WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy is performing well but he’s eyeing potential risks ahead.Those include a slowdown in global growth, the fading impact from tax cuts and the cumulative weight of the Fed’s own interest rate hikes.Speaking Wednesday to an audience at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Powell said the Fed is managing interest rates in an effort to prolong the current economic recovery.He said the increased political attacks on the Fed will not divert the central bank from doing its job.President Donald Trump has called the Fed’s rate hikes his “biggest threat.”But Powell told his audience that the Fed has the tools and the protections it needs to serve the public in a “non-partisan, professional way.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Jared Kushner’s family company plans to buy another property in a New Jersey beach town where developers can get big tax breaks thanks to a new federal program pushed by Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.Long Branch Business Administrator George Jackson says Kushner Cos. is negotiating to buy in the Lower Broadway section of Long Branch, New Jersey. The property is in one of thousands of Opportunity Zones that the federal government approved earlier this year offering tax breaks to entice investment in high poverty areas.It would be the fourth Kushner purchase in an Opportunity Zone in Long Branch since the program was included in last year’s tax overhaul law. Ethics expert say Kushner’s push for the program in Washington raises conflicts of interest issues.Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Burger King, Energetic Services and Moose FM present a Community Christmas Light Tour December 17 and 18, 2018.Book your seating starting at 10 a.m. December 5 online at www.energetictickets.ca or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100 ST. The bus will tour around the community and look at all the decorated homes.The tour will leave at 7 p.m. each night from Burger King and the Gateway Plaza. When you book your seat, the ticket includes dinner at Burger King.Use your ticket that will be emailed to you this week and redeem it for dinner.You’ll get to choose from the following options:A Whopper ComboOriginal Chicken ComboOr a Kids MealTickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (three to 12) and children under three are free, but must sit on a parents lap due to available space on the bus. A family four-pack (two adult tickets and two youth tickets) of tickets will be available for only $45. Seating is limited to the first 50 people a night who book their tickets.
YRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates or you can call our after hours line at 1-888-883-6688. TAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace will be performing deck maintenance on the Taylor Bridge Monday night and Tuesday night January 14 & 15.Maintenance will begin at 7 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating traffic with up to 20-minute delays.
Kolkata: Lok Sabha candidates in West Bengal’s Birbhum district are seeking to exploit all modes of transport to attract attention. While one candidate chose bullock cart, another decided to drive an e-rickshaw. Actor-turned-politician Satabdi Roy, seeking to retain the Birbhum Lok Sabha seat she had won for the Trinamool Congress in 2009 and 2014, was seen riding an e-rickshaw all by herself while campaigning in villages of the Rampurhaat locality. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Roy, clad in a pink saree and donning sunglasses, also participated in a tribal dance with the women folk of the locality. Not to be outdone, her Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rival Dudh Kumar Mondal rode a bullock cart to interact with the people of another Panchayat area. The Birbhum constituency will go to polls on April 29 in the fourth of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election in the state.
New Delhi: Kadapa Police on Thursday arrested three persons in connection with the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, the uncle of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, according to The Indian Express website. Vivekananda was found dead in the bathroom of his house in Pulivendula, in Kadapa district, on March 15. Vivekananda’s close aide E Gangi Reddy, personal secretary Krishna Reddy and Prakash Reddy, son of housemaid Lakshmi, were arrested for destroying evidence at the crime scene and misleading cops.
New Delhi: A group of 4 woman in their mid twenties are active in South East Delhi region which are striking at potential customers at various banks. They choose their target and slowly surround him pretending to be customers themselves.To avoid any suspicion they also carry a baby in their arms which distracts the attention of the target who has no idea that the other three are blocking the view of the others in the bank while one of them is slowly cutting the money bag with a sharp blade and stealing the money the target has brought to deposit in the bank. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case came to light when Amin Akhter in his mid 60s went to Indian bank in Jamia to deposit 30 thousand rupees in cash in the afternoon. Within moments he was targeted by a group of 4 women in their mid 20s. “First two woman surrounded me followed by two more. One of them aslo carried a baby i their arms. I thought tehy are also customers of the bank. I had no idea that they are thieves and are piercing the bag in which i carried money. My jute handbag had two sharp cuts and all the money was taken,” Akhter said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAkhter, retired from Jamia Milia islamia university the approachd the Jamia Nagar Police station. A police team tehn visited the Indian bank and collected the CCTV footage in which a group of 4 women were seen surrounding Akhter. “The group of women were well dressed and no one could suspect them that they are thieves carrying blades to cut open the money bag or purse. Since one doesn’t suspect and think their standing close as mere coincidence they easily rob the money. The bank should also keep a check who enters the bank,” Amin Akhter said. Police has formed teams to identify the accused women. CCTV footage is being examined and cops are checking if the group of women identities with any gang with the similar modus operandi. Some sophisticated groups of thieves do target customers in various banks and dupe the of their money either by offering some help of simply cutting open the money bag.
Then-redshirt-sophomore Cory Kunze jumps over a hurdle during the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 14, 2012, at Jesse Owens Memorial Field.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State track and field teams got their seasons off to a fast start in their first meets of the year.The teams opened their indoor seasons at the Buckeye Classic in the French Field House Friday, playing host to Wright State, Marshall, Dayton, Kentucky State, Ohio and Ashland, in addition to unattached runners.The men’s team had an OSU runner place first in four of seven individual running events. There were three first place finishers in field events.Senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.65 seconds to break his own school record. This winning time was also a French Field House record and was one of the top finishing times in Division I hurdles this season. Redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson came second behind Bogle with his personal best time of 7.74 seconds but with the second best in school history.Junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust also had a personal best time of 6.77 seconds at the Buckeye Classic in the 60-meter run.The season opener generated about 1,000 fans.In five of seven individual races, the OSU women’s squad had runners finish first and second. Senior sprinter Chesna Sykes finished first in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.Along with many first place finishers, there were also three personal bests for women’s track recorded on the day. Sophomore sprinter and hurdler Alexis Franklin came in second in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best 8.35 seconds.Junior sprinter and jumper Abie Ehimwenman received her personal best mark of 6.01 meters in the long jump, putting her in first place. Senior thrower Emily Taylor grabbed another personal best and third place with an 18.71 meter toss in the weight throw.OSU’s young runners showed off their talents in the 3,000-meter run, with sophomore distance runner Minori Minagwa claiming first with a time of 10 minutes 20 seconds and freshman distance runner Jill Kanney taking second, just two seconds behind Minagwa.Next weekend, the women’s team is set to hit the road to travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invite and the men’s team is set to be in State College, Pa., for the Penn State Invite.
Cesar Azpilicueta has backed his compatriot and friend Kepa Arrizabalaga to live up to his €80m price tag at ChelseaThe Spain international became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper of all-time after completing his transfer to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in a €80m deal on Wednesday.While he has only just arrived at Stamford Bridge, it looks like Arrizabalaga could be thrown straight into the firing line in Saturday’s away trip to Huddersfield in Chelsea’s opening game of the Premier League season with regular number one Thibaut Courtois having now joined Real Madrid.But Azpilicueta, who comes from the same Basque region of Spain as his new teammate, knows Arrizabalaga and is certain he will up to the task.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I know him well,” said Azpilicueta on the club website.“He is a very good goalkeeper. He can reach a very high level here in England at Chelsea, and we are obviously happy to have him with us.“As a person he is a very normal guy, he’s very friendly. He’s very close to his people. On the pitch he is always trying to help. He is very communicative and is always talking to the team, and the defence in particular. He is still only 23 and I am sure he will keep growing.“He is from the Basque area too, quite close to my region. We know each other from the last years in the national team. I have always had a good relationship with him. Our hometowns are quite close and for me to have him here is something special, and I will try to help him settle.”
Anderson News, the wholesaler which represents more than 20 percent of mass-market magazine distribution, has announced a 7-cents-per-copy price increase on all copiesdistributed.Anderson also said that publishers must bear the inventory cost attached toscan-based trading (SBT).The deadline for signed agreements isFebruary 1. Non-compliers, the company said, will be refused distribution. The news is just the latest blow for an industry reeling from layoffs, cutbacks and a deep advertising slowdown. On Tuesday, the Publishers Information Bureau released year-end figures which showed consumer magazine ad pages plummeted 11.7 percent, the biggest drop in more than a decade. ‘The Business Has Not Been Profitable’ During a conference call Wednesday, Anderson CEO Charlie Anderson detailed his company’srequirements, which he said he has been reviewing in meetings with publishingCEOs over the last couple days. “The business has not been profitableand has not been for a very long time,” Anderson said. “What we are trying to do is give some stability to the channel.Short of that, there will be an implosion in the business.” Anderson said that he believes three of the four major wholesalers arelosing money, which underscores the on-the-bus or off-the-bus severityof Anderson’s position.“The last thing we want to do is exit the business,” Anderson said. “But why shouldwe be in a business that doesn’t give us any return? We don’t want toget rich, but we want a fair return and that’s all we’re asking for.” The 7-cent figure represents about a 3.5 percent increase. Discussions with Comag resulted in three percentoffer and separate talks with Time Inc. arrived at 5 percent. The 3.5percent—“a fair rate,” said Anderson—split it down the middle.Anderson said the pricing is non-negotiable (“We really belive theseven-cent number is the number”) and publishers that don’t sign theagreement will effectively be dropped from distribution.But Michael Sullivan, president of Comag, which is owned by Hearst and Condé Nast, told the New York Post his clients have nointention of paying. “As we understand it, Anderson’s proposal is a unilateral effort toshift substantial costs to magazine publishers and does nothing toaddress the fundamental inefficiencies in the newsstand-distributionchannel.”Time Inc. said it is evaluating its options. Scan-Based Mess The second and likely more onerous part of Anderson’s programoutlines the wholesaler’s exit from bearing the costs of scan-based trading. “We areno longer going to participate in investment of scan-based trading,”Anderson said, and added that they had already invested $70 millioninto inventories for four major customers.Anderson noted that the greeting card industry, which also uses scan-based trading,passes the cost on to the manufacturer. “We think it is only fair thatthe manufacturer bear the cost,” he said.Currently, Anderson has SBT relationships with Wal Mart, Paradise,Walgreens and Kroger. The latter will be online with SBT on March 1.
Ziaur RahmanBNP will celebrate the 83rd birth anniversary of its founder Ziaur Rahman on Saturday.Born on 19 January 1936 at Bagbari in Bogura, Ziaur Rahman founded BNP in 1978 and became the country’s seventh president.BNP senior leaders, together with party leaders and activists, will place wreaths at Zia’s grave around 10am.BNP’s associate bodies and the party’s district, city, upazila and thana units will celebrate the birth anniversary with various programmes.Besides, party flag will be hosted atop all BNP offices across the country.As part of the birth anniversary programmes, BNP arranged a discussion at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium on Friday.
The ICCR is organising the first International Dance and Music Festival, showcasing performances by foreign artistes, who have achieved high level of proficiency in Indian Classical Dance.These artistes from six countries have been doing commendable work in promoting Indian Dance and Culture in their countries and will be performing in the two-day festival in the Capital.Akmaral is the Gold medal Winner and the title Champion of the World – 2003 in Hollywood, USA in the nomination of ‘ethnic dance’ at the Seventh World Championship of performing arts. In the year 2004 Akmaral became the first member from Kazakhstan at the International Dance Council (CID) within UNESCO in Paris. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of French nationality but Indianised by culture, Saaj is a two member instrumental duet conceived in early 90’s after many acclaimed performances and sharing the stage with the ‘classical greats of India’ The beautiful word ‘Saaj’ means ‘musical instruments ‘in the Indian language.Saaj, namely Sylvie Hiély and Laurent Gherzi, are like the body and soul of music, inseparable and thoroughly embedded into each other and existing as a ‘musical masterpiece.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Sumathi who has travelled extensively performing in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and USA started her dance journey at the Temple of Fine Arts Singapore in 1991. She migrated to Kuala Lumpur to become a fulltime dancer and began her training in Odissi with Geetha Shankaran-Lam and was presented in her Manch Pravesh in 2001. Nritta, whose name translates to ‘pure dance’, has taken the world of dance by storm and left audiences spellbound by her performances. The darling of the media wherever she performs, she has been named a ‘Wonder kid of Asia’ for her academic performance and her excellence in Odissi. Alisa received training in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of Irina Iskorostenskaya, Director of Nritya-Sabha Foundation, Russia, Moscow (2000-2007). She wants to build a career in teaching, performance and choreography of the Indian Classical Dance form of Bharatanatyam, with the ultimate vision of promoting and propagating it in various regions of the world.Nathalie Ramírez, a professional flautist, obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Veracruz, Mexico in 2010. Five years ago she got interested in Indian Classical Music, and began learning through classes and courses in Mexico with musicians such as Hollving Argaez, Paul Livingstone, Abhiit Banerjee and Pandit Shubhendra Rao.Zhang XiaoQing learnt Kathak and Indian Arts at the Indian Embassy in China. In 2013 June she performed at the Indian Embassy to welcome Salman Khurshid, the External Affairs Minister on his visit to China. Zhang has performed Kathak at the China National Theater ‘the prayer of Ganges—Indian music and dance’, at Diwali and Holi celebrations at the Indian Embassy in China.