Previous government left behind a crippled system: Modi

first_imgWith an eye on the Rajasthan Assembly elections slated for next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at the previous Congress-led government for stalled projects, while inaugurating highway projects worth over ₹5,610 crore.Among the 12 projects inaugurated included a long-pending project of constructing a 1.4 km six-lane cable-stayed bridge across the Chambal river in Kota, which was sanctioned in 2006. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for 11 road projects worth ₹9,490 crore in Rajasthan.“It took 11 years and the budget was not even ₹300 crore,” Mr. Modi said, referring to the Chambal bridge project. “A small bridge that can be constructed in 1-1.5 years even at nominal pace took 11 years to complete and today, in three years after coming to power, we have inaugurated projects worth ₹5,600 crore. This shows the difference between governments.”“Our focus is on timely completion. We will complete projects we begin,” Mr. Modi said, while addressing his first public rally in Rajasthan in two years to a gathering of around 50,000 people here.Gadkari’s chargeRoad Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said the project had been stuck due to the previous government’s inefficiency and after the under-construction bridge collapsed in 2009 killing at least 30 workers, “people had lost hope about the project.”“This project holds great significance as the construction of the bridge will mark the completion of the East-West corridor,” he said, adding that national highway projects worth ₹2 lakh crore were lined up for Rajasthan in the next five years. He said the length of national highway in Rajasthan had doubled from 7,498 km in 2014 to 14,465 km till date and the number of national highways had gone up from 35 to 85 during this period.Mr. Modi said the upcoming road projects worth over ₹9,000 crore would boost tourism, help farmers and open up economic opportunities for the local population.last_img read more

Exclusive interview: India out-bowling England, says Graeme Swann

first_imgShadows of the 2011 whitewash are quickly vanishing as India puts up a much more spirited performance against England this time around in 2014. It’s been a compelling series, one where India have had their noses ahead, drawing at Trentbridge and now with looking to make a bigger impact at Lord’s. England is no longer the force it was in 2011. So is this India’s best chance to win in England and exorcise the dark ghosts of 2011. Recently retired English spinner Graeme Swann feels it’s all about the pitches.In an exclusive conversation with Shivani Gupta, Swann said, “It is perhaps India’s best chance to win in England. That’s perhaps a very astute comment. India is out-bowling England, putting balls in the right places.””Pitches are not supporting England. They don’t play the same as they used to, not the same as the ones that James Anderson and Stuart Broad thrive on. But India is missing a trick by not playing Ashwin. With two spinners in the second innings they could be better off.”The English itself are facing the heat, not having a won a Test in their last nine matches, equaling a win-less run from more than two decades ago. Can this team beat India?”Team is in transition. Lots of names not there anymore – Pietersen, Trott and me. If the wickets were similar to 2011, England  would win because of their superior seam bowling. But this is where the problem is. Such is the lack of traditional English wickets, that when they do get it like the first day at Lord’s, bowlers were so eager to cash in that they bowled poorly. India out-bowled us. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was exceptional. It’s strange that India did better in conditions tailor-made for England. The team in 2011 could beat this India team, of course because I was in it,” he adds with a laugh. advertisement”I won’t say the England team is unraveling now, it has already unraveled since Australia. It’s a team with a new coach, the captain is in a beleaguered position. Lots of people are questioning him. He needs to forget about it and concentrate on scoring runs and everything else will take care of itself.””I know Alastair Cook very well. He’s a very stubborn individual, he won’t be listening, but the more people bang the drum, the louder the noise. Especially the England press is very much like the Indian press. When India doesn’t do well, they go after Dhoni, same here with Cook.’So the big question is – what is wrong with the pitches? Why is England not being able to take advantage of home conditions? Clearly, its not just about being ‘good hosts’ or groundsmen having their own minds.Swann says he has just the answer.”I’ll tell you exactly what’s happening. All the drainage systems put into Test venues over the last few years have sucked all the moisture out. I’ve  been saying this for 2-3 years – at every ground, wickets are getting drier and drier. The Oval is very dry now, spins square there.””Everyone said last year that groundsmen were doctoring wickets to suit me during Ashes, which is flattering?, but really it’s become difficult to keep moisture in the ground. It’s like pouring a glass of water on a sandpit.””I feel for Trentbridge’s pitch marked poor for last week. The groundsmen are actually battling against the grounds at the minute. They are scratching their heads. This wicket at Lord’s too started wet but it’s bone dry now.”Finally, Swann says he has been most impressed with the young Indian batting lineup.”Rahane’s century in the first innings was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. He must have seen the wicket on the first day and felt like he’s batting on moon, it must have been so alien.””I want to see Virat Kohli bat well. He’s one of my favorite batsmen to watch, not bowl against, and he hasn’t fired yet. And Shikhar Dhawan as well who is a wonderful player. Two guys I thought will be the lynch pins of Indian batting are not contributing yet India is scoring good runs.”Shivani GuptaFollow @shivanigupta_5last_img read more

