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Standup comedy star Hannibal Buress pursues laughs at his own pace

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Hannibal Buress returns to Toronto’s JFL42 on Thursday. (WILLY SANJUAN/INVISION/AP) Hannibal Buress often thought he’d write and direct movies someday. Now it seems like he won’t. It’s the Star’s fault.The comedian will be able to concentrate on his thriving standup career — including his JFL42 show on Thursday at Toronto’s Sony Centre — and acting gigs now that, in the course of a recent phone interview, he examined those other aspirations and realized if he had a passion for it, he’d be doing it by now.“I’ve been talking about that for years, ‘oh, yeah, I should write. I got an idea.’ But I must not really want to do that s–t … This is a good session, man,” he says, cackling over the line, casting his interviewer as his therapist. Advertisementcenter_img He’s happy enough to act in other people’s comedies — including two movies already this year, Tag and Blockers, and his recurring roles on Broad City and The Eric Andre Show — in part because it drives attendance at his performances. Not that he’s been chasing stage time. He took this summer off, he says, even though his last special, Comedy Camisado, came out 2½ years back on Netflix, which has released more than 100 other standup specials since then, including four by Dave Chappelle. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

The Latest: NTBS to investigate San Francisco gas explosion

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on a natural gas explosion in San Francisco (all times local):10:05 a.m.The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate a natural gas explosion on a San Francisco street that sent flames into the air, damaging five buildings and sending panicked residents into the streets.NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said Thursday that an eight-person team will travel to San Francisco and that it will release information as it becomes available.City fire officials say a crew digging on street to install fiber-optic wires in the city’s Richmond neighbourhood cut a natural gas line Wednesday.Flames shot above the rooftops of nearby three-story buildings and burned for more than two hours until utility workers shut off the gas fueling the fire.___12 a.m.A gas explosion in San Francisco shot a tower of flames into the sky and burned five buildings including one of the city’s popular restaurants before firefighters brought the blaze under control. There were no injuries.Wednesday’s explosion and fire sent panicked residents and workers in the city’s Inner Richmond neighbourhood fleeing into the streets as flames shot above the rooftops of nearby three-story buildings.San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said a private construction crew working on fiber-optic wires cut a natural gas line.It took crews about three hours to put out the blaze.The Associated Press read more

Ban urges swift formation of new Iraqi Government

At least 12 million people cast their votes in the 7 March elections, in which more than 6,000 candidates took part. Mr. Ban describes those polls as “broadly participatory and inclusive” in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the UN mission in the country, known as UNAMI.He urges political leaders to work swiftly and unite to set up a cohesive and inclusive new Government.“These are the responsibilities that come with democracy and fall on all political entities, especially those that have won the largest number of seats… A long, drawn-out Government formation process will not serve the interests of the Iraqi people.”Following an appeal by the State of Law coalition, a political group headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, regarding the election results, the Electoral Judicial Panel ordered the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to recount by hand all ballots cast in the governorate of Baghdad.According to media reports, the recount has upheld the narrow lead of the party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, over Mr. al-Maliki’s coalition in the 325-member Council of Representatives.“In order not to lose time, I would encourage all political blocs to conduct negotiations on the Government formation process in parallel with the finalization of the formal electoral process,” Mr. Ban writes in the new report.He also pledges the United Nations’ assistance, but stresses that he believes that Government formation must be an Iraqi-owned process and “free of outside interference.”Once established, the new Government will face a host of challenges, ranging from national reconciliation, the sharing of natural resources, human rights and reconstruction, the publication says.“The challenge is to consolidate the gains that have been made in recent years and not allow armed groups and other spoilers to exploit the situation,” it adds.The Secretary-General cautions that if outstanding issues in the relationship between the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government – including control of oil resources and minority rights – remain unresolved, it “will impact negatively on the political and security situation in northern Iraq.”Also vital for Iraq’s long-term stability is regional cooperation, he points out, calling on the country’s Government and its neighbours to resolve contentious issues, such as the return of refugees. 21 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Iraq’s political leaders to move quickly to form a new Government as negotiations continue on its make-up, more than two months after the country held parliamentary polls whose results were disputed. read more

Japan utility execs received payments from town official

TOKYO — A Japanese public utility has admitted that 20 of its executives, including its president, received $3 million in cash and gifts over seven years from a former town official in western Japan where it has a nuclear power plant.The admission underscores the continuing collusion between officials and Japan’s nuclear industry.Kansai Electric Power Co. President Shigeki Iwane acknowledged Friday that he and the executives received the gifts from the former deputy mayor of Takahama town in 2011-2018.Iwane apologized and said the money was mostly returned.The case surfaced during a tax inspection.Media reports say the Takahama official received the money as a “handling fee” from a contractor at the nuclear plant.The Associated Press read more

