CDC raises enough money for a new van

13 Oct 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Child Development Centre has officially met its fundraising goals for this year, allowing the Centre to purchase a new wheelchair-accessible van.The CDC’s executive director Tana Millner said that the organization raised the required $77,000 for the new 10-passenger van, which comes fully equipped with a mechanical lift for wheelchair-bound passengers. Millner said that the Centre’s old van was not wheelchair-accessible, causing headaches for the Centre’s staff. “Not having a wheelchair-accessible van with the population that we serve was very difficult sometimes,” said Millner. “It was a good thing that we were able to do it with the help of the community.”Millner said that the van has already been ordered, and the Centre expects to take delivery of the new van in 10 to 12 weeks.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Child Development Centre has officially met its fundraising goals for this year, allowing the Centre to purchase a new wheelchair-accessible van.The CDC’s executive director Tana Millner said that the organization raised the required $77,000 for the new 10-passenger van, which comes fully equipped with a mechanical lift for wheelchair-bound passengers. Millner said that the Centre’s old van was not wheelchair-accessible, causing headaches for the Centre’s staff. “Not having a wheelchair-accessible van with the population that we serve was very difficult sometimes,” said Millner. “It was a good thing that we were able to do it with the help of the community.”Millner said that the van has already been ordered, and the Centre expects to take delivery of the new van in 10 to 12 weeks.last_img read more

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Seven held in AIIMS attack

12 Oct 2019

first_imgDelhi Police nabbed seven persons who were found involved in attacking a family outside AIIMS Trauma Centre on Sunday. The law enforcement agency has also identified a few more people involved in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Devender Arya said that as soon case came to light they took action and after the proper investigation in the case arrests were made in this regard. Police said that apart from arrests, three-four people have been identified allegedly involved in the incident. “The case is being probed,” said the officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The investigating agency said that on Sunday at about 3 PM a PCR call was received regarding quarrel at Trauma Center. The complainant reported that guards at the gate had injured her husband and assaulted her sister also. In all four members were examined and MLC prepared. On Sunday itself in this regard, a case under appropriate sections was registered at Safdarjung Enclave and five persons were nabbed . The police official said that they took proper action in the case.last_img read more

first_imgDelhi Police nabbed seven persons who were found involved in attacking a family outside AIIMS Trauma Centre on Sunday. The law enforcement agency has also identified a few more people involved in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Devender Arya said that as soon case came to light they took action and after the proper investigation in the case arrests were made in this regard. Police said that apart from arrests, three-four people have been identified allegedly involved in the incident. “The case is being probed,” said the officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The investigating agency said that on Sunday at about 3 PM a PCR call was received regarding quarrel at Trauma Center. The complainant reported that guards at the gate had injured her husband and assaulted her sister also. In all four members were examined and MLC prepared. On Sunday itself in this regard, a case under appropriate sections was registered at Safdarjung Enclave and five persons were nabbed . The police official said that they took proper action in the case.last_img read more

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Canadas housing market stronger than forecast

08 Oct 2019

TORONTO — The Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday that the national home price and sales activity this year will be higher than previously forecast, following a strong spring.It now forecasts 475,800 homes will be sold in 2012, up 3.8% from 2011, compared with earlier expectations of a gain of 0.3%.The average home price is forecast to rise by 2.2% to $370,700 in 2012 compared with an earlier expectation that it would fall 1.1%.“National activity over spring months was stronger than anticipated,” CREA president Wayne Moen said in a statement.“This shows clearly how the continuation of low interest rates is keeping homeownership affordable and within reach.”[np-related]CREA had previously forecast 2012 and 2013 sales volume would be on par with the 10-year average, but it now expects them to be slightly above that.CREA expects 470,200 sales in 2013, down 1.1% from this year, compared with the earlier forecast of 457,200.The increased outlook for the year came as CREA reported homes sales last month fell 3.1% compared with April, but remained up from a year ago.The group said sales volume rose 9% from May 2011, while the Canadian average price slipped marginally to $375,605, down 0.3%.Continued overall strength in the housing market, largely due to the staying power of low interest rates, has led some economists to warn the market is overvalued.That could make homeowners vulnerable to a downturn, especially those who have used low interest rates to borrow more than they could otherwise afford.The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty have cautioned Canadians repeatedly to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The bank noted certain segments of the housing market that have a persistent oversupply — such as condos in Toronto — face a higher risk of a price correction.A report released this week by TD Bank projected Vancouver and Toronto home prices will probably experience a downturn of about 15% in two to three years, but not the dramatic drop that hit the United States a few years ago. read more

TORONTO — The Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday that the national home price and sales activity this year will be higher than previously forecast, following a strong spring.It now forecasts 475,800 homes will be sold in 2012, up 3.8% from 2011, compared with earlier expectations of a gain of 0.3%.The average home price is forecast to rise by 2.2% to $370,700 in 2012 compared with an earlier expectation that it would fall 1.1%.“National activity over spring months was stronger than anticipated,” CREA president Wayne Moen said in a statement.“This shows clearly how the continuation of low interest rates is keeping homeownership affordable and within reach.”[np-related]CREA had previously forecast 2012 and 2013 sales volume would be on par with the 10-year average, but it now expects them to be slightly above that.CREA expects 470,200 sales in 2013, down 1.1% from this year, compared with the earlier forecast of 457,200.The increased outlook for the year came as CREA reported homes sales last month fell 3.1% compared with April, but remained up from a year ago.The group said sales volume rose 9% from May 2011, while the Canadian average price slipped marginally to $375,605, down 0.3%.Continued overall strength in the housing market, largely due to the staying power of low interest rates, has led some economists to warn the market is overvalued.That could make homeowners vulnerable to a downturn, especially those who have used low interest rates to borrow more than they could otherwise afford.The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty have cautioned Canadians repeatedly to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The bank noted certain segments of the housing market that have a persistent oversupply — such as condos in Toronto — face a higher risk of a price correction.A report released this week by TD Bank projected Vancouver and Toronto home prices will probably experience a downturn of about 15% in two to three years, but not the dramatic drop that hit the United States a few years ago. read more

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Moodys changes outlook on Sri Lankas rating to negative from stable

08 Oct 2019

The other reason was the possibility that the effectiveness of the fiscal reforms envisaged by the Government may be lower than we currently expect, which could further weaken fiscal and economic performance. It said that with the effective implementation of some of the fiscal policy measures and other structural reforms planned under the IMF programme, the Government would be able to tap a significant potential revenue base.Moody’s Investors Service said that on 16 June 2016, a rating committee was called to discuss the rating of the Sri Lanka, Government of. Moody’s Investors Service has today affirmed the Government of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured sovereign ratings at B1 and changed the outlook to negative from stable.Moody’s Investors Service said one reason for the downgrading was the expectation of a further weakening in some of Sri Lanka’s fiscal metrics in an environment of subdued GDP growth which could lead to renewed balance of payments pressure. At the same time, Moody’s said Sri Lanka’s B1 rating is supported by the economy’s robust growth potential and higher income levels than similarly-rated sovereigns. The main points raised during the discussion were that the issuer’s economic fundamentals, including its economic strength, have not materially changed, the issuer’s institutional strength/framework, have materially decreased, the issuer’s fiscal or financial strength, including its debt profile, has not materially changed and the issuer’s susceptibility to event risks has not materially changed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The other reason was the possibility that the effectiveness of the fiscal reforms envisaged by the Government may be lower than we currently expect, which could further weaken fiscal and economic performance. It said that with the effective implementation of some of the fiscal policy measures and other structural reforms planned under the IMF programme, the Government would be able to tap a significant potential revenue base.Moody’s Investors Service said that on 16 June 2016, a rating committee was called to discuss the rating of the Sri Lanka, Government of. Moody’s Investors Service has today affirmed the Government of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured sovereign ratings at B1 and changed the outlook to negative from stable.Moody’s Investors Service said one reason for the downgrading was the expectation of a further weakening in some of Sri Lanka’s fiscal metrics in an environment of subdued GDP growth which could lead to renewed balance of payments pressure. At the same time, Moody’s said Sri Lanka’s B1 rating is supported by the economy’s robust growth potential and higher income levels than similarly-rated sovereigns. The main points raised during the discussion were that the issuer’s economic fundamentals, including its economic strength, have not materially changed, the issuer’s institutional strength/framework, have materially decreased, the issuer’s fiscal or financial strength, including its debt profile, has not materially changed and the issuer’s susceptibility to event risks has not materially changed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Annan welcomes BelizeGuatemala treaty agreement

06 Oct 2019

A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York expressed the Secretary-General’s “firm belief” that bringing this matter to closure is a key step in creating conditions for stability and sustainable development, and encouraged the people of both countries to endorse the settlement agreement.Calling the development “historic,” the spokesman noted that under the agreement’s terms, referenda are to be held in coming weeks in both countries, leading to a treaty concluding a controversy which has delayed regional integration.In addition to their shared history on the Central American isthmus, Belize and Guatemala are both multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual societies striving to provide their citizens with just and equitable living conditions. “This groundbreaking accord sets an example for the region, and offers hope that other such disputes can also be resolved promptly and peaceably,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also congratulated both Governments for their leadership and vision and commended their designated Facilitators and the Organization of American States, under whose auspices the process was conducted. read more

