New Delhi: Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar Saturday expressed hope that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend its Governing Council meet on June 15. The chief minister has refused to attend the meeting of Niti Aayog to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it is “fruitless” as the body has no financial powers to support state plans. “We have invited her with all due respect and I am still hoping that she will accept my personal invitation and attend the meeting on June 15th and give us the idea as to how to improve Niti further,’ Kumar told reporters here. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Modi is set to chair the fifth meeting of the Niti Aayog’s Governing Council to discuss various issues regarding the country’s development. Banerjee conveyed her decision not to attend the meeting in a letter written to the prime minister. “Given the fact that the Niti Aayog has no financial powers and the power to support state plans it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers,” Banerjee wrote. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Kumar said Niti Aayog has the power of persuasion and it will use its two tools — competitive and cooperative federalism — to move forward. “No financial incentive necessarily needed because that financial incentive existed in Planning Commission for four decades, (but) I do not see what they have changed… growth did not go up,” he said. When asked about unemployment, Kumar said it is linked to growth and added that informal sector has created a lot of jobs which has not been captured in the data. Earlier, speaking at a function on accelerating India’s economic growth, Kumar said greater focus is required in sectors like health, education, agriculture, exports and in pushing private investments. “We need to reverse the decline in growth. You will see in the Budget that the government will make use of whatever fiscal space it has,” he said. He added that the government will make sure that private investment revives, which is key to push growth and “we should clock at least 7.5 to 8 per cent growth in the next five years”. Talking about agriculture, he said the story needs to be changed in this sector as huge opportunities exist in agro-processing, where rate of investment is very low. “There are problems, so we will be taking steps to remove the Essential Commodities Act and may be APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) to be replaced by APLM (Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing). I hope to see that. Agro-processing and exports requires huge attention from government and industry,” he said. On exports, Kumar said India’s share in global exports is just 1.7 per cent, which is unacceptable and it should be increased significantly to push the economy. Elaborating on improving the health sector, he said so far 37 lakh people have already benefited from the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat programme. When this scheme covers all 40 per cent of the population, then “you can imagine the impact of that on health and welfare of people,” he said. He said that bigger hospitals are still out of the supplier network of this scheme and negotiations are going on to bring them in. “On government hospitals, you will soon see Niti Aayog coming out with a ranking of 740 district hospitals in the country and that is the way we want to improve,” he informed. He added that there is a need to give special focus on reducing under-nourishment as one cannot build a knowledge economy if a large base of population is malnourished. Further, he said focus is required on quality of basic education as it is still not accessible. Talking about labour reforms, he said, “You will see action very soon. But you have to see action not in terms of hire and fire. You have to have labour reforms where labour gets his due and rightful participation but yet investors get the flexibility to be able to change its composition of labour force. We will action in the coming Parliament session.” He added that states have huge inventory of land which can be utilised by industry to set up units.
MELFORT — The truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison.Here’s Sidhu driving away in custody after being sentenced to 8 years. #humboldt #HumboldtBroncos pic.twitter.com/EuFFIn5x8H— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) March 22, 2019Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving.He stood quietly and looked ahead at the judge as his sentence was pronounced.READ MORE: Excerpts from the Humboldt Broncos victim impact statements submitted to courtJudge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Saskatchewan that she approached the sentence knowing “nothing can turn back the clock.”She also noted that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors, but added she had to consider the number of people who died or were severely injured and face life-long challenges.RELATED: Factors judge considered in sentencing of truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crashSidhu barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured.Cardinal said the collision could have been avoided had Sidhu been paying attention.She said — “Somehow we must stop this carnage on our highways.”The Crown wanted the 30-year-old Sidhu to be sent to prison for 10 years, while the defence said other cases suggested a range of one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years.Cardinal began her decision by reading each victim’s name aloud.The judge said the hockey players who died were gifted athletes, while others on the bus were dreaming about families or had already started them.She said families have been torn apart because of the loss.Sidhu’s lawyers say he’s likely to face deportation to his home country of India after he serves time.RELATED: Trucker who caused Broncos crash likely to be deported after sentence: lawyerFollowing the sentence, the Humboldt Broncos issued this statement.WATCH: CityNews’ Kristen Fong talks to truck drivers following the sentencing
VANCOUVER – Local politicians in British Columbia are calling for an overhaul of the housing system with significant tax and regulatory changes in order to bring skyrocketing real estate and rental prices back to a level local residents can afford.The Union of B.C. Municipalities has issued a report containing 32 recommendations for provincial and federal governments based on research and best practices from across Canada and around the world.Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam led the initiative for the union and said there are numerous reasons for the crisis in housing affordability that require a “multitude of solutions.”“The frustrating part that I see is many individuals and associations come out and say, ‘Well if we just did (housing) supply then everything would be solved.’ Well it’s much more sophisticated than that,” he said.“It has to look at the continuum of housing. Rental plays an extremely important part in that, but so does the demand management side of it.”Speculation by foreign and domestic investors has contributed to escalating real estate prices in Metro Vancouver, which has had a spillover effect on other B.C. communities and the rental market, he said.Using taxes as a tool along with stronger regulations at the municipal level is a “winning combination” to fix a complex issue, Moore said.To curb real estate speculation, the union wants the province to consider expanding its 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver to include other areas, such as Victoria, where markets have been heating up. It also wants a review to determine if the 15 per cent rate is sufficient.The strategy also calls for more transparency around who owns property.University of B.C. geography professor David Ley, who contributed to the report, said the United Kingdom provides a good example where regulatory changes now require identifying the owner, preventing foreign investors from dodging taxes or laundering money.“We want a declaration of who the actual owner is,” Ley said, noting that property in B.C. can be owned by trusts or companies, hiding the person behind the purchase.Taxes are also being suggested to cut at the heart of the issue of profit-driven property flipping that has fuelled some B.C. markets, Ley said.The strategy includes a sellers tax on those who flip their homes within a few years of purchase to make a profit. It also calls for a more progressive tax system that hits luxury properties at a higher rate.“What we need to recognize here is that we’re in a very abnormal situation in Vancouver, abnormal in the scale of the affordability crisis, and it does require determined response from government,” Ley said, adding a similar strategy could be helpful in Toronto where affordability has reached similar crisis levels.While housing supply is a problem, Ley said it’s too simplistic to expect that increasing the overall supply will be a solution for the market because many units are being built every year.“The problem is that those are not affordable units and they’re not targeted to a local market or at least to the local wage structure, they’re targeted to an investment market,” Ley said.The strategy calls for tax breaks on developers building affordable units, and also giving municipalities power to create a progressive property tax system so that those types of developments are provided longer-term breaks.Moore said giving municipalities more power to zone areas for rental developments would ensure that new buildings remain as rental stock.The union has been in talks with the provincial government, and Moore said he hopes to see some of the recommendations included in the upcoming budget.The B.C. Green party released its housing strategy Wednesday that also focuses on speculation, the supply of affordable housing, financial relief for renters and improved transparency and data collection on ownership.“British Columbians have awaited action for far too long,” said Leader Andrew Weaver in a statement.“It is time to move past rhetoric and get to work delivering solutions.”Housing Minister Selina Robinson said in a statement that the province has already taken steps to address the housing crisis by improving supports for tenants and landlords, increasing housing for the most vulnerable, and cracking down on tax cheats.She said the government welcomes the strategy put forward by municipalities and the upcoming budget will include a plan that “looks at the big picture.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitter
NEW DELHI: Delhi AAP convenor Gopal Rai on Monday held a meeting with the volunteers, MLA and the MP candidate of Lok Sabha Balbir Singh Jakhar from West Delhi to plan the Lok Sabha campaign strategy. The party leaders from all the assembly constituencies which come under West Delhi were present in the meeting. The West Delhi is the only seat for the AAP where the AAP could not start much of ground-level campaign as the earlier Lok Sabha prabhari resigned for health issues. “The party will strengthen the ground level work and the candidate has a strong base in the are which will be helpful for us. The party has noted all the major issues from the area and we will start working on the issues,” said a leader.The AAP on Sunday declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’s “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards an alliance. Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat.
