NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party government is working on a draft bill to set up a Scheduled Castes (SC) Commission in Delhi to effectively redress the grievances of people from the community.At present, Dalits in the city move the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) for redressal of their grievances. Delhi’s SC/ST Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said that the previous Congress government had initiated work to set up a commission for the SCs and prepared a draft bill, but it lacked intent. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”I read the previous draft bill and found that it was ineffective. It seemed a frivolous attempt and lacked intent. The files gathered dust and nothing happened. Now, we have prepared a fresh draft bill,” he said. According to the draft bill, the commission will have five members. “We have received comments from all departments concerned and a cabinet note has been prepared. We are hoping that it will be okayed by the cabinet soon,” Gautam said. After the draft bill is prepared, it is sent to the law, planning and finance departments for recommendations and comments. Thereafter, it is sent to the cabinet for approval and later to the Centre. After incorporating the Centre’s recommendations or suggestions in the bill, it is tabled in the assembly for passage.
Mumbai: The rupee opened on a weak note and fell 23 paise to 71.66 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday amid rising crude oil prices and unabated foreign fund outflows. On Monday, the rupee had tumbled 29 paise to close at an over six-month low of 71.43 against the US dollar amid growing worries over economic slump. Forex traders said investors are awaiting government intervention to revive the slowing economy. There are expectations that the government would come out with sector-specific stimulus sometime soon. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At the Interbank Foreign Exchange, the rupee opened weak at 71.56 then fell to 71.66 against the US dollar, showing a decline of 23 paise over its previous closing. Traders said cautious opening in domestic equities, rising crude oil prices and foreign fund outflows weighed on the local unit. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 305.74 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Meanwhile, brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.05 per cent to USD 59.77 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 46.13 points higher at 37,448.62 and Nifty up by 12.55 points at 11,066.45. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.03 per cent to 98.31. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.61 per cent in morning trade. Traders said this week the focus will be on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and European Central Bank (ECB) minutes, the annual Jackson Hole Symposium of central bankers and Fed chair Powell’s speech, among others.
New Delhi: The Indian senior women’s team was held to a 1-1 draw in their second international friendly against Uzbekistan at the Yakkasari Stadium in Tashkent on Monday. India took the lead early in the second half through forward Sandhiya Ranganathan, but the home side clawed back with a little over 10 minutes of regulation time left in the game, as Lyudmila Karachik equalised through a penalty. It was a free-flowing game that ebbed and flowed both ways, as both the sides tried to break the deadlock. India forward Bala Devi had the first real chance of the match for the away side, as she lined up a free-kick from close range. However, her effort went wide. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDangmei Grace troubled the Uzbekistan defenders from the right wing, while goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan made some smart saves at the other end. It was after the change of ends, however, that India found the breakthrough that they were looking for, as Bala raced forward and played Sandhiya through on goal as the latter converted the chance on the 52nd minute. India almost doubled their lead a few minutes later, when Ranjana Chanu galloped down the left flank and whipped it in across the face of the goal. Unfortunately, nobody was present in the box to convert the chance. Uzbekistan, however, kept probing at the Indian defence, and got their reward in the form of a 78th minute penalty that was converted by Karachik.
The Gentle Barn Foundation is excited to announce the addition of athletes and celebrities in support of The Gentle Barn opening its third location in St. Louis, MO.Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Hatcher, Rascalina, Rich HillPlease click here to help start the new Gentle Barn in St. Louis.David Backes, center for the Boston Bruins, and his wife, Kelly, alerted The Gentle Barn about the six cows who recently escaped from a slaughterhouse in St. Louis, MO, and have supported The Gentle Barn’s campaign from the start.Now joining them is Alex Pietrangelo, team captain and defenseman for The St. Louis Blues, with a signed hockey stick. Dodgers’ pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Hatcher, and Rich Hill, who serendipitously will be playing the St. Louis Cardinals over the next week, came out to The Gentle Barn and signed baseballs to support the campaign.“With this star-studded campaign, and the support of our Gentle Barn fans, I know we’ll succeed in creating a Gentle Barn in St. Louis,” says Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn Foundation, “We will rescue many more animals in the future who will serve the community as part of our programs for inner city, at-risk, and special needs children. We are so excited and cannot wait!”“We still have a lot of work to do,” says Backes, “All those involved would love your support.”The Gentle Barn is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. The Gentle Barn offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of inner city, at-risk and special needs children who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with The Gentle Barn’s approximate one hundred and fifty animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, those who participate in the programs at The Gentle Barn learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. The Gentle Barn is supported by many celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, Daisy Fuentes, Richard Marx, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Channing Tatum, Steve-O, Rikki Rockett, Pamela Anderson and Hilary Swank.
