Your Web Presence Is Your First Impression

first_imgYour web presence is likely your first impression. If it’s not, it’s probably your second impression. You need to be thoughtful about what people see when they Google your name.If you have a site, you need to spend time and money on design.If you are going to build a personal brand on your site, you need it to present you well. If you are using WordPress or Tumblr, you need to pay for a professional design. You need professional images. And most of all you need content that speaks to the people who you serve.A cheap design makes it look like you aren’t successful, even if you are. A lack of content gives the impression that you have nothing to offer in the way of value. Spend time and money developing something that presents you and your story in a way that gives your audience confidence that you can create value for them.If LinkedIn is home base, you need to build it up to tell your story.There are still too many LinkedIn profiles that are something less than a resume. There is too little information about who the person in the profile really is or what they do.There are also too many LinkedIn profiles that are nothing but a resume. And that might be okay if it isn’t a useful social tool for you, or if it isn’t your home base.But if you are in sales and using LinkedIn as your home base, you need to do the work to build out a profile that tells the story of who you are, how you create value and all the things you’ve done that brought you to this point.What you tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, and share on other sites can show up in search engines.This section could have just as easily been titled: Don’t be stupid. What you post lives on the Internet forever. Even if you delete something stupid, someone can always capture a screen shot of your mistake to use in the future.Do you want to argue about politics? Do you want to argue about touchy social issues? You think that you have to keep it that real? As long as you are willing to live with the consequences of your actions, have at it. But remember that you are leaving a trail behind you, and anyone can pick up that trail.Do you want to be known as divisive? Do you want to be know as argumentative? If that is what your brand is, and if it brings you success, then it is okay for you to play here. But if you want people to know you as a smart, positive, energetic, value creator, negative content won’t give people that impression.Make sure your web presence represents you in a way that makes the first impression you want.What does your web presence tell people about you?Does your LinkedIn profile represent the real value you create?What do your social sites say about you? What impression do they leave?last_img read more

Top stories: A powerful new antibiotic, the most Earth-like planet ever, and a cancer paradox

first_imgMicrobe found in grassy field contains powerful antibioticAs antibiotic resistance increases, scientists are worried that we’re going to run out of drugs to fight diseases faster than we can make new ones. Now, they’ve discovered a microbe that produces a powerful new antibiotic. What’s more, the new compound works in such a way that it’s unlikely to fall prey to the problem of antibiotic resistance.How some whales live more than 200 yearsSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Bowhead whales can live for 200 years, yet they show few signs of the age-related ailments that plague humans. Now, scientists have sequenced the whale’s genome—and it may help us unlock the secret to a longer life.Cancer paradox: Testosterone injections combat lethal prostate tumorsTestosterone stokes the growth of prostate cancer cells, so it seems like the last thing a man with this type of cancer needs. But a new study shows that testosterone shots can actually slow the progression of untreatable prostate tumors in some patients.Analysis of spacecraft data reveals most Earth-like planet to dateScientists analyzing data from NASA’s Kepler satellite have identified eight new potentially habitable planets, one of which is the most Earth-like planet found to date. Unpoetically known as 5737.01, the planet has an orbital period of 331 days and is 30% larger than our home.Major cancer groups call for e-cigarette research, regulation E-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine without other harmful chemicals, are becoming increasingly popular. This week, two of the largest cancer science and treatment groups in the United States called on the government to start regulating these “electronic nicotine delivery systems” and step up research on the health effects of vaping.last_img read more

SEE PICS: Disha Patani spends her birthday with rumoured boyfriend Tiger Shroff

first_imgTiger Shroff and Disha Patani might have rubbished rumours of being in a relationship, but they definitely love to hang out together. From dinner dates to movie nights, the rumoured lovebirds have been spotted together almost everywhere. And Tuesday evening was no different. In fact, it was a special evening as it was Disha’s birthday. The lovebirds decided to catch a film together. While the birthday girl looked stylish in white pants and a yellow top, Tiger sported a causal look. Interestingly, they were accompanied by Tiger’s sister Krishna Shroff. On the work front, they have signed their first film together. Tiger will share screen space with Disha in Baaghi 2. This is the first time that the rumoured lovebirds will be seen together on 70mm. They had earlier come together for the music video of Befikra, and their sizzling chemistry was such a hit that rumours of a real-life romance soon spread like wildfire. However, both actors have denied reports that they are romantically involved and insisted that they are “just good friends.”(Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: Rumoured lovers Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani to come together for Baaghi 2 ALSO READ: Tiger Shroff takes rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani out on a lunch date ALSO WATCH: Tiger Shroff opens up on kissing Shraddha Kapoor, his stunts and morelast_img read more

India fail to reach men’s kabaddi final for first time after losing to Iran

first_img(Eds: specifying that India will end with bronze medal) Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) Seven-time champion India failed to reach the Asian Games men’s kabaddi final for the first time after a shock 18-27 loss to Iran in the semifinals here today. India, who had won the men’s kabaddi gold in all the earlier seven Asian Games after the sport was introduced in 1990 in Beijing, produced the worst ever show in the continental mega multi-sporting event. The country settled for the bronze medal along with Pakistan, which had lost to South Korea in the other semifinal. India had finished second in the group stage after a loss to South Korea. PTI PDS PMlast_img read more

Dominic Thiem extends olive branch to Serena Williams with mixed doubles offer

first_imgAustria’s Dominic Thiem has extended an olive branch to Serena Williams after their media room misunderstanding at the French Open by offering to partner the American in mixed doubles at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.Thiem, who finished runner-up at Roland Garros, was left fuming after being asked to make way for Williams at a post-match news conference following her third-round defeat in the first week of the tournament.Williams, who had just lost in straight sets to Sofia Kenin, was pushing organizers to give her a room right away and Thiem accused the American of showing bad personality and treating him like a junior.”Probably it was not Serena’s mistake,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “I find her achievements unbelievable, sensational. I would like to make amends with her in Wimbledon or the U.S. Open mixed doubles,” Thiem said.”In retrospect, it was funny that such an organizational mistake happened at a Grand Slam tournament. What I do not understand is that it blew up so much.”Thiem, a clay court specialist, said he wanted to improve his record at Wimbledon, where he has never reached the quarter-finals. He retired midway through his opening round match against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis last year.Wimbledon is special, the 25-year-old added. I want to show myself better than last year. At that time I was slightly injured and had to give up in the first round. Now I see good chances to get relatively far.Also Read | French Open 2019: Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic streak to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to clinch 12th title at Roland GarrosAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

Mbappe: Neymar to Real Madrid rumours ‘hot air’

first_imgTransfers Neymar to Real Madrid links nothing but hot air, insists Mbappe Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 19:36 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Getty Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Kylian Mbappé The Brazilian is reported to be a target for Real Madrid, though his attacking partner in Paris is convinced it is mere speculation Rumours linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid at the end of this season are “nothing but hot air”, according to his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe.Neymar has only been at the Parc des Princes since PSG smashed the world transfer record to bring him in from Barcelona in August.But not long after his €222 million move was complete, speculation connecting him with a return to Spain and Barca’s bitter rivals Madrid started to circulate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid have continued to be linked with the Brazil star – who is currently out injured – in the Spanish media, but Mbappe is adamant it is all just speculation.When asked whether Neymar might leave, Mbappe told Telefoot : “It’s nothing but hot air.”Neymar sends me messages, gives me news. I wished him a good World Cup, but not to win it.”Of course, I have the goal of winning the World Cup. It’s even a dream. If we progress well, we can achieve something.”Mbappe’s coach Unai Emery is expected to leave PSG at the end of the season when his contract expires, likely a consequence of the club’s underwhelming performance in the Champions League for a second season running.Though Mbappe does not see the situation as cut and dry as some, he is adamant this has still been a good season as they march on towards the Ligue 1 title after lifting the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday.MVP #PSGASM #ICICESTPARIS — Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) March 31, 2018 “I’m not sure that Emery will leave, even if he is at the end of his contract,” Mbappe added.”I don’t know if he talks to the club. We’ll see who will replace him if he leaves, but he is not leaving at the moment.”With PSG it’s a good season, even if we failed in Champions League. It will serve us well for next year, I hope. We will never forget it, that’s football. We simply didn’t deserve to progress.”last_img read more

10 months agoCarragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carragher: Van Dijk improving every player at Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed the performance of Virgil van Dijk for victory at Wolves last night.Van Dijk scored the decisive second goal at Molineux and his efforts to help his side keep a clean sheet earned him man of the match. Carragher told Sky Sports: “He makes other people play better around him. Tony Adams made the rest of that Arsenal back four better. He does the same.”He scored a great goal for Holland a few weeks ago. His goal record isn’t great considering his size but the type of goal he got there, how many centre backs would put that over the bar?”The win over Wolves sent the Merseyside club four points clear at the top of the table before Pep Guardiola’s side play Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday. last_img read more

Worlds Largest LNGFuelled Ship about to Enter the Market

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is about to close the year with a bang, as it gears up for the delivery of the world’s largest LNG-fuelled ship.Namely, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), part of the HHI Group, will deliver this month a 50,000 dwt bulk carrier with a high manganese LNG fuel tank.The ship was ordered in 2016 and is being built for Ilshin Logistics in collaboration with steelmaker Posco. The vessel is the largest bulk carrier ever ordered to use LNG as fuel.Once delivered, the bulker will transport limestone cargoes in the Korean coastal trade for Posco.Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the Korean Register (KR) are providing dual classification and certification, verifying compliance with the International Gas Fuel (IGF) Code.The new type of cryogenic steel, developed by Posco, is high in manganese and is used for the 500 m3 capacity Type ‘C’ LNG fuel tank, located on the aft mooring deck. The properties and characteristics of the high-manganese steel, as well as the required welding technology, have been proven suitable for cryogenic applications, according to LR.HHI is making strides in the construction of LNG-powered ships and has recently signed a contract to build the world’s first LNG-fuelled aframax tanker.In addition, the shipbuilder and LR have almost completed the design of 180,000 dwt class bulk carriers. The design development is in the process of receiving approval in principle.Creating environmentally-friendly designs is more of a mission than a choiceAs disclosed by LR, this design is optimised for short to medium-haul bulk trade (i.e. Australia – Asia) and long-haul bulk trade (i.e. Brazil – Asia) service, in line with Harmonised Common Structural Rules.To decide the optimum location and type of LNG tanks for these designs, the shipyard conducted several case studies for competitive CAPEX and OPEX.As a result, LNG fuel tanks with Posco high manganese steel or 9% nickel steel were chosen. They will be located on the aft mooring deck because of the amount of LNG that will be required for the Australia – Asia route. For the long-haul route, a larger sized LNG storage tank can be fitted in the mid-part of the vessel.Additionally, Woodside, Anangel, GE, LR and HHI signed a joint industry project agreement to develop an LNG-fuelled 250,000 dwt very large ore carrier operating on the Australia – Asia iron ore trade route. The HAZID analysis of this design, to verify the safety level, was recently completed with all parties in Seoul. The LNG tanks are also based on the Posco high manganese steel or 9% nickel steel design.“We believe that HHI’s efforts can offer the possibility that will help owners comply with emission regulations with a reliable and competitive solution,” LR’s Jin-Tae Lee, Korea Chief Representative & Marine Manager, said.“We believe that our work in creating environmentally-friendly designs is more of a mission than a choice, which will lead to a cleaner shipping industry and a greener world. We hope that the first beneficiary of this effort will be the shipping industry,” Hyung Kwan Kim, HHI’s Senior Executive Vice President, commented.last_img read more

Government Works to Improve Health Care Workplace Safety

first_img training and education on maintenance, management and safe use of equipment implementing a well-defined occupational health and safety program supported by a joint occupational health and safety committee sharing and communicating policies and procedures as they are updated in an effective manner to staff Occupational health and safety officers are working with health-care workers to raise awareness about strain, sprain and inflammation injury prevention. Officers visited 36 health-care facilities across the province between March and July of 2016. The goal was to engage workers in discussions about health and safety programs. The visits were also used to promote general safety compliance and awareness, and to identify areas for improvement while recognizing the efforts that are already being made. “Our health-care industry is the largest single employer in the province. Unfortunately, it also has the highest injury rate,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “We’re working to change this. “We are focused on improving workplace safety across the province, and fostering the partnerships that help us achieve that goal.” The visits by occupational health and safety officers resulted in several recommendations that are being shared with stakeholders today, Jan. 5. These include: “AWARE-NS was pleased to participate in this collaborative effort,” said Susan Dempsey, executive director, AWARE-NS. “These efforts have allowed organizations to identify gaps and opportunities and will help build and refine safety management systems to reduce soft tissue injuries in long-term care.” The steps to improve workplace safety are part of a larger initiative with a number of stakeholders in the health-care sector. Stakeholders include WCB Nova Scotia, AWARE-NS, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Health Association of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and others. Government has continued to advance the goals laid out in the province’s Workplace Safety Strategy by improving education with industry and the public, increasing targeted inspections, and getting tougher on employers that continue to break safety laws. A summary of the recommendations can be found at: read more

Speaker will ask Azam Khan to apologise Pralhad Joshi

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will ask SP MP Azam Khan to apologise on the floor of the House for his sexist remarks against BJP member Rama Devi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said Friday. In a meeting of floor leaders of all parties chaired by the Lok Sabha Speaker, it was decided that Khan should apologise or face action. “The Speaker will ask Azam Khan to apologise over his comments made against Rama Devi without any condition in the House. If he does not do so, the Speaker has been authorised to take action against him,” Joshi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Several women MPs cutting across party lines have also written to the Speaker demanding stringent action against Khan. Rama Devi said he should be suspended for entire five years from Lok Sabha. Earlier, women members in Lok Sabha on Friday spoke in one voice condemning Khan for his sexist remarks and demanded that he apologise or else he should be suspended from the House. During Zero Hour, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said Khan’s remarks in Lok Sabha on Thursday during the debate on triple talaq bill were a “blot” on all legislators, including men.last_img read more

AAP LS candidates to start filing nominations from April 18 Rai

first_imgNEW DELHI: The AAP Tuesday said its Lok Sabha candidates would file their nominations from Thursday even as uncertainty remained over a possible alliance between the ruling party in Delhi and the Congress. On the other hand after door-to-door campaign at East Delhi, AAP candidate from the constituency observed that 80 per cent of the residents neither know the name of BJP MP Mahesh Girri nor they have ever seen him. Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party’s west Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar would file his nomination on Thursday while Chandni Chowk candidate Pankaj Gupta, East Delhi candidate Atishi and North West Delhi candidate Gugan Singh would file their nominations on Saturday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn Monday, South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha, North East candidate Dilip Pandey and New Delhi candidate Brajesh Goel would file their nomination, Rai said. He said before filing of nominations, a road show would be taken out by all the candidates and senior party leaders would also participate in it. Meanwhile, AAP East Delhi candidate Atishi alleged that sitting MP from East Delhi Mahesh Girri did not allow the Delhi government to set up a superspeciality hospital at East Delhi. “The MP did not allow the DDA to give us the land and now people throw garbage to that place,” said Atishi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe also said that Girri made a false inauguration of East Delhi campus of IP university but did not do anything later Delhi govt had to interfere. “In the last five years at the meetings of police monitoring committee where he was supposed to represent the area attended only one out of sixty meetings,” alleged Atishi. She also said that the law and order situation at the constituency dropped severely in the last five years and also there have been various caste and communal violence took place at the ground level.last_img read more

BSP SP say alliance will shake the roots of BJP

first_imgJaunpur (UP): The BSP and the SP Tuesday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi “chowkidar (watchman) of capitalists” and asserted the two alliance partners will “shake the roots” of the ruling party. Addressing an election rally in favour of alliance candidates of Jaunpur and Machhlishahr seats, the alliance termed the Congress “anti-dalit”and alleged that the grand old party wants people to stay poor. “Both the BJP and Congress are anti-dalits… the Congress, which is claiming to provide Rs 6,000 (under its proposed ‘Nyay’ scheme) only wants people to remain poor and helpless,” BSP chief Mayawati told the gathering. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghTerming Modi the “chowkidar (watchman) of capitalists”, she alleged that he helped the rich become richer. “BJP is going out of power in these elections… it has failed to fulfil the promises made in 2014 to the poor and middle class… despite all this, how can the prime minister seek votes again,” Mayawati said and termed GST and demonetisation the cause of corruption. “Terror attacks are taking place and the government is busy taking mileage out of the Army’s valour,” she claimed. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShe alleged that farmers in Uttar Pradesh are facing immense hardship because of stray cattle and blamed the Yogi Adityanath government for it. In his address, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “The BJP is standing on a foundation of lies and our alliance will shake its very roots… perhaps the BJP is not aware of the alliance storm.” “This time, people will snatch the chair of the chaiwala-turned-chowkidar,” he said.last_img read more

Where the Trump investigations stand after Mueller

NEW YORK — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report outlined Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But Mueller did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or co-ordinated with the Russian government, and he made no conclusion on the question of whether the president obstructed justice.As lawmakers await a version of the report with fewer redactions, here’s a look at the other investigations surrounding Trump and inquiries that stemmed from Mueller’s Russia investigation. Trump has dismissed the investigations as politically motivated harassment.HUSH-MONEY PROBEFederal prosecutors in New York are still investigating the hush-money payments that led Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, to plead guilty last year to campaign-finance violations. There are mounting indications the probe is winding down, but a federal judge this year ordered portions of a search warrant to be kept secret until prosecutors tell him the investigation has concluded.Cohen helped orchestrate six-figure payments to a porn actress, Stormy Daniels, and a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, to keep them quiet during the campaign about alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen has implicated Trump in the case, saying he ordered the payments and later reimbursed him for his efforts.The U.S. Justice Department has held for decades that a sitting president cannot be indicted. If prosecutors find evidence Trump committed a crime, they could wait to charge him after he leaves office, though the legal deadline for filing charges is five years for the campaign-finance violations in question.Trump says the payments to Daniels and McDougal were a private matter unrelated to his campaign.Cohen is scheduled to begin serving a three-month prison sentence next month.MUELLER’S REFERALSIn all, Mueller’s team said it referred 14 cases to prosecutors in other jurisdictions, including the Cohen case, which was handled by the Southern District of New York.A dozen of those investigations were blacked out of Mueller’s report because those inquiries remain ongoing. It’s not clear whether they will result in any charges.Another case that was referred was that of Gregory Craig, the former Obama White House counsel charged recently with making a false statement in a foreign lobbying probe.STATE INQUIRIESNew York’s attorney general has opened a civil investigation into Cohen’s allegations that Trump exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. Letitia James, a Democrat, issued subpoenas last month to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking loan applications and other records related to Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the Buffalo Bills.James’ office is also overseeing a lawsuit alleging Trump turned his charitable foundation into a wing of his White House campaign. The Trump Foundation reached a deal in December to fold and distribute about $1.7 million in remaining funds, but the lawsuit is continuing as James seeks millions of dollars in restitution and an order banning Trump and his three eldest children from running any New York charities for 10 years.At the same time, New York’s insurance regulator is investigating Cohen’s allegations that Trump also misled insurance companies about his financial worth and the state’s tax department has said it’s “vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation” into a New York Times story last October that reported Trump and his family cheated tax authorities for decades. New York City also said it would investigate.INAUGURAL PROBEFederal prosecutors in New York are also investigating Trump’s inaugural committee, which raised an unprecedented $107 million to celebrate his election.The inquiry has focused partly on whether donors received “benefits” after making contributions or whether foreign nationals made illegal donations, according to a subpoena sent to the committee. The same document shows prosecutors are looking at whether the committee’s vendors were paid with unreported donations.The White House has said Trump was not involved in the operations of his inaugural committee.The Associated Press read more

Marking Hiroshima anniversary Ban sees hope for nuclearfree future

6 August 2008Peace and SecurityCommemorating the 63rd anniversary of the first-ever atomic bomb attack, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed optimism for a world free of nuclear weapons. “From sadness and grief can emerge new hope for progress in our common journey to a new age of peace and security,” he said in a message to the Peace Memorial Ceremony delivered by Sergio Duarte, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. “I see many grounds for such hope.”Mr. Ban stressed that support for nuclear disarmament spans the globe, with many – including educators, religious leaders, current and former government officials, journalists and individuals – proactively taking steps to achieve the goal.He lauded the participation of schoolchildren in the annual ceremony, nothing that “their generation will soon take on their own responsibilities for remembering the past while continuing collective efforts towards a nuclear-weapon-free world.”The Secretary-General also paid tribute to the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for promoting the “Mayors for Peace” initiative. “They understand that there is no more reliable way to achieve this than through the elimination of such weapons.” read more

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna makes deposits for LG polls

SLPP District organisers were at hand when the deposits were made.Deposits are to be made by the SLPP for Colombo, Puttalam and Anuradhapura tomorrow. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which is promoting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, today made deposits for the Local Government (LG) elections.The deposits were made for Kalutara, Galle and Gampaha, SLPP sources said. Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The gazette notice to hold the LG elections for 93 LG bodies was issued today.Nominations will be accepted from December 11 to the 14th while deposits will be accepted from today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Loonie dives a penny amid low oil prices strengthening US dollar

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie dives a penny amid low oil prices, strengthening U.S. dollar by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 2, 2015 7:15 am MDT TORONTO – The loonie plunged to a level not seen in more than five years Friday amid a strengthening U.S. greenback and weaker crude oil prices.The Canadian dollar ended the day down 1.18 cents at 85.02 cents US. The last time it closed below this level was on May 15, 2009.The currency finished 2014 down about eight per cent or 7.8 cents US against the American currency compared with where it began the year.In contrast, the U.S. dollar strengthened last year as the Federal Reserve wrapped up its massive program of buying bonds and mortgage-backed securities, which has helped keep interest rates low.The Fed is expected hike rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis in mid-2015. Expectations are the Bank of Canada will also move to hike rates sometime after that.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported that U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Its manufacturing index fell to 55.5 in December from 58.7 in November.Still, any reading above 50 signals expansion and, despite the slowdown, a measure of employment rose, suggesting factories likely added jobs last month.Meanwhile, the loonie also continued to feel pressure from crude prices.“Oil prices are flirting with their lows and remain an important weight (on the Canadian dollar),” observed Camilla Scott, chief FX strategist, global banking and markets, Scotiabank.The February crude oil contract in New York faded 58 cents to US$52.69 a barrel.Crude oil has been on a downward trajectory since its most recent high of US$107 a barrel back in June and has plunged more than 50 per cent since then due to low demand and a global supply glut.Paul Vaillancourt of Fiera Capital said the loonie’s performance is tied to oil prices but he projects both will rise in 2015.“There’s a clearly link between our currency and the price of oil and what investors think will happen to the Canadian economy,” he said.“Our view is short-term pain for long-term gain… (The loonie) will be hard hit in the short term, impacted with the price of oil but both the Canadian dollar and price of oil will revert back and we’ll see the Canadian dollar back to 90 cents US by the end of the year.”Elsewhere on the commodity markets, February gold gained $2.10 to US$1,186.20 an ounce while March copper lost a penny to US$2.82 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter read more

Interventions for firsttime mothers worryingly high in Irish hospitals

first_imgPic: ShutterstockTHE LEVEL OF interventions for first-time mothers in Irish hospitals is “worryingly high”, a maternity services advocacy organisation has said today.AIMS Ireland has revealed data on birth statistics from Ireland’s 19 public maternity units for 2012 on foot of an FOI request to the HSE.Can’t read the data? Click here.Raising concernsKrysia Lynch, co-chair of AIMS Ireland said that the figures raise a number of concerns.In the first instance, the rates of interventions to first time mothers are worryingly high. It points once again to the inappropriateness of a consultant-led care model for healthy, low risk mothers.Lynch said that there is “no medical reason” for such high levels of intervention, and that the effects of these interventions on first-time mothers “will influence the outcome of any future pregnancies they may have”.She also said that AIMS Ireland is concerned about the accuracy of the figures reported to the Healthcare Pricing Office, as there seems to be some discrepancy in figures provided to ESRI and figures published by the hospital.Additionally, these figures published today suggest that four out of 19 maternity units did not record any vaginal births after Caesareans in 2012. The only units which would have a 0.0 per cent VBAC rate should be midwife-led units (MLUs), which do not book women who have had a previous Caesarean. We would seriously question the accuracy of this and query the quality of data recording and reporting going on in units around the country.The vaginal births after Caesarean (VBAC) figures, with exceptions in a small amount of maternity units, show that the amount of VBACs taking place as a percentage of overall births is very low, said AIMS.The organisation believes this indicates that women “are not being supported by their local maternity unit to have a VBAC if they so wish”.“There are obviously care provider barriers here that need to be addressed,” said Lynch.BreastfeedingThe figures also show the range of breastfeeding rates across Ireland’s hospitals, from  66.8 per cent at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin to 38 per cent at the Mid-Western Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick.FiguresThe data shows a “stark contrast” in the level of interventions that a first-time mother experiences compared to women who have given birth previously.For example, C-section rates for first-time mothers varied from 22.95 per cent in Sligo General up to 40.15 per cent in St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. Both units also reported extremely low vaginal birth after Caesarean rates, at 0.93 per cent and 3.51 per cent respectively.Instrumental deliveries and the use of episiotomies were also very high in most units across the country, said AIMS.Forceps and episiotomiesOver 35 per cent of first-time mothers in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH), University College Hospital Galway and Waterford Regional Hospital had a delivery with forceps or vaccum.When it came to episiotomies, both the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin (39.4 per cent) and CUMH (38.78 per cent) had very high rates of these performed on first time mothers.The data is available on the AIMS Ireland website.Read: Women who use a surrogate mother have no right to maternity leave, EU rules>last_img read more

Lenovo announces LePad Tablet with Android and Windows 7 functionality

first_imgTablet devices are big news at the moment and so as not to be undone by the competition the laptop manufacturing giant Lenovo is the latest company to announce a new LePad tablet (on show at CES 2011). However, this one seems a little different, the most notable difference being that it starts off life as an Android tablet, but it can then transform itself into a full-fledged Windows 7 notebook.The LePad has a good spec as well, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (1.3 GHz), a multi-touch 10.1-inch screen running at 1280×800, and Android 2.2. To start with it will be offered as a standalone product, so you can use the device just like any other tablet, but by purchasing the optional IdeaPad U1 base this will then convert the device into a notebook with the more powerful Intel processor and Windows 7 OS leading the charge from there.This is quite a cool concept in my eyes. Other manufactures have tried to pull this off in the past, for example the Viewsonic Viewpad (with its dual OS), but I think the LePad could well be the best bet for a converged solution.Initially the LePad and its U1 base will be on sale in China and will sell for $1300 when combined, but $520 for the U1 on its own. However, there is no news when the device will be sold outside of China, but after doing a little digging the device could well be sold in the US when Honeycomb gets released, which is just as well really as the LePad tablet will initially be shipped without access to the Android Market.via ZDNetlast_img read more

Trumps top aide and soninlaw Kushner to face Russia investigation panel

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Trump’s top aide and son-in-law Kushner to face Russia investigation panel His contacts with Russian officials that are now coming under the microscope. DONALD TRUMP’S SON-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House has confirmed.Kushner, 36, was Trump’s main intermediary with foreign governments during the 2016 election campaign and now plays that role in the White House.He arranged meetings between Trump and leaders from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.But it is his contacts with Russian officials that are now coming under the microscope, amid explosive allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.US intelligence has concluded that Russia launched a broad-ranging campaign designed to help Trump win election.“Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials,” a White House official said.“Given this role, he has volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr’s committee, but has not yet received confirmation,” the official said, referring to Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.Burr chairs the Senate intelligence committee.© – AFP 2017Read: Trump taps his son-in-law to run government like a business> 22,140 Views Image: DPA/PA Images Monday 27 Mar 2017, 9:38 PM Image: DPA/PA Images Share11 Tweet Email Short URL By AFP Mar 27th 2017, 9:38 PM 47 Comments last_img read more