Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsLook around Saskatoon this week and you’ll find hundreds of Indigenous people from the around the globe, as part of the World Indigenous Business Forum.They’ve discovered that despite where they may live they face some the same challenges.Nanette Tutua is with the Indigenous Business Council on the Solomon Islands.“We are outnumbered by the few foreigners that come in to do business. They want to take control of the economy of our country,” said Tutua. “And they try to suppress us. They don’t want us to be in control. They come in and buy out our main land and they own all the buildings.”
BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen touted the company’s progress in its strategic shift away from its legacy handset business after it reported record software and services revenue on Thursday, sending its shares up as much as 17 per cent.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company reported US$19 million in net income for its fiscal second quarter, a big swing from the loss reported during the comparable period last year.Its software and services revenue for the quarter ended Aug. 31 hit a high of $185 million, comprising roughly three-quarters of the total for the period.BlackBerry CEO John Chen said Thursday this metric, as well as the company’s improved margins, is a reflection of “our compete transformation to a software company.”“We made great progress in all our key growth initiatives… all of these accomplishments position us well for future growth,” he told analysts on a conference call this morning.Shares of BlackBerry in New York were up as much as 17.3 per cent to US$10.83 in intraday trading. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s shares in Toronto were up as much as 16.8 per cent to $13.47.BlackBerry has made a strategic pivot in recent years away from manufacturing its namesake smartphones to producing mainly software and services as its devices lost market share to Apple Inc.’s and Samsung Electronics Co.BlackBerry’s revenue for the three months ended Aug. 31 was US$238 million, down from $334 million in last year’s second quarter but up $3 million from the previous quarter ended May 31.The company’s profit in the latest quarter amounted to four cents per basic share, reported in U.S. currency. That compared with a year-earlier loss of 71 cents per basic share, or US$372 million in total.Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity based in Minneapolis, said the upside this quarter was “more one-time in nature,” helped by some non-recurring licensing items. Still, BlackBerry’s latest results show it is making headway on its long-term goals, he added.“The company’s definitely making progress on longer-term objectives, and putting up another strong quarter relative to consensus easily explains why the stock’s up,” Walkley said Thursday.Chen also upgraded BlackBerry’s outlook for the fiscal year, which ends on February 28, 2018. The company expects revenue in the range of US$920-million to US$950-million for the full year, Chen said, above analyst consensus of US$919-million. Chen also reiterated the company’s expectation that software and services revenue will grow in the range of 10- to 15-per cent for the fiscal year. The company also expects to be profitable for the full fiscal year, he added.BlackBerry also announced Thursday that it signed a new licensing deal, the first for BlackBerry Secure, its mobile-security platform designed to help companies manage and secure a variety of connected devices.The company said it signed a licensing deal with Yangzhou New Telecom Science and Technology Company Ltd. (NTD), an electronics design firm based in Yangzhou and Beijing which develops and manufactures smartphones and connected devices. Under the agreement, NTD will develop devices that will be branded by manufacturers, carriers and local smartphone brands and marketed under BlackBerry Secure.This deal comes days after BlackBerry QNX, its automotive division, announced a partnership agreement with U.K.-based Delphi Automotive PLC to provide the operating system for its autonomous driving system. Also on Sept. 20, BlackBerry said it entered a reselling partnership with Fleet Complete, a U.S. fleet-tracking solution company. Fleet Complete will integrate BlackBerry’s Radar, its trailer and other container tracking solution, into its tracking product.Growth in the latest quarter was helped by the higher software and services revenue, said BlackBerry’s chief financial officer Steve Capelli, on a call with analysts. Much of that growth was driven by licensing, which has the highest margins, he added.Chen said that expects licensing will continue to be a strong driver of growth in the second half of the fiscal year, but over time it will be an equal contributor alongside its enterprise software business.“I don’t see a limit to my ability to license both our software technology, our know-how, as well as our IP (intellectual property),” Chen said during a call with reporters on Thursday.
New Delhi: Reliance Infrastructure Ltd Thursday said it will sell its entire stake in Delhi-Agra Toll Roadway to Singapore-based Cube Highways for Rs 3,600 crore, following which the Anil Ambani led company’s debt will be reduced by 25 per cent to less than Rs 5,000 crore. Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) has entered into a pact with Cube Highways in this regard. Cube Highways and Infrastructure III Pte Ltd is a Singapore-based company formed by global infrastructure fund – I Squared Capital and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe transaction is in line with Reliance Infrastructure’s strategic plan of monetising non-core business and focus on major growth areas like engineering & construction (E&C) business. RInfra on Thursday announced the signing of Definitive Binding Agreement with Cube Highways and Infrastructure III Pte Ltd for the sale of its 100 per cent stake in Delhi-Agra (DA) Toll Road Private Limited, the company said in a statement. “The total deal enterprise value is over Rs 3,600 crore. In addition, NHAI claims of Rs 1,200 crore to be filed by DA Toll Road Pvt Ltd will flow directly to Reliance Infrastructure,” the company added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsRInfra said, it will utilise the proceeds of this transaction entirely to reduce its debt. “After the completion of the transaction for Delhi-Agra Toll Road, the debt of Reliance Infrastructure will reduce by 25 per cent to only less than Rs 5,000 crore,” the company said. The transaction is subject to all requisite permissions and approvals, it added. Reliance Infrastructure’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) DA Toll Road Private Limited operates the 180-km long six-lane road that connects the national capital Delhi with Agra on National Highway (NH) 2. “The profitable project has witnessed impressive revenue growth of 25 per cent in FY18,” the company said. The tolling operation for the heavily-trafficked project started in October 2012 and has a concession period till 2038. RInfra is one of the largest infrastructure companies, developing projects through various Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) in several high growth sectors such as power, roads and metro rail in the infrastructure space and the defence sector. Also, it is a major player in providing Engineering and Construction (E&C) services for developing power, infrastructure, metro and road projects. The company through its SPVs has executed a portfolio of infrastructure projects such as a metro rail project in Mumbai on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis; and eleven road projects with total length of about 1,000 kms on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.