Why software quality managers should consider ISO 9001:2015

first_img “Thanks for sharing this information.Its such a great article. for more details about ISO certifications please contact@veave.inn Veave Technologies says: “Its such a wonderful information.Thanks for sharing this information. We are providing ISO certification if you are looking for that please reach us. qatar@topcertifier.comn Defect Tracking and Resolution Defects are frequently found and revealed throughout every stage of software quality from initial reviews to final validation. These product or system deficiencies must be captured and categorized, so that those of critical or high priority and impact can be resolved. Defects reveal the stability of the software, and provide an indicator of the suitability of earlier assurance efforts.ISO 9001:2015 can help with creation and updating of records which track test completion and defect origination and resolution. When an approved tool of record is used to cover mandatory information, defects and test completion will be more consistently reported.Within the ISO 9001:2015, the emphasis on improvement, nonconformity, and corrective action provides a structured approach to tracking product deficiencies and identifying corrections and improvements. ISO 9001:2015 supports the documentation of such issues to retain an audit trail and create a sustainable knowledge base. For example, an airline booking application with many interdependent systems and interfaces must have its defects tracked and resolved in a documented manner.Configuration Management Configuration management is essential for the control of the hundreds and thousands of individual components, designs, artifacts, application entities, and infrastructure assets that comprise an integrated software or systems engineering solution. Navigating through different versions and constantly changing parts can be complex.ISO 9001:2015 helps configuration management follow identification and versioning conventions to ensure consistency, traceability and reproducibility. That will help ensure that systems have components tracked according to the defined approaches which are aligned with the overall quality system.Within the ISO 9001:2015, the emphasis on planning changes, identification, and traceability support controlled conditions and tracking of baselines and versions for replication and reproducibility. ISO 9001:2015 supports consistency and control, with the resulting records and libraries being created for future reference ad reuse. For example, a medical imaging storage application tracks and traces the various protocols used in order to keep records organized and searchable, without losing functionality during product maintenance or upgrades.Product Release, Maintenance, and Resolution of Incidents and Problems This is the phase which aggregates the outcomes from the prior phases for a general review by top management, customers, and key stakeholders. The general perception is that software quality is completed when development is done. In fact, the opposite is true: release to production and maintenance phases extend the need for software quality.Introducing the product to the user community within a constantly evolving infrastructure and operating system requires constant attention and control. That’s where ISO 9001:2015 can help by supporting operational activities for acceptance, release and post-delivery.Within the ISO 9001:2015, the emphasis on the full product life cycle supports the continuation of controls after release, evolving the solution and systems until product retirements. ISO 9001:2015 also reinforces this concept through management reviews and continual improvement. For example, the software installed into a firmware system (i.e. manufacturing conveyor belt system for food packaging) cannot be easily replaced so it must be incrementally updated through maintenance activities, as required by the business and technical needs of the system in use.Next Steps in Making the Transition to ISO 9001:2015 For software professionals who are looking to make the transition to ISO 9001:2015, it will be important to first thoroughly review the standard to understand new terminology and requirements that will need to be addressed as well as to determine how current processes may allow the organization to build on what it already has in place. Organizational leaders will need to understand and accept how these risk-based processes can help the company become more profitable and competitive.Ultimately, achieving alignment with this international ISO 9001:2015 standard will create the necessary architecture and infrastructure to support and sustain continuing software quality management.Daniel Zrymiak is Performance and Functional Excellence Lead for Accenture and is co-author of the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook. He has worked in quality for two decades and lives in Canada and blogs at A QualitEvolution. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Log in to Reply 2 thoughts on “Why software quality managers should consider ISO 9001:2015” Log in to Reply Veave Technologies says: Continue Reading Previous Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded productsNext Programming-free LCD user interface for embedded applications December 3, 2018 at 9:48 am December 3, 2018 at 9:50 am Today’s software quality assurance professionals are looking at quality issues that extend far beyond product inspection to cover all phases of definition, design, development, and maintenance. Those who are looking to improve performance and efficiency would be wise to consider the new ISO 9001:2015 standard, which sets criteria for a quality management system and can be used to assess an organization’s ability to meet customer and regulatory requirements.Software organizations that are currently registered to the ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard will have until September 2018 to make the transition to the ISO 9001:2015 version. This provides time to transition to the new standard or acquire ISO 9001 registration and certification under the new standard. For more information visit ASQ Quality Management Standards.Figure. Process-based quality management model showing links to sections in the ISO 9001:2008 standard. (Source: ISO) Nearly all the sections of the ISO 9001:2015 standard link back to helping improve software quality priority areas:Requirements Management Requirements are essential to the success of software quality, particularly since 50-60% of software quality issues are traceable directly to the quality of the system or software requirements. They also provide the initial artifacts for evaluation, and serve as the foundation of work upon which subsequent downstream phases or stages depend on for success.Implementing ISO 9001:2015 can help interested parties influence the development and prioritization of requirements and help establish the validity and acceptance of requirements by key stakeholders. It can also help increase consistency and predictability by following expected processes.Within the ISO 9001:2015, the emphasis on customer focus aggregates and prioritizes customer and regulatory requirements and considers risks and opportunities in order to achieve outcomes critical to customer satisfaction. ISO 9001:2015 supports the definition of business, functional, and technical requirements to enable and support design, development, and testing. For example, an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) must integrate usability, functionality, and financial compliance rules to have a workable solution that can be deployed and used. Since requirements change, the mechanism for reviewing, approving, and controlling such changes is essential to a sustainable solution.Design and Code Reviews Quality management is a key reviewer of design and code to ensure that it is complete, consistent, and testable. This is an important function, not only to assure the engineering components but also to involve the quality function at the earliest stages of design.ISO 9001:2015 provides an initial review to validate alignment of designs to relevant quality objectives and conformance to requirements. This can help identify early software quality issues that might be overlooked and highlight requirements that may be complex or ambiguous.Within the ISO 9001:2015, the emphasis on Awareness, Design and Development, and Control of External Components reviews and tracks scope of features and suitability of components prior to integration. ISO 9001:2015 supports the coverage and assurance of designed and acquired objects and code. This is particularly necessary if the design applies multiple coding languages and protocols into the overall solution.Software Verification and Validation Software quality is often synonymous with software testing, which itself comprises multiple levels of testing with respect to breadth, complexity, and techniques. Verification refers to the confirmation that systems and software align and fulfill explicit specifications, while validation confirms the proper operation with respect to the intended use of the system or software in its expected operating environment.However, the resources conducting verification and validation must be properly trained with necessary testing techniques and system or application under test. ISO 9001:2015 can help reduce churn or delay from ‘tester error’ and provide assurance in testing validity and outcomes.Within the ISO 9001:2015, the emphasis on resources and competence ensure that qualified and suitable people apply appropriate test techniques to reveal those design and functionality defects that would imperil successful use and deployment. ISO 9001:2015 supports the monitoring, measurement, analysis, and evaluation to ensure that desired levels of functionality, reliability, usability, maintainability, and performance are present. For example, an online tax preparation service that is intended for both computer and mobile platforms would require accuracy, usability, and functionality across all devices intended for use and deployment. Since customer satisfaction and risk management are affected, these would be essential drivers for this initiative. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Sachin Tendulkar reveals why he enjoyed batting against an attacking field

first_imgSachin Tendulkar, one of the biggest cricketing icons, revealed that the nature of a pitch never bothered him during his playing days and he in fact, enjoyed batting on whatever surface that was on offer.In an interview given to BBC on the sidelines of the Lord’s Test between England and India, Tendulkar said that he liked batting against attacking fields in Test cricket because that gave him the opportunity to score runs. He went onto add that when the field was spread out, no matter, how well the ball was timed, the fielder would cut it off.”It’s not about batting on flat surfaces, I enjoyed playing on surfaces that were given to us, more so when it was an attacking field.”I’d much rather have three slips and two gullies, because I know if I bat well and connect the ball well, it’s a boundary for sure. But when you have a deep extra cover and you’re trying to hit the ball as hard as you can, there’s no fun in it,” Tendulkar said. Sachin Tendulkar said that he liked batting against attacking fields (Reuters Photo)After the advent of T20 cricket, Test cricket has failed to attract eyeballs and generate the amount of interest that it used to in the earlier days. Even the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston failed to get people to the stands for the first two days. The crowd did turn up however, when the game got interesting.Sachin tried to come up with a dissection of audience reactions and called for better playing surfaces in the longest format of the game because flat and batting friendly tracks make the game boring.advertisement”The key ingredient of Test cricket is the surface that we play on. In T20Is and ODIs, the bowlers get tested all the time. In Test cricket, is it testing batters?””When you keep flat, dead surfaces, where the bowler thinks, ‘I have no chance, I’m going to stick to my channel’, and the batter thinks, ‘Okay, on this surface if I don’t do anything foolish, I (won’t) be out,’ that game is becoming boring, it’s becoming dull,” explained Tendulkar.The Edgbaston Test, which had a balanced surface, did end up attracting people in the third and fourth day as both the teams were well poised to win the game before Ben Stokes’ inspiring bowling in the first session of Day 4 gave the hosts a 31-run win and a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Following the match, England captain Joe Root came out and said that this match should draw people into the stands if they are bored by red-ball cricket.”Test cricket can throw so many things at you. It fills you with confidence, winning the first Test. (Test cricket) shows it is so much more than skill, runs and wickets,” he said pointing to the head and hinted at the hosts holding their nerves.”This match is up there,” he said at the news conference. “Anyone who says Test cricket is dead can watch this…I’m really proud of the group. It sets up the series nicely.”last_img read more

