Man held in Puruliya for posting CMs distorted image

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested in Puruliya on Wednesday for posting a distorted picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the social media.According to a source, Joymal Bhattacharya, who is a member of Para Panchayat Samiti, recently lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar of Dhankidi village for allegedly distorting Chief Minister ‘s picture and posting it on his social media profile. Rajwar also allegedly wrote some lewd comments on the post. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBhattacharya lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar at the Para police station. On the basis of the complaint, police officers nabbed Rajwar on Wednesday. Sources informed that Rajwar is associated with the BJP but the party has denied the claim. “One person has been arrested in this regard and a probe is on,” said a police official of Puruliya District Police. According to police sources, Rajwar has been booked under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersEarlier this month, BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma was arrested in Howrah for allegedly posting a distorted picture of Banerjee on social media profile. On May 9, a Trinamool leader in Howrah lodged a complaint against her at the Dasnagar police station. After the complaint was lodged, the Cyber Crime section of Howrah Police took charge of the investigation. On Friday morning, Sharma was called for interrogation. After a few hours of questioning by the police officers, she was arrested for allegedly distorting Banerjee’s picture and posting it on social media. After her arrest, Sharma claimed that she has been framed and targeted. Sharma was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days after her arrest. While she was in judicial custody, Sharma, through her lawyer, appealed to Supreme Court for bail. Sharma was granted bail by the Apex court on May 15.last_img read more

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Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found, according to CIBC analyst Jon Morrison.The steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets, he said in a report released Tuesday.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” said Morrison in the report.The report came as OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo on Tuesday urged oil-exporting countries to increase investment to meet future demand as spare oil capacity declines worldwide.In a speech posted on OPEC’s website, he said the global oil sector will need to invest US$11 trillion by 2040 to meet the future needs of the world.But while world oil prices have risen recently to four-year highs due to concerns including possible U.S. sanctions on Iran, Canadian oil prices have gone in the opposite direction as new production floods pipelines and U.S. demand drops temporarily due to fall refinery maintenance outages.“Canada is facing an unprecedented epic pipeline problem,” said Morrison. “And while we have known that this issue has been on the horizon for years, the pressure in the system is building and it’s set to remain ugly for some time.”According to Net Energy Group, the difference between Western Canada Select bitumen blend prices and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate for November delivery has averaged US$45.50 per barrel this month. The difference between Edmonton Sweet and WTI has been about US$27.Last week, the WCS-WTI differential widened to more than US$52 per barrel, at which point analyst Matt Murphy of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. calculated bitumen producers were actually losing money because the light oil used to dilute their heavy sticky crude cost more than what the barrel was selling for.Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity, CIBC notes.The short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double as expected to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year, the report says.Unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies, Morrison added.He said Canadian drilling rig utilization in the quarter ended Sept. 30 was about 32 per cent, higher than the 28.5 per cent achieved in the same quarter last year, while the number of operating days were about nine per cent higher.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ENB)last_img read more

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Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