New Delhi/ Mumbai/ Bengaluru: Bank of Baroda (BoB) on Monday became the second largest state-owned lender after merging Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into itself as part of the first three-way amalgamation. The consolidated entity has started its operations with a business mix of over Rs 15 lakh crore of balance sheet, with deposits and advances of Rs 8.75 lakh crore and Rs 6.25 lakh crore respectively.Bank of Baroda now has over 9,500 branches, 13,400 ATMs and 85,000 employees to serve 12 crore customers. Meanwhile, Bank of Baroda completed share allotment to shareholders of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank as per the scheme of amalgamation. Shareholders of Vijaya Bank got 402 equity shares of BoB for every 1,000 shares held. In the case of Dena Bank, its shareholders received 110 shares of BoB for every 1,000 shares. The bank on Monday issued and allotted equity shares at approved share exchange ratio pursuant to ‘Amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda Scheme, 2019’, BoB said in a regulatory filing. Post-amalgamation, the bank will have a 22 per cent market share in Gujarat and 8-10 per cent market share in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the bank has said. All customers of Dena Bank, which is under prompt corrective action (PCA) framework of the RBI, will have renewed access to credit facilities immediately. The government in September last year announced the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with a combined business of Rs 14.82 lakh crore, making it the third-largest bank after State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank. The announcement of the three-way merger was among several reforms initiatives undertaken by Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar to make public sector banks (PSBs) healthy, robust and globally competitive. As part of the reform process, the government had also announced transfer of majority 51 per cent stake to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in IDBI Bank in August last year to transform the Mumbai-based lender. Besides, the Department of Financial Services made a record capital infusion of Rs 1.06 lakh crore in the PSBs in the fiscal 2018-19. As a result five public sector banks including Bank of India, Corporation Bank and Allahabad Bank were out of the prompt corrective action framework of the RBI earlier this year. Non-performing assets (NPAs) showed a negative trend in 2018-19 and reduced by Rs 23,860 crore between April-September 2018. Following the merger, the number of PSBs has come down to 18. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reshuffled lead bank responsibilities in some districts of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Union Territory Dadra & Nagar Haveli following the merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda. Amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda has been notified on January 2, 2019. The notification has come into force on April 1, 2019, the RBI said in a notification. Following the merger, the RBI has decided to assign the lead bank responsibility of districts hitherto held by Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, the central bank said. The lead bank responsibility in seven districts in Chhattisgarh has been assigned to Bank of Baroda from Dena Bank. In Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar will get SBI as the lead banker from Dena Bank earlier. While eight other districts in the state will be deputed to Bank of Baroda from Dena Bank. Three districts in Karnataka goes to Bank of Baroda from Vijaya Bank. “There is no change in the lead bank responsibilities of the other districts across the country,” the RBI said. As Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank merged to form the second largest public sector bank in the country, the unified management Monday said it would benefit customers, as well as employees in a big way. Vijaya Bank was founded in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district in 1931 by A B Shetty. Dena Bank, named after its founder Devkaran Nanjee, came into being in 1938 in Mumbai. The consolidated bank would have more than 13,400 Automated Teller Machines and above 85,000 employees to serve over 120 million customers, said the officials at a press conference here to share details about the merger. “The 120+ million customers will experience superior banking services and benefit from wider product range including cash management solution, supply chain financing, financial planning, wealth management,” said Birendra Kumar, general manager of Bank of Baroda zonal office here. Kumar added that the employees will benefit from the diverse opportunities.
