New Deputy Ministers for Community Services and Justice

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced today, March 8, new deputy ministers for the departments of Community Services and Justice. Marian Tyson, deputy minister of Community Services, will become deputy minister of Justice. Judith Ferguson, assistant deputy minister of Community Services, will move into the role of deputy minister. “Maintaining top talent in our senior government positions is critical,” said Premier MacDonald. “It has a direct impact on our ability to ensure the quality of government programs and services, and that excellence in the senior civil service continues.” Ms. Tyson has worked for the province of Nova Scotia for 30 years. She became deputy minister of Community Services and president and chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation in 2002. Prior to that she served as the executive director of court services at the Department of Justice and was also a lawyer providing advice to government departments. Ms. Ferguson was appointed assistant deputy minister July, 2004. Previously, she served with the Department of Justice and was legal advisor to the Public Service Commission and Department of Justice. Ms. Ferguson has also been responsible for the government’s legislative agenda, worked on the implementation of the new family violence legislation, and was one of the architects of the new Justice of the Peace system. Appointments take effect Monday, March 19, 2007.last_img read more

Minerva 5 other ILeague clubs write to FIFA on Indian football

first_imgNew Delhi: Top I-League clubs such as Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have written to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, asking for his help in their fight for survival in Indian football. Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC are among the six clubs to have written to the sport’s global body, with Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj signing the letter. The clubs’ biggest bone of contention is the top tier status accorded to Indian Super League by the All India Football Federation as per the Master Right Agreement (MRA) signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Recent media reports and press statements from the AIFF itself have indicated that the AIFF is seeking to make the ISL, which came into existence in 2013, the senior most league in the country, whereas I-League, that dates back to 2007 when it was launched as India’s first-ever professional football league is sought to be made into a second tier and inferior league,” the clubs wrote in the letter. This comes days after the aggrieved clubs wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, briefing him about the crisis facing Indian football. The clubs also requested Infantino to set up an enquiry to probe the manner in which the AIFF is functioning. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”There is a sharp decline in the standard of Indian football. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, including India, but this popularity has not been matched by necessary and good administration as far as the national body is concerned,” the letter further read. Earlier this month, AIFF president Praful Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and said he would approach the AFC to ensure that I-League continues to co-exist with the ISL for another 2-3 years. Regarding the franchise-based league, the clubs said in the letter, “The ISL is a purely commercial venture played by franchise-based clubs owned by the clubs. It has no relevance. More importantly, players invariably are in the 35-plus age bracket. Players who have no takers abroad are roped in, leading to a decline in the standard of Indian football. “ISL is just like the IPL of football and so the question that arises is how can a purely commercial league be made into the senior-most league of the country which has no international recognition or standing.”last_img read more

No parole for more than a decade for man who killed Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG — The man convicted of killing a Winnipeg bus driver in what a judge described as a brutal and explosive stabbing will not be eligible for parole for 12 years.Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58, was stabbed 12 times during a fight with Brian Kyle Thomas in February 2017.Earlier this year, a jury found Thomas guilty of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.The Crown and defence had asked that there be no parole eligibility for 12 years.Security camera video from the bus shows Fraser telling Thomas to leave the vehicle several times before the driver grabs the man by his sweater and shoves him off.The defence did not present evidence during the trial but argued that the bus driver provoked the attack.Fraser’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Michigan State Spartans

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock throws the ball away under pressure from Michigan State’s Chris Frey (23). Credit: Courtesy of TNSLocation: East Lansing, Michigan2016 season: 3-9 (1-8)Head coach: Mark Dantonio2017 record: 2-0All time record vs. OSU: 15-30What has happened thus far in 2017:This is a do-or-die season for Michigan State and coach Mark Dantonio, who might be on the hot seat following his worst season since he became head coach in 2007 and the preseason dismissal of four of the program’s highest-rated recruits in its 2016 class due to a sexual assault investigation. To have the type of season the Spartans need to have in the Big Ten East Division — with Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and a rising Maryland program — is a difficult task.But so far, the Spartans have done something they couldn’t do last season — defeat the teams they’re supposed to. Michigan State has wins against Bowling Green and Western Michigan under its belt with Notre Dame, Iowa and a road game at Michigan on deck after a bye week in Week 3.Impact Player:Senior linebacker Chris Frey from Upper Arlington is the latest edition in a line of All-Big Ten linebackers at Michigan State. After leading the team in tackles (96) in 2016, Frey returns as one of two captains for the Spartans, leading a defense that would be the reason Michigan State makes any noise in the conference this season. The central Ohio native leads the nation’s 11th-best defense with 1.5 sacks, ranks second with 12 total tackles and tied for second with 1.5 tackles for loss.Strengths:Michigan State is a young team at every position, but its front seven is the centerpiece of what can keep the Spartans relevant in the Big Ten. From 2015 to 2016, Michigan State’s sack total decreased from 37 to 11. So far this season, the Spartans have tallied five sacks this season, albeit against two Mid-American Conference teams.A formidable secondary and a menacing front seven made Michigan State Big Ten champions in 2013 and 2015. With just one returning starter in the secondary, ability to pressure the quarterback is paramount to the defense’s success.Weaknesses:The Spartans’ offensive line struggled in Week 2 against Western Michigan, despite paving the way for 296 rushing yards from Michigan State’s three tailbacks and redshirt sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke. The O-line has yet to face a strong defensive front and already has allowed 14 tackles for loss, 97th in the country. Michigan State is searching for a permanent answer at running back and a go-to receiver, so the offensive line will be a major storyline moving forward. read more