Relocation of Sudanese refugees within Uganda proceeding calmly – UN agency

The refugees were transferred from Kiryandongo camp to two new sites in Uganda’s West Nile region. Those affected by the relocation camp are the remaining 16,000 refugees out of a group of more than 24,000 who were displaced from Achol-Pii refugee settlement in August last year following a series of vicious attacks by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The repeated attacks on Achol-Pii left dozens of refugees dead and large numbers injured. The displaced arrived in Kiryandongo, already home to another 13,000 Sudanese refugees, placing enormous pressure on the camp’s limited resources such as firewood, water, health and educational facilities. The transfer of the refugees to other locations was unavoidable because of the little room for expansion in Kiryandongo, UNHCR said. An initial 8,000 of the Achol-Pii group were moved, without incident, to another site soon after their arrival. The start of the current transfer on 1 September was blighted by violent clashes between Ugandan security personnel and stone-throwing refugee youths who were objecting to the location of their proposed new home. Last Thursday, after the tense situation had calmed down, UNHCR officials received government authorization to enter the camp for the first time since the operation began. read more

DR Congo Annan condemns attack on Nepalese peacekeepers

“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened at the death of a Nepalese peacekeeper, and the wounding of three other Nepalese peacekeepers, serving with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), on 28 May in the area of Tsupu in the Ituri district,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns this attack, and the capture of seven Nepalese peacekeepers by armed groups, and calls for their immediate release,” he said, stressing that “those responsible for these acts should be held accountable.”The statement, which extended condolences to those affected, mirrored comments made by Mr. Annan himself during a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York honouring fallen peacekeepers.It also echoed the Security Council’s condemnation of the attack in a statement to the press on Tuesday evening. “MONUC troops presently detained must be released without delay,” declared Pascal Gayama of the Republic of the Congo, which holds the presidency for the month of May. “Those who detain them shall be held responsible for anything that might happen to them.” read more

Traders to focus on insurance company earnings latest Canadian jobs data

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2013 6:00 am MDT Traders to focus on insurance company earnings, latest Canadian jobs data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The focus on earnings moves to the financial sector this week as traders wait for reports from insurance giants Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) and Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF).The Toronto market ended the week with a modest loss of 45 points or 0.35 per cent following the release of a slew of earnings from corporate Canada, particularly from the resource sector. The materials sector was the biggest drag after fertilizer producers PotashCorp of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) and Agrium (TSX:AGU) racked up huge losses after Russian producer Uralkali opted to break up a powerful cartel. The move raised concerns that potash prices could fall by around 25 per cent.The reports, Sun Life on Wednesday and Manulife on Thursday, come at a time when both stocks are trading close to their 52-week highs. Sun Life has risen 62 per cent from its 52-week low to $33.95 while Manulife has surged 81 per cent from its low for the year to $18.74.“(You) couldn’t give them away last year,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“We’ve gone from a significant price to book value discount to trading at an appropriate multiple probably for a company of this complexity and style. But it reflects optimism in the sector obviously.”These insurers and others have been hit with a double-whammy that has affected earnings and stock ever since the financial collapse of 2008 — anaemic stock market returns and interest rates close to zero.But 2013 has proved to be the turnaround year as three waves of stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve have sparked a stock market rally that has seen the Dow industrials up about 20 per cent year to date.And long-term rates are headed higher with the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury sitting at around 2.6 per cent, a full point higher than where it was at the beginning of May.It was later that month when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first raised the possibility that the central bank will ease up on a key element of stimulus, its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.King pointed out that insurers have benefited from a generally improving global economy and a recovering U.S. housing market.“A better economy ergo produces more people hiring, more premiums, people adding life insurance,” he said.“And as you write more mortgages, you put more life insurance on them.”At the same time, King said he is concerned that market expectations may have slightly exceeded what they will deliver in the earnings for the second quarter.At Sun Life Financial, analysts are looking for 67 cents per share of adjusted earnings, compared with 64 cents a year earlier.Manulife Financial is expected to post 34 cents per share of adjusted earnings, compared with 31 cents a year earlier.In addition to these earnings, a number of Canadian corporate heavyweights will also be reporting this week including movie theatre operator Cineplex (TSX:CGS), coffee chain Tim Hortons, Telecom giants BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T), along with fertilizer company Agrium (TSX:AGU).Meanwhile, there is little in the way of U.S. economic news this week, but traders will look to the latest Canadian job creation figures at the end of the week.Economists expect Statistics Canada to report on Friday that about 10,000 jobs were created during July after a near-flat reading in June.“While July benefitted from a bounce-back in activity with the end of the Quebec construction strike and post-Alberta flood cleanup, it’s not clear those factors had a meaningful impact on hiring figures,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor, who is looking for a higher job creation figure than the consensus.“But recent resilient activity in construction and retailing may have contributed to a 15,000 increase in employment.”Traders will also look to June merchandise trade figures and housing starts data.In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management hands in its July survey on the non-manufacturing sector on Monday. read more

Government leaders at UN Assembly debate urge ambitious targeted post2015 development agenda