WASHINGTON — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers.But competing bills appear likely to fail Thursday, caught in a poisonous Washington impasse.Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay 800,000 federal workers who are days from missing yet another paycheque. Republicans would couple ending the 34-day shutdown with $5.7 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall and revamping immigration laws. Democrats would reopen agency doors for three weeks while bargainers seek a budget accord.Twin defeats might spur the two sides into a more serious effort to strike a compromise. Almost every proposal needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is under 53-47 Republican control.“It’s hard to imagine 60 votes developing for either one,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.With the impacts of the shutdown becoming increasingly painful, however, lawmakers on both sides were trumpeting their willingness to compromise in the battle over border security and immigration issues such as protection against deportation for so-called Dreamer immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.“It’s clear what the president wants. It’s clear what we want. If you have a negotiation, both parties are going to put on the table what they want,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. “By definition a successful negotiation gets to a place where both sides feel they got something, right?”But starting negotiations is a tripping point. Democrats insist on opening the government first rather than reward Trump’s tactics, while Republicans warn that immediately reopening the government would give Democrats too much leverage in any talks.“No shutdown. No hostages,” said Rep. Ruben Gallegos, D-Ariz. “You get nothing in return until to release the hostages.”The partial shutdown began just before Christmas after Trump indicated that he wouldn’t sign a stopgap spending bill backed by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who shepherded a bill funding the government up to Feb. 8 through the Senate. The House passed a plan with wall funding as one of the last gasps of the eight-year GOP majority.On Thursday, almost five weeks later, House Democrats continued work on a package that would ignore Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a wall with Mexico and would instead pay for other ideas aimed at protecting the border.Details of Democrats’ border security plan and its cost remained a work in progress. Party leaders said it would include money for scanning devices and other technological tools for improving security at ports of entry and along the boundary, plus funds for more border agents and immigration judges.“If his $5.7 billion is about border security, then we see ourselves fulfilling that request, only doing it with what I like to call using a smart wall,” said No. 3 House Democratic leader Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday was the latest indicator that the shutdown is hurting Trump with the general public. While his approval among Republicans remains strong, just 34 per cent of Americans like his performance as president and 6 in 10 assign a great deal of responsibility to him for the shutdown, around double the share blaming Democrats.The Senate GOP bill would temporarily shield from deportation 700,000 “Dreamers,” protections Trump has tried terminating. He’s also offered temporary protections for people who fled violence or natural disasters in several countries — another program the president has curtailed.With Democrats eager to show they’re trying to end the impasse, the House used mostly party-line votes Wednesday to approve one measure reopening government agencies through February. By a similar tally, the chamber voted to finance most shuttered agencies through September.Growing numbers of House Democrats say the party should show where it stands on border security.“Right now it’s a vacuum and the president is offering fake plans to stop drug smuggling,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. Offering a Democratic alternative “helps the possibility of beginning a real negotiation,” he said.___AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro and writers Laurie Kellman and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.Andrew Taylor And Alan Fram, The Associated Press read more

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UN refugee agency withdraws staff from South Darfur over Sudanese restrictions

The Government had promised to lift restrictions – imposed after 20 October when the UN intervened to stop the involuntary relocation of displaced people – by 6 November.But with the limits still in place on Wednesday, Jean-Marie Fakhouri, the director of operations for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan, decided that three of the agency’s four international staff would be temporarily relocated to West Darfur State.”It is extremely frustrating for our staff to be forced to sit idle,” Mr. Fakhouri said. “If we are not going to be allowed to do our work in South Darfur, then UNHCR has no choice but to go elsewhere where the needs are just as great.”The UN agency has also put on hold plans to open an office later this month in El Fasher in North Darfur pending a resolution of the situation in South Darfur.The senior UN envoy for Sudan, Jan Pronk, was in Nyala, South Darfur for a second day today attempting a visit to the camp that came under attack yesterday.More than 1.8 million people have been uprooted by the violence in Darfur. Some 1.6 million of them are displaced internally inside Darfur while another 200,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring Chad.In Geneva today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on the human rights of IDPs, called on the Government to immediately halt forced relocations and other serious violations of the rights of displaced persons by its own officials and act to prevent the Janjaweed militia and others from perpetrating these abuses.His statement followed reports yesterday that for the second time in a week, Sudanese authorities have stormed the Al Geer camp in South Darfur to forcibly move people who had sought refuge there. Police allegedly battered civilians and used tear gas against women and children while destroying their shelters.Meanwhile in North Darfur, displaced persons told a UN team in Tartura village that they had recently been forced from their homes in Abu Shouk by police who used tear gas, electrical gadgets and threats to force them onto trucks. A UN spokesman said harassment of IDPs is reportedly increasing at two camps in North Darfur.The Representative, Walter Kälin, pointed out that the forcible relocation of persons is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. He noted that while rebels may also be responsible for violations of the ceasefire agreement, “this does not excuse the Government from its responsibilities.”In another development, the five-member International Commission of Inquiry probing the possibility that genocide occurred in Darfur arrived there today following two days of meetings in and around the capital Khartoum. Mr. Kälin hailed this development, but cautioned that “the Government must independently act to prevent its own officials from engaging in forcible relocation and other human rights violations.”He added that the African Union (AU), which has a peacekeeping presence in Darfur, “must be given the mandate to provide protection to civilians as well as adequate numbers of troops, equipment and support, especially if the Government of Sudan does not have the capacity or willingness to do so.” read more

