People who are negative don’t know they’re negative. They also don’t know how they were infected with cynicism, scarcity, negativity, and other poor and disempowering beliefs. Negativity doesn’t turn on all at once or very quickly. It builds up little by little, transforming those who are infected over time.At the dinner table, someone describes “others” as being responsible for all that is wrong with the world. “Others” are the cause of bad things. The world is split into good ones and bad ones, our side and their side. Soon, that belief, never chosen is a tiny drop of poison that clouds the lens through which the infected sees their world.The television and the internet provide a constant flow of bad news designed to provoke attention and clicks. Stories are sensationalized to provoke feelings, and to split people into “sides.” Those who are provoked spit vitriol at those who see things different, arguing over events, even though they don’t benefit from the event, nor are they harmed. The poison comes in through the eyes and ears, building up over time.At work, those who are infected are subversive, whispering in the ears of those who struggling, absolving them of responsibility for their problems and blaming “them.” The leadership team. The clients. The competitors. The challenges their operations team never seems to outrun.And then there are the complainers who provide a never ending stream of whining and bellyaching. They wish things were different, better even, but they never lift a finger to make anything better. A drip of venom from the tongue unintentionally transferred to those who unknowingly accept something toxic.This poison tastes sweet to those who want desperately to believe that they are not the ones responsible for their results. A tiny does of poison over the course of days, and weeks, and month, and years, and those who allow it to seep in through their ears are fully infected—and most likely, carriers.After all of this poison, is it any wonder that those who have been taken in so much negativity see everything as negative? Is it any wonder they assume bad intentions from anyone and everyone? How could they possibly not blame “others” for their circumstances, for the things that are wrong, for the cause of their suffering?To avoid taking in this poison, you must remain vigilant, recognizing and eliminating the sources. When you encounter the sources in your personal life, you have to protect yourself by working to beat back their infection with your positive, optimistic demeanor and disposition.You do not have to take in a small of dose of poison every day. You can inoculate yourself by taking in so much of what is positive that you build an immunity to that which would harm you. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
PUNE In one of the biggest bullion hauls by city authorities, the regional unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), along with Pune customs authorities recovered more than 10 kg smuggled gold worth ₹3 crore largely in the form of 86 gold biscuits on Thursday at the Pune International Airport in Lohegaon.“The smuggled gold, weighing 10.175 kilograms was valued at Rs. 3,09,34,675 and was seized by the DRI during a check carried out after the clearance of passengers of a Spice Jet flight, SG52, arriving from Dubai. The bullion mainly comprised of biscuits and gold in other forms. They have been seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962,” said Manish Dudhpuri, Assistant Commissioner of Pune Customs, speaking to The Hindu.Mr. Dudhpuri said that the gold biscuits were concealed in mobile phone covers and pouches in a dustbin in the gents’ lavatory of the airport’s immigration hall.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry smiles during practice for the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Dynasty versus dinosaurs.The Golden State Warriors’ road to a fifth straight NBA Finals has detoured to a new destination — and this one requires a passport.ADVERTISEMENT The Toronto Raptors, a team that arrived in the NBA 24 years ago as the dinosaur-logoed basketball franchise in a hockey-loving country, have finally made it to the championship round and will host Game 1 on Thursday night.It’s the first time the finals will be played outside the U.S., a refreshing change after a record four straight seasons of the same matchup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Different for us obviously, having been in Cleveland four straight years, but this is more the rule. That was the exception,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You’re not supposed to go to the finals four straight years and you’re definitely not, if you’re lucky enough to do that, you’re not supposed to play the same team four straight years.“This is more what the finals normally feel like, where you’re going against a team you frankly don’t know that well and that you haven’t seen that often over the previous few years.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Stephen Curry lived in Toronto when his father Dell played for the Raptors at the end of his career, but otherwise it’s a new feeling even for these Warriors, who are one of the most championship-experienced teams in NBA history.They joined the Boston Celtics from 1957-66 as the only teams to reach five straight NBA Finals, and are trying to become the first team to win three consecutive titles since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000-02.Besides facing a different opponent for the first time during their run, the Warriors won’t have the luxury of starting the series at home for the first time. They also won’t have Kevin Durant for at least one more game, though none of that rattles a team that has played in 22 finals games in the last four years.“We have been here before,” Curry said. “We understand the hoopla and the pandemonium around the finals and how different things are when it comes to just the schedule and the vibe. So we have seen a lot and we’ll be ready for it.”The Raptors are new to this stage, but their players aren’t. Kawhi Leonard was MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, when he and Danny Green won a title with San Antonio. Serge Ibaka made it to the finals with Oklahoma City in 2012, and even players such as Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol have played in Olympic finals.ADVERTISEMENT “Every possession from the jump ball,” he said, “competing, communicating, solving issues as we face them. Do not overreact to whatever.”ROOKIE RUNSKerr won a championship four years ago in his first season as an NBA head coach and now Nick Nurse can do the same. He was promoted last year after the Raptors fired Dwane Casey, and earlier in his career had been a head coach in both the NBA Development League and the British Basketball League.THREE-PEAT FOR NO. 3?Another title would be the Warriors’ seventh and move them into third place in NBA history behind only the Celtics (17) and Lakers (16).100 PERCENTCurry, already the career leading in NBA Finals 3-pointers, needs two more to reach the century mark.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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So you just go out there and play hard and live with the results.”The Raptors had already moved away from their purple uniforms with the red dinosaur, and their reputation as a loser is extinct, too. They have won 50 games in four straight seasons and have the best record in the East over the last seven, but couldn’t get over the hump until this year, thanks largely to the acquisition of Leonard last summer.He hit the winning shot in Game 7 of the second round and then led Toronto’s charge back from a 2-0 deficit against Milwaukee in the conference finals to win four straight against the team with the NBA’s best record.They made history just by bringing the finals to Canada and the doorstep of their rowdy fans in Jurassic Park . But Lowry has more in mind.“For me it’s all about winning, and when you get to the point where you make it to the NBA Finals, you won but you still got more to do,” he said. “So getting here doesn’t do anything but getting here. We still want to try to win this.”Some other things to know abou the NBA Finals:WOUNDED WARRIORSDeMarcus Cousins (torn left quadriceps) may be ready to return but it could be a little longer for Durant (strained right calf). Kerr said the two-time NBA Finals MVP, already ruled out for Game 1, hasn’t practiced and would have to do so before returning.STRONG STARTERSGolden State has won 12 straight Game 1s, including all four in the NBA Finals since 2015, and Gasol was asked for Toronto’s key to getting the series off to a good start.
In what was one of the craziest endings we’ve ever seen in an NCAA Tournament game, No. 6 seed SMU lost to No. 11 seed UCLA on a goaltending call. The call was somewhat questionable, but it gave the Bruins a one-point lead, eventually sending them into the Third Round with a 60-59 victory. Following the devastating loss, SMU senior forward Yanick Moreira, the recipient of the goaltending call, took to Twitter to express his frustration. I would like to apologize for all the SMU fans as senior I shouldn’t make those type of mistake.. I’m really sorry— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015“@KDTrey5: Yep that was a goaltend.” You right ref thank you for end my college career pic.twitter.com/nhrrON0DQM— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015These guys don’t deserve it . It really hurts . All those mile run in the summer all those 2 a day to end my college career like this— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015Here’s the play. Was it the right call?
