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However, the Port of Townsville added that the after effects of Cyclone Debbie linger on at the port.The cyclone has also closed several coal export terminals in the region, threatening coal exports from Queensland, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. zoom Ports of Abbot Point, Hay Point and Mackay have been closed after severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the North Queensland coast, North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) informed.Steve Lewis, NQBP Chief Executive Officer, said the corporation’s Whitsunday ports were all experiencing large swells, high winds and heavy rains on March 28.Lewis said NQBP has been working closely with port partners and emergency services to secure the port and begin planning for the resumption of safe port operations.“In addition to landside inspections, a survey of seabed assets such as navigational channels and berth pockets must be carried out to the satisfaction of the Harbour Master and our own expert marine pilots before ports can re-open for shipping,” Lewis explained.NQBP’s emergency response team has started inspecting port assets.“The southern breakwater at Port of Mackay has suffered some damage. But considering the extreme conditions, it has weathered the storm,” NQBP said in an update on Facebook.“Conditions remain severe, and the breakwater remains closed to public access,” NQBP added.Vessel traffic has resumed at Queensland’s Port of Townsville, the port tweeted.Port of Townsville is now at Condition Green, shipping to resume this morning. #CycloneDebbie— Port of Townsville (@townsvilleport) March 28, 2017
New Delhi: The initiatives announced by the government for start-ups in the Union Budget would significantly improve flow of funds and encourage budding entrepreneurs, a top official said. Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Ramesh Abhishek said the Budget proposals have also resolved angel tax issues of start-ups. “Major tax reforms have been announced for start-ups that will significantly improve flow of funds to them and address many tax related issues they have been facing,” Abhishek said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Budget has proposed special administrative arrangements to be made by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for resolving pending tax assessments of start-ups and redressal of their grievances. The government will ensure that no inquiry or verification in pending cases can be carried out by the assessing officer without obtaining approval of his supervisory officer. These measures, he said, would help budding entrepreneurs focus more on their businesses and not on regulatory matters. “Overall, it is seen that the Budget has addressed important issues such as improving the flow of funds and credit growth,” the secretary said. In February, the DPIIT and the CBDT gave a major relief to budding entrepreneurs by relaxing the definition of start-ups and allowing them to avail full angel tax concession on investments up to Rs 25 crore. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThis was done as several start-ups claimed to have received angel tax notices, impacting their businesses. Various start-ups have raised concerns on notices sent to them under the section 56(2)(viib) of Income Tax Act, 1961 to pay taxes on angel funds received by them. Section 56(2)(viib) of the Income Tax Act provides that the amount raised by a start-up in excess of its fair market value would be deemed as income from other sources and would be taxed at 30 per cent.
There is no doubt that the Indian auto industry is on a decline, perhaps worst ever in the last four decades. This is the same industry which last year recorded a turn over of Rs 8.2 lakh crores (USD 119 billion) with a huge export component. Within a year’s time, the same industry is resorting to ‘no production days’, large scale laying off of workers, inventory clearing sales, etc. The pain is still deeper for the supply chain handlers and dealers. A modest estimate reveals more than 3,50,000 job losses in the last few months and if the present trend persists, there will be an unprecedented crisis in the sector like Detroit of 2008. Also Read – A special kind of bondHence, the pertinent question is how come we reached this stage in less than a year. Is it because of the general slowdown attributed to both indigenous and more exogenous factors as the official pundits would like us to believe or is there a credible story behind this? If general slowdown was the only reason, how come in the same period FMCG companies recorded a decent year on year growth with net sales of Dabur and Nestle achieving 11 per cent growth and Hindustan Lever 7 per cent. White goods like air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators also witnessed 5 per cent, 3 per cent and 11 per cent respectively during April-May 2019. Hence, we need to demystify the myth of omnibus reason called slowdown. Also Read – Insider threat managementA number of factors mostly owing to systemic failure have arisen in the auto sector in a very short span of time. Most vehicle purchases are being financed through banks/NBFCs. No doubt liquidity crunch coupled with the risk-averse approach of banks and high-interest rates have played a big role. But these conditions have been prevailing for quite some time. Then why there is a sudden dip? The real reasons are somewhere else. Most immediate of them probably is bunching together of several regulatory changes announced by the government in a very short span of time without realising their full implications, a classic case of ‘reform for reform sake’. Let me list out a few here – regulatory changes in safety norms; leapfrogging to BS-6 putting enormous stress on the industry to achieve it in the shortest time; front-loading of third party insurance, etc. On top of it, the auto industry got no relief in the new GST regime. Last straw on camel’s back was huge increase in road tax which increased by as much as 13 per cent in case of some state governments. This obviously was too much for a product which is already highly taxed. It is estimated that these so-called big-ticket reforms happening at the same time pushed up the cost of vehicle by 7 to 15 per cent depending on the size and make. Let us not forget that when the BS-6 kicks in coming April, the cost will further go up by 5 to 6 per cent. Fuel prices, which are already high over the last two years, are likely to go up further with BS-6. Interestingly, this high-cost scenario has been further complicated by the extraordinary policy modulation by the government through its leading ‘ Think Tank’ – NITI Ayog. The ‘Tughlaqi Farman’ of NITI Aayog mandating that all two-wheelers will be EV by 2023 and all three-wheelers