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Traffic Advisory Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 and Sunnylea Road, Wellington Crews are widening and repairing Trunk 2 from Sunnylea Road in Wellington to Acorn Drive in Oakfield, and on Sunnylea Road from Trunk 2 to the end of the pavement beginning Thursday, Sept. 8. Work is anticipated to be completed Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays with lane closures from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img

Calling reforms galore

first_imgWhile the nation wishes to celebrate many recent achievements, there looms an unpleasant reality threatening to come down heavily on the Indian state and its people. It is coming to surface more worryingly how the economy needs to be retrieved from the shambles it has fallen into. India’s economic growth is seeing the slowest pace since 2014-15 with the slow down to 6.8 per cent in 2018-19. Estimates suggest that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of the current year will be less than the government’s estimate of seven per cent. A loud and clear tell-tale sign of the alarming state of the economy is the crisis in the auto sector which is the worst in 19 years, resulting in job losses in thousands; there has been a drastic plummet in sales right from passenger cars to mopeds. Real estate sector remains with sizable unsold inventory and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies have had a decline in volume growth, that is, the number of packs sold. An indicator of how bad the internal situation is can be assessed by the ripples it is creating in overseas economic association: two popular retail brands, IKEA and Miniso had opened their stores in India in recent times with much fanfare but they have missed their targets in India. Presumably, slower growth in the economy has impacted the overall business environment affecting demand across sectors. As per the 2019 Economic Survey tabled in Parliament, India must spend at least 7-8 per cent of its GDP on infrastructure, that is $200 billion (Rs 14 lakh crore approximately) if it wants to dream of becoming a $10 trillion economy by the year 2032. As matters stand, India has been able to do about half of it (close to $100 billion or Rs 7 lakh crore) annually, leaving a gap of $90 billion on a yearly. There is hardly any announcement of new investment projects and there has also been a huge drop in the projects meeting completion. Exports remain stagnant, the collection of taxes thus are nearly flat. The large-scale indicators of the economic slowdown have been continually under analysis by experts and thinkers but more a simplistic and commonplace reflection of this that people reportedly are now thinking twice before buying even a packet of ordinary biscuits. Also Read – A compounding difficultyPrivate consumption expenditure, investment, government expenditure, and net exports (which is exports minus imports) are the constituents of the GDP of an economy. For India, private consumption expenditure is about 60 per cent of the economy. In the past few years, the investment in the economy has not had much impetus and it is consumption which has been driving the economy. Now, even consumption is slowing down. Retail loan of the banks have been on the rise (between April 2014 and March 2019, the retail loans of banks went up by 120 per cent) and personal loans have gone up by 255 per cent. This indicates that borrowings financed a large part consumption over the last five years, primarily because income in the last five years has not gone up as much as it did in the period of five years before that. The per capita income between April 2014 and March 2019 went up by 59 per cent. It was up by 88 per cent between April 2009 and March 2014. With this fall in the rate of growth of income, people borrowed more to consume and spend more. Consequently, the overall financial liabilities of households increased by Rs 6.7 lakh crore in 2017-2018. A huge number indeed. Also Read – An askew democracyWith respect to the Prime Minister’s target and vision of a $5 trillion economy, Rs 20 lakh crore needs to be spent annually to realise the 100 lakh crore investment figure envisaged for the next five years. At present, matters are far beneath the threshold at about Rs 6-7 lakh crore spent in a year. This glaring gap between the target and the present status is a matter of serious concern, particularly when the government is in a tight spot managing revenue deficit and expenditure burden (on account of the absence of private investments) at the same time also when both commercial banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) are not prepared for the situation. Banks continue to grapple with non-performing assets and NBFCs are struck by a severe liquidity crunch coupled with an increasing trust deficit. RBI data informs that about 17 per cent of infrastructure loans are in the stressed category on banks’ books. Overall, the situation only indicates that our financial institutions are basically not up to the task. On the contrary, it is to the credit of Narendra Modi government that low food inflation has been maintained. The food inflation in 2018-2019 was only 0.14 per cent, indicating that on the whole, food prices were flat. But this was good news only for consumers, not for farmers. A significant reason behind flat food prices is that with regard to most agricultural commodities, India produces more than it consumes and the excess produce is not exported. Hence, the stagnant food prices which have meant flat incomes in large parts of rural India and is ultimately affecting consumption. Income is the necessary factor to keep consumption going. And income generation happens with economic activity for which investment and industry must progress. As of now, the clear conclusion is that there is a long way to go before India realises its dream of $5 trillion economy.last_img read more

