G20 vows to make cos, not only individuals, liable for graft

first_imgBy Barun JhaHamburg, Jul 9 (PTI) Adopting a strong resolution to fight corruption, India and other G20 members have committed to make their public administrations more resilient against the menace, while ensuring that companies too are held liable in addition to individual perpetrators of this crime.The declaration assumes significance as an OECD Anti- Bribery Convention, adopted nearly a decade ago, has been actively enforced so far only by a few countries and the prosecution rate is dismal even in the majority of the countries having ratified it.In their joint declaration issued after the end of the two-day Summit on Saturday night, the G20 leaders said they remain committed to fighting corruption, including through practical international cooperation and technical assistance, and will continue to fullyimplement the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2017-18.”We endorse four sets of High Level Principles aimed at fostering integrity in the public and private sector. By endorsing the High Level Principles on the Liability of Legal Persons, we commit to ensuring that not only individual perpetrators but also companies benefiting from corruption can be held liable,” they said.G20 countries have already committed themselves to a number of measures to strengthen transparency and integrity in the public sector, including requirements for the conduct of public officials.In their 2017 declaration, the G20 members also made a strong commitment to make their respective public administrations more resilient against corruption.The leaders also said they will intensify their fight against illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.”Wildlife trafficking is a threat to the planet?s biodiversity, economic development, and, among others, health and security, and is facilitated by high levels of corruption, which the G20 cannot tolerate,” the declaration said.advertisementThe leaders also endorsed the High Level Principles on Countering Corruption in Customs and called for publishing a guide on requesting international cooperation in civil and administrative proceedings.”We will continue our work to address integrity in sports and urgeinternational sports organisations to intensify their fight against corruption byachieving the highest global integrity and anti-corruption standards.”In this respect, we strive for a common understanding regarding corruption risks in bids to host major sport events.”We are also committed to fighting corruption in contracts, including in the natural resources sector. We call for ratification and implementation by all G20members of the UN Convention against Corruption and for a strong involvement in itsreview process,” it added.The Principles document adopted by the G20 leaders noted that corruption hampers the efficient and effective operation of government, its fairness and impartiality of decision- making and the delivery of government services.”A public administration, resilient against corruption, underpinned by a culture of integrity, accountability and transparency not only fosters citizens? trust but can also affect the attractiveness of a country as a business location,” it added.Incidentally, India figures among the countries where corruption has been a major political issue and the Modi government has been maintaining it will leave no stone unturned in its fight against graft and black money.For many years, G20 has been listing corruption as one of the biggest impediments to global economic growth and its sustainable development agenda.Ahead of the G20 Summit, some rights groups had called for reaching wider consensus among leaders of the top economies for implementing laws akin to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the US.While the G20 has been stressing on greater efforts for tackling this menace for more than six years now, the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (OECD Convention) has been actively enforced so far only by four countries.The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, adopted in 1997, requires each signatory country to make foreign bribery a crime for which individuals and enterprises are responsible.The Convention is a key instrument for curbing the export of corruption globally because the 41 signatory countries are responsible for approximately two-thirds of world exports and almost 90 per cent of total foreign direct investment outflows.As per OECD, nearly two decades after the OECD Convention on Combating Foreign Bribery entered into force, there are still 20 countries with “little or no enforcement and nine countries with only limited enforcement”.About half of the Convention countries have failed to prosecute any foreign bribery case since they joined the Convention.There are a few improvements, but the performance of the majority of the 41 countries that agreed to combat foreign bribery in international business transactions is far from satisfactory.Only four countries improved since last year -? Greece, Netherlands, Norway and South Korea, while Argentina was the one country that regressed, the OECD said. PTI BJ ABMadvertisementlast_img read more

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PNB MetLife launches Mera Jeevan Suraksha Plan

first_imgMumbai, Oct 12 (PTI) PNB MetLife today launched Mera Jeevan Suraksha Plan (MJSP), a protection plan that ensures financial security by providing tailor-made cover options for the customer to choose from.The product is aimed at providing a life cover to the policyholder and protecting their familys future goals, in case of unforeseen circumstances, a release issued here said.”Mera Jeevan Suraksha Plan is a comprehensive protection plan that allows customers to choose the life cover option most suited to their lifestage and appropriate for their lifestyle. This plan also offers unique benefits such as joint life benefit or return of premiums option,” PNB MetLife Head ? Product Management – Khalid Ahmad said.*********************** Google India adds new features to AdWordsGoogle India today said it has added new features to its advertising service AdWords that will help businesses reach their customers in a more effective and faster way.Google has launched new features like extensions, call bid adjustments and landing pages, the firm said in a statement issued here.The new AdWords experience will load pages faster on an average by 20 per cent faster, so that the information needed is accessed instantly, it said.”As we use multiple devices throughout the day, and watch more videos and visit more websites and apps than ever before. With the new AdWords, there is less clutter and more intuitive workflows, allowing advertisers to now quickly make the changes that will move their business forward,” AdWords Vice President of Product Management Jerry Dischler said.****************** Twitter Launches In-Stream Video Ads in IndiaadvertisementMicroblogging platform Twitter today launched in-stream video ads to marketers in India, enabling brands to align with videos from Twitters premium content partners across sports, news and entertainment globally.Amazon, Maruti, and Motorola have come on board as the first brands to innovate with the In-Stream Video Ads launch in India.”With the launch of In-Stream Video Ads in India, it now creates an opportunity for advertisers to better align with relevant video content at scale across 15 content categories. These publishers are established hand picked partners, ensuring brand safety for our advertisers,” Twitter India Head of Video Solutions Soumya Parmar said.************************* Peninsula Land launches phase 2 of Bengaluru projectRealty player Peninsula Land today said it has launched the last phase-Ascent Tower-of its flagship residential project Peninsula Heights in Bengaluru.The project, which marks the companys foray into the city, is spread across 3.64 acres, comprising two towers–Crown and Ascent–housing 3 BHK/4 BHK/5 BHK apartments and duplexes. PTI SM DS PSK RSY BASlast_img read more