The theme of this year’s 68th General Assembly – “The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!” – will seek to draw up a blueprint to totally eliminate poverty and its attendant ills in the decades following the end in 2015 of the MDGs cycle.“We must go beyond the traditional relationship between donors and recipients through the creation of partnerships with the involvement of new international actors,” Portuguese Foreign Minister Rui Machete said, calling for a broader, more inclusive and strategic vision that will build on the MDGs’ focus on poverty reduction and sustainable development while giving special attention to the needs of the least developed countries.“Different modalities of assistance, new sources of financing, a reinforced principle of shared responsibility, leadership and ownership by developing countries are, for Portugal, the main guiding principles for the post-2015 development agenda.”Antoni Marti Petit, Head of Government of the Principality of Andorra. UN Photo/Ryan BrownAndorra’s Head of Government, Antoni Marti Petit, said he hoped that the goals of the post-2015 agenda will be even more ambitious than the MDGs and “that we will be able to dedicate a lot more effort to them,” noting that most of the Millennium targets will not be reached by their deadline.“Otherwise, we will run the risk of citizens seeing their institutions, and also the United Nations, as something far removed from their everyday lives and real problems,” warned. The eight MDGs, adopted at a 2000 UN summit, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015.Foreign Minister Elmar Maharram ogle Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan. UN Photo/Sarah FretwellElmar Maharram Oglu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said that his country believed one of the key elements within the post-2015 agenda should be information and communication technologies (ICTs), “which is a driving force of development and progress.” To achieve the objective of ensuring improved access to new technologies, he said, there is a need for intensified efforts to enhance regional synergies for promoting investment in ICT capacity building, refocusing tools and contents for addressing particular needs of populations, and thus ICTs can be better adapted in the service of sustainable development. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei of Belarus. UN Photo/Sarah FretwellFor his part, Vladimir Makei, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus, stressed the need to devise a comprehensive post-2015 UN development agenda comprising those areas not covered by the MDG, for example, migration, energy and employment.“We believe that each and every goal must be realized through appropriate thematic global partnerships that bring together States, international organisations, civil society and private sector,” he said suggesting that such cooperation could emulate the Global Partnership against Slavery and Trafficking in Persons that is being now successfully implemented.Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean of Romania. UN Photo/Sarah FretwellTitus Corlatean, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, said the new framework should reinforce the international community’s commitment to poverty eradication and sustainable development. The yet-to-be-agreed sustainable development goals should be universal, applicable to all States and provide references and clear suggestions for action and innovative mechanisms for measuring their implementation. “At the same time, the goals should be based on national ownership and taking into account different national circumstances in order to provide political space and the right to development for each country,” he saidAhmed Teguedi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for Mauritania. UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzFrom West Africa, Mauritanian Foreign Minister Ahmed Teguedi called on rich countries to approve a range of important elements for developing countries in the post-2015 agenda, including debt cancellation, technological transfers, improvements to North-South trade exchanges and the elimination of customs barriers.“On the threshold of 2015 we must today put in place plans and programmes that take into account the failures of the past and the challenges of the future,” he said. “To this effect we call on the rich countries to keep their promises regarding the financing of development programmes in those countries which are in urgent need of them.” Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves of the Republic of Cape Verde. UN Photo/Sarah FretwellJose Maria Pereira Neves, Prime Minister of Cape Verde called climate change a “pressing problem of our times” that should be addressed with urgency and a great sense of responsibility. The issue deserved a major focus in the post-2015 development agenda, as its fallout impacts food security and ocean acidification, and exacerbates social tensions, opening doors to potential national and regional conflicts.With that in mind, he said that as delegations move forward with the sustainable development goal process, the General Assembly must “come together in a historic convergence on behalf of the environment,” with the aim of ensuring social, economic and human development for all. read more

Nepal UN agencies rush supplies to earthquake survivors amid powerful aftershocks

“We are deeply saddened that thousands of people have been killed, injured or displaced in the disaster. These numbers are still rising with frequent aftershocks and as search and rescue teams reach remote areas,” said Daisy Dell, Director of the Asia-Pacific bureau of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “UNHCR stands in solidarity with Nepal, which has been a generous host to thousands of refugees over the years,” she added. The agency is sending 11,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 solar lanterns from its warehouse in Damak, eastern Nepal, to the eastern hilly districts of Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Sindhuli. And later this afternoon, an additional 8,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 solar lamps are being flown to the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, from Dubai via a cargo plane. UNHCR will also be providing tarpaulins, which will help shelter earthquake victims whose homes have been destroyed or who are too afraid of aftershocks to return home. In view of the electricity shortage, UNHCR hopes that the solar lamps can provide some light in the affected areas and help to charge mobile phones at a time when families need to communicate urgently. The UN refugee agency has been working with the Nepali government since the early 1960s to care for refugees from the region and beyond. There are currently more than 21,000 refugees from Bhutan in two camps in eastern Nepal, and some 650 refugees and asylum-seekers in and around Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is mobilizing an urgent response to help children and families affected by the earthquake. With children accounting for half the country’s population, UNICEF fears the disaster will have a severe impact on children. UNICEF Thailand Representative, Bijaya Rajbhandari, who is a national of Nepal, happened to be in Kathmandu with his family when the earthquake hit. “It was a terrifyingly strong earthquake,” he said. “Today, we can see extensive damage to buildings across the city and many people have spent the night outside in the cold because of the ongoing shocks. These people are without basic facilities and the government hospitals are already overcrowded. People need help and they need it now.” UNICEF says it has prepositioned supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies and is working with government and other partners to meet children’s immediate needs in the areas of water and sanitation, child protection, health and nutrition. In addition, UNICEF Thailand has launched an appeal for urgent donations from the Thai public to help with the response. Further to this announcement, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has issued its issued guidelines for donations to the international response through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also announced today that it is deploying emergency telecommunication equipment including 35 satellite mobile phones and 10 satellite Broadband Global Area Network terminals along with solar panels and laptops to support relief coordination efforts. ITU’s Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that the emergency communication equipment will help restore vital communication links that are essential to coordinate relief and rescue efforts. “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the people and the Government of Nepal following loss of life even as the toll continues to rise and widespread devastation across the country,” Mr. Zhao added. Emergency telecommunications also play a critical role in the immediate aftermath of disasters. “They ensure timely flow of information that is much needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. According to the UN, initial government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley. This includes mountainous and hilly terrain in areas where rural populations are widely dispersed as well as some very densely populated cities. read more

