ShortTerm CR in Works as Talks Remain Frozen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Bipartisan negotiations over a year-end omnibus are stalled over whether to include about 40 contentious policy riders, forcing the House GOP to consider moving a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to provide the two parties a few more days beyond the Friday deadline to strike a deal.The stopgap would last “a handful of days” and allow the government to remain open past Dec. 11 when the current CR runs out, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Tuesday following a meeting of the Republican conference.The president would sign a CR that extends funding by an “extra day or two” while lawmakers “go through the legislative mechanics” of crafting and clearing a fiscal 2016 spending measure, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, reported CQ Roll Call.At the same time, Ryan vowed to finish work on the package before lawmakers head home for the holidays. “We don’t expect to do this for a long term. We need to get it right. I don’t want us to go home until we get this done,” Ryan said.Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said “40 or 42 poison pill riders” are holding up the negotiations, including provisions targeting Middle Eastern refugees, abortion, campaign finance restrictions, environmental and financial regulations, and a National Labor Relations Board ruling. The two sides also are locked in a battle over a package of permanent tax extenders which may be attached to the spending package.“We were making very good progress on resolving the money issues,” Mikulski told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “We have about 40 or 42 poison pill riders, but some are really big — Hobby Lobby, campaign finance reform — things that should have never even been on the appropriations. So we’re kind of stuck at the riders stage,” she said.Mikulski said negotiations mainly involved congressional leadership and the White House.last_img read more

Reliance AGM 2019 Mukesh Ambani announces rollout of Jio Giga Fibre on

first_imgRepresentational ImagetwitterReliance Jio will roll out commercial home broadband plans under Jio Giga Fiber from September 5, Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Monday, speaking at RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM).There were great speculations about the offerings and product releases before the AGM. These came to a rest after the company declared its future plans at the general meeting. Some of the major announcements that came from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance were the sale of 20 percent stake in oil and chemical business to Saudi Aramco, the commercial launch of the long-awaited Jio Giga Fibre and a partnership for new cloud data centres in the country. RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh AmbaniYoutube screenshot/RILAmbani clarified that Jio Giga Fibre will offer lifetime free voice calls from landline phones and high-speed broadband with additions like high definition TV and dish at a monthly rental of Rs 700 to Rs 10,000.Reliance gave the biggest shock to its customers with its announcement that the Giga Fibre will allow its users to stream new movies on the same day of release by mid-2020.  Mukesh Ambani (R), chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, poses with his wife Nita (C) and son Akash AmbaniReutersAmbani said the company has already received over 15 million registrations from about 1,600 towns for its Jio Fiber broadband service across India. He also confirmed that Jio’s IoT services will be launched on January 1 next year, which will deliver around 20,000 crore revenue for the company.Reliance Industries also put forward its plan to provide POS services to create an ecosystem around small merchants. The company proposes to modernise the smallest kirana store to a digitized store. Ambani also announced that Reliance Jio will provide connectivity and automation tools to Indian businesses at a monthly rental of Rs 1,500.Mukesh Ambani also announced that Reliance Jio has entered into a long-term partnership with Microsoft to accelerate digital transformation with the help of new cloud data centres. The company also offered a plan to set up large-scale data centres across India with the help of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.last_img read more

Memory clutter causes older people to be tricked

first_imgUsing bio-sensors to look at brain activity, the researchers saw that older participants wandered into a brief “mental time travel” when trying to recall details. This journey into their subconscious veered them into a cluttered space that was filled with both relevant and irrelevant information.  This clutter led to less confidence, even when their recollections were correct, the study said.Cluttering of the brain is one reason older people are more susceptible to manipulation, the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This memory clutter that’s causing low confidence could be a reason why older adults are often victims of financial scams, which typically occur when someone tries to trick them about prior conversations that didn’t take place at all,” said lead researcher Audrey Duarte, associate professor of psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology in the US. The findings appeared online in the journal ‘Neuropsychologia’.For the study, the researchers showed that older adults (60 years and up) and college students a series of pictures of everyday objects while electroencephalography (EEG) sensors were connected to their heads.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach photo was accompanied by a colour and scene. Participants were told to focus on one and ignore the other. An hour later, they were asked if the object was new or old, and if it matched the colour and the scene.Neither age group was very good at recalling what they were told to ignore. Both did well in remembering the object. The researchers noticed differences in brain activity between the young and old. Older adults’ brains spent more time and effort trying to reconstruct their memories.last_img read more