Vague economic vows

first_imgElection manifestos of political parties contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections seem to have one thing in common. None of them, including nationally present BJP and Congress, produced an economic manifesto, clearly specifying economic goals that will push industrial investment, create new employment and income for millions of the country’s unemployed youths in the coming five years. Domestic industrial investments witnessed a downtrend for almost seven consecutive years. Imports are galloping. The last five years saw a very week export growth compared to the previous 10 years. Imports are taking away domestic jobs. None of the major political parties seems to have plans to tackle it. New project investments have been the lowest in 12 quarters at about Rs 1 lakh crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed. This number is the lowest in 14 years, since mid-2004. Economic manifestos are practically blank on such matters. Also Read – A special kind of bondBJP’s election manifesto, promising investment of Rs 100-lakh crore in infrastructure over the next five years and pension to marginal farmers seem to be over-ambitious. Experts say that the promises if implemented would have a huge impact on the country’s exchequer. The slowdown in several economic indicators adds the scepticism towards the actual implementation of such decisions. The party’s Rs 100-lakh crore investment resolution by 2014 in the infrastructure sector raised eyebrows in many quarters. Also Read – Insider threat managementExpressing astonishment over the promised investment, N R Bhanumurthy, professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, said that it is unrealistic as the amount is over 50 per cent of the country’s current GDP. Former chief statistician Pronab Sen said that the political parties do not actually tend to spend the money they promise in manifestos. During the budget presentation, they would come out with more pragmatic proposals. BJP reiterated its promise to double farm income by 2022, extend PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers, and give pension for small and marginal farmers. The ‘Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat’, also pledged an investment of Rs 25-lakh crore to improve productivity in the farm sector. The Congress party’s economic manifesto is equally ambitious and unclear. The biggest takeaways from the manifesto are Congress’s flagship scheme NYAY that promises to eliminate poverty by 2030 and gives assurance to fill 22-lakh job vacancies within the government to boost employment. Few will disagree that the government is over-employed. A substantial portion of the government’s expenditure is now spent on administrative expenses, including massive salaries and perks to employees and payments towards pensions. Why does it want to further burden the government and its budget expenditure by filling up 22-lakh job vacancies? Why not expand industry and trade and minimise imports? Why talk of 2030, when the next government’s life ends in May 2024? A key focus of NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), according to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is: “Garibi pe war, saal me 72,000 hazar (War on poverty, Rs 72,000 per year)”. The party has promised to create a new ministry of industry, services and employment in its bid to underline the link between the growth of the industry and services sectors and rapid creation of jobs. Congress has also promised to create 10 lakh jobs in gram sabhas. But, it is silent on how to pay for these jobs and the benefits they will bring to taxpayers. Few political parties had undertaken any serious background research on what ails the economy, reasons behind the slowdown in industrial investment, impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), IoT, blockchain, digitisation and machine learning on India’s industry and the future job market. More importantly, there is no mention of how the next ruling political party wishes to exploit India’s attractive consumption-oriented market with the high growth of the middle-class and rising disposable income. According to NRI Consulting, an affiliate of Japanese major Nomura Holdings, only 15 per cent of what is consumed in India is made by its domestic manufacturing industry, limiting the country’s ability to create employment opportunities. It said that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), if nurtured well, can bridge the gap and create 10 million jobs in the next 4-5 years. “This could be done by following a market-oriented approach for MSMEs, wherein organised private sector participants invest in capacity building of the MSMEs against a valid for-profit business case with long term benefits,” the research firm said in a note on the Indian market, amid the political debate on jobs and joblessness. The MSME sector remained the highest job provider creating almost 36 million jobs, which was about 70 per cent in the entire manufacturing sector in 2017-18. “A deep dive into product groups manufactured in various clusters in India suggests that a dedicated focus on developing these MSMEs can create additional 7.5 to10 million employment opportunities in the next 4-5 years through partial substitution of imports,” Japan-based NRI Consulting said. However, not many in the BJP-led government seem to have any idea about the time it should take to make the so-called ‘Make-in-India’ drive successful and productive. Reckless imports of consumer goods and industrial products — from steel, automotive tyres to consumer electronics — have turned many of our MSMEs sick. For a specific instance, India’s top three homegrown mobile phone makers posted an accelerated fall in revenue in FY18, accounting for less than a quarter of the sales value generated by their Chinese rivals, Registrar of Companies filings show. India’s poll-bound political parties may not be interested in such details for preparation of their economic manifestos. Marketing unemployment ‘doles’ appears to be easier, catchier and a more favourable option than creating viable employment opportunities. Wish political parties questioned why India’s industrial growth fell to its lowest in 20 months last February. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


Smoking shisha linked to diabetes and obesity study finds

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. Smoking shisha “significantly increases” the risk of users developing diabetes and obesity, a major study has revealed for the first time.Research carried out by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that smokers were more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to non-smokers after inhaling ‘hookah’ fumes.In the largest study to ever explore the adverse effects of hookah smoking, the participants baseline characteristics were measured against their biochemical results which were observed through blood tests.Out of the 9840 participants involved, 6742 were non-smokers, 976 were ex-smokers, 864 were cigarette smokers, 1067 were hookah smokers and 41 were both cigarette and hookah smokers.Obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and dyslipidemia were all positively associated with hookah smoking while negatively associated with cigarette smoking.The research has cast doubt on the widespread belief that smoking hookah is less toxic because it involves an apparatus designed to purify tobacco smoke by passing it through water.Professor Gordon Ferns, Head of the Department of Medical Education Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said: “A single session of hookah smoking may be equivalent to more than a packet of cigarettes, and the inhaled toxic compounds may be even greater.“It is unclear why hookah smoking is associated with obesity and diabetes. It is possible that the toxins in the smoke stimulate an inflammatory response that causes tissues to become resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin, that regulates glucose in the blood. However, it is also possible that hookah smoking is associated with other social behaviours that lead to weight gain.” As cigarette sales have steadily been falling for decades, people are increasingly turning to ‘healthier’ alternatives like e-cigarettes, vaping and hookah smoking.Many people are attracted by the taste of shisha- the sweet sticky tobacco used with hookah- and can spend hours casually using the pipe when out with friends.However, while a cigarette is finished in an average of 20 puffs, shisha smokers can be exposed to greater volumes of tar heavy metals and other carcinogenic chemicals over a longer period of time.The practice now accounts for around half of all the smoking that teenagers do, according to a British Medical Journal study published earlier this year.Experts have warned that the long term health effects of hookah smoking could in fact be greater than cigarettes,so more needs to be done to reduce their appeal to younger generations.Professor Ferns added:  “There is now good evidence that hookah smoking is not harmless. The risks of hookah smoking with respect to some types of cancer is well established, and the evidence for an association with cardiovascular disease is growing.“From a health policy perspective, it would be important for the public to recognise the risks of hookah smoking. The use of flavoured tobaccos may be particularly attractive to young people. Hookah smoking should be treated no differently from cigarette smoking.” read more


