Bajaj Pulsar 200NS launched

first_imgShowcasing another leap in technology , Bajaj Auto on Monday unveiled a new motorcycle model – Pulsar 200NS – which will be commercially launched in the beginning of the next fiscal.The new Pulsar has a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.”The new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001,” the company said in a statement.”The Pulsar 200NS showcases the next leap in technology and design and will set the standard for others to follow. We believe that 2012-13 will be an exciting period where Bajaj Auto will excite customers both here and abroad,” said K. Srinivas, president-motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

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New Zealand Start Strongly In Open Divisions

first_imgAustralia has started its first day of the Open’s Trans Tasman Series with one win and two losses. The Mixed Open division saw New Zealand come from behind in the early stages to claim game one by two touchdowns, 10-8.The Australian Women’s Open team impressed in game one, taking a 6-3 win over New Zealand. The Men’s Open game was intense, with defence playing a massive part in the game early, with the teams going to the break at 2-all. Australia hit the lead for the first time in the game late in the second half, before the game was forced to a drop-off and New Zealand ran away with a 6-5 win. Stay tuned to the website for the full match reports and to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights.   Mixed OpenThe Mixed match started at break-neck speed with both teams playing with energy and commitment. New Zealand was first to create an opportunity but Heneti Davis was shutdown out wide. Australia’s Patricia Michaelopoulos had an easier path created for her on the opposing wing and crossed to put the visitors up 1-0.The lead didn’t last long, NZ’s Tiakina Manga found space in the middle of the field and dived over to lock the scores up. Rohit Prasad was the main man for Australia and had his hand in numerous plays, including a fine touchdown centre field to give his team the lead.While Prasad was leading from the front for Australia, Phoenix Hunapo was equally dangerous for New Zealand and always looked threatening close to the line with balls in hand.Australia’s Cameron Nicholls also crossed to create a buffer but they couldn’t hold onto that advantage as Mark Hodgson found his way over in New Zealand’s next set.Prasad scored twice more in the half while New Zealand’s Davis and Bruce Kake kept them in the hunt with touchdowns. With minutes to go Kristy Brennan scored for Australia to give them a 4-6 lead with only two minutes to go in the half.New Zealand’s captain Tabitha McKenzie then stepped up and had a hand in two massive plays for the home team. Her back-to-back Touchdowns tied the game at 6-6 as the half-time hooter blew.Drafted into the team at the 11th hour, the spotlight then focused on Shaq Stone. In five minutes of dynamic creative play, he turned the game on its head; scoring three times, getting the crowd on its feet and giving New Zealand the momentum. After trailing for most of the match they didn’t let the opportunity slip.Australia kept on coming and the teams traded touchdowns but the Shaq attack was too much and New Zealand prevailed 10-8.Women’s Open Australia was on the scoreboard early when Marikki Watego scored on the wing for Australia in the sixth minute to give her side a one touchdown advantage, 1-0. It wasn’t until the 16th minute that the next touchdown was scored, when Australia’s Leah Percy set up Kirsty Quince to score in the 16th minute, giving Australia a two touchdown lead, 2-0. New Zealand were determined to make the scoreboard by half-time and it was Niall Williams who did so, diving for the line and rolling over to bridge the gap to one touchdown, 2-1, which remained the score at the half-time break. Australia didn’t waste any opportunities early in the second half, with Ash Quinlan scoring in the opening set of the half to take a 3-1 lead. When Quince got her second touchdown of the match five minutes in the Aussies had a three touchdown lead and when Quinlan set up her captain Louise Winchester two minutes later the Australians had a handy 5-1 lead. New Zealand’s Kristina Sue got her side back in the game six minutes later when she score a touchdown to bring the score to 5-2. Australia weren’t finished yet, with Watego scoring her second touchdown of the game to extend her side’s lead to four with six minutes remaining. New Zealand’s Coral Winiata scored with five minutes to go for New Zealand, with the game finishing with a three touchdown advantage to Australia, 6-3. Men’s Open The Main Event of the fourth day of the Super Trans Tasman Series certainly lived up to its billing. In the Black corner stood New Zealand, who had lost 3-0 in the 2012 series and were under the pump. In the green and gold corner, Australia, featuring the world’s best player in Dylan Hennessey and the knowledge that they’d had the better of their opponent in their most recent encounters.The match started with both teams playing error free Touch and with solid defence. It took 10 minutes for the scorers to be bothered but it was worth the wait; Dean Williams produced an acrobatic dive and slide to put New Zealand up 1-0.After some sustained pressure Matt Prowse then crossed for Australia before Tivoli Guthrie put New Zealand back in the lead and the always-dangerous Willie Bishop levelled things up again. The score was 2-2 at half-time and it was anyone’s game.Maurice Stone got things rolling in the second half, splitting the Austrian defend with a slight of hand and going over untouched. Australia hit back through Stuart Brierty and then it was Bishop again and a 4-3 lead.After crossing and being denied twice earlier in the game, Ed Burrell got a touchdown when it mattered most to draw the game level again.Hennessey then produced some magic in the middle to give Australia the advantage and what looked like a decisive one.As the clock ticked down NZ’s Tama Guthrie produced his patented sliding dive and managed to lock the scores at 5-all regular time elapsed. A drop off beckoned.With the home crowd behind them and on their feet, Ruamai Erueti seized the opportunity and dived over during New Zealand’s first set. Australia couldn’t reply at the other end of the field and the win was the kiwis. Thankfully it won’t be long to wait for the next match.To view highlights from the Open games on day four of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, please click on the link below to be taken to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel.Related LinksNZ Start Stronglast_img read more

