The following is an update on ASA’s work on the ARC-County Option yield discrepancy issue from ASA Washington Office Director John Gordley.As you know, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has been working with National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and other commodity organizations to address discrepancies in county yields and payments under the Agricultural Risk Coverage program’s county option (ARC-CO).These discrepancies came to light last October, when payments were made for 2014 crops, the first year under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (AA-14), also known as the farm bill. The most notable differences were in corn yields and payments in several counties in North Dakota. Additional concerns have been raised by corn producers in South Dakota and Colorado.There is evidence that the number of affected counties may be more significant for the 2015 corn crop, for which payments will be made in October 2016. We have requested county yield data for the 2014 and 2015 soybean and wheat crops, but the problem to date appears to focus on corn. However, any unresolved problem for one crop will raise concerns about the viability of the ARC-CO program as a whole, and should be addressed as soon as possible.The cause of the problem is the “cascade policy” for establishing county yields adopted by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) after AA-14 was enacted. Currently, FSA requires that a county’s published National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) yield be used, which requires that at least 30 producer surveys be returned or that the returned surveys represent at least 25 percent of a county’s harvested acreage for the crop. If one of these conditions isn’t met, the county’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) yield is used. Since RMA yields are often higher than NASS yields, payments to producers in RMA counties can be significantly lower than payments to producers in counties with NASS yields.Since there is no legislative requirement or guidance for this policy, FSA is able to change it to provide more consistent yields and payments between counties in the same state. An alternative approach proposed by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association would blend NASS yields in adjacent or contiguous counties to establish yields in counties that don’t meet either of the requirements for a published NASS yield. In cases where there are no contiguous counties, the FSA State Committee would use NASS yields in comparable counties.Our group met with FSA officials a week ago to discuss this approach as a way to make ARC-CO more defensible, not only against farm program opponents but against critics in Congress, including Ranking Member Peterson, who have suggested eliminating the program in the next farm bill.FSA raised the concern that modifying county yields could bring unwanted attention to the difference in yields that producers report to both NASS and RMA. We pointed out that these anomalies could be noticed even if the proposed change is not made, and that it would be better to fix the problem now. FSA indicated it would be beneficial to have direction from Congressional leaders on this issue.We subsequently met with Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow’s staff and will meet with Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts’ staff next week to discuss ways to address the issue.In addition, Sen. John Hoeven included an amendment to the FY-2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill during the full Committee mark-up that would establish a pilot program for 2016 crops under which FSA would designate counties where NASS yields in comparable contiguous counties would be used to mitigate differences that would otherwise exist. We have been in touch with Sen. Hoeven’s staff, and will continue to work with the Agriculture Committee staffs to encourage FSA to adopt the broadest possible approach to deal with ARC-CO yield anomalies, based on the pilot program or simply by using its authority to do so.The ASA D.C. office will keep you updated on the meeting with the Roberts staff, and on subsequent discussions with the Stabenow staff and others, on whether they think a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack would be appropriate to urge the department to make a change in FSA’s current policy.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward County murder suspect accused of making a daring dash to freedom appeared in court, Tuesday.Twenty-one-year-old Dayont’e Resiles met with a judge, as he faces felony charges for his alleged escape. He will be represented by the same attorney who is handling his murder case.Resiles was caught by police at a West Palm Beach hotel, July 20, after, police said, he escaped from the Broward County Courthouse.He is awaiting trial for allegedly stabbing Jill Su to death in her Davie home in 2014.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Cadillac New York Auto Show 2019 Sedans Luxury cars Future Cars 8 Photos Review • 2019 Cadillac CT6 Review: Handsome and competent, even in base form 1 2020 Cadillac CT5 reveals a new design language for the brand 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Cadillac CT6 Tags Cadillac is one of only a few automakers determined to keep sedans relevant, despite consumer tastes shifting wholesale toward SUVs. To that end, the automaker is planning on debuting not one, but two new sedans this year.Cadillac will introduce a smaller CT4 sedan after the CT5 debuts at the New York Auto Show, Automotive News reports, citing confirmation from Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. Carlisle only confirmed its existence, offering no further details about platforms, segments, debut dates — anything, really.As AN notes, the CT4 is part of a three-piece puzzle that will see the CT4, CT5 and CT6 replacing the outgoing ATS, CTS and XTS, respectively. The CT6 and XTS have been living alongside one another in a weird kind of way since the CT6’s debut, although there is some difference between these