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Q1 fiscal deficit 614 of fullyear Budget estimate

first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s fiscal deficit touched Rs 4.32 lakh crore for the June quarter, which is 61.4 per cent of the budget estimate for 2019-20 fiscal. In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit or gap between expenditure and revenue was Rs 4.32 lakh crore during at June-end, as per the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) on Wednesday.The fiscal deficit was 68.7 per cent of 2018-19 budget estimate in the year-ago period. The government estimates the fiscal deficit to be at Rs 7.03 lakh crore during 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe government aims to restrict the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the GDP in the current fiscal, same as the last financial year. The CGA data showed that revenue receipts of the government during April-June, 2019-20 was 14.4 per cent of the Budget Estimate (BE). It was 15.5 per cent of BE in the year-ago period. In absolute terms, revenue receipts stood at Rs 2.84 lakh crore at June-end 2019. During the entire year, the revenue receipts has been pegged at Rs 19.77 lakh crore. The capital expenditure was 18.8 per cent of the BE. This compares with 29 per cent in the year-ago period, the CGA said.last_img read more

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US court dismisses Resolutes racketeering suit against Greenpeace

first_imgMONTREAL – A U.S. court has dismissed a racketeering lawsuit launched by Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace and other environmental groups.The United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed claims filed against Greenpeace, Stand.earth and individuals under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).Judge Jon Tigar wrote that the defendants’ speech “constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that [are] a vital part of our democracy.”Resolute lawyer Michael Bowe says the ruling merely requires the Montreal-based paper and forest products company (TSX:RFP) to amend within 21 days its filing to provide more details to back up its claims.In an email, he described the ruling as not a significant setback. If the amendment is dismissed, he says Resolute would appeal and expects to prevail.However, Greenpeace says it is confident such an attempt will suffer the same fate as the court’s dismissal.In a news release, Greenpeace says the ruling sends a message to corporations that “attacks on core democratic values like freedom of speech and legitimate advocacy on issues of public interest will not be tolerated.”The racketeering lawsuit was heard in California after a district court in Georgia found in May that Resolute failed to show by the $300-million lawsuit should be held in the state.last_img read more

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Controversial Batticaloa Campus to brought under Education Ministry

The controversial Batticaloa Campus is to be brought under the purview of the Education Ministry, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.He said that the syllabus of the campus will be reviewed. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had said this week that no organization has been given the authority to conduct degree courses at the university also known as the ‘Sharia University’ in Batticaloa.

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Ohio State womens hockey teams season ends in first round of WCHA

OSU sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 7-2.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice ice hockey team (10-25-1, 6-21-1) was swept by Minnesota (31-3-1, 24-3-1) in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s playoffs over the weekend, putting an end to its tumultuous first season under coach Jenny Potter.The Buckeyes entered the series with some momentum after splitting their final regular-season series against No. 10 North Dakota. Minnesota countered with some mojo of its own entering the series as the Golden Gophers finished the regular season by sweeping the No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers.In the regular-season matchups between the teams this season, Minnesota swept OSU twice. The Golden Gophers outscored the Buckeyes 30-5 over the four games.The No. 2-ranked Golden Gopher offense proved to be too much for the Buckeyes in the first-round series, as the home team topped the Buckeyes 5-2 on Friday and 5-0 the following evening.On Friday, the Gophers and Buckeyes battled in the first period, but neither team was able to break through. Junior forward Dani Cameranesi scored her conference-leading 32nd goal of the season to put Minnesota up halfway through the second period. Three minutes later, freshman forward Maddy Field put OSU on the board and evened the game. However, the Buckeyes were unable to hold that tie before the second intermission, as Minnesota added another goal with less than two minutes remaining.The Buckeyes tied the game once again in the beginning of the third period when Claudia Kepler, the team’s leading goal scorer, netted her 14th of the season.With the lock on the scoreboard, the idea of a stunning Game 1 upset began to creep into the minds of the Buckeyes.But it was not meant to be.Minnesota answered with three more goals, the last coming on an empty net, to make the close game look lopsided and give the Gophers the 5-2 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.On Saturday, Cameranesi once again started the goal scoring for the Gophers. This time she found the back of the net about halfway through the first period. Minnesota then dominated the second period by outshooting the Buckeyes 10-5 and knocking three goals past OSU goalie Alex LaMere.Despite leading in shots in the third period 9-8, OSU was never able to capitalize on its goal-scoring chances and come anywhere close to mounting a miraculous comeback. The Golden Gophers added another goal with less than seven minutes remaining to finish the scoring and end the Buckeyes’ season.The No. 2 seed now moves on to the WCHA Final Face-off and is lined up to face No. 4-seeded North Dakota in the semifinals. The other semifinal will be top-seeded Wisconsin facing off against No. 6 seed Minnesota Duluth, which upset Bemidji State in the first round. read more

