The Latest UKGerman companies arent ready for Brexit

LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local):11:10 a.m.A survey of German companies’ subsidiaries in Britain and British firms’ subsidiaries in Germany has found that nearly half the companies aren’t prepared for Brexit.The survey of 101 firms, conducted in December and January and released Thursday, showed that 47 per cent hadn’t carried out a Brexit risk assessment. It was conducted by auditor KPMG and the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany.It showed a wide variety of expectations for the outcome of the Brexit impasse. KPMG’s Andreas Glunz said that “when all scenarios are possible, a company can’t prepare for all scenarios simultaneously.”Thirteen per cent of respondents said that, if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, they would move some or all of their business from the U.K. to Germany, and a further 10 per cent planned to move business from Britain to another EU country. None planned to move business to Britain.___9:05 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a final effort to save her European Union withdrawal deal after her promise to quit failed to win over lawmakers from Northern Ireland.May pledged Wednesday night that she would stand down if the deal were approved, in hopes of blunting opposition from lawmakers who have criticized her leadership. While some opponents, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, quickly said they would back May’s deal, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said it remained opposed because of concerns it treats the province differently from other parts of the U.K.Parliament later rejected eight alternatives in a series of “indicative votes.”Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay said the outcome showed May’s deal was “the best option” as he appealed for lawmakers to support the agreement.The Associated Press read more

With final elections results announced UN hails Iraqi vote as immense success

“We congratulate them for it,” Carlos Valenzuela told a news conference after the Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq (IECI) announced the final stage of an electoral process in which the UN played an advisory and technical role.The announcement came a day after the Security Council called for inclusiveness and transparency in the next stages of the war-torn country’s transition, including the writing of a new constitution, after large numbers of Sunni Arabs, who form about 20 per cent of the population, stayed away from the 30 January poll and thus will be largely unrepresented in the just-elected transitional National Assembly.The Council pledged full UN support for a federal, democratic, pluralist and unified Iraq as the new legislators face the challenges of writing the constitution and holding new elections for a permanent assembly and government by the end of the year. read more

Yemen humanitarian pause a lifeline for civilians trapped by fighting – top

The humanitarian pause was announced by the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia and the United States Secretary of State on behalf of the coalition, said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Valerie Amos, expressing hope that that reports of agreement to the halt in fighting by the Houthis are accurate.“Given the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground in Yemen with hundreds of thousands of vulnerable civilians trapped in the middle of fighting and unable to access lifesaving aid it is essential that this pause materialise,” Ms. Amos added. If the pause in fighting, scheduled to commence on 12 May, is implemented by all parties to the conflict it will enable the UN and partners to scale up operations.“We could deliver more emergency food rations, provide medical care for the sick and injured and ensure clean water supplies for homes and hospitals. We need security guarantees and logistical support to enable us to do this,” she added. Ms. Amos called on all those engaged in the conflict to stop the fighting and bombing and give the people of Yemen respite. “It is vital that all parties respect their obligations to protect civilians under International Humanitarian law. A pause to allow aid in and people to flee to safety would be a lifeline,” she said. In a separate statement from the WFP, its country director in Yemen, Purnima Kashyap, called the delivery of fuel and supplies a “breakthrough” that will allow us to reach hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent food assistance. “More fuel and food shipments are expected in the next few days,” she added. WFP has reached more than 1 million people in Yemen in the past three weeks amid growing conflict that has increased hunger. Before the upsurge in fighting in Yemen began in March, WFP was regularly assisting nearly four million vulnerable people in the country. The agency says it needs one million litres of fuel per month in Yemen and around $43 million each month to reach its target of feeding some 2.5 million people over the next three months.In 2014, a WFP food security survey found that 10.6 million people – 41 percent of the population – were food insecure with more than five million people severely food insecure – in need of food assistance. The current conflict will exacerbate the precarious food security situation because the country imports more than 90 percent of its food needs. read more

