ABP Thor Shipping Ink New 10Year Contract

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a new agreement which sees Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to the Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP 6 million (around USD 7.7 million) into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space.As part of this investment, a hybrid GBP 3.5 million Liebherr harbor crane will arrive in March 2019 to bolster eco-friendly operations, the port said.Since July 2014, Thor has trebled its tonnage through the two-berth terminal on King George Dock. It has a regular container and breakbulk service from its own shortsea operator – Sunline – connecting the UK with the East Coast of Sweden twice a week.The company also facilitates vessels three times a week to Zeebrugge and a breakbulk liner service every fortnight from Finland and Iceland.“This agreement shows that both ABP and Thor are confident in committing to support the Humber region for a substantial amount of time, so much so, it’s double the length of the previous contract agreed in 2014,” Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, commented.This year, Thor hopes to see its strongest performance yet and expects to handle one million tons of cargo. In addition to containers, Thor’s other core business concerns steel and timber which boost the efficiency of the operation and reduce carbon footprint.“We look forward to continually building upon our international trade and transport links, helping to put the Humber on the map as a key gateway for trade. It will enable us to realise and sustain future growth opportunities,” Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping and Transport Managing Director, said.last_img read more

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Ahead of the rate cut

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rate cut is expected to provide a boost to the economy. Lower interest rates will help in providing support to the economy but are not the sole elixir that India needs. The focus must not be just on the immediate economic issues but on the broader target of implementing changes that have a long-lasting positive impact on the economy. Two issues that merit significant attention are: Further boosting the liquidity and depth of the government bond futures market and Consolidation of the public sector banks in India. Indian policymakers and the central bank need to start creating a roadmap for greater participation of investors to develop further liquidity in the government bond futures market in India. Further development of the market involves complicated intricacies such as a better market design that allows greater participation by a variety of investors including foreign ones. However, in the long-run the government bond futures market is indispensable to India’s financial market development. Also Read – A staunch allyIssues such as illiquid mispriced loans, incorrect pricing of credit risk, and an over-dependence on bank loans versus corporate bonds have plagued the Indian credit markets. At a fundamental level, resolving these issues requires further improvement in the liquidity of the benchmark government bond future that can effectively form the base of the market. Solutions to tide over the current credit issues are critical, but it is imperative that structural problems in the credit markets are addressed. Also Read – Cuban pathosThe primary advantage of a liquid and deep government bond futures market with increased participation by both domestic and foreign investors will be the provision of liquidity to the benchmark government bond curve, which in turn will allow other fixed-income instruments to be priced as a spread to it. Building liquidity in the benchmark government bond curve, especially in the longer end of the curve, is essential to creating robust lending markets in India. Higher liquidity in the government bond futures market will allow the development of the long-end lending instruments so crucial to infrastructure investments in India. One of the primary reasons as to why long-term lending is challenging in India is the lack of liquid interest rate hedging instruments in the longer tenures. A more robust benchmark government bond market will also expedite the development of a liquid corporate bond market. This liquid corporate bond market with active price discovery is the vital base required for better pricing of credit risk by market players. Not creating structural changes leaves us exposed to repeating the mistakes of the past. As is clearly illustrated, the greater focus on the government bond futures market will significantly assist in achieving the targets of greater long-term infrastructure, and more liquid corporate bond markets – the two objectives that are high on the priority list. The consolidation in the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) through the mergers last year is another vital issue that the government needs to continue to focus on. A multitude of government-backed banks, all of which have similar roles has been one factor that has led to significant credit problems in the economy. A look at the list of creditors in the bankruptcy courts in India throws up a myriad of PSBs, all of which mostly have the same credit exposure. The PSBs should be aggregated to avoid situations whereby lending continues unabated even as the credit quality of the borrower declines. Bank mergers are not a simple and easy process but are a must towards ensuring that poor lending practices of the past are not repeated in the future. That said, PSB mergers must always be done to create an organisation that is larger than the sum of the parts. For instance, regional synergies and diversity in the type of clients on the loan books (corporate versus retail) must all be considered to create larger, more successful PSBs. Time devoted to creating robust organisations is well worth the effort. The changes regarding creating a more liquid and functional government bond futures market and larger PSBs are all long-term changes that will deliver returns in terms of a stronger financial foundation on which to build India’s economic growth story. The government and the various stakeholders together would do well to start creating a roadmap for the efficient implementation of the much-needed changes. That said, patience will be of the essence to eventually deliver these changes. (The author heads Development Tracks, an infrastructure advisory firm. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Saskatchewan chiefs concerned over bill to repeal Indian Act

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Saskatchewan, there is fresh concern that the federal government has a secret plan that might dramatically impact the lives of First Nation people.The fears come from a seeming contradiction, between what the prime minister says to Aboriginal leaders and what his MPs are doing in the House of Commons.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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Pakistan Defence Secretary holds talks with defence heads in Sri Lanka

Defence Secretary of Pakistan, Lt. Gen. (R) Ikram-ul-Haq, during his 4-day visit to Sri Lanka, met with the Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lanka, Admiral R.C. Wijeygunaratne, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe.Comprehensive discussions were held during the meetings with the view to further broaden and deepen the strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding between the two countries as both sides are committed to work closely in all fields to boost cooperation and to promote peace in the region, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today. High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat and military officials were also present during the meetings. read more

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Vaccinate pets against rabies health unit