two large sedans as the XTS uses a transverse front-wheel-drive setup. Enlarge ImageIt wouldn’t be obscene to assume that the CT4 will carry more than a few of the design staples seen on the CT5. Family first. Cadillac Rumors of the CT6’s demise were a bit premature, as GM stated that the car would live on after the closing of the plant in Hamtramck, Michigan where it’s currently made. GM eventually gave Hamtramck a stay of execution until 2020, as well.AN’s report says the CT4 is “expected” to ride on the same Alpha platform that underpins the CT5, along with the Chevrolet Camaro and the outgoing Cadillac ATS, but again, Carlisle didn’t confirm anything beyond the fact that the CT4 will eventually show up. Nevertheless, those of us who appreciate a bit of variety in vehicle lineups will be happy to see that Cadillac is intent on keeping that choice alive a little longer than others.While we don’t know much about the CT4, we have a much better idea about the CT5 that will precede it. Previewed earlier this week, Cadillac offered up some sharp styling that errs closer to a fastback than before, in keeping with sedan design trends of late. It’ll come with either a 2.0-liter turbo I4 or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, both of which will have 10-speed automatic transmissions. Rear- and all-wheel drive are both on offer. This one debuts in about a month’s time at the 2019 New York Auto Show in mid-April. More From Roadshow
Hyderabad: United Muslim Forum (UMF), a confederation of different Muslim organisations, has advised the community to refrain from sacrificing cows during Bakrid to respect the sentiments of other communities. Also, the forum in a press release here Thursday urged the Telangana government to take measures to prevent communal tension in the state ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, also known as Bakrid. It urged the Telangana government to take steps against violence in the name of ‘Gau Raksha by self-styled Gau Rakshaks and prevent lynching, harm, loss of life and any possible tension between the different communities, according to a prerelease. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Lambs, goats, and other animals permissible for sacrifice under Indian law could be slaughtered, the forum said. Ahead of Bakrid next month, state Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali had Wednesday appealed to Muslims to sacrifice sheep instead of cows. ”The cow is respected and worshipped in this faith (Hindu religion). So, I appeal to all Muslim brethren to totally refrain from sacrificing the cow. Instead, offer small sacrifice. You can sacrifice sheep or any other animals,” he had said. The government should issue instructions to the police for ensuring stringent precautionary measures to prevent and deal with lynching and hate crimes, the forum said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The forum said stringent laws must be framed by the state and central governments to ensure protection of life and property of citizens. Also, the forum appealed to the state government to protect historical, religious monuments in the state. The United Muslim Forum urged the government to explore alternative ways and means to protect Wakf and other religious institutions while taking up road-widening and other developmental works.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersThe US government’s aid chief urged Myanmar on Sunday to take “concrete steps” to guarantee the rights of Rohingya Muslims and to show sincerity in that endeavour in order to encourage hundreds of thousands who have fled the country to return.Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ended his three-day visit to Myanmar touring Rohingya and Rakhine communities in western Rakhine State, including a camp for displaced Rohingya people.Green said the refugees, whom he met during the previous leg of the trip in camps in Bangladesh, are fearful and while they want to return, they are asking for their rights and security to be guaranteed before making the decision to come back.“That reinforces the importance here of clear signs of sincerity of the government’s stated position of welcoming back Rohingya in a safe, secure and dignified manner,” Green told reporters.“We would strongly encourage the government to take those concrete steps which are a demonstration of the ability for Rohingya to return under those conditions,” Green said.He said the government could show the refugees in Bangladesh it is sincere by taking “clear actions” with the tens of thousands of Rohingya displaced in previous bouts of violence now stuck in crowded camps in squalid conditions in Rakhine.Green said he was “struck by the sense of hopelessness that so many Muslims nearby feel – the lack of access to healthcare, education, ability to move, access to livelihoods … that kind of hopelessness is obviously disturbing – it’s also something that has to be addressed.”Green has said the United States would provide $44 million in additional aid for the Rohingya and vulnerable populations in Myanmar and Bangladesh.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape an army crackdown since August, launched in response to Rohingya insurgent attacks. Refugees have reported murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops.Washington has called the army response “ethnic cleansing” – a charge Myanmar denies, saying its security forces have been waging a legitimate counter-insurgency operation against “Bengali terrorists”.After meeting Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyitaw and civil society leaders in the main city Yangon on Friday and Saturday, Green met local government officials in Rakhine and toured villages and camps over the weekend.On Sunday, he went to Muslim and Buddhist villages in the Rathedaung township in the north of the violence-torn state. He then met camp leaders in Thet Kae Pyin camp for nearly 6,000 Rohingya, a short drive from state capital Sittwe.“We don’t have the luxury of time. We really do need all of us to see positive steps forward and we stand ready to help,” Green said.
