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first_imgSidi Ifni – According to researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland, people from the Middle East and North Africa are the world’ most depressed population. The high depression rates in these countries have left a negative, destructive impact in people’s lives.Published in early November, the study reveals that depression is the second reason to bring about disability. More than 4 % of the world’s population suffers from it.Whereas depression rates in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean are high, the rates are lower in East Asia Australia/New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The survey shows that while Japan is the world’s least depressed country, Afghanistan is the most depressed nation. One in every five people in Afghanistan is diagnosed with depression disorders, whereas only 2.5 % of Japanese people are depressed.Among the reasons reportedly lying behind the prevalence of depression in some countries are conflict, serious epidemics, social problems, inadequate health services and unsteady economies.“In the case of North Africa/Middle East, conflict in the region increased the prevalence of [depression], leading to a higher burden ranking,” researchers underscored.On the other hand, social scientists associate the spread of depression with unemployment rates and income inequality.Depression is a mental state characterized by mood swings, feelings of sadness, disappointment, loneliness, and hopelessness.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, met today with the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other officials from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and heard detailed assessments of their latest positions. Yesterday Mr. Nimetz had what he said was a “good meeting” with the Greek Foreign Minister and other Greek officials in Athens. No specific new proposals were put forth but the “outline of a solution” was discussed.Mr. Nimetz has frequently held talks with the two sides in recent months – including a round earlier this month in New York – to try to reach a deal, but he said in March that there has been no progress on the issue, despite an acknowledgement by both sides that a solution was in their best interests. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between Athens and Skopje on the name issue. It obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the Secretary-General’s auspices in a bid to reach agreement. 27 June 2008A United Nations envoy has held talks today in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which is involved in a long-standing dispute with neighbouring Greece over its name. read more

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TOI has also come to know that Surendra, who is in Delhi, had even called up a senior officer of SOG on Wednesday to enquire about the whole racket. Sources further said that SOG officials had also told the Sri Lankan bureaucrat that the accused has been nabbed before he could execute his plan in their country. “So far, we could make out a case of embezzling Rs 16 crore. The quantum of fraud could be much bigger than what has come out so far,” said an officer. The 37-year-old BBA graduate and mastermind in the case, Abhishek Joshi, had not only allegedly met the President of Sri Lanka in Goa, he was also in touch with top administrative officers of the island nation to start financial institutions. On Wednesday, the SOG unearthed the embezzlement of nearly Rs 16 crore and illegal money exchange of Rs 1.38 crore by cooperative bank officials, and arrested five ,persons including the CEO, former chairman, present chairman and the mastermind of the fraud.Abhishek is seen as the kingpin in planning and executing the whole embezzlement.Joshi is a BBA graduate and fluent in English. While investigating the case, the sleuths of SOG were stunned when they recovered a photograph of Abhishek with Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President. Sleuths further stated that Abhishek had hired 12 personal bodyguards and used their services whenever he visited Alwar. “Prior to the seizure of Rs 1.32 crore, Abhishek’s lifestyle was the talk of the town in Alwar. He used to travel in a gold-plated SUV,” the officer added. (Colombo Gazette) “We found that the accused Abhishek had visited Sri Lanka and had explored possibilities to start a bank in any of the states in the island nation. We have also recovered a photograph of the accused with the Sri Lankan president. He was in touch with some top-ranked administrative officers of a few states in the neighbouring country,” said a senior officer of the SOG on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.Asked about the interest of the accused in Sri Lanka, Dinesh M N, inspector general of police, said, “All I can say is that we are investigating and looking into every angle in this case. Various things that we have recovered need to be verified.”A senior officer close to investigations, said, “He was expected to meet Surendra Gunaratney, who is an adviser to the government of Sri Lanka on international affairs, and also a chief secretary rank officer to discuss investment possibilities on Wednesday. During his interrogation, Abhishek had also confessed to planning to start a bank in Sri Lanka. Thus, there could be a possibility that the Rs 16 crore, which he had embezzled with his family, was to be invested in Sri Lanka.” During the investigation, the SOG team also found that he was planning similar frauds in the neighbouring country after starting the bank. The mastermind in a major