Womens Hockey No 8 Ohio State shuts out No 9 Robert Morris

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve stares down a rolling puck against St. Cloud State on Feb. 4 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (14-5-4, 8-2-4 WCHA) opened a two-game home series against the Robert Morris Colonials (12-5-3, 6-2-2 CHA) with a 5-0 shutout victory Friday night at OSU Ice Rink.Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve stopped all 34 shots that came her way, claiming her seventh shutout of the season.Sophomore forward Rebecca Freiburger opened up the scoring frenzy for the Buckeyes seven minutes into the game, with assists from junior forward Grace Zarzecki and senior defenseman Liv Halvorson. The goal was Freiburger’s third of the season.With less than two minutes left in the opening period, freshman forward Tatum Skaggs gave Ohio State a two-goal cushion and scored her first goal of the game off assists from senior forward Julianna Iafallo and junior defenseman Lauren Boyle, sending the Buckeyes into the second period with a 2-0 lead.Sauve said while crucial for the team to get an early lead, it didn’t mean the Buckeyes could play less aggressively.“It’s just one of those things where no matter what the circumstances, you have to battle and work hard,” Sauve said. “Whether you’re down one or up one, the whole team has to come together and play as one.”The Buckeyes entered the second period eager to give their lead some insurance. Freshman forward Emma Maltais was quick to answer Sauve’s desire for more goals and scored one minute into play. The goal was her ninth of the season.Skaggs found the back of the net again less than three minutes later, scoring her 15th goal of the season and increasing the Buckeyes’ lead to four. Head coach Nadine Muzerall said it was important for the team to remain level-headed in order to maintain the lead in the third period.“We’re really big on just maintaining the composure,” Muzerall said. “We say sometimes, ‘Put a stick of gum in your mouth and just relax.’ We got that from one of the parents… and I loved it because it’s just saying, ‘Relax. You know what to do.’”Junior forward Maddy Field scored the Buckeyes’ fifth goal 38 seconds into the third period to give the home team a 5-0 lead, which it would hold for the remainder of the game. Despite having three power plays in the third period, one of them being a three-versus-five advantage, the Colonials’ efforts weren’t enough to get the puck in the back of Ohio State’s net. The Buckeyes skated away from the game with their 14th win of the season.Ohio State will have the chance to sweep the weekend series Saturday, something it has not done since mid-November.“I think the challenging piece is to repeat and see if you can do what you did all over again, because that’s the hardest part, “Muzerall said. “It’s always harder on Saturday than it is on Friday.”The Buckeyes and the Colonials will conclude the two-game series at 3:07 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

SMU And Louisville Are Two Of The Best Teams Ever Banned From

2016Louisville238+19.65 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESRATING 2003Georgia198+18.94 2016SMU255+19.65 SMU and Louisville are among the best teams to be banned 1992UNLV262+20.74 Any shining moments for Louisville and Southern Methodist will come and go before the NCAA Tournament begins. Although the Cardinals and Mustangs each rank among the nation’s top 20 teams according to Ken Pomeroy and others, both were barred from the 2016 postseason amid scandal.(SMU’s ban, for academic fraud, came from the NCAA; Louisville banned itself in an attempt to avoid harsher sentencing when the NCAA finishes investigating allegations that the team used strippers and prostitutes in its recruiting efforts.)By the numbers, these are two of the best teams ever to be banished from postseason play. Since the NCAA tourney expanded its field to 64 teams in 1984-85, only one banned team has had a better statistical profile, the 1991-92 Runnin’ Rebels from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (We used adjusted differential between offensive and defensive Pomeroy ratings for seasons since 2001 and estimated the differential for earlier teams using Daniel Myers’s research on schedule-adjusted historical team ratings.) 1991Kentucky226+18.87 Sources:, Daniel Myers, Sports Reference That UNLV squad wasn’t at quite the same level as the version that went 69-6 over the previous two years under the leadership of future NBA talent such as Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony. But its best player was J.R. Rider, a future NBA 20 PPG scorer,1Granted, also a chucker and anti-glue guy. and a few of his teammates had brief stints in the pros. Louisville and SMU, by contrast, each carry only one top-100 NBA prospect apiece — Chinanu Onuaku (No. 56) and Shake Milton (No. 87), respectively — and even those guys are at the fringes of the mock draft universe. (The Cardinals’ fifth-year senior transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis may eventually get a shot at the NBA but are by no means locks.) Rick Pitino and Larry Brown can punch weight with the towel-chomping Jerry Tarkanian, but in terms of record, efficiency and roster, the ’92 Rebels were probably the best of the three.Still, it’s a relatively close contest. And let’s emphasize again that two of the top three banned squads in recent memory both hail from the 2015-16 season. In what seems destined to be a wide-open NCAA field this year, the Mustangs and Cardinals could have seized upon that opportunity and produced deep tournament runs. But by running afoul of the NCAA, they’re here instead, hypothetically runnin’ with the ’92 Rebels rather than taking the court against present-day teams in the real-life tourney. read more