There’s Reportedly A Frontrunner For Georgia 5-Star QB Justin Fields

first_imgjustin fields runs the ball during the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Justin Fields, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class, is reportedly planning on transferring out of the Georgia football program.USA TODAY first reported news of Fields’ transfer on Monday night. ESPN later reported that while Fields might end up transferring, he hadn’t yet made a decision.A couple of major schools have been mentioned potential options for Fields.The Toledo Blade is now reporting that Ohio State has emerged as the favorite.“Ohio State is the front-runner to land Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Ryan Day is a primary reason for the former five-star’s interest in the Buckeyes,” Kyle Rowland tweeted.Sources: Ohio State is the front-runner to land Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Ryan Day is a primary reason for the former five-star’s interest in the Buckeyes.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 18, 2018From the report:The true freshman backup at Georgia has alerted coach Kirby Smart of his intent to transfer. Ohio State coach Ryan Day is a primary reason for Fields’ interest in the Buckeyes.Fields, who will be the most coveted free agent in college football, is also considering Florida State and Oklahoma.He intends to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility. reported that Fields is expected to retain Tom Mars, the attorney who helped Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson gain immediate eligibility. Mars has become a transfer whisperer, winning several waiver cases in 2018.It’s unclear if Fields will actually be made eligible for the 2019 season. Ohio State is expected to lose Dwayne Haskins to the NFL, but has former top recruit Tate Martell ready to step in.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Why the women of Baroness Von Sketch Show are Canadas new comedy

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement I’ve never met the four women behind the Baroness Von Sketch Show, but I already feel like I have a deep connection to them – one of the side effects of re-binge-watching a series the day before an interview. Lucky for me, the actors  are as delightfully eccentric as the characters they play on their CBC show.“When I was a kid, my best friend had clammy hands, so I used to lick my palms so I’d have clammy hands, too,” explains Carolyn Taylor, within minutes of meeting me, as she mimics licking her hands like a deranged kitten.On a sunny afternoon at the Drake Hotel, Taylor and her fellow co-creators/co-stars, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, are reflecting on weird childhood habits, the correct time to put up Christmas lights, and having to explain to terrible ex-boyfriends the need for Lilith Fair. They’re constantly riffing with each other, adding to anecdotes in a way you can’t help but imagine is a glimpse into their pitch meetings. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Egypt protest leader Abdel Fattah faces trial on March 23

first_imgCAIRO – Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah will stand trial on March 23 for allegedly participating in a violent protest, state media reported Saturday, amid concerns the military-installed regime is increasingly stifling dissent.Abdel Fattah was a well-known activist and blogger during the 2011 uprising that overthrew strongman Hosni Mubarak, and supported the military’s ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi two years later.But he and other activists have since clashed with the new military-installed government, which has waged an extensive crackdown on both Islamists and secular activists like him. He had been hailed as an “icon of the revolution” by the military-installed presidency after Morsi’s overthrow, before he began protesting against the newregime.Abdel Fattah will face trial with 24 other defendants for a November protest against a clause in the constitution allowing the military to court martial civilians, the official MENA news agency reported.Abdel Fattah is charged with assaulting a police officer during the protest, held in violation of a law that bans all but police-sanctioned demonstrations.Three other prominent secular activists have been sentenced to three years in prison for violating the law.In an appeal hearing last week, the activists alleged they were beaten by policemen for almost 15 minutes before they were ushered into the caged dock at the court room, prompting their lawyers to walk out in protest at their treatment.Many liberal and leftist activists who opposed both Mubarak and Morsi now say they fear rights are being eroded by an emboldened interior ministry that has arrested dissidents and journalists.Egypt is due to hold presidential elections this spring that will likely be contested and won by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has distanced himself from the practices of Mubarak’s regime.last_img read more

Shelling forces relocation of UN staff in Sudanese city of Kadugli

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said several mortar rounds landed near the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) offices, a local school and a local police station. No group has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack. As a precautionary measure, UN staff have been sent to a base of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), a disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan. UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Ali Al-Za’tari called the attack a reprehensible violation of international humanitarian law. According to media reports from Sudan, there were a number of civilian casualties. “UN and humanitarian partners have not been able to deliver assistance to people in need in the SPLM-North controlled areas of South Kordofan for quite some time, but are continuing to provide relief assistance to people affected by the fighting in government-controlled areas of the state,” OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told reporters in Geneva, using the acronym for the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). Lat month the UN Security Council voiced grave concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and neighbouring Blue Nile state and urged the Sudanese Government to expedite the unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to the affected civilian populations as rapidly as possible. The two states, which lie on the border with South Sudan, have been beset by fighting between Sudanese forces and the SPLM-N since last year. The SPLM-N was previously part of the rebel movement that fought for the independence of South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan last year. read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs down the field with the ball as quarterback Trace McSorley (9) blocks Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey (23) at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Penn State won, 45-12. Credit: Courtesy of TNSLocation: College Park, Pennsylvania2016 Record: 11-3 (8-1 Big Ten)Head Coach: James Franklin2017 Record so far: 2-0All-Time Record vs. Ohio State: 14-17What’s has happened thus far in 2017: Penn State has flexed its muscles early this season with commanding wins against Akron (52-0) and in-state Pittsburgh (33-14). The team has averaged 440.5 yards per game and allowed just a single touchdown. Both the passing attack, led by redshirt junior quarterback Trace McSorley, and the rushing attack, led by Heisman-hopeful junior running back Saquon Barkley, have been extremely effective thus far as the Nittany Lions have accumulated at least 390 yards in each game.Impact PlayerBarkley makes for the obvious choice of impact player. A season ago, Barkley finished 14th among FBS players with 1,496 rushing yards and tied for seventh with 18 rushing touchdowns. Barkley is making his presence felt once again this fall, rushing for 260 yards on 28 carries (9.3 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He has also provided McSorley with another reliable receiver, with 99 receiving yards on seven catches, including a touchdown. If Penn State’s offense is going to be one of the best in the nation, Barkley will be counted on to be its catalyst.StrengthsPlain and simple, everything about the Penn State offense is the team’s strength. In addition to Barkley’s excellence, the passing game has returned practically all of its weapons from a season ago. Though its leading receiver Chris Godwin departed for the NFL, the next four of its top receivers from 2016 — Mike Gesicki, DaeSean Hamilton, DeAndre Thompkins and Barkley — all returned to the team. The Nittany Lions averaged 37.6 points per game last season (21st in the nation) and returned an offensive line that allowed just one sack last season. WeaknessesPenn State is one of the most well-rounded teams in college football, but its main weakness would probably come from its secondary. Opponents threw for 3,033 yards and 18 touchdowns while Penn State only picked off 10 passes in 2016. The team seems to have improved in the area to begin the season as it has allowed only 136.5 passing yards per game, no passing touchdowns and has intercepted three passes already. However, neither Pittsburgh nor Akron were known for their passing offenses, so it’s possible the defense has yet to receive its first real test. read more

Tony Parker Leads The Spurs to 106104 Win Over

Aron Baynes hit a clutch shot in the lane in the final three seconds to take the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-104 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night.The Hawks trailed by 14 before rallying in the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver carried the Hawks with 26 points and three of them tied the game 97-97 in the fourth. Al Horford scored 13 points; DeMarre Carroll, 14 points; and Jeff Teague scored 15 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at 104-104.But that wasn’t enough to stop the Spurs, Tony Parker scored 17 points, 13 of them in the third quarter alone, to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan  sunk 16 points with eight rebounds in 19 minutes; Marco Belinelli, 13 points; and Manu Ginobili scored 11 points for the Spurs.The Spurs went into the locker rooms with a 44-41 lead at halftime.San Antonio is working with 12 of the same players from last season, including all five starters that lost to Miami in the 2013 finals.The Spurs will return to Miami to play LeBron and company in their next preseason game Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 ET on NBATV. read more

Trump Putin discuss mutually beneficial trade security

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump had an hourlong discussion Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin — the first since Trump assumed office last week — raising questions over the fate of U.S. sanctions against Moscow and whether the two will look to enhance military cooperation against the Islamic State group.The White House provided a thin readout on the call between the two leaders, saying it was “a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.” The two leaders discussed “a range in topics from mutual cooperation in defeating ISIS to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including Syria,” the White House statement said, using an acronym for the militant group.A White House official later said sanctions did not come up in Saturday’s call between Trump and Putin. The official said Putin brought up several times that Islamic terrorism was a “common foe” for the U.S. and Russia. The official was not authorized to disclose details of the call by name and insisted on anonymity.Contrary to statements from the White House, the Kremlin said that the two leaders addressed the importance of “restoring mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between business circles of the two countries.”last_img read more

Vancouver weighs easing development agreement

first_imgA local developer might finally make headway with his request to rescind a decade-old development agreement in east Vancouver.Asghar Sadri asked the city to remove the agreement — or at least the use restrictions — because it’s restricting his ability to develop a parcel of land on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard near Hearthwood Boulevard.The Vancouver Planning Commission recommended the agreement stay intact, especially the use restrictions which prohibit drive-thru businesses, 24-hour services, gas stations, self-serve storage businesses and car washes.The Vancouver City Council first considered Sadri’s request and the planning commission’s recommendation in July. The council didn’t indicate it would go against the commission’s reasoning but used the issue to spark a larger policy discussion about planning for the future.At Monday’s meeting, however, much of the council indicated it may favor honoring Sadri’s request — at least to some extent.The council was open to the idea of renegotiating the development agreement to remove some of the land-use restrictions.“It feels as though we’re putting additional restrictions on one parcel where we didn’t put restrictions on parcels that are similar,” said Councilor Alishia Topper. “It almost feels like we are a day late and a dollar short if we really want to drive that corridor.”Topper added that it seems the development agreement is disproportionately impacting Sadri’s parcel of land.Councilor Bart Hansen said that the agreement in place is now managing via exception.“I look at some of the properties nearby and I think we’re being a little bit overreaching,” Hansen said. “I would like a happy medium to be met.”last_img read more

Fort Vancouver library vote nearly a lock

first_imgBook it: Passage of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s property tax levy increase is all but sealed.After another 801 ballots in Clark County were counted on Friday, the measure still leads 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent across its four-county territory.The library district gained 14 votes in the “yes” category, which put its positive spread at 460 votes.With only an estimated 700 ballots left to be counted in Clark County, it would take nearly a 6-to-1 “no” vote to flip the result: Highly improbable.“It seems extraordinarily unlikely these results would change,” said Greg Kimsey, county auditor.Bruce Ziegman, FVRL executive director, also stopped short of declaring a done deal.“It’s a big relief. It looks real good,” Ziegman said on Friday afternoon.The tax measure still trails in Clark County by 1,133 votes. Friday’s updated count was 38,449 votes for, 39,582 against — failing, by 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent.But strong support in Klickitat (63.7 percent) and Skamania (52.7 percent) more than offset that deficit. In the Woodland area of Cowlitz County, the levy trails, 255 votes to 288.No ballot updates were due in those three counties until next week. For all of Skamania County, only about 25 ballots remain uncounted.The new grand total for the levy, through Friday: 43,645 votes for, 43,185 votes against.Oregon delivers joltClearly, the upriver Columbia Gorge vote saved the district’s bacon.Besides crediting library boosters’ campaign there to corral votes, Ziegman noted the July 1 closure of all three Hood River County library branches.The closure came after residents in that neighboring Oregon county rejected a May 18 library funding measure, 54 percent to 46 percent.In no time, Oregonians who long had held reciprocal library privileges streamed into the Stevenson and White Salmon library branches — only to learn they now must pay $95 for a FVRL library card, to access books and other materials.“It was a big impact here,” said Jennifer Hull, librarian at the White Salmon branch. “I think it scared the heck out of everybody. It is sort of shocking, when an institution that’s been there for 100 years, overnight, is gone.” (Hood River libraries date back to 1912.)High unemployment persists in Skamania and Klickitat counties, giving library services such as Internet access that much more value, Hull said.“It’s not fair to say it’s just a fear factor” triggered by the Hood River closure that energized voters this week, Ziegman said. “Those libraries are centerpieces in those communities, in White Salmon and Stevenson, and they really care about it.”last_img read more

FTSE 100 Property and technology shares set to rise in 2016

first_img The FTSE 100 index of large UK-quoted companies is around its lows for this year, having lurched 7% lower in the latest sell-off this month. It sits today just above the key 6,000 level, having started this year around 6,600. Global shares are not faring much better, with the MSCI World index 2% lower today than at the start of the year (Chart 1). So the strong performance we saw from January to April, when the FTSE rose 8%, has been more than given away in the following 8 months.Where has the money been lost? Well, given the slump in global oil and commodity prices, it is perhaps unsurprising to find out that the Oil and Mining sectors have been the worst performers in the FTSE this year (Chart 2).But it is not just these two sectors that have dragged the FTSE down this year; Banks have also been a poor performer, down 16% from the start of the year, led by Standard Chartered, which has lost nearly half of its value since the beginning of 2015.What has done well this year? Property stocks, NasdaqDespite the FTSEs poor performance, there are some areas of the stock market that have performed well.First of all, the UK real estate sector has done well with a 7% gain year to date, comprising property companies such as British Land, Land Securities and Hammerson.Secondly, Technology stocks have done well, with US tech giants such as Microsoft and Amazon close to year highs.This can be seen in the outperformance of the iShares UK Property ETF (code: IUKP) and the Powershares Nasdaq 100 ETF (code: EQQQ) since the beginning of this year (Chart 3).Both of these exchange-traded funds have outperformed the FTSE 100 index by a wide margin over the year, by over 17% since January. And I think this can continue into the New Year as well.Property supported by solid economic trendsThe UK economy continues to grow well, which is precisely why the Bank of England is considering raising interest rates sometime this year. Property in particular is sensitive to economic growth trends, so should continue to deliver god returns on the back of this domestic trend.Commercial property values continue to rise steadily, with strong growth in London and the South East in common with residential house prices, and still offer reasonable rental yields to investors. All of this suggests that the UK property ETF can continue to perform well into 2016.Nasdaq helped by strong technology trends.The Nasdaq technology-rich index in the US has performed well up to now, fuelled by strong performance of the four Tech Horsemen – Google (now called Alphabet), Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.The strong growth both in cloud computing and online retailing is fuelling these technology stocks, and should continue to drive profit growth in 2016 as well. So there is good reason to expect the Nasdaq index, and the Nasdaq 100 ETF, to continue to make further gains into 2016.A 2016 stock pick: British AerospaceIf you are looking for a UK share to buy for 2016, then I would suggest British Aerospace (UK code: BA). Why? Well, because one key trend that I see is a substantial increase in defence spending by NATO countries including the UK, US, France and Germany next year driven by the need to intervene against Islamic State (Isis) more forcefully in Syria and elsewhere, plus to counter the rising military power of Russia.British Aerospace is well-positioned to capitalise on this trend as it is a huge supplier of defence equipment such as aircraft, missiles and tanks to these countries. In addition, it pays a handsome 5% dividend yield, so also providing the investor with a generous dividend income too.So those are my three investing ideas for 2016 that should benefit from a rebound in stock markets – the iShares UK Property ETF (IUKD), the Powershares Nasdaq EQQQ ETF (EQQQ) and British Aerospace (BA.). Closelast_img read more

The Eight Wives of Tsar Ivan the Terrible None of Whom Met

first_imgTsar Ivan the Terrible, a man who greatly increased Russia’s power and prestige, was known for being vindictive, cruel, and paranoid.  He was the first Russian monarch who adopted Tsar of All Russia as his title. He came on the throne at the age of 16, in 1547, and his nearly four-decades-long reign was marked by efforts to expand the territories of Russia. Though there were losses, due to the lost Livonian War (1558-1583) and the inception of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569) — which cut Russia’s connection to the Baltic Sea — Ivan’s Russia extended south of Moscow towards the Caspian Sea, and on the east to the vastness of Serbia.Ivan’s family life was, however, filled with more losses than gains. He became a father eight times, but his fatherhood did not go well. Many of his children he lost as infants, and one of them was even killed by his own hand — an episode depicted in a famous painting by Ilya Repin: Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan.Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan, painting by Ilya Repin, 1885.Things were sometimes tense and unpleasant also with the spouses. Poisoning, drowning, being sent to a nunnery, or exiled — these were some of the things prescribed to happen had you been one of Ivan the Terrible’s eight Tsarinas.Of the eight women Ivan married, only the first three were recognized his legitimate wives by the church, only the first wife did he truly love, and at least two of the seven “replacements” might be a fabricated story.Anastasia Romanova on the Monument “Millennium of Russia” in Veliky Novgorod. Photo by Дар Ветер, CC BY-SA 3.0Ivan’s first wife was Anastasia Romanovna, with whom he entered a union shortly after being crowned. They remained together until Anastasia’s death 13 years later, in the summer of 1560. By this point, the Tsar and Tsarina had six children, of whom four died at a very young age.Word has it that Ivan chose Anastasia Romanovna out of 1,500 potential brides who were brought to him by nobles from all corners of Russia. His flighty and volatile nature was soothed and calmed in the presence of Tsarina Anastasia. Her death evoked some of Ivan’s first blasts of paranoia.He threw blame at the Russian boyars, suggesting that they poisoned his wife. He supposedly assumed the nobles were trying to poison him, but his wife became the accidental victim.Historical Mixed Media Figure of Anastasia Romanova produced by artist/historian George S. Stuart and photographed by Peter d’Aprix. Peter d’Aprix CC BY-SA 3.0Ivan’s dislike of the Boyars eventually grew to boiling point after the death of the tsarina, and he ordered the torture and executions of a number of people. Acts like this are how he earned the nickname Terrible.Modern research has suggested that Anastasia could indeed have been a victim of mercury poisoning. Traces of the element was found in high concentration in the tsarina’s hair.Forensic facial reconstruction of Ivan IV by Mikhail Gerasimov. Photo by Shakko – CC BY-SA 3.0It is uncertain if Ivan truly loved the wives that followed. His second wife was Maria Temryukovna, the daughter of a Muslim prince. Russian lore tells us that on her deathbed, Anastasia told Ivan to not wed a pagan, which Maria Temryukovna would have been considered. However, the tsar was lured by Maria’s extraordinary beauty.Tsarina Maria did not bring much joy to the Russian royal home. She was disliked and was not respected because of her character. She failed to be a good stepmother to Ivan’s two surviving sons, and never truly fitted into the royal household. During their eight years of marriage, Maria bore Ivan one son who died just a few months after birth.Maria Temryukovna’s seal ring.Temryukovna’s death in 1569 is again a suspected case of poisoning. Some say Ivan conducted the wrongdoing himself. However, as if this was the reprised epilogue of his first marriage, the tsar again used a long list of people to torture and execute, only now for the death of his second wife.8 Words you will NEVER hear the Royal Family sayNext followed a two-year-long quest to find Ivan’s third wife — which would be the last marriage to be blessed by the church. The quest led to 19-year-old Marfa Vasilevna Sobakina, a girl raised in a merchant family. But her time as tsarina was rather shorter than the quest to find her. A few days after the wedding, Marfa Vasilevna Sobakina, fell sick. Ivan entered a new cycle of paranoia. Some assume she was poisoned by a fertility potion.Marfa Sobakina, forensic facial reconstruction by S. A. Nikitin. Photo by Sergey Nikitin CC BY-SA 3.0Within a year, the suffering Russian tsar proceeded to marry his fourth spouse, in 1572. Her name was Anna Alexeievna Koltovskaya. As it turned out, Ivan’s fourth tsarina was infertile and so she was sent to a nunnery. Now the path was clear for Ivan’s fifth wife: Anna Vasilchikova.Details are scarce about Vasilchikova, but knowing Ivan, there must have been some sort of issue since this wife too was consigned to a monastery. The marriage ended in 1576.Tsarina Anna Koltovskaya (nun Daria)’s grave.While Ivan’s former spouse Anna Alexeievna Koltovskaya reached longevity in the nunnery — one of only two of Ivan the Terrible’s wives to outlive him — Anna Vasilchikova faced death shortly after was escorted out of the royal home. There is speculation she was killed under the orders of Ivan.And then comes Vasilisa Melentyeva, the sixth and legendary wife of Ivan the Terrible. Melentyeva might be an invented story dating from the 19th century. The tale goes that his sixth wife arrived as a widow to the royal home in 1579. She became the new companion of Ivan, but she also found a love interest in another man, Prince Devletev.Tsar Ivan IV admires his sixth wife Vasilisa Melentyeva, painting by Grigory Sedov, 1875.Ivan found out that his wife was cheating on him, and had her sent to…the nunnery, of course. But before that, she allegedly witnessed the painful execution that was ordered on her lover. Some versions of the story say Vasilisa Melentyeva might have actually been one of Ivan’s concubines.Vasilisa Melentyeva, portrait by Nikolai Nevrev in 1886.Maria Dolgorukaya is the name of Ivan’s seventh wife, but she also might be fictional. Ivan allegedly married Dolgorukaya, a far-flung descendant of Yuri Dolgorukiy, the prince credited with founding the city of Moscow, in 1580. She was caught in an act of infidelity and punished with drowning.And somehow, Ivan’s last wife, Maria Nagaya survived. The tsar died in 1584, three years into their union which resulted with the birth of their son, Dmitry. After the tsar’s death, Maria Nagaya was banished from the palace. Her son Dmitry was assassinated in 1591.Ivan IV’s death by K.Makovsky (1888The former tsarina was sent to a monastery after that. She would die 24 years after the death of Tsar Ivan, in 1608. Just enough time for her to get involved in another royal drama: She recognized at least one of the four “Fake Dmitry’s” who tried to claim the throne as an impostor.Read another story from us: A Russian museum patron’s vodka-fueled attack of a painting highlights the controversy over Ivan the Terrible’s role in his son’s demiseFinally, there is at least one woman who wisely spared herself from the troubles guaranteed for anyone becoming the wife of Ivan the Terrible. It is said that the Russian tsar proposed to Queen Elizabeth I, but the famous tenant of the English throne declined. We can only imagine the course of history had such a union taken place.last_img read more

Firefox 520 released find out what is new

first_imgFirefox 52.0 released: find out what is new by Martin Brinkmann on March 07, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: March 30, 2017 – 30 commentsMozilla Firefox 52.0 Stable was released on March 7, 2017 to the public through the web browser’s automatic update functionality, and on Mozilla’s website.Note: Firefox 52.0 is being rolled out on March 7, 2017. The release is already on Mozilla’s FTP server, but may not be yet available through automatic updating. All Firefox users and interested Internet users will have access to the release at the end of the day.The new version of Firefox is a major release for several reasons. First, it is the first release that does away with NPAPI plugin support. Second, it marks the beginning of a new Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) cycle.Mozilla updates all Firefox channels on the same day when a new major stable version is released. This means that Firefox Beta is updated to Beta 53.0, Firefox Aurora to Aurora 54.0, and Firefox Nightly to Nightly 55.0. Additionally, Firefox ESR 52.0 is available (and so is Firefox ESR 45.8).Executive SummaryFirefox 52.0 is the new stable version of the web browser.The new version does not support NPAPI plugins anymore, apart from Adobe Flash. So, no Silverlight, Java, Google Hangouts and other plugin support anymore.Firefox ESR 52.0 is the new Extended Support Release version. You may enable NPAPI plugin support in it.Windows XP and Vista users are automatically migrated to Firefox 52.0 ESR during update. Firefox 53.0 won’t run on XP or Vista machines anymore.Firefox 52.0 download and updateMozilla Firefox 52.0 is available on Mozilla’s public FTP server. The update will be made available today through the browser’s automatic update feature, and also on the Mozilla website.You can run manual check for updates in the following way in Firefox:Open Firefox if it is not open already.Tap on the Alt-key on your computer keybard, and select Help > About Firefox.This displays the current version and channel of the browser. An update check is performed in the background, and new versions that are found during the check are either downloaded and installed automatically, or on user request.The latest Firefox versions can be downloaded by following the links below as well:Firefox Stable downloadFirefox Beta downloadFirefox Developer downloadNightly downloadFirefox ESR downloadFirefox unbranded builds informationFirefox 52.0 ChangesNon-Secure warnings for HTTP login pagesFirefox warns you with a security prompt when a page with a login form uses HTTP.  The browser displays a small notification underneath the login prompt when you activate it if HTTP is used on the page to submit the data.Also, autofill disabled on these pages.It reads: Logins entered here could be compromised. Learn more.Strict Secure Cookies specification implemented The Strict Secure Cookies specification has been implemented. It prevents insecure (read HTTP) sites from setting cookies with the secure flag. It prevents HTTP sites from overwriting cookies set by HTTPS sites with the secure flag.You find the draft here.Firefox 52.0 ESRFirefox 52.0 ESR marks the beginning of a new extended support release cycle. This release is important for a number of reasons:It is the only version of Firefox going forward that supports NPAPI plugins other than Adobe Flash. To enable support for other plugins, set plugin.load_flash_only to false on about:config.It is the last version of Firefox going forward that supports Windows XP and Windows Vista. While Firefox 52.0 will install fine on machines running those operating systems, Firefox 53.0 will fail to run.You may still disable the signature enforcement for add-on installations. Set xpinstall.signatures.required to false for that.Service Workers, Push Notifications, and WebAssembly not enabled by default. To enable, set dom.serviceWorkers.enabled, dom.serviceWorkers.openWindow.enabled, dom.push.enabled and javascript.options.wasm to true.Other Firefox 52.0 changesAdded support for WebAssembly.Added automatic captive portal detection which should improve access to WiFi hotspots. “When accessing the Internet via a captive portal, Firefox will alert users and open the portal login page in a new tab”.Adobe Primetime CDM is removed.A warning is displayed when when SHA-1 certificates are encountered that chain up a root certificate. Users may still override the warning.Improved text input for third-party keyboards on Windows. According to Mozilla, this fixes several keyboard issues such as chained dead keys and dead key sequences.Multi-process Firefox is now available on Windows systems with touch screens.Option to expose only whitelisted fonts to websites and services.Removed support for the Battery Status API for privacy.Sync enables Firefox users to send and open tabs from one device to another.When Direct2D is not used on Windows, Skia is used instead for content rendering.Developer ChangesThe Responsive Design Mode of the Developer Tools has been revamped completely.CSS Grids highlighter in the Page Inspector module.New CSS features implemented. See developer notes linked at the bottom for details.New JavaScript features: async functions, trailing commas in functions, rest parameter destructuring, and more.Page Inspector: easier element highlighting, and display of whitespace-only text nodes.Referrer-Policy supports same-origin, strict-origin, and strict-origin-when-cross-origin directives.Rel=”noopener” link type has been implemented.Selection API shipped.Service Worker State shown on about:debugging now.Several Firefox OS APIs removed.WebExtensions APIs: sessions, topSites, omnibox shipped.Firefox 52.0 for AndroidMany features that landed in Firefox on the desktop landed in Firefox for Android as well. The following changes are Android specific.The apk file size of the Firefox browser has been reduced by more than 5 Megabyte. This should improve download speed and installation time.Media controls are displayed in the Android