October 13, 2019

UK interest rates set to rise as inflation hits 3 per cent

first_imgLONDON – Inflation in Britain is set to rise above 3 per cent in the next month or two due to Brexit-related price increases, the Bank of England’s governor warned Tuesday, reinforcing expectations that interest rates will soon rise for the first time in a decade.Mark Carney’s comments came after official data showed consumer prices rose 3 per cent in the year to September, from the previous month’s 2.9 per cent rate. The increase, which took the rate to its highest since March 2012, was largely due to rising prices for food and transport.If it had risen further, Carney would have had to write to Treasury chief Philip Hammond explaining why inflation is more than a percentage point above the 2 per cent target and what the central bank was going to do about it.In testimony to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said he’s “more likely than not” to have to write that letter in October or November.It’s because of this high inflation that the bank’s rate-setting panel is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point from the record low of 0.25 per cent on Nov. 2. After the last meeting, when seven of the nine members voted for unchanged rates, Carney warned a “modest” hike was likely in coming months despite Brexit uncertainties and sluggish wage growth. Investors think it’s more or less a done deal now that the bank has signalled the increase.“The bank’s credibility has been questioned following numerous false dawns on interest rate hikes,” said Ben Gutteridge, Head of Fund Research at Brewin Dolphin.A rate rise would come despite an expected easing in inflation next year and mounting evidence that the economy is faltering as the official Brexit date of March 2019 draws nearer — it is growing slower than any other Group of Seven industrial economy.The main reason why inflation spiked over the past year is the pound’s 15 per cent or so drop since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. That ratcheted up the cost of imported goods like food and energy, trebling inflation since September 2016.Carney put his weight behind the need for a transitional deal with the EU after Brexit and indicated that the outlines of a deal should be agreed on early next year to keep financial firms in particular from pushing ahead with contingency plans, including moving jobs out of Britain.“There is a limited amount that firms can do in a short period of time,” he told lawmakers. “It’s important … not too much is asked from them.”He argued that a disorderly Brexit — in which Britain leaves the EU without an agreement on what their new relations should be — is in no one’s interest. That’s especially true for financial firms dealing with complicated contracts and cross-border issues of insurance or data. Though the economic impact of Brexit will be felt most keenly in Britain, Carney said financial issues could be acute for the EU in the short run, as London is a financing hub for many European firms.Fears of a “no-deal Brexit” have ratcheted higher recently as talks between the British government and the EU have made little headway.Carney conceded that firms have become “less confident about a smooth transition” in contrast to households. That warning weighed on the pound, which fell 0.5 per cent at $1.3186.In a speech last month, Prime Minister Theresa May laid out her wish for a transition period lasting around two years after Brexit, during which Britain’s economic relationship with the other 27 EU countries will remain largely unchanged. A transition period could give both sides time to forge a longer-term relationship.While acknowledging that Brexit offers Britain the long-term opportunity to reset its economy, Carney cautioned against moving too far from EU, given that the bloc accounts for nearly 50 per cent of British exports. Those in favour of Britain leaving the EU without a deal worry that any future trade agreement could see Britain replicating EU laws, limiting the country’s sovereignty.“The bird in the hand is quite large,” Carney said.The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was less coy than Carney. In a wide-ranging report on the British economy, it warned that a disorderly Brexit could see the pound fall further, Britain’s credit rating downgraded and business investment dry up. By contrast, it said that abandoning Brexit, possibly through a new referendum, could yield a “significant” growth dividend.?”The United Kingdom is facing challenging times, with Brexit creating serious economic uncertainties that could stifle growth for years to come,” said Angel Gurria, the OECD’s secretary-general.In a statement, the Treasury said Britain is “leaving the EU” and that “there will not be a second referendum.”last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Fort St John to get new provincial court judge

first_imgNew Ft St John judge!Judge Linda Thomas – will be sworn in on July 5, 2018. She will be assigned to the Northern Region and withChambers in Fort St. John.— Lorne MacLean, Q.C. (@bcfamilylaw) June 26, 2018According to Lorne MacLean, Q.C. with MacLean Family Law, Judge Thomas’ chambers will be located in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has appointed a new provincial court judge for the Northern Region who will be based in Fort St. John. Last week, the Attorney General’s Ministry announced that the Province had appointed three new provincial court judges to fill several vacancies created by judges who were retiring. Linda Thomas will be sworn in as the newest judge in the Northern Region on July 5th.Thomas received an LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2000. She has experience working as a sole practitioner, and for First Nations government and non-profit organizations. She has focused primarily on child protection and family law mediation, and the government says that she also has a background in prison law. She has worked extensively to develop and facilitate legal information workshops with law advocates, family support workers and Indigenous communities.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

PM promises collateralfree loan as he woos traders

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised traders Rs 50-lakh loan without any collateral, credit card facility and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers as he made a strong re-election pitch to the business community.Modi said while his government has stood by traders in thick and thin, the opposition Congress has abused businessmen by calling all of them ‘chor’ (thieves). Addressing a traders’ convention here, he said the BJP-led NDA government in the last five years at the Centre worked to simplify lives and businesses of traders by scraping 1,500 archaic laws, simplifying processes and providing easy credit. Traders are “backbone” of the Indian economy but had in past never got the respect they deserved, Modi said, adding that doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion is not possible without their contribution. “I am impressed by the hard work of traders… their business has helped the economy bloom,” he said. “I have tried to make your life and business easy in last five years.” “The country is also seeing how we have stood by you in thick and thin,” Modi said. With a household audience, the prime minister said the trading community is like weather forecaster who can anticipate future tidings. Hitting out at the opposition Congress, the prime minister said the party has in its 70-year rule only “insulted” businessmen. “They called all businessmen chor (thieves)” without realising the contribution of the business community in the economy. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi too came from businessmen community of banias, he said the country has seen the “insults” meted out by the Congress to traders. After being re-elected, he said, his government will set up a National Traders’ Welfare Board, bring trader credit cards and a pension scheme for small shopkeepers. Also, the provision will be made to provide loans of up to Rs 50 lakh without collateral, the prime minister promised to traders. Congress-led governments blamed traders for ills like price rise when it was the party’s own hoarders who were black marketing commodities, he alleged. Listing his government’s achievements, he said the NDA regime has ended 1,500 archaic laws at the rate of one per day in the last five years to make doing business easier in the country. Processes have been simplified, inspector raj largely checked and personal interference in income tax assessment removed. “I consider you (traders) as biggest stakeholder of the economy. Opposition parties remember you only on special occasion,” he said. Modi said the Goods and Services Tax, which was brought in July 2017 by amalgamating 17 different central and state taxes, has made doing business transparent, ended state check-posts and resulted in doubling of registered traders. “I do not say there may have not been mistakes (in implementing GST) but we have quickly addressed any anomalies based on suggestions from traders,” he said.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Egypt cabinet awaits court order to lift curfew

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s cabinet was on Wednesday awaiting a court order to lift a curfew three months after it was imposed on Cairo and 13 other provinces following a crackdown on Islamists.An administrative court ruled on Tuesday that the state of emergency in force since mid-August was to end on the same day based on its calculations, said the official MENA news agency.But the curfew — which runs from 1:00 am to 5:00 am — was still in place overnight. “The measures are still in place. There was a curfew last night. The text of the ruling must first go to the cabinet” before the prime minister can end the measures, an interior ministry official told AFP.Another government official said the cabinet expects to receive the text of the ruling later on Wednesday.Interim president Adly Mansour declared the state of emergency on August 14, as violence gripped Egypt after police dispersed two large protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Hundreds of people, mainly Morsi supporters, were killed in clashes that erupted during the crackdown, while Islamists elsewhere in the country retaliated by attacking security forces and Christian churches, businesses and homes, mostly Coptic.According to an interim constitution decreed by Mansour, extending the state of emergency beyond Thursday would have required a referendum.last_img read more

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September 28, 2019

OSU mens basketball holds off Northwestern 6959

The 29th time wasn’t the charm for the Northwestern men’s basketball team. For long stretches of the Wildcats game against Ohio State Thursday night, though, it looked like it might be. Winless in its last 28 trips to Columbus, Northwestern (13-12, 4-8) yet again fell victim to OSU (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten), 69-59. With the win, the Buckeyes, coming off losses to Indiana and Michigan, avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2009. Northwestern didn’t fall without a fight, however, leading for most of the game before OSU pulled away late on a 17-5 run. “In today’s day and age, this is a heck of a win for us,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. Playing a zone defense because of a worry that they would get into foul trouble otherwise-Northwestern had just seven healthy scholarship players-the Wildcats stagnated the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, and his team’s offense. “My center, he averages about three fouls every 10 minutes. I’m serious. I knew he couldn’t play one-on-one. Staying out of foul trouble was a major concern,” Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. Thomas, who leads the conference in scoring with more than 20 points per game, had just five points at halftime. Thomas showed up in a big way in the game’s decisive moments, though. He scored 15 points in the game’s final nine minutes. “Shots weren’t falling that I normally make,” the junior forward said. “I showed a lot of maturity tonight. When my teammates needed me, I got it done.” One teammate was there for Thomas when he wasn’t feeling it. Junior guard Aaron Craft spoke to Thomas multiple times during the game’s first 30 minutes-in which Thomas had just seven points-and told him to keep his head in the game. Matta told Thomas to listen to his fellow veteran teammate. “He’ll get you through,” Matta said to Thomas. The reason Thomas said he was frustrated, however, was because of how Northwestern was playing on offense. Nearly everything was falling for the Wildcats in the game’s opening twenty minutes. The No. 13-ranked Buckeyes went into halftime tied with the Wildcats, who had only nine players in uniform because of various injuries and suspension, 30-30. “That’s who Northwestern is. When they’re making shots, they’ve a very good basketball team,” Craft said, who finished with seven points, including two critical late buckets. For twenty minutes, Northwestern’s stingy zone defense frustrated the Buckeyes. On the other end of the floor, the Wildcats were patient, many times waiting until the shot clock was set to expire before firing a shot. They usually converted, too, shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half, capped by a banked 3-pointer at the buzzer from freshman guard Tre Demps. “Every time you play these guys it’s a grind. It weighs on you more mentally than physically,” Craft said, speaking of Northwestern’s tendency to try to slow the pace down. OSU made an emphasis to attack the paint in the second half. They were successful, getting the ball to sophomore center Amir Williams down low on back-to-back possessions to start the game’s final half, who converted both times. The Buckeyes got hot from deep as well, with sophomore forward Sam Thompson and Craft each hitting 3-pointers early. But Northwestern wasn’t going away. Every time OSU looked like it might go on a pull-away run-after Craft’s three or following a block in transition by sophomore guard Shannon Scott or when Thomas had a two-handed slam on a breakaway-the Wildcats had an answer. The Schottenstein Center’s crowd was on its feet for a majority of the second half, clapping and cheering in hopes to push the Buckeyes over the figurative hump. Northwestern’s bench was on its feet in jubiliation a lot though, too. OSU took the lead on three separate occasions in the second half’s first 15 minutes. Each time it happened, Northwestern got back in front. The Wildcats used 3-pointers (NU made 11) to counter the Buckeyes’ athleticism on defense. The fourth time OSU took the lead, they did it for good. Northwestern had its chances, possibly best highlighted by a missed layup by senior guard Reggie Hearn that sat on the rim for nearly three seconds, but the Buckeyes’ defense rose to the occasion. Matta used a small lineup featuring Thomas as the tallest player on the court down the stretch, and it worked, allowing OSU to press and trap the Wildcats. That lineup helped Thomas on the offensive end, too, allowing him to post-up on the slower, less athletic Wildcat big men. “It was all going to be on the defense, in terms of what we had to get done defensively and defend the 3s,” Matta said. OSU is set to play at Wisconsin on Sunday at 1 p.m. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: February 15, 2013 An earlier version of this story said that the Buckeyes have won against the Wildcats in their last 28 meetings at the Schottenstein Center. In fact, OSU has a 10-0 record against the Wildcats in the Schottenstein Center and have won the last 29 played on the Buckeyes’ home court. read more

