UK government borrows record £10.3bn in October

first_img The UK government borrowed £10.3bn in October, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.It is a record for October and is up from £10.1bn in the same month last year.The figure – which was in line with analysts’ forecasts – brings the amount the government has borrowed since the start of the financial year to £83.8bn.The borrowing rise came despite signs that the Treasury’s tax take has risen. Thursday 18 November 2010 5:53 am Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap UK government borrows record £10.3bn in October whatsapp John Dunne center_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Militant era looms for Unite with election of hard-liner

first_img whatsapp Monday 22 November 2010 6:31 am KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Sharecenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was The Dream Girl In The 90s, This Is Her NowMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com THE UK’s biggest union, Unite, has elected a new leader reported to have said that “there is no such thing as an irresponsible strike”.Len McCluskey, currently assistant general secretary, was elected on a 16 per cent turnout, winning 101,000 votes – nearly double that of his nearest rival. The vote, to be announced formally on Wednesday, is a resounding victory for the union’s left, with Les Bayliss, the main moderate candidate who had argued against the BA strikes, coming in third place with 46,000 votes. Jerry Hicks, endorsed by the Socialist Worker, came second with 52,000 votes.McCluskey’s victory could open the door to the adoption of a more militant strategy by Unite, a merged body of five formerly independent unions with a total of 1.4m members. McCluskey will also be a more powerful figure than the union’s previous leaders because he is its first single general secretary. The role was formerly shared by rivals Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson.In response to McCluskey’s election, Tory party chairman Baroness Warsi said: “Labour’s reliance on Unite’s bank balance means that Len McCluskey can hold the party to ransom and win extreme, left-wing policy concessions.”Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader with the help of Unite members in September, but in response, a spokesman for Ed Miliband said: “That is absurd. The election of the Unite leader has no bearing on Ed whatsoever.”THE WORLD ACCORDING TO……MCCLUSKEY on British Airways“BA management’s real agenda is destroying trade unionism among its employees.”MCCLUSKEY on the Labour Party“We must return Labour to its roots as a radical reformist party.”MCCLUSKEY on the City“The government is making ordinary people pay for the bankers’ crash with savage cuts.”MCCLUSKEY on other unions“Under my leadership, Unite will secure further mergers with sister trade unions.”MCCLUSKEY on the economic crisis“My political principles are clear. Capitalism has failed, as the present crisis shows.” Militant era looms for Unite with election of hard-liner Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Grain losses hit Wilmar earnings

first_imgWednesday 23 February 2011 8:40 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Share Tags: NULL KCS-content center_img whatsapp Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil plantation firm by market value, reported a 28 per cent decline in quarterly earnings on losses from it oilseeds and grains units, missing forecasts and knocking its shares down five per cent. Wilmar, which has a market value of $27bn, booked an October-December net profit of $318.6m, down from $442m a year ago, and missing analysts’ forecasts of $378m. Grain losses hit Wilmar earnings last_img read more

Timani replaces injured Palu against the Reds

first_imgWith Sekope Kepu still unavailable due to a calf injury, Jeremy Tilse retains his place on the bench.Reds v WaratahsSaturday July 14 2012 at Suncorp Stadium, BrisbaneKick-Off: 10:40 BST Starting XV:Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lachie Turner, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Bernard Foley, Grayson Hart, Benn Robinson [C], 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Kane Douglas, Dean Mumm, Chris Alcock, Dave DennisReplacements:John Ulugia, Jeremy Tilse, Lopeti Timani, Jono Jenkins, Brendan McKibbin, Tom Carter, Tom Kingston SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 02: Sitaleki Timani of the Waratahs runs the ball during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Hurricanes at Allianz Stadium on June 2, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The comeback kid: Timani will join the squad for the final game for the season!THE INCLUSION of Sitakeli Timani is the only change to the Waratahs’ starting team for this Saturday’s season finale against the Reds in Brisbane.Timani replaces Wycliff Palu who has been ruled out through injury.  The big lock will form a Southern Districts second row alongside Kane Douglas, with Dean Mumm moving to the blindside and Dave Dennis taking over at No 8.“Dave has been one of our form players this year and we are very confident in his all round skill set,” said Foley.  “Having him play at No. 8 is not new to us (he played there against the Stormers) and it allows us to pick Sita in the second row alongside Kane.”Winger Drew Mitchell will become the 25th Australian to celebrate his Super Rugby century. Fittingly, he will earn it against his former Queensland team mates.last_img read more

