Delays slow BC governments promised poverty reduction plan says minister

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s promised plan to fight poverty is taking longer to introduce than originally forecast, says the minister in charge of poverty reduction.Shane Simpson announced plans last year to table legislation this spring that includes targets and timelines to cut poverty, but he said that has now been delayed to the fall.The director of a Victoria-based anti-poverty group said Thursday the need to fight poverty is immediate and they will be among many watching to ensure the government’s plan includes targets and time lines.“If the government pushing back to the fall means that the legislation is ultimately much more concrete and actionable, then we would actually say that’s a good thing,” said Doug King, Together Against Poverty Society executive director. “If the government pushes it back and the legislation doesn’t provide us with those resolute bench marks then definitely I would say we’d be pretty disappointed.”A member of King’s society is one of 27 on the New Democrat government’s poverty strategy advisory panel established last year.The advisory panel is holding meetings across B.C., and Simpson said the government and the panel need more time to put together the plan.“We want to make sure we have enough time to complete those discussions and those consultations and ensure we get that piece right,” he said. “I made the decision to put the legislation off to the fall rather than try to rush it and get it in.”Simpson said he wouldn’t speculate on the details of the plan. He also said the cost of the program remains part of ongoing discussions.Last fall, Simpson said B.C. has the highest poverty rate in Canada with an estimated 678,000 people living in poverty, including 118,000 children.He said those numbers were based on the federal government’s Market Basket Measure indicator which includes the costs of food, clothing, footwear, transportation, housing and other expenses for a family with two children.The NDP made poverty reduction one of its key election promises last spring after years of labelling the former B.C. Liberal government as insensitive for rejecting plans to reduce one of the highest child-poverty rates in Canada.Simpson said he has attended several public meetings where people express concerns about poverty and suggest where the government should focus its attention.He said at most meetings about half of the people attending are struggling with poverty. Simpson said he’s noticed those people often wait until the end of the meeting to tell their stories, and many are difficult to hear.The minister said his attendance at a Victoria meeting last fall with about 180 people, including some who were living on the street, was especially difficult.“I was at a table with a group of young men and women in their 30s, mostly all facing addiction issues, and one fellow said, ‘I got into drugs because I was hungry and drugs were cheaper than food, and when I’m high I’m not hungry any more.’ “Another man said he feels invisible when on the street, but when he’s high on drugs he doesn’t care that people don’t see him or care about his well being,” said Simpson.“This truly was kind of the epitome of self medicating,” he said. “That’s too bad.”last_img read more

UNbacked conference to explore gender angle of disaster risk reduction

17 April 2009Men and women need to work together as equal partners to protect their communities against disasters, particularly as climate change makes storms, floods, and cyclones more frequent and severe, according to the United Nations unit on risk reduction. Unfortunately, however, the sexes are now affected quite differently, with women more frequently victims, according to the announcement of a conference on the topic by the UN International Strategy for Risk Reduction (ISDR). ISDR says that 90 per cent of the people killed in the 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh were women and African-American women were among the worst-affected when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005.“Women do not have to be the main victims of disasters they can be an incredible asset and make a real difference in saving lives if they can play a bigger role in preventing and managing disasters” says Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.The International Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction, opening on Monday in Beijing, China, will explore how women and men can participate equally in driving early warning systems, risk assessments, preparedness exercises and national and local plans to implement disaster risk reduction policies.More than 200 participants, among them ministers and parliamentarians from 50 countries, are expected to attend the three-day conference. It is expected to reach consensus on a set of nine achievable actions that will be part of the “Beijing Declaration for Action” to be implemented by 2015. read more

Peru to see investment of 476 billion in the energy and mining

first_imgHans Flury, President of Peru’s National Mining, Petroleum and Energy Society (SNMPE), says $47,600 million will be invested in the mining and energy sector in 2010-2020. This capital “will enable us to reach the end of this decade with higher production levels in this sector.” He indicated that the portfolio of mining projects at national level would reach $35.9 billion in investment for the next ten years. Investment in the expansion of several projects is estimated at $4.380 billion; plus, confirmed investments amount to $3.2 billion, while projects in the feasibility and prefeasibility stages are looking at $28.3 billion approximately. He also pointed out that as a result of this enormous investment the country will be able to increase its copper production by 253%, its zinc by 19% and gold by 20% in 2010 – 2020.The largest investment in the mining sector will be aimed at the copper sector, with Las Bambas and Los Chancas (Apurímac), Tía María (Arequipa), Antapaccay (Cusco), Michiquillay and La Granja (Cajamarca) and Toromocho (Junín) projects topping the charts, among others.Investment in the electricity power sector for that same period will amount to $3.4 billion, which will raise electricity installed capacity by 50%. This investment will make possible many electricity projects, distribution and power transmission projects throughout the country.“These projects refer to expansion of capacity and construction of new power plants, whether thermal or hydraulic, to satisfy growing demand,” said the SNMPE President prior to the inauguration of the VI Congress Waaime in Mining and Energy in Ica.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Share Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Lucila German (7) from Dublin at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThousands of people have come out to march in Waterford to demand 24-hour cardiac treatment in the local hospital.Bus Éireann is reportedly planning to cut overtime as part of cost-cutting efforts in its troubled Expressway service.Ibrahim Halawa’s sister has said their attendance at a protest at which her brother was arrested in Egypt was not political.Gardaí have arrested 13 people as part of an Operation Thor which targets repeat offenders and rural crime.Has the alt-right movement got a foothold in Ireland? took a look.The CEO of Aer Lingus has defended how the company has handled the launch of a controversial frequent flyer programme.After Sheila Burns’ birthday, six members of the same family from Loughrea have lived to see their 100th birthday.Dublin business owners are seeking more gardaí to deal with  “aggressive and organised begging”.WORLD A Hindu devotee takes a holy dip in the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna in India. Source: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP#MLK DAY: Ahead of Martin Luther King Day in the US, Donald Trump has launched a Twitter attack against a Congressman who marched with the civil rights leader.#ENCYPTION: Messaging service Whatsapp has denied claims of a ‘backdoor’ into the messages of its 1 billion users.#TRAGEDY: A Thai military air show for children was marred by tragedy when a fighter jet plunged from the sky and burst into flames, killing the pilot.PARTING SHOT Source: KerrysEye.ieLocal newspapers can always be trusted to get to the heart of local stories. Like the story of the ‘missing’ man in Ballybunion, who turned up safe and sound. In the pub. Jan 14th 2017, 8:02 PM 12,134 Views Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 8:02 PM 6 Comments Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Waterford hospital protest, Bus Éireann troubles and Trump’s beef with a civil rights icon. By Rónán Duffy Get our daily news round up: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Star Wars Game of Thrones and exchange rates helped Irish tourism have

first_img File photo: O’Connell Bridge in Dublin Jan 27th 2017, 12:59 PM Share Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray The unexpected Brexit development means that the British market is set to be challenging in the near future, particularly given the weakening of Sterling.According to 2016 figures, British visitors represented well over a third of all overseas visitors to Ireland.Keeley added that Ireland should now “address the factors within our control” to help mitigate the effects of Brexit.Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons, echoed these warnings and said that they would highlight iconic experiences across Ireland and that the group aims to grow overseas tourism revenue by 4.5% to €5.7 billion this year.He said: “Tourism Ireland believes that the adverse impact of Brexit can be mitigated through a combination of aggressive overseas marketing and the continuation of existing successful wider policy initiatives.”He added that the depreciation of the pound against the euro means that value for money in coming to Ireland must be emphasised to British tourists, in particular.Read: Westport House has been sold to local businessmenRead: Farmers furious at SuperValu ‘stunt’ which gives away free carrots and potatoes As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Friday 27 Jan 2017, 12:59 PM 7,952 Views center_img 15 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Darren Pierse Kelly FIGURES RELEASED TODAY by the Central Statistics Office have shown that more tourists visited Ireland in 2016 than ever before.A total of 9,584,400 people visited our shores last year, representing a 10.9% increase on 2015.A spokesperson for Tourism Ireland told that a myriad of factors, which include stronger global economy, air access to Ireland and star attractions such as the filming locations of Star Wars and Game of Thrones, helped Irish tourism pull in the visitors last year.Tourism authorities here are planning to build on these figures in 2017 by promoting regions such as the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, as well as capitalising on our connections to Star Wars and Game of Thrones.Tourism Ireland added that the risks to tourism of Brexit can be mitigated through aggressive marketing and proactive policy interventions.In terms of breakdown, visits from different regions of the world rose across the board last year.North American visitors increased by 19.4% to just under 2 million. Visitors from mainland Europe grew 8.5% to 3.3 million people.UK visitors totalled 3.9 million, representing a rise of 10.6%, while visitors to Ireland from the rest of the world rose 2.2% to over half a million people.Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross welcomed the figures and praised the hard work of tourism agencies.He added that he is “confident of another good year for tourism in 2017″.Warning notes were sounded, however, by Fáilte Ireland on the challenges that lie ahead for Irish tourism.Its director of business development, Paul Keeley, said: “While 2016 delivered an impressive performance, we need to remember that, as a small open tourism economy, we are at the mercy of external events. File photo: O’Connell Bridge in Dublin Image: Shutterstock/Darren Pierse Kelly Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Star Wars, Game of Thrones and exchange rates helped Irish tourism have a record year A total of 9.58 million people visited Ireland in 2016.last_img read more

Diego Simeone calls for more support

first_imgDiego Simeone has made a rallying call to Atletico Madrid fans to support him and his team after their recent stalemate with Eibar.Simeone brought in young player Borja Garces for Rodri as the Rojiblancos went in search for victory at the displeasure of the home fans with the tie ending in a 1-1 draw.“The fans need to understand what I am trying, like our players do,” Simeone told reporters, as cited by Diario AS.“It would have been possible for me to keep Rodri on but substitute off Koke or Saul instead, but I believe they are better in the phases of attack and transition into the final third.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Fans come to the games and expect to win, that is now the culture of the club, but we must manage that and get them on our side.“Rodri was playing well, and I took him off, so I understand, but I work with the players and know who works best for the individual situations.“The Eibar goalkeeper was fantastic, and we must congratulate him, whilst also showing patience.”last_img read more

ASA Outlines Priorities for Enhanced United StatesEuropean Union Trade

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… As the governments of the United States and the European Union (EU) explore ways to enhance trade between our countries, including through a potential free trade agreement (FTA), the American Soybean Association (ASA) has provided its views to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). As soybeans represent the nation’s largest agricultural export, valued at more than $26 billion last year, soybean farmers have a vested interest in seeing barriers to transatlantic trade reduced. Such barriers, like the EU’s discriminatory biotech labeling requirements and renewable energy standards, have had a significantly negative impact on soybean exports to the EU in recent years, with a 44 percent decline in the value of EU-bound exports between 1998 and 2011, and a 70 percent drop in export volume during the same period.”Central to our concerns with EU biotech labeling and renewable energy regulations is the fact that they represent discriminatory non-tariff barriers to U.S. access to EU markets for soybeans and soybean products, and have no basis in scientific fact,” wrote ASA President Steve Wellman in ASA’s comments. “Instead, the EU has invoked the so-called Precautionary Principle, under which unsubstantiated concerns about the safety of biotech products to health and the environment are deemed sufficient to require labeling them.””Similarly, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) establishes arbitrary criteria for the production of soybeans and other commodities in order to meet sustainability requirements and be eligible as feedstocks for biofuels used in EU Member States,” added Wellman. “In combination with the EU’s biotech labeling regulations, the RED will effectively eliminate imports of U.S. soybeans, since soybean oil will not be used either as an ingredient in food products or as a feedstock for biodiesel production.”Discussing a potential free trade agreement between the U.S. and the EU, and suggestions by some that agricultural interests may be excluded from any such FTA, Wellman maintained the importance of agriculture to trade issues, saying, “Agriculture is too important as an export industry for the U.S. to not address it in any new FTA negotiations. Moreover, as we have pointed out, U.S. soybean exports to the EU have been severely impacted by its biotech labeling and RED regulations during the last 13 years, and these issues must be addressed in any FTA negotiations.”Wellman then looked to the regulations’ potential larger impact, saying, “To allow the EU to establish unsubstantiated process-based labeling requirements or to impose arbitrary environmental criteria on imports and on producers in countries from which they are imported will only invite additional EU regulatory initiatives in other sectors that could offset any positive benefits which an FTA might achieve in reducing domestic or export subsidies or tariffs.”For a full transcript of ASA’s comments, please click here.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President • 402-269-3464Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director • 202-969-7040last_img read more

Watch Nicki Minaj Releases ChunLi Barbie Tingz Music Videos

first_imgNews Twitter Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated rapper pulls out all the stops on her two new music videosRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 4, 2018 – 3:07 pm If you were looking to cool down with the release of Nicki Minaj’s latest music videos, you have another thing coming.The GRAMMY-nominated rapper dropped music videos for her latest tracks, “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz,” on May 4. She released the tracks on April 11 following a mysterious countdown on her social media accounts in the days prior. Steven Klein was drafted to direct “Chun-Li,” which places Minaj on a futuristic-type set with an assassin-heavy motif. On “Barbie Tingz,” Giovanni Bianco was enlisted to co-direct with Minaj, in which the rapper dons a variety of characters — a Barbie puppet, Victorian-era good-girl and a sporty look — while laying down her verses.Though Minaj hinted at an album late last year, there’s still no word on when a new LP might be on the horizon. In the meantime, Minaj left us with plenty to tide us over.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Nicki Minaj Hits With New Videos watch-nicki-minaj-releases-chun-li-barbie-tingz-music-videos Email Watch: Nicki Minaj Releases “Chun-Li,” “Barbie Tingz” Music Videos last_img read more

How to prepare for the worlds largest hacker fest

first_img 1 See It Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon The stage at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Black Hat One of the largest gatherings of hackers is rolling into Las Vegas this week, with Black Hat and Defcon taking place back to back. The cybersecurity conferences are often referred to as “Hacker Summer Camp,” which raises questions about keeping yourself safe when you’re surrounded by hackers. Each year, on the Defcon subreddit and on Twitter, there are questions safety and security. I remember having the same concerns my first year about bringing my personal devices to the conference, worried about getting hacked if I connected to the wrong Wi-Fi network. I had three phones that year — though one of them I was purposely using to try to get onto malicious networks. The truth is, there isn’t that much to sweat.”I honestly have never ran into anyone at any conference that has a burner phone,” said Stephanie Carruthers, a white hat hacker at IBM. “If you’re losing sleep over it and think you’re being targeted, then you can get a burner phone.” Carruthers, also known as Snow, has been going to Defcon since 2011. Her first year, she didn’t take any precautions except to keep her Wi-Fi turned off. Beyond being mindful of your wireless settings, Carruthers recommends packing a comfortable pair of walking shoes.This’ll be my third year attending hacker summer camp, and I decided to ask some Defcon veterans what I should pack, starting with its founder, Jeff Moss, also known as Dark Tangent. He’s never brought a burner phone to the conference.”I use my mobile, I’m on the Defcon secure network, I have my Bluetooth turned off, if they get me, they’re going to get me over a zero-day,” Moss said. A zero-day is a vulnerability that is unknown to the companies that can fix the flaw. They can be worth up to $500,000 for malicious exploits and aren’t likely going to be wasted on average conference attendees. Moss’s best recommendations aren’t even security-related. “The more important things are stay hydrated and have a snack bar,” the Defcon founder said. This is by no means a definitive list of recommendations of what you should bring, it’s just what I’ve learned and plan on bringing to keep myself secure. A dedicated attacker could easily hack me if I’m targeted, just like how no matter how many self-defense classes I take, a dedicated fighter would flatten me in seconds.With that being said, here are my suggestions. Side bonus: These are also generally good tips for situations when you aren’t surrounded by hackers. Updated iPhoneiphone-xr-1An iPhone with the latest iOS updates should be able to protect against most attacks. Angela Lang/CNET Before I head out, I’m making sure my iPhone is on the latest iOS. While vulnerabilities for iOS aren’t impossible, they’re pretty rare. It’s why Apple is willing to pay $200,000 for security researchers who can find vulnerabilities on iOS.If someone is willing to waste $200,000 to hack me, I’m extremely flattered. No Bluetooth or Wi-FiThe more important thing is to adjust settings on your phone to keep it safe from avoidable attacks. That means keeping your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off (sorry, AirPods). You should also use a VPN, said Mike Spicer, a security researcher speaking at Defcon. He’s spent three years analyzing network traffic at Defcon and will present his findings on Friday. “The biggest threat is going to be somebody tricking you to connect to their Wi-Fi network,” he said. Water bottlewater-bottlesWith the high temperatures in Las Vegas during Black Hat and Defcon, staying hydrated should be a priority. Alina Bradford/CNET I always dread August because I know I’ll be spending a week in Las Vegas, where it’s hotter than the devil’s armpits. There’s a lot of walking, and staying hydrated is going to be important. Bonus points if it’s filtered, Carruthers said.”A lot of hotels offer free water, and they’re very nice, but it sometimes smells and tastes like repurposed pool water,” she said. This is not a cybersecurity tip, but hey, staying alive is also important.Chromebook05-acer-chromebook-714Chromebooks are cheap and their sandboxed environment can protect against most malware. And if it is infected, its Powerwash feature comes in handy. Sarah Tew/CNET Despite what I just said about bringing burner phones, Chromebooks are a cheap alternative to my work laptop with some pretty damn good built-in security. Its walled garden approach makes it harder for malware to pop up, even though they do exist through malicious extensions. Also, the powerwash tool is pretty handy if I’m worried anything happened to my device.CashYou can only pay for your Defcon badge with cash, as well as most things at the hacker conference. With card skimmers available and ATM vulnerabilities frequently disclosed at Defcon, cash is king at hacker summer camp. Ted Harrington is the Internet-of-Things Village organizer at Defcon and noted that it’s hosting a zero-day contest on an ATM this year, with a cash prize for people who find vulnerabilities on the machine. “Don’t take out money at the casino where the conference is being held,” he said.Nintendo Switch20190801-093330 Alfred Ng / CNET Against all advice to turn off my Bluetooth, I am bringing my Nintendo Switch and a wireless Gamecube controller that uses Bluetooth 5.0. But look, a guy’s gotta play Super Smash Bros. If you know of vulnerabilities for the Switch or this popular wireless controller, please reach out to me. Or if you just want to play Smash, PLEASE reach out.Blockchain20190805-103128This will keep you safe.  Alfred Ng / CNET Look…. This is the pinnacle of security, OK. Please, tell me more about your unhackable Blockchain wallet. I realize that it is completely awful OPSEC to let the world know exactly what devices I’m going to be bringing, but, if you have a zero-day vulnerability on the gadgets that I am using, let’s talk! Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Apple iPhone XS $999 $999 Sprint See It Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacycenter_img Boost Mobile reading • How to prepare for the world’s largest hacker fest Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Black Hat Defcon See All Comment Share your voice See it • $999 Black Hat Defcon Security Bluetooth Nintendo Applelast_img read more

Road crashes claim 7 lives

first_imgRoad accident LogoAt least seven people, including two children, were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Panchagarh, Pirojpur and Khulna on Saturday, reports UNB.In Panchagarh, a father and his two sons were killed and his wife was injured in a road crash at Dhonipara area in Panchagarh on Dhaka-Panchagarh highway this evening.The accident took place when an inter-district bus hit their motorcycle highway around 8:00pm, leaving Akhtaruzzaman dead on the spot, said AKM Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Boda police station.However, locals took them to Panchagarh Sadar Hospital where the duty doctor declared the two sons dead.The deceased were identified as Akhtaruzzaman, 45, his two sons Afsana Ibnat Adiya, 6, and 14-month-old Abdullah of Debiganj upazila here.Tania Akhter, the mother of the children, was undergoing treatment at the hospital, the OC added. On the other hand, a young man was killed while taking picture in front of a running truck on Panchaghar-Banglabandha highway at Boalmari in Tentulia upazila around 4:30pm.The deceased is Billah Hossain, 22, son of Kabul Hossain of Mazipara area in the upazila, said Jaharul Haque, officer-in-charge of Tentulia police station.In Pirojpur, a retired school teacher was killed as an auto-rickshaw ran over him at Pukuria village in sadar upazila, said sub-inspector Kawsar Hossain of Pirojpur sadar police station.The deceased is Murtuza Ali Mollah, retired headmaster of Bazukati Secondary School and son of late Mosharraf Ali of the village.The accident took place a speeding auto-rickshaw hit Murtuza when he was returning home after prayer, leaving him critically injured.Later, he died at Pirojpur Sadar Hospital while undergoing treatment, the SI said.In Rajshahi, a man was killed and five others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a human hauler at Raypara in Kashiadanga around 5:00pm.The deceased is Rashed, son of the municipality area here, said Rabiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kashiadanga police station.In Khulna, a housewife was killed as a speeding truck ran over him at Natun Rasta Intersection in Khalispur, said Kazi Mostak, officer-in-charge of Daulatpur police station.The deceased was identified as Lima Begum, 20, wife of Sadaf Hossain of Rampal upazila in Bagerhat.The accident took place when a speeding truck hit a human hauler, leaving her dead on the spot around 8:00pm. Later, the body sent to Khulna Medical College Hospital for autopsy, the OC added.last_img read more

Just in time for Passover The RuPauls Drag Race Haggadah

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Passover began at sundown on Friday, 30 March. And good news for Jewish Drag Race fans, because someone made a RuPaul’s Drag Race Haggadah called the Ruggadah. Part of the Drag Race Haggadah (or, Ruggadah). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Passover lasts through Saturday, 7 April 2018.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img PassoverThe Haggadah is the text recited over the first two nights of Passover seder. It shares the story of Passover, including the ten plagues and the four questions (customarily recited by the youngest at the Seder). Haggadah translates to ‘telling’ in Hebrew.The story of Passover chronicles the plight of the Jewish people in Ancient Egypt, and their eventual escape, under the leadership of Moses.The RuggadahThe Ruggadah Tumblr blog began back in 2013. While the updates were slow to come at first, over the years the blog has been updated to include the latest seasons of Drag Race.Here are some of the best gifs from the Ruggadah: Here is a sneak peek of the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10Meet the man who brought Drag Race to ThailandRuPaul’s Drag Race themed bar opens in LiverpoolRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Tech Industry Leads the Market Higher on Great Day for Google Facebook

first_img Enroll Now for Free 3 min read The stock market continues to swing based on trade tensions with China and other major trading partners of the U.S.Share prices were down in early morning trading but rallied after President Trump’s administration indicated that it planned to delay tariffs on automobiles and auto-parts from numerous countries for up to six months. The major indexes all posted solid gains. Technology stocks, and particularly the internet giants, once again led the market higher. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up 1.13 percent and the Entrepreneur Index™ gained 1.14 percent. The Dow and S&P 500 indexes were up a more modest 0.45 percent and 0.58 percent respectively.The FAANGs found their footing today and posted the biggest gains in the technology sector. Alphabet Inc. (3.91 percent), Facebook (3.09 percent), Netflix (2.69 percent) and Amazon (1.75 percent) were all up sharply. The rest of the sector was generally strong as well. Twitter (2.63 percent) and Adobe Systems Inc. (1.82 percent) posted good gains, as did Verisign (1.38 percent) and Akamai Technologies (1.19 percent). NVIDIA Corp and had the biggest losses in the group, falling 1.33 percent and 1.9 percent respectively.Related: Warren Buffett Recently Invested in Amazon. It Made Him Nearly $250 Million Before.Only two other stocks outside the tech sector fell by more than one percent. Under Armour Inc., which posted the biggest gain (3.25 percent) on the Entrepreneur Index™ yesterday, gave back 1.25 percent today. Gap Inc., which has suffered from the uncertain trade landscape, was down 1.97 percent. The stock is now down 13.1 percent so far this year.Ralph Lauren Corp. bounced back with a decent gain of 1.52 percent, after falling more than eight percent over the last two days. Most of the automotive sector rose on the news about delaying auto tariffs. Ford Motor Co. rose 1.17 percent. Tesla, however, had a small loss of 0.15 percent.EL Quotes by TradingViewEstee Lauder Companies, which has been showing strong growth in the Chinese and Asian markets, was up 1.78 percent today. The stock is up 30.7 percent on the year despite rising trade tensions.Other good gains on the day were posted by Cognizant Technology (1.47 percent), retailer Dollar Tree Inc. (1.47 percent), Wynn Resorts (1.57 percent) and Hess Corp. (1.34 percent).Expect the stock market to continue to be choppy as sentiment on trade issues swings from positive to negative — largely based on President Trump’s tweets. The President, a self-described “tariff man,” called the trade battle with China a “squabble” yesterday and suggested that a deal between the two countries could still get done.The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on May 15, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Samsung Showcases FDAcleared GM85 Mobile DR System at RSNA 2016

first_img December 2, 2016 — Samsung Electronics showcased the GM85 digital radiography (DR) system, which received 510(k) U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in November, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2016 annual meeting, Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago.Along with the GM85, Samsung displayed a wide range of medical imaging solutions, from premium mobile digital X-ray to advanced ultrasound systems. Moreover, new clinical research showing how Samsung’s latest ultrasound technology drives better patient care was presented at its RSNA Corporate Symposium session.On display at Samsung’s booth were the following technologies:Digital Radiography (DR)GM85Easy navigating with compact design: With 555 mm narrow width and weighing in at a light 349 kg, the GM85 allows easy access around tight spaces, even in elevators. A collapsible column gives users clear visibility when moving the system and broadens access to smaller spaces. Adaptive soft-driving control and front-bumper sensor also help make navigation safer.Optimized workflow with enhanced usability: SID (Source to Image Distance) Guide supports detailed device positioning with multiple SID settings. S-Align displays the detector’s angle to the THU (Tube Head Unit) for precise alignment to enhance image quality. Quick-positioning allows handle-free, precise body movement by simple button clicks on the THU and optimizes workflow, enabling users to save time.Advanced imaging technology for superior image quality: S-Vue, the advanced imaging engine, enhances image sharpness and clarity. SimGrid provides high-quality images without using a conventional grid, reducing scatter radiation effects. Also, radiographers can lower retake rates as S-Vue eliminates alignment errors that often occur with a conventional grid.GC85A (Advanced Applications) adds new features to radiography workflows:Fast stitching: Upgraded stitching technology reduces process time by 31 percent compared to the original GC85A. Increased process speed means radiographers receive exam images more quickly. Fast stitching helps lessen the burden on patients who find it difficult to stand for an extended period of time and leave the X-ray room faster than before.SimGrid: This feature streamlines workflow because it operates without a portable grid, reducing operator wrist overload. SimGrid also eliminates alignment errors that often occur with portable grids, reducing retake rates and increasing patient satisfaction.Bone suppression: Clarity of soft tissue is improved when suppressing the appearance of bones in chest images.Portable Computed Tomography (CT)The BodyTom and CereTom portable systems are utilized in a wide range of market applications such as mobile stroke units, brachytherapy suites and proton therapy centers, deep brain stimulation and even veterinarian hospitals.CereTom has seen more mobile stroke treatment units implement the CT scanner:The use of CereTom-equipped mobile stroke units expands to several new cities, including New York City, Chicago and Trenton, N.J.; andCereTom was awarded a showcase spot among 14 medical innovations before thousands of hospital executives at Premier Inc.’s Annual Innovation Celebration during the company’s 2016 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 21 for healthcare providers.BodyTom expands into new care paths as radiologists find more value:The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas added BodyTom CT, the world’s first portable, full-body, 32-slice CT scanner to its Proton Therapy Center and is now treating patients at the facility using images from the scanner;The University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Cancer Center in Madison recently incorporated BodyTom technology into its radiation oncology brachytherapy planning process; andWillis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, La., also added BodyTom® CT to its brachytherapy suite. UltrasoundSamsung offered live scanning demos of the RS80A with Prestige at RSNA. Features include:CEUS+: On the heels of the recent FDA approval of contrast-enhanced ultrasound for liver lesions in adults and pediatrics, Samsung introduces its latest contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging, CEUS+. The superb resolution and improved uniformity help users acquire better clarity in the near field. Its automatic brightness-control feature optimizes imaging in real-time, providing users with enough time to diagnose. The CEUS+ also improves the diagnosis of small lesions, and its clear expression of tissue boundaries helps users to achieve interventional procedures with ease and accuracy; andS-Detect for Breast [pending FDA 510(k) clearance, not yet available in the U.S.] – Applying data from 10,000 breast exams to ultrasound imaging, S-Detect helps radiologists understand characteristics of breast lesions to determine whether they’re malignant or benign in a few clicks. The S-Detect provides faster and more accurate results by adopting a big-data, deep-learning algorithm in lesion segmentation, characteristic analysis and assessment processes.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | December 02, 2016 Samsung Showcases FDA-cleared GM85 Mobile DR System at RSNA 2016 Company also highlights premium CT and ultrasound systems Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law

first_img (Vía Casa Presidencial) Hundreds of people, many of them accompanied by their pets, marched along Paseo Colón in downtown San José on Sunday to witness President Luis Guillermo Solís and other officials sign into law the recently approvedAnimal Welfare Bill.Lawmakers approved Bill #18,298 on June 1, following years of debates, appeals, legal complaints, and intense negotiations with lawmakers and groups that opposed the bill.The ceremony started at 9:30 a.m. with a march along five blocks that ended in front of the stage near La Sabana Park.Duke, the mutt that lost part of his upper jaw after suffering an apparent machete attack, was the Parade’s Marshal, and is now considered one of the symbols of the fight against animal abuse here.Solís signed the bill into law in a short ceremony at about 11 a.m. Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro, as well as Agriculture and Livestock Minister Luis Felipe Arauz and temporary Justice Minister Marco Feoli, also signed the new law. Various animal rights’ activists joined the president onstage as he celebrated the achievement of a campaign promise.“Today is a very special day for all Costa Ricans; we are here as one big family. We have crossed the threshold of a long road towards a better time that will be built step by step with this new law,” Solís told the audience. Facebook Comments ChangesAmong its main changes, the new piece of legislation introduces prison sentences ranging from three months to one year for those found guilty of killing a domestic or a domesticated animal.The sentence will range between three months and one year for those who “directly, or through another person, harm a domestic or domesticated animal.” The same sanction applies for those who organize and conduct animal fights.The law also stipulates monetary fines ranging from a quarter to a half base salary, or ₡106,000 to ₡212,000 ($184-368), for those who mistreat, neglect or abandon animals.The same fine applies to those who breed or train animals for fighting, or those who violate regulations on animal experimentation or breach basic conditions for the welfare of an animal.The new law makes an exception for agricultural practices and the killing of animals for consumption; for sanitary or scientific reasons; or to ensure the reproductive control of a species.See some pictures of Sunday’s march: Costa Rica tiene Ley contra el Maltrato Animal— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) June 11, 2017 (Vía Casa Presidencial) (Vía Casa Presidencial)center_img (Vía Casa Presidencial) (Vía Casa Presidencial) Related posts:Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers Disfigured Costa Rican toucan stars in Discovery documentary Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional (Vía Casa Presidencial) (Vía Casa Presidencial)last_img read more

Cannes favorite Nanni Moretti explores loss in My Mother

first_imgIn this photo taken Saturday, May 16, 2015, director Nanni Moretti leaves following the screening of the film Mia Madre (My Mother) at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Moretti is a Cannes mainstay, who has brought more than half a dozen films to the festival. He won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for “The Son’s Room,” about a family devastated by the death of a teenage son. His film “Mia Madre” is competing for the Palme d’Or. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) The movie is a return to directly personal subject matter for the Italian Moretti after his last film, “We Have a Pope,” which focused on a pontiff-elect who gets cold feet about the job. Moretti began work on “My Mother” after his own mother died in 2010.The film stars Italian actress Margherita Buy as a filmmaker suffering professional and personal crises. On set, her social-realist movie risks being derailed by a demanding American actor played by John Turturro, while at home, her elderly mother is growing increasingly ill.Moretti is a Cannes mainstay who has brought more than half a dozen films to the festival. He won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for “The Son’s Room,” about a family devastated by the death of a teenage son.“My Mother” offers his signature blend of pathos and humor in its depiction of two intense, complex relationships. The bond between mother and child is a source of sadness, while that between a controlling director and a prima donna actor provides much of the movie’s comedy.Buy, who also appeared in “We Have a Pope” and Moretti’s Silvio Berlusconi satire “The Cayman,” said she enjoyed her time in the fictional director’s chair. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona “I had great fun mistreating actors for a while,” she said.Buy and Turturro are far too polite to point out any similarities between the character and Moretti, a famously focused filmmaker who writes, directs and stars in his movies. He plays the brother of Buy’s character in “My Mother.”“He was really challenging, and demanding — in a good way,” Turturro said.Moretti says his attitude toward actors has evolved over the years.“Maybe 30 years ago I didn’t feel the same empathy that I have now,” he said. “When I was younger, actors were just pieces of a game that could move. Now I feel closer to them.”At its best, “My Mother” is deeply poignant, capturing the aching sense of loss that accompanies the death of a parent. Buy’s character learns that her mother had facets she never knew, when former students visit and talk about how much she meant to them. The same thing happened to Moretti after the death of his own mother — who, like the character in the film, was a Latin teacher.“It was painful,” he said. “I discovered an essential part of her life that I really didn’t know anything about.” Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy CANNES, France (AP) — Director Nanni Moretti is pleased to hear that some audience members came out of “Mia Madre,” his new movie about a filmmaker whose mother is dying, and immediately called their own moms to say “I love you.”“Every once in a while, movies do the right thing,” the director said during an interview in Cannes, where the film — “My Mother” in English — is competing for the Palme d’Or top prize. “Sometimes you are so close to the people you love that you don’t get the whole picture,” he added.“My Mother” is a favorite among the European critics at Cannes, where Moretti is one of three Italian directors in the main competition.Whether or not he wins a second Palme d’Or, Moretti hopes the movie makes an impression on viewers.“Films I like are those that stay with you after you’ve seen them,” he said. “They keep growing inside you. And I hope this film is one of those.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

FirstTime and Continuing Jobless Claims Drop

first_img First-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped 9,000 to 346,000 for week ending June 22, the “”Labor Department””: reported Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists expected 345,000 claims. Claims filings for the week ended June 15 were revised up to 355,000 from the originally reported 354,000.The claims report offered finalized data for the same week used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for its monthly employment situation report to be released July 5.From mid-May to mid-June, the number of initial claims increased 11,000, while the four-week average of first-time claims went up 8,000, suggesting layoffs could be a drag on payrolls and the unemployment rate in the employment situation report. Initial claims filings have not suggested any pattern thus far this year. In the first quarter, first-time filings decreased in seven of the 13 weeks; through the first 12 weeks of the second quarter, initial filings dropped seven times. The absence of any consistent pattern underscores how volatile the labor market remains.The number of persons continuing to collect unemployment insurance for the week ending June 15 (reported on a one week lag) dropped 1,000 to 2,965,000. The prior week’s original report of 2,951,000 original claims was revised up to 2,966,000.Economists generally consider 350,000 first time claims filings to be normal “”churn”” and the “”tipping point”” between an expanding and contracting labor market. Claims have been trending down to 350,000 for several months.The four-week moving average of first-time claims dropped 2,750 (reversing an increase of exactly the same size one week earlier) to 345,750. The four-week moving average of continuing claims declined 9,250 to 2,973,250 for the period ending June 15.Continuing claims have been affected by the budget sequester, which took effect at the beginning of March, causing states to either reduce weekly payouts or cap the number of weeks an individual could collect unemployment insurance.Both the continuing and initial claims data sets were also affected by seasonal adjustment factors higher than the previous week. Higher seasonal adjustment factors–which adjust raw data for known and predictable influences on claims such as holidays–increase the numbers for both data series.According to the Labor Department, the total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending June 8 was 4,556,706, an increase of 23,146 from the previous week. There were 5,890,083 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending June 8. According to the BLS, 11,760,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in May with, 4,357,000 “”long-term”” unemployed–that is, out of work for at least 27 weeks. Of those individuals counted as unemployed, 7.20 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance for the week ending June 8, down from 7.24 million one week earlier.The Labor Department also said states reported 1,707,109 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending June 8, an increase of 23,147 from the prior week. There were 2,645,554 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC benefits this year were directly threatened by the federal budget sequester. According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 15 were in California (+15,341), Pennsylvania (+4,882), Florida (+4,850), Michigan (+1,114), and Maryland (+1,065), while the largest decreases were in Illinois (-3,401), New York (-2,090), Georgia (-1,893), Missouri (-1,591), and Tennessee (-1,542).Illinois, New York and Missouri, the Labor Department said, reported fewer layoffs in the construction industry as the number of claims in those states for the week ended June 15 fell by more than 1,000. Five states–California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Maryland–reported claims for the same week increased by more than 1,000. Both California and Florida cited an increase in layoffs in service sector industries._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, tomorrow at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ June 27, 2013 391 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Unemployment,First-Time and Continuing Jobless Claims Dropcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-06-27 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

New Fannie Tool Expands Potential Aid for Troubled Borrowers

first_imgNew Fannie Tool Expands Potential Aid for Troubled Borrowers December 23, 2015 483 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Technology Fannie Mae has unleashed a new tool that will help servicers analyze additional borrower information to determine more quickly whether or not a distressed homeowner qualifies for a Fannie Mae loan modification.As of December, Fannie Mae has updated its Servicing Management Default Underwriter tool to help servicers better analyze all of the criteria that determines the type of aid available to a troubled borrower.As part of a new policy change, servicers are now required to calculate a borrower’s full mortgage obligation, including the entire outstanding principal balance, the amount past due, and other arrearages.Servicers can only determine whether a borrower qualifies for a modification program after analyzing all of this information at one time. The Servicing Management Default Underwriter tool allows financial institutions to reach these conclusions in a quick and efficient manner.“We are continuously looking for ways to help struggling Fannie Mae borrowers,” said Joy Cianci, Senior Vice President, Credit Portfolio Management, Fannie Mae. “With this technology update, our servicers will be able to help more struggling borrowers sooner since we are implementing the policy change directly in the tool.”A new policy, which requires servicers to look at more than the loan obligation during the loan modification assessment process goes into effect on March 1, 2016. However, the tool to analyze this criteria is already available, so borrowers and servicers will not miss a beat when the new modification assessment guidelines take effect in March.Traditionally, Servicing Management Default Underwriter has been used by Fannie servicers to determine what foreclosure prevention options are available to borrowers with Fannie-backed loans.center_img Borrowers Fannie Mae Loan Modification 2015-12-23 Kerri Panchuk Sharelast_img read more

Tourism Fiji has appointed Jason Sacriz to the rol

first_imgTourism Fiji has appointed Jason Sacriz to the role of trade partnerships manager – Australia, commencing this week. With extensive experience in trade partnerships and marketing, Sacriz will focus on maintaining and developing relations with key wholesalers and retailers, and all operators in the travel industry. He joins the Australian team of Kara Nelson (VIC, TAS, SA) and David McMahon (NSW, ACT, QLD).Sacriz has worked in a range of marketing and product development roles and held senior positions in destination management with the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Macau Government Tourist Office and Destination NSW, as well as management roles in the wholesale and cruise sectors.Matthew Stoeckel, Tourism Fiji CEO, said the newly-created role underlines the importance of trade relationships and reinforces the determination of Tourism Fiji to deliver the very highest standards of service to the industry.“We are delighted to welcome Jason to this important role, and the appointment reflects Tourism Fiji’s increased focus on working more closely with our trade partners in the Australian market,” Stoeckel said.Recruitment is still underway for the appointment of the regional manager, Australia, who will lead the team in Australia. appointmentaustraliaTourism Fijitrade appointmentlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Hong Kong Tourism B

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Cathay Pacific presented a product update to 50 retail travel consultants at The Westin Perth at the end of February.Agents were eager to learn about what’s hot in Hong Kong, including new hotel openings and infrastructure developments. Cathay Pacific has introduced the Airbus A350 to the Perth–Hong Kong route, providing passengers with unsurpassed comfort.HKTB’s Trade Marketing and Business Tourism Manager, Lisa Lee, said: “HKTB was excited to partner with Cathay Pacific to update Perth travel consultants about Hong Kong’s latest happenings including the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge and the high-speed railway to Mainland China”.Congratulations to Karen Duffus from British Travel, the lucky winner of two Economy return airfares to Hong Kong flying Cathay Pacific.Lead image: Melanie Thompson, Cathay Pacific; Karen Duffus, British Travel and Adam Rodriguez, HKTBGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Hellenic Bank posts €03m in Q1 net earnings update

first_imgHellenic Bank, Cyprus’s third largest lender, said that it generated an after-tax profit of €0.3m in January to March as conditions remain “challenging and volatile”, against €6m profit the previous quarter and €12m profit in the first quarter last year.“Overall, the bank is performing well, particularly given the current environment, demonstrating the potential power of the group once it is unshackled from the high levels of non-performing exposures,” Hellenic said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.The bank said that its non-performing exposures dropped to 58.3 per cent of its loan portfolio in the first quarter from 59.2 per cent at the end of the financial year 2015, while its common equity tier 1 capital ratio fell to 13.8 per cent from 14.75 per cent respectively. The coverage ratio fell to 49.1 per cent from 50 per cent. In absolute figures, the value of non-performing loans fell 3 per cent to €2.5bn from €2.6bn.In January to March, the bank extended a total of €84m in fresh lending to customers and restructured loans worth €160m, the statement said. Loans and advances to customers rose marginally to €3.1bn in a quarter.The drop in net earnings in the first three months of the year was mainly on reduced interest income which fell to €46.9m from €47.9m the previous quarter and €65.7m in the first quarter of 2015, the bank said. Non-interest income fell in the first quarter to €22m from €43.1m the quarter before mainly due to the €16.7m gain from the sale of government securities in the fourth quarter of the year. Hellenic booked €21.6m in provisions for loan impairments to in the first quarter against €41.6m the quarter before and €13.1m in the first quarter of 2015.Hellenic Bank reduced its total expenses in the first quarter to €37m from €37.9m the quarter before or 2 per cent, mainly on a quarterly 8 per cent drop in administrative and other expenses to €15m which offset a 1 per cent quarterly increase in its wage bill to €20.6m, reflecting an increase in personnel to 1,580.Hellenic saw its cash balance increase a quarterly 8 per cent to €2.2bn in March, as its customer deposits fell 2 per cent to slightly over €6bn.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more