India’s central bank raised a key interest rate for its short term loans to banks for the fifth time this year, signaling its intentions to fight against inflation, which rose by 8.5 percent in August. The Reserve Bank of India raised the repo rate by a quarter percentage point to 6 percent and the reverse repo rate — the rate at which it borrows from commercial banks — by half percentage point to 5 percent.In a statement, the bank said, “Inflation remains the dominant concern. Essentially, inflation rates have reached a plateau, but are likely to remain at unacceptably high levels for some months.”India’s economic recovery is consolidating as the economy grew by 8.8 percent in August. Related Items
As heavy rain lashed Punjab during the past three days, leaving its rivers Sutlej, Ravi and Beas in spate, flood-like situations were witnessed in many parts of the State on Monday.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced ₹100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the State and said a special “Girdawari” will be conducted as soon as the water level recedes to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers.The Chief Minister made these announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district on Monday. Capt. Amarinder also expressed grief over the death of three persons due to roof collapse in Ludhiana district on Sunday.Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal informed the Chief Minister that due to heavy downpour in the district the total release of water at Ropar headworks was 2,50,000 cusecs. “The district administration rescued more than 600 families from 45 villages ,” he said.Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting to review the overall flood situation in the State with senior officials. During the meeting it was revealed that the situation in the rivers Beas and Ravi was under control though danger continued to lurk in areas adjacent to the Satlej and further downstream, at Harike headworks in Ferozepur. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been stationed at villages in Jalandhar. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2,40,000 cusec of water from Ropar headwork, companies of NDRF and SDRF have been stationed at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur. Also, the Army has also been requested to station their companies at all these sub-divisions so that they could help the administration in case of any need, he added.Army rescue operationsFlood relief teams of the Army under the Western Command are actively carrying out rescue operations in various areas of Punjab and Haryana.In neighbouring Haryana, flood-like situation was seen in many parts. The Indian Air Force rescued nine persons stuck in Karnal district owing to rise of water in the Yamuna river.
(REOPENS DEL 16) (REOPENS DEL 16) Dwayne Bravo continued his impressive form in T20s as he became the only IPL player to have a combo of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. Overall, the Lions look like a good package but they will be tested by the Supergiants, who are looking the most formidable outfit this year in the League. RP Singh with Mitchell Marsh will test their batsmen together along with quality spinners such as R Ashwin and M Ashwin. But it will be interesting to see if Dhoni continues to underbowl R Ashwin or lets him complete his full quota of overs. Teams (From) Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Jaskaran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Sharma, Albie Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Thisara Perera, Saurabh Tiwary, R P Singh, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa. Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt.), Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Andrew Tye, Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi. Match Starts at 8 PM. PTI AT PM PM
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 7 (PTI) China today kept mum whether Indias inclusion into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was discussed during the strategic dialogue with the US, but insisted on “full discussion” and “consensus” on the issue within the elite grouping.”Members within the group still differ on the accession of countries which are not party states to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT),” Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a written response to a PTI query.The ministry was responding to a question on India securing Switzerlands support on the NSG and whether the issue figured in the Strategic and Economic Dialogue with US.”China stands for continuous and full discussions within the group on this issue in order to forge consensus and make a decision based on agreement,” the Ministry said, adding that it has been “explicitly” articulated Beijings position to the Indian media in recent weeks.The Ministry, however, did not respond to the question whether the issue was discussed with the US during the strategic talks which covers all aspects of the bilateral ties and multilateral issues of interest to China and the US.While the US has backed Indias inclusion in the 48- member NSG, China is reportedly supporting Pakistan though it maintains that Islamabad too is not a signatory to the NPT.The issue was expected to figure in the plenary meeting of the NSG on June 9 in Vienna.The US-China strategic talks was attended among others by Secretary of State John Kerry.advertisementIn his remarks after the conclusion of the talks, Kerry mostly touched differences relating to the South China Sea dispute as well as mutual position on the nuclear issues relating to North Korea.The Chinese Foreign Ministry also reacted guardedly to the recent remarks by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at theShangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.”China holds a consistent and clear position on the South China Sea (SCS)issue,” it said.”While firmly upholding territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, China is committed to resolving disputes peacefully through consultation and negotiation, managing differences by establishing rules and mechanisms, achieving win-win results through development and cooperation, and safeguarding the freedom of navigation and overflight as well as peace and stability in the South China Sea,” it said.”China is poised to work alongside regional countries to maintain regional peace and stability, achieve economic prosperity and share development dividends,” it said.In his comments on the SCS, Parrikar had said, “we have traditional links with the countries in the South China Sea. More than half (of) our trade passes through its waters”.”While we do not take a position on territorial disputes, which should be resolved peacefully without the threat or use of force, we firmly uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law, in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he had said. PTI KJV ZH AKJ ZH
“We’ve been doing everything correctly. We have gotten high scores by all markers on the macro fiscal issues and how we have handled debt; how we have handled foreign exchange; how we have handled public expenditure and how we have handled our taxation. Where we still have challenges would be at the micro-economic level,” the Prime Minister noted. According to the Prime Minister, while macro-economic indicators continue to have a positive outlook, the country’s micro-economic progress remains static. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called for a collaborative approach to improve the country’s micro-economic standing, in order to attain economic growth above 2 per cent.According to the Prime Minister, while macro-economic indicators continue to have a positive outlook, the country’s micro-economic progress remains static.“We’ve been doing everything correctly. We have gotten high scores by all markers on the macro fiscal issues and how we have handled debt; how we have handled foreign exchange; how we have handled public expenditure and how we have handled our taxation. Where we still have challenges would be at the micro-economic level,” the Prime Minister noted.Mr. Holness was speaking at the official launch of the Essex Valley Agriculture Project, held at the Lititz Primary School, in St. Elizabeth, on January 16.The Prime Minister noted for the last quarter, the outturn was 1.8 per cent; the quarter before that it was 2.2 per cent, and that for the past three years the country has not been able to get over the 2 per cent hump.“We can’t say that we’re growing until we have crossed 2 per cent, as 2 per cent is really, from our perspective, the threshold for takeoff,” Mr. Holness said.He emphasised that a culture shift is needed to further expand the economy on the micro-economic front, adding that the Government continues to put strategies in place to entrench micro-economic stability and promote growth.“Where we still have challenges would be at the level of the firm, the level of the farmer, the level of the technocrats and bureaucrats in the regulatory environment in the Ministries, agencies and departments. How fast are we working? How Innovative are we? How responsive is the bureaucracy? That is where the challenge is. A large part of that requires a culture shift,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness emphasised that all players in the economy must make responsible decisions that will stimulate economic growth.“It is about bringing together all the players in the economy, so that they have an understanding that their micro action, their small action, their individual action has an impact on economic growth outturn,” the Prime Minister explained.The Essex Valley Agriculture Development Project, which represents one of the largest investments in irrigation infrastructure in Jamaica, will impact the livelihoods of over 700 farmers on 718 hectares of land through the provision of irrigated water and improved access to local and global agricultural markets.It is being funded at a cost of £35. 5 million by the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and seeks to enhance the productivity of farmers in the Essex Valley, in a socially inclusive, gender equitable and climate sensitive manner. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called for a collaborative approach to improve the country’s micro-economic standing, in order to attain economic growth above 2 per cent.
Families across the Highland region will have more opportunities to be physically active thanks to the province’s annual recreation facility development grant program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced today, April 26, investments totaling $299,000 for the Highland region. The investment is part of the annual $3-million provincewide grant program. “Investing in sport and recreation facilities is part of our overall strategy to make Nova Scotians healthier and help reduce the demand on our health-care system,” said Mr. Barnet. The grants will be used to build and upgrade playground equipment, construct a community centre, renovate a number of baseball fields and an indoor volleyball court, develop a fitness centre, and improve other facilities throughout the region. Community groups work with Health Promotion and Protection staff to develop projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one-third of capital costs; communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “We can not do this alone. I congratulate the many volunteers that recognized a need in their communities and worked so hard to build the support and make it a reality.” Grants through the recreation facility development program are provided based on criteria such as community need and benefit, the amount of planning and preparation, sustainability, and other funding commitments. The grant program helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities.
LAS VEGAS — Officials in Las Vegas report that McCarran International Airport handled more than 4.4 million passengers in March, up 2.6% compared with the same month a year ago.Airport data released Friday show that domestic airlines handled a little more than 4 million of the total number of passengers.International carriers transported 305,000 people. More than 97,000 travellers and tourists were served by helicopters.Southwest Airlines remains the busiest carrier at the airport. It reported 1.6 million passengers in March.Of the top five airlines serving McCarran, only American Airlines saw a decrease in passengers in the year-to-year comparison.The Clark County Department of Aviation tallies more than 10.8 million passengers so far this year, up 2.1% from last year.The airport set a record high 49.7 million passengers in 2018.The Associated Press
The blasts, outside two mosques following Friday prayers, killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 400.“The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese to exercise restraint, to remain united, and to support their State institutions, particularly the security forces, in maintaining calm and order in Tripoli and throughout the country, and in preventing the recurrence of such destructive actions,” Mr. Ban said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson. Calling the attacks “cowardly”, Mr. Ban reiterated the determination of the international community to support Lebanon’s security and stability.The UN chief, and the Security Council in a separate statement, extended their condolences to the families of those killed and the Government of Lebanon, and wished well those injured. The 15-member Council also appealed to all Lebanese people to “preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country’s stability”.The Council stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon’s policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in the Baabda Declaration. Issued during a National Dialogue meeting in June 2012, the Baabda Declaration calls for keeping Lebanon in the face of regional tensions and crises. The Declaration is named after the Baabda Presidential Palace, where the meeting was held.In its statement, the Security Council condemned the attacks as acts of terrorism, and reiterated the need to combat such acts in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law.
Volunteers involved in search for Rescue 116 crewmen ‘disgusted’ to be charged toll Carrick River Rescue claimed they were stopped and charged on the M7 toll after taking part in Rescue 116 search. A Snapshot of the 120 boats currently searching #Rescue116 Winchmen Ciaran Smiths & Paul Ormsby#BringThemHome #Rescue116 #RIPDara #RIPMark pic.twitter.com/9Tup14De1p— Fire-Ireland.com (@FireIreland) April 8, 2017 Our company’s management will make contact with the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue directly later today to discuss the matter and we will also be making a donation to Carrick River Rescue in recognition of the service they provide.In a letter to the toll operators, seen by TheJournal.ie, Fianna Fáil Senator Keith Swanick called for the company to “publicly and without delay express an apology to the Carrick-on Suir River Rescue members”.Swanick, who took part in the search this weekend, also called for the volunteer workers to be given a refund – although, he pointed out, it is “not about the money, it is about the principle”.“The members of Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue were charged tolls for two rescue boats and two vehicles on their return from Blacksod, after spending the weekend searching for coastline of Mayo.“Over the weekend I saw at first hand their brave work in the vicinity of Blackrock Island off the coast of Blacksod in Mayo. Their vehicles are clearly marked as emergency services and to add insult to injury, they were given free passage through a separate toll operator via a different route on their way to Mayo,” wrote the senator.Volunteer workers He highlighted that over a thousand volunteers “from every corner of Ireland” were involved in a major sea, air and coastline search for the missing crew members.“People have driven hundreds of miles to drop off parcels of food, make small donations of their time and money, to help support the search efforts,” added Swanick. Apr 10th 2017, 5:19 PM Monday 10 Apr 2017, 5:19 PM Excellent workThe statement went on to say that MidLink and Celtic Roads Group “recognise the excellent work that is being done on an ongoing basis by groups such as the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue in difficult situations, including in this instance, the search for the remaining Rescue 116 crew members”.“We also acknowledge the ongoing distress for the Smith and Ormsby families.” https://jrnl.ie/3333060 Image: Eamonn Farrell Operators do not have individual discretion. Short URL Source: Fire-Ireland.com/Twitter Emergency services taking part in search for Rescue 116 crew members. Image: Eamonn Farrell MidLink M7M8 Ltd collects a toll for passage along the M7/M8 PPP tolled motorway for our Client, Celtic Roads Group (Portlaoise), under Bye-Laws enacted by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly the National Roads Authority). Emergency services taking part in search for Rescue 116 crew members. Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby have not been found and approximately 120 private fishing vessels, countless Coast Guard, RNLI, River Rescue and Civil Defence vessels were involved. 99% of the people involved are volunteers, supported by An Garda Síochána and all the other full-time emergency services.Swanick said the incident of being refused free passage is “quite frankly an insult to their dedication, bravery and selfless work”.He also called on the toll operators to carry out an immediate revision of their policy.Weekend search efforts Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe Air Accident Investigation Unit, An Garda Síochána and the Coast Guard have expressed their sincere appreciation to the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) and Marine Institute who were supported by GSI (Geological Survey Office), for the extensive search conducted in the vicinity of Black Rock lighthouse following the tragic loss of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on 14 March.The search operation conducted by the Marine Institute’s Holland 1 ROV concluded this afternoon when the Granuaile departed Blacksod Bay.Superintendent Tony Healy confirmed that the Garda Water Unit would conduct diving searches in the vicinity of Blackrock Light as soon as wind and tidal conditions are considered suitable.He also confirmed that he had requested Coast Guard and Civil Defence volunteers to continue with targeted searches of coastal areas and monitoring of specific areas of interest.All mariners are reminded to keep a lookout for any material associated with Rescue 116 and to report any findings to Malin Head Coast Guard Coordination Centre.They also reiterated their sympathy to the families of Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith and expressed the hope that with the extensive monitoring both at sea and on shore that the remains of Paul and Ciaran would be found.Read ‘I couldn’t believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing’>What’s next for Enda? He could have his eye on one of these jobs> 37 Comments 45,690 Views Share195 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article These Bye-Laws specifically set out the classes of vehicles that are exempt from tolls. Vehicles exempted from paying tolls are limited, but for instance, include emergency vehicles from the fire brigade, An Garda Siochana, Defence Forces, ambulances and vehicles specially modified for disabled drivers. RESCUE TEAMS INVOLVED in the search for missing crew members of Rescue 116 are said to be “disgusted” at the operators of the M7 toll after being charged for their two vehicles and boats on the way back from the search effort yesterday.A massive rescue operation took place off the northeast coast over the weekend for missing crew members Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.Rescue 116 crashed three weeks ago while preparing to refuel at Blacksod, County Mayo.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered at sea soon after the helicopter went down, but died later in hospital. The body of pilot Captain Mark Duffy was found in the wreckage of the helicopter last week.Carrick River Rescue claimed on Facebook that they were making their way back from the search in Blacksod and had to travel through the Midlink M7/M8 toll.Free passage denied It’s understood the toll worker in the booth called management to ask if the rescue workers were allowed free passage without paying. It’s claimed this was refused.However, the rescue workers thanked the Limerick toll operators for not charging them on their way to the rescue mission.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a MidLink spokesperson said “a toll was correctly applied in this instance for the Carrick River Rescue vehicles that used the M7/M8 PPP motorway at the weekend”.He said there is a “strict interpretation” of the Bye-laws. By Christina Finn
After so much heartache, Mary Coustas has something to marvel at. Her daughter, Jamie, has just turned one.Coustas, 50, and her husband George Betsis, 55, held a big Greek garden party and welcomed 75 guests to celebrate the milestone.The overjoyed mum told Who Magazine that her first year of motherhood was “dreamy” and has surpassed any expectations. “My imagination could not have lived up to the reality of how captivating Jamie is,” she said. Coustas, better known as her Greek alter-ego Effie, had a turbulent and heartbreaking journey to conceive little Jamie. She endured 23 IFV attempts, miscarriages, and the tragic stillbirth of daughter Stevie in 2011.But this year has been all about celebration, with Coustas taking their bundle of joy all the way to Greece to be christened. “My dream of christening our daughter Jamie in Tinos, Greece where I prayed for her 15 months earlier, finally came true,” she said on her Facebook page in September.Source: Who Magazine Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry had a post-birthday celebration following the Duchess of Sussex’s 38th birthday. The post-birthday celebration was in Ibiza according to MirrrorOnline.However, the pair reportedly took a private jet to Ibiza, despite recently vowing to cut their carbon footprint. The Royal couple was already called out for their hypocrisy. And it seems like whatever lesson in frugality Meghan was trying to convey with her birthday celebrations, which she claimed would be a smaller affair was negated by the Ibiza trip.Broadcaster Caroline Frost, who has interviewed Meghan in the past, warned the move is “not a good look” for the royal couple.Ms. Frost told Express.co.uk: “I think because they enjoy the benefits of such a huge public platform, and clearly they’re wanting to do brilliant things with that huge profile. Meghan MarkleThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex Official Instagram (sussexroyal)Prince Harry recently claimed to be quite the environmentalist in an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. Prince Harry had mentioned in the interview that he plans to have no more than two kids because he cares about the environment. We have to say that private jet travels could possibly do more harm than a baby. It is debatable but still.”So certainly, it’s not a good look when they do on the one hand preach increased eco-awareness, saving the planet, only having two children, and then they hop on a luxury plane,” Ms. Frost added. The rich want regular people to change so that they can continue to damage the environment. This brings to mind the recent plastic straw debate. Huge corporations pollute oceans and rivers on a huge scale, but it is the tiny plastic straws that broke the camel’s back.Meghan and Harry may have to start putting their money where their mouth is.
Share Port of Corpus Christi.Port of Corpus Christi.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $92 million contract to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to accommodate larger oil tankers.Illinois-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC won the contract. The federal government and the Port of Corpus Christi are funding the overall $360 million ship channel project.Plans include expanding the Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island. The depth would increase from 47 feet (14 meters) to 54 feet (16 meters) from the jetties at the entrance to the channel.The project comes amid replacement of the Harbor Bridge, which opened in 1959 and has a 138-foot (42 meters) clearance, with a larger span.
As part of their efforts to reduce crime in Baltimore, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said officers arrested nine violent criminals who have terrorized a northeast city community. In a March 19 statement, police officials said 24 search and seizure warrants resulted in the apprehension of nine criminals who often targeted the Coldspring-Homestead-Montebello area, also known as “Chum,” in northeast Baltimore. “This is the result of the Baltimore Police Department listening to the communities’ concern regarding drug dealing and violent criminal activity in the area,” Batts said in a statement. “The excellent work done by our Special Enforcement Section detectives over the past six weeks culminated in obtaining 19 indictment warrants and the arrest of these individuals who were bringing destruction into the Chum neighborhood. We will not rest until the cancer that is harming our children, our neighborhoods, and the innocent in all corners of our city is eradicated.” Those arrested and charged with multiple drug and parole violations were; Brian Banks,18; Dieudonne Buckson, 40; Tonya Bullock, 48; Larry Craig, 47; Shaquille Davis, 19; Spencer Jeffers, 24; Dominick Smith, 27; Derrick West, 42 and Richard West, 34. In addition to the Baltimore City Police Department, the sting operation included units from the Anne Arundel Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the FBI. Batts also said the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office aided with the arrest. Police recovered a .22 caliber revolver, a .22 caliber rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, two ounces of heroin, $3,340 in cash, one bag of marijuana, 15.6 grams of the street drug “Molly,” cutters, packaging materials, scales and sifters. “This collaborative investigation demonstrates once again our commitment to putting dangerous drug operations out of business and promoting safety in all of our neighborhoods,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein. “For example, we recently completed similar initiatives in Belvedere, Coppin Heights, East Oliver, and the Gilmore Homes area.”
At Geek we love sharing the stuff that fascinates us. Be it a game we just discovered or a comic we’ve been obsessed with for ages. The weird and wonderful we want to bring to our readers. This does not exclude people we find interesting as well. Each week we are going to sit down with a few folks in different facets of the Geekdom and spotlight why we think they are brilliant. And hopefully, make a few new fans along the way.Cosplay is its own crazy beast in geek culture. It’s such a captivating subject from amateur to pro. The skill sets run the gamut but that passion doesn’t wain from tier to tier. Today we sit down with Lady Ava Cosplay, she’s certainly in the upper echelon. Once you see her characters you will certainly understand why.Who Are Ya?My name is Cat aka by Lady Ava Cosplay. I’m a New Jersey based cosplayer who has been at this crazy hobby for 18 years. I’m an active judge and staffer at multiple conventions mostly on the east coast. I head up the cosplay and gala events for BronyCon. I’m also the Local Costume Counselor for the Star Wars charity group Saber Guild: Empire Temple and an active member of Echo Base: Rebel Legion.AdChoices广告What Are You Known For?The characters that I am best known for are Pepita from Coco (designed by the very talented SunsetDragon), La Muerte from Book of Life, Rey from Star Wars series, Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony, and Noctis from Final Fantasy XV.Over the next few months, I will be working on Riku from Kingdom Hearts III, Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Rebels, and General Hux from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.What Drives You?Sewing and cosplaying were something that I never saw coming. When I first started, I didn’t even own a sewing machine and had no concept of how to even start creating a costume. No one in my family sewed extensively. My mother showed me how to hand sew. My sister helped me paint on my first costume, which was Yuna from Final Fantasy X. They all thought it would be a one-time thing. 18 years and almost 200 costumes later, one can say that it was more than a phase.I cosplay because it’s fun. There is nothing more exciting than starting a new project! Finding out what crazy technique I’m going to be trying this time. I have learned so much and not just in a sewing aspect. I have learned about budgeting, time management, organizational skills, and social media. I’ve been given some amazing opportunities like appearing at sporting events, being on TV, and designing for theater. I’m thankful for every opportunity.Being a cosplayer makes us these universal artists. Sewing, makeup, wig styling, armorsmithing, weapon design, painting, even acting. We’re what I call the ‘ultimate fan’. We don’t just love the characters we become them. We spend hours upon hours crafting beautiful pieces by hand to show that off to the world.I started cosplaying because I was bullied. I really didn’t have any close friends to talk to or who shared the same passion I did for anime, cartoons, and video games. But in cosplay, I found true friendship. Heck, even my boyfriend is a cosplayer. (He showed me how to properly use a sewing machine!)Coming into this community can sometimes be overwhelming with the all pages and likes. There’s that drive to be popular or ‘cosfamous’. Always remember that this is a hobby for fun. You will meet some amazing people and make some amazing costumes.Best Advice For a Wannabe?Always be yourself and make things that really mean something to you. You will find that making something from the heart will make a world of difference. Be your own ambassador of cosplay and be proud of your costumes.And most important of all: always remember to have fun! At the end of the day, we are all geeks in costumes running around to show our passion. And don’t stress out if your first costume isn’t that great. Just keep working hard and you will get there.Where Can We See You Next?I will be attending Colossalcon East, AnimeNYC, MagFest, and Katsucon. That’s about as far out as I know of right now.How Do We Find You?On Instagram it’s ladyavacosplay, Twitter you can find me at lady_ava, and the Facebook page is Ava_Cosplay.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Need some inspiration? We’ve seen so many amazing cosplayers this year so I’m sure you’ll find one you want to tackle one from FanExpo in Boston, C2E2 in Chicago, or Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. Follow all our cosplay galleries here and give one a try. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Photos: Best Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2019Photos: Best Cosplay From Anime NYC 2018
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This is how the new Queer Eye cast would give Trump a makeoverQueer Eye star Tan France makes acting debut in Crazy Ex-GirlfriendWATCH: The Queer Eye guys get crowned Queens of YassRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queer-eye-saturday-night-live-crossover/ Tan helps Pete with his pants | Photo: YouTube/Saturday Night Live GAYSTARNEWS- Queer Eye’s fashion expert Tan France met up with SNL cast member Pete Davidson to help him with his look. They went shopping and thing got off to a great start.‘I trust you more than my Staten Island fashion,’ Pete tells Tan as they look around.Tan immediately replies: ‘Is that where you’re from? That explains so much!’Pete often plays younger characters on SNL, and isn’t afraid of broaching provacative topics.They discuss Pete’s current look, which Tan describes as ‘a lot’. Then it’s time for shopping, modeling, and, of course, discussing underwear and other intimates. What happens when Netflix’s new take on Queer Eye meets Saturday Night Live? A funny makeover, that’s what. [embedded content]Makey make-over‘I can’t wear regular boxers because my balls, they go on one side — you know the bridge?’ Pete asks.‘I love that we’re talking about this,’ Tan says. ‘I haven’t ever talked about my balls on this show — I like that we got here real quick.’Pete starts trying on new outfits and admits he thought he was dressing nice before this, but he’s glad to know he didn’t look that great. When Tan says he feels bad, Pete quickly says: ‘Someone had to tell me!’Fellow SNL cast members Heidi Gardner shows up to help out.Ultimately, it’s all success.Tan asks Pete what his girlfriend will think and Pete replies: ‘She’ll probably say, “I didn’t know you could dress like that.”‘Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
The Florence Municipality, the Florentine Chamber of Commerce and the University of Florence signed an agreement to outline new and effective strategies in the tourism field, relying on the governance of tourism and the ability to directly foster agreements between institutions and individuals, while defining and clarifying the roles of various on-site actors.The agreement is dedicated specifically to the MICE tourism and to better the quality of tourism in all the Florentine territories and it has the aim of choosing a partner to develop activities and strategies.Thanks to the winning of a competition notice, Destination Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau has been selected as the unique partner of the City of Florence and its partners to promote destinations all over the world and acquire more conferences and events.Destination Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau has been operating for over 20 years as a destination agency to attract large events, congresses, international marriages, and individual tourists. It represents a comprehensive outlet for tourism thanks to more than 300 partners, a network that makes it possible to have a synchronised bond with the territory and the operators functioning within, strengthened by signed agreements with trade associations of reference.The Ministry of Tourism of the city of Florence, Cecilia Del Re said, “We are very proud to have selected a unique partner for the promotion of the city. Florence is a unique city to host conferences and events also thanks to the new tramvia, the huge renovation of our congress centre and the future major enlargement of our airport.”Destination Florence CVB presented a project to better tourism within the city of Florence with specific activities and two main goals: acquire more conferences and events and attract qualified tourism.Carlotta Ferrari, Director of Destination Florence CVB said, “Florence is one of the most attractive destinations of the world, in fact, it is in the top five cities to host conferences and events. We will continue to promote Florence to acquire more conferences and events each year.”“Also, thanks to the Destination Florence project, we will develop and promote tourism offerings, proposing a benchmark for a single, potential national model. We are working with the most innovative technology like our new chat-bot that we will present in the next few months and we are also opening our official account on WeChat to promote Florence in the Chinese market.”
Under severely adverse economic conditions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are projected to need another bailout totaling as high as $126 billion, according to a report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).The Dodd-Frank Act Stress Tests (DFAST)—Severely Adverse Scenario report, released by the FHFA on Monday, indicated that when hypothetical severely adverse economic conditions for a forecast horizon from December 31, 2015, to March 31, 2018, are applied, the GSEs would be projected to make incremental draws on Treasury ranging between $49.2 billion and $125.8 billion depending on the treatment of deferred tax assets.Certain financial institutions with more than $10 billion in assets are required by the Dodd-Frank Act to conduct annual stress tests to determine if they can absorb losses during a period of adverse economic conditions. The conditions applied in the 2016 DFAST Severely Adverse scenario include an immediate decline in real GDP until it reaches a trough in Q1 2017 (representing a decline of 6.26 percent from the pre-recession peak); an increase in unemployment rate from 5 percent at the beginning of the forecast horizon to a peak of 10 percent in Q3 2017; and an increase in the consumer price inflation rate from 0.25 percent to a peak of 1.9 percent in Q3 2017.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received a combined $187.5 billion bailout from taxpayers in 2008, at which time they were taken into conservatorship by the federal government. Stakeholders in the industry, as well as lawmakers, have been concerned for at least a few years that the GSEs would need another draw on Treasury, since taxpayers remain on the hook while the FHFA’s conservatorships of the GSEs (which was intended to be temporary) is now in its eighth year.FHFA Director Mel Watt sounded the alarm in February when he gave a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center in which he stated there were risks that were certain to escalate as long as the conservatorships continue—namely, the GSEs’ lack of a capital buffer puts them at risk of another taxpayer bailout. The capital buffer, currently $1.2 billion, is required by law to be reduced to zero by January 1, 2018.”I have consistently stated that our responsibility and role at FHFA as conservator is to manage in the present,” Watt said in his February speech. “However, as we work to appropriately manage challenges and risks in the present, we also have a responsibility to assess when these challenges and risks may escalate to the point that they negatively impact the Enterprises and the broader housing finance market in the future. By giving this speech today, I am signaling my belief that some of the challenges and risks we are managing are escalating and will continue to do so the longer the Enterprises remain in conservatorship.”Another concern among industry stakeholders, which has prompted several lawsuits from GSE investors, is the fact that since 2012 all GSE quarterly profits have been swept into Treasury. The original agreement called for the GSEs to pay an annual dividend of 10 percent to Treasury.Click here to view FHFA’s complete report. August 8, 2016 447 Views Share Stress Tests Show GSEs Would Need Another Bailout Dodd-Frank Stress Tests Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Severely Adverse Economic Conditions 2016-08-08 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 1) DEONE BUCANNONThe guy hits anything that moves. He never plays the game slow. Completely a downhill safety. There has to be a concern about flags for some of the hits that he’ll bring to the party, but right now it’s fun.2) KEVIN MINTERGot completely blown up in one of the blitz drills but that was the exception. Not nearly as explosive as Daryl Washington, but much more of a hammer. There are other things he does do better than Washington, so the world isn’t ending. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3) DARREN FELLSThe guy has no chance to make the team. A 28 year-old tight end with one year of NFL experience and a ton to learn. If he was six years younger, I would dump an established player for the promise I see in Fells. At his age, though, I think it’s more of a case where you say “what might have been.”4) BOBBY MASSIEI don’t know if the light bulb has completely gone on but the maturity and desire appear to be a bonfire. – / 32 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share
A 34-year-old male foreign national was remanded on Monday for four days for allegedly collecting around €15,500 in down payments from unsuspecting car buyers to arrange the import of vehicles from abroad which never arrived.According to the head of the Limassol CID, Ioannis Soteriades, police have received five reports in recent months against the suspect who allegedly collected around €15,500 from people who had expressed interest in purchasing a car.The latest report was filed on March 3 by a woman, also foreign national who lives permanently in Limassol, who said that she had met the suspect last November and he had introduced himself as a car salesman.The woman told police she had paid the 34-year-old €5,000 as down payment after they had agreed for him to arrange the import of a car he had shown her on a website. Three weeks later, when the car was supposed to be delivered to her but she had heard no word from the suspect, the woman called him only to hear a number of excuses.This carried on for a while, she told police, as she kept calling to enquire about the delay of the car’s delivery and the suspect was either making more excuses or ignoring her calls.The 34-year-old was arrested on Sunday. Soteriades said that the suspect had been arrested in the past for similar offences concerning money extortion under false pretences.Soteriades urged members of the public to be vigilant to avoid being scammed.You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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