Rabat – The 2nd edition of the China-Africa Investment Forum (CAIF) will be held on Nov. 27-28 in Marrakech, with the participation of more than 400 top-level Chinese and African business leaders.With more than 10,000 companies active on the continent generating $60 billion a year in industrial production, trade to the tune of $122 billion and non-financial direct investment that rose by 31% to reach $2.5 billion in 2016, China is Africa’s most important trading partner today, the CAIF said in a press release.The launch of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a true reshaping of China’s international economic policy, means Africa needs to equip itself with the tools to effectively receive and use Chinese investments to accelerate its economic transition. In this context, the CAIF will facilitate business meetings between the main stakeholders of trade and investment between China and Africa in order to foster the creation of sustainable partnerships with high added value, particularly in the industrial sector, the source added. The forum dedicates two days of conferences and debates to the financial implications for African economies of the new Silk Road and how to capitalize on this new dynamic aimed at making the continent a true industrial platform.Alongside the conferences, practical workshops will provide insights and keys to understanding Chinese and African economic policies and operational environments.This edition is co-hosted by the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy, Jeune Afrique Media Group and BOAO Business Consulting.With MAP
The Commission’s decision, reached during its latest summit in Abuja, Nigeria, means it will have to delay its scheduled field visit to the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula.In a communiqué issued after the summit, Cameroon and Nigeria agreed that additional field visits to the land boundary by two Commission sub-committees and then the Commission itself was necessary. These visits will take place later this month and in March.This week’s meeting also agreed to set up an observer group in the Lake Chad area for a one-year period to monitor the region following the withdrawal of troops and transfer of authority.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan set up the Commission in 2002, at the request of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Biya of Cameroon, to try to resolve the countries’ long-running border dispute and implement an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the case.Cameroon and Nigeria dispute sovereignty over their land boundary, stretching from Lake Chad to the sea, their maritime boundary, and the Bakassi Peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.The Mixed Commission’s next meeting will be from 6 to 7 April in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
“I urge all Member States to help the parties meet their commitments and strengthen their cooperation, so that the opportunity for progress toward peace now at hand is firmly grasped,” he told the 2005 session of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.Mr. Annan noted recent positive developments such as the election of new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who opposes violence and is committed to the so-call Road Map peace plan, the recent restoration of security coordination between the two sides, and tomorrow’s summit in Egypt between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Mr. Abbas.The Road Map is the plan drawn up by the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – calling for parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to two States living in peace by the end of 2005.Mr. Annan also noted Mr. Abbas’ commitment to security and democratic reform as well as Mr. Sharon’s disengagement plan for Israel settlements from Gaza and part of the occupied West Bank, calling early implementation of this withdrawal in coordination with the Palestinian leadership an important step in fulfilling the Road Map.The Palestinians’ economic plight also demanded action, he said. “Alleviating their suffering and providing economic opportunity is a human imperative and an important contribution to peace,” he added, pledging continued efforts by UN agencies to help hundreds of thousands of desperately needy Palestinians and appealing for “the strong and sustained support of donors.”
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. “Luckily, the driver was able to stop.”Davis tore a number of ligaments in his leg and doctors have told him he will never be able to run again.In mitigation, Chris Gaiger said Davis “made a stupid and foolish mistake and the consequences for him could be damaging for his career”.In sentencing Davis, District Judge Lorraine Morgan said despite the serious consequences of his actions, she would only fine him as this would allow him to continue his career in the services.She added: “You have provided an exemplary service. Considering your circumstances and references, the impact the incident has had on your physicality and career, a fine is what you deserve.”Davis, Bulford Camp, Salisbury, Wilts, pleaded guilty to trespassing in the proximity of a railway and obstructing a railway engine.He was fined £1,250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £125 victim surcharge. “As a result of falling onto the line, he dislocated his knee. It caused a massive trauma for the driver who had to make an emergency stop. Ian Davis outside Southampton Magistrates Court Credit:Daily Echo/Solent News & Photo Agency A British Army policeman caused nearly £150,000 of rail disruption after he ran across the tracks during a drunken night out, a court has heard.Sergeant Ian Davis forced a train to make an emergency stop when he fell and dislocated his knee trying to reach friends on another platform.The 32-year-old was left unable to move in the path of an oncoming train. Luckily, concerned passengers on the approaching South Western Railway train spotted Davis and informed the driver, who was forced to make an emergency stop.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Staff at Southampton Central Railway Station, Hants, were then able to rescue Davis, who has been with the Royal Military Police for 12 years, before being taken to hospital.Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that South Western Railway had calculated Davis’s actions caused delays of 36 hours to 79 services at a cost of £145,170. The court also heard the incident would result in Davis being demoted.Prosecutor Liam Hunter said Davis, who had only recently been promoted to sergeant, had been out drinking with his friends before losing them at the four platform station on August 24.He said: “The group had become separated and he saw them on another platform and tried to get across.
