Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as Mizoram Guv

first_imgAizawl: Jagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn-in as the Governor of Mizoram at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan here. Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office to Mukhi. Mukhi is also the Governor of Assam. He succeeded Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram as the latter resigned on Thursday and his resignation was accepted by the President Ram Nath Kovind who appointed Mukhi to take additional charge of Mizoram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!After taking charge of Mizoram Governor, Mukhi said he would administer the oath of office to C Lalsawta as chairman of the first Lokayukta on Monday at Aizawl Raj Bhavan. Lalsawta, a retired IAS officer was recently appointed as chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on February 28. Mukhi would deliver his customary gubernatorial address in the Mizoram Assembly on Tuesday, the first day of the Budget session.last_img read more

Condoms essential element in fighting AIDS epidemic – UN

“Condoms are an essential part of combination prevention,” which also includes access to HIV information and treatment, waiting longer to become sexually active, reducing multiple partners and concurrent relationships, ensuring human rights and reducing stigma, the agency said in a press statement.“An HIV prevention approach based solely on one element does not work and can hinder the AIDS response,” UNAIDS stressed. “There is no single magic bullet for HIV prevention.”It appealed to nations to use a mix of behavioural, biomedical and structural HIV prevention actions to meet anti-disease needs.Countries must understand the epidemic and tailor their response accordingly, the agency said, calling on nations to use all human rights-grounded approaches that are informed by evidence.The most recent UNAIDS report on the global scourge shows how significant increases in HIV prevention and treatment efforts are producing results in several countries.Condom use among young people with multiple partners is gaining momentum in some nations hardest hit by HIV, including Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.Sub-Saharan Africa is still the most heavily HIV-affected region in the world, with some 22 million people living with the disease, and the region accounting for two-thirds of all people living with HIV and for three-quarters of deaths from AIDS.Last week, UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibé said that even in the face of the current global economic turmoil, investing in AIDS responses is crucial to prevent 1.3 million deaths in the next two years, highlighting how the agency’s top priority is to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.“Universal access means saving lives and restoring dignity to people,” Mr. Sidibé told reporters in Geneva.It encompasses stopping mothers from dying and babies from being infected with the virus; stopping people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis; and stopping drug users from becoming infected with HIV, he said.During the financial crisis, “economic adjustments should be made with a human face in mind,” he stated, underscoring that a mother should not have to choose between receiving treatment and feeding her children.Resources for responses to AIDS should be viewed as investments, and not expenditures, to avert 2.6 million new HIV infections and to put nearly 7 million people on a course of treatment, he told journalists at his first press conference since taking office as UNAIDS Executive Director. 18 March 2009With over 7,400 new HIV infections daily, comprehensive approaches – including condom use – are essential to stop the spread of the AIDS epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today, warning that there is no “single magic bullet” for prevention. read more

Broadband development to be accelerated in Sri Lanka

According to Ovum’s research, Sri Lanka’s fixed-broadband penetration compared to a broad basket of South and Southeast Asian countries is relatively high, ranking 5 out of 10 countries surveyed by Ovum. However, Sri Lanka trails leading markets such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, where both DSL and FTTH penetration rates are far higher. Fixed-broadband household penetration remains low, with DSL penetration of 10.3% at the end of 2015. Low household penetration and the lack of a strong FTTH market correlates closely to the country’s lower ranking in terms of average download speeds. “As a new era of rapid worldwide development dawns for the global broadband industry, we strongly believe that this is indeed the ripe time to accelerate broadband development in Sri Lanka,” he said. The forum served as an industry dialogue platform, bringing together senior policy makers of the government, local operators, service operators, and industry stakeholders to shape a shared agenda of facilitating the widespread of broadband rollout as the key component to digital economy in Sri Lanka.The half-day event featured a top line-up of speakers from the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Huawei, a global leading ICT solution provider, Ovum, iFlix, as well as major local telecom operators. The Minister was speaking at the first Sri Lanka national broadband forum, themed “a Better Connected Sri Lanka” co-hosted by Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, co-organized by Huawei which was held in Colombo today. Wang Shunli, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Sri Lanka expressed his company has been ongoing support the country’s telecommunication sector and celebrate its 10 years operation in Sri Lanka.“Huawei began its operations in Sri Lanka in 2005. We cooperated with local operators to achieve one of the fast growing market in Southern Asia, with a 10-year CAGR of 17.3% and 44.4% in mobile and fixed broadband sectors, and today, serving 15 million Sri Lanka’s citizens.” “We are delighted to have been a part of this grand platform and was encouraged by the success of the forum in facilitating meaningful dialogue within the broadband space. The vision of building a digital connected nation is a formidable undertaking and we appreciate the government’s efforts to spearhead initiatives that inspire constructive participation from industry leaders. I hope this is just the first of many broadband forums hold in Sri Lanka. Huawei, as the global leading ICT solution provider, is very glad to share our knowledge, solutions and experience and to face the construction challenge together. We are committed to long time contribution in Sri Lanka such as cultivating local talents.” said Wang.With Sri Lanka currently embarking on a journey of transformation to become a digitally enabled and empowered society, the importance of having a robust fixed-broadband base to build upon is critical. The Government says now is the ripe time to accelerate broadband development in Sri Lanka.Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando, said the telecommunication industry of the country has showcased tremendous improvement over the recent years. The inaugural Sri Lanka broadband forum concluded with calls from industry players, experts and government agencies for the implementation of efforts toward the rapid delivery of broadband development strategies, encouraging conductive regulatory policies, and significantly increased inter-ministerial and industry collaboration within the country’s broadband sector – all of which were discussed at the event. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Stocks back off as Chinese trade data disappointment trumps Alcoa earnings