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Major Airlines to Restrict ‘Smart Luggage’ With Built-in Lithium Batteries

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Bluesmart/FacebookFor two years, we’ve been telling you how smart luggage is the next big thing in travel technology. Suitcases have evolved from cumbersome, wheel-less monstrosities to sleek, tech-forward “smart luggage.” But, the backup batteries that power all that tech can be dangerous, or so some airlines are saying. Now, new policy changes aimed at those batteries could essentially “brick” these fancy suitcases for smart luggage adopters.Beginning January 15, 2018, Delta and American Airlines will no longer allow passengers to bring smart luggage aboard their planes unless the backup battery packs are removed. American will still allow smart luggage as carry-on baggage, even without removing the battery. Delta says the batteries must be removed in all cases.In the wake of exploding hoverboards and last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the policy change is a preemptive strike against what they believe is a very real risk of fire. Modern airplanes are surprisingly bad at suppressing fires in their cargo holds. A single exploded lithium battery — especially one that’s packed near aerosol cans — can prove catastrophic in flight. It’s the reason some airline safety experts are recommending laptops be banned from checked luggage.We’ve previously highlighted a parade of innovative smart luggage. Chic bags like Samsara’s Carry-On and the Bluesmart Series 2 are leading the charge. All offer state-of-the-art features like GPS tracking and Bluetooth-connected smartphone apps. The latter can be programmed with clever security features like alerting the bag’s owner if the luggage leaves their perimeter and automatically locking if so. For many travelers, however, the most notable feature has been the sizable backup battery embedded in most smart luggage. With a capacity around 10,000mAh, they’re often capable of charging everything from smartphones to tablets to laptops. But, in many cases, the packs are not removable. Of course, none of these features matters if the airlines won’t allow travelers on board with this luggage in the first place. History has shown that airlines are easily scared by new technology. Consider that it was only in late 2013 that the FAA allowed passengers to use their cellphones in flight despite a mountain of evidence that all but proves cellular signals do not interfere with routine airplane operations. So, it’s reasonable to think that, if the policy is adopted by more airlines, it could be years before they change their minds.While American and Delta are the only airlines confirming this policy change, United Airlines has already hinted that they will do the same. Given the industry’s history of playing “follow the leader,” it’s likely that other domestic and international carriers will soon follow suit.Feature image courtesy of Bluesmart/Facebook. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

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Service to be held Nov 19 for officer killed while on duty

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A public service will be held Nov. 19 for the police officer killed while on duty Monday in Abbotsford, B.C.The celebration of life ceremony for Const. John Davidson will begin with a procession of law enforcement officers at noon leading to Abbotsford Centre, where the event will be held at 1 p.m.The Abbotsford Police Department says there will also be overflow seating, if it is necessary, at the University of the Fraser Valley Envision Athletic Centre.Davidson, who was 53, was killed after responding to a suspected stolen vehicle call when shots were fired.A 65-year-old man from Alberta has been charged with first-degree murder.Davidson is survived by his wife and three adult children.BC Ferries says it is offering free vehicle and passenger travel for all emergency first responders attending the ceremony.last_img read more

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Court rejects lawyers bid to save dangerous pit bull from euthanasia

first_imgMONTREAL — A legal bid to save a pit bull-type dog from euthanasia after it attacked six people, including four children, in Montreal last August has been rejected.Lawyer Anne-France Goldwater argued in court last week the section of a municipal bylaw declaring a dog must be euthanized once declared dangerous contravenes provincial animal welfare legislation.But Superior Court Justice Lukasz Granosik ruled today that the request to have the dog named Shotta sent to a refuge rather than put down came too late. And he upheld the bylaw’s provision on dangerous dogs.Goldwater, acting for the dog’s owner, argued it should be sent to a specialized refuge in New York, where it would be kept away from the public and never adopted to a home.A lawyer for the City of Montreal had said the dog’s actions on the day of the attack clearly showed it was dangerous, and municipal authorities had every right to order its death.The Crown announced last week there would be no criminal charges against the woman who was watching the dog when the attacks took place.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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DKMS Holds Annual Blood Ball Halloween Benefit