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Competition Bureau scratches StaplesOffice Depot battle off todolist

by The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 6:42 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau scratches Staples-Office Depot battle off to-do-list This combination made with 2009 file photos shows signage for a Staples store in Springfield, Ill., top, and an Office Depot store in Miami Springs, Fla. Canada’s competition commissioner has dropped its challenge of a proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot, which was scrapped last week by the two U.S. multinational companies after an American judge blocked the plan. Both Canada’s Competition Bureau and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had challenged the proposal, arguing it would harm competition in the office products business. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Seth Perlman, Alan Diaz OTTAWA – Canada’s competition commissioner has dropped its challenge of a proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot, which was scrapped last week by the two U.S. multinational companies after an American judge blocked the plan.Both Canada’s Competition Bureau and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had challenged the proposal, arguing it would harm competition in the office products business.U.S. district judge Emmet Sullivan ruled on May 10 that the FTC had demonstrated that the merger would “substantially impair” competition as a supplier to large business customers.Staples and Office Depot said they wouldn’t appeal the ruling and they dropped the merger plan the same day. read more

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UN political chief warns of increasingly toxic Gaza calls for new talks

“We see the circumstances in Gaza as becoming increasingly worrisome as we approach the six-month mark since the end of last summer’s conflict,” said Mr. Feltman. “The combination of the failure to rectify the persistent governance and security issues and the slow pace of reconstruction has created an increasingly toxic environment.”For a comprehensive peace, a priority had to be establishing a framework to get there, he urged. The international community, possibly through a reinvigorated diplomatic Quartet, could help parties to avoid a downward slide and support a return to negotiations. While the UN would continue its active role in supporting such efforts, international efforts could not succeed in isolation. “A genuine and lasting peace can only be reached by the commitment of the parties to overcome their mistrust and make the difficult Compromises necessary to achieve a resolution to this conflict,” Mr. Feltman stressed. Pointing to a total of $200 million withheld by the Israeli Government, the Palestinian Authority faced acute fiscal challenges, and economic activity had contracted in 2014 for the first time since 2006. “Paralyzing the Palestinian Authority from conducting essential Government business – including functions related to health services and law and order – is in no one’s interest,” said Mr. Feltman. “Israel’s action is a violation of its obligations under the Paris Protocol of the Oslo Accords and we, again, call for an immediate reversal of this decision.”Parties to the conflict had primary responsibility to resolve issues but a key component of reversing negative trends would be implementation by the international community of financial commitments made at the Cairo Conference. The current failure to deliver the necessary support put an almost “unbearable strain” on an already highly fractious environment, he said.“Four months after the Cairo Conference, donors have yet to fulfil the majority of their pledges,” Mr. Feltman said. “This is, quite frankly, unacceptable, and cannot continue if we hope to avoid another escalation in Gaza.”He drew attention to the joint letter appealing to donors to honour their financial commitments without further delay, with UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in need of $100 million and support also needed for other UN agencies. The UN had partnered with the Government of Palestine to launch the Strategic Response Plan for 2015, requesting $705 million aiming to meet the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million Palestinians, with 75 per cent of the Plan dedicated to Gaza.In addition, the temporary Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism was “functioning and delivering concrete results,” he said, pointing to 50 construction projects that were under consideration, including 18 already approved, and to 47,000 people cleared, out of a total of 75,000, to receive construction material for shelter repairs.The Under-Secretary-General also drew attention to the situation in the occupied West Bank, where one Palestinian was killed and 156 injured, including 31 children and five women, by Israeli security forces. Four members of the Israeli security forces were injured during the same period and 12 passengers were stabbed on a commuter bus in Tel Aviv, while clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers continued. He noted demolition of Palestinian structures in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, and urged Israel to cease such demolitions in East Jerusalem and Area C and to facilitate international assistance to vulnerable communities.“We are deeply disappointed by Israeli authorities’ decision to issue on 30 January tenders for the construction of some 450 residential units in West Bank settlements, at a time when the situation is extremely volatile,” Mr. Feltman said.As well as discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr. Feltman also noted the Secretary-General’s concern about violations of the 1974 Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces in January, and a serious breach of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel on 28 January, which resulted in the death of a UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeper serving in the Spanish contingent. He added that UNIFIL was in the process of finalising its investigation of the incident with the cooperation of both parties.Elsewhere in Lebanon, the border with Syria remains impacted by security incidents and cross-border fighting, Mr. Feltman noted. He was concerned over the “prolonged vacuum” in the office of president in the country and said the Secretary-General looked to the Security Council to preserve Lebanon from the impact of conflicts in the region and help it to address the multiple challenges it faces. read more

