13 Oct
2019

Trump defends tax plan proclaims economy set to rock

first_imgWASHINGTON – Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth.The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a “Christmas present” for middle-class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth.“It’ll be fantastic for the middle-income people and for jobs, most of all,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before travelling to Camp David for the weekend. “And I will say that because of what we’ve done with regulation and other things our economy is doing fantastically well, but it has another big step to go and it can’t take that step unless we do the tax bill.”No stranger to hyperbole, Trump also predicted the legislation would cause the economy to soar beyond its current 3 per cent rate of growth.“I think we could go to 4, 5 or even 6 per cent, ultimately,” the president said. “We are back. We are really going to start to rock.”Many economists believe that attaining consistent 4 or 5 per cent annual growth would be challenging. The nation last topped 5 per cent growth in 1984.The Republican plan is the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade.Under the bill, today’s 35 per cent rate on corporations would fall to 21 per cent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 per cent as their goal but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks.“This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call Friday. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.”The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer. It came together as Republicans cemented the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators.Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week.Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security.“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said.The bill embodies a long-standing Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy. Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously.“Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.”The bill would drop today’s 39.6 per cent top rate on individuals to 37 per cent. The standard deduction — used by around two-thirds of households — would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples.The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally.Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained.The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples.Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, and two ailing GOP senators missed votes this past week.John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire and Ohlemacher? at http://twitter.com/@stephenataplast_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

EU agrees terms for limited trade talks with US

BRUSSELS — European Union countries have approved the conditions for negotiating a new and strictly limited trade deal with the United Sates, paving the way for talks to begin.EU headquarters said Monday that the agreement will focus on eliminating tariffs on industrial goods only, and would not include agricultural products despite U.S. demands they be on the table.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met President Donald Trump last July to head off a looming trans-Atlantic trade war after Trump slapped tariffs on imports of EU steel and aluminum.EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom welcomed the agreement, saying: “We are now ready to move ahead into the next phase of EU-U.S. relations.”Malmstrom says this is separate from a previous trade negotiation, known as TTIP, which is officially “in the freezer.”The Associated Press read more

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12 Oct
2019

Closure of Gaza crossings draws concern from Ban Kimoon

13 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for all crossings into the Gaza Strip to be re-opened to allow humanitarian supplies, relief workers and commercial goods to pass through, voicing increasing concern over the territory’s deteriorating economic situation. “The continued restrictions on Gaza will have a severe humanitarian impact and can only cause further suffering to the people there,” Mr. Ban said in a statement released by his spokesperson.UN humanitarian officials warned earlier this week that the restrictions are threatening the economically sustainability of the territory, where more than 1.4 million live in a 360-square-kilometre area.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson cited new World Bank figures showing that, in the last month alone, the closing of nearly 3,200 businesses in Gaza has left over 65,000 people unemployed.“If what is left of Gaza’s economy is allowed to collapse, poverty levels, already affecting an estimated two-thirds of households, will rise further and the people of Gaza will become near totally aid-dependent,” the statement added.Mr. Ban is calling for the Karni crossing to be opened immediately to allow commercial imports and exports to pass through, as well as the Rafah crossing, so that over 4,000 Palestinians stranded in Egypt can re-enter Gaza.In a related development, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) working for Palestine refugees called today for aid to be rushed to Gaza.“The violence in Gaza, coupled with the tight closures, has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation,” the agency’s Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd said at a meeting in Cairo with Amr Musa, the Arab League’s Secretary General.“We have identified nearly $30 million worth of emergency projects for which we need urgent funding and I make a special appeal to Arab donors to contribute,” she said, adding that almost half of the money will be put towards job creation initiatives while the rest will fund assistance programmes and shelter repair and reconstruction.Ms. AbuZayd noted that high unemployment and poverty rates – 36 per cent and nearly 90 per cent, respectively – reflect Gaza’s economic deterioration.UNRWA will provide employment opportunities, creating approximately 640,000 days of work in the agency’s facilities as well as with community-based organizations and the private sector, to assist the most needy refugee families in the area.The agency also appealed for almost $8 million for emergency cash assistance to allow refugees to meet basic needs and to bolster food aid, as well as for $9 million for shelter repair and reconstruction.“People are living in dire conditions,” the Commissioner General said. “The recent violence has damaged or destroyed thousands of buildings and there is an urgent need to have these repaired.” read more