Arch Coal honoured for conveyor and slurry pumping projects

first_imgThe US Department of Interior has honoured Arch Coal subsidiary Coal-Mac with one of America’s top  environmental awards of the year. Coal-Mac was recognised with a 2010 National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining for exhibiting exemplary environmental care for the construction of its Duty Branch overland conveyor belt line and adjacent slurry pumping project. The conveyor transports nearly 3 Mt/y of coal annually to the rail loadout, eliminating the need for trucking on public roads and reducing the use of diesel fuel. The newly constructed 11.3 km slurry pipe line includes multi-walled pipe and a fibre optic system that enables real-time monitoring and flow control to help ensure environmental protection.“Coal-Mac’s excellence has earned the respect of the Interior Department and our peers,” said Arch’s Chairman and CEO Steven F. Leer. “I applaud the employees of Coal-Mac for being recognised for their excellence in environmental stewardship again and again. The enduring results are a testament to their achievement.”Coal-Mac is located near Holden, West Virginia, and employs approximately 300 people. In the past five years, the employees of Coal-Mac have received 11 national and state awards for environmental stewardship, including the US Department of Interior’s National Good Neighbor Award.last_img read more

LlamaZOO showcases breakthroughs in Virtual Reality for mining at Unearthed Vancouver 2017

first_imgLlamaZOO Interactive, an award-winning VR/MR development studio, claimed second prize in the recent Unearthed Vancouver 2017 hackathon. The 54 hours straight event was sponsored by leading mining companies, who challenged teams of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop prototype solutions for real problems within their mining operations.The Unearthed Hackathon program provides a platform for the global resources sector to connect and collaborate with top local entrepreneurs and innovators. LlamaZOO was specially invited to this Vancouver edition of the hackathon not only as a participant, but also to demonstrate its world’s-first virtual reality mine planning software service MineLife VR.“Through the Unearthed hackathon, and our continued development work with clients, we’ve developed a solid understanding of the challenges the mining industry is eager to solve, and how 3D VR/MR can be utilized,” said Kevin Oke, LlamaZOO’s co-founder and VP Sales. “Our MineLife VR platform enables us to rapidly develop visualizations for any mine site, and we look forward to continuing to bring on new clients.”Unearthed’s Open Innovation Lead, Chris Schmid, was thrilled with the level of innovation produced during the event. “At Unearthed we put a lot of thought and effort into building a technology ecosystem for the resources sector. It is innovative companies like LlamaZOO that will drive the digital revolution in the industry and we are excited to have them participate in our hackathon.”MineLife VR is a Virtual Reality software platform that presents a truly three-dimensional representation of a mine plan from exploration to closure, at scale, using actual planning and geospatial data, rendered at the highest possible quality.MineLife VR represents a synthesis of traditionally dispersed, complex geospatial and mine planning data. The software enables mining companies’ internal and external stakeholders to immerse themselves in the mine plan, and interact with it through its entire lifecycle, from any angle, whether thousands of feet up in the air, or down on the ground.last_img read more

Preserved horse skeleton discovered on ancient site

first_imgA well-preserved horse skeleton has been discovered in an ancient Greek cemetery. The skeleton was discovered while landscaping works were being undertaken around the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center at the Faliro Delta, on the southern coast of Athens and once the host of Greece’s only pari-mutuel horse track. The skeleton, with even the hooves in tact, was presented to the Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday.“In the Faliro necropolis, we have found four complete horse graves, as well as parts of other skeletons; therefore, it is not something rare for the area,” explained head archaeologist, Stella Chrysoulaki.“What is rare and surprised us was the degree of preservation of the specific skeleton, which even has its hooves. For zoo-archaeologists or a university, this find could be an excellent opportunity for a study. Having such a large number of skeletons – four is quite a number – such a study could reach a number of conclusions on the breeds and the evolution of the species. From this point of view, this discovery is very important.”Ms Chrysoulaki, who is in charge of the excavation, said that it was once common to bury horses on human burial sites and so was not entirely surprising.She did however go on to describe the Faliro necropolis as a place “where unbelievable things happen”, having been the site of a number of unusual findings over the years. One example cited by the archaeologist was the discovery of two skeletons lying side by side with their hands clasped.Since excavations began in the area, a total of 136 burial sites have been discovered in the 840-square-meter ancient cemetery.While the horse skeletons have been removed from the site for further study, the Central Archaeological Council has approved continued construction on the site. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique les troisquarts du pétrole déjà

