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Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has extended monthly allowances for government employees, military personnel, pensioners, social security recipients and students into next year.The announcement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, comes on the same day the kingdom’s 2019 budget is scheduled to be unveiled. The government will also release its deficit for this year as lower oil prices squeeze its main source of revenue.The royal decree extends a monthly payout of 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) for civil servants and soldiers for another year. Retirees and students will also receive continued allowances.Many Saudi citizens are feeling the pinch of austerity measures from new taxes on goods and businesses. Saudis have also seen their electricity and water bills skyrocket as subsidies are reduced.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fed could signal a policy shift toward future rate cuts

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve seems poised to pivot from keeping interest rates steady to holding out the option of cutting rates if it were to decide that the economic expansion needs support.The Fed isn’t considered ready to announce that it’s reducing rates for the first time in more than a decade. But when it ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, the central bank is expected to signal an inclination to ease credit sometime within the next several months. What it won’t likely do is indicate when that might happen.“I think the Fed is going to send the markets a clear signal that they are ready to lower rates in the very near future,” said Brian Bethune, an economics lecturer at Tufts University.Bethune said he thinks the first rate cut will occur when the Fed next meets at the end of July and then a second one at its subsequent meeting in mid-September.“I will be looking for two rate cuts to have an impact,” Bethune said.Other Fed watchers have said they aren’t sure rates will be cut anytime soon. Many think the policymakers want at least to see whether a meeting that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are to hold at the end of the month produces any breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war.The Fed will announce its decisions Wednesday in a policy statement after its meeting, followed by a news conference with Chairman Jerome Powell. The central bank will also update its forecasts for economic growth, employment, inflation and interest rates.If investors are hoping for clarity about the Fed’s policy plans for the coming months, they’re likely to be disappointed. Some analysts think Powell will merely echo the theme he struck in a speech earlier this month: That the Fed will act if it thinks the Trump administration’s trade conflicts are threatening the economic expansion. That comment signalled a shift from holding rates steady to at least the hint of rate cuts, and it ignited a stock market rally.Economists say when — or even whether — the Fed eases credit this year will depend on a host of factors that are hard to predict. Will Trump’s trade wars be resolved before they inflict real damage on the economy? Will the job market remain resilient even as growth slows? Will inflation finally edge close to the Fed’s target level?Many analysts think the Fed will wait until September at the earliest to announce its first drop in its benchmark short-term rate since 2008 and might not cut again in 2019. A few Fed watchers foresee no rate cut at all this year, especially if the United States and China reach some tentative resolution to the trade war.Complicating the timing of possible rate cuts is an escalation of public attacks on the Fed by Trump as he gears up for his 2020 re-election campaign. Trump’s public criticism, a highly unusual action for a president, has raised concern that he is undermining the Fed’s independence as a central bank. The president has asserted that under Powell’s leadership, the Fed hurt the economy by tightening credit too much last year and by failing to lower rates since then.On Tuesday, Trump was asked about a news report that the White House in February had explored whether the president had the authority to demote Powell as chairman while leaving him on the Fed’s board.“Let’s see what he does,” Trump said Tuesday of Powell. “They’re going to be making an announcement very soon. So we’ll see what happens.”The president has previously explored firing Powell. But under the law, a Fed board member, like Powell, can be fired only for cause.The Fed is meeting at a time when the U.S.-China trade war, with its escalating tariffs and counter-tariffs on each other’s products, has magnified concern and uncertainty for businesses and investors about whether and how much the economy will suffer. The U.S. manufacturing sector is already showing signs of weakness.In some encouraging news, Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken by phone with Xi and that the two leaders plan “an extended meeting” at a Group of 20 nations summit in Japan late next week. Trump also said that before his meeting with Xi, negotiators for the two sides will resume talks.Also Tuesday, Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, said the ECB was ready to provide further stimulus if the eurozone economy doesn’t strengthen soon.“Further cuts in policy rates,” Draghi said, “remain part of our tools.”Draghi’s comments sent the value of the euro tumbling against the dollar, prompting an angry tweet from Trump accusing the ECB leader of acting to weaken the euro to gain a competitive trade advantage against the United States.Some Fed watchers think that in its policy statement Wednesday, the central bank will replace a reference to being “patient” about rate changes to some new phrasing that would hint at a forthcoming rate cut should it decide the economy needs it. When the Fed adjusts its key short-term rate, it influences rates on everything from mortgages to credit cards to home equity lines of credit and can help stimulate the economy.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

Samarasinghe appointed to head delegation

The appointment of the high level delegation to attend the 22nd session of the Council comes as Sri Lanka prepares to face a barrage of allegations over human rights abuses at the Council. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has been appointed at the last minute as the head of the Sri Lankan delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinghe, who was earlier appointed to temporarily head the delegation, will still be part of the delegation under Samarasinghe. The Unites States (US) has already indicated it will submit a procedural resolution on Sri Lanka while the European Union has confirmed it will also support moves to push for reconciliation in Sri Lanka. read more

Average US 30year mortgage rate falls to new 2016 lows

In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, a “For Sale” sign stands in front of a house in Walpole, Mass. On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest level since May 2013, driven down by financial tumult in Europe.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.41 per cent from 3.48 per cent a week ago. A year ago, the 30-year rate stood at 4.04 per cent. The 15-year mortgage rate dropped to 2.74 per cent, down from 2.78 per cent last week and 3.20 per cent a year ago.After Britain’s recent vote to leave the European Union, worried investors fled to the safety of U.S. Treasury bonds. Long-term mortgage rates tend to track the yield on 10-year Treasury notes, which fell to 1.37 per cent Wednesday from 1.75 per cent before the Brexit vote.The 30-year fixed rate is now close to its all-time low of 3.31 per cent in November 2012.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage remained at 0.5 point this week. The fee for a 15-year loan was unchanged at 0.4 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.68 per cent this week, down from 2.70 per cent last week. The fee remained at 0.5 per cent. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 8:21 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to new 2016 lows read more

Ohio State football ticket prices demand drop after Braxton Millers injury

Click to enlarge.In a sport with 22 starters, it’s rare for just one to swing a fan’s interest in attending a game.While the university hiked up the face value of OSU football tickets in 2013, the actual price to get into games this season has taken a hit since senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a shoulder injury.Miller tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder at practice Aug. 18. Just two days later, the average price to get into an OSU home or neutral site game in 2014 had already dropped about 10 percent, according to the website SeatGeek.The website is a place to search for tickets that compiles prices for different events across major secondary ticket-selling websites.A spokesman for StubHub, a major secondary ticketing website, said on Monday the website did not see a change in prices after the injury, but did see about a 10 percent drop in traffic going to the OSU ticketing page on the website compared to the week before the injury.On Tuesday, the StubHub spokesman said single game ticket prices hadn’t changed, but the website had seen about a 9 percent drop in season ticket prices since before Miller’s injury. He said StubHub has about 300 season-ticket listings from outside sellers.OSU assistant athletic director for ticketing and premium seating Brett Scarbrough said Tuesday he hadn’t had a chance to “scour the secondary market,” but added his office had not experienced a decrease in phone calls looking for tickets since Miller was injured.“As far as requests that come through my office, for both home and away games, I have not seen a dip in those at all,” he said.Scarbrough went on to say that he had never experienced a situation where one player drove down either prices or demand for OSU football tickets.The average price to get into the Buckeyes’ season opener against Navy, set to take place at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, dropped 15 percent in the first two days after the injury. Originally averaging $109 before his injury, the prices were coming in at $93 on the week of the injury.The get-in — or lowest — price for the Navy game was $77 on Aug. 17. On Tuesday night, a SeatGeek search showed the price had dropped 52 percent to as low as $37 with the game less than a week away.Even OSU’s annual matchup with archrival Michigan — better known as The Game — saw an initial drop in prices. According to SeatGeek, the average price for the Nov. 29 matchup at Ohio Stadium was $408 during the week of Aug. 11, but dropped down to $380 — or approximately a 7 percent decrease — after the injury.Regardless of secondary vendors, Scarbrough said OSU’s single-game ticket sales have been successful heading into the season, especially when it comes to Michigan.“What I can tell you is … we went on sale with our single games a few weeks ago,” he said. “We’re very successful with that. With the exception of Michigan, which is sold out, all of the other (home) games are down to scattered single seats.”With The Game sold out through OSU’s ticketing service, the prices have fluctuated multiple times since the injury.On Aug. 20, the low price for the Michigan game on SeatGeek was $210, just a $2 drop from two days earlier, but on Monday, the tickets started at $203. That was more than a 4 percent decrease for the price to watch arguably OSU’s most anticipated game of the season.As of Tuesday night, that get-in price was back to $214 after the initial plunge.OSU’s homecoming matchup with Rutgers took the most significant hit for average ticket prices, falling about 18 percent from the week of Aug. 11 to the week of Aug. 18. Those tickets were still averaging about $144, but had come in at $175 before the injury.On Tuesday night, a SeatGeek search showed a low price of $93 for an Ohio Stadium ticket for the Rutgers game, which is about a 16 percent drop from the $111 get-in price on Aug. 17.Instead of focusing on which individual players are on the field, Scarbrough said his office works with OSU’s fan experience and marketing teams to keep the game atmosphere at a desirable level.“Regardless of who’s throwing the pass on the field, we want to make sure the (OSU) football experience is all that it can be for our fans,” he said. “We don’t really tend to … focus a whole lot on individual injuries and that sort of thing.”Even though Scarbrough said his office hasn’t experienced a situation where the star quarterback went down with an injury before the season, he said there are no plans to change the strategy going forward.“Like I said, we’ve never experienced a situation like this before,” he said. “But it certainly doesn’t change our focus toward making an (OSU) football game an experience, and that in and of itself is going to drive ticket sales.”In some situations, that plan seems to have held true as not every game has seen ticket prices continue to drop since Miller was injured, even at secondary vendors.The get-in price on SeatGeek for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 6 prime-time matchup with Virginia Tech came in at $136 Tuesday evening. On Aug. 17, that price was $140 and on Aug. 20 — after the injury — it was $129. Since Aug. 20, the price has gone up a net of about 5 percent.The get-in price for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 27 game against Cincinnati also saw a rise after an initial 15 percent drop after Miller tore his labrum. The price was listed at $90 on SeatGeek Tuesday night, while it came in at $76 on Aug. 20.According to SeatGeek, tickets to get into OSU home games were still some of the most expensive in all of college football, second only to Notre Dame, as of Aug. 20.“Lots of other schools are not in the situation that we’re in with the success of their public ticket sales, or their student ticket sales or other categories for that matter,” Scarbrough said. “So, we’re constantly talking about game-atmosphere-type issues.”While still high in comparison to most of the nation, prices for every OSU home game — outside of Illinois and Michigan — and the neutral-site game against Navy are lower than they were when it was announced Miller would be out for the season. Two of those games have seen the get-in price continue to drop since Aug. 20. read more

The Queen channels the South Pacific as she visits Fiji exhibition in

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II arrives at the Fiji Exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives to view an exhibition on Fiji at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia in Norwich Credit:Hannah McKay/EPA Credit:Toby Melville/Reuters Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Fiji Exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich The Queen, wearing fuchsia, looked momentarily taken aback as she got out of her car to be confronted by bare-chested Fijian warriors in grass skirts.Despite the chilly 4C temperature, the underdressed islanders had waited patiently to welcome the Queen to an exhibition about Fijian art and life at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.On what was her first public engagement of the year, the Queen reminisced about her six visits to the island nation as she was greeted by Fiji’s High Commissioner, Jitoko Tikolevu, who showed his respect by performing a traditional bula welcome. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Credit:PA She was presented with a box containing a photo album depicting her visits to Fiji and the exhibition by Milla Goos,7, and her sister Roxy, 10, whose mother is one of the curators. Before she left she met Fijian students studying at the university and was treated to a traditional farewell song from the choir.Mr Tikolevu, the high commissioner, said it was a song she knew well. “She shed a tear when the choir sang it for her at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last year for her 90th birthday,” he said. Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives to view an exhibition on Fiji at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia in Norwich Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia to visit the Fiji Exhibition on January 27, 2017 in Norwich, England Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia to visit the Fiji Exhibition on January 27, 2017 in Norwich, Englandcenter_img Royal aides admitted that a diary mix-up was the reason for the Duke’s absence as the Queen visited the University of East Anglia on her own.The Duke, 95, had long-standing “private engagements” at Sandringham which meant he could not join the Queen, but aides in the Royal Household appeared not to have checked that before they advertised the visit as a joint one. A royal source described the mistake as an “oversight”.The Duke’s absence from the event in Norwich had prompted concerns that he was ill, forcing Buckingham Palace to admit to the mistake. Credit:Chris Radburn/PA Having visited Fiji a number of times, the Queen was well versed with some of its customs and as she was taken on her tour appeared fascinated by the exhibits.They included a traditional sailing canoe built for her 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor and mementos from her visits to the South Pacific nation. Credit:Chris Jackson /Getty Images  After shaking her hand, he knelt down on one knee and clapped his hand three times. “It’s a sign of respect for the Royal Family only,” he said, insisting that many Fijians still regarded her as their Queen even though the country became a republic in 1987 after two military coups. It was not, he said, something he would do for a prime minister.At one point she was shown film footage of herself attending a ceremony beside a traditional canoe during her first visit as Queen in 1953. “Ah, the canoe..” she said, before swiftly moving on to view a whale tooth presented to her on the same tour. Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia to visit the Fiji Exhibition on January 27, 2017 in Norwich, England Queen Elizabeth arrives at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, Eastern England, Britain, 27 January 2017 Fiji: Art & Life In The Pacific showcased the Commonwealth country’s sculptures, textiles and ceramics alongside ivory and shell regalia.In one part of the gallery she was shown a wedding dress made from masi – cloth produced from the bark of the paper mulberry tree – for the 1991 marriage of Adi Litia Mara to Lord Henry Dugdale. “Oh yes, she married the son of one of my ladies-in-waiting,” the Queen said.Lady Kathryn Dugdale, one of the monarch’s longest-serving ladies-in-waiting, died in 2004. It should have been the day the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh carried out their first joint engagement of the year.The only problem was, no-one seemed to have told the Duke of Edinburgh that. Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Credit:Toby Melville/Reuterslast_img read more

