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Blame everyone but BJPs handling of economy Cong on FMs OlaUber remarksBlame everyone but BJPs handling of economy Cong on FMs OlaUber remarks

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress on Wednesday took a jibe at finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her remarks that the automobile sector slowdown was due to factors like change in mindset of millennials, with party leader Abhishek Singhvi saying blame everyone but the BJP’s handling of the economy. Sitharaman on Tuesday had said the slowdown in the automobile sector was due to many factors like the change in mindset of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car. Reacting to her remarks, Singhvi tweeted: “Yes..that’s great. Blame the voters..blame everyone but BJP’s handling of the economy Mrs Finance Minister.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress, in a tweet from its official Twitter handle, also took a dig at Sitharaman for her remarks. “So the decline in bus and truck sales is also because millennials have stopped buying them as much as they used to. Isn’t that right FM Smt. @nsitharaman?” the party said. In a tweet on Wednesday, Singhvi also questioned how the economy will cross 5 trillion dollars in view of the prevailing circumstances. “Modi ji’s Twitter followers have crossed 50 million. Economy will cross 5 trillion (dollars), but how? Youths are not getting jobs, will you hold opposition responsible for this too. Uber, Ola have ruined everything,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Whatever good has happened, has been done by us (Modinomics). Whatever bad has happened, has been done by others (Nirmalanomics). Then, why have people elected you? (Publiconomics),” he said in another tweet. The Congress, in a tweet, also attacked the government over a media report claiming that crores of stocks in investor wealth has been wiped off in the first 100 days of the Modi government’s second term. “Despite their promise of protecting wealth creators, the government’s disastrous policies have wiped away Rs 12.5 lakh crore of investor wealth in the last 100 days. Unlike the FM’s excuses, these are the real reasons for it: Demonetisation, GST, Tax Terrorism,” the party said.last_img read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgCALGARY – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Outgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.3,532 of those wells are epxected to be drilled in Alberta. The decrease in wells is going to mean $1,5 to $1.8 billion less in capitl spending by exploration and production companies across the country #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) November 1, 2018The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.last_img read more

House of Representatives Ends Session on WednesdayHouse of Representatives Ends Session on Wednesday

first_imgRabat – The House of Representatives ended on Wednesday the autumn session of the 2013-2014 legislative year.At the closing plenary session, speaker of the House of Representatives Karim Ghellab said the session was marked by two major events. The first was the opening of the session by King Mohammed VI and the speech by the Sovereign to the members of both Houses of Parliament.“This speech was the main reference for our parliamentary action, especially since it was a roadmap for the implementation of the constitutional provisions and strengthening cooperation between legislative and executive powers in respect of the separation of powers,” said Ghellab. The second landmark relates to the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Parliament, an event that was marked by the royal message to the members of both houses of parliament and in which new horizons have been defined for the promotion of parliamentary practice and capitalizing on  the successful experiences in the field, said Ghellab.last_img read more

UN forum in SouthEast Asia calls for more investment to reduce disasterUN forum in SouthEast Asia calls for more investment to reduce disaster

20 February 2012Last year’s devastating floods across South-East Asia were a “wake-up call” on the need for much greater investment in disaster risk reduction across the region, a United Nations forum heard today. Delegates from nine countries attending the one-day forum, held in Bangkok and co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), called for much greater investment in disaster risk reduction in the future to protect economic growth.The forum was held to discuss lessons learned from last year’s floods and to devise ways to make the region’s countries more resilient to future disasters.More than 1,000 people were killed and billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure was reported last year during some of the worst floods in generations in South-East Asia, with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam among the nations hardest hit. Typhoon Washi also caused enormous damage in the Philippines.Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, told the forum that national and regional disaster risk reduction plan must be implemented more quickly.“Hazards become disasters in the absence of development and with inadequate investment in risk reduction,” she said. “This knowledge-sharing meeting presents us with the opportunity to address gaps in regional and national disaster preparedness, management and response.”Dr. Heyzer stressed that disasters such as the 2011 floods make development more difficult and disproportionately impact the least economically developed communities.Delegates described last year’s inundations as a “wake-up call to policy-makers, governments, private sector and civil society that there is a gap between rapid economic growth and investment in disaster risk reduction,” according to a press release issued by ESCAP after the forum.The participants called for accelerated investment to fill the gap to protect key social and economic assets from disasters, especially in those areas with rapid economic growth.The forum was attended by representatives of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand and Viet Nam. read more

