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Halifax 2014 Participates in Candidate City SeminarHalifax 2014 Participates in Candidate City Seminar

first_imgRepresentatives from the Halifax 2014 bid committee are joining delegates from Glasgow, Scotland and Abuja, Nigeria, this week for a three-day seminar on the Commonwealth Games bidding process. The Commonwealth Games Federation invited 10 participants from each candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to participate in the seminar in Melbourne, Australia, July 10-13. “With our management team fully in place, this is a tremendous opportunity to continue educating ourselves on the bidding process before the May 9, 2007, deadline,” said CEO Scott Logan. “The Melbourne Games’ organizers learned a lot about what they did well and where they would have done things differently — and we’re keen to learn from their experience.” Candidate city participants are attending 17 lectures and receiving final instructions on the requirements for preparing and submitting bids. The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka. A list of the Halifax 2014 delegates participating in the candidate cities seminar is available at www.2014halifax.com .last_img read more

The budget agendaThe budget agenda

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman seems to have a tough task before her if she has to fulfil wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while presenting a fresh budget for 2019-20. The Prime Minister has clearly told a group of economists and sector experts about his intention to undertake fresh reform measures to boost growth and make the Indian economy competitive. This would require a radically different trend in the government’s budgeting exercise which is traditionally loaded on non-developmental expenditure and high debt servicing costs. When the Narendra Modi government first came to power in May 2014, he decided to focus on financial and social inclusion that became extremely popular in the country. The national government’s expenditure management was mainly left with professionals in the North Block. The latter seemed to have been less comfortable and innovative about successfully managing and implementing the government policies and handling additional pressures created by the award of the Seventh Pay Commission, demonetisation of large currency notes, digitisation of the economy and indirect tax reform through GST. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe pay commission’s recommendations on pay, pension hikes for 4.7 million employees and 5.3 million pensioners alone brought a heavy annual burden on the expenditure side. The government failed to link pay hikes with employees’ performance or productivity. There was little pressure on government employees, including officers and top bureaucrats, to perform better to cover additional pay package. The pay and pension increases ranged from 14 to 23.50 per cent. Entry-level basic pay more than doubled to Rs 18,000 per month and at the level of Cabinet Secretary, the top-most civil servant, to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 90,000 per month. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe government’s expenditure budget in the last five years went on expanding with a very little link with productivity and development. The first year’s budget expenditure of the Modi government in 2014-15 was Rs 17.95 lakh crore. The amount was Rs 1.30 lakh crore more than the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government’s last budget in 2013-14. The fiscal profligacy continued even under the Modi-1 period. Of the 2014-15 budget expenditure, non-plan expenditure was as high as Rs 12.20 lakh crore against a net tax revenue to the centre of only Rs 9.22 lakh crore. The 2019-20 budget may see the government’s gross expenditure topping the Rs 28 lakh crore mark or around Rs 10 lakh crore more than its budget spending five years ago. The worst part of this fiscal profligacy is that over 70 per cent of the budget expenditure continues to be under the non-development category. The budget of 2017-18 was marked by two important changes. It was advanced to February 1 from the traditional February 28. It also abolished the age-old plan and non-plan expenditure classifications and replaced them by ‘revenue expenditure’ and ‘capex’. The massive borrowing and the government’s continuously forced disinvestment in the public sector by making a high net worth PSEs buying government stakes into each other in the absence of market support to fund a routine annual increase in budget expenditure are hurting the government’s as well as PSEs’ development programmes. The government is spending around 25 per cent of its total budgeted expenditure towards interest payment on loans. Fatter the expenditure budget, higher are loan components and loan service costs. This huge loan liability is severely impinging on the government’s ability to provide more funds for poverty alleviation and development-oriented programmes. Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pegged the government’s borrowing for 2018-19 at over Rs 6.24 lakh crore. More than 92 per cent of this amount was meant to be spent on interest on the already running loans of the government. The government had reportedly borrowed 115 per cent of its total estimated borrowing limit in the first 8 months of the last financial year. The government’s interest payment liability alone is equal to almost 40 per cent of its total projected net revenue receipts. This huge liability leaves very little room for the government to spend on developmental schemes. In last year’s budget, the previous finance minister had pegged the Central government’s capital outlay at Rs three lakh crore and its interest payment liability at nearly twice the amount. It’s a kind of debt trap as the country is forced to borrow over Rs 6,00,000 crore every year to meet its interest payment obligations. The practice is unhealthy and must not continue. Finance Minister Sitharaman must break away from the trend to control the wasteful or non-productive expenditure on the administration. It is high time to tighten the expenditure belt of the government, make sarkari jobs productivity-oriented and let the budget focus more on development. That will create large gainful employment, raise public income, spur domestic demand and create higher production and growth. She should encourage the core and manufacturing sectors, including PSEs, to expand substantially in the coming years while compressing the government’s non-productive expenditure supported by borrowing and disinvestment at the cost of PSEs. The task is not easy. A good part of her 2019-20 revenue earning prospect had already been hijacked by the previous NDA government by way of an advance collection of revenues by departments like railways and forcing PSEs part with dividends meant for the current financial year. This may be possibly responsible for the government’s fiscal deficit in the first two months (April-May) rising to 52 per cent of the entire budgeted target for 2019-20 and posing a new challenge to the Centre. The US embargo on oil and other trades with Iran, a growing war-like situation in the West Asian gulf region, rising oil prices and the spectre of drought owing to highly delayed monsoon threaten to bring an unquantifiable impact on the government’s expenditure target during the current financial year. Sitharaman’s expenditure budget must provide for such an impact without compromising on development. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Bomb at military academy in Libya’s Benghazi kills 7Bomb at military academy in Libya’s Benghazi kills 7

