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first_imgBoris Continuum Complete is a cutting edge effects and filter pack for video editors and motion designers. We’ve got 3 copies to giveaway!If you’re looking for a full featured visual effects tool kit, Boris Continuum Complete has you covered.   Now on it’s 8th version, BCC packs in over 200 filters and effects to use in your video editing.Boris has provided us with 3 copies of Continuum Complete to give away – EACH valued at $995!UPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.Thanks to all who entered.Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways!Highlights of BCC 8 include:“3D Objects, image restoration tools, time-based effects such as Optical Stabilizer, distortion and perspective effects such as UpRez, generators such as Snow, Rain, and Fire, lights such as Glint, Glare, and Glitter, wipe transitions, keys and mattes including Motion Key for automated foreground object removal, colors and blurs, and film, glow, and cartoon effects.”Boris Continuum Complete gives you the option to choose from one of 1,000 presets or create your own (great for customizing your own looks to use in multiple projects).Demo of Boris Continuum Complete 8 Effects:At NAB 2013, Boris released Version 8.2 of Continuum Complete, an update that incorporates some new features for dramatically faster rendering.  This current version of BCC supports Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion (FXPlug), as well as Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.  An Avid and Sony Vegas release will be available sometime in the near future.For more info and to purchase Continuum Complete visit Boris FX.In the following videos you can see Continuum Complete in action:Creating Film Looks with Continuum Complete 8Streamline Your VFX Workflow in Premiere Pro CS6 with BCCAnimate Effects Across Multiple Clips with Beat Reactorlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Pakistan Army on Thursday targeted forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district with mortars and small arms, official said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by small arms fire and shelling with mortars in Sunderbani Sector since 0915 hours”, the Defence PRO said. The Pakistan Army also targeted forward posts in Mendhar sector of Poonch district on Wednesday night, officials said. Officials said the Pakistan Army is continuously firing 120 mm and 81 mm mortars when last reports came in. The shelling and firing has triggered panic among border dwellers. Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir had said on Thursday last that a befitting reply will be given to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.last_img read more

