Bizarro world Midterms offer little clarity on fate of USMCA tariff dispute

first_imgWASHINGTON – If the midterm elections were supposed to wipe clear the uncertainty of tariffs, trade and other smudges on the window into Canada-U.S. affairs, well, have a look at the bizarro world of politics in the United States of America.A Democratic majority in the House of Representatives was “very close to complete victory” for President Donald Trump. The election is both over and not over, thanks to vote-counting disputes in Florida, Georgia and Arizona. There’s a new trade deal, but the White House and Canada are still staring each other down over steel and aluminum.So good luck getting odds on when, or if, the new Congress will ratify the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“We don’t know yet,” Ohio trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said of how new House members are likely to vote when Capitol Hill takes up USMCA, something that he fears could now be a year or more away.Many definite Yes voters went down to defeat in the midterms, he said, including Texas congressional members John Culberson and Pete Sessions, Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen and Iowa’s David Young, among others — introducing yet another element of uncertainty into a political dynamic that seems these days to know little else.Uncertain doesn’t mean No, said Ujczo, a partner with U.S. trade and customs firm Dickinson Wright.“They’re freshmen — are they going to get pulled in the direction of their caucus, or do they reflect the views of their voters?” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of pressure on them to vote Yes, but it takes time — and it may be time that we don’t have.”While the hard-won agreement that emerged at the 11th hour six weeks ago after a 13-month marathon of difficult talks awaits a vote, the terms of the nearly 25-year-old deal it was meant to replace will remain in effect, federal officials in Ottawa say.Powerful Republicans who oppose tariffs, such as Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are still around and wielding their influence, they note. So are prominent Democrats who prefer the new deal to the old one, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.But those steel and aluminum tariffs are still around, too.“There have been some high-level discussions, but no direct negotiations,” Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton said Friday of the plan to resume tariff talks with American trade czar Robert Lighthizer.“I saw Ambassador Lighthizer last week, and I said to him, ‘When you guys are ready, let’s sit down and talk.’ “MacNaughton acknowledged that the midterms might have raised more questions than they answered. But there’s little concern within Canadian circles that Congress will do anything but approve the deal, when it gets around to it.“There is a lack of clarity right now,” he said. “But as people begin to better understand the deal, I think you’ll be surprised at the degree of support there is.”Another paradox: one might think a weakened Republican caucus would undermine the Trump doctrine of using tariffs to extract more favourable trade terms. In fact, if those members who survived the midterms feel the need to be more closely aligned with the president, the opposite could be true.“The challenge is that the Trump administration, along with the American electorate, is creating a realignment in ideology of both parties,” said Capri Cafaro, a former Ohio state legislator turned Washington political academic.“You have traditional free traders within the Republican party that think that tariffs are ridiculous … then you have the Trump Republicans that really have embraced this more protectionist economic policy. Those two factions of the Republican party are not going to agree.”That may be part of the reason why, in a combative White House news conference Tuesday, the president seemed genuinely cheered by the results, even taking the time to read off a list of Republican casualties who’d spurned his help on the campaign trail.“Those are some of the people that, you know, decided for their own reason not to embrace … me or what we stand for. But what we stand for meant a lot to most people,” he said. “I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.”While it’s true that the Democrats won in a number of congressional districts where tariffs were an issue, such as in Ohio farm country, the margin of victory wasn’t enough to suggest to Ujczo that the outcome should be seen as a repudiation of Trump’s trade doctrine.“What we did not see on Tuesday was where these farmers, farm country that’s losing half of its livelihood because of these tariff fights, move to the Democrat party. They didn’t,” he said.“I think it may be a stretch to say that is support for continuing this trade policy into perpetuity, but they are giving the president a long leash.”— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStylelast_img read more

Nezha Regragui My Son Saad Lamjarred Was Victim of a Setup

Casablanca – In an interview with Moroccan publication Le360, Nezha Regragui, the famous Moroccan actress and mother of singer Saad Lamjarred, who was recently arrested on charges of sexual assault, defends her son’s innocence.When asked if she has had any news from him, Regragui said that she hadn’t. “I swear to you that I have no news from him,” she told Le360.“Everything was going well for him and for his concert in Paris [at the Palais des Congrès],” she added. Lamjarred was scheduled to perform for a sold out crowed at the famous venue, a dream come true for any musician. “The show was very important for him and for his career,” she continued. Regragui claims her son has been set up, and that he is “paying the price for his success and fame.” She is devoted to helping him out of this situation, saying, “I will fight for him. God is big, and there are important lawyers who will defend him.”The case is followed closely by Moroccan authorities, namely the Minister of Culture, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, who said that he is “following this issue with great interest and [that] contacts have been made between the authorities of both countries to clarify this matter.” read more