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18 days agoVan Dijk stresses Liverpool not thinking about gap to Man City

first_imgVan Dijk stresses Liverpool not thinking about gap to Man Cityby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVirgil van Dijk insists Liverpool are paying no attention to their lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race. The Reds moved eight points clear at the top after they beat Leicester City and City lost to Wolves over the weekend.”So far we have been getting the points,” he told Sky Sports.”There is always room for improvement in our game. And I think we should just focus on all the games ahead of us and don’t look at any gaps or points or difference between us and the others, including City.”There are a lot of busy periods coming up as well with December and January and anything can happen still.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Virgin Voyages Orders Another Ship from Fincantieri

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has signed a contract to build a fourth cruise ship for the cruise ship company Virgin Voyages.Under the contract, which is valued at around EUR 700 million, the new vessel is scheduled for delivered at the end of 2023.The new vessel will be a sistership of the three ships already on order with Fincantieri. Construction is underway at the Sestri Ponente shipyard (Genoa) and the first three ships will enter Virgin Voyage’s fleet in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively.The fourth vessel will be around 110,000 gross tons, 278 meters long and 38 meters wide. The ship will feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,100 crew members on board.last_img read more

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Priyanka, Nick on Met Gala host committee

first_imgLos Angeles: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas will be a part of this year’s Met Gala Host Committee, the actor has revealed. The couple, who first posed for the shutterbugs on the 2017 Met Gala red carpet in Ralph Lauren designs before tying the knot last December, feature in the list presided over by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Chopra took to Instagram to share the news. “From walking the prestigious carpet for the first time, to meeting my husband and many friends for life… Nick and I are honoured to be on the Benefit Committee for this year’s Met Gala. Looking forward to the first Monday in May,” the actor wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaChopra and Jonas will be joined by other high-profile names in the committee including Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Lena Waithe, Katy Perry and Jared Leto. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wintour is co-chairing the gala with Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and exhibit sponsor Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. With 183 people from different walks of life actors comprise the largest group with 48 per cent attending the gala. Organised by Metropolitan Museum of Art, the gala is scheduled to be held on May 6 in New York.last_img read more

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Bulls Halt Heats Historic Winning Streak at 27

Leave it to LeBron James to put into proper perspective the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak–the second-longest in NBA history–that ended Wednesday night in Chicago.“We haven’t had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did,” James said. “We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that.”The Bulls, playing without Joakim Noah (and, of course, point guard Derrick Rose), performed with a purpose usually reserved for playoff games in their 101-97 victory. More than once they corralled James on one of his patented power drives, sending him to the foul line instead of allowing a dunk.James admitted to being frustrated at the physicality. Kirk Hindrich virtually tackled him in the first quarter and Taj Gibson’s forceful defense seemed to make contact around James’ neck in the fourth period. It was that play that set off James, who, in a rare display of aggravation, was assessed a flagrant foul for ramming into Carlos Boozer as he set a screen.“Those are not basketball plays and it’s been happening all year,” James said. “I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell (coach Erik Spoelstra), ‘Let’s not worry about it too much,’ but it is getting to me a little bit.”Coming up a little bit short of 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ league-record of 33 straight victories was disappointing for the Heat. But the magnitude of the run was not lost on them.The had not lost a game since February 1.“It’s one of the best that this league has ever seen,” James said. “We recognized that and rightfully so.”Chicago had to play spectacular basketball to end Miami’s run. Luol Deng ha 28 points and Boozer added 21 and 17 rebounds to offset James’ 32 points and the specter of another late Miami comeback. The Heat overcame seven double-digit deficits during the streak, including a 27-point hole against James’ old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.“We understand, probably more so later on in our careers, the significance of that. And then that was it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We took that moment to acknowledge it, to acknowledge each other, that experience, but it was never about the streak. We have a bigger goal, but also right now, it’s about ‘Are we getting better?’ “ read more

