CALGARY – Canada’s veterans affairs minister is urging patience from injured ex-soldiers growing frustrated waiting for a government plan that would give them pensions for life.The Liberal government promised in the budget it would announce plans by the end of this year for the option of life-long pensions for those injured in uniform.The Liberals were the only party to promise to re-introduce the pensions, which were replaced by a lump-sum payment, career training and targeted income-replacement programs in 2006.“We’re committed to a pension-for-life option for our veterans,” Kent Hehr, minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence, said in an interview with the Canadian Press Monday. “They’ve asked for this. We’ve committed to this.”Hehr declined to discuss what progress has been made so far but said he understands why many injured Canadian Armed Forces members are frustrated by the delay.“They really deserve our support,” Hehr said. “When they leave the military as the result of illness or injury, that is tremendously hard and they’ve had to take off that jersey for the last time.“I understand their frustration and that’s why we want to work with them to better outcomes for them and their families … My goodness, it’s going to be done.”There have been complaints from some ill and injured military personnel who say they were forced out of the Armed Forces too fast and left to fend for themselves.That includes having to wait months for their first pension cheques to arrive, and struggling to get the benefits and services owed them by Veterans Affairs.Approximately 1,800 service members are forced out of the military every year because of medical conditions that have made them unable to fulfil their duties.Many are struggling with psychological injuries sustained while in uniform. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press last year showed post-traumatic stress disorder was the top diagnosis for those at risk of being forced out.Veterans’ advocates say the challenges many of those men and women have faced getting benefits, services and even their pension after leaving the military have made their move to civilian life even harder.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Kushmandi (South Dinajpur): Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said BJP is insulting Ram, as his name is being used by the party in a bid to win elections.Addressing a meeting here on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said: “BJP is insulting Ram by using his name to win elections. Before the election BJP promises to construct Ram temple and forgets it after the election gets over,” he said, adding: “BJP shouts Jai Sri Ram before conducting riots. There are blood stains on their hands.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee said as BJP does not do any work, the party has no other alternative but to use religion to win polls. “Religion is private and in social life, work is the only religion. BJP uses religion to divide people and incite people belonging to one religion against the other,” he added. Banerjee said at a time when the entire country is suffering from acute economic crisis, Narendra Modi is spending Rs 3,000 crore to construct the statue of unity and crores more on his foreign trips. He alleged that Modi’s “Make in India” is a big hoax. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Modi is encouraging the sale of Chinese products. The bullet train has been brought from Japan and he himself uses a German vehicle,” he said, adding: “Earlier, Modi used to sell tea by holding a kettle and now he is selling the country with Jaitley besides him.” Addressing first-time voters, Banerjee said: “Before casting your vote you should think about the consequences of note ban and GST. The poor people are yet to come out of the shock of note ban. Thousands of people have lost their jobs. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide. The hasty implementation of GST has affected traders and small businessmen badly. Modi has not said a single word on the issue and is instead making false promises before the elections.” The Trinamool Youth Congress president said BJP workers and leaders can only be seen before the elections, whereas Trinamool workers and leaders stay beside people throughout the year. “People know that Trinamool leaders and workers will always stand beside them during distress. BJP leaders are like seasonal birds, they go when the season is over,” he said. Banerjee said Trinamool candidate Arpita Ghosh, who is the sitting MP from Balurghat, will win the election by 2 lakh votes. “I can feel the pulse of the people and can assure you that Ghosh will win by 2 lakh votes,” he said, requesting voters to go to the polling stations early in the day to exercise their franchise. Balurghat will go to polls on April 23.
Condemning an apparent airstrike in Yemen that reportedly killed at least 32 civilians in a market northeast of Sana’a on Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident, which saw a death toll that was among the highest from a single bombing in recent months.According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General is concerned about the continuing intense airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen despite his repeated calls for a cessation of hostilities.To that end, he strongly condemned the apparent airstrike on 27 February that hit Khaleq market, in Nahem District in the Yemeni capita, Sana’a, killing at least 32 civilians and injuring at least 41 civilians. The death toll is among the highest from a single bombing since September 2015, said the statement, which added that Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims.“The Secretary-General reminds all parties to the conflict of the utmost necessity to fully respect their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law, which prohibits attacks directed against civilians and civilian objects, including populated markets,” noted the statement, which said the UN chief stressed that such attacks are considered serious violations of international humanitarian law.Calling for a “prompt and impartial investigation” of this incident, the Secretary-General also reiterated his call on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to engage in good faith with his Special Envoy for Yemen in order to agree on a cessation of hostilities as soon as possible and to convene a new round of peace talks.Just two weeks ago, the Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, urged the UN Security Council and the wider international community to support the effort to secure a cessation of hostilities and open a new round of talks that could open the way to ending the year-long conflict between various factions, which has already killed thousands of people, displaced 2.5 million and imperiled the food security of 7.6 million, has continued unabated, pushing back the calendar.
Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine.The 21-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., led wire-to-wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under 70 in chilly conditions to hold off Lexi Thompson, Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh and Brittany Altomare by a stroke.Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark.“Congrats @BrookeHenderson 9th win at such a young age just awesome!,” Weir posted on Twitter. “Keep it rolling.”Also the Lotte Championship winner in April in Hawaii, Henderson matched the tournament record of 21 under that she set in 2017 (when the course played to a par of 71) and also was tied last year by So Yeon Ryu. Henderson opened with consecutive 64s, playing 30 holes Friday after rain delayed the start Thursday, and had a 69 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.Thompson followed her course-record 62 in the third round with a 68, closing with an eagle for the second straight day. The 2015 winner at Blythefield, she was coming off a victory last week in New Jersey.Hataoka shot 65, also making an eagle on the par-5 18th. Oh had a 66, and Altomare shot 68.Jennifer Kupcho, four strokes behind Henderson entering the day, had a 76 to drop into a tie for 23rd at 11 under in her third professional start. The former Wake Forest star won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April.Hamilton’s Alena Sharp had a strong tournament, finishing tied for ninth at 13-under with a final round of 72.Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee (71) finished at 2-under while Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City (74) was at 1-under.The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the third major championship of the year, is next week at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
“Denmark and Germany look as the most capable to reach the final” – said Serbian head-coach Aleksandar Brkovic before the start of the Main Round at the Men’s U20 EURO 2014 in Austria. Two teams who won the points and start with advantage in the battle for semis, have to prove that in today’s clashes against Spain and Sweden.On the other side, teams who lost against group’s winners will try to re-establish the dream about the semi-finals. Serbia will play against France, while Slovenia will meet Austria, just like two years ago in the battle for the fifth place.Group 1:Serbia – France 18hrsDenmark – Spain 20STANDING:Denmark 2Spain 2Serbia 0France 0Group 2:Germany – Sweden 18Slovenia – Austria 20STANDING:Germany 2Sweden 2Slovenia 0Austria 0MORE INFOS ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE austria 2014 handball ← Previous Story 6 TO 8 WEEKS BREAK: Jim Gottfridsson injured! Next Story → Men’s EHF EURO 2014: Serbia VS Spain for semis – Slovenians attack Germany
WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILBecause of the long weekend for the bank holiday – and the limited availability of most of the cabinet ministers – it’s James Reilly (fresh from trips to London and Birmingham) who starts the week with Questions to the Minister for Health at 2:30pm.Four Topical Issues are discussed at 3:45pm before Enda Kenny is back in the chamber for Leaders’ Questions at 4:33pm. A discussion on the rest of the week’s agenda will kick off at about 5pm.At roughly 5:30pm TDs will hold their first discussion on plans to change the eligibility criteria for medical cards – introducing a new regime where a person over 70 must have a weekly income under €600 a week (or €1,200 in the case of a couple) to remain eligible for a medical card. Those over the threshold would be given a GP visit card.At 7:30pm debate will turn to a motion from the Technical Group, which calls for a reversal of the abolition of the mobility allowance, and guarantee no further cuts to those who are dependant on disability supports. There’s also a call for a replacement to the outdated Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act, which has been earmarked for an overhaul for (at least) five years now. Debate wraps up at 9pm and will resume tomorrow.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThere’s four items on the Seanad agenda today, beginning with the daily discussion on the Order of Business at 2:30pm. At 3:45pm it’s a condensed discussion on the general merits and demerits of the Finance Bill 2013, which gives legal effect to the tax changes in the Budget.At 6:30pm the Fine Gael members get two hours to put forward a motion of their choosing – the content of which had yet to be confirmed at the time of publication – before three miscellaneous matters are briefly discussed at 8:30pm to round off the day.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESThe light days in the Dáil and Seanad are made up by no fewer than five public committee meetings: At 9:30pm the discussion on the use of social media (and the negative impact of its abuse) resumes at the Transport and Communications committee when representatives from Google and Digital Rights Ireland take the floor. (Watch here.)At 1pm the author of the Report on Child and Family Income Support, Ita Mangan, briefs the Committee on Education and Social Protection about her group’s findings on potential reforms for child benefit. (Watch here.)The Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform committee continues its examination of proposed new Freedom of Information laws at 2pm, when Ed Hammond from Britain’s Centre for Public Scrutiny offers his input on some of the best practice from other jurisdictions. (Watch here.)Also at 2pm, the Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine gets an update from departmental officials on updates to the Common Fisheries Policy and how the recent changes at EU level will affect Ireland and its fisheries industries. At 3:45pm this changes its hat to the Fisheries sub-committee, which will discuss a range of fish-specific issues like aquaculture, inshore fisheries and tourism. (Watch here.)Elsewhere at 2pm, the committee on Justice, Defence and Equality will discuss some of the proposed changes to the Spent Convictions Bill, which allows minor criminal convictions to be wiped from a person’s record if they don’t re-offend within a certain period. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim was one of the most popular games of 2011, and with its Radiant story system players are still finding ways to eat up their time outside of the main quest line. Just last week Bethesda released Dawnguard, the first add-on for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It’s only available on Xbox 360 for now due to Microsofts 30-day exclusivity period. I bought it, once again becoming the Dovahkiin, to see just how much extra content there is for 1600 MSP ($20).The Dawnguard were an ancient guild of vampire hunters, the group ceased to exist long ago but have now been reformed to combat the powerful vampire Lord Harkon who wishes to end the tyranny of the Sun by harnessing the power of the Elder Scrolls. To stop him you’ll need the power of Auriel’s bow. Or you could join him…Vampires vs. WerewolvesThe first big decision you’ll have to make in Dawnguard is whether to stick with the Dawnguard or join Lord Harkon to help him end the sun. If you join Lord Harkon he’ll turn you into a vampire lord, this will replace the beast form ability if you became a werewolf during the Companions quest line. Transforming into the vampire lord form is very similar to transforming into beast form; the camera shifts to third person and you’re granted special abilities. These abilities consist of a death grip in which you lift your target into the air while draining their health and replenishing your own, as well as levitation and being able to turn into a shroud of bats. Unlike Lycanthropy you can end the transformation at any time you please.Along with this new transformation Bethesda has also included skill trees for both the vampires and werewolves. By feeding on your victims you gain access to skill points which are assigned just like the skill points you earn when leveling up. There’s two achievements related to these skill trees, one for unlocking 11 skill points in the vampire tree and another for the same in the werewolf tree. This resulted in me spending a few hours slaughtering villagers and eating their hearts (you know, to level up my werewolf). It started off fun, but pretty quickly turned into a huge grinding session.New WeaponsOne of the biggest additions featured in the DLC is the crossbow, which is gifted to you by one of the members of the Dawnguard. It’s pretty powerful but has an agonizing reload time during which even your movement is slowed. I hadn’t done much archery in Skyrim until now, which left me being battered by enemies as I shot them in the face without being able to deal much damage. (Luckily my character has over 400 health points and a full set of Daedric armor to back him up.) Soon my archery skill improved and I put a couple of skill points in its tree and fared a little better. You also get to improve the crossbow through a number of side quests given by a member of the Dawnguard, including the addition of exploding elemental bolts.Another addition to the weaponry that fans will be extremely pleased with is the ability to buy and smith Dragonbone weapons. They’re more powerful than their Daedric counterparts, unlike the armor, which always frustrated me.Auriel’s bow is the special weapon needed to defeat Lord Harkon and can be used with two new types of arrows: Sunhallowed Elven arrows, used for fighting vampires as they explode with sunlight when they hit, and Bloodcursed Elven arrows for fighting alongside the vampires.New LocationsThere are three new locations added in Dawnguard; Fort Dawnguard, Castle Volkihar, and Soul Cairn. Fort Dawnguard will be your base of operations if you choose to fight alongside the Dawnguard. It’s a huge castle that can also be used as a player home and contains a place to forge weapons and armor, as well as enchantment and alchemy tables. Castle Volkihar is equally as big and can also be used as a home if you joined the side of the vampires.Soul Cairn is a plane of Oblivion, complete with wandering souls. The area is massive and it’s tempting to try and explore it all, but from what I saw it seems to be mostly void of treasure. However, you can gain a kickass demon horse, named Arvak, that can be summoned with a conjuration spell once you’ve found his skull for the soul of its owner.There are plenty of new creatures to be found in Skyrim once Dawnguard has been added, including variations of old ones. One of the more awesome variations is the armored trolls that can be hired for 500 gold from Fort Dawnguard and act as a temporary follower. The new creatures include Death Hounds, Gargoyles, and the Chaurus Hunter – a winged version of the Chaurus.Kinect ControlsI hadn’t spent any time on Skyrim since before Kinect controls were released, so I took this opportunity to test them out. Overall they’re extremely handy and even introduce a couple of new features previously only found in the PC version. Firstly, you can now say ‘quick save’ to well, do a quick save, and ‘quick load’ to load the save. You can also assign items in your favorites to hot keys by entering the favorites menu, highlighting the item of your choice, and saying ‘assign [command]’ to assign the weapon to the spoken command. You can then say ‘equip [command]’ to equip that item. The command can be a huge variety of different key words as this list provided by Bethesda shows. There’s so many that it’s impossible to remember them all so the PDF comes in handy, but I found myself using ‘quick map’ followed by ‘quest’ most frequently to open up the map and move the cursor to the currently active quest.An awesome feature, on paper at least, is when you hold RB (previously used to dragon shout) you can use any shout by speaking it in the dragon language. I tried to use ‘Fus Ro Dah’, which is one of the more simplistic shouts, and ended up using a different shout entirely. After that I decided to stick to the English names of shouts, which can be spoken without holding RB, but you have no control over the power level so it’s full power or no power.While the commands can be handy they can also prove troublesome. For example, while in the college of Winterhold’s courtyard a dragon descended from above to attack. I shouted ‘storm call’ to rain lightning upon the dragon, but Kinect instead decides to interpret this as “ice form” leaving poor J’Zargo – who just happened to be stood in front of me, frozen solid and then the rest of the college decided to turn on me. It also managed to pick up conversations happening a few feet away and interpret them as some form of dragon shout which is subsequently let loose on a unsuspecting villager.BugsNow this wouldn’t be Bethesda without some bugs in the game. I experienced an increased number of crashes playing Dawnguard, and a couple of times I experienced a never ending loading screen. The most frustrating bug of all though, had to be the lag I experienced during fights after a few hours of playing. It rendered my character completely useless. Once my follower had dispatched the current flock of enemies I saved and reset my system which seemed to fix the problem.The Ending (with spoilers)My first playthrough I chose to be the good guy and help the Dawnguard stop Lord Harkon. The final quest of the main arc for this side sees you storm Castle Volkihar with the rest of the Dawnguard. This was incredibly confusing due to the sheer amount of people in the fray and I found myself hitting friendlies quite often, but you can pretty much ignore these vampires and head straight for the quest marker where Lord Harkon is waiting.After defeating Lord Harkon there’s not much that really happens. There’s a small ‘it’s over’ speech and you can go on your way. You can have Lord Harkon’s daughter Serena accompany you if you wish. She can turn you into a vampire lord at any time and you can use Aela from the Companions to turn you back to a werewolf, too. It feels as though there should be something bigger to end with that forms a conclusion, but I guess this is a little more difficult given the open ended nature of the Elder Scrolls games.I’ve yet to complete the game from the vampire side, purely due to the sheer size of Dawnguard. We told you previously that there’s between 10 and 20 hours of content in this DLC, but I think if you want to see everything it has to offer (and unlock all of the achievements) you should expect to dedicate significantly more time to playing it.There’s a lot of replay value in Dawnguard as you can play through from both sides. Lord Harkon also gives you the option of handing over Auriel’s bow right before you fight him, so it would be interesting to see where that leads. For some, 1600 Microsoft points ($20) will seem a little expensive for DLC, but after spending well over 10 hours on a playthrough without completing all the side quests, I’d say it’s completely justified and money well spent.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday hosted the first European official to visit Greece since leftist SYRIZA formed a coalition government, with European Parliament President Martin Schulz declaring after talks in Athens that the two men agreed on many points “while others needed more discussion” and expressing his view that Tsipras’s government was not aiming to “follow its own course” independently of its European partners.“You know that in many open discussions in Europe there is a concern, some concern that Tsipras will follow his own course. What I have concluded today is that is not the case,” Schulz said after his meeting with Tsipras.The Greek premier, for his part, said that his government was aiming for “a comprehensive European and mutually beneficial solution on matters of common interest.” He noted that “it will take time” for such an agreement to be reached. But he insisted that his administration, which wants to renegotiate Greece’s loan commitments, is open to discussions. “We are negotiating with safety, we are guaranteeing stability,” he said.Government sources said the visit conveyed the message that “Europe is talking to us.” They hope for more of the same on Friday when Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem is due in Athens and is to hold talks with Tsipras as well as Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.But, behind the smiles for the cameras, there was pressure from foreign envoys, Kathimerini understands. Schulz pressed Tsipras to reach a decision on the extension of Greece’s European bailout, which is due to end on February 28, as quickly as possible to ensure the country does not find itself caught short. The German official also asked the premier to focus on presenting concrete examples of revenue-boosting measures before pressing demands for debt relief.Sources said Tsipras assured Schulz that a key government priority was to crack down on tax evasion. The same sources indicated that the two men agreed on two key issues: that austerity policies cannot help Europe emerge from its debt crisis and that Greece’s public investment program should be excluded from deficit calculations.Earlier on Thursday Tsipras also spoke to US President Barack Obama, who telephoned the leftist leader to congratulate him on his election victory. Obama told Tsipras that the United States, “as a longstanding friend and ally, looks forward to working closely with the new Greek government to help Greece return to a path of long-term prosperity.” The two men also discussed close cooperation on issues of European security and counterterrorism, according to a White House statement.While Tsipras engaged in diplomacy, his ministers tried to forge ahead with SYRIZA’s planned anti-austerity reforms.Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos attempted to provide more information about the changes the government plans to make in the civil service.Speaking to Skai TV, he said that the government would rehire some 3,500 public sector workers it believes have been wrongly sacked. These include the Finance Ministry cleaners, school guards and administrative employees at universities, who were all dismissed after being placed in a labor pool. Katrougalos said that former employees at the public broadcaster ERT, shut down overnight in June 2013, would be included in this number. He added that the rehiring would be balanced by the government taking on 3,500 fewer people in the public sector than had been previously planned. The former government’s plans called for 15,000 new hires to be made this year.Katrougalos said that an internal mobility scheme, which would allow civil servants to be moved between departments, would continue in order to make up for shortages in some parts of the public sector.The minister also said that he would meet with civil servants’ union ADEDY to discuss a new evaluation system after dismissing the one adopted by the previous government as “punitive.”“The current evaluation system is not aimed at improving public services but at leading to dismissals,” said the former law professor. “I propose a system that will provide incentives for the good employees and will help those with problems improve.”Source: Kathimerini
Julen Lopetegui refused to discuss Thibaut Courtois’ potential move to Real Madrid and insisted that he is “thrilled” with his current goalkeeping optionsThe former Spain boss opted to start with Kiko Casilla in goal for his first match in charge of Real in Miami against Manchester United on Wednesday morning.However, despite Karim Benzema scoring, it proved to be a futile effort with Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera goals handing United a 2-1 win.Speaking after the game, Lopetegui was asked by the media over the current situation regarding Courtois and his expected move to Real this summer.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At no time am I going to talk about players who are not at Real Madrid. I am thrilled with these goalkeepers that I have and I will not talk about players who are not part of this team,” he replied, as stated on the club website.The Belgium international has previously admitted during the World Cup that his future at Chelsea is far from secure at this stage with the 26-year-old keen to move back to Spain in order to be with his family.As such, a dream move to Real appears to be on the cards for Courtois with reports having previously stated that he has agreed on personal terms with the European champions.
Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Related Items:amanyara, point grace, regent palms, world travel awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Turks and Caicos beaches, hotels and properties top the list of nominees for the 2015 World Travel Awards, which is now just weeks away.The Turks and Caicos Islands is just one of 14 Caribbean destinations in 2015 nominated for Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Destination.The TCI is also nominated for Leading Dive, Best Honeymoon and the most Romantic destination prizes. Meanwhile, several properties which have won accolades in the past are back on the list of nominees this year, including Beaches Resort Villages and Spa for Caribbean’s All Inclusive Family Resort.Point Grace and the Regent Palms are both nominated for leading all-suite Hotel, Amanyara Villas makes the cut for Leading Beach Resort, Parrot Cay and Point Grace are both nominated for Leading Boutique hotel, Regent Palms and Parrot Cay are in the running for Caribbean’s Leading Hotel; the Estate at Grace Bay is on the list for Leading Hotel Residence and the VIP Flyers Club at the Providenciales International Airport is nominated for Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge.Dubbed as the Oscars of the travel industry, the World Travel Awards Caribbean and North American Gala Ceremony 2015 will be held at the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort in Great Exuma, in The Bahamas on Saturday October 17th. Recommended for you Resort Security catches illegals on speed boat Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015
As we prompted states and staff last week, ASA continues to urge all members to contact their senators and representatives to express our industry’s support for enactment of a tax extenders package during the lame duck session that includes extension of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, restoring the maximum amount of expensing under Section 179 to $500,000 as it was previously set in 2013, and reinstatement of the expired 50 percent bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets, including agricultural equipment. Please contact your members of Congress this week!ASA’s Tom Hance has prepared the talking points and background information below for your use when calling your senators and representatives. The same information is also available through ASA’s online advocacy portal, the Soy Action Center. You put in your zip code, and the Soy Action Center generates phone numbers for both of your senators and your representatives, and provides you with simple talking points to use on your call.During the current lame duck session of Congress one of the few items expected to be considered is a tax extenders package. The tax extenders package is a collection of provisions that are not permanent law and expired as of Dec. 31, 2013. Earlier this year, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would extend the expiring provisions for two years, while the House has proposed making some of the provisions permanent and/or limiting the extension of the temporary credits to one year. Renewing all of the breaks that expired Dec. 31, 2013, for one year would cost about $54 billion in total, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Senate’s two-year package of 51 breaks would cost $84.1 billion, spread over 10 years.Delaying consideration until the next session of Congress in 2015, as some lawmakers are advocating, would be problematic for tax filing season. The issues to be decided by congressional leadership include: whether or not to vote on tax extenders during the lame duck session, whether the package should be for one or two years, whether to make some provisions permanent, and whether to drop some provisions from the package.Biodiesel Tax Credit – The biodiesel tax credit is worthy of extension given the many benefits it provides, including support for jobs, economic development in rural communities, diversity in our energy and fuel sources, and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, among others. The tax credit plays an important role in the competitiveness of the developing biodiesel industry with the long-standing, mature, and entrenched petroleum industry.Section 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation – Agriculture requires large investments in machinery, equipment and other depreciable assets and because of this, farmers are significantly impacted by tax code provisions such as Section 179 small business expensing and bonus depreciation. Section 179 allows them to write off capital expenditures in the year that purchases are made rather than depreciate them over time. The ability to immediately expense capital purchases also provides an incentive for farmers and ranchers to invest in their businesses and offers the benefit of reducing the record keeping burden associated with the depreciation. Section 179 small business expensing provides agricultural producers with a way to maximize business purchases in years when they have positive cash flow. Under the expired law the maximum amount that a small business can immediately expense when purchasing business assets, instead of depreciating them over time, is $25,000 adjusted for inflation. ASA supports restoring the maximum amount of expensing under Section 179 to $500,000 as it was previously set in 2013. ASA also supports reinstatement of the expired 50 percent bonus depreciation for the purchase of new capital assets, including agricultural equipment.ASA signed onto two coalition letters this week, urging congress to promptly renew the tax extenders to ensure implementation in time for tax filing season.