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Signature adds The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

first_img Travelweek Group Share Signature adds The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun Monday, July 17, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img TORONTO — Signature Vacations’ Crown Collection of luxury all-inclusive resorts now includes The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, opened this past May.Value-added client benefits and perks include resort credits valued at $1,500 for golf, spa treatments, room upgrades and the like, unlimited à la carte dining and a welcoming bottle of wine in the room.Families that book by Aug. 31, 2017 also get exclusive perks including kids stay, eat and play free deals for young guests ages two to 17. This time-limited offer is valid on select departures up to and including Oct. 31, 2018. Some blackout dates apply.Signature notes that the new resort offers a solid blend of luxury, relaxation, and entertainment for all types of guests. “Families will enjoy spacious Deluxe Rooms designed to accommodate up to six guests, and younger travellers can take advantage of endless fun in the sun: from the resort’s expansive waterpark equipped with a lazy river, slides and a wave rider, to the bowling alley, to the action-packed kids and teens club.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsOther amenities include the AWE Spa, seven pools and dining options including Lebanese, Peruvian, Italian, Asian, French and steakhouse restaurants.Guests staying at The Grand at Moon Palace also get free exchange privileges to the adjacent Moon Palace Golf Resort and Spa. From Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 3, 2018 visitors at the resort can be some of the first guests to be dazzled by Broadway’s biggest-selling magic show, The Illusionists 2.0. Guests must purchase tickets to The Illusionists 2.0 separately. Tickets can be purchased online. Tags: Palace Resorts, Signature Vacations Posted bylast_img read more

Trafalgars 20202021 Asia Program includes nine new itineraries

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Asia, Trafalgar Posted by Thursday, July 25, 2019 TORONTO — Nine new trips have been unveiled as part of Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia program, bringing its total offering in the region to 32 trips across nine countries.“We are so excited to be unlocking more of Asia in 2020/2021, with our nine new trips being a reflection of how much our clients love exploring Asia with Trafalgar,” said Janice Farnum, the brand’s Director of Product for Asia and Africa. “With four nights in each destination, one of my personal favourites, which I know clients will love, is our new Saigon and Bangkok Explorer. They can settle into the rhythms of these iconic cities and really feel like a local – which is what we’re all about.”New additions include the ‘Saigon and Bangkok Explorer’, which is part of the company’s ‘City Explorer’ series. Available as a nine-day standalone trip or with a three-day Phuket extension, this trip includes a ‘Be My Guest’ experience featuring a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh, and a factory visit to learn about the silk industry.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAlso new is ‘Colourful India – Celebrate Holi’ featuring Diwali, the Festival of Light. Guests will don traditional attire and join a local family to take part in the ‘puja’, a sacred ritual and offering to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.Trafalgar is also extending its ‘Be My guest’ series to include a brand new Japanese Kaiseki and Tea Experience, during which clients will participate in a Yamato tea drinking ceremony with a local family.Moreover, the company continues to stay true to its commitment to using travel as a force for good by including at least one ‘JoinTrafalgar’ experience on every Asia itinerary. These experiences allow clients to make a meaningful difference in the places they visit, and include a performance by a group of blind youth musicians, which supports the Ho Chi Minh Blind Centre that provides training for the visually impaired.“With the colours of Holi, our incredible ‘Be My Guests,’ our wonderful Travel Directors and experiences that ignite the senses, Trafalgar Asia 2020/2021 offers more for clients than ever before. With JoinTrafalgar initiatives on all our Asia itineraries, I’m proud we can enable clients to make a positive impact in the places we visit. It’s a travel experience you cannot get elsewhere,” added Farnum.center_img Travelweek Group Share Trafalgar’s 2020/2021 Asia Program includes nine new itinerarieslast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu finished the 2015 season tied for sixth in the league with five interceptions in 14 games.Mathieu played 67.5 percent of his defensive snaps at cornerback that season, and Pro Football Focus gave him the highest grade at the position.But Mathieu intercepted only one pass in 10 games in 2016 and registered 35 tackles, less than half as many compared to 2015 (89).Head coach Bruce Arians met with the media on Wednesday in London and said Mathieu has not looked like the 2015 version of himself on the field this season. “No. Healthy-wise, he is, but he’s not playing like it yet,” Arians said.PFF had Mathieu as the lowest-graded safety in football on Sept. 27, and his overall grade for the season of 47.5 is considered poor on PFF’s scale. Through six games, he has one interception, two passes defensed and 29 tackles.Mathieu’s performance combined with Justin Bethel up-and-down early season play probably explain some of why the Cardinals’ defense has given up the sixth-most passing yards (1,500) and the second most touchdowns (13).Arians said Mathieu’s performance this season probably has to do with his confidence, but the former LSU Tiger told the media on Thursday he feels good going forward.“I think confidence comes with, like I said, making splash plays, just making the plays that I’ve made since I was 5 years old, and those plays will come,” Mathieu said. “Like I said, my focus right now is playing well in critical situations.”Mathieu said he can no longer focus on splash plays because those will come with consistent performances in critical situations. The former third-round pick said that is his mindset going forward.“Yeah, I would say so,” Mathieu said. “It would have definitely taken me out of my game, but I’ve got a great group of guys around me. I think, ultimately, my teammates believe in me, and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Safety Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals, left, and Brandon Williams, right, attend an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-on-Thames, a suburb of south west London, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories 25 Comments   Share   Mathieu flashed in the preseason and many thought the Honey Badger was back. But other than a game-sealing interception against the Indianapolis Colts, his performances in exhibition games has yet to translate to the games that count. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Sky has bolstered its paymonthly OTT service Now

first_imgSky has bolstered its pay-monthly OTT service, Now TV, by adding ten TV channels – including Sky1, Discovery and MTV – as part of a new entertainment package.The Now TV Entertainment Month Pass will give users access to Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1, Discovery, MTV, Comedy Central, Gold, Disney and Fox for an introductory price of £4.99 (€5.82) per-month.UK pay TV operator Sky said that with premieres of new series of Game of Thrones, The Following and Mad Men coming up on Sky Atlantic, Now TV will be “the only place to see all the new episodes on a month-to-month, pay-as-you-go basis.”Other shows that will be accessible as part of the package include Sky 1’s Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life, Sky Living’s Dracula, Sky Arts 1’s A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories, Sky Atlantic’s Hello Ladies and MTV’s Geordie Shore.Additionally, the Entertainment Month Pass will give viewers access to entire box sets of shows like The Wire.“Millions of people can now go online to watch some of the best entertainment channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Comedy Central. Now TV offers pay-as-you-go access to brand new episodes of home-grown British shows and the biggest and best US series for anyone with broadband,” said Gidon Katz, Director of Now TV.The entertainment option add to the movies and sports packages Sky already offers through Now TV, with the launch part of a planned expansion of the service.Sky recently dropped the price of its movies package, which offers Sky Movies titles and was the first content to go live on Now TV, from £15 to £8.99 per-month. Sky Sports access on the online platform is priced at £9.99 per-day.Sky launched Now TV last year as a way to tap into a new user base and compete against rising online players like Netflix and Amazon’s LoveFilm. Users are not tied into long-term contracts and can access Now TV across a range of devices.Sky said that the Now TV Entertainment Month Pass is available from today on the Now TV Box, PS3, Roku, Macs and PCs. Other supported devices will be introduced over the coming months, including iPhone, iPad, selected Android smartphones, Xbox, LG Smart TVs and selected LG media devices.last_img read more

Justins note America is in unprecedented territo

first_imgJustin’s note: America is in unprecedented territory.For starters, the average American is over $40,000 in debt… and that’s grown 15% over the past four years. Meanwhile, wages and the U.S. economy aren’t keeping up…Stansberry Research founder Porter Stansberry believes there is only one possible outcome: a “Debt Jubilee.”That’s why today, we’re sharing the first chapter of Porter’s book The American Jubilee. In it, he reveals the four conditions that would bring about a debt jubilee, and shows just how close we are to one taking place…By Porter Stansberry, founder, Stansberry ResearchIf you study American history, you’ll see that Debt Jubilees occur only in a unique type of extreme political environment.After all, a Jubilee is a radical measure.The government essentially steals money from one group and hands it to another.In order for this to occur, four elements must be in place… Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?We have the largest gap ever between the rich and poor…We have huge increases in violent protests about immigration and race…We have a completely ineffective government…And we have extreme animosity toward the “elites” from both the left and right.Check… check… check… and check.There’s actually a name for this type of political and social phenomenon.It’s called “populism.” And it emerges every 30 to 40 years. There must be cultural threats from those with different values or from outsiders (in other words, minority populations and immigrants). During the 1930s, just like today, the wealthy acquired a much higher-than-normal percentage of our nation’s wealth…And in both the 1930s and today, the percentage of the population who were foreign-born was higher than normal… causing animosity among the “common man.”Just like today, the economic conditions of the 1930s caused extreme income inequality.Back then, the top 10% earned 45% of all income (compared with 50% today) and owned 85% of the wealth (compared with 75% today).Even the political characters are the same…The 1930s saw a popular socialist presidential candidate just like we had in 2016. Huey Long was a former governor of Louisiana and a U.S. senator. He proposed an income cap at $1 million… a 30-hour federal work week… and 100% income taxes at the highest level.Long even established 27,000 “Share Our Wealth” clubs around the country and had a radio show that was listened to by one in five Americans.So where did this all lead?It led to America’s most dramatic Debt Jubilee to date…Regards,Porter Stansberry Founder, Stansberry ResearchJustin’s note: According to Porter, a financial revolution is already starting to take place across America. Many aren’t aware of it. But the Charlottesville riots… the burning of inner cities… the resurgence of neo-Nazi groups… and the “Black Lives Matter” protests are all signs that a Jubilee is imminent.But you still have time to protect yourself. Porter and his team of analysts have put together a presentation to explain everything. You’ll learn how the Jubilee will play out, as well as the steps you can take to survive… and prosper… once it hits. Watch it here.In Case You Missed It…On April 26, 2018, Casey Research is hosting a pivotal event… the Pot Stock Millionaire Summit.At this summit, Doug Casey, along with Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno, will discuss five frontier marijuana stocks set to soar as legalization gets underway. These stocks are the best ways to get in on what Forbes calls “the best ground-floor opportunity we’ve seen since the early days of the internet.” Sign up right here. Populist movements are characterized by extreme anger at the government, at the wealthy, at the establishments, and at “newcomers” and minorities.As the director of an Alabama group that tracks violence and hate crimes around the country told Newsweek in June 2017: “There has been a massive explosion of violence across the country.”I’m sure you’ve seen this yourself.The hatred and anger is like nothing I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. And it’s coming from all sides. A member of my staff went to a book reading in Baltimore by one of the most famous left-wing authors in the country.The author told the crowd that he wished he could go back in time and smother Donald Trump in his crib as a baby… or convince Trump’s mother to have an abortion.This epitomizes the political and social environment in America today.From the protests and marches… to the refusals to stand during the national anthem…From Black Lives Matter to the anti-immigration movements… to the rejuvenation of white supremacists… to the tripling of membership in the Democratic Socialists of America.It’s clear we are in the middle of an extreme “populist” period in America.Ray Dalio, one of the richest men in America, studied the political environments of the past 100 years and concluded in March 2017…The last time that it [populism] existed as a major force in the world was in the 1930s, when most countries became populist. Over the last year, it has again emerged as a major force.Look at this chart. The big spikes show when populist politicians got the most votes in America and abroad…So, what does this all mean?It proves that what we’re experiencing today is eerily similar to what happened in the 1930s… right before the biggest and most radical Debt Jubilee in American history. The economic comparison is stunning.Interest rates hit zero leading up to each of these periods…The government went into mega money-printing mode during both periods…Printing money caused the stock market and other risky assets to boom during both periods… boosting the wealth of the rich, but doing nothing for the poor… — How I almost lost $1,000,000 in 8 hours In 8 hours, I almost lost my entire $1,000,000 life savings. But by using this “secret key” technique… I saved all my money… generated a fortune… and got to retire at 42, with more security than I’d ever imagined. I’ve been quietly using it for the past 26 years to make millions. Click here and see my “secret key” in action. Recommended Link Recommended Link Why the SECOND crypto megaboom will be bigger, starting on April 30 The Bitcoin bull market will go down in history – but DON’T WORRY if you didn’t get rich. Because the second megaboom will be MUCH BIGGER. In fact, it will DWARF anything we’ve seen, minting a whole new class of crypto millionaires. Will you join them? — The government must be ineffective at providing solutions. And there must be growing anger toward the “elites.” The wealth gap must be getting dramatically bigger.last_img read more

