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first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsFormer Justice minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould found herself at the centre of a political hurricane Thursday in Ottawa.According to a report in the Globe and Mail, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) pressured her last October to intervene in a criminal case involving construction giant SNC Lavalin.The report, based on sources, said Wilson-Raybould refused.She was eventually shuffled from justice to Veterans Affairs in January.The story consumed the House of Commons from the start of the day.Thursday marked the second reading of Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act.But Conservative Indigenous Affairs critic Cathy McLeod had something else on her mind.“Everyone was so proud when the attorney general, the Justice minister of Canada, was an Indigenous woman,” McLeod said during the debate. “And we congratulated her on her amazing success.“We are now learning that this government threw her under the bus.”The Liberals used deflection to try and change the subject.“I would’ve thought that all members of the House would have more respect for our veterans than to consider transfer to the ministry of Veteran Affairs as being thrown under the bus,” replied Liberal Doug Eyolson.But McLeod wouldn’t let go.“But when you have someone, and clearly now we know why, and clearly the reason is because as she indicated she was speaking truth to power. The Prime Minister’s Office cared more about their friends than they did about listening to someone with integrity and compassion,” she said.SNC Lavalin has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.As Justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.The Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Trudeau’s aides for a deal and Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of Veterans Affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.At a news conference in Vaughan, Ont. Thursday morning, Trudeau denied his office directed Wilson-Raybould.“The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false,” Trudeau said. “Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me or by anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter.”Conservative opposition Leader Andrew Scheer believes otherwise.“Jody Wilson Raybould lost her job for refusing to bow to pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office,” Scheer said during Question Period. “Well, that’s what I’m saying, it’s up to the Prime Minister to come clean on this.”The issue dominated Question Period with both the NDP and Conservatives asking questions.“SNC Lavalin was rewarded Mr. Speaker when they faced corruption and fraud charges the Liberals leaned on their own Justice minister not to go to trial but to get a plea deal,” said NDP MP Nathan Cullen.“Do Liberals seriously expect Canadians that all these illegal and troubling events implicating the Prime Minister’s Office itself and their former Justice Minister are all somehow just a coincidence.”Conservatiive MP Michael Cooper followed.“Did the Prime Minister fire the attorney general because she refused to do his dirty work? Yes or no!”Trudeau wasn’t in the house on Thursday.Instead, current Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti answered all questions related to Wilson-Raybould.“Mr. Speaker the Prime Minister has said no such direction was given to my predecessor and no such direction has been given to me,” he repeated several times.Opposition MPs started directing questions towards Wilson-Raybould in the hopes she would answer the question everyone was asking.She did not.In the Globe and Mail article, Wilson-Raybould also refused to comment on the read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has notified I-T return forms for individuals and companies for the assessment year 2019-20. While there has been no change in ITR-1 or Sahaj, which is to be filled by the salaried class, some sections in ITR 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have been rationalised. Individuals, firms and companies have to file returns for the income earned in 2018-19 during the course of current fiscal. ITR-1 is filed by individuals having a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh, having income from salaries, one house property, other sources (like interest), and agricultural income up to Rs 5,000. ITR-2 is filed by Individuals and HUFs not having income from profits and gains of business or profession, while ITR-3 is filed by individuals and HUFs having income from profits and gains of business or profession. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalITR-4 or Sugam is meant for individuals, HUFs and firms (other than LLP) having a total income of up to Rs 50 lakh and having presumptive income from business and profession. Those filing ITR-3 and ITR-6 (companies) will have to disclose information regarding turnover / gross receipts reported for Goods and Services Tax included now in ITR-3 and ITR- 6 also. Last year, it was applicable only for those assessees filing ITR-4. The last date of filing Income Tax Return (ITR) is July 31 for those who are not required to get their accounts audited.last_img read more