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Womens Hockey Lone overtime goal ends Ohio States title hopes in 10

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) prepares for a shot in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team’s improbable season came to a close Friday night when it fell 1-0 to the defending NCAA champions, top-seeded Clarkson, in sudden death overtime in the semifinals of the Frozen Four. The Buckeyes and the Knights entered the tournament as the top teams from their respective conferences. It was the first time in program history the Buckeyes appeared in the Frozen Four and the third consecutive appearance for the Knights. Ohio State and Clarkson headed into overtime after three scoreless periods despite 63 combined shots.Clarkson broke the scoreless tie and advanced to the national championship game when  freshman forward Loren Gabel scored the game’s only goal 16:12 into overtime. Clarkson freshman forward Elizabeth Giguere and sophomore forward Michaela Pejzlova were credited with assists. Although the game was scoreless until overtime, excitement struck in the second period when a Buckeye puck shot by redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne passed Clarkson senior goaltender Shea Tiley. But the Ohio State goal was negated due to a penalty. The Buckeyes outshot Clarkson with 41 shots on net, but Tiley saved every shot. Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve saved 33 of the 34 shots that came her way. The winner of the second semifinal game between Colgate and Wisconsin will take on Clarkson for the NCAA championship on Sunday. read more

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Spurs reach Wembley agreement with UEFA

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with UEFA to have their first Champions League home game at the Wembley StadiumConstruction delays have caused the grand opening of Spurs’ new 62,000-capacity “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium” to be delayed.The Lilywhites have since managed to reschedule their home Premier League games against Liverpool and Cardiff City back to last season’s home ground at Wembley.Now progress has been made on the Champions League home fixtures.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“We have agreed with UEFA that the first home matchday of this season’s Champions League group stage, scheduled on either matchday one (week commencing 17 September) or matchday two (week commencing 1 October), will be staged at Wembley Stadium,” read a statement.Talks remain ongoing for the venue of the club’s remaining home games in the group stages of the Champions League.Meanwhile, Spurs will now apply for permission to host next month’s EFL Cup third-round tie at a neutral venue or to change the fixture to an away game due to Wembley being in use during that week.last_img read more

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Solskjaer named Premier League Manager of the Month

first_imgManchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for January.Solskjaer equally became the first United manager to receive the award since Sir Alex Ferguson in October 2012 – when they last won the Premier League.Another W for Ole Gunnar SolskjaerYour @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Month for January#PLAwards pic.twitter.com/8Joh22m6tI— Premier League (@premierleague) February 8, 2019United made a clean sweep of victories in January against Newcastle, Tottenham, and Brighton apart from the Burnley draw, the only stalemate since the Norwegian took over as caretaker boss.Solskjaer, who masterminded the three successive wins in December, has taken United to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Fulham.Asked at his Friday news conference about his impressive start at United, Solskjaer disclosed to Sky Sports: “It’s been a great achievement.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The team deserves every single bit of credit – they’ve done it.“But I don’t look back at being proud of this and proud of that, I’ve never been that way, I’ve always looked forward and not sat down before a chapter is finished.“I reflect, but I’ve never [pat myself on the back] and said, ‘Well done’, maybe I should do more often. But that’s just me.”The former United striker is heavily tipped to take over as the manager on a permanent basis and that could be sealed earlier if guides United to the Champions League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League manager of the month for January.He becomes the first United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired to win it.Ole’s at the wheel! 🇾🇪👏🏼 #mufc pic.twitter.com/SuEsYa89EX— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 8, 2019last_img read more