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The International Finance Institutions (IFIs) on Friday said they remained committed to enhancing their crisis preparedness and resilience framework in the Caribbean while exploring opportunities for multi-country risk management such as Catastrophe Bonds (CAT bonds) to assist the region following natural disasters.A statement issued following talks between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) government ministers and international partners, including the international financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), noted that the IFIs said they remain committed “to ensuring that post-disaster responses and approaches are tailored to specific country needs to better prepare for and mitigate the impact of future disasters.“In addition to their existing initiatives, such as the World Bank Group’s disaster reduction programme, the fund’s rapid credit facilities, and the Caribbean Development Bank’s investments in climate resilient infrastructure, the work of all institutions with at-risk countries in the Caribbean will be deepened to help build stronger macro-fiscal foundations and economic resilience.”The high-level round table meeting on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean was hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG/IMF annual meetings.The statement noted that during the discussion, participants examined the impact of and recovery from the destructive hurricanes that struck the Caribbean in September, reviewed the instruments available for disaster risk management and response, and considered the need to innovate further in order to address the long-term challenges and strengthen resilience of affected islands.Several Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anguilla were several affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria as they made their way through the Lesser Antilles resulting in several deaths and billions of dollars in damage. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM boss pushes Region’s case for building resilience at int’l conference in RomaniaMarch 13, 2019In “latest news”What unites us is stronger than what could isolate and divide us – Outgoing Chairman tells 39th CARICOM SummitJuly 6, 2018In “latest news”World Bank wants Caribbean to enhance efforts to build resilience, manage risksOctober 6, 2018In “latest news”
Where are the women? Unconscious bias training planned to make Irish films more diverse It is being considered by the Irish Film Board. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:30 PM Image: Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye By Aoife Barry 13,988 Views Short URL Share104 Tweet Email3 Jan 15th 2017, 9:30 PM …a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.In December 2015, the IFB launched a six-point plan on gender equality. It noted that from 2010 – 2015, figures show that: 21% had a female writer attached18% had a female director attached55% had a female producer attached.The board set itself the target of achieving 50/50 gender parity in funding over the next three years. In an effort to achieve this, it said it would be engaging with production companies about the target and also with organisations who provide training on the issue. Doona described this as a “hugely ambitious” target, noting that in Sweden it took 10 years to reach such a target.“We wanted to say to people we are really serious about this, we want to achieve it,” said Doona. She said that figures will be published shortly that will demonstrate an increase in the number of women submitting applications for funding for films since the plan was put into place.Doona also said that diversity goes beyond gender.Because we don’t have a lot of stories about Travellers, we don’t have a lot of stories about the black experience in Ireland, so really it’s to raise that whole idea of diversity and how those stories need to be central to the Irish film industry.Also speaking at the launch was producer Rebecca O’Flanagan – of The Stag and Handsome Devil – who said that in her own company, they had to reassess the gender balance of the projects they worked on.This involved “interrogating the fact that we actually had an incredibly bad track record in terms of the women writers and directors we were working with”.She said that this hadn’t been intentional, but was “something we had perhaps been able to self-justify with ‘well, this is just the talent coming in our direction”. O’Flanagan said that this is something that they have become a lot more proactive about, and they have a number of scripts they are now developing with female writers.“It’s not a tokenistic thing,” she added. “These were people who are incredibly talented.But it did take us approaching them because I do think we still have to get over the cultural thing that I think women are less likely to just put themselves forward and approach producers and say ‘this is a story that I am really passionate about telling’.”She added that “those things take a long time, scripts take a long time to develop” but that she hopes she will be able to speak about progress in the area next year.“It’s really good to hear people like Rebecca saying it made them say ‘oh my gosh do we have equal amounts, what are we doing about this’,” said Doona of the impact of the IFB’s plan.Building confidence Doona said that from her work at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Techonglogy (IADT) and with young students, she has learned “you’ve almost got to start right at the beginning with the confidence building”.“So it’s about role models, it’s about developing confidence, but it’s also about the structural factor, it’s about getting the studios and it’s good to hear people saying they’re doing that now, getting the production companies to think really carefully about it,” she said.Doona said that talented women are out there, but – echoing O’Flanagan’s points – “they need to be approached, they need to be recognised and we need to invest in them”.So it’s starting very young with education and training, but it’s also about saying to the producers, writers and existing directors to go out and find that talent because it is there.Awareness in Irish schools For Doona, awareness starts young. In her work with secondary school students, she discovered that students found their careers teachers didn’t even know where to direct them for training in the film industry.“When they say they want to do film [the teachers] say ‘oh, go and do film studies’, and when they say ‘no, I want to be a producer or an editor’, they don’t understand that well,” she said.There’s some work to be done to raise that awareness of the huge amount of jobs in the film industry with career guidance teachers, with teachers in school.She said that young girls also said that they have less confidence in dealing with the kit and equipment.“‘The guys take the kit’ is what they say, so that’s about staff making sure that they get equal access to the kit and it’s about mentoring those young women and encouraging them to take that role,” said Doona.She also said that boosting young women’s confidence in their abilities was a major part of progress – and includes taking their cues from how their male counterparts behave.