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 15: The Penn State Nittany Lions marching band preforms before the start of the Nittany Lions game against the Navy Midshipmen at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Today is the 11-year anniversary of Appalachian State’s historic upset at Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.Appalachian State might be on the verge of a historic upset today, too.We now have a tied game in State College, Pa.It’s Appalachian State 31, Penn State 31.Uh oh.Touchdown, Appalachian State. We’re tied up at 31 apiece with 6:03 remaining in the game.— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 1, 2018We’ve got about six minutes to go in this one. It’s being televised on BTN.Get there, now.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is reporting that six homes have been completed under the Indigent Housing Project.He also informed that construction is to begin on four more houses in early January 2019, with each home being constructed at a cost of $1.8 million.Minister McKenzie was speaking to the media recently, following a visit to inspect the progress of the indigent house being built in Lime Hall, St. Ann.“The Ministry is putting the finishing touches on two houses being constructed for two residents, one here in Lime Hall and one in Beecher Town, St. Ann, as part of Local Government and Community Development Month activities and the Indigent Housing Project,” he stated.He also underscored that construction of the homes, which are being done in partnership with the National Housing Trust (NHT) “are a part of the Administration’s thrust to improve the quality of living for citizens who rely on the state for support.”The Minister informed that the houses being constructed in St. Ann are slated to be completed prior to the Christmas holidays.Mr. McKenzie noted that residents and other stakeholders have been supportive of the initiative.“I am very happy with the support that we have received, not just from the community here in Lime Hall, but we have gotten support from both sides of the political divide. We have had Mayors coming from across the country to be a part of the construction process, we have also had the councilors in St. Ann coming and giving support, spending at least an hour and putting some work in,” he stated.The Local Government Minister informed that the Ministry will also be furnishing the homes constructed in Lime Hall and Beecher Town.For his part, Senior Executive Architect in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Dane Guthrie, informed that the homes are a “comfortable 200 square feet, which consist of a bathroom and a kitchen area.”“They are studio units which allow for bedroom and living (room) space. They have a tropical design with slope roofs which allow for rain water harvesting, high ceilings and cross ventilation,” he stated.In the case of the home in Lime Hall, which was being constructed on a hillside, Mr. Guthrie noted that a sloping staircase is to be built to allow for “easy access to the unit”.The Indigent Housing Project will see the construction of 28 homes across the island, with two concrete structures being built per parish.
Chennai: After stridently opposing the Centre’s move to impose the three-language formula, DMK chief M K Stalin Wednesday demanded that Tamil be made an official language in all central government offices. Talking to reporters here after paying homage to former IUML president Quaid-e-Millat on his 124th birth anniversary, he said, “We should take a vow on this day to make Tamil an official language in central government offices.” The DMK will continue to extend support to this cause, he added. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Stalin, who is also leader of the opposition in the state assembly, claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula and it withdrew its decision following opposition from Tamils. On Tuesday, the DMK proposed that the two-language formula devised by Dravidian icon C N Annadurai should be implemented across the country. The proposal came a day after the Centre dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Revising the draft education policy, the Centre Monday dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states after the three-language proposal sparked outrage, mainly in the state. The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy alleging that it was tantamount to thrusting Hindi language on the non-Hindi speaking states. In Tamil Nadu, a two-language formula of Tamil and English is being followed since 1968 after the DMK stormed to power in 1967 under the leadership of Dravidian stalwart and party founder C N Annadurai.
There were as many as 3,000 workers at the refinery on Monday, which produces more than 320,000 barrels of energy products per day.The company says crews working to maintain the refinery will be back on site this evening after it was determined there are no lingering air quality or safety concerns after the explosion Monday.“Through our continuous air monitoring, we have determined that there are no concerns with regards to air quality,” Irving stated.“Accordingly, we are currently planning to have our turnaround team back on site this evening for the night shift. Our plans for returning to full turnaround mode will be discussed at that time.” ST. JOHN’S, N.B. – The explosion that rocked Irving Oil’s Saint John refinery on Monday is unlikely to affect the price of gas in Canada, according to experts.Fuel market analysts say the quick return to the facility and the fact that fuel storage tanks are likely full means the refinery shutdown should have little short-term impact on consumers.In a tweet, the company says the refinery as a whole is safe and the site of the incident is “isolated and contained.”Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, says gasoline prices in the key New York Harbour market were actually trending lower on Tuesday morning as storage levels in the northeastern U.S. are 20 per cent higher than they were a year ago.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd., says even if Irving’s refinery maintenance shutdown is extended because of damage from the explosion, the fact it is on the ocean means alternative supplies of fuel can easily be brought in from offshore to ensure there are no shortages and resulting price increases.WATCH: Irving Oil refinery fire leaves 5 hurt, no serious injuries
Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,816.90, up 14.20 pointsDow — 22,997.44, up 40.48 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,559.36, up 1.72 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,623.66, down 0.35 of a pointCurrencies:Cdn — 79.69 cents US, down 0.12 of a centPound — C$1.6538, down 0.89 of a centEuro — C$1.4752, down 0.36 of a centEuro — US$1.1756, down 0.47 of a centOil futures:US$52.11, down three cents(December contract)Gold futures:US$1,286.20 per oz., down $16.80(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.195 oz., down 53.9 cents$713.57 kg., down $17.33
“While we have had a good response to the flash appeal there are critical shortfalls in the area of food supplies and health,” UN humanitarian coordinator Finn Reske-Nielsen said. “The displaced population is incredibly vulnerable and the camps have the potential to become flashpoints if we cannot continue to provide basic humanitarian needs.”The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it has already reduced rations of supplementary food for internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, and warned that vital food supplies will be exhausted within two weeks. It had asked for $5.2 million in the recent flash appeal but has so far received only $2.2 million. The agency started immediately reducing its corn-soy blend of flour by 25 per cent per person, and warned that its school feeding and mother and child programmes are at risk. The bulk of the food is provided by the Government, while WFP‘s contribution is supplementary.The Ministry of Health, supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners, today launched a nutritional screening of displaced children in Dili, the capital, to assess the extent of malnutrition. Mr. Reske-Nielsen said the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF would start paying the salaries for Labour Ministry employees directly involved in humanitarian assistance. On the political front, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, and Special Envoy Ian Martin continued their contacts with government officials to help find a solution to the crisis which erupted in late April with the dismissal of 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces. At least 37 people have been killed in the turmoil, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions.The two UN officials met with Senior Minister Jose Ramos-Horta and were briefed on a plan designed to replace Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, who resigned on Monday, without dissolving parliament.Some 3,000 demonstrators from the eastern regions, who descended on Dili yesterday in support of Mr. Alkatiri and camped overnight in front of the government house, were addressed by both Mr. Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmao today before being escorted out of town by Australian soldiers without major incidents. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the capital was calmer.The Combined Task Force from Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Malaysia, invited in by the Government, is helping to quell violence, but Mr. Annan has said it is obvious that the UN will have to go back “in a much larger form than we are at the moment” to the country that it shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago.The world body first set up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia, which had taken it over at the end of Portugal’s colonial rule in 1974. Mr. Martin was Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the territory at that time. This robust structure was kept until independence in 2002, when UNTAET was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET). This in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), which has a mandate through 20 August. The Security Council has asked Mr. Annan to report back on a possible expanded UN presence in the country by early August.
The proposal would see fuel duty drop from 58 pence per litre to 47 pence within five years, and more than £3 billion in extra investment for roads could be generated. Manchester United could sponsor the M6 motorway to generate funds for investment in roads, the president of the AA has claimed.Sports teams, supermarkets and tech firms are among the companies who could purchase the naming rights of major roads, Edmund King said.This could lead to the Morrisons M1, the Microsoft M4 and the Adidas A1, according to the motoring expert.A US-style Adopt-a-Highway scheme should be considered for local roads, whereby businesses help pay for litter collections in return for roadside advertising, Mr King said.The ideas are part of his proposal to change the way people are charged for driving in the UK, with the current system meaning motorists pay some of the highest taxes in Europe to use a road network that in some places is congested and deteriorating.The Road Miles concept, created by Mr King and his wife, business analyst Deirdre, would offer all drivers at least 3,000 free miles each year, with a small charge for further distances, in a bid to reduce non-essential journeys.It is one of five shortlisted entries for the £250,000 Wolfson economics prize to reduce traffic jams.Car drivers in the first year would pay less than one pence per mile and there would be concessions for those living in the most rural areas and the disabled.A nationwide lottery and an auction of extra miles would be used to keep the scheme’s costs down and fund maintenance such as