Incurring heavy losses Gurugram Rapid Metro to be managed by state govt

first_imgGurugram: Justice D.K. Jain, appointed by NCLAT to oversee the IL&FS resolution process, on Friday approved the transfer of the Gurgaon Rapid MetroRail to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).It will now be incumbent on the Haryana government on what the way forward will be for the Rapid Metro Rail. The Haryana government could either choose to run the Rapid MetroRail itself or subcontract it to another party. This is pursuant to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal order of August 8 wherein – Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon Limited (RMGL) and Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon South Limited (RMGSL) – being red entities were required to seek prior approval from Justice (retd), Jain, former Supreme Court judge mandated to oversee the IL&FS resolution process, before selling, transferring, encumbering, alienating, dealing with or creating any third party right, title or interest on any movable or immovable assets. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new development comes at a time when the financial situation of Gurugram rapid metro was in dire straits and it was expected that by next week it may suspend its operations. The rapid metro was constructed by IL&FS Infrastructure in two phases. In the first phase, the company built 5.1 km elevated track, connecting National Highway No 8 at Shankar Chowk to Sikandarpur DMRC station, covering 6 stations. Built-in three years for Rs 1,450 crore, the service was opened for public on November 2013. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The company expected office-goers from Delhi to the cyber city to inter-change at Sikandarpur & use the rapid metro. But it didn’t succeed a. Higher costs for travelling, less focus on last-mile connectivity and lesser frequency of the movement of trains are resulting in many residents still relying on other modes of transportation. Considered to be a bane for many residents who drive on routes of Golf Course, Sikanderpur, MG road and Cybercity, the diesel-run autos and private city buses continue to retain its popularity. While these transportation mediums still charge a reasonable sum from their customers, the ticket prices in rapid metro range from a minimum sum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 35. Not only are the common citizens but even the office goers have lessened their daily travels. Besides providing services for commuting, the other forms of revenue for rapid metro is through advertising on its trains and on certain occasions providing space for hosting functions in its coaches.last_img read more

Canadian health officials on alert after reports of vaping illnesses in the

first_imgHALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health says he and colleagues from across Canada are on alert as health officials in the United States continue to investigate nearly 200 cases of severe respiratory illnesses potentially linked to vaping.Dr. Robert Strang says surveillance is being strengthened and he is sending informal email inquiries to respiratory specialists and intensive care units at Nova Scotia hospitals to see if there are reports of similar cases.Strang says Health Canada was already looking at strengthening its regulations around e-cigarettes prior to the American health scare, and officials are collaborating on draft regulations that would strengthen protections for youth, in particular.He says they are also looking at provincial regulations to see it they can be strengthened.Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada confirm they are actively monitoring the recent clusters of acute pulmonary illnesses and one death reportedly linked to the use of vaping products in the United States.Maryse Durette, a spokeswoman for the two agencies, says Canadian health officials have not yet seen evidence of similar pulmonary illness clusters occurring in Canada.Durette says Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada are in close contact with counterparts in the United States, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to “better understand their investigation into the illnesses being observed.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SNRT Journalists Pick Ziyech, Abou Fares as Best Athletes of 2018

Rabat – Moroccan journalists have picked footballer Hakim Ziyech and Taekwondo artist Fatima Zahra Abou Fares as the best Moroccan male and female athletes of 2018.Forty Moroccan journalists in the National Broadcasting and Television Company’s (SNRT) sports section voted for their favorite Moroccan athletes of 2018 and released the results on Sunday.Ajax Amsterdam’s Ziyech collected 88 points, surpassing Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi, who obtained 31 points. Read Also: Almountakhab Magazine Names Hakim Ziyech Golden Lion of 2018Ziyech delivered an outstanding performance in 2018. He received many awards, including the “Dutch Footballer of the Year” and “Golden Lion of 2018.”Hakimi was the first Moroccan to ever win the Champions League title. He delivered a solid performance in the World Cup with the Moroccan national football team.Steeplechase runner Soufiane El Bakkali ranked third. El Bakkali is a world steeplechase champion. He won the men’s 3,000-meter Steeplechase Diamond League Monaco 2018 in under eight minutes at 7:58:15.In the women’s section, Abou Fares, who offered Morocco its first gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, collected 103 points.Moroccan middle-distance runner Rabab Arrafi finished second with 30 points. She finished first in the 800 meter and 1,500 meter races at the Mediterranean Games in Spain this year. Arrafi also finished first in the 1,500-meter race in the 2012 African Championships, the 2013 Arab Championships, and the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie.Taekwondo artist Safia Salih took third place, collecting 20 points. Salih won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. read more