“They are aware themselves that when the guys leave the guys will say ‘I’ve set up a production company’, which probably means they have a laptop in the corner of their bedroom, and the women are more likely to say ‘well I’m thinking about’ or ‘I’m going into’. So they are aware now they have to big it up, they have to say ‘yes, I am going to be a producer, yes I am working on this’. Don’t lie, but big it up.”Ireland has “taken a good stand” on the issue, according to Doona, but she hopes that “whatever new board comes in in a month or two’s time that they will pick up the gender agenda and run with it as well.”If not, the planning and work the outgoing board has put into the gender issue may fall by the wayside.Read: International marketing campaign on the way to entice more blockbusters to Ireland> Image: Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye https://jrnl.ie/3185955 69 Comments UNCONSCIOUS BIAS TRAINING is being mooted as a way of making the Irish film industry more diverse.Annie Doona, outgoing chair of the Irish Film Board (IFB), told TheJournal.ie this week that members of the board have looked into the training not just for the board but for the wider industry.It comes after the IFB announced last year that it was to take major steps to address gender imbalance in Irish filmmaking, which came in the wake of the Waking the Feminists movement within the theatre industry. This week, Doona said that thanks to the board’s efforts there has been an increase in applications from female writers, directors and producers – but that progress has been “too slow”. She made the comments at the launch of the board’s 2017 slate of films.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Doona explained more about the unconscious bias training.“We have talked a lot in the board – which is 50/50 male and female – we’ve talked a lot about unconscious bias and [Deputy Chief Executive] Teresa McGrane in particular has been talking to companies who deliver unconscious bias training and saying could we get those guys in to work not only with the film board, but with the industry.”The University of Warwick describes unconscious bias as: 16% of production funding applications came from projects with female writers attached14% came from projects with female directors attached36% came from projects with female producers attached.For projects which were completed productions in the same period:
A spat with department store David Jones has put aside as designer Alex Perry announced he’ll be partnering with rival Myer. The designer has made no secret that he was not happy with David Jones, who announced in December its sales of Perry’s line were down 10 per cent. David Jones has said with lowering sales, and their disapproval of Perry’s commercials for the line, they saw it “didn’t warrant the space taken in stores”.In last year’s Australian Fashion Week runways, Alex Perry showcased a new look design, targeting a younger crowd with a more youthful ready-to-wear line. Despite lower than expected sales in at David Jones’ stores, the new lines saw big demand overseas and sales boomed. He has picked up 40 new stockists in Europe and his fashion has been seen on numerous red carpets around the world.Myer will start stocking Perry’s lines in August ahead of their spring-summer collections, and are happy to have the designer back on their books after he left in 2007. They will also be using Perry heavily in their spring racing promotions alongside Myer ambassador, Jennifer Hawkins. Perry will join fellow Greek Australian and friend, makeup artist Napoleon Perdis at Myer. The two are known for collaborating at runways, with Perry fitting models and Perdis doing their make up.Source: The Australian Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a new call for applications for scholarships from international students, the Greek education ministry is offering dozens of undergraduate and postgraduate places for the 2014-15 academic year, as well as language and culture courses for this Greek summer.As the programme is offered under different bilateral cultural agreements, what’s on offer varies from country to country. However, students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, China, Cyprus, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine or the Czech Republic interested in studying for a year in Greece or spending some time in the summer learning the language, might be entitled to a scholarship.Successful undergraduate applicants are entitled to a monthly allowance of €400 and postgraduates €450. In addition, students who secure a place at an Athens university will receive a once-off allowance of €500 to cover initial travel and accommodation costs. That figure is €550 for those who study outside of the capital. However, tuition fees will still apply for postgraduate courses.Applications forms must be submitted through the foreign or education ministries of the applicant’s home country and need to reach the Greek education ministry by 30 April 2014.It is noted that the students will have to obtain a Tax Identification Number which they will receive from the Financial Authorities of Greece, up to one (1) month after their arrival in the country. All those interested will have to address themselves to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Education of their country of origin, which are the agencies for the collection of the candidates’ applications for the Bilateral Educational Agreements, the selection of the proposed candidates and the promotion of these files to our service. The proposals of each country, with the files of the proposed candidates, should reach the Greek education ministry, the latest by April 30th, 2014.* Further information available on the education ministry website http://www.minedu.gov.gr/english-main.htmlSource: minedu
A train struck and killed a 16-year-old girl walking by railroad tracks in the Columbia River Gorge Sunday around noon.BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the girl was walking on the north side of the tracks, near a fishing camp on the Skamania County side of the river, about a mile west of the Bridge of the Gods.The train operator blew the whistles and hit the emergency brake, but the teen was hit and killed. The train carried a load of automobiles from Portland bound for Kansas City, Melonas said.BNSF railway police and the Skamania County Sheriff’s office were investigating the collision, he said.The line re-opened around 2:30 p.m., Melonas said. About 35-40 trains use the line daily.Melonas said nine people have been struck on BNSF lines in Washington this year.
APD deputy chief Kenneth McCoy speaks at a press conference about the fourth officer-involved shooting of 2017. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Anchorage police shot a suspect Wednesday night in the fourth officer-involved shooting of the year. The male suspect was shot after firing a handgun at a neighbor of his in a Midtown Anchorage condo complex.Listen nowThe Department isn’t identifying the suspect until his family is notified.APD deputy chief Kenneth McCoy said that at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night, the suspect broke the front window of the victim’s condo.“Our investigation has shown the suspect broke that window with his firearm, by force,” McCoy said.The man fled and the victim, an unidentified adult woman, called a maintenance worker contracted with the condo to address the broken window. At around 11:20, the suspect emerged from his garage and fired on the victim and the maintenance worker. The victim fled into her home and called police. She and the worker were unharmed. McCoy said officers showed up within minutes, set up a perimeter and began to search for the suspect.“The suspect emerged from his garage and fired his weapon,” McCoy said. “An officer returned fire, striking the suspect in the torso.”The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Only one officer fired on him. No officers or other civilians were harmed.Authorities say they are still investigating the motive. In keeping with APD policy, the officer who shot the suspect is currently on paid leave and will be identified three days after the incident.This is the fourth officer involved shooting in Anchorage this year, and the second fatal one. The first fatal shooting occurred last month at an East Anchorage Fred Meyer.