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Intel 32nm Cedar Trail Atom chips may be 50 cheaper

first_imgEarlier this month Intel announced the new phases of a multi-year Atom processor update. The revised Atom release schedule will see a 32nm tablet and smartphone chip (Medfield) in 2012, a 22nm chip (Silvermount) in 2013, and a 14nm chip (Airmount) in 2014.Later this year we are set to see a new Atom chip for the desktop, though. It is called Cedar Trail and will see the desktop dual-core Atom processor move to a 32nm process rather than the current 45nm offerings. That move to 32nm will bring with it a cut in power requirements and increased performance by default.AdChoices广告There may be another desirable feature coming with the introduction of 32nm Atoms, however, that we really didn’t expect to happen: they could be significantly cheaper to buy.DigiTimes is reporting that Cedar Trail Atoms will be between 30-50% cheaper than the current 45nm chips. The Atoms vendors buy today cost between $64-$86, the Cedar Trail Atoms are expected to only cost between $42-$47.While moving to a 32nm process will certainly make manufacturing the chips cheaper, the drop in price is thought to be a response by Intel to the growing popularity of tablet PCs. By making Atom processors cheaper, Intel is hoping to tempt manufacturers into releasing some very cheap netbooks.If this turns out to be true, then we could see netbook price points come down by as much as $30. Ultimately, that could mean a Windows 7 netbook with a dual core processor for $199.99 before the end of the year from the more well-known brands. That’s assuming vendors pass on the savings directly to the consumer.Read more at DigiTimesMatthew’s OpinionIntel has realized it needs to push Atom into the mobile market, and that’s why we saw the revised release schedule announced. But the first of those processors aimed at tablets and smartphones isn’t going to arrive until next year. So something has to be done with Atom until then, and while the netbook market is getting smaller, there’s still a market and a lot of chips that can be sold inside these mini-laptops.Lowering the price of Atom makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons. Alongside tempting vendors to keep making netbooks, it also paves the way for Intel to fend off ARM chips when Windows 8 is released. Netbooks will still be around when Windows 8 ships, and therefore it will ship on netbooks. But for the first time those Windows netbooks may have an ARM inside. Intel obviously doesn’t want that, so flooding the market with very cheap Atoms may be a very good short-term defense.last_img read more

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Many of my friends might still be alive The week in quotes

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3101729 ‘Many of my friends might still be alive’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 7:30 PM 6 Comments Nov 27th 2016, 7:30 PM 19,881 Views Source: Peter VargaIf supervised injecting facilities had been open sooner, my health would not be as bad as it is now, many of my friends might still be alive and maybe we’d all be off of drugs too? Who knows, but I know I wish it wasn’t like this – we need help.Aidan, an Ana Liffey Drug Project service user, spoke to Humans of Dublin for a new project focused on those affected by drug use. Source: Carolyn Kaster/PA WireI don’t want to energize the group. I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. They, again, I don’t know if it’s reporting or whatever. I don’t know where they were four years ago, and where they were for Romney and McCain and all of the other people that ran, so I just don’t know, I had nothing to compare it to. But it’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized I want to look into it and find out why.US president-elect Donald Trump speaking to The New York Times on the rise of the alt-right. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireOn Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the Taoiseach sent a gushing tweet over the weekend in which he said Mr Pence certainly knows Ireland and the issues that matter to Irish people. Last year, Irish people turned out in droves for the same-sex marriage referendum. Vice President-elect Pence is bitterly opposed to same-sex marriage and has argued, for example, that resources should be provided for conversion therapy to assist those seeking to change their sexual behaviour. How is that in accordance with the views of Irish people?Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of a “gushing” response to the election of Donald Trump and his vice-president Mike Pence. Source: David Jensen/APIt was like having 150 bombs going off right across a particular part of metropolitan Melbourne.Australia’s Victorian state Health Minister Jill Hennessy on a “thunderstorm asthma” event that left four dead and caused thousands to present at emergency departments. Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieDublin doesn’t like height and Dublin doesn’t like innovation.Stephen McNally, chief executive of Ireland’s largest hotel operator Dalata, on building height restrictions imposed by Dublin City Council.center_img By Nicky Ryan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieNeither has he set out his legislative priorities nor his departmental priorities that he said he would do in September – we are now heading into December. That is not done yet. He seems to believe it is best to have distraction, so he is now Trumpesque-like and shown us that if you point to someone else’s issues that you can distract from your own.Labour leader Brendan Howlin hit out against Sports and Transport Minister Shane Ross for avoiding his own portfolio issues and criticising others. Source: Julien Behal/PA WireIn our democracy the three great pillars of State – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – derive their powers from the people. It is a fundamental principle, that each of the great organs of State owes respect to the other. Inaccurate discussion and misrepresentation of the position of the judiciary has been a feature of recent public discourse.Chief Justice Susan Denham also wasn’t too impressed with Ross’s comments on the judiciary. Source: Claire Byrne Live/RTÉMy life was turned into a gambling rut, and I couldn’t get out… There were so many lows. I isolated myself. I became a compulsive liar.The government was urged to move forward on long-awaited gambling legislation after the issue was highlighted last night by Galway hurler, Davy Glennon. Source: Ross Setford/PA WireThe fear that I felt almost six years ago came back.Junko Murata, a resident of Minamisoma in Japan, on this week’s earthquake and following tsunami warning.last_img read more

