Indian-Americans Offer To Fund Trump Wall To Win Green Cards

first_imgTheir plight may not be as dramatic as that of the illegal immigrant mother whose infant daughter was allegedly taken from her by immigration officials as she breast-fed her in a detention center. Or as traumatic as that of thousands of young children forcibly separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy as they illegally crossed the border and who are now lodged in warehouses.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

Neck pain

first_imgDefinitionNeck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and the disks between the bones.Alternative NamesPain – neck; Neck stiffnessConsiderationsWhen your neck is sore, you may have difficulty moving it, especially turning to one side. Many people describe this as having a stiff neck.If neck pain involves nerves, you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere.CausesA common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are to blame. Such activities include:Bending over a desk for hoursPoor posture while watching TV or readingHavingyour computer monitor positioned too high or too lowSleeping in an uncomfortable positionTwisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercisingAccidents or falls can cause severe neck injuries such as vertebral fractures, whiplash, blood vessel injury, and even paralysis.Other causes include:Medical conditions, such as fibromyalgiaCervical arthritis or spondylosisRuptured diskSmall fractures to the spine from osteoporosisSpinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)SprainsInfection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess)Cancer that involves the spineHome CareFor minor, common causes of neck pain:Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48to 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied withwarm showers,hot compresses, or a heating pad. To prevent injuring your skin, do not fall asleep with a heating pad or ice bag in place.Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation.Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear. This helps to gently stretch the neck muscles.Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.Ask your health care provider about usinga soft neck collar to relieve discomfort.Do not use the collar for a long time. Doing socan make your neck muscles weaker.You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then slowly resume your usual activities. Do notdo anyheavy lifting or twisting of your back or neck for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins. After 2 to3 weeks, slowlybeginexercising again. A physical therapist can help you decide when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do them.advertisementDo not dothe following during yourearly recovery, unless your doctor or physical therapist says it is OK:JoggingFootballGolfBalletWeight liftingLeg lifts when lying on your stomachSit-ups with straight legs (rather than bent knees)The following steps can prevent neck pain or help your neck pain improve:Use relaxation techniques and regular exercise to prevent stress and tension to the neck muscles.Learn stretching exercises for your neck and upper body. Stretch every day, especially before and after exercise. A physical therapist can teach you these exercises.Use good posture, especially if you sit at a desk all day. Keep your back supported. Adjust your computer monitor to eye level. This prevents you from continually looking up or down.If you work at a computer, stretch your neck every hour or so.Use a headset when on the telephone, especially if answering or using the phone is a main part of your job.When reading or typing from documents at your desk, place them in a holder at eye level.Evaluate your sleeping conditions. Make sure your pillow is properly and comfortably supporting your head and neck. You may need a special neck pillow. Make sure your mattress is firm enough.Use seat belts and bike helmets to prevent injuries.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalSeek medical help right away if:You have a fever and headache, and your neck is so stiff that you cannot touch your chin to your chest. This may be meningitis. Call your local emergency number (such as 911) or get to a hospital.You have symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or arm or jaw pain.Call your health care provider if:Symptoms do not go away in 1 week with self careYou have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or handYour neck pain was caused by a fall, blow, or injury — if you cannot move your arm or hand, have someone call 911You have swollen glands or a lump in your neckYour pain does not go away with regular doses of over-the-counter pain medicationYou have difficulty swallowing or breathing along with the neck painThe pain gets worse when you lie down or wakes you up at nightYour pain is so severe that you cannot get comfortableYou lose control over urination or bowel movementsWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitadvertisementYour doctor or nurse will perform a physical exam and ask about your neck pain, including how often it occurs and how much it hurts. Other questions may include:Is your pain in the front, back, or side of your neck?Are both sides of your neck affected equally?When did the pain first develop?Is it painful all the time or does the pain come and go?Can you touch your chin to your chest?What makes your neck feel worse? What makes your neck feel better?Do you have neck weakness or neck stiffness?Do you have any accompanying symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand?Do you have swollen glands or a lump in your neck?Your answers helpthe doctor determine the cause of your neck pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, neck pain will get better in 4to 6 weeks using these approaches.Your doctor or nurse will probably not order any tests during the first visit, unless you have symptoms or a medical history that suggests a tumor, infection, fracture, or serious nerve disorder. In that case, the following tests may be done:X-rays of the neckCT scan of the neck or headBlood tests such as a complete blood count (CBC)MRI of the neckIf the pain is due to muscle spasm or a pinched nerve, your health care provider may prescribe a muscle relaxantor a more powerful pain reliever. Over-the-counter medications often work as well as prescription drugs. The health care provider may prescribe a neck collar or, if there is nerve damage, refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for consultation.If your doctor or nurse thinks your neck pain may be due to meningitis, you will be sent to an emergency department for further tests and treatment.ReferencesCheng JS, McGirt MJ, Degin C. Neck pain. In: In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kellys Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 45.Devereaux MW. Neck pain. Med Clin North Am. 2009;93:273-284.Gross A, Miller J, DSylva J, et al. Manipulation or mobilisation for neck pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):CD004249.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be safe: S Korea