Indian fraud case had met President Maithripala Sirisena and was looking to open a bank in Sri Lanka, investigators revealed, according to the Times of India.The investigation carried out by the special operation group (SOG) of Rajasthan police, which revealed that Rs 16 crore was embezzled at Alwar Urban Cooperative Bank, brought to light plans hatched by the accused, which included starting a bank in Sri Lanka. read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first production model Fender Stratocaster guitar has been sold for $250,000.George Gruhn of Nashville sold the 1954 guitar on consignment for owner and guitar historian Richard Smith. Gruhn said Thursday that the guitar was shipped and the purchase finalized this week.Gruhn, who owns a Nashville guitar shop, says the buyer wanted to remain anonymous, but he said the private collector lives in the United States and is not a professional musician. Gruhn also says he encouraged the buyer to contact the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix about displaying it.“I think it would be great if periodically he would loan it out,” Gruhn said. “I would hate to think that it would spend the next 40 or 50 years completely out of sight and not seen or heard.”The sunburst-finish Strat bears the serial number 0100. Although some Strats have lower numbers that begin with 0001, Gruhn says they actually were manufactured later in that first year of production. He says the number-one Strat was originally sold to an amateur who evidently took good care of it.Smith purchased the guitar from the original owner, and Gruhn said Smith was very pleased with the sale.The Fender Stratocaster, first produced in 1954, has been described as a guitar that changed the world. Buddy Holly played one. So did Jimi Hendrix, a decade later, when he transformed the psychedelic experience into sound. Bob Dylan chose a Stratocaster for his revolutionary electric set, when he fired a defiant shot at tradition during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.__Follow Kristin Hall on Twitter at —http://twitter.com/kmhall__Online:Gruhn’s Guitars: http://www.gruhn.com/ by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2014 11:04 am MDT 1st production model Stratocaster guitar sold to private collector for asking price of $250K read more

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“I know that everyone’s immediate thoughts will be with the family and friends of these gentlemen, and as you would expect, we are providing as much support as we can to them.”The investigation is being led by our major crime investigation team, supported by local detectives, forensic staff, family liaison officers, and an extensive range of other specialists who have been working around the clock since Monday afternoon.”Residents in the area of both Bonhay Road and Cowick Lane will continue to see police cordons today as we continue vital work. The local neighbourhood team will be out on foot over the next few days in order to provide advice, support, and to answer questions.”While a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to these incidents, we must keep an open mind and avoid speculation as we are still in the very early stages of what is already a complex investigation.”We have therefore issued an appeal for information from the public and for any potential witnesses who were in either area during specific times. It is vital that anyone who has any information shares with us it as soon as possible.” Forensic officers at Bonhay Road Forensic police officers were seen on Wednesday at a large, detached house on the road, where one neighbour said the two men found dead were twins.Police arrested the 27-year-old man on Tuesday and he remains in police custody.Detective Chief Inspector Roy Linden, from the major crime investigation team, said: “At this time there are several and significant common factors between the two addresses.”In terms of the level of violence used we decided last night to link the investigations. Originally they were treated as two separate murder investigations. One suspect has been identified and formally arrested yesterday evening.””There were significant levels of injuries and some commonality between the two incidents, which led us to link those investigations and treat them as one single investigation at the moment,” he said.Superintendent Matt Lawler told reporters the force had  “yet to establish a clear connection between the parties involved”. Police have launched a triple murder investigation after three men in their 80s were killed in similar circumstances and found within a mile and a half of one another. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of the victims were discovered in two properties in Exeter in the space of 22 hours, Devon and Cornwall Police said.The deaths of the three men, one aged 80 and two aged 84, showed “similar injuries” and “similar levels of violence”, according to police, who said the way the bodies were “presented” led them to believe the three murders are linked. Police said the deaths were “unprecedented in the city” and admitted it had “shocked us all”. The body of an 80-year-old man was found at an address in Bonhay Road at around 3pm on Monday a house near St David’s Railway Station in Exeter – a busy road which runs north from the town centre to the station, parallel to the River Exe.While the house remains behind a police cordon, a handwritten note stuck to the front door reads: “Elderly man, 80 years of age, wants accommodation for himself and his pet cat.” He asks for any replies to be posted through his letterbox. Forensic officers at Bonhay RoadCredit:Dale Cherry 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. Earlier, he released a statement saying: “I know that this news will cause significant and understandable concern and is an unprecedented event in our city which has shocked us all. A day later, the bodies of the two 84-year-old men were found after officers were called to a property in Cowick Lane at 1pm on Tuesday.The second house is a mile and a half away from the first, and some houses on Cowick Lane sell for more than £1million.  read more

