USChina trade talks to open in Beijing

first_imgBeijing: The United States and China open the latest round of their trade talks Thursday as the economic superpowers edge towards a deal to resolve a months-long spat that has rattled the global economy. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to resume talks in Beijing with China’s top economic official Liu He, the first since China put into law new measures seen as an olive branch in their high-stakes stand-off. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal While US President Donald Trump has voiced hope that he could soon hold a signing ceremony with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, negotiations have dragged on, suggesting substantial differences remain. But Lighthizer sought to play down expectations ahead of the meeting in Beijing, which is due to be followed by more talks in Washington in early April. “I’m hoping but not necessarily hopeful… If there’s a great deal to be gotten, we’ll get it — if not, we’ll find another plan,” he told National Public Radio earlier this week. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The two sides have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods since last year, hitting a slew of businesses ranging from manufacturers to farmers in both countries, with knock-on effects for other economies. And Trump suggested last week some of those tariffs should stay in place after a deal is reached to ensure China follows through. But Beijing has taken steps to address some US complaints. Earlier this month China’s rubber-stamp parliament rushed through a law that seeks to protect foreign firms from the forced transfer of technology. Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday repeated his pledge to step up punishment for intellectual property infringers to ensure they “bear an unpayable cost”, addressing a major bone of contention in Washington. “We will again widen foreign firms market access,” Li pledged at the Boao Forum for Asia, a Davos-like annual meeting hosted by China. While the US has hit out at Chinese practices, Lighthizer said on NPR that “the kinds of things that we’re asking for are not anti-Chinese at all”. “Protection of intellectual property is not anti-Chinese. Stopping people from forcing transfer of technology is not anti-Chinese. In fact, the reformers would say it’s pro-Chinese. It will help their economy, not hurt their economy,” he added. Negotiators hope to iron out remaining differences on other issues including Beijing’s subsidies to state-owned firms and policies to build up Chinese companies in strategic sectors. “In our conversations with the US government they’ve indicated that subsidies which create an uneven playing field between foreign and domestic companies are most definitely something that continues to be negotiated,” said Jacob Parker, vice president of the US-China Business Council. “I suspect this is one of the areas China is pushing back on, (and) it remains a core of the negotiations,” Parker said. When Li presented the government’s 2019 policy plans earlier this month, he made no mention of its controversial Made in China 2025 industrial policy, which had called for Chinese firms to take control of many strategic industries. Still analysts say Beijing’s push for self-reliance and indigenous innovation will continue in practice. Foreign tech companies have also long been locked out of China’s market with many services such as Google, Facebook and Amazon blocked or facing restrictions. Beijing has yet to give in to demands for greater market access to foreign cloud computing providers or loosen restrictions on overseas data transfer, the Financial Times reported this week. At a recent forum on the issue, Chinese academics and bureaucrats criticised related US policies. “China does not trust the US government… we don’t believe that once our data is in America, the US government will handle it appropriately,” said Xu Chengjin of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. American lawmakers and regulators have expressed similar concern about sharing US data with Chinese firms. The two sides also need to resolve when to remove the punitive tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods and how to enforce any deal. “The question will be the details and enforceability,” Lighthizer said, outlining a mechanism for US companies facing problems in China to bring cases to the US Trade Representative for discussion with Chinese officials. “They’re committed to do this, but it’s going to be a question of whether they can get all the layers of government, I think, to follow through,” he said. Premier Li also mentioned creating a mechanism for foreign firms to protest against government decisions in his speech.last_img read more

Could have inflicted heavy damage if we had tech asymmetry says IAF

first_imgNew Delhi: If the Indian Air Force possessed high levels of “technological asymmetry”, then it would have been able to inflict heavy damage on Pakistan during its unsuccessful aerial raid on February 27, according to an IAF report.The report analysed various aspects of IAF’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the subsequent Pakistani retaliation the next day. India carried out the air strike to avenge the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the report, the IAF said Pakistan Air Force has been consistently enhancing its air defence and offensive capabilities since the Kargil war in 1999 and there was a need for India to bolster its “technological asymmetry” for aerial combat, official sources said sharing details from the report. At present, Pakistan has some edge with its fleet of F-16 jets with AMRAAM missile fitted with them, said an official. The sources said the planned induction of Rafale aircraft with deadly Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India a significant advantage over Pakistani Air Force. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We felt we could not punish the adversaries appropriately. So we need to bolster technological asymmetry so that the enemy does not even dare to come close to the border,” said a source. On the Balakot strikes, the report said the Israeli Spice 2000 precision guided munitions (PGM) fired from Mirage 2000 jets hit five out of the six designated targets in the JeM training facility. However, one Spice PGM did not leave the aircraft because of a drift in the inertial navigation system. The report said the deception used was successful as Pakistan was caught off guard despite their air force being put on highest alert. Various packages of jets flew in several directions including a fleet of Jaguars went towards Bahawalpur, a key air base of Pakistan Air Force, sources said. In the list of possitives from the strike, the IAF talked about accuracy of intelligence inputs, precise selection of targets, demonstration of its ability to carry out precision strikes and its success in maintaining secrecy of the operation though over 6,000 personnel were involved in it. In its analysis of possible areas for improvement, the IAF sought superior technological asymmetry and air defence system over Pakistan, sources said. It also talked about the need for procuring new weapons and other platforms for enhancing the IAF’s overall combat capabilities. Induction of Rafale jets along with Meteor beyond-visual-range missile and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India an edge over Pakistan, according to the report. India is procuring a batch of S-400 air defence system from Russia at a cost of USD 5 billion. India is also buying 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. During the aerial combat of February 27, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had engaged with one of the Pakistani F-16s and shot it down before his Mig-21 Bison was downed. Varthaman was captured by Pakistan and was released after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody. The Indian Air Force had on February 28 displayed pieces of an AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence to prove that Pakistan deployed the US-manufactured fighter jets during the raid.last_img read more

Real Madrid Defeats Valencia with 21 Victory

Rabat – Zinedine Zidane’s squad has beaten Valencia with a 2-1 victory in today’s match, which took place at the Bernabeu stadium. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in favor of his team 27 minutes into the game. Real Madrid’s key striker missed a chance to score a penalty at the 57-minute mark of the game.  Valencia stunned Real Madrid with a goal in the 82nd minute of the game, but Real Madrid’s left-back, Marcelo Vieira rescued his team by scoring a late victory goal at the 89-minute mark.With the win, Real Madrid has been able to regain its position in La Liga’s chart. The team may not keep this position for too long, however, as Barcelona is scheduled to go head-to-head with Espanyol, which may change the standings once again. La Liga giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, are keeping suspense alive in the battle of the Spanish teams. Real Madrid is now ranked in first place with 81 points, with Barcelona three points behind in second. read more

Nearly 300000 people remain affected by drought

Sri Lanka experienced both droughts and floods last year. The inclement weather conditions such as floods, landslides and high speed wings claimed the lives of more than 200 persons and disrupted the essential services last year. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that as many as 293,764 people remained affected by the drought in five northern districts of the island country.In its situation report issued on Monday, the DMC said Puttalam, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura and Mannar were the five districts hit by the drought, the Xinhua news agency reported. Rice is the staple food of Sri Lanka, and local farmers depend on monsoon rain for rice cultivation. Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake told Xinhua that rice crops failed for the third consecutive season last year, resulting in a major shortage of rice in the market. He said the north-east monsoon rain had been delayed during the current season. read more

LGBTQI community protest in Colombo

In a joint statement this week, the LGBTQI community said that President Sirisena had made a series of homophobic comments at the rally. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community in Sri Lanka and civil society staged a protest in Colombo today against comments made this week by President Maithripala Sirisena.The protest staged near the Liberty roundabout, condemned the homophobic comment made by the President at a political rally. Meanwhile, the Government today insisted that President Maithripala Sirisena did not target the LGBTQI community during his speech.Cabinet co-spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the President had only referred to the people around former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and not a particular community. (Colombo Gazette) The LGBTQI community called upon all Sri Lankans who respect the fundamental rights of each and every Sri Lankan for equality, justice and dignity to join with them in categorically condemning President Sirisena’s homophobia and public incitement of homophobic hatred. read more

Rishad Bathiudeen insists he has done nothing wrong

The Minister said that neither he nor have the Muslims caused any damage to the environment. Government Minister Rishad Bathiudeen insists he has done nothing wrong with regards to the resettlement of Muslim Internally Displaced Persons in Wilpattu.Bathiudeen told Parliament that the Muslims displaced during the war have been resettled legitimately in the area. He said that he has been unfairly criticized on social media over the Wilpattu issue. He said the land for the resettlement was handed over in 2012.Meanwhile, a petition filed against Bathiudeen, seeking the prohibition of deforestation at the Vilaththukulam forest reserve in Wilpattu has been fixed to be heard on June 28th. (Colombo Gazette)

Alberta government extends flood aid deadline for small medium businesses

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – The Alberta government is extending the deadline for small and medium-sized businesses affected by the June floods to apply for aid.The aid includes loan and interest rebate programs to help Alberta’s flood affected small businesses, agricultural producers and not-for-profit organizations to get back on their feet.The original deadline to apply under the Alberta flood recovery program was Dec. 31 — it now is June 30, 2014.Treasury Board president Doug Horner says the deadline was changed because they heard concerns from small and medium-sized businesses that they need more time to assess their needs following the disaster.Approximately 1,500 small businesses were directly affected when flooding in June overwhelmed some parts of Calgary and southern Alberta.Last week, the Alberta government extended the deadline for homeowners living in flood fringe zones to obtain municipal permits for mitigation work to March 31. Alberta government extends flood aid deadline for small, medium businesses by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:27 pm MDT read more

US business stockpiles rose 03 per cent in September sales unchanged

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2015 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in September by the largest amount in three months, while sales were flat.Businesses increased their inventories 0.3 per cent in September following a modest 0.1 per cent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the biggest gain since a 0.7 per cent rise in June.Sales were unchanged in September after a 0.6 per cent drop in August.A major effort to work down an overhang of unsold inventories was a big drag on the economy in the summer. That shaved 1.4 percentage points from overall growth as measured by the gross domestic product, which slowed to a modest gain of 1.5 per cent.GDP growth in the July-September quarter was less than half the 3.9 per cent growth rate in the previous three-month period.Economists are looking for growth to accelerate in the current quarter. Strong employment gains are expected to boost consumer spending, prompting businesses to resume restocking their shelves.The government reported last week that that businesses created 271,000 jobs in October, the largest amount all year, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5 per cent.Friday’s inventory report showed that stockpiles held by retailers rose 0.8 per cent in September, with wholesale inventories up 0.5 per cent. Manufacturing stockpiles fell by 0.4 per cent.A separate report Friday showed that retail sales rose a tiny 0.1 per cent in October, a modest gain that was held back by lower gasoline costs. US business stockpiles rose 0.3 per cent in September; sales unchanged read more

Nenadic and Sego in Orlen Wisla Plock

Polish teams have strong sympathy to the players from Ex-Yugoslavia countries. Current champion, Orlen Wisla Plock will add to the squad for the next season two of them – Petar Nenadic (26) and Marin Sego (27). Serbian NT player, playmaker, Petar Nenadic (26) is currently the third scorer of the Danish League, where he playing for TVIS Holstebro. Member of the silver Serbian squad from the last EHF EURO 2012 before Denmark played in Hungary (Pick Szeged), Spain (F.C Barcelona and Algeciras) and Serbia (HC Crvena zvezda).Marin Sego, who played for Croatia at the WCh 2011 in Sweden, coming from C.O Zagreb where he got international recognition. Before Croatian champion, Sego played for Izvidjac Ljubuski, Zrinjski Mostar, Perutnina Pipo and Medjugorje. C.O ZagrebMarin SegoPetar NenadicPlockPolish HandballPolish handball teamsTVIS HolstebroWisla handballWisla Plock ← Previous Story Palicka prolongs contract with THW Kiel Next Story → Michal Kopco to VfL Gummersbach read more

Un iPhone 4S et un iPhone 5 en septembre

first_imgUn iPhone 4S et un iPhone 5 en septembre ?Un analyste de la Deutsche Bank pense qu’Apple sortira deux modèles en même temps à la prochaine rentrée.Alors que les rumeurs se multiplient sur la sortie soit d’un iPhone 4S, soit d’un iPhone 5 avant la fin de l’année, Chris Whitmore, analyste pour la Deutsche Bank, pense qu’Apple va en réalité commercialiser… les deux modèles. D’après lui, la marque à la pomme semble se diriger vers cette solution afin de profiter des difficultés de ses deux concurrents principaux, RIM (Blackberry) et Nokia. L’iPhone 4S serait, d’après Business mobile, une mise à jour à minima de l’iPhone 4 mais non verrouillée. Celle-ci serait vendue 349 dollars avec des forfaits prépayés sans engagement.La firme de Steve Jobs vise les marchés des pays émergents, en Asie, Afrique et Amérique latine, où la star des smartphones a du mal à s’imposer, les consommateurs plébiscitant les formules prépayées au détriment des terminaux subventionnés par les opérateurs. Un iPhone 4S présentant ces caractéristiques, couplé à un iPhone 5 pour les marchés occidentaux, permettrait une pénétration encore plus importante d’Apple sur la planète. Même si rien n’est encore confirmé…Le 28 juin 2011 à 11:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Southgate faces up to difficult England decisions