by 2024, has really taken the cake. Even the recent reassuring statement of PM that there is sufficient space for both EVs and ICEs to coexist has not been able to douse the fire fully. NITI Aayog continues to make outlandish statements which not only demotivate both the manufacturers and consumers but also distort the market. For instance, just the other day, one of the prime movers of NITI Aayog has publicly declared that EVs will attain price parity with petrol/diesel vehicles within 3 to 4 years. I wonder whether this statement is based on hard facts/data or part of NITI’s pipe dreams. Even the latest forecast of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which is closely followed by NITI Aayog, mentions that EV cars will constitute a mere 6 per cent of all car sales in India in 2030. I have been constantly highlighting for the last two years through my articles in various national dailies (which are available in public domain) that this kind of whimsical flip-flop of policy will destroy a sunrise sector like auto. It is high time that India formulates a well-calibrated, consistent and long-term policy with realistic targets. I may emphatically mention that after the ‘Automotive Mission Plan: 2006-2016’, there has not been any comprehensive holistic auto policy in the country. We have been strategising in bits and pieces. Over the last few years, surprisingly, NITI Aayog has hijacked the sector from line ministries like DHI and Road Transport who at least had some amount of institutional memories. Fly-by-night consultants and dream merchants have emerged from nowhere who have no stake in the system but are busy selling their pipe dreams to the new policy regime. The real stakeholders like manufacturers, investors have relegated to the background as profit-seekers and backwards-looking lobby. Let me illustrate my point with a few examples. Government formulated FAME (I) scheme and engaged a lot of resources to promote electric mobility in the country. It was announced that the government will incentivise a range of technologies which results in low emission and less fuel consumption. The government also levied lower excise duties on such clean technologies. All of a sudden, this strategy was put in the back burner and only EVs became the flavour of the day, surprisingly to the exclusion of all other technologies which have done so well in most other countries. The industry was at a loss on how to retrieve their investment plans. Rightly or wrongly, a decision was taken to leapfrog from BS-4 to BS-6 in around 4 years, primarily to address the environmental concerns. The auto industries and the refiners took up the challenge in right earnest and invested Rs 1,40,000 crores in 18 months to fulfil the government target. In April 2020, India will become the first country to use BS-6 fuel for its two and three-wheelers. Even before this program kicked in, NITI Aayog declared that all two and three-wheelers will be EVs in 4 to 5 years time. With this kind of policy flip-flop, can any industry survive? The industry has invested so much to upgrade the engines to make it BS-6 compatible. What will happen to that investment and who should be held responsible for this national waste. Sometimes I wonder what is the real reason for such an unusual rush for EVs which has not succeeded in any country including China. Moreover, EV is not the ultimate tech. Why are we, as a forward-looking country, not investing in fuel cell technology which probably is the future of energy for mobility? If our main concern is the environment, escalating demand for electricity owing to EVs will result in generating pollution since we produce coal-based electricity. As per the government’s own estimates, the carbon intensity of power generation will continue to increase till the early 2030s. If import of hydrocarbon is the concern, advanced hybrid engines offer a low-cost solution allowing industry the time to transit to EVs in a viable manner. Introduce structural reform in auto taxation by linking GST to fuel efficiency/carbon emission instead of present irrational factors like engine size, fuel type, ground clearance, etc. Also, introduce a scientific auto scrapping policy so that inefficient old engines get replaced by fuel-efficient ones. The present unprecedented crisis which threatens the very base of an industry that accounts for Rs 1,20,000 crore GST (15 per cent of total GST collection) has been mainly precipitated by policy vacillation than any generic factor. Auto is a very complex sector and requires deeper understanding and deft handling at the policy level. No investor, foreign or domestic will be comfortable with such policy flip-flop. I only wish that pipe dreams of few and unrealistic farmans of policymakers do not distort a vital national asset so carefully built over the last two decades. (Dr Surajit Mitra is former Secretary to Government of India & Vice-Chancellor of IIFT. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Singer Aaron Neville is inspiring people to fundraise for the Children’s Health Fund.“Children’s Health Fund does incredible work to bring health care to America’s most vulnerable kids. I know. I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” he wrote in an email to supporters of the Children’s Health Fund. “From one of the poorest communities in the Bronx to the devastated neighborhoods of the Gulf — including my own childhood neighborhood which is still struggling to recover from Katrina — their doctors are helping kids who otherwise would not get care. And they truly need our help.“Since I have suffered from asthma my whole life, I know how important access to quality health care is. That’s why I decided to make a difference by creating an online fundraiser for Children’s Health Fund. And you can, too! Simply visit the Children’s Health Fund website and start your own personal fundraiser.“Here are a few ideas to get you started:• Dedicate your next special occasion to kids in need and ask your friends and family to make a donation instead of buying a birthday, wedding or anniversary gift.• Give yourself some incentive to meet a personal goal — maybe run that marathon you’ve always wanted to and have your friends cheer you on by donating.• Raffle your talent or skills to anyone who donates.• Have some fun and make a dare — offer to change your hair color, grow a beard, or get a tattoo if you reach your goal!“What’s great is you can do it any way you want. Everyone’s fundraiser will be different, but the end result will be the same: more kids will get the health care they need. And that’s what counts.“So please join me and start your own fundraiser. Together, we can help make sure kids throughout America are able to grow up healthy and ready to succeed in life.”To find out how to start your own fundraiser, click here.