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first_imgCisco chairman John Chambers came to Bangalore to unveil the San Jose-based company’s $50-million campus that sprawls across 14 acres. The integrated high-tech facility is the new home for 3,000 Indian workers across R&D, IT, sales and customer support teams. Compare this scenario with media reports over the summer that some Silicon Valley companies were starting to pull jobs back from Bangalore to the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reported that firms such as Riya of San Mateo, Kana Software of Menlo Park and Teneros of Mountain Lakes have wound up their Indian operations and are moving engineers to the U.S., largely because of frustration over rising wages for Indian engineers and difficulties in retaining them.Cisco and Riya present contrasting faces of the offshore outsourcing business in India today. While large companies like Cisco, IBM and Accenture are expanding their operations, smaller Silicon Valley startups are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain their operations.Outsourcing jobs to India has become increasingly difficult and expensive in recent times. Since January, the Indian rupee gained more than 11% against the U.S. dollar, eroding the cost advantage of Indian offshoring firms. In addition, these firms face wage inflation, high workforce attrition, paucity of talent and increased operational costs. Profits are down and the stock prices of Indian IT companies are falling; for the first nine months of this year while the Sensex rose by 32.47%, the BSE IT index fell by 13.08%. According to P.V. Kannan, CEO of 24/7 Customer, a 6,000-employee outsourcing services firm headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., many business process outsourcing (BPO) companies have seen about half their profit margins evaporate as a result of rising costs. He says BPO firms typically earn net margins of 14% to 15%, and every 10% decline in the dollar’s value eats up 6% to 7% of those margins.Do the decisions of these Silicon Valley companies represent the start of a trend in which jobs that moved to India will now return to the U.S.? Or are they exceptions to the norm that will fail to stem the tide of service jobs moving to India and other low-cost countries from the U.S. and Europe?Captive Costs According to Indian IT executives, it is primarily the captive units of U.S. companies that have been hit hardest by currency appreciation and wage inflation, rather than companies that provide third-party outsourced services to clients. S. Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Infosys, cautions against “generalizing” from the incidence of some firms pulling back their teams from India. He says western companies that set up captive units in India tend to bring in high costs to the captive unit. “They actually pay a little more [than prevailing wages] and their recruitment practices are more costly than at Indian companies,” he says.In addition to recruitment practices, captive units also need a certain minimum scale to make their model work. “The problem with the captive units’ model is that the fixed costs are very high, so it is not feasible for small companies that have requirements for only 30 to 50 people,” says Sumir Chadha, managing director of the Indian operations of venture capital firm Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, Calif. He says the captive offshoring model doesn’t work if a company’s requirement in India is less than 80 people.Ravi Aron, a senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Center for Technological Innovation and an expert on outsourcing industry trends, says that the wage inflation Riya and Teneros faced is the result of a talent shortage and that it varies across various levels of staffing. Project managers are in very short supply, but the problem is less acute in the case of lower-level jobs such as project leaders, systems analysts and programmers. “Project managers have the trifecta of business skills, client-facing skills and management skills,” he explains. “India has a shortage of managers who combine those three skill sets.”If some Silicon Valley companies find it difficult to sustain their Indian operations, that is part of their normal evolution as with “any idea that works and grows rapidly,” says Gururaj (Desh) Deshpande, an investor in technology startups that have facilities and employees in India. He is also chairman of Sycamore Networks, a networking and telecommunications products and services company in Chelmsford, Mass., with 2007 revenues of $156 million.The reason, says Desphande, is that some companies that try outsourcing to cut costs “fall into the trap of not quite knowing how to do it, or because they don’t have a long-term commitment or the right talent.” He says the companies best positioned to sustain their outsourced operations in India are those that have large teams or those with specialized products or services that can command premium pricing. Kannan of 24/7 believes outsourcing services providers that “don’t have the conviction and ponder over every issue” are walking the line of a self-fulfilling prophecy. “If you don’t know how to make it work, don’t blame the model,” he says of the offshoring units that pulled back their India teams.Pari Natarajan, CEO of Zinnov Consulting, a market research firm, also discourages clients who want to set up small teams of 20 to 30 people in India; he believes a captive unit makes sense only if it has at least 150 people. Zinnov says 160 of the 440 captive R&D centers in India are small operations with between 50 and 100 people each. “Most companies overlook the soft costs associated with managing the remote teams and calculate the savings solely based on the indirect cost saving,” says Natarajan. A Zinnov report on the “Top 10 Myths around Offshoring” says the biggest myth is that companies can save 70% to 80% of their costs by offshoring.Outsourcing for OutsourcersChadha advises promoters of the smaller captive units to source their requirements from the larger third party service providers. Sequoia has invested in GlobalLogic, a provider of product development support based near Washington, D.C., which has taken over a few captive units in India. The firm has 1,500 employees in India and another 500 in Ukraine.“We have started a line of business taking over a number of those captives,” says Peter Harrison, CEO of GlobalLogic. “You have heard of the BOT (build, operate and transfer) model; we call it TOB – transfer, operate and build,” he says. In such deals, GlobalLogic absorbs the captive unit’s employees on its own payroll and takes over its projects.Harrison says in two cases involving a total of 120 employees, his firm has cut costs by 10% to 20%, improved performance by 20% to 50% and cut attrition from 50% annually to less than 20%. “We could probably take five or 10 more of similar size this year,” he says. He reckons that about 40% of the 400 to 500 captive units in India are experiencing wage inflation and struggling to cope with that. “The business model for small captive units is changing to one of partnership with firms like us,” he adds.Captive units also don’t have bargaining power with their employees because they are small, says Harrison. “People hold you hostage; losing one person can really be critical.” But he also believes that concerns about rampant wage inflation in India are exaggerated. “Most people don’t understand the difference between the increase in salaries and wage inflation. Wage inflation refers to how much your average salary has changed, assuming the average experience of your employees stays constant.”At Infosys, Gopalakrishnan says his model accommodates annual wage increases of 13% to 15%, adding that the “net impact on overall cost to U.S. clients is only 2%.” When contracts come up for renewal, his clients are willing to increase rates by that level. “Inflation [in the U.S.] is at an annual rate of 3% to 4%, so it is not something that the client would dispute,” he adds.Apart from the problems of captive units, India’s IT software and IT-enabled services industry appears to be in fine shape. Indian exports of software and services grew 33% to $31.4 billion in the latest financial year to March 2007, according to the annual survey of the National Association of Software and Services Companies, or Nasscom, released in July.Nasscom forecasts that the country’s IT software and IT-enabled services industry, including the domestic market, will continue growth in the current year at 24% and 27%, respectively. India’s share in the global offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) business has grown from 39% of $2.3 billion in 2001 to 47% of $13.4 billion in 2006, according to Noshir Kaka, the Mumbai-based director and global practice leader at consulting firm McKinsey’s outsourcing and offshoring practice.The BPO industry employs some 1.6 million people. Three-quarters of them (1.2 million) work directly or indirectly for foreign clients; that number grew 34% in the past year, and Nasscom says that is in large part because India brings “28% of the suitable talent across all offshore locations” worldwide.Currency MovementsEven as those numbers appear promising, investors like Sequoia are worried about the impact of a stronger rupee on the fortunes of the companies in their portfolios. Chadha describes it as “the biggest whammy for offshore companies.” Besides depressing their rupee earnings, he says the stronger rupee reduces a company’s valuation by 20% to 30%. The rupee appreciated 8% against the U. S. dollar between 2004 and 2006, versus 7% for the Filipino peso and 3% for the Chinese yuan, according to the McKinsey survey.Sequoia has invested more than $100 million in nine Indian companies in the offshoring services sector. Chadha says he now wants to fund “high value businesses in the offshore space where the bill rates are high,” such as legal outsourcing firm Pangea3 in Mumbai that he says commands between $35 and $45 an hour.Shiva Ramani, co-founder and CEO of CSS, a provider of remote IT infrastructure and enterprise technology support based in San Jose, Calif., notes that the Indian outsourcing services industry is experiencing robust demand, adding that his firm is on track to achieve $100 million in revenue this year, which would represent a 60% to 70% increase over last year. CSS specializes in servicing the financial services and telecommunications