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CTran to ban empty bottles and cans

first_imgC-Tran is enacting a policy to stop passengers from carrying empty cans and bottles on its buses.The agency says it isn’t targeting people holding an empty container in their hand, or at low-income or homeless people — who presumably redeem the cans and bottles for cash in Oregon. Instead, the new policy is aimed at combating sanitation and safety issues created by passengers carrying large bags full of empties onboard and setting them in the aisle or on seats.“A lot of passengers view it as an inconvenience. We view it as a possible safety issue and a definite hygienic issue,” said C-Tran spokeswoman Christine Selk. “Everyone’s paying a fare and we need to be respectful of people and their safety. Big bags of cans can leave a mess and possibly create safety situations; and bags can leave big wet spots on seats and people sit in them.”Plus, the liquid that can drain out of the bags leaves residue and a lingering odor.The agency’s rules for riding now stipulate “riders may no longer bring empty cans and bottles onto C-Tran buses due to continued sanitation and safety concerns” as of Sunday.That is in addition to an existing rule that says doorways and aisles must always be kept clear.C-Tran CEO Shawn Donaghy announced the policy change near the end of the agency’s board of directors meeting on Aug. 14.While there are no specifics about the quantity of cans or bottles, Selk said bus drivers will enforce the rule with a “common-sense approach.”The agency has tried in the past to limit cans. Prior to the new rules, C-Tran had a two-bag limit in place, but the issue and complaints persisted.last_img read more

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Former IGPS Case Proceeds As Pw1 Closes Testimony

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowIn the case involving Banta Jaiteh, Bakary Bojang and Ensa Badjie who are currently facing seven criminal charges in a land deal that belongs to Ensa ‘Jesus’ Badjie, the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), proceeded as PW1.Prosecution witness 1 (PW1) and also the complainant, ended his testimony in court and tendered all documents he had on the land he claims to own. The documents he tendered included tax payment receipts, certificate of ownership etc., at the close of his defence before Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie, the Principal Magistrate of Banjul Magistrates Court.When the witness (the former IGP) closed his testimony, the plaintiffs pleaded to Magistrate Njie to grant them adjournment to talk to their lawyers. They also said they do not know the reasons for their absence and urged the court to grant them their plea. They promised the court that if their lawyers fail to appear, they will try to get other Lawyers before the next adjourned date. The court on hearing their plea granted them the adjournment and the next sitting of the case will be on the 27th of November 2017, for cross examination to begin.last_img read more

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Ronaldo is signing of the century – Paratici

first_imgFabio Paratici insists the acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid by Juventus is the signing of the century.The Juventus Football Chief, who is credited for pulling off the coup which brought the Portuguese superstar to Turin, talks about the relative difficulties involved in signing Ronaldo.“The Cristiano deal was actually quite simple because he already had this idea of wanting to come to Juve,” Paratici said, as quoted by the club’s official website.“After the Champions League final he was very determined to make it happen and when I met Jorge Mendes to discuss [Joao] Cancelo he said to me, ‘You won’t believe this but Cristiano wants to join Juve.’ It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it but we needed to find a way to make everything fit into place.”“So I went to the President, who is very much involved in our work on a daily basis, and I said: ‘We have this opportunity but you have to hear me out.’”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He clocked on straight away and immediately started considering it. He told me to give him a day or two to think about it but then he called me just three hours later.”The signing of Ronaldo was one of the best gifts any Juventus fan could have asked for, including Paratici’s own son.“Ronaldo wasn’t a player we had planned to sign. My son, who is a huge fan of his, used to ask me when we were going to buy him and each time I had to tell him it was impossible. After it happened last summer he came up to me and said, ‘Didn’t you say it was impossible?’”last_img read more