The second man to walk on the moon Buzz Aldrin now owns

first_imgImages (c) Michael ChiaONCE SOMEBODY HAS walked on the moon, it must be really hard to get them presents. (“Hey, I got you this jumper. No, it’s not as cool as the one you wore when you came back from the moon.”)When Sean Kelly MEP met legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in Brussels earlier today, he got the gift just right — by giving him a Kerry GAA jersey.Aldrin, 83, was visiting the European Parliament to help launch EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration, a five-day conference hosted by Kelly.We may see him in Fitzgerald Stadium before too long.Oh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball teamArrests made as Union Jack is raised at Tallaght Stadium by Linfield fanslast_img read more

Emma gives reaction to WWE release Lio Rush upsets WWE roster

first_imgFacebook Jamie King Google+ Now Playing Up Next J™ October 30, 2017 at 11:46 am Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Videos Articles Hotrod stephen mccord I won’t be surprised if it’s Lio Rush. Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss NJ Louch October 29, 2017 at 11:49 pm What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? I didn’t know who this guy was till recently in NXT,but he just buried himself with that tweet. Even if he was just speaking his mind there are some lines people don’t cross. I wasn’t offended by the tweet,but some of the wrestlers were. Haydn Barker WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion October 30, 2017 at 2:38 am Screwcharger85 . October 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm November 5, 2017 at 3:39 am The WWEvil trainwreck is all about who’s ass you kiss not about your ability, it’s a .ed up evil cult! They cut her because she was tweeting over being misused on her 5 year anniversary with the company… or because she wouldn’t suck off Vinny Mac take your pick… The grammar from Rush is atrocious. I agree with Gallagher, get some English classes. Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury Aaron David Harwood Anonymous It’s a PC world, everyone it seems gets butt hurt over things. After seeing that broken heart tweet, now I feel even worse for her. Also, f*ck off Lio Rush. I liked you in ROH but just lost all respect for you. What you did wasn’t “blown out of proportion.” Like Jamie here said, it’s not joking when you’re kicking someone when she’s down. Epic fail unknown October 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm Now Playing Up Next Lio WHO? Sentinel im sure he’ll say its discrimination, take a knee and throw up a #blm hashtag since its a bunch of white ppl and Gallagher’s commet will sure be “racist” for saying he’s an uneductaed black man#SJW 22 COMMENTS Are you assuming that? I guess nobody can take a joke anymore theshoebox503 WhatsApp Erik Wayne Flannagan Emma gives reaction to WWE releaseShortly after the announcement of her WWE release today, Emma only tweeted this out. received supportive replies from talent including Sasha Banks, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce and Paige. Here are a few of the tweets below. Hardest worker!!!— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) October 29, 2017 Steven Herrera There’s a difference in joking about something and kicking someone when they’re down. Emma was an amazing competitor and deserved much better than that from someone who has only just signed with the company. The response he got with the superstars with the company was well deserved. These people spend more time with each other than their own families so its natural they will bond and become protective over eachother October 30, 2017 at 1:40 am October 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm Pinterest October 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm Now Playing Up Next October 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm October 30, 2017 at 6:50 am Cameron Huff Goldberg is handing out the releases? Anonymous Anonymous social media demands it I love you — Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) October 29, 2017 #StarterOfDivasRevolution— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) October 29, 2017Lio Rush upsets WWE rosterNewly signed NXT star Lio Rush did himself no favors among the WWE roster on Sunday afternoon, tweeting about Emma’s release and referencing her two losses to Asuka.“I guess these are the things that happen when you’re not TRULY ready for @WWEAsuka ????”Rush has since removed the tweet.Members of the WWE and NXT roster quickly responded to Rush.You aint gonna make it here with the wolves, kid.— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) October 29, 2017 November 5, 2017 at 10:43 am Videos Articles TheCyberZon Oh, Lio….— WWE Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) October 29, 2017Rush then issued this statement, apologizing for his comments.@EmmaWWE— M.O.T.H (@itsLioRush) October 29, 2017Jack Gallagher didn’t seem to agree with the sentiments in response. videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With InjuryVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 9.93%0:03Remaining Time -0:37 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 Dubya w00dm4n Wtf is that statement? “I’m sorry you guys got mad, my joke about Emma losing her job wasn’t even a joke”. If Spacey hadn’t opened his mouth, that might have been the worst apology of the month. I think what you call “getting butt hurt” is what anyone with any common sense would label as “the correct reaction towards mocking someone losing their job”.I agree that we now live in a world where everyone wants to be offended on someone else’s behalf; however in this instance the comments made were inappropriate and cold. October 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm I wonder who will be next. Wow, kid. Didn’t you just get here? Professionalism goes a long way.— Peyton Royce (@WWEPeytonRoyce) October 29, 2017 October 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm Xavier Woods Twitter October 30, 2017 at 4:11 am Dubya w00dm4n October 30, 2017 at 9:38 am Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event October 29, 2017 at 7:46 pm October 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Reply by social media only, should be someone’s gimmick October 30, 2017 at 11:50 am October 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm I didn’t even know Murphy was still employed. October 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sasha Banks Wow. It’s not like a wrestler has ever made a comment like this. Quite common for someone to play out what happened on storyline to cover up a real world situation. If she’s any good then she will do just fine elsewhere. If she plays it right, she can create a better following working other places coke back even bigger and better. Like Cody Rhodes is currently doing. Not like her life is over now. Sounds like you are butt hurt over the fact people are sticking up for what’s right. Lio Rush is now nothing to me. He is DONE. gerold gonzalez October 30, 2017 at 9:58 am Comments are closed.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku receives Premier League Milestone award

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has received a Premier League Milestone award for a century of goalsThe Manchester United striker reached 100 goals in the English top-flight in a home game against Swansea City in March.Since then, Lukaku has taken his tally up to 105 league goals.Now the Belgium international is setting his sights on the Golden Boot and silverware with United.“You always compete every year against [Sergio] Aguero and [Harry] Kane, and [Mohamed] Salah this year,” he told the Premier League website.“You always think about [the Golden Boot], being a striker.“But then, while I want to score as much as I can, I want to win championships. That’s why I signed for Manchester United.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Lukaku overtook former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba’s tally of 104 goals last weekend after scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 win for United at Watford.“He’s been a part of my process really from day one until now,” says Lukaku. “We talk almost every day.”He also revealed two other former strikers who have advised him over the years.Lukaku is the joint second-highest scorer in this season’s Premier League behind Belgium teammate Eden Hazard with four goals.”I’m really happy. It’s been a nice journey”@RomeluLukaku9 receives his @CadburyUK #PL Milestone award after joining the ? club— Premier League (@premierleague) September 20, 2018last_img read more

What they mean when they say immigration problem

first_imgPhoto: Carrie BraesA day after President Trump issued an executive order to stop separating families caught crossing the southern border, members of Congress are scrambling to figure out what to do with subsequent families who make the journey to the United States. Lawmakers paint different pictures of what the problem actually is and who the victims are. And that’s true even within Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation.Listen nowTrump’s order will continue the “zero tolerance” arrests for border crossers, with the intention that children would be detained with their parents. Sen. Dan Sullivan said it’s good to end the family separations, but the order doesn’t solve the underlying problem.“The president’s executive order gives a pause and I think brought relief to people who are concerned about the issue,” Sullivan said. “But who knows how long that’s going to last because it’s going to be litigated.”A 1997 legal settlement says children can’t be detained for more than 20 days, even with their parents. Sullivan said lawsuits will make it hard to hold families longer.“Or if (the limit of) 20 days hits, do you just say, ‘OK you’re allowed to go free into the country, even though we haven’t adjudicated your status’?” Sullivan said.  “That’s the whole issue of ‘catch and release.’”Sullivan is concerned about people walking away from their immigration proceedings and taking up illegal residence in the U.S. And he sees a problem with people using children, even trafficking children, to game the system.“And the last thing we want to be doing,” Sullivan said, “is send a signal that ‘hey, if you show up in the United States with a child, somehow you’re going to get a free pass into the country after 20 days.’”Sullivan is co-sponsoring two bills that would provide more family shelters and add immigration judges to expedite court cases and asylum claims.The current family separation crisis began this spring, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed the new “zero tolerance” policy. But as Alaska Congressman Don Young sees it, the real problem is decades old, due to Congress not passing a good immigration law.“Because people don’t want to solve the problem. It’s a political issue,” Young said. “It’s politics and politics is nasty nowadays days, and they’re using the children as a pawn, and that’s wrong.”And Young, like Trump, says the people at fault are the Democrats. As for the solution, Young wants a wall — but on Mexico’s southern border.“If you build a wall in Mexico down there where the bottleneck is, that’d be a pretty short wall. I’d even pay for it,” Young said. “And then we have chance to check them out before they go through to Mexico.”Young said a compromise immigration bill in the House won’t solve the problem, but is better than nothing.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, when discussing the border problem, focuses on families from Central America who have legitimate asylum claims. She said some have tried to present their claims at official crossing points but have been turned away because the lines are long and there aren’t enough U.S. staff to accept their paperwork.“And so what are those people supposed to do?” Murkowski said. “You’ve come from a place where you live in fear. You’ve probably got very little financial assets to get you to return. Are you going to walk back 2,000 miles? That’s not going to happen.”Murkowski said people may cross the border illegally because they have no other way to contact U.S. officials and apply for asylum.She’s working with a group that includes Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on a bipartisan bill.Unlike a lot of her colleagues, Murkowski doesn’t focus on adults who may be exploiting children to better their chances of gaining access to the country.“I don’t mention them because I don’t know to what degree it’s happening,” Murkowski said. She added that she is concerned children could be exploited to gain entry to the United States. “I am not so naive as to believe there are not some bad actors out there.”But Murkowski said there are families with valid asylum claims and she doesn’t want to punish the many for the crimes of a few.last_img read more

Lakshmis NTR box office collection day 1 RGVs film starts with a

first_imgLakshmi’s NTRTwitterLakshmi’s NTR has opened to fantastic response and made good collection at the worldwide box office on the first day. The movie has become the biggest opener for Ram Gopal Varma (RGV).Lakshmi’s NTR has been the most-talked about and highly-anticipated Telugu movie due to its controversial subject. The biopic of late NT Rama Rao showcases Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu as a backstabber of his father-in-law. Its promos have grabbed many eyeballs and generated massive hype, curiosity and expectations from the movie.The Ram Gopal Varma-directed movie was premiered in 125 screens in the US on Thursday and good advance booking helped it open to superb response. Lakshmi’s NTR collected $90,214 at the US box office in the preview shows. The word of mouth boosted its collection on Friday. As per early trends, the film has minted $55,714 on Friday, taking its total collection to $145,928.Lakshmi’s NTR had good advance booking in Telangana, Karnataka and other parts of India, where it has opened to fantastic response on Friday. The movie started on a good note in the morning shows and the positive buzz boosted its business in the later shows. It witnessed 100 per cent occupancy in several cinema halls. Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterFilm critic and trade analyst Idlebrain Jeevi tweeted, “It’s very rare to see a film getting houseful in RTC cross roads. #LakshmisNTR is full for all 3 shows so far in Sandhya 35mm despite showing in another theatre in same locality! Apart from a couple of films from sankranthi, this is only film with this kind of response in 2019.”The makers and distributors are yet to reveal its opening day numbers. If we are to go by early trends, Lakshmi’s NTR has collected over Rs 4 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. The movie has emerged as the biggest opener for Ram Gopal Varma, who has churned out back-to-back failures in recent years.The successful run of Lakshmi’s NTR in Telangana, Karnataka and everywhere suggests that Telugu people are curious to know the truth. RGV’s film once again proves that the viewers prefer to watch meaningful movies with good content. They enjoy realistic films, rather than a film with masala elements.However, Lakshmi’s NTR is not released in Andhra Pradesh, as the TDP appealed the High Court for its ban, claiming that it will have an impact on the voters in the upcoming Assembly election in the state. Ram Gopal Varma has decided to move supreme court. If it hits screens in the state, the film will become even bigger hit at the AP box office.last_img read more