first_imgBenghazi – A car bomb Monday targeting a military academy in Libya’s restive eastern city of Benghazi killed at least seven soldiers and wounded 12, military and hospital sources said.Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has seen near-daily attacks on security and other targets in recent months as the weak Tripoli government struggles to rein in former rebel brigades turned militias.The medical centre in Benghazi said “seven bodies have arrived at the hospital in addition to an undetermined number of human remains,” updating a previous toll. A hospital spokesman said 12 people were wounded in the bombing, including six in serious condition.A military source said the car parked in front of the academy blew up as soldiers emerged from an awards ceremony for army promotions.The explosion left a one-metre (three-foot) deep crater and damaged around 20 cars parked nearby.Car parts and scraps of military uniforms could be seen several metres (yards) away.As with previous attacks, it was not clear who carried out the bombing and there was no claim of responsibility.The government condemned the “criminal” and “terrorist” act and declared three days of mourning.“The government has not and will not spare any effort to pursue those behind this crime and bring them to justice,” it said in a statement.In a separate incident Monday, a man was killed elsewhere in Benghazi by a bomb that had been attached to his car, a security source told AFP, adding that the deceased has not yet been identified.On December 22, a suicide car bomb targeting a security post 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Benghazi left 13 dead.Militants have also attacked foreign missions in Benghazi, including a September 2012 assault on the US consulate in the Mediterranean city that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.On March 2, gunmen shot dead a French engineer in Benghazi.Eastern Libya has become a bastion of Islamist extremists, with authorities avoiding a full-blown confrontation with heavily armed former rebels pending the formation of a regular army and police force.The government has struggled to consolidate control in the vast and mostly desert country, which is effectively ruled by a patchwork of local militias and awash in heavy weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenals.last_img read more

Morocco: Over 40k Men Made Requests to Marry Underage Girls in…Morocco: Over 40k Men Made Requests to Marry Underage Girls in…

Rabat- The Moroccan Ministry of Justice has reportedly received over 40,000 requests for marriage of underage girls in the last year. Although the requests were denied, dozens of them allegedly married minor girls illegally.Akhbar Alyaoum newspaper quoted a UNICEF official as saying that over 40,000 Moroccan adult males made requests to the Ministry of Justice to marry underage girls.The UNICEF official added that the organization is moving forward to release a study on child marriage in Morocco, which was started last year. In 2004, Morocco adopted a new family code, which increased the minimum age of marriage for girls from 14 to 18. However, the phenomenon of child marriage is becoming more common in Morocco.In a recent investigation, the paper revealed that in some rural areas, dozens of girls under the age of 18 get married, have children and sometimes get divorced according to the Fatiha,- the first chapter of the Quran- without court registration.In Tiseroulin, in the province of Midlet 98 Miles from Meknes, over 50 child brides, aged between 11 and 16, are married to adult males, according to Mohamed Ouslaiman, the president of local association Azem Aberbach.Najat Ikhich, the co-founder of Yetto, revealed that her association intervened to stop a man from forcing his 11-year-old girl to marry an adult male, after the association promised to sponsor the child’s studies until she earns her baccalaureate diploma.Najat Ikhich said that child marriage keeps increasing in Morocco, since the government keeps ignoring the 20th and 21st articles of the family code.“These articles give judges the power to approve nuptials with a minor if it is permitted by the child’s guardian, “ Najat said.She adds that the place for girls is at school,  rather than her husband’s house. ”I feel sorry for the underage girls who become maids in their husbands’ houses, especially those who were married off without official legal documents.Edited by Jessica Rohan read more

UN envoy gets firsthand look at volatile western Côte dIvoireUN envoy gets firsthand look at volatile western Côte dIvoire

