Ingredients Soy Sauce (low-sodium) 5 tsp Dry Sherry 2 tsp Sesame Oil (toasted) 2 tsp Chicken Breasts (boneless) 450 g Water 3 tbsp Rice Vinegar 2 tbsp Sugar 1 tbsp Cornstarch 1 tsp Canola Oil 4 tsp Red Chile Peppers (dried) 4 Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSAGreen Onions 4 Bok Choy Cabbage (coarsely chopped) 2 cups Gingerroot (grated) 2 tsp Unsalted Dry-Roasted Peanuts (chopped) ¼ cup Brown Rice (hot cooked) 11/3 cup Preparation Stir together 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, the sherry and sesame oil in a bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together water, rice vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, and remaining 3 teaspoons soy sauce; set aside. Also Read – DATES AND MILK CRUMBLEHeat 2 teaspoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry chicken until nearly cooked through for about 5 minutes. Remove chicken. Add chilli peppers, green onions, and remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil to skillet; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add bok choy and ginger; stir-fry for 1 minute more. Add chicken and soy sauce mixture; cook until bubbling. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve with rice. (Courtesy: www.allrecipes.com)
Pune: At least 15 people, including four children, were killed and two others injured here Saturday when a portion of a 22-ft high compound wall of a housing society collapsed on adjoining shanties following incessant rains, trapping the sleeping families under the debris, officials said. The incident took place between 1:30 am and 1:45 am at Kondhwa and the victims were labourers and their family members, a majority of them from Bihar, who were living in makeshift shelters at the under-construction residential project where deep excavation work was underway. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe residents of Alcon Stylus alleged on Saturday that they had warned the developer of the housing society about the dangerous condition of the retaining wall of one of the buildings five months ago, but no action was taken. “We had a meeting on February 16 with Vivek Agarwal (a partner at Alcon Landmarks) over the pending works. We highlighted the condition of the wall, told him that it was tilting outward and its construction quality was not satisfactory,” a resident of the housing society said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCThe Minutes of Meeting (MoM) were sent to the developer firm by an e-mail later, he added. Pune Municipal Corporation commissioner Saurabh Rao said prima facie, it appears the soil may have loosened due to heavy rain coupled with the excavation work that was carried out “irresponsibly” close to the retaining wall of the housing society. The intensity of the impact increased as many cars parked along the wall inside the society too fell on the shanties, officials said. Pune received 73.1 mm rain on Friday, the second highest in June since 2010.
The lives of close to 400 pets from Los Angeles shelters and rescues were saved during the NKLA Adoption Weekend held at La Brea Tar Pits this past Saturday and Sunday.Charlotte Ross At NKLA Adoption EventCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgCherry, a one year old terrier Mix from Baldwin Park Shelter, was one of the first pets adopted over the weekend. “I wanted a small dog this age and literally 20 feet into the event, there she was,” said John Sherburn of Carson. “With hundreds of dogs at shelters, there’s no reason to buy a dog. It just doesn’t make sense. These are all good dogs.”NKLA Adoption – Fall 2013 – Miguel Ferrer poses with a fanCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgThe popular event was hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and featured more than 40 rescue groups and shelters supporting NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles), an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society with a mission of turning L.A. into a No-Kill City by 2017. The NKLA Adoption Weekend is one of several Best Friends “Super Adoption” events held nationally throughout the year, with dozens of animal welfare organizations and thousands of adoptable dogs and cats participating in a festival-type atmosphere.NKLA Adoption – Fall 2013 – MobyCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.org“Watching shelter pets find a fantastic home is the best part of doing this work. It happens by the hundreds during the NKLA adoption weekend, so we all leave here exhausted but ecstatic,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles and NKLA. “Adoption is a