On Saturday, the cyber police arrested a man for stealing more than Rs 3.3 crore from the bank account of a businessman using a fraudulently obtained SIM card via which he received OTP for his transactions. The businessman is a publisher of school books. Around July 7-9, he realised that he had been cheated and on July 12 he approached the police. With the help of the digital trail of the transactions, the cyber cell to zero in on the accused, Amanatullah Shaikh. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Amanatullah Shaikh aged 33, who is married and lives in Baiganwada, Govandi. “We are trying to find out where he duplicated the documents,” said a source. Shaikh works as a small-time constructions contractor, and he knew the businessman’s details, also his contact number. Pretending to be the businessman, he went to one of the mobile service providers. He requested to block his (the businessman’s) number as “he had lost his mobile phone”. He submitted duplicate documents proving the businessman’s identity and got a new SIM card. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us An officer said, “He put the SIM in his phone and began transacting from the businessman’s bank account, using OTPs sent through the new SIM card to validate the transactions.” The police are investigating how Shaikh obtained the businessman’s identity documents, which also include his Aadhaar card. They denied commenting on how Shaikh got the businessman’s net banking details, with account number and password. Advertise With Us An officer said that the crime hint about a syndicate operation. He said, “Several persons are suspected to be involved. It’s not easy for anyone to get someone else’s bank account details and also identity cards. Shaikh’s arrest is just the beginning of our probe.” The police have enquired for CCTV footage and other details from the mobile service provider. Out of the stolen Rs 3.3 crore, Rs 25 lakh was transferred to Shaikh’s account. “He used around Rs 1.5 lakh to buy gold and around Rs 4 lakh for other things. We have written to the bank to freeze his account,” said DCP Vishal Thakur (cyber police).
Air India Express, the budget carrier of government-owned Air India, has recorded net profit of Rs 415 crore for six months ending September. In the first half of the present financial year (April-September), the carrier recorded revenue of Rs 1,897 crore.About 1.64 million passengers were carried by the airline during the six-month period. The airline increased its capacity by 21 percent by adding four new Boeing 737-800 NG to its fleet.The new aircraft fly on the New Delhi-Dubai, New Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Dubai, Mumbai-Sharjah, Chandigarh-Sharjah, Tiruchirapalli-Sharjah and Kochi-Dammam routes. By the ending of the third quarter, the airline is expected to induct two more aircraft, taking the carrier’s fleet size to 25. “With the enhanced fleet size, the airline plans strengthening of its presence in the North Indian markets and additional flight operations from its core markets in South India,” the airline said. Air India Express turned profitable for the first time in the financial year 2015-2016, since it began operations 11 years ago. Several factors enabled the carrier to earn profit, including low jet fuel costs and better utilisation of fleet resulting in higher passenger load factor (PLF).”The year witnessed passenger load factor of 82.3 per cent against 81.4 per cent the previous year while the average daily aircraft utilisation rose to 11.3 hours from 10.8 hours. This year, the airline carried 2.80 million passengers as against 2.62 million in the previous year,” Air Indian Express said in a statement.
Stay on target Real Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M…Real Good You Guys: Mercenary Kings Reloaded Despite telling myself that I wouldn’t, I saw Ready Player One over the weekend. And, like MovieBob said, it’s pretty good as a movie. I could appreciate that, even though I had a hard time seeing it in the theater. That’s because underneath the sprawling paean to 80s and 90s pop culture, I found Ready Player One to be horrifying. It shouldn’t be seen as a celebration of the past, but a warning of the future, and I’m not talking about the film’s hastily tossed-in admonishment of spending all your time online.The cultural references in Ready Player One are so hypersaturated that almost every screen has some logo, character, design, or other shout-out to a property we recognize. That we recognize, the teens and 20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-somethings, and 50-somethings who are reading this now, in 2018. The movie takes place in 2045, with the main characters born in the 2020s. That’s absolutely terrifying.Parzival and Artemis and H (Aech) and everyone who spends all their time in the Oasis does so while obsessing over cultural touchstones created before they were even born. They drive the DeLorean from Back to the Future and wear Thriller jackets and know the ins and out of Atari 2600 games. Whatever glimpses we have of non-branded designs, like Parzival and Artemis’s avatars, are incredibly generic designs with little identity of their own. Everything they see and do is defined by media created in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The newest references you can spot are from Halo and Overwatch, but that’s as far as it goes.This is a generation of kids who don’t have their own culture. They have hand-me-downs from their parents and grandparents. Anything new created in the 2020s, 2030s, or 2040s are so bereft of iconic aesthetics that they look like placeholder assets in a sea of licensed game models. They have nothing of their own, and everything they create is some sort of shuffled variation of something that was made, released, and obsessed over decades ago.There’s an in-universe explanation for this that internally fits, but thematically doesn’t address the problems it presents. The creator of the virtual reality Oasis, James Halliday, loved all of those things and because the world is such a singular reflection of his vision, and because of his contest to get control over it, everyone chases after all of those things he likes. That’s fine, but it still leaves Ready Player One with a full generation without its own popular culture. They don’t have their own music, their own movies, their own TV shows, or their own games outside of the Oasis. They just have a big trunk of 1980s ephemera.That’s the greatest tragedy of Ready Player One, and it goes almost completely unspoken. Apart from a few personally nostalgic recordings of Halliday wishing things could change, no one considers just how weird it is that teenagers born in the 2020s are rocking Marty McFly chic. It gets really uncomfortable when I find some of the nostalgic references dated and best left behind, and I’m 34. Atari 2600 games are the video game equivalent of cave paintings, and the game didn’t