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Weather averages close to normal for Fort St John during July

first_img“An average isn’t something we see very often. It’s usually above or below and it doesn’t usually land on the average very often. But interestingly enough, a lot of the province did this month.”Looking ahead to August and the remainder of the summer season, Lindquist says we can expect to see slightly cooler temperatures but with lower amounts of rain.As a side note, for the holiday long weekend, Environment Canada is calling for sun and temperatures in the low to mid-20s for Saturday and into Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of July, Fort St. John and the surrounding area saw close to normal averages when it came to the weather.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lindquist, Fort St. John saw the temperature and rain levels around normal for July with the temperature at 15.8°C, four points below the average of 16.2. As for rain amounts, the area saw 65 mm, which is 10 mm below the average for July.Lindquist says it’s not often that July’s weather sits around the average, adding that the majority of British Columbia saw close to the monthly average.last_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9853Brazil real 0.3896China renminbi 0.1909Euro 1.4901Hong Kong dollar 0.162298India rupee 0.01946Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01112Malaysia ringgit 0.2992Mexico peso 0.06606N.Z. dollar 0.8740Norway krone 0.1584Peruvian new sol 0.3911Russia rouble 0.02200Saudi riyal 0.3377Singapore dollar 0.9297South Africa rand 0.09212South Korean won 0.001121Sweden krona 0.1543Switzerland franc 1.2804Taiwanese dollar 0.04182Thailand baht 0.03816Turkey lira 0.3393U.K. pound 1.6640U.S. dollar 1.2666Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

New car registrations return to growth in November

UK new car market picks up in November after October fall, with registrations up 3.8% in the month.2,453,426 cars registered in the year-to-date – an increase of 6.2% over the same period last year.Steady growth seen in both petrol and diesel registrations, while an 8.6% rise keeps alternatively fuelled vehicles ahead of the curve.Following October’s decline – the first in 44 months – registrations of new cars in the UK returned to growth in November, according to figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).178,876 cars were registered in the month, an increase of 3.8% over November 2014, while the overall market in the first 11 months of 2015 has seen 6.2% growth to 2,453,426 units.Demand for both petrol and diesel models remains robust with respective gains of 3.8% and 3.6%, while the popularity of alternatively fuelled vehicles continues to grow with an 8.6% uplift. Registrations to fleet buyers (up 8.7%) increased ahead of those to private customers (up 2%), continuing a trend that has been evident for several months.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “November’s figures come as a reminder of the strength of the UK car market, as low interest rates and competitive finance deals continue to attract consumers to new car ownership. We have been expecting a levelling-off in demand for some time now – a development that is being realised following an unprecedented three-and-a-half years of non-stop growth.” Download the November 2015 new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

EHF CUP 14 final Six teams in battle for Berlin

← Previous Story CERVAR LESSON TO KRISTIANSSON: “Knowledge” ahead of “run and gun” Next Story → GOAL FOR MADNESS IN SKOPJE: Alex Dujshebaev BOMB! Everything is ready for the EHF Cup quarter-finals draw in Vienna, which will take place on Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12.15 hrs.In the Pot 1 there will be winners of Group A (Lugi HF), Group B (Montpellier Agglomeration HB) and Group C (Pick Szeged) and in the Pot 2 the three best second ranked teams (Sportin CP, HBC Nantes and HCM Constanta).Two teams from the same group cannot face each other in the quarter-finals, but there will be no protection from teams from the same country.Seeding for the EHF Cup Quarter-finals draw:Pot 1: Lugi HF (SWE), Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA), Pick Szeged (HUN)Pot 2: Sporting CP (POR), HBC Nantes (FRA), HCM Constanta (ROU)The first leg matches will be played over 19/20 April on courts of the Pot 2 teams, the second leg is scheduled for 26/27 April on courts of the Pot 1 teams.Füchse Berlin have clinched a direct ticket to the EHF Cup Finals as the hosts of the final tournament won the Group D.Where to follow the draw eventThe handball fans will be able to follow both draws live on various channels. There will be a live streaming of the event on ehfTV with a commentary of Tom O Brannagain, who will also interview all club managers right after the draw.In addition, there will be a live ticker on available and also a live coverage on the official Twitter channel – @ehfmedia. TEXT: EHF EHF Cup read more

