Forecast Update Confirms Budget Surplus

first_img Nova Scotia is one of only four provinces to introduce a balanced budget for 2013-14. “Balanced budget 2013 shows that fiscal discipline pays off,” said Mr. Steele. “The major credit rating agencies have recognized the hard work of all Nova Scotians to get their province on stronger financial footing. And all Nova Scotians will share in the benefits this balanced budget brings.” Key investments in Budget 2013 include: funding insulin pumps and supplies for youth up to 19, and supplies for insulin pumps for people younger than 25 expanding dental coverage for children expanding newborn screening to include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and eight other conditions providing personal income tax relief to low-income seniors with a new non-refundable Age Amount tax credit reducing small business tax rates for the fourth year in a row, to three per cent helping students succeed in math with curriculum improvements in grades primary to 3 and 10, doubling the time Grade 10 students learn math targeted school board funding to support students with special needs, including plans to hire 25 new program and support staff, psychologists and speech language pathologists an $18.3-million surplus, compared with $16.4 million at budget time total revenues, including net income from government business enterprises, are forecast to be $9.5 billion, down $9.6 million from budget total expenses are forecast to be $9.5 billion, down $11.5 million from budget departmental spending is forecast to be $9.1 million lower than budget gross debt-servicing costs are forecast to be $5.8 million lower than budget three additional appropriations, totaling $12.6 million, to support capital projects and pension valuation adjustments. An additional appropriation was needed for SAP projects through IBM and is fully recoverable. The first forecast update for Budget 2013 confirms a balanced budget that provides fiscal stability and more opportunities for Nova Scotia, making life better for seniors, small businesses, children and families. Acting Finance Minister Graham Steele released the update today, Aug. 19. “Four years ago, government put a plan in place to get back to balance in 2013-14, and that commitment has been kept,” said Mr. Steele. “This year’s surplus demonstrates fiscal discipline and presents greater opportunities going forward, including a decrease of the HST in 2014 and 2015.” Forecast highlights include: Forecast update materials are available on the Department of Finance’s website at www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/forecastupdate.aspx .last_img read more

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US Spending Bill Includes Western Sahara in Financial Aid Committed to

New York – Once again the US Omnibus Spending Bill lends tacit support to Morocco’s position on the so-called Western Sahara conflict.In their legislative report, the two chambers of the US congress, reiterated their tacit bipartisan support for US policy with respect to a negotiated solution to the Sahara issue, based on the autonomy plan under Moroccan sovereignty.The report states specifically, in fact, that funds for aid to Morocco are also to be “made available” to Morocco’s southern provinces in the Sahara. Page 1326 addressing aid to Morocco says that “Funds appropriated under title III of this Act shall be made available for assistance for the Western Sahara provided that, not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act and prior to the obligation of such funds the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, shall consult with the Committees on Appropriations on the proposed uses of such funds.”Us Confidence in Morocco’s management of the regionFor Mustapha Salma Oueld Sidi Mouloud, former member of the Polisario and former head of the police department in the Tindouf camps who was banned from the Tindouf camps for supporting Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara, the US bill reflects the confidence of the US Administration and American lawmakers in the policies Morocco is implementing in order to foster development in the territory.“After much ado raised in the past, the US Congress stresses the need for US financial aid to include the region of the disputed ‘Western Sahara.’ This is a testimony to the US’s confidence in Morocco’s sound management of the regions,” the former Polisario member told Morocco World News.“It is a responsible attitude from US lawmakers not to link development with a political settlement to the dispute, unlike European counterparts who want to trap the majority of the Sahrawis and impose a blockade on the resources of their region, rather than help them to support development as a key to human rights and towards a political settlement,” he added.Oueld Sidi Mouloud has been living in exile in Mauritania and deprived from reuniting with his family since August 2010 when he said that the Moroccan autonomy plan could pave the way towards finding a mutually acceptable political solution to the territorial dispute.A decision of “common sense”The same opinion is shared by Mhammed Grine, a high ranking member of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), and a human rights advocate.“The fact that the US president approves the 2016 budget in which US aid to Morocco includes the provinces of the Sahara is a decision of common sense, for at least three reasons,” the former political prisoner told Morocco World News.“The first reason is that the exclusion of our southern provinces from this aid would mainly harm the population of those regions, which would be a sort of “collective punishment” that it is neither appropriate nor fair,” the founding member of the Moroccan Organization of Human Rights said.“The second reason is that Morocco has launched a gigantic economic and social development program for these regions. Therefore, it is appropriate and useful that American aid and that of other friendly countries come to strengthen this colossal effort,” he added.The third reason is that the separatist utopia is deadlocked and the Moroccan autonomy initiative constitutes a serious and credible basis for a political solution to this conflict that has lasted four decades. It is the duty of the great powers, such the United States to contribute to the realization of such a solution,” he concluded.US Tacit support for the Moroccan autonomy plan Aside from April 2013 when the US Ambassador to the UN presented a draft resolution calling for extending the mandate of MINURSO to include the monitoring of human rights in the territory, the US Administration has shown tacit support for the Moroccan autonomy plan presented to Security Council in 2007.In the joint statement which sanctioned the summit meeting between King Mohammed VI and President Obama at the White House on November 23, 2013, the two leaders reaffirmed their “shared commitment to improving the conditions and lives of the Sahara people.”A few hours before the summit meeting, the White House had praised the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara.“Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic and credible,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.“It represents a potential approach that can satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity.”Throughout the last decades, Morocco has invested billions of dollars in socio-economic development of the Sahara. The North African country launched the advanced regionalization project to grant more powers to local and regional institutions in the entire national territory, including in the Sahara.In his speech to the nation on the 40th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI announced a series of new development projects aimed at strengthening progress in the southern provinces to develop this part of the Kingdom as a hub for trade and investment in Africa, including through consolidated road and air transport to serve the various African destinations.The Monarch also announced the construction of a railway line linking Tangier to the rest of Africa and the forthcoming establishment of an economic development fund that aims to consolidate the economic fabric, supporting enterprises, and social economy and to provide jobs and a stable income, especially for young people. read more