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He went on: “As a result, the lives of a number of important and very dedicated public servants were very badly damaged.”But a number of people looked at the investigation as it was progressing and I believe if they thought the investigation was incompetent it would have been stopped at an earlier point.”Incompetent is not the word I would use…I don’t accept that the officers were incompetent. “He added: “I do have to go back to the point that we were working at a particular time…was there an over compensation because of previous errors? I think that is a fairly good way of looking at it. Sir Richard’s initial findings were published in November 2016 in a heavily redacted form and the Met has since pledged to publish a fuller version of the report in the coming weeks.Questioned by the committee about what redactions might remain, he said virtually everything would be put into the public domain.”We are going to not publish graphic sexual violence, in detail where it is horrific, we are not going to publish some addresses that will identify locations that have nothing to do with the situation and we are not going to publish some names of people who have nothing to do with the case, apart from that everything will be published,” he said. Carl Beech has been jailed for 18-years One of Scotland Yard’s most senior figures has defended the officers involved in the disastrous Operation Midland investigation denying they were incompetent.Assistant Commissioner Sir Steve House said while the detectives who investigated fantasist Carl Beech’s lies had made mistakes, they had not broken the law or acted maliciously.But he accepted officers had been willing to believe Beech’s lies because of mistakes they had made in the past when they had failed to listen to genuine victims of child abuse.Beech, who was jailed for 18-years in July after being found guilty of lying about being the victim of a VIP paedophile ring, was described by Scotland Yard as credible and true.As a result of his lies the homes of Lord Brittan, Lord Bramall and Harvey Proctor were raided and their reputations dragged through the mud during a multi-million pound 18-month long investigation.An inquiry into the scandal which was carried out by retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, concluded the Met had made 43 mistakes, including possibly carrying out the raids illegally.But grilled about the shambolic police actions by the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Committee, Sir Steve, rejected accusations of incompetence. 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. Carl Beech has been jailed for 18-years He said: “Mistakes were made in the investigation we should have been more questioning of the allegations that were made. read more

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first_imgMcLanahan says it has completed its first refurbishment for 2019 with the shipment of a DDC-Sizer to a coal customer in New South Wales, Australia.The DDC-Sizer has been an integral part of the customers’ site for over 14 years, and has been refurbished regular by McLanahan since its original manufacture in 2005, McLanahan said. The DDC-Sizer is currently one of two machines running parallel and receiving underground feed at 1,600 t/h through bifurcated chute work.Minor refurbishments and upgrades typically occur every three or so years, according to McLanahan. These include a process of strip and assess by McLanahan Service, which allows McLanahan to provide a fixed-cost on scope of works to bring the machine back to its true OEM specification.All spare parts required were available stock on hand from McLanahan’s 3,500m² workshop and fitted by McLanahan service technicians out of its Cameron Park facility. At any given time, McLanahan has stock for standard design items such as bearings and seals, it said.“In order for McLanahan to complete the refurbishment, the client opted to select free issued McLanahan parts from their own stock holding to use in the restoration. These parts will be replenished at the end of the project, ready for the next rebuild,” the company said.The DDC-Sizer was retrofitted with a wheel box and tow point upgrades. This customisation developed by the technical services team allows the machine to move with ease and efficiency when maintenance is required, according to the company.Before the DDC-Sizer was shipped back to the customer, it underwent mandatory Factory Acceptance Testing on February 8, where the customer was invited to attend at the McLanahan workshop for the duration.“The test went for a standard three-hour period, in which the bearings were assessed for their correct temperature specification. Upon completion, there were no anomalies recorded in the data and the DDC-Sizer was now able to be prepared for shipment,” McLanahan said.The strategy of having a rotable replacement DDC-Sizer has proven to be a very efficient means of maintaining optimum production for this customer, McLanahan said. “They run both machines very hard and have increased the mean time between shuts. Having the ability to remove the machine from service and replace it with a refurbished spare allows the customer to maximise production whilst the existing machine is being maintained in the workshop rather than on site.”Direct Drive Crushing Sizers, specifically McLanahan DDC-Sizers, provide primary, secondary and tertiary reduction of friable, low silica materials such as coal, salt, gypsum, phosphate, limestone, bauxite, petroleum coke, lignite, trona, carbon anodes, oil sands, clay, shale and more, the company said.DDC-Sizers have a direct drive arrangement and low-profile design that allows wheel mounting for a movable configuration. The preferred method of installation is to mount the unit on rails with a non-rigid connection between the feed and discharge chutes. Since the drives are attached to the mainframe of the sizer, the entire unit can be rolled out from the feed stream to facilitate maintenance, McLanahan said.last_img read more

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first_imgNO MATTER HOW careful I am, I never make it through a summer without a touch of sunburn, a nettle rash or indeed an insect bite or sting of some kind – being an active gardener it is almost an occupational hazard but being a gardener with a holistic background means I have also picked up some simple and effective remedies that come from ordinary plants growing in the garden, often at the very site of the accident. We all remember as children searching for the dock leaf to stop a nettle sting – well the ‘doc’ is not the only doctor leaf out there.Aloe vera is often proclaimed as a first aid plant – the exuding sap from a broken open leaf, once coated on the skin surface, can soothe a burnt thumb fresh from the barbecue or cool the heat of sunburn. Better still it has phytochemicals that help the skin regenerate and recover quicker from the injury. That said, you don’t need an expensive aloe if you have sempervivums growing in your garden or in a windowbox on your balcony – the humble ‘houseleek’, as it is commonly known, also has soothing sap – remedial to burns and mixed with a little vinegar can prevent peeling.Skin problems and stingsEven with the highest SPF sunblock on, or wearing long sleeves in the shade, hot days like those we have been blessed with recently can still deliver a prickly heat rash. The acetic acid in vinegar (be that plain old white malt or fancy apple cider vinegar) is principally a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that will take down the itch and irritability of the affected sweat ducts. I have a spray bottle with vinegar and a sprig of rosemary (extra antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties) inside as a quick spritz for such occasions and also to counteract the alkaline venom of a wasp sting or an ant bite.When it comes to bees, the trick is bicarbonate of soda: it neutralises their acidic venom, but always endeavour to get the stinger out quickly, as it can keep pumping venom for up to 20 minutes. Comfrey root and leaf is anti-inflammatory and a poultice of either is good for stings, bites, sunburn and even to remedy the wear and tear on gardeners’ joints.In this weather we can be prone to heat cramps – triggered by deficiencies in the electrolyte ‘sodium’ – which can be the first red flag on the road to heat exhaustion or, worse, heat stroke. So you have to take this one both seriously and with a pinch of salt. The aim is to rehydrate and to get a blend of nutrients and mineral agents into the bloodstream and into the muscles quickly; a berry smoothie is ideal, handpicked from your own strawberries and garden fruits – mixed with some apple or orange juice and a pinch of salt to replace the lost sodium. Most commercial isotonic drinks have a little salt to make the fluid absorb easier into the blood stream.Cuts and scrapesIf you scrape a knee or knuckle or get a cut, one of the best natural antiseptics is garden thyme – it can be rubbed on like the dock or made into a fridge-stored rinse (lasts one week) by simply infusing a sprig in a half cup of hot water and letting cool before applying. Internally and externally an infusion of thyme is effective treatment to candida albicans. Thyme in culinary terms is a very good source of vitamin C and A, as well as iron, manganese, and copper – just what you need in hot weather.Calendula petals are packed with lutein and are great as both healthy garnish and as skin conditioners. Chamomile tea really calms and a mix of chamomile, thyme and calendula can boost our system to the environmental stresses of summer. Culinary mint is refreshing in flavour but added to a basin of warm water as a foot soak with a little Epson salts, will regenerate tired feet, swollen ankles and ward off wellie foot. In the same foot soak, add two tablespoons of mustard powder to relieve sinus congestion, migraine and summer flu.And, lastly, if the warm evenings have had you sample an extra glass of red wine or two then remember that not only is the fragrance of lavender very effective for hangovers but strawberries for breakfast rehydrate the body and brain, lower stress levels in the body and naturally whiten teeth – lifting the most stubborn stains of coffee, nicotine and red wine. So there are more reasons than good weather to keep us smiling.Fiann Ó Nualláin is an advocate of gardening for health with a background in horticulture, nutrition, naturopathy and ethnobotany. His new book, The Holistic Gardener, published by Mercier Press, is available to buy now. Column: Plants are at the heart of many crucial global issues facing us todayRead: 23 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stresslast_img read more

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first_img Yes (4139) https://jrnl.ie/4080502 Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 8:12 AM Jun 20th 2018, 8:12 AM Not sure (513) 47,080 Views 187 Comments Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie No (10130) Share883 Tweet Email1 center_img THE TOP CIVIL servant in the Department of Public Expenditure of Reform has floated the idea of a potential ban on using free bus passes on public transport during rush hour.Secretary general Robert Watt said that a debate needs to be had on how infrastructure, including public transport, is “priced” and “used”, the Irish Independent reported this morning.Such a measure would create more space for workers and commuters on packed public transport. Any such move, however, would likely be fiercely resisted by pass holders, including the over-66s.So, today we’re asking you: Should there be a ban on using free bus passes during rush hour? By Sean Murray Short URL Poll: Should there be a ban on using free bus passes during rush hour? A senior civil servant has floated the idea but it’s likely it would be fiercely resisted. YesNoNot sureVote Poll Results: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

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first_imgThe Swiss young star has been signed by Southampton and he hopes to break into the senior squad to be able to play in the Premier League soonSwiss central midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz is one of those small jewels one can find in European football.The former Servette FC player has just joined Southampton and he is aiming high, as he wants to be part of the senior squad “as “quickly as possible.”Jankewitz is known for his versatility in the U17 Swiss national team and know will be able to play for the first time in England.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a pleasure to be here and I’m very excited to begin something new. A new life and I can’t wait,” the youngster told the club’s official website.“Everyone has been very friendly and they’ve given me a great welcome.”“I’m a box-to-box player. I like defending as much as attacking. My target is to play as many games for the U23s as I can and then we will see what happens from there,” he described himself.“In the long term, I want to give my best to try and break into the first team as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, June 23, 2018.Doors open at 4pm.  Live music at 4:30pm. The action begins at 5pm with the Third Place Game — The Harbor Horrors vs. The Nutcrackers.  More live music at 6:30pm. The Championship Game — The Wicked Pissahs vs. The Cosmonaughties — takes place at 7pm. An After Party starts at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the game, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package.  Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE.  Learn more about the league HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On June 15In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On May 18In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports”last_img read more

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first_img Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climb Huawei is being linked to North Korea. Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Chinese tech giant Huawei could have helped secretly build a 3G wireless network for North Korea, according to internal documents leaked by a former employee of the company. Huawei worked with another Chinese company, Panda International Information Technology, on a number of projects in the region over the course of eight years, as suggested by work orders, contracts and spreadsheets published by the Washington Post on Monday.The revelations come as the latest blow to Huawei’s reputation in a series of events over the past year, a period in which the company has come under fire from the US government amid its trade war with China. In January, the US Justice Department unsealed indictments that included 23 counts pertaining to the alleged theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran. President Donald Trump has blacklisted the company as a security threat, and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is under house arrest in Canada awaiting extradition to the US. Review • Adobe Post review: Adobe Post for iPhone pretties up your pontifications Mobile Share your voice Comments Huawei P30 Pro’s camera put to the test in Paris 4 Adobe Post 1:23 Tags Now playing: Watch this: 24 Photos The major concern in this latest case is that Huawei, which has used American tech in its components, could potentially have violated US export controls if it used those components within North Korea, which is subject to international sanctions over its nuclear regime and human rights abuses.The documents were passed to the newspaper by a former employee of the company who believed they were in the public interest, and they were supported by other documents provided by two more people. The Washington Post says that Huawei would neither verify of deny the authenticity of the documents, which don’t clearly indicate the company’s specific involvement in the North Korea projects.”Huawei is fully committed to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries and regions where we operate, including all export control and sanction laws and regulations of the United Nations, United States and European Union,” said a spokesman for the company in a statement. Huaweilast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinIf President Trump’s tax agenda goes into effect, taxes for people of all income groups would go down next year, on average. But only a few Alaskans would get the big tax breaks.Listen nowAccording to a preliminary analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, most of the total tax benefit in 2027 would go to the top 1 percent — people making more than $730,000 a year. On average, they would save more than $100,000 a year in taxes in 2018, the report says. But you won’t find many of the nation’s 1-percenters in the Far North.Economist Mouhcine Guettabi at the University of Alaska said the state has a fairly equal distribution of income, compared to other places.“We only have about 15,000 returns or so every year that have more than $200,000 in them,” Guettabi said.That’s fewer than 5 percent of Alaska taxpayers claiming income of more than $200,000, according to IRS data. And, at the other end of the scale, Guettabi said Alaska’s poor aren’t all that poor, thanks in part to the Permanent Fund dividend.“That means there’s a lot of people in the middle,” Guettabi said. “And so if indeed a lot of the changes are going to negatively impact middle class Americans, then that means that there’s a larger percentage of Alaskans that are going to feel it.”The Tax Policy Center said most households in the income range of $50,000 to $150,000 would see their taxes stay the same or drop modestly, though about one in three would see an increase.The White House and Republican leaders in Congress unveiled their tax proposal last week. Some vital information wasn’t included, like the income levels for the tax brackets. The Tax Policy Center said it filled in some of the gaps with information from previous Republican proposals. Critics charge the think-tank’s report is based on faulty assumptions.One thing the Republican proposal would explicitly do is eliminate deductions, such as municipal real estate taxes. Some 70,000 Alaskan property owners use that deduction to lower their federal tax bill.Frank Sammartino, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, said eliminating that deduction would have some effect in Alaska.“Although the percentage claiming the deduction, and the average deduction that people claim, is much lower than in most states,” Sammartino said.The vast majority of Alaskans don’t itemize. They take the standard deduction, which the Republican plan would double.Republicans in Congress are expected to spend the next several weeks working on their budget proposal, to set the stage for their tax legislation.But the tax plan is already having one effect in Alaska: It undercuts one of the selling points for Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed payroll tax. If Congress passes the Republican tax plan, a statewide levy like the one Walker wants would no longer be an IRS deductible.last_img read more

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first_imgBJP senior leader Biswa Bhushan Harichandran has been appointed as Andhra Pradesh governor by the president Ramnath Kovind. The 84-year-old leader was elected to Odisha assmebly for the five times from Bhubaneshwar and Chilika. He also served as a former law minister in BJD-BJP government in Odisha in 2004. He ventured into politics in 1971 by joining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Currently, ESL Narasimhan is serving as the governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Narasimhan who was appointed as the governor of united Andhra Pradesh has continued as the governor of both the Telugu states after bifurcation.last_img

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first_imgA man was killed and three others injured in a clash between a gang of ‘gamblers’ and local people at Rajendrapur in Gazipur district on Tuesday.The deceased is Azizur Rahman, 50, son of late Mainuddin, a resident of Uttar Rajashan area in Savar.Local said Azizur went to Bagerabazar in Gazipur for gambling with his gang.However, sensing the presence of the gambling team, locals went there and locked into a clash with the gamblers, leaving four people including Azizur injured.Later, he was taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, said Savar police station officer-in-charge Mohsinul Kadir.last_img

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first_imgWe’ve seen some pretty cool advertisements for phones in the past. Take the commercial for the Touch Wood SH-08C that featured a Rube Goldberg-esque creation of a wooden ball rolling through a homemade xylophone in the middle of a peaceful woodland scene, for example. Google has created an equally cool Rube Goldberg advertisement for its Nexus S phone, and instead of a video, Google has offered up an interactive game.The game, called Nexus Contraptions, is more like a puzzle. It features sharp graphics, crisp sound effects, and all sorts of physics and gadgets that would make Goldberg proud. The goal is to get the little app balls into a funnel by building Rube Goldberg-like machines. There are fans, bombs, rubber band-contraptions, bubbles, magnets, and time-warps. There are four levels for each app – Gmail, Google Maps, Search, and YouTube — and each gets increasingly harder.A timer counts the seconds of each level and your overall time. If you beat the top scores, you can put your name in the Nexus Contraptions Hall of Fame. The game is super addictive, so make sure to put aside a good 15 to 20 minutes of your day to complete the four levels. Some of the levels are downright hard, and make you wish you had the Angry Bird’s Mighty Eagle to clear the level for you.If you do complete all four levels, let us know your score in the comments below, and let the best man (or woman) win.Play the game at Nexus Contraptions, read more about the phone at Google.via Gizmodolast_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more February 1, 2016 — A new study showed for the first time that the structure of the brain’s corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender. The corticolimbic system governs emotional regulation and processing and plays a role in mood disorders, including depression.A large body of human clinical research indicates a strong association in depression between mothers and daughters, while many previous animal studies have shown that female offspring are more likely than males to show changes in emotion-associated brain structures in response to maternal prenatal stress. Until now, however, there have been few studies that attempted to link the two streams of research, said lead author Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D., a UC San Francisco associate professor of psychiatry.The finding does not mean that mothers are necessarily responsible for their daughters’ depression, Hoeft said. “Many factors play a role in depression – genes that are not inherited from the mother, social environment and life experiences, to name only three. Mother-daughter transmission is just one piece of it.”But this is the first study to bridge animal and human clinical research and show a possible matrilineal transmission of human corticolimbic circuitry, which has been implicated in depression, by scanning both parents and offspring,” said Hoeft, who directs the UCSF Hoeft Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience. “It opens the door to a whole new avenue of research looking at intergenerational transmission patterns in the human brain.”The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience on Jan. 27, 2016.The corticolimbic system includes the amygdala, hippocampus, anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Hoeft and her research team used non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure grey matter volume (GMV) in the corticolimbic systems of parents and their biological offspring from 35 healthy families. None of the family members were diagnosed with depression. The association between mothers’ and daughters’ corticolimbic GMV was significantly greater than that between mothers and sons, fathers and sons, and fathers and daughters.The study is the first to use MRI in both parents and their children to study intergenerational transmission of the pattern of brain structures, said Hoeft. “This gives us a potential new tool to better understand depression and other neuropsychiatric conditions, as most conditions seem to show intergenerational transmission patterns,” she said. “Anxiety, autism, addition, schizophrenia, dyslexia, you name it – brain patterns inherited from both mothers and fathers have an impact on just about all of them.”One limitation of the study, said Hoeft, is that it does not differentiate between the potential effects of genetics, prenatal conditions and postnatal conditions on the inheritance of brain structures. She hopes that a new study funded by the UCSF Academic Senate, which is just getting under way, will address that shortcoming.Hoeft and her team will use MRI to study brain structures in families where children have been conceived and delivered using different types of in vitro fertilization (IVF).The researchers will image the brains of parents and children in families where the birth mother was implanted with a donor egg; families where a surrogate was implanted with the biological mother’s egg; and families where the mother was implanted with her own fertilized egg in a procedure known as homologous IVF.”With donor eggs, there is no maternal genetic input, but there is maternal prenatal and postnatal influence,” Hoeft explained. “In gestational surrogacy, there is genetic and postnatal input from the biological mother, but no prenatal input. With homologous IVF, there are maternal genetic, prenatal and postnatal influences. Comparison of these three groups allows us to control for potential effects of the IVF procedure itself.”By studying these different family groups, she said, “we will for the very first time be able to examine, and hopefully distinguish between, the effects of genetics, prenatal environment and postnatal environment on brain function, structure and cognitive function.”While Hoeft and her team are funded to look at corticolimbic circuitry, “this does not preclude our looking at other brain systems,” she said. “We will be examining the language network, the reward system and different networks implicated in psychosis. We will cast a wide net, gain a lot of information and maximize this fantastic opportunity.”Other authors of the current study are Roeland Hancock, Ph.D., and Tony Yang, M.D., Ph.D., of UCSF; Bun Yamagata, M.D., Ph.D., and Masaru Mimura, M.D., Ph.D., of Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan; Kou Murayama, Ph.D., of the University of Reading, Reading, U.K.; Jessica Black, Ph.D., of Boston College; and Allan Reiss, M.D., of Stanford University.The study was supported by funds from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the UCSF Dyslexia Center, a UCSF Academic Senate Award, a UCSF-CCC Neuroscience Fellowship and the Dennis & Shannon Wong – DSEA ’88 Foundation.For more information: www.jneurosci.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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first_imgToday, OpenAI have released the versions of GPT-2, which is a new AI model. GPT-2 is capable of generating coherent paragraphs of text without needing any task-specific training. The release includes a medium 345M version and a small 117M version of GPT-2. They have also shared the 762M and 1.5B versions with partners in the AI and security communities who are working to improve societal preparedness for large language models. The earlier version release of GPT was in the year 2018. In February 2019, Open-AI had made an announcement about GPT-2 with many samples and policy implications. Read More: OpenAI’s new versatile AI model, GPT-2 can efficiently write convincing fake news from just a few words The team at OpenAI has decided on a staged release of GPT-2. Staged release will have the gradual release of family models over time. The reason behind the staged release of GPT-2 is to give people time to assess the properties of these models, discuss their societal implications, and evaluate the impacts of release after each stage. The 345M parameter version of GPT-2 has improved performance relative to the 117M version, though it does not offer much ease of generating coherent text. Also it would be difficult to misuse the 345M version. Many factors like ease of use for generating coherent text, the role of humans in the text generation process, the likelihood and timing of future replication and publication by others, evidence of use in the wild and expert-informed inferences about unobservable uses, etc were considered while releasing this staged 345M version. The team is hopeful that the ongoing research on bias, detection, and misuse will boost them to publish larger models and in six months, they will share a fuller analysis of language models’ societal implications and the heuristics for release decisions. The team at OpenAI is looking for partnerships with academic institutions, non-profits, and industry labs which will focus on increasing societal preparedness for large language models. They are also open to collaborating with researchers working on language model output detection, bias, and publication norms, and with organizations potentially affected by large language models. The output dataset contains GPT-2 outputs from all 4 model sizes, with and without top-k truncation, as well as a subset of the WebText corpus used to train GPT-2. The dataset features approximately 250,000 samples per model/hyperparameter pair, which will be sufficient to help a wider range of researchers perform quantitative and qualitative analysis. To know more about the release, head over to the official release announcement. Read Next OpenAI introduces MuseNet: A deep neural network for generating musical compositions OpenAI researchers have developed Sparse Transformers, a neural network which can predict what comes OpenAI Five bots destroyed human Dota 2 players this weekendlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Comments Last Sunday’s presidential election marked the first time that Costa Ricans could vote from abroad. But not many of them did — and part of the problem might’ve been the major event occurring that same day in the United States, the Super Bowl. Out of 12,654 registered voters living outside of Costa Rica, only 2,771 cast a ballot. Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) President Luis Antonio Sobrado said a significant portion of those potential voters lived in the northeast of the United States.He suggested to La Nación that the cold there, along with complications created by the Super Bowl, likely kept many Ticos inside.“I don’t have definitive conclusions, but it appears the climate in the northern United States, where some of the most important voting booths were, was brutal, with very low temperatures,” Sobrado said.He added that the elections competed with the Super Bowl, an event followed by many people and that hinders transportation. [This year’s championship took place just outside of New York City.]Election Day didn’t just clash with the Super Bowl (the most watched TV program in U.S. history, and won by the Seattle Seahawks). The elections also occurred at the same time as Chinese New Year celebrations. Sobrado said congestion in China also made it difficult for voters to reach polls in Beijing.At the Costa Rica consulate in New York City, only 150 people had voted by Sunday at 3 p.m., according to La Nación. There were 2,657 voters registered at that polling station. Many of those potential voters lived more than an hour outside of the city.Another problem seemed to be the low number of Tico expats registered to vote in the first place. Some Tico Times readers complained that they were never informed about an Oct. 2 deadline to register.To ensure more Costa Rican citizens living abroad could vote, the TSE spent ₡66 million ($130,000) setting up the absentee vote. That figure included ₡5 million ($1,000) spent on gas for a boat to the protected territory of Cocos Island, where only 11 of the of the 28 listed park rangers and administrators were available to vote that day.The TSE had estimated a higher participation, but Sobrado told La Nación some Ticos did organize long journeys to exercise their right to vote for the country’s next president (expats could not vote for legislative candidates).He said registered Costa Ricans living abroad will be able to vote again in the runoff election between Johnny Araya and Luis Guillermo Solís set for April 6. Related posts:Turnout low in first vote abroad, as Tico expats prefer Luis Guillermo Solís Ticos living abroad can now register online to vote in 2018 Still time to cast an absentee ballot for US midterm elections A Costa Rican student in New York dreams big: ‘micro buildings’ for a green futurelast_img read more

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