first_imgNew Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night, AIIMS sources said. She was 67. The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS at 10:15 PM and was straight away taken to the emergency ward. She had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons.last_img

The bilateral segment of the programme includes a speaking engagement by Minister Samaraweera at the Chatham House on the efforts of the Unity Government to move forward peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom on 9-14 January 2017. This is the first high-level visit from Sri Lanka to the UK, since the appointment of the new Government of Prime Minister Theresa May following the Brexit vote in July 2016.The visit reflects the continuing dialogue between Sri Lanka and the UK since resetting bilateral ties in January 2015, the Foreign Ministry said. Minister Samaraweera is scheduled to meet with Boris Johnson, UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and other key interlocutors. The discussions are expected to review developments in the bilateral relationship, including the way forward to further advance trade and investment between the two countries. The Minister will apprise his counterpart on the milestones being achieved by the Sri Lankan Government in institutional building to strengthen democracy, reconciliation and inclusive development. During the visit, the Minister will also meet with the Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General to discuss Sri Lanka’s shared interests and cooperation as an active member of the organization. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 11:53 am MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan finance minister says budget update will come Friday REGINA – Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says he will present a first-quarter budget update on Friday.Doherty says it’s too soon to know what impact a drought in southwestern Saskatchewan might have on budget numbers.He says there’s no question the area is in distress, but producers in other regions are reporting better-than-expected yields given the conditions.Agriculture has been helping the Saskatchewan government’s bottom line in the last couple of years — bumper crops have boosted the books while oil and gas prices fell.The budget delivered in March was — by Premier Brad Wall’s own description — unpopular with voters because of cuts that were made to help tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.The government ended up reversing cuts to libraries, community-based organizations and to poor people for funeral services. read more

“Initial results suggest that there is evidence of transactional sex and sex with minors. There are also a number of paternity claims,” said the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in a press release on Friday. Additionally, the Mission noted that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners were providing medical and psycho-social support to the victims. Having received allegations on 23 March of sexual exploitation and abuse by members of the Tanzanian contingent of the Mission’s Force Intervention Brigade in Mavivi village, near Beni in the Eastern DRC, MONUSCO immediately dispatched a Response Team – led by the Conduct and Discipline Unit – to ascertain the facts.This information was communicated to the Tanzanian authorities through the Permanent Mission in New York and to the DRC authorities on the ground. In line with the Secretary General’s zero tolerance policy and UN Security Council Resolution 2272 (2016), MONUSCO announced, “these allegations are being immediately and thoroughly investigated and if substantiated, prompt action will be taken,” adding that the alleged perpetrators had been ordered to remain in their camp during the investigation.Further updated information will follow as it becomes available. read more

WESTERN CONFERENCE1. Los Angeles LakersThe defending world champions added Ron Artest into the starting lineup, and center Andrew Bynum will return soon from an Achilles injury. But the Lakers have been sluggish closing out the season, and Kobe Bryant has been banged up for most of the season. With many potentially dangerous roadblocks, it will be tough for Los Angeles to reach the NBA Finals for the third straight year. They still have the best chance to do so.2. Dallas MavericksDallas was one of the best teams in the NBA after acquiring guard Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood from Washington. Even though the Mavs have Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki as the cornerstones of their team, they ended up with the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, a team nobody wants to play in the playoffs. If they get out of the first round, Dallas has a shot at the NBA Finals.3. Phoenix SunsThis Phoenix team is very different from the one from five years ago, but it is still all about the high-tempo offense of Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, a superstar duo. But their flash has not yielded great playoff success, as the Suns have given up the most points of any playoff team. If Nash and Stoudemire stay hot, the Suns can make a lot of noise in the later rounds out West.4. Denver NuggetsCarmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups remain one of the best duos out West, and Denver’s forwards are excellent rebounders. But they have struggled as coach George Karl has undergone treatment for throat cancer, and the Nuggets’ road record is one of the worst among playoff teams. With Karl most likely out for the first round, Denver will need to dig deep against Utah. If they do, they can get a rematch with the Lakers.5. Utah JazzA team stacked with big men, the sky is the limit for the Jazz. With the leadership and playmaking abilities of point guard Deron Williams, the Jazz have big men and 3-point shooters. What they lack is a pure shooter who can hit the mid-range jump shot on a regular basis when Williams gets in trouble and cannot dish it off to one of his big men.6. Portland Trail BlazersA young team on the rise, the Blazers have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this experience. Unfortunately, they will be without All-star and leader Brandon Roy in the first series due to a torn meniscus in his right knee that needs surgery. An injury plagued season, first losing Greg Oden and now Roy, they hope to upset the Phoenix Suns in the first round.7. San Antonio SpursExperience, experience, experience. That’s what the Spurs have, but maybe too much experience. With the great Tim Duncan, age might hinder the Spurs’ run if he cannot carry the team on his back like he did in his wonder years. This is where they hope superstar sixth man Manu Ginobili can keep up his hot streak and lead the team to another title. With the off-season acquisition of Richard Jefferson and the solid point guard play of Tony Parker, the Spurs are still a team to reckon with in the playoffs.8. Oklahoma City ThunderThough it’s the Thunder’s first playoff appearance since moving to OKC, scoring champion Kevin Durant hopes to not make it a short tenure. Even though they are young and hungry, they lack size and 3-point shooters. To top it off, they are matched up with last year’s NBA Champion Lakers in the first round. But gaining experience and seeing how far they can make it will only better the young squad for future seasons to come.-Tim Bielik and Michael WillisEASTERN CONFERENCE1. Cleveland CavaliersLeBron James. Enough said. Aside from showcasing arguably the best player in the league, the Cavs are second in 3-point percentage and third in overall field goal percentage, making them one of the most potent offenses in all of basketball. While there don’t seem to be many soft spots in Cleveland’s game, center Shaquille O’Neal has not seen action since suffering a thumb injury in late February, which could cause a weakened post presence. Finishing four games better than the defending champion Lakers, it is hard to not have Cleveland as a favorite to win the east if not the whole thing.2. Orlando Magic The Magic have one of the best big men in the game in Dwight Howard, who proved to be too much for anyone else in the east to handle last postseason, including Cleveland, and could provide Orlando with a slight edge in the east once again. Orlando has been inconsistent at times this season. Both Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis have struggled at points, which could spell disaster in crunch time. If Carter and Lewis can find their shooter’s touch and Howard maintains his dominating presence in the post, the Magic could give the Cavs a run for their money come conference finals time.3. Atlanta HawksIn his first year in Atlanta, sharp shooter Jamal Crawford has been a huge boost off the bench for the Hawks, providing what could be just the spark they need to get over the hump in the east. Mustering just one playoff series victory in the last 10 years, the Hawks lack the postseason experience that the other top tier teams will benefit from. Atlanta has come a long way in the last 3 years, but they will have to come much further, much quicker if they want to get past Orlando and Cleveland.4. Boston CelticsThe nod for most experienced team in the east would have to go to the Celtics whose starting five that won the NBA title in ’08 remains intact. Boston struggled down the stretch, posting a 3-7 record over their last ten games, and age remains a factor with the ‘Big 3′ all approaching their mid 30’s. The Celtics shined in ’08 but, despite the starting line-up remaining the same, their lack of youth is a big challenge in challenging for the Eastern Conference title. 5. Miami HeatOn a hot streak, winning 12 of its last 13 games, and guard Dwayne Wade has the ability to take over a game. Not much talent behind Wade, especially in the front court. Miami was 0-3 against Boston in the regular season. Although the Heat has the best chance at an upset in the East going against the aging Celtics, Miami’s weak front court will not be able to handle Boston’s big men. 6. Milwaukee BucksMidseason acquisition John Salmons has averaged 19.9 points per game since joining the Bucks, and point guard Brandon Jennings is a contender for Rookie of the Year. Milwaukee lost its best player, forward Andrew Bogut, to injury near the end of the season. Can others step up?With Bogut, the Bucks could have made a deep run in the playoffs. Without him, they will be lucky to win two games against Atlanta. 