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DWAYNE JOHNSON AND RYAN REYNOLDS SHOW OFF MATCHING CHEST TATTOOS

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twinsies! Ryan Reynolds is showing off his tattoo that matches Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Reynolds had a brief cameo in “Hobbs & Shaw” where he plays CIA agent Locke who worked with Johnson’s character, Hobbs. Locke is a big fan of Hobbs so he gets a matching chest tattoo.The Canadian actor shared a picture on Friday night from behind-the-scenes. “I can only imagine how upset I was to discover this,” he captioned the shot with the hashtag #Rebecca LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson (@therock/Instagram) Facebooklast_img

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Trump Trudeau raise NAFTA brinkmanship muse about walking away from deal

first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau raised their trade brinkmanship to a new level Wednesday with each saying they were willing to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement if they don’t get what they want.Trudeau started the day by branding Trump a rule breaker to argue in favour of keeping a mechanism to resolve trade disputes, while Trump hours later said Canada had more to lose than the United States if the two countries can’t make a deal to preserve the three country NAFTA.“That’s going to be fine for our country,” Trump said. “It won’t be fine for Canada.”The bombast of the two leaders contrasted with the insistence of negotiators that the mood inside the room was constructive as talks hit what is being described as an intense phase. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland went out of her way to praise her counterpart, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, saying he was acting with “good faith” and “good will.”“The atmosphere continues to be productive and constructive,” she said Wednesday evening, adding that both countries’ officials would continue negotiating late into the night.“We are making good progress. We continue to get a deeper and deeper understanding of the concerns on both sides.”Negotiations, now in their 13th month, are key to determining the economic and trade relationship among the three North American countries, with many workers’ and industries’ prospects hanging in the balance.At the same time, Trump needs a win on trade ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November that will test the president’s ability to keep control of Congress.“We’re not going to accept that we should have to sign a bad deal just because the president wants that,” Trudeau told Edmonton radio station CHED.Trudeau offered some of his sharpest criticism of the unpredictable American president, saying that Canada won’t give an inch to Trump’s desire to scrap NAFTA’s Chapter 19 dispute resolution panels. The chapter allows companies to have their differences settled by independent arbiters — something Trump views as an infringement of U.S. sovereignty.“We need to keep the Chapter 19 dispute resolution because that ensures that the rules are actually followed. And we know we have a president who doesn’t always follow the rules as they’re laid out,” Trudeau said.Freeland, when asked about the comments, said she didn’t want to negotiate in public, but added: “I agree with the prime minister in public all of the time, and in private 99.99 per cent of the time … He made some important comments.”The U.S. and Mexico reached a side deal last month, leaving Canada to negotiate separately with the U.S.Trump hinted there might be progress towards a deal with Canada.“I think we’ve come a long way toward them treating us fairly,” Trump said.But other issues have yet to be worked out, including Canada’s cultural exemption in NAFTA. Sources familiar with the Canadian bargaining position say the cultural exemption Canada has insisted on preserving since NAFTA talks reopened remains an 11th-hour sticking point.Part of the disagreement on culture revolves around Canada’s decision to allow the broadcast of glitzy American Super Bowl commercials, a decision that irks Lighthizer.His annual report on barriers to U.S. trade this year singled out the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s decision in 2015 to ban the long-time practice of Canadian advertisers inserting their ads into the Super Bowl broadcast over the more popular American ones.The new rules went into effect in time for the Super Bowl in February 2017.American networks worried that the CRTC’s decision reduced the value of Canadian programming because the amount they pay for Super Bowl rights is determined by how much advertising they can sell in Canada, Lighthizer’s report said.Lighthizer also said American broadcasters operating in border states have complained about Canadian counterparts picking up the U.S. signals and redistributing in Canada without consent. “The United States is exploring avenues to address these concerns,” Lighthizer wrote.Canada and the U.S. need to present an agreed-upon text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico. Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal with Mexico that excludes Canada.The goal of this week’s talks is to reach a deal by Dec. 1 so Congress can give its approval to a revised three-country NAFTA before Mexico’s new president takes office.Freeland wouldn’t guess how much more time negotiators will need to come to some agreement. She compared the trade negotiation to the advice a midwife gave her on giving birth: “You never knew for sure how many contractions it would take to give birth to your child but you knew that each contraction was one contraction closer to the end.“I think that’s where we are.”last_img read more

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US says Europe needs diversity from Russian energy supplies

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia.Perry said Tuesday in Hungary that Russia needs to be prevented from using “energy as a coercive weapon,” like when it sometimes temporarily cuts winter gas supplies affecting mostly eastern Europe.Perry also said the United States has “the perfect right” to maintain sanctions on Russia related to its annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.The U.S. has been pushing for Eastern European countries to use American deliveries of liquefied natural gas, but an LNG terminal planned in Croatia which could be used by Hungary has been long delayed.Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said gas is needed to operate industry and heat homes, not for political goodwill or plans.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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US construction spending grows 08 per cent in October to highest level

US construction spending grows 0.8 per cent in October to highest level in 4 years by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 2, 2013 8:08 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years, propelled by a surge in government projects. But spending on home construction and commercial projects both fell.Overall construction spending increased 0.8 per cent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $908.4 billion, the Labor Department said Monday. That’s up from September, when spending fell 0.3 per cent.The October pace was the best since May 2009 and was driven by a 3.9 per cent surge in public spending. Federal spending increased 10.9 per cent, suggesting the 16-day partial government shutdown had little impact on public projects.Spending on state and local government construction also rose.One troubling sign: Home construction fell 0.6 per cent in October from September, dragged lower by a drop in single-family homes.But spending on home construction has surged 17.8 per cent in the past 12 months, the fastest year-over-year pace since the peak of the 2008 financial crisis. And a recent jump in permits to build apartments indicates that will continue.Deutsche Bank chief U.S. economist Joseph Lavorgna said that spending on single-family houses should rebound given plans by homebuilders to ramp up construction.“The recent dip should reverse course given the ongoing improvement in permits for new construction,” Lavorgna said in a client note.Nonresidential spending fell 0.5 per cent in October from September, lowered by declines in the building of private power plants, communication facilities and amusement parks and recreation centres. Construction of office buildings, hotels and private schools all increased.The decline in home construction in October may prove temporary. Permits issued to build apartments increased in October at their fastest pace in more than five years. But permits for single-family home construction rose only slightly and were at the same pace as in May.Single-family houses make up roughly two-thirds of the residential construction market. The pace of homebuilding has rebounded from the depths of the recession. But sales of new single-family homes have grown more slowly, and higher mortgage rates could slow them further.Both the October and September figures were released Monday, after reporting was delayed due to shutdown in October. The government also said spending in August and July were less than initially reported.Mortgage rates are nearly a full percentage point higher than the spring. Rates rose in May when the Federal Reserve first signalled that it might slow its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases. But rates have moderated from recent highs after the Fed decided to keep its bond buying intact.The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.29 per cent, which is still close to historic lows.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to National Association of Home Builders. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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WWCH 2013 OPEN Serbia wins thriller against Japan

In the oppening match of the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia, home team had a lot of problems to beat highly motivated Japan 28:26 (10:13) at “Čair” hall in Niš in front of 4000 spectators. Japanese girls were in lead 8:3 in the first haldf, 17:13 in 36th minute, but Andrea Lekic (6) and her compatriots managed to break resistance of the rival…STATISTICS ← Previous Story Come to Dronninglund Cup 2014 in Denmark! Next Story → Milorad Krivokapic to Tatabanya!

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Firefox 18 gets a 20 percent JavaScript speed boost from IonMonkey

first_imgThe browser war is far from over, and Mozilla’s ready for the next round. The foundation’s developers have just finished bolting on the new IonMonkey JavaScript engine to Firefox 18, and it’s going to ensure that Mozilla’s browser keeps pace with the likes of Chrome and Internet Explorer 10.The big change IonMonkey brings to Firefox is the ability to optimize JavaScript code before it’s compiled into machine code. That additional step has led to a significant boost in JavaScript performance: Mozilla has seen V8 benchmarks jump by 20% and its own Kraken scores by 26% over the current stable version of Firefox. The Firefox team is far from finished, of course. In the coming months, developers plan to “hammer away” on getting those benchmark scores even higher — and, of course, improving performance in real-world applications.Apart from the impressive performance gains, Mozilla’s particularly proud of one other aspect of IonMonkey. Most of its core code is already cross-platform, meaning all the platforms Firefox runs on will be treated to the speed boost at the same time. That’s not always the case for new browser features — like Chrome’s Pepper Flash plug-in, for example. But instead of rolling out the IonMonkey engine to Windows users first — by far the biggest chunk of Firefox’s user base — every Mozillan is going to get it at the same time.So when exactly will that happen? Some time early in 2013. IonMonkey is now live in the nightly builds of Firefox, and that six-week release schedule assures that you’ll see the new JIT compiler move quickly to Aurora, Beta, and then to the stable builds of Firefox.More at Mozillalast_img read more

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Randy Orton not appearing at 1227 live event updated

first_img WhatsApp WWE Will Use Roman Reigns To Improve RAW`s Rotten Ratings Google+ Pinterest SPOILERS: 7/20 ROH TV tapings from Manhattan, New York (Low crowd, Tag Titles on the line) Facebook Former WWE Superstar Enzo Amore announces he is returning to the ring Is John Cena Retired? Update: Randy Orton ended up appearing near the close of the show doing a run in during the main event. So the announcement was a way to have fun with the fans.It was announced at the beginning of tonight’s 12/27 WWE live event in Uniondale, New York (Long Island) that Randy Orton would not be appearing. Orton made his return to WWE at a live event on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City against Kane. Mike Johnson is reporting that Orton was backstage today prior to the start of the event.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs John Cena Retired?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Becky Lynch Delighted Ronda Rousey Left WWE Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Impact and AAA announce partnership for Invading NY event on September 15 WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Now Playing Up Nextlast_img
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De Laurentiis is tired of racism in Italy

first_imgThe Napoli chairman believes that if the Italian Football Federation doesn’t fix the racism problems in the league, he will quit the competition.Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during the match against Internazionale Milan in the Italian Lega Serie A.And the Italian Football Federation, better known as the FIGC, did not take serious actions against those who insulted the Partenopei footballer.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Once again the system, understood as an organization, has shown that it does not know how to change, punishing the victim and not the executioner,” said Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli’s CEO, according to Calcio Mercato.“If we go on like this, football seriously risks imploding, hurting itself. I am ashamed to be part of this system from which I will be going out very quickly if the FIGC will not use drastic measures against racism.”“In this way, Koulibaly is even more humiliated by this affair. I’m offended for him. He was touched, moved, struck in his sensitivity, his and family. His exhibition capacity was exemplary, I’m sorry he did not have justice,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Government fixing error with proposed amendments to Natl Parks Ordinance

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:amendments, dema, dr. john claydon, national park ordinance, Silly Cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Dec 2015 – Possible changes to the National Park ordinance are nearing as the consultation draws to a close by mid-January and there is trending concern about some of the land currently in public custody; that it will soon become officially private and somewhat off limits to residents and visitors. Magnetic Media has learned that Silly Cay, which is located off of the southern side of Providenciales is a listed private island for sale; the problem for many in the TCI is they believe this cay which is said to still be home to endemic rock iguanas should remain within the protective custody of the National Parks system. The 11 acre cay in the waters of Silly Creek is online with an enticing advertisement saying it is a part of the phase three development of Silly Creek Estate and Marina Club and offers all water front lots. There is an online petition which continues to grow in a fight to stop the movement of this area and several others out of the National Park system. In a recent interview, DEMADirector, Dr. John Claydon explained that this will mean, if the proposed amendments go forward, that there can be resort or real estate development on Silly Cay for example. Upon some inquiries, Magnetic Media was reminded that the cay along with parcels of land lining Chalk Sound were sold while still a part of the National Park and this move for changes to the law is happening to right that wrong. Another social media campaign on Facebook has given viewers a chance to comment on the proposal; that one is organized by Daniel LeVin. The amendments to the ordinance can be found on DEMA’s website, where one can also give comment for TCIG to consider as the consultation deadline is January 16, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soon Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surgeslast_img read more

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Santiago Solari one of Lionel Messis biggest fans

first_imgLet’s recall the many words of praise that Real Madrid manager, Santiago Solari, has said about Lionel Messi in the past during his time as a columnist.The statement that Santiago Solari had before his first match as the Real Madrid manager about playing with ‘two balls’, is a rhetoric that moves past the actual personality Solari has shown throughout his career and his praise about Lionel Messi from years ago is what pictures the contrast of this.It’s safe to say that if Cristiano Ronaldo had decided to remain in the club this season, Santiago Solari wouldn’t have even been considered to replace Julen Lopetegui because of some publications he made in the past about his compatriot.Just like any sane Argentine would do, the new Real Madrid manager also fell under the Barcelona star’s spell back in the day with his unique goal-scoring capabilities.Back in the day, Santiago Solari was a very poetic writer for El Pais and his columns were amongst the most read pieces in Spain at the time.The former Real Madrid player is a very accomplished writer and he always had poignant opinions about Spanish football, but he had a very soft spot about Lionel Messi despite being a Barcelona player.Back then, Solari wasn’t thinking about his possible future in Real Madrid and just wrote what he felt about Lionel from his heart.”Cuando Messi recibe el balón, la tierra tiembla, el mundo está en silencio y los entrenadores se agachan”.– Solari, nuevo entrenador del Madrid. pic.twitter.com/4uMLrMX3LM— Lord (@Lordcruyff) October 29, 2018This very honest opinion was translated into one of the most poetic praise that Messi ever received during his career, it was during the most impressive year that Leo had back in 2012.That year was the era of both him and Ronaldo as usual, but also the time when Colombian Radamel Falcao was being mentioned in the same sentence alongside those two monsters.Just a few days into the month of December, Santi wrote a column to describe the former River Plate striker and the major credit he had as a striker who scored a lot of goals during such a golden era when Messi and Ronaldo dominated the world of football.But Messi being Messi, scored an unheard 91 goals during the 12 months of the year and everybody was obviously stunned by the achievement.During that year, the team you supported didn’t matter when you looked at Messi’s accomplishment, you could only take your hats off with such an amazing feat that no one had ever accomplished before.It was obvious that Santi was going to mention this record, but the way he did it was maybe a bit too much for some Madridistas back in the day.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Given how hardcore the rivalry between Leo and Cristiano was at the moment, we can easily assume that Ronaldo wouldn’t have liked Solari as his new manager.Solari escribió esto, en diciembre del 2012, en una columna de ‘El País’: “Cuando Messi recibe la pelota la tierra se sacude, todo el mundo hace el silencio y los entrenadores hunden la cabeza…”.Os dejo el link: https://t.co/o1AIfR6CFF— Marta Fernández (@Marta93FC) October 29, 2018The most interesting part of this column was that Solari barely mentions Ronaldo throughout the whole piece, even though the Portuguese forward had won La Liga from arguably the best Barcelona in football history.The whole article was mostly centered around Radamel, but the final paragraph was reserved for Messi’s unique talent that year.“Messi as a goal scorer, on the other hand, cannot be classified,” wrote Solari for El Pais.“Calling him a goal-scorer becomes intrinsical for Messi, in the same way that storms, a flash of lightning, or hurricane winds are atmospherical phenomena.”“Every time that Messi takes the ball the ground trembles, everybody goes silent and the opposition managers send their head between their shoulders before they take their hands to their pockets.”“Very much like the time when you see a lightning strike and you have no other choice but to wait for the thunder that follows it. The air also trembles for a few seconds and moments after, you can hear the goal,” he concluded.These words would’ve been the sole reason for Solari to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime, but the man was honest about his feelings like we all should be. Who could blame him for that? I know I couldn’t.Real Madrid caretaker coach, Solari, on Leo Messi as a newspaper columnist before joining Real Castilla as a coach:”Football is intrinsic to Messi in the same way that storms, lightning or hurricanes, are atmospheric phenomena.” pic.twitter.com/fXIqjtQXcZ— La Senyera (@LaSenyera) October 30, 2018What do you think about Santiago Solari’s words to describe Lionel Messi? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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New guidelines for online food biz to impact BigBasket Swiggy and Zomato

first_imgIn a major development that would directly impact online food and grocery players such like Grofers and BigBasket as well as food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued revised guidelines. FSSAI has said that it is increasing the scrutiny of e-commerce food companies to ensure the last-mile delivery and safety of food products.As per the norms, in the supply chain, food products offered for sale are liable to sampling. Moreover, for the better recognition of food by the customers, the companies will have to provide an indicative image of the food on their platform. The Economic Times reported that the companies will have to provide all the mandatory information as per the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act. The food delivery players will have to make sure that only fresh food is delivered to consumers.”With increasing use of e-commerce platforms by consumers, the guidelines are aimed at stepping up vigilance on the safety of food provided to consumers. These guidelines will help in building confidence in the e-commerce food business sector and increase its credibility,” FSSAI chief executive Pawan Agarwal said. Notably, the revised guidelines are part of directives issued by the regulator to re-operationalise licensing and registration of e-commerce food companies.Industry welcomes moveThe food delivery industry has welcomed the move by the food regulator, saying that they will comply with all the regulatory guideline issued by FSSAI.Online grocery startup Grofers’ chief executive Albinder Dhindsa urged the FSSAI to enforce these guidelines on the merchant partners. “While we are compliant with all regulatory guidelines such as last-mile delivery and shelf life, we also ensure that our merchant partners follow the same. We don’t work with merchants who don’t have the necessary compliance. That is a challenge that the regulator has to enforce,” he said. The guidelines have said that before the expiry time of the delivery, food should have a remaining shelf life of 30% or 45 days.last_img read more

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Arun Jaitley unlikely to remain finance minister in PM Modis new term

first_img TINA syndrome in play as Modi wave sweeps India; ‘There Is No Alternative’ to BJP IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:04Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Finance Ministry Arun JaitleyIANSFinance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to continue in his current role due to poor health as Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.The sources said that Jaitley, 66, is unlikely to take up any offer to continue in the top job steering Asia’s third-largest economy as his health has deteriorated over the past few months.Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept the Indian general election with a historic mandate of about 300 out of 542 parliamentary seats that were contested, results announced by the Election Commission of India on May 23 showed.”He is definitely not taking the post of the finance minister simply because he is very unwell,” one of the sources, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.”If at all, he might take up a less stressful role.”Jaitley did not return messages. His mobile phone didn’t ring.His officer on special duty, Paras Sankhla, did not respond to calls, mail and messages. Jaitley’s personal secretary S.D. Ranakoti and assistant secretary Padam Singh Jamwal did not immediately respond to an email.Jaitley, who is one of the top three leaders in the BJP and the government, after Modi and party President Amit Shah, was not seen at the celebrations at BJP headquarters on Thursday night. Both Modi and Shah gave victory speeches at the event.He has not been seen in public for at least two weeks but has been publishing blogs and messages on social media.CHIEF TROUBLESHOOTER REUTERS/Anindito MukherjeeIn his latest message on social media, Jaitley congratulated Prime Minister Modi and all the workers of the BJP and its allies on the victory.”Aspirational India does not accept royalties, dynasties and caste-based parties,” he said in an apparent swipe at the opposition Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi, the fourth scion of the Gandhi family.Jaitley, a lawyer-turned-politician, is one of the most important leaders in the current cabinet. He often acts as chief troubleshooter.In the past five years, Jaitley has steered through parliament major economic legislation such as a nationwide goods and services tax – which had languished for nearly two decades – and has defended controversial policies for the government.Modi had given him the responsibility of three ministries when he first took office in 2014, finance, defence and information and broadcasting ministries.A diabetic, Jaitley’s health issues became worse after he had a kidney transplant in May last year. He also had to skip the interim budget in February when he was in hospital in the United States getting cancer treatment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah wave at party workers during a party programme in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.IANSShah, Modi’s right hand man, could be a candidate to take up the finance ministry, according to a senior minister in the current government, who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.India’s economy is showing major signs of a slowdown after three consecutive years of 7% plus growth rates and the next finance minister is expected to seek to provide some economic stimulus without blowing the lid off the nation’s fiscal deficit.Piyush Goyal, 54, current railways and coal minister, also could be considered given that he stepped into the role twice in the Modi government between 2014 and 2019 when Jaitley was out sick.last_img read more

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French minister to be questioned over Macron bodyguard controversy

first_imgFrench interior minister Gerard Collomb talks with journalists surrounded by residents during a visit to the Cite de la Castellane housing complex as part of a trip on day-to-day security in Marseille, France on 5 July 2018. Photo: ReutersFrench interior minister Gerard Collomb will be questioned by lawmakers next week as the government faces mounting criticism of the way it disciplined president Emmanuel Macron’s top bodyguard who was filmed beating a protester on May Day.Collomb will be questioned by members of the lower house on Monday and by the Senate on Tuesday.Alexandre Benalla, long a fixture at Macron’s side, was taken into custody for police questioning on Friday, after an amateur video was released showing him at the 1 May protests in Paris wearing a riot helmet and police tags while off duty.Benalla had initially been suspended for 15 days and allowed to return to work. Under pressure, the French presidency said on Friday it had decided to begin dismissal procedures.Lawmakers have launched a parliamentary inquiry into the incident itself, the initial punishment and the failure of the authorities to report Benalla promptly to the judiciary. The Paris prosecutor has also opened a preliminary investigation.In the footage, which was released on Wednesday by Le Monde newspaper, Benalla can be seen dragging a woman away from a protest and later beating a male demonstrator. On Friday, French media released a second video which showed Benalla also manhandling the woman.Another man who appears with him in an amateur video was also taken in custody.Three other police officers were also suspended on Friday, including two suspected of passing footage of the events to Benalla earlier this week, and were taken into custody.Critics of Macron have called the president’s delayed response a characteristic sign that he is out of touch.last_img read more

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Officials Recent Flooding Damaged Or Destroyed 880 Homes In Montgomery County

first_img Share Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured flood-damaged homes in Montgomery County on Monday. “Given the extent of the damage from May’s floods, I am very hopeful that the federal government moves quickly to support a disaster declaration for the county,” Montgomery County Judge Doyal said in an email.Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management said on Monday a record total of 880 homes, including 20 businesses, have been reported damaged or destroyed in the recent flooding.Between May 26 – June 6, portions of Montgomery County received as much as 20 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.County Judge Craig Doyal signed a disaster declaration for Montgomery County on Friday, May 27th, 2016. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state declaration the following Wednesday. last_img read more

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Football Places Four Players on the ACC AllAcademic Squad

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Four members of the 2018 University of Louisville football team have been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic squad, the league office announced Wednesday.All four honorees were starters for the Cardinals last season.Wide receiver Seth Dawkins and punter Mason King, who both earned accolades in 2017, are two-time selections, while linebacker C.J. Avery and cornerback Cornelius Sturghill were named for the first time in their careers.Dawkins, a sports administration major, appeared in 10 games last year, closing the season with 25 receptions for 329 yards and one score. He caught a season high five passes for 49 yards and his lone touchdown versus Wake Forest.A native of Louisville, Kentucky, King graduated last fall with a degree in communications. Finishing ninth in the ACC in punting, King averaged 40.6 yards per punt and placed 19 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He ranks in the top 10 on the school’s all-time list for career punts and yards.A first-time starter, Avery earned academic accolades as a sports administration major. The Grenada, Mississippi, native was second on the team in tackles last with 56, including a career high 15 in a loss to Boston College.Sturghill – a 2017 spring graduate – is in graduate school, working toward his MBA. A starter in 11 games, the Memphis, Tennessee, native finished the season with a career best 32 tackles and one interception.Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.All 14 ACC Football member institutions were represented on the team. Duke led all schools with 12 selections, followed by Georgia Tech (8), Clemson (7), Pitt (6), Syracuse (6), Virginia (6), NC State (5), Boston College (4), Louisville (4), Wake Forest (4), Miami (3), Virginia Tech (2), Florida State (2), and North Carolina (1).The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football Team every year since 1954. The team was chosen from a pool of ACC football student-athletes who were nominated by their schools.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Researchers find a way to improve FELs approach used to study Photosystem

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find a way to improve FELs approach used to study Photosystem II in plants (2014, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-fels-approach-photosystem-ii.html Diffraction experiment using the XFEL beam at SACLA. Credit: Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13991 Scientists have been studying plants for quite some time trying to understand how photosynthesis works, and while they have made a great deal of progress, there are still some parts that aren’t completely understood, one of those is Photosystem II, the initial reaction in photosynthesis, where a plant uses energy from light to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen atoms. The problem lies in catching the plant mechanism in action and taking a picture of it. Scientists have used lasers in the past, but that causes damage to the plant parts being studied. More recently, X-ray free electron lasers (FELs) have been developed that allow for a technique called serial femtosecond crystallography—where a sample is exposed to a small X-ray pulse, over and over, resulting in the creation of an image that can be used for study. But, it still doesn’t allow for the high resolution (because of diffraction issues) scientists really want. In this new effort, the researchers have taken the FELs approach a step further and in so doing have come up with a way to create the high resolution images scientists have been hoping for.The team brought with them expertise in dehydration techniques that allow for slow, controlled large crystal growth—adding such a process to the FELs approach allowed for creating very high resolution images of Photosystem II (in its dark resting state) for the first time. Schlichting notes that because the team used large crystals, the technique also allows for using more than one diffraction pattern by moving the sample around, thus giving researchers more views.In addition to helping to learn more about how plants use the sun’s energy to perform photosynthesis, scientists may be able to use the new technique to develop better man-made versions of the OEC to hopefully offer a new type of solar cell that will finally get us off burning fossil fuels. More information: Native structure of photosystem II at 1.95 Å resolution viewed by femtosecond X-ray pulses, Nature (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13991AbstractPhotosynthesis converts light energy into biologically useful chemical energy vital to life on Earth. The initial reaction of photosynthesis takes place in photosystem II (PSII), a 700-kilodalton homodimeric membrane protein complex that catalyses photo-oxidation of water into dioxygen through an S-state cycle of the oxygen evolving complex (OEC). The structure of PSII has been solved by X-ray diffraction (XRD) at 1.9 ångström resolution, which revealed that the OEC is a Mn4CaO5-cluster coordinated by a well defined protein environment1. However, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) studies showed that the manganese cations in the OEC are easily reduced by X-ray irradiation2, and slight differences were found in the Mn–Mn distances determined by XRD1, EXAFS and theoretical studies. Here we report a ‘radiation-damage-free’ structure of PSII from Thermosynechococcus vulcanus in the S1 state at a resolution of 1.95 ångströms using femtosecond X-ray pulses of the SPring-8 ångström compact free-electron laser (SACLA) and hundreds of large, highly isomorphous PSII crystals. Compared with the structure from XRD, the OEC in the X-ray free electron laser structure has Mn–Mn distances that are shorter by 0.1–0.2 ångströms. The valences of each manganese atom were tentatively assigned as Mn1D(III), Mn2C(IV), Mn3B(IV) and Mn4A(III), based on the average Mn–ligand distances and analysis of the Jahn–Teller axis on Mn(III). One of the oxo-bridged oxygens, O5, has significantly longer distances to Mn than do the other oxo-oxygen atoms, suggesting that O5 is a hydroxide ion instead of a normal oxygen dianion and therefore may serve as one of the substrate oxygen atoms. These findings provide a structural basis for the mechanism of oxygen evolution, and we expect that this structure will provide a blueprint for the design of artificial catalysts for water oxidation.center_img Journal information: Nature A team of researchers in Japan has developed a technique for improving the free electron lasers (FELs) approach to studying Photosystem II that allows for creating high-resolution images of the oxygen evolving complex (OEC) in plants. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their new technique and how their work might lead to a better understanding of the entire photosynthesis process. Ilme Schlichting, of the Max Planck Institute offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. New technique facilitates analysis of biomolecules in a near-natural state Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Recap Delays on A500 after accident involving car and van

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes center_img There have been delays on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent this morning following a collision involving a van and a lorry. One lane was closed after the accident took on the southbound carriageway near the A52 City Road Interchange (Stoke/Fenton) – with one lane shut and congestion building as a result. Police and Highways England Traffic Officers were sent to the scene of the accident, which took place at around 7.20am today (Friday July 12).  Congestion was reported back to Longport and Kidsgrove – with the lane closed for around an hour before reopening shortly before 8.30am. A Highways England spokesman confirmed the lane had now reopened. West Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they have not attended the accident. There was also a broken down lorry further down between City Road and Whieldon Road. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.08:26Lane now reopenedHighways England are reporting the lane has now reopened.08:24No one believed to be seriously injuredWest Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they have not attended the accident.08:21Latest from Inrix One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry involved on A500 D Road Southbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Kidsgrove Turn Off. Travel time is 25 minutes.Lane one (of two) closed, There is also a broken down lorry further south. 07:59Location of the accidentThe reported location of the accident this morning (Image: Inrix)07:53Unconfirmed reports ‘lorry’ in collision is bin lorryEyewitnesses report the lorry in the accident is a bin lorry. 07:52Travel time of 25 minutes against expected trafficWe’re getting reports of 25 minute delays against expected travel time due to the collision on the A500 this morning.07:50Congestion now reported back towards Kidsgrove Turn-OffInrix, the traffic data company, are now reporting congestion back to Kidsgrove Turn-Off.07:48A broken down lorry is also adding to delaysThere is also a broken down lorry further down between City Road and Whieldon Road. A Highways England spokesman said:Lane 1 is blocked on the A500 between City Road and Whieldon Road due to a broken down Hgv. Traffic Officers are en route & recovery, congestion building. “last_img read more

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