first_imgSouth Korea promised today that the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang would be safe after some nations suggested they may skip the event if tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions worsen.The Pyeongchang Winter Games, which will be held from February 9–25, is only 80 kilometres from the heavily guarded border with the nuclear-armed North.French and Austrian officials last week raised the prospect of not sending athletes as US and North Korean leaders intensified their war of words.Seoul’s foreign ministry played down the security fears, saying that it is working through diplomatic channels to reassure the participants. “The South Korean government is doing its utmost to ensure that the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be safe,” Noh Kyu–Duk, ministry spokesman, said, adding, “As of now, no country has officially said it will not participate.”Tensions have soared following Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, which triggered a heated volley of threats and personal insults between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong–Un.Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, while Kim hit back with a personal attack on Trump, branding him “mentally deranged” and warning he would pay dearly for his threats.In the latest episode of the saga, the North Korean foreign minister claimed on Monday that Trump’s latest comments amounted to a declaration of war.But the head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Lee Hee–Beom said earlier this month there was no “plan B” to move the Games and next year’s event would have “perfect security” despite the nuclear tensions.The South has successfully staged several international sporting events including the 2002 football World Cup despite decades of military tensions on the peninsula.The 1988 Seoul summer Olympics took place only months after a bomb planted by North Korean agents killed all 115 people on board a South Korean plane, in an apparent attempt to scare off foreign spectators and contestants. Published on × South Korea null RELATED COMMENTS North Korea triggers 2018 Winter Olympics security scare September 26, 2017 OLYMPICS_2018_   –  Reuters OLYMPICS_2018_   –  Reuters Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea could send a delegation to South Korea North Korea SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE sport COMMENTlast_img read more

Nissan India launches Kicks at Rs 9.55 lakh, price lower than Hyundai Creta

first_imgNissan India has launched its much awaited “Intelligent SUV” Kicks with the price starting at Rs 9,55,000 (ex-showroom). The competition in compact sports utility vehicle segment, which already features the likes of Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, has heated up with the coming of Kicks.Nissan is offering Kicks in two petrol variants – XL and XV – and four diesel variants – XL, XV, XV Premium and XV Premium +.The prices (ex-showroom) for petrol variants of Kicks are:– XL – Rs 9,55,000– XV – Rs 10,95,000The prices (ex-showroom) for diesel variants of Kicks are:– XL – Rs 10,85,000– XV – Rs 12,49,000– XV Premium – Rs 13,65,000– XV Premium + – Rs 14,65,000Nissan needed to price Kicks diligently keeping the compact SUV segment leader Hyundai Creta’s price in mind in order to make a market for itself. Hyundai Creta is priced between Rs 9,99,900 lakh and Rs 15,35,373 lakh (ex-showroom) in New Delhi. By keeping Kicks in the range of Rs 9,55,000 and Rs 14,65,000 (ex-showroom), one can say that Nissan has hit the right note.The company is also providing three-year warranty, three-year 24/7 roadside assistance and three-year service and maintenance for no extra cost with Kicks. The new SUV will be available in 11 colour options.Under the hood, Kicks gets a 1.5-litre four cylinder H4K petrol engine and 1.5-litre four cylinder K9K dci diesel engine. While the petrol engine will make 106 bhp and 142 Nm, the diesel will churn out 110 bhp and 240 Nm. The petrol and diesel engines are mated to five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions, respectively.advertisementThe SUV is 4,384 mm long and 1,813 mm wide, with its height and wheelbase being 1,656 mm and 2,673 mm. Its body is designed on GRAPHENE (Gravity-philic Energy Absorption) structure, helping it absorb any impact. ABS with EBD and brake assist and dual airbags are standard across all variants.Nissan has given Kicks very bold and, as the company, claims “progressive” looks. On the outside, Kicks gets Nissan’s signature chrome V motion grill, LED projector headlamps with DRLs, LED signature lamp and floating roof with dual tone styling. The SUV also features five-spoke machined alloy wheels, roof rail, boomerang tail lamps and door-mounted ORVM with indicators.Dual-tone brown and black themed interiors, with carbon fiber finishing, welcome one inside the cabin of Nissan’s new SUV. As claimed by the company, Kicks has got some first-in-class and best-in-class features as well. The first-in-class features include leather wrapped soft-touch dashboard and door trims and automatic AC as standard across all variants. The company claims shoulder and knee room and configurable storage with 400 litres boot space in Kicks to be the best-in-class.Among other first-in-class and best-in-class features are around view monitor display 360 degree camera and floating infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The company has also provided Nissan Connect feature as standard across all variants.Also, the SUV comes in with features such as cruise control, hill start assist, cornering fog lamps, front and rear fog lamps and ECO mode.With the addition of Kicks to the compact SUV segment, which also features the likes Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster apart from Hyundai Creta, buyers will have their fair-share of quota to select from. Mahindra is also slated to bring its compact SUV – XUV300 – on February 14.ALSO READ | Toyota launches new Camry Hybrid electric car in India, price starts from Rs 36.95 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki to launch 3rd-generation new WagonR on Jan 23, to compete with Santro, Tiago and KwidALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 to launch on February 14, you can pre-book it by paying Rs 20,000last_img read more

I’m not Pakistan team’s dietician nor mother: Sania Mirza responds to scathing attack from Veena Malik

first_imgWhile India beating Pakistan in World Cups is no news anymore, the aftermath of Pakistan’s defeat against their arch-rivals has left many at the mercy of unnecessary bashing and criticism. Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, who is married to Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik often finds herself at the centre of such storms. And after Pakistan’s loss on Sunday, it wasn’t any different for her.When pictures of Sania and Shoaib sitting in a Manchester restaurant ahead of the India-Pakistan clash, along with their new-born son surfaced on social media, Pak actress Veena Malik took to Twitter to point out to Sania that she was worried that such places are ‘hazardous’ for kids.”Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn’t it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie’s is all about junk food which isn’t good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself?”: tweeted Veena.Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn’t it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie’s is all about junk food which isn’t good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself? https://t.co/RRhaDfggusVEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 17, 2019The comment seems to have infuriated Sania and she shot back her stern reply by saying that she cares about her son ‘more than anyone else’.”Veena, I have not taken my kid to a sheesha place. Not that it’s any of your or the rest of the world’s business cause I think I care bout my son a lot more than anyone else does. I am not Pakistan cricket team’s dietician nor am I their mother or principal or teacher”: read Mirza’s reply to Veena.advertisementVeena,I hav not taken my kid to a sheesha place. Not that it’s any of your or the rest of the world’s business cause I think I care bout my son a lot more than anyone else does 🙂 secondly I am not Pakistan cricket team’s dietician nor am I their mother or principal or teacher https://t.co/R4lXSm794BSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019Later Mirza seemed to have mellowed down and while trying to end the discussion she wrote: “Thank you for your concern though. Means a lot”To know when they sleep,wake up and eat ..thank you for your concern though .. means a lot https://t.co/R4lXSm794BSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019Mirza, later announced that she was taking a break from the social media site by saying: ‘Twitter cracks me up.. and some ppl for sure .. you guys really need other mediums of taking your frustrations out ..peace out guys… it’s break time’.Twitter cracks me up and some ppl for sure .. you guys really need other mediums of taking your frustrations out ..peace out guys it’s break timeSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019Also Read | Sania Mirza takes a Twitter break after being trolled for Pakistan’s loss vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: I won’t be going back home alone – Sarfaraz Ahmed warns Pakistan teammateslast_img read more

Connor Jennings heads Tranmere into League One with extra-time winner

first_img 16 Sheehan The Observer Connor Jennings scores Tranmere’s winning goal. Photograph: Tony O’brien/Action Images Pinterest Facebook While Newport County seethed at the injustice of it all Tranmere cherished returning to League One after a dramatic winner from Connor Jennings sealed successive promotions for Micky Mellon’s side.Four years after the nadir of dropping out of the Football League Tranmere were entitled not to apologise about benefiting from some generous refereeing. They rode their luck at times, especially when Emmanuel Monthe risked giving away a penalty with a clumsy trip on Jamille Matt shortly before the end of normal time, but the glory belonged to Mellon and his revival of a club that was in the doldrums not so long ago.For Mellon, all that mattered was the moment when Jake Caprice found space on the right and crossed for Jennings to head home the winner with a minute left of extra-time. “I’m not going to bother with VAR,” he said. “I just got promoted.”Not that Newport were minded to go quietly. They had Mark O’Brien sent off in the 89th minute and Michael Flynn did not hesitate to point out that Ross Joyce, the referee, probably would have ended up penalising Monthe for his challenge on Matt if VAR had been in use.“We are at the home of football,” Newport’s manager said. “We have all the VAR equipment. You’ve got referees who are full-time referees and a big decision killed us. It was a stonewall penalty and I can’t believe it wasn’t given.“It’s a very poor decision. We all talk about big improvements, but you can’t get big decisions like that wrong in play-off finals. We’ve got the facilities here. They want the final here. If they are not going to use all the facilities at hand, what’s the point of having it here? It’s a state-of-the-art stadium. I haven’t got a clue why they don’t use it. You’d have to ask the powers that be.” (s 115′) Share on Facebook (s 106′) 52 48 Newport County Share via Email 19 Morris 22 Gilmour 3 6 11 Jennings 8 Harris Tranmere came closest to breaking the deadlock during a tight first half, James Norwood testing Joe Day with a powerful effort in the 25th minute. Newport’s goalkeeper was fortunate that the sharpest striker in League Two clipped his shot straight at him.Norwood soon spurned another chance to score his 33rd goal of a prolific season, sending a header too high from an unmarked position, but Newport were on top. Their fans were making most of the noise and Flynn must have been encouraged by the way his team’s direct approach pinned Tranmere back at times.The question was whether Newport were capable of turning their territorial dominance into something more substantial. They struggled to come up with a convincing answer. A lack of nous ruined too many of Newport’s attacks and when they finally managed to earn a clear sight of goal, Matt let Tranmere off the hook by aiming his header too close to Scott Davies, allowing the goalkeeper to turn the ball against the woodwork.The mood changed when O’Brien received a second yellow card following a tangle with Norwood. Newport tired after the loss of their captain and Tranmere made their numerical advantage count when Jennings capitalised on poor marking just when it seemed the final was destined for a penalty shootout. Newport 1 Day 7 Willmott 25 O’Brien 14 Caprice 3 Butler (s 53′) Topics Lineups (s 82′) 17 Bennett Football League 27 Pringle 2 Pipe 8 Dolan (s 91′) Share on LinkedIn Fouls Tranmere Corners 15 Bakinson (s 72′) Substitutescenter_img 17 19 4 Labadie 1 Davies 14 Azeez 2 Buxton 3 Ridehalgh 9 Mullin match reports 17 Newport Off target 17 Tranmere 5 Newport On target 6 Tranmere 28 Demetriou League Two Share on WhatsApp 9 Amond TRN52NPT48% 5 McNulty Twitter Share on Twitter Substitutes Match stats 28 Banks 25 Pilling 6 Monthe 11 Matt 29 Dagnall Possession 17 Perkins 4 Nelson 10 Marsh-Brown 26 Poole 10 Norwood TRN NPT Share on Messenger (s 103′) Tranmere 27 McKirdy 22 Crofts Share on Pinterest Goal attempts Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Province Releases Financial Statements

first_imgThe province released its annual financial statements, today, Sept. 10, showing a lower surplus than expected for the 2009 fiscal year. The public accounts for the fiscal year ending March 31 reports a surplus of $19.7 million. Total revenues from all sources were $9.19 billion, $64.6 million lower than the previous year, mainly because of a decrease in revenue from taxes and a decline in federal contributions. Total expenses from all sources were $9.17 billion, $334.7 million more than the previous year because of higher costs in health care, education and universities. Financial results of the consolidated fund, which includes government departments and public-service units, showed an overall decrease in revenue of $44.4 million compared with the year before, but was $27.1 million higher than budget. Consolidated fund expenses were $388.1 higher, and $188.1 million more than budget. This is because of a $256 million additional appropriation for university funding in 2009. Nova Scotia’s net direct debt, the difference between the province’s liabilities and financial assets, was $12.3 billion, $208.7 million higher than the previous year. The increase is mainly attributed to a large net investment in tangible capital assets. Provincial debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product has decreased one percentage point, from 37 per cent to 36 per cent. The consolidated fund spent $364.7 million on tangible capital assets, or $23.2 million more than budgeted, primarily as a result of new highway construction. Nova Scotia’s economy experienced an estimated two per cent growth in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fiscal year, up from a 1.7 per cent growth rate in 2007-08. The increased growth rate was mostly driven by consumer and government spending in the first half of the fiscal year. The number of people active in the labour market increased by 0.9 per cent, while overall employment increased by 1.3 per cent. This resulted in a 0.3 per cent decrease in the overall employment rate to 7.7 per cent. The March 31 financial statements are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Nova Scotia’s auditor general has provided an unqualified auditor’s report that is included in Public Accounts Volume 1. The Public Accounts documents are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/finance.last_img read more