Twothirds of Canadian households saving for retirement census suggestsTwothirds of Canadian households saving for retirement census suggests

By David HodgesTwo-thirds of households are setting aside money for retirement, taking advantage of either a registered pension plan, an RRSP or a tax-free savings account, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as it released the latest batch of numbers from the 2016 census.Of 14 million households, 65.2 per cent made a contribution in 2015 — the most recent year for which data was available — to one or more of the three major savings vehicles, an apparent counterpoint to the prevailing narrative that too many Canadians take a cavalier approach to retirement.Different generations took different approaches: Major income earners aged 35 to 54 were prone to make use of registered pension plans and RRSPs, while those younger than 35 and those older than 54 were more likely to contribute to a TFSA.Or, in Statistics Canada’s words: “Participation in savings plans followed strong life-cycle patterns.”Savings profileIt’s the first time the census has probed the question, taking advantage of tax data to paint a more accurate picture of just how seriously Canadians take it — a picture which experts say has long been distorted by suspect data and aggressive investment marketing.“I think things in general are still in pretty good shape when it comes to preparing for retirement,” said Fred Vettese, chief actuary at Morneau Shepell in Toronto.“For the most part, when you look at middle-income Canadians they are saving. So one of the problems with the statistics is that they end up being misleading.”Vettese said he’s particularly frustrated by the oft-cited national household saving rate, which landed at 4.6 per cent in the second quarter of this year, compared with 20 per cent in 1980.“That’s the stat that people keep on harping on, and it has dropped a lot — but that household saving rate is a funny number.”For starters, household saving doesn’t include Canada Pension Plan contributions — “for most people, you figure that their CPP contributions are savings for retirement,” he said — which means federal efforts to enhance the pension plan won’t change that figure “one iota.”What’s more, Vettese said, the household saving rate deducts what retired Canadians might take out of their nest egg once it becomes a source of income.“So, with an aging population and more people drawing an income then used to be the case back in the 1990s, obviously it’s going to look like people are saving less.”Research compiled by actuary Malcolm Hamilton of the C.D. Howe Institute suggests that the rate of retirement saving for employed people has actually almost doubled in recent decades.Retirement savings plansHamilton’s data-crunching exercise — which sought to correct for household saving’s shortcomings — showed a surge between 1990 and 2012 in contributions to retirement savings plans, even as household saving dropped sharply. Over that 22-year period, contributions went from 7.7 per cent of earnings to 14.1 per cent.“Some of that is public pension saving plans, so employers and employees are both putting money in,” said Vettese. “But some of that is actually people putting money into their RRSPs. And you also have to figure that some of the money in TFSAs will be used for retirement.”The numbers released Wednesday show a clear preference among younger workers for tax-free savings accounts, which were introduced in 2009 by the former Conservative government.Of the 45 per cent of major income earners aged 15 to 24 who saved for retirement in 2015, 33.5 per cent opted for TFSAs, compared to 14.3 per cent who contributed to an RRSP. For 25 to 34 year olds, 42 per cent put money in a TFSA, versus 37.3 per cent for an RRSP.Perhaps not surprisingly, those aged 35 to 54 — a generation more familiar with the RRSP model than with tax-free savings accounts — showed a preference for the former, at more than 45 per cent. They were, however, better savers across the board, with nearly three-quarters of their ranks opting for at least one of the three savings tools.Where young and middle-aged would-be savers are concerned, a dramatic increase in housing prices relative to wage growth has been one the biggest challenges, said certified financial planner Jason Heath.The real estate factor“Double-digit real estate appreciation and one per cent wage growth don’t work long-run on a lot of levels,” said Heath, the managing director of Objective Financial Partners in Markham, about 30 kilometres north of Toronto.“This means that more cash flow is being allocated towards home down payments, and it’s taking longer to pay off mortgages. I’m seeing a lot of cases where people are going to have to rely on home equity as part of their retirement plan.”Like Vettese, Heath said he believes baby boomers are largely doing fine when it comes to financing their retirement years.“They bought homes and saved for retirement during a boom time,” he said. “It’s the latter half of the ‘Gen-X’ generation and millennials who are getting squeezed.”A bigger challenge for young and middle-aged Canadians, added Vettese, is the low interest rate environment and the impact that the aging population is having on the balance between savers and borrowers, despite efforts by government to stimulate the economy.“Interest rates are low now and they’re going to be staying low,” he said.“That’s going to be an issue for retirees, because obviously that means they’re not going to get as much of their income from investment returns in retirement as used to be the case.”— Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter read more

Monks go berserk at expresswayMonks go berserk at expressway

After a few minutes a few other monks and their supporters arrive at the scene and engage in a heated exchange of words with the police and other officers at the entry point.In an audio clip of the heated exchange obtained separately by the Colombo Gazette from an officer at the entry point of the southern expressway, the monks and their supporters are heard abusing the policemen using raw language. When the monk had been refused entry as a tail light of the vehicle was damaged the monk got into a heated argument with the traffic policeman at the entrance. The exchange of words lasted for several minutes before the monks left the area with their supporters.   (Colombo Gazette) A Buddhist monk has been captured on amateur video going berserk at the entrance to the Southern Expressway recently after being refused entry as a tail light of the vehicle was damaged. (See video below)Police sources told the Colombo Gazette that the monk arrived at the entry point to the Southern Expressway in a vehicle driven by a driver. The monk is seen in the video getting out of the vehicle and hitting the entry gate with his leg and then abusing the officers manning the post. read more

Saying UN ties are better than ever Israel declares candidacy for SecuritySaying UN ties are better than ever Israel declares candidacy for Security

Silvan Shalom cited a number of recent positive developments which signal a “welcome shift in the attitude of this institution towards Israel.” These included the special session to commemorate the Holocaust as well as the election of an Israeli to serve as an Assembly Vice President. “I wish to commend the Secretary-General for his unique contribution to this positive trend,” he said. “Israel’s relations with the UN are better today than they have ever been.”At the same time, he urged further progress, calling on all States to promote a more balanced and constructive UN approach to Israel. “Israel seeks to take its rightful place, as a country with full and equal rights in this institution,” he said. “This is why I have decided to present – for the first time – Israel’s candidacy for membership of the Security Council.”A number of other countries addressing the Assembly’s annual debate this morning spoke of trends towards peace. Carlos Gomes, Junior, the Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, said international support is critical to the success of his country’s political transition, especially in terms of achieving the economic progress needed to reach minimal conditions for governing the country. The Government was determined to work constructively to create the necessary conditions to promote national reconciliation and to practice good neighbourly relations with other countries in the region, he said.Zarifou Ayeva, Foreign Affairs Minister of Togo, said the country had fortunately emerged from its tumultuous period and was currently consolidating peace through the electoral process. The Government of National Unity represented all factions and a dialogue had been opened with all sectors of society with a view to achieving full national reconciliation. He voiced hope that the UN would continue helping governments to become more democratic and accountable to their citizens.Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Al-Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, voiced support for the people of Iraq and confidence that they would achieve peace and prosperity. He also welcomed the Government’s determination to try the leaders of the former Iraqi regime for all the crimes against humanity they perpetrated against the people of Iraq. “The trials should also include the crimes committed against the Kuwaiti people as embodied in the invasion of the State of Kuwait and the killing of Kuwaiti prisoners and third-country nationals,” he said.Mohamed Bedjaoui, Foreign Minister of Algeria, called for the elaboration and completion of a comprehensive global convention against terrorism, but one which will not serve to oppress peoples seeking to exercise their legitimate rights. The aim should be to unite in a common effort to wage a coherent fight against terrorism that leaves no doubt about international will on the issue. At the same time, it will be necessary to clarify that terrorism is not the province of any one religion or civilization.Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain, said his country was fully committed to the fight against terrorism, and called for the General Assembly to adopt a global strategy to fight the scourge that would include the creation of an international fund to provide assistance to victims. Above all, countries must work to conclude a comprehensive international convention against terrorism before the end of the current Assembly session.Talbak Nazarov, Foreign Affairs Minister of Tajikistan, said the new Peacebuilding Commission should consider the situation in Afghanistan, where the process of national reconciliation is under constant threat. “The Taliban and advocates of Al-Qaida again are raising their heads and making attempts to restore the infrastructure of terror,” he warned. “Their antigovernment actions threaten peace and security both in the country and in the region.” In addition, narcotics production continues to pose a threat. These trends demand an international response, he said.Guatemala’s Foreign Minister, Jorge Briz Abularach, said his country would continue to participate energetically in the efforts to establish the Peacebuilding Commission. “Our own national experience enables us to contribute actively to these efforts,” he said, describing how Guatemala is striving to consolidate peace and promote democracy.Micheline Calmy-Rey, Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Switzerland, welcomed the Summit’s decision to replace the Commission on Human Rights with a Human Rights Council but voiced regret that it was not possible to define working methods. The new Human Rights Council should convene periodically in Geneva and should work in close cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She suggested that Member States work towards defining the Council’s nature and the working methods ahead of the next session of the Commission on Human Rights, which starts next March.Somsavat Lengsavad, Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, emphasized the importance of revitalizing the General Assembly, which “should continue to play a central role as chief deliberative policy-making and representative organ.” He added that the Assembly should foster high-level policy statements and should consider issues of special political importance. “In order to strengthen the role and authority of the General Assembly, we Member States should stress on the need to fully respect and restore the balance between the principal organs of the UN within their respective purviews,” he said.The Foreign Minister of Niger, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, said that, more than ever before, solidarity and international cooperation have become essential. In the case of Niger, the recent food crisis has prompted a call for international support. Ultimately, durable solutions will be required to provide all people in Niger with food security.Andorra’s Foreign Minister, Juli Minoves-Triquell, stressed the interdependence of today’s world. “Whether we are speeding toward challenges that will take the form of natural or man-made catastrophes, we can be assured that their effects will no longer be contained within national borders,” he said. “We must prepare to respond to them with a strength and resolve that also knows no bounds.” Towards that end, he called for a renewed focus on the potential contribution of the United Nations.Kiribati’s President, Anote Tong, said that for low-lying coral atolls, environmental issues such climate change and sea level rise are, fundamentally, security concerns. “A global and concerted effort, including stronger political commitment, is required to achieve the objectives of the UN Convention on Climate Change,” he said.He voiced appreciation for the support his country has achieved but said that contingency planning remains essential. “We acknowledge the need now to seriously consider the option of having to relocate our peoples when necessary – an option that can only be meaningfully addressed within this forum.” read more

