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Coalition ups ante on Australian school tax rebates

  • Posted on January 24, 2018 at 2:20 am

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has pledged private school relief if the Liberal/National coalition wins the upcoming federal election. The pledge came in response to the Australian Labor Party leader, and current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard proposing a uniform and school equipment tax break expansion.

Abbott’s proposal includes an offer of tax rebates for sending a child to a private school. For students in primary school, prep to grade 6, the rebate will rise to $500 Australian a year per student and families will be then able to claim 50% rebate up to $1000.

“We are expanding the rebate so it can be claimed for school fees and also for other educational costs such as tuition and special educational costs for children with, for instance, dyslexia,” Abbott said at a press conference in Brisbane.

Before the election was called, Gillard had aimed to pledge $220 million over four years to expand the current tax breaks to cover refunds each worth $390 for primary school uniforms and $779 for high school uniforms, as well as refunds for other school equipment like texts books and computers.

“We all know that uniforms can be an expensive part of sending kids to school, but this change, along with the existing refund for textbooks and computers, will help families with that cost,” stated Gillard.

An opposition spokesperson claimed that the “obvious flaw in Labor’s policy is that it only applies to stationery, computer expenses and uniforms […] You know as a parent that you need help for a whole range of expenses. Extra teachers for children with dyslexia or the costs of doing music and all the other expenses like excursions and so forth.”

The expansion is expected to cost $760 million in total and one that Abbott claims needs to happen as “cost of living pressures tend to be greatest when your kids are at school”.

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Single Trip Travel Insurance: Feasible For Single Trips}

  • Posted on January 24, 2018 at 2:13 am

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Most people do not travel often; they plan such ventures once or twice a year. For them, single trip travel insurance is a feasible option. It is an insurance policy that covers expenses incurred during a single trip, whether it is for business purposes or for pleasure.

Single trip travel insurance can help you financially when you are out on a trip. They generally cover the following aspects:

Cancellation and delays- your trip may be cancelled or delayed due to unexpected circumstances like bad weather or some personal problem. The insurance will ensure that you do not lose money for the tickets that had been cancelled.

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Medical expenses- this is one big reason why people take the help of travel insurance. Accidents and illnesses might occur during the course of your trip; this policy will provide funds for the treatment

Loss of luggage- This happens occasionally and many are wary of such misfortune. This too will be taken care of under by the policy.

Emergency evacuation- unexpected crises which might force you to end your trip can also be covered.

There are many reasons why single trip travel insurance is a good option for single trips. First of all, they are cost effective. They concentrate upon a particular tour and its needs. So the cost will be according to your requirements. The other thing is that, depending upon the provider, it is possible to arrange your own specific needs. So you can customize your insurance options and request for certain allowances.

Finding single trip travel insurance is not tough but you will have to keep your eyes open while choosing an offer. The quickest and most cost-effective method of searching is through online mode. You can browse the online sites, gather free quotes and compare them to see which one is more affordable than the other. You must also read the fine print of the offers thoroughly to be sure about what the policy covers and what it doesnt.

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Israel buys nuclear capable subs

  • Posted on January 24, 2018 at 2:13 am

Friday, August 25, 2006

Israel has purchased two more Dolphin class submarines which have the capacity to carry nuclear warheads. Israel already has three older nuclear weapons-capable Dolphin submarines but the new Dolphins have propulsion systems that allow them to remain submerged for longer periods of time, according to the Jerusalem Post, making it harder for them to be tracked by satellite. Experts view the purchase as a clear signal to Iran that Israel can retaliate if subjected to a nuclear attack.

“The Iranians would be very foolish if they attacked Israel,” said Paul Beaver, a British based defence analyst, speaking to the Washington Post. According to Beaver, the submarines would provide Israel with both first strike and second strike capability.

Israel already has land-based nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in the form of the Jericho I and II missiles.

German officials confirm that the contracts for the new submarines was signed July 6. The Jerusalem Post reports that they will be operational shortly.