first_imgMarée noire dans le golfe du Mexique : les trois-quarts du pétrole déjà éliminésGolfe du Mexique – Près des trois-quarts des 780 millions de litres de pétrole brut répandus dans le golfe du Mexique depuis le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon auraient déjà été éliminés, selon les autorités américaines.”Les scientifiques nous disent qu’environ 25% [du pétrole] n’a pas été récupéré, ne s’est pas évaporé ou n’a pas été pris en charge par Mère nature”, a déclaré sur ABC Carol Browner, chargée des questions énergétiques et environnementales à la Maison Blanche et citée par l’AFP. Dans le New York Times, ce sont les conclusions d’un rapport des autorités américaines qui sont évoquées, affirmant que 26% seulement du pétrole répandu dans le golfe du Mexique n’a pas été récupéré ou dégradé d’une quelconque façon. La grande majorité des 780 millions de litres ayant souillé le golfe du Mexique se serait en effet évaporée, aurait été récupérée (127 millions de litres) ou éliminée. Les chercheurs estiment que le quart restant sera quant à lui rapidement dispersé. Le gouvernement a promis un nettoyage rapide de ces dernières traces, mais même devenue invisible, cette catastrophe affectera durablement l’écosystème et l’économie de la région du golfe.  Le 4 août 2010 à 17:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Work permit holders changing jobs to face new scrutiny

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor happy with promise to speed up work permit process Related Items:immigration board, new policy, work permit Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Cabinet last week agreed to change the way work permits for expatriate workers can be issued when these individuals are switching employment. Once the policy change is formalized it will mean more scrutiny for foreign workers who want to swap jobs. The press release from the Governor’s office reveals that it was agreed to amend the policy which prohibited the grant of work permits to persons changing employers. It will call for work permits in these cases to at first satisfy the Immigration Board; and it will have to be proven to the Board that the situation is an exceptional circumstance as the applicant meets certain other criteria which will reportedly be developed by the Minister. With the modification, the worker from abroad will have to have a formal release from the previous employer as a condition of consideration. All worker sectors will be impacted by this coming change as the policy extends to public, statutory bodies and private companies. Work Permit process needs to speed up, Cabinet hears from UK Consultant Work Permit Rules To Be Adhered Tolast_img read more