industries, and has 4,250 of its 5,000 employees in Chennai. The rest are spread across offices in Silicon Valley and Singapore.Despite the stronger rupee and rising wages, Ramani adds, Indian outsourcers continue to have a labor cost advantage. “The wage arbitrage may have changed from 1:3 in the late 1990s to 1:2 or so now,” he says, referring to Indian wage levels versus those in the U.S. Still, India does have a relative cost advantage, he explains.R. Ravishankar, the New York City-based vice chairman of i-flex Solutions, a provider of IT products and services to the financial services industry, sees the situation differently. He says i-flex has from its inception in 1991 avoided using India’s wage arbitrage and exchange rate differential as the basis of its business plan. “We knew that whether it is the currency movement or labor arbitrage, it is not going to last forever,” he says.The strategy i-flex adopted was to invest in building products and upgrading the skills of its employees, Ravishankar notes. He claims the firm’s FlexCube and Reveleus banking software products are top sellers in their industry segment. “We established quality as a major differentiator, and not lower cost,” he says. “When your brand gets leadership and visibility, it gives you pricing power.” The company had revenues of $472 million for the financial year ending March 2007. Some three-quarters of its 10,000 employees are based in India.Changing Pricing ModelsInfosys is working on a non-linear model – one where growth in revenue and margins doesn’t depend solely on its head count. Gopalakrishnan says he is trying out alternative pricing models, such as those based on risk-reward equations, “because we want to share in the upside with the client.” Similarly, Infosys is also pitching value-based models or transaction-based pricing where it gets paid for the volume of work achieved and not for the number of people assigned to a project.The pricing power of Indian service providers has moved in cycles, says Gopalakrishnan. It was at its peak during the Internet boom of 2001, and then it declined during the next four years before picking up again in 2005. “If you look at the last five quarters, you will find that we have been able to increase revenue per employee quarter upon quarter in the last five quarters,” he says.Pure-play BPO services firms like 24/7 that don’t have the higher-margin software services find other ways to tackle a stronger rupee. “One way is to get paid in rupees instead of dollars,” says Kannan, adding that his multinational clients with an Indian presence don’t mind that. His firm has also invested in long-term hedges to dodge future dollar declines; he says that limits the impact on net margins to 2% to 3%.Management consulting and outsourcing services firm Accenture is also moving away from pricing its services on a per-transaction basis to one that is “outcome-based,” says Pankaj Vaish, managing director of its BPO delivery center network in Bangalore. He cites the efforts to inject technology into various processes and standardize them to “achieve higher volumes without proportionately increasing head count.”According to Desphande, an emphasis on specialized talent has worked well for Tejas Networks India, a Bangalore-based maker of optical networking products where he is the lead investor and chairman. He claims that Tejas’s 500-strong team has “five times the talent of any group in the world” in its specialty. Two months ago when Tejas went on a campus recruitment drive for 72 positions, 60 of those it hired were graduates of the Indian Institutes of Technology.Another longer-term solution Aron points to is for companies to specialize rather than trying to do everything from documentation, training and testing to higher value assignments. He says that strategy will bring about “an industrial ecosystem instead of vertical behemoths.” Companies that specialize will also find themselves less impacted by pressures on margins, he notes.Chadha believes investing in products is a sound strategy for IT companies because the margins can be between 60% and 80%, insulating them from the rupee appreciation. However, he says, they face problems in their ability to find talent. “There are not too many engineers in India who can understand product creation for the U.S. market, which is why that model hasn’t taken off in a big way.” According to Aron, only one-fourth of India’s engineering talent pool has the ability to work for western clients, directly or indirectly. Further, he says, “only a tenth of Indian engineers have the ability to work directly for a multinational company like Motorola, Intel or Microsoft.” The primary reason is their lack of familiarity with the global business environment.Growing DemandEvery industry spurs the demand for engineers in India, says Asim Handa, the New Delhi-based country director in India of FutureStep, a division of executive search firm Korn/Ferry. The shortage of talent is pronounced, he says. He estimates that just about a fifth of the engineers graduating each year – about 80,000 – “are really employable,” and that they get absorbed quickly. “Just Wipro, Infosys, IBM and TCS will hire more than 80,000 engineers in any given year,” he notes.“There is a supply side solution to this,” says Aron. “Greatly increase the pool of engineers through training and through colleges. This solution is being ignored.” If the Indian government ramps up its educational infrastructure and doubles or triples the number of engineers it puts out, he predicts that “the rupee issue will go away and will become a non-issue.”India could potentially play “a pivotal role in the coming global war for talent,” says Saurabh Tripathi, principal and director at the Boston Consulting Group in Mumbai. “It is high time we stop calling this industry offshoring,” he says. “It is about companies creating a strategy in the context of globalization and how they decide what [operations] should go to India or China or elsewhere. That is the thinking that is now evolving.”What’s Next?In times to come, Aron says, India will lose market share in call center services to Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Caribbean, South Africa and the French-speaking markets of Mauritius, Tunisia and Morocco. He also sees countries like Slovakia, Poland and Estonia emerging as stronger near-shore alternatives for companies in northwestern Europe.The large Indian IT companies recognize that trend and have begun setting up operations in those markets. TCS has facilities in Latin America and is also eying Morocco. Infosys recently set up shop in Mexico, and Wipro has a presence in China.GlobalLogic’s Harrison is convinced that it doesn’t makes sense for companies to worry about rising wage levels in India or spread their outsourcing bets across several markets. “We see companies now go to China and Latin America because they’re worried that in two or three years India will become too expensive,” he says. “They’re completely wrong; they don’t understand. They don’t realize that IT engineers account for less than a tenth of a tenth of the population of India. We’re talking about a tiny, tiny fraction of the country’s total workforce.” Infosys has also placed some of its bets on China, but that strategy has its wrinkles. Gopalakrishnan says wages in China tend to be actually higher than in India, but Infosys wanted to go there to both tap the Chinese market and create an alternative to its Indian operations in the long term. “We must have some options if the ability to recruit in India at some point is compromised,” he says.Gopalakrishnan has found that his clients in general did not share Infosys’s confidence in China. “India continues to be the number one location from the security perspective, and it has service providers that are able to manage large relationships,” he says. “We try to push China to our clients, with Chinese employees, with the Infosys name and with Infosys systems and processes. But it is still very slow to take off with our clients.”Deshpande says that companies have little reason to press the panic button on India. Concerns about the future of India as an outsourcing destination remind him, he says, of the doomsayers who periodically predict the death of Silicon Valley. “Every few years you hear the same story when things start going wrong,” he says. “People grumble about traffic jams, the cost of living, the difficulty in hiring people, attrition, and so on. But to counterbalance those factors, Silicon Valley has a critical mass that is just amazing. It just keeps growing, right?” Deshpande believes that outsourcing in India “will see its share of failures – like Silicon Valley – because there will be a lot of experiments. Still, the toughest will survive.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgChitrangada on a rollChitrangada Singh has interesting plans to make the best of her time. The dusky actor will be going for adventure sports like sky diving and river rafting with her friends. Meanwhile, the beautiful actress has been signed for movies opposite John Abraham and Akshay Kumar in the lead. Must admit, the diva is going places!Rain Rain, come again!Hina Khan and Karan Mehra of the serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hai shot for a rain sequence recently. The actors who are known for their onscreen chemistry sizzled on the telly show once again.Singing praisesBollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, who is currently shooting for his father’s directorial debut Mausam, is all praises for him. “I have done lot of films with new directors, but with dad, it is not the same. My father has made me more professional, he wants every shot to be perfect,” says the 29-year-old star.Dance pe chanceTelevision actress Pooja Kanwal is elated to be nominated for the “Jodi Awards” on Sony Television in the Devrani Jethani category. According to the grapevine, she would now display her dancing skills in a new reality show.Decor with loveNandish Sandhu bought a new house recently and when his girlfriend volunteered to do up his place, he obviously was super excited. Loving the place already, eh?Desi girl turns love guruPunjabi kudi Roshni Chopra is all set to sizzle on the small screen again. The sultry actress, who was last seen on telly as the winner of reality show Desi Girl, will now be jazzing up a sitcom by the name of Love Mein Twist which would air on star plus soon.advertisementlast_img read more