first_imgWorld Cup is just a few days away and England coach Gareth Southgate is facing far “more difficult” decisions for England’s World Cup opener as players impress even more.Preparation for Russia has been as smooth as it has been impressive in recent weeks, with comfortable warm-up victories complementing fine work on the training field and increasing team spirit away from it. Southgate’s side honed their skills at a sold-out Elland Road on Thursday evening as they followed the win against Nigeria by beating Costa Rica in a manner more stirring than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck secured victory from another injury-free evening, giving the England manager a welcome selection headache ahead of the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18.“It’s more difficult,” Southgate said, according to Sport.“No question. There’s some serious decisions to take – but in a good way.“If I was sitting here thinking ‘blimey, we have got nobody to play there and nobody to play there’ then it would be a very different situation.“We asked the players to give us competition for places. I can’t start complaining when they do.”Southgate explains why he started Jadon Sancho Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Jadon Sancho was given a start ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s win over Kosovo and the manager explained why he went down that…Man-of-the-match Rashford shone brightest in Thursday’s audition, scoring an exceptional opener and playing with confidence at a buoyant Elland Road.England are still excited about yesterday’s match and we know this from their recent tweet. Worth watching over and over and over and… ?#threelions pic.twitter.com/24YMGjlnut— England (@England) June 8, 2018last_img read more

Ministry of Border Control updates on Illegal Vessel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment confirms that at approximately 1:00 p.m. on April 7th, Border Control officials received notification that a vessel suspected of transporting undocumented migrants from Haiti was spotted by fishermen off South Caicos and near the banks of North and Middle Caicos earlier that morning.Members of the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were the immediate responders and communication was made to Immigration Officials in South Caicos, Grand Turk and Providenciales.At approximately 8:15 p.m. Immigration Officers from the Ministry of Border Control and Employment met the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force to receive 67 illegal migrants of Haitian nationality and comprising 59 adult males, 2 minor males and 6 females, who were subsequently detained and processed at the Detention Center in South Dock Providenciales throughout the night.Through this medium the Ministry is extending commendation to the Immigration Department and stakeholders agencies, especially the Marine Branch of the Police Force and Department of Disaster Management and Emergency DDME, for their hard work, commitment and dedication. Commendation is further extended to the fishing community and Government officials of South Caicos who also played their part as responsible citizens and public officers.In his comment on this situation the Deputy Premier and Minister with responsibility for Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean R Astwood M.P. said “It is unfortunate that persons continue to risk their lives in attempts to breach our borders, in the hopes of improving their circumstances. While as a people, and as Government, we understand the hardships and desperation for many in Haiti, we are a very small country with limited resources and therefore can ill afford the strains on our social systems and other national security risks that are inherent with illegal migration.“The Ministry, along with the Police and support from the National Security Council and other agencies, are working hard to improve the protection of our borders, and will continue our ongoing efforts with the Haitian Government to invest in the interests of their people. However, I am also appealing to the Haitian diaspora and all persons who have connections with Haiti to assist in helping us to discourage persons from attempting this treacherous journey.“As a Government we have a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking and I, through this medium, am sending a very strong message to persons involved in human trafficking and illegal migration, that when discovered, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.“Sincere thanks is extended to the many men and women who continue to risk their lives day and night, to ensure the safety of us all, I am indeed grateful for your sacrifice. May God continue to cover you and keep you safe from all dangers.”  Preparations are underway for the immediate repatriation of the 67 illegal migrants to their homeland, which will commence as early as today.The Ministry of Border Control reiterates its caution issued to those in the Turks and Caicos Islands that might be inclined to harbor illegal migrants, that as a result of the new Immigration Ordinance which came into effect on April 1, 2016, penalties for harboring illegal migrants were increased, and such persons now face a fine of $20,000 on summary conviction or to a term of imprisonment of four years, or to both. In addition, persons acquiring status other than by birth that are convicted of such an offense, face the possibility of having their status in the Islands revoked, thereby making them liable to deportation.Investigations into this matter will be conducted by local law enforcement agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Franck Ribery blasts critics after eating from Salt bae restaurant

first_imgIn series of messages released on social media, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, on social media blasts critics after eating a gold-covered Tomahawk steak at the restaurant of the famous Nusret Gokce, called ‘Salt Bae’.The Frenchman received tons of criticism after he ate a steak which cost 1,200 euros, however, Ribery doesn’t give a damn and used his social media accounts to blast those criticizing him.“For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s…,” it began as quoted by Marca.“Let’s start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f*** your mothers, your grandmothers, and even your family tree. I owe you nothing.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“My success is, above all, thanks to God, me, and my loved ones who believed in me.“For the others, you’re nothing but pebbles in my socks!”Ribery has 26 appearances and eight goals with Bayern Munich. He was ever present with the France under-21 team where he earned his first selection in September 2004 in a 1–0 victory over Israel in qualifying for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championshiplast_img read more

