Crop loans worth Rs 16000 crore will be distributed in Rajasthan Gehlot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Thursday said the process to sanction fresh crop loans to farmers had started after their existing borrowings were waived.He said crop loans worth Rs 16,000 crore will be given this year and that there will be no shortage of fertilisers and seeds in the state. During the Congress’ previous tenure, the scheme for disbursing interest-free crop loans to farmers was initiated. Now we have made arrangements to ensure there is no defect in loan distribution and debt waiver, Gehlot said at an online crop loan distribution launch event here. On the occasion, the chief minister also inaugurated a cooperative bank ATM. To tackle the stray animal menace, the state government has announced opening ‘nandi shala’ in every gram panchayat, Gehlot said.last_img read more

Kin donate organs of accident victim

first_imgKolkata: A private hospital in the city has started harvesting organs on Wednesdayfrom a woman, who was declared brain dead by the state health department on Tuesday. The family members of the victim, Manisha Rai, agreed to donate her organs and made a pledge to the private hospital authorities in this regard. The hospital then contacted the state health department. The officials from ROTTO visited the hospital and declared the patient brain dead after conducting necessary tests. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a hospital official, the process of harvesting organs from the victim started in the evening and would continue till late in the evening. Manisha was riding pillion when her friend Abhishek Roy (21) lost control over the motorcycle he was riding on. It rammed into the median divider on EM Bypass on Saturday night. Abhishen died as he received a fatal injury while the girl received serious injuries after she fell on the road. She was taken to a private hospital on EM Bypass and she was under treatment since Saturday night. According to police, the incident occurred around 1:50 am on Saturday. They were heading towards Ultadanga when the accident took place. The police came to know during the course of investigation that the bike was moving too fast and as a result of which he lost control.last_img read more

Loud loving parrots at Vancouver sanctuary can stay for now but need

first_imgVANCOUVER – A group of parrots awaiting adoption in Vancouver can stay put for now, after a lease on a warehouse full of the chattering birds was extended.Jan Robson, spokeswoman for the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, said the property is up for development, but permits have yet to be approved, so a lease that was set to expire on Feb. 28 will now be in place until the end of April.That will buy time while another site is sought for 88 moluccan cockatoos, amazons and macaws needing forever homes, Robson said.The sanctuary received 170 parrots in July of 2016. The birds were among 600 rescued from the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, B.C., on Vancouver Island after a woman who operated the facility died.Some of the parrots have found new homes in other provinces, including an umbrella cockatoo named Chewy, who two weeks ago ended up in Nova Scotia with his “new momma,” Robson said.“She has been sending us videos and always has hearts all over them. She’s head over heels in love with him. She came to see him on a Saturday, and by seven o’clock they were both on a plane.”Another bird named Colton has moved to Calgary, where his new owner changed his name to Maverick.“She sent several videos as well,” Robson said. “The most recent one was of him singing along to a country western song. It’s just hysterical. He’s got all the bells and whistles in his cage, and new toys, so he looks like he’s living the life.”Anyone wanting to adopt a parrot must undergo rigorous checks to ensure they’re keen on putting up with the noisy, attention-loving birds.“When it’s distance adoptions like that we either know someone who checks out the home at that end or we’ve done some Skype checking to get a sense, and of course, checking references. Then they have to come out and meet the bird.”A family on British Columbia’s Gulf Islands is also ready to adopt a parrot, Robson said.A particularly loud peach-coloured moluccan cockatoo named Bob has a special bond with Robson and tends to be fond of women.“He has more female attention than anyone can reasonably expect in a lifetime,” she said of Bob, who recently became the sanctuary’s star when a group of fawning female veterinarian technicians showed up.“He was in his element,” Robson said, adding that Bob has been a hard sell because of his jet-engine decibel level.She said that while parrots are a lovable lot, anyone wanting to adopt one should know they live up to 80 years and have a penchant for destroying furniture with their beaks.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Yes Banks balance sheet cleanup to strain profitability in next 1218 months