27 11 19

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Since announcing their engagement, Harris said in the report, “Finally, after all these years, I just feel like I don’t have to hide anything or feel like I’m not living up to the community I’m in.” Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Rejected by family, gay athlete thankful for other supportFujikawa becomes first openly gay male pro golferADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief World Cup champions Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris have confirmed their engagement and are set to be married by the end of the year.Ashlyn Harris (L) and Ali Krieger. Image: Instagram/@alikriegerThe couple shared the news to People yesterday, March 13, months after their September engagement. It was also the first time that the two publicly confirmed their relationship. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games venues for basketball, volleyball in Manila get a downgrade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Both played for the United States national team and were part of the team that won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. At present, they are teammates for American professional football team Orlando Pride where Krieger, 34, plays as defender and Harris, 33, as goalkeeper.Image: Instagram/@alikriegerHarris proposed to Krieger back in Sept. 15, 2018 while having a picnic on Clearwater Beach in Florida. It was days after the last game of the season and while taking a selfie, Harris held up the ring. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKrieger said she was surprised and that she said yes because she was also thinking of a future with her. She revealed that they had been talking about having kids.Image: Instagram/@alikriegerThe two athletes became close after first meeting in 2010. They did not want to publicly acknowledge their relationship to avoid being a “distraction” for the team. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata, Dec 14 (PTI) Newly-crowned world billiards champion Sourav Kothari Friday hoped that cue sport’s bid to be included in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris is successful. The World Confederation of Billiards Sports — the body representing snooker, billiards and carom — is making a bid for Olympic recognition. The WCBS hopes the combined cue sports bid is in a significantly stronger position than the snooker one which failed for the Tokyo 2020 Games. “Snooker is massively popular in Europe and in many parts of the world and it should be included in Olympics,” Kothari said here. He hoped the inclusion in the quadrennial extravaganza will help them get more recognition in a country obsessed with the Olympics. “We are performing all the time but out country has an obsession with Olympic sports. Everywhere, whatever platform you go to, there are pushed in front,” he said. He urged other associations to take a cue from the Indian Cricket Board. “What BCCI has done for cricket is amazing. You cannot blame cricket for anything. If cricket was not there, IPL would not have come. Now franchise based leagues are everywhere.” Having clinched the worlds billiards title in Leeds in October, Kothari will now leave for the IBSF World 6 Red Snooker Championship in Egypt from December 18. “I am not playing the team event. There are four Indian teams who are playing in the team event, but I am only playing in the individual World 6 Red Snooker Championship,” he said. PTI TAP ATKATKlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Friday effected a major administrative reshuffle that saw the transfer of 13 IAS officers, with PN Bhapkar, who was serving as the divisional commissioner of Aurangabad being transferred as commissioner, Sports and Youth in Pune.SM Kendrekar, a 2002 batch IAS officer, who was the commissioner, Sports and Youth in Pune, has been appointed in Bhapkar’s place.According to a statement issued by the state government, 2005 batch IAS officer KB Umap, currently posted as commissioner, animal husbandary, Pune has been appointed as director general, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, Pune.IAS officer GB Patil has been posted as joint secretary, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries Department, at Mantralaya in Mumbai while DB Desai a 2008 batch IAS officer currently posted as director of disaster management, revenue and forest department at Mantralaya has been transferred as collector, Kolhapur.H Modak, the additional tribal commissioner, Nagpur, has been posted as collector, Washim while VL Bhimanwar, currently working as chief executive officer of Thane zilla parishad has been posted as collector, Wardha.Shelesh Nawal, an IAS of 2010 batch, who is the collector of Wardha has been transferred as collector, Amaravati and AK Dhakane, the municipal commissioner of Solapur has been posted as collector of Jalgaon.IAS Lakshminarayan Mishra, the Collector of Washim, has been now posted as commissioner of Animal Husbandary in Pune and Vinay Gowda G C, currently working as assistant collector and project officer, ITDP, Taloda in Nandurbar has been posted as chief executive officer, zilla parishad, Nandurbar.Besides, IAS Aayush Prasad, currently posted as assistant collector, Khed and project officer, ITDP, Ghodegaon, Pune has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Akola.advertisementJitendra Dudi, an IAS of the 2016 batch, has been posted as assistant collector and project director, ITDP, Taloda, Nandurbar, the statement by the state government said.Also Read | Maharashtra: IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe transferred within 35 daysAlso Watch | IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred againlast_img read more

