Voice Of America
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Kenya is in the midst of a 90-day independent audit of the country’s voter list ahead of August elections. Experts say the review could see tens of thousands of names removed. Mohammed Yusuf has the story from Nairobi. Earlier this year during a mass voter registration exercise, the electoral body expected to register six million Kenyans in one month. Political parties set a target of 10 million. They all missed the mark. The drive saw 3.7 million people registered. Samwel Ogola says people routinely overestimate the population in a given area. He should know. He is in charge of population statistics with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. “It’s human if your expectation is not met, if you are feeling you are ten but you are told you are only eight, you may feel that’s not it, and that’s human nature," said Ogola. "But again we must learn to rely on facts, and figures dont lie.
The Week
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Her memoir was turned into a Hollywood film starring Kim Basinger in 2000. What happened to her? On Sunday she was shot as she inspected a ransacked lodge on her ranch in the Laikipia region. A bullet passed through the door of her car, hit her hip and caused serious internal injuries to her stomach. She was airlifted to hospital in Nairobi and underwent surgery and is said to be in a critical condition. Gallmann had been "increasingly distressed" in recent weeks, says Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief of the New York Times . He received a "flurry" of text messages from her warning that heavily armed pastoralists (people who live by herding livestock across country) had invaded her ranch and were "edging closer and closer to her house". In March, a safari lodge she owned was burnt to the ground with no-one staying inside, says the BBC .
The Sun Daily
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Politico
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One of the ads, which has a picture of the White House, was a prominent ad on NPR’s home page on Saturday. The ad links to a page ( http://bit.ly/2q3yfbo ) that has 14 publications analyzing the Trump administration’s policies. The law firm, whose former partner Don McGahn became White House counsel, was paid $3.3 million in legal fees by the campaign through the end of last month. At least three Jones Day lawyers joined McGahn in the White House. The firm, which does not lobby in Washington, did not respond to requests for comment on the ad campaign. See the ad http://bit.ly/2oVs773 -- FROM MORNING MEDIA: “At The New York Times, Rebecca Ruiz is joining the Washington bureau as a Justice Department reporter on the team covering national security and law enforcement. She’s been doing sports investigations since 2015 and was a business reporter prior to that.
HubSpot Marketing Blog
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In the first few years of business, small companies come up against a lot of different challenges. Some are harder than others to overcome -- and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , about 20% of small businesses fail by the end of their first year. By the end of their fifth year, 50% go under; and by the tenth year, that number rises to 80%. With survival rates like that, it's easy to understand why folks face the first few years of business with trepidation. But in fact, many common business problems and challenges are actually fixable, from difficulty finding customers, generating leads, and building an email list, all the way to hiring the right people and balancing quality and growth. Many times, you'll find you need to take a step back, take the time to understand the pain points you're feeling, and re-think your strategy. Here are six challenges every small business faces, along with some tactical advice about how to fix them.
China Daily
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TIME - Top Stories
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But the number who said Trump is very competent slid from 30% in early February to just 22% in the April poll. The poll also showed that Trump continues to struggle with his job approvaljust 47% in this survey, with 52% disapprovingdue to overwhelmingly negative numbers among Democrats and independents. While the Republican base remains largely supportive, Trump's disapproval among Democrats is 87%, with virtually all saying they strongly disapprove of his performance. Among independents who don't lean toward either party, Trump has a 61% disapproval rating. The survey was conducted of a national sample of 3,912 adults ages 18 and up selected from nearly 3 million people who take polls on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data were weighted for age, race, sex, education and geography using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey to reflect U.S. demographics. The modeled error estimate for the survey is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
Politico
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And the bubble is growing more extreme. Parts of the media have always had their own bubbles. The national magazine industry has been concentrated in New York for generations, and the copy produced reflects an Eastern sensibility. Radio and TV networks based in New York and Los Angeles likewise have shared that dominant sensibility. But they were more than balanced out by the number of newspaper jobs in big cities, midsized cities and smaller towns throughout the country, spreading journalists everywhere. No longer. The newspaper industry has jettisoned hundreds of thousands of jobs, due to falling advertising revenues. Dailies have shrunk sections, pages and features; some have retreated from daily publication; hundreds have closed. Daily and weekly newspaper publishers employed about 455,000 reporters, clerks, salespeople, designers and the like in 1990, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Sun Daily
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BANGKOK: Thai authorities arrested another Malaysian man suspected to be a key member of a drug syndicate at the busy Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday evening before he could board a flight back to Malaysia. The man, 44, from Penang was nabbed at 7pm (local time) following surveillance by Thai authorities over his alleged role in two failed attempts to smuggle drugs into Malaysia early this year and late last year. "The Malaysian man arrived in Bangkok about two weeks ago and has been under constant surveillance by the police ever since," said the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) deputy head Maj Gen Pornchai Charoenwong at airport yesterday. According to him, the man was believed to be the key figure behind the discovery of 87kg of "Ice" in a rented house in Hatyai January this year and the seizure of 52.4kg of heroin and 41.9kg of "Ice" from a car driven by two Malaysian men in Chumphon Dec last year.
Politico
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Washington Free Beacon
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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to create a task force designed to promote agriculture and rural prosperity in America. Trump on Tuesday will meet with members in the agriculture industry including the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau, and various farmers and ranchers to discuss the issues facing the industry. "We will be asking Secretary Perdue to establish a task force that does a 180-day review of regulation and policy, legislation that unnecessarily hinders economic growth in the agriculture area," said Ray Starling, the special assistant to the president for agriculture. "All of these things are over issues that those of us in agriculture see as potential limiting factors economically and things that we need to address," he said. Starling said that the executive order will also sunset the current makeup of the White House Rural Council, which was created by the Obama administration in 2012.
Sputnik International
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However, as police have pointed out they are not aware of a visit to Queenstown by a current or former head of state,” the spokesperson said, New Zealand Herald reported. Newstalk ZB quoted Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies Jim Rolfe as saying that it is likely that issues surrounding increasing cyberthreats could be discussed. “These are people with hugely full agendas, and if they’re going to give a couple of days to come to the other side of the world, it’s for a good reason,” Rolfe said. “They’d be very interested in cyber threats and cyber security. Very, very big issue everywhere in the world now.” New Zealand’s minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) and Security Intelligence Service (SIS) are expected to attend the conference. The CIA and the FBI have not yet issued any statement regarding the summit.
TIME - Top Stories
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Jones first trip in North Korea was in 2012, at which point he covered the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. AFP was just one of the many Western news organizations allowed in the country at that time. But, since September 2016 when AFP opened a bureau in North Korea, the agency has had two permanent local journalists (a photographer and video journalist) as well as regular visits from Jones, a writer and a video journalist, who make the short flight from South Korea and report for a period of 10 to 14 days at a time. Jones movements remained tightly controlled when hes in the isolated country, but, he tells TIME, we are gradually learning what is and is not possible in terms of putting forward coverage proposals. He adds: North Korean policy is never easy to interpret, and the opening has been very gradual, with Japan's Kyodo, the Associated Press and AFP joining Chinese and Russian media already present in Pyongyang.
The Economic Times
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A committee comprising officials of the CISF, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the airport operators has been recently constituted to smoothen the roll-out of this new protocol at all the 59 airports guarded by the paramilitary force. This was done after a high-level meeting chaired by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and his counterpart in the Civil Aviation Ministry, Jayant Sinha, in which the earlier BCAS order about stamping the hand baggage tags was stayed. The meeting while staying the BCAS order had sought a thorough review of the security apparatus before the new measure could be launched. The CISF said it had sought modifications in the airport security for doing away with the hand baggage stamping and "to make sure that passengers could not access bags containing restricted items which are segregated by CISF personnel for checking (after X-ray scanning)".
The Sun Daily
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BANGKOK: Thai Police busted a major attempt to smuggle drugs into Malaysia when they intercepted a truck carrying one million yaba pills, a type of methaphetamine, four days ago in Mae Chan district, Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. According to Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) commander Maj Gen Tanai Aphichartseni, two Thai nationals from Songkla were arrested in a predawn raid on a ten-wheeler truck. "Both of the suspects admitted they were instructed to transport the drugs to Hatyai first and then Sadao before smuggling it into Malaysia. The police found 10 bags full of yaba pills inside the truck," he told a media conference here today. He said the duo, who were paid 400,000 baht (about RM50,000), were supposed to load the truck with oranges when they stopped in Chiang Mai en route to southern Thai, in an effort to hoodwink the authorities from discovering the truck's true consignment.
MintPress News
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In addition to the troubling history of some of the collection agencies that have been hired, consumer advocates have expressed concern over the IRSthird attempt to use private debt collection to claim unpaid taxes, arguing that the move is likely to cause a host of problems, such as the mistreatment of borrowers and an increase in tax fraud. Chi Chi Wu, a staff attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, told NBC News : There are so many reasons why it's a bad idea that the IRS has been forced to use private debt collectors. They're the most complained-about industry to the Federal Trade Commission [FTC] and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. All too often, consumers are being mistreated by debt collectors and now taxpayers are at risk of that in the collection of tax debt. Wu added that most of the people who will be targeted are likely to be struggling financially, making them eligible for certain compromise programs or non-collectible statusinformation that private debt collectors are likely to withhold from borrowers, as it benefits those companies financially.
Politico
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The counterproliferation teams also enlisted the help of American companies, providing them with Iran’s massive shopping list of needed items and hotlines to call when they got a nibble. “It took a long time to mature, but by 2013 to 2014, it became very evident that we were getting a lot of great leads,” recalls Randall Coleman, who as assistant FBI director oversaw the bureau’s fledgling Counterproliferation Center and special coordinators in all 56 field offices. “We were very aggressive, and as a result of that, our caseload went up about 500 percent,” Coleman said. “It really exploded. We were rocking and rolling.” One of the most promising cases was in Boston, where federal agents were deep into their investigation of the illicit flow of parts to Iran from a Massachusetts firm, MKS Instruments, and its Shanghai subsidiary. With help from MKS, which was not suspected of wrongdoing, agents initially focused on Cheng and gathered evidence that he had been indirectly supplying Iran with components with nuclear applications for years.
Politico
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In March 2015, the FBI increased the reward for information leading to his return to $5 million. FBI officials were outraged that his case was not part of the prisoner swap, and the bureau issued a statement the day Obama announced it, saying, “Today, the United States celebrates the safe return of four American citizens detained by the government of Iran to their families and loved ones. Unfortunately, the family of retired FBI agent RobertBobLevinson still waits.’’ The seven Iranians freed in the U.S: The seven men freed by the U.S. were given pardons or commutations depending on whether convicted or awaiting trial, according to a Justice Department news release that described them as violating the Iranian embargo and Export Administration Regulations but made no mention of the prisoner swap – or the dropped cases of the other 14 Iranians.
The Sun Daily
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BANGKOK, Apr 24 (Bernama) – Malaysian drug kingpin dubbed "Mr T", may not be the real mastermind behind the large international drug syndicate which was busted by the Thai Police several days ago, according to the country's Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB). "Mr T", who was arrested at Hatyai airport upon his return from Chiang Rai last Wednesday, could be the right-hand man to the real mastermind of the syndicate, who the Thai authorities are pursuing vigorously following the arrest of his senior lieutenants recently. "We (Thai authorities) will get the real mastermind," NSB's deputy head Maj Gen Supakit Srijantaranon told Bernama recently, adding that the noose is tightening around the mastermind's neck following the recent arrest of his senior henchmen especially "Mr T". Besides the Johor-born Mr T", Thai authorities also arrested a Taiwanese man and two Thai women.
Voice Of America
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S. Department of Agriculture study said. If America's unauthorized labor force shrank 40 percent, for example, vegetable production could drop by more than 4 percent, the study said. The American Farm Bureau Federation says strict immigration enforcement would raise food prices 5 to 6 percent because of a drop in supply and because of the higher labor costs farmers could face. In addition to proposing a wall at the Mexican border, Trump wants to hire 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and has served notice that he intends to be more aggressive than the Obama administration in deporting immigrants. ICE agents have arrested hundreds of immigrants since Trump took office, though how much of a change from the Obama administration that represents is a matter of debate. Field hands have been among those targeted, with apple pickers detained in upstate New York and Guatemalans pulled over in Oregon on their way to a forest to pick a plant used in floral arrangements.
The Sun Daily
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The money also went for payments for promotional and marketing activities undertaken by the Penang International Convention and Exhibition Bureau (PICEB) and Penang Global Tourism (PGT). According to the statement, the rest of the money will be used for incentives to attract those organising conventions or exhibitions with more than 15,000 persons for three days and for airlines who agree to have direct flights to Penang.
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