Francois Steyn’s monster drop goal against Clermont

first_imgSunday May 9, 2010 Francois Steyn’s monster drop goal against Clermont Clermont booked their place in the Top 14 Semi Final as they battled their way to a 21-17 win over Racing Metro on Friday night. Morgan Parra starred for the home side, but it was young Francois Steyn of Racing Metro that produced a moment of magic that you need to check out. ADVERTISEMENTParra kicked his side to victory after Brock James had initially got two, but then missed his next two attempts. A late yellow card for Racing Metro lock Santiago Dellape didn’t help the visitors semi final aspirations either.Racing scored the only try of the match through flanker Jacques Cronje, but Parra punished them with the boot whenever he got the chance. One of his late kicks at goal left the Racing players and coach furious as they felt it had drifted wide.One guy who made no mistake though was Francois Steyn, playing flyhalf, as he gathered a clearing kick well inside his own half an unleashed his monster boot to slot a huge dropgoal that flew through the posts.It’s not the first time we’ve seen him let rip from his own half, but he struck this one so well that it would have easily had the legs if he were a good ten metres or so back. For interest’s sake, the guest commentator with our Eurosport favourite is Racing Metro player Simon Raiwalui, hence the comments about training.Congratulations go to Clermont though, as they now move on to the semi finals, where they face Toulon, while Toulouse will go up against Perpignan. Highlights from the rest of the weekend’s action will follow soon. If there’s a match or incident in particular that you feel needs to be shared here on RD, please get in touch. ADVERTISEMENT Time: 01:22 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 13 WEEKS AGO Never say die attitude of Sevu Reece is one… 14 WEEKS AGO MacGinty miracle ball sets up Lood de Jager… 14 WEEKS AGO The time Brian O’Driscoll pushed aside physios… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Bayonne kicker shows nerves of steel to spark wild celebrations in Pro D2 final

first_imgMonday May 27, 2019 Bayonne kicker shows nerves of steel to spark wild celebrations in Pro D2 final Bayonne sealed promotion back to France’s Top 14 in dramatic fashion on Sunday in the Pro D2 final against Brive. Having finished the season at the top of the league, Brive were in the lead by a slender one point, 19-18, in the final play of the game before conceding a penalty just outside their 22.ADVERTISEMENTWhile this may have been a fairly routine kick at any other point in the match, this was huge given what was on the line for both teams. However, Argentina international Martin Bustos Moyano stepped up to take the kick, set to a cacophony of jeers from the crowd.The Argentinian showed nerves of steel to land the penalty and send the south west club back into France’s top flight.Although this was gruelling for Brive, they still have a shot at promotion, by playing Grenoble, who finished 13th in the Top 14, meaning they can still join Bayonne next season. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Zbigniew Brzezinski & the lies about Afghanistan

first_imgZbigniew Brzezinski, sighting down the barrel of an AK-47 machine gun looking toward Afghanistan, in the Khyber Pass.The recent film “War Machine,” made by Brad Pitt and released by Netflix, centers around an egotistical general commanding U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Its message boils down to this one truth: If you invade someone’s country, they’re going to shoot at you and tell you to get out.A whole generation has grown up since the U.S. CIA first began training and arming a covert opposition force in Afghanistan in 1979. The first regular U.S. armed forces were sent there in 2001. Since then, hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers have been sent to Afghanistan, allegedly to “help” a succession of Afghan governments that were put in place by the occupiers.This war began under Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and has continued throughout the terms of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Now Donald Trump is considering an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan from 8,400 to 50,000. (bloomberg.com, May 17)It is the longest U.S. war ever. Why?Today, it is supposedly a war against the Taliban, ISIS and al-Qaida. But these groups are descended from the “warlords” that the CIA first turned into fighting units against a government led by the Progressive Democratic Party of Afghanistan, which had taken power in 1978.Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died last month at the ripe old age of 89, was the foremost architect of that vicious war as Carter’s national security adviser. Once it became known that the CIA had created a covert army in Afghanistan, the story given out by the U.S. government was that it was helping the Afghan people resist a Soviet invasion. This became the rationale for an increasingly bloody and expensive war that eventually overthrew the progressive government of Afghanistan.But Brzezinski himself later bragged that the CIA operation had begun six months before the Soviet Union sent troops to Afghanistan. In fact, the Soviet intervention was not an “invasion.” It had been requested by the Afghan government to defend it against the CIA’s covert war.Brzezinski bragged the truthBrzezinski revealed the truth to the French paper Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998: “According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on Dec. 24, 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was on July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.”Asked by the interviewer if he now regretted anything, Brzezinski replied, “Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it?” (Le Nouvel Observateur, Jan. 15-21, 1998)The timing of the covert CIA operation had already been revealed by former CIA Director Robert M. Gates in his book “From the Shadows” (Simon & Schuster, 1996). Gates wrote: “The Carter administration began looking at the possibility of covert assistance to the insurgents opposing the pro-Soviet, Marxist government of President Taraki at the beginning of 1979. On March 5, 1979, CIA sent several covert action options relating to Afghanistan to the SCC [Special Coordination Committee].” A meeting of the SCC “was finally held on July 3, 1979, and — almost six months before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan — Jimmy Carter signed the first finding to help the Mujahedin covertly.”Yet, despite these admissions by top government officials, the narrative in the U.S. media continues to be that the U.S. set up, armed and trained the “Mujahedin” to counter a Soviet “invasion.” So that was just a cover story. What were the real reasons for the U.S. spending billions of dollars and destroying half the country in an effort to bring down the government of Afghanistan?To answer that question, it helps to know a little about Afghanistan’s history and how it had remained independent for more than a century, even as the European and U.S. imperialist powers seized much of Asia, Africa and Latin America as their colonies or neocolonies.1839-1919: Three British invasions fail to conquer AfghanistanBritain, which controlled neighboring India, invaded Afghanistan three times — in 1839, 1879 and 1919 — but could not keep a puppet colonial regime in power there. Each time, popular uprisings drove out the British troops. However, London did force the Afghan government to accept British influence over its foreign policy, and in 1893 the British drew up the Durand line. This supposedly temporary division became the border between Afghanistan and British India — the part that today is Pakistan.The last invasion, in 1919, provoked an uprising that overthrew the government of Habibollah, who had capitulated to the British. Inspired by the success of the Russian Revolution, the new regime of Amanollah then signed a treaty of friendship with the Bolshevik government, being one of the first countries to do so. From then until the 1970s, Afghanistan would not join any military alliance against the USSR.1965: PDPA launched to end feudalism, gain women’s rightsThe Progressive Democratic Party of Afghanistan was formed in 1965. Its program was anti-feudal and included land reform, canceling the debts of the peasants and democratic rights for women, including an end to the dowry and establishing education and health care open to all women and men.By the 1970s, the Afghan government of Mohammad Daoud was moving to the right in its domestic policy and toward NATO in its foreign policy. The vast and mountainous countryside was under the iron grip of feudal landlords. In Kabul and a few other cities, however, the PDPA had developed much support among students, especially young women, as well as low-paid civil servants and soldiers.On April 26, 1978, even as the arch-imperialist and billionaire Nelson Rockefeller was on his way to visit Daoud in Kabul, the government launched an assault on the PDPA, arresting almost its entire leadership. This came right after a massive funeral for members of the PDPA who had been killed by Daoud’s police. Clearly, Daoud meant to assure the U.S. that his regime could repress any opposition that might arise to its pivot toward imperialism.Within a day, however, army units had mutinied and liberated the PDPA leaders from their prison cells. In one case, soldiers used a tank to break down the walls of the jail where PDPA leader Nur Mohammad Taraki was being held. Taraki went on to become head of what was known as the Saur Revolution.1978: Revolution begins land reform, ends bride-price The U.S. Department of Defense has published “Country Study” books about countries around the world. They contain useful information meant for U.S. government employees sent abroad and can be more truthful than the propaganda put out by other government bodies, because the people using these books need to know what conditions are really like in the countries they are being sent to.The version of “Afghanistan — A Country Study” that was published in 1986 contains startling admissions that go against the established government narrative about Afghanistan. For example, it says that “when the PDPA took power, it quickly moved to remove both landownership inequalities and usury.” The book added that the PDPA also canceled mortgage debts of agricultural laborers, tenants and small landowners. It set up extensive literacy programs, especially for women, and printed textbooks in many languages spoken in different parts of Afghanistan.Said the Pentagon book, “The government trained many more teachers, built additional schools and kindergartens, and instituted nurseries for orphans.” Among the very first decrees of the revolution were to prohibit bride-price and give women freedom of choice in marriage.This should be kept in mind today, when the propaganda machine prettifying U.S. imperialism’s long war of oppression in Afghanistan makes it seem that defending women’s rights is among Washington’s top priorities.But in 1978, when Brzezinski and the Carter regime launched the war against the Afghan revolution, they knew it was a progressive regime trying to move this very underdeveloped country out of feudal oppression. That didn’t stop them from arming and financing a counterrevolution.Within a few years, the contras who had been armed, trained and financed by the CIA were assassinating idealistic young teachers, women and men, who had gone to the countryside to teach literacy to the people.One of these contras was Osama bin Laden. Under the excuse that it was defending “freedom of religion,” the U.S. undermined the secular government of the PDPA by creating an army that opposed the PDPA’s progressive reforms in the name of fighting for an Islamic state.At the same time, however, U.S. imperialism was trying to undermine the Islamic republic in Iran, which took power in 1979 after a huge revolution there against the Shah, a puppet who had been put in power by the U.S. and British oil companies. That revolution also encompassed many progressive, secular fighters, but the Islamic leaders had the strongest organization among the masses and proved capable of driving out the Shah and his grouping.Religion is not the real issueClearly, the issue of religion is not what motivates the imperialists. Nor do they care about women’s rights. They will use any excuse and make any temporary alliances as they try to reassert their economic domination of the region. What motivates them is their need to plunder the world, especially the areas rich in oil, for the benefit of the billionaire U.S. ruling class.But when you invade a country, the people will shoot at you and tell you to get out.That is what has happened in Afghanistan. Once the progressive forces were destroyed, there was a vacuum of leadership to resist the imperialists, who still occupy the country and hand pick its government officials. The armed resistance to this has, for now, coalesced around forces organized on a religious basis, some of whom espouse an extremely reactionary agenda. Nevertheless, they have won many recruits who are even willing to sacrifice their own lives in order to get the U.S. out.No amount of escalating the supposed “war on terror” can erase this terrible situation. On the contrary. Every bomb dropped on villages in Afghanistan only intensifies the hatred of imperialism, no matter what form it takes. Every political attack on Muslims by Trump or his counterparts in Europe only deepens the anger of those who are oppressed.In any kind of war, it is the ordinary people, whether soldiers or civilians, who bear the brunt of the suffering. It is the wealthy who have the means to protect themselves even as they profit from a victory.The “war on terror” has taken its toll not only on the people of Afghanistan but also on people just walking the streets of major Western cities, who are made to pay for the crimes of the ruling classes. It has taken its toll on young soldiers who are told nothing about Afghanistan’s history and who, if they survive deployment to that war zone, have to fight just for decent medical care back in the U.S.This war is not in the headlines, even when the blowback from it is. It will go on forever — unless the people stop it. U.S. out of Afghanistan!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

GEEK TO ME: Computer programs eliminated due to constant evolution

first_img GEEK TO ME: Computer programs eliminated due to constant evolution Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  Q: I keep all my financial records in a program I wrote in 1988, using dBASE III file structure (.dbf) and compiled it with Clipper, DOS version. I run it on old hardware under Windows XP. My other computers are 64-bit hardware and I cannot run the .exe program nor open the files on them. Is there any solution to my dilemma? The computer won’t last forever, and ACCESS and Quicken won’t give me what I have now. I appreciate any suggestions you may have.– John H.Navarre, Florida Pinterest A: That must be some tool you created for yourself that it’s still in use over 30 years after it was written, John. I tend to lean toward recommending you find a more modern solution, as clinging to your program (no matter how nostalgic and/or functional it is) is ultimately a losing proposition. Nevertheless, this seems important to you, and I can think of a few ways that you might be able to keep on using it. It will be up to you to determine which one — if any — works, and is right for you.For better or worse, one of the realities of computer systems is that almost everything constantly evolves. Over time, and more rapid than you probably think, hardware gets faster, more capable, and more complex. The operating systems that drive it must evolve to keep up, and their vendors even have planned obsolescence programs to force users off aging platforms. The result is another reality: eventually, software programs developed for a given platform and operating system become obsolete because of the relentless progression of technology.Now, you probably know that writing this column is only a sideline for me. My real job, which I’ve been doing since 1986, is Software Engineer. In my job, we often need to run legacy software that was built for older platforms. To make that happen, we often use the same solution you have done so far. That is, we maintain an obsolete computer, running a no-longer-supported operating system, all for the sole purpose of being able to run the program in question when the need arises.There are better ways. One thing that the march of technology has spawned is the ability to produce a virtual machine, or VM, which is basically a digital copy of a computer environment. Once created, a VM gets executed by an appropriate player application, and the result is a window on a modern computer that contains within it everything the old computer contained. It runs an actual Windows operating system, which means it has a desktop, menus, a registry, and the ability to install and run software. Although the virtual machine is physically running on a modern system — let’s say one with a 64-bit architecture — through the magic of software emulation, the architecture of the system appears to any software running within the VM framework exactly as it did on the machine from which the VM was created. And so it should, because it is really running the old operating system. The difference is that the hardware upon which it is running is virtual. You said in your question “the computer won’t last forever”. Well a virtual one will. You can move it to a new PC whenever you upgrade. There are multiple VM solutions available, and I’m not a product endorser. A little Google research should get you started if this is the path you choose.If the whole virtual machine thing just sounds too complex, there are other possible ways to go. Any of these will assume that you still have the original .dbf file or files that you compiled into a runnable application. There are programs designed and implemented for modern operating systems that are still capable of opening dBase files. I can’t guarantee compatibility, of course, and you might need to tweak up the code here and there, but this is a good place to start. One such option I found is a program named DBF Viewer 2000, which claims to be a “fast, effective solution for viewing and editing all sorts of DBF files.” Back in the day, .dbf was such a common database format that many modern programs still support opening the files. Even Microsoft Excel includes the ability to open .dbf files. I suggest you take some time and see whether a modern software application will open and run your program.Finally, I know you said that you didn’t think Access or Quicken will “give you what you have now”. I’m curious your basis for that statement, because both of those packages are capable of importing dBase files. Access in particular is a monstrously powerful relational database engine, capable of doing far more than what I suspect your homegrown tool does. Don’t discount these options until you actually try them firsthand.To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!) WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleELAM: Oil and stock prices likely toppingNext articleBig Bend file photo Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Local News Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 last_img read more

Director of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

first_imgFounded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to thehighest international standards of excellence in teaching andlearning, research and discovery, and has been at the forefront ofacademic scholarship for many years. The University is consistentlyranked amongst the world’s top universities: 2ndin Asiaand 25thin the world (QS 2019), 9thin theworld for Graduate Employability (QS 2020), and was identified asthe most international university by Times Higher Education(World’s Most International Universities 2019). The University hasa comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines,with 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students coming fromsome 100 countries, and a complement of 2,500 professoriate andacademic related members of staff, many of whom are internationallyacclaimed as leaders in their discipline.Director of theHong Kong Institute for the Humanities and SocialSciences(Ref: 499913) Applications and nominations are invited forappointment as Director of the Hong Kong Institute for theHumanities and Social Sciences (“The Institute”) on the tenuretrack, to commence on July 1, 2021 initially on a three-yearrenewable basis from as soon as possible. The post will be held atthe Professor level. A clearly distinguished record of academicachievements by highest international standards may attract theconferment of Chair Professor title.The Institute was established in 2001 with a mission to promoteinnovative work in the humanities and social sciences, nurturecritical thinking and broaden the horizons of a future generationof academic leaders. Through coordinated research and exposure atthe postgraduate and post-doctoral levels, the Institute generatesintegrated programs that transcend disciplinary, institutional,geographical and generational boundaries. It provides an arena fordialogue with diverse substance and a common focus. The criticalcommunity of thinkers and practitioners will hopefully exertprofound influence on education, culture, and societal developmentin Hong Kong, China and an interconnected Asia. The Institute isdriven by research initiatives which have won highly competitivegrants and engage with a global network of colleagues andinstitutional partners. The Institute currently comprises a smallnumber of junior researchers, senior visitors, and a highlycommitted administrative staff. It has successfully created jointpositions with various faculties within the University, theInstitute is one of the two non-Faculty-based institutes directlyfunded by the University. Further information about the Institutecan be obtained at https://www.hkihss.hku.hk .We expect the new Director to be a scholar of distinction in his orher discipline, preferably in the humanities and social sciences.The candidate should have a demonstrated record of broad,inter-disciplinary research interests and program building.Familiarity with public and private funding agencies and awillingness to network with global academic, policy and businesscommunities will be an asset. The Director is expected to build onthe existing strengths of the Institute, infuse it with vision andforge collaborative and synergistic links within and beyond theUniversity to build an institute of advanced studies in thehumanities and social sciences in Asia. Enquiries about the postmay be addressed to the Secretary of the Search Committee [email protected] and questionsabout the Institute may be sent to [email protected] . Further informationabout the post can be obtained at https://www.hr.hku.hk/apptunit/HKIHSS_Director_job_spec.pdf.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered. The appointment will attract acontract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirementbenefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well asgenerous leave, and medical/dental benefits. Housing benefits willalso be provided.The University only accepts online application for the above post.Applicants should apply online at the University’s career site andupload an up-to-date C.V. and relevant documents. Review ofapplications will begin in summer 2020 and will continue until thepost is filled. Tentatively, the first batch of interviews will bearranged around November 2020. Interested applicants are encouragedto submit their applications on or before May 31, 2020, toensure timely consideration. The University thanks applicants fortheir interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted forinterviews will be notified of the application result.Advertised: Apr 2, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close:last_img read more

Indiana State Police Will Be Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint This Weekend In Warrick County

first_imgIndiana State Police Will Be Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint This Weekend In Warrick CountyIndiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this upcoming weekend. The exact location, date and time will not be released.  Motorists that are not impaired can expect only short delays of 2-3 minutes while passing through the checkpoint.Troopers encourage all motorists to call 911 or the closest Indiana State Police Post when they observe another motorist that may be impaired.  Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.The Indiana State Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more