16 11 19

first_imgEngland reached the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for the first time since 1992 after a dominant 119-run win over New Zealand in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday. The hosts have finished 3rd on the World Cup 2019 points table with 12 points from 9 matches.Hosts England have become the 3rd team after India and Australia to officially make the semi-final stages of the World Cup.ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points tableEngland were in danger of getting knocked out after losing to Sri Lanka and Australia on the trot last week but they bounced back and came up with all-round efforts against India in their 31-run win in Birmingham on Sunday and handed New Zealand their 3rd successive defeat on Wednesday to storm into the semi-finals.Also Read: How a coin toss can end Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final hopesOn the other hand, Pakistan were looking deflated after their June 16 loss to arch-rivals India in Manchester but they shot back to form with 3 wins on the trot — vs South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Pakistan, whose campaign had freakish similiarities to their tittle-winning run in 1992, had to depend on India and New Zealand to keep their semi-final hopes alive.However, with both India and New Zealand losing to hosts England in a span of 4 days, Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-finals are all but over. It is safe to say Pakistan are facing an improbable task of reaching the World Cup 2019 semi-finals.Here’s how the World Cup 2019 semi-final qualification scenarios look like after England beat New Zealand on Wednesday. advertisement PakistanMatches to play: Bangladesh on July 5 at Lord’s in London.Pakistan are all but out of the semi-final race.Pakistan are placed 5th with 9 points from 8 matches. They have a negative net run rate of -0.792 while New Zealand who are sitting 4th with 11 points from 9 matches have a positive net run rate of +0.175 even after their loss to England.For Pakistan to qualify to the semi-finalPakistan to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350orbeat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400orbeat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450If Pakistan bowl first, they will be out of the semi-final race even before the frist ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday.New Zealand Matches to play: NoneNew Zealand can qualify if Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday. They will also qualify if Bangladesh lose by a lesser margin than the ones mentioned in the scenarios above.Also Read | MS Dhoni retiring only speculation, no official wordAlso See:last_img read more

22 10 19

first_imgNEW WORK CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Donaldson Bridge Donaldson Bridge, from 2.4 kilometres southwest of Trunk 6 on the Lake Road, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 5. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway Sections of West Bay Highway (Dundee Road), east from County Line Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for paving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from south of East Earltown, north for about 6.5 kilometres toward Denmark, will be reduced to one lane for repaving, brush cutting, guardrail repair and other upgrades from until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane for crack filing and surfacing from Exit 6 east for about seven kilometres until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 between Upper River John Road and Mountain Road is reduced to one lane for cold planing, grading, patching and guard rail installation until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 12 Highway 101, Exit 12, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 15. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Traffic signals will be onsite. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for about 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Eastbound Lanes Beginning Monday, July 25, traffic on the eastbound lanes Highway 101, between Exits 4 and 5, will be reduced to one lane to allow for the construction of rumble strips. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, July 30. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from north of Stewiacke for four kilometres to Exit 11. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Sunday, July 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 11 and Exit 12 Highway 101, from one kilometre east of Exit 11 (Greenwich) to Exit 12 (New Minas), will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack sealing and surfacing until Sunday, July 31.Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 125 near Sydney River will be reduced to one lane between Exit 4 and Exit 5A for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Lane Closure Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 104 will be subject to lane closures between exits 6 and 7 during repaving. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, July 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-447-2550 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Ferry Road Ferry Road, from the Three Brooks Road to Highway 106, about a half kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 PICTOU COUNTY: Three Brooks Road Three Brooks Road, from Pictou town line to Highway 106, almost nine kilometres, is reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Lane Closure Traffic on Trunk 4 near Exit 7 off Highway 104 will be subject to lane closures during repaving. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, July 31. Delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-447-2550center_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road – Londonderry Station Road, Londonderry, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118, southbound to Portobello Road Overpass, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 15, for repairs. Traffic control on site. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trout Brook Road Sections of Trout Brook Road will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving west from the intersection of Trunk 22. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 (Grand Lake Road) A section of Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4) will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Aug. 31 for repaving near the eastern entrance to Mayflower Mall. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 – Springside Route 289 from Junction 336 (Springside) east for six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street Work on a section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will take place until Sunday, Aug. 7. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays caused by trucks leaving and entering traffic stream. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from about one kilometre west of French River Bridge east six kilometres to Broadway Bridge will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Lane Closure Beginning Monday, July 25, traffic on the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane at Exit 5 (Tantallon) to allow for resurfacing. Some work will begin at 7 a.m. each day and the full lane closure will begin after 9 a.m. Delays are possible. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Aug. 15. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an repaving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 will consist of two projects: Project 1, for 4.5 kilometres south of the Amherst town line and Project 2, for about one kilometre east of the Shinimicas Bridge east. Both projects will be reduced to one lane until Friday, July 29 for paving. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from the Pictou-Colchester county line, east for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised that there will be a speed zone reduction from 110 km/h to 80 km/h when travelling through the two kilometre work zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from almost four kilometres west of Fox Island Road, east to the Canso town line, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 22 west to Exit 20, about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Windsor Beginning Monday, July 25, traffic on Highway 101, between Exits 5 and 5A near Windsor, will be reduced to one lane to allow for the construction of rumble strips. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, July 30. Drivers should expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late August, while it is replaced. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Oct. 31, for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 12 Traffic on Highway 101, is reduced to one lane at Exit 12 (New Minas) for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 15. Drivers should expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from English Mountain Road west to County Home Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack sealing and micro surfacing until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Delays are expected because of partial lane closures. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic signals are on site to allow traffic safely across the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30-last_img read more

25 09 19

first_imgAn NHS hospital is refusing to ban smoking on its premises because it believes doing so would put patients in danger of speeding vehicles.The bosses of Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals in Dorset are defending their use of designated smoking areas despite pressure from Government health officials.The trust said it had previously tried a ban of smoking on its grounds, but that this had only forced smokers dangerously close to the adjacent main road where cars and lorries frequently travel at 50 mph. Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the campaign group ASH, said: “Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable premature death in Britain killing nearly 100,000 people a year compared to less than 2,000 who die from road traffic accidents.“The single most important change that smokers can make to improve their health is quit – Bournemouth should be doing more to support quitting not facilitating smoking.”Mr Renaut said his trust took proactive measures to persuade smokers to give up their habit. Last week Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie wrote to all NHS trusts urging them to impose total bans on their premises, despite the fact around one quarter of patients smoke.Royal Bournemouth’s stance has provoked criticism from anti smoking groups, who have pointed out that tobacco causes 50 times more deaths each year than road accidents.But the trust’s chief operating officer, Richard Renaut, said: “We currently have a number of designated smoking areas across the Trust.“If we ban smoking on our grounds altogether, as we have tried, it pushes staff, patients and visitors to smoke close to the main roads around the hospital which compromises their personal safety, especially at night.”Nearby Poole hospital is also allowing smokers to continue lighting up on their premises in designated shelters “away from the main hospital buildings”.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which sets guidance for clinical practice, states that hospital premises, including the grounds, should remain smoke-free.An article in the British Medical Journal last month argued that allowing patients to smoke was a form of “collusion” and “misguided sympathy” on the part of hospital staff. If we ban smoking on our grounds altogether it pushes patients and visitors to smoke close to the main roadsRichard Renaut, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgThe online cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin has won a lot of fans for its lack of a centralized authority and high degree of anonymity. Some have worried that Bitcoin is used extensively to fund illegal activities in the seedier parts of the internet, but there’s nothing seedy about a nice, friendly game of pool, right? A company called Liberty Games aims to let you pay for your next game with Bitcoin and a smartphone.Using Bitcoin online is sometimes a complicated endeavor, but Liberty Games wanted to make it painless to buy a round of pool. The table has a Raspberry Pi built-in to handle the transaction on the user’s end. It then communicates to a server that manages the actual transaction on the Bitcoin network.The table’s Bitcoin address is embedded in a QR code next to the digital readout, which tells the player how many Bitcoins a game costs. The value of Bitcoin bounces around a lot, so the exact number of coins (technically fractions of a coin) will change over time. The player can use any number of Bitcoin wallet apps to scan the QR code and send the required coins to the address. Once the table gets the signal that everything has gone through, it releases the balls just as if someone slipped a bill into the slot.The Bitcoin-operated pool table is admittedly a bit of a niche item right now, but Liberty Games (based in the UK) will actually be selling the table in the near future. It will probably cost a whole mess of Bitcoins.last_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgLes antibiotiques consommés par 40% des Européens en 2009Europe – Les Européens seraient 40% à avoir eu recours aux antibiotiques durant les douze derniers mois selon un sondage Eurobaromètre publié vendredi à Bruxelles.D’après ce sondage, l’Italie, avec 57% des personnes interrogées, serait le pays européen qui aurait le plus consommé d’antibiotiques en 2009, suivi de Malte (55%), de l’Espagne (53%), de la Roumanie (51%), et de l’Irlande (45%). Les Français seraient quant à eux 42% à y avoir eu recours et 97% les auraient obtenus par prescription médicale. Les Européens semblent mal informés en ce qui concerne l’efficacité de ces médicaments. 53% des personnes interrogées pensent à tort que les antibiotiques sont efficaces pour éliminer les virus et 47% croient qu’ils agissent contre le rhume et la grippe. 83% savent tout de même que la surconsommation d’antibiotiques les rend inefficaces. C’est ainsi que 20% des Européens ont pris des antibiotiques pour soigner une grippe avec en tête les Espagnols qui étaient 32% à les utiliser. Les Français semblent plutôt bons élèves puisqu’ils sont 58% à savoir que les antibiotiques ne tuent pas les virus et 69% à avoir conscience que leur consommation peut entraîner des effets secondaires. Le sondage TNS Opinion a été réalisé entre le 13 novembre et le 9 décembre 2009 chez des Européens âgés de plus de 15 ans et résidant dans l’un des 27 pays membres de l’Union.Le 12 avril 2010 à 15:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgGodzilla has traditionally been a monster played by a guy in a rubber suit. While this was all well and good before the advent of computer graphics, bringing the classic kaiju to life using this technique it isn’t something modern audiences would be receptive to. The American Godzilla films have created the monster using CG, and now, Toho Pictures is going down the same route with its latest entry: Godzilla Resurgence. Despite being a CG creation, this Godzilla will look and feel like the original.I’ve seen some videos from the movie and was under the impression that Shin Godzilla (as I will now refer to him as) was purely a guy in a suit. However, as you can see from the video below, the creature is very much a CG creation. Shin Godzilla still retains the upright stance and lumbering stride of the original King of the Monsters. Even the shots are framed in much the same way they would be in the classic Toho films. Visually, this is a nice marriage between old and new.Shin Godzilla isn’t 100% CG throughout the entire film, though. The movie utilizes puppets and animatronics in addition to digital effects to bring Godzilla to life. There may not be a man in a rubber suit playing Shin Godzilla, but the kaiju is still controlled by a human that provides motion capture for it.Godzilla Resurgence was released in Japan just a few weeks ago to critical praise. It is co-directed by Hideaki Anno, who you may know as the creator of the Evangelion anime franchise. Anno’s darker sensibilities can be seen and felt with the film’s bleak and gloomy tone. From all accounts, this is one of the very best Godzilla movies ever produced.Funimation has picked up the distribution rights to the film and will release it as Shin Godzilla later this year in North America.last_img read more

