Tata Power and IGL collaborate to offer integrated services

first_imgNEW DELHI: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility and Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), India’s largest CNG distribution company, on Monday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at New Delhi towards setting up integrated customer services and value optimization. The MoU was signed between E. S Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL and Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power in the presence of B. C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL. Speaking at the signing in ceremony, B. C. Tripathi. Chairman said, “This initiative shall bring together synergies among two leading utility players and can go a long a way in improving operational efficiencies as well as customer experience. The two companies should also explore the possibilities of generating electricity from bio-gas using fuel cell technology”.last_img read more

Virtual reality can help people with dementia

first_imgVirtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia by helping them to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, says a study. The technology helped patients recall old memories by providing new stimuli difficult to achieve, due to ill health, or inaccessible within a secure environment, said the team from the University of Kent in the UK. These memories not only provided positive mental stimulation for the patients but also helped their caregivers learn more about their lives before care, thereby improving their social interaction. Also Read – The Puja carnival”VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent. For the study, the researchers picked eight patients aged between 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Each patient used a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual environments of a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach and a countryside scene. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe sessions were monitored with feedback gathered from patients and their caregivers. The patients also demonstrated their own choices during the experiment, with some keen to explore different VEs within a session, while others explored the same environment repeatedly. “With further research it will be possible to evaluate the elements of virtual environments that benefit patients and use VR even more effectively,” Jim Ang added.last_img read more

You got the new house Now how do you afford to furnish

Congrats on saving up for that down payment! And hats off for committing to mortgage payments, homeowners insurance and property taxes. Now for your reward: home sweet, sparsely furnished home.Furniture shopping may be the last thing you want to do, but it may be necessary if you moved into a bigger space or parted with unwanted goods in that process. Avoid overspending with these strategies.STICK TO CASHEarmarking savings for furniture can help homeowners pay for it in cash. And that’s the “absolute best way” to buy, says Justin Nichols, certified financial planner and director of operations at Garrett Planning Network. How much to save for furniture depends on your needs. (More on that later.)If you already bought the house and didn’t budget for furniture, do what you can to stick to cash — and live with some open space while you save. “In the big scheme of things, it’s OK for a room to be sparsely appointed or even sit empty for a while as you save to pay cash,” Nichols says.If you can get a credit card with a no-interest promotional period, and you know you can pay off your purchases in that time, that’s the next best option, Nichols says. The worst choice? Renting-to-own furniture , he says. The Federal Trade Commission warns against it, too. From the FTC website : “(B)uying on a rent-to-own plan can cost double or triple what you would pay for the item with cash, on layaway, or on an installment plan.”PRIORITIZE PURCHASESIdentify and buy whatever essentials are missing from your new home first. “Formulate your strategy around your most urgent family needs,” says Dan DiClerico, home expert at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services. Those needs could include a kitchen table if you never had one in your small apartment, for example, or a crib if you’re expecting a baby.Next, shop for a few big, functional pieces. “Even if you can’t afford to fill the space with furniture, adding a large rug will help the space look full,” says Betsy Helmuth, interior designer and owner of the Affordable Interior Design firm. Rugs also protect your floors and serve as a “decorative statement,” she says. Helmuth recommends the websites RugsUSA and Wayfair for affordable rugs and suggests saving money by choosing synthetic fibers rather than wool.A sofa, preferably a sectional, will also make your home feel fuller — and cozier, Helmuth says. She adds that for her, “It’s all about Macy’s” for sofa shopping.INDULGE IN AFFORDABLE EXTRASIf you have cash to spare, buy a few items that are both practical and decorative. These can make an unfamiliar house feel like home and show off your style. For example, Helmuth says, lamps are like “sculptures for the room,” and, unlike overhead lights, they “create cozy pools of light on a human level.” She recommends LampsPlus.com for inexpensive options.Drapes are an “affordable way to add visual interest to your walls” and “soften up a space,” Helmuth says. She also suggests hanging a few prints, even if they’re placeholders until you can afford nicer, more expensive art. Consider painting the walls, too, which “immediately infuses personality,” Helmuth says. “You will not want to paint later when you have furniture in the space.”DON’T PAY FULL PRICEYou can sometimes save a few hundred dollars by negotiating furniture prices, DeClerico says, particularly on “big-ticket items” like sofas and tables. At independent retailers, he suggests mentioning your interest in supporting local businesses when you haggle. At big-box stores, you’ll have better luck requesting discounts on floor models with wear and tear, he says. Take advantage of price-matching, coupons and seasonal sales in January, July and holiday weekends, too, he adds.Warehouse clubs like Costco have some “pretty amazing deals,” DiClerico says, although selection may be limited. Furniture from thrift stores, as well as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and Nextdoor, can also be inexpensive. And, of course, you can’t get any cheaper than hand-me-downs from family and friends.While paying little for furniture may be financially responsible, Helmuth warns against filling your new home with stuff you don’t love just because it’s cheap or free. “You start creating a space you’re not crazy about,” she says, adding that getting rid of furniture once you own it can be tough. Whatever you buy, she says, “keep in mind it’s going to stay longer than you think.”________________________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Laura McMullen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: lmcmullen@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @lauraemcmullen.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Why Would Anyone Rent-to-Own? http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-why-rent-to-ownFederal Trade Commission: Rent-to-Own: Costly Convenience https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0524-rent-own-costly-convenienceLaura McMullen Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

