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first_imgOur webinar speakers will include three experts on this topic. Dr. Barbara O’Neill will discuss the impact student loan debt is having on consumers. Dr. Carrie Johnson will then tackle the research around student loan borrowing and lending. Elizabeth Coogan from the Federal Student Aid Office will wrap things up by providing an overview of the resources available from her office and the changes coming to the FAFSA process.This webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credentialed and CPFC-credentialed participants.Register for the event, find supporting online resources (under “event materials”) and join the webinar here. By Molly C. HerndonJoin the Personal Finance team on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. ET for Student Loans: What Financial Practitioners Need to Know. This 90-minute webinar will focus on the research around lending and borrowing behavior and know-how, repayment options, application process, and important changes coming to the FAFSA process.last_img read more

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first_imgBonus: Subject to Background DepthThe preceding three techniques will help you create a shallow depth of field, but only if you maintain the right distance between your subject and background. Make sure to pull your talent away from walls, trees, or anything that would blend them into the background. No matter what focal length or aperture you use, if your talent is against a wall, you will not be able to create a shallow depth of field.Looking for more video tutorials? Check out these articles.How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialCreate a Clean Corporate Logo Intro with After EffectsCapture Live Events Like a Pro with These Simple RulesAnimate Your Text With Handwriting Motion GraphicsSpeed Up Your Sequences with The Jump Cut ApertureThis is probably the most obvious way to control how sharp or shallow your image will turn out. Shooting close to wide open on your lens will help blur the background while retaining focus on your subject. The more you stop down on your lens, say f/22, the sharper your image will be. Aperture is important to control; however, it is perhaps the least important technical factor behind creating a shallow depth of field.Distance to SubjectDistance to subject is no doubt the best way to create a shallow image.  The closer your talent is to the camera, the more out-of-focus your background will become. If you focus your lens thirty feet away, the majority of your image will appear in focus (including subject and background). So to create a shallow depth of field, think about how you can draw your talent or object closer to the lens.Focal LengthThere is a difference between a 16mm lens and an 85mm lens. When you use a 16mm lens, the background and subject will seem further away and the focus might lose contrast. However, using an 85mm lens compresses your shot and brings the background and subject closer together. This compression makes the background seem more out of focus than a 16mm lens can normally pull off. In this video tutorial, learn how you can easily create a shallow depth of field in your shots with three basic techniques.Creating a shallow depth of field can help you produce a visually beautiful shot and provide eye-grabbing focus for your subject or talent. While a shallow depth of field might only seem easy with the right equipment, there are a few technical ways you can pull it off with inexpensive gear. In this tutorial, we look at three key ways to create that breathtaking “out-of-focus” depth of field: aperture, distance to subject, and focal length.last_img read more

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first_imgLet’s start with a few possible scenarios:You aren’t creating enough opportunities to succeed in reaching your goals. You prefer to prospect by email, so you avoid other mediums available to you. Producing more meetings—and the more opportunities that follow—first requires that you are willing to change how you prospect.Your first meetings don’t go as well as you would like. A lot of them end with the prospect thanking you for your time, saying something nice about you and your company, and making no commitment to meet again. You know you need a second meeting, but gaining that meeting will require that you be willing to change your approach to the first meeting.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. It feels rude to you to ask the primary contact you are working with to bring other people into the sales conversation. You don’t want them to suspect that you don’t respect their authority or influence. Most of your deals, however, end with your champion calling to tell you that “the powers that be” went another direction. If you aren’t willing to ask for the meetings you know are necessary to win a deal, your present experience won’t improve.There is never enough time to do all the work you need to do in a day. When you open your email inbox each morning, you are greeted by dozens of notes that feel like work but are not your real work, the work you are paid for, and the work that your clients and your company need from you. If you aren’t willing to exercise the discipline necessary to do what is most important, you will never achieve the results you are capable of.You might not have what you want because you lack some critical knowledge. It could also be a deficiency of some requisite skill, but that isn’t very likely.In most things, what you want is available to you, as evidenced by the people around you who already have it. The odds are that those who are producing some outcome you desire are doing something you are unwilling to do.What are you willing to change? What are you willing to do differently? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgDonald Trump’s proposed H1B visa reforms is challenging in the short term for India’s IT firms, but can serve as catalyst for their transformation into global players Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgIndra Nooyi, former Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are the two highest paid Indian-American executives of public companies in the United States, earning $25.9 million and $25.84 million, respectively, according to a report released by the IndUS Business Journal.Read it at INE News Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgConnect with the Editor World champion wrestler Sushil Kumar entered the Indira Gandhi stadium to the sort of deafening applause India reserves usually only for Sachin Tendulkar. When Saina Nehwal smashed her way out of a match point, the celebrations at Siri Fort and in millions of homes across India was no less than when India beat Australia in the nerve wracking, nail biting test match at Mohali.  A young mother came up to Organizing Committee Vice Chairman Randhir Singh at the Karni Singh shooting ranges, requesting for her son to be introduced to Abhinav Bindra. She wanted to click a picture of Abhinav Bindra with her son, so that each morning when the young boy woke up, he would have Bindra’s picture above his bed and would be inspired to emulate the heroics of the Olympic Gold Medalist. I cite these instances for all those who argue that the Commonwealth Games were a colossal waste. Never before in the history of this country have so many, followed the fortunes of sports stars outside cricket so closely. While the games are unlikely to transform India into a sporting power overnight, they are very likely to herald a new beginning for Indian sports. The ball that began to roll when Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore shot his way to a silver medal at Athens, the same ball that gathered momentum when Abhinav Bindra plucked gold at Beijing and Vijender and Sushil chipped in with a bronze each, is now likely to acquire an even greater momentum of its own. Because inspired by the heroics of Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Vijender Singh and our other CWG stars, dozens of young boys and girls are taking to sports like never before. 10 years ago, few parents would have encouraged their children to take up professional sports. But just ask Pullela Gopichand about the impact that Saina Nehwal’s accomplishments have had on the number of young kids wanting to join his badminton academy in Hyderabad and you will know about the silent revolution that has begun to take shape. Before Saina, Sania’s exploits too had the same impact on tennis.  Haryana is a shining example of the magic that can unfold when youthful energy finds a platform and patronage. Inspired by Vijender, Akhil and Sushil and actively backed by the state government, hundreds of young kids are taking to taking to wrestling and boxing. The fact that athletes from Haryana won a whopping 14 golds and that Haryana would have stood 5th in the games had it contested as an independent country, is an example of what India’s youngsters can do when opportunity marries hard work.  While some might find the ways of Haryana Chief Minister Bhoopinder Singh Hooda to be very rustic, the fact remains that his patronage has transformed the lives of sportspersons in Haryana and given others the confidence that if they bring sporting glory they too can be assured of a good government job and enough money to sustain themselves and their families. The job of Deputy Superintendent of Police might not mean much to someone brought up in a middle class urban household but it means the world to a poor villager whose family has been denied growth opportunities for decades.  Where was Haryana in the last Commonwealth Games. In 2006 in Melbourne athletes from the state won 1 gold, 3 silvers and 1 bronze. In a period of four years, athletes have managed to win 15 of India’s 38 gold medals in the CWG. This is no less than a minor miracle. His cahoots might break CWG protocol by getting medalists to come and touch his feet after winning bouts, international delegates might be appalled by the sycophancy, foreign athletes might snigger but India owes a big thank you to the Haryana chief minister and his government for the champions the state has produced. Each champion will inspire a hundred dreams to take wing.While sports may not be a priority for Mayawati’s government in Uttar Pradesh, Karunanidhi’s government in Tamil Nadu, or for Yeddurappa’s bumbling government in Karnataka, but what is to stop some of the country’s more effective administrators like Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar, Ashok Gehlot or Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan to give sports the same impetus and push as the Haryana CM. Just imagine the collective energies that would get unleashed if Chief Ministers got competitive about whose state wins more medals in international sporting events. India’s tally could double from 38 in time for Glasgow 2014. This is not an idle dream but one that India can achieve. We have one-sixth of the world’s population, if the state finds the will, the population will throw up the champions.  But will this ever happen in our country. I’m afraid the chances are bleak. The international athletes have barely left India’s shores and we are already getting word that the All India Congress Committee session to be organized on November 2, will be held at the Talkatora Boxing stadium. This is a royal shame. Thousands of crores of tax payer money was spent on building world class sports infrastructure. It will be the biggest travesty if politicians now come and hijack these facilities. Talkatora was created for boxers and must be used by them. Netas should find other venues to hold their political bouts.   In fact, if these games are being considered a success it is because of the stellar performances of our athletes, in no way attributable to the mess that India’s politicians landed the country in just before the games began. Every Indian had to bow his head in shame as story after story broke of gross mismanagement and unimaginable plunder. From the Prime Minister downwards, they are all to be held accountable for having allowed the mess to perpetuate. What was the PM doing when Suresh Kalmadi and company dragged their feet, intentionally allowed the delays to happen and then tried to push all expenses through at the last minute, knowing that the government had no option but to clear the spending because the game were nearing.  Ex-CAG Chief VK Shunglu has been appointed by the Prime Minister with the carte blanche to investigate all CWG related fraud, but it will serve no good, if the committee only looks for easy scapegoats. Kalmadi and Bhanot have gone underground, the noose is tightening around them. But they are not the only ones, responsible for having defrauded India. The rot runs deep. Even people close to the PM are culpable. Suresh Kalmadi and Sheila Dixit have been given a cold shoulder by both the PM and Sonia, who did not invite them for the athletes’ felicitation functions. But a mere cold shoulder is not enough. The villains of CWG need to be punished and sent to jail for having shamed India.  Chief Minister Sheila Dixit is already talking about giving the Olympics a shot somewhere during the 2020’s. There can be no worse idea. Unless accountability is fixed, unless the corrupt are jailed, unless professionals are brought in, unless the right lessons are learnt, the hosting of no mega sporting event will have the backing of the people of India, who will view them as another opportunity for corrupt netas to line their pockets.  Four CWG gold medal winner Gagan Narang said as he left our studios last night that he fears that taint and corruption are all that people of India will remember and that the achievements of our sportspersons will be forgotten after a week. The citizens of India cannot afford to do that. Athletes must be hailed and encouraged to strive for greater glory and the men and women who let India down must brought to book. One without the other would be a great disservice to this nation.last_img read more

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first_imgIn a major relief to the makers of ‘Freedom 251’ smartphone, the Allahabad High Court on Friday said the FIR filed against the Ringing Bells Pvt. Ltd. — the Noida-based firm that created a global buzz after announcing the launch of the controversial smartphone in February — seemed premature.A division bench comprising Justices B.K. Narayan and R.N. Mishra ordered that no coercive step be taken against the company’s officials and their business till the next hearing on May 18.During the course of hearing, the bench kept on asking the prosecution lawyers as to how an offence under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was made out against the makers of ‘Freedom 251’ smartphone but no cogent reply was offered. The court then ordered them to file a reply within two weeks.A first information report (FIR) was registered in March against Ringing Bells director Mohit Goel and company president Ashok Chaddha under Section 420 of the IPC as well as the Information Technology (IT) Act on a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya.Also Read: Adcom terms Freedom 251 scam of millennium, Ringing Bells clarifiesThe court also allowed the petitioners the liberty to move an application for the release of their passports.”We are very happy with today’s (Friday’s) order. We shall now press for the quashing of the FIR as there is no merit in it and extraneous factors have gone into its lodging. This FIR is a strategy to derail the timely launch of the flagship product of the company,” said Abhishek Vikram, counsel for Ringing Bells.advertisement”The company has already sold 28,000 units of its other products and has developed innovative strategies to meet its cost for delivering the smartphone for Rs.251 to its customers. The company’s aim is to reduce the digital divide between urban and rural India by selling the smartphone for Rs 251,” Vikram added.Ringing Bells launched ‘Freedom 251’ in February in the presence of veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.It distributed some “prototypes” of the product to the media which turned out to be Adcom handsets. However, the company maintained that the device has been developed “with immense support” from the government.According to the company, the smartphone will run on Android 5.1 operating system and sport a 4-inch qHD IPS display, a 3.2-megapixel primary and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.However, doubts were raised after assessments of the handset’s viability concluded that such a device cannot be offered for less than Rs.2,300-2,400.Also Read: Freedom 251: How and why Ringing Bells can price it at Rs 251The company said it planned to give 25 lakh handsets in the first phase before June 30. Ringing Bells had received 30,000 orders on the very first day. The remaining customers for the first 25 lakh handsets were to be selected on first-come-first-served basis as the company received about seven crore registrations before the payment gateway crashed.Later, the company decided to return the money to the customers who pre-booked the Rs 251 device on the first day of the sale.last_img read more

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first_imgLow- and modest-income seniors in Nova Scotia can now apply for funding to help make their homes more energy efficient. The Department of Energy is offering grants and rebates to qualified seniors who participate in the EnerGuide for Houses program, administered by Natural Resources Canada. The funding will allow seniors to make improvements to their homes to help them save energy and money. “Nova Scotians own some of the oldest houses in the country, and many of these homes were built before efficient energy use was a concern,” said Energy Minster Cecil Clarke. “Encouraging more Nova Scotians to make energy upgrades will help us reduce both power generation and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.” Seniors who participate in the EnerGuide for Houses program can apply to receive a $150 rebate from the Department of Energy to cover the cost of the initial home energy audit, a provincial grant to a maximum of $1,000, and an additional $400 seniors’ grant to help pay for renovations and upgrades. The provincial rebate and grants are in addition to the EnerGuide for Houses grants offered by Natural Resources Canada. Participating seniors will also receive an energy savings kit. When installed properly, the contents of the kit can reduce energy costs by up to $100 a year. The kit includes compact flourescent lights (CFLs), low flow shower heads, water tap aerators, LED night lights, foam insulators, weatherstripping, and a storm window kit. The initial audit is conducted by a qualified energy auditor. The evaluation involves a blower test to identify air leakage points, a report with customized energy upgrade recommendations, and an estimate of annual energy consumption. In order to qualify for the rebate and renovation grants, applicants must be either a single senior over 65 years old with an income below $25,000 or a senior over 65 with a combined family income below $40,000. Seniors over 65 that receive guaranteed income supplements and/or the allowance are also eligible. In Nova Scotia, there are three organizations that deliver the EnerGuide for Houses program. Seniors interested in the program should contact one of the following organizations in their region to learn more about the audit and the financial assistance available: Seniors who qualify for more assistance from the province will need to fill out an application to verify their income. Applications are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy by selecting the Smart Energy Choices icon or by calling1-800-670-4357 to speak with a government representative. The seniors’ EnerGuide home energy assistance program is part of the Smart Energy Choices program announced in October 2005. Sustainable Housing and Education Consultants,(provincewide) 1-877-722-2842; Clean Nova Scotia,(Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-800-605-5377 or 420-3474; Atlantic Coastal Action Program,(Cape Breton Regional Municipality) 1-902-567-1628.last_img read more

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Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, whose mandate was terminated last Friday by the UN Commission on Human Rights, underscored in a statement the need for proper follow-up, especially at this critical moment, in which massive detentions of political opponents have been carried out since mid-March. He noted that the authorities of Equatorial Guinea have accepted in principle that a mission headed by the Special Representative visit the prisoners in early May. Due to the end of the mandate of the Special Representative, this mission should take place with the least delay, possibly by the appropriate thematic Special Rapporteurs.Mr. Gallón also calls for a continued involvement of all relevant actors to make sure that the Commission on Human Rights Commission continues keeping a close eye on Equatorial Guinea, by monitoring technical assistance and by re-examining the rights situation during its next session. read more

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by News Staff Posted Jan 28, 2015 7:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s already been another brutal week on the oil front.Wednesday morning, Cenovus Energy announced additional cuts to its capital budget of approximately $700-million on top of the projected 15-per cent reduction it made in December.The cuts will target the company’s conventional drilling program in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.It’s also looking for ways to reduce annual operating and cost reductions by between $400-million and $500-million in the years ahead.This announcement comes on the heels of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada slicing its forecast for drilling by 24 per cent, and warnings from OPEC that prices could explode upwards if production is cut too much.Scotiabank commodity expert Patricia Mohr told 660News some forecasts are even worse.“The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is expecting an even bigger decline in drilling activity in Western Canada in 2015, more in the order of 40 per cent,” she explained. “Capital spending is going to be down going on 30 per cent in Western Canada.”David Yager with MNP Oil Field Services said even though senior employees at oil companies may feel secure, at some point, it won’t just be the people on the front lines losing jobs.“You do have to downsize the whole organization, you can’t have a whole company full of managers waiting for things to happen, spending a lot of money,” he said.Yager believes it’s not just the expected 20,000 or so jobs tied directly to oil that will be lost by all the spending cuts we’ve seen this year either.“By the time it ripples through the supply chain, all the way to the people who build the pickup trucks in Southern Ontario if you think about it, and the people who build the myriad of components that go into all aspects of the oil and gas industry, it’s actually going to result in tens of thousands of jobs in Canada and hundreds of thousands of jobs in North America,” he said, adding a lot of other companies will have to adjust the way they do business as well.“The ones that provide the supplies to the oil companies understand the situation their clients are in,” explained Yager. “The value of their product is down half and they’re going to be asking their vendors, the service and supply and drilling companies, to tailor their expectations.” Cenovus Energy announces more spending cuts read more

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first_img“But everyone uses the underground system and it’s quite easy to offend anybody really so if someone’s got their own opinion on it, it wasn’t my intention to put it up there promoting anything apart from commemorating 150 brave men who stood against 4,000.”TfL apologised to those who were offended by the message, saying the message was “clearly ill-judged”.A spokesman for the transport body said: “We apologise to any customers who were offended by the message on the whiteboard at Dollis Hill today. Eleven men were awarded with the VC after the battleCredit: Alamy The 1964 film Zulu depicted the Battle of Rorke's Drift Michael Caine featured in the film Zulu The board was later replaced with a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr The board was later replaced with a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr The 1964 film Zulu depicted the Battle of Rorke’s DriftCredit:PARAMOUNT The station worker, who is an Army reservist from a military family, said: “I’ve got quite an interest in military history and the battle of Rorke’s Drift is quite an important day in British military history so I put it up there.”I think I will keep doing historical quotes even though this happened. I never meant to offend anyone but I thought people might be interesting that’s all. The Tube worker wrote the original Rorke’s Drift notice later replaced it with a quote from Martin Luther King Jnr, the great American civil rights leader, stating: “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” It was meant to be a simple, factual tribute to the handful of British soldiers who held off 4,000 enemy warriors at Rorke’s Drift.But when a member of staff at Dollis Hill underground station in North London wrote a brief account of the battle on their station noticeboard they were accused of “celebrating colonialism”.As a result the notice – which had marked the awarding of 11 VCs to some of the men who took part in the defence of Rorke’s Drift against the army of the Zulu kingdom – was quickly erased.Transport for London subsequently issued an apology to “any customers who were offended” by the message, which it described as “ill-judged”.The decision to remove the tribute was described as “deeply saddening” by historians and a failure to recognise the valour of individual men, regardless of political opinion. Eleven men were awarded with the VC after the battle 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. “Furthermore if it had been a choice between British rule and the Afrikaans almost every local inhabitant would have gone for British rule because the Afrikaan had already imposed apartheid in every area they controlled.” Michael Caine featured in the film ZuluCredit:LMKMEDIA The tribute had been written on the whiteboard at Dollis Hill in time for the morning rush hour, one of many notices posted by underground staff at stations around the capital. These frequently include motivational sayings or quotes.On this occasion the notice was simply a factual account of the battle, which stated: “On this day in history: On the 22-23 of January 1879 in natal South Africa, a small British garrison named Rorke’s Drift was attack [sic] by 4,000 Zulu warriors. “The garrison was successfully defended by just over 150 British and colonial troops. Following the battle, eleven men were awarded the Victoria Cross.”The LU worker who wrote the notice – and subsequently erased it following one complaint – said: “It was only fact, it was just what had happened. There was no opinion in there, so when someone said they weren’t happy with it, in line with what TFL tell us to do if someone complains and that we should avoid a conflict situation I just wiped it off.”People had been going through all day taking pictures of it and no one had complained, not one person said anything about it for hours – it had been up since 7am and it was after lunch that this one person said something.” “Our staff across the network share messages on these boards, but in this instance the message was clearly ill-judged. We are speaking with our staff to remind them of what is and isn’t acceptable.”But historian Andrew Roberts, the author of a History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900 and Masters and Commanders, said: “TfL have behaved in a pathetically politically correct way.”It’s sad that some members of the public can’t differentiate between a factual tribute to extraordinary example of British heroism, of which everyone should be proud, and the rights and wrongs of a particular political period.last_img read more

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first_imgEnergy Resources Australia (ERA), has selected brine concentrator technology from Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to treat and reduce process water inventory from its Ranger uranium mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. This project is a critical part of ERA’s overall water management strategy and environmental protection initiatives. The brine concentrator will be provided by HPD, a subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, and will treat approximately 1,830 megalitres of water annually (1.3 million gallons per day).ERA considers this technology a proven, long-term solution to minimise the environmental impact of operations and significantly reduce process water inventory at Ranger. The brine concentrator uses thermal energy to evaporate water, which produces clean distillate that will meet strict water quality requirements for release into ERA’s constructed wetlands system. The statement says that HPD was selected for this project “because of their extensive experience in volume reduction applications, their ability to meet future needs of the mine, and testing capabilities.” This includes shipment of a pilot-scale brine concentrator unit to Australia for demonstration of the process. Commissioning of the brine concentrator plant is expected to be completed in mid-2013. Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA) is one of the largest uranium producers in the world, providing around 8% of global primary uranium production.last_img read more

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There has been rumors for some time that Nikolaj Hansen will join Midtjylland, and now it is official. The 24-years old player has signed 3-year contract with the club, that is to try to get back in the elite division next season, as they relegated this season, but it seems that Hansen is not bothered by that.He joins the club after playing for Norwegian Stort IL, and before that Viborg and Lemvig. Now he is back to Denmark again. ← Previous Story Weinhold to leave Grosswallstadt Next Story → Aljosa Rezar to Gummersbach! read more

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first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: Miley Cyrus twerked with little people nearly naked, and how one of Rihanna’s selfies became a criminal matter. The Dredge> EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #KENYA: Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at the up-market shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya where terrorists opened fire on shoppers over the weekend. It is believed that there are still hostages inside.2. #GARDA BIKES: All garda escort motorcycles in the country were taken off the roads in July and August, in what sources believe is a money saving excercise, TheJournal.ie can reveal.3.#STABBING: A man has been arrested after a man was stabbed and killed at a house in Tallaght overnight.4. #BOOZE: The CEO of the pub body, The Vitners Federation of Ireland, has told TheJournal.ie that he does not think that TDs should be able to drink in Leinster House, stating that they should be setting an example.5. #DEBATE: Fine Gael’s Seanad referendum campaign director, Richard Bruton has said he would have no problem stepping up to debate with Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not yet committed to a televised debate on the issue.6. #GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won a landslide victory in Germany’s election.7. #SPEAKING RIGHTS: Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has defended granting limited speaking rights to TDs who have been expelled from their parliamentary party.8. #JOBS: Three food companies and a call centre for a video game company are set to create more than 184 jobs.9. #HOMECOMING:Unless you live under a rock, you will know by now that Dublin won the All-Ireland final yesterday. The homecoming event will take place at 7pm at Merrion Square and fans can access the square from 6pm.last_img read more

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first_imgTHREE QUARTERS OF Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are not planning to give staff wage hikes in 2014, a survey by Viking has found.Overall, 46 per cent of business owners surveyed said that business had improved in the last three months, with the most positive returns in Connacht, where 52 per cent said they had registered an uptick.Results for Leinster were less encouraging at 41 per cent, while 62 per cent of respondents from Ulster and Munster said that business had declined in the first three months of the year.The good news continued to roll in Connacht, with 97 per cent of SMEs saying that they expect growth in the year overall, compared to 59 per cent in Ulster, 53 per cent in Leinster and 44 per cent in Munster.Viking director Michael Walby said: The overall economic picture may be gradually improving with optimisim slowly building, but most small business owners remain very cautious and we expect that to remain the case in the medium term.Problem areasHalf of SMEs said that attracting new business to ensure growth of their companies was the biggest challenge for the year ahead. A further ten per cent said that reducing costs was their number one issue, while nine per cent said that sector-specific sluggishness was their main concern.The good news: employees set for pay bump this year>IBEC: Income tax reduction needed as employers can’t afford pay increases>last_img read more