UN officials urge redoubled efforts to end female genital mutilation

The progress made in recent years in reducing FGM/C is largely because communities and families are taking action and calling for change, Thoraya Obaid and Ann M. Veneman, the Executive Directors of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said in a joint statement to mark the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.FGM/C is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – undertaken for cultural or other non-medical reasons – often causing severe pain and sometimes resulting in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and even death.In February 2008, 10 entities within the UN launched the Inter-agency Statement, setting out the elements to support the overall abandonment of this practice in one generation, with demonstrated success in many countries by 2015.The heads of UNFPA and UNICEF noted that success in reducing the incidence in several countries where it was once highly prevalent has occurred as a result of culturally sensitive engagement with local communities, “encouraging change from within.” They also pointed out that where communities have chosen to make public declarations against the practice, for example in Senegal, declines of up to 65 per cent have been recorded. Despite the successes, an estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subject to this harmful and dangerous practice – which poses immediate and long-term consequences for the health of women and girls, and violates their human rights. In addition, 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. “The practice persists because it is sustained by social perceptions, including that girls and their families will face shame, social exclusion and diminished marriage prospects if they forego cutting,” the agency heads stated. “These perceptions can, and must, change.”UNFPA, UNICEF and their partners are supporting communities to end the FGM/C, including by engaging parliamentarians, media, traditional communicators, women lawyers, medical associations, religious leaders and scholars to speak out against the practice. The agencies pledged to work towards ending FGM/C within a generation and to advance gender equality and improve sexual and reproductive health. 6 February 2010While there has been progress in reducing the incidence of female genital mutilation or cutting in several countries, there are still three million girls who continue to be at risk each year, United Nations officials warned today, calling for redoubled efforts to end this harmful practice. read more

Vaiko seeks resolution against domestic probe

India’s MDMK leader Vaiko has called upon Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to initiate steps to pass a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly opposing any move to carry out a domestic investigation into the alleged atrocities during the war in Sri Lanka in which many Tamil people were killed.“If such a resolution is passed, I will be the first person to support the same,” he said while paying a lightning visit to the site near Palladam where the party planned to hold a conference later this month. Vaiko told The Hindu that only an inquiry by an independent non-domestic body could bring out justice and truth. read more

At UN St Vincent and Grenadines Prime Minister eschews illiberal intolerance calls

“We have retreated from the ethos of integration, cooperation, and consensus building…which is absolutely necessary to solve the global problems that confront us.” he explained.As a small island developing State, St. Vincent and the Grenadines faces challenges to sustainable development, a small but growing population, limited resources, and susceptibility to natural disasters and climate change.“Small size is no impediment to impactful contributions on the world stage,” Mr. Gonsalves told the Assembly.Mr. Gonsalves’ encouraged solidarity and equality from the member states present for the general debate to deal with these challenges by invoking the a “recommitment to the bedrock foundations of our [UN] Charter.”Citing Goal 17 (on global partnerships)of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he told the gathered leaders that “We have mainstreamed and prioritized goals related to clean energy, economic growth, sustainability, climate action and biodiversity. We have chalked up home-grown progress in tandem with selfless solidarity from some of our regional and global friends and allies, but much more is required to be done.”He went on to say that St. Vincent and the Grenadines “stands firmly against the continued interventionist assaults on the sovereignty of our neighbors in the Republic of Cuba and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” calling for “constructive dialogue between and among the contradictory parties.”“Ours is a flame of respect,” Mr. Gonsalves said, concluding: “For sovereignty, for diversity of views, for dialogue, for peace and for development.”Summary of statement available here. read more

Ohio States Marcus Baugh suspended

Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh makes a catch during fall practice Aug. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Baugh has been suspended twice in his Buckeye career by coach Urban Meyer.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Baugh, who has yet to appear in a game for OSU, was suspended two games for what Meyer called “stuff” during a Monday press conference.Baugh did not make the trip to Baltimore for OSU’s game against Navy Saturday and will not suit up for the Buckeyes’ game against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.This marks the second time Baugh has been suspended by Meyer. He was arrested in July 2013 for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification. He missed the 2013 season opener against Buffalo before eventually redshirting.Baugh was cited again in January for underage consumption, but participated in spring practice. read more

No extra jail time for car dealer who sold unsellable clocked car

first_img Share Tweet Email1 No extra jail time for car dealer who sold unsellable clocked car to mother-of-four The ex-soldier is already serving a sentence for assaulting his former partner and breaching a barring order. By Tom Tuite Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:32 PM A MOTOR TRADER, who left a mother-of-four with an unsellable “clocked car”, has been given a three-month sentence at Dublin District Court.Ex-soldier turned second hand car dealer, Jonathan McSherry, 35, of Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty under the Consumer Protection Act.He admitted engaging in misleading commercial practice by providing false information in relation to the kilometre reading on the odometer of a ’09-reg Nissan Qashqai. It happened at Station Road Autos, in Clondalkin Commercial Park, Station Road, in Dublin 22 on 17 July, 2014. The offence can carry a maximum six-month sentence as well as a fine of up to €3,000.McSherry is already serving a three and a half year prison sentence with the final 12 months suspended for assaulting his former partner and breaching a barring order. During that incident he punched and kicked his ex-partner, fracturing her eyes, face and skull. That sentence was imposed on 21 December last.He appeared at Dublin District Court today to face a car clocking prosecution brought by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). However, he will serve no extra jail time because the sentence imposed will run concurrently to the longer one.CCPC investigator William Fahy told the court that on 17 July, 2014, mother-of-four Onome Nwankwo bought the Nissan paying €6,000 and trading in her previous car which was valued at €5,000. She had seen the Nissan Qashqai on and noted that the advert said the car had 135,000 kms on the odometer. She bought it but a year later Ms Nwankwo needed a larger vehicle because of her growing family.She attempted to trade in the Nissan Qashqai at another motor traders but they would not deal with her because the car had been “clocked”, meaning “the odometer had been run back”.Fahy agreed with prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines that five months before Ms Nwankwo bought the Nissan car, it had been with another motor dealer. At that stage it had about 175,000kms on the odometer, 40,000 more than it was sold by McSherry to Ms Nwankwo. Ms Nwankwo was left with a car without enough seats for her all family to travel together and she is unable to sell it on as a result of the clocking, the court was told.McSherry had eight prior criminal convictions, said Staines. They included district court convictions for public order offences and minor road traffic offences but there was also one charge for possessing stolen property.After the investigation began he closed down his dealership and tried to open another one at a different location, the court was told. He also had convictions for assault causing harm to his ex-girlfriend and breaching a barring order which led to him getting his current sentence which was imposed in December at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.The CCPC official agreed with defence counsel Tessa White that when questioned about Nwankwo’s complaint, McSherry was co-operative. Counsel said her client’s indication of a guilty plea meant the prosecution did not have to bring all their witnesses to court.The court heard McSherry, who did not address the court, had worked in the public service for a number of years before he entered the motor trade. He sustained the business for some time and had a number of employees but developed drink and drug addiction problems which led to the downfall of his business and his personal situation, his barrister said.She furnished the court with a letter from him and said that he was apologetic adding that he is engaging with all services made available to him. The Probation Service had also found him suitable for on-going supervision which counsel said was perhaps indicative of the efforts McSherry has been making over the last 12 to 18 months.When asked by the judge if there was a chance of compensation, she said that while McSherry would like to be able to pay that was not currently a practical option and he is not due to be released until a date in January 2018.Judge Brennan said the aggravating factors had to be taken into account; his prior convictions, the breach of trust and a customer had been “stuck with a car she cannot sell and is of no use to her with four children”.He imposed a three-month sentence. However, noting McSherry had addiction problems and was going through a rough period but has tried to turn his life around, he ordered that the sentence to run concurrently to his existing jail term.Read: Trump gives up on travel ban as he withdraws court appeal> Feb 16th 2017, 9:32 PM Image: Shutterstock/sergign 32,349 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 31 Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/sergignlast_img read more

SpaceX Is Launching Israels First Mission to the Moon Tonight

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface SpaceX is launching Israel’s first mission to the moon tonight and live streaming the historic liftoff for fans.On Feb. 21, the Beresheet robotic lunar lander is set to take off on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, reported. This major liftoff, which will take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:45 p.m. EST, will begin Israel’s first eight-week journey to the moon. Fans can watch all the action on SpaceX’s website or SpaceIL’s Facebook page.Beresheet was created by SpaceIL, an Israel-based nonprofit, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s largest aerospace company. SpaceIL and IAI are attempting a major space milestone: Israel hasn’t landed a lunar lander on the moon’s surface before, so this mission will be a first for the nation. Additionally, it would be the first-ever private lunar landing, Business Insider reported. According to SpaceIL representatives, the mission’s total cost, including the historic launch, is only $100 million.#IsraelToTheMoon! Here are 3 LIVESTREAM links— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) February 20, 2019The 1.5-meter Beresheet is expected to land on the moon on April 11. Once it arrives on the lunar surface, it will study the moon’s local magnetic field and craters on its two Earth-day surface mission. The lander will also carry a time capsule, which contains a “Lunar Library.” As a project of the Arch Mission Foundation, a nonprofit that archives humanity’s important milestones, it will carry the English-version of Wikipedia and keys to 5,000 languages.More on’s Tiny Moon Hippocamp May Be Debris From Larger SatelliteNASA Prepares for Mission to Explore Jupiter’s Icy Moon EuropaEarth’s Oldest Rock Found Amidst Apollo 14 Moon Sample Stay on targetlast_img read more

Food Drink Trap Door Brewing a great summer hang

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. That magic summer hour before the bright blue sky is flush with the pink shades of sunset is the perfect time to round up the family and/or friends and find an outdoor space to sip some Vancouver craft beer.My favorite spot to wile away this pre-sunset beatitude is Trap Door Brewing. I love Trap Door’s evolving beer menu (all brewed on-site) along with food from the food carts that surround it. Things started out slow in the outside area. Earlier this summer, the scene was sedate and a bit quiet for a bar. But, on a recent visit, the atmosphere was more like a raucous backyard party — babies in strollers, dudes discussing fails, dogs, millennials in high-waisted jeans and top-knotted hair, and a dog named Angel that barked at me like I was the devil.Owner Bryan Shull has a knack for bringing people together. He stepped in and orchestrated Cruise the Couve when it appeared that Cruisin’ the Gut wasn’t happening and 20,000 people were going to descend on downtown Vancouver in the absence of an organized event. This ability to bring people together to celebrate summer extends to his brewery and taproom.Trap Door has an indoor bar, a partially shaded outdoor area, and a stationary food cart pod. Taco City, with its bright mural and mariachi music, is easy to spot. The Al Pastor Taco is a marvel of grilled pork, spices, and citrus swaddled in corn tortillas. E-San Thai (affiliated with the restaurant in Portland) serves a varied menu of stir fry, curries, noodles, and appetizers. I like the Drunken Noodles — thick rice noodles smothered in a thin sauce of tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and chiles. 2 Doors Down (a collaboration between Trap Door and Bleu Door Bakery) offers a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches. I can’t help but order the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. Vancouver Pizza Company delivers pizza to your table (no delivery charge).Trap Door’s award-winning beer (Uptown Brown won a silver medal at the Washington Beer Awards) goes well with the food. You can tip the bartender in the Inigo-Montoya-prepare-to-tip tip jar. On a recent visit, I had fresh salad rolls from E-San Thai paired with a Tang New England Double IPA. If astronauts drank this Tang on a space voyage, they may have abandoned their mission in favor of giggling about their own weightlessness. This is one those fruity, citrusy New England Double IPAs with a high APV (8 percent) that sneaks up on you like booze-spiked punch at a prom. Another night, I enjoyed the Dry Hop Pilsner with a grilled cheese and tomato soup. The pilsner added a lightness to the creaminess of the sandwich and soup. There are endless combinations of food and beer to explore (along with a stack of board games and cornhole). My plan is to spend the rest of the summer in search of the perfect combination of food, beer, and games.Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @couveeats.last_img read more

Rain fails to extinguish huge Washington wildfire

first_imgGRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that largely has been a matter of luck, with the hot, windy weather known as “red flag” days not lining up with the lighting strikes that start fires, particularly in California.But he says that is changing. Eighteen large fires are burning in the Northwest with intensities not normally seen until August.Firefighters on Wednesday were chasing 25 new fires ignited by thunderstorms moving across Northern California, Oregon and Washington.Meanwhile, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report warning climate change is contributing to bigger and longer fire seasons, and new homes in forests are driving up firefighting costs.SPOKANE — Rain and hail fell Wednesday on the largest wildfire in the state’s history. But there wasn’t enough water to extinguish the flames.“It was like the judgment day,” fire spokeswoman Kris Erikson said of the intense thunderstorm. “It was major, but short.“Will it put the fire out? No.”But the storm raised humidity in the area of the fire and prevented it from growing much, Erikson said.The Carlton Complex stands at more than 250,000 acres, or nearly 400 square miles, and it’s being fought by about 2,500 people.“Today we have not seen active fire behavior,” fire spokesman Andrew Sandri said.But lightning could spark new fires in the parched region, Sandri said. And all the moisture could lead to flash floods because so much ground vegetation has been lost.last_img read more

Visafree travel to Russia reinstated for eligible Alaska Natives

first_imgFlight over western Alaska. (Photo: Francesca Fenzi, KNOM)The Bering Straits Regional Commission says travel restrictions for Alaska Natives to Chukotka have been lifted—leaving many with relatives on the Russian side of the strait feeling relieved.Download AudioSince time immemorial, Natives on both sides of the Bering Strait have traveled freely between what is now Alaska and Chukotka. Political egos and ensuing conflicts after World War II put a stop to this fluid exchange of people and goods.The director of the FBI at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, ordered the border closed in 1948, urging that, “U.S. national security interests should outweigh the interests of local Eskimos.” John Waghiyi of Savoonga remembers the decades-long border closure. “Sixty years of closure, the Cold War was not good for us,” Waghiyi said, “and then to make it difficult for our people several years ago, you know it’s tough.” “We need to be able to go back and forth,” he stressed, “it’s our god-given right.”Relations eventually thawed and the border was reopened in 1989. That same year, the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed an agreement reinstating visa-free travel for eligible Natives on both sides of the strait.That 1989 agreement was curtailed three years ago when all travelers, including Alaska Natives with ties to Chukotka, were required to apply for and purchase a visa to travel across the strait.Now Vera Metcalf with the Bering Straits Regional Commission says the agreement was updated just last month. Qualified Native Alaskans can again travel visa-free under the Bering Straits Agreement, with visits in Chukotka limited to 90 days as defined in the agreement.Just why the agreement was reinstated is unclear. Julia Straker, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, explained that “due to administrative issues U.S. participants had not been able to travel under the agreement during the past three years.” Without revealing any details, Straker and Metcalf both confirmed those issues have now been resolved.Despite enthusiasm for the change, various border closures since 1948 have made it more difficult for Natives with ties on both sides of the strait. Waghiyi is frustrated that international disputes infringe on their right to travel. “I don’t think that people that have ties to Alaska or Chukotka need to be used as pawns” Waghiyi urged.With visa-free travel reinstated, Waghiyi looks forward to visiting family across the strait and hosting more cultural exchanges between Natives from Alaska and Chukotka in the years to come.last_img read more