New Delhi: India must be prepared for unilateral, limited military actions against terror groups in Pakistan as it can be assured of peace only if it demonstrates its capability to defend national interests through the use of force, according a report by the Congress-constituted task force on national security.The report by the task force headed by Lt. Gen (retd.) D S Hooda, made public on Sunday, stated that India’s military preparedness will have to cater for a range of response options from surgical strikes to an all-out conflict as future conflicts will see an increased blurring between the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The task force also called for long-term resolution to the difficult problem of conflict in Jammu and Kashmir and said serious efforts are required for countering radicalisation in the state. The panel also called for cooperation with China and strengthening India’s military preparedness through more budgetary allocation and modernisation in the defence sector. “When required, India must also be prepared for unilateral, limited military actions against terror groups in Pakistan. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”India must also not rule out dialogue with Pakistan. However, talks with Pakistan must be structured, and further progress must be based on visible results. India and Pakistan must also seriously engage on nuclear issues. Nuclear sabre rattling by Pakistan is a major hindrance to stability in South Asia,” it states. “We will only be assured of peace if we can visibly demonstrate our capability to defend our national interests through the use of force. Future conflicts will see an increased blurring between the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war. Our military preparedness will have to cater for a range of response options from surgical strikes to an all-out conflict,” it said. Noting that India-Pakistan relations are at a new low, the panel said Pakistan’s attempts to bring India to the negotiating table by destabilising Kashmir have not only failed but also hardened India’s stance. It said that international support to India’s air strikes in Balakot has reinforced the policy on cross-border operations. “However, there is also no doubt that military actions carry the risk of escalation and this needs to be factored into our future plans,” it said. The report by Hooda, who is said to have headed the team that conducted the surgical strikes on terror camps in PoK, stated that there is a need to have a sustained and long-term strategy to build consistent pressure on Pakistan to desist from supporting terror and diplomacy and economic isolation will play a large part in this strategy. The task force felt that internal conflicts are a grave danger to India’s national security, imposing enormous economic, political, human and social costs. It noted that despite successes on this front, the challenges remain particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeast and the Left-Wing Extremism-affected areas. Terming the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir as India’s “biggest internal security challenge”, the report said the two key factors responsible for continuing strife in the state are constant support of Pakistan to terror activities in the state and the sense of anger and alienation among sections of the population in Kashmir valley. “This is exacerbated by growing radicalisation,” it said.