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Online Display Advertising Will be No Ones Salvation

first_imgGriffin: This crushing economic downturn has created some cultural factors in our favor. People are turning inward and our brands are well positioned to speak to women about food, health, family, relationships, etc.  We generate well over half of our advertising revenue through group and corporate sales units—one is Meredith 360, one is Meredith Corporate Sales, another is the direct response and travel group. The portfolio hangs together—when we go into a call on a client or agency, we’re not offering a men’s title and a fishing enthusiast mag, all of our magazines hang together. They serve a common purpose, which is speaking to adult American women. We’re not the biggest magazine publisher but we’re the biggest in our segment. When we go into big companies like Procter and Kraft, we’re the biggest player in terms of audience they want to reach and we can help them do it in any way they want.We took a huge amount of market share in calendar year 2009—four points of share in our competitive set. We did it not at the expense of pricing, which has been flat to down a little bit. We get accused by some of our competitors of dropping our drawers but that’s one of the times when being a public company is good because it’s out there for all to see and that’s not the case. Our strength built throughout the year. Look at Better Homes and Gardens—it was up 40 percent in December.FOLIO: What is the outlook for print magazines in 2010? Griffin: We’re not seeing a big uptick but we are seeing some signs of life. The first calendar quarter of 2010 won’t be up but it won’t be down a lot—close to flat. It looks more promising after that. I think 2010 will be a year of modest uptick—but remember, that’s coming off a year of really low base. I felt like we were finding the bottom in September and our second half of 2009 was very strong.FOLIO: Print sales are becoming much more transactional and formulaic. How does that affect you? Griffin: If you go back to 2006, we had done our own research and we could see it coming. Media agencies are under more pressure, their clients want to pay less and the process of purchasing print advertising is becoming highly transactional and highly commoditized. In 2006, we did something that’s served us tremendously well by creating two big units—Meredith Corporate Sales and Meredith 360. Meredith 360 is a media neutral, idea-based solutions unit. They deal heavily with clients and they start with blank sheet of paper. Meredith Corporate Sales does big deals, and serves more on the side of capturing existing demand whereas Meredith 360 is a demand creator. Meredith 360 is going after engaging clients on big ideas, budgets that aren’t about print, and corporate sales is designed to obtain from Meredith largest possible share that are on the table. That dual strategy has been at the center of advertising success we’ve had.FOLIO: Online advertising revenues in Meredith’s interactive media operations fell 6 percent in the first fiscal quarter due to the slowdown in demand. In the second quarter, they bounced back by 14 percent. How is digital media performing for Meredith and do you have concerns about digital not growing fast enough or even stagnating? Griffin: The numbers I was looking at the other day show that in calendar year 2009, display Internet ads were down for the first time, about 5 percent. I’m on the board of the Internet Advertising Bureau and that matches the data I see there. From an online display advertising standpoint, 2009 was tough. We showed display advertising growth in the second half of calendar year 2009 but the first half was more difficult. At the same time, there’s no getting around that display advertising on the Internet is going to be no one’s salvation. There’s not enough of it while the inventory is infinite. There is a tremendous imbalance of supply and demand. In 2010, supply will grow modestly again but inventory is growing at such a clip that the circle can’t get squared. We are not endeavoring to build our digital future on the back of display advertising. Some of the numbers I’ve seen on display advertising indicate that something like 95 percent of the dollars go to the top 50 players in terms of uniques, and 75 percent goes to the top four. Everybody else is left with table scraps. It’s really hard to be a traditional media company and say you’re going to be a scale leader when you’re competing with the likes of Glam and Yahoo. You have to pick a different path. The path we’ve picked is high quality, branded content in affinity groups that pertain to our subject areas of expertise: Fitness, parenting, home, food. And we invest in the content creation and delivery and that’s both text and video, and in aligning our Web properties with our offline brands.FOLIO: Operating profit for the National Media Group jumped nearly 23 percent to $70 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Operating expenses dropped 10 percent in the second fiscal quarter, including a 15 percent drop in paper prices, which suggests Meredith’s partnership with Time Inc. to offer joint paper proposals were a success. But Meredith has also done a lot of cost-cutting with personnel, including most recently about 45 jobs from the Special Interest Media group. Beyond personnel, how is Meredith improving processes efficiencies and operating profits?  Griffin: We’ve been underway for a year with a 10-point re-engineering plan inside the business. We’ve made process improvements and internal realignments. We’ve done a tremendous amount of process improvement with our vendors and we’ve been able to do it very quietly. We’re a year into the plan and we’ve had one of big management consulting companies helping us but you haven’t been reading about it. It’s essential to continue to run without a lot of drama. We’ve done a tremendous amount on the cost side and re-engineering of processes and remedying of underperforming businesses. Meredith Corp. was one of the few bright spots for publishing media in 2009 (Ad Age named Meredith its “A-List Publishing Company of the Year”). For Meredith’s National Media Group, which includes magazine publishing but also its integrated marketing, brand licensing and database businesses, the past year has been a tale of sliding (but stabilizing revenue) and increasing operating profits.With the first half of fiscal 2010 under his belt, National Media Group president Jack Griffin [pictured] spoke to FOLIO: about how the group has managed to see growth in print, how it’s dealing with the plateau in Internet display advertising and how the group is boosting profits and efficiencies beyond job cuts.  FOLIO: While advertising revenue is down 3.4 percent to $255 million for the National Media Group in the first fiscal half of 2010, Meredith has several of the 18 national magazines tracked by PIB that grew in ad pages in 2009, including Fitness, More, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens. How have you managed to grow pages in these magazines?last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS More Mosquitos Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A second positive mosquito pool for West Nile Virus has been found in the Nunn Road (off Adams Street) wetland area. Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control will conduct additional spraying tonight (August 29) and tomorrow night (August 30).West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”) are viruses that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis. They are spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. With the cooler weather the mosquito population will start to decline.There are no specific treatments for either virus, but steps can be taken to protect yourself from illness, including:Using insect repellentsWearing long-sleeved clothingScheduling outdoor activities to avoid the hours around dawn and duskRepairing damaged window screensRemoving standing water from the areas around your homeFor more information, please contact the Wilmington Board of Health at 978-658-4298 or visit http://www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.The following area in town will be sprayed:(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Board of Health.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALERT: West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes From WilmingtonIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: Mosquitos Test Positive For West Nile In Wilmington For THIRD Time This Summer; 80+ Streets To Be SprayedIn “Breaking”Request A Free Mosquito Spraying From Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project This SeptemberIn “Government”last_img read more