Israel has never confirmed nor denied that it has nuclear weapons but is believed to have the world’s sixth largest stockpile of the devices, with most outside estimates putting their stockpile in the low hundreds. Israel’s possession of nuclear arms has often been a locus of bitter controversy in the Middle East, especially among countries who believe that the world community, and especially the United States, is hypocritical in its tolerance of Israeli nuclear arms while decrying the efforts of other Middle Eastern nations to develop their own nuclear capabilities.

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post reports there is a growing mood among Israel’s defence establishment that the country will have to act independently to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons as the United States is unlikely to do so.

“America is stuck in Iraq and cannot go after Iran militarily right now,” according to an unnamed official quoted by the paper.

A report by the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released on Wednesday asserts that if Iran arms itself with nuclear weapons, Israel would be pressed to respond militarily. “A nuclear armed Iran would likely exacerbate regional tensions. Israel would find it hard to live with a nuclear armed Iran and could take military action against Iranian nuclear facilities,” the report states. Iran has continually maintained that it seeks only to develop nuclear technology for the production of electrical power, though this has been disputed by many nations.

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Overview Of Marble Industry In India

  • Posted on January 22, 2018 at 2:36 am

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Overview of Marble Industry in India

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The marble industry in India has been flourishing ever since ages, which has made India the fourth largest producer of marbles in the world after Belgium, France and Greece. The Indian marble industry is not only confined at production or supply of the marbles but export of highly acclaimed stones such as blocks, flooring, calibrated (ready to fix tiles), monuments, slabs, structural slabs, tomb stones, cobbles, cubes, sculptures, artifacts, pebbles, kerbs, and landscape garden stones has also been its important part.

The constant growth of Indian marble industry is because of the reason that they are highly acclaimed and possess characters like low cost, beautiful looks and longevity. The industry is also equipped with state of the art resource of machinery and tool manufacturers who cater very well to the rising demands of this sector.

Factors affecting the demand and supply of marbles in India

Studies have shown an increasing trend in both demand and supply of marbles. The factors which highly influence the demand and supply of marble in the country are due to the following:

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Increased Production- The production of marbles has increased manifolds in recent years with the introduction of mining machinery and development of new mining fields. Furthermore, in recent years few marble producing regions have been discovered. Makarana and Ambaji were only regions in Rajasthan which where producing marbles on large scale but at present marbles are being produced at more than 20 centres of the state.

Decrease in construction activities- It has been observed that the production of marble is increasing day by day whereas the consumption of marble is decreasing with the decline in construction activity. So, the production of marble is huge as compared to its utilization.

Global recession faced by the industry- The production and supply of marble was severely hit by recession wherein the demand of marble had greatly decreased with the decreased purchasing power of common consumers. According to the experts, the industry will take quite a lot of time to come back on track.

Impact of Government Policies on the Industry

Government in India has introduced many laws in order to promote and expand marble industry globally.

1. Removal of Excise Duty Government’s decision to remove excise duty on marble (upto the annual sales of Rs.1 Crore) is a great relief for the industry. The removal of the excise duty from marble will prove less costlier to the one at receiving end, which would ultimately increases the demand of marble in the global market.

2. New Marble Policy- Under this new policy, the search for new marble regions in the state is facilitated. This also permits the prospecting work for the new findings of marble deposits. In short it can also be said that after realizing the importance of the industry, Indian Government is now taking every possible action to expand and promote the industry.

The Government of India has set a target of raising Indian stone industry to 50% in the next 5 years. The bulk of the Indian marbles are being produced in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and several others. About 90% of the marble is produced alone in Rajasthan, and Gujarat including few other states of Southern India produces granite at larger scale.

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English court jails policeman over insurance fraud

  • Posted on January 22, 2018 at 2:13 am

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A court in England, UK has jailed a policeman for ten months after he was convicted of defrauding his car insurance company.

Police Constable Simon Hood, 43, arranged for a friend who dealt in scrap metal to dispose of his Audi TT, then claimed it had been stolen.

Hood had been disappointed with the car’s value when he tried to sell it two years after its purchase in 2008. He arranged for friend Peter Marsh, 41, to drive the vehicle to his scrapyard in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Marsh then dismantled the vehicle with the intent of disposing of it, but parts were later found wrapped in bubblewrap at Ace Tyre and Exhaust Centre.

Marsh picked up the TT from outside nearby Gorleston police station. Records show mobile phone conversations between the conspirators that day in March, both before and after the vehicle was reported stolen. The pair denied wrongdoing but were convicted of conspiring to commit insurance fraud after trial.

The fraud was uncovered after Hood told former girlfriend Suzanne Coates of the scheme. It was alleged before Norwich Crown Court that he had confessed to her in an effort to resume their relationship. Coates said that after the pseudotheft, Hood told her “he didn’t want to look for it. He said it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack, which I thought was a bit strange.”

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Shortly afterwards Hood suggested they should become a couple once more, she said; she challenged his version of events regarding the car: “He said he did it but I couldn’t tell anyone. He said he did it with Peter. Peter had a key and took the car away and it was going to be taken to bits and got rid of so it was never found.”

Hood was defended by Michael Clare and Marsh by Richard Potts. Both lawyers told the court that their clients had already suffered as a result of the action in mitigation before sentencing. Clare said Hood had resigned from the police after fifteen years of otherwise good service and risked losing his pension. “It is not a case where his position as a police officer was used in order to facilitate the fraud,” he pointed out. “His career is in ruins.” Hood is now pursuing a career in plumbing.

Potts defended Marsh by saying that he, too, had already suffered from his actions. His own insurers are refusing to renew their contract with him when it expires and his bank withdrew its overdraft facility. His business employs 21 people and Potts cited Marsh’s sponsorship of Great Yarmouth In Bloom as amongst evidence he supported his local community.

Judge Alasdair Darroch told Marsh that he did accept the man was attempting to help his friend. He sentenced Marsh to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service. He was more critical of Hood:

“As a police officer you know the highest possible standards are demanded by the public. You have let down the force. You knew throughout your career that policemen that get involved in serious dishonesty get sent to prison.”

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John Reed on Orwell, God, self-destruction and the future of writing

  • Posted on January 22, 2018 at 2:00 am

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It can be difficult to be John Reed.

Christopher Hitchens called him a “Bin Ladenist” and Cathy Young editorialized in The Boston Globe that he “blames the victims of terrorism” when he puts out a novel like Snowball’s Chance, a biting send-up of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm which he was inspired to write after the terrorist attacks on September 11. “The clear references to 9/11 in the apocalyptic ending can only bring Orwell’s name into disrepute in the U.S.,” wrote William Hamilton, the British literary executor of the Orwell estate. That process had already begun: it was revealed Orwell gave the British Foreign Office a list of people he suspected of being “crypto-Communists and fellow travelers,” labeling some of them as Jews and homosexuals. “I really wanted to explode that book,” Reed told The New York Times. “I wanted to completely undermine it.”

Is this man who wants to blow up the classic literary canon taught to children in schools a menace, or a messiah? David Shankbone went to interview him for Wikinews and found that, as often is the case, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Reed is electrified by the changes that surround him that channel through a lens of inspiration wrought by his children. “The kids have made me a better writer,” Reed said. In his new untitled work, which he calls a “new play by William Shakespeare,” he takes lines from The Bard‘s classics to form an original tragedy. He began it in 2003, but only with the birth of his children could he finish it. “I didn’t understand the characters who had children. I didn’t really understand them. And once I had had kids, I could approach them differently.”

Taking the old to make it new is a theme in his work and in his world view. Reed foresees new narrative forms being born, Biblical epics that will be played out across print and electronic mediums. He is pulled forward by revolutions of the past, a search for a spiritual sensibility, and a desire to locate himself in the process.

Below is David Shankbone’s conversation with novelist John Reed.

Contents

  • 1 On the alternative media and independent publishing
  • 2 On Christopher Hitchens, Orwell and 9/11 as inspiration
  • 3 On the future of the narrative
  • 4 On changing the literary canon
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On politics
  • 7 On self-destruction and survival
  • 8 On raising children
  • 9 On paedophilia and the death penalty
  • 10 On personal relationships
  • 11 Sources
  • 12 External links
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Cure A Yeast Infection Naturally: Mother Nature To The Rescue

  • Posted on January 21, 2018 at 2:32 am

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The best way to cure a yeast infection is by using natural remedies. Natural remedies are also sometimes referred to as home remedies. These remedies are not only cheap, but they are very effective. The natural remedies or home remedies make use of ingredients that are naturally occurring in nature. You may even find the ingredients for the natural or home remedies at the nearest grocery store. These ingredients can be in the form of

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The natural cure of a yeast infection may take few weeks to few months depending upon the severity of the infection. In the beginning when the yeast infections occur, treating them is much easier, but if you delay the treatment, you will find that it takes a longer time to treat yeast infections. Yeast is a microorganism that can affect almost all parts of the body and they are naturally found in the human body in small amounts. In our body, there are a number of factors that keep a check on the growth of yeast.

Our immune system is one of the factors that keep a check on the yeast population in our bodies. When the immune system is compromised, the yeast infection starts to increase. The growth of the yeast infection happens very quickly and in no time you will find the itchy menace creating havoc in your body. You must treat yeast infections with a lot of care as you don t want to damage the healthy parts of the body. One major relief to persons suffering from yeast infections is that this infection can be completely cured.

To cure a yeast infection, first get some good information related to the yeast organism and the way how they infect the humans. Being a contagious infection, a lot of care needs to be taken when you are in close proximity to others. There is not need for quarantine, but some basic hygiene must be maintained when you have a yeast infection. Even if you are on medications, you need to keep a safe distance from healthy persons. You may have to avoid sharing your clothes or towels with roommates or other people who are close to you.

If you need some good tips to cure a yeast infection, you can read various books that are available in bookshops. If you are a member of a good reading library, then you can even borrow the books for few days. While reading the books, you may have to make a note of all the ways to treat yeast infections. Most medical books are very expensive and you may not want to go to the bookstore to buy or rent the medical books. In such cases, you may want to find some good ebooks from the Internet.

What are medical ebooks? These are books that can be read by using the computer or laptop. The ebooks need to be downloaded from the internet and in most cases you even have to pay for the downloaded ebook. One of the most commonly found ebook on the Internet is 12 Hour Cure For Yeast Infection . This e-book is very remarkable as it claims to have the perfect cure for yeast infections. The name of the writer who wrote this book is Sarah Summer. There is a lot of buzz among the online forums regarding the efficacy of this book.

The best part of this book is that it gives out a secret that is known to cure a yeast infection naturally. Apparently, there are no known side effects that are recorded when the people infected with yeast infections have tried this miracle cure. People who have bought this book online have also got two bonus ebooks titled Lessons From The Miracle Doctors and Rapid Stress Relief . In addition to the bookish offerings, the sellers of the book also claim to offer unlimited personal one-on-one support to their customers.

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Early morning fire kills four New York group home residents

  • Posted on January 21, 2018 at 2:23 am

Sunday, March 22, 2009

After an early morning fire began, four out of the nine people living at the Riverview Individual Residential Alternative group home located in Wells, New York were killed by the blaze. The Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office, which supervises the home, told the media that the fire started at approximately 5:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Two staff members were at the home at the time, who safely evacuated four of the five survivors.

The names of the residents killed in the fire were not able to be released due to New York’s Mental Hygiene Law, but are able to be identified as two adult men, aged 32 and 52, and two adult women, aged 43 and 60. A 71-year-old male was injured in the fire, and was taken to a hospital in Utica, a nearby city. The other four residents have been relocated to an unnamed group home. Both staff members are also being examined at the hospital.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of the four victims and to continue to pray for the full recovery of those five people and two staff members who survived this incident. I also want to express my thanks and appreciation for the first responders and volunteers who worked swiftly and diligently to respond to this tragedy,” David Patterson, the governor of New York, said to the media.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined. However, the New York Civil Liberties Union stated that “the blaze appears to have been an electrical fire and the sprinkler system was knocked out immediately.” They also called for “an immediate investigation into the causes of and contributing factors of the fire.”

The New York State Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is currently investigating the causes of the blaze, with help from New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.

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Four coalition soldiers die in Kandahar helicopter crash

  • Posted on January 20, 2018 at 2:34 am

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Less than two weeks after two Australian soldiers (Diggers) died in the explosion of a roadside bomb, three more Diggers and a US soldier were killed early yesterday morning in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, while seven other soldiers are being treated for injuries.

Australian Defence Force Chief Angus Houston said in a statement this afternoon that two of the crash survivors are in a serious condition and will be moved with the other survivors to the US military hospital in Begram.

The crash occurred at 03:39 yesterday local time (23:09 on Sunday, UTC) in the north of Kandahar province. Although the cause is still unknown, Houston said “the terrain is rugged, the helicopters are often heavily loaded, it’s at high altitude and it was three o’clock in the morning. All of these factors will no doubt be considered”. Houston confirmed that enemy fire was not to blame for the crash.

These new casualties in the Afghan War brings Australia’s death toll to sixteen, while that of the US comes to 1128 since the war began in 2001.

Despite this, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, remains firm on the issue: “We work beside our allies […] to avoid Afghanistan once again becoming a breeding ground for terrorists who can then strike at innocent Australians both at home and abroad” and continued by saying that all Australians owe the soldiers a debt of gratitude for making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Although the names of the soldiers have yet to be released, the tragedy follows last week’s casualties where Australian combat engineers Darren Smith, age 26, and Jacob Moerland, age 21, were killed along side their bomb sniffer dog, Herbie in a roadside blast.

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Crucifix in Northern Italy collapses, crushing man to death

  • Posted on January 20, 2018 at 2:33 am

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ahead of Sunday’s scheduled canonization of Pope John Paul II, in the Italian village of Cevo, a massive stone and wood crucifix dedicated to the late pontiff collapsed, instantly crushing a man to death and landing another in the hospital. Reports variously say the collapse took place on Wednesday or Thursday.

Marco Gusmini, 21, died after part of the wood of the crucifix splintered and broke, sending it, along with the attached statue of Jesus Christ, toppling to the ground. He was reportedly posing for a photograph under the monument.

The mayor of Cevo, Silvio Citroni, termed the incident “an unexplainable tragedy. A young life, so many hopes destroyed this way”. Describing the tragedy, he elaborated, “The young people were making a snack for lunch and when they heard the crunching noises coming from the cross they fled in all directions. Unfortunately Marco ran in the wrong direction.” Citroni also said the crucifix had undergone maintenance work last summer. “This is a place for pilgrimages and family visits. We never imagined that something like this could happen.” In light of the untimely tragedy, he said, plans for any further celebrations to commemorate the late pontiff’s impending canonization have been scrapped.

Sculptor Enrico Job designed the crucifix, which stood 100 ft (30 m) tall; curved unusually to symbolize, reportedly, the scars of World War II; mounted with a 20 ft (6 m) tall statue of Jesus Christ weighing 1,320 lbs (600 kg). Commissioned to commemorate Pope John Paul II’s 1998 visit to Brescia, and reportedly originally erected at a stadium there, the crucifix was moved to its present location in nearby Cevo in 2005.

Gusmini and his parents reportedly lived on Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, a street in Lovere named after another late pontiff to be canonized alongside Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII. In celebration of this double canonization, Rome is expected to play host to 19 heads of state, 24 heads of government, and some 800,000 Catholic pilgrims, visiting from around the world, according to the Interior Ministry of Italy.

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