New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced a slew of measures, including the rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors, exemption of start-ups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks, in efforts to boost economic growth from a five-year low.To bolster consumption, the government also said banks have decided to cut interest rates, a move that would lead to lower EMIs for home, auto and other loans. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhile the applicability of higher income tax surcharge on those earning more than Rs 2 crore a year has been withdrawn for foreign and domestic equity market investors, demand for auto sector was sought to be raised by a slew of measures. The steps include a plan to encourage scrapping of old vehicles and removal of the ban on government departments in buying new petrol/ diesel vehicles. In a bid to give fillip to job-creating Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Sitharaman said pending GST refunds would be done within 30 days, while startups — a major avenue for employment and new entrepreneurship — would be exempt from so-called ‘angel tax’. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayShe also announced an immediate infusion of Rs 70,000 crore into banks to boost their liquidity and lending capacity of banks by Rs 5 lakh crore while housing finance companies would get up to Rs 30,000 crore with a view to revive the real estate sector. India’s GDP growth plummeted to nearly five-year low of 5.8 per cent in January-March and it is widely believed that the growth might not have picked up in the first quarter of the current fiscal also. The auto sector is facing the worst crisis in about 20 years and reports suggest job losses in thousands. In the real estate space, the number of unsold homes has increased while fast-moving consumer goods companies have reported a decline in volume growth and lending to job-creating MSMEs by banks has actually slipped. Sitharaman said banks would be required to link lending rates to the Reserve Bank of India’s benchmark rate in order to accelerate the transmission of the central bank’s policy easing. Till now, banks generally lagged in transmitting RBI’s reduction in repo rates to borrowers. So far this year, RBI has cut interest rates by 110 basis points in four installments but banks have passed only a part of it to borrowers. Before the last reduction, earlier this month of 35 basis points, the bank on an average had passed only 29 basis points out of 75 basis points cut affected during 2019. SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said bank recapitalisation at one go would provide a big impetus to credit growth. The lender has already started benchmarking its loans to repo and now other banks are likely to follow suit, he added. “The enhanced surcharge on FPI goes, in simple words,” she said. “In other words, the pre-budget position is restored.” Giving relief to start-ups, Sitharaman said angel tax provisions would not be applicable on them and their investors. For the auto sector, she doubled depreciation to 30 per cent and lifted the ban on government departments to buy new vehicles. BS-IV vehicles purchased till March 31, 2020, before the country switches to lower-emitting BS-VI vehicles, would continue to be operational valid for till their registration period. The Finance Minister also assured the industry that tax authorities will not “overreach” in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message of respecting wealth creators. Income tax notices and orders would be only issued through a centralised system to curb harassment. Also, violation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations would not be treated as a criminal offence and only as a civil liability, the minister said. Industry players had raised concerns about penal provisions in the Companies Act, 2013 for non-compliance with CSR requirements. Other measures announced to boost the economy include setting up of an entity for credit enhancement for infrastructure and housing projects, a task force to finalise the pipeline of infrastructure projects and simplification of Know Your Client (KYC) procedure to improve market access for foreign investors.