key component to ending the killing of shelter pets and it’s inspiring to see so many groups working together to turn LA into NKLA.”NKLA Fall Adoption 2013 – author Mieshelle NagelschneiderCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.orgPets at the NKLA Adoption Weekend came from a variety of local shelters and rescues, including LA Animal Services, Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, LA County Animal Care & Control, Angel City Pit Bulls, Border Collies in Need, Caring Friends Cat Rescue, Hanging with Friends Animal Rescue, K9 Connection, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Labs and Friends.org, Tails of the City Cats, Wags and Walks Rescue, and many more. Pets from both city and county shelters were available with adoption fees starting at $25 and all were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.A cheer went up in the crowd at the end of NKLA Adoption Weekend when it was announced that all Los Angeles City and County shelter trucks were returning empty, as every available shelter pet had either been adopted or rescued.“Los Angeles Animal Services staff and volunteers are thrilled that we placed so many dogs and cats in homes of their own,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of LAAS. “A big thank you goes to Best Friends for all they do to help make a life-saving difference for Los Angeles animals and the people who love them.”Several animal-loving celebrity supporters of Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work including Miguel Ferrer, Moby, Charlotte Ross, Maria Conchita Alonso, Maggie Q and author Mieshelle Nagelschneider entertained and volunteered at the free, family-friendly event, which also featured L.A.’s hottest food trucks and the latest pet-related products and services from sponsors PetSmart Charities, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Banfield Pet Hospital, Mammoth Pet, and Dog for Dog.“When I first heard about the NKLA mission, I thought it was a beautiful, but impossible dream. Right now more than 70 different NKLA coalition partners are working together to put a stop to the killing of dogs and cats in L.A. shelters, so that dream is becoming a reality,” said actor Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles and Robocop). “The NKLA Adoption event is a great way to be a part of things and hopefully meet a new family member.”Mieshelle Nagelschneider, pet behaviorist and author of The Cat Whisperer, was on hand for the entire weekend and thrilled to see so many felines find their forever families.“Many people don’t realize that shelter cats have a more difficult time of finding homes than dogs. The more cats and kittens get adopted at events like this or rescued through shelters, the closer we are to turning L.A. into NKLA,” Nagelschneider said.
Kolkata: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the Class -XII results on Thursday.This year, the overall pass percentage is 83.4 per cent. The pass per cent of girls is 88.70 while 79.40 per cent boys passed the examination. Toppers Hansika Shukla from Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora from Muzaffarnagar scored 499 out of 500 marks. The pass out rate of girls’ is 9 per cent more than boys this year. Altogether 520 students from South Point High School appeared in the CBSE examination this year. Debanjan Das from South Point High School is the overall topper in the Eastern Region of CBSE (comprising West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and part of Chhattisgarh). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe studied under the Humanities stream and scored 98.6 per cent marks. Angikar Ghosal of South Point High School from science stream scored 97.4 per cent while Chaitanya Jhunjhunwala of the commerce stream scored 96.6 per cent. Various education institutes in the city fared better than last year, including Apeejay, DPS Ruby Park, Birla High and BD Memorial. Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Bengal too, recorded a higher pass percentage this year. Last year, students from 41 Kendriya Vidyalayas took the exams while this year the number went up to 52. The examination was held at 15 Kendriya Vidyalayas in Bengal. Around 13 lakh students appeared for the CBSE Class XII examination. The results have been announced within 28 days of the last date of the examination. The Class XII examination began on February 16, earlier than previous years. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted a congratulatory message on social media wishing luck to all the students who passed the examination for their future endeavours.
