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Bill Clinton And President Obama Pay Tribute To Maya Angelou

first_imgBill Clinton has commented on the legacy of poet, author and activist Maya Angelou, who passed away today.“With Maya Angelou’s passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend,” said Clinton. “The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace.“I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of “On the Pulse of Morning” at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed. Now she sings the songs the Creator gave to her when the river “and the tree and the stone were one.”“Our deepest sympathies are with Guy and his family.”President Obama also released a statement:“When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.”“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.“Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.”Michelle Obama added:“Maya Angelou teaches us that it’s not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves. We must help others discover the greatness within themselves. We need to reach down and reach out, and give back, and lift others the way Maya has lifted us.“That is how we can most truly honor our friend Maya Angelou – by how we live our lives … by striving every day to embody the wisdom, and generosity, and radiant love with which she has graced our world.”Perhaps best known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010. In 1993, she became the first poet to recite a poem at a Presidential Inauguration since Robert Frost in 1961.last_img read more

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In Pictures David Beckham Enjoying His Birthday in Marrakech

Rabat – The Beckhams shared with their millions on Instagram followers the first pictures of David Beckham’s 40th birthday celebrations in Marrakech.David, who turned 40 on Saturday, is seen receiving a hug from wife Victoria who shared the pictures with her 4.2 million Instagram followers.The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player is also seen in another picture with oldest son Brooklyn. In another, he is seen relaxing in front of a table with wrapped gifts on it.The British star was accompanied by family members, as well as his close friends. American actor, Tom Cruise, and Gordan Ramsey are believed to be among his guests.He also shared a picture upon arrival in Marrakech on Friday.David Beckham is believed to celebrate his party in the luxury Amanjena resort, on the outskirts of Marrakech. read more

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UN to Discuss Western Sahara After Months of Stasis

Rabat – After months of inactivity, Western Sahara is back on the Security Council’s agenda for discussion in October.On October 1, the Security Council published its provisional program of work for this month. The Security Council members are expected to meet three times this October to consult on the Western Sahara conflict and the UN peacekeeping operation in the region, known as MINURSO. The agenda outlines that the first consultation on the MINURSO report took place on October 1. No further details are included. The agenda also includes meetings to be held on October  8 and 16 which will also look at MINRUSO.The Security Council announced that they will sit to adopt a new resolution for the Western Sahara conflict, aiming to extend the mandate for MINURSO on October 30.The current mandate of the MINURSO is due to expire on October 31. In April 2019, the council adopted Resolution 2468, extending the MINURSO mandate for six months. The Western Sahara question’s return to the Council’s agenda comes in the wake of the unexpected resignation of Horst Kohler, the personal envoy of the UN  Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.Kohler announced his resignation in May. Five months after his resignation, the UN has not yet discussed a replacement for Kohler.Kohler was a key element in the Western Sahara conflict since his appointment in  August 2017The former personal envoy managed to bring the parties to the conflict to one table during his suggested-roundtables in December 2018 and March 2019.In the days leading up to the expected adoption of the new resolution, Guterres is also expected to submit his annual report on Western Sahara to the Security Council. read more

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How social media is turning private breakups into celebrity spats

first_imgIn some recent cases, spouses have emailed their estranged partner’s family, friends and business associates, alleging infidelity, she added.  While most such cases are ultimately concluded on amicable terms, some are so focused on attacking each other that they did not comprehend the wider impact until it was too late.“I had one case in which a couple’s children only learned how relations between their parents had deteriorated from fellow pupils once certain social media activity became a topic of discussion at the school gate,” she said.“We are always at pains to point out that divorce proceedings should be as private as possible and that lashing out can not only ruin future relations between themselves and their soon-to-be former spouses but can irreparably damage dealings with children too.“While it is only natural to seek support from loved ones, divorcing with dignity rather than discord tends to result in a better long-term outcome.” social media has transformed relationships, say lawyers I had one case in which a couple’s children only learned how relations between their parents had deteriorated from fellow pupils once certain social media activity became a topic of discussion at the school gateCara Nuttall FB It was once something kept firmly behind closed doors for all but a handful of celebrities willing to wage even their most private battles on a public stage.But increasing numbers of ordinary couples are opting to go through “public” divorces as a result of the rise of social media, according to lawyers.Warring partners in their 30s and 40s, are actively aping celebrity culture by trading accusations openly to garner sympathy with friends and family and gain advantage ahead of any settlement, they say.     Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. And in a small but growing number of cases courts are even stepping in to order spouses to desist from using social media as a weapon.Cara Nuttall, a family lawyer at JMW, said many husbands and wives had admitted following the lead of high-profile marriage disputes in which individuals had found themselves vilified for alleged wrongdoing. Family lawyers at JMW Solicitors, which handled more than 300 divorces over the course of the last year, have estimated that at least one in 10 cases now involve a spouse attacking the other on social media before they agree the terms upon which they separate. In up to half of cases, clients now specifically cite fears over how they will be portrayed by their other half. They suggest that if it’s good enough for this actress or that pop star, then it’s good enough for themCara Nuttall, lawyer While celebrities or politicians might be trying to win the battle of public opinion to gain the support of fans or voters, ordinary people are also lining up teams of supporters among family, friends or colleagues for their own advantage.“There is no doubt that a growing proportion of individuals of a certain age regard preserving their reputations among social and professional peers as one of the main concerns when they come to talk about getting divorced,” she said. “Roughly half of these men and women are clear about not wanting people to think badly of them. “Furthermore, the number resorting to social media in order to win over friends, family and workmates seems to be growing year-on-year. “Frequently, when challenged, they will refer to instances of rancorous celebrity divorces which they have read about in newspapers or magazines.“They suggest that if it’s good enough for this actress or that pop star, then it’s good enough for them. “We are talking about individuals who are in their thirties and early forties and often professional but who don’t appear to appreciate the potential damage which can result from texting, tweeting or e-mailing a nasty comment in a moment of madness.“In more than a dozen cases that we have handled, courts have even been forced to make orders in an attempt to curb both the volume and the unpleasant nature of exchanges across various social media platforms.”last_img read more

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FC Barcelona win ALL in Spain – fourth year in a row