Rabat – Spanish authorities raided on the night of Friday to Saturday the house of Abdelbaki Es Satty, a Moroccan Imam in the town of Ripoll. The police suspect him of being involved the Barcelona terror attacks.According to ongoing investigations carried out to determine the circumstances of the terror attacks, the Catalan investigators affirmed that several people involved in the Barcelona attacks are from the same town of Ripoll.The police seek to find more evidence such as DNA samples to determine whether the imam was present in a building situated in the town of Alcanar, where the attacks were presumably prepared. Earlier this week, a gas explosion destroyed a house in Alcanar. The police linked the incident to the Barcelona attacks. The explosion caused the dead of two people, while at least six others were injured. Investigators found around 20 canisters of butane and propane gas.According to Spanish media, Es Satty disappeared from the town a month ago. According to El Pais news outlet the imam might be one of the two killed people discovered in the Alcanar house.The 45-year old imam is considered as the spiritual or ideological leader by the Barcelona’s attackers. The Telegraph claims that the imam might have incited the suspects to plan the terror attacks.Ali Yassine, president of the mosque where Es Satty used to lead prayers told local media that there was no indication that Es Satty was involved in the Barcelona attacks.“We never heard anything about him or received any (complaint) until this happened, and we don’t know how this happened, this has fallen on us like a stone,” he said. “But no one could know what was happening inside a person’s head”.The president of the mosque affirmed that “the suspected cell members rarely came to the mosque, but from their little interaction had seemed like normal boys.”The president said he was not aware of anything mysterious about the imam, adding that he would have told the police before the attacks. Yassine denounced the terror attacks, saying that “Our religion does not permit us to do this ever, our religion totally condemns these terrorist actions,” he said. “Our religion is peace, Islam is peace.”According to Spanish authorities the cell was comprised of 12 people 11 of whom were identified. Telegraph added that five members were killed by the police in the Cambrils attack. Three of the killed people were aged between 17 and 23: Moussa Oukabir , Mohammed Hychami and Said Aallaa, as named by Spanish media.The other suspects are Omar Hychami and Houssaine Ayouaaguoub “who is presumed to be a family member of Younes Aouyaaquoub, the suspected driver of the Ramblas van who remains on the run,” added telegraph.
Rabat – Maclean Letshwiti, President of the Botswana Football Association (BFA), has expressed his support for the Moroccan bid to host the 2026 World Cup.The news was confirmed by Botswana’s news outlet, Weekend Post.“Maclean Letshwiti is expected to throw his weight behind Morocco for their bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said the sports news outlet.Botswana has joined the list of African countries that have voiced their full support for Morocco’s candidacy, several of which did so during the sidelines of CAF’s 40th Ordinary General Assembly that took place recently in Casablanca. Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria have welcomed Morocco’s bid. The CAF congress that was held in Morocco last month saw African member states “setting fire to the desire of hosting the showpiece on African soil, eight years from now,” according to the Weekend Post.BFA has also supported the bid, emphasizing that, “it is only through cooperation and hard work that the world showpiece can return to Africa once more.”The President of the African Football Confederation, Ahmad Ahmad, has shown strong and firm support for Morocco’s candidacy since the submission of its bid in August 2017.During CAF’s 40th Ordinary General Assembly, Ahmad said, “I can reassure you that I will not be neutral. I say it loud and clear.” His statements come in response to remarks from FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, who had earlier urged CAF to remain neutral: “I ask you to do everything possible to make the process as healthy as possible. It is about our credibility.”Ahmad, who was quoted by Cafonline.com, said that, “There are many World Cup procedure manuals in relation to the various FIFA reforms, ethical requirements and regulations.”Morocco submitted its candidacy to host the tournament on August 11, 2017. Ahmed claimed, “Morocco has all the assets to organize a major world event, and it would be an honor for all of Africa if Morocco wins the right to host the 2026 World Cup.”Morocco will compete in the 21st World Cup tournament that will take place this summer in Russia.
Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, told reporters in Islamabad that the four were killed when an office of the Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) was hit and destroyed. In addition, four ATC staff sustained minor injuries and were given first aid at a local hospitals.ATC is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working under the umbrella of the UN Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan.The UN Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mike Sackett, today appealed to the international community to meet its obligation to protect innocent civilians while military strikes were going on. “People need to distinguish between combatants and those innocent civilians who do not bear arms,” he said. “They also need to be mindful of protecting assets essential for the survival of Afghan civilians. Staff are clearly the most importance resource the aid community in Afghanistan has.”A UN official briefing reporters in New York said the four civilians killed were working as security guards for ATC, which is the oldest and largest anti-mine organization funded by the UN in Afghanistan. Employing over 1,100 Afghans, it is the organization “with which the UN has the closest possible relationship,” said Martin Barber, the Head of the UN Mine Action Service.Mr. Barber warned that with a greater number of people on the move in Afghanistan, the risk posed by mines and unexploded ordnance was rising. The UN’s anti-mine programme in the country, which has been in place for over a decade, employs over 4,000 Afghans working in nine Afghan non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and six international NGOs. The Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Caroline McAskie, stressed that the UN was making every effort to protect its local staff in Afghanistan. “We encourage them to keep in touch with all available information and to make the decisions themselves for their own safety and for the safety of their families,” she said. “We make it very clear that that’s their first priority and that’s our first priority.”