Qualcomm is a monopoly and must renegotiate deals judge rules

first_img Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max: photo samples from our comparison Qualcomm’s customers like Apple have argued that’s wrong, and the FTC has agreed, saying Qualcomm charges too much. The heart of the FTC’s case against Qualcomm was a so-called “no license, no chips policy.” Qualcomm sells processors that connect phones to cellular networks, but it also licenses its broad portfolio as a group. For a set fee — based on the selling price of the end device, typically a phone — the manufacturer gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology. It’s phone makers that pay the licensing fee, not chipmakers. To get access to Qualcomm’s chips, which are broadly considered to be on the bleeding edge of wireless innovation, a phone maker first has to sign a patent licensing contract with Qualcomm. The company has long been the leader in 4G LTE, and it’s ahead of rivals in the nascent 5G market. The highest-end phones, like those from Samsung, have tended to use its modems. But the FTC argued such a requirement hurt competition and cemented Qualcomm’s monopoly power. For tech antitrust, this is the biggest decision since the Microsoft case. Ankur Kapoor, an antitrust partner at Constantine Cannon Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what the battle means for your next iPhone 22 Photos Other companies, like Huawei and Lenovo, made similar comments during their testimony. And during the trial, the FTC pointed to communication from a former Qualcomm licensing executive, Eric Reifschneider, to mobile chip customers like Motorola and Sony Mobile as evidence of threats to cut off supply. In one instance, Reifschneider wrote in an email to a Sony Mobile executive that “QCT (Qualcomm’s chip business) has been shipping chips to SMC (Sony Mobile) for almost three weeks now without a license in place. It will not be possible for that to continue.” Qualcomm, meanwhile, called company executives, representatives from handset makers and chip rivals, and economics experts to dispute the FTC’s allegations in the case. The company sought to show that competition is healthy in the mobile chip market and that Qualcomm hasn’t hampered the industry. The company has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who was called by the FTC early in the trial, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved and is the simplest way to license the technology. Executives from Qualcomm and other companies testified that Qualcomm has never cut off chip supply during contract negotiations. Some of those executives said in live testimony and video depositions presented by Qualcomm that its rivals didn’t have the technology required for their devices. Qualcomm also argued that it had legitimate business reasons for having strict contracts with Apple, including how expensive it is to design modems specifically for Apple.  The ruling’s remediesEarlier this month, the US Justice Department asked for a hearing on Qualcomm’s possible punishment if Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor. The DOJ said the court should carefully consider what remedy to carry out, because it’s worried about the US’ position in the race to 5G. But Koh denied the hearing request. Koh, in her ruling, said Qualcomm has to comply with five remedies:”Qualcomm must not condition the supply of modem chips on a customer’s patent license status and must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software. “Qualcomm must make exhaustive SEP licenses available to modem-chip suppliers on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory (“FRAND”) terms and submit, as necessary, to arbitral or judicial dispute resolution to determine such terms. “Qualcomm may not enter express or de facto exclusive dealing agreements for the supply of modem chips. “Qualcomm may not interfere with the ability of any customer to communicate with a government agency about a potential law enforcement or regulatory matter. “In order to ensure Qualcomm’s compliance with the above remedies, the court orders Qualcomm to submit to compliance and monitoring procedures for a period of seven years. Specifically, Qualcomm shall report to the FTC on an annual basis Qualcomm’s compliance with the above remedies ordered by the court.”The first and second remedies are “the most onerous, requiring renegotiation of existing licenses, and mandating offering chipset licenses (which, as always, opens up the possibility of chipset-level royalties and the specter of patent exhaustion),” Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon noted. “In practice, we don’t know what will happen next.” Making nice with AppleWhile Apple was one of Qualcomm’s fiercest critics, the two settled their disputes in April.  The two sides announced the surprise agreement through a joint press release on April 16 at the same time lawyers presented opening arguments in their trial in a San Diego courthouse. Apple and its contract manufacturers had given their statements, and Qualcomm’s head lawyer had nearly finished his remarks when the courtroom buzzed with the unexpected news.  The CEOs of both companies — Apple’s Tim Cook and Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf — had been expected to testify. As recently as January, Cook said the iPhone maker wasn’t in talks with Qualcomm.  As part of the agreement, Apple will make a payment to Qualcomm for an undisclosed sum. The licensing pact, taking effect April 1, 2019, will last for six years and includes a two-year extension option. Apple and Qualcomm also signed a multiyear chipset supply agreement, which means Qualcomm modems could soon make their way back into iPhones. CNET’s Shelby Brown contributed to this report. Originally published May 22, 6:20 a.m. PT Updates, 8:05 a.m.: Adds comments from ruling, comments from antitrust lawyer, additional information; 11:46 a.m.: Includes comment from FTC, analyst and lawyer and adds more information about remedies. 1:50 p.m.: Adds analyst comment. Share your voice See also Powerful chipmaker Qualcomm is just too powerful, judge… Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now playing: Watch this: Qualcomm illegally hurt competitors in the wireless chip market and used its dominant position to force unnecessary licensing fees on handset makers like Apple, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh said in a long-awaited ruling issued late Tuesday.Qualcomm must change how it does business and renegotiate license deals with its customers, according to the ruling, which came four months after a trial over the issue ended. To hold the company accountable, Qualcomm must also submit compliance and monitoring reports for the next seven years and report to the US Federal Trade Commission on an annual basis. “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs, and end consumers in the process,” Koh wrote in her ruling.  Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple reading • Qualcomm is a monopoly and must renegotiate deals, judge rules Post a comment The two sides battled in a San Jose, California, courtroom for most of January. The FTC wrapped up its antitrust case against the company on Jan. 15, and Qualcomm rested its defense 10 days later. Both sides presented closing arguments Jan. 29. The trial revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit. For Qualcomm, the verdict calls into question the company’s entire business model. While it sells processors that connect devices to mobile networks, it also generates a significant percentage of its revenue from licensing. If it can’t collect royalties based on the value of a handset — which it had done in the past — it will generate less money and may have to rethink its model entirely. Even if it appeals the ruling, Qualcomm’s licensees likely will try to alter their contracts. Koh, in her ruling, said that Qualcomm can’t force a customer to sign a license before it will supply it with chips. It “must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software.Appealing the ruling It’s unclear what impact the ruling will have on Qualcomm’s recent settlement with Apple, but it’s likely that deal took into account a ruling in favor of the FTC. Ultimately, the case could take years to resolve as it works its way through the appeals process.  Apple “just signed an agreement that was quite favorable for [Qualcomm] … and of course needs QCOM modems for its 5G phone in 2020,” UBS analysts noted. “It seems highly unlikely that this news would impact the recent multi-year AAPL settlement.”It typically takes the 9th Circuit about two to three years to issue rulings in antitrust cases, said Ankur Kapoor, an antitrust partner at Constantine Cannon. It’s likely the court will fast-track the case, which means it could have a decision in about a year, he said.  “For tech antitrust, this is the biggest decision since the Microsoft case,” Kapoor said.  In the meantime, the 9th Circuit probably will grant Qualcomm an emergency stay of the injunction that forces it to change its practices. For Qualcomm’s appeal, it’ll have to focus on the legal basis of the ruling. “The only chance for Qualcomm to overturn this on appeal is on a pure question of law, a pure legal issue,” he added. “The big one is whether or not violation of FRAND obligations can constitute an antitrust violation or if it’s just a breach of contract.”  Qualcomm’s chip dominance Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that’s essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components. Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G networking technology, as well as other features like software, all handset makers building a device that connects to cellular networks have to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Phones Components Tech Industry • In a statement, Qualcomm said it would immediately seek a stay of the district court’s judgement and an expedited appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. “We strongly disagree with the judge’s conclusions, her interpretation of the facts and her application of the law,” Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm, said in a statement Wednesday. FTC Competition Director Bruce Hoffman said in a statement Wednesday that “yesterday’s decision that Qualcomm’s practices violate the antitrust laws is an important win for competition in a key segment of the economy. FTC staff will remain vigilant in pursuing unilateral conduct by technology firms that harms the competitive process.”Apple, which played a big role in the FTC’s case, declined to comment.The ruling is a boon for Qualcomm’s customers and rivals, many of which supported the FTC’s case in hopes of securing lower licensing deals and getting greater access to the mobile market. Apple in particular played a large role in the case, with executives, such as Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, testifying that they felt they had no option but to agree to Qualcomm’s terms. If Apple didn’t give into Qualcomm’s demands, he said, it worried about losing access to Qualcomm’s chips. During the trial, the FTC argued Qualcomm’s licensing policies hurt consumers by causing higher smartphone pricing. But even though Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor, there’s little chance that handset makers like Apple and Samsung will lower their prices. Instead, even as Qualcomm has lowered its licensing rates, prices for the latest and greatest devices from those companies and others have continued to rise.  Antitrust arguments The decision comes more than two years after the FTC accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips. The FTC said Qualcomm forced customers like Apple to work exclusively with it and charged “excessive” licensing fees for its technology, in part by wielding a “no license, no chips” policy. Qualcomm’s practices prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. Qualcomm argued the FTC’s lawsuit was based on “flawed legal theory” and that customers choose its chips because they’re the best. It also argued that competition is fierce in the mobile chip market and that Qualcomm never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’ve been arguing over licenses. Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition. Judge Lucy Koh 1:48 0 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All For the FTC to win the case, it had to show that Qualcomm had a monopoly, that it had market power and that it used that power in negotiations with handset makers to command high royalties. The FTC also had to show that Qualcomm’s conduct hurt competitors and that the anticompetitive actions continue or will start again in the future. The FTC argued that Qualcomm used its power in the 3G and 4G chip market to force handset makers like Apple to sign licensing agreements with excessively high royalties. If Qualcomm isn’t stopped, the FTC said, it’ll do the same thing in the 5G market. “If the decision is sustained, it will require a change in Qualcomm’s business practices,” said Cornell Law antitrust professor George Hay. “While any changes that are implemented will have no immediate impact on their dominance in the chip market, over time it may lead to more competition.” Battling in court During the trial, the FTC called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and had experts testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. Apple’s Williams testified that his company felt it had to sign contracts for amounts it thought too high — a royalty of $7.50 per iPhone — to maintain access to Qualcomm’s chips. “We were staring at an increase of over $1 billion per year in licensing, so we had a gun to our head,” Williams said as he explained why Apple signed another licensing agreement in 2013, despite being unhappy with the terms. He added that Apple has wanted to use Qualcomm’s chips for its newer devices, but Qualcomm refused to sell processors for the iPhone.  Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Apple FTClast_img read more

