Wouldbe shark rescuers were kind of crazy Nova Scotia witness says

first_imgINVERNESS, N.S. – Three men leaped into the chilly Atlantic Ocean on the weekend to try and drag a shark that became stuck in the shallows of a Cape Breton beach back out to open water.“My personal opinion is that they were kind of crazy,” said photographer Sean O’Connell, who witnessed the night-time rescue attempt from Inverness Beach.“The thing comes back to life and turns and wants to have a nibble, they were right there waiting for him.”O’Connell said the men donned headlamps as they pulled on either side of the shark and pushed from behind, guiding it back out to sea on Saturday night.“These three guys had went in the water, trying to drag the shark back out about 40 feet into the deeper water, trying to get him back moving,” said O’Connell, 33, who watched the rescue attempt with his two young daughters.“He was already moving a bit in the shallows, but they pushed him out a little bit further to see if they could get him back to life.”O’Connell said their efforts were not successful, as the 2.3-metre shark went “belly up” once it was in deeper waters and it washed ashore the following day.A statement from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said officials went to the site Monday morning and identified it as a porbeagle shark, a toothed shark that is common in waters off Nova Scotia. Its website said the species are commonly spotted between May and October.The department added that it does not plan to conduct a necropsy or take samples.O’Connell said he admired the selflessness of the shark’s would-be rescuers, but added that he likely wouldn’t have done the same.The Cape Breton native said he’s never seen a shark so close to shore on the island before, and its carcass has been drawing spectators to the sandy beach.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a shark up that close,” said O’Connell. “There’s been a pretty steady stream of people going down and snapping photos.”last_img read more

IOM, Morocco Ink MoU on Migration Management

Geneva – Morocco and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed on Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding on migration management, on the sidelines of the 105th International Labour Conference.The agreement, signed by the minister of Employment and Social Affairs, Abdeslam Seddiki, and IOM’s Director General, William Lacy Swing, sets the general framework of bilateral cooperation in order to achieve the common goals.It also defines the areas of cooperation, institutional arrangements and general conditions of this cooperation regarding the management of legal migration, the rights of migrant workers in Morocco and the rights of Moroccans residing abroad. Bilateral cooperation also includes the development of new joint programs on professional mobility, the employability of young Moroccans and immigrants, the social rights of Moroccans living abroad and Morocco’s National Employment Strategy for the period 2015- 2025With MAP read more

Ontario reverses course on bill that could open Greenbelt to development

TORONTO — Ontario will not move forward with a controversial element of proposed legislation that could have opened up the province’s protected Greenbelt to development.Municipal affairs minister Steve Clark says the government will abandon plans to create a specialized planning tool for municipalities that would have allowed them under some circumstances to override certain laws, including those that safeguard the Greenbelt.In a message posted on social media Wednesday, Clark says the government has heard from legislators, municipalities and stakeholders who were concerned about the impact the bill could have on the protected lands.The Progressive Conservative government announced the planning tool as part of Bill 66 in December, saying it hoped the measure would expedite economic development.Critics have said Bill 66 contains vague language that puts established protections at risk.The Greenbelt — 7,200-square-kilometre area that borders the Greater Golden Horseshoe area — was established in 2005 to protect environmentally sensitive land from urban development.Under the portion of the proposed law the government will scrap, municipalities working on a specific project – like attracting a major employer to the region – would have been able to pass a by-law to request provincial approval to override certain regulations.Municipalities would have had to provide a case to the government to warrant the override.The government had said that part of the legislation — referred to as Schedule 10 — would only apply to municipal development of industrial land.“The use of this tool would never be approved at the expense of the Greenbelt or other provincial interests like water quality or public health and safety,” Clark said in a tweet.“However, our Government for the People has listened to the concerns raised by MPPs, municipalities and stakeholders with regards to Schedule 10 of Bill 66 and when the legislature returns in February, we will not proceed with Schedule 10 of the Bill.”NDP climate change critic Peter Tabuns said the Ford government’s plan would have allowed the Greenbelt to be “swiss-cheesed” by developers.“By working together, concerned people and groups — including municipalities, environmental advocates, agricultural organizations and the Official Opposition — have been successful in holding off Ford’s attack on the Greenbelt,” Tabuns said.Green party leader Mike Schreiner said the government was forced to back down because of public opposition to its plan.“People were clear during the election,” he said. “And they have been clear since Bill 66 was introduced: the people of Ontario want to protect the Greenbelt and clean water.”Premier Doug Ford generated controversy during the spring election campaign when he initially pledged to open parts of the area to build housing – a promise he backtracked on after facing intense criticism.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press read more