reach a state where it holds up over time until the mid to late days of the NES, but it’s an Atari 2600 that becomes critical in the movie’s climax.James Halliday is the world’s biggest unintentional monster in Ready Player One, and it’s not because he created a virtual world that takes up everyone’s attention. It’s because his obsession with his own childhood resulted in everyone becoming just as obsessed in his childhood than they were with their own, or with their kids’. First, he made the Oasis, and everyone loved it, and it would have been fine if it ended like that. But then he created his contest and announced it on his death, and that contest nudged everyone already exposed to his nostalgia into becoming utterly fixated on it.Kids today like things that I don’t. Yes, they have things they enjoy that even my cartoon-watching manchild ass doesn’t get. They have Roblox and Fortnite and Peppa Pig and, I don’t know, apps and stuff I’ve never heard of! Even when they’re getting our cultural hand-me-downs with remakes and reboots and reimaginings, they’re still getting some things they can call their own. And those variations on the things we like are still variations, with new concepts being developed and explored so the next generation can enjoy them in their own way. Teen Titans Go! is not Teen Titans (and is fascinatingly steeped in its own anachronistic nostalgia), but it does its own thing and does it very well even without drama or Ron Perlman. New things are made, even with old things.Ready Player One doesn’t have any of that. It’s a generation raised on stagnant nostalgia, without anything new for themselves. It’s tragic, and it shows a very real danger we should be mindful of when mining our own nostalgia. Which is what the movie itself is intended to do.I love old stuff from my childhood. I have a SNES Classic. I religiously watched Toonami. I still think the DCAU is the greatest adaptation of DC comics into TV or film. There are things we can’t totally move on from, and that’s fine. They’re the things we loved and still love. But I love new things, too. Gargoyles gave way to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Dexter’s Laboratory gave way to Gravity Falls. My Little Pony gave way to, well, My Little Pony, but it also became its own thing in the process. And all of these things came to be because their creators loved what came before them and were inspired to make new things, or to take those old things and change them so they can be seen in a different way.We’re not immune from our forebearers’ nostalgia, ourselves. We were all raised on Looney Tunes and Disney movies made decades ago. But we still managed to get our own things and eventually create new things for the next generation. We need to remember that as we look forward. I don’t want 2045 to be defined by a virtual reality bundled in my own personal cultural comfort blankets. I want it to be unrecognizable, new, and interesting. And maybe filled with things that I can learn to enjoy in my old age, instead of forcing the old things I enjoyed on younger people as the only defining factor of their own culture.As a movie, Ready Player One was fine. But what the next generation will be able to come up with when we stop weighing them down with our chains of nostalgia? The stuff they make is going to be real good you guys. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Inorganic filters are opaque particles—tiny, microscopic chunks of minerals that sit atop your skin in a protective layer, absorbing and reflecting back photons in both the UVA and UVB ranges. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are both inorganic filters—that’s why they are almost impossible to rub in and leave their users plastered with a ghostly, sticky pallor.Organic filters, on the other hand, can exist in either liquid or solid forms. Their chemical structures allow them to be absorbed into your skin, where they then absorb photons through aromatic rings that dissipate the solar energy in the form of heat. Some organic filters only absorb UVA frequencies, and some only absorb UVB, so different types are frequently combined to achieve broad-spectrum protection. A few filters absorb both types of light, making them among the most widely used ingredients. One of those is oxybenzone, which has become controversial recently for its links to endocrine disruption in animal tests and coral bleaching in laboratory studies.Oxybenzone is one of the 12 organic UV filters the FDA is asking manufacturers to test further to prove they’re safe and effective in humans. Edgewell Personal Care, maker of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, said in a statement emailed to WIRED that it supports the efforts of the FDA and “looks forward to working with the agency to ensure we provide consumers with smart choices for sun protection that also meet all relevant regulatory guidelines.” Johnson and Johnson, which owns Neutrogena, voiced similar support in an email from a company spokesperson. Bayer, which owns Coppertone, did not respond to requests for comment. “Thus far there’s been no indication that any of these 12 UV filters currently on the market are unsafe in humans,” says Henry Lim, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the former president of the American Academy of Dermatology. He stresses that people shouldn’t panic and dump all their tubes in the trash. Sunscreen, he says, is still an important tool for limiting exposure to ultraviolet rays, a major risk factor for skin cancer. “But because of the different nature of these UV filters, the FDA wants companies to submit more data from absorption studies.”Different how? Well, what you’re paying for when you buy a bottle of sunscreen are the molecules that scatter and absorb UV radiation emitted from the ball of hot gas and plasma at the center of the solar system. In order to fend off frequencies that can damage your DNA and lead to cancer-causing mutations, these molecules must be able to block both UVA and UVB wavelengths (about 320–400 and 290–320 nanometers, respectively). These kinds of molecules come in two flavors: organic and inorganic. Chief among the changes is the FDA’s proposal to reevaluate the 16 currently approved ingredients on the market. The agency has now classified only two—zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—out of the 16 as being “generally recognized as safe and effective,” the so-called GRASE standard. The agency named PABA and trolamine salicylate as not safe for nonprescription use. And for the remaining 12, even though some of these filters have been in use for decades, the agency feels there isn’t sufficient evidence to grant them GRASE status. To prove that they are, the FDA is asking sunscreen-makers to submit additional data, including new tests to measure how the body absorbs those ingredients into the bloodstream and what effects they might have on various tissues, especially over