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September 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe money would help pay for state government and pay the annual checks residents receive from the oil-wealth fund, however does not specify how the money would be divided among the two. Representative Mike Chenault (R-K-Pen): “We are a revenue state, and we are a resource state. This is where we are going to get the resources needed to run government.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on how to manage draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. A conference committee advanced legislation this morning calling for limited draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings.center_img The bill keeps in place the existing dividend calculation, but that’s no guarantee a full dividend will be paid in the future. Lawmakers this year proposed a $1,600 dividend, which is about $1,000 less than if the calculation were followed. The permanent fund bill is one of the last unresolved issues in the extended legislative session.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 6 February 2018 US President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion on the MS-13 gang in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFPPresident Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russia probe.In a letter to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee Friday, White House counsel Don McGahn says the memo “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.”The Democrats’ memo aimed to counter a Republican-drafted one the president declassified and released.However, portions of the memo “would create especially significant concerns for the national security and law enforcement interests,” McGahn wrote.FBI chief Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a separate letter indicated that releasing this material would present concerns for the “protection of intelligence sources and methods, ongoing investigations and other similarly sensitive information.”House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s move to block the memo a “stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people.””The president’s decision to block the Democratic memo from release is part of a dangerous and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president,” she said in a statement.”Clearly, the president has something to hide.”The previously released Republican text alleges anti-Trump bias in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election that brought Trump to power.The Justice Department and the FBI had also warned against releasing the Republican memo, saying it could jeopardise US intelligence collection methods. Trump authorised its release anyway.Democrats on the intelligence committee complained the Republicans’ four-page memo cherry-picked facts and explained events out of context and was thus not accurate.They joined other Trump administration critics in calling the release of the Republican document an effort to undermine the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.In his letter, McGahn said Trump has instructed Justice Department officials to be available to help the intelligence committee revise the Democratic memo, if it so wishes, so as to “mitigate the risks.””The executive branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft of the February 5th memorandum for declassification at the earliest opportunity.”President Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russia probe.In a letter to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee Friday, White House counsel Don McGahn says the memo “contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.”last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment
first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump cross south of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, after Trump briefly stepped over to the northern side, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on 30 June 2019. Photo: AFPDonald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil in a historic first Sunday as he met Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un in a moment of high diplomatic drama on the world’s last Cold War frontier.Moments after becoming the only sitting US president to set foot inside North Korea, Trump brought Kim back over the dividing line for a meeting where they agreed to start working-level talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons.Trump also said he had invited the young leader to the White House “anytime he wants to do it”.”It’s a great day for the world and it’s an honor for me to be here,” Trump said. “A lot of great things are happening.”As they sat down for discussions, Kim said their “handshake of peace” in a location that was “the symbol of the division of north and south” showed that “we are willing to put the past behind us.”The impromptu meeting in the DMZ — after Trump issued an invitation on Twitter on Saturday — came with negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington at a deadlock.Their first summit took place in a blaze of publicity in Singapore last year but produced a vaguely-worded pledge about denuclearisation. A second meeting in Vietnam in February intended to put flesh on those bones broke up without agreement.Contact between the two sides has since been minimal — with Pyongyang issuing frequent criticisms of the US position — but the two leaders exchanged a series of letters before Trump turned to Twitter to issue his offer to meet at the DMZ.Trump’s entry onto North Korean soil — which he said was uncertain until the last moment — is an extraordinary sequel to the scene at Kim’s first summit with Moon last year, when the young leader invited the South Korean to walk over the Military Demarcation Line, as the border is officially known.Moon seized on last year’s Winter Olympics to broker the process between Pyongyang and Washington, after tensions soared in 2017 as the North carried out multiple missile launches and its biggest nuclear test to date, while Trump and Kim traded mutual insults and threats of war.The significance of the meeting in the no-man’s-land often referred to as the world’s last Cold War frontier was “obvious”, said Stimson Centre Asia analyst David Kim.”It’s historic for Trump to be the first US President enter North Korea soil, historic for Moon to meet, albeit briefly, with both leaders.”The meeting had the “potential to kick-start stalled negotiations”, he told AFP, but added that working-level discussions would be crucial.”What we need is substance, not theatrics.”The Hanoi summit foundered amid disagreements on what the North — which has carried out six nuclear tests and developed missiles capable of reaching the entire US mainland — would be willing to give up in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy.Soo Kim, a former CIA analyst now with RAND Corporation, said the North’s “gravitational force has pulled Trump across the DMZ”, calling it an “alluring elixir of wile, threatening rhetoric, stalling, and dangling of the remote possibility of resuming dialogue”.Such a meeting has long been sought by the North, but “Kim didn’t have to lift a finger to get Trump to cross the DMZ”, she added. “It was, in all appearances, by Trump’s volition.”The DMZ has been a regular stop for US presidents visiting the South, a security ally — although Trump’s helicopter was forced to turn back by fog in 2017 — while Panmunjom saw the first two summits between Moon and Kim last year.last_img
September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img The PlayStation 2 has a ton of unsung gems in its library, overshadowed because that library was so absurdly huge. Two of those gems are collectively one of my favorite JRPGs ever: the Shadow Hearts duology. You probably haven’t heard of it, and not because of video game hipsterism on my part. Its name was forgettable, it was developed by a small, obscure developer called Sacnoth, and it was published by freaking Midway in North America and Europe. Oh, and it came out a week before Final Fantasy X. Ouch.It’s a shame, because it’s a great, though flawed, game that got an even better sequel, and the odds of it being remastered or continued are almost nill.Shadow Hearts is about Yuri Hyuga, a half-Japanese, half-Russian harmonixer in pre-WWI Europe and Asia. Harmonixers are people who can fuse with gods and demons to become extremely powerful. Don’t worry, there are only four or five harmonixers in the series, and their nature is actually explained. Yuri meets Alice, a young woman being hunted by a mysterious alchemist who calls himself Roger Bacon. Together they chase and are chased by Bacon and his allies as they try to thwart, well, the most cliched anime villain plan ever: Summon god to destroy the corrupt world and rebuild it.The demon fusion and evil plot parts of Shadow Hearts aren’t what make it so interesting. It’s the setting and characters. Very few JRPGs take place in the time around WWI. Shadow Hearts takes place in 1913, and there’s a very subtle, unspoken tension cast over the game because of it, especially as you stomp around places like London and Prague in the second half. It’s very unique compared with all the modern-day and fantasy/sci-fi settings most JRPGs embrace.Then there are the party members. You also join forces with an Alucard-esque vampire named Keith Valentine, a Chinese mystic named Li Zhuzen, and, um, Mata Hari. A sexy European spy named Margarete Gertrude Zelle. Seriously, it’s Mata Hari (Zelle was her maiden name). Stay on target Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… center_img Shadow Hearts also uses the Judgement Ring system to make combat much more interesting than just selecting menu items. A ring with different zones for hits, misses, and criticals appears on the screen, and you need to press the button as a bar moves over the proper section. You can equip different rings with different benefits, like larger targets that are easier to hit or smaller targets that make your attacks stronger. It makes the turn-based combat very active and engaging. Lost Odyssey on the 360 had a similar system, but Shadow Hearts did it better.The most likely and canon ending is bittersweet, and leads into Shadow Hearts: Covenant. Which takes everything that’s great about Shadow Hearts and makes it much, much better while fixing several annoying problems.Shadow Hearts: Covenant opens in the middle of World War I. In the midst of the fighting, a German soldier named Karin Koenig is sent with an agent of the Vatican to a small village in France to investigate a demon that’s been menacing a church. That demon is Yuri in one of his fused forms, living in seclusion after the events of Shadow Hearts. Yuri and Karin fight through Europe investigating a secret society that seems to be plotting something involving dark magical forces.They’re joined by Anastasia, Gepetto, and Joachim Valentine (Keith Valentine’s brother, who is a flamboyant pro wrestler who fights under the name “Grand Papillion”). Yes, that Anastasia. Sort-of-yes, that Gepetto (he’s an old puppeteer who attacks using a puppet replica of his dead daughter). And they all fight Rasputin.Yes, that Rasputin.On the lighter side of things, Joachim’s weapons are random heavy objects he finds just walking around. like a desk, a locker, a mailbox, and a skyscraper. There are Yakuza levels of drama/humor disconnect here.And on the creepy side of things, Gepetto’s weapons are different costumes for his doll, which get increasingly uncomfortable. And which you get by giving cheesecake art cards of beefy men to a flamboyant pair of tailor brothers. If you couldn’t tell this game was Japanese.After you defeat Rasputin and save Russia (well, at least from that specific threat and not the bleak future history has in store for it), you’re only halfway through the game. What follows is a romp through Japan with some fun character moments and plenty of side quests. It’s a palpable tonal shift that helps explore who Yuri is as a character while following a seemingly innocuous minor character from the first game. It’s a tragic and genuinely touching tale that culminates in… well, stopping the same sort of cliched JRPG plot to destroy everything because it’s corrupt. But it’s a fun ride until then!There’s also a third Shadow Hearts game, but it isn’t nearly as good. It’s certainly wackier, but it lacks any of the compelling characters and dramatic grounding that makes the wackiness so fun (let’s call that the Yakuza Effect). The first two, however, combine into one of my favorite JRPG games/duologies/series on the PS2.It’s really a shame that timing and a really generic name kept Shadow Hearts from really hitting big. It’s a really fun adventure in a setting that’s pretty unique for the genre. Many of the characters are interesting, complex, and likable, with enough epic moments and twists on history that keep the narrative engaging. The Judgement Ring system also made the otherwise standard turn-based combat feel active and at least slightly skill-based. Also, you fight a demonic Rasputin.It’s real good, you guys.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Wearable tech can be fashionable, helpful and can even track your pizza order — and soon it could also potentially help you win your day in court. Indeed, McLeod Law, a Canadian-based law firm, is planning to use Fitbit data in a personal injury suit, Forbes reports. They are representing a client who was employed as a personal trainer prior to being hurt in a car accident four years ago.Simon Muller, the head of McLeod’s personal injury practice group, told Forbes that they will be using the data, to demonstrate that due to the accident, her activity levels are now below the baseline of “someone of her age and profession.” The firm plans on using an analytics program called Vivametrica over a period of several months to process and analyze the Fitbit data.Related: Will the Workplace Lead Wearable Technology Adoption?Generally in cases of this nature, the plaintiffs are medically evaluated and the doctor who examines them shares his observations in court. But this will be the first case of its kind to utilize data tracked by wearables likes Fitbit and could set a precedent for future claims.Muller told Forbes that as the technology progress, so does what is considered applicable in court. “A number of years ago we saw courts requisition Facebook [for] information. If you’ve been wearing the Fitbit monitors it’s likely you’ll see court applications to compel disclosure of that data.”But there is a persistent concern around confidentiality. Professional-service network PricewaterhouseCoopers released a report in October in which 82 percent of responders said they were worried that wearable tech would “invade their privacy.” Although 68 percent said they would use wearables offered by their employers and anonymously share their information for “a break on their insurance premiums.”  Related: Apple Watch Launch Said to Be Delayed Until SpringTo that end, Reuters reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been speaking with Apple about how they will protect user information that is collected in HealthKit, its health-data hub — Google has a similar platform for Android users called Google Fit.Fitbit was founded in 2007, and over the last several years, it seems like just about every tech company has made a foray into the wearables game, from Apple’s anticipated Apple Watch (which will link up with HealthKit) to the recently announced Lenovo Smartband. In the spring, International Data Corporation predicted more than 19 million wearables will be purchased in 2014.  Related: As Wearables Get Hot, These 6 Industries Are Poised to Capitalize Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img November 17, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

August 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img“It was a very productive meeting and we analyzed how the Law of Rights is and I have some proposals that I will send to the Ministry of Finance that will pass through the State Congress. It is about some adjustments that benefit everyone,” he noted. The official explained that there are other items such as certifications and administrative issues that seem to be above what the taxi drivers should pay. Jorge Pérez stressed the importance of continuing with this alliance between the Frente de los Trabajadores del Volante and el Instituto de Movilidad to work together for the benefit of the community and to provide a higher quality service with safer vehicles.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) Pérez says the increase in the taxi fare will take effect no later than March 15 throughout the state, adding that by the end of this month, adjustments will likely be made to the Rights Act to reduce the cost of some concessions. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Taxi fares across the state of Quintana Roo are set to increase for mid-March reports the Instituto de Movilidad en Quintana Roo. Jorge Pérez Pérez, head of the Institute of Mobility in Quintana Roo made the announcement after a meeting with leaders of the state’s 17 taxi drivers’ unions that belong to Frente Único de los Trabajadores del Volante. He explained that although they have a date set for the increase, they are still working out a percentage since there are 13,000 routes that have to be taken into account before making the decision which will include performance per kilometer, fuel, distance, profitability, etc. last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThose looking to step up their wireless game need to invest in the ANKER PowerWave fast wireless charging stand. Today, it’s discounted to just $23.79 which is a great price for a charger of this nature.The mobile industry is adopting wireless charging at a very rampant pace and it won’t be long until we start seeing the tech in cheaper smartphones as well. In this revolution, it’s best to invest in the top of the line wireless chargers, like this one from ANKER.The PowerWave Stand is a fast wireless charger that has a dual-coil design, allowing you to place your phone either upright or in the landscape position, and it will charge up just fine. But that’s not all – it supports 5W, 7.5W and 10W fast charging meaning that it will charge something like an old Android device to the latest iPhones and Samsung devices at full speed where possible.It even has a lot of built-in safeties so that your device stays cool and does not get affected by any sort of power fluctuation. In other words, ANKER actually thought about the internal design very thoroughly before forging this accessory which is obviously a great thing.If you’re asking us, it’s one of the best wireless chargers available in the market. And with a discount applied, bringing its price down to just $23.79, it’s hard not to recommend at this point.Probably the only downside of this charger is that it does not ship with a charger in the box and you have to supply your own. It works best with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger and we recommend getting this one with your PowerWave so that it works absolutely perfectly regardless of which devices you are charging.Buy Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger Stand, Qi-Certified, 7.5W – Was $30, now just $23.79 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more ZONARE’s new L14-5w high resolution, high frequency transducer features broad bandwidth for improved small parts, breast imaging and superficial anatomy. The new L14-5w has a wide field of view with an aperture of 55 mm, offering virtual apex capability. The new transducer has 10 frequencies including three fundamental, one tissue harmonic, two compound imaging and two each for color Doppler and PW Doppler modes. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Technology | September 28, 2008 New Transducer Aims to Improve Small Parts, Breast Imaging The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more center_img Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

August 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLast week, the team behind Material-UI released Material-UI v4 with CSS specificity, migration to Typescript and much more. The release of Material-UI v4 is influenced by two major factors. Firstly, the team analyzed the Developer survey results done in March. Secondly, the team wanted to be up to date with the latest best practices in the React community and with the Material Design Specification. What’s new in Material-UI v4? CSS specificity CSS specificity needs to be good enough and by default, Material-UI injects its style at the end of the element. But styled components and few other popular styling solutions inject the style just before it and therefore loses specificity. In order to solve this problem, the team has introduced a new prop: injectFirst. Classes boilerplate In v1, the team had introduced classes API to target all the elements but they observed the use of this API for sometime and saw few users struggling. It is challenging to apply the class name on the right element and it further requires boilerplate as well. In order to improve this situation, the team changed the class name generation to output global class names and kept the classes API working as before. TypeScript All the demos have been migrated from JavaScript to TypeScript. The team has even type checked their demos which improves their TypeScript test coverage. Also, they have fixed many issues during the migration. While writing an application with TypeScript, users can now directly copy & paste the demos without the need of converting them or having to fix the errors. Improved UX The team has changed the menu organization to group all the components under a single navigation item. The team has also changed the background color to white for increasing the text contrast and readability. Tree shaking with ES modules This is the first version that supports native tree shaking with ES modules, users  can now use destructured imports while importing multiple components. To know more about this release, check out the post on Medium. Read Next Implementing autocompletion in a React Material UI application [Tutorial] Applying styles to Material-UI components in React [Tutorial] Fyne 1.0 released as a cross-platform GUI in Go based on Material Designlast_img read more

August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment


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August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Certain U.S. businesses will now be permitted to open offices and bank accounts in Cuba, establish joint ventures with some Cuban government entities and hire Cubans to work for them under major regulatory changes announced by theObama administration on Friday.The changes also lift virtually all restrictions on how much money can be sent by individuals in this country to Cuban nationals on the island.The new rules amount to President Barack Obama’s largest effort to date to use his executive power to sidestep the Cuba embargo on trade and financial dealings with Cuba. They come after initial changes made in January, and the restoration of formal U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations this summer.Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said the regulations “are designed to support the emerging Cuban private sector and bring us one step closer to achieving President Obama’s historic policy goals” of stimulating economic and human rights reforms.Related: With embassy open in Havana, U.S. diplomats face a changing missionThe modifications also stem from U.S. commercial pressure to further facilitate doing business with Cuba in light of the Cuba embargo. Agriculture, telecommunications and building industries – among those now permitted to trade there – had complained that the regulations remained too restrictive and complicated.What remains unclear is whether Cuba will alter its own policies to allow the expanded U.S. policies to be implemented. So far, the Havana government has been slow to open its doors to an increased U.S. presence and trade. Agricultural imports from the United States have decreased by 40 percent this year, according to the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council.Cuba’s Communist government controls all imports and exports, as well as all hiring by foreign enterprises on the island. Outreach by U.S. telecommunications companies to expand Internet and cellphone access, now permitted on the U.S. side, have not resulted in any significant new business.“This creates incredible challenges for the Cuban government, because it is President Obama handing the U.S. business community a playbook, and now the Cuban government has to decide whether it wants to accept the return of U.S. companies to Cuba,” said John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba council.“It’s great that Home Depot or Lowes could set up shop there, ” as allowed under the new permissions for construction material vendors, said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. “But a lot of it depends on the willingness of the Cuban government to lift restrictions on imports.Read more Cuba stories here A senior administration official described the changes as unprecedented since the full Cuba embargo was first established in 1962, and later augmented by stricter measures. What is beyond U.S. control, the official said, “is determining what the government of Cuba is going to allow to happen.” The U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments have now “done what we can to lower all barriers to allow U.S. companies to go down there and figure out how to get this done,” the official said.This official and others spoke under condition of anonymity imposed during a briefing for reporters.In some ways, the changes announced both in January and on Friday make U.S. dealings with Cuba more rather than less difficult to navigate. “Part of the intrigue here is that as we get more and more complex exceptions and rules and regulations, it just becomes more obvious that we have to lift the embargo,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., whose proposed bill to do just that now has 22 co-sponsors.But Republican leaders in both the Senate and House have refused to allow the measure, along with other proposals to remove remaining bans on American travel to Cuba, to come to a vote.Cuban-American lawmakers,, including Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Republican presidential candidates Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.), vehemently oppose removing any of the restrictions that remain on Cuba.Menendez said Friday that the policy Obama says is designed to encourage reforms on the island has been completely ineffective, even before the new regulations.“The administration is engaged in one-way change, because there’s no change in Cuba,” he said, noting that there have been more than 4,000 arrests of dissidents and human rights activists this year alone.The Obama administration, Menendez said, is “dangerously engaged in a regulatory effort to circumvent and maybe violate the law,” and that opponents are studying how to challenge its actions in court. A man wearing a sleeveless shirt with the U.S. flag walks along the Malecón seafront near the U.S. Embassy, on July 20, 2015. Adalberto Roque/AFPUS travel to Cuba up by 40 percentWhile agricultural exports have decreased, travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba has increased by 40 percent this year. Tourist visits remain prohibited, but self-declared travelers within 12 authorized categories – including religious and humanitarian travel – is permitted. So-called “people-to-people” visits remain subject to specific Treasury Department licenses, but a change in that category could vastly increase the number of visits.“It would essentially allow tourists,” said Flake, who has introduced a bill to lift all travel restrictions. “My own view is that if somebody goes and happens to go to the beach sometimes, if they’re staying in a B&B, and eating in private restaurants and going around in a private Cuban taxi, that’s wonderful. It liberates a lot of Cubans from reliance on the state.”Under the new regulations, which go into effect Monday, commercial and private vessels may travel by sea directly between the United States and Cuba. Aircraft are also permitted, and the administration’s expectation is that this will open the door to ferry and non-charter airline travel in the near future.“Close relatives” can accompany or visit authorized travelers, and travelers can open bank accounts in Cuba.Limits on remittances sent or carried to Cuban nationals – except prohibited government or Communist Party officials – have been removed entirely. Previously, they were limited to $2,000 per quarter.U.S. businesses in authorized sectors such as telecommunications and construction will be allowed to establish what a senior administration official called a “business presence” in Cuba and to develop joint ventures, including with Cuban state-owned enterprises. They can also employ Cuban nationals, hired from the government, maintain bank accounts there and provide materials to Cuban nationals on a lend or lease basis, rather than previously authorized cash sales or donations.Authorized companies can also ship previously banned goods, including computers and software, to be used in conjunction with business purposes.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:As talks with US begin, Cubans anticipate changes in their lives Why Midwestern farmers want to break the Cuba embargo US food producers see bonanza in Cuba, but steep barriers remain US, Cuba agree on restoration of ties, embassies to reopenlast_img read more

August 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKustom Carz held a family spin day on Saturday afternoon in Burger Street, bringing rubber burning action to Ladysmith.Spinners from near and far were there to entertain the local crowd. Coming from the Free State, Pietermaritzburg, Dundee (360 Boyz), Newcastle, Estcourt and Ladymith,  to name but a few areas, they showed they have what it takes when it comes to revving it up and doing daredevil stunts.The roaring of powerful engines emanating from huge exhaust pipes filled the afternoon air. Tyres “popped” to whoops of delight from the crowd. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Motoring enthusiasts from all around Ladysmith and even out of town turned up to show their support and enjoy the entertainment on offer. Even the rainy weather couldn’t dampen the red-hot racing as cars “spun’ and burned up the tarmac.Delicious food kept the hunger pangs at bay and Ladysmith DJs kept the toes tapping with upbeat music when the spinners took a break to change tyres (which was done by Supa Quick). The day was one for the entire family to come out and enjoy a sport that always gets people talking and the adrenaline pumping. All who attended had the feeling that they also wanted to get into one of the cars and spin those tyres!Spinners from Ladysmith showed that there’s oodles of talent right here in town, and were well supported. The spinners are thankful to the organisers for their support.last_img read more

August 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe driver of a bakkie was taken to the police station for questioning after his bakkie slammed into the back of an ER24 ambulance in Murchison Street this evening (Saturday).The exact cause of the accident is unknown at this stage, but both vehicles were travelling in the same direction at the time. No one was injured.Public Safety officers were at the scene to control traffic. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

August 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Home Sales New Home Sales 2017-01-26 Timothy McNally New Home Sales Get Cold Shoulder in Winter… January 26, 2017 550 Views The winter months are traditionally a period of lower nationwide temperatures, but could they be causing a drop in home sales as well? The volatile nature of home sales during the winter period would seem to suggest that this is the case.The U.S. Census Bureau and HUD have released their estimates for the annual, seasonally-adjusted rate of new single-family homes sold in 2016. Per their data, the annual rate for December was 536,000, representing a 10.4 percent decline from November’s revised rate of 598,000 and a 0.4 percent decline from December 2015’s estimate of 538,000.“Home sales are often volatile in the winter months, as weather matters a lot, and December’s decline is probably mostly a result of this volatility rather than a drop in the underlying fundamentals for housing demand (despite the rise in mortgage rates),” stated Nationwide chief economist David Berson.The number of new homes sold in 2016 is estimated to be 563,000, a 12.2 percent increase from 2015’s figure of 501,000. “New home sales in 2016 were the best in nine years, reflecting a combination of solid demand from homebuyers and new homebuilding that has reached post-recession highs,” Trulia chief economist Ralph McLaughlin stated.McLaughlin further noted that despite the year-over-year increase in sales, “there remains room for growth. New home sales represented only about 10.4% of all home sales last year, which is well below the pre-recession average of 16.2%. Given the depths that existing home inventory has fallen, homebuyers could use much more relief from new home construction than what they’ve received thus far into the housing market recovery.”The average price of all homes sold in 2016 was $384,000, while the median price came in at $322,500. The agencies’ estimate for the number of homes available for sale at the end of December, on a seasonally adjusted basis, was 259,000, which is a sufficient supply for 5.8 months when considering the current sales rate.“We expect the upcoming year to bring both headwinds and tailwinds. While higher mortgage rates blow strongly into the face of homebuyers, low existing inventory, near full employment, and rising wages are strong tailwinds that will continue to push new home sales higher in the year ahead,” McLaughlin concluded.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

August 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Greg Schiano was going to be the guy…. until he wasn’t.That ship has sailed and now Tennessee is licking their wounds and regrouping, planning to make their next hire “soon” in current athletic director John Currie’s words.So, last night we asked around about where Tennessee turns next. Well, the answer was cause for concern.Just asked a source familiar with the Tennessee search who might be offered next. “Gotta see if Currie is still involved.”….— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 27, 2017After checking back up today we are told there is a faction at Tennessee who believes University leadership might step in, allow John Currie to go find a new job (in a nice way of putting it) and quickly make Phillip Fulmer their new athletic director.Should that happen, sources we have spoken with believe Fulmer would bring David Cutcliffe in as head coach. As we wrote over the past two weeks (here and here), Cutcliffe was on Tennessee’s radar throughout this search.If Currie is allowed to continue to lead the search, there is buzz within the profession the search could turn to former Vols quarterback — and current USC offensive coordinator — Tee Martin to appease the fan base. The other two names mentioned were Jeff Brohm or Mike Leach. It is unknown if either of those two would commit to Tennessee at this time.Will update as more is clear.Before we go…we almost broke the first rule of a Tennessee coaching search article; but no no, we caught ourselves. No, Jon Gruden still is not a candidate for the position.As always stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.4pm ET Update> Tennessee leadership has taken the first step in clearing the air with Chancellor Davenport releasing a brief statement expressing her support in John Currie making the next hire.Chancellor @ChancellorDav releases a statement on yesterday’s events:— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) November 27, 2017“I deeply regret the events of yesterday for everyone involved. The university remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence, and I look forward to John Currie continuing the search to bring the next head football coach to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.”Clarity is a good thing. Hopefully this brings this search that much closer to being complete.Will update The Scoop as we hear more.last_img read more

August 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has said he believes the Russian Federation as a permanent member of the Security Council could assume a more active role in the external dimension of a settlement of the Cyprus problem and new security arrangements which would exclude the existing anachronistic ones.Speaking during a reception at the Russian Embassy in Nicosia on Thursday night Anastasiades reiterated his commitment to immediately engaging in a new dialogue and negotiating a solution in the framework set by the UN Secretary-General, the relevant UN resolutions and the EU values and principles.On his part, Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy stressed that Russia is not going to pull back from its position of principle on the Cyprus issue and will always stand for finding a formula of settlement without imposing artificial timeframes and schemes, which will meet best the aspirations of both communities. We want to see a peaceful, flourishing and united Cyprus, he said.He went on to say that it is necessary to acknowledge that the current system of security guarantees of Cyprus is outdated and contradicts modern realities and that Russia has a firm and unchanged position in favour of a just, comprehensive and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.Anastastasiades stressed in his address that “our unwavering goal, as indicated through the proposals we submitted at the Conference in Crans Montana, is to reach a viable, functional and lasting settlement, fully in line with international and EU law, that will reunite Cyprus in a truly independent and sovereign state and which will fully embody common prosperity and peaceful co-existence for all its citizens.“To this end, in anticipation of a potential visit of a special envoy of the UN Secretary-General with the aim to hold deliberations and consultations with all relevant parties to establish the way forward, I would like to reiterate, yet again, my strong commitment to immediately engage in a new dialogue and negotiate a solution,” he added.“This implies that my determination should be reciprocated, while at the same time Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side should refrain from any illegal actions or any unacceptable positions and demands that will not be conducive to resuming the process,” he stressed.“Taking this opportunity I wish to once more stress the appreciation of the Government and the people of Cyprus to Russia’s long-standing principled stance on the Cyprus problem and its support to our efforts to reunify Cyprus and its people,” he noted.Both Anastasiades and Osadchiy stressed the long-standing and very close relations between Cyprus and Russia.You May LikeSilentSnoreA Simple Fix For Snoring And Sleep ApneaSilentSnoreUndoTop Man NewsTop 10 Best Paying Degrees in the WorldTop Man NewsUndowww.wiseflys.comAirlines Hate How This Guy Hacked A $16 Flight To Fijiwww.wiseflys.comUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

August 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHealth authorities have destroyed 720 kilos of tahini that was contaminated with salmonella, which had been found at the port of Limassol.It had been imported from a third country, health services director Alvertos Karis said. The tahini was destroyed immediately.Karis said the health services have so far located various substandard products, which they had stopped from reaching the market.A few days ago, the health services said they had seized over four tonnes of peanuts ridden with high levels of aflatoxins and around 300 kilos of dried apricots found to contain large quantities of preservatives.The authorities have stepped up inspections in the run-up to Christmas and will continue through to the New Year. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgA batch of a well-known snack bar, Corny Big Brownie has been recalled because the ingredients were not listed in the local language, ie Greek, the manufacturing company Schwartau, said on Thursday.The recall applies only to the Corny Big Brownie lot with barcode number 61260 and expiration dates 31.10.2019, 07.12.2019, 28.12.2019, and 20.01.2020.The recall does not apply to other batches and products bearing the barcode.“Due to the error on the label, this product may pose a health risk to those who are allergic to peanuts, gluten-containing cereals or milk intolerance,” the company said.“Consumers who bought the product and are allergic to milk, pistachios or gluten are advised not to consume it and return it to the store where they purchased it so that they can be fully compensated.”The company apologised for any inconvenience. For any questions or concerns, consumers can contact Schwartau Customer Careline: May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

February 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

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