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WASHINGTON – One question looms as President Donald Trump packs his bags for Switzerland: How will the Diet Coke-loving nationalist fit in with the Champagne-sipping globalists he’ll encounter at the World Economic Forum in Davos?American presidents tend to shun the Davos diplomacy scene, a glitzy annual gathering at a Swiss Alpine resort that for nearly 50 years has drawn politicians, CEOs and celebrities to ponder public policy and global co-operation.Sitting presidents typically pass on the event, as known for its flashy parties and celebrity sightings as its policy powwows and international deal-making.Instead, Trump will be the star attraction at this year’s high-minded, invitation-only summit. A real estate executive turned reality TV star who has embraced nationalism and railed against international trade practices, Trump doesn’t seem like a natural fit. But with a government shutdown averted, Trump is packing up much of his Cabinet and his “America First” message and heading into town.“We’ll be talking about investing in the United States again,” Trump said Tuesday, as he signed new tariffs that could draw criticism from the Davos crowd.The last sitting U.S. president to attend the summit was Bill Clinton in 2000. Barack Obama, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush all opted out. Ronald Reagan appeared via video link.Just how Trump approaches the gathering is the subject of feverish speculation as attendees try to game out what Trump will say in his remarks and who he may meet with on the sidelines. Longtime attendees stressed that he might not find the warmest response among those who favour global trade and have been rattled by his rise to power.“It’s a bit of a puzzle,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Markit. “First of all, he’s going into a situation where the audience will not be that friendly.”An administration official said Trump is expected to highlight the booming U.S. economy and his recent tax overhaul while again criticizing trade practices he sees as unfair. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about internal plans and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump made the decision to go because he thinks he has a positive economic message.Trump decided to make the move after some encouragement from Vice-President Mike Pence and French President Emmanuel Macron, said a White House official, who also wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.He’s likely get a different response than Clinton did 18 years ago.A champion of global trade, Clinton urged world leaders to consider workers and poorer nations in his 2000 address, saying, “Don’t leave the little guys out.” He has frequented the meeting ever since, receiving a warm reception. His former vice-president, Al Gore, an environmental activist, is scheduled to attend this year.“Clinton is the only president that really was Davos Man,” said Ian Bremmer, a foreign affairs columnist and president of the Eurasia Group, using the nickname for the summit’s globalization focused participants. “Obama doesn’t like contrasts like this. Bush was more folksy, homespun.”Still, top aides have typically attended even when the president did not. Vice-President Joe Biden appeared on behalf of the Obama administration last year, and Vice-President Dick Cheney attended for George W. Bush.And of course, politicians aren’t the only draw at Davos. In recent years, celebrity attendees have become part of the tableau, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Goldie Hawn and Bono among the superstar visitors. In 2006, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attended panel discussions trailed by packs of photographers.This year, Elton John and Cate Blanchett already have grabbed Davos headlines.Trump has not attended before. Said Bremmer: “This is not Trump’s crowd.”Even though Trump hasn’t been there, his political rise — driven by nationalist rhetoric — has dominated the conversation in recent years.“I remember two years ago, every meeting at Davos, whatever it was about, would end with the theme that Trump could never be elected president,” said Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff. “For him, I suspect this is a victory lap.”Last year, Biden appeared at Davos in the final days of the Obama administration and used his remarks to issue a veiled criticism of Trump, calling on Europe and the United States to defend the “liberal” world order, decrying a growing impulse in the West toward isolation and building walls.Also sending a message to Trump last year was Chinese President Xi Jinping, who cast his country as a champion of free trade and stability, saying: “Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from.”Trump may be looking to push back on those messages this year.Last time, the crowd heard from Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly served as Trump’s communications director over the summer. Scaramucci — known at Davos for throwing wine-tasting parties — sought to explain Trump’s governing plans to an anxious audience.He insisted the administration “did not want to have a trade war,” predicted that Trump’s inaugural address would be “very Reaganesque,” and said, “Directionally, this is a super compassionate man.”But he also acknowledged the concerns about the incoming president.Scaramucci joked: “This is my 10th year here, but it is my first year here with a food taster.