Happiest Minds acquires Cupola Technology

first_imgHappiest Minds office in Bengaluru.Special arrangementHappiest Minds Technologies, a next generation digital transformation, infrastructure, security and product engineering services company, announced the acquisition of Cupola Technology – a specialized IoT services company with innovative solutions across the IoT lifecycle. The acquisition is in line with Happiest Minds’ vision to expand upon its already thriving IoT business by bringing in complimentary frameworks, ready to use solutions and marquee customers.”We have found that organizations are rapidly moving from proof of concept to enterprise wide IoT rollouts. This has brought about the need for a dedicated IoT operations center with a solution centric approach. The acquisition of Cupola will add to our IoT center of excellence with a like-minded team that is focused towards driving customer value” Sashi Kumar, CEO & MD of Happiest Minds Technologies, said.”IoT is an integral part of our business strategy and in the last 3 years, we have gained considerable market traction and won IoT business across industries like manufacturing, transportation, utilities and retail. In looking for a company with differentiated IoT offerings that would enable us to build on our momentum, we found Cupola to be just the right choice” Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds Technologies, said.Cupola Technology was founded in 2011 by Ajay Agrawal and Huzefa Saifee and has delivered high value IoT projects to customers globally. Provided below are a few highlights:Designed and delivered an industrial IoT solution to manage plant personnel and assets for a US-based chemical factory.Developed an end-to-end IoT solution encompassing antenna management, premise management and weather monitoring for one of the largest Telcos in India.Opened new revenue streams for a Hong Kong based consumer electronics company by adding remote monitoring and management capabilities to their products.”The addition of Cupola further strengthens our focus on the smart living, smart enterprise and smart industrial domains. We’ll now have end to end IoT offerings across devices, platforms, big data & analytics and smart visualization. Cupola’s IPs for gateway management, smart provisioning and asset management deepens our capabilities to conceptualize, develop and manage wide-scale IoT deployments” Sandeep Agarwal, Sr. Vice President and Head of the IoT COE at Happiest Minds Technologies, said.Speaking about his decision to be a part of Happiest Minds, Ajay Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Cupola Technology said: “A connected ecosystem was at the heart of founding Cupola in 2011 and IoT based solutions have been the driving force behind our success. As we were looking to fuel the next level of growth, joining hands with Happiest Minds provides us with a great platform. We are excited to start a new chapter of our journey and build on the trust we have earned from our customers.”Happiest Minds will continue to build on its strong partner ecosystem by investing in its IoT platform partnerships with Microsoft Azure IOT and PTC ThingWorx. Happiest Minds is committed to helping its customers connect, analyze and act on new data, integrate and transform business processes while benefiting from a secure and managed infrastructure.Happiest Minds is on track to being the fastest Indian IT services company to reach a $100 million run rate and plans to go public within the next 3 years. Employees working at Happiest Minds, BengaluruSpecial arrangementlast_img read more

NATO gives frosty reception to ICAN Nobel win

first_imgNuclear disarmament group ICAN executive director Beatrice Fihn poses in front of her office after ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb as nuclear-fuelled crises swirl over North Korea and Iran, on 6 October, 2017 in Geneva. Photo: AFPNATO gave a chilly reception to nuclear disarmament group ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize win Friday, saying efforts to end the atomic bomb must take into account the “realities” of global security.The Geneva-based organisation, recognised by the Nobel committee for its decade-long campaign, was a key player in the adoption of a treaty symbolically banning nuclear weapons, signed by 122 countries at the UN in July.NATO, which has three of the world’s nuclear powers in its ranks, strongly criticised the treaty, saying it risked undermining the international response to North Korea’s atomic weapons programme.Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary-general, welcomed “the attention given to the issue” of disarmament by the Nobel Committee and said NATO was committed to creating conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.But he restated his criticism of the nuclear ban treaty — which was shunned by all nuclear powers — saying it put years of progress on non-proliferation at risk.”What we need is verifiable and balanced reduction of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which all NATO Allies have signed, remains the cornerstone of international efforts to do so,” he said in a statement, adding that NATO would remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapons existed.”NATO regrets that the conditions for achieving nuclear disarmament are not favourable today, but efforts towards disarmament must take into account the realities of current security environment.”Disarmament campaigners hailed the July treaty as an important step but most NATO members boycotted the talks to prepare the text, as did Japan — the only country to have suffered nuclear attacks, in 1945.Nuclear powers argue their arsenals serve as a deterrent and say they remain committed to the gradual approach to disarmament outlined in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.last_img read more

