Weather affects restaurant evaluation

first_imgWhat makes people rate a restaurant positively? More than food, it is the weather that matters, say researchers. A study suggests that customers left more negative remarks on comment cards on days when it was raining than on days when it was dry. “Restaurant managers may see more than the usual bad reviews on certain days, and it may have nothing to do with the service or the quality of the food,” said co-author of the study Milos Bujisic, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Restaurants can’t control the weather, but it may affect how customers review them,” he added. For the study, published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, the researchers examined the comment cards left at 32 Florida restaurants. The researchers rated the comments on a five-point scale from 1 (very negative) to 5 (very positive). They also examined weather data from the National Climatic Data Center for each restaurant’s location on the days the comment cards were left. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThey examined 14 different weather variables, but only three were related to customer comments – rain, temperature and barometric pressure. Higher temperatures – which in Florida can often mean it is uncomfortably hot –were linked to more negative comments. Higher barometric pressure was also connected to negative comments in Florida, which is also probably different from much of the country, the researchers said, because rising pressure is often associated with fair weather. In an another experiment, 158 people from around the country who visited a restaurant within the last 24 hours were asked to rate and describe the weather conditions right before their restaurant visit. The results showed that people who described the weather as more pleasant also rated their mood more positively. Better moods – and not the weather itself – were related to more positive word-of-mouth.last_img read more

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French Minister Calls for Strengthening of Ties With Morocco in Frances

Rabat – Rachida Dati, former French Minister of Justice who is of Algerian-Moroccan descent, has called upon France to “strengthen ties” with Morocco, which she sees as her country’s best ally in the fight against terrorism.In an announcement published Monday on the site LesEchos.fr, Dati stated that Morocco can serve to change the image of Islam in the public eye. “It is more necessary than ever to highlight the experiences that can serve as an antidote to a perverted [version of] Islam,” she said.Dati praised Morocco for its successes, as well as the benefits it has given to its citizens by enabling them to “control their destiny, to access knowledge and culture, and to participate effectively in the fight against discrimination of any kind.” Dati hopes that, using Morocco as a positive example of Islamic government and society, Morocco and France can form a stronger political bond in the fight against terrorism.France has been the target of several terroristm attacks in the past few years, including the murder of a Catholic priest, the truck attack in Nice, shootings in Paris last November, and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in January of 2015. read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN office in Burundi

19 December 2007Commending Burundi’s efforts to consolidate stability and achieve national reconciliation, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in that country, known as BINUB, until the end of next December. Commending Burundi’s efforts to consolidate stability and achieve national reconciliation, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in that country, known as BINUB, until the end of next December. In a unanimously-adopted resolution, the 15-member body approved the renewal of the Office which was opened on 2 January this year to replace the peacekeeping mission known as the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB). While noting the progress made in the small Great Lakes nation towards rebuilding after decades of conflict, the Council pointed out that it must overcome challenges, particularly the completion of the peace process with the Forces Nationales de Libération (Palipehutu-FNL), the last major rebel hold-out group. In July, the group withdrew from the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) set up to monitor a ceasefire it signed with the Government last year. Today’s resolution urged the Palipehutu-FNL to return to the JVMM “without delay or preconditions and to immediately release all children associated with it,” and urged both sides to last year’s Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement to “refrain from any action that might lead to a resumption of hostilities.” In a report late last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that Burundi’s deteriorating political condition could roll back progress towards establishing a lasting peace. “The political crises and institutional paralysis, along with the blockage in the peace process, underscores the fragility of the situation and the continued need for vigilance,” he wrote. read more

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UN investigator into Lebanese PMs assassination meets Syrian officials

Serge Brammertz, who leads the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) into the February 2005 bombing that also killed 22 other people, is now back in Beirut, the spokesman told reporters in New York.“The Commission said that Brammertz had a good and constructive meeting in Syria. The discussion focused on cooperation on pending, new and future requests,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric, adding that Syria’s Foreign Minister was among those involved in the meeting.In related news, Mr. Dujarric said that the Lebanese Government had sent two senior judges to New York to continue discussions with the UN Secretariat on the nature and scope of international assistance needed for those charged with Mr. Hariri’s killing “to be tried before a tribunal with an international character.”Mr. Brammertz was named to head the IIIC in January, succeeding Detlev Mehlis who had led the Commission since it was set up in May 2005 after a UN mission found Lebanon’s earlier investigations flawed and Syria primarily responsible for the political tension preceding the murder.When naming Mr. Brammertz IIIC chief, Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterated his “unwavering commitment to support the work of the Commission to fulfil its mandate to assist the Lebanese authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime.”The IIIC’s latest report, released in December 2005, said that converging evidence pointed to both Syrian and Lebanese involvement in the crime, described 19 unidentified suspects of both nationalities and urged improved Syrian cooperation with the probe. read more

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Senior Day setback Buckeyes fall to Bellarmine in OT at the Shoe

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (7-7) fell 14-13 to the Bellarmine University Knights (9-6) in overtime Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Unfortunately for eight Buckeyes, it was Senior Day and the last home game of the regular season.“Certainly not the outcome you hope on Senior Day,” coach Nick Myers said. “I’m proud of the way the kids fought, battling back when they were down, but 14 goals is too many.”In the first half the Buckeyes and Knights were tied at 2-2. The Buckeyes were on the board first with a goal from Dominique Alexander. The Knights rallied back as they scored two goals in one minute.Both teams struggled with scoring goals in the first half of the game and the Buckeyes were down 4-3 going into halftime.It was not a matter of the Buckeyes having possession of the ball in the first half, as they outshot the Knights 41 to 34. On the other side, Buckeye senior goalie Brandon Freeman had 14 saves.Both teams were much more aggressive in the third quarter, scoring a combined 10 goals.This resulted in four ties and each team momentarily taking a two-goal lead.Despite four goals from freshman Dominique Alexander and senior James Green and a five-point game from rookie Logan Schuss, the Buckeyes couldn’t win it in overtime.The four-goal game matched Green’s career high and gave him 100 points as a Buckeye.“This was tough, the last time playing in the big ‘Shoe,” senior Mario Ventiquattro said. “I’m trying to soak it in right now.”The Buckeyes will end their regular season on the road next weekend against North Carolina in Chapel Hill Saturday at noon. read more

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Hexagon Mining success story across its range at Cuajone and Toquepala

first_imgAt HxGN LIVE 2016, Hexagon Mining nominated its customer, Grupo México, as a Shaping Smart Change honoree. Nominees are celebrated annually at the event for using Hexagon technology to push the boundaries of innovation. In the Peruvian Andes, Grupo’s subsidiary, Southern Peru Copper Corporation, is applying Hexagon Mining technology with outstanding results. The company invited Hexagon to document this success story at Southern Peru’s Cuajone and Toquepala mines, which are among the biggest copper mines in the world.While its IDS radar and Leica total stations monitor slope stability, MineSight and Jigsaw help Southern Peru to achieve among the lowest production costs in the world. From Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, Southern Peru increased operating performance (EBITDA) by 90.6%. During the same period, net income rose by 182.7%. The company cut the operating cash cost per pound of copper by 14.2% to 95 cents, making it the highest margin major copper producer in the world.During a visit to the mines, Hexagon Mining interviewed users of its solutions, including mine managers, and directors of operations. Their feedback encompassed fleet management, mine planning, ore control, drill and blast, and integration. Here are some highlights:“Having as many programs, accessories or tools, as possible in one single platform is very beneficial because you get integrity of information. The data is more reliable and therefore the work one performs will have a greater level of certainty.”“Since we got the unified software from Hexagon – Leica, MineSight – we’ve been able to make the day-to-day decisions in real time. We’ve been able to substantially reduce time.”“Here at the mine we use Jigsaw. Here on the left we have trips to fuelling station – the percentage of fuel in the tank. And based on that, we send the truck to the fuelling station. This has made it so that instead of sending a truck to the pump 60 times in a month, we only send it 22 times, so the truck is being productive rather than spending time going to the pump unnecessarily.”“Using MineSight in particular, we’ve been able to reduce execution times. This is a process that’s been in place for a number of years, and it’s allowed us to make these time savings and make better use of human resources.”last_img read more

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Too soon The best Twitter reactions to Eamon Gilmores resignation

first_img🙁 Source: Nicky Ryan/Twitter Eamon, did u collect the eggs— Nicky Ryan (@NickyRyan_) May 26, 2014 Source: Trendsmap Dublin/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Will there be a #taoiseachfleeshock to match #slánaiste?— Daragh O Brien (@daraghobrien) May 26, 2014 BLAMIN’ GILMORE— Alan (@alan_maguire) May 26, 2014 Can we have some sort of legally enforceable moratorium on “Unhappy Gilmore” jokes for the afternoon, please? Thanks.— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) May 26, 2014 Source: Not The RTÉ Guide/Twitter Source: Doug Whelan/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet But most importantly… Source: Daragh O Brien/Twitter I hope Gilmore’s statement is about postcodes.— John Moynes (@JohnMoynes) May 26, 2014center_img Going to start a band and call it Eamon Gilmore Girls.— zero doug thirty (@Dougwhelan) May 26, 2014 Some took inspiration from the whole debacle Source: Colm Tobin/Twitter There were puns. Puns everywhere RTÉ have installed a revolving door in the Drivetime studio to allow every member of the Labour Party to distance themselves from Gilmore.— Not The RTÉ Guide (@YourRTEGuide) May 26, 2014 Source: Alan/Twitter Source: John Moynes/Twitter Many were vying for his job Most impressively, the #slanaiste hashtag was born TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has stepped down as the leader of the Labour party following the party’s disastrous performance in the local election.Needless to say, it was all Twitter could talk about this afternoon.Speculation was rife before the announcement #slanaiste is now trending in #Dublin http://t.co/zjsRKf4VxQ— Trendsmap Dublin (@TrendsDublin) May 26, 2014 Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leader>Here’s how Labour will select their new leaders>last_img read more

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Surpoids et obésité un morceau de chromosome mis en cause

first_imgSurpoids et obésité : un morceau de chromosome mis en causeFrance – Une équipe de chercheurs issus de toute l’Europe a découvert que la perte d’un tout petit morceau du chromosome 16 pouvait multiplier par cinquante le risque de développer un surpoids ou une obésité sévère. Cette micro-délétion du chromosome pourrait expliquer près d’1% des cas d’obésité.L’étude a été réalisée par le Pr Froguel, chercheur à l’Institut Pasteur de Lille, en collaboration avec des chercheurs de l’Imperial College de Londres, du Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois de Lausanne et dix autres groupes de recherche européens. Si l’obésité est reliée à un mode de vie et une alimentation déséquilibrés, une trentaine de gènes seraient impliqués dans le risque de la développer, à hauteur de 10 à 50% par gène.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Les chercheurs se sont donc intéressés au chromosome 16 et aux conséquences de l’absence d’un petit fragment. Cette micro-délétion a déjà été associée à l’autisme et aux retards scolaires et modifie l’expression de trente gènes différents. Les chercheurs ont donc analysé l’ADN de 16.000 Européens d’âge et de poids différents. Dix-neuf portaient l’anomalie du chromosome 16 et ont développé un surpoids pendant l’enfance et l’adolescence, jusqu’à devenir obèses à l’âge adulte. L’anomalie ne concernerait qu’une personne sur mille en moyenne, mais pourrait expliquer près de 1% des cas d’obésité sévère. Le risque pour les porteurs de la micro-délétion de développer une obésité sévère à l’âge adulte serait multiplié par cinquante. Cette découverte ouvre la voie à une détection génétique de l’obésité dès l’enfance, afin de mettre en place très vite des mesures préventives. La détection, par extension, pourrait s’étendre aux maladies liées à l’obésité, comme le diabète et l’hypertension. Mais l’étude montre aussi que l’obésité peut se relier aux maladies neurologiques comportementales puisque l’anomalie est aussi reliée aux troubles du développement neurologique.Le 4 février 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vaccin contre la grippe les Français hésitent

first_imgVaccin contre la grippe : les Français hésitentFrance – Comme chaque année à l’approche de l’hiver, une vaste campagne de vaccination contre la grippe saisonnière est menée. Cette année pourtant, les Français semblent hésiter.Le passage de la grippe A l’hiver dernier semble avoir touché de nombreux Français, qui hésitent aujourd’hui à se faire vacciner contre la grippe saisonnière. Tous se rappellent le fiasco du vaccin anti-H1N1 de 2009. “Il paraît qu’ils recyclent le vaccin H1N1 que personne n’a voulu l’an dernier. Leur cocktail Molotov, très peu pour moi” confie un homme au Figaro.À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinEt le quotidien d’expliquer qu’en fait, aujourd’hui, la souche du virus H1N1 a juste été rajoutée au vaccin contre la grippe saisonnière. Le Dr Jean-Marie Cohen essaie lui aussi de rassurer tout le monde : “Contrairement à la rumeur, le vaccin saisonnier n’a pas été fabriqué à partir des stocks restants de vaccin pandémique. On ne déconditionne pas ces produits”. La campagne de vaccination 2010/2011 est donc prête, et plus de 12,5 millions d’assurés sont invités à se faire piquer gratuitement, en particulier les retraités.L’Institut national d’études démographiques rappelle que le nombre de personnes décédées de la grippe en 40 ans a été divisé par 10, depuis l’arrivée d’un vaccin efficace. De quoi convaincre les plus sceptiques des Français.Le 5 octobre 2010 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Make Your Own Watch Dogs Legion Music With Ubisoft and JGLs New

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Ghost Recon: Breakpoint’ Has Something for EverybodyHere’s the Heartwarming Reason Why ‘Just Dance’ Is Still on Wii Last year Ubisoft tried to convince us that the long-awaited Beyond Good and Evil 2 will in fact be an actual video game and not Michel Ancel’s shared delusion fever dream. We got a splashy new CGI trailer promising large-scale space battles, cursing monkey men, and early gameplay that looks like it won’t be possible until the next generation of consoles. However, we also got the weird news that Ubisoft is partnering with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his sketchy art collaboration/grift website HitRecord to crowdsource various assets for the game.Beyond Good and Evil 2 still doesn’t exist. But rather than just twiddle their thumbs, Ubisoft is keeping this JGL partnership going for a game that’s coming out in just a few months. Through HitRecord, you can write your own music for Watch Dogs Legion.In Watch Dogs Legion players control members of hacker collective DedSec in a hellish future London that basically already exists right now. Instead of controlling a single hero, the game’s whole gimmick is recruiting an endless amount of NPCs to command and using their unique skills. Sneak around as a retired secret agent or wreck shop as an anarchist grandma.With so many characters, we can understand why the development team must be pretty busy. So with HitRecord, they’re crowdsourcing the music to fans. Through the website you can contribute melodies and lyrics in the various genres the game is looking for. And thankfully the payment structure is much clearer this time. Watch Dogs Legion won’t launch until next March. But next January anyone whose contributions made it into the final game will receive up to $2,000 based on how much work was ultimately used.So if you want to participate in something as dystopian as “multi-million dollar cyberpunk video game asks fan community to make the music” and get paid for it, start cranking out some tunes for Watch Dogs Legion. Maybe next time we can pick the next celebrity in Cyberpunk 2077, although we still would’ve gone with Keanu Reeves.last_img read more

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Funtastic responds to lawsuit over Ferris wheel fall

first_imgPORT TOWNSEND — The company being sued after three people fell from a Ferris wheel in Port Townsend has responded to the federal lawsuit, denying any negligence or liability.The Peninsula Daily News reported Tuesday that Fun-Tastic Shows of Oregon says it is the fault of Shawn Swartwood, her partner Crystal Groth and Groth’s 7-year-old son, Mikhail Groth Swartwood, that they were all injured in the May 18 fall.The Port Townsend family members initially filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Superior Court against the ride operator for damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost income, but it was moved to federal court.The three were riding a 40-foot Ferris wheel when the gondola flipped upside-down, dumping them roughly 15 feet onto the ride’s metal platform.The Ferris wheel in question has been put back into service.last_img read more

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Shooting leaves 2 men dead 1 injured in Salem

first_imgSALEM — Authorities in western Oregon say two men died and another was injured in a shooting in Salem.The Marion County sheriff’s office says deputies responded to a reported shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Bar Fly’s Grill.Deputies arrived and found two men who had been shot. Both were transported to a hospital where one died.Authorities say they later found a third man dead in a parking lot about a mile away, and it’s believed all three men were involved in the same incident.Police say they’re looking for a red Cadillac Escalade seen leaving the area at about the time of the shooting.Names haven’t been released.last_img

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Tackle Football And Concussions How Young Is Too Young To Play

first_img X Share Pixabay Listen center_img 00:00 /16:51 Lawmakers in Illinois, New York, and California are debating legislation that would ban tackle football for children under a certain age. The proposed measures stem from concerns about the risks associated with concussions and brain injury.This isn’t the first time attention has been drawn to similar issues. Discussions and research about these injuries in the NFL and other sports have been going on for years.So, after years of research and so much money spent examining this issue, what do we know about brain injuries today? Is there enough medical consensus to say one way or another whether there should be an age limit to certain sports?Houston Matters talks it over with Dr. Munro Cullum, a professor at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Dr. Kenneth Podell, director of the Houston Methodist Concussion Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Game of the Year Aurion Legacy of the KoriOdan

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!I once thought about writing a “best dreadlocks in video games” feature before reaching the depressing conclusion that the list would probably feature more Predators than Black people. Fortunately, from Mafia III to Watch Dogs 2 to Battlefield 1 to Virginia, this year has seen an encouraging amount of Black representation in games. But that’s never a reason to stop asking for more.Specifically, I think fantasy games have a lot to gain by looking for inspiration beyond European (and to a lesser extent, Asian) influences, an idea I touched on in an earlier essay on video games and Afrofuturism. This week’s Game of the Year, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, is proof of that potential.The story of Aurion’s creation is almost as cool and unusual as the game itself. The result of a successful Kickstarter, Aurion marks the debut of Kiro’o Games, a self-taught Cameroonian studio. This makes Aurion the first video game from Central Africa. As such, the game draws inspiration from across the mythology of the region. The music and Swahili words used throughout took me back to my brief stint of celebrating Kwanzaa. But even if you don’t recognize every specific cultural marker, it’s a coherent aesthetic not typically seen in games. And it’s brought to life with lovingly hand-drawn character sporting detailed animations.Meanwhile, the story’s focus royal intrigue and the gameplay’s focus on over-the-top brawls make Aurion either the best Black Panther game Marvel won’t make or African Dragon Ball Z. Players control Enzo, prince of Zama. When violent forces conspire to prevent him from becoming king, he quests throughout the land with his would-be queen to reclaim what’s theirs, as well as learn about the rest of the world.Aurion is an action-RPG, which gives the game a reason to have players explore in-between the fighting. You can talk to local storytellers, villagers, or bested enemies while gathering items and finding the path forward. It goes a long way toward getting players invested in the world, which seems to be the developer’s chief priority. After all, as the first game from a certain part of the world, there’s a lot of pressure to deliver something that could only come to that place.But don’t think Aurion is nothing but African sightseeing. You’ll frequently battle all types of foes: short grubby rat-men, traitorous guards, or bosses able to summon magical animal auras. Fortunately, the combat is an absolute joy. With his fierce strikes, acrobatic leaps, and ability to cast screen-filling magic attacks, Enzo plays like a character from Marvel vs. Capcom. You can even take enemies for a ride by knocking them further and further into the sky. It never gets old, and you steadily become stronger as you level up. Just make sure to play with a controller.All that said, Aurion overall is rough in a way you might expect from a very indie video game. Nothing is explicitly broken, but the experience is missing that oh-so intangible quality known as “polish.” You can notice which elements may have received more attention than others. When you’re a small, new team making your first game in a region without a larger dev community for guidance, it’s understandable not everything can be a priority. But I can’t blame players for not being as forgiving.They should consider it though because for $15 on PC, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is absolutely worth checking out. And if people don’t care about the initial, indie African video games of today, we may never get to see the glorious, AAA(rtisanal?) African video games of the (afro)future. This Game of the Year could be a gateway to many more.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Forward Bloc veteran Paresh Adhikary joins TMC

first_imgKolkata: Forward Bloc leader and former Food minister Paresh Adhikari joined Trinamool Congress on Friday. The party’s flag was handed over to Adhikari by Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee at Trinamool Bhavan, in presence of state Backward Classes Welfare minister Rajib Banerjee.”Adhikari had spoken with our party supremo Mamata Banerjee and had expressed his interest to join our party and be a part of the all-round development of Bengal under her leadership. She has agreed to induct Adhikari and today (Friday) he is officially becoming a member of our party,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Chatterjee, Adhikari will work alongside Udayan Guha for strengthening the party’s organisational strength in North Bengal. Guha, who was a Forward Bloc MLA from Dinhata in Cooch Behar, had joined Trinamool Congress in 2016, before the Assembly elections.”Adhikari is a well-known figure in the politics in North Bengal and will play an important role in development of the state and maintaining unity among the people,” Chatterjee maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The people of Cooch Behar have been gripped by a sense of fear over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue in Assam. Our Chief Minister is working against NRC. So I felt that the time is ripe to join her hands in this matter,” Adhikari said, when asked about the reason of his joining the party.Adhikari is a four time MLA from Mekhliganj in Cooch Behar and had won on Forward Bloc’s ticket in 1991, 2001, 2006 and 2011. He was the Food minister under the Left regime from 2006 to 2011. He lost to Arghya Roy Pradhan of Trinamool in the 2016 Assembly polls.last_img read more

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Mexicos president tries to change countrys name

first_img Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Check your body, save your life Still, President Felipe Calderon called a news conference Thursday to announce that he wants to make the name simply “Mexico.” His country doesn’t need to copy anyone, he said.Calderon first proposed the name change as a congressman in 2003 but the bill did not make it to a vote. The new constitutional reform he proposed would have to be approved by both houses of Congress and a majority of Mexico’s 31 state legislatures.However, Calderon leaves office on Dec. 1, raising the question of whether his proposal is a largely symbolic gesture. His proposal was widely mocked on Twitter as a ridiculous parting shot from a lame-duck president.Calderon said that while the name change “doesn’t have the urgency of other reforms,” it should be seen as a relevant issue. “Mexico doesn’t need a name that emulates another country and that no one uses on a daily basis,” he said.The United States looms larger than perhaps any other country in the Mexican cultural imagination: Mexicans follow U.S. sports teams, watch U.S. television shows and buy U.S.-made products. For many, however, there is also resentment of a larger and more powerful northern neighbor that’s often seen as ignoring or looking down its nose at Mexico. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s president is making one last attempt to get the “United States” out of Mexico _ at least as far as the country’s name is concerned.The name “United Mexican States,” or “Estados Unidos Mexicanos,” was adopted in 1824 after independence from Spain in imitation of Mexico’s democratic northern neighbor, but it is rarely used except on official documents, money and other government material. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Calderon has tried to keep Mexico’s international image, and its vital tourism industry, from being tarred by the waves of violence set off by his six-year, militarized offensive against drug cartels. At least 47,500 people have died in cartel-related violence during his term in office, although the number is believed to be far higher, since his administration stopped releasing an official count last year.A poll released this week by the Vianovo consulting firm said that half of all Americans view Mexico unfavorably and more than 70 percent believe it’s unsafe to travel south of the border. The poll of 1,000 adults had a margin of error of four percentage points.“It’s time for Mexicans to return to the beauty and simplicity of the name of our country, Mexico,” Calderon said. “A name that we chant, that we sing, that makes us happy, that we identify with, that fills us with pride.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

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Perth to trial Qcard instant checkin

first_imgQantas will start trails of its new Q-card in Perth Domestic Airport this week as part of its ‘Next Generation Check-in’ system test.“The Q-card will be all [passengers] need to check in and board [their] flight,” a Qantas online instructional video claimed.Qantas Frequent Flyers, selected to participate in the trial, simply swipe their Q-card against a Q-card Reader and they are checked in automatically, the Q-card then acting as a boarding pass.If passengers have bags, they can print and attach their own bag tag before proceeding to a new designated bag drop facility.”Next Generation Check-in has been designed to deliver an enhanced check-in experience for our customers – providing greater speed and ease through the airport terminal by eliminating airport queuing,” Qantas executive Alison Webster said.Qantas plan to issue Q-cards to all Qantas Club members over the next year such that the cards will operate as their permanent boarding passes.At the same time the airline hopes to introduce the Marc Newson designed Q Bag Tag, which synchronises with the Q-card, cutting time spent in baggage queues.Qantas is set to extend the trail to Sydney later in the year, with plans to open in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne in 2011. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1ae60/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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Economic Worries Trample on NewHome Sales Over August

first_imgEconomic Worries Trample on New-Home Sales Over August Despite the lure of record-low mortgage rates, fewer consumers stepped out from behind the fear of a global economic slowdown to purchase new homes, curtailing new sales by 2.3 percent month-over-month in August. Market watchers chalked up a six-month dearth to consumers wary about their job security, stock markets, and the threat of a new recession.[IMAGE]Under the umbrella of the “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/, the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/const/newressales.pdf signaled a fallback to 295,000 housing units on a seasonally adjusted basis, down from 302,000 from July. New-home sales figures tanked for all regions except the Midwest, which saw consumers scooping up 53,000 residences.””[I]n the current climate a new home is a luxury that many Americans can no longer afford,”” “”Paul Dales””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/global-economics/paul-dales.html, a senior U.S. economist with “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, wrote in a note Monday. Although Hurricane Irene may have crunched new-home sales in New England, he says, it is “”much more likely that the willingness and ability of households to buy a new home was dented by the turmoil in the financial markets and growing signs of a sustained and significant economic slowdown.””August made itself as heady an event for the markets as the storm system. A narrowly avoided debt default at the national level drove ratings heavyweight “”Standard & Poor’s””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/SPComIPResolver to “”downgrade U.S. credit””:https://themreport.com/articles/markets-shake-with-gse-home-loan-bank-downgrades-2011-08-08 from AAA to AA+, sapping GSEs “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and 10 federal home loan banks of their creditworthiness in the same stroke. The move helped upend stock markets, which slashed gains by historic margins on several occasions as euro-zone economies grew less and spent more, with some, namely Greece, poised to default on their debt obligations.[COLUMN_BREAK]Downplaying headwinds from around the country and world, analysts and economists say, the real problem for housing still lay with a weak U.S. economy, which assuaged few nervous homebuyers by “”slashing as many jobs as it added over August””:https://themreport.com/articles/housing-industries-freeze-alongside-zero-job-growth-2011-09-02.””The hub on the wheel is jobs,”” “”Greg McBride””:http://www.bankrate.com/blogs/federal-reserve/about-greg-mcbride-cfa.aspx, a senior financial analyst with “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/, a finance Web site, told _MReport_ in a past interview. He said that consumers would continue refraining from investments like mortgages until the national employment numbers improve.””With job growth at a standstill, the stock market swinging wildly, Congress wrangling over the debt ceiling, and the euro zone’s problems sending consumer confidence down, sales of new homes are slipping from an already weak pace,”” “”Celia Chen””:http://www.imn.org/pages/biography.cfm?personid=30DE66589034, senior research director and housing specialist with “”Moody’s Analytics””:http://www.moodysanalytics.com/, offered in Monday comments.She said the housing market continues to waffle despite an all-time high for house affordability, which rock-bottom mortgage rates shape even in failing to stimulate chronically low demand. Bankrate.com and Freddie Mac more recently found interest rates for the benchmark 30-year loan at “”4.29 percent and 4.09 percent””:https://themreport.com/articles/europe-feds-treasury-buy-up-keep-mortgage-rates-low-2011-09-22, respectively, reflecting lows not seen in the history of surveys for either company.Chen also referenced competition from a high tide of foreclosures with new home construction, with a “”RealtyTrac report””:http://www.realtytrac.com/content/press-releases/august-2011-us-foreclosure-market-report-6836 recently revealing a 7-percent month-over-month uptick over August as foreclosures rose to 228,098 from July.Tellingly, a “”National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?newsID=13446 released last week showed a three-month dearth in confidence among homebuilders, with points for the index dipping from 15 to 14.””To be sure, new-home demand still faces many obstacles, and the risks to this outlook are decidedly on the downside,”” Chen wrote.Whither new-home sales in a bad economy?She forecasted that job creation “”will remain weak until next year,”” with new-home sales continuing to “”meander close to bottom for the remainder of this year before picking up in 2012.”” September 26, 2011 422 Views Agents & Brokers Bankrate Capital Economics Census Bureau Department of Commerce Fannie Mae Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Home Builders Processing S & P Index Service Providers Shares Stocks Unemployment 2011-09-26 Ryan Schuettecenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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What Does the Spike in First Mortgages Mean

first_img Amy Crews CuttsAmy Crews Cutts is SVP and Chief Economist at Equifax. A recognized industry expert, Amy brings more than 17 years of economic analysis and policy development experience. She is responsible for analytics and research relating to the consumer wallet–assets, income, credit, and spending, along with macroeconomic factors affecting the consumer. She previously worked at Freddie Mac for 14 years, the last eight of which were spent as Deputy Chief Economist from 2003 to 2011. She has published numerous studies in academic journals and books on topics such as the economics of subprime lending and the impact of technology on foreclosure prevention. Amy recently spoke with MReport about the impact of the recent spike in first mortgages as reported by Equifax.What is the significance for the industry of the increase of first mortgages that Equifax reported, which were 10.3 percent and 1.86 million for the first quarter this year? We haven’t seen the full benefits yet of the Brexit crash on interest rates. That’ll really hit just at the end of second quarter. The Brexit vote happened, then the markets crashed and then interest rates went down, and mortgage rates came within 10 basis points of their all-time low. That effect of that will really hit in the third quarter. That said, the interest rate environment has defied economists’ expectations for a very long time. This is great for consumers that economists are wrong, because the trend in interest rates has been to stay very low for a very long time. Ask any economist walking down the street, “What are interest rates going to do?” They’re going to say, “They’re going to go up.” Why are they going to go up? Because their models say they’re going to go up. Why does their model say it’s going to go up? Well, because the path of interest rates for the last 65 years was basically to rise for 30 years and to fall for 35 years. Your forecast, and where we are today, is below that starting point. Your model is going to say, “Well, I have to forecast the average so rates should go up because you’re well below average.” It doesn’t matter what historical time period you take, that’s what your model’s going to tell you. The path of interest rates looks like Mt. Kilimanjaro—this vast peak rising above a plain. It’s very difficult to forecast what comes next when for 30 years it rises and for 35 years it falls. I can tell you all the reasons it’s supposed to rise–we’ve got a great economy, or not so great depending on who you talk to, but the point is steady economic growth and steady employment growth. At some point you would say inflation’s supposed to rise, so interest rates should rise to take advantage of that.The paradigm’s policy change though is rather significant. Is that Basel III capital rules, for banks and financial institutions that are adopted globally and then with some extra bells and whistles put in place by our prudential regulators, so it’d be the Fed, the OCC and similar, require banks to hold much more capital today than prior to the financial crisis. The quality of the capital assets has also gotten better. In the past you could hold certain other instruments. Your choice set is pretty limited. All of that basically says interest rates are being kept low because banks need to hold these treasuries on the balance sheet for capital purposes.Then you add to that things like Brexit that cause the markets to panic. You get flight to quality and you get these lovely volatility gyrations going on in the marketplace. When we look finally at what does that mean for the mortgage market, it means that people like me who are not yet in the money have hopes of being in the money for a refinance. People looking to buy a house, who maybe we’re not happy when rates went out to 4 percent are really happy because rates are back down actually all the way to 3.4 percent, 0r 3.5 percent perhaps.The point is, if you want to buy house, you haven’t missed the boat yet. There’s still plenty of time to buy a house at very low interest rates. The mortgage originations have gone up, and part of the reason they’ve gone up is because it’s seasonal. Home buying happens in the second quarter.The second part of that, though, is that refinance activity, despite what I tell my senior leadership every quarter, is not dead yet. We have the steadiness of refinance activity with a push of home purchase activity driving up mortgage originations at a pretty nice pace. Last year they went up 66 percent, but that had to do with refinancing. We got a little refinance boom earlier in the year. Then it died out at the latter half of the year and now it seems to be reborn again. We’ll see how that takes off. Share What Does the Spike in First Mortgages Mean? Equifax First Mortgages Mortgage Rates 2016-08-18 Seth Welborncenter_img in Commentary, Daily Dose, News August 18, 2016 598 Views last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Getting real: Former friend of faux heiress has book deal by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 8:52 am PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — A onetime friend who helped expose the crimes of faux German heiress Anna Sorokin has a book coming out this summer.Gallery Books announced Friday that Rachel DeLoache Williams’ “My Friend Anna” is scheduled for July 23. Gallery is calling her memoir “a nail-biting account” of being scammed by Sorokin out of tens of thousands of dollars and reporting her to authorities.On Thursday, Sorokin was convicted in New York for theft of services and grand larceny. Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor who wrote a viral article on Sorokin, testified during the trial.Prosecutors say Sorokin, who used the name Anna Delvey, conned friends and financial institutions into believing she was worth tens of millions of dollars and got others to support her extravagant lifestyle.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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