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BSE closes points 18381 down on September 27

first_imgNew Delhi, September 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 183.81 points down to stand at 19,710.04. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 49.05 points down to stand at 5,833.20. United Spirits and Videocon Industries Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.12 % and 6.05% along with BPCL and MRF with an increase of 5.62% and 5.41% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.24% and 5.47% along with TV18 Broadcast and BHEL with a decrease of 5.30% and 5.32% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 46.79 points at 11,145.69 while the banking sector is down 220.74 points at 11,273.91 and the realty sector is down 19.82 points at 1,193.41. The Indian currency is down 0.50% at Rs 62.38 per dollar.last_img read more

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Police besiege house suspecting as militant den

first_imgPolice besiege a house in Pagladah on the outskirts of Jessore town, suspecting as militant den. Photo: Ehsan UddowlahThe police have besieged a house in Birampur of Jessore sadar, suspecting it to be a militant den.The police’s counter terrorism unit along with local policemen laid siege to the house around 7:30 this evening.Jessore police superintendent Md Anisur Rahman said the police have cordoned off the house based on the information elicited from a detainee, Mozaffar.Sadar police station officer-in-charge AKM Azmal Huda said they suspect that some militants hid in the house.last_img read more

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The Tax Laws New Way Of Measuring Inflation Could Take A Toll