UN political affairs chief says Israels withdrawal from Gaza is yet toUN political affairs chief says Israels withdrawal from Gaza is yet to

“An upsurge in violence has undermined the positive political developments and dulled the sense of optimism that had resulted from last month’s Gaza disengagement,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, told the Security Council during the monthly briefing on the Middle East situation.The disengagement process had increased cooperation between the parties at the working level, however, and the leaders also seemed closer to resuming bilateral negotiations, he said, noting that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had carried out the disengagement in the face of vocal domestic pressure, while the Palestinian Legislative Council had called on President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the Government and form another within two weeks. Mr. Gambari welcomed today’s meeting in Washington between President George W. Bush and Mr. Abbas and said the international community would continue to play its part in consolidating the success of the disengagement.The parties themselves had to take bold steps to fulfil their respective commitments, however, he said. Under those commitments, Israel had to halt all settlement- and barrier-construction activity on Palestinian land and the Palestinian Authority had to continue reforming and strengthening its security services. According to the evidence, Palestinians strongly supported efforts to rein in militant groups and the leadership should build on that support, he added.Since the Gaza disengagement, James Wolfensohn, the Special Envoy of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union (EU), Russia and the United States – had returned to the region on 7 October to press for the Quartet’s further agenda on disengagement and to seek to conclude agreements on the “six-plus-three” issues relating to movement, security and reform, the basis for his work since June.The first of the six joint issues concerned border crossings and trade corridors, Mr. Gambari said, with reopening the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza being of immediate social and political importance. He expressed the hope that reports of the crossing being re-opened by 15 November were correct.The parties had reached consensus on the main technical elements of administering a crossing regime and on a third-party presence along the border with Egypt, he said. The EU had offered to consider such a third-party role, but a formal invitation had not yet been issued.Turning to the situation in Lebanon, he said the situation along the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel had remained calm, though 11 Israeli air violations, involving 19 aircraft, had been recorded. read more

US stocks end higher as bullish signals grow Alaska Air soars onUS stocks end higher as bullish signals grow Alaska Air soars on