Global food prices plummet UN reports

International prices of key food staples dropped in the first five months of this year, driven largely by plummeting prices of cereals and sugar, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.The FAO Food Price Index – the average of commodity prices, including meat and dairy – averaged 164 points in May, down from 174 in January and substantially less than its peak of 214 reached in the spring of 2008.Sugar prices have plunged by half from their peak earlier this year due to possible significant production increases.But the Food Outlook report said that despite the fall in the Index, the cost of the typical food commodity basket globally today is still nearly 70 per cent higher than it was between 2002 and 2004.“The 2008-2009 food prices boom spurred plantings and production of many crops, which has resulted in a recovery in inventories and boosting stocks-to-use rations, a tendency likely to prevail in 2010/11,” the publication said.The global drop in prices, it cautioned, masks the ongoing high costs of food imports due mainly to higher expenditures on non-cereal products, including dairy products and vegetable oils.The new report also predicted continued growth in cereals, with world production this year on target to match the record set in 2008. 3 June 2010International prices of key food staples dropped in the first five months of this year, driven largely by plummeting prices of cereals and sugar, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. read more

Better conditions needed in Kyrgyzstan to help 75000 people still uprooted –

The clashes between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in early June displaced at least 300,000 people within Kyrgyzstan, sending many fleeing to neighbouring Uzbekistan.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) said today that its teams in the hard-hit cities of Osh and Jalalabad have heard of frequent instances of detention and harassment.The uprooted “also speak of difficulties in accessing basic medical services, and of conditions of no electricity and poor waste management,” agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters today in Geneva.She said similar messages have been communicated through a free 24-hour telephone line operated by UNHCR and its partners.The agency is helping to counsel people on their rights and on how to restore lost or destroyed personal documents, while also assisting Kyrgyz authorities to boost their capacity to issue new documents.Ms. Fleming said that UNHCR is encouraged by recent Government moves to set up mobile teams to help communities affected by the June violence and to waive the fee for issuing temporary identification cards.“UNHCR advocates for a stable and sustainable return,” Ms. Fleming said, welcoming President Rosa Otunbaeva’s recent statement calling for the possibility of those affected by violence to opt for either a new apartment or for rebuilding their destroyed homes.Reconstruction of houses and emergency shelter is a key concern for the agency, with many returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) showing reservations about new plans by local authorities to erect multi-story buildings to replace traditional neighbourhoods.“Most of the people want to restore what they have lost – a family home respecting their customs and lifestyle,” the UNHCR spokesperson said. “Most importantly, the displaced are asking for urgent shelter assistance to rebuild their homes before winter.”The UN and its humanitarian partners today revised the amount they need to respond to the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan upward to $96 million.“People in the south need to feel safe again in order to move on to recovery, reconstruction and reconciliation,” said Neal Walker, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan.Violence and insecurity hampered humanitarian access when the $73 million appeal was first launched in early June, but the situation on the ground has improved enough to allow aid workers to ramp up their operations.UNHCR is appealing for $23 million of the money sought through the flash appeal, which is currently one-third funded, for emergency shelter and protection projects. “Fresh funds will allow us to continue our protection, legal and humanitarian assistance to the affected population until the end of the year,” Ms. Fleming said.For his part, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today spotlighted the plight of children affected by violence in Kyrgyzstan, now that the political situation is calmer.“As their stories vanish from the front page, we risk putting their safety on the back burner,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.“We cannot allow that to happen for the 100,000 children displaced by violence,” he stressed. “We cannot allow that to happen for the 400,000 children who need to start school in September and yet find their schools damaged or destroyed.”To date, UNICEF has raised some 40 per cent of the nearly $12 million it needs to help children, having already airlifted 200 metric tons of supplies into the region, and provided water and sanitation kits to uprooted families.But Mr. Lake warned that with winter approaching, Kyrgyz children are in desperate need of extra support.“Unless we take the steps now, the harsh winters common in this region will result in further harm to children, many of whom already suffer from psychological trauma and health problems,” he cautioned.UNICEF is working with its partners to set up child-friendly spaces where children from all communities can feel safe and where women can also receive psychological support.“We must take the steps that can protect Kyrgyzstan’s children,” Mr. Lake emphasized. “The time to act is now. If we succeed, we will have not only helped save children’s lives, but helped promote peace in the region.” 27 July 2010The United Nations refugee agency today called on Kyrgyz authorities to improve conditions to allow 75,000 people who remain uprooted after last month’s deadly ethnic clashes, as the world body and its partners appealed for more funds to help those affected by the violence. read more