UN nuclear inspectors to revisit DPR Korea

Inspectors from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will return to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities, it was announced today.The decision to dispatch the experts came after the IAEA’s Board of Governors, meeting in Geneva, approved a report detailing the agency’s future activities in the Asian country.“This is the beginning of a long and complex process, but I welcome the return of the DPRK to the verification process,” IAEA’s Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters after briefing the Board.He said that the inspectors’ mission to the DPRK is contingent on receiving an invitation from the country, but he predicted that IAEA inspectors would travel to the country in the next several weeks.“According to our experts, the shutting down of the facilities should not take much time, probably a few days,” Mr. ElBaradei said.Cameras and other equipment also need to be installed to monitor the sites, he added.Late last month, IAEA inspectors visited Pyongyang and reached agreement with the DPRK regarding arrangements for the agency’s monitoring and verification of the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility and the reactor under construction in Taechon.Additionally, the Board adopted a 4.2 per cent budget increase for the year 2008-2009.Although he noted that he is “pleased” with the surge in funding, Mr. ElBaradei said that he “made it clear to the Board that this is far from adequate to meet our increasing responsibilities in the area of verification, safety, security and development.”In his address to the Board, Mr. ElBaradei said that “the Agency remains under-funded in many critical areas, a situation which, if it remains unaddressed, will lead to a steady erosion of our ability to perform key functions.”He welcomed the support offered by United States President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their Kennebunkport meeting last weekend in which they “made it clear that they fully understand the need for additional financial resources for the for the Agency to meet its increasing responsibilities including the growing interest in nuclear power.”The Director General also voiced hope that there would be a breakthrough with Iran, to which an IAEA team is heading tomorrow to discuss how to resolve outstanding issues with the country’s authorities.“I very much, sincerely hope that Iran will seize that opportunity to work in earnest with us in a fast-track mode,” Mr. ElBaradei told reporters.“I think that this would be a major breakthrough, but I have to reserve that judgment until the mission comes back.” 9 July 2007Inspectors from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will return to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities, it was announced today. read more

Morneaus growth council to focus on unlocking business spending broadening job skills

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government’s influential team of economic advisers is pursuing solutions to an issue that has preoccupied policy-makers for years: how to open the spigot on business investment.Dominic Barton, chair of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s growth council, told The Canadian Press that the group’s next report, due this fall, will outline ways to encourage more business investment with the aim of reversing several years of decline.“We’re still in the diagnostics (phase) to try and understand more what’s happening,” said Barton.“Are there levers that we can pull to try and encourage more investment?”Since its creation last year, the group has produced eight reports containing recommendations that have played a key role in the development of government policy.Ottawa’s growth council proposes spending to upgrade skills for swiftly evolving job marketAdvisory council recommends Canada embrace trade, become global hub to ‘jolt’ economyThe council, Barton added, is also working to build upon past recommendations on how to ensure Canadians are ready for the rapidly transforming needs of the country’s labour market.Earlier this year, the group suggested Ottawa establish an arm’s-length national agency to help workers upgrade their skills. It warned that nearly half of Canada’s jobs are at high risk of being affected by future technological change, such as automation.Barton, the global managing partner of consulting giant McKinsey & Co., said this time the advisers will focus on a plan to help higher-skilled workers who, like lower-skilled workers, face the possibility of losing their jobs.“We’re worried about the skilled workers that will lose their jobs,” said Barton, who hopes eventual solutions will be driven by the private sector.“So, how do we make sure there’s a system in place to help?”However, he was reluctant to share some of the council’s possible recommendations for job skills or for business investment, since it’s still early in the process.On business investment, Barton said the group will also weigh the potential impacts on Canada from the Trump administration’s plans for trade and corporate taxation.He said the council hopes to build on existing research, including work conducted by the Conference Board of Canada, the C.D. Howe Institute and tax-policy expert Jack Mintz. The group has already had a 90-minute session with Larry Summers, a one-time U.S. treasury secretary and former president of Harvard University.A discussion paper released in March by C.D. Howe said business investment in Canada was relatively strong between 2009 and 2014, which was marked by an oil-price shock.But since then, the think tank found there’s been a large decline in corporate spending across the country — from $15,100 per worker on new business investment in 2014 to a projected $11,700 per worker this year.“Capital investments by Canadian businesses have fallen sharply and 2017 looks especially bleak,” said the paper, which recommended policy measures to promote business investment: liberalized trade, less-intrusive regulations, cheaper electricity and lower taxes.Last month, the Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey detected early signs of a “modest” pickup in corporate investment over the near term, even amid considerable uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economic agenda.The Canadian Press read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman out for 6 weeks

Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is brought down during the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorYet another key player for the Ohio State Buckeyes is going to miss time because of injury this spring.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman suffered a foot sprain during practice last week and is slated to miss the rest of spring practice after having surgery Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer said he expects Heuerman to be back in June for summer workouts.“Jeff Heuerman had surgery on his foot. What it was was a sprain, and I don’t want to get too technical because I usually screw those things up,” Meyer said. “It’s a six-week in a cast/boot, and we should have him ready to go full speed by June.”Heuerman is the latest OSU player to be shelved for the remainder of spring practice, after sophomore safety Vonn Bell, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have all been out with injuries. Miller and Spencer’s injuries occurred in January’s Discover Orange Bowl, while Bell and Marshall went down with knee injuries earlier in spring practice.“So that’s three guys that we’re dealing with, but Jeff didn’t need as many reps. But we lost Jalin and we lost Vonn Bell,” Meyer said. “The positive is that they’re all (going to be) back … fairly early too. Sometimes you lose that summer training which is terrible.”Heuerman was an important part of OSU’s success last season, hauling in 26 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns, as well as earning the the praises of Meyer and co-offensive line coach Ed Warinner for his run blocking skills.The Naples, Fla., product was looked to be more of a leader next season on the line after the Buckeyes lost four starting linemen to graduation.Heuerman’s backup, redshirt-junior Nick Vannett, along with freshman Marcus Baugh will likely get the most snaps at tight end as Heuerman recovers from the injury. He is expected back in June.After the annual spring game April 12 at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Flytipping at crisis levels in Britain as councils cut down on bin

first_imgThe problem has been attributed to changes to services at local tips – with many councils putting up fees and cutting opening hours, or closing them altogether – as well as changes to household dustbin collections. There has been a trend among councils to reduce the frequency of bin collections, both to save money and to encourage recycling.In some parts of the UK, general waste is only collected every four weeks Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Fly-tipping is an epidemic, it’s reached crisis levels and something needs to be done about it.”Local authorities are overwhelmed with instances of criminal fly-tipping and we need to address this urgently.” Fly-tipping has reached “crisis levels” in Britain, with the problem being blamed in part on infrequent rubbish collections, an investigation has found.In some council regions, incidents of fly-tipping rose by more than a fifth year-on-year, according to figures obtained from freedom of information requests.In Haringey, north London, there were nearly 40,000 reported incidents of waste being dumped illegally between November 2015 and December 2016. In Manchester, the figure was over 30,000, or 77 per day, numbers obtained by ITV News showed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Government announced tougher penalties last year for offenders, with councils given powers to issue on-the-spot penalties of up to £400.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said waste crime costs the economy millions of pounds a year in clean-up costs and poses a risk to the environment.However, it is difficult for offenders to be caught and prosecuted. In 2016, the Woodland Trust recorded its worst year on record for fly-tipping and littering, but it took just one suspect to court.The offender was ordered to pay £200 compensation for leaving a coffee table, mattress, bed frame and children’s playhouse at Little Wold Plantation in Yorkshire.The charity said its annual rubbish clearance costs have increased by 264 per cent since 2010, costing the charity £354,031 over the past six years. In some parts of the country the number of incidents went down, for example Birmingham, where the figure dropped by 13 per cent. However, there were still 21,000 offences recorded, or 53 per day, putting Britain’s second city at number three in the list of the worst areas for fly-tipping of the 264 councils that responded to the request. Councils say the cost of clearing up the illegally-dumped waste is diverting money away from crucial services like social care for the elderly. Nigel Murphy, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at Manchester City Council, told ITV News: “It costs us just over £100 per tonne before we take into account the staffing costs for doing that [..] that’s money that’s not going into services like adult social care, onto children, onto neighbourhoods in general which could be better improving the environment.”We’re now having to spend it on clearing up people’s rubbish.” Grot Spot Britain – worrying new figures on the scale of fly-tipping on tonight’s @ITVEveningNews pic.twitter.com/aKx7r0ZVPR— Chris Choi (@Chrisitv) February 13, 2017 Fly-tipping is an epidemic, it’s reached crisis levels and something needs to be done about itAllison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidylast_img read more