US stocks end higher as bullish signals grow; Alaska Air soars on revenue forecast NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is ending higher as traders buy companies that fare best when the economic outlook is bright.All major stocks indexes rose Tuesday, but gains were led by the riskier parts of the market. Those advances suggest that investors are more confident about the economy’s prospects.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75 points to 15,300. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 11 points to 1,652. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points to 3,504The Russell 2000, an index of small company stocks, rose eight points to 1,018. It has gained 4.2 per cent in July and is at record levels.The Dow Jones transportation index rose on strong gains for Alaska Air Group and FedEx. That index is seen as a leading indicator for the broader economy. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2013 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Excitement anticipated for Friday nights Grand PrixExcitement anticipated for Friday nights Grand Prix

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeam Mohammed’s Enterprise dominate at CMRCNovember 14, 2016In “latest news”Hassan shines amidst the gloomJuly 2, 2017In “Sports”Banks DIH hands over CMRC Driver SponsorshipsNovember 21, 2013In “Sports”,Group three driver Ravi Singh and his daughter Bridget Singh will be competing at the inaugural GT Motorsports’ facility at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), Albert Street and Thomas Lands.The pair is expected to arrive in Guyana today and will begin practicing at the aforementioned venue for tomorrow night’s showdown against local drivers in their respective categories.Ravi, who has been competing in the group three category in Guyana since 2008, said he is excited to take part in the first-ever Georgetown Grand Prix.Ravi, who has won the group three category in Guyana on four occasions, said he is also enthused by the fact that the karts will be equally matched for Friday’s event.“It will all come down to driving skills and that is a good thing,” Ravi said. The 43-year-old, who has been racing competitively since the age of 15, will compete in the Four-stroke Class, and he is keen on putting on a show for his Guyanese fans on his debut at the newly refurbished track.Ravi Singh (left) and his daughter are expected to arrive in Guyana todayBridget, who started racing karts at age nine, will throw down the gauntlet to Guyanese Emma Vieira in what is expected to be a sizzling showdown. While Vieira will look to defend home turf, the 20-year-old Trinidad and Tobago racer will no doubt want to prove that she’s the better driver.Bridgett, a group two driver, won the 80cc Class two years in a row, before moving to the 100cc, which she dominated for another two years.She then stepped up to the 125cc Rotax International. During the first year she finished second and won the championship the following year. After taking time off to focus on her studies, Bridget returned to the track last year and won the GP 1 Championship.Friday’s activity, which will comprise 15 races, will commence at 18:00hrs and admission to the venue is free. Some of the other races are: 60cc for ages six to 10, 80cc for ages 10-15, 125cc for 15 years and older, as well as the featured event, the Shifters Pro Cup. Among those who will be in the competition include seasoned drivers such as the father and son pair of Kevin and Kristian Jeffrey and Stephan Jeffrey.Some of the sponsors for the event are: Honda, of which the four stroke engines will be running, Rays Motor Spares, Sunburst, Banks DIH through their Monster Energy Brand, Ansa McAl through their Stag Brand, Superbet, Prem’s Electrical, Ocean Spray Hotel, Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc, E-Networks and BM Soat. (Guyana Times) Group three driver Ravi Singh and his daughter Bridget Singh will be competing at the inaugural GT Motorsports’ facility at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), Albert Street and Thomas Lands.The pair is expected to arrive in Guyana today and will begin practicing at the aforementioned venue for tomorrow night’s showdown against local drivers in their respective categories.Ravi, who has been competing in the group three category in Guyana since 2008, said he is excited to take part in the first-ever Georgetown Grand Prix.Ravi, who has won the group three category in Guyana on four occasions, said he is also enthused by the fact that the karts will be equally matched for Friday’s event.“It will all come down to driving skills and that is a good thing,” Ravi said. The 43-year-old, who has been racing competitively since the age of 15, will compete in the Four-stroke Class, and he is keen on putting on a show for his Guyanese fans on his debut at the newly refurbished track.Ravi Singh (left) and his daughter are expected to arrive in Guyana todayBridget, who started racing karts at age nine, will throw down the gauntlet to Guyanese Emma Vieira in what is expected to be a sizzling showdown. While Vieira will look to defend home turf, the 20-year-old Trinidad and Tobago racer will no doubt want to prove that she’s the better driver.Bridgett, a group two driver, won the 80cc Class two years in a row, before moving to the 100cc, which she dominated for another two years.She then stepped up to the 125cc Rotax International. During the first year she finished second and won the championship the following year. After taking time off to focus on her studies, Bridget returned to the track last year and won the GP 1 Championship.Friday’s activity, which will comprise 15 races, will commence at 18:00hrs and admission to the venue is free. Some of the other races are: 60cc for ages six to 10, 80cc for ages 10-15, 125cc for 15 years and older, as well as the featured event, the Shifters Pro Cup. Among those who will be in the competition include seasoned drivers such as the father and son pair of Kevin and Kristian Jeffrey and Stephan Jeffrey.Some of the sponsors for the event are: Honda, of which the four stroke engines will be running, Rays Motor Spares, Sunburst, Banks DIH through their Monster Energy Brand, Ansa McAl through their Stag Brand, Superbet, Prem’s Electrical, Ocean Spray Hotel, Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc, E-Networks and BM Soat. (Guyana Times) read more

Aiming for cleaner Indian coalAiming for cleaner Indian coal

first_imgThe Coal Working Group of the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue has scheduled a workshop on pre-combustion coal cleaning in India this August as part of the two nations’ on-going cooperative effort to elevate energy security, reduce pollution and mitigate the growth of carbon dioxide emissions. In a meeting in Washington earlier in June, working group members set tentative workshop dates of August 21-23 in Ranchi and also reviewed three proposals for research, development and demonstration that will be submitted to the Government of India for funding.  The proposals deal with underground coal gasification, with coal cleaning and waste management and with CO2 sequestration.   The meeting was co-chaired for the US by the Department of Energy’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy Thomas Shope and S.P. Seth, Additional Secretary of India’s Ministry of Coal, and builds on a broad range of existing energy co-operation between the two nations.  Project discussions were led by DOE Lead Coordinator Barbara McKee and also touched on the US regulatory framework for development of coal resources in a cost effective and environmentally sound manner. Forecasts identify India as one of the world’s fastest growing sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide due to its high economic growth and reliance on domestic coal for energy to support that growth. Coal washing will lower pollution and raises efficiency in power generation, and other uses, by removing significant amounts of sulphur and ash before combustion.  Every 1% gain in combustion efficiency reduces CO2 output by slightly more than 2% per kilowatt hour.last_img read more

Australia to Greeces rescueAustralia to Greeces rescue

first_imgJulia Gillard has advised European leaders to “fast forward” their effort to pull Greece out of its financial crisis, accusing the union’s leaders of “muddling through” efforts to curb the debt crisis. Currently meeting with world leaders at the G20 summit in Cannes, the Prime Minister said she was prepared to increase Australia’s contribution to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to safeguard the well being of the global economy. Ms Gillard supported a deal being put forward by euro zone leaders last week that would put a cap on spending rates in Greece, saying the “plans need to be implemented.” “The G20 can play a role by bolstering political will and increasing IMF resources,” she said. But the opposition leader Tony Abbott is against Australia helping the European economy, challenging Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan in parliament, asking: “Why is the government planning to provide money it does not have to prop up the eurozone, which is the world’s largest economy?” Swan then retaliated by calling Abbott xenophobic for not wanting to assist Greece through their dire situation. Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou called a referendum on the deal, put forward instead of the tough austerity measures initially planned. In response to the proposed referendum, Gillard urged the IMF yesterday to increase resources ensuring there would be enough funds to deal with future crises. Swan also agrees that Greece should be doing more to overcome the budget crisis and “restore stability and support growth in Europe.” “Greece’s failure to act has done nothing to ease concerns about Europe’s capacity to deal with the sovereign debt crisis,” Swan said in a statement. “Of any country, Greece should be working hardest to make this plan work.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Courtesy Calls on the Governor General at Government HouseCourtesy Calls on the Governor General at Government House

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp03#Bahamas, October 3, 2017 – Nassau –Header Photo:  Gillian Curry-Williams along with other cancer survivors called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House recently.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)2nd photo:  Prefects along with the principal and teachers R.M. Bailey Senior High School paid a courtesy call upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House recently.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)3rd photo: Members of UsTOO Bahamas Chapter — Prostate Cancer Education & Support organization — called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House recently.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fugitive still on loose after reported call from rest areaFugitive still on loose after reported call from rest area

first_imgOne of “Washington’s Most Wanted” fugitives, Derral Kenneth Mosby, is still on the loose after he was traced to the Gee Creek rest area off Interstate 5 on Thursday.“We don’t have any reason to believe he’s in the area,” said Sgt. Fred Neiman, spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.A black Saturn believed to be associated with the 36-year-old wanted man from Mossy Rock was found in the parking lot of the rest stop south of Ridgefield, and police tracked his cellphone to the area, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.Mosby’s father reported to 911 at 2:22 p.m. Thursday that his son had called him and told him he was in the rest area with a gunshot wound in his leg. Police searched the thick woods south of the rest area for several hours, but came up empty.Mosby is described as 6 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair and a fishhook tattoo on his neck. He has multiple felony warrants out of Lewis County for robbery and drug possession, Finn said.last_img read more

China to establish consulate in Sihanoukville amid controversial casino boomChina to establish consulate in Sihanoukville amid controversial casino boom

first_img 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage RelatedPosts Load More Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Group Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders China is set to establish a consulate and an information center for Chinese nationals in Sihanoukville to bolster security and law enforcement and to improve awareness of Cambodia’s laws among Chinese nationals.The move follows a massive influx of Chinese into the city in recent years, with Preah Sihanouk province revealing earlier this month that more than 90% of all businesses in Sihanoukville are Chinese-owned, including 150 of its 156 hotels and guesthouses, 48 ​​of its 62 operational casinos plus 41 karaoke bars, 46 massage parlors and 95% of its 436 restaurants. At the same time, rising crime rates across the city and serious safety violations at some new developments have raised concerns over the incredible speed of Sihanoukville’s expansion.According to The Phnom Penh Post, local officials have now asked China for help during a meeting between provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun and Chinese ambassador Wang Wentian last week, with Wang agreeing to the request.“Provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun requested the establishment of a consulate and a Chinese information center to raise awareness of Cambodia’s laws among Chinese nationals living and investing in Preah Sihanouk province,” said spokesperson Cheang Phearum.“The aim is to help them learn about Cambodia’s culture and laws. When a consulate is established in Preah Sihanouk province, it means there will always be someone there to provide accurate information and statistics about Chinese nationals living in the province.“A consulate will also make it easier for Chinese investors and tourists when issues arise in terms of security or other pressing concerns.”Cambodian National Research Organisation director Sok Sokhom told The Phnom Penh Post that the establishment of a Chinese consulate would provide a huge boost for overwhelmed local officials“By working closely together, it shows a concerted effort to resolve the issues that are bound to arise in the target areas,” he said.“If there continues to be no consulate like in the past, when there are issues, only Cambodian officials themselves in the area can enforce the law – without the participation of partner countries’ law enforcement agents. When a consulate is established, joint mechanisms will be devised to achieve common goals and solve issues.”Five Chinese nationals were charged last month after a new Sihanoukville hotel development collapsed, killing 28 people, while in March a casino was ordered to close due to multiple health and safety breaches including pumping raw sewerage straight into the sea.last_img read more

Delhi police arrests company official for swindling Rs 345 crDelhi police arrests company official for swindling Rs 345 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Saturday said it has arrested Awanish Kumar Mishra, said to be a top official of Allied Finance company for alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 345 crore. A senior EOW official told IANS, “Mishra was arrested on the complaint of Dalmia Cements Limited regarding allegations of misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 345 crore.” Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The official said Mishra had forged the signatures of the authorised signatories of the complainant company to carry out the fraud. The EOW had registered a case under the sections of criminal conspiracy, cheating and fraud against Mishra earlier this year. The official said Mishra is being interrogated by the EOW officials and will be produced before the court later in the day.last_img read more

One killed 7 injured as man opens fire at tram in DutchOne killed 7 injured as man opens fire at tram in Dutch

first_imgTwitterAt least one person died and seven people were injured when a man opened fire at a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday. The Utrecht city police suspect possible terrorist motive behind the incident.According to the police, the shooting took place at 10.45 am (local time) at 24 Oktoberplein. The gunmen fled after firing and the Utrecht police have initiated a manhunt. The exact reason for the shooting is yet to be ascertained. The police have instructed the people not to approach the shooting site.According to the Dutch counter-terrorism agency, shooting is underway at “several” locations in the city. The police have urged eyewitnesses to share images of Utrecht shooting as to identify the gunman. twitterDutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands government is holding crisis talks after the shooting incident in Utrecht, reported to Reuters. The Dutch government has raised the terrorism threat level to the highest possible in the province of Utrecht. The Municipality of Utrecht has arranged a telephone line for public questions about the situation at 24 Oktoberplein. Security services have reportedly told Utrecht’s University Medical Centre to open the dedicated emergency ward to help care for the injured, reported BBC.In the wake of the tram shooting in Utrecht, Security has been increased at all major public gatherings, including schools, mosques and transportation hubs. Dutch paramilitary forces have been assembled across airports and other public infrastructure. (This is a developing story, awaiting further updates)last_img read more