Surprises in hunt for environmental links to breast cancer

first_imgThey didn’t find much of an association between puberty and phthalates, which are these chemicals that leach out of plastic bottles and Tupperware.Another major finding regarded blood chemicals from two nearby groups in Ohio and Kentucky, both drinking water that was apparently contaminated by industrial waste.Girls in northern Kentucky had blood levels of an industrial chemical – perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C-8) found in Teflon non-stick coating for pans – three times as high as those who drank water from the Ohio River near Cincinnati, where water was filtered with state-of-the-art technology.“Northern Kentucky did not have granular activated carbon filtration” in their water supply said researcher Susan Pinney, a professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.“In 2012 they put it in after they learned of our preliminary results.” Families were also notified of their daughters’ blood levels, she said.The chemicals can linger in the body for years. Researchers were dismayed to learn that the longer the girls spent breastfeeding as infants – typically touted for its health benefits – the higher their PFOA levels compared to girls who were fed formula.Animal studiesWhat cannot be studied in the girls is tried on lab mice, who in one experiment are being fed high-fat diets and exposed to a potent carcinogen to see how the two interact.Mammary tumors develop much faster in the high-fat diet group, said scientist Richard Schwartz of the department of microbiology and molecular genetics at Michigan State University.Fat mice have more blood supply in the mammary glands, higher inflammation levels and display changes in the immune system.Follow-up studies suggest that cancer risk stays high even if mice are fed high-fat diets in puberty and switched to low-fat diets in adulthood, he told AFP.The damage is already done. Does this mean that humans are at risk the same way? We don’t know that with certainty.But the findings do reinforce the advice that people often hear regarding how to maintain good health – avoid fatty foods, maintain a normal weight and reduce chemical exposures wherever possible, experts say.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cancer-causing radon found in over 430 Irish homes>Read: Obesity linked to early onset of puberty in girls> A DECADE-LONG research effort to uncover the environmental causes of breast cancer by studying both lab animals and a group of healthy US girls has turned up some surprises, scientists say.At the centre of the investigation are 1,200 school girls who do not have breast cancer, but who have already given scientists important new clues about the possible origins of the disease.Some risk factors are well understood, including early puberty, later age of childbearing, late onset of menopause, estrogen replacement therapy, drinking alcohol and exposure to radiation.Advances have also been made in identifying risky gene mutations, but these cases make up a small minority.Family history“Most of breast cancer, particularly in younger women, does not come from family histories,” said Leslie Reinlib, a program director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.“We have still got 80 percent that has got to be environmental,” said Reinlib, who is part of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) program.Some of its researchers track what is happening in the human population, while others study how carcinogens, pollutants and diet affect the development of the mammary glands and breast tumors in lab mice.The program’s primary focus is on puberty because its early onset “is probably one of the best predictors of breast cancer in women,” Reinlib said.The 1,200 US girls enrolled in the study at sites in New York City, northern California and the greater Cincinnati, Ohio, area beginning in 2004, when they were between the ages of six and eight.The aim was to measure the girls’ chemical exposures through blood and urine tests, and to learn how environmental exposures affected the onset of puberty and perhaps breast cancer risk later in life.Researchers quickly discovered that their effort to reach girls before puberty had not been entirely successful.“By age eight, 40 percent were already in puberty,” said Reinlib. “That was a surprising bit of information.”Further research has shown that the girls appear to be entering puberty six to eight months earlier than their peers did in the 1990s.A study published last week in the journal Pediatrics on this cohort of girls found that obesity was acting as a primary driver of earlier breast development.Exposure to chemicalsInitial results showed “for the first time that phthalates, BPA, pesticides are in all the girls they looked at,” said Reinlib.Researchers were taken aback by the pervasiveness of the exposures, but also by the data which appeared to show some plastic chemicals might not be as influential on breast development as some have feared.last_img read more