FC Barcelona Lassa won it all the fourth season in a row in Spanish handball. The nine time EHF Champions League winners extended absolut domination in ASOBAL by winning another Copa Del Rey (King’s Cup) against Naturhouse La Rioja 34:29.This was the last match for Lazarov and Noddesbo, who ended their golden parts of career with the team from “Blaugrana”.29 – Naturhouse La Rioja: Kappelin (G. Aginagalde); Montoro (4), Vigo (4), Javier García (4), Langaro (6), Javier Muñoz (3, 1p.); Ángel Fernández (1); Sánchez-Migallón (5), Peciña, Luisfe, Garabaya (1), Molina, Garciandía, Kukic (1).34 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (3), R. Entrerríos (7), Sorhaindo (1), Rivera (5, 1p.), Mem (3), Morros; Ariño (1), N’Guessan (6), Syprzak (5), Saubich, Lazarov (3), Antonio García. ← Previous Story Women’s WCh 2017 – EURO Play-Off results Next Story → RNL celebrate second Bundesliga trophy – Six teams qualify for Europe read more

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Support for an allIreland soccer team is growing

first_img SINN FÉIN HAVE called for the establishment of an all-Ireland soccer team as part of their newly released ‘Towards a United Ireland’ document.While sports including hockey, rugby and boxing are arranged on an all-Ireland basis, Northern Ireland and the Republic are separate entities in soccer.But the political party this weekend called for the two teams to be united, having been separate since the 1920s, when a dispute between soccer associates in Leinster and Ulster prompted a split between the organisations.Sinn Finn argue: “Irish teams are stronger and better when they are all-Ireland teams. All-Ireland rugby teams have won Grand Slams and Triple Crowns, boxers have had international successes, Irish golfers are leading the way in that sport. As an all-Ireland organisation, the GAA has been unmatched by any other amateur sports organisation. Short URL 57 Comments By Paul Fennessy https://the42.ie/3107953 25,931 Views A Shamrock Rovers XI who were effectively an all-Ireland XI played Brazil in the 1970s in a one-off game. Share248 Tweet Email Nov 28th 2016, 9:39 PM Monday 28 Nov 2016, 9:39 PM Follow us: the42.ie Blow for Liverpool as ankle injury rules Coutinho out for six weeks>Jose Mourinho charged by English FA for third time this season> ‘Support for an all-Ireland soccer team is growing’ Sinn Féin are hopeful that a move will happen in the near future. “I don’t feel that there would be huge job losses, but I haven’t myself looked into the ins and outs of that. Overall, if you’re talking about increased investment in sport, there’s probably no reason why there needs to be major job losses. We want to expand what we’re doing rather than cut back, but the mechanics of all that would have to be worked out at the time.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! A Shamrock Rovers XI who were effectively an all-Ireland XI played Brazil in the 1970s in a one-off game. Support for an all-island soccer team is growing. It makes no sense to have two ‘national’ teams competing on the international stage and splitting the talent pool that exists. We are stronger, better and more successful together. Unity would generate more income for sports clubs and more opportunities for talented players.”Speaking to The42, when asked for evidence to back up the claim that support for the initiative was growing, a spokesperson for the party said: “I suppose it’s anecdotal. You’d see people talking about it a lot more these days on different social media stuff and all of that.I think it would be really interesting to see a poll, particularly around the soccer. We saw how well the North and the (Republic) did in the recent European Championships. Most people, putting politics aside, would say ‘imagine if you put the two together and picked the best team from the two’. Most people would say that would have potential to be even better.”Some feel an all-Ireland soccer team is unlikely to happen anytime soon — Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney is on record as saying he would support the initiative, but feels it would only transpire in the event of a political union. However, recent suggestions that Brexit could bring about a United Ireland have left others feeling more optimistic.A United Ireland is truly on the agenda now. It’s a topic of discussion. The Taoiseach at the weekend mentioned that in the light of Brexit, there’s an uncomplicated answer to the problems.“So now more and more people are looking towards a United Ireland and the benefits that will bring.We’ve looked at the economic benefits for it over the past week but there are also benefits for sport. And in the context of a united Ireland, you would have a united football team — one follows the other.”One other concern expressed is the potential loss of jobs should the Irish Football Association and FAI merge into one organisation, but the Sinn Féin spokesperson thinks it is unlikely to be a major issue. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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First debut vignette airs on NXT for Ricochet Videos following the 321

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Velvet Sky WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events First debut vignette airs on NXT for RicochetAs seen on last night’s 3/21 episode of NXT, the first debut vignette aired for the impending debut on NXT TV of recent NXT signee and former New Japan and Lucha Underground star, Ricochet. Ricochet will be appearing on NXT TV in the next couple of weeks as he is scheduled to be a part of the NXT TakeOver: New Orleans card that will on April 7 live on WWE Network. Videos following the 3/21 episode of NXTWWE posted the following videos after the 3/21 episode of NXT. 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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VIP recovery leads SKYCITY to record FY18 results

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More RelatedPosts SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekendcenter_img 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Australasian IR operator SKYCITY Entertainment Group saw its net profit rise 10.4% to NZ$169.9 million in the 12 months ended 30 June 2018, driven by the rapid recovery of the company’s VIP sector in the 12 months since the arrests of 19 Crown Resorts employees in mainland China sent regional VIP into freefall.VIP turnover in FY18 grew 39.2% year-on-year to NZ$11.9 billion, including a 76% increase in turnover to NZ$7.5 billion in the six months to 30 June 2018. Normalized VIP revenue for the year grew 39.2% to AU$160.3 million.With the premium segment guiding the way, group-wide revenue across all segments increased by a combined 7.3% to NZ$1.1 billion.Normalized EBITDA was NZ$338.2m, up 5.5% on the previous year.“I’m really pleased with SKYCITY’s FY18 full-year result, which delivered a record year for the company both in terms of operating earnings and net profit,” said CEO Graeme Stephens.“I’m particularly encouraged by both the strong rebound in our International Business and a return to earnings growth in Adelaide and Darwin on a like-for-like basis.’’Stephens said the strong results in SKYCITY’s international VIP business reflected both the recovery of the sector across Asia-Pacific and the performance of the company’s restructured International Business team.“Set alongside the continued growth of our flagship Auckland property on a record previous corresponding period and a solid result from our Hamilton site, the group’s performance provides us with confidence that we can continue to deliver on our key strategic initiatives and major projects over the coming year,” he said.Inside Asian Gaming revealed in our August edition that the Australian VIP market was expected to complete its recovery from the arrests of Crown employees in October 2016, which saw VIP turnover Australia-wide fall from around AU$60 billion in 1H16 to just AU$33 billion early last year.last_img read more

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EUs approach to tackling hate speech might actually be working

first_img Tags Facebook Twitter YouTube EU clamps down on tech in 2018 Internet Services Rather than legislate on the issue of hate speech, forcing tech companies to comply with laws and punishing them if they failed, the EU decided it would introduce an opt-in code of conduct to tackle the problem of hate speech. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube were all inaugural signatories of the code, with Instagram also signing up in January 2018, bringing the total number of participating companies to nine. The companies agreed to increase the amount of content they removed, as well as to attempt to assess the majority of reports of hate speech within 24 hours of being notified. They’re also required to give feedback to people who flag content. The EU conducts annual reports on the progress of the companies and is pleased with the results this year, although it says the social networks need to work harder at providing feedback to people who file complaints. How the social networks measure up The EU’s report casts Facebook in a particularly favorable light, showing that the company assesses 93 percent of notifications it receives regarding hate speech within 24 hours of receiving them — the highest rate of all the social networks signed up to the code. YouTube, the report shows, removed more content than Facebook in 2018, and managed to assess 81 percent of content within 24 hours. But it fell down when it came to giving feedback to users, interacting on average with only 25 percent of people who reported content to the video service. There are now over 10,000 people at the company working on combating hate speech, said Matt Brittin, Google’s Europe president, in a statement. “They’re all working to stamp out abusive content and to make sure we have the right systems, technology and policies in place to keep improving,” he said. “While there’s no place for complacency, today’s results show we’re making progress.” Like Facebook, Twitter is also good at dealing with notifications, tackling 88 percent of reports within 24 hours, but when it comes to removing content, it’s a different story. The social network has by far the lowest rate of removing content, taking down just 43 percent of reported posts, compared with 82 percent on Facebook and 85 percent on YouTube, and the number is down year on year. The services do all vary in terms of the kind of content they must police, although the difference in numbers is stark. Over the past few years critics around the world have pointed fingers at Twitter for not taking a harsh enough line on hate speech. Last year Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the company has a problem with harassment and abuse and vowed to clean up its act, introducing a range of new measures in June. Dorsey finally booted Infowars founder Alex Jones from the social network after previously defending his presence. He also admitted Twitter had been slow to delete a tweet threatening Meghan McCain. Karen White, Twitter’s director of public policy for Europe, pointed to the Lumen Database and Twitter’s annual transparency report for more details about the content it removes from the social network.”We’ve also enhanced our safety policies, tightened our reporting systems, increased transparency with users, and introduced over 70 changes to improve conversational health,” said White in a statement. “We’re doing this with a sense of urgency and commitment, and look forward to continued collaboration with the European Commission, Governments, civil society and industry.” First published Feb. 4 at 11:50 a.m. PT. Update at 2:50 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Google. Update Feb. 5 at 4:27 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Twitter. Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. 1:11 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1 Some social networks (Facebook) are making more progress than others (Twitter). Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Social media companies are removing hate speech from the internet more quickly and efficiently than ever — in Europe at least. The EU released a report on Monday showing that 89 percent of content flagged to social networks gets analyzed within 24 hours, and that the companies remove 72 percent of content reported as illegal hate speech in total. Social networks have come a long way in the past three years, the report shows. When the EU began cracking down on hate speech in 2016, these rates stood at 40 percent and 28 percent, respectively. “In May 2016, I initiated the code of conduct on online hate speech, because we urgently needed to do something about this phenomenon,” said Vĕra Jourová, European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, in a statement. “Today, after two and a half years, we can say that we found the right approach and established a standard throughout Europe on how to tackle this serious issue, while fully protecting freedom of speech.” Commentlast_img read more

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Amazon stops selling Dash buttons goofy forerunners of the connected home

first_img 3 Comments Amazon Prime Amazon If you press all these Dash buttons at once, you get sent more Dash buttons. (OK, not really.) Richard Peterson/CNET Amazon has come up with some pretty odd ideas over the years: delivery inside your car, a talking tablet for your kitchen counter, and even an action series starring that guy from The Office.One of the concepts that best captures the quirky imagination of the world’s largest online retailer is the Dash button, a handy (and kind of ridiculous) device you press to reorder stuff like dog food, bottled water or septic treatment powder.But the usefulness and novelty of Dash buttons has waned over the years, and Amazon said Thursday that it had decided to stop selling the gadgets globally. If you still proudly use a Dash button (or a few dozen), don’t worry: Amazon plans to continue supporting new orders through existing Dash buttons so long as the public keeps using them.So what killed the Dash button’s future? Well, by Amazon’s telling, the device was a victim of its own success, since it helped nudge forward the concept of the connected home to what it is today.Daniel Rausch, an Amazon vice president who helped grow the Dash program from its start, said that back in early 2015, when the Dash button first came out, there were far fewer options for connected home gadgets. Amazon workers were trying to figure out a way “to make shopping disappear” for grocery list items like paper towels and printer ink and whatever else is pretty not-fun to go out and buy, Rausch said.They landed on Dash buttons as a speedy jury-rig to add a bit of internet connectivity to an appliance that didn’t have it, like throwing a Dash button for laundry detergent on your washing machine.People seemed to like these goofy little buttons, which Amazon offered for $5 each up front, reimbursing that money after the first purchase using the button. Brands liked them as a way of reinforcing customer loyalty and affixing mini ads for their wares in people’s bathrooms and linen closets.Over the past four years, Amazon has created dozens of Dash buttons for items including Soylent meal replacement drinks, Schiff Glucosamine joint supplements and Slim Jims. The company shipped millions of these tiny buttons. Rausch said the most popular Dash buttons were for necessities that folks run out of a lot, like paper towels, toilet paper and bottled water. Other less predictable hits included items that required trips to specialty stores (pet food) or were annoying to find (printer ink) or a little embarrassing to buy in a store (condoms).”Dash button was an awesome stepping stone into the world of connected home,” Rausch said, later adding, “We never imagined a future where customers had 500 buttons in their home. We imagined a future where the home was taking care of itself, including replenishing everyday items that customers would rather not worry about.”The Dash button isn’t nearly as necessary as it used to be. Today, plenty more appliances connect to the internet. Amazon also integrated its Dash Replenishment Service into hundreds of products from major manufacturers like Whirlpool and Samsung worldwide. DRS lets appliances automatically reorder the stuff they need, like a printer purchasing new ink. No need to even push a button.Plus, Amazon created virtual Dash buttons on its website and developed voice shopping through its Alexa voice assistant, which have both grown in popularity, Amazon says.There’s no need to cry over the demise of Dash buttons. Instead, the next time you reorder bread via voice from your toaster (that’s a thing now, right?), you can quietly thank Dash buttons for encouraging the creation of more smart-home gear.”There’s no doubt,” Rausch said, “that that core mission of Dash buttons succeeded.” Tags Smart Home Gadgets Share your voicelast_img read more

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Get a 6quart pressure cooker for only 30

first_img The Cheapskate Share your voice 8 essential Instant Pot tips It doesn’t get any cheaper than this: A 6-quart pressure cooker for just $30. Best Buy First things first: If you’re in the market for a pressure cooker, you should know that the world-famous, widely loved Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6-quart is still on sale for $49. That’s a great deal considering that it normally sells for $100. However, there’s an even better deal today, assuming you’re willing to go off-brand.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Insignia 6-quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for just $29.99, one of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen for any cooker of this size. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Update: Choose in-store pickup in order to dodge the rather hefty $12 shipping charge.See it at Best BuyI haven’t used this model, but from what I can tell, it’s all but identical to the aforementioned Instant Pot (one of which I do own). It offers 10 preset modes for things like rice, meat, soup and even cake. It features a delayed-start option, an automatic keep-warm function and a dishwasher-safe non-stick pot.Sounds good on paper, right? Here’s the most telling detail: The Insignia cooker has a 4.7-star average rating from over 1,600 Best Buy customers — and a whopping 98% of them would recommend this product to a friend.If you’re still undecided, here’s everything you need to know about which Instant Pot model to buy. And if you’re not convinced this is a must-have kitchen appliance (trust me, it is), here are five reasons you need an Instant Pot — and some great recipes to get you started.Thirty bucks! If nothing else, grab it as a gift to get way ahead of your holiday shopping.Bonus deal: The Fall (of the Price) of the Planet of the ApesYou’ve heard of the MCU, of course. But long before that, there was the ACU: The Apes Cinematic Universe. First came the five movies of the ’70s, then the 2001 reboot and finally the more recent re-reboot trilogy.Words can’t adequately express how much I dislike movies about giant apes, sentient apes, vengeful apes, men raised by apes and so on. But I’m not here to judge. I’m here to share deals: For a limited time, Amazon has 50 Years of the Planet of the Apes: 9-Movie Collection for $34.99. Regular price: $99.99.See it at AmazonThat’s a lot of apes for your money: Just $3.89 per film. They’re all provided on Blu-ray and digital, and the reboot trilogy is also provided in 4K Ultra HD. This deal has already proven quite popular, as Amazon shows that shipping will take one to three weeks.And, hey, maybe the originals were super cheesy, but if not for them, we’d be without one of the all-time greatest Simpsons scenes. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:11 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 12 Tags Appliances TV and Movies Comments Now playing: Watch this: Best Buylast_img read more

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Royal Enfield motorcycle sales rise 33 in October Eicher Motors shares gain

first_imgRoyal Enfield motorcycles witnessed yet another round of growth last month, both in the domestic markets and exports. Eicher Motors, which owns the motorcycle brand, sold 59,127 units in India and exported 748 motorcycles, more than 384 units it shipped out of India in October 2015.In the domestic market, the company sold 58,379 units, 32.2 percent more than 44,138 motorcycles sold in October 2015, according to regulatory filing by Eicher Motors to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday.Eicher Motors said that it has sold 3.73 lakh Royal Enfield motorcycles during April-October 2016, up 34 percent from 2.79 lakh units sold in the corresponding period last year.For the quarter ended September 30, 2016 (Q2), Eicher Motors posted 52.6 percent rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 388 crore from Rs 254 crore in the corresponding period last year. Net income increased to Rs 1,981 crore from Rs 1,468 crore.Besides, the company also manufacture commercial vehicles in collaboration with Volvo (VE Commercial Vehicles, or VECV. “”VECV has demonstrated an impressive performance in Q2 2016-17 with sales of 13,408 units, recording a growth of 15% over the corresponding period last year,” Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO Eicher Motors Ltd said, in another regulatory filing to the BSE.Other two-wheeler manufacturers such as Hero Motocorp, TVS Motor Co., Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI), Suzuki Motorcycles and India Yamaha Motors are yet to declare their volume sales data for October.Shares of Eicher Motors were trading at Rs 24,787 apiece, up 3.19 percent from their previous close.last_img read more

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NTPC strikes black gold in Jharkhand

first_imgState-run power generating company NTPC said on Wednesday that it has struck coal at the Pakri Barwadih mines in Jharkhand. The listed entity said it has “successfully exposed seam-III in its first coal mine-Pakri Barwadih …after removal of over burden of 7 lakh cubic metre.”The next steps will begin in due course, said NTPC whose share price closed at Rs 163 on the BSE.”Coal production will commence shortly from this mine and can be supplied to any project of the company. This is a major step towards building assured fuel supply for the company,” it said in a statement.The Indian government has  allocated 10 mines with estimated reserves of 7.3 billion tonnes that have a mining capacity of about 107 million tonnes per annum, the statement added.For the second quarter (Q2) ended September 2016, NTPC’s net profit and sales stood at Rs 2,495 crore and Rs 19,398 crore, respectively.The government of India holds 69.74 percent stake in the company’s equity. NTPC has about 22,500 employees and 44 power stations.Originally a thermal power company, NTPC has forayed into solar and hydro energy in a big way.Coal India Limited (CIL) is India’s and also the world’s largest coal-mining companies, with about 400 mines in operation 176 are open cast, 30 mixed and about 200 underground. The CIL share price closed at Rs 305 on the BSE on Wednesday.The country’s coal import bill fell sharply during the financial year 2015-16.”Record coal production by CIL leads to a reduction in import by 34.26 million tonnes (MT). Results in a saving of Rs 28,070 crore in foreign exchange during 2015-16,” tweeted Coal Secretary Anil Swarup on April 6, 2016.The company meets about 81 percent of India’s coal requirement from its 430 mines, of which 227 are underground, 175 open-cast and 28 mixed ones. It has eight subsidiaries.The Indian government has planned to double the coal output to one billion tonnes by 2019-2020.India’s coal reserves were estimated at about 301.56 billion tonnes by the Geological Survey of India in April 2014.The reserves were predominantly in Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra, CIL declared in its annual report for the year 2014-2015.last_img read more

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Election Night Shakeup Here Come The New Exit Polls

first_imgGetting it right The Fox-AP polls have had some problems, too, in their test runs. They didn’t exactly get right how some of the demographic groups voted, especially when it came to education and race, a familiar problem for pollsters.In Alabama, for example, they got the ultimate result right, but underestimated black turnout.The Fox-AP-NORC researchers readily acknowledge that there are tweaks they need to make — and that they’re figuring it out as they go along.“With this approach, we’re starting from scratch,” David Scott, a deputy managing editor at the AP, told NPR. “We don’t have a long history of a record. There’s going to be a lot of learning as we go.”While Fox-AP-NORC got the outcomes right in New Jersey, Virginia and Alabama, some here scoffed at the idea that that means these polls should definitely replace the exits.Here’s why. Take a look at the polls’ pre-election estimates versus the actual results:New Jersey: Democrat +19. Actual result: Democrat +14. (5-point difference)Virginia: Democrat +4. Actual result: Democrat +9. (5-point difference)Alabama: Democrat +5. Actual result: Democrat +2. (3-point difference)Here’s where other pre-polls stood, according to the RealClearPolitics average:New Jersey: Democrat +14. Actual result: Democrat +14. (No difference)Virginia: Democrat +3. Actual result: Democrat +9. (6-point difference)Alabama: Republican +2. Actual result: Democrat +2. (4-point difference)So the Fox-AP-NORC poll did not fare much better, if at all, in these races than traditional pre-election polls. All of those were largely well within the margins of error.The problems with exit polls are magnified, given that they help shape the narratives coming out of elections and, therefore, often the policy prescriptions afterward as political strategists and policy makers look to the exit polls to see how voters want officials to address issues.Yet, despite some high-profile misses — the traditional exit polls do get it right most of the time. For every Florida in 2000, there are hundreds of calls that network decision desks get right, based, in part, on that exit data — and often with little percentage of the vote in.But Edelman said that those who run the traditional exit polls are already working on a fix to the problems of under-sampling lower-educated voters within the poll.Many here believe that’s a good thing, complaining that they have been ringing alarm bells for a decade that often fell on deaf ears. And that may be the biggest result from the competition — lighting a match under the traditional exit pollsters to make changes.The Fox-AP-NORC experiment, many believe, is worth it — and even Edelman applauded the effort, joking with Mishkin, who was standing nearby, “I told him good things,” he said, tugging his rainbow suspenders and pointing to this reporter.Indeed he did.“I think it’s good,” Edelman said. “It’s a healthy thing. What they’re addressing is real.”After the 2016 election, Americans were left confused and distrustful of polls. The opening joke, delivered by the conference’s committee chairman, rang all too true with many practitioners here.In an era of Big Data, bots and a political landscape with President Trump in the White House fueling calls of fake news and polls, there’s a challenge for pollsters to stay relevant, to win back Americans’ trust. In this new era, looking at the foggy road ahead, many here said the industry needs to look at new approaches and welcome Fox and AP’s effort – even if imperfect.“We’re in a moment of flux as an industry,” said Chris Jackson, vice president at Ipsos Public Affairs, which conducts some of NPR’s polling. “Anyone who tells you they have the single answer probably doesn’t understand the scope of the problem.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. So what are they doing exactly? First, to call this approach an exit poll would be incorrect, as pollsters here pointed out.That’s because it’s really a massive pre-election poll of likely voters, conducted a few days before an election and up until Election Day. They interviewed some 5,000 registered voters in each state contest by telephone and online. (To give context, a decent statewide poll interviews about 500 people or so. This is 10 times that sample size.)The pollsters, led by a team of respected researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago, also weight to some 20 small regions within each state. (The traditional exits only do that in five, Fox and AP pointed out in their presentation.)After each election, they, like traditional exit polls, try to adjust to the election results to give a demographic cross section of who voted and how.But they’re not speaking to known voters, people coming out of polling places. So, to call it an exit poll is not correct, and it means there is a different kind of statistical risk than the current exit polls have because they’ll have to estimate who will actually show up to vote.The AP and Fox have been pitching the idea to other media outlets, hoping to get them on board and break away from the National Election Pool consortium.Many of the national broadcast outlets are under contract with the consortium through the 2020 elections. After that, it could lead to a historic crackup, especially if the new effort gets about the same results — for less money.But those are a lot of ifs. Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesSupporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump watch as Fox News projects him the winner in Florida on Nov. 8, 2016. Fox is joining the Associated Press in a new experiment to measure voter preferences, that will be key to their projections on Election Night inÂTrent Buskirk looks the part of a data wonk’s data wonk. He stepped to the microphone and wanted to lighten the mood.So he told a joke.Have you heard the one about the three people from a company who went out to lunch? One is the marketing director, the other the head of operations and the third, the survey researcher.They decide to take a car. The marketing director has his foot on the gas, the ops guy has his foot on the brake, and the survey researcher is looking out the back window telling them where to go.That drew awkward laughter. After all, the message was being delivered from a survey researcher to a room of about 1,000 of America’s top pollsters and social science researchers at their biggest conference of the year.The future of polling — and how to look out the front window instead of the back — was a major theme at the American Association of Public Opinion Research, or AAPOR, conference this past week here in Denver. And one particular presentation stood out for its attempt to break the mold and threatened to rock a quarter-century of how exit polls are conducted.Exit polls are surveys conducted outside of a large sample of polling places across the country, asking voters whom they voted for, their demographic information and many other questions about what issues motivated their vote. They have been used by the AP and many broadcast networks for decades to calculate projections as results start coming in on election night.Fox News and The Associated Press announced they are not only pulling out of the media consortium that has funded exit polls, as we know them, since 1992. But they officially announced, at this well-attended Saturday morning session, that they will be conducting their own polls in all 47 states that have governors and Senate races in this year’s midterm elections. The problem Their reason for doing so? They contend, and many others agree, that there are growing challenges facing traditional exit polling, with increases in early voting, rising costs and concerns about people not talking to pollsters, therefore skewing the results.Fox News executives decided after the 2016 election, in which early wave exit polling on Election Day led many to believe incorrectly that Hillary Clinton was going to win, they would end their involvement with the traditional exit polls.“We thought it was necessary to try something new,” Arnon Mishkin, head of Fox News’ Decision Desk, told the room of data scientists.He pointed out that when Fox executives said they wanted to no longer participate in the consortium, he went through three stages of grief: (1) “OMG, what are we going to do?”; (2) “Can’t we fight this?”; and finally, (3) “Can we come up with something better?”“There’s a real problem,” Mishkin added. “It’s not the methodology; it’s the respondents.”That’s a nice way of saying the exit poll isn’t polling all the right people.Murray Edelman, a consultant to CBS News who helped develop the traditional exit polls, having worked on iterations of them for 50 years, acknowledged there is a problem with Democratic bias in the exit polls. It’s not intentional, and Fox doesn’t accuse them of that. It stems from the difficulty of getting older voters, who lean overwhelmingly conservative, to fill out exit poll forms.“There’s an issue with overstating Democrats,” Edelman said. In recent cycles, the exits have consistently shown, in early waves, a Democratic lean. That has shaped the narratives at many networks, which are on the air for hours before polls close in most states or before sizable chunks of the vote is in from most places.It’s not the only problem the exits have faced, though. During the 2016 election, for example, they underestimated the number of whites without a college degree, a key part of Trump’s base.So, endeavoring to try something new, Fox and AP quietly tested a new approach in three high-profile elections in 2017 — the governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia, and the Alabama Senate special election.They predicted the winners correctly in all three contests.last_img read more

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1A Across America The Power Of The Latino Vote

first_imgIn Texas, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo believes the increase in anti-immigration policies and political speech is part of what’s driving many Latinos to the polls. She was elected to her role in 2018, the Houston-area county’s highest elected position.“At least here in Harris County, the [immigration] rhetoric and attacks are galvanizing people more than they had before and we see this connection between a vote and the policy,” says Hidalgo.Will that also be the case in 2019 and 2020? And how could that change local and national election outcomes?It’s unclear. Historically, Latinos vote in fewer numbers than most other demographics.Lack of time is likely one major reason, says Jacob Monty, a Houston-area immigration attorney and a member of the political action committee Hispanic Republicans of Texas. “We’re working. We’re busy.” Monty, a third-generation Mexican American, tells 1A. “We’re trying to make it to the middle class.”Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) agrees. She was elected last fall as one of the first two Latinas elected to Congress from Texas. Her district includes part of the eastern section of the Houston metro area.“I was talking to a waitress once at a restaurant and she was telling me that she just felt really bad that she hadn’t voted,” Rep. Garcia tells 1A.“She said, ‘I have three jobs and then I don’t want to end up being a waitress all my life so I also go to school … so by the time I do all that and go to school, I just never have the time.’”Amanda Williams /WAMURep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) was elected to Congress in November 2018.Rep. Garcia says the least the government could do is improve options for people like this waitress. Her wish list includes: increasing hours at polling places, more early voting options, online voter registration, online voting and making election day a holiday.“I think we may be able to make a voter out of her because she wants to vote,” Garcia says, referring to the waitress. “It’s about the access.”Increasing voter access to the polls is also on the mind of Judge Hidalgo. The Democrat was swept into office last fall, and at age 28, she’s in charge of the third-largest county in the U.S.Since taking office, she’s overseen changes to Harris County’s election system. Voters can now cast ballots at any polling place on election day, instead of being assigned a particular location.Judge Hidalgo says that will help many people who work far from where they live. Commutes in Harris County, which is almost 2,000 square miles, can be lengthy.But she thinks there’s another disconnect for Latino voters.“I think about my own family. They didn’t vote until this last election, actually,” Judge Hidalgo tells 1A. “I think that a lot of folks don’t see the direct connection between their participation and the government, and there’s a disconnect there and that might be on the part of language access, or government outreach.”Jerónimo Cortina, an associate professor of political science and the Associate Director at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston, says there are many factors that impact lower voter turnout among Latinos, including not understanding the American election process.“One is political socialization,” Cortina tells 1A. “Groups that are more recent arrivals to the U.S., they’re not as socialized to American politics, and American politics can be complicated – the Electoral College, popular vote, no proportional representation.”Monty agrees. He says many new immigrants come from countries where elections don’t seem to matter as they do in the U.S., whether that’s because of more authoritarian governments or just a lack of voting institutionalization.But when it comes to younger generations, things are changing, Cortina says.“Young people who have lived here all their life, millennials, they are politically socialized,” he says. “Then it’s a question of whether the young people care enough to participate. In the past two elections we’ve seen a huge number of young Latinos and Latinas voting, increasing their turnout rate in comparison to recent years. They’re more politically savvy than previous generations.”Bianca Martin/WAMUMaria Reyes was one of several young Latinas who asked questions at the 1A Across America town hall held at the Talento Bilingüe de Houston theater on April 9.Angelica Razo is with Mi Familia Vota, a non-profit organization that encourages civic engagement. She sees the younger generations challenging their elders to talk about politics and civic engagement in ways they never have before, in a way that wasn’t as accepted before.Razo works with high school students and others who aren’t legally able to vote yet — whether because of age or legal immigration status. She encourages them to talk to their families about the importance of voting.“They become the megaphone in their communities,” Razo says.Watch the full town hall event in the video below:Written and produced by Amanda Williams, with reporting by Houston Public Media’s Elizabeth Trovall. The town hall event and reporting is part of 1A Across America, a collaboration with six public radio member stations ahead of the 2020 general election.1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. Listen 00:00 /03:53 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaking with Host Joshua Johnson at 1A’s Across America town hall event in Houston on April 9. The event was produced in collaboration with Houston Public Media at the Talento Bilingüe de Houston cultural center.You can listen to the full 1A show on the Houston town hall event at 9 a.m. CST on Thursday, April 25 on News 88.7. By 2020, Latinos are expected to become the largest non-white voter population in the U.S. The Pew Research Center estimates that 32 million Latinos could cast a ballot in the next national election. But will they?The answer is a solid maybe.One study by UCLA found that 96 percent more Latinos voted in the 2018 midterms than in the 2014 elections. Overall voter participation rates were higher in 2018, and prior to election day 2018, Pew found that Latinos were also more engaged last year.center_img X Share last_img read more

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Riverdale Apes Another Theatre Kid Musical Favorite

first_img As the second season has gone on, it’s become clear that Riverdale knows exactly who its audience is. It’s gotten very good at toying with them, especially these last couple weeks. Last week, Betty and Jughead broke up, then Jughead and Toni Topaz kissed right at the end. This week, the show brought fans back from the brink of hysteria, revealing that nothing much happened after that. They had a “PG-13 grope session,” and besides, Toni is more into girls anyway. Every plot beat is calculated to emotionally destroy us, then walk it back so they can do it again. This show can’t be good for our hearts. Also, the show seems to have figured out that a decent number of its fans love Broadway musicals. Last week had a song from Rent, and this episode basically turned into Grease. Well, the good parts of Grease. It skipped over that whole “change yourself for a man” thing.The immediate aftermath of last week’s episode is at once infuriating and what Riverdale does best. After telling the Black Hood to kill Nick St. Claire, Betty runs to his hotel to see if he actually went through with it. Unfortunately, he’s still alive. The Black Hood doesn’t kill him because he’s not from Riverdale, and though he gets arrested for attempted rape, Cheryl and her mother are convinced not to press charges. It’s mostly because the Lodges need the St. Claire’s money, but Cheryl’s mom agrees to it because in her words, “nothing really happened.” And Cheryl probably provoked him anyway. Holy Hell, Riverdale. We knew the parents in this town were the absolute worst, but this is a new low. Part of the reason this show’s so great is that it perfectly captures the us vs. them attitude towards adults you have as a teenager. It does this by making that feeling literal. All except for maybe one or two of the adults in this town are terrible, terrible people who are actively working against their own children. At least this story ends semi-positively, but having Cheryl’s mother say aloud everything victims of sexual assault fear will be said about them… that’s beyond bad parenting.Casey Cott, Ashleigh Murray, Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart (Photo: Screenshot via CW)If hating adults is why you come to Riverdale, this episode was for you. Immediately after the Blossoms are convinced not to press charges, all the kids are called into a very serious meeting with the Sheriff and their parents. Word has gotten out about the jingle jangle party and the parents are pissed. OK, this show needs to tell us exactly how serious this fake drug is. It’s obviously not as serious as cocaine. We know that because Veronica turned down a bump last episode, but thought of jingle jangle as a normal teenage thing. So is it like weed? Is it like acid? Is it addictive? Does it have any after effects? All we’re told is that it’s a drug, but without knowing what kind of drug it is, we don’t know how to feel about it. Especially because the show can’t decide how to treat it either. In one scene, they’re talking about it like it’s crack, in others, it’s the folly of youth. Make up your mind, Riverdale. Also, if it is a serious problem, it’s really hard to take it that way when it’s so obviously Pixy Stix. Although, thank you for the image of the toughest, burliest gang members working in Riverdale’s most hardcore candy factory. That was hilarious.Of course, Alice and now the mayor use the party as an excuse to go all Gestapo on the south side. Obviously, the poor area of town is the cause of all Riverdale’s problems. Archie rushes to warn Jughead of the coming raid, and they’re back to being friends. That’s indicative of the biggest problem last night’s episode had. Last week’s spent a lot of time on painful breakups and splintering friendships, and this one undid all of that way too easily. Betty retreating further into herself as the Black Hood’s game continued could have been an interesting story, but it’s not the one that Riverdale wants to tell. The show is so preoccupied with getting to the next ridiculous moment of melodrama that the relationships between the characters are sometimes ignored. Archie broke up with Jughead for Betty in the worst possible way, and he is forgiven instantly. Later on, Jughead and Betty have a brief argument where Jughead says being broken up with “via Archie” is worse than via text. Harsh, but I can see where he’s coming from. But then a couple scenes later, they’re cozying up together on the couch. So did they get back together? If so, why did it happen off screen? The show made such a big deal about the fact that “#Bughead is no more.” Kevin even says that exact line. Their reconciliation would have been a great emotional scene. So why didn’t we see it?Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)I guess the answer is that if we did, we wouldn’t have time for the big drag race. This is what the episode was all about. The Ghoulies want to merge with the Serpents, but Jughead realizes that’s essentially a takeover. He also knows that the Ghoulies are the once dealing the drugs that the serpents get blamed for. After seeking some advice from his father, he challenges the leader of the Ghoulies to a loser-leaves-town drag race. Is it the best storytelling Riverdale’s ever had? Probably not. But this kind of anachronistic melodrama is a major part of why I love this show so much. Of course, gangs in Riverdale settle things in a Grease-style drag race. Of course, Cheryl is involved. This whole sequence had me cackling. And yes, of course, Archie is the lovable dopey narc we know him to be. He forces Jughead to stop, knowing that Sheriff Keller is waiting up ahead. It sets up some immediate tension for the next few episodes to explore, and also gives us a ticking clock for later in the season. The Ghoulie is going to get out of jail, and he’ll be coming for Jughead when he does.With all this going on, the Black Hood/Betty plot gets awkwardly shoved into the background. The Black Hood wants Betty to find information on the Sugar Man, apparently the most dangerous drug supplier in Riverdale. He’s the guy who sold drugs to Clifford Blossom. When Jason and Cheryl were kids, their mom would tell them to be quiet when the Sugar Man came over, making him out to be a bogeyman-like monster. This episode is the first time we’ve heard about the guy and it’s the last. It’s weird that the show would set up this dangerous figure, ignore him for most of the episode and deal with him in the end. At least the twist at the end was kind of cool. Cheryl found out who the Sugar Man was and told Betty, who told the cops instead of the Black Hood. It turns out the Sugar Man is Jughead’s English teacher. The guy who ran the newspaper. No wonder he didn’t want any coverage of gangs or drugs. It’s a cool twist that would have been much better if the whole Sugar Man story got the attention it deserved.Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)At least it moved Betty’s plot forward in an interesting way. Now that she’s stood up to the Black Hood, he doesn’t have a hold on her anymore. She’s playing her own game and it ends with her catching him. I’m not sure it’s wise to threaten a wannabe serial killer like that but whatever, you go, Betty! Determined, scary Betty is my favorite and I’m really looking forward to seeing her catch the bad guy. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Join us for a fun morning of entertainment

first_imgIn addition to the fund-raising, there will be entertainment galore in the form of clowns and balloons, face painting, hair spraying and a jumping castle, not to mention all the great specials on braai meats. You can also buy pancakes and puddings…To be in on the action, you know where to be. That’s right, San Marco Centre!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The parking lot at San Marco Centre (Guinea Fowl Restaurant side) has  transformed for today’s (September 24) Bosveld Butchery Braai Day Bash.It will to be lots of fun, so you simply can’t afford to miss out on all the action that is in store for you!Come and join us from 8am.The Ladysmith Gazette team will be raising funds. The  dynamic team appeals to the community to help fill a 14-ton truck with groceries, all of which will be going towards Toys for Joy.last_img read more

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Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali awarded gold medal

first_imgWyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali awarded gold medalWyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali awarded gold medalWyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Tri Hita Karana Awards 2018 for the second year running.The awards recognise hospitality operators for adopting the Balinese Hindu philosophy on harmonious relationships between the community, environment and business. The Gold Medal Award was presented at a ceremony held by Bali Travel Newspaper and Yayasan Tri Hita Karana on November 30 at the Art Centre inDenpasar, Bali.Tri Hita Karana is the Balinese Hindu philosophy on life, which literally translates as the Three Paths to Prosperity, and whose doctrine explains that peace and liberty are obtainable in life only when humans respect and observe three harmonious relationships between humans and the gods, humans and nature and among themselves.“A key element of Wyndham’s corporate philosophy is to be both socially and environmentally responsible, and we have closely followed the guidelines laid down by Bali’s Tri Hita Karana doctrine,” says Agus Suananda, General Manager of Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali.“To be selected for the prestigious Gold Medal after just two years of operation is a very satisfying recognition of the work of our management and staff.”The awards were first implemented in 2000, and this year saw 168 hotels in Bali participating in the scheme. In 2004, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UN-WTO) endorsed the awards and the Tri Hita Karana concept was included in Bali’s tourism law in 2009. The awards gained further support when in 2010, the philosophy became part of the Bali Clean and Green roadmap.Located absolute beachfront on Bali’s beautiful Lepang Beach on the tranquil east coast of Bali, Wyndham Jivva Bali is ideal for weddings and honeymoons. The resort offers a host of world class facilities and dining experiences nestled among the romantic setting of tranquil Balinese gardens. Guests can choose to stay in a range of accommodation from spectacular private pool villas, luxurious Jacuzzi and pool suites overlooking the beach or stylishly appointed deluxe rooms. The resort serves as the perfect base to experience the authentic side of Bali, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist centres, but within easy reach of nearby Klungkung and Ubud, the world-class surfing break of Keramas and the Bali Marine and Safari Park.For more information about Wyndham Jivva Bali, call +62-366-543-7988 or visit: www.wyndhamjivvabali.com Source = Wyndham Destinationslast_img read more

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Is the AllCash Trend Moderating

first_imgIs the All-Cash Trend Moderating? April 2, 2014 476 Views All-cash Investment ZipRealty 2014-04-02 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img While some of the most competitive metros nationwide continue to see high concentrations of all-cash (and thus, mortgage-less) home sales, trends suggest moderation in all-cash numbers overall.ZipRealty released Tuesday an analysis of all of its transactions from January 2012 through December 2013, concluding that nearly one of every four closed without financing.While still high, that share is an improvement from only a few years ago, says Lanny Baker, president and CEO of ZipRealty.“Nationwide, the percentage of all-cash real estate transactions reached a five-year high in 2010 at 27 percent, and the percentage of all-cash property sales has slowly declined or flattened every subsequent year,” Baker said.The company’s analysis points to two major market forces that have pushed all-cash financing to such high levels: increased investor activity and historically low housing inventory levels.These factors may be most evident in markets like Las Vegas, which saw the greatest share of all-cash transactions in 2013 at 48 percent. Also seeing elevated percentages of all-cash sales last year were Orlando (43 percent), Chicago (33 percent), Richmond (32 percent), and Los Angeles (29 percent).”Investors that are backed by institutions have the financial wherewithal to write a check for a home, unlike some consumers right now,” said Van Davis, president of brokerage operations for ZipRealty. “And these investors are still active in quite a few metro areas across the country.”Davis added that all-cash sales have created a headache for home shoppers in highly competitive markets, where sellers are increasingly seeking those kinds of offers.“Many agents have told us anecdotally that some buyers may arrange post-close financing, which do not show as financed deal on the contract for purchase,” he said. Sharelast_img read more

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Credit Quality Its Getting Better All the Time

first_imgCredit Quality: It’s Getting Better All the Time Share Credit Quality mortgage originations 2016-12-20 Seth Welborn For mortgage originations, things are beginning to look a lot like they did before the bubble—at least when it comes to credit quality and risk level.CoreLogic’s new Housing Credit Index (HCI), which measures risk attributes such as credit score of the borrower and DTI and LTV ratios, found that the mortgage loans originated in the third quarter of 2016 were not only less risky than those originated in the same quarter a year ago, but were the highest quality of originations in 15 years.“As the U.S. entered its eighth year of economic recovery this past summer, we continued to see mortgage originations with relatively low credit risk and this pattern will likely continue into 2017,” CoreLogic Chief Economist Dr. Frank Nothaft said.The average borrower credit score for loans originated in Q3 2016 jumped by 5 points over-the-year, from 734 to 739, according to CoreLogic. The average borrower DTI fell from 35.7 to 35.4 over-the-year in Q3, and the average DTI dropped from 86.8 down to 85.6, according to CoreLogic.The percentage of borrowers with credit scores of 640 or less had declined by three-quarters compared with 2001, CoreLogic reported. For the lowest 1 percent of borrowers with home purchase loans, the average credit score increased from a range of 490 to 510 up to 622 to 624 in the third quarter of 2016.“The index incorporates six risk attributes, including the three Cs of underwriting—credit, collateral, and capacity. Using 2001 originations as a base year, the HCI shows the significant loosening of credit running up to 2006. This was followed by a dramatic tightening of credit in response to the real estate crash and a decline in high-credit-risk applicants beginning with the Great Recession,” Nothaft said. “While low downpayment and high payment-to-income products are available today, borrowers generally need good credit scores to qualify. This may be a factor that has led to the drop-off in applications from those with lower credit scores during the last few years.”Click here to view CoreLogic’s complete report.center_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination December 20, 2016 627 Views last_img read more

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