Beauty and the Beast, whether in a form of the original fairytale, the animated Disney musical or the recent release that dominated the box office in 2018, is a quintessential love story that has survived many centuries and different forms. This deeply touching love story was written by French Novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.However, historians and folklorists have traced 23 different variations of the tale from around the globe.Beauty and the beastThe notion of love crossing the boundaries of breeds exists in the folklore of many societies and falls under the genre of “Animal Bridegroom Story.” At least 162 different versions have been identified, that all center on a seemingly impossible relationship.As is common in a number of these stories, the beast turns out to be a person, hidden behind the mask of a creature. The plot and the theme of transformation holds strong similarities with the Greek Cupid and Psyche, for example. However Beauty and the Beast differs from these stories in one important aspect — it is believed that a real-life person inspired the creation of this particular fairy-tale.Pedro GonzálezThe story behind Beauty and the Beast is embodied in the tragic life of Petrus Gonsalvus and his astonishingly beautiful wife Catherine. He was born in 1537 in Tenerife with a rare condition known as hypertrichosis, commonly referred to as Werewolf Syndrome.His story begins when he was brought from his home in Tenerife to France, as a coronation gift for King Henry II. He was considered a curiosity, a “wildman” in a cage, playing on the idea of woodwose — half-animal, half-human creatures prominent in European medieval mythology.Petrus Gonsalvus and Catherine.News of such a strange and exotic marvel caused enormous excitement within the castle. Upon arriving, the “wildman” was placed in a dungeon where the court’s doctors and physicians examined.He was not wild and did not display any signs of savagery associated with woodwose. He was not a man either — he was a 10-year-old boy called Pedro Gonzales. Upon thorough examination the doctors concluded he should not be considered a wildman, and the peculiar boy was given a new Latin name: Petrus Gonsalvus.The Hairy Man from Munich by 16th century unknown painter.The king decided to free him from his dungeon and, for the sake of an experiment, offered him a formal education as befitted any boy living in his castle.Upon Henry’s death in 1559, his wife Catherine de Medici became regent.As a regent she had the power to decide about all the concerns Henry previously dealt with. Continuing her husband’s experiment, she came to the idea that Petrus should be married, to see if his offspring would also be “wildmen.”The Florence landscape where Catherine de Medici spent her early childhood before moving to France.He was assigned a beautiful wife, Catherine, whose last name is unknown to this day and who was allegedly unaware of the looks of her husband before the day of their wedding.The couple, unexpectedly for the Queen, fell in love and settled into a happy and caring relationship. They had their first two children soon after marrying and both were born healthy. The Queen was openly disappointed about this fact. Her wish did come true eventually — their next four children were all born with hypertrichosis.The family was sent to tour Europe as an amusement for aristocratic families. They finally settled in Spain under the protection of the Duke of Parma, who allocated an estate for them to run. Nevertheless, all their children were given as a peculiar gift to other European noble families. Both loving and warm-hearted parents were devastated.In contrast to the Beauty and the Beast’s happy ending, the story of Pedro and Catherine ended tragically. He was treated as less than human until the day he died.Read another story from us: William Wallace – The True Story Behind Scotland’s Most Famous HeroHis unhuman status was proven even in the fact that both himself and Catherine were not allowed a proper burial. Up until the present day it is not known where the two of them were buried.