Tourism is Greeces true success story

first_imgFor the past seven years, Greece’s economy has been trying to resurface, after being immersed into a recession of unprecedented severity, resulting to hundreds of thousands of businesses being destroyed and one million jobs lost. With external lending being tied to the austerity measures demanded by the country’s creditors, the only hope for the Greek economy is to become attractive to foreign investment; something that has yet to happen. However, there is a sector which has been booming, becoming more competitive and effectively spearheading the stabilisation and gradual recovery of the Greek GDP: tourism. The observed stabilisation and gradual recovery of Greek GDP is primarily due to the export reorientation of the Greek economy, with inbound tourism spearheading the effort. In a report titled ‘Greek Tourism Developments and Prospects’, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) confirmed the export reorientation of the Greek economy, through tourism, stating that, between 2010 and 2016, traveller receipts increased by 38 per cent and, by now, more than 90 per cent of total tourism activity in Greece is due to non-residents – within a fiercely internationally competitive environment.This effect has been even more evident since 2012. For the past five years, Greece has attracted up to nine million more tourists – not counting cruise ship arrivals – bringing the country to 14th place on the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) list for 2016, from 17th place, where it was previously. This move upwards by three spots allows for SETE to be optimistic and envision a top-10 spot soon. Tourism data so far supports this optimism, showing a mild increase of arrivals for 2017 that allows the sector officials to estimate incoming arrivals at 26 million (from 24.8 million in 2016 – which accounted for €12.8 billion in revenue).Adding cruise arrivals, which are projected at 20 per cent compared to last year due to geopolitical uncertainty in the SE Mediterranean, this number means that total arrivals should exceed 28.5 million. If average tourism spend recovers to 2015 levels, then total revenue is estimated at between €14.2 and 14.5 billion, setting a new record. As far as investments go, the tourism sector has also proven to be a leader, attracting investments of more than €1.4 billion, of which €615 million are domestic investments, in 2014 and though no data is available for 2015 and 2016, SETE officials believe that the numbers should not fall far from that. In absolute terms, 15.5 tourism arrivals were recorded in 1012, which by 2016 reached 24.8 million, the biggest increase of any country between the specific time period, followed by Mexico and Thailand which have seen their visitors increase by 49.5 percent and 45.5 per cent respectively. Part of this surge, Greece has gained from Turkey’s tourism implosion over the same period, whereas the former overtook Ukraine for 15th place. The latter lost 12 million, mostly Russian, tourism arrivals on average per year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La Nasa prépare la retraite de sa navette spatiale Discovery

first_imgLa Nasa prépare la retraite de sa navette spatiale Discovery Après avoir atterri pour la dernière fois le 9 mars dernier, Discovery se prépare à partir à la retraite au musée national de l’Air et de l’Espace de Washington. Pour le moment postée dans un hangar du Centre spatial Kennedy en Floride, la navette subit une série de préparatifs nécessaires avant son exposition.Voilà plus d’un mois que Discovery a achevé sa dernière mission STS-133. Quelques heures après son atterrissage le mercredi 9 mars, sur la piste du Centre spatial Kennedy, la navette a été acheminée vers son hangar pour passer les tests standards de contrôle. Les techniciens ont effectué notamment une série d’inspections afin de relever d’éventuelles complications qui pourraient affecter les prochaines navettes spatiales. De plus, Discovery n’étant pas pressée par le temps d’une prochaine mission, les techniciens ont pu cette fois-ci pousser leurs observations un peu plus loin et examiner certaines zones de l’appareil habituellement mises de côté. Ces inspections devraient permettre à la Nasa de fournir prochainement un document technique très détaillé aux concepteurs des futurs engins spatiaux.L’étape de contrôle étant à présent terminée, les techniciens préparent actuellement la navette à son exposition. Une des principales opérations consiste à ôter le moteur de l’engin et à le remplacer par un moteur factice extrêmement similaire d’un point de vue extérieur. Selon la Nasa, Discovery devrait rester dans l’état où elle se trouvait lors de son dernier atterrissage afin d’immortaliser ce moment auprès du public.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADiscovery devrait prochainement intégrer le musée national de l’Air et de l’Espace de Washington. L’appareil sera installé dans l’annexe du musée, le Steven Udvar-Hazy Center, situé près de l’aéroport international de Dulles. L’acquisition de la navette a coûté au centre d’exposition 28,8 millions de dollars, un prix qui comprend les préparatifs et le transport à l’aide d’un Boeing 747 de la Nasa.Découvrez en images les préparatifs de la navette Discovery en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 18 avril 2011 à 17:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NGolo Kante insists hes not the nicest man in football

