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US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMajority Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of “irresponsible political games” The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the country. Hundreds of thousands of federal staff face the prospect of unpaid leave. On Saturday, recriminations flew around over the Senate’s failure to pass a…

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Turkey invades Kurdish enclave in Syria

Laura Pitel in Ankara and Erika Solomon in Beirut January 21, 2018 Turkish troops have launched a ground invasion of a Kurdish enclave in north-west Syria, drawing Ankara into a difficult new front in the seven-year civil war and placing further strain on its troubled ties with the US. On Sunday Turkish media reported Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s prime minister, as saying that a four-phase plan was under way to create a secure zone 30km deep into Syrian territory. “Our units…

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Search restarts for area willing to host highly radioactive UK waste | Environment

Right geology and local consent are key in consultation due to be launched this week Barrels containing high-level radioactive waste are transported through water before being reprocessed. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty The government is expected this week to begin a nationwide search for a community willing to host an underground nuclear waste dump to store highly radioactive material for thousands of years. Britain has been trying for years to secure a site with the right geology and local communities who would…

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Afghanistan blames militant group for Kabul hotel attack

Simon Mundy in Mumbai and Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad January 21, 2018 Afghanistan’s government blamed a Pakistan-based militant group for the latest deadly attack in the capital Kabul, adding to pressure on Islamabad, which has been accused by US President Donald Trump of harbouring terrorists. Although the Taliban initially claimed responsibility for the attack by five gunmen on the city’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday evening, government spokesman Javid Faisal attributed it to the “Pakistan-based Haqqani terrorist network”. “Afghan forces rescued over…

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The huge plan for Portland Street – and why some in the Gay Village aren’t happy about it

Town hall bosses have been accused of ‘writing out’ the gay community in plans to regenerate land next door to the village – including demolishing the Thompson’s Arms pub and building over a key Pride venue. The Manchester Evening News reported in December on the town hall’s long-term proposals for sites around Chorlton Street bus station, off Portland Street. That strategy – which has since been published – outlines four plots in particular for redevelopment, including the surface car park…

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Avalon GloboCare Corp. CEO David Jin, M.D., Ph.D. to Present and Chair the “China’s Impact on The World of Regenerative Medicine” Session at the 13th Annual World Stem Cell Summit, The Canadian Business Journal

FREEHOLD, NJ–(Marketwired – January 21, 2018) – Avalon GloboCare Corp. (OTCQB: AVCO), a leading global developer of cell-based technologies, announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer David Jin, M.D., Ph.D. will chair a session entitled, “China’s impact on the world of regenerative medicine,” and provide a keynote presentation at the 13th Annual World Stem Cell Summit in Miami, Florida. Session information: Date: January 24, 2018 Time: 2:15 p.m. ET Venue: Hyatt Regency Miami “Avalon GloboCare is dedicated to integrating…

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Yaneek Page | Earning from social media ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ | Business

These days the average young adult spends more time engaged with social media than any other social or economic activity, including work, sleep, and interaction with family. It is estimated that individuals aged 18 to 36 years spend as much as 18 hours per day on social media, several hours of which are typically spent taking, editing and uploading videos and photos of themselves on Instagram and Snapchat. Unfortunately, for many, social media ‘likes’ and followings are key measures of…

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This new Instagram feature is super creepy

Instagram addicts beware. The app has quietly introduced a new feature called ‘Last Active’ that shows friends the last time you logged on to the app according to DailyMail. The default setting for the app is ‘on’ – meaning your closest friends can know exactly when you’ve been scrolling through their feeds. The unnerving feature appears on Instagram’s direct messages section beneath followers you’ve been chatting with. The feature appears for those who have the latest version of the app.…

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Week in review: A fuel mix-up; Maine pot caregivers fight back; and a mill in flux?

ENERGY CMP ratepayers in line for increases related to storm recovery The October windstorm that knocked out power to an unprecedented number of Mainers could initially cost the typical Central Maine Power customer a total of about $16 in one year. CMP executives held a conference call Thursday before filing a 141-page response to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, which initiated an investigation last month of how CMP dealt with the storm that knocked out power to more than 400,000…

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Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd to open new office in Newport creating up to 12 new jobs

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd is opening a new office in Newport creating 12 jobs. Located at Langstone Business Park, the office will deliver sales, design, engineering and project management functions and will lead to creation of up to 12 new jobs. It will also provide a hub for the company’s employees who live in Wales to dedicate their support to projects in Wales and the South West of England. The company, which is one of the world’s oldest bridge builders…

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For bay area exterior cleaning business, the power is in a soft touch

Pressure washing has never been more popular. YouTube is full of videos showing power-washers blasting away at mold and mildew, even carving their signatures into begrimed sidewalks and driveways. But according to Doug Houston, those videos and the cleaning techniques that they promote are all wrong for coastal Alabama. “Pressure is the worst possible thing you can use on any surface,” said Houston, who started Softwash Pros in Daphne two years ago. Houston’s business touts a “soft, gentle solution” to…

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GBW Hotel to continue hosting NST-NIE English workshops for teachers | New Straits Times

JOHOR BARU: The Johor English Language Teaching Association (Jelta) hopes to continue the excellent working relationship with GBW Hotel in continuing to organise NST-NIE English language workshops in collaboration with the New Straits Times and state Education Department. In welcoming the hotel’s new general manager Chan Seng Chow, Jelta also took the opportunity to present an appreciation plaque to his predecessor, Long Cheow Siong, for his invaluable support all these years in organising the workshops. Long, in his farewell address,…

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Investors slow to engage Zim

JOHANNESBURG – Liquidity – starved Zimbabwe will start seeing meaningful capital inflows only after elections, which President Emerson Mnangagwa says are expected by July, the country’s national revenue authority says. Mnangagwa took over from Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November, and has pledged to open the country for investments. However, the post-Mugabe-era Zimbabwe continues to have mixed fortunes, with inflation stoking up and liquidity woes continuing. Investors were worried about corruption and the government’s failure to reduce its public sector…

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World Bank signs $300m loan for Nepal quake reconstruction

Kathmandu – NPL Kathmandu, Jan 21, 2018 (AFP) -The World Bank on Sunday approved a $300 million loan for Nepal as the impoverished nation struggles to raise money to rebuild almost three years after an earthquake killed thousands and flattened homes. Nearly 9,000 people died when a 7.8-magnitude quake struck in April 2015, destroying more than half a million homes. Only one in ten of those homes has been rebuilt as the third anniversary of the disaster looms and Nepal…

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Merkel, Macron to deepen Franco-German cooperation,…

By Reuters Published: 06:16 EST, 21 January 2018 | Updated: 06:16 EST, 21 January 2018 BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday they wanted to deepen Franco-German cooperation and give the European Union a fresh push towards closer integration. “We are doing that in order to bring the people in our countries even closer together. And we do it to give the whole of Europe a new boost, to make it even…

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One-third of Business Owners Say Entrepreneurship “Much Harder” Than Expected

Nobody thinks starting a business will be easy. But sometimes it’s a lot harder than expected. According to a study conducted by Netherlands-based printing company Vistaprint (NASDAQ: CMPR), one-third of business owners admitted running a company is harder than they initially thought. Millennials, in particular, were surprised at the level of work required to get their businesses off the ground, with 56 percent saying it was harder than expected. Heather Younger, Owner of Top Shelf Cookies, is quoted in the…

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