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first_imgClick here for the full details Now, Jason says his system can flag this type of trading activity because it quickly catches what institutional buyers are doing. That type of speed is key.Here’s what he told me:Most ordinary investors miss these opportunities because they don’t know what professional investors like hedge funds and institutions are doing. But to be fair, these big-money firms work hard to keep their activity quiet – because until they’re done, it doesn’t help them if people know what they’re buying. That’s why speed is key.In his most recent Palm Beach Trader issue, Jason identified a small tech company that institutions are snapping up quickly. And his system is showing there’s likely more demand from hedge funds – which could lead to triple-digit gains in just a few months. (Subscribers can read the issue right here.)If you’re not a Palm Beach Trader subscriber, the best one-click way to get exposure to the sector is through the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX). This fund holds large semiconductor companies like Nvidia, Intel, and Broadcom.Regards,Nick Rokke Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyP.S. As I mentioned above, Cantor Fitzgerald stunned everyone with its new high-speed trading system in 2012. Time magazine… The New York Times… The Telegraph… and even 60 Minutes reported on this system – which could “look up to 30 milliseconds into the future.”It was hands down the fastest high-speed trading system in Wall Street history. But now, after seven years, Jason is ready to make history again.On April 24, Jason is unveiling his own breakthrough system, which he says can spot the market’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance – and you’re invited.As an attendee, you’ll have the chance to claim his No. 1 recommendation. And the profit potential could be enormous – as much as $9,385 in one trading day. Plus, Jason’s giving away a special three-part masterclass for free when you register now.Reader MailbagDo you plan on attending Jason’s VIP event? If you’d like to ask questions ahead of time, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com. Recommended Link Seeing the Future… Before Everyone ElseIn February 2019, Jason told me his proprietary system (more on it in a moment) was seeing a rush back into semiconductor stocks – and that it was a positive sign of economic growth.Here’s what he said then:Perhaps the biggest evidence of a rush back to growth is being seen again in semiconductors. Semis got smoked last year and were essentially a toxic wasteland… And we noticed a major repricing of semis earlier this month with some stellar earnings and heavy institutional accumulation.As usual, Jason nailed that call…The sector has shot up nearly 30% in this year’s first quarter – its best start ever. And the overall market has followed.But if you think you’ve missed the boat on semiconductors, think again. Jason says his system is continuing to signal institutional buying in the sector. And that means more gains ahead for investors in these companies…Big Money Is Piling InRegular Palm Beach Daily readers know that we call Jason our Wall Street insider because he spent nearly two decades as a trader (including being a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald).But few people know this: In 2012, his firm helped create Tradeworx.The name might not ring a bell. But if you’ve read about high-speed trading in The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times – or watched the 60 Minutes special on it – you actually do know about Tradeworx.It was the fastest high-speed trading system on Wall Street – making trades in less than a second. But here’s the thing…After Jason left Cantor Fitzgerald, he created his own breakthrough system – one that can spot the biggest (and most lucrative) trades on Wall Street… up to a month in advance.That same system flagged institutional buying in semiconductors earlier this year. And it’s proven to be highly accurate on a number of other occasions, too. (For example, it predicted the sell-off in February 2018 and the rally we saw at the start of this year.) Justin’s note: Today, we’re doing something a little different from our usual fare. Our friends over at Palm Beach Research Group have an interesting story to share about a reversal in a little-known – but very important – sector of the market.Nick Rokke and Palm Beach Trader editor Jason Bodner explain why this reversal is bullish for stocks… indicates market health… and presents a huge money-making opportunity for investors.Read on to see what it is and what we can buy to profit today…By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily Toward the end of last year, semiconductor stocks tanked…Now, semiconductors are the microchips that make electronic devices work. (They’re also called the “brains” of machines.) From toasters and smartphones… to computers and complex networking equipment… the modern world couldn’t operate without them.And because the companies making them are the first part of the supply chain, they’re often the first to feel the pain when the economy slows down.In fact, as you can see in the chart below, the sector is so important that it’s widely considered a leading indicator of market health:In the second half of 2018, semiconductor companies crashed 24%. An overall 19% market meltdown soon followed.The carnage was so bad, Palm Beach Research Group’s Wall Street insider Jason Bodner called semis a “toxic wasteland.”But today, we’re seeing a reversal in this important sector. That’s bullish for stocks – and it presents a money-making opportunity for investors… Recommended Link Register here to reserve your spot President Trump’s $2.6 Trillion Revenge Against The Fed… (And How It Could Turn $250 Into An Absolute Fortune)President Trump has called the Fed “crazy”, “out of control,” and “loco”… Because despite keeping rates near zero the entire time Obama was in office… and inflation being within just .1% of their target… Under President Trump, the Fed hiked rates not once, not twice… But six times. And with it, ushered in the worst December for investors since the Great Depression. Now, President Trump will have his revenge… And, in doing so, he will give you the chance to turn $250 into an absolute fortune. — — No matter your age or expertise, if you have a computer or cellphone you can potentially profit from thisJason Bodner has cracked the code. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, was named partner at the global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and became one of the biggest power players on Wall Street. Now he’s sharing his secrets. On Wednesday, April 24 at 8 pm ET, Jason will unveil his powerful new system that helps him spot America’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance. No matter your age, net worth, or expertise… if you have a computer or cellphone… he can show you that you can profit from this strategy with less than 20 minutes of “work” a month. Learn from a true Wall Street legend — for free.last_img read more