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September 21, 2019

Wills

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Why have a Will? Your will is an important document in your estate plan. It gives legally binding directions on who will control your assets, how you want the assets and income managed and gifted guardianship of minor children Even if you have a will, it may not be valid. Unless there is an earlier will that is valid, you may be treated as having no will. An application to Court may ‘fix’ a will sometimes, but is expensive. A will may be invalid if: – it is not signed and witnessed correctly. This often happens with ‘do-it-yourself’ will kits and other wills signed without a lawyer present – you married after signing a will (unless it considers your spouse) – it is proven you signed under duress or in poor mental health If without a will, your assets do not go to the government (a myth). However, a government set formula determines which relatives get what. The result may not be what you want! For example, if the family home is in the name of one parent, who dies without a valid will, the home does not pass fully to the other parent. The surviving parent gets value equal to the first $100,000 and one-third of the balance. The child(ren) get two-thirds of the balance. If the children want the cash, they can force a sale of the family home – a terrible outcome. A will is also needed if: – you want to leave assets to a de facto who might have to fight relatives in court to prove your relationship. – any of your children have financial problems or marital problems. Otherwise your assets may go to their creditors and ex-spouses – your spouse has high financial risk (e.g. personal guarantees, business directorships). Assets held by the low risk spouse should not pass to the high risk spouse. Similarly, if you have high financial risk, persons that may leave you an inheritance (e.g. parents) should instead leave your inheritance to a trust. If you die whilst separated, but not divorced, your spouse could receive more than from a family law division. You should take quick action with a new will and take steps to prevent your half share in property passing to your spouse automatically on your death. What kinds of Wills are there? There are two types of wills: 1. a simple will – assets are gifted to specific people in your will 2. a ‘testamentary trust’ will – all or most assets are not specifically gifted, but go into one or more trusts. Decisions to distribute income and capital are left with your executors. The main advantages of a testamentary trust will are: – assets protected from creditors of your spouse or children – potential protection from your children’s ex-spouses – potential tax savings on flexible income/capital distributions The right will depends on your financial and familial circumstances. Who should you have as Executors? Without a will, you do not choose your executors. The closest family members usually apply for this, but there can be a costly fight in court over who is appointed. This happens often between a second spouse and children of an earlier marriage. Who is right depends on your circumstances. We usually recommend independent persons over children, especially for larger estates. This should prevent children fighting each other and gives them greater protection from ex-spouses. The independent persons should be at least two people you know and trust (e.g. long-time accountant and lawyer). There are many choices to be made with your will. A good estate planning lawyer will explain the benefits and risks to determine which suits you. If you have any questions or require further information please contact Harry Giannakidis on hgiannakidis@millsoakley.com.aulast_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Griezmann Hernandez sign new deals as Lemar closes in on

first_imgAtletico Madrid have confirmed that both Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez have signed contract extensions at the club with Thomas Lemar close to completing his moveGriezmann had been expected to join Barcelona this summer, but the 27-year-old instead announced that he will be remaining at Atletico last week in an hour-long documentary broadcasted on Spanish TV station Movistar.The club website has reported that the French forward has now committed his future to the club by adding another year to his current deal after holding a meeting with the club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, in Russia.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Meanwhile, his France teammate Hernandez has extended his current deal until 2024 with their fellow French international Lemar close to officially completing his move to Atletico subject to passing a medical and finalising terms with AS Monaco.Last season, Atletico finished above city rivals Real Madrid in second place in La Liga and defeated Marseille 3-0 last month to win the Europa League for a record-equalling third time.last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) — Those brightly colored rental bikes seem to be popping up all over San Deigo County.However, in one coastal community, city officials are taking some extra steps to keep them out.Coronado has adopted a new enforcement policy to stop the dumping of the dockless rental bikes on public right-of-ways, such as sidewalks, streets, alleys, parks and beaches.The City of Coronado does not have a contract with any of the dockless bike companies, which rent bikes through an app and allow the users to leave them in any location.After hearing numerous complaints from residents and business owners that the bikes were being abandoned in random locations and posed a risk to public safety, city leaders have adopted a new policy to keep the bikes from blocking streets and other right-of-ways.The policy allows police to tag an abandoned bike. If the bicycle is not removed within two hours, the bike can be impounded. Coronado will charge the bike companies a fine before they can reclaim their property.Those penalties may range from $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $500 for any violations that follow. Mayor Richard Bailey said he was not opposed to those bicyclists who want to ride through Coronado, but he doesn’t want the bikes to be left in the city.“If a user currently leaves a bike on a sidewalk, the bike companies have been notified. We’ve requested that they remove the bikes from our public sidewalks since they don’t have a commercial use permit. If the bike operators are unwilling to remove the bike from our sidewalk, then we have the ability to remove it ourselves,” Bailey said.One of the bike sharing companies, “Ofo” said it appreciated the city’s concerns and has already suggested ways for the company and the City to collaborate, “without the use of public resources.”LimeBikes told said it has not distributed bikes in Coronado and it will continue to conduct an outreach program “to ensure we’re addressing any challenges and best serving the needs of the community.” Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:31 PMcenter_img March 20, 2018 Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping Posted: March 20, 2018last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Border Patrol seizes almost 100000 worth of cocaine

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Border Patrol seizes almost $100,000 worth of cocaine June 24, 2019 CAMPO ( KUSI) – U.S. Border Patrol agents Monday announced the recent arrest of a Mexican citizen who allegedly had nearly 10 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $100,000, hidden inside his car.The driver was identified as a 25-year-old Mexican citizen who possessed a Border Crosser Card, said U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco.Francisco added the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office would release the suspect*s name.At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, agents at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on westbound Interstate 8 ordered a second inspection of a silver 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, according to the Border Patrol.During the inspection a Border Patrol K-9 team examined the vehicle, which resulted in an alert, Francisco said.Agents discovered four bundles hidden in an after-market compartment inside the dashboard, Francisco said.Agents removed the four bundles, which weighed 9.88 pounds, Francisco said, adding the substance tested positive for cocaine and was valued at $98,800.The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Francisco said, adding the U.S. Border Patrol seized the vehicle.He added that as of May 31, the San Diego Sector Border Patrol has seized 996.94 pounds of cocaine valued at $9,969,400 during fiscal year 2019. Posted: June 24, 2019last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Facebook will no longer ask for your email passwords

first_img Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool Now playing: Watch this: Facebook was asking for some new signups’ email passwords as a means of verification. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images You won’t need to give Facebook your email password to sign up for a new account anymore.After a Twitter user called out the social media giant over the practice on Sunday, Facebook has backtracked on the verification requirement.When some people signed up on Facebook, instead of getting a verification email or a code sent to their phones, they would instead get a prompt to enter their personal email’s password to verify their new accounts — essentially giving login credentials to the social network. The news was first reported by the Daily Beast.A Facebook spokesperson said that the passwords are not stored by the social network and that the verification method was only available to a “very small group of people.” Facebook did not clarify how many people were shown this prompt. The feature was originally designed for people signing up on a web browser and using email providers that don’t support OAuth, an open-source protocol that acts as a key for logins. “That said, we understand the password verification option isn’t the best way to go about this, so we are going to stop offering it,” Facebook said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. Security Internet Services Tags In March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network would be shifting to a privacy-focused platform, with security as a major talking point. Since then, however, Facebook has been at the center of multiple privacy and security lapses.   The email password incident, for instance, follows the revelation last month that Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords in plain text on its internal servers, meaning they were open for staffers to see. In both cases, there was concern that the social network could see the login credentials. Facebook said it has never seen the passwords used for verification, although the feature had been available for several years. Also last month, researchers disclosed a browser bug affecting Facebook Messenger that allowed snoops to read messages, and Facebook was caught tying phone numbers used for two-factor authentication to friend searches. First published at 4:01 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:45 a.m.: Adds more detail, at 5:29 a.m.: With response from Facebook.  5 Comments Share your voice 1:15 Facebooklast_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Sri Lanka attacks What we know so far

first_imgA security officer stands in front of St Anthony`s shrine in Colombo, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Sri Lanka on 22 April 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lanka was rocked Sunday by a series of deadly blasts that has reportedly killed 290 people and injured 500 more.Here is what we know so far about one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation’s history:What happened?Powerful explosions struck in quick succession at three hotels in the capital Colombo. The Cinnamon Grand was hit at around 8:30 am (0300 GMT), and the high-end Shangri-La soon after at 9:05am.Three churches were also targeted in that wave of blasts: Colombo’s historic St Anthony’s Shrine, the St Sebastian’s church in the town of Negombo — north of the capital — and the Zion Church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa.Hours later, there were two more blasts — one of them at another Colombo hotel. At least two of the eight were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police sources and a hotel official.Who were the victims?The blasts hit the churches when they were full of worshippers gathered for Easter services. An AFP photographer saw bodies and debris lying on the floor at St Anthony’s.By Sunday evening, the toll stood at 207 dead and 450 people injured.Police said 35 foreigners were among the dead, including British, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and American citizens, with the US and Britain later confirming their nationals were killed.Hospital sources also said British, Dutch and American citizens were among those killed, with Britons and Japanese also injured.India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj added three Indians were killed.A Portuguese man also died, according to the Iberian nation’s LUSA news agency. Two Chinese nationals were injured, the country’s embassy in Sri Lanka said, according to Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency.Who did it?There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declined to identify any suspected perpetrators.At least eight people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, police said, and investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.The island nation has suffered deadly militant attacks for years, especially by ethnic Tamil militants during a decades-long civil war that ended in 2009 when Sri Lankan forces crushed the insurgency.In recent years, there have been clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, and in March last year the government imposed a 12-day state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots.Christian groups have also complained of increased harassment from hardline Buddhist groups.And, according to documents seen by AFP, the country’s police chief warned top officers 10 days ago of possible suicide bomb attacks on churches and the Indian high commission by the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka. He cited reports by a “foreign intelligence agency”, according to the documents.How did Sri Lanka react? Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all.”The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.The government beefed up security and imposed an immediate and indefinite curfew across the country. It also put in place a “temporary” ban on social media platforms “in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread”.Security at Colombo’s airport was also enhanced, according to Sri Lankan Airlines, which advised its passengers to arrive four hours before their flights. It added that passengers with passports and tickets will be able to reach the airport during the curfew.Embassies in Sri Lanka have warned their citizens to shelter in place.last_img
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September 2, 2019

Who Is Meghan Markle 6 Things To Know About The PrincessToBe

first_img Share Photo via Meghan Markle’s Twitter @meghanmarklePrince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in spring 2018.Admit it. You’ve Googled “Who’s Meghan Markle” — or, at least, you thought about it.The 36-year-old American actress is now engaged to Prince Harry, the redheaded younger brother of Prince William, with a wedding planned for spring 2018.Here in America, our only princesses are of the Disney variety. But the wedding of Kate and William in 2011 proved that there’s tremendous interest — in some cases, obsession — with the marital machinations of the royal family across the pond.Meghan Markle recalls how Prince Harry proposed https://t.co/i4gnKvanEz pic.twitter.com/Xr14LWYuXS— TIME (@TIME) November 27, 2017So even if you aren’t on the edge of your seat wondering who snagged the former “playboy prince,” someone you know probably is. Let’s pretend you’re reading this on their behalf.She’s not royalty — and not BritishLike Princess Kate, Markle is a commoner. More unusually, she’s American; she was born in Los Angeles. That makes her the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937.Back then, Edward VIII had to abdicate his throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson — not because she was American, but because she was divorced.Markle is also divorced (she was married from 2011-2013), but 80 years after the Wallas Simpson drama, that’s less likely to cause an uproar.She’s got two rescue dogsHere they are.She’s a humanitarian activist, promoting gender equalityThis March, Markle wrote for Time magazine about the stigma and shame around menstruation in some parts of the world and how it forms a barrier to girls’ success.“We need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation,” she wrote. “To break the cycle of poverty, and to achieve economic growth and sustainability in developing countries, young women need access to education.”Markle was honored by Vanity Fair U.K. for her role in the One Young World summit, along with Emma Watson, Cher and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.You might recognize her from the long-running legal drama SuitsMarkle plays Rachel Zane on the USA Network show, now in its seventh season.Her character began as a well-respected, ambitious paralegal at the show’s central law firm, whose father is a name partner at a rival law firm. Over the course of the show, Zane struggles to get into law school, becomes a lawyer and gets caught up in a love triangle. Her relationship with Mike Ross is one of the central elements of the show.“Rachel and I [are] very similar: ambitious, driven, and always trying to take the bull by its horns,” Markle told Marie Claire in 2013. “I love the intelligence that’s written into Rachel. Look, my very first audition was for ‘Hot Girl #1’ in some movie. It’s the ultimate for me that the writers are … able to go, ‘Sure, you can be a pretty girl, but there’s so much more to her.’ “Markle also describes herself as a foodie, another trait she shares with Zane, Vanity Fair reports.US Weekly reported earlier this month that Markle and costar Patrick Adams (who plays Ross) are both quitting the show at the end of Season 7.She has stayed out of the media hoopla about her romance with Harry …“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” Markle told Vanity Fair in September. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”She described her relationship to the media with a Britishism, “ostriching” — as in, sticking her head in the sand.“I don’t read any press. I haven’t even read press for Suits,” she said. “The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.”… but Harry has spoken out publicly to defend her against tabloidsIn late 2016, when their relationship hit the press, Markle — who is biracial — was subjected to intrusive, offensive media coverage and frequently racist reaction. (The CBC collected several examples.)Prince Harry’s communications secretary responded with a rare public comment, written in the third person, acknowledging their relationship. It noted that Harry “has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it,” but then continued:“But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”The statement was widely regarded as unprecedented.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

first_imgKolkata: Panchayat election in West Bengal will be held on a single day on May 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced today. Earlier, the SEC had announced that the polling would be held in three phases on May 1, 2 and 5. The polling had to be deferred after opposition parties moved courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling party during the nomination process. “The panchayat election will be held on May 14,” a spokesman of the SEC told newsmen here.last_img