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday held that Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory, a decision hailed by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who termed it as “victory” of democracy.Allowing a petition by K Laksminarayanan, a Congress MLA, Justice R Mahadevan set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs “elevating” the power of the administrator. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghReferring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the judge said restrictions imposed on the Government of Delhi are not applicable to the Government of Puducherry. “The apex court has clearly held that there is a distinction between the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Puducherry”, the judge said. Though Puducherry was not a state, the Legislative Assembly would have the same powers as that of a state, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHailing the judgement, Congress leader and Chief Minister Narayanasamy, who has been at loggerheads with Bedi over various issues, said the court order was “historic and demonstrates the victory of democracy.” In her reaction, Bedi said, “We are examining the judgement.” The judge in his order said, “The Administrator cannot interfere in the day-to -ay affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the Chief Minister is binding on the Secretaries and other officials.” The petitioner Lakshminarayanan is an elected member of the Puducherry assembly from the Raj Bhavan constituency. He submitted that there were political differences between the elected Government of Puducherry and the Centre. “She (Bedi) conducts review meetings with the officials directly, by-passing the elected government, carries out inspections and issues on-the-spot orders and thereby runs a parallel and diametrically opposite government within the government,” he claimed. The petitioner also alleged that the Administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes. The judge observed that the court had already discussed the role of secretaries. They normally act only as a medium of communication, utmost to render their opinion at circumstances and have no power or authority to override the decisions of the Council. “Though they may report to the Administrator nominated by the President, still they cannot shed their duty to the decision of the Council of Ministers taken as per the procedure laid down in the Government of Union Territories Act and the Rules of Business of the Government of Pondicherry, 1963. “…they cannot jump the gun and run a parallel Government under the directions of the Administrator,” the judge said. The court said elected representatives of the government play a major role in decision making, or else, there would be no purpose in having an elected government, who are the true representatives of the people. “…the elected government functioning through the Council of Ministers cannot be defeated by the act of the Administrator, who is also functioning under the provisions of the Constitution, by way of interfering in the day to day affairs of the Government…,” it said. Alluding to the allegations over use of social media by the Administrator (Bedi) to summon officials, the Judge said, “The Government officials cannot use their personal media to address the grievances of the public. “A public redressal forum in the form of official e-mails, telephone numbers are to be circulated and used, if already not put into use.” “The Administrator has no exclusive authority to run the administration in derogation of the Constitutional Principles and the Parliamentary Laws governing the issue,” he added. Responding to the court order, Narayanasamy said: “The High Court has in its order pointed out unequivocally that Kiran Bedi does not have independent powers and she must work in tandem with the elected government in administrative and service matters, financial aspect of governance.” “We are examining the judgment, after which we shall take a view,” Bedi said in a Whatsapp message to media. She said the Model Code of Conduct in the context of the parliamentary polls was still in force and “files which require Lt Governor’s approval such as service matters, promotions, appointments, disciplinary matters and financial sanctions for grant in aid are being received and being examined.” “They are being cleared on merits of each case,” she added.last_img read more

Rabat – A 28-year-old man of Moroccan origin died on a sidewalk in Chicago Monday night due to what police officers claim could have been a drug-related dispute, a report by the local source WGN TV said. The perpetrator shot the man, who has been identified as Achraf S. by acquaintances, in the head and face while the victim had been seated in his car at Elston and Pulaski Avenue in the windy city’s Irving Park neighborhood. He ran across the street and collapsed on the sidewalk after the attack.A local named Jonathan Valentin live streamed the scene after the incident on Periscope. “That’s the whole body, right there,” he said, referring to the corpse covered by a white sheet provided by the police. Only the soles of the victim’s sneakers showed.Police have taken a suspect into custody, but no names have been released yet.The victim’s friends say he has been working odd jobs in the U.S., but resided in Morocco and the neighboring Spain for most of his life. They speculated that Ashraf had been running towards the restaurant to get help, as he had no family in the country.The man’s three roommates spoke to the Chicago Tribune and said they had moved to the area a few months ago from the South and West sides of Chicago in search of a safer place to live.“I moved from a bad neighborhood thinking this was a good neighborhood,” Teresa Cruz, 26, said.According to a bystander comforting Ashraf’s friends, Irving Park has grown increasingly dangerous in recent years because drug dealers have found a new market. read more

“With these funds behind us, we can ensure an uninterrupted flow of food assistance to the hungriest and the most vulnerable in Pakistan, especially young children,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “This donation comes at a critical time as WFP is transitioning from emergency food distributions, towards helping communities rebuild the lives they lost before the floods,” she said.The US contribution – divided equally into $45 million in cash as well as in-kind food aid worth $45 million consisting of wheat flour, vegetable oil and dried peas – will be used to provide food assistance to more than 7 million flood-affected people, according to WFP.“This donation, along with others, will buy us more time,” Ms. Sheeran said. “We had genuine concerns that we would have to cut rations for hungry people if we could not mobilise more funds. With this wave of support, we now have some breathing space at least until the New Year,” she added.WFP is providing life-saving rations to some 1.7 million people who cannot return to inundated villages in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.More than 5 million people who have already gone back home are also receiving rations and seeds from the Government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) so that they can plant and have an harvest in April. WFP is also providing food as compensation for work to rebuild infrastructure that was damaged by the floods.The health and nutritional needs of young children is a priority and the agency is supplying highly nutritious ready-to-eat supplementary food for youngsters. WFP has also been pre-positioning food supplies in northern areas ahead of the cold winter months when snow can cut off access to communities. 8 November 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it has received a $90 million donation from the United States which, combined with other recent contributions, will help prevent a reduction in food aid to millions of people affected by the recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan. read more

The three camps removed yesterday were located at Amee, Zavi and Nyamokaka, near Mona, more than 100 kilometres north of the main town in the region, Bunia, according to a UN spokesman.On 5 December, MONUC carried out a similar operation against the Armed Forces of the Congolese People (FAPC) in Ndrele, about 20 kilometres south-west of Mahagi. Four days later, the peacekeepers undertook another manoeuvre against the FAPC, that time in Mahagi itself.Yesterday’s move came early in the morning. UN troops razed huts in the camps but made no arrests. Local people, often victims of harassment and exactions by the FNI, welcomed the action, according to MONUC. read more

Representatives from China, France, Gabon, Libya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Syria, Turkey and Uruguay signed the UN Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products during a ceremony at the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. “The protocol gives the world a unique legal instrument for countering and eventually eliminating a sophisticated international criminal activity that costs a lot, especially for health,” said WHO’s Director-General, Margaret Chan, during the signing ceremony. The new Protocol aims to help protect people across the globe from the health risks of tobacco, which kills nearly six million people every year. Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco and this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. The treaty advocates combating the illegal trade in tobacco products through control of the supply chain and international cooperation. As a key measure, Parties commit to establishing a global tracking and tracing system to reduce and eventually eradicate illicit trade. “The adoption of the Protocol is the result of close cooperation between multiple sectors of government,” said the Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Haik Nikogosian. “It also shows how a unified stand on a public health subject can benefit important government objectives on health and beyond, such as protecting revenues and countering criminal activities.” The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC, on November 2012, in Seoul, in the Republic of Korea. WHO noted that the Protocol will remain open for signature at UN Headquarters in New York until 9 January 2014 and will enter into force 90 days after the 40th Party has ratified it. read more

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. Line of Dutyactor Martin Compston has had a lucky escape after a HGV truck collided into a taxi he was travelling in.The recovery truck ploughed into the passenger side of a black cab as the television detective was heading to a hotel in Greater Manchester on Thursday night. Taxi driver Derek Burton, 71, said the actor – known to fans as DS Steve Arnott – was “very shaken” by the incident but was unhurt. “There was a thundering bang. I thought it was a bomb. Martin screamed. We didn’t know what happened. We hadn’t seen the truck.“It smashed into where he was sitting. Martin’s door was bashed in. It was probably doing 10mph but was so big it destroyed the cab,” he told The Sun newspaper. Mr Burton said the passenger door was bashed in but said Mr Compston was unharmed. He appeared on BBC Breakfast the following day to promote Sunday night’s season finale of Line of Duty. It comes as Compston has signed up for a further two series of the hit BBC drama which follows the unit of AC-12 who investigate police corruption.  read more

first_imgNola Cross, co-owner of Battle Ground Computers, said she looks to downtown Camas, which has used the Main Street program, for inspiration on how to revive Old Town Battle Ground. BATTLE GROUND — It may take more than a dash of fresh paint, a flower pot or two and a few park benches to revitalize Old Town Battle Ground.It will take money, know-how and something even more important. “It will take buy-in,” said Robert Maul, Battle Ground’s community development director.A loose partnership between the city and the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce has been forged in an effort to revitalize the city’s historic business district using a state-sponsored urban renewal program.The Main Street program, as it’s called, provides redevelopment guidance, as well as tax incentives, to commercial districts that have fallen on hard times. City leaders have expressed interest in pursuing the program, if Old Town businesses are on board with it.When business districts are accepted into the program, they form committees to raise money and set improvement goals.Across Washington, the Main Street program has moved into 13 cities, according to the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, which manages the program. It’s been used in cities as far afield as Olympia, Port Townsend and Walla Walla.Nationwide, about 2,000 communities have taken part in the program, battling everything from the influx of boarded-up buildings to the invasion of look-alike strip malls. For Old Town, the Main Street program would be a long time coming.last_img read more

first_img RIDGEFIELD — The federal shutdown couldn’t spoil Birdfest as an estimated 3,000 took in the weekend event under glorious skies.While the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was closed, Davis and Abrams parks were alive with activities on Sunday.“How do they catch their prey? They’re so big,” 8-year-old Gavin Meyer said as he studied Aristophanes, a common raven held by Portland Audubon Society volunteer Scott Salzwedel, 50, of Portland.“They really like using their beak,” Salzwedel said. “They know how to get food without trying very hard. … They love berries.”Gavin, dressed in his Cub Scout uniform, was at the park with Liam Rapp, 8, and Ronan Blanchard, 8. The boys attend Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield.“This is our first year (at Birdfest),” said Steve Rapp, 36. “It’s pretty neat.” He’s an engineer for a medical equipment manufacturer and Scout den leader and was there with his wife, Sinead, 34, and Liam.Children and adults seemed taken with birds brought to Davis Park by Audubon volunteers.Sherie Salzwedel, 48, was tethered to Ruby, a turkey vulture.“People are so surprised how majestic they are upclose,” she said. “Lots of people think they are ugly, but they’re really not.”“I’ve been getting pretty good questions. This is a good group,” Salzwedel added.It takes about $10,000 to stage Birdfest, Russ Roseberry said. He is a board member of the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Birdfest coordinator. He said six Ridgefield businesses contributed $700 to bring the Audubon volunteers to the event, which had many other sponsors.Roseberry said the closure of the refuge altered aspects of the weekend festival, “but it was made up by the great weather.” Temperatures were in the low 70s. Aristophanes, a common raven, was among the stars at Birdfest.last_img read more

first_img Load More Speculation has been rife in recent months as to which foreign operators might be interested in bidding for the Queensland State Government’s mooted second casino license, however in a statement published by The Gold Coast Bulletin this week, a Caesars spokesman said, “Several weeks ago, Caesars Entertainment decided that it would not pursue a casino license in Queensland.”While no detail was provided by Caesars as to the reasons for its decision, Queensland Tourism Department Director-General Damien Walker, said the government had been informed “this decision by (Caesars) was a result of internal company changes and not the attractiveness of the Gold Coast market as an investment opportunity.”The decision also precedes comments made by Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg during an investor call this week discussing the merger agreement with Caesars. Reeg, who will take charge of the merged entity upon completion of the deal, stated “no firm decisions” had yet been made on the company’s long-term international ambitions but “the opportunity internationally will have to be stupendous for us to run in that direction.”As for the Gold Coast, it is still to be seen whether the proposed development of a second casino goes ahead at all, with no site yet confirmed and questions being asked over whether the region is big enough to host another IR under the government’s Gold Coast Global Tourism Hub ambitions.Approval for a second casino would also likely put an end to a proposed AU$2 billion “mega masterplan” by The Star Gold Coast operator, Star Entertainment Group, in addition to the AU$850 million it has already spent upgrading its Gold Coast property. The masterplan would see a total of four new hotel towers developed on top of the already under-construction Dorsett Hotel and Star Residences.Star Entertainment Group has previously expressed concerns over the government’s plans for slot machine licenses should a second casino be given the green light, stating the company “has a declared position that the Gold Coast is already saturated as an electronic gaming machine market.” Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts US casino giant Caesars Entertainment has revealed it has pulled out of the race to develop a casino on Australia’s Gold Coast.According to reports from News Ltd, the decision was made a number of weeks ago and well before the announcement by Caesars this week that it had entered into a US$17.3 billion merger agreement with fellow US casino operator Eldorado Resorts.last_img read more

first_img See at Plated Now playing: Watch this: Best for those on a budget HelloFresh I once met one of the founders of Blue Apron, whose delivery box I’d become familiar with, thanks to the denizens of my apartment building. I mentioned that I thought the service sounded like a cool idea, but inundated him with a litany of reasons why such a thing didn’t apply to me: I work in an industry where meals are often provided, I’m rarely home, I’m culinary school-trained and so on. His counterargument was flawless: “Can I send you a free box?” I mean, duh.Despite my protestations, the reasons I enjoyed the meal plan were plenty, and inspired me to continue my subscription with an occasional box of ingredients. Even with culinary school cred, I liked having ingredients I didn’t know of or would rarely seek out put directly into my hands. I was especially moved by the concept of getting provided the single rib of celery that a recipe demanded, sparing me the heartache of watching an entire head of celery languish in my produce drawer when left to my own devices. There are now dozens of meal kit delivery programs to choose from, like Sun Basket, Martha & Marley Spoon and Purple Carrot, with niche customizations, ingredients and menus to fit special diets like vegan gluten-free, vegetarian gluten-free, plain old gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, vegetarian pescatarian, keto, a plant-based diet and just about anything else. You’ll also often find promotional offers for new customers and convenient features like being able to skip weeks and cancel anytime. With limited or no commitment, if you’re a calendar master and an account-management ninja, you can dabble in any or all of these services and choose, week-by-week, which best suits your circumstances.Note: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page.Special offer:  Get $80 off Sun Basket — $35 off your 1st order, $25 off your 2nd, $20 off your 3rd! See at Gobble Best for those with designer food allergies 4 unexpected tricks for a better cookout Home Chef boasts over 38 meal kits to choose from in any given week, including the all-new grill packs and one-pan dinners. Plus, you can customize the protein in your meal choices, which makes this service stand out from the pack. For example, with some recipes, you can order double the protein without doubling the overall portions. With other options, you can choose to order antibiotic-free protein instead of the standard version. Meal kits and ingredients are usually pretty standard in their offering (which is what keeps them efficient to the masses), so this is a way for Home Chef to stand out among the crowded marketplace.Subscription: $9.95 per serving for two or four servings per recipe, with additional premium recipes offered at market price.  Dinnerly 2:11 Best intro to meal kit delivery Plated See at EveryPlate Blue Apron is largely accepted to be the granddad of meal kit delivery programs in the US. The eight menus available weekly range from simple pastas to international options, with a seafood and vegetarian menu always available. Even the simplest recipes might include an unfamiliar component or two, and the website often highlights these ingredients as an educational opportunity. Recipes are tagged with helpful keywords such as “customer favorite,” “quick and easy,” “great for grilling” and so on. Occasional promotions include a menu from guest celebrity chefs, or recipes that highlight popular travel destinations. An optional wine pairing service is also offered.Subscription: Options range from $7.49 to $9.99 per serving, with options for two to four recipes per week and two or four servings per recipe. Looking for the best meal kit delivery service? It seems like the field of options, for healthy eating and convenience, gets bigger with each passing month. But knowing the differences between all the options will help you make the best possible choice for your home meal kit needs. If you live anywhere where it’s even a little bit possible to glimpse the stoops of your neighbors, you’ve probably noticed cheerful boxes from the likes of Home Chef, Freshly, Sakara Life and Purple Carrot making ever more frequent appearances on said stoops over the last five years. The age of the meal kit food delivery service is upon us. It’s a type of convenience service that combines the efforts of nutritionists, chefs and personal shoppers, and delivers them into the hands of enthusiastic eaters or willing home cooks, with weekly menus and delicious, preportioned fresh ingredients. Read more: Best meat delivery services of 2019  Freshly At just $4.99 per serving and with an emphasis on delicious, hearty meal options and generous portion sizes, EveryPlate is the best plan for those whose journey into meal kit delivery is based on affordability. It keeps its overhead low by offering eight easy recipes to choose from weekly, which does mostly exclude vegetarians and those on special diets, but the eight available meals are full of variety and flavor otherwise. Get 18 meals for only $3.33 each, free shipping on your first order, plus the ability to skip or cancel anytime.Subscription: Each serving is only $4.99. Each weekly box includes three recipes with either two or four servings apiece. HelloFresh helpfully tags each recipe accordingly, whether you are allergic to (or avoiding) dairy, gluten, soy, nuts and so on. Familiarity of ingredients is key, even when applied to dishes from various world cuisines. A “dinner to lunch” element is a unique twist that provides the home cook a variation on tonight’s dinner to serve as a portable lunch tomorrow.Subscription: Options range from $8.74 to $9.99 per serving, with options for two to four recipes per week and two or four servings per recipe, customizable along Classic, Veggie and Family plans. 8 essential Instant Pot tips Brandy Yowell Best for simple meal prep A few of these services provide fully cooked prepared meals to your doorstep, and Freshly is a good one if you desire wholesome, familiar comfort foods such as peppercorn steak, penne bolognese or chicken and rice pilaf. Meals are prepared right before delivery and are never frozen. With minimal reheating required by you, it’s like having Mom cook for you in your kitchen, without having Mom live with you. (Sorry, Mom.)Subscription: $8.99 to $12.50 per serving, with up to 12 servings per week. Shipping is free. See at Dinnerly 2:09 We like Green Chef for its versatility in the different specific diet plans available. Green Chef offers paleo, keto, pescatarian, vegan, and vegetarian options as well as gluten-free meals. No matter which diet you’re following (for health or personal reasons) you’ll be able to find a Green Chef plan that works for you. Because it offers so many different diet plan options, this also makes Green Chef one of the most versatile meal kit delivery services since you get a plethora of different menu options per week.Subscription: $12.99-$11.99 per serving for a two-person Green Chef subscription at three meals/week; $10.99 per serving for a four-person Green Chef subscription at two meals/week.  Comments Home Chef Dinnerly rolls out some pretty exciting-sounding and delicious meals such as summery chicken panzanella and risotto with asparagus and cannellini beans. But with no more than six ingredients per recipe, the damage done to your time and kitchen is minimized. Along with not overwhelming you with myriad ingredients and multiple steps, the price tag for Dinnerly puts it squarely in the budget-friendly category, clocking in with a cost per serving of around $5.Subscription: The options include a Two-Person Box for $30, or a Family Box for $60, each with three recipes for the week. Dinnerly See at Sun Basket Gobble Chowhound Best for those who are following a specific diet plan Gobble takes the template from the old guard of meal delivery kits but speeds it up by prechopping and part-cooking many of the components so that all recipes have a prep time of 15 minutes or less. Despite the “fast food” angle, each menu has a sophisticated and worldly vibe. Weekly recipe choices are cleverly categorized into From the Range, From the Ranch, From the Sea and From the Earth options.Subscription: Options range from $11.99 to $13.99 per serving, with options for two to four servings of two or three (or more!) recipes.  Best for those committed to actually cooking but who have no time Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Green Chef See at Freshly Sun Basket Green Chef Best for Top Chef aficionados Freshly With a whopping 20 weekly recipes to choose from, including a couple of dessert options, the very name Plated inspires fantasies of Padma Lakshmi standing over your kitchen table sampling forkfuls of chef-designed recipes whose components you might have had to practice pronouncing. That being said, relative ease is still largely the point, and sustainable and thoughtfully sourced ingredients are emphasized.Subscription: Options range from $9.95 to $11.95 per serving, with options for two to four recipes per week and two to four servings per recipe. Home Chef Best for organic lovers Blue Apron Best for those who crave home cooking but don’t actually cook 8 EveryPlate Blue Apron Wellness Ovens Healthy eating Green Chef See at HelloFresh Read more:  Find the best wine clubs and subscriptions for your tasteThe best meal kits tested on Chowhound The best DNA services for 2019 The best password managers for 2019 Share your voice Best for big appetites Plated HelloFresh Now playing: Watch this: See at Blue Apron See at Home Chef Tags Healthy and fresh are common favorite meal kit descriptors, but Sun Basket goes a step further. Sun Basket is committed to organic, non-GMO, sustainably and responsibly raised products and ingredients, which it packages in 100 percent recyclable materials to boot. Sun Basket’s recipes are developed by Justine Kelly, a San Francisco chef known for her work at the James Beard Award-winning Slanted Door restaurant, and for her appearance on Top Chef. All of her easy and delicious meals are nutritionist-approved (500 to 800 calories per serving), and most take only about 30 minutes to put together, with online Sun Basket tutorials available if you need a little extra guidance. You’ve got options too — you’ll be able to choose from a selection of six to 18 different organic meal recipes each week, including paleo, vegan meal, vegetarian and gluten-free meals, so you’ll always get what you want. Sun Basket delivery is available in 36 states, and Sun Basket shipments arrive on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. For three Sun Basket meals each week, you’ll pay $74.93 for the two-person plan (or $11.99 per serving) and $143.87 for the four-person plan ($10.99 per serving), with a $5.99 shipping fee either way.  Subscription: For three Sun Basket meals each week, you’ll pay $74.93 for the two-person plan (or $11.99 per serving) and $143.87 for the four-person Sun Basket plan ($10.99 per serving), with a $5.99 shipping fee either way.  Targetlast_img read more

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Jacqui Lambert from Kotzebue. Lambert is a volunteer here at Alaska Public Media and a student at UAA.Listen Now Jacqui Lambert of Kotzebue. Lambert is currently a student at UAA. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)LAMBERT: I guess the biggest I want to do is become a reporter and I really want to be a bilingual reporter for KOTZ in Kotzebue. They don’t have any reporters in Kotzebue right now.Well we have reporters based out of either Anchorage or somewhere… I’m not sure where she’s based out of, for the Arctic Sounder. But there’s nothing for the radio station. So I really want to bring that back.It’s really important to me because the radio station reaches out to the villages and there’s a lot of elders who listen to the radio a lot. And it’d be nice for them to hear it in their own Native language and it could inspire younger people to start to learn it more too to understand what I’m saying.I went to college at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. And I spent a semester living in Los Angeles, CA. There was just no way for me to put my heart and everything into it when I was out of state because I was disconnected sort of. I was so determined. I was like, “I’m never gonna go back. I’m not interested.” But then, the longer that I was away, the more that I grew an appreciation for Alaska and I just loved Alaska a lot after I left.Sometimes I get asked the weirdest questions about what it’s like living in Alaska and they think that we’re not part of America, but we really are. I actually met someone who didn’t believe in Eskimos before. That was really weird. He thought that we were like mermaids, you know like, “Do they exist or do they not exist?” And I’ve had people ask me if we use American money or if we need a passport to come to Alaska or to go to Kotzebue and things like that.I laugh about it, but I also like let them know, “You’re very under-educated about this, and I’m gonna teach you about what Alaska really is like.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Fitch Ratings logo is seen at their offices at Canary Wharf financial district in London,Britain, March 3, 2016.Reuters file [Representational Image]Fitch Ratings on Friday cut India’s GDP growth rate projection for the next financial year to 6.8 per cent, from its previous estimate of 7 per cent, on account of weaker-than-expected growth momentum.The US rating agency said it has also changed the outlook on the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy review, projecting another interest rate cut of 25 basis points (bps) in 2019 owing to inflation staying below the target and easier global monetary conditions.”While we have cut our growth forecasts for the next fiscal year on weaker-than-expected momentum, we still see Indian GDP growth to hold up reasonably well, at 6.8 per cent, followed by 7.1 per cent in FY21.” the Fitch report said.Noting that weaker momentum has been mainly domestically driven, Fitch said credit availability has tightened in areas heavily dependent on non-bank financial company (NBFC) credit such as automobiles and two-wheelers, where sales have dropped.On the banking sector, the Fitch report noted that credit to the private sector increased in recent months, filling the void left by NBFCs facing a liquidity crisis.”Further capital injections and a looser regulatory stance of the RBI have eased (though not removed) the state banks’ capital constraints, while the central bank has raised the limit on collateral-free loans that banks can make to farmers (by 60 per cent), helping prevent a decline in bank lending,” the report said.”The RBI has adopted a more dovish monetary policy stance and cut interest rates by 25 bps at its February 2019 meeting, a move supported by steadily decelerating headline inflation.”On the fiscal side, the budget for the financial year 2019-10 plans to increase cash transfers for farmers, the rating agency said.”Our benign oil price outlook and our expectations of accelerating food prices in the coming months should support rural households’ income and consumption,” it added.last_img read more

first_img Food comas have been scientifically proven a real phenomenon The food coma has been recognised by scientists as real physical phenomenon – and now they know the main culprits that induce sleepiness after eating.The researchers used fruit flies as a model to understand the irresistible allure of the post-prandial nap. They designed a small plastic chamber – called the Activity Recording Cafe – and watched when they ate, what they ate and when they fell asleep.Depending on the amount consumed, the effect ranged from slightly arousing to strongly sleep inducing, the authors write in the study published in the journal eLife.The flies would ordinarily take a 20 to 40-minute nap after a meal, with the greedier flies spending a longer period asleep afterwards. It was the overall amount of food the flies ate that made them sleepy, the study found, as well as the amount of protein and salt consumed. Sugar didnt have an effect on sleepiness after the meal.Different foods play different roles in mammalian physiology, but there have been very few studies on the immediate effects of eating on sleep, said study co-author William Ja of The Scripps Research Institute in the US.The researchers genetically switched off a number of neural circuits in the flies to see which of them had an effect on post-prandial sleepiness. Some were found to respond specifically to protein and some were related to the flys internal body clock, they found.The protein link to post-meal sleep has been mostly anecdotal, so to have it turn up in the study was remarkable, Ja says. In humans, high sugar consumption provides a quick boost to blood glucose followed by a crash, so its effect on sleep might only be observed beyond the 20 to 40-minute food-coma window.The ARC provides a starting point for future studies aimed at uncovering the exact genes and circuits that enable meal size, protein and salt to drive sleep, Ja says. As sleep is a vulnerable state for animals in nature, it will be interesting to discover why post-meal naps are necessary. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

first_img Share TJJD, Jennifer WhitneyGov. Abbott named Wes Ritchey, left, as the new chair of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department Board, replacing Scott Fisher, who had held the position since 2011.Gov. Greg Abbott has replaced the chairman of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s board.Abbott, a Republican, announced Monday in a news release that he had named Wes Ritchey as the new chair, replacing Scott Fisher, who had held the position since 2011. It was seemingly the latest move in what state senators said last month was a needed “shakeup” of an agency plagued by staffing shortages and a sexual abuse scandal.The governor appears to be playing a large role in recent changes at the department. Last month, a top employee from his office, Camille Cain, was selected as the agency’s new executive director. He announced last week in a letter to Cain that he would shuffle money to the department to help address its current crisis. And he has deployed Texas Rangers to youth lockups to investigate sexual abuse allegations.Ritchey has served on the department’s board since January 2017 and is currently the chair of its Finance and Audit Committee. He is the county judge of Dallam County, at the north end of the Panhandle. He is a former juvenile probation officer.Fisher’s term was not set to end until February 2019, according to the department’s website. He is a senior pastor of a church in Euless, a city in the Fort Worth area. He served as the board chairman since the department’s creation in 2011, and, before that, as chair of the Texas Youth Commission, which previously served as the state’s juvenile corrections agency.Neither Ritchey nor Fisher immediately responded to requests for comment.The juvenile justice department’s board sets goals for the department and implements rules to govern the agency and its staff, according to the governor’s announcement. There are 13 members from around the state who work with youth.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) As a non-binary person, I am always keen to go see queer art a culture throughout history. I knew I had to visit the Photographers’ Gallery in central London when I heard they had an exhibition on about gender nonconforming people from the 1800’s onwards.The exhibition hosts a multitude of amateur photography of people who chose to go against the gender constructs of their time. My favorite part had to be a wall where visitors were asked a simple question…How much of our gender is a performance? Reading the multitude of responses, I could see that many people had different takes on what that meant.Photo: SuppliedGender constructs and identitiesOne answer that really stood out to me was from a 56-year-old man. It read read: ‘As a 56 year old man, who has often as no idea who I am, I agree. I wake up and definitely feel gender dysphoric. I trudge on but have no place where I feel at home as neither man or woman.’This idea that someone has lived their life not feeling comfortable in their body hit me.Society and the media talk all the time about gender constructs and identities.I am lucky enough to live in a part of the world where (for the most part) I am able to express my gender identity freely. But for many this still isn’t the case and for many they never got the chance to. The exhibition really opened my eyes to the privileges that I have today. It showed me some of the people who had to hide in the shadows to express themselves freely. Gender constructs have been something that queer people have subverted and critiqued for a long time.Another answer on the postcards read: ‘We come into this world as we leave – “ourselves”. We need to love ourselves more!’One person decided to take the opportunity to call for change by writing: ‘I believe it’s time that we dress and feel however the heck we want and not be judged for it. It’s time we stopped dictating what other people do with their bodies.’ How much of our gender is a performance? | Photo: Supplied Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Most of the anonymous postcards were really positive. Seeing how many gender nonconforming people are treated online and in the media, it was such a breath of fresh air to see that these strangers felt like people should be allowed to be whoever the hell they wanted to be.Photo: Supplied‘Subverting gender norms is highly political and radical’On my way around the floor I listened into a conversation held with two mature women: One of whom said ‘I remember reading about how many women dressed up as men to get into the army. I was so surprised with how they managed to get away with it.’ To which her friend said, ‘People have been dressing up in the opposite sex for a long time, they did it in Shakespeare’s time when men dressed up as women in his plays.’ The literature graduate in me couldn’t help but interject.I explained: ‘Yes but the reason for that was women weren’t allowed in the army or to be actresses because of the deeply rooted misogynistic ideas on gender in their times. The idea of subverting gender norms is highly political and radical.’Spaces like these are so great for enabling discussion. Just looking around the gallery at all the different kind of people reading about these photographs made me happy. The thought that we were all learning about gender nonconformity and hopefully opening our minds to different way people live their lives was great. The exhibition called ‘Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers’ is on until the 3rd June at The Photographers’ Gallery which is open 7 days a week. Photo: Supplied How I’m fighting the feminists who are crowdfunding money for transphobiaThese trans dads want you know you can be trans and start a familyHow my grandmother helped me realize I was trans – completely by accidentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Top Stories HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

first_imgFirst-Quarter GDP Growth Scaled Back June 26, 2013 428 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Consumer spending Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-06-26 Mark Liebermancenter_img The nation’s economy grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter, far slower than previous report for the three months ended March 31, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)””: said Wednesday. Previous reports on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), based on incomplete data, had estimated growth at 2.4 percent, and economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected the most recent report would confirm that growth rate.[IMAGE]Along with the GDP report, BEA said corporate profits in the first quarter were $1.985 trillion, $26 billion from the previous estimate, but still down $28 billion from the fourth quarter. The last time corporate profits showed a quarter-over-quarter decline was in the first quarter of 2012. Corporate profits are considered a key indicator of employment trends.Profits fell, according to BEA, for both financial and non-financial corporations. The quarterly drop in profits at financial corporations was fourth in the last five quarters.The downward revision to GDP came amidst positive news about the economy. Home prices, according to the Case-Shiller Index released Tuesday, “”rose””: at their fastest pace ever in April and consumer confidence, as reported by the Conference Board, increased for the third straight month.GDP itself, the broadest measure of the economy, is the sum of consumer spending, investment and government spending, less net exports. It totaled $1.3725 trillion for the first quarter, according to BEA, down from the $1.375 trillion estimated a month.BEA issues three GDP reports for each report. Wednesday’s was the third report. The first second quarter report will be issued July 31.In dollar terms, GDP rose $60.3 billion in the first quarter, down from the $84.7 billion increase reported a month ago. Most of the change came from a new estimate of personal consumption spending in the first quarter, which [COLUMN_BREAK]according to Wednesday’s report, increased $62 billion, down from the $76 billion increase reported in the second estimate of GDP.Government spending, according to the latest data, was more of a drag on GDP than estimated a month ago, dropping $30 billion instead of the $26 billion reported at the end of May.Private investment was slower than reported a month ago, dropping to $1.97 trillion from May’s report of $1.99 trillion. Most of the change was due to a drop in inventory investment which fell $14 billion from the send GDP estimate to the third.Residential fixed investment was reported as $399 billion in the third GDP report, up slightly from the $397 billion in the second report.Still, the GDP growth–albeit less than previously reported–looked strong against the fourth quarter when the nation’s economy grew an anemic 0.4 percent and meant the economy met and overcame two significant challenges: the end of the two-year payroll tax holiday as of January 1, costing most wage earners $1,000 for the entire year and, as of March 1, the beginning of the federal budget sequester which reduced federal spending. The reduction in take-home pay didn’t stop consumers. Even with the lower final estimate, personal consumption spending rose 2.6 percent in the first quarter. In the second GDP report issued in May, personal consumption was reported to have grown 3.4 percent in the first quarter.The slowdown in government spending–and its impact on GDP–could be more pronounced in the second quarter as the first quarter data reflected only one month of the sequester cuts.The personal consumption price index–an alternate measure of inflation watched closely by the Federal Reserve–showed a 1.2 percent inflation rate in the last year compared with 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter. The core inflation rate–excluding more volatile food and energy prices–was 1.3 percent in the first quarter, down from 1.5 percent in the fourth.The inflation measures take on added significance as the Federal Reserve said it would look to two measures–the unemployment rate and the inflation rate–to determine when to raise interest rates and reduce its bond purchase program._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ in Data, Governmentlast_img read more

first_imgGlobal flight search and travel deals website Cheapflights has given ‘Esc’ keyboard keys a new lease of life with the launch of its ‘EscEscape’ (pronounced ‘Escape Escape’) browser extension tool, putting a range of short getaway options just two taps away.Available in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and South Africa, ‘EscEscape’ is a free-to-install extension for Google Chrome users.When a user taps their ‘Esc’ key twice, a live flight search runs to find the cheapest, quickest and smartest return flights to nearby destinations. Results are pulled from Cheapflights’ own search engine API and the users’ nearest airport is detected as their departure point. The flight results open in a new browser tab and will be the cheapest option for a weekend break in the next eight weeks. The user is then free to go ahead and book if they like the look of what they see – if not, another ‘double tap’ of the ‘Esc’ key throws up a new option.Initially, a choice of five destinations will be featured each day, selected at random from the top 200 searched-for holiday hot spots on the Cheapflights website and app, per market. For departures from Australia, popular getaway destinations within an eight-hour flight are displayed, such as Fiji.The free extension is available at the Chrome Web Store or go to A version of the extension for Safari users is planned shortly. read more