Breakfast at Bebetos All you need to know from the 10th night

first_img Source: Martin Meissner(Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi dives but fails to stop a goal by Argentina’s Lionel Messi)WinnerThe underdogs – Despite many people predicting a rout in favour of Argentina, Iran held their own in yesterday’s Group F encounter, producing a tactically intelligent defensive display that enabled them to create at least three clear-cut chances, all of which they failed to take, as well as having an obvious penalty turned down. In the end, they were undone by a moment of magic from Lionel Messi, but manager Carlos Queiroz justifiably declared himself proud of the Asian team after they exceeded expectations on Saturday. Source: Themba Hadebe(Ghana’s Andre Ayew celebrates scoring his side’s first goal)And similarly, Ghana recovered from their disappointing opening loss against the US to draw 2-2 with one of the tournament favourites — Germany. A spirited display from the African side saw them pass up several chances before eventually having to be content with a point following Miroslav Klose’s leveller 19 minutes from time.Loser Source: Sergei Grits(Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona leaves the tribune during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran)Diego Maradona – The Argentinian legend was in attendance for his country’s game with Iran, yet so unimpressed was the former star by the South American team’s initial lack of inspiration that he departed the game early, thereby missing Messi’s Maradona-like intervention as Alejandro Sabella’s side belatedly confirmed their place in the second round of the tournament.Joga BonitoThere is only one inevitable choice for this slot today — it is, of course, Lionel Messi showing why most people rate him as the best footballer in the world.http://vine.co/v/MTtx6JaHruYWhat we’ve got to look forward to todayHipsters’ favourites Belgium look to secure their place in the knockout stages by beating Russia in the game starting at 5pm.South Korea take on dark horses Algeria, who ran Belgium extremely close in their first match of the tournament, in the 8pm game.USA can knock Portugal out of the competition with a win in tonight’s 11pm kick-off, and Paulo Bento’s men could indeed struggle against Jürgen Klinsmann’s side if they don’t improve significantly on their opening 4-0 loss against Germany. On Day 10…BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA’S MAIDEN appearance at a World Cup finals ended in disappointment as Peter Odemwingie’s goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat by African champions Nigeria in Cuiaba and ensured they could not qualify for the second round. Nigeria’s win, their first at a World Cup finals since 1998, leaves them as favourites to join Argentina in the second round. Source: Fernando Llano(Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo, right, celebrates as Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko, left, sits on the pitch)Meanwhile, Miroslav Klose hit a World Cup record-equalling 15th goal as Germany fought back to claim a 2-2 draw with Ghana. Veteran striker Klose had only been on the pitch as a substitute for two minutes in Fortaleza when he jabbed home Germany’s equaliser and joined Brazilian great Ronaldo on top of the all-time scoring charts. The 36-year-old Lazio striker struck in the 71st minute of a thrilling Group G game at the Castelao Stadium after goals from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan had fired Ghana into a 2-1 lead. Mario Götze had given Germany the lead, heading in off his own knee on 51 minutes after a goalless first half. Source: Martin Mejia(Germany’s Miroslav Klose does a somersault after scoring his side’s second goal)Finally, Lionel Messi scored a brilliant injury time winner as Argentina overcame Iran 1-0 in Belo Horizonte to squeeze into the second round. Four-time world player of the year Messi curled in a sublime shot from just outside the area in the first minute of stoppage time to break Iranian hearts in the Group F battle. The Argentina captain had been largely anonymous for much of the match as Iran frustrated the South American giants at the Mineirao Stadium. Additional reporting by AFPKlose equals Ronaldo’s scoring record as Ghana hold Germany in thrillerYaya and Kolo Toure to remain in Brazil despite younger brother’s death>last_img read more


Roberto Martinez says John Stones has a bright future

first_imgBelgium manager Roberto Martinez recently claimed he is still keeping track of John Stones’ performance in Manchester City.The coach is far from being alone as someone who enjoys and appreciates the growth of Stones during his stay in City. Martinez is known to have been interested in the youngster while in Wigan, but got the chance to work with him a few months later – when he moved to Everton.Even though Stones did not show his full potential, it was enough to prove to Pep Guardiola and co. that he is worth the money.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I was scouting John for Wigan and we missed him on deadline day, and then he signed for Everton in January 2013,” Martinez reminisced, according to Manchester Evening News.“He hadn’t made his debut when I joined Everton that summer, but, from day one, I knew John had to be a centre-half and he had the composure on the ball to play there.”“It was a really interesting journey to see him grow and taking responsibility and get to the level he has got to. He has a big future,” Martinez went on to add.last_img read more


ONeill focuses on the positives

first_imgDespite being relegated in the UEFA Nations League, Michael O’Neill is optimistic his Northen Ireland side is improving.Northern Ireland have failed to win a single point from their opening three matches in Group B3 and will be relegated to Group C when the Nations League returns, and Michael O’Neill knows that.Bosnia and Herzegovina are expected to win the group, with Austria in second place, but O’Neill feels they are improving as they try to focus on next year’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.“We played the other night with a starting line-up of five core players and six who are in single figures in terms of caps – Gavin Whyte, Liam Boyce, George Saville, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith and the goalkeeper [Bailey Peacock-Farrell],” O’Neill told Sky Sports.The Netherlands have a walk in the park in Estonia’s pitch Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 With a stellar performance from Ryan Babel, the Netherlands won their second consecutive UEFA Euro Qualifier against Estonia.After the impressive performance they offered in…“We’re progressing, those boys are stepping up in international football and playing against a lot more experienced players.“I’ve been delighted with how the players have come in. We’ve got good competition for places in a lot of areas on the pitch, at times we haven’t had that.“So despite the fact the three games have gone against us, we were disappointed to lose the games but I’m not devastated or despondent.”last_img read more


Icardis agent speaks about his future

first_imgAccording to Mauro Icardi’s agent and wife, the Argentinean player is not near signing an extension to his Inter Milan contract.There have been some rumors that Internazionale Milan footballer Mauro Icardi might leave the Italian Lega Serie A team.And today his agent and wife Wanda Nara spoke to the press about what his future looks like.“The renewal of Icardi with Inter is very far away today. We are far from reaching an agreement, we have not yet received a satisfactory proposal from Inter”, Nara was quoted by Calcio Mercato.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I do not deny that at any moment we can reach an agreement, but today we are very far.”“It is not logical to renew the contract for the amount of money that Mauro already earns. We believe that Mauro deserves more,” she added.“There are very important clubs interested in Mauro, the two most important clubs in Spain, with whom we have excellent relationships, plus an English and a French team”.last_img read more


Bloomberry Resorts establishes cruise terminal management arm

first_imgBloomberry Resorts Corporation has announced the establishment of a new corporate entity, Bloomberry Cruise Terminals Inc. (BCTI), tasked with developing, managing and operating cruise terminals.Described as a complementary line of business to the tourism and leisure business of Bloomberry, which owns and operates Manila’s Solaire Resort and Casino, BCTI will start with a new cruise port being developed in Salomague in the northern Philippines where Bloomberry subsidiary Sureste was recently awarded a 10-year lease by the Philippines Port Authority. Megaworld insists POGO exposure “small and manageable” as license moratorium sees share price tumble RelatedPosts G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More It will also manage the US$308 million cruise ship port to be built alongside Solaire in Manila’s Entertainment City“The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has recently approved the designation of the proposed Solaire Cruise Center and Yacht Harbor as a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ), subject to certain conditions,” Bloomberry said.When complete, the new Entertainment City port will not only include terminal facilities but expanded entertainment facilities such as retail, dining, maritime recreation options and public esplanades.Bloomberry has previously stated its intention to begin construction of the cruise port in 3Q19 with Phase 1 to be completed in 2021.last_img read more


Muzen Audios retroinspired speakers will impress your inner hipster

first_img Test your music system with these great rock tracks 22 Photos Bluetooth Tags With a battery life of around 10 hours, you’ll have plenty of fun before you need to recharge the speaker via micro-USB. The Muzen OTR is currently on sale in China, the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands. It launches this week in Singapore. The OTR Metal retails for $135 or S$139 (about £80 or AU$145) while the OTR Wood goes for $123 or S$129. Prices may differ in your region, so be sure to check your local stores for updated pricing.img-2633The Muzen OTR Wood has a very nice finish and feel that I quite liked. Aloysius Low/CNET Wireless & Bluetooth Speakerscenter_img 2 Share your voice Comments The Muzen OTR Metal comes with leather straps for carrying around and a cool box packaging.  Aloysius Low/CNET Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days, but Chinese brand Muzen Audio has added something extra to help its OTR speaker stand out: Radio.The Muzen OTR (or “On The Road”) series comes in a retro-inspired wood or metal finish with tiny analog gold dials. And unlike many other speakers, it can pick up radio broadcasts. The throwback design and unusual feature means you’ll spend longer fiddling with it than you normally would with a speaker.I hardly listen to the radio — Spotify has long filled in that niche — but I occasionally switch it on in the car to catch the news while I’m driving. I think there’s something about the experience of turning the dial to find a radio station that’s missing from digital tuners, but perhaps I’m getting old and nostalgic.muzenotrmetal02The Muzen OTR Metal comes with analog dials. Aloysius Low/CNET Apart from the radio playback, the Muzen OTR is a decent Bluetooth speaker, capable of reaching high volume without losing clarity. It doesn’t pack much bass, but it’s boomy enough that I didn’t find it lacking in most of the songs I tested on the speaker. Personally, I prefer the wood OTR model over the metal, as the shiny finish can be a fingerprint magnet. But the metal model’s vintage looks are more eye-catching. The speaker comes in a cool custom box with removable leather straps you can use to carry it around. last_img read more


The best phones you can buy for 500

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) Display size, resolution 1:41 12-megapixel, 12-megapixel mono In-display Storage 6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in 5.82 oz; 165g $499 64GB 6.0-inch gOLED; 2,160×1,080 pixels Connector 12.2-megapixel 8-megapixel Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z4 5.5 oz; 156g Yes 128GB, 256GB 8:29 3,000 mAh No Android 9.0 Share your voice 4GB 2GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdraon 670 Battery $480 8-megapixel Motorola Moto Z4 Google goes ‘budget’ with Pixel 3A and 3A XL Moto Z4 vs. Pixel 3A XLGoogle’s budget wonder changed the affordable phone gamepixel-3a-xl-32Remarkably, the Pixel 3A and 3A XL both have one of the best cameras found on any phone you can buy. Angela Lang/CNET Google ruined budget phones for us when it released the Pixel 3A and 3A XL. The biggest reason is that the affordable phones have the same camera found in the Pixel 3 — one of the best you can buy. Most other budget phones, including my favorite the Moto G7, have decent cameras for the price, but with the Pixel 3A rocking the one from its older brother, it’s hard not to take notice.The Pixel 3A costs $399 and the larger Pixel 3A XL, which seems more in line size-wise with the Moto Z4, costs $479. Both Pixels run stock Android and Google has promised a minimum of three years of software updates for the phones.The Moto Z4 has a nice screen that’s also larger: 6.4 inches compared to the Pixel 3A XL’s 6-inch one. The Z4 lasted over 2 hours longer than the Pixel in our battery tests, despite having a lower-capacity battery. And the build quality of the Z4 feels much more premium than the plastic body of the Pixel 3A and 3A XL.If you’re a camera nerd, the Pixel 3A or 3A XL is the way to go, but if you want a bigger screen and longer battery life, the Moto Z4 is worth considering. See It Pixel density Video capture Yes 4K 438 ppi Camera Front-facing camera 158 x 75 x 7.35 mm Android 8.1 Oreo Now playing: Watch this: USB-C In-display fingerprint reader, Moto Actions, Moto Mods 28 Photos Yes Android 9.0 5G AT&T Google Lenovo Motorola Samsung Verizon OnePlus 25-megapixel 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2:48 2:21 Yes 402 ppi Compatibility for Moto Mods, extra battery pack Mobile software A super-close look at the Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus under a macro lens USB-C 142 x 70 x 7.9 mm Motorola Moto Z3 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm On the side Now playing: Watch this: $499 Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 2GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Price off-contract (USD) Samsung Galaxy S10E Dimensions (Millimeters) 10 The Moto Z4 costs $500. Its biggest problem? All of the other great phones you can get for that price. Angela Lang/CNET I recently reviewed the Motorola Moto Z4, which sells for $499 unlocked here in the US. It’s part midrange phone, part modular monster and, with the addition of a $349 mod, part gateway drug for Verizon’s fun-sized 5G network. The reason it’s difficult to recommend the Moto Z4 to anyone other than 5G early-adopters or people up to their ears in Moto Mods is that there are a number of solid phones that cost around the same price. If you have a budget of around $500, boy oh boy, do you have some great phone options in 2019.For starters, there’s the $459 OnePlus 6T and the $479 Google Pixel 3A XL, the latter of which has one of the best cameras on any phone you can currently buy. Then there’s last year’s Moto Z3, which Motorola still sells for $480. But perhaps the most jaw-dropping alternative is the Samsung Galaxy S10E, which can be bought through Verizon, AT&T and B&H for $550, or on Amazon for $520.Here’s how the Moto Z4 stacks up against the Galaxy S10E, Pixel 3A XL, OnePlus 6T and Moto Z3. For even more phone options under $500, check out our roundup of the best phones under $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 10-megapixel 6.20 x 2.94 x 0.32 in In-display 4K No Moto Z4 is a $500 rival to Google’s Pixel 3a 16-megapixel 6.2 x 2.95 x 0.3 incenter_img 6GB, 8GB 6.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 48-megapixel 4K Weight (Ounces, Grams) Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 128GB 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels 128GB, 256GB Google Pixel 3A XL See It 5:04 Special features Phones Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 4GB 4K OnePlus 6T 403 ppi 6.5 oz; 185g Moto Z4 vs. Moto Z35G ‘budget’ phonesmoto-z3-5g-mod-2If you’re choosing between the Moto Z3 and Z4 to use on 5G, the Z4 and its long battery life is a must have. Juan Garzon/CNET Currently Motorola sells the Moto Z4 for $500 and the Moto Z3, which has a more powerful Snapdragon 835 processor and can also use the 5G Moto Mod, for $480. The Moto Z4 has a much longer battery life, comes with twice the storage and newer cameras on the front and back.Aside from the processor, the Moto Z4 seems like a better phone, especially its monster battery, which lasted 5 hours longer in our looped video tests in airplane mode than the Moto Z3.Both phones are able to be used on Verizon’s 5G network via a $349 mod. Though I didn’t test the Moto Z4’s 5G connectivity with the 5G Moto Mod, my colleague Jessica Dolcourt got to test a Moto Z3 with the 5G mod this spring. She describes the experience as “kludgy at best.” Her biggest issue with the Moto Z3 and 5G mod setup was the horrible battery life.If you want to get one of these phones to use with the 5G mod, grab the Moto Z4, since it offers a bigger battery. Otherwise, the Moto Z3 is compelling if you’re into more graphics heavy tasks like gaming, editing photos and recording video. In-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM, Dash Charging, notifications toggle Yes RAM 3,700 mAh 3,700 mAh 3,700 mAh 5.89 oz; 167g 160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm Comments USB-C Back Moto Z4 vs. Galaxy S10EA flagship phone for the cost of a midrange onegalaxy-s10e-5Currently you can nab the $750 Galaxy S10E for $520. Angela Lang/CNET The Moto Z4 and Galaxy S10E are two very different phones that by some twist of fate cost nearly the same — at least for the time being. The Galaxy S10E is essentially a scaled-down Galaxy S10 and includes a Snapdragon 855 processor, one of the best camera systems and wireless charging that can also be used to charge accessories like wireless earbuds or a smartwatch. At its original price of $750, the Galaxy S10E was an excellent deal. For $520 it’s incredible.At $500, the Moto Z4 lacks wireless charging and has a modest processor compared to the Galaxy S10E. On the other hand the Moto Z4 lasted 2 hours, 21 minutes longer in our looped video tests in airplane mode, has a larger screen and can be modded into a 5G phone with the addition of a 5G Moto Mod. Also, Motorola’s friendly and easy-to-use software on the Z4 is a delight. The near-stock take on Android is honestly one of our favorite versions of the operating system out there.All that said, the Galaxy S10E for $520 is an absolutely bonkers deal for what you get and I think would be a better fit for most people than the Moto Z4. Android 9 Pie 64GB Moto Z4 vs. OnePlus 6TLast year’s flagship for lessoneplus-6t-fotoOnePlus phones have always been a wonderful value and with the 6T you get last year’s flagship for the price of a midrange phone. Juan Garzon/CNET Though it launched in November last year, the OnePlus 6T still offers more flagship appeal than the Moto Z4. It has a better design, build, display, cameras and faster performance. And if Motorola’s software take on Android is my favorite, OnePlus’ OxygenOS, with its elegant and simple UI, is my second favorite.The Moto Z4’s battery lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes longer than the OnePlus in our tests, however. And the Moto Z4 is 9 months newer than the 6T.If you want to save $40 — you can buy it for $459 on Amazon — the OnePlus 6T is the way to go. Unless you want to be on Verizon, then the Moto Z4 is the better option. 156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75 mm Dimensions (Inches) Fingerprint sensor Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy Headphone jack Yes $499 AR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shooting 5.3oz.; 150g Moto Z4 specs compared with the Pixel 3A XL, OnePlus 6T, Moto Z3, Galaxy S10E 6.3 x 3.0 x 0.3 in No OnePlus 6T’s in-screen fingerprint reader looks to the… 4K 6GB, 8GB 402 ppi 402 ppi $499 Moto Z3 has a long wait for its 5G moment $459 4GB 2.35GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 $520 USB-C Processor 6.41-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels See it Power button Walmart 16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in Expandable storage Now playing: Watch this: $479 Motorola Moto Z4 Review • Motorola Moto Z4 review: The cheapest 5G phone you can buy but shouldn’t Tags 6.0-inch OLED; 2,160×1,080 pixels No 3,100 mAh Android 9.0 USB-Clast_img read more


AHFC to stop accepting Home Energy Rebate applications

first_imgDownload audioThe Alaska Housing Finance Corporation will stop accepting new applications for the Home Energy Rebate Program waitlist next month. People who are in the process of making their homes more energy efficient are still eligible to receive up to $10 thousand dollars for home improvements. As of January 15, 113 people were on the wait list, and AHFC still has $5 million dollars that aren’t currently obligated for specific homes. But AHFC Governmental Relations Director Stacy Schubert says that money could be moved out of the program through the legislature’s budget process.Since the program started in 2008, nearly 25 thousand families have received rebates for doing things like adding insulation to their homes or improving their heating systems. Rebates averaged about $6,500 dollars. New participants can still sign up for the waitlist until March 25.last_img read more


Ford Ecosport Demand Scales in India Waiting Period for Petrol Variant Extends

first_imgFord’s new EcoSport SUV may have gone through a bad phase like the mass recall from the market for a technical glitch soon after its launch. But new reports suggest that the issue did not affect the demand for the vehicle.According to a report by IndianAutos Blog, which got an image of the waiting list from its reader Venkat Chaitanya Mantravadi, the waiting period of Ford EcoSport has been extended to a minimum of six months due to the increasing demand for the SUV in the Indian market. The vehicle which was launched in ten trims and three engine versions with a starting price of ₹ 5.59 lakh is witnessing a remarkable demand in the country.Reports suggest that the waiting period of the EcoSport petrol version has been extended to 180 days or six months, while waiting period for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost EcoSport was stretched to 90-150 days. The waiting period for the base diesel variants such as the Ambiente and the Trend is 1-3 months from booking dates. The aforementioned waiting list is said to be more or less the same across the country.Ford EcoSport received more than 30,000 bookings within the first 17 days of its launch in India on 26 June, and the demand is expected to go higher in the coming days. The company had recently recalled the EcoSport diesel model in India to fix the issued with the glow plug module.Below are the prices of Ford’s Ecosport SUV in India1.5L petrol MT – ₹5.59 lakh1.5L diesel – ₹6.69 lakh1.0L EcoBoost – ₹7.89 lakh1.5L Petrol Auto – ₹8.44 lakhlast_img read more


Asia dips as China stocks deepen losses dollar down after Fed

first_imgAsian stocks were mostly lower on Thursday as Chinese equities deepened their losses, souring risk sentiment that had improved earlier after the Federal Reserve provided a positive assessment of the U.S. economy.Spreadbetters forecast a slightly lower open for Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC.The dollar fell as some in the currency market had hoped the Fed would give a clearer indication that it could raise rates before end-2016.South Korea’s Kospi and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng both shed 0.4 percent.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan, which briefly climbed to its highest level since August 2015, clung to gains and was last up 0.1 percent.Shanghai fell 0.6 percent after shedding 1.9 percent the previous day.News that Chinese regulators are planning a tough clampdown on wealth management products to curb risks to the banking system had weighed heavily on Chinese stocks, with investors still wading through the details.Japan’s Nikkei declined more than 1 percent, undermined by a stronger yen and nerves before the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy decision on Friday.With the Fed meeting over, the spotlight fell on the BOJ, under mounting pressure to ease monetary policy and keep abreast of the Japanese government’s large fiscal stimulus plan.”The best-case scenario for the market is that the BOJ decides to increase government debt purchases without cutting interest rates further into negative territory,” said Hikaru Sato, a senior technical analyst at Daiwa Securities in Tokyo.”But the BOJ can’t save face if it does not cut rates into negative territory after it introduced the negative interest rate policy (in January), so we need to brace for such possibility, too.”Wall Street shares ended little changed overnight following the Fed’s policy decision to leave interest rates unchanged.The Fed did say, however, that near-term risks to the U.S. economic outlook had diminished, opening the door for a potential near-term hike in the eyes of many.But the Fed also noted that inflation expectations were on balance little changed in recent months, and gave no firm indication of whether it would raise rates at its next policy meeting in September.”While a number of investment banks have increased their internal probability models for a September hike, the interest rate markets have gone the other way and priced out the prospect. The reverberations of this re-pricing can be seen in weakness in the USD and a bold rally in gold,” wrote Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in Melbourne.The Fed’s latest policy statement steered traders to favor longer-dated U.S. Treasuries over shorter-dated issues, pushing the yields on 10-year notes and 30-year bonds to 1-1/2-week lows as prices rose. Spot gold hovered near a two-week high of $1,342.18 an ounce touched overnight when it gained 1.4 percent. Higher interest rates tend to diminish the appeal of non-yielding gold.The dollar index slipped to a nine-day low of 96.545, pulling back sharply from a 4-1/2-month high of 97.569 scaled early in the week.The euro, which gained 0.7 percent overnight, edged up to a nine-day high of $1.1077.The dollar was down 0.6 percent at 104.75 yen, with caution over potential monetary easing by the BOJ limiting the greenback’s losses.Against the broadly weaker U.S. currency, the Australian dollar was up 0.4 percent at $0.7524.U.S. crude CLc1 rose 0.2 percent to $42.02 a barrel on bargain hunting after sliding to a three-month low of $41.68 on Wednesday after news U.S. crude and gasoline stocks had surged. Brent crude LCOc1 gained 0.2 percent to $43.55 a barrel.last_img read more


Cocky Perhaps Confident Absolutely And thats

first_imgCocky? Perhaps. Confident? Absolutely. And that’s a good thing.Cornerbacks have it tough, as today’s rules are meant to make it more difficult to stop receivers. If Peterson can live up to his potential then he, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes can form one of the better secondaries in the NFL. He has the size, the tools and the swagger. However, only time will tell if stardom is really in his future. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Well, Peterson has his sights set on a bigger piece of real estate, as he told USA Today.“I don’t want an island,” the fifth overall selection in the second prime-time draft said. “I want a universe.” Expectations are high for Patrick Peterson, and there is hope his addition will give the Cardinals one of the better secondaries in the NFL.On his own, though, people are talking about Peterson in the same way they do New York Jets corner Darrelle Revis, who is so good that he is left to cover receivers without any help. The scenario has been dubbed “Revis Island”, as the only inhabitants are the corner and whatever wideout he is matched up against. Legend has it once you arrive you are rarely, if ever, heard from again. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more


• Junior Galette says hes still toptier rusher

first_img• Junior Galette says he’s still ‘top-tier’ rusher, wants more chances (ESPN NFL Nation)Galette missed the past two seasons after hurting both Achilles. The fact that he has recovered from that to help has been impressive. But Galette feels he’s capable of more. On Twitter, he has used the hashtag #Free58 when discussing his chances.Friday, December 15• Now dead last in points allowed, Redskins try to fix a faltering defense (Washington Post)The problem for the Redskins’ defense has come during games, when breakdowns in assignments or confusion over responsibilities has led to back-breaking plays by opponents.• Five story lines to follow in Sunday’s Redskins-Cardinals game (Washington Post)With their playoff hopes scuttled, the Redskins can finish no better than 8-8 in Coach Jay Gruden’s fourth season. Sunday’s game against the Cardinals will serve as a test of the squad’s character. Will players show up prepared? • Josh Norman sits out practice; Redskins hope Montae Nicholson can return (ESPN NFL Nation)Norman rested because of a sore knee, coach Jay Gruden told reporters. He did not think it was serious, but they wanted to give Norman a day of rest just to be sure. The Redskins want Norman available for Sunday’s game vs. Arizona to help covering receiver Larry Fitzgerald.Wednesday, December 13• Su’a Cravens cleared to return to football. Will he do so with the Redskins? (Washington Post)Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens plans to play football next season.In a statement released Tuesday, Cravens’s agent, Fadde Mikhail, said his client “has received medical clearance to resume all football activities.”The question now is: Will he be suiting up for the Redskins in 2018?• Jordan Reed’s season is over after Redskins place tight end on injured reserve (Washington Post)The oft-injured Reed last played in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys and has missed the Redskins’ last six games with a hamstring injury. He finishes the season with just 27 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns.• Reed’s ‘incomplete’ season fails to pay dividends (Washington Times) The Arizona Cardinals make their first trip to the nation’s capital since 2011 when they visit the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.It’s been even longer since the Cardinals won in Washington. Jake Plummer ran for three touchdowns and threw for two others in a 45-42 win over the Redskins in 1998. Since then, Arizona has lost seven straight to the Redskins in D.C.Washington comes into this game at 5-8 and has lost four of its last five contests, including ugly back-to-back losses to Dallas and the Los Angeles Chargers. Like most teams in December, the ‘Skins are banged up and currently have 14 players on injured reserve, including four offensive linemen and three running backs. Asked last week to give an assessment of Jordan Reed’s season, Redskins coach Jay Gruden shrugged and threw his hands up to the side. It was the human version of this emoji: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯• Here are the reasons why the Redskins won’t be moving on from Jordan Reed this offseason (NBC Sports Washington)His injury history and his 2018 salary cap number of $10.3 million has many wondering if the Redskins will choose to move on from him during the offseason.• Need to Know: Redskins’ offense is having third-down issues (NBC Sports Washington)Last year, the Redskins converted 45.2% of their third-downs. This year, that is down to 34.9%, 27th in the league.• Kirk Cousins And The Offense Trying To Find A Rhythm (Redskins.com)Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who continued to lead his team under center despite the bleak postseason outlook, struggled against the Los Angeles defense, throwing for 151 yards, one touchdown and one interception.• Is it time for the Redskins to test out Colt McCoy? (247Sports.com)With Kirk Cousins and the front office still seemingly at an impasse over his contract, USA Today reporter Lake Lewis makes the case that it could be time to hand over the keys to McCoy to better gauge Cousins’ worth. Fans have been clamoring to see McCoy at various times throughout Cousins’ reign as the Redskins starter, and getting a closer look at him could effectively set the price that the team would be willing to pay for their current starter. • Norman: I’m just trying to get this franchise back to glory days (Washington Times)“I’m just trying to get this franchise back to its glory days,” Norman said. “There’s so many great people that come through here, so many legacies. … Man, they’re so proud, they’re so proud. To let these guys down, it’s gut wrenching to me. It’s hard to take and swallow a pill [of not making the playoffs] because you kind of feel their pain.”• Redskins have home-dirt advantage on Sunday (Washington Times)The ugly condition of the field became a topic of conversation in an otherwise dreadful 20-10 win over the New York Giants — the big brown stain in the middle of the field looking particularly bad in the aerial shots on the national television broadcast.The Redskins, in an email response to questions from the Washington Post, said the condition of the field was a “non-issue.”• Josh Doctson shows glimpses of talent, still must prove he can be top target (ESPN NFL Nation)Doctson’s numbers aren’t gaudy, but some of that stems from opportunities. In his eight games as the starting X receiver, he’s received only 5.1 targets per game. Some of that is on him; some of that is on quarterback Kirk Cousins. • RG III still wants to play, denies narrative of days in Washington (ESPN NFL Nation)Griffin was on several ESPN shows on Wednesday, including First Take and NFL Live. During his appearances he stressed again what he told 106.7 The Fan earlier this fall: that he did not tell then-coach Mike Shanahan before the 2013 season that he wanted only to be a dropback passer and didn’t want to run the zone-read option anymore (multiple sources have said the opposite).• Why ailing Zach Brown has plenty of incentive to keep playing (NBC Sports Washington)Brown is leading the league in combined tackles and, probably, in injuries.The team’s injury report says that he is dealing with four of them—toe, Achilles, and ankle with an illness piled on top of those.• Need to Know: Looking ahead at the Redskins’ 2018 depth chart on offense (NBC Washington)Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 15, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.Thursday, December 14• Jay Gruden wants struggling Redskins to focus on the future instead of the past (Washington Post)“We cannot — cannot — dwell on the past of the last two games. We can’t,” he stressed after Wednesday’s practice. “You’re going to wallow in it and you’re going to continue to suffer. We’ve got to move on and we will.” “And if we don’t practice better, we’re going to get the same results. Period.”• Need to Know: State of the Redskins, Week 15—Looking for motivation (NBC Sports Washington)It’s been the conventional wisdom that the jobs of Jay Gruden and his staff are safe, barring a complete collapse at the end of the year. Well, after two ugly losses we are 40 percent of the way to a complete collapse.• Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source (NBC Sports Washington)Galette’s contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play.• Redskins deny name change to ‘Redhawks’ after internet hoax (ESPN.com)“This morning, the Redskins organization was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name,” the statement said. “The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that for the future.”• James Taylor, candy and a stand-up desk: How Redskins coaches combat the grind (ESPN NFL Nation)Redskins coach Jay Gruden’s day starts around 4:45 a.m. and lasts until nearly 9 p.m. He does his film work early because as the day wears on, many visitors enter his office: players, president Bruce Allen, vice president of football operations Doug Williams. But in those quiet moments later in the day, sometimes staying awake becomes difficult — for Gruden and others. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   • Kirk Cousins and other NFL players say they’d want to take CTE tests while active (Washington Post)Researchers are working on methods to diagnose CTE in living patients, but it currently can only be confirmed through posthumous examinations of brains. However, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins recently said that if a test did exist, he would take it.• It doesn’t matter how poorly the Redskins play. Bruce Allen isn’t going anywhere. (Washington Post)It doesn’t matter that the Redskins are 5-8 this season and 50-74-1 since 2010, Allen’s first full season presiding over the front office. He should have been let go long ago for poor performance that he once tried to counter with the embarrassing assertion that the team was “winning off the field.”• Reed could need toe surgery, Norman misses practice (Washington Times)Reed was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after missing the last six games with a hamstring strain, but the tight end has been dealing with a fractured left toe since the offseason.• D.J. Swearinger stands by comments: ‘It’s not frustration, it’s facts’ (Washington Times)“It’s not frustration,” Swearinger said. “It’s facts. … A lot of stuff has been said about what I’ve been saying, [but] it’s not going to change what I’ve been saying. That’s the facts of it — guys on this team have to practice better. • Gruden was supposed to be steady hand on the wheel (Washington Times)Welcome to the noncompetitive portion of another season gone off the rails. The franchise has suffered back-to-back blowouts and four losses in their last five games. Injuries or not, the team’s effort and preparation have come under fire, raising the temperature under coach Jay Gruden’s seat.• As the Redskins fall, Jay Gruden’s job security comes into question (Washington Times)At various points this season, the Washington Redskins‘ preparation has been called into question. It began as early as training camp when the Redskins offense was out-of-sync to start the preseason.• Gruden seeks to move on, get Redskins prepared for Cardinals (WTOP.com)Gruden fielded several questions on his conference call Monday about preparation, answering that it’s on him, his staff and players to make sure everyone’s “fully ready to play.” The coach says injuries and a revolving roster have presented a challenge for Washington this season.• Jay Gruden sends a mixed message by waving the white flag (NBC Sports Washington)Sometimes a coaching decision is just a coaching decision. Other times, a coaching decision is a message to the team. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Redskins make roster moves (Redskins Wire)The team placed Pro Bowl and often-injured tight end Jordan Reed on their Reserve/Injured list along with running back Byron Marshall (hamstring) and linebacker Chris Carter (fractured fibula).Tuesday, December 12• As losses mount, Redskins players question direction of team (Washington Post)Jay Gruden remains focused on the here and now, the next step in the process, the next game at hand. While frustration continues to emanate from his locker room, the Washington Redskins coach merely is trying to hold everything together for a few more weeks.• Jay Gruden taking all the blame for Redskins’ woes sounds familiar (Washington Post)“We have not been competitive, and we weren’t ready to play . . . today,” Gruden said. “And that’s on me and the staff. We have to do a better job of getting these guys ready to play.”• Kirk Cousins thinks his relationship with his receivers is fine, despite Dan Patrick report (Washington Post)After just about every D.C. sports-radio program chewed over this declaration, Patrick later said more: that he was told “some of the receivers have a problem with [Cousins] because he throws them into positions where they could get hurt,” and that he was told this by somebody who attended the Redskins-Cowboys Thursday night game who is not affiliated with the Redskins. Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland said the only receiver that made him feel like a rookie during his first year in the NFL is when he went up against Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald. That day — Oct. 12, 2014 — Fitzgerald had six catches for 98 yards in a 30-20 win.Breeland said Fitzgerald used all sorts of veteran techniques that he wasn’t sure how to counter at the time. All week long, we’ll take you to Washington to give a little insight into the Redskins’ preparation for a Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, December 16• Redskins activate kicker Dustin Hopkins from injured reserve, waive Nick Rose (Washington Post)Hopkins, 27, a fourth-year player out of Florida State, was signed by the Redskins in September 2015. He was placed on injured reserve following the Oct. 15 victory over San Francisco with a right hip injury.• ‘It’s just one big ‘if”: What exactly will the 2018 Redskins look like? (Washington Post)With their playoff hopes scuttled, the Redskins can finish no better than 8-8 in Coach Jay Gruden’s fourth season. Sunday’s game against the Cardinals will serve as a test of the squad’s character. Will players show up prepared?• Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up (NBC Sports Washington)Gruden spoke this week that his team cannot “wallow” in the past two losses. If the Redskins are looking back at their lost season, instead of looking squarely at Arizona, another blowout loss is likely to come.• Redskins looking to ‘get out of the doldrums’ against Cardinals (Washington Times) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A decision made by Redskins coach Jay Gruden late in their game against the Chargers sent a message, a very wrong one, to his players. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Cyprus and Israel writing a new chapter in relations

first_imgCyprus and Israel “have been writing a new chapter in their relations in recent years”, President Nicos Anastasiades told members of the American Jewish Committee yesterday in Chicago.“The exchange of high level meetings, most recently in June by myself in Israel and in July by Prime Minister Netanyahu in Cyprus, is merely the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “We are two countries in a turbulent yet important neighbourhood that faces many common challenges. For Israel, Cyprus is a stable, predictable and reliable partner and vice-versa”.He said the discovery of hydrocarbons had created impetus in bilateral relations which had opened new horizons in regional cooperation.“This translates into much needed energy security, diversification, and exports for both countries,” Anastasiades said.He also said that the strategic importance of energy cooperation between Cyprus and Israel was of particular importance to the United States and Europe, mainly in offering an alternative energy corridor route for the EU.“At the same time we believe that the huge recent discovery of the Zohr natural gas field in the exclusive economic zone of Egypt enhances the prospects for further synergies in the region,” the president added.“Energy can serve as a catalyst for stability and co-operation in our volatile region.”Referring to the Middle East Peace Process, Anastasiades said: “We hope that the ultimate goal of peace, through a mutually agreed two state solution, will be the basis for a more stable and secure future”.Cyprus, he added, enjoyed the trust of both sides, and was ready to facilitate their efforts in every possible way. He referred to his proposal to the President of the European Council to invite separately the two sides to a summit of the European Council to present their own point of view and vision.“Following my personal initiative and a series of coordinated actions so as to gain the support of a number of EU member states that share the view that the EU should undertake a more proactive role in the region, the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, visited Israel and Palestine”. (CNA)You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Cheaper electricity bills from February

first_imgElectricity bills will decrease by at least 3.6 per cent in February compared to December, the electricity authority (EAC) announced on Monday.According to the EAC spokeswoman, Christina Papadopoulou, the price change is due to the Cyprus Electricity Regulatory Authority’s (Cera) fuel adjustment which is done every six months, meaning the decrease is valid until June.The adjustment is related to the cost of the fuel mix of heavy fuel oil, diesel and renewable energy sources.In addition to the 3.6 per cent, February prices will likely fall further, due to changing fuel costs which are adjusted on a monthly basis.“The exact amount of the reduction will be known by the end of the month, in two to three days,” Papadopoulou explained.The decrease is a welcome change after electricity prices kept increasing in 2018 due to a rise in international oil prices.In November it was reported that within one year, electricity prices rose 27.7 per cent. At the beginning of October the EAC announced that the average household should expect an almost 7 per cent hike on upcoming October bills, compared to those paid in August.  You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Rep Wakeman schedules local office hours

first_img State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Saturday, April 27 and Monday, April 29 to meet with local residents of the 94th District.“I look forward to every opportunity to talk with you and hear your thoughts,” Rep. Wakeman said. “Office hours allow me to have one-on-one conversations about the issues you care about most.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Wickson Memorial Library, 359 S. Franklin St. in Frankenmuth; andMonday, April 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Charles District Library, 104 W. Spruce St. in St. Charles.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Wakeman’s office by calling (517) 373-0837 or by email at RodneyWakeman@house.mi.gov. Categories: Wakeman News 18Apr Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hourslast_img read more


House approves Rep Lilly plan to help licensed medical marijuana facilities succeed

first_img18Apr House approves Rep. Lilly plan to help licensed medical marijuana facilities succeed Solution establishes clear closure deadline for unlicensed facilitiesState Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to create fairness and consistency for licensed medical marijuana facilities in Michigan was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support.Lilly, of Park Township, said the licensing process for medical marijuana businesses was established in 2016 to protect patients by providing access to safe and reliable sources of medical marijuana. However, the deadline by which non-licensed operators must close has been extended multiple times, allowing unregulated facilities to continue selling untested marijuana in Michigan.“Allowing unlicensed facilities to continue to conduct business in our state puts those who choose to participate in a regulated market at a disadvantage,” Lilly said. “It’s not fair to force legitimate businesses to compete against unlicensed operators who do not have to pay taxes and regulatory fees or undergo safety inspections.”Lilly’s legislation, House Bill 4440, seeks to codify in statue the existing executive rule that all unlicensed medical marijuana facilities in Michigan must cease as of a certain date. The legislation would establish a clear date by which all facilities in Michigan must have a license to operate. Under the plan, nearly all medical marijuana facilities operating without a valid license after June 1, 2019, will be ineligible to receive a license for one year. The legislation provides exceptions for those applicants currently in the appeals process, and any licensee in the appeals process would be required to adhere to the same regulatory standards as already-licensed facilities.“This solution will ensure all medical marijuana facilities operating in Michigan are properly licensed, and that any facility operating without a license is held accountable,” Lilly said. “It paves the way for legitimate medical marijuana facilities to continue to invest in our state, employ residents, pay taxes and provide safe and regulated products to patients.”The plan requires the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board to issue a license or a notice of denial before June 1 for any applicant currently operating under the extension, unless they are in the process of an investigative hearing. Applicants who have requested a public investigative hearing would not be forced to stop operating, as long as they pay an amount equal to the annual regulatory assessment and comply with all other regulations. Any applicant denied a license after the public investigative hearing will be required to cease operations at that time.House Bill 4440 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Lilly Newslast_img read more


Universities Intellectual Freedom and the Anonymous Gift

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 8, 2014; Daily TelegraphQuestions are being asked about the wisdom shown by the University of Cambridge in accepting a £3.7 million donation to fund a chair in Chinese development studies. Although the university claims that due diligence was followed, investigations by the Daily Telegraph question the credibility of this claim. It is now apparent that the gift was made by Wen Ruchun, the daughter of China’s former prime minister, Wen Jiabao. Magnifying the concerns of many in the Cambridge and wider academic communities is the fact that the inaugural chair has been awarded to a close friend and associate of the donor.Professor Thomas Cushman, a social sciences professor at Wellesley College in Boston, spoke out against the British university’s gift at an UK House of Parliament event organized by Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall. “We need to guard the integrity of these establishments.”“If you leave [scrutinizing gifts] to the academics, then it won’t happen,” he added. “I’m not surprised that they take the cash when it is offered. And a chancellor would be a fool to say no—in these times of austerity, it’d probably cost him his job.”The Telegraph began its investigations in early 2012 when Cambridge initially announced the acceptance a substantial gift from the Chong Hua Education Foundation. The announcement came hard on the heels of an official government enquiry into to a donation of £1.5 million to the London School of Economics (LSE) by a foundation that was ultimately shown to be controlled by the son of the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. That error of judgement led to the resignation of the director of the LSE.Further investigation discovered the Chong Hua Foundation to be registered in Bermuda, where there is no requirement for disclosure of the identity of trustees. The Telegraph was told by Cambridge University that the trust had been established by “two wealthy individuals who wish to remain private.” They also reported that they had been told by a Beijing entrepreneur, Vivien Wang, that the Chong Hua Foundation was indeed Ms. Wen’s charity. Miss Wang later denied making that statement. All stories related to the donation were subsequently censored by the Chinese government from all websites.Ms. Wen is no novice when it comes to opaque identity. The New York Times reported last year that JPMorgan Chase, through its Hong Kong office, engaged a consulting firm called Fullmark to assist develop relationships in mainland China. As they understood it, they were dealing with a Ms. Lily Chang. However, Ms. Chang turned out to be Ms. Wen—“Lily Chang” is apparently the identity that Ms. Wen adopted whilst a graduate student at the University of Delaware and later as an employee with Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston. (The New York Times explains that the children of China’s ruling elite use government-approved aliases to protect their privacy while studying or traveling abroad.)The children of China’s ruling elite, often termed “princelings,” are said to have amassed huge wealth. The family of Wen Jiabao is no exception. A lengthy 2012 article on the wealth of Ms. Wen’s family in the New York Times led to the newspaper’s website being closed down in China that year.Ms. Wen and her husband studied at Cambridge. There, it appears they were students of Professor Peter Nolan, the inaugural appointee of the Chong Hua professorship. Ms. Wen’s husband, Liu Chunhang, also appears as co-author with Prof. Nolan of a book, The Global Business Revolution and the Cascade Effect.Further examples of apparent disingenuity by Cambridge authorities emerge from the Telegraph’s investigation. It appears that the former vice chancellor, Dame Alison Richards, met with Ms. Wen in 2006. There is no verification that the donation was discussed. (It was, after all, six years in advance of the gift.) However, the current vice chancellor, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, met with Ms. Wen on a trip to Beijing in 2011. Additionally, he hosted an event in Beijing for the Cambridge China Development Trust, of which Prof. Nolan is joint director and Ms. Wen’s husband is a Senior Research Associate. Again, there is no verification that the donation was discussed.However, for anyone familiar with the process of cultivating wealthy donors, these events appear like precursors to asking for a substantial gift. The gift was announced approximately one year after Sir Leszek’s visit.The Telegraph also claims, via a former government official with ties to the Wen family, that Cambridge representatives had other meetings with Ms. Wen in Beijing during the period from 2009 to 2011 to discuss the donation.Dame Alison, who was at Yale before becoming vice chancellor at Cambridge, is credited with bringing “American-style fundraising” to Cambridge. Dame Alison declined to discuss with the Telegraph specifics of the Chong Hua Foundation donation. However, she did not contradict the newspaper’s assertions that she had met with Ms. Wen.Dame Alison has said in the past that whether money comes from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, or China, it often has government connections. Such gifts, she says, often occupy a “grey area” and require “philosophical judgments” to ensure that universities did not suffer reputational damage for accepting them.“There is an argument, which is that universities take, perhaps, funds that have been raised in the grey area and put it to extremely good purposes. You can say that the universities are providing salvation for, you know, gifts raised in this grey area,” Dame Alison has said.The Telegraph says that there is no suggestion that Dame Alison, Sir Leszec Borysiewicz, or Professor Nolan were aware of or involved in anything improper in respect to the Chong Hua donation.A spokesman for Cambridge has said, “The philanthropic donation from the Chong Hua Education Foundation was fully verified and approved by the University of Cambridge Advisory Committee on Benefactions. No more details will be released as the donors, as is common practice, have requested complete anonymity.”—John GodfreyShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


City of Chicago Gives Nonprofit Food Desert Buses Another Go

first_imgShare8TweetShare1Email9 SharesJuly 21, 2015; WLS-AM (Chicago, IL)In Chicago, Growing Power will employ an out-of-service transit bus to bring a mobile market complete with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert communities on the South and West sides.This is not the first repurposing of the bus, which apparently used to be a bookmobile. And it is not the first time Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attempted to make a go of it with this idea.The Chicago Tribune described the history of the effort this way:“In June 2012, the mayor stood with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in front of a shiny red bus to announce a federal grant for two produce buses operating under the ‘Fresh Moves’ moniker while promising to secure funds for four more of the vehicles. Instead, a year and a half later the two Fresh Moves buses were permanently parked with the foundation that ran them, Food Desert Action, reporting a loss of $51,502 on produce sales in 2011 and a loss of $185,520 in 2012.”But the project is now under new management with Growing Power, a year-round urban garden in the city. Erika Allen, GP’s director, says that what will be different between the previous failed attempt and this one will be that the food that will be sold will be locally grown. Fuel and maintenance for the bus will be provided by the city during the first year of the program.—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShare1Email9 Shareslast_img read more