first_img Share Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump talks with journalists at the White House after signing the tax overhaul into law on Friday.A little-remarked-upon provision changing the way inflation is calculated is among the big changes contained in the tax overhaul signed by President Trump last week.The new method, using the so-called “chained” consumer price index to determine when to adjust tax brackets and eligibility for deductions, is expected to push more Americans into higher tax brackets more quickly. In the past, the tax code used the traditional CPI measure issued by the Labor Department each month.By switching to this new method, the government will bring an additional $134 billion into federal coffers over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.How will that happen?It comes down to this: The chained CPI makes inflation appear lower, and that means tax brackets will be adjusted upward more slowly — but lots of workers will continue to get raises based upon the faster-rising traditional CPI. In other words, your income may rise faster than the inflation adjustments, forcing you to pay taxes at a higher rate — even though you may not feel any richer.“Compared to where taxpayers would be under present law, by 2027 most individuals will actually pay more taxes,” said Steve Rosenthal, senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.The difference will be slight, perhaps just a few tenths of a percentage point a year, he says, “but over time, these fractions of a percentage point add up and can amount to a fair amount of money.”Since 2000, the traditional CPI has increased by 45.7 percent, while the chained CPI has risen only 39.7 percent, a difference of 6 percentage points, according to the Tax Policy Center.And unlike other parts of the bill that expire over time, such as the tax cuts for individuals, this new inflation measure will last indefinitely.Since the 1980s, the government has been indexing tax rates to inflation, to prevent “bracket creep” — the steady movement of more and more taxpayers into higher tax brackets. For example, the income threshold for the top marginal tax rate of 39.6 percent rose from $415,050 in 2016 to $418,400 in 2017.“These adjustments prevent taxpayers from being pushed into higher tax brackets when their incomes rise just enough to keep up with inflation,” according to a report from the Brookings Institution.To calculate inflation, government officials use the Labor Department’s long-running CPI rate, which measures fluctuations of prices of specific products over time.“The usual way to do an index for inflation is to look at a basket of goods, see how much it costs you in, say, 2016, go back, get the next basket of goods and see what it costs you in 2017, and compare the same basket over two years,” says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office. “Unfortunately, when prices for goods go up, people tend to purchase less of them.”Translation: When beef gets expensive, shoppers buy fewer steaks and more chicken breasts.Chained CPI is calculated by the Labor Department to account for these real-world purchasing decisions, by factoring in the kinds of product substitutions consumers make in the real world.This alternative inflation measure is seen by many economists as more accurate. The administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama proposed switching to chained CPI as part of a broader tax reform.“What the tax-reform bill does is actually just substitute what everyone agrees is a more accurate measure of inflation for the old measure,” says Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum.David Kamin, former special economic adviser to Obama, says the use of chained CPI may make some economic sense but needs to be put in context.“It’s one thing to put in chained CPI if you think that it’s going to go toward actually helping working families in the long run,” says Kamin. “It’s another thing if you’re doing chained CPI in order to pay for a permanent corporate tax reduction.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Girija Devi wanted to sing a song for India

first_imgLate Indian classical vocalist Girija Devi, who earned the epithet of ‘Thumri queen’, wanted to sing a song for the country. The revelation was made by lyricist Prasoon Joshi as he paid tribute to Girija Devi at the maiden MTV India Music Summit.The legendary artiste was due to share the stage for a concert and conversation with Pandit Jasraj at the summit, but she passed away on October 24. She was 88.While paying tribute to Girija Devi, Joshi said, “I was reminded of her Thumri.””I remembered my childhood, the smile, and I also recollected that just a few months ago, Girija Deviji had expressed a desire to sing a song for the nation.””She wanted to sing something for India. She felt it had been too long (since such a song came out), and she told me, ‘Main chahti hun tum kuchh likho (I want you to write something’.”So I thought what will I write, she said, ‘Like ‘Vande Mataram’, whatever thoughts you have about the nation, you write them. I want to sing it. Main chahti hun ki jaane se pehle ek aisa geet karun (It’s my desire that before I leave the world, I sing such a song)’.”Joshi couldn’t write the song.”I don’t know if she ever mentioned it to anyone, but when she mentioned this song again, I said I had started writing something. (But) It’s my destiny that it couldn’t happen,” he added.Nevertheless, Joshi said it was commendable that at her age, “she thought about what she can still do and what she should still do to leave behind as a legacy”.Pandit Jasraj, who performed to a full house at the Fairmont Jaipur’s Grand Ballroom, which reverberated with his powerful rendition of “Raag din ki puriya”, also remembered Girija Devi.Before his performance, Pandit Jasraj said he was looking forward to meet his “Jiji” and share the stage with her and relive old times, but the news of her demise shook him.”She used to bring an unmatched aura to a gathering,” he said, adding that he considers her death a “personal loss”. Mala Sekhri, Co-founder of Musiconcepts said she had spoken to Giriji Devi, who had told her that her “packing was done” to be a part of the forum.The veteran semi classical singer passed away in Kolkata on October 24 night following a cardiac arrest.last_img read more

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Police warning about offroad bikes and scooters causing issues

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailOff-road bikes, quad bikes and scooters are causing issues in a number of areas of North Staffordshire – police have said this morning (Saturday June 15). Staffordshire Police say they are working closely with Newcastle Borough Council due to concerns about the vehicles in Silverdale, Knutton and Cross Heath. Local residents who have concerns about the bikes are being asked to report them to the police. A police spokeswoman said:  “We are aware of issues with off road bikes, quad bikes and scooters riding around the Silverdale,  Knutton and Cross Heath area. Read MoreNumber plates stolen and vans broken into during overnight vehicle crime in town   “The police are currently working closely with other departments within the force and the council to proactively target this. “If you have any issues or concerns please continue to report this via 101.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window 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 .last_img read more

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BabyAI A research platform for grounded language learning with human in the

first_imgLast week, researchers from the University of Montreal, University of Oregon, and IIT Bombay published a paper, titled, ‘BabyAI: First Steps Towards Grounded Language Learning With a Human In the Loop’ that introduces, BabyAI platform. This platform provides a heuristic expert agent for the purpose of simulating a human teacher and also supports humans in the loop for grounded language learning. BabyAI platform uses synthetic Baby Language for giving instructions to the agent. The researchers have implemented a 2D gridworld environment called MiniGrid for convenience, as it’s simple and easy to work on. The BabyAI platform includes a verifier that checks if an agent performing a sequence of actions, in a given environment, has successfully achieved its goal or not. Why BabyAI platform is introduced? It’s difficult for humans to train an intelligent agent for understanding natural language instructions. No matter how advanced AI technology becomes, human users would always want to customize their intelligent helpers to be able to understand their desires and needs, better. The main obstacle in language learning with a human in the loop is the amount of data that would be required. Deep learning methods, used in the context of imitation learning or reinforcement learning paradigms, could be effective but even they require enormous amounts of data. This data could be in the form of millions of reward function queries or thousands of demonstrations. BabyAI platform works on data efficiency, as the researchers measure the minimum number of samples required to solve several levels with imitation and reinforcement learning baselines. Also, the platform and pretrained models will be available online. This surely will improve data efficiency of grounded language learning. The Baby Language Baby Language is a combinatorially rich subset of English, designed to be easily understood by humans. In this language, the agent can be instructed to go to the objects, pick them up, open doors, and put objects next to the other ones. The language can also express the combination of several such tasks. For example “put a red ball next to the green box after you open the door”. In order to keep the instructions readable by humans, the researchers have kept the language simple. But the language still exhibits interesting combinatorial properties and contains 2.48 × 1019 possible instructions. There a couple of structural restrictions on this language including: The ‘and connector’ can only appear inside the ‘then and after forms’ Instructions can contain only one ‘then’ or ‘after’ word. MiniGrid: The environment that supports the BabyAI platform Since the data-efficiency studies are very expensive as multiple runs are required for different amounts of data, the researchers have aimed to keep the design of the environment, minimalistic. The researchers have implemented MiniGrid, an open source, partially observable 2D gridworld environment. This environment is fast and lightweight. It is available online and supports integration with OpenAI Gym. Experiments conducted and the results The researchers assess the difficulty of BabyAI levels by training an imitation learning baseline for each level. Moreover, they have estimated as to how much data is required to solve some of the simpler levels. They have also studied to what extent can the data demands be reduced with the help of basic curriculum learning and interactive teaching methods. The results suggest that the current imitation learning and reinforcement learning methods, both scale and generalise poorly when it comes to learning tasks with a compositional structure. Thousands of demonstrations are needed to learn tasks which seem trivial by human standards. Methods like curriculum learning and interactive learning can provide measurable improvements in terms of data efficiency. But for involving an actual human in the loop, an improvement of at least three orders of magnitude is required. Future Scope The direction of future research is towards finding strategies to improve data efficiency of language learning. Tackling such a challenge might require new models and teaching methods. Approaches that involve an explicit notion of modularity and subroutines, such as Neural Module Networks or Neural Programming Interpreters also seems to be a promising direction. To know more about BabyAI platform, check out the research paper published by Yoshua Bengio et. al. Read next Facebook open sources QNNPACK, a library for optimized mobile deep learning Facebook’s Child Grooming Machine Learning system helped remove 8.7 million abusive images of children Optical training of Neural networks is making AI more efficientlast_img read more

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Folding for peace remembering Hiroshima