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first_imgScion now has a sexy $30,000 sporty vehicle in the Scion FR-S concept car to help rebuild the Scion momentum of the early 2000s, back when the brand was quirky, cool, and desirable. The FR-S is one of the top cars of the 2011 New York International Auto Show. FR-S stands for Front engine, Rear drive, Sport. To lower the center of gravity, Scion and parent Toyota turned to Subaru for a boxer engine, meaning a horizontal layout with four opposed cylinders – as on the Porsche 911, VW Beetle, or Subarus. Think of the FR-S in the same class as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. What was shown at NYIAS was a 2+2 concept car but one that’s likely to see production within a year, toned down to be less radical. The 20-inch-diamater wheels, 10 inches wide in back, 8 inches wide in front might be changed. The base price would be less than $30,000. Of the top cars of the 2011 NYIAS, they’re heavily skewed toward the mainstream this year. That’s because some of the sexier sport sedans got world debuts mnths earlier and their New York unveilings were U.S.-only or North America-only debuts. That includes the Audi A7 touring sedan and BMW 650 coupe. Why the Scion FR-S matters: Scion desperately needs to revive its image and sales. Within the realm of 2+2 sports cars, the FR-S should be practical, get good mileage, and get customers back in the showroom. Gearlog mobile 2011 NYIAS Top Cars Scion FR-S Kia Soul  Honda CivicNissan Versa Sedan Chevrolet Malibu 2011 New York Auto Show Top Green CarsLexus LF-Gh concept hybrid40 mpg Hyundai AccentFour-Cylinder Ford Taurus TurboAll-Electric BMW Active E2013 Chevrolet Malibu Ecolast_img read more

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first_imgCanadian MPs vote to legalise cannabis for recreational use Legalising weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Share1180 Tweet Email4 17,468 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL CANADA IS SET to become the first G7 country to legalise cannabis after politicians yesterday passed a bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug.Passed by 205 votes to 82 in the House of Commons, the legislation must still pass the Senate – which could delay, but not block it – and receive royal assent by the governor-general before becoming law, likely by September.Legalising weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has acknowledged smoking a joint with friends “five or six times” including since being elected as an MP.The Liberal government’s pointman on cannabis, Bill Blair, said at the weekend it was “probably looking at a date of implementation somewhere toward the beginning of September, perhaps mid-September”.Uruguay approved the recreational usage of marijuana five years ago and nine US states and the capital Washington have done so too, but Canada will be the first G7 country to take the step.An initial 1 July target was set for ending the pot prohibition that dates back to 1923, although it was effectively legalised for medical use nearly two decades ago.Despite setbacks, Trudeau has insisted his government would move to legalise the production, sale and consumption of the psychoactive drug before facing the electorate again in 2019.Last week, the government rejected 13 out of 46 amendments to the bill proposed by the Senate after several months of study, with Trudeau’s health minister rising to defend home cultivation of cannabis and branded pot swag.“Canadians are allowed to make beer at home, or wine,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said at the time. Jun 19th 2018, 7:31 AM 57 Comments center_img It is already possible for Canadians to grow cannabis for medical purposes and we absolutely believe the legislation should be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis.The government, she said, would follow its expert panel’s recommendation to allow at-home cultivation of up to four pot plants for personal use.As for the proposed advertising restrictions, she said the bill already contains limits such as a requirement for plain packaging.Cannabis trendsetter?Once the law is enacted, Canadians over the age of 18 (19 in some regions) will be able to buy a gram of pot for about Can$10 (€6.50) or less, from a patchwork of authorised private and public retail stores or by mail order, with each province and territory responsible for setting up distribution.Personal possession will be limited to 30 grams (one ounce).Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion (€3.7 billion), based on last year’s consumption data.Finance Minister Bill Morneau estimated the cannabis tax haul will be about Can$400 million (€260 million), but Ottawa has agreed to retain only 25% of these monies, with the rest going into provincial government coffers.In an interview with AFP last month, Trudeau said the world was closely watching Canada’s pot plans and predicted other countries might follow suit.“There is a lot of interest from our allies in what we’re doing,” he said.They recognise that Canada is being daring… and recognise that the current regime (of prohibition) does not work, that it’s not preventing young people from having easy access to cannabis.The prime minister argued that creating a regulated market would take the drug out of the hands of crime groups and “better protect communities and children”.Yet he added the allies he spoke with ahead of a recent G7 summit in Quebec “are interested in seeing how things go… before they try it”, without specifying which nations.© – AFP 2018 Image: Shutterstock/TayHam Photography http://jrnl.ie/4078279 Image: Shutterstock/TayHam Photography Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 7:31 AM By AFPlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Senate confirmed Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to be the next commandant of the service, Marine Times reported.With the confirmation, Berger was also awarded his fourth star to the rank of general.Berger, currently commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, will become the 37th commandant when he replaces Gen. Robert Neller ends his term July 11.Berger will assume leadership of the Marine Corps as it evolves to a more technically advanced force from focusing on counterinsurgency warfare since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from Tulane University, a Masters degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.S. in Military Studies, according to a Marine Corps press release.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick Mahoney ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinCongress, for the first time, overrode one of President Obama’s vetoes. The bill –  which now becomes law — allows 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia based on allegations it provided support to the terrorist attackers.Listen Now Obama argued the law makes U.S. officials vulnerable to similar lawsuits in foreign courts. Ninety-seven senators voted to overturn the veto today), including both Alaskans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it gives victims and their families an “avenue to justice.”But Alaska Congressman Don Young bucked the tide. He was one of only 18 Republicans in the House who voted to uphold Obama’s veto. His spokesman, Matt Shuckerow, says the Congressman voted for principle over politics.“Many have made this vote (an) issue of overriding the president and overriding his veto rather than an examination of the legislation and the policy itself,” Shuckerow said.In a written statement, Young says he sympathizes with the victims but says the law allowing them to sue Saudi Arabia threatens national security and the safety of Americans deployed abroad. Shuckerow says Young would like to reverse many of Obama’s actions, but he agrees with Obama in opposing this bill.“This was not a vote he took lightly but it was something that, given his concerns, the risk it posed to American military and intelligence personnel overseas, and the unintended consequences of this legislation … he could not support it,” Shuckerow said.Congress is also on track to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Both Alaska senators voted for the spending bill and the House was scheduled to vote on it this evening.last_img read more

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first_imgThree cruise ships dock in downtown Juneau July 14, at the height of the tourist season. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Proposals to spend Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fees are due January 2, and so far, the city hasn’t received many pitches.Listen NowThe city charges a $5 per passenger tax on large vessels that stop in Juneau. With about a million cruise ship passengers a year, it generates about $5 million. Under federal law, that money can only be spent on projects and programs that address both cruise ship passengers’ safety and accessibility.Susan Phillips, an executive assistant to the city manager, said, as of Dec. 27, the city has only received nine project proposals from five entities. The submissions period opened Dec. 2.Typically, the city receives dozens of pitches for things like seasonal emergency services personnel, waterfront infrastructure improvements, crossing guards and more public restroom cleaning and maintenance.Meanwhile, Cruise Lines International Association’s lawsuit alleging Juneau misspends that money is pending in federal court.Neither the city attorney nor a representative of the cruise line association could be reached for comment, but Juneau Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said the case is in the discovery phase.Cosgrove said the looming lawsuit won’t affect the spending process this year.“Business as usual,” Cosgrove said. “We’ll just move forward with using the same process we’ve always used, as you’re aware. It’s a public process where we ask people to submit, and then we go through — traditionally, we have met with industry representatives to discuss the proposals and hear their thoughts about them, and we will do the same thing this year.”Juneau’s Marine Passenger Fee Proceeds Committee vets the initial list of spending proposals. Its recommendation go to the Juneau Assembly, which gets the final say on the projects that make the cut. The assembly discussion is expected in the spring for the budget year that begins in July.last_img read more