7. Charlotte BobcatsBobcats are very good defensively, allowing the fewest points in the NBA at 93.8 per game. Guard Stephen Jackson can score from anywhere. Charlotte has also scored the fewest points of any team at 95.3 per game. The Bobcats have no answer for Orlando’s Dwight Howard in the post, especially if Tyson Chandler’s recent injuries linger. Charlotte’s defense will keep them in games, but the team lacks the inside presence to win more than a few games against the Magic. 8. Chicago BullsDerrick Rose is an explosive point guard and averaged 17 points and 9.3 assists against Cleveland this season. The Bulls allowed more points than they scored this season. They simply don’t have the talent to give the Cavs much of a problem. Although the Bulls split the season series against Cleveland, the most recent victory came with LeBron James on the sideline. James will not be resting during the playoffs. -Travis Kozek and Matt Skrajner read more

The worst hotspots for Christmas getaway jams have been identified by traffic experts.Motorists are being warned to expect “significant congestion on major roads” such as the M25, M6 and M40 as an estimated 20 million leisure journeys are made in the UK this week.Research by the RAC and traffic information firm Inrix suggests getaway traffic will be staggered over the coming days, reaching a peak towards the weekend.Thursday and Friday are expected to be the worst days for congestion, with 2.5 million and 2.8 million vehicles respectively making leisure trips while battling for road space with regular commuters.On Thursday, delays of up to three hours are expected on one section of the northbound M6, while on Friday part of the southbound M40 could see drivers queuing for more than 90 minutes.Drivers are being advised to use alternative routes or wait until 8pm before setting off to avoid the worst queues. Inrix data scientist Joshua Kidd said: “Our data shows that compared to a normal day, Thursday 20th December will see the biggest increase in cars on the road.”With most drivers setting out mid-morning, traffic will become heavier over the course of the afternoon and stay congested into the evening. On Friday part of the southbound M40 could see drivers queuing for more than 90 minutes On Friday part of the southbound M40 could see drivers queuing for more than 90 minutes “But it’s not just those off to see family and friends – commuters, last-ditch shoppers and online deliveries will contribute to clogging the roads.”Drivers are advised to seek out alternative routes to their destinations and use the latest technology for real-time updates.”Highways England will lift more than 200 miles of roadworks on the country’s motorways and major A-roads by 6am on Friday to ensure more than 97% of the network is open for the festive getaway.RAC patrol of the year Mark Souster urged motorists to carry out basic maintenance checks on their cars – such as oil, coolant and screenwash levels and tyre condition – before setting off.He said: “It’s vitally important every driver planning a trip gives their car a once-over to make sure it’s up to the job.”A single breakdown can bring some roads to a grinding halt, slowing down the Christmas getaway for all of us.”The anticipated jams will be compounded by extensive disruption to the rail network, with planned engineering work and strikes forcing more people on to the roads over the festive period.Strikes are likely to affect routes run by Northern Rail and South Western Railway, while Network Rail is planning extensive engineering work on lines running into major stations such as London Paddington and London Victoria. 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. read more

first_imgFOLLOWING ON FROM Ireland’s €3.75 billion bond sale yesterday, Bank of Ireland launched its own sale today and raised €750 million from investors.The sale was five times oversubscribed according to Bank of Ireland who say that they took orders worth €3.75 billion.The bonds have a five-year maturity and the average yield on the transaction was 3.337 per cent.The issuance was sold to 240 different investors with the bank saying that 97 per cent of the trade was from international investors.Lead investment banks on the transaction were Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Royal Bank of Scotland.A statement from Bank of Ireland described the sale as “highly successful”.“Today’s transaction strongly underlines Bank of Ireland’s on-going ability to access capital markets at improving prices since returning to the public bond markets with a range of covered bond trades,” according to a spokesperson.Today’s sales comes a month after the bank raised almost €2 billion as part of plans to begin repaying the State €1.8 billion of preference shares bought by the government.Read: Ireland’s post-bailout return to the bond markets raised €3.75 billion >Read: Bank of Ireland raises funds to begin repaying over €2 billion to the State >last_img read more

first_imgGoogle veut démocratiser Chrome OS. Les fabricants en désaccordLe géant Google, qui incluait déjà son Chrome Os sur certains netbooks (d’ailleurs appelés Chromebooks) voudrait élargir son emprise aux PC de bureau. Cependant, les constructeurs se montrent plutôt méfiants.Le membre du conseil d’administration de la firme américaine, Eric Schmidt, en tournée en Asie, aurait récemment fait part aux fabricants de PC des avantages d’avoir Chrome OS sur les ordinateurs de bureau. Quelques points positifs soulignés par Eric Schmidt : le temps de démarrage rapide, l’absence de virus et aucun frais. N’importe qui se laisserait séduire !À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Mais le fait est que les constructeurs sont réticents  à cette idée pour une simple (et bonne ?) raison : les mauvaises ventes de Chromebooks. Qu’est-ce qui pousseraient davantage les clients à acheter un PC de bureau avec Chrome, alors qu’ils ne l’ont pas fait pour les Chromebooks ? C’est la question que se pose les fabricants. De plus, Chrome fonctionne principalement sur le principe du « cloud » et cet avantage deviendrait vite un inconvénient dans un endroit dépourvu de connexion internet.Les seules vraies nouveautés que Chrome OS apporterait seraient l’absence de virus et la rapidité au démarrage. Il faut donc croire que ses arguments ne suffisent pas pour motiver les fabricants. Google et son Chrome ont encore du travail sur la planche…Le 11 novembre 2011 à 09:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Eating brains is one of the things zombies absolutely love to do, but it’s probably not too healthy for a regular human being to do. But you can pretend and have fun, right? That’s what you can do with Village Vanguard and Panda Hole’s ingenious invention No-Men noodles, or Brain Noodles. They look like pink ramen noodles that come in a package with a clear brain-shaped window on them — they really do resemble brains, especially when you dump them out into a bowl and eat them when cooked!The noodles are soaked in what’s referred to as a “brain broth” but it really tastes like miso and salt. We’ll take their word for it that that’s what brains taste like. The marketing campaign shows the noodles being eaten fresh out of a teenage girl’s head for extra shock value, and the ramen itself contains B1, which is a big selling point.The No-Men runs for about $3.60 a pack and can be purchased at Village Vanguard, but if you’re not in the neighborhood, you’ll have to wait and see if you’re lucky enough to find a package or two online. Or you could just get some pink food coloring and color clear broth and ramen with it. That’d probably do the trick nicely if you were really hurting for some ramen noodles that look like brains. Of course, you’ll have to add in all the niceties after you’re done cooking things. It could work, but it would probably be more expensive.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

first_img Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam Facebook A two-hour edited version of this Monday’s WWE RAW will be airing on Tuesday night (6/30) starting at 6:00 p.m. Eastern (5:00 p.m. CT) as a lead-in for the next episode of Tough Enough on the USA Network. It remains to be seen if this will continue as it was a response to the lower amount of viewers the debut episode drew last week, which was nearly one-third the audience of the 2011 version featuring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as host.For those who missed it, the debut episode on 6/23 drew 1.21 million viewers live.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSteve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlamVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 45.65%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twitter Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Steve Austin Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Stone Cold Steve Austin Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Jack Owen Roman Reigns is in Remissionlast_img read more

first_imgGianluigi Buffon is expected to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain this week after agreeing on a two-year deal, reports Calcio MercatoThe 40-year-old is out of contract at Juventus at the end of this month and had been expected to retire from professional football at the end of this season.However, Buffon held a press conference last month and announced that he would be leaving Juventus after 17 years and confirmed that he had retracted his decision to retire this year.The 2006 World Cup winner has received a numerous amount of offers and is now set to complete his free transfer to PSG this week with an announcement expected either on Tuesday or Wednesday.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The move will likely see current PSG number one Areola being relegated to the bench, who has now accepted the likely hood of his “idol” joining the Ligue 1 champions.“Buffon is my idol and I could find myself working with him, we’ll see what happens,” he told Telefooot.Reports state that Buffon has agreed to a two-year contract that will see him earn €7m per season plus bonuses and will allow him to take on an ambassadorial role for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man died and another was taken to the hospital after, officials said, shots rang out in a Northwest Miami-Dade neighborhood, Saturday afternoon.Investigators said the men were hit near Northwest 143rd Street and 14th Avenue, at around 2:30 p.m.Responding officers found one of the victims dead at the scene. Family members identified him as 32-year-old Christopher Grant.Officials said the other victim was taken to Aventura Hospital by an unknown person.There is no word on what may have sparked the gunfire.