Tata Nexon scores 5-stars crash safety rating from Global NCAP, Mahindra Marazzo gets 4-stars

first_imgGlobal NCAP released an update to its #SaferCarsForIndia campaign with two new crash test results for the Indian car market. Following recent four-star safety announcements, the Tata Nexon becomes the first made in India, sold in India car to achieve Global NCAP’s coveted five-star crash test rating. The Mahindra Marazzo also does well too, achieving a four-star result.The Tata Nexon scored five stars for Adult Occupant Protection and three stars for Child Occupant Protection. Following the Nexon’s four-star result earlier this year Tata has improved a number of safety features including making a Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for driver and passenger a standard for all variants of the model. In addition, the Nexon was required to pass a side impact test meets UN95 side impact protection requirements.The Mahindra Marazzo with standard double airbags, ABS, SBR for driver and ISOFIX anchorages, reached four stars in Adult Occupant Protection and two stars for Child Occupant Protection. Mahindra Marazzo Global NCAP testThe model offers good protection for both adult head and neck, marginal protection for the driver’s chest and adequate protection for passenger’s chest. The pedals showed some risk for the lower legs due to their displacement. The 18-month-old child dummy received good protection while the 3-year-old child passenger showed high readings in chest and head exposure.David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said, This is a huge landmark for car safety in India. Congratulations to Tata Motors for achieving India’s first five-star rating for adult occupant protection. Congratulations also to Mahindra for their first four-star result. The Nexon was engineered in India and this shows the huge capability of the domestic industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance. With the Nexon, Tata has shown the global car industry that to achieve five stars you can Make in India’. Global NCAP is looking forward to many more Indian five star cars and further improvements in both pedestrian protection and crash avoidance.advertisementThe Marazzo is powered by Mahindra’s all-new 4-cylinder, 1.5-liter diesel engine from the brand’s mFalcon series of engines. The all-new turbocharged engine makes around 130bhp and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a possible optional automatic-spec gearbox for future models.The MUV also gets a shortened version of the typical Mahindra grille alongside wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs (possibly only on higher-spec trims), LED tail lamps, and 16-inch 5-spoke alloys, again only on higher trims.The MUV from Mahindra sits right in the middle of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova in terms of size and is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom, depending on the trim level. The base variant is the M2. The M4 variant costs Rs 10.95 lakh, M6 costs Rs 12.40 lakh, and the top-spec variant M8 costs Rs 13.90 lakh, ex-showroom. The MUV will also compete with the likes of rivals like Renault Lodgy and the new gen Honda BR-V.The Nexon is powered by a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder, turbo-petrol which churns out 110bhp and 170Nm of torque. Also, the diesel is a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo diesel which has been tuned to produce 110bhp and 260Nm of torque. The petrol and diesel units are mated to a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. The AMT can be used in manual mode as well. Once the manual mode is engaged, shifts the drive mode automatically to Sport.The Nexon also gets three driving modes which are Eco, City, and Sport modes, which come standard on the Nexon’s Revotorq and Revotron range of engines. The AMT transmission also features hill-assist for ascends and descends and a creep function for high-traffic conditions.The Tata Nexon was tested earlier back in August 2018 where it had scored a respectable 4-star rating by Global NCAP. Looks like Tata has just upped the crash safety game for car manufacturers in India.last_img read more

New Online Tool Simplifies Shooting Range Bookings

first_imgNova Scotians who want to prepare for hunting season now have an easier way to book time at a provincial shooting range. A new online provincial booking system allows people to check availability and book sessions at participating ranges across Nova Scotia by via the internet. “Online range booking is part of our ongoing effort to make government services more accessible to Nova Scotians,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Ranges provide an important opportunity for hunters to practice safely and make sure their firearms are properly sighted.” Nova Scotians must book time at a range using a wildlife resources card. This allows enforcement officers to easily check who has booked the range. There are 26 public-access shooting ranges throughout the province, administered by the Department of Natural Resources. Bookings can still be made in person or over the phone at department offices during business hours. The new online system is available at www.novascotia.ca/natr/srbs .last_img read more