first_imgDKMS Global Ambassador & Co-Founder, Katharina Harf and longtime supporter Charlotte Santo Domingo co-hosted DKMS’ highly anticipated Halloween benefit, The Blood Ball, last week at Diamond Horseshoe in Times Square.Charlotte Santo Domingo joins DKMS CEO Carina Ortel and GuestsAmidst the 500 guests enjoying the party, Event Chair Santo Domingo expressed how much their support makes a difference.“By being here tonight, we are joining the fight to delete blood cancer once and for all. DKMS has made incredible strides over the years, registering nearly 7 million donors worldwide! But our work is not done. If you have not already registered, please get swabbed. It is a simple, easy process that can result in saving a life,” she said.Harf thanked her dear friend Santo Domingo & attendees at the event “for coming out and supporting DKMS and The Blood Ball where 100% of the proceeds go directly to helping patients find their lifesaving matches.”DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating blood cancers like leukemia and other blood-related illnesses, inspiring both men and women around the world to register as bone marrow and blood stem cell donors.Guests enjoyed endless visual artistry throughout the night, including aerial acts and talent by Shien Artists, including tap dancers from the ghosts of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and much more. Music was provided by DJ Mick.Every sweet tooth in the room was fulfilled through a dessert installation with confectionary delights from Baked by Melissa, Dana’s Bakery, Duane Park Patisserie, NY Cake Pops & others. Drinks were flowing from AB InBev, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, El Buho Mezcal, Atlantico Rum and Espolon Tequila.Gift bags were provided by Ricky’s NYC which included a specially designed Gabriel & Co. pendant.International singer/songwriter, Grace, adorned the stage with a special performance.Guests included Carrie Preston, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Consuelo Costin, Heather Hahn, Katia Kokoreva, Iskra Lawrence, Rain Dove, Ryan Serhant & Emilia Bechrakis, Tabitha Simmons, Cameron Winklevoss & Tyler Winklevoss. Many guests have close ties to the cause, including Selenis Leyva who’s brother Arnol Leyva was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma from a young age.last_img read more

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The NEW ACTOR CORE GROUP – 2018

first_imgAdvertisement The NEW ACTOR CORE GROUP – 2018The world of film and television is an ever-changing landscape. How content is made and how it is consumed has radically changed over the last 10 years and so has an actor’s place.Even though the talent and skill of an actor are still to be improved on a continuous basis, the way an actor can enter the industry is expanding and widening. More avenues are now accessible for an actor to enter. Simultaneously more content is being made and those who hold the purse strings for producing content are no longer the elite few. All the while, more and more people are consuming content on a daily basis and all because of the power of digital recording and the internet. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: For 2018, the Actor Core Group is for those actors who have come to realize that an actor must be a producer and not just an actor. I challenge you to look up 10 of your favourite actors on IMDb.com and see how many of them are also producers. Always the majority and often all of them are producers.The actor/producer is a unique cat. They have a perspective that a writer/producer doesn’t have. They bring a uniqueness to stories and characters and their boldness to move forward on their journey as an actor translates into the films and series they produce.I will be personally mentoring 8 actors in Canada this coming year to become producers. Yes, I will assist you with your acting skills and training regimen but moreover I will walk you through the process of becoming a producer of material designed to show your best work to the industry as an actor and that will stand out and be noticed by the biggest studios on the planet.Whether you have tried to produce a web series or short film that you could star in or not, this mentoring program will take you all the way to creating a high concept series developed to the point of being able to be pitched to Netflix or AMC or MGM or Amazon or Apple or Facebook or YouTube or Warner Bros. or Universal or HBO or…. I know, the list is long. And with the current boom in content production around the world, now is the time for you to become a real player in this game of entertainment. The time truly is now and here’s why:STUDIO US $ FOR PRODUCTION IN2018 (estimated)Netflix $8,000,000,000.00Amazon $6,000,000,000.00Apple $1,000,000,000.00Facebook $3,000,000.00 perepisode (# ofepisodes not known)And these are the non-traditional film studios. So this is in addition to the budgets that will be spent by HBO, AMC, MGM, Warner Bros., Sony, Fox, NBC, CBS, CBC, Space, FX, etc.These numbers are saying that CONTENT IS WANTED. And who better to create content than an actor who knows how to produce?There is a way to do this. I have done it and I have helped others do it. I have assisted 2 actors in making their own web series, one of which turned into a regular series episodes of 24 minutes and one of which is being developed into a regular series to be pitched to the studios. I have assisted three actors to develop and produce their own short films winning several awards. I personally have produced close to 90 episodes of TV – drama and comedy and animation. I have created and developed a high-concept TV series that is being co-produced by Original Pictures Inc. (Fargo, Dirk Gently, Constant Gardener, etc.) that is being considered right now by MGM and AMC and will soon be going to Netflix.I will take this hard-won knowledge of the content creation landscape and mentor you every step of the way to creating your very own vehicle to get your acting career off the ground and into the skies.You must have a strong interest in acting and producing and communicate to me what your understanding is of the benefits of doing such a program. I want to know your goals and your aspirations and what you feel you can achieve in the next year and how much work you can put into this program. Those with the strongest drive and motivation to make the most of this program will be accepted. We will start in February of 2018 but I urge you to apply now as actor/producer potentials will be accepted as the applications come in for there is some study to do before we start in February.To apply, simply email me your story paying particular attention to the last paragraph. neilthedirector@me.comNEIL SCHELLlast_img read more

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Advocacy group says workers hear about negative police attitudes every day