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Condés Townsend The Old Days of Magazine Publishing Are Over

first_imgThe notion that print is dying is “naive,” Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend told an audience Friday at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, though the executive stopped short of saying that print could survive on its own as a standalone entity. “The sensibility that print is cratering is just nuts,” Townsend said. “There’s nothing in the way of growing these businesses, but you can’t do it without a really substantial digital presence. It’s really managing a brand as opposed to a magazine.”During a question and answer panel with Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive at the Paley Center’s Media Council, which serves as a forum for dialogue on major issues facing the world’s media industries, Townsend discussed the future of magazine media in the digital space with an often optimistic forecast. Charles H. Townsend on the Publishing in the Digital Age from The Paley Center for Media on FORA.tv Prior to the recession, Townsend said “the print business was absolutely on fire.” He added that companies like Condé Nast were showing between 12 to 15 percent topline growth in print, but noted that changing market pressures, as the industry frequently hears, has led to a shift in the way magazine publishers do business.“Then you get to the moment of the recession, the deep recession, and what did we all do? We lost 40 percent of our topline revenue [and] that was an incredibly painful experience, but we pulled out hundreds of millions of dollars in costs,” he said. “In terms of margin management, we came through the recession in an incredibly healthy position. Post recession is all about digital, but not at the expense of print as the pre-recessionary sensibility was.”Townsend said Condé Nast has emerged from the recession “lean, trim and ready to play,” and that in 2010 and 2011 the company experienced topline expansion of 5 to 7 percent for its print business, with Web assets growing between 32 to 33 percent.“The post recessionary moment is really the introduction of alternative platforms that takes the pressure off of the print business, but doesn’t replace the print business,” he said. “Our print business continues to grow post-recession, but this year is a miserable year. Not because of Condé Nast or any other media company, but because of the anemic U.S. economy—nobody can escape the problems the U.S. economy imposes on us.”Townsend said Condé Nast’s Web business has grown at half the rate expected so far this year, by about 15 percent topline growth, and print has also been trending upward despite the current fiscal climate.“Even in this worst moment that any of us can remember with the U.S. economy, the print business continues to grow and the margins are sharper—the growth profit margins are mouth watering,” he said.  However, he added, with “net margins, we try to run at 10 percent [but] we’re going to fall short of that on the print side, but we are still an expanding business. When this economy recovers, and it must for all of us, the print business is going to be on fire.”The print business model will now be complimented by a variety of assets, said Townsend, including, digital and mobile, among others. In November, the company will also announce that it is increasing rate-bases for several of its titles due to growing digital tablet circulation, which Townsend estimated to be around 1 million, or close to 10 percent of total circulation.“Heretofore it’s been an add-on—now it’s an intrinsic part of our rate-base,” he said. “We characterize ourselves a media company and not as a magazine publisher.” When asked by Leive what the industry could have done differently over the last several years, Townsend pointed to pricing models and content distribution as a large mistake that magazine publishers made.“This industry suffers from giving its content away—why did we ever give subscription circulation away for a buck a month?” he said. “We created a habit that has almost been impossible to break. Now with bundling we can [provide] digital content, archival content, e-books, e-access to events, mobile content and print—now we have a chance to play ball with consumers on the basis that most every other segment of the entertainment industry has figured out how to do.”Mobile will be “a big piece of our future,” said Townsend, that is driven by the demand of the customer and not that of advertising interest or that of the company’s. While this area is promising, it is not without difficulty—Townsend estimates that in print and on the tablet there is an $87 CPM range, and an $8.50 CPM on the Web.  last_img read more