first_imgNew Delhi: The balance sheet clean-up by Yes Bank will strain its profitability in the next 12-18 months as it makes provisions for stressed assets, Moody’s Investors Service said Tuesday. On April 26, the bank reported its first-ever quarterly loss since its inception in 2004 at Rs 1,506 crore in the January-March quarter. Nevertheless, the bank is profitable on a full-year basis, with a return on assets of 0.5 per cent as of March 31, 2019, as against 1.4 per cent a year ago. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “We estimate that the bank’s overall stressed assets are about 8 per cent of its gross loans… The balance sheet clean-up will strain the bank’s profitability in the next 12-18 months as it provides for the stressed assets,” Moody’s said in a report. The March quarter loss of Yes Bank was driven by higher credit costs for non-performing loans (NPLs) and the creation of a contingent provision against a pool of identified stressed assets. “Despite near-term weakness, we expect the change in corporate behaviour under new bank leadership will be credit-positive after the de-risking is complete,” Moody’s said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Reacting to the result, the bank’s shares on Tuesday slumped over 30 per cent to Rs 165.30 apiece on the BSE in the early trade. The scrip ended the day at Rs 168, down 29.23 per cent on the BSE. The March quarter results of Yes Bank were announced after close of market hours on Friday. Stock markets were closed on Monday on account of polling in Mumbai. In late-January this year, the bank appointed Ravneet Gill as its managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), after the Reserve Bank of India restricted the bank’s founder and long-time managing director and CEO Rana Kapoor’s term until January 2019. In the next three financial years, the bank may slow loan growth to about 20-25 per cent annually, compared with an average loan growth of 34 per cent a year between 2013-14 and 2018-19, Moody’s said. “The bank will increase the focus on the retail segment and small- and medium-sized enterprises and reduce dependence on corporate lending,” Moody’s said. It added that a reduction in loan concentration to large corporate groups will be credit-positive, as these types of loans have lent volatility to the bank’s asset performance in the recent years. The bank’s board has approved an equity capital raising plan of up to USD 1 billion, which, once complete, will help improve loss-absorbing buffers while supporting asset growth, it added. The lender’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) doubled to 3.22 per cent of loans as on March 31, 2019, from 1.28 per cent at the end of March quarter in 2017-18. At the end of March 2019, the bank’s tier-I equity capital ratio was 8.4 per cent, compared with 9.7 per cent at the end of March 2018.last_img read more

Annan welcomes Israeli and Palestinian statements on stopping violence

The United Nations, the United States, the European Union and the Russian Federation form the Quartet sponsoring the “Road Map” peace process which sets out parallel and reciprocal steps by Israelis and Palestinians, leading to two States living in peace by the end of this year.”The Secretary-General commends the steps taken by the Israeli and Palestinian leaders and looks forward to further cooperation as part of the implementation of their obligations under the Road Map,” said his spokesman, Fred Eckhard.Mr. Annan also complimented Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for arranging the summit in the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, at which the statements were made.The active participation of Mr. Mubarak and King Abdullah of Jordan would greatly enhance the chances of achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the critical months ahead, Mr. Eckhard said. read more

University reaches tentative deal with CUPE 4207 Unit 1

Brock University and CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) reached a tentative agreement early Monday morning March 14, nearly two hours after the union’s strike deadline, and averting what would have been the first strike in the history of the University.As a result of the deal, classes and University services will function as usual on Monday.Working through the weekend with the help of a provincially-appointed mediator, negotiators from the University and the union — which represents more than 800 teaching assistants, course co-ordinators, lab demonstrators and marker-graders — arrived at the deal shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday.Details will not be released until the tentative agreement has been ratified by the parties.A strike would have come with just a few weeks left in the academic term, and would have made it a challenge for students to write final exams, vacate rented apartments and get away in time to begin summer jobs.University President Jack Lightstone called the breakthrough “fantastic news.”“We are extremely relieved that a tentative agreement has been reached,” said Lightstone. “This is a victory for everyone. I commend the bargaining teams on all sides of the table.”The deal came less than a week after the University reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations with Unit 2 of CUPE 4207, which represents ESL co-ordinators. read more

Sports writers The sports beat itself is not the beat

To say that I am lucky to be the sports editor of Ohio State’s daily student newspaper is a gross understatement. In fact, I’m spoiled rotten. I get a front-row seat to some of the best sporting events in the country so that I may observe, chronicle and comment on them. My objective in this privileged position, as I understand it, is to help keep an unbiased history, and occasionally impart personal opinion, on the sporting happenings taking place during the relatively small window of time that I’ll be on this campus. And so, in an ideal world, I should think professional sportswriters of America have these same aims, to inform the citizenry of their publication services. At various times, and particularly in recent weeks, though, I’ve observed sports scribes taking pot shots at each other’s work, bickering about issues that only affect sports writers, and really just serving ourselves and not our respective audiences. We’ve lost our way as sportswriters. Heck, I almost lost my own way yesterday. Here’s an example: Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Mike Bianchi, prior to coming to Ohio Stadium to cover Central Florida football’s Saturday game against OSU, accused members of the Buckeyes’ football media troupe of “printing lies” and generally supporting a perceived agenda of first-year coach Urban Meyer with “fluffy” stories. “No, these charges don’t come from some paranoid politician or neurotic football coach; they come from another member of media: Me,” Bianchi wrote in a Sept. 7 column. Bianchi was firing back at a commentary from the Columbus-based website,, which faulted him for sparring with Meyer during a Big Ten teleconference. There’s a way to debate the coverage of an event or issue, Here’s another example: OSU’s own “Twitter-gate” scandal. Like outlets and writer-personalities all over America, The Lantern reported on OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig’s request to media to delay tweeting content from Meyer’s press conferences until the event was over. In an email to The Lantern, Emig said the policy was intended as a courtesy to both reporters and football personnel. It was not until after the press conference, Emig said, that he was told Meyer’s press conference was being broadcast live by Columbus radio station WBNS 97.1 FM and streamed on the athletic department’s website. “I simply asked those in attendance to not tweet while an interview was taking place,” Emig told The Lantern. “Once I was reminded of (the live broadcast) – after the press conference – I realized that courtesy or no courtesy, we can’t ask people to delay tweeting. So even though many in attendance were supportive, we won’t ask to delay tweeting any longer.” The Lantern was the first to learn that this request was being lifted, and after I tweeted the news out to the world from our sports Twitter account, the news was re-tweeted by members of the media. Fan interest in that particular matter, though? I don’t think there was a morsel of it. Again, we’re talking about our audiences – there’s a market for new and social media that would take great interest in that story, but a Buckeyes’ season ticket holder? Doubtful, and it’s reckless to assume the audience will gobble up any given sportswriter’s every experience. I’ll grant you this, there was concern that our free-speech rights were being infringed upon, and that had broader appeal because of the inherent legal issues that could accompany a situation like that. But does the average OSU football fan care if it takes an extra half-hour to hear about Meyer’s assessment of his players? I think they’re just happy to consume Meyer’s brutally direct evaluation of the program, even if it arrives a bit late. Finally, we arrive at the example I almost presented to the world via Twitter yesterday. I got all hot and bothered by the fact that Meyer, speaking at his weekly press conference Monday, said he wasn’t aware of a Sunday water main explosion that caused 2,000 OSU students to be uprooted from their dormitories and displaced. I don’t want to delve too deeply into my feelings about Meyer’s lack of knowledge about the water main explosion, but you could say I was bothered by it. So I took to Twitter and saw that some were making light of the fact that Meyer was even asked a question about the water main explosion, a question I assigned a Lantern reporter to ask. Well, I had really had it at that point. I fired off tweets that hinted at my feelings about 1.) the validity of the question and 2.) how I felt about Meyer having no knowledge of this major incident on campus. Then a couple people disagreed with me – I was really, truly ready spout off. But I didn’t spout off – I had to stop. The simple fact is that some blogger’s opinion of a question asked at a press conference doesn’t matter, nor does my criticism of he or she matter. Think about it: as OSU football beat writers, we’re covering the team, not the beat itself. In that moment, as in the aforementioned cases, the beat itself became the beat and that is simply a pigheaded practice. I imagine that sports writers’ respective audiences care about our finished products – accuracy in reporting, good writing and informative content. Do we really think they care more about our own petty, online squabbles? No, of course they don’t. Does anyone care to hear me critique the sports-writing practices of UWeekly? Do you care to read about what UWeekly thinks about me? I think (and hope) you’d prefer to consume quality coverage of the teams you care about. Period. As a student journalist, my head is buried in journalism texts on a daily basis. Maybe that constant exposure to the fundamentals of journalism, and the fundamentals of sports writing, make it too easy to for me to call for all sportswriters to share my idealistic vision for this profession. Maybe I’m naïve – sometime in the future I might get so hot about someone’s column or story or a concern about my access to the teams I cover that I’ll force my frustration right down the throat of my audience. I started to on Monday before, mercifully, I stopped myself. If I ever get that close again, someone come tap me on the shoulder and tell me to get lost. Clearly, I’ll no longer be serving anyone’s interest in my own at that point. The beat itself is not the beat. The sportswriters of America themselves are not the story. Don’t forget that, and don’t let me, my colleagues at The Lantern or any other outlet forget it. read more

A Single Facebook Comment or Tweet can impede prosecution process

first_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – In any criminal allegations, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.  The process of proving guilt or innocence may involve a Judge and Jury, and the alleged offender has the legal right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of Law.High-profile crime is often the subject of intense public scrutiny, and with the emergence of Social Media, Citizen Journalism has evolved into a new environment of commentary and reporting. Not to infringe on persons rights to freedom of speech but it is important to remember that news reporting and citizen journalism often deviate from fact to opinion.  Commentary on Social Media can impact prosecution of an offender in several ways.Jury bias is one way, that is where a crime goes to trial with a Jury, the legal team (lawyers who also frequents social media) representing the alleged offender may claim that the jury (entire or individually) is biased to the influence of social media in developing and informing their opinion of the alleged offender.   Prior knowledge is another way commentary on social media can make an impact, in many cases, Jurors do not know the previous criminal history if any, of a defendant.The defendant’s lawyer may object to the jury entirely or individually, based on their knowledge of the defendant’s history.  In cases where wide spread media coverage has occurred or postings on Social Media of a particular crime, if the lawyer can prove a juror actively participated in, liked, commented or shared social media content regarding his client, this forms a ground to dismiss them from the jury panel. When jury members are dismissed, lengthy trial disruptions may occur.Social Media users should allow the judicial process to run its course because no one wants to see a situation where a guilty person escapes conviction or imprisonment due to a single Facebook post or Tweet.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Soy Farmers Lead Response to EU OptOut on Biotech Crops

first_imgASA organized a meeting between the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials on April 9 to discuss the recent proposal by the European Union (EU) Commission to allow Member States to individually “opt-out” of importing and using biotech crops that are approved by the European Food Safety Agency.While the College of Commissioners won’t act on the proposal until later this month, its approval would jeopardize access for U.S. soybeans and soymeal to EU markets, since biotech varieties comprise over 93 percent of U.S. production.  If approved, it is not clear how long the implementation period would be, or how many Member States would exercise the option to exclude biotech crops.  At USTR’s request, ASA is working with the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and other farm organizations to assess the impact the proposal would have on EU imports from the U.S. and other exporting countries.  It is clear that, if the proposal goes forward, it would undermine the EU’s original premise as a “common market,” and could violate its World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments.last_img read more

Sheriff rereshuffles his reshuffled workforce

first_imgOne month after reassigning officers to keep up coverage levels on evening patrols, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is again shuffling the deck.Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Shane Gardner, who was transferred to patrol from his position as community outreach officer in August, sent an email to community members last week saying he will be back on his old beat.“I will be transitioned back to Community Outreach next week,” Gardner wrote. “While I am very excited to return and continue the work we have been doing together for the last (two) years, it isn’t without a reduction in service in another area of our responsibility.”Gardner said in his email that Sgt. Dennis Pritchard, a marine patrol/traffic unit supervisor, is moving to the patrol position he was covering.Sheriff Garry Lucas confirmed that change on Friday afternoon.Lucas said the reason behind the switch is that he believes the need for marine patrol will taper off as the weather cools.“We are still short that position (on patrol) but now we have an opportunity to move the marine sergeant on to that position,” Lucas said.last_img read more