Cage asked to remove video over claims womans delivery room was raided

A human rights organisation has been ordered to remove a “deliberately misleading” online film in which a Muslim woman claims she was “raided” by counter-terrorism officers moments after giving birth. The controversial group, Cage, has used the highly emotive video to suggest the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, is leading to children unfairly being removed from Muslim families wrongly thought to be radicalising their sons and daughters. In a three minute 35 second clip, the woman, who wears a niqab and uses the fake name Sister Maryam, weeps as she says she was targeted while she still had blood on her legs at a London hospital delivery room. After urging people to donate money…

Possible gold recovery on a working farm

first_imgHaber, Inc, with proprietary technologies in the separations sciences and environmentally friendly processing of gold bearing ores, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Rosewood, a private California company. Rosewood operates an agriculturally-based sustainable farm on which there are significant gold deposits.  The companies have jointly formed Organic Gold, a Nevada limited liability company. The agreement calls for all minerals to be exclusively processed by Haber in a Nevada-based plant, using its green gold processing technology.  Great Plains Capital Partners, in Wyoming, will provide project funding.The JV’s purpose will be twofold, Rosewood will produce agricultural products and extract minerals from the property which will then be processed in the Haber operated Nevada processing plant using Haber’s proprietary green extraction technology capable of efficiencies in the high 90% range on complex ores, the company claims. The agricultural products grown on the property will add additional income to Organic.  The plant and all future Haber mineral projects will be supported by a new East Coast laboratory which will also be funded by Capital Partners.In announcing the agreement today, Albert B. Conti, CEO of Haber said he was extremely gratified to be teaming with Rosewood. “Our project is the perfect marriage of the special offerings of the agricultural products and existing minerals on the Rosewood property and Haber’s green environmentally friendly processing technology.  I look forward to this unique union with high profit potential and a responsible commitment to sustainable and environmental concerns.”Conti further stated that the project allows Haber the opportunity to prove the efficacy of its technology in processing complex ores while at the same time generating revenues from a commercial facility. “Inferred resource estimates approximate a million ounces on the main strike feature alone.  Sub-parallel and cross-cutting features represent excellent potential for multiple mineralised zones and areas of increased ore grades above the average run of the mine.  This mineral resource, coupled with Haber’s high efficiency process will combine to make this project a high profitability opportunity.  Meanwhile, the Nevada processing plant will also serve as a base model and training centre for other processing teams that can be employed elsewhere in support of our anticipated global operations.”last_img read more

Ohio kidnapped women were bound and chained

first_imgCurrently, today, we are interviewing the suspects that were arrested here the night before last. They are talking.Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were freed from a home on Cleveland’s Seymour Avenue on Monday, around ten years after they had each disappeared in separate incidents.Berry has a six-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, born while she was in captivity.The occupant of the home in which the missing women were found, a 52-year-old former school bus driver of Puerto Rican origin called Ariel Castro, has been detained along with his brothers Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50.Family reunionBerry arrived at her sister’s home on Wednesday in an SUV with a police motorcycle escort to be welcomed by a verandah bedecked with balloons and messages of support and by a huge phalanx of news reportersHer sister Beth Serrano emerged to make a brief statement.Beth Serrano, Amanda Berry’s sister, speaks to the media today after Berry arrived home. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)“I want to thank the public and media for their support and courage over the years. At this time our family would request privacy so my sister and niece and I can have time to recover,” she told a thicket of microphones and lenses.“We appreciate all you have done for us throughout the past ten years. Please respect our privacy until we are ready to make our statements. And thank you,” she added, before breaking down in tears.The crowd broke into applause when Serrano walked out and one woman gasped “Oh, that poor girl” as she was surrounded by cameras.“It was overwhelming,” said 30-year-old Kim Szypulski as she rocked a stroller holding her 18-month-old son, adding that she lives in the neighborhood and often drives past the family’s “missing” poster.Neighbours and friends wait for Amanda Berry’s arrival at her sister’s home today (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Neighbors have expressed shock that the young women — long feared dead — could have been held for so many years in an unassuming home belonging to a man who never raised any suspicions in the working class neighborhood.The three were rescued after Berry managed to alert a neighbor, who broke down the door to free her and her daughter.“I’m glad to be back”Police responding to her desperate 911 emergency call found two more women in the detached home, a white-sided two-story detached property with American and Puerto Rican flags on the porch.Berry’s grandmother Fern Gentry spoke to the once-missing teen by phone from Tennessee in a call broadcast by a local ABC News affiliate.“I’m glad to have you back,” Gentry said.“I’m glad to be back,” Berry said, in the first publicly released recording of her voice since the panicked 911 call after her escape.“I thought you were gone,” the grandmother said.“Nope, I’m here.”Undated photographs of Amanda Berry (left) and Gina DeJesus (AP Photo/FBI)Berry was last seen on April 21, 2003, when she left work at a fast food restaurant just a few blocks from her home.DeJesus was 14 when she vanished while walking home from school on April 2, 2004. Knight, who was 20 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a cousin’s house on August 23, 2002.Some reports have questioned how the police could have missed signs of the kidnapping for so long, but McGrath insisted that he was absolutely confident that his officers had not missed a chance for an earlier rescue.Cleveland Police chief Michael McGrath answers questions about the case (AP Photo/Jason Miller)- © AFP, 2013Read: Questions raised over how Ohio kidnap was hidden for 10 years > Read: Neighbours ‘saw naked woman crawling’ in back garden of Ohio kidnap house >Read: How Cleveland kidnap hero Charles Ramsey became an internet sensation > US POLICE CONTINUED to interrogate three brothers today as grim details began to emerge about how three young Ohio women were kidnapped and held captive for 10 years in an unremarkable city home.Cleveland police chief Michael McGrath said he expected the trio, a group of men in their fifties, to be charged later in the day, after a crime that left many wondering how it could have gone undetected for so long.“We have confirmation they were bound and there were chains and ropes in the hall,” McGrath told NBC television’s Today Show, near the home in a working class district of Cleveland from which the women were rescued on Monday.He said that until interviews with the victims are complete it will not be possible to describe in detail how they were treated, and said he could not confirm reports that the captives had had multiple pregnancies.McGrath said the captives had been allowed outside “very rarely.”Onil Castro, Ariel Castro and Pedro Castro (Photo: AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department)“They were released out in the backyard once in a while I believe,” he said. “Their physical wellbeing was very good considering the circumstances.”last_img read more

Apple set to adopt Light Peak highspeed connection under new name

first_imgApple is gearing up to announce details of its latest high-speed connection technology. Intel has been working on said technology for years and call it Light Peak.Light Peak was designed as a replacement connector technology by allowing the wealth of cables and connectors that are used to connect monitors, scanners, printers and external hard drives to be consolidated into one single connector. The initial version will use copper as opposed to rumored light-based technologies.Apple is set to adopt the above technology and change the name. But it seems that other companies will be keen to make the switch too, such as Sony. It’s not hard to see why as Light Peak technology is faster than the current USB 3 standard as it can transmit bi-directional data at 10 Gb/s (compare this to USB 3’s peak theoretical speed of 4.8 Gb/s).Translating this into the real world, the Light Peak technology will allow you to move large amounts of data very quickly, so full-length movies could be transferred between devices in seconds.The one question that remains is which Apple product will get the new connector first? Could it be the MacBook Pro?Read more at CNETlast_img read more

Rental DVDs modified to give off pizza smell as they play

first_imgUsually when you sit down to watch a movie you already have drinks and food prepared to eat. But Domino’s Pizza has decided to tempt those of us who are less organized into ordering a pizza with a slight modification to the upper surface of DVDs.As part of a marketing campaign in Brazil, Domino’s teamed up with advertising agency Artplan Sao Paulo to distribute enhanced DVDs to 10 movie rental stores in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The DVDs carry relatively new movies including Argo, The Dark Knight, and Skyfall, but have also been coated with a thermal ink and a flavored varnish.As a DVD plays in a player it heats up, and in this case both the ink and varnish react. The varnish start emitting the smell it contains, in this case freshly baked pizza, and the ink changes to reveal a new image. The end result is your TV room smells of pizza, and when you remove the disc the once blank surface will now look like the top of a pizza. It also carries a message suggesting the next movie be accompanied by a real pizza.While it’s a nice marketing idea, in practice I bet this would just end up annoying the customer. Making a room smell like pizza when you aren’t eating it, or trying to enjoy some other snack like popcorn, isn’t great. And that’s why I think this will remain just a marketing exercise and not an accepted way to add advertising to rental discs. On top of that, I’m pretty sure the ink and varnish would need to be reapplied after every rental, making this an expensive endeavor.last_img read more

Two young men charged over burglaries in Offaly

first_img Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:29 AM Jan 31st 2017, 7:29 AM Image: Two young men charged over burglaries in Offaly Gardaí carried out a number of planned searches at residential properties in the Birr area yesterday. By Órla Ryan No Comments Share9 Tweet Email2 TWO MEN, AGED 18 and 19, have been charged in connection with investigations into burglaries and related offences that occurred in the County Offaly area.They have both been released from garda custody and are due to appear before Tullamore District Court on Wednesday, 15 February at 10.30am.As part of Operation Thor, local gardaí carried out a number of planned searches at residential properties in the Birr area yesterday in connection with ongoing investigations into burglaries and rural crime.The two men were arrested and detained at Birr Garda Station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Thief who attacked pensioner with hammer jailed for five years 12,928 Views Image: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Flanagan thanks teammates after Europa League flop

first_imgRangers Football Club’s Jon Flanagan has thanked his teammates after he picked up a red card which reduced the team to nine men in their UEFA Europa League tie against FC Ufa.The Scottish club came into the tie with a 1-0 aggregate lead after winning the first leg at home at the Ibrox.Rangers got off to the best possible start at the Stadion Neftyanik when Ovie Ojaria, on loan from Liverpool, opened the scoring in the ninth minute.Ufa equalised in the 32nd minute when Dmitry Sysuev sprung the offside trap to beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor and while the Russian Premier League side were camped out in the Rangers half for the majority of the second half they could not find the two goals they needed to advance.2019/20 Europa League group stage draw in full Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 The 2019/20 Europa League group stages have been set, with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, AS Roma and Sevilla all in the mix.Rangers striker Morelos received two yellow cards within seconds of each other for kicking the ball away and dissent eight minutes before the break, while Flanagan, booked in the first half, was then dismissed after an aerial challenge left his opponent crumpled in a heap.The Russian club launched wave after wave of attacks on the Rangers goal but could not breach their defence and the Scottish side clung on until the final whistle.“We apologise to the fans and to our team mates — they have done incredibly well and have got us out of jail,” Flanagan, who joined the club on a free transfer in the close season, told RangersTV, as quoted by Reuters.“I’m personally disappointed at letting my team mates down, but the main aim here was to come and get to the group stages.”last_img read more

Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jul 2015 – The Bahamas will see an extraordinary event today as for only the second time in history, the Bahamas Cabinet will meet outside of the capital, Nassau and move government business to Freeport. The Bahamas Cabinet has on its agenda discussions on the future growth and development of the Grand Bahama economy and will review the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Tax Exemption Amendment Bill 2015. Prime Minister Perry Christie in the House of Assembly last week announced that a high level dialogue and negotiations with the executives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), Hutchison Whampoa, and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee would happen. This historic Cabinet meeting in Freeport will take place at the Harold DeGregory Complex on East Mall Drive at 10:00 a.m. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, cabinet meeting, Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), Harold DeGregory Complex, Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee, Hutchison Whampoalast_img read more

Flames damage Burtonarea home no one injured

first_imgA house in Vancouver’s Burton area was heavily damaged Friday evening in a blaze that sent up a plume of black smoke visible from more than a mile away.The fire, which caused an estimated $210,000 damage, was caused by a firework device that a man lit outside, said Jim Flaherty, firefighter-spokesman with the Vancouver Fire Department. It ricocheted into the open garage and ignited combustibles inside.Firefighters were called to 11401 N.E. 23rd St. at 6:32 p.m. Many witnesses had called 911.The first crews arrived in seven minutes to find flames flaring from the garage and spreading into the home. Four occupants had made it outside safely with two of their dogs. A third dog died and a cat hadn’t been found, Flaherty said later.Firefighters streamed water on the flames from outside, then went inside. They had the fire under control at 6:55 p.m. The home was significantly damaged by fire and smoke.No humans were reported injured, but the four occupants were displaced by the damage. Firefighters called for Red Cross volunteers to come to the scene and help the occupants with temporary lodging and other needs, Flaherty said.last_img read more

4port universal travel adapter Just 1199

first_imgCharge all the things, whatever country you visit. Ougrand One thing I learned during my recent trip abroad: You can’t have too many plug adapters. You and the missus each need one for your side of the bed. The kids each need one. And don’t forget plugs for things like curling irons and the Chromecast you cleverly packed as well.Read more: How to travel this summer without taking vacation daysThankfully, you don’t need to spend $20 or more per plug — not with this deal. For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Ougrand Universal Travel Adapter is just $11.99 with promo code G9B9NSS4. Regular price: $22. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Update: Ugh, this deal was all kinds of trouble. First the price jumped up a bit, then it seemed to sell out very quickly. This despite the seller telling me there were over 700 available.See it at AmazonThe plug provides a pass-through AC outlet for Australia, the EU, the UK and the US. It also serves up four “smart” USB ports: three Type-A and one Type-C.I like the bright green color, which I think makes it less likely to overlook when you’re packing up to go home (or on to the next country).The adapter scored a 4.5-star average rating from over 200 buyers, and both Fakespot and ReviewMeta give those ratings a passing grade.Bottom line: If you’re lucky enough to be traveling abroad, you’ll be glad to have a few of these along. In fact, if you buy more than one, you get added savings. Total price for four plugs, for example: $41.58, which works out to just $10.39 each. When traveling this summer, protect your home with tech Share your voice Mobile Accessories 0:56 The Cheapskate Commentscenter_img 17 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Stake sale process of debtridden Jet Airways delayed as banks awaits RBI

first_img Close The experts are recommending adequate caution to avoid legal conflict in the future. In a report, brokerage firm SBI Caps highlighted, “Resolution plan that involves debt to equity conversion of listed companies like Jet Airways could witness a high risk of litigation. As the RBI circular stands struck down, resolution plan that involved equity conversion could be subject to extended litigation by existing sponsors as well as shareholders.” Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25% In picture: A Jet Airways aircraft in Leh. [Representational image]Twitter/Jet AirwaysFinancially struggling Jet Airways’ stake sale process may have to wait due to the lack of clarity after the Supreme court struck down the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) February 12, 2018, circular. As per February 12 circular, banks having a negative book value were allowed to allot shares at Re 1. People privy to the development said banks were still expecting the RBI to clear the air pertaining to debt-equity conversion at Re 1. Due to this, the scheduled process of bidding on Saturday could not take off.A bank-executive said, “All legal approvals from the RBI need to be in place including examination of the issue of debt to equity conversion. Unless legal work is done, the bid document cannot be issued.” Notably, the consortium of lenders had said that the expression of interest (EoIs) from bidders would be invited on April 6. The deadline for receiving the bids was set 4 days after opening the bids. Financial daily, Business Standard reported that final date for submission of bids will also be extended as the process has been deferred. “Whenever the EoI is published, four days will be given to interested parties to respond,” the official further added. An IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileIn a bid to turnaround the fortunes of beleaguered airline, Jet Airways board had decided a plan as per which the consortium of lenders, led by State Bank of India (SBI) would take over the airline’s debt and convert it into 114 million shares for just Re 1. The step would mean the consortium holding 50.1 per cent shares in the company.It is to be noted that any delays would further hamper the financial condition of Jet Airways which is flying only one-fifth of its original fleet. The Airline is under humongous pressure from all its stakeholders. The airline’s creditors, including its lessors, have threatened to de-register more planes while the oil marketing companies (OMCs) have started to suspend fuel supplies to the cash strapped airline due to non-payment of their dues. In fact, Indian Oil Corporation had shut the supply on Friday for more than two hours and it was only after the government’s intervention the supply was restored. The pilots have also threatened to go on strike if they are not paid their dues. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Warren Williamson among candidates at historic Native American presidential forum

first_img We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The largest presidential election forum focused on the concerns of Native Americans drew several leading Democratic presidential candidates in its first day, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum — named for the late Winnebago activist — is hosted by Native American voting rights group Four Directions and the Native Organizers Alliance.A panel of tribal leaders, tribal citizens and Native American youth presented questions to each of the presidential candidates who appeared Monday (Aug. 19) at the two-day forum. A total of 11 candidates are expected to attend the forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, either in person or via video.O.J. Semans, co-executive director of Four Directions, introduced the forum as “Indian Country 101 for America,” which included discussions of issues informed by indigenous spirituality.Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance, referenced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s action to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota in her opening remarks. That action was sustained by a belief in the sacredness of the land and a spiritual responsibility to protect the water that ran through it.“We are moving on a continuum from protest to power,” LeBlanc said.“Standing Rock interrupted the narrative, and when we left Standing Rock, we went back to our cities and our reservations to organize.”RELATED: The ‘Splainer: The ‘spiritual battle’ over the Dakota Access pipelineWarren’s appearance at the forum was highly anticipated, in part because of controversy surrounding her claim to Cherokee ancestry. Cherokee writer and activist Rebecca Nagle and other activists have taken issue with the claim. Meanwhile, President Trump has regularly mocked Warren by referring to her as “Pocahontas” — a remark many indigenous people also see as racist.Warren appeared to address the controversy in her opening remarks.Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, on Aug. 19, 2019. Video screengrab“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” she said. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together.”Warren was later pressed on pipelines that threaten sites indigenous people consider sacred.“I will revoke the permit for the pipelines,” she said to cheers and applause. “It shouldn’t have been granted in the first place.”She also insisted on the importance of tribal sovereignty.“Tribal governments are the ones who control what happens on tribal lands,” she said. “That’s what it means. A government-to-government relation.”RELATED: Denominations repent for Native American land grabsThe first question asked at the forum — to presidential candidate and spiritual author Marianne Williamson — referred to the Doctrine of Discovery, which gave theological justification to European conquest of Indigenous peoples and land.Williamson addressed the panel “in the spirit of prayerfulness that was already invoked at this event.”Her remarks addressing the United States’ history of unjust treatment of Native Americans also were couched in spiritual language, calling on the country to “atone” and “reconcile with a horrific chapter of our past.”When asked whether she would protect lands indigenous people deem sacred, the candidate insisted she “will not compromise” with corporations who unfairly encroach on such lands.“Their time is over,” she said.RELATED: The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonPresidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock are also slated to address the forum on Monday.Sen. Bernie Sanders; former housing secretary Julián Castro; Navajo pastor, speaker and author Mark Charles; former Rep. John Delaney and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to speak Tuesday. Sen. Kamala Harris and former Rep. Joe Sestak reportedly are late additions to the line-up, according to Indian Country Today. As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Letter: Nationalism is anathema to Christian faith Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names Tags2020 campaign 2020 election 2020 presidential election election 2020 Elizabeth Warren Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum homepage featured Marianne Williamson Native American spirituality politics Top Story,You may also like Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

State adopts new tech to strengthen power distribution system

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has started using a new technology for strengthening the power distribution system with special emphasis on quick identification of faults in electricity supply lines. “We have started using SEEDN technology, which enables us to locate the exact area of the fault as we start moving from the substation located in a particular area, from where the fault has been reported. The technology is equipped with a fault passage indicator, which helps in quick location of the electric pole, where there has been a problem,” state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsEarlier, engineers from the Power department had to travel long distances and check every single pole to identify the exact place of the fault. The department has already installed this technology in 50 feeder boxes across the state.It has been found that due to frequent thundershowers in recent times, there have been frequent power faults and the engineers from the Power department has addressed the situation in no time by the use of this modern technology. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Apart from the inclement weather resulting in power disturbances, overdrawing of power by illegal means have also resulted in power cut,” a senior official of the department said. The department, with the objective of sustainable and uninterrupted power connection, has taken up a project of underground cable system for power supply in 77 urban townships across the state. The department has successfully completed laying of such underground cables for electricity at Nabadwip in Nadia district and Bolpur in Birbhum.”We have targetted to complete the underground power supply project by 2025. We will be taking up an average of 11 urban townships a year for installing this facility. This will help us achieve our aim of laying underground power supply infrastructure for 77 such townships in the state,” an official said. Overhead power supply is often affected when there are inclement weather conditions, like a storm or heavy rainfall. “Apart from this, there is rampant power theft due to hooking, which results in loss for the department. Underground power connection will make the situation much better,” a senior official of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL), which is implementing the project said.last_img read more