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Local business benefits from employing refugees

first_imgBusinesses in Anchorage have a tough time finding entry level employees. For some employers, the solution is hiring refugees — individuals who fled violence or persecution in their home countries and are trying to enter into life in the United States. Catholic Social Services uses money from the Office of Refugee Resettlement to help run programs that connect refugees with employers. However, Congress has voted to redirect $94 million from that program to help unaccompanied children who are arriving in the United States. President Obama will decide whether or not the money should be taken from the program soon. It could impact CSS’s activities.  The non-profit recently gave an award to P&M Gardens for their willingness to employ refugees.Diwt Gerewakl plucks leaves off tomato plants  Download AudioDiwt Gerewakl is a short, slight man with a faint beard and springy black curls. He walks between the massive greenhouses of P&M Gardens in Eagle River, where he’s worked for two years.“Morning first, I finish that house,” he explains in broken English, pointing at a greenhouse where he trains pickler vines to go up plastic mesh.  “Then I come into here….”He enters a greenhouse filled with rows of tomato plants and begins pulling off the extra large leaves. “You need every day check check. Maybe it comes in big — like that — then you come in…see.” He plucks off leaves with expert hands.Gerewakl has never raised vegetables before or even farmed. Now he’s responsible for tending 40,000 geraniums, 4,000 plant baskets, and 1,500 tomato plants in cages.He was born in Ethiopia but spent most of his life traveling from country to country in northern Africa. He’s not allowed into Eritrea, where his family is, because of political reasons. So two years ago, when he was 21, he was relocated as a refugee to Alaska and got a job with the gardening company.He works alongside Issa Ali Abdul, who comes from the Sudan.Abdul farmed before fleeing his home in Darfur. Through his co-worker, who also speaks Arabic, he explains that in the hot, mountainous area they grew fields of sesame seeds and other foods. He says it’s nothing like working in the greenhouses here, where trays teaming with bright purple pansies grow in plastic houses.Issa Ali Abdul with his friend and translator“He says this is Alaska,” translates Simone. “You just have snow. You don’t have nothing.”But Abdul says he does enjoy his work.“He’s saying ‘I like working shipping because I bring flower, I put it in truck. and then I sometimes go with truck. I help him go over there and I come back.’”P&M manager Debbie Bacho, says they both learned the new skills very quickly and now work for her year round, even though she and Abdul have to speak through a translator. She says this year she employed about 20 refugee workers during the growing season. She taught them a few necessary words, like “same,” for matching labels to plants.“And then a lot of it is just visual. Showing them what needed to be done. I was totally amazed at how fast they could get it done.”Bacho says she spends time with the refugees helping them with things like getting bank accounts and drivers licenses and applying for PFDs. “Those are the things that you help them do. And in turn they are committed to you to do a good job for their pay. And that’s hard to find in the seasonal world any more. It really is.”According to CSS, which helps refugees settle into Alaska, on average more than 85 percent of refugees are employed within six months of arriving in the state. Karen Ferguson is the State Refugee Coordinator for the organization. She says her agency works with refugees to help find them jobs.“What they most desire is to be independent, to be able to take care of their family, to be able to pay the bills. And they are ready to work. They have often been not allowed to work. So it is a very eager workforce. And they most of the time do understand that they are going to start as a dishwasher, or they’re going to start in janitorial, cleaning a hotel room.”Ferguson says they have a network of businesses who are willing to work through the initial communication struggles to find good employees.Diwt Gerewakl and Debbie Bacho in a P&M Gardens greenhouse.“It’s so exciting when we get that next call that says ‘Okay, we’ll take some more of your refugee candidates.’”That’s what Bacho did. She’s been employing refugees for four years. She says it’s not always easy to overcome some of the cross-cultural differences and some of her customers make disparaging comments about employing refugees. But she says she doesn’t let it bother her as she’s watching her business grow.last_img read more

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Assembly member flooded with threatening messages since controversy