Understanding Link Journalism

first_img“Link journalism,” a term coined by Scott Karp, formerly director of digital strategy at Atlantic Media and founder of journalist social network Publish2, refers to sharing and picking up links from other media outlets and bloggers in order to fully cover the story.It’s the antithesis of the traditional media approach, in which a media outlet was expected to offer its own version of a story (even if that version provides little else from stories already out there). On the Web, however, content ownership is a much looser idea. Publishers are starting to grasp that “every page is a home page,” because readers aren’t necessarily coming through the front door but more often directly to stories from search and social networks. But publishers also need to be flexible in recognizing the content they feature on their site needn’t be just their own. The reader doesn’t care where they get the information—as long as they get it. Services like Yellowbrix (used by pull stories for a designated topic right to your site (with attribution to the original source). Even the stalwarts of traditional media have embraced link journalism: The New York Times is launching an alternative site featuring stories from competitors while The Washington Post just launched a page called Political Browser that pulls together political stories, video, facts, statistics and photos from around the Web. Smaller Publishers Can be a One-Stop Shop Publish2 is a social network that enables journalists to build their own profile and share their work. The site, which soft launched over the summer, also gives journalists at smaller organizations the means to practice link journalism without dedicating existing staff to finding stories or having to pay fees to an aggregator to do it for them. “One of the barriers to smaller publishers is the infrastructure to do this—how do we get this into the CMS? How do we get people to have time to do this?” says Karp. “The key to what we’re doing is to make linking really easy for journalists to do. This is a way for publishers to incorporate links into what they do in way that’s easy and scaleable.”The core of the system is book-marking, which is familiar technology to even the most Luddite editor. “We’ve tried to make this really simple on the front end,” says Karp. “This is one way they can contribute that’s low friction.” Users choose a standard tag from the drop down menu and under “Common Tags” and write a description of what they’re linking to. This appears in the same window as the article, making it easy to reference. Readers can comment as well. “We want to get journalists link-blogging, which has been around for a long time,” says Karp. “The idea is not just a selection of links but comments on why this is important, why we recommend you read this.”  Publish2 tries to balance the public and private features of this system. Journalists can work in a private sphere where notes will only appear to the user. Check boxes include MyLinkJournalism, MyResearch,  and MyClips. MyLinks serves as the user’s main link page. “The idea is journalists can start building their brands as a filter for their Web,” says Karp. Different Than Other Social SitesPublish2 offers a feature called MyNewsgroups, which Karp says editors can design as an edit system. “This is one point of departure from a consumer application like,” he says. “When we were working with a lot of newsrooms, they said ‘we want multiple contributors adding links. But we want to have full edit control—editing comments, fixing headlines, deleting off-topic posts.’ That’s what the newsgroup is designed for.” Users can create a newsgroup for their market with headlines chosen by staff editors, who can also invite other contributors and editors to join. Editors can also implement a standardized way to present headlines. With MyNewsgroups, every page has an RSS feed from which users can directly publish. Every page also features a widget creator. “The idea here is to create a CMS for links as a way to manage this process on the back-end,” says Karp. “We can have a lot of people contribute with an easy way to manage it. It can also be customized to look exactly like your site.” Early AdoptersMichelle Leder is an award-winning financial journalist and author of the site, which exposes items that companies bury in their routine SEC filings, and an early member of Publish2. “In my sidebar I link to stories that I think will be of interest to my readers, who tend to be hedge fund/money managers, given the specific nature of my content,” she says. “Unlike a lot of other blogs, I do new reporting based on stuff in the filings, so I don’t spend a lot of time commenting on stories in the WSJ, Times, etc. The Publish2 widget gives me an opportunity to easily link to these stories.” is a site that attempts to connect photographers with high-end magazines.  “This is great tool for me to use to connect readers with others doing same thing I am,” says CEO Matt Blalock. “It’s a great way for me to link to another story. We were linking to a lot of content elsewhere but there’s only so much you can say about another article. This was perfect.” Vewd has linked to sites such as National Geographic and the National Press Photographers Association. Blalock dismisses concerns over links sending the audience away. “They’re going to go away if you’re not offering what they need,” he adds. “In our space, there may be 20 different media outlets pretty much saying the same thing. We need to be the source where they find out about everything, even if we’re not writing about it. That’s link journalism.”last_img read more