Peace prospects in Angola brighter than ever before UN envoy tells Security

Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Africa, briefed the Council in an open meeting this morning on his just-concluded mission to Angola, where he had met with government officials and representatives of the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) after witnessing their signing of a ceasefire agreement on 4 April.Mr. Gambari told the Council that the chances of returning to war in Angola were now very negligible, but the irreversibility of the peace process would depend on a number of factors, including the quartering of UNITA soldiers, which had to be “done right, promptly and on schedule,” and meeting the humanitarian needs of their families – about 300,000 people.Conditions must also be created for the promotion of national reconciliation, and national reconstruction, Mr. Gambari stressed, adding that UNITA should emerge as a united political party and credible interlocutor in the country’s peace process and democratization.In noting the critical humanitarian situation, Mr. Gambari said the number of displaced persons has increased by 400,000 to 4.5 million. He noted, however, that the international community had only granted 10 per cent of the needs stated in the Consolidated Appeal Process and said the Council might, therefore, wish to appeal for continued assistance to the people of Angola, especially in this critical phase of the peace process.As for the United Nations role in Angola, Mr. Gambari listed seven critical areas, including military observation of the quartering process, provision of technical and managerial support in quartering areas, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, and humanitarian support and electoral assistance. The UN is also expected to chair the Joint Commission of the peace process’s second phase.Following Mr. Gambari’s briefing, Ambassador Ismael A. Gaspar Martins of Angola told the Council that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the cessation of hostilities had marked a turning point in the history of his country.With peace a reality, Angola would be ready to finally embark on a sustainable programme to address its medium- and long-term reconstruction needs, Ambassador Martins said, adding that Luanda expected the UN to play a central role in assisting the Government in organizing and mobilizing support for an international donors conference. read more

US qualifies for 2014 World Cup beats Mexico 20 in Columbus

The overwhelming roar of 24,584 fans screaming “dos a cero,” was the only audible thing in Crew Stadium at the end of the U.S. men’s national soccer team’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in a 2014 World Cup Qualifying match. The win, coupled with a tie between Honduras and Panama, officially qualifies the men for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and it is the team’s fourth straight win over Mexico in Columbus since 2001.Before the match even began, fans of both teams were jumping up and down and yelling chants of support for their teams. The smell of beer, fireworks and body odor lingered in the air throughout the match.The U.S. beat Mexico by the same score in the last World Cup qualifying match played in Columbus in 2009.Not even five minutes into the second half, U.S. forward Landon Donovan took a corner kick and placed it perfectly into the box for teammate and fellow forward Eddie Johnson, who scored the game’s first goal, sending the crowd into a frenzy.“This is awesome!,” said Tom Shutt, who attended his first match of international play Tuesday. “We missed the game here last year and we weren’t going to miss it again this year.”Last year, the U.S. team played Jamaica in Columbus and won 1-0 in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.Almost exactly 30 minutes later, the U.S. recorded a second goal, giving the team a 2-0 cushion with 12 minutes remaining. Donovan scored from almost point-blank after receiving a pass from the right side of the box from midfielder Mix Diskerud. The fans went wild.“It’s overwhelming,” said David Wintman from New York. “I’ve been to other sporting events before, but the energy here — it’s insane!”The U.S. had a chance to make it a 3-0 victory in extra time when forward Clint Dempsey was tripped up in the box by a Mexico defender. Dempsey missed the penalty kick and not even a minute later the referee blew his whistle to end the match.“It was very exciting!” said Asia Tonti, an OSU graduate student attending the game. “Everyone was very supportive of the team during a much needed victory. I am very proud of the way Columbus looks tonight.” read more