first_imgAmy Demboski surrounded by supporters after the 2015 mayoral election. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)It’s been a little over a week since an article posted to Facebook by Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski spilled into a controversy during a public meeting. In a written op-ed and over the air during the conservative talk-radio show she hosts, Demboski has denied she owes an apology to an Alaska resident implicated as being part of a militant Islamic group in materials she’s shared. Now she is receiving a swell of violent, and sometimes sexist threats.Listen NowDemboski is no stranger to controversy. But she’s been alarmed by the surge of messages directed at her.“Over the last week, the level of vitriol has absolutely intensified,” Demboski said in an interview earlier this week.The second-term Assembly member believes dealing with criticism and negative attention is part of holding public office, but says this has gone a step beyond normal critiques.She tried poking fun about the comments on a recent show.“It’s time for fan-mail Friday here on the Amy Demboski Show,” said her producer, reading aloud messages posted on Facebook. “Dearest Amy, you are a pathetic racist, take out your gun and put it in your mouth and blow your worthless brains out.”Demboski shared screen-grabs and texts of more explicit messages, some of which are overtly misogynistic. Most of those she’s received are from men.Since November,  Demboski has filed two police reports about harassing behavior and perceived threats to her safety — both of them prior to last week’s controversy. According to the Anchorage Police Department, because the messages lacked specific threats they’ll remain on file without any further action taken.All together, it has caused Demboski to modified her behavior and “altered some security measures,” but she is not letting the threatening messages take over her life.“I take them very seriously, especially when people are saying I should blow my brains out, and they’re saying they’re going to come to my house and burn flags,” Demboski said.Two other members of the Assembly, Patrick Flynn and Elvi Gray-Jackson, as well as senior members of the mayor’s administration, Chief of Staff Susanne Fleek-Green and Communications Director Myer Hutchinson, said this week that while they’ve gotten plenty of negative comments in the past, they’ve never received serious threats.According to Demboski, when conservative callers or commentors begin crossing lines online or over-the-air, she urges restraint, and would like to see folks on the other side of the political spectrum do the same thing.“Whether you’re a Republican, whether you’re a Democrat, or anywhere in between: when you can police people that think like you,” Demboski said, “I think it’s more effective.”Demboski believes the national political climate is playing a role in local events, with some messages referencing her support for president-elect Donald Trump.last_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Facelift Spyshots Hit the Web Speculated Launch Feature

first_imgThe spy images of the purported Maruti Alto K10 facelift has emerged on the cyberspace, spearheading the rumours of a new Maruti offering in the country.The images of Maruti’s alleged Alto K10 facelift has been posted by the folks at Motorbash, who caught the car on test along with another Maruti car. Although the car was seen camouflaged, report suggests that the Maruti’s Alto K10 facelift shares lots of similarities with the company’ much acclaimed models Celerio and Alto 800. The report also gives a sneak peek into the changes accommodated by the Maruti’s upcoming car.Under the hood, the car is likely to pack 998cc 3 pot motor of the Celelrio, which can churn out 68 PS of max power and 90 Nm of torque. The vehicle is expected to feature larger and more stylish swept-back headlamps, new engine grille with chrome outline, reworked front bumper and the new rounded bonnet. Maruti is reportedly looking to launch the new facelift around the festival season this year.Maruti is also said to be working on the diesel version of Celerio for India. Earlier reports claimed that Maruti’s diesel engine will be first tested in the company’s upcoming LCV, codenamed Y9T. The LCV launch will be followed by the diesel Celerio in this fiscal year.Currently, Maruti sells Celerio with a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm. It is offered in six variants in the country – two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission – and promises a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions. The car has been riding high in the domestic market since its launch. Seeing the success of Celerio in the country; Maruti is also planning Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) for its WagonR and Alto K10 in India.Image credit: Maruti Suzuki (Ed:AJ)last_img read more

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Saaho 2nd song teaser released Check out 4 versions of PrabhasShraddhas romantic

first_imgPrabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in SaahoTwitterThe makers of Saaho have released the four versions of its second song teaser. This is a romantic soundtrack featuring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor and it is going viral on the internet. [Slide down to see videos]UV Creations, which is bankrolling Saaho, recently released the first single, which is a party song. This track not only impressed filmgoers but also made them look forward to the launch of its second soundtrack. The makers have finally announced the release date of its teaser. This song is titled Enni Soni in Hindi, Ye Chota Nuvvunna in Telugu, Mazhaiyum Theeyum in Tamil and Ekaantha Thaarame in Malayalam.UV Creations tweeted on July 29, “Unveiling the teaser of Second Single #YeChotaNuvvunna from #Saaho (Tel) tomorrow. A @GuruOfficial musical sung by @HaricharanMusic & @TulsikumarTK penned by @kk_lyricist #Prabhas @ShraddhaKapoor @NeilNMukesh @sujeethsign @UV_Creations @itsBhushanKumar @TSeries #SaahoOnAugust30.”The first look of this romantic track, which will hit the internet today, gives us all the oomph and thrill. Saaho fans will get the glimpse of the song today. The poster has Shraddha Kapoor dazzle in a red dress and Prabhas accompanies her with a white Tux to add to the hotness quotient.With a power-packed entertainment punch like the ones we are getting to relish overloaded with new action sequences with every frame, Saaho is surely the most awaited movie of the year, in which the fans totally cannot keep calm! While Prabhas looks every bit of a fierce heartthrob, Shraddha is also killing it with her oomph factor in all the outings of the movie, so far.Saaho is one of the biggest films which has been made on a massive scale. The movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously and dubbed in Malayalam. The movie also has an ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay and Murali Sharma. Its promos have grabbed many eyeballs across the globe.Enni Soni teaserYe Chota Nuvvunna Song teaserEkaantha Thaarame teaserMazhaiyum Theeyum teaserlast_img read more

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Oculus and Facebook Tweak Privacy Tools Ahead of GDPR Deadline

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Facebook’s Oculus also announced a few changes Thursday, including a new privacy section on its website to give users easier access to privacy settings, as well as an option to download all previously shared data. The VR subsidiary is also set to update its terms of service and privacy policy to more clearly explain relevant policies.It’s worth noting that not everything Facebook announced is exactly new. The company has offered users tools to download their data for some time. Similarly, Oculus announced Thursday that it would add a code of conduct to its terms of service. However, that code of conduct had already been in place separately from its terms of service in the past.In addition to these announcements, Facebook is also changing how it governs the data of its users to exempt the vast majority of them from the reach of GDPR regulations, according to a Reuters report. Up until now, Facebook’s members had been governed under terms of service agreed upon with the company’s international subsidiary in Ireland, which could force the company to give these users the same legal rights as E.U. citizens.Now, Facebook is set to legally separate European users from those outside of Europe. That’s especially relevant if Facebook was ever found to violate any GDPR provisions.  Europe’s new privacy laws come with stiff penalties, and could cost violators as much as 4 percent of their global annual revenue.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been in the hot seat over his company’s handling of consumer data, had in recent weeks committed to bringing GDPR-compliant tools to all of the company’s users. “We intend to make all the controls and settings available everywhere, not just in Europe,” Zuckerberg said during a briefing with reporters earlier this month. “Overall, regulations like the GDPR are very positive.”center_img Facebook and its virtual reality subsidiary Oculus both tweaked their privacy tools this week to get ready for the European Union’s new privacy regulations, which are set to take effect next month. And while those changes affect users around thew world, Facebook also quietly separated its privacy regimen to make sure that users outside of the E.U. aren’t covered by European regulations. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes in effect on May 25. It requires companies to obtain consent before collecting data from consumers, and gives consumers the right to learn what companies know about them. Finally, consumers can request that companies delete any data they have stored on them.To prepare for this, Facebook announced a number of changes this week. The company will ask users to review some of its privacy settings, including whether they consent to Facebook using third-party data to personalize ads on the platform. The company also promised special protections for users under 18, which include not enabling facial recognition for any photos uploaded to Facebook.last_img read more

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Ladysmith helps Cape Town with their drought

first_imgAn appeal is made to the community: Those wishing to contribute can drop off sealed bottles of water at King Pie, which is situated in the Murchison Mall (lower level).The management at King Pie elaborated by saying that this is solely volunteer work. “We’re still at it, so please continue to support and eliminate #DayZero and #CapeTownWaterDrought.”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The community of Ladysmith are playing their part in a water collection drive for Cape Town.The drive kicked off recently and in the first week, 101 sealed bottles of water were donated.A number of local businessmen and members of the community have come on board and generously donated literally gallons of water.Read also: Weekly dam levels and Cape Town drought continuesKing Pie Ladysmith is the drop-off point, where a representative from the Gift of the Givers picks up the donations every Tuesday.The second pick-up was done today (February 20) and another hundred bottles were handed over.Also read: Raising funds to help people in Syrialast_img read more

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Sweet tuber Tropical home garden super star

first_imgHome gardeners in the tropics can take good advantage of this wonder plant to provide a bountiful supply of nutritious food for the family. These tubers are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, B1, B2, C, calcium, phosphorus and iron.  And few people know that the leafy tops of the plants can also be prepared as a spinach dish, which is delicious and highly nutritious. Sweet potatoes belong to the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae, with long trailing vines and pale lavender, morning-glory type flowers, which seldom make seeds. Instead, the plant has evolved to reproduce by vegetative offshoots. So, to grow camotes in your home garden, you need stem cuttings from mature plants to get them started. If you can’t find stem cuttings from any of your neighbors, don’t worry.  Here’s how it’s done. The next time you are shopping in the supermarket or local market, select some good-looking sweet potatoes.  You can often find a purple-skinned variety with a yellow interior that is very sweet. And a reddish-skinned variety, which is orange on the inside, is not so sweet. The later is my favorite choice.At home, you can take a medium-sized tuber and plant it in an 8-inch pot with regular soil. Plant it so half the tuber with the end of the stem is sticking straight up out of the soil. Or you can place three toothpicks around the middle of the tuber and suspend it in a glass jar filled with water. Place it in a sunny window and watch it sprout and grow new shoots.  I remember my grandmother doing this with sweet potatoes to create decorative foliage plants. There are a group of native crops we grow in our tropical garden all the time. They are easy to grow, productive, delicious and nutritious. One of these “super stars” of garden is the sweet potato orcamote as it’s known in Spanish. Long before Columbus discovered the Americas, indigenous tribes of Central and South America were growing sweet potatoes in a variety of colors and shapes. Recipes  Ed Bernhardt Mashed Sweet Potato and Coconut  Mash about 3 cooked sweet potatoes with 1 cup of fresh, finely grated coconut, add some cinnamon, allspice, cumin, a pinch of sea salt. Sweet Potato Leaves in Coconut Milk.   Blend one half of a grated coconut with 1 cup of water until you have coconut milk, then strain off the liquid and cook it with a large bunch of chopped sweet potato leaves on low heat. Add curry, sea salt and pepper. After a month or so, you will be able to trim the leafy stems for planting. These stem cuttings should be at least 12 inches long and can be planted directly in a compost-enriched garden bed about 2 inches deep and 2 feet apart. In about a week, the cuttings will recover and begin to grow new leaves.As the plants prosper, it’s important to cultivate the soil up around the base of each plant, just like gardeners do for corn, taro and peanuts. This stimulates the plants to produce more tubers. In three to four months, the new vines will cover the entire garden bed, and new sweet potatoes will be ready to harvest. You can either dig up a few at a time, or harvest them all at once and replant the stems again to keep a continual supply of camotes. Remember, too, that the leaves from the stem cuttings are an excellent spinach substitute. This is particularly good news for gardeners who live in the warmer regions of the country,where spinach doesn’t grow well. Harvested roots can be sun-dried for a day and stored in a dry, shady area. Camotes are wonderful baked and lend themselves to many creative dishes. Here’s two recipes we often enjoy. For more information on tropical home gardening click on our monthly newsletter at: http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.htmlWe have books and seeds to share with you.  Until next time – life’s a garden. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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First phase research into subsea power cable complete

first_imgThe Odin Finder, a research and survey vessel that in January began a reconnaissance study for the optimum route for a proposed high-voltage subsea power cable connecting Israel and Cyprus to the European mainland, has finished the first phase, reports said on Wednesday.According to Philelefthros, the Italian-flagged vessel, owned and operated by Italian company GAS S.r.l,completed the first and most difficult stage of mapping the seabed between Greece and Cyprus for the routing of the EuroAsia InterConnector, which is being designed to help solve the energy isolation of Cyprus.During the past month, the Odin Finder mapped a route from Vassiliko in Cyprus to Crete and from there to the Peloponnese and then on to mainland Greece close to the port of Piraeus, a total distance of more than 500 kilometres. The work was on schedule, Phileleftheros said. Mapping out the best route for the cable is expected to be completed within this year. The entire cable will reportedly cover around 1,500 km of which the portion between Cyprus and Israel is estimated to be roughly 320km in length.The ship is equipped to carry out various operations, including bathymetry, survey, geotechnical and ROV surveys.The cable will have the capacity to transmit 2,000 MW of energy along its east-west cable, selling Israel Energy Corporation’s excess electricity production to Cyprus or any other buyer further west.The subsea cable will connect Israel and Cyprus to southeast and western Europe to satisfy the continent’s need for cheap electricity.It will connect Israel with Cyprus, Cyprus with Crete, and Crete with the Peloponnese, from where electricity supply can be distributed to Greece or further afield.Actual work on the initial 329-kilometre cable link between Israel and Cyprus is expected to begin in 2017 and be completed in 2019.The project is initiated by the DEI-Quantum Energy joint venture, a partnership between DEI, the public power corporation of Greece, and Quantum, operator of hydroelectric and power stations in the Republic of Serbia. The cost is estimated at €1.5bn and the cable’s expected lifespan is estimated at 50 years. Once fully completed, the cable will allow for bi-directional transmission of electricity.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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