Karnataka on high alert after NIA arrests terror suspect confirms home minister

first_imgA high alert has been sounded across Karnataka on Thursday.Following the arrest of a suspected terrorist who is reportedly a Bangladeshi national, a high alert was sounded across Karnataka on Thursday. The accused was taken into custody by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Karnataka’s Doddaballapura town, 40 km away from Bengaluru city.While addressing the reporters, Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil said that the suspect is allegedly linked to a terrorist outfit.”I had a meeting with the CID officials and as a precautionary measure a high-alert has been sounded across Karnataka,” Patil said as quoted by news agency IANS.  Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil.Patil refused to speak on the recovery of two live-bombs from Ramanagara district on Wednesday afternoon. “Since it comes under the jurisdiction of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), I have nothing to say on the incident but only extend all co-operation,” Patil said.The accused, Habibur Rahman Sheikh, who was on the run since the blast, was arrested by the NIA from Doddaballapur town. Rahman is suspected to be a member of the terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).A report filed by International Business Times on Wednesday stated that the probe agency has now charge-sheeted Rahman for conspiracy to wage war against the governments of India and Bangladesh. He was produced before the NIA court in Bengaluru and taken to Kolkata on a transit warrant for further investigation. Close Jaish terrorist, Mudasir Ahmad Khan who masterminded Pulwama attack killed in Tral encountercenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Macron marches to French presidency

first_imgProfile of Emmanuel Macron, president-elect of France. AFPPro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron promised Sunday to heal France’s divisions after crushing far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a pivotal presidential election that has given him a large but fragile mandate for change.At 39, the pro-EU former investment banker will become France’s youngest-ever leader but faces a huge challenge to enact his programme while trying to unite a fractured and demoralised country.“I will fight with all my strength against the divisions that are undermining us,” Macron said in a solemn address at his campaign headquarters.As the extent of his resounding victory sank in, Macron told a sea of jubilant supporters waving French flags outside the Louvre Museum in Paris: “Tonight, France won.”Almost definitive results showed Macron winning 65.82 percent of the vote in the first ever election he has contested, far ahead of the nationalist Le Pen at 34.18 percent.But in a sign of widespread voter disillusionment, one in three voters abstained or cast a blank ballot.Western leaders largely hailed the result after the shock of Britain’s vote to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump in the United States.Plea for unityMacron reached out to Le Pen’s supporters in a plea for unity after a vicious election campaign that exposed deep economic and social divisions, as well as tensions provoked by identity and immigration.“They voted out of anger, distress and sometimes conviction. I respect them,” he said. “I will do everything I can over the next five years to ensure that people no longer have any reason to vote for extremes.”Macron walked on to the stage to the strains of “Ode to Joy”, the anthem of the beleaguered European Union that he has promised to help overcome the wounds of Britain’s impending exit.His 64-year-old wife Brigitte, who he wooed when she taught him drama at school, joined him on stage with her children and grandchildren.“He’s a symbol of hope,” said Jean-Luc Songtia, a 36-year-old driver. “It’s like Obama eight years ago. It’s youth, it’s hope.”Unknown three years ago, Macron is poised to become one of Europe’s most powerful leaders, bringing with him a hugely ambitious agenda of political and economic reform for France and the EU.The result will resonate worldwide and particularly in Brussels and Berlin where leaders will breathe a sigh of relief at the defeat of Le Pen’s anti-EU, anti-globalisation programme.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said it was a “victory for a strong and united Europe” and the two had a “very warm” telephone call after his victory was announced, Macron’s team said.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said French voters had chosen a “European future.”British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed Brexit with Macron in a call to congratulate him late Sunday, saying “the UK wants a strong partnership with a secure and prosperous EU once we leave”, her Downing Street office said.Trump, whose beliefs are seen as radically different to Macron’s, tweeted congratulations on a “big win” and said he looked forward to working with him.The euro rallied to a six-month high against the dollar in Asian trade and other financial markets are expected to react positively.“It is a big victory for a part of the population—and there are many of them—who identify closely with Europe and a certain vision of globalisation,” veteran political analyst Philippe Braud told AFP.The French election had been widely watched as a test of how high a tide of right-wing nationalism would rise after Brexit and Trump.Le Pen, 48, had portrayed the election as a contest between Macron and “globalists”—those in favour of open trade, immigration and shared sovereignty—and her “patriotic” vision of strong borders and national identities.In a short speech to supporters, Le Pen claimed a “historic, massive result” and said she had called Macron to wish him “success” in tackling the country’s challenges.She said her National Front (FN) needed to undergo a “profound transformation” ahead of parliamentary elections in June. One of her aides said the party will change its name.Major obstacles aheadMacron must tackle formidable challenges as he attempts to enact his domestic agenda of cutting state spending, easing labour laws, boosting education in deprived areas and extending new protections to the self-employed.The philosophy and literature lover is inexperienced, has no political party and must fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month.His En Marche movement—“neither of the left, nor right”—has vowed to field candidates in all 577 constituencies, with half of them women and half of them newcomers to politics.“In order for us to act, we will need a majority in the National Assembly,” En Marche secretary general Richard Ferrand told TF1 television, adding that only “half of the journey” had been completed.Many analysts are sceptical about Macron’s ability to win a majority with En Marche candidates alone, meaning he might have to form a coalition of lawmakers committed to his agenda.Furthermore, his economic agenda, particularly plans to weaken labour regulations to fight stubbornly high unemployment, are likely to face fierce resistance from leftist opponents.He also inherits a country still in a state of emergency following a string of Islamist-inspired attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 230 people.His first ceremonial duty comes on Monday when he appears alongside outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande in Paris to commemorate the Nazi capitulation on 8 May 1945.RollercoasterMacron won after one of the most unpredictable elections in modern history marked by scandal, repeated surprises and a last-minute hacking attack on his campaign.Hundreds of thousands of emails and documents stolen from his campaign were dumped online on Friday, leading the candidate to call it an attempt at “democratic destabilisation.”The election saw voters eject establishment figures, including one-time conservative favourite Francois Fillon.Unpopular Hollande was the first to bow to the rebellious mood in December as he became the first sitting president not to seek re-election in the French fifth republic, founded in 1958.last_img read more