“These tax provisions are critically important to U.S. jobs and the broader economy,” the letters state. “Failure to extend these provisions is a tax increase. It will inject instability and uncertainty into the economy and weaken confidence in the employment marketplace. Acting promptly on this matter in Lame Duck will provide important predictability necessary for economic growth.ASA also signed onto an industry letter to Congress, explaining the importance of renewing areas of the expired tax code with specific focus on Section 179.“As you probably know, agriculture requires large investments in machinery, equipment and other depreciable assets and because of this farmers and ranchers place great value on tax code provisions such as Section 179 small business expensing and bonus depreciation,” the letter states. “Section 179 allows them to write off capital expenditures in the year that purchases are made rather than depreciate them over time. The ability to immediately expense capital purchases also provides an incentive for farmers and ranchers to invest in their businesses and offers the benefit of reducing the record keeping burden associated with the depreciation.”Again, ASA urges each of you to please contact your members of Congress this week. Please reach out to Tom Hance or myself in ASA’s Washington office with questions, and ASA will keep you updated as this issue moves forward.Click here to read all three letters.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife are asking the public’s help in identifying who is responsible for removing the trees. The agency is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information about the incident. Anyone with information was asked to call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s law enforcement office at 907-786-3992. According to a release from the agency, they were the only trees cut down in the area, and all were within a half-mile area of one another. The felled trees were discovered during an aerial survey. U.S. Fish and Wildlife: “Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 per person and up to one year federal imprisonment.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Three trees that were home to nesting bald eagles were cut down around Anchor Point this spring, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Midsommer… strangest movie I’ve ever seen and might not sleep tonight :/— kasey carpenter (@kasey_carp) July 4, 2019 2 I was going to sleep tonight but after seeing #MIDSOMMAR I guess I’m just going to stare at the ceiling for hours trying to come to terms with what I just saw— Will ‘I will fight the sun’ Amos (@WillAmos1) July 3, 2019 Midsommar opened Wednesday in the US and UK, and comes to Australia in August. just got back from seeing midsommar and i already know it’s gonna be hard to sleep tonight— ele (@peachesvts) July 3, 2019 77 Photos Off to see Midsommer tonight. Didn’t want to sleep anyway.— Luke Chandley (@lrchandley) July 5, 2019 Share your voice Now, the word is spreading. “Off to see Midsommer tonight. Didn’t want to sleep anyway,” wrote Luke Chandley on Twitter. Tags Comments 2019 movies to geek out over Things got even weirder in New York. The official Twitter account for the Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse theater tweeted that one Midsommar viewer asked staffers there if she could “buy cocaine” to get her through the movie. (Her friend reacted to this news by flashing the theater staffer.) Midsommar out here fucking people up in Brooklyn [excerpted from an actual incident report] pic.twitter.com/Dcj4MJyDim— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) July 5, 2019 Who wants to go see Midsommer with me and then not sleep for weeks??— ✨ (@hanandchz) July 2, 2019 Need your beauty sleep? Then don’t go see the new horror movie Midsommar, which apparently is so scary it’s keeping viewers up nights.Midsommar involves creepy events taking place at a Swedish folk festival. As of Friday, it has an 81 percent “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has gotten “generally favorable” reviews on CNET sister site Metacritic.But it’s not getting such great reviews from those who need to catch some zzzzzs. Numerous viewers have posted on social media that the disturbing movie is playing havoc with their need for sleep.”I’ve never been so interested and disgusted by a film at the same time. I can’t sleep,” wrote one. #midsommer is the most pscyological unnerving movie I’ve ever seen. I’m still reeling from the chaos. I’ve never been so interested and disgusted by a film at the same time. I can’t sleep. pic.twitter.com/bYN5GhiB6f— william 🦂 (@swollentwink) July 4, 2019 TV and Movies
File PhotoBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh’s per capita income would be around US$ 12,000 by 2041 when the size of the economy would be 2.5 trillion dollars.Hasina said this in parliament in a written reply to a question from treasury bench member Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4).The scripted answers of the prime minister were put on the table as the session, chaired by speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, went on with debate on next year’s proposed budget placed by the finance minister on 1 June last.Hasina said four private economic zones were given final licenses to set up industries while ten others were given pre-qualification licenses.The prime minister said the Kaliakoir Hi-tech Park is being constructed with a target to arrange employment for one million people in IT sector by 2021.Bangladesh would be the centre point the economy of Asia region by 2041 and play a remarkable role in local supply chain and global value chain as well as establishing regional sub-regional communication and connectivity, hoped Hasina.She also hoped that the open economic policy of the present government would open up a new era of success through creating a win-win situation in the areas of trade, commerce and investment at regional, sub-regional and international level.Referring to the projection of some global research organizations, Hasina said Bangladesh would be the world’s 29th largest economy by 2030 and 23rd by 2050 from 31st at present.
Share Photo: City of HoustonMayor Sylvester Turner (second from the left) reacted to the NCAA’s announcement saying that returning the Final Four to Houston in 2023 “will be a slam dunk.”Houston will host the NCAA men’s Final Four in the year 2023 and the games will be played at NRG Stadium.The NCAA’s announcement came Monday, less than a week after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner visited NCAA officials in Boston to make a pitch for the city.“Returning the Final Four to Houston in 2023 will be a slam dunk. I’m overjoyed that the NCAA recognized this fact,” Turner said in a news release from his press office and added: “From our restaurants, to our convention center, hotels, and retail spaces, Houston is poised to provide a total fan experience.”According to the news release, Houston realized approximately $250 million in economic impact from the 2016 event when Villanova beat North Carolina at the buzzer for the title.The 2023 #FinalFour will be played in Houston! 🏟: NRG StadiumFinal Four History (3): 1971, 2011, 2016Hosts: @UHCougars, @RiceAthletics, @HBUHuskies & @TXSOTigers pic.twitter.com/Ma0pUGs6Y8— NCAA Final Four (@FinalFour) July 16, 2018Houston most recently hosted the Final Four in 2016.The event is typically accompanied by concerts and a fan fest, along with lots of lane closures and traffic.
Images of FIRST J1419+3940 at 1.6 GHz with the EVN on September 18, 2018 derived from the two gain calibrations performed in Tianma (original, top, and scaled, bottom). Credit: Marcote et al., 2019. Using a network of radio telescopes, European astronomers have investigated a decade-long transient known as FIRST J141918.9+394036. Results of this study, presented in a paper published February 18 on arXiv.org, provide important insights into the nature of this mysterious source, confirming that it is an “orphan” long gamma-ray burst. © 2019 Science X Network VLA sky survey reveals first ‘orphan’ gamma ray burst Explore further FIRST J141918.9+394036 (or FIRST J1419+3940 for short) is a slowly evolving, extragalactic radio transient. It has decayed in brightness over the last few decades. Recent observations of this object have revealed that it could be an afterglow of a powerful gamma ray burst (GRB) that produced no gamma rays detectable on Earth. FIRST J1419+3940 was therefore classified as the first known “orphan” GRB.However, the fading radio emission from FIRST J1419+3940 could also be interpreted as coming from a new-born nebula powered by a young magnetar. Given that this transient shares similar properties and host galaxy type to the radio source associated with the first known fast radio burst (FRB), FRB 12102, some astronomers assume that FIRST J1419+3940 is a young, rapidly spinning magnetar.In order to verify which of the two hypotheses is true, a team of astronomers led by Benito Marcote of Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC in the Netherlands, has employed the European VLBI (very-long-baseline interferometry) Network to conduct radio observations of FIRST J1419+3940.”To distinguish between these hypotheses, we conducted radio observations using the European VLBI Network at 1.6 GHz to resolve the emission spatially and to search for millisecond-duration radio bursts,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.In result, Marcote’s team found that FIRST J1419+3940 is a compact radio source with a flux density at a level of 620 µJy. With a luminosity distance of about 283 million light years, the size of the source was estimated to be approximately 5.2 light years. Moreover, the observations detected no millisecond-duration bursts of astrophysical origin from this object and confirmed that the radio emission from it is non-thermal.According to the paper, the properties of FIRST J1419+3940 and lack of short-duration bursts from it are consistent with jet expansion from a putative “orphan” long GRB. The researchers noted that although this object shows similar properties as the persistent source associated with FRB 121102, it exhibits significant differences such as much faster expansion and stronger luminosity decay. This disfavors the magnetar birth nebula theory.”A flux density lower than expected is reported, suggesting a faster decline after 2015. This decay could be explained by a change in the post-shock microphysical parameters following the transition to the non-relativistic phase, or by a drop in the ISM [interstellar medium] density (e.g. due to the shock reaching the outer edge of the star-forming region where the GRB exploded),” the paper reads.Although the study confirms the RGB status of FIRST J1419+3940, the researchers noted that it could be still a site of potential FRB production. To verify this, future observations of this source at higher radio frequencies are required. More information: B. Marcote et al. Resolving the decades-long transient FIRST J141918.9+394036: an orphan long gamma-ray burst or a young magnetar nebula? arXiv:1902.06731 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1902.06731 Citation: FIRST J141918.9+394036 is an ‘orphan’ long gamma-ray burst, study finds (2019, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-j1419189394036-orphan-gamma-ray.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Swirling through the winding hills of Tuscany on a road trip, heave a sigh of pleasure as you take in the picturesque landscapes. It is right out of an advert from European tourism industry that gets them returns on their natural resources. It’s just not the fast and convenient Eurorail but the road transport and tourism that entices tourists. While the advent of road tourism kickstarted the concept of caravan tourism around the globe; in India only Madhya Pradesh capitalized on its road transport and tourists. Untapping India’s potential for tourism on road , PHD Chamber organised a curtain raiser on caravan tourism- India by road.For caravan tourism in India, its a shout out to the tourism agencies to liason with state road network and local government agencies to facilitate the major tourism road projects in the country. Although the road sector in India has been declared as an industry, it is still on a slow trail.
Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist They said the group’s members have been training at the site.The meeting came a day after Haiti’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement warning the group not to cause disruptions.The ex-soldiers said they planned to press their campaign without violence.“They know we can tear down the country _ easily,” said one of the former sergeants, David Dorme, 44. “But if we destroyed this country where are we going to go?”The National Armed Forces of Haiti was abolished in 1995 because of its history of toppling governments and crushing dissent.Many veterans have long complained that they’re owed $15 million in pensions and lost wages. The current administration began registering veterans in April for back pay and pensions and says it has made some payments.After police took back the illegally occupied old bases in May, leaders of the ragtag group of former soldiers and their young recruits stashed their camouflage uniforms and pistols and returned to their day jobs.The ex-sergeants said they spent the time reorganizing and preparing to renew their campaign to demand that President Michel Martelly’s government honor his campaign pledge to re-establish the military and appoint one of them as commander. Comments Share Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Quick workouts for men Police arrested about 30 pro-army men at an old military base north of the capital Thursday after they tried to seize it, Dorme said.A newspaper reported the raid turned up homemade weapons, uniforms and radio communication. A police spokesman declined to comment on the report.___Associated Press writer Evens Sanon contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressMARIANI, Haiti (AP) – The leaders of a small group of ex-soldiers who embarrassed Haiti’s government earlier this year by seizing old military bases to press for the restoration of the disbanded army emerged from six months of hiding Saturday to renew their demand.Contacted on their cellphones after several months of keeping them off, four former sergeants arranged to meet with The Associated Press on a hillside clearing in Mariani, a beach resort town southwest of the Caribbean nation’s capital. For several months, the pro-army group defied warnings to leave several old army bases and to stop posing as military personnel. Then in May, police cleared out the bases and locked up 50 demonstrators following a pro-army demonstration that passed in front of the National Palace.The group’s leaders shut off their cellphones and largely vanished.Lafalaise denied that he and colleagues went into hiding, saying they were just keeping a low profile.“The military’s not hiding or running away,” he said. “We’ve just retreated.”The former sergeants, one of whom had a pistol sticking out of a pants pocket, said they had held meetings and secured the hillside clearing that affords a broad view of the ocean. They said they have been using the land as a training ground twice a week.A white dome tent was described as the group’s office. The red-and-blue Haitian flag hung on a pole tied to a barren tree. Yellow butterflies fluttered among the bushes.The ex-sergeants said they held a low-key ceremony on Nov. 18 to mark a military-themed holiday associated with Haiti’s fight for independence from France. That day, rumors circulated that the group would march in the nearby city of Carrefour, but it didn’t. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy “Today we want the army to remobilize, to speak in the ears of the leaders,” said one of the sergeants, Jean-Fednel Lafalaise, 45.Jean Venel Casseus, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, referred AP to the public warning telling people “pretending” to former soldiers not to disrupt public order.“This note went out on the radio so everyone heard it,” Casseus said by telephone. “They can’t go out with their uniforms and weapons until the government establishes that the army has been reinstated.”Asked what the authorities would do if the band of ex-soldiers ventured into the streets, Casseus said: “If the government needs to take action it will.”Despite its parades and base takeovers, the pro-army group never really posed a serious threat to the government or the United Nations peacekeeping mission, which it accused of being an occupying force.Still, the group’s parading around Port-au-Prince and the countryside wearing mismatching, ill-fitting uniforms while carrying pistols did embarrass the U.N. mission and the government, which is trying to lure foreign investors.The armed marches made both institutions look weak and ineffective, raising questions about whether Haiti might be returning to its paramilitary past.
March 30, 2015Terry Eder was the first pianist in residence at the Colly Soleri Music Center, inaugurating its first season of concerts and teaching in the community in 1982. Eder returned to Arcosanti for a special afternoon performance of pieces by extraordinary Hungarian composers Bartók and Dohnányi, as well as monumental compositions by Beethoven and Chopin. Eder specializes in Hungarian composers of the 20th century, whose music originates in folk traditions, including dances and folk tunes marking all aspects of life in rural Eastern Europe.[photo by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito]Eder’s New York début at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2004 received critical acclaim, leading to performances at other prominent halls in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and, next fall in Singapore and China. She began her musical studies at the age of four in Detroit and by age 16 she performed at the Detroit Art Institute as the recipient of the Louise Smith Petersen Memorial Fund award. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory primarily with Peter Takács, and at Indiana University with Bálint Vázsonyi, earning a Master of Music with Distinction. Terry Eder won a research grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board for a year-long residency at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Ms. Eder chose to study in Hungary because she feels an affinity for music from this part of the world, being of Eastern European ancestry. Eder’s research centered on twentieth century Hungarian piano music, working under the tutelage of Zoltán Kocsis. She also learned to speak Hungarian. Today she is recognized as an exceptional interpreter of the music of Bartók and other Hungarian composers. She has been invited to lecture about Bartók at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the New School University in New York City and the Yong Siew Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Her Bartók performances at the 2008 IBLA and Bartók/Kabalevsky competitions won her top distinction. Ms. Eder holds a Juris Doctorate and has lent her legal expertise to supporting human rights groups and musical organizations. She is currently engaged in instituting a new concert series in New York entitled Key Pianists. Also active as a recording artist, Eder’s previous issues include Portrait, and a program of piano music by Dohnányi. A Bartók CD will be released this spring on MSR Classics. [photo by Sue Kirsch]