Resolving insolvency

first_imgBankruptcies are a painful process for businesses, employees, and business partners but are an inevitable consequence of business dynamics and competition. As industries, companies and economic trends evolve, some companies will be left behind and will have to comprehend the bankruptcy in some way or the other. Bankruptcies and related issues have a lot to teach us regarding a speedier resolution of issues, acceptance of bankruptcies as a result of business dynamics and regulations that maximise recovery value. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyWhile further economic growth and investment impetus will be essential, the maturity of the business ecosystem to accept bankruptcies as one of the elements of business will be equally important. For the overall economic system, the focus must be on a structured, fair and quick bankruptcy process. While there is short-term pain around bankrupt businesses, a well-structured and expedited resolution process leads to freeing resources tied up in bankrupt companies for deployment in higher growth projects elsewhere and create employment. Also Read – The future is here!With the bankruptcy regime in India evolving and improving, the focus must be on reducing, even more, the time required to resolve bankruptcies for improving the “time value of money”. Given the long-drawn process that bankruptcy proceedings are, even incremental reductions in the time taken to resolve the issues results in significant value addition for creditors and the business ecosystem. While the focus on time-reduction in the bankruptcy resolution process must not be at the cost of propriety, a renewed focus on this is essential. Not only will time-reduction benefit the creditors, but the flow of recovered credit onto the next viable projects in the economy will have a significant impact on credit creation, investments and business sentiment. One of the issues India has had to face in the last five years has been the double whammy of a slowdown in credit growth, and the opportunity cost of lost income for banks as capital stuck in bankrupt projects has not generated the additional revenue that was possible if it were recovered and lent out elsewhere profitably. The slowdown in credit growth due to bankruptcies has been driven by both a reluctance to lend and a reduction in the availability of capital. A lack of lending to both businesses and individuals has resulted in lower investment and lower consumption, trends that will be gradually reversed as bankruptcy resolutions come by. As capital available to lend declined due to unresolved bankruptcies, income earned by banks suffered not only due to non-performing assets (NPAs) but also due to the opportunity cost of not having access to capital that would have otherwise earned income for them. A robust bankruptcy resolution mechanism can help alleviate the problem. Most importantly, avoiding the vicious credit cycle of lower capital availability leading to poor financial returns, which in turns leads to further credit constraints can be avoided through effective mechanisms. Therefore, an effective bankruptcy redressal system adds significant value to the banking system by both the provision of capital and also additional income on the said capital that can be utilised elsewhere. The recent bankruptcies such as Jet Airways and credit issues that Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) faced has also brought to the fore certain voices advocating for the government to step in to rescue troubled businesses. The focus for the government must be on continually improving the bankruptcy mechanism by reducing the time required for resolutions and addressing issues that the credit ecosystem may face. However, it is not the government’s role to bail out private businesses since we cannot have situations whereby profits are private, and losses are passed on to the exchequer and the taxpayer. Bankruptcies are unavoidable residues of the economy. If handled well they help to cleanse the economy as inefficient businesses fall behind and efficient ones race ahead. The government’s role is that of a facilitator of the overall ecosystem, rather than a capital provider in situations of distress. If done well short-term pain can lead to significant gains for the overall economy down the road.(The author heads Development Tracks, an infrastructure advisory firm. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Workers strike at exGE Transportation plant in Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. — Workers at the former GE Transportation plant in northwestern Pennsylvania have gone on strike for the first time in a half-century, and a day after completion of a merger between GE Transportation and Wabtec.Employees at the plant now owned by Wabtec (the former Westinghouse Airbrakes Technologies Corp.) hit the picket line in Lawrence Park Township early Tuesday, The Erie Times-News reported.Leaders of UE Locals 506 and 618 said in a statement that they were unable to convince the company to negotiate what they called an “acceptable short term agreement that preserves the wages, benefits, and working conditions” for the 1,700 employees.Scott Slawson, president of Local 506, which represents all but a handful of the striking UE members, said he was especially disappointed that Wabtec would not agree to a 30-day extension of the existing contract.With the merger, members of the UE locals became Wabtec employees and were subject to terms proposed by it including a two-tier wage structure for new employees, mandatory overtime to meet customer demands, consolidation of job classifications and a requirement that at least part of employee vacations be taken during plant shutdown periods.Wabtec, based in Wilmerding, near Pittsburgh, said in a statement that the company was “very disappointed” by the unions’ action, which the company said “hurts their members and the community of Erie.” The company said it offered “a generous proposal” preserving wage rates for current employees and “a competitive 401K plan, comprehensive medical, dental and vision package and accrued personal paid time off.”“No one ever benefits from a walkout,” the company said. “Employees lose wages and the company’s ability to deliver products to customers on time is jeopardized. Wabtec looks forward to returning to normal operations.”The last strike by union members at what was then GE Transportation occurred in 1969 and lasted 102 days. The union has since staged short-term walkouts of several hours but no plant-wide strike.The Associated Press read more