Florence Welch To Release Book Of Lyrics Poetry

first_imgThe GRAMMY nominee will release a personal look inside her sketchbook in 2018Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 30, 2017 – 11:05 am Get ready to peek inside Florence Welch’s sketchbook with her upcoming book, Useless Magic.Slated to be released July 5, 2018, Useless Magic will encompass the GRAMMY nominee’s lyrics, poetry and artwork. This is her first book of collected works. Find Out When You Can Get Florence Welch’s Book florence-welch-release-book-lyrics-poetry— florence welch (@flo_tweet) November 30, 2017We’ve got awhile to go before the book is released, but for the early birds, you can go ahead and preorder now.Florence & The Machine Plot Return At 2018 Melt Festival In GermanyRead more Email Twitter News Facebook Florence Welch To Release Book Of Lyrics & Poetry Extremely honoured to announce that I will be releasing my first book of collected lyrics and poetry with Penguin Books next year x x @PenguinUKBooks Release date 5 July 2018. Preorder here:— florence welch (@flo_tweet) November 30, 2017She also tweeted a shot of assumedly the preface of the book: “Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don’t know what I’m trying to say till years later,” it reads. “Or a prediction comes true and I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.”last_img read more

Fashion Blogger Neha Voras determination and passion helped her carve a niche

first_imgNeha Vora is a popular fashion and lifestyle blogger who made mark for herself on her own terms. In a very short span of time, with her grabe understanding of fashion and styling, Neha carved a niche for herself in the fashion industry and blogging world.A BMM-graduate from Mumbai, the journey for Neha hasn’t been a cakewalk. When she decided to venture in the world of fashion blogging and trying out different outfits and dresses, there were quite a people who didn’t think well of it. However, she didn’t let any of this discouragement affect her and walked on the path to fulfill her passion and interest.As she had a good knowledge of how social media works which she learned during her internship days, she knew how to go right in creating a big name for her. She started her own blog and runs two business, The NV Element & NV Digital.About her blog, Neha Vora shared, “From playing dress up since childhood to transforming it into my business and my passion, who knew I’d come this far along. I still remember the judgements and statements passed when I posed in front of the camera. I still remember those voices telling me what a trivial thing it was to be standing there looking like a doll. But I also clearly remember my own heart beating so fast, my stomach fluttering with butterflies inside, and my smile beaming through my face. I knew I had to play dress up, come what may! I may have come far along but there are so many things unaccomplished, so many things undone, so many things inspiring me each and every moment to create. I had so many thoughts and ideas inside me that I knew that I had to create a space where I am ‘me’ in my very own skin and sense.”Neha tells that at The NV element, one gets to see content meeting interesting visuals. It’s a place that inspires one to wear a tweed jacket with a silk skirt or whatever one feels suits their personality. She is always updated about the latest trends that helps her and her followers in always being in style.About NV Digital, Neha said, “Well, you could say I wear many hats. Apart from blogging and constantly creating content for my social media spaces, I also assist other brands create great content and imagery. In short, I run a full-fledged digital media marketing business alongside. I believe in expanding my skills, talent and knowledge and thus I couldn’t just stick to my own blog.”NV Digital helps brand reach their target audience and make them an interesting space on social media. It has been 4 years since Neha Vora started her business and with all the success and positive response, she has a bigger vision for her work ahead.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

US pressing Suu Kyi Myanmar army over Rohingya

first_imgAung San Suu Kyi. Reuters file photoThe United States is worried about the “tragedies” in Myanmar affecting Rohingya Muslims and U.S. authorities are pressing government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military leaders to stop the crackdown, U.S.Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday.”Not only have we pressed her, we pressed the military,”Haley told reporters, referring to Suu Kyi. She said U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford was calling the head of Myanmar’s military to say “this cannot continue.”last_img

Researchers develop disposable paperbased touch pads

first_imgA paper-based touch pad on an alarmed cardboard box detects the change in capacitance associated with the touch of a finger to one of its buttons. The keypad requires the appropriate sequence of touches to disarm the system. Image credit: Mazzeo, et al. New multi-touch screen technology developed (w/ Video) ( — Today, electronic touch pads are widely found on laptops, tablets, and other computing devices. Less common uses, but gaining in popularity, are book covers and food labels. These and other low-tech applications become possible as touch pads become extremely inexpensive, with applications ranging from beer bottle labels to disposable medical device labels. Now a team of researchers from the US and France have developed paper-based electronic touch pads that cost just 25 cents per square meter, a price at which touch pads can simply be thrown away when no longer needed. More information: Aaron Mazzeo, et al. “Paper-Based, Capacitive Touch Pads.” DOI: 10.1002/adma.201200137via: Chemistry World Explore further The touch pads are made of metallized paper, which is paper coated in aluminum and transparent polymer. The paper can function as a capacitor, and a laser can be used to cut several individual capacitors in the paper, each corresponding to a key on the touch pad. When a person touches a key, the key’s capacitance is increased. Once the keys are linked to external circuitry and a power source, the system can detect when a key is touched by detecting the increased capacitance.According to lead researcher Aaron Mazzeo of Harvard University, the next steps will be finding a power source and electronics that are cheap, flexible, and disposable. Among the applications, inexpensive touch pads could be used for security purposes. The researchers have already developed a box with an alarm and keypad that requires a code to allow authorized access. Disposable touch pads could also be useful in sterile or contaminated medical environments. © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Researchers develop disposable paper-based touch pads (2012, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Now licence a must to buy your new bike

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to check road accidents, the state government has made possession of driving licence mandatory to buy a motorcycle.The state Transport department has already sent letters to all its Regional Transport Offices (RTOs), stating that the existing law in this connection has to be enforced properly.It may be mentioned that as per the Central Motor Vehicles Act, it is mandatory to show driving licence before buying a motorcycle. But a large section of bike dealers hardly check whether a prospective buyer of a two-wheeler possesses a driving licence or not. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the top brass of the state Transport department has taken up the matter and made possession of driving licence mandatory to buy a motorcycle. A person interested in buying a motorcycle will have to produce driving licence to the dealer, who in turn will send the documents to the RTO. The applicants also have to appear before the RTO and show the driving licence.Only after the clearance is given by the RTO, can the dealer sell a motorcycle to a person. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPSuvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said: “Why should one buy a motorcycle if the person does not know how to ride the same?” He further said: “The law in this connection already exists. We are now taking steps to implement it properly.”Sources said that the step has been taken after a survey revealed that a large number of victims of bike accidents didn’t possess driving licence. Many teenage boys ride motorcycles without having any proper training and many of them hardly bother to follow traffic norms, which lead to accidents. So, the state Transport department has decided to take the step to ensure that no bike is sold to a person who doesn’t have a driving licence. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken up several steps to check road accidents and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the state-wide awareness campaign “Safe Drive Save Life”. It has helped to bring down the number of road accidents in the state.Earlier, the state government had directed authorities of all petrol refilling stations in the state that petrol cannot be sold, if a biker comes without wearing helmet. Display boards with the message – “No Helmet, No Petrol” – was put up at all refuelling stations and the police kept a close watch to ensure that it is followed.last_img read more

HUD New Home Sales Above Estimates

first_img The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau released its report on New Residential Sales for May 2017 on Friday.  The sales figures were seasonally adjusted and came to an estimated 610,000, an increase of 2.9 percent (plus or minus 13.0 percent) from April’s revised rate of 593,000, and an 8.9 percent increase (plus or minus 21.9 percent) of May’s estimate a year prior, which totaled 560,000. New houses sold in may had an average price of $406,400; the median sales price came to $345,800. The HUD also figures that, at the end of May on a seasonally adjusted level, there are currently 268,000 new houses on the market. If the rate of sales of new homes continues, there will be a total supply lasting 5.3 months. It’s important to note that these figures are constantly being revised. In the May report, seasonally adjusted estimates of houses sold, houses for sale, and the supply of houses for January 2015 through March 2017 were revised. There also is a margin for error, as stated in the explanatory notes: “In interpreting changes in the statistics in this release, note that month-to-month changes in seasonally adjusted statistics often show movements which may be irregular. It may take three months to establish an underlying trend for building permit authorizations, six months for total starts, and six months for total completions. The statistics in this release are estimated from sample surveys and are subject to sampling variability as well as nonsampling error including bias and variance from response, nonreporting, and undercoverage.” Explanations of confidence intervals and sampling variability can be found at the Census Bureau’s website. The next joint report of New Residential Sales for June 2017 will be released on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. June 23, 2017 578 Views Share Census Bureau HUD May New Home Sales 2017-06-23 Staff Writercenter_img HUD: New Home Sales Above Estimates in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