Encana wont increase spending plans despite rise in oil price

CALGARY — Encana Corp. has no plans to spend more to increase production despite recent world oil price increases linked to unrest in Saudi Arabia, CEO Doug Suttles said Wednesday.He said the Calgary-based oil and gas company, which has a capital spending budget of about $1.7 billion this year, is wary of cost inflation and unconvinced that recent price increases will last.“If we ramp up activity, if we believe prices are strong, we’d only do that if we believe it’s going to generate quality returns and we’re not going to see erosion through higher cost,” Suttles told analysts on a quarterly conference call.“In the shorter term, I’d be surprised if we adjusted our plans based on near-term movements in price. In the longer term, it would (require) being convinced that the price is going to be sustained and we’re actually going to generate quality returns, quality margins.”Crude prices have been gradually rising since mid-October and jumped by nearly $2 a barrel over the weekend amid after the Saudi government arrested dozens of influential people, including 11 princes and 38 officials and businessmen.The government said the arrests were aimed at eliminating corruption but observers suggested they may also stamp out potential rivals or critics of Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman.Benchmark New York oil prices closed Tuesday at US$57.20 per barrel on Tuesday, well ahead of the US$50 assumption in Encana’s recently updated five-year plan.The Calgary-based company said production in October recovered to more than 325,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day after matching analyst expectations at just 284,000 boe/d in the third quarter.The decline from 338,000 boe/d in the same period of 2016 was blamed on well shutdowns from Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, third-party pipeline and gas processing plant curtailments in Western Canada and the closing in July of a deal to sell natural gas assets in Colorado.Natural gas production fell 29 per cent from the same three months of 2016, but liquids production, which includes high-value oil and condensate, grew nine per cent. The company is maintaining its full-year 2017 forecast of 315,000 boe/d.Encana, which reports its results in American currency, noted a third-quarter profit of US$294 million or 30 cents per share, down from US$317 million or 37 cents a year ago.Revenue totalled US$861 million compared with US$979 million a year ago. read more

IMF delegation holds key talks in Colombo

A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has had key talks in Colombo.The discussions were focused on the funding programme with Sri Lanka which had been suspended by the IMF late last year. The International Monetary Fund had approved a three-year extended arrangement on June 3, 2016, in the amount of about US$ 1.5 billion in six installments. The 5th instalment of this loan facility was scheduled to be given in November last year. However, the IMF postponed the disbarment of the 5th tranche due to the political instability last year. After completion of the fifth review Sri Lanka is expected to receive a fifth tranche of about $250 million. The total loan was expected to have been disbursed with a sixth tranche by mid-2019. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadian dollar advances as current account deficit narrows in third quarter

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday as data showed that Canada’s broadest measure of trade continued to run at a deficit in the third quarter.The loonie was up 0.08 of a cent to 94.46 cents US after dropping almost 0.6 of a cent Wednesday amid a sharp drop in oil prices.Statistics Canada reported that the current account deficit decreased $500 million to $15.5 billion in the third quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis.That was still about $1 billion more than economists expected.“However, most of that miss was due to a sharp downward revision to the prior quarter’s tally, suggesting the current account actually improved marginally in Q3 relative to the prior quarter,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.A run of trade deficits is just one reason why U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs issued a report Thursday that forecasts the loonie will sink to 88 cents US.Goldman noted that “a decline of about 30 per cent in manufacturing exports is largely responsible for the current account balance falling from a surplus of one per cent of gross domestic product to a deficit of three per cent.”Other headwinds against the loonie include lower oil prices and a central bank that isn’t likely to start raising interest rates until 2015.There have even been suggestions that the Bank of Canada might cut rates.Also, the American dollar has gained strength on speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve could start winding up its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases.Although the loonie is already at its lowest levels since the summer of 2010, some analysts think the Goldman forecast is far too pessimistic.“Certainly the dollar is weak but it hasn’t fallen off a cliff,” observed Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotia Capital.In fact, she pointed out that “when all the negatives are added up, it’s quite surprising the resilience of the Canadian dollar.”She thinks the dollar could be heading at low as 93 cents US and that the currency will find support from south of the border.“One of the things that helps limit losses in the loonie is that, with better than expected growth in the US, that should also translate into Canada so that would help offset some of the negative side,” she said.Inflation is well under control, another reason the bank is in no rush to hike rates.However, all the other factors are generally negative, particularly over the next six months, for the dollar.Meanwhile, the major economic report of the week comes out Friday when Statistics Canada releases the latest economic growth figures for September and the third quarter.The consensus calls for the economy to have grown at an annualized rate of 2.4 per cent in the quarter.The trading session was relatively quiet with U.S. markets closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.On the commodity markets, the January crude contract was off five cents to a six-month low of US$92.25 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange late in the afternoon. Oil racked up a steep loss of $1.38 on Wednesday as U.S. oil inventories unexpectedly rose last week instead of declining.The Energy Department reported that the U.S. supply of crude oil is now 391.4 million barrels, which is 4.6 per cent above year-ago levels and “well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.”December gold bullion rose $6.50 to US$1,244.45 an ounce while March copper was up one cent to US$3.20 a pound. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2013 6:53 am MDT Canadian dollar advances as current account deficit narrows in third quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

HewlettPackards spinoff to cut up to 30000 jobs in effort to shave

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hewlett-Packard’s spinoff to cut up to 30,000 jobs in effort to shave expenses by $2 billion SAN FRANCISCO – Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs as the Silicon Valley pioneer launches into a new era in the same cost-cutting mode that has marred much of its recent history.The purge announced Tuesday will occur within the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a bundle of technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis that is splitting off from the company’s personal computer and printing operations.The spinoff is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month, dooming 25,000 to 30,000 jobs within HP Enterprise. The target means 10 to 12 per cent of the 252,000 workers joining HP Enterprise will lose their jobs as part of the company’s effort to reduce its expenses by $2 billion annually.Roughly 50,000 workers will remain at HP Inc., which become the new name for the company retaining the PC and printer operations.The cuts expand upon austerity measures that HP has been pursuing for years to offset the damage caused by acquisitions that haven’t panned out and a technological shift from PCs to mobile devices that reduced demand for many of the company’s key products.HP has already jettisoned 55,000 jobs during past few years under CEO Meg Whitman, who will be the leader of spun-off HP Enterprise. In an illustration of how far HP has fallen, its job cuts are being made while many other technology companies better positioned to take advantage of the mobile evolution have been on hiring sprees.For instance, Google’s workforce has swelled by 25,000 employees, or 77 per cent, during the past four years.HP’s layoffs have been demoralizing blow to a company that provided a template for future Silicon Valley entrepreneurs when William Hewlett and David Packard founded it 76 years ago in a Palo Alto, California, garage. Hewlett and Packard later embraced an employee-friendly philosophy that became known as the “HP Way.”Things began to change at the outset of this century under former CEO Carly Fiorina, now a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2016 race for president. Fiorina engineered a $25 billion acquisition of PC maker Compaq that angered many shareholders, including heirs of the company’s founders. She cut more than 30,000 jobs before she was fired a decade ago.Fiorina’s successor, Mark Hurd, also lowered expenses through much of his tenure and orchestrated an acquisition of technology consultants EDS that many analysts believe did more harm than good. Hurd stepped down in 2010 in a dispute over his expenses and his involvement with an HP contractor.Despite the upheaval, HP remains one of the world’s biggest technology companies. HP Enterprise expects to have more than $50 billion in annual revenue.Whitman is touting the splintering of HP as a way to breathe new life into two companies that will be better suited to innovate in their own product areas and take care of their customers.HP Enterprise focuses primarily on businesses and government agencies, while the PC and printing divisions depend on the consumer market for a significant chunk of their revenue.“Hewlett Packard Enterprise will be smaller and more focused than HP is today,” Whitman promised in a Tuesday statement. read more

At Security Council Ban underscores shared responsibility to resolve Mideast conflicts

Participants at the Ministerial Level Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa and countering terrorist threats in the region. UN Photo/Evan Schneider/Kim Haughton/Loey Felipe ‹ › Mr. Ban went on to note that conflicts, governance failures and systematic violations of human rights are affecting not only the Middle East and North Africa, but the world at large. “Women and girls are facing systematic brutality. Young people are having their futures taken away from them before they have barely had a chance to dream,” he noted.“We must work together to stop this downward spiral, using all UN tools. The people of the Middle East and North Africa deserve our full support in meeting these tests and steering the region towards a path of freedom, safety and dignity for all.”On the subject of terrorism, Mr. Ban said “it is not enough to counter terrorism; we must also prevent violent extremism, while taking care not to take steps that only breed the resentment and alienation on which violent extremism feeds.”To that end, he said, the UN is working with partners to expand capacity-building assistance to Member States, including to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and to address the related ills of illicit drug-trafficking and cybercrime.“During the course of this General Assembly, I will present to the Member States a comprehensive plan of action outlining ways we can work together in this endeavour,” he said.Today’s Security Council meeting was chaired by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, who holds the rotating Council presidency for the month of September. “Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen are our common concern, and their resolution is our shared responsibility,” Mr. Ban told a ministerial-level meeting of the Security Council on the settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and countering the terrorist threat in the region.He said the region is in the midst of some of the deadliest conflicts and worst humanitarian emergencies ever, with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida affiliates “elevating the horror and complicating the search for solutions.”While each is very different, the crises and conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen all expose similar horrors, Mr. Ban said. “Syria has proven to be the most intractable,” he stated. “It has generated one peril after another: the use of chemical weapons, the rise of ISIL and other extremist groups, the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the displacement of 8 million people inside the country.”He appealed to the Council to strongly support the efforts of his Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, to promote a comprehensive and credible political transition based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, which sets out a clear roadmap for a democratic transition and remains the basis for any peaceful settlement. read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgSinn Féin called on the British and Irish governments to endorse the Haass proposalsThe body of a woman was removed from a “suspicious” house fire in Newry, Co.DownThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, said that the city would not pass a budget that cut homeless services Missing Waterford teenager Margueritta Goulden was found safe and well NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Rachel Croash poses as a fox(R) with 12-year-old Andrew Jones as a frog ahead of the opening night performance of Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Tuesday. (Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)IRELAND A man was arrested after a killing in Castleknock in Dublin that was believed to be caused by a row over a game of chessA number of foxhounds were confirmed as having been killed crossing a railtrack during a huntLabour senator Denis Landy said that a letter James Reilly sent outlining his concerns over pylons should concern everyoneMinister Fergus O’Dowd said there “must be transparency at Irish Water”, but was criticised because it falls outside Freedom of Information legislation SIPTU made a call for ambulance resource shortages to be reviewedThe Health and Safety Authority launched a safety campaign aimed at making farms safer for kidsSpot flooding was reported across the country – againINTERNATIONALMembers of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset plaza, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)#SHARON: The body of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was brought to Jerusalem to lie in state. A state funeral will take place tomorrow.#TORTURE: The British government “absolutely rejected” reports that troops in Iraq tortured prisoners. They say that they are dealing with the reports themselves and complaints to the International Criminal Court are “unnecessary”.#IRAN: Iran will begin eliminating their stockpile of enriched uranium and nuclear materials on 20 January, the White House confirmed. US President Barack Obama said he was “under no illusions” that implementing the plan would be difficult.#IRAQ: Two separate car bombs in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad left 13 civilians dead. One of the bombs went off outside a busy bus station, while the other targeted a taxi rank.INNOVATIONThink that your smartphone is a hindrance to an active lifestyle? Here’s why you’re wrong. [TheJournal.ie]While we haven’t had much snow so far this year, why take the risk of being snowed in? These tracks will turn you car into a tank and are easy to fit. [Gizmodo]If you’ve ever dreamed of being a writer, then researchers at Stony Brook University may be able to help. They have developed an algorithm that can tell if a book will be successful. [Geek.com]PARTING SHOTThis is Coinye. He is the mascot for a crypto-currency that was called Coinye West until Friday.Any resemblance to an American rapper is purely coincidental and in no way related to legal threats.Confused? Let The Verge explain.Can’t see Coinye? Click here.last_img read more