Top Stories NAFTAs Overhaul Ruling on 3D Guns And Watts Update on

first_img Share Monday, August 27, 2018Top afternoon stories:Leah Millis/Reuters/Via NPRPresident Trump announced Monday he intends to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and call its replacement “the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement”NAFTA is being renamed US-Mexico Trade AgreementPresident Donald Trump said Monday he intends to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement and call its replacement “the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement” — a name that would exclude the third NAFTA partner, Canada.Trump made the comments after announcing an “understanding” with Mexico that could lead to an overhaul of the 24-year-old trade pact, which Trump has called a job-killing “disaster.” Details of the U.S.-Mexico agreement were expected to be unveiled later Monday.The president said he will be calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump said that “if they’d like to negotiate fairly, we’ll do that.” He also threatened to tax Canadian auto imports to increase the pressure on Canada’s government.Judge blocks plans by Texas based company for printing 3D gunsPhoto: Transportation Security Administration via APThis file photo provided by the TSA shows a plastic replica revolver TSA agents recovered from a passenger’s carry-on bag at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk.The states sued to stop an agreement that the government had reached with Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, saying guidelines on how to print undetectable plastic guns could be acquired by felons or terrorists.U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik extended a temporary restraining order, and his new decision will last until the case is resolved. He said Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, wanted to post the plans online so that citizens can arm themselves without having to deal with licenses, serial numbers and registrations.J.J. Watt gives update on Harvey recovery fundraiserAfter Harvey ripped through Texas, J.J. Watt started a fundraiser with a goal of $200,000.However, a year later –with more checks and late donations rolling in after deadline– that total is now $41.6 million, which is the largest-crowd-sourced fundraiser in world history, according to Watt’s foundation.The Houston Texans defensive end said in a tweet the funds were distributed to eight nonprofit organizations. The money raised has repaired and rebuilt more than 600 homes, as well as the recovery and rebuilding of over 400 childcare centers and after school programs.last_img read more

Cardinals Send 12 to Finals after Day 4 Prelims at ACCs

first_imgThe 1650 is a timed final with UofL’s Sophie Cattermole doing the honors in the final heat. In 1M diving, Michaela Sliney posted up a 257.90 to finish 11th, Molly Fears scored a 256.10 for 14th and  Anika Holland had a 184.00 for 36th. Print Friendly Version Grace Oglesby threw down a 1:54.64 to be the top seed in the 200 butterfly going into this evening. She’s almost a second ahead of the runnerup. Alena Kraus put up the third fastest qualifying time in with a 1:55.69, a time fast enough to get invited in 2018 to put her in the A-final as well. Maria Sumida put up a 1:59.66 to make the B-final and Carley Lowe earned a second swim with a 2:00.29 for the C-final. Mallory Comerford put up the fastest qualifying time in the 100 freestyle with a 47.48, to be the top seed in the A-final. Lainey Visscher made the A-final as well with a prelim time of 48.53. Arina Openysheva gained the B-final tonight with a 48.78 Avery Braunecker will join her in the B-final as she earned a second swim tonight with a 49.74. In that same heat, Casey Fanz will be back tonight with a 48.95.  Other swims included  Nastja Govejsek’s 50.09 in her preliminary heat. The Cardinals made the most of their morning of the final day of preliminaries at the 2019 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, sending 12 to the finals Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.center_img Story Links Morgan Friesen put up the second fastest qualifying time in the 200 breaststroke to make the A-final along with teammate Mariia Astashkina, who put up a 2:11.23. Senior Lauren James will be back tonight in the B-final with a 2:13.43.  Kaylee Wheeler will be back in the finals in the 200 breast with a 2:15.65 to make the C-finals. Diana Dunn posted a 2:16.66 in her qualifying heat of the 200 breaststroke. In the first event of the day, Alina Kendzior earned a second swim in the 200 back with a time of 1:54.50. for the B-Final.  Ashlyn Schoof will be back tonight in the C-final with a time of 1:57.55.last_img read more

LPS Home Prices Up 1 in February

first_img After tracking transactions in February, “”Lender Process Services, Inc.””: (LPS) found home prices rose 1 percent month-over-month, with California and Washington leading the gains. [IMAGE] In dollar terms, LPS’ Home Price Index (HPI) stood at $210,000, up 7.3 percent from February 2012 when prices averaged $196,000. Currently, prices are 20.6 percent below the June 2006 peak of $265,000. California and Washington both saw prices increase 2.2 percent from January to February, the largest gain out of any other state, LPS reported. [COLUMN_BREAK]Nevada and Hawaii took the next two spots after prices were up by 1.8 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively, while Illinois and Nebraska both posted a 1.4 percent increase. On the other hand, Connecticut experienced a monthly decrease after prices fell by 0.3 percent. Other states in the bottom were Vermont (+0.2 percent), Rhode Island (+0.2 percent), and Oklahoma (0.3 percent). Six states saw prices rise by just 0.4 percent: New Mexico, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. California cities dominated the top 10 list for metro area price gains, with 9 out of ten metros representing the state. Seattle, where prices rose 2.5 percent, was the one exception and ranked No. 4. California cities in the top five were San Jose (+3.2 percent) San Francisco (+2.8 percent), Vallejo (+2.6 percent), and Sacramento (+2.4 percent). Price decreases were also concentrated. According to LPS data, five out of the six states where prices fell month-over-month were in Connecticut. In Hartford, prices were down by 0.4 percent from January, while Norwich, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Torrington all saw prices depreciate by 0.2 percent. Palm Bay, Florida was the exception, where prices fell 0.1 percent. Share LPS: Home Prices Up 1% in February in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Values Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-29 Esther Cho April 29, 2013 456 Views last_img read more

Anastasiades doles out praise and mild censure to Pasydy

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday sent twin messages to public servants, saying on the one hand that reforms and meritocracy were badly needed, and on the other, heaping praise on them for their “sacrifices” during the financial crisis.Addressing the annual congress of public service union Pasydy in Nicosia, Anastasiades said it would be an “unforgivable mistake” if he failed to mention the sacrifices of Pasydy members or if he failed to “sincerely thank” them and the union itself for standing up for their rights.“We may have a different starting point, but we have the same goals,” he said, referring to his desire that the relationship between the government and unions be non-confrontational.He reminded them that the government had, since the crisis waned, returned their lost benefits, the cost of living allowance (Cola) and had unfrozen promotions in the public sector.“Of course, this cooperation should be based on reciprocity,” he added, passing on his second message, which essentially called for an end to the public sector being used as a political-party fiefdom.“I think it is unthinkable that a modern public service should not apply a reliable system of evaluation,” he said, referring to the lack of meritocracy.“I consider it inconceivable to have a recruitment and promotion system not governed by transparent, meritocratic and objective criteria which becomes vulnerable to political interference,” he added. “We want to abolish the party state, the one that has caused the public to have only disdain for the country’s politicians.”He said he had no doubt that all political parties too would rather feel that civil servants were motivated by a desire to serve, because in this way they would receive the equivalent meritocratic rewards.After intensive consultations with all stakeholders, he said, the government had submitted to parliament by August 2015 a series of bills which would put a definitive end to the client state and introduce changes that reward value and increase the productivity and efficiency in the public service.Based on four pillars, the reforms focus on radical changes in the promotions system, the mobility of public servants across the sector to cut down on them developing long-term relationships that could leave them open to being bribed. The third pillar concerns the abolition of overlapping services, and the fourth is based on cutting the state payroll in such a way that the neither the taxpayer nor public service employees lose out, he said.Anastasiades also made mention of the implementation of the national health scheme Gesy, saying the government was determined to implement to the letter what has already been agreed for the autonomy of public hospitals.“I hope you all realise that the contribution of everyone is essential,” he said, adding that he planned to convene a meeting within days at the presidential palace with all stakeholders to come up with a timetable for Gesy to be implemented by July 2019.   You May LikeFitDib20 Best Short Hairdos For Women Over 60FitDibUndowomenreality.comMost powerful Fat Burning Foodswomenreality.comUndoMesothelioma AttorneyHere Are Best Options For You If Looking For Mesothelioma Attorneys In Rowland HeightsMesothelioma AttorneyUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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