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President Donald Trump early Saturday tweeted that NATO countries have “agreed to step up payments” and “money is beginning to pour in” following his contentious meeting with leaders of the western alliance during his ongoing foreign trip. “Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should. Money is beginning to pour in- NATO will be much stronger,” he tweeted. Trump on Thursday berated U.S. allies for not spending enough on defense, suggesting they owemassive amounts” in back payments to the U.S. under the umbrella of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. “Over the last eight years, the United States spent more on defense than all other NATO countries combined,” he declared as the leaders of other NATO member countries looked on uncomfortably. Trump in his Brussels address also declined to confirm the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the treaty, which guarantees the U.
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The technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is being looked at by more conventional companies and businesses. Known as blockchain, it is a public digital ledger that keeps a running tally of all cryptocurrency transactions within a distributed network of computers. Once they are recorded, transactions cannot be edited or removed, thus adding to the “chain.” “It’s kind of like if you share an Excel file with a group of your employees at the office, but you dont know exactly who updated it,” explained Hudson Jameson, chief operating officer and blockchain lead at Oaken Innovations. “Every time that you update the file, it gets updated on every other computer.” Cut out the middle man Blockchains eliminate the need for intermediary parties, by relying on a decentralized network of computers, or nodes, to verify all transactions. Bitcoin uses blockchain technology to enable anonymous, peer-to-peer payments, which is why the digital currency is often associated with illicit activity.
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to a potentially less generous 'double-lock' they say it would still mean the cost rising by 15 billion over the next 50 years. And the means testing of winter fuel payments would only lead to a 2% saving of the social security budget. One of the fundamental services many say is at great risk is education funding in England
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However, a Justice Department spokesperson emailed POLITICO that, “The Department has not reviewed or approved the current ballot language and any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect.” Statehood could negate the debt-restructuring law Congress passed last year to provide Puerto Rico debt relief. While Congress was able to allow Puerto Rico a process resembling bankruptcy, states cannot declare bankruptcy. Bondholders of Puerto Rico’s largest debt class, general obligation debt backed by the full faith and credit of the commonwealth, could then argue that they must be paid in full rather than accept a reduction in payments. That could mean a difference of billions in debt owed by the island. While it might provide more federal help for health care — an urgent need for the islandbecoming a state would also subject Puerto Rico to federal income taxes, adding more of a burden to a struggling economy.
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bring in the revenue. Under the Conservatives, the risk is that the squeeze to public services will not prove deliverable. The parties say that they wish to be fairer but the Institute for Fiscal Studies are saying that they are not honest about that. Conservatives wish to means test winter fuel payments.
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What is Britain's deficit at the moment? If I can say to you, if I can say to you, what is happening as well in terms of day-to-day expenditure. Did somebody pass you a piece of paper. How much are you going to raise from cutting winter fuel payments. It depends where we set the level
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Small improvements to the standard will come first, but the W3C is working on streaming, payments and security issues.
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Conservatives plan to means-test winter fuel payments and scrap the triple lock. But the measures will not raise much money. Nothing from that in the next five years. What about Labour? They are saying that they are for the many, not the few,.
BBC News 24
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Booth parties say that they want more fairness, but the Institute for Fiscal Studies are saying that they are not honest about that. Conservatives wish to means test winter fuel payments and scrap the triple lock. But the measures will not raise much money
BBC Parliament
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to £300 a year. But given that they seem to have ruled out the most obvious way of means testing winter fuel payments, I don't know what they will do. Any means test is costly to set up and administer, and given that this is only a small pot of money, actually, arguably if you really want to take on big decisions on controlling spending on pensioners it would be better to look at things pensioners it would be better to look at things like the state pension
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the 2 billion in total we spend on winter fuel payments. That is the thing the Conservatives now seem to have all out. That would take winter if you from around about 10 million pensioners. Given that they have ruled that out, frankly I have no idea what they will do. The big picture is that the total spending on winter fuel payments is only 2% of all benefit spending on pensioners. So whatever they do, at an aggregate level, it will be small in terms of spending on pensioners. It could affect some households up.
BBC News 24
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bring in the revenue. Under the Conservatives, the risk services will not prove deliverable. The parties say that they wish to be fairer but the Institute for Fiscal Studies are saying that they are not honest about that. Conservatives wish to means test winter fuel payments.
The Economist - Business
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WHAT is the point of buying shares? Ultimately investors must hope that the cash they receive from the company will offer an attractive long-term return. Over the long run, reinvested dividends rather than capital gains have comprised the vast bulk of returns. But since the 1980s American firms have increasingly used share buy-backs, which have tax advantages for some investors. Buy-backs have been higher than dividend payments in eight of the past ten years. In a buy-back, investors receive cash for a proportion of their holdings. A new paper* in the Financial Analysts Journal argues that adding this to dividend receipts to calculate a total payout yield gives a better estimate of future returns than the dividend yield alone. It also reveals a much better match between stockmarket performance and overall economic growth. Using data going back to 1871, the authors find that the average dividend yield has been 4.
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the Institute for Fiscal Studies are saying that they are not honest about that. Conservatives wish to means test winter fuel payments or tackling the tripping lock. But the measures will not raise much money. £1 billion. Nothing from that.
Daily Mail - Moneysaving
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Fraud on contactless cards and mobile devices has ballooned in the last two years as more Britons choose to use it for payments, figures show.
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fuel payments. It depends where we set the level. We will consult on that. It costs about two billion. Most of that? We will see, because we haven't set the... Exactly. It is uncosted black hole
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Leicester Mercury
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Labour candidate Liz Kendall says nearly 9,000 pensioners in Leicester West will lose their winter fuel payments under Conservative plans.Her research suggested Tory plans to means test the £300 annual payment would leave 8,940 older people out of pocket.Tory challenger Jack Hickey has accused her of scaremongering, but Ms Kendall said the policy was part of a triple whammy pensioners would face under Tory plans.She said this included the end of the triple lock on...
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