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SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy urge government action

first_imgTHE SMALL FIRMS ASSOCIATION (SFA) is warning of the impact that Ireland’s “black economy operators” are having on the country’s economic situation.The SFA believe that it is now worth up to €6 billion annually, with chairman AJ Noonan saying that the “leakage to the black economy” was now as high as 14 per cent of Ireland’s GDP.“Recent seizures of contraband point to a significant increase in activity of ‘cowboy operators’,” he said, warning that this rise posed “a very serious threat to the survival of many registered tax compliant businesses.”The SFA are due to present their current concerns to the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation tomorrow, and the steps that they believe should be taken in order to curb this illegal activity, which includes: The launching of an awareness campaign among consumers of the consequences of purchasing counterfeit, smuggled goods or paying cash to an illegitimate business.An evaluation of the factors which influence taxpayers’ attitudes to the informal economy.A clear message from government that strong measures will be taken against those that engage in criminal business behaviour.A review of resource levels and increased expenditure on training for those engaged in tackling the informal economy.“Because of reduced overheads those who operate within the informal economy have huge competitive advantages and distort the operation of a competitive labour market,” Noonan said.The SFA is urging the Government to become committed to a solution to the growing problems that this activity creates for the small business sector.Read: Economic activity needed to solve ‘fiscal and unemployment crisis’ – SFA >last_img read more

Here is the Irish web series trying to take on Tom Hanks

first_imgAN IRISH COMPANY is taking on the makers of Mad Men and Tom Hanks in major online awards, the Webbys.Cuckoo, an online drama that was originally part of RTÉ’s Storyland series, saw off thousands of international competitors and has been nominated for Best Online Drama.The Zanzibar Films made show is up against four others, including Tom Hanks’ ‘Electric City’, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’, Pereira and O’Dell’s ‘The Beauty Inside’ and Chasing the Hill’s ‘Chasing The Hill’ for the coveted prize.The winner will be chosen by a judging panel that includes the likes of David Bowie, Richard Branson, Darren Aronofsky, Arianna Huffington, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.Alongside the official Webbys, there will also be a second set of winners voted for by the general public – the Webby People’s Voice Awards. As the underdog, the makers of Cuckoo are appealing to people to vote for them here.Although they are coming third, Marie Caffrey producer of the online drama told that they need all the votes they can get:We’re trying our best to get a million more votes because we’d need at least that amount to beat Tom Hanks and the makers of Mad Men.Here’s is the Cuckoo series:CuckooStoryland/YouTubeRead: Lobbing the gob: The MTV guide to amazing screen kisses >last_img read more

Franklin leading by example

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The AFL world was rocked last week when Lance Franklin’s mental health issues surfaced in a very public manner.‘Buddy’, as he’s more colloquially referred to, was withdrawn from the Sydney Swans’ qualifying final clash against Fremantle – and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the season.With that announcement, a sense of disbelief blanketed football’s public sphere: namely that somebody of Franklin’s ilk – the AFL’s million dollar man with the Bondi lifestyle and the beautiful fiancée – could suffer from such an illness, Speaking to Neos Kosmos, psychologist Vicky Manikas says Franklin’s story is one that can shed light on the impact of mental health issues on people and its non-discriminatory nature.“It could be anybody, it could be the person you see having a lot of money, ‘the perfect family’, ‘the perfect life’, just like him. Mental health is something that can strike anybody and often it can be a genetic thing,” Manikas explains.In light of that, mental health issues are more commonly acknowledged by females, she says, because males have historically dealt with their problems through other means. “Women are more introspective and tend to think a lot more about things, whereas men are more likely to express things with aggression. You probably see more men with anger management issues and more women with depression.”That sentiment revolves around a ‘blokey culture’ – especially among sporting personalities – that has plagued men facing mental health issues for years – but it’s something that can rid itself of its cultural shackles now that somebody of Lance Franklin’s calibre has acknowledged his battle with it.“I think it’s fantastic. Anybody in the spotlight who is willing to come out and acknowledge and talk about it, I think it’s great. “It actually gets people to realise that anybody can have it, a person who has everything can have it, so I’m not weird for feeling this way.“I think over the last 10 years there have been a lot more organisations out there, like counselling for just men, to deal with their issues, because men would turn to drugs and alcohol to get through it and ‘man up’ type of thing, whereas now there’s nothing wrong with them acknowledging they do have feelings and do take things a certain way.”last_img read more