Closing Bell TSX dodges global rout as investors flock to oil gold

Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,212.74, up 3.15 pointsS&P 500 —  1,845.73, down 13.72 pointsDow — 16,168.03, down 153.68 pointsNasdaq — 4,277.30, down 30.82 pointsCanadian dollar —  90.22 cents US, down 0.08 of a centGold— US$1,350.30 per oz., up $28.70Oil — US$104.92 per barrel, up $2.33TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed, one of the few global markets to avoid racking up sharp losses in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.The S&P/TSX composite index edged 3.15 points higher to 14,212.74. TSX losses were partly held in check by energy and gold stocks, which rose alongside oil and bullion prices as traders generally avoided riskier assets such as equities and base metals.Gains in commodities helped support the Canadian dollar, which was faring better than some other currencies. The loonie declined 0.08 of a cent to 90.22 cents US.Investors sought the perceived safe haven of U.S. dollars and Treasuries after Russia took effective control of the Crimean peninsula, calling it a necessary protection for citizens living there.U.S. indexes tumbled as traders weighed the potential economic consequences of Russia’s move.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 153.68 points to 16,168.03, the Nasdaq gave back 30.82 points to 4,277.3 and the S&P 500 index fell 13.72 points to 1,845.73.TOP STORIESU.S. crude may rise above $120 if war erupts in Ukraine: analystPimco sees Canadian housing market falling as much as 20%Osisko settles lawsuit with Goldcorp over US$2.6B hostile takover, wins more time to seek alternative offersGlobal stock markets tumble as Ukraine war threat spooks investorsWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES7:45 a.m. ICC Same-Store Sales (Mar 1)CORPORATE NEWSCANADABank Of Nova Scotia Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.33 a share read more

Two convicts get jail term for killing Sri Lankan in UK

A post mortem showed he died from sustained blunt force trauma to the head, which resulted in a brain injury. A jury convicted Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, from Milton Keynes, and a 17-year-old from Croydon of murder. Thevarasa, of Farrier Place, Downs Barn, Milton Keynes, was acquitted of murder and found guilty of the lesser charge. A third defendant, Prashanth Thevarasa, 24, from Milton Keynes, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.The court heard Sivananthan, who was on a visit from Canada, had been staying with Balachandran’s estranged wife in Milton Keynes. Balachandran was told he must serve at least 18 years in prison. The teenager must serve at least 11 years. A man who beat his estranged wife’s new Sri Lankan boyfriend to death has been jailed for life in the UK, the BBC reported.Suren Sivananthan, 32, was found dead near the Co-op in St Leger Drive, Great Linford, Milton Keynes, on 21 January. He acted with “a lack of maturity”, the court heard.The badly beaten body of Mr Sivananthan was found by a parade of shops in Great Linford at about 04:00 GMT on 21 January.He had received 39 separate injuries to his head and neck, plus bruises on his arms, legs, back and chest. Sri Lankan Balachandran snatched his “rival” from a Milton Keynes shopping centre and kept him captive for 12 hours before beating him to death.Sentencing him at Luton Crown Court, Judge Richard Foster told him: “You were unable to accept the reality that your marriage was over and it is clear that you felt humiliated by the situation.”David Bentley QC, defending Balachandran, from The Fleet in Springfield, Milton Keynes, said there had been no evidence to suggest the attack was “pre-planned”. read more

PM insists 19A helped Police in war on drugs

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the 19th Amendment helped the Police in its war on drugs.He said that the Police has been able to act independently without any political interference as a result of the 19th Amendment. Wickremesinghe noted that the 19th Amendment has been criticized these days but if not for the 19th Amendment the Police would not have been able to crackdown on drugs. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at an event in Bulathsinhala today. The largest ever heroin stock detected by the authorities in Sri Lankan history was seized in a car park in Colombo over the weekend.The Police said that 294.49 kg of heroin was seized in the car park in Kollupitiya by the Special Task Force (STF) and the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB). (Colombo Gazette) read more

Obama celebrates 71 million health care signups by deadline surpassing expectations

Obama celebrates 7.1 million health care sign-ups by deadline, surpassing expectations President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passed at midnight Monday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by By Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 8:26 am MDT WASHINGTON – After facing a rocky start and chorus of naysayers who declared his health care law a failure, President Barack Obama on Tuesday celebrated a better-than-expected 7.1 million sign-ups for health coverage that he said should end the debate over whether the law should be repealed.“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Obama declared in a feisty Rose Garden speech the day after the deadline for Americans to enrol.Obama announced the 7 million threshold that once was seen as unattainable, even as the number still could climb. People who started applying but couldn’t finish before the Monday midnight deadline can have extra time, as do potential enrollees whose special circumstances kept them from signing up in time.Administration officials said they were still compiling data that will be important in determining the ultimate success of the six-month enrolment period, such as how many enrollees were previously uninsured and whether enough younger, healthy people signed up to offset the costs of covering older, sicker consumers.But Obama said after the initial computer problems that plagued the online insurance exchanges where people could sign up, the law was working as he had hoped.“The bottom line is this: Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down. And that’s good for our middle class, and that’s good for our fiscal future,” the president said.“As messy as it’s been sometimes, as contentious as it’s been sometimes, it’s progress,” Obama said.Obama lashed out at critics who still argue that the law should be repealed. “I don’t get it,” he said. “Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance? Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked. There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived. Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years it will help millions more.”The law is at the centre of competitive congressional races across the country. Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, argued that the law was harming the American people.“Every promise the president made has been broken: Health care costs are rising, not falling,” Steel said. “Americans are losing the doctors and plans that they like — especially seniors suffering under President Obama’s Medicare cuts. Small businesses are afraid to hire new workers, hobbling our economic growth. That’s why we must replace this fundamentally-flawed law with patient-centred solutions that will actually lower health care costs and help create jobs.” read more

DR Congo UN chief deeply concerned about clashes between Government troops rebels

“The Secretary-General urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint and prevent an escalation of the conflict and a deeper humanitarian crisis,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Renewed fighting north of Goma, in the North Kivu area of eastern DRC, has uprooted tens of thousands of people in recent days.According to the statement, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUSCO, has been on high alert and is prepared to intervene, including through the Force Intervention Brigade created in recent months to carry out targeted offensive operations with or without the FARDC, against armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of the country.The Secretary-General underlined the importance of pursuing a political solution to address the root causes of conflict.“He calls on all signatory countries to respect their commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region,” according to the statement.The Framework was signed in February by 11 African leaders, and aims to end the cycles of conflict and violence in eastern DRC and to build peace in the wider region.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban has also noted his concern over reports of the FARDC seriously mistreating M23 detainees.According to the reports, M23 detainees have not just been victims of human rights violations, but their corpses have also been desecrated by members of the national armed forces.“The Secretary-General calls on the DRC to bring the perpetrators of these reported acts to justice and underlines that mistreatment of detainees is a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.The statement said MONUSCO has raised the issue of mistreatment of detainees with the FARDC, and is also reviewing its support to FARDC units suspected of being involved in these incidents. read more

Charity shops threatened by rise of tip shops where shoppers rummage through

Dr, Adam Reed, external affairs director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK, added: “We have been operating an increasing number of very successful not-for-profit second-hand shops at some recycling centres, particularly in Surrey. So called “tip-shops” enable products that aren’t broken to be kept out of the waste stream so others can purchase them at affordable prices.and ensure materials remain as resources not waste.” Shops selling items which have been dumped in rubbish bins and skips are gaining popularity and are threatening to steal business from charity shops.So called “tip shops” have seen a spike in sales and are now selling hundreds of thousands of items, as consumers are increasingly enticed by a surprising array of bargains and ultra cheap prices.It comes amid criticism that some charity shops are becoming too expensive and are rejecting mountains of cheaper items because they are “too full”. Partly as a result of this around 235 million garments of clothing were sent to landfill last year, according to a report.   Tip shops resell high quality abandoned goods from children’s toys to televisions, and miscellaneous items like canoes. Collectively they prevent up to 20 tonnes of goods a month from entering landfill sites.It comes after Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, last month suggested there should be a change in rules at council recycling centres so people could recover valuables.  Saffron Doney, a volunteer manager at tip shop, Wastesavers Reuse, said: “People love the idea of a tip shop. It’s an Aladdin’s cave, you don’t know what treasure you’re going to find.”Simon Ellin, CEO of the Recycling Association, said: “There used to be a lot more of these Council run shops, but mostly due to budget cuts, many disappeared post 2008. The recent focus on recycling and resource efficiency has made national and local politicians look at our industry more carefully.” 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. read more

British woman loses kidneys and eyesight due to dodgy cocktails in Zante

first_imgUK citizen 21-year-old Hannah Powell ended up blind and lost function of her kidneys after unknowingly drinking vodka laced with methanol while partying in Zante, Greece.The young student and medical receptionist had eight vodka and orange cocktails along with her two friends on an organised travel agency bar crawl.Both her friends – Lauren Sheerin, 22, and Lauren Connors, 21 – became violently ill and were hospitalised for days but recovered without suffering permanent damage. The deadly chemical methanol, which was mixed into the vodka they were drinking, lead to a ravaged condition 36 hours later, leaving Ms Powell on dialysis and with permanent eyesight impairment. In an emotional interview with The Sun newspaper, Ms Powell, who is now registered as blind, warned other travellers “Don’t end up like me.“I thought it was going to be the best holiday with my friends. I had no idea I’d drunk anything dodgy. But one day my friends woke me up and it was pitch black. I asked them to open the curtains but they said they were already open and the sun was streaming in,” she told the UK newspaper. “I just fell to my knees. I was blind. It was devastating.”Hannah and her two friends paid around £500 (A$870) each for a seven-night break booked with Thomson Travel in Laganas last August. The dodgy Thomson-run bar crawl that cost her her eyesight and overall health, came at around £35 (A$60). The offer included free drinks in four different bars on the fourth day and entry to a foam party at a club called Zeros.“We were really excited. We were chilling by the pool and the beach, it was a typical holiday,” she said.“We’re not massive drinkers but we had a few nights on The Strip. We stayed away from drinks that looked dodgy, like the ‘fishbowls’ of cocktails. We were being pretty sensible. “We were sticking to a drink called ‘juicys’ – it comes in half-pint glasses but it’s just one shot of vodka with lots of orange. We were all drinking the same thing,” she continues. “I even saw most of the drinks being poured out of bottles that said vodka. “We ended up at a foam party. I had around eight juicys over the night. “We finished at about 3.00 am but at no point did I feel sick, woozy, or even drunk before I went to sleep.”Hannah Powell with her parents.It wasn’t until the afternoon of the following day that Hannah started feeling sick and needed sleep; symptoms typical of methanol poisoning. “I’d never felt so tired. I went straight back to sleep. At about 4.00 pm they woke me up. “I said ‘Why are we sitting in the dark? Put the lights on’. They said, ‘What are you on about? The curtains are open’. I got out of bed to put the light on, because I thought they were joking. The room was pitch black to me. I had to feel my way around the bed and my friends said my eyes looked funny, the pupils were black and dilated. “I’ve got bright blue eyes but they couldn’t see any blue. I was blind. I was freaking out, hysterical.”She was taken to the local hospital by her friends and the following day, as her condition had not improved, she was transferred to Rio University Hospital in Patras.Her mum Christine, dad Derek, and her soldier boyfriend Carl Matthews, all flew to Greece and kept a vigil at Hannah’s bedside, sleeping on sunbeds hired from the hospital.Two weeks later she was flown home.“My only thought was, ‘Will I ever see again?’” Hannah said.“Mum didn’t tell me until recently but one of the duty doctors said he thought I’d lost my sight for good. Mum burst into tears but didn’t have the heart to tell me.”On 20 March consultants confirmed that Hannah was irreversibly sight impaired. That was not the end of her ordeal however.Her kidneys had been so damaged from the methanol poisoning that she has to have a transplant to avoid spending the rest of her life hooked up to dialysis machines.Fortunately, her mother is a match for a kidney transplant.“My mum is my hero. Her transplant might be the lifeline I need for getting some kind of life back,” Hannah said.Hannah agreed to make her story public in order to warn off other travellers and especially young people like herself, eager to take in the ‘European resort experience’.Greek police believe criminal gangs based in Albania and Bulgaria supplied the vodka laced with methanol – a highly toxic form of alcohol used to make antifreeze.As reported by The Sun on Sunday, Thomson Travel has been contacted about the bar crawl but has declined to comment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LAlerte Enlèvement envoyée pour la première fois sur les smartphones

first_imgL’Alerte Enlèvement envoyée pour la première fois sur les smartphonesLancée en février 2010, l’application Alerte Enlèvement dédiée aux smartphones a pour la première fois été déclenchée hier, suite à la disparition de deux fillettes, Charline et Julie, retrouvées saines et sauves quelques heures plus tôt. Depuis son lancement, 150.000 personnes ont téléchargé cette application.Hier, le dimanche 18 septembre, 150.000 Français, ceux qui avaient téléchargé l’application dédiée, ont reçu pour la première fois un message du dispositif Alerte Enlèvement sur leur smartphone. Alors que quelques heures plus tard, les deux fillettes disparues, deux soeurs âgées de dix et douze ans, ont été retrouvées saines et sauves, Nicole Guedj, ancienne secrétaire d’Etat au Droit des victimes, à l’origine du dispositif Alerte Enlèvement, souligne l’importance d’Internet, des smartphones et des réseaux sociaux.À lire aussiFaceApp : l’application qui vous vieillit garde probablement vos données personnelles”Tout le monde n’est pas devant sa télévision à ce moment. En revanche, presque tous les citoyens ont leur téléphone sur eux. Et par la multiplication des moyens de communication, on peut plus facilement sauver la vie de l’enfant” explique-t-elle. Développée par la Fondation Casques Rouges, dont Nicole Guedj est la créatrice, l’application est accessible aux possesseurs d’iPhone, BlackBerry et smartphones Android.Depuis sa mise en place en 2006, le dispositif Alerte Enlèvement a été déclenché neuf fois. Il a permis de retrouver et sauver dix enfants. Le 19 septembre 2011 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver to hire leader for homeless response

first_imgVancouver is hiring a homeless resource manager to oversee the city’s response to homelessness.This newly created full-time position will be under the direction of the city manager’s office and pay between $93,765 and $121,884 annually. It’s paid for through the general fund and is a two-year position that could possibly be extended.According to the job description, the homeless resource manager will lead efforts to combat the impacts of homelessness by working with community partners, stakeholders, members of the public and government officials; adopt plans, strategies and best practices for enhancing homeless response systems; and be the city’s policy and technical expert and primary point of contact for the homeless response system.“It’s going to be an amazing opportunity for someone to do all this stuff that’s designed to make our community better,” said Peggy Sheehan, the city’s community development programs manager.She said the idea for the position and a larger Homeless Assistance Response Team came out of a conference held last year in Long Beach, Calif., about police response to homelessness. The conference discussed how a city’s response to homelessness requires more than police officers; it’s a multifaceted, multidepartment issue. For now, the homeless resource manager is the only position the city is hiring.Cities around the country, including Seattle, Portland and Detroit, have hired similar individuals or teams tasked with addressing homelessness, which Sheehan described as a current “best practice.”last_img read more

Justice Minister Maintains Law On of False News Can Still Be

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe Attorney General and Minister of Justice Aboubacarr Tambadou, has maintained that Law on false publication will be applied on people with agendas to endanger the country’s peace.Tambadou was speaking at the launch of the Gambia Press Union’s report on Media Law Review on October 29th, at a local hotel in Kololi.“Let me make this clear to everyone. The Gambian media has no better friends in this country, than they have in this Government. My pronouncement that the country still has applicable laws to deter irresponsible conduct was only meant to serve as a reminder to those who are determined to deliberately spread lies for the promotion of personal agendas at the expense of our fragile peace and stability,” he said.Under the Jammeh administration the Criminal Code was amended to create a new offence of publication of false news under a new section 181A; and the penalty for such offence is a fine of not less than D50,000 and not exceeding D250,000, imprisonment for at least one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.Saikou Jammeh, the Chairperson of the event, said the aim of the review of media laws is geared towards promoting advocacy, for an enabling legal environment for freedom of expression and of the press. He said the report examines the 1997 Constitution of the Gambia, International Instruments and local statutes that affect the enjoyment of the rights of the media to operate in a free and safe environment.The President of The Gambia Press Union Sheriff Bojang Jnr, said the significance of the event is broader today than anytime because the country is transitioning in all sectors.The booklet that was launched contains 21 pages, highlighting media laws including the Constitution, the country’s obligation under international law, the way forward, and excerpts from Supreme Court rulings among other information.“There are still laws that need to be fought against and this institution will ensure that we will involve all stakeholders in order to create a conducive environment for the media, in the country. We will not be complacent,” he said. Bojang also briefed participants on the Union’s effort in establishing a self-regulatory body, as a Media Commission. He assured that the GPU will continue to dialogue with the relevant authorities on ensuring a free press and media.John Njie, Chairman of TANGO on his part said it was wise to share the report with everybody; that this will be more effective than to just put them in books and pass them to the authorities. He called for responsibility in journalism practice in terms of reporting.The Managing Editor of Foroyaa Newspaper Sam Sarr, said the development is significant. Sarr said democracy cannot thrive without the media; that through the media the government is held accountable to the people, which is essential in a democratic dispensation.He further said for the media to play its role effectively it must be free and operate in a conducive environment. He said to facilitate this requires law and practice, which should not impede media freedom because with restrictive laws, the media’s role to generate public debate and exchange of views will be curtailed and this can have a serious impact on democracy. He also said that freedom of information law facilitates transparency and accountability.The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information, Communication Infrastructure Amie Njie, said the launch of the report is timely.last_img read more

Youth behead man walks into police station with severed head in

first_imgTwo youngsters who beheaded a man surrendered before police along with the severed head on Saturday evening in Nalgonda. According to the police, the accused Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Ghouse, a native of Nerellapalli village developed grudge over the victim Shaik Saddam over their cousin’s death. Saddam was in a relationship with the accused cousin whose husband was dead a few years ago. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Though the accused warned Saddam of dire consequences, he continued his relationship with the woman by taking her to Yacharam in Rangareddy district. However, she was later found dead under suspicious circumstances in 2017. Blaming him for her death, the duo planned to kill Saddam and hacked him with a sickle. Later they surrendered before the police.last_img read more

Quota review committee given 90 more days

first_imgQuota reform movement. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe secretary-level committee to review, reform or cancel the existing quota system in public services has been extended by 90 days to complete its tasks.A notification in this regard was published by the public administration ministry on Thursday.The extension was given in the backdrop of the students’ demonstration demanding quota reform or cancellation of quota as per announcement of the prime minister in parliament in April.Formed on 2 July, the committee formed was initially asked to submit its report within 15 working days.However, the committee held only one meeting on 8 July when its members decided to collect information about quota reserved for specific segment of the population at home and abroad.Currently, 55 per cent of the public service jobs is reserved for applicants covered by various quotas and remaining 45 per cent for merit-based recruitment.In the face of massive protestrs from students across the country, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said in April that there would be no quota. Following delay in publishing of gazette notification in this regard, the students took to streets again recently.On 2 July, the government then formed the seven-member committee headed by cabinet secretary Muhammad Shafiul Alam.Other members of the committee are senior secretary of legislative and parliamentary affairs division of the law ministry M Shahidul Haque, then finance division secretary Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury, public administration secretary Faiz Ahmed, liberation war affairs secretary Aparup Chowdhury, public service commission secretary Akhtari Momtaz and acting secretary of the prime minister’s office Sajjadul Hasan.last_img read more

Digital Music May Not Have Saved the Environment After All

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » April 9, 2019 Logic would suggest that music downloads and streaming are good for the environment. You’re not buying physical copies, right? Not so fast — there’s a chance things could be worse. Researchers have published a study suggesting that greenhouse gas emissions are higher now than they were when physical media was all the rage. While going digital has reduced the amount of plastic, the combination of extra power demands and the sheer popularity of music (you can listen to virtually anything for $10 per month, after all) may have offset other gains. Where vinyl produced 346 million pounds of greenhouse gasses at its height in 1977, downloads and streaming are estimated to pump out 441 million to 772 million pounds.The publicly available data leaves some questions. It’s not clear that the findings account for savings from reduced transportation costs, packaging and other savings that come when the music doesn’t have to physically travel somewhere. This also doesn’t account for multitasking. If you’re listening to music while you’re already at your computer, for instance, you’re not really using significantly more power than you would otherwise.As it stands, the researchers aren’t calling for people to go back to spinning records. Rather, they want you to think about your power use and choose services that minimize their effect on the planet. They also hope this could foster alternatives that are more sustainable without sacrificing the convenience you expect from on-demand tunes. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Add domain and icon to Gmails email listings

first_imgAdd domain and icon to Gmail’s email listings by Martin Brinkmann on June 11, 2018 in Email – 12 commentsGmail Sender Icons is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that adds domain information and icons to Gmail’s email listings.Gmail does not display any information about the sender of the email except for the selected name. The name is no good indicator, however, as it can be selected freely by the sender of the email.You can move the mouse cursor over individual emails in the email listing to get additional information about that email in a popup. Gmail displays the email address that was used to sent the email in that popup and also whether the sender is in your list of contacts.Gmail Sender IconsGmail Sender Icons is a relatively simply extension for Google Chrome. It adds the domain the email was sent from and the icon (favicon) of the domain to email listings on Gmail; this enables you to see on first glance from where the email was (supposedly) sent.The extension adds the domain name and the icon to all email listings on Gmail. You find the new information in all inbox folders, in the spam folder, and even in the sent folder. The sent folder listing displays the domain and icon of the recipient of the email, however.So, how does it work?The Gmail add-on extracts the email address of the sender, parses the website domain from the address and pulls the favicon image (often same as the logo) of the domain. It then appends the logo image and the company’s domain as a label to the message subject thus making it easy for you quickly identify the message sender.The developer of the extension, Amit Agarwal who runs Digital Inspiration, states that no data leaves the browser when the extension is active and installed.Closing WordsGmail Sender Icons is a useful extension for Gmail users who use the web interface of the email service regularly or at least sporadically. The extension displays the domain name and the icon of the domain in Gmail listings which may speed up certain operations. It may improve the detection of spam that slipped by or confirm to you that an email appears legitimate on first inspection.The extension is only available for Google Chrome currently. It may work in other Chromium-based web browsers and even Firefox as well.Now You: Which email service do you use, and why?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Gmail Sender IconsSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gmail-sender-icons/jniljaamodclkmphgkgkooplflhkadpg/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | August 09, 2007 Orthoview, Biomet Orthopedics Strike Deal August 10, 2007 – OrthoView has signed an agreement with Biomet Orthopedics Inc. read more October 1, 2008 – Microsoft Corp. has entered into a global licensing agreement with Royal Philips Electronics to provide the latter’s speech recognition platform with Microsoft Amalga Family of Health Enterprise Systems. As a result of this new alliance, Microsoft clients using the Amalga Hospital Information System (Amalga HIS) and Amalga RIS/PACS will now be able to leverage Philips SpeechMagic to capture and generate precise data and convert it into useful, sharable, and searchable information for better clinical outcomes. The vendors will soon begin the process of technology integration.Amalga HIS is built around an electronic health record (EHR) and includes complete patient and bed management as well as an integrated radiology information system (RIS) and a picture archiving and communication system (PACS).For more information: www.medical.philips.com and www.microsoft.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | December 26, 2007 GE Healthcare Expands Nuclear Cardiology Portfolio December 27, 2007 – GE Healthcare announced today that it has entered into an agreement with DRAXIMAGE, a division of read more News | September 08, 2008 Radiology Leads in Salary, Filled Residency Positions September 9, 2008 – Radiologists in the U.S. read more News | October 01, 2008 Microsoft to Provide Philips’ SpeechMagic with Amalga Family News | July 15, 2007 Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics Offers Integrated Solutions for Enhanced Clinical Workflow July 16, 2007 — Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of performance driven read more News | August 09, 2007 FASA Announces New Clinical Benchmarks August 10, 2007 – FASA has announced that their Outcomes Monitoring Project now includes eight new clinical benchmark read more News | March 17, 2008 SquareLoop Introduces HIPAA-Compliant, Secure Text Messaging March 18, 2008 – SquareLoop Inc. read more News | May 21, 2007 200 HeartMate II Patients Enrolled in Thoratec Trial May 23, 2007 —Thoratec Corp. read more News | October 16, 2008 AMICAS Expands User’s View in PACS October 17, 2008 – AMICAS is unveiling Version 6.0, the next generation of AMICAS PACS, at RSNA 2008. read more News | July 15, 2007 Improved Gel Pad Stops Bleeding Cold July 16, 2007 – The ColdSPOT with Floral Design from Beekley Corp. read more News | March 20, 2008 McKesson Disease Management, Chronic Care Programs Aid Community, Indigent Health March 21, 2008 – Drawing on its experience in disease management for Medicaid patients and consumer-based technologie read more last_img read more

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first_imgCEO and president of Royal Caribbean International, Adam Goldstein, announced yesterday that Voyager of the Seas will be based in Asia and Australia from 2012. Speaking at a press conference at the Shanghai International Conference Centre yesterday, Mr Goldstein has confirmed the line’s commitment to the region by deploying the fifth ship in RCCL’s fleet.“There are clear opportunities in the China and Australia markets, which are key areas for Royal Caribbean International’s global development,” said Mr Goldstein.“We are excited to bring such an innovative ship to the region in 2012.”Gavin Smith, managing director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia, shared Mr Goldstein’s sentiment regarding Voyager’s deployment.“The investment in Voyager of the Seas demonstrates our company’s tremendous belief in the future of this region and we are extremely honoured to shape the future of cruising in Australia,” Mr Smith said in Shanghai yesterday. “Voyager of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship ever to call Australia home and once she joins our local fleet we will offer more than 60 cruise departures per year, carrying over 150,000 guests.”Voyager will be joining Rhapsody of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and sister brand, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium when she arrives in Sydney for a five month season in November 2012.The first megaliner for Australia and New Zealand, Voyager carries up to 3,840 passengers, measures 311 metres long, 48 metres wide and stands 15 decks high. With 1,556 staterooms and costing US$500 million to build, she features an onboard ice rink, rock climbing wall, inline skating path and a three storey dining room among many other amenities. e-Travel Blackboard will feature an in depth look at Voyager of the Seas next Tuesday.Click here to view a photo gallery of Australia’s first megaliner Source = e-Travel Blackboard:last_img read more

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militia signs of Turkey’s influence are everywhere: from the soft drinks sold in dusty shops to the heavy presence of its security forces on the streets Turkey’s push into northwest Syria opened a new front in the multi-sided civil war and highlighted the ever-greater role of foreign powers in the seven-year-old conflict It is not clear how long Turkey will continue to hold sway over Afrin previously a Kurdish-dominated area near its southern border "When Turkey came to help we stayed here" said Ahmad Jaad a 27-year-old history teacher who said he had been living in Afrin for the last four years An Arab he said he supported the mainly Arab rebels and said life was better than under the Kurdish militia He was speaking to a group of foreign reporters visiting Afrin with Turkish officials Under an operation dubbed "Olive Branch" by Ankara the military and its Free Syrian Army allies drove YPG Kurdish fighters from Afrin in March Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast President Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to crush what he calls the "terror corridor" of YPG-controlled territory along the southern border with Syria That has increased tension with the United States Turkey’s NATO ally which has backed the YPG in the fight against Islamic State "They opened hospitals They collected children to go to school" said 31-year-old Muhammed Khaled a member of the recently elected local council in Afrin about Turkey’s efforts In April 20 people were elected to the local council the mayor Zuhair Haydar told reporters through an interpreter He said members included Kurds Turkmens and Arabs HOSPITALS SCHOOLS The Kurdish-led authority that runs parts of northern Syria and previously Afrin sees Turkey as an invader "Afrin is occupied" said Ilham Ahmed who comes from Afrin and is a senior member of the Kurdish-led political authority told Reuters in a recent interview "People uprooted from Afrin are now living in a small area in camps and destroyed houses" She also accused Turkey of resettling insurgent fighters and their families in Afrin Turkey has repeatedly denied allegations of human rights violations and dismissed them as terrorist propaganda Two years ago Turkey intervened further east in northern Syria an operation called "Euphrates Shield" to sweep out Islamic State fighters and check the advance of the YPG It has retained a presence there since and is opening schools and helping to run hospitals In that region schoolchildren study Turkish and there are Turkish signposts Turkey-trained police and a Turkish post office Damascus has accused Turkey of colonial ambitions while some Syrian activists decry what they say is "Turkification" Erdogan has said that Turkey has no wish to occupy areas of Syria and wants the rightful owners of those regions to return One official said Afrin would likely follow a "similar model" to the areas to the east Turkish security forces will start a process of withdrawing from Afrin next week the official said adding it would be a long-term project as local police needed to be fully trained before it could be completed Some 2000 people are being trained as local police another official said "We are scared of the situation the problem is the youth There is no security for the young men" said one woman on the street before slipping away LOOTING REPORTS Armed young men – some looking as young as their late teens – manned checkpoints wearing fatigues and sandals Police vans sported writing in both Turkish and Arabic and had Turkish flags taped on their windows The United Nations has said more than 134000 people remain displaced in dire conditions in a zone around some nearby towns Some limited returns to Afrin took place in May it said Rights group Human Rights Watch said last month that Turkey-backed rebels seized looted and destroyed property belonging to Kurdish civilians in the aftermath of the Afrin offensive Turkish officials in March said they were looking into allegations of looting and property seizure and that they would ensure Afrin would be a safe place for residents to return to Turkey says that some 140000 people have returned to Afrin since the offensive ended although there is no ethnic breakdown of the returnees The population is around 300000 now according to one of the Turkish officials While many shops remain closed with graffiti spray-painted across their shutters one street teemed with people At a makeshift market an elderly man sat among some caged chickens A dozen plump catfish one still squirming in the midday heat were laid out on the floor in front of him Turkey aims to get the olive oil industry working after facilities were damaged in fighting another official said The officials met reporters in a secure compound off the main street The sign on that building read "Republic of Turkey Hatay Governor’s Office Afrin Humanitarian Aid Coordination Centre" Above the building flew the Syrian opposition flag and above that the Turkish flag "This is a specific spot under the control of Turkish authorities" said one of the officials about the building (Additional reporting by Ellen Francis in Beirut; Ali Kucukgocmen and Dominic Evans in Istanbul; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Responding to yet another flap about the influence of drug companies on biomedical research the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has decided it needs more time to revise its rules for policing conflicts of interest so that sanctions will move with an investigator if he or she changes institutions In May the agency proposed new regulations that among other changes would require NIH-funded investigators to report more financial interests to their universities But a month later news emerged that Charles Nemeroff who was banned by EmoryUniversity in 2008 from seeking NIH grants after he failed to report drug-company income escaped that punishment simply by moving to the University of Miami NIH Director Francis Collins said the case had exposed a gap in the conflicts rule NIH is now trying to close the loophole Toward that end it’s adding 30 days to the comment period for the rule which closed yesterday to gather comment on "whether it should clarify how the regulations apply in circumstances in which an Investigator or a PHS-funded research project transfers from one Institution to another or in which a new Institution and Investigators at the new Institution become involved in an ongoing PHS-funded research project" says a notice NIH released today (PHS stands for Public Health Service which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services NIH’s parent agency) The new deadline is 19 August NIH had received more than 70 comments (see docket here) on the rule so far from universities patient-advocacy groups bioethicists and others But some major research organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges have not yet weighed in despite insecurity. 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