first_imgKathleen Martens and Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsMore women agreed Friday a young sexual assault complainant was not only treated like a criminal but her constitutional rights were violated in an RCMP interrogation video.“My heart goes out to this person,” said Elba Bendo, director of law reform for West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).“People who are doing anti-violence work hear about this every single day.”Bendo was responding to the way a Mountie in Kelowna, B.C., questioned a 17-year-old, Indigenous girl after she reported a sexual assault.The teen was part of the child welfare system at the time.Part of the video – filmed in 2012 – was obtained by APTN Investigates and broadcast this week to widespread condemnation.A former Mountie, victims’ advocates and federal politicians all denounced the officer’s tone and questions, including asking whether she was “at all turned on?”Rona Ambrose, the former interim leader of the federal Conservative party, said the exchange reminded her of the ‘knees-together’ judge, Robin Camp.“He made her feel like it was her fault,” Ambrose said of the Mountie. “This is unacceptable.“It took courage for her to come forward.”(Former Conservative cabinet minister and interim leader Rona Ambrose)Ambrose recently proposed a private member’s bill mandating judges receive mandatory sexual assault awareness training after Camp, a provincial court judge in Calgary, asked a sexual assault complainant in 2014 why she couldn’t keep her knees together.He acquitted the male suspect after finding his story more credible, questioned the complainant’s morals and said her attempts to fight off an attack were weak.Ambrose said myths and stigma around sexual violence need to be dissolved so victims can stop being “discouraged, dismissed and disrespected.”APTN News made another portion of the 2 ½ hour video public Friday.Here is that segment:Girl: “Well, it depends if he had like a knife or something, I’d probably just listen to what he had to say.”RCMP: Okay, that’s fair. This (NAME REMOVED) fellow didn’t have a knife.Girl: “But, we were in his house, he had anything he wanted.”RCMP: “And you also knew how to get up and run out of the house, right?Girl: “Yeah.”RCMP: “I mean, he’s taking your clothes off. How much of a fight did you put up for him not to take your clothes off?”Girl: “But, I don’t remember him taking my clothes off.”RCMP: “But, you told me- like I’m reading in your statement here where it says he took your pants and shirt off and your phone fell out of your pocket when your shirt came off.”Girl: “I remember that, but I don’t- like it’s hard to explain. Like I didn’t think. There’s a fight or flight response.”Read More:‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault report‘It’s bias. It’s absolute bias’: Former RCMP trainer says interrogation video is ’embarrassing’ ‘Shocked and horrified’: Politicians respond to RCMP interrogation video Bendo feels the power dynamic between the older male officer and younger female complainant further traumatizes the girl.“It brings me back to so many of the stories that we heard when we did our report on dismantling the barriers to reporting sexual assault,” Bendo said.(Glori Meldrum, the founder and chair of Little Warriors.)Bendo said laws that appear progressive on paper are ineffective when police stick to old-school thinking.“They’re so deeply offensive but every one of the questions this police officer asked is outside of the legal test of consent,” she said.“…Our laws have for some time now said refusing consent does not include fighting back  – that you don’t need evidence of fighting back to prove that there was a lack of consent.”Meanwhile, the founder and chair of Little Warriors, a national child abuse survivor charity, said the RCMP needs help.Glori Meldrum offered – free of charge – to share her group’s online, trauma-informed, interviewing course with every police force in Canada.“I’m hopeful that they’ll reach out and we can have a conversation and that they know it’s not an attack it’s an offer,” she said from Edmonton.“That we just want to make sure when people are interrogated they’re treated the right way.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Ontario delays release of report on elevators pending plan of action

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario government is delaying the release of a consultancy report on elevators commissioned by the province’s safety authority last spring and delivered in November while it puts together a response.While the Liberal government initially said it was up to the safety organization to release the analysis of elevator reliability and availability to the public, it now says that won’t happen for several more weeks.“We are currently reviewing the report and considering next steps to improve elevator availability in Ontario,” Barbara Hanson, with the Ministry of Government Consumer Services, said this week. “We look forward to making the report publicly available in the coming weeks, along with an action plan to address its recommendations.”In April last year, the government ordered the arm’s-length Technical Standards and Safety Authority to commission a study amid concern about growing issues with out-of-service elevators in a society increasingly dependent on them. A private member’s bill from Liberal backbencher Han Dong that among other things would mandate time limits for getting defective lifts operational received widespread political support but drew the wrath of the dominant industry players.In response, the authority contracted with Deloitte to do the study — led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham — with an October deadline. As Cunningham prepared to finalize the report, the country’s four main elevator companies, alarmed by Dong’s bill and other proposed measures, produced their own report that cast a wide net of blame for “real and perceived” problems with the industry.The companies, multinational giants Kone, Otis, Schindler and ThyssenKrupp, which essentially exonerated themselves, also blasted the safety authority for what they characterized as stifling red tape.Cunningham went back and revised the report to reflect those concerns but the safety authority known as the TSSA had a final version in early November. At the time, it said it was awaiting government permission to release it publicly.“We have asked the TSSA to translate the report into French and convert it to an accessible format before making it public,” Hanson said in early December.This week, however, the TSSA confirmed the holdup was at the direction of the government, which faces a general election in six months.In an interview Tuesday, Dong said he, too, had yet to see the final report or its recommendations, but said he trusted the government was preparing a far-reaching “industry-norm changing” plan to deal with elevator maintenance and availability.“It’s not to manage this issue, it’s to actually fix it,” Dong said. “A lot of caucus members are behind me on this issue.”Dong said his bill was “very much on the front-burner” and he was adamant something would be done before voters pass judgment on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government in June.Steve Robinson, a spokesman for the safety authority, said he was unable to provide any details on the report or the holdup of its release.“It is indeed a TSSA report — we commissioned it and paid for it,” Robinson said. “But we were asked to provide the report to the ministry for their consideration before making it public.”A previous investigation by The Canadian Press found widespread problems with elevators across the country, including growing calls to emergency services by people trapped in them and others essentially stranded on upper floors by out-of-service lifts, sometimes for months on end.last_img read more

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Moroccan Sovereign Fund and Qatari Bank to Launch MegaTourism Project

