Naxals torch vehicles, machines at road construction site in Chhattisgarh

first_img The ultras then set ablaze four vehicles and machines before fleeing the spot, he said. The IG said that according to information reaching him, they also kidnapped and killed the contractor, but it was yet to be confirmed.Security forces were sent to the spot and more details were awaited, he added.On March 14, 2018, naxals had burnt seven vehicles and machines engaged in road construction between Bijapur and Gangaloor in the district.Also Read  A day before that, nine personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in an IED blast, when Maoists blew up their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) in Sukma district.On February 18 this year, the rebels had set fire to several vehicles involved in road construction work between Bhejji and Elarmadgu in Sukma district and killed an employee of the construction contractor.Also Read Naxals on Monday set on fire four vehicles and machines engaged in road construction work in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, a police official said.The contractor was feared to have been abducted and killed, but there was no official confirmation yet, he said.The incident took place this morning between Tumnar and Koitpal villages, where the road construction work was going on under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna, Deputy Inspector General of Police (south Bastar range) Sundarraj P. said.According to preliminary information, a group of armed Naxals stormed the construction site, located around seven kilometres from Bijapur town and about 450 km from the state capital, and threatened the labourers to stop the work, he said.Also Read CRPF team ambushed close to two new camps Forces enter core Maoist bastion, conflict may intensify He had come for wife’s baby shower Naxals have frequently tried to disrupt road construction works in the Bastar division, which consists of seven districts, by launching attacks on security forces and damaging the roads, and vehicles and machines used in the work, a senior police official had earlier said.last_img read more

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Union Budget 2014: We did not want to burden the common man, says Jaitley

