Minister of Indigenous Affairs discusses MMIW national inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsCalling a national inquiry was a promise the Liberals made during the 2015 federal election.Wednesday that promise turned into a reality.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced the commissioners Wednesday morning at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.Minister Bennett joined APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson to talk about the announcement.last_img

Contributors of ready troops for UN operations discuss potential Sudan mission

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mitchell of the Stand-by High Readiness Brigade for UN Operations (SHIRBRIG), told a press briefing in New York that the Brigade would form half of the 14 members of the military component recently authorized by the Security Council in a resolution on Sudan.That group would provide military advice to the UN envoy and begin to create the environment for the follow-on peace support mission, based on the requirements of the two parties in their final ceasefire agreements, he said. When that occurred and a peace operation in the Sudan was established, SHIRBRIG had already been asked to form the nucleus of the force headquarters and the headquarters support elements for that mission.Gen. Gunther Greindl, Chairman of the SHIRBRIG Steering Committee, said the Brigade was at a crucial juncture on building capacity in Africa because the continent had now developed its institutions to better manage crises there. He noted that the Africa Peace and Security Council had started work, the African Union was mandated to manage certain aspects, and regions were becoming active in peace operations.In addition, the African chiefs of staff had now decided to establish five regional brigades, using the SHIRBRIG model as a way to shape their brigades in Africa, he added. The plan was expected to be endorsed next month by the leaders there, and if Africans agreed to use the Brigade as a model, it was willing to help, including by training officers.SHIRBRIG was established in 1996 by Austria, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden, and has since added Finland, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Spain as participating members. Seven countries serve as observers: Chile, Hungary, Portugal, Senegal, Jordan, the Czech Republic and Croatia.Each SHIRBRIG member country decides on a case-by-case basis whether it will take part in any given mission, which is mandated by the Security Council, and the Brigade comes under the operational control of the UN mission leadership once it is deployed. Potential operations include preventive deployments, surveillance of truce agreements, supervising the separation of forces, humanitarian assistance and other scenarios in which the opposing sides have entered into an agreement. read more

In Shanghai UN posters raise awareness of wildlife protection among metro travellers

Actress Li Bingbing, one of China’s most-popular celebrities and a rising Hollywood star, who is also a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, has urged greater effort by governments and consumers to combat illegal wildlife trade.Speaking during a visit to Kenya in May, Ms. Li said citizens and the business community in Asia can play a crucial role in preventing the illegal killing of elephants in Africa by saying ‘no’ to ivory products. “The current poaching crisis raises major concerns about the survival of elephants and rhinos here in Kenya,” she said. “But there are also other, far-reaching impacts. Illegal killings of elephants are being linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militia groups. Many consumers in Asia do not realize that by buying ivory, they are playing a role in the illegal wildlife trade and its serious consequences.” ‹ › Li Bingbing visits with baby elephant orphans at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, meets the brave force on the frontline at Kenya Wildlife Service and raising awareness with World Experts at UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya. Photos: UNEP One of the powerful images shows an elephant in black and white, with the quote “Buying Illegal Ivory is Killing Me,” along with basic data on illegal poaching and how this is affecting animal species around the world.“Public awareness was a key factor behind the reduction in the demand for ivory in North America and Europe in the 20th century, and it can play its part in reducing the illegal wildlife trade today as demand moves to emerging markets,” said the Director of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Division of Communications and Public Information, Nick Nuttall.“The fact is that many consumers in places like Asia are simply unaware that products like illegally sourced ivory and rhino horn come at a terrible price to the species and communities concerned.”Demand for illegal ivory remains highest in Asia, particularly China, which has led to spike in elephant killings in Africa, which are now at their highest levels in around a decade. Data from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) monitoring programme shows that 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2011. This figure is believed to be a significant underestimation. The surge in killings is threatening the future of some elephant populations and the livelihoods of millions of people linked to tourism, UNEP said in a news release.As part of their strategy to address the issue, UNEP and CITES partnered with Shanghai authorities to put up posters in the city’s metro network – one of the busiest in the world, which carried almost 2.3 billion passengers last year.“This exhibition is about education and awareness-raising on the reality behind many of the carvings and materials sourced from the wild animals concerned, which in turn can catalyze the power of the consumer to change the future at this crucial juncture,” said Mr. Nuttall. read more

