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‘217 farmers ended their lives since 2011’

first_imgPratima Kuikuri and Sanatan Dhara travelled all the way from Hooghly and Purba Bardhaman districts respectively to take part in a farmers’ rally called by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the peasants’ wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), at Kolkata’s Rani Rashmoni Avenue.Both Ms. Kuikuri and Mr. Dhara have lost someone close to them to “agrarian distress” in the State. Sharing her plight with the gathering, Ms. Kuikuri said: “I have come all the way from Tarakeshwar in Hooghly. My husband was a potato farmer. He had a loan of ₹3 lakh.”Mr. Dhara said his brother Dinobandhu Dhara “killed himself” on May 29, 2015, after his crop, cultivated on 5 acres of land, failed.The rally, organised recently, aimed to highlight the crisis being faced by farmers in the State. Representatives of AIKS brought family members of more than 40 farmers who had killed themselves in the State since 2011 when the Trinamool Congress came to power.Gayatri Malik from Bardhaman and Asha Durlad from Haripal in Hooghly, whose husbands had ended their lives, were also on the stage. “We do not have much education to speak on stage, but we have not got any help from the State,” Ms. Malik said.According to the AIKS, 217 farmers have killed themselves in West Bengal since 2011 due to farm distress. In 2019, as many as 22 farmers ended their lives till August-end, claimed AIKS members.AIKS State secretary Amal Halder said that out of 217 deaths, 150 had been reported in Bardhaman alone. Mr. Halder, a central committee member of the CPI(M), said Bardhaman (both Purba and Paschim) and Hooghly are the worst-affected by agrarian distress.“Do not take your own lives, instead fight against those who are putting you in such a situation. It is better to die fighting, taking a bullet from police than wasting your life in helplessness,” an AIKS leader said while addressing the gathering.‘Multiple reasons’ Dismissing the allegations, West Bengal Agriculture Minister Asish Banerjee said that the CPI(M) and its farmers’ front are spreading lies. “Not a single case of farmer ending their lives due to agrarian distress has come to our notice since the change of government in 2011,” he said. The Minister said multiple reasons such as ailments and family problems have led to farmers’ death, but not agrarian distress.According to data on accidental deaths and people killing themselves in the country, published by the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2015, West Bengal recorded 14,310 deaths, the third highest after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Despite high incidence of farmers taking their own lives, the State government has not admitted agrarian distress as the reason for even a single case.Suicide prevention helpline: 033-24637401/033-24637432; website:; e-mail: lifelinekolkata@gmail.comlast_img read more


Indian Premier League 2016: Martin Guptill replaces injured Lendl Simmons at Mumbai Indians

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is set to join Mumbai Indians for season nine of the Indian Premier League after the team’s opener Lendl Simmons was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.The West Indies opener Simmons, who was Mumbai’s top-scorer with 540 runs in 13 matches in the last edition of IPL, suffered an injury to his lower back during Mumbai’s opening clash against Rising Pune Supergiants on Saturday. (Also read: Rohit praises Eden pitch, bowlers after MI’s win over KKR)Guptill, who was listed as a marquee player at a base price of Rs 50 Lakh, found no takers during the IPL auctions which was held earlier this year. Guptill’s dumping raised a lot of eyebrows for he was one of the most consistent batsmen for his country and in other T20 leagues across the globe. Guptill had smashed 547 in the 2015 World Cup which included a double century (237) against West Indies in the quarter-final.Guptill also gave New Zealand good momentum at the top in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 smashing 140 runs in four matches.last_img read more



first_img“We have not asked BCCI for reimbursement. The “We have not asked BCCI for reimbursement. The reimbursement will come (later),” said Kanmadikar. Incidentally, the scheduled Test will be the first-ever to be conducted at Indore, which has a strong tradition in the game and was the home venue for the strong Holkar team of yesteryears. Stalwarts such as Col. C K Nayudu and Mushtaq Ali were playing for the Holkar team, which won the Ranji Trophy on four occasions in the past under Nayudus leadership, before it became MPCA. PTI SSR HWP LAL MAS NRB AH BSlast_img read more