first_imgNo related posts. The display pays homage to Sadako Sasaki, who wished to live by making paper cranes and turned them into a world-wide symbol. Sadako was two years old on August 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, where she lived. She survived the bomb blast but fell ill to leukemia a few years later. Friends encouraged her to follow an old Japanese legend and fold 1,000 paper cranes and her wish would come true. But after completing 644 cranes, she died. School friends finished the task and the cranes became a symbol of hope and peace. Every year, children and adults from all over fold cranes and send them to the peace memorial dedicated to Sadako and other child victims in Hiroshima.The Center for Peace Education (CEPPA) is a nongovernment organizaton designed to help people find alternatives to violent responses and to foment a culture of peace. CEPPA works with teachers, health workers, prisoners and communities. For information, contact CEPPA at 2234-0524 or visit www.ceppacr.org. Facebook Comments Mitzi Stark Visitors try their hands at paper crane-making at the Children’s Museum in San José.  Making 1,000 origami peace cranes is no small achievement. The trick is to fold and fold and fold a square of paper until a bird-like critter emerges. Millions have mastered the trick, and these paper cranes have become a peace symbol around the world.Aug. 1-3, the Children’s Museum became a hatching ground as children and grownups tried their hands at folding 1,000 origami cranes. The idea came from the Center for Education for Peace (CEPPA), a non-government organizaton that promotes alternatives to violence through workshops, talks and meetings. Folding paper cranes and listening to the story of Sadakp Sasaki, whose goal of making 1,000 paper cranes has inspired peace around the world, was part of a peace weekend which included a twenty kilometer run for peace. August 6 is Hiroshima Day.Volunteers from CEPPA and a group of young people from an origami club demonstrated, folded and taught the process. Andrea Vargas had never folded a crane before, but by midday had accomplished 15 and expected to make another 25 before packing it in. Alfredo Guitierez, a club member who can fold all kinds of forms, had already made 80 cranes. As an origami expert he thought it was easy. Others struggled, but seated around two tables they managed to make a colorful pile of folded cranes, thanks to a generous donation of bond paper by the Jiménez and Tanzi office supply company.The thousand cranes and possibly more will be on display in the museum’s art gallery, and later will be sent to the peace memorial in Hiroshima, courtesy of the cultural office of the Japanese embassy.last_img read more

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Samsung has acquired US and Israelbased web TV se

first_imgSamsung has acquired US and Israel-based web TV service Boxee in a deal rumoured to be worth around US$30 million (€23 million).Boxee, which was founded in 2007 and released its first web-streaming set-top box in 2010, said in a statement that its team would be joining Samsung and would work on products “that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space.”While the firm said that it was working behind the scenes to ensure there is “minimal impact” to current users of Boxee devices, it added that its beta cloud DVR functionality will be discontinued on July 10.Boxee began working on its cloud DVR service in 2011 and launched it as part of Boxee TV in late 2012, allowing users to record, store and access linear TV programmes in the cloud.Speaking at an event in London in May, Boxee’s senior director of business development Ryan Troy said its revamped cloud DVR service – which aimed to bring together broadcast TV channels, DVR and internet apps into one simple experience – was live in nine US markets with plans to roll out to more in the future.With the takeover, Boxee said users would not be able to access their existing cloud DVR recordings after July 10.“We realise many of you loved the service, and we’re sorry it won’t be available moving forward,” it said.The firm added that it was “incredibly proud of what we’ve built” and was “excited about the next chapter for our team.”Samsung said in a statement that it had acquired “key talent and assets” from Boxee and would use these to “continue to improve the overall user experience across our connected devices.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though both TechCrunch and Isreali site TheMarker cited an approximate US$30 million pricetag.last_img read more

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Global overthetop TV and video revenues will rea

first_imgGlobal over-the-top TV and video revenues will reach US$64.78 billion in 2021, more than doubling from US$29.41 billion in 2015, according to new research.The Digital TV Research stats claim that of the US$35.37 billion in extra revenues between 2015 and 2021, Asia Pacific will contribute US$12.65 billion, North America US$9.00 billion and Western Europe US$8.25 billion.“The US will remain the dominant territory for online TV and video revenues – which will rise by US$8.24 billion to $22.82 billion between 2015 and 2021. China will add a further US$6.24 billion, with its total revenues nearly quintupling over the period to give it second place,” according to the research.Subscription VOD is tipped to become the biggest over-the-top revenue source by 2018, but advertising-based VOD will regain the top position by 2020.SVOD will contribute 40% of total OTT revenues in 2021, some US$25.71 billion, according to the research.In terms of subscriber numbers, Digital TV Research estimates there will be 383 million SVOD subscriptions by 2021, up from 163 million by the end of 2015 and just 21 million in 2010.From the 220 million SVOD additions between 2015 and 2021, some 107 million are predicted to be in the Asia Pacific region and 28 million in the Middle East and Africa. Another 28 million additions are expected in North America between 2015 and 2021, while Western Europe will bring in an extra 30 million.“Mobile SVOD is growing rapidly in Asia – and will do so in the Middle East and Africa. Mobile broadband is more established than fixed broadband in many developing countries,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research.last_img read more

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