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The United Way of Northern B.C. is hitting the road this month in an RV on its 2018 United Tour of Northern B.C., which is due to wrap up in the Peace Region next month.The United Way says it will be traveling to 20 communities in Northern BC to cultivate compassion, engage residents to overcome social issues and foster a culture of philanthropic giving in our region. The tour will be traveling to host events to raise funds that will stay locally in each community.The tour kicked off on Monday when the RV travelled to Fraser Lake. The tour will be heading to the North Coast before returning to the Central Interior. On June 1st, the tour will be stopping in Mackenzie ahead of stops in Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort St. John on June 12th. The full tour dates are listed below. April 30, 2018 Fraser LakeMay 1, 2018 HoustonMay 2, 2018 HazeltonMay 3, 2018 KitimatMay 4, 2018 Prince RupertMay 5, 2018 TerraceMay 7, 2018 SmithersMay 8, 2018 Burns LakeMay 9, 2018 VanderhoofMay 10, 2018 Fort St. JamesMay 22, 2018 QuesnelMay 24, 2018 ValemountMay 25, 2018 McBrideJune 1, 2018 MackenzieJune 5, 2018 Tumbler RidgeJune 6, 2018 Dawson CreekJune 7, 2018 ChetwyndJune 8, 2018 Hudson HopeJune 12, 2018 Fort St JohnJune 13-14 2018 TaylorThe tour will wrap up in Taylor on June 13th and 14th, in conjunction with the 8th Annual United Way Golf Tournament at Lone Wolf Golf Club. For more information about the United Tour of Northern B.C., follow the United Way’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unitedwaynorthernbc/
By David HazelwoodRabat – Americans stand strong for Morocco, hail Morocco’s human rights achievements, highlight shared values and a strong Alliance.Yesterday, Americans stood strong with Moroccans, as they have for decades, to commend Morocco on its progressive advancements on human rights by writing a letter to President Barack Obama. In the letter, sent on Thursday, a group of 16 Members of U.S. Congress recognized Morocco as America’s “strongest and oldest friend in a very important part of the world,” and urged “greater visibility” for Morocco’s role in promoting development in the region, as well as the country’s progress on human rights. The letter comes shortly after Morocco expressed concerns last month that the US State Department’s April 2016 human rights report on the country contained “factual errors and misrepresented Morocco’s efforts in that area.”In the letter, Congress noted that “Morocco is the only country in the region to have established with the United States an on-going dialogue on human rights that is intended to be an open forum for objective and constructive engagement on these issues…We commend this process and would hope that it brings a positive contribution.” “We are concerned that recent developments in our strategically important alliance with Morocco need to be made a higher priority and that our support for Morocco’s signal achievements, including on human rights, and the important role it is playing to enhance stability and development in the region, needs to be given much greater visibility in our public statements about this critical bilateral relationship with one of our oldest and most trusted partners.”Analysts say despite the current friction as a result of the US Department human rights report on Morocco and Washington lack of support to Rabat on the Western Sahara, the mutually beneficial friendship between the US and Morocco remains strong and vibrant.
We The North mania spread across Canada as the Toronto Raptors created history as the first Canadian team to win an NBA championship, and businesses attempted to capitalize on the frenzy. Some came out on top earning the goodwill of fans, while others garnered negative publicity.Here’s a look at some of the business winners and losers of the Raptors’ championship run.Scotiabank and TangerineScotiabank paid a whopping $800-million in 2017 for the naming rights to the arena where the Raptors play. The deal later expanded to include its subsidiary, Tangerine, becoming the official bank of the basketball team.On playoff game days and the day after, Tangerine experienced a 50 per cent spike in website traffic and saw a 20 per cent jump in the number of customers who signed up for an account, said Scotiabank spokesman Doug Johnson.When the NBA season started last fall, only six per cent of Raptors fans were aware of Tangerine, he added. That grew to 40 per cent by the start of the playoffs and is now well over 50 per cent.Cineplex EntertainmentIn less than 24 hours, Cineplex decided to arrange to view the final series games at some of its theatres so fans could enjoy a communal place to rally around the Raptors, said Sarah Van Lange, the company’s executive director of communications.By the championship game, it was streaming the game at 45 theatres around Canada and seven of its Rec Room locations, she said. Customers had to pick up free tickets at the box office to attend the screenings and most were at capacity.Though Cineplex did not charge fans to attend the viewings or show advertisements before the show, Van Lange considers the move a win for the company.“One of the biggest returns for us was the sense of goodwill with our guests, and providing a venue and a location for them to have a shared experience around the Raptors,” she said, adding Cineplex would do it again “without question.”McDonald’s CanadaMcDonald’s Canada ran a season-long promotion giving fans free medium fries the day after a game where the Raptors scored 12 three-pointers or more. Customers had to have the McDonald’s app and redeem the offer between 11 a.m. and 4 a.m. the day after the game at participating Ontario restaurants, according to the company’s website.In the 2017-18 regular season, before the promotion, the Raptors made an average 11.8 three pointers a game, according to the team stat’s page on the NBA website.After the acquisition of superstar Kawhi Leonard, the team averaged 12.4 three pointers a game in the regular season.After the lengthy playoff run, the company gave away more than 2 million orders of fries — far surpassing their projected number of 700,000 fries during the regular season, said spokesman Adam Grachnik in an email.Though that’s more than it budgeted for, “the promotion had a very positive impact” on the app with a 26 per cent increase in users based in Ontario since the promotion started, he said.Restaurants and barsEateries showing the final series cashed in as fans opened up their wallets.Between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET on the eve of game five, bars in downtown Toronto that use a Moneris payment processing terminal saw a 93 per cent spike in spending than during the same time the previous year, according to data from Moneris. Across Canada, that figure was a jump of 63 per cent.Data for game six spending would be available Wednesday, wrote spokesperson Jesse Patterson in an email.However, not all companies came out ahead. Some experienced negative publicity or upset fans.Bell CanadaBell faced the wrath of Raptors fans after its Fibe TV feeds went dead in the final minutes of games 5 and 6.The company’s customer support Twitter account was flooded with complaints during the sixth and final game when people trying to watch the game saw an error message instead.The company said a technical issue caused the outage both times and apologized to customers. It said it has been in touch with affected customers to offer a credit.NikeNike experienced some negative publicity when one of the Raptors’ star players, Leonard, filed a lawsuit in early June against the athletic-wear retailer. He alleged the company is blocking him from using a logo that he believes he owns.Leonard, who was a Nike endorser until 2018, claims in the lawsuit that Nike filed a copyright application for a logo he designed, known as his klaw logo, and did so without his knowledge or consent. Nike allegedly told the athlete to stop using the logo, while he is preparing to use it on several products connected with sports camps and charity functions.Nike has previously declined to comment on the case, saying it does not discuss pending litigation. — With files from The Associated PressCompanies in this story: (TSX:BCE) (TSX:CGX) (TSX:BNS)The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberal government is promising to inject billions of new dollars into health care in its first balanced budget in a decade, a fiscal plan designed to appeal to nearly everyone in the province ahead of an election next summer.Crafted by a party in power since 2003 that has been faring poorly in recent polls, the $141-billion budget has measures targeted at both young and old, people who access the health care system and anyone who owns or rents a home and pays an electricity bill.The centrepiece of the plan is a $465-million-a-year pharmacare program for children and youth, which would cover prescription medications to treat most acute and common chronic conditions for people under age 25, with no deductible or co-payment. It would start Jan. 1.The plan will be most beneficial for youth who currently are not covered under private plans or the Ontario Drug Benefit program for social assistance recipients, but government officials weren’t able to say how many people that captures.In total, the government is promising $11.5 billion in new spending on health care over three years, including money to address hospital overcrowding, funding for mental health and addiction services, cash for hospital construction projects and home care funding.Here are six ways the Ontario Budget will help (or hurt) your walletSyndicated mortgage market gets a new watchdog and 5 other measures in the Ontario budget to protect investorsFree abortion pill, cash for boobs and babies: Top 23 takeaways from the Ontario budgetThe budget also includes funds for new child care spaces, money to build schools, measures aimed at seniors and previously announced cuts to electricity bills and plans to cool the housing market.Much of the projected spending, however, is spread out over multiple years, well past the June 2018 election. But Finance Minister Charles Sousa said his “socially progressive” budget is not a ploy for votes.“These decisions that we’re making today are not based on election cycles, they’re based on long-term benefit for the people of Ontario,” he said.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said the budget is not, in fact, structurally balanced, because of one-time asset sale money — such as the sale of shares of Hydro One — and accounting “tricks,” such as counting public pension surpluses as assets, against the advice of the province’s Auditor general.“This budget is a patchwork attempt by a desperate government to fix the mess they’ve created before the next election,” he said. “If they lose this next election this is spending they’ll never have to be accountable for.”The price tag for the Liberals’ centrepiece pharmacare plan is not in the budget itself and was provided only verbally by staffers.“Listen, that document is what, 296 pages long,” Sousa said when asked about the absence. “You can’t put everything in the document.”Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who just this week announced a New Democrat government would bring in universal pharmacare for people of all ages, said the Liberal plan seems last minute.“I think it’s quite curious as well,” she said. “All I can think of is that they made it up on the back of a napkin before they got to today.”The Liberals had promised no new taxes on families, though they are increasing tobacco taxes by $10 per carton over the next three years and giving municipalities the power to introduce a hotel tax.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette In addition to balancing the books this year, the government is now projecting balanced budgets through to 2019-20. Despite reaching balance, however, the province’s debt continues to grow.It is projected to be $312 billion this year, growing to $336 billion in 2019-20. Interest on debt is the fourth largest spending area, at $11.6 billion.Historically low interest rates helped the province get to balance, but interest on debt is still projected to be the fastest growing expenditure area, at an average 3.6 per cent from 2015 to 2020.Nonetheless, the government paints a rosy economic outlook, projecting two per cent average GDP growth through to 2020, driven by exports and business investment.On the infrastructure front, spending is growing from a promise last year of $160 billion over 12 years to $190 million over 13 years. The additional $30 billion will go toward new hospital projects, school renewal and child care expansion.Ontario will also move ahead with planning a high-speed rail corridor between Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Windsor, the government said in the budget. The project could cut travel times from Toronto to Windsor from the current four hours to two.Under the education banner, about $16 billion is earmarked over 10 years to build and improve schools at a time when the government is coming under fire for rural school closures. Another $200 million will go to creating 24,000 child care spaces and subsidizing 60 per cent of them.Seniors are also specifically targeted in the budget. A public transit tax credit for people 65 and older will see 15 per cent of eligible transit costs refunded with an average annual benefit of $130. That is estimated to cost the government about $10 million a year. The measure comes after the federal government announced it was eliminating a 15-per-cent tax credit for commuters who buy a transit pass.There is also $11 million over three years for a seniors community grant program and another $8 million over three years for new community centres with seniors’ programming. The province has also earmarked $100 million over three years for a dementia strategy that will include helping patients and their caregivers find support and improve training for health-care workers.
“The suspension of the talks hurts the world’s poorest most acutely,” UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told the organization’s governing body in Geneva yesterday.“Countries’ prospects for export-led growth and development have diminished with the suspension of the Doha Round,” he said, referring to the talks which have been in limbo for months, partly over subsidies from wealthy nations to their agricultural industries, tariffs and quotas, which all shut poorer agricultural countries out of the market.“The distortions caused by subsidies in world agricultural trade will persist at the current level, thereby jeopardizing the prospects of developing countries to generate additional export revenue and income from agricultural exports, including cotton,” he added.But if the current round of negotiations concluded with a substantial development-oriented outcome, it could bring gains for economic growth and poverty alleviation. On Monday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the world’s wealthy countries to “go the extra mile” to re-balance the rules of the trading system in favour of the poor and push ahead as soon as possible with the Doha Round.“I join developing and least developed countries in calling for the round to resume as soon as possible,” he said in a message to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum in Geneva.
“All these challenges underline the crucial sustained and resolute collective action in order to confront them,” Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf told the Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate. “We must mobilize ourselves anew to give new life to multilateralism and emphasize the central place of the UN. “The task is immense, the responsibility heavy. These challenges demand ambitious reforms and additional resources,” he added, focussing in three key areas – fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), management reform, and a reformed ‘architecture’ that enhances the efficiency of the Organization’s peace and stability missions. Conflict is the major obstacle to economic development with enormous costs, including forced displacement, famine, the rise of communicable diseases, acute food insecurity and the rapid deterioration of respect for human rights, he said. “Our Organization, more than ever, has an increased role to play in the prevention of conflicts and the resolution of differences,” he added. Full statement (in French) available here
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman remanded for trafficking 6.7 kilos of cocaine in hammocksOctober 3, 2017In “Court”CANU seeking woman who attempted to export ‘cocaine soaked hammocks’September 25, 2017In “Crime”Cocaine laced hammocks: Woman gets 3 years jail, fined $18MJanuary 11, 2018In “Court” Tiffini Collison of Lot F 21 Samaan Street, Guyhoc Park Georgetown, who was wanted in connection with the posting of cocaine laced hammocks to the USA, has surrendered to the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).(L) Tiffini Collison and the intercepted hammocks that were laced with cocaineThe drug enforcement body issued a wanted bulletin for the mother of one on Monday and on Tuesday evening she turned up at CANU in the company of her lawyer.It was reported that the 26-year-old used an international Courier Service to ship the hammocks sometime last week.However, on Thursday last, the package was intercepted by ranks of the drug enforcement unit at the Eugene F Correia International Airport while checking outgoing cargo to the US.Attempts to contact the woman proved futile until she showed up at the CANU Headquarters on Tuesday.Investigations are on-going.In the past there have been attempts to smuggle cocaine out of Guyana in the most creative and innovative ways.Some attempted to do so in fish, achar, fish feed, milk powder, wigs, alcohol and in pastries among others, which has resulted in several persons being charged and either remanded to prison or sentenced and fined.Following the interceptions, the drug enforcement units have boosted their surveillance at Guyana’s main port of entries including, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Eugene F Corriea International Airport and the Wharfs.With the measures in place, the cocaine mules are finding more creative ways of shipping the illegal drug out of Guyana- a country which has been categorised as a major transshipment point.