Big Ten no longer a dominant conference

Monday’s Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game between No. 1-ranked Louisiana State University and No. 2-ranked Alabama was the capstone of the 2011-12 NCAA college football season. The blowing of the final whistle at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., also brought about an end to postseason play, and there are mixed reactions about how the Big Ten conference fared during this past bowl season.Big Ten teams posted a combined 4-6 record in bowls this year with Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State and Michigan claiming wins in their respective bowls. Those victories were outnumbered by the losses posted by Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State.The Buckeyes fell, 24-17, against the Florida Gators in the 2012 Gator Bowl on Jan. 2. in Jacksonville, Fla.The Big Ten’s 2011-12 bowl-win total puts it in a three-way tie for second place among all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences behind only the Southeastern Conference’s and the Big 12’s six bowl triumphs.The Big Ten shares second place with Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference, whose teams both posted 4-1 postseason records.Jack Park, an OSU football historian, said the Big Ten’s most recent postseason performance is indicative of a trend away from the dominance of years past.“The Big Ten is no longer a dominant conference. In the 1950s, typically, you’d have three or four Big Ten teams in the top 10 of the country every year,” Park said. “Today, in my opinion, the SEC has certainly become the dominant conference in the country.”Doug Lesmerises, a sports writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, said Big Ten teams exceeded his expectations this past bowl season.“I think, actually, you take 4-6,” Lesmerises said. “I thought three (wins) would have been my guess.”During the 2010-11 bowl season, eight Big Ten teams competed in bowl games and tallied a combined 4-4 record. However, OSU’s 31-26 win against Arkansas was later vacated along with the entire 2010 season for NCAA rules violations.This year, Big Ten advanced 10 teams to the postseason — the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision conference — and posted a 1-1 record in BCS games as Michigan beat Virginia Tech, 23-20, in the Sugar Bowl while the conference champion Badgers fell to Oregon in the Rose Bowl, 45-38.With time to prepare for Oregon, Lesmerises said Wisconsin’s bowl loss hurt the Big Ten. He also said that Michigan’s win against the Hokies, while valuable to the conference, was not convincing.“It’s a very good win for Michigan, a good win for the Big Ten to get a BCS win,” Lesmerises said. “I think the Oregon thing hurt a little bit, for Wisconsin not to beat Oregon. People were looking for Wisconsin to win that game.”Oregon rushed for 345 yards against the Badgers and compiled 621 total yards of offense.Park agreed, saying Wisconsin was unable to cope with Oregon’s speed.“I thought the speed of the Oregon team was pretty much what dominated that game,” he said.Despite the Big Ten’s collective step back from an apparent bygone tradition of postseason excellence, Park said Big Ten football is still very good.“I like the type of football we play in the Big Ten,” Park said, “but there’s a lot of other schools that have passed us up a little bit.”Lesmerises agreed.“Overall, I think (the Big Ten) was OK,” Lesmerises said, “but I think there were some opportunities to be even a little better this year. Also … opportunities to be worse.” read more

Two jailed for 9 months each in larceny robbery charges

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHorse cart operator jailed for stealing motorcycle, remanded on armed robbery chargesJuly 5, 2019In “Court”Scrap metal dealer accused of threatening to kill stepson; assaulting 8 month old daughter,August 30, 2013In “Crime”Two Laing Avenue residents appear in Court over theft of car engine, other itemsAugust 25, 2017In “Court” Two men appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier today (Friday) and were both jailed for nine months each.Damon Smith of Laing Avenue made his appearance before Magistrate Leron Daly and admitted to stealing from his sister.His charge stated that he, on September 26 2017 at the said Laing Avenue, stole one metal band from Felicia Smith valued at $10,000.The defendant is reportedly in the habit of stealing from his family members. Smith told Magistrate Daly that he sold the band and bought two fronto (cannabis) and a ball of splif (cannabis) and smoked out the remaining money that he received after selling the metal band.As such he was sentenced to nine months in prison.Meanwhile, Junior Lynch appeared before Magistrate Daly and also admitted to stealing.The charge against him alleged that he, on September 20 2017 at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, robbed Aruna Sankar of one HTC cell phone valued at $60,000. He reportedly also used personal violence during the course of the robbery.He however, denied using personal violence and told Magistrate Daly “I took the phone but I didn’t beat she”.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne however told the Court that the accused allegedly kicked and cuffed the Virtual Complainant (VC) before snatching her phone and made good his escape.He was later apprehended after the matter was reported, identified and as such was charged with the offense. He was also sent to prison to spend the next nine months. read more

Astras technology focus to drive mining industry changing outcomes

first_imgAstra Resources has reconfirmed its commitment to pursuing industry innovations to spearhead its global expansion plans. The company has already acquired, and is in the process of acquiring, several ‘industry changing’ technologies, including the revolutionary T-Steel, coal conversion and carbon capture and sequestration projects amongst others, which it sees will help drive the advancement of developing countries. Astra CEO Dr Jaydeep Biswas says it will be technology rather than fixed assets which will determine competition and products into the future. “If you look at the major countries around the world it’s only Russia and Brazil that both produce their own minerals and consume them on a major scale,” Biswas says.“Russia is a major producer of most commodities, and almost all of their production is consumed domestically or purchased by central government banks as stockpiles. However both China and India are still importing coal and iron ore to fuel their exponentially increasing appetite for steel, and anything that can revolutionise this scenario will result in industry changing outcomes.”Iron ore imports into China from Australian alone hit 64 Mt in December. India is a massive coal producer in its own right, but still requires high quality coking and thermal coal which it imports. Biswas says while China and India may have large resource reserves, their poor quality means large quantities of coal and iron ore still need to be bought offshore. “Ironically Australia and South Africa have huge resource reserves but export much of it due to low local consumption levels,” he says.“This business model of high resource, low consumption countries like Australia continuing to supply China and India may become partially out-dated in time, and it’s not just due to the increasing costs of logistics. The real challenge is to provide the appropriate technologies to allow these emerging nations to use their own resources to produce their own high quality products such as steel. Astra is now in a position to not only provide these technologies, but also facilitate the required resources from closer supply points and in turn minimise their need to rely on long-distance imports.”Astra’s Managing Director Silvana De Cianni says the company’s strategy is to align its technologies for steel and coal conversion so they can be used in major consumption countries like China and India. “Our company model is based on cost efficiency, initially in producing stronger steel requiring fewer raw materials for the same use, and cost efficiency in coal conversion technology to allow use of local low quality coal deposits for energy generation in developing countries,” Ms De Cianni says. “We are also committed to mineral development projects in low cost populated countries such as the Philippines where demand is low but their close proximity to major markets reduces logistics costs. Underpinning this policy is our hedging strategy against the dollar through our interests in gold, which all provide a very unique and diversified business model for long term growth.”China’s crude steel production has risen from 1,351 Mt in 2007 to 1,490 Mt in 2011 and shows no signs of abating, providing the perfect platform for Astra to use its T-Steel technology. Some of the benefits of the revolutionary T-Steel technology compared to most high-strength low-alloy steels include up to 30% lower emissions, improved hardness, tensile strength and malleability, fewer raw materials required, and higher elongation. Biswas says it can replace other steels in any application, has a longer fatigue life and provides for higher profitability. “T-Steel is significantly stronger than regular steel and provides vast production, operational and environmental benefits. Stronger steel means less steel needs to be produced and technology to convert local low quality coal for power means less imports, hence much lower operating costs.“If countries such as China and India adopt our technologies along with using their own resources, it will have a significant effect on the current business model.”Biswas says in line with Astra’s model to make the industry work more cost efficiently, another benefit of T-Steel technology is to make it possible for older factories to manufacture T-Steel products economically.“One of the most important factors in the implementation of the T-Steel technology is that factories that cannot afford multi-billion dollar investments in new equipment are able to manufacture high quality steels using existing factory infrastructure with relatively minor capital investment,” Biswas says. “Therefore average factories can enter markets where they can sell a premium category of steel and in turn increase their sales revenue. There is also a growing demand in international markets for higher quality and more expensive commodities, as recently evidenced by India’s pursuit of coking and thermal coal from Australia, to produce superior products.“If we are able to provide the means for them to achieve the desired level of quality by using their own lower quality resources, then we have achieved something different from the current business model.”Astra Resources’ global portfolio includes gold interests in Southeast Asia, coal mines in Africa, iron ore in India, Norway and the Philippines, carbon efficient businesses, the production of the high-strength T-Steel technology in Hungary and the provision of mining services housing in Rockhampton, Queensland.last_img read more

Government to award €80k contract for 75000 pet passports

first_imgGovernment to award €80k contract for 75,000 pet passports With requirements for pet travel to the UK likely to change with Brexit, the government is ordering a lot more pet passports. Share21 Tweet Email4 17,983 Views Mar 18th 2019, 7:00 AM By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/135pixels 13 Comments Monday 18 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Image: Shutterstock/135pixels THE DEPARTMENT OF Agriculture has launched a tender worth €80,000 for the provision of 75,000 pet passports. Anyone wishing to travel from one EU country to another with a dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport, and this also applies to travel between Ireland and the UK. The government doesn’t know exactly how many passports will be required each year, but said that 25,000 have been issued annually in the past. This new contract comes on the back of advice issued to pet owners earlier this month on what they’ll need if they’re travelling with them to and from the UK after Brexit. The requirement for the EU pet passport applies to cats, dogs and ferrets with the legislation meaning that if you’re travelling between EU countries with any of these animals, you need a passport for it.The 28-page document contains information on its latest rabies vaccinations, when it was microchipped and any other vaccinations it has. In awarding its contract, the Department of Agriculture said that it must receive the passports in boxes of 200, and delivered in consignments of 5,000. With Brexit looming, the pet passport that Irish pet owners possess should be sufficient in the event of a Brexit deal making its way through parliament in the short term.Whatever form Brexit takes, pet owners looking to travel are advised to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible before setting off to make sure all necessary arrangements are in place. In the event of a no-deal, however, a pet passport issued in the UK won’t be sufficient to return to Ireland with your pet. If travelling to Great Britain in a no-deal scenario, pet owners must ensure their dog/cat/ferret is microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, have an EU pet passport (so they can get back), have a rabies titration test.Furthermore, bringing anyone bringing a pet dog, cat or ferret into Ireland from Britain n will have to give the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advance notice by email before arrival. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Always dreamed of owning a football team The story of the latest

first_imgAlways dreamed of owning a football team? The story of the latest club trying to shake up the system Chattanooga FC have already raised $650,000 from 2000 investors in 20 countries around the world, including Ireland. Share195 Tweet Email2 Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 2:59 PM Apr 7th 2019, 9:31 AM Flattered as we are by all of the international attention, the idea is really to chain the team to the local community as much as possible. Almost two-thirds of the dollar volume is local but a lot of folks have bought a single $125 share because it’s a cool idea and they like the notion of owning a football team. And, most importantly, we’re happy to have them.”The support for the campaign in the US is understandable. Chattanooga FC represent something radical. They, along with many others, want an open system with promotion and relegation. They want to push forward and not stagnate. They want to make noise. And, considering modern football ownership and the growing separation between clubs and fans, Chattanooga’s plan also appeals to supporters around the world who are weary of the ruthlessness of the modern game.     “It’s bad enough world-wide but at least the rest of the world has promotion and relegation,” Kelly says. “In German football, they mandate 51% of fan ownership. It’s odd that in American culture that it’s become demonised or seen as anti-capitalist or worse but public ownership is exactly what it sounds like. It’s no different than buying shares in Amazon or anything else for that matter. The American sports landscape is definitely an oligarchy. It’s a club of very, very rich people. It’s a very closed club and we stand in fairly stark opposition to that model, honestly.”What we can tell and what we’ve heard from all of these investors is that there’s a significant portion of American soccer fans who would like to see promotion/relegation come to this country so we can have an open system like the rest of the world has. We’re in the process of building out a league that’s a non-franchise/open-system model and we can function perfectly well financially without that. But I think if we can capitalise properly on the public’s support and if we had the opportunity to move up then we’d have a very good chance of doing that.”  Later this year, 10 of the bigger NPSL teams, including Chattanooga, Detroit (who have gone full-time this season), the New York Cosmos and Miami FC, will compete in the Founders Cup, which the club owners hope will generate widespread interest, showcase talent and lead to a pro league possibly beginning in 2020. It’s admirable grassroots stuff but because of the fragmented football system in the US, it’s hard to know where it will lead. The current structure is supported by the behemoth billionaires who understandably enjoy MLS’ private playground.But Kelly believes change is inevitable.       Detroit FC are another NPSL success story. Source: Scott Mapes“There’a a lot of money and power behind the current system,” he says. “There’s a lot of people that would be financially harmed if that system breaks down. But there are a lot more people who would benefit from an open system. Part of this is getting us financially healthy enough to be able to make it through and as long as we have interesting games to play – which are revenue events for our fans – then we can be fine. Fifa has been quite clear that at some point the US will have to conform but until that time we’ll keep doing our thing.”Fan ownership is a community in itself and Chattanooga now find themselves part of a unique club, which might lead to some interesting plans further down the road.    “We’ve thought quite a lot about that and we have a good relationship with Wolfsburg because there’s a large Volkswagen plant here, which is where that relationship began,” Kelly says.  “We have a relationship – of modest but meaningful cross-investment – with Exeter City but they’re supporter-owned too and were really helpful. We spoke with them at length in terms of things to focus on and avoid. We like the idea of expanding the model with international partners. Chattanooga is quite a popular tourist destination in the southeast. It’s in a beautiful area at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee River flows through here. So, it’s an added benefit that we might have some soccer tourism. But I might add that this is among the most unlikely places for soccer to be popular because we’re in the middle of a very traditional Bible Belt, where American football is extremely popular.So if soccer can make it here, it can make it anywhere in the US.”           – Originally published at 09.30Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud 23,216 Views 10 Comments By Eoin O’Callaghan Image: Tom and Pat Cory/Chattanooga FC Image: Tom and Pat Cory/Chattanooga FC Updated Apr 7th 2019, 2:59 PM IT WAS A battle for Major League Soccer to survive. After its sixth season and with teams haemorrhaging money, it very nearly folded completely. Two franchises – in Tampa Bay and Miami – ceased operations in 2001 and just 12 organisations remained. The league was $250 million in the red and average attendance had fallen almost 20% since the very first day back in 1996.The plan was simple: ask the rich owners to help bankroll the other sides. They did and MLS managed to cling on. Then it began to turn a corner and later flourished. Now, with 24 teams and a relentless expansion strategy (David Beckham’s Miami-based outfit and Nashville SC will both be in place next year), it represents a real success story. But, there’s one major issue: the lack of promotion and relegation. It means that any MLS owner is impenetrable and their investment well-protected. And without a properly tiered system – which gives any club a shot at reaching the big leagues some day – it’s very much a closed shop. The expansion fee for any new MLS team is over $150 million and there’s also the requirement of a soccer-specific stadium in any deal. So, even though a team may have a hardcore fanbase, some exciting talent and big dreams, they’ll never get to the very top without the deep pockets of some very wealthy businessmen. The subject has divided opinion for a long time. Some acknowledge that the biggest priority for MLS was simply to ensure teams had a professional league to play in and that – like so many other major leagues – they greased palms with corporate America and subsequently reaped the rewards. It was just smart business. But, for many others, it spoils the landscape and goes against every other league system in the world. And, for the purists, it also means a further disconnect between community and club. And for some communities, they’ve made huge advances in building the connection. Like Chattanooga FC. They play in the National Premier Soccer League, effectively a semi-pro environment that’s down the totem pole. But, like many other small enterprises, they have potential and are making waves by doing things differently.In the NPSL, some sides have tapped into an incredible fanbase. For instance, in the case of Detroit FC, it’s pretty common for them to attract over 5,000 to games. Similarly, Chattanooga’s support has led to a three-year deal with the 20,000-capacity Finley Stadium to host their home fixtures. They want to be a full-time professional team so to raise funds, draw wider interest and appeal to those with a fan-first mentality, Chattanooga are offering shares to anyone who wants them.For a basic price of $125, an investor will receive a vote, a stock certificate, an invitation to the annual shareholders’ meeting and their name (along with other shareholders) printed on the team’s away shirt. And, there are some quirky bonuses too, like a lapel pin and yard sign. It’s coming up on three months since the campaign was launched via WeFunder and $653,250 has been pledged so far by 2,373 people across every state in the US and over 20 countries, including Ireland.                                   “It was the end of our second season and we were just having a beer with our fan group here and one of them brought up the idea, which we hadn’t really considered at that point,” says Tim Kelly, who’s the club chairman.  Chattanooga FC play their games at Finley Stadium, which has hosted the US men’s national team in February 2017. Source: USA TODAY Network“But we started putting the pieces together. We’d (a group of local entrepreneurs) started the club from scratch and are completely dedicated to the city. It’s an interesting place with a strong sense of community and when the lightbulb went on, we set out trying to investigate ways of doing it. We had some friends who were Green Bay Packers shareholders so we read their prospectus. I know just about enough of the law to be dangerous so we spent a little money with attorneys to see if it was possible. But at that stage, around 2011, it really wasn’t without spending half a million dollars in legal fees. It wasn’t until the Jobs Act passed in 2016 that it became possible to do this. The whole idea was to democratise capital in the US and allow direct investment in smaller companies, where before you needed to go to an investment bank.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nvidia Jetson Nano is a 99 AI computer for makers students

first_imgNvidia Nvidia’s new Jetson Nano platform aims to make AI development more accessible to everyone. Announced Monday by Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, the Jetson Nano comes in a $99 devkit for developers, makers and enthusiasts and a $129 production-module for mass-market edge systems.Living up to its name, the board measures 80 by 100 millimeters (3.2 by 3.9 inches), but has a quad-core ARM processor, a 128-core integrated Nvidia graphics and 4GB of memory. The preinstalled Jetpack SDK comes complete with a desktop Linux environment based on Ubuntu 18.04 with support for Nvidia Cuda Toolkit 10.  See It $99 Post a comment HDMI, DisplayPort 128-core Nvidia Maxwell Memory Share your voice Computers 4Kp30, 1080p30, 1080p60 Best Buy Children who are blind learn how to code with Code Jumper Preview • Cooking your food in a water bath just got cheaper Camera Four USB 3.0 Type-A (host), USB 2.0 Micro Type-B (device) Jetson Nano specs Now playing: Watch this: MIPI CSI-2 x2 (15-position flex connector) Available now through Seeed Studio and SparkFun, the kit is compatible with many popular peripherals and accessories. It also includes projects along with tutorials to help DIYers and students get started with AI right out of the box. A Jetson developer forum is also available for users to get answers to technical questions. Mentioned Above Anova Nano USB Video Decoder Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Nvidia Graphics Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $73 64-bit quad-core 1.43GHz ARM A57 4Kp60, 4Kp30, 1080p30, 1080p60 See it 0 Anova Nano 4:33 4GB 64-bit LPDDR4, 1600MHz Display 16 Photos Processor Video Encoderlast_img read more

7th Pay Commission PNB joins SBI to woo Central government staff with

first_imgTaking a cue from its bigger peer State Bank of India, public sector lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) has come out with special home and auto loan offers to attract Central government employees who are flush with cash after the bonanza handed out to them with the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).The scheme titled “PNB Pride” is effective from October 1, 2016, and comes with zero documentation and processing charges. Other terms and conditions applicable to existing home and vehicle loan borrowers will apply to those availing of loans under the “PNB Pride”, according to the bank.The aim of the scheme, according to the lender, is to “ensure availability of Housing Loan and Vehicle Loan at attractive rates and ensure a house and a car for all government employees.”The floating rate of interest for vehicle loans will be 9.55 percent (0.25 percent + marginal cost of lending rate, or MCLR). The fixed rate of interest is also the same, with a reset clause of three years.As for home loans, the floating rate will be 9.30 percent and the fixed at 9.80 percent. Earlier, State Bank of India (SBI) had announced flexible home loans to Central government employees (“SBI Privilege Home Loan”) and defence personnel (SBI Shaurya Home Loan”) with pensionable service.”Under the new schemes, employees of central/state governments, defence forces, public sector banks, public sector enterprises of central government and other individuals with pensionable service will be offered home loans tailored to their specific needs,” the bank said in a statement in August this year.”The launch of ‘SBI Privilege Home Loan’ and ‘SBI Shaurya Home Loan’ products is timed with the notification of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Surplus income can thus be utilised by government employees and defence personnel towards purchase of new/better house,” it added.The bank gave an option to Central government employees to repay home loans up to the age of 75 years, as against 70 years applicable in other home loans given by the bank.The recommendations of the 7th CPC cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.last_img read more

Reliance Jio to enter ecommerce market after disrupting telecom industry

first_imgIn picture: A man walks past a Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services logo in Mumbai on September 6, 2016. [Representational image]INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesMukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is now seeking to make an entry into the e-commerce market in India, after sweeping the telecom sector with its free voice calls and ultra-cheap mobile data, forcing other players to cut prices.The company is already working with grocery stores and consumer brands to create an operational model that will allow consumers to buy at neighbourhood shops using digital coupons through its Jio Money platform or text messages, the Economic Times reported.A pilot project involving several stores and major brands is ongoing in Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad and a larger rollout will happen most likely by next year.According to the pilot plan, Jio will send digital coupon codes for a particular brand’s product to its mobile customers. These customers can use the coupons at nearby stores to buy those brands. Further, stores tied up with Jio will have software on their phones or tablets to read the coupons.Jio also plans to send promotional offers to their customers as well as non-Jio users through these stores.Jio’s entry into online-to-offline e-commerce platform will expectedly give competition to other payment companies like Paytm and PhonePe. These payment firms are also seeking ways to work with corner stores and other shops.However, Reliance Jio has not given any official details regarding the matter. Also, the company’s e-commerce business model has not been finalised and will include many changes and additions for the pilot project, according to a source close to the matter.Although not verified, sources also said that Jio has already attracted the attention of major players like Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) Ltd, Wipro, Dabur, Tata Beverages, Godrej Consumer products and Amul for the pilot project. Mukesh AmbaniReliance Jio official website (screen-shot)Reliance Jio, since its arrival in September last year, has built a user base of 125 million, squeezing the revenues and profits of its rivals. Ambani claimed that in just six months since the launch, data consumption in the country has shot up six-fold to 1.2 billion gigabytes per month, making India the largest mobile data consumer in the world.With this pilot project now, Jio will be hoping it can convert users across the country for its e-commerce and entertainment business.last_img read more

30 Oil Not Stopping Massive Project Near Houston

first_imgScott Dalton, courtesy Tenaris 1,200 construction workers are building the Tenaris steel pipe factory in Bay CityIn Bay City,  south of Houston and 20 miles north of the Gulf Coast, Rudolph Henry, a technology engineer, has seen firsthand what has happened to good jobs in the manufacturing sector.“I spent 28 years in a steel manufacturing plant in Rosenberg, Texas. We made small diameter steel tubing mainly for the petrochemical industry,” Henry said.Dave FehlingAt Wharton County Junior College, Rudolph Henry measures drill pipeBut in 2002, that steel pipe factory north of here closed, like so many plants facing cut-throat competition from overseas. Henry never again worked in a factory.  But here’s the thing: he’s now teaching a new generation of workers how to work in a factory.“It’s like your life has come to a full circle,” Henry said, sitting in the offices of Wharton County Junior College’s branch in Bay City. Henry leads the college’s industrial technology program.“We are in an area where industry is expanding. And I think industry is coming back as it used to be,” Henry said. Inside what had been a Kmart, the college has built classrooms and with the help of corporate donors, has filled them with shiny new industrial equipment. Students learn how to weld, build electric motors and how to work with steel pipe; the kind of pipe Henry used to help make years ago and which now could be re-making the economy of Bay City.A  few miles from the junior college on the outskirts of town is what could be trans-formative. Rising from a field is a construction project costing over a billion and a half dollars.Courtesy TenarisThe Tenaris plant is eight stories high and covers 25 acresAs seen from a catwalk high above the ground floor, big concrete mixer trucks look almost as small as toys, driving around inside the building which now covers an area as big as 20 football fields. “This is one building, one roof, 25 acres big, and eight floors tall,” German Cura who runs the North American operations for a global company called Tenaris.Tenaris is one of the world’s biggest makers of steel pipe for the oil & gas drilling industry. But previously, the pipe it supplied to oil fields in Texas was made in Tenaris’s factories in Argentina and Romania.Cura drives around the perimeter of the site and explains why Tenaris picked Bay City and decided to continue with the project even though low oil prices mean drilling has plummeted.Dave FehlingGerman Cura manages Tenaris’s North American operations“When people ask me why is it you are doing this, the short answer is one, we came to conclude the U.S. market could be serviced in a far more effective way. Two, there is a super opportunity to replace give or take 50 percent of imports (of drilling pipe). And I tell you, oil at $30 is creating the appropriate conditions for us to do it,” Cura said.As Cura tells it, this new pipe mill will be incredibly more efficient than older plants. Automation means it’ll employ fewer workers though it will still need 600 employees when it opens next year. He says it’ll produce far less pollution from its natural gas furnaces. And he says it’ll be a more nimble operation, allowing the company to meet custom orders “just in time”.Cura says the end result will be an ability to compete with low-cost producers like China and take back a chunk of the drilling pipe market, half of which he says has been going to foreign producers.And for the community of Bay City, Cura predicts it’ll be a new day.“Our experience, we’ve done this around the world many, Bay City, five, ten years from now will be a drastically different place, “ said Cura.If all goes as planned, it might become a place where working in a factory to make things like steel pipe will be the way of the future instead a thing of the past. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /03:40last_img read more