Houston Olympians Return HomeHouston Olympians Return Home

first_imgAbner FletcherSix Olympians from the Houston area returned home to Bush Intercontinental Airport early Tuesday morning .Many of them were greeted by the Woodlands High School Drum line and Cheerleaders.Kassidy Cook – a graduate of the school – says she was proud to compete for Team USA as a diver.” I feel like I didn’t do my best, but it was definitely good for my first time Olympics, it was a real great experience, and I didn’t feel like any of the hard work was put.”Cook says she’s already looking toward 2020, where she hopes to compete in Tokyo. Sharelast_img

7 Unexpected Winners and Losers From the Election7 Unexpected Winners and Losers From the Election

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 2 min read The outcome of this election revealed many things about the issues facing this country, what we care about and what divides us. But the candidates weren’t the only winners and losers last night.Read on for some of the unexpected victories and defeats of the election cycle.TwitterThe social platform was the president-elect’s communication tool of choice, but the vehemence of opinion around the election cycle put in stark relief the company’s struggle with policing hateful speech, so much so that Twitter’s bid to get purchased fell flat earlier this fall.Graphic designThe 2016 election cycle had its fair share of some pretty iffy campaign art, from Jeb Bush’s exclamatory Jeb! logo, to Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s unfortunately suggestive first logo when they announced their ticket.Related: Why the Election Proves There’s Room for Both Facebook and TwitterThe stock marketThough we have no way of knowing exactly how the economy will be impacted by Donald Trump’s entry into the White House, stock markets all over the world last night were experiencing significant drops.Marijuana legislationRecreational marijuana was made legal in California, Massachusetts and Nevada, while medical marijuana usage was voted into law in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota. Maine is expected to pass legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.Related: Exclusive: 5 ‘Shark Tank’ Stars Weigh in on the Marijuana Boom EmojisNamely, the smiling poop emoji. It was, for a brief time, front and center on Donald Trump’s campaign website.LivestreamsWith Hillary Clinton running as the first woman nominee of a major party, it seemed like the work of suffragettes such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt and Ida B. Wells was coming to fruition. A particularly emotional example of remembrance came from the livestream of people paying their respects to Susan B. Anthony by putting their “I Voted” stickers on her grave.CanadaOur neighbors to the north have been nothing but classy throughout this election cycle. Last month, a social campaign called “Let’s Tell America Why It’s Great” was launched, and as the returns came in favoring Donald Trump, the Canadian immigration site actually crashed.center_img November 9, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | June 12, 2019 Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 1.8.8 Three Palm Software announced the release of the 1.8.8 version of its breast imaging workstation, WorkstationOne. This… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more read more News | Digital Pathology | July 16, 2019 Paige Announces Clinical-grade Artificial Intelligence in Pathology July 16, 2019 — Computational pathology… read more October 14, 2013 — Digisonics Inc. introduced functionality for appropriate use criteria (AUC) calculations. Digisonics recognizes that reimbursement audits will be tied to appropriate use scores in the future, benefitting facilities that utilize the Digisonics CVIS (cardiovascular imaging and information systems) to monitor appropriate use scores and produce the required structured reports.Digisonics CVIS, with appropriate use criteria calculations, help facilities prepare for the future of healthcare and ensure the quality of patient care by providing clinicians with evidence-based guidelines to make the best clinical decisions.Digisonics provides image management and structured reporting systems for CVIS, radiology and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). Its reporting solutions combine image review workstations, a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) image archive, an integrated clinical database, analysis capabilities and configurable reporting for multiple modalities. Key applications are complemented with interfaces to information systems and third party vendors.For more information: www.digisonics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Technology | October 14, 2013 Digisonics Introduces Appropriate Use Criteria Calculations for Cardiovascular PACS last_img read more