Think tank report on success story of Cyprus economic recovery

first_imgBy Athanasios Athanasiou“Cyprus offers the interesting example of an economy saved with the help of economic adjustment and responsible reforms,” the Martens Centre, the European People’s Party (EPP) in house think tank has said.In a recent report, the Martens Centre explains the circumstances that led to today’s success story on the island, highlighting the need for further vigilance, noting that “the country exited the bailout program on track in 2016 due to ambitious and consistent implementation of necessary reforms.”More specifically, it states that “the Cypriot economy should not rest on its laurels even if it has registered a significant improvement”, mentioning a forecast by Oxford Economics that “warns that reform is still necessary as the ‘legacy of the 2012-2013 crisis can still be seen in the banking sector’.“Further work on restructuring non-performing loans and improving public finances is required in order for the positive forecasts to become a reality. Rags-to-riches stories are popular, but so are riches-to-rags,” warned the centre-right Brussels think tank. Even so, the think tank praised Cyprus for “agreeing to and implementing reforms as well as deciding whether or not the intended reforms had the intended outcome”, contrary to relevant academic literature showing how difficult this is.“In this respect, the performance of Cyprus is a clear example of the positive link between a bailout program for a country in deep crisis and sustainable economic activity,” states the report.According to the Martens Centre assessment, “during the 2000s Cyprus registered strong growth driven by buoyant domestic demand according to a European Commission report”, mentioning that “on average, Cyprus’ real GDP grew at a rate of 2.75% between 2000 and 2010 compared to the 1.4% of the euro area for the same timeframe.”“The country enjoyed high employment rates, low inflation rates and rising real disposable income. This led to real convergence with the stronger economies in the European Union,” it says.“However, this positive image was underpinned by economic vulnerabilities and imbalances due to the mismanagement of public finances. Notably, Cyprus ran current account deficits averaging 6.9% of GDP for approximately one decade during EU accession and entry to the euro area. In order to finance its current account deficit, Cyprus relied on foreign direct investment, which provided little added value to the economy,” the report stated.Furthermore it notedthat “the public sector had grown extensively in the 2000s, taxpayer compliance was low, and total government expenditure as a share of GDP increased”, adding that “the banking sector was vulnerable because of inadequate prudential supervision and because of its openness towards Greece.“When the financial crisis and subsequent euro crisis hit, the Cypriot banking sector was severely impacted. Cyprus reached a 6.3% budget deficit and gross debt rose sharply to 85.8% of GDP and subsequently going over 100%. Cyprus was shut out of financial markets for 18 months starting in mid-2011”, the report said. “In order to adjust its economy, Cyprus agreed a bailout program and undertook comprehensive structural reforms. The implementation of the bailout program of €10 billion (56% of Cypriot GDP) took place between 2013 and 2016.”On the banking sector, the report stated: “it was one of the largest sovereign bailouts in history. The bailout program targeted Cypriot banks and involved a severe austerity program (cuts to public spending, tax increases, and privatisation of semi-government organisations). The reform to the banking sector, which saw Cyprus’ second-largest bank shut down, was received negatively by the public as it involved losses by all stakeholders in the banking sector, especially bondholders and depositors.”According to the Martens Centre, “the government in Cyprus was determined in its response to the crisis and Cypriots were stoic in their resolve to see the reforms through. Apart from minor unrest towards the beginning of 2013, there were little protests and no riots against the austerity program. While Cyprus resembles other countries in the euro area most affected by the crisis, it represents a success story in crisis management.“Statistical data from Eurostat supports the positive contribution government policy since 2013 has made to the country’s recovery. Cyprus ranks among the top ten countries in the European Union on key financial indicators. Data for the third quarter of 2017 shows a 0.9% increase in GDP over the previous quarter and a 3.9% increase over 2016. Employment has increased by 0.7% in the third quarter when compared to the second and by 3.5% when compared to 2016. Equally, Cyprus registered the fifth largest year-on-year decrease in unemployment in the European Union, from 13.1% in 2016 to 11.0% in the third quarter of 2017,” it said.According to the report, Cyprus had the largest year-on-year drop in government debt to GDP ratio (7.4%) in the EU in the third quarter of 2017, mentioning a European Commission forecast, showing that growth is expected to remain strong in 2018 and 2019 coupled with a strong labour market and modest inflation. It finally mentions that the economy of Cyprus has outperformed the government’s budgetary targets, and government debt is likely to fall below 100% of GDP in 2019.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndoLonnyThis Is What A Lake House Looks Like When You’re A BillionaireLonnyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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