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Happy to note relations between China and India have improved: Han Nien-LungHappy to note relations between China and India have improved: Han Nien-Lung

first_img“Bhai, bhai” are no longer two four-letter words in Peking as they are in India. The Chinese, says Han Nien-lung, want to write off the last decade or so in Sino-Indian relations. “What are 15 years in a span of two thousand years of friendship?” asks the portly Han.In his,”Bhai, bhai” are no longer two four-letter words in Peking as they are in India. The Chinese, says Han Nien-lung, want to write off the last decade or so in Sino-Indian relations. “What are 15 years in a span of two thousand years of friendship?” asks the portly Han.In his early ’60s, Han is China’s vice-foreign minister in charge of Asia and well up in the country’s complicated official hierarchy. Han exudes bonhomie while he ponders questions, helping his thinking process with long, thoughtful slurps of Chinese tea.Han has been ambassador in Pakistan and obviously understands English although, like most officials in Peking, he prefers to use an interpreter whom he quickly corrects if he thinks the right word has not been used. Han is a key figure in decisions on China’s relations with Asian countries and wants the normalization process with India hastened.Q. You have invited the Indian foreign minister to visit China here and he has made a rather qualified statement that he will do so only after careful preparations. How do you view this?A. We are very happy to note that relations between China and India have gradually improved. We welcome the foreign minister of India to visit China and we are sure that this visit will help to further enhance the friendly relations between our two countries.Q. Both the foreign minister and the prime minister have said that relations with China can never be totally normal until the border issue is resolved. What is your comment on this?A. I think that in the last decade or so for reasons known to all there has been an estrangement between China and India. Let us not mind about the past and let us uphold the spirit of looking into the future. I am sure that through our joint efforts any problems between the two sides can be solved.advertisementQ. In your opinion, would it be better to tackle the border issue first as a way of improving relations faster or would you first tackle issues like trade, cultural relations and other exchanges?A. I think that perhaps it would be better to put the border issue aside for the present. We can first have exchanges in other fields so as to enhance our mutual understanding. This in turn will make other problems easier to solve. Our two countries have already started trade relations and in the field of culture. There has been an exchange of visits between our sports teams. Our friendship delegation has already visited your country and we also welcome your friendship delegation to come to China.I am sure that all these exchange visits will certainly help to improve relations between our two countries. There has been a longstanding, traditional friendship between the Chinese and the Indian people, friendship which has lasted more than a thousand years. I think this friendship should continue for every reason. And in 1970, when Chairman Mao met your charge d’affaire, he said that our two countries should remain in friendship.So we are optimistic about the development of relations between our two countries. We have adopted a positive attitude and we believe that so long as there is a common aspiration and so long as the two sides make joint efforts, relations between China and India can be improved. As far as the border issue is concerned, we are convinced that the two sides will finally sit down one day and enter into friendly and peaceful negotiations in consultations and this problem will be solved.Q. Are you satisfied with the response that the Indian Government has given to the initiatives taken by China?A. As I said just now, the improvement of relations between our two countries requires the efforts of both sides. I think perhaps it is better for us to do more and to take more concrete actions rather than just talk a lot.Q. The first initiative in improving relations, which took the form of exchange of ambassadors, was at the instance of the Government of India. Your answer suggests that you feel the Indian Government has merely been talking and not taken concrete action. Do you have any comment to make on this?A. I think the Chinese side is relatively speaking, more active. It has always been more active in improving the relations between our two countries.Q. What is your reaction to the foreign minister’s response to the invitation.A. Well, I would like to answer your first question first – as regards the Indian Government’s initiative to send its Ambassador to China. I think that all this is history and there were reasons known to all for that. Presently it is better for us to adopt a forward looking approach and since both sides have the common desire to improve relations, it is better for us to take more action to generally improve relations between China and India. And as regards the visit of the foreign minister, we of course hope that he has accepted our invitation and we are ready to welcome him to China.advertisementQ. How do you view India’s policy towards her neighbours in the recent few months?A. About two months ago. Vice Premier Teng visited Nepal and he said that we were very happy to observe the improvement of relations between the countries in the subcontinent and that we welcome this. And he indicated again that we would like very much to improve our relations with India.Q. There has been the view in the recent past, that the Chinese policy towards countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan has been carried out with a view to embarrassing India.A. I think it is wrong to comprehend the Chinese policy in that light. China has always been ready to develop friendly relations with all countries on the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence. We are glad to see that the countries in South Asia are genuinely developing their relations on a friendly and equal basis.Q. Can China play any positive role politically and economically in South Asia?A. China is a socialist country as well as a member of the Third World. The countries in South Asia are all Third World countries. We hope relations between China and South Asian countries will develop on a friendly and equal basis. It is the two Super Powers which pose a threat to the peace in South Asia. We only hope that the South Asian countries will be alert and not let the Super Powers control this area.Q. Do you visualize any institutional framework for cooperation in South Asia or even Asia as a larger area.A. In general we support the Third World countries in their struggle to oppose the Super Powers, who pose a threat to these countries and which carry out expansion in these countries. And I think that we in South Asia or in Asia or even in wider area are faced with the common threat, that is the Super Powers expansion.And what is the situation in the Indian Ocean? Is it not more complicated than a decade ago? I think that the situation has drastically changed. The late Bandarnaike proposed to make the Indian Ocean a zone of peace and the Indian Government is in favour of this proposal. We also support the proposal of the Asian countries for making Southeast Asia a zone of peace, freedom and neutrality.Q. Do you think China has any role to play in bringing about peace between Vietnam and Cambodia?A. It is our hope that the two countries will sit down and enter into negotiations to solve the problems and disputes between them. We regret what has happened between the two countries.advertisementIt seems to me that the question cannot be solved immediately, because in essence it is not a simple border issue. This question has already exceeded the framework of border issues. We see Super Power interference in this.last_img read more

David Luiz – The difference between Chelsea and NewcastleDavid Luiz – The difference between Chelsea and Newcastle

first_imgAdvertisementWith transfer window , comes a lot of uncertainty and unstability. While Chelsea FC aren’t embarked on a smooth run of form , some individual brilliance saw them see out Newcastle 2-1 at home this gameweek 22.David Luiz produced a defence splitting ball from deep inside Chelsea’s own half to set Pedro up who matched the pass with a sublime peace of control to score past Newcastle in mid 1st half. It was Hazard’s 10th assist of the season setting Willian up in the second half, joining Lionel Messi as the only player from Europe’s top five leagues to have reached both that mark and 10 goals.Both Willian and teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi are under speculations of being on their way out of Stamford Bridge but both took to the pitch yesterday in a focused manner.“Willian for us is really a very important player,” said Sarri. “We need wingers, so we need Pedro, we need [Callum Hudson-]Odoi, we need Willian, of course. For us, in this moment, he is a fundamental player.”Sarri said Chelsea lacked depth in key positions such as central midfield. “As you have seen, today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player, I need an option for Jorginho,” he said. “The club knows very well my opinion, I need the player there [but] it depends on the club decision.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Top Cong leadership on bail, says Modi in poll-bound HimachalTop Cong leadership on bail, says Modi in poll-bound Himachal

first_img(Eds: Incorporating related series, HP CMs reax)Bilaspur (HP), Oct 3 (PTI) Targeting the Congress leadership on corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged that the party was unable to replace graft accused Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as the top brass itself was on “bail”, an apparent reference to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.Kicking off the BJPs campaign for the Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh due later this year, he said it was now for the people to decide whether they should bring the Congress back to power in the state.”The entire family of the chief minister is facing corruption charges and is on bail. When I asked some Congress leaders why the chief minister is not being replaced, they replied how could the party act against him when the AICC president and the yuvraj are on bail,” Modi said at a BJP rally here.Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are on bail in the National Herald case. Modi has often referred to Rahul as yuvraj which means prince.Virbhadra Singh and his wife, son and daughter are facing disproportionate assets case and money laundering charges.Sharply reacting to the prime ministers remarks, Singh said it was unfortunate that a new era of “political vendetta” had begun in the country.Talking to reporters here, the chief minister alleged that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was responsible for the “baseless cases” against him.Asserting that no case of corruption has surfaced after the NDA government came to power at the Centre, Modi said that till 2014, newspapers were full of reports about scams, be it Coalgate or 2G scam, and asked the people of the state to “throw out the government on bail”.advertisementHe also said the state chapter of the BJP will fulfill the dreamsof the people if voted power and provide a clean and efficient government.Modi told the rally that his government delivered on the promise made to the ex-servicemen on One Rank, One Pension scheme and it was an indication of the Centres commitment to the Indian Army.He said nearly Rs 8,500 crore have been distributed under the scheme that had been stuck for nearly 40 years.Referring to the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in September last year, he said the operation conducted by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir increased the pride of every youth.The prime minister said the NDA government believes in development and at present 13 major projects involving an investment of Rs 15,000 crore are under implementation to accelerate economic activity and generate employment in Himachal Pradesh, he said.Polls for the 68-member Himachal Assembly are scheduled later this year.Modi earlier laid the foundation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Kothipura in Bilaspur and IIIT in Haroli in Una and dedicated a steel processing plant at Kandrori in Kangra district online from the Water Sports Complex on the banks of Gobind Sagar Dam. PTI PCL DV ADS SC SClast_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury Reportedly Bringing Another College Coach With Him To NFLKliff Kingsbury Reportedly Bringing Another College Coach With Him To NFL

first_imgkliff kingsbury yells at an official during a texas tech gameTEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Arizona Cardinals have officially hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach. Thus ends Kingsbury’s brief tenure as the offensive coordinator at USC, which lasted about one month.As it turns out, Kingsbury might not be the only assistant coach leaving the Trojans. According to’s Adam Maya, USC’s new running backs coach Mike Jinks is heading to Arizona with Kingsbury.Jinks was Kingsbury’s running backs coach at Texas Tech from 2013-15.In 2015, he also held the position of associate head coach.Jinks then went on to spend two-plus seasons as the head coach of Bowling Green. He struggled there, compiling a 7-24 overall record.USC’s new running backs coach Mike Jinks, hand-picked by Kingsbury, is likely headed to the Cardinals as well, sources say.— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 8, 2019Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kingsbury has signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals with a team-option for a fifth year.It hasn’t been announced what role Jinks will serve on his staff, though running backs coach seems most likely.last_img read more

On Your Feet: Moccasin inspired sneakers from ClearweatherOn Your Feet: Moccasin inspired sneakers from Clearweather

first_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Editors’ Recommendations The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?Looking for a summer time shoe that’s a little different? Clearweather has you covered with a number of footwear options that are classically inspired, with a modern perspective and materials.Though they’re sneakers at heart, the One-O-Ones have a distinct, moccasin inspiration. The most standout evidence of this is the heel, which is wrapped all the way around in strips of leather or suede, depending on the color. These stripes have a dynamic look that shifts and changes as you move around. There’s even an adjustable slider at the back to adjust the fit of the ankle cuff.The One-O-Ones are available in a series of natural colors, and are constructed from a variety of high quality materials. Whether it’s full-grain leather in black or white, nappy pig skin suede, or dark stone nubuck, all of the color options have their own appeal.Of course, they’re still sneakers, so the One-O-Ones are fitted with a rubber vulcanized outsole. This comfortable and timeless element of casual footwear technology has been a staple of sneakers for years, and has recently found its way back into the mainstream. Most of the color options feature the classic white outsole, but the grey pair take on a matching grey sole, while another pair is available in all black with matching sole.Clearweather is the result of the labor of two brothers, Josh and Brandon Brubaker. Their vintage inspired silhouettes are remarkably forward-facing, and the One-O-One is proof of that goal. They also strive to keep their prices low, which is another high point of the One-O-Ones, which come in at just $100 for most of the colorways. The newer two colorways, the all black and the all white tumbled leather versions, are considered premium, but at only $10 more, it’s worth it if you want the solid colors.You can shop the whole selection of Clearweather shoes on their website. Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah!last_img read more

The Woodman’s Treehouse Has Everything You Want, Including a Pizza OvenThe Woodman’s Treehouse Has Everything You Want, Including a Pizza Oven

first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Treehouses were an such integral part of childhood for so many that it’s no wonder the trend of treehouses for adults has taken off. There’s just something exciting and fun about hanging out in a shelter in the treetops. And excitement and fun are the name of the game for The Woodman’s Treehouse – a luxury cabin in a tree in West Dorset, United Kingdom.A collaboration between master craftsman Guy Mallison and bridge architect Keith Brownlie, The Woodman’s Treehouse is a two-story cabin supported and surrounded by old oak trees. There is fun and whimsy throughout the treehouse, along with the high level of craftsmanship you would expect from such a collaboration. Inside and out, the cabin offers high style, luxury, and the exact amount of excitement you want from a stay in a treehouse.Approaching the entry via a suspension bridge, the high level of expert design and architecture is immediately on display. Chestnut wood log stacks frame the front door, which features a porthole window and a steam engine steering wheel in place of a door knob – the first bit of fun hinting at what awaits you inside. The boxy shape of the exterior belies an intriguing interior – a round central room, anchored by a rotating fireplace.The living spaces of the cabin, including a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and private sauna are laid out around the circular main area. The central wood-burning fireplace spins around, allowing you to point it where you need it. The bathroom features a large copper soaking tub surrounded by black, stained-wood accent walls while the sitting area includes stylish leather arm chairs. The bedroom, which sleeps two, is a bright white space, contrasting with the black bathroom. A central skylight above the bed allows in natural light and views up through the forest canopy. Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway center_img Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design While the inside of the treehouse is a great place to unwind, the fun happens outside. The back deck includes hammocks for relaxing, an outdoor rainfall shower, a barbeque, and a wood-fired pizza oven. A spiral staircase leads up to the rooftop deck where there is a hot tub perfectly situated to take in the treetop views. Because every good treehouse has to have a slide, when you’re ready to head out into the forest for a hike, take the stainless steel slide from the main deck down to the ground.While there are plenty of luxurious treehouse getaways around the world, The Woodman’s Treehouse speaks to our sense of adventure in a way that has us ready to pack our bags for a weekend away. Luckily booking is easy through Mallison’s website, but availability is limited, so if you want a one-of-a-kind stay in The Woodman’s Treehouse, make your reservation soon. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn last_img read more

