21stCenturyWire
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This may very well be true, but if it is, then the record of certainty – and arrogance – that existed in the mindset of senior intelligence managers and analysts only further erodes public confidence in the assessments produced by the CIA, especially when, as is the case with Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction – the agency was found so lacking. Stuart Cohen, a veteran CIA intelligence analyst who served as the acting Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, oversaw the production of the 2002 Iraq National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that was used to make case for Iraq possessing WMD that was used to justify war. According to Mr. Cohen, he had four National Intelligence Officers with “over 100 years’ collective work experience on weapons of mass destruction issues” backed up by hundreds of analysts with “thousands of man-years invested in studying these issues.
The Economic Times
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The facility is likely to commence work in the final quarter of 2017 and begin production in the second half of 2019. Kia is estimated to produce about 3 lakh vehicles there each year. The project includes facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. Kia will also set up a township for its employees, apart from an advanced training centre. “Kia will produce strategic compact sedans and compact SUVs, especially for the Indian market at the new plant,“ said one of the people. The first project could be an SUV , codenamed SP2, built on Hyundai's Creta platform. With parent Hyundai Motor operating at its peak capacity in India, Kia is likely to share manufacturing with Hyundai in the future to have better capacity utilisation and breakeven faster. Andhra Pradesh, ranked No. 1in the ease of doing business index, hopes Kia's integrated project will add to the state's fast-developing automotive ecosystem and have a spinoff effect on industrial development and employment in the region.
21stCenturyWire
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By The TRUTH HOUND Stop the Presses News & Commentary LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The land policies of the federal government, which commandeers about 640 million acres nationwide (28% of the 2.27 billion acres of the overall U.S.), do indeed call into question the very nature of such massive land control. The concentration of federal land ownership in the American West is especially staggering, with over 80% of Nevada falling under federal jurisdiction. Behind the façade of often tedious, misleading courtroom arguments, that's the real issue in the first trial of the landmark Cliven Bundy property-rights casein which the jury deadlocked on April 24. The opening trial started Feb. 6 and has dragged on longer than expected—concerning a case in which federal land jurisdiction and control are the true bedrock issues. But such issues have been buried under loads of lurid legal scenarios painted by the prosecution, which evidently seeks to paint all the defendants as far-right armed insurrectionists who would overturn government land mismanagement at gunpoint if necessary.
The Iran Project
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At the same time, Sputnik Persian admitted that Washington's anti-Iranian rhetoric certainly isn't likely to die down under Trump, especially since Trump has other opportunities to make accusations against Tehran – for example, over the Iranian missile program. Naturally, Washington's claims that the missile program is a violation of the nuclear deal isn't exactly logical, since the JCPOA makes no mention of any ban on missile testing, while UN Security Council Resolution 2231, referring to Iran's nuclear program, does not categorically call on Iran to refrain from the development of its missile program, but merely appeals to Tehran to do so. Iranian military trucks carry surface-to-air missiles during a parade on the occasion of the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. Sputnik Persian stressed that even if Iran is compelled to wind down its missile development program, this will be possible only via discussions and settlement only in the format of international negotiations, with the approval of the United Nations, and where Iran, naturally, is a participant.
Voice Of America
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After reports that President Donald Trump was considering an executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, the White House said Wednesday that Trump agreed not to take such action after phone calls with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. Since launching his bid for president, Trump has repeatedly criticized the nation’s trade deals, especially NAFTA, saying the agreement signed in 1994 has been a “disaster” and allowed many U.S. jobs to shift to Mexico. “President Trump agreed to not terminate NAFTA at this time, and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries,” the White House said. The statement further said Trump is honored to work with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and that he believes the renegotiation process will make the three countries stronger.
The Sun Daily
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Upon completion, the INA project will be the largest in Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific with 250,000 metric tonnes per annum capacity. “Our competitor is one plant in China, about 180,000 metric tonnes per annum and we believe that is not sufficient to support the demand of this region,” he said. Commenting on petrochemical prices, chairman Md Arif Mahmood said the prices trend very closely to oil prices, especially for oleofins. “If you look at the oil prices in the last couple of months, it hovers around US$50 to US$55 (per barrel) and it keeps on moving. That’s the reason why we are saying the prices, because it tracks also the crude prices, it would be volatile … if you look at what it was in 2016, hopefully we’ll have a slight improvement in 2017,” he said. He said PCG will focus on ensuring reliability of operations and higher utilisation at its facilities to reduce unit cost and improve margins.
