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The Modi Years

first_img2014 August 15, 2014 PM’s first address to the nation: Speaking from Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi announced the launch of Jan Dhan Yojana, ensuring bank accounts for all Indians. He also officially declared the dismantling of Planning Commission and announced the establishment of a ‘new institution’ (NITI Aayog).October 2, 2014 Swachh Bharat: Launched on Gandhi Jayanti, it intended to build 90 million toilets in rural India at a projected cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore. The government claims that 30 out of 32 states/Union Territories are ODF now, but there has been a stream of reports stating that the practice is still prevalent and built toilets are inadequately engineered. Also Read – Torpedoing Bengal20152015-2018 Mob Lynching: Mohammad Akhlaq was the first to fall and there seemed to be no stopping. Vigilante groups across the country spread fear in the name of protecting custom. After widespread condemnation, on July 17, 2018, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, termed incidents of mob-lynching in India as ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.2016November 8, 2016 Demonetisation: It was announced as an effective countermeasure to rampant corruption and penetration of black money into the economy. Poor implementation caused major disruption in the lives of ordinary citizens and black money flourishes unrestricted. Also Read – Educational model of coexistence2017February 15, 2017 India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully managed to launch 104 satellites into space in a single go, a remarkable achievement by ISRO.July 1, 2017 GST roll out by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley caused a paradigm shift in India’s tax system. Hiccups in implementation though still persist.2018January 12, 2018 SC judges’ historic press conference: The judiciary displayed visible cracks when four senior-most judges called a press conference to voice discomfort with Chief Justic Dipak Misra in allocation of cases that could eventually hamper democratic fabric of the nation. March 11, 2018 The International Solar Alliance jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held its first meeting in New Delhi on March 11, 2018 to contribute to Paris Climate Agreement by actively promoting solar usage.March 6-12, 2018 Kisan March: In March 2018, 25,000 farmers marched from the city of Nashik to Mumbai to demand debt relief, minimum support prices and land rights. And, in late November, 20,000 farmers marched from Thane to Mumbai to demand drought compensation. On October 2, 2018, more than 30,000 farmers came knocking at the doors of India’s capital city, New Delhi.September 6, 2018 Abolition of Section 377 by Supreme Court received applause from across society. For the first time, India’s LGBTQ community will not be subject to harassment by law and police. Society though is yet to evolve.October 2018 CBI crisis: Infighting within CBI became ugly with corruption charges against No 1 and No 2 officers. On January 10, 2019, the selection panel officially removed Verma from his position.NOVEMBER 2018 Indiscriminate pellet gun firing in Kashmir injured a 19-month child who suffered eye injuries – this incident caught international attention and a renewed anger towards India’s inadequacy in Kashmir was realised. The widespread use of pellet guns against protesters in recent years has led to an estimated 3,000 people in the region sustaining eye injuries – locals call it a ‘dead eye epidemic’. 2019February 14, 2019 The Pulwama terror attack, where a truck loaded with explosives rammed into a CRPF convoy, leading to the death of 40 CRPF jawans, was mourned by whole of India. This was soon followed by the Balakot air strikes by India on Pakistan. March 27, 2019 Mission Shakti launched by India to test its A-SAT capacities in space was a success that lent India an entry into the elite club of space powers with proven access to such technology. India is only the fourth country to achieve this status.last_img read more