Rabat – Moroccan sovereign fund Ithmar Capital and Qatari investment bank QInvest are due to launch three joint mega-tourism projects, according to Moroccan news outlet le360.The news site reports that the two groups have founded a new company, Oryx Capital, with an initial budget of MAD 50 million, in order to carry out the necessary studies and audits to decide if the projects are feasible.News about a joint Moroccan-Qatari investment to promote tourism in the kingdom has been circulating for over a year. In May 2016, Ithmar, formerly the Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development (FMDT), received the approval of Moroccan public authorities to launch such a venture.While it was known that the foreign investor in the project would be a Qatari institution, the exact company was not revealed until le360’s investigation.The media outlet deduced that QInvest is the mysterious company by the fact that Oryx’s managing board includes the Qatari bank’s chief executive officer. The three planned projects, expected to be followed by others, will seek to promote mountain and beach tourism.The first project aims at building a resort with sports and entertainment services around a medina in the mountainous region of Oukaimeden in the Middle Atlas.The second project is an amusement park in the region of Marrakech, while the third project, nicknamed Al Chatii Al Abdyad (The White Beach), will be a sea resort with leisure services catering to both local and foreign visitors.Qatar is seeking to increase its investments in Morocco. In May a joint meeting between Moroccan and Qatari investors in Doha concluded that the kingdom is a “promising investment market.”Mohamed bin Tawar Al Kuwari, vice chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), said at the time that Morocco offers attractive opportunities for Qatari investors due to its tourism market potential as well as economic privileges granted to foreign investors. read more

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CN anticipates strong year in 2014 despite concerns about weather Asia trade

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 2:39 pm MDT MONTREAL – Canadian National Railway is increasing its dividend by 16 per cent on anticipation of double-digit earnings growth next fiscal year despite concerns about trade with Asia and challenging winter weather conditions that have continued into the new year.The country’s largest railway said it will pay a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share as of March 31, the 18th consecutive year it has increased the payout.The increase came as the railway earned $635 million, or 76 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from $610 million or 71 cents in the prior year.Revenue for the quarter increased 8.3 per cent to $2.745 billion from $2.53 billion a year ago, it said in an earnings report issued after markets closed.CN (TSX:CNR) was expected to earn 77 cents per share and $2.75 billion in revenues during the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, the railway earned $2.6 billion or $3.09 per diluted share compared with a profit of $2.68 billion, or $3.06 per share in 2012.Revenue for 2013 totalled $10.57 billion, up from $9.92 billion.Chief executive Claude Mongeau said the 2013 performance was “solid” with a good finish in the fourth quarter.“We have been able for the full year to outpace the economy and grow faster in base market conditions,” he said during a conference call.“The volumes were up faster than our peers in the industry and that is consistent with our game plan.”CN had a $19-million gain from currency fluctuations in the quarter and $37 million for the full year. Each one-cent drop in the value of the loonie versus the U.S. dollar translates into an increase of one or two cents per share of earnings.CN maintained an industry-leading operating ratio — a key number that measures how much revenue is used to run the railway — even though the number increased to 63.4 per cent for the year and 64.8 per cent in the quarter, which was 1.2 percentage points higher than a year ago.Operating income grew by five per cent to $967 million in the quarter and to $3.87 billion for the year. Free cash flow reached $1.6 billion.Extreme weather in December has continued in January making operations extremely difficult, said Mongeau, citing as examples that it snowed in New Orleans and that Winnipeg has recorded its coldest temperatures since 1879.He said the cold weather is affecting the railway’s ability to meet demand that is “constructive” on both sides of the border. Grain is expected to be strong well into 2015. The lone concern is commodities because of a slowdown in Asia, a big importer.“Even though the first quarter will be challenging, we have two months to go and we feel confident we will be able to deliver good performance in the first quarter and stay on track for our full-year guidance.”In addition to more than 10 per cent adjusted EPS growth in 2014, CN expects to generate at least $1.6 billion of free cash, invest $2.1 billion in capital projects and repurchase up to 30 million of its shares for some $1.4 billion.While the railway started the year with two derailments in New Brunswick, CN said its accident ratio decreased by nine per cent last year as it experienced 33 main track accidents, matching the performance in 2012.“And it is not just 2013, this is effectively a decade-long trend of improvement in our safety performance,” he told analysts.Main track accidents have decreased by more than half despite increased volumes.CN said its revenue growth in the quarter was driven by strong energy markets, market share gains and growth in the North American economy.Petroleum and chemicals revenues were up 22 per cent, metals and minerals 12 per cent, forest products 11 per cent, intermodal 11 per cent, automotive four per cent and two per cent for grain and fertilizers. Coal was down nine per cent. It transported almost 75,000 carloads of crude for the year and nearly 25,000 in the quarter.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CN’s shares closed at $59.34, up $1.26 or 2.17 per cent on Thursday.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter CN anticipates strong year in 2014 despite concerns about weather, Asia trade read more

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NIS clerk robbed by armed bandits in Agricola

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a robbery under arms committed on a middle aged National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Clerk on Monday morning on the Agricola public road on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).The victim has been identified as Lorna Carrington of Eccles, EBD.Based on information received, the incident occurred at about 09:45h.Carrington was robbed of gold jewelry valued at $50,000.INews understands that the victim, in the company of a 42-year-old friend, visited the vulcanizing shop located in Agricola, EBD with her motorcar to patch a tyre.The male friend reportedly went into the shop while Carrington was approached by two male suspects, on bicycles.One of the men, who was armed, reportedly demanded that the woman turn over her valuables, and she immediately complied.At that time, the NIS clerk’s friend reportedly ran to her assistance. However, this resulted in the armed bandit discharging a warning round in the air before he and his accomplice fled the scene.So far, no arrests have been made. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner stabbed, sales clerk assaulted, robbed on seawall by motorcycle banditsJuly 23, 2018In “Crime”Diamond man attacked, robbed as bus stops to put off ‘passengers’ at AgricolaJuly 20, 2018In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Win and defeat for Veszprem in Skopje