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley02:35 pm: I hope this leads to the expansion of the economy: Arun Jaitley.02:32 pm: We did not want to burden the common man, had to resolve a lot of issues: Arun Jaitley.01:47 pm: Poor friendly, youth friendly, farmer friendly, women friendly and senior citizen friendly: Rajnath Singh on Union Budget.01:44 pm: This Budget will only benefit Adani and Ambani, not the common man: NCP leader Nawab Malik.01:42 pm: This is a perfect and practical Budget for the nation: BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.01:37 pm: This Budget doesn’t benefit the common man: Congress leader Rajeev Shukla.01:30 pm: There is nothing new, they have merely continued our schemes: Sonia Gandhi.01:28 pm: There is very little for social sector: Sonia Gandhi.01:25 pm: The Budget does not quicken the pulse: Rahul Gandhi.01:22 pm: High on rhetoric, short on delivery. No vision and no roadmap: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Union Budget.01:13 pm: Tax proposals on indirect tax front would yield Rs 7,525 cr: FM.01:11 pm: Soaps and oil products to become cheaper: FM.01:10 pm: To broaden tax base, negative list for service tax has been reviewed: FM.01:08 pm: Propose increase in excise duty on tobacco products, and aerated water products with added sugar: Jaitley.01:06 pm: FM announces reduction in excise duty for specified food package industry from 10 per cent to 6 per cent.01:04 pm: Excise duty on footwear reduced from 12 per cent to 6 per cent: FM.01:03 pm: Export duty on bauxite enhanced from 10 per cent to 20 per cent: Jaitley.01:01 pm: FM Arun Jaitley announces several tax rational measures.advertisement01:00 pm: Basic custom duty on LED panel below 19 inch made nil: Jaitley.12:58 pm: FM announces measures to encourage manufacture of LCD/LED panels of TVs.12:57 pm: FM announces proposals to make CRT TVs cheaper.12:55 pm: Net effect of direct tax proposals is revenue loss of Rs 22,200 cr: FM.12:54 pm: FM announces measures to boost domestic manufacturing sector; says the sector has been under stress.12:51 pm: Provide investment allowance at 15 per cent for 3 years to manufacturing company which invest more than Rs 25 cr in plant and machinery: FM.12:48 pm: Propose to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh: FM.12:46 pm: Tax exemption limit for senior citizens changed from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh: FM.12:45 pm: Tax exemption limit for small and marginal, and senior tax payers changed from Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh: FM.12:44 pm: Do not propose to make any changes in tax rate: FM.12:43 pm: Impact of tax changes have been factored: Arun Jaitley.12:42 pm: I propose to give some relief to taxpayers and some sectors of the economy: Arun Jaitley.12:41 pm: Had to encounter challenge of extremely limited fiscal space in deciding tax policy: FM.12:40 pm: I propose Rs 200 crore for power reforms, and Rs 500 crore for water reforms in Delhi: Arun Jaitley.12:38 pm: FM announces Rs 150 cr for communication needs of Andaman and Nicobar islands.12:37 pm: FM announces ‘Arun Prabha’ channel for NE region.12:36 pm: Govt committed to development of Telangana and Andhra: FM.12:36 pm: Rs 1000 cr provided for rail connectivity in NE region: FM.12:35 pm: Rs 100 cr set aside for development of organic farming in north east region: FM.12:35 pm: Programme for displaced Kashmiri migrants with Rs 500 cr to be started: FM.12:35 pm: Young Leaders Programme to be set up with Rs 100 cr: FM.12:34 pm: Rs 200 cr set aside for upgradation of indoor and outdoor stadium in Jammu and Kashmir to international standards: FM.12:33 pm: Sports University to be set up in Manipur; Rs 100 cr provided in current financial year: FM.12:33 pm: Govt will set up national sports academy for different sports in different parts of India: FM.12:32 pm: Biotech clusters to be set up in Bangaluru and Faridabad to take science and technology to new heights: FM.12:32 pm: NRI fund for conservation of river Ganga to be set up: FM.12:31 pm: FM announces “Namami Ganga”, an integrated Ganga Development Project; Rs. 2,037 cr set aside for this.12:30 pm: World Class Convention facility to be developed through PPP mode: FM.12:30 pm: Time that we make serious efforts to link rivers; Rs 100 cr set aside for project to link rivers: FM.12:29 pm: FM announces Rs 100 cr for development of archaeological sites. Gaya to be developed as world class tourism spot: FM.12:29 pm: Propose to set aside Rs 50 cr for construction of National Police Memorial: FM.12:28 pm: Rs 5000 cr set aside for defence outlay over and above amount provided under interim budget: FM.12:27 pm: War memorial to be set up along with a war museum; Rs 100 cr set aside fro this: FM.advertisement12:26 pm: Rs 100 cr set aside for development of Technology Development Fund scheme for education of girl child to be launched soon: FM.12:25 pm: Will take measures to revitalise small savings schemes: FM.12:24 pm: Pending Insurance Amendment Bill to be taken up in the Parliament: FM.12:23 pm: Govt will work out measures for revival of other stressed assets: FM.12:22 pm: RBI will create framework for licenses of small banks: FM.12:20 pm: Bank will be encouraged to give long term funds and loans to the infrastructure sector: Jaitley.12:19 pm: Benefits of insurance have not reached larger section of people; govt will addres this in multi-pronged manner with stakeholders: FM.12:18 pm: To provide all households with banking facilities to empower the weaker sections; there should be at least 2 bank accounts in each household: FM.12:17 pm: Urgent need to converge current Indian standard with international accounting standards: FM.12:16 pm: FM proposes number of measures to energise Indian capital market.12:15 pm: Essential to strengthen and modernise regulatory framework in financial sector to meet challenges of increasing complex economy: FM.12:14 pm: Financial sector is at the heart of the growth engine: FM.12:14 pm: Revision of rate of royalty on minerals to be taken up on request from the states: Jaitley.12:13 pm: In order to complete gas grid, 15000 km of additional pipeline to be developed through PPP mode: FM.12:12 pm: Existing impasse of coal sector will be resolved: Jaitley.12:11 pm: Rs 4200 cr set aside for the Jal Marg Vikas project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia,over 1620 km: Arun Jaitley.12:10 pm: New airports to be developed through PPP mode: FM.12:09 pm: FM announces development of Hastkala Academy in PPP mode: Jaitley.12:08 pm: Rs 50 cr set aside for pashmina production programme in Jammu and Kashmir: Jaitley.12:07 pm: There is need to develop more sophisticated models with quick redressal mechanism in PPP contracts: FM.12:06 pm: India has emerged as the largest PPP market in the world: FM.12:06 pm: FM announces Rs 200 cr for 6 more textile clusters in Rae Bareily, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur: FM.12:05 pm: Definition of MSME to be revised for high capital ceiling: FM.12:05 pm: MSMEs are the backbone of the economy; to be revived through a committee to examine and report in three months: FM.12:04 pm: Effective steps to be taken to revive SEZs: FM.12:04 pm: Apprentice Act to be suitably amended to strengthen the Apprentice Training Scheme: FM.12:04 pm: To set up Industrial Smart Cities in 7 cities: Jaitley.12:03 pm: All govt departments and ministries to be integrated through E-platform by 31 Dec this year: Jaitley.12:02 pm: Rs 100 cr set aside for Kisan Television to provide real time information on various farming and agriculture issues: Jaitley.12:01 pm: FM allocates Rs 200 cr for setting up 2000 producers’ organisations across the country.12:00 pm: FM allocates funds for setting up 2,000 producers’ organisations across the country.11:59 am: Rs 5000 cr short time rural credit refinance fund for 2014-15: Jaitley.11:58 am: Additional Rs 5000 cr set aside for RIDF: Jaitley.11:57 am: Rs 50 cr set aside for indigenous cattle breed and blue revolution for inland fisheries: FM.advertisement11:56 am: State governments to be encouraged to develop farming markets: FM.11:55 am: Propose to provide finance to 5 lakh landless farmers through NABARD: FM.11:53 am: National Adaption Fund for climate change to be set up: Jaitley.11:52 am: Govt will initiate scheme to provide a soil health card; Rs 100 cr set aside. Rs 56 cr for soil testing labs across the country: FM.11:47 am: Five minute break announced in presentation of Budget.11:46 am: Agriculture University in Andhra and Rajasthan, and Horticulture University in Haryana, Telangana; Rs 200 cr set aside.11:45 am: Slum development to be included in Corporate Social Responsibility activities.11:45 am: FM announces Rs 100 cr for modernisation of madrasas.11:44 am: FM announces development of Metro rails in PPP mode; Rs 100 cr set aside for metro scheme in Ahmedabad and Lucknow.11:44 am: Mission for low cost housing proposed to incentivise development of low cost housing; Rs 400 cr announced.11:44 am: Urban renewal will address drinking water, use of recycled water,solid waste management, digital connectivity; 500 habitats supported: FM.11:43 am: Rs 100 cr set aside for Community Radio Centres; 600 new and existing ones will be supported: Jaitley.11:42 am: FM proposes National Rural Internet and Technology Mission; Rs 500 crores set aside.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley11:41 am: Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya Teaching Programme to be started: Jaitley.11:40 am: FM proposes to set up 5 new IIMs and 5 new IITs: Jaitley.11:40 am: Propose to set up Center of Excellence in MP named after Lok Nayak JaiPrakash Narayan: Jaitley.11:39 am: 15 Model Rural Health Research centers to be set up for rural health issues: Jaitley.11:39 am: FM proposes 12 more Govt Medical colleges with dental facilities: Jaitley.11:38 am: The four new AIIMS will be in Andhra, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal: Jaitley.11:37 am: Propose to set up four more AIIMS; Rs 500 crore set aside for this. Six new AIIMS started recently have become functional: Jaitley.11:36 am: Rs 3600 crore set aside for National Rural Drinking Water: Jaitley.11:35 am: FM announces Backward Regional Grant Fund to address inter regional inequalities.11:34 am: FM proposes National Housing Banking programme; sets aside Rs. 8000 cr for this programme.11:33 am: PMGSY has a massive impact on rural development; sets aside Rs 14,389 crore for this: Jaitley.11:33 am: Jaitley announces Crisis Management Center for women at Delhi; money to be provided from Nirbhaya fund.11:32 am: FM laments apathy towards girl child, announces ‘Beti padhao, beti badhao yojana’, sets aside Rs 100 crore for this.11:31 am: 15 new Brail presses to be established: Jaitley.11:30 am: FM announces schemes for disabled persons in the country: Jaitley.11:30 am: EPFO will launch a unified account scheme for portability of Provident Fund accounts: Jaitley.11:29 am: A large number of money lying unused in postal schemes etc. Propose to set up a committee to examine how this can be utilised: Jaitley.11:28 am: Rs 50,548 crore proposed for SC development: Jaitley.11:27 am: Rs 200 crore set aside to support Gujarat govt in the Sardar Patel statue installtion: Jaitley.11:26 am: Govt committed to providing 24/7 power supply to all homes: Jaitley.11:25 am: Total sanitation goals to be achieved by 2019: Jaitley.11:24 am: ‘Pradhanantri Krishi Sichayin Yojana’ to be started for irrigation: Jaitley.11:23 am: A national multiscale programme called Skill India to be introduced to provide training and support for employment: Jaitley.11:23 am: In order to give major boost to tourism, E-visas would be introduced at 9 airports. This will facilitate visas on arrival: Jaitley.11:22 am: As large number of people migrate to cities, unless new cities are developed the present would become unliveable: Jaitley.11:21 am: We will examine proposal to give additional autonomy to banks and make them more responsible: Jaitley.11:21 am: Financial stability is the foundation of our recovery: Jaitley.11:20 am: FM proposes measures to encourage development of smart cities: Jaitley.11:19 am: India is the largest buyer of defence equipment: Jaitley.11:18 am: India needs boost in manufacturing sector: Jaitley.11:18 am: FDI is several sectors provides additional resources: Jaitley.    11:17 am: Transfer pricing is major area for litigation; proposes changes in transfer pricing regulation.11:17 am: I propose to strengthen authority for advance ruling in tax: Jaitley.11:16 am: We are committed to providing stable tax regime which is investor friendly: Jaitley.11:13 am: This govt will not ordinarily change policies retrospectively which creates a fresh liability: Jaitley.11:12 am: GST will streamline tax administration and result in higher tax collection for center and states: Jaitley.11:11 am: A new urea policy would be formulated: Jaitley.11:10 am: We have no option but to take some bold steps to spurt economy; these are only the first steps and are directional: Jaitley.11:09 am: There is a gradual moderation in the WPI recently; but we are still not out of the woods: Jaitley.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry.11:08 am: Considering that we had two years of low GDP growth, a large subsidy burden, target of 4.1 per cent fiscal burden is daunting: Jaitley.11:08 am: FM emphasises on fiscal prudence, need to generate more resources: Jaitley.11:08 am: The task before me today is very challenging; need to revive growth in manufacturing sector: Jaitley.11:07 am: We have taken up the challenge in the right ernest; will create a vibrant and strong India: Jaitley.11:06 am: There is a large population which is below the poverty line: Jaitley.11:05 am: The steps I will announce are only the beginning of the journey we wish to take for macro economic stabilization, says Jaitley.11:04 am: The budget is the most comprehensive action plan: Jaitley.Copies of Union Budget at Parliament House.11:04 am: There are green shoots of recovery in the global economy: Jaitley.11:04 am: We look forward to lower inflation, says Jaitley.11:02 am: People have voted for a change. India desires to grow: Jaitley.11:01 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rises to present Budget 2014.10:53 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present Union Budget shortly.10:40 am: Cabinet clears Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget.10:36 am: Union Cabinet meeting at Parliament ends.10:27 am: Arun Jaitley briefs Union Cabinet on Budget 2014.10:17 am: Union Cabinet meeting begins at Parliament ahead of presentation of Union Budget.10:14 am: The economic status of nation is unstable but we are sure Arun Jaitley will present a good Budget: BJP leader Nalin Kohli.10:12 am: Fiscal deficit needs to be looked at, says former MoS finance JD Seelam.10:10 am: Growth with employment is the top focus in Budget, says BJP.10:05 am: We need to bring down inflation. Investment incentive is needed: Chandrajit Banerjee (DG, CII) on expectations from Union Budget.10:00 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s family leaves for the Parliament.#FM, MOS and officers briefed #President this morning for half an hour on main features of the #Budget2014 pic.twitter.com/YKEeF2mVRy&; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) July 10, 2014 09:56 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament to present Union Budget.09:38 am: Copies of Union Budget 2014-15 reach Parliament House.Copies of Union Budget 2014-15 reach Parliament House.09:34 am: Budget needs to take everyone forward: NCP leader Majeed Memon.09:30 am: I am positive that our Honorable Finance Minister will deliver a strong budget for a stable and progressing economy, tweets BJP leader Poonam Mahajan.09:29 am: I don’t think it will be a pro-poor Budget: NCP leader Tariq Anwar.09:26 am: A good taxation system should be in order: Arvind Virmani (Former chief economic advisor to Government of India).09:22 am: Sensex gains 47 points, opens at 25,513 before the presentation of Union Budget.09:20 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Rashtrapati Bhavan.09:15 am: I feel that the Union Budget will exist only to serve few industrialists: SP leader Naresh Agarwal.09:09 am: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for Finance Ministry.last_img read more

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Kabaddi Masters: India demolish Pakistan to reach semis

first_imgIndia sealed the semi-final spot, thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan 41-17 in Group A match of the Kabaddi Masters at the Al Wasl Sports Club here on Monday.This was India’s third consecutive win in this six-nation tournament and second win against Pakistan. Men-in-Blue will now face Kenya in a dead rubber on Tuesday.It seemed like Pakistan had not learnt from their last defeat against India as they were making same mistakes on the mat. India, on the other hand, had a clear strategy of defending rather than to attack on their opponents half.Rishank, Girish, Mohit and skipper Ajay Thakur continued to impress as they outplayed Pakistan easily.Commenting on the crucial tie, Indian coach Srinivas Reddy said: “I knew the margin will be bigger this time. This time is was completed effort. Rohit’s raid completely changed the match. I just asked by players to enjoy the match and that provided us the result.”Our strength is raid. We have best raiders in the world. I asked my boys that every raid is a do-or-die and that paid off,” he added.Coming back to the match, Both teams started off on a good note but India slowly took two points lead through Ajay.Some good defence from Mohit and Girish in the corners took few points and forced Pakistan to play with one man.Rohit took the task to inflict the first all out of the match and got rid of lone-man Nadeem to make it 12-3 in just 10 minutes of play.advertisementWith just three minutes left in the first half, Pakistan got another jolt when their skipper Nasir got injured and was replaced.India kept on swelling their lead through some brilliant defending while Pakistan struggled to hold India.At the end of the first half, it was 18-9 in favour of India. The change of ends saw some more brilliant and composed game by the Indian players.Ajay, once again proved why is one of the best raiders in the country, when he inflicted an all-out in just five minutes of the second half play to make scoreboard read 25-11.There was no match of India in rest of the second half. Even the comeback of Nasir, who got injured, could not do anything impressive as India kept on taking points along with one more all-out towards the end to seal the issue comfortably.In the other match, Iran also sealed their place in the semi finals, defeating South Korea 31-27 in aclosely contested match.Korea squandered an early lead only to fight back in the second half but it was in vain. Mohammed Maghsoudlou scored 12 points and Mohammed Nabibaksh also contributed in attack and defence to lead Iran to victory.Jang Kun Lee scored seven points and Dong Ju Hong scored five points for Korea.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A50 at Rs 18,490: Should you buy it over Galaxy M40?

first_imgSamsung is selling its Galaxy A50 (Review) at a starting price of Rs 18,490 these days. You can find this new pricing on Flipkart during the Mobile Bonanza sale and on Samsung’s online store as well. The Galaxy A50 was launched at Rs 19,990, which already made it an attractive deal under Rs 20,000. At this same price, Samsung has now launched the Galaxy M40, which makes one wonder which of the two phones consumers should be going for.The Galaxy A50 offers an Infinity-U Super AMOLED display along with a sleek and attractive design, triple camera setup and a large 4,000mAh battery, all at a new starting price of Rs 18,490. The Galaxy M40, on the other hand, is the first phone in its segment to offer a punch-hole Infinity-O display. It also brings a triple camera setup and a Snapdragon 600 series chipset. So which Samsung phone is the best one for you?– The display will likely be a big factor when it comes to choosing between the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M40. The Galaxy A50 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ Infinity-U display that sees a droplet-shaped notch on top. More importantly, Samsung has used a Super AMOLED panel that offers vivid colours, deeper blacks and better power efficiency compared to an LCD panel. The Galaxy M40, on the other hand offers a 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity-O display with a hole-punch cutout on the screen to house the selfie camera. The Galaxy M40, however, uses an LCD panel rather than AMOLED, which won’t offer the same richness as you would get on the Galaxy A50.advertisement — Both the Galaxy M40 and Galaxy A50 offer curved glasstic rear panels in some unique gradient shades. The Galaxy A50 comes in Blue, Black and White colours with prism-like gradience to them, while the Galaxy M40 is offered in Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue colours. Here, both the phones offer something fresh and unique as far as finishes go, so there are no wrong choices.– The Galaxy M40 offers a traditional rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is fast and accurate. The Galaxy A50, on the other hand, gets an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is more up-to-date with the current trend but is noticeably slower than a physical sensor.– The Galaxy A50 houses a 4,000mAh battery, which can easily last a full day and maybe more on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Galaxy M40 offers a smaller 3,500mAh battery, which will understandably not deliver the same kind of battery life as the Galaxy A50.– When it comes to the cameras, both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M40 deliver triple camera systems with almost similar lenses. Both the phones offer 8MP ultra wide-angle lens and 5MP depth sensor. The primary camera on the Galaxy A50 is a 25MP f/1.7 aperture, while the Galaxy M40 offers a 32MP f/1.7 primary camera. When it comes to the selfie camera, the Galaxy A50 offers a higher resolution 25MP selfie snapper while the Galaxy M40 gets a 16MP camera.– The Galaxy M40 is the only Galaxy M series phone right now to offer a Qualcomm chipset. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset which is paired with an Adreno 612 GPU. The Galaxy A50 uses Samsung’s own Exynos 9610, which is noticeably faster on paper with a peak speed of 2.3GHz. We are yet to test the Galaxy M40’s performance, but the Snapdragon 675 has proven to be a pretty snappy and capable mid-range processor in the past. The Galaxy A50 with Exynos 9610 also delivers a fast and smooth user experience even while gaming and is easily on par with the Snapdragon 675 chipset. — Both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M40 ship with Android Pie with One UI on top. As far as the software is concerned, you will get the same experience on both the phones with new features like system-wide night mode, redesign user interface for easier one-handed use and new gesture-based navigation.– Perhaps the biggest deciding factor may be the simplest of features – the headphone jack. While the Galaxy A50 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung decided to drop the port on the Galaxy M40. Samsung told SamMobile that it did this to make the Galaxy M40 slim at 7.9mm, but the Galaxy A50 is still slimmer at 7.7mm and offers a slightly bigger screen while retaining the headphone jack.Should you buy the Galaxy A50 or Galaxy M40?Samsung is making it difficult for consumers to pick a device under Rs 20,000 as the company has launched a number of exciting phones in the budget to mid-range segments this year. The Galaxy M series and new Galaxy A series phones have offered exciting designs along with great hardware at impressive prices. The Galaxy M40 and Galaxy A50 are priced close to each other, which makes it difficult to pick one clear winner.advertisementThe Galaxy M40’s biggest USP is its Infinity-O display, which is new and unique for this segment. It also brings a trusted and capable Snapdragon 675 chipset with more RAM and storage compared to the Galaxy A50. It even gets a high-resolution 32MP triple camera setup. But the Galaxy A50 at Rs 18,490 looks a little more attractive because it sports a Super AMOLED display which can’t be beaten. It also comes with a larger battery capacity, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Premium features now come at an affordable priceALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 quick review: A solid addition to the Galaxy M serieslast_img read more

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NEBRASKA SENDS BEEF TO CHINA

first_imgNebraska is sending its first shipment of beef to China under an agreement that allowed the U.S. to resume exports after a 14-year hiatus.The first boxes from Greater Omaha Packing went out Wednesday.Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach helped load the first boxes.China cut off exports in 2003 after mad cow disease affected some American herds.The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it had finalized an agreement with China to restart exports.Ricketts says Nebraska is the nation’s top beef processor and exporter, and China is the world’s second-largest beef importer.last_img

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TGIF Shopping: Face Bomb By Portland General Store

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men? Buzzed and Beautiful: The Best Short Hairstyles for Men How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The temperatures are taking a turn for the worst and the fall/winter winds are not far behind. As winter’s cold air takes its toll on your skin you may want to think about upping your skincare game. If you’re like me, and have sensitive skin this time of year, you’ll want to keep your face protected from the changing weather. All-natural grooming brand Portland General Store (reviewed in August here) has a facial cleanser that is a sure fire way to help your skin survive the Polar Vortex.Face Bomb is vegan and it doesn’t strip away moisture like other cleansers. Plus it’s not your every day gel or liquid cleanser. It’s actually made up of clay mined in Morocco called rhassoul mud, which is both rich in minerals and anti-bacterial properties.  It has a masculine and rustic smell because the mud is hand blended with sandalwood, wild germanium and Damascus rose. The best part though is the way it exfoliates using ground walnut shells. This helps brighten up your complexion and clean out your pores without damaging them. We’ve heard of several high-end barbershops including this product in their facial services to men coming in for more than a cut. This cleanser requires a little longer scrub and less water as you apply it. Check it out here at Portland General Store’s online store.$28 for 180ml.last_img read more

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Tuesday Cycles is Cruising Around with the Best Cruiser Bike

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More The bicycle you picture when you hear the term “beach cruiser” was first developed during the Great Depression. The bike was designed to be stable, easy to ride, durable enough to last for years, and affordable enough for people who were living through the goddamn Depression. The style was largely based on motorcycle design of the day, and partially informed by the simplicity of the parts and materials used to construct them. The thick, almost clunky tubular frames and broad balloon tires were not designed for speed or distance riding — they were built to last.And last the best cruiser bikes did, enjoying immense popularity throughout the middle decades of the 20th century. In the 1960s, the allure of cruiser bikes began to ebb as ever lighter, faster, sleeker bicycles became available. While the cruiser could never compete in a race with a carbon fiber street racer or beat a mountain bike in terms of off-road ability, there was a charm to these bicycles that assured they would never truly go away.In the early decades of the 21st century — yet another era in which everything old is new again (vintage pants, speakeasies, and the Macarena are all the rage these days, amiright?) — the beach cruiser bike is enjoying renewed popularity. More and more people who live in or near cities are eschewing cars in favor of bikes for commuting, and bicycle riding as recreation is more popular now than it has been in many years. (In the United States, anyway — bikes never really experienced a lack of popularity in The Netherlands, last I checked.)Cruisers are the ideal bike for the person who isn’t concerned about breaking speed records or conquering uphill terrain, but rather more interested in a fun and easy ride. A cruise, if you will. If that sounds like your kind of bike riding, then a bike from Tuesday Cycles is the right choice for you, sir or madam.In the company’s own words: “The Tuesday lineup is full of bright and boldly colored cruiser and pavement bikes designed for a carefree and laid-back ride, whether you’re headed down the strand to the beach or across town to your local coffee shop.”I had the opportunity to see several Tuesday bikes earlier this year at an event in downtown New York City. The bikes manage to be both elegant and relaxed at the same time, something few products or people can pull off. (A genuine Swiss Army Knife and actor Adrien Brody are other good examples.) Every bicycle Tuesday makes looks like a beach cruiser, even though they are divided into two categories: Pavement and Cruisers. The tires are broad, the frames are made from thick tubes, and the saddles (that’s the bike seat for those not in the know) are large and designed for comfort, not for racing.Many Tuesday Cycles are single-speed, but there are a few are three-speeds and seven-speeds. These multi-speed bikes have hand-operated brakes; you control the gears with a twist shifter. The single-speed bikes use a good old kick-back brake, the same kind you used when you were a sunburned kid zipping around a San Francisco suburb back in the late 1980s. (If that description aptly applies to you, please let me know so I can wink and point with a finger gun.)You can raise or lower the saddle and, thanks to the placement of the pedals and the wide-set curved handlebar design of their cruisers (the Pavement series bikes have a more linear handlebar shape), riders of all sizes will find a Tuesday comfortable and, above all, easy to ride. In keeping with the easy, breezy mentality of it all, many bikes come on one size option; a few come with either 24- or 26-inch wheels. And that’s it.The pricing of Tuesday Cycles starts around $250, while the most expensive selections are closer to $600. As these bikes are built to last for years, even if you’re actually cruising along the beach — the “rust-buster chain” and stainless steel hardware won’t corrode in salty air — that’s money well spent. If you put fun ahead of fast when you’re out for a ride, and you like a bike with classic cruiser style, then a Tuesday Cycles bike might just be the best best for you. Editors’ Recommendations Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Menlast_img read more

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James Cameron Isnt Happy With The Current Direction Of The Alien Franchise

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien has been widely hailed as a masterpiece, but many fans actually prefer James Cameron’s action-packed sequel Aliens. Regardless of which side of the fence you land on, there’s no denying that the franchise has struggled since then thanks to the disappointing third and fourth instalments and the mixed response to so-called prequel, Prometheus.Throw in the abysmal Alien Vs. Predator movies and to say that Scott’s Alien: Covenant may end up making or breaking the series would be an understatement. However, one person who thinks that the time of the Xenomorphs is at an end is Cameron, who said in a recent interview that he believes “we’ve moved on” from the Alien franchise. Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Luis Planas Fisheries Deal Continues Strong EUMorocco Cooperation

Rabat – The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Luis Planas has again expressed his satisfaction with Moroccan-Spanish diplomatic ties.On Tuesday, Planas spoke about the Spanish royal visit to Morocco last week, emphasizing that King Mohammed VI’s invitation “testifies to the friendship, mutual trust and good relations between the two kingdoms.”The official attended a high-level conference at the 5th Halieutis Show in Agadir. Read Also: Spain: Adoption of EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement is Decisive StepThe Spanish minister said that the signing of 11 cooperation conventions during the royal visit was a “huge success.”Planas added that the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU is a good example of the close relationship.Spain strongly voiced its support for the adoption of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.In January, the European Parliament adopted the fisheries agreement. The Parliament also adopted the agriculture agreement.Planas described the adoption of the agriculture agreement as a “very important” action that is a “green light for the marketing of agricultural products.”He had also urged European MPs to adopt the fisheries agreement, allowing Spanish vessels to fish in Moroccan waters, before summer. read more

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Miners pull TSX lower US indexes reach higher amid stronger than expected

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Friday afternoon as the TSX had a tepid reaction to stronger-than-expected job creation numbers in Canada and U.S. for May.The S&P/TSX composite index was well off early lows, but still dragged down by the gold and base metals sector. The TSX was off the worst levels of the day, coming back from a 99-point slide and was down 57.11 points to 12,352.22 at mid-afternoon.Statistics Canada reported 95,000 jobs were created in May, most of them full-time positions. Also, the unemployment rate moved down to 7.1% from 7.2%.Economists had expected job creation somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15,000 last month. The Canadian dollar was off early highs but still up 0.38 of a cent to 97.85 cents US following the report.U.S. indexes advanced, but were also off session highs as traders also took in a stronger-than expected read on American employment last month.The Dow Jones industrials gained 131.91 points to 15,172.53 as the U.S. Labor Department said that 175,000 jobs were created during May.The expectation had been the U.S. economy would crank out about 165,000 additional jobs during May.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 30.36 points to 3,454.42 while the S&P 500 index rose 11.59 points to 1,634.15.Traders hoped the jobs data wasn’t strong enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to start tapering its bond purchases. The quantitative easing program has kept interest rates low and also helped fuel a strong rally on stock markets this year, leaving the Dow industrials up a good 15 per cent year to date.Markets have been volatile over the past couple of weeks after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank might pull back on its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program if economic data, especially hiring, improved significantly. Other Fed officials have spoken about a winding down of asset purchases sooner.“This market has been very hooked on QE and is very susceptible to a withdrawal, obviously,” said Sid Mokhtari, market technician with CIBC World Markets.“A whole bunch of newspapers in the U.S. and articles and journals, were talking about how the market is addicted to QE and it’s referred to as crack and heroin and all these things. So it’s natural for the market to feel that withdrawal or even the assumption of that kind of withdrawal.”Meanwhile, the gold sector was the leading TSX decliner Friday, down 4.6% as the August gold contract price fell $32.80 to US$1,383.10 an ounce.Gold has fallen sharply since hitting a record high of US$1,921 in early September 2011 at a time when massive stimulus measures by central banks raised worries about a sharp spike in inflation.“Gold was almost to some extent a fear trade, it was almost an inflationary trade,” Mokhtari said.“We don’t have necessarily inflation assumptions right now. Down the road maybe, but not now.”Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) lost 95 cents to $20.72.The base metal group was down 2.45% while copper fell five cents at US$3.27 a pound and sector heavyweight Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 99 cents to $25.77.The telecom sector was down 0.44%. The component has headed lower since earlier in the week after Industry Minister Christian Paradis said Mobilicity and other new wireless carriers won’t be allowed to sell spectrum to big carriers. The move was a setback for Telus (TSX:T) which had asked permission to acquire Mobilicity and its spectrum. Its shares gave back 37 cents to $34.53.Tech stocks led advancers with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) ahead 66 cents to $31.63.Industrials also lent support, up 0.35% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) advanced 73 cents to $129.53.Financials also turned positive with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ahead 25 cents to $16.23. July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.08 to US$95.84 a barrel, leaving the energy sector flat. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) ran ahead 36 cents to $39.75.The Canadian Press read more

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Graco recalls nearly 1400 car seats over restraint defects

Graco Children’s products is recalling 1,393 My Ride 65 convertible car seats after a defect was found in the harness restraints.The company says the webbing on certain My Ride 65 car seats failed to meet the Canadian standards for breaking strength.The affected seats have model numbers 1910553, 1910552, 1910395 and were manufactured from May 14, 2014 through July 30, 2014.Graco says they will provide customers with free replacement kits with new harness restraints and installation instructions. They say consumers can continue to use the car seat while they wait for the replacement kits.

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Liberian corrections officers complete 12 months of intensive training – UN

A group of 25 Liberian corrections officers have been certified after completing a year of training, bringing to 49 the total number prepared by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Government to uphold human rights while dealing with prisoners. “This will not only bring honour to you, but also to your Government and your country,” the head of UNMIL Corrections Advisory Unit, Marjo Callaghan, told the graduates on Friday.“Human rights standards provide invaluable guidance for performance of your functions, which is vital to the good functioning of a democratic society and the maintenance of the rule of law,” she said.Expressing UNMIL’s appreciation for joint efforts undertaken with the Government to create a better trained, more effective and efficient Liberian Correctional Service, she said this “will contribute to the reintegration of offenders and the protection of communities and law abiding citizens around Liberia.” Speaking on behalf of the Liberian Government, Solicitor General Counsellor Tiawon Gongloe expressed appreciation for the UN’s assistance, describing how the country’s Corrections Service had greatly suffered since the 1970s. He called on the newly trained officers to help in Liberia’s transformation. “For a stable order in society, those who are accused or convicted are to be given decent treatment. That is why you have been trained,” the Liberian Solicitor General pointed out. UNMIL has been providing assistance through its ‘quick impact projects’ and through funding from other partners such as the US Government to improve conditions of prisons in the country. In another development, a five-day training programme for 45 Magistrates and 50 Justices of the Peace started today at the Supreme Court of Liberia, according to UNMIL, which organized the initiative with the Government. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of UNMIL’s Legal and Judicial System Support Division, Alfred Fofie, reminded the participants of their future role in upholding and promoting the rule of law in their communities. “You must take up the challenge with dignity and professionalism for the benefit of the people you serve and for the betterment of the Liberian society as a whole,” he said.The development challenges facing Liberia was on the list of the “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About” released by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) on 15 May. read more

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Maria now a major Category 3 hurricane

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islandsSeptember 18, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Maria aftermath: Dominica appeals for further helpOctober 19, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PMSeptember 19, 2017In “Regional” Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the Leeward Islands late on Monday (EPA/NASA)MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Hurricane Maria strengthened to a “major” Category Three storm on Monday as it bore down on Caribbean islands still recovering from megastorm Irma.The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Maria was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kilometres per hour).Inching closer to the Leeward Islands, Dominica and St Lucia have already announced a close down of businesses, schools and other non-essential services, while in St Kitts/Nevis, banks have advised customers that they would be closing from midday.Hurricane warnings were issued for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique, St Lucia, and the US and British Virgin Islands. read more

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Where is Julian Assanges cat The internet wants answers right meow

first_imgNaturally, someone even started a new Twitter account for the cat. One of its first tweets plays off one of the oldest cat memes, writing, “I can haz extradition?”Originally published 10:03 a.m. PT.  The cat appears to have been just a kitten when Assange took it in, based on Instagram and Twitter photos. Its accounts began in May 2016. No new Instagram photos have been posted since March 2017, although the Twitter account was still retweeting in March 2018. During its time in the embassy, the cat played with celebrity visitors, including filmmaker Michael Moore, and did regular cat things, like hiding in a hat or slopping milk on the floor. Is Julian Assange’s cat going to be okay though?— Hannah Al-Othman (@HannahAlOthman) April 11, 2019 Online Post a comment Share your voice Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is in British custody after losing asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. But what about his cat?Assange wasn’t always alone in his embassy exile. For at least part of the seven years he was there, he had a feline friend who was featured on social media and had its own Instagram and Twitter accounts. Embassy Cat’s social media bios even got punny, stating, “I live in the Ecuadorian Embassy with Julian Assange. Interested in counter-purrveillance.” I’ll look forward to reading the Meowller Report. pic.twitter.com/FGFnkoDLMr— Laurie (@LaurieLovesIt) April 12, 2019 For the record: Julian Assange’s cat was reportedly given to a shelter by the Ecuadorian embassy ages ago, so don’t expect a feline extradition in the next few hours.(I genuinely offered to adopt it)— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) April 11, 2019 I wonder what will happen to James, Julian Assange’s cat, who also lived in Ecuador’s London embassy pic.twitter.com/YYOUZS9K1V— bianca bharti (@biancabharti) April 11, 2019 The Washington Post scratched into the cat’s current status and clawed up some conflicting reports. Former WikiLeaks staffer James Ball tweeted that the cat was reportedly given to a shelter. 0center_img But back in November, Hanna Jonasson of Assange’s legal team said the cat managed to avoid the shelter and was given to Assange’s family. And when Assange was taken into custody, some on social media worried about the cat. Stay tuned for the next exciting adventure of Toonces!😂✌️ pic.twitter.com/9VMnD8RMET— Slaur (@LaurelRamoser) April 12, 2019 Tags No cat! That’s a #flerken! 😳 pic.twitter.com/oY85hF9Yde— Scott Blade | Nomadvelist (@iamscottblade) April 12, 2019 It’s unclear if the cat had a name. In a 2017 profile in The New Yorker, Assange called it both “Michi” and “Cat-stro.” Online, many called it James. And some on the internet just had fun with the idea of a cat companion living in exile. “There’s ZERO chance Assange’s cat isn’t the head of WikiLeaks,” wrote one Twitter user. “Julian is the fall guy. This was always the plan.” .@DailyCaller researchers @amber_athey and @AryssaDamron with the scoop: There’s ZERO chance Assange’s cat isn’t the head of Wiki Leaks. Julian is the fall guy. This was always the plan. pic.twitter.com/FjvSEg8d2k— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) April 11, 2019 In the same document in which Ecuador threatened to hand Assange over for arrest, Ecuador also threatened to put Assange’s cat in the pound.Insensed at the threat, he asked his lawyers to take his cat to safety. The cat is with Assange’s family. They will be reunited in freedom. pic.twitter.com/W9FvDbvQgw— Hanna Jonasson (@AssangeLegal) November 27, 2018 Target Julian Assange Instagram Twitterlast_img read more

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Brutal rape on the rise

first_imgThe spectre of rape looms large in society, as recent times have seen an alarming rise in this heinous crime, both in number and in brutality. And gang rape has added to the fear.The perpetrators are brash and brutal, not fearing any form of punishment for the rape and gang-rape they commit. The gruesome rape and murder of a medical student inside a moving bus in Indian capital New Delhi in 2012, has apparently set of a series of copycat rapes within Bangladesh too.Zakia Sultana Rupa, a law student who recently joined a multinational company, was gang-raped and murdered in a running bus by the bus workers on the Tangail-Mymensingh highway on 25 August 2017. The incident shocked the whole nation, creating an outraged outcry at home and abroad.But this was not an isolated incident.At least 186 incidents of gang-rape took place from January to November 2017, according to the human and legal rights watchdog Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). Thirteen of the victims were reportedly killed or died of injuries and five committed suicide.ASK reported, as many as 749 women were raped and 39 were killed in 11 months of 2017, while 671 women were raped and 32 killed in 2016.“All sorts of repression in society has increased,” a senior official of ASK told Prothom Alo. ASK’s executive director Sheepa Hafiza said the culture of impunity is a prime reason behind the rise in such crimes.The most sickening part of the story is 63 of rape victims of 2017 were below 18 years, aged from 7 to 18.The number of child rape increased four times in the past five years – from 150 cases in 2013 to 501 cases in 10 months of 2017, according to Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF).The number of gang-rapes in 11 months of 2016 was nominally lower – 183.But, the number of murders after rape increased from 31 in 11 months of 2016 to 52 in 11 months of 2017, shows Mahila Parishad’s survey of newspaper reports.The number of cases filed in connection with such incidents rose to 123 in 2017 from 108 in 2016.Alarmingly, the victims were strangled to death, thrown out of running vehicles, hacked dead or cut into piecesRape cases proved to be not just a sexual and physical assault on woman but an attempt to inflict punishment on the victim.“We often forget an incident of rape after a few days. Most of the rapists eventually get off scot-free. This culture has expedited the rapes in every coming year,” said Ayesha Khanam, the chairman of Mahila Parishad.The rape of Sohagi Jahan Tonu in 2016 sparked widespread protest across the country, but with no results so far.An ethnic minority Garo girl was gang-raped on a running microbus by five youths in Kuril-Biswa road area in 2015. In 2013, another girl was raped by two bus staffers on the Dhaka-Aricha highway.However, the year 2017 showed the trends of rising brutality of rape including the rape of children.Three-year-old Tanha was lured with a chocolate and made victim of brutal sexual assault. A certain Shipon, whom she called uncle, raped her and then strangled her to death in Banani of Dhaka city in July.“Child rape is entirely a result of degradation in social values,” Ayesha Khanam said, concerning the rising number of child rapes.Sheepa Hafiza of ASK blamed the state for such crimes and said, “The state should take strong initiatives with zero tolerance for such violence.”Salma Ali of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association pointed out that there were innumerable incidents of rape, but only a few perpetrators were convicted.“Lengthy trial process and multiple adjournments hampers justice and emboldens the perpetrator,” the rights activist said, emphasising the need for reforms in the legal system and guidelines for state response to such crimes.Ayesha Khanam said, “As our existing rape law is not victim friendly, certain reforms should be made.” She stressed that the burden of proof should be on the perpetrator, not on the victim.last_img read more

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Texas May Offer Hints On Trump Effect In 2018 Midterms

first_img(AP Photo/Eric GaySigns mark a polling site as early voting begins, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in San Antonio. Early voting in Texas runs though March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Texas Democrats turned out in force ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday in what could be an early hint of a midterm election backlash against President Donald Trump, though their party remains a longshot to dent Republican political dominance of the state.Democratic early voting across Texas’ 15 most-populous counties more than doubled that of the last non-presidential cycle in 2014, while the number of Republican early ballots cast increased only slightly. Total Democratic early votes exceeded Republican ones roughly 465,000 to 420,000, though those figures combined accounted for less than 9 percent of the state’s total registered voters.“I would like to see a complete change in the top of the government,” said Bonnie Kobilansky, a 64-year-old nurse practitioner who voted Tuesday in the Democratic primary. “We have to get Trump out of office. This is the most scary time of my life, and I’ve lived a long time.”Still, Democrats haven’t won any of Texas’ 29 statewide offices since 1994, the nation’s longest losing streak. That’s expected to continue this cycle despite any possible “Trump effect” because Democrats fielded little-known candidates against top Republicans, such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, remains favored for re-election.Laura Smith, 60, casting a Republican ballot in Dallas, said: “I love President Trump. Absolutely love him.”“He has guts. He’s not afraid. He’s strong. He’s a leader,” said Smith, who works in a dentist’s office.A record six Texas Republicans and two Democrats are leaving Congress, meaning the state will be losing clout on key House committees. But none of those open seats are expected to flip. They’ve drawn so many hopefuls from each party, that most primary races won’t have anyone winning a majority of Tuesday’s votes, meaning runoff elections May 22 will determine who will be on November’s general election ballot.Democrats have a better shot in November of unseating three Republican congressional incumbents — Rep. Pete Sessions in Dallas, Rep. John Culberson of Houston and Rep. Will Hurd in a district stretching hundreds of miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Hillary Clinton beat Trump in all three districts in 2016, but Democratic primary runoffs may be necessary in all three races.Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a former punk rock guitarist, is one of the Democrats leaving his House seat and has launched a longshot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Neither O’Rourke nor Cruz has faced serious primary challengers, but the challenger has outraised Cruz and the incumbent has warned conservatives against complacency, suggesting that liberals will “crawl over broken glass in November to vote,” against Trump and the GOP.The Democrats have had their own internal strife in Texas over congressional hopeful Laura Moser, who moved from Washington to her native Houston to try and unseat Culberson. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, fearing Moser may be too liberal to win the general election, blistered her for comments from a 2014 Washingtonian magazine article in which Moser said she’d “rather have her teeth pulled out” than live in rural Paris, Texas.Moser kept things positive while campaigning in Houston on Tuesday, saying the strong Democratic turnout in early voting, “It’s amazing. And unlike anything I remember.”But Republican political consultant Derek Ryan noted that only about 3 percent of those casting ballots early in the Democratic primary were first-time voters, meaning most Texans participating “were probably voting Democrat in general elections in previous cycles.”“Three percent, that could make a difference in some smaller races, but in a statewide election I don’t think that’s enough to sway anything,” Ryan said. “Democrats are showing up in the primary election, does that mean more are going to show up in the general election?”A close Republican primary race Tuesday could be for land commissioner, where George P. Bush was the first member of his family to win his first election four years ago but drew an unlikely challenger in Jerry Patterson, a former Bush supporter who preceded him as land commissioner. Bush has been backed by Trump, but a loss would mean that no one from his family’s political dynasty would be in elected office.Another key contest is the Democratic gubernatorial primary, where the top two contenders in a crowded field are former Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez, backed by the party’s establishment, and Andrew White, who opposes abortion and whose father, Mark, was governor in the 1980s. Neither White nor Valdez may win a majority of Tuesday’s votes, though.Abbott has an eye-popping $43 million in campaign cash, tops among gubernatorial hopefuls nationwide, and isn’t expected to be seriously challenged by any Democrat. Instead, he’s focused on attempting to unseat members of his own party, endorsing the Republican primary challengers to three state House incumbents who backed past ethics reform measures that might have limited gubernatorial power. That includes state Rep. Sarah Davis, a suburban Houston Republican who supports abortion rights.Davis counters that her district’s residents “will not be told for whom to vote.” Sharelast_img read more

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DC Nonprofit Funds Prom Dresses for LowIncome Teens

first_imgGirls pick out prom dresses at the 2014 Dresses4Dreams Boutique.Family Matters of Greater Washington will host its fourth annual Dresses4Dreams benefit event 6-8 p.m. March 25 at the Dirty Martini on the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C.The networking reception, which will be hosted by Remy Martin and WPGC’s “Sunni and the City,” is used to help raise funds and collect new or gently used prom dresses for low-income teens in the District.Tonya Jackson Smallwood, Family Matters’ president and CEO, said the event was the brainchild of a long-time donor Richard Herman, who expressed his desire to help provide no cost or affordable dresses to teenage girls so they can attend their prom.Teenage shopper and former Ms. DC Teen contestant at 2014 Dresses4Dreams Boutique.“A prom dress represents beauty and elegance but more importantly a school prom represents a rite of passage, and a significant event before transitioning into the next phase of a teen’s life,” Smallwood told the AFRO. She added, “We believed this idea coincided with our organization’s mission ‘to create and deliver compassionate solutions that empower, enrich and elevate all ages.’”Three teenage girls selecting prom dresses.In the past three years, the initiative has netted over 300 donated dresses and a wide array of shoes and accessories, which helped over 100 teenage girls attend their prom and school pageants. But Smallwood said she would like to see the program’s reach extended.“This year, we would like to double our efforts in helping over 200 teenage girls attend their prom in self-confidence and style,” she told the AFRO. “Every year our financial donations for this cause have increased and we are accepting donations to obtain premiere items for this much needed cause.”Committee member Jessica Echols, left, and Family Matters President and CEO Tonya Smallwood at 2014 networking reception.Dresses 4Dreams boutique events will be held April 9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the 900 block of G Street, NW; and April 15 at the Family Matters office on the 1500 block of 16th Street, NW.Smallwood said there will also be additional surprises this year.“We are proud to announce that Walgreens will be sponsoring a raffle for free giveaways of manicures, gift bags and make-up applications.  Also, local professional hairstylists will be offering their services to teenage girls for the day of their prom,” Smallwood said.Each girl will be entered into a drawing when they attend a local boutique and they will be informed of their winnings.For more information about this year’s event, visit www.familymattersdc.org, or call (202) 289-1510.last_img read more

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Rockstar Announces Red Dead Redemption 2 Special and Ultimate Editions

first_img PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 is sure to be one of 2018’s biggest games. As such, it is getting a wide range of special edition variants, each with exclusive content. Today’s announcement lists what gamers can expect to find in each version.Everyone who pre-orders Red Dead Redemption 2 will get the War Horse and The Outlaw Survival Kit. Folks may remember the War Horse from the first game. The survival kit has items that replenish health, Dead Eye, and more. Those who pre-order digitally from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live get the two aforementioned items plus a Cash Bonus and Treasure Map. The extra cash is enough to buy a weapon, food, a handful of ammo, and more. The treasure map helps you locate in-game treasure early in the game. Both of these digital bonuses are for the story mode. The standard edition of the game costs $59.99.The Special Edition contains a great deal of content for story mode. This includes a Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout, the Dappled Black Thoroughbred, Talisman and Medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses and discounts, The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit, and free access to additional weapons like the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Lancaster Varmint Rifle. The Special Edition costs $79.99.AdChoices广告The Ultimate Edition has all of the story mode content from the Special Edition and extra bonuses for online. These include bonus outfits, the Black Chestnut Thoroughbred, free access to the survivor camp theme, free access to additional weapons, and rank bonuses which help players level up faster (up to rank 25). Expect the Ultimate Edition to run for $99.99.Then we have the Red Dead Redemption 2: Collector’s Box set. This edition is only available from select retailers and the Rockstar Warehouse. Featuring a thick gauged metal tithing box (with a lock and key), this edition contains a collectible Challenge Coin featuring the American Buffalo on one side and a scenic landscape on the other side, a 100-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle featuring a illustrated view of the port of Saint Denis on one side, and a Rockstar Games logo on the other, the “six shooter” bandana, a printed treasure map featuring some of the in-game hidden treasures, a pin set, playing cards, the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue, and a physical version of one of the 12 in-game Cigarette Cards. The Collector’s Box set costs $99.99. Oddly enough, it does not come with a copy of the game.Grand Theft Auto V players get some love too. All digital pre-orders of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PSN and XBL will instantly get extra GTA$ to their Maze Bank accounts in GTA Online. The Standard Edition Digital Pre-Order gets players $500,000, the Special Edition Digital nets $1,000,000, and the Ultimate Edition Digital Pre-Order nets $2,000,000.For more information, head on over to Rockstar’s website. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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REVIEW Chicago the Musical at the Phoenix Theatre London

first_imgChicago first hit the stage in 1975, becoming Broadway’s longest-running American musical in history. The West End revival ran for over a decade, winning much critical acclaim and becoming one of the best loved shows in town. After an almost 15-year absence from the district, the latest production has all of the reassuring hallmarks of a classic.Raunchy choreography, killer outfits and copious jazz hands with plenty of attitude mean that the new version directed by Walter Bobbie is a real crowd pleaser.Some of the most popular musical songs in all of history were out in full force. These included the much loved ‘Cell Block Tango’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘All That Jazz’; all sounded just as fresh and provocative as they always have.Adding to the Jazz Era atmosphere was the live jazz band, which remained on stage throughout the production as the drama unfolded. Avoiding over-production and over-complicated stage set changes, the talent of the musicians shone through.Focusing on the story of two Prohibition-era murderesses, many of the themes explored in Chicago are in many ways as relevant now as then. Fake news, an obsession with celebrity culture and murky underbelly of showbiz are just a few that resonate far beyond Jazz Age Illinois.   So much of what makes Chicago so compellingly watchable revolves around the cast and the newest incarnation of the production is no exception. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The hit musical, Chicago, returns to the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End after almost 15 years and the latest version packs a powerful theatrical punch. With a refreshed cast and plenty of razzle dazzle, the production showcases its enduring appeal once again. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Largest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Hungary Opera cancels Billy Elliot shows after anti-gay campaignREVIEW: Heathers the Musical is a murderous, camp romp that you can’t help but loveRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/review-chicago-the-musical-at-the-phoenix-theatre-london/ Emma Harris, Nicola Coates, Chelsea Labadini, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth and Frances Dee in Chicago | Photo: Tristram Kenton There were standout performances from Sarah Soetaert as lovable murderess Roxie Hart opposite Chicago veteran Josefina Gabrielle as the hardened Velma Kelly. Soetaert and Gabrielle’s portrayals of strong, feisty but flawed women doing whatever they could to survive the hangman’s noose were an absolute joy to watch. Often a rarity even in modern theatre, it was refreshing to watch a dramatic performance with two women centre-stage.Adding to the star quality of the cast is Academy Award winning Cuba Gooding Jr. Arriving on stage to loud applause, Gooding Jr most recently played OJ Simpson in the captivating The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. On this occasion though, Gooding Jr plays the defence counsel rather than the accused, bringing charisma and Hollywood glamor to the production. Charming and smooth-talking, Gooding Jr is well cast in the role of slippery lawyer, Billy Flynn despite a fairly average vocal performance during renditions of ‘All I Care About’.Other notable performances were from Paul Rider who plays Amos Hart, Roxie Hart’s pathetic husband who achieves redemption of sorts by the end. Ruthie Henshall also delivers a compelling portrayal of Matron ‘Madam’ Morton with a fine rendition of ‘When You’re Good to Mama’.For lovers of Chicago and those new to musical theatre alike, this Broadway and West End classic won’t disappoint. With plenty of sass, sex appeal and star quality, it’s a treat to have this excellent new production back in town.For more information about Chicago, visit phoenix.londontheatres.co.uk/chicago.Words: Cat RossidesPhotos: Tristram KentonGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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