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August 31, 2019

Tihar inmate kills self inside cell

first_imgA 27-year-old inmate lodged in jail number one of Tihar prisons allegedly hanged himself to death inside a cell on Monday. The deceased person, identified as Ravinder, was jailed in connection with a murder and robbery case at his own locality in South-east Delhi’s Govindpuri. Ravinder was reported to be a habitual offender, who was first lodged in Tihar around 11 years ago. He was reportedly upset after his wife failed to come and meet him in the jail in the previous week, said a police official. On Monday afternoon, Ravinder allegedly hanged himself to death with his clothes tied to a high grill in his own cell (number 8) in the first ward of Jail number 1, said a police official. This was the 19th death and the fourth suicide case, so far this year.last_img

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August 26, 2019

Qt 511 has arrived

first_imgQt 5.11 has been released ahead of the planned schedule. Qt is one of the most popular cross-platform software development framework for embedded and desktop applications. It holds a variety of new features and bug fixes. Qt for Web assembly and Python Qt for Web assembly version 1 has been released to allow users to target the web and browsers as a platform for Qt applications. In addition, Qt is actively working on supporting Qt on Python and the first release is planned for June. Qt Core and Network Both the Qt Core and item model have received a couple of updates. Most importantly, Qt Core now has Unicode support. So, QChar, QString, QTextBoundaryFinder and Qt algorithm for bidirectional text are now fully compatible with Unicode 10. In the Qt network, ALPN and HTTP/2 are now supported on iOS. Qt GUI and Widgets Accessibility support on Windows is now based on Microsoft UI automation. Widget styles on Windows are also updated to better support High-DPI displays. Qt widgets have received support for quick text selection by mouse in QLineEdit, along with a number of bug-fixes. The print dialog on Linux now also features much better support for all the CUPS provided options. Qt QML Engine The Qt QML compiler pipeline is completely re-written with major improvements in performance and maintainability. This pipeline always compiles QML to a platform-independent bytecode. You can also generate the bytecode ahead of time, using the qmlcompiler feature. The new bytecode interpreter has vastly improved and reaches 80-90% of the performance of the JIT in Qt 5.10. Qt Quick Qt Quick, now supports loading compressed textures in the image element. As this feature stores images in a format that is directly digestible by the GPU, it reduces application startup time and memory consumption. Qt Quick also supports both .ktx and .pkm container file formats. Qt Location Qt Location now includes experimental support for turn-by-turn navigation. It also has an experimental API to create map objects that are not bound to QQuickItems. In MapPolyline objects,  layers are now working in combination with Map items. Routing and Places API are extensible and there is a newly added element, known as WayPoint. Qt 3D and Qt 3D Studio Qt 3D Studio 2.0 is currently in beta and the complete release will soon be available with a fully rewritten runtime, that’ll be based on top of Qt 3D. With this work, Qt 3D has also received numerous new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Qt Webengine The Chromium version underneath Qt Webengine has been updated to Chromium 65. In addition, Qt now supports embedded DevTools without requiring the use of a separate browser, an installable cookie filter and quota permissions. Other items qdoc now uses libclang to parse C++ giving a much better support for modern C++ in the documentation. Qt Serialbus and Bluetooth have now improved support for CAN bus and BTLE. To read the complete coverage, visit the release notes page. Qt 5.11 free version will be supported for one year. For longer support periods, developers should prefer Qt 5.9 which will be supported until June 2020.  An extended lifetime support can be purchased from the Qt Company if required. The next release, Qt 5.12 is planned for November and will be a long-term supported release. Read Next How to create multithreaded applications in Qt How to Debug an application using Qt Creator 3 ways to deploy a QT and OpenCV applicationlast_img read more

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August 19, 2019

Melia returns to essential destination of Costa Rica with Sol Tamarindo

first_img Tuesday, March 26, 2019 TORONTO — Melia Hotels International is bringing its Sol by Melia brand to Costa Rica, taking over the Tamarindo Diriá Beach Resort and renaming it Sol Tamarindo Hotel effective Aug. 1.The move marks Melia’s return to Costa Rica.With more than 370 properties around the world Melia Hotels International has a long list of well-known resort brands including core brand Melia, the luxurious Paradisus by Melia, and Gran Melia.Another brand, ME by Melia is all about ‘luxury lifestyle’. And sister brand Sol by Melia is ‘ME lite’, says Melia’s VP Global Brand Strategy, Tony Cortizas.The Sol brand has a lot of the same emphasis on style as ME by Melia, but at a lower price point. In an interview with Travelweek, Cortizas noted that Sol has a lot of appeal for younger Millennials.Melia has chosen a strong destination for its first Sol by Melia in the Americas. The resort is right on Tamarindo Beach, known as one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe resort is owned by the Diriá Group, the biggest real estate group in the area, and is located alongside the beach and the famous Diriá Grand Boulevard with a selection of restaurants, shops and a casino.The resort has 242 rooms in several buildings, half with sea views and the others with views of the pools or the gardens.Dining options include six restaurants and three bars, plus there are four swimming pools, tennis court and gym.Tamarindo and Liberia airports are five minutes and one hour away respectively. San Jose Airport is about four hours away by car.MHI says the new addition reaffirms its commitment to growth in the Caribbean and Central America, reinforcing its market leadership and extending the international expansion of its Sol by Meliá brand of resort hotels.“As world leaders in resort hotels with brands such as Sol by Meliá which will now be present in 10 countries on four continents, we continue to strengthen our presence in the most important leisure destinations,” says Gabriel Escarrer, MHI’s Executive Vice President and CEO. “We are also very excited to welcome the addition of Sol Tamarindo, a resort which allows the company to operate again in the essential destination of Costa Rica.” Posted by Melia returns to “essential destination” of Costa Rica with Sol Tamarindo << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovationslast_img read more

