13 July 2011The Security Council today recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted to membership in the United Nations, bringing the new nation one step closer to becoming the world body’s 193rd member. The Security Council today recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted to membership in the United Nations, bringing the new nation one step closer to becoming the world body’s 193rd member.The Council’s decision was contained in a resolution that it adopted without a vote, on the recommendation of its Committee on the Admission of New Members, which reviewed the application for membership submitted by the President of South Sudan.In a statement read out by Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, the 15-member body noted “with great satisfaction” South Sudan’s solemn commitment to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and to fulfil all the obligations contained therein.“We look forward to the Republic of South Sudan joining us as a member of the United Nations and to working closely with its representatives,” the statement added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the meeting, saying that “like any newborn,” South Sudan – which on the day of its birth ranked at the bottom of almost all human development indicators – needs help. “Our responsibilities are enormous and the role of the UN is vital, but it is complicated,” he said. “We must continue to help – to help the new nation become a nation – to help the region consolidate the gains. This is the ultimate test of peacebuilding and of nation-building.” It will now be for the Assembly to act on the Council’s recommendation, which comes just days after South Sudan officially broke away from the rest of Sudan on 9 July.South Sudan’s independence is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South. In a separate meeting today, the Council heard a briefing from its peacekeeping chief regarding the new UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), which was set up last week to help the new nation consolidate peace and lay the foundation for longer-term state-building, conflict prevention and economic development.The new mission, comprising up to 7,000 military personnel and up to 900 civilian police personnel as well as a civilian component, takes over from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was created following the signing of the CPA. “The transition towards this new mission is well under way,” said Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, noting that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, has been working with an initial team to establish the mission since she took up her post as head of UNMISS on 9 July. Efforts are being aimed at completing the transition within six months. Meanwhile, efforts are also under way to expedite the complete deployment of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), with plans for initial deployment of 1,643 soldiers before 20 July, said Mr. Le Roy.According to an agreement signed between the north and the south last month, their respective forces – which have clashed repeatedly in the disputed region – are to withdraw from Abyei at the end of this first deployment. “One of the initial tasks of UNISFA will be to monitor this complete withdrawal of forces from all of Abyei,” he stated. Mr. Le Roy also voiced deep concern at the situation in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan, where reports of continued fighting are putting the lives of civilians at risk. He stressed that it is critical that the parties cease hostilities and move towards political dialogue.“It is also important that the parties work to resolve the unfinished processes of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and post-independence issues, including the final status of Abyei, popular consultations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, oil revenue sharing, financial transitional arrangements and border security and demarcation,” he stated.“Rapid, peaceful resolution of these issues will play a key role in ensuring long-term stability in both countries and the region.”
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid weak Chinese data and dealmaking in the Canadian financial sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,382.67 +9.37 0.08%S&P 500 — 1,642.81 -0.57 -0.03%Dow — 15,238.59 -9.53 -0.06%Nasdaq — 3,473.77 +4.55 0.13%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.37 points to 12,382.67 following six losing sessions with pressure coming in particular from base metals stocks.The tepid performance followed a slide of more than 2% last week, leaving the TSX in negative territory for the year.“I don’t think there is going to be anything too much to keep it in positive territory”, said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“You have too much of a resource focus, a market that’s really twinned between two dominant sectors, financials being one and materials/energy being two.”Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) (Nasdaq:LULU) was also in focus and its shares fell almost 9% in aftermarket trading in New York after CEO Christine Day said she is stepping down. Day will remain in the job until a successor is named. The yoga wear retailer also handed in earnings of 32 cents a share, which met expectations and announced plans to delist from the TSX.The Canadian dollar advanced, up 0.08 of a cent to 98.14 cents US amid a solid report on the housing sector.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Monday that housing starts were trending at 182,756 units in May compared with 182,971 in April. The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts.But the seasonally adjusted stand-alone annual rate was 200,178 units in May, an increase from 175,922 in April.U.S. indexes were generally listless after registering sharp gains at the end of last week because of a strong jobs report.The Dow Jones industrials was down 9.53 points to 15,238.59, the Nasdaq added 4.55 points to 3,473.77 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.57 of a point to 1,642.81.Traders also took in an upgrade on the U.S. credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. S&P revised its long-term outlook to stable from negative, citing economic strength and the dollar’s status as a reserve currency. The agency had downgraded the U.S. sovereign rating to AA-plus from its top rating of AAA in 2011.Prices for oil and copper declined as data released on the weekend showed China’s trade, retail sales and other activity in May were weaker than expected, fuelling concerns about the country’s shaky economic recovery.China’s trade surplus rose to $20.4 billion in May from $18.2 billion the prior month. However, export growth slowed dramatically to just one% from a year ago, which was the slowest increase since July 2012. Imports slipped 0.3% from year-earlier levels.“Of those three figures, I’d say that the weak import result is the most worrying as it suggests domestic demand has weakened considerably,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee.Meanwhile in Japan, the first-quarter growth rate was revised up from an annualized rate of 3.5% to 4.1%.Elsewhere on the TSX, shares of E-L Financial Corp. (TSX:ELF) jumped after it announced the pending $1.125-billion sale of Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. to Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE:TRV), a major U.S. insurance company. E-L Financial gained $56 or 9.46% to $648 on a thin volume of 3,135 shares.Consumer staples stocks led advances with Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) ahead 38 cents to $45.75.The gold sector was also supportive, up about 0.35% with August bullion up $3 to US$1,386 an ounce. Barrick gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed 21 cents to C$20.81.The energy sector climbed 0.2% even as July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed 26 cents to US$95.77 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) improved by 14 cents to C$31.80.The base metals sector was the biggest TSX drag, down 0.85% as July copper fell three cents to US$3.24 a pound on top a 10-cent slide over the previous two sessions. Copper is widely viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications. Sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 61 cents to C$25.04.Railway stocks fell alongside miners as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) declined $2.30 to $126.86.The tepid performance on the TSX continued the generally negative showing on the TSX, which gained momentum after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said May 22 that the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program if economic data, especially hiring, improved significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of bond purchases sooner.The quantitative easing program has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on U.S. stock markets.The TSX has been dragged lower by mining stocks in particular, a reflection of a slow global recovery.But speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive sectors as well.