Liberals child care spending faces uphill slog to tackle high fees report

first_imgOTTAWA – A new report shows child care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it.Toronto remains the most expensive city for child care, where median daycare costs families about $21,096 a year.The cheapest spaces are in Quebec, where provincially regulated and subsidized daycare has a median cost of $183 a month, or $2,196 a year.The annual report on child care fees being released today from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives also finds for the first time that child care costs in some rural parts of the country are not all that different from the high prices facing parents in many large cities.“You can categorize your issues in child care — there are not enough spaces, the quality is very variable — but affordability is a pervasive issue across the country,” said Martha Friendly, co-author of the study and executive director of the Toronto-based Childcare Resource and Research Unit.“It’s not getting better and we still have yet to see if any of the (federal) interventions are going to be enough to really address the issue.”The Liberals have vowed to make child care affordable for those who need it and can’t afford it.Federal coffers will dole out $7.5 billion over 11 years, beginning with $500 million this year and increasing to $870 million annually by 2026 in order to fund services in provinces and territories.The money could potentially create 40,000 subsidized spaces by early 2020 at a cost of $1.3 billion. The government knows not all the money will be spent on subsidizing spaces, but could be used for professional development for child care workers.The government is also working on a separate child care plan with Indigenous groups that would reflect the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Metis.In some First Nations reserves in Ontario, the report found, parents didn’t pay anything for child care, suggesting that direct operational funding from the government makes fees much more affordable.David Macdonald, a senior economist at the policy centre who co-authored the study with Friendly, said it isn’t clear to him that the new federal spending will make a big dent in daycare costs. Making child care more affordable requires governments to set fees and provide operating grants to defray costs, he said.“That may not be what governments think is the case … but the data clearly shows a direct path between setting fees and affordability,” Macdonald said.The House of Commons finance committee hinted at the same issue in its budget wish list released last week. Among the recommendations for spending items in the 2018 budget was a request to provide the money needed to create an early learning and child care system.None of the money can flow without funding agreements with provinces. So far, three provinces and one territory have three-year spending deals in place.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the Liberals may allow some provinces to carry over spending beyond 2020, but restrictions are tight to prod provinces into delivering services as soon as possible.“We have an expectation that provinces and territories will deliver on the commitments they made,” said spokesman Mathieu Filion.“Delivering on the plans is how we’ll make child care better in Canada.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Security forces placed on alert to curb heroin smuggling

He said the tri-forces, the police and customs department have taken steps to expand operations to curb the smuggling operations. (Colombo Gazette) The security forces have been placed on alert to curb heroin being smuggled into the country, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.The President said that Sri Lanka is facing the challenge of preventing heroin being smuggled into the country using the sea route. He said that being an island, Sri Lanka is being used to smuggle illegal items.The President said that the issue has been discussed in recent times by the National Security Council.