Auto parts giant Magna earns US558 million in Q2

Auto parts giant Magna earns US$558 million in Q2 AURORA, Ont. – Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) is reporting net income of US$558 million in the second quarter, a slight improvement for the Canadian auto parts giant compared with the same quarter a year ago.The Aurora, Ont.-based company — which reports in U.S. currency — says diluted earnings per share were equal to $1.41, up from $538 million or $1.29 in the second quarter of 2015.Magna says it posted sales of $9.4 billion in the quarter — up 16 per cent from $8.1 billion — while North American and European light vehicle production volume increased two per cent and six per cent respectively.The company’s complete vehicle assembly sales increased seven per cent in the quarter compared to last year while complete vehicle assembly volumes fell nine per cent.The quarterly results come a day after Magna’s board approved a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share.Magna is one of the world’s largest auto parts makers with more than 300 factories around the world. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2016 4:01 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Softball Ohio State takes on Penn State in double header Tuesday

Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman (55) dives to get the out against Indiana. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter winning two of three games against Rutgers at home this past weekend, the Ohio State softball team (23-11, 7-2 Big Ten) is on the road again, heading to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State (19-20, 3-6 Big Ten). Despite the road trip, the Buckeyes come into the two-game set against the Nittany Lions with the hot hand, winning eight of their past 10 games dating back to March 22. On the other hand, Penn State has struggled of late, losing six of its past eight games. However, the Nittany Lions returned to the win column Saturday with a 7-4 win against Purdue. Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Penn State has shown improvement, especially in its recent win against the Boilermakers.“They have better pitchers this year. There are some new people. They are doing a good job,” Schoenly said. “In general, between two of us, this is always a competitive series.”In the past three seasons, Ohio State has won five of its six total matchups against Penn State. But this season, the Nittany Lions have talented freshmen that the Buckeyes have not seen.Freshman infielder Chelsea Bisi is No. 2 on Penn State with a .356 average, recording a team-leading 24 RBI with nine home runs, tied for the team lead. Freshman outfielder Melina Livingston leads the team with a .364 average. On the mound, freshman pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter has a team-best 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work.Penn State senior outfielder Toni Polk is also performing well, hitting nine home runs with a team-high 31 runs scored.On Sunday, Ohio State showed off its offensive ability, blanking Rutgers 8-0 in five innings. Freshman infielder Ashley Prange, who recorded her first career grand slam in the game, said she is excited about continuing that success against the Nittany Lions.“I think it will be a good day, another conference game. So, just got to be prepared to go,” Prange said. Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman is aware of what Penn State can do, but is more aware of her team heading into the two-game midweek doubleheader. “I think they will be an OK team,” freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman said. “We will still do the thing [that] we’ve been doing.” Ohio State will face Penn State April 9 at 5 and 7 p.m. read more

