Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night is back, and will be again hosted by Grammy Award-winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire, who will be celebrating her birthday that evening.This will be McEntire’s tenth consecutive year hosting Celebrity Fight Night. The black-tie evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, an exciting live auction and entertainment including performances by Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, honoree Josh Groban and more. 16-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster will be returning for his 16th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director.This year, Muhammad Ali will honor Seattle Seahawk Quarterback Russell Wilson with the 2015 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award.The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards were established as a way to acknowledge leaders in the sports, entertainment and business communities who best represent the qualities associated with the Champ’s fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Previous award recipients throughout the years have included Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Howard Schultz, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Joe Montana, Tony Hawk, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Magic Johnson, Reba McEntire, Michael Buble, Jim Carrey, Forest Whitaker, Donald Trump, Clive Davis, Larry King, Jack Nicklaus, Emmitt Smith, Wayne Gretzky, Michael J. Fox, Michael Phelps, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Evander Holyfield to name a few.WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 2015WHERE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa5350 E. Marriott Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85054Find out more here.
APTN National NewsFilm making can be an expensive endeavor anywhere in the world.Add the extra costs of being in Canada’s North, the challenge is even greater.As APTN National News reporter Curtis Mandeville reports, a lack of crucial resources may hold back the territory’s film industry.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP Municipal Drug Section along with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services and General Duty members, executed a search warrant at a residence in Grande Prairie on April 18, 2019.During the search, Police say they found firearms, illegal drugs, and Canadian currency.The following items were seized as a result of the investigation: Approximately 19 grams of FentanylApproximately 93 grams of CocaineApproximately 233 grams of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately $6,500 in Canadian CurrencyFour firearmsFacing charges is 33-year-old Kurtis D. Haubrick, 23-year-old Taylor Marie Leslie, 25-year-old Jordan Lynn Thompson, and 43-year-old Vincent Jodie Hooper; all of whom are from Grande Prairie.Haubrick is facing numerous charges including:Possession for the purpose of trafficking CocainePossession for the purpose of trafficking FentanylPossession for the purpose of trafficking MethamphetamineSeveral firearms related offencesPossession of an identity document that relates to another personLeslie is facing numerous charges including:Possession for the purpose of trafficking CocainePossession for the purpose of trafficking FentanylPossession for the purpose of trafficking MethamphetamineSeveral firearms related offencesFail to comply with conditions of Recognizance x 2Possession of a controlled substancePossession of proceeds of crimeThompson is facing numerous charges including:Possession for the purpose of trafficking CocainePossession for the purpose of trafficking FentanylPossession for the purpose of trafficking MethamphetamineSeveral firearms related offencesHooper is facing the following charge:Possession of a controlled substanceNo further information will be provided as these matters are now before the court. If you would like to report known drug activity, you can call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
He said that no religious extremist/militant element can take the law onto themselves nor should they provoke others. In this light, the Minister appealed to the President and the most Buddhist high prelates to take proactive action to stop this spread of religious attacks and intolerance.Meanwhile the Bodu Bala Sena has denied responsibility over the attack on Fashion Bug yesterday. Addressing the media today the monks said that they condemn the incident and want the police to arrest those responsible. (Colombo Gazette) An SLMC statement said that the Minister has expressed his patent displeasure and condemnation on the attack on a private business site, last evening. He believes that this was seemingly carried out as a sequel to the ongoing attacks on the religious places and hate campaigns against Muslims and other religious minority communities in the country. As such, Minister Hakeem says he is constrained not to treat this as an isolated incident. He is equally dismayed at the ineffective response of the law and order machinery in containing the spread of such violence and unrest that fuels insecurity and peace of all minority communities in Sri Lanka. “What we are now witnessing is unrest and violence extended to the rest of the country too, threatening post war religious freedom with the potential to lead our multi ethno-religious communities to irreversible depths of antagonism once again. The President and his powerful good office that contained violence and bloodshed of the past, he believes can and will spend no time in curbing such violence too, by nipping it in the bud,” the SLMC statement said.The Minister stressed that the duty and responsibility for the protection of people must be borne by the legitimate government and the State apparatuses of the country alone. Leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem, has requested President Mahinda Rajapakse to convene a cabinet meeting to discuss the rising religious unrest and civil disturbance in the country.Minister Hakeem has also contacted all the Muslim parliamentarians including Senior Minister M H M Fowzie (who is currently out of the country) and Ministers Rishard Bathiutheen and A L M Athaullah for the meeting, with this regard. He says that we believe that the 30-year civil unrest, violence and bloodshed confined to the war front of the North and East is over.
Mr. Palaniswami urged the Prime Minister to personally intervene in the matter and take up the issue with the highest authorities in the Sri Lankan government and secure the immediate release of 84 fishermen and 159 fishing boats. (Courtesy The Hindu) “The government of Tamil Nadu is extremely concerned about these frequent apprehensions, prolonged incarceration of our fishermen, detention of their fishing boats for long duration leading to its deterioration,” Mr. Palaniswami said. Hours after 13 fishermen on board two boats from Tamil Nadu were arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities in the Palk Bay on Thursday; Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami expressed concerns and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the release of all 84 fishermen and all 159 boats presently in Sri Lankan custody.In his letter to the Prime Minister, a copy of which was circulated to the media here, Mr. Palaniswami cited eight recent incidents in which fishermen from Nagapattinam, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts were arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities while they were fishing in the Palk Bay. While the fishermen arrested since November last year were still in Sri Lankan jails and their families back home were in abject poverty, the seized boats were deteriorating due to prolonged exposure to the inclement weather and lack of maintenance, he stated. This led to unrest among the fishermen in the State, said the Chief Minister.
Mr. Brahimi met in Islamabad with President Pervez Musharraf Pakistan, who reaffirmed that the United Nations had a central role to play in the urgent effort to assist the Afghan people. Explaining the points on which the two agreed, a UN spokesman said the unity of Afghanistan and its territorial integrity must be preserved. "A broad-based, multiethnic and fully representative Government must come into power, and the political dispensation must be home-grown and fully owned by the people of Afghanistan," spokesman Eric Falt told reporters in Islamabad. "We must also ensure that the future Government will maintain friendly relations with all its neighbours and not allow its territory to be used for hostile acts against its neighbours or anybody else."Quoting Mr. Brahimi, the spokesman said the envoy had indicated that one of the key aspects at present was that "we don't see a formula emerging yet where those who are holding the gun will stop holding the rest of the country hostage." Meanwhile in New York, answering questions from the press about the role of the Taliban in a new government, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the UN would want to see a broad-based government but the decision on who joins it was "for Afghans to make."
North American markets close in the red, following oil lower; loonie edges up by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2016 9:29 am MDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American markets closed slightly lower Friday in anticipation of this weekend’s meeting of OPEC countries that could culminate in an oil production freeze.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 31.09 points at 13,637.20.New York indexes were also in the red as the dip in oil prices dragged down energy companies.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped down 28.97 points to 17,897.46. The broader S&P 500 lost 2.05 points at 2,080.73 with energy stocks being the worst performer by far. The Nasdaq composite dipped by 7.67 points at 4,938.22“There’s a real lack of direction,” said Stephen Carlin, portfolio manager and head of equities at CIBC Asset Management.The lacklustre closing figures reflect that little noteworthy economic data was being released Friday, he said.Instead, the markets are waiting to react to news from Sunday’s meeting of some members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Doha, Qatar.“Obviously all eyes are on the OPEC meeting this weekend and so there’s some caution,” Carlin said.Reports and rumours earlier in the week that a production freeze was imminent have been dying out, said Carlin, adding that the market views this as a potential risk, which pushed down oil prices slightly ahead of the gathering.The May contract for benchmark North America crude closed down $1.14 at US$40.36 a barrel on Friday, adding to losses of the two previous sessions after the commodity closed above US$42 on Tuesday for the first time since late November.This commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar turned slightly higher after two days of loses. It edged up 0.07 of a U.S. cent to 77.90 cents US.Earlier in the week, the loonie hit a nine-month high, reaching 78.38 cents US on Tuesday after a reported deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut oil production sent energy prices higher.The outcome of the OPEC meeting will likely drive Monday’s oil prices and market movement. If OPEC decides to cut back oil production and work towards balancing the current excess oil supply, prices could rise, Carlin said. While the opposite scenario is expected if OPEC does not reach a production freeze deal.The oil price will then likely drive Canada’s commodity-sensitive loonie and influence energy prices in a similar direction, he said.Elsewhere in commodities, May natural gas shed 6.8 cents to US$1.90 per mmBtu, while May copper was off nearly two cents at US$2.15 a pound. June gold rose $8.10 to US$1,234.60 a troy ounce.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
Mr. Ban did so during a meeting on Friday evening at United Nations Headquarters with the Foreign Minister of Mali, Tiéman Coulibaly, one day after the Security Council authorized the deployment of an African-led intervention force to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country.The two men discussed the serious crisis in the country and how the UN can best support Mali in restoring its democracy and territorial integrity, and to bring an end to the growing suffering of the Malian people, the Secretary-General's spokesperson said in a read-out. Northern Mali has been occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January between Government forces and Tuareg rebels – just one of several security, political and humanitarian problems the West African nation has been dealing with this year.The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d'état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians this year. Over 412,000 people have been forced to flee northern Mali, and an estimated five million people have been affected by the conflict.Mr. Ban expressed his determination to strengthen his collaboration with the Malian authorities and international partners in the implementation of the Council resolution that authorized the force. He urged all actors in Mali to swiftly finalize and implement a transitional roadmap leading to the holding of free, fair and transparent elections as soon as possible. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister also exchanged views on the establishment of a UN multidisciplinary office in the capital, Bamako.
Children outside refugee tents on 8 March 2016, in Idomeni, Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev “The large number of irregular migrants stuck in Greece is mainly a result of EU and EU member States’ overreliance on securing borders, ‘deals’ and practices,” the Special Rapporteur said, while calling upon the EU to implement the relocation of 66,800 refugees in a timely and meaningful manner, and facilitate family reunification. He also called on the EU to support Greek authorities in improving reception facilities to ensure adequate standards, and to back alternative measures for detention.“The way the EU and EU member States handle this ‘crisis’ seems to indicate that human rights and the rule of law are dispensable when it comes to migrants under these circumstances,” Mr. Crépeau said.The expert welcomed the positive steps taken by Greece to provide emergency services such as shelter, food and medical services, particularly for the most vulnerable groups. He also noted the quick response of national and international organizations in assisting the Government in its efforts to protect and promote the human rights of all migrants. “The Greek people have been generous in their support for irregular migrants,” he added.“The Greek Government must harness the energy of these different actors and develop a comprehensive migration strategy. It must ensure the systematic provision of information to migrants themselves and to all the different stakeholders working with migrants,” he said.During his five-day visit from 12 to 16 May, Mr. Crépeau met with a range of Government officials responsible for border management, international organisations, civil society organizations and migrant organizations.He also gathered first-hand information during his visits in Athens, Idomeni and Polykastro in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as well as the Aegean Islands of Lesbos and Samos, where he met with migrants, including families and unaccompanied children in the unofficial camp in Idomeni and Elliniko, the Polykastro police station, the Elliniko detention centre for migrant women, and the closed Reception and Identification Centres in Samos and Lesbos.The Special Rapporteur will present his follow-up country mission report to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2017.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. “This is not only a humanitarian crisis,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, warned. “This is more importantly a political crisis in which the EU and the overwhelming majority of EU member States have abandoned Greece – a country that is fighting to implement austerity measures – leaving it to deal with an issue that requires efforts from all.”Wrapping up a follow-up mission to Greece, Mr. Crépeau stressed that the closure of the borders surrounding the country, coupled with the new EU-Turkey agreement, have exponentially increased the number of irregular migrants there. “Unlike before, Greece is no longer a transit country and is struggling to ‘catch up’ and develop a mechanism to deal with immediate needs, in the absence of a clear commitment from the EU to support the country,” he said.The independent expert expressed particular concern with conditions in the Reception and Identification Centres (RIC or ‘hotspots’), which have become closed centres as a result of the EU-Turkey deal, and “are creating an unacceptable level of confusion, frustration, violence and fear.”He noted, among other worrying issues, the length of process to identify vulnerable migrants, the blatant over-crowding that is amplifying inter-communal friction, the mix of families and young single males, the absence of many Government services during the weekend, the contradictory information received regarding procedures and timelines, as well as insufficient procedural safeguards in detention facilities for migrants.“I visited Idomeni and the closed detention sites of Lesbos and Samos and saw many children. The difference between those in open camps and those in detention is striking. It is unacceptable for children to be detained,” the Special Rapporteur said, stressing that “detention can never ever be in the best interests of a child.”The rights expert welcomed official proposals to develop a more structured system of guardianship for unaccompanied minors, but called on the Greek Government “to develop alternatives to detention in the form of open shelters for families and unaccompanied minors as a matter of urgent priority.”
The Queen and Prince Philip at Ascot on Tuesday The Duke of Edinburgh He and the Queen were joined by many members of their family, including Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. He has now left a private hospital in London, quietly slipping out through a back entrance before returning to Windsor by car to rest.He had been admitted to King Edward VII hospital as a precautionary measure, following the advice of a doctor, after becoming ill with an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital after a two night stay, bouncing back from an infection at the age of 96.The Duke had missed the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot over fears for his health. King Edward VII hospital, London Prince Philip at Trooping the Colour on Saturday While there was concern for the Duke given his age, he was said to have been out of bed yesterday and in "good spirits".A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said today: "I can confirm that The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital this morning." 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. He has enjoyed good health throughout much of his life, recovering from a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012, the latter leading him to miss the majority of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and spend a period in hospital.His decision to retire from public duties after the summer was not health-related, Buckingham Palace said at the time of the announcement earlier this year.The Duke is an advocate of healthy eating combined with exercise. The Prince of Wales said his father was "getting better" following a meeting with faith leaders at a Finsbury Park mosque in north London on Wednesday afternoon.Buckingham Palace declined to discuss specifics of the Duke's current condition. He has previously suffered a recurring bladder infection.The Duke was at the Queen's side on Tuesday for the opening day of Royal Ascot and a source said he was on "good form" during the event. He once said he more or less followed the Atkins diet and he drinks only moderately, and is well-known for his robust constitution.He told a flu expert at a research centre last year that he had not had the illness for 40 years.In a statement issued on Wednesday morning Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition."
Controversial, but Rowling is prepared for the backlash of Potter diehards.I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.It seems that Emma agrees, saying “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy”. Rowling concured, saying they would probably have ended up in marriage counselling.It’s all too much. Hold us.Ireland pulled a collective cringe muscle watching Pussy Riot on the Saturday Night Show>11 great tips for sexting, according to The Internet> HARRY POTTER AUTHOR J.K Rowling has said that she thinks Harry and Hermione would have made a better couple than Ron and Hermione did.In a new interview with Wonderland magazine due out this Friday and previewed by the Sunday Times, Rowling admitted that they would have made a better couple.Non other than Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the film adaptation, conducted the interview. Asked about her character’s relationship, Rowling said: I wrote the Hermione and Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.
WASHOUGAL — A 10-unit Washougal apartment complex has been purchased for $950,000, according to a news release issued by Portland-based commercial real estate company Sperry Van Ness Bluestone & Hockley.The transaction adds to a growing number of similar local investments based on the theory that multifamily projects are a stable market segment fueled by the housing slump and accessible financing.Portland investors Ken Wallace and Ed Wallace purchased the two-story Lone Oak Apartments at 657 29th St. in Washougal. It was purchased from the Jean T. Humason Trust.
This month marks an important shift in the way local leaders talk about the Columbia River Crossing. They’ll now refer to the defunct Interstate 5 Bridge replacement in past tense.“Is” becomes “was.”“Would” becomes “would have.”Even the CRC website now notes the project’s 2014 demise, saying it “was completely closed in May of that year.”The CRC’s downtown Vancouver offices were all but cleared out earlier this week, save for only a scattering of boxes and loose papers. All of the temporary walls, desks and furniture once inside are gone. The move-out leaves an entire floor of the Vancouvercenter building vacant.Officials are sticking with May 31 as the formal shutdown date. That’s the day the project’s lease ends, too. Even though the office is mostly empty, some cleanup work remains, said Dave Thompson, an Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman.The CRC had been a bistate effort before Washington lawmakers walked away without authorizing any money for it in 2013. The project later emerged as an Oregon-led version, only to be spurned by the Oregon Legislature this year. Without political support in either state, and without funding, the $2.9 billion project began shutting down in March.Unlike last year, when Washington pulled out, the CRC’s unfinished permit applications have been halted. The project had been seeking two key permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, known as Section 404 (for in-water work) and Section 408 (for levee modification). Both of those processes are now closed.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday conducted aerial inspection of flood-hit districts of North Karnataka, where several villages were inundated following increased outflow from reservoirs across the Krishna and its tributaries in Maharashtra. He flew by a special plane from the HAL airport here to Toranagal airstrip in Ballari, from where proceeded to Bagalkote, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgiri to get a first-hand assessment of the situation, official sources told PTI. Also Read - NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The Krishna, Malaprabha, Markandeya rivers and a few other rivulets are in spate submerging thousands of hectares of land in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgir. Huge amount of water had been released from the Koyna and four other dams in Maharashra which were reportedly full to the brim. As a result, the Almatti dam on Krishna river in Karnataka and three to four barrages on its upper regions were completely filled and excess water was released, the director of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre G S Srinivasa Reddy said. The increased water outflow caused flooding in the lower regions leading to thousands of hectares of land being submerged and the standing crops in parts of the region completely destroyed, sources said.
In picture: People throng the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple to witness the inauguration of the new flag mast.Facebook/Sabarimala Ayyappa temple official pageWith Sabarimala issue in Kerala simmering in the back burner, a new controversy cropped up in the state after a derogatory poster of Lord Ayyappa was hung at a college in Thrissur.The poster is of Lord Ayyappa positioned upside down between the legs of a menstruating woman. The poster was hung at Sree Kerala Varma College on Monday, on the first day of classes for freshers.Dear @PrakashJavdekar @AmitShah Lord Ayyappa denigrated in the most objectionable way by SFI in S K V college, Trichur , Kerala. WHy should UGC keep funding such colleges? Please take action against the principal who allowed this poster in college campus. pic.twitter.com/l4cxgEIT6I— Gopakumar R Nair (@hellofromgopa) June 25, 2019The poster was allegedly put up by Students Federation of India (SFI), which is the students' wing of the CPI-M.Bharatiya Janata Party brought the matter to light on Monday and in a written complaint, asked for the poster to be brought down since it hurts religious sentiments. The state's Congress party took to the streets to protest against the poster and went to the Cochin Devaswom Board, which runs the college.India Today reports that SFI denied any connection to the incident and said that the poster was put up with the sole purpose of bringing disrepute to the organisation. "Some people used the situation to spread fake news connecting the issue to SFI," Hassan Mubarak, the unit secretary of SFI SKVC, said in a statement."The government has nothing to do with this incident as it is fully an internal issue that took place in the college. The management has to take steps to resolve the issue. The government won't intervene," Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.Haritha V Kumar, the Director of Collegiate Education, said that she has asked for a report regarding the matter.She said, "We will take action based on the findings in the report. The Kerala Varma college is an aided college, so the management is primarily responsible for this act." The Sabarimala issue has been a point of contention in Kerala, which witnessed protests against the state government's move to let women enter the shrine foloowing a Supreme Court verdict. Menstruating women between the ages of 10 and 50 are not allowed to enter the temple since it is believed that Lord Ayyappa is celibate and their presence in the temple could ruin the sanctity of the place.
New Delhi: Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal presents interim Budget for 2019-20 in Lok Sabha, in New Delhi on Feb 1, 2019.IANS/RSTV)Finance Minister Piyush Goyal unveiled key populist elements in the Interim budget 2019 very early on in the budget speech. Mega schemes for the farmers, unorganised workforces, women and the poor in the country were the highlights in the initial part of the budget.The minister declared in the budget text - "The first right on the nation's resources goes to the poor"About 12 crore farmer families will benefit from the programme; it will be implemented from December 2018 itself. It will cost the government Rs. 75,000 crore annually and the scheme will be 100 per cent funded by the governmentThe most ambitious offer for the poor was the payout of Rs 6,000 to all small farmers every year under the PM Kishan Programme. More funds for employment generation, women welfare and for health benefits for the poor were also announced."The government has made a historic plan called the PM Kishan programme. Those small farmers who have less than two hectares will get a support of Rs. 6,000, It will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of farmers in three instalments of Rs. 2,000."The minister said some 12 crore families will be the beneficiaries. The government will spend a whopping Rs 75,000 crore for rolling out the populist measure. Days before the budget, Opposition Congress had upstaged the BJP by promising a basic income scheme for the poor in the country."About 12 crore farmer families will benefit from the programme; it will be implemented from December 2018 itself. It will cost the government Rs. 75,000 crore annually and the scheme will be 100 per cent funded by the government," Piyush Goyal said.Another major announcement was the promise of Rs 60,000 crore for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA)."The first right on the nation's resources goes to the poor. Rs. 60,000 crore was allocated for the MNREGA, and if needed more funds will be given," Goyal said.Electricity in all villagesGoyal highlighted that when the BJP came to power in 2014, as many as 2.5 crore families were without electricity. He said the current government brought electricity to all villages. "We have also brought the world's largest medical insurance programme, Ayushman Bharat. So far 10 lakh people have got help." The Modi government has been haunted by the ghosts of a purported 2013 offer by Narendra Modi that he would credit Rs 15 lakh into the account of every Indian by unearthing black money.The latest direct payment offer will obviously neutralise Rahul Gandhi's universal basic income offer. Goyal said farmers with less than 2 hectares of land holding will be eligible for the annual payment of Rs 6,000 rupees directly into their accounts.'Overall a good budget'The budget is expectedly populist with a mix of pragmatic statements, said Maulik Doshi, Senior Executive Director at SKP Business Consulting LLP.''As expected the budget has been populist where many sops have been provided to middle class tax payers and farmers. Overall it appears to be a good budget with a mix of populist and pragmatic statements."He also said the budget will benefit the real estate sector. "The most important aspect was maintaining the fiscal deficit targets even after doling out benefits. Real estate sector has also been given impetus by extending tax holiday for affordable housing, increasing period from 1 year to 2 year for taxing notional rent on unsold inventory, rollover capital gains benefit for 2 houses, etc. This will go a long way in meeting government aim of housing for all by 2020'.' IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?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 ... Close The Second Anniversary of Demonetisation spurred Indian Iconomy's Digitisation
Myanmar`s military Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing (L) shakes hands with Thailand`s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 August, 2017. Photo: ReutersMyanmar’s army chief has urged the country to unite over the “issue” of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country, and which his troops are accused of systematically purging.The military says its “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine state are aimed at taking out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on 25 August.But the violence has engulfed the border region and triggered an exodus of more than 400,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, where they have told of soldiers slaughtering civilians and burning down entire villages.UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.The status of the Muslim minority has long been an explosive topic in Myanmar.Many in the Buddhist majority view the group as foreign interlopers from Bangladesh and deny the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they be called “Bengalis”.General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s globe-trotting army chief, trumpeted that view in comments posted on his official Facebook page Saturday.“They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar. (The) Bengali issue is a national cause and we need to be united in establishing the truth,” the post said.The defence of his army’s operations comes amid strident global condemnation of the violence, which has left Bangladesh with the overwhelming task of providing shelter and food to a rising tide of desperate refugees.Myanmar’s civilian leader, former democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, has no power to control the army, which retains sweeping powers from its years of junta rule.But she has been castigated for failing to voice sympathy for the Rohingya-a group she has asked her government to refer to only as “Muslims of Rakhine state”.All eyes will be on the Nobel laureate as she addresses the nation on the crisis for the first time Tuesday, a high stakes speech that many outside the country hope will explain her near silence on the human tragedy that is unfolding.The US has dispatched an envoy to Myanmar to express its “grave concern” with the violence in Rakhine, a US State Department official told AFP.Patrick Murphy, deputy assistant secretary for Southeast Asia, will meet with government leaders and travel to the state capital of Rakhine but not the conflict zone further north, the official said.The US was a key partner in pushing along Myanmar’s democratic transition, which saw the army step down from 50 years of brutal junta rule and allow the free elections in 2015 that swept Suu Kyi into office.The army still plays a powerful role in politics, with control over key ministries like borders and defence, plus a quarter of parliament.Suu Kyi’s supporters inside the country, where she still enjoys saint-like status for her democracy struggle, have balked at the global criticism heaped on their leader and argued she must tread carefully around a military that still looms large in the fragile democracy.
X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/20095446/BikeToWork.mp400:0000:0002:56Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It was time for some camaraderie as a few hundred cyclists cruised in front of City Hall after a bike ride around downtown Houston.In that group was Houston Public Works supervisor Felix Lugo. Dressed in a colorful pirate-themed jersey, Lugo told us how he rides to work from his home in northwest Houston. He says he enjoys his commute but there are those moments when drivers come just a little too close. – / 7“Even though we’re in a bike lane, which is about a foot and a half to two feet wide, we still need three feet to get by,” says Lugo. “If everybody could just understand that I think we’d be a little bit better off.”And that’s a big concern for Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. His department is now conducting sting operations to go after drivers who violate the city’s Safe Passing ordinance. “So the next time you go try to buzz by somebody and try to scare them, try to come by within inches, that person may end up being an undercover police officer,” says Acevedo. “And you will be cited. In some cases you may be charged criminally for assault with a deadly weapon.”But Acevedo says it’s not just drivers at fault, adding there are cyclists who also engage in risky behavior. He says it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the streets safe. 00:00 /01:12
June 27, 2018 In this series, The Way We Work, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger examines how people foster productivity, focus, collaboration, creativity and culture in the workplace.The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, and CyberLink, a company that recently entered the business of video conferencing and messaging apps, feels your pain.For many Americans, Independence Day celebrations happen throughout a long weekend, but when the holiday falls smack dab in the middle of the workweek, the festivities often are shortened. After the fireworks, it’s time for bed to get a good night’s rest before an early-morning, perhaps hungover commute to the office. That is, if the boss makes you come in.For those who want to convince their employer to let them work from home the rest of the week, CyberLink has come up with a marketing campaign dubbed Everybody Works From Home for its new browser-based video chat and messaging apps called U. The company, which recognizes that 44.2 million people traveled 50-plus miles in 2017 to celebrate Independence Day, wants to help workers make the case to post up with their laptops poolside this year.CyberLink launched PC and mobile versions of U late last year, though the Taiwan-based multimedia software company has been around since 1996. U Pro normally costs $10 per month for meetings including up to 50 people and $20 per month for meetings including up to 100 people, with meetings capped off at 24 hours per meeting. (U Basic is free for 50-minute meetings including up to 25 people.) But for this promotion during the week of July 2 this year, CyberLink is offering a three-month trial of U Pro for free.Related: 17 Things You Need to Know About Remote WorkThe Everybody Works From Home campaign, driven by social media marketing, also includes a landing page on CyberLink’s website with suggested email templates that workers can send their bosses, asking for permission to work from home and noting that CyberLink’s software will help them bridge the gap. Additionally, CyberLink has compiled a list of tips to get the most out of working from home, from “get out of bed in the morning and get dressed like you would any other day” to “take breaks at home just like you would in the office.”“On the 5th or 6th of July this year, a lot of people who want to work from home might feel cut out,” Richard Carriere, CyberLink’s senior vice president of global marketing, tells Entrepreneur. “Their managers might feel like they’re not working the same way.”Carriere says CyberLink’s apps are uniquely positioned to serve individual employees who need an easy-to-use, informal platform for remote work, from presentations or webinars to file sharing. Modeled after social media apps, they’re designed with “U,” the consumer, in mind, rather than large IT departments seeking enterprise solutions with “300 features,” as Carriere puts it.“They create these unusable monsters,” Carriere says. “And we’re like, hold on a second, nobody thinks about simplicity, things that just work, things that only have three buttons. That’s what we do.” He also emphasizes that CyberLink is somewhat irreverent, with funny stickers available in U Messenger that “would definitely never show up in apps developed by large companies.”He compares the plug-and-play utility of U to Dropbox, in terms of an employee’s ability to take it upon themselves to use it. It doesn’t have to be the official software at a company for a worker to try it out (though it may be wise to float it by your manager), just as many workers might use Dropbox for storing and exchanging files without consulting the powers that be.U has tens of millions of users so far, Carriere shares, and is best suited for entrepreneurs and small businesses that don’t have an IT department or are looking for inexpensive remote work software. It also has found a market in the higher education space, where virtual classrooms are becoming more common.CyberLink itself is the perfect ambassador for U. While the company’s headquarters are in Taiwan, it has teams scattered across the U.S. As CyberLink’s Los Angeles team grows, the company has questioned its need for a physical footprint.“We’re a perfect example of a virtual company,” Carriere says. “At first we thought, maybe we should have an [L.A.] office.” Then, he says the company decided, “No, we have an office, it’s called the U app.”Outside of U, CyberLink’s software is pre-installed on hundreds of millions of shipped PCs, Carriere says, but “people don’t know Cyberlink necessarily as well as other brands like Microsoft or Google.” The Everybody Works From Home campaign is just the latest marketing effort CyberLink has deployed to boost brand recognition and its user base.In collaboration with YouGov, CyberLink conducted an online survey of 1,154 U.S. working adults to generate its Reality of the Remote Worker Report. Among the findings were revelations about existing remote work software: 42 percent of remote workers have misinterpreted the tone of written communication; 22 percent have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join; and 28 percent have used the wrong version of a document.A few months ago, CyberLink launched a new version of its media player, PowerDVD. To market the software, CyberLink featured a psychologist who has found that taking breaks to watch videos at work improves productivity. The idea of a doctor endorsing a practice that seems frivolous or unproductive was another appeal to the consumer market.Related: 50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American SalaryIt was right in line with CyberLink’s irreverent and fun ethos, Carriere says: “Let’s not take ourselves too seriously but at the same time, let’s make sure it works and we’re productive.”Another recent campaign, for PowerDVD’s VR mode, involved CyberLink breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest amount of time -- 50 uninterrupted hours -- spent watching videos using a virtual reality headset last spring. Register Now » 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Henry T. Casey, Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Author Bio by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis - Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis - Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comLebron's Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoAdvertisement Henry T. Casey, on Whenever I need to close all my open programs — whether I'm at the end of the day or trying to clear up system resources — quitting all the apps running on my Mac is as easy as clicking Command+Q over and over again. Or at least it was until Google changed Chrome for the worse.A recent update modified Chrome so that clicking Command+Q does nothing, except for showing a small overlay window that says, "Hold #Q to Quit." That's right, in the name of protecting users who accidentally click Command+Q (What were they trying to do, use Command+A to select all text?), Google broke the unwritten rules of macOS app behaviors.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple's entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions - en-USAutomated Captions - en-USAutomated Captions - en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/change-this-chrome-setting-mac?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 For a while, I thought that there was no way out of this, that you just had to hold down Command+Q until Chrome resisted. I kept forgetting, though. And Chrome became more and more annoying.It's not like I could switch, either. I use Google Docs a lot for work, and it works better in Chrome, by many magnitudes.Fortunately, you can disable this Chrome setting in two simple steps.1) Click Chrome in the menu bar.2) Click Warn Before QuittingThere, now, quitting Chrome has been returned to normal. It might seem like an infinitesimally small tweak, but I never needed the protection from an accidental click of Command+Q. And now, Chrome behaves like it should.Now, I'm not thrown out of my rhythm as I close apps, which is just as important as anything else. When you're in a groove at work, you need the most friction-free experience possible, because one distraction leads to another. Now that you've un-borked Chrome, check out how to enable Chrome's dark mode.Credit: Laptop MagMORE: How to Use macOS Mojave