Road crash kills 2

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo people were killed when a private car carrying them plunged into a roadside ditch at Shyamsundar in Kalukhali upazila of Rajbari early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Manir Hossain, 32, driver of the car and son of Hashem Molla from Manikganj and Ripon Quadir, 30, son of Swajan Kazi from Mirzapur, Tangail.SM Abu Farhad, officer-in-charge of Kalukhali police station, said the accident took place around 1:30am when a Khalukhai-bound car plunged into a roadside ditch as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving both the driver and the passenger dead on the spot.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to local hospital morgue for autopsy.Ripon met the tragic incident while going to his father-in-law’s house in Kalukhali, said the OC.last_img read more

The story of the sitar

first_imgDo you know that during the recording of the Beatles’ iconic song Norwegian Wood, one of the strings of the sitar played by George Harrison broke leaving him with no clue about how to replace it until he was helped by none other than Indian political activist in Britain Ayana Angadi. This and several other titbits about the band and their India connection are mentioned in an article in The Equator Line magazine written by American freelance writer Robert Cepican. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Harrison bought the sitar from a shop called Indiacraft on Oxford Street in London and John Lennon suggested using it for the first time in the song Norwegian Wood.The Beatles-India story took an interesting twist during the recording of Norwegian Wood. Whether it was divine intervention or the product of a ‘real crummy’ sitar, one of the strings on the instrument broke,” writes Cepican in the piece titled The Yogi and the Fab Four. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWritten by Lennon and Paul McCartney, Norwegian Wood was recorded in October 1965 and released on December 6, 1965.Cepican, who is the author of Yesterday Came Suddenly, The History of the Beatles and is working on another book on the legendary British band, says Harrison had no clue how to replace the broken string.“Producer George Martin stepped in and suggested that he contact Ayana Angadi, the co-founder of the Asian Music Circle (AMC). Angadi had provided George Martin with authentic Indian musicians five years earlier on a song, recorded with Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren, called Goodness Gracious Me,” he writes.Shankara Angadi, Ayana’s son, recalls, “As luck would have it, we did have some sitar strings in the house, and the whole family went down to the studio at Abbey Road and watched them record, from behind the glass.” The simple act of a sitar string breaking had a profound influence on the direction of Harrison’s life. Indian music had been completely unknown to him but for the next two years, Ayana Angadi and the AMC would mentor Harrison in the study of Indian classical music. The organisation had two sitar teachers, one of whom became Harrison’s first teacher, but according to Shankara, no one seems to remember his name.The AMC would provide authentic Indian musicians for Harrison’s next two Indian songs —Love you to, which appeared on Revolver; and Within you without you, which appeared on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’. George wrote Love you to— to draw more attention to the sitar. It was also the first Beatles recording to give credit on the album cover to a musician outside the group, an Indian musician named Anil Bhagwat, who played the table. Cepican says that it was through the AMC that Harrison was introduced to the man who would be his life-long friend and teacher, Ravi Shankar.Harrison was the first Beatle to visit India. Following the group’s last live concert performance at Candlestick Park, San Francisco in August 1966, he travelled to Mumbai to study the sitar with Ravi Shankar.“I went to India for about six weeks. Ravi would give me lessons, and he’d also have one of his students sit with me. My hips were killing me from sitting on the floor, and so Ravi brought a yoga teacher to start showing me the physical yoga exercises. It was a fantastic time…,” Harrison once recalled.The Beatles as a group arrived in Rishikesh on February 16, 1968, eager to take part in an advanced course in meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Himalayan retreat.Attendees included folk singer Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, actor Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence. The Beatles led a simple lifestyle in the stone cottages at the Maharishi’s ashram and ate vegetarian meals. Lennon and Harrison were both vegetarians, McCartney was a meat-eater and Ringo was on a restricted diet.The Beatles’ time in Rishikesh was spent attending 90-minute lectures in the afternoon and evening. They discovered that meditation provided answers to their spiritual questions and found drugs less capable of helping them find the inner peace they sought, Cepican writes.Much of their free time was spent writing songs, which resulted in one of their most productive periods as songwriters, collectively writing 48 songs that would appear on the White Album and Abbey Road, he says.Some of the songs were directly inspired by the lectures they attended and by their experiences in Rishikesh. Lennon wrote Child of Nature, which he later reworked and renamed Jealous Guy for the Imagine album. McCartney’s Mother Nature’s Son was similarly inspired by his experiences with meditation.The Beatles would continue to use Indian instruments and express Indian spirituality in their songs and on their records. George wrote The Inner Light, which was recorded in Mumbai one month before attending the Maharishi’s retreat.Lennon wrote Across the Universe, which was influenced by his experiences with meditation. The chorus included the mantra ‘Jai guru deva om’ that the Maharishi gave them.last_img read more

Powered Surgical Instrument Market 2019 Overview – Industry will Drive the

first_imgPowered Surgical Instrument MarketThe report offers detailed insights on the top investment pockets, market size & estimations, growth factors & opportunities, strategic developments, and competitive landscape. According to the report, the global powered surgical instrument market was pegged at $1.94 billion in 2017 and is expected to garner $2.73 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 4.2% through 2025.Request Sample Report at: prevalence of chronic diseases and rise in geriatric population drive the growth of the global powered surgical instrument market. However, inadequate quality assurance and lack of proper sterilization practices hamper the market growth. On the contrary, increasing healthcare expenditure is expected to create lucrative opportunities for the market players in the coming years.Handpieces segment to dominate the market throughout the study periodThe handpieces segment held the largest share in 2017, contributing about two-thirds of total market revenue, owing to the growing demand for minimally invasive surgery and rapid adoption of technologically advanced surgical instruments. However, the accessories segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 5.1% during the study period, owing to frequent change of surgical and electrical accessories due to occurrence of wear and tear of accessories over time. The power source & controls segment is expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period.Battery-powered instruments segment to portray fastest growth through 2025The battery-powered instruments segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. This is attributed to the fact that battery-powered instruments are coreless, lightweight, efficient, and chargeable that provide comfort during surgery, which have boosted their demand. However, electric instruments segment held the largest share in the market in 2017, contributing about 41% of the total revenue, owing to the low cost of electric surgical handpieces and higher power output compared to pneumatic and battery-powered instruments. Pneumatic instruments segment would exhibit steady growth during the forecast period.For Purchase Enquiry: surgery segment to manifest rapid growth by 2025The plastic surgery segment is estimated to register the fastest CAGR of 6.2% from 2017 to 2023, owing to the growing demand for cosmetic surgeries, increasing incidence of cancer, and growing age-related surgeries across the globe. However, the orthopedic surgery segment accounted the largest share, contributing about 21% share of the market, owing to increased demand for minimally invasive surgery in orthopedics and rise in geriatric population. The other segments analyzed in the report include neurosurgery, ENT surgery, cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and others.North America governs the market in 2017North America held the largest share in the global powered surgical instrument market, garnering about half of the total revenue in 2017, owing to highly sophisticated healthcare infrastructure and high adoption rate of technologically advanced surgical tools in the region. However, Asia-Pacific region is expected to portray the fastest CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period, owing to high prevalence of chronic diseases and rise in demand of minimally invasive surgery. The other regions analyzed in the report include Europe and Latin America, Middle East and Africa (LAMEA).Torchbearers of the marketThe key players analyzed in the report include De Soutter Medical Ltd., Peter Brasseler Holdings, LLC, Intrauma S.p.A., GEISTER Medizintechnik GmbH, and Ruijin Medical Instrument & Device Co., Ltd.last_img read more

Cleanmgr is a Disk Cleanup alternative

first_imgCleanmgr+ is a Disk Cleanup alternative by Martin Brinkmann on February 04, 2019 in Software – Last Update: February 04, 2019 – 35 commentsCleanmgr+ is a new software program for Windows by the maker of CloneApp and CloneApp UA. Microsoft revealed during the release of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update, that it deprecated the Windows’ Disk Cleanup program.The company started to move functionality from the Win32 program Disk Cleanup — also known as cleanmgr — to the Settings application in Windows 10 version 1803. While Disk Cleanup is still included in Windows 10 version 1809, deprecation means that it won’t receive new features anymore and will be removed from the operating system eventually.Microsoft did included the ability to clear the downloads folder recently indicating that Disk Cleanup is not dead.Cleanmgr+Cleanmgr is an attempt to replicate Disk Cleanup functionality. It is offered as a beta version at the time of writing and you may run into issues downloading or executing it.Chrome, the browser I used to download the program, blocked the download initially and I had to allow it manually to complete.The application displays its options in two tabs in the main interface. Veteran Windows users who use Disk Cleanup regularly will notice that it replicates many but not all of the cleanup options that Disk Cleanup offers currently, and that it offers some options that Disk Cleanup does not offer.The Windows section lists 21 different cleaning options; that’s four more than Disk Cleanup offers. Important options — Windows Update Cleanup, the deletion of previous Windows installations, clearing of temporary files, or the emptying of the Recycle Bin — are available.Some options, the cleaning of Language Resource Files or Device Driver Packages, are not supported in the beta version that I ran.A click on More displays additional cleanup options including those not supported by Disk Cleanup. Cleanmgr+ supports the cleaning of browser caches — Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Vivaldi and Opera at the time of writing — and some extra cleaning options such as clearing the Windows Icon Cache or MUICache.Just check individual items that you want to clean and hit the preview button to make a dry run. The application displays information about the cleanup if you would run it on the device.The selection of clean-up starts the process; the program displays a log of events and highlights what is being cleaned and the gain in space on the device.The Settings display some options that you may find interesting. You may use them to enable the display of descriptions to better understand the cleaning options. You may also enable the inclusion of Windows Disk Cleanup which will load Disk Cleanup for as long as it is still there so that you may run the cleanup using it as well (even with automation), and may include a custom cleaner next to that,MajorGeeks produced a quick overview video of the application. Go check it out below:Closing WordsCleanmgr+ is offered as a beta version currently. The program is promising already as it replicates most of the functionality of Disk Cleanup.Some areas need to be improved to make it a true successor though: increase the size of the sidebar that lists the items so that they show up fully. Maybe add an option to compact the left sidebar with the options to make more room for the other sidebars.The main thing that it is missing right now is information about the storage space that each of the data sets occupies on disk currently.Now You: Do you use a disk cleaner?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 30 votes Software Name Cleanmgr+Operating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

KFC to trial Beyond Meats plantbased chicken

first_img AllMedX Powered by The move away from meat is attracting more and more big names, and now the Colonel himself is getting onboard. KFC has announced its plans to trial a plant-based chicken substitute from Beyond Meat, in a one-store, one-day limited test with an eye towards a possible national rollout across the US.Beyond Fried Chicken, as its known, will be on the menu on August 27 at the Cobb Parkway restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. The chickenless chicken will be available in the form of nuggets and boneless wings, which can be bought on their own or as part of a six- or 12-piece combo meal.The major selling point of Beyond Meat is that its products taste like real meat, and the company says that Beyond Fried Chicken is no exception. Already, Beyond pork, beef and poultry is available in supermarkets, restaurants and fast food joints in the US and other countries, but coating the stuff in the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices is sure to help attract more attention to it.And that can only be a good thing. As a whole humans need to eat less meat, for both health and environmental reasons, but giving it up cold turkey (excuse the pun) can be hard. The meatless meat movement is gaining traction, and Beyond isn’t the only player in the field. Impossible Foods recently teamed up with Burger King to make a plant-based version of the Whopper.Although the KFC/Beyond Meat trial is only in one store for one day, the companies say that if customer feedback is positive, a wider test or even a national rollout could be considered.For those wanting to check for themselves whether Beyond Fried Chicken is as finger-lickin’ good as the real thing, the trial kicks off at the Cobb Parkway store at 10:30 am on August 27. Visitors will get a free sample (with another purchase, of course), and meals start at US$1.99 for four Beyond nuggets. A six-nugget combo meal will run $6.49 while 12 costs $8.49. The boneless wings will be available in six or 12 pieces, for $1 each.Source: KFC via PR Newswire Google Analytics settings AllMedX Privacy policy I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Can lozenges help dry mouth? Check the data on Cancer treatment can cause dry mouth. Find solutions at AllMedX AllMedX Do anticholinergics make dry mouth worse? Visit for answers. This mouthwash relieves dry mouth symptoms. Learn how on AllMedX AllMedX We recommend This mouthwash can help xerostomia. Visit to learn more. Yes No Which medications cause dry mouth? has the answer.last_img read more

Update Fastacting cops nab suspects in business robbery

first_imgTwo unlicensed pistols and a pistol belonging to the complainant were seized. Ammunition and a small amount of cash was also recovered.The suspects are set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court early next week. They face charges of business robbery, assault, possession of unlicensed firearms, and possession of unlicensed ammunition.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? Within hours after yesterday’s business robbery in Madras Road, police arrested 6 men.Initial reports indicated that three men held up a prominent businessman, a driver and a security guard at gunpoint. The elderly businessman was viciously pistol-whipped. He and the other two robbery victims were all assaulted and beaten to the ground. They were then tied up.The thugs ransacked the business and fled on foot.A case of business robbery and assault was registered at Ladysmith SAPS.Further investigation revealed that an additional three suspects were also involved in the robbery. Police immediately launched a manhunt for the six men.K9 Unit and Uthukela Cluster Task Team officers worked tirelessly as they followed up on information concerning the whereabouts of the suspects.  At 2pm, police made a breakthrough and all six suspects, aged between 26 and 40, were arrested in the Acaciavale area. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

An Effective Approach to Xray Equipment Upgrade

first_imgSponsored Content | Case Study | Digital Radiography (DR) | September 08, 2017 | By Ryan Garland, MHA, BS, RT (R) An Effective Approach to X-ray Equipment Upgrade Words of AdviceShould you consider adopting the approach as outlined here, it’s important to note that your work is not complete when strategic capital investments are in place. Ongoing management of imaging assets is required for keeping equipment functioning at the highest levels, for capturing the projected return on investment and achieving all desired clinical advantages. If your experience is like ours, two of the most important issues to manage will be:1. Getting staff to view the detectors as strategic investments and handle them with great care.2. Addressing the persistent issue of “dose creep.” Working With a Five-Year PlanEdward Hospital has developed a five-year capital plan for replacements or upgrades to its X-ray systems. This approach to establishing spending priorities includes a yearly assessment to adjust for technology advances and changing needs. During the annual budgeting process, managers, technologists and others in the department conduct an evaluation that includes four focus areas:1. Equipment audit: We maintain an inventory of capital equipment for each site within our hospital network and assess the technical health of imaging systems each year. We typically plan for a seven-year lifespan, but continuously evaluate the system’s age, condition, service history and performance against specifications.2. Utilization analysis: Once the performance of each imaging system has been assessed, we review crucial data on how each is being used. Multiple sources are consulted, including Carestream’s reporting tools; a Bayer platform for dose monitoring, protocol efficiencies and equipment utilization; as well as manual data calculation, benchmarks from KLAS and our advisory board. Using these tools, we establish utilization-rate benchmarks and track total volume, procedure and exam times, as well as downtime and available capacity.3. Market opportunity forecasts: Each year we explore our local market to identify changes in demographics and referral sources. Variances can place new demands on the imaging fleet. These factors support smart capital planning to ensure we have the right equipment to maintain current levels of performance and prepare for future volume and revenue goals.4. Delivery of patient care: Imaging equipment is evaluated in terms of how well it supports the health of the hospital and its patients. Leaders of various clinical areas are consulted and drivers of physician productivity and positive patient outcomes are discussed. News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Converting from CR to DROur hospital’s conversion to digital X-ray exemplifies the efficacy of this evaluation framework. In 2004, we augmented an investment in PACS by installing CR systems to provide digital image capture. Over time we tracked the performance of these systems and identified the need to make investments in full digital radiography. The decision was further defined by these key factors:• Physicians in the OR, ICU and ED needed expedited access to high-quality images;• Staff workflow was inefficient and negatively impacted operational productivity and patient throughput;• National initiatives for dose reduction resulted in new hospital benchmarks; and• A new outpatient facility had demanding targets for short patient wait times and a streamlined imaging volume. Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Edward Hospital & Health Services is a full-service, regional healthcare provider offering sophisticated medical specialties, located in west suburban Chicago.Edward Hospital & Health Services is a full-service, regional healthcare provider offering sophisticated medical specialties. It is located in the western suburbs of Chicago, with two main campuses in Naperville and Plainfield, plus outpatient facilities and physician offices throughout the region. Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Our schedule for the CR to DR transition began in 2012 and spread the cost out over three years. To extend the life of existing X-ray rooms and portable units, we began by retrofitting eight rooms and three portables with DR detectors. We prioritized the ED, OR and ICU — our critical care environments — as primary targets for improved quality of bedside imaging and accelerated patient-care decisions.center_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read more The ResultThis comprehensive review allows us to make better-informed investments. It also gives us a disciplined approach for using existing assets to achieve a greater return on our investment. Taking a five-year capital view provides a model for prioritizing the investments we need to make in the future.  Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Case study supplied by Carestream Health. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more The Next Phase of Our ConversionThe following step was the planned installation of several fully- and semi-automated DR rooms to deliver expanded image-enhancement features, greater positioning flexibility, and higher image quality in our ER, inpatient and outpatient areas. We also budgeted for a fully automated DR room in our new outpatient center in South Plainfield, Ill. This now expedites all types of X-ray exams, which helps reduce patient wait times and allows the clinic to handle more patients. In addition, our existing CR systems were leveraged by reallocation to our lowest-volume off-site locations, where they now conduct about 200 exams a month. Addressing the Issue of DoseOur desire to deliver the highest level of patient care led us to conduct a dose analysis for both CR and DR imaging systems. In testing conducted with our physicist, we confirmed that new and retrofitted DR systems could deliver a dose reduction of up to 60 percent when compared to CR systems. This analysis was a primary reason our strategic plan for capital investment in DR systems was approved by hospital administrators.Today, we are considering replacement of some retrofitted systems with new systems in areas where current equipment is not functioning up to full performance standards. Where possible, we intend to keep our detectors and leverage our investment by using them in our new DR systems — this is also projected to reduce costs. Regarding this second issue, software that monitors exposure data by system and user is an invaluable tool for keeping dose at appropriate levels over time. This tool will allow you to identify technologists who are using excessive exposure ranges for various exams — so you can then educate them on the proper approach.In addition, such management tools typically allow fast and easy tracking of other issues as well — such as retakes, overall technologist productivity and more. I highly recommend including these systems in your capital plan to enable monitoring that helps ensure both staff and equipment are performing at desired levels. Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more last_img read more