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante insists he is not the nicest man in football, contrary to widespread belief.The France international is often praised for his humble attitude and low key lifestyle but he insists he’s just being himself.Speaking to the Blues’ official magazine, the World Cup Winner said: “I play football and I want to be considered as a footballer.”“I don’t want people paying too much attention about what I am outside of football, what I’m doing, and asking: ‘Who is N’Golo?’”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Just consider me as a footballer, you don’t need to look too much at this and say: ‘Oh, he’s like this, he’s like this, he’s like this.’ Ask me about my football, and not too much else. I just want to be a player among the players.”“I am how I am. I cannot explain it well, but I don’t feel the nicest person, on the football pitch or in life, I’m just myself.”“If I win, I win and if I lose, I lose, but I always try to give my best in any competition. That’s not because I’m nice or something. I’m just myself.”last_img read more

Former school bus to be turned into mobile food pantry

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – A former school bus is on its way to South Florida to be turned into a mobile pantry.The used, 72 seat bus made its way from Georgia to Tamarac to be turned into a food pantry.Once renovated, the bus will help a non-profit organization transport more than 80,000 pounds of fresh food and vegetables to students and their families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 dead after robbery leads to shooting in North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man in connection to a robbery in North Miami Beach that turned fatal.North Miami Beach Police responded to reports of a shooting near Northeast 21st Avenue and 163rd Street, early Tuesday morning. Officers found one man dead.Detectives believe someone ambushed the victim and tried to rob him when shots were fired.Investigators said the subject took off running across Northeast 163rd Street and remains at large.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WiFi 6 will double your networks range and triple its speed

first_img Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.  Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm's connectivity and networking businessRahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano AmonQualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizonlast_img read more

AMD plans to offer 5x performance for PlayStation 5 and next Xbox

first_imgAlthough they still seem pretty new to me, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are fast approaching their second birthdays. Games consoles are typically seen as current generation for 5-7 years, and then spend a further 3-5 years on sale next to their replacement. So we can expect to start hearing about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One successor by 2018, and AMD is apparently already planning to offer a huge performance boost for those consoles.Both the PS4 and Xbox One use custom AMD APUs based on the Jaguar microarchitecture. They have worked well, allowing the consoles to move to an x86 architecture and simplifying games development, especially with regards to cross-platform games. There’s no guarantee Sony and Microsoft will choose to use AMD again for their next hardware releases, but that won’t stop AMD tempting them with performance.What AMD is expected to offer is an APU with five-times the performance of the current consoles per watt. There’s also expected to be a much greater focus on supporting virtual reality, which requires much more performance be available compared to a non-VR game running on a 1080p TV.As well as virtual reality being much more established 3 years from now, gamers will be expecting any new PlayStation or Xbox to ship with 4K graphics support as standard. Again, that will require a much higher level of performance to achieve.I also think the issue of backwards compatibility will disappear with the next generation of hardware. Consoles have moved to the x86 architecture and will stick with it, meaning PS4 and Xbox One games will continue to work on the new hardware. By default that also means Microsoft’s work to support Xbox 360 games on Xbox One should transfer over to the next machine.As for next-gen consoles, see what could be in store for Nintendo’s next box, the Nintendo NX:last_img read more