Clinton at free JLo campaign concert Get loud at voting booth

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Cheered on by a crowd of thousands, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to head to the polls, as she appeared onstage alongside superstars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony during a free outdoor concert hosted by her campaign in Downtown Miami, Saturday night.Dressed in a green jacket, the former secretary of state made a grand entrance at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, set to Lopez’s hit single “Let’s Get Loud.” Moments later she joined hands with the performers, Lopez to her right and Anthony to her left.“We’re at a crossroads, and we have to take the right road to the future, and we have the perfect person to take us there,” said Lopez moments before introducing Clinton onstage.“We’re about to have our first woman president,” Lopez added.Both performers sent a strong message to the LGBTQ community, the disabled and Latino voters that America is, to borrow Clinton’s campaign slogan, stronger together. “After the establishment shows up and sees the power we have, they’ll never mess with us again,” said Anthony.Hours earlier, a line of concertgoers stretched around the block in front of Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Saturday evening. “When we looked back, the line was about half what it is now,” said reveler Tito Orta. “Now it extends all the way down the block.”With 10 days to go until the general election, thousands of people, some of whom chanted “Hil-la-ry,” braved the rainy weather as they waited to enter the concert venue to get a glimpse of Lopez and Anthony. Among them was Broward resident Tanya Ramirez, who came all the way down from Fort Lauderdale. At the time she spoke with 7News, she had been waiting in lines for three hours.“All the support is for Hillary and ‘JLo’ and Marc Anthony, and just come and enjoy the free concert,” said Ramirez.Meanwhile, Clinton stepped off a plane in Miami as part of her push in the crucial swing state of Florida.The event took place one day after the FBI announced it will reopen its investigation into Clinton’s emails.RELATED: Clinton pushes back against ‘unprecedented’ new FBI reviewLopez and Anthony are just two out of a handful of performers pushing a message to get out the vote in support of the former New York senator. Hip-hop artist Jay Z will also be holding a concert in support of Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, and on Nov. 6, Cher will be holding a concert at the Fillmore Miami Beach.“This inspires people, not only to hope, but to try to understand the democratic process here in the United States,” said Orta.The excitement among attendees was palpable well before doors opened at the amphitheater at 6 p.m. The rain continued once the concert got underway, but it didn’t dampen reveler’s spirits as they danced and sang along with the “American Idol” judge.Lopez publicly endorsed Clinton more than a year and a half ago. “[Jennifer] is also a fierce advocate for women and children, and that means a lot to me,” Clinton said onstage at the amphitheater.The candidate also targeted her Republican opponent during her appearance. She used a phrase made popular by first lady Michelle Obama. “No matter how low our opponents go, we go high,” she said.Clinton reminded the crowd that more than 16 million voters already cast ballots nationwide, with 3 million in Florida. “Every day, every hour, every minute. This is our chance,” she said.She urged Florida supporters to “get loud at the voting booth.”As she continues her attempts to take Florida on the Nov. 8 election, Clinton is scheduled to appear at a rally in Wilton Manors, Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Town Of Wilmington Announces Details Of Early Voting For November 6 Election

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Can’t wait until Election Day to cast your vote? Now you won’t have to!The Town of Wilmington is offering WEEKDAY early voting on the following days, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, unless noted otherwise, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium:Monday, October 22 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 23Wednesday, October 24Thursday, October 25Friday, October 26Monday, October 29 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 30Wednesday, October 31Thursday, November 1Friday, November 2The Town of Wilmington is also offering WEEKEND early voting on Saturday, October 27, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium.Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 with any questions.The Wilmington Town Hall is located at 121 Glen Road.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Early Voting Schedule Announced For 2018 Election; 5,800 Wilmington Voters Voted Early In 2016In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Early Voting Comes To Wilmington For Presidential ElectionIn “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