Bernal set to make history as first Colombian to win Tour de

first_imgVal Thorens (France): Egan Bernal is poised to make history in more ways than one at this year’s Tour de France, with the 22-year-old set to become first-ever Colombian champion of Tour de France and the youngest winner of cycling’s most prestigious race in modern times.Although Sunday’s processional final stage to Paris still remains, once Bernal (22 years, 196 days on July 28) passes the throng of fans along Champs-Elysees and reaches the finish line, he will become the youngest Tour champion since Francois Faber (22 years, 187 days) in 1909 and the third-youngest winner of all time. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe sport’s professionalism has taken a major leap since those early days, with Italy’s Felice Gimondi in 1965 and France’s Laurent Fignon in 1983 being the only cyclists under the age of 23 to have clinched the Tour de France title since it resumed after the World War II hiatus, reports Efe news.Because of his tender age and a lack of expectations, Bernal was able to shield himself from the pressure that fell on the shoulders of his British teammate and 2018 Tour winner Geraint Thomas and make a decisive move in the Alps, gaining ground in Thursday’s Stage 18 and then taking the lead in Friday’s Stage 19. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSince that latter stage was cut short due to an ice storm, the times for the general classification were taken at the summit of the Col de l’Iseran mountain pass; that proved to be a big turning point because Bernal had easily outpaced the previous overall leader, France’s Julian Alaphilippe, on that climb.After Bernal effectively wrapped up the Tour in Saturday’s Stage 20 from Albertville to Val Thorens, a stretch that also was shortened due to hailstorms, Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) General Manager Dave Brailsford praised his young cyclist. “We knew we had a group of older guys who were performing well, but we looked very hard to find the new generation and we decided that it was going to be Egan. We fought pretty hard to get him and he developed fantastically well,” Brailsford said.Bernal is set to become the fourth cyclist to win the Tour as a member of that team after Bradley Wiggins (2012), Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and Thomas (2018).Unlike his predecessors, Bernal won the race by attacking at elevations of more than 2,000 meters (6,550 feet), an attitude atypical for a team known for riding defensively in the mountains.The 2019 Tour was considered one of the most open in years because of the absence of Froome, who was unable to compete due to injuries suffered in a horrific crash in June.Bernal, for his part, had been planning to compete in the Giro d’Italia this year but had to skip that race after breaking his collarbone in training in early May.That proved to be a blessing in disguise, however, as it enabled him to focus on the Tour as Team Ineos co-leader along with Thomas, who is set to finish second in this year’s race.last_img read more

Ayodhya mediation panel submits report to SC hearing today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to consider on Friday the “outcome” of mediation proceedings conducted by a panel set up to amicably resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya and may decide where to hear the matter or continue with the mediation. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on July 18, had asked the three-member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla, to inform the court about the outcome of the mediation proceedings as on July 31 by August 1 to enable it to proceed further in the matter. It is understood that the Kalifulla panel has submitted its report on Thursday in a sealed cover about the progress made in the in-camera mediation proceedings. “We request the mediation panel to inform the court the outcome of the mediation proceedings as on July 31 …,” said the bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer.last_img read more

House GOP leaders delay tax plan release amid changes

first_imgWASHINGTON – House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details.The plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is a top legislative priority. The details originally were to be unveiled on Wednesday, but that was delayed until Thursday, said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.The committee had worked throughout the day and evening to produce a plan for the first overhaul of the nation’s tax code in three decades.“We are making excellent progress. We are very close,” Brady told reporters late Tuesday night. “A lot of work remains with the drafters, they are continuing to work through the night. We are moving forward.”At the White House, an official said Trump looked forward to seeing legislation this week, adding the administration was confident the delay wouldn’t affect the ultimate timing of the bill. Brady said his panel plans to vote on the bill next week.Although they had settled on some key details — such as a cut in the corporate tax rate to 20 per cent and maintaining the top personal income tax rate for the wealthy of 39.6 per cent — other elements still had to be resolved, including the income levels for the tax brackets.Trump has intensified his lobbying for the nearly $6 trillion tax overhaul plan, seeking a major legislative achievement after the collapse of the health care repeal. Republicans see taxes as a political imperative that will decide whether they keep their congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections.The president set an ambitious timetable and predicted a grand signing ceremony before Christmas at “the biggest tax event in the history of our country.”Late Tuesday, Trump renewed his cheerleading on Twitter.“The Republican House members are working hard (and late) toward the Massive Tax Cuts that they know you deserve. These will be biggest ever!”The plan originally unveiled by Trump and congressional Republicans called for shrinking the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with respective tax rates of 12 per cent, 25 per cent, 35 per cent. That plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who complained it was too favourable to the wealthy and undermined Trump’s rhetoric about it benefiting the middle class.The current Republican plan calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction used by most average Americans to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families, and increasing the per-child tax credit. In addition to slashing the corporate tax rate, it also seeks to repeal inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, a big break for the wealthy.Brady did not answer directly when he was asked — while leaving House Speaker Paul Ryan’s suite Tuesday — whether the drop in the corporate tax rate would happen immediately. But, he said: “I want as much growth right from Day One as I can.”Trump intensified his lobbying for the tax overhaul plan even as its shape was still under negotiation by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.“The process is complicated but the end result will not be that complicated. It’s going to be: People are going to pay less tax by a lot, companies are going to pay less tax by a lot – that’s a big difference — and companies are going to start rebuilding and they’re going to stay here,” Trump said in the Roosevelt Room, where he was joined by the heads of more than a dozen business and trade allies.Trump said he’s directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and other administration officials to stay behind when he heads for Asia on Friday so they can help sell the tax proposal. The White House said Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, had cancelled plans to accompany the president to China and South Korea to help push the package.The president said he was hopeful the House will approve the tax bill by Thanksgiving. But his overly optimistic timetable didn’t address the concerns of lawmakers from states such as New York and New Jersey who have opposed a proposal to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, arguing it would hurt their constituents and subject them to being taxed twice.A battle continues over contributions to 401(k) retirements accounts. The financial industry and some Republican lawmakers insist that the GOP plan not change the tax benefits of the popular savings vehicles, as has been floated by GOP leaders.__Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Marcy Gordon, Erica Werner and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.last_img read more

Venture capitalist Roger McNamee calls for end to Sidewalk Labs development

The Canadian Press TORONTO — A prominent technology investor is adding his voice to those calling on Toronto to abandon the Sidewalk Labs development on the city’s waterfront. Venture capitalist Roger McNamee, who was an early investor in Facebook and other technology giants, writes in a letter to Toronto city council ahead of a Thursday meeting that the project is a “dystopian vision that has no place in a democratic society.”McNamee, who has been a vocal critical of the tech industry in recent years over data and privacy concerns, says the smart city project is a highly evolved version of surveillance capitalism that gives too much power and control to the project’s backer Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google.BlockSidewalk, a group looking to stop the project, sent a letter to the Waterfront Toronto board earlier this week asking it to not even assess the development plan Sidewalk Labs is expected to submit in the coming weeks.The group says the structure of the deal is fatally flawed, and that it will be taking its campaign to city council when it hears an update on the project Thursday.Sidewalk Labs has said in the past that it hopes to set a new standard in responsible data use, and plans to have a independent trust manage the data generated by the smart city development. read more

Illicit drug trade threatening peacebuilding efforts in GuineaBissau UN warns

“Although Guinea-Bissau has come a long way since the civil war of the late 1990s, all of the gains achieved to this point in establishing democratic governance and stability in the country will be at risk is this menace is not confronted head on,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told a meeting of the Security Council. Mr. Pascoe noted that various sources, including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), have reported that Guinea-Bissau is fast becoming a strategic link in the transport of illegal narcotics from South America to Europe. “The potentially damaging impact of this illegal trade, including its corrupting influence on the country’s fragile institutions, should not be underestimated,” he told the 15-member body. In his recent report on peacebuilding efforts in Guinea-Bissau, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the Security Council to adopt strong measures and consider dispatching a team of experts to investigate the identity and activities of those involved in drug trafficking and organized crime in the country. Mr. Pascoe said the Council’s endorsement of this recommendation would add “momentum for action” in advance of the high-level conference to be convened later this month by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address drug trafficking in the region. “The drug trafficking threat is a major challenge to Guinea-Bissau and to its neighbours, many of which are still recovering from long periods of civil conflicts,” he stated. “As the United Nations continues to contribute to the consolidation of the fragile peace processes in those countries to prevent a relapse into new cycles of instability, we believe that tackling the emerging new danger of drug trafficking vigorously and resolutely is essential for the success of ongoing peacebuilding initiatives,” he added. A crucial test for Guinea-Bissau’s peacebuilding efforts will be the holding of legislative elections scheduled for 16 November, particularly in light of the continuing political and security tensions in the country. Mr. Pascoe reported that preparations for the polls are on track but added that there is an “uneasy calm” in the West African nation as the elections approach. Authorities announced in early August they had uncovered an attempted coup by the Navy Chief of Staff, and security forces are stepping up checks to ensure that a peaceful election. In addition, Guinea-Bissau’s difficulty in paying the salaries of public officials in a timely manner is exacerbating social, political and security tensions. “Those payments are now reportedly two months in arrears, raising concerns that if not addressed, this matter could create social instability prior to or during the elections,” Mr. Pascoe cautioned, adding that the situation has been worsened by high food and fuel prices in the small, poor nation. Despite the challenges it faces, Guinea-Bissau is making steady progress in its efforts to rebuild after years of conflict, the UN political chief stated, noting the recent advances made in the country by the UN Peacebuilding Commission, established in 2005 to help post-conflict countries avoid slipping back into turmoil. 7 October 2008The impact of the illicit drug trade on Guinea-Bissau should not be underestimated, the top United Nations political official said today, warning that the scourge threatens to undo the important progress achieved by the post-conflict nation. read more

UN chief lands in Cyprus to usher reunification talks into final stages

31 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders for the significant progress made under United Nations-backed talks on reunifying Cyprus, as he arrived on the Mediterranean island for the first time. In 2008 Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat committed to establishing a federal government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status. “I am under no illusions that the Cyprus problem is easy to solve, or about the difficulties that you face,” Mr. Ban said on his arrival at Larnaca Airport. “At the same time, I am confident that a solution is possible and within reach.”In December, the Security Council extended by six months the mandate UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which was set up in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the communities. After hostilities erupted again in 1974, its responsibilities were expanded to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities.Mr. Ban said he was impressed by the time and energy invested by the two leaders over the past 16 months during the fully-fledged negotiations on reunification of the island. “I am pleased by the significant progress that has been achieved recently on governance and power-sharing,” he said in remarks commending the efforts of Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat. “I am here to encourage the two leaders to bring these talks to a successful conclusion,” he said, noting that reaching a “mutually acceptable solution will require courage, flexibility and vision, as well as a spirit of compromise.“You are the ones driving the process and the ones who will benefit from the tremendous benefits and opportunities a settlement would bring to this island,” said Mr. Ban.During his three-day visit to Cyprus, Mr. Ban is slated to hold discussions with Alexander Downer, his Special Adviser for Cyprus, as well as with Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat. read more

COI to probe weather disaster

In the wake of the recent deaths, injuries and missing individuals as a result of the monsoon rains, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to immediately take the necessary steps to appoint a Committee of Inquiry to examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the fishermen and the reasons as to why affected people were not informed of the impending severe weather conditions in order to be able to take precautionary measures.The President has requested that a report be submitted to him without delay, the President’s office said in a statement today. Over 100 houses have also been reported as being fully damaged by the storm, the DMC said. (Colombo Gazette) The committee members are Dr. A.W. Mohottala (Chairman), A. Dissanayake and C. Rajapaksha. The death toll from the storm had risen to 40 fishermen dead and several still missing, the Disaster Management Center said this afternoon.DMC spokesman Sarath Lal said that the bodies of the 40 fishermen have been recovered and search and rescue operations are underway to locate those missing. Accordingly a three member committee has been named to investigate the incident. read more

Ravi warns companies not paying bonuses

“We call upon them to ensure if they had a wrong interpretation, correct it now.” he insisted.The government is to collect between 65 to 70 billion rupees from the Super Gains Tax imposed through 35 big cooperates in Sri Lanka. (Courtesy LBO) Karunanayake revealed there are 2 or 3 corporate companies that have already mentioned they are not going to pay bonus payments this year due to the tax. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament that the government is in search for big companies that are not paying bonus payments to employees.“I was disappointed with some of the companies that pretended to be paying Super Gains Tax and stop certain payments,” “We’ll look to those companies and see how decent those companies,”“If they pay for themselves bonuses and deprived the people who are working under them by saying it is a government imposition; I think that is very unfair,” “There is no right to any of them to deprive any money going out to the hard working employees of their company.” read more

More Afghans return home from Pakistan camps despite concerns – UN refugee

Shortages of land and shelter in their country are among the biggest obstacles to returning, according to the findings of a census of Afghans in Pakistan conducted last year. But refugees from among the 240 families who left Khaki camp in the North West Frontier Project this week said it was now time to return, according to a news release from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“The elders of Kelagai village living in Khaki camp decided to repatriate because we came to know that some people have occupied our land,” said 60-year-old Omra Khan. “Once we go there, we will ask the Government to help us get it back.”“I came here because of the Russian invasion of our land and we could not live under those circumstances. I have lived in Pakistan for more than 25 years and now it is time to go back.”Established in the early 1980s, Khaki camp is home to Afghans from Paktia, Logar, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, and smaller numbers from Baghlan. Thursday’s returnees were heading to Kelagai village in Doshi district of Baghlan province.“I want my children to see their own country. They cannot be refugees all their life,” said Muhammad Mir, another refugee who was also travelling in the convoy, before repatriating with his family and frail old mother.More than 113,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan so far this year. Under the assisted return programme, UNHCR offers returning Afghans travel assistance that varies from $4 to $37 per person depending on the distance, and a cash payment of $12 per person to help them re-establish themselves in Afghanistan. The assistance is paid on arrival.Since UNHCR started facilitating returns to Afghanistan in 2002, more than 2.85 million Afghans have returned from Pakistan and more than 1.4 million others from Iran. An estimated 2.5 million Afghans remain in Pakistan and over 900,000 in Iran. read more

Deadly militia attack against Palestinians in Baghdad sparks appeal from UN agency

At least nine people, including several children, were reportedly killed and many others were wounded when local militia shelled the Al Baladiya area of the Iraqi capital for three hours yesterday, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).There was no attempt by Iraqi police or the United States-led Multi-National Forces inside the strife-torn country to stop the attack, UNHCR said, and the militia also blocked ambulances from taking the dead and wounded to hospital.Briefing journalists in Geneva, UNHCR deputy director for the region Radhouane Nouicer said the agency was dismayed at the lack of protection afforded to Palestinians living in Iraq.Attacks against Palestinians have surged since Saddam Hussein’s regime was toppled in 2003, especially after the bombing of a key Shiite Muslim mosque in Samarra in February. Some Palestinians received preferential treatment under the former dictator and they have since become targets.Only about 15,000 Palestinians are thought to remain in Iraq, down from an estimated 34,000 three years ago. More than 350 remain stranded in desperate conditions on the border with Syria, and UNHCR has appealed repeatedly for countries to offer refuge.“They have very limited freedom of movement and no possibility to leave the country – unlike Iraqis – [or] to find a safe haven, nor any community to protect them,” Mr. Nouicer said.He added that discussions with Iraqi authorities have so far yielded little optimism about what can be done for the Palestinians.“We are urgently appealing to the Iraqi Government and the Multi-National Forces to provide protection and safety or an alternative safe location for this targeted group. We also ask the world to stop turning their back and provide a humane solution.” read more

More updates on the BELAZ 75710 450 tonne truck…

first_imgAs stated in the earlier release, BELAZ has just launched, and entered for field testing, the 450 t capacity 75710 truck, which will be commercially available within two years. The model has an electromechanical transmission, with all design, development, casting, forging, welding and machining of truck body parts and rotation bodies conducted on site at the BELAZ plant in Zhodino, Belarus. Components are sourced from the leading global players including engines from MTU and Cummins, electric transmissions from GE and Siemens, distributors and pumps from Bosch and steering systems from Danfoss amongst others.The massive new model is just one development in a wider program of investment: this year BELAZ has invested over $100 million in R&D and in 2014 this figure will increase to more than $150 million. The group said the investment is aimed at “increasing the company’s competitiveness in an ever more demanding industry sector, with the company now expanding into several strategic markets, including Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and North America.” This includes more participation in major industry event, and International Mining caught up with Sergei Gaevski, Marketing from the BELAZ Specialist Foreign Trade Department at AIMEX recently in Sydney.The company states: “Recognising the need to produce consistently more efficient, effective and productive vehicles, Belaz has just launched its 75710, the world’s largest dump truck, with a 25% larger hauling capacity than the 360 t 75600 model. The larger capacity means a decrease in hauling cost per tonne.” The 75710 has two 16-cylinder, four-cycle MTU diesel engines to produce a maximum speed of 64 km/h.  Fully laden, on a 10% gradient, the company says it can maintain a speed of 40km/h so loads are delivered more quickly and cost effectively. The truck is also very fuel efficient, using 198g/kWh per engine. When carrying less than capacity loads, it can run on just one engine, significantly reducing fuel consumption. The 75710 uses an AC electric drive Siemens MMT500 electromechanical transmission, with two traction alternators, four traction electric motors and motor-wheel reduction gears, auxiliary electric machines, adjustment and control devices.It is fitted with eight wheels (with tyres identical to those on the 75600) and two turntable axles.  This design allows a turning radius of just under 20 m. High strength, low-alloyed steel is used in the strong but lightweight welded structure of the frame, while the body has an FOPS safety system, and a protective canopy, and is heated by engine exhaust gas.  It is also equipped with a device for mechanical locking in the raised position and it has rock ejectors. Taking into account the need to minimise downtime and the costs associated with operator training, BELAZ has designed the 75710 to function within the specifications of the 75600 so no additional training is required. A pneumatic, three axis virtual simulator featuring real time responses, an instructor monitoring station and an accurate cabin layout has been produced.The 75710 cab has an ROPS safety system (in accordance with ISO4371) and an adjustable operator’s seat. Noise levels inside the cab are less than 80 dB (A) and the overall vibration level is less than 115 dB (A). To ensure that it will function effectively in all environmental conditions, the 75710 is now being field tested at the KRU Bachatski open pit coal mine in Siberia, previously visited by IM Editor Paul Moore, a mine recognised as having some of the harshest mining conditions in the world.last_img read more

Rhein Neckar Lowen win Super Cup hattrick in Germany

Rhein Neckar Lowen won the third Pixum Super Cup 2018 in a row! The “Lions” beat reigning champions SG Flensburg Handewitt 33:26 in front of more than 8.000 fans in Dusseldorf.Andy Schmid netted 10 goals for the winners.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26:33 (16:18)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Buric, Bergerud  19. – 30.); Karlsson, Golla, Jensen (1), Glandorf (3), Svan (1), Wanne (2), Jeppsson (1), Jöndal, (1/1), Steinhauser, Zachariassen (6), Gottfridsson (5), Lauge (4), Baijens, Röd (2);Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (10/1), Lipovina, Sigurdsson (9), Radivojevic, Tollbring (1/1), Abutovic, Mensah (1), Fäth (2), Groetzki (3), Taleski, Guardiola, Petersson (5), Nielsen, Kohlbacher (2).PHOTO: RNL Facebook ← Previous Story Pixum Super Cup 2018 – SG Flensburg Handewitt or Rhein Neckar Lowen? Next Story → EUROTOURNOI 2018: Mini-Cologne + Veszprem and Meshkov Rhein Neckar Lowen read more

Colm Tóibín the only Irish novelist to make Man Booker Prize shortlist

first_imgThe Testament of Mary by Colm TóbínWe Need New Names by NoViolet BulawayoThe Luminaries by Eleanor CattonHarvest by Jim CraceThe Lowland by Jhumpa LahiriA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth OzekiThree Irish authors make Man Booker Prize longlist> COLM TÓIBÍN HAS made it onto this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist with his book The Testament of Mary.The announcement was made this morning on the Man Booker Prize Twitter page and through a seven second Vine video.The longlist included two other Irish authors – Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic and Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart .It’s Toibín’s third time to feature on a Man Booker Prize shortlist, he also made the cut with The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Master (2004).The shortlist:last_img