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market fell about one per cent Tuesday as further indications of a slowing Chinese economy helped extinguish early optimism arising from a better than expected earnings report from U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa Inc.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 122.45 points to 11,512.22 its fourth consecutive loss, and the TSX Venture Exchange dipped 12.62 points to 1,199.36.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar slipped 0.32 of a cent to 97.79 cents US amid sliding oil and copper prices.U.S. markets also lost steam even as Alcoa reported adjusted earnings of six cents per share, which beat the consensus estimate by a penny. Revenue dropped nine per cent to US$5.96 billion, mainly because of weak prices for aluminum in the slowing global economy.Alcoa’s performance reflects broader economic trends because aluminum is used in a wide range of products from automobiles to beverage cans. The company’s reports are also know for kicking off the start to earnings seasons south of the border.Despite the showing, expectations are generally low for second-quarter earnings. Big American multinationals are feeling pressure from a greenback that ramped up as the European debt crisis worsened in the quarter along with slowing economic conditions around the globe.The Dow Jones industrials fell 83.17 points to 12,653.12.The Nasdaq composite index was down 29.44 points to 2,902.33 and the S&P 500 index declined 10.99 points to 1,341.47.Traders got another reminder of the fragility of the economic recovery after China’s trade growth plunged in June, hurt by weak U.S. and European demand.Import growth fell by half from May’s level to 6.3 per cent while export growth declined to 11.3 per cent from May’s 15.3 per cent.Growth in the world’s second-largest economy has tumbled to its lowest level since the 2008. That is bad news for companies and investors looking to relatively strong Chinese growth to shore up global demand as the United States and Europe struggle.In particular, it’s also a negative for the resource-heavy Toronto stock market and the price of oil and metals.Strong Chinese demand for commodities boosted prices for crude and copper and supported resource stocks on the TSX earlier in the year. But crude has fallen from US$106 in May, copper has tumbled 11.6 per cent and the TSX has fallen almost six per cent in 2 1/2 months. The Toronto market now is down about 3.7 per cent year to date.“Any reason for being optimistic was China, India, Brazil, probably Russia, (other countries) in Southeast Asia,” said Jim Muir, director at Fraser Mackenzie.“And it just looks like that’s all slowing. So the question is, is it just a normal slowdown and then they get going again? That’s our only hope in my estimation.”Commodity prices fell following the release of the Chinese data with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.08 to US$83.91 a barrel. Crude prices also fell after Norway intervened to halt a labour dispute that threatened its North Sea production.The energy sector lost almost two per cent as Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 48 cents to C$25.84 and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) declined 66 cents to $32.25.The base metals sector shed 2.3 per cent with August copper off three to cents at US$3.40 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was down 30 cents to C$7.79 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 51 cents to $30.57.The gold sector was off about 2.6 per cent as bullion gave up early gains to climb down $9.30 to US$1,579.80 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 99 cents to C$36.37.The financial group stepped back 0.35 per cent and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gave back 48 cents to $52.50.Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) shares were off 36 cents or 4.62 per cent at $7.44 as shareholders gathered for the BlackBerry maker’s annual meeting. Chief executive Thorsten Heins noted that there have already been major changes this year and promised that “there will be more to come as we work to turn around the company’s performance.”The industrials group was down 0.46 per cent with heavy equipment dealer Finning International (TSX:FTT) off 58 cents to $23.09.Shares in transportation giant Bombardier Inc (TSX:BBD.B) were up one cent to $4.04. Its subsidiary, Bombardier Aerospace, says Latvia-based Air Baltic Corp. has signed a letter of intent to acquire 10 of its next generation CS300 aircraft and take purchase rights on a further 10 of the passenger jets.In other earnings news, drug store chain Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) says unusual gains on its U.S. Rite Aid holdings as well as improved revenue helped quarterly earnings soar eight fold to $397.4 million and its shares rose two cents to $14.77.Quebec-based convenience store and fuel station chain operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) reported quarterly net profit of US$117.8 million or 65 cents a share, up $53.3 million or 82.6 per cent from a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was up 28 per cent to US$6.06 billion and its shares ran up $1.66 to C$45.90. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2012 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks back off as Chinese trade data disappointment trumps Alcoa earnings read more