19 09 19

first_imgA man who robbed a Chase Bank branch in downtown Vancouver last year was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.Robert Barrie Bemis, 25, no known address, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree robbery in connection with the Dec. 9 incident.According to an affidavit of probable cause, a robber entered the bank branch at 1205 Broadway at about 1:40 p.m. He covered his head with a hooded sweatshirt and his face with a “makeshift mask.” The robber implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a teller. He received an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving on foot.Police later located Bemis near the corner of East 13th and C streets. They reportedly found numerous $100 bills in the left leg of his pants, court records said.On Monday, Judge Daniel Stahnke followed the attorneys’ previously-agreed upon sentencing recommendation of 36 months in prison and 18 months of community custody.Bemis declined to address the court.last_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgThe Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation has announced the abrupt retirement of its chief executive officer Mike Burns.Listen now:Burns’ immediate departure is due to unspecified health concerns, according to a short statement issued on Monday.Chief Financial Officer Valerie Mertz has been named as acting CEO as the search gets underway for interim and permanent replacements.The Corporation’s Board of Trustees convened a special meeting by teleconference on Monday morning to accept Burns’ retirement.Board Chair Bill Moran said that they appreciate the many years of service and outstanding performance that Burns brought to his role as CEO.According to state figures, Burns made $346,000 in salary in 2014. He also received 120-thousand dollars in additional compensation and benefits such as health insurance and retirement.The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is a state-owned corporation responsible for managing the state’s oil wealth savings account. It’s different than the Permanent Fund Dividend Division which is the state division responsible for vetting applicants for the dividend and disbursing checks every October.Burns was president of KeyBank, National Association Alaska before he was named CEO of the permanent fund corporation in August 2004. He also served as president of Alaska Pacific Bank before it combined with First National Bank of Fairbanks to become KeyBank of Alaska.The market value of the Alaska Permanent Fund is now up to nearly $54.5 billion dollars.last_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgDownload AudioAlaskans don’t want to see large cuts to their annual Permanent Fund dividends. At least, that was the message most people delivered Thursday night about Gov. Bill Walker’s plan for the fund.Martin Stepetin Sr. of Juneau testifies on SB23 in the Senate State Affairs Committee, Feb. 4, 2016. The bill is the governor’s plan for reshaping the Permanent Fund to make state government fiscally sustainable. (Photo by John Kelly/360 North)The Senate State Affairs Committee heard public testimony from across Alaska on Senate Bill 128.Deering resident Kevin Moto said local businesses allow residents to make payments based on future dividends.“In rural Alaska, the dividend contributes to the economy,” Moto said. “And I think by reducing the distributions, we’re creating a bigger rural-urban divide.”Walker proposed using Permanent Fund earnings to pay for much of the state’s budget.He would draw $3.3 billion  from the fund’s earnings, as well as other state reserves.The governor has also proposed $100 million in spending cuts.Under Walker’s plan, the source of dividends would shift to oil and gas royalties. They’re expected to decline.Erin Harrington of Kodiak testifies on SB23 in the Senate State Affairs Committee, Feb. 4, 2016. The bill is the governor’s plan for reshaping the Permanent Fund to make state government fiscally sustainable. (Photo by John Kelly/360 North)More than 100 people spoke. Another 200 submitted written comments.Beth Fread of Palmer asked legislators to balance the budget through spending cuts.“Some of the cuts you could make would be to eliminate the positions that are currently frozen,” Fread said. “You could utilize the tools that we used in the ‘80s, which was a wage freeze, to which the unions agreed for the good of the state. There are many ways to make cuts.”Others who oppose cutting Permanent Fund dividends supported drawing new revenue from other sources.Anchorage resident Tom Lakosh said he would like to spare children from dividend reductions.“It’s clear to me that the preferred method of revenue generation would be from corporate and/or personal income so that we can spread most of this cost of our state government on those who actually make money in the state,” he said.A minority of speakers expressed a willingness to see changes to how the state spends Permanent Fund earnings.Kodiak resident Erin Harrington said it’s imperative that legislators act this year on the budget shortfall.“I certainly see places for efficiency in government,” Harrington said. “But I believe that first we have to take action to stabilize our revenue sources and I think that using the Permanent Fund and adding new revenue sources is completely reasonable.”Sen. Bill Stoltze, a Chugiak Republican and the committee chairman, said the committee would take the testimony into account as it considers what to do with the bill.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgChinese Web giant Baidu is offering its “robust, mature, and secure” autonomous driving technology to global car makers.A new project, named Apollo after the lunar landing program, provides an open, complete software platform for manufacturers to develop their own self-driving systems.“[Artificial intelligence] has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” Baidu’s Chief Operating Officer Qi Lu said in a statement.The complete package, Apollo includes vehicle, hardware, and software platforms, as well as cloud data services. Baidu will even throw in a complete set of testing tools, plus source code for obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, and vehicle operating systems, among other functions.No official partners have been announced ahead of Project Apollo’s soft launch in July; the program will open first for restricted environments, then to urban road conditions toward the end of the year.That may be difficult, though, considering China’s ban on self-driving car testing—at least until the country’s regulations are approved. Luckily, Baidu has been honing its craft in the US; the company last year received a testing permit for use in California.Baidu hopes to gradually introduce fully autonomous driving on highways and open city roads by 2020.The search giant jumped on the bandwagon in 2015, when it successfully completed road tests for independently operated vehicles in Beijing. Last fall, it teamed with Nvidia for work on an artificial-intelligence-driven autonomous car platform.“Baidu took the initiative to open our autonomous driving technology to the industry in order to encourage greater innovation and opportunities, making better use of our technology to drive the evolution of the entire industry,” Lu said.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” he continued, boasting that the Chinese firm is first to open its technology and platform to manufacturers.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgKolkata: The campus of Visva Bharati University witnessed fresh unrest on late Saturday afternoon with some undergraduate students staging a sit-in demonstration infront of the Vice-Chancellor’s room in the central office building, demanding introduction of supplementary examinations.Three of the agitating students are on a hunger strike to press for their demand and have threatened to intensify the movement if they are not met. A few days back, the students had put V-C Sabujkali Sen’s office under lock due to the same reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been requesting the authorities to sit for talks with us so that the issue can be resolved but they are not interested,” an agitating student said.It may be mentioned that the university follows a semester system at the undergraduate level. Previously, when a student failed to clear a semester, there were facilities for supplementary examinations. However, after a section of teachers and academicians raised concern over the supplementary examinations stating it was affecting the standard of education, a series of meetings were held and the decision of scrapping such examinations was taken. A year back, during the tenure of the earlier V-C, the authorities had brought out a notification stating there will be no supplementary examinations at the undergraduate level. These students who are agitating in demand of supplementary examination have not been able to clear one or two semesters.A senior VB official said the students’ demand have already been communicated to MHRD but there has not been any response as yet.last_img read more