Brain Imaging Links Alzheimers Decline to Tau Protein

first_imgNews | PET Imaging | May 12, 2016 Brain Imaging Links Alzheimer’s Decline to Tau Protein New PET imaging agent reveals tau is better marker of progression to Alzheimer’s disease than amyloid beta Image courtesy of Imago Systems A study using a new PET imaging agent shows that measures of tau protein in the brain more closely track cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease compared with long-studied measures of amyloid beta. More red color indicates more tau protein. The image on the left shows the average tau accumulation in the brains of cognitively normal people, averaged over many individuals. The image on the right shows the average amount of tau buildup in the brains of multiple people with mild Alzheimer’s symptoms. Scanning multiple individuals shows that the intensity of tau deposits correlates with the severity of cognitive dysfunction. Image courtesy of Matthew R. Brier.May 12, 2016 — A buildup of plaque and dysfunctional proteins in the brain are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. While much Alzheimer’s research has focused on accumulation of the protein amyloid beta, researchers have begun to pay closer attention to another protein, tau, long associated with this disease but not studied as thoroughly, in part, because scientists only recently have developed effective ways to image tau.Using a new imaging agent that binds to tau protein and makes it visible in positron emission tomography (PET) scans, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that measures of tau are better markers of the cognitive decline characteristic of Alzheimer’s than measures of amyloid beta seen in PET scans.The new study is published May 11 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Comparing brain images of people who are cognitively normal to patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found that measures of tau better predict symptoms of dementia than measures of amyloid beta. To determine degrees of cognitive impairment, some of the participants who underwent brain imaging also were assessed with the traditional clinical dementia rating (CDR) scale, cerebrospinal fluid measures, and widely used pen and paper tests of memory and other brain functions.“Our work and that of others has shown that elevated levels of amyloid beta are the earliest markers of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said senior author Beau M. Ances, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology. “But in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, even with amyloid buildup, many patients are cognitively normal, meaning their memory and thought processes are still intact. What we suspect is that amyloid changes first and then tau, and it’s the combination of both that tips the patient from being asymptomatic to showing mild cognitive impairment.”The study included 36 control participants who were cognitively normal and 10 patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. While Ances called for larger follow-up studies, he said this analysis helped establish that the new tau agent, called T807, is an important tool for understanding the timeline of Alzheimer’s progression and for defining which regions of the brain are involved.“Usually we can only diagnose patients later in the disease process, when brain function already is diminished,” he said. “We want to develop ways to make an earlier diagnosis and then design trials to test drugs against amyloid buildup and against tau buildup. While we currently cannot prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, delaying the onset of symptoms by 10-15 years would make a huge difference to our patients, to their families and caregivers, and to the global economy.”Beyond establishing a timeline, Ances said the new tool is vital to gathering spatial information about affected brain areas. Elevated tau measured in cerebrospinal fluid has long been a marker of dementia, but Ances said this type of data could not pinpoint which parts of the brain are gathering abnormal proteins.“The spinal fluid measures are very important, but they don’t give us a complete spatial picture,” he said. “Our new study suggests you can tolerate a certain amount of tau clumped in the hippocampus, but once it starts spreading into other areas, especially the lateral temporal and parietal lobes, that seems to be the tipping point.”With imaging agents for amyloid beta and now tau available, Ances said researchers have the tools necessary to assess the effectiveness of investigational therapies against the buildup of both proteins. The new agent is approved for use in the context of clinical research trials and likely will prove to be important in imaging the brain for other types of disorders that also involve excess tau buildup, including traumatic brain injury.This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant numbers P50AG05681, P01AG003991, P01AG026276, 5P30NS048056, 2UL1TR000448 and 5RO1AG04343404; the National Science Foundation (NSF), grant number DMS1300280; the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Research Initiative; the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders; the Fred Simmons and Olga Mohan Fund; and the Paula and Rodger Riney Fund.Avid Radiopharmaceuticals (a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly) provided florbetapir doses and partial financial support for the florbetapir scanning sessions. Avid Radiopharmaceuticals also provided the precursor for T807 and radiopharmaceutical AQ4 chemistry and technology for the Washington University Investigational New Drug, under which this study was performed.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Jacó Happenings

first_imgThe 93rd regular season of the National Football League began at the beginning of September. There are lots of places in Jacó to catch up with friends and watch the games, including the oceanfront at Claritas, on the north end at Jacó Taco, midway at The Patio, downtown at Poseidon’s Sky Bar or at Los Amigos. All offer drink specials and football action, so stop in, socialize and support your team in Jacó Beach!Tomorrow night, the professional and amateur MMA fights in jiu jitsu and muay thai are being held at 7 p.m. at the municipal gym. You can buy tickets at the Bar OZ. General: ₡7,000 ($14), ringside: ₡10,000 ($20), VIP: ₡12,000 ($24). The after party event, Fury at the Beach, is being held at Bar Oz at the pool bar. For more info, call 2643-2162.The Eco-Run 10K is being held at the Los Sueños Marriott in Playa Herradura on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. Inscription costs ₡15,000 ($30). For more info, call 2592-5362 or visit is not too late to sign up for the Oct. 6 golf tournament out at Los Sueños. “El abogado y sus clientes” is the ideal excuse to play golf with your attorney while doing business. Cost is $100. For more info or to sign up, call 2630-9012 or email–Christina Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

EU annual budget talks collapse in worrying sign

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like In a statement on his website, the European Parliament lead negotiator Alain Lamassoure said the commission must submit a new proposal before talks, which face a Tuesday deadline, could continue.The only agreement Friday was for (EURO)670 million in aid to Italian earthquake victims _ but not how to fund it.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img PARIS (AP) – Negotiations over next year’s European Union budget have collapsed after a dispute between member states and the European Commission over a shortfall in the 2012 budget. The talks, which essentially ended before they began, could be a sign of trouble ahead for longer-term EU budget issues.At issue was a (EURO)8.9 billion ($11.3 billion) shortfall for 2012, according to the European Commission, which asked the states to cover the sum. Several states imposing spending cuts at home questioned the amount. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

A Snapshot of the National Housing Market

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination A Snapshot of the National Housing Market The national home purchase market remained strong by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as recent credit easing efforts by the government agencies, especially Fannie Mae, supported the boom, according to the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) latest quarterly National Housing Market Indicators (NHMI) data released on Monday July 2.The NHMI measure the size of the residential home purchase market by combining data from several sources and covers sales since the fourth quarter of 2012.According to the NHMI data, 6.35 million home sales transactions were reported at the end of the first quarter, up 3.5 percent from the same period a year ago. However, AEI reported a slowing down in the growth rate, contributed largely by a lack of housing supply. “Although there continues to be very strong demand, the supply doesn’t seem to be expanding in sufficient amount to drive the annualized home sales more rapidly,” said Edward Pinto, Co-Director, Center of Housing Market and Finance at AEI, while presenting the findings of the NHMI.The current increase in sales marked the 14th consecutive quarter of such increases despite a 7.3 percent year-over-year jump in FHFA’s national house price index in Q12018, the NHMI data indicated.Looking at originations by the agencies, the NHMI data indicated that credit easing is likely to become capitalized in price in a market like this one, where the supply is constricted. “While FHA, Fannie, Freddie, and the VA have all been pro-cyclically supporting the boom through credit easing, Fannie’s recent credit easing efforts have been breathtaking,” AEI said.Credit easing also indicates a higher mortgage risk, with the study’s National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI) increasing from already elevated levels a year ago. The index which has now risen at more than 2 percent year-over-year for FHA loans was slightly higher for first-time buyers than for repeat buyers. “For 2018 we expect continued easing for first-time buyers and FHA, helping fuel accelerating house price growth for entry-level homes,” Pinto said. “Entry-level homes will be less affordable and first-time buyers will be faced with a higher risk of default.”Looking at the share of mortgage for first-time buyers, AEI found that the agency first-time buyer mortgage share index at the end of Q1 was slightly below its series high during the same period last year. The index stood at 60 percent down from 60.2 percent a year ago, but up from 56.8 percent four years ago. “We can only expect modest increases or even a slight decrease moving ahead in 2018,” Pinto said.An interesting trend indicated on the NHMI was the increasing competition between Fannie and FHA for first-time buyers, which according to Pinto was a worrying trend. “Over the last nine months, Freddie has largely resisted this trend, but will likely eventually have to compete as well,” Pinto said. July 2, 2018 865 Views center_img Agencies American Enterprise Institute Credit Easing Credit Risk Fannie Mae FHA First-Time Buyers Freddie Mac homes Housing Market Housing Supply loans VA 2018-07-02 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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