Mr. Ban “stresses the importance of respect for freedom of assembly and expression, as well as commitment to non-violence,” his spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General encourages all Egyptians to ensure that the next phase of the transition is conducted in an inclusive, peaceful, and transparent manner.”Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak nearly three years ago in the wake of mass protests. Last July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the military deposing President Mohamed Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.The current referendum on the proposed constitution is supposed to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections. Media reports say that clashes have already led to several deaths today. “The Secretary-General calls on all Egyptians to express their differences without violence,” his spokesperson said. “He continues to express the support of the United Nations for an Egyptian-led transition process that adheres to democratic principles and upholds the human rights of all Egyptians.”
“Obviously we are in clear hurry to start re-introducing the next round of the intra-Syrian talks but the message was clear: if we don’t have the atmosphere conducive for increasing the cessation of hostilities tenure […] and a substantial improvement on the humanitarian access, then the credibility of the next round of talks will be in question,” Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said.The envoy was briefing reporters in Geneva on a meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) that took place in Vienna earlier this week. The ISSG comprises the United States, the Russian Federation, the UN, the Arab League, the European Union, and 16 other countries and has been working since late last year to resolve the Syrian crisis.In the ISSG meeting, “a profound unhappiness” or “impatience” was aired regarding the failure of humanitarian aid to reach many of the besieged areas, he said. In Darayya, delivery of baby food had been blocked by “well-fed, grown-up” soldiers, he added.He said that if there is no substantial progress in humanitarian access to these areas by 1 June, air drops will start. He, however, stressed that given the heavy cost of airlifting aid, it is the last resort.Mr. de Mistura also said that Eva Svoboda, a new senior staff member assigned to handle the issue of detainee and abductees, was introduced to the ISSG’s Humanitarian Taskforce.There is no ‘Plan B,’ he said, stressing that the only way to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis is through the intra-Syrian talks.Jan Egeland, Mr. de Mistura’s Senior Advisor, said that food and other humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people reached the besieged area of East-Harasta yesterday for the first time since March 2013.“We have now reached 13 out of the 18 besieged areas as compared to reaching two of the besieged areas of last year,” he said. “But that is the end of the good news really, because May was, and is, one of the most difficult months we’ve had this year.”He said that in April, more than 40 percent of the people besieged received humanitarian supplies. But this month so far, the ratio is less than five per cent.The plan is to meet the needs of more than 900,000 people in May, and it is even more ambitious for June as it aims to reach more than 1.1 million people. He said that 14 out of the 18 besieged areas are within an hour of drive from Damascus, expressing hope that the Russians and the Iranians, and the Americans and the Saudis, and others, who have influence on the ground in Syria, will enable access.“Nowhere was the disappointment as big as it was in Darayya,” he said, noting that baby foods were stopped by the soldiers. “I can only imagine the disappointment of the mothers,” he said.
Her colourful crockery has become a staple in households across middle England and she has been been dubbed “the first lady of British homeware”.As one of the biggest ceramics manufacturers to be based entirely in the UK, Emma Bridgewater has become a champion for British industry and an advocate for the need to inspire future generations of leaders in manufacturing.But the pottery tycoon has warned that the country’s skills crisis is being fuelled by universities designing courses geared towards attracting overseas students, while vocational courses are drying up. “What I’ve heard my children’s contemporaries talk about is that courses are not really being tailored for them, they are increasingly tailored to foreign students. I think we are responding to foreign students queuing up to get a British education.” Pottery worker Lisa Cooke demonstrates sponge decoration to British Prime Minister Theresa May and Stoke Central by-election candidate Jack Brereton, as they escorted by Emma Bridgewater during a tour of the Emma Bridgewater pottery factory in HanleyCredit:Reuters The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to ceramics manufacturer Emma Bridgewater Mrs Bridgewater, 51, said she is “not interested in protectionism”, adding: “It is an amazing signal that people are flocking to train here, to learn here.But alongside it what are we doing for our own future? What is our plan for our own manufacturing sector? How are we going to get the innovation and energy we need?”She warned that the Government has not thought about the consequences of “turning its back” on the manufacturing sector, adding: “I think there is a massive snobbery and a group forgetting about where we have come from.” This week the Chancellor unveiled his plans for the biggest overhaul of post-16 education in 70 years with a multibillion pound drive to improve vocational training.Philip Hammond announced that the Government will put technical education on an equal footing with academic studies with the introduction of “T-levels”, the technical version of A-levels, funded by more than £500 million a year. But Mrs Bridgewater, who has been held up by the Prime Minister as an example of how British business will thrive in a post-Brexit world, said that enthusing young people about manufacturing must start much earlier than when they are 16.She warned that as a country, we are “signally failing” to education children about the importance of factories and industry. Rather than developing courses that train up the next generation of leaders in manufacturing, universities and colleges are focused on attracting foreign students who are “queuing up to get a British education”, she said. “A lot of vocational courses around manufacturing are evaporating – we are not training to future captains of industry,” she told The Telegraph.“There’s a very significant lack of the right courses being devised. “I think that education is responding enormously for appetite among foreign students to come here. Foreign students outnumber [British students], particularly at arts schools in London. Trainee Jenna Barcroft, at the Emma Bridgewater pottery factory, Stoke-on-Trent Credit:Martin Pope “We need a generation of children interested in engineering and manufacturing,” she said. “It feels to me that children, as part of their education, should all get to look at what a manufacturing, recycling, landfill site looks like.”Mrs Bridgewater, whose factory in Stoke-on-Trent regularly welcomes children for tours, said that more teachers should take their classes on school trips to local factories.“A factory is one of the most positive things and hugely inspiring. You instinctively think of a factory as a dark, dirty oppressive place,” she said.“Not so! It’s a collective process. Everyone of all ages is struck by the good nature, the collaboration. Children come out smiling and asking question. We need children to be enthused about engineering and we are signally failing in that.”She said that in schools and universities there is an “absolute blankness and a sense that what I’m doing is so irrelevant. We need to sort out what we do about practical education. We’ve lost track of how to envisage and project practical careers.” Mrs Bridgewater, who is also the president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, set up her ceramics manufacturing business with her husband 1985 after she failed to find a suitable birthday present for her mother. Her cheerful designs are thought to be a personal favourite of Theresa May, who gave out her mugs to Cabinet ministers for Christmas presents.This week it emerged that design and technology GCSE has disappeared from nearly half of schools, according to a survey of head teachers.A poll found that hundreds of schools across the country have axed the subject from the curriculum in the past year alone. “As an employer, all you long for is for people to have a broad education, the idea that they haven’t done some making, some crafts, as well as the academic subjects is sad and it does reduce their usefulness in many ways,” MrsBridgewater said. 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.
Drugs to vaccinate everyone over the age of 50 against Alzheimer’s could be available within 10 years, but would cost the NHS £9 billion, a new report has shown.New analysis commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK found that drugs to halt, slow or reverse the disease could be available in as little as three years with major vaccine and screening programmes possible within a decade.But dementia experts warned that demand from patients would be ‘instant and huge’ and called on the NHS to act now to make sure funds were in place for when the breakthroughs occurred.Already 12 Alzheimer’s drugs are in late Phase III trials, the final hurdle before licencing.Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “With over one million people expected to be living with dementia by 2025, we have a duty to ensure that people with dementia and their families can benefit from innovations in new treatments in the coming years.”While our report highlights a number of challenges that could affect the roll-out of future dementia treatments in the NHS, we believe these challenges can be overcome if we act now and work together.”The charity commissioned experts at the London School of Economics to model the impact of five hypothetical Alzheimer’s treatments. The researchers said there could come a time when all Britain’s 29.5 million over 50s were given vaccines and booster medication to ward of Alzheimer’s. But the 12 drugs coming through the pharma pipeline could provide a lifeline for patients. Most of the clinical trials involve drugs which target sticky clumps of beta-amyloid, which accumulate in the brain and stop neurons from communicating.Several vaccine-like treatments – which work more like a ‘statin for the brain’ than a traditional jab – are currently at an earlier stage of development, undergoing Phase I and II trials, said the experts.The report estimates that a vaccine could prevent around 70 per cent of Alzheimer’s cases.Speaking at a news briefing in London, report co-author Professor Jonathan Schott, from University College London’s Dementia Research Centre, said: “The availability of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease is a when and not an if.”Our patients are desperate for new treatments. When the media reports any hint of a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease our clinics are inundated.“When we have a successful trial, and I say when, this will be headline news around the world and the demand will be instant and huge.” Currently, there is no “disease modifying” treatment available that can alter the progress of Alzheimer’s. The most patients can hope for is something lessons the symptoms, and temporarily boosts thinking and memory skills. Dr David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It wouldn’t be an overnight scenario where everybody at 50 had a treatment like this, but that is where we’re going to, I hope, in the long term.”The report said effective vaccine delaying onset of the disease for at least three years would be expected to wipe £12.7 billion off the total £26 billion per year that dementia costs the UK economy.Care Minister Caroline Dinenage added: “This report shows the scale of the challenge dementia presents not only to individuals but to wider society – something the government has never shied away from.” 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.
For millennia, the greatest theological minds have vehemently debated one the great questions of existence: what kind of connector does Satan use to link his peripherals and his P.C.? Well, we now have a definitive answer: that dastardly trident-branded USB.At least that’s what one Brazilian “evangelical cult” claims. Welder Saldanha, the founder and “apostle” of “Paz do Senhor Amado” (Peace Beloved of the Lord) has forbidden followers from using the connector which is branded with Satan’s soul-poking tool of choice, citing that “The symbol of that name [USB] is a trident, which is used to torturethe souls that go to hell. Use of that symbol proves that all users ofthis technology are actually worshipers of Satan.”Brazilian blogs have been bouncing this story around since at least early summer (link with Google translation). But only now are we snarky secularists of Europe and North America starting to take notice. There are some elements of this story that seem too wacked to be true, such as when asked which peripheral-connector followers are permissible, Mr. Saldanha answers Bluetooth because “Blue was the color of the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ.” I haven’t been able to find any independent verification that this “cult” even exists. So, there is a chance I may be putting up a post in the near future explaining that this is all a prank or a joke that did not properly bridge the Portuguese-English divide. But for now, it’s all pretty nutso.pic via
PORTLAND (AP) — Police say a man in crisis who climbed to the top of a construction crane in Southeast Portland has climbed down and been taken into custody.The Portland Police Bureau says their Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded Wednesday afternoon to reports of the man on a crane near Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Southeast Ankeny Street.Police say the man climbed atop the 290-foot crane and that authorities followed him up there using harnesses. Police say they knew the man’s identity and were talking with him.Onlookers and construction workers watched as he walked along the crane’s horizontal arm.Just before 6:30 p.m., police said the person had been safely taken into custody.Police say traffic was affected for at least four blocks in all directions.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he saw Pele in Kylian Mbappe from the very moment he first set eyes on him.The 20-year-old forward has already achieved things in his short career that most footballers can only dream about and appears destined for a long and glorious future.Mbappe first rose to prominence at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 campaign, where he became a regular scorer to help the club win the Ligue 1 title over the heavily-fancied Paris Saint-Germain.The Parisians then secured a €180m transfer for Mbappe’s services the following season to make him the world’s second most expensive player of all-time behind team-mate Neymar, who arrived from Barcelona for €222m.Mbappe later helped PSG claim a domestic treble in his debut campaign and then went on to win the World Cup with France last summer at Russia, which saw him even score their last goal in the 4-2 win over Croatia in the final at Moscow.It meant that Mbappe, who was 19 at the time, became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele, who managed a brace in Brazil’s 5-2 victory over Sweden in the 1958 final.Since then, The French youngster has been regularly compared to the legendary Pele.And this season has seen Mbappe reach even greater heights with 25 goals and 14 assists in 30 appearances for PSG.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…Lyon defender Marcelo claimed this week that stopping Mbappe has proven to be an even more daunting task than five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.Now Wenger has given his verdict on Mbappe and recalled the moment he first saw him in action.“When I saw him the first time in the first period, I said: ‘It’s Pele,’” Wenger told CNN.“He has a combination of pace, intelligence, relaxed attitude to deal with stress. You cannot give that to people.“It looks like all the ingredients are there. Now for him, it’s how much does he continue to improve and how much can he keep a rigorous attitude to think: ‘Okay, where do I go from there.’“When a guy is a world champion at 20 years of age, has won championships — two or three already — what can you say? And the numbers don’t lie. He’s an exceptional football player and France is gifted to have him.”Mbappe will likely feature for PSG today in their Ligue 1 match against Nimes at home with kick-off set for 5:00 PM (CET).MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 15: Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
October 14, 2018 Fundraiser for the upcoming Chula Vista Starlight Parade 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Starlight Parade in Chula Vista is an annual holiday tradition, and it’s just around the corner.Chula Vista City Councilmember Pat Aguilar visited the studio on Sunday to share the details of this beloved event and how you can help raise money for it.The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is back Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the historic Third Avenue Village. This free family event is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season!Back by popular demand, kids of all ages can enjoy the free Children’s Faire before the parade. Here are a few Faire activities:Real snow hillPictures with SantaOrnament creation stationLetters to Santa workshopHoliday story timeGingerbread bounce house Updated: 10:54 AM Posted: October 14, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jason Austell, Jason Austell
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Read full review Sprint MacBook Air, $1,000 (with $200 trade-in discount) See at Walmart See at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS The entry-level 64GB iPad Air carries a list price of $500, which you can bring down significantly with a $150 Best Buy gift card by trading in your old iPad. Again, the caveat applies that you’ll get less than that if your current iPad is in less-than-great shape. You could also get the much roomier 256GB iPad Air for $500 — again, if you are able to max out the trade-in offer.The iPad Air sits between the 9.7-inch iPad introduced last year, which starts at $329, and the 11-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799 and has a more powerful A12X processor. The iPad Air is essentially a refresh of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, which Apple has discontinued. It has a nearly identical design — and accessories will be interchangeable between the two — but a few newer components, including the same A12 Bionic processor used in the iPhone XS. See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Thinking of trading in your current Apple Watch for a model from the latest Series 4 line? If your current Apple Watch is in good condition, then you can get up to $100 in the form of a Best Buy gift card to apply toward the purchase of an Apple Watch Series 4, which starts at $400 before any discount. A quick scan of Best Buy’s site reveals that you could get $40 for a Series 1, $65 for a Series 2 and $100 for a Series 3. See It See at Best Buy reading • Get Apple discounts at Best Buy with these trade-in offers See it This trade-in deal is in-store only, but you can save up to $575 on the purchase and activation of an iPhone XR, XS or XS Max if you combine the current discount of up to $200 off of one of the new iPhone models (minimum discount is $50) with up to $375 via a Best Buy gift card when you trade in your current iPhone. Don’t have a phone to trade in? Sprint is running iPhone discounts at Best Buy: save $150 on an iPhone XS or XS Max or $390 on an iPhone XR. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 iPhone XR or XS: Save up to $575 $999 Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Comment See at Best Buy Read more iPad Air, $350 (with $150 trade-in discount) Apple Watch Series 4, $300 (with $100 trade-in discount) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read full review The entry-level model usually costs $1,200 but can be had for only $1,000 if you trade in a working MacBook, which can fetch up to $200 via a Best Buy gift card. (Of course, you’ll get less for a banged-up MacBook.) The entry-level model features a 13.3-inch Retina display along with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. You could also use the trade-in for pricier MacBook Air models, including the step-up model that lists for $1,400 and bumps you up to a 256GB SSD or the $1,600 model that supplies a 512GB SSD. Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Read full review Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Angela Lang/CNET See All See at Best Buy $999 Boost Mobile iPhone X, $750 (save $150) Apple Watch Series 3, $199 (save $80) It’s not the latest series, but the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a stellar smartphone. And a great deal at $199 for the 38mm model or $229 for the 42mm model. Apple Watch Series 3 sale at WalmartTo round out the Apple deals this week, Walmart is running a deal on Apple Watch Series 3 models. Mobile See It Apple Best Buy See It 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. $999 Share your voice Read full review Read more Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1 With its gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED screen, dual rear-facing cameras and Face ID, the iPhone X is still a contender. It is still fairly spendy at $900 for the 64GB model, but you can get it for the more reasonable sum of $750 right now at Best Buy. • Sarah Tew/CNET Apple discounts, generally speaking, are rare, but they are currently abundant at Best Buy by way of trade-in offers, which can help bring down the prices of a MacBook Air, iPad Air and Apple Watch. There’s also a few iPhone deals worth investigating if you are in the market for a new phone. Of course, the usual caveat applies that you’ll get less than maximum trade-in value for your current Apple gear unless it’s in good shape.Here are the highlights of Best Buy’s Apple Shopping Event.Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Top 5 Apple deals at Best Buy Walmart Best Buy Intel Apple