A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York expressed the Secretary-General’s “firm belief” that bringing this matter to closure is a key step in creating conditions for stability and sustainable development, and encouraged the people of both countries to endorse the settlement agreement.Calling the development “historic,” the spokesman noted that under the agreement’s terms, referenda are to be held in coming weeks in both countries, leading to a treaty concluding a controversy which has delayed regional integration.In addition to their shared history on the Central American isthmus, Belize and Guatemala are both multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual societies striving to provide their citizens with just and equitable living conditions. “This groundbreaking accord sets an example for the region, and offers hope that other such disputes can also be resolved promptly and peaceably,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also congratulated both Governments for their leadership and vision and commended their designated Facilitators and the Organization of American States, under whose auspices the process was conducted. read more

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UNESCO chief denounces the murder of Mexican journalist

02 Oct 2019

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), denounced the murder and called on the authorities to “conduct a thorough investigation” into the incident. Mr. Saldaña Morales was the host of a news programme at La Ke Buena 100.9 FM radio station in the town of Tierra Blanca in Veracruz State. He also worked for a number of other media outlets, notably El Mundo de Córdoba, El Sol de Córdoba, La Crónica de Tierra Blanca and Radio Max.Ms. Bokova underscored, “crimes against journalists affect the whole of society and limit our ability as citizens to make informed choices. For this reason, it is essential that such crimes do not go unpunished.”On 4 May, police found Mr. Saldaña Morales in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO member States at the organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage. read more

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), denounced the murder and called on the authorities to “conduct a thorough investigation” into the incident. Mr. Saldaña Morales was the host of a news programme at La Ke Buena 100.9 FM radio station in the town of Tierra Blanca in Veracruz State. He also worked for a number of other media outlets, notably El Mundo de Córdoba, El Sol de Córdoba, La Crónica de Tierra Blanca and Radio Max.Ms. Bokova underscored, “crimes against journalists affect the whole of society and limit our ability as citizens to make informed choices. For this reason, it is essential that such crimes do not go unpunished.”On 4 May, police found Mr. Saldaña Morales in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO member States at the organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage. read more

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European Court of Human Rights to rule on Irish child sex abuse

22 Sep 2019

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights (ECtHR) will deliver a Grand Chamber judgement in a case taken against Ireland by a citizen over child sexual abuse next week.The ruling in Louise O’Keeffe versus Ireland will be revealed in a public hearing at 10am (Irish time) on Tuesday, 28 January in the Human Rights Building in Strasbourg.The Cork woman, now aged 49, is seeking damages from the State for abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of a primary school principal.She was indecently assaulted by Leo Hickey at Dunderrow National School in Kinsale for a number of months in 1973 when she was just nine years old. During a criminal investigation into a separate complaint about the principal, O’Keeffe was contacted by authorities and made a statement about the offences in 1997.It is understood that she had suppressed the sexual abuse until then, not linking her psychological difficulties with the events of her past.Hickey was charged with 386 criminal offences involving 21 former pupils of the national school. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years.Having heard evidence from other victims during the criminal trial, the victim realised the connection between her psychological problems and the abuse.In October 1998 she applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal for compensation and was awarded €53,962.The same year, she brought a civil action against her abuser, as well as the Minister for Education and the State. She sought damages for personal injuries claiming Ireland had failed to put in place appropriate measures and procedures to prevent and stop Hickey’s systematic abuse; and that it was vicariously liable as his employer.The High Court ordered Hickey to pay out €305,104, a sum he said he cannot afford. It was arranged that he would pay €400 a month to the victim and, to date, she has received about €30,000 from him.In 2004, the claims of direct negligence against the State were dismissed and, two years later, the High Court found that the State was not vicariously liable for the assaults.The claim was also dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2008.It found that “the Irish primary school system had to be understood in the specific context of early 19th Century history and that, while the State funded the system, the management role of the church was such that the State could not be held vicariously liable for the acts of the teacher in question”.Dunderrow National School was managed by a priest on behalf of the Bishop of Cork and Ross.The priest was made aware of allegations against Hickey in 1971. Further complaints were made in 1973, the year O’Keeffe was targeted.A parents’ meeting was called, after which, the principal took sick leave and resigned. A number of parents had also removed their children from the school. The Department of Education was told about the resignation in January 1974 but not about the complaints.Gardaí were not informed about the incidents or complaints.Hickey took up a job in another national school where he taught until his retirement in 1995.Following the failure of her case in the Supreme Court, O’Keeffe took it to Europe, stating that the Irish State failed to structure the primary education system so as to protect her. It also failed to investigate or provide an appropriate judicial response to her ill-treatment.According to her complaint, she also says she has “suffered discrimination given the refusal to compensate victims of abuse in National Schools while accepting to do so as regards abuse victims from reformatory or industrial schools”.The right for O’Keeffe to bring her case before the ECHR in Strasbourg, France was challenged by the State which argued that she had not exhausted all legal remedies in the country as she had not sued the Bishop of Cork and Ross which was responsible for running the school.But the ECHR declared her case admissable in June of last year saying that it was not necessary for her to also sue the bishop having already taken legal action against the State.The Grand Chamber heard her case on 6 March last year.European Court of Human Rights to hear Cork woman’s abuse caselast_img read more

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights (ECtHR) will deliver a Grand Chamber judgement in a case taken against Ireland by a citizen over child sexual abuse next week.The ruling in Louise O’Keeffe versus Ireland will be revealed in a public hearing at 10am (Irish time) on Tuesday, 28 January in the Human Rights Building in Strasbourg.The Cork woman, now aged 49, is seeking damages from the State for abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of a primary school principal.She was indecently assaulted by Leo Hickey at Dunderrow National School in Kinsale for a number of months in 1973 when she was just nine years old. During a criminal investigation into a separate complaint about the principal, O’Keeffe was contacted by authorities and made a statement about the offences in 1997.It is understood that she had suppressed the sexual abuse until then, not linking her psychological difficulties with the events of her past.Hickey was charged with 386 criminal offences involving 21 former pupils of the national school. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years.Having heard evidence from other victims during the criminal trial, the victim realised the connection between her psychological problems and the abuse.In October 1998 she applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal for compensation and was awarded €53,962.The same year, she brought a civil action against her abuser, as well as the Minister for Education and the State. She sought damages for personal injuries claiming Ireland had failed to put in place appropriate measures and procedures to prevent and stop Hickey’s systematic abuse; and that it was vicariously liable as his employer.The High Court ordered Hickey to pay out €305,104, a sum he said he cannot afford. It was arranged that he would pay €400 a month to the victim and, to date, she has received about €30,000 from him.In 2004, the claims of direct negligence against the State were dismissed and, two years later, the High Court found that the State was not vicariously liable for the assaults.The claim was also dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2008.It found that “the Irish primary school system had to be understood in the specific context of early 19th Century history and that, while the State funded the system, the management role of the church was such that the State could not be held vicariously liable for the acts of the teacher in question”.Dunderrow National School was managed by a priest on behalf of the Bishop of Cork and Ross.The priest was made aware of allegations against Hickey in 1971. Further complaints were made in 1973, the year O’Keeffe was targeted.A parents’ meeting was called, after which, the principal took sick leave and resigned. A number of parents had also removed their children from the school. The Department of Education was told about the resignation in January 1974 but not about the complaints.Gardaí were not informed about the incidents or complaints.Hickey took up a job in another national school where he taught until his retirement in 1995.Following the failure of her case in the Supreme Court, O’Keeffe took it to Europe, stating that the Irish State failed to structure the primary education system so as to protect her. It also failed to investigate or provide an appropriate judicial response to her ill-treatment.According to her complaint, she also says she has “suffered discrimination given the refusal to compensate victims of abuse in National Schools while accepting to do so as regards abuse victims from reformatory or industrial schools”.The right for O’Keeffe to bring her case before the ECHR in Strasbourg, France was challenged by the State which argued that she had not exhausted all legal remedies in the country as she had not sued the Bishop of Cork and Ross which was responsible for running the school.But the ECHR declared her case admissable in June of last year saying that it was not necessary for her to also sue the bishop having already taken legal action against the State.The Grand Chamber heard her case on 6 March last year.European Court of Human Rights to hear Cork woman’s abuse caselast_img read more

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Talks about airport workers pensions moving to more intensive phase

22 Sep 2019

first_imgAN EXPERT PANEL set up to examine how a resolution can be reached in the pensions dispute at various airports, has said discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase.Last week the High Court granted an injunction to Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to halt the planned closure of airports across the country on the Friday of the St Patrick’s Day weekend.Unions had planned a strike for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports over the row about a €700 million hole in the employee pension fund.The panel said today that a series of initial meetings has been held with DAA, Aer Lingus and the trade unions involved. “These discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase,” it said in a statement.It also said arrangement are being finalised for meetings with other relevant stakeholders.The panel said that arising from its terms of reference, it is continuing on the preparation of a preliminary report to two government departments and the unions by the end of this month.Read: High Court halts airport strikes by granting injunction to DAA>Read: Mandate union withdraws from strike action at DAA>Read: DAA and Ryanair launch court action to stop strike at Irish airports>last_img read more

first_imgAN EXPERT PANEL set up to examine how a resolution can be reached in the pensions dispute at various airports, has said discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase.Last week the High Court granted an injunction to Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to halt the planned closure of airports across the country on the Friday of the St Patrick’s Day weekend.Unions had planned a strike for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports over the row about a €700 million hole in the employee pension fund.The panel said today that a series of initial meetings has been held with DAA, Aer Lingus and the trade unions involved. “These discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase,” it said in a statement.It also said arrangement are being finalised for meetings with other relevant stakeholders.The panel said that arising from its terms of reference, it is continuing on the preparation of a preliminary report to two government departments and the unions by the end of this month.Read: High Court halts airport strikes by granting injunction to DAA>Read: Mandate union withdraws from strike action at DAA>Read: DAA and Ryanair launch court action to stop strike at Irish airports>last_img read more

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Fox News Says China Owns Bahamas Minister Responds

17 Sep 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – A controversial video clip has surfaced of a FOX NEWS Analysis interview, expressing US perspective on The Bahamas’s relationship with China, economic standing and even forecast on election results.When speaking to the cutting back on economic investments in the US, the representatives from FOX NEWS said “Take the Bahamas, for example. The US, after the great recession, essentially pulled out all governmental and private investments there. The Chinese swooped in and now own the country because they invested so heavily in infrastructure”.They continued “There’s an election there on Wednesday which could actually swing to the opposition, which is not suppose to happen, solely because of China.”Following the circulation of the video, Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, released a statement where he asserted that the claims made by the Fox News commentator are “false, malicious and just plain silly.”The statement reads “There is a bit of disinformation going around via a video with a commentator from Fox News making several assertions which are false, malicious and just plain silly.The assertions are that the United States has pulled out investments in The Bahamas and that the Chinese own The Bahamas and its government.The Fox New commentator is obviously suffering from a very serious problem of ignorance.First, the United States as a government does invest in private sector projects in countries. US Investors, private citizens and corporations, continue to be by far the largest foreign investors in The Bahamas.Secondly, the Chinese Government has no hold on The Bahamas or the Government of The Bahamas. That is nonsense and patent rubbish.The Chinese government is perfectly able to speak for itself but there is no evidence that China has any hegemonic designs on The Bahamas.The China Export Import Bank has financed commercial projects in The Bahamas and at present all loans are beings serviced on normal commercial terms.The Bahamas itself is not involved in any way shape or form in any geo-political contest between larger countries.Any attempt to drag us into such contests is also false and maliciousWe need work for our people. We need investment for our development. Like the United States, we are an open country and welcome investments from any lawful source.The timing of the statement from Fox News is designed to influence the general election. Patriotic Bahamians of goodwill all see through this tissue of lies. The FNM should separate themselves from it, or be tarred with being supporters of anti Bahamian and anti patriotic actions.”#magneticmedianews#foxnewssayschinaownsbahamas Related Items:#foxnewssayschinaownsbahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – A controversial video clip has surfaced of a FOX NEWS Analysis interview, expressing US perspective on The Bahamas’s relationship with China, economic standing and even forecast on election results.When speaking to the cutting back on economic investments in the US, the representatives from FOX NEWS said “Take the Bahamas, for example. The US, after the great recession, essentially pulled out all governmental and private investments there. The Chinese swooped in and now own the country because they invested so heavily in infrastructure”.They continued “There’s an election there on Wednesday which could actually swing to the opposition, which is not suppose to happen, solely because of China.”Following the circulation of the video, Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, released a statement where he asserted that the claims made by the Fox News commentator are “false, malicious and just plain silly.”The statement reads “There is a bit of disinformation going around via a video with a commentator from Fox News making several assertions which are false, malicious and just plain silly.The assertions are that the United States has pulled out investments in The Bahamas and that the Chinese own The Bahamas and its government.The Fox New commentator is obviously suffering from a very serious problem of ignorance.First, the United States as a government does invest in private sector projects in countries. US Investors, private citizens and corporations, continue to be by far the largest foreign investors in The Bahamas.Secondly, the Chinese Government has no hold on The Bahamas or the Government of The Bahamas. That is nonsense and patent rubbish.The Chinese government is perfectly able to speak for itself but there is no evidence that China has any hegemonic designs on The Bahamas.The China Export Import Bank has financed commercial projects in The Bahamas and at present all loans are beings serviced on normal commercial terms.The Bahamas itself is not involved in any way shape or form in any geo-political contest between larger countries.Any attempt to drag us into such contests is also false and maliciousWe need work for our people. We need investment for our development. Like the United States, we are an open country and welcome investments from any lawful source.The timing of the statement from Fox News is designed to influence the general election. Patriotic Bahamians of goodwill all see through this tissue of lies. The FNM should separate themselves from it, or be tarred with being supporters of anti Bahamian and anti patriotic actions.”#magneticmedianews#foxnewssayschinaownsbahamas Related Items:#foxnewssayschinaownsbahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Emmis Sells Texas Monthly for 25 Million

14 Sep 2019

first_img The Austin headquarters of Texas Monthly, as well as its Dallas location, will stay where they are. The Houston office, however, will move into Genesis Park offices. “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet,” Jeff Smulyan, chairman and CEO of Emmis, said in a press release. “This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts Texas Monthly in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Texas Monthly is the first magazine sold since Emmis revealed plans to offload its magazine properties in August. The publicly traded company is looking to privatize and reduce its debt by focusing on radio assets. Emmis Communications has sold Texas Monthly for $25 million to private equity firm Genesis Park. The deal, which includes the magazine, its archives, and a custom publishing business, is expected to close in November. This is the sole publishing asset under Genesis Park, though the Hobbys are well-known in the industry. Paul Hobby’s grandfather William P. Hobby served as governor of Texas, as well as publisher of the Houston Post, which the family sold in 1983 before the paper folded in 1995. Paul’s father, Bill Hobby, was Lt. governor of Texas, as well as president of the newspaper. “I love Texas, I love the magazine,” Hobby tells Folio:. “I understand the power of the written word. There’s some great stories to tell in Texas, so when it was for sale, we were the right buyer.” It will retain Indianapolis Monthly, but Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Orange Coast magazines are still for sale.  Paul Hobby, founder of Genesis Park, will take on the role of CEO. No publisher has been announced, and all other staff will be retained initially, Hobby tells Folio:. Moving into the future, Hobby says he plans to strengthen Texas Monthly’s digital presence, and expand into events and video. last_img read more

first_img The Austin headquarters of Texas Monthly, as well as its Dallas location, will stay where they are. The Houston office, however, will move into Genesis Park offices. “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet,” Jeff Smulyan, chairman and CEO of Emmis, said in a press release. “This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts Texas Monthly in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Texas Monthly is the first magazine sold since Emmis revealed plans to offload its magazine properties in August. The publicly traded company is looking to privatize and reduce its debt by focusing on radio assets. Emmis Communications has sold Texas Monthly for $25 million to private equity firm Genesis Park. The deal, which includes the magazine, its archives, and a custom publishing business, is expected to close in November. This is the sole publishing asset under Genesis Park, though the Hobbys are well-known in the industry. Paul Hobby’s grandfather William P. Hobby served as governor of Texas, as well as publisher of the Houston Post, which the family sold in 1983 before the paper folded in 1995. Paul’s father, Bill Hobby, was Lt. governor of Texas, as well as president of the newspaper. “I love Texas, I love the magazine,” Hobby tells Folio:. “I understand the power of the written word. There’s some great stories to tell in Texas, so when it was for sale, we were the right buyer.” It will retain Indianapolis Monthly, but Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Orange Coast magazines are still for sale.  Paul Hobby, founder of Genesis Park, will take on the role of CEO. No publisher has been announced, and all other staff will be retained initially, Hobby tells Folio:. Moving into the future, Hobby says he plans to strengthen Texas Monthly’s digital presence, and expand into events and video. last_img read more

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Kartarpur corridor India sends reminder to Pakistan to hold

06 Sep 2019

first_imgNEW DELHI: India has sent a reminder to Pakistan to hold technical level meetings to finalise key decisions relating to the proposed Kartarpur corridor, linking Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, official sources said Saturday. India had proposed that technical level meetings should be held in the first week of August. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us However, the sources said Pakistan is yet to respond to it, prompting the Indian side to send a reminder to them. India had called for the meetings to be held to work out arrangements and finalise the alignment of the interim approach road for the Kartarpur corridor, develop a mechanism to share information about pilgrims between nodal points, develop a mechanism to deal with exigencies that arise from the use of the corridor. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us India had also shared a proposal to finalise the agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor. India hopes Pakistan will respond expeditiously on these proposals in order to get the Kartarpur corridor ready in time for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year. In November 2018, Pakistan agreed to set up the border-crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Advertise With Us Kartarpur is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four km from Dera Baba Nanak. Technical experts of the two countries met on March 19 during which alignment, coordinates and several other engineering aspects of the proposed corridor were discussed. They also held a meeting on May 27. A meeting between delegations of the two countries on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border was also held on July 14 to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had, on November 26 last year, laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, the Pakistani prime minister laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, around 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: India has sent a reminder to Pakistan to hold technical level meetings to finalise key decisions relating to the proposed Kartarpur corridor, linking Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, official sources said Saturday. India had proposed that technical level meetings should be held in the first week of August. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us However, the sources said Pakistan is yet to respond to it, prompting the Indian side to send a reminder to them. India had called for the meetings to be held to work out arrangements and finalise the alignment of the interim approach road for the Kartarpur corridor, develop a mechanism to share information about pilgrims between nodal points, develop a mechanism to deal with exigencies that arise from the use of the corridor. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us India had also shared a proposal to finalise the agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor. India hopes Pakistan will respond expeditiously on these proposals in order to get the Kartarpur corridor ready in time for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November this year. In November 2018, Pakistan agreed to set up the border-crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Advertise With Us Kartarpur is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four km from Dera Baba Nanak. Technical experts of the two countries met on March 19 during which alignment, coordinates and several other engineering aspects of the proposed corridor were discussed. They also held a meeting on May 27. A meeting between delegations of the two countries on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border was also held on July 14 to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had, on November 26 last year, laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, the Pakistani prime minister laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, around 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more

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9 Ways Nintendo Can Make the Switch a Success

01 Sep 2019

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch I’ll be completely upfront with all of you wonderful readers: I’m not a fan of Nintendo. Sure, I loved the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo, but after that, the company lost me. While my fondness for what Nintendo released in the late 80’s and early 90’s remains intact, everything that has come out after that golden era has failed to interest me. I guess you can say I grew up as a gamer and Nintendo didn’t keep up with me.With that said, I have been following what Nintendo is doing with its upcoming console/mobile hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, with keen interest (and not just because it’s my job to cover gaming news). Despite my admitted indifference towards the company, I have been waiting for a reason to buy one of its systems for a long time. The Switch seems like the perfect device to get a disillusioned former fan like myself back in the fold.There are numerous ways Nintendo can botch the Switch the way it did the Wii U. Instead of focusing on that; I want to talk about how Nintendo can make the Switch a huge hit and once again become relevant to hardcore gamers. If the world-famous Japanese company plays its cards right, the Nintendo Switch has a good chance of being one of the great success stories of this console generation.A Strong Launch LineupThis is a no-brainer, but the Switch needs to come out of the gate with a killer lineup of games. This not only includes brand-new first party games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, but also third party titles (I’ll get to those in a bit), and some Wii U ports. I’m not asking for the Switch to launch with a million games, but a solid ten or so will hold day one buyers over for a few months as Nintendo slowly releases titles over the coming months.Third Party SupportWhile I understand that most people don’t buy a Nintendo console to play third party games, third party support is vital to a system’s success. Nintendo’s consoles have been relegated to being a gamer’s second (and often neglected) system. It doesn’t have to be this way with the Switch.The Switch will not be able to match the PS4 and Xbox One regarding specs. However, it appears to have enough horsepower to play games like Skyrim, Dark Souls 3 and NBA2K. With strong third-party support, the Switch has the potential to be a primary console that has both first and third party games. Couple that with the system’s portability, and Nintendo could once again have a system that is complete unto itself and isn’t lacking the big third party titles found on competing platforms.Pro ControllerThe main thing that has kept me from purchasing a Nintendo system all of these decades is their funky controllers. The N64 and GameCube controllers looked like they were made for alien hands. The Wii’s nunchuck-like controllers aren’t exactly made to be used sitting on a couch. The Wii U’s gamepad felt like an oversized, uncomfortable handheld. I always said if Nintendo seriously wants me (and like-minded gamers) to be in their good graces again, it would need a system with a standard, no frills, no bullshit controller. I know the Wii U had the Pro controller, but it wasn’t made for every game on the system.During the Switch reveal trailer, I was initially turned off by the joycon controllers that come with the system. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Switch would support the Pro controller. Given how the entire video was (thankfully) aimed at adults, it gives me hope that every game for the Switch can be played with the Pro controller. This would go a long way toward making the system enticing to consumers since they’ll be able to play it the way they do other consoles.A Robust Virtual ConsoleNintendo’s greatest strength is nostalgia. One way for the Switch to capitalize on this is to have its Virtual Store jam-packed with classic games from Nintendo’s vast library. I think it’s safe to say that the Switch will not have a full library of new games for at least the first year. Having the Virtual Store pick up the slack by giving consumers a plethora of diverse titles to play would help tremendously.NES and SNES games will be good enough on their own, but if recent reports are correct, it appears that the Switch will also have GameCube titles for players to buy. We don’t yet know Nintendo’s full plans for the Switch Virtual Store. But, if it eventually has games from every past system, the Switch will be extremely attractive to anyone who wants to replay titles from their childhood.Long Battery LifeThis is another no-brainer, but for the Switch to succeed, it needs to have a decent battery life. One of the big selling points about the system is that it can be played on the go. However, if the batteries die quickly, it defeats the purpose of having a portable device. It is unlikely that the system will have a battery life longer than five to six hours. Still, even a battery life of that length will be good enough for most gamers.Recently, images of Switch peripherals and accessories were leaked. Among the items were a USB charger and a car charger. If people are meant to play the Switch on the road, charging options like these will be crucial. It’s good to know that folks will not need to worry about the Switch’s battery prematurely dying on them since they can have it plugged into an external power source even away from home.Low Price PointThis generation of consoles has proven that price is extremely important. Look at the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. One of the principle reasons for the PS4’s initial domination over its direct competitor was that it was $100 cheaper. Moving forward to holiday 2016, both current gen systems sold millions of units because of their low prices (sometimes as low as $200).Nintendo can sell a ton of Switch units with the right price. We’ve heard reports/rumors of the system being anywhere between $250 to $400. Though $400 is an acceptable price for a launch console, I think that is a bit steep for the Switch.Considering how Nintendo needs to win back the average gamer and not just please its die-hard fans, a price point between $250-$300 would be fantastic. If Nintendo can manage to keep enough systems on store shelves, the Switch will sell in large quantities. We could see a $400 SKU that comes with all manner of accessories, but it would be wise if Nintendo releases a $300 SKU aimed at the average consumer.Give Fans What They WantNintendo has one of the strongest, if not the strongest, first party lineup out there. With that said, it is odd that fans haven’t gotten to play more of the company’s big titles. Mainline Zelda games only seem to come out when a new system is launched. Mario games are almost as rare. And where the hell is a new core Metroid entry?Nintendo’s fans are vocal about the titles they want to play. It would be wise for Nintendo to listen to them and consistently release its biggest franchises for the Switch. I’m not saying that Metroid or Zelda should be made into annual franchises, but seeing a new main entry every two to three years from these and other series would make the Switch more appealing. The demand is already there. Nintendo just needs to actually produce more of its biggest franchises to keep fans happy.A Better Online ExperienceThe Switch needs a fully functional online service akin to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, especially now in 2017. For years, players have been getting together online on their respective platforms to form parties, communities, compare achievements/trophies, or simply to chat with one another. The Wii U’s online service was incredibly limited and restrictive. Nintendo needs to let go of the leash and let players interact however they want. There obviously needs to be controls set in place to curb abuse and harassment, but people shouldn’t be restricted in the language they use online.Also, the Virtual Store needs to be streamlined so that players can find games and buy them with ease. The Steam Store is a prime example of a sleek, user-friendly store that Nintendo would do well to emulate. Overall, the Switch’s online environment needs to be a place that players want to spend time in.And for the love of [insert deity], Nintendo, no friend codes for the Switch. Seriously.PokemonFor years, fans have wanted to play the popular monster catching simulator on a Nintendo console. However, the games have always been relegated to handhelds. After all, these are “pocket monsters” and, in Nintendo and Niantic’s eyes, it wouldn’t make sense to have a main Pokemon game on a home console.Thankfully, the Switch is both a home console and a handheld. We don’t know the exact fate of the 3DS, but all signs seem to indicate the Switch will serve as the successor of both it and the Wii U. Since the Switch looks to be Nintendo’s only handheld for the foreseeable future, it makes sense to have a proper Pokemon game for it.Pokemon has always been a wildly popular series, but it has gained more notoriety thanks to Pokemon Go. The mobile game was so huge that it helped Nintendo sell a lot of 3DS systems over the holidays thanks to it having a new Pokemon game. With Pokemon hotter than ever, a brand-new game on the Switch will generate high demand for the system.Like I said above, Nintendo could totally screw the pooch with the Switch. Given the company’s recent history, this isn’t hard to fathom. However, the Switch is an innovative piece of technology, and it has the potentially to be wildly successful if handled correctly. We’re less than a day away from seeing the big Switch-centric Nintendo Direct, so hopefully we’ll get a better understanding of what Nintendo has in store for us at that time.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch I’ll be completely upfront with all of you wonderful readers: I’m not a fan of Nintendo. Sure, I loved the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo, but after that, the company lost me. While my fondness for what Nintendo released in the late 80’s and early 90’s remains intact, everything that has come out after that golden era has failed to interest me. I guess you can say I grew up as a gamer and Nintendo didn’t keep up with me.With that said, I have been following what Nintendo is doing with its upcoming console/mobile hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, with keen interest (and not just because it’s my job to cover gaming news). Despite my admitted indifference towards the company, I have been waiting for a reason to buy one of its systems for a long time. The Switch seems like the perfect device to get a disillusioned former fan like myself back in the fold.There are numerous ways Nintendo can botch the Switch the way it did the Wii U. Instead of focusing on that; I want to talk about how Nintendo can make the Switch a huge hit and once again become relevant to hardcore gamers. If the world-famous Japanese company plays its cards right, the Nintendo Switch has a good chance of being one of the great success stories of this console generation.A Strong Launch LineupThis is a no-brainer, but the Switch needs to come out of the gate with a killer lineup of games. This not only includes brand-new first party games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, but also third party titles (I’ll get to those in a bit), and some Wii U ports. I’m not asking for the Switch to launch with a million games, but a solid ten or so will hold day one buyers over for a few months as Nintendo slowly releases titles over the coming months.Third Party SupportWhile I understand that most people don’t buy a Nintendo console to play third party games, third party support is vital to a system’s success. Nintendo’s consoles have been relegated to being a gamer’s second (and often neglected) system. It doesn’t have to be this way with the Switch.The Switch will not be able to match the PS4 and Xbox One regarding specs. However, it appears to have enough horsepower to play games like Skyrim, Dark Souls 3 and NBA2K. With strong third-party support, the Switch has the potential to be a primary console that has both first and third party games. Couple that with the system’s portability, and Nintendo could once again have a system that is complete unto itself and isn’t lacking the big third party titles found on competing platforms.Pro ControllerThe main thing that has kept me from purchasing a Nintendo system all of these decades is their funky controllers. The N64 and GameCube controllers looked like they were made for alien hands. The Wii’s nunchuck-like controllers aren’t exactly made to be used sitting on a couch. The Wii U’s gamepad felt like an oversized, uncomfortable handheld. I always said if Nintendo seriously wants me (and like-minded gamers) to be in their good graces again, it would need a system with a standard, no frills, no bullshit controller. I know the Wii U had the Pro controller, but it wasn’t made for every game on the system.During the Switch reveal trailer, I was initially turned off by the joycon controllers that come with the system. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Switch would support the Pro controller. Given how the entire video was (thankfully) aimed at adults, it gives me hope that every game for the Switch can be played with the Pro controller. This would go a long way toward making the system enticing to consumers since they’ll be able to play it the way they do other consoles.A Robust Virtual ConsoleNintendo’s greatest strength is nostalgia. One way for the Switch to capitalize on this is to have its Virtual Store jam-packed with classic games from Nintendo’s vast library. I think it’s safe to say that the Switch will not have a full library of new games for at least the first year. Having the Virtual Store pick up the slack by giving consumers a plethora of diverse titles to play would help tremendously.NES and SNES games will be good enough on their own, but if recent reports are correct, it appears that the Switch will also have GameCube titles for players to buy. We don’t yet know Nintendo’s full plans for the Switch Virtual Store. But, if it eventually has games from every past system, the Switch will be extremely attractive to anyone who wants to replay titles from their childhood.Long Battery LifeThis is another no-brainer, but for the Switch to succeed, it needs to have a decent battery life. One of the big selling points about the system is that it can be played on the go. However, if the batteries die quickly, it defeats the purpose of having a portable device. It is unlikely that the system will have a battery life longer than five to six hours. Still, even a battery life of that length will be good enough for most gamers.Recently, images of Switch peripherals and accessories were leaked. Among the items were a USB charger and a car charger. If people are meant to play the Switch on the road, charging options like these will be crucial. It’s good to know that folks will not need to worry about the Switch’s battery prematurely dying on them since they can have it plugged into an external power source even away from home.Low Price PointThis generation of consoles has proven that price is extremely important. Look at the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. One of the principle reasons for the PS4’s initial domination over its direct competitor was that it was $100 cheaper. Moving forward to holiday 2016, both current gen systems sold millions of units because of their low prices (sometimes as low as $200).Nintendo can sell a ton of Switch units with the right price. We’ve heard reports/rumors of the system being anywhere between $250 to $400. Though $400 is an acceptable price for a launch console, I think that is a bit steep for the Switch.Considering how Nintendo needs to win back the average gamer and not just please its die-hard fans, a price point between $250-$300 would be fantastic. If Nintendo can manage to keep enough systems on store shelves, the Switch will sell in large quantities. We could see a $400 SKU that comes with all manner of accessories, but it would be wise if Nintendo releases a $300 SKU aimed at the average consumer.Give Fans What They WantNintendo has one of the strongest, if not the strongest, first party lineup out there. With that said, it is odd that fans haven’t gotten to play more of the company’s big titles. Mainline Zelda games only seem to come out when a new system is launched. Mario games are almost as rare. And where the hell is a new core Metroid entry?Nintendo’s fans are vocal about the titles they want to play. It would be wise for Nintendo to listen to them and consistently release its biggest franchises for the Switch. I’m not saying that Metroid or Zelda should be made into annual franchises, but seeing a new main entry every two to three years from these and other series would make the Switch more appealing. The demand is already there. Nintendo just needs to actually produce more of its biggest franchises to keep fans happy.A Better Online ExperienceThe Switch needs a fully functional online service akin to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, especially now in 2017. For years, players have been getting together online on their respective platforms to form parties, communities, compare achievements/trophies, or simply to chat with one another. The Wii U’s online service was incredibly limited and restrictive. Nintendo needs to let go of the leash and let players interact however they want. There obviously needs to be controls set in place to curb abuse and harassment, but people shouldn’t be restricted in the language they use online.Also, the Virtual Store needs to be streamlined so that players can find games and buy them with ease. The Steam Store is a prime example of a sleek, user-friendly store that Nintendo would do well to emulate. Overall, the Switch’s online environment needs to be a place that players want to spend time in.And for the love of [insert deity], Nintendo, no friend codes for the Switch. Seriously.PokemonFor years, fans have wanted to play the popular monster catching simulator on a Nintendo console. However, the games have always been relegated to handhelds. After all, these are “pocket monsters” and, in Nintendo and Niantic’s eyes, it wouldn’t make sense to have a main Pokemon game on a home console.Thankfully, the Switch is both a home console and a handheld. We don’t know the exact fate of the 3DS, but all signs seem to indicate the Switch will serve as the successor of both it and the Wii U. Since the Switch looks to be Nintendo’s only handheld for the foreseeable future, it makes sense to have a proper Pokemon game for it.Pokemon has always been a wildly popular series, but it has gained more notoriety thanks to Pokemon Go. The mobile game was so huge that it helped Nintendo sell a lot of 3DS systems over the holidays thanks to it having a new Pokemon game. With Pokemon hotter than ever, a brand-new game on the Switch will generate high demand for the system.Like I said above, Nintendo could totally screw the pooch with the Switch. Given the company’s recent history, this isn’t hard to fathom. However, the Switch is an innovative piece of technology, and it has the potentially to be wildly successful if handled correctly. We’re less than a day away from seeing the big Switch-centric Nintendo Direct, so hopefully we’ll get a better understanding of what Nintendo has in store for us at that time.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.last_img read more

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Darwins Tree of Life May Be More Like a Thicket

31 Aug 2019

first_img Citation: Darwin’s Tree of Life May Be More Like a Thicket (2009, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-darwin-tree-life-thicket.html (PhysOrg.com) — In On The Origin of Species, Darwin used the image of a tree of life to illustrate how species evolve, one from another. Even today, branches sprouting from lower branches (representing ancestors) is how many people view the evolution of species. Explore further A page from Darwin’s notebook showing the tree of life. Discovery of jumping gene cluster tangles tree of life However, for some time, evolutionary biologists have known that the picture is not quite so clear. A recent feature article in New Scientist investigates the current views of biologists – that organisms may pass traits not just to their offspring, but to other living organisms – and suggests that uprooting the tree of life may be the start of a revolutionary change in biology.The possibility that evolution isn’t as clear as the tree of life is not a brand new idea to biologists, but it has slowly risen from various studies. In the 1950s and following decades, the discovery of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences revealed that species once thought to be near each other on the tree are in fact quite different, molecularly speaking. In the early ’90s, scientists had hoped that gene sequencing would help them piece together the tree of life, but instead it showed conflicting results. For instance, some species that are closely related based on their DNA are not closely related at all based on their RNA.In order to make sense of the conflicts, biologists had to reconstruct Darwin’s tree, which assumed that organisms primarily pass their traits down to their offspring. Besides this “vertical” gene transfer, organisms may also share traits through “horizontal” gene transfer with other species, or even by reproducing with other species to produce genetic hybrids. Horizontal transfer and hybridization would result in a web of life, with species sharing some traits but not others, as the molecular evidence shows. Perhaps, the tree of life is just a way for humans to classify nature, as biologist W. Ford Doolittle has suggested.Today, biologists disagree on whether horizontal gene transfer plays the prominent role in evolution, or if it just adds noise and makes it difficult to pinpoint the complex branching of the tree of life. Some scientists think that horizontal gene transfer may accurately explain the evolution of the simple organisms such as bacteria, archaea and prokaryotes such as amoeba, but that complex animals evolve vertically. But considering that these simple organisms make up 90% of all species, and have been around for 3.8 billion years whereas multi-cellular organisms appeared just 630 million years ago, a linear tree of complex creatures would be more like a small offshoot of the overall web. But more recently, evidence suggests that complex organisms also have an evolutionary history of horizontal gene transfer and hybridization. It seems that viruses are constantly cutting and pasting DNA from one genome to another; in humans, up to half of our DNA may have been imported horizontally by viruses. In addition, hybridization occurs more commonly than previously thought. Evidence even shows that early Homo sapiens may have hybridized with some extinct related species, such as Homo erectus and the Neanderthals. While this interrelatedness makes evolution more complex than originally thought, vertical processes still explain how multi-cellular organisms are related to each other pretty well – so the tree is still useful, but just for parts, not the whole. More significantly, understanding the complexity of evolution’s branches may reveal that biology overall is more complex than it seems. As New Scientist points out, the field of biology is looking remarkably similar to that of physics around 1900 – just before groundbreaking discoveries in relativity and quantum mechanics revolutionized the field and the way we view the physical world.via: New Scientist This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Darwin’s Tree of Life May Be More Like a Thicket (2009, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-darwin-tree-life-thicket.html (PhysOrg.com) — In On The Origin of Species, Darwin used the image of a tree of life to illustrate how species evolve, one from another. Even today, branches sprouting from lower branches (representing ancestors) is how many people view the evolution of species. Explore further A page from Darwin’s notebook showing the tree of life. Discovery of jumping gene cluster tangles tree of life However, for some time, evolutionary biologists have known that the picture is not quite so clear. A recent feature article in New Scientist investigates the current views of biologists – that organisms may pass traits not just to their offspring, but to other living organisms – and suggests that uprooting the tree of life may be the start of a revolutionary change in biology.The possibility that evolution isn’t as clear as the tree of life is not a brand new idea to biologists, but it has slowly risen from various studies. In the 1950s and following decades, the discovery of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences revealed that species once thought to be near each other on the tree are in fact quite different, molecularly speaking. In the early ’90s, scientists had hoped that gene sequencing would help them piece together the tree of life, but instead it showed conflicting results. For instance, some species that are closely related based on their DNA are not closely related at all based on their RNA.In order to make sense of the conflicts, biologists had to reconstruct Darwin’s tree, which assumed that organisms primarily pass their traits down to their offspring. Besides this “vertical” gene transfer, organisms may also share traits through “horizontal” gene transfer with other species, or even by reproducing with other species to produce genetic hybrids. Horizontal transfer and hybridization would result in a web of life, with species sharing some traits but not others, as the molecular evidence shows. Perhaps, the tree of life is just a way for humans to classify nature, as biologist W. Ford Doolittle has suggested.Today, biologists disagree on whether horizontal gene transfer plays the prominent role in evolution, or if it just adds noise and makes it difficult to pinpoint the complex branching of the tree of life. Some scientists think that horizontal gene transfer may accurately explain the evolution of the simple organisms such as bacteria, archaea and prokaryotes such as amoeba, but that complex animals evolve vertically. But considering that these simple organisms make up 90% of all species, and have been around for 3.8 billion years whereas multi-cellular organisms appeared just 630 million years ago, a linear tree of complex creatures would be more like a small offshoot of the overall web. But more recently, evidence suggests that complex organisms also have an evolutionary history of horizontal gene transfer and hybridization. It seems that viruses are constantly cutting and pasting DNA from one genome to another; in humans, up to half of our DNA may have been imported horizontally by viruses. In addition, hybridization occurs more commonly than previously thought. Evidence even shows that early Homo sapiens may have hybridized with some extinct related species, such as Homo erectus and the Neanderthals. While this interrelatedness makes evolution more complex than originally thought, vertical processes still explain how multi-cellular organisms are related to each other pretty well – so the tree is still useful, but just for parts, not the whole. More significantly, understanding the complexity of evolution’s branches may reveal that biology overall is more complex than it seems. As New Scientist points out, the field of biology is looking remarkably similar to that of physics around 1900 – just before groundbreaking discoveries in relativity and quantum mechanics revolutionized the field and the way we view the physical world.via: New Scientist This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Opentoes loafers Trending footwear for women men

31 Aug 2019

first_imgGetting the perfect footwear which has both comfort and style is difficult, but important. Invest in loafers, colourful slip ons and pair them with the right attire, as suggested by experts:4Flats are a must-have for casual wear. They are comfortable shoes and very versatile. They come in different colours and patterns and can be worn with jeans, capri pants, maxi dresses or any other wear.To battle the extremely hot summer, slip-ons can be a saviour. Slippers, flip-flops, slides and open-toed pairs are in trend making the summer look not only chic and stylish but also perfect fit for the season. Speaking of prints and colours, keep it light and pick hues of purple, white, peach and mint. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs for men, a white pair of sneakers is an essential wardrobe item. It can be perfectly paired with most jeans. For a summer vibe, pair your casual shoes with light blue jeans. High top trainers/sneakers are also a huge trend this season. Suede or a coloured loafer will also go very well with your casual attire.4Every woman should have absolutely drop-dead gorgeous evening shoes. Invest in a silver high-heel sandal, elegant black evening shoes or a multitude of other styles. Peeptoes, this heel should be preferably three to four inches. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis shoe is for dressing up either for going on a date, dinner, or even the company party. The open toe part of the shoe makes you look more stylish. You can pair these shoes with dresses of all kinds, skirts, and high waist trousers/pants.Loafers are known to be the laid back version of a dress shoe and are best for a cocktail party for men. These shoes are versatile and comfortable. You can wear a loafer with a tuxedo if you choose, or with a pair of khaki pants and a t-shirt. 4The classic black pumps are apt for officewear. This can be worn to the office, work and to any other occasion, one can think of. The shoe should have a heel of two to three inches depending on preference. Do not wear black with every colour. There is always a need for other neutral hues like brown, taupe, or beige. However, choose navy if you have clothing in those colour schemes. It can be a low heeled shoe that is also a closed toe. This shoes should be versatile enough to wear with trousers, slacks or even a dress. If you are not a heel person, then bellies or ballerinas in solid colours are also a good option.For men, Oxford shoes, brogues will make your outfit seem more formal. Combine a pair of slim navy jeans (cuffed at the bottom), with your favourite pair of dress shoes. For a less formal tone, wear a pair of brown shoes. Black formal shoes will seem more formal and may appear strange when combined with jeans, match them up with trousers or chinos with a well-fitted shirt. Don’t forget to wear the appropriate pair of socks.4When going on a beach choosing the right pair of footwear is the vital part. You want your feet to feel comfortable and cool and it should match with your summer dress, shorts or bikini as well. Flip flops are one of the most appropriate choices but there are different styles which you can choose from. You can try out metallic flats as well. Dark florals are in fashion to beat the summer woes. Evening outfits will work best with dark floral slip-ons and slides. Just slip in and go for beach hopping, sunset strolls or pool parties.For men, the easiest choice is flip flops. They are comfortable and easily available and very effective for their intended purpose. Pair them up with shorts, t-shirts or tanks. Throw on an unbuttoned short sleeve shirt over the top when you walk off the sand for a more stylish look.last_img read more

first_imgGetting the perfect footwear which has both comfort and style is difficult, but important. Invest in loafers, colourful slip ons and pair them with the right attire, as suggested by experts:4Flats are a must-have for casual wear. They are comfortable shoes and very versatile. They come in different colours and patterns and can be worn with jeans, capri pants, maxi dresses or any other wear.To battle the extremely hot summer, slip-ons can be a saviour. Slippers, flip-flops, slides and open-toed pairs are in trend making the summer look not only chic and stylish but also perfect fit for the season. Speaking of prints and colours, keep it light and pick hues of purple, white, peach and mint. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs for men, a white pair of sneakers is an essential wardrobe item. It can be perfectly paired with most jeans. For a summer vibe, pair your casual shoes with light blue jeans. High top trainers/sneakers are also a huge trend this season. Suede or a coloured loafer will also go very well with your casual attire.4Every woman should have absolutely drop-dead gorgeous evening shoes. Invest in a silver high-heel sandal, elegant black evening shoes or a multitude of other styles. Peeptoes, this heel should be preferably three to four inches. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis shoe is for dressing up either for going on a date, dinner, or even the company party. The open toe part of the shoe makes you look more stylish. You can pair these shoes with dresses of all kinds, skirts, and high waist trousers/pants.Loafers are known to be the laid back version of a dress shoe and are best for a cocktail party for men. These shoes are versatile and comfortable. You can wear a loafer with a tuxedo if you choose, or with a pair of khaki pants and a t-shirt. 4The classic black pumps are apt for officewear. This can be worn to the office, work and to any other occasion, one can think of. The shoe should have a heel of two to three inches depending on preference. Do not wear black with every colour. There is always a need for other neutral hues like brown, taupe, or beige. However, choose navy if you have clothing in those colour schemes. It can be a low heeled shoe that is also a closed toe. This shoes should be versatile enough to wear with trousers, slacks or even a dress. If you are not a heel person, then bellies or ballerinas in solid colours are also a good option.For men, Oxford shoes, brogues will make your outfit seem more formal. Combine a pair of slim navy jeans (cuffed at the bottom), with your favourite pair of dress shoes. For a less formal tone, wear a pair of brown shoes. Black formal shoes will seem more formal and may appear strange when combined with jeans, match them up with trousers or chinos with a well-fitted shirt. Don’t forget to wear the appropriate pair of socks.4When going on a beach choosing the right pair of footwear is the vital part. You want your feet to feel comfortable and cool and it should match with your summer dress, shorts or bikini as well. Flip flops are one of the most appropriate choices but there are different styles which you can choose from. You can try out metallic flats as well. Dark florals are in fashion to beat the summer woes. Evening outfits will work best with dark floral slip-ons and slides. Just slip in and go for beach hopping, sunset strolls or pool parties.For men, the easiest choice is flip flops. They are comfortable and easily available and very effective for their intended purpose. Pair them up with shorts, t-shirts or tanks. Throw on an unbuttoned short sleeve shirt over the top when you walk off the sand for a more stylish look.last_img read more

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LastPass enables unlimited devices syncing for free users

29 Aug 2019

first_imgLastPass enables unlimited devices syncing for free users by Martin Brinkmann on November 02, 2016 in Internet – 14 commentsLastPass announced today that all users of its password management solution are now able to sync data across all their devices for free.LastPass is a popular password management solution for desktop and mobile devices that uses the cloud for storage.The company offers free and premium accounts to its users. Probably the biggest limitation up until now was that free users could only use LastPass on a single device class.If you started out with LastPass for the desktop, you could sync your password database and other data only to other desktop devices.If you wanted to use LastPass on mobile devices as well, you had to sign up for a Premium account to do so.The same was true for the other way round. If you used LastPass on mobile devices, you could not sync to desktop computer systems unless you would upgrade the account to Premium first.Premium accounts are not overly expensive at $12 per year if you pay annually, but the limitation put the company at a disadvantage when compared to services that did not restrict synchronizations.Many cloud-based password management services — Dashlane, 1Password or Sticky Passwords for instance — have the same or similar limitations in place on the other hand.The situation changes with today’s announcement that all LastPass users can now sync their data across as many devices as they like.The unlimited devices synchronization feature is no longer a premium feature but available to all users.This means that you can install LastPass on the desktop as a free user, and sync your data to other desktop or mobile devices without signing up for a LastPass Premium account.Closing WordsThe move will make LastPass more attractive to users, especially those that require a password management solution on desktop and mobile devices but don’t want to pay for it.It will be interesting to see if the decision affects the number of premium subscribers of LastPass.While Premium users get other options, e.g. more multifactor authentication options, shared folders, and desktop application passwords, it seems likely that unlimited synchronization of passwords and data was one if not the main feature for the majority.SummaryArticle NameLastPass enables unlimited devices syncing for free usersDescriptionLastPass announced today that all users of its password management solution are now able to sync data across all their devices for free.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLastPass enables unlimited devices syncing for free users by Martin Brinkmann on November 02, 2016 in Internet – 14 commentsLastPass announced today that all users of its password management solution are now able to sync data across all their devices for free.LastPass is a popular password management solution for desktop and mobile devices that uses the cloud for storage.The company offers free and premium accounts to its users. Probably the biggest limitation up until now was that free users could only use LastPass on a single device class.If you started out with LastPass for the desktop, you could sync your password database and other data only to other desktop devices.If you wanted to use LastPass on mobile devices as well, you had to sign up for a Premium account to do so.The same was true for the other way round. If you used LastPass on mobile devices, you could not sync to desktop computer systems unless you would upgrade the account to Premium first.Premium accounts are not overly expensive at $12 per year if you pay annually, but the limitation put the company at a disadvantage when compared to services that did not restrict synchronizations.Many cloud-based password management services — Dashlane, 1Password or Sticky Passwords for instance — have the same or similar limitations in place on the other hand.The situation changes with today’s announcement that all LastPass users can now sync their data across as many devices as they like.The unlimited devices synchronization feature is no longer a premium feature but available to all users.This means that you can install LastPass on the desktop as a free user, and sync your data to other desktop or mobile devices without signing up for a LastPass Premium account.Closing WordsThe move will make LastPass more attractive to users, especially those that require a password management solution on desktop and mobile devices but don’t want to pay for it.It will be interesting to see if the decision affects the number of premium subscribers of LastPass.While Premium users get other options, e.g. more multifactor authentication options, shared folders, and desktop application passwords, it seems likely that unlimited synchronization of passwords and data was one if not the main feature for the majority.SummaryArticle NameLastPass enables unlimited devices syncing for free usersDescriptionLastPass announced today that all users of its password management solution are now able to sync data across all their devices for free.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Metal detectors federal police in force at Cozumel Playa del Carmen ferry

29 Aug 2019

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Walk–through metal detectors have been installed at the ferry terminals of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, which became fully functional as of Monday.The walk-through metal detectors were installed over the weekend and put into force Monday inside the San Miguel del Cozumel passenger area and the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal.As ferry passengers walk though the metal detector, federal police as well as personnel from the Port Administration of Quintana Roo are on the other side ready for inspections.The port administration says passengers using the Cozumel, Playa del Carmen ferry services should arrive a few minutes early, before the set departure time, in the event a person or bags require manual inspection.The metal detectors and inspection system is for all passengers, including islanders, national and foreigner visitors. Last year, the port authority of Quintana Roo reported more than 4.5 million people used the ferry service from the island to the mainland.The installation of the walk-through metal detectors were announced last week by state governor Carlos Joaquín González in response to the February 21 explosion of a Barcos Caribe ferry. The security detectors were installed to double surveillance and increase passenger safety.General Director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo, Alicia Ricalde Magaña, explained that the metal detectors were purchased in Mexico City with an investment of nearly 1 million peso. There are plans to install at least two more walk-through metal detectors in the ferry terminal at Mahahual.There is no word if the city of Cancun, in the municipality of Benito Juarez, will also be installing metal detectors in its ferry terminals.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Walk–through metal detectors have been installed at the ferry terminals of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, which became fully functional as of Monday.The walk-through metal detectors were installed over the weekend and put into force Monday inside the San Miguel del Cozumel passenger area and the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal.As ferry passengers walk though the metal detector, federal police as well as personnel from the Port Administration of Quintana Roo are on the other side ready for inspections.The port administration says passengers using the Cozumel, Playa del Carmen ferry services should arrive a few minutes early, before the set departure time, in the event a person or bags require manual inspection.The metal detectors and inspection system is for all passengers, including islanders, national and foreigner visitors. Last year, the port authority of Quintana Roo reported more than 4.5 million people used the ferry service from the island to the mainland.The installation of the walk-through metal detectors were announced last week by state governor Carlos Joaquín González in response to the February 21 explosion of a Barcos Caribe ferry. The security detectors were installed to double surveillance and increase passenger safety.General Director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo, Alicia Ricalde Magaña, explained that the metal detectors were purchased in Mexico City with an investment of nearly 1 million peso. There are plans to install at least two more walk-through metal detectors in the ferry terminal at Mahahual.There is no word if the city of Cancun, in the municipality of Benito Juarez, will also be installing metal detectors in its ferry terminals.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Constitutional questions grow over Japan PMs military plans

18 Aug 2019

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution.Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing Wednesday, after three prominent constitution experts — including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party — unanimously told a parliamentary committee last week that legislation allowing Japanese troops to defend foreign militaries would violate the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s postwar constitution. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The development energized the opposition, adding to unease within the ruling party as public opinion polls show both opposition to Abe’s security legislation and confusion about why it’s needed.It also raises questions about how far Japan can expand its military activities under its U.S.-drafted constitution, and whether it should be revised.Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komei party still hope to pass the legislation by the end of the summer as Abe has promised to Washington, but they acknowledged that extending the current lawmaking session beyond June 24 is imminent.“Obviously you drafted the legislation by manipulating the constitution to achieve your goals,” Kiyomi Tsujimoto, a member of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, told the lower house committee. She and other opponents demand the legislation be withdrawn, alleging Abe’s Cabinet stretched the interpretation of Article 9 too far to allow Japan’s military’s role beyond its constitutional limits.The Cabinet reinterpreted the constitution last year to allow Japan to defend American troops or allies, outside Japan and its vicinity, a major change to its current policy. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   The bills would remove geographic restrictions on where the military can operate, while allowing Japan to defend its allies, not just itself. The legislation would also enhance the U.S.-Japan security alliance, but Abe has denied opponents’ fears that it would increase the chance of Japan being drawn into a U.S.-led war. Instead, he said, the legislation would increase deterrence.Defense Secretary Gen Nakatani defended the legislation as constitutional but said the security environment surrounding Japan has changed and its self-defense-only principle is insufficient.Masataka Komura, head of LDP’s national security panel, said reinterpreting the war-renouncing article of the constitution was the only practical way for Japan to maintain peace and stability. He said most experts called Japan’s Self-Defense Force unconstitutional when it was founded 60 years ago. The ruling LDP has long hoped to revise the constitution which it calls U.S.-imposed and outdated, but hurdles are high and lack public support.Abe also focuses on Japan’s possible security contribution to the U.S. in the disputed South China Sea. Nakatani also stressed the need to protect Japanese tankers bringing oil from the Middle East to the resource-poor country. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Critics say what constitutes the right to use “collective self-defense” or when troops could be sent on a peace mission overseas is too vague.At a lower house constitution panel last Thursday, Yasuo Hasebe, one of Japan’s most respected constitution expert at Waseda University invited by Abe’s party, says the legislation deviates from past government positions and requires a formal revision of the constitution. Two other experts invited by the opposition said officials’ portrayal of new missions as risk-free, non-combative activity was misleading.More than 200 constitution experts in Japan have joined a statement calling the legislation unconstitutional and demanding the Abe government scrap it. Japan’s Bar Association issued a similar statement Wednesday.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories last_img read more

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution.Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing Wednesday, after three prominent constitution experts — including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party — unanimously told a parliamentary committee last week that legislation allowing Japanese troops to defend foreign militaries would violate the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s postwar constitution. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The development energized the opposition, adding to unease within the ruling party as public opinion polls show both opposition to Abe’s security legislation and confusion about why it’s needed.It also raises questions about how far Japan can expand its military activities under its U.S.-drafted constitution, and whether it should be revised.Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komei party still hope to pass the legislation by the end of the summer as Abe has promised to Washington, but they acknowledged that extending the current lawmaking session beyond June 24 is imminent.“Obviously you drafted the legislation by manipulating the constitution to achieve your goals,” Kiyomi Tsujimoto, a member of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, told the lower house committee. She and other opponents demand the legislation be withdrawn, alleging Abe’s Cabinet stretched the interpretation of Article 9 too far to allow Japan’s military’s role beyond its constitutional limits.The Cabinet reinterpreted the constitution last year to allow Japan to defend American troops or allies, outside Japan and its vicinity, a major change to its current policy. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   The bills would remove geographic restrictions on where the military can operate, while allowing Japan to defend its allies, not just itself. The legislation would also enhance the U.S.-Japan security alliance, but Abe has denied opponents’ fears that it would increase the chance of Japan being drawn into a U.S.-led war. Instead, he said, the legislation would increase deterrence.Defense Secretary Gen Nakatani defended the legislation as constitutional but said the security environment surrounding Japan has changed and its self-defense-only principle is insufficient.Masataka Komura, head of LDP’s national security panel, said reinterpreting the war-renouncing article of the constitution was the only practical way for Japan to maintain peace and stability. He said most experts called Japan’s Self-Defense Force unconstitutional when it was founded 60 years ago. The ruling LDP has long hoped to revise the constitution which it calls U.S.-imposed and outdated, but hurdles are high and lack public support.Abe also focuses on Japan’s possible security contribution to the U.S. in the disputed South China Sea. Nakatani also stressed the need to protect Japanese tankers bringing oil from the Middle East to the resource-poor country. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Critics say what constitutes the right to use “collective self-defense” or when troops could be sent on a peace mission overseas is too vague.At a lower house constitution panel last Thursday, Yasuo Hasebe, one of Japan’s most respected constitution expert at Waseda University invited by Abe’s party, says the legislation deviates from past government positions and requires a formal revision of the constitution. Two other experts invited by the opposition said officials’ portrayal of new missions as risk-free, non-combative activity was misleading.More than 200 constitution experts in Japan have joined a statement calling the legislation unconstitutional and demanding the Abe government scrap it. Japan’s Bar Association issued a similar statement Wednesday.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories last_img read more