Toronto – US military officials have confirmed that they have dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a series of caves in Afghanistan known to be used by ISIS fighters, located near the border with Pakistan, on Thursday.The 9800kg bomb represents the largest non-nuclear explosive device ever used by the US in combat. It was developed ahead of the Iraq War but was never used. In fact, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama decided against the use of the device during their presidential tenures.According to Reuters, its official name is GB4-43 and it unleashes the force of 11 tons of explosives. So far there have been no reports regarding direct or collateral damage. The cave system is located in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan. According to Pentagon spokesman, Adam Stump, the bomb was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft at approximately 7:32 p.m., local time. Stump also confirmed that the bomb had been transported to Afghanistan “some time ago” for potential use.In a statement issued by General John Nicholson, head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”In a report from the Associated Press (AP), Nicholson’s statement added that the strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area, while, at the same time, “maximizing the destruction” of the ISIS fighting force and its resources.In a statement delivered by White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, he said that “The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did.”This video disclose more information about what is MOAB
ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s left-wing prime minister has promised crisis-weary voters a series of tax-relief measures before upcoming elections, after outperforming budget targets set by bailout creditors.Alexis Tsipras said sales-tax reductions for household electricity use and for catering would take effect later this month, while additional relief measures would be introduced at the start of 2020.Tsipras is trailing opposition conservatives in opinion polls before local government and European elections later this month and must call a national election by early October.Greece’s budget performance in 2018 was better than expected, with a primary budget surplus, excluding debt servicing costs, of 4.4%, while creditors demanded a 3.5% surplus.The Associated Press
12 December 2008The Security Council today extended the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for a further six months, until 30 June 2009. The Security Council today extended the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for a further six months, until 30 June 2009.The 15-member body voted unanimously to renew the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which was established in May 1974, as recommended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the mission.“The situation in the Israel-Syria sector has remained generally quiet,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, the situation in the Middle East is tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.”Under the prevailing circumstances, he considered the continued presence of UNDOF in the area to be “essential.” The Secretary-General also drew attention to $23.7 million shortfall in the funding of the Force, as at 30 September. In addition, as at 31 October, $2.4 million was owed to the troop contributors to UNDOF. “The outstanding contributions impede the ability of the Secretariat to support the operations of the Force and to reimburse Member States contributing troops to the Force,” noted Mr. Ban.
However she continued to remain in the house till January this year and paid her due rent accordingly as well. Following the police complaint the UNP appeared before the police last week.When Colombo Gazette contacted the landlord S. Wickremesinghe she said that the house belongs to her sister.Wickremesinghe said that they wanted the house back as the sister was returning to the country last month. A police complaint has been lodged against UNP MP Rosy Senanayake claiming that she is staying in a rented house by force.The landlords have said that the former Mrs. World had taken the luxury house in Rajagiriya on rent in March 2010 but was to leave the house by December last year. In the complaint lodged with the Welikada police the landlords have said that the UNP MP is refusing to leave till she completes the construction of her new house.She has also said that as a parliament member her situation should be seen differently by the landlords. The landlords however have said that since January this year the UNP MP failed to pay the rent nor is she willing to leave. (Report by Indika Sri Aravinda) However as Mrs. Senanayake had refused to return the house, the landlord’s sister and her family moved into a hotel after arriving in the country as scheduled last month. They have now informed Mrs. Senanayake, through a lawyer, to vacate the house immediately. (Colombo Gazette)
He said the UPFA expects the President to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss issue and reach an amicable solution. Amunugama said Arjuna Mahendran was appointed to fill the vacancy created to the post replacing former Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.He says the President must now appoint a new Governor and the UPFA has proposed that Arjuna Mahendran not be re-appointed owing to the concerns raised over some of his actions. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has proposed that Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran be removed from his post.UPFA Parliamentarian Sarath Amunugama said that the decision was conveyed to party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena. The United National Party (UNP) had said this week that Mahendran has been re-appointed to the post after his term came to an end. Meanwhile, Amunugama also said that the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the EPDP have decided to extend support to the UPFA.He also said that several members of the joint opposition are expected to join the UPFA in the near future. (Colombo Gazette)
by Bernard Condon And Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 7:13 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – To fight what it called a “grave threat” to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.The lawsuit claims that a constitutional clause prohibits Trump from receiving money from diplomats for stays at his hotels or foreign governments for leases of office space in his buildings.The language in the clause is disputed by legal experts, and some think the lawsuit will fail. But it signals the start of a legal assault on what Trump critics see as unprecedented conflicts between his business and the presidency.Trump called the lawsuit “without merit, totally without merit” after he signed some of his first executive actions Monday in the Oval Office.The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York.The group is being represented in part by two former White House chief ethics lawyers: Norman Eisen, who advised Barack Obama, and Richard Painter, who worked under George W. Bush. The two have expressed frustration that Trump has refused to take their recommendation and divest from his business, and feel they had no choice but to take legal action.“As the Framers were aware, private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders,” the lawsuit argues, “and entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious threat to the Republic.”At a news conference earlier this month, Trump Organization lawyer Sheri Dillon the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution isn’t meant to ban fair-value exchanges. They didn’t think “paying your hotel bill was an emolument,” she said.Trump drew fresh attacks from critics almost the moment he took the oath of office on Friday.The group behind Monday’s lawsuit also filed a complaint Friday addressed to the General Services Administration, an agency that oversees the lease of the government-owned building that houses Trump’s new Washington hotel. The complaint argued the agency must cancel the lease because it expressly forbids any elected official from benefiting from it.GSA officials had said they needed to wait until Trump took office before weighing in on the issue. They have yet to issue an opinion, though, and have not responded to repeated requests for comment. Democrats in the House and Senate on Monday sent letters to Acting Administrator Timothy Horne seeking information about what the agency plans to do.In the new lawsuit, the group faces several legal hurdles, including making the case that it even has standing to bring the suit.“There are a lot of issues that have to be litigated for the first time,” said Noah Bookbinder, executive director of CREW. He added, though, that “we have never had a president who has in a significant way accepted foreign payments.”Bookbinder said his group will argue it has standing because the president has forced his organization to divert all it is resources to this fight rather than other issues, and therefore is harming it.That line drew criticism from some legal experts.Its argument for standing “barely passes the laugh test,” said Robert Kelner, chairman of the election and political law group of the firm Covington & Burling and an experienced Republican attorney.Edwin Williamson, a former State Department legal adviser, said that the group will struggle to prove its case. He agreed with Dillon’s assessment that the emoluments clause does not apply the payment of a “market price” for a stay at a hotel.Trump said at his news conference earlier this month that he would not sell his ownership in his company, but would hand over management control to his two adult sons. He pledged that his company would strike no more deals abroad and would donate any profits from foreign governments using his hotels to the U.S. Treasury.Trump’s companies began publicly filing paperwork on Monday to show that they’re now being run by others. For example, Trump International Hotels Management LLC, registered in Florida, updated its paperwork with the secretary of state to list Eric Trump as president.Although Dillon says Trump has taken “extraordinary” measures, many government ethics lawyers have panned them as insufficient. They note that no modern president has taken office with as much wealth and as sprawling and opaque a business.His company, the Trump Organization, has stakes in golf resorts, office buildings, residential towers and hotel licensing deals in about 20 countries. Those include ones with which the U.S. has sensitive relations, such as the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey.With so many business ties, particularly abroad, government ethics experts worry U.S. interests could take a back seat to his personal financial concerns. And even if they don’t, they argue, people will try to curry favour with the new president by buying apartments in his towers or memberships in his golf resorts, raising doubts — fair or not — that U.S. policy is for sale.The lawsuit on Monday says that Trump’s company is receiving payments from foreign government-owned tenants at Trump Tower in New York, including The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.It also argues Trump’s “The Apprentice” could get him in trouble. It says government-owned stations in in the United Kingdom and Vietnam are paying for broadcast rights of versions of the reality TV hit.Eisen and Painter have urged Trump to sell his holdings and put the cash in a blind trust, following the example of recent presidents.Trump is bucking another presidential tradition by refusing to disclose his tax returns. He has said he would be happy to release them, but only after the completion of an Internal Revenue Service audit.A public petition to the White House on Friday demanding he go public with his tax returns gathered more than 250,000 signatures — well over the 100,000 needed to trigger an official response.“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on ABC’s This Week. “We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care.”_______Bykowicz reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Mae Anderson in New York and Jill Colvin in Washington contributed. Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump leaves the President’s Room of the Senate at the Capitol after he formally signed his cabinet nominations into law, in Washington. A legal watchdog group plans to file a lawsuit Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, alleging that Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)
The UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, welcomed the Government’s efforts to implement transitional justice measures over the last two years, especially in the areas of truth and reparations.“I commend the Tunisian Government for the efforts to create a legal framework that refers to the four elements of transitional justice, namely, truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence,” he said in a news release issued at the end of his first official mission to the country. “However, the transitional justice process in Tunisia continues to face some serious challenges,” added Mr. de Greiff, a human rights expert from Colombia who has worked with different transitional justice bodies around the world.The Special Rapporteur’s visit took place amid the country’s constitutional drafting process and the work towards the adoption of a law on transitional justice. Tunisia has been moving towards becoming a society based on the rule of law in the wake of an uprising by its people, in 2010-2011, in which they demanded democracy and freedom, leading to the removal of the long-standing regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Their actions sparked a wave of popular uprisings, known as the Arab Spring, that brought down regimes in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.Mr. de Greiff urged the North African country’s authorities to further their efforts on prosecutions, in the areas of institutional reform of the judiciary and the security sector, including vetting, which are essential to guarantee the non-recurrence of violations. The Government must put the concept of human rights unambiguously at the centre of all transitional justice efforts, he stated, adding that a gender sensitive approach is also needed. “Establishing effective measures dealing with past abuses requires deliberately designed mechanisms of institutional coordination,” he emphasized. “I therefore propose that an inter-ministerial coordination body be established to face the important challenges that lie ahead, and that guarantee adequate service delivery to victims.” Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. de Greiff will report on his mission to Tunisia at a session of the Council in 2013.
In the team’s final meet leading up to the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, some members of the Ohio State men’s track team participated in the Campbell/Wright Invitational Friday and Saturday at the University of Akron. Among the athletes competing for OSU, sophomore Demoye Bogle was the lone winner, finishing first in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 52.06 seconds. Twin brothers Jeff and Brian Hannaford, OSU athletes who are redshirting their freshman season but competed unattached, took the top two places in the 3,000-meter run with times of 8:37.15 and 8:37.31, respectively. Freshman Devin Smith, who is also a wide receiver on the football team, competed in his first meet of the outdoor season. He finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.86 seconds and fourth in the high jump with a height of 2 meters. Two OSU throwers had runner-up finishes. Redshirt senior Tyler Branch finished second in the shot put with a throw of 17.73 meters, while redshirt senior Matt DeChant finished second in the discus with a throw of 52.27 meters. “This meet was exactly what some of our guys needed to get them ready for next weekend,” interim coach Ed Beathea said in a press release. “I like where we are at and I feel like we are ready for a tough test at the Big Ten Championships at Madison.” The OSU men’s and women’s track teams are competing in the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. on May 11-13.
Croatian derby at SEHA GAZPROM League ended by goal of RK PPD Zagreb line-player Igor Vori from center-line to the empty post 20 seconds before the final buzzer. RK PPD Zagreb beat RK Nexe in Nasice 30:29.RK Nexe: Lelić, Pilipović, Lelić, Šipić 5, Koncuk, Leban, Eter 1, Zrnić 6 (2), Medenović, Barišić Jaman 1, Manci Mičević, Buvinić 5, Greganić, Jelinić 8, Jurić Grgić, Lavric, Tomić 3,PPD Zagreb: Skok, Kastelic 12 obrana, Ž.Marković 1, Ereš, Mrakovčić,Božić-Pavletić, Kontrec, Vori 3, D.Marković 4 (1),, Horvat 9 (2), Šušnja, J.Valčić, T.Valčić, Ravnić, Hrstić 5, Bičanić 8.Take a look on highlights… Igor VoriRK NexeRK PPD Zagrebseha gazprom league ← Previous Story COACHES AT WWCh 2017: Danish world, 25 years between oldest and youngest Next Story → Japan and South Korea lose extra-time battles
AFTER MANY YEARS of extraordinary success the dramatic collapse of the Irish economy in 2008 was unprecedented in the history of post-war industrial countries. Who and what was responsible for the demise of the poster boy “Celtic Tiger”?What lessons can be learned from the Irish debacle, and can the Tiger come roaring back?1. Until around five years ago, the Irish economy was the envy of the worldDuring the ’90s, the rise of the Celtic Tiger was one of the most remarkable post-war industrial country phenomena. A relatively poor country on the periphery succeeded in transforming itself into one of the richest countries in Europe.The key was the massive inflow of foreign direct investment, as US and other multinationals sought to take advantage of Ireland’s location and young, well-educated labour force – the only English-speaking country in the common currency euro area.To be sure, sound financial and macroeconomic policies also helped inspire confidence. Ireland experienced annual growth rates of almost 10 per cent at times, living standards soared, and emigration — the hallmark of the Irish – turned into net immigration. Foreigners, especially from Eastern Europe, flocked to take advantage of the booming economy.2. Things then started to go horribly wrong, although it was not recognised at the timeStarting around 2002, the technology based export led growth began to turn into a property bubble. Fuelled by special tax incentives and unlimited funding at low euro area interest rates, the Irish banks went on a splurge of reckless lending to property purchasers and developers. Government budget expenditures soared, financed by revenues from the artificially booming property sector.House and land prices soared to levels among the highest in the world and the population engaged in a frenzy of borrowing to acquire property before it was too late…3. The property bubble burst in a spectacular fashion in 2008In 2008, following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in the United States, the property bubble burst in a spectacular fashion. Almost overnight, prices began to plummet, eventually losing between 60-80 per cent of their value.All the Irish banks became hopelessly insolvent, the budget deficit soared to almost unimaginable heights as the earlier surge in expenditures could not be reversed, and unemployment tripled. The fall in output was probably the largest ever experienced by an industrial country since the Second World War.Ireland quickly found itself unable to borrow on international markets and in November 2010, had to follow Greece and seek ignominious recourse to an emergency bail out from the IMF and the EU.4. Much progress has since been made but there is still a tough road aheadUnder the strict insistence of the IMF/EU, much — albeit painful — progress has been achieved in righting the financial ship of state in the last four years. The enormous budget deficit has been slowly but steadily reduced, and the massive financial problems of the banks have been addressed.But Ireland’s debt has unavoidably continued to soar, and while the economic decline appears to have bottomed out, unemployment remains stubbornly high at around 14 per cent and large scale emigration has resumed.Moreover, it is not clear that steps are being taken to tackle decisively the major failings in political and economic governance that caused the debacle in the first place5. The future and Ireland’s corporate tax regimeIt is very difficult to imagine a return to anything near the heady heights of the Celtic Tiger. Ireland’s economy is very heavily dependent on exports and the EU growth outlook remains very clouded.Increasingly, there are questions as to whether Ireland’s preferential corporate tax regime – key to attracting foreign investment over the years — can be sustained in the face of pressures from other countries.Still, even if real incomes in Ireland return to around their 2000 levels, this would still be an enormous improvement compared to the ’70s, when Ireland joined the EU as its then poorest member.Dr. Donal Donovan is a Member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick, and Visiting Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. He is a former deputy director at the International Monetary Fund with considerable experience in the area of financial crises. He is co-author, with Antoin E. Murphy, of The Fall of the Celtic Tiger: Ireland and the Euro Debt Crisis.This article originally appeared on the Oxford University Press blog.
Following Liverpool’s long search for a new goalkeeper, Iker Casillas has been linked with a move to the Reds. The 36-year-old veteran will be a free agent at the end of the season when his contract with Porto expires.Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on signing competition for his current goalkeeper of choice, Loris Karius. Liverpool have also been long rumoured to be interested in signing Roma’s Alisson, but they’ve redirected their attention.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Casillas will surely have more lucrative offers from China and America, but is known to be preferring the competition in the European leagues rather than the overseas ones, according to Birmingham Live.He joined Porto in 2015 after he spent the incredible 25 years playing for Los Blancos – he started at the age of nine back in 1990. Throughout his career, he has won the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper Award for the extraordinary five consecutive years from 2008 until 2012. He is second in the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the past decade, trailing only Gianluigi Buffon.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Senate budget taking place with less than a month of session to goAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature has 26 days until the session is scheduled to end. The Senate’s version of the budget is taking shape. But there are still a lot of questions about the Legislature will be able to get done this year.Government says marijuana involvement can derail citizenshipAssociated PressImmigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it’s legal in the state they live in, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still outlawed by federal law.Wintergreens prepares to open the first marijuana lounge in HainesClaire Stremple, KHNS – HainesAlaska is poised to become the first state to regulate cannabis cafes. The state’s Marijuana Control Board is now accepting applications for onsite consumption. That’s despite uncertainty stemming from recent board appointees by Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration.Group apologizes after appearance by banned UAA professorAssociated PressAn archaeology organization has apologized for the attendance of a banned Alaska professor at its annual meeting.Ketchikan pastor, teacher sentenced to 18 years, 12 suspendedLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanFormer Ketchikan High School teacher and local pastor Doug Edwards was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was a student and member of his congregation.Records reveal DOT planning Berners Bay ferry terminal on Lynn CanalJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Dunleavy administration is considering a new Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the existing one to accommodate the short-range of the new Alaska-class ferries. It’s part of the plan to ensure day boats can connect Juneau with Haines and Skagway.AK: One family’s pirate home is Sitka’s hidden treasureKatherine Rose, KCAW – SitkaWhat if you wanted your home to be more extraordinary, more unusual, more like, say, a pirate ship? One Sitka family has been realizing that vision, slowly turning their home into a shipwrecked, tropical paradise over the last 40 years.49 Voices: Leena Tarar of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Leena Tarar in Anchorage. Tarar is an exchange student at Bartlett High School, originally from Pakistan. She was part of this year’s Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.
Vidyanagar: Condemning anti-media and anti-labour policies of the central government, journalists staged protest before central deputy chief labour commissioner’s office here on Friday. A large number of journalists from across the city participated in the protest despite heavy rains.Addressing the protesting journalists, Indian Journalists’ Union president Devulapally Amar warned that the central government would face severe consequences for its anti-media and anti-labour stance. He expressed concern over treating media, which is the fourth pillar of democracy, on a par with other industries and termed the move as anti-constitutional. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Criticising the Modi government for its anti-media stance, Telangana Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) adviser Srinivas Reddy said that the central government had been violating the Constitution by curbing freedom of press. While the people of India elected Modi in the hope that he would strive for progress of the nation, Modi was adopting anti-people policies. Srinivas Reddy demanded that the central government withdraw its decision to scrap Wage Board, which was formed by the Congress government in 1958 to uphold the sanctity of journalist profession. Later, a delegation of journalists submitted a memorandum against the move to the deputy labour commissioner.
An Indian village has banned women from using mobile phones in public in an attempt to restrict their contacts with men and plans hefty fines for violators, police said Wednesday.Village elders ruled that women found using a mobile phone outside their homes would be fined 21,000 rupees ($325) — a sum it would take most rural Indians several months to earn.The ruling was issued on Tuesday in Madora, a mainly Muslim village in the conservative northern state of Uttar Pradesh.”We have received reports about the Khap ordering the ban on women using mobile phones,” local police chief Arun Kumar Singh told AFP, referring to the informal village councils known as khap panchayats in India.”Such orders are against the constitution and we will take action.”The council believes that mobile phones are helping unmarried women to elope and that a ban will limit their interaction with men.The council also imposed fines on people caught slaughtering cows — illegal in most Indian states — or smuggling liquor.”We do support their measures against illegal activities but won’t allow them to curb the freedom of women,” Singh said.Khap panchayats are mostly run by male village elders. Although illegal, they have considerable influence in rural north India.They are known for issuing diktats aimed at upholding the socially conservative traditions that have long held sway and resisting modernisation — such as banning women from wearing jeans.But they have also been blamed for ordering serious crimes, including the so-called “honour killing” of couples who marry outside caste or religion.Critics accuse them of acting like kangaroo courts and handing down public beatings and other punishments for perceived crimes.
Can’t wait for the next Legend of Zelda project? You may not be left waiting as long as you may have resigned yourself to in a post-Breath of the Wild haze. As it turns out, Nintendo is apparently already working on the next Zelda game. That means you’re a little closer to potentially getting a new, sprawling adventure in your hands — in a few years, of course.An eagle-eyed ResetEra user spotted two job ads on the official Nintendo Japan site, with advertisements for careers with the Legend of Zelda team in Kyoto. One listing requires an applicant well-versed in topography for the creation of dungeons as well as level and concept design for dungeons — this is the 3D CG designer position. The other listing is seeking a level designer in general, who’d be responsible for creating a living, breathing new world including enemies, dungeons, and more.Unfortunately, there are scant additional details about what else the right candidates would be responsible for, but these new listings do give us hope for what could be around the corner in the near future. It’s difficult to believe, but the first Nintendo Switch Zelda title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already two years old, and we’re still discovering new and exciting things about the game that we didn’t know before.AdChoices广告What could the next Zelda project entail? It’s hard to say at this point, but with the exciting possibilities that the Switch allows, it’s possible we could see something bigger and even better the next time around. One thing’s for sure: Whatever happens in the wide world of Hyrule and beyond, fans will be there waiting to see what they can find. Zelda is a timeless franchise, and we can’t wait to see where it goes next.More on Geek.com:Mario Segale, Inspiration for Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario,’ Dies at 84The History of ‘Super Smash Bros. 64’‘Diablo III’ and Other M-Rated Nintendo Crossovers Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce the system of collecting garbage even during the evenings from August 15.”The system of collecting garbage is the most important aspect of solid waste management (SWM). Presently, we have a mechanism for garbage collection thrice during the day. From August 15, we will be doing the same four times a day. Kolkata will be the only city in the country where garbage collection will be carried out so many times,” Member, Mayor -in-Council (SWM) Debabrata Majumder said on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn response to a proposal from Left Front councillor Debasish Mukherjee on how KMC is moving towards the implementation of the newly envisaged SWM Act 2016 by the Union Ministry of Forest & Environment in the monthly meeting, Majumder urged all the stakeholders associated with the process, to have an efficient system in place for keeping the city clean.”We are setting up three groups of people for each borough, who will keep an eye on garbage accumulation from 12 noon till 9 pm. Each gang will have a supervisor. If they find garbage at any place, particularly during the evening, they will inform the SWM department and immediate action will be taken for cleaning it,” Majumder added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn Bengal, the municipal waste generation stands at 14,000 metric tonne per day, while KMC alone handles 4,500 metric tonne per day.SWM Rules 2016 that has categorised solid waste into six broad categories — Industrial hazardous waste, Healthcare or biomedical waste, Solid waste that involves wastes from houses, schools and offices, Plastic waste, Electronic or e waste and Construction or Demolition waste.The state is working upon classifying solid waste under three categories- bio-degradable waste, recycle waste and inert waste to begin with.In seven wards in the city — 33, 47, 64, 103, 110, 115 and 135, KMC has employed private agencies, who collect inorganic and organic wastes in separate buckets to ensure segregation at source. The same system will be soon introduced in another 20 wards of the civic body. Majumder also stressed the need of awareness and urged the local clubs, schools and colleges to be involved in the awareness drives. “The councillors need to take a proactive role regarding the throwing of garbage in separate bins,” he said. Majumder also announced that the civic body is coming up with the construction material crusher machine at Dhapa. “This can be used in road repair,” he maintained.