GAIL (India), a state-run integrated energy company, rewarded shareholders with a bonus issue of 1:3 (one equity share for every three shares held). The company also declared an interim dividend of 85 percent, in addition to a fund-raising plan of up to Rs 1,500 crore, though the news did not lift its share price that closed 1.36 percent higher at Rs 482.Read: ONGC joins IOC, HPCL, BPCL to declare bonus issue”GAIL (India) Limited has recommended issuance of one bonus share for every three equity shares held of Rs 10 each fully paid up, subject to shareholders’ approval. Consequently, the paid-up share capital of the company will increase from Rs. 1,268.48 crore to Rs. 1,691.30 crore,” it said in its filing on Friday about the board meeting decision taken on January 25, 2017.”The decision has been taken in order to enhance shareholders’ value and acknowledge their support to the Company over the years,” GAIL chairman & managing director BC Tripathi said. The bonus issue comes after a long gap; the last bonus declaration was 1:2 in October 2008.The record date for payment of interim dividend was fixed as February 3, 2017.The company’s board also decided to raise funds via the debt route (taxable bonds) with a green-shoe option aggregating up to Rs 1,500 crore to finance capital expenditure. The company is also involved in smart city project in Bengaluru, via its city gas distribution works through its subsidiary GAIL Gas with supply of piped natural gas to households already commenced.In October last year, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the state-run Indian oil and gas explorer, rewarded shareholders with 1:2 bonus shares and interim dividend at 90 percent (Rs 4.50 per share).BPCL, HPCL, IOC and Oil India had also declared bonus shares last year. Oil India declared bonus issue of 1:3 (1 share for every three shares held) in November 2016. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) had declared 2:1 bonus in July, BPCL in the ratio of 1:1 in May and IOC in the ratio of 1:1 in August this year.
Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party on Thursday decided to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government to ‘contribute’ to the country’s further development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.Party co-chairman GM Quader came up with the announcement after its parliamentary party’s meeting in parliament.”All of our MPs wanted us to join the AL-led Grand Alliance to form its government, and we also carried out our electioneering in that way,” he said.GM Quader further said, “We didn’t think BNP’s election results would be so poor. Now we all agreed to remain in the Grand Alliance government. We would like to keep contributing to building the country and taking it forward under the leadership of Grand Alliance leader Sheikh Hasina.”He said their party delegation will soon meet the prime minister to discuss the issue with her.Asked which party will be there in the opposition if they join the government, the Jatiya Party co-chairman said it is not their concern. “The way people cast their votes there is no situation for making any party the opposition.”He said their leaders and activists worked together with Awami League to ensure the victory of the Grand Alliance and form a government together. “So, people may not accept it if we now play the role of the opposition. It’s a practical problem.”
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this undated photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday, July 21, 2019, Britain’s Prince George poses for a photo taken by his mother, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace, London. Prince George will celebrate his sixth birthday on Monday, July 22. (The Duchess of Cambridge via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2019 2:31 pm PDT Prince George turning 6 as UK palace releases new photos LONDON — Kensington Palace has released three new photographs before Prince George’s birthday.The future king turns 6 on Monday. It’s become a tradition for the palace to release snapshots taken by his mother Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.In two of the pictures George is seen with a big smile as he wears an English soccer jersey. The third shows him on a family holiday.George is third in line for the throne behind his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William.He is a great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.The Associated Press
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