Honeywell Analytic’s Impulse X4 portable gas detector has been awarded the China MA (Mei Anquan) J2006138 mining approval, meaning it can now be sold and used in Chinese mining applications. The Impulse X4 is a tough and robust portable unit ideally suited to use in enclosed spaces such as coal mines, and protects against flammable, oxygen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide gas hazards.Impulse X4 is particularly well-suited for use in mines as it combines functionality, affordability and ease-of-use with all the enhanced safety needed by a personal gas detection unit. The device uses SureCellT sensors which are ideally suited to performance in high-temperature, high-humidity environments and has a system of audible, visual and vibration alarms.The Impulse X4 has the capability to log data using a simple-to-fit memory card. Events, gas data and the calibration history are all stored and reports and graphs can be printed. When clipped to the belt or harness, users may want the re-assurance of being able to view the display from different positions. But with many other units the display is upside down forcing the user to remove the unit to look at the display, perhaps creating a hazard. The Impulse X4 users can ‘flip’ the display at the press of a button.
A concert to support children in Greece has been organised by AHEPA, in cooperation with the Pneymatiki Estai Ellidon Melbourne, for Sunday 15 July. AHEPA is asking that the Greek community support this function to provide much needed support for children of Greece who are suffering at the hands of the financial crisis. For those unable to attend the function, you can donate to the cause at any Bank of Cyprus branch. The concert will be held Sunday 15 July at 3:00 pm at the Glen Eira Town Hall, corner of Hawthorn Rd and Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield. Tickets are $25. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’andropause : la ménopause au masculin serait une réalitéRoyaume-Uni – Des chercheurs de l’université de Manchester se sont penchés sur l’andropause, l’autre nom pour désigner la ménopause masculine, et auraient prouvé son existence réelle.L’andropause correspond à une diminution du taux de testostérone chez des hommes d’âge mûr combinée à des symptômes d’ordre physique et sexuel, explique Futura Sciences. Ces derniers doivent être au nombre de trois pour que le diagnostic d’andropause soit confirmé. On notera par exemple, parmi les critères retenus, une difficulté à fournir un effort continu ou une baisse de la libido.Ce phénomène conduit les médecins à prescrire de la testostérone à leurs patients. Cependant, cette dernière peut déclencher un cancer de la prostate. Des chercheurs anglais ont donc mené une étude afin de saisir la réalité statistique de l’andropause. Leurs résultats, publiés dans la revue New England Journal of Medecine, mettent en évidence le chiffre suivant : 2,1. Seulement 2,1 % des hommes pourraient souffrir d’andropause. Ce chiffre devrait diminuer considérablement le nombre de prescriptions de testostérone à tort. Le 21 juin 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
We still can’t visit a real-life Jurassic Park (nor would most people probably want to). But scientists at the University of Kent have discovered the next best thing.By comparing the genomes of different species, the team was able to determine how the chromosomes of some popular dinosaurs—like the Velociraptor or Tyrannosaurus—might have looked through a microscope.Analysts used biotechnology to analyze data from a Carolina anole lizard, chicken, mallard, zebra finch, and grey short-tailed opossum, each boasting “robust” chromosome-level assembled genomes.(Those generated from alligators and turtles were too fragmented for consideration, while the turkey, budgerigar, and ostrich were ultimately excluded due to an increased possibility of false positives.)They traced and compared genetic lineage of contemporary animals to common ancestors living 260 million years ago—20 million years before the first dinosaurs. Analysts were able to estimate chromosomal changes across evolutionary time.Their findings, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, reveal that while chromosomes regularly rearrange their internal genes, relationships between DNA have remained fairly stable—a “significant discovery,” according to the University of Kent.“Remaining largely unchanged interchromosomally through the dinosaur-theropod route that led to modern birds,” the research paper said, “intrachromosomal changes nonetheless reveal evolutionary breakpoint regions enriched for genes with ontology terms related to chromatin organization and transcription.”Birds, like their dino predecessors, have a lot of chromosomes, which could be the reason for such diversity among the feathered creatures.“Our results suggest that most elements of a typical ‘avian-like’ karyotype … were in place before the divergence of turtles from birds [about] 255 [million years ago],” the team wrote. “This genome organization therefore predates the emergence of early dinosaurs and pterosaurs and the evolution of flight.”If scientists were to recreate chromosomes from a hollow-boned, three-toed theropod dinosaur, it may look a lot like a modern-day ostrich, duck, or chicken.Recent dino discoveries include a giant crock with T. Rex teeth, and 80-million-year-old fossils that unlock Africa’s dinosaur evolution. Also, check out 10 historic dinosaur hoaxes you won’t believe we fell for and more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursEgg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric Parenting Stay on target
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The winners of the Jennifer Beth Turken Heart Award were honored with a bicycle for their random acts of kindness in Miami Beach.The students were honored at North Beach Elementary School, Friday.Recipients received new bicycles to recognize their kindness towards each other.“This is a family that gives from the heart, and the happiness and the faces of these kids is palpable,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. “All through kindness, through love, through understanding and compassion, so it’s been a great day right here at North Beach Elementary.”The award is named after Jennifer Turken, a elementary student who passed away from a brain tumor but was known for her kind heart.Her parents continue to honor her memory.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Amazfit Bip 1:27 The Runtopia S1 tracks your steps, runs and heart rate, all for $69. Runtopia Fancy GPS watches for running are expensive, right? Probably at least $200? Yes, but take “fancy” out of the equation and you can get something for a steal.For example, the entry-level Garmin Forerunner 35 is currently on sale for $100, down from its regular price of $170. And the Cheapskate-favorite Amazfit Bip, which includes some runner-friendly features, runs just $70.Read more: The best fitness trackers for 2019OK, but the Garmin is 3 years old, and the Bip wasn’t designed with runners in mind. But here’s a wearable that was, and it’s on sale: For a limited time, you can get the Runtopia S1 GPS running watch for $69. That’s a product-launch special; it’s normally going to sell for $99.See it at AmazonRuntopia? You might be familiar with the eponymous app, a popular running tracker that includes an activity-rewards element. (“Turn your steps into prizes!”) The S1 is the company’s first GPS smartwatch.On paper, it looks pretty good. In addition to built-in GPS, it has a heart-rate monitor and water-resistant case — arguably the three most important features for runners. It can receive basic notifications from your phone, and if you bring your phone along on your runs, the Runtopia app can provide audio coaching based on your heart rate.Beyond that, you get basics like an alarm, a stopwatch, a compass and sedentary alerts. According to Runtopia, the watch should run for up to 25 days on a charge — or up to 8 hours if you use GPS. How often you actually need to recharge the S1 depends on how often and how far you run each week.Because this is a new product, reviews are few and far between. I’m hoping to get my hands on one soon, so I can see how it compares with watches like the Bip and even my Apple Watch.But my suspicion is that while “serious” runners will find the S1 too limited, it should make a fine companion for the 5K crowd — those who don’t need or want a lot of fancy features, but do want basic run-tracking.Your thoughts? Share your voice Voice-controlled sport earbuds: $69Speaking of running, I just found my new favorite sport earbuds. They fit great, sound amazing and do something I’ve never seen before: respond to voice commands. Without touching anything — phone, watch, earbuds — you can say things like “play music,” “next song” and “accept call.”The slick Origem HS-3 sport earphones respond to voice commands such as “play music” and “next song.” Origem Coincidentally, they’re also normally $99, but for a limited time, and while supplies last, the Origem HS-3 wireless sport earphones are $69.30 when you apply promo code CHEAPHS3 at checkout. That code should work with all three color options.See it at AmazonI’ve been test-driving these for a couple days — and pretty much loving them. They’re noise-isolating earphones (meaning you need to wiggle them into your ears to create a tight seal) with rotating ear hooks, the latter very comfortable and, for me, much easier to put on than the fixed, chunky plastic ear hooks found on most sport ‘buds.Sound quality? Fantastic. You know I’m generally satisfied with “good enough,” but the clarity and bass response here have spoiled me for lesser earbuds. I also appreciate the fast USB-C charging (10 minutes nets me 2 hours of play) and stylish, metallic-looking design.The voice commands? Awesome. Essential. Can no longer live without them. 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The government is reportedly planning to make the recently-announced tax holiday for start-ups more business-friendly, as the proposal comes under fire from various quarters.While announcing a slew of incentives on Jan. 16, the government had said that the start-ups can avail a tax holiday in the first three years of their operations.However, as start-ups usually take three to five years to turn profitable, many argued over the expansion of scope of the tax holiday.The government is likely to make changes to the proposal, allowing the start-ups to avail tax holiday from a block of 10 years instead of taking it in the first three years, sources told The Financial Express.”The proposal is on the anvil. In the Budget, the government may allow start-ups to claim the three-year tax holiday from a block of years,” said a source who is currently dealing with the matter.Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced several incentives to improve the start-up eco-system in the country. The action plan offered a tax holiday and inspector raj-free regime for three years, exemption from capital tax and Rs 10,000 crore fund to support them.However, to avail the exemption, the start-ups are required to invest capital gains in the Fund of Funds recognised by the government. Experts said that the tax exemption measure is not flexible for start-ups.”When we talk of start-up ecosystem, it is about large sums of money and we would like the government to make the ecosystem larger, more friendly. The rollover benefit should not only be limited to the fund of funds set up by the government but they should also be allowed to put the money into other funds or alternative investment funds that are putting money in start-ups,” Amarjeet Singh, Partner-Tax at KPMG, told the daily.The government may announce more sops for start-ups in the upcoming Budget in a bid to create a business-friendly environment for them, similar to the current system in Singapore.
(Representational image)ReutersAround 30 children studying at a residential school in Hyderabad, Telangana, were admitted to Niloufer Hospital after they fell ill due to severe food poisoning. They had stomach pain and vomiting after eating lunch served by the school. The incident took place on Sunday at the Telangana Minority Residential School in Asif Nagar.The students were in the age group of 10-13. They began vomiting and having severe abdominal pain immediately after eating lunch, The News Minute reports.”Around 30 students were referred to us after they presented with vomiting and severe abdominal pain. The students are in the age range of around 10 to 13. They ate the hostel food yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and immediately presented with stomach pain and vomiting. They were brought to the hospital today (Monday) morning and admitted,” Dr Murali Krishna, the medical superintendent, was quoted as saying by TNM.Dr Krishna also said that all the 30 children were kept in a special ward and are currently stable and out of danger.Another case of mass food poisoning surfaced over the weekend when 150 women and children in Assam were hospitalised in Kamrup district.Officials believe that they began showing symptoms of food poisoning and had to be hospitalised after they ate some prasad offered at a temple on Saturday, reports PTI.The reports claim that 150 affected people were taken to a hospital at Amangaon after they began to display symptoms of food poisoning, including diarrhoea, vomiting and severe stomach ache.Two out of the 150 hospitalised were critical and they were transferred to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital while the rest are stable and out of danger.