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Postmedia turns a 13M net profit in third quarter after cutting costs

TORONTO — Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is reporting a $13-million net profit in its fiscal third quarter, as cost savings more than offset an 11.1 per cent decline in overall revenue.The Toronto-based media company says the profit, worth 14 cents per share, was primarily the result of one-time, non-cash items including a $22.8 million gain related to changes in the company’s employee benefit plans.Revenue dropped to $194 million for the quarter ended May 31, down $24.3 million from the same time last year.The owner of the National Post and several other major Canadian newspapers continued to experience lower revenue from its print operations, only partly offset by higher revenue from digital media.Print advertising revenue was down $22 million and print circulation revenue fell $5.5 million, though digital revenue rose by $3.9 million from the same time last year.The company also announced Thursday that Brian Bidulka has been named its new chief financial officer, effective July 17, after Doug Lamb, who held the position since Postmedia was created in 2010, departed earlier this year.Postmedia announced last month after the quarter ended that it has signed a deal to sell its Infomart media monitoring division to Meltwater News Canada Inc. for $38.25 million. Proceeds from the sale will be used to repay debt. read more

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DR Congo UN says more than 550 child soldiers freed in past

“The awareness campaign calling for children to leave armed groups succeeded in demobilising 557 children between March and August,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. The children had been relocated from the territories of Malemba Nkulu, Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto, in Katanga province. Some 444 children are in temporary centres in Kalemie, Lubumbashi, and Manono, while 113 others have been reunited with their families, OCHA said.An additional 1,500 children are still in the ranks of armed groups in the province, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which supports the release campaign. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has cautioned that thousands of children continue to be abducted, recruited, killed, maimed, or raped in conflicts around the world. The DRC has signed Action Plans to end the recruitment and use of children, as well as sexual violence against children. read more

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No 1 Notre Dame women win Vancouver Showcase opener

VANCOUVER — Arike Ogunbowale scored 21 points and No. 1 Notre Dame beat Gonzaga 81-65 on Thursday in the first game of the inaugural Vancouver Showcase.Brianna Turner added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (4-0). The Fighting Irish dominated in the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs 56-32 and finishing with 29 defensive rebounds.Zykera Rice had 16 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (4-1). The Bulldogs scored the first seven points and forced nine first-half turnovers.Louise Forsyth, a sophomore guard from Langley, British Columbia, made a 3-pointer in 14 minutes of action for Gonzaga.NO. 11 TENNESSEE 78, CLEMSON 66BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Meme Jackson made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points to help Tennessee beat Clemson in the Junkanoo Jam.Zaay Green scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter, and Cheridene Green had six of her 11 in the period for the Lady Vols (4-0). Danielle Edwards and Simone Westbrook each scored 19 points for the Tigers (2-3).NO. 14 SYRACUSE 70, KANSAS STATE 61CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Tiana Mangakahia had 18 points, six assists and four steals in Syracuse’s comeback victory over Kansas State in Cancun Challenge.Digna Strautmane added 13 points, and Emily Engstler had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Orange (4-1). Peyton Williams had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats (3-1).NO. 16 DEPAUL 82, PRINCETON 67CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Mart’e Grays scored 23 points and DePaul overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Princeton 82-67 in the Cancun Challenge.Chante Stonewall added 16 points, 14 rebounds and four steals for DePaul (2-1). Carlie Littlefield and Sydney Boyer each had 16 points for Princeton (1-4).KENTUCKY 85, NO. 17 SOUTH FLORIDA 63ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Rhyne Howard scored 18 points, Taylor Murray added a season-best 17 and Kentucky beat South Florida in the Paradise Jam.Jaida Roper had a season-high 13 points for the Wildcats (5-0). Sydni Harvey matched her career high with 16 points for the Bulls (4-1).___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

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Senators beat Sharks 62 in Eric Karlssons return to Ottawa

OTTAWA — Ben Harpur scored his first NHL goal, Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots and the Senators spoiled Erik Karlsson’s return to Ottawa by beating the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Saturday.The former Senators captain was playing his first game in Ottawa since he was traded to San Jose in the off-season. The team honoured the two-time Norris Trophy winner with a video tribute.Ryan Dzingel, Mark Stone, Mikkel Boedker, Magnus Paajarvi and Bobby Ryan also scored tp help the Senators win their third straight. Boedker added three assists for a four-point outing.Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Sharks. They have lost four in a row.STARS 2, CANUCKS 1VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Radulov scored with 3:23 left to lift Dallas past Vancouver.Jamie Benn had a third-period goal, and Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his return from a lower-body injury. Dallas is 3-1-1 in its last five games.Bo Horvat scored for Vancouver. The Canucks have only one win in their past 12.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Tennis Keeps Producing Challengers To Serenas Throne She Keeps Beating Them

Serena Williams needs just two more wins in this year’s U.S. Open to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. The record would be impressive on its own, but it’s even more notable for the strength of her opposition: Williams has faced the best in the game, over and over, in the 20 years since she won her first major.The 37-year-old captured her first major title at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11, 1999, beating Martina Hingis. Since then, 58 different players have ascended to the top 10, according to the WTA, and Serena has played 55 of them. She’s also played almost all of the women who have made it into the top 5 since her first title, facing 36 of the 37. And more of Williams’s opponents are likely to make their top 10 debuts soon: Bianca Andreescu, whom she faced in Toronto last month, is ranked 15th and could reach the top 10 for the first time after she won Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.Some of her former adversaries — players who made it atop the rankings in the past 20 years — have already retired, while Williams continues to compete for major titles. Justine Henin, who is 6-8 all-time against Williams, retired in 2008, staged a comeback in 2010 and left the game for good in 2011. Kim Clijsters, who was 2-7 against Williams, retired in 2012.Somehow, Williams has continued to evolve despite facing a seemingly endless parade of young talent.“I think the sport has come a really long way,” Williams said in her post-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind.”Serena’s staying power has been a thing of beauty. From 1999 to 2010, she won 13 major titles. She struggled in 2011 and early in 2012, missing large swaths of time with a foot injury and blood clots in her lungs. But after she started working with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012, reworking some of her approach to the game and recovering from the injuries, Williams reversed her decline and played her best tennis yet. From 2012 to 2017, she won 10 Slams, an improbable count for her age. And, of course, Williams took a year off from the sport around the birth of her daughter in September 2017, skipping four straight Slams until last year’s French Open.At the U.S. Open, she is close to another record. After beating Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday, Williams now has 100 match wins at the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament without an opponent withdrawal, she will pass Chris Evert, who won 101 matches in her U.S. Open career.Even among her historic achievements, a record 24th major victory for Serena will be on the minds of observers on Saturday. Since her last Slam victory in 2017, Williams has come close to the mark, reaching three finals in the past two years. Tonight, she will battle Elina Svitolina, who has beaten Williams once, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Svitolina hasn’t lost a set at the Open and has looked formidable. Still, Williams has a great opportunity this week to finally tie Court’s record, as none of the three other women left in the U.S. Open — Svitolina, Andreescu and Belinda Bencic — has ever won a major.“It feels good,” Williams said. “This is what I’ve been training for.” read more

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Wait … Is LeBron James Actually Going To Miss The Playoffs

2018 Season2019 Season It’s been a tough season for the young LakersPerformance metrics for four Los Angeles Lakers prospects, 2018 vs. 2019 Lonzo Ball+1.7.05310.0+0.7.0568.8 Josh Hart-0.1.1118.8-0.4.0636.4 PlayerBPMWS/48*PIE%†BPMWS/48*PIE%† Brandon Ingram-1.3.0689.6-3.2.0428.4 Average-0.4.0769.8-1.1.0608.7 *Win shares per 48 minutes†PIE% = Player Impact Estimate, a rough measure of the percentage of all positive on-court events (for both teams) the player accounted for.Source: Basketball-Reference.com LeBron James has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget just how astounding some of his accomplishments are. For example, he currently owns one of the greatest ongoing streaks in sports: His team has made the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, starting in 2011. That’s mind-blowing in a league where a single finals appearance can be the highlight of a player’s entire career — and he’s done it for two different franchises.Of course, everyone knew it would be hard for James to keep that streak going this season after moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference — to the Los Angeles Lakers and the scary West. The thing that has taken NBA observers by surprise is the reason why the finals streak might not happen: James’s Lakers are in real danger of not making the playoffs at all.According to our NBA projection model, Los Angeles currently has just a 26 percent probability of making the playoffs. L.A. sits a game under .500 in the West’s No. 10 slot, three games back of the eighth-seeded Clippers with 25 games left on the schedule, and it will face the league’s ninth-toughest schedule down the stretch. The Lakers’ only saving grace is that, at full strength, our model thinks they’re the West’s eighth-best team, significantly better than both the Clippers and the No. 9 Sacramento Kings. But it will be a race to the finish that James hasn’t had to worry about in a very long time.The last LeBron-led team to miss the postseason entirely was the 2004-05 Cavs, in James’s second NBA season. They went 42-40 — which has traditionally been good enough to make the playoffs in the East — but lost out on a tiebreaker with the New Jersey Nets (who beat Cleveland 3-1 in the season series). Talent-wise, that team was a far cry from even later versions of the Cavs that would be prematurely bounced out of the playoffs: Journeyman guard Jeff McInnis was second on the team in minutes behind LeBron, and low-scoring swingman Ira Newble was also a full-time starter. (The next scoring options behind James were Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden.) James himself had not yet fully ascended to GOAT levels of performance, either, posting what would eventually be the fifth-worst Box Plus/Minus and fourth-worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career to date.On paper, this season’s Lakers should not be drawing comparisons to Jeff McInnis and Ira Newble. Although L.A.’s supporting cast didn’t have the same immediate appeal as players in other potential free-agent destinations for James, it was assumed that the young quartet of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball would build on their promising 2018 performances — particularly by playing alongside James — and mix with the Lakers’ strange mishmash of veterans to make a functional team. But that hasn’t consistently happened during James’s debut campaign in purple and gold. Kyle Kuzma-1.3.07710.4%-1.3.07810.6% Across a variety of metrics, LeBron’s young sidekicks have mostly declined in performance this season, despite benefiting from an extra year of development and getting to play next to one of the greatest offensive creators in NBA history. Only Kuzma can credibly say he has shown any amount of improvement, increasing his usage rate and true shooting percentage while reducing his turnover rate. The rest — particularly Ingram, whose advanced stats have slid into an abyss — have stalled out or worse, and none has even amounted to a league-average player, according to the consensus of metrics.Making matters worse, it could be argued that those four cost Los Angeles a shot at trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the deadline (assuming that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps ever actually intended to deal Davis). If even a few of the Lakers’ youngsters had played well this season, showing the requisite star potential to be included in a trade package for Davis, it’s possible that L.A. would have been penciling a LeBron-AD duo into its lineup for a playoff push this year. Instead, it’s left waiting for Hart and Ball to return from injury and hoping the kids can play better down the stretch.The veterans haven’t exactly helped much, either. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are an efficient pairing of defensive bigs, and both are above average in win shares per 48 — the most charitable stat for each — while shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently acquired Reggie Bullock are at least in the vicinity of average in the metric. (As is new power forward Mike Muscala.) But Rajon Rondo has shot the ball poorly this season, and Lance Stephenson hasn’t been an effective player in years. All told, James’s supporting cast hasn’t been appreciably better than the one he fled in Cleveland after last season.1On average (weighted by minutes), non-James Lakers this season have a -1.1 BPM and .080 WS/48. Last year’s non-James Cavs had a -1.6 BPM and .086 WS/48.And it bears mentioning that James himself has not been as statistically dominant as in his last few seasons as a Cavalier. His usage rate, true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate, steal rate, block rate and defensive BPM are all down from last year. He’s shooting worse on twos, threes and free throws. And most concerning, the 34-year-old missed 18 games between Christmas and early February with a groin injury, and he’s played only 49.5 percent of the Lakers’ available minutes this season — by far the lowest mark of his career.James did tell reporters over All-Star weekend that he “feels great,” though, and that he’s ready to lead a playoff push for Los Angeles.“[I’m] looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race,” James said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”The Lakers will need to summon all of James’s focus and talent to storm back into the playoff picture. It’s more than possible, particularly if James is indeed healthy. But our projections are still low for a LeBron team even after accounting for James’s return to the lineup — and the fact that the Clippers were sellers at the trade deadline. (That’s why we give L.A. a 26 percent chance, while simpler forecasts such as the one at Basketball-Reference.com peg its odds at about 5 percent.) And even if the Lakers do make the playoffs, they would probably end up being heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the first round.The Lakers’ long-term future should be brighter: The team will have plenty of cap space to use on free agents surrounding James and plenty of superstar options to choose from (in addition to the ongoing potential of a Davis trade). For now, though, James’s finals streak has a real chance of ending far earlier than anybody expected: April 10, the final day of the 2018-19 NBA regular season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Football Nick Bosa honored as Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) attempts to sack Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in the first half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s vaunted defensive line adds its fourth piece of hardware in as many years. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. This comes one year after his teammate, redshirt senior defensive Tyquan Lewis, was named the winner of the honor.This is the fourth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the award, and third time it has gone to a Bosa. Nick’s brother, Joey Bosa, received the honor in both 2014 and 2015.Nick has 28 tackles this season, 16 solo and 12 assisted, for an average of 2.33 tackles per game. He also has 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks on the year. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman has broken up two passes and forced a fumble. read more

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Mystery over white van in the Westminster terror attack was the suspect

A white van filmed driving erratically as it pursued the terror suspect who ploughed into cyclists and pedestrians is at the centre of growing speculation that the “attacker” was being followed. A 47 second clip of the incident prompted Conservative MP Mark Francois, who served as a minister in the Ministry of Defence, to describe the mystery vehicle’s antics as “classic security” behaviour, similar to that used… As terrorism police and security sources insisted that the 29-year-old motorist arrested at the scene was not known to them or under surveillance at the time, analysis of footage of the “attack” reveals how an unmarked van made a series of extreme manoeuvres to keep up with the suspect.

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Have you seen this teenager 16yearold Jordan ODriscoll missing from Cork since

first_imgHave you seen this teenager? 16-year-old Jordan O’Driscoll missing from Cork since Friday He is described as 5’4″ in height, of slim build and with short brown hair. Short URL By Cliodhna Russell Image: Garda Press Office Jun 19th 2018, 9:22 PM GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 16-year-old.Jordan O’Driscoll has been missing from Togher, Cork since Friday 15 June.He is described as 5’4″ in height, of slim build and with short brown hair.O’Driscoll was last seen at around 1.30pm on Friday. He was wearing a blue Helly Hansen jacket, blue jeans and blue Nike trainers.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen him or who may have any information into the whereabouts of Jordan O’Driscoll to contact Togher Garda station on 021 494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. http://jrnl.ie/4080272 Image: Garda Press Office Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 9:21 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1207 Tweet Email 4 Comments 23,705 Views last_img read more

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Thailands Death Cafe Gives Customers a Stylish Reason to Think About Dying

first_img No one likes to think about death, but everyone loves a cafe. That’s why it’s so strange that a cafe was built around the idea of death. A new cafe in Thailand called the Kid-Mai Death Cafe is in Bangkok, with death permeating pretty much every corner of its establishment. The word “death” is there as much as the feeling of such is there at all times, and the idea of which is to make patrons “appreciate” and contemplate how fleeting their everyday lives are, as death waits around every corner. You may not see the sunlight of the next day, so better appreciate what you have while you have it, of course. One of the first things patrons see is a replica funeral ceremony including wreaths, skeletons, a coffin, and lots of signs talking about the permanence of death. Signs meant to get patrons to think about their life are posted everywhere within the cafe as well. If you’re feeling feisty, you can lay down in the coffin with its lid closed for what seems like an eternity of three minutes and get a small discount off of your bill for doing so. Stay on target The cafe does still have delicious coffees and other beverages, though, as is the point of a cafe. They’re named things like “Born,” “Elder,” “Painful,” and “Death” and they look delicious and appetizing, especially “Painful,” which looks like it has some yummy red strawberries or something of that sort, resembling a parfait.center_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Kid-Man Death Cafe is a popular destination with lots of different visitors and reasons for people to come check it out, even if you’re afraid to die — everyone is. If you’re in Bangkok in the future and want to check it out, it’s open every day but Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 7 pm. Just try not to get too depressed.last_img read more

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Chivas USA tops Timbers 21

first_imgPORTLAND — Nick LaBrocca’s goal in the 82nd minute lifted Chivas USA to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.Captain Alejandro Moreno evened the match with a header off a perfectly placed cross from sub Ryan Smith in the 48th minute for Chivas USA (2-3-0), which had come into the game with only one goal this season.LaBrocca’s header for the victory also came off a cross from Smith.The Timbers (1-3-1) failed to hold on to a lead for the second straight game. Portland allowed Western Conference-leading Real Salt Lake to score twice in the final minutes for a 3-2 victory last Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field.Scottish striker Kris Boyd got his second goal of the season in the 17th minute, when Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and defender James Riley collided in front of the goal. Boyd calmly took advantage with a boot into the net, putting the Timbers up 1-0.Cesar Romero, making his first start of the season for Chivas, had a header that went just wide in the 32nd minute. The Goats’ second half would prove much more productive against Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins.last_img read more

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US maritime organisation introduces 12 weeks of paid parental leave

first_imgMarine transportation and logistics organisation Crowley Maritime Corporation has introduced a new parental leave policy to allow its US-based staff to take 12 weeks of leave at full pay.The new benefit will enable full-time, shore-based US employees who have at least one year of service to take 12 weeks of fully-paid leave to care for a new child. The policy applies to birth mothers, employees who are spouses or committed partners of a birth mother, adoptive parents, and employees who are welcoming a child on a foster placement.The paid parental leave policy has been implemented in order to help the organisation attract and retain talent, and develop its reputation as an employer of choice.Crowley, which has approximately 5,300 employees, also aims to support employee wellbeing and family health through the new benefit.Tom Crowley (pictured), chairman and chief executive officer at Crowley Maritime Corporation, said: “We know that becoming a new parent is a watershed event in the lives of our employees. This policy demonstrates that our [organisation] is committed to supporting employees so they may develop their careers while supporting their health and families.“Not only is a family-friendly environment valued by employees, it also makes our [organisation]better by increasing engagement, motivation and productivity.”last_img read more

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IPL 2019 BSNL launches Rs 199 Rs 499 prepaid plan with cricket

first_imgWith IPL kicking off this weekend, national telecom carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has launched two Cricket-centric prepaid plans priced Rs 199 and Rs 499 with lucrative benefits.As the tariff cost suggests, one is short term and the other is long term. The Rs 199 and Rs 499 come with 28 days and 90 days validity, respectively.Which BSNL pre-paid plan is better—Rs 199 or Rs 499? BSNL launches IPL special prepaid plan with lucrative benefits in India. In picture: A woman speaks on her mobile phone in front of the logo of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriIf you go for the Rs 199, the benefits are very limited though it offers live cricket score alerts for a month. Besides that other one advantage of going for Rs 199 plan is that it gives you 1GB data daily allowance. It offers Cricket-related Personalised Ring-Back Tone (PRBT) option, reported Telecom Talk.BSNL also gives unlimited voice-calling, but local only and if you happen to go out of a particular state, then you will be charged on standard STD roaming rates. Also, there will be no free SMS option, as well.On the other hand, Rs 499 offers a much better deal. It offers truly unlimited voice calling feature including free roaming charges across all its 20 circles and also subscribers are entitled to free 100 SMS per day and 1GB data per day. Furthermore, it offers the real-time cricket scores SMS support during the entire tournament, as the validity of this plan is 90 days.If given a choice, I suggest our readers go for the latter Rs 499, as it offers better deal among the BSNL’s IPL special prepaid plan.It can be noted BSNL’s new IPL prepaid plans are valid in all of its 20 circles, except for Mumbai and Delhi regions.Other rivals such as Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea haven’t announced any dedicated prepaid tariffs for the two month IPL season, but some have other plans to attract young phone users.For instance, Vodafone Idea, which is facing a mass exodus of subscribers, is all set to launch new ‘Youth Offer’, which entitles 50-percent discount on one-year Amazon Prime membership. Vodafone Idea prepaid users with prepaid subscription can avail Youth offer and 50-percent discount on one-year Amazon Prime annual plan.Vodafone website (screen-shot)With Amazon Prime subscription, Vodafone Idea users will not only able to get the privilege of getting quick delivery of goods on the e-commerce site but also get early access to top deals on Amazon.in, ad-free music listening through Amazon Prime Music and access to unlimited streaming of the latest and exclusive movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy and Amazon Prime Original series through Prime Video.Vodafone Idea has another special deal for postpaid customers, which entitles them six-month free subscription to Zomato Gold. With this, they can claim exclusive meal offers for highly subsidised cost at partner hotels in select Indian metros. Benefits include each one meal will get your free complementary second meal and if partner beverage company is part of the hotel, consumers are entitled to get up two free drinks per visit per day.Each partner has a tag that allows the customer to distinguish between Food & Drinks Partners. For food, it is 1+1 and for drinks, it is a 2+2 offer. Close BSNL IPL Bonanza New Rs 248 pack with huge data benefits launchedcenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:52Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:46?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Vice Media Launches Local Operations in India

first_imgVice India has struck a supplementary deal with Facebook. It says it expects to announce additional partnerships in the coming months, and that “these will bring Vice’s content to millions of new viewers in the region through original local production and reporting, and licensing.”Virtue Worldwide, the creative agency born out of Vice, has already entered into major brand partnerships that will provide creative services throughout India. These include Mountain Dew (PepsiCo) and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Vice Media has given an official launch to its operations in India. The move is a partnership with newspaper and digital media group Times of India.Vice is producing and distributing local programming for digital, mobile and linear platforms. Vice India has introduced all of its digital brands under the Vice.com banner, premiering a significant late night prime time television block across the Times of India portfolio.Last month, Vice India announced the appointment of Chanpreet Arora as CEO and Samira Kanwar as head of content. Working from offices in Mumbai and New Delhi, Vice India’s local content programming will span conversations across topics including food, music, politics, sports, sex, identity, nightlife, arts, and comedy.“In the coming months, the company plans to showcase a wide range of content encompassing topics that directly impact or affect the youth of the country – including local mental health crisis, sexual assault on university campuses, navigating life in India as an LGBTQI+ individual, the taboo sex industry, and political action in the region, amongst others,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

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History test row Post reevaluation JU to probe lapses of answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University will conduct an enquiry to find out whether there were any procedural or other lapses while checking the answer scripts of History admission test.The decision of the university comes in the wake of the varied marks obtained by the candidates in the admission test. In the first case, the scripts were checked by the professors of the History department and in the second, it was re-examined by external examiners.”The enquiry will be conducted by someone of eminence and high stature who is not connected with the university,” Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar of JU said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA meeting was held in the presence of Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and other senior varsity officials where the decision of the probe was taken. The registrar made it clear that the enquiry will not come in the way of the admission process in the History department that started on Monday, based on a merit list that was brought out after re-evaluation and scrutiny of the scripts by external examiners.It may be mentioned that re-checking of the answer scripts witnessed a significant change of marks in case of a number of students. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the revised selection list for admission, as many as 15 changes were found. A total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. There were cases — where a student, who had scored 6 out of 100, got 32 after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts was re-evaluated.It may be mentioned that JU decided to conduct a review of the scripts on August 8 after there were several complaints regarding the earlier evaluation pattern. There were students who had scored less than 10 in the admission test whereas had scored 90 percent or above in HS or equivalent examinations.In another major development, a student filed a petition on Monday before the Calcutta High Court seeking its intervention in the alleged discrepancies found with the subject. This student had scored 60 in the first evaluation while it went down to 54 after re-evaluation. In the present circumstances, the student has featured fifth on the waiting list though he was on the merit list at first.last_img read more

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7Zip 1801 final is out

first_img7-Zip 18.01 final is out by Martin Brinkmann on January 11, 2018 in Software – Last Update: January 29, 2018 – 19 commentsThe author of the archiving software 7-Zip, Igor Pavlov, released 7-Zip 18.00 Beta today to the public. The new version of the Windows software is the first release of 2018. The first two digits of the version number reflect the year of release.7-Zip 18.00 follows another beta version of the program, 7-Zip 17.01 which Pavlov released in August 2017. The most recent stable version is 7-Zip 16.04 released in, you guessed it, 2016.We did not review the last beta version, and I decided to cover both releases in this article. One reason for that is that there are not that many changes in 7-Zip 18.00.Update: 7-Zip 18.01 final is out. It features the improvements described below plus the following ones:7-Zip now can unpack DMG archives that use LZFSE compression method.7-Zip now doesn’t allow update operation for archives that have read-only attribute.The BUG was fixed: extracting from tar with -si switch didn’t set timestamps for directories.7-Zip 18.00 Beta reviewThe new beta version of the archiving software comes with support for unpacking .obj and .coff files. The only other addition to the program’s feature set is support for the -sse command switch which stops archive creation if input files cannot be opened by the program during the process.7-Zip 17.01 has more to offer in regards to changes. Most of the changes aim at advanced use cases, however.The multi-threading compression performance of LZMA2 archives (xz and 7z) improved in the release, 7-Zip uses additional buffers for multi-block LZMA2 compression, and CPU utilization improved slightly as a consequence.The handling of xz archives improved in several ways in the release as well. 7-Zip creates multi-block xz archives by default. Users can specify the block size with the -ms[Size]{m|g} switch. The xz decoder supports the unpacking of random blocks from multi-block xz archives in that version on top of that. Another improvement is that 7-Zip can open nested multi-block xz archives in that version without fully unpacking the archive first.The two remaining changes of 7-Zip 17.01 introduced creating zip archives from stdin to stdout and limited the @listfile parameter so that it needs to be run before the -switch parameter.Closing WordsGood news is that development of the open source archiver for Windows continues. New release versions come out slowly, however. The last stable version dates back to October 2016. Still, 7-Zip is a popular archive software for Windows, and many users stood by the program despite its slow update rate.Now You: Which archiving software do you use, and why? (my favorite is Bandizip) (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle Name7-Zip 18.01 final is outDescriptionThe author of the archiving software 7-Zip, Igor Pavlov, released 7-Zip 18.00 Beta today to the public. The new version of the Windows software is the first release of 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and Qantas Airways have t

first_imgSofitel Sydney Wentworth and Qantas Airways have teamed up to launch a historic public exhibition to commemorate and conclude the original Wentworth Hotel’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration.Inviting guests to step back in time, the exhibition will run from 14 October until 31 December 2016, and feature a fascinating selection of heritage artefacts and imagery stretching from 1966 when the hotel was originally owned and built by Qantas Airways. In addition, the display will feature a photo exhibition of the Wentworth Hotel, from its first days of construction through to fashion highlights and famous celebrities and royal visits.To demonstrate its intertwined history, guests of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth are invited to explore the hotel’s beginnings as the Qantas Wentworth Hotel via a display of restored objects and mementos, including a Miniature Hotel Model, which was sent around the world to promote the hotel and convention facilities, a fabulous display of Qantas’ original 1960s uniforms, and business class lounge.2016 is a year of reflection for Sofitel Sydney Wentworth with the luxury heritage hotel turning 50. Clive Scott, the first General Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth says, “Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is one of the grand old dames of hotels. It will always have pride of place in Sydney and Australia. It has historical significance as a property and landmark in Sydney. Many people across the world have fond memories in their hearts as a special place to stay.”Craig Reaume, present General Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth adds, “I am proud to be part of the hotel’s history and invite our guests to relive its most iconic moments throughout this public exhibition.”This free exhibition will be on display in the hotel lobby and on Level 3 of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth located at 61-101 Phillip Street Sydney.Guests are invited to stay overnight with the hotel’s 50th Anniversary Luxury Leisure Escape.This luxurious package, priced from $400 per night, is inclusive of:Anniversary-themed mini High Tea selection upon arrival including Ronnefeldt teaBreakfast served in-room every morningThe luxury of time, with late check-out until 4pmlast_img read more

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