“We have seen REITs pull back in the last couple of weeks by eight% or thereabouts, same for utilities and pipelines — so it’s a pretty big pullback,” added Stephenson.“And . . . financials in Canada are interest sensitive to a degree and you have weakening data in terms of housing. And people are saying this is not a very good story.” What investors were watching today: Condo building surge signals economy gaining momentumOMERS, AIMCo to buy Europe’s cinema giant for $1.5-billionTravelers to buy Dominion of Canada General Insurance for $1.1-billionToronto ranked in top 10 most competitive cities in worldON DECK TUESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADAManpower Survey (Q3) UNITED STATES10 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect a 0.2% rise in inventories, 0.1% decline in sales Job openings and labor turnover survey (April)
Newfoundland and Labrador premier talks up Statoil term sheet, royalty revamp by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2015 5:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 at 11:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis takes a question from a journalist during a visit to the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on March 3, 2015. The premier made waves Tuesday with talk of a term sheet “in coming weeks” for the next big oil project off Newfoundland and a new royalty regime to speed offshore development. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Paul Davis made waves Tuesday with talk of a term sheet “in coming weeks” for the next big oil project off Newfoundland and a new royalty regime to speed offshore development.“‘We can’t say there will be a term sheet until there is one but we’re very confident in the process,” Davis said of negotiations with Statoil ASA of Norway to develop its Bay du Nord prospect.Hopes for the province’s economically vital offshore sector are pinned on exploration and oil production in the Flemish Pass.That’s where Statoil announced its Bay du Nord find, the largest global discovery in 2013, in 1,100 metres of water about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s. Early estimates suggest it contains up to 600 million barrels of recoverable light crude.If developed, it would open up a vast new offshore region for the province as production from existing sites wanes.A spokesman for Statoil was not immediately available to comment.Davis raised the prospect of a term sheet, the next step in a long development process expected to take at least four more years, as he opened the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association conference.With a provincial election looming in November, Davis told reporters he won’t rush negotiations to score political points. His Progressive Conservative government has trailed the Opposition Liberals in successive polls and has lost seven straight byelections.“We’re simply not going to do a deal or an agreement unless we know that it’s the right deal for the province.”Davis said an equity stake is part of those talks as it was for the Hebron project. First oil from Hebron is expected in 2017.“It’s important for us to have as much of a partnership as possible.”Jez Averty, Statoil’s senior vice-president of exploration in North America, is expected to update the conference on Wednesday before speaking to reporters.Company spokesman Knut Rostad outlined in an interview last December the province’s potential, describing it as “a core priority” for the company’s global exploration. But any development decision for Bay du Nord was still expected to be months or years off with possible production not likely until after 2020.Davis said Tuesday a new royalty regime is modelled on a more streamlined and agile approach that has succeeded in Norway and other offshore sectors.“We see the benefits of having a standardized process, a principled policy that will benefit the players. They’ll know exactly what to expect when they come to our province.”The oil price plunge since last June has hammered provincial finances, which rely on those earnings for about one-third of revenues. Brent crude was trading at mid-afternoon on Tuesday for about US$64 a barrel, down almost half since this time last year.The province is forecasting a $1.1 billion deficit this year.But Davis said the offshore oil industry remains confident and is focused on long term averages.Bay du Nord would be a major economic lift for the province as output from Hibernia and other sites decline. Earnings would help fund renewable energy sources such as the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project now under construction in Labrador, Davis said.“It’s going to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and we have the potential to contribute to … emission reductions in other parts (of) Canada and the northeastern United States.”Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball said in the legislature that Davis has “deal fever” and appears to be jumping the gun. Exploration drilling is to continue until well into next year at Bay du Nord, he said.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, gives a thumbs-up as he waits to go on a live television interview outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Apprentices no more, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father’s presidency. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Trump sons take helm of company, eye domestic expansion by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2017 7:14 am MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father’s presidency. They’re eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him.Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international dealmaking while Trump is president. But a U.S. push is planned, and two new hotel chains are being considered — a four-star brand and a less luxurious line — possibly in states where Trump triumphed over Democrat Hillary Clinton last November.“I think it makes it naturally easier if you’re going into a place that’s not adversarial to you,” Donald Trump Jr. said in a recent interview.The Trump Organization is a private, family-run business that owns billions of dollars’ worth of hotels, office buildings, golf courses and management and licensing agreements. Although foreign deals are on hold, the company will complete existing projects, including ones in India, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic.Because overseas markets have been hotter for the Trump brand, the company could lose some new revenue, the president’s sons suggested.Last fall, the company announced the creation of a four-star hotel chain called Scion, which is meant to offer upscale service in U.S. cities that could not support a full-fledged Trump luxury property. More than two dozen letters of intent have been signed, though no ground has been broken yet.Among the possible locations being considered: Texas, parts of the South, and perhaps the nation’s capital, where the hotel would exist with the Trump luxury property in the former home of the Old Post Office not far from the White House. The company is also in the very early stages of considering a three-star hotel chain.Experts said the plan would not seem to run afoul of any ethics standards, even if the hotels ended up in some of the economically depressed regions whose voters rallied for Trump and may not be able to afford a luxury brand. It would be no different from cashing in on the name of a nonpolitical celebrity, they said.Similarly, daughter Ivanka Trump has made a pitch for Trump’s blue-collar supporters by replacing her high-end jewelry line with a mass-market brand.“It would not seem to blur any lines with the presidency,” said Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University. She said that while “questions can be raised” about some of the company’s behaviour, a pitch into Trump-friendly states seems like “a reasonable business strategy.”Any new investment, particularly if it involves foreign funds, will face additional scrutiny, including a review by an in-house and outside ethics counsel, Donald Trump Jr. said.“It’s a complicated procedure that changes the dynamic. There are plenty of deals that two years ago or eight years from now, ‘Oh, yeah, you can do this,’” he said. “Today, we have to take that much more seriously. There is an optical component that has to be taken into account.”He bristled at the idea that his father ran for president to enrich himself or his family, as some critics contended during the campaign.“He spent $75 million of his own money to run against 17 incredibly seasoned Republican candidates to then go against Hillary Clinton,” Donald Trump Jr. said. “No one in their right mind would do that. That’s not a good business model! I get it, it sells papers, it creates headlines. But it’s ridiculous.”Donald Trump Jr. said he barely spoke to his father during his first weeks in office. That changed after the younger Trump’s 5-year-old son, Tristan, was hurt in a skiing accident.Eric Trump said he does talk to his father more regularly but insists that any discussions about the family business are limited to broad strokes and adheres to the guidelines the president laid out in January.“We don’t talk about the business. At most it’s ‘How’s Turnberry? Turnberry’s great,’” Eric Trump said, referring to a Trump golf property in Scotland. He would tell his father, if asked, “A profit or loss in a quarter, that’s it.”“That doesn’t talk about any business sectors, that doesn’t talk about any assets, that doesn’t talk about anything specific in the business. That is a pure number, one number on a piece of paper,” Eric Trump said. “That’s more than permissible. None of these laws even apply to him — he’s the president — but that is more than permissible in a trust structure.”Experts disagree, noting that it is not a true trust structure because Trump retained ownership of the company.“As long as President Trump insists on owning the Trump Organization, the conflicts of interest that may occur run directly to him and the so-called firewall plays no role in preventing them,” said Fred Wertheimer, head of the ethics watchdog group Democracy 21. “It’s an illusion and does not protect the American people.”Both Eric and Donald Trump Jr. said they missed their father’s presence. Eric Trump said he sometimes looks upon the stack of $1 bills that he won during a series of friendly business bets with his father.The winner would give the other a dollar bill with a note scrawled upon it. The elder Trump would use the bills, or a newspaper clipping about a Trump property, as a means of communicating to his sons, and his trademark scrawl would carry his congratulations — or his wishes — to those he was training to someday lead his company.“It was his way of saying ‘Get this done’ or ‘Great job, ET – this is going to be amazing,’” said Eric Trump. “It’s a simple way of communicating but I learned a lot. I miss that.”___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire
Britain’s largest ever warship has squeezed out of its dockyard, as the ship heads out on sea trials. The 65,000 ton HMS Queen Elizabeth slipped out of Rosyth dockyard and into open water through an exit with only 14in clearance on either side and 20in of water under the keel.The aircraft carrier then edged along the Forth under three bridges, including the landmark rail bridge, with a little over six feet to spare. After trials begin this summer, the ship will move to its new home in Portsmouth this autumn. Trials for planes and helicopters will take place next summer.The flight deck is more than four acres in size and the ship can carry up to 36 F-35B stealth jump jets. The arrival of the new carrier comes as the Navy is facing a budget black hole of around £500m each year and the demands of manning the new ships have been accused of causing shortages elsewhere.Critics of the carriers have also claimed they are expensive white elephants that are too vulnerable to new high speed missiles. He said: “We will go where it’s best to go and not where it’s best for a Soviet nuclear to go, so the reality is we can probably look after ourselves as long as our escort is in the right place at the right time. You don’t have to hang around and endure it, you can move away and go somewhere else.” HMS Queen Elizabeth on the Firth of ForthCredit: Andrew Milligan/PA The aircraft carrier squeezes out of dock to begin sea trialsCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Europe Bosuns mate Scott Campbell guards the Navy’s new warshipCredit:Getty The trials mark the latest milestone in the nearly decade-long building of the Royal Navy’s two carriers, at a cost of more than £6bn.The Navy is also preparing for the warship’s first appearance to attract a concerted Russian spying effort, with submarines, ships and planes try to get a good look at the UK’s new flagship. The first steel was cut on the carrier eight years ago but it will not be sent on operations until 2021. Early deployments are expected to see US Marines F-35B jets embarked alongside British planes, to make up for early shortages of UK jets.The Royal Navy has not had an aircraft carrier since the defence cuts of 2010. Capt Jerry Kyd, commanding officer, said: “There is nothing on the globe that is invulnerable, whether that’s a city, a car, an individual, or a ship. We are not shy in the military to understanding the risks and how we mitigate that in the theatre of war. The radio mast has been lowered to allow the vessel to pass under a bridgeCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA “If you look at all the premier nations around the world, why is it that every nation in the top tier is investing billions of dollars in aircraft carriers? Is it just us, or has everyone got it wrong? The reason being is that they provide the government, very simply, with an incredibly flexible tool. It’s not just about war-fighting. This is about deterrence, coercion, signalling, proving a huge sea base for disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, defence engagement.” 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. He said 2021 “will be the first time we will deploy this ship in anger”. A Royal Navy warship is expected to escort HMS Queen Elizabeth, while shore-based helicopters look out for submarines as commanders try out the warship in the North Sea and Moray Firth.Cdr Fiona Percival, head of logistics on the ship said: “[The Russians] will come and look, but they look at everything.”Cdr Mark Deller, commander air, said the ship would be accompanied by a frigate or destroyer. Commanding Officer Captain Jerry Kyd onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth DockyardCredit:Getty The warship under steam off the coast of ScotlandCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA The carrier’s flight deck is more than four acres in size HMS Queen Elizabeth is pulled by tugs under the Forth Rail Bridge in the Firth of ForthCredit:PA A simulation of the 65,000 ton vessel being squeezed out of the basin at RosythCredit:BAE Systems plc Ian Booth, managing director of the defence industry alliance behind the ships, said: “The incident with the fire in London really brings it home to you, you don’t take chances with any incident on the ship, whether it be flooding or fire.” Sailors and engineers have worked round the clock getting the vessel ready. A total of 1,000 sailors and contractors will be onboard for the first six weeks of testing. Crew have spent hours each day carrying out safety drills for fires, flooding and personnel overboard. More than 650 doors and hatches have been checked to ensure they are watertight and fire safe.
(BBC) Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has “firmly” denied raping a woman in a US hotel room almost a decade ago.The Juventus forward, 33, said he was calm over “any and all investigations” as he had a “clear” conscience over the allegation he attacked Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.He spoke out ahead of her lawyers giving a press conference on Wednesday.He had previously said the allegation, first reported in German magazine Der Spiegel, was “fake news”.On Wednesday, he issued a statement through his Twitter account:Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, had filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.But the next year, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations.Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed on Tuesday they had initially investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.“At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added.Ronaldo’s lawyers have previously said they will sue Der Spiegel magazine over its reporting. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmbattled Ronaldo given federation president’s backingOctober 4, 2018In “Sports”Former model accuses Ronaldo of rape, football star calls it ‘fake news’October 1, 2018In “Sports”Ronaldo accepts €18.8m deal over tax evasionJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”
WE DON’T KNOW about you but we reckon dogs are pretty great.And if like us, you really respect our canine brethren you’ll know that the best way to hold them is like babies.It gives them the respect and attention they so badly need.We’ve rounded up some of the best dogs being held like babies moments on the internet to prove our point.1. The dog being held by a posh personThis dog is being held by professional posh person Tara Palmer-Tomkinson like a posh baby living in a posh house.Posh.Geoff Caddick/PA Archive/Press Association Images2. The dog being held like a large baby in a restaurantPossibly reading the specials menu:via Daily Picks and Flicks3. The dog being held like a baby by Zayn from One Direction4. The dog that may be too large to properly hold like a babyEven if a dog seems to big to be held like a baby they are not.Got it?via Dog Talk 1015. Using your holding a dog like a baby skills to improve a selfieThe kids will do anything for a good selfie these days6. The mother holding a dog like a babyThe kids might too old for a hug but never the dog7. Holding dogs like babies beside a racecarAll the rageMichael Conroy/AP/Press Association Images8. Taking your dog held like a baby on a sleigh ride Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images9. Holding your dog like a baby in a really awkward wayGet it together Cheryl Cole.Get it together.PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images10. Letting your dog rest its head on top of yours like a giant babyThis guy must have incredible upper body strengthFairkid / Tumblr11. The dog who is clearly very relaxed by being held by Dennis QuaidThis dog is just happy to be here by the looks of thingsvia Crap We Like12. The dog who may be harassing its ownerWe feel like this dog might be just invading the owners personal space a tad13. Holding your dog like a baby in some flattering lightThere’s no point in doing all that solid dog holding and not have one of your mates photograph the act in some nice lighting14. Making another dog jealousThis video shows one dog being held like a baby and another dog looking a bit jealous that they aren’t being held.We’ve all been there.John Steele / YouTube15. Holding your dog like a baby watching cyclistsDogs love sports too you knowChristophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images16. Holding a dog that’s afraid of needles Go forth and hold your dogs like babies!4 pets that can ALMOST reach… but not quite>9 out of 10 classic celebrities prefer dogs…>
Apple notoriously wars against its own jailbreaking community in an endless game of cat-and-mouse, and with little to show for their efforts besides the occasional speed bump… but Windows Phone 7 users don’t have to worry about getting in a similar tussle with Microsoft, who have lately been making some laudable efforts to embrace the hacker community.Coming off the heels of Microsoft’s claims that they left the Kinect open to hacking on purpose (and the Kinect’s subsequent popularity amongst hackers), a utility was released for bypassing the Windows Marketplace and installing unsigned, third-party apps onto your handset directly. AdChoices广告Microsoft’s statement on the matter, though? They don’t approve, but hey, it’s your phone. Do what you want. Just don’t come crying to them if you break it.“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.” In other words, we can’t stop you from unlocking your phone if you want to, but if you just want to install unsigned apps, you’ve got the tool to do so. We’re not going to stomp down on that. It’s your phone: just hack it at your own peril.Bravo, Microsoft. This is the way to handle hackers: don’t endorse them, but don’t waste your time trying to thwart their efforts either.Read more at WinRumors
Historically, sending anything into space has been a very expensive endeavor regardless of whether its a new satellite or a manned spacecraft. However, NASA has been working to cut the cost of building and launching new satellites, and has turned to off-the-shelf components to drastically lower the price. The end result is a satellite that costs just $3,500 to build.The NASA project investigating these cheap satellite designs is called PhoneSat. The team is based at the Ames Research Center and has been rapidly prototyping a number of cheap satellite designs. The key to keeping costs down is using components that are widely available and combine a number of features into a single device.The heart of the PhoneSat satellites is a smartphone. Using a smartphone makes a lot of sense as you are only spending hundreds of dollars to purchase one, and in return you get a fast processor, a fully-functional and reliable operating system, cameras, GPS, radio, and several supporting sensors on board. There’s also the added bonus of easily being able to upgrade the software in the phone to add new functionality.While using common components may keep the build cost to a minimum, it also means launching a PhoneSat is cheap too. A typical PhoneSat satellite weighs less than 4 pounds and takes the form of a cube no more than 4-inches wide.NASA has been testing PhoneSat 1.0 ready for a launch into orbit using a Taurus II rocket later this year. It relies on a Nexus One smartphone and Android OS, and will have the simple mission of capturing images of Earth. PhoneSat 2.0 is also in development and will replace the Nexus One with the more up-to-date Nexus S smartphone. Unlike v1.0 which will just take photos, v2.0 will allow for commands to be sent using a two-way S-band radio and will employ magnetorquer coils to allow for orientation adjustments.NASA’s work into developing a cheap satellite design will be shared with everyone through the NASA Open Government Plan. That means anyone wishing to launch their own satellite can use PhoneSat as a blueprint. There’s also big plans for the development of future PhoneSat iterations beyond v2.0, which is set to launch in June 2013. For example, there’s already work underway to give PhoneSat 3.0 a foldable design and to carry out a mission focusing on dispersed sensor heliophysics.Read more at NASA. Top image courtesy of jurvetson on Flickr
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL– July 12, 2016 Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will extend its long-term relationship with C&W Communications, which operates the retail brand Flow, and its new owner, Liberty Global (LiLAC Group), to provide world-class managed services, including operating and managing the Flow mobile network and field services and monitoring the network management for Flow in the Northern Caribbean region.C&W and Liberty Global’s strategic partnership extension with Ericsson further strengthens their commitment in improving the quality and reliability of its services and strong network performance to customers. The three-year contract will include top-of-the-line field services (including corrective and preventive maintenance of the mobile core and radio equipment) and a Network Operations Center (NOC) to monitor and maintain the mobile network for Flow in the Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Turks & Caicos markets. With these enhancements, Ericsson will help Flow deliver a best-in-class level of performance, such as higher network availability and reduced outages. As a result, customers will see improvements in data and voice quality and overall mobile experience, aimed at helping Flow further improve their Net Promoter Score (NPS); a measure which gauges a customer’s overall satisfaction with service as well as brand loyalty.“This partnership with Ericsson is part of C&W’s strategy to continually invest in our network, improve the quality of service and innovate technology for our customers throughout the region,” said Carlo Alloni, Executive Vice-president and CTIO, C&W. “With this long-term business relationship with Ericsson, they will bring best practice processes, tools and methods to significantly improve our customers’ experience throughout our mobile network.”“Continuing to provide managed services for Flow’s mobile network builds on our regional leadership, supporting our customers so that they can capitalize on innovation to increase their operational efficiencies and explore new go-to-market models. Ericsson will maintain the network at a superior quality so that subscribers enjoy the best experience available,” said Jean-Claude Geha, Head of Managed Services at Ericsson.Ericsson is the global leader in telecommunications managed services, managing networks for multiple operators worldwide via a combination of global and local network operations centers. Ericsson employs 66,000 services professionals in 180 countries, and provides managed services for networks that serve more than 1 billion subscribers. In addition, Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including US, Japan, and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling the most global LTE traffic. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Saaho and Bharat postersCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookThe makers of director Sujeeth’s Saaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor, are said to have planned to release its teaser with Salman Khan’s Bharat on June 5 as the Eid treat for filmgoers.The producers recently announced that Saaho would release in the cinema halls on August 15. They have released some posters and a couple of making videos – Shades of Saaho Chapter 1 and two. These promos have stunned the film goers and left them demanding more. All these promos have received a massive response and generated a huge expectation and curiosity about the film.Now, all eyes are on the launch of Saaho teaser. The buzz in the social media is that its first look video is released with Salman Khan’s much-awaited Hindi film Bharat, which is set to hit the screens on June 5. The reason for this rumour is simple. Bharat is produced by T-Series, which is also presenting the Hindi version of Saaho. This fueled the speculation that the banner might release it with Hindi movie.A movie buff named Raghu Nandan Reddy tweeted, “#Prabhas’s PAN India magnum opus #Saaho’s teaser likely to release on 5th June. The teaser is said to be attached to #Bharat which is releasing this Wednesday Hitting the screens WW on 15th August in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil & Malayalam.” Bharat posterTwitter.Another film goer named Minar Ahmed @minarahmed10 tweeted, “@TSeries & @UV_Creations unveil the teaser of #saaho in Eid n attach it to the prints of #bharat it would give more boost to #saaho @AAFilmsIndia …@KomalNahta @VishekC.”But a source close to Prabhas denies the reports about the teaser launch of Saaho. The makers do not have any such plans. “The makers have not planned the release of Saaho teaser. So it is not releasing during Eid. It might hit the internet a couple of weeks after the Ramadan,” the source told IBTimes India. Leaked still of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor from SaahoTwitterMeanwhile, the source revealed that there might be an announcement about the cameo role. “Saaho will have a special appearance of a popular star, who they have not yet finalized. They are still in talks with stars. If everything is finalized. They may announce it during this Eid,” the source told IBTimes India.Saaho is sci-fi action thriller made with a whopping budget of Rs 300 crore. Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor are playing the lead roles and Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay and Jackie Shroff are in supporting roles in this Sujeeth directorial. UV Creations is bankrolling this trilingual film, which is simultaneously shot and released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
A total of 21 students of various departments under the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Dhaka University (DU) have been awarded ‘Dean’s Award’ for their outstanding academic results in BS (Hons) examinations of 2015, 2016 and 2017.Besides, 3 teachers of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences have received Dean’s Award for research works.DU vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman handed over the awards to the awardees as the chief guest at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university on Thursday .Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences ASM Maksud Kamal presided over the function while pro-vice chancellor (Administration) Muhammad Samad and treasurer professor Kamal Uddin addressed it as special guests.The teachers who received the award are professor Kazi MatinUddin Ahmed (Geology), professor Kawser Ahmed (Oceanography) and lecturer Yousuf Gazi (Geology).The students who received the awards are- Zannatul Ferdous, Naznin Bintey Hayder, NishatTasnim Kakon and Dola Dutta (Geography and Environment), Mahmud Al Noor Tushar, AfrozaParvin, Tamanna Meheran Shemu, SumiyaSadeak, Sharaf Anika Hoque, Farjana Zareen Maria, FatematuzZohora Nishi and Md. Tariqul Islam (Geology), Nazma Ahmed, Shamima Ferdousi Sifa, Ariful Islam, Tanzim Hayat, Nawar Wadud Khan, Falguni Sarkar, Tanzeem Hossain, SumaiyaTabassum and Ayesha Islam (Disaster Science and Management).
These days, more than anything else, Valve is a merchant. The company has made fantastic video games in the past like Portal and Half-Life. But aside from boatloads of cash raked in through “free” game Dota 2, it’s the profits Valve earns by selling other company’s PC games online on Steam that keeps the business afloat. That’s what pays for all those cool VR headsets and half-forgotten Linux boxes.However, as Steam has grown in ubiquity, its problems have also become more frustrating. Steam Greenlight was created to give smaller indie development teams a shot at vital visibility through user voting, but more cynical developers have gamed the service to flood the market with trash to make a quick buck.Greenlight’s upcoming replacement Steam Direct may fix some of these issues by accepting any game that pays the entrance fee. However, Valve now admits its service may have a problem with cheap and low-quality “fake” games that in the past two years have grown to make up a shockingly large percentage of Steam’s total library.To combat this scourge. Valve recently invited popular YouTubers and Steam critics/curators Jim Sterling and John “TotalBiscuit” Bain to detail the Steam Explorers initiative. By volunteering to become an explorer, any Steam user can dive deep into the Steam dumpster, the video game Internet Gutter, to find worthwhile games Valve may have overlooked.For example, according to Sterling, Valve didn’t realize visual novels would be so popular until they were. Explorers can also discuss their findings with each other on a private forum. Meanwhile, with new features like embedded videos and increased selection tools, Curators will be able to more easily share good games with followers.In my opinion, this is an… okay, attempt to fix the problem. The iOS App Store is similarly flooded with shovelware, but strong curation from Apple and users online alike helps great games find an audience. However, I’m wary about Valve’s desire to outsource this problem, to find an optimal algorithmic answer or something for the subjective question of what games are good on Steam. It’s too similar to the questionable YouTube Heroes idea.Developers have also expressed concern that Explorers may try to punish games that don’t confine to their arbitrary genre or frame rate or political preferences. But that doesn’t sound like something gamers would do.I like Steam. I buy a lot of PC games on it. But it has issues, issues that Steam Explorers won’t entirely fix whenever it rolls out (Valve is still working on the details). My advice? Diversify your gaming marketplaces. Buy games from Steam but also buy games from itch.io and GOG and Green Man Gaming, too. Competition helps everyone win. Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to Mobile‘We. The Revolution’ Is ‘Ace Attorney’ With More… Stay on target
Using ‘Air Multiplier’ technology, air is pushed forward, dragging air from behind and from the sides.Without rotor blades, a smooth airflow is created. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: For detailed information on the design and how the bladeless fan works, visit the Dyson website.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Unlike conventional fans that rely on fan blades to chop the air and push it forward, the bladeless fan technology uses an airflow principle modeled after an airplane wing. Air is pulled into the machine’s cylindrical base using a small brushless motor. The motor’s impeller pushes air into a hollow ring and is then forced out a slit that runs all around the ring. The air is then accelerated into the circular chamber which is called a loop amplifier. The video below illustrates the airflow technology. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — James Dyson, inventor of the bag-less vacuum cleaners has taken his invention one step further with the unveiling of the bladeless fan. Using ‘Air Multiplier’ technology the bladeless fan pushes 119 gallons of air per second. In an interview with Dyson, he said: “I’ve always been disappointed by fans. Their spinning blades chop up the airflow, causing annoying buffeting. They’re hard to clean and children always want to poke their fingers through the grille. So we’ve developed a new type of fan that doesn’t use blades.” Citation: Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan (w/ Videos) (2009, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-dyson-unveils-bladeless-fan-videos.html Video: Swine flu health tips
Humans have always had a thirst for knowledge; archaeologists have found evidence of libraries from ancient Sumeria, where tablets and scrolls were shown to be ordered by subject, usually stored in a temple or royal palace. The most famous and largest library from the classical period is the Library of Alexandria in Egypt which existed during the 3rd century and was inspired by the Royal Library of Ashurbanipal. Neither of these libraries have survived, but the human quest for answers traces a thread through all civilizations.The ancient statue positioned in front of the Library of Alexandria (aka Bibliotheca Alexandrina or Maktabat al-Iskandarīyah) evoking the spirit of the original library. Alexandria, Egypt – July 19, 2016.The ancient Greeks were avid collectors of books. Aristotle maintained such an impressive private library that it was one of the first to be extensively discussed in early texts. The Romans were also big fans of the library idea and kept vast, fascinating private collections and built public libraries not only in Rome but throughout the Empire.Ruins of the Library of Celsus in the ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. Selçuk, Turkey.The Cologne ruins were originally discovered in 2017 during an excavation of a Protestant church in the center of Cologne. The archaeologists working on the site knew the ruins were of Roman origin but have only recently identified its use as a library.Archaeologists who made the discovery are placing the library as far back as the 2nd century AD and say that it could have held as many as 20,000 scrolls.Cityscape of Cologne, Germany.The discovery looks set to become one of the earliest examples of a public library in Northern Europe. The excavation team from the Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne were able to draw parallels from other ancient Roman libraries, such as the ancient library at Ephesus.The walls of the ruins in Cologne have niches carved into the walls where the scrolls would have been stored. Dr. Dirk Schmitz of the Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne told the Guardian, “It took us some time to match up the parallels – we could see the niches were too small to bear statues inside. But what they are are kind of cupboards for the scrolls.”The walls of the ancient library have niches carved into the walls where scrolls would have been stored. Photo by Roman Germanic Museum of CologneCologne has a long history as an important strategic location. It has been inhabited since 38 BC and became a Roman provincial city around 50 AD. Due to the age of the city, finding Roman ruins during an excavation is not surprising, however, the understanding that the building is a library has led to speculation that there may be many more libraries that have gone undiscovered.Cuneiform synonym list tablet from the Library of Ashurbanipal. Neo-Assyrian period (934 BC – 608 BC). Photo by Fæ CC BY-SA 3.0As Dr. Dirk Schmitz theories in The Guardian, “Perhaps there are a lot of Roman towns that have libraries, but they haven’t been excavated. If we had just found the foundations, we wouldn’t have known it was a library. It was because it had walls, with the niches, that we could tell.”The oldest working library in Germany is said to be the Bibliotheca Bardensis in Barth, Northern Germany, which is first mentioned in 1398. The oldest working library in the world is said to be Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Morocco which opened its doors in 859 AD and is still open to the public to this day.Read another story from us: Amazing drone footage reveals decaying & abandoned Chernobyl cityAnother library that could claim the title is St. Catherine’s Monastery Library, a UNESCO world heritage site located on the foothills of Mount Sinai, which has existed since 565 AD and has the second largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices, just behind the Vatican.
April 29, 2015 What happens when you combine ammunition with self-steering technology? You get bullets that can change direction mid-shot to hit moving targets. That’s what.If this sounds scary, it should. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense, have been working on something called EXACTO, the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance program. The result of their efforts is a .50-caliber bullet that uses a real-time optical guidance system to dramatically increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots.Related: Look Ma, No Hands: Drones You Can Pilot With Your MindDARPA’s guidance system helps track and direct these specially-designed rounds to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors. Yes, that means the bullets can automatically correct their course to compensate for bad weather and even hit targets that are moving and accelerating.Smart bullets. Whoa.Image credit: DARPAtv | YouTubeRelated: How a 3-D Printer Just Gave This Little Girl an Awesome, New Prosthetic Hand“True to DARPA’s mission, EXACTO has demonstrated what was once thought impossible: the continuous guidance of a small-caliber bullet to target,” DARPA program manager Jerome Dunn said in a statement this week. “This live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that EXACTO is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges unachievable with traditional rounds.”Here’s a video from DARPA showing a series of live-fire tests with both experienced and novice shooters:As you can imagine, these types of bullets could be handy for U.S. armed forces in places like Afghanistan, where high winds and the dusty terrain can make hitting targets from long distances a challenge. It can also level the playing field a bit for soldiers who aren’t necessarily trained snipers.These bullets aren’t magic but they sure do look pretty badass. Related: Giant Robotic Ants Could One Day Replace Factory Workers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
AChoir forensic script for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on May 23, 2016 in Software – 4 commentsAChoir is a free program for the Windows operating system that collects forensic information from a live system using popular tools created by Nirsoft, Sysinternals and others.If you want to retrieve information from a PC, for instance about users, the browsing history or installed hardware, then you can run a bunch of free programs for that.One of the issues that arises is that most programs are focused on a single task only. If you take Nirsoft applications for instance, you will notice that they return a single set of information, and that you will have to run several programs to dump all the information you require.Scripts improve the process by letting you run all tools one after the other in an automated process.AChoirThat’s where AChoir comes into play. Designed for users who have not created their own scripts yet, it can be run with a default set of parameters to get a good rundown of a PC it is executed on, or customized to add or remove commands and programs from the analysis.To get started, download the file AChoir-Inst.exe from the project’s GitHub repository. Simply click on it, and select Raw view mode when it is opened on its own page on the site.Run the program afterwards on your system. The installer does not install the file on the system but places it into a directory of your choosing.It will download the programs that it is designed to use by default during that process, so make sure it is allowed to use the Internet.You can save the data to a local directory or a removable drive depending on your needs.Note: The dump and log that AChoir creates is usually quite large as the program will create a memory dump by default.Once the data has been downloaded, run AChoir.exe or AChoir64.exe with elevated privileges (right-click and select run as administrator) whenever you want to dump data and generate a report.AChoir runs all commands afterwards, usually one of the downloaded programs with certain parameters, and creates a subdirectory in the program’s root folder where it places all data in.Data is dumped into folders there, but you may open the index.html file in a web browser to get started.You will also find a log file in the folder, and a winaudit.htm file which you can run.The subfolders contain valuable information which you may need to process further. The Reg folder lists exported Registry hubs for instance, the memdump folder an image of the memory at the time of running the program.While several of the data dumps require further analysis and programs to display the data in a readable format, others can be accessed right away. The Brw folder for instance lists a csv and htm file that returns the browsing history when opened in a browser of choice.If you want to know what the program does before you run it, open AChoir64.acq (or AChoir.acq for 32-bit) in a plain text editor of choice.There you find all commands that it executes when you run it. Since the commands are all there, it is easy enough to add, remove or modify the script.You find information about the scripting language in a text file that ships with the application. Basically, it is using a command in the beginning of a line that determine what is done. Say for instance echoes text on the screen while exe will run an executable file.Closing WordsAChoir does not reinvent the wheel, but it is quite the powerful framework when it comes to running forensic tools (and others as it is not limited to those).The main advantage that it offers over programs like OS Forensics is that you can customize it to suite your needs.Summary12345 Author Rating0 based on 1 votes Software Name AChoirOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://github.com/OMENScan/AChoir Advertisement
Google pushes big Datally update for Android by Martin Brinkmann on June 19, 2018 in Google Android – 7 commentsGoogle released a new version of the company’s data compression app Datally for Android yesterday; the update introduces new features and improves others.The company launched the Datally application for Android in late 2017. We reviewed the first release version of Datally back in 2017 to give Android users better control over the device’s data usage.The initial version of Datally monitored the data usage on the Android device, offered tips to reduce data usage, and suggested public wireless networks that it picked up to save mobile data.Datally helped save 21% of data on average according to Google. The new version of the application comes with four new or improved features.Datally: new featuresGuest Mode — Designed to limit data usage when you hand over your device to someone else. It allows you to limit data usage by specifying the maximum amount of data that the borrower may use.Daily Limit — Daily Limit is for the device owner what Guest Mode is for others. It allows you to set a daily data limit and get warnings when you reach that limit. You can still continue to use data or block data for the remainder of the day.Unused Apps — Lists applications that use data but have not been used in a while. You can whitelist applications to hide them or start the uninstallation process directly from the unused apps screen. It is interesting to note that Datally lists apps that use data but are have not been used in a while directly after installation.Wi-Fi Map — The feature extends the Wi-Fi suggestion feature of Datally. It displays a list of public wireless networks on a map. The public wireless access spots are usually operated by businesses.Datally users may certainly appreciate the new functionality as it adds new options to limit data usage and remove apps that use data even though they may not be used anymore or very infrequently.Datally requires lots of permissions. While some can be associated with the functionality clearly, while others, like the ability to read SMS, read phone status & identity, or call phone numbers directly, can’t.Closing WordsThe new version of Datally is already available on Google Play. Existing users should receive the update through Android’s automatic updating system.Now You: Do you use traffic management apps?Now Read: Why I won’t use YouTube GoSummary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name DatallyOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.freighter Advertisement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people in the United States doubt that the Supreme Court can rule fairly in the latest litigation jeopardizing President Barack Obama’s health care law.The Associated Press-GfK poll finds only 1 person in 10 is highly confident that the justices will rely on objective interpretations of the law rather than their personal opinions. Nearly half, 48 percent, are not confident of the court’s impartiality. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The poll found sharp splits on whether Congress should intervene.Two-thirds of Democrats think Congress should amend the law to save the subsidies, but only 31 percent of Republicans shared that view. Half of independents want Congress to update the law if necessary, while 41 percent think it should be kept as is.Leading congressional Republicans have said they would step in to prevent health insurance markets from unraveling, but they have not spelled out details.It is estimated that 15 million to 17 million adults have gained coverage since the fall of 2013, when the law’s big insurance expansion began. But the nation is divided over Obama’s major domestic policy achievement.The poll found 27 percent of Americans support the law, while 38 percent oppose it and 34 percent say they neither support nor oppose it.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,077 adults was conducted online April 23-27, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.___Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.comCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “That lawsuit should have never made it this far,” said Hal Lewis, a retiree from Scranton, Pennsylvania.“If they rule for the people who are bringing the suit, it could be close to the destruction of Obamacare in this country,” added Lewis, who once edited a local newspaper in his city.Lewis is one of the relatively few people — 13 percent — who say they are closely following the case, called King v. Burwell.Opponents of the law argue that as literally written, the law only allows the federal government to subsidize premiums in states that have set up their own insurance markets, also known as exchanges. Most states have not done so, relying instead on the federal HealthCare.gov website.The Obama administration says opponents are misreading the Affordable Care Act by focusing on just a few words. When the legislation is read in context, it’s clear that lawmakers wanted to help uninsured people in every state, the administration maintains.If the court sides with the plaintiffs, it’s estimated that 8 million to 9 million people across more than 30 states could lose coverage. They would be unable to afford their premiums without the subsidies, which are keyed to household income. A decision is expected late in June. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The poll found that a bare majority, 51 percent, wants Congress to amend the law to make it clear that people are entitled to help regardless of what their state leaders do.But 44 percent prefer that Congress leave the law as is and let states decide whether they want to create insurance exchanges that would allow their residents to receive subsidies.“It suggests there’s a political opening for Republicans to offer a way for people to continue receiving subsidies through some sort of state arrangement,” Blendon said.State leaders would have to move fast. Some legal experts say it would be only weeks before the subsidies dry up; others say it’s possible the administration could continue payments through the end of this year.Ethan Levesque of Augusta, Maine, said he is troubled by the federal law’s requirement that virtually all U.S. residents get health insurance or risk fines from the IRS.“I feel like it should actually be the determination of the states to decide health coverage,” said Levesque, a customer service representative for a telecommunications company.“There is definitely nothing wrong with health care whatsoever, but it’s the way that this has been presented to people that I have problems with,” he said. Comments Share In a twist, the poll found that opponents of the law, who tend to be politically conservative, have less confidence in the objectivity of a court with a conservative majority. Among foes, 60 percent are not confident, compared with 44 percent of the law’s supporters.“That is incredibly powerful that a court associated with conservative views is not well trusted by Republicans,” said Robert Blendon, who tracks public opinion on health care at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Blendon said the law’s opponents may be remembering the court’s 2012 ruling in which Chief Justice John Roberts cast the key vote to uphold the law.Regardless of how the public feels about the court’s internal deliberations, a majority wants the justices to allow subsidies to continue flowing in all 50 states, an opinion in line with the administration’s position.Fifty-six percent said the court should keep the subsidies without restriction, while 39 percent said the financial aid should be limited to residents of states that set up their own health insurance markets.It’s less clear what people would want Congress to do if the court were to side with the law’s opponents. A ruling for the plaintiffs would invalidate health insurance subsidies in states without their own exchanges. Many of those states have Republican governors and legislatures that have resisted the health care law.
Amadeus, today announced a partnership with Business Information Services (BIS), a local provider of expense management solutions to Australian organisations.The partnership agreement will see the integration of BIS’ expense management automation tool, Expense8 with Amadeus’ leading online booking tool, e-Travel Management.Corporations will benefit from improved efficiency and compliance by managing their travel approval, booking and expense management as an automated end-to-end process.For the first time, users see real-time travel costs in the pre-booking approval process, rather than basing itineraries on estimates that can change.Expense8 managing director Zoran Grujic, said that it is very exciting to partner with Amadeus.“We are very excited to partner with Amadeus, a global travel technology leader. It is an important strategic partnership for us and helps us to deliver an end to end solution for our expense management clients,” Mr Grujic said. Amadeus IT Pacific managing director, Tony Carter, commented said that Amadeus is always striving to improve booking solutions and this will help make the process smoother.“Amadeus is focused on investing in the corporate online booking experience to provide end to end value for customers. That’s why we are so pleased to be partnering with an innovative partner like BIS to deliver the Expense8 expense management solution integrated within Amadeus e-Travel Management,” Mr Carter said. Amadeus collaborates with expense management solutions in a number of markets, as well as a worldwide partnership with global market leader SAP.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman