UGA RB Target Makes Amazing One-Handed Grab

first_imgUGA running back making a great catch.Bulldog target Toneil Carter will go down in Opening history with a clutch one-handed catch.The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back helped out his quarterback while snagging a throw during the 7-on-7 portion of The Opening Finals in Eugene, Ore. Check it out with 247Sports:Carter played with other Georgia commitments Jake Fromm (Warner Robins), Trey Blount (Pace Academy), Richard LeCounte III (Liberty County), Jaden Hunter (Westlake) and William Poole III (Hapeville Charter) on Team Alpha Pro. Carter is currently ranked as the 107th overall prospect and, according to 247Sports’ own 2016 Football Recruits Composite, as the fifth running back in the nation. He’s also the 16th overall prospect in Texas. Assuming he officially commits to Georgia, the Bulldogs will have a major boost in their offense with these incredible skills on the roster.last_img read more

Western Jamaica Abuzz with Activities for Labour Day

first_imgCutting of overgrown vegetation, whitewashing of walls and landscaping works are also being undertaken at the institution.Chief Executive Officer of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Rovel Morris, expressed satisfaction with the level of support for the project.“It is a pleasure to be here for our Labour Day project. When you look at Jamaica and what has been happening with the children, it is a positive message on this Labour Day. It uplifts the community; it gives the community drive and community spirit,” Mr. Morris told JIS News.Eighteen additional projects were registered with the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.Meanwhile in Trelawny, a number of volunteers turned out at the Bounty Hall Primary and Infant School to carry out improvement works aimed at creating a safer environment for students.“We are making sure that the boundary wall is cemented and concreted,” said Mayor of Falmouth and Chairman of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation, Councillor Colin Gager.“We are doing some painting of the main building where the principal’s office is located. We will be installing some speed bumps along the roadway [to the school] to make sure that the young learners here are well protected from any type of accident and their surrounding is very safe,” he told JIS News.The parish project in St. Elizabeth involved the paving of the Balaclava Primary School yard, painting of a pedestrian crossing in the vicinity of the institution and construction of a bus shed outside the school.There were 71 projects registered with the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation.In Hanover, more than 40 volunteers turned out to undertake repairs to the Sandy Bay Community Centre, while over in Westmoreland, activities were focused on the Llandilo School of Special Education, where a pedestrian crossing was repainted and a garbage receptacle constructed. In St. James, the Municipal Corporation embarked on three parish projects, while 59 additional projects were registered with the corporation. Western Jamaica was abuzz with activities on Labour Day, May 23 as volunteers across the parishes of St. James, Hanover, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland, turned out to participate in several community development projects. Story Highlightscenter_img The scope of work is in line with the Labour Day theme ‘Child Safety…it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we’, and includes the painting of pedestrian crossings; erecting road signs and fencing around schools and playfields; constructing bus stops, retaining walls and drains; and general clean-up of communities. Western Jamaica was abuzz with activities on Labour Day, May 23 as volunteers across the parishes of St. James, Hanover, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland, turned out to participate in several community development projects.The scope of work is in line with the Labour Day theme ‘Child Safety…it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we’, and includes the painting of pedestrian crossings; erecting road signs and fencing around schools and playfields; constructing bus stops, retaining walls and drains; and general clean-up of communities.In St. James, the Municipal Corporation embarked on three parish projects, while 59 additional projects were registered with the corporation.The parish projects include the refencing of the Farm Primary and Junior High School; rehabilitation of the Mafoota Community Centre; and construction of a sidewalk and bush shed at the Bickersteth Primary School and repainting of the pedestrian crossing at the school entrance.Over in St. Ann, a number of persons participated in the parish project at the Turnberry Primary and Infant School in Moneague, which involved erecting a covering for the walkway leading from the main building to the restrooms.last_img read more

Boskalis Sells SMIT Gladstone Towage Operation to Smit …

first_imgzoom Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of its Australian harbor towage business to its strategic partner Smit Lamnalco. The sale had already been announced in August 2013 as part of a strategic realignment of the towage activities.Boskalis received USD 55 million in cash for all the outstanding shares in Smit Marine Australia Pty Ltd, the legal entity holding the exclusive harbor towage license in the port of Gladstone, Australia with 6 tug boats included. The transaction was at book value and will not have a material impact on Boskalis earnings.Shipping activity out of the Port of Gladstone is primarily commodity related with various LNG terminals currently under construction. The nature of these activities fits well within the Oil and Gas industry focus of Smit Lamnalco. These activities will furthermore complement Smit Lamnalco’s forthcoming LNG terminal activities in Papua New Guinea.Smit Lamnalco is a strategic partnership in which Boskalis is 50% shareholder with the remaining 50% share held by The Rezayat Group of Saudi Arabia.Boskalis, October 16, 2013last_img read more

App Provides Augmented Reality for Students Teachers

first_imgGrade 10 students and teachers are using leading-edge technology to learn and teach math in the classroom with a new augmented reality application. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey officially launched the app — EECD AR, today, June 23 at Sir Robert Borden Junior High School in Cole Harbour. “Providing students with more opportunities to integrate technology and learning is an important part of preparing them for the future,” said Ms. Casey. “This app is about providing new ways of learning, embracing technology and encouraging imaginative and creative thinking.” The app allows students and teachers to use their phone or tablet’s camera to augment reality to enhance learning. It can produce a 3D image of an object based on text, read the text to students or provide supplementary information to provide more context. The app uses a selection of questions from the Pearson Foundation and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10 and Mathématiques 10: fondements et pré-calcul textbooks, with the possibility of supporting more questions and different textbooks in the future. The EECD AR app was developed by John Munro, a teacher at Sir Robert Borden Junior High School, in partnership with E-Learning Media Inc. “This app lets students bring schoolwork to life and observe it in a way never before possible,” said Mr. Munro. “Students are able to tackle problems that are typically difficult to visualize, and find the solution using a new perspective.” The app was inspired by his work with Devon Harvey and Matthew Van Leer, two Grade 12 students at Lockview High School in Fall River, who he worked with on an augmented reality app that won first place at a Saint Mary’s University Hackathon competition, last year. The app is available on the Google Play Store and the App Store. It is an example of how the department is introducing new hands-on learning activities for students to develop their technology skills and to enhance learning as part of the 3 Rs: Renew, Refocus and Rebuild, Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education. The action plan can be found at read more

Consumer confidence slides after big January gain but remains above prerecession levels

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Consumer confidence slides after big January gain but remains above pre-recession levels In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 photo, a shopper pays for his produce at a farmers market in downtown Los Angeles. The Conference Board releases its February index on U.S. consumer confidence on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers are feeling a bit less confident this month, but their spirits are still at the highest levels since before the Great Recession.The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped this month to 96.4 from a revised 103.8 in January. The February and January readings are the highest since before the recession officially started in December 2007.Consumers are modestly less confident about current economic conditions and considerably less confident about the next six months. They are slightly more likely to say jobs are “hard to get” than they were in January.A year ago, the consumer confidence index was a much lower 78.3. The rising confidence over the past year reflects in part a stronger job market. Employers added more than 1 million jobs from November through January — the best three months of hiring since the fall of 1997.Even wages, the job market’s weakest link, have shown signs of improvement. The average hourly wage rose 12 cents to $24.75 in January; the 0.5 per cent jump was the highest since 2008.Consumers’ spirits have also risen as gasoline prices have plummeted — to $2.31 a gallon from $3.42 a year ago. Still, gas prices are up from $2.04 a gallon a month ago, according to AAA.Another measure of consumer confidence, issued late last month by the University of Michigan, showed that consumer confidence hit an 11-year high in January.Consumer confidence measures “remain at inspiring levels,” Bricklin Dwyer, economist at BNP Paribas, wrote in a research report Tuesday. “We continue to expect consumer spending to kick the year off on a robust foot after the drop in energy prices gave consumers a substantial windfall.”U.S. economic growth slowed to a solid-but-unspectacular 2.6 per cent annual pace in the last three months of 2014 after growing 5 per cent from July through September. Economists say the economy is likely to grow about 2.5 per cent from January through March.Last week, the Conference Board reported that its index of leading economic indicators rose last month by the smallest amount since August. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2015 8:44 am MDT read more

Trump budget faces Dem opposition GOP doubts about math

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defence of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies and food stamps.A day after the budget’s release, a handful of senior administration officials fanned out on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, facing tough questions from Democrats opposed to the blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year and Republicans skeptical about the administration’s math.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, gave Republicans the unwelcome news that they may have to cast a dreaded vote on increasing the government’s borrowing authority before they break for the August recess. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced a grilling from Democrats over funding private schools with taxpayer money.One House Budget Committee member, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney that Trump’s proposed cuts to medical research are “penny-wise and pound-foolish” — and then excused himself to preside over DeVos’ testimony.Here’s the rundown on the budget hearings:___BUDGET CHIEFMulvaney gave an unapologetic defence of Trump proposals to slash programs related to the environment, education, health care for the poor and foreign aid.The former tea party congressman told the Budget Committee that he went line by line through the federal budget and asked, “Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?”Democrats charged that Trump’s cuts would rip apart the social safety net. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told Mulvaney that the proposed cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are “astonishing and frankly immoral.”“We are talking about half the births in the United States, 30 million children, and half of all nursing home and long-term care nationwide for senior citizens and people with disabilities,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., citing Medicaid’s extensive reach.“When you say ‘cut’ are you speaking Washington or regular language?” Mulvaney shot back.Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., laced into the president’s budget plan, saying it was based on fanciful economic predictions of high growth rates but low inflation and bond yields that would make managing the government’s $20 trillion debt less costly.“This budget presumes a Goldilocks economy” that never goes into recession, Sanford said. “It assumes that the stars perfectly align.”___FOOD AND FARM FIGHTAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was lukewarm in defending Trump’s budget to Democrats and some Republicans who rejected proposed cuts to farm programs and food stamps.“Many in agriculture and rural America are likely to find little to celebrate within the budget request,” Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt, the Republican chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees agriculture spending, told Perdue.Trump’s budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including a cut in government help for purchasing popular crop insurance policies. Perdue said the nation has a dilemma in how to “right-size the budget” but acknowledged the concerns.“I don’t know that your priorities are much different from my priorities for USDA,” he told Aderholt.Democrats criticized a proposal for an almost 30 per cent cut in food stamps. Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro called the budget “cruel,” ”heartless,” ”evil” and “inhumane.” Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop said the cuts “fail the test of basic human decency.”The Trump budget would also eliminate a program that ships American commodities to hungry people abroad. Aderholt said that program “is something we should be proud of” and eliminating it “runs entirely counter to the idea of buy American, hire American” that Trump has championed.Perdue had no defence: “I think your comments are essentially irrefutable,” he said.___SCHOOL VOUCHER BATTLEEducation Secretary DeVos faced pointed questions from lawmakers on whether funding private schools with taxpayer money would condone discrimination of LGBT, special needs and other students.Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., asked DeVos whether a private school can receive voucher money even if it denies access to LGBT students. Trump’s budget would cut several key K-12 programs, while boosting funding for charter and private school voucher programs.DeVos answered that that was not the federal government’s business, but was for states and locales to decide. “They set up the rules around that,” she said.“We believe that parents are the best equipped to make choices about education for their children,” she said.Clark then asked whether DeVos saw a role for the federal government to intervene if a private school rejected African-American students, and DeVos repeated her answer. “I am shocked that you could not provide one example of discrimination” that warrants federal intervention, Clark said.___IMMIGRATION JAIL BEDSHomeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended proposed budget cuts to state and local grant programs and a proposal to spend more than $2.7 billion to add thousands of new immigration jail beds despite steep declines of arrests along the Mexican border.In a hearing before a House panel, Kelly insisted that it made sense to cut roughly $767 million from state and local grant programs, money intended to help local authorities prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters, because the funds are no longer needed.“I wouldn’t say these funds are not very helpful for these states and localities, but I would offer that it isn’t as grim as you describe if we take it away,” Kelly said, responding to criticism of the proposal by Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. “Their efforts against terrorism and other disasters won’t immediately collapse.”Lowey said she worried that Kelly didn’t fully understand how important that money is to local jurisdictions, including New York City.“Your budget proposal would make communities … less safe,” Lowey said.Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican who chairs the subcommittee, described the proposed cuts as “worrisome” and also questioned the need to add thousands of new immigration jail beds.Kelly told the panel that while arrests at the border have dropped to records lows in the months since Trump took office, arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have increased and for now, at least, the added jail space is necessary. He suggested that in future budgets that may not be the case. Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2017 4:12 pm MDT Last Updated May 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Great British Bake Off 104 million people tune into mostwatched launch episode

first_imgBanfield came second to last, with aerospace engineer Andrew Smyth, 25, faring worse for his Jaffa Cakes and landing in last place.The bake that sealed Banfield’s fate was his Showstopper cake, which was a strawberry surprise mirror cake covered in a dark chocolate mirror glaze, complete with ganache and layers of fresh strawberries and strawberry jam.Hollywood described his genoise sponge as “too dry” while questioning his use of fresh fruit running through the middle layers, and Berry suggested he needed a “lift of cream”.Following his departure, he said the worst moment in the competition was when Hollywood said “that isn’t a Jaffa Cake” when judging his Technical bake.He said: “I was trying to keep a straight face so I didn’t give it away that it was mine.”I’ve always enjoyed baking and at church I do regular baking demonstrations. I won’t show the congregation how to make a Jaffa Cake, I am not going to repeat that experience – I’ll buy them a pack instead.”Banfield took part in the popular BBC One programme after his wife of 47 years encouraged him to apply.He added that he will continue to bake and do his demonstrations at church alongside his job as a pastor. Talking about his exit from the show, Hollywood said: “It’s very sad, but as I’ve just been saying to Lee now, you are one of the 12 best amateur bakers in the country. You should be very proud of yourself.”Jane Beedle, 61, was named the first Star Baker of the series, thanks to her impressive lemon and poppy seed drizzle cake, and chocolate and orange ganache-covered mirror glaze Showstopper.It was a tight competition for the accolade as 30-year-old Ghanaian-born Selasi Gbormittah also made an impression with his bakes, clinching first spot in the Technical challenge. The ratings are expected to rise by several million over the next seven days, as catch-up and on-demand viewing is taken into account, before official figures are released in a week’s time.Last year’s final, which saw Nadiya Hussain crowned as champion, was the most-watched programme of 2015, with 15 million viewers.In Wednesday night’s show, Mr Banfield, who at 67 is the oldest competitor in the seventh series of the popular BBC show, fell behind the other 11 bakers to become the first to exit the tent. He admitted he was “disappointed to be the first off” after his trio of bakes failed to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.The bakers were asked to create drizzle cakes for the Signature bake and Jaffa Cakes in the Technical challenge, before constructing a perfect genoise sponge with a mirror glaze for their final bakes, known as the Showstopper.Banfield struggled early on, with his sponge turning into clumps while preparing his orange and lemon drizzle cake, which he based on the Bells of St Clements.Hollywood praised the flavour of his bake, but criticised the texture as “awful”. His Jaffa Cakes in the Technical challenge were uneven and had lumps of chocolate in the middle of each one, instead of being smooth and uniform. The new series of The Great British Bake Off got off to a record-breaking start, after more than ten million viewers tuned into its launch episode.An audience of 10.4 million viewers – just under half of all those watching television between 8pm and 9pm – saw Bolton pastor Lee Banfield become the first amateur baker to leave the show.The huge audience figures make Wednesday night’s show the most-watched launch episode in the history of Bake Off, beating last year’s previous record of 9.3 million viewers.center_img Lee Banfield with Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul HollywoodCredit:Tom Graham Lee Banfield with Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Preston announce signing of Ireland international Burke from Shamrock Rovers

first_imgUefa clear PSG of breaking Financial Fair Play rules but they still need to sell €60m worth of playersAll hands on deck to help Messi perform at his best, say Argentina team-mates By Ryan Bailey Preston announce signing of Ireland international Burke from Shamrock Rovers The Championship club have added to their Irish contingent by securing the signature of the attacking midfielder. GRAHAM BURKE WILL get a second chance to forge a successful career in England after his standout form for Shamrock Rovers was rewarded with a three-year move to Preston North End. Burke at Preston’s Deepdale home this afternoon. Source: Preston North EndThe 24-year-old completed his move to the Championship club this evening after Shamrock Rovers accepted an undisclosed fee — believed to be in the region of €300,000 — for the attacker’s services.Burke will play his final game for Rovers in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash with Limerick on Friday before making the switch to Deepdale, where he will join fellow Irish players Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire, Kevin O’Connor and Andy Boyle.The Dubliner, who spent four years with Aston Villa before returning to Ireland in 2017, has impressed during his time with Rovers and was last month handed a first Ireland cap in the defeat to France in Paris.Burke then followed up his international debut with a first senior goal in the 2-1 defeat of USA at the Aviva Stadium, as he became the first League of Ireland player to score for Ireland in 40 years.Commenting on his move to Preston, he said: “It was brilliant to hear the news of Preston North End’s interest. I was thrilled with the opportunity to have the chance to come to such a good club as this. 23,271 Views “It was also great to be joining a club where I know some of the boys, so it should help me settle in.”Burke came through the same Aston Villa youth team as Irish-qualified striker Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson, as well as being in the same Ireland squad as Horgan, Maguire, Boyle and Browne last month.“I have kept a close eye on the club with the Irish players going over there and knowing the likes of Callum [Robinson] and DJ, so when I found out about the interest, it was a no brainer for me to try and get the deal done,” he continued.“It is brilliant to be part of this group. Looking at last season, we finished just two points outside the Play-Offs and to do that with such a young group illustrates the hunger that is there and I have the same desire to get better as a football player.“All young players want to improve and the ambitions we have as individuals and as a group are to get into the Premier League and all the boys will be fighting for that.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: 24 Comments center_img Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 7:30 PM Burke scored on his second camp against USA. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOIn confirming Burke’s departure from Tallaght Stadium, Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley admitted he is sad to lose a player of that calibre but spoke of his delight for Burke, who had come back from England ‘a little bit broken.’During his two seasons in the League of Ireland, Burke scored 22 goals in 48 appearances for the Hoops, including 12 goals this term.“Graham is a special player that can change a game,” Bradley said. “I think he came to us a little bit broken but he’s matured both on and off the pitch. Obviously he has the ability but it’s his personality as well, his drive to be the best he can be.“He’s put in a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes that people don’t see. He’s been excellent. It’s been an unbelievable journey so far for him and long may it continue. I’ve no doubt that Graham is the type of player who will go over there and shine. The higher the level he plays the better Graham will be. “Only time will tell that but he’s got unbelievable ability and he makes things look ridiculously easy. His team-mates liked him for what he did on the pitch, for scoring goals, but more than that, it was around training.“He does the right things and the icing on the cake was that he produced it on a Friday night. He’s a top player and a top person.“Obviously they’ll all be sad to see him go, we all will, but it was great to have him for the time that we did.”Burke’s arrival at Preston, who finished seventh in the Championship last season, comes on the same day the Lancashire club announced the sale of Ireland fullback Greg Cunningham to newly-promoted Cardiff City.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share154 Tweet Email Short URL Jun 13th 2018, 7:30 PM last_img read more

11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’New ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Reboot Teaser Hints at a Scarier Series Stay on target Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premiered on Netflix on August 9, drawing raves from both old-school fans and people newly introduced to Joe Murray’s 1993 Nickelodeon series about a naive young wallaby living in O-Town with his quirky friends.This week, Netflix will premiere another original movie based on a Nick property, Jhonen Vasquez’s Invader Zim.A whole generation of kids grew up on Nickelodeon’s original programming, as it was one of the few networks willing to take chances in the kids world without merchandising tie-ins and focus groups. They made shows like SpongeBob SquarePants that kids and adults could get into, and it’s not surprising they have a long tail.Here are 11 other classic Nick shows that we could see coming back for one last hurrah.CatDogOne of the best things about Nickelodeon is how they would run with the absolute weirdest ideas just to see what would happen. Cartoon animals were nothing new in 1998, but the airwaves had never seen anything like Peter Hannan’s CatDog. The titular character was a bizarre mutant conjoined twin featuring the front half of a fastidious cat grafted to the front half of a moronic dog. It’s such a bizarre and unique premise that it became an instant hit, and the show aired until 2005. There are still tons of stories you could tell with CatDog in an even more polarized cultural environment, so why not give it a shot?Stream it on NickHits on AmazonThe Adventures of Pete & PeteWidely considered one of the greatest kids’ shows ever aired, The Adventures of Pete & Pete began airing on Nick in 1989 as one minute interstitials between programming, but was spun off into a half hour show in 1993. The brothers Wrigley — known as Big Pete and Little Pete — deal with a variety of surreal situations in their home town of Wellsville. The show was wildly influential and boasted a hipster heaven of guest stars, from Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop to LL Cool J. Because it was live action, the stars have certainly aged since the show was first aired, but imagine the Petes coming back together and coming home again? We’re a little weepy just thinking about it.Stream it on AmazonPrometheus and BobRunning from 1996 to 2000, KaBlam! was a wild melange of sketch comedy, experimental animation and other weirdness. One of the show’s most unforgettable segments was Prometheus and Bob, an offbeat claymation story of a hyper-intelligent alien attempting to educate a clueless caveman, only to have things backfire in ridiculous ways. Created by Cote Zellers, who was also the primary voice actor, the bit was successful enough that talk of a full-length feature was already swirling, with Chris Farley and David Spade attached. Unfortunately, it wound up in development hell and nothing came of it. Zellers went on to work on HBO’s I Spy series but you know he’d like to bring it all back home and finally get that movie made.The Ren & Stimpy ShowNickelodeon ventured into the world of original animation in August of 1991 with three series, all of which would become massive hits. The one with the most crossover potential to an adult audience was John Kricfalusi’s gross-fest Ren & Stimpy, starring a cat and dog pair unlike anything the airwaves had ever seen. Kricfalusi’s studio Spumco pushed the envelope with disgusting close-ups, exaggerated action and demented plotlines, but after they started missing deadlines Nick seized the series and brought production in-house. Although John K. has been through some rough patches in the last few decades, he deserves a nice juicy Netflix budget to bring his most famous creations back to life.Stream it on AmazonSalute Your ShortsOne of the most beloved live-action Nick shows, Salute Your Shorts was an ensemble comedy about teens spending the summer at Camp Anawanna as they try to have as much fun as possible under the thumb of their strict counselor. The show only filmed two seasons, but the cast had such good chemistry that it remained one of the network’s most popular programs for years in reruns. Obviously summer camp is a great location for shenanigans, and with the original cast grown up it’d be easy to put a movie together that also served as a reboot, as they’re now parents bringing a new generation of kids to share the experiences they had.Stream it on AmazonDougThe third original Nicktoon along with Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy, Doug was a tale of a regular kid living in an irregular world. Young Doug Funnie grappled with early adolescence and all of the heightened emotions and social turmoil, with many of the storylines inspired by creator Jim Jinkins’ youth in Virginia. The series ran from 1991 to 1998 with a theatrical film, Doug’s 1st Movie, released in 1999 to wrap things up. But twenty years later, what is the world of Doug Funnie like? Things have changed a lot since the show aired, but pre-teen drama never changes. We’d love to see him wrestle with today’s information saturated, socially conscious world.Stream it on NickHits on AmazonThe Mystery Files of Shelby WooHulu’s Veronica Mars revival has won critical acclaim, so why shouldn’t Netflix go back to the teen detective well with their new friends at Nickelodeon? The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo starred Irene Ng as the titular sleuth, who lived with her innkeeper grandfather in Florida and worked as a ringer for the local police department, using her ingenuity and bravery to solve problems the police can’t. Nickelodeon aired four seasons of the show before it went off the air, but it still has a devoted fan base. Lead actress Ng left the acting game to teach at a preschool in Connecticut, so we might have to recast her.Stream it on AmazonLegends of the Hidden TempleIf they can do a live-action Dora The Explorer and a live-action Battleship, surely there’s room in this world for a fictional exploration of the mythology behind one of Nickelodeon’s most beloved game shows. Broadcast from 1993 to 1995, each episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple pit six teams of kids against each other and a selection of physical and mental challenges. Obviously we’re not calling for a movie-length game show episode, but rather something that takes the talking head Olmec and uses him as a guide through a mystical adventure of the fictional kind.Stream it on AmazonAaahh!!! Real MonstersAfter Klasky-Csupo struck gold with Rugrats, the network was antsy for even more cartoons from the studio. In 1994 they debuted Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, the story of three horrific best friends who attend a school underneath a garbage dump as they learn to terrify mere mortals. The visual design of protagonists Ickis, Oblina and Krumm was a lot of fun, taking inspiration from Tim Burton classics like Beetlejuice, and the show ran for four seasons. It was charming, silly and refreshingly lowbrow while still retaining a good heart. But the world of horror has changed a great deal since the 90s, and watching these guys try to freak out kids raised on YouTube would be a whole different ballgame.Stream it on AmazonThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusThe CGI animation used to make The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius back in 2002 looks terrifyingly dated today, but there’s a reason the show was one of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits of the decade. Jimmy is a brilliant inventor from the town of Retroville whose creations often go out of control with unwanted results. The plotlines were typically pretty formulaic, but the real fun would be to see what creators Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis would do with modern technology. Their relentless imaginations pushed the graphical technology of the era to the limit, and now with millions more polygons able to be pushed things could get really wild.Stream it on AmazonAre You Afraid of the Dark?With both Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark getting big-screen adaptations, the world of middle-grade horror is a very popular one. So why shouldn’t Nickelodeon cash in on one of its most beloved franchises? Are You Afraid Of The Dark? ran from 1991 to 1999, with each episode convening the mysterious Midnight Society to regale each other with tales of the unexplained and the unexplainable. The movie writes itself — just have the now-adult members of the group have to contend with a horrific incident in their past, coming together to face their fears in the process. Sure, it’s formulaic, but most ghost stories are, and there’s a reason that formulas work. Nick is also doing a miniseries this year around the original concept, but why not do both?Stream it on AmazonMore on These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Reboot Teaser Hints at a Scarier Series20 Years Later, How ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Still Feels Freshlast_img read more

Overnight paving work planned on Fourth Plain

first_imgVancouver Public Works crews will begin paving and milling segments of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard between Northeast 117th and 162nd avenues starting Wednesday evening.Work is expected to take three days, but progress is contingent on weather. Construction hours will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m.Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard will remain open, but drivers should watch for flaggers directing traffic as single-lane closures are possible.last_img

Solari heaps praise on hattrick hero Bale

first_imgSantiago Solari praised Gareth Bale’s effort after the Welsh forward bagged a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Club World Cup final.Bale was in superb form against AFC Champions League winners Kashima Antlers on Wednesday, scoring a treble in their 3-1 victory.And Solari lauded Bale’s contribution for consistently delivering in the big moments.“I’m happy for the three goals scored by Bale and for the solidity and consistency of the team,” Solari disclosed in a quote cited by FourFourTwoEl hat trick de Bale. #KashimaRealMadrid #Mundialdeclubes2018— Sergio Tala (@Sergio_Tala91) December 19, 2018“Bale has taken everything, the spotlight, the stage, the goal. He had a sensational match, he has shown what he is and what he is capable of.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“In the end, the last person responsible for performance is always the footballer.“Gareth has given great joy to Madrid and has been decisive in very important moments, which is the most important part of football. What dominates football is goals and Bale scores them.”On to the final! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ #HalaMadrid #ClubWC— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 19, 2018“We played as if it was the final,” he added.“And I am sure that on Saturday we will do the same or better because it is the real final and we want to finish the year with another prize that would be a third consecutive Club World Cup.”last_img read more

Yogi government adds 17 most backward castes to SC list

first_imgLucknow: Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections and upcoming bypolls on 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to implement a 2017 order of the Allahabad High Court to issue SC certificates to the 17 most backward castes (MBCs) in the state. The government has directed the District Magistrates to issue SC certificates to MBCs till the High Court takes a final call on the issue. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The demand for SC status to the 17 castes — Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhivar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjul and Madhua — has been pending for a long time. The Samajwadi Party government, under Mulayam Singh Yadav, had first tried to implement the order in 2006, which was followed by Mayawati making the same effort during her regime from 2007-2012. However, the idea was vetoed by the Centre. In 2016, when Akhilesh Yadav became the Chief Minister, he once again announced the move, but the decision was challenged in the court.last_img read more

ICICI Bank wrote down massive bad loans but didnt tell investors Report

first_imgICICI BankReutersICICI Bank and its CEO-on-leave Chanda Kochhar have more questions to answer now. The latest revelations spilling out of the ongoing probe into loan irregularities at India’s second largest lender show that the bank had changed accounting practices to hide bad loans.The bank wrote off as much as 5,600 crore in corporate loans, a note Kochhar sent to the bank’s board showed, according to financial daily Mint.It was reported last month that ICICI Bank was reviewing all the loans it processed in the last five years. According to media reports, the bank asked its loan department to go through all the loans processed, detail the valuations of the securities, and make a record of all the bad loans.The change in accounting policies that facilitated this write-down was not intimated to the shareholders. Industry watchers told the daily that keeping shareholders in the dark on such changes is grave irregularity. Kochhar’s reputation was tainted when reports emerged that there was a conflict of interest in the massive loan awarded to the Videocon group in 2012. The scandal broke when a whistleblower revealed irregularities and conflict of interest over the sanctioning of the loan. The loan to the group was sanctioned under Kochhar’s watch. However, the whistleblower complaint said that a few months before that loan was sanctioned, Videocon chairman Venugopal Dhoot had lent a whopping Rs 66 core to Deepak Kochhar, the CEO’s husband. BIGGEST BANK FRAUDS IN 2018 Close “Non-disclosure of changes in accounting policies is (a) violation of accounting norms and rules set by the RBI and Sebi, because it misleads the investors,” a senior regulatory official told the paper.”NPAs are a crucial component of a bank’s business. Disclosure of any change in accounting of NPAs is therefore a must, especially considering the current scenario and the regulators’ seriousness regarding bad assets at banks.”Significantly, this fudge in the books helped the bank key down the gross NPA for the year 2016-17 from around 8.5 percent to 7.89 percent.It was reported in July that the bank was investigating irregularities in 31 loan accounts following a whistleblower revelation, The Economic Times reported that white-collar crime specialist law firm Panag and Babu was hired to examine the allegations. The bank had allegedly inflated profits by at least $1.3 billion over eight years by delaying provisioning for 31 non-performing assets (NPA) accounts.last_img read more

Win or Lose Kavanaugh Confirmation Fight Defines Democrats

first_imgBy Lisa Mascaro, AP Congressional CorrespondentDemocrats don’t have the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But their rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings marked a new stage in the party’s resistance to President Donald Trump.The bedlam is unlikely to change any votes in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 edge. And the march toward Kavanaugh’s expected confirmation at month’s end remains the same.In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., confer before questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats brought fire and fury to the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, but their aggressive tactics have put at least one senator at risk of an ethics investigation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)But the battle may have changed the Democrats.They’re being transformed by a new generation of politicians spoiling for a fight with Trump, even if that creates challenges for some of Democratic candidates in the November elections.Republicans are eager to portray the Democratic Party as dominated by “unhinged” protesters. Trump says Democrats were “making fools” of themselves at the Kavanaugh hearings.last_img read more

The Worlds Longest Electric Bus Can Transport 250 Passengers

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 BYD Auto, a China-based auto maker, claims it created the world’s longest pure electric bus that can carry more than 200 passengers at a time.On April 2, BYD Auto announced the K12A, a 27-m pure electric bi-articulated bus that can travel at a maximum speed of approximately 43 mph and transport 250 people to their desired destinations. The bus works with the global Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and it looks like a very long red caterpillar.Ell bus más grande de la historia de los eléctricos, el BYD K12A hecho para @transmilenio y otros sistemas BRT del mundo, evitará 193 tons de CO2 equivalentes a sembrar 8.900 árboles pronto transmitiremos desde nuestra casa matriz @Shenzhen China @BYD #bus #Colombia— BYD Eléctricos Col (@BYD_Electricos) April 1, 2019“Today, BYD once again uses its core technology, reliable products and innovative solutions to solve the two great urban ills of congestion and pollution,” Stella Li, senior vice president of BYD, said in the press release. “The K12A will bring zero emissions to BRT systems, allowing passengers to enjoy quiet, pollution-free travel, while at the same time saving significant maintenance costs for operators.”The interior of the BYD K12A, the world’s longest pure electric bus. (Photo Credit: BYD Auto)The K12A also features some of BYD Auto’s signature transportation features, including a battery heat management system, energy regenerative system, and smart design. When they take the bus, passengers will have access to DC and AC charging ports, which make it easy to juice up electronics. Additionally, the bus aims to provide a smooth ride with its distributed 4WD system, which can switch between 2WD and 4WD to accommodate different types of terrain.In 2010, BYD Auto first introduced its public transportation electrification solution. BYD Auto’s pure electric buses are known for their performance in energy saving and environmental protection. According to the company, each bus can save the equivalent of 80 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.More on $2 Million Electric Car Might Be the World’s Fastest Street-Legal RideThis $200,000 All-Electric Boat Lets You ‘Fly’ on WaterThis Extreme Electric Skateboard Can Go an Insane 45 MPH Stay on targetlast_img read more

Businesses Bet Big on Teaching People to Code

first_imgAugust 18, 2014 Professionals are lining up to learn coding as a way to give their careers a new lease of life, with a slew of training companies cropping up to meet a booming interest in programming.But many in the tech industry are warning that recruiting career-change techies is not enough, and that coding should be the C in a child’s ABCs.Coding – or computer programming – is a something of a buzzword at the moment, particularly among millennials looking to bag a well-paid first job. The explosion of sectors including big data, mobile apps and cyber security means there’s plenty of roles out there – but many require developer skills.Given this demand, it is little surprise that companies have sprung up to teach people how to code.One such company is London-based Makers Academy. Its 12-week, full-time program – which costs ?8,000 ($13,585) – is designed for professionals looking for a change of career into a more technical role. Courses like this, which aim to train students to a level where they could get an entry-level development job, are known as coding boot camps.”I was working as a developer myself and recruiters kept approaching me for jobs. It didn’t take long for me to realize there was a great demand for skilled developers – but a lack of supply,” Evgeny Shadchnev, co-founder and CEO of Makers Academy, told CNBC.”We seized the opportunity. If your goal is to get a job as a software developer, we will get you there much faster than university.”And it’s not just tech-savvy youngsters that are interested in developing, with Makers Academy’s Shadchnev saying many of its students are frustrated professionals looking for a career change.The U.S. Department of Labor expects the employment of software developers to grow 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, compared to an average growth across all occupations of 11 percent.And according to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) 2014 report, employers in both the U.S. and Europe rank technical and quantitative skills – which include coding – as the third most important selection criteria when it comes to recruitment.In fact, some boot camps are so convinced their students will get good jobs that a number are betting their fees on it.App Academy in San Francisco and New York, for instance, only charges its students after they get a job as a developer, after which it charges 18 percent of their starting salary. Seattle’s Code Fellows, meanwhile, gives students a full refund (of the up-to-$5,000 fees) if they don’t get a job within nine months of graduating.Teach yourselfNot everyone is prepared to shell out thousands for coding courses, however. London-based Jules Coleman, co-founder of cleaner-booking website Hassle, taught herself.”We wanted to start a company, but were from a much more corporate background, where making a PowerPoint presentation was as technical as it got,” she told CNBC.Coleman bought a hardback copy of Michael Hartl’s tutorial on the web development framework “Ruby on Rails” from the local book shop, and built the company’s first website.”I taught myself over the weekends and in the evenings,” she said. “I was very naive as to how difficult it would be, but you don’t start by building Facebook – you start with baby steps.”Coleman stressed that to address the skills shortage that she encountered when Hassle first hired developers, coding bootcamps weren’t enough.”The next generation shouldn’t be doing these bridging course – they need to be programming from the outset,” she said.Get ’em youngThere is a growing drive to get children coding from an early age, and in England, coding will become a mandatory part of the school curriculum later this year.In the U.S., meanwhile, Google launched Made with Code in June, and pledged a whopping $50 billion to inspire young girls to program in an effort to close the tech gender gap.”If kids don’t learn how to code there’s a danger of a serious digital divide,” warned Krishna Vedati, CEO of Tynker, a programming course aimed at children. “As the world evolves, if you don’t know the basis of how the technology works, you’ll get frustrated by it, and might get left behind.”Vedati developed Tynker after realizing his children were surrounded by technology, but didn’t know how to make it. The result is an online or app-based coding course which is presented like a game for children.That it’s currently being used in over 10,000 schools across the U.S. demonstrates the push from both schools and parents for children to get up to speed when it comes to programming.”We learned woodwork – our kids don’t need to learn that. They’re learning 3D printing instead,” he said. “Programming isn’t a fad. This is here to stay.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBC 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more GE Healthcare recently launched a new ultrasound system for radiology and vascular applications, the LOGIQ E9, which fuses ultrasound images with images from other imaging modalities like CT and MR.The LOGIQ E9 includes volume navigation, a tool incorporating two key components to maximize the system’s ultrasound architecture: fusion to combine the advantages of real-time ultrasound imaging with the high spatial and contrast resolution of CT, MR or PET; and a GPS-like technology to track and mark a patient’s anatomy during the ultrasound exam. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img Technology | April 03, 2009 GE’s Ultrasound Fusion Merges LOGIQ E9 with CT, MR, PET 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more last_img read more

Bracco Diagnostics Highlights Contrast Media Milestones at RSNA 2016

first_img Related Content Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D. At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016), Bracco Diagnostics Inc. showcased a review of key milestones the company has achieved this year in diagnostic imaging and contrast media.The following summary provides a snapshot of major milestones impacting Bracco this year:U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and recent launch of the first and only syringe-less power injector in the United States, designed to streamline workflow and improve patient care for computed tomography (CT);The company received the first FDA approval for contrast-enhanced ultrasonography of the liver in adult and pediatric patients — the first ultrasound contrast agent approved for use in pediatrics in the world. This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved coverage and coding for abdominal ultrasound with contrast under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System;The company received the first and only FDA approvals of two of its barium-based products (one for CT; one for contrast radiography);The company received an Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient for its injectable suspension for contrast echocardiography; andVirtual colonoscopy received the highest grade from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as an alternative screening tool in detecting colorectal cancer. The recommendation was made after the task force found that CT colonography was proven to reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer, the second deadliest cancer in the U.S. Bracco markets the latest CO2 insufflator and a stool marker, or “fecal tagging” agent, for CT colonoscopy.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more News | Contrast Media | December 09, 2016 Bracco Diagnostics Highlights Contrast Media Milestones at RSNA 2016 Company received several key FDA approvals, including first contrast agent for liver ultrasound in adult and pediatric patients, first syringe-less power injector News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more center_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more GU12171120 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media Injectors | April 02, 2019 The Power In Prefilled Syringes The continuing search for advantages to improve workflow has radiology departments constantly searching for new solut read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more last_img read more

Costa Rican lawmakers pass 2015 budget without a single cut in spending

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican lawmakers reject 2015 budget, Assembly president passes it anyway Budget talks extend to Saturday after lawmakers fail to reach deal Lawmakers approve 2016 national budget at ₡8 trillion Lawmakers hand Solís administration a big win by rejecting 2015 budget cuts After five hours of negotiations and heated discussions, 27 of 49 lawmakers at 8:10 p.m. voted to pass President Luis Guillermo Solís’ budget proposal for next year, in an unorthodox Saturday session at the Legislative Assembly.Of the ₡7.9 trillion ($14.5 billion) national budget for 2015, ₡4.2 trillion will be financed with general government revenue, while ₡3.7 trillion will require financing. Next year’s budget is nearly 20 percent higher than the spending plan approved last year, and it was adopted in a second and final round of debate just ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline set by Costa Rica’s Constitution.Its passage was achieved with the support of a majority of lawmakers from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC), plus votes from the Broad Front Party (FA), Costa Rican Renovation Party, Accessibility without Exclusion Party, and a change of heart by four Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) legislators.That reversal in position was achieved thanks to a letter President Solís sent PUSC’s top legislator, Rafael Ortiz, in which he pledged to implement a series of rules and measures for fiscal responsibility and efficient spending, presented by PUSC representatives at the Financial Affairs Commission during previous discussions.Ortiz said his party would support Solís’ plan after the president promised to accept their recommendations. He also cited “the need to work together in the interest of the nation.”Financial Affairs Commission President and PAC legislator Ottón Solís applauded the administration’s decision to accept the PUSC proposals, but remained skeptical. “The government’s fiscal strategy is irresponsible, and Finance Minister Helio Fallas said they would lower the budget’s deficit and they didn’t,” he said after the voting.Members of the Financial Affairs Commission for the past three months had evaluated several proposals to cut spending. They then voted on the best three proposals, which were sent for consideration before the full Assembly. Lawmakers rejected all three last week.Despite the deal between the president and some members of PUSC, PUSC lawmakers Rosibel Ramos and Gerardo Vargas voted against the 2015 spending plan, creating friction with the other members of their party.Ramos and Vargas joined 20 other “No” votes by the National Liberation Party, the Libertarian Movement Party, the National Restoration Party and the Christian Democratic Alliance.The budget’s passage can be considered a partial victory for the Solís administration, as a ruling still is pending from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, following a complaint filed Wednesday by 14 lawmakers, led by top Libertarian legislator Otto Guevara.That complaint questions the constitutionality of Assembly President Henry Mora’s decision to pass the budget draft bill in a first-round debate, despite not having enough votes. Guevara accuses Mora of potentially violating the democratic principle of majority rule.In a previous 26-25 vote earlier this week, lawmakers rejected the budget proposal in a first-round debate, but Mora passed it anyway, citing Article 178 of Costa Rica’s Constitution, which he claimed mandated the budget’s approval.Mora argued that because lawmakers voted against all three plans to cut spending in commission, the administration’s proposal was the only one remaining and must be approved.Sala IV justices now will have one month to determine if Mora’s actions were constitutional. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Demand Keeps DCBaltimore Real Estate Markets Expensive

first_imgDemand Keeps D.C.-Baltimore Real Estate Markets Expensive in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News December 24, 2015 495 Views D.C.-Baltimore Home Prices Real Business Intelligence Real Estate Markets 2015-12-24 Kerri Panchukcenter_img It’s well known that home price increases in the Washington, D.C., Metro area have made it difficult to acquire affordable housing in and around the nation’s capital.Now, it looks like both D.C. and Baltimore are in high demand with Elliot Eisenberg with RealEstate Business Intelligence reporting that both markets experienced year-over-year jumps in home sales during the month of November.This apparently occurred in both markets even as prices remained consistent over last year—but not necessarily less affordable as housing demand continued to tick up.Eisenberg made his assertions based on 2015 MRIS data. According to his reports, the Baltimore metro area reported 2,373 closed sales in November, up 10.1 percent from last year, but down 20 percent from a month earlier. In addition, new home sale contracts shot up 9.2 percent from a year earlier, while still falling on a seasonal basis by 16.6 percent from October.The median November home price remained at $230,000, which is unchanged from last year despite growing demand. Still, the median sales price for a single-family detached home rose 2.7 pecent to $298,900, while townhome prices rose 1.5 percent to $167,500 and condo prices fell 1.3 percent to $190,000.Washington, D.C., also continued to see robust home sales in November, with Eisenberg reporting 3,347 closed sales, up 10.2 percent from the previous year, but down 13.5 percent from the prior month. Meanwhile, new contracts reached a level of 4,186 applications–the highest November level reached in a decade, and up 7.4 percent from last year.Home prices overall remained unchanged, with D.C. seeing a median sales price of $405,000 in November, up 1.5 percent from a month earlier and unchanged from last year in the same metro area. Median prices for D.C. townhomes rose 2.4 percent to $407,000 and single-family detached home sales edged up 2.2 percent to $485,000, the report said. Sharelast_img read more