Altium to showcase Designer 18 and PDN Analyzer at embedded world

first_imgAt this year’s embedded world, Altium will showcase its latest and most significant product release to date: Altium Designer 18. In addition, Altium will introduce the new and improved visual power analysis application PDN Analyzer, which gives designers unprecedented control over their power delivery networks with the freedom to continuously analyze and modify multiple networks within Altium Designer. Embedded World 2018 will be the first opportunity to see this product and feature in action since its December release, with a live exhibit and presentation over the course of this special 3-day exposition.As the industry’s first true overhaul to electronics system design since 2002, Altium Designer 18 is pushing PCB design forward with the most advanced, cutting-edge engineering solutions in the PCB design space. As an accompanying feature, Altium will also provide a comprehensive look at PDN Analyzer, an integrated functionality available as part of the Altium Designer package. Altium users now have the ability to simultaneously implement multi-network simulations (as opposed to single networks) and other advanced features like current direction indication, sortable simulation reports, and hierarchical network management all within their design tool.With Altium’s PDN Analyzer, users can now have greater control over their power distribution networks and can immediately identify and resolve power issues within their PCB design. These new integrated visual power analysis capabilities allow users to visually comprehend and easily manage their multi-network DC voltage and current density from the convenience of their design environment, as well as rerun simulations and test modifications without interrupting their design workflows.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Keysight to accelerate development and deployment of 5G networksNext Lynx: safe and secure hypervisor foundation for ETAS Autosar Adaptive Platformlast_img read more


Lewis Hamilton looks unassailable while George Russell shows his class

first_img Lewis Hamilton: F1 governance must change after ‘ugh’ French Grand Prix Share via Email Formula One Topics Share on Messenger Twitter Lewis Hamilton insists rule makers should ask drivers to help improve F1 Sportblog McLaren take another step forwardHow far things have come for McLaren from recent seasons when poor starts were compounded only by woe, wailing and doubtless considerable gnashing of teeth. Each race this year appears to display new reasons to praise the team who genuinely seem to have found their groove. This was the home race of Renault, who had targeted it as one at which to take the midfield lead. McLaren were having none of it. That Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz qualified in fifth and sixth was superlative. Then their race, which had looked like a nailed on sixth and seventh until Norris was scuppered by a hydraulics problem, had put Renault to the sword.On the grid a mechanic calmly had to make a tiny last minute repair to the right-rear floor of Norris’s car, getting his fingers sticky with composite glue in the process. Effort and attention to detail at McLaren is bearing fruit and there will be no easy ride for Renault, who are, ironically, McLaren’s engine suppliers. Pinterest Lewis Hamilton comment Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Picture not perfectGiven that F1’s owner’s Liberty is a media company it seems curious it has still yet to really overhaul the pictures it broadcasts from the track. Broadcasters take the feed so are not to blame for some of the repeated complaints once again raised in France. In qualifying there is the issue of the feed covering the first car on a lap rather than switching to one that may have been behind but is clearly putting in a quicker time. Which means, as is often the case, Hamilton’s pole lap was represented by the final seconds as he crossed the line. Then there are the lengthy start replays from multiple angles that often coincide with actual on-track action – on Sunday it was Vettel’ s pass on Norris.Finally the question of just what action to cover was once again highlighted at the close at Paul Ricard: Norris trying to cling to his place, Charles Leclerc throwing himself at Bottas or Hamilton taking the flag. Pleasing everyone is impossible but there are options – Indycar already uses in-screen pictures to cover multiple plots.Money matterThe agreement over new regulations for 2021 may have been delayed until October but before the French Grand Prix one change was finally agreed. The cost cap of $175m will be imposed in 2021 as part of the sport’s new financial regulations. They were framed by the former Honda, Brawn and Mercedes financial director Nigel Kerr. It will require some cost cutting from the big three teams – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – but notable areas are not covered by the figure: costs associated with engines, driver salaries and marketing, all of which will still amount to substantial figures.The cap is also above what had been hoped for by the majority of smaller teams and there was a perception in the paddock in France that Liberty had allowed itself to be steamrollered into the higher number by the big three, not a ringing endorsement of its management or that it can play hard ball when required. Share on Pinterestcenter_img Read more Share on Facebook Hamilton relentlessly marches onLewis Hamilton may have been almost apologetic after his dominant French Grand Prix win as he appealed for the drivers not be blamed when F1 served up an uninspiring afternoon. However, he also pointed out that it had not been easy in the cockpit, nor would there be any relaxation of his overwhelming desire to win. His authority is already stamped on the championship. Sebastian Vettel has fallen away and what threat Valtteri Bottas posed has faltered, perhaps irretrievably.What best illustrated just how hungry, how motivated Hamilton remains was his pursuit of the fastest lap at the close. He did not need the point, while in contrast Ferrari were chasing the consolation by switching Vettel to new softs at the death. Hamilton, on old hard rubber, almost took it, just two-hundredths slower. “There is never a moment you shouldn’t be pushing and the moment you sit back is the moment you lose. And I don’t plan on doing that,” he said. He is positively relentless, unstoppable, F1’s Terminator. Share on LinkedIn Russell on a roll In a race largely bereft of action, it was a huge shame that George Russell’s pass on his Williams’ teammate Robert Kubica was not shown on TV. The young Briton has been wrestling courageously with his recalcitrant car all season and has had few chances to showcase the talent that took him to the F2 title last year. In France he did so. Russell went after Kubica through the Mistral chicane as the Pole defended the inside line, then took the better pace out of the corner as they re-entered the straight and went round Kubica at just under 200mph through the fearsomely quick, right-handed Signes corner. The pair came excruciatingly close as they exited, so much so that Russell gave out an exhalation of relief over team radio as he took the place.He described it as: “Quite a hairy move but the highlight of my race”. He ultimately finished last due to damage to his front wing, the first time this season he has done so, but can be rightly proud of having definitively proved his racing credentials. Facebook Support The Guardian Reuse this content George Russell of Williams has been wrestling courageously with his recalcitrant car all season but showed his potential with an overtaking move through the Mistral chicane. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Motor sport Share on Twitter Formula One 2019last_img read more


TEN Optimistic for 2017 amid Lower Profit

first_imgzoom Greek tanker owner and operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) reported that its net income plunged to USD 55.7 million for the full year of 2016 from USD 158.2 million seen a year earlier.Although the tanker markets experienced a “promising improvement” during the fourth quarter of the year, the company’s net income for the three-month period ended December 31 dropped at USD 11.9 million from a net income of USD 39.6 million recorded in the same period in 2015.TEN’s revenues, net of voyage expenses for the fourth quarter were at USD 99.1 million, more than in the third quarter of the year due to the delivery of three vessels, the new charters of the two LNG carriers and a high utilization rate of 98%, according to the company.In October and November 2016, TEN took delivery of the aframax newbuildings Leontios H and Parthenon TS, both employed under long-term charters. In addition, in October 2016, the LNG carrier Maria Energy was delivered and placed on a time-charter with escalating options until mid-2018, when it is expected that higher rates may be available.Subsequent to the year end, the company took delivery of the VLCC Hercules I from South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries and reached a charter agreement for the vessel, thereby securing work for its entire 15 newbuilding fleet.“The industrial nature of our recent charters fits in well with the company’s strategy in building and operating vessels to accommodate the long-term needs of international oil concerns,” Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN and current Chairman of INTERTANKO, said.“With our entire newbuilding program chartered on long-term accretive employment to first class end-users, TEN’s new phase will be in full force within 2017. The long-term business further solidifies our balance-sheet, ensures TEN’s continued profitability and dividend distribution. This should ultimately be reflected in our share’s true valuation,” Tsakos added.TEN informed that it remains optimistic for 2017 due to the continued low price of crude oil, abundant alternative sources of oil supply and growing consumer demand.“These positive fundamentals are expected to become more apparent as any pressure from excess fleet supply gradually diminishes as we move later into 2017,” TEN said.last_img read more


James Wan planning to return to indie roots with next film

first_imgLos Angeles: Filmmaker James Wan has shared few details of his next directorial venture, saying that he is planning to return to his “indie roots”. In an Instagram post, the 42-year-old director said the new project is a “hard-R thriller” and based on an “original horror idea”. “There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… All I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets,” Wan wrote. The filmmaker, who made a name for himself with The Conjuring and Saw franchises, took a turn towards mainstream blockbusters with films like Fast and Furious 7 and Aquaman in the last couple of years.last_img read more


US tariffs on steel will hit Canadian defence industry minister

first_imgOTTAWA – Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough predicts “significant consequences” to Canada’s defence industry as the U.S. moves to impose tariffs on Canadian steel.The minister says she doesn’t believe the tariffs will alter the government’s plan to purchase new military gear from the U.S. because extra money is typically set aside for unexpected circumstances.But she says they could hit Canadian businesses, some of which say they are watching closely to see how the dispute unfolds.The Trump administration says it is imposing a 25 per cent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 per cent tariff on Canadian aluminum starting at midnight tonight, ostensibly because of national-security concerns.Qualtrough, however, says it is “difficult to fathom” how Canadian steel could pose a security threat, given the close security relationship between the two countries and extent of integration between their respective defence sectors.She spoke on the sidelines of Cansec, an annual arms-trade show where defence companies from around the world showcase their wares to government and military officials.last_img read more


Holocaust to Cambodia to Rwanda A list of acts considered genocide

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts a finding that Canada’s treatment of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls amounts to genocide.The term is used numerous times in the final report of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, who are  believed to number in the thousands in Canada.The report says that despite the commission’s best efforts to quantify the extent of the problem, “no one knows an exact number.”The United Nations defines genocide as acts committed with intent to destroy ethnic, racial or religious groups. Here are some atrocities accepted as genocide:Armenian genocide: Historians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of the First World War.Holodomor: Millions of Ukrainians perished during a famine engineered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1932-33 in an attempt to force peasants to join collective farms.The Holocaust: Six million Jews and many others considered by the Nazis as “undesirable” were murdered during the Second World War.Cambodia: The ultra-communist group Khmer Rouge is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people while it held power from 1975 to 1979 through execution, starvation and inadequate medical care.Rwanda: Almost one million Tutsis were murdered within the span of 100 days in 1994 by Hutu extremists.Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nearly 8,000 Muslims were killed when Serbs overran the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica in 1995. The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Airbus parent EADS says higher aircraft deliveries help Q1 profits to nearly

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – European aerospace company EADS said strong deliveries by airplane maker Airbus helped drive higher earnings in the first quarter and laid out the hope that the new A350 long-range aircraft should make its first flight this summer.The Airbus parent company also reaffirmed Tuesday its forecast of lifting commercial aircraft deliveries this year to between 600 and 610, as demand from Middle Eastern and Asian carriers to expand their fleets continues to drive sales for one of Europe’s largest exporters.EADS made a net profit for the January-March quarter of 241 million euros ($314 million), nearly double last year’s equivalent of 126 million euros.EADS CEO Tom Enders said in a statement the company “had a rather good start into 2013” and remained focused on improving profitability further “in 2013 and beyond.”Airbus delivered 144 aircraft in the first quarter, up from 131 in the same period last year. Last year Airbus delivered 588 aircraft, including 30 of its A380 superjumbos.Airbus’s revenue from commercial aircraft sales jumped nearly 16 per cent in the quarter thanks to rising deliveries. Airbus’ orders also continued to rise, with 410 net commercial aircraft orders in the quarter.Airbus, which expects to take in around 700 orders this year, is preparing for the first flight of its new A350 long-range aircraft that is aimed at rivaling Boeing’s 777 and 787.In a call with reporters Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm said Airbus is “more and more confident” that the A350 will make its first flight sometime this summer, after two years of delays blamed partly on the aircraft’s new design, which makes use of unprecedented amount of lightweight carbon-fiber material.EADS’ overall revenue rose 9 per cent to 12.4 billion euros in the first quarter. The company targets “moderate” revenue growth in 2013 and operating profit of 3.5 billion euros, well above the 3 billion euros booked in 2012. by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 1:48 am MDT Airbus parent EADS says higher aircraft deliveries help Q1 profits to nearly double read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,465.54, up 6.66 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down three cents, or 1.29 per cent, to $2.30 on 8.0 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Up 34 cents, or 1.54 per cent, to $22.39 on 6.1 million shares.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up $1.95, or 3.31 per cent, to $60.81 on 4.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down seven cents, or 1.90 per cent, to $3.61 on 4.8 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down four cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $1.56 on 3.5 million shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Down 12 cents, or 3.04 per cent, to $3.83 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up 39 cents, or 4.52 per cent, to $9.01 on 3 million shares. Canadian airline passengers will increasingly feel a tug on their wallets as the country’s main air carriers charge millions of their customers fees to check their luggage and introduce new charges designed to boost revenues. Air Canada joined rival WestJet Airlines Thursday in charging a $25 plus tax fee for your first checked bag on domestic flights.Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Up 60 cents, or 7.76 per cent, to $8.33 on 3.1 million shares. The company is reclassifying some $80 million of its capital budget this year as operating expenses after a review of accounting irregularities that found hundreds of millions in past expenses had been incorrectly categorized. Penn West (TSX:PWT) says the change means its 2014 capital budget will be $820 million instead of $900 million, but won’t affect its development plans. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2014 2:50 pm MDT read more


European Handball Masters from 1416 June in Brixen Italy

Brixen handballEuropean handball masters championshipshandball masters One od the most famous Italian handball cities – Brixen (Bressanone) will be the host of the upcoming European handball Master 2013 from 14th to 16th of June. After Ljubljana the best master handball will be seen in Italy in organisation of Italian Handball Federation, European Handball Federation with great local support by SSX Brixen:– We are expecting a huge number of teams in all categories from different parts of Europe. Our expectations are to repeat number of teams from the last year Master in Ljubljana – says for SSV Brixen’s president, Reinhold Engl.– Brixen is approved handball center since long time ago. Since 1976 SSV Brixen plays in Italian handball elite. We were two time champion and played also in the EHF Challenge Cup semi-final. Our women’s team was seven time Italian champion.Huge handball experience will help in organization of such a event:– Halls are really close – in radius of 3 km, so they are reachable by foot, bicycle or public transport  – adds president of Local organization Comitee – Claudio Zorzi.Brixen has reach experience in organization of big handball, but also other sports events. Men’s EHF EURO 1998 has been played here, Women’s WCH 2001 as well. Local organisers showed their quality in hosting many other TOP events as for example – Youth Athletics WCh:– We will do everything possible that our guests feel good in Brixen.  Welcome party is a part of our programm, as some other non-handball activities which will fulfill time between and after the matches. Our wish is that this event makes only positive impact on our handball community – city and Italian handball. We want to get more attention and better position in Italian handball as well – concludes Reinhold Engl.COME AND ENJOY YOUR HANDBALL TIME IN BRIXEN – PLAY HANDBALL WITH THE BEST EUROPEAN MASTER TEAMS – DEADLINE IS APRIL 10. ← Previous Story Manuel Strlek will be back to handball soon Next Story → GlobalCaja Ciudad Encantada sign Agustín Vidal and David Jiménez read more


Keeping it photoreal Check out these very lifelike portraits

first_imgIT DOESN’T MATTER where we are in the room – the eyes in these portraits seem to follow us.We’ve become aware of the giant works created by Irish photorealistic artist Barry ‘Jazz’ Finnegan – they are larger-than-life but also very lifelike.Here is his latest – Quint the shark hunter from the movie Jaws (did you know that Quint actor Robert Shaw died in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo?). This timelapse video shows how Finnegan paints his impressive works:And here’s his take on Liam Neeson in Taken 2. He definitely will find you. You can see lots of other videos of Barry going about his work on his Youtube channel including this highly complex drawing of Bane vs Batman from The Dark Knight Rises, this eerie Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter portrait and this astonishingly real one of a young Natalie Portman in Leon with Jean Reno.Watch how he creates a chilling Walter White (Bryan Cranston) from Breaking Bad:last_img read more


MIT engineers develop painfree bandage

first_imgIt’s a sight that can make even the toughest, grizzliest man cringe. If you’ve had an injury that required a bandage, you just know it’s going to sting when you take it off after a few days. Everyone has his or her own ritual, whether it’s peeling it away slowly, resulting in prolonged but tolerable discomfort, or yanking it off in one fell swoop to get it over with even though it hurts like a, well, you know. But those stories might become one of those things you end up telling your grandchildren about, as the future could lead to bandages that are safer, more durable, and, yes, pain-free.Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have pioneered a new adhesive technology in which the bandage sticks to itself instead of the skin, making it easy and seamless to remove. It may not be the most amazing medical breakthrough, but it could solve legitimate concerns.It uses a three-layer design and was inspired by a process called anisotropy. The technology is similar to a phenomenon in natural elements like wood, where the level of force differs depending on which way the force is applied. The new bandage is able to create that same kind of behavior, so if it is removed correctly, it comes off with no damage to the skin.While this would be an instant hit for a well-known company like Johnson & Johnson to put on store shelves, its primary purpose is actually for the treatment of newborns. With all the tubes and monitors that are attached to infants, there are very real concerns about badly damaging their skin with the removal of harsh adhesive bandages. This new kind of bandage would almost completely eliminate that concern.Clinical trials are expected to start within the next few months. If successful, you might be able to buy your own pain-free bandages in drug stores in the next year or so.via ABC Newslast_img read more


Greek cash seen lasting into June no EU deal imminent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece can scrape together enough cash to meet its payment obligations until June, eurozone and Greek officials said on Wednesday, playing down fears of an imminent default as hopes receded of a deal with its creditors to release fresh aid.Sources familiar with European Central Bank policy meanwhile denied a report that the ECB had tightened the screws on Greek banks by slashing the value of the collateral they present to receive emergency funding to keep themselves afloat.Greece has received two international bailouts worth 240 billion euros since 2010 but its economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, unemployment has soared and a leftist-led government elected in January has refused to complete a reform program that includes measures it says worsen the economic slump.The head of the Eurogroup Working Group, which prepares decisions for eurozone finance ministers, said Athens would not present a new list of economic reforms required to unlock further EU funds when the ministers meet in Latvia on Friday, but Greece should be able to stay solvent till June.“The liquidity situation in Greece is already a little tight, but it should be sufficient into June,” EWG chairman Thomas Wieser told Austrian broadcaster ORF.Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas said the government aimed to have a 2.5 billion euro cash buffer by forcing state entities to lend to the state in order to cover payments until the end of May.Shut out of bond markets and running out of money to pay civil servants, pensioners and suppliers and service its debt, the government issued a decree on Monday ordering public bodies to transfer their spare cash to the central bank.“I want this 2.5 billion euros to cover any needs that may occur, I repeat, taking into account the worst case scenarios and the needs for May,” Mardas told Star TV, adding he was confident that Greece and its lenders would reach a deal.Mardas said initially the state was still short 350-400 million euros to cover wage, pension and other needs in April but later said the problem had been solved because a pension fund had come forward to lend it the money.He dismissed a report that Athens was considering a parallel currency or IOUs to make payments, saying he was confident a deal would be struck with creditors to avoid a default.Greece has to make two repayments to the IMF totaling about 950 million euros by May 12.Amid fears that the country might crash out of the eurozone, Greek bond yields have risen to their highest levels since a debt restructuring with private bondholders in 2012. But the latest tension has had little impact on the borrowing costs of the bloc’s other heavily indebted countries.Eurozone officials said progress in negotiations with Athens on the reform program was painfully slow and EU experts were still being denied access to detailed information including public accounts data. But they said things were moving slowly in the right direction.“It is my central belief that the negotiations with Greece can still be successfully completed,” Wieser said.“The clock is ticking. There won’t be a new list in Riga, but over the course of May it must finally be reached.”Euro zone officials had originally expected the reform list to be presented in time for Friday’s informal ministerial session, but such hopes have evaporated.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels on the sidelines of a European Union summit on migration on Thursday. EU officials said his government continued to seek a political deal to ease austerity rather than a detailed technical agreement on reforms.State Minister Nikos Pappas, one of the closest aides of Tsipras, said the government would continue to reject EU/IMF demands for pension cuts and an increase in value added tax on Greek tourist islands. Athens wanted a deal with its lenders but “not just any agreement”, he told a parliamentary committee.On the other side, EU officials said eurozone governments had rarely been so united in refusing to yield to what they perceive as Greek brinkmanship and hints of default.“We all know that in Riga nothing will be achieved. But having the outcome of Riga as a disaster or as a stepping stone to something else makes a difference,” said one senior EU aide with five years’ negotiating experience with Athens.“Everyone is putting as much pressure as possible on Greece to make some last-minute effort before the meeting,” he said, adding: “I’m concerned that everyone comes out at Riga saying there was nothing. Then we are even closer to the abyss.”Three people familiar with ECB policy denied a New York Times report that the ECB had raised the average “haircut” on Greek banks’ collateral to 50 percent from around 33 percent, forcing them to deposit more assets in return for Emergency Lending Assistance (ELA) from the Greek central bank.They said the ECB’s governing council would hold its weekly teleconference on Greek ELA later on Wednesday. Source: Reuterslast_img read more


Break Pokemon Go with this fast and easy XP trick

first_imgGaining experience points in Pokemon Go might feel like a slog at times, but there is an easier way to jump into the higher levels through a method of powerleveling using Pokemon evolution.From spinning your Pokeball to hatching an egg, there are a number of ways to earn experience in Pokemon Go, but at higher levels, 10 XP here and 100 XP there just don’t cut it anymore. One particular item, the Lucky Egg, doubles the experience gained for a 30-minute period. The activity that yields the most experience, outside of catching a new Pokemon, is evolving a Pokemon, which is worth 500 XP. This is where the trick comes in. There are three Pokemon that only require 12 candies to evolve. You get three candies for each capture and an additional candy for a transfer. Using the techniques below, you will be able to spark waves of experience in 30,000 to 40,000 XP bursts at a time. Follow our step-by-step guide and become the very best, like no one ever was.Determine the Best Pokemon to UseThere are three Pokemon that only require 12 candies to evolve: Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle. Depending on your neighborhood or location, one may be more abundant than the others. The trick is often called the “Pidgey Trick,” but it’s not uncommon to have a massive amount of Weedles or Caterpies nearby. Evaluate your surroundings and see what’s the most common to come across on your travels.Start Catching and StackingThis part of the trick is commonly known as “stacking,” hoarding massive amounts of whichever Pokemon you decided on, either Pidgey, Caterpie, or Weedle. At this stage, you’re trying to amass an enormous amount of candies for your Pokemon of choice. Each capture is worth three candies and transferring the Pokemon to Professor Willow is worth another, meaning each capture nets four candies total. Your goal here is to reach somewhere between 360 to 480 candies.Catch Your First WaveOnce you’ve amassed your 360 to 480 candies, catch the first wave of Pokemon you plan on evolving. You’ll want to catch 30 to 40, depending on how many candies you’ve hoarded thus far. 360 candies, using 12 for each evolution process, is enough to evolve 30 Pokemon, and 480 for 40. For some time efficiency, you can count the three candies you’ll obtain from these additional captures into your grand total.Find a Lucky EggLucky Eggs are the key to this trick, effectively doubling your experience gain from the evolution process. Chances are you already have a few Lucky Eggs already, but if you don’t, there are a few ways to get one. Not only are Lucky Eggs awarded by reaching levels 9, 10, 15, 20, and 25, but you can also purchase them from the Pokemon Go shop for a small fee. Whether or not the investment is worth it is up to you, but if you’re looking for fast experience, this is the best and quickest way to get it.Evolve, Evolve, Evolve!Now that you have your candies, Pokemon, and Lucky Egg, you’re ready to begin. Once you use your Lucky Egg from the backpack menu, you will have 30 minutes to evolve as many Pidgey’s, Caterpies, or Weedles you’ve caught. Each evolution will net you 1,000 XP instead of the usual 500 XP. With 30 or 40 Pokemon in your possession, that means 30,000 to 40,000 XP in just a matter of minutes, resulting in an explosion of levels and items. The resulting level hike will allow you to find higher CP Pokemon, unlock new items from Pokestops, and provide a surplus of items.Rinse and RepeatOnce you’re exhausted your half hour of experience ecstasy, track down another egg, accumulate your candies, and do it all again. The higher your trainer level, the higher CP Pokemon you’ll be able to find. The more you level up, the more the game opens up for you.Be sure to check out our other Pokemon Go tips, tricks, and secrets to stay on top of your Pokemon Go game! Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more


ROH comments on AJ Styles making his WWE debut

first_img Pinterest Drew Mcintyre Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Videos Articles Facebook WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Ring of Honor posted the following on Sunday night in regards to AJ Styles making his WWE debut at the Royal Rumble in the Royal Rumble Match after making his final ROH appearance at their live event on Saturday in Duluth, Georgia:“Last night AJ STYLES bid farewell to the ‪#‎HonorNation‬, and now everyone will find out how PHENOMENAL he really is. ‪#‎ThankYouAJ‬” Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Twitter Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? John Oliver Takes On The WWE WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia WhatsApp AJ Styles Denies Report That He Has Re-Signed With WWE Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Championship matchlast_img read more

Crews spray for mosquito larvae in Broward amid Zika concerns

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida continued to battle the spread of the Zika virus by spraying for mosquito larvae in Broward County, Saturday morning.Crews sprayed insecticide over Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach and Davie. The plane flew at 100 feet to effectively administer the larvicide.Aerial spraying had been postponed twice in sections of Fort Lauderdale, Davie and Hallandale Beach due to inclement weather.Back in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden remained closed.Three groups of Miami Beach mosquitoes tested positive for Zika, and one of those groups came from the botanical garden. This is the first time mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in the U.S.If a mosquito carrying Zika does bite, it can take up to two weeks to cause symptoms like:feverheadacheskin rashjoint painconjunctivitis, which causes red, irritated eyesThe State Surgeon General has activated a 24-hour Zika hotline in Florida to answer questions and concerns. That number is 855-622-6735. Pregnant women can receive a free test at the Health District Center, located at 1350 N.W. 14th St. in Miami. For more information, call (305)-324-2400.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Road reopens after gas line break in Aventura causes traffic delays

first_img#Traffic Alert. Gas line repaired. NE 190 St. & NE 191 St. from Biscayne Blvd. to NE 29 Ave. now open.— City of Aventura (@cityofaventura) February 13, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Drivers in Aventura faced a longer commute than usual after, officials said, a gas line break led to road closures in the middle of the afternoon rush, Monday.7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene in the area of Northeast 190th Street, near Biscayne Boulevard as crews worked on the rupture.Authorities shut down Northeast 190th and 191st streets, between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 29th Avenue until crews repaired the gas line. Those roads were reopened to traffic just after 5:30 p.m.last_img read more