International interest in new mining technology trade fair exceeds expectations

first_imgArranged for the first time this autumn, EuroMining 2013 has attracted widespread interest in Finland and abroad. Due to the very high advance reservation rate, the exhibition area of the trade fair has been expanded. The number of international visitors is also going to be larger than expected. EuroMining 2013 will take place in Tampere, September 11–12. The event will be opened by Mari Pantsar-Kallio, Strategic Director from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The international opening seminar will also feature a new award – the industry’s Environmental Deed of the Year 2013 award. EuroMining 2013 is the first event to take place in the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre’s new E Hall, which will be completed just before the event in September.“The popularity of EuroMining 2013 has been a great positive surprise for us. The advance demand has been bigger than we expected, so we decided to expand the area reserved for the event by a couple of thousand square metres. Now, the exhibition area of EuroMining is over 5,000 m2, which is 25% more than we initially planned. Major industry players are visibly present at the trade fair. For example, Metso and Sandvik Mining and Construction are investing heavily in the event. The stands of these two companies alone occupy over 1,200 m2,” says Project Manager Mikael Wänskä from Tampere Trade Fairs Ltd.Tampere Trade Fairs Ltd will organize the event in co-operation with Vuorimiesyhdistys ry (Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers) and the Tekes Green Mining program. EuroMining 2013 is one of the most anticipated mining technology events in Europe. According to The Fraser Institute’s new study, Finland is now the world’s most interesting country for mining operations, and this is also reflected in the global interest shown towards EuroMining.“Interest in visiting the fair has been expressed, for example, in India, Russia, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Latin America and Sweden. Based on the current reservation status, exhibitors are expected from six countries, in addition to Finland. We aim to develop EuroMining into the leading European trade fair for mining technology,” says Sales Director Ville Keskinen from Tampere Trade Fairs.“EuroMining will offer a unique opportunity to see large mining machines and devices never showcased in a trade fair setting in Tampere before. With EuroMining and other similar future events in mind, the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre decided to make additional investments on reinforcing the floor of the new E Hall. Now we can have several machines weighing 60 t or more on display,” Tampere Trade Fairs’ Managing Director Hannu Vähätalo tells us.EuroMining 2013 is the first event to use the new E Hall of the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre. Hall E comprises a total of 11,223 square metres, including 5,263 m2 of exhibition space and a 3,103 m2 logistics centre to serve as a storage and production facility for event contractors. In addition, the new exhibition hall has restaurant premises. It will be the primary venue for trade fairs and events in the future. In line with international practice, the hall will be referred to as Exhibition Hall E in conjunction with trade fairs, but for other events, its name is TähtiAreena (Star Arena).Topical themes of discussion in the fair seminars will include mining technology, finance, security, reputation management, social responsibility, environmental issues and sustainable development. The international EuroMining Opening Seminar on Wednesday, September 11, will feature an opening speech by Mari Pantsar-Kallio, Strategic Director from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland. Further seminar speakers include Pekka Perä, CEO and Executive Director, Talvivaara Mining Co, Finland, Alp Malazgirt, CEO, Yildirim Holding, Metals and Mining, Turkey, Robin Batterham, Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia, Tim Lilley, Vice President (water treatment) Pall Corp, Great Britain, and Taina Heimonen, Business Development Manager, Sandvik Mining and Construction, Finland. The seminar also features the presentation of the Environmental Deed of the Year 2013 award. This is a new recognition awarded for a mining-industry representative that shows exemplary care for the environment in its activities. The winner is selected by a jury that comprises Elias Ekdahl, Director General of GTK, Tarmo Tuominen, Chairman, The Finnish Association of Extractive Resources Industry, and Harri Natunen, Chairman of the Board, Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.Improving environmental friendliness and sustainable development are key objectives of companies in the mining industry. EuroMining offers a good opportunity to raise awareness of Green Mining thinking and inspire companies to take part in the strong growth of the mining industry. The fair program also includes a Green Mining workshop for SMEs, which contains a brief introduction of the Green Mining program and ways in which Tekes,  the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, can support companies with the development of green activities.The Green Mining Seminar introduces Tekes’s Green Mining program that aims to develop Finland into an industry pioneer in eco-efficiency by the year 2020. The main themes of the program are mineral resources and discreet and intelligent mining production. In the Green Mining program, new business requiring special knowledge is created alongside that of growth and traditional mining areas. The main goal is to increase the amount of export-oriented SMEs in the mineral cluster and raise the standard of research in selected sectors to be the best in the world.EuroMining brings the mining and quarrying industry, geology, beneficiation and processing industry and metallurgical professionals together under one roof.  This event will provide a forum where the players in strongly booming industries can create international contacts, present new products and discuss solutions for the future.  The fair provides an overview of the key prospects of the entire production chain. For the program, see (Ohjelma).The product groups featured at EuroMining 2013 are automation and reporting systems, automation project and expert services, life cycle services, energy supply and efficiency , Green Mining, mining geology, rock mechanics, transportation/logistics, maintenance: parts/components, maintenance, maintenance: condition monitoring, quarrying methods, excavation, metal processing, mineral separation, ”Mining contractor”/outsourced services, measurement, crushing, sampling and analysing, charging, drilling, processing & automation, financing services, recruitment and training, enriching and processing, filter fabrics, planning, supporting, health and safety at work, filling, storage, drainage, communications and environmental protection.last_img read more

South Africa South Deep gold mine restructuring

first_imgGold Fields reports that South Deep has had a number of operational challenges since it acquired the mine in 2006. The key challenge has been the difficulty in transitioning the mine from one run with a conventional mining mindset and practices to mining with a modern, bulk, mechanised mining approach. “South Deep is a complex and unique mine, that has faced persistent issues that need to be addressed in a holistic manner which include:Rising operating and overhead costs, which are not aligned with the profile of a high-volume, medium-grade operation or with current output levelsConsistent failure to meet mining and production targetsUnique and complex mining method, long hole stoping mining at 3,000 m with attendant challenging geotechnical and ground conditions requiring extensive supportExtensive infrastructure and support services required to underpin mining activities, which continue to operate sub-optimally impacting backfill and stope turn overPoor equipment reliability and productivity impacted by poor maintenance practices and operational conditionsThe operation is staffed and resourced for a much higher production rate than is currently being achievedOverall labour productivity is significantly below industry average.Despite numerous interventions to address these challenges, including optimising the mining method, extensive training and skills development, changing shift and work configurations, and outsourcing functions, the mine continues to make losses (R4 billion over the past five years). Gold Fields has invested a total of approximately R32 billion (including the R22 billion acquisition cost) since acquiring the mine in 2006. Management believes that the mine can no longer sustain these cash losses and that the cost structure needs to be realigned with the current lower level of production.During Q1 2018, South Deep completed phase 2 of its organisational restructuring plan, focusing on the lower levels of the organisation, through a voluntary retrenchment programme, which resulted in 261 employees leaving the company This followed the restructuring in Q4 2017 (phase 1) at the more senior levels of the business, which comprised a 25% reduction (47 employees) in the management level.Although this restructuring was mostly voluntary in nature, it nonetheless had a significant negative impact on morale and consequently productivity and output during H1 2018. In addition, continued low mobile equipment reliability and productivity, the intersection of active geological features (faults and dykes) in the high-grade corridor 3 and poor ground conditions in the composites (far western part of the orebody) slowed production rates.These challenges have resulted in an underperformance on development and destress mining and has impacted stope availability and output. Stope availability and output has also been adversely affected as a result of slow loading and backfilling. These challenges will not only impact the mine’s 2018 performance but the knock-on effect will carry through into 2019 and beyond.Despite the most recent restructuring, South Deep continues to face a number of organisational and structural challenges that directly impacts both short and consequently long term performance. The mine did not see much improvement in Q2 2018 post the restructuring and shift changes, with production only marginally higher at 1,518 kg (49,000 oz) from 1,485 kg (48,000 oz) in Q1 2018. Similarly, the cash burn continued into Q2 2018 at R295 million ($24 million) compared to R361 million ($30 million) in Q1 2018.“South Deep needs to be operated and scheduled as a safe, deep-level, capital-intensive, but highly mechanised and efficient operation. This will require a reduction in fleet and the associated labour complement as well as an improvement in effectiveness and productivity to build sufficient margin in the business to carry the high fixed cost base and deliver sustainable profitability.“South Deep has over a number of years embarked on a host of initiatives to improve the productivity and deliver sustainable profitability, which to date have not had the desired impact. In the context of continued negative cash flow, management believes that the best course of action to address these issues includes further restructuring at the mine. The proposed restructuring at South Deep aims to consolidate mining activity to increase focus and to match the cost structure to the current level of performance.”Management intends to commence with consultations in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act. It is envisaged that approximately 1,100 permanent employees could potentially be impacted by the proposed restructuring. In addition, approximately 460 contractors could also potentially be impacted. South Deep currently employs 3,614 full-time employees and 1,940 contractors.Section 189 notices will be served on its two representative trade unions, the National Union of Mineworkers and UASA. This will be followed by a 60-day consultation process, which will be facilitated by the CCMA. The Minister of Mineral Resources has been informed of these developments.In support of returning the mine to sustainable profitability the company proposes to:Temporarily suspend mining activities at 87 Level and redeploy these mining crews into the 4W corridorService the eastern part of the mine from the Twin Shafts and restaff the South Shaft operations to a single shift per day. South Shaft will facilitate the provision of the following services to the full mining operation: Water and Backfill reticulation, Water Pumping, VentilationReduce growth capital expenditure for the next 18 months to reduce the cash burn. New mine development has outperformed the plan in recent years, which allows us some flexibility to reduce this activity for the near term.Given the significant impact of the restructuring from late 2017 and early 2018, Gold Fields is unable to quantify the impact of the proposed large scale restructuring on production in 2019 and beyond. “Consequently, the previously guided build-up plan for the mine (released in February 2018) has a high degree of risk and uncertainty and can no longer be relied upon.“In addition, based on the current situation, detailed mine planning will be undertaken over the next few months. Once the full impact of the mine planning exercise and proposed restructuring is completed, we will provide guidance for 2019 and beyond.“The underperformance in 2018 and the resultant knock-on impact has necessitated a further impairment of South Deep. As discussed above, we are unable to provide guidance for 2019 and beyond. However, for the purpose of the impairment calculation, we have used a number equivalent to extrapolating H1 2018 production for 2019 of 6,100 kg (196,000 oz).“As a result, South Deep has been further impaired by R4.8 billion ($359 million) (net of tax) to a carrying value of R20.7 billion ($1.5 billion). The information underlying the impairment calculation may be subject to further adjustments in the future. These adjustments could be as a result of further information becoming available to management during Gold Fields’ production planning processes.”Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has noted with concern Gold Fields’ decision to go ahead with its restructuring plans, “without due regard to processes in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA).”Mantashe met with Goldfields CEO and his executives yesterday, where he was briefed on the company’s plans, and the Minister requested the company to follow the processes outlined in Section 52 of the MPRDA, prior to embarking on any retrenchments.“We are beginning to notice a worrying trend where some mining companies do not meaningfully engage with the Department on their restructuring plans, and only brief us as a mere formality or tick-box exercise, ignoring processes outlined in the law which are binding to every mining right-holder,” Mantashe said.“To this end we will be initiating a follow-up meeting with the Minerals Council, to take forward our discussions when we met two weeks ago, on how we can together address investment, growth, employment and youth challenges facing the sector and economy. It is our view that the spirit in which Gold Fields is engaging contravenes the agreed approach and the laws governing the sector,” the Minister added.The Minister is therefore appealing to the company to engage meaningfully with the Department and the labour unions in this matter, in the interests of the sustainability of the sector and the economy.last_img read more