For the eightandahalf years she spent in prison

first_imgFor the eight-and-a-half years she spent in prison, Kristan Kerr looked forward to one thing every month: a visit from her daughter, Chloe. Visit by visit, she watched Chloe grow from a toddler into a young adult.”I just watched her grow all the way up,” Kerr says. “One visit, she couldn’t read, and then the next visit she was reading something to me.”Convicted for aggravated robbery in 2011 – she was the driver — Kerr says she wasn’t making good choices back then, and it meant missing out on a lot.She and Chloe would talk on the phone and send letters and visit, but she says you can’t do the physical, nurturing part of parenting from prison. Even though Kerr trusted that Chloe was being cared for by her grandmother, she says you never stop worrying about your kid.There are more than 225,000 women behind bars, according to the most recent 2017 federal statistics. Half are in state and federal prisons, the other half in local jails. It’s actually a slight decrease, coming after years of ballooning incarceration among women.From 1980 to 2016, the country saw a 700% increase in the number of women behind bars. Exactly how many are mothers isn’t well tracked, but a survey of women in Texas prisons showed more than 80% of them are moms.Lawmakers across the country are now considering ways to send fewer moms with minor children to jail and prison, and to help preserve parent-child bonds when they’re locked up.In Texas, lawmakers are considering bills that would promote diversion programs, probation or other community-based sentences over jail or prison time to avoid breaking up families. Tennessee recently passed legislation to do that.There were some tough times for Chloe, who’s now 12. It was hard seeing other kids with their moms, but she says it’s been good since her mother was released in October. Not that it’s been easy, exactly.”It’s been a little bit challenging because I’ve still got to get used to her, I’ve got to learn her, get comfortable with her,” Chloe says. But, she adds, “I’m happier now that she’s here, that I get to see her every day.””Many of the women, once they get arrested, are scrambling to find someone to take care of their kids,” says Michele Deitch, who studies prison issues at the University of Texas at Austin. “So a lot of kids get shuttled from place to place, and if they’re not able to find a place for them, then many of the kids end up in foster care.”Other states are looking at incarcerating parents closer to their children, and expanding visitation so kids can see mom or dad more often. Incarcerated parents who have stronger relationships with their kids, Deitch says, behave better while inside, and are less likely to commit future crimes after they’re released.”It’s really critical for the parent to not lose touch with their child, and to stay involved and to feel like they can make a difference in the child’s life to be aware of what’s happening to them,” Deitch says.Growing up with their incarcerated parents can be damaging to their children. That’s part of the reason children with incarcerated parents are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system themselves, according to Dallas lawyer Brittany Barnett. She launched Girls Embracing Mothers, a nonprofit aimed at improving outcomes for girls and their incarcerated mothers, after her own mother was sent to prison.”Even though I was a young adult when my mom went to prison, my sister and I were devastated by her incarceration,” Barnett says. “It not only impacts the person in prison, but the children are the hidden victims of their parents’ crimes.”Kristan and Chloe Kerr took part in the Girls Embracing Mothers program. Barnett says she’s optimistic about reform legislation, but hopes it’s just a first step toward a more effective and less punitive justice system.”These women aren’t bad women, they made bad choices,” Barnett says.Texas Rep. James White, a Republican, says the crimes women commit are often different from their male peers. He heads the House Committee on Corrections, and introduced a bill to address issues faced by women in prison, including pregnancy and childbirth.”I hear a lot of offenses that are linked to domestic violence, so they may stab their spouse that’s abusing them and their kids,” White says, “young women that have experienced repeated sexual abuse from a family member, women who have fallen into the trap of addiction.”Researchers agree that a history of trauma underlies a lot of the criminal behavior that lands women in jails and prisons. Kristan Kerr says many of the moms in prison with her struggled with psychological and behavioral issues.”Women, they love their kids,” she says. “Maybe they’re stuck with addiction but that’s a sickness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want their children.”Since she’s been out, Kerr has been working through a list of goals she set for herself to rebuild her life. She’s got a job, got her driver’s license, and she’s spending lots of time with her daughter. Copyright 2019 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.last_img read more

Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers and Other Common Careers

first_img Next Article Add to Queue –shares For an industry still in its early stages, legal marijuana already has surpassed many other businesses in generating jobs.In a new report called the Marijuana Business Factbook 2017, the marijuana industry is reported to have created 165,000 to 230,000 full- and part-time jobs in the United States. According to the report, that means there are more people working in the marijuana industry than there are bakers, dental hygienists and massage therapists.The job numbers include those working at cannabis retail stores, growing facilities, marijuana-infused product companies, testing labs and ancillary businesses such as transportation and security. The numbers represent “marijuana’s rapid transformation out of the black market and into a viable economic force,” according to the report.Related: Sorry, But No You Can’t Smoke Marijuana on the Las Vegas Strip Yet.Practical mattersThe numbers also underscore one of the two practical considerations for political leaders that go beyond the decades-old “war against drugs” debate that continues at the federal level.The first is that legalized marijuana generates huge amounts of tax income for state and local governments. For example, Oregon expects to reap $200 million in adult-use marijuana taxes by 2019, and that money will go to schools, roads and law enforcement.The tax dollars generated by Colorado and other western states have politicians in other cash-starved states, such as Illinois, hoping to legalize marijuana to help balance governmental budgets.The second, which the report focused on, is job creation. Nationwide, the numbers are expected to skyrocket as California, Massachusetts and Nevada allow adult-use sales and another big state, Florida, moves forward with a regulated medical marijuana industry.Though all the new legal marijuana markets will take time to fully develop, “they have the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the marijuana industry,” according to the report.Putting it in perspectiveMarijuana also has been a boon to small businesses. The majority of the jobs in marijuana are concentrated on smaller operations that only need a handful of employees.Part of the reason for this is the fact marijuana remains an illegal drug at the federal level. Because legalization has happened in a state-by-state manner, large marijuana companies employing hundreds of workers have not materialized.Related: NBA Champion John Salley Talks About the ‘Seed to Sale’ Process for Cannabis BusinessBut the jobs continue to multiply. Assuming that most marijuana industry workers do not require a college degree, here are some other, similar occupations that the marijuana industry has either surpassed or approached in the number of workers:Short-order cooks (181,600)Electronics Installers and Repairers (136,100)Library Assistants (210,700)Boilermakers (17,400)Sheet metal workers (141,000)Again, the employment numbers will only grow as legal marijuana operations go into effect in new states. Moving forward on the debate about marijuana, expect politicians to start referencing the economic benefits of cannabis over long-held objections. They may find the economic bottom line on the marijuana industry is too strong to ignore. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Free Green Entrepreneur App dispensaries.com Guest Writer Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers and Other Common Careers July 11, 2017 Image credit: David McNew | Getty Images 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How much has legalizing marijuana helped create jobs? Just look at the numbers. Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an Elitist Company as

first_imgApple Apple COO Jeff Williams also said analysts ‘don’t really understand the cost of what we do.’ Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an ‘Elitist’ Company as iPhone Prices Continue to Rise Next Article Apple’s COO Jeff Williams told students in North Carolina on Friday that Apple does not want to be an “elitist” company.As reported by Apple Insider, Williams gave a short speech at Elon University followed by a Q&A session. A student asked Williams about Apple’s plans to lower iPhone prices, citing a recent report which claimed the iPhone costs significantly less to manufacture than its sale price.”The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days,” said Williams. “Analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products.”Williams said he’s cognizant of the iPhone’s climbing price point,which means it has fallen behind in key markets where consumers have less disposable income. In India for example, Apple commands just 3% of market share.”We do not want to be an elitist company. That’s not — we want to be an egalitarian company, and we’ve got a lot of work going on in developing markets,” Williams said.His comments come after Apple has continued to raise the price of iPhones. The average selling price of the phones has increased by nearly 27% to $793 since 2010, helped in no small part by the $1,000 iPhone X. February 25, 2019 Add to Queue Apply Now » 2 min readcenter_img –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Isobel Asher Hamilton Apple COO Jeff Williams Image credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez via BIlast_img read more

Polygenic screening could inform breast cancer risk in female survivors of pediatric

first_img Source:http://www.aacr.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 26 2018Bottom Line: A combined evaluation of common variants with small effects and rare predisposing mutations among young female childhood cancer survivors may further stratify this high-risk population for subsequent breast cancer risk.Journal in Which the Study was Published: Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer ResearchAuthor: Zhaoming Wang, PhD, associate member in the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in MemphisBackground: Female childhood cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing subsequent breast cancer compared with the general population. This increased risk has largely been attributed to cancer treatment regimens, such as chest irradiation and/or exposure to high-dose chemotherapeutic agents. Current screening of this population relies on treatments and doses used to treat childhood cancer, Wang explained.Wang previously found that survivors of childhood cancer have an increased risk of subsequent breast cancer if the survivors carry pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) mutations, such as mutations to the BRCA1 gene. “Our current study attempts to investigate the contributions to the risk of subsequent breast cancer by considering the full picture of breast cancer genetic susceptibility, which includes common genetic variants with small effects (polygenic determinants) in addition to P/LP mutations (monogenic determinants),” said Wang.How the Study Was Conducted: Wang and colleagues utilized information from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE) by analyzing whole-genome sequencing data for 1,133 female cancer survivors of European ancestry. Of these survivors, 47 developed one or more subsequent breast cancers.The researchers constructed a polygenic risk score (PRS) for individual survivors by calculating the weighted sum of 170 common breast cancer risk alleles present in each survivor’s genome. The researchers also evaluated the presence of P/LP mutations in 11 breast cancer predisposition genes. Relative rates of subsequent breast cancer incidence were estimated.Results: Following multivariable analysis, the researchers found that survivors in the highest PRS quintile had 2.7 times the risk of subsequent breast cancer compared to survivors in the lowest quintile. Survivors treated with chest irradiation had even higher risk; those in the highest PRS quintile treated with radiation had three times the risk of subsequent cancer compared to those in lowest quintile treated with radiation.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionSurvivors who carried P/LP mutations had 21.8 times increased risk for subsequent breast cancer compared with those who didn’t have P/LP mutations. Survivors treated with chest irradiation and who carried P/LP mutations had 10.3 times increased risk for subsequent breast cancer compared with those who didn’t have P/LP mutations treated with chest irradiation.”The PRS can identify individuals with high breast cancer risk that do not carry known pathogenic mutations,” Wang said. “Our results indicate that both polygenic determinants and large-effect rare mutations (monogenic determinants) contribute to the risk of subsequent breast cancer independently.”Notably, PRS was significantly associated with risk of subsequent breast cancer only in women less than 45 years old.”Our data supports the hypothesis that genetic risk factors play a more important role in the development of subsequent breast cancers in younger women,” Wang said. “However, this observed age-specific association could be partly due to the smaller sample size of older survivors in our study.”P/LP mutations were defined as mutations to the following breast cancer predisposition genes: BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, CDH1, STK11, NF1, PALB2, ATM, CHEK2, and NBN.Author’s Comments: “Our findings suggest that polygenic screening can inform personalized breast cancer surveillance in female childhood cancer survivors,” said Wang. “This method can be utilized in the clinical setting to enhance the identification of high-risk survivors to enable the early detection and potential prevention of subsequent breast cancer.”Wang also said, “Our results indicate that personalized breast cancer surveillance strategies for survivors should incorporate prior exposure to specific anti-cancer treatments, the presence of P/LP mutations, and the cumulative presence of small-effect common variants, as represented by a polygenic risk score.”Study Limitations: Limitations of the study include a relatively young cohort of childhood cancer survivors. Additionally, analysis was restricted to survivors of European ancestry; follow-up studies should be conducted within other non-European ethnic groups.last_img read more