Real Estate Developer PACL to Appeal SEBIs Order to Refund 81 billion

first_imgReal Estate company PACL has announced its decision to appeal SEBI’s order to return at least $8.1 billion to investors, who have invested in agricultural land through the company.Last week, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ordered PACL to refund ₹49,000 crore to the investors along with a three-month interest, and has also asked the company to stop raising money from them.According to SEBI, the company’s investment schemes had not been registered with the capital markets regulator, reported Reuters.However, the company on Monday convinced its investors through notice that their funds were safe.”We assure our customers that their investments are safe and their interests would not be jeopardized,” PACL said in a statementPACL is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for an alleged scam, in which the real estate company is said to have received money from millions of investors under the plan of the sale and development of agricultural land.SEBI in its order said that PACL’s land holdings did not cover the amount of money raised from investors. However, the company refuted SEBI’s claims and said that it had sufficient asset holdings.The company claimed to have paid a commission of ₹7,893.8 crore up to March 2012 and said that the firm had 5.8 crore customers, which is more than twice the 2.2 crore demat accounts in India, according to Business Standard.Rural Delhi based investor, Vijender Kumar, a 24-year-old in the nursing sector, said that he had visited PACL’s office after reading about the company in a newspaper, since his father had invested ₹60,000 for five years until 2013.Kumar said it became mandatory for him to take up a loan as PACL did not return the deposit even after maturity.”We feel duped. This money means a lot for us,” he added.The case is the biggest crackdown on a large scale unlawful scheme after the Saradha Scam in Calcutta and is over twice the size of Sahara’s illicit scam.last_img read more