29 08 19

first_imgPolice say that a white suburban was found abandoned near the site. Witnesses reported hearing shots fired in the direction of the business before subjects threw gasoline. They were also able to provide police with the description and plate number of a vehicle believed involved. Alberto Capella, Secretary of Public Security of Quintana Roo took to social media saying “Lot of vehicles on Av Colosio was apparently set on fire. Police have located a white van with the smell of gasoline allegedly responsible for the incident. The investigation continues. The area is protected, there is no risk for residents of the area.” Photo: Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cancun Planet, located along Colosio Boulevard, was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday evening. The massive fire, which was recorded at 8:25 p.m., required six fire units and 25 firefighters. On scene, firemen say at least five vehicles were destroyed along with the business. center_img Cancun, Q.R. — A luxury car rental business in Cancun was destroyed by fire overnight that police say appears intentionally set. Traffic circulation was shut down in both directions of Luís Donaldo Colosio Boulevard for approximately two kilometers, which generated tremendous traffic chaos. So far, the reason for the attack is unknown.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

27 08 19

first_img News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more News | April 06, 2009 Siemens Healthcare, Harris Offer Solutions for PACS Disaster Recovery Solutions center_img News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more April 6, 2009 – The Image and Knowledge Management (IKM) business unit of Siemens Healthcare and Harris Corp. are joining forces to offer healthcare providers reportedly affordable solutions critical for PACS disaster recovery to support business continuity.Siemens IKM business unit and Harris created an initiative that will help make PACS disaster recovery easily attainable and affordable. This collaboration is intended to provide customers with the synergetic competencies acquired by decades of combined experience in healthcare and network technologies. The greatest benefit to the customer is fast and secure recovery in the event data is lost in a natural or human-induced disaster, according to Siemens. The solution provides access to dedicated fiber-optic, microwave, satellite communications, and landlines that are part of the Harris Wide Area Network, which will connect the local PACS deployments to the disaster recovery capabilities at the Harris network operations facilities.Because this offering is based mainly on the infrastructure and resources available from Harris, and leverages the hardware and software within the customer’s existing PACS solution, the customer is not required to make any major upfront capital investment. In addition, the managed disaster recovery services that come with this solution make recovery easily attainable.As a provider of innovative solutions for imaging IT, Siemens IKM business unit supports imaging workflow processes to achieve greater efficiency and accuracy while reducing costs. Siemens IKM offerings encompass products and solutions for radiology information systems (RIS), PACS, Cardiovascular PACS, as well as, advanced imaging applications and computer-aided detection (CAD).For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/healthcare, www.harris.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Nucleus.io Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read morelast_img read more