One divorce per hour in Dhaka

first_img.Meherunnesa’s (pseudonym) husband started mentally and physically abusing her for dowry a few months into their marriage that took place in 2014. She was even subjected to torture in front of her child. Things worsened last year and Meherunnesa, with the permission of her parents, filed for divorce on 21 July.Like her, as many as 4,970 people filed for divorce in Chittagong City Corporation last year. The number is 2,532 from January to July this year, with most of the applicants filing for divorce being women.The picture is no different in the capital city Dhaka. At least 50,000 divorce applications were filed in Dhaka North and South City Corporations in the past six years, which means on average one divorce application was filed every hour.According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), divorce application rate has increased by 34 per cent in the past seven years.The major reason for divorce is marital conflict, according to statistics. Among the reasons for filing for divorce, women mention ill behaviour, extramarital affairs, torture for dowry, settling abroad, drug addiction, social media addiction, impotence and many more.The reasons, on the other hand, for men to file for a divorce are disobeying Islamic rule, disobedience to husband, indifference to the family, infertility, and so on.The reasons for divorce are almost the same, regardless of the social stature.Among the cities, the highest number of divorce application was filed in Barishal while the lowest was in Sylhet, shows the study.Describing the positive side of divorce, the director of the survey, AKM Ashraful Haque, told Prothom Alo, “People are more conscious now. They take divorce or stay separate if there is any dispute in conjugal life. However, the children have to suffer for their parents’ decision.”Due to widespread use of social media, husbands or wives are more suspicious of their partners, which eventually destroy the bonding, said Imam Ali and Indrajit Kundu, two professors of sociology department at Chittagong University.Survey in Dhaka North and South City Corporation shows 70 per cent of the applications for divorce are filed by wives.Officials at the two city corporations said, previously the families did not back women filing for divorce. But nowadays parents are more conscious and initiate divorce to save their daughters from torture, they added. “Generally women are not the first to go for a divorce. It can be a matter of research why the number of divorce in Bangladesh is still increasing,” said Rasheda K Chowdhury, former adviser to a caretaker government.The executive director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) also said, “Most of the women work outside now. They are tired of performing ‘double duties’ — working both in home and outside. Economically solvent women easily get out of messy relationships.”However, she did mention the problems the children face, “Kids from broken families suffer in the long run. This is alarming.”*This piece is a compilation of three reports published in Prothom Alo print edition, compiled and rewritten by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Auschwitz Survivor Celebrates 104th Birthday at Western Wall with 400 Descendants

first_imgIt isn’t often we hear the terms “Auschwitz survivor” and “raucous celebration” in the same sentence, but on the 104th birthday of Shoshana Ovitz, that’s precisely the kind of story her life has culminated in. Ovitz, who survived Auschwitz 75 years ago, recently celebrated her 104th birthday, and saw 400 relatives gather for her party at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Seeing her family – all her family, or at least as many who could make the trip  – gathered at the holy place was Ovitz’s only wish for her monumental occasion. They gathered to celebrate and, perhaps, mourn those who didn’t make it out alive from the notorious camp.Main gate to AuschwitzHer grandson, Meir Rosenstein, told Israeli reporters that his grandmother witnessed many horrible things at Auschwitz, including the sight of her mother’s selection by the cruel Dr. Josef Mengele, infamous for human experimentation. Once released from the camp, Ovitz met her soon-to-be husband, Don Ovitz. He too had survived the camps, although he had lost his wife and four daughters.But the occasion of Auschwitz survivor Shoshana Ovitz’s birthday was one of celebration, rather than somber reflections on the past, at least as much as possible. Her granddaughter, Panini Friedman, told reporters that organizers tried everything imaginable to ensure all of Ovitz’s descendants gathered at the holy site for the party. However, she acknowledged, “we’re missing about 10 percent of them.”The Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo by Golasso CC by 2.0The party was symbolic of the family’s victory over their captors, but it also represented a triumph for the Jewish people overall. All the guests felt that profound weight, Friedman said. “Everyone was there with tears in their eyes,” she said. “It was very emotional.”Needless to say, the historic gathering was chronicled for posterity, with many taking countless photographs. In one, Ovitz sits in her wheelchair holding the hand of a young boy who could be her great grandson, or perhaps even her great, great grandson. There are at least four generations represented in the group shots. They are visual confirmation of how the Ovitz family, and the Jewish people, survived the war.To celebrate her 104th birthday, #Auschwitz survivor Shoshana Ovitz asked all her descendants come together to #Jerusalem for prayer at the Western Wall.Moving image. pic.twitter.com/hpUgreVOgq— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) August 7, 2019The photos of all the family members posing in front of the Western Wall is a testament to the resilience and determination to overcome the attempt to erase them from the planet. Bringing together everyone for the celebration was no small feat, organizers said, but the family was determined to make it happen, as it was Ovitz’s only wish for her birthday.For her 104th birthday, Shoshana Ovitz, a survivor of Auschwitz, took a picture with her entire family at the Western Wall, sending a powerful message – The Jewish people live on. #NeverAgain via: @JBN pic.twitter.com/j29ra2mbsR— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) August 8, 2019Many lived outside Israel, some in Europe and some in America. The organizers didn’t even have concrete details about the location of some, but they persevered. While the 400 party goers may not include every family member, everyone agreed the bash was a roaring success.The number of Holocaust survivors is dwindling, not surprisingly. In 2016, a report by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel said that only 26,500 survivors will still be alive in Israeli by 2035. That figure includes not just concentration camp survivors, but those from ghettos, labor camps and hiding places, too.Related Video:Time Magazine in 2016 said Holocaust survivors totaled just 100,000 today globally. “The number of eloquent survivors is few and far between,” said Michael Zank, director of the Elie Wiesel Centre for Jewish Studies at Boston University. “It puts the responsibility on the next generation, the children of survivors, (and) the grandchildren of survivors, to become as articulate as we can be in maintaining this memory, and the mandate that comes with it.” In spite of the gloomy prediction that we may soon be facing a world without direct testimony of the Nazi war crimes committed before and during the second world war, it is important to acknowledge that many can continue to tell their stories, and document them for posterity.Related Article: The World’s Oldest Nun who Defied the Nazis and Sheltered JewsBut it’s just as important to pause occasionally to celebrate those who came through, who were able to reclaim their lives, start families, and watch those families flourish and prosper. Like Shoshana Ovitz, 104 years old and still thriving, still looking forward. If that is not a testament to the human spirit, nothing is.last_img read more

Swift Selection Search run quick searches in Firefox

first_imgSwift Selection Search: run quick searches in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 22, 2018 in Firefox – 15 commentsSwift Selection Search is a browser extension for the Firefox web browser to run quick searches for Firefox from any web page that is open in the browser.Firefox users have quite a few options when it comes to running searches. They can select text, right-click on the selection, and select the “search” option from the context menu to search for the selected text on the default search engine.It is furthermore possible to search from the address bar or search bar, if displayed, or from the New Tab page, or to load any search engine in a tab to run searches.Swift Selection SearchSwift Selection Search adds direct search capabilities to any web page that is open in Firefox (besides internal pages by default).The extension displays a small popup menu with search engine icons and other functions. The default set of icons includes the search engines Google Search, YouTube, IMDB and the English version of Wikipedia. You find options to copy the text to the operating system’s clipboard and an “open as link” function as well in the default menu.You need to open the options of the extension to manage search engines and the order of items in the main menu. One of the first things you may want to do is load the list of local search engines known to Firefox. The WebExtension can’t do that on its own; when you select the option, all search engines that Firefox knows about are added to the list of available engines.Note that you need to navigate to the profile folder manually and select the file search.json.mozlz4 for that.Swift Selection Search supports adding new search engines and other services manually next to that. Just click on the “add engine” option to create a new entry. You need to select a name and add search and icon links to the available fields to configure it. Use the variable {searchTerms} in the URL. The extension replaces it with the selected text automatically when you select the engine from the list of available options.Examples of what you can add to the menu:A translation service such as Google Translate or Bing Translate.Shopping sites like eBay or Amazon.Encyclopedias, Wikis or other sites to look up “things”.Search engines.You may add separators to create groups of actions but there is no option to add titles to groups for better distinction.The extension supports a large number of customization options. To name a few:Define when the popup opens. The default option opens it on test selection. You may change that to add keyboard modifiers to the process or map it to middle-mouse clicks instead.Change where the popup opens and what happens when you activate a search engine or function.Enable automatic copy to Clipboard.Change icon size.Switch from single row to grid view.Change popup colors, padding and other parameters.Show or hide the context menu.Swift Selection Search adds a context menu entry to run searches  to the right-click menu by default in Firefox. You may hide the option, or hide the popup and use only the context menu search option if you prefer that.Closing wordsSwift Selection Search is a powerful search extension for the Firefox browser. You may use it to run searches with just a single click after selecting text and use extra functionality such as the handy copy to Clipboard or open as link option that it supports.The extension supports custom search engines and gives you full control over the order of services in the popup menu.Now You: How do you search in Firefox?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name Swift Selection SearchSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/swift-selection-search/ Advertisementlast_img read more

US hiring jumps in May as businesses get bullish on economy

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Stock investors are processing what the job growth means for the economy and the policies of the Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise rates from record lows at some point later this year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was largely flat in morning trading.Over the past three months, employers have added an average of 207,000 jobs. That’s a decent gain, though lower than last year’s average of 263,667.Prices for the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell after the jobs report was issued, raising its yield to 2.42 percent from 2.35 percent just before the figures were announced. U.S. stock futures held steady.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has said she expects the Fed to raise rates this year if the economy continues to improve, thereby ending nearly seven years of record-low rates.On Thursday, though, the International Monetary Fund suggested that the Fed should hold off on raising rates until 2016. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, saying a rate increase could disrupt the economy, urged the Fed to await signs of healthy wage growth.“This evident strength in the labor market probably isn’t enough to persuade the Fed to hike rates in July, but it leaves a September liftoff looking more likely than ever,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “Only 24 hours later, the IMF’s suggestion that the Fed should wait until 2016 looks very dated.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The steady hiring should help drive the economy through the rest of the year, overcoming the drags caused by a stronger dollar hurting exports and cheaper oil slashing into revenues for the energy industry.“We’ve restored income for well over 3 million people over the past 12 months, and that’s adding a lot of spending power to the economy,” said Carl Tannenbaum, an economist at Northern Trust.Construction, health care and hospitality companies drove the May job growth. On the negative side, persistently cheaper oil led energy companies to shed workers for a fifth straight month.Average hourly wages rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier, showing some pick-up. Pay is barely rising above inflation, a persistent trend that has limited the economy’s growth. But the average hourly wage is now approaching $25, a level that appears to be bringing unemployed workers hurt by the 2008 financial crisis and sluggish recovery back into the job market.The percentage of people with jobs or searching for work increased to 62.9 percent in May, up a tenth of a percentage point.“Even the modest gains are pulling in some of the people on the sidelines,” said Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody’s Analytics. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Nor has cheaper gasoline delivered much help. Instead of sparking the wave of consumer spending that many economists had expected, a nearly 45 percent drop in oil prices since July has damaged a U.S. economy increasingly reliant on energy drilling. The energy industry has let go of workers and cut orders for pipelines and equipment.The mining sector, which includes oil and gas, trimmed 17,200 workers from their payrolls last month.Falling unemployment usually leads to fewer people seeking work, forcing employers to boost wages. But plenty of people are still searching for jobs. The aftermath of the recession has left 8.5 million people unemployed and seeking work, about 1.3 million more than were jobless before the downturn began in late 2007.Companies often increase pay when their workers become more productive. Yet productivity fell at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter — a sharper drop than the decline estimated a month ago, the government said Thursday.___AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber contributed to this report.___Follow Josh Boak at https://twitter.com/JoshBoakCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Though employers continue to hire freely, consumers — the main engine of the U.S. economy — remain fairly cautious. Still, Friday’s solid jobs report confirms the economy’s vitality.The 3 million new paychecks added over the past year have helped raise spending on housing and autos. Sales of newly built homes have surged 23.7 percent through the first four months of 2015 compared with a year ago, government data show. Rising demand for new homes led construction firms to hire 17,000 workers in May.Americans bought 1.64 million vehicles in May, the most since July 2005. Manufacturers added 7,000 jobs last month, primarily in the auto sector.Retailers added 31,400 employees, health care companies 57,700. The leisure and hospitality industry, which includes restaurants, added 57,000.The weekly number of people applying for unemployment benefits — a proxy for layoffs — has remained under a historically low 300,000 for more than four months. By holding on to nearly all their workers, businesses are ensuring that they will have the capacity to respond to greater customer demand.But the economy faces other challenges. The dollar has appreciated about 19 percent in the past year against other major currencies. That trend has made U.S. goods costlier overseas, thereby squeezing exports and the U.S.-based branches of foreign companies. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy has regained momentum after starting 2015 in a deep slump.The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April, the government said Friday. But that occurred for a good reason: Hundreds of thousands more people began seeking jobs in May. Not all of them found work and so were counted as unemployed.Last month’s strong job growth reflects a vote of confidence by employers, a sign that they foresee a broader rebound for the U.S. economy after it shrank during the first three months of the year. The government also revised up its estimate of job growth during March and April by a combined net 32,000. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more