10.Izviđač CO100129 : 400 6.Gorenje Velenje210150 : 473 4.Meshkov Brest211074 : 634 2.Celje Piv. Laško320187 : 856 ← Previous Story Patrice Canayer to get new 4-years contract in Montpellier Next Story → HC Leipzig, Krim Mercator and Glassverket join Women’s EHF CL! The best team of Hungary and the runners-up of the EHF Champions League, Telekom Veszprem, had an interesting SEHA weekend in Macedonian capital of Skopje. Two matches and an earthquake in only two days can describe all what team of Xavi Sabate experienced there.RK Vardar Skopje beat Veszprem 29:22 (16:12) in their first big battle in new season. Igor Karacic netted nine goals for the winning team, while Momir Ilic scored eight for the Hungarians.Day after, Telekom Veszprem managed to raise the form and outplay motivated domestic RK Metalurg Skopje 23:20 (14:10). Dragan Gajic netted five goals for the winners, while extra-talented left back of Metalurg, Marko Nelovski scored four for his team.RK Gorenje celebrated first ever SEHA win over RK Nexe 24:20, while RK Celje Pivovarna Laško celebrated routine win in Presov over Tatran 31:25.0STANDINGS: .Vardar321088 : 807 5.PPD Zagreb110028 : 223 8.Tatran Prešov100125 : 310 9.Nexe200242 : 520 3.Veszprem320179 : 786 seha gazprom league 7.Metalurg200244 : 480 read more

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Liquid cooling lets the Alienware M18x run at 44GHz

first_imgChoosing to use a laptop over a desktop machine usually means making a performance compromise. You can’t get as much performance out of a laptop compared to a PC, and when you do increase performance battery life suffers. Another major issue is one of heat. In such an small area are packed many hot running components such as the CPU, GPU, and RAM. Keeping them all cool is difficult, and the noise from fans also has to be managed so as not to be too distracting.Overclocking a laptop is possible, but comes with risks. Typically the cooling included in a laptop is adequate, meaning at stock speeds the machine will get warm, but won’t overheat. As soon as you start overclocking the cooling can quickly fail leaving you with an unstable machine.Asetek believes it has a solution to this problem: liquid cooling for laptops. It’s not a new method of cooling by any means, but it does offer a major advantage over heatsink and fan cooling due to the fact multiple components can be cooled through a single system.The company has developed a new slim form factor liquid cooling system for use in both performance laptops and all-in-one PCs. To demonstrate what their system is capable of, Asetek installed the liquid cooling unit in an Alienware M18x laptop and started overclocking.The end result was an increase in the Core i7 CPU speed to 4.4GHz, up from 3.5GHz (Turbo Clock Speed). The GPU speed was increased from 600MHz to 800MHz. In real terms that saw benchmarks results increase 18% in 3D Mark 11, 16% in PCMark Vantage, and 23% in 3D Mark Vantage. At the same time the laptop is producing less noise due to a lack of fans, and less heat due to better thermal management from the liquid cooling. Asetek also claim the standard cooling included with the laptop could not cope with the CPU and GPU running at these speeds.One area not touched on is power requirements. Is this liquid cooling system going to draw more power than the equivalent heatsink/fan solution? If not, then it does look like a better solution for performance laptops. It also makes it possible to use faster stock chips rather than overclocking because more heat can be dealt with.Whether any manufacturers decide to use Asetek’s solution depends on the power use mentioned above and how much the system costs.Read more at Aseteklast_img read more

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These are all the Irish cities that are hiking business rates this