Marco Pierre White tells Michelin Guide not to visit his new restaurant

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The restaurant world is known for its simmering rivalries and occasional full-blown incendiary spats.Now Marco Pierre White, the original bad boy of British cooking, has turned up the heat on his long-running dispute with the Michelin Guide, refusing its inspectors permission to visit his latest restaurant.“I don’t need Michelin and they don’t need me,” he said in an interview with an Asian lifestyle website. “They sell tyres and I sell food.”The English House hopes to set Singapore alight with the delights of “modern British cuisine” when it opens in the city early next year.But any attention the restaurant receives will not come via the worldwide restaurant guide, which has been awarding up to three stars for culinary excellence since 1926. Show more He said at the time that he gave the stars back because “they didn’t mean that much anymore”, adding: “Maintaining three stars is pretty boring”. Pierre White revealed in an interview with Singapore-based CNA Lifestyle that the Michelin Guide wrote to him to ask if they could include The English House for consideration in their 2019 edition. His reply? “No”.The 56-year-old British chef has form with the revered culinary guides.In 1999, Pierre White handed back the three Michelin stars he had been awarded five years previously for his eponymous restaurant at the age of just 33. He is still the youngest ever chef – and one of only nine ever in the UK – to be awarded three stars. read more

Une nouvelle espèce de singe découverte dans les profondeurs de lAmazonie

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de singe découverte dans les profondeurs de l’AmazonieColombie – Des scientifiques viennent d’identifier une nouvelle espèce de singe dans les profondeurs de la forêt amazonienne. Baptisée Callicebus caquetensis, celle-ci est déjà très menacée par la destruction de son habitat. Les chercheurs de l’université nationale de Colombie ont observé treize groupes d’animaux appartenant à cette nouvelle espèce, baptisée “titi du Caqueta” en référence à son lieu de vie, la région du Caqueta, située près de la frontière péruvienne. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousCallicebus caquetensis est de la taille d’un chat et possède une fourrure marron grisâtre, d’un roux plus vif par endroits. Monogames, les couples donneraient naissance à un jeune chaque année. Les chercheurs, qui ont fait part de leur découverte dans la revue Primate Conservation, craignent malheureusement que l’espèce ne soit en danger critique d’extinction. Moins de 250 individus peupleraient encore la région, où la forêt cède chaque jour un peu plus la place aux terres agricoles. Cette découverte aussi rare qu’inespérée s’explique par la dangerosité de la zone géographique où vit l’animal. La présence de rebelles armés interdisait en effet aux scientifiques l’accès à certaines zones reculées de la forêt, il y a peu de temps encore. Juan Mayer, ancien ministre de l’Environnement colombien, a déclaré que “d’énormes efforts devront être faits pour protéger l’habitat de ces créatures”, menacé par la déforestation. Le 14 août 2010 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les programmes spatiaux asiatiques décollent

first_imgLes programmes spatiaux asiatiques décollent Si les Japonais se sont depuis quelques temps déjà lancés dans l’exploration spatiale grâce aux technologies de pointe dont ils disposent, les Indiens et les Chinois leur emboîtent désormais le pas.   Les Chinois bien que s’étant lancés tardivement dans la conquête spatiale (2003), sont désormais les troisièmes au monde à envoyer des hommes dans l’espace de façon autonome. Ils explorent également la Lune avec des sondes et devraient y envoyer des cosmonautes et y construire une station spatiale. Toutefois, ces projets ne verront pas le jour avant 2020 rapporte Sciences et Avenir.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’Inde de son côté projette un vol spatial habité en 2016. Contrairement à la Chine, ce pays a intégré des technologies étrangères et il est aujourd’hui “reconnu comme un leader dans les applications de la science spatiale, au profit du développement de la Nation” a indiqué le directeur du Centre indien de recherche spatiale, S. Satish, à l’AFP.  Le Japon quant à lui conserve une avance indéniable sur ses deux rivaux asiatiques. En effet, les Japonais participent déjà à l’ISS (Station spatiale internationale) et leur avance technologique leur permet d’être à la pointe du progrès dans les domaines scientifiques. La sonde Hayabusa, par exemple, a pour objectif principal de renvoyer vers la Terre les particules provenant d’un astéroïde (c’est la première fois qu’un corps céleste autre que la Lune peut être observé). Elle a pour cela parcouru six milliards de kilomètres en sept ans. L’agence spatiale japonaise (Jaxa) prévoit également le lancement d’une nouvelle sonde à travers l’espace pour trouver “des substances organiques ou minérales contenant de l’eau”.Le 11 avril 2011 à 19:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Remo has three new security cameras at CES 2019