UN urges bold action to tackle deepening refugee crisis in Greece

“This humanitarian emergency is happening in Europe, and requires an urgent Greek and European response,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release.The arrivals are mainly in the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos, Samos, and Leros, according to the agency. In July alone, 50,000 new arrivals have been reported – 20,000 more than the previous month. The vast majority of those coming to Greece are from countries experiencing conflict or human rights violations, mainly Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to UNHCR. Many are in need of urgent medical assistance, water, food, shelter and information, the agency added. The reception infrastructure, services and registration procedures are falling far short of real needs. “Such a level of suffering should and can be avoided,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s Director of the Bureau for Europe, who last week visited Greece with the Director of Emergency, Security and Supply to assess the refugee crisis. “The Greek authorities need to urgently designate a single body to coordinate response and set up an adequate humanitarian assistance mechanism. As Greece faces financial challenges the country needs help, European countries should support Greece on these efforts.”UNHCR is contributing to the various efforts to address the situation, including through the provision of interpretation services, legal information and basic emergency assistance. It is also providing, with the assistance of a Greek non-governmental organization, escorts for the transfer of unaccompanied children from the islands to specialized facilities on the mainland. “Greece and Europe need to lead the response to this crisis, which can be resolved only through more solidarity within and outside the EU and increased alternative means to reach Europe for refugees fleeing from violence,” said Mr. Cochetel.So far in 2015, over 225,000 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea in the Mediterranean and around 2,100 are estimated to have died or gone missing while trying to reach Europe – not including the incident that took place earlier this week when an overcrowded fishing boat sank off the coast of Libya. read more

Siemens to provide worlds biggest coal terminal with MES

first_imgRichards Bay Coal Terminal Company has engaged the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group to equip the world’s largest coal terminal in South Africa with a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). In addition to monitoring of the production level, the system also enables planning on the business level, thus ensuring a high degree of efficiency in manufacturing facilities. The modular design allows the system to easily expand in future when necessary. Commissioning is scheduled to take place end of 2008.last_img read more

Google Play has a huge sale to celebrate first birthday

first_imgOne year ago today, Google shifted all of their digital content sales to the Play brand. To celebrate the anniversary of that shift, several game developers have teamed up with Google to release Android themed goodies to go with the many sales going on across the store.The shift to Google Play raised a lot of eyebrows, but mostly because it wasn’t entirely clear at the time what the benefit was. Google’s Android Market had proven itself tremendously successful, but the company had larger plans. Google Play was to become the single point of sale for digital content sold by Google, and later would grow to be the platform used to sell their hardware as well. Google’s Nexus hardware is now sold through Play, and the rest of the Play Store grows daily with all sorts of digital content.The Google Play Birthday features deals and sales across the entirety of the Play Store. There’s gift cards and deals for apps like Fancy and GYFT, free music and books, and a handful of movies that have been discounted. Rentals for several television shows have been made free to watch as well, though it doesn’t say whether or not that will remain a part of your account after the sale is over. Several games feature exclusive in-game content surrounding the Android logo. There are games where the Bugdroid is a playable character, or accessories and in game items that feature the iconic figure.This is easily the biggest platform-wide sale Google has had since the quarter sale that has been rolled out each time the service has reached a download milestone for their apps. Google hasn’t released any figures to go along with their birthday to show how effective the transition to Google Play has been, but it’s hard to get through a television show or a magazine without seeing an ad for something that includes the colorful triangle logo.Head to the Play Store on your phone or in your browser to check out the deals for yourself. Happy Birthday Google Play!last_img read more

Older people overpaying €1000 for health insurance as theyre afraid to switch

first_img OLDER PEOPLE ARE overpaying for health insurance, a new report has found.There are over 2.1 million people with private health insurance in Ireland and at least two in every five of these policyholders are on “dated and hugely overpriced plans”.The analysis, compiled by Total Health Cover, found the vast majority of people who are overpaying are 60 years or older.Health insurance consultant Dermot Goode said: “For one reason or another, people are staying on the same plan for too long. When it comes to health insurance, people should review their plan every year just as they would home or car insurance, but they don’t. And this can be a costly mistake.”Goode said many older people “are on dated plans that have been on the market 10-25 years, which means they are very expensive”.“To compound the negative financial impact, most of these older members are on fixed incomes and simply don’t have the financial capacity to absorb these huge costs.“While health insurance is community rated in theory, where everyone pays the same, the reality is that older people (60+) typically pay €2,000-€2,500 each, or double what their younger counterparts pay simply because they don’t review their cover properly,” Goode added.The research also found:Older people pay more than any other age group – often between 30-50% moreOlder people are more likely to be unaware of the availability of corporate plansMost older people surveyed were unaware that legislation protects them fully in terms of not having to re-serve waiting periods and continuity of cover for equivalent benefitsMany people also mistakenly believe that age loadings may apply if they switchYounger to middle-aged people are more likely to shop around, and tend to pay between €900-€1,500 per adult for annual health insuranceMany younger people are still opting for entry-level plans with fewer items covered“Older members are often afraid to switch as they are under the misconception that they will have to re-serve all their waiting periods again, or that existing conditions will not be covered, which is simply not the case. All insurers are required by law to give you full credit for time served with previous providers,” Goode said.Total Health Cover reports that 2016 saw health insurance premiums rise by 10-20% depending on the plan held, and that 2017 has already seen price hikes across all insurers.Higher charges apply to people who are 35 years of age or older when they first take out health insurance.Read: Girl seeking abortion held in psychiatric unit when she thought she was going for terminationRead: Almost 8,000 cases of adult abuse reported to HSE last year Short URL 10 Comments Jun 12th 2017, 9:21 AM Older people overpaying €1,000 for health insurance as they’re ‘afraid to switch plan’ At least two in every five policyholders are on “dated and hugely overpriced plans”. By Órla Ryan Image: Shutterstock/nongningstudio Share59 Tweet Email14 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3439233 13,772 Views Image: Shutterstock/nongningstudio Monday 12 Jun 2017, 9:21 AMlast_img read more