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov Take me to Fora Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Short URL These are all the Irish cities that are hiking business rates this year Many councils have opted to increase commercial levies to shore up their budgets. 15,704 Views http://jrnl.ie/3202116 18 Comments Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 Jan 29th 2017, 8:15 AM By Fora Staff Image: Sasko Lazarov BUSINESSES IN URBAN hubs across Ireland face commercial rates hikes of up to 5% this year as many councils try to shore up their balance sheets with the extra revenue.However a Fora analysis of the main metropolitan areas shows a wide range of approaches as the economy recovers, with several local authorities opting to keep rates on hold for traders.Commercial rates are a property tax on business premises, and they account for a large chunk of Irish city and county councils’ annual incomes. These rates are paid by the business that either owns or leases a commercial building.They are calculated using a multiplier – set by the council – to a value for the property determined by the Commissioner of Valuation.Businesses can appeal the valuation to an independent tribunal, which they can also appeal to the high court, however this process doesn’t affect the council’s multiplier – which is set as part of the authority’s voted budget.Going upDublin City CouncilAs part of its approved budget for 2017, elected members of Dublin City Council (DCC) voted to increase commercial rates by 0.78% in a move to help address the council’s budget shortfall.Last year, TheJournal.ie reported that DCC was facing a €15 million budget deficit and an increase in commercial rates was mooted to help balance the books.The budget noted:“All sources of funding are important, however, commercial rates are especially important. Dublin City Council services support commercial activity and so it is appropriate that commercial entities makes a contribution for their trading environment. This contribution must be appropriate and not at a level which dampens trade and removes potential for growth.”This is the first rate increase to commercial property rates by DCC councillors since 2009 and changes are effective of the January 2017. Source: Dublin City CouncilDún Laoghaire-Rathdown County CouncilIn its annual budget for 2017, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council also opted to increase commercial rates this year.The council said it needed to fund additional services and counteract extra costs in 2017, which led to a 1.5% increase in commercial rates.It said “all available options were examined” when trying to meet the need for a bigger budget.The council also noted that commercial rates had previously gone down by 8.5% since 2010. This reduction in rates has resulted in a €5 million decrease in its revenue from commercial rates.However, in a bid to offset the burden of the increase on small businesses, an SME Support Grant has also been created.Under the scheme, businesses with rates bills below €10,000 per year will be able to shave 4% off the amount due. This group represents 72% of all businesses in the council area. DLR County Council income Source: DLR County CouncilCork City Council The council has increased its commercial rates by 1.25% for 2017.The rate hike is the first increase in eight years and is lower than the 2.9% increase originally put forward by council staff.The hike was approved by the city council to help offset its funding shortfall for the new year.According to a spokeswoman for Cork City Council, the increase in commercial rates would address half the authority’s €1.6 million funding deficit. Cork City Council income Source: Cork City CouncilThe rest of the shortfall will be made up in higher car parking fees and reduced spending on tourism promotion and housing.A rates incentive scheme to address commercial rates arrears has also been introduced by the council. Ratepayers that have an annual rate liability below €4,000 and pay on time are entitled to a 3% reduction on their 2018 fee.Limerick City and County CouncilFor 2017, the Limerick council has approved a 5% hike in commercial rates for businesses in both the city and county.The increase was brought about after a big drop in commercial rates income over the past few years. This year, the council is expecting just over €51.6 million from rates – €7.65 million less than it was taking in during 2011.Excluding Housing Assistance Payments (HAP), roughly one-third of all income for the local authority comes from commercial rates. Limerick City and County Council income Source: Limerick City and County CouncilThe council has also in place a SME rebate scheme to help smaller businesses to pay the rate.Under the plan, businesses paying €20,000 or less in rates would be entitled to rebates of up to 9%. This accounted for around 90% of the rated properties in the council area, it claimed.The council employs a separate scheme for tourism businesses that provides a 4% rebate for the firms whose rate charges are higher than the SME-related cap.No increasesHowever not all councils covering metropolitan areas plan to hike their commercial rates this year, with both Fingal and south Dublin councils deciding against increases.Fingal County Council has the lowest rate factor of all four Dublin local authorities, while it also has the highest compliance rate in the country for commercial rates at over 96% in 2015.Waterford and Cork County councils are also not increasing commercial rates for 2017.Up and downDue to a lack of parity between the rates for Galway City and County Council and Ballinasloe Town Council, rates cannot be increased in the county until Ballinsloe’s rate has been brought in line. This year, both councils have committed to bridge the gap by 50%.Similarly, Louth County Council is currently amending its commercial fees system to move towards a common rate for the region.Rates for businesses in both Dundalk and Drogheda have been reduced for 2017, while commercial levies are rising for those firms based outside the two hubs.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

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Facebook comment la nouvelle timeline vatelle servir aux marques

first_imgFacebook : comment la nouvelle timeline va-t-elle servir aux marques ?La nouvelle timeline de Facebook permet aux marques de se positionner différemment sur les profils des internautes.La nouvelle timeline de Facebook (sous forme de journal) va obliger les marques à aborder leurs présences sur le réseau social de façon différente. Ce changement de présentation du fil d’actus sur Facebook est loin de faire l’unanimité au sein des nombreux utilisateurs qui possèdent leur propre compte sur le site. Mais les marques sauront peut-être utiliser à leur avantage cette présentation, permettant de retrouver le déroulement chronologique des actions. La timeline offre la possibilité aux marques de s’intégrer directement sur le profil des utilisateurs grâce à des applications “social-by-design”. Selon Le Journal du Net, ces applications doivent être liées aux comportements sociaux du titulaire du compte. Par exemple, l’application Nike Run donne le nombre de kilomètres courus par l’utilisateur lors de sa dernière course, les scores des amis…D’autres applications peuvent faire “corps” avec les activités de l’utilisateur et être utiles, jusqu’à simplifier les actions du quotidien et les requêtes en ligne. Ces applications sociales “markettés” semblent donc tirer leur épingle du jeu sur la nouvelle timeline Facebook, et trouver une voie ludique chez ses utilisateurs.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Danny Ings lauds exceptional Southampton fans

first_imgSouthampton striker Danny Ings has attributed their 3-2 home win against Arsenal to their home support as they ended the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run on Sunday.Danny Ings scored a first-half brace, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalized twice to level the game.The former Liverpool striker then came off in the 71st minute for Charlie Austin who grabbed the winner five minutes before fulltime.“As you can imagine, the lads are buzzing,” Ings told the club’s website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It went throughout the club today. Everyone in the stands was exceptional – getting behind us like that really helps.“When you’ve got a lead and you’re holding on towards the end, and you know you’ve got the crowd behind you, it gives you that little bit of energy to see out the game.“It’s down to us boys to do it on the pitch, but when you know you’ve got the crowd behind you with every press you do, and every ball you regain they’re cheering you on, it does make a massive difference. Today they were top drawer.”last_img read more