Soybean Growers Encouraged by China Sales but Need Second Aid Payment

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is encouraged by news this week that buyers in China have made purchases of U.S. soybeans. U.S. soybean sales to China were suspended earlier this year as trade relations between the countries faltered under the current tariff war.Davie Stephens, ASA President and a grower from Clinton, Ky., said, “This is positive news for our growers and for U.S-China trade relations. American soybean farmers prosper when they have access to international markets, and our trade relationship with China is critically important to our industry.”The ASA leader continued, “The news of resumed sales represents a positive step under the current 90-day agreement to suspend new tariffs and negotiate on trade issues agreed to by President Trump and President Xi. Beyond yesterday’s sale announcement, it is vital that this 90-day process result in lifting the current 25 percent tariff that China continues to impose on U.S. soybean imports. Without removal of this tariff, it is improbable that sales of U.S. soybeans to China can be sustained.”While ASA is hopeful that soy farmers will be able to resume delivery of high-quality soy to China, Tuesday’s sale announcement is only the first step in rebuilding soybean exports to China and will not fix the prolonged period of low prices soybean farmers have faced since the trade war began. Stephens said the roughly $2.00 drop in soybean prices experienced since last May continues to harm soybean farmers.“It is critical for Secretary Perdue to move forward with his commitment to announce the second half of Market Facilitation Program payments. When USDA calculated the harm incurred by the tariffs on soybean prices, it assumed that China would still purchase at least 50 percent of the 32 million tons of U.S. soybeans it bought in 2017.  With only a fraction of this amount accounted for in this week’s announced sale, it is critically important that we see additional purchases and actual deliveries, and for USDA to make a payment on the second half of 2018 soybean production,” Stephens said.ASA urges USDA to honor its commitment by providing the second Market Facilitation Program payment to aid soybeans farmers as the Administration continues to negotiate eliminating tariffs with China.last_img read more

Former Beaverton police officer found guilty of child rape

first_imgA Clark County jury has found former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl at his central Vancouver home.Warren, 34, did not show emotion Friday during the reading of the verdict on a charge of first-degree child rape. His wife and other family members and friends were in the courtroom’s public gallery.Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson remanded him into the custody of the Clark County Jail. A corrections officer escorted him out of the courthouse.The jurors reached the unanimous verdict after about 6 1/2 hours of deliberation. Testimony started early Tuesday and concluded at the close of the business day Thursday.Jurors declined to comment on their decision as they filed out of Johnson’s courtroom.A hearing to sentence Warren has not yet been scheduled. Johnson ordered a presentence investigation report and set a Dec. 9 hearing to review the progress of the report and possibly schedule a sentencing date.last_img read more

WATCH Senate Conducts Final Day of Supreme Court Nominee Hearings

first_imgSenators began the fourth and final day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, but with the nominee finished answering questions the day they seemed unlikely to alter his path to confirmation.Senate Democrats worked into the night Thursday in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared on his way to becoming the court’s 114th justice.The 53-year-old appellate judge stuck to a well-rehearsed script throughout his testimony, providing only glimpses of his judicial stances while avoiding any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his confirmation. In what almost seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh’s two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached.On the schedule Friday are more than two dozen witnesses on both sides of the nomination fight. Democratic witnesses include John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel who cooperated with prosecutors during the Watergate investigation, and Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for a pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed last year.On the Republican side, former solicitors general Theodore Olson and Paul Clement will testify in support of the nominee, along with former students, law clerks and the mother of a basketball player Kavanaugh coached.Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, Oct. 1.Trump, campaigning in Montana on Thursday night, sought to elevate Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a political litmus test for voters, saying the judge deserves bipartisan support and criticizing the “anger and the meanness on the other side — it’s sick.”Abortion was a focus throughout Kavanaugh’s two days of testimony. The Democrats’ best shot at stopping Kavanaugh — who could swing the court further to the right for decades — would be branding him as a justice who might vote to overturn the court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Their hope is that two Republican senators who support abortion rights could break from their party and vote against him.A newly disclosed email suggested Kavanaugh once indicated the abortion case was not settled law, though Kavanaugh denied in the hearing that he had been expressing his personal views.The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday, when he stressed how difficult it is to overturn precedents like Roe. In the email, Kavanaugh was reviewing a potential op-ed article in support of two judicial nominees while he was working at the George W. Bush White House. The document had been held by the committee as confidential but was made public Thursday.“I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so,” Kavanaugh wrote, referring to justices at the time, in an email to a Republican Senate aide.The document was partially redacted.Asked about it by the committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kavanaugh reiterated his previous testimony that “Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court.”Democrats also questioned Kavanaugh’s ability to separate himself from Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly stated the importance of judicial independence.Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about Trump or commit to stepping aside from any case about the Russia investigation that might come to the Supreme Court. When Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut invited him to denounce Trump’s criticism of federal judges, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nominee demurred.“The way we stand up is by deciding cases and controversies independently without fear or favor,” Kavanaugh said.Much of the debate among senators focused more on the disclosure of documents than on Kavanaugh’s record. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey — who along with Harris is a potential presidential candidate in 2020 — said he was willing to risk fallout over releasing confidential documents about Kavanaugh’s views on race. Republican John Cornyn of Texas warned him that senators could be expelled for violating confidentially rules. Democrats and Booker responded, “Bring it on.”In fact, some of the documents the Democrats wanted disclosed had been released hours earlier, in a pre-dawn disclosure approved by GOP attorney Bill Burck, who serves as presidential records lawyer for Bush.The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh’s unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House. The panel’s process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh’s documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who released more documents Thursday, stood by his handling of the issue.“My process was fair,” Grassley declared. Sharelast_img read more