Developing geologicallybased magnetic model with interpretation modelling and inversion techniques

first_imgGenerally, taking a closer look at integrating geological and geophysical data, “exploration is becoming harder,” MiraGeoscience explains, “with greater focus at depth or under cover. Decisions need to be made to eliminate ambiguity and decrease uncertainty within 3D models, supported and cross-validated by multiple data sets. An integrated interpretation is not a simple approach, but provides answers to geoscientific questions which are stronger than interpreting individual data sets on their own. In terms of integrating geological and geophysical data, the essential goal is to interpret the available geophysical data in terms of the geometry and properties of geological domains. Better models underpin better business decisions.”The integrated process requires a common sense approach to interpretation that is flexible, adaptive and objective driven. It is not an exact formula or workflow; particularly when multiple geophysical surveys are involved. Understanding the relationships between geology, geophysical responses and rock properties is the key to success. First, you must identify how geophysical signatures relate to geology to develop a geological basis for your integrated interpretation. Following this, rapid 3D geological modelling and geologically-based geophysical forward modelling and inversion are essential for model validation and quantitative integration of data.The Mutooroo iron project area, in Australia, is a good example of developing a geologically-based magnetic model using a variety of interpretation, modelling and inversion techniques. Due to limited constraining data on the magnetic units, construction of the starting model was based predominantly on interpretation of magnetic data. In this instance, the goal was to first develop a geologically plausible 3D representation of homogeneous magnetic domains beneath non-magnetic cover that explains the majority of the measured magnetic response. This was supported by the sparse geological data and magnetic susceptibility provided by drilling under cover. The robustness of the magnetic domains are validated by assigning a homogeneous susceptibility to each domain, forward modelling and observing a good correlation between the predicted and measured magnetic data. A final stage of inversion, to solve local susceptibility variations within the domains, highlights magnetic anomalies that may be associated with potential targets or areas of geological complexity that require further investigation. This model, consistent with geological constraints and geophysical survey data, provides a basis for confident decision-making, and can easily accommodate new and evolving information as it becomes available.The Mutooroo image shows:a) Magnetic domain boundaries interpreted from magnetic data. The domains were incorporated in the starting model as sub-crop of magnetic units at the base of cover/oxidation level.b) Final susceptibility model at 120m RL (~300 m depth). Integrity of geological domains after inversion validates the developed geological framework and highlights local variations within the domains.© 2011 Minotaur Exploration Ltd. All rights reservedlast_img read more

LATVIAN GIANT TO CHANGE Dainis Kristopans to RK Vardar Skopje

← Previous Story SHAMEFUL: RN Lowen win after 84 seconds of “doing nothing” in the last attack Next Story → Bozidar Djurkovic is new Serbian Handball Federation president Dainis KristopansRK Vardar Skopje According the most popular handball media in South-Eastern Europe, Balkan-Handball.com, Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans is on the way to RK Vardar Skopje. The tallest handball player in Europe with 215 cm should replace Alex Dujshebaev, who signed deal with reigning EHF Champions League winners – Vive Tauron Kielce.This means that 26-years old Latvian will join Macedonian champions in summer 2017.Kristopans plays at HC Meshkov Brest since summer 2015. He made his name in European handball by playing at Slovakian Tatran Presov in period 2009-2015.Another option on right back position in team coached by Raul Gonzales should be Spaniard Jorge Maqueda, who has valid contract until 2018.Lefthanders day on the busy handball market. Holger Glandorf decided to decline offer from FC Barcelona Lassa and stay at SG Flensburg. Kiril Lazarov has valid contract with the Spanish champions until summer 2017, but obviously, the most successful team on the Earth will have to extend it or to find another solution. read more

Verizon holding 10 of iPhone market

first_imgIt looks like Verizon Wireless did a pretty good job of grabbing some quick iPhone market share from AT&T last month. Verizon’s launch of the iPhone in February marked the first time AT&T has faced competition for iPhone users since the carrier first teamed up with Apple to launch the phone back in June 2007. Though Verizon ended up offering the iPhone 4, rather than a new version of the iPhone, they still had an edge with their phone since it was the first iPhone to support mobile hotspot functionality out of the box.Chitika Insights, which is the research arm of the Chitika online advertising network, stated on Tuesday that it was seeing stats indicating 12.7% of the iPhone users on its network were from Verizon Wireless. The next day, that share dropped to 9.4% indicating some interesting usage patterns of Verizon iPhone users, but Chitika Insights felt pretty good about estimating that Verizon iPhone market share is probably around 10% based on what it has seen over a period of seven days. Initially, there were indications that the 12.7% may have been falsely elevated due to a snafu with Chitika’s database, but the update today is that the database issue didn’t result in a different number being reported.Unfortunately for AT&T, now they face competition when it comes to 3G iPads as well thanks to the introduction of the 3G version of the iPad 2 which is available for both AT&T and the Verizon Wireless network. Verizon Wireless began offering the Wi-Fi version of the iPad last year bundled with a MiFi mobile hotspot, but the iPad 2 marks the first time a 3G model will be available for both networks.Read more at Chitika.Brian’s OpinionLet me be the first to note that assuming Verizon Wireless has an iPhone market share of 10%, it still means that AT&T enjoys a healthy market share of 90% so there is little chance AT&T will be throwing in the white towel anytime soon. The 10% number should be a warning to the carrier that they should do what they can to patch up any perceived leaks in the dam before there are greater losses. I think AT&T has done a pretty good job with that so far by adjusting data plans to closely match Verizon’s, but they should be prepared to get more aggressive if the market calls for it.I always believed that the predictions indicating Verizon Wireless would crush AT&T’s market share of iPhone users practically overnight was a bit unrealistic. AT&T has had an opportunity to “dig in”  and retain its iPhone users over more than three years of offering the iPhone. What I believe is more realistic is a slow trickling of iPhone users from AT&T over to Verizon Wireless as subscribers finish their contracts. After all, the iPhone 4 just came out last year which means plenty of users will be on the AT&T network for at least another year and a half. Also, there are other Verizon Wireless users still in their contracts waiting for them to end so they can get their hands on an iPhone as well.I think we really won’t know how successful AT&T has been at holding off Verizon’s entry into the iPhone market for at least another 18 months. That being said,  I find it hard to believe by that time Verizon Wireless won’t have more than 10% market share.last_img read more