Haldimand-Norfolk residents are being urged to vaccinate their pets and avoid contact with wild animals this spring to prevent the spread of the rabies virus.In 2018 there were four animal cases of rabies in Haldimand and one in Norfolk. This year, there has been only one animal case, in Haldimand County. All were in raccoons – none were in domestic animals.Ontario has seen 462 cases of rabies in raccoons and 21 in foxes since a 2015 outbreak of the virus in neighbouring areas.“The virus isn’t just limited to animals – it can cause serious illness in humans as well,” said Shanker Nesathurai, Haldimand-Norfolk’s Medical Officer of Health, in a press release. “Once symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal, so it’s incredibly important to seek treatment before symptoms of the infection appear.”Rabies is spread through the saliva of an infected animal by a bite or scratch and is fatal if left untreated. Any mammal can be infected by rabies, with raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes being common regional carriers. Pets such as dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies at the age of three months, and the vaccination should be kept up-to-date.To reduce the risk and help prevent the spread of rabies in the community, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit recommends that you:• Ensure your pet’s rabies vaccination is up-to-date. It’s the law.• Stay away from and do not touch unfamiliar animals, or animals acting strangely.• Stay away from wild animals and do not feed them.• Prevent pets from coming into contact with wildlife.• Supervise children when they are around animals.• Do not let pets roam free.• Feed pets indoors. Feeding pets outdoors can attract other unwanted animals.• Keep garbage securely covered.Every owner of a horse, cow, bull, steer, calf or sheep must ensure that each animal is immunized against rabies unless the animal is only being taken care of by one person and the animal is not accessible to the public.To report wildlife acting abnormally in Haldimand or Norfolk, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Rabies Information Line at 1-888-574-6656.To report contact that might result in the transmission of rabies to a person, contact the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623.Incidents involving domestic pets being exposed to potentially rabid animals should be reported to your local vet. read more

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Greek diet could help block skin cancer too

first_imgA diet rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, such as that followed in Greece and other Mediterranean countries, could protect the body from melanoma, a type of skin cancer, according to a study recently published in Nutrition Reviews. Dr Niva Shapira said that the Mediterranean diet helps Greeks have lower melanoma rates in contrast to other sunny countries such as Australia. Shapira, of Tel Aviv University’s School of Health Professions, explained that, “The sun’s rays damage both the skin and the immune system by penetrating the skin and causing photo-oxidation affecting both the cells themselves and the body’s ability to repair any damage.” She advised a diet rich in foods such as olive oil, fish, yogurt and colourful fruits and vegetables to fight the oxidising effect of the sun and said the use of hats and clothing to protect against the sun was also a good idea. Shapira presented her study at a nutritionist conference in Sydney. The Head of Department and Associate Professor in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at LaTrobe University, Catherine Itsiopoulos, praised the work and its significance about the Greek diet also being incorporated into planning meals for children. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Un prototype du Galaxy S III sur le Web

first_imgUn prototype du Galaxy S III sur le Web ?C’est une fois de plus une unité de test d’un téléphone à venir qui a été découvert, cette fois du tant attendu Galaxy S3 ! Ce Samsung GT-l9300 prototype est doté de plus de boutons que d’habitude. Après les informations des jours précédents sur son nom et son annonce officielle, c’est un prototype du Galaxy S3 qui se serait révélé sur la Toile.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le téléphone se trouve dans un étui qui n’est sans aucun doute pas définitif, mais qui nous apprend tout de même que l’appareil serait très fin, dans la continuité de son petit frère le Samsung Galaxy S2.Alors que celui-ci n’a que 3 boutons, le S3 semble en avoir 5. En plus des existants boutons apps et Retour, les boutons Tab (changement d’application, en multitasking) et home font leur retour. Cela va à l’encontre de la politique d’Android 4.0 et ultérieurs, qui ne suggère que les deux boutons précédemment cités. Mais après tout, cela aidera aussi à moins le confondre avec un iPhone !Cela montre au moins que Samsung réfléchit à ses interfaces et ne se contente pas de recopier les choses. Une vraie réflexion est nécessaire en permanence pour intégrer des interfaces comme son TouchWizz dans Ice Cream Sandwich.Le 25 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Madrid target Icardi

first_imgReal Madrid are interested in signing Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan, according to Metro.Madrid have sent officials to Italy to negotiate a deal in the region of £99million for the Argentine striker.The Spanish giants are looking to invest heavily in their squad to replace the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus earlier this summer.With the lack of firepower up front, Madrid are keen to bring Mauro Icardi from the San Siro to the Santiago Bernabeu. The Inter Milan captain finished as the joint top scorer in the Serie A last season with 29 goals.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Real have sent representatives to discuss with Inter and Icardi‘s agent Wanda Nara who also happens to be his wife.Meanwhile, Madrid are keen to avoid any discussions with Inter over the availability of Luka Modric. The San Siro outfit are keen to sign the midfield maestro who has already agreed terms with the club.Real Madrid insist Modric is not for sale considering the fact that fellow Croatian Mateo Kovacic has already left the Bernabeu this summer.Modric is believed to be keen on a move to Inter to reunite with fellow Croatians Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic.last_img read more

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Dr Debbie Bartlett to Speak at Dr Martin Luther King Jr Annual

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 15, 2018 – Nassau – King: His Voice, His Teachings, His Love for Humanity.  It’s been some 20 years in the making.  The friendship between Dr. Debbie Bartlett and Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King Jr’s   second daughter, has strengthened over the years.. The two first met around 2000 after Debbie invited Martin Luther III to speak qt her CEO network conference.Destiny clapped her hands and on Monday, January 15, Debbie will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to speak at the annual ecumenical service honoring one of her childhood heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Says Dr. Bartlett, “Destiny has Predetermined That A Bahamian Woman Of Color would Be Invited To the United States of America to speak on this historic occasion.   It is an opportunity that I am deeply humbled by and do not take lightly.   It is my prayer that I will make the Bahamian people and Caribbean People Proud.”King entered Morehouse College, Atlanta at the age of 15 and later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology.   He received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from Boston University.   The “I have a Dream Speech was written in Bimini, Bahamas while on a fishing expedition with boat-builder and historian Ansil Saunders.”Policy makers, educators, civil and human rights leaders and the general public are expected to be in the audience.   The service will be held at the historical Ebenezer Baptist Church and streamed live on www.fox5atlanta.com at 10:00 a.m. A delegation of family, friends and colleagues will accompany Dr. Bartlett to Atlanta representing The Bahamas and the United States.#DebbieBartlett#MartinLutherKingDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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The Cheapskates top gift picks for grads

first_img See at LinkedIn Xbox Live Gold 12-month Membership: $40 (save $20) Mobile Headphones Phones Wearable Tech Security Cameras Statistics increasingly show that college graduates are “underemployed,” meaning they end up taking jobs that don’t leverage their education. If you want to give your kid every possible opportunity, consider a subscription to LinkedIn Premium Career. The service offers a variety of useful tools for job-seekers, including InMail credits (for directly contacting any user), on-demand courses and help finding jobs that meet the applicant’s criteria. See at Amazon See at MassGenie 3 This might be a little bit more for you than for your graduate, but they can think of it as a cool car gadget, while you can recognize it as a bit of added insurance. As in, video evidence in the event of road accidents, parking-lot collisions and so on. This compact model offers all the important features but doesn’t get in the way of seeing the road. Use promo code CNETVTN1 to score this discounted price. Kids love music, so a good speaker is kind of a no-brainer gift. This one offers a splashproof design, dual passive subwoofers (because kids also love bass) and an 8-hour battery. Use code VAVA25 at checkout to score this exclusive discount. Sarah Tew/CNET reading • The Cheapskate’s top gift picks for grads Sarah Tew/CNET Moto G7 models compared See at Amazon Originally published on May 13, 2019. Update, June 6: Added new gift ideas, removed expired options.   CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! By the end of school, any kid’s favorite headphones or earphones are probably plumb worn out. It would be a nice gesture to replace them, but don’t bother with pricey Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds — not when these TaoTronics true-wireless earbuds are nearly as good for a fraction of the price. Microsoft Vava • Read full review Forget the whimsical, obvious choice — Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go — and give a grad something of actual use: a book that teaches the basics of saving and investing money. Because, let’s face it, few high-school or college programs give kids the knowledge they need. Elements is a relatively slim 208 pages, so it’s not as intimidating as some money-advice books. Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 The Cheapskate Rick Broida/CNET See at ZDNet Academy See at Wyze SOPA Images/Getty Images AirPod alternative: TaoTronics TWS TT-BH053: $50 Sarah Tew/CNET Vantrue Read More Vantrue N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam: $55 (save $25) Going off to college or out into the world means learning to be responsible, which means remembering appointments, catching calls and messages as they come in and just generally keeping tabs on time — challenges assisted nicely by a smartwatch. The Amazfit Bip remains my favorite affordable option for Android and iPhone users alike, and it’s particularly ideal for kids learning “how to adult” because it needs charging only every two to three weeks.center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Think of it as a reward for all that hard work. This digital code is good for a year’s worth of Xbox Live Gold. To get it, you’ll need a MassGenie account. Then just click the orange Power Deal button. Dorm rooms and apartments are, unfortunately, prime targets for thieves. So why not give your grad the tools to keep an eye on things? The Wyze Cam Pan security camera is a fantastic choice for smaller living spaces, as just one of them can probably provide all the necessary surveillance. Meanwhile, the just-released Wyze Sense kit comes with a motion sensor and two door/window sensors, all designed to integrate with the Cam. Mighty Vibe portable Spotify player: $80 Amazfit Bip smartwatch: $80 There’s nothing inherently graduate-friendly about this, but the Mighty Vibe is one of my favorite under-the-radar products — and kids are all about the Spotify, right? This tiny portable player resembles Apple’s old iPod Shuffle, but sucks up Spotify playlists for phone- and data-free listening. So the kid suffered through school with that slowpoke phone with the cracked screen. A pretty great reward would be a new phone. CNET has rounded up some of the best phones to gift to a grad, but I’m going to give the nod to the Moto G7 Play, which delivers a ton of features for under $200.  Grads Tech Gift Guide Gift subscription to LinkedIn Premium ($29.99 per month) See at Amazon Read full review Sarah Tew/CNET The Elements of Investing: $13 Moto G7 Play phone: $199 See at Amazon These are our 15 favorite gifts for grads in 2019 14 great graduation gifts for under $50 9 great graduation gifts under $100 Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 Best streaming boxes and TVs for your grad Laptop, PC and tablet gifts for grads Best phones to gift to your grad Best headphones for grads Best wireless speakers and audio for grads Best gifts for grads looking to stay fit Gifts for the graduating gamer Gifts for foodie grads The best graduation gifts for a first apartment The Cheapskate’s top gift picks for grads Nine automotive gift ideas for your graduate Amazon Wyze Cam Pan ($30) and Wyze Cam Sense ($20) Vava Voom 20 waterproof wireless speaker: $22.50 (save $42.50) with code See All Aug 23 • 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Read full review This is the time of year when kids finish up high school — or, scarier still, college. Looking to reward their achievements? Give them a little help as they venture on to the next chapter? I’ve got some ideas. Below you’ll find my picks for some of the best gifts you can give a grad. Because I’m The Cheapskate, I do tend to look for affordable options — you won’t see Apple AirPods or Sonos speakers here. But I think any young person would be happy to get any of these items, regardless of what you paid. Read more: The best grad gifts under $50 Read more: The best grad gifts under $100 Read more: CNET’s complete guide to graduation gifts 2019 Tags See at Amazon Share your voice Jun 23 • The Apple Watch is still on sale starting at $199 at Amazon and Walmart See at Amazon Comments Jun 26 • Dorm TVs and more: Best back-to-school streaming boxes and TVs Read full reviewlast_img read more

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More Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Secretary Of States Advisory On Potential

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Director of Legal Strategies at Demos, Chiraag Bains, said the letters are discriminatory.  “The letters essentially ask U.S. citizens to prove that they are citizens and they are targeted at a certain set of citizens, that is people who were not born in this country. So, this is, in effect, national origin discrimination,” said Bains.Of the 92 letters Galveston County sent out, two-thirds were sent to people who officials now know are citizens.“A sloppy exercise”On January 25, Secretary of State David Whitley issued an advisory on Texas voter registration insinuating the possibility of voter fraud by foreign-born residents.VOTER FRAUD ALERT: The @TXsecofstate discovered approx 95,000 individuals identified by DPS as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in TX, approx 58,000 of whom have voted in TX elections. Any illegal vote deprives Americans of their voice.— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 25, 2019Based on research they had conducted using data from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), voter registrars and election administrators across the state were encouraged to revise the voting eligibility of approximately 95,000 people.In Harris County, the number of people on that initial list has since dropped by thousands after people’s citizenship had been verified. ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura said the Secretary of State, “has engaged in a sloppy exercise that threatens to unfairly strip people of the opportunity to participate in American democracy.”On behalf of the Texas Civil Rights Project, Beth Stevens, legal director of their voting rights division, said the lawsuit, “seeks to put the brakes on this voter suppression by rescinding the flawed advisory.” Pending litigationThe Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has also initiated litigation.The organization filed a lawsuit last Friday on behalf of a group of naturalized citizens and advocacy organizations against the Texas Secretary of State for, “conspiring with Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to violate their Constitutional rights by improperly and baselessly questioning their eligibility to vote,” MALDEF said in a press release. Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF president and general counsel said, “Texas continues to distinguish itself through its aggressive efforts to target legitimate voters and to deter or suppress their participation.”MALDEF’s lawsuit seeks an injunction requiring the Texas Secretary of State to refrain from targeting new citizens for “voter purges” and to withdraw his current list, “unless and until it acquires information that the voters are currently ineligible to vote,” according to the suit. It names Whitley, Abbott and Paxton as defendants, along with Galveston County Voter Registrar Cheryl Johnson. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was the first organization to file a lawsuit over the Secretary of State’s advisory on January 29. They claim Whitley and Paxton are trying to intimidate people who are legitimately eligible to vote.Mayor Turner speaks outHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner penned a letter to Ann Harris Bennett, Harris County Voter Registrar, urging her to reject state officials’ questioning of the voter registrations.Please read my letter to @HarriCountyTAC & Voter Registrar Ann Harris Bennett urging her to resist efforts to disenfranchise registered voters who became naturalized citizens since 1996. #VotingRights #voting #Ipledgeallegiance pic.twitter.com/XjKphtVOia— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) February 4, 2019“State officials have already had to acknowledge widespread errors in their initial list of 95,000 names,” said Turner, “there’s no reason to have faith in this manifestly slapdash process.”The Office of the Texas Secretary of State didn’t respond to a request for comment.Galveston County Voter Registrar Cheryl Johnson declined to comment for this story, citing pending litigation. center_img Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.The Texas Secretary of State, David Whitley, Texas Director of Elections, Keith Ingram, and five county election officials are facing legal troubles after multiple civil rights organizations have sued on the basis of voter discrimination. On Monday, the ACLU and ACLU of Texas, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed suit in a move they say will protect the voting rights of foreign-born citizens.According to the filing, the state encouraged election officials to remove foreign-born people from voter rolls, despite knowledge that thousands were indeed citizens.In the suit, civil rights groups claim the state wrote a flawed advisory to voter registrars and election administrators on how to deal with a list of voters that had not yet been proven to be citizens. Soon after the state released the list of names, they informed county officials that the list was flawed and included names of thousands of naturalized citizens eligible to vote.The lawsuit also targets election officials from Galveston, Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette and Washington counties for sending out notices that warned foreign-born voters that their names may be removed from voter rolls if they couldn’t prove their citizenship.  Galveston County’s voter registrar sent out letters to at least 92 registered voters asking for proof of citizenship, the lawsuit claims. 00:00 /00:58 Sharelast_img read more

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Music meant for a cause

first_imgLe-Rythme, an organization of Promoting Indian Music and Dance, organizing a Musical concert- Sur Sandhya a live performance by Singer Rini Mukherjee on January 4 at Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road. This Musical Event will be dedicated to the prestigious campaign of India Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Mahesh Sharma  Minister of State Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and  Civil Aviation and Meenakshi Lekhi  Member of Parliament will be the Chief Guest of this event.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The programme will be presided by  Shyamalendu Niyogi, Former Managing Director- UPPCL, Director (HR) –GAIL, In the august presence of  Pranab Mukhapadhyay, IFS and Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, IFS (Former High Commissioners of India), A.K. Balyan, Managing Director and CEO Petronet LNG Ltd, M. Ravindran, Director (HR), GAIL (India) Ltd, Veena Swarup, Director (HR), Engineers India Limited, Brig. R. S. Chikkara, Executive Vice Chairman, Netaji Subhash Bose INA Trust, Anandamohan Mukherjee, General Secretary, Netaji Subhash Bose INA Trust, Renuka Malaker, Trustee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose INA Trust will be the guest of Honour on this occasion. Sheila Sengupta (nice of Netaji subhash Chandra Bose),  Padmabhusan Saroja Vaidyanathan,  Flute Maestro Pandit Rajendra Prasanna will be the special  guest on this occasion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGolden Melodies by Rini Mukherjee will captivate the audience in musical evening ‘Sur Sandhya’. Dance performance by troupe of Padmabhusan Saroja Vaidyanathan Choreographed by Ganesha Natyalaya will be another attraction on this occasion. Apart from this Performance by famous Bengali band of Kolkata Creations will also mesmerized the audience on this occasion.When: January 4, Where: Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

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Fivestar activists vs nonstate actors

first_imgWhile making the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegation of how the judiciary is scared of “five-star” activists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have forgotten intimidating outfits like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which are affiliated to his own party.How the RSS interacts with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can be seen from the regular meetings between its top leaders with party president Amit Shah and other top office-bearers. The ascension of Ram Madhav (a former RSS spokesperson) to the post of National General Secretary of the BJP is only one example of the close ties between the pro-Hindutva organisation and the BJP government. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceHowever, if the RSS influences the government, the latter also holds some sway over the RSS. The proof of this two-way interaction can be easily gleaned from the decision of the RSS to put the Ram temple issue on hold, apparently in response to Modi’s call for a moratorium on sectarian tension in his Independence Day speech.It is also possible that the reason why the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, no longer argues that all Indians are essentially Hindus is because of an internal understanding between him and the government. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeArguably, there is nothing unusual about such interactions between different wings of what the Hindutva camp claims to be one big “parivar” or family.But the point here is that such exchanges between the RSS and the government take place behind closed doors, whereas there is nothing secret about the pleas of the “five-star” activists, as the prime minister derisively called the various Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), before the judiciary.Besides, not only are the NGOs open to judicial and media scrutiny, but their emphasis is almost always on public welfare irrespective of their religious denominations and preferences. It is possible, of course, that there is a hidden political motive behind some of their initiatives or that some of the activists push an agenda which has the support of what Indira Gandhi used to call the “foreign hand”. Even then, what stands in favour of the activists is that their tacit intentions are liable to be revealed sooner or later as the lawyers for and against them present their cases in open courts.Unfortunately, this isn’t true of saffron organisations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which have traditionally been associated with an anti-minority outlook. What the general public will be grateful to the government, therefore, is if it can keep outfits like these in check.On the other hand, the average citizen will expect the NGOs to continue to function without fear or favour because they are known to consist of people who, to a very large extent, have no axes to grind. The very fact that they occasionally run afoul of governments is testimony to their impartiality and non-partisan behaviour. Moreover, in such cases, the government’s charges, as against Greenpeace, usually carry less conviction than the latter’s defences.It will be a pity if India is to begin to resemble the totalitarian and theocratic countries where NGOs are unwelcome. It has to be remembered these NGOs are very much unlike the RSS or the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which are opaque organisations who admit followers of only one religion as members.It goes without saying that the three institutions which enjoy considerable public trust are the judiciary, the media and the NGOs. Of the three, the last two may have their faults, but they operate in an open, competitive field where the slightest slip can be disastrous for their future.In contrast, the general reputation of politicians is hardly lily-white.One must be thankful that Indian democracy is far more vigorous today than, say, four decades ago when large sections of the media were accused of bending and crawling before a draconian government. Such an eventuality is extremely unlikely at present because of the huge proliferation of television channels, newspapers and magazines, not to mention social network sites.The judiciary, too, has recognised that the Emergency years (1975-77) were not its finest, as is evident from the comments of PN Bhagwati, one of the judges who delivered the verdict in the so-called habeas corpus case. According to him, his judgment was “an act of weakness”, adding that “it was against my conscience”.Although the media is seemingly not under any overt official pressure, there is little doubt that the NGOs have become somewhat more vulnerable, as the recent deplaning of an environmentalist, who was on her way to Britain, showed. As may be expected, it was the judiciary which came to her rescue.But the episode underlined the government’s ire, which is probably due to the fact that several NGOs had joined the National Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Minorities and the Supreme Court to pillory the Gujarat government under Modi during the 2002 riots.The apex court had then described the state’s rulers as “modern-day Neros” who fiddled while Gujarat burnt. Modi’s charge that the judges fear the NGOs is apparently a riposte to that accusation 12 years later.last_img read more

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Body of Dutch teenager who went missing on Grindr date found in

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Orlando Boldewijn, a Dutch, black, gay individual. Last week he met up with people he met on Grindr, he never got home. Today, one week later, his body was found in a lake. Say his name. #OrlandoBoldewijn pic.twitter.com/vYPRRv5Jzl— (@fIickerdolan) February 26, 2018Boldewijn’s friends say he frequently made dates using apps and websites, but he always returned home afterwards.Police have so far not stated how they are treating the case.‘Acting on new information in the investigation, the fire department and police went into the water on Monday afternoon using sonar boats and divers,’ police said in a statement.Grindr is one of the most popular gay dating apps in the world. It, and its paid-for version (Grindr EXTRA), are supposed to be for adult-users 18 years and older only.The investigation into Boldewijn’s death is ongoing.Gay Star News has contacted representatives at Grindr for comment.See alsoAdvice for gay and bi men arranging to meet others via dating apps Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 16-year-old Orlando Boldewijn’s body was discovered a week after he went missing in Den Haag, Holland (Picture: Twitter) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The body of a 17-year-old gay teen has been found in a lake, following his disappearance after a Grindr date. On 17 February, Orlando Boldewijn, from Rotterdam, Netherlands, reportedly used the gay dating app to meet someone, reports NL Times.His body was discovered around 10.15am local time (9.15am GMT) on Monday 26 February, after he was reported missing six days earlier.Divers located the body of Orlando in the Böttgerwater lake, in the Ypenburg district of Den Haag (The Hague).Teenage boy went missing for a week after Grindr dateThe boy could not be located from CCTV footage in the area, while Police combed the surrounding area for witnesses on Sunday.A message was sent to Boldewijn’s mother, stating he was on his way home, just after midnight on the morning of the 18th February.However the messages were not consistent with other notes written by the teen.His family reported him missing later that day.According to reports, his phone and bank accounts remained unused. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/body-dutch-boy-grindr-date-lake/last_img read more

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Serenity and style at the Serena Hotel in Buenos Aires

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A twin room at Serena Hotel Buenos Aires (Photo: Serena Hotel) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Your gay guide to Buenos AiresWhy I’m already longing to return to Home Hotel in Buenos AiresHeading to Buenos Aires? Check out Byblos rental apartments in PalermoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/serena-hotel-buenos-aires/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img The basement swimming pool at Serena Hotel Buenos Aires (Photo: Serena Hotel)Amenities at Serena include a basement swimming pool illuminated by large skylights. The pool area also offers a small gym and sauna cabins. Spa treatments include several massage therapies, and I treated myself to one from an accomplished female therapist.Quiet and calmingThe best thing about Serena? Tucked away down a side street, there’s a quietness and serenity to these rooms. It feels like a luxurious, private club (the hotel is also adults only). I never saw anyone else in the pool area, which I pretty much had to myself.Its location is also good – within a 15-minute walk of the Teatro Colon, Recoleta Cemetery and other landmarks – including the hop-on, hop-off tour bus that’s popular with many tourists.Room rates start from US$150 (€121), which is also good value for this quality of hotel.Grown-up, stylish, quiet and serene: what’s not to like?Serena Hotel, Libertad 1617, C1016ABG CABA, Argentina: serenahoteles.com/en-buenos-aires-hotelGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Opened in 2010, Serena Hotel is a 34-room, modern, design hotel in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires. It’s one of the city’s more upmarket neighborhoods, popular with tourists and business people alike.A locked front entrance to the hotel immediately lends an air of exclusivity to this oasis away from the bustling main streets of the city. Unusually, you can’t just walk in from the street: you need your room swipe card to gain access.The front entrance (Photo: Serena Hotel)There’s dark wood throughout the well-composed lobby area, with an extensive library of art books along one wall. Bubbling water features lend a feeling of Zen. At the end is the breakfast restaurant and bar area, followed by an outdoor courtyard space for al fresco dining.My tasteful Standard Executive room was a cookie-dough brown throughout. I was pleased to note a great amount of storage space, and a large balcony – with space enough for a couple of chairs and side tables (although the view from my room unfortunately only looked out on to another couple of buildings).A large, flat-screen TV and coffee making facilities comes as standard, plus a super king size bed with Egyptian cotton linen. The overall feeling was clean and fresh.The bathroom was decked out in marble and featured a particularly deep, whirlpool bath.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | August 19, 2010 Cardiovascular Information System Improves FFR, Echo Integration News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Related Content August 19, 2010 – The Horizon Cardiology cardiovascular information system (CVIS) version 12.2 is being released and provides performance and usability improvements. It offers workflow enhancements to the current CVIS and electrocardiogram (ECG) management products. It also improves the integrated of the fractional flow reserve (FFR) module. McKesson said the new release also completes the echocardiographic imaging and reporting module by adding support for fetal, pediatric and congenital patients. The module provides a comprehensive workflow solution for any echo department, streamlining technician and physician throughput.For more information: www.mckesson.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more center_img Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more last_img read more

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WestJet drops new BrandonToronto route citing lack of demand

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> BRANDON — Starting next week WestJet will no longer be offering direct service between Brandon, MB and Toronto.The airline says as of Sept. 26, it will remove the run from its schedule because demand for seats has not met expectations.The four-times-a-week flights began at the end of June to test response to the route.WestJet then announced in July that it would offer the service on a year-round basis starting late next month.People who have booked flights on the route will be contacted by WestJet directly to make alternate travel arrangements or to offer refunds.Lauren Stewart, a WestJet spokeswoman, says the company remains committed to Brandon and has not ruled out resuming service to Toronto, but it will “give it a rest” for now to see if demand revives.Stewart says since the beginning of the run, fewer than 5% of the seats were being sold.“We really thought it would pick up. It was a route that had been asked for, but unfortunately the bookings just weren’t there.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe City of Brandon said in a release that it’s disappointed with the loss of the eastern route.“These things come down to business decisions and that flight wasn’t performing to the expectations of WestJet,” city manager Scott Hildebrand told the Brandon Sun newspaper.“We still believe that a regional airport is of vital importance to the economy and we want to be prepared if something opens up in the future.”The Brandon Municipal Airport is undergoing a renovation and expansion that is expected to be completed early next year.WestJet will continue to operate a midday Brandon-Calgary flight seven days a week. It’s also bringing back an early morning departure and late-night return option for the route three times a week, beginning Oct. 23. WestJet drops new Brandon-Toronto route citing lack of demand Tags: WestJetcenter_img Travelweek Group Share Monday, September 19, 2016 last_img read more

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As the major ski resorts consolidate smaller resorts tout authenticity

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> DENVER — A budget ski resort in western Colorado came up with an eye-popping offer – a $700 lift ticket, the most expensive in the nation. Only this lift ticket comes with a sweet bonus: a pair of handcrafted skis made from Colorado wood.Gimmicky? Sure. But Sunlight Mountain Resort says that in an era of increasing ski-industry consolidation, where a handful of companies control more and more winter sport terrain, scrappy independent resorts need all the help they can get to compete with amenity-laden megaresorts.From baking fresh doughnuts for skiers to displaying local art to play up a sense of community, smaller, independent resorts say they have to rely on personality.“It’s the difference between Budweiser or a craft brew,” said Troy Hawks, Sunlight’s head of marketing and sales.The ski industry used to be dominated by independent resorts, where downhill and cross-country skiers would drive to a local mountain, maybe get a fireside cup of hot chocolate in a lodge, then drive home. A ski area with an on-mountain hotel was a rarity; one with nighttime entertainment and white-tablecloth dining would be a true destination.Starting in the 1980s, larger conglomerate companies started consolidating ski areas, investing heavily to make their mountains 12-month vacation destinations.They made room for upstart snowboarders. Added spas and skiing lessons for kids. Built condominiums and larger hotels. Allowed guests to one buy one pass good at several mountain resorts.Consolidation expanded in spurts. The trend hit a new milestone last October when Vail Resorts of Broomfield spent $1.05 billion to buy Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., North America’s biggest and busiest ski resort. The purchase brought Vail Resorts to a dozen ski areas, all of them destination resorts that court overnight guests.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“We’re seeing homogenization in the industry, no question,” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley Inc., an independently owned resort in New Mexico.Mega ski operators like Vail can afford to advertise worldwide, and they grab headlines when they grow. But an industry association that tracks skier visits says that smaller, independent resorts are holding their own.“There’s the visible national destination resorts, but there’s a whole other aspect of the industry made up of resorts that are closer to home, that they’re easily accessible, affordable, and in many cases specialize in teaching people how to ski,” said Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association, based in Lakewood.Just a fraction of the nations’ 463 ski areas are owned by multi-mountain conglomerates, and no one counts how many of the 57 million or so annual skier visits are made to independently owned mountains, Berry said.But he conceded that consolidation isn’t going away, making it imperative that independent resorts keep locals coming back.“The better they do, the more likely they are to be a target for acquisition. It’s one of those ironic realities,” Berry said.Owners of the independent mountains say they’re trying to buck the consolidation trend by competing with personality.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAt Taos, resort owners are investing in local art to play up the region’s acclaim for southwestern art, especially pottery and textiles.“As with any business, it’s important to try to come up with, ‘What is your differentiating factor?”’ Norden said.One Colorado resort uses its lack of amenities as an attraction. Silverton Mountain in southwest Colorado has no terrain for beginners or intermediates. No ski school. No hotel. Just one lift and 1,800 acres of uncrowded terrain for expert skiers. No frills. Just thrills.“We set ourselves apart by limiting the daily skier visits and making the experience the opposite of others,” said Silverton Mountain co-founder Jen Brill, who happily boasts that her mountain sees as many skiers in a season as the megaresort Breckenridge Ski Resort sees in a busy winter weekend.Another independent resort touts its family-friendly vibe, taking pride in its lack of alcohol sales and abundance of ski lessons.Brad Moretz, co-owner in Appalachian Ski Mtn. in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, said independent resorts simply need to play up their differences to keep a hold in a consolidating industry.“There are lots of people that look for a more personal experience,” Moretz said. “The conglomerates do a good job, but there is absolutely no replacement for pride of ownership.” Wednesday, December 28, 2016 By: Kristen Wyatt Source: The Associated Press Share As the major ski resorts consolidate, smaller resorts tout authenticity Tags: Colorado, Luxury Travel, Ski Resortslast_img read more

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Small but welcome increase in number of Canadians heading to Florida

first_img Share Travelweek Group Thursday, August 17, 2017 Small but welcome increase in number of Canadians heading to Florida Tags: Florida, Trend Watchcenter_img TAMPA — The number of Canadian visitors heading to Florida rebounded in the second quarter of 2017, showing a small increase of 0.8%. It wasn’t enough to offset a 2.2% dip in Q1 but it was a welcome and much-needed increase from this market.Back in 2011, more than 4 million Canadians headed to Florida for a visit. In 2016, three years into the loonie’s downward tumble, that number was down to 3.2 million.Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson, in a July 2017 interview with Travelweek, said Visit Florida recently “doubled-down” its budget in Canada in an effort to reverse the slide. “This past year we’ve increased our spend in Canada and now we’re going to see the results of that,” said Lawson.Florida set another record by welcoming the highest number of visitors of any six months in the state’s history with 60.7 million visitors.This represents a 4.1% increase over the same period in 2016, and includes 53.2 million domestic visitors, 5.3 million overseas visitors and 2.2 million Canadian visitors.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“I am proud to announce today that Florida has continued its record breaking success by welcoming more than 60 million visitors to our state over the first half of 2017 – the highest number of visitors of any six months in our state’s history,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.“This means back-to-back record quarters for our state. Now, with the investments made in VISIT FLORIDA during this year’s Special Legislative Session, we can continue to break records and work toward our goal of 120 million visitors this year.”Visit Florida estimates that a record 29.9 million visitors travelled to Florida in the second quarter of 2017 (April-June), an increase of 6.8% over the same period last year. This Q2 number breaks down to 26.4 million domestic visitors, 2.6 million overseas visitors and 899,000 Canadians coming to Florida.Total enplanements at Florida’s 18 major airports in Q2 2017 increased 6.1% over the same period the previous year, with a record 22.8 million enplaned passengers.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The number of hotel rooms sold in Florida in Q2 grew by 4.2% compared to Q2 2016. During the same period, Florida’s average daily room rate increased by 4% and occupancy by 2.5%.“With more than 60 million visitors to the state so far this year, this is an exciting and historic time for the Florida tourism industry. Visit Florida is committed to continuing to create cutting-edge marketing programs for our industry partners of all sizes that showcase the state to visitors and help make Florida the number one vacation destination in the world,” said Lawson. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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SecondQuarter GDP Maintains 25 Growth Rate

first_img The nation’s economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2013/pdf/gdp2q13_3rd.pdf (BEA) revealed Thursday. [IMAGE] Economists had expected the report–the third in the series of monthly GDP reports by the BEA–to show the economy had grown at a 2.8 percent annual rate, which would have been faster than the 2.5 percent growth rate BEA reported a month ago.The report–coming four days before the end of the third quarter–is more of a statistical footnote than market-moving news. Still, the 2.5 percent annualized growth rate means the economy grew at its fastest pace since the third quarter last year. GDP grew 1.1 percent in the first quarter and 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.Nonetheless, it suggested some of the fears that the federal budget cuts known as sequester would severely damage the economy had not materialized. The sequester cuts took effect March 1, the last month of the first quarter. With a full quarter’s effect of sequester growth moved closer to 3.0 percent, which is considered the trend rate of growth. Since 1930, growth has averaged 3.4 percent.In the same report, BEA said corporate profits rose 3.3 percent in the second quarter–slightly slower the 3.9 percent second quarter growth reported last month. Corporate profits fell 1.3 percent in the first quarter.According to the report, resident fixed investment contributed 14.2 percent to growth, up from the 12.9 percent contribution reported in the second GDP estimate a month ago. Residential fixed investment was $487.1 [COLUMN_BREAK]billion in the second quarter, up from $485.7 billion in the report last month and $471.2 billion in the first quarter.Non-residential fixed investment was revised upward as well, to $2.458 trillion from $2.455 trillion a month ago and $2.420 trillion a month ago.The change in GDP largely reflected a positive contribution from trade. In the initial report issued in July–which relied on incomplete data and estimates–net exports (exports minus imports) subtracted about $15 billion from the nation’s economy. In the revised report, net exports added $17 billion as exports exceeded imports.Government spending at all levels was reported at $2.904 trillion–revised up from $2.900 trillion–or 18.5 percent of second quarter GDP, down from 18.7 percent in the first quarter. Federal spending fell slightly to 7.45 percent in the second quarter from 7.52 percent in the first.Federal spending in the second quarter was $3.4 billion below the first quarter. The quarterly reduction in federal spending was the ninth in the last three years. GDP is the sum of personal consumption expenditures, investment spending, government outlays, and net exports. The “”formula”” for GDP is generally expressed as C (consumer spending) plus I (investment) plus G (government) minus X (net exports). If exports exceed imports, the “”X”” in the formula is positive; if imports exceed exports, it is a negative.The improvement in profits came largely in the non-financial sector, where second-quarter profits rose $37.8 billion after falling $3.1 billion in the first quarter. In the financial sector, second-quarter profits were up $24.5 billion after falling $4.1 billion in the first.The price index for gross domestic purchases, which measures prices paid by U.S. residents, increased 0.2 percent in the second quarter, 0.1 percentage points less than the report a month ago; this index increased 1.2 percent in the first quarter. Excluding food and energy prices, the price index for gross domestic purchases increased 0.8 percent in the second quarter compared with an increase of 1.4 percent in the first._Hear Mark Lieberman next Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Eastern and following him on Twitter at @foxeconomics._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Confidence Consumer spending GDP Inflation Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-09-26 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government September 26, 2013 386 Views center_img Second-Quarter GDP Maintains 2.5% Growth Rate Sharelast_img read more

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