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January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShe’s got legs – and she knew how to use them. But Wednesday night, the magic finally ran out for Haley Scarnato on “American Idol.” (Yes, that means the Sanjaya phenomenon continues.) The departure of Scarnato, 24, of San Antonio, trimmed the number of finalists to seven. The winner will be chosen in May. Simon Cowell suggested on Tuesday’s program that Scarnato was using her curve-hugging, leg-baring attire as a “tactic” to stay in the competition. “I’m not gonna wear anything … that’s completely inappropriate,” a jeans-clad Scarnato countered. Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew more than 35 million calls and text messages. Wednesday’s program featured performances by rapper Akon and the glamorous Jennifer Lopez, who doled out valuable advice as guest coach. “I guess I come from the Paula (Abdul) school of criticism. … Not that we don’t need our Simon,” Lopez told Ryan Seacrest, who asked for her reaction to the judges’ critiques of the finalists.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is funding Geoscience BC with $5 million as part of Mining Month.According to the Government, this funding is to help attract investment, create jobs and gather data by supporting Geoscience B.C.’s minerals, energy and water earth science research.Providing bridge funding to Geoscience B.C. was one of 25 accepted recommendations brought forth by the Mining Jobs Task Force in 2019.- Advertisement -The Government says this funding will support Geoscience B.C.’s earth science research for one year while a review of B.C.’s approach to coordinating public geoscience is completed.Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Michelle Mungall, says this funding will attract the investment necessary for resource development that makes a clean electrified economy possible.“Our Mining Jobs Task Force did excellent work identifying the many ways our government can support mining and we’re meeting another one of its recommendations with this $5 million in funding to Geoscience B.C. The research that will come from this funding will attract the investment necessary for resource development that makes a clean electrified economy possible.”Advertisement To learn more about the work of Geoscience B.C., you can visit their website.last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBush was wrapping up his Asia visit on Saturday, joining Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for breakfast in a glassed-in room on the 31st floor of a hotel overlooking the Opera House on a drizzly morning. “Morning, George,” Howard said as the president joined he and Abe. “Hi, how are you?” Bush replied. “Sleep well?” Howard asked. Bush ignored a shouted question about the video tape showing Osama bin Laden for the first time in three years. In the tape, bin Laden tells Americans they should convert to Islam if they want to end the war in Iraq. Bush planned to attend a final session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and then head home. His weeklong trip started with a surprise visit to Anbar province in Iraq. He returns to a big week for his Iraq strategy. Congress comes back from its August recess. A key progress report on Iraq will be delivered by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. And the president is expected to address the nation on whether he will modify his Iraq strategy. In an unexpected confrontation, Roh publicly challenged Bush during a picture-taking session to pledge support for “a declaration to end the Korean War.” That conflict ended in a truce in 1953, not with a peace treaty, so the two sides technically remain at war. Bush said North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has “got to get rid of his (nuclear) weapons in a verifiable fashion” for the United States to agree to sign a peace treaty. Roh told Bush he should “be a bit clearer in your message” and Bush shot back “I can’t make it any more clear, Mr. President.” By coincidence or design, Hill showed up at a White House press briefing here a few hours later to announce that North Korea appeared to be following through on a promise to rid itself of all nuclear facilities capable of being used for weapons. “This is the first time we’ve had real nuclear experts” from the three nuclear states in the six-party talks “go and have a look,” Hill said. Under a deal reached in February after years of negotiations, North Korea agreed to relinquish its nuclear programs, including one that has produced bomb material. In return, Washington agreed to open talks on establishing normal diplomatic relations with the North and to explore removing a terrorism designation for Pyongyang, among other inducements. The parties to the agreement include China, Japan, Russia and South Korea as well as the U.S. and North Korea. “This is an idea the North Koreans came up with,” Hill said of the plan to let outside nuclear experts in. He said it was hoped that the full dismantling would be completed by Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the White House played down the testy exchange between the South Korean president and Bush and said the meeting went smoothly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYDNEY, Australia – In an unexpected twist, President George W. Bush’s bout of diplomacy in Asia hit a snag in dealings with longtime ally South Korea and drew a conciliatory gesture from “Axis of Evil” member North Korea. Just hours after Bush suffered an awkward moment on Friday with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun over terms for ending the Korean War, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill announced a breakthrough in efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. North Korea has invited nuclear experts from the United States, China and Russia into the country to survey and recommend ways of disabling all of its atomic facilities by the end of the year, Hill, the chief U.S. envoy to the communist regime, announced Friday. The team will go next week. Hill called the overture “another significant step toward the de-nuclearization” of the Korean peninsula. last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgManchester United have struck a deal with Benfica star Anderson Talisca, according to reports in Turkey.The 23-year-old, currently on loan at Besiktas, has been the subject of much speculation during the summer window and now it seems that United have finally got their man.Turkish newspaper AMK are claiming that the attacking midfielder has agreed to join the Premier League giants and will move to Old Trafford in time for next season.The Brazil international enjoyed a fine campaign in the Turkish top flight, netting 16 times in 31 appearances as Besiktas went on to win the title.And while Jose Mourinho prepares his squad for a return to the Champions League, Talisca could be United’s second summer signing after Victor Lindelof’s arrival, also from Benfica.Their long-term interest in Talisca seems to have paid off, despite Benfica’s unwillingness to part with the young midfielder on a permanent basis. 1 Anderson Talisca scored 16 goals for Super Lig champions Besiktas last season last_img read more

December 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe tech industry is full of battles – epic and otherwise – between companies that position themselves (or are positioned by others, perhaps) as enemies: Apple versus Microsoft. Google versus Microsoft. Having a target like this isn’t a bad idea, as it helps you make sure you can differentiate yourself from your competition. But startups are sometimes advised to not take on these sorts of skirmishes, at least not explicitly, particularly with more established corporations. Compete for users, don’t pick a fight with Google, suggests a recent LA Times article.But taking on your challengers directly shows a great deal of confidence and guts. And if you have the product or service to back it up, you can demonstrate vision and ambition – and attract the attention and admiration of users and investors.Posterous may be the example of the week for this. On Monday, Posterous announced that it would be posting one resource a day for the next two weeks to help users migrate their content from “dying platforms” to the microblogging service. “A lot of you have asked for help moving your old blog, photos or videos to Posterous. You grouched about dying platforms that haven’t added new features in ages, sites that have made it too complex to perform the most basic tasks and places that smother your content in ads.”Posterous’s first target: Ning, whose abandonment of the freemium pricing model back in April frustrated a lot of users. Next target: Tumblr, the site that Posterous is probably most frequently compared with. You might be hard-pressed to call either Ning or Tumblr “dying platforms.” Or if you’re Posterous, you might not be. Posterous is clearly calling out and openly taking on its competition. In a blog post earlier this week, Flightcaster co-founder Jason Freedman wrote about the three characteristics he sees in the YC companies that are successfully raising money: Leverage, Product and Ambition.YC alum Posterous is demonstrating that ambition – “pure, unbridled ambition” – hoping to show it has not just the guts, but the product to back that up. How its competition responds over the course of the next two weeks will be interesting to watch.Photo credit: Flickr user REL Waldman 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgReacting to reports of political turbulence in the NDA in Bihar, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday that the alliance is intact in the State. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s phone call to his erstwhile ally Rashtriya Janata Dal patriarch Lalu Prasad started the speculation that the Janata Dal (United) may jump the ship. Several JD(U) leaders were also taking swipes at the BJP and projecting their own party as the senior partner in the alliance.“NDA was and is intact in Bihar,” Mr. Paswan told The Hindu. He had refused to comment on the events on Wednesday. He said that following the reports he spoke to Mr. Kumar and BJP leaders on Wednesday night to clear the air. “The CM clarified that the phone call to Lalu ji was nothing but a courtesy call to enquire about the health of a senior leader,” he said. The LJP leader also played down reported differences among the Bihar allies over sharing of seats in the Lok Sabha polls and said it would be sorted out when senior leaders meet.He described the RJD as “full of dirt” where nobody would like to go, adding that the Bihar Chief Minister had made four calls to Mr. Prasad or his associates in the last few weeks to enquire about his health.‘Avoid political prism’Mr. Paswan said that the phone call should not be seen through a political prism. “On July 12 we will have further discussions when BJP president Amit Shah will come to the State,” he added. Though Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, also a member of the BJP national executive, said the full itinerary of the party chief was not yet known, party sources said Mr. Shah is likely to meet the leaders of other NDA constituents as well, including Mr. Kumar. The BJP president had met Mr. Paswan recently.The seat-sharing issue in NDA has become ticklish due to the coalition’s changed equation after the JD(U)’s return to its fold.In the 2014 general election, when Mr. Kumar had broken away from the NDA, the BJP-led alliance had won 31 out of 40 seats, with the BJP bagging 22 seats, the LJP six and the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party winning three.If none of them yields any of their respective seats, only nine will be open to negotiations as against 25 that the JD(U) had contested in 2009 as an NDA constituent.Although the JD(U) won only two seats fighting separately in tie-up with the Left parties in 2014, it put up a much improved show in the subsequent Assembly elections when it won 71 seats out of a total of 243.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEurasian jays are tricky thieves. They eavesdrop on the noises that other birds make while hiding food in order to steal the stash later, new research shows. Scientists trying to figure out if the jays (Garrulus glandarius) could remember sounds and make use of the information placed trays of two materials—either sand or gravel—in a spot hidden from a listening jay’s view. Other avian participants of the same species, which were given a nut, cached the treat in one of the two trays. Fifteen minutes later, the listening bird was permitted to hunt up the stash (video). When food lay buried in a less noisy material such as sand, jays searched randomly. But if they heard gravel being tossed around as treats were hidden, they headed to the pebbles to pilfer the goods. Previous studies have shown that jays—like crows, ravens, and other bird burglars that belong to the corvid family—can remember where they saw food being hidden and return to the spot to look for the cache. But these new results, published in Animal Cognition this month, provide the first evidence that these corvids can also recollect sounds to locate and steal stashes of food. In their forest homes, where birds are heard more often than they are seen, this sneaky strategy might give eavesdropping jays a better chance at finding hidden feasts.last_img read more

December 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe United States on Wednesday (May 9) lodged a complaint against India over indications the country has underreported its price support for grains.Both the underreporting and the excess price support would violate the rules of the World Trade Organization, the US Trade Representative and Agriculture Department in a joint statement.Read it at Straits Times Related Itemslast_img

November 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Government will waive service tax on debit and credit card transactions of up to Rs 2,000 in a bid to promote digital transactions amid cash crunch following withdrawal of old Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes. The government has decided to “exempt services by an acquiring bank to any person in relation to settlement of an amount up to Rs 2,000 in a single transaction transacted trough credit, debit card or other payment card service”, sources said. A notification to this effect will be tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament. Following demonetisation of old high value notes, there has been a cash crunch in the country as people have been making a beeline for banks and ATMs to withdraw new currency. The government has been taking steps to promote cashless or digital transactions to take India towards a less-cash economy. Recently, the government asked banks to install additional 10 lakh PoS terminals by March 31 in different parts of the country. The service tax notification of June 2012 will be amended to include exemption on credit and debit cards, the sources added. As of now, services provided by organisations such as United Nations and other international bodies are exempt from tax. A range of other services provided by arbitral tribunals, testing of newly developed drugs, educational institutions, trade unions, general insurance business and sports bodies, among others, too are exempt from the levy. PTI NKD ANZ ARDlast_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment
first_imgMcLaren driver Fernando Alonso has hinted that he could move to different team next season, but added that it will surely not be Red Bull.Amid the speculations that McLaren and Honda are on the verge of a split, the Spaniard driver missed the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend to make his debut appearance at the Indy 500.With his McLaren contract expiring at the end of this year, Alonso revealed that the only door that is closed to him for 2018 is Red Bull.”We’ll see. I would be lying if I told you now that I have a concrete plan. I could go to another team, I don’t know whether it is Mercedes or another. If Renault starts to dominate, I don’t know,” Sport24 quoted Alonso as saying.”If in June or July a team calls I think we would have a chance but it’s all to be talked about.I think perhaps Red Bull is the only one that has doors a little closed because it already has young drivers with long contracts,” he added.The 35-year-old further said that his future could also depend on Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media as they plan to drastically expand the calendar beyond a scheduled 21 races for next season.”I have to see what they plan to do. I read that they want to make a championship of 25 races. When I started in F1 there were 16, now there are 20. If they tell me there are 25 I will retire,” said Alonso, who has won 32 of the 275 Grand Prix he started.advertisementRecently, Alonso has been named as `Rookie of the Year` for the 2017 edition of the Indy 500.Despite having been consigned to a 24th-place finish after an engine failure stopped him on lap 180 of 200, Alonso defeated the race’s highest-finishing rookie Ed Jones to the honours.last_img