The incidence of mob lynching has increased in the country, with seven people having been beaten to death in different places over the last four days. According to the human rights watchdog Ain O Salish Kendra, 36 persons have been lynched to death in the first six months of this year all over the country.The persons who have been killed in such mob beatings are mostly women, mentally deranged persons, disabled persons, elderly and innocent persons.A woman named Taslima Begum was lynched and killed by a mob on Saturday in Badda in the capital city on suspicion of being a kidnapper. It was a tragic death that brought an outcry of public protest. The social media was also filled with angry response to the killing.And on the night of the very same day, another woman was beaten to death in Savar.Another six persons were lynched in Manda of Naogaon. Following altercations over catching fish in a pond, rumours were spread about them being child abductors.According to Ain O Salish Kendra, 43 persons have been lynched to death this year so far, 36 in the first six months and 7 over the last four days.The police headquarters issued a press release on Saturday regarding the incidence of mob beatings, stating that such lynching increased over the past few days following a rumour that human heads were required in the construction of Padma Bridge. People were randomly being suspected of child kidnappers and were beaten up, resulting in tragic deaths. Spreading such rumours and beating people to death was a criminal offence and those involved in such incidents would be tried and punished. The press released asked members of the public to hand over any suspected kidnapper to the police and not to resort to lynching.Who are victims of lynching?An angry mob caught and beat to death a 28-year-old man on 18 July in Netrakona when he was fleeing with a bag containing the head of a child. After that, there were reports of 5 persons being beaten to death by mobs in various places of the country on Saturday. A man, around 55 years old, was beaten to death that night in Maulvibazar on suspect of being an abductor. The mob had been riled up by rumours of abduction. The police failed to identify the victim.On Saturday, a resident of Siddhirganj in Narayanganj, was beaten to death. The Siddhirganj police station office-in-charge (OC), Shaheen Parvez, said that Siraj was deaf and mute. He was not a kidnapper.Assistant professor of the communications and journalism department, University of Chittagong, Rajib Nandy, has been carrying out research on mob lynching in Bangladesh and India. Speaking to Prothom Alo on Sunday, he said in Bangladesh it is mostly the poor who were victims of mob beatings.Associate professor of criminology and police science at the Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology, Muhammad Umar Faruk, said that the culture of impunity was one of the main causes behind the increase in such incidents. He told Prothom Alo, it is observed that in the case of such incidents, people have certain preconceived notions that lead them to attack the suspected persons. They lose their sense of judgement. A sense of awareness needs to be created among the people. Justice must be ensured.Areas of prevalenceAin O Salish Kendra states that among the 36 mob killings that took place in the last six months, the most took place in Chattagram, with 17 deaths by lynching there. Nine were killed in Dhaka, 5 in Khulna, 2 in Sylhet, 2 in Barishal and 1 in Rajshahi.Rajiv Nandi’s research reveals that while such mob lynching occurs in densely populated cities like Dhaka and Chattagram, these mostly take place in the poorer regions of the country like Noakhali, Brahmanbaria, North Bengal and remote upazilas of Chattagram.Slow judicial proceduresEight years ago in July 2011, six students were lynched to death by a mob in a village of Savar, Dhaka. The incident created a stir across the country but so far the judicial procedures of this case remain unfinished. There are 60 persons accused in this incident and all of them are out on bail.The case lies with a Dhaka court. One of the state prosecutors in the case, Shahida Jeasmin, told Prothom Alo that the second investigating office of the case is being cross-examined. The next hearing is on 23 July. Another investigating officer remains to be cross examined. She hopes the case proceedings will be completed within the next month or two.On 27 July 2011, a young boy Milan was accused of robbery and mercilessly beaten to death in Noakhali. That incident also created a stir at the time.Former chairman of the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission, Kazi Reazul Haque, speaking to Prothom Alo about the overall issue of mob lynching in the country, said people have become intolerant. They have no patience. Another matter is, people feel that while crimes are committed, the criminals getting away without being punished. That is why such incidents take place.What is the way out of this situation? Kazi Reazul Haque said, punishment of the criminals must be ensured. Social awareness must be increased.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
X In Texas alone, the undocumented population paid an estimated $1.9 billion to the IRS, according to 2016 research by the New American Economy Research Fund.They estimate that, in Texas, undocumented immigrants paid another $1.3 billion to local and state governments. “For Uncle Sam, your migratory status doesn’t matter,” said Cristina Cave, Community Relations Manager for BakerRipley. “If you’re earning money, you have to pay taxes and you have to file a tax return.” BakerRipley provides free tax services to low-income families in Houston, including the undocumented population.Cave said the organization has helped hundreds of families looking to file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN. An ITIN, issued by the IRS, can be used in lieu of a verified Social Security number. Cristina Cave, Community Relations Manager for BakerRipley, at one of the organization’s 11 Houston-area centersDuring this year’s tax season, over 500 families applied for ITINs or renewed existing numbers through BakerRipley.Though they don’t receive social security or medicare benefits, Cave said a history of paying taxes can help immigrants when they are seeking legal status.“It’s the best sign of how long they’ve been here in the country and that they want to be good citizens,” said Cave. In the Houston Metro Area, all immigrants (both legal and undocumented) contributed a total of $12.7 billion in federal, state and local taxes. Share 00:00 /00:50 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: