Former TCI Chief Minister gets unanimous support as new Deputy Speaker

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – Former Chief Minister and longest serving TCI Parliamentarian, Hon Derek Taylor was last Wednesday, July 26, named the new Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.   Following the shake up in the PDM Administration, where Hon Josephine Connolly was replaced by Hon Karen Malcolm as the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services there was a hole created and questions arose about who would be the new deputy speaker; a post Malcolm had previously held.With nomination by the Premier, second by the Deputy Premier and unanimous support by members of the House, Hon Taylor took the job, the first time he functions in this capacity in 24 years and seven terms in Parliament.   Today, Hon Taylor shared with Magnetic Media that he counts it an opportunity to work with the Speaker on the House of Assembly library and to interact with regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA and the CPA as a whole.”While there was no division on or objection to the nomination vote, which was taken a week ago today, the Opposition PNP side was silent and gave no ‘aye’ or ‘nay’ in the move to make Derek Taylor the new Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.Hon Taylor, who chaired the inaugural budget session of the new PDM Government and who is considered the ‘grandfather of the House of Assembly’ added that he is excited about working with the youth of the TCI in the Youth Parliament.#MagneticMediaNews#Hon.DerekTaylor#TCIgetsnewDeputySpeaker Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Emery pleased with Holdings Arsenal performances

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is impressed with the ever-improving Rob Holding ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to BournemouthThe 23-year-old defender has flourished under new coach Emery this season after struggling for regular game time under Arsene Wenger.Holding has started 11 times already for Arsenal and he’s proven to be a solid option in the absence of club captain Laurent Koscielny.“I think Rob Holding is improving, he is taking confidence and with confidence he is at his best,” Emery told Arsenal.com.“He is helping us like we want, but I say it with every player, we want every player to be okay, to be with good spirit in training.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“His chances are coming in the matches and now Koscielny also is working with us every day and he is close to playing in the next matches.“Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] is working better every day also, I think his adaptation is better now than in the first two months.“We need every player and Rob Holding for us is also very important with his spirit, with his commitment with us and with every player.”Holding revealed earlier this week that he hopes his strong Arsenal displays earn him an England call-up.last_img read more

New Study Digital Magazines Outperform Other Electronic Media With Ads Readers

first_img18% Digital magazines may seem old hat to some but they compare favorably to other electronic media when it comes to advertising and reader experiences, according to a new survey called “The Case of Advertising in Interactive Digital Magazines,” by Josh Gordon, founder of Smarter Media Sales. The survey is based on 5,612 questionnaires taken from subscribers to the following digital magazines: Grand, HipCompass Escapes, HorseLink, Outside Go!, PopSci Genius Guide, Premier Guitar, VIVmag and Winding Road. Nxtbook Media and VIVmag (published by Zinio) sponsored the survey. Readers Less Likely to Ignore Ads in Digital Editions? According to the survey, 70 percent of the readers of the digital editions that participated in the study were less likely to ignore display ads in digital editions than on Web sites (30 percent said they were more likely to pay attention to display ads on Web sites). While Web sites generate more impressions, digital editions tend to promote a longer user experience. Julian Lloyd Evans, managing director of advertising at Dennis Publishing (publisher of online magazine Monkey) told Gordon that on average, interactive magazines are viewed for 20 to 30 minutes while the average Web site visit is eight to nine minutes. Digital magazines 29% More useful info:81% More visually appealing:83% 20% Easier to read:80% More trustworthy:71% 22% 17% 21% More fun:82% Digital magazines 35% Invites involvement:80% Less intrusive:71% 17% 45% Has more content:55% 19% 20%center_img More credible:79% Web sites More fun to read:85% More trustworthy:79% The Role of Digital ExtrasWhen it comes to reading the digital edition, digital “extras” can often spark interest in an article the reader may have otherwise ignored. About one in five respondents said they play the digital extra before moving on to another article, while 28.1 percent said they will read a bit of the article and then play the digital extra before moving on to the next article. Forty-four percent of respondents said digital extras give articles they had no interest in a second chance to be read. Which of the following “digital extras” have enhanced your reading experience of digital magazines the most?Videos: 75%Extra Photos: 58%Slide shows: 37.4%Audio: 35.7%Flash animation: 30.6% More authoritative:78% More focused experience:80% 29% 20% 15% 27% Better organized:78% The study also found that respondents found ads in digital magazines more helpful than ads in other electronic media. Ads in digital magazines were named the most interesting, followed by TV ads (mobile phone ads were ranked the least interesting). Which forms of electronic advertising do you find helpful or interesting? Ads in digital magazines: 63.2%Television ads: 53.8%Radio ads: 34.8%E-mails: 22.4%Ads in e-mail newsletters: 20.6%Website banner ads: 16.4%Website pop-up ads: 2.3%Ads on mobile phone: 1.9%Reader Experience According to the survey, 82 percent of respondents say digital magazines were “more engaging” than Web sites with similar content (compared to 18 percent who chose the web sites). In terms of overall reading experience, readers chose digital magazines over Web sites (Gordon notes that in some areas, digital editions are perceived to offer more content than Web sites even though they typically offer less, and that readers of digital editions are more accepting of digital extras, like video and flash animation). 21% More authoritative:65% Web sites Look forward to it more:83% 22% Seventy-one percent of respondents said ads on digital editions were less intrusive than Web sites (where reader action is often very goal-oriented) while 79 percent said ads in digital editions were more credible. How would you compare your reaction to display ads in digital magazines with banner ads? Easier to read:73%last_img read more

Bonnier Picks Up UFC Mag to Enter Martial Arts Ring

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister publication, minonline.The two-year-old UFC magazine is a leading source of news and features on the emerging sport of mixed martial arts (a.k.a. Ultimate Fighting Championship). And as of this December 27, the magazine will be published on newsstands and in digital under the Bonnier flag. The magazine had been working with Bonnier TransWorld and is extending the relationship to the main company, which will help give it a reach into 17 countries and also on ubiquitous digital platforms via Bonnier’s Mag+ business serving the digital magazine world.Read the rest of the story here.last_img

Deborah Needleman Leaves T Magazine People on the Move — 112216

first_img The Fader has hired Shon Mogharabi as strategy director. Mogharabi will work with the sales, marketing, and content teams to develop new and existing programs and new business at The Fader. “It would have been enough for T to be just aesthetically pleasing, a place for great photography, stunning interiors. But Deborah turned it into something much more,” Baquet wrote. “Under Deborah, T ceaselessly explored the landscape of art and culture.” In a memo to staff on Monday, The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote that Needleman decided to leave the magazine to take some time off. He also applauded the quality of the magazine under her reign.  New York Media has promoted two. Lauren Kern is now executive editor, overseeing all publications, including Vulture, the Cut, Grub Street, and New York magazine. David Kashell is now editor of business and strategy, working on editorial-based growth initiatives and new business opportunities including e-commerce and book/TV deals. He will continue editing stories for the magazine and online verticals, though at a reduced volume. With Needleman at the helm, the magazine has been a provactive piece of The New York Times puzzle, running captivating stories such as the much-gossiped-about e-mail interview between actor Natalie Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer.  Things continue to change at Modern Luxury. Phebe Wahl is now editor-in-chief of Manhattan and Beach magazines. She replaces Cristina Cuomo, who launched Beach. Publisher Andrea Greeven has also left the company. This shakeup follows the October departure of editorial director Beth Weitzman. She was replaced by Stephanie Davis Smith. Deborah Needleman is leaving her post as editor of T Magazine. Needleman joined the magazine in 2012 from a similar role at WSJ. last_img read more

Pentagon Reform Plan Would Prevent Future Savings Analysts Say

first_imgTwo analysts argue that House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s proposal to eliminate seven defense support agencies as part of an effort to cut $25 billion in annual spending from Pentagon overhead would have the paradoxical impact of hampering DOD’s ability to trim waste in the future. By shuttering the Office of Economic Adjustment, the plan would make it more difficult to close unneeded facilities, state William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and Miriam Pemberton, a federal budgeting expert and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, in separate op-eds.“Going after military waste, Rep. Thornberry wants to shut down the agency whose job it is to help the Pentagon get rid of expensive bases it doesn’t need or want. Tell me what sense this makes,” Pemberton says. OEA has helped communities convert excess military bases into new civilian uses while replacing most of the lost civilian jobs, both point out.“Eliminating the agency will enable waste writ large, on a scale larger than anything that might be saved by reducing bureaucracy alone,” Hartung says. He describes the proposal as “a faux reform plan that is the policy equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Motorola will sell its first foldable phone likely the Razr this summer

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: See All More from MWC 2019 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 35 Photos The device is almost certainly a revival of the Razr brand, which The Wall Street Journal reported would be coming back with a $1,500 price tag. Engadget on Wednesday confirmed that the phone was coming.The summer launch puts it squarely in between the launch of the Galaxy Fold, slated for April 26, and the Mate X, which will launch around the middle of the year, and further highlights the burgeoning trend of foldable phones. The devices garnered tons of buzz and were the talk of a reinvigorated MWC at a time when interest in phones were starting to mature.Unlike the Galaxy Fold or Mate X, which fold out into larger displays, the Razr’s design, based on schematics from a patent filing discovered by blog 91Mobiles, flips down into a smaller device like the original Razr. News • Forget the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, the Motorola Razr is the foldable phone to beat Phones The design has some advantages, including protection of the display once it’s folded down. If it mimics the original phone, it’ll be much more compact too. But it’s unclear if consumers want to fold away their display. Samsung and Huawei are banking on people preferring the option of the larger display. The original Razr was one of the most recognizable brands and helped drive Motorola’s success for years during the flip phone era. The ultra-thin phone first started off at the then-outrageous price of $500 as an exclusive phone for Cingular Wireless (now AT&T.) It was one of the most successful phones in history, selling more than 50 million units within two years of its debut.Motorola, however, couldn’t capitalize on the success of the Razr, and fell further behind as the industry moved on to more sophisticated phones. Google purchased Motorola in 2012, and then resold it two years later to Lenovo. Motorola has made its mark largely on well-outfitted budget phones like the Moto G franchise and its Moto Z franchise, which is upgradable to 5G via a Moto Mod attachment.Now, Lenovo has a chance to reinvigorate the Motorola brand with the Razr once more.The story originally published on Feb. 27 at 5:25 p.m. PT. Update, Feb. 28 at 4 a.m. PT: To include additional details on prior phones.  Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: CNET editors react $146 Review • Motorola Razr V3xx Share your voice • Mentioned Above Motorola Special Edition Black Razr V3 (AT&T) See itcenter_img Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate X triple threat: Foldable phone with 5G, lots of cameras Motorola Razr Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 9:54 Comments Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Galaxy S10 Plus ongoing review Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like practical magic Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Preview • Motorola Razr Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone 8 reading • Motorola will sell its first foldable phone, likely the Razr, this summer Images from a design patent filed by Motorola in 2017. The filing went public in December. Motorola – Photo illustration by Ian Knighton/CNET Motorola is jumping into foldable phones. And it’s likely doing it with one of the most iconic names in the business. Motorola, a unit of Chinese consumer electronics giant Lenovo, plans to sell its foldable smartphone in the summer, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. The person said the design would be unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which debuted last week, or the Huawei Mate X, which was shown off at the MWC Barcelona show on Sunday. Lenovo Motorola Samsunglast_img read more

Google Earths new Carmen Sandiego game will awaken your inner gumshoe

first_img Online Gaming Can you find Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth’s new game? Google Earth It’s been almost 30 years, but Carmen Sandiego isn’t done jet setting around the globe and teaching us about it. The international master thief, a positive role model of course, has taught us the capitals of countries, the locations of historic events, and other geographical facts. Sandiego was such a staple for ’90s kids that Google said it’s releasing a series of games in Google Earth. The first, The Crown Jewels Caper, is available now and pays homage to the original franchise. You can play on web browser, Android or iOS. Your assignment from ACME is to track the elusive Sandiego from London to her hideout. You’ll use the magnifying glass to interview witnesses in different cities and gather clues. When you think you’ve figured out the next step, click the airplane icon to fly to the next city.”[O]ur game is an homage to the original. It’s for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time,” Vanessa Schneider, program manager at Google Earth, said in a blog post Wednesday.In January, Netflix released a reboot of the show. Gina Rodriguez lends her voice to Sandiego. The show announced its second season in February.Originally published March 13.Update, March 18: Added more details Carmen Sandiego game. Post a comment Google Tags 0center_img Share your voice 1:20 Now playing: Watch this: This $150 smartwatch lets kids call and text their parentslast_img read more

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Release date Xbox rumors and everything else we

first_imgIf you’ve never played the original or weren’t around at the time of its 1997 release, you may be asking…What’s the deal with Final Fantasy 7? Final Fantasy is the most famous RPG franchise ever, and Final Fantasy 7 is the most famous Final Fantasy game ever. It’s sold 11 million units, according to creator Square Enix, making it the highest-selling game in the franchise. For reference, 2016’s Final Fantasy 15, which was a huge success, stands at around 8.4 million shipped.Final Fantasy was also a smash hit among critics, holding a 9.2 rating on Metacritic. GameSpot, our sister site, gave it a 9.5 upon release.It may seem crazy looking at it now, but Final Fantasy 7 was a technological masterclass in 1997. Cinematic cutscenes were modelled in full-motion video, and the blocky 3D models moved around in pre-rendered environments that blew minds at the time.ff7-battle-3-scale-800-700You see this? These graphics were mind blowing. Square Enix Then there’s the story. In the beginning, the bad guy is Shinra Corporation, an electricity company that mines Mako, the Lifestream of the planet, slowly corroding the world in the process. They have their own military force, SOLDIER, of which Cloud Strife is a former member. Cloud begins the game as a mercenary, hired by Barrett, head of the Midgar-based AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group, for a mission to blow up a set of Mako reactors.  Once we’re introduced to Sephiroth, though, everything changes. Sephiroth is a bad dude. He’s also a former SOLDIER member, the most elite fighter to ever join the force’s ranks, but was presumed dead until he resurfaces. Once he rocks up, the game becomes a hunt for Sephiroth, world’s baddest man and one of gaming’s most iconic villains. Combine an illustrious cast of heroes, like Vincent, Tifa and Aerith, with an expansive world and a deep battle system, and it becomes easy to understand why Final Fantasy 7 has had such an enduring legacy.One last plot note: If you haven’t played the original, do not read up on its story. You’ll have one of gaming’s most famous moments spoiled.Why do people want a remake?People have had a thirst for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake thanks to the efforts of Square Enix itself. The company teamed up with Sony in 2005 to give fans a huge tease. At E3, when Sony was unveiling its PlayStation 3 for the first time, this “technical demo” was shown: The action is from the first segment of the game, where Cloud and Barrett attempt to destroy a Mako reactor. The combat looks similar to how it did in the reveal trailer all those years ago, but menus have been updated and character designs tweaked. (Cloud has been hitting the gym, apparently.) Details on the next PlayStation, Twitter combats abuse The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 New era, new storyIn another significant structural change from the original, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is to be segmented in at least two instalments. In 2015, producer Yoshinori Kitase said the game would be broken into “multiple” instalments, each of which will be the size of Final Fantasy 13. It appears those parts might be even bigger than that: Part one, releasing March 2, 2020, will span two Blu-ray discs, Kitase said at E3.There’s no word on when the second part will launch, and Square Enix says they’re still considering how many instalments the story will be told over. There’s some speculation, based on comments from Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, that subsequent parts could be released on both PlayStation 4 and 5. It sounds like the team is recreating the hell out of this game, as Director Tetsuya Nomura and Kitase, in the few interviews they’ve done, make reference to its immense scale. Another clear theme: The duo aren’t interested in a straight remake. The changes they’re making aren’t just to the combat, or to the vastness of the world, but to the story as well.”I don’t want the remake to end as something solely nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited,” Kitase said to Dengaki, translated by Gematsu. “We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this thought in mind.”Nomura added to this, enigmatically saying, “I hope that [fans of the original] can be surprised once again.” Someone took the “Cloud’s arms look weird and scrawny” criticism from the first trailer at heart! pic.twitter.com/ftRohMqo3k— Ismael Bergara (@Calavera145) May 9, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 17 Photos What about Xbox One?In early July, Xbox Germany advertised a March 3, 2020 release date for an Xbox One version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Prior to that, it was thought that the game was exclusive to PlayStation 4. Unfortunately for Xbox One owners, it looks like it still is. “As previously announced, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020,” the Square Enix representative would say in a statement. “We have no plans for other platforms.” A member of Xbox Germany’s marketing team tweeted: “We did an internal mistake in the Social Team. We took the video off immediately. Sorry, no announcement on our side. Big apologies for this.”It’s certainly possible that there’s an Xbox version yet to be announced, but it’s also very possible that this was just a mistake.  Cloud in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix When I think of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, I think of its announcement at E3 2015. I remember watching it at my desk, quickly spiralling into hysterics as it became evident the onscreen trailer was for a Final Fantasy 7 Remake. It was a big day. It wasn’t just me who was excited, many more were losing it. Now, we’re within a year of the enigmatic game hitting store shelves.After over a decade of anticipation and then years of secrecy, Square Enix showed the world a whole lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake at E3 back in June. We know a lot, including the part one release date (March 3, 2020) and how the combat system will work, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. When the second part of the game will be released, or even how many instalments there will be, still eludes us.If you’re catching up from complete ignorance, here’s a quick summary:Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a multi-part game. The instalments will be released separately.Final Fantasy 7 Remake part one hits the PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.The first part will take place entirely in Midgar.The new combat system combines real-time and turn-based elements.The game will be significantly different from the original, including story points. Take a much closer look at Aerith, Cloud and Barret as they appear in #FinalFantasy VII Remake…More to come in June. #FF7R pic.twitter.com/zDQYV0XT7J— FINAL FANTASY (@FinalFantasy) May 11, 2019 1:25 Comments Share your voice Culture Gaming Sony Square Those bastards showed us what Final Fantasy’s intro would look like on the PlayStation 3 when they had no intention of pulling through. Imagine George Lucas shooting a trailer for a Star Wars: A New Hope remake, flush with 2019-level cinematics and cinematography, but saying that it was only a demo and that no actual release was planed. That’s how Final Fantasy buffs felt for 10 years. Teased and unloved — until E3 2015.What should I play before Remake?If you haven’t played the original Final Fantasy 7 yet, at this point, it’s best to just wait until Remake hits on March 3, 2020.Although, there are a bunch of other Final Fantasy 7 spin-offs out there. These include Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7, as well as a film, Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children.You can skip almost all of these. Dirge of Cerberus was a poorly-received game set after the original, and it follows Vincent, one of the two secret characters in Final Fantasy 7. Advent Children is cool, as far as video game movies go, but it’s also set after the original game, so it won’t make much sense.That said, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was a fantastic game. It’s a prequel, following Zack Fair, who was Cloud’s mentor in SOLDIER. Playing it won’t spoil much of Final Fantasy 7’s story, so it’s absolutely worth doing. The downside? It’s only available on PSP, so you’ll need one of those lying around.crisis-core-902x507Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 was great, but it’s only playable on PSP. Other Final Fantasy 7 spin-off titles aren’t worth fussing over. Square Enix No need to wait your turnThe remake will be drastically different to the original. That’s immediately evident in the combat: While Final Fantasy 7 was completely turn based, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a real-time action game with turn based elements. Pressing the Square button will make Cloud swing his buster sword, and there will be similar real-time commands for dodging and blocking. As you battle enemies, your Action Time Bar (ATB) builds up. Once full, you can slow the action down to Tactical Mode, essentially bullet time, from which you can cast magic, use items or unleash Limit Breaks. However, it was also noted that players who prefer faster-paced combat can eschew this by assigning shortcuts to these actions on a menu at the bottom left on the screen, which makes the action more Kingdom Hearts-esque.You’ll be able to control more than just Cloud, though. With a press of a button you can switch to controlling other party members, with Square Enix showing off both Barrett and Tifa at E3. It seems like this is where some strategy will come in, as it was noted by Square Enix that certain characters are better to control to fight certain enemies, like Barrett against long-distance foes. Check a demo on the combat below. 7 Tagslast_img read more

Banks may resist RBI pressure to cut lending rate despite repo rate

first_imgEven though Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is putting pressure on banks to transfer the recent repo rate cut benefit to customers, banking circles believe the general liquidity crunch is making it difficult to ensure full transmission.RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das will be meeting bankers on Thursday in an attempt to ensure conversion of the recent rate cut into cheaper loans, media reports say.The RBI slashed repo rate, the rate at which the central bank lends money to banks, by 25 basis point, to 6.25 percent, earlier this month responding to the subdued inflation figures and the need to add liquidity to push growth in a slowing global economy.However, industry experts believe the current liquidity situation of the economy does not favour a viable reduction in the lending rate by banks. They point out the marked mismatch between credit growth and deposit growth. Credit growth has taken off to 9.3 percent, bank deposits have growth only by 6.1 percent, according to estimates. Tinkering with the interest rate on deposits will further affect the deposit growth and hamper banks’ ability to extend more credit widening the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR).Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank CEO, has said that lending rates can’t come down unless deposit rates brought down. “Banks are finding it difficult on the funding side,” the Times of India quoted Puri as saying. “Transmission of RBI’s rate cuts will depend on the time frame in which deposit rates go down. As long as there is a scarcity of deposits, and banks raise deposit rates, they cannot bring down lending rates.”Media reported in the last quarter that many banks increased deposit rates fearing a liquidity crunch in the system, pushing up their MCLR. Lenders are finding it difficult to mobilize deposits because of the rise in cash in circulation and mutual fund investments, Puri said. Falling bank interest rate will drive more investors to public provident fund (PPF) and post office deposits where the rates remain high.Puri wants the RBI to bring down the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) or cash reserve ratio (CRR) to bring down the cost of funds of banks without a reduction in deposit rates.The RBI governor had told a press conference with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in attendance that the “transmission of rates is very important, especially after the central bank announces a rate cut.””As already stated in our post-Monetary Policy Committee press conference, I am having an interaction with the CEOs and MDs of the banks, both public and private sector, which is now scheduled to be on February 21,” Das said. “We will discuss that issue with the banks and see what needs to be done.”The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been trying to infuse more liquidity into the economy to general more jobs in as it is facing the general election 2019 in a few months. Credit growth is a primary necessity to ensure that the system regains liquidity.last_img read more

Trump terms meeting with Putin better than with NATO

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Russia`s president Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” Trump tweeted.Trump’s meeting with NATO allies last week — at which he sharply criticised them over defence spending — was seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties, in sharp contrast to the amity on display when the US president met Putin on Monday.At a joint news conference, Trump appeared to take the Russian leader’s word over that of US intelligence that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election — drawing widespread criticism at home.Standing alongside the Kremlin boss, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russia hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton.But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the Republican said: “I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”last_img

5 Takeaways From The 1st Democratic Debate

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty ImagesOn Wednesday in Miami, Democratic presidential candidates take the stage during the first night of the Democratic presidential debate. From left: former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.If the overarching question heading into the first debate of the 2020 presidential primary for Democratic voters was “Who can you see as president up there?” it’s not certain they got a clear answer.Rather than fireworks — toward each other or President Trump — the candidates took a cautious approach. Will that be the approach on Night 2, Thursday night, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden on the same stage?Here are five takeaways from Wednesday night’s debate:1. Elizabeth Warren was consistent.Of all the candidates, the Massachusetts senator came in as the biggest star and, because of that, probably had the most pressure on her. But she was consistent, sticking to policy and her vision for the United States.The impression she made with her answer to the first question set the tone. She was asked a fastball down the middle about whether her succession of big policy proposals would be too much change for the country, and she went to her bread-and-butter response: that a “thinner and thinner slice” of the country is getting ahead and that this needs to change. That’s a home run for what she’s trying to do with her candidacy.We will see, though, if going out on the plank to say that she supports eliminating private health insurance comes back to haunt her if she gets the nomination. It was remarkable that she and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were the only ones to raise their hands to say they did.2. The gloves stayed on — and the shape of the race stays the same.The moderators tried with the first two questions to stir up a fight between the progressive and pragmatic wings of the Democratic Party, calling on Warren and then shifting to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on whether the field was going too far. But Klobuchar didn’t take the bait.“I had to sit back and say, ‘This is the first debate,’ ” Klobuchar said afterward on MSNBC, pointing out that she would have liked to have talked more about Russia and farm policy.That meant the shape of the race did not change. It’s a reminder that it’s early, and until the lines become more sharply defined, the candidates may hold back, although the dynamics for Thursday night’s debate may be different.3. They didn’t take the fight to Trump.It is remarkable that the candidates had relatively little to say about President Trump. It was almost as if he didn’t exist — and the candidates cared more about Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.But Trump is running for reelection — and reelection campaigns almost always come down to referendums on sitting presidents and their policies. None of the candidates really made the case as to why they are best equipped to take the fight to Trump. That’s especially glaring given that Democratic voters are saying that what matters most to them is electability and that what they want more than anything is to beat Trump.Even Trump was unperturbed by the debate, dismissing it as boring, and he reserved his biggest criticism for NBC’s technical difficulties.BORING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019 .@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 20194. Beto O’Rourke did not help his cause.Warren needed to be consistent, and she was. Klobuchar is still in the conversation and had a couple of good moments. But former Rep. Beto O’Rourke shared the middle of the stage with Warren; he needed a good debate, but struggled at times.He often looked overshadowed, and his lack of policy specifics was glaring, especially standing next to Warren. It was that way right from the start when the moderator asked him whether he supports a marginal tax rate of 70% on high-income earners making $10 million a year or more. He deflected and started speaking in Spanish three sentences later.Later, O’Rourke had a hard time defending himself on immigration policy against his fellow Texan, Julián Castro, who had a strong debate, speaking for marginalized people and communities. It’s always especially damning when a candidate plays into a narrative of them that’s already out there — and for O’Rourke, that rap is that he’s light on policy specifics.5. Tonight’s another night.The first Democrat presidential debate continues Thursday night and will include Biden, Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.Will Trump be more of a factor? Do the gloves come off against Biden? Does Harris break out finally? Is Buttigieg able to handle the scrutiny after the police shooting in South Bend that sidelined him from the campaign? Will foreign policy be more of an issue for this group of candidates? Will there be any surprising moments?If Democrats watching at home weren’t thrilled with their choices onstage Wednesday night, they’ll have another crop of 10 to pick from Thursday.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more

Mj Rodriguez Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

first_img ×MJ Rodriguez on LeBron James ‘Representing’ for Trans, African-American WomenVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next Up’Joker’ Trailer02:24 twitter facebook reddit linkedin Linkhttps://variety.com/2019/digital/news/mj-rodriguez-nico-santos-to-announce-glaad-media-award-nominations-1203111244/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:1001:10More Videos02:24’Joker’ Trailer02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses01:39Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ Trailer09:50’It: Chapter Two’ Director Andy Muschietti Explains the Meaning Behind Pennywise01:40Variety’s Power Of Pride Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes02:27Kirsten Dunst Talks ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’Close GLAAD Media Award galas will be held in Los Angeles on Mar. 28 and in New York on May 4.Rodriguez stars as Blanca on “Pose,” Ryan Murphy’s FX series that features the largest cast of transgender actors in television history. Not only does Santos star as undocumented gay Filipino employee on NBC’s “Superstore,” but he also appeared in the Warner Bros. hit “Crazy Rich Asians.”Also at Sundance, GLAAD will be making a special announcement at Outfest’s Queer Brunch on Jan. 27. and sponsoring the “Beyond the Transition Narrative: Transgender Storytelling in the 21st Century” panel at the Filmmaker Lodge on Jan. 29. Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream hosted by AT&T and from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25.“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for LGBTQ inclusion in the media industry and furthered acceptance among countless audience members,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will celebrate outstanding new LGBTQ talent like Mj and Nico who break through industry glass ceilings while celebrating the lengths we have come in LGBTQ representation across media.”last_img read more