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first_imgJordi Alba is not convinced that Neymar is looking for a return to Barcelona, with the Spanish full-back unable to “see much logic in him wanting to come back”.Ever since completing a record-breaking €222 million (£192m/$253m) move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, the Brazil international has been linked with a return to La Liga.Real Madrid have been monitoring the 26-year-old for some time, while a second stint at Camp Nou has been mooted for a man currently back on the sidelines with an untimely injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Alba is aware of the speculation, but insists nobody inside the Barca camp has discussed it as they consider there to be little substance to the rumours.He told Sport when asked if a move for Neymar has been spoken about in Catalunya: “No, we don’t talk about it.“At the end of the day, it’s what people are saying outside [the club]. But I don’t think it is true.“Neymar’s a tremendous player, one of the best, but he decided to go and I don’t see much logic in him wanting to come back. I don’t believe it.“He’s a great player, a good friend with everyone in the dressing room, but people like Pedro and Marc Bartra were, too, for example, and they don’t talk about them coming back.“At the end of the day, everyone makes their own decisions and you have to respect them. But to be honest, I don’t really believe it.”While doubting that a deal for Neymar will be done, Alba has also sought to bring an end to the speculation surrounding his own future by reiterating his desire to sign a new contract.Lionel Messi Jordi Alba Barcelona La Liga 08122018Any fresh terms at Barca will keep him working alongside Lionel Messi, with the pair having struck up quite the on-field understanding down the years.“Since I joined the club we have always had a good feeling, on and off the pitch,” said Alba.“It’s true that through playing more games our understanding has got much better and now Leo knows me perfectly.“He always looks for me – and I look for him – and thanks to that we’ve been able to score a lot of goals.”Barca continue to benefit from that partnership at present, but the day will come when Messi is forced to either move on or hang up his boots.The Argentine’s future departure will hit the club hard, with Alba conceding that others will be forced to step up and fill some sizeable shoes.“It will still be Barça, but it’s clear that he will be missed a lot,” said the 29-year-old full-back.“I hope I am wrong, but it will take more to win titles, for sure, because Leo wins you games, titles, championships… he’s the best player in history and it will be difficult not to think about him.“I am sure all Barca fans and the whole football world will remember him when he’s not playing anymore, but we hope to have him for many more years.”last_img read more

first_img The main objective is to implement a national framework to guide the various stakeholders involved in the investment promotion and facilitation processes. Development of Jamaica’s National Investment Policy will be the focus of discussions at a policy forum to be hosted by JAMPRO in partnership with the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) on Thursday (March 15).The event will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott, New Kingston, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.The proposed National Investment Policy aims to identify the factors that would make the investment climate more favourable to potential and existing investors and introduce new policy approaches and strategies to facilitate a smooth and transparent investment process.The main objective is to implement a national framework to guide the various stakeholders involved in the investment promotion and facilitation processes.Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Partners Consulting in the United States of America (USA), Luis Soto, will be the guest speaker.Mr. Soto has an impressive track record of working in the field of investment promotion and facilitation and designing implementation strategies as well as campaigns. The policy forum will seek to increase awareness regarding the development of the National Investment Policy; build buy-in among policymakers for the recommendations; and begin the process of increasing cooperation among the investment-promotion and facilitation public stakeholders.The proposed National Investment Policy is being driven by the Policy Steering Committee, chaired by Senator Don Wehby and consists of representatives from the private and the public sectors as well as civil society and academia. The proposed National Investment Policy aims to identify the factors that would make the investment climate more favourable to potential and existing investors and introduce new policy approaches and strategies to facilitate a smooth and transparent investment process. Development of Jamaica’s National Investment Policy will be the focus of discussions at a policy forum to be hosted by JAMPRO in partnership with the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) on Thursday (March 15). Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Amid escalating violence in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) called on world governments to act swiftly to face the growing threat to migrants, as over a thousand are rescued from unseaworthy boats on the Mediterranean Sea this weekend.IOM pointed to the rescue since Friday of over 1,600 migrants from multiple vessels.This took place just days after some 330 adults and children were reported lost, presumed drowned, the previous weekend.“This is a clear signal that the situation in Libya is unravelling. We also know this from the fact that Italy and several other nations have already evacuated their citizens from the country,” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said on Monday, February 16th. “We must stand ready to assist thousands of extremely vulnerable people who need our help,” he added.IOM staffers in Sicily and the island of Lampedusa are preparing this week to help the Italian authorities to care for the latest victims of criminal Libyan trafficking gangs, who reportedly sent at least a dozen unseaworthy inflatable vessels into a stormy Mediterranean starting last Tuesday.IOM Italy reported Monday that approximately 1,650 survivors have been able to safely reach Italian shores, after being rescued and brought to the ports of Lampedusa, Augusta, Pozzallo, Porto Empedocle and Trapani.IOM said that the migrants were rescued starting Friday, February 13, by the Italian Coast Guard, Italian navy ships, an Icelandic navy unit working in the framework of Triton, the EU’s coastal border patrol, and by a passing merchant ship. Most of the survivors are from Sub-Saharan Africa, although they include at least 200 Somali migrants.IOM Italy Chief of Mission Federico Soda warned that he expects voyages like these will continue as Libya’s violence worsens.Libya’s deepening chaos raises the stakes for Italy and all of Europe as officials across the continent debate the future of the European Union (EU)’s border control policies.Italy’s Operation Mare Nostrum, in place from October 2013 until late last year, was responsible for the rescue of over 172,000 migrants sent out to sea by smuggling gangs in Africa. It has been replaced by an EU programme called Triton, which is administered by the EU’s Frontex border control agency.“The current Triton patrols in the Mediterranean are clearly inadequate in the face of this situation,” said Ambassador Swing. “It is necessary to establish immediately a rescue system on the high seas that can respond to this emergency effectively to save migrants off Libya’s coast.”last_img read more