Conventional and FancyStats Rate The NHLs Deadline Trades Much Differently

This year’s NHL trade deadline saw quite a few transactions — 74 veteran players switched teams in the month leading up to (and including) the March 2 moratorium — and some of the moves could shift the league’s balance of power with the playoffs a little more than a month away.In anticipation of Monday’s cutoff, we listed about 35 likely trade candidates and their possession metrics, to get a sense of who the advanced statistics would favor if any of them were dealt. But now that all the deals have been cut, how highly do the numbers regard the big names moved at the deadline?It totally depends on which numbers you look at. Conventional stats — such as goals, assists and plus-minus, as synthesized into point shares above replacement (PSAR) — favor players like newly acquired Detroit winger Erik Cole. Cole bounced back from a pair of down seasons to average a goal every three or so games with a +4 rating (on a Dallas team that’s -11 overall) before being traded. That performance was enough to lead all deadline acquisitions in 2014-15 PSAR. But as we’ve learned, the NHL’s #EnhancedStats movement emphasizes more than traditional counting statistics.Advanced metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick (ahem, “shot attempts” and “unblocked shot attempts”) started a trend in player evaluation of focusing on his ability to improve his team’s puck-possession rate while on the ice. If possession is a reliable path to team success, the reasoning goes, you want to stock your roster with players most associated with strong team possession rates when they’re in the game.Now, Stephen Burtch’s Delta Corsi (dCorsi) and Domenic Galamini’s Usage-Adjusted Corsi have pushed attempts to isolate a skater’s effect on his team’s possession rate even further. The relatively new twist provided by those stats? Attempting to account for player-usage factors — such as position played, teammate and opponent quality, zone starts and even faceoff winning percentages in dCorsi’s case — on a player’s possession rate in addition to looking at on-ice versus off-ice differences.In the past, you’d have to eyeball a player’s workload and usage as a means of context for, say, his relative Corsi. But these new stats attempt to bake those contextual factors into a single number by comparing a player’s actual possession rate to what we’d expect of an average NHL player at his position if placed in the same situations.1This is similar in theory to the way researchers have sometimes attempted to measure individual fielding in baseball, under which a defender’s actual plays made in the field are compared with expected play counts based on balls in play sent in his direction.You might think there’d be a decent amount of crossover between conventional numbers and these new possession-based advanced stats, but the correlation is practically nonexistent. Rescaling PSAR against an average baseline to make an apples-to-apples comparison, I found essentially no relationship with Burtch’s dCorsi Impact (which gives players more credit for maintaining strong possession rates relative to average in greater amounts of ice time) this season:Take Cole again. Despite his solid counting stats and a very good point share tally, Dallas’s possession rate when Cole was on the ice was actually lower than what would be expected from an average player in the same situations with the same teammates and opponents. Or take FiveThirtyEight favorite Jaromir Jagr, whose relatively down conventional stats belie a player still capable of driving play with the proverbial skills that don’t show up in the box score.They’re not alone among the bigger-name deadline acquisitions. Much was made when the Arizona Coyotes shipped away center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. Both players were solid PSAR contributors for Arizona this season but also ranked among the least valuable dCorsi players at their respective positions.Meanwhile, Zbynek Michalek, another former Coyote, boasted extremely unimpressive counting numbers (8 points and a -6 rating in 53 games) even by the standards of his position but ranks as one of the best defensemen in hockey according to dCorsi Impact.In case it wasn’t clear by now, all this goes to show that it’s nearly impossible to guess whether a player is a possession star or scrub based on his conventional numbers. As is the case with most of these new-school-versus-old-school metric battles to recently crop up across almost all sports, a player’s true value probably lies somewhere in between. But in hockey, that fact just underscores how little we still know about who’s helping and hurting their teams. read more