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August 11, 2019

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Sam Bradford, Cardinals QB Your browser does not support the audio element. Although Sam Bradford has dealt with injuries for much of his career, the new Cardinals quarterback has gained some positives through all the negative.So when he was asked about his knee problems during his introductory press conference on Friday, he didn’t shy away from the answers.“Each time, it’s a little bit tougher mentally,” he said. “As you get older, you just realize how precious each game is and how few of these opportunities that you are given and so I think each time that it’s taken away from you it’s a little bit harder because you realize what your missing out on and I think that’s what really gets you to put all the work in in the offseason and to not be able to be out there with your guys and to not be able to compete on Sundays, that’s the tough part about it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Obviously there’s some wear and tear on the knee, I’ve been through a lot with it but all I can tell you is how I feel right now and really kind of where it’s gone since I had the procedure in November,” he said. “It’s done nothing but get better and I feel good at the moment and that’s really all I can tell you about it right now.”Now with a healthy knee and a new team, the next question is how long can he stay healthy in Arizona.“Obviously it’s the million dollar question,” he told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta after the press conference. “Right now, I’ve got a group of people that I surrounded myself with that have put together a program for me that I feel like gives me the best opportunity to stay healthy and to play 16 games and hopefully more at the end of the season.“I know that what I’m going to do and what I’ve done to this point. I will put myself in the best position to succeed, to be healthy and that’s really all I can control and all I can do.” 4 Comments   Share   center_img In eight NFL seasons, he’s played 16 games just twice, missing the entire 2014 season. He missed all but two games in 2017 and played in just seven in 2013. But while injuries have sidelined the former No. 1 overall draft pick on numerous occasions, there is some silver lining to his despair.“You fight those battles mentally, but every time you go through that process and every time you turn that corner and your able to get yourself back on the field. I feel like I’ve come back mentally tougher and mentally stronger than I was the time before,” he said.Related LinksSam Bradford: Cardinals’ roster was a motivator to come to ArizonaVideo: Cardinals’ Michael Bidwill welcomes Sam Bradford to ArizonaArizona Cardinals officially sign quarterback Sam BradfordAfter an injury cut his 2015 season short and a trade shipped him to Minnesota, Bradford came back on a tear, completing a league-leading and NFL record 71.6 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2016.But the quarterback couldn’t replicate his stellar numbers in 2017 as he was hit with yet another injury, putting a damper on the Vikings’ Super Bowl aspirations.That’s not stopping Bradford, though, as he makes his return back to the field.“I’m motivated to go out there and to play the way that I know I can play,” he said. “I feel like there’s times where I’ve played good and then get hurt and not be able to continue to do it and so I want to go out there and just prove to myself for 16 games that I can go out there and play to the level I’m capable of. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals new quarterback Sam Bradford speaks at an NFL football news conference Friday, March 16, 2018, at the teams’ facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)last_img read more

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August 7, 2019

Mobile TV specialist Mobi TV has teamed up with Do

first_imgMobile TV specialist Mobi TV has teamed up with Dolby Laboratories to deliver a surround sound experience across devices including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, internet TVs and set-top boxes.MobiTV will integrate Dolby Digital Plus into its DRM-protected content delivery platform to provide surround sound to end-users across multiple screens.“Consumers are choosing to enjoy content across a wide range of devices, from televisions to tablets and smartphones,” said Taeho Oh, senior director, mobile, Dolby Laboratories. “We’re excited to work with MobiTV to enable consumers to experience high-quality Dolby Digital Plus audio that delivers an authentic, cinema-style entertainment experience wherever, whenever they prefer.”last_img