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Samos Steamship Co. has extended its cooperation with Qatar’s shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore Marine (N-KOM) as the parties entered into a fleet agreement.Under the fleet agreement, N-KOM will be the preferred shipyard in the Middle East for repairs of all vessels owned by the shipping firm.Samos Steamship is an existing client of N-KOM, with several repairs undertaken for their fleet of tankers to date.With this move, N-KOM and Samos Steamship are strengthening their strategic partnership.Samos Steamship, which operates a mixed fleet of tankers and bulk carriers, manages a fleet of over 2 million tons with an average age of 7 years.The company’s fleet consist of 10 bulkers and 12 tankers, ranging from 37,300 dwt to 298,500 dwt.The shipping firm has four vessels on order at Japan’s Onomichi Dockyard, three of which are scheduled for delivery in 2017, while the fourth is expected to join its owner in 2018, data from VesselsValue shows.last_img read more

first_imgUn plus grand nombre d’étudiants universitaires obtiendront l’expérience dont ils ont besoin pour lancer leur carrière en Nouvelle-Écosse. La ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire, Kelly Regan, s’est jointe à J.P. Deveau, président et directeur général des Algues Acadiennes Limitée, et à un membre de la coalition One Nova Scotia à Cornwallis, comté d’Annapolis, aujourd’hui 6 février pour annoncer une contribution supplémentaire de 440 000 $ afin d’aider à créer des places de stage pour de jeunes Néo-Écossais et à encourager l’innovation par le truchement de la recherche et du développement. « On trouve en Nouvelle-Écosse certaines des personnes les plus brillantes et certaines des meilleures universités au monde, de dire Mme Regan. Ces stages permettront à un plus grand nombre de jeunes gens d’acquérir une expérience concrète qui servira le milieu de la recherche et les entreprises de la région. » Cet investissement donne suite à la recommandation de la coalition ONE Nova Scotia qui était de faciliter les stages de recherche auprès de l’industrie. « Cet investissement cadre avec notre vision qui est de développer l’économie, et avec les efforts que nous déployons pour inciter des diplômés talentueux à ne pas quitter la province », a déclaré le premier ministre, Stephen McNeil. Les fonds transiteront par le programme Accélération de Mitacs, organisme national sans but lucratif qui travaille avec les universités, le secteur privé et les gouvernements pour bâtir des partenariats qui appuient l’innovation. Ce nouvel investissement de la Nouvelle-Écosse s’ajoute à la somme originale de 265 000 $ pour donner cette année une contribution provinciale totale de 705 000 $. L’enveloppe finance plus de 170 stages au cours des trois prochaines années, y compris 60 stages qui viennent appuyer la recherche et le développement chez Les Algues Acadiennes. « Les sciences, la recherche et l’innovation sont essentielles à l’avenir économique de notre province, souligne M. Deveau. L’annonce d’aujourd’hui montre que le milieu universitaire et le gouvernement ont fermement l’intention de travailler avec le secteur privé pour tirer le maximum de nos avantages concurrentiels. » Le travail des étudiants portera sur l’élaboration d’un nouveau produit à base d’algues qui permettra de mieux gérer l’effet de facteurs de stress, comme la température, sur les plantes pour que ces dernières poussent le plus possible. Pushp Sheel Shukla est l’un des stagiaires au département des sciences végétales, alimentaires et environnementales au campus d’agriculture de l’Université Dalhousie à Truro. « Le stage me permet de travailler avec des chercheurs d’expérience dans un contexte commercial et d’appliquer mes connaissances théoriques à une application pratique, indique Mr. Shukla. Je suis emballé par les possibilités et j’ai hâte de voir comment mon travail contribuera à l’essor de la compagnie. » Le programme de stages met en rapport des PME et des étudiants diplômés ou des boursiers de recherches postdoctorales pour relever des défis en matière de recherche. Le stage payé dure quatre mois et peut même aller jusqu’à deux ans. « Notre partenariat avec l’Université Dalhousie et Les Algues Acadiennes illustre parfaitement l’engagement commun qui unit Mitacs et le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse afin de soutenir la nouvelle génération d’innovateurs au Canada, ajoute le directeur général et directeur scientifique de Mitacs, Alejandro Adem. Une solide collaboration entre les entreprises et le milieu universitaire améliorera le rendement en matière d’apprentissage et de formation, et placera la province à la pointe de l’innovation. » Chaque dollar investi par la Province est multiplié par quatre grâce aux contributions du secteur privé et du gouvernement fédéral.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is kicking off a tour of aluminum and steel factories today with a visit to Quebec’s Saguenay region.The prime minister will meet with both bosses and union leaders at a Rio Tinto aluminum factory in Jonquiere, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City.Other stops on Trudeau’s tour include Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Regina.A spokeswoman says Trudeau wants to show support for workers in an industry that is facing uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on the rest of the world.Chantale Gagnon says that while many in the industry breathed a sigh of relief when Canada and Mexico were temporarily exempted from the tariffs, they remain worried that the measure could be reversed.Canada is the United States’ largest provider of steel and aluminum, with about 85 per cent of Canadian exports being directed to that country.last_img read more

first_imgJennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, and Luis Fonsi join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in leading a star-studded roster of celebrities lending their time and talents in support of the 11th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.Michael Strahan is one of several celebrities to star in 11th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaignJon Hamm makes his campaign debut in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theaters nationwide beginning in November.St. Jude Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and more than 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that ask consumers to donate while they shop this holiday season to help St. Jude provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The national television commercials and movie theatre trailers, which debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year, will feature Jennifer Aniston and other celebrity friends alongside St. Jude patients.“I love being a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Aniston. “This year I appeared with Sam and Waylon in the TV commercials. They are the true stars and I had so much fun spending time with them. I am so inspired with their amazing courage and perseverance. This holiday season you can join the fight against childhood cancer and help St. Jude continue its research to find cures and save the lives of children across America.”“This is my 3rd year working with St. Jude and it means so much to be a part of a team that helps save children’s lives,” said Sofia Vergara. “This year I appeared with Sebastian in one of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving television spots. He is such an inspiration to me. Your support will help ensure that Sebastian and so many children like him from across America and around the world continue to benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude.”St. Jude celebrity friends Keith Urban, Sabrina Soto, Daisy Fuentes and Olivia Holt are also supporting the campaign by designing special products that will be for sale during the holiday season online at the St. Jude Gift Shop with 100 percent of profits, after all related expenses, benefitting St. Jude.· World renowned songwriter, vocalist, musician and guitarist Keith Urban designed a holiday ornament featuring one of his guitars, a “St. Jude Rocks” design and his logo on the back.· Design expert Sabrina Soto created a slate cheese board exclusively for St. Jude. The gift set includes an assortment of cheese utensils and two sticks of chalk to help personalize any party spread.· Daisy Fuentes, model and fashion designer, designed an exclusive charm necklace, featuring an artistic “LOVE” charm and a St. Jude child logo cutout charm. · Actress Olivia Holt brought inspiration to an iPhone case with the powerful message, “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.”The campaign receives additional support from celebrity friends Lily Aldridge, Marsha Ambrosius, Garcelle Beauvais, Camilla Belle, Max Burkholder, Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Monique Coleman, Rachael Leigh Cook, Judd Daugherty, Ricky Dillard, James Fortune, Brian Geraghty, Hunter Hayes, AJ Johnson, Donnie McClurkin, Jennette McCurdy, Jonathan McReynolds, Smokie Norful, Elisabeth Rohm, Karen Clark Sheard, Marina Squerciati, Mark Steines, Ashley Tisdale, Michelle Williams and Mike Wolfe in the form of radio spots, online videos, social media support, participation in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk and more.“Over the past several years I’ve met so many of the incredible children receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Michael Strahan. “Their stories are inspiring and their positive attitudes are amazing. The research being done at St. Jude is so critically important, it benefits children across the country and families don’t have to pay for anything. I hope everyone will join me and support St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.”“I am always so touched by the love and support our celebrity friends lend to our St. Jude Thanks and Giving program year after year,” said Marlo Thomas. “Beyond their time and talent, they bring their full hearts to this campaign – and you can see that in the genuine warmth they share with the children. The awareness they bring to St. Jude is vital to our mission. Through these beloved stars, we are able to reach millions across the country each year; and in doing so, we continue to receive amazing support, which allows us to keep my father’s founding promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food. That’s because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”The national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, movie trailers starring celebrity friends appear in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and many others – as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $487 million thanks to tremendous public support. Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online or by phone at 800-4STJUDE. For more information, visit read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost some ground on the first day of trading after Thanksgiving even though pot stocks rose again and led the TSX heading into next week’s legalization of the substance.The health-care subsector led the S&P/TSX composite index, rising 1.5 per cent. It was steered by Aphria Inc., Canopy Growth Corp. and Aurora Cannabis Inc., which gained between 3.4 and 6.8 per cent on heavy daily trading.Cannabis stocks have been very volatile of late but have surged over the past three months.“I think that’s just sentiment related to the Oct. 17 legalization date,” said Dominique Barker, Portfolio Manager, CIBC Asset Management.Barker advised investors to be very cautious with the sector at this time as most companies are trading on hope rather than actual financial results.“They’re overreacting to very small news.”Overall, the TSX closed down 92.12 points Tuesday to 15,854.05, slightly above the low of 15,853.87 on 227.5 million shares traded.Many of the other sub-sectors were essentially flat on the day with information technology leading on the downside, followed by base metals, gold, materials and consumer discretionary.Forest products companies and autoparts makers had a down day.Barker said there’s negative sentiment towards U.S. homebuilding, related to labour shortages, low availability of lots and rising mortgage rates. But she said the number of new households is reinforcing strong fundamental demand.In autos, companies like Magna International, Martinrea International and Linamar Corp. were down on concerns about slowing sales in China.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.21 points at 26,430.57. The S&P 500 index was off 4.09 points at 2,880.34, while the Nasdaq composite was up 2.07 points at 7,738.02.U.S. energy stocks rose as investors are starting to embed oil prices that are reflective of a more robust environment, Barker said. The Canadian sector was down about half a per cent as the differential between Western Canadian Select crude and New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil has widened considerably.The November crude contract was up 67 cents at US$74.96 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down one tenth of a cent at US$3.27 per mmBTU.The overall valuation gap between the S&P 500 and the TSX is back to pre-financial crisis levels, said Barker.“It’s like Canada is on sale. It’s really cheap,” she said of Canadian equities.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.13 cents US compared with an average of 77.30 cents US on Friday.The December gold contract was up US$2.90 at US$1,191.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 3.95 cents at US$2.81 a pound.last_img read more

Salé – Bouchra Hajij was elected president of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Volley Ball (FRMVB) during the elective general assembly held on Sunday at the royal institute of training for sports and youth executives.Hajij, the only one to stand as a candidate, was unanimously elected for a four-year mandate (2014-2018) in substitution for Mohamed Aziz Benchekroun who did not finish his mandate (2012-2013).Bouchra Hajij becomes the first women to lead the Moroccan Federation for Collective Sports. read more

Students, faculty and staff at Brock enjoyed some pie this week to celebrate the mathematical constant pi.The Data Research Services team of the James A. Gibson Library served up more than 150 slices of pie to commemorate Pi Day, which is observed around the world on March 14 because it is the date equivalent of the ratio 3.14.The event was hosted to highlight numeracy. And to illustrate that numbers can be fun, as well as delicious.

“I had a very good discussion with members of both parties,” the Secretary-General told reporters as he entered United Nations Headquarters in New York this morning.Asked if he had come away from his visit more encouraged about UN relations with the United States, Mr. Annan answered, “Yes, you can say that.” “Obviously I had gone to Washington to see the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader; by the time I got there, roles had changed,” Mr. Annan observed, referring to a shift in control of the Senate from the Republicans to the Democrats. “But both gentlemen received me very well and were very supportive.”Meanwhile, a UN spokesman announced today that the Secretary-General will return to Washington D.C. on 31 May to deliver the keynote speech to the Global Health Council.The following day, Mr. Annan is scheduled to address a breakfast meeting which will be attended by some 500 members of the US Chamber of Commerce. According to the spokesman, the Secretary-General will use that occasion to seek support for his proposed Global AIDS and Health Fund. read more

A UN spokesperson said the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) was following very closely the ongoing investigation into the brutal murder. The women’s bodies were found earlier in the week dumped along a roadside near the provincial capital.”In a context where violence against women remains too often un-prosecuted and unpunished, it is particularly important that the authorities spare no effort to bring swiftly the perpetrators to justice,” Ariane Quentier said in the capital Kabul.UNAMA is concerned that the seriousness of the crime is compounded by the fact that a note was left at the scene, implying that the killing of the three women was linked to their work with a non-governmental organization (NGO), she said.”There is no confirmation that this was the motive for the killing, but the UN mission strongly condemns any threat to women working for NGOs,” she said. read more

first_imgASSISTANT COMMISSIONER DEREK Byrne is on the shortlist for the chief constable job in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).He is one of three candidates that are to be interviewed today to replace Chief Constable Matt Baggott who announced that he is retiring.Cressida Dick from the Metropolitan Police and the PSNI’s George Hamilton have been shortlisted for the job.GardaíDerek Byrne, from Dublin, joined the gardaí in 1979. He served as sergeant in Clones, Cabra and Blanchardstown.He was promoted to inspector in 1992 and served at Coolock, Blanchardstown, Finglas, Cabra and Pearse Street. in 1999, he was promoted to Superintendent and served at Tallaght, Store Street and the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU).He was then promoted to Chief Superintendent and served at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and Pearse Street.In 2007 he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and served in the Northern Region before moving to National Support Services in October 2008.He is highly qualified having a BA in Police Management, an MA Violence, Terrorism and Security from Queens University in Belfast, and an advanced diploma in police leadership.He has also atteneded the FBI National Academy and Harvard University.Byrne also took a course at the Anti-Terrorist Branch New Scotland Yard in Bomb Scene Management and Terrorist Investigation.Read: Siblings appeal for driver to explain what happened the night their brother was killed>Read: No evidence of a link between cash-for-gold stores and high rate of burglaries>last_img read more

first_imgLa FDA valide le clavier auto-désinfectant de VioguardLe clavier auto-désinfectant de Vioguard a été validé par la FDA. L’Agence américaine avance tout de même une efficacité revue à la baisse.Le clavier auto-désinfectant conçu par la firme Vioguard, basée à Washington, a reçu l’approbation de l’Agence fédérale américaine des produits alimentaires et médicamenteux (FDA). Même si l’agence américaine précise tout de même que ce clavier ne sera peut-être pas aussi efficace que l’annonçait son concepteur…À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Afin de lutter contre les germes qui se logent entre les touches des claviers, Vioguard a mis au point un système auto-désinfectant pour les claviers. L’accessoire peut éliminer bactéries, virus et autres agents pathogènes grâce à lumière ultraviolette. Pour ce faire, il est logé dans une enceinte spéciale. Et lorsque l’utilisateur a besoin du clavier, il peut reprendre à nouveau celui-ci, désinfecté. Selon le fabricant, 99,9 % des germes peuvent être éliminés. La FDA a néanmoins considérables révisé ce chiffre et estime que 67 des germes connus peuvent être tués. Toutefois, avoir recours à un tel système est plus sûr que de rien utiliser du tout ! Le problème est pour l’instant le prix du dispositif, estimé à 900 dollars, soit environ 700 euros… Le 7 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWashington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were appointed to the GOP Tax Bill Conference Committee on Thursday. The Senate voted to go to conference Wednesday, which forms with the explicit intent to reconcile the bills. Murray and Cantwell join five other Democratic senators on the committee to negotiate the Republican tax plan.“I am proud to work to bring the many concerns of Washington state families directly to this conference committee alongside Senator Cantwell,” Murray said in a statement. “I am going to be urging Republicans to listen to their constituents and finally begin a transparent, bipartisan process that actually puts workers, families, patients, and the middle class first, rather than just paying them lip service.”The Republican tax bill was approved in the Senate 51-49 early Saturday morning after hours of debate. The final version of the 479-page bill was distributed mere hours before the vote and included pages of handwritten notes. The House passed its own version of the bill last month. The two chambers will now have to reconcile the bills in conference and approve the consolidated version.The House version of the bill has fewer tax brackets than the Senate version, with the top rates at 39.6 percent and 38.5 percent, respectively. Both bills, however, propose lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.“Washington state families are paying attention to the details of the Republican tax plan, from the elimination of the state and local tax deduction that would affect hundreds of thousands of families in our state, to the back-door attempt to open up the Arctic refuge to drilling,” Murray said. “It’s not too late for Republicans to walk away from their appalling, lopsided plan to raise taxes for the middle class while giving big corporations and the rich a massive tax break — and if they step back from the precipice, I am ready to get to work.”Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Tom Carper, D-Del., are also on the committee.last_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola has revealed that winning matches is his biggest motivation as champions Manchester City begin their title defenceGuardiola’s City, wrapped up the title with an unprecedented 100 points last season and will start next campaign with a tough trip to the Emirates on Sunday.He said: “The target is to win on Sunday and then, after that, (against) Huddersfield and then Wolves. In the end, we will see our level.“I am focused on that, not focused on back-to-back (titles).“Winning is the best motivation, and we will try to continue what we have done. Last season we were so happy. Why not try it again?“If we play good and we are consistent we have a chance to repeat the Premier League. If we don’t, we are not going to win.’The Cityzens strengthened their squad with the £60million club record acquisition of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, they missed out on one of their prime targets to rivals Chelsea in Jorginho, who marked his debut with a goal against the Terriers.But the former Barcelona boss insists he is perfectly happy with his group of players.“They show me in two seasons, especially the last one, we can trust them,’ Guardiola said. ‘We believe we have a good squad.“I like to work with these guys; I enjoy it. It’s excellent. They are excellent human beings. I like playing with them.“The results I don’t know, but the process of being together is nice.”Man City will be the first competitive opponents for the Gunners since the appointment of Guardiola’s compatriot Unai Emery as manager in place of the long-serving Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now Best Buy See It See It 36 Photos $899 See it Smartphone manufacturers are looking to find an edge in an increasingly crowded market, promising sleek devices with better cameras and more battery life. But as cameras and content capture technology improves, the demand for more room to store all those crisp photos and 4K videos also increases. Rumours already point to Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S10 smartphone having 1TB of storage — alongside four rear and two front-facing cameras to help you fill the space. Samsung says it plans to expand its production facilities in the first half of 2019 “to fully address the anticipated strong demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers around the world.” 7 4:06 $899 Sprint See Itcenter_img Tags $899 Phones $899 Even more Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 had 512GB of built-in storage when it was released last year. Now, Samsung wants to double that to 1TB under the hood.  Angela Lang/CNET Samsung wants to give you PC-level storage in a phone. The Korean company announced Tuesday that it’s started mass producing 1-terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), doubling its previous generation of smartphone storage while maintaining the same footprint — an innovation Samsung has claimed is an industry first. According to Samsung, the development will bring a more “notebook-like” experience to the next generation of smartphones. With 1TB of storage built-in, the company says users could store up to 260 10-minute videos at 4K resolution. That’s compared to 13 videos of the same size that can be stored on the 64GB flash storage “widely used in many current high-end smartphones,” Samsung says. The company is also promising faster data transfer speeds, at up to 10 times the rate of a microSD card.  Abt Electronics Samsung Galaxy S10 Comments How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Samsunglast_img read more

first_imgBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the convocation programme of Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal of India on Friday. Photo: From the Twitter page of Hindustan TimesPrime minister Sheikh Hasina discussed security, politics and some other issues during a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Santiniketan of India’s Bengal on Friday.State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam said this to newsmen after the half of an hour-long meeting of the prime ministers of two neighbouring countries on the Visva-Bharati University campus.“Though I was not present at the meeting, I can say that the two prime ministers talked about bilateral issues. They also discussed regional security and politics,” said Shahriar Alam.The meeting, however, did not have any specific agenda, said a diplomat in New Delhi.The two leaders talked about Teesta water-sharing deal and the Rohingya crisis, hinted the diplomatic sources in the two countries.In her speech at the inauguration ceremony of Bangladesh Bhaban, premier Hasina indirectly conveyed a message to India that Dhaka has not yet got expected response about the Teesta waters and the Rohingya crisis.“We have still some problems unresolved which I don’t want to raise here in the interest of congenial atmosphere of the inaugural function,” she said.“But, I firmly believe that any sort of problems can be resolved through friendly attitude,” she expressed her optimism.Hasina said her government has given shelter to more than 1.1 million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds and hoped the international community would exert pressure on Myanmar to ensure their return soon.On Wednesday, on a query if Sheikh Hasina would discuss with Narendra Modi the next general elections in Bangladesh during her visit to Bengal, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali said, “Why not, if he wants.”The remark has raised certain interest about the meeting of the two leaders.last_img read more

first_imgIn this 4 December photo guardians of the students, who study at Viquarunnisa Noon School and College, are seen protesting in front of the school campus on Bailey Road against the suicide of a student on 3 December. Photo: UNBThe suicide of a ninth grade student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC) allegedly after being rebuked by her teachers sparked fury among students and guardians on Tuesday.The guardians took position in front of the school’s Bailey Road campus in the morning and staged demonstrations demanding removal of the accused teachers and the principal, reports UNB.VNSC governing body president Golam Ashraf Talukder said a show-cause notice was issued against morning shift in-charge Zinnat Ara and she was asked to refrain from discharging her duties until the probe is completed over the suicide incident.Besides, the principal was asked to explain the matter, he said.Amid the protests, the High Court made an observation that the suicide by the student of Viqarunnisa Noon School is heart-rending and termed the insult of her parents a “very bad example”.Meanwhile, two separate probe committees were formed to investigate the incident.The government formed a probe committee led by professor Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office.Two other members of the committee are deputy director Shakhawat Hossain of Dhaka Regional Education office and Dhaka district education officer Benzir Ahmed.The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days.The school authorities also formed a three-member probe committee, which was asked to submit its report within three days.The committee members are Ataur Rahman, Khurshid Jahan and Ferdousi Jahan. They all are governing body members of the educational institution.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited VNSC Bailey Road campus in the morning.He told the newsmen that the government is taking the incident of suicide seriously as it is very painful for all.“I want to say it clearly that we, the education ministry, are taking the incident of suicide as a serious matter. We think this incident … the suicide of the student is very painful to us. We can’t ignore it so easily,” the minister said.“A three-member probe committee has been formed. It’ll find out who provoked it (suicide) and steps will be taken once the report is submitted,” he added.“Considering the issue as not only psychological but also criminal one, we’ve discussed it with the police and asked them to cooperate with us,” Nahid said adding, “We’ve talked to the victim’s guardians over phone. They’re so shocked that they’re now staying home.”Aritree Adhikari, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, and a student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the capital city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.last_img read more

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Russia will reportedly send two gun-toting, weight-lifting robots into space next year.A pair of FEDOR humanoids are expected to join the International Space Station in August 2019, as reported by state-operated news agency RIA Novosti.Citing an unnamed source “in the rocket and space industry,” the site revealed plans for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research (FEDOR) cyborgs to fly a crewless Soyuz craft to the ISS.Not to be confused with Russian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko, the platform made headlines recently when Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin insisted the government is not creating an autonomous killer robot.“We are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields,” Rogozin said, according to the Independent.The AI robot was originally developed in 2014 for rescue missions. But an army of these six-foot, 350-pound gunslingers could easily colonize the Moon (or worse).As pointed out, they can also drive, do push-ups, and lift weights.Whether or not these skills will come in handy while floating through the cosmos remains unclear.The idea of using machines to do dangerous jobs is not new—even for outer space. NASA is planning a series of robotic commercial delivery missions as soon as next year, ahead of a human return to space.Japanese scientists, meanwhile, envision a brave new world—one in which Earth and its satellite are one ecosystem, united via the “Moon Valley” outpost—constructed not by people, but by bots.MIT and the European Space Agency (ESA) are also exploring 3D printing as a means for constructing bases and buildings on celestial bodies.Then there’s CIMON (pronounced “Simon”), the first artificially intelligent assistant designed for astronauts. Stuffed into a SpaceX capsule alongside genetically identical mice, coffee, and ice cream, CIMON reached the International Space Station early this month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more