England Rugby head chef forced himself on woman in hotel room court

The head chef of the England rugby team sexually assaulted a woman in his hotel room after locking the door behind her, a court heard.Michelin-starred Patrick McDonald, 56, was working as caterer for the national squad when the alleged incident happened at the historic Randolph Hotel in Oxford.Prosecutors claim he invited his victim to his room at 2.30pm before locking the door and groping her over her clothing.He ‘forced his tongue inside her mouth’ and stroked her groin area before the woman pushed him away and fled the room, it is alleged.McDonald, of Suckley, near Worcester, denies a single count of sexual assault at Oxford Crown Court.Opening the case on Wednesday (02/01), prosecutor Edward Culver said: “It is the prosecution’s case that this is not a situation where there has been a misunderstanding or confusion or innocent brushing of bodies or parts of bodies.“The defendant deliberately kissed and touched [the alleged victim], sexual touching, which he knew was both uninvited and unwelcome.“[McDonald] stepped towards her and held her face with his hands, he then kissed her, forcing his tongue inside her mouth. This was for a few seconds.“He then put his right arm around her upper body and with his left stroked her [groin area] over her clothing.” 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. Taking to the witness box, the alleged victim said she was left “scared, nervous, and quite shaky” after the alleged assault on February 27, 2018.Detailing the incident from the moment she entered his room – number 30 – she told jurors: “When I heard the door lock I turned around.“He was in front of me and he placed his hands on my face and proceeded to kiss me and force his tongue into my mouth.“His hands seemed to move down my body and started brushing my groin area. After that I pushed him away as hard as I could and left the room as soon as I could.”She told the court that the incident lasted a matter of minutes and she denied ever instigating any sexual contact. McDonald was later arrested at the five-star hotel.During cross-examination, defence barrister Alistair Grainger put to the woman that she had in fact ‘winked’ at her alleged abuser earlier that day.And Grainger suggested she had mimed a sex act to him in an apparent bid to entice him – all assertions she denied.Grainger then put it to the woman that McDonald had never grabbed her and had instead dropped a set of keys on the floor while they were both in the room. The barrister claims that in McDonald’s attempt to pick them back up he had become unsteady on his feet and grabbed hold of her in a bid to retain his footing.Mr Grainger also asked the alleged victim if she was ‘infatuated’ with the ‘superstar’ chef, an assertion which she denied.And he put to her that she had come on to him before being rejected, which left her feeling ‘acutely embarrassed’, as well as ‘dejected’ and ‘rejected’ – also assertions which she denied.The trial continues with a jury panel of seven men and five women. read more

IHF Experts announce Rookie team of WCh 2015 with a few mistakes

← Previous Story Denmark fifth, Germany clinch Olympic qualification spot! Next Story → Hassan Moustafa about restriction of NT foreign stars: We have to respect decision of our Congress The IHF coaching group of experts announced today in Doha the “Rookie team” of the World Championship 2015. It is a great idea, but unfortunately, with a lot of mistakes as the #Experts” nominated on right wing position a 29 years-old Macedonian Goce Georgievski, who already played at World Championship in Spain 2013.Also Russian youngstar Alexander Dereven got the left wing role despite the fact that he is right back.Here is the “Rookie team” of WCh 2015:Left wing: Alexander Dereven (Russia)Left back: Paul Drux (Germany)Playmaker: Kamalaidn Mallash (Qatar)Right back: Alex Dujshebaev (Spain)Right Wing: Goce Georgievski (Macedonia)Pivot: Kamil Syprzak (Poland)Goalkeeper Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (Spain) read more

Save Up to 74 Percent Off on USBC Accessories

first_imgStay on target AlsterPlus: Ultra Powerful USB-C Battery Pack – $179See Deal Manufacturers are adopting USB-C as the standard connector on new mobile devices. And why not? It’s easier to use and far more efficient than anything that’s come before. Need to stock up on essentials for your USB-C powered smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Then check out these offers at the Geek Deals store and save up to 74 percent off the MSRP.AlsterPlus: The World’s Most Powerful USB-C Battery PackMSRP: $258   | Sale: $179   | Save 30 percentThe AlsterPlus may be the last portable battery pack you’ll ever need to buy. It boasts an enormous capacity of 27,000mAh — enough to fully charge a laptop several times — and features two USB-C and two USB-A ports so you can charge multiple devices at once.Simply connect your devices and the charger will deliver a suitable amount of power to each. It offers technology that’ll protect against overcharging, it’s small and lightweight so you can take it virtually anywhere, and the unit itself can recharge in as little as one hour. ANCHOR Cable Stainless Steel Magnetic Cross-Device Cable + USB-C Connector – $17.95See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today ANCHOR Cable Stainless Steel Magnetic Cross-Device Cable and USB-C ConnectorMSRP: $29   | Sale: $17.95   | Save 38 percentLooking for a foolproof way to charge your USB-C devices? Then you need this stainless steel magnetic cable from ANCHOR. It includes a USB-C connector that you plug into your device and leave there all day long. To begin charging, simply touch the end of the cable to the connector and they will form a strong magnetic bond.The cable features a length of 3.9 feet, has a stainless steel casing for durability, and won’t ever tangle. It supports 2.4 A fast charging and, though this package only includes a USB-C connector, it would also work with Lightning and Micro USB connectors if you already have them. CHOETECH USB-C To HDMI CableMSRP: $17.99   | Sale: $16.99   | Save 5 percentPortable devices may be convenient but sometimes their small screens are a little limiting. And that’s precisely what makes this UCB-C to HDMI cable from CHOETECH such a must-have item. It lets you transmit data from any mobile device and display it — with perfect clarity — on a much larger monitor or television screen.Simply plug the USB-C end of the cable into your device and the HDMI end into your television. That’s all there is to it. The cable features a length of six feet so you can control your device while still sitting a comfortable distance away, gold plated plugs for a strong connection, and a premium casing that provides better insulation against heat. Want your products featured at the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for MacBook ProMSRP: $159.95   | Sale: $39.99   | Save 74 percentThe new MacBook Pro may be powerful but, when it comes to connectivity, it’s sorely lacking. That’s what makes this 6-in-1 USB-C Hub such a great addition. It introduces an array of extra ports to your MacBook that increases its versatility by a factor of three.The hub offers a total of six ports including two USB-C, two USB-A, and Micro SD and SD card slots. It installs easily into your MacBook’s existing USB-C ports and it features an aesthetic that makes it virtually unnoticeable. Omnia P5 Wall ChargerMSRP: $59.00   | Sale: $44.99   | Save 23 percentNeed a portable wall charger that works from anywhere and with all of your devices? Then you need the Omnia P5. This small, packable wall charger fits neatly into any carry on bag and is compatible with virtually everything including MacBooks, smartphones, tablets, and even the Nintendo Switch.Just plug your device into the appropriate port — either USB C or USB A — and the P5 into a conveniently placed wall socket. It features Quick Charge technology that ensures efficient use of your power resources, and it even comes with adapters so you can use it internationally. CHOETECH USB-C To HDMI Cable – $16.99See Deal 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro – $39.99See Deal Omnia P5 Wall Charger – White – $44.99See Deallast_img read more

Govt Looking To List Entities To Be Privatised On Jamaica Stock Exchange

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 22 (JIS): The Government of Jamaica is moving to change the model used for the privatisation of state-owned entities. Deputy Financial Secretary with responsibility for Public Enterprises in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ann-Marie Rhoden, said the Ministry is looking at listing public entities that are suitable for privatisation on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).Mrs. Rhoden, who was speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (July 21), said that this method will replace the existing process of extending private invitations to investors to purchase entities or soliciting requests for proposals.She said when this model is approved and implemented, it should result in a quicker turnaround time in privatisation of loss-making entities.Mrs. Rhoden informed that the procedure was used successfully in the past for privatisation of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and the Cement Company.“We believe that the time is right for us to return to that model. There are entities that are ready for privatisation and if we were to develop the prospectus and get the entities out to market to the stage of listing, then we could complete a privatisation exercise in six months or so,” she pointed out.Mrs. Rhoden was speaking within the context of recommendations made by a team from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), who are in Jamaica, to present their report: ‘Finding Balance 2014: Benchmarking the performance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in Island Countries.’Jamaica, for the first time, participated in the study, which reviews the historical financial performance of SOEs in selected island economies, identifies the drivers of performance, and outlines successful reform strategies to inform future policy action.Former Minister of State-Owned Enterprises in New Zealand, Hon. Richard Prebble, who is a part of the ADB team visiting Jamaica, said the listing of public enterprises on the stock market has been a successful model for the Government in New Zealand.“The present New Zealand Government has listed some SOEs in New Zealand and that has turned out to be very successful. One of the reasons is once you list, the share price appears every day and that’s a great incentive for the directors to start to concentrate on what the business really should be doing, now…and that is a model that has worked,” Mr. Prebble noted.In the meantime, Mrs. Rhoden said that this model will promote ownership of local enterprises by Jamaicans and result in more efficient management and delivery of service.“So it wouldn’t be a matter of ‘selling-out’, because it’s our own Jamaican people on the stock exchange, who would own the asset; not a single or two persons, but the mass of Jamaica that would be owning and feeling good about themselves,” she noted. Related Items:Ann-Marie Rhoden, jamaica stock exchange, Ministry of Finance and Planning, privatisedlast_img read more