first_img4:11 9 home security systems to keep watch when you’re out Everything we’ve seen at CES 2019 (so far) 9 home security systems you can install yourself Best home security devices Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 9 Photos How to buy the right security camera for you Other cool stuff 0 Post a comment Tags Security Cameras Security Now playing: Watch this: Here’s the Remo+ DoorCam 2. Angela Lang/CNET Remo+, maker of smart home security cameras, has not one, but three new smart cameras at CES 2019 — the RemoBell W, the RemoBell S and the DoorCam 2.  CES 2019 CNET Smart Home The RemoBell W and the RemoBell S have traditional smart doorbell designs. They replace existing hardwired buzzers and have HD live streaming, two-way talk, motion detection and more.The DoorCam 2 is the second-gen version of the Remo+ DoorCam.  Like the first-gen DoorCam, this model fits over your door — rather than being mounted to a wall or doorframe. It’s powered by three D batteries so you don’t have to worry about hardwiring.  CES Productslast_img read more

India Singapore building partnership of our age Modi

first_imgNarendra ModiStating that political relations between India and Singapore are among the warmest and closest, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the two sides are building a relationship of the age.Addressing a business and community event, Modi described the relationship between India and Singapore as “our heritage”.Stating that this southeast Asian city state never fails to inspire, he said that it has shown that size can be no barrier to the scale of achievements.”But, Singapore’s success also lies in the harmony of its multi-cultural society, in the celebration of its diversity, which under-lies a distinct and unique Singaporean identity,” he said.Praising the role of the 800,000 people of Indian origin in Singapore, he said: “Here in Singapore, you represent the diversity of India..”Modi also referred to the fact that Tamil is an official language in Singapore and said that children here can learn five different Indian languages in schools.”On the foundations of this extraordinary heritage, the wealth of our human links and the strength of our shared values, India and Singapore are building a partnership of our age,” he said.”It is a relationship that truly meets the test of strategic partnership.”India and Singapore elevated their bilateral ties to that of a Strategic Partnership in 2015.Modi said that when India opened up to the world and turned to the east, Singapore became a partner and a bridge between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional bloc.”Political relations between India and Singapore are among the warmest and closest,” he said.”There are no contests or claims, no irritants or doubts.”Stating that it is a natural partnership from a shared vision, he said defence relations between India and Singapore are also among the strongest.”In international forums, we speak in one voice in the cause of a rules-based order, sovereign equality of all nations, and free and open pathways of commerce and engagement,” the Indian prime minister said.”Economics is the heart-beat of the relationship.”Stating that this partnership is at the front-line of India’s global engagement, Modi said Singapore is both a leading investment source and destination for India.”Singapore was the first country with which we signed a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (in 2005),” he saidHe said that nearly 250 flights in each direction every week connect Singapore to 16 Indian cities and added that it is set to grow.”India is the third largest source of tourists in Singapore and its fastest growing. Our IT companies are helping Singapore stay smart and competitive.”Modi said that in many areas of India’s development priorities like smart cities, urban solutions, financial sector, skills development, ports, logistics, aviation and industrial parks, Singapore is a key partner.”As Singapore shapes a new future for itself, India emerges as the new global frontier of opportunities,” he said.”Even in a year of deep structural reforms like the introduction of Goods and Services Tax, we remain the fastest growing major economy of the world.”Stating that economic reforms are taking place in India at a speed and a scale not known so far, he said this has helped the country move up 42 places in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.He also gave a review of the various development and financial initiatives of his government.Stating that India will work for an open, stable and fair international trade regime, Modi said: “And, our engagement to our east will be among the strongest, and economics will remain an integral part of our Act East Policy.”He reaffirmed that India will work Asean to reach an early conclusion to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional bloc and the six states with which Asean has existing free trade agreements – Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.Modi arrived here earlier on Thursday on the third and final leg of his five-day tour of southeast Asia after making a brief stopover in Malaysia on his way from Indonesia.Prior to attending the business and community event, he, accompanied by Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, took a tour of the India-Singapore Enterprise and Innovation Exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore.The exhibition was organised by the Indian High Commission in Singapore in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation.The business and community event saw the international launch of the RuPay, Bhim and UPI mobile apps. The signing of several memorandums of understanding between Indian and Singapore entities in areas of education and skill development, space, and food processing was also announced.On Friday, Modi will hold a summit with prime minister Lee and deliver the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, becoming the first Indian prime minister to do so in the Track I annual inter-governmental security forum.last_img read more

Its a whole big fat hoax

first_imgUS president Donald Trump meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on 16 July 2018. Reuters File PhotoUS president Donald Trump said on Monday he never worked for Russia, his first direct denial after a media report that the FBI in 2017 investigated whether he acted against US interests.Trump also disputed a Washington Post report that he had concealed details about his meetings with Russian president Vladimir Putin and confiscated his interpreter’s notes. Congressional Democrats raised the possibility of subpoenaing the translator.The New York Times reported on Friday that the FBI opened the investigation after Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey raised concerns that the president posed a threat to national security. After the report emerged, Trump attacked the FBI and the Times, but he did not issue a specific denial about working with Russia until Monday.”Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Louisiana.Trump’s relations with Russia and Putin have clouded his presidency from the beginning and he has long dismissed the federal investigation into whether his 2016 campaign worked with Russia to sway the election as a hoax and a “witch hunt.”The Republican president renewed those charges on Monday, saying the officials who initiated the FBI investigation were “known scoundrels” and calling Comey a “bad cop.”Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to take over FBI investigations involving Trump and Russia in May 2017 after Trump fired Comey. Several former Trump top aides, including national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and several Russians are among dozens caught up in Mueller’s probe.Comey confirmed the existence of an FBI counterterrorism probe related to the presidential election in testimony before Congress in 2017.’No big deal’On Saturday, the Post reported Trump took notes that his interpreter made during a 2017 meeting in Hamburg with Putin that also was attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Trump also told the interpreter not to talk to other administration officials about what was said in the meetings, the Post said.”I just don’t know anything about it,” Trump said on Monday of the interpreter’s notes.He said he had a successful meeting with Putin, adding: “We have those meetings all the time, no big deal.”Democrats said, however, they thought it was a very big deal and expressed concern about the report on the interpreter.”It’s disturbing, of course. If it’s true it’s disturbing and we want to get to the bottom of it,” US Representative Eliot Engel said in an interview with CNN on Monday.Engel said the House Foreign Affairs Committee he chairs is working with the Intelligence Committee to discuss a possible subpoena of the Trump-Putin interpreter. He said he would prefer not to do that, but added: “We may have no choice.” “She has to be heard from, under oath, before our committee,” Representative Gerry Connolly, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said on CNN.Asked whether the committees also are considering asking Tillerson to testify, Engel said they were casting a wide net but no decisions had been made.Republicans and White House officials have defended Trump’s actions, saying he had been the victim of a number of leaks.US intelligence agencies have concluded Moscow led a propaganda and hacking campaign designed to tip the 2016 White House race to Trump. Russia has denied interfering.Trump repeatedly berated his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself from the Russia investigation because he had worked on Trump’s presidential campaign.The president’s nominee to fill Sessions’ job, William Barr, will pledge to protect Mueller’s investigation, according to prepared testimony released before his confirmation hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday.last_img read more

Some TaxCut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul Go For Quick

first_imgJacquelyn Martin/APA statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands guard outside the Treasury Building in Washington. Trump’s campaign plans for a total overhaul the U.S. tax code — while maintaining the revenues flowing into the federal government — may have missed their chance in Congress.If you filed for an extension on your taxes this week, you’re right in step with the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress. They’ve put off voting on their promised tax overhaul until after they take another whack at repealing and replacing Obamacare.That’s got some Republicans concerned, including Stephen Moore, who was an economic adviser to the Trump campaign.“You, know, you’ve got a period when you’re first elected when you’ve got to rush to get things done,” says Moore, “before that window slams shut.”But here we are in mid-April, Moore says, President Trump has no legislative victories, and his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says a tax cut will have to wait until the fall.Moore believes Trump needs a win and should push a tax right now.“Do something that’s achievable,” he says, pointing out that Trump ran on a corporate and business tax cut. “Get that done. This is taking too long and it gets harder to do as each week goes by.”Moore does have some skin in this game: He’s co-author of the tax overhaul plan Donald Trump ran on during the election. But nearly 100 days into his administration, Trump hasn’t sent Congress that or any other tax plan.Moore thinks the lack of a tax bill already is having negative effects: Growth seems to be slowing, and the latest monthly jobs numbers for March were disappointing. When he talks to investors and businesses and asks why things seem to be slowing, they say they’re getting nervous that Trump’s tax cut may not happen.Jon Traub, a former Republican staff director at the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, says the outlines of a Trump tax bill are still unclear. “We’re still waiting to figure out what President Trump is going to embrace,” says Traub, who’s now at the consulting firm Deloitte.The biggest question, he says, is whether Trump will get behind the controversial border adjustment tax. It’s a key element of a dramatic plan supported by House Republican leaders to overhaul the tax code. The proposal, a 20 percent tax on all imports, is attractive because it would raise a huge amount of revenue. The plan simultaneously eliminates taxes on American exports.The proposal has divided the U.S. business community. Not surprisingly, retailers like Walmart that import products they sell, hate it. On the other hand, exporters like Boeing love it.“The president has given mixed signals on that issue,” says Traub. “I think it’s fair to say that without his active support, that proposal can probably not pass the House or the Senate.”If Trump doesn’t support the border adjustment tax, he would need to find some other way to raise the hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue needed to cut tax rates without adding to federal budget deficits. The White House has floated several ideas for getting that revenue, including a carbon tax and a value-added tax (VAT); neither previously has had much Republican support.Traub says that “shows how desperate” the administration is to find a large source of revenue, “other than the border adjustable tax, as a way to finance lower corporate tax rates.”Stephen Moore says it’s time to stop worrying about whether tax cuts will add to budget deficits. And for now, Moore says, Trump should forget about doing a big complicated tax overhaul.“One of the lessons, hopefully, Republicans learned from the health care debate is, ‘keep it simple, stupid,’ ” he says. “The fewer movable parts, the easier it is to get it through Congress.”What would simple look like? According to Moore:Allow businesses to immediately deduct the full cost of capital purchases, such as factories and equipment.Cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.Have an even lower tax rate on money U.S. companies bring revenues back from overseas.Require that some of that repatriated money be used to improve U.S. infrastructure.Moore and other prominent Republicans pushing these ideas, including publisher Steve Forbes and economists Larry Kudlow and Arthur Laffer, say even some Democrats might support them.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Samsung Google to Release Monthly Android Security Patches

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Reuters Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world’s most popular mobile operating system.The change came after security researcher Joshua Drake unveiled what he called Stagefright, hacking software that allows attackers to send a special multimedia message to an Android phone and access sensitive content even if the message is unopened.”We’ve realized we need to move faster,” Android security chief Adrian Ludwig said at this week’s annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.Previously, Google would develop a patch and distribute it to its own Nexus phones after the discovery of security flaws.But other manufacturers would wait until they wanted to update the software for different reasons before pushing out a fix, exposing most of the more than 1 billion Android users to potential hacks and scams until the fix.Ludwig also said Google has made other security changes. In an interview, he told Reuters that earlier this year the team broke out incidence rates of malicious software by language. The rate of Russian-language Androids with potentially harmful programs had spiked suddenly to about 9 percent in late 2014, he said.Google made its roughly weekly security scans of Russian phones more frequent and was able to reduce the problems to close to the global norm.Ludwig said improvements to recent versions of Android would limit an attack’s effectiveness in more than nine out of 10 phones, but Drake said an attacker could keep trying until the gambit worked. Drake said he would release code for the attack by Aug. 24, putting pressure on manufacturers to get their patches out before then.Nexus phones are being updated with protection this week and the vast majority of major Android handset makers are following suit, Ludwig said.Samsung Vice President Rick Segal acknowledged that his company could not force the telecommunications carriers that buy its devices in bulk to install the fixes and that some might do so only for higher-end users.”If it’s your business customers, you’ll push it,” Segal said in an interview. Samsung is the largest maker of Android phones.Ludwig said many Android security scares were overblown. He added that only about one in 200 Android phones Google can peer into have any potentially harmful applications installed at any point.Drake noted that those figures exclude some products, including Fire products from Amazon, which use Android.As with Apple’s iPhones, the biggest security risk comes with apps that are not downloaded from the official online stores of the two companies.Stolen files from Hacking Team, an Italian company selling eavesdropping tools to government agencies around the world, showed that a key avenue was to convince targets to download legitimate-seeming Android and iPhone apps from imposter websites.(Reporting by Joseph Menn; Editing by Stephen R. Trousdale and Richard Chang) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 7, 2015 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Snow warning Drakensberg sees light snowfall todaySnow warning Drakensberg sees light snowfall

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The next snow system is expected from today (August 9), as reported by Snow Report.Snow was expected to fall in the north of Lesotho, mainly in the Maluti Mountains (Afriski area), during the early hours of this morning.By sunrise today, light snow fell across the Drakensberg from the north to the south, mainly on the Lesotho side, with some flurries possibly moving into the southern KZN areas north of Kokstad and around Matatiele in the Eastern Cape.The Eastern Cape Drakensberg should also have snow by this time.All of these areas have the potential to keep snowing for most of today, on and off, and some rain is also expected.Tonight, falls are expected to intensify in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, with up to 20cm being possible in central Lesotho.Barkley East and Lady Grey should also get a dusting. These falls are expected to carry on until Friday morning, with possible snow entering further south in the Eastern Cape over places like Hogsback, the Amatola Mountains and possibly even as far inland as the Sneeuberge outside Graaff-Reinet during Friday.By late Friday night, all snowfalls should cease.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Docker faces public outcry as Docker for Mac and Windows can be

first_img5 years ago, Docker was the talk of the town because it made it possible to get a number of apps running on the same old servers and it also made packaging and shipping programs easy. But the same cannot be said about Docker now as the company is facing public disapproval on their decision to allow Docker for Mac and Windows only to be downloaded if one is logged into the Docker store. Their quest for  “improving the users experience” clearly is facing major roadblocks. Two years ago, every bug report and reasonable feature request was “hard” or “something you don’t want” and would result in endless back and forth for the users. On 02 June 2016, new repository keys were pushed to the docker public repository. As a direct consequence, any run of “apt-get update” (or equivalent) on a system configured with the broken repo will fail with an error “Error https://apt.dockerproject.org/ Hash Sum mismatch.” The issue affected  ALL systems worldwide that were configured with the docker repository. All Debian and ubuntu versions, independent of OS and docker versions, faced the meltdown. It became impossible to run a system update or upgrade on an existing system. This 7 hours interplanetary outage because of Docker had little tech news coverage. All that was done was a few messages on a GitHub issue. You would have expected Docker to be a little bit more careful after the above controversy, but lo and behold! Here , comes yet another badly managed change implementation.. The current matter in question On June 20th 2018, github and reddit were abuzz with comments from confused Docker users on how they couldn’t download Docker for Mac or Windows without logging into the docker store. The following URLs were spotted with the problem: Install Docker for Mac and Install Docker for Windows To this, a docker spokesperson responded saying that the change was incorporated to improve the Docker for Mac and Windows experience for users moving forward. This led to string of accusations from dedicated docker users. Some of their complains included- Source: github.com Source: github.com Source: github.com The issue is still ongoing and with no further statements released from the Docker team, users are left in the dark. Inspite of all the hullabaloo, why choose Docker? A report by Dzone indicates that Docker adoption by companies was up 30% in the last year. Its annual revenue is expected to increase by 4x, growing from $749 million in 2016 to more than $3.4 billion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35 percent. So what is this company doing differently? It’s no secret that Docker containers are easy to deploy in a cloud. It can be incorporated into most DevOps applications, including Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, and Ansible, which are some of the major languages in configuration management. Specifically, for CI/CD Docker makes it achievable to set up local development environments that are exactly like a live server. It can run multiple development environments from the same host with unique software, operating systems, and configurations. It helps to test projects on new or different servers. Allows multiple users to work on the same project with the exact same settings, regardless of the local host environment. It ensures that applications that are running on containers are completely segregated and isolated from each other. Which means you get complete control over traffic flow and management. So, what’s the verdict? Most users accused Docker’s move as manipulative since they are literally asking people to login with their information to target them with ad campaigns and spam emails to make money. However, there were also some in support of this move. Source: github.com One reddit user said that while there is no direct solution to this issue, You can use https://github.com/moby/moby/releases as a workaround, or a proper package manager if you’re on Linux. Hopefully, Docker takes this as a cue before releasing any more updates that could spark public outcry. It would be interesting to see how many companies still stick around and use Docker irrespective of the rollercoaster ride that the users are put through. You can find further  opinions on this matter at reddit.com. Read Next Docker isn’t going anywhere Zeit releases Serverless Docker in beta What’s new in Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0?last_img read more

European leaders working hard to keep Greece in eurozone

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BRUSSELS (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras headed to Brussels late Sunday for a crucial emergency eurozone summit aimed at reaching a deal between Athens and its international creditors that would allow the debt-ravaged country to avoid a default and a potentially disastrous exit from the euro.Tsipras’ departure for Monday’s summit of the 19 eurozone leaders capped a day of intense contacts between many of the major players, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, all bent on keeping Greece within the currency club and avoiding financial chaos. Greece is facing a June 30 deadline to make a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund, which, at present, it would be unable to make. And even bigger payments to the European Central Bank in July. So far, both Greece and the creditors have appeared locked in a ‘who-blinks-first’ contest that has left them unable to bridge the gaps and secure a deal.On Sunday, Tsipras presented to Juncker, Hollande and Merkel “Greece’s proposal for a mutually beneficial agreement, which will provide a permanent solution and not just postpone tackling the problem,” his press office said in a statement.However, technical negotiators from the creditors were still waiting in Brussels for a detailed outline of the Greek proposals late Sunday to assess whether they really constitute a breakthrough, a European Union official said.“The institutions are waiting,” the official said, more than eight hours after the Greek government announced they had presented the proposal to creditors. “The condition for this meeting to be productive is to have the proposal.”The official asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. The new government’s radically different approach, essentially denying the need for austerity measures which it calls “recessionary” has often stretched the talks in the past five months to the breaking point.About 5,000 attended a pro-government rally in central Athens Sunday night. On Thursday, a strong rally was held by those favoring a deal with the EU. The pro-EU forces will gather again Monday evening outside Parliament.Syriza and similar leftist political groups have organized “solidarity to Greece” rallies across Europe over the weekend or joined related protests such as an anti-austerity march in the United Kingdom on Saturday.___Frances D’Emilio contributed from Rome, Italy. Demetris Nellas reported from Athens.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   Over the past weeks, the international creditors have often complained that Greek initiatives have been too slow to come and far too vague.In Milan, Hollande told reporters that everything must be done to keep Greece in the Eurozone because “if the Greeks leave the eurozone it won’t be positive for the Greeks or Europeans.”“We need stability” especially since much of Europe is beginning to rebound economically, he said. “For this reason we must reach an accord.”Tsipras met with his senior ministers all day in Athens and left for Brussels Sunday evening.Ahead of the eurozone summit Monday, Tsipras will hold a one-on-one meeting with EU President Donald Tusk and will then join a meeting, convened by Tusk, with Juncker, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, Tsipras’ press office said.Talks between cash-strapped Greece and its creditors on the completion of an earlier bailout deal had already hit a snag before the January election of the anti-bailout, anti-austerity coalition government headed by the radical leftist Syriza party. As a result, Greece has not received any bailout funds since summer 2014 and its ailing banking system is only kept afloat through a weekly infusion of emergency funds from the ECB. Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kamenos arrives for a cabinet meeting at Greek Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Greece is struggling to reach a deal with its creditors for new loans that it needs to avoid defaulting on debt payments at the end of the month. Without the bailout, Greece could be headed for bankruptcy or an exit from the 19-nation eurozone. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)last_img read more