2month fiscal deficit soars to 52 of fullyear target2month fiscal deficit soars to 52 of fullyear target

first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s fiscal deficit touched 52 per cent of the budget estimate for the full year in the first two months of 2019-20. In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit or gap between expenditure and revenue, was Rs 3,66,157 crore, as per the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA). The fiscal deficit was 55.3 per cent of 2018-19 budget estimate in the year-ago period. In the Interim Budget passed in February, the government had estimated the fiscal deficit at Rs 7.03 lakh crore for 2019-20. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe government aims to restrict the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the GDP during the current fiscal, same as the last financial year. The CGA data showed that revenue receipts of the government during April-May, 2019-20 was 7.3 per cent of the Budget Estimate (BE). In the year-ago period also, the revenue receipts were at similar level. However, the capital expenditure was only 14.2 per cent of the BE as compared to 21.3 per cent in the year-ago period. Total expenditure during April-May period stood at Rs 5.12 lakh crore or 18.4 per cent of BE. It was 19.4 per cent of BE in the corresponding period of the last fiscal. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAccording to the minutes of the last Reserve Bank of India (EBI) policy meeting, Deputy governor Viral Acharya and his boss Shaktikanta Das seemed to be on completely different pages on the fiscal deficit front, with the departing technocrat flagging it as a concern and the governor underlining his optimism on the same,. While the career bureaucrat-turned-central banker Das was sanguine on government walking the fiscal prudence path — which was missed three out of the five budgets of the Modi government — Acharya, a trained economist who teaches the subject, pointed to the fiscal slippages as a worry. As per the minutes released last week, Acharya acknowledged that the consolidated fiscal deficit of the Centre and the states has gone down since 2013, but flagged fiscal slippages amidst missing tax collection targets and falling growth rates as an upside risk to inflation estimates. According to Acharya, this was primarily due to public sector borrowing requirements- which appropriately accounted for extra-budgetary resources and other off-balance sheet borrowings by the Centre and the states. Public sector borrowings have now reached between 8 and 9 percent of GDP, a level which was last seen in 2013, during the taper tantrums of the US Fed, Acharya argued, as per the minutes of the June 6 policy meeting wherein despite his concerns Acharya chose to go with the majority view to cut rate by 25 bps to a nine-year low level of 5.75 percent. But the minutes gave ample indication of his mind, which was not convinced with the arguments for the third successive rate cut. And he took refuge in Ernest Hemingway’s lines before going with the majority view of cutting the rates for the third time, displaying a rare quality. Quoting Santiago the old fisherman in the novel, Acharya expressed his melancholy in voting with the majority: “It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes, you are ready.” Das said on the other hand argued that several public sector units which have their own revenue streams to service their debt and thus can take care of their liabilities. “Borrowings by public sector enterprises are mostly for capex. Hence, such borrowings should be viewed differently,” the governor argued. But Acharya explained that the rise in borrowings by public sector units reflect a “structural pattern” of greater government spending and not just cyclical such as due to weak tax collections from low growth.last_img read more

Federal government looks to lease icebreakers from Quebec shipyard DavieFederal government looks to lease icebreakers from Quebec shipyard Davie

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government will launch negotiations Friday for the lease of four icebreakers from Davie, the Quebec shipyard at the centre of the RCMP’s investigation against suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.The surprise move follows growing concerns about the coast guard’s aging icebreaker fleet, which were highlighted earlier this month when mechanical problems kept the service from helping a ferry trapped in the St. Lawrence River.It also comes after strong pressure from the Quebec government for Ottawa to give Davie more federal work. The company recently laid off 800 workers after converting a civilian ship into a new interim resupply vessel for the navy.That interim resupply vessel lies at the heart of the RCMP’s investigation against Norman, who was suspended from his position as the military’s second-in-command last year amid allegations he leaked cabinet secrets to Davie.The Mounties allege Norman was upset in November 2015 that the new Trudeau government was reconsidering the interim supply ship contract, and that he worked with Davie to pressure the Liberals into staying the course.Norman remains suspended but has not been charged with any crime. The allegations are contained in documents that have not been tested in court, and Norman’s lawyer has denied her client did anything wrong.The Liberal government ultimately decided to proceed with the interim resupply vessel, which is currently undergoing several weeks of final testing before becoming operational.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed the plan to enter into talks with Davie for the four new icebreakers in a Radio-Canada interview Thursday in Quebec City.“Tomorrow morning at 9, Davie and the coast guard will begin negotiations on the purchase of icebreakers,” Trudeau said in French. “Yes, it’s good news. We’re heading into negotiations, but we believe we’ll be able to find a solution.”Speaking at a town hall event in Quebec City Thursday evening, the prime minister said the decision was made in the last few weeks.“The quality of labourers, of expertise, the ability to deliver on time and on budget is extremely important and is recognized at Davie,” Trudeau said in French.“We know the workers are there to do it and we hope to work together to create magnificent icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard here at Davie.”Davie initially proposed leasing icebreakers to the coast guard in April 2016, after acquiring the rights to four vessels that were previously destined for use in Alaska’s offshore oil and gas industry until a downturn in the market.The proposal was a direct response to the fact the federal government doesn’t have a plan for replacing the brunt of Canada’s icebreaker fleet over the next decade, even though the vessels are on average already 35 years old.Still, Davie officials acknowledged surprise at Trudeau’s announcement, particularly after his government had spent the past several months resisting calls for a second interim resupply ship to complement the one already finished.Many observers also believed Davie was in the Trudeau government’s bad books because of the Norman affairs.One company source said the icebreaker project could create up to 400 new jobs over the next 18 months, though that could very depending on how the negotiations proceed, and how fast the vessels are needed.“Our objective is to try to keep some jobs,” the source said. “This will allow us to keep the lights on.”Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard was quick to welcome Trudeau’s comments on Thursday.“So much the better if there is some movement on the icebreaker file,” Couillard said. “I hail Mr. Trudeau’s remarks because our workers need to be on the job.”But Couillard also reiterated his desire to see the shipyard land what he described as its share of naval contracts, saying: “As Quebec premier, I can’t agree to Davie being excluded from all that.”Davie has been largely passed over by the federal government’s multi-billion-dollar nation shipbuilding strategy, with the brunt of the work going instead to Halifax-based Irving Shipyards and Vancouver-based Seaspan Marine.— With files from Mylene Cretelast_img read more

UBC needs your help with a rural health care surveyUBC needs your help with a rural health care survey

first_imgFor more info on the Research Team; CLICK HERE Residents can share their priorities for rural health services in B.C. with the team at any time in one of the following three ways:(1) Take our survey. The RER Team has developed a brief and anonymous survey to learn about rural citizen and community priorities for health services – which can be completed in 10 minutes or less! The survey is available at the following link. There is no pressing deadline to fill out the survey, which will be available until the end of the project (i.e., April 2021).(2) Research Interview. Residents are invited to participate in a confidential interview with our research team about their research priorities. The interviews will take place by telephone. Individuals that are interested in participating in an interview are asked to email the project’s Coordinator (Christine Carthew) directly at the email listed below to let our team know that they are interested.(3) Contact us. The project’s Coordinator, Christine Carthew, can be contacted at any time to discuss the health service issues and priorities that are most important to rural citizens and communities in B.C. Christine can be reached by email at or telephone at 1 (604) 827-2193. For more info on the Rural Evidence Review; CLICK HEREcenter_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR) in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia is trying to gather information on rural health care planning in B.C.The goal of the Rural Evidence Review project is to work with rural citizens and communities to provide high quality, useful evidence for rural health care planning in B.C.The team of researchers from the CRHR are headed by the projects Principal Investigator Dr. Jude Kornelsen. The researchers need the public’s help to identify the rural health service issues that matter the most to rural communities.last_img read more

Failing Payless to honour gift cards store credit into MarchFailing Payless to honour gift cards store credit into March

TOPEKA, Kan. — The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honour gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations.The Topeka, Kansas, company, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, will allow returns and exchanges of non-final sale items through the end of this month for goods bought before Feb. 17.Payless said Wednesday that it received court approval to support the orderly closing of about 2,500 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce business. It also received authorization to pay employee wages and benefits, as well as claims from critical vendors.Retail operations outside of North America, including company-owned stores in Latin America, are separate entities and are not included in the bankruptcy filing.The Associated Press read more

Former intelligence chief appears before the FCIDFormer intelligence chief appears before the FCID

He is being investigated over alleged financial fraud when he was the national intelligence chief under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Former national intelligence chief Major General Kapila Hendawitharana appeared before the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today.Today was the second day in a row that he appeared before the FCID to be questioned.

Burton calls for living wage and says welfare state makes employers efficientBurton calls for living wage and says welfare state makes employers efficient

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has mounted a strong defence of the welfare state and has called for the gradual introduction of a ‘living wage’ in a speech today.Burton said that with low wages and so-called ‘zero-hour’ contracts being “growing features of the modern work environment” there is a need for the introduction of a ‘living wage’.A living wage is defined as being the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs including housing, clothing and nutrition. The goal of such a wage is that employees should earn enough to ensure a satisfactory standard of living. The Minister also hit out at ‘trickle-down’ economics which she said “was a con, but for three decades, governments of the right and centre bought it, and inequality thrived”.“It was a Lockout of a different, but equally insidious, kind,” Burton said.“Now, [Barack] Obama is forcibly reminding the world of an older truth: that lasting growth and shared prosperity come from the middle out and not the top down.”Read: Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it’s ‘mean and cruel’Burton: I’m perfectly happy to support Eamon Gilmore Burton explained: “A living wage would be higher than the minimum wage, and would provide the income necessary to meet basic needs, including housing and healthcare, on top of items such as food and heating.”“In my view, we should consider a gradual phasing-in of a Living Wage,” she said, adding it could begin on a voluntary basis, as is the case in London, with “buy-in from employers”.Her comments follow her call in June for the increase in the minimum wage which was slapped down by employers’ groups and the Jobs Minister Richard Burton.In the address to the Irish Labour History Society’s annual conference in Dublin earlier today, the Labour Party minister has said that full employment “must be the overarching goal of economic policy”.She said that full employment is the best way of creative a “productive economy and a more caring society” but said that it would mean little unless it is accompanied “by a fair wage and the guarantee of a welfare safety net to fall back upon should things go wrong”.In the speech she also hit out at critics of the welfare state, saying their attitude that it should be “hollowed out” echoes the employers’ attitude during the 1913 Lockout.She said: “If that were to happen, ironically, it would place extra pressure on many of the major employers they champion so heavily as the model of efficient enterprise.“Those employers are often “efficient” – and I use the word guardedly – because their employees’ wages are being topped up by welfare,” she said referring to the Family Income Supplement which is paid to some 40,000 working families.last_img read more

More than €12 million spent training Irish language graduates to translate EUMore than €12 million spent training Irish language graduates to translate EU

first_imgMORE THAN €12 million has been spent on training and education of graduates in Irish language skills that will be used to translate and interpret EU documents and legislation into Irish.During a discussion during topical issues in the Dáil today, Fine Gael’s Terence Flanagan said there was a need to end the derogation for the Irish language.Irish was not made an official working language of the European Union until 1 January 2007. A derogation stipulates that not all documents have to be translated into Irish.Derogation of the Irish language in Europe has been existence since 2007 and has been extended to 2016.DerogationFlanagan said it was his hope that derogation would be lifted soon, adding that that there was need to educate a significant number of Irish graduates to translate and interpret EU legislative documents in time for when it is lifted.He said there was a serious “lack of legal translators” and interpreters to translate EU legislation into Irish.He asked Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Dinny McGinley what preparations there were in place to ensure that once derogation of the Irish language ends, that there are enough skilled graduates to take on the job of translating EU legal documents and legislation.Job creationHe added that it would also create up to 180 jobs for Irish speakers who would most likely be based in Brussels.Minister McGinley said his department was ensuring that there would be enough people to take up jobs in the EU institutions, specifically under two initiatives  – the  ’Interactive Terminology for Europe’ and the ‘Advanced Irish Skills Initiative’.CostHe said that the terminology initiative was tasked with coming up with Irish terms that are logged in an international language database. He said that out 0f the 23 languages, Irish is the fourteenth biggest in the database. He said funding for this initiative amounted to €1.85 million.The Advanced Irish Skills Initiative, trains third level students as translators, intrepretors and law linguists and to date has cost €11 million, resulting in more than 243 graduates from these courses.McGinley said a decision on whether to end derogation or extend it must be made by 2015, however, he said he would prefer a decision be made next year, so as to put preparations in place.He added that it was important to have “Irish people working in the heart of Europe” and also Irish speakers.Read: “Selfie” has been added to the Irish language dictionary>Column: Gaeilge is a part of our culture – how it’s taught matters>last_img read more

Whats it like to wear Google Glass for a week in IrelandWhats it like to wear Google Glass for a week in Ireland

first_imgEvonne wearing her Google Glass specs. Sure, you’d never notice them, right? Source: Evonne ReynoldsWHEN PRESENTED WITH the opportunity of trialling Google Glass for a week, I couldn’t wait, although initially I wasn’t fully sure of their capabilities or how user-friendly and intuitive they would be.One week later I can clarify some of the things they can do, such as take pictures, video, calls, and search. However, to dispel some of the frequently asked questions I received, they can’t see into the future, give you x-ray vision, provide you with intergalactic transportation or operate for more than a few hours without a charge.Lack of superpowers aside, Google Glass still represent an incredible technological achievement – however the current model is not without its limitations.You can do this…While the main functionalities of the glasses are similar to those of a smartphone, they are not quite as advanced. For instance, although you can make calls, read texts, take pictures and video, play games, perform Google Search and get direction through Google Maps, there are restrictions.But you can’t do this…You can only perform a basic search, and its Google Maps does not yet incorporate public transport data which, for a public transport regular like me, was annoying.The voice control function also needs refinement. This is particularly apparent as the majority of commands are voice-activated. The primary issues I encountered were that the glasses regularly misinterpreted my requests and were very sensitive to background noise.Wherefore Dun Laoghaire?Although the misinterpretations were usually comical – in a Chinese whispers sort of way – I did find myself getting embarrassed when I had to continually repeat myself in public. I had some ‘fun’ trying to get it to recognise ‘Dun Laoghaire’!On a more practical level, Google Glass is a very well built, premium-feel device, but a little cumbersome. Unlike a regular pair of specs, Google Glass doesn’t fold down. This restricted my usage considerably, as if I wanted to bring them out on an adventure I either had to carry them around in their oversized case, or alternatively I had to wear them. However, I was a bit apprehensive of wearing a €1,600 piece of equipment on my head all day.While the Glass behaves much like a smartphone, it doesn’t have a cellular radio so it can’t connect to data by itself; instead it connects to your smartphone through bluetooth or wifi where it gets data connection. This means the glasses have to rely on additional technology to function. I imagine, however, that later versions will have their own built-in 4G connection.Freedom of hands-freeOn a more positive note, I found the images and video to be excellent quality and very unique in the sense that the footage produced is from the exact perspective of the wearer. Also, as all video and images are hands-free there’s a lot more freedom to record on the go.However, on the flip side, as there is no noise or external LEDs on the Glass to indicate that footage is being recorded, I would anticipate mass adoption of this technology presenting very real privacy issues down the line.So now you know a little more about the technology. What was the experience of wearing them like? Well – it was lots of fun! I really enjoyed wearing the snazzy specs out and about.I mainly enjoyed other people’s reactions. Passers-by would double take and gaze in disbelief, unsure if they were seeing the real deal. Similarly, when produced in front of friends and family, all were really excited and eager to try them on and of course snap an all-important selfie.The attention of waitersI also received much attention when wearing them in restaurants; waiters would coyly ask to try them on, and on occasion I would see other customers, not so covertly, take pictures of me.Overall, the glasses were a great conversation starter and if I’m being honest, wearing them did make me feel a bit cool, in a half-woman, half-robot Googling machine kind of way.Although the capabilities of Google Glass are at present a far cry from seeing into the future or intergalactic transportation, they definitely have serious potential. The technology is in beta and the advancements will, no doubt, evolve rapidly.Through their slick interface, Google Glass seamlessly places Google directly on your face, providing you with instant access to the internet, video, search and navigation.Although the glasses come with a hefty price tag and need some refinement, the current edition is still guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment. On handing mine back to their rightful owners, I know I’ll miss them.Evonne Reynolds is Digital Planner at leading media planning and buying agency Carat Ireland.Older people try on Google Glass and it completely blows their mind>last_img read more

Raies manta quand des géants des mers sessaient au vol plané découvrezRaies manta quand des géants des mers sessaient au vol plané découvrez

first_imgRaies manta : quand des géants des mers s’essaient au vol plané, découvrez la vidéo Mexique – Des plaisanciers ont filmé plusieurs raies manta batifolant au-dessus des flots en de magistraux bonds aériens. Stratégie amoureuse ou simple jeu ?  Leur envergure de 7 mètres et leur poids de 2 tonnes ne les empêchent pas de réaliser des prouesses aérodynamiques : les raies manta (Manta birostris), comptant parmi les géants des mers de notre planète, peuvent en effet offrir aux spectateurs chanceux un somptueux ballet aérien. À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merJaillissant à plus de 3 mètres au-dessus de la surface au large de Cabo San Lucas, les mâles battent l’air de leurs larges ailes en un simulacre de vol. Certains individus réussissent même d’étonnants sauts périlleux. Vision étonnante, que n’ont pas manqué d’immortaliser les témoins de la scène, conscients d’être tombés par le plus grand des hasards sur un spectacle rare.  Impressionnés par les bruits retentissants émis lorsque les lourds poissons retombent à l’eau, les observateurs ont déclaré que leur forme d’aile géante et leurs mouvements lents en font d’excellents planeurs. La présence de couples parmi ces animaux et les sauts en série des mâles, comme pour surenchérir dans la puissance, évoquent une parade nuptiale, mais les motivations de ces sauts n’ont pas été scientifiquement expliquées.Voir la vidéo :   Le 3 août 2010 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Roman Reigns SummerSlam announcement Hardys talk returnRoman Reigns SummerSlam announcement Hardys talk return

first_imgFacebook Let me guess:Roman Reigns will face the winner of the WWE Universal Championship (who most likely will be Brock Lesnar) at SummerSlam. aces Videos Articles WhatsApp June 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm Roman Reigns: Leukemia Is In Remission Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Roman Reigns is in Remission Are you high? Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next June 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm Ambrose dont have the body for it…Cena has the HULK body but gets beat up way too much…its just not selling.. Id like to see Cena with a Jack Daniels bottle every time he enters the ring…like a madass badass heel that dont give a f…that goes on to be the longest champ ever to run of his 17th reign and retirement Google+ I’d honestly rather have Reigns as heel Universal Champion than Lesnar who rarely wrestles. Now Playing Up Next Both of you are wrong it’s gonna be Roman Reigns vs GOLDBERG GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG! superman punch and spear vs spear and Jack Hammer aces Videos Articles Comments are closed. 11 COMMENTS aces John Cena match? I’d go for it. I think with the type of promos Cena cuts, Cena would be a huge babyface entering the match. June 14, 2017 at 11:07 am Jeff Tai June 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm Roman Reigns SummerSlam announcementWWE has been promoting this week that Roman Reigns will be making a SummerSlam announcement on RAW next Monday night in Evansville, Indiana.What will @WWERomanReigns have to say about @SummerSlam? Find out LIVE NEXT MONDAY on #RAW at 8/7c on @USA_Network!— WWE (@WWE) June 14, 2017Hardys talk returnWWE has posted clips of Corey Graves’ interview with Matt and Jeff Hardy discussing their surprise return at WrestleMania 33 and overcoming their demons.center_img Jb Mcmanus Austen Allen June 14, 2017 at 4:36 pm June 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRoman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For BeltsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:46/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 93.48%0:05Remaining Time -0:41 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list about 6`6 why ? Al79 June 14, 2017 at 11:56 am Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next June 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm Sounds more like what Ambrose’s character should be. aces Rusev Cameron Huff WWE Will Air Roman Reigns Documentary Jb Mcmanus Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte you mean a spiderman and a jack daniels ? June 15, 2017 at 3:42 am a rematch vs undertaker, i quit match..Taker wins, Roman quits…comes back at royal rumble as heel, enters as number 30 ( because vince said so ) wins it… goes to wrestlemania wins the title = happy vince !! Pinterest June 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions aceslast_img

Border Patrol seizes record amounts of deadly drugs at BorderBorder Patrol seizes record amounts of deadly drugs at Border

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – While most of the attention has been focused on illegal immigration, something much more sinister has been happening at the border.The Drug Cartels have been producing record amounts of deadly drugs and the Border Patrol has been taking it away in record numbers.“I think the Border Patrol has a massive job and i’m just glad they’re out there,” says Mike Ferguson, a Medical Tourist from Atlanta.According to the newest numbers, cocaine, heroin, meth and the most deadly of all Fentanyl is being confiscated in numbers never seen before.The Fentanyl went from 1,400 pounds in 2017, to 2,400 pounds in 2018, a 70% increase.While a couple grains of Fentanyl can kill you, the Cartels are lacing it with heroin to create the most deadly cocktail on earth.“My husband died of a heroin overdose, so did my sister in law. This stuff is coming across and it’s killing people,” says Sandy Ackre from Seattle.Along with tons of deadly drugs, the Border Patrol also confiscated $106 million in dirty drug money, 2,463 illegal weapons and enough ammunition to kill a quarter of a million people.Full CBP Border Security Report: story: Dan Plante Dan Plante, Updated: 5:34 PM March 21, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Border Patrol seizes record amounts of deadly drugs at Border Posted: March 21, 2019last_img read more

In Other NewsIn Other News

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Plans for a $130 million town center at the former Fort Monmouth, N.J., will not go ahead, after the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority and Paramount Realty were unable to agree on terms for the Freedom Pointe project, reports the Asbury Park Press. The LRA remains interested in developing a mixed-use town center and now will enter discussions with the second-ranked bidder for the site at the post’s Route 35 entrance in Eatontown. … Arlington County, Va., is still experiencing the aftereffects of the last BRAC round, which relocated almost 17,000 defense workers from leased office space in Crystal City and left 3.7 million square feet of empty offices. The county’s office vacancy rate has remained around 20 percent for the past five years, diminishing property tax revenue. To offset the revenue loss, county leaders last week proposed $20.5 million in budget cuts and dozens of layoffs, reports Bisnow Washington. … After falling significantly behind schedule and suffering a cost overrun of almost 10 percent, the $1.3 billion construction of a new headquarters for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is being audited by the Pentagon, reports Air Force Times. The project originally was scheduled to be finished in September 2016. The Army Corps of Engineers now hopes to complete it by August.Asbury Park Press photo by Tanya Breenlast_img read more