28 April 2009The leaders of Timor-Leste thanked the United Nations for its support in restoring security, but cautioned that the situation in the small nation remains fragile since it was rocked by violent clashes three years ago. In April 2006, fighting – attributed to differences between eastern and western regions – erupted in the capital, Dili, when 600 striking soldiers, or one-third of the armed forces, were fired. The ensuing violence claimed 40 lives and drove more than 100,000 people, at least 10 per cent of the total population, from their homes.“It’s easy to forget how far we have come in a short time,” President José Ramos-Horta said in the capital, Dili, at an event at the headquarters of the UN Integrated Mission (UNMIT) marking the three-year anniversary of an enhanced UN presence in the country. “For that we must give significant credit to the United Nations Police working together with their PNTL [Timor-Leste National Police] colleagues,” he added.Regarding those who are still living in makeshift shelters three years after the riots, Mr. Ramos-Horta said he aims to “resolve all outstanding issues of those remaining the in last camps in the coming months.”The political, humanitarian and security breakdown in the wake of the 2006 unrest led the UN Security Council to establish a peacekeeping presence, whose mandate was recently renewed to focus on the four critical areas of security sector reform, strengthening of rule of law, justice and human rights, democratic governance and social and economic development.“In only three years since the crisis, people have regained trust and confidence in each other and in State institutions, consolidated peace and stability through national dialogue and reconciliation initiatives,” stressed Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão.Calling for the continued support of the UN, the Prime Minister underscored the need “to work harder to bring economic development to consolidate stability, to create jobs and to improve the lives of the Timorese people.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative to Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, highlighted the need to recognize “the progress made by the people of Timor-Leste in overcoming the dark days of 2006.” The third anniversary of the crisis can be an occasion for optimism, he added, noting that “it becomes a statement about the strong partnership and unique relationship between Timor-Leste and the United Nations.”In a related development, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a campaign working closely with a mix of Government agencies, civil society groups and academia to create public awareness of the adverse effects of climate change in Timor-Leste.The centerpiece of the initiative is the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), a $200,000 two-year project funded by the Global Environment Facility with additional contribution of $ 20,000 from the Government. As the issue of climate change gains prominence in the country, NAPA will advance understanding on how changes in temperature, rainfall and extreme events are affecting people’s lives, and what can be done to help. UNDP Country Director Akbar Usmani applauded the Government for taking the lead in dealing with the issue of climate change in the country in a “rapid and efficient” way, fulfilling its responsibilities since acceding to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2007. “UNDP recognizes the seriousness of global climate change and the threats that it poses to human development. We are calling for a new development paradigm – one which integrates climate change risks into development planning at all levels and, at the same time, helps countries to move towards less carbon intensive economies,” he said. Experts say that Timor-Leste is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and other weather anomalies associated with droughts. The country is also prone to floods, landslides and soil erosion resulting from the combination of heavy monsoon rain, steep topography and widespread deforestation.
VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s attorney general says the NDP government will not artificially delay permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline, despite the premier’s vow to use every available tool to stop the project.David Eby said he’s been tasked by Premier John Horgan to identify options to halt Kinder Morgan Canada’s $7.4-billion expansion of its Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline, which has already been approved by Ottawa and the previous B.C. government.Eby said the province cannot deliberately stall on permits without risking a very costly lawsuit, but it can ensure that permits require that construction be done in a way that minimizes spills, protects the environment and ensures appropriate cleanup.“I’ve been tasked by the premier to identify our options. There is an important piece to that, which is that we must do so within the laws of British Columbia and Canada, because if we don’t, we’ll be sued,” Eby told Kamloops radio station CHNL.“We’ll end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars that should be going to schools and hospitals to an oil company and that is not a goal that anybody’s looking for.”Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, declined comment on Eby’s remarks but said it’s in an ongoing process of seeking and receiving permits from the necessary agencies, as construction of the project is phased.Eby did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Canadian Press.Horgan’s NDP won 41 seats in the province’s May 9 election, shy of the 44 needed to mount a majority. But the Greens, who hold three seats, signed an agreement to support the New Democrats in a minority government.The agreement states the government will “immediately employ every tool available to stop” the pipeline expansion.A mandate letter issued by Horgan to Environment Minister George Heyman on Monday softens the language slightly, saying instead that he must employ every tool available to “defend B.C.’s interests in the face of” the expansion.James Coleman, an energy law professor at Southern Methodist University who previously worked at the University of Calgary, said Eby’s remarks reflect the government’s need to be cautious about what it says and does.“That’s certainly what you’d want to say. If you want to avoid compensation (to Trans Mountain), you wouldn’t want to give the suggestion that you were deliberately delaying or acting in bad faith,” he said.“That’s one of those challenges the government faces. Because it has been so explicit that it’s going to use every tool to try and block this pipeline, that they may worry that the courts will see the government’s actions as being in bad faith.”First Nations and environmental groups have filed lawsuits against the federal government’s approval of the project. Some groups have also launched legal challenges of B.C.’s environmental certificate.The NDP government has not said what it plans to do about the lawsuits, but Coleman said if it is looking to avoid compensation, then the normal move would be to defend the certificate.“The question is: Is that a half-hearted defence?” he asked. “I think that remains to be seen.”Horgan said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Tuesday that he hasn’t yet been briefed by his attorney general but he has spoken with First Nations who have filed lawsuits against the federal government.“I’ve met with the leadership of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations and have heard very clearly their views on the matter, and we’ll deal with those in the days and weeks ahead,” he said.Charlene Aleck, an elected councillor of the Tsleil-Waututh, said she had met with Horgan and felt confident he supports their efforts to halt the pipeline expansion. However, Horgan has not signalled that he intends to join their legal fight, she said.Green party Leader Andrew Weaver said in a statement that he understands Eby’s points and expects they are not indicative of a broader change in the NDP’s stance on the pipeline.“As an opposition party, we will remain steadfast in calling on the NDP government to use every legally available tool to stop the pipeline from going ahead,” Weaver said.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
When the final buzzer sounded at the end of Ohio State’s win in its regular season finale, Mark Titus’ “playing” career in a Buckeye uniform was over. On his own senior night, Titus shed tears, entered the game, and recorded a “trillion” in his final collegiate game. But is his basketball career over? Despite entering — and promptly being kicked out of — last year’s NBA draft, Titus said he’s ready to give professional basketball another shot. “I’m going to try, yeah,” Titus said. “I’m definitely still a free-agent NBA player, and if anybody wants to pick me up, I’d be happy to lend my services.” His first priority is getting healthy. Titus missed the majority of his senior campaign with a shoulder injury and had a season-ending surgery following the Buckeyes’ completion of the regular season. But NBA executives need not worry. Titus said he has fully healed and is ready to play. “I just got out of the sling, which is really exciting,” he said. “I had to wear a sling for like five weeks or something like that. I’m excited to start playing again if I get drafted somewhere.” Titus is aware, however, that some might question whether a guy who played in just 32 games during his four-year career is good enough to play in the NBA. For the doubters, he created his “Mr. Rainmaker” video earlier this year. Following its release, Titus said he planned to use the video as evidence of his exceptional basketball abilities. “I’m going to send the video to NBA scouts and see what comes back from that,” Titus said. “I already tried to get a hold of Greg Oden to tell him to talk to the [Portland Trail] Blazers for me. “We’ll see what happens, but I’m sure I could raise some hell with this draft, too.”
The success of Angry Birds has surprised everyone, not least developer Rovio. When it first hit the App Store the game was an instant hit, but Rovio didn’t sit still and has been building the brand ever since.That investment in an initially very popular game has certainly paid off. You can now play Angry Birds on just about any device, and there’s now a strong merchandising side to the characters and the name. You can buy stuffed toys, iPhone cases, a board game, and there’s even real-world games of Angry Birds setup for promotions that manage to capture the attention of onlookers.AdChoices广告So it will probably come as no surprise how often Angry Birds is being downloaded. Peter Vesterbacka, the so-called “Mighty Eagle” at Rovio was speaking at the Mobile 2.0 Europe Developer Conference – openIDEAS yesterday when he announced the current download figure.Angry Birds now sees over 1 million downloads every single day.You’d think such a high level of downloading would mean everyone will have a copy of the game on their device(s) soon. But then you have to consider just how many devices Rovio has ported the game to. As well as the original iPhone and iPod touch version, you have a Nokia NFC-enabled version, Android, Facebook, web-based port offered through Chrome, Intel AppUp, Roku TV version, and the forthcoming RIM PlayBook edition, and that’s not even the full list . Add to that multiple versions of the game including the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Magic.We were impressed when Rovio announced the game had been downloaded more than 200 million times last month. But with 1 million downloads now happening every day it shouldn’t take long for that figure to reach half a billion.via TNW
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Looking for a Greek-themed party in Sydney this New Year’s Eve? AMMOS’s Christmas party is sold out, but tickets are still available for their New Year’s Eve party. Tickets cost $120, including a three-course banquet, La Fiesta Brazilian Show, belly dancers, and the Amnos Live Band. To book call (02) 9599 5771. If you’re at Darling Harbour, head to Greek NYE at Dockside. The $170 ticket includes food, drink and a bottle of Chivas Regal per table, and features a DJ, bouzouki and magnificent views of the fireworks. Book on 1300 117 118. Also at Darling Harbour, Helm Bar is hosting Privelege, a Greek dance night for New Years. Tickets cost $50, including two drinks, entry to the after-party, and DJs from such events as HOME’s Mykonos Festival, Santorini Sessions, Enigma and Fashionista. Book at www.moshtix.com.au For a more gentle celebration, The Greek Orthodox Church of St Demetrios, at 120 Collett St, Queanbeyan, is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. The event has been run over the past 16 years, and Reverend Constantine Costakos said he expects up to 300 people. “Queanbean is full of very old families,” he said. So despite the music, dancing and DJs, the party probably won’t go too late. To RSVP call (02) 6295 2291
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos feels that team-mate Luka Modric deserves the UEFA Player of the Year award more than bigger marketable names like Cristiano RonaldoThe decision to name the Croatia international as the winner of the award caused a stir with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, being particularly vocal over his disapproval.But Ramos is certain that Modric is the rightful winner.The 32-year-old playmaker played a key role, alongside Ronaldo, in helping secure Real Madrid a third successive Champions League title last season and captained Croatia to it’s first ever World Cup final before eventually losing to France.“There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as [Modric],” said Ramos, according to the Daily Mail.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me.”Ramos also seemed to take a dig at Ronaldo by suggesting that Modric is more humble.“Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award,” he added.Modric has appeared in all three of Real’s La Liga games this season and provided an assist in the 4-1 win over Leganes.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 23, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry and Department of Education is pleased to announce that all Government and Private Schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands have resumed following the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.The Minister of Education, the Honorable Karen Malcolm along with officials from the Ministry and Department of Education have visited a number of schools throughout the islands in an attempt assess the conditions under which schools are operating and also to offer support to the Principals, staff and students of the various institutions.The Return to Happiness, a programme aided by UNICEF has been instrumental in mitigating trauma experienced by students who were victims of the dreadful hurricanes. The Return to Happinessprogramme has also promoted the concept of safer schools through the implementation of initiatives and procedures which seek to prepare students to effectively address incidents which threaten their livelihood. Hence, although some schools continue to experience episodes of conflict, restlessness and indiscipline among its student body, most schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands have return to a state of normalcy.In isolated cases in where we have observed an elevated level of indiscipline, meetings are held with parents/guardians of the students involved. Daily checks were put in place to ensure that students behavior are monitored. The Ministry will be taking serious disciplinary actions against the students who continually seek to disrupt the daily routine at school.The Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcom stated that “The Ministry and Department of Education is committed to providing additional support to schools where acts of violence or indiscipline are prevalent. To this end, on November 23rd, 2017, the Long Bay High School will be conducting a Behaviour Management Workshop with all members of staff. It is anticipated that the workshop will help to identify best practices for addressing behavioural challenges among students and implement measures to prevent indiscipline in school.She went on to say that; “We believe that it is initiatives such as these which will help to equip teachers with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to alter undesirable behavior among students and encourage behaviours which are acceptable.”The Ministry of Education wishes to express gratitude to all local, regional and international stakeholders for the role played in helping to ensure that the students of the Turks and Caicos Islands continue their pursuit for an education in environments which are conducive to teaching and learning.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
Out of the 24 topics listed on the survey, Facebook was the No. 1 source for 13 of them, and the No. 2 source for another seven—by far the most dominant platform. Those looking for lifestyle and entertainment stories turn primarily to social networks, while those in search of newsier content typically went straight to reportorial sources like magazines, newspapers and TV stations (or their associated websites). “In the qualitative interviews, we heard the notion that, because news is important for democracy, people feel they should not have to pay for it,” the report says. “It should be more of a civic right because it is a civic good.” “At the same time, in our qualitative interviews, we also repeatedly heard a pushback against Facebook and to some degree social networks as an environment,” the report reads. “Various people told us they are beginning to see Facebook and other platforms as places that are often prone to negativity, that some people use to start arguments, or that are filled with useless, inaccurate, or untrustworthy information.” Search ranked as the second-most common platform for millennials to get news and information, though they usually turn to search for more practical content like price comparisons, hobbies and how-tos. Millennials may complain about their parents’ presence on Facebook, but they’re still heavily relying on the platform for consuming information. The type of content millennials are looking for has a big impact on what sources they use to get it. A new study from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, sheds light on what those readers want. Facebook Rules That may be why “softer” topics like pop culture, music, TV, movies and style tended to be the most preferred content on the social network. Publishers have always taken steps to attract new younger readers, but the methods of doing so have never been as varied. Now, millennial readers have more points of access and different relationships with magazine content. Meanwhile, millennials go to search engines and other curators for how-to info and when they want to go deeper on a particular topic. Paying for Content Function Dictates Form A majority of millennials paid for content or accessed paid content using someone else’s subscription—that willingness to pay doesn’t mean they agree the practice though. Surprisingly, respondents also showed a greater willingness to pay for print than for digital content. More than one fifth of the millennials surveyed say they paid for a subscription for a print magazine in the last year, when a less expensive digital version was available.
Vedanta group Chairman Anil Agarwal during a press conference in Kolkata on Dec 25, 2018.IANSVolcan Investments, the family trust of Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal, has shown interest to invest in the now grounded Jet Airways and has submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) for the debt-ridden airline.”Volcan Investments, an investment company for Anil Agarwal, in an exploratory move, has sought an EoI for Jet Airways, to understand the business scenario for the company and the industry,” the trust said in a statement on Sunday.It, however, added that the EoI is in “no way linked to Vedanta”.The EoIs will be examined by resolution professional Ashish Chhawchharia to verify their eligibility. The final bids are to be submitted by September 12.
Share “One thing that Rick Perry has always been good at is connecting with farmers and ranchers. He is one of us, he was involved in farming and ranching in Haskell before becoming commissioner,” Hall says.Hall says Perry would offer farmers across the country more of the Texas farming perspective.“The regulation factor is pretty big. We know that president-elect Trump said back in August that the regulation in agriculture is a big problem. I know for a fact that Rick Perry would be sympathic to that,” Hall explains.According to Perry’s spokesman Stan Gerdes there is more information to come of which the former governor and two-time presidential contender plans to release on his Twitter page. Copyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. RYAN E. POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOFormer Gov. Rick PerryTexas’ longest serving governor and former state agriculture commissioner Rick Perry has announced he has been contacted by Donald Trump’s presidential transition team for a possible role in the administration. LISTEN: As heard on Texas Public RadioHouston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Perry on Twitter made the announcement saying that he had been contacted by the Trump transition team Wednesday morning. Perry did not reference what role he was contacted for but did say, “Just got the call from Trump team, saddle up and ride.” But Gene Hall with the Texas Farm Bureau says Perry would make a great addition as Trump agriculture secretary.Just got a call to #makeamericagreatagain Saddle up & ride, bro!!#godblessamerica https://t.co/KffXN7olzV— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) November 9, 2016
Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future Like a car, house, or college tuition, sex robots are a long-term investment most people can’t afford out-of-pocket.Thankfully for randy Brits, Silicone Sex World has introduced a solution: financing.“At Silicone Sex World, we realize how important your doll is to you. More so, we recognize the investment you make when purchasing a sex doll,” the website said. “When looking to purchase such a high-value item, you may want to spread the cost over a period of time.”AdChoices广告So, the company teamed up with credit broker Ideal 4 Finance to provide customers “the opportunity to be a doll owner, without the added pressure of having to save for months prior to purchasing.”The sex doll trade is built on the idea that rich, lonely people (mostly men) are willing to shell out hard-earned cash for a plastic companion. The reality, though, is that many of the folks itching for a taut toy are probably not making six figures a year, but rather live in their parents’ basement and work two jobs to pay for clothes and new video games.With full-sized figurines ranging from $1,120 to $4,095 (and that’s before add-ons), London-based Silicone Sex World is actually smart to offer the option of monthly payments.“It’s a rapidly growing industry and we want to make sure we are as competitive as we can be,” Richard Thorne, marketing manager at SSW, told The Sun. “There’s obvious payment benefits to this kind of finance option and it comes at an exciting time for the business.“Interest in our products has grown steadily over the last year and we want to make sure our great products are affordable to those who are interested in the sex doll experience,” Thorne added.Once potential buyers have sufficiently objectified women (and now men!) by choosing their ideal, perfectly molded partner, they can simply click on an Ideal 4 Finance banner to apply.Silicone Sex World promised rates as low as 4 percent, “depending on your circumstances,” and assured users that it remains “100 percent committed” to ensuring complete confidentiality for all clients.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Often said that your experience at the dawn of New Year’s is quite the script for the rest of the year ahead. Be it greatness of the food, the groove of the awe-inspiring music, or the beauty of the location where you are. The patrons at Escape’s Countdown Festival made sure that Delhiites take good time into 2014. The festival ringed in the New Year with the Ska Vengers performance at the Skinner stage while breathtaking fireworks lit the sky up. The Vibe stage on the other hand pumped up the trance rhythm as the clock struck 12. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An offshoot at Manesar – one of the coolest destination music festivals of the country – Escape-The Countdown Festival was the perfect year ender to unwind, the festival had 3 stages – Skinner, Vibe and the Boiler Room experience which featured spectacular music, along with art exhibitions, international cuisine alongside activities such as nature walks, mountain biking and rejuvenating spa treatments.The countdown festival showcased some of the finest musical performances from across the globe. The line-up at the festival had names like Antariksh, Big Bang Blues, Rusty Nails, The Ska Vengers, Aditi-Veena, Prateek Kuhad Collective, Jassb’stards, Jagramogara, Ectogasmics, Tadayan, Vaeya, Vipers vs K.T, Buffapirate, Frame / Frame, Shantam, Kumbhkaran, Blueorb, Curtain Blue, Guy called Sid Sal, Tech Panda, Post Modern Pandit, Uncoded followed by a new year’s brunch. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking about the Escape- The Countdown Festival, festival director L Tochhawng, said, ‘Simply put, how I wanted to bring in the New Year? With great music, non-stop festivity starting the 30th, going till the 1st noon, immersed in various genres of music, great food and a picturesque venue. It was a good start with a new festival to ring in the New Year. The last few years have made one thing very clear, we love our music festivals, so why not bid goodbye to the year gone by and bring in the New Year with a Mini Music Festival.’