One year on MeToo sharply polarises US

first_img#MeToo hashtagThe #MeToo movement in one year has shaken the United States, brought down dozens of powerful men and threatens the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge, yet it has also become deeply polarizing and its long-term impact remains unclear.Accusations last October that Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein engaged in decades of sexual assault, opened the floodgates with liberals still reeling from President Donald Trump’s 2016 election despite boasting that he groped women with impunity.But #MeToo, like almost everything in America these days, has proved divisive.And with Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh accused of misconduct by three women in the 1980s, the polarization is becoming near hysterical.On Tuesday, Trump was cheered by supporters in Mississippi when he mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, provoking a furious backlash from Democrats and criticism from moderate Republicans.“It’s a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” he said earlier this week.“You have this backlash that many Republicans are feeling that if Kavanaugh is not confirmed, it allows this liberal movement to take precedence over their politics and concerns,” explained Melissa Deckman, professor of political science at Washington College in Maryland.Research indicates a gender gap—that women care more than men about sexual misconduct—but that party is the deciding factor, with Democrats caring more than Republicans.#MeToo spurred the ouster of Democratic lawmakers such as the popular Al Franken and John Conyers, hugely respected for his civil rights work.This 20 years after Bill Clinton survived allegations of sexual assault and harassment, as well as an attempt to remove him from office over a consensual affair with an intern that many now consider an abuse of power.‘Marathon, not a sprint’In an Alabama election last year, meanwhile, Republicans backed their guy despite accusations he molested teenage girls.With Kavanaugh, having a conservative judiciary appears to carries more weight with many in his camp than anything he may or may not have done as a teenager.#MeToo has been credited with spurring women to run for office in record numbers as Democrats hope next month’s midterm elections will strip Trump of his majority and elevate women into power.But a revolution remains a long way off.The best possible outcome in November is that women will make up 24 per cent of Congress, a US record and up from the current 19.3 per cent, a rate of representation still flagging far behind many in the developed world.“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Jean Sinzdak, associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “We are likely to see some gain… but we are not going to be at parity.”Women have come forward to vent their anger over harassment and assault that for years they kept quiet, humiliated and disbelieving that they would be heard. Instead now they are being heard, being believed and supported.There are signs attitudes are shifting. This year, Bill Cosby, once one of the most famous Americans in the world, was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 and sentenced to at least three years in prison.‘Anything could happen’From police reopening a rape investigation into one of the biggest soccer stars on the planet, to ex-gymnastics USA doctor Larry Nassar being jailed for life, barely a day goes by when #MeToo is not front-page news.But the lasting impact is unclear.There has been growing pushback questioning whether all sexual misdemeanors should be treated with the same kick-them-to-the-curb attitude.An increasingly vocal segment believe the movement may have gone too far in ousting at least some men without the evidence to back up their accusations.“The effectiveness of the #MeToo movement and the long-lasting impact of it is largely dependent on men buying into it,” said Lisa Kimmel, president and CEO of the Canadian arm of US-based public relations firm Edelman.In American business circles, women account for fewer than four percent of board chairs in the S&P 1500.“It’s almost tone deaf if there is not a real commitment to enhance women in the workplace,” said Kimmel.And what of politics? How long will it take a viable woman presidential candidate to fare better than Hillary Clinton?“If things continue the way they are, you are going to have the same momentum in 2020 and women ready to throw their hats into the ring,” said Sinzdak. “But anything could happen, between now and then.”last_img read more

Taking literature to new heights

first_imgA pen is mighter than the sword, and the legacy has carried on for centuries now. Many literary works by eminent writers have been instrumental in bringing a revolution at many instances.Taking the same idea ahead, Kusumanjali Foundation has instituted an annual award titled ‘Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman’. Established by Kusum Ansal, it runs with the objective of promoting literary works of budding writers of Hindi and other regional languages. The first Samman was conferred last year to  Dr Karan Singh, President, ICCR and also felicitated the literary contributions of writers in Hindi and Tamil. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year, the annual award has invited nominations to honour the literary works in Hindi and Urdu. The selection board and the advisory committee of the Kusumanjali Foundation comprises eminent authors and scholars. The award will recognise and encourage the outstanding literary works in Hindi and Urdu during the years 2008 to 2012. The Samman comprises a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000 along with a citation and the award statuette.In addition to this, the Kusumanjali Foundation has introduced from this year a fellowship scheme for creative writers in Hindi for a maximum period of four months. The amount of this fellowship is Rs 20,000 per month. Details related to application are available on www.kusumanjaliorg. The last date for all entries is 31 March.last_img read more

Global Fluoride Varnish Market 2019 Industry Overview Future Prediction and

first_imgAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail Big Market Research Add New 2019-2023 Global Fluoride Varnish Market Report to its research database presenting an informative study covering the market with detailed analysis. The market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of global Industry.In this report, the Global Fluoride Varnish Market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.Get the Free Sample Copy of this Report @ varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride which is applied to the tooth\’s surface, by a dentist, dental hygienist or other health care professional, as a type of topical fluoride therapy. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Fluoride Varnish Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).The report firstly introduced the Fluoride Varnish basics: Definitions, Classifications, Applications And Market Overview; Product Specifications; Manufacturing Processes; Cost Structures, Raw Materials and so on. Then it analysed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:GC CorporationSunstar Group3MDentsply SironaUltradent ProductsMedicomColgateElevate Oral CarePhilipsVOCODMG DentalIvoclar VivadentDüRRDENTAL……The end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-Unit Dose 0.40 mlType BType C……On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Fluoride Varnish for each application, including-General HospitalsDental HospitalsDental Clinics……Get the Discount on this Report @ of ContentsPart I Fluoride Varnish Industry OverviewPart II Asia Fluoride Varnish Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Part III North American Fluoride Varnish Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Part IV Europe Fluoride Varnish Industry Analysis (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Part V Fluoride Varnish Marketing Channels and Investment FeasibilityPart VI Global Fluoride Varnish Industry Conclusionslast_img read more

Hard decision for judge ruling on John Hinckleys freedom

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge deciding whether President Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin can live full-time outside a mental hospital said Tuesday that it’s a “very hard decision,” but one he knew he would have to make eventually when he “opened the door a crack” for John Hinckley Jr. a dozen years ago.“I knew this day would come. How could it not? That doesn’t make the decision any easier,” Judge Paul L. Friedman said at the end of a seven-day hearing on Hinckley’s freedom. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Friedman has incrementally expanded Hinckley’s freedom since ruling in 2003 that he could leave St. Elizabeth’s hospital for daylong visits with his family. Hinckley now spends 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the hospital and his lawyers say he’s ready to live there full-time. The government wants more restrictions, to ensure Hinckley won’t be a danger.The judge seems to be preparing to allow Hinckley to live full-time with his 89-year-old mother, as long as he abides by certain restrictions. He asked both sides to draft a roadmap for what that might look like, working together on a document that lays out the restrictions they can agree on as well as where they disagree.There are many points of agreement, the judge noted. Both sides agree Hinckley, who turns 60 this month, must continue to see a psychiatrist and therapist. They also agree he should make at least monthly visits to St. Elizabeth’s, where he has lived since being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting that injured Reagan and three others. They agree there should be certain restrictions on his travel.But prosecutors also want more stringent conditions, including requiring Hinckley to create a weekly itinerary saying where he will go and putting a GPS tracking device on the car he uses. They also want Hinckley to start wearing a monitoring bracelet on his ankle, a condition the judge suggested he would not agree to. Prosecutor Colleen Kennedy said the proposal made by St. Elizabeth’s and Hinckley’s lawyers is “not a safe plan.”“There is too much of a risk to the community,” she said.Barry Levine, Hinckley’s long-time attorney, called the government’s proposal “punitive,” and told the judge the law requires that Hinckley be allowed to live under least restrictive conditions that ensure the public’s safety.The mental illness that drove Hinckley to shoot Reagan in a delusional effort to impress actress Jodie Foster has been in full and sustained remission for years, Levine has said. He said Hinckley has shown he is a “law-abiding citizen” and not dangerous, and he accused the government of “fear-mongering.”Deon Merene, a lawyer for the hospital, told the judge that Hinckley has recovered his sanity. There “will always be some risk,” but Hinckley poses a “low risk of danger at this time,” she said.The judge has not indicated when he will issue a written ruling, but near the end of the hearing, he said “I won’t be seeing you for a while, Mr. Hinckley.”“Correct,” Hinckley answered. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Barry Levin, attorney for John Hinckley arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A judge who will decide whether to let the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan live full time outside a mental hospital will hear closing arguments in the case. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona ___Follow Jessica Gresko at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Justices rule for small Arizona church in sign law dispute

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone But the justices divided over why the law violated the rights of the Good News Community Church.The church complained that the law forced the church to put up smaller signs than those for political candidates, real estate agents and others. The church’s signs also could be in place for short periods of time.Lower federal courts upheld the town’s sign ordinance, saying the distinction it drew between different kinds of temporary signs was not based on what a sign said.Justice Clarence Thomas rejected that argument in his majority opinion for six of the nine justices. Thomas said political signs are “given more favorable treatment than messages announcing an assembly of like-minded individuals. That is a paradigmatic example of content-based discrimination.”Under the rigorous review the court gives to laws that treat speakers differently because of content, the law must fall, Thomas said.Justice Elena Kagan said she fears that all sign ordinances now will have to face the same strict review and many “are now in jeopardy” because of Thursday’s decision.There was a narrower way to decide the case in the church’s favor, Kagan said. The town’s defense of its sign ordinance was marked by the “absence of any sensible basis” for distinguishing between signs and did not pass “even the laugh test,” she said. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday for an Arizona church in a dispute over a town’s sign law in a decision that three justices said could threaten municipal sign regulations across the country.The court unanimously agreed to strike down a law in Gilbert, Arizona, that set tougher rules for signs that direct people to Sunday church services than for signs for political candidates and real estate agents. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Kagan’s opinion.Thomas said the decision would not prevent cities and towns from regulating signs to take account of safety and aesthetic concerns.The Good News Community Church is led by Pastor Clyde Reed and serves roughly 30 adults and up to 10 children, but lacks its own building. The church and Reed sued Gilbert for treating religious groups more severely than others, alleging violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedoms.The sign ordinance struck down Thursday allowed directional signs, like the ones put up by the church inviting people to Sunday worship, to be no larger than 6 square feet. They had to be placed in public areas no more than 12 hours before an event and removed within an hour of its end.Signs for political candidates, by contrast, can be up to 32 square feet and stay in place for several months.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