Since fighting broke out after the emergence of two new rebel groups in western Côte d’Ivoire late last November, access to populations in need of aid has been hampered. Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s humanitarian envoy for the crisis headed to the towns of Man and Guiglo to get a first-hand look at the situation there.During her visit, Ms. McAskie expressed deep concern over reported civilian casualties due to fighting and helicopter attacks. Non-governmental organizations in the region have reported that at least 50 civilians claiming to be victims of attacks on 15 April were treated at the Hospital of Man, and at least eight died. Unaligned and uncontrolled armed groups in the west further jeopardize civilian safety. She also deplored the attack on and subsequent pillaging of the Burulli Ulcer Centre in Zouan-Hounien, close to the border with Liberia, where Catholic priests treated victims of a disfiguring skin disease. “Such indiscriminate targeting of civilians, and of medical facilities, is entirely unacceptable,” she said. “The protection of civilians is the over-riding concern.”As sporadic violence and persistent reports of human rights abuses temper hopes that peace may finally be taking root in Côte d’Ivoire, humanitarian organizations say they are concerned that delivering food and other supplies could make them the targets of armed elements. Ms. McAskie will participate in the launch on Monday of the UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal to meet basic humanitarian needs in Côte d’Ivoire and five neighbouring countries. This new appeal covers a longer term and is more comprehensive than the Flash Appeal issued last November. Humanitarian agencies received 41.5 per cent of the $22 million in funding required under that Appeal. read more

At Alpbach UN chief urges greater action to meet antipoverty sustainability goalsAt Alpbach UN chief urges greater action to meet antipoverty sustainability goals

“Our shared challenge is to conquer the persistent problems of old – poverty, hunger, disease and hatred – while building a new landscape of peace, prosperity and dignity for all,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs to the closing session of the forum.“Collectively, we need to grasp this historic opportunity to transform our economies and societies, and put our planet on a sustainable course before it is too late,” he urged participants gathered in the Austrian town of Alpbach. Held annually, the forum brings together academics, students, and decision makers from all areas to discuss and brainstorm new ideas and solutions to European and global problems, according to the event website. In his message, Mr. Ban said that despite skepticism, the MDGs have focused international attention and successfully reached some targets, such as halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and improving access to drinking water. “But there is much unfinished business,” he cautioned, citing 19,000 children under the age of five who die daily from preventable diseases; 2.5 billion without access to sanitation; stalled progress in getting children in school; threats to environmental sustainability; and gaps in gender empowerment. He also highlighted the importance of shaping an “ambitious, inspiring and universal” global agenda on poverty eradication and sustainable development to follow up on the MDGs once their deadline eclipses at the end of 2015. This is particularly relevant given the global time of austerity, Mr. Ban noted, but urged governments to “lift the lives of the world’s most vulnerable” to reflect people’s priorities and not military needs.The UN is amidst its 1,000 days of action to accelerate progress towards the MDGs. The MDGs and the post-2015 agenda will be discussed at the high-level opening of the new General Assembly year at the UN headquarters in New York next month.Mr. Ban was originally scheduled to participate in the forum, but cut short his official visit to Austria to focus on the latest developments related to Syria and the UN chemical weapons inspection team. read more

UN Assembly hears Holocaust survivors plea to never forget all human lifeUN Assembly hears Holocaust survivors plea to never forget all human life

At a meeting that was opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and which featured statements from, among others, Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel and Denis Antoine, Holocaust survivor Jona Laks, who travelled to New York from Tel Aviv, recalled that in Auschwitz she had been “just number A27725,” a tattoo that is still emblazoned on her arm. “Seventy years since the liberation, I stand before you to bear witness of a world that once and a people disseminated because they were born Jewish. I stand before you to bear witness what befell my family, my twin sister and me,” Ms. Laks said. The International Day is marked every year on 27 January, the date on which Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945. This year’s observance, on the theme ‘Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors,’ coincides with two milestone events: the 70th anniversary of the Second World War’s end and the founding of the UN. Ms. Laks said she was six years old when “Hitler invaded Poland,” and recalled how all Jews were demanded to abandon their homes and move into the ghettos. The confiscation of Jews’ property and being forced wear the yellow Star of David was a long and painful journey of dehumanization. “We went through horrors, starvation and illnesses,” she remembered. The concentration of a large number of people in a small overcrowded area caused epidemics and various diseases. All these things took their toll and make the children in the camps weak. “One night, my father, who lived some distance from the children’s concentration camps, learned some of the less productive children were going to be deported to even worse camps. He managed to sneak in and bring my twin sister Miriam and me out. This is how my life was saved, because the next day, the 20,000 children were taken to be exterminated.” Shortly thereafter, Ms. Laks was sent to Auschwitz with her sisters. “I remember very clearly the day we arrived in Auschwitz; we were lined up for selection. As we lined up, Hannah, our eldest sister who was afraid I would not pass this selection, gave me her wooden shoes to make me look taller, pinched my cheeks to make me look healthier, and pushed me to the back of the line.”“But despite her efforts, I was marked for the crematorium while my twin sister was sent the other way. I was standing in line getting closer and closer to the crematorium. I could see smoke coming out and even smell the bodies,” Ms. Laks recalled. But she was spared when one of the doctors noticed that she was a twin. “I wish I could spare you all the gory details of what came next. There is nothing darker about the Holocaust than the role played by medical doctors,” she said. “It has been proven beyond any doubt that experiments performed on twins were not only cruel but scientifically useless. We were treated as inhuman creatures, lab animals and nothing more.”After the war, in 1948, “an orphan and completely alone,” Ms. Laks made her way to then-British controlled Palestine. She said that when the State of Israel was established later that year, for the first time in her life she felt like she was a person and “no longer just a number.” “Not only people died in Auschwitz, the idea of humanity perished as well. The message is not to forget and that human life is sacred,” she said.Addressing the General Assembly via video-link, Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, delivering today’s keynote address, asked why the Shoah refuses to become history and remains relevant to so many people. Genocides and other human atrocities occurred before the Holocaust but this event in history stands out. The Holocaust is so powerful, he said, because of the ease and speed with which the perpetrators’ ideology succeeded. How could hundreds of years of human progress yield such massive atrocities? Modern society deludes itself that technological advances go hand-in-hand with moral progress. “This is not true. The Shoah was conceived by highly educated people,” Mr. Shalev said, emphasizing that if it happened before, it can happen again. “How can we assure that values will still be essential to our lives as technology advances?” Through education, he answered. Yad Vashem teaches educators that in addition to being an immense atrocity to humanity, the Holocaust was also a dramatic struggle of the human spirit. “Our road today is plagued with cruel conflicts and we can and must educate the next generation of leaders to behave ethically. I call upon my fellow educators to strive and persevere in the battle of human morality.”When the war ended, Mr. Shalev recalled, much of the world rejoiced for the Allied victory, but Jews who survived were left to mourn the death of their families and friends. They chose hope instead. And it is evident now that in the last 70 years they demonstrated their commitment to humanity by rebuilding their families and communities. Taking to the podium next, Boris Feltman, a 95-year old World War II veteran, who recalled his time serving in Ukraine. He remembered the ghetto of thousands of Jews who were transferred from Romania; the young people forming resistance groups; and his own struggles witnessing the brutality around him. He remembered how fascists caught 12 young Jewish men and killed them by throwing them 15 metres off a bridge. “They did not let anyone bury those men for two days.” Mr. Feltman recalled how fascists would shoot people “all the time without reason.” Millions of people and six million Jews perished and “we, soldiers of the Soviet Union, with United States, England and Canada, on 9 May, 1945, felt like we rid the world of evil forever. We were happy like kids.”“Generation after generation has the responsibility to tell the truth about the Holocaust,” the World War II veteran stressed, warning that today, new evils have emerged: anti-Semites, terrorists, and extremists again want to destroy society. Also as part of today’s ceremony, which was rescheduled from yesterday as UN Headquarters was closed due to inclement weather, Grammy-award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari and Cantor Shimmy Miller, Congregation Ahavath Torah, recited the memorial prayers accompanied by keyboardist Daniel Gildar. Today’s ceremony was followed by the opening of the exhibit “Shoah: How was it humanly possible,” curated by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, at 2:30 p.m. in the visitors lobby of UN Headquarters. read more

Foxes are in our cities but are they dangerousFoxes are in our cities but are they dangerous

first_img Source: Sasko Lazarov via Photocall IrelandSome foxes won’t even run away when shouted at from a window, while others can be seen strolling around or lying back enjoying the sun.This is mostly because urban foxes have become habituated to the city.If you do see a fox you can go to Irish Wildlife Matters and get the number of a local wildlife rehabilitator for more advice. Source: Sasko Lazarov via Photocall IrelandDo not disturb If you don’t want foxes coming to your garden – you need to get rid of their food source, so:Don’t leave out any food or food wasteKeep your bins closed and securedFeed your pets indoors.You’ll also need to make sure that your neighbours are following the same rules.If you’d like more information on foxes you can go to Conserve Ireland or check out some frequently asked questions at IWM.Misunderstood Fox owner, Mike Towler, thinks that foxes get a bad reputation because they are painted as villains in children’s stories.He says, “They have the nicest nature of any animal I have ever met, they are considerate, helpful – particularly towards young foxes.”Towler also points out that foxes provide a very useful function as they destroy the rats and mice you don’t want.He seems pretty comfortable with his fox who plays a little football and gets a wash and blow dry in this video: Source: LPSCreativeMedia/YouTubeRead: Fox cub with head stuck in a can gets rescued… and says thank you>Read: Animal rights groups condemn ‘brutal attack’ on fox in Laois> FOXES AREN’T JUST found wandering around woodlands in the countryside- urban foxes are very common in cities.They’ve even been seen roaming around Grafton Street in Dublin with dens near the Dáil.Isabela Berman sent us in this photo of a fox that she spotted near Lincoln Place this week.But don’t worry – Irish Wildlife Matters told TheJournal.ie, “You can be sure they are more scared of you than you are of them.”In the suburbs foxes do best in estates of houses with large gardens. Areas such as Sandymount show a high density of the creatures.However, they can also be found in industrial estates and in some council housing areas.During this time of the year the cubs are emerging from the den.They will spend a lot of time basking in the sunshine (when we have it) and lying up in bushes and long grass.What to do if you see a foxIf you spot a fox the advice is… don’t panic.Foxes are pretty harmless and they will run away if approached but don’t try to corner it as it could bite in panic.Now be warned some of these guys may seem pretty bold and brave.This fox was snapped in the Leinster House car park last winter and wasn’t too put out by the people nearby.last_img read more

Conclusion du Forum mondial de leau le temps est à lactionConclusion du Forum mondial de leau le temps est à laction

first_imgConclusion du Forum mondial de l’eau : le temps est à l’actionAu terme du 6e Forum mondial de l’Eau qui s’est tenu à Marseille, les participants ont conclu qu’il était temps d’agir. En effet, aujourd’hui, plus d’un milliard de personnes restent sans eau potable et 2,5 milliards n’ont toujours pas de toilettes dans le monde.Il est temps d’agir pour les milliards de gens qui n’ont toujours pas accès à l’eau potable. Voilà la conclusion du Forum de l’eau qui s’est tenu à Marseille. Un message similaire, mais avec des solutions différentes, devait clore samedi le “Forum alternatif” organisé par les écologistes et ONGs de solidarité. Première avancée, selon Loïc Fauchon, président du Conseil mondial de l’eau et organisateur de la réunion triennale, “l’eau sera pour la première fois inscrite parmi les 9 priorités de l’agenda international discutées au sommet Rio+20″ du 20 au 22 juin prochains.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Si on arrivait à placer haut la question de l’eau dans les préoccupations des chefs d’Etat et que le Fonds Vert (promis par le Sommet climat pour aider les pays pauvres) consacre, lorsqu’il sera créé, la moitié ou le quart de ses financements à des solutions concernant l’eau, alors nous n’aurons pas perdu notre temps”, a-t-il dit à l’AFP. De plus, parmi les engagements pris solennellement, des gouvernements ont promis de débloquer plus d’argent. De son côté, EDF a assuré qu’elle calculerait dorénavant l’empreinte eau de sa production d’électricité, alors que le seul refroidissement de ses 58 réacteurs nucléaires en fait le premier consommateur d’eau en France.Intitulé “le temps des solutions”, le Forum officiel a rappelé que plus de 70 % de la consommation d’eau allait à l’agriculture. Pour cette raison, les participants de plusieurs ateliers thématiques ont plaidé pour des modèles de production plus durable dans la perspective d’une population mondiale de 9 milliards d’habitants en 2050. “Mais quelle est cette agriculture qui consomme autant d’eau, ce n’est pas celle qui sert à nourrir les populations locales, c’est l’agriculture industrielle”, a souligné à l’AFP Jacques Cambon, ancien ingénieur de Suez qui a rejoint le groupe Aquattac, présent au Forum alternatif. “Pour réduire la pression sur l’eau, il faut changer de modèle de développement et arrêter de la considérer comme une marchandise”, a-t-il ajouté. Face aux nombreux manquements en matière d’accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement pour les plus pauvres, le Forum alternatif a réclamé un Tribunal international pour l’eau à l’image du TPI pour les crimes contre l’humanité.Le 19 mars 2012 à 12:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark County deputies ask for help again in solving womans 2015 deathClark County deputies ask for help again in solving womans 2015 death

first_imgJessica Newton The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Oregon are asking for the public’s help in solving the January 2015 homicide of Jessica Newton.Newton’s body was found near the Columbia River in Clark County on Jan. 2, 2015. A boater found the 40-year-old woman’s remains on the western shoreline of Bachelor Island near Ridgefield, deputies said at that time.The Clark County medical examiner found that Newton died of homicidal violence. Investigators said she may have died some time in late December 2014 but had little other information about her whereabouts or acquaintances around the same time.Officials also said Newton frequented homeless services in east and downtown Portland.The sheriff’s office is again sharing that information in hopes someone will come forward with new investigative leads.Crime Stoppers said in a release it offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for valid tips about unsolved homicides that lead to an arrest. Information about other felony crimes may net tipsters up to $1,000.last_img read more

Petrol Prices Now Cheaper By ₹246 Per Litre Further Reduction on CardsPetrol Prices Now Cheaper By ₹246 Per Litre Further Reduction on Cards

first_imgState-owned oil companies announced their decision to slash petrol prices by at least ₹2.46 per litre. The cut in petrol rates took effect on Thursday midnight.The latest price cut comes in the wake of falling global crude oil prices and is also based on the rupee value against the US dollar. This is the second revision to have taken place following a ₹2.02 a litre rollback that took effect on June 3, Indian news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) said.Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) are amongst three of the oil marketing firms which decided on the price cut.  Some of the metropolitan cities in the country will see a price reduction exceeding ₹2.46 per litre cut. According to an IOC statement, Bangalore and Hyderabad will have petrol rates slashed as high as ₹3.22 per litre, with new rates sliding down to ₹76.39 and 74.89 respectively.Petrol prices in Delhi will now cost ₹67.7 per litre, while in Mumbai prices will drop down to ₹73.35 a litre. Kolkata and Chennai will have prices down to ₹72.24 and ₹72.27 respectively.IOC stated that the three oil retailers are estimated to incur huge losses in revenue amounting to ₹1.51 billion, with diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene rates remaining unchanged. The firm maintained that the current under-recovery on diesel had gone up from ₹6.13 to ₹10.20 a litre; on kerosene from ₹24.16 to ₹30.53; and on the domestic LPG from ₹331.13 to ₹396.00 a cylinder.The company also added that it shall keep a close eye on global oil prices and the rupee exchange rate in order to evaluate any effect they have on selling prices.PTI noted that there exists a possibility of further reduction of petrol prices by at least ₹1 a litre, as the latest cut was based on average global oil prices during the first half of June. It was earlier reported that prices may drop by ₹4 per litre on July 1 onwards following the steep decline in international oil rates As of now, global gasoline rates dropped down to almost $98 per barrel. However, the Indian rupee is continuing its freefall, with the currency now standing at 57 against the green back.”We can sustain these prices for a sometime (without changing retail selling price). Unless there is a further drop in oil prices and rupee strengthens, a revision in petrol rates looks extremely unlikely in coming days,” an unnamed source was quoted saying to the news agency.last_img read more

Infosys sued in US Will it hit firms plans to hire 10000Infosys sued in US Will it hit firms plans to hire 10000

first_imgEmployees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian IT giant Infosys is being sued by its former head of immigration Erin Green in the US. Green filed the lawsuit on June 19 before a US district court in the Eastern District of Texas, and has accused the firm of discrimination against non-Asian employees and retaliation by the senior management.Green joined Infosys in 2012 as the head of immigration in the US and was asked to leave the firm in 2016. He has now questioned the manner in which he was asked to leave and sought damages from the IT giant. The lawsuit filed by Green also makes serious allegations against head of global immigration Vasudeva Nayak and executive vice president and global head of talent and technology, Binod Hampapur.”Plaintiff was terminated because of Defendant’s obsessional preference for employees of South Asian race and national origin, usually Indian, and as retaliation for reporting Nayak and Hampapur’s discriminatory treatment of himself and others on the basis of race and national origin,” Green’s counsel Kilgore & Kilgore, PLLC has said, according to the Press Trust of India.Green’s termination is also said to be in violation of Infosys’ policy, which clearly states that an employee needs to be warned and placed on a performance improvement plan before being terminated.”Plaintiff received no such warnings, and had no discussions with employee relations regarding any of the conduct related to the stated reason for his termination prior to his termination.. Plaintiff had no disciplinary entries on his official work record during his four-and-a-half-year tenure,” the 53-page lawsuit said. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileInfosys has refused to comment on the matter.Meanwhile, Green’s lawsuit might just derail Infosys’ plans to hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years, a step that was seen as a bid to appease the Donald Trump administration. Along with it, the firm also plans to set up four technological hubs in the country, the first one being in Indiana set to start in August 2017, a decision that had been lauded by Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb.”It’s so good to welcome Infosys to Indiana, and to expand our growing tech ecosystem with the addition of their estimated 2,000 Hoosier jobs. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level,” Holcomb had said.Now that Infosys has been accused of favouring Asian employees, it remains to be seen if it does manage to hire the 10,000 employees in the US. However, co-founder Mohandas Pai believes that the lawsuit will have no impact on hiring. “The filing of lawsuit by Green against Infosys alleging employee discrimination will not have any bearings on the company’s intent to hire 10,000 Americans in next two years,” Pai explained. “It will not affect the recruitment because it is very difficult to hire 10,000 people in two years. It’s a tall target, and one quarter is nearly over.. These are statements that one can make to please politicians.”last_img read more

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more MRI technology was used to identify and locate a probable tumor (outlined in yellow) during a targeted prostate biopsy for a patient who had previously had multiple negative biopsies but had persistently high PSA levels. Resulting biospy confirmed presence of high-grade cancer.August 14, 2014 — Oncologists at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are the first in San Diego to meld magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with a traditional ultrasound prostate exam to create a 3-D map of the prostate that allows physicians to view growths that were previously undetectable.An ultrasound machine provides an imperfect view of the prostate, resulting in an under-diagnosis of cancer, said J. Kellogg Parsons, M.D., MHS, the UC San Diego Health System urologic oncologist who, along with Christopher Kane, M.D., chair of the department of urology and Karim Kader, M.D., Ph.D., urologic oncologist, is pioneering the new technology at Moores Cancer Center.“With an ultrasound exam, we are typically unable to see the most suspicious areas of the prostate, so we end up sampling different parts of the prostate that statistically speaking are more likely to have cancer,” said Parsons, who is also an associate professor in the department of urology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “The MRI is a game-changer. It allows us to target the biopsy needles exactly where we think the cancer is located. It’s more precise.”Armondo Lopez, a patient at Moores Cancer Center, had been given a clean bill of health using the traditional ultrasound biopsy method, but when his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels started to rise he began to worry. Parsons recommended a MRI-guided prostate biopsy. The new technology led to the diagnosis of an aggressive prostate cancer located in an area normally not visible using the ultrasound machine alone. The tumor was still in its early stage and treatable, said Parsons.An early diagnosis typically improves a patient’s prognosis. In the United States, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men with more than 29,000 estimated deaths expected this year. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.Lopez is thankful he will be able to celebrate his 58th wedding anniversary with his wife. “Life is going on as normal,” said Lopez. “This is the wave of the future. I see this new technology as the way to save thousands of lives. I commend Dr. Parsons for taking the lead in San Diego in this area.”For patients, the only added step to the prostate examination is the addition of MRI imaging, which occurs in a separate visit in advance of the biopsy exam. Working with David Karow, M.D., Ph.D., a UC San Diego Health System radiologist, Parsons uses sophisticated new tools and software – DynaCAD for Prostate with the UroNav fusion biopsy system – to combine the MRI with real-time, ultrasound-guided biopsy images in the clinic, resulting in what he calls a 3-D road map of the prostate.“The MRI-guided prostate biopsy will enhance the patient experience by reducing the number of false-positive biopsies and resulting in earlier diagnosis when cancer is present,” said Parsons.For more information: www.health.ucsd.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | August 14, 2014 Oncologists at UC San Diego Improve Prostate Cancer Diagnosis with MRI Technology News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Contentlast_img read more

Six Senses to rebrand and extend reachSix Senses to rebrand and extend reach

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X With the global recovery well and truly in place, Six Senses is looking to completely rehaul their branding to consolidate underneath two main brands as well as extend its reach beyond Asia.In terms of new development, a brand new property is currently being built in Morocco and the hospitality group has revealed to e-Travel Blackboard that it is also close to signing a new property in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  In addition to this, while no contract has yet been signed, Greece will be the next international destination for the hospitality brand, we can reveal.“We feel very much like the worst is behind us… You’ll see the rebranding process unfold from September/October,” said Florian Preuss, Six Senses Resorts & Spas MD Sales and Marketing.“Simplicity is the key to this relaunch, less names, simpler brands.”e-Travel Blackboard understands there will be two “mother brands” for Six Senses, likely revolving around the current Six Senses and Soneva brands that are already established in the industry. To spread their message the members from head office along with local representatives are this week hosting roadshows around Australia, with Sydney, Melbourne and Perth being the recipients of cocktail events.Soneva Kiri in Thailand which has just opened, Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives coming late this year, and Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam coming early next year are the three brands of focus for the Roadshow.For more images from the Sydney event click here. The Six Senses team (L-R): Harry, Gill, Florian, Kristen and Ryolast_img read more

Highway between Delhi and Jaipur to be completed by December 2015Highway between Delhi and Jaipur to be completed by December 2015

first_imgThe key national highway connecting Jaipur with the national capital would be completed by December. It was facing delays of over four years primarily due to land acquisition issues.This highway would reduce present travel time from 6-7 hours to 3 hours between the two cities, said Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road and Highways, Government of India.The road ministry is also considering a proposal to build a 261 km greenfield expressway between Delhi and Jaipur at an estimated cost of Rs 32,800 crore. It has also carried out a feasibility study for the project, which will require the state agencies to acquire 2,800 hectares of land. “We are studying the feasibility report. The proposal is under consideration,” Gadkari said.As per the estimate, land acquisition is estimated to cost about Rs 18,000 crore. The proposed alignment would take off in the northwest direction at existing national highway-8 near the IGI airport and end at the same stretch on the Jaipur bypass near Daulatpura. With land being a sensitive issue and difficult to acquire from farmers, the proposed expressway is expected to face many challenges before actual work begins. “Apart from this, there are many other challenges like getting investment and recovering it over a reasonable time frame. The government needs to come out with more innovative concepts for expressways in the Indian context,” Vishwas Udgirkar, Senior Director at consultancy firm Deloitte, said.Seeking to decongest traffic on NH-8 near Manesar, the minister announced the launch of the country’s first ‘Metrino’ project between Manesar and Dhaula Kuan. The project could be started in the coming years on pilot basis and could cost Rs 4,000 crore. Metrino refers to a transport system in which pods, fully automatic driverless vehicles, are suspended under an overhead network. The overhead network in the Manesar- Dhaula Kuan project is proposed to be laid on the median of the highway stretch. Terming the transport concept as revolutionary, the minister said that there will be 700 air-conditioned electric pods and each pod will have a capacity of 5-7 passengers.last_img read more

Marriott Hotels has opened its first hotel in FijiMarriott Hotels has opened its first hotel in Fiji

first_imgMarriott Hotels has opened its first hotel in Fiji, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, now welcoming guests to an unspoiled corner of this South Pacific island paradise.Nestled on the secluded beaches of Momi Bay on the western coast of Viti Levu, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is an exotic destination defined by its idyllic natural surroundings.“We are delighted to announce the opening of the first property under the Marriott Hotels brand in Fiji,” said Silvano Dressino, General Manager of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. “The resort is located in a beautiful, untouched area of Fiji, making it the ideal spot for families and friends to explore.”“We want our guests to experience aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature,” said Matthew Carroll, Vice President, Marriott Hotels. “Marriott Hotels has consistently pushed to create experiences that inspire our guests’ creativity, and where else is more inspirational than an overwater villa in Fiji.”Thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of the picture-perfect setting, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is the only property on Fiji’s mainland to offer overwater villas. Surrounded by 20 hectares of crystal-clear, man-made lagoons, guests enjoy direct access to a private white-sand beach. The resort features 114 Bure Villas, including 22 over-water Bure Villas with decks from which guests can dive directly into the turquoise waters. The inventive design extends to the 136 Deluxe Rooms, which can be interconnected, making them ideal for families and groups. Embracing the surrounding nature, the open-plan spaces make the most of the refreshing sea breeze and natural sunlight. The dynamic interiors reflect the vibrant local culture with motifs, colours and materials inspired by Fijian design and updated with a modern twist.“The resort embodies Marriott Hotels’ ‘Travel Brilliantly’ ethos, with its contemporary Fijian-inspired design and natural offerings bringing to life the ultimate resort experience,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand and Marketing Asia Pacific.The resort is situated a convenient 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, and within easy reach of Nadi Town, Denarau Island and other enticing attractions. Adventure-seekers can enjoy a short boat ride to Cloud Break Surf to experience some of the world’s most impressive waves, go zip-lining or explore the Sebeto hot springs and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich mud baths.Guests can choose from three restaurants which offer distinctive local and international cuisines. Complemented with Marriott’s thoughtful service, each venue provides a dynamic dining experience. At Goji Kitchen & Bar, guests can engage with chefs and savour the inventive Fijian, Asian and international dishes made to order at the open-kitchen cooking stations, or enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood at Fish Bar, overlooking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. For those looking for a more casual or relaxed setting, Lagoon House & Bar offers simple yet delicious Mediterranean fare made of the highest quality produce. Fiji Baking Company, the resort’s bakery and delicatessen, offers freshly made pastries, sandwiches and salads as well as barista-style coffee in a relaxed café setting.For inspirational weddings, special events, conferences and meetings, the Grand Salon Ballroom offers 360 square metres of versatile event space with an abundance of natural lighting. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s beachfront location and 1200 square metres of outdoor pre-function space by extending their event outside. Designed with flexibility in mind, the multipurpose venues feature the latest technology, access to gourmet catering and expert event planning services.Committed to guests’ total wellness, the resort’s Health Club offers a range of onsite activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and tennis. The resort is also in close proximity to two golf courses: Natadola Golf Course and Danarau Golf & Racquet Club. For families, the Turtles Kids’ Club provides interactive programmes to entertain young guests. Meanwhile, adults can re-balance with a signature treatment at the serene Quan Spa to align the body and mind and restore clarity. There are also three large pools and a whirlpool surrounded by stylish cabanas and loungers, including an adult’s only infinity pool and a swim-up bar where guests can enjoy a cocktail and light bite while taking in the views.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRolls-Royce Motor Cars announced today that the company will be the principal sponsor of the Arts & Business South East Awards 2010. The prestigious awards ceremony will be held at The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex on Wednesday 14 July 2010.The awards provide a high profile opportunity to celebrate businesses which collaborate creatively in the South East of England. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars won an Arts & Business Sustainability Award in 2007 for the best long-term partnership, for the company’s sustained engagement with the Chichester Festival Theatre.Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “Rolls-Royce has a successful track record of involvement with the creative arts in the South East and I am delighted that this will be further extended through our partnership with Arts & Business.”www.artsandbusiness.org.uklast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2018 11:35 am PDT Maya Jasanoff wins Cundill History Prize for book on author Joseph Conradcenter_img MONTREAL — Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff’s book about “Heart of Darkness” author Joseph Conrad has won the US$75,000 Cundill History Prize.Referred to as a genre-bending scholarly work, Jasanoff’s “The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World” was praised by jurors for the way it captures Conrad’s travels, writing and personality.Jasanoff beat out two other finalists — biographer Caroline Fraser for “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” and Ohio State University professor Sam White, who wrote “A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America.”The prestigious award, which is run by McGill University, rewards non-fiction history writing in English.Jasanoff was announced as the winner at a gala at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Thursday evening.The two runners up received an excellence award and US$10,000 each.The Canadian Presslast_img read more