Kolkata: The elephant enclosure inside the Alipore Zoo that has been witnessing a facelift for the last few months will be ready in a month’s time. The new home for the pachyderms will be spanning over 3.7 acres, thrice the size of the old enclosure. The widening of the space became imperative after the Central Zoo Authority prodded the zoo authorities for increasing the space for free movement of the jumbos. “The enclosures for animals like leopards, hyena, and jackal needed to be shifted to another place to broaden the area of the elephants. Rani and Tithi — the two elephants are a major attraction in the zoo and particularly for the children. The waterbody at the front portion of the enclosure have been cleaned and beautified. Natural grass has been laid and shower has been fitted for the bathing of the elephants. The trees inside the new enclosure – Aswattha, Neem, Deodhar and Krishnachura – are surrounded by small brick walls so that the elephants can’t uproot them,” Zoo director Asis Kumar Samanta said adding that the animals love open space to roam around and enjoy the nature. It may be mentioned that in 2009, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) banned elephants in zoos but had made an exception for Alipore zoo and had told officials that they could keep two elephants at the most by expanding the 3,000 sqm enclosure by at least three times. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe zoo authorities were again prodded by CZA in 2015-16 and there was apprehension that the Zoo will lose the jumbos because of not being able to meet the CZA guidelines for keeping the elephants. After a number of sleepless nights, the zoo authorities in consultation with experts chalked out a comprehensive plan for widening of the elephant enclosure. The elephants are presently kept in a shed in an enclosure out of public view while work is going on. “In the morning , their keeper popularly known as ‘mahoot’ takes them to the open space and allow them to roam around freely. They are extremely happy and we find it very difficult to take them back to the shed,” a senior zoo official said. The old elephant enclosure – with a moat, a shed and trees – was inaugurated in 1999 by the then chief minister Jyoti Basu. Before that, elephants used to remain chained in an enclosure one-tenth the size of the current one.
News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more July 18, 2013 — In a study of more than 2,000 adults, researchers found that two MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) measurements of the abdominal aorta — the amount of plaque in the vessel and the thickness of its wall — are associated with future cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack or stroke. Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology. “This is an important study, because it demonstrates that atherosclerosis in an artery outside the heart is an independent predictor of adverse cardiovascular events,” said the study’s lead author, Christopher D. Maroules, M.D., a radiology resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the study’s lead author. “MRI is a promising tool for quantifying atherosclerosis through plaque and arterial wall thickness measurements.”Atherosclerosis is a condition in which fat, cholesterol and other substances collect within the arteries, forming plaque. As plaque accumulates, the artery narrows, limiting blood flow. The condition can occur in any artery, including the cerebral (brain) and coronary (heart) arteries and the aorta, which carries oxygenated blood from the heart through the abdomen to the rest of body. The aorta is the largest artery body.In the study, researchers analyzed abdominal MR images of 2,122 participants (mean age 44) in the Dallas Heart Study, a multi-ethnic population-based study of healthy adults from Dallas County in Texas. Two measurements were obtained from the MR images: mean abdominal aortic wall thickness, or the thickness of the vessel wall, and the amount of plaque buildup, referred to as the aortic plaque burden.Following imaging, study participants were monitored for a period of 7.8 years. During that time, 143 participants experienced an adverse cardiovascular event in which arterial blood flow was obstructed, resulting in death or medical intervention. Researchers categorized the events as related to the heart (cardiac events) or to other arteries (called extra-cardiac vascular events) such as those in the brain or abdomen.Of the 143 cardiovascular events, 34 were fatal. Seventy-three were non-fatal cardiac events, including heart attack or coronary revascularization, and 46 were non-fatal extra-cardiac vascular events, such as stroke or carotid revascularization.Using the MRI measurements, the researchers found that increased abdominal aortic wall thickness correlated with a greater risk for all types of cardiovascular events. An increase in both wall thickness and aortic plaque burden was associated with an increased risk for non-fatal extra-cardiac vascular events. “These MRI measurements may add additional prognostic value to traditional cardiac risk stratification models,” Maroules said.MR imaging of the abdominal aorta is less technically challenging than other vascular imaging exams because of the large size of the vessel and its lack of proximity to a moving organ, such as the heart or the lungs. In addition, images of the abdominal aorta are often captured when patients undergo other exams, such as MRI of the spine or abdomen.“The abdominal aorta is incidentally imaged on a regular basis,” Maroules said. “Radiologists can infer prognostic information from routine MRI exams that may benefit patients by identifying subclinical disease.”According to Maroules, further MRI research will contribute to a better understanding of the progression of atherosclerosis, which scientists believe begins with a remodeling or thickening of the vessel wall prior to the buildup of plaque.For more information: www.radiology.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… 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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The Raffles Group of Hotels & Resorts, which manages three iconic Fijian Resorts, is pleased to announce that it will be rebranding to Raffe Hotels & Resorts effectively immediately.Founded by the late Reginald Raffe, the hotel group has been trading in Fiji for more than 40 years and is led by its flagship property, Plantation Island Resort.Reg Raffe was one of the pioneers of the Tourism Industry in Fiji, opening his beloved Plantation Island Resort in 1969 and then running key properties such as the Tradewinds Hotel in Suva and the Raffles Gateway Hotel across the road from the Nadi International Airport.Reg’s children also opened one of Fiji’s leading boutique resorts, Lomani Island Resort, in 2004. Reg Raffe’s contribution to the Tourism Industry in Fiji was immense, and he leaves a legacy of one of the leading hotel management brands in the South Pacific.Bradley Robinson, CEO of Raffe Hotels & Resorts says “We are truly proud of the history our properties have in Fiji. Our founder Mr Raffe was extremely hard working and entrepreneurial; traits that we continue to value in our organisation today.“It seemed obvious to us that his reputation as a visionary leader of local tourism should lead us into the future.”Raffe Hotels and Resorts offer a range of product to suit most visitors to Fiji; Plantation Island Resort is the quintessential island experience, a three-star value for money resort great for families of all ages, couples and groups.Lomani Island Resort is a boutique four star adult only resort nestled in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands. Raffles Gateway Hotel is conveniently located across the road from Nadi International Airport and provides pre and post accommodation for an island stay or exceptional service for corporates or last minute travellers.Source = Raffe Hotels & Resorts
L/R: Mr. Josefa Tuamoto, CEO – Tourism Solomons, Solomon Islands; Ms Flori-Anne Dela Cruz, Youth Representative – Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Guam; Mr. Pairoj Kiatthunsamai, CFO, PATA; Mr. Trevor Weltman, Chief of Staff – PATA; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO – PATA; Ms. Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR; Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Fine and Applied Arts, and Director, International – Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada; Mr. Bill Calderwood, Managing Director – The Ayre Group Consulting, Australia; Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman – Asian Trails Ltd., Thailand; Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO – Asia Tourism Consulting Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Mr. Benjamin Liao, Chairman – Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Ms Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director – Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao, China; Mr. Shahid Hamid, Executive Director- Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, Bangladesh, and Mr. Henry Oh, Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK).PATA announces new Executive BoardThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the ratification of the 2019/2020 PATA Executive Board. Dr. Chris Bottrill, Dean of Fine and Applied Arts, and Director, International at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada and Ms. Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR have been formally approved to continue for an additional one-year term as Chairman and Immediate Past Chairperson, respectively.During the PATA Annual Summit 2019 in Cebu, Philippines, PATA also elected five new members to its Executive Board including Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong, CEO – Asia Tourism Consulting Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Mr. Benjamin Liao, Chairman – Forte Hotel Group, Chinese Taipei; Ms Jennifer Chun, Director, Tourism Research – Hawaii Tourism Authority, USA; Mr. Vinoop Goel, Regional Director – Airports & External Relations, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Singapore, and Mr. Henry Oh, Jr., Chairman – Global Tour Ltd., Korea (ROK).Other Executive Board members include Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director – Macao Government Tourism Office, Macao, China; Mr. Bill Calderwood, Managing Director – The Ayre Group Consulting, Australia; Mr. Jon Nathan Denight, Representative, Palau Visitors Authority, Palau; Mr. Shahid Hamid, Executive Director- Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, Bangladesh, and Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman – Asian Trails Ltd., Thailand.Mr. Soon-Hwa Wong was elected as the new Vice Chairman, while Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes remains Secretary/Treasurer.Mr. Soon Hwa has some 40 years of extensive experience in the Asia Pacific tourism and hospitality industry. After a long and successful corporate career, he founded Asia Tourism Consulting to provide advisory and consulting services to commercial and not-for-profit enterprises. During his career, he started the Hertz Asia Pacific office in Singapore in 1993. After Hertz, as Regional Director – Asia Pacific, he helped Blacklane GmbH establish the Singapore regional office and built a service network covering some 80 cities. Prior to Hertz, he was Regional Manager – South East Asia for Air New Zealand, GM Marketing of Mansfield Travel and Deputy GM Avis Singapore.On the election of the new Executive Board PATA CEO Mario Hardy said, “I look forward to working with our new Executive Board in supporting our members in creating a more responsible travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region. Our Executive Board this year is truly an example of PATA’s diversity and expertise. I am especially proud to recognise that PATA has five women on its Executive Board and five representatives from the Pacific, who will work alongside our other members representing the Americas, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and South Asia. I am confident that all of us together will continue to support the productive efforts of the global tourism industry and our core values at PATA.”Furthermore, Mr Josefa Tuamoto, CEO – Tourism Solomons, Solomon Islands and Dr. Fanny Vong, President – Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macao, China have been appointed to the Executive Board as non-voting members.Ms Flori-Anne Dela Cruz, Youth Representative – Guam Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Guam and PATA Face of the Future 2019, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA Chairman.The new Executive Board members were confirmed at the PATA Board Meeting on May 12, 2019 during the PATA Annual Summit 2019 in Cebu, Philippines.Source = Pacific Asia Travel Association