Blizzard imposes 15 percent sales and transfer fees for Diablo III auctions

first_imgIn the first two Diablo games Blizzard had no real system in place for dealing with trading items and gear for cash. That lead to players coming up with their own methods of buying and selling, many of which were risky because you had to give out payment information to third parties.For Diablo III, Blizzard has embraced trading both using in-game gold and real-world currencies. However, expect to pay a significant amount of Blizzard tax when selling gear.Although the support of item sales in the game has been known about for a while, until now Blizzard hasn’t stated what kind of cut it will take from such sales. Now we know, and it’s a significant chunk of your final sale price depending on what you decide to do with the subsequent funds.Blizzard will take 15% of the final sale price of any commodities (not equipment), then a further 15% if you decide to transfer the payment using a third-party (e.g. PayPal) and into real-world cash. However, you will also incur a further charge depending on which payment service you use to get the cash into your bank account.If you want to avoid the 15% transfer fee and subsequent third-party fees, you can just take the initial 15% sales tax hit and keep the funds in your Battle.net account. It can then be used in Diablo III to buy more stuff, or to purchase digital versions of other Blizzard games.For equipment (weapons/armor), there’s a different set of rules. Every piece of equipment you sell incurs a $1 charge in the real-money auction house and then the 15% transfer fee. For the gold auction house, it’s the 15% sales fee instead of the $1 charge.Anyone planning on spending all their time selling items from the game also has a balance cap and active auction cap to deal with. You can only have $250 in your Battle.net account. Once that limit is reached you can’t auction anything until your funds are transferred or spent. The other limit is the active auction cap, which is set at 10 auctions.Read more at Kotaku and the Diablo III Auction House FAQlast_img read more

The Endless Summer Special

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/26ef8/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = Rae’s on Watego’s, Byron Bay Regularly voted one of the world’s most desirable destinations by a slew of luxuryinternational magazines, Rae’s on Watego’s iconic Mediterranean-style villa is perchedagainst a backdrop of breathtaking beauty at Byron Bay. Voted by Forbes magazine as theprettiest beach in the world, it’s a short stroll over the grassy knoll to the pristine Pacificfrom any of Rae’s sun-drenched terraces.“Rae’s is a one-of-a-kind hotel in a stunning location on Australia’s most easterly point,”says Hotelier Vinnie Rae. “You can’t escape the romance – whether you’re throwing the French doors open to let the sun rays bounce off the soft Tuscan-pink walls, watching the sunsink behind Mt Warning or seeing the Byron Bay Lighthouse illuminate Rae’s in a protectiveglow, you can’t leave without being touched by a sense of the magic spirituality.”Rae’s on Watego’s stellar guest list is testament to the staff’s premium on privacy. TheRolling Stones, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reaves, Kate Hudsonand Led Zeppelin are amongst who have sought sanctuary in the eclectic suites andexclusive, private grounds.A popular wedding destination, Rae’s offers unique packages for brides. “It’s the romance ofa hotel that people remember,” says Vinnie. From Hindu weddings to Buddhist ceremonies,guests who exchange vows return annually to reminisce. “Whether you want to bring in acamel train or create a heavenly church altar by the pool, you can let your imagination runwild for an event at Rae’s.”With just seven individually-styled suites and penthouses, guests can indulge their closestfamily and friends by hosting their private event in complete exclusivity. “There’s nothingmore romantic than getting married on the beach, sipping cocktails under the stars and finedining to the sound of the rolling surf,” says Spa Manager Marionne de Candia.Lounging by a crackling fire in the penthouse or soaking up the rustic luxe atmospherein any of the seven suites, Rae’s exudes a characteristic charm that cannot be replicatedanywhere in the world. “The hand painted mosaic tiles are from the Javanese jungle,” saysVinnie. “I chanced upon a century-old palace that was being dismantled in Java and noexpense was spared to relocate its magnificent features to Rae’s. It’s beauty and character improves with every chip or crack.”last_img read more

Related How many trips abroad are you taking this

first_img RelatedHow many trips abroad are you taking this year?How many trips abroad do you plan on taking this year?What type of traveller are you?What type of traveller are you?Air New Zealand’s Skycouch: would you pay to lie down and who would you share with?Air New Zealand has recently revealed their new ‘Skycouch’ seating option on their long haul flights. As New Year draws near, will you be dancing in the streets, sitting infront of a log fire at your local, or just staying in for an early night? VOTE NOW!<a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2339929/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2339929/”>New Year’s Eve: large or small? Your plans?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com”>trends</a>)</span> ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Akel leaders guard found dead

first_imgA policeman seconded for years to the guard of Akel leader Andros Kyprianou was found dead in the party’s headquarters, it emerged on Friday.Police were informed of a gunshot heard at Akel’s headquarters in down-town Nicosia early on Friday afternoon.At the scene, a person was found dead and police sources told the Cyprus News Agency that foul play had been ruled out.Soon thereafter, Akel said in a statement that the person had been Marios Thoma.“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Marios Thoma, who served dutifully for several years on the police detail of Akel’s leader,” the party said.“We express our unreserved support to his wife, his children and his parents.”The party voiced outrage over the fact that “certain electronic news outlets violated every principle of ethics and respect by making the tragic incident public before his family was even informed”.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgWORLD-FAMOUS vlogger Nas (real name Nuseir Yassin), the creator of the 60-second tell-all video, swept through Cyprus this week to reel in some of the island’s amazing stories and share them on Facebook with his millions of followers.Yassin or Nas is a Harvard graduate who hails from the Palestinian city of Arabba in Israel. Almost two years ago, he quit his $120,000 a year job in New York having come to the conclusion that, at 24, he had already lived 32 per cent of his life and he didn’t want to spend the remaining 68 per cent the same way.Since then, every day of his life, often while visiting different countries, Nas has been making his trademark, one-minute videos that he posts on his Facebook page NasDaily. These information-packed, fast-paced shorts now boast a following that tops four million regular viewers. For Nas, that translates into a monthly income of $10,000.“It wasn’t that my boss was bad or the company was bad. No, they were nice people. But I felt enslaved. I was enslaved to make money and I wanted to be free,” Nas tells the Sunday Mail.“So I set myself a goal. I decided that I want to have a million followers and a million dollars in my bank account, and started thinking how to achieve it. The idea of one-minute videos came to me through a process of elimination, by taking into account what I didn’t like or didn’t want to do. For example, I don’t like long videos, and I don’t like You Tube, so naturally that meant the videos had to be short and they had to go on Facebook.”Nas, a cheerful, energetic, highly articulate, self-described “hairy kid”, had $60,000 in savings after having worked for PayPal and other IT companies in New York. He invested some of those savings into a good camera and a drone and then set out to conquer the world.“The first video I made was on the day after I quit my job and it was pretty simple,” he remembers.“I just basically sat there in New York and said that I quit my job and from now on I will be travelling the world and doing these one-minute videos and that is it — see you tomorrow.”That was 648 days ago and Nas indeed has kept his promise. Every day of his life, no matter where he is, he produces a one-minute video on various subjects. Many deal with places he visits and people he meets along the way. Some are personal — about his life, his family or his future plans. Each video ends in exactly the same way, with his signature catch call: “That’s one minute. See you tomorrow.”For a long time, Nas admits, his videos were mostly watched by his friends. That goal of acquiring one million viewers seemed unobtainably distant. But the discipline of sticking to his self-imposed target of a video a day gradually paid off “because by doing something every day you become very good at it”. As he grew to understand better what his viewers liked and responded to, more and more people began to follow Nas’s daily stories.Nas says some topics are more popular than others and that his videos showing people where they can have fun for less are always great hits as are the stories about the interesting people he meets along the way.On day 270 of his travels, while in Asia, he made a one-minute video “How Cheap Thailand Is” that has since been watched by over 41 million people. The same happened with a similar story from the Philippines, filmed on day 298. His video of Haji, a Zanzibarian man with two wives, had 4.5 million hits in 11 days.During his eight days here in Cyprus, videos shot by Nas included a story entitled “The Easiest Border” explaining how to cross the Green Line in Nicosia and the differences between the island’s north and south. Within four days of being posted it had been viewed by 1.2 million people. Another, the tale of a British woman in Tala who takes care of 800 cats was seen by 1.4 million within the first 24 hours. His portrait of the youngest mayor in the history of Cyprus, 23-year-old Nicos from Lofou, was viewed by 1.4 million in three days.Most of the time Nas puts the complete video package together on his own from concept through shooting and editing. Sometimes, not often, he gets a little help from his friends. On average it takes him about six hours to film his footage and then another three hours to edit it. Allow for travel time and sundries and that’s much beyond a nine-hour day. He admits that his work is not that easy.“As a matter of fact, I have never worked harder in my entire life. I haven’t had any holidays since I started and to get really good videos done, I more or less have to think about what I am doing all the time,” he says.Asked how much he prepares before visiting a country he admits that often he just learns as he goes by meeting people. Not quite flying by the seat of his pants but relying on encounters and exchanges with in-country followers.“What I do before I land is I send a message saying that I am coming and asking for tips on what is happening out there.”His vlogs are notable for their brisk pace and image mix as well as Nas’s speedy delivery of well-organised comments delivered through a lively combination of sound and subtitles. He always prepares a script before he starts production of each new video.“Well, of course, I have to prepare well. The one-minute concept is not that unique. A lot of people out there do similar things but nobody has managed to pack so much information into 60 seconds as I do and can… So contrary to the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words, the whole idea and driving force in my videos is that the words coming out of my mouth are important, perhaps more important that the pictures or the equipment that I am using,” he explains.This is why it is vital, he says, that he keeps in mind the real time constraints as he shapes the video to engage, entertain and, above all, inform the on line viewers.“I have to always remember that the whole video will last only one minute so I always have to make sure that one, I know what I am shooting, and two, I have no time to waste because in one minute every second matters.”Nas doesn’t have problems talking about money when asked about his income nowadays. He readily admits that even though many days (and videos) have passed since he attained his goal of one million followers, he still has a way to go before achieving his millionaire target. He has $200,000 in his bank account at present and, measured in minutes, that means a lot of hard work before he acquires the rest.“When I finish talking with you I will have to call a company that wants to pay me $2,000 to make a special side video for them, and this is how it usually works: every week or so, I am approached by one company or another looking to commission me to make them a special video or else to pay for the rights to feature one of my regular outputs on their channels.” These approaches can be for thousands of dollars, he notes. “So yes, there is money in it, as there is in the speaking engagements that I do, and in a TV show… Plus of course, there are the ads… You can make money from Facebook ads but the truth is I don’t like ads very much so I only put ads in four videos every month and then only in my longer films that run longer than three minutes.” This, he explains, is how he earns that $10,000 dollars a month.So what is next?“I will continue making one-minute videos for another 348 days until I get to 1,000 and then I will start up a company producing similarly engaging videos but not on a daily basis,” he says. “I believe there is money to be made in there, and I want to become financially free. Not because I love money but because I love being free.” As he might say in one of his snappy captions, that’s Nas, folks, the Whizz Vid! You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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