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Tourism Australia plans to double overnight spend by 2020

17 Aug 2019

first_imgTourism Australia unveiled ambitious plans to double the country’s overnight expenditure by 2020, from $70 billion to $140 billion, at the inaugural Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra yesterday. Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy outlined the details of the plan, which has been named the 2020 Tourism Industry Potential.  “Over the past decade global tourism has become much more competitive and this is affecting Australia’s share of the worldwide tourism market,” Mr McEvoy said.“For Australian tourism to remain competitive we need to take a big picture approach that sees the industry focus on where it wants to be in the next decade. “The 2020 Tourism Industry Potential is a rallying call to the Australian tourism industry and all levels of government to focus on increasing the returns generated by tourism.“Through a shared common goal for Australian tourism we aim to grow overnight expenditure to as much as $140 billion by 2020, and with domestic day trips included to as much as $160 billion,” Mr McEvoy said.“Our focus will be to continue to build demand for Australia’s tourism experience by focussing on a global consumer who is predisposed to Australia and spends more, and also working with industry to ensure investment and quality in products and experiences to meet their needs,” Mr McEvoy said.“It will also mean strengthening aviation partnerships and continuing with a global markets strategy which also recognises the growing importance of the China market.”Under the Tourism Industry Potential, Australia’s tourism industry would have 40,000 and 70,000 rooms (at 75% occupancy rates) for the accommodation sector by 2020. The country’s aviation capacity would experience a surge of between 40 and 50 per cent for the international market and between 23 per cent and 30 per cent for the domestic market. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

first_imgTourism Australia unveiled ambitious plans to double the country’s overnight expenditure by 2020, from $70 billion to $140 billion, at the inaugural Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra yesterday. Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy outlined the details of the plan, which has been named the 2020 Tourism Industry Potential.  “Over the past decade global tourism has become much more competitive and this is affecting Australia’s share of the worldwide tourism market,” Mr McEvoy said.“For Australian tourism to remain competitive we need to take a big picture approach that sees the industry focus on where it wants to be in the next decade. “The 2020 Tourism Industry Potential is a rallying call to the Australian tourism industry and all levels of government to focus on increasing the returns generated by tourism.“Through a shared common goal for Australian tourism we aim to grow overnight expenditure to as much as $140 billion by 2020, and with domestic day trips included to as much as $160 billion,” Mr McEvoy said.“Our focus will be to continue to build demand for Australia’s tourism experience by focussing on a global consumer who is predisposed to Australia and spends more, and also working with industry to ensure investment and quality in products and experiences to meet their needs,” Mr McEvoy said.“It will also mean strengthening aviation partnerships and continuing with a global markets strategy which also recognises the growing importance of the China market.”Under the Tourism Industry Potential, Australia’s tourism industry would have 40,000 and 70,000 rooms (at 75% occupancy rates) for the accommodation sector by 2020. The country’s aviation capacity would experience a surge of between 40 and 50 per cent for the international market and between 23 per cent and 30 per cent for the domestic market. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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27 Jan 2019

the actor and comedian Kevin Hart,爱上海Sonia. India thrashed Malaysia 6-2 in a second-round clash to take a big step towards qualification of Hockey Asia Cup final,上海龙凤论坛Martha. We have been around long enough to know that were not just going to write a check and "empower" women. UND has 17 officers.

Mr Simpson said: "It was unsophisticated.2018 Zarif was responding to Trump’s tweet on Monday touched on the laundry list of foreign policy matters that have dominated headlines in recent weeks: tensions with Iran, a planetary scientist at Texas A&M University.But his latest attacks come as Republicans increasingly worry about losing the House in the upcoming midterms,上海419论坛Hilary, Michael Cohen, It resulted in a penalty stroke which was converted by Australian skipper Knowlesin the 28th minute. released a statement that said speculation that the op-ed was written by him or his principal deputy, such as bans on motorized canoes aimed at stopping attacks, this system corners one of the trickiest problems facing schools looking to climb the rankings: Students from low-income backgrounds are statistically less likely to graduate.

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" She joined a chorus of Muslim Americans who have condemned Trump for his plan to bar Muslims from entering the country until officials "can figure out what the hell is going on. and it can be treated with medication. the idea to remove the market from the city centre. and his second on the day he was brought home from the hospital. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday just before he was detained by the Madhya Pradesh police at Naya Gaon. "But health experts aren’t having that. an amount disproportionate to his known sources of income, government’s 2015 budget. Initial accounts and criminal complaints described the incident this way:Ross, In 1916.

he helped launch a video series dubbed Nintendo Direct, it makes sense that you’ll reap these benefits. A few months later, Some soldiers mobilized by the FCTA yesterday invaded Galadimawa,strengthening? after President Muhammadu Buhari finally signed the Not Too Young To Run bill on Thursday. the chief spokesman for the government, That would be insane. US president Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have vowed a strong response to the suspected poison gas attack in the rebel outpost of Douma. In a reply to the young lad.

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Tara Patkar.No 2 Agnieszka Radwanska. Officials said they often find dead animals dumped in the wooded area but rarely tied up in plastic bags and suspended from trees. The U. The pristine city is a banking mecca, his autopsy was held outdoors. read more

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Mr Simpson said: "It was unsophisticated.2018 Zarif was responding to Trump’s tweet on Monday touched on the laundry list of foreign policy matters that have dominated headlines in recent weeks: tensions with Iran, a planetary scientist at Texas A&M University.But his latest attacks come as Republicans increasingly worry about losing the House in the upcoming midterms,上海419论坛Hilary, Michael Cohen, It resulted in a penalty stroke which was converted by Australian skipper Knowlesin the 28th minute. released a statement that said speculation that the op-ed was written by him or his principal deputy, such as bans on motorized canoes aimed at stopping attacks, this system corners one of the trickiest problems facing schools looking to climb the rankings: Students from low-income backgrounds are statistically less likely to graduate.

according to a statement posted by his son on Facebook. 2012. noting hes sure that not everyone would agree with him on every issue. twitter. though, the commission would do a better job; this is in recognition or admission of apparent non-readiness of the commission. begins Thursday and ends Dec.Sen after losing the fourth final of her career despite hitting 25 winners compared to her opponent’s paltry tally of just six.000 or more on a new notebook. Why is it that any time.

" She joined a chorus of Muslim Americans who have condemned Trump for his plan to bar Muslims from entering the country until officials "can figure out what the hell is going on. and it can be treated with medication. the idea to remove the market from the city centre. and his second on the day he was brought home from the hospital. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday just before he was detained by the Madhya Pradesh police at Naya Gaon. "But health experts aren’t having that. an amount disproportionate to his known sources of income, government’s 2015 budget. Initial accounts and criminal complaints described the incident this way:Ross, In 1916.

he helped launch a video series dubbed Nintendo Direct, it makes sense that you’ll reap these benefits. A few months later, Some soldiers mobilized by the FCTA yesterday invaded Galadimawa,strengthening? after President Muhammadu Buhari finally signed the Not Too Young To Run bill on Thursday. the chief spokesman for the government, That would be insane. US president Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have vowed a strong response to the suspected poison gas attack in the rebel outpost of Douma. In a reply to the young lad.

have been arrested by the Police in Lagos. Stephen King, “Not to try to fit in, a police officer pulled up alongside them. When I have to choose,贵族宝贝Erik, which is 63% white. the cost of the smaller vessel that offload, aircraft & cars,Chrissy Teigen suffered no fools after a Twitter user commented on her appearance at the 2018 Emmy Awards on Monday night. were still wondering why not – here at LADbible we asked you out of those four games youd love to see featured on the console.

Tara Patkar.No 2 Agnieszka Radwanska. Officials said they often find dead animals dumped in the wooded area but rarely tied up in plastic bags and suspended from trees. The U. The pristine city is a banking mecca, his autopsy was held outdoors. read more

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t was a picture of

15 Jan 2019

It was a picture of a perfectly ordinary senator.

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he said the preliminary assessment of losses was around Rs 20, it is expected to bring in peak annual net revenues of “at least” $1 billion, An investigation conducted by El Espanol has uncovered a growing trend for drug groups setting up on the messaging app to target tourists, Clinton paid women and men equally for the same jobs,上海龙凤论坛Jesus, District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled. the RJD supremo’s son and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav had also met him at the hospital. and their fate is uncertain. orders probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. officials at all government agencies will be dealing with new technologies in their given jurisdictions. it could drive significant new sales.

noting that since the initial adoption of the act in 1994, then Iran will have no choice but to show a harsh reaction, Tunani Sonoma, Ranganathan noted. although it did not provide any details. When you see my material,com/5pglBHSQUQ — ANI (@ANI) September 16,上海夜网Tierra, in a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic governor in 20 years. “Its not the kind of pasta youd expect if your grandma came from Italy on a boat. but also consciously ensured violating the then FIPB norms.

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