Jazeera stages solidarity day with Egyptheld staff

first_imgDOHA – Al-Jazeera television on Thursday organised a “global day of action” in solidarity with its four journalists detained in Egypt over accusations of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.Dozens of staff of the Doha-based satellite news channel staged a five-minute gathering at the network’s headquarters.“It is not a crime to be a journalist,” read banners carried by Al-Jazeera staff, some of them with their mouth taped, an Al-Jazeera journalist told AFP. The channel said protests were held in other cities in support of the campaign.In Khartoum, around 100 Sudanese journalists and activists staged a silent vigil on a street near the office of the satellite channel, an AFP journalist reported.Al-Jazeera declared Thursday a “global day of action” in support of its staff and for media freedom in general.The detained Al-Jazeera staff in Egypt include Australian journalist Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian colleague Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.They have been held since December in a case that has sparked an international outcry.Their trial began in a Cairo court last week, against the backdrop of strained ties between Cairo and Doha, which backed deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.Morsi was ousted by the army in July.The government has designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist organisation”, although the group denies involvement in a spate of bombings since Morsi’s overthrow.The three journalists are accused of supporting the Brotherhood and broadcasting false reports, charges denied by the television network.A fourth Al-Jazeera journalist, Abdullah al-Shami, has been held since August.last_img read more


Interior Minister Convinces MoroccanJewish Family not to Emigrate to Israel

Rabat – The Moroccan-Jewish couple who wanted to immigrate to Israel following their eviction from an apartment where they had lived for 46 years, have reportedly cancelled their plans to leave the country after receiving a call from the Interior Ministry, Mohammed Hassad, promising them to open an investigation on the subject.The Moroccan-Jewish Family, a man (rabbi) named Shalom Abdelhak and his wife Messody Wizman, (both in their eighties), were kicked out of their Casablanca apartment by what they have described as the “real estate mafia.”The flight of the old rabbi Shalom Abdelhak and his wife Messody was scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m., but it was finally cancelled after the Interior Minister requested them not to leave. According to media reports, the Interior Minister contacted the Moroccan Jewish couple on instructions of the head of government Abdelillah Benkirane.The Moroccan-Jewish Family has been staying for several days with their neighbor Messody Cohen, while their furniture were still kept in their former house.The couple and some of their Jewish neighbors posted a video on YouTube last month, calling on the King Mohammed VI to protect them from their landlord who was threatening to evict them from the apartment where they had lived for almost 50 years.In the video, Shalom said that he had been paying living in this apartment for over 46 years.Throughout this period, he said he had been paying his rent on a regular basis and never had any problems with the owners of the building. read more


Transition labor markets more flexible but joblessness has risen – UN study

“Central and East European labour markets have increased their flexibility, but the forms of flexibility are different from those to be found in the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries,” says Alena Nesporova, co-author of the study, with Sandrine Cazes. In developed countries, job turnover increases during economic boom times because higher demand for labour encourages people to leave their jobs for better ones, while during recessions labour turnover declines due to low demand, according to the report, Labour markets in transition: Balancing flexibility and security in Central and Eastern Europe. In the transition countries, however, people do not trust the economic health of many of the companies offering new jobs. They know that if they become unemployed their loss of income would be dramatic and the support provided by labour market and social welfare institutions is poor. For these reasons, they prefer to stay in their current jobs even during an economic upswing. Between 1994 and 2002 unemployment increased to 19.9 per cent from 14 per cent in Poland and to 7.3 per from 4.1 per cent in the Czech Republic. In 2000 unemployment rose to 13.4 per cent in the Russian Federation, compared to 8.1 per cent in 1994, according to the report. Only two transition countries saw a drop in unemployment between 1994 and 2002: to 5.8 per cent from 10.7 per cent in Hungary and to 6.4 per cent from 9 per cent in Slovenia, the agency says. The report recommends that countries review their labour legislation with a view to protecting workers, especially those in the informal sector. The authors also recommend that transition countries spend more money on labour market policies and strengthen social dialogue between governments, workers and employers. read more


Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith welcomes Maryland to Big Ten

The University of Maryland is now part of Big Ten country. For Ohio State’s part, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he is happy with the addition.  Maryland’s Board of Regents voted “overwhelmingly” to approve the university’s application to the Big Ten Conference, prompting current Big Ten presidents to assemble for a Monday teleconference where the school’s admittance was approved unanimously.  Maryland athletics, which bears the nickname “Terrapins,” a kind of turtle, will abandon the Atlantic Coast Conference after nearly six decades of membership. Maryland is expected to negotiate down the ACC’s $50 million exit fee to help facilitate the conference switch.  Maryland’s move to the Big Ten will take effect July 1, 2014. Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh said talks about the school’s move to the Big Ten began to heat up about two weeks ago. The move to the conference rooted traditionally in Midwestern universities, Loh said, was motivated by the need to stabilize its athletic department’s finances. “This is, today, a watershed moment for Maryland,” Loh said during a Monday press conference at the university’s student union in College Park, Md. “Membership in the Big Ten is in the strategic interest in the University of Maryland. As member … we will be able to ensure the financial stability of (Maryland athletics) for decades to come.” As Loh spoke, he was joined on an elevated platform by coaches from 15 of the university’s 20 athletics teams, as well athletic director Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and university Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, a former OSU president. Smith welcomed Maryland, the 13th team in the Big Ten, and Terrapins fans during a Monday press conference at the Fawcett Center. “I just wanted to take this opportunity to extend to Maryland and its constituency and its fans, all the people who work at the University of Maryland, a warm welcome on behalf of Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation,” Smith said. “We look forward to having you as a member of our family and embracing your rich tradition and everything that you mean to higher education and intercollegiate athletics. “It’s a great move for our conference. When you think about where the landscape is today (and) what is happening in intercollegiate athletics, there is going to be, and, I think, as we move toward the future and years out, there will continue to be some change. Maryland is a great addition to our conference, so we’re looking forward to getting down to the details of trying to deal with the scheduling issues.” Rutgers is expected to be added as the Big Ten’s 14th team Tuesday, according to multiple reports, but Smith did not comment on that possibility, saying instead, “today is about Maryland.” Delany also declined to comment on the possibility of a Rutgers addition during the press conference in College Park. read more


CDE Mining and Australian company Arrium Mining to process almost 17 Mt

first_imgCDE Mining has announced a new project with Australian company Arrium Mining to process almost 17 Mt of low-grade iron ore fines currently stockpiled in waste dumps and convert it into saleable product. The investment involves the provision of two new processing plants in Australia. The first new plant is to be located at Arrium Mining’s Iron Knob mining location processing the substantive stockpiles of low grade iron ore that have accumulated over the life of the mining of the Iron Monarch and Iron Princess deposits – mining of the Iron Monarch first commenced in 1899.Following processing of the low grade dumps from the Iron Monarch and Iron Princess deposits the new processing plant will target the processing of the local scree ore deposit. The second plant will be installed at the Iron Baron mining location, and similar to the Iron Knob, will process low grade iron ore stockpiled over the history of mining since 1930, and then progress into the Iron Empress and Iron Baroness Scree ore deposits in this region.The first plant at the Iron Monarch deposit will have an annual processing capacity of 1.8 Mt. The feed rate for the plant is 250 t/h and it will run for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The second plant will be integrated into the front end of an existing gravity separation circuit, and will be fed at a rate of 700 t/h for an annual processing capacity of 6.1 Mt.The upgrading of the Fe content of the low grade dumps will be achieved by efficiently removing silica (Si02) and alumina (AI203) from the feed material. Silica levels in the feed material range from 14% to 20% and this is expected to be reduced to 6.4% after processing. Alumina levels range from 5.9% to 8.8% in the feed material and will be reduced to 2.8% after processing. The plant will also remove clays from the feed material and the combined effect will see the Fe content increase from between 43.4% and 52.7% in the feed to nominally a 60% iron ore product.“There are several attrition stages built into the plants to ensure we are able to remove the silica, alumina and clay contamination effectively and deliver a final product to the specification required by Arrium Mining” explains Chris McKeown, Technical Manager with CDE Mining. “A large part of this work is done by our AggMax modular logwasher.”The modular nature of the plant offered by CDE was a large factor in winning this project as Gavin Hobart, General Manager Development with Arrium Mining explains. “We visited several CDE projects in Australia, Norway, UK and Brazil and observed how the AggMax had been applied successfully on similar projects. This gave us confidence that it provided an innovative way to tackle clay bound materials. We were also impressed by the fact that the time required for installation and commissioning of the plant is reduced as a result of the integration of several processing phases onto one machine.”The processing plant includes a range of equipment from the CDE Mining product portfolio including the M-Series modular washing plant, AggMax modular logwasher, EvoWash fine washing plant, spirals, jigs, ShearClean attrition cells, transfer conveyors and radial stockpile conveyors. The plant also includes a tailings management system which allows for the concentration of the 0-3mm rejects into a sludge that is then pumped to the tailings dams. This tailings management system also facilitates the recycling of up to 90% of process water.“The provision of a tried and tested tailings management system was a critical element of this project” explains Gavin Hobart. “It is essential that we are able to recycle and re-use large volumes of process water as access to fresh supplies are limited.”According to CDE, this project represents a new approach to mining projects like this. “The modular nature of our equipment has a number of benefits” explains Chris McKeown. “The time required for installation and commissioning is reduced, transfer point efficiency is improved and the overall environmental impact of the project is reduced. The plant can also be accommodated in much less space than is the case when the stick build approach is used.”In addition to the processing plant the contract with CDE Mining also includes a preventative maintenance program delivered by CDE CustomCare. This not only ensures the availability of critical spares on site but provides for regular plant audits by CDE service engineers to ensure performance requirements are maintained.The picture shows an AggMax modular logwasher on a CDE Mining iron ore projectlast_img read more


Nintendo NX detachable controllers feature force feedback and motion control

first_imgStay on target It’s now less than three weeks until the Tokyo Game Show 2016 kicks off, and with it (I hope) the official unveiling of the NX by Nintendo. That won’t stop leaks and rumors appearing about the hardware, though, with the latest covering the functionality of the controller units.The Nintendo NX is expected to be a combination of a home console and portable handheld gaming unit, which in one fell swoop will replace the Wii U and 3DS hardware. The home console portion will just be a box attached to your TV with all the interesting stuff happening in the controller. that controller consists of a display with two clip-on controller units. It will be like a thin version of the Wii U GamePad, or what the original Game Boy Advance would look like if you made a 2016 version.The latest information leak relates to the functionality of those detachable controller units. Apparently both sections that clip on either side of the display will contain force feedback and motion control capabilities. That means games could implement directional force feedback if, for example, you get hit from the left then the left controller unit can vibrate. But the feedback is meant to go far beyond just a vibration and is described as “very similar to the Vive controller” offering a range of intensities and pulsing patterns.The motion control is thought to be the equivalent of the Wii Remote Plus, allowing for input to be recognized from rotating the NX controller as you play. But I see another use for such functionality. What about if you can use the controller units detached from the display? That way you could hold one in each hand when sat/stood in front of the TV and play motion control games just like you used to on the Wii. Only this time, there’s no wire like there was between the Wii remote and Nunchuk and you’ve got advanced force feedback, too.Adding functionality like this all adds up to a portable gaming experience that’s easy to make different from smartphone gaming. Of course, achieving that requires some clever designers to sit down and create the games that use it effectively… Over to you Shigeru Miyamoto! <> NX Revealed as the Nintendo SwitchNintendo NX launches December 31 for $450 according to UK retailer 1/20Game Boy 1/20Game Boy Color 1/20Game Boy Advance 1/20Game Boy Advance SP 1/20Game Boy Micro 1/20Nintendo DS 1/20Nintendo DS Lite 1/20Nintendo DSi 1/20Nintendo DSi XL 1/20Nintendo 3DS 1/20Nintendo 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo 2DS 1/20New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20GameCube 1/20Nintendo 64 1/20Wii 1/20Wii U 1/20Nintendo NX?last_img read more


Tell Us Your Conservation Story and You Could Be a Winner

first_imgAre you using a reduced tillage practice on your farm such as conservation tillage, strip-till or no-till? Do you grow cover crops? Have you taken steps to reduce soil loss or improve water quality? These are just a few conservation practices used on some farms today that help to produce sustainable U.S. soybeans. If you are using one of these practices or perhaps others, we want to hear about your accomplishments and you could win a Conservation Legacy Award.All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award. The award recognizes U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices, while remaining profitable. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management. Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.Award Winners Receive:An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans, La.Recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic.A feature on your farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.New – Potential opportunity to join other farmer-leaders on a trip to visit international customers of U.S. soybeans.The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto and the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff.More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2015.last_img read more


Saturday Update Warmer Temperatures Expected As The Swan Lake Fire Reaches 23210

first_imgThe fire is currently four miles to the north of the highway. The aerial firefighting campaign will ramp up Saturday with the addition of “Scoopers” from Canada. These large airplanes are specially designed to scoop water from nearby Skilak and Hidden lakes and attack the fire’s edge. Those recreating in these areas should remain alert for and stay away from the center of the lakes for these firefighting aircraft. Operations Chief Chris Wennogle: “Four hand crews are working to mop up the critical southwest corner which gives protection to the community of Sterling. An additional eight crews are working to connect control lines to cut the east flank of the fire off as light and persistent winds push the fire closer to the Sterling Highway corridor. That being said the fight isn’t over, it’s hot, it’s dry, and the fire is  continuing to grow.”Roughly 200 residents came out to a community meeting in Sterling on Friday night to listen to the Incident command staff discuss the current fire situation and the anticipated fire movement and behavior over the next several days. The Swan Lake Fire is remaining within 4 miles of the Sterling Highway. Travelers are reminded that an inversion layer combined with smoke near MP 60-70 has the potential to quickly reduce visibility which may require the use of pilot cars or alternate routes. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously, use headlights, and give the right-of-way to any fire traffic in the area. Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “We are just getting a lot of heat, and really utilizing our aircrafts to cool it off. We are still fighting the fight. People will notice a cumulus cloud, which is going to be roughly 4 miles north of the highway.”  The addition of three type 2 Alaska hand crews as well as the recent influx of the Redmond, Wolf Creek, Vale, Winema and Lakeview hotshot crews have bolstered efforts to establish direct and indirect lines on the critical east and southeastern perimeter lines.Recently inserted hotshot crews are tasked with implementing strategies to slow down fire progression on the eastern flank as the fire has burned on the east side of Mystery Creek Road and towards high mountain terrain. Aerial resources continue to be instrumental as ground crews called in rotary and fixed wind aircraft to target areas of concern to slow fire spread towards the Sterling Highway. Incident Meteorologist Julia Ruthford: “Saturday as we get winds off of the Cook Inlet coming into the area, that will help the conditions be slightly more moist than they have been. However, on Sunday and  further into next week we are moving into a warmer and drier trend. This will be a concern for the firefighters.”  Wennogle: “The main challenge I would say is the amount of ground we have to cover, and it’s difficult. To be honest with you, the folks out there have been working 16 hours a day and sleeping in the swamps with the mosquitos and doing the best work they can do.”   An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Today is the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew’s last shift securing the critical southwest containment line. The southwest containment line has halted the movement of the fire towards the community of Sterling. “They are working their tails off to prevent it from making a push toward the Sterling Highway,” Casey said. Original Post 7AM: Warmer temperatures and changing wind directions continue to test burn operations in the southwestern flank of the Swan Lake Fire, with the control line holding. The fire is estimated at 23,210 acres with 335 with boots on the ground and in the air. Continued updates will be posted to this story if any significant changes occur throughout Saturday. Hotshot Crews are working to establish and connect fire lines in the Mystery Creek Road area as the fire continues to burn through the thick black spruce stands in a southeasterly direction. Hotshot crews from the Lower 48 are working through the weekend to aggressively establish control lines, according to DOF. Noon Update: The fire is approximately 12 miles long and nearly 4 miles wide with continued growth each day on the eastern flank as weather is driving the fire primarily to the east and north. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 23rd, 2019 at 07:19 amUpdate 3PM:  The fire remains roughly approximately 4 miles from the Sterling Highway. The hard work by the Alaskan crews in the southwest corner of the fire perimeter has significantly diminished the threat to the community of Sterling, according to the Division  of Forestry.  Call the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit or read more


Bonnier Redesigns Skiing

first_imgBonnier Corporation has redesigned Skiing magazine and increased its trim size effective with the September issue.“The purpose of the redesign was to make [Skiing] a more targeted magazine, a bigger magazine and to service the readers better,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. With a trim size of 8-1/2” x 10-7/8, Skiing post-redesign is nearly a half-inch taller and about an inch wider.Bonnier calls it a “photo-driven” redesign, and now will print the magazine on heavier 40-pound grade four paper. “We’ve had great photography for years,” editor Jake Bogoch said in a statement. “But with the larger trim size, we decided to let the photos breathe. The magazine is streamlines and sleek, so we can do more with less. There’s absolutely no excuse to wreck beautiful photography with clutter.” According to the most recent Audit Bureau of Circulation figures, Skiing’s newsstand sales jumped 32.1 percent over the first half of 2008. Ad pages, however, fell 9.5 percent during the period, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.Skiing, which is published six times per year, is part of Bonnier’s Mountain Sports Media group, which also publishes Ski magazine and the SkiNet Web site. Bonnier does not have plans to redesign Ski, the spokesperson says.last_img read more


Former Equifax chief apologises to Congress over hack

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:49Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Former Equifax chief apologises to Congress over hackcenter_img The former head of Equifax apologised repeatedly on 3 October at a congressional hearing for the theft of millions of people and amp;#39;s personal data in a hacking breach. Equifax said an independent review had increased the estimate of potentially affected U.S. consumers by 2.5 million to 145.5 million.last_img read more


Teenager killed in Ctg gas cylinder blast

first_imgA mentally challenged youth was killed as a fire broke out following a gas cylinder blast in Chittagong’s Dakkhin Sonaichari Gamaritola area of Sitakunda on Monday morning.The deceased was identified as Mohammad Ibrahim, 16, son of Harunur Rashid of Nizampur College area in Mirsharai upazila.Abdullah Al Harun, senior station officer of Kumira Fire Service, said that the fire broke out when the gas cylinder went off around 10:30am. The fire gutted eight houses in the area.On information, two fire-fighting vehicles rushed in and doused the flame.Later, the fire-fighting men recovered the charred body of Ibrahim from his house.last_img


AdamTots Presents Horror Movies Dont Scare Me

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. AdamTots Presents: One Bowsette to Rule Them AllAdamTots Presents: By Your Powers Combined Be sure to follow Adam on his other platforms:Twitter: @moby_dickheadInstagram: @adamtotsTeePublic: @adamtotscenter_img Stay on targetlast_img


Police say more help needed to combat illegal animal trafficking

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Last year, federal police confiscated 150 exotic birds and reptiles from trafficking, but say more help is needed from the general public.The Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) reported that last year, state police recovered 150 birds and reptiles from illegal trafficking, the most common environmental crime they deal with.PGR officer, Aline Bori Martínez who is an expert in environmental crimes, says that many people believe having an exotic pet makes them special or different, not understanding these animals require their natural habitat, not a human house in which to live.She explained that once an animal is recovered, they work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources as well as the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) to place the animal accordingly.“We conduct a medical review, and depending on the condition of the animal, they are then taken to a special habitat,” she said.Police have identified numerous tianguis (large outdoor markets) to be a common place to find illegal exotic animals, however, in order for them to remove the animals, they need help from the general public in locating them.“One of the problems is that people will file a complaint, but they do not follow up due to fear of reprisals, despite having photographs or videos, and without that evidence police cannot act,” explained Bori Martínez.Bori Martínez said that during the last year, the PGR has increased their efforts to combat the illegal trafficking, adding there are only two experts in the state qualified to deal with these types of environmental crimes.The penalties for illegal trafficking range from three months to nine years in prison.Earlier this month, two men were reported for using a Tucan for photograph opportunities along Playa del Carmen beaches. Last week, two exotic cats were located in a crate at the Tijuana Airport.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Five injured in head on Puerto Aventuras crash

first_imgThe three people inside the red car, including two children, were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. The two people inside the silver Jetta were also taken to area hospital and were reported stable. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) A red car traveling along the federal highway near the Catalonia Hotel allegedly lost control and crossed the median into oncoming traffic of the opposite lanes where it collided head-on with a silver Jetta. Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A car that crossed into the opposite lane on the highway at Puerto Aventuras crashed head-on into another, leaving at least five people injured. last_img


Commentary Does Homeownership Cause Unemployment

first_imgCommentary: Does Homeownership Cause Unemployment? Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Values Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Service Providers Unemployment Valuation 2013-06-07 Mark Lieberman Can the drop in homeownership be good news?When President George W. Bush followed his predecessor Bill Clinton in pushing homeownership, one loud dissenter was British economist Andrew Oswald, who argued that far from improving the economy–as Bush (and Clinton before him) said it would–homeownership hurts the economy in the long run.[IMAGE]Oswald produced data to show that every 5 percent rise in homeownership results in a 1-percentage point increase in the unemployment rate. Oswald made his case using state-by-state data, ignoring the fact that as homeownership was increasing nationally, the unemployment rate was falling.As the economy began to turn, crushed by the housing bubble, challenges to homeownership started to gain support. Underwater homeowners in states with high unemployment rates, the argument went, were trapped: They couldn’t sell their homes and therefore couldn’t relocate to states with lower unemployment rates.Now, Oswald and Dartmouth Economics Professor David Blanchflower are at it again in a new paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research with arguments even they admit may be shallow. Homeownership, they say in their new paper, “”leads to three problems: lower levels of labor mobility, greater commuting times, and fewer new businesses.””Their findings don’t seem to line up with a study by “” and Economic Modeling Specialists,””: which saw a positive relationship between housing and the job market.In their study, Blanchflower and Oswald try to show not the impact of employment or unemployment on other aspects of parts of the economy but rather the impact of those “”externalities”” on unemployment.””Unemployment,”” they wrote, “”is a major source of unhappiness, mental ill-health, and lost income. Yet after a century of economic research on the topic, the determinants of the equilibrium or ‘natural’ rate of unemployment are still imperfectly understood.””So, they tried to look at the topic from the outside in.””Our study,”” they said, “”provides evidence consistent with the view that the housing market plays a fundamental role as a determinant of the rate of unemployment.””Using data on two million randomly sampled Americans, they built models estimating the number of weeks worked, the extent of labor mobility, the length of commuting times, and the number of businesses and reached four conclusions:* A “”strong statistical link between high levels of home-ownership in a geographical area and high later levels of joblessness in that area.””* High homeownership areas have lower labor mobility.* States with higher rates of homeownership have longer commute times.* States with higher rates of homeownership have lower rates of business formation.Though their “”conclusions”” may come from a “”statistical link,”” they offer little evidence to suggest any causation between the sets of numbers.Indeed, they seem to undermine their own findings, acknowledging that the “”link”” between homeownership and unemployment could take as long as five years to develop, during which time other factors may have affected both homeownership and employment.They acknowledge too they “”are unable, in this paper, to say exactly why, or to give a complete explanation for the [lower labor mobility] patterns.””Longer commute times, they say, result from greater congestion resulting from increased construction of both homes and businesses, but that would also mean more–not fewer–jobs.The congestion could just as easily be the consequence of increased construction, which would serve to expand, not contract, the labor market.The lower rate of business foundation, they suggest, “”might be the result of zoning restrictions and NIMBY [not in my backyard] effects … that are rational for homeowners,”” but then they add, “”that channel can be only a conjecture.””In their paper, Oswald and Blanchflower actually dismiss the argument that when the housing bubble collapsed, underwater homeowners were trapped in their homes.””A number of researchers later examined micro data,”” they wrote. “”The ensuing literature concluded that the bulk of the evidence is against the idea that home-owning individuals are unemployed more than renters.””To their credit, Blanchflower and Oswald acknowledge the possibility of flaws in their study.””Our analysis has a number of important weaknesses,”” they said. “”We are unable to assess the effect of exogenous changes in the structure of the housing market. We have had to rely, instead, upon an examination of the lagged pattern of unemployment observed a number of years after a movement in a state’s rate of homeownership. … This is potentially a weakness and means that some underlying omitted variable, or causal force, might be responsible for the link between [homeownership] and [unemployment]. That would not make the patterns in this paper uninteresting ones, but it would mean that a key variable is missing from the analysis.””A couple of months ago, the economics profession was rocked by a controversy over a paper written by Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, who left key variables out of a study that purported to show that heavy national debt burdens lead to slow growth and even negative growth. On the basis of their study, Reinhart and Rogoff said the United States, a nation deeply in debt, should undertake severe spending cuts. Fortunately, Blanchflower and Oswald stopped short of any policy recommendations in their paper. _Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. (Sirius-XM 124) on Friday at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._*_Want to write an opinion piece for publication on our site? Send your submission to_* “””” in Governmentcenter_img Share June 7, 2013 427 Views last_img read more


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first_imgHome Prices Up 4.5 Percent Year-Over-Year February 23, 2015 452 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News In a familiar theme amid the national housing market, U.S. home prices are down a little for one month, but still doing better than they were a year prior.Black Knight Financial Services released its latest Home Price Index Report Monday, which showed that home prices nationwide were down an almost-flat 0.1 percent in December. At the same time, 2014 ended with sale prices doing 4.5 percent better than a year prior.According to the report, the average home sale price in the U.S. in December was $241,000, up from $230,000 a year before and inching closer to the June 2006 peak of $268,000.Several states, despite the dip, showed average price gains. New York and Colorado each showed a half-percent uptick in sale prices, while Oregon, Florida, Oklahoma, and Arizona each saw prices rise by 0.3 percent. Arkansas, Georgia, Wyoming, and Idaho rounded out a set of states seeing climbs in sale prices.However, while recovery continues, Arizona and Florida still remain about 30 percent off their pre-crisis peaks, Black Knight reported.On the other end of the spectrum, the Northeast and Midwest showed the most notable price drops in December. Michigan and Connecticut each saw average sale prices that month drop by more than a percent, while Vermont saw a nearly 1 percent decline. New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island were down by roughly a half-percent in December, as were Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri.In major metros, Denver, New York, and Dallas showed rising home price sales in December ‒‒ 0.7, 0.5, and 0.1 percent, respectively. Los Angeles was flat, while Chicago and Washington, D.C., each reported dips above 0.2 percent. Detroit reported a 1.2 percent decline.Some smaller metros in Florida and Colorado, however, showed solid increases in average sale prices in December. Cape Coral, Florida, was up almost a full percent, while several other metros in both states showed at least a half-percent rise in sale prices.Like the major metros, small metros in the Northeast showed the largest sale price drops. Connecticut reported the most metros of any state to see drops, with declines in Torrington, Bridgeport, Norwich, Hartford, and New Haven. New Haven, in fact, showed the biggest metro decline in the U.S., with a 1.5 percent drop in sale prices. Atlantic City and Trenton, New Jersey; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Santa Rosa, California, also reported nearly 1 percent declines.center_img Black Knight Financial Services Home Price Index Home Prices 2015-02-23 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more


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