Greek PMs alarm over the economy

first_imgIn his first address to Parliament as Prime Minister, George Papandreou set out his government’s aims for the next four years but stressed that the poor state of the economy means that PASOK will have to take some tough measures.Papandreou presented his government’s policy program ahead of a three-day debate in Parliament. The issue of the economy dominated the agenda.“Today we face an unprecedented fiscal derailment,” he said. “The deficit must be cut and we must start containing the public debt.”Earlier, Finance Minister Giorgos Papconstantinou had announced that the budget deficit would exceed 10 percent of GDP this year, well above the 3 percent limit for eurozone members.“This is the toughest moment since 1993 when another New Democracy government had handed over the country in recession and with a large debt and deficit,” said Papandreou.“We are in an emergency situation, everyone must understand that,” said the premier. “There will need to be spending cuts at every ministry.”Papandreou said that it was also his government’s intention to restore the faith of the European Union and its member states in the Greek economy.However, the prime minister did not go into great detail about cutbacks, instead focusing on the money that the government will spend. This includes handouts for low-income households, higher pensions for farmers and public sector pay raises.Papandreou said that his government would cut bureaucracy to spur entrepreneurship and would change the tax system within the next three months. The new scheme would be a progressive, inflation-indexed system. New taxes will be introduced for Orthodox Church of Greece property as well as property owned by offshore companies.Papandreou also emphasised the positions his government has taken since coming to power on a range of other issues, including transparency, health, education and foreign policy.In his response the outgoing leader of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis said “New Democracy will support the new government, even when the measures it is proposing are not popular”. He repeated New Democracy’s commitment to support an extension in the presidential term of the current President, Karolos Papoulias.KKE leader, Aleka Papariga said that PASOK will follow the same conservative policies as that of the former New Democracy government and stated that “what is important is not how we will oppose you in Parliament but on what the response will be of the Greek people.”LAOS leader Mr Karatzaferis addressed Greek foreign policy and attacked the Papandreou government for its decision to downgrade the Ministries of Macedonia-Thrace, the Ministry for the Aegean and the Ministries for Shipping and Tourism and for not including the words ‘national’ in the Ministries for Education and for the Economy.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras criticised the Greek Prime Minister for his position on social welfare and on labour relations, praised him for establishing a Ministry for the environment and expressed doubts about the new electoral system proposed by PASOK. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un astéroïde compagnon de la Terre depuis 250 000 ans

first_imgUn astéroïde compagnon de la Terre depuis 250 000 ans Des astronomes viennent de découvrir un astéroïde qui, depuis 250 000 ans, suit le mouvement de la Terre.   L’astéroïde 2010 SO16 suit le mouvement de la planète Terre depuis 250 000 ans et pourtant il vient tout juste d’être découvert. Deux astronomes de l’observatoire d’Armagh, en Irlande, ont testé plusieurs simulations de l’orbite de cet astéroïde qui, de façon surprenante, possède une trajectoire circulaire, comme celle la Terre.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASciences et Avenir indique que tous les scénarios imaginés donnent le même résultat : 2010 SO16  décrit une orbite en fer à cheval qu’il parcourt en 175 ans. Bien que décrivant un trajet identique à celui de la Terre autour du Soleil, il reste toujours éloigné de nous de 19 millions de kilomètres.  Les deux astronomes (Apostolos Christou et David Asher) expliquent que trois autres astéroïdes du même type ont été découverts mais aucun d’eux ne suit la Terre pendant plus de quelques milliers d’années. Ils finissent tous par prendre une autre direction. De plus, ils sont tous les trois plus petits que 2010 SO16 qui possède un diamètre évalué entre 200 et 400 mètres.Le 12 avril 2011 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Guardiola wants to prove himself

first_imgManchester City has gotten two consecutive defeats in the English Premier League and now will visit Southampton to end the yearManchester City lost 3-2 against Crystal Palace on December 22nd and then was defeated 2-1 by Leicester City on the 26th.This was the first time the Citizens have gotten back-to-back loses in this English Premier League season.And for manager Pep Guardiola, tomorrow’s game against Southampton will be a chance to prove himself.“I don’t like the situation but its common in football. I’ll prove myself to help them (the squad) to help each other. We move forward,” he told the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t have the secrets to know what will happen in the future but I try to make the situation more general, it’s a challenge for me.”“There is a lot of work and I accept the situation,” Guardiola added.“I know my players and I won’t doubt them for a second. I know what they have to do.”“I never point to finger, I look in the mirror and instead say what can I do to help them,” he commented.“They are heroes for me. Nothing is going to change.”last_img read more

Ore shooter bought 6 boxes of ammo before mall attack

first_imgPORTLAND — The man who killed two people and wounded another at a suburban Oregon mall bought more than 100 rounds of ammunition and magazines to carry them in the days before the December attack, according to a sheriff’s report released Wednesday.Jacob Roberts, 22, fired into crowds of people at the Clackamas Town Center outside of Portland before killing himself on Dec. 11.The nearly 1,000-page report details the ammunition purchases and also gives new witness accounts that reflect the chaos of the scene amid the backdrop of a mall at peak Christmas shopping season. Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office found people outside the building “in a trance,” Deputy Mark Nikolai wrote in an incident report. He and several other deputies separated into “hunting cells” and made their way through the mall. Nikolai walked past an empty AR-15 magazine and came upon Nicolas A. Meli, a bystander armed with a handgun.Meli told police after the shooting that he had a clear shot at Roberts, but was afraid he would miss and shoot someone else.“I didn’t want to draw attention to myself because if I was to miss … I didn’t want stray (bullets) to go into where (bystanders) were,” Meli told police in an interview later.last_img read more

1 killed after car slams into wall fence outside SW MiamiDade home

first_img“Something should be done,” he said.The crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Southwest Miami-Dade homeowner was left shaken after a driver slammed into his fence, leaving one person dead.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Miller Drive and Southwest 87th Avenue. at around 6:30 a.m., Saturday.Homeowner Marcos Guerra struggled to find the words to describe his harrowing experience.“Actually went through my concrete wall and iron,” he said.Investigators said the driver lost control of his vehicle, crashed into an exterior concrete wall and then smashed into an iron fence.Police said the impact killed one person in the car.“It’s not easy to break down, and they completely went through that fence,” said Guerra. Guerra said he has lived on this street for seven years, but for the first time he’s concerned for his grandchildren, who like to play in the front yard.The problem that I see in this road is, it’s a very popular road,” he said.Police blocked off the busy street so crews could clean up the debris.The mangled car was later towed away.Guerra, meanwhile, is determined not to let the crash shake him up too much and instead focus on the future.“Right now I’m trying to contact the general contractor to start building a new [fence] as hard or harder or heavier than the one that I had,” he said.He also called for county officials to make the area safer for families. last_img read more

Cognizant in fray to acquire Dells Perot Systems Report

first_imgUS-based Cognizant Technology Solutions is reportedly in fray to acquire Perot Systems, an IT services arm of PC-maker Dell Inc., along with Japan-based NTT Data Corp. and Atos SE of France.Dell is looking for a valuation of over $5 billion for the deal to reduce its debt burden following the acquisition of data storage company EMC Corp for $66 billion, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Dell is scheduled to merge EMC by October 2016, subject to approval by EMC shareholders.Selling Perot Systems is taking longer for Dell as the offers made by the acquirers do not match its “valuation expectations”, said a source.Dell is also re-examining the contracts it has to transfer to Perot Systems to speed up the sale process, the source added, requesting anonymity.Found in 1988 by former US presidential candidate Ross Perot, Perot Systems is one of top IT consulting firms providing services to hospitals and government departments. Dell had acquired it in 2009 for $3.9 billion.While its acquisition resulted in Dell, the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers, diversifying its portfolio, the company is now concentrating on building business in cloud computing, a key reason behind the acquisition of EMC.The company’s founder, Michael Dell, is currently trying to transform it into full-fledged enterprise computing services provider. Dell became a private company in 2013 after Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake went for a “leveraged buyout” of the company in a deal worth $25 billion.Dell aims to get an investment-grade rating by trimming its debt load in the “first 18-24 months of its merger with EMC.”last_img read more

CBI registers money laundering cases against 19 companies

first_img[Representational Image]IANSThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against 19 companies which reportedly sent more than Rs 424 crore in foreign remittances via 700 transactions, in what is being suspected to be money-laundering through shell companies.The CBI alleged that officials of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) of Mint Street Branch in Chennai during 2015 entered into a criminal conspiracy with 19 accused companies which were account-holders in the branch, according to a Press Trust of India report.The investigative agency said there are 700 advance remittances made for imports through various current accounts which were opened in January 2015 to May 2015, with total transactions amounting to Rs 424.58 crore.The Finance Ministry said on Tuesday that India has frozen the bank accounts of more than 2 lakh suspected shell companies cracking down on illegal transactions and tax evasion. That came soon after authorities directed almost 2 lakh such firms to be shut down.Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech on August 15 said such shell companies are looters of the nation’s wealth.Last month, market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) asked stock exchanges to take action against 331 shell companies after the Ministry of Corporate Affairs named these shell firms on its list for their engagement in money laundering and tax evasion.The government on Wednesday said it would bar over 3 lakh directors of companies which have defaulted so there can be a significant improvement in corporate governance and a detailed scanning of the irregularities through the use of shell companies. Passengers wait in front of an income tax billboard at a bus stop in New Delhi, India, September 26, 2016. Picture taken September 26, 2016.Reuters fileEarlier this week, the names of 2.1 lakh companies have been struck off by the Registrar of Companies (ROC) after about 2.97 lakh companies received notice for not filing returns and not completing other formalities related to compliance.The Centre has cracked down on shell companies that are suspected of money laundering as a result of Modi’s demonetisation drive that aimed to curb corruption and wipe out black money from the system.The Central government had last month said a significant portion of the over Rs 15 lakh crore of money deposited at banks after the demonetisation drive could be black money.last_img read more

Boo Worlds Most Adorable Dog Dies at Age 12

first_img Boo, an adorable doggo and social media starlet, has died at the age of 12.On Friday, Boo’s owners announced the sad news in a Facebook post. Dubbed the “world’s cutest dog,” the Pomeranian was loved by millions of fans. Boo’s owners said he likely died of a broken heart after Buddy, his best doggie friend, passed away in 2017.AdChoices广告“Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us. He hung on and gave us over a year,” Boo’s owners said in the Facebook post. “But, it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven.”Fans also shared their condolences on Twitter, and talked about their favorite memories of Boo.Boo The Dog passed away today you guys. I hope he and Buddy are finally reuinted.— Tenille Clarke (@tenilleclarke1) January 19, 2019 Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall RIP BOO, THE WORLD’S CUTEST DOG. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN BY THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. #BOTMForever— lauren anne (@laughinglauren1) January 19, 2019 Will never forget the time I found a cut-out picture of Boo the dog in my grandma’s purse. Guys, she SNIPPED IT OUT OF A MAGAZINE. Rip Boo— Renee Klahr (@reneeklahr) January 19, 2019Boo’s owners concluded their Facebook note with the sweetest statement: “Boo, we love you with all our hearts and we will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go.”More on the Snail, the Last of His Species, Dies at Age 14Famous Basketball-Playing Sea Otter, Eddie, Dies at Age 20Ripped Kangaroo and Internet Star, Roger, Dies at Age 12last_img read more

Govt brings 17 markets in 14 districts under ENam

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State Marketing Board has already brought 17 markets in 14 districts in the state under the E-Nam platform that creates a network of the existing agri markets or krishak bazaars to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities.More than 4,066 farmers, 625 traders including commission agents and 54 farmers/producers have already been registered in the E-Nam platform in Bengal. “Our target is to bring 100 markets in the state under E-Nam platform by 2020-21. This platform is a major stride in ensuring that the farmers get access to a nationwide market and get prices commensurate with the quality of their produce. It promotes uniformity by streamlining the procedures across the integrated markets and removes lack of information between buyers and sellers,” a senior official of the board said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNational Agriculture Market (NAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal that creates a unified market through online trading platform both at national and state levels. Three markets located at Bethuadahari, Nakashipara and Karimpur in Nadia and one each in North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, South 24-Parganas, East Midnapore, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Siliguri, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Birbhum, East Burdwan and Bankura have come under E-Nam. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe project was rolled out by the Union Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on April 14, 2016, across the country and Bengal started its implementation from March 1 this year. “We have made necessary amendments in the West Bengal Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act and rules for incorporating e-trading through the E-Nam portal,” the official said. The board, with the approval of the state government, has already created infrastructure like providing computers with printers, weighing machines, digital display boards and deployment of skilled personnel in these 17 markets to assist registration and e-trading through the portal. It may be mentioned that the department has already started the process of setting up assaying laboratories with state-of-the-art quality detection machinery and equipment in the 17 markets under E-Nam for quality analysis and grading of the farm produces brought by the farmers. “Now the farmers are able to trade intra-state among the 17 markets in the state. For inter-state online trading, the items’ quality certificate needs to be in place. We are taking all possible measures towards this,” the official maintained. More than 585 markets in the country have already come under the E-Nam umbrella. Till the month of August, 127 metric tonnes of produce has been e-traded with a transaction value of Rs 17 lakh.last_img read more

Your Next Cocktail Could Be Concocted By This Robotic Bartender

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 16, 2013center_img What if you were at a company party and, from across the room, you could open a mobile app, select a drink and have a machine concoct it for you? It’s possible, thanks to the founders of Monsieur, a device that takes the art form of bartending and makes it a science.Monsieur was unveiled at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco last week. According to its website, it’s a device that’s able to create 300 different cocktails from 12 themes (tiki bar, anyone?). Monsieur says it can make up to 150 beverages without needing a refill.”The internal brain is a microcontroller that orchestrates thermoelectric coolers, peristaltic pumps, sensors, and other mechanical components to deliver precision mixology,” the website says.It’s kind of like a Keurig for alcoholic beverages. But even cooler. Party goers can read detailed drink descriptions and place an order instantly over Monsieur’s mobile app. The device is able to learn a customer’s tastes based on his or her orders and then make suggestions based on the person’s preferences.Also pretty cool is a feature on the app that can monitor your drink consumption and send you an alert when your estimated blood alcohol level is high. It says it can even help you find a cab if you’ve had one too many to safely get behind the wheel.For businesses that use Monsieur, it monitors in real-time how much and what types of ingredients people are consuming. That gives business owners detailed insight into what liquors are selling and which aren’t. It also knows how much in sales the device rings up during an event.Of course, there are other automated bartenders, such as the Makr Shakr from MIT’s Senseable City Lab. But unlike Makr Shakr’s clearly robotic-looking arms and gears, the Monsieur looks at home at a bar or party and packs a lot of handy features into one device.The idea for Monsieur was first hatched at Georgia Tech. It is the brainchild of Barry Givens, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, and Eric Williams, who has a Master’s in computer science. So far, the men have deployed units at restaurants and bars in Atlanta and are working on partnerships with drink brands and sports arenas, TechCrunch reported. To buy one, a business would need to pony up a one-time $995 installation fee and a monthly $295 maintenance fee.Only question, what if you take your drink shaken, not stirred?What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at or by telling us in the comments below. 3 min readlast_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more November 25, 2012 — Civco Medical Solutions is debuting its omniTRAX active patient tracker, the next wave in navigation technology, at the 2012 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).Visible under computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound, Civco provides clinicians automatic image registration of fused images for real-time, uninterrupted navigation using previously acquired CT volume data sets.Civco’s active patient tracker utilizes a two-part system consisting of omniTRAX, a disposable locating device, and a reusable general purpose electromagnetic sensor. Designed for use with GE Healthcare’s Logiq E9 XDclear ultrasound platform with navigation technology, omniTRAX features multiple fixed reference points in an accurate 3-D array allowing physicians to quickly and accurately register patient anatomy – providing increased efficiency and reduced procedure time.Using the Logiq E9 XDclear ultrasound system, omniTRAX allows physicians a reference sensor for immediate image fusion and adjusts with small patient movement such as breathing.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Top rating Chinese travel show to film at Vivid Sydney

first_imgVivid Sydney 2016 www.vividsydney.comTop rating Chinese travel show to film at Vivid SydneyThe bright lights of Vivid Sydney and unspoilt coastline of the NSW South Coast will be showcased to 20 million viewers across North Asia, as top rating Chinese travel show Trends Traveler arrives in Sydney on Saturday 11 June 2016 to commence filming two episodes of the program.The Vivid Sydney precincts of Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Royal Botanic Garden and Darling Harbour will be included in the broadcast as well as a Vivid BridgeClimb and Vivid Drinks & Dinner Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises.Sydney’s distinctive heritage buildings and icons will also be a focus, along with the city’s unique coastal lifestyle and waterside dining. The tourist attractions, fresh seafood and award-winning restaurants of the South Coast will also be under the spotlight.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the opportunity provided a unique opportunity to reach huge audiences across China.“NSW welcomed 612,400 overnight visitors from Mainland China in the year ending March 2016*, an increase of 22.5% on the previous year. This firmly establishes China as the state’s number one market in terms of international visitation. Vivid Sydney is proving increasingly popular with Chinese visitors with programs such as Trends Traveler providing a welcome opportunity to showcase the event to large scale audiences, promoting travel to Sydney and regional NSW,” he said.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Trends Traveler will experience some of the very best our city and state has to offer. Outside of Vivid Sydney, some of the activities the crew will be experiencing include sailing on Sydney Harbour, BridgeClimb, visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House, a Harley Davidson tour along the Grand Pacific Drive and Seacliff Bridge, Skydiving, tasting fresh Shoalhaven oysters and the Illawarra Fly Treetop walk,” Ms Chipchase said.“More than 20 million viewers in China and North Asia will be exposed to the wonder of Vivid Sydney and the unspoilt beauty of the NSW South Coast across two 40 minute episodes of Trends Traveler. We are confident that the program will showcase Vivid Sydney and the South Coast to the lucrative China travel market and promote the state as a must-see tourism destination,” she said.The two Trends Traveler episodes featuring Sydney and NSW will be broadcast across the Shenzhen Satellite Television Network by August 1 2016. The broadcast includes 27 online and television stations such as Igiyi, Sohu, Tencent and LeTV. The content will also feature in airline inflight programming on China Eastern, Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Air, Cathay Pacific and HK Airlines.The opportunity was secured by the NSW Government’s major events and tourism agency Destination NSW.China is the largest source market of visitors to NSW with more than 612,400 overnight visitors travelling to NSW from Mainland China in the year ending March 2016. These visitors stayed 16.5 million nights in NSW providing a $2.6 billion boost to the local economy. Vivid Sydney Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

A hailstorm that hit the Uruguayan region of Salto

first_img A hailstorm that hit the Uruguayan region of Salto last week is estimated to have caused losses of 7,110 metric tons (MT) of citrus production.Heraldo Méndez, general manager in Union of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters and Producers of Uruguay (Upefruy), told Fresh Fruit Portal that 560 hectares of citrus groves had been hit by hail on June 11.He said that citrus volumes from the South American country would likely be 6% lower than anticipated. June 22 , 2018 You might also be interested in U.S.: Michigan expects higher blueberry volumes, ” … EU: Spanish citrus group labels South African mand … center_img “It was quite a severe weather event. It basically affected citrus export crops and also affected tunnels and macro tunnels being used for production for the domestic market,” he said.Méndez said various citrus varieties had been damaged. While details have not yet emerged about specific damages to each variety, he said it seemed that oranges and seedless mandarins had been hardest hit.He also estimated the total losses to be around US$3 million.Blueberry production was not damaged by the hailstorm, he Argentine fruit industry welcomes export tax reduc … Colombia sends first blueberry export of the year … last_img read more