WASHINGTON – Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, a sign that scant pay increases may be causing consumers to become more cautious.Their spending rose 0.3 per cent last month, just one-third the increase in February.Slow wage growth and softer consumer spending gains are the latest evidence that the economy might be weakening after a strong first two months.Economists say a warm winter made the economy look better because it caused some activity that normally occurs in spring â€” from hiring to home sales â€” to occur in January and February. That made March’s gain smaller.A more troubling factor in the long run is that Americans are receiving little or no pay raises. “Real” income â€” income adjusted for inflation â€” has been growing too slowly to sustain healthy increases in consumer spending, many economists say.After-tax income rose just 0.6 per cent in the first three months of 2012 compared with a year earlier. That was the smallest gain in two years.“Real incomes will need to grow at a faster rate to prevent consumption growth from slowing,” said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Before the Great Recession, a healthy gain in consumer spending was between 5 per cent and 6 per cent a year. March’s increase was roughly half that pace.And if income, adjusted for inflation, continued to grow at March’s rate, the annual growth would be roughly 2.5 per cent. While that’s better than a decline, economists consider it a weak figure.The U.S. economy depends on consumer spending for roughly 70 per cent of activity. Many people have been increasing their spending by saving less.For the full January-March quarter, consumer spending rose at an annual rate of 2.9 per cent, the fastest pace in more than a year. The increase was a bright spot in an otherwise sluggish quarter. Dales noted that spending in January and February drove the quarterly increase.Without better pay, that trend isn’t sustainable. The savings rate edged up to 3.8 per cent in March, after dropping to a 30-month low of 3.7 per cent of after-tax income in February.And income, adjusted for inflation, inched up just 0.2 per cent after declining for two straight months.In the January-March quarter, the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent. That was down from a 3 per cent annual growth rate in the October-December period. The weakness mainly reflected slower gains in government spending and weaker business investment.An inflation gauge tied to consumer spending rose a modest 0.2 per cent in March. Over the past 12 months, the index has risen just above the Federal Reserve’s 2 per cent inflation targetA healthy job market could reinvigorate consumers because more jobs mean more money to s(pend. But the economy created just 120,000 jobs in March â€” half the pace of the previous three months.Economists predict that employers will have added 163,000 jobs this month, below the pace from December through February.One positive change since the winter: Gas prices appear to have peaked. That would give consumers more to spend elsewhere.The nationwide average for a gallon of regular gasoline stood at $3.83 on Friday, down eight cents from a month ago, according to AAA’s fuel gauge report. US consumer spending grew more slowly in March, but income rose 0.4 per cent by News Staff Posted Apr 30, 2012 6:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Dallas-based HollyFrontier to buy Petro-Canada Lubricants from Suncor for $1.125B CALGARY – Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) will sell the Petro-Canada lubricants business for $1.125 billion to HollyFrontier Corp. of Dallas under a proposed deal announced Monday by the two companies.Calgary-based Suncor said it plans to sell a manufacturing, research and sales centre in Mississauga, west of Toronto, that supplies a broad spectrum of motor oils and fluids as well as specialty lubricants and high-purity oils sold around the world.HollyFrontier would also acquire a global sales operation with offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and China.“This is a unique opportunity to acquire a state-of-the-art lubricant manufacturing facility and research and development centre,” HollyFrontier’s president and CEO, George Damiris, told analysts in a conference call.Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. produces base oils that are used in a wide variety of products including engine oil, transmission fluid, specialty oils for the manufacturing and resource sectors and oils used in health and beauty products. Such specialty lubricants generate higher margins than fuels, Damiris said.Suncor has said that it aimed to sell between $1 billion and $1.5 billion of assets by the middle of next year. It previously announced the sale of a 49 per cent stake in a storage tank farm in Alberta for about $500 million.“Today’s announcement is another example of how Suncor is focusing on its core assets through strategic acquisitions and divestitures that reinforce our commitment to long-term profitable growth,” Suncor president and CEO Steve Williams said in a brief statement Monday. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 5:38 am MDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
← Previous Story Come to the 6th Sarius Cup 2014 in Presov, Slovakia! Next Story → “DANKE CONNY”: Konrad Wilczynski gets standing ovation in Vienna Czech RepublicFilip Jicha Filip Jicha didn’t help his team-mates to avoid defeat in the first match of the WCh 2015 Play-Off in Serbia 23:15. Hall “Cair”, the place where Czech Republic stayed without two World Championships (2009,2011) and lost chance to play in the EHF EURO 2012 Main Round, still is unbeatable venue for Jicha and Co. His red card after brawl with Bojan Beljanski moreover made impression that VISA for Qatar 2015 is far, far away..– We lost the game with eight goal difference and it’s too much, I didn’t expect that. Also I couldn’t expect that we would show a great performance here and that we would win here, but I didn’t expect that we will show such poor performance. In the first half we played completely disastrous handball and that’s the key for the result.Filip didn’t score any goal in the first match…– It’s hard for me because I got injured few weeks ago and I couldn’t do any practice. I tried to do some good action in the game, but obviously this was not the case. I tried to fight and to push my team – said Jicha and explained more about his injury:– Yeah, it’s serious. I have a rupture of the ligaments in my ankle. I will try again next week again, but I know that my ankle is injured and I have to take a rest. Obviously I’m not in shape, because I couldn’t do it any practice. But, one week left, one game left and I will do my best.”Nis and Cair Hall are once again a “bad luck”…„Yeah… But we are really happy to be here, to be in Nis, because people are so nice to us. I really like it here. But obviously, we cannot show a any good performance here, in this hall.”Hope still exist before second match in Brno next Saturday…– We have to try to figure it out why and what happened. And to try to be better next week in Czech Republic – concluded Jicha.TEXT: ALEKSANDRA DENICphoto: Alex Wipf, reprezentace.chf.cz
Le choléra revient à Haïti et fait 20 mortsAprès un an, l’épidémie de choléra qui frappe Haïti n’est toujours pas enrayée. Elle a refait surface dans le sud du pays où elle a fait une vingtaine de victimes supplémentaires.Le responsable de la Protection civile haïtienne, Guillaume Silvera, a indiqué qu’une vingtaine de morts supplémentaires avait été causée par l’épidémie de choléra qui sévit dans le pays depuis un an. Ainsi, en une semaine, sept morts ont été dénombrés dans la commune d’Anse d’Hainault, cinq à Fond Cochon, quatre aux Irois et plusieurs autres dans des communes plus reculées. Des victimes qui viennent s’ajouter aux quelque 6.500 morts et 500.000 cas qu’a déjà engendrés l’épidémie de choléra depuis son apparition en Haïti.À lire aussiVirus Ebola : la fuite de trois patients infectés attise les inquiétudes au CongoDe plus, de nouveaux patients ont été hospitalisés, a déclaré à l’AFP M. Silvera joint au téléphone. Le coordonnateur médical de Médecins du monde (MdM) en Haïti, Jean-Kith Dely a quant à lui expliqué que “les victimes ont été enregistrées dans la Grand-Anse, à l’extrême Sud du pays, dans des communes où les structures d’accueil des malades ont été fermées faute de moyens”.Il semblerait que l’épidémie soit réapparue en raison des conditions météorologiques dans la région qui, depuis plus de 48 heures, est frappée par d’importantes pluies qui provoquent des inondations et des éboulements. Le Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires de l’ONU, Ocha, avait d’ailleurs indiqué récemment que la réduction des cas de choléra, pourrait s’inverser “en raison de la prochaine saison pluvieuse”.Le 11 octobre 2011 à 13:06 • Maxime Lambert
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is expecting Liverpool to provide them with a completely different kind of challenge for Tuesday’s Champions League openerThe Parisians’ winning start to the new season has seen Thomas Tuchel become the club’s first manager to win all six of his first games in charge following their 4-0 thrashing of Saint-Etienne on Friday.But Liverpool also boasts a 100% start to their new campaign and finished as last season’s Champions League runners-up.Therefore, Verratti is not expecting such an easy time at Anfield this week.“Before Liverpool, it’s good as we won all our games, but Liverpool will be different,” Verratti said on SportsMax.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They are a team who play very well at home. They have experience in the Champions League as they reached the final last season.“It’s an important test for us, not decisive but it’s good to start with a complicated game.”Friday’s game was also the first time that Verratti had reappeared for the squad following an adductor injury.However, due to a red card against eventual winners Real Madrid in the last 16 stage in the previous campaign, Verratti will be unavailable for PSG due to suspension.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, March 8, 2018 – Washington, DC – A Bahamian delegation, led by Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, has today, March 5, completed the first day of its Trade Mission to Washington, D.C.The delegation includes the Bahamas Ambassador to Washington, D.C. His Excellency Sydney Collie, President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Edison Sumner and other Chamber officials, officials of the Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamian Embassy, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority.The purpose of the trade mission is to have dialogue with US companies, US government officials, US Chambers of Commerce and the business community to attract business and investment to The Bahamas, and more particularly Grand Bahama.Today the delegation met with Neil Herrington, Senior Vice-President, United States Chamber of Commerce, and informed him of new initiatives to attract investment such as the Commercial Enterprise Act and reforms with respect to ease of doing business. Also discussed was the Technology Hub Initiative by the government for Grand Bahama, and the desire to attract technology businesses to Grand Bahama.Discussions also centred on the opening a US Chamber office in Grand Bahama to help attract investment.In the afternoon, the delegation met with Alexander Peacher, Office Director of the US Department of Commerce, on ways the US Government can assist in making The Bahamas even more attractive for investment. The group also met with Belen Gallegos of Select USA, which is an arm of the Department of Commerce that can assist Bahamian companies set up and access the US market. In addition, they met with US Exim Bank to discuss ways Bahamian companies can access funding.On Tuesday the group will meet with US companies and the DC Chamber of Commerce on trade and investment opportunities for Grand Bahama and The Bahamas.Release: BISHeader: Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson leads members of the Trade Mission. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
EXCLUSIVE: Just under half (47%) of employer respondents outsource some aspect of their benefits package, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that of those respondents that do outsource some element of their benefits package, 46% outsource benefits administration, while 29% outsource benefits-related technology.Pensions are the most popular benefit for which respondents outsource services, cited by 69%, followed by voluntary benefits or group discounts (59%), flexible benefits (52%), and healthcare and wellbeing (48%). Read the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017.
The Air Force and Goldsboro, N.C., signed a lease Friday for a multi-sports complex on a 62-acre parcel on the perimeter of Seymour-Johnson AFB that would allow the city to consolidate several sports fields scattered throughout the community into a single, modern sports complex.The city will develop and manage the multi-sports complex through an enhanced use lease (EUL). In exchange for the 20-year lease, the Air Force will receive consideration primarily consisting of a 2,500-square-foot addition to an existing fitness center on the base in eastern North Carolina, reported Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Public Affairs.“EULs are an effective way for installations to optimize the value of under-utilized property,” said James Fitzpatrick, AFCEC’s EUL program chief. “This project is unique because it also promotes community partnership.”EULs are long-term agreements between DOD and public or private developers to lease non-excess property in exchange for cash or in-kind consideration. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
While other groups have rallied in support of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Tribal Council hasn’t yet taken a formal position on a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to take over the school.(Photo courtesy Mt. Edgecumbe High School)Students from Mt. Edgecumbe visited the Tribal Council at its meeting this month to keep them in the loop about the school’s plans to pushback against the ANSEP proposal.Hannah Kimber and Rachel Teter are seniors at the high school. They told council members they are writing letters, speaking with Sitka High School and drafting a resolution to bring to the Alaska Association of student Government.Kimber said they surveyed all but 20 of the school’s 391 students and 90 percent are in favor of keeping it as is—a four-year high school.“Basically what we found altogether is we still want Edgecumbe the way it is we don’t want anything to change,” said Kimber. “Most of the students felt that part of the reason Edgecumbe is Edgecumbe to me is part of the tradition. I might not be Alaska Native but when you’re going to Edgecumbe you’re accepted by everybody.”Last month, ANSEP founder Herb Schroeder floated his idea in front of lawmakers in the Joint House & Senate Education Committees. He said a three-year school would save the state millions.Council member Ben Miyasato wants the body to come out either for or against ANSEP’s proposal. He says Sitka School Board has already sent a letter in opposition to ANSEP taking over the state-run boarding school.Council member Rachel Moreno agreed.“We need to – even if it’s not a resolution—make a statement because the school as it is now has provided a tremendous support to this community- socially, economically, spiritually—it has been there for us—all these students all this time,” Moreno said.But, council member Wilbur Brown said if the Tribal Council is going to take a stance, it should be definitive.“This is the second attack in two years so if we’re going to come out with a resolution it needs to be something stronger than just taking a stand against ANSEP,” said Brown. “They don’t even have a bill yet, they don’t have a sponsor so right now it’s just talk. We really should be prepping for the long-term battle. Edgecumbe really needs to be left alone and that’s one of our priorities.”Others felt like they needed more information. Council member Matt Miller says he’d rather wait until there’s actually a concrete plan in front of the Alaska State Legislature before writing a letter.The topic will go to the tribal council’s legislative committee for consideration.
A group of teachers and employees of non government educational institutions who are not in the monthly pay order scheme submitted a memorandum to president Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Friday demanding that they should be enlisted under monthly pay order (MPO) scheme, news agency UNB reports.A five member delegation of Non-MPO Educational Institution Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation, led by its president Golam Mahmudunnobi Dolar, submitted the memorandum around 11:00 am.Principal Dr Binoy Bhushan Roy, general secretary of the platform, told UNB that they could not met the President as it was a public holiday.”We were told by the authority that the memorandum will be placed before the president soon.” he said.On 23 June, the members of the platform will observe a token hunger strike, he said adding that the teachers will go on a hunger strike unto death from 25 June if the demand is not met by 24 June.Senior vice-president Shafiqul Islam, senior joint secretary Anwar Hossain and organising secretary Ashraful Haque Lavlu were present during the submission of the memorandum.Earlier on 10 June, the teachers and employees began their demonstrations to press home their demand.Although they initially observed the sit-in for half day every day, the teachers and employees went on a non-stop sit-in programme from Monday last in front of the Jatiya Press Club.Earlier on 31 December, 2017, teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions has started observing hunger strike unto death to press for their demand.However, they ended the demonstrations on 5 January last after getting prime minister’s assurance of meeting their demand.As there is no specific budget allocation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in this regard, they again started their demonstrations for the second round.
US president Donald Trump speaks during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on 22 April. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump said Monday that Congress “can’t impeach” him over the findings of the Mueller report into Russian election meddling and his alleged attempts to hamper the investigation.Defiantly insisting that he did nothing wrong, Trump also denied a portrait of dysfunction in the White House where disobedient aides are said to have saved him from committing obstruction of justice by refusing to carry out his instructions.Asked by reporters at a White House Easter event for children whether the prospect of impeachment worries him, Trump replied: “Not even a little bit.””Only high crimes and misdemeanours can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach,” Trump stated earlier on Twitter.However, Democrats believe the Mueller report has revealed serious wrongdoing by the president and have yet to decide on impeachment.The report confirmed that Russian operatives had attempted to interfere in the 2016 election to help Trump beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, including by hacking into email accounts.The probe also found that Trump’s campaign took advantage of the impact on Clinton, but did not deliberately reach out to collude with the Russians.During the investigation, Trump repeatedly tried to hamper Mueller’s work, the report said.But Mueller did not rule one way or the other on whether Trump had committed the crime of obstruction of justice, effectively leaving the matter to Congress.Democrats, who control the lower house, are so far mostly holding off from calling for impeachment proceedings, which would be immensely divisive ahead of 2020 presidential elections.However, Democratic 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris said during a presidential town hall broadcast on CNN Monday night that she believes “Congress should take the steps towards impeachment.”That made her the second candidate to do so after Senator Elizabeth Warren called for impeachment proceedings last week.But her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders said at the same event that while he supports a “thorough investigation,” he is concerned it may become a distraction in the bid to oust Trump in the 2020 election.”If for the next year, year and a half, going right into the heart of the election, all that the Congress is talking about is impeaching Trump… and we’re not talking about… all of the issues that concern ordinary Americans, what I worry about is that works to Trump’s advantage,” Sanders said.Powerful House committees still plan to dig further into the scandal and are pushing to be given the whole Mueller report, including parts currently blacked out for security or legal reasons.”While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler issued a subpoena on Monday for former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify. McGahn was a key witness in the Mueller probe and will likely be asked about Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice.’Nobody disobeys’ Trump?Trump is spinning the Mueller report as a complete exoneration. He has gone as far as saying repeatedly that the probe was a political hit job amounting to “treason” and “spying.”Democrats, however, say the report has demonstrated in detail that Trump is unfit for office, even if the evidence would be insufficient to prove crimes in court.Whatever the truth, Mueller’s report has inflicted damage on the former real estate tycoon and reality TV showman’s reputation through stories of close aides maneuvering to stop the president from going too far in his attempts to slow down the probe.”The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” Mueller wrote in his report.This narrative clearly annoys Trump, who has built a career on his image as a ruthless boss, famous during his television performances on “The Apprentice” for telling contestants: “You’re fired!”Even though the aides allegedly disobeyed him so that they could prevent more serious damage, Trump denied Monday that any sort of insubordination would be possible.”Nobody disobeys my orders,” he said at the Easter event.Trump also faces danger from congressional probes into his business interests and tax history, which — in a break with tradition — he has refused to make public.On Monday, Trump and his businesses filed a Washington federal court lawsuit to try and block a subpoena issued by the House Oversight and Reform Committee to gain access to their financial records.
By now, you’ve probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside. Choose a spray, choose a lotion, but by heavens, choose something! Legions of doctors, parents, and YouTube beauty influencers are unanimous on this point. But with sunscreen application evolving from a week or two at the beach every year to a constant daily slather, US health regulators want to know more about how all those photoprotective chemicals interact with people’s skin.If they sink into tissues and get absorbed into the bloodstream, that could be a problem. Then, like other over-the-counter drugs the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t mess up people’s hormones, affect their reproductive systems, or cause cancer. Such safety testing has never been done on the active ingredients in sunscreen, because those chemicals were approved decades ago, before anyone suspected they could be absorbed into the body. Now we know it’s more than just a suspicion.Today, researchers at the FDA revealed the results of a small clinical trial designed to test how four of the most common sun-filtering molecules on the market behave after they’ve been sprayed on and rubbed in. The results, published in the journal JAMA, show that contrary to what sunscreen manufacturers have been saying, UV-blocking chemicals do seep into circulation. Now, don’t panic and toss your tubes. There’s no evidence yet that they’re doing anything harmful inside the body. But the revelation will have serious impacts on sunscreen manufacturers going forward, and may change what options you’ll find on drugstore shelves before the year is out.“Everyone had always thought that because these are intended to work on the surface of the skin that they wouldn’t be absorbed, but they are,” says Theresa Michele, director of the FDA’s division of nonprescription drug products, and coauthor on the FDA-funded study. Her team found that it took only a few hours after the application of sunscreen for the photoprotective chemicals to infiltrate the bloodstream and shoot up to concentrations above the FDA’s toxicology threshold that triggers further safety testing. The history of sunscreen regulation is long and contentious, but the core of the conflict boils down to the fact that the US treats sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug, and the rest of the world considers it a cosmetic. When new research emerged in the late ’90s and early 2000s suggesting that UV-blocking ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens could be absorbed into the human body, the agency began to ask any companies bringing new molecules to market to include such data in their safety studies. Those corporations balked, and development stalled in the US. Meanwhile, Europe added at least eight new, more advanced photoprotective filters to its sun-shielding arsenal.In an effort to end the stalemate, Congress passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act in 2015. As part of that effort, in February the FDA announced it was overhauling the way the agency regulates sunscreens, to “keep pace with evolving science.” Chief among the proposed changes was subjecting the 16 UV-filtering chemicals currently on the US market to the same scrutiny as new molecules.To prove they’re safe and effective, the FDA is now asking US sunscreen makers to submit additional data measuring how these ingredients absorb into the bloodstream. If they don’t absorb above the toxicological threshold, no problem. But if they do, the FDA wants to see more tests—assessing cancer risk and harm to the reproductive and endocrine systems, standard drug safety stuff. The idea was to make it easier for new ingredients to compete against the legacy ones that hadn’t been assessed by the FDA in decades.But the testing requirements could also end up giving Americans fewer choices, at least in the short run. If US manufacturers fail to conduct absorption studies and provide that data to the FDA by the time the agency’s new rules are finalized in November, it would mean (in theory) the removal of those products from shelves. Only two ingredients so far have been ruled safe and effective—zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The FDA has said they will grant deferrals to companies willing to commit to undertaking the necessary studies for the remaining 12 molecules in question. The researchers saw the same patterns in all 24 of the volunteers they recruited—12 men and 12 women, who were randomly assigned to apply one of four commercially available sunscreens: two sprays, a lotion, and a cream. The participants applied their potions according to recommended labeling; four times a day for four days to 75 percent of their bodies, roughly the amount of skin you’d be showing in a bathing suit. For those four days, and three days after, the researchers collected blood every few hours to be analyzed for the presence of avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule, 30 samples in all. They discovered that while it took only a few hours for the UV-blocking chemicals to spike over the target, for three of the four formulations, those levels remained elevated through the end of the study—three days after participants had ceased spraying and smearing. Only the cream users saw their chemical concentrations tail off sooner. The fact that these sun-filtering molecules do penetrate into the circulation system does not on its own mean that such ingredients are unsafe. “There might be nothing, and that would be great,” says Kanade Shinkai, a dermatologist at UC San Francisco and editor in chief of JAMA Dermatology. “But the problem is that we just don’t know.” The bottom line, she says, is that although the evidence is irrefutable that the sun causes skin cancer, scientists know a lot less about sunscreen chemicals’ relative risks and benefits.To understand what, if any, effects such chemicals have on internal tissues will take more research. Particularly urgent is learning more about long-term exposure and how absorption rates differ in infants and children, with their smaller ratio of body surface to overall size. Then there’s the importance of real-world data; for example, assessing sunscreen’s effects on a hot, sandy beach, instead of in a clinical lab’s temperature- and humidity-controlled confines. Yet the trial’s results underscore the need for more data on sunscreen absorption, as the FDA has long demanded from manufacturers, without success. More Great WIRED StoriesThis woman saved John McAfee from an epically bad dealWill artificial intelligence enhance or hack humanity?My search for a boyhood friend led to a dark discoveryThe quiet beauty of high-octane sports carsA new strategy for treating cancer, thanks to Darwin✨ Optimize your home life with our Gear team’s best picks, from robot vacuums to affordable mattresses to smart speakers.📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories
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Share Price of Marriott International, Inc. Value of Vistana Disposition Total Value $2.00 Cash Consideration Per Share $70.08* $7.80** $79.88 A merger agreement between Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has today been approved, under which Marriott International will pay a total US$2.2 billion to become the largest hotel company in the world.The combined company, consisting of 30 leading brands, comprises 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 hotels across over 100 countries.The transaction, expected to close mid 2016, aims to create broader choices for guests, more opportunities for associates and additional value for Marriott and Starwood shareholders.The combined company’s pro forma fee revenue for the 12 months ended September 30, 2015 amounts to over US$2.7 billion.Marriott International president and chief executive officer Arne Sorenson says this transaction begins an incredible journey for the two companies.“This is an opportunity to create value by combining the distribution and strengths of Marriott and Starwood, enhancing our competitiveness in a quickly evolving marketplace,” Mr Sorenson said.“This greater scale should offer a wider choice of brands to consumers, improve economics to owners and franchisees, increase unit growth and enhance long-term value to shareholders.“We expect to benefit from the best talent from both companies as we position ourselves for the future. I know we’ll do great things together as The World’s Favorite Travel Company.”Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide chairman of the Board of Directors Bruce Duncan says a merger with Marriott will provide the greatest long-term value for its shareholders and the most certain path for the company.“Starwood shareholders will benefit from ownership in one of the world’s most respected companies, with vast growth potential further enhanced by cost synergies,” Mr Duncan said.“Starwood’s shareholders will also receive the value of the previously announced sale of our vacation ownership business to Interval Leisure Group, which is not part of this transaction.”Summary of Transaction:Under the terms of the agreement, at closing, Starwood shareholders will receive 0.92 shares of Marriott International, Inc. Class A common stock and $2.00 in cash for each share of Starwood common stock.On a pro forma basis, Starwood shareholders would own approximately 37 percent of the combined company’s common stock after completion of the merger using fully diluted share counts as of September 30, 2015.Total consideration to be paid by Marriott totals $12.2 billion consisting of $11.9 billion of Marriott International stock, based on the 20-day VWAP (volume weighted average price) of Marriott stock ending on November 13, 2015, and $340 million of cash, based on approximately 170 million fully diluted Starwood shares outstanding at September 30, 2015.Based on Marriott’s 20-day VWAP ending November 13, 2015, the merger transaction has a current value of $72.08 per Starwood share, including the $2 cash per share consideration.Starwood shareholders will separately receive consideration from the spin-off of the Starwood timeshare business and subsequent merger with Interval Leisure Group, which has an estimated value of approximately $1.3 billion to Starwood shareholders or approximately $7.80 per Starwood share, based on the 20-day VWAP of Interval Leisure Group stock ending November 13, 2015.(Source: Marriott International, Inc) Total Estimated Value to Starwood Shareholders Marriott International, Inc.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson