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Ministry to build traditional Omani souks, villages at Seeb in

Muscat: To recreate the magic of old Omani souks and traditional villages, the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) wants to develop a new tourist destination in Seeb. The project will have restaurants, cafes, and shops which will be leased for 50 years, MOT said, for which they are looking for investors.
 

Quincy local tax collections, state income tax payments down more than $500,000 so far this year

QUINCY -- Tax revenue coming to the city of Quincy is about $511,000 short of budget so far this year. Comptroller Sheri Ray said the city's sales tax, purchase tax and personal property replacement tax collections, and income tax payments from the state all have been coming in below expectations.

Free mammograms offered to women who qualify

QUINCY -- Women of a five-county area of West-Central Illinois may be eligible to receive a free mammogram on Tuesday, Oct. 24. To be eligible, women must live in Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike or Scott counties in Illinois; be between the ages 40 and 64; and meet health insurance guidelines.

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have moved into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk as Kurdish forces have pulled out (all times local): 6 p.m. Turkey has announced that it is closing its airspace to flights to and from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

JWCC offers digital camera class

QUINCY -- John Gebhardt, retired director of instructional technology and telecommunication at John Wood Community College and non-credit photography instructor, will use Zoom technology to deliver a portion of his instruction this fall. The cost of the class is $60.

Marion County Commission endorses St. Elizabeth senior housing plan

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Marion County Commission agreed Monday to endorse a proposal to convert the former St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hannibal into an apartment complex for seniors. The action came at the request of Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce and local attorney Jeff Curl, who represents the developers.

Xi's Communist Party reasserts itself to ordinary Chinese

BEIJING (AP) — Officials from the Communist Youth League of China felt they had to act: Busy with their education and careers, young Chinese were struggling in the romance department, with tens of millions unable to find partners. So the organization best known for nurturing communist ideology among....

Montana insurance providers allowed to file rate increases

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal regulators are allowing two companies offering health insurance through the individual market in Montana to file rate increases after President Donald Trump's decision last week to end certain payments to insurers that help low- to middle-income workers, the state's insurance commissioner said Monday.

The Latest: Storm blamed for odd odors on British flights

LONDON (AP) — The latest on how the weakened remnants of Hurricane Ophelia are affecting Ireland and the U.K. (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Several flights to British airports have been diverted because of unusual odors on board thought to be associated with the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia.

Local Government

Comptroller Sheri Ray said the city's sales tax, purchase tax and personal property replacement tax collections, and income tax payments from the state all have been coming in below expectations. The Marion County Commission agreed Monday to endorse a proposal to convert the former St.

Third annual Project Community Connect to provide hundreds with needed services

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- For those in need of assistance, more than 100 volunteers and 50 organizations aim to help. The third annual Project Community Connect will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, 301 Warren Barrett Drive.

DAILY BLOTTER: Oct. 15, 2017

Quincy Police. From logs emailed by the Quincy Police Department at 5:16 p.m. Oct. 14 and 4:58 a.m. Oct. 15. Arrest/traffic Dakota ML Smith (25), Mt. Sterling for improper lane usage. PTC. Zachary J. Friday, 22, Quincy for No Insurance - NTA - 175. Anthony T. McColez, 43, Quincy for Expired Registraiton - PTC.

Bombardier Inc. to partner with Airbus on C Series program

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian plane maker Bombardier announced Monday it has sold a majority stake in its C Series passenger jet business to European aerospace giant Airbus for no cost. U.S. rival Boeing called it a questionable deal by two state-subsidized competitors. The move comes after lackluster sales and after the U.

DAILY BLOTTER: Oct. 16, 2017

Quincy Police. From logs emailed by the Quincy Police Department at 5:23 p.m. Oct. 15 and 4:41 a.m. Oct. 16. Traffic Jesse R. Leebold, 27, Quincy for Improper Passing/School Bus - PTC. William J. Weckbach, 59, Quincy for Improper Left Turn - PTC. Mark C. Latchison, 57, Quincy for No Valid D.L, No Insurance, Disobey Stop Sign - NTA.

Man builds 2-story 'Star Wars' vehicle replica for Halloween

PARMA, Ohio (AP) — A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud. Nick Meyer has built a replica four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, nearly as tall as his Parma home. Meyer tells Cleveland.com he used wood, hard foam and plastic barrels.

Court jails 2 Catalan independence leaders in sedition probe

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's confrontation with its independence-seeking region of Catalonia intensified Monday when a judge ordered the leaders of two pro-independence groups jailed while they are investigated on possible sedition charges for organizing demonstrations before the region's disputed secession vote.

Jockeying for cash: N.Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

Betting introduced at weekend horse-racing carnivals; Anyone aged 12 or older allowed to bet - state TV; Gambling seen as new way to enrich state coffers amid sanctions. SEOUL - Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labor for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the....

Lazada hosts SM sale as malls, online stores co-exist in Philippines

MANILA - The country's largest mall operator, SM, kicked off a 3-day sale on Lazada on Tuesday, illustrating what the CEO of the online marketplace says can happen when physical and online retail don't see each other as rivals. Shopping malls have become the new city centers in the Philippines.

Shares climb to fresh peak, breach 8,500 points

MANILA - Share prices continued its record run, hitting a new all-time high on sustained investor optimism on the economy. The Philippine Stock Exchange Index rose 1.31 to 8,558.41 in early trading, breaching the 8,500-point level for the first time. The peso opened at P51.28 to the dollar from P51.39 on Friday.

China's Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press. BEIJING (AP) - Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday.

World: International Human Rights Standards Must Translate to Programmes on Ground, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Tells Third Committee

General Assembly Third Committee. Seventy-second Session, 20th Meeting (PM) GA/SHC/4205. 16 October 2017. International human rights standards “can and must” be translated into programmes on the ground, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told the Third Committee (Social,....

Xiamen's scenic seaside slog

Beauty and brawn will combine as the scenic southeastern city of Xiamen plays host to elite triathlon series IRONMAN 70.3 on Nov 12. Thousands of professional and amateur athletes will descend on the coastal city in Fujian province, known as the 'Garden of the Sea', including former Ironman....

China's economic transformation opens new opportunities for multinationals: GE China CEO

NEW YORK - China's ongoing economic transformation has provided great new opportunities for multinational corporations operating in the country, Rachel Duan, president and CEO of General Electric (GE) China, told Xinhua in a recent interview. "China has entered a 'new normal.

China's inflation remains stable, economy solid

BEIJING - China's inflation remained stable in September as consumer prices were stable and factory gate prices saw comfortably strong increases. The consumer price index (CPI) retreated mildly, weighed down by dropping food prices, while growth in the producer price index (PPI) hit a six-month high on demand for commodities.

Iraqi forces recapture more areas in Kirkuk, Diyala provinces

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi security forces on Monday seized more areas and oil installations in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk and nearby Diyala, as the troops are advancing to recapture areas from Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Iraqi military said. The Iraqi forces recaptured the headquarters of the....

Container train from China reaches Freeport of Riga

RIGA - A container train, which left western China at the end of September, arrived in the Latvian capital city Riga on Monday, local media reported. The train delivering 41 containers with food supplements from China to Western Europe left the Chinese city of Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Sept 29.

Chinese investment serves as long-awaited rain in drought for Polish company

WARSAW - "When Chinese company invested in Poland, we were worried about whether we could keep our jobs," said Malgorzata Bielica who works at Liugong Dressta Machinery in Stalowa Wola, southeast Poland. Malgorzata and her husband both used to work for HSW, a Polish company preceding Liugong Dressta.

Boston to get 'Made in China' subway trains

The first batch of subway trains manufactured by China for Boston Subway's new Orange Line is expected to be shipped to the city in December, its manufacturer said on Monday. State-owned train maker-CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, a subsidiary of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, said this is....

7% GDP growth likely in second half

Increase in consumption helped improve economic fundamentals, central bank chief tells global meeting. The world's second-largest economy is likely to reach a growth rate of 7 percent in the second half of this year, China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Sunday in Washington.

Shanghai unveils steps to attract foreign R&D centers

Shanghai authorities have rolled out new measures to woo more foreign-funded research and development centers to the city as part of the efforts to transform it into a global technological innovation hub by 2030. According to the 15-article policy, recently approved by the Shanghai municipal....

China tops electronics importer of Dubai in H1: official

DUBAI - China topped the list of Dubai's electronics trade partners in the first half of this year, with a total of 53.3 billion dirham ($14.54 billion) in import, state news agency of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) WAM reported on Saturday. The value of Dubai's information technology had reached 134.
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