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first_imgNew Delhi: The National Campaign Committee for Construction Workers has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opposing the government’s move to subsume labour laws into four codes as it will repeal the BOCW Act under which various benefits are being provided to construction workers. The repealing of the Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) Act of 1996 will lead to the closure of all the 36 state BOCW Boards, cancellation of about four crore registrations of construction workers as beneficiaries, said the committee’s coordinator Subhash Bhatnagar. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the committee, a common platform of all construction workers welfare organisations, has written a letter to Prime Minister Modi and Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangawar in this regard. “The closure of BOCW boards will lead to cancellation of lakhs of pensions which are being paid to older workers and disabled workers in different states and cancellation of millions of freeships being paid as education assistance to the children of construction workers besides cancellation of several other benefits including maternity benefits,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn a socioeconomic survey of construction workers in Delhi, it was found almost all of those surveyed, 97 per cent, had never heard of minimum wages. However, a sizeable number of them are registered with the BOCW board, according to the survey conducted by Abhishree Pandey, working as research associate with Nirman NGO.Quoting the research, Bhatnagar said the construction workers do not need the kind of social security fund proposed in the codes. “The construction workers are already entitled to social security from BOCW boards which is adequately funded by a cess on the building industry and BOCW’s registration fees,” he said. He said on an average construction workers barely get work for 15 days in a month and earn roughly a quarter of the monthly minimum wage. And it will impact them severely, if they would be asked to pay a fixed per cent of their monthly wages into social security fund. The system of collecting a minimal cess of 1-2 per cent of total construction cost from a construction establishment is the best method for funding their social security.last_img read more

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TORONTO — For the owner of Uncle Ike’s, one of the biggest marijuana shops in Seattle, the teenagers who come through his legal storefront to score weed are some of the clearest indicators the black market is on the wane.“Underage kids try to sneak into our store with fake IDs from the local high schools,” says owner Ian Eisenberg. “Because there is no pot being sold at the local high schools anymore.”Stamping out the illicit market is one of Ottawa’s major goals as the country approaches a July 2018 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana — leaving politicians little time to lay out exactly how to sell, price and tax cannabis.As Washington, which legalized recreational sales in 2014, has learned, pricing and taxation can heavily influence whether the black market blooms or shrivels.The state originally levied a 25 per cent tax on producer sales to processors, another 25 per cent tax on processor sales to retailers, and a further 25 per cent tax on retailer sales to customers.The high consumer costs, combined with a shortage of legal cannabis, fuelled the black market, according to analysts.With that in mind, the government replaced that system with a combined 37 per cent excise tax on the marijuana sales price, but the question of whether this is helping to eliminate illicit sales is up in the air in the still-nascent sector.U.S. states that have already legalized recreational pot sales — such as Washington, which has an estimated effective tax rate of 50 per cent, and Alaska, where the rate is closer to 20 per cent — are some of the few jurisdictions that can offer history lessons, albeit short and unfinished ones, on how to navigate such complex issues.Canada’s proposal seems to have landed on a pricing middle ground.Liberal MP Bill Blair, Ottawa’s point man on pot reform, pitched the government’s federal tax scheme last month. His proposal would impose an excise tax of the higher of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price — on top of other levies, such as federal and provincial sales tax.Ottawa’s proposed tax regime so far (not accounting for municipalities) works out to a 23 per cent total tax on cannabis in Ontario if incorporating the 13 per cent HST. However, it would be cheaper in provinces with just five per cent GST, such as Alberta. But the rate could be as high as 25 per cent in New Brunswick and other provinces with a 15 per cent GST rate.Governments still have much to learn and there is little available evidence on which to base policies, says Beau Kilmer, the co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center in California, where sales of recreational marijuana are set to begin on January 1.“Nobody knows the best way to tax, and we’re going to learn more from other jurisdictions and we’re also learning more about the plant.”The policy goals — including stamping out the black market, reducing underage consumption or drumming up tax revenue — are often at odds with each other.The best way to drive out illicit sales is to flood the market with a tremendous amount of legal cannabis and little regulation in order to push the price down and lure consumers away from their current dealers, says Kilmer.But there’s a catch: doing so could encourage consumption, particularly among younger users who are very price sensitive, he adds.Canada’s federal task force on the legalization of recreational marijuana considered how to strike that balance before issuing its recommendations last December.“Taxes should be high enough to limit the growth of consumption, but low enough to compete effectively with the illicit market,” members said in a report.It is important to keep the tax rate low, if not very low, at the outset, says Sam Kamin, professor of marijuana law and policy at the University of Denver.“What you’re trying to do is make the legal regulated product immediately attractive,” he says.“There will probably be initial scarcity, so prices are going to be high, regardless. And if you drive that up with high taxes as well, which tacks on cost, you’re going to serve a triple whammy of unattractiveness.”Legal cannabis that is more costly than that purchased from the neighbourhood dealer reinforces the price advantage of the black market, according to Fitch Ratings analysts Stephen Walsh and Karen Ribble.“This dynamic has already been experienced in several states, including Colorado, Washington and Oregon, all of which have taken steps following legalization to address black market competition through reductions of initially uncompetitive tax rates,” the authors wrote in an October special report.Those examples show how it is key to build in flexibility to raise or change marijuana policy in the future, Kilmer says.In addition to the level of taxation, politicians must also consider how to apply the tax rate.Blair’s proposal involves taxing cannabis based on weight, in contrast to the task force’s recommendation to base prices on potency in order to discourage the purchase of stronger drugs.While it is easier to apply weight-based tax, doing so could nudge people towards stronger weed, says Kilmer. There is little research, at this point, about the health consequences of smoking higher-potency bud, he adds.Ottawa’s plan to apply the excise tax to both medical and recreational marijuana equally has raised the ire of patient advocates and some licensed producers.Blair said last month that Ottawa does “not want the taxation levels to be an incentive for people to utilize that system inappropriately.”Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana has argued that weed should be tax-free like other medicines such as opioids. It has launched a #DontTaxMedicine campaign and website to push back on a tax it says punishes patients.In Colorado, medical patients have been exempt from excise taxes from the outset and it doesn’t appear to have pushed more users into the system. Kamin says the state had 100,000 registered medical patients in 2014, and that number hasn’t changed.People may game the system to obtain cheaper, medicinal weed Karmin says. However, his preferred solution is to keep the premium on recreational cannabis but make it harder for people to qualify for medical marijuana.“Those who need marijuana as medicine shouldn’t pay the sin tax.” read more

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Leader of the New Sihala Urumaya Sarath Manamendra was arrested by the Welikada police this afternoon.He was arrested for failing to appear in court over a domestic issue, the police said. Manamendra said that he was arrested by the Welikada police and is scheduled to be produced in court.

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador for Japan and major Asian pop star Agnes Chan is dedicating the proceeds from one of the songs from her new album to UNICEF in honour of the Fund’s 60th anniversary, and she will also donate a portion of the album’s earnings to its work for children.UNICEF said today that Ms. Chan, who performed live at the Fund’s New York headquarters on Monday evening, will contribute earnings from the song “It’s a Wonder,” which was recorded with another UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and film superstar Jackie Chan.UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman hosted Monday’s performance, at which Ms. Chan also launched her debut United States album, “Forget Yourself.” Mr. Chan, who is not related to the singer and was unable to attend, sent a message of support.“Those who have been familiar with Agnes Chan’s work on behalf of UNICEF know that she has been a tireless and dedicated advocate for children, particularly children whose lives have been turned upside-down by conflict” said Ms. Veneman.In 1998, Ms. Chan was appointed ambassador for the Japan National Committee for UNICEF. Since then she has travelled to Sudan, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Iraq, the Philippines, and the Republic of Moldova helping to raise visibility and millions of dollars for children. She also lobbies for legislation protecting children, participates in workshops and teach-ins and promotes peace building in all of her work.As an author of many books for children, Ms. Chan had hoped for many years to champion their rights through music. In 1999, she met Robbie Seidman and a musical collaboration began that culminated in the 10 songs of the album.“Every one of the children that I had met needed to be heard and had a story that begged to be told,” Ms. Chan said. “Awareness is the most important thing that I can contribute to the fight for children’s rights.”Both Ms. Chan and Mr. Chan are major pop stars in Asia. Ms. Chan’s first single was the number one single in Hong Kong’s pop music history and Mr. Chan has released 20 albums since 1984. read more

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first_imgThis week, Goodyear Tyres will be present at the bi-annual Hillhead Show in England, the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition. This leading tyre manufacturer will showcase the company’s latest technologies as well as highlight the top products in the range in live demos across the show.For 2018, Goodyear will be presenting the latest digital innovation for the industry in the shape of Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) Heavy Duty and an enhanced version of its EMTrack Off-the-Road (OTR) tyre performance monitoring system.Responding to the digital transformation in the OTR vehicle and equipment industry, these two new digital innovations are designed to help OTR fleets reduce their total cost of ownership.Along with these technologies the Goodyear OTR team will be on hand to answer questions about the new technology as well as handle queries on the vast product range which will also be on display.Across the show, Goodyear tyres will be present and active on several machines including Komatsu’s WA470-8 which will be visible in the Work Area of the show. The machine will be fitted with a set of Goodyear 26.5R25 L5 RL5K tyres which are recommended for severe applications such as pit face, difficult industrial operations or underground.Komatsu will also be showcasing another WA470-8 on its stand, this time fitted with the Goodyear RT-3B which is a strong choice for use on rough terrain. It performs well on sand and aggregate thanks to its multiple steel belts, wide tread width and all-steel radial construction.Paul Bould, OTR Manager Goodyear UK&I “There’s nothing better than meeting people from the industry face to face and the Hillhead Show is the best way to make new contacts in this vibrant industry. We are looking forward to showcasing our new digital solutions for the first time in the UK and highlighting to machine fleet managers the benefits of using such technologies in their fleet.”“Benefits include preventing tyre-related incidents; resulting in reduced machine down time, less breakdown costs and up to 15% more working hours due to tyres having the right pressure at all times.  This means up to 85% fewer tyre-related incidents. The figures are impressive, and we look forward to presenting them for three days at the show.” he concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgThis article isn’t about the flyboy antics of Tom Cruise, and Jean Luc Picard wasn’t the captain on this vessel, but it is safe to say that Gene Roddenberry’s tales of intergalactic combat were inspired by something a little more terrestrial. In fact, it is probably a sure bet that most everyone in the US has either seen or heard the word “Enterprise” in reference to a ship at some point in their lives. Today, we’re not talking about the science fiction Enterprise, but instead we look to the sea and talk about the real USS Enterprise as she embarks on her final voyage.There’s not enough that could be said about a ship like the USS Enterprise. This one-of-a-kind vessel has been a part of all of our lives for the last 50 years (it set sail in 1961). Aside from being the longest aircraft carrier in the fleet, not to mention the oldest, the Enterprise was also the first nuclear ship in the US fleet. She has played parts in the Cuban Missile Crisis, acted as a “from orbit” marker for Lt. Colonel John Glenn’s orbital flight in Friendship 7, and played a critical role in defining how we launch aircraft from similar ships today. Sometime this year, the USS Enterprise will be embarking on her final voyage for the US Navy. When the ship gets back from this final deployment, it will be decommissioned and its crew moved over to other vessels in the fleet. Being the only ship of its kind, and being the oldest nuclear vessel in the fleet, many parts for the Enterprise must be machined by hand when replacements are needed, which can cause problems when out at sea. At the moment, it would appear as though the name Enterprise will also be put to rest with the ship, instead of passed on to another vessel right away. On behalf of geeks around the world, I salute the final voyage of the USS Enterprise, and hope that we’ll see that name plastered across a new kind of ship in the future.last_img read more

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first_imgWoman ‘feared she was going to be killed by burglars’ as tax inspectors searched TD’s house The woman was in Independent TD Michael Lowry’s home when Revenue officers raided it, a jury has heard. By Sonya McLean A WOMAN WHO was in Independent TD Michael Lowry’s home when Revenue officers raided it was “startled” and feared she was going to be killed by burglars, a jury has heard.Shelia Hanley, an inspector of taxes, searched Lowry’s home on 23 July 2013 on foot of a search warrant, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.She told Michael O’Higgins SC, defending the TD, “It’s obviously an unwelcome surprise. She was sufficiently upset that I gave her a glass of water. She did think we were burglars until she said she heard a woman’s voice.”She rejected the suggestion that the woman, who was unaware officers had entered the house, was crying and saying “Please don’t kill me”.“Certainly not,” Hanley said, before accepting that if the woman had said this, it was never reported to her. She agreed that the woman had been “startled”.She agreed that Lowry’s clothes were searched but couldn’t confirm if his underpants had been, although she acknowledged that her colleagues would have searched all drawers, including ones in the bedrooms.She agreed that she and her colleagues were allowed into the gated premises by a tradesman who had been servicing the boiler.She said she rang the doorbell a number of times but there was no answer. A garda, who was there with her, gave her Lowry’s mobile number and she called it but there was no reply.Hanley said she was the informed that a door at the back of the premises was open and she and her colleagues decided to enter the house. She instructed a member of the team to text Mr Lowry stating; “I am Shelia Hanley. I am a revenue officer. I am at your house. Please attend.”She accepted a suggestion from O’Higgins that if they had not found an open door, she would have made “more strenuous efforts to contact him (Lowry)”.She added she was not under any obligation to wait for Lowry as the warrant entitled her to enter the house and use force if necessary.Hanley also accepted that an officer was probably searching through the cutlery drawer, adding “People keep documents in drawers”.She acknowledged that a “small sheaf” of documents had been recovered from the house and accepted they were “not of evidential value”.Third party It is the State’s case that Lowry’s company, Garuda Ltd, received £248,624 (€372,000) in commission from Norpe OY, a refrigeration company based in Finland, in August 2002.It is alleged that Lowry arranged for this payment to be made to a third party, residing in the Isle of Man, and therefore it didn’t appear in the company accounts for that year, nor did he declare it as income.It is further alleged that the accounts were then falsified in 2007 to reflect that the payment was received in 2006.Lowry (64) of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co. Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of filing incorrect tax returns on dates between August 2002 and August 2007 in relation to a sum of £248,624 received by his company, Garuda Ltd and one charge in relation to failing to keep a proper set of accounts on dates between 28 August 2002 and 3 August 2007.He further pleaded not guilty on behalf of Garuda Ltd to three similar charges in relation to the company’s tax affairs and one charge of failing to keep a proper set of accounts on the same dates.The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of eight men and three women.- Comments are closed as the case is before the courts  https://jrnl.ie/4077267 Michael Lowry Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland No Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 Michael Lowry center_img Jun 18th 2018, 4:17 PM 27,008 Views Monday 18 Jun 2018, 4:17 PM Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgNorvège : des milliers de harengs retrouvés morts sur une plagePlusieurs milliers de harengs se sont échoués sur une plage du littoral norvégien. Un phénomène massif qui reste totalement inexpliqué pour l’heure, a indiqué l’Institut norvégien de recherches marines.C’est un spectacle impressionnant et surtout exceptionnel auquel ont pu assister des habitants du littoral norvégien. Mardi, la marée a apporté les cadavres de milliers de poissons qui sont venus s’échouer sur la plage, d’une petite localité du nord de la Norvège. Selon les médias nationaux, il s’agissait d’au moins 20 tonnes de harengs qui ont littéralement envahi les eaux. À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureNéanmoins, de nombreux experts restent perplexes devant l’ampleur de ce phénomène. Le biologiste Ole Kristian Berg de l’Université norvégienne de sciences et de technologie de Trondheim a déclaré à l’AFP : “on a déjà observé des échouages de harengs dans le passé mais pas d’une telle ampleur.” Or, si aucune explication claire n’a pu être établie, plusieurs pistes sont envisagées et notamment celle d’une fuite. En effet, d’après M. Berg, les harengs peuvent avoir été pourchassés par d’autres poissons ou par des mammifères marins, ce qui les aurait conduit trop près du littoral.Autre hypothèse : les harengs ont peut-être “été victimes de la marée ou de la forte présence d’eau douce dans cette zone où débouche une rivière”, explique M. Berg. Dans l’après-midi, la municipalité de Nordreisa a indiqué qu’une grande partie des poissons échoués avaient été emportés par de nouvelles marées.Le 4 janvier 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southwestern College is getting ready for the spring semester with several new features on campus.Southwestern College Governing Board President Roberto Alcantar stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the new Math and Science Building, the next phase of construction for the Performing Arts Center.Southwestern is also about to expand their Veterans Center on campus and build a brand new Dream Center.Alcantar also discussed the Governor Gavin Newsom proposal for a second year of free tuition at all community colleges to supplement the first year of free tuition that students already receive. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, New semester, facilities and initiatives at Southwestern College Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 23, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgStaff gathers outside the Zwedru Super Gari Processing Center.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) Program Manager Erica Morrow recently returned from Africa where she met with partners from Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI).  ASA/WISHH works as a sub-recipient to OICI on a five-year Multi-Year Aid Program funded by USAID called HANDS: “Health, Agriculture and Nutrition Development for Sustainability.”The program is beginning its fifth year of implementation. The group met to discuss the year’s Pipeline and Resource Estimate Proposal (PREP).  While in Liberia, Morrow also met with local staff to discuss the final year’s activities and budget.last_img

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first_imgNews, analysis and opinion pieces are what FT readers want from the brand on social media, although when on Facebook, these consumers also like to see offers or competitions. According to the FT, about 20 percent of its traffic in the last six months came from social media, a medium that “is growing faster than every other traffic source at FT.com. The volume of visits to FT.com driven by social media is at the highest level ever.”What do these numbers mean? According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 66 percent of online adults use Facebook; 20 percent uses LinkedIn and 16 percent use Twitter. About 83 percent of adults aged 18-29 use Facebook, with the second highest group being 30-49-year-olds at 72 percent. FT readers are on average 41 years old. However, based on the data from Pew, the majority of its social audience is likely a younger demographic than its typical subscriber (digital or otherwise)—a group that is not only coveted for advertisers, but likely enticing for its future growth. Young adults are less likely to pay for content, though they’re more likely to share it. The puzzle for The Financial Times to solve will be the conversion of their young social media followers into paying subscribers. T.J. Raphael is a FOLIO: magazine Associate Editor. Follow her on Twitter. More people interact with business newspaper The Financial Times through social media than directly with the brand, according to a recent infographic released by the publication.In late July, The Financial Times’ digital subscribers grew to about 300,000 paying readers, an increase of about 31 percent when compared to the same time in 2011, with the publication’s total circulation increasing to almost 600,000.Meanwhile, the FT social community reaches 3.9 million people—2.2 million on Twitter, 1.3 million on Google+, 430,000 on Facebook and a surprising 18,000 on LinkedIn. To put this into perspective, there are about 500 percent more people interacting with the brand on social media than there are paying for its content.last_img read more

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first_imgMap of GazipurTwo suspected cattle lifters were killed in a mob lynching in Bariabah of Kaliakair upazila in Gazipur early Saturday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Locals said when a gang of cattle lifters entered Abdur Samad’s house local people chased them hearing hue and cry from the house.They managed to catch two of the cattle lifters and beat them, leaving one dead on the spot and another injured.The injured man was taken to upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead.On information, police rushed in and recovered the body.Legal action will be taken after investigating the incident, said Alamgir Majumdar, officer-in-charge of Kaliakoir police station.last_img

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first_imgBy LEANNE ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — So, what’s all that Greenprint stuff on Beyonce’s Instagram feed?Bey stirred up the beehive Thursday when she advocated plant-based living in a rare social media endorsement. It helped that she also announced to her 123 million followers a sweepstakes for lifetime concert tickets to her shows or those of hubby Jay-Z after she asked the question: “What is your Greenprint?”In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The singer has advocated plant-based living in a rare social media endorsement. She and her husband Jay – Z wrote the introduction for “The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World,” by Marco Borges, a plant-based guru who has worked with the couple. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)Well, “The Greenprint” is the title of a new book by the superstar couple’s personal trainer, Marco Borges, a plant-based guru who has also worked with Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Pharrell, Diddy and Ryan Seacrest. The title refers to the impact on the planet that one can make by going plant-based.Borges, a Miami-based exercise physiologist and father of four, first got Bey going with “The 22-Day Revolution” on the same subject. She wrote the foreword for that book in 2015. She and Jay-Z penned the introduction for the new book, out in time for the New Year’s resolution season from the imprint Harmony Books.We went to Borges himself to explain his approach to health, life and saving the planet after 25 years in the business:AP: That’s some pretty good buzz Beyonce just gave you for your book.Borges: Yeah, it’s really an amazing time right now. I have to pinch myself, honestly. I’m living a dream. It’s absolutely magical. She’s only done a link-in-bio once before. The first time was when she told people she was going to go vegan 44 days for Coachella. People there are going insane there. We’re getting emails, DMs, text messages saying, ‘Oh my god, I never thought I could do this. I need some help.’AP: What got you started on plant-based life?Borges: I wasn’t born and raised on a plant-based diet. Growing up I wanted to be a doctor but I found myself in pre-med realizing that medicine was far too reactive, that we needed a more proactive approach to wellness. I decided to practice wellness through exercise and nutrition. As I immersed myself in all the science, the data and the clinical trials, I realized that if you were looking for optimum wellness, improved performance and your best chance of survival, you had to move toward a plant-based diet. I’ve been living plant-based ever since and it’s been 14, 15 years now.AP: How does your approach stand out in the cacophony over veganism and plant-based nutrition?Borges: We have to meet people where they are. You can’t expect for every single person to want to adopt a plant-based lifestyle day one. The truth is it doesn’t have to be all in from the start. The Greenprint is plant-based living defined by you, whether it’s one plant-based meal a day, two or three. Or just simply meatless Mondays.AP: How do you help people ensure that they won’t fail?Borges. We’ve designed a step-by-step approach. It’s not a one size fits all. It’s customizable. We have three tiers. We guide you, provide you recipes, give you tips. We’re trying to help people rewire their behavior a step at a time.What’s happening is that Joe Meat Eater is coming through the door of this part and vegans are saying, ‘You can’t come in because you’re not 100 percent vegan.’ For me it’s about getting people to start looking at it from whatever angle interests them, whether it’s the environment or better health. We can’t have a conversation if I turn you away at the door because you’re not vegan.AP: You write about kaizen, or the Japanese approach to small, incremental improvements. Can you explain that?Borges: I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I was a kid. It’s continuous self-improvement. We can all be better versions of ourselves every single day. Whatever it is, you’ve got to work toward it. That includes me.AP: Some perceive the costs of a truly plant-based diet as restrictive. Do you agree?Borges: I’d love to meet the person who made that up. It doesn’t make any sense. When we go to the supermarket, we know that the foods that cost most are typically the steaks, the fish, the animal protein. That’s 10 times more expensive than avocados and broccoli. That’s preposterous. We live in a society where people love to hear good things about their bad habits.The reality is it’s less expensive to live a plant-based lifestyle.AP: To what do you attribute the popularity of the Keto approach to eating?Borges: Phenomenal marketing and the fact that we live in a world where people want to hear great things about their bad habits. I mean, don’t eat carbs! Carbs are bad for you! I mean brown rice, broccoli, carrots, all fruits. Don’t eat that. Well guess what? We’re eating twice as much protein as we should be eating and we’re taking in half the amount of fiber we should be taking in on a daily basis. And what about leaving the planet a better place? It’s why I wrote the book.last_img read more

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first_imgWars are fought for all sorts of reasons: economic security, power, revenge, politics, international alliances. The list is almost endless and still sometimes includes conflict between personalities that simply do not like each other, though this was much more common in the days of absolute monarchy. Though it was fought in the wider context of a really important war, one conflict stands out for its stupidity – the so-called “War of the Bucket” between the Italian city-states of Modena and Bologna. The name of the war is not a code for some political movement or the nickname of some prince. They really fought over a bucket. During the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, the powers of Europe fought an on and off series of wars known as the Guelph and Ghibelline Wars.A 14th century conflict between the militias of the Guelph and Ghibelline factions in the comune of Bologna, from the Croniche of Giovanni Sercambi of LuccaThese wars were part of the struggle between the Catholic Church and a number of secular royalty known as the Investiture Controversy. At stake was the power of kings or local rulers to appoint or “invest” local church leaders, such as bishops and abbots.The hope of some rulers was that by appointing men friendly to them, aristocrats would have fewer difficulties from the local Church over matters in their realms. Of course, the Pope, the Catholic Church and its allies opposed this, seeing their appointment of church officials as a way of keeping a balance of power.The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick IIThis conflict involved kings and rulers from much of the Holy Roman Empire, including the city-states of northern and central Italy. The Guelphs supported the Papacy and the Ghibellines the secular rulers seeking more power over the Church in their domains.The name Guelphs is a bastardization of the name of a royal Bavarian family, the House of Welf. The Ghibellines took their name from the name of the castle of a Swabian (Germany) foe of the House of Welf. This was the castle of Waiblingen, turned into “Ghibellino” by the Italians. Obviously, their respective rulers had supported one side of the argument or the other.The stolen bucket inside the Ghirlandina Tower. Photo by ALienLifeForm CC BY-SA 3.0Now, within this important and costly series of wars that lasted centuries, the neighboring city-states of Modena and Bologna in central northern Italy took opposing sides.The Modenese were Ghibellines and the Bolognese, Guelphs. Italy did not become a nation until the 19th century and for much of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, was split into dozens of powerful city-states, each of which fought each other for political, military and economic control. Modena and Bologna, just over 27 miles apart, were frequent rivals.Related Video: Rare Footage Of Civil War Veterans Doing The Rebel YellIn 1325, a group of Modenese soldiers (probably drunk, bored out of their skulls, or both) snuck into Bologna itself and stole a bucket from the city’s central well. That their enemy could sneak into their city with impunity and steal something from them was an affront to the honor of the Bolognese, who demanded that the Modenese return the stolen bucket, which they refused to do.An oak bucket caused the Bolognese to mobilize their powerful army: 30,000 infantry and 2,000 horsemen. For their part, the Modenese, who should really have had second thoughts by this time, mobilized their 5,000 infantry and 2,000 horsemen.Cover of the first edition of La Secchia rapita by Tassoni, printed in the maps Ronciglione in 1624They met near the modern village of Zappolino, about halfway between the two cities to the south. There, the Modenese found themselves drastically outnumbered and out of position. The Bolognese had the high ground and the men from Modena were scattered about the valley below.What the Bolognese had in numbers they must have given up in leadership, for within a matter of just a few hours, the Modenese had not only driven them off the battlefield but were chasing them back to Bologna with their tails between their legs.The Modenese soldiers broke into Bologna, destroyed several small castles and to top it all off, destroyed a sluice on the local river which supplied Bologna with water. It’s almost as if the Modenese were saying “You wanted your bucket? Well, you don’t need it anymore. You don’t have any water!”The Torre Ghirlandina where the replica bucket is still displayed. Photo by Bergonzc CC BY SA 3.0Making sure the people of Bologna were truly humiliated, the Modenese then staged a parade around the city, re-enacting both the raid that took the bucket and the battle that followed. And of course, just before they left the area, the Modenese took a bucket from a well outside the city so those locals couldn’t have water either. Before you laugh too hard: two thousand men were butchered in the brief “War of the Bucket”.Read another story from us: Henry VIII’s Famous Sunken Warship the ‘Mary Rose’ had African CrewWhen the Guelph and Ghibelline Wars finally ended, the Modenese returned some acreage they had seized in the war. They kept the bucket though – it resides in the basement of a medieval tower. A replica of the bucket hangs from the ceiling in the Modenese town hall. 694 years later.last_img read more

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first_img Nearly 12 percent of home purchase loans in today’s market run the risk of default in the event of an economic downturn, according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk.According to the latest report, AEI’s National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI), a measure of loan default risk under stressful conditions, increased to 11.9 percent for April, up nearly half a percentage point from March. A value of less than 6 percent is what the institute considers “conducive to a stable market.”According to AEI, last month’s rising index was caused largely by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Rural Housing Services (RHS) increasing their market share, which was up to an estimated 32.2 percent in April. The agency recently announced a plan to expand credit access by offering savings to borrowers who commit to housing counseling—a strategy that drew criticism from Edward Pinto, resident fellow at AEI and co-director of the Center on Housing Risk.”The direction that both FHA and FHFA [the Federal Housing Finance Agency] are going, based on their announcements, is to move the mortgage market down the slope of greater risk, with more unsustainable loans,” Pinto remarked at the time.Also contributing to April’s record index was a rise in loans with debt-to-income (DTI) ratios exceeding 43 percent, the maximum threshold for a loan under the Qualified Mortgage umbrella. Thanks to a temporary exemption, loans qualified for purchase by the GSEs or insured by FHA can surpass that limit—and nearly a quarter of them do, according to AEI.”None of the agencies are compensating in a substantial way for the high risk that is entailed with loans that have high DTI ratios,” said Stephen Oliner, resident scholar at AEI and also co-director for the Center on Housing Risk.In a press call, the two co-directors also disputed claims that lending standards must be expanded to aid the housing recovery, arguing that softness in today’s mortgage market is due to higher interest rates, rising home prices, a sluggish economic recovery, and the lingering impact of last decade’s financial crisis—not tight lending criteria.With both FHA and FHFA signaling a shift in focus toward opening up credit for more borrowers, the researchers once again warned against setting the bar too low, citing concerns about loan risk and home price volatility.”In a boom, mortgage lending moves out the credit curve,” Pinto said in a press call Tuesday morning. “This is particularly dangerous when accompanied by renewed political and regulatory pressures for debased lending standards.” Share May 27, 2014 576 Views Loan Risk Surges in Final April Indexcenter_img American Enterprise Institute Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Freddie Mac Mortgage Risk 2014-05-27 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_imgDespite increasing global competition, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is still by far the largest arts festival in the world. RelatedFind your fringe festival: 5 of the best to exploreEdinburgh’s epic Fringe offers more than 50,000 performances at 300 venues. But it’s not the only celebration of comedy, theatre and all things quirky.Edinburgh Festival Fringe 101: A first-timer’s guideEvery August, Edinburgh transforms from being Scotland’s prim and proper capital to the eclectic, eccentric and downright crazy city that hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest arts festival in the world.Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skyscanner recommends…Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skyscanner recommends… Bucking the economic downturn of the last two years, new venues continue to be introduced and last year a record 1,859,235 Fringe tickets were sold, an increase of 21 per cent up on the previous year. This is the 64th Fringe, and there are an amazing 2,452 shows scheduled across comedy, theatre and music.Every space in this small city seems to be used as a venue in August – last year even saw a show take place in a toilet! But don’t let that put you off; there are performances in some truly stunning locations, from atmospheric underground caves to world-class theatres. With plenty of flights to Edinburgh there’s no excuse not to get yourself into the swing of things in ‘Auld Reekie’ between 6 and 30 August 2010.If you’re travelling from abroad and can’t fly direct to Edinburgh, book flights to London and then get flights from London to Edinburgh. And remember to book your accommodation early – things get booked up fast!Cutting The Fringe: Top Tips• Check out the Half Price Hut every day – lots of great (and expensive) shows are often reduced• Hang around outside venues – there are masses of free tickets given away every day• Bring an umbrella – August can be beautiful, but expect unexpected downpours• Try and get some sleep while you can – you’ll need it for the next day’s marathon of shows• Word of mouth really is best way to find out – chat to people about what they saw• Wander around – follow your ears, eyes and noses to discover one-off eventsBest Of The Fest: Skyscanner RecommendsAlun Cochrane: Jokes. Life. And Jokes About Life. The loveable Yorkshireman and former Perrier nominee will be performing at his sixth Fringe, seducing audiences as he recounts his love of scratchy, freshly-washed towels and explains why he can’t resist texting a friend when he’s made an amazing sandwich.Emo Phillips: Please Witness My ActBack in Edinburgh for the first time since 2001, Emo’s distinctive comic surrealism has won countless fans and awards and influenced a generation of stand-ups. Emo has also featured in a number of successful films and TV series, and lent his voice to a range of cameo voiceover appearances. The Skyscanner team are excited to have him back in Edinburgh! The Gilded Balloon 25th Anniversary Shows The legendary venue hosts three nights of special shows on 27-29 August to celebrate 25 years at the heart of the Fringe. A spectacular line-up is promised, so advance tickets are highly recommended.The Oxford Alternotives The Alternotives have been performing since 1993 and have notched a string of gongs: check out their hugely entertaining a cappella show before they hit New York in September.Tim Vine: The Joke-amotive We simply cannot resist a good pun here at Skyscanner, and Tim Vine certainly delivers them in abundance. The Punslinger returns with two shows this year – in addition to the Joke-amotive, Tim Vine Chat Show is on for three nights only between 26-28 August. Find out if he’s the pun for you. Phil Kay: In Tweed‘The bearded heart and soul’ and ‘fairy godmother of the Fringe’ are just some of the things that have been said about Mr Kay over his 21-year Fringe career. A truly unique and unpredictable experience, Phil will take you on a whirlwind tour of life, love and yesterday’s lunch. Also back to due popular demand is afternoon kids show ‘Gimme Your Left Shoe’. The surreal deal. The Penny Dreadfuls Virtually a sell-out last time around, the multi-talented The Penny Dreadfuls return with a brand-new sketch show at Pleasance Courtyard. The wondrous ‘Aeneas Faversham Trilogy’ and ‘The Brothers Faversham’ mesmerised audiences over the last few years and this is definitely one show not to miss.The Phantom Band The eccentric Glaswegians return with new material following the critical acclaim of their 2009 debut album, Checkmate Savage. We’ll see you there at the Electric Circus on 24 August. Part of The Edge FestivalS1L3NC3: Mind Reader A sell-out performance at Camden Fringe 2009, prepare to be shocked and amazed by the debut Edinburgh Fringe show by S1L3NC3 which promises to ‘alter your perceptions of reasoning and belief.’ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgEx-deputy sued over 2003 disappearance of black man FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, filmmaker Tyler Perry speaks during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Perry and attorney Benjamin Crump are scheduled Tuesday to make an announcement about Felipe Santos and Terrance Williams, who vanished after being detained separately by Collier County deputy Steven Calkins. He wasn’t charged but was fired for not cooperating with investigators. Santos was Hispanic and Williams was black. Calkins is white. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) NAPLES, Fla. – The family of a black man who disappeared nearly 15 years ago filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing a former sheriff’s deputy of killing him, and filmmaker Tyler Perry took part in announcing the lawsuit.Marcia Williams and her attorney Benjamin Crump sued former Collier County deputy Steven Calkins, accusing him of murdering her 27-year-old son Terrance Williams after detaining him in January 2004. Calkins was also the last person seen with Felipe Santos, an illegal immigrant he picked up in October 2003.Williams’ mother said she filed the lawsuit to get answers for her son’s four children. The complaint does not set a dollar amount for damages.“I am not going to let it go until I get the answers that they deserve,” Williams said at a press conference, thanking Perry for supporting the family and bringing attention to the case. In 2014, Perry offered a $100,000 reward for information in the men’s disappearance. He said it turned up nothing, so he raised the reward Tuesday to $200,000.Perry, best known for his African-American family comedies and his character “Madea,” said “race has become such a polarizing” factor nationally, but this case should disturb any person, no matter their colour.“We have got to come together to fight injustice, to fight what is wrong,” Perry said.Calkins did not return a call seeking comment and no one answered Tuesday at his current home near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He told investigators in 2004 he dropped both men at a convenience store. He was never charged but the Collier County Sheriff’s Office fired him after he stopped co-operating with the investigation. He is white. Santos was from Mexico.Wiliams and Santos disappeared under similar circumstances in this southwest Florida county bordering the Everglades and its alligators.In October 2003, Santos, a construction and farm worker, had been in a fender bender and Calkins took him into custody because he did not have his license and registration.Three months later, Williams’ car broke down and he parked in a cemetery parking lot. He had just moved to the area to be near his mother and had been facing jail in Tennessee for failing to pay child support.Calkins came upon him and called for a tow. He then detained Williams for also failing to provide identification. He was recording using a Southern black accent as he spoke to his dispatcher and described Williams’ car as a “homie Cadillac.”Neither man was ever seen again.Calkins told investigators he had released the men before taking them to jail because they had been nice and he was cutting them a break.Collier sheriff’s investigators had no immediate response Tuesday, but they have said after initially co-operating, Calkins stopped and he failed a polygraph examination. He was fired. Investigators found no blood or signs of struggle in his patrol car. A tracking device was placed on it in case he ever visited a spot where the bodies may have been dumped, but he never did.Crump said the Williams family wants to force Calkins to sit for a deposition under oath to explain what happened after he picked up Williams. They believe that evidence uncovered in the lawsuit could lead to Calkins being charged criminally.Calkins could invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, but the bar to succeed in a lawsuit is lower than a criminal case. In the lawsuit, Crump would have to show it is more likely than not that Calkins killed Williams. In a criminal case, prosecutors would have to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, a tough standard without any bodies.He praised the Collier investigators, saying they and prosecutors have they done what they could but now it is time to help them get some answers.“Terrance Williams is going to be the beacon of hope for what people can do,” said Crump, who gained national fame representing the family the 17-year-old Florida youth fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012.___Foley reported from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.center_img by Terry Spencer And Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2018 2:47 am PDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgGovernment spokesman Prodromos Prodromou on Thursday said Turkish Cypriot moves in the closed-off town of Varosha were a clear violation of UN resolutions after it emerged that experts had started an inventory of abandoned buildings.Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay announced on Thursday morning he was entering Varosha with the group of experts.The move follows a ‘cabinet’ decision last June on appointing a committee of experts to carry out a scientific inventory of Varosha. The decision aims at studying the town’s land registry records, the condition of its movable and immovable properties, identify properties of Islamic religious organisation Evkaf, and environmental risks. Evkaf lays claim to a large part of Varosha.“We have some rough figures. We need to update them,” Ozersay told Turkish channel NTV.He reportedly said works were being sped up for the opening of Varosha.The group was to carry out its first inspection of the town, he said.Before any moves are made, the experts will have to inspect the condition of properties that belonged to Greek Cypriots, adding that the important thing was that they would carry out this inventory without violating the property rights of individuals, but also of Evkaf.Ozersay said they would look into the condition of the town’s infrastructure and of tourist establishments.  “After this research is completed, we will decide how Varosha will be a part of social life,” he said.He added that the closed-off town should not remain unutilised and a military area, while “the people who have rights to their properties there, have no connection to them.”Depending on the results of the study, a decision will be made if this will take place gradually or on a one-off basis, although he said it seems unrealistic to open Varosha all at once.Ozersay tweeted later that it was the first time in 45 years that such a large delegation had entered the fenced-off area to inspect it. He said on-the-spot checks would continue and the Turkish Cypriot ‘government’ would pursue its study of Varosha in line with its decision to move ahead. He said he was determined to make a change in an area that had become “a symbol of the status quo”.“A new impetus can be given both in Famagusta and Varosha and in Cyprus in general,” he said.Meanwhile ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar reiterated that Varosha would open under Turkish Cypriot administration.“This is a clear violation of UN resolutions,” Prodromou said.He added that such actions, that are part of a number taking place recently, do not create the necessary climate for a relaunch of the talks.While the UN Secretary-General asks and expects goodwill from both sides for a new effort, this kind of actions are a step to the opposite direction, he said.“We hope the Turkish side, in its entirety, will finally act in such a way as to respond also to the call and the will of the President of the Republic for substantive talks,” he said.Prodromou said that only substantive talks could prevent or stop the moves underway either by Turkey or the breakaway administration.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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