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Act reads: “To prohibit strikes by certain public employees; to provide review from disciplinary action with respect thereto; to provide for the mediation of grievances and the holding of elections; to declare and protect the rights and privileges of public employees; to require certain provisions in collective bargaining agreements; to prescribe means of enforcement and penalties for the violation of the provisions of this act; and to make appropriations.” Official election results will come to City Council for certification on March 26. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享City of Seward voters have approved a employee relations measure in the unofficial results from Tuesday’s special election. If adopted, Public Employment Relations Act would oversee the organization of public employees in the City of Seward instead of the city council. In the unofficial results released on March 19; 129 voters were in favor, 107 were opposed.center_img In addition to the votes cast on election day, there are 47 absentee in person ballots and 5 questioned ballots to be counted by the Canvass Board on Thursday, March 21, at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. All public is invited to attend. The question put before the voters was: Currently, the Public Employment Relations Act (“the Act”) does not apply to City of Seward employees.  Voting “yes” would repeal the ordinance which exempts the City from the Act.   So a “yes” vote would mean that the Act would apply to City Employees, and a “no” vote would keep the current situation. Seward long ago opted out of the Public Employment Relations Act, which meant the Seward City Council had control over the city’s labor policy, which includes employee organizing activity.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Heav’nly Donuts is now under new ownership.Owner Dimitrios Saragas, son of the company’s founders, recently announced a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 26, from 10am to noon, at its 579 Main Street location.The event will feature:A formal ribbon cutting ceremony with the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce and Town Officials at 11am.Kiss 108’s DJ Romeo will offer music and prizes.Face painting and balloons for the kids.In addition, ALL DAY LONG, customers will receive FREE medium coffee (hot or iced, any flavor). Excluded expresso drinks. Limit 1 per customer.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Heav’nly Donuts Holds Grand Reopening, Founding Family Returns To WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”NATIONAL DONUT DAY: Wilmington’s Dunkin’ Donuts & Heav’nly Donuts Offering Free Donut Deal TODAY (June 7)In “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Strive Fitness To Celebrate Grand ReopeningIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgImage: C-SPANPresident Trump on Tuesday asserted the controversial King Cove road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge will be finished soon. It hasn’t begun. Sen. Lisa Murkowski made a pitch for bipartisanship. With cameras rolling, they spent two-and-a-half minutes politely talking past each other.Listen nowWith Republican members of the House and Senate appropriations committees gathered around a large table at the White House, Trump asked Murkowski about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Trump: Senator, how’s ANWR doing? OK?Murkowski: We are moving on ANWR.Then Trump asked about the King Cove road.Murkowski: Well, we are moving along incrementally. Not as fast as either you or I would like. But we recognize —Trump: But it’s almost ready.Murkowski: We recognize that process is going to be important here, and we are standing by the process. Thank you for asking.Trump:  Good. This was a road that was — I guess it’s been — they’ve been trying to build it for 30 years. We’re going to get it done very quickly. It’s almost completed.Not quite. In January, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to exchange land in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge for the road corridor. But that’s about as far as it’s gone. Conservation groups are suing, saying the land exchange has to undergo environmental review.In the next breath, Trump seemed to acknowledge there is a pre-construction process yet to go.“We’re going to get it done. I’d say within the next couple of months it will be complete, and they can go ahead and build,” Trump said.While the land exchange is pending, the environmental review for the road itself hasn’t begun, at least not under the Trump administration. For controversial projects, the process can take years.Pleasantries out of the way, Trump invited Murkowski to say a few words. She spoke about the need for “regular order.” That’s where Congress passes spending bills rather than just passing a big package at the last minute to keep the government from shutting down. The Senate has just passed its first set of appropriations bills for 2019, and Murkowski said that was an accomplishment.Murkowski: But we have got to be able to work with our colleagues on the other side, sometimes as hard as that is. So thank you for encouraging us to do that because I think that that makes a difference.Trump: It’s been a very terrific group of people to work with. I have to say that. It’s not — we’re not finished.  But it’s been a great group of people.When Murkowski said “our colleagues on the other side,” she meant Democrats. Murkowski was telling the president, and her colleagues, they need to cooperate with Democrats to pass bills.When Trump referred to “a very terrific group of people to work with,” he was looking around the room and did not seem to be referring to Democrats, none of whom were invited.Several times during the meeting Trump painted Democrats as uncaring about America’s security and obstructionist.“Their whole campaign is based around ‘resist’ — the word ‘resist,’” Trump said.last_img read more

first_imgVijayawada: A 50-year-old Cambodian national, Chiya Sambat, suffering from congenital heart disease, underwent Intracardiac Repair operation successfully at Ramesh Hospitals here. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Dr Benedict Raj said that the patient Chiya Sambat was born with heart defect and also problem with lungs. The operation was complicated and the surgical team consisting of Dr Srinath Reddy and Dr Nalluri Rhazane successfully conducted the surgery. Also Read – TDP blames government for sand scarcity in Tirupati Advertise With Us Dr Srinath Reddy, chief of paediatric cardiologist said that so far 1,500 device closures and heart surgeries have been conducted for newly born babies and elders successfully. Dr P Ramesh Babu, chief cardiologist and managing director of Ramesh Hospitals said that 15 heart operations and device closure procedures have been conducted for the patients from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Libya, Pakistan, Cambodia and Iraq. Also Read – Union Minister reviews Tirupati station redevelopment works Advertise With Us The medical facilities and good hospitals for heart surgeries are not available in Cambodia and the patient came to know about Ramesh Hospitals in Andhra Pradesh. The patient along with his wife and niece came to Ramesh Hospital to undergo the heart surgery. He further said that a few rare and complex heart surgeries are being successfully done here on par with developed countries. He said that Vijayawada would be a chosen medical tourism destination, if there was international flight connectivity, said Dr Ramesh. Dr Jyothi Prakash Reddy, Dr Vasudev, Senior Anesthesiologist Dr P Srinivasa Rao and management consultant Dr MC Das were present.last_img read more

first_imgHow can Houston be a more equitable city? That’s the question Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Task Force on Equity has been charged with answering. The task force consists of a number of area researchers and experts tasked with providing specific, actionable policy recommendations to make Houston a fairer city to live in.So far, they’ve come up with two key steps to achieve that goal: launching a city-wide jobs program and an early childhood education program.The findings are detailed in the new report called Rising Together: A Roadmap To Confront Inequality In Houston.One task force member is Dr. Quianta Moore from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn asked Moore why those specific initiatives would be significant and effective steps to confronting inequality in Houston. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Randall Pughcenter_img Listen 00:00 /08:14 last_img read more

first_imgUpgraded to an international crafts fair, the Surajkund Crafts Mela will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday in Haryana’s Faridabad district in the National Capital Region. Surajkund has, since its inception, been quite a favourite with Delhiites. Assam will be the flavour of the fair this year. Nearly 20 countries, including SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) members, have confirmed their participation in the 27th edition of the fair, a state government spokesman said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As many as 300 crafts persons, weavers, artisans, folk musicians and dancers would participate from the theme state of Karnataka, he pointed out. ‘Keeping in view the record participation of 12 countries in the last year’s mela, it has now been upgraded as International Crafts Mela. This year also, the countries that have confirmed their participation are Rwanda, Guinea, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Congo and Egypt from the African continent. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Eurasian countries namely Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and SAARC nations Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan would participate. Thailand and Peru would also participate,’ he added.Surajkund Mela Authority will provide 50 per cent rebate in the entry tickets to the disabled, senior citizens, serving soldiers and ex-servicemen. Freedom fighters will have free entry to the fair.The fortnight-long fair showcases traditional crafts from all over India and leading artisans.Surajkund derives its name from the ancient amphitheatre sun pool constructed here in the 10th century AD by Raja Suraj Pal, one of the Tomar chieftains, in the Aravalli mountain range.DETAILAt: Surajkund Mela Grounds, Faridabad When: 1-15 FebruaryTimings: 9.30 am to 7.30 pmlast_img read more

first_img Recently, Google has made some big changes in how it ranks websites, leaving enterprise companies with the difficult task of reworking their search engine optimization (SEO) strategy across teams and departments.Here is a new SEO approach for enterprise companies, based on my experience working with brands like Coca Cola, Target and IBM, and focusing on the key factors that matter most for search engine results.Results: 17 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Website Traffic1. Rethinking keyword researchSome might argue that keyword research is a dying art, but it’s only become a more sophisticated one. According to Google’s research, roughly 70 percent of the engine’s searches are for synonyms of keywords — not exact keywords — that Google must identify and understand to direct the user to the right place.As a result, Google is now focusing more on intent of the user versus the specific keywords used, turning search into more of a conversation than ever before. For enterprise companies, this means that your SEO experts need to work more closely with the editorial board to develop important topics and themes that are relevant to your audience’s interests, while also looking for ways to create content that’s inclusive of all the different things they might be searching for.2. Adopting new rules for contentDeveloping content for SEO may feel like old hat for your content team, which is why it’s important to bring them up to date on Google’s changing expectations for optimal content. Searchmetrics has identified a number of content factors that affect rank in 2015, including word count, how keywords are distributed, internal links and the use of header and meta-tags.Take a look at Searchmetric’s infographic about the factors (or put someone in charge of reading the full report and presenting the key elements to your content team).3. Embracing the user experience (UX) imperativeUser experience (UX) is another major area that’s influencing search. Cross platform compatibility and site speed have both been shown to affect search rank, but your enterprise teams will also have to pay attention to more nuanced UX variables, like proper content structure and useful internal linking.In the past, optimizing for the search engines and optimizing for website users were sometimes conflicting goals, but Google has moved more toward bridging that gap. Encouraging your teams to evaluate all factors that influence how easily users interact with your website and content will be valuable for both.Related: 5 Must-Use Google Analytics Strategies to Measure SEO Success4. Getting proactive about public relationsLink building strategies — such as listing your site on web directories, posting links on low quality Web 2.0 sites, and leaving links in forum comments — no longer help rank, and can actually cause penalties in Google search. That said, the value of legitimate, high quality citations and mentions is higher than ever before. That’s why it’s important to have at least a few people on your team who are regularly reaching out to publishers and influencers in your industry, building relationships and earning high-quality links through valuable mentions and citations on their platforms.According to data from Moz and BuzzSumo, well-researched content, opinion-informing journalism, long form content, list posts and “Why” posts are all likely to garner a large number of natural citations, as well as social shares.5. Going local  Even if your business operates at the national or international level, the biggest mistake an enterprise company can make is to ignore the importance of local search optimization. According to seoClarity’s research, local search results rank number one 93 percent of the time, compared to 25 percent of the time in older analyzes. So if your business has no local presence, it’s increasingly likely it won’t rank high in search results.Having someone in charge of developing and maintaining a local search presence gives enterprise companies a valuable edge. Specifically, assign someone — internally or externally — to update and maintain local listings on your website and on third party platforms such as social media or review sites.  6. Building a social media empireBuilding a social presence has been considered an essential marketing strategy for a while now, but new research from Searchmetrics has shown that Google is now taking social signals (shares, tweets, +1s, etc.) into consideration for search ranks as well. In fact, they found that the number of social signals on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest all correlated with higher rank position in Google.For enterprise businesses, this means that building a social media empire across relevant platforms and assigning a team to promote and engage is more important than ever before — not only for building brand awareness, but for remaining competitive in search.As 2016 looms nearer, new data will continue to shed light on which SEO factors your business should focus on. The most important thing you can do is to keep up with this research and actively disseminate new knowledge to important team members throughout your company.How else are you preparing your enterprise-level SEO strategy for 2016? 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