The Sun Daily
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The Sun Daily
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“There’s nothing on merger with any bank. But if an opportunity presents itself and the merits are there, we will consider,” said Khairussaleh. On loans, RHB is reshaping its portfolio towards more SME and retail loans compared to corporate. It plans to skew its Malaysian portfolio towards 55% retail, 25% corporate and 20% SME in the long term, from 50% retail, 31% corporate and 19% SME previously. “In terms of rebalancing the portfolio, we can grow a lot more in SMEs, especially the smaller ones and reduce our exposure on corporate to rebalance the overall portfolio. “We’re optimistic loan growth for SMEs (this year) should be at least as good as last year’s (16%). Loan is one aspect but we’re trying to do more things for the SMEs, such as financial supply chain, e-retail solutions, cash management system, providing the ecosystem for SMEs and making it easier for them to do business.
Washingtons Blog
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“There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” Cheney declared. “There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us.” The message Cheney was sending to the Intelligence Community was clear: Saddam Hussein had WMD; there was no need to answer that question anymore. The CIA vehemently denies that either Vice President Cheney or anyone at the White House put pressure on its analysts to alter their assessments. This may very well be true, but if it is, then the record of certainty – and arrogance – that existed in the mindset of senior intelligence managers and analysts only further erodes public confidence in the assessments produced by the CIA, especially when, as is the case with Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction – the agency was found so lacking. Stuart Cohen, a veteran CIA intelligence analyst who served as the acting Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, oversaw the production of the 2002 Iraq National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that was used to make case for Iraq possessing WMD that was used to justify war.
China Daily
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Most people, especially those with college degrees, go into traditional fields such as medicine, engineering or banking. But here's a group of well-educated young people that has chosen a different career path.
The Iran Project
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Since the beginning, not only air campaign did not yield results for the kingdom but also it met with failure in other areas of its anti-Yemeni efforts: Losses in border clashes with Yemeni forces Failure of Saudi-paid mercenaries inside Yemen Failure to re-establish a puppet government in Yemen Failure to persuade the international organizations to turn a blind eye to the atrocities that mount to crimes against humanity All these setbacks have made the Saudi leaders to resort to foreign powers such as the US to help get rid of a war that many experts label as a swamp for the Arab forces. The military equipment topped by the ballistic missiles that can now promise a prospect of deterrence to Yemen along with the war experiences of the Yemeni forces led by Ansarullah movement have influentially transformed the battlefield equations and proved challenging to the Saudi Arabian own domestic security, especially that recently missiles began to strike close to the capital of the kingdom.
Voice Of America
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S. missile defense system known as THAAD. As the Chinese government publicly opposed the missile defense, the number of Chinese tourists visiting South Korea withered and sales of South Korean cosmetics, cars and other products in China dropped. But the latest growth figure showed that some exporters, especially semiconductor makers, had a great quarter defying what many South Koreans saw as China’s revenge over THAAD. Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest memory chipmaker, announced its best quarterly result in nearly three years, and SK Hynix also reported the highest quarterly profit in its history. Semiconductor companies also increased their capital expenditures for their future production, contributing to South Korea’s economic growth during the first three months. Bank of Korea last month revised its growth forecast to 2.8 percent this year, up from 2.7 percent, citing that the better-than-expected manufacturing sector.
Techradar
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" Following the 2015 Title II vote, internet service providers have found themselves in an intriguing position where many Americans consider internet access to be a right, especially as the technology continues to play a major role in the nation's job market, education system and political sphere. Be you in favor of tearing down government oversight or in support of net-neutral policies, we urge you to keep a close eye on what comes out tomorrow because if you're reading this in the US, the outcome of May's decision could have a major impact on you. 5G is coming soon, but what can it do for businesses?
The Event Chronicle
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The plates are around 100 km (62 mi) thick and consist of two principal types of material: oceanic crust (also called sima from silicon and magnesium) and continental crust (sial from silicon and aluminium). Strange sounds coming from the woods or sky Franklin , NC 4.22.17 Atmospheric pressureAtmospheric pressure is defined as the force per unit area exerted against a surface by the weight of the air above that surface. Strange sounds in the sky April 20th 2017, Minnesota Trains shuntingSelf explanatorynoise comes from trains in reaction to the track and overhead wires. ConstructionBuilding works, especially if going on at the same time across a specific area, can led to similar sounds. Strange rumbling sounds from Montreal April 22, 2017 AliensCan this be an alien lifeform in the sky, perhaps scouring out Earth? Strange sound in Oulu, Finland.
Voice Of America
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S. central bank. Fed’s inflation goal is 2 percent The Fed aims to hold inflation at around 2 percent, and is close to that threshold, with its target short term rate expected to rise two more times, to about 1.5 percentage points, by the end of the year. Trump has said he hopes low rates will continue, a potential source of friction with the Fed if officials do decide they need to move faster because of his policies. An estimated up to $700 billion a year in tax cuts could threaten to derail such a scenario, especially if not all of that money finds its way into productive investments, or drives price and wage hikes. “The premise is that all the tax savings get plowed into high-return investments to generate growth. But if they don't and they just get churned around into M&A and other financial engineering things, it's even worse because you're raising risks elsewhere in the economy,” said Mark Mazur, former U.
Futurity
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Washingtons Blog
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S. and its Saudi, Qatari and Turkish allies have been trying to replace by imposing a fundamentalist-Sunni, Al Qaeda approved, regime . Whereas the presence of Russia’s military in Syria was requested by the legal government and is therefore legal, America’s is not — the U.S. is instead officially an “invader” there — and yet Mattis is saying that the U.S. will impose international law against Russia, for vague allegations by Mattis of Russia's “denying the sovereignty of other countries” — which the U.S. routinely does, and which it did excruciatingly in Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011, and Syria since 2011, just to mention a few of the nations that the U.S. has recently destroyed. The U.S. government has long been in the regime-change business, especially to replace any ally of Russia, by an enemy of Russia. However, Mattis, rabid as he is, is less rabid than is U.
Politico
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The bottom 20 percent received around 11 percent of sole proprietorship income. For people worried about income inequality, pass-throughs are becoming an important topic. Last week, two economists released a paper that looked at top income inequality over the past few decades, and found that the top 1 percent and top 0.1 percent of Americans havent actually been taking home a greater share of the overall American paycheckwages and other compensation—since 2000; that trend has been surprisingly flat. But the richest Americansespecially the top 0.01 percent— are earning a greater share of pass-through income. If you want to see where the rise in income inequality is located, that’s where to look. “It really comes from a lot of income flowing through S-Corps to the very, very, very rich, said Fatih Guvenen, an economist at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the paper.
BMW Blog
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Politico
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The bottom 20 percent received around 11 percent of sole proprietorship income. For people worried about income inequality, pass-throughs are becoming an important topic. Last week, two economists released a paper that looked at top income inequality over the past few decades, and found that the top 1 percent and top 0.1 percent of Americans havent actually been taking home a greater share of the overall American paycheckwages and other compensation—since 2000; that trend has been surprisingly flat. But the richest Americansespecially the top 0.01 percent— are earning a greater share of pass-through income. If you want to see where the rise in income inequality is located, that’s where to look. “It really comes from a lot of income flowing through S-Corps to the very, very, very rich, said Fatih Guvenen, an economist at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the paper.
Washington Free Beacon
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S. intelligence agencies are closely watching North Korea for signs of another underground nuclear test, or a long-range missile test. North Korea earlier this week carried out a large-scale live-fire artillery drill with some 300 to 400 artillery pieces firing into the sea. North Korea has amassed a large percentage of its forces, including hundreds of artillery pieces along the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. The artillery is within range of the South Korean capital of Seoul. "We are engaging responsible members of the international community to increase pressure on the DPRK in order to convince the regime to de-escalate and return to the path of dialogue," Mattis, Tillerson and Coats said, using the acronym for North Korea. "We will maintain our close coordination and cooperation with our allies, especially the Republic of Korea and Japan, as we work together to preserve stability and prosperity in the region.
Max Keizer
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This question is especially relevant to suburban homes, especially those far from employment centers. Though data on this trend is sketchy, it seems Millennials strongly favor city living over exurban/suburban living. Anecdotally, I can't think of a single individual in their 20s or 30s that I know personally who has bought a house in a distant suburb. Everyone in this age group has bought a house in an urban zone. Not a highrise condo in the city center, but a house in a ring city near public transport. Though data on this is hard to find (if it exists at all), Millennials seem more willing to make the sacrifices necessary to live in the urban core, either by renting rather than buying a cheaper suburban home, or by purchasing a modest bungalow on a small lot rather than an expansive suburban home on a big lot. (This could change if Millennials start having lots of children, but to date small bungalows in urban regions appear big enough for families with two children.
Daily Mail - Money
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Voice Of America
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Once they export, the Chinese will be entitled to a tax rebate, which will make their goods a lot cheaper than their Ugandan counterparts,” Kayondo said. Uganda has seen sporadic protests on this issue since 2009. Some Chinese have since been deported for working in the country illegally. But local traders say that is not enough. Last week, they took to Kampala streets blowing whistles and carrying placards with slogans like “Leave our markets.” Government officials were able to talk the traders out of holding a three-day strike. There is no law in Uganda prohibiting foreigners with work permits from engaging in petty trade. But Ugandan traders complain about foreigners, especially Chinese nationals, who they say come into the country claiming to be large-scale investors, but set up small businesses without proper registration. Within or outside the law? VOA spoke to China’s ambassador to Uganda, Zheng Zhu Qiang, who insisted the traders are not breaking any laws.