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Columbus Clippers win 6of8 in opening homestand

The Columbus Clippers secured their fifth come-from-behind win of the young season with a 5-4 victory against the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday, in the last game of an eight-game homestand to start the year. The Clippers (6-2) gained plenty of experience in tight contests during the homestand as close games and come-from-behind victories were present throughout. All eight games were decided by three runs or less and five of the eight were one-run games. Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh said he is proud of the way his team has hung tough in tight situations early in the year. “We have confidence as a club in our ability to score runs,” he said. “We’ve showed early in the season we can come back, score some runs and win games.” Clippers shortstop Gregorio Petit said his team is made up of resilient competitors. “We just battle the whole game and never give up,” Petit said after the Clippers 4-3 walk-off win against Indianapolis Monday. “Fighters fight, and that’s how we are.” In the win Thursday, Columbus found itself trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a significant punch from Indianapolis in the top half of the inning. The Indians scored three runs on a 3-run home run by shortstop Jordy Mercer to take the lead. Using three consecutive hits to start the inning, the Clippers tied the game at four with an RBI single by center fielder Ezequiel Carrera. Third baseman Russ Canzler gave Columbus the lead with an RBI single of his own, the team’s sixth hit of the inning. “I thought that was the key in the game for us,” Sarbaugh said. “Coming out that next inning and scoring three was big.” Scoring the tying run in the fifth inning was Clippers right fielder Chad Huffman. Huffman went 2-for-3 in the game with two runs and a RBI on a home run hit into the deepest part of the ballpark in left-center field. “I got a change-up up in the zone and I was lucky I got the barrel on it,” Huffman said. Clippers starting pitcher Corey Kluber struck out eight in five innings allowing four runs on three hits. Kluber has a combined 18 strikeouts in his first two starts. Columbus begins an 11-game road trip Friday against Louisville, and the team’s confidence is riding high after the successful homestand. “There’s lots of confidence in this locker room,” Huffman said. “Our expectations are to go in there and win all 11 of them.” read more

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Intel drops McAfee name to help distance itself from founder

first_imgI am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users.My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words. INTEL IS DISTANCING itself from the founder of its anti-virus software service McAfee after announcing it will be changing its name.The company’s CEO Brian Krzanich said that it will be replacing the McAfee brand with Intel Security.The rebranding will begin immediately and the company estimates that it will take a year to complete.McAfee Security’s founder John McAfee told the BBC that he was happy with the decision. McAfee founded the company in 1987 as McAfee Associates and left in 1994. Since then, he has been involved in a number of controversies.In 2012, he went on the run after his neighbour was found dead in Belize in South America. After being jailed in Guetemala, he was later deported back to the US and is now living in Montreal, Canada.Read: One in five Irish teens have accessed content that disturbed them — survey >Read: Anti-virus guru McAfee sought by police in murder investigation >last_img read more