Bomb blasts in Iraqi capital leave 12 dead dozens wounded

first_imgBAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks targeting public places killed 12 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi authorities, as the prime minister announced the arrest of an aide to Saddam Hussein.Police officials say a car bomb went off about noon Saturday near shops selling car parts in southeastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 13 others.Another bomb blast at an outdoor market killed three shoppers and wounded eight in the city’s eastern suburbs. Also, police said a bomb exploded near a row of shops in the capital’s western neighborhood of Baiyaa, killing two and wounding 10. Sponsored Stories Al-Abadi provided no details on the arrest, except that al-Sadun was captured on Thursday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Later on, a bomb blast near a vegetable and fruit wholesale market in southern Baghdad killed two people and wounded three others.Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Iraq sees near-daily attacks that are claimed by the Islamic State group.Meanwhile, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Saturday that security forces arrested Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, a senior official in the disbanded Baath Party.Al-Sadun has been at large since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. During the Hussein era, he was in charge of Baath party formations in southern Iraq and he is wanted for his role in repressing of the Shiite uprising in 1991.“I have the pleasure to announce the good news that our security forces were able to arrest the wanted Abdel Baqi al-Sadun. The operation was purely an Iraqi one,” said al-Abadi in a speech aired on state television.Al-Sadun was part of the U.S. military deck of cards containing images of the 55 Saddam regime figures the U.S. military was particularly interested in capturing. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

BrochuresCambodiacruiseStar Clippersyachts

first_imgBrochuresCambodiacruiseStar Clippersyachts Star Clippers has released its 2020 brochure including its newest destination – Cambodia’s Koh Rong Island and Sihanoukville. Star Clippers is also returning to Borneo in 2020 for its second season, and three new ports have been added for 2020 – Stintino, Zadar and Vis Island.An early booking discount of up to 30 percent applies. Guests can sail from Thailand to Cambodia on the Star Clippers Ko Samui roundtrip, with 10-night or 11-nights options starting in April 2020. Stops include Koh Rong, Sihanoukville, and an in-depth exploration of the iconic must-see temple, Ankor Wat (two-day land addition). Prices start from AUD$4,810* per person for 10 nights and AUD$5,290* per person for 11 nights.Star Clippers is also offering itineraries between Singapore and Kota Kinabalu, to explore the dense rainforests of Sarawak and the abundant wildlife in Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.In the Western Mediterranean, the Royal Clipper will visit new ports on its seven-night Corsica, Sardinia and Riviera sailings. The roundtrip out of Cannes includes a visit to the stylish Italian town, Portofino (not a new inclusion) and Sardinia’s best beach in the traditional village of Stintino. Departing in 19th September and 3rd October 2020, the Cannes roundtrip starts at AUD$3,475* per person.The Western Mediterranean sailings offer new ports in Croatia as well, including Zadar and its stunning Roman ruins, and the city of Korcula. Royal Clipper will sail across Italy, Montenegro and Croatia on an 11-night itinerary that includes the new Croatian port of Vis Island.last_img read more

London United Kingdom – Reported by Elite Travele

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Royal Horseguards, one of London’s best kept secrets, has just announced a series of new lifestyle packages for those seeking a little more than just another hotel stay. Recently transformed from a four-star into a five-star property with the help of a two-year, many-million-dollar renovation, the riverside Horseguards offers a perfect location, just across from the London Eye and a two-minute stroll to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.Now, with these new lifestyle offerings, you’ll be perfectly set to pay London a visit, whether for sightseeing, shopping, romance or simple indulgence:The Sophisticated Shopper: Deluxe double room, breakfast for two, welcome bottle of champagne, London shoppers’ maps, Regent Street VIP card, 50 GBP store credit to Liberty, luxury foot care kit and a late checkout. From $560.Romance on the River: Deluxe double room, breakfast for two, welcome bottle of rose champagne, welcome bouquet of red roses, champagne truffles and red rose petals at turndown and a luxury gift set. From $560.Glamour in the Tower: Tower Suite accommodation, dedicated guest relations service on hand, breakfast for two, welcome bottle of rose champagne, tailor-made pastry or chocolate and rose petals at turndown and a boxed set of bespoke bathrobes and slippers. From $2,625.London Revealed: Double deluxe room, breakfast for two, London welcome pack with maps, Elemis foot care kit, Merlin access pass (for London attractions), unlimited subway pass for two days, premier dinner cruise on the Thames with drinks and a souvenir London photo book. From $560 a night.Ladies Only London: Deluxe double or twin room, breakfast for two, welcome champagne and strawberries, London shoppers’ maps, 50 GBP store credit to Liberty, champagne afternoon tea and VIP access pass to a top restaurant, lounge, or club. From $636.An Eye For Luxury: Executive king river view room, breakfast for two, seasonal VIP in-room welcome, London welcome pack with maps and a London Eye champagne flight. From $636.Click here for more information about The Royal Horseguards.last_img read more

Central Bank profit falls in 2017

first_imgThe Central Bank of Cyprus said it generated last year a profit of €49.5 million compared with a profit of €74.2m in 2016 on reduced net interest income, which reduces the dividend transferred to the government’s coffers.Net interest income fell in 2017, the year in which Bank of Cyprus fully repaid the remaining emergency central bank liquidity, to €94.5m compared with €121.5m the year before, the central bank said. Net revenue from fees and commissions rose to €17.5m from €11m.Staff expenses fell last year to €27.9m from €28.6m the year before, while administrative expenses fell to €10.1m from €10.7m. Total spending fell to €43.1m from €43.4m.An amount of €25.8m will be transferred to the central bank’s general capital reserve compared with €14.8m a year before, while the government will receive €23.7m this time around, compared with €59.4m a year ago, the bank supervisor said.The government made a €614.9m early debt repayment to the central bank in November.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more