Vehicle catches fire in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews rushed to quickly put out a blaze after a vehicle caught fire in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene near the intersection of Northwest Sixth Avenue and 82nd Street, Saturday night.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Three Cities Three Decades Three City Managers

first_imgKatie Koester, Homer High School Class of 1998, is currently the City Manager for the City of Homer: “I celebrate the people of Homer–the families who have made it here for generations along with the new families who come to the end of the road, fall in love with this place, and figure out how to make it in this town. This community’s underlying determination to live and persist in Homer means people here are interesting, creative, and diverse. I celebrate the people of Homer because they are problem solvers, because they make Homer the place for their life’s work.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating three graduates who now manage three of the largest cities in the Borough spanning 25,600 square miles. Paul Ostrander, Soldotna High School Class of 1986, is currently the City Manager for the City of Kenai: “Kenai has a diverse history and residents are ardent in their support of their hometown. When people talk about living in Kenai, whether talking about fishing the river or family time on the beach, you can sense the pride they have in our natural resources and community. The statement that, it’s the best place to live in the world, is heard often, and meant wholeheartedly.” Stephanie Queen, Kenai Central High School Class of 2000, is currently the City Manager for the City of Soldotna: “One of the things I really appreciate about Soldotna is how engaged our residents are. We’ve figured out how to work together across public, private, and non-profit lines, to move big projects forward. This has allowed us to accomplish several of the community’s long-standing goals; something we would not have been able to do without strong partnerships.” KPBSD has created individual profiles for each of these City Managers and will follow-up with a four-part series highlighting KPBSD graduates.last_img read more

State sues second opioid manufacturer

first_imgIt’s part of the state’s effort to hold drug companies accountable and recoup costs associated with widespread opioid misuse and addiction.State attorneys announced Monday a lawsuit against Mallinckrodt, manufacturer of several opioid medications. The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt played down the risks of its products while exaggerating the benefits and using deception in marketing the drugs to doctors and other prescribers.“Because these companies were so eager to expand usage, and therefore expand their profit, they need to help us make it right,” said Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Franklin, with the state’s Consumer Protection Unit.Mallinckrodt is the largest opioid manufacturer in the country and represents the third opioid-related lawsuit Alaska has filed. The state sued Purdue Pharma, maker of the drug Oxycontin, in 2017 and sued distributors McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug Company in 2018.Dozens of other states, cities and tribal organizations have filed similar suits in state and federal courts.The lawsuits are aimed at preventing negligence, but the state is also seeking money to deal with a public health crisis, Franklin said.“Part of it is recouping money that the state has spent through its healthcare programs,” Franklin said. “But more than that, part of the lawsuits that Alaska has filed so far are seeking remediation costs. There are a lot of treatments that we have not been able to afford.”The case against Purdue is working its way through Alaska Superior Court. A judge last summer denied Purdue’s motion to dismiss the case.Franklin said there’s a good chance the lawsuit against Mallinckrodt filed Monday will not be the last. The Department of Law is suing a second opioid manufacturer, alleging deception around the addictiveness of painkillers that contributed to Alaska’s opioid epidemic.last_img read more

As General Election Begins Cruz Escalates Battle Against ORourke

first_imgFor much of the past year, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz did not acknowledge Beto O’Rourke’s name — or even, for a while, the fact that he had a Democratic opponent for re-election.That abruptly changed Tuesday evening, when Cruz convened several state reporters for a conference call in the final hours before polls closed in the state’s primaries.“Tonight’s election marks the beginning of the general election,” Cruz said. “In November, the voters of Texas will have a clear and stark choice for the United States Senate. Congressman O’Rourke is a left-wing, liberal Democrat — he is running like Bernie Sanders across the state, and the voters of Texas will have a decision of what policies and values reflect their own values.”For the next several minutes, Cruz proceeded to lay out a detailed case against O’Rourke, portraying him as dramatically out of step with most Texans when it comes to at least three issues: guns, immigration and taxes. Alluding to certain bills O’Rourke had authored, Cruz spoke with the ease of an incumbent who knew his challenger’s record well — and was more than ready to start wielding it. O’Rourke did allow one jab at Cruz, noting that Texans have a choice in November between a challenger who has been holding town halls throughout the state for almost a year and an incumbent who spent a chunk of his first term running for president. “Which of the two are going to have a better idea of what’s going on in Texas?” O’Rourke asked.To be sure, Cruz is still the favorite in November as he seeks a second term. Texans have not elected a Democrat to statewide office in over two decades — and it’s been even longer since they sent one to the U.S. Senate.Among Cruz’s allies and supporters, there is an acknowledgment that the money and enthusiasm O’Rourke has generated is real. But they do not believe it will be enough to overcome Texas’ strong Republican tradition.“I think Congressman O’Rourke’s fundraising has been pretty impressive, but I still believe that Sen. Cruz will win handily,” Texas’ senior senator, fellow Republican John Cornyn, told reporters after early voting last week in Austin. “Texas is still a red state. It’s good to see competitive elections, but I don’t think it’s going to be all that competitive.” O’Rourke is certainly working to make it competitive, proving to be not only an impressive fundraiser but also a relentless campaigner.  He has crisscrossed the state for dozens of town halls, visiting 226 of Texas’ 254 counties, and hitting many areas that have been historically neglected by Democrats.His efforts have drawn attention from far outside Texas, and while few in Washington are ready to declare Texas in play this year, it is certainly a part of the discussion. Republicans have a slim 51-member majority in the Senate, and after Nevada, their list of pickup opportunities this election cycle does not go long before reaching the Lone Star State.“Tonight’s results are the latest demonstration of Beto’s strong campaign and the tremendous grassroots enthusiasm behind him,” David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement after it was clear O’Rourke won the nomination. “Sen. Cruz spent years looking out for himself instead of doing anything to help hardworking Texas families, and voters will hold him accountable for his unpopular agenda: more expensive health care, privatized education and higher taxes for working people — so his rich and powerful friends can get another handout.”If his actions Tuesday were any indication, Cruz is eager for the fight. Asked on the call if he is open to debating O’Rourke before November, the senator appeared to have no reservations.“I’m sure we’ll see a debate in this race,” Cruz said, noting that he’s sparred with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on national TV three times. “I am not remotely afraid to debate left-wing liberal socialists.” For Cruz, it was a remarkable escalation in his approach to O’Rourke, signaling a new chapter in the race — and not just because the two formally secured their party’s nominations Tuesday night. According to unofficial returns, Cruz easily fended off four little-known challengers with 85 percent of the vote, while O’Rourke got an underwhelming — but still successful — 62 percent against two rivals.Cruz did not let up on O’Rourke as the returns came in, releasing a radio ad featuring a country music song ridiculing the El Paso congressman.“If you’re going to run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man,” a singer croons in the ad, which also jabs at O’Rourke for going by “Beto” — a nickname dating back to his childhood — when his real first name is Robert.Cruz’s call and the ad punctuated a period of increasing hostility against O’Rourke that began last month, when O’Rourke reported raising nearly three times more than Cruz over the first 45 days of 2018, $2.3 million to $803,000. Furthermore, O’Rourke whittled down Cruz’s cash-on-hand advantage to just over $1 million.O’Rourke has been taking the new level of incoming fire in stride. In an interview after Cruz’s call Tuesday evening, the El Paso congressman largely declined to fire back.“All I can tell you is I’ve been listening to the people that I want to represent in Texas in almost every county across the state,” O’Rourke said. “I’m making their priorities my priorities.” Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Robin Jerstad: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Sharelast_img read more

Government mulls on monthly allowance for Hindu priests

first_imgKolkata: State Backward Classes Welfare minister Rajib Banerjee on Friday said the government is considering the long pending demand of monthly honorarium for Hindu priests.”The community of Hindu priests in the state is very big and a major chunk of them suffer from acute financial stringency. So, I feel that they should be given some sort of financial support from the government. I will take up the matter with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and will try to meet their demand of monthly allowance as quickly as possible,” Banerjee said addressing a gathering of West Bengal Sanatan Brahmin Trust at Rani Rashmoni Road in Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe statement assumes significance as the Opposition has time and again accused the state government of appeasement politics in its offering of doles to Imams. The Brahmin Trust has 1.83 lakh priests affiliated to it and has demanded the allowance for around 35,000 poor priests who are over the age group of 50. The minister said that he will place their nine-point demand to the Chief Minister and will gradually press for them. He cautioned the priests against any attempts on the part of the BJP (without taking the party name) in creating divisions among them in the name of religion. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We condemn those who politicise Sri Ram for the sake of politics and I will urge all of you to unite under one umbrella to unveil their real face before the people of the state,” he added. Sridhar Mishra general secretary of the Trust said that their demands include the introduction of Sanskrit in state schools from Class V, take them under the aegis of Swastha Sathi, setting up of centres of Sanskrit education at all districts etc.last_img read more

Here is what is new in Firefox 6702

first_imgHere is what is new in Firefox 67.0.2 by Martin Brinkmann on June 11, 2019 in Firefox – 12 commentsMozilla released Firefox 67.0.2 to the Stable channel on June 11, 2019. The new version of the Firefox web browser is already available and Firefox installations configured to check for updates automatically will pick up the new version eventually to download and install it.Firefox users who don’t want to wait for that to happen can run a manual check for updates with a click on Menu > Help > Check for Updates.The new version is also available as a direct download on the Mozilla website.Firefox 67.0.2Firefox 67.0.2 is a bug fix release that addresses several issues in the browser. Here is the list of changes and improvements in the release:Fixed the JavaScript error “TypeError: data is null in PrivacyFilter.jsm” which could “significantly degrade sessionstore reliability and performance”.Manual proxy setups may have seen multiple proxy authentication dialogs with requests to authenticate in Firefox 67.Persaon’s MyCloud breaks if FIDO U2F is not Chrome’s implementation.Fixed an issue in Firefox for Linux and Mac OS X that caused Firefox to display a “profile is to recent” notification to the user if Safe Mode was used prior to the launch.Fixed problems associated with installing and managing different languages in Firefox on Linux distribution systems.Fixed a tag copying problem in the Firefox developer tools.The custom homepage did not work correctly for users who configured Firefox to clear data on shutdown.Fixed a performance regression for eclipse RAP based application.Fixed a crash that affected Mac OS X 10.15.Fixed an issue that prevented the starting of two downloads in parallel.Firefox users affected by any of the issues may want to consider upgrading to Firefox 67.0.2 immediately to fix the issue that they experience.Interested users can check out the official release notes. These link each fixed issue to the bug report on Mozilla’s bugtracking website which offers additional information on it.The next major Firefox release, Firefox 68, is scheduled for a July 9, 2019 release.Now You: Did you notice any of the issues in Firefox 67?SummaryArticle NameHere is what is new in Firefox 67.0.2DescriptionMozilla released Firefox 67.0.2 to the Stable channel on June 11, 2019. The new Firefox release fixes a number of issues in the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Readers Award Korean Air

first_imgclass=”articletext”> Korean Air has been awarded Best Business Class Seat Design and Best Airport Staff/Gate Agent by Global Traveler magazine in its 6th annual GT Tested Awards survey. The results of the Awards are published in the magazine’s December issue and the airline will receive its award at Global Traveler’s awards dinner in New York on January 21, 2010. “Korean Air is the largest Asian Airline in North America,” said John Jackson, Korean Air’s marketing director. “We’ve been making significant enhancements to our fleet and service, and it’s great when our progress is recognized by such an important audience.” Korean Air’s new Prestige Class seat, named Prestige Sleeper, features 180 degree full-flat recline and 188cm (74 inch) pitch, offering customers the level of comfort normally reserved for First Class on other carriers. The AVOD monitors are an industry-leading 15.4 inches to take advantage of the 50 movies, 60 short features, 1000 songs, 40 games  and other entertainment options available.  The new seats are part of the airline’s second phase cabin refurbishment plan for aircraft such as B777-300ERs, A380s, and 787s.  In addition to the comfort and service onboard, Korean Air’s seamless service is also available on the ground.  Korean Air operates a Quality Assurance (QA) program for all ground service staff to ensure an industry-leading quality of service.  Korean Air’s service has been recognized repeatedly worldwide.  This year, it was ranked among the top five carriers by National Geographic Traveler China and as Best North Asian Airline by TTG Asia. The carrier was recently named this year’s winner of the Global Travel Catering Distinction Award by Pax International, the Canadian-based group that conducts the “Oscars for the travel catering industry.” Source = Korean Airlast_img read more

Gingerbread House making at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

first_imgSource = Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Gingerbread House making at Mövenpick Hotel BahrainGingerbread House making at Mövenpick Hotel BahrainTo add a special touch this festive season, Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain celebrated the family Christmas tradition of making a gingerbread house with more than 120 kids who enjoyed this special occasion at the Gallery lobby on 9 December 2017 at 4.00 pm.The activity included decorating a freshly baked gingerbread house using unlimited frosting, candies and chocolates, allowing parents to spark creativity in their children. Each child received a set of exclusive aprons and hats in festive colours as they decorated their gingerbread house. In addition, the hotel staff performed some Christmas carols and the kids enjoyed dancing to the music.Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain is hosting a series of Christmas events starting on 24 December 2017, including a Christmas Eve dinner followed by the famous festive brunch on 25 December 2017. For more information, call 17 460017 or email us at hotel.bahrain.fb@movenpick.com.Just a two-minute walk from Bahrain International Airport, 106-room Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain is only 15 minutes from the business centre in Manama. It was voted the Middle East’s Best Airport Hotel for three consecutive years by Skytrax Awards. Overlooking the sprawling Arad Bay, one of Bahrain’s protected natural habitats, the hotel offers atmospheric dining experiences and rejuvenating treatments in Rimal Spa.last_img read more

Equifax Approves of DocMagic eSign for Electronic Orders

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News DocMagic Equifax Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-03 Esther Cho in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Equifax””:http://www.equifax.com/home/en_us approved of “”DocMagic’s””:https://www.docmagic.com/ eSign for electronic 4506-T requests. This means Equifax clients can use DocMagic’s eSign for electronic signatures when submitting orders. [IMAGE]The IRS first began accepting electronic signatures January 7 for 4506-T forms, which are used by the mortgage industry to verify income during the application process. “”The IRS has very strict requirements for accepting these orders electronically,”” said Melanie Feliciano, chief legal officer for California-based DocMagic. “”Our eSign product [COLUMN_BREAK]meets these requirements and the team at Equifax has reviewed our product and confirmed that. Now, all DocMagic’s customers can place their orders for IRS 4506-T with Equifax and use DocMagic’s eSign technology to sign them electronically.””Submissions must be through an Income Verification Express Services (IVES) participant such as Equifax. According to a company release, in order for an electronic signature to be accepted, the submitter must also prove that the signer had sole control over the signature; the signer must consent to electronically signing, and the electronic signature must be unique to the individual and establish the signer’s intent to be bound by the terms of the 4506-T, among other requirements. “”Equifax customers are embracing electronic information requests, which has served to streamline their operations, saving them time and money,”” said Jeff Knott, senior director of poduct management at Equifax Verification Services. “”As an early advocate for this technology, we’re proud to offer our customers this opportunity to accelerate business and improve customer service. Our customers that depend upon DocMagic for documents and compliance will now find it easy to get the tax verification information they require.”” June 3, 2013 482 Views center_img Equifax Approves of DocMagic eSign for Electronic Orders Sharelast_img read more

Cabo Caraubus Brazil – A new fivestar resort tar

first_imgCabo Caraubus, Brazil – A new five-star resort targeting the private jet set has started taking reservations in anticipation of its opening later this year, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Brazil’s new ultimate tropical hideaway, Natal Ocean Club, has opened its reservation system and is now accepting bookings for the Autumn season.The new landmark 5-star resort sits cliff-top and offers commanding views of the tropical coastline and Atlantic Ocean. Located on Brazil’s most northeastern point, the resort features private villas and cabanas, along with superb hotel suites that complement the resort’s impressive beach club, dining, and recreational amenities. All of the resort’s accommodations feature the latest in comfort and up-to-the-moment technology along with breathtaking ocean views. Natal Ocean Club is the area’s first full service luxury hotel addition in several years.At Natal Ocean Club, guests can expect a new level of luxury in Brazil. Complete with authentic Brazilian designs, incorporating local and international services to create extraordinary experiences and unbelievable memories. The resort’s exclusive setting makes for extraordinary family retreats, unique romantic getaways, and uninterrupted private international corporate meetings.“At Natal Ocean Club the uncompromising service, unforgettable views, and exclusive style makes for the magical setting every guests hopes for on a special trip,” says John Sears, General Manager of Natal Ocean Club.Reservations can now be made for Natal Ocean Club on the resort website or via the GDS with your professional travel planner. As South America’s only Preferred ocean front resort, Natal Ocean Club can be found under the prestigious PH GDS code. Introductory opening nightly rates range from $365 to $2,750. To find out more and to book your ultimate getaway, please visit NatalOceanClub.comAbout Natal Ocean Club: Opening in October with special offers on select available rooms, Natal Ocean Club is being built with eco-conscience priorities and everlasting guest comforts. Nestled among the cliffs of the picturesque coast of Cabo Caraubus, this exclusive resort, offers spacious accommodations, tropical hardwoods, and state-of-the-art amenities and services that cater to lifestyle travelers who appreciate luxury with a touch of adventure.About Preferred: Celebrating 41 years of excellence, Preferred Hotel Group™ is a leading global provider of high-performance sales, marketing and technology for the 185 luxury hotels within the Preferred Hotel Group’s multi-brand portfolio of over 700 hotels and resort in 75 countries. For more information please visit www.PreferredHotels.com # # #last_img read more