A group of farmers in Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra staged a protest against the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, expressing apprehension that they would lose their land on account of it.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Also Read Japanese Industrial Townships will come up in 4 states, says Modi The farmers waved black flags and raised slogans against the project outside Boisar railway station. They alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking farmers into account. Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “Palghar has mostly small farmers, and if their land is acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”The demonstration was organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parishad.Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law-and-order situation.”District Collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peacefully.
Himachal Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said on Thursday that the Assembly elections were peaceful and no incidents of violence were reported. A total of 11,283 VVPAT units were used in all polling booths of the 68 constituencies out of which 297 were replaced, he said, adding this was well within the technical limits.Voting in some booths of Bilaspur Sadar, Naina Devi and Rekong Peo was disrupted when the button against the name of a particular candidate did not respond and record the voter’s choice. Supporters of the candidate protested the glitch which was later rectified.Shyam Saran Negi, the well-known first voter of the country, cast his vote in Kinnaur. A red carpet welcome was laid for the centenarian at the polling booth and he was escorted by the DM of Kinnaur. Mr. Negi, has used his electoral franchise for the 29th time in India.Former Union Minister from Congress and now senior BJP leader Sukhram cast his vote in Mandi along with his son and grandson, all of whom have now joined the BJP. Talking to reporters the octogenarian leader said the present Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was responsible for this plight of Congress in Mandi as well as the entire State.Mr. Virbhadra Singh voted in Rampur with his family, although he is contesting the elections from Arki in Solan and his son from rural Shimla. Senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur voted in his native constituency of Drang in Mandi and said people would send him for ninth time to the State Vidhan Sabha.The BJP’s chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal voted along with his son Anurag Thakur and wife in Samirpur.Sixty sitting MLAs were among the 337 candidates fighting for a seat in the 68 member Assembly. As many as 7,525 polling booths were set up and 37,605 personnel deputed for poll duty in the state, which has a total of 50,25,941 voters.Security arrangementsA total of 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force had also been deployed.The Congress and the BJP, led by Mr. Dhumal, contested all 68 seats. The BSP fought for 42 seats, the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI three. There are also 112 independents in the fray. Dharamsala had the maximum number of candidates at 12.
May 4, 2004 Around 50.000 people visit the Arcosanti Visitors Center each year. The gallery offers a beautiful collection of ceramic and bronze bells and tiles, publications, T-shirts and postcards. Tours start at 10 am to 4 pm and are available every hour on the hour. For large tour groups please call for reservation.[Photo & Text: sa] Palma Burdick and manager Nina Howard are part of the cheerful gallery staff.[Photo & Text: sa] Archive volunteer Siobhan Watts interprets the tour information into sign language for hearing impaired visitors. Tour guide Josh Krimmel.[Photo & Text: sa] Myriam Barrancos-Ram is one of a few multi-language tour guides. The Arcosanti staff and students have come from many different countries. Languages, besides English, spoken at Arcosanti at this time are Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Tamil and a little Chinese.[Photo & Text: sa]
08Oct Rep. Potvin, Mecosta-Osceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, offered testimony before the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development today regarding his legislation to support job training programs at intermediate school districts.Rep. Potvin is the sponsor of House Bills 4750 and 4751, which seek to expand current programs that allow community college-based employment programs to receive funding from income tax revenue. Steve Locke, Director of Career and Technical Education at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District’s Career Center, joined Rep. Potvin in giving testimony and answering the committee’s questions.“This legislation is about expanding opportunities for local job skill training and growing our local business,” Rep. Potvin said. “Our local businesses need access to specialized skilled training as they continue to grow, and our area career tech centers can help fill that need.”Rep. Potvin referenced the Cadillac area’s strong base of manufacturing jobs, and highlighted a number of businesses from Big Rapids, Reed City and Cadillac that could have their employees trained at the local career tech centers instead of having them drive to Traverse City or Grand Rapids.“It’s very important to be able to offer job specific training at local career centers,” Locke said. “In visiting with area manufacturers, there is certainly a growing and continuing demand for skilled workers. It’s inefficient to send employees 50 to 60 miles away to get training when we have the facilities and the certified instructors at the Mecosta-Osceola career center.”The House committee is expected to vote on the legislation in the near future. Categories: News
Net Insight will be exhibiting in Hall 10.1 on Stand S31. Net Insight will use ANGA COM as the European launchpad for its Nimbra VA 220 video appliance, a platform that combines video transport with MPEG encoding and decoding.The VA 220, originally launched at the NAB Show, is targeted a MSOs looking to use the internet and best-effort network as a less costly media transport alternative to leased lines and satellite contribution.Thomas Wahlund, head of business segments at Net Insight, said that operators are seeking new alternatives as they compete with low-cost OTT providers and with each other’s TV everywhere services and seek to add new, niche content to their programming line-ups.“We are seeing in the MSO market a shift from satellite content ac quisition to a more terrestrial or fixed line transport,” he said. At the same time, to compete with OTT providers, MSOs are looking to deliver more niche offerings and need to do transcoding in the headend.“The VA 220 comes into play by delivering satellite quality over the internet by using selective retransmission and content-aware error correction,” he said.Net Insight previously launched the VA 210, which requires encoding and decoding to be performed externally. By combining software-based encoding/decoding and transport within a single box, the VA 220 provides additional flexibility for operators, said Wahlund.For higher-end channels, operators are likely to continue to look for higher-quality encoding solutions such as JPEG-2000 or uncompressed video, but for OTT and niche channels the encoding capabilities of the box are sufficient, he says.“The VA220 is a way for MSOs to cost-effectively bring in channels that have been too expensive for a niche audience. It is perfect for OTT,” he said.
Consolidation of Korea’s pay TV industry appears to be getting into gear, with reports of a plan by mobile leader SK Telecom to acquire number two cable operator Tbroad, following last week’s announcement that LG U+ would move ahead with the acquisition of a majority stake in CJ Hellovision.According to The Korea Herald, citing unnamed industry sources, the biggest Korean mobile player SK Telecom is planning to acquire Taekwang Group-owned Tbroad, with a deal possibly to be announced by the end of this week. The move would make the combined company the third-biggest pay TV provider in the country after KT and the enlarged LG U+.LG U+’s board last week approved a plan to acquire a 50%-plus-one-share stake in CJ Hellovsion in a deal reportedly worth KRW800 billion (€628 million). The move, if completed, will make LG U+ the country’s number two pay TV operator with a share of around a quarter of the overall market.CJ Hellovision’s owner CJ ENM is expected to focus on its content business after the sale of the operator.The deal is subject to approval by shareholders and by the country’s competition watchdog, the Fair Trade Commission.