pothole repairs. Mr King claimed Road Miles would be “miles better, fairer, greener, safer”.He went on: “Drivers fed up with current cones, congestion, and chaos, will be compensated for delays and have a say in how our roads are run.”His wife said: “Road Miles will bridge the gap between falling fuel duty revenue and the electric vehicle revolution.”More money will be available for roads yet the motorist will pay less as extra income from the Road Miles lottery, naming rights and auction will supplement revenues.”The prize, founded by Lord Wolfson, chief executive of clothing giant Next, will be awarded in July.Lord Wolfson said: “Road congestion is a source of daily misery for millions of people: undermining our quality of life, environment and economy.”As the political parties put together their programmes for government, they would do well to turn their attention to the plight facing users of Britain’s road network.”The creativity and enthusiasm demonstrated by the entrants to the 2017 prize has been inspiring.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Hackney taxi drivers have been banned from wearing jeans and t-shirts after a local council received complaints from cabbies “that other drivers were letting them down.” Cab drivers in Plymouth are now banned from wearing denim jeans, football tops, hoodies and flip flops following a public consultation and council meeting on the issue. Councillors agreed on Monday that the new guidelines should be enforced to “professionalise the trade” following complaints from fellow drivers.A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “There was already a dress code but it was voluntary and not followed by all drivers. Our licensing officers would regularly find this during their patrols and often received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them down. “Officers and councillors agreed to include a new dress code within the proposals to set clearer standards on this.” “But I do think there needs to be a balance, I have been a taxi driver for 18 years and wear black jeans because they are practical, I don’t want to change a tire in smart trousers.” Councillor Ian Bowyer added: “We [councillors] had noticed a change in the appearance of drivers and I think it is important to professionalise the trade and strike a balance. Yesterday councillors welcomed the decision which was branded as an important step for the upcoming Mayflower 400 celebration in 2020.The event, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts, is expected to draw in crowds from around the world to Plymouth. Councillor Sally Bowie said: “This change in regulations was brought in by the council as a way to smarten the appearance of taxi drivers before the Mayflower 400. “We felt it was the right time to bring in these changes and I think most people do feel safer and prefer to have a taxi driver who is wearing trousers and a polo shirt rather than shorts and flip-flops. “The Mayflower is a big event in Plymouth and we want to ensure Plymouth is looking its best.” The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have included drivers having to wear uniform colours laid out by the councilCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have forced drivers to wear uniform colours laid out by the council.The decision to ban jeans has however received mixed reviews from local cab drivers, with some raising concerns over the cost of new clothing, but others agreed that some drivers looked “awful” at work. Shane Jacobs, director of Plymouth hackney cab company Tri-star taxis, said: “I think some drivers are bringing down the reputation of the industry and they look like they’ve just crawled out of bed and it looks awful. “We want to put forward a good image of Plymouth and this is a step towards achieving this. Especially with the Mayflower 400 in 2020 these drivers will be at the forefront of welcoming visitors and we want to ensure the right image is put forward.”In addition to the new dress code each driver must attend an ambassador course as well as complete a spoken English test and are also banned from using e-cigarettes while they have passengers on board.A Council spokesperson added: “The new policy aims to enhance the professionalism of the service and ensure drivers are ambassadors for Plymouth, presenting a positive image to the public and our visitors.” The council received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them downCredit:Getty
(From left to right): ASA CEO Ryan Findlay, USSEC’s Roz Leeck and ASA President Davie Stephens wrap up the 2019 International Oilseed Producers Dialogue with a tour of soybeans near Sittingbourne, England.ASA partnered this week with USSEC to represent U.S. soy at the International Oilseeds Producers Dialogue (IOPD) meeting in London.The conference provides participants with the opportunity to meet with other global oilseed producers to discuss issues of common interest and develop partnerships that can provide support for key market access issues.In addition to building international markets, U.S. soy needs market access for trade. IOPD provides a chance for U.S. soy delegates to discuss international trade dynamics and build relationships with like-minded organizations from around the world. Grower-leader involvement is critical to this effort.USSEC Vice Chair and ASA Director Monte Peterson, along with ASA President Davie Stephens, presented the U.S. update during the meeting and engaged with other oilseed farmers and delegates on key issues for the U.S. soy industry – innovation, international trade environment and market access.Representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Paraguay, and United Kingdom also attended the conference. Countries shared perspectives on key issues, including international trade and the global regulatory environment for new breeding technologies. Through robust dialogue to address common challenges, these countries are working together to meet the needs of the future.
Two Clark County men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and robbing a Vancouver man, beating him and stripping him of his clothes before duct-taping him to a tree.Markus Lee Bedell, 25, of Washougal and Charles William Sample, 32, of Vancouver both face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery at their Thursday arraignment in Skamania County Superior Court.The victim, Robert Downey, 27, knew both men and had met Bedell when they were previously incarcerated together, according to the probable cause affidavit.According to the affidavit:The incident began Aug. 15 at a restaurant in the 100 block of Northeast 117th Avenue, where Sample’s wife, Patricia, and Bedell met Downey to talk about a vehicle and dog belonging to the Samples that Downey allegedly stole. They took Downey’s wallet, cellphone and $400 from him before forcing him into Bedell’s two-toned Chevy Suburban.Bedell said they planned to use “mob-style scare tactics” to make Downey believe they were going to kill him and ultimately get back the vehicle and dog. The affidavit did not indicate why Downey took the vehicle and dog. After picking up Sample, who was being released from the Clark County Jail, they drove to the upper Washougal River area, off of North Fork Road; the site was described in the affidavit as a small, informal shooting range on land owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
QR codes and their ilk continue to rise in usage by publishers, according to a study out today by mobile marketing and technology services company Nellymoser. In the second quarter, the top 100 magazines by circulation featured a variety of mobile action codes in 2,200 instances, a 61 percent jump over the first quarter this year.The study doesn’t track scan rates or actions taken post scan, but the printing of QR codes, digital watermarks and other action codes is definitely on the rise—in the first quarter of 2011, there was a comparatively modest 352 codes printed. And, at the end of first half 2012, the number of action codes printed is already coming close to the 4,468 that were printed during all of 2011.See Also: Mobile Action Codes Increased 439 Percent in Top 100 Mags Last YearWhile the instances of codes appearing in the top 100 magazines went from 1,365 to 2,200 the number specifically appearing in advertisements also jumped, going from 5 percent of ad pages in the second quarter 2011 to 10 percent this year. For the first time all 100 of the top magazines featured at least one action code. And of all the codes, QR codes are still the most prevalent, with more than 80 percent market share since December 2011. The beauty, health and automotive categories accounted for 49 percent of all action codes in the second quarter, with automotive more than doubling its use of codes between the first and second quarter. Video continues to be the most common use for action codes, with 40 percent of codes leading to a product demo, behind the scenes look or some other clip. Sweepstakes and social sharing were also heavily used at 20 percent of instances. For more, see the full study here.Action Codes by QuarterSource: Nellymoser, Inc.
Email Facebook News Seal Returns With New ‘Standards’ Album seal-pays-tribute-sinatra-fitzgerald-new-standards-album GRAMMY-winning “Kiss From A Rose” singer taps into the classics for new albumNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 11:44 am Certain songs and certain voices are timeless, and Seal is well aware of this fact. The British soul singer will release his new album, Standards, on Nov. 10, paying tribute to some of the pop cannon’s most legendary standards and the singers who immortalized them.The album features Seal’s take on songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nat “King” Cole, and more. Unsurprisingly, even an accomplished vocalist like Seal finds tackling these titans no small task.”One has got to be really careful with that because the songs have withstood the test of time,” said Seal. “I feel that the songs from that era, they sing you. You’ve just got to trust them and trust the melody because the melodies are immaculate. They are sublime.”The album was recorded at the iconic Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, and focuses on the stories woven into the fabric of such classics as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I’m Beginning To See The Light” and “I Put A Spell On You,” to name a few.”It is about this kind of storytelling, we are having dialogue,” said Seal. “That seems to be the theme with me at the moment — both personally and professionally.”Tom Waits, Tracy Chapman, N.W.A. Among 2018 Songwriters Hall NomineesRead more Twitter Seal Pays Tribute To Sinatra, Fitzgerald On New ‘Standards’ Album
Not changing the income tax rates or increasing the exemption limits for individuals, union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed increasing the range of tax deductible investments/ spend.Presenting the budget proposals for 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said the government is proposing to rationalise various tax exemptions and incentives to reduce tax disputes and improve tax administration.The proposals mentioned by the finance minister made clear the government’s focus on enlarging the tax-exempt investments/spend.Jaitley said the proposals would result in tax deductions to the tune of around Rs.440,000 crore.Jaitley said in order to encourage savings and to promote health care among individual tax payers, it is proposed to increase the limit of deduction on account of health insurance premium from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000 — for senior citizens this limit is to be increased from Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000.For senior citizens above the age of 80 years — who are not eligible to avail of health insurance — deduction will be allowed for medical expenses up to Rs.30,000.The deduction limit of Rs.60,000 on expenditure on account of specified diseases — like cancer — will be enhanced to Rs.80,000 in the case of senior citizens.The minister also proposed additional deduction of Rs.25,000 for differently-abled persons, increasing the limit from Rs.50,000 to Rs.75,000.It is also proposed to increase the limit of tax deduction from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.25 lakh in case of severe disability.According to Jaitley, investment in Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme will be eligible for deduction under section 80C of the income tax and any payment from the scheme shall not be liable to tax.Limit on deduction on account of contribution to a pension fund and the new pension scheme is proposed to be increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh. Additional deduction of Rs.50,000 will be allowed for contribution to the new pension scheme under section 80 CCD of Income Tax Act — increasing the exemption from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.Jaitley also doubled the transport allowance exemption to Rs.1,600 per month.According to him, the details of tax deductions proposed are as follows:Deduction u/s 80C – Rs.150,000; Deduction u/s 80CCD – Rs.50,000; Deduction on account of interest on house property loan (Self-occupied property) – Rs.200,000; Deduction u/s 80D on health insurance premium – Rs.25,000; Exemption of transport allowance – Rs 19,200; Total – Rs.444,200Reacting to the budget proposals, Prashant Khatore, tax partner, Ernst and Young told IANS: “The finance minister is connecting various proposals to the Make In India programme. Though there is no change in personal income tax rates, the corporate tax rate has been proposed to be brought down to 25 percent over a four-year period.”
Rajnish KumarYoutube screenshotIndia’s largest bank — State Bank of India (SBI) — on Friday reported a 37.7 percent drop in its net profit for the quarter ended September due to higher provisioning for its bad loan accounts referred for insolvency proceedings at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).The state-owned lender reported a net profit of Rs 1,581.5 crore in the second quarter against Rs 2,538.3 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Net profits fell 21 percent on a sequential basis, the bank said.The bank missed analyst estimations with the result. According to 15 Bloomberg analyst estimates, the bank was expected to post a profit of Rs 2,628.50 crore.On a consolidated basis, the bank’s net profit for the quarter stood at Rs 1,952.30 crore from a loss of Rs 116.65 crore during the same quarter last year, the bank said in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”The results for this quarter and half year include operations of erstwhile domestic banking arms and Bhartiya Mahila Bank hence the results for this quarter are not comparable,” the bank said in the release.The lenders Net Interest Income (NII) — the core income a bank earns by giving loans — increased 27.3 percent to Rs 18,585.90 crore versus Rs 14,600.16 crore last year. Other income for the quarter on review went up 28.1 percent to Rs 10,579.91 crore from Rs 8,261.44 crore in the same quarter last year.On a postive note, the bank’s asset quality improved on sequential basis post decline in fresh slippages in the second quarter. Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) were narrowed at 9.83 percent in Q2 against 9.97 percent in Q1. On the other hand net NPAs also lower at 5.43 percent against 5.97 percent on quarter-on-quarter basis.While announcing the result, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said gross slippages for the quarter stood at Rs 10,627 crore. That was sharply lower compared to Rs 30,059 crore slippages reported in the June quarter.”We have made more than 50 percent provision for both of RBI’s NCLT list. The watchlist at the end of September quarter was down to Rs 21,000 crore, from Rs 24,000 crore as of June quarter 2017,” Kumar said.Following the result, SBI shares gained as much as 7 percent to Rs 338 before closing at Rs 333.20, mostly because of the bank’s improvement on asset quality in the September quarter.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Loading…This is a 360 degree image from the Canon Aquilion 64-slice computed tomography (CT) system installed at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. The room is large, allowing for gurney access on either side of the scanner. The two-part door to the hall also can open to allow better access. There are ceiling mounted booms for the contrast media injectors. The hospital offers snacks and water to patients, see on a table by the door.Read the article “What to Consider When Buying a New CT Scanner” which includes information on the 320-slice scanner. 360 Photos | 360 View Photos | June 14, 2018 360 Degree View of a Canon Aquilion 64 at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital