stolen, is also a Schedule 6 offence.Different courtsSouth Africa’s legal system is based on Roman-Dutch Law, and does not follow a jury system.The highest court in South Africa is the Constitutional Court, based in Johannesburg and presided over by 11 judges; it was created after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. The judges make decisions and judgements about issues that have to do with the Constitution. Being the highest court in the country, no other court can overturn these decisions. Judgements relating to the Constitution from the High Court can be taken to the Constitutional Court.The next highest court in the country is the Supreme Court of Appeal, based in Bloemfontein in the Free State, and only deals with cases that come from the High Court. Only the Constitutional Court can change decisions from the Supreme Court of Appeal. Three to five judges sit in this court and the final judgements are made by a majority decision.High CourtThe High Court hears cases which are too serious for the Magistrates’ Court or when a person or organisation wishes to challenge a decision of a Magistrates’ Court. These cases are usually presided over by one judge but if a case on appeal is heard, then two judges will hear the case.If the case is about a very serious crime then a judge and two experienced and often retired advocates or magistrates will assist in the case. They are referred to as assessors. The judge can override their opinions but they are usually there to help the judge make a decision.The High Court divisions have jurisdiction or the right to hear a case over provincial areas in which they are situated. The decisions of the High Courts are binding on Magistrates’ Courts within their areas of jurisdiction. Usually only advocates appear for their clients in the High Court.They usually only hear civil matters involving more than R100 000 and serious criminal cases. They also hear any appeals or reviews from Magistrates’ Courts.There are 14 high courts in South Africa. Circuit Courts are also part of the High Court system. They sit at least twice a year, moving around to serve far-flung rural areas.Other courts that fall under the High Court system are Special Income Tax Courts, Labour Courts and Labour Appeal Courts, Divorce Courts, and the Land Claims Court.The Master of the High Court administers cases of deceased estates, liquidations, and registration of trusts, among others.The Sheriff of the High Court is an impartial and independent official of the Court appointed by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development who must execute all documents issued by the court, including summonses, notices, warrants and court orders.Pistorius’s case is being handled by the National Prosecuting Authority, the government agency handling criminal cases in the country, with a team of prosecutors. The police work with this agency, presenting evidence to the authority, which then decides whether there is sufficient evidence to go ahead with a prosecution.Pistorius’s case is being heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.Magistrates’ CourtsThe Magistrates’ Courts are the lower courts which deal with the less serious criminal and civil cases. They are divided into regional courts and district courts.The regional Magistrates’ Courts only deal with criminal cases such as murder, rape, armed robbery and serious assault, whereas the district Magistrates’ Courts deal with criminal and civil cases. The magistrate makes decisions in a Magistrate’s Court sometimes with the support of lay assessors.A regional Magistrates’ Court can sentence a person found guilty for a period of up to 20 years, or can impose a maximum fine of R300 000.The district Magistrates’ Courts try the less serious cases, which exclude cases of murder, treason, rape, terrorism, or sabotage. They can sentence a person to a maximum of three years in prison or a maximum fine of R100 000.Ordinary Magistrates’ Courts can hear civil cases when the claims are for less than R100 000. They will not deal with cases involving divorce, arguments about a person’s will, or matters where a person’s sanity is in question.There are a number of magistrates’ courts that are specialised to be better able to deal with certain types of matters, such as the children’s courts, sexual offences courts, small claims courts, equality courts, community courts, child justice courts, maintenance courts, sexual offences courts, and courts for chiefs and headmen.last_img read more

Crowdsourcing National Challenges With the New Challenge.gov

first_imgTags:#Government#web alexander howard Next month, the federal government will launch a new .gov website with a big idea behind it and high hopes that there will be big ideas generated within it. Challenge.gov is the latest effort in the evolution of collaborative innovation in open government. Should the approach succeed, challenges and contests have the potential to leverage the collective expertise of citizens, just as apps contests have been used to drive innovation in D.C. and beyond.In August, senior government officials and private sector enjoyed a preview of Challenge.gov at the Newseum at the second annual Fedscoop forum on reducing the cost of government. Challenge.gov is already live to federal employees for exploration and contribution. The next step for the site, where the Americans are invited to share, vote and contribute ideas, is likely to happen this September, potentially as soon as next week at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, when federal CIO Vivek Kundra and U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra speak about closing the innovation gap.In the interview below, Bev Godwin and Brandon Kessler explain what Challenge.gov is and what it might do. Godwin is director of new media and citizen engagement at U.S. General Services Administration. Kessler is the founder of ChallengePost, the platform that Challenge.gov is built upon.ChallengePost is also the foundation for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Apps For Healthy Kids contest site. As Kessler points out, that contest now has over 40,000 supporters and around 100 apps that Kessler estimated are worth over $5 million dollars, in exchange for $60k in prizes. Aggregating challenges at Challenge.gov could generate online activity, like eBay did for auctions or YouTube for video, said Kessler.Does building Challenge.gov make sense? “It goes to the question of how visible [networks like these] are,” said Dr. Jeffrey Davis, director of space life sciences at NASA. “The more networked they are, the more visibility there is. It’s important to have platforms interconnected.”Another issue is whether people are aware of challenges or contest, or can find them through search. “Finding challenges is very difficult, said Dean Halstead, collaborative visualization architect for government at Microsoft Federal. If you search for ‘health challenge,’ you don’t find much on Twitter or Google. Regardless of how much you centralize, the word won’t get out. You need multiple mechanisms. Challenge.gov is just the first of many steps.”What are Challenges Useful For?Crowdsourcing has been receiving high-level attention in D.C. in recent years as case studies in the private sector accumulate. A recent Senate hearing featured testimony on the potential of crowdsourcing and other technical innovation, like transparency and data mining to reduce fraud.“The power of crowdsourcing a solution should never be underestimated,” said Michael Donovan, chief technologist for strategic capabilities at HP Enterprise Services. “If people can start to see solutions, then a community can help and be part of the solution. It’s not government or companies doing something to you – you’re part of the solution that contributed to that end result. At the end of the day, you feel ownership.” There are some challenges with challenges, however, in how they are architected, implemented and managed. “How do you put a value on something that’s being invented?” asked Godwin, pointing to the “L Prize” competition to invent a better lightbulb sponsored by the Department of Energy.As she observed, to date only DARPA, NASA and the Department of Energy have been cleared to run challenges, although other agencies will follow. That ability was made substantially easier thanks to a memo issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy earlier this year that provided “Guidance on the Use of Challenges and Prizes to Promote Open Government.” [PDF]To make a challenge work, “You need to go back to portfolio mapping,” said Davis. “You need to fit the challenge to a category.” Davis suggested analyzing whether a challenge was something that fit internal expertise. If not, then expose that to the public, and build consortia. “If you do that process first, you can analyze problems first,” he said.Whether contests can improve government performance (or not) has come under criticism from members of Congress and a public concerned about the use of taxpayer funds.When asked about results by Godwin, Davis noted that even if government agencies leverage internal resources, there will always be gaps in the portfolio. “The speed and relative costs of the challenges are effective,” he said. “TopCoder was open for 10 days. Most are open for 60 days. Those are fast results, certainly more so that standard procurement for a given problem.”After portfolio mapping, said Davis, the “hardest part is getting acceptance of the tool. We did pilot projects and now have results that are the best source of internal education we might have.”The kind of output a given challenge requires also matters. When it comes to data analysis – using, for instance, Data.gov or data catalogs – apps are more common, said Kessler. For experiences and ideas, video are more common, like the Social Security open government contest. “Challenges could be used to replace certain kinds of procurement,” said Kessler, pointing to logo or website design, naming an initiative or even a certain space station module.Being specific about what the crowdsourcer is asking is also important, as NYU professor Clay Shirky’s talk on redefining politics at PDF 2010 highlighted. His analysis of how Change.gov could have used crowdsourcing more effectively by categorizing submissions is of particular relevance.Can Contests and Crowds Lead to Better Policy?After some of these contests close the next questions will often not be driven by legal or technological challenges. Instead, the results will have to be used to drive acquisition, civic empowerment or even more data-driven policy.“How can we challenge the public not just to drive awareness but drive action?” asked Halstead, pointing to the Apps For Climate Change a Canadian government contest. “Inside Microsoft, we have ‘Think Week,’ where we propose and think about different problems, solutions and how to solve them, which we submit to the community at large,” said Halstead.Halstead also noted that Microsoft has been working with Republicans in the House on AmericaSpeakingOut.com, which was built on the TownHall platform. To date, said Halstead, over 500,000 people have given feedback on how they think the country could be improved. In other words, trying to crowdsource feedback for contests, challenges and policy is an experiment that’s being carried out on both sides of the aisle.The framers of the United States constitution built republican ideals of representative government into the nation’s laws – its operating system, as Carl Malamud has put it – for good reason. What even Jefferson and Hamilton never anticipated was the possibility of real-time online platforms that allow engaged citizens to submit and vote upon ideas. Whether such systems bring better government in the 21st Century may be the greatest challenge that the launch of Challenge.gov will answer.Guest author Alexander B. Howard (@digiphile) will be reporting live from the upcoming Gov2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., on September 7-8. 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JCPS board changing school start times

first_imgJefferson City students will have some changes to when they start the day next school year.The board of education voted Monday night to move start times to 7:45 a.m. for the elementary schools, 8:50 a.m. for the middle schools, and 8:40 a.m. for the high schools. Right now, it is a 7:50 start for high schoolers, 8:00 for middle schoolers, and various start times for elementary schools that are typically later than that.District leaders say the staggered start times will allow more flexibility for bus routes and will save on transportation costs.last_img

vPro Expert Center moves out to myITforum.com

first_imgmyITforum.com is a community of worldwide IT professionals. myITforum.com membership and visitors are made up of IT Administrators and IT Managers from several countries, in small, medium, and large companies around the world. Close to 50,000 people visit myITforum.com each day to find solutions to problems they face. These answers come in the form of articles, self-help forum posts, self-help email discussion lists, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) database, blog posts, and online media such as videos and podcasts.So today I decided to put some of our vPro efforts out onto another website designed to aide the IT community. I re-created our “[Known Issues|http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/Known%20Issues%2c%20Best%20Practices%2c%20and%20Workarounds.ashx?NoRedirect=1]” wiki as well as the “[Tools for vPro and Centrino Pro|http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/Tools%20for%20Intel(r)%20vPro%20and%20Centrino%20Pro.ashx]” wiki onto a vPro Expert Wiki. I wanted to let the expert center aware of this so that any of you can help out in our cross-linking efforts. Feel free to visit the vPro wiki that I have created over there and add whatever docs you think might be helpful. The wiki markup that they use is slightly different than ours, so let me know if you’re interested and I can help explain it all to youlast_img read more

East Bengal becomes first Indian club to win ASEAN Cup in Jakarta

first_imgStick together: The boys after the ASEAN winHold on to your hilsas – East Bengal netted a very big fish in July.One of the pillars of Kolkata football, EB became the first Indian club to win a club title on foreign soil, winning the ASEAN Cup in Jakarta beating Thai,Stick together: The boys after the ASEAN winHold on to your hilsas – East Bengal netted a very big fish in July.One of the pillars of Kolkata football, EB became the first Indian club to win a club title on foreign soil, winning the ASEAN Cup in Jakarta beating Thai giants BEC Tero Sasana 3-1.The Thais are Asian Club Championship finalists but the boys from Bengal didn’t show them too much respect.Baichung Bhutia played pivot and piston and the maverick ways of coach Subhash Bhowmick went mainstream.last_img

Umpiring howlers: Jasprit Bumrah asks Eoin Morgan to move on

first_imgAhead of the third and final T20I, Indian pacer Jaspri tBumrah has indirectly asked England skipper Eoin Morgan, who is ‘frustrated’ after the umpiring mistakes that took place in the Nagpur game, to ‘move on’.According to Morgan, the umpire’s decision to rule Joe Root out LBW at a crucial juncture cost them the secondT20I against India and he said that they would raise the issue with the ICC match referee.Root was adjudged LBW by umpire C Shamshuddin on the first ball of the last over when England needed eightruns. The decision in India’s favour apparently proved to be the turning point of the match and allowed the ViratKohli-led side to level the three-match series. As it turned out, Root and Jos Buttler could score onlytwo runs off the last over, bowled by Bumrah. (Nagpur T20I: Jasprit Bumrah’s historic feat in India’s thrilling win)However, in the replays, it was visible that Root had edged the ball before it hit his pad.Another decision that earlier went against England was when Shamshuddin gave Kohli a reprieve when he appeared to be LBW on seven during the first innings. (Virat Kohli eyes three-in-a-row as India target T20I series triumph vs England)”There is extreme frustration, absolutely,” Morgan said after the match.”It shifted momentum, first ball of the 20th over, losing a batsman who’s faced [almost] 40 balls on a wicket that’s not that easy to time, it is quite a hammer blow. It’s proved very costly, all things considered. A couple of decisions didn’t go our way and we still should have won the game and that’s a big positive for us. That we didn’t, is disappointing,” he added.advertisementBumrah, when quizzed about the same at the eve of the series decider on Tuesday, said, “We don’t focus too much on the decisions given by the umpire.” (Teams batting second have distinct advantage in Bengaluru)”Sometimes, it goes in our favour, sometimes it goes in their favour. That happens in cricket. So, you have to move on with it. We don’t focus too much on the decisions.”He also heaped praise on veteran left-arm pacer and teammate Ashish Nehra, saying the latter has a lot of experience at the international level and his guidance is very valuable. “He (Nehra) has always been helpful. I have played T20 World Cup with him as well. So, I have played a few matches with him. So, his guidance is always very valuable.He has played a lot of international cricket and has a lot of experience to share with us,” he said. (Age is just a number, says Ashish Nehra)Bumrah had come out with a stellar bowling performance in the final over of the Nagpur game, conceding just two runs and taking two wickets in the final to help India level the three-match T20 series 1-1.Besides Bumrah, Nehra had also taken two English wickets in successive balls and then took one more crucial wicket in the later part of the innings to help his side clinch a crucial win.last_img read more

King Tides prompt Coastal Flood Advisory for San Diego beaches

first_img July 14, 2018 King Tides prompt Coastal Flood Advisory for San Diego beaches SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The highest tides are forecast Saturday evening for the Orange and San Diego county coastlines, the National Weather Service said.So-called King Tides resulted in coastal flooding since Wednesday night when water breached a seawall on Balboa Peninsula causing street flooding.The National Weather Service in San Diego issued a Coastal Flood Advisory through 11 p.m. for areas susceptible to flooding during high tides, including Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa, Oceanside Beach and Imperial Beach.The high tide at Newport Beach was forecast to hit 6.7 feet at 10:50 p.m. The tides were expected to hit 6.7 feet at 10:45 p.m. in La Jolla.“Low lying roads or parking lots near the water’s edge may experience minor tidal overflow during the highest tide cycles,” the NWS advisory reads. “Minor flooding of roads occurred Wednesday evening in Newport Beach between 26th and 38th streets.”“A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates onshore winds and/or tides will generate flooding of low areas along the shore, “the NWS said.“King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides.,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. “Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is ‘pulled’ back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.” Posted: July 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more