many, chronic applications. In addition to the proposed regulations on product ingredients, the FDA is also asking manufacturers to submit more data on new forms of sunscreen, like SPF powders, wipes, body washes, and shampoos, before determining if those too are safe. And they’re requiring that all sunscreen products display their active ingredients on the front of the packaging, similar to other over-the-counter drugs.But what exactly does all this mean for you? In the long-run, the updated rules should lead to more and better choices, by evening the playing field between established companies that have dominated the US market for decades, and foreign sunscreen-makers hoping to get their next-generation UV-filtering molecules approved here. “It’s great for consumers that the FDA is finally standardizing the industry and holding manufacturer’s feet to the fire,” says Yale’s David Leffell, one of the nation’s leading dermatologists.In the meantime though, he’s not changing any of his advice to patients. Skin cancer is still the number-one form of cancer in the US, with more than 5 million Americans treated for it each year. And while there is evidence that wearing sunscreen decreases your risks of the disease, fewer than 15 percent of men and 30 percent of women in the US regularly use it. Leffell says that in the past few years, he’s seen an uptick in his patients asking for inorganic sunscreens, and he’s happy to make recommendations. “But at the end of the day, the best sunscreen is the one you don’t mind putting on,” he says.More Great WIRED StoriesDoubling DNA building blocks could lead to new life formsInstacart delivers, but detaches us from our foodWIRED Guide to your personal data (and who’s using it)Would you pay $6,000 for vision-quality VR?Monkeys with super-eyes could help cure color blindness👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories The United States may be home to the global epicenter of technology and innovation, but when it comes to things like voting machines, air traffic control, and sunscreen, we might as well be running Windows ME. Yep, to find some of the most outdated sun protection products in the world, look no further than the shelves of your local American drugstore. For years, the US Food and Drug Administration dragged its heels to do something about that, even as Europe—which treats sunscreens as cosmetics rather than over-the-counter drugs—embraced new kinds of solar radiation-stymying schmears, sticks, and sprays.But no longer!On Thursday, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the agency is finally beginning a process to update the way it regulates sunscreens, in an effort to bring them in line with 21st-century science. The US has not approved any new photoprotective molecules, the active ingredients in sunscreen, also known as UV filters, since the Clinton administration. In the meantime, new research has raised concerns about how some of these active ingredients affect the human body and the environment. “Since the initial evaluation of these products, we know much more about the effects of the sun and about sunscreen’s absorption through the skin,” Gottlieb said in a released statement. “Today’s action is an important step in the FDA’s ongoing efforts to take into account modern science to ensure the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens.”For now, the new regulations are just proposals. The public will have 90 days to submit written comments, which the agency will then evaluate before making the rules final. But there are some big changes that could have significant implications for sunscreen manufacturers come November, when the FDA’s deadline for establishing its updated industry guidelines comes due.
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Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Siemens HealthcareDecember 10, 2014 — Siemens Healthcare plans to expand its portfolio of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems to include the Magnetom Amira 1.5 Tesla system, which the company introduced at RSNA 2014. The system is pending FDA 510(k) clearance.Created with the same technologies that are available on Siemens’ flagship MRI systems, Magnetom Amira is designed to be distinguished by its low operating costs. One reason is the new Eco-Power technology, which enables significant power savings in standby mode. Magnetom Amira is intended to meet the requirements of radiology practices, small and medium-sized hospitals and larger facilities that are interested in a scanner to complement their existing systems.MAGNETOM Amira is designed to enable customers to operate their MRI systems efficiently, with the potential to shorten many exams and enable many patients to undergo scans in routine applications. Siemens offers a comprehensive package of protocols for Magnetom Amira that is optimized for rapid examinations while maintaining high image quality. In addition, Magnetom Amira is planned to be released with DotGO – Siemens’ latest generation of MRI examination software – to simplify protocol management and offer the right operating sequence for each individual scan to suit requirements. This software is intended to help increase exam consistency, reproducibility and efficiency.Overall operating costs play a key role in using a scanner economically. Magnetom Amira is designed be the first Siemens MRI scanner to possess Eco-Power technology, which monitors and controls magnet-cooling helium. Activated during standby mode, it monitors the liquefaction cycle and manages the cooling and helium re-liquefaction process more efficiently, potentially enabling a power saving of up to 30 percent in standby mode. In combination with such features as the Zero Helium Boil-Off technology, which prevents helium evaporation, Siemens says the Magnetom Amira can help reduce annual operating costs considerably compared to Siemens’ Magnetom Symphony generation of MRI systems.To enable high diagnostic reliability and patient comfort, Magnetom Amira is equipped with Siemens’ latest applications and syngo MR E11 software architecture. Hospitals that operate a Magnetom Amira with its 60 cm patient bore alongside other Siemens systems can switch between scanners. In addition, most coils can be exchanged between all current 1.5T MRI systems due to Tim4G technology. The system’s software platform includes the Quiet Suite technology, which is designed to minimize system noise during an MRI examination. With Magnetom Amira, facilities can perform some measurements inaudibly over background noise, which benefits both clinical staff and patients.For more information: www.siemens.com News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Technology | December 10, 2014 Siemens’ 501(k)-pending MRI Scanner Combines Cutting-edge Technology with Lower Operating Costs Product designed to reduced power consumption in standby mode News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more