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City tracks down stolen stormwater grates

first_imgNote to metal thieves: You don’t want to mess with the Vancouver Public Works Stormwater Maintenance and Operations Team.Team members turned detective after folks reported several missing stormwater grates within Vancouver’s city limits, according to a bulletin.Team members checked around and discovered that 11 were missing around town. More were stolen in the unincorporated area of the county.The problem was that the missing grates are old, rectangular and made of steel, the bulletin said. Each had been custom-made years ago to fit specific, poured-in-place stormwater catch basins.If the grates weren’t recovered, the city would have to spend about $2,250 in taxpayer money to have six of them custom-made, according to the bulletin from city public works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan and police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.So the stormwater team went into action.Chris Marler, a stormwater team supervisor, called several large scrap metal dealers and asked them to watch for the stolen grates.Bob Eichhorst, the other team supervisor, visited some of the smaller scrap metal buyers. He found six of the city’s catch basin grates and three more used for field and ditch inlets.Unfortunately, the city may have to spend money for custom-made replacements for several more grates that remain missing.Folks who find the grates are asked to call the Operations Center at 360-696-8177; those who see suspicious activity around grates are asked to call 911.The Vancouver Police Department is aware of the thefts, the bulletin said.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Interlinking Of KrishnaGodavari Rivers Kodandaram cautions

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) chief Prof Kodandaram has felt that interlinking of Krishna and Godavari waters to divert water to Sicilian should not be done in a hasty manner. Such a project would cost State exchequer a lot and also does not offer big benefit as additional water in Srisailam has to be shared with Maharashtra and Karnataka States apart from Andhra Pradesh, he stressed. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Addressing the media at party office on Wednesday, Kodandaram said if 1,000 tmcft water of Telangana share was diverted to Srisailam and from it 400 tmcft was given to other States, what is the benefit for us, he questioned. He suggested that effective use of Godavari water by constructing projects at Kanthanapalli, Tummidihatti and also Dummugudam. Such measures would reduce burden on Krishna river, which can be utilised to meet the needs of South Telangana districts (erstwhile) including Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us While Godavari water can solve drinking water needs of the State capital, Manjira water can be supplied to Medak, parts of Ranga Reddy district etc, he felt. Kodandaram wanted both Telugu States Chief Ministers to address pending bifurcation issues that were unsolved for last five years, including division of ninth and tenth schedule institutions, resolving electricity staff and fourth class staff issues and also distribution of assets. Advertise With Us The TJS chief also faulted government’s decision to demolish existing Secretariat buildings and go for new construction of Secretariat and Assembly as both the projects are likely to cross Rs 800 crore budget. He said this was not a wise decision as public money has to be spent for needs of the public and not for CM’s needs. The government should get its priorities right and focus on constructing permanent buildings for the several residentials schools, across the State, that started functioning from temporary accommodation in the last few years. Also, public money should be used to improve facilities and infrastructure at Osmania General Hospital, he said. ” Of the Rs 1,870 crore earmarked for construction of buildings for residential schools, only Rs 470 crore (just 25 percent) was spent by the government. Children are the future of the nation and the need of the hour is spending public money for their needs to ensure quality education,” he said. TJS plenary on July 13 Meanwhile, TJS has decided to hold its first plenary in GHMC limits on July 13, where it will chalk out its plans and activities for the next one year. Pointing out that politics has become polluted with defection of elected representatives ruling the roost at present, Kodandaram said that TJS would debate on value based, people and issue focussed politics in the plenary meeting.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy M20 now up for open sale in India All you

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Fold will soon come to IndiaSamsung Mobile PressInside, it comes with Android Oreo OS, 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core processor, 2GB/3GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage (expandable up to 512GB via microSD).The Galaxy M10 comes with a 3,400mAh battery, which is enough to keep the phone running for a whole day under mixed usage. The Galaxy M10 comes with the same dual 13MP+ 5MP primary shooter as the M20, but it differs in terms of front snapper. It features decent 5MP selfie camera with F2.0 aperture.Samsung devices come with facial recognition and the fingerprint (Galaxy M20 only) sensor, which secures users data from unauthenticated access. They also support dual VoLTE and Widevine L1 Certification, meaning you can watch HD quality videos on multimedia streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, which is rare for budget phones in the Indian market.The Galaxy M10 is being offered in two variants—2GB RAM +16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage for Rs 7,990 and Rs 8,990, respectively. Close After the Galaxy M10, Samsung has now started Galaxy M20 open sale in India. It will be available on both the company’s official Samsung e-store and also Amazon India in two colour options– Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black.Prospective consumers can choose between two configurations—3GB RAM + 32GB storage  and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage— for Rs 10,990 and Rs 12,990, respectively.The USP of the Galaxy M20 is its massive battery. It houses a 5,000mAh cell with 15W fast charging capability via Type-C cable. It is capable of offering close to two days of battery life under normal usage. Samsung Galaxy M20 price starts at Rs 10,990 in India. Samsung Media KitThe Galaxy M20 sports a 6.3-inch full HD+ display. It boasts Samsung’s latest 14nm class Exynos 7904 octa-core (2 x 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A73 + 6 x 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A53) CPU, Mali-G71 MP2 graphics engine backed by Android Oreo OS, 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage (expandable up to 512GB via microSD) and also features Dolby ATMOS audio system.As far as the photography hardware is concerned, Samsung Galaxy M20 comes with dual primary 13MP (F1.9 aperture) + 5MP (with 120-degree wide angle lens) camera. On the front, the Galaxy M20 houses an equally impressive 13MP front snapper with F1.9 aperture and Live-focus, which allows users to adjust blur effect in real time.The Galaxy M20 will be competing with the recently launch Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Honor 10 Lite, among others.If you want a Samsung phone with low price-tag then, go for the Galaxy M10. It sports an Infinity V display design with 6.22-inch HD+ screen having more than 90-percent screen-to-body ratio, 19:9 aspect ratio.center_img Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, features and specifications last_img read more

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