La rencontre GoodPlanet Luc Gnacadja lutte contre la désertification

first_imgLa rencontre GoodPlanet : Luc Gnacadja lutte contre la désertificationLe site goodplanet.info fondé par Yann-Arthus Bertrand part à la rencontre de ceux qui se bougent pour l’écologie. Comme chaque semaine, retrouvez les meilleurs extraits sur Maxisciences.   En 2010, l’Onu a lancé la Décennie de lutte contre la désertification (2010-2020). A cette occasion, GoodPlanet a interrogé Luc Gnacadja, secrétaire exécutif de la Convention des Nations unies sur la lutte contre la désertification (UNCCD) sur les enjeux de cette décennie.Tout d’abord, quelles sont les zones les plus menacées aujourd’hui par la désertification ?Le terme désertification désigne la dégradation des terres dans les zones arides, semi-arides et subhumides sèches par suite de divers facteurs. En effet elle est bien souvent la conséquence de pratiques agricoles et pastorales inappropriées qui réduisent le couvert végétal et provoquent l’érosion et la perte de productivité des sols, un processus qui est aggravé par des phénomènes climatiques qui accroissent le stress hydrique et l’érosion comme les sécheresses, les vents de sables et/ou les pluies intenses suivies inondations etc. Lorsque ce sont les terres des zones arides du monde qui se dégradent, cela crée souvent des conditions désertiques.En termes de surface affectée, l’Afrique est la région la plus durement touchée puisque seulement 11% du continent est véritablement humide et que trois quarts des terres agricoles subissent un processus de dégradation. En termes de population, l’Asie est la région la plus touchée. La grande majorité des pays dit affectés sont des pays en voie de développement.Au niveau mondial, une évaluation de la dégradation des terres couvrant la période de 1981-2006 (Cf. GLADA Report, ISRIC 2008) a conclu que pendant ces 25 années, ce sont 24% des terres qui ont été dégradées soit à un rythme affolant d’environ 1% par an. Environ 1,5 milliard de personnes dépendent directement de ces zones dégradées.Quelles sont les conséquences ?Les terres qui sont dégradées sont pour l’essentiel des terres agricoles ou pastorales. La perte annuelle de revenu direct liée à la désertification a été estimée à 42 milliards de $US (en valeur de 1990). Cette estimation ne représente qu’une partie des coûts socio-économiques engendrés. Dans les zones arides, cette perte de revenu affecte le quotidien de plus d’1 milliard de personnes vivant en-dessous du seuil de pauvreté.Quel est le plus grand défi auquel elle doit faire face dans les années à venir ?Les défis sont très nombreux. Mais les deux principaux auxquels la terre et sa qualité sont intimement liés sont la sécurité alimentaire et l’accès à l’eau. La population mondiale atteindra 9 milliards en 2050 selon les estimations, et dans le même temps les ressources diminuent. La terre et l’eau sont des ressources limitées. Il est impératif d’en améliorer la gestion dès lors que nous ne pouvons pas en augmenter la quantité.La FAO nous alerte sur la nécessité de doubler la production alimentaire d’ici 2050. Nous ne pourrons pas y arriver en laissant le soin aux agricultures du Nord de produire pour toute la planète. Ce n’est ni environnementalement, ni économiquement, ni socialement souhaitable. Cette difficile équation ne pourra être résolue qu’en permettant aux pays du Sud de préserver ces ressources essentielles que sont la terre et l’eau et d’en user durablement pour satisfaire leurs propres besoins élémentaires.Quel a été le plus grand succès dans la lutte contre la désertification, jusqu’à présent ?Entre 1981 et 2006, 16% des terres ayant connu une certaine amélioration à l’échelle mondiale se situent majoritairement dans les zones arides. Il est bien sûr très difficile de déterminer la contribution de la CNULD à ce chiffre.Les plus grands succès dans le domaine de la LCD se situent au niveau local, sur le terrain, grâce au travail des chercheurs, d’ONG et aux efforts constants des populations locales dans les zones affectées. C’est la somme de ces actions ainsi que leur diffusion qui constitue le plus grand succès de la LCD, même si cela reste insuffisant. Plusieurs réussites locales en témoignent tant au Sahel (Mali, Burkina, Niger, ou l’on parle de reverdissement, voir par exemple Re-greening of the Sahel), qu’en Amérique Latine et en Asie à travers des programmes et projets de gestion intégrée des écosystèmes affectés, de gestion durable des terres et de l’eau.À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriquePourquoi faire maintenant une décennie sur la désertification ?Dans ce contexte de crise économique et environnementale, nous nous devons de rappeler au pays riches leurs responsabilités et leur devoir de solidarité internationale face à ces populations qui perdent leur principal, voire unique, facteur de production : la terre !Plus que jamais, la menace qui pèse sur les zones arides concerne également l’ensemble de la planète. – Tout d’abord, la sécurité alimentaire mondiale est affectée. Nous avons tous en tête les émeutes de la faim de 2008. Si nous voulons doubler la production alimentaire d’ici 2050, comme le préconise la FAO, il nous faut tenir compte des zones arides : 44% des systèmes cultivés sont situés en zones arides ; 30% des plantes cultivées aujourd’hui sont endémiques des zones arides ; 50% du cheptel mondial est situé en zones arides.Dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, les sols ont une place significative. Les terres des zones arides stockent 46% du carbone mondial. Ce chiffre diminue à mesure que ces terres se dégradent.Lire la suite sur GoodPlanet…Tout savoir sur les principaux enjeux environnementaux liés à désertificationComprendre la dégradation des sols et ses effets sur l’environnementEn savoir plus sur les ceintures vertesGoodPlanet.info est un projet de la fondation GoodPlanet, présidée par Yann Arthus-Bertrand, reporter, photographe, documentariste et écologiste français. Le site présente de manière pédagogique les enjeux écologiques et humains majeurs de notre époque.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

USADA explains test discrepancy listing for Brock Lesnar in online public database

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WhatsApp Brett Okamoto of ESPN is featuring an article with comments from USADA addressing a recent test discrepancy involving Brock Lesnar.USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) acknowledged a “technical glitch” that led to inaccurate testing data appearing on the online database.Prior to the glitch, Lesnar was listed as being tested six times by USADA this past year. That number mysteriously changed to five shortly after October. According to USADA, the original figure was flawed and the current number of five tests is now accurate.“USADA updates the Athlete Test History page of the UFC/USADA website on a weekly basis. During an update on the week of October 15th, we experienced a technical issue that resulted in the information on the page being displayed incorrectly. The correct test history for the athlete is one test [that week], not two. The issue has been fixed and the testing numbers on the website are all accurate. We are still investigating the specific technical issue that led to the error.”Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, also commented and didn’t seem concerned about the glitch on the public database.“I have access to a more specific database than the public, which displays the date a sample is collected, what type of sample it is and what the results are as soon as they are available. The public website, as I understand it, indicated there had been two tests during this last quarter, and it recently dropped to one. I have always seen one test in this quarter for Lesnar. It was a urine test and it came back negative.”Lesnar, who is the current WWE Universal Champion, re-entered the USADA testing pool this past summer after showing up at UFC 226 and confronting new UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. Cormier had just defeated Stipe Miocic.Just a few weeks ago, UFC President Dana White described the potential of a fight between Lesnar and Cormier as an “unknown” despite Cormier being asked again about a fight with Lesnar after his victory at UFC 230 over Derrick Lewis.If you missed it yesterday, current WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins stated he found it “slightly insulting” that Lesnar was the current Universal Champion in the company as he is does not make regular appearances for WWE at TV and live events.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Twitter Updated RAW Preview: Clash of Champions contract signing, new Firefly Funhouse segment Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Facebook Videos Articles Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Cesaro WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Kurt Angle WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articleslast_img read more

Pedestrian struck killed on I15 in Rancho Bernardo

first_img Posted: July 12, 2019 July 12, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed Friday morning on Interstate 15 in the Rancho Bernardo area, authorities said.The crash was reported around 4 a.m. on northbound Interstate 15 south of West Bernardo Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.The circumstances leading up to the crash were under investigation, including exactly how many vehicles struck the unidentified pedestrian, Bettencourt said.The CHP issued a SigAlert around 4:35 a.m. shutting down all northbound lanes south of West Bernardo Drive. As of 7:35 a.m., the lanes remained closed. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Pedestrian struck, killed on I-15 in Rancho Bernardolast_img read more

28 offer financial wellbeing support

first_imgMore than a quarter (28%) of respondents offer financial wellbeing support, according to financial education organisation Nudge.Its Financial education: the definitive guide 2016 report, which surveyed 302 employers, also found that 17% of respondents are in the process of introducing a financial wellbeing programme.The research also found that:Half (50%) of respondents are considering implementing a financial wellbeing programme for employees, compared to 43% in 2015 and 20% in 2014.87% of respondents want financial education programmes to support their workplace pension offering, 87% want programmes to support employee benefits and 77% of respondents want their financial education programme to support employees’ personal finances.96% of respondents want to offer staff a holistic financial education programme.More than half (58%) would like financial education programmes to include online webinars, 92% want online platforms, 37% would like group sessions to be included and 32% want schemes to offer individual sessions.More than half (52%) cite corporate social responsibility as a driver for their financial wellbeing agenda.96% of respondents want their financial education provider to provide an independent solution.45% would like their financial education programmes to benefit employees’ partners and more than a quarter (27%) would like them to benefit employees’ children.Tim Perkins, director at Nudge, said: “What is clear from this research is that while there are a number of suppliers providing financial wellbeing solutions, there is a massive variation in how these solutions work and what they provide for employers and their people.“The key theme was ‘independence’ with 96% of respondents saying they want their financial education to be free from product or provider bias. However, only 18% of employers say they have such a scheme.”last_img read more

After monopoly ruling Qualcomm asks to delay reforms citing US place in

first_img See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Qualcomm asks appeals court to delay contract renegotiations because of 5G Share your voice See also Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs, and end consumers in the process,” Koh wrote in her ruling in May.The ruling came as a surprise to Qualcomm and others in the mobile market. For Qualcomm, the verdict called into question the company’s entire business model. While it sells processors that connect devices to mobile networks, it also generates a significant percentage of its revenue from licensing. If it can’t collect royalties based on the value of a handset — which it had done in the past — it will generate less money and may have to rethink its model entirely. Even though it’s appealing the ruling, Qualcomm’s licensees likely will try to alter their contracts.Koh, in her ruling, said Qualcomm can’t force a customer to sign a license before it’ll supply that company with chips. It “must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software.”Following the ruling, Qualcomm said it would seek a stay of the district court’s judgment and an expedited appeal to the Court of Appeals. The decision is now in the appeals court’s hands.Though Qualcomm likely won’t have to renegotiate its new agreement with Apple — the two settled their long-running licensing and patent disputes during opening arguments in a May trial — it’ll have to offer other customers the chance to change their terms.The company in a filing Monday said that there’s “good cause” to expedite its appeal. And the FTC consented to Qualcomm’s request for a faster process, Qualcomm said. “As described at length in Qualcomm’s contemporaneously filed motion for partial stay, Qualcomm will suffer irreparable harm from the injunction as it stands, necessitating prompt resolution of the appeal,” the company said.  Apple Powerful chipmaker Qualcomm is just too powerful, judge… Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Apple FTC 1:48 Tagscenter_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Judge denies Qualcomm’s bid to delay contract renegotiations Qualcomm is a monopoly and must renegotiate deals, judge rules Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone Qualcomm also invoked the global race to 5G and the US’ priority to lead when it comes to the super fast, next-generation technology. “Unless stayed, the injunction will significantly impair an American company that is the worldwide leader in the development of cellular technologies, at a critical moment in the development of the worldwide standards for next-generation 5G cellular systems, thereby forfeiting the lead to foreign interests,” Qualcomm’s filing said. The company said firms are already are trying to renegotiate their contracts with Qualcomm and noted it “will be forced to negotiate under the cloud of an injunction requiring it to accept terms to which it would not otherwise agree.”The appeals court filings come days after US District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Qualcomm’s request to delay carrying out remedies she ordered after Qualcomm lost an antitrust case and was found to be a monopoly in wireless chips. The reforms included renegotiating licensing agreements previously reached with handset makers like LG and submitting to monitoring by the Federal Trade Commission. Qualcomm wanted the injunctions to be put on hold while the case made its way through the appeals process. Instead, Koh, in a ruling filed last week in the court’s Northern District of California, said she denied Qualcomm’s motion for a stay pending appeal after reviewing the motion, amicus briefs filed in opposition to Qualcomm by LG and others, arguments and evidence from the trial and other documents relevant to the case. Monopoly battleTwo years ago, the FTC accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips. The FTC said Qualcomm forced customers like Apple to work exclusively with it and charged “excessive” licensing fees for its technology, in part by wielding a “no license, no chips” policy. Qualcomm’s practices prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said.Qualcomm argued the FTC’s lawsuit was based on “flawed legal theory” and that customers choose its chips because they’re the best. It also argued that competition is fierce in the mobile chip market and that Qualcomm never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’d been arguing over licenses.The parties faced off in an 11-day trial in January. In May, Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor, saying Qualcomm was a monopoly that illegally hurt competitors in the wireless chip market. The ruling, which came four months after the trial ended, said Qualcomm must change how it does business and renegotiate license deals with its customers. To hold the company accountable, the court said Qualcomm must also submit compliance and monitoring reports for the next seven years and report to the FTC on an annual basis. • Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Components Tech Industry Phones In a January trial, UC Berkeley economics professor Carl Shapiro testified on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission that Qualcomm hurt competition. Judge Lucy Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor, and Qualcomm is appealing. Vicki Behringer Until its appeal is heard, Qualcomm has asked for a delay to reforms ordered by a district court, including the requirement that the chipmaker must renegotiate licensing deals with phone makers. And it’s using the 5G race to help justify a reprieve. The company on Monday filed a motion with the US Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit, asking the court to grant a stay because carrying out the actions would “fundamentally change the way it has done business for decades.” If the appeals court ultimately finds in Qualcomm’s favor, the chip giant said, the company won’t be able to undo the changes it’s made. Qualcomm also filed a request for an expedited briefing and hearing for the appeal. “This court has repeatedly found that a stay is warranted when — as here — an injunction imposes changes on a party’s business practices and commercial arrangements that cannot be undone by this court’s later reversal of the district court’s judgment,” Qualcomm said in its filing requesting the stay. “There is no basis to depart from that settled, sound practice.”last_img read more

ICICI Securities to Charge Just ₹7 as Annual Fee to Manage EPFOs

first_imgICICI Securities Primary Dealership will be charging a meagre ₹7 per year — the lowest bid made by any fund manager in the latest round — to manage ₹1.4 lakh crore out of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) ₹7 lakh crore debt corpus.The EPFO’s Finance, Investment and Audit Committee opened the bids by ICICI Securities and that of four others, in January.The Committee accepted ICICI Securities’ bid of 0.0000000005 per cent and allocated 20 percent of its funds to the fund manager.The other four bidders offered higher fee as compared to that of ICICI Securities, whose bid has baffled experts. “The ridiculously low quote by ICICI Securities Primary Dealership is surprising because, unlike the bidding for the NPS funds, fund managers are not supposed to match the lowest quote,” Manoj Nagpal, chief executive of Outlook Asia Capital, told The Economic Times.Of the five fund managers, only three are expected to earn profit from managing EPFO’s funds. One of the managers, Reliance Capital AMC, is unlikely to recover costs it will incur to manage ₹1,22,500 crore allocated by the EPFO, as it will get only ₹11 lakh as fee.ICICI Securities has actually improved its bid from 0.0003 percent quoted in 2011; it had then got to manage 35 percent of EPFO’s corpus.The EPFO has been used to such low bids, with a fund manager even offering to manage its funds free of cost, which was rejected because the bid did not have a “commercial logic.”Why fund managers quote such low fee?The logic-defying fee quoted by fund managers actually has a logic, if an analyst is to be believed.”If they manage a very large corpus, they can showcase the AUM (assets under management) to global investors and boost their valuations,” said an industry source.last_img read more

Mumbai on red alert as IMD forecasts very heavy rains for next

first_imgThe air, rail and road traffic were severely affected on Monday, July 8, due to heavy rains.TwitterPredicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai for the next 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department has placed the city and the coastal Konkan region on ‘red alert’. Warning the fishermen to not venture into the Arabian Sea, the weather department requested the Mumbai residents to take necessary precautions and ensure safety.Weather Forecast by I.M.D at 08:00 – INTERMITTENT RAIN WITH HEAVY TO VERY HEAVY FALLS IS LIKELY TO OCCUR IN CITY AND SUBURBS. . @IMDWeather #Monsoon2019 #MCGMUpdates #MumbaiRains #SafeMonsoon pic.twitter.com/ET4HJSTl5C— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) July 9, 2019The air, rail and road traffic was severely affected on Monday, July 8, due to heavy rains. A total of 11 flights were cancelled and another three diverted because of poor visibility at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Several local trains on the Central and Western lines were also cancelled.However, the railway services resumed in the city with no water-logging reported on Tuesday. The rainfall recorded between Monday and Tuesday by the weather station installed in Colaba and Santacruz was 41 mm and 130.4 mm.Meanwhile, a wall crash in the Andheri East area of the city was reported on Monday morning. One person sustained minor injuries in the incident, which happened at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.In another incident, a portion of an Opera house building collapsed just when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) workers were trying to barricade it. The building was vacated a few hours before the crash after a small part of the structure crashed during painting work.The incident came a week after around 30 people were killed in two separate wall crashes in the city.last_img read more

Myanmar and militants trade atrocity accusations

first_imgRohingya refugees walk pass Balukhali refugee camp near Myanmar’s border, in Bangladesh. Photo: AFP Myanmar and militants trade atrocity accusationsMyanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday accused Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in troubled Rakhine state, allegations denied by the militants themselves.The impoverished western state neighbouring Bangladesh has become a crucible of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.Despite years of persecution and government restrictions, the Rohingya largely eschewed violence.But sporadic armed clashes have erupted since October when a previously unknown Rohingya militant group staged a series of attacks on security forces, sparking a massive security crackdown by Myanmar’s military which the UN believes may have amounted to ethnic cleansing.A brutal round of fresh fighting has been raging since Friday when militants staged new coordinated ambushes.More than 100 people, including some 80 militants, have been killed. Thousands of Rohingya civilians have fled towards Bangladesh while local Buddhists and Hindus have sought sanctuary in towns and monasteries away from the clashes.Both sides have accused each other of committing fresh atrocities in recent days, accusations that are difficult to verify because the fighting is taking place in inaccessible villages.The government department directly run by Suu Kyi-the State Counsellor’s Office-has released a flurry of statements through its Facebook account, including grim pictures of civilians allegedly shot dead by militants.“Terrorists have been fighting security forces by using children at the frontline (and) setting fire (to) minority-ethnic villages,” the office said it its latest statement on Monday.The statement said there should be “no concerns for civilians who are not linked with extremist terrorists”. It called on Rohingya to cooperate with security forces and not brandish “sticks, swords and weapons” when security forces approached.The militant group behind the fighting-the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) — hit back with its own allegations on Monday.“While raiding Rohingya villages, the Burmese brutal military soldiers bring along with them groups of Rakhine (Buddhist) extremists to attack Rohingya villagers, loot Rohingyas’ properties and later burn down Rohingya houses,” the group said via its Twitter account @ARSA_Official.Myanmar’s assurances for Rohingya civilians appear to have had little effect with a fresh influx of refugees heading to Bangladesh. Some have been turned back by Bangladeshi authorities.Rohingya who made it through on Sunday described Buddhist mobs and security forces shooting people dead and burning down homes. They said many Rohingya men and youths stayed behind to fight.Myanmar’s government made similar claims that Rohingya were burning their own homes when violence first broke out in October.Refugees accused Myanmar’s military of engaging in scorched earth retribution, as did a number of rights groups who used satellite imagery to track the fires.Activists and supporters on both sides of the sectarian divide have a history of posting false images and footage online.last_img read more

Villagers clash after morphed images go viral 25 injured

first_imgBardhaman(WB): Twenty-five people have been injured in a clash between villagers of Purba Goalpara and Dangapur over morphed pictures of local women doing the rounds on social media, a police officer said today. Twenty-nine people have been arrested till now in connection with the incident that took place yesterday and raids are on in the two villages, Additional Superintendent of Police(Rural), East Bardhaman, Raj Narayan Mukherjee said. The residents of Dangapur village suspected the involvement of Sheikh Rakibul of neighbouring Purba Goalpara village in uploading the morphed pictures of the women on social networking sites on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Sheikh Rakibul’s brother Sheikh Hijbullah claimed that the matter had been sorted out at a meeting held in Madanghat Police Station on Tuesday. The police, however, said no such meeting had been held at the police station. Yesterday, some people supporting Sheikh Rakibul clashed with villagers at Dangapur and both the groups attacked each other with rods, stones and sharp weapons, a local police officer said. He said 16 of the injured were admitted to the Kalna sub-divisional hospital and the rest were taken to nearby hospitals.last_img read more

Student falls off window dies

first_imgDarjeeling: A Class-IX student of Narayana School in Jatiakhali, Siliguri, fell from the second floor out of an open window and died. Another student, who also fell off the window, is admitted to a private hospital with injuries.Prima facie the two boys pushed each other while playing and they fell off the sliding windows on Monday. The deceased Rishab Arya was from Purnia, Bihar. “The grill of the classroom had loosened and had been removed for replacement. The workman was not present as had gone to his sister’s wedding,” said Santosh Kumar Yadav, deputy general manager of the school. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe school remained closed on Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday also for maintainance work stated Yadav. The body of the deceased student was handed over to his father on Thursday. “We have nothing to say. Rishab had plans to go for higher studies to Delhi. Everything has ended,” stated Arun Kumar, his father. The other student Ritwick Kumar Singh is a day scholar. He suffered multiple fractures. These two students were near the window which had the open slide. They were rushed to a private nursing home. “We feel that there has been a sheer lapse on the part of the authorities. How can a student fall out of a window during school hours? They should have a safety and security monitoring system in place,” stated Sandipan Bhattacharya, president, Guardian’s Forum of North Bengal.last_img read more

Teleradiology Solutions to Perform Remote 3D PostProcessing for Massachusetts General Hospital

first_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Advanced Visualization | November 09, 2016 Teleradiology Solutions to Perform Remote 3-D Post-Processing for Massachusetts General Hospital TRS invests in new facility manned by 3-D-trained radiologists to offer Routine and STAT 3-D services 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more November 9, 2016 — Teleradiology Solutions (TRS) announced it was selected by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston to perform remote 3-D post-processing services.As part of the agreement, TRS — among the first teleradiology companies in the United States to be accredited by the Joint Commission — invested in the creation of a new facility manned by 3-D-trained radiologists to offer Routine and STAT 3D services. TRS will follow and utilize MGH’s 3-D protocols as it performs the assigned 3-D post-processing services. With its 24-hour staffing, the new facility is fully capable of performing services for MGH, but also for other facilities across the globe.“Our goal is to enhance the diagnostic capabilities and timeliness of information that can help improve lives for patients,” said Gordon Harris, Ph.D., director of 3-D imaging for MGH. “Working with TRS’ radiologists, who are trained on MGH 3-D protocols, for our overnight and weekend 3-D coverage helps us deliver timely 3-D imaging services with consistent 3-D protocols and quality seven nights a week when we do not have 3-D coverage on site. We hope that access to this technology can expand to providers as high-quality 3-D image post-processing could have a significant impact on patient care – particularly emergency and trauma care – across the world.”The 3-D images will enable physicians at MGH to better understand patients’ disease processes and develop treatment and intervention plans in a timelier way. Effective 3-D post-processing is now possible globally thanks to the increased deployment and utilization of cutting-edge high-resolution computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan equipment, yet few hospitals and physicians have the combination of staff and technology to create the 3-D images within their facility. The collaboration between TRS and MGH can now help fill that void.For example, TRS can now use images received from a hospital to create the 3-D image post-processing so that physicians can see aneurysms and vessel blockages that may potentially result in life-threatening complications. Thus, 3-D imaging enables physicians to greatly facilitate their diagnosis, treatment and subsequent follow-up to help their patients achieve the best possible outcomes.For more information: www.telradsol.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read morelast_img read more

Greece gets new liquidity boost ahead of key reform vote

first_imgA woman reads a paper in front of a shop selling old stereo systems in Athens, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks. But for most Greeks, already buffeted by six years of recession, Monday was all about rising prices as tax hikes demanded by creditors took effect. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) Sponsored Stories Many in Tsipras’ Syriza party, including former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, voted against last week’s austerity measures, which included big increases to sales taxes that took effect on Monday. If more than a handful of others join the dissent in Wednesday’s vote, then Tsipras’ government could be in trouble.At least five Syriza lawmakers said Wednesday they would vote against the draft law — including the firebrand parliament speaker, Zoe Konstantopoulou. In a letter to Greece’s president and Tsipras, Konstantopoulou asserted the measures were a “violent attack on democracy,” arguing that lawmakers were being given very little time to study the nearly 1,000-page bill.Negotiations with creditors are expected to start soon after the vote.The Greek government hopes the new bailout talks can conclude before Aug. 20, when Greece must repay a debt worth more than 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) to the ECB.Syriza’s traditional trade union base is angry at what it sees as Tsipras’ betrayal of his electoral mandate.Tsipras has accused party critics of acting irresponsibly.“I’ve seen a lot of reactions and heroic statements, but so far I haven’t heard any alternative proposal,” Tsipras told party lawmakers on Tuesday, according to a senior government official. The official asked not to be named, citing the sensitivity of the parliamentary vote. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The European Union’s statistics agency announced Wednesday that Greece was making some progress on the debt front at the start of 2015, progress that’s going to have been badly impacted by recent events.Following repayments to European creditors and the International Monetary Fund, Eurostat said Greece’s debt fell to 301 billion euros at the end of the first quarter from 317 billion at the end of 2014. That took the country’s debt burden down to 168.8 percent from 177.1 percent.Greece’s debt still remains the highest in the 19-country eurozone by a wide margin.___Nicholas Paphitis in Athens and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Top Stories Tsipras also said those supporting the country’s exit from the eurozone or handing so-called IOUs to retirees “should come out and say it, instead of hiding behind the safety of my signature.”The reforms being considered Wednesday are aimed at reducing the country’s court backlog and speeding up revenue-related cases. Lawmakers have also been called to approve reforms related to banking union mechanisms, aimed at reducing the risk for European governments from bank crises.Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said planned pension spending cuts required “further study” before being submitted to parliament.In Brussels, Pierre Moscovici, the European Union’s top economy official, said he’s hoping the bailout deal can be signed by mid-August, while accepting that Greece has to meet a “punishing” schedule. Moscovici said he welcomed the vote even though it did not include all details hoped for on reducing early retirement and farmers’ taxation.Greece has relied on bailout loans totaling 240 billion euros since 2010 after it was locked out of international money markets. In return for the cash, successive governments have had to enact harsh austerity measures to try to get public finances into shape. Though the annual deficit has been reduced dramatically, the country’s debt burden has risen as the Greek economy has shrunk by around a quarter. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s liquidity-starved banks got a new cash injection from the European Central Bank on Wednesday, hours before a key vote in parliament on further economic reforms demanded by international creditors in return for a third bailout.A European banking official told The Associated Press the ECB decided to increase emergency liquidity to Greek banks by 900 million euros ($980 million) — the second such cash injection in just under a week. Fearing a run by depositors flocking to take their savings out of Greek banks, the government imposed capital controls more than three weeks ago, restricting daily withdrawals to 60 euros ($65) per account holder. Extra ECB liquidity means that Greek banks will still be able to hand out cash.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ radical left-led government faced its second crunch test in parliament in a week later Wednesday. Failure to pass the economic measures could undermine his coalition and trigger fresh fears over the country’s future in the shared euro currency.Hours before the vote, about 9,000 people gathered for two demonstrations outside parliament, organized by the Communist Party and a civil servant union. Demonstrators carried banners and shouted slogans, but there was no sign of the violence that marred a similar protest last week.The vote on changes to Greece’s judicial and banking sectors is one of the requirements that Greece’s European creditors have insisted upon in order for negotiations on a third bailout for Greece worth around 85 billion euros ($93 billion) to begin.After losing the support of a large chunk of his own party’s lawmakers during a vote last week on a creditor-demanded austerity measures, Tsipras has to rely on support from pro-European opposition parties to pass measures. 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Go back to the enewsletter In its second year ILT

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIn its second year, ILTM Asia Pacific will span all luxury travel sectors, offering new opportunities to engage with the big, the small, the hot spots and the independent experiences created for today’s affluent traveller from Australia and across the world.An expanded hosted buyer program will deliver both new and returning planners and agencies to explore new creative and seamless itineraries for their high-net-worth clients in more than 30,000 one-to-one meetings throughout the show. Just over 130 Australian buyers are targeted to be hosted at the event, an 8% increase year on year.Set once again in Singapore, ILTM Asia Pacific will help shape the future with trends, research and personalised content, shaped to support every guest with business opportunities throughout the event taking place from 27 to 30 May 2019.Banwa Private IslandApproximately 550 luxury travel suppliers will form this year’s guest list, an increase of around 10% year on year. Many new exhibitors are participating, including Banwa Private Island in the Philippines, Makanyi Private Game Lodge in South Africa, Matetsi Victoria Falls in South Africa, Bawah Reserve in Indonesia and The Ungasan Clifftop Resort in Bali. They join those returning to support their business objectives from the first edition last year, including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Belmond, Kempinski Hotels, InterContinental Hotels and Four Seasons, as well as destinations including Switzerland, New Zealand, Botswana, Japan and Singapore.Bawah IslandThe participant program this year will support the ILTM theme of Health and Wellness with morning ILTM bay runs and morning yoga in the host hotels. ‘The Retreat’ will be a designated area of the show floor featuring brands showcasing some of the latest products and services in Health and Wellness. All ILTM guests will be given the opportunity to take a well-earned break from their busy appointment schedule to experience The Retreat.For further information, please contact andy.ventris@reedexpo.co.ukLead image: Ungasan Clifftop Resort Bali Villa Nora OceanGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more