read more

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Varian offers the Eclipse treatment planning system.With the precision afforded by today’s radiation therapy delivery systems, treatment planning software that helps direct the process must keep pace. The treatment planning system provides a 3-D view of the tumor that facilitates decisions about treatment options and helps the clinical team develop the best possible plan. They are a means to achieving the end goal for the patient — perfectly targeted, appropriate dose.Computed tomography (CT) images are at the heart of most treatment planning, according to recent research by IMV Medical Information Division.1 The IMV report says 98 percent of treatment plans use CT images, 12 percent use magnetic resonance (MR) images and 12 percent use positron emission tomography (PET) images. The report notes that the use of CT for simulation has displaced X-ray simulators; CT simulators represent nearly three-quarters of the current simulator installed base.The challenge, as treatment delivery and planning become more complex, is to make the process as efficient as possible and maintain a desirable level of productivity. Developers of treatment planning systems are striving to reduce the time it takes to do a plan, even for complex techniques like intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Since usage of these techniques is likely to grow in the future, gaining efficiencies will continue to be important.As an example, neurosurgeon Jason Andrew Weaver, M.D., talked about the use of SRS in his field, saying, “The ability to treat a vertebral body tumor using stereotactic radiosurgery has drastically changed the field of spinal oncology. We can use stereotactic radiosurgery to treat many spinal tumors that would otherwise have required an invasive operation.”Weaver, who is with the Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Memphis, Tenn., conducted a workshop on image-guided radiosurgery at the recent annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He demonstrated the use of Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning software at the workshop.In England, where St. James University Hospital uses Elekta’s Monaco treatment planning system for VMAT, clinicians have been able to reduce planning times, facilitating use of this therapy for more patients.“Our referral rate for radiation therapy is expanding by more than 7 percent annually,” said Vivian Cosgrove, Ph.D., head of radiotherapy physics. “We see VMAT as a key way to manage that growth. If we can plan complex radiotherapy quickly and deliver treatment more efficiently with VMAT, then we can treat more patients and derive more benefit from our existing fleet of treatment machines.”New Features, SystemsSince the beginning of the year, there have been a few new features introduced, as follows:• In January, Varian received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 501(k) clearance for a new tool designed to work with its Eclipse treatment planning software to reduce the amount of time needed for contouring when planning advanced treatments. It combines two techniques: Smart Segmentation analyzes anatomical images, drawing on information about human anatomy to identify and outline organs and other structures; and Knowledge-Based Contouring, which allows the clinician to start the planning process by drawing on a library of pre-contoured images that have important anatomical structures already outlined. The clinician follows a special process for matching the pre-contoured images with those of the patient to create the desired contours.This can be used to create treatment plans for external beam or brachytherapy treatments.• Also in January, RaySearch Laboratories’ version 2.5 RayStation treatment planning system was released for clinical use in Europe and the United States. It includes optimization algorithms for VMAT, IMRT and 3-D conformal radiation therapy (CRT). It features improvements to the multi-criteria optimization (MCO) tool that lets the clinician evaluate the impact of changing different treatment priorities in real-time, which can speed up the treatment planning optimization process.• At the recent European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) show, Philips Healthcare introduced its Pinnacle³ auto-segmentation with SPICE, a software module that provides automatic quality segmentations through probabilistic image contouring of the target and critical structures. SPICE uses a new probabilistic technique that allows for the variability of anatomy based on tissue type; faster results are achieved using a sampling algorithm designed to automate and standardize contouring. These features produce contours quickly that usually require little or no editing, reducing interventions by the physician and providing a more consistent contouring.Reference:1 2011 Radiation Therapy Market Summary Report, IMV Medical Information Division, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | June 01, 2012 | Helen Kuhl Treatment Plans: Precision in Quick Time This article appeared as the introduction to a chart on treatment planning systems in the June 2012 issue. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationslast_img read more

Kerry says summit will seek global action to protect oceans

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that he will “try to coalesce global action around the oceans” next week by hosting an international summit aimed at curbing overfishing, pollution and chemical changes spurred by rising carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.The two-day conference, which will begin Monday and include officials from 80 countries, represents the Obama administration’s highest-profile effort to address human influence on oceans. Kerry has spearheaded the effort, recording a video (see above) that urges individuals to take personal action to protect the sea and marshaling commitments from political and corporate leaders.Senior administration officials have indicated that the United States will provide additional funding for marine research and for efforts to better monitor how the sea is becoming more acidic as it absorbs human-generated CO2 emissions. Some global leaders — including officials from small island states in the Pacific — will also announce the creation of protected marine areas and initiatives to manage plastic waste and promote sustainable seafood.“We can do better science,” Kerry said. “We can do better monitoring.”David Balton, deputy assistant secretary for oceans and fisheries, said many technological and policy approaches to reducing nutrient runoff, plastic debris, illegal fishing and other ills already exist.“There are solutions out there. Often the missing ingredient has been political will,” Balton said. “We’re hoping to build political will toward these solutions.”A handful of world leaders will attend the conference, including Prince Albert of Monaco and Anote Tong and Tommy Remengesau, the presidents of the Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Palau, respectively. U.S. President Barack Obama will not attend the conference but will send a video message, aides said.The administration is enlisting the help of corporate officials such as Bumble Bee Foods chief executive Chris Lischewski, who has worked with scientists and environmentalists on measures to protect tuna, and Legal Seafoods chief executive Roger Berkowitz, who has mocked the idea of sustainability by serving some overfished species at his restaurant.“We tried to invite a really broad swath of folks,” said Catherine Novelli, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, referring to Berkowitz’s participation. “We have to have everybody come here. We have to have everyone on the bandwagon to go in the right direction.”Novelli said she is confident that the meeting will yield a “very tangible set of initiatives,” as well as a plan of action with steps that can be measured over time. In organizing the conference, she said, she did not meet “anybody who says this is an insoluble problem.”“There’s nobody throwing up their hands,” she said.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama will propose expanding Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary Climate change could leave sharks unable to hunt Chile declares huge Easter Island marine reserve; US announces 2 more protected areas Save the beer: Climate change adds urgency to clean-water advocate’s rallying crylast_img read more