The 2016 Cubs Won Just Like The 1997 Marlins Did

As the Chicago Cubs celebrated winning the World Series last month, much of the attention centered on the contributions of young, homegrown players such as National League MVP Kris Bryant and third-place Cy Young finisher Kyle Hendricks. But under the guidance of general manager Theo Epstein, the Cubs also loaded up on external talent — and salaries — in preparation for their title run. Even after adjusting for MLB-wide increases in the cost of a win,1For the purposes of this story, all references to payroll increases will be adjusted by measuring changes relative to differences in how much marginal salary bought a win above replacement (averaging together the two methods of WAR found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference) between the seasons in question. Chicago boosted their payroll by 169 percent between 2014 and 2016 — a record two-season increase among World Series winners.2At least since 1985, the first season for which has team payroll data.It’s a fitting coincidence that the previous mark was set by a team whose roster was basically completed about 20 years earlier. On Dec. 12, 1996, the Florida Marlins signed free-agent outfielder Moises Alou to a five-year, $25 million contract, the final major piece of a team built largely through a wild, two-year spending spree. When they celebrated their own championship 10 months later, Florida would face accusations of having “bought a World Series,” but they also set a model that many teams would follow over the ensuing years, sometimes to great success — as with the Cubs — and often to great failure. Either way, the era of the store-bought championship bid was at hand.As the hot stove burned in late 1996, the Marlins had only been around as a franchise for four seasons, and they’d never finished a season with a record above .500. But they were also trending upward: Florida had improved its winning percentage in each season the team existed, including an 80-82 record in 1996, which saw them post a 31-24 record (a 91-win pace) in August and September.Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, already a ’90s business icon for his ownership stake in video-rental titan Blockbuster Entertainment, was also sinking more money in his teal-clad expansion club. Before the 1996 season, Florida GM Dave Dombrowski had upped the team’s payroll by 38 percent,3A raw increase of $6.6M, even as the MLB-wide rate of marginal salary per WAR slightly decreased. from 25th in baseball to 16th, reeling in such big-name free agents as Kevin Brown, Al Leiter and Devon White. The next winter, Dombrowski poured even more cash into Florida’s roster — increasing payroll by another 33 percent — when he signed more free-agent deals with Alou, Alex Fernandez, Bobby Bonilla and Jim Eisenreich.Unsurprisingly, all that aggressive free-agent spending gave new Marlins manager Jim Leyland significantly more talent to work with. If we use Tom Tango’s WARcel projections as a simple way to judge how many wins Florida could have expected to get out of its new acquisitions (as well as the cost of losing the players it jettisoned in the process), the Marlins picked up more than 15 net WAR in talent for 1997 alone through Dombrowski’s wheeling and dealing over the previous two offseasons, another modern-era4Again, going back to the advent of complete team-payroll data in 1985. record for an eventual World Series winner. But having an existing talent base is still preferable to buying one. According to my regression, each extra WAR a team starts with before a two-year stretch of acquiring players is worth about a 60 percent bigger boost to its World Series odds than a WAR of talent snagged from outside the organization over the following two years.9In a way, this makes sense: Existing talent is generally younger, with more potential production (and more cost-controlled years) ahead of them with the club than players poached from other organizations.Plus, the effect of supercharging a roster has lost some of its potency since Florida spent its way to glory. If we split up our data into two sets — one that covers the 1987 through 1997 seasons, and the other for every year since — a one-standard deviation increase in payroll and talent meant a 40 percent bigger bump in World Series odds back then than it would now.Anecdotal evidence bears this idea out, as well. Before the 2016 Cubs made good use of their massive talent influx, the 2004 Boston Red Sox were the last team to win a championship with anything close to the same expensive quick-build strategy as the 1997 Marlins employed. And they were the exception to the rule that most free-spending title bids fall short. For instance, extreme shopping sprees by the Yankees in the early to mid-2000s and, more recently, by the Los Angeles Dodgers yielded a grand total of zero titles, despite the huge financial advantages. (Yes, the Yankees won it all in 2009, but that year they spent about 21 percent less — relative to the MLB average — than they had at their peak in 2005.)Despite fears of a “bought” championship dating back to the advent of free agency (if not earlier), baseball is a tough sport to rig with pure cash. Not only is the postseason incredibly random, but it’s difficult to even predict whether a team will be good enough to get there in the first place. The very best team in baseball only has something like a 15 percent chance of winning it all going into a given season, and although there’s no such thing as having too much talent on a roster, putting that philosophy into practice gets mighty expensive mighty fast. That’s why World Series winners such as the 1997 Marlins — and, now, the 2016 Cubs — are destined to remain historical anomalies, ranking among the very few teams in history who ever saw a complex multiyear building scheme end in anything other than frustration. At the time, no modern team had ever won a championship following such a talent binge. When the defending-champion New York Yankees spent the off-seasons of 1994 and 1995 loading up on players, that meant adding 9 net WAR of talent and 56 percent more payroll5A raw increase of $8.2M over seasons where the cost of WAR was decreasing.. In terms of totally overhauling their roster from the outside, mainly through the power of free-agent shopping, the Marlins were on another level entirely.And it worked out well. Together, Brown, Fernandez, Alou, Bonilla, White, Leiter and Eisenreich combined for about 19 of the Marlins’ 37 total WAR, a big reason — along with 1993 trade pickup Gary Sheffield — why 77 percent of Florida’s wins that season were generated by players who debuted with other franchises. (No World Series winner had gotten less from its homegrown players in the previous 74 years.) In combination with a few homegrown talents such as Livan Hernandez,6Hernandez grew up playing in Cuba, but he defected in 1995 and signed an amateur free-agent deal with the Marlins. Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria, Florida’s mercenary contingent powered the Marlins to 92 wins and the NL Wild Card, then navigated the team through a difficult string of postseason opponents en route to a seven-game World Series triumph over the Cleveland Indians — the first-ever Series win for a wild-card team.Of course, just as swiftly as it had been built, Florida’s talent machine was disassembled part by part. By spring training of 1999 — just 16 months after Renteria lined a walk-off single up the middle to seal Game 7 — 22 of the 1997 Marlins’ top 26 players by WAR had been purged from the team’s roster, scattered across the majors in baseball’s most infamous “fire sale.”Critics railed against the cynicism of instantly gutting a championship roster, a blight that still taints that Florida team’s legacy. But the Marlins were undeniably trendsetters: In the decade leading up to 1997, only 13 teams had been built in a similar manner, increasing payroll by at least 25 percent and adding at least 5 net WAR of talent over a two-year span. In the two decades since, 36 teams have tried the same tactic — nearly 40 percent more attempts per season.7And, again, this is inflation-adjusted — it measures payroll increases over and beyond changes to the MLB-wide price of a win. With MLB teams’ revenues exploding in the post-strike era, more and more teams began mounting Marlins-style tactical spending strikes.As for whether that strategy has been a reliable path to victory, well, it’s complicated. Based on a logit regression using MLB data since 1987,8With the dependent variable being whether a team won the World Series or not — yep, this is an all-or-nothing analysis, in the spirit of the 1997 Marlins’ build-and-tear-down model — and the independent ones being the amount of WAR a team started out with before its two-year spending spree, and the amount of WAR talent added and percentage change in payroll over the subsequent two years. increasing payroll and/or talent can certainly increase a team’s probability of winning the World Series: If an average team were to add as much to its roster as the 1997 Marlins did, its championship probability would increase sevenfold. read more

Couple who tortured and murdered nanny should be burned at the stake

The parents of a French nanny who was tortured and murdered by the couple she worked for say her killers deserve the death penalty.Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, beat, imprisoned and tortured Sophie Lionnet to death at their home before throwing her body on a bonfire.After the pair were found guilty of murder on Thursday, Miss Lionnet’s mother, Catherine Devallonne, said the couple should be “burned at the stake”.She told The Sun: “That’s what they deserve. It’s maybe cruel but what they did was even more cruel.”Miss Lionnet’s father Patrick Lionnet added: “These people do not deserve to live.” She also accused him of sexually abusing a cat, using black magic and hiring a helicopter to spy on her. Sophie Lionnet from Troyes, France 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. The patio where Sophie Lionnet’s body was foundCredit:Metropolitan Police The Old Bailey heard that Kouider and Medouni had killed 21-year-old Miss Lionnet over a bizarre obsession with an ex-Boyzone pop star.They had built a warped fantasy around music mogul Mark Walton and accused the nanny of being in league with him.Kouider was fixated with her ex-boyfriend Mr Walton, and Medouni bought into the fantasy in what has been described outside court as a “folie a deux”.Over five years, Kouider reported the wealthy musician to police more than 30 times and received a caution for branding him a paedophile on a fake Facebook profile. In a filmed “confession”, the emaciated and broken young woman admitted she had drugged Medouni so Mr Walton could sexually assault him.Within hours, she was dead, having been tortured with water in the bath.Afterwards, the defendants tried to get away with murder by burning her body in the garden of their flat, near Wimbledon, south-west London.When firefighters were alerted by neighbours to pungent-smelling smoke in September last year, Medouni tried to pass off the charred remains as a sheep. The defendants later admitted disposing of Miss Lionnet’s body but denied her murder, blaming each other for her death. Sophie Lionne, pictured two days before she was found Sophie Lionnet was thin and gaunt in this picture two days before she was found deadCredit:Metropolitan Police According to Kouider, Medouni killed her in the bath then demanded they have sex as she lay dead nearby.Before the trial, Medouni claimed Miss Lionnet died by accident after he punched her during the interrogation.He offered to admit manslaughter but later retracted his confession, saying he made it to protect his wife, who has been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder.Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC told jurors that neither were prepared to admit the truth – that they killed her out of “revenge and punishment”.Following the verdict, Ms Devallonne said her daughter had reassured her that all was well during telephone conversations before her death. Sabrina Kouider (right), 35, and Ouissem Medouni (left), 40, built a warped fantasy around music mogul Mark Walton and accused Sophie Lionnet of conspiring with him She told The Sun that she now believed Miss Lionnet was hiding the truth in order to protect her family.She would have done “everything possible” to get her daughter home if she had “given me a little sign”, she added.Jurors spent nearly 30 hours deliberating before convicting Kouider and Medouni. The pair are due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on June 26. Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider The patio where the body was found The mother of two went on to claim Mr Walton had seduced Miss Lionnet with sex and promises of Hollywood stardom.She and her on-off husband Medouni interrogated Miss Lionnet for hours to get to “the truth”.Jurors heard more than eight hours of recordings in which Miss Lionnet was slapped, likened to a Nazi collaborator and called “worse than a murderer”.Kouider, who claimed to know influential people including US president Donald Trump, threatened to have her locked up and even marched her to a police station.In her final days, Miss Lionnet was hit with an electrical cable and beaten so badly she had five broken ribs and a cracked breast bone. Sophie Lionnet was originally from Troyes, France Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider will be sentenced next monthCredit:Metropolitan Police Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider in a court sketchCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA read more

VDMA reports 10 turnover increase for German mining equipment OEMs in H1

first_imgMining equipment manufacturers in Germany have succeeded in increasing their turnover for the first time since the economic and financial crisis. Compared to the same period of the previous year, revenues rose by 10% in the first six months of 2018, while incoming orders saw an increase of 17%.“There are clear signs that the strong decline in turnover we experienced over the past years has bottomed out and that the sector can now look forward to an upswing once again,” says Dr Michael Schulte Strathaus, Chairman of the VDMA Mining Association. He expects that turnover will increase by 8% for the whole year 2018.Foreign business is the key reason behind the positive development. The expected increase in turnover is almost completely generated by business outside Europe. According to VDMA figures, exports to China increased by 55% in the first six months, while exports to Russia rose by 54%. In addition, business with Canada, parts of South America and Australia is going well. Exports to Canada in the first six months of 2018 were almost on par with the export figures of the entire previous year (EUR 26 million compared to EUR 29 million). One half of the 45% increase in South America can be attributed to exports to Argentina (EUR 14 million), while mining equipment at a value of EUR 23.5 million was delivered to Australia. In contrast, business in Europe is declining. Compared to the same period of the previous year, exports to EU-28 countries declined by approximately 40% in the first half of 2018. “This decline can be attributed to last year’s investments in major infrastructure projects, which had an influence on the previous year’s figures,” says Klaus Stöckmann, VDMA Mining. Business with the rest of Europe fared much better, with export figures increasing by nearly 7%. Exports to the USA declined slightly (- 4%).Domestic business is also experiencing a downturn, with turnover in the first six months dropping by 35% compared to the same period of the previous year. VDMA Mining assumes that this decline can be attributed to the phasing out of coal mining and particularly the uncertainties concerning lignite. Capacity expansions are expected neither in the coal sector, nor in the potash and salt industry. The association expects similar or slightly declining turnover in the domestic market for the future.At the peak of the economic and financial crisis in 2012, the German mining technology sector was experiencing a strong economic tailwind. While virtually all other industrial sectors recorded heavy losses, the German mining equipment sector achieved an all-time record turnover of EUR 6.2 billion. One major reason were the long lead times, with one to two years passing between order receipt and delivery, and thus receipt of payment. Economic factors thus made their mark on manufacturers’ balance sheets with a considerable delay. The impact of global developments was felt only one year later. Since then, turnover declined by more than 50% to EUR 2.7 billion in the previous year. However, this downturn now seems to have bottomed out. The significant increase in incoming orders of 17% in the first months of 2018 is considered to be a clear sign of economic recovery in this sector, as is the increase in turnover of 10% recorded in the same period.According to VDMA, the overall increase in demand is almost exclusively due to replacements and investments the global mining industry undertakes to optimise efficiency and costs, and to increase safety in the mines. “This is what drives our business,” says Stöckmann. Exploration projects concerning new raw material deposits are few and far between at the moment. In fact, mine operators in some parts of the world are still devoting much of their time to reducing the excess capacities created prior to the economic and financial crisis.The VDMA is currently working on developing a technology roadmap for member companies to provide a guideline for the future. The roadmap is intended to provide comprehensive information on the technical challenges and requirements the sector will be facing in the next 10 to 15 years. “This is an ongoing process,” says Stöckmann. “We are currently in the midst of discussions.” In addition, the roadmap is intended to highlight potential areas of cooperation between member companies and universities. And the first step has already been taken. Together with RWTH Aachen University, the VDMA is planning an event under the motto “High-performance mining,” which is to be held on December 4 and 5, 2018. This event is designed to assist mining equipment manufacturers in identifying and addressing market demands early on.last_img read more

Womens EHF Cup Danish duo Metz and Zalau in TOP 4

  20 : 39(11.03.2013) SGrupo Asfi Itxako Navarra H.C. Zalau VSAstrakhanochka Danish teams Midtjyland and Team Tvis Holstebro, French Metz Handball and Romanian Zalau will fight for the glory at the Women’s EHF Cup this season: VSFC Midtjylland VSTeam Tvis Holstebro Tertnes Bergen 42:70   30 : 33(17.03.2013) 45:52 Metz Handball   36 : 29(10.03.2013)   19 : 33(16.03.2013) 66:62   39 : 21(09.03.2013) Metz handballmidtjyllandTeam Tvis HolstebroZalauZalau handball 65:43   26 : 19(09.03.2013)   26 : 22(17.03.2013) HC “Kuban” Krasnodar   22 : 31(10.03.2013) ← Previous Story Confirmed: Michael Kraus returns to Frisch auf Göppingen! Next Story → Nik Tominec to stay in Kadetten Schaffhausen until 2015

Heres how your life would be different if Facebook didnt exist

first_img Source: FlickrRemember when you used to meet someone for the first time and you literally wouldn’t know a thing about them?  Maybe you had a mutual friend, and that mutual friend might have given you a short spiel on who they are, but that was it.These days you generally have a concept of who someone is before you lay eyes on them in real life.  You’ve seen their photos, you know where they went to college, you know who you have in common and you’ve probably decided whether or not you like them.Your friends would be your friends Source: ImgurThese days, the term ‘friends’ is used pretty loosely. Most people have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but how many of them are people they actually like and see, and how many of them are people they only stay connected to so that they can hate-read their feed?  (Don’t kid yourself, you totally do that.)Blind dates would be blind datesThese days, a blind date just means you’ve yet to physically meet them.  You’ve seen their photos, you’ve checked out their friends, and decided whether the fact that they don’t seem to have a firm grasp on grammar punctuation is important.Back in ye olden days you’d get to see if there was a spark before investigating any of the other factors.You would have to actually remember birthdays Source: ImgurA FATE WORSE THAN DEATH.You would also be free of the internal debate you experience when Facebook reminds you that it’s one of your ‘friends’ birthdays but you haven’t seen or spoken to them in years…You would probably work more Source: ImgurHow long do you spend on Facebook at work?  No really, don’t kid yourself.It’s a lot, isn’t it?You may still use invitations Source: ImgurRemember inviations?  They used to be for more than weddings!Imagine receiving an actual invitation to a birthday party!Less FOMO… way less FOMO Source: ShutterstockThere was a lot to be said for the days when you spent a Friday night in, blissfully unaware of what your friends (and frenemies) were up to.These days, it looks like everyone is having the BEST NIGHT EVER all the time. Despite the fact that they’re probably not, and it’s all probably a front for the personal PR campaign that is Facebook, you can’t help but feel like you’re missing out.Your exes could actually remain in the pastYou could break up with someone and actually break up.  If you didn’t want to see them or be reminded of them, it was no problem!Now, unfortunately, the pull of the Facebook is frequently too much for people. Even if you delete the ex, you’ve still got plenty of reminders via mutual friends.  Obsessing is a lot easier these days, and that’s not a good thing.Hideous photos of you would exist without you knowing about them Source: TwitterNo tagging, no begging for a delete.  Hard copies of bad photos would exist, and might be shown to everyone you know before you’ve even set eyes on them.Ouch.Facebook has launched a weird personalised movie about YOUR life>Here’s what Facebook looked like when it launched this day ten years ago> AS YOU MAY know, today is Facebook’s tenth birthday.  Ten years ago today, Mark Zuckerberg and his college roomates founded the network which was designed to facilitate communication between students.Now, of course, it is used by 1.2 billion people, and for many is a big part of everyday life.  In fact, if you’re interested in finding out just how much time you’ve spent on it over the last ten years you can do so here, just be warned, the figure may upset you.But what if Facebook had never happened?  What if Zuck and the lads had spent their days drinking beer and kissing girls instead of developing the network?  Here’s how your life would be different if Facebook didn’t exist.You could actually avoid school friends Source: gurThese days, unless you’re ruthless with the ‘not now’ button, it’s difficult to avoid people from school.Your mind will boggle at the people who request you, from people you never spoke to once to people who made your life hell.  And still, because you feel it would be rude not to, you accept them, opening your life to constant reminders of people you have no interest in knowing about.You’d still have to sit through people showing you their photos Source: ShutterstockOne of the beautiful thing about Facebook is that you have a choice as to whether or not you want to flick through someone else’s photographs.No more sitting while someone else controls the speed and thoroughness of the picture show, these days you can skip them entirely if you want to!  Although, let’s be honest, you rarely want to skip them, because we’re nosy creeps and that’s why Facebook is so successful.You would be a lot less aware of other people’s children Source: ShutterstockOnce upon a time, you knew that your friends had children, but that was about the extent of it.They’d tell you the occasional cute story, you’d turn up for special occasions and talk about how cute they are, and your end of the bargain was done.These days, Facebook gives overexcited parents the chance to share every little detail.  Fortunately, not all of them do, but those who do it, really, really do it.You’d meet people for the first time without a back storylast_img read more

Eurozone continues with talks on reducing Greek debt

first_imgEurozone finance ministers held a teleconference on Saturday to discuss strategies for making Greek debt sustainable ahead of a new meeting in Brussels on Monday, when they will be under pressure to come up with a definitive solution. There was no immediate statement after the teleconference, which was part of the continuing discussions that took place over the weekend, including further technical work from the Euro Working Group, aimed at striking a formula that is likely to reduce Greek debt from a projected 189 percent of GDP next year to 124 percent in 2020. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras returned to Athens on Saturday from the European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels, where the 27 politicians discussed the EU budget. Samaras used the opportunity to speak in person to 12 of his counterparts, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Mario Monti. Sources said Samaras attempted to stress to fellow leaders the economic difficulties faced by Greece, describing the “post-Hiroshima” fallout of the crisis. Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach a conclusive agreement on how to deal with Greek debt on Tuesday and are to hold their third meeting in two weeks in Brussels this Monday. The solutions that are likely to be on the table are lending Greece money to buy back its bonds at a reduced rate on the secondary market, the European Central Bank returning the profits it made on Greek bonds and Greece’s partners reducing the interest rate on their bilateral loans to Athens. Kathimerini understands that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had been in a position during last week’s Eurogroup to advocate a drastic reduction in the interest rates on bilateral loans to Greece, as well as the extension of their maturities, to help make Greek debt sustainable. But he ended up adopting a more conservative position after the German government’s coalition partners, the CSU and FDP, advised Chancellor Merkel that such an initiative would not have their support and would not pass through the German parliament. Beyond domestic politics, one factor that could complicate any deal is that the International Monetary Fund seems to be advocating that any bond buyback scheme should happen immediately, possibly even before December 14, when T-bills worth 3.4 billion euros are due to mature. This would mean a fresh delay for Greece’s loan tranche, which would be held up until the buyback has been completed. Greece is hoping to receive the whole 44 billion euros due to be released from the bailout program next month. As things stand, all of this money will go to cover immediate obligations. Some 24 billion euros will be used to complete the bank recapitalization program, 9 billion will be invested in the buyback scheme, 4.5 billion is needed to cover the primary deficit, 3.5 billion has been slated to reduce state arrears, 3.4 billion is needed to cover four-week T-bills that mature next month and 500 million euros will go toward covering a bond that matures on December 21. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nouveau smartphone Samsung le Stratosphere

first_imgNouveau smartphone Samsung : le StratospherePerdu dans les nuages entre deux Galaxy ou produit secret en contre attaque au Motorola Admiral…Quoiqu’il en soit, très peu d’informations circulent sur ce nouveau produit du coréen Samsung. Disponible au Etats-Unis, on ne sait pas si il réussira à traverser l’océan pour atteindre nos cieux.Pourtant, le Samsung Stratosphere a du cachet. Equipé d’une nouvelle puce LTE couvrant la 4G, d’un processeur Hummingbird de 1 GHz, il affiche un écran de 4 pouces (de technologie Super AMOLED) avec un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels couplé à un flash LED. L’une des principales nouveautés, en plus de sa puce, est l’apparition d’un clavier coulissant (type QWERTY pour la version américaine).Il semblerait donc que les claviers physiques reviennent à la mode à l’ère où tout devient tactile. Nous pouvons toujours espérer voir ce nouveau modèle Samsung sur notre sol. Mais pour le moment, le Stratosphere en France, c’est un peu comme la reformation de la couche d’ozone…un doux rêve.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 11:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TCI Sports Minister high commendation for Rita Gardiner

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #RitaGardiner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 20, 2017 – Providenciales – High praises must go to the variety of sporting entities in the Turks and Caicos Islands which make it happened for so many of our people… younger and older.    The Minister of Sports, Karen Malcolm joins the choir of people saluting yet another TCI woman and person for shining as top of her game on the international stage, Rita Gardiner.Mrs. Gardiner was on Tuesday pinned with a special medal, delivered by the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation – Louise Martin for outstanding sports development.   Minister Malcolm said,“Mrs. Gardiner is well deserving of this award for all the hard work and dedication she gave to the world of sports.”Hon. Malcolm also commented that Mrs. Gardiner, a trailblazer in many ways, has committed extensive time and knowledge as she traveled and worked with athletes from all disciplines of sport. She further stated that;  “I am proud that my government has redoubled efforts to support all sports.  We are making provisions to enhance opportunities for all athletes to participate in sports, and to ensure athletes and coaches have access to the training and competition opportunities.”#MagneticMediaNews#RitaGardiner TCIs Rita Gardiner is first woman with Commonwealth Games honourary medallast_img read more

Paul Merson opens up about Liverpool FCs FA Cup exit

first_imgArsenal legend Paul Merson believes that Liverpool FC’s FA Cup exit will give the team time to concentrate on the Premier League title race.Liverpool lost 2-1 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a match where manager Jurgen Klopp featured a youthful team while resting most of the first-team players in a move to concentrate on the Premier League title race.Speaking to The Debate on Sky Sports via The Sports review, Merson said:“I just think it’s another game out the way. They’ve got a two-week break after playing a couple more league games and recharge their batteries.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They’re in an unbelievable position to make history, they haven’t won the league in 29 years – don’t get carried away and start thinking about the double, concentrate on the league.“As long as it doesn’t affect the players’ thinking, two defeats on the trot, but they’ve just been beaten by Man City, one of the best teams in the world, and made nine changes tonight.“For me, it could be the best thing that happened to them.”last_img read more

North Miami PD appoints interim police chief

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The North Miami Police Department has appointed a new interim police chief.Larry Juriga, a 23-year NMPD veteran, was appointed as the department’s interim police chief, Friday.“I have complete confidence in the talent amongst our current NMPD leadership,” said North Miami City Manager Larry Spring. “I am committed to ensuring all options are explored in selecting a Police Chief to meet the needs of our community. For this reason, we will conduct a nationwide search for the most suitable candidate.”Former Police Chief Gary Eugene left the department, Friday, in the midst of controversy.Related: North Miami police chief speaks out against department for resignation ultimatumEugene was asked to resign after an internal investigation following the shooting of a mental health therapist by an officer, last year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Diana Ross Is Set To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMY Awards

first_img Twitter Facebook Diana Ross Is Set To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMY Awards News In what is sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY moment, the Recording Academy will honor the disco-pop icon and celebrate the rich history of her greatest musical accomplishmentsRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Jan 31, 2019 – 6:37 am The Recording Academy has announced a very special performance by Diana Ross during this year’s 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. In what is sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY moment, the Recording Academy will honor the icon and celebrate the rich history of her greatest musical accomplishments. We’re thrilled to announce a very special #GRAMMYs performance by @DianaRoss! We will be honoring her landmark career and contributions to music with a special 75th Diamond Diana birthday performance.— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) January 31, 2019One of the most influential artists and greatest entertainers of all time, Ms. Ross has without a doubt made a profound impact in the world of music. Considered a trailblazer in entertainment, she was the leader of the most successful female group of all time and launched a timeless global solo career resulting in milestone chart successes and accolades, film soundtracks, and live concert box office records around the world.Her journey to date includes charting an astounding 42 No.1 songs, 91 singles, and 59 albums, and she has amassed more than 100 million sales and streams with her historic recordings.In 2012, Ms. Ross was recognized by the Recording Academy as the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.Previously announced 61st GRAMMY Awards performers include GRAMMY winners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone, plus multi-GRAMMY nominee Brandi Carlile, past GRAMMY nominee Miley Cyrus, and current multi-GRAMMY nominee H.E.R. You can also expect performances from current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves.Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe & More To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead more Email Diana Ross Is Set To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYs diana-ross-set-perform-2019-grammy-awardslast_img read more

Son of slain Malta whistleblower assails complicit PM

first_imgA person lights a candle during a candlelight vigil in Sliema, on October 16, 2017, in tribute to late journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb close to her home in Bidnija, Malta. Photo: AFPThe son of a murdered Maltese journalist on Tuesday accused prime minister Joseph Muscat of being complicit in his mother’s death in a grisly killing that sent shockwaves across Europe.Matthew Caruana Galizia, himself a journalist involved in digesting the Panama Papers, said his mother had been assassinated for doing her job in investigating alleged corruption.In an emotional post on his Facebook page, the son of whistleblowing blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia accused Muscat of filling his office with crooks and creating a culture of impunity that had turned Malta into a “mafia island”.The case looks set to increase scrutiny of Malta by its partners in the European Union, some of whom have already expressed concern over the island’s light-touch regulation of its banking sector and a controversial investment scheme that gives wealthy individuals access to an EU passport.The European Commission said Tuesday that it was horrified by what it termed a likely “targeted attack”.”This is a horrible event, a major thing that needs to be investigated, and clarified, and justice needs to be brought,” commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.Caruana Galizia, a veteran journalist once described as a “one-woman Wikileaks”, used her widely read blog to make a series of detailed allegations of corruption in Muscat’s inner circle, some based on the Panama Papers data leak.Her killing has triggered an outpouring of grief on the island of 430,000 people, with thousands expected for a second round of commemorations on Tuesday afternoon in the fortress capital Valletta.She was the fourth person to die in a Malta car bombing in just over a year, though previous attacks were all linked to criminal feuds and did not generate anything like the shock created by Caruana’s death.- ‘Inferno’ -“I am never going to forget, running around the inferno in the field, trying to figure out a way to open the door, the horn of the car still blaring, screaming at two policemen who turned up with a single fire extinguisher to use it,” Matthew Caruana wrote.”They stared at me. ‘I’m sorry, there is nothing we can do”, one of them said. “I looked down and there were my mother’s body parts all around me. I realised they were right, it was hopeless.”Muscat has described the killing as “barbaric” and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice with the help of FBI investigators.That pledge was dismissed by the victim’s son, who said one of the police officers involved in investigating the murder had celebrated his mother’s death online.”A culture of impunity has been allowed to flourish by the government in Malta,” he wrote.”It is of little comfort for the Prime Minister of this country to say that he will ‘not rest’ until the perpetrators are found, when he heads a government that encouraged that same impunity.”First he filled his office with crooks, then he filled the police with crooks and imbeciles, then he filled the courts with crooks and incompetents.”If the institutions were already working, there would be no assassination to investigate — and my brothers and I would still have a mother.”- Assange offers reward -The judge in charge of investigating the murder stepped aside from the case Tuesday following objections from the Caruana Galizia family that she was too close to the Labour Party administration.Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera had been accused of misconduct by the blogger and had threatened her with libel proceedings.Caruana Galizia’s death came four months after Muscat won a landslide victory in elections that were called early after she accused his wife of taking kickbacks from Azerbaijan’s ruling family and hiding the cash in a secret Panama bank account.The claims, which Muscat denies, were the latest in a string of scandals on the island based on information leaked from the records of the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca.The so-called Panama Papers revealed how wealthy individuals around the world, including a number of politicians, used shell companies based in the Latin American nation and other tax havens to hide cash.Among those exposed were Keith Schembri, Muscat’s chief of staff, and Konrad Mizzi, a government minister. The premier resisted pressure to dismiss the two men, insisting their accounts were related to their private business and they had done nothing illegal.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange offered a reward of 20,000 euros ($23,500) to anyone who provided information about the attack leading to the conviction of those responsible.last_img read more

Colours of Patriotism

first_img‘Spandan– The colours of India’, curated by Rajan Arora is a group art show by 8 eminent contemporary artists – Niren Sengupta, Niladri Paul, Alka Raghuvanshi, Sudip Roy, Nupur Kundu, Shridhar Iyer, Hem Raj and Manisha Gawade,  which will present art works brushed in the spirit of patriotism. The colorful abstract canvases presented by each artist narrate a special story. ‘Spandan’ means creativity and all the works are aesthetic in the selection of colour, there is a positive energy that underlines each work and has the ability to energise any space they are placed in.“I feel that abstract art needs no introduction to “understand” for it is not difficult – all it needs is to be viewed with the heart, the mind will follow and make the connection effortlessly.  Anyone who has come to the point of acquiring art for the sheer reason of its own sake comes with proclivity and inclination towards art and usually has refined aesthetics. And if it means getting art that is also good long-term investment, then it is a win-win for all,” says Rajan Arora, the curator who has brought the artists together.  The joyous colours that are the hallmark of Niren Sengupta’s perspective ensure a spiritual quest to his paintings that just seems simple on the first glance but are layered with profound meaning. Alka Raghuvanshi’s lifelong connection with classical dance bestows a rare fluidity to her work that sets it apart. Niladri Paul’s works are bright yet subtle and he is a rarity of sorts where he is in the throes of coming from a platform of figurative to the abstract. Shridhar Iyer’s works are essentially a sum of his spiritual journey, very masculine and stark in their colour palette but completely of international quality in their approach. Nupur Kundu’s work is a remarkable balance of the tandava and the lasya or male and female energies that is almost primordial in its manifestation. Manisha Gawade focuses on relationships and her work is an aesthetic blend of several types of techniques garnered over the years to trace her journey transcending time and space.When:  August 10-15Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat CentreTimings:  11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

Car crashes down off bridge

first_imgA vehicle went off the Bellspruit Bridge this morning (Thursday).It is alleged that the driver lost control of her vehicle going around the bend, causing her to crash down off the bridge.The vehicle came to rest upside-down in the river below.EMS, Public Safety and towing services responded to the scene.The driver was lucky to only sustain slight injuries. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Atlantis The Palm introduce MICE bookers incentive for the Indian travel trade

first_imgThe Indian travel trade will now be able to avail exclusive experiences at Atlantis, The Palm with its booking incentive programme for all MICE bookings and stay till March 31, 2017.The offers range from complimentary tickets to Aquaventure Waterpark or Lost Chambers Aquarium or dinner for two for 100 room nights and above to a lavish three nights stay for four guests and complimentary dinner and spa vouchers for confirmation of over 700 room nights.For early bookers, Atlantis has another special offer with rates starting from 1,200 AED for a minimum of 40 rooms for two nights on half board inclusive of all taxes.Sonu Shah, Manager Sales at Atlantis, The Palm, commented, “India is one of the top markets for Atlantis and has immense potential. With this programme we aim to maximise bookings across all segments such as weddings, corporate meetings or large scale entertainment events and at the same time reward our trusted partners with an experience at our resort.”Atlantis will further dedicate a special Event Manager to each event to fulfill all requirements. Atlantis arranges bespoke schedules for groups, keeping the desired venue, group size, purpose of visit and budget in mind.last_img read more

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