notification area to pause and resume media playback.Security updates / fixesMozilla reveals security updates after the final release. We will update the listing with information once Mozilla publishes it.CVE-2017-5400: asm.js JIT-spray bypass of ASLR and DEPCVE-2017-5401: Memory Corruption when handling ErrorResultCVE-2017-5402: Use-after-free working with events in FontFace objectsCVE-2017-5403: Use-after-free using addRange to add range to an incorrect root objectCVE-2017-5404: Use-after-free working with ranges in selectionsCVE-2017-5406: Segmentation fault in Skia with canvas operationsCVE-2017-5407: Pixel and history stealing via floating-point timing side channel with SVG filtersCVE-2017-5410: Memory corruption during JavaScript garbage collection incremental sweepingCVE-2017-5411: Use-after-free in Buffer Storage in libGLESCVE-2017-5409: File deletion via callback parameter in Mozilla Windows Updater and Maintenance ServiceCVE-2017-5408: Cross-origin reading of video captions in violation of CORSCVE-2017-5412: Buffer overflow read in SVG filtersCVE-2017-5413: Segmentation fault during bidirectional operationsCVE-2017-5414: File picker can choose incorrect default directoryCVE-2017-5415: Addressbar spoofing through blob URLCVE-2017-5416: Null dereference crash in HttpChannelCVE-2017-5417: Addressbar spoofing by draging and dropping URLsCVE-2017-5425: Overly permissive Gecko Media Plugin sandbox regular expression accessCVE-2017-5426: Gecko Media Plugin sandbox is not started if seccomp-bpf filter is runningCVE-2017-5427: Non-existent chrome.manifest file loaded during startupCVE-2017-5418: Out of bounds read when parsing HTTP digest authorization responsesCVE-2017-5419: Repeated authentication prompts lead to DOS attackCVE-2017-5420: Javascript: URLs can obfuscate addressbar locationCVE-2017-5405: FTP response codes can cause use of uninitialized values for portsCVE-2017-5421: Print preview spoofingCVE-2017-5422: DOS attack by using view-source: protocol repeatedly in one hyperlinkCVE-2017-5399: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 52CVE-2017-5398: Memory safety bugs fixed in Firefox 52 and Firefox ESR 45.8Firefox ESR 45.8 security fixes are here.Firefox 52.0.1Firefox 52.0.1 was released on March 17th, 2017 to the release channel. It includes a security fix that was reported to Mozilla through the Pwn2Own contest.Firefox 52.0.2Firefox 52.0.2 was released on March 28, 2017. The new release fixes four issues, including a crash on startup issue on Linux, a loading tab icons on session restore issue, and another issue where new installs would not prompt users to change the default web browser on the system.Additional information / sourcesFirefox 52 release notesFirefox 52.0.1 release notesFirefox 52.0.2 release notesFirefox 52 Android release notesAdd-on compatibility for Firefox 52Firefox 52 for developersSite compatibility for Firefox 52Firefox Security AdvisoriesFirefox Release ScheduleNow Read: The state of Mozilla FirefoxSummaryArticle NameFirefox 52.0 released: find out what is newDescriptionMozilla Firefox 52.0 Stable was released on March 7, 2017 to the public through the web browser’s automatic update functionality, and on Mozilla’s website.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Disable Windows 10 hiding scroll bars

first_imgDisable Windows 10 hiding scroll bars by Martin Brinkmann on July 16, 2018 in Windows – 30 commentsOne of the changes that Microsoft introduced in the company’s Windows 10 operating system affected the appearance of scroll bars on the system.The default behavior hides scroll bars automatically in Windows. While that feature is limited to (mostly) Windows Store applications and not desktop apps, it affects all users as native apps like Settings use the system as well.Microsoft uses the term hiding and that is correct as the scroll bar is hidden automatically when a window becomes inactive.Activation, e.g. clicking on the window to make it the foreground window, does not display the full scroll bar but a smaller one. Only when you interact with the scroll bar is the full scroll bar displayed.While some users may find the feature useful, as it may display more information in a program window thanks to the extra bits of width for content, others may dislike it because it may be more difficult to interact with the scroll bar.You need to move the mouse over the scroll bar area and wait for a moment to expand it from thin to full, and when you move the mouse away it goes back to the thin version automatically.Disable Windows 10’s hide scroll bars featureMicrosoft, thankfully, added an option to Windows 10 to disable the functionality. Here is how you do that on your system:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application. You can alternatively select Start > Settings if you prefer to use the mouse.Go to Ease of Access > Display.Find the “Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows” preference and set it to off.You should notice that scroll bars return to the big state automatically and that Windows 10 does not hide them anymore on the system once you have made the change in the Settings application.You can restore the status quo at any time by setting the preference to on again in the Settings application.Closing WordsThe new visual tweak to hide scroll bars on Windows 10 gives applications a bit of extra space for content. While that is always appreciated, having to wait a short moment before the full scroll bar is displayed may not be appealing to some users of the operating system.Those can disable the functionality to restore full scroll bars across the system. Some users may not come across hidden scroll bars that much as it depends on whether they use Store apps or native apps regularly.Now You: What is your take on hiding scroll bars?SummaryArticle NameDisable Windows 10 hiding scroll barsDescriptionFind out how to disable the scroll bar hiding of the Windows 10 operating system so that scroll bars are displayed in full all the time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

React 168 releases with the stable implementation of Hooks

first_imgYesterday, Dan Abramov, one of the React developers, announced the release of React 16.8, which comes with the feature everyone was waiting for, “Hooks”. This feature first landed in React 16.7-alpha last year and now it is available in this stable release. This stable implementation of React Hooks is available for React DOM, React DOM Server, React Test Renderer, and React Shallow Renderer. Hooks are also supported by React DevTools and the latest versions of Flow, and TypeScript. Developers are recommended to enable a new lint rule called eslint-plugin-react-hooks that enforces best practices with Hooks. It will also be included in the Create React App tool by default. What are Hooks? At the React Conf 2018, Sophie Alpert and Dan Abramov explained what are the current limitations in React and how they can be solved using Hooks. React Hooks are basically functions that allow you to “hook into” or use React state and other lifecycle features via function components. Hooks comes with various advantages such as enabling easy reuse of React components, splitting related components, and use React without classes. What’s new in React 16.8? Currently, Hooks do not support all use cases for classes, but soon it will. Only two methods, that is, getSnapshotBeforeUpdate() and componentDidCatch(), don’t have their Hooks API counterpart. A new API named ReactTestUtils.act() is introduced in this stable release. This API ensures that the behavior in your tests matches what happens in the browser more closely. Dan Abramov in a post recommended wrapping code rendering and triggering updates to their components into act() calls. Other changes include: The useReducer Hook lazy initialization API is improved Support for synchronous thenables is added to React.lazy() Components are rendered twice with Hooks in Strict Mode (DEV-only) similar to class behavior A warning is shown when returning different hooks on subsequent renders The useImperativeMethods Hook is renamed to useImperativeHandle The algorithm is used for comparing useState and useReducer values To use Hooks, you need to update all the React packages to 16.8 or higher. On a side note, React Native will support Hooks starting from React Native 0.59 release. Read all the updates in React 16.8 on their official website. Read Next React Conf 2018 highlights: Hooks, Concurrent React, and more React introduces Hooks, a JavaScript function to allow using React without classes React 16.x roadmap released with expected timeline for features like “Hooks”, “Suspense”, and “Concurrent Rendering”last_img read more

Government wants to hike taxes to boost income

first_imgFinance Ministry officials this week presented a series of amendments to Costa Rica’s sales and income tax laws in the hopes of increasing revenue by around ₡600,000 million ($1.1 billion). That would represent 2 percent of the national economy, officials said.The proposal, however, faces serious opposition from some business owners, legislators and unions.“As always happens, the consumer will end up suffering the consequences,” Francisco Ovares, president of Costa Rica’s Private Accountants Association, said Thursday.“We believe all affected sectors should read and do a deep analysis of the proposal,” Ovares said, “but most importantly, they should communicate their concerns to the Finance Ministry.”One of the major proposed changes would swap the current sales tax for a value added tax, and increase the rate gradually from the current 13 percent to 15 percent by 2017. Switching to a value added tax would mean most services, as well as goods, would be taxed.Businesses operating within free-zone regimes would remain exempt from the tax. Education and private health services would also be exempt, except for surgery and hospitalization.Tourism activities would be exempt for the first year after the law goes into effect, then levied a 5 percent tax in the second year, 10 percent in the third and 15 percent starting the fourth year.Services provided by self-employed professionals — including doctors, lawyers, architects and accountants — would be taxed. Concert and sports tickets, plastic surgery and cosmetic services, among others, would also be taxed.The proposal does include a provision designed to soften the effects of tax increases on the poor. Authorities would define a package of essential goods and services that would be exempt from the value added tax.The package would be revised periodically based on results of the National Institute of Statistics and Census’s survey of household income and expenses.Final drafts of the bills will be submitted to the Legislative Assembly for discussion and voting between April 13 and 17, Finance Minister Helio Fallas said.Proposed changes to income tax lawThe proposal includes two new salary brackets for income tax purposes. Monthly income above ₡2,225,000 million ($4,120) and up to ₡4,450,000 ($8,240) would be taxed at 20 percent.All monthly income above ₡4,450,000 would be taxed at 25 percent.Currently, monthly income above ₡793,000 ($1,469) and up to ₡1,190,000 ($2,200) is taxed at 10 percent, while all income above ₡1,190,000 is taxed at 15 percent.Monthly income under ₡793,000 ($1,469) would remain tax-exempt.The proposal would also tax all remittances paid to individuals and businesses outside of the country.In addition, large cooperatives would have to pay a 30 percent tax on their profits (all cooperatives are currently exempt).Micro, small and medium-sized businesses would be exempt as long as they are registered as such with the Economy Ministry.Private companies that provide energy generation services would also be exempt.Mario Hidalgo Matlock, a tax expert with the consulting company Deloitte, said the proposed tax law changes weren’t new.“They are very similar to those proposed during the last four or five administrations,” he said.He said the proposed expansion of taxed services would especially hit small entrepreneurs and businesses, like beauty parlors.He said the proposed tax on remittances “would affect the country’s appeal for attracting investors and even retirees and foreign residents sending remittances from here,” Hidalgo added.Drafts of both tax bills, along with forms that citizens can use to submit comments and suggestions, are available for download at the ministry’s website.Negative reactionsThe tax proposals generated plenty of criticism from different sectors of Costa Rican society.Leaders of the country’s main labor unions rejected both proposals. Eight major public and private sector unions grouped under the Patria Justa Coalition of Labor Unions, issued a joint statement, saying the proposed changes would disproportionately affect the poor and those who already pay most of the taxes.“The government is opting for the easy way to solve its (economic) problems,” they said.“Transforming the sales tax into a value added tax will only aggravate the already unfair tax structure,” the union leaders wrote. “Poor citizens are not the ones stealing or dodging tax money.”Labor leaders said they were considering street demonstrations against the proposed changes.The business sector was more guarded in its reaction. Luis Mesalles Jorba, vice president of the Costa Rican Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations, said the group would consult its members before submitting observations to the Finance Ministry.Mesalles said that any solution to the problem should combine fiscal reforms with tighter controls on public spending.He acknowledged that the government has already taken some actions to control spending, but said it had yet to address bigger problems, such as yearly wage adjustments and large cash benefits received by many bureaucrats.The outlook for the bill’s passage in the Legislative Assembly is dubious.Leaders from five parties — the National Liberation Party, Christian Democratic Alliance, Broad Front, Social Christian Unity Party and Libertarian Movement — publicly said they will vote against the government’s plan.Instead of raising taxes, they said the government should make further efforts to cut public spending and improve tax collection.During the full Assembly’s session on Wednesday, Libertarian Movement leader Otto Guevara Guth said his party will vote “against taking more money out of Costa Ricans’ pockets.”Social Christian Unity Party leader Rafael Ortiz Fábrega said his party “will not tolerate employers and taxpayers having to pay for the government’s inefficiency.”He said his party won’t approve any tax reform as long as the government fails to propose concrete measures for reducing spending.Comments and suggestions regarding the proposed reforms must be submitted via a template available on the Finance Ministry’s website and emailed to: or or sent by fax: 2255-4874.The deadline to send comments is March 27. 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