Wave of worries takes shine off Paris Motor Show

first_img‘Frozen’Such marketing costs have also become harder to justify as carmakers invest billions in autonomous driving and electric motors, even as the outlook for sales darkens.Dudenhoffer is expecting global sales to fall 1.4 percent next year, with declines of 4 percent in the US and China.But the more immediate worry for European manufacturers is Brexit and the possibility of new duties between Britain and the continent.”Today we’re in a situation where everybody’s frozen, we’re all waiting to see what’s going to happen,” said Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.”I don’t think that there’s any carmaker who’s not prepared for the worst. We don’t like it but we’re prepared,” he added. © 2018 AFP From Brexit and transatlantic trade tensions to the challenges posed by China and electric vehicles, executives see plenty of reasons to worry.”Making forecasts is becoming more and more difficult,” BMW’s chief Harald Kruger told journalists. “Profitability is obviously under pressure.”It was enough to keep plenty of key players at home: Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Nissan, VW and Mazda were among the notable absences at this year’s show.Faced with the reluctance of some industry giants to spend millions of euros on marketing, organisers responded by cutting back the show’s length to 11 days from 16.And in a bid to attract crowds who can just as easily compare models on the internet, they set up test tracks where visitors can take electric scooters and bikes for a spin.The show also teamed up with CES Las Vegas, the huge consumer electronics fair, to host dozens of tech start-ups eager to turn cars into the internet-connected “mobility solutions” of tomorrow.But some analysts say such changes aren’t enough, citing a similar absence of major carmakers at the industry’s other top shows in Detroit, Geneva or Frankfurt in recent years.”The concept needs to be redone from scratch—up to now these shows were just for putting cars next to young girls,” said Ferdinand Dudenhoffer of Germany’s Centre for Automotive Research. Renault’s aiming the K-ZE at the Chinese market Cutting-edge concept cars and promises of self-driving “lounges” painted the picture of a bright future as the Paris Motor Show got under way Tuesday, but that’s not the message being sent by industry chiefs. BMW’s Kruger said Brexit’s effects were already being felt. “The market is shrinking, and we’re selling fewer cars,” he said, adding that he too was bracing for a “difficult situation”.Yet executives still hope a last-minute breakthrough will avoid a “hard Brexit”, similar to the deal reached over a revised Nafta following US President Donald Trump’s threat to scrap the trade pact.”Frankly, we’re very happy that we have an agreement. I can tell you that no agreement would have been much more devastating for the development of our operations in North America,” Ghosn said. Carmakers brace for shocks as electrified future looms Brexit is putting the brakes on the car industry’s outlook Explore further 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. The stuff of dreams on display at the Paris show Citation: Wave of worries takes shine off Paris Motor Show (2018, October 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-paris-motor.html ‘Stress tests’The threats haven’t stopped carmakers from investing: BMW “will spend more money than ever, seven billion euros ($8.1 billion) on research and development this year,” mainly on electric and digital technologies, Kruger said.Both BMW and its German rival Daimler have trimmed profit forecasts for this year, not least because of charges associated with the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.Strict EU limits on CO2 emissions from 2020 have contributed to plunging diesel sales, as has the prospect that many cities could start banning their use to combat smog.That has accelerated the shift to electric, along with the prospect of supplying the huge Chinese market, where officials are strongly encouraging the use of zero-emission vehicles.Renault announced this week a low-cost SUV, the K-ZE, specifically for the Chinese market.But in developed markets electric cars are still a loss-making proposition.”The amount of technology onboard is going to get bigger and bigger, and the costs higher and higher,” said PSA Group chief Carlos Tavares.He suggested that developing car-sharing systems could be a way of making them more accessible.For Maxime Lemerle, an auto specialist at the risk insurance group Euler Hermes, the wave of challenges has carmakers facing “stress tests” like those applied to banks after the 2008 financial crisis.”The question is whether they will be able to adapt to the deep changes in the automotive world,” he said.last_img read more

Silicon Valley East Google plans 1B expansion in New York

first_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The news follows Seattle-based Amazon’s announcement a month ago that it would set up new headquarters in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood and in Arlington, Virginia, creating upwards of 25,000 jobs in each location. This artist rendering provided by COOKFOX architects shows a building conceived by COOKFOX architects at 550 Washington Street to house an expansion by Google on Manhattan’s west side at the site of the former St. John’s Terminal. It’s part of a new office complex Google said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, it was spending more than $1 billion to build, allowing the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. (Oxford Properties/COOKFOX Architects via AP) In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, people walk by Google offices in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion to expand operations in New York City. Ruth Porat, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Google and Alphabet, said in a blog post Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, that Google is creating a more than 1.7 million square-foot campus that includes lease agreements along the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) “New Yorkers consider themselves to be more in tune with the reality of life in U.S. urban centers and believe this helps them innovate products and services that are more closely aligned with the needs of the average American,” he said. Citation: Silicon Valley East: Google plans $1B expansion in New York (2018, December 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-silicon-valley-east-google-1b.html People walk by a building that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) This artist rendering provided by COOKFOX architects shows a building conceived by COOKFOX architects at 550 Washington Street to house an expansion by Google on Manhattan’s west side at the site of the former St. John’s Terminal. It’s part of a new office complex Google said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, it was spending more than $1 billion to build, allowing the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. (Oxford Properties/COOKFOX Architects via AP) Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. But it’s not just the East Coast that is benefiting from the expansion. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, said last week that it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs.Even as it looks elsewhere, Google is still buying offices and drawing up plans to construct new campuses near its headquarters, as it tries to build upon its success in internet search, email, web browsers, digital mapping, online video and smartphone software to make money in other markets such as health care and internet-connected homes.The company recently agreed to pay more than $100 million for a swath of land in downtown San Jose, California, for a big new campus that will include employee housing. 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. People walk by a building that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campus Explore further Google, based in Mountain View, California, will fashion a complex of more than 1.7 million square feet along the Hudson River in the city’s West Village neighborhood, Ruth Porat, senior vice president and chief financial officer, said in a blog post.Google opened its first office in New York nearly 20 years ago and now employs 7,000 people in the city. Its footprint is expanding rapidly. Google said earlier this year that it would buy the Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion and planned to lease more space at Pier 57, both along the Hudson about a mile north of the newly announced complex.Porat telegraphed Google’s plans to double down in New York a month ago during a technology conference.”Not everybody—big surprise—wants to live in Silicon Valley, so we want to make sure we have the opportunity to build vibrant centers across the country,” she said. Microsoft likewise is overhauling its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, with an 18-building construction project that will make room for an additional 8,000 workers. It currently employs about 47,000 in the area.But the competition for programmers is driving salaries higher, which in turn is catapulting the average prices of homes in many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area above $1 million. Many high-tech workers are choosing to live elsewhere, forcing major tech companies to look in new places for the employees they need.Google hopes to move into the new campus by 2020. Porat said that the company’s most recent investments give it the ability to more than double the number of Google employees in New York over the next 10 years.Tech companies see New York as a way to gain a new perspective, one that is different from that of Silicon Valley, which can be seen as an “out-of-touch echo chamber,” Bartels said. This artist rendering provided by COOKFOX architects shows a building conceived by COOKFOX architects at 550 Washington Street to house an expansion by Google on Manhattan’s west side at the site of the former St. John’s Terminal. It’s part of a new office complex Google said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, it was spending more than $1 billion to build, allowing the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. (Oxford Properties/COOKFOX Architects via AP) A building, right, that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans is near a graffiti-covered wall, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Google announced Monday it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there.It is the tech industry’s latest major expansion beyond the Seattle-San Francisco Bay corridor. It follows recent steps by Amazon and Apple to set up large operations well outside their home turf.Tech companies are “coming to the realization that the Bay Area, which has traditionally been the major center of tech activity in the U.S., is getting expensive and crowded,” said Andrew Bartels, principal analyst at Forrester Research.”A lot of vendors are coming to the realization that ‘We can probably find top talent elsewhere at a more affordable costs, and perhaps a better style of life for employees who may be struggling to make ends meet.'”The Northeast is attractive because of its large concentration of highly educated young people. New York in particular also offers proximity to Wall Street and already has the second-biggest concentration of tech startups behind the Bay Area and a large base of tech employees, Bartels said. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, has over 2,000 employees in New York. A building, right, that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans is near a graffiti-covered wall, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) A security camera is mounted on a wall near a building, center, that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)last_img read more

Peugeot plans US return 30 years after exit

first_imgPeugeot faces myriad challenges to be successful in a market that is huge but also already saturated with some 40 brands and looks to be stable at best in overall sales after a series of records earlier in this decade. “I think Peugeot will struggle to get back into the US market,” said longtime industry consultant Maryann Keller. “It will be expensive and take years.””No one under the age of 50 recalls seeing a Peugeot on the road,” Keller said, adding that 1970s reruns of the schlumpy Peugeot-driving detective “Columbo” are not top of mind any more.Saturated marketPeugeot plans initially to sell vehicles in the US that are imported from China and Europe. “Yes we understand there’s tariff discussions going on right now and so forth,” Dominique said. “But the expectation is we will initially import.”Peugeot plans to launch in a single US state and will then ramp up. The company has identified 15 US states and four Canadian provinces that are especially receptive to imports.The company will explore US manufacturing if there are volumes to justify it. PSA Group Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said this week that the Peugeot—a brand known for its lion logo—is the parent company’s pick for the US market. The company plans to sell Peugeot autos in the US by 2026 in line with a multi-step 10-year plan first announced in 2016.The comeback is being devised as PSA, which also sells cars under the Citroen and Opel brands, faces pressure from investors to diversify its revenues beyond Europe at a time when US sanctions have torpedoed ambitions in Iran and the Chinese auto market has slowed considerably.What kind of cars will be sold? What will be the silhouette? Will Peugeot work through existing dealerships, an expensive proposition in some key cities, or sell directly to customers and skip certain markets?For now, the automaker isn’t offering many details.”We believe we’re being frugal,” said Larry Dominique, chief executive of PSA North America.”We believe we’re being very careful and making sure that we do this the right way because new brands entering the US and Canadian market does not happen very often.”Auto experts say the ambitious plan will not be easy to execute. 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. Citation: Peugeot plans US return 30 years after exit (2019, March 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-peugeot-years-exit.html A new Peugeot e-208 presented at the French carmaker PSA Groupe headquarters last month. © 2019 AFP US consumers have tilted heavily towards sport utility vehicles, pickups and other large vehicles, which composed around 69 percent of the 17.3 million vehicles sold last year.Peugeot can compete in these markets with models that have sold well in Europe such as the 3008 and 5008 SUVs. But the brand’s smaller sedan models, which sell well in Europe, are deeply out of favor in America.Peugeot also could face tough competition from new entrants, especially China, whose groups such as GAC, Great Wall and Kandi plan to market in the US in the coming years.Niche proposition?Peugeot exited the United States in 1991, having clearly been surpassed by Japanese rivals. In that year, it sold 3,500 vehicles. Peugeot vehicles triumphed at the Indianapolis 500 three times in the early 20th Century and the brand to this day figures prominently at other races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.The cars are tough to find these days in the United States. The collector’s website Hemmings.com lists one 1987 505 GLS model for $6,495 in Nebraska.Back in the day, Peugeot was known for innovative engineering “but only by really car-savvy people—and mainstream American consumers probably didn’t know anything about them,” said Ivan Drury of Edmunds.com. French carmaker PSA boosts outlook after ‘historic year’ Peugeot vehicles triumphed at the Indianapolis 500 three times in the early 20th Century Explore further At this point, Peugeot has a “clean slate” in the US, Drury said.Italian brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo have had mixed success since being introduced in the US a few years. Sales of Fiats nosedived 43.8 percent in 2018 to 15,521, while Alfa Romeo’s sales dipped 0.6 percent to 23,800.Karl Brauer of Kelley Blue Book warned that Fiat’s performance in the US could be a template for what happens with Peugeot.Fiat “bailed out at roughly the same time that Peugeot bailed out and then it came back into the market almost a decade ago and it’s never really gotten a strong following,” Brauer said. “I think it’s going to be a big challenge for them.”But Dominique said Jaguar Land Rover and Subaru were two examples of brands that had succeeded in carving out niche offerings in cars. “The idea is to focus on customer satisfaction and profitability, not volumes,” Dominique said. “When the volume justifies the investment then we will consider industrialization.”Peugeot launched a car-sharing application, Free2Move, in October in Washington DC. The cars for now are General Motors vehicles, but Peugeot is working to have its own models used. Some 30 years after exiting the United States due to plunging sales, Peugeot is preparing a return to a market where it previously knew glory at the famed Indianapolis 500. PSA chairman Carlos Tavares, pictured in his a 1966s Lola T70 MKIII in 2018, announced that the plans to sell Peugeot autos in the US by 2026 PSA car sales in 2017 by region and by brandlast_img read more

Collective leadership need of the hour Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgAndhra Pradesh SHARE SHARE EMAIL January 24, 2019 SHARE COMMENT Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has stressed that “collective leadership” is the need of the hour for the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of opposition parties, and said the name of the leader for the prime minister’s post would be declared after elections. Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, said that be it West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee or NCP chief Sharad Pawar, nobody is working single-handedly but functioning together. He came down heavily on his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao for skipping the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) mega opposition rally in Kolkata on January 19, and described his absence from the event as “drama“. The absence of the BJD and Left parties at the Brigade Parade Ground national unity rally, which was participated by nearly two dozen opposition leaders, had also set tongues wagging. Naidu also made a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dubbed him as a “publicity-seeking PM, who only raises slogans and never performs”. EVMs“There is a need of a collective leadership. Politics is for serving people. It is through politics we will form the next government. Only post elections, we will announce the name of the leader,” Naidu told PTI in an exclusive interview here on January 19. On the issue of electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said they were susceptible to “manipulation” and called for restoring the ballot paper system. Naidu said the coalition of opposition parties would soon visit the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand to do away with EVMs and return to paper ballot. “The ‘Mahagatbandhan’ allies are planning to begin a nationwide debate on reintroducing ballot paper system for Lok Sabha elections. EVMs are not used in any other democracy,” the TDP president said. The machines pose a big “risk” as the fate of the democracy lies in the hands of a computer programmer. “Using EVMs means you are risking democracy in the hands of one individual, who is a computer operator or a programmer. No developed or technology-driven country, including the US, Japan or Germany, has allowed EVMs. Anybody can manipulate these machines,” he said.Tall promises Naidu, who had pulled out of the NDA last year over denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, said the common people are “annoyed” over the performance of the present dispensation. “Modi’s slogans have to match his performance. That is missing. Common people have realised that he makes tall promises without delivering them. That is why they are annoyed. Because of him, the country is suffering. Today, democracy is under threat. This never happened in the past. “All these sop announcements will be more damaging. He (Modi) might announce more (sops) on January 26. These are all panic reactions which will not help now. You (Modi) should have done all that in the past four-and-half years,” he said. On BJP’s rule at the Centre during the present term, Naidu said, “We have lost five to six years and that agonises people. You cannot bring back time.” COMMENTScenter_img AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu RELATED politics Congress not main player in Opposition’s show of strength: Jaitley Published onlast_img read more

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were writing an email to your daughter that said the opposite” she said at New England College in Henniker NH The Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi might just as well have phoned in "You tell the American people one thing you tell your family an entirely different story" Republican Rep Jim Jordan lectured during Clintons Benghazi hearing in October The reality of Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi situation is not so cut and dry but Clinton’s answer in New Hampshire demonstrated her challenge She continues to struggle to translate the complex details of a hectic response to an attack in Libya into a easily parsable campaign trail message for voters There was a "fog of war" Clinton told her inquisitor and it took a long time to figure out what had happened The Benghazi incident was a terrorist attack and shortly after the incident she said as much "Both President Obama and I we called it a terrorist attack We said it was an attack by terrorists" Clinton said What has inflamed many Republicans is Clinton’s first statement from the night of the attack in 2012 In that press release Clinton did not call the attack an act of terror She also made reference to an anti-Muslim video which had sparked protests in Egypt noting that others had suggested that the Libya attacks were related to the same video “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet” the statement read “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind” Hours later Clinton emailed her daughter Chelsea saying that the attack was committed by an “Al Qaeda-like group” In Henniker Clinton said there was no effort to mislead the public “There was no clear understanding and there wasn’t for many many days” she said “But the first claim of responsibility for Benghazi came from a group a terrorist group that claimed responsibility and after that happened thats when I communicated with my daughter That it looks like clearly there was an attack but both President Obama and I we called it a terrorist attack We said it was an attack by terrorists Between the time I told my daughter that and the next day that group withdrew their claim of responsibility” At the House hearing Clinton explained it differently pointing out that her initial public statement never explicitly connected the video with the terror attack She also said then that the statement was meant to send a broader message to the region warning that attacks over the video were unacceptable That has not stopped Republicans from attacking her on the stump for having two different stories “She spent over a week telling the families of those victims and the American people that [the attack] was because of a video” Florida Sen Marco Rubio said in October Clinton he says regularly is a “liar” “I have to tell you I know this is a meme” Clinton said Saturday “This is a constant claim by some in the media some on the right some in the Republican Party But all you have to do is look at the time line Did the video play a part It certainly played a part in all the other attacks we were under” Clinton has forcefully denied there was a cover-up and independent investigators have uncovered no evidence of intentional deception by Obama administration officials Ansar al-Sharia the group that at first claimed responsibility for the attack withdrew its claim the next day The reticence by the Obama Administration to call that attack terrorism did not last long President Obama explained in the Rose Garden the day after the Benghazi attack that it was an “act of terrorism” Administration officials have since maintained that the attack would have been “terrorism” even if there was no other motive than a protest of the video Clinton tried to explain some of this nuance to the audience on Saturday She added the terrorist attack at Benghazi could very well have been incited by the anti-Islamic video and there was evidence to show it "Did the ringleader who we arrested and now have in this country for trial say [the video] played a part He did" Clinton said "Were they terrorists Yes they were Those are not in contradiction" Read more: The True Story Behind the Benghazi Movie 13 Hours The questions about Benghazi appear to have taken a toll on Clinton Her trustworthiness which has also been battered by a debate over the proper handling of her private email accounts has sunk significantly among independents and even slightly among some Democrats polls show "Hillary is a liar Benghazi is a big problem" said Sean Adkins a Democrat and native of Waterloo Iowa who supports Bernie Sanders One of the most pointed questions Clinton faced during a CNN town hall last week in Iowa came from a student who said “I’ve heard from quite a few people my age that they think you’re dishonest” An ABC/Washington Post poll released last month shows that while Clinton is the favorite of most Democrats by a significant margin Democrats think Sanders is more honest by a margin of 48% to 36% Clinton for her part has said she will stand up to partisan attacks on her record “Why is this being used as a great political issue I really regret it is” Clinton said at Henniker She added that the investigations into Benghazi have been exhaustive compared with other crises like the September 11th attacks “I regret that four brave Americans whose lives have been lost serving our country has been put in the middle of what is a very political effort I just think it’s wrong and I don’t think it should continue” Contact us at editors@timecomThree people were arrested in Belgium on Monday after men burst into an apartment building and took a hostage in the western city of Ghent authorities said The siege began early Monday and several hours later 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