Mozilla Corp acquires Pocket by Martin Brinkmann on February 28, 2017 in Firefox – 21 commentsMozilla Corporation announced the acquisition of Read it Later, Inc, the creators of the “save for later” service Pocket.Pocket will become a new product in Mozilla’s product line alongside the Firefox web browser, and Pocket’s core development team will join Mozilla as well.Mozilla’s relationship with Pocket dates back some time. The makers of the Firefox web browser integrated Pocket natively in the browser some time ago. Mozilla was criticized for the move by part of the browser’s user base. Some did not understand why Pocket needed to be integrated into Firefox as Pocket was available as a browser extension already.Others did not like the integration because it would blow up the browser even more. Others questioned Mozilla’s motive for the integration.Pocket users liked the integration for the most part obviously. It is unclear up to today if the integration fueled the growth of Pocket, and by how much.It was revealed however some time later that Mozilla did have a revenue share agreement with Pocket.Pocket is now available as a system add-on in Firefox. System add-ons are distributed by Mozilla with the Firefox web browser. It is still possible to disable Pocket in Firefox though.Mozilla’s acquisition of PocketMozilla’s blog post published on the official Mozilla blog focuses on content discovery, and the Context Graph initiative.Activity Stream is one of the products that came out of Context Graph. It is a redesign of the Firefox New Tab Page and about:home page that is scheduled to launch in Firefox 56.According to Mozilla, Pocket’s focus will be “promoting the discovery and accessibility of high quality web content”.It seems likely that Mozilla plans to use Pocket’s technology to improve the content discovery features of the Firefox web browser.One of the appeals of Pocket is that users have saved more than 3 billion pieces of content so far, a treasure trove for an organization who tries to introduce content discovery in the web browser. Pocket will join Mozilla’s Open Source project.The announcement by Nate Weiner, CEO of Pocket, confirms the deal. According to the post, Pocket benefits from the acquisition in several ways; from Mozilla’s resources, global scale, and options to increase the number of Pocket users further.What about Pocket Premium? The paid service was not mentioned by Mozilla nor Pocket, and it appears as if it will still be offered in the same way just like before.Now You: What is your take on the deal?SummaryArticle NameMozilla Corp acquires PocketDescriptionMozilla Corporation announced the acquisition of Read it Later, Inc, the creators of the “save for later” service Pocket.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
DMEX: more Windows Explorer functionality by Martin Brinkmann on November 13, 2017 in Software – 17 commentsDMEX is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating systems that adds a large number of new features and improvements to Windows Explorer.The application is a rewrite of DMEXMenu and DMEXBar which added similar functionality to Explorer. We reviewed DMEXBar back in 2006, so check this out if you want to know more about it.DMEX needs to be installed before it can be used, and you may disable some of the functionality the program offers during installation if you don’t need it.Its functionality is available in a menu that you can open from the system tray area of the operating system, or with the shortcut Ctrl-F1 in Explorer.The shortcut works better in my opinion for many tasks, but more about that later.DMEXThe main DMEX menu lists the five items “Arrange Explorer Windows”, “File Operations”, “Change to”, Run, and Clipboard when you invoke it.Each leads to a selection of options that you can run. If you open File Operations for instance, you get options to create new directories or paths, rename files, or show the directory size.While some operations are supported by Explorer natively as well, other’s are not or not to the degree that DMEX offers. Show directory size for instance displays the size of each folder of the current path in the Explorer window. Rename for instance lets you rename file names, date and time, or attributes of files using keywords.The arrange Explorer Windows menu offers interesting options. You can use it to quickly arrange two or all windows horizontally or vertically, set, save or restore positions, or close all right away.Change To and Run act as quick start menus. Change To for folders and drives in Explorer, Run for programs that you add to the menu to run them directly from there.Synchronize is another interesting function that DMEX offers. You may use it to sync files between two directories.Many of the provided functions are mapped to shortcuts that you can invoke directly without opening the menu first. The shortcut Ctrl-F11 arranges two Explorer windows horizontally for instance while Ctrl-F12 a “versioned file”.Not all functions are mapped to shortcuts by default, but you can change that in the program’s configuration menu. Right-click on the Explorer icon and select configuration to open it.You can map any function to a shortcut using it, and also show and hide menu items, configure favorites and programs for the “change to” and “run” menus, and configure other options.The visible items menu gives you options to hide any function that you don’t want to use, and to impose restrictions on it. Copy path can only be used for instance if something is selected in Explorer.You can modify these restrictions as well, but that may require some testing to get it right.Closing WordsDMEX is a handy Explorer tool that adds quite a bit of functionality to Windows Explorer. The program ran fine for the most part on a Windows 10 Pro system; I did get an error message when I used the align Explorer windows options however.I prefer to work with shortcuts instead of the menu as it is a lot quicker. Since you can map any function to a hotkey, you should not have any issues using the program without the command menu.Now You: Do you use Explorer add-ons?Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 6 votes Software Name DMEXOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page http://www.andreruebel.bplaced.de/dmex/index.html Advertisement
Share Tweet Submit Waiting to get yourself some delicious TV experience this holiday season? Well, there is never a better time to spend some money on things we consider luxury otherwise as Black Friday is almost here bringing with it all the awesome Black Friday 2015 TV deals.Black Friday 2015 TV deals:Say hello back to capitalism as we let ourselves fall in front of all these amazing deals that are dropping like those beautifully colored leaves in autumn. Black Friday brings the best bargains of the year on everything from laptops to HDTVs to just about everything else. As we see a growing demand of Ultra HD and 4K TVs, Black Friday has also been increasingly bringing some great discounts on the category for past two years.Following are various deals on 4K TVs, Ultra HD TVs, and the “regular” TVs, which would make for some good indulgence and Christmas gifts as well.Black Friday 4K TV deals from Best Buy:Vizio 65-inch 4K TV for $999.99 (saves $500)Vizio 55-inch 4K TV for $699 (originally $879.99)Samsung 60-inch 4K TV for $799 (originally $1,499.99)Toshiba 49-inch 1080p for $149 (originally $429.99)Walmart Black Friday discounts:70-inch Vizio 1080p HDTV for $89832-inch TCL 720p Roku Smart TV for $125 (originally $149)Amazon TV deals:32-inch TV for $75 (available only through Amazon app)50-inch 1080p TV for $149 (available only through Amazon app)55-inch TCL Roku TV for $349 (originally $549)Target Black Friday:Samsung 55-inch 4K TV for $797.99 (originally $1,199.99)Samsung 60-inch 1080p HDTV for $697.99Up to 60% OFF on Samsung:Week long discounts – now through November 30thSamsung 50-inch SUHD 4K Smart TV for $799.99 (originally $1,699.99)Samsung 55-inch SUHD 4K Smart TV for $999.99 (originally $1,999.99)Samsung 60-inch SUHD 4K Smart TV for 1,299.99 (regularly $2,599.99)Newegg deals on TVsStarting today through November 29thSamsung 60-inch 1080p Smart TV for $697.99 (originally $1,699.99)LG 43-inch 1080p 60Hz TV for $284.99 (originally $499.99)Don’t forget to share with us and our readers, which one are you going to gift yourself or your loved ones. Is it going to be a 60-inch 4K TV from Samsung or LG’s 43-inch 1080p? Let us know.
News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more December 12, 2018 — A Massachusetts Superior Court granted a preliminary injunction in lawsuits by Hologic against Chinese X-ray equipment provider Direct Digital Imaging Technology (Beijing) Inc. (DDIT) and a former Hologic employee, Lawrence Ibbetson, for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.Hologic alleges that DDIT and Ibbetson misappropriated trade secrets for selenium coating technology used in the detectors within Hologic’s Selenia Dimensions and 3Dimensions mammography systems. In 2016, Hologic filed suit against DDIT, alleging breach of contract for failure to pay for general radiography panels treated with Hologic’s proprietary coatings. In 2018, the complaint was amended to include trade secret misappropriation claims.As part of the preliminary injunction, the court ruled that Hologic is likely to succeed in its trade secret claims. As a result, the court ordered the defendants to stop using or disclosing selenium coating specifications that Hologic alleges were wrongfully misappropriated. In addition, the defendants may not develop an alternative selenium coating unless certain conditions are met, including that the development be conducted under the watch of an independent monitor. The preliminary injunction is effective through the conclusion of a trial.For more information: www.hologic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | December 12, 2018 Massachusetts Superior Court Grants Hologic Preliminary Injunction in Trade Secrets Lawsuits Chinese X-ray provider Direct Digital Imaging Technology ordered to stop using or disclosing selenium coating specifications for mammography systems that Hologic alleges were wrongfully misappropriated 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content 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 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more
Related posts:UPDATE: Guatemala’s former Vice President Baldetti arrested in ongoing corruption probe; President also likely involved, investigators say In Guatemala, Pérez Molina claims US conspiracy behind corruption prosecution Guatemala top prosecutor Thelma Aldana speaks out against corruption and impunity No immunity for corruption-plagued Guatemala president Facebook Comments #LagoDeAmatitlán Mario Baldetti Elías hermano d exvicepresidenta, fue trasladado a juzgado d V. Nueva @evelynndeleon pic.twitter.com/nE3MYyV1vB— Soy 502 (@soy_502) February 23, 2016 Así fue capturado Mario Alejandro Baldetti Elías, hermano de la exvicepresidenta: https://t.co/WSI37vnwz5 pic.twitter.com/qrGbhGnx5j— Soy 502 (@soy_502) February 23, 2016 GUATEMALA CITY – The brother of Guatemala’s former Vice President Roxana Baldetti and 12 others were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fraud involving contracting an Israeli company to clean up a polluted lake, police said.Mario Baldetti and the others – several of whom were former government workers – were accused of wrongdoing by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a United Nations-backed body whose investigations into Guatemala corruption helped bring down the country’s previous government last year. Three girls walk along the shores of Lake Amatitlán, 35 km south of Guatemala City. Johan Ordóñez/AFPRoxana Baldetti and former President Otto Pérez Molina are in jail pending a possible trial on charges they were involved in a ring in which senior officials accepted bribes in return for cutting import duties for several companies.The CICIG arrested Mario Baldetti and the 12 others for involvement in awarding an $18 million contract to an Israeli company to pour a cleaning chemical into Lake Amatitlán, south of the capital, to clean it up.Environmentalists have questioned the efficacy of the chemical and claimed there were abnormalities in the tender process.Prosecutors said they would also seek testimony from the former vice president, given that she was a driving force behind the clean-up project.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sydney continue to reign as the most popular local destinations for Aussie travellers to spend their upcoming Christmas holidays.According to the first annual HotelClub Hotel Index highlighting the top ten domestic and international destinations for Australians to travel over the festive season, Adelaide jumped up from six to fourth most popular, while Brisbane fell one place from fourth to fifth.Port Douglas is also picking up as a Chrissy hot spot jumping more than six spots to sixth place while Hobart, Cairns and Perth also remained high on the Aussie destination list.Internationally, Australians are choosing to spend their Christmas holidays in Bali and Phuket while New York picked up three spots this year jumping from sixth last year to third most popular.Auckland also climbed the charts to fourth place as natural disasters in Japan earlier this year saw Tokyo fall out of the top ten international cities list this year. “Unfortunately Tokyo has dropped out of the top 10 international cities due to the lack of consumer confidence in travelling to Japan following a year of terrible natural disasters,” HotelClub president Jeremy Bellinghausen explained. “However, the strong Australian dollar has seen US cities soar in popularity and we’re seeing American hotels respond to this with better value pricing. Meanwhile, Las Vegas fell from fifth to eight most popular destination for Aussie travelers this year, while Hawaii and Bangkok picked up to sixth and seventh most booked this year.New York or the Gold Coast, what’s your city of choice this Christmas?
Hapi days indeed for MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Melissa Pointon who scored the major prize on offer at the Solomon Islands product update at the Mercure Kooindah Central Coast Wyong (NSW) last week.Her prize includes return airfares flying Solomon Airlines to the ‘Hapi Islands’ where she will stay at the King Solomon Hotel in Honiara and also the fabulous Fatboys Resort in Gizo.A beaming and obviously thrilled Melissa is photographed receiving her prize from the airline’s Honiara-based marketing officer Edmund Devisi while members of the Hageulu Panpipe Group from the Solomon Islands’ Isabel Province look on.Source = MTA – Mike Parker-Brown
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policymaking arm of the Federal Reserve, will meet this week for the sixth time this year to determine if the economy has improved enough to raise this federal funds target rate from its current level of 0.25 to 0.50 percent.In August, speculation was widespread that the Fed would raise rates in September for the first time since December’s historic liftoff. The Fed has gone five meetings since then without a rate hike.August’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (151,000 jobs added for the month) released in early September cooled the speculation of a September rate hike, however. Speeches from Fed officials who vote on monetary policy, in particular a recent one from Fed Governor Lael Brainard, cooled that speculation even further.Analysts doubt that the Fed raising the federal funds target rate will have an impact on mortgage rates for the near term. In the months following last December’s rate hike, mortgage rates fell to near record lows; the average 30-year FRM just increased back up to 3.50 percent last week for the first time since June.The FOMC has two more policymaking meetings this year (November 1-2 and December 13-14), and some analysts think that a December rate hike is more likely than one in September. The FOMC will make its announcement as to whether or not rates will increase on Wednesday, September 21, at 2 p.m. EST.NAR, Existing-Home Sales for August 2016, Thursday, September 22, 10 a.m. ESTExisting-home sales lost steam in July due to ongoing inventory issues, falling by 3.2 percent down to an annual rate of 5.39 million. What will they do in August? The industry will find out on Thursday, September 22, at 10 a.m. EST when the National Association of Realtors releases it latest report.The existing-home sales report covering July was a stark contrast to the new home sales report from HUD and the Census Bureau for the same month, which showed that the pace of sales of newly constructed homes skyrocketed by 12.4 percent over-the-month and 31 percent over-the-year.Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, said that the comparison between July’s “stellar new home sales numbers with (July’s) existing-home sales tells an important tale of two housing markets.”“The severely restrained inventory of existing homes has spurred new construction and new home sales (in July),” said Stephen Melman, Director of Economic Services with NAHB. “Builder sentiment remains cautiously optimistic, brightening prospects for new single-family sales in 2016.”This week’s scheduleMonday, September 19NAHB Housing Market Index for September 2016, 10 a.m. ESTTuesday, September 20Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting beginsWednesday, September 21FOMC Meeting Announcement, 2 p.m. ESTThursday, September 22FHFA House Price Index for July 2016, 9 a.m. ESTNAR Existing-Home Sales for August 2016, 10 a.m. EST The Week Ahead: Will the Fed Act or Won’t They? September 18, 2016 558 Views Existing-Home Sales Federal Reserve 2016-09-18 Seth Welborn Share
Making new friends and experiencing new cultures is one of the best parts of your year abroad. If you are on a university exchange, there are plenty of ways to meet new people. When I arrived at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology the university organised a week’s worth of events for exchange students who had also just arrived. This was a great opportunity to meet similar people and really helped me to settle into Melbourne life. Joining a group or sports club is another great way of making friends who have similar interests or a chance to try out something different. Search social media for groups that have been created for travellers as in addition to meeting people these are often great sources of advice and places where people may offer great deals on accommodation, jobs or goods that they no longer need. My biggest tip would be to really put yourself out there. It can be daunting arriving in a country where you don’t know anyone but chances are everyone else is feeling the same way! A year abroad when you are a student is a fantastic opportunity and can have a great effect on your future. If you get the chance, go for it and embrace the challenges, opportunities and new experiences wherever you choose to go. As Hans Christian Anderson once saidTo travel is to live.Looking for more tips on taking a year abroad? Take a look at these…The study abroad checklist: Scholarships, student visas and flightsMoving abroad can be challenging so here’s our complete checklist to make sure you’re ready to go.10 awesome student holidays that will boost your CVLooking for a great way to get some work experience and see the world? Take a look at these working holidays.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map When you know the location of your destination and the dates you are going to travel you will most likely turn your attention to firming up your accommodation and transport arrangements. There is something settling about having a fixed itinerary as well as a sense of excitement as you can start to imagine where you could be living and how you will spend your time. That said, my advice would be to book as little as you can. You will obviously need to book your flight and somewhere to stay when you are fresh off the plane but even with all the research in the world, you are unlikely to get as good a feel for a place as you do when you actually visit. If you are going to commit to signing a lease or sharing a flat, it’s important that you take your time to find the right place. When I arrived in Melbourne I lived in a hostel that was set up for short term stays for two weeks whilst I scouted out different areas and spoke with locals until I found a flat that I was happy with. If you are spending your year abroad as part of a student exchange, your destination university is likely to offer a variety of different forms of accommodation and will be able to provide you with advice. How to make friends for life Living in a different country means using a different currency. On the surface this seems pretty simple though with an array of different banking options, exchange rates, withdrawal and transfer fees it can get very complex very quickly. Banks offer a range of products that are suitable for travellers however I found the easiest way to manage my finances was to open up a bank account in Australia. Having a local bank account is essential if you are intending on working during your year abroad and it also allows you to negotiate better deals if you are taking out a mobile phone contract or internet package.If you are receiving a student loan or bursary, transferring the payment from your British bank account to an international account is something that you will need to think about. I have found that for small amounts PayPal can be a quick and painless way of moving your money and for larger amounts it is more economical to pay your British bank to make a transfer. Foreign exchange rates can also influence how far your pounds can go when you are abroad and you should keep an eye out for when the best rate becomes available. My year abroad began shortly after the Brexit vote and in hindsight I wish that I had made my arrangements earlier!How (and what) to pack RelatedThe study abroad checklist: Scholarships, student visas, and flightsStudying abroad gives you the chance to see countries like the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA like a local, but moving abroad and into your new university can be challenging. Here’s our complete checklist to make sure you’re ready to make the move:Working abroad: how to find jobs overseasNew year, new job? Guest contributor Megan Lee of Go Overseas offers her expert advice on broadening your employment horizons.The future of travel: Gareth Williams, Skyscanner CEO predictsDeep-sea tourism, the rise of peer to peer travel, flying cars and why teleportation would kill Skyscanner (but he’s not worrying). How to decide where to go Deciding where to go is tough. Studying a year abroad is a once in a lifetime experience and there are lots of things to consider. The first decision that you need to make is what you are wanting to get out of your year. Is it meeting new people? Learning a new language? Soaking up some sun? Experiencing new cultures? All of the above? As an exchange student I was also very interested in the quality of the universities and how a year abroad could affect my future career prospects. When you have identified your main motivations, choosing your exact location is a lot easier. I chose to study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology as Australia is a country that I may choose to work in in the future, the university is great and not to mention the sun, surf and national obsession with sport! How to stay on top of your finances Trying to compress your life’s possessions into a suitcase is one of the more challenging stages pre-year abroad. The most generous airlines allow a maximum weight of a little over 30kg which fills up surprisingly quickly. When you’re packing it’s important to focus on your priorities; anyway, chances are the local style will be different to your current wardrobe and when you arrive you will want to pick up some new clothes to suit. Make sure that you visit the pharmacy and stock up on any medication or toiletries that you will need when you’re away. Medication can be very expensive when abroad and it can be hard to find an exact match. A travel adapter will become one of your more prized possessions to make sure that you can keep all of your electronics charged and operational. It is also important to think of the practicalities of packing. You will have to be able to carry your luggage when you first arrive so it’s important that you have a combination of suitcases and bags that you can easily manage. A useful piece of advice I was given when I was packing for my year abroad was to tightly roll my clothes and pack them together to fit more in. How to find a place to stay
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