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August 4, 2019

Australia has significant customers in Asia which

first_img Australia has significant customers in Asia which are just on its door step. Australia being first also means that the United States and Canada are significantly late to the game. Many companies in the US have applied for a chance to build liquefaction plants, with Cheniere Energy (LNG) hoping to begin exporting in 2015. However, even if only half of the planned facilities make it through construction, there will still be a significant glut in LNG supplies. Second, cost overruns will deteriorate the majority of profits. The project costs for both brownfields (existing developments) and greenfields (new developments) are going to see dramatic increases over the next few years: international weakness in energy prices. Just look at Australia, where labor shortages, cost of materials, and weather have wrecked LNG project budgets and extended deadlines. Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project was budgeted for $37 billion when it first began construction on Barrow Island in 2009 and was set to be completed 2014. The deadline has now been pushed to late 2015 with a final price tag escalated to be approximately$54 billion. Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project is also suffering from the same setbacks. The project began in 2011 with an expected cost of $26.4 billion and with its first cargo being delivered in 2016. The plant’s price tag is currently at $29.7 billion, with deliveries expected in 2017. The reality is that major LNG projects are normally in the middle of nowhere, and labor and resources are hard to come by; LNG is becoming a victim of its own success. Third, the demand for LNG is not as rosy as everyone makes it out to be. Most of the world’s LNG is bound for East Asia, as Japan and South Korea account for over 50% of LNG imports. The Fukushima disaster in Japan made the country even more reliant on LNG. With nuclear power unavailable and natural gas its only source of peak-load power, Japan’s power authority had to scramble to import enough LNG to keep the country’s lights on and its industries running. However, as Japan begins restarting its nuclear power plants, one of the largest markets for LNG will drop considerably, and no other country will come close to filling the void that Japan will leave behind. In November, Kagoshima Governor Yūichirō Itō approved the restart of two reactors at Sendai despite public concerns. This was the final step before the reactors restart in the new year, which is a huge milestone moving forward. It’s no secret that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is very pro-nuclear and understands that the prolonged shutdown of nuclear power plants is hurting the Japanese economy. Abe has made it clear he’d like to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants. If that comes to pass as we expect, LNG demand in Japan would drop significantly. Thus, the combination of increasing supply, significant cost overruns in building natural gas liquefaction plants, and decreasing demand led to a weak LNG market. When combined with the rise of spot contracts, this is all bearish news for LNG operators and producers. North American facilities may find it difficult to compete with LNG plants in Australia, Eastern Russia, Qatar, and Southeast Asia for the all-important East Asian market. The amount of LNG growth in Australia could easily depress prices worldwide and discourage further development of LNG in America, particularly if the Henry Hub price stays near today’s levels. Petronas’ deferment of the Pacific Northwest LNG project off British Columbia’s west coast is the first of many in North America. The event was one of many that vindicated the controversial thesis we put out in the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, due to the reasons we outlined in this article and accompanied by the decline in commodity prices, expect to see more major projects mothballed and continued selling pressure in the LNG sector. We congratulate our readers who didn’t jump on the LNG bandwagon and were patient with this investment. But this is all good news to me, as I’m a contrarian value investor. Blood in the streets? Now I’m interested. Fortune favors the bold. So how can we profit from the blood in the energy markets? Easy. If you agree today to try my newsletter risk-free for three months, you’ll get the news and our newest recommendation at the same time as our current subscribers. There’s no risk to you: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money over your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund, no questions asked. Even if you miss the three-month cutoff, cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. As a subscriber, you’ll receive instant access to our current issue, which details how to protect yourself falling oil prices, plus our current top recommendations in the oil patch. Also, as a new subscriber, you’ll get access to all the past issues and the current portfolio on the website. Do your portfolio a favor and have me on your side to increase your chances of success. Click here to start your risk-free trial now. Also, an open invite to all Casey subscribers who happen to be in Vancouver, BC, Canada: I love being the first to a story. (Yes, I have an ego.) And yes, I was the first to come out and state that Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector has huge problems and to recommend avoiding the bubble in Canadian LNG. I repeated this warning several times over the last two years. Canada’s LNG bubble popped last week. Here’s what US LNG investors can learn from it. In the March 2014 issue of the Casey Energy Report, I listed hard facts of why the North American—especially British Columbian (BC)—LNG sector will fail. This report was published in arguably the most bullish period for LNG-related companies and was immediately met with pushback, from both the industry and investors. The bubble in the Canadian LNG sector has now popped. LNG was touted as the savior of the Canadian gas markets, destined to ship gas overseas to be sold for 2-4 times domestic prices. The theme was so prevalent that it was estimated about CDN$200 billion would be invested in Canadian LNG alone, and even the mere mention of LNG was enough to give companies a boost in share price. Nevertheless, I stuck to my numbers, and our thesis came to fruition… much earlier than we anticipated with Petronas just this past week putting BC LNG on hold by delaying its final investment decision into the BC LNG sector, citing two items: capital expenditures cost overruns; and So why was I so bearish before anyone else in Canada on BC LNG? First, there are just too many liquefaction facilities planned. Over the next five years, LNG production is set to increase by more than 30%, with Australia leading the wave of expansion.last_img read more

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August 3, 2019

After over a year of negotiations Randolph Health

first_imgAfter over a year of negotiations, Randolph Health will not become part of Cone Health’s larger integrated health care network. Currently the two provide some services in Asheboro jointly, and Cone Health operates as a managing partner.Randolph Health CEO Steve Eblin says the two have been longtime partners and that conversations about integration were amicable.  “Now that the Cone deal is not going to happen, we’re disappointed about that but we are committed to finding a new integration partner, because in today’s health care world, a business model like ours, of a stand-alone hospital, really just doesn’t work for the long-term.”The announcement comes at a time when health care organizations and networks are consolidating amid changes in reimbursement and rising costs.Cone Health’s CEO said in a press release that it was a difficult decision, but that combining would require the organization’s priorities and projects to be scaled back or put on hold.last_img read more

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