Crash on Palmetto eastbound at Red Rd cleared

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – For about 30 minutes, only one lane was getting by on the Palmetto Expressway at Red Road after a crash left the other lanes blocked.Traffic had been inching by in the eastbound lanes of State Road 826 at Red Road after a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck responded to the scene, at around 12:30 p.m., Thursday.According to MDFR, the collision involved two vehicles. One patient was transported to an area hospital via a private ambulance.The cause of the crash remains unknown, but the scene was cleared just after 1 p.m., and all lanes have since reopened.It is recommended that motorists drive with caution as roads are wet from rain.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Super Blue Blood Moon Will Be Visible Wednesday Morning

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Early Wednesday morning, January 31, a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse, and a supermoon coincide to create a rare lunar event that hasn’t been seen in North America in more than 150 years. Lunar eclipses are not uncommon, but the coincidence of Wednesday’s blood moon with other astronomical events that coincide is what makes this event special. It’s a “blue moon” that means it is the second full moon to occur in a month. Also, it is a supermoon, meaning it will be closer to the Earth than usual.  This lunar trifecta has been referred to as the “super blue blood moon.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-super-blue-blood-moon.mp3VmJennifer-on-super-blue-blood-moon.mp300:00RPd Photo courtesy of According to the National Weather Service, it will be cold and there will be some clouds. The good news is that the clouds streaming into the Cook Inlet region will be from the south and east (the moon has been traversing the western sky recently), and they will be middle and high clouds and more likely to be thin and opaque. Totality, when the moon is completely engulfed in Earth’s shadow, will begin at 3:38 a.m., and run until 5:08 a.m., with 4:30 a.m., being the time of maximum eclipse.last_img read more

Tim Cook Apple bought 20 to 25 companies in the past six

first_img See All Now playing: Watch this: reading • Tim Cook: Apple bought 20 to 25 companies in the past six months Apple’s been buying up companies, its CEO tells CNBC. Craig Barritt/Getty Images Apple is reportedly on a shopping spree. CEO Tim Cook told CNBC that it’s bought 20 to 25 companies in the last six months, up from 18 acquisitions last year. “We acquire everything that we need that can fit and has a strategic purpose to it. And so we acquire a company on average, every two to three weeks,” Cook told CNBC in an interview published Monday.Apple didn’t immediately respond to request for comment, but Cook told CNBC that the deals aren’t usually public because the company is looking for “talent and intellectual property.” Apple’s latest earnings report shows that the company has massive purchasing power: $225.4 billion in cash on hand. Some of Apple’s previous acquisitions include Beats in 2014 and the Texture magazine app in 2018.  Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Apple iOS 13 leaks hint at future products and the latest iPhone… Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Tech Industry 5 • Tim Cook Apple Share your voice 7:52last_img read more

Game of Thrones prequel A pilot has been shot Heres everything else

first_imgThe Children of the Forest will probably be featured in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. HBO In May, HBO aired The Iron Throne, the sixth episode of season 8 and the final ever episode of Game of Thrones. After eight years, the Song of Fire and Ice has officially been sung. We won’t add spoilers here, but at this point it almost goes without saying that the fan base is split on how to feel about Game of Thrones’ last leg. Some love it, and over a million have petitioned for it to be remade. If you’re in Camp A, and maybe even if you’re in Camp B, you’ll be happy to hear HBO isn’t done with the Game of Thrones universe. There are many tales from Westeros and Essos left to spin. A Game of Thrones prequel is coming, and the wheels are very much in motion. We don’t have a release date yet, but we do know a pilot has been shot. Progress! Here’s everything we know so far.The Age of Heroes The Game of Thrones prequel takes place before Ned Stark’s fateful, fatal trip to King’s Landing. Like, way before.HBO’s official synopsis of the show has it taking place “thousands of years” before The Song of Ice and Fire story, and adds that the prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”The Age of Heroes, for those without an encyclopaedic knowledge of Westeros lore, is the era after the First Men and the Children of the Forest forged a peace pact. The Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones and ended with the Coming of the Andals, which happened either 6,000, 4,000 or 2,000 years before Thrones, with different sources within Westeros citing different end markers for the epoch.So, yeah, we don’t know exactly when the story will take place.ned-stark-329901-30-1920Ned Stark won’t be in the prequel, but his potential ancestor, Bran the Builder, could be. HBO One hint, though, comes from writer George R.R. Martin himself, who is involved in the show’s production. Martin said in his Not a Blog that he suggested The Long Night as the prequel’s title.This is in reference to the White Walkers’ first invasion of Westeros. “The Others,” as they’re referred to in ancient times, brought a winter that lasted years. The White Walkers were eventually driven north by The First Men and the Children of the Forest, which led to the creation of The Wall. The Wall would keep the dead at bay until, well, you know.The Age of Heroes saw the formation of many enduring houses. Bran the Builder erected The Wall during this period and is said to have then founded House Stark, also known as The Kings of Winter, at Winterfell. Meanwhile, Lann the Clever scammed his way into possession of Casterly Rock, formerly owned by the Casterlys, and from there built House Lannister.It has been noted that The First Men could not write, so most of what happened during The Age of Heroes comes from stories penned centuries later or passed down via song. HBO’s synopsis warns us “it’s not the story we think we know.” Share your voice The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Tags 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theories Comments Game of Thrones Old times, new facesThough we know nothing about time, place or characters, we do know some of the key actors involved in the fantasy epic.Naomi Watts was the first cast reveal. She’ll play the show’s leading lady, a character officially described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” (Which doesn’t sound too different from Ned Stark, a charismatic Lord hiding a dark secret.) Watts will act alongside lead man Josh Whitehouse, who, upon being cast, got his own Wikipedia page. Good for you, Josh! Several cast members have been announced since, many of whom are familiar within epic fantasy. Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) are among those who will play your new favorite heroes (or most hated villains)."Luce" - 2019 Tribeca Film FestivalNaomi Watts brings the star power to the Thrones prequel’s cast. Theo Wargo In terms of behind-the-scenes talent, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, showrunners of Game of Thrones’ TV adaption, are not expected to have large roles. Those two chaps will be tied up in a galaxy far, far away. Martin, meanwhile, will executive produce the show. Replacing D&D, as Weiss and Benioff are (sometimes) affectionately known, will be Jane Goldman. Goldman has penned screenplays for super films like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service. S.J. Clarkson will direct the pilot episode. Clarkson has previously directed episodes of Jessica Jones, The Defenders and helmed Netflix’s Collateral murder-mystery series. If not now, when?The pilot for the show is expected to shoot in “early summer” this year, according to Entertainment Weekly. Casey Bloys, HBO’s head of programming, has previously said the show would air at least a year after Game of Thrones’ conclusion, making 2020 the earliest possible release date.In May, Bloys was asked by Deadline if a 2020 release window was plausible. He said that “having it on the air a year later feels a little rushed, but it’s too soon to tell.” Thus far only a pilot has been shot, and an entire season has yet to be greenlit. Although that process is likely perfunctory, it also suggests a show still in early stages of development. In other words, 2020 is possible but don’t be surprised if it ends up airing in 2021 or 2022. 4 6:04 Originally published May 15.Update, May 20: Adds information based on season finale. Update, July 25: Adds information on pilot being shot, release windows.  Wait, there’s more?Game of Thrones is HBO’s golden goose. The above prequel isn’t the only golden egg HBO is counting on.Martin has confirmed that he has proposed no less than five Game of Thrones spinoff shows. “Well, if he’s proposed five maybe only one will see the light of day,” I hear you questioning. But Martin says three of them are currently in development.”We have had five different Game of Thrones successor shows in development,” he wrote in early May on his Not a Blog, “and three of them are still moving forward nicely. The one I am not supposed to call The Long Night will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but we are edging closer.”What are they about? I cannot say.”Oh, George, you tease.HBO head Casey Bloys was understandably quiet on this front when asked in July, saying “I want to see how this one goes.”  38 Photos Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking 38 Photos TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

UP Police constable injured in encounter with cow smugglers in Sambhal

first_imgCow smuggling in UPPTIA police constable was injured by suspected cow smugglers in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district. The incident happened after the police received a tip-off that smugglers were in the vicinity under the jurisdiction of Nakhasa police station.”Three of them were on a motorcycle. When the police tried to stop them, they started firing. One of them has been arrested and is a cow smuggler from Rampur,” Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sambhal Pankaj Pandey told ANI.”The other two fled from the scene. During the encounter as police constable named Ashish Kumar got injured due to the firing,” he added. An investigation into the incident is underway.last_img read more

India to become third largest diamond jewelry market by 2020 leaving behind

first_imgIndia is set to emerge as the third-largest market for diamond jewelry by 2020, leaving behind Europe and Japan, and supported by increasing urbanisation, middle-class expansion and the rock’s appeal as engagement rings. Meanwhile, China and the US are expected to remain as the leading diamond jewelry markets.Surat diamond merchant does it again; gifts 400 flats, 1,260 cars as Diwali bonus to employeesHowever, continued devaluation of the rupee could negatively affect market growth rates in US dollar terms over the short to medium term, according to a report by the (AWDC) and Bain & Company. The diamond industry rebounded in 2016 following a moderation phase from 2014. The industry had witnessed a period of growth from 2012 through 2014. Meanwhile, the final growth trajectory for 2016 and the strength of midstream and rough-diamond sales in the beginning of 2017 will be determined by the performance of the diamond jewelry retail segment during the year-end holiday season. Going ahead, a new generation of consumers — the millennials — represents a compelling opportunity for the diamond industry, highlights the report. By the end of 2015, there were around 900 million people in China, India and the US with a combined gross income of approximately $8 trillion.A survey carried out by Bain Insights on diamond-related consumer preferences revealed that jewelry remains one of the top three preferences among all consumers when it comes to giving or receiving gifts. China came first in the list, followed by India and the US.According to the survey, millennials in the US are more active than youths elsewhere in their use of the internet for jewelry purchases; in India, millennials tend to prefer department stores. In both India and the US, millennials are likely to seek family advice before buying. Chinese youths also prefer to shop at specialised jewelry retailers. The report noted that access to financing and improving the business model to sustain profitability remain the key challenges facing the diamond industry. Apart from that, a likely consumption slowdown in China, a risk of a cyclical recession in the US and synthetic diamonds continue to pose a threat to the industry. That said, the long-term outlook for the global diamond market remains positive and 2% to 5% yearly growth on a long-term basis is expected on the back of strong fundamentals in the US and the continued growth of the middle class in China and India.last_img read more

Share transfer Supreme Court rejects SpiceJets plea directs it to pay Rs

first_imgRepresentational Image.ReutersThe apex court on Friday rejected SpiceJet plea and directed the company to pay a sum of Rs 579 crore over a share transfer dispute arising out of change in the airline’s ownership in 2015.A bench headed by justice Rohinton F Nariman upheld the Delhi High Court’s July3 judgement, directing the budget carrier to deposit Rs 250 crore in a cash deposit on or before August 31 and the balance of Rs 329 crore by way of a bank guarantee with the court towards the disputed amount, Mint reported.Arbitration proceedings between the parties are underway and likely to be wrapped up within six months.”It was virtually a consent order passed by the Delhi high court. I am without a penny from the last two years. They have shown the amount as payable under their balance sheet,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Kalanithi Maran and KAL Airways, SC said.In their suit, Maran and his airline had sought issuance of stock warrants in SpiceJet to them as per a sale purchase agreement (SPA) of 2015 which led to transfer of ownership of the budget carrier to Ajay Singh.One of the main issues that SpiceJet has raised for appealing the order, the airline’s lawyer C.A. Sundaram had told the court, was that the July ruling amounted to an interim order under the Arbitration Act, even when there was no pending arbitration between the two parties, Mint reported.Maran and KAL Airways had transferred their entire 58.46 percent stake in SpiceJet, amounting to 35.4 crore (350.4 million) shares, to its co-founder Ajay Singh in February 2015, leading to a change in ownership of the airline.Arbitration proceedings between the parties are underway and are likely to be wrapped up within six months.last_img read more

Political Roundup Texas Legislatures Special Session And The Health Care Debate Continues

first_img Share On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: SB 3, the so-called “bathroom bill,” is one step closer to passage, and yet faces an uncertain future in the Texas House of Representatives, after the state Senate passed the bill overnight (7-25-2017), after nine hours of debate. We learn the very latest from News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider.It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas. On this edition, the latest on the Republicans attempt to pursue a partial repeal and replace vote on Obamacare. Plus: The Senate investigation on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues, and the latest on the Texas Legislature’s Special Session.Today, our guests are: Elizabeth Simas, assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston; Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7; and Brandon Rottinghaus professor of political science at the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast.last_img read more

US Launches Attacks On Syria

first_imgAPPresident Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States’ military response to Syria’s chemical weapon attack on April 7. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The U.S. struck multiple targets in Syria overnight local time in response to an alleged chemical attack April 7 by the regime of President Bashar Assad on its citizens.The chemical attack occurred in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which had been held by rebel forces for years in Syria’s continuing civil war. Rebel forces abandoned Douma following the latest attack.Initial reports indicate the U.S. launched cruise missiles from ships in the Mediterranean Sea.In the days leading up to the U.S. attack, Russia had warned that it would defend its troops in Syria. This has raised fears of a possible direct clash of U.S. and Russian forces.The U.S. strike comes almost exactly a year after a previous U.S. strike, which was also in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. In that strike, on April 7, 2017, the U.S. launched 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian military airbase.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Panel Doctors Should Focus on Preventing Depression in Pregnant Women New Moms

first_img Share The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new draft recommendations saying that physicians should screen pregnant women and new moms to identify those who are at risk of becoming depressed, so they can be treated before they show symptoms and a diagnosis of depression can be averted.The recommendations say physicians should look for these risk factors: a history of depression, current depressive symptoms (like sadness, hopelessness about the future, lack of sleep, etc.), and socioeconomic risk factors like being low income, very young or a single parent.“We do know that women who’ve had depression before or have family members who have depression or who currently have elevated symptoms are at risk,” says Karina Davidson, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center, and a volunteer member of the task force.“We also know that there are [other] risk factors for developing depression, like a history of abuse or recent life stress or extreme social isolation, as well as a number of others that a physician should be thinking about when they’re meeting with a patient to decide whether this person may be at an increased risk for developing depression.”The risk of developing depression is high — about 1 in 7 pregnant women and new mothers suffers from depression during pregnancy or in the year after childbirth. And for some groups of women, the rate is even higher.“There’s subpopulations of women, like adolescents, women veterans and women of socioeconomically disadvantaged status, where the rates are as high as 1 in 3,” says Tiffany Moore Simas, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “So it’s really extraordinarily common.”In 2016, the task force recommended that physicians screen women for perinatal depression — depression in women during pregnancy and in the year after childbirth — and refer the depressed women to cognitive behavior therapy. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology also recommends screening pregnant women for depressive symptoms.For the new recommendations, Davidson and fellow members of the task force reviewed existing studies and found that two kinds of talk therapy — cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) — can prevent depression in at-risk women.“The really big news is that counseling to prevent depression in women who’re at risk works,” says Davidson. And “counseling doesn’t cause increased anxiety, and it doesn’t hurt in any way. So that we thought was good news.”CBT works by changing a patient’s thought patterns and behaviors, and IPT helps a patient improve relationships by helping them improve their communication skills, she says.“We saw depressive symptoms went down and the chances of developing depression went down if you received some of these counseling techniques.”Maria Muzik, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, welcomes the new recommendations.“We know that once you have manifest illness, it takes a good four to eight weeks to start recovering,” says Muzik, who is the co-director of the Women and Infants Mental Health Program at the University of Michigan. “During this time, both the mother and the baby and the whole family system is impacted by the illness.”Studies have shown that perinatal depression hurts not just the mother’s health and well-being, but also her partner’s and the child’s.“If mom is depressed, she might not present to prenatal care, she might not eat well, she might not sleep well. All of this will have an impact on the pregnancy outcomes and the baby,” notes Muzik.Perinatal depression has been associated with premature delivery and low birthweight babies. And studies have shown that postpartum depression is associated with cognitive delays in the child.“If we could get in earlier, and provide some treatments such as psychotherapies … then we could prevent new onset of illness,” adds Muzik. That, in turn, could prevent the whole host of negative effects on the child, the mom and the family.“I do think even better than treating perinatal depression is preventing perinatal depression,” says Moore Simas, who was not involved in the new recommendations.However, she adds a note of caution. “I think what we will find is that there will be a struggle in getting women in in a timely way, and having women have true access to that type of care,” she says.For one, “the availability of mental health professionals varies pretty widely across the country,” says Moore Simas. Urban centers with many big health care systems typically have better access to mental health care.Then, there are OB-GYNs who have been reluctant to take on this task. But it’s not because they don’t want to screen, she says.“A screen is just a screen, it’s not a diagnostic tool. You need to then assess the woman, get a sense of her severity, if she does in fact have depression, and then connect her with treatment,” says Moore Simas. “Often, access to a psychiatrist is very, very limited. And OBs traditionally have not been trained in this type of complication.”Massachusetts has already begun to address the issue. Moore Simas, who is based in Worcester, Mass., is the director of engagement for a program called Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms.“That’s a program where if I, as an OB, have a woman in my office who’s struggling with an emotional health complication in pregnancy or frankly who comes into pregnancy already dealing with a mental health issue and I don’t know how to deal with it, I’m able to pick up the phone, talk to a perinatal psychiatrist and having them help me figure out what the best way is to address her needs,” says Moore Simas. “In addition to [it], we have a live active inventory of all the supports in the states around mental and behavioral health services.”The program has led to a dramatic change among the state’s physicians’ willingness and ability to refer pregnant women and new moms to get treatment for depression, she says.In time, she hopes other states can also develop programs like this to address perinatal depression. Because “mental health complications of pregnancy is one of the most common complications for pregnancy,” she says. So, any efforts to reduce the rates can make an impact, not just on mothers but also their children and families.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Learn to apply sweatproof makeup

first_imgFrom outlining before applying lipstick, using powder blush instead of cream to using primer regularly, just a few tweaks in your beauty regime can give you a long-lasting and sweat-proof look, says an expert.  Here are some tips for long lasting make-up during the monsoon. * Use a matte bronzer during monsoon rather than one with shimmer. Avoid any make-up product with shimmer. Neutral tones of eye shadow, cheeks and lips, peach tones that reflect healthy skin are a big yes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Outline your lips first before applying lipstick, to prevent bleeding due to humidity. Use creamy lipsticks which are nourishing to avoid using a gloss on top. * Use a concealer followed by loose powder or compact as a base for the eye shadow. This will make your eye shadow stay, also without creasing. If you need to cover spots, use a concealer instead. Do not forget to seal it with powder or loose powder to set it well. * After cleansing, toning and moisturising, always use a primer before applying make-up to make it long wear. Make sure this primer is with matte finish and lasts longer without making your skin greasy.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix* Use powder blush instead of cream or gel ones in monsoon specially. Use powder eye shadows instead of cream, and gel. Powder make-up tends to crease less and stay longer. Lip or cheek tints are a good idea for summers or monsoon as well, since its light weight and gives a natural hint of colour.* Avoid heavy make-up, dark eyes in monsoon – smokey eyes is a no! Curl your lashes and use a waterproof mascara instead of a regular one to prevent smudging. Fresh colours of pink, red, orange, light brown and nude are great for the season.last_img read more

Nintendo SNES Classic comes with these 21 games

first_imgNintendo SNES Classic comes with these 21 games by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2017 in Games, Misc – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 16 commentsNintendo just announced the SNES Classic, a new classic console that the Japanese company plans to release on September 29, 2017.The SNES Classic console follows in the footsteps of the very popular NES Classic. Demand was super high for the NES Classic, and it was often difficult to get your hands on one.Devices were sold for a premium on marketplaces like eBay or Amazon, as they were out of stock most of the time.Nintendo discontinued the NES Classic earlier this year, and it seems unlikely that the device will make a comeback in the near future.SNES ClassicThe SNES Classic on the other hand will be available starting September 29, 2017 for a retail price of $79.99.You get a console for that with 21 games, 2 SNES controllers, and a HDMI cable. The games are fan favorites through and through; here is the list:Contra III: The Alien WarsDonkey Konk CountryEarthboundFinal Fantasy IIIF-ZeroKirby Super StartKirby’s Dream CourseThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastMega Man XSecret of ManaStar FoxStar Fox 2Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper FightingSuper Castlevania IVSuper Ghouls and GhostsSuper Mario KartSuper Mario RGP: Legend of the Seven StarsSuper Mario WorldSuper MetroidSuper Punch-OutYoshi’s IslandThe collection includes some of the most popular SNES games of all time including Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country or Super Metroid, but also something for RPG fans in form of the fabled Secret of Mana and Earthbound games.The bundle includes a previously unreleased game, Star Fox 2, as well as Nintendo notes. It is unclear yet if the SNES Classic will be released worldwide on September 29. 2017.Update: The SNES Classic comes to Europe as well on September 29, 2017. The German Nintendo website confirms this, but does not list a retail price. It confirms however that the games are the US  NTSC versions of the games which means that they will play with 60Hz. It also states that a power adapter is not included. The US Nintendo site states that “one USB charging cable with AC adapter” is included.VerdictThe SNES Classic comes packed with some of the most popular Nintendo games of all times, and also games by companies such as Square, Capcom and Konami.I will definitely try to grab at least one unit.My hope is that Nintendo has learned from the high demand that the NES Classic had, and will produce enough units to satisfy fans all over the world. This would also limit the charging of two, three of four times the retail price.While the 21 games are a great start when it comes to the SNES Classic, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had so many great games that I hope that Nintendo considered making this thing extensible.I case you are wondering what those are, check out our 2016 article Nintendo should release a SNES Classic.The SNES Classic is definitely cheaper than picking up a classic Super Nintendo console from marketplaces like eBay, especially if you want some of the games included as well. What sets it apart from the classic system is HDMI support as classic consoles don’t play too well with most modern TVs.Now You: What’s your take on the release?SummaryArticle NameNintendo SNES Classic comes with these 21 gamesDescriptionNintendo just announced the SNES Classic, a new classic console that the Japanese company plans to release on September 29, 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Huge tree blocks Diamana Road Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Weather update: Storm-water drain flooding in lower ends of Ladysmith CBDPublic Safety and members from Parks & Gardens are helping to remove it. At this time, officials are still busy getting the massive tree out of the road.No one has been injured.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A huge tree fell and blocked Diamana Road this evening (February 21).It is believed that the tree was old and possibly collapsed under the weight of the soaking rain.Also read: Ladysmith – Heavy rains and flood warnings after Cyclone Dineo – is there a link?Also read: Possible flooding: Spioenkop Dam flood warning: Officials have warned that the Tugela River may burst its banksAlso read: Also read: Warning: Bad road conditions surrounding Ladysmithlast_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. From July 15 to 26, there will be a Tamarindo Adventure Camp, sponsored by TIDE Academy and the Tamarindo Community Center. Kids will get a chance to surf, play soccer and tennis, do yoga and hang out on the beach. There will also be dancing and music, drama exercises, and a science exploratorium. The camp will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring sunscreen, surfboard, swimsuit and a change of clothes; lunch is available for purchase, as is water and snacks. Register via email at TIDEAcademy or call 8658-1171.Over at Copacabana every Wednesday, you can hear live music with Interiorama. The sounds commence at 4:30 p.m. and continue through sunset.Nick Holt is a fitness trainer here in Tamarindo who has been getting phenomenal results for his clients using functional training – body weight training focusing on movements rather than muscles. He gives personal and group training both on the beach and at Tamarindo Gym in one-hour sessions, the latter using the TRX suspension method.Nick will also provide nutritional guidance. His certifications include TRX and FMS (functional movement screen), and he is in the process of getting a CSCS strength and conditioning accreditation. As an avid surfer, Nick can improve your ability to paddle and surf, and he offers surf lessons as well. After checking out his website at, email him at –Ellen Zoe Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The weird wacky and offbeat Costa Rica stories of 2013

first_img4. Cattle theft costs industry $1.5 million Forget typical inconveniences like drought and disease, Costa Rican ranchers have good old-fashioned bandits and gunslingers to contend with. Cattle rustlin’ cost the Costa Rican beef industry more than $1.5 million in 2013, with the theft of more than 2,000 animals between January and October.3. NBC cuts pirated Miami signalCosta Rican cable providers sent out a notice that they would no longer carry their U.S. NBC channels. When their customers complained, the cable providers blamed the major broadcasting network, but failed to mention that the signal was pirated. Cable providers distanced themselves from the incident, blaming a mysterious Canadian company they say sold them the channel. Related posts:Surfers survive attack by 7-foot Costa Rican crocodile in Tamarindo Man’s Best Friend? Man and Crocodile Put on One-of-a-Kind Show in Siquirres Costa Rica says goodbye to famous croc Pocho World-famous crocodile Pocho dies in Siquirres Disney’s own Goofy. Courtesy of Loren Javier Costa Rica saw its fair share ofmajor crime and political stories in 2013, but some of this year’s most viral headlines steered away from controversy and instead were just plain weird. Here are our choices for the year’s most bizarre Costa Rica headlines.5. Costa Rica sets Guinness World Record for largest fried rice bowlMove over, gallo pinto. Ticos have a new favored rice dish. OK not exactly, but the country is now the world record holder for cooking the largest bowl of Cantonese rice. For the Chinese New Year, chefs from 25 Chinese restaurants cooked up 735 kilograms of the dish, feeding 7,000 people. Cattle rustling is a crime that happens every day in Costa Rica, according to the Judicial Investigation Police. Lindsay Fendt 2. Costa Rica mayor invents Disney parkLuis Gerardo Casteñeda, mayor of the northern tourism hub of Liberia, made a surprise television announcement that Disney was planning to build a theme park in his town. The predictable fanfare and media frenzy followed, until Disney denied the story. The bumbling mayor then admitted that no paperwork had been filed for a park and he denied ever confirming it, despite making the original pronouncement on camera.1. Costa Rican legislature accidentally passes same-sex marriage In a sign of accidental solidarity with the Costa Rican LGBT community, lawmakers passed a measure with language that technically qualifies same-sex couples for marriage and domestic partnerships. Though judges have since rejected applications for gay domestic partnerships, appeals have been filed and another judge could still approve the partnerships.Honorable MentionsThis year also saw a presidential candidate drop out of the race two different times, the U.S. and Costa Rica go to war … over soccer in the snow, a crocodile attack victim sympathetic to his attacker and violent criminals released due to prison overcrowding. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Iraq gets back antiquities recovered by US forces in Syria

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s antiquities minister says the Baghdad National Museum has gotten back nearly 500 artifacts recovered by U.S. Army commandos during a recent raid in Syria targeting the Islamic State group.Minister Adel Fahad Sharshab pledged that authorities will recover all missing artifacts. He spoke Wednesday as the recovered pieces were on display.Many of the artifacts were stolen during the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq when the Baghdad museum was looted. They eventually fell into the hands of IS extremists and were smuggled out of Iraq into Syria but the timing and details of that remain unknown. Sponsored Stories The IS has looted and destroyed several ancient sites in Iraq and Syria as part of its campaign to cleanse the territory it controls of items the extremists deem as non-Islamic.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Judge Throws Out Citigroup SEC Settlement

first_img November 28, 2011 486 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Citigroup Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Subprime Loans U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2011-11-28 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img Judge Throws Out Citigroup, SEC Settlement A U.S. district court judge threw out a settlement Monday that “”Citigroup””: proposed as a way to compensate investors for losses related to $1 billion in collateralized mortgage debt. [IMAGE]Citigroup wanted to settle with the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””: (SEC) by covering the losses with $285 million.””[T]he Court concludes, regretfully, that the proposed Consent Judgment is neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest,”” “”U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff””: wrote in a court opinion.He cited the need for more information in lieu of a request for enforcement of relief by the court from the commission, a federal agency, and Citigroup, a private party.Action taken by the SEC against Citigroup earlier this year leveled accusations that the lender tried to turn a [COLUMN_BREAK]profit off expected losses from collateralized-debt obligations it offloaded into a separate portfolio.Citigroup allegedly framed the Class V III portfolio as a safe investment independently approved by third-party advisers, according to documents, masking a portfolio of risky mortgage-related debt obligations that ultimately went south during the financial crisis.””We respectfully disagree with the Court’s ruling,”” “”Danielle Romero-Apsilos””:, a spokesperson with Citigroup, said in a statement.She called the proposed settlement “”a fair and reasonable resolution to the SEC’s allegation of negligence├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª We also believe the settlement fully complies with long-established legal standards.””├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£The court’s criticism that the settlement does not require an ‘admission’ to wrongful conduct disregards the fact that obtaining disgorgement, monetary penalties, and mandatory business reforms may significantly outweigh the absence of an admission when that relief is obtained promptly and without the risks, delay, and resources required at trial,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós enforcement division, said in a statement. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£It also ignores decades of established practice throughout federal agencies and decisions of the federal court,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø he added.Citigroup will now head to court with the SEC summer next year.last_img read more