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8 Oct
2019

Space object WT1190F not sighted near Lanka

The space object WT1190F which was to crash near Sri Lankan waters this morning, was not sighted and is believed to have burnt while entering the earth’s atmosphere.Scientists had earlier said that the manmade junk, officially designated WT1190F but nicknamed WTF, will fall this morning in the sea near Sri Lanka. An international team of astronomers were using it to test emergency plans for dealing with potentially apocalyptic space objects. (Colombo Gazette) Much of the hollow object, which may be a spent rocket stage or panelling shed by a recent Moon mission, was expected to burn up in the atmosphere while a small piece was to crash near Sri Lanka.

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8 Oct
2019

Indian fishermen at Jaffna prison stage fast

The 51 Indian fishermen had been arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.The fishermen are now demanding that they be freed to mark Christmas day. (Colombo Gazette) Indian fishermen held at the Jaffna prison staged a fast today in protest over their detention, the Jaffna media reported.At least 51 Indian fishermen launched the fast this morning demanding that they be released immediately.

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8 Oct
2019

Chinese assistance obtained to develop 13 hospitals in Sri Lanka

Chinese financial assistance has been obtained to develop 13 hospitals in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health said today.The Health Ministry said that a sum of US$ 85 million will be utilized for this purpose. China has already funded the construction of a 200 bed kidney hospital in Polonnaruwa.China funded the construction of the specialised hospital to treat patients with kidney disease which affected rice farmers in Sri Lanka’s north central region last year. (Colombo Gazette) These hospitals will be developed to include outpatient clinics, clinical complexes, wards, maternity units, pharmacies, non-infectious diseases units, blood transfusion centers, laboratories, operating theaters, emergency treatment units and many other service centers.The Health Ministry said that steps have also been taken to provide medical equipment worth US$ 30 million to the hospitals which will be developed. The Health Ministry said that Chinese financial assistance will be utilised to develop the Dharga Town Regional Hospital, Aluthgama Regional Hospital, Mirigama Base Hospital, Sammanthurai Base Hospital, Eravur Base Hospital, Pottuvil Baser Hospital, Kalpitiya Regional Hospital, Rakillagaskada Base Hospital, Medirigiriya Base Hospital, Padaviya Base Hospital, Walasmulla Base Hospital, Kalawana Base Hospital and the Mahiyangana Base Hospital. The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will lay the foundation for the construction of a ward complex, Pharmacy, Health Education Unit and Non Communicable Diseases Unit at the Aluthgama Regional Hospital on Friday as part of this project. read more

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2 Oct
2019

Millions in Africas Sahel region will continue to require food aid says

“This year, some nine million people across the Sahel will still require food assistance from WFP, through emergency food assistance, rural development, nutrition and education activities,” said Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director.Ms. Cousin was the host of a high-level event in Rome bringing together leaders of humanitarian agencies, government representatives from affected countries and major donors to review the effectiveness of the assistance provided to the region.Last year the international community helped to avert a humanitarian catastrophe by providing $1.2 billion in assistance to around 10 million people across eight countries in the Sahel, noted a news release issued by WFP. “However, millions of people in the region are still affected by drought, with close to 1.5 million children under the age of five at risk of severe acute malnutrition,” said the agency.Ms. Cousin emphasized that boosting food security and building resilience lies at the heart of the collective efforts to change the pattern of recurring drought and continue on the path towards a better future.WFP says that crop prospects are currently encouraging, but there is a high risk of future shocks, due to increased rates of poverty and undernourishment, extreme weather, environmental degradation, low investment in agriculture, high prices and vulnerability to market volatility. Also, the conflict in Mali has triggered widespread displacement in the region, uprooting half a million people and placing pressure on communities still recovering from drought. The western part of the Sahel region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria, is facing a swathe of problems, which are not only political but also involve security, humanitarian resilience and human rights.Last September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi as his Special Envoy for the Sahel and tasked him with shaping and mobilizing an effective UN and international response to the multiple crises facing the region.“The focus of the United Nations strategy for the Sahel is on the people of the region, to help them address the root causes of instability, with special emphasis on marginalized communities,” said Mr. Prodi. “My role is to bring the best minds and all the resources possible around key long-term development issues that critically affect the peoples of the region.”Today’s event also featured a short documentary film, “The Human Chain,” which chronicles the humanitarian response to last year’s Sahel crisis, illustrates various forms of assistance – including cash and vouchers, special nutrition programmes to prevent severe cases of malnutrition as well as support for smallholder farmers to improve their self-reliance in the face of difficult climatic and economic conditions. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Football Ohio State releases Week 6 depth chart before Maryland game

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 6 depth chart Tuesday prior to its matchup against Maryland at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium.As expected, the major changes to the depth chart all came from the defensive line. Head coach Urban Meyer had announced Monday redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones will not play Saturday after he suffered a “freak” injury last week during practice when he cut his leg on a locker.In his place, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell is the first name that appears, but no player is bolded as a starter. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes started at defensive tackle against Rutgers alongside redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle.At the strong safety position, sophomore Jordan Fuller was listed as the starter alongside senior Damon Webb, the starter at free safety. Fuller had previously been listed as a co-starter with senior Erick Smith, but Meyer said Monday that Smith would not play and that he had “to handle his business.” Redshirt freshman Wayne Davis was listed as the backup at safety behind Fuller.The other change made was redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger is now listed as the starting kickoff specialist. The position had previously been held by freshman Blake Haubeil. Meyer said Monday while kickoff coverage is “getting back to the expectation level we have,” he was still unsatisfied with how Haubeil was performing and said the team was “not good at that position.”The depth chart can be found here. read more

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25 Sep
2019

More local goods have to be exported GCCI Head says in

Lamenting the continuous increase in the Guyana’s trade deficit, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, is calling on stakeholders to increase their exportation of locally produced and manufactured goods to counteract the imbalance.GCCI President, Deodat IndarDuring a presentation at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) held recently, Indar drew attention to the figures from the Bureau of Statistics regarding Guyana’s exports in the first quarter of 2018.He noted that from a total export of US$325 million between January to March, 59 per cent is raw gold; bauxite represents 9.6 per cent; shrimp and prawns 8.8 per cent. However, what was more startling, the GCCI head pointed out, is figures like 2.5 per cent for timber export, one per cent for sugar, fruits and vegetable.“[Those are] very strong figures for such very large industries… that is something that needs to be looked at seriously because those are main foreign currency earners… and this is just the first quarter information… So that is telling a story that we need to export more in the different sectors, not just the primary commodities. Our finished products, manufactured goods and so need to be exported, and in that way, we can build our export capacity,” he posited.Indar, who was recently elected the PSC Vice Chairman, highlighted some of the bottlenecks in Guyana’s exportation capability. He explained that while Guyana has a liberalised trade policy with many agreements with different countries, the country does not always reap the benefits.“We have bilateral agreements with Columbia, with Costa Rica, Dominica Republic, in Argentina and in China, as well as a partial scope agreement with Brazil. So we have all of these agreements but the question is, is it to the benefit of the Guyanese businesses?” he asked.The GCCI President turned his attention to the ‘CARICOM Block’, saying that although the region remains accessible, the Single Market and Economy aspect is something that continuously needs to be worked on.He outlined that the local private sector finds that while there is some level of integration between Caribbean partners, there are some things that still need to be ironed out such as certain clauses in the Treaty of Chaguaramas. He mentioned, as an example, that if Guyana wants to export honey, it cannot go to Trinidad or even via Trinidad and this stifles honey exportation here.Moreover, he went onto outline that foreign-direct investments have also been on the decrease from 2014 to 2017, and when that happens it affects aspect of the influx of foreign currency that Guyana badly needs.He noted that most of the imports are being bought, and the invoices are, in US currency, so to balance out the trade and ensure there is a stable foreign currency market, foreign direct investments is always a good thing not only for the country but the private sector as well.Against this background, he noted that there needs to be more encouragement of non-oil investments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGCCI to Govt: Manufacturing sector needs incentives, reduced energy costsJune 16, 2017In “Business”Oil & Gas: Govt should hold off on T&T MoU, assess impact on local businesses- GCCISeptember 6, 2018In “Business”GCCI’s proposed local content legislation for oil & gas delayedOctober 30, 2018In “Business” read more

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21 Sep
2019

How IBMs Watson could have been beaten in Jeopardy

first_imgThis month we saw some amazing advances in the realm of artificial intelligence technology. With Watson emerging as the latest supreme champion on television game show, “Jeopardy” it seems like nothing can stop IBM’s new golden boy (or rather computer) of A.I. Well, almost nothing.Imagine if you will, some pro-human-anti-robotic-apocalyptic Linux user that wanted to show the world that flesh and blood carbon-based humanoids will always be superior to silicon-based computers. He might have achieved this feat by slipping a rogue question onto the Jeopardy question board. Based on basic Linux commands, perhaps?Read more at Borepatch, via Neatoramalast_img

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21 Sep
2019

Sprint unveils ME personalized dialing for Android

first_imgFor the most part, our smartphones do a pretty good job of remembering things for us. I can honestly say that I remember far fewer phone numbers today than I did before I started using a smartphone. The same goes for email and physical addresses. I have all of that information stored and backed up so I never need to commit it to memory. The downside to this lack of cerebral storage is that I am usually unable to give someone else a phone number off the cuff, I usually turn to my phone for answers. Sprint has rolled out a feature that will make even this process unnecessary by allowing users to reserve a nickname-style address for their phone number.Instead of a phone number, what if you were able to just say “you can reach me at **Russell”? You could take your name or a recognizable nickname and turn it into a way everyone you know reaches you. This is what Sprint has in mind with their new **ME program.Any Sprint customer can add this service to their account, creating a unique handle that can receive calls and text messages separate of their phone number. **ME even supports two different handles through their app, giving a user the potential to have three different callable and textable numbers on a single phone. The service will add an extra $2.99 to your bill every month, and the app is only available to Android customers for the moment. iOS users have access to some basic features, and Sprint has made it clear that they intend to release an iOS app soon.**ME limits users to a handle between 5 and 9 characters. While this sounds like a terrific idea for early adopters who can snag things like first names or common titles like **BACON or **RAVENSFAN, it seems like this system would fill up quickly with original names. It’s unclear as to whether or not Sprint will ever work with other carriers to spread this service out, or if this will only be useful to Sprint subscribers moving forward.For now, you can check it out at **MEvia TechCrunchlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2019

Big YouTube views for Lesnar vs Joe Paige return to WWE update

first_img Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Google+ June 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm Glenn Wolf Now Playing Up Next goddessroleplay TheCyberZon June 14, 2017 at 6:37 pm Videos Articles June 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm aces Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next them videos better be taken down…( could ruin her image ) hehe Paige undergoes successful neck surgery; King of the Ring semi-finals and finals locations Now Playing Up Next Twitter June 15, 2017 at 2:00 am Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles Has she had a bit of facial work done? Her cheeks look different Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? June 14, 2017 at 11:07 am Al79 Hope she comes back and has some good matches with sasha banks/alexa bliss. WhatsApp Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Big YouTube views for Lesnar vs. JoeWhile WWE continues to struggle with TV ratings, YouTube views have remained strong and were even more so for the Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe segment from RAW on Monday.The opening segment of the show featuring a brawl between Lesnar and Joe has drawn over 4.7 million views on YouTube as of Wednesday morning.If you missed the segment, you can check it out below courtesy of WWE.Paige return to WWE updatePaige indicated on both Twitter and Instagram that she was undergoing her final x-rays to examine her neck and hinted that a comeback to WWE could be coming soon.https://t.co/oqcCQez5eUComeback Last X-rays.— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) June 13, 2017 themagnus316 . June 14, 2017 at 11:53 am June 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm Pinterest Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Brock Lesnar Now Playing Up Next 10 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next NJ Louch combination of lighting and make up. plus i think shes leaned out a bit. just enough to be noticable aces Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Probably so, but also, I really don’t think she will add much to the women’s division at this point. June 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm why did they turn miss flair face ? shes a born heel…turn her back Even if she comes back to WWE the fans will chant inappropriate comments towards her (I could be wrong). Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Psh. YouTube views plus an empty sack equals an empty sack. Too bad Worst Wrestling Ever can’t turn those YouTube virtual dollars into actual dollars for Raw.Brock + $12 million = ratings; right? XD themagnus316 . wonder what promo vid they’ll do for her that was a hot start to a raw in front of a very indifferent crowd. Shame. wwe needs to get on the bandwagon for challenging Youtube about wrestling not being ad friendly content. almost 5 million views? Thats got to be serious money that wwe ISN”T making.as for Paige, i want her to come back and be awesome but considering vince didn’t really know what to do with her in the first place i think there is little chance of that. Vince only seems to be able to deal with all the girls all at once (phrasing) right now. Can’t seem to build any of them up for actual single matches for the title(s) damned shame really. so much amazing talent on the roster. WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) June 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm June 14, 2017 at 11:06 am Braun Strowman Facebook Cameron Huff Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career last_img read more

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6 Sep
2019

Minister Srinivas Goud takes up padayatra in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: With an aim to know problems faced by people in Mahbubnagar municipality, Prohibition and Excise Minister Srinivas Goud took out a padayatra in Mahbubnagar municipality on Tuesday.The Minister accompanied by officials from electricity, municipal, public health, revenue and police departments, first visited Balajinagar and Sriram Nagar Colony and interacted with people to know their problems. The people pointed official lethargy with regard to fixing of damaged roads and drainages in the Colony. The Minister after listening to them and directed the concerned officials to immediately begin the repairs and asked them to submit a completion report at the earliest. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Minister also laid focused on the incomplete CC roads and drainage works in some of the colonies. He directed the municipal and water works officials to ensure that even the hut and slum dwellers get tap water without fail. Later, the Minister laid a foundation stone for CC road in Sriram Nagar colony and asked the concerned contractor to complete the works at the earliest.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Karan Johar Kangana Ranaut is one of the best actresses we have

first_imgKaran Johar and Kangana RanautVarinder ChawlaEver since Kangana Ranaut called out Nepotism on Koffee with Karan, and stirred up a debate which has engulfed the Industry, the tussle between Kangana and Karan has been cropping up time and again. Kangana stood ground and continued to speak about how such practices prevented genuine talent from making a mark in the Industry and Johar and his allies also took various digs at Kangana including interviews and award shows.But, recently, in an interview, Johar reportedly lauded Kangana, called her one of the best in the Industry and even said that he would be comfortable directing Kangana. As per reports, in a segment in a recent chat show, Karan Johar was asked by the CEO of Dharma Productions and very close friend Apoorva Mehta, whether he would be comfortable directing Kangana anytime soon. Much to the surprise of everyone, Karan promptly replied, “Yes, for sure. Kangana is one of the best actresses we have.”Interestingly, in an interview with Huffington Post also a couple of months ago, Johar had said that he had no problem with Kangana and if she was required for a film, he will work with her. However this time, he went on to admit that Kangana was one of the best in Bollywood.On the professional front, Kangana is currently shooting for Panga, and will then dive into promotions of Mental Hai Kya, post which she will start work on Jayalalithaa biopic. The actress also revealed that she was also preparing to announce another Directorial venture soon.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Gunmen kill 10 villagers in Nigeria officials

first_img.Gunmen have killed 10 people in attacks on two Christian-dominated villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a hotbed of ethnic and religous strife, officials said Tuesday.On Christmas Eve, six people were killed when gunmen suspected to be ethnic Fulani Muslims stormed Ungwan Mailafiya, they said.The killings followed an attack in nearby Nindem late Friday where gunmen opened fire on a congregation, killing four and injuring 10, said a local lawmaker.”While we were mourning the deaths at Nindem … the security personnel received distress calls of another attack at Ungwan Mailafiya”, parliamentarian Shehu Nicholas Garba said in a statement.”By daybreak on Christmas, six persons had been confirmed killed, including a child of about six years old, and many others injured,” he said.A spokesman from the state government said troops had been deployed to prevent further violence.Southern Kaduna has for three decades been locked in tit-for-tat killings between indigenous Christian farming communities and Muslim Hausa and Fulani settlers.The dispute was originally over land and grazing rights but has lately degenerated into ethnic and religious conflicts, leaving hundreds dead.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

The LifeChanging Magic of Being Messy

first_imgAs a stereotypically “messy” person myself, I’ve received my own share of scorn. Living in a boarding school, I’m obligated to keep my room nice and tidy, ready for visitors and as a model to underclassmen. Monday room inspections are the norm, and faculty members have sometimes passively, sometimes aggressively, urged my roommate and me to clean up. For these purposes, I used to harbor a 24 x 24 x 24 cardboard box in which I’d stuff everything on Monday mornings and empty it out later that evening. Now, I just throw everything downstairs into the communal storage. Out of sight, out of mind. You might have a “messy” friend or family member. You can’t help but sigh at the chaos of their room — clean and dirty laundry mixed together. Odds are it’ll be difficult to walk two feet without encountering an empty chip bag. Gross? Yes. Bad? Not necessarily. As much judgment as we get for our clutter, research has shown that messiness can be a sign of creativity and openness. In the NYT article “It’s Not ‘Mess.’ It’s Creativity,” Kathleen D. Vohs’ study of messiness serves as a rare champion for us less-than-neat people. In her study, she gathered a group of subjects in a tidy room and another in a messy room. When each subject had to choose between a “classic” or “new” smoothie on a fake menu, the subjects in the tidy room chose “classic” while subjects in the messy room chose the “new” smoothies. This shows that “people greatly preferred convention in the tidy room and novelty in the messy room.” In addition, Vohs revealed that messy people were more creative. So, what does this mean? Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

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26 Aug
2019

ReactOS version 049 released with Selfhosting and FastFAT crash fixes

first_imgReactOS, the free and open source “ Windows-like” operating system has been released as a new version. ReactOS 0.4.9 comes with system stability and general consistency improvements such as Self-hosting, shell improvements, FastFAT crash fixes and more. As they target a newer release every three months, more focus is given on improvements with fewer headliner changes. ReactOS is now capable of Self-Hosting Self-hosting is a process of building an OS on an OS. Self-hosting although considered to be a milestone in any OS’ maturity, is associated with many challenges of its own. First, compiling any large codebase requires high memory usage and storage I/O stressing the operating system. Scheduling is also stressed, as modern build systems in general attempt to produce multiple compilation processes to speed up the build process. ReactOS featured self-hosting in an older version. However, changes brought by subsequent releases, such as the reworking of the kernel, made this self-hosting process non-existent. However, with the recent changes made to the filesystem, Self-hosting is now completely established in the 0.4.9 release. The open source FreeBSD project’s implementation of qsort played a major role in achieving this. Stability brought in by fixing FastFAT crashes ReactOS had significant resource leakages caused by the FastFAT driver. This leakage was eating up the common cache to the point where attempts to copy large files would result in a crash. The new version fixes the FastFAT driver’s behavior by adding in write throttling support and restraining its usage of the cache. A conservative usage of the cache may slow the system a bit during IO operations. However, it ensures that resources remain available to service for large IO operations instead of crashing like before. FastFAT driver also featured a complete rewrite of the support for dirty volumes greatly reducing the chance of file corruptions. This will protect the system from becoming unusable after a crash. Shell Improvements & Features Shell has also received several upgrades. It now has a built-in zipfldr (Zip Folder) extension. With this, ReactOS can also uncompress zipped files without needing to install third-party tools to accomplish it. It also allows users to now choose whether to move, copy, or link a file or folder when they drag it with the right mouse button. Some other new improvements A new mouse properties dialog in the GUI component of the ReactOS installer The inclusion of RAPPS, the gateway program used for getting various applications installed on ReactOS. With this Unicode support, ReactOS can now easily support many different languages. ReactOS can now present itself as Windows 8.1 with the Version APIs. These are just a select few major updates. For a full list of features, upgrades, and improvements, read the changelog. Read Next Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17115 with Machine Learning APIsMicrosoft releases Windows 10 Insider build 17682!What’s new in the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17704last_img read more

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12 Aug
2019

Helloworld Travel Limited has today announced that

first_imgHelloworld Travel Limited has today announced that it has agreed to purchase a minority shareholding in Newcastle based Hunter Travel Group (HTG).HTG operates seven fully-branded Helloworld Travel stores in Newcastle and surrounding areas, together with two Cruise Travel Centres. HTG also operates eight Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) travel outlets in Tasmania in partnership with the RACT and one Cruise Travel Centre in Hobart. The HTG business employs over 100 staff and has Total Transaction Values of over $120 million per annum.HLO also announced that it had agreed to sell a 75% stake in HLO’s seven wholly-owned retail outlets to HTG. These outlets, located in Maroochydore (QLD), Knox Westfield and Toorak (VIC), Eastgardens Westfield and Parramatta Westfield (NSW), Canberra City (ACT) and Bunbury (WA) are all fully branded Helloworld Travel outlets and the 31 staff located at these stores will transition from Helloworld Travel upon completion.This will take to fourteen the number of Helloworld Travel fully branded and to eleven the number of Helloworld Associate stores owned and operated by HTG around Australia.“We are delighted to partner with our largest multi-franchise operator and see them expand their retail footprint. HTG is a multi-award winning travel retailer and it is exciting to see a regionally based business expanding nationally,” said Helloworld Travel CEO Andrew Burnes.“This is a great outcome for Helloworld Travel Limited and one that builds on our current momentum and success, evidenced most recently by our multiple award wins at the 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards event. Helloworld Travel was awarded the Best Travel Agency Group for the second year running while our wholesale brands, Sunlover Holidays, Qantas Holidays & Viva Holidays were recognised as the best Wholesaler in both the Domestic and International categories.”Brett Dann, CEO of HTG said “the partnership is a very important step in the development of HTG’s retail travel business and now gives the HTG business operations in most states.“We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Helloworld Travel Limited. The alliance will enable the expanded business to leverage the combined size and drive efficiencies in their respective operations through shared systems, accounting functions, sales support and marketing activities. We look forward to welcoming the new stores to the HTG family and working with them to create a bright and prosperous future.” Hunter Travel Group Helloworld Travel Limitedlast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

Mobissimo 610 1 min 9 secs £19702 Air India thr

first_imgMobissimo6/101 min 9 secs£197.02Air India (through Cheapflights) WebsiteLookSearch timePriceAirline Skyscanner.net first appeared on the scene as the original flight search engine but over the last few years, a number of other companies have developed sites which offer a similar service. Every now and then, we like have to a trawl through the internet to see who is doing what in the flight search market and have a look at which products are out there.One of the major factors for designers of a flight search engine is deciding which results to display – do you show affiliate airlines and companies only? Do you show just airline results or those from travel portals as well? For example, some flight search engines do not show any budget flights so when you could be flying somewhere for a fiver, you are shown only results for the scheduled airlines where you might pay twenty or thirty times as much for a ticket. The best sites quickly show as many airlines as possible and take you direct to the airline’s booking page with your travel dates filled in.We looked at eight popular travel search sites and whilst many of them do lots of other things other than show you flight results, this is the functionality on which we concentrated. We did the same search on each to compare the results where the standardised search was for a single, transatlantic flight on the highly competitive route between London Heathrow and John F. Kennedy International in New York. We assessed the sites on a number of criteria and the details can be seen in the table below: Travelsupermarket7/101 min 14 secs£199.20Air India Sidestep8/101 min 41 secs£202.70Virgin Atlantic We also had a good rummage around in the functionality of the various sites and the reviews below are our initial thoughts about the sites. Skyscanner.net was not included in the comparison – partly because impartiality seemed to be an issue but also because we are much too sporting to gloat – should we get the opportunity….Cheapflights.co.ukCheapsite.co.uk might be a more appropriate title for this one. The second thing you notice is how difficult it is to find your way around. The homepage doesn’t default to a search by date and instead this requires clicking a not very obvious tab elsewhere. The results when they arrived were mixture of airline and portal with the cheapest being a US Airways flight using AirlineNetwork.co.uk. Clicking on this link meant having to re-input details and when the results eventually came back, no US Airways flights were shown. Instead, the best they could come up with was £249 with a completely different airline – £45 more than the quoted price.Verdict: tedious to navigate and unhelpful results.Dohop**.co.uk **Dohop has a simple and efficient homepage and the predictive destination list works well. The calendars are a bit confusing, but overall, you can input your information easily. You would expect the results page to show flights in price order – which it sort of does – but not quite. The speed of the results is impressive, but a large proportion of the prices are not immediately there – which accounts for the speed. Clicking on the cheapest flight at £186 (including all fees and taxes the site claimed) meant going through to the airline site, where it turned out the quoted price was wrong and was in fact over sixty pounds more expensive than Dohop had suggested.Verdict: simple to use but prices inaccurate.Flightcentre**.co.uk**The main thing you notice when you go to the Flightcentre homepage (apart from the unpleasant colour scheme) is their strapline – “unbeatable”. It depends what they are referring to of course but if it’s flight prices, then in this test, it is rather ironic. Not so much “unbeatable” as “beaten by everyone by a country mile”. The results (all two of them) came back quickly but the price of £503.80 with Virgin Atlantic was over £300 more expensive than a price Sidestep found with the same airline on the same day.Verdict: looks cheap and the price is through the roof.Kayak**.co.uk**This site is very much one of the best out there at the moment. The interface is simple to use, the results come up quickly and in our test, the site found the cheapest available flight having searched through a comprehensive list of airlines. The results are displayed in a variety of ways depending on your preferences and these can be customised to best suit your requirements. In addition, the site looks professional but “friendly” which all adds up to a very good travel search engine indeed.Verdict: looks great, has flexible search options and results are quick and accurate.Mobissimo**.co.uk**With a homepage that looks remarkably similar to the Easyjet website, the snappily titled Mobissimo challenges its users’ knowledge of American geography from the start. If you choose the “Airport look up” option, you will have to know which state your destination city is in – fine if you live in the States, not so fine if you live anywhere else. Results come up quickly and are comprehensive but presented as a big chunk of data which is hard to read. Once through to the vendors the prices are often quoted in US dollars which means you need a calculator handy. There is also a “Top Mobissimo Pick!” – though having done numerous searches, this is never the cheapest option and presumably is the “top pick” for them rather than you.Verdict: US-focused site which makes little concession to European users.Momondo**.com**Going to the Momondo site is rather like walking into a disco – not necessarily unpleasant, but certainly loud. The interface works well and predictive destination lists are fast. The flight results take a while to arrive but on the plus side, they are comprehensive and filters can be applied to narrow down your search. The price calendar is rather confusing and also displays Danish text even if you select an English language version of the site from the outset. Overall though, this site works well and looks sufficiently unusual that you would probably remember it.Verdict: a few bugs to iron out but basically a very good site.Sidestep**.co.uk**This is another impressive search engine. Again, simple to use and the results – whilst a little on the slow side to arrive – are thorough and well laid out. The layout is reminiscent of Kayak and you are given the opportunity to refine your search based on a number of criteria. One useful filter allows you specify landing and take off time slots so that a flight on a particular day is as convenient for you as possible. The only minor criticism is that the results page might have a few too many options on it but it’s hard to criticise extra available functionality.Verdict: difficult to find fault – an excellent site that is easy to use.Travelsupermarket**.co.uk**This site delivers decent prices in a relatively timely manner. The interface is perfectly user-friendly but it lacks the more advanced functionality of some of the other sites. Results are displayed in a format which is clear – unless, that is, you click for alternative dates and airports. Having done this, it is not immediately obvious which are the alternative flights and they appear in a random date order. Equally, “LHR London Heathrow” and “London Heathrow” were listed as two different airports – a potentially confusing distinction to make for some travellers.Verdict: a basic site which is basically okay.Figures quoted correct as at 29 January 2008ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flightcentre3/101 min 11 secs£503.80Virgin Atlanticcenter_img Momondo6/101 min 40 secs£194Air India Kayak8/101 min 17 secs£193.10Air India Dohop5/102 mins 25 secs£248.36Aer Lingus (via Dublin) Cheapflights2/102 mins 16 secs£249Swiss International Airlines RelatedTravel agents, airlines and fair faresHow we offer unbiased flight search and show you prices from airlines and travel agents so you can see all your flight options.What are Skyscanner’s quality ratings all about?We don’t like to brag, but sometimes there are just too many great deals to choose from on our site! To make your choice a little bit easier, we’ve introduced a new feature: Quality ratings. But what is it, how do we calculate it and how can it help you…When is the best time to book your flights?Save money on your travel in 2017. To help you get the best price for your flight, we reveal the best time to book and some handy tipslast_img read more

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9 Aug
2019

Larnaca burglary arrests

first_imgPolice arrested two men aged 25 and 21 in Larnaca on Thursday to facilitate investigations into burglaries in the area.Their arrest was made after a witness testified that the men had been involved in stealing a computer from a sea sports rental agency between October 11 and 12.After their arrest the men admitted committing the burglary and said they also carried out six others in the Larnaca district.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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