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Its Aldridge again as Blazers top Raptors

first_imgTORONTO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Rudy Fernandez had 23 and the Portland Trail Blazers won their third straight game, beating the skidding Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Friday night.Coming off a career-high 42 points in Monday’s win over Chicago, Aldridge shot 14 for 25 and grabbed 10 rebounds. He went 9 for 12 from the free throw line.Andre Miller had 13 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won 10 of 13.Fernandez made his first eight shot attempts, six of them 3-pointers, before missing for the first time, coming up short from beyond the arc with 1:33 left in the third quarter.Andrea Bargnani scored 29 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 for the Raptors, who lost for the 16th time in 17 games.Former Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless scored all 18 of his points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers, while Sonny Weems had 10 for the Raptors. Toronto has lost 29 of 35 since Dec. 5.Starting in place of injured Amir Johnson, Toronto’s Ed Davis finished with a career-high 13 rebounds.Trailing by two to start the fourth, the Raptors surged ahead 85-78 with 6:41 remaining thanks to a quartet of 3-pointers by Bayless.Portland quickly got back in it. Aldridge made two free throws and, after Davis missed a pair from the line, Nicolas Batum hit a 3 to make it 85-83 with 5:40 left. After a Toronto timeout, a turnover by Bargnani led to a tying dunk from Batum.last_img read more

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Missing Battle Ground woman found safe

first_imgSearch and rescue crews located an 86-year-old Battle Ground woman Thursday who had been missing in a wooded area near her home for nearly 24 hours.Betty Kramer left her family’s home at 25009 N.E. 239th Circle between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday for her daily walk but never returned home, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman said. Family members searched for her without luck and called the sheriff’s office about 9 p.m. About 16 volunteers searched the area until 3 a.m. Thursday morning, when the search petered out. Neiman said a few people continued looking throughout the night, but the search hit full swing again about 7 a.m.A dozen volunteers continued the search Thursday, setting up a command post about a half mile away from the family home at the corner of East Berry Road and Kaskillah Drive, south of Moulton Falls Park. Searchers looked for Kramer on foot, in cars driving on logging roads and from above in the sheriff’s office fixed-wing aircraft. Police canines also aided in the search.They located Kramer just after 2 p.m.“She was lost. It was very doubtful she would have found her way back to where she belonged without search and rescue looking for her,” Neiman said. “She’s in great shape and good spirits.”last_img read more

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Sounds of summer return with Six to Sunset shows

first_imgLINEUPS FOR SUMMER SERIESSix to Sunset concerts6 p.m. Thursdaysat Esther Short Park, freeo July 17: The Beatnikso July 24: Curtis Salgadoo July 31: Johnny Limbo & The Lugnutso Aug. 7: 5 Guys Named Moeo Aug. 14: Vancouver Symphony OrchestraDestination Downtownnoon concertsNoon Wednesdays atEsther Short Park, freeo July 16: Lincoln’s Beardo July 23: Gravyo July 30: One of a Kind Drumlineo Aug. 6: Supadupa Marimba Brotherso Aug. 13: Britnee KelloggCountry Financial Friday Night Movies in the ParkMovies start at dusk at various locations, freeo July 11 at Haagen Park: “Up”o July 18 at Fruit Valley Park: “Back to the Future”o July 25 at Marshall Park: “The Goonies”o Aug. 1 at John Ball Park: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II”o Aug. 8 at Fisher Basin Park: “Second Hand Lions”o Aug. 15 at Esther Short Park: “Hoosiers”Downtown parkingParking is available at the Park n’ Go next to Esther Short Park, and downtown street parking is free after 6 p.m.Minutes before the band took to the pavilion stage at Esther Short Park Thursday evening, people could be seen lugging lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and snacks. Someone even brought a carrot cake to the downtown park for the occasion.Summertime concerts on the park lawn means bringing everything you need — or don’t need — to enjoy tunes while the sun goes down.The free Six to Sunset concert series consistently brings 5,000 to 6,000 people to the park each week, said Stacey Donovan, special events manager for the city of Vancouver. Finding an open patch of grass in front of the stage was tough. Latecomers set up their lawn chairs on the edge of the sidewalk to get a view of Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band. It didn’t really matter where people sat, the music could be heard just about anywhere in the park. Dave Smith watched from a lawn chair on the side of the stage. He returned to the park for the concerts after going last year and finding it to be a “relaxing, comfortable” summertime activity. “The price is right,” he said with a laugh. “The weather’s perfect for it.” This year, the series in the park brings back bands that didn’t play last year.Blues singer Curtis Salgado is the only returning act from last year, Donovan said. The summer’s lineup consists mostly of cover bands, like Stone in Love, playing the classics. Even the sixth and closing act, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 14, is slated to cover movie theme songs. To spread the word about the concerts, Vancouver and Riverview Community Bank are promoting the series through social media. People who post photos, videos or check in with a status update from the park using the hashtag #6tosunset on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+ have the chance to win a prize from local businesses.last_img read more

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Sarah Henchoz and Paul McCarthy Local jurisdiction must be considered in a

first_imgIt is legally possible for an employer to provide a global benefits package, and many employers decide to do so because it is administratively more efficient than offering localvariations and, crucially for a global workforce, ensures parity of treatment across the organisation.A global package is attractive for employers with a mobile workforce because it saves having to offer new rewards or amend existing benefit packages each time the employee is assigned to a new location. It is important, however, that the benefits offered meet any local minimum statutory or regulatory requirements, and are adapted as necessary to ensure they are compliant. Furthermore, an employer considering a global package needs to ensure that benefits offered via any third-party providers apply equally in all relevant jurisdictions, for example, medical benefits and insurance policies sometimes contain exclusions for certain countries. Another important consideration is data protection and the ability to transfer employee data to a central team and/or third party which may be administering the global benefits. There are likely to be local restrictions on the ability to transfer data that need to be checked and complied with and, in some cases, express employee consent will be required. The ability and ease with which new benefits can be implemented and existing benefits revised or withdrawn should also be reviewed. In some countries, this will be harder than others and consultation with works councils and/or other employee bodies may be required. In some countries, consent to make changes will be needed.Finally, an employer will want to ensure that the cost of offering any benefit in any particular jurisdiction is economic, from a tax as well as cost perspective, both for the employer and the employee. There is little point in providing a benefit if the burden of doing so outweighs the benefit provided.Sarah Henchoz is partner in the employment team, and Paul McCarthy is partner in corporate incentives at law firm Allen and Overylast_img read more

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Disney Puts Longtime ESPN Exec Russell Wolff in Charge of ESPN Streaming

first_img Popular on Variety Russell Wolff, a 20-year veteran of ESPN, is taking over the reins of the sports programmer’s ESPN+ streaming service.Wolff, as EVP and general manager of ESPN+, reports to Michael Paull, president of Disney Streaming Services (formerly referred to as BAMTech Media). Most recently, Wolff served as executive VP and managing director of ESPN International, where he was responsible for all of ESPN’s international businesses.In the new role Wolff will be responsible for managing ESPN+ in conjunction with Walt Disney Co.’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. In addition, he’s tasked with collaborating on the overall management and commercialization of ESPN-branded digital products.Launched in April, ESPN+ is Disney’s first foray into direct-to-consumer entertainment. The service costs $4.99 per month (or $49.99 per year), providing access to thousands of additional live sports events not carried on ESPN’s TV networks, as well as original shows and series including the entire ”30 for 30″ documentary series. Last month, ESPN announced that ESPN+ had surpassed 1 million subs in just five months. That came after ESPN shifted customers of its 20-year-old ESPN Insider subscription service to ESPN+ in August. According to ESPN, the addition of the ESPN Insider user base accounted for “a minority” of the ESPN+ audience.“ESPN+ is off to a fantastic start as the fastest growing consumer sports streaming service in the market and Russell’s deep understanding of the ESPN brand and experience across all aspects of the media landscape will bring even more velocity to the service,” Paull said in a statement. “His strong business acumen and exceptional leadership qualities make him the perfect leader to advance the growth of ESPN+ as we continue to evolve the service.”Wolff commented: “ESPN+ is in the first inning of a very long game. There is a tremendous opportunity to grow the service and expand our position as the leading streaming service and provider of digital products for sports fans.”In a separate exec shuffle earlier this month, Aaron LaBerge, previously ESPN’s chief technology officer, was appointed to the new role of EVP and CTO of Disney’s Direct-To-Consumer and International unit.With Wolff moving out of his role heading up ESPN International, the regional general managers of the ESPN International businesses will report directly into DTCI’s regional leadership outside of the U.S. The content, programming and production teams for ESPN International will continue to report directly into ESPN.As head of ESPN International, Wolff led ESPN’s digital expansion globally, which included more than a dozen localized editions of ESPN.com and the ESPN app, the ESPNFC soccer vertical, ESPNCricinfo cricket vertical, and ESPN’s streaming platforms including WatchESPN. He also drove the expansion of ESPN’s businesses in Latin America.Wolff first joined ESPN International in 1997 as a VP managing the company’s business interests in the Asia-Pacific region. In 1998, he joined ESPN Star Sports as VP of programming and event management and was later promoted to SVP. Wolff returned to ESPN proper in 2000 as SVP overseeing programming, marketing, and the company’s businesses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. With his move to oversee ESPN+, Wolff will continue to lead ESPN’s involvement with the Special Olympics.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. October 8, 2009 – Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET Accreditation Program requirements for medical physicists and MR will change. New requirements for initial qualifications, continuing education, and continuing experience will be more relevant and more uniform across the accreditation programs and should not be onerous on imaging facilities seeking accreditation. These modifications are necessary to promote the ACR goals for quality and safety as the ACR prepares the accreditation programs for accreditation approval by CMS under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).The current requirements for medical physicist/MR scientist initial qualifications, continuing experience, and continuing education vary significantly across accreditation programs. They recommend but do not require board certification for medical physicists and provide no other educational or experience requirements when the individual is not board certified. Under the present requirements, a medical physicist can be qualified without having earned a degree of any kind.Revising the current initial qualifications to include board certification or appropriate degree and experience requirements will strengthen the accreditation programs and bring them into line with the existing ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards for each modality. Revising the continuing experience criteria so they are uniform across the programs will ensure that essential personnel stay current and connected with the modalities for which they provide service. The modifications to continuing education criteria will actually provide more flexibility to medical physicists/MR scientists as they choose curricula to fulfill their own needs as well as accreditation and MIPPA requirements. See the table below for details of the new requirements.Language added to address the use of medical physicist assistants clarifies the levels of supervision and accessibility qualified physicists must provide to guarantee expert guidance and oversight. In each program, the qualified medical physicist/MR scientist is responsible for the conduct of all surveys of the imaging equipment. The medical physicist/MR scientist may be assisted by properly trained individuals in obtaining data. These individuals must be approved by the medical physicist/MR scientist in the techniques of performing tests, the function and limitations of the imaging equipment and test instruments, the reasons for the tests, and the importance of the test results. In CT and MRI the medical physicist/MR scientist must be present during the surveys. In Nuclear Medicine and PET, the medical physicist must be present or in general supervision of properly trained assistants (and accessible by phone) during the surveys. In all imaging modalities, the medical physicist/MR scientist must review, interpret, and approve all data and provide a report of the conclusions with his/her signature. For more information: www.acr.org/accreditation.aspx. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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first_imgShangri-La unveils seaside sanctuary by Golden Dream BayOn 8 May 2015 international luxury hotel brand Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open the doors to its newest property in the Haigang District of Qinhuangdao, a small seaside city renowned for its blue waters and golden beach.  As one of China’s more popular summer destinations, Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao naturally takes prime position along Bohai Bay and is a 15-minute drive to the train station that shuttles travellers via high-speed links to Tianjin and Beijing in under two hours.Qinhuangdao in Hebei province is where history, dating back more than 2,000 years, and the present day meet.  The city bears the first Emperor of China’s name, Qin Shi Huang, and remnants of the former ruler’s Great Wall.  Next to the hotel are attractions such as the Olympic Centre, National Forest Park and Xin’ao Marine World.  Shanhaiguan Airport is 35 minutes away by car.The Golden Dream Bay, the city’s finest address and latest residential and entertainment zone, is home to the 23-storey hotel – a new glass building offering spectacular views all around.  Inside the light-filled spaces delicate plum blossoms, found naturally in Qinhuangdao, artistically bloom and the fragrant flowers can be seen as art and intricate light installations, woven in to carpet patterns and embellishing headboards in the guestrooms.The wonders of nature surrounding the hotel are translated through to the use of golden tones and creams in each of the hotel’s 330 guestrooms and suites, which are the largest in the city. Spaciously sized from 45 to 135 square metres with full-length windows that look out on the seaside setting, the rooms feature a contrast of light and dark wood, a plush sofa, ample desk space, marble appointed bathroom, as well as Shangri-La amenities and conveniences. Most rooms offer a balcony overlooking Bohai Bay.Shangri-La Hotels & ResortsSource = Shangri-La Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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first_imgHealth Minister Giorgos Pamboridis confirmed on Thursday that Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides has asked for a disciplinary probe into two state-employed doctors who sit on main opposition party Akel’s central committee.Politis newspaper had reported on Thursday morning that Michaelides sent a letter last week to Pamboridis asking him to launch an investigation into the doctors – Chrysanthos (Athos) Georgiou and Soteris Koumas – on the grounds of conflict of interest. In addition to their central committee roles, Koumas is the head of state doctors’ union Pasyki and Georgiou leads Akel’s office dealing with health.“I confirm that the auditor-general has addressed a letter to me concerning two doctors who hold political office,” Pamboridis said.Responding to a question on whether there is a disciplinary issue concerning the two doctors, he said he would have to look into it.This is the second time Michaelides has requested disciplinary probes into public servants who also hold political office.In March, he asked Finance Minister Harris Georgiades to investigate Savia Orphanidou, an official within his ministry who is also member of ruling Disy’s political bureau. In that case, Michaelides also requested a report into how Orphanidou came to be seconded to the European Investment Bank, a move widely seen as being politically motivated.Michaelides justifies his requests by citing a 2015 law stating that all civil servants over the A7 pay scale need to obtain permission from the Public Service Commission (PSC) before they can accept party posts.Georgiades’ response that there had been no conflict of interest for Orphanidou because her election to the party’s political bureau had preceded the 2015 law led to a public argument between the two state officials over its interpretation.Since then Georgiades has asked Attorney-general Costas Clerides to give his opinion on the matter. Clerides said last week that any civil servant who held any post in any political party from 1991 to 2015 had been in violation of the law, and that if civil servants on the A8 pay scale or higher since 2015 hold party posts without permission they continue to be in violation.Georgiades said the relevant authorities must now order disciplinary probes into all such cases that come to their attention. He also said he would ask for clarification on the handling of potential cases as the ruling could affect a large number of civil servants, and that he would take it to the cabinet for discussion.The issue is to be also discussed at the House watchdog committee next week.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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