19 plan to increase benefits spend in 2016

first_imgAround a fifth (19%) of employer respondents plan to increase spend on employee benefits over the next 12 months, according to research by Aviva.Its Working lives report, which surveyed more than 1,000 employers and 4,000 employees in the private sector during the first quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2016, also found that 25% of organisations with more than 250 employees intend to increase their benefits spend.The research also found:Around a third (62%) of employer respondents intend to maintain the amount they spend on workplace benefits over the next year.18% of employer respondents are concerned about keeping up with employees’ pay and benefits package expectations, compared to 13%More than half (56%) of employer respondents offer employee benefits to support staff attraction and retention, compared to 44% in 2013.Almost two-thirds (64%) include employee benefits as a key element of their annual strategic planning.67% of private sector employee respondents are happy with the impact of work on time spent with their family, up from 53% in 2013.More than half (56%) of employee respondents in the private sector are happy with the impact of work on their health. This compares to 45% in 2013.25% of employer respondents that have gone through auto-enrolment cite the modernisation of their pension scheme as the biggest effect of the process, while 20% say the biggest impact is the ability to provide better pensions for staff.Almost a third (61%) of employer respondents agree with making the workplace the focus for automatic pension savings, compared to 58% in 2013.Andy Curran, managing director of corporate and business solutions at Aviva, said: “This report paints a very positive picture of the workplace in Britain on the whole, and it is pleasing to see that, with confidence improved since 2013, businesses are again looking to invest in their workplace benefit packages.“Additional benefits are a great way to attract and retain skilled employees and increased investment gives a clear indication that employers are again looking to expand, rather than just survive.“Auto-enrolment has played a major role in that and it’s good to see that those which have been through it are reporting positive experiences. For employers, the journey may not have been as smooth, especially for those smaller businesses with limited resources. But auto-enrolment is encouraging millions of people to save for their futures and the work businesses of all sizes are doing to support it is very encouraging.”last_img read more

Army Launches Registry to Track Housing Complaints

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Army will launch a new privatized military housing complaint registry for maintaining a record of ongoing housing-related health and safety issues, Task and Purpose reported Tuesday.Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West signed a memo to many privatized housing residents.“Through a records review of Army Family Housing work orders, you have been identified as having submitted a work order addressing health or safety concerns,” West wrote in the memo. “In an effort to ensure this and any other concern you may have has been thoroughly addressed, the U.S. Army Medical Command has established a Housing Environmental Health Response Registry.”The registry is the Army’s latest effort to track and resolve recently highlighted privatized housing issues. It will provide recipients with information “on housing environmental health hazards” and help them seek “medical care for any housing related illnesses or concerns.” It will also share the complaints with Army leadership.Army photo by Scott Turkol last_img read more

Gujarat building collapse 4 dead several feared trapped Video

first_imgFive people have been rescued so far.Twitter/ANIAt least three people were killed and several feared trapped under debris after a three-storey building collapsed in the wee hours of Saturday, August 10.The building collapsed in Pragatinagar in Kheda district of Gujarat. The rescue teams have reached the site of the building collapse — looking for survivors.Five people have been rescued so far. The injured have been shifted to the hospital.Here are a few pictures and a video of the incident.Another #Gujarat #HousingBoard Society building collapsed in #Nadidad. Four people died which included a one year girl as well. People tell me it was because of the perennial water logging in the society. Residents tell me, no one had told them to evacuate. #GujaratRains pic.twitter.com/t2EzKvQtU6— Priyanka Sharma ? (@Priyanka0494) August 10, 2019 Rescue operations underway.Twitter/ANI Due to heavy rains in Gujarat, the building collapsed.In another similar incident, at least seven people died and many feared trapped under debris after a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Dongri last month.(This is a developing story. More details awaited)last_img read more

Mass grave victims found in Bosnia

first_imgThe remains of nearly 100 people, believed to be Bosnian Muslims and Croats executed in one of the most brutal episodes of the 1990s war, were found in a mass grave, an official said Thursday.“At the site of Koricanske Stijene we have exhumed 137 clusters of bones, including 86 skulls, which means at least 86 persons, maybe some more,” Lejla Cengic of Bosnia’s Missing Persons Institute told AFP.“The remains were at the bottom of a cave, in a natural pit, and were covered by an enormous amount of rocks,” Cengic said.The mass grave in central Bosnia was discovered nearby the site of the August 1992 execution of more than 200 civilians, Bosnian Muslims and Croats, previously evicted by Bosnian Serb forces from the northwestern region of Prijedor.The massacre was one of the most brutal episode of the 1992-1995 inter-ethnic war in Bosnia that claimed 100,000 lives.The victims were separated at Koricanske Stijene from a convoy transporting more than 1,200 people expelled from their homes. They were lined up at the top of a pit and shot at. Dozens of them survived.To date, eleven wartime members of the Bosnian Serb police forces have been sentenced for the crime.The exhumation at the site begun in early September. The remains will be transported on Friday to a morgue where their identities will be determined by DNA tests, Cengic said.“In five previous exhumations in this area, conducted between 2003 and 2013, the remains of 117 victims were found and we were searching for 98 more victims,” she said.In another mass grave, uncovered last week near the eastern town of Vlasenica, remains of 10 victims, probably Bosnian Muslims killed in 1992, were exhumed.At the end of the war, 31,500 people were reported missing. Since then, the remains of 25,000 victims have been exhumed from hundreds of mass graves, according to the Bosnian institute, leaving 6,500 unaccounted for.last_img read more

UPDATE Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With

first_imgJustice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed Trump family financial records from the German financial giant Deutsche Bank, a move that could signal a major new direction for his inquiry.Deutsche Bank has so far not accommodated or discussed American requests for information about the Trumps’ accounts. The German business newspaper Handelsblatt, which first reported the subpoena, quoted a spokesman saying that the bank cooperates with official investigators but would not discuss individual cases.If Mueller’s team is expanding its inquiry into the Trump family’s banking and financial arrangements, that could put it onto a collision course with the president.Trump, his wife, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are understood to be clients of Deutsche Bank. But Trump’s attorneys have said they believe the Trumps’ business and financial arrangements are out of bounds for Mueller’s investigation, and Trump has denied all along that he has any financial connections with Russians.“I don’t make money from Russia,” he told The New York Times. “I don’t have buildings in Russia. They said I own buildings in Russia. I don’t. They said I made money from Russia. I don’t. It’s not my thing. I don’t, I don’t do that. Over the years, I’ve looked at maybe doing a deal in Russia, but I never did one.”Trump staged the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, and his longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, has acknowledged that he reached out to the Russian government to ask for help with a prospective Trump Tower project there. But Cohen said those talks never yielded anything.The Trump family’s dealings with Deutsche Bank have been a focus of opponents for months. Kushner’s company received a $285 million loan from the bank one month before Election Day. Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee asked the bank in May for information about reports that it might have been a conduit for Russian money for the Trump family.Deutsche Bank has paid hundreds of millions dollars in fines to regulators for its involvement in money laundering and other financial crimes, which the lawmakers cited in their request for details about what the bank knows about its dealings with the Trumps.“Deutsche Bank’s pattern of involvement in money laundering schemes with primarily Russian participation, its unconventional relationship with the president, and its repeated violations of U.S. banking laws all raise serious question about whether the bank’s reported reviews of the trading scheme and Trump’s financial ties to Russia were completely thorough,” they wrote.The letter was signed by the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and four other Democrats. Majority Republicans did not participate in the request for Deutsche Bank, and the bank did not provide the committee with any information. Mueller’s law enforcement powers may mean he gets a different result.Opponents and some reports have suggested that Trump’s businesses are the terminus for billions of dollars in illicit money, funneled out of Russia or the East through intermediaries and into properties connected with the Trump real estate empire. Mueller’s subpoena to Deutsche Bank may be aimed at exploring those claims.The president and his family members deny the charges strenuously; Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is expected to repeat those claims on Wednesday when he appears behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington. Kushner also flatly denied Russian financial connections when he talked with members of Congress this fall.“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” Kushner said. “I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent.”Mueller has already charged two people in the Russia matter with money laundering: former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates. Mueller’s prosecutors say they hid millions of dollars in payments from overseas. J. Scott Applewhite/APSpecial counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting in June with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. There are two bipartisan proposals aimed at making sure he is not fired from that post. Sharelast_img read more

Fortnite World Cup Finals Will Have a Massive 30 Million Prize Pool

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion Get ready to fight off the zombies and dance it out: The Fortnite World Cup Finals are coming this summer and $30,000,000 is available for competing players.On Friday, Epic Games, Fortnite’s developer, announced the e-sports event, which will host a final tournament at an undisclosed location in New York City from July 26 to July 28. The competition, which has a ridiculously large prize pool, will host the top 100 Solo players and the top 50 Duos teams from around the world. Each of these players will be guaranteed at least $50,000 and the best individual champion will receive $3,000,000.Your road to the #FortniteWorldCup starts April 13!Learn more in our blog:https://t.co/GOlEAKuote— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) February 22, 2019AdChoices广告From April 13 to June 16, the Fortnite World Cup will hold a qualifying process for eligible Battle Royale players. During this time, Epic Games will host 10 online qualifying tournaments, which each have a $1,000,000 prize pool that will be “broadly handed out” to winners. Fortnite players must be 13-years-old and up to participate in the pre-qualifying tournaments and Fortnite World Cup Finals.Last year, Epic Games announced the Fortnite World Cup and said it would allocate $100 million to e-sports events, The Verge reported. Over the past 12 months, Epic Games has experimented with different types of formats for the game and introduced new competitive features, such as in-game tournaments, for players.Visit Epic Games’ website and Fortnite’s Twitter for more updates on the upcoming Fortnite World Cup.More on Geek.com:Epic Sues the Fyre Fest of ‘Fortnite’ Parties ‘Carlton Dance’ Too Simple for ‘Fortnite’ Lawsuit‘Fortnite’ Account Merging Brings Us Closer to Cross-Play Paradise Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | April 16, 2012 Piramal to Acquire Worldwide Molecular Imaging Portfolio of Bayer News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more April 16, 2012 — Piramal Healthcare Ltd. has signed an agreement to acquire worldwide rights to the molecular imaging research and development portfolio of Bayer Pharma AG through its newly created subsidiary, Piramal Imaging SA. The portfolio includes rights to florbetaben, which is in the final stages of its Phase III clinical trials. First Phase III results will be presented April 25, 2012, at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.Florbetaben is a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for the detection of beta-amyloid plaque deposition in the brain, which is the pathological hallmark of disease in probable Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients. Detection of beta-amyloid depositions is expected to result in earlier diagnosis and more specific treatment of AD.The Phase III trial showed that PET imaging with florbetaben reliably detects beta-amyloid in the brain during life with great accuracy, thus showing value as a potential tool to aid in the diagnosis and assessment of AD. All study endpoints were met. The visual assessment procedure proposed for routine clinical practice demonstrated 100 percent sensitivity and 92 percent specificity with excellent inter-reader agreement (kappa = 0.88).”This is the second acquisition of late stage assets after our acquisition of assets of BioSyntech in 2011, where we have recently received the European CE mark approval for an innovative bio-orthopedic product for cartilage repair, BST-CarGel, which enables the company to commercialize BST-CarGel in all of the countries in the European Union. We plan to build a promising portfolio in the pharma space, including our newly acquired molecular imaging assets, which will help us create a global branded pharma business,” said Ajay Piramal, chairman of Piramal Group.As per the agreement, Piramal will have the intellectual property (including patents, trademarks and know-how), worldwide development, marketing and distribution rights of the lead compound florbetaben as well as other clinical and pre-clinical assets of Bayer’s molecular imaging business.Piramal estimates that the new class of PET imaging agents for AD has a global market potential of up to $1.5 billion and is setting up a dedicated global commercial team for florbetaben. Core members of Bayer’s research and development team working on the portfolio will be joining Piramal Imaging, which will carry forward the development of florbetaben and take it through regulatory approval processes worldwide. Piramal is planning to file for regulatory approvals in 2012.Historically, the only way to definitively diagnose AD has been after death at autopsy, through analysis and identification of beta-amyloid in brain tissue. The Phase III trial employed a unique and rigorous study design comparing in vivo brain PET imaging with florbetaben to postmortem analysis of brain tissue.”This is not only an important milestone for florbetaben, but it also marks an important milestone for our company,” said Swati A. Piramal, director, Piramal Healthcare Ltd. “The creation of Piramal Imaging allows us to pursue our mission to increase diagnostic accuracy of serious medical conditions for improved patient outcomes.”The trial is the first to overlay MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET data to accurately match florbetaben gray matter uptake with disease in six defined regions of the brain. This was done to confirm that florbetaben binds to beta-amyloid on both a regional (brain sections) and subject (whole brain) level. This combination provides considerably more data points than any other beta-amyloid tracer trial to date. Based on a region-by-region comparison, florbetaben detected beta-amyloid with a sensitivity of 77 percent and a specificity of 94 percent with substantial inter-reader agreement (kappa = 0.66), significantly exceeding the pre-specified threshold, confirming the study hypotheses.For more information: www.piramalhealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more last_img read more

US stocks open higher breaking a weeklong losing streak

first_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Energy stocks rose more than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed again. Chevron rose the most in the Dow.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose as high as 2.49 percent, its highest level of the year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher, breaking a weeklong slump.Johnson Controls jumped 4 percent early Wednesday after the company said it was considering a sale of its automotive business.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 101 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,866. The Dow turned positive for the year.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,092. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,035. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Honolulu Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgHonolulu, Hawaii – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe luxe lifestyle hotel Waikiki EDITION opened in Oahu in October 2010, and brand-new to 2011 is their Surf and Bikini Boot Camp, promising a unique blend of fitness, wellness and luxury. Designed by an expert team of pro-surfers, naturalists, yogis and personal trainers, the camp is a perfect retreat for ocean- and exercise-loving adventure seekers.During this four-day, all-inclusive boot camp, you’ll engage in vigorous physical activity, experience rejuvenating spa therapies and explore the many natural wonders Oahu has to offer. Almost synonymous with Hawaii, surfing is a sport that offers a truly full-body workout and develops strength, control and an intimate understanding of nature’s rhythms. In addition to surfing, you’ll hike, kayak, run, do yoga, snorkel and of course, spa.The program can be customized to your individual fitness goals, as well as to different ages and physical abilities. Over the course of the four days, you’ll focus on the wellbeing of both mind and body and dine on delicious, nutritious and calorie-sensitive cuisine.The boot camp’s premiere ran from January 13 to 16, and additional sessions are scheduled for February 17 to 20, March 23 to 26, April 27 to 30, May 26 to 29 and June 22 to 25, 2011. Prices are $775 per day for single occupancy and $1220 per day for double occupancy.Visit www.editionhotels.com for more information.last_img read more