BBCs Simon McCoy shakes off antiRoyal image I cried when Meghan walked

– Can you see #MeghanMarkle?- Nope.- She’s in a dark coat…- I know what she looks like Sarah. We can’t see her.- There’s nothing I can do Simon. I can draw you a picture?Tense stuff as @BBCSimonMcCoy and @SarahCam3 try valiantly to cover #RoyalVisit live without a camera pic.twitter.com/aGt82zu4P3— James Davies (@jamesorharry) 18 January 2018 Later when the due date of the Duchess of Cambridge’s third child was announced he said: “Now, bearing in mind that they announced that she was pregnant back in September and it was thought that she was around two or three months pregnant, I’m not sure how much news this really is.”But anyway it’s April so clear your diaries, get the time booked off because that’s what I’m doing.” Simon McCoy: the gift that keeps giving. pic.twitter.com/XimJgyW31o— BBC Three (@bbcthree) 18 October 2017 He was dispatched to Windsor for the BBC’s rolling coverage of the Royal wedding in May – a move he put down to his boss’ “fantastic sense of humour”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The last time I cried was over the Royal wedding, when Meghan was walking up the aisle, Harry saw her for the first time and just went ‘wow’,” he told the S Magazine. “It was a magical moment.”McCoy added that although it was not good for his image, he liked the Royal family. “Everybody thinks I don’t and that’s what the image of me is, but I do like them. I think they’re great.”Mr McCoy later told the Telegraph: “It’s all true.” But after describing avid Royal fans as “fruitcakes” in the build up to the wedding, the unenthusiastic reporter claimed he shed a tear when Meghan Markle walked down the aisle.  A BBC newsreader has tried to shake off his anti-Royal image by claiming he wept when the Duchesss of Sussex walked down the aisle. Simon McCoy is known for his amusingly lacklustre enthusiasm when reporting on Royal news. The gaffe-prone presenter regularly teases the BBC’s weather forecasters live on air has become a darling of the 24-hour rolling news cycle for his sarcastic and “honest” coverage. When reporting from outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, London, on the day Prince George was born, he told viewers: “Plenty more to come from here of course, none of it news, of course because that will come from the Palace.”But that won’t stop us, we’ll see you later.” read more

Toshiba Promises A Smarter Grocery Store

first_img[image from Flickr user pin-add]Self-checkout lanes are usually a quick way to buy a few things at the grocery store, but what if you want to pick up some fruit or any other item without a barcode? Toshiba is happy to help, using a new automatic checkout system with built-in cameras that can tell exactly what you’re buying. No more flipping through a list of twenty different types of pears; this system can identify different variations in the variety of fruit just by looking at it. When first installed, the system checks the image of the product against a built-in database, asking the user to select which item they’re trying to buy, with the most likely results on top. While going through this with a large number of shoppers, the recommendations get better and better.This kind of item recognition is no simple task. According to Keiji Yanai, a scientist at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo quoted in an article in New Scientist, a system like this is much more difficult than facial recognition. Because the objects are so similar (a Pink Lady apple versus a Golden Delicious, for example), it introduces that much more difficulty in choosing between them.Toshiba hopes to be saving you the valuable 30 seconds it would have otherwise taken you to page through a menu by bringing the system to market within the next three years.[via PopSci, New Scientist]last_img read more

Torpedolike device found packed with drugs in Clare was likely attached to

first_img‘Torpedo-like’ device found packed with drugs in Clare was likely attached to cargo ship It contained cocaine worth €5 million. No such devices had been found in Ireland before. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan These devices are normally attached by organised crime groups using divers, underneath the actual waterline of the vessel.While officers were familiar with the design as it’s used internationally by drug gangs, no such devices had been found in Ireland before, he said. Source: RevenueIn a statement, Revenue said the public are asked “not to put themselves in danger by approaching or interfering with suspicious items such as this”.People living in coastal communities, maritime personnel and people living near airfields have been asked to report unusual or suspicious activities to Revenue via 1800 295 295. Source: RevenueInvestigations are continuing, Ryan said this evening.It is not yet possible to say either where the drugs originated or their intended destination, he added.- with reporting by Daragh Brophy Read: The Government has agreed a unified position to reject the Eighth Amendment bill 48,614 Views Short URL Source: RevenueUpdated at 7pm REVENUE OFFICERS HAVE seized cocaine with an estimated street value of over €5 million found concealed in a ‘torpedo-like’ device on the shoreline in Co Clare.Acting on a report from a member of the public, Revenue Customs officers from the south-west region discovered the suspicious item on the shore near Liscannor.Around 75kg of cocaine was found in the container.Maritime Operations Manager with the Revenue Customs service Andrew Ryan said the container was likely attached below the waterline of a cargo ship. Source: RevenueThe device was around 2.5 metres long and was welded shut, he told RTÉ’s Drivetime programme this evening. It was found yesterday.Such containers are “normally attached to the hull of legitimate cargo vessel,” Ryan said. While authorities check for them in Irish ports, it’s the first time such a device has been found in Irish waters.Asked whether the crew of the ship it was attached to would have known it was there, he said:“There was no way they would have known it.center_img https://jrnl.ie/3045161 74 Comments Share229 Tweet Email4 Oct 25th 2016, 7:00 PM Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 7:00 PMlast_img read more

Hospital doctors and judges walk off the job

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hospital doctors launched go-slow action Monday, saying they would only deal with emergency cases in a bid to underline their discontent with ongoing austerity and demand the payment of six months in unpaid salaries.The head of the national union representing hospital doctors, Dimitris Varnavas, told Kathimerini that the participation in the action was very high as medics are exasperated at seemingly endless state cutbacks. “In some hospitals, participation in the action has hit 100 percent,” he said.Health Ministry officials insisted that they have given the order for the outstanding wages to be paid to doctors and attributed the delay to “the inability of other parts of the civil service to respond adequately.” Varnavas countered that the ministry is shirking its responsibilities.Meanwhile pharmacists across Greece — with the exception of Attica — started giving medicines on credit to patients insured with the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY). The pharmacists, who had stopped giving out drugs on credit to protest the nonpayment of dues from the state, decided to suspend their protest action on Saturday after the government reassured them that the debts would be paid off gradually up until the end of the year. Patients in greater Athens must continue to pay for medicines from their pockets, however, until pharmacists in Attica decide whether to continue with their industrial action. Their union is to meet Tuesday.There was upheaval in other sectors too, ahead of next Wednesday’s general strike. The country’s judges and prosecutors started their own industrial action Monday, working for an hour in the morning before walking off the job to protest planned cuts to their salaries of up to 35 percent. The judges, whom the Constitution forbids from holding full strike action, are to continue their action through Friday, demanding that the government retract the planned cutbacks.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Les fraises pourraient prévenir le cancer de loesophage

first_imgLes fraises pourraient prévenir le cancer de l’oesophageDes scientifiques américains ont découvert que les fraises avaient la capacité de prémunir l’organisme contre le cancer de l’oesophage, sixième cause de mortalité par cancer la plus fréquente au monde.On savait déjà que manger des fruits et légumes était bénéfique pour notre organisme. Mais c’est un effet encore insoupçonné qu’ont découvert les scientifiques de l’Université de l’Ohio aux Etats-Unis. Au cours de leur étude publiée mercredi dernier, ils ont démontré que les fraises permettaient de prévenir le cancer de l’oesophage, l’un des plus mortels au monde et qui a touché en 2010 plus de 5.000 Français selon la Ligue nationale contre le cancer. La semaine dernière, le Dr Tong Chen et ses collègues ont présenté leurs travaux au meeting annuel de l’American association for cancer’s research. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosCela fait plusieurs années que ces chercheurs s’intéressent au carcinome à cellules squameuses, le type de cancer de l’oesophage le plus fréquent dans le monde. Ils ont ainsi cherché à savoir si des aliments ou d’autres substances pouvaient aider à prévenir le développement de la maladie. Précédemment, des études avaient déjà montré que des fraises lyophilisées avaient permis d’inhiber significativement le développement de tumeur chez des rats. Les chercheurs ont donc voulu savoir ce qu’il en était chez l’homme. En Chine, l’équipe a alors recruté 36 patients atteints de cancers ou d’anomalies faibles à modérées de l’oesophage et âgés en moyenne de 55 ans. Deux fois par jour, les participants ont dû consommer une portion de 30 grammes de fraises lyophilisées et dissoutes dans de l’eau, soit 60 grammes par jour de fraises 10 fois plus concentrées que les fruits frais. Après 6 mois, les scientifiques ont alors constaté une diminution ou un ralentissement de la croissance des lésions précancéreuses pour 29 des 36 patients. “Nous sommes très excités par ce résultat. Je pense que cette étude est très importante parce que nous avons trouvé que les fraises peuvent diminuer le grade histologique des lésions précancéreuses et peuvent aussi réduire certaines évènements liés au cancer tels que la prolifération, l’inflammation et l’activité génique des cellules”, a expliqué au meeting le Dr Tong Chen. Pourtant, les scientifiques ignorent encore les acteurs et le mécanisme impliqués dans cet effet protecteur. Néanmoins, ils soupçonnent les vitamines et les minéraux du fruit d’agir sur les agents cancéreux. Davantage d’études seront donc nécessaires pour confirmer l’effet et déterminer son fonctionnement.Le 11 avril 2011 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ferdinand opens up on binge drinking

first_imgRio Ferdinand recently made a shocking revelation about his struggles with binge drinking in the early years of his football career.Ferdinand was part of the Hammers academy in 95′ before a switch to Leeds United where his displays caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson in what was a big money move for a young central defender.And it was during his time at Upton Park – the Hammers’ former home – that he says his drinking reached levels that he now looks back on with regret.In an interview cited by the Mirror, the former England defender turned pundit said: “I used to get through a load when I was younger. I could probably get through eight, nine, ten [pints].Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Then I’d move on to the vodkas. I could go through loads. I could go all day drinking then wake up and go again when I was younger.“I always say to people who ask if I have any regrets about playing, I wouldn’t have drunk alcohol.“When I was younger… I was a lunatic. When I was at west ham… elements of my career are a blur. People talk about certain times in the games and I just sit and nod my head. I haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about. I don’t remember.”last_img read more

White House calls draft immigration plan a backup

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday predicted President Barack Obama would fail if he pushed forward with his own effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration system and urged the administration to hold off while lawmakers work on a bipartisan measure.Republican Sen. John McCain predicted the administration’s efforts would come up short if the White House went forward with a proposal to put the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. on a long pathway to citizenship. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who met with Obama on Wednesday at the White House to discuss progress, urged his allies in the administration to give a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers the time to hammer out a deal on their own.Obama’s newly appointed top aide, chief of staff Denis McDonough, said the White House would only send its plan to Congress if the lawmakers stumble in their efforts and cast its efforts as a backup plan.“Well, let’s make sure that it doesn’t have to be proposed,” McDonough said of the president’s pitch, first reported on USA Today’s website late Saturday.“We will be prepared with our own plan if these ongoing talks between Republicans and Democrats up on Capitol Hill break down,” McDonough said in a second interview, adding he’s optimistic they would not crumble.last_img read more

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Broward County teachers learn about new robotics program

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County Public School teachers are putting their skills to the test in a unique workshop.One hundred teachers from across the district took part in a development workshop to learn about VEX robots.“This is a competition for VEX robotics,” said Cypress Bay High School teacher Angela Ashley, “and this is the teachers learning the new system that we got as a NASA grant with the REC foundation so that we can now take our knowledge and our experience and use it in our classroom.”Their students will be using the same technology for the upcoming school year.The new robotic equipment and resources will enhance the STEM program.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt want to be single Are they dating anyone

first_imgBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012Getty ImagesAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in the midst of an ugly divorce battle since 2016 but are apparently tired of being referred to as an estranged married couple. As per the latest report, both Angelina and Brad wish to be called single as they are not living together anymore.Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shocked the entertainment world in September 2016 when they announced that they are headed for a divorce. Brangelina’s well-wishers and media experts predicted that based on their decade-long affair, the estranged couple will finalize their divorce very soon. That looked easy at the beginning but it’s been more than two years and the divorce is not yet finalized.At first, both Pitt and Jolie fought over the custody battle of their six children. Reportedly, Angelina wanted to have sole custody of their children, while her estranged husband wished to have legal joint custody. It took them around two years to come up with some solution that will benefit both of them as well as their children.A recent report has now alleged that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly now tired of being referred to as an estranged married couple. According to The Blast, the co-stars of comedy-action movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, are now working towards a deal that will officially declare them single and not legally married. Brad Pitt with Angelina JolieReutersThe report further claimed that Jolie and Pitt are reportedly negotiating a deal that will legally change the status of their marriage. In simpler words, the former couple wishes to be considered divorced and single, while their legal team negotiates the final details of their divorce.If Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will be legally single then in the eyes of law, they both will be allowed to date or marry whomever they want. Fans are now speculating that since they both want to be with someone, they are trying their best to become single once again.Whom they are dating?Well, as of now, both the estranged couple are reportedly single. Their names have constantly been linked with several known celebrities but their reps have made it clear that Angelina and Brad are not seeing anyone at this moment. Not Charlize Theron, not Jennifer Aniston, and defiantly not some billionaire businessman.last_img read more

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Myanmar army chief defends military crackdown in Rakhine

first_imgA family stands beside remains of a market, which was set on fire in Rohingya village, outside Maungdaw in Rakhine state. ReutersMyanmar’s army chief defended a military crackdown in Rakhine State on Monday after the UN pledged to probe claims security forces carried out a campaign of killing and torture against Rohingya Muslims there.Almost 75,000 people from the persecuted minority have escaped to Bangladesh after the military launched operations in the north of the restive state to find Rohingya militants who raided police border posts in October.UN investigators believe security forces may have committed crimes against humanity. Last week the UN Human Rights Council agreed to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, with a view to “ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims”.Myanmar has long faced criticism for its treatment of the more than one million Rohingya who live in Rakhine State, who are rejected as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh or “Bengalis” despite many living there for generations.Speaking to crowds assembled in the capital for armed forces day, army chief Min Aung Hlaing on Monday defended the military campaign.”The Bengalis in Rakhine State are not the Myanmar nationalities but the immigrants,” he said, according to an official translation.”The terrorist attacks which took place in October 2016 resulted in the political interferences.”Myanmar’s civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has meanwhile rebuffed the UN probe, saying any international fact-finding mission “would do more to inflame, rather than resolve, the issues at this time”.The country’s powerful military until recently ruled Myanmar with an iron fist and built up a notorious reputation for rights abuses, especially when conducting operations against restive ethnic insurgents.Almost all Rohingya are denied citizenship and forced to live in apartheid-like conditions, while tens of thousands of them have been confined to dire camps since violence drove them from their homes in 2012.This month a commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan to resolve issues in Rakhine recommended the camps be closed and said restrictions on freedom of movement should be lifted.last_img read more

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Will Ervin Take Up the Mantle of the Kamenetz Campaign

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROIn the wake of the death of Maryland gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz, his running mate, Valerie Ervin, is being urged to take his place on the ballot and according to state law she only has until May 17 to make a decision.Former Rep.  Donna Edwards (D-Md.) wants Ervin to enter Maryland’s June 26 Democratic primary that already has six contenders- that include former NAACP President Ben Jealous, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. Edwards is among three Democratic candidates running for Baker’s job.A photo featured on Valerie Ervin’s Twitter featuring she and former Congresswoman Donna Edwards. (Twitter Photo)“Last week, our state’s leadership suffered a terrible blow in the losing Kevin Kamenetz. His decades of faithful public service has had an indelible impact on the State of Maryland, and thousands of Baltimore County residents have benefitted from his great acts of service, “ Edwards said in a statement. “Now, the time has come for a decision, and I couldn’t be more proud to urge my childhood friend and political sister, Valerie Ervin, to pick up where he left off and run for the Maryland governorship.”Both of their fathers served together in the Air Force.“From her time as an active parent in the community to her leadership on the Board of Education in Montgomery County to her leadership as President of the Montgomery County Council, Valerie is ready to lead our state. She’s fought tooth and nail for working families in the labor movement, and as a national leader building coalitions.”While Edwards said there is “no one better to carry on Kevin’s legacy,” Baker also issued a statement highlighting his commonality with Kamenetz and praising the Baltimore County Executive on May 10, the morning after all the candidates appeared on a gubernatorial forum at Bowie State University.“I had just watched hours earlier Kevin passionately and eloquently share his goals, vision, and ideas for the State of Maryland,” Baker said. “Over the past seven years, we worked together on critical pieces of legislation and shared goals for improving the education of Maryland children, achieving quality health care for all the state’s residents, and creating jobs and opportunity for our constituents.”last_img read more

Volvos HighPerformance Polestar Brand Just Unveiled Swedens Answer to the Tesla Model

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read February 27, 2019 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Volvo’s high-performance Polestar brand unveiled the all-new Polestar 2 EV on Wednesday. The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan designed to rival Tesla’s hot-selling Model 3.”Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a statement. “Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication.”Image credit: PolestarAccording to Ingenlath, the mass production Polestar 2 is a major step in the company’s quest to deliver environmentally friendly, high-performance automobiles.”As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges,” he said. “Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive.”Volvo Car Group owns 50% of Polestar while Volvo’s parent company Geely Group owns the other 50%.Polestar 2 is expected to have a range of 275 miles on a single charge. Its pair of electric motors develop 408 horsepower drawing electricity from a 78 kWh LG Chem battery pack. (China market cars will get a 72 kWh locally produced battery pack.)Image credit: PolestarPolestar 2 is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform.According to the automaker, Polestar 2 can hit 60 mph in less than five seconds.The Polestar 2 is available with a Performance Pack with added goodies like Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels.Image credit: PolestarThe Polestar 2’s interior features an 11-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen. It will be one of the first cars in the world to feature an Android-powered infotainment system that offers features such as Google Assistant and Google Maps.The Polestar 2 will go into production at the company’s Chengdu, China factory in early 2020 in both right and left-hand drive.The fully-loaded Polestar 2 Launch Edition will start at $63,000 in the U.S. A $7,500 federal tax incentive can knock the price down to $55,500.Image credit: PolestarA shorter range version of the Polestar 2 will be sold in Europe. However, there are no current plans to offer that variant in the US.As with all Polestar models, the Polestar 2 will only be available for sale online.The Polestar 2 will make is official auto show debut in March at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.last_img read more

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Install the Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 Home

first_imgInstall the Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 Home by Martin Brinkmann on April 26, 2019 in Windows – 18 commentsThe upcoming feature update for Windows 10, the May 2019 Update or Windows 10 version 1903, includes a new feature called Windows Sandbox.Windows Sandbox is a secure environment that is separated from the underlying Windows 10 PC. You may use the sandbox to execute files without having to worry about malicious files or unstable programs affecting data on the PC.Windows Sandbox is only available in Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1903 or later. It requires an AMD64 architecture, Virtualization support in the BIOS, and at least 4 Gigabytes of RAM and 1 Gigabytes of free disk space.Note: it is recommended that you back up the system before you run the batch script; the script should work fine but you want an option to restore the system if things should go wrong.Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 HomeWindows Sandbox is not available officially for Windows 10 Home. It is possible, however, to enable the feature on Home devices provided that they run Windows 10 version 1903 or later.Sandbox Installer is a batch file that you may run on Windows 10 Home devices that meet the requirements to unlock Windows Sandbox on the device.All that needs to be done is to download the file from the Deskmodder website, unpack the archive, and double-click it.The batch script checks for elevated privileges first before it makes Windows Sandbox available on the Home device. It is necessary to restart the PC after the batch script has run its course.You may then enable Windows Sandbox in the Control Panel as explained here. The Sandbox relies on the host system. Means: it is based on Windows 10 Home if you run it on such a system.Some users mentioned on the Deskmodder website that current builds of Windows 10 version 1903 have issues when it comes to Windows Sandbox. It is probably a good idea to wait for the final release before the batch file is run.Closing WordsWindows Sandbox is an excellent feature that should be available for all editions of the operating system. While it lacks some functionality, e.g. it does not work with software installations that require a restart, it is generally useful to run software that is not trusted 100%.Now You: What is your take on Windows Sandbox?SummaryArticle NameInstall the Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 HomeDescriptionWindows Sandbox is not available officially for Windows 10 Home. It is possible, however, to enable the feature on Home devices.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more