Banga Bahini to protest against IT notice to puja committees

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Banga Bahini will stage a demonstration at Subodh Mulick Square on Tuesday, to protest against the decision of the Income Tax department to send notices to the Durga Puja committees, asking them to pay taxes.The demonstration will be held between 10 am and 6 pm, demanding no taxation on Durga Puja and Durga Puja committees. Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted in this connection on Sunday: “The Income Tax Dept has issued notices to many committees who organise Durga Pujas, asking them to pay taxes. We are proud of all our national festivals. These festivals are for all and we do not want any puja festival to be taxed. This will be a burden on the organisers. #Bangla govt withdrew tax, which was earlier there, on Ganga Sagar Mela. We protest and demand ‘no taxation on Durga Puja and Durga Puja committees.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The Trinamool Congress Banga Janani Wing will sit on a dharna on Tuesday, August 13 at Subodh Mallik Square (Opp Hind Cinema) from 10 am to 6 pm. Organisers, participants and all people who love #Bangla may please join,” she added. It may be mentioned that in 2018, the Income Tax department had sent notices to some Durga Puja committees, asking them to furnish details of the income to conduct the puja. Mamata Banerjee, however, had asked them not to appear before the officials of Income Tax department. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee has said repeatedly that it was a burden on the Durga Puja committees. It may be mentioned here that the state government gives Rs 10,000 to each puja committee. While addressing the gathering during a Save Green Stay Clean programme at Nazrul Mancha on August 1, Banerjee had said that the state government has made Durga Puja a global festival, while the tax for Gangasagar Mela has been waived. After coming to power, the state government has turned the biggest festival of Bengalis into a grand spectacle. People from all over the globe come to see the Durga Puja carnival which is organised on Red Road. The decorations and artifacts that are used in major puja pandals are preserved at the permanent museum at Eco Park. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) uses Durga Puja to spread awareness among people against vector-borne diseases. The puja committees which play important roles in creating awareness are awarded. Apart from members of Trinamool Banga Bahini, Trinamool and Trinamool Youth Congress supporters are likely to take part in the demonstration as well.last_img read more

If the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL Are Too Expensive You

first_img Share Tweet Submit The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are the company’s latest and greatest handsets right now, but that does not undermine the capabilities of the Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Despite the fact that both of them are a year old, they are still terrific phones with access to fast Android updates and featuring one of the best cameras in the industry.With the release of the Pixel 3, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are more affordable. Best Buy is running an attractive deal where you can get $300 off a Verizon-activated Pixel 2 device of your choice. That means you could nab yourself a brand new Google Pixel 2 for as low as $350. However, there are two things that you will have to deal with.The first is that you must buy a Verizon-activated model on a monthly installment plan. This means that you either need to already be a Verizon customer or be willing to sign up for Verizon service. The other thing that you will have to get around is the fact that there is no shipping option. You can opt to purchase the device only, but you’ll need to head to your nearest Best Buy outlet to get one of these smartphones.If you can handle those two caveats, you can become the proud owner of either the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL.Google Pixel 2 64GB, Kinda Blue: $14.58 per month for 24 months, total price $350Google Pixel 2 64GB, Just Black: $14.58 per month for 24 months, total price $350Google Pixel 2 128GB, Just Black: $18.74 per month for 24 months, total price $450Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB, Panda: $22.91 per month for 24 months, total price $550Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB, Just Black: $22.91 per month for 24 months, total price $550Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB, Just Black: $27.07 per month for 24 months, total price $650last_img read more

Singlegame tickets for 2013 Arizona Cardinals hom

first_imgSingle-game tickets for 2013 Arizona Cardinals home games will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, August 3 at 10:00 a.m.Fans will be able to purchase tickets online at, by phone (800-745-3000), or at participating Arizona Ticketmaster centers. These include locations at Fry’s/Fry’s Marketplace and La Curacao.Tickets will not be available at the Cardinals Tempe training facility box office (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and the University of Phoenix Stadium box office (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) until Monday, August 5. ErrorOK ErrorOK Cardinals season ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to begin purchasing tickets three days earlier than the general public beginning on Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. via the Ticketmaster website (password required). Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


first_img 5 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bidwill added Wilks, who spent the past six seasons with the Carolina Panthers, is quick to adapt how he coaches each individual player. Some may need to be pushed more than others. Some are self-motivated, and perhaps a hands-off approach is better.It’s certainly not an easy task to reach an entire 90-man roster, but the Cardinals believe they found that unique individual who can be a leader of men, which is so vital in the National Football League.“Across the board,” Bidwill said Tuesday, “his players at all the teams he’s coached at in the NFL, not only did we seek their input but many of them — unsolicited — reached out to us to tell us what a great coach he is. He’s a terrific communicator, which is a key part of being a terrific leader.”The decision to hire Wilks was made on Saturday, Bidwill said, following a second interview.And though Wilks has never been an NFL head coach, he’s been in the league for 12 years with a pair of Super Bowl appearances on his resume.Wilks checks all the boxes Bidwill laid out when Bruce Arians announced his retirement on Jan. 1.The Cardinals wanted 1) a great leader, 2) someone with a track record of success and 3) “continue this great culture of accountability that’s been around this organization for a number of years thanks to Coach Bruce Arians,” Bidwill said. New Arizona Cardinals NFL football head coach Steve Wilks speaks, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, after being introduced at the teams’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) TEMPE, Ariz. – Once again, the Arizona Cardinals waited. And waited. And then waited some more.But, in the end, they hired whom team president Michael Bidwill called, “a great leader.” And that, first and foremost, was what Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim set out to find in their new head coach, regardless the time it took.The person they found was Steve Wilks.“Not just a leader with a high football IQ, but also a high football EQ (emotional quotient). He just doesn’t coach football players, he coaches people,” Bidwill said. “He knows where the players are 15 minutes after they walk into the training facility and makes sure where they are as people, because they aren’t going to be ready to learn and be well-coached if they’ve got any issues outside of the organization.”center_img Top Stories The Cardinals were the last of the seven teams with head coaching vacancies to target an individual, just as they were five years earlier when they named Arians, who ended his tenure as the winningest head coach in franchise history.It was a three-week search, one that included “thousands and thousands of miles” of travel and “hundreds of hours worth of interviews, conversations, text messages (and) emails,” Bidwill said.In total, nine candidates were interviewed.The Cardinals “cast a wide net” according to Keim, and they caught Wilks.“From Day 1, his infectious personality, his passion for the game, his ability to relate to players (and) on top of that, his ability to hold players accountable,” Keim said.“In the coaching ranks, you can become a better coach through experience but to have leadership, to me, there’s an innate part of that; and when you get to know Steve Wilks, you can tell that he has that innate leadership skill that very few people have.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Related British cycling fans drive 153 flight inc

first_img RelatedBritish cycling fans drive 153% flight increase to CorsicaTour de France is a major draw for British fans eager to catch Froome flying byBrit cycling fans flock to Paris for Tour finaleBritish cycling fans have caused a surge in flight searches to Paris.Music fans get the Eurovision party started on SkyscannerFlight searches for Malmö increase by over 100% across Europe while Brits clock a less-enthusiastic 38%. With a Germany vs Argentina final now confirmed for a record third time, Brits are looking to join in the party this weekend in Germany.Travel search site Skyscanner has seen a massive 293% increase in searches from the UK to Germany for travel this weekend, following the German’s epic win against Brazil on Tuesday night.This data is based on searches from all UK airports to all airports in Germany on 9th July for travel on 11th – 13th July, compared to searches the previous week on 2nd July for travel on 4th – 6th July.Skyscanner’s Mary Porter comments, “This significant increase in searches to Germany for the final weekend shows that despite England’s early exist from the tournament, fans are still keen to enjoy the action. And with such a short flight time, cheap regional flights and great beer where better for them to celebrate the final than in Germany? It looks like the Brits will not be alone however, with nearby nations Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Italy all seeing huge increases for flights to Germany this weekend too.” Return flights from UK to Germany this weekend start from £101 return.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Court vindicates Laiki bondholder compensation source unknown

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesA Cypriot court has ruled in favour of a bondholder, who had been talked into investing his deposits in contingent convertible bonds issued by Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, lawyer Alecos Markides said.Markides, who was commenting in an interview with state-radio CyBC on Friday, said his client, who had invested €1.8m in 2010 and 2011 in securities issued by the lender, which went out of business in 2013, was considered credible by the court which accepted his version of the story and rejected that of the bank.“It was a citizen who converted his deposits into securities after being encouraged by a manager from the bank at the time,” Markides said. “In this case, we had someone who described how a certain manager of a certain branch encouraged him to convert his deposits into securities”.“It is a first-instance ruling and we don’t know if it will become final as it depends on the administrator of Laiki whether he will appeal,” said Markides who served as attorney-general until 2003.In the event the ruling becomes final, who would ultimately have to compensate his client is not clear.“It is early to say,” he said in response to a related question. “I am meeting my client today and we will discuss further steps”.Markides added the fact that his client resorted to the court after the bonds were converted into equity in 2012 when the bank was nationalised and ahead of the culmination of the banking crisis in 2013, did not make the case different from other similar lawsuits filed after the crisis.According to the lawyer, while there may be similar accounts by other investors about other managers of other branches of the same bank it is unknown whether another court would accept those plaintiffs’ version or that of the bank. Therefore, the application of the decision of the court in the case is not general.He added that efforts to have similar cases trialled in a pilot lawsuit have so far yielded no results as the objections raised by the lawyers of the defendants did not allow the courts to set a date for a hearing.Investors who invested in bonds issued by Bank of Cyprus and Laiki claim to have been defrauded of €1.5bn.You May LikeCar | Search AdsCheckout The New Volvo XC60 in Rowland HeightsCar | Search AdsUndowww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Healthy Snacks for Diabeticswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndoQuizGrizOnly Mechanics Ace This Car Parts Quiz!QuizGrizUndo Licences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Mammoth bond allows government to tap €15bn at 24

first_imgThe government on Tuesday issued a €1.5bn European Medium Term Note with a ten-year maturity with a coupon rate of 2.375 per cent and a primary market yield of 2.4 per cent.The issue, the first after the island’s sovereign rating was upgraded by Standard and Poor’s on Friday to BBB-, the first investment grade since mid-2012, is the largest ever carried out by Cyprus and accounts for roughly 7.5 per cent of the island’s gross domestic product (GDP).Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the new debt issue, which was almost four times oversubscribed, establishes conditions that will allow society to benefit.“The strong interest and the historically low yield confirm the confidence of the global financial community in the Cypriot economy, its prospects and the policies applied,” he said.With Cyprus being assigned an investment grade rating and its bonds accepted by the European Central Bank (ECB), “today’s successful issue is a clear sign of Cyprus’ prospects,” Prodromou added.The difference separating the yield from comparable German securities was 192.5 percentage points, the finance ministry said on Tuesday.Underwriters of the bond issue were Barclays, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Societé Generale.According to the Public Debt Management Office (PDMO), the government is facing maturities of €1.3bn next year on top of €713m in maturing debt in the second half of 2018. These amounts exclude a €500m bond maturing on December 17, 2018 and a second maturing on December 16, 2019, both part of the €3.2bn of the government support extended to the Cyprus Cooperative Bank earlier this year.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more