The National Mother’s Day Committee announced today that it will honor four distinguished women at the 38th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards.The annual luncheon ceremony, which will be held on May 5, 2016 at 12 p.m. at The Pierre Hotel, New York, recognizes women who balance highly successful careers with the daily demands and rewards of motherhood. For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org or call 212-549-6421.Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, and a 2015 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and present this year’s awards to:• Sarah Jessica Parker, Actor, Producer and Businesswoman• Joy Mangano, Inventor, Entrepreneur and President, Ingenious Designs, LLC• Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer, Camuto Group• Gemma Lionello, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Beauty, Nordstrom“Through their entrepreneurial spirit, noteworthy professional accomplishments and above all their unwavering commitment to family and philanthropy, these four women embody all that this award stands for,” said Laurie Dowley, Chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. “We are thrilled to celebrate these exceptional women as our 2016 Outstanding Mother Award Honorees.”As part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $30 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2016 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please contact the Mother’s Day Council office at 212-594-6421 or visit www.mothersdaycouncil.org.
TRIPOLI – Fresh clashes erupted Tuesday in the southern Libyan city of Sebha pitting supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi against government forces and former rebels, a military source said.The latest fighting was sparked by the arrival of government reinforcements who aim to dislodge the Kadhafi supporters from several positions they occupy in and around the desert city, said Al-Ferjani Akila, of the Sebha Operations Centre.There was no immediate word on casualties. “Clashes are taking place between the army and former rebels from Misrata on one side and supporters of the old regime on the other,” he said.The coastal city of Misrata saw some of the bloodiest combat of the eight-month uprising that toppled Kadhafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October 2011.At least 88 people have been killed and 130 wounded over the past two weeks in fighting between rival tribes in Sebha.The fighting initially pitted the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against members of the Toubou, a non-Arab ethnic group that has long complained of being marginalised by Tripoli. The Awled Sleiman have also clashed with other Arab tribes.Kadhafi loyalists have taken advantage of the chaos to launch repeated attacks on the city’s Tamenhant air base, according to local officials.
2 June 2008A top official of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) called on Darfurians today to stop fighting and seek the path of peace. A top official of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) called on Darfurians today to stop fighting and seek the path of peace. Deputy Joint Special Representative Henry Anyidoho made the call at the Ad Da’en horse festival in South Darfur, where he spoke with principal Arab tribal leaders from the Rizegat community, local officials and intellectuals. The four-day festival, which ended today, provides a platform for tribal and ethnic reconciliation and mediation and has been an important date in the Darfurian calendar since the 1920s.“Let’s return to the path of peace,” Mr Anyidoho said. “It is easier to stop than to continue fighting; why must you choose the more difficult option?” He stressed that UNAMID was working with all parties to the conflict, and called on Darfurians to banish any misconceptions and doubts about the neutrality of the joint force. Mr. Anyidoho explained the mandate and role of UNAMID to the tribal leaders and reminded them that many peacekeepers from different parts of Africa had laid down their lives in the cause of peace in Darfur. “Don’t let their sacrifices go in vain,” he said, adding that the only way to honour them was to ensure that sustainable peace returned to the region. He advised Darfurians to question themselves about the root causes of the fighting, adding that there could not be any development in Darfur in an atmosphere of rancour and conflict. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, is in Sudan for consultations with the Government of Sudan and other stakeholders. UNAMID took over peacekeeping operations from an AU mission at the start of this year. The mission’s goal is to end the deadly clashes and humanitarian suffering that has engulfed the Darfur region of western Sudan since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militiamen in 2003.
Over in the Western Conference, James Harden’s Houston Rockets, however, rank as the fourth most unbalanced team in the past 31 years — in the 2nd percentile! Meanwhile, this year’s Warriors team is more balanced than usual, ranking in the 76th percentile, which is amazing given that Stephen Curry himself has 2.0 WAR through the first two rounds. The Dubs have a superstar and a well-balanced team. (Which probably goes a long way toward explaining why they’re so great.)The Cavs are favored not because their third, fourth or fifth starter is better than his counterpart on the Hawks. He isn’t. The Cavs are favored because they have LeBron James — and that’s probably enough to get LeBron to his fifth straight NBA Finals. The Fighting LeBrons — err, we mean the Cleveland Cavaliers — face off against the Atlanta Hawks for a trip to the NBA Finals. It’s the four-time MVP vs. four All-Stars.And it’s a close matchup, though the Cavs have a slight edge. The Hawks earned the top seed in the East and home-court advantage, but the Cavs still have a 63 percent chance of winning the series, according to our Real Plus-Minus projections.But if these two teams are similar in their overall level of talent, they are radically different in its distribution. This year’s Hawks team is historically well-balanced — like the 2004 Detroit Pistons, the 2006 Phoenix Suns and the 2013 San Antonio Spurs. The 2015 Cavs, in contrast, are largely carried by James (and, to a lesser extent, by Kyrie Irving).Atlanta has four players — Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll — who have all accrued 1.1 to 1.5 wins above replacement (WAR) through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Meanwhile, LeBron has amassed 2.1 WAR for the Cavs all by himself.The Hawks rank fourth out of the 124 teams to make the conference finals since 1985 in terms of the evenness of their production. (As measured by the distribution of WAR among the five players with the most minutes through the first two rounds, weighted quadratically.1That is, the player with the highest WAR is given a weight of one, the second-highest WAR player gets a weight a four, the third gets a weight of nine and so on.)By that measure, the Hawks’ score was 52.2. (The higher the score, the greater the contribution the team received from its less-heralded players.) LeBron’s Cavs, however, ranked 71 out of the 124 teams with a score of 26.9 — so they’re not extraordinarily unbalanced, but they are less balanced than the typical team in the conference finals. In addition to the brilliance of James, that number was primarily driven by the weak production from Cleveland’s fourth- and fifth-best players, namely Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov.Below is a table of each conference finalist since 1985 with their weighted WAR and its percentile. The Hawks are in the 98th percentile, while the Cavs are in the 43rd.2Past LeBron teams, whether the Cavs or the Heat, are even more unbalanced than this year’s Cavs team.
“I am concerned, as I was during the Newstalk interview, not to say anything which detracts from that or which causes any further hurt. That was never my intention,” he said. Adams’s initial comments in a Newstalk Breakfast interview yesterday morning have drawn widespread condemnation and the defence of his remarks by Sinn Féin’s Padraig MacLochlainn has also led to criticism.‘Everyone knows IRA was responsible’But the Sinn Féin president insisted that what he said reflects what is recorded by the Smithwick report, saying that it is “nonsense to suggest that I was blaming the two RUC officers for their own deaths. Everyone knows the IRA was responsible. That was never in question”.Adams quotes from the report, saying that it noted Buchanan having crossed the border on average 10 times a month, travelling on his own and in a car that, the report said, was “readily identifiable”.He said the report noted “there was a general view that the RUC crossing the border were targets”.Adams goes on to say: “Clearly, the decision to continue to travel as frequently as they did across the border, without escort, left the RUC officers open to the real possibility of attack. None of this distracts from the tragedy and loss of life.”He goes on to express concerns about the conclusions of the tribunal, pointing out that it accepts that there is “no direct evidence of collusion and then went on to claim without supporting evidence that ‘on the balance of probabilities’ there was collusion”.In the blogpost he goes onto call for the outstanding issues of the Weston Park Agreement to be dealt with and criticises his opponents for not being open to discussing the Sinn Féin proposal for “a comprehensive, victim centred, truth recovery process under the tutelage of an independent international agency”.He added: “Could it be that partitionism and revisionism allied with party political self-interest has primacy over more important matters?”Read: ‘Insulting, offensive, quite outrageous’: Sinn Féin criticised over Smithwick responseRead: Gerry Adams criticised by Tánaiste and Fianna Fáil over response to Smithwick TribunalMore: Adams branded “an apologist for terrorists” after “laissez faire” remark SINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has defended his remarks about two RUC officers murdered by the IRA having a “laissez faire” attitude towards their personal safety.In a statement posted to his blog Léargas, Adams said today that while it was never his intention to say anything which “detracts” from the hurt being experienced by the families of Harry Breen and Pat Buchanan, what he said reflects the report of Justice Smithwick published this week.He also hit out at the “contrived outburst” of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in the Dáil this week and the “pompous remarks” by the Justice Minister Alan Shatter who described Adams’s comments as “nauseating”.“I am very conscious that at the heart of this issue are two bereaved families,” Adams said, adding he did not needed to be reminded of this “by any of my political opponents”.
Source: Dan Rivers/Twitter Get our daily news round up: Monday 28 Nov 2016, 9:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3107907 Al Sha’ar neighbourhood today – the man that filmed this had to flee his home with his daughter in his arms #Aleppo pic.twitter.com/Sp1MpjdCyw— Dan Rivers (@danriversitv) November 28, 2016 8,876 Views Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Short URL A woman signs a book of condolences for Cuba’s late leader Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba. Source: Natacha Pisarenko AP/Press Association Images#US: An attacker who ran over and stabbed a number of people at Ohio State University was shot dead.#UK: Barry Bennell, the paedophile coach at the centre of an abuse scandal that has rocked English football, was taken to hospital by police responding to a “fear for welfare incident”.#SYRIA: Syrian rebels have lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in eastern Aleppo as the army pushes an offensive to retake the battered city, according to an on-site monitor.INNOVATIONPaddy Power-Betfair and Topaz are among the latest companies to be prosecuted by the office of the Data Protection Commissioner for breaking e-marketing regulations through unsolicited spam emails and text messages.Facebook has launched a scheme to bring internet access to underserved locations in India (BBC News).PARTING SHOTA man who had to flee his home in Aleppo with his daughter in his arms filmed the devastating impact the ongoing Syrian war has had on the city. By Órla Ryan Pope Francis is set to visit Ireland in 2018.24 people were arrested as part of a major garda operation targeting drug dealing in the Carlow/Kilkenny region.A man arrested in connection with a stabbing and acid attack on a woman in Limerick was released without charge, a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Four men who launched a boat on the River Shannon, which later overturned and led to one of their deaths, had been drinking and taking drugs, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has found.A convicted rapist was removed from court during his sentence hearing after he repeatedly interrupted proceedings and called his victim, a grandmother in her 50s, a “filthy prostitute”.A Dublin man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership and was arrested in the run-up to Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland had explosive device components in his locker at Maynooth University, the Special Criminal Court heard.The Environmental Protection Agency is calling on people in high radon areas to test their homes for radon, after one house was found to have over 24 times the acceptable level – the equivalent of getting 17 chest X-rays every day.Shane Ross defended his record as tourism minister, saying the record numbers speak for themselves.A youth admitted attacking gardaí after he stole live exotic animals which had been part of a wildlife exhibition at a library in Dublin.A 30-year-old man was arrested after an attempted armed robbery at a post office in north county Dublin.WORLD Nov 28th 2016, 9:00 PM Pope Francis has been an important voice for the young, the poor & disadvantaged – glad he will visit Ireland in 2018 pic.twitter.com/vSn16otMAA— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) November 28, 2016 Can’t watch the video? Click here. Comments have been turned off for legal reasons. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Pope Francis to visit Ireland, Shane Ross defends his record and attacker shot dead at Ohio State University. Source: Enda Kenny/Twitter
Arianespace participera au lancement de 1600 satellites d’ici 2025Selon un rapport de Nothern Sky Research, 1 600 satellites devraient être mis en orbite dans les 15 prochaines années. La société européenne Arianespace y participera grandement. Elle a un carnet de commande bien rempli.Un rapport de Northern Sky Research estime que dans les 15 années à venir 1 600 satellites devraient rejoindre l’espace. Ce marché colossal de 250 milliards de dollars concerne aussi bien les satellites civils, militaires et de télécommunications que les satellites météorologiques et scientifiques.À lire aussiGrâce à un satellite éteint, des scientifiques découvrent des structures cachées sous l’AntarctiqueLes Européens continueront, de leur côté, à procéder aux lancements des fusées Ariane-5 via la société Arianespace comme depuis huit ans avec 44 missions réussies. Aucun échec n’est à déplorer. A l’heure actuelle, Ariane-5 est la seule fusée en mesure de lancer en même temps deux satellites satcom de cinq tonnes chacun. Cependant, après 2025, Ariane-5 sera certainement remplacée par un nouveau lanceur, capable quant à lui d’embarquer de 2 à 8 tonnes en orbite géostationnaire. C’est du moins ce que prévoit Yannick D’Escatha, le PDG du CNES. A priori, la nouvelle fusée, qui commencera à être développée à partir de 2015, jouera la carte de l’originalité en prenant le nom de … Ariane-6.Depuis 1980, Arianespace a honoré plus de 300 contrats et mis en orbite 294 satellites pour 77 clients. C’est, pour le moment, la moitié des satellites commerciaux utilisés. Alors que se tient le salon du Bourget, en région parisienne, la compagnie annonce qu’un nouveau contrat va être signé avec l’opérateur SES. Celui-ci souhaite lancer le satellite ASTRA 5B à la mi-2013. Avec cette commande, Arianespace a du pain sur la planche. Elle devra lancer 26 satellites géostationnaires et plusieurs cargos ATV vers l’ISS, sans compter les 18 missions de la fusée russe Soyouz qui devra embarquer des satellites aussi bien scientifiques que gouvernementaux. En effet, les Russes lanceront désormais leurs fusées depuis le site français de Kourou, en Guyane. Le prochain décollage russe se fera le 20 octobre prochain et emmènera les deux premiers satellites du réseau européen Galileo. De plus, en décembre, Soyouz lancera le satellite d’observation optique civil et militaire Pléiades-1. Destinés à concurrencer le système GPS américain, 30 satellites Galileo seront mis en orbite d’ici 2018 avec une première étape en 2014 où 18 seraient déjà en place, rapporte liberation.fr.Le 22 juin 2011 à 11:24 • Maxime Lambert
Rafael Benitez is hopeful that Newcastle can climb further up the table after a promising run of results and highlighted the difference his three loan signings have madeThe former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager has cut a frustrated figure at St James’ Park this season with a lack of funds meaning that he has had to make do with limited resources in what has bee a challenging first season back in the Premier League.But despite that, Benitez managed to acquire winger Kenedy from Chelsea on a loan deal with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague and Leicester’s Islam Slimani following later on with the same deals.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Since then there has been a notable upturn in form for Newcastle, who have lost just two of their past 10 league matches with Benitez hopeful that they can still climb the table.“It’s not always a question of money. That doesn’t always make the difference when it comes to signing the players you need. In January, when we were talking, we said we need a goalkeeper, a winger and a striker.” said the 57 year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.“That is what we did, and you can see the difference. It is about doing the right things at the right time.”
AURORA, Colo. — Authorities on Saturday began the intricate process of disarming booby traps in the apartment of the suspect behind the Colorado movie theater rampage, hoping to find clues inside to the motive for the shootings without causing an explosion that could destroy key evidence.Scores of law enforcement officials, including bomb squad technicians and dozens of federal agents, removed one trip wire and one explosive device inside James Holmes’ apartment Saturday, and “other devices” are in there, Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said.“We have been successful in defeating the first threat,” Carlson said. The traps were meant to kill the first people entering the apartment, she said.Holmes, 24, was arrested early Friday outside the suburban Denver theater with high-powered weapons and ammunition and charged with the rampage that killed 12 and injured 58 during the midnight showing of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”Makeshift memorials sprang up for the victims, including a U.S. navy sailor, an aspiring sportscaster and a man celebrating his 27th birthday. In his Saturday radio address, President Barack Obama urged Americans to pray “for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover.”
A Vancouver man who fired a shotgun in the air Monday to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.Jeffrey C. Barton pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Clark County District Court to a misdemeanor charge of illegally discharging a firearm.Outside of court, Barton said, “I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”The 52-year-old is accused of firing his shotgun Monday to scare away three men who appeared to be breaking into his vehicles. Clark County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 3:30 a.m. to Barton’s home in the 5800 block of N.E. 124th Street for a report of an auto prowl, according to court documents. On the way, the 911 dispatcher heard Barton shoot his gun repeatedly, the court documents say. He allegedly told the dispatcher that he didn’t aim at the men — but that next time, he would.In response to a home defense question in February, Biden said Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.
Almost two-thirds (61%) of employer respondents see an improvement in employee performance following investment in workplace culture, according to research by EY.Its survey of 100 FTSE 350 board members also found that 92% of respondents believe that investing in workplace culture has a positive impact on an organisation’s financial performance.The research also found:86% of respondents view culture as fundamental or very important to their organisation’s overall performance.More than half (55%) of respondents report that investing in workplace culture has increased operating profits by 10% or more.Just 12% of respondents include a detailed overview of their culture and how it is managed in their public filings or annual reports.Less than a fifth (19%) of respondents believe that the board has primary accountability for workplace culture.51% think that the board should take more responsibility in shaping and measuring culture.68% regularly and actively try to promote and control organisational culture at board level.47% of respondents feel that there is either little or partial board-level consensus on what an organisation’s culture should be.Kevin Hills (pictured), UK head of integrity and compliance at EY, said: “The lessons are clear: culture generates value for organisations willing to invest in it, encompassing both improved performance and reduced risk. You may not always get what you expect, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.“There will always be multiple sub-cultures within any one organisation, each of which influences how employees make decisions. However, it is the board’s responsibility to set the tone from the top and to have oversight, accountability and responsibility for monitoring.“History has shown time and time again the corrosive impact that pockets of ‘bad’ culture can have on a business. But where people are aligned around the organisation’s purpose and values, they are more likely to make the right choices when faced with a difficult decision, even if it may not always be the easy thing to do as targets may be missed.”
Folio: What’s kept you at Kiplinger for so long? One thing we’ve seen is that we don’t have a huge portion of our readership with children at home anymore, so we’re going to see lower reader satisfaction for a big project like “Best College Values.” Does that mean we shouldn’t do it? No. We’re going to continue to do it because it’s a great service and it’s something that will attract a younger readership – families who are saving for college or sending their kids to college. Those are the sort of things that we need to be careful about. “I have never worked at another organization, so it’s been my entire career, except for summer jobs,” Solheim tells Folio:. “It’s unusual in any industry, but especially in our industry. That goes right to what a great place this is, run by a family of journalists who are doing all they can to keep good, traditional journalism going.” Folio: How can you keep Kiplinger relevant and necessary for readers in such a difficult environment? To fill that void, Knight Kiplinger, third-generation head of the 97-year-old shop, has elected to keep things in the family, so to speak — entrusting the magazine to the hands of 37-year company veteran Mark Solheim. Mark Solheim: Our organization is just big enough. It’s not huge; we’re a little over 100 people. We’ve kept the place open by being lean and mean and increasing our productivity. But for me, from a young age, I was able to move around. I started in manuscripts and proofreading and soon became the chief copy editor. On the week in which he offiically steps into the new role, Folio: sat down with Solheim to learn a little more about his plans for the magazine going forward. But meanwhile, they were giving anyone who wanted to a chance to write. When I rose to managing editor back in the 90s, online was just starting to come into its own. All of these opportunities were there for me, and my bosses were very receptive to letting me do them. If I ever got bored, I was always able to do something a little different.Solheim Folio: Is maintaining the print publication’s vitality going to be a challenge? People have been trained not to pay very much for subscriptions. Our price is $12 per year. When I started in 1980, I believe it was $12 back then, too. We’ve come full circle. So what can we do? We always cut costs wherever we can. People are doing more. They’re writing for both print and digital. As editor, I have the challenge of being editor, but also doing a lot of the same workload and producing articles as I was before. Still, running a profitable print magazine — which has managed to maintain a steady circulation of around 600,000 for the better part of the last decade, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media — and keeping it relevant is no simple undertaking. Solheim: We often say that we invented second-person personal finance journalism, back in 1947. The philosophy has never wavered in that the reader comes first. We make sure that everything we do has an effect on the reader. If we keep that in mind, it keeps us on a straight and narrow path of writing articles that are relevant to people who want to do well with their finances, retire with security, send their children to college. After eight years as editor-in-chief of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Janet Bodnar has stepped down, and in the process left a considerable void at the monthly’s editorial helm. Folio: Does that impact the types of new staffers you look to bring on? Folio: What are some ways in which you’re trying to bring in younger readers? People who value print and want a print magazine certainly use the internet, but they use it differently. They’re in and out. They want their information quickly. It’s not an environment where you can relax and consume at your leisure articles that require some focus and concentration. We recognize the difference there. Solheim: That’s something we’re thinking a lot about, and something we haven’t quite figured out yet. I think we’ve been a little too tied to our reader polls; we know that half of the people filling those out are retirees. So we need to get a better handle on how we measure the success of our editorial. We play close attention to those surveys, but sometimes too much attention. My predecessor was very good at ignoring some of the lower numbers and saying, “This is something we need to do, so we’re going to do it.” Solheim: Absolutely. There’s no doubt that we’re in a different era. Knight Kiplinger still points to the magazine as the flagship, but in terms of profitability, we’re not leading the charge. Kiplinger.com has been increasingly profitable and is growing every year, and our newsletters are still profitable. Even with fewer people subscribing to them, they still have a good profit margin. Solheim: Yes. We hired someone from AARP who has a long background in finance. Above all, we look for people who have expertise in the content. We’re in D.C., so it’s different being here than in New York where there are more journalists kicking around. Everyone’s wearing a lot of different hats, and this new editor understands the difference between digital and print, and I think all of our staffers understand that too, and can do both. You have to have someone that can do both now.
Pictured: Model Cara Delevingne presents a creation during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York, November 13, 2013.ReutersYou go girls. Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne reportedly tag-teamed to shut down two prejudiced users on Instagram, who tried to encourage Ashley to leave her rumored girlfriend.Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have been together since last year, but neither has outrightly confirmed that they are dating. But Cara’s fierce defence of her”true love” does speak volumes about their relationship status. The pair faced down Instagram trolls in an epic way. The trolls insinuated that Ashley Benson was being treated badly and that she deserves better while others had a problem with the homosexual nature of their relationship.Ashley Benson responded by saying, “You need to mind your own business. Stop making things up.” When the Pretty Little Liars star replied, Cara swooped in with even more to say. Victoria’s Secret Angel, Cara Delevingne would not let haters and trolls gang up on her rumoured girlfriend. “You are f***ing disgusting! If you have a problem with true love then come and say this s**t to my face instead pathetically hating through Instagram,” Cara replied, tagging the trolls. Cara Delevingne and Ashley BensonFelix Radford InstagramCara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have kept their relationship pretty much on the low, except for a few moments of PDA here and there, including a public butt grab. The passionate defence of their relationship seems to prove that the pair is in love.Over the weekend, the pair celebrated the release of their new movie Her Smell.It is known that Ashley Benson shot to fame with her role as Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars from 2010 to 2017, while British-born Cara Delevingne reportedly hit the modelling scene running at the young age of 17 in 2009 and went on to win the Model Of The Year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014.
Apple executives used the company’s WWDC keynote Monday to announce a slew of software updates for the iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac — but one product was curiously missing: The Homepod, Apple’s smart speaker, wasn’t mentioned once during the two-hour presentation.The absence of the Homepod was especially notable because the conference marked the one-year anniversary of the device’s unveiling. Apple used last year’s WWDC to introduce the smart speaker to the world, with Apple CEO Tim Cook promising at the time that it would “reinvent home audio.”Apple had originally planned to launch the Homepod before the end of last year, in time for the holiday season. The company missed that deadline, and instead started to sell the device in February.It rolled out a significant software update to the Homepod last month, bringing stereo-pairing and multi-room audio to the device. Apple also announced recently that it would start selling the Homepod in Canada, France and Germany starting June 18. The initial reaction to the Homepod has been mixed, with some hailing its sound quality, while others have criticized missing support for third-party apps a limited implementation of the company’s Siri assistant.Apple did announce some major updates to Siri for mobile devices Monday, announcing that the company’s smart assistant would soon support something called Shortcuts — custom routines that can be assigned to any command phrase. However, there was no word on when these, or any other Siri updates, will arrive on the Homepod.Updating Siri on the device could possibly help Apple find more customers for the device. Homepod sales have been disappointing, according to multiple reports. Bloomberg reported in April that some Apple stores were seeing excess inventory. Strategy Analytics estimated last month that Apple only sold 600,000 Homepods in Q1, with Amazon selling 4 million Echo devices during the same quarter.Part of Amazon’s dominance can be explained with much cheaper price points: Amazon’s Echo Dot speaker sells for just $50, and the company’s full-sized Echo retails for $100. Apple’s speaker on the other hand costs $349. This has resulted in some rumors that the company may introduce a cheaper version of the Homepod this year. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
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The phantom includes pelvic bones, anechoic bladder, prostate, urethra, seminal vesicles and rectum enclosed in a pelvic-shaped plastic housing with a Z-Skin membrane. The self-healing qualities of Z-Skin make this design ideal for the demonstration of biopsies and other image-guided procedures.The phantom is made from materials that can be imaged under ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), making the phantom useful for applications that require multiple modalities such as radiation treatment planning. The phantom is provided with certified prostate and bladder volumes to enable assessment of volumetric measurement accuracy.Modifications are available such as permanently embedded brachytherapy “dummy” seeds or gold fiducial markers for demonstration of target visualization.Each phantom is sold with a certificate of compliance.For more information: www.cirsinc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.
On Wednesday, New York Times published a report on Facebook that raised questions on the company’s way of dealing with the controversies surrounding it, disinformation, the way it treats competitors and critics. The report scathingly pointed out how Facebook denied and deflected the blame it faced, time and again- listing a series of issues faced by the company which affected its users right from 2015. In response to this report, Facebook released a statement on Thursday pointing out inaccuracies in the report by the New York Times. Further on a press call yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg planned, to discuss how the social network manages problematic posts and its community standards. He also released a “community standards” transparency report, on the very same day, listing the actions proactively taken to take down illicit accounts and the struggles that the company still faces. However, the almost 90 minute call mainly ended up focusing on discussions around the New York Times story and what Facebook intends to do in its aftermath. Mark Zuckerberg’s call with the reporters “The reality of running a company of more than 10,000 people is that you’re not going to know everything that’s going on”-Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg held a conference call with reporters of top media firms like USA today, Bloomberg, ABC news, Wired and many others to discuss Facebook’s latest transparency report, which lists how the company caters to its community standards that govern content on its platform. While addressing questions on how he and Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, dealt with the issues listed in the New York Times report, Mr. Zuckerberg defended the social network, Ms. Sandberg and his own record. In response to the Russian interference, he acknowledged that the company was slow to act, but did not hinder investigation at any point. He stated: “I’ve said many times we were too slow to spot Russian interference, to suggest we weren’t interested in knowing the truth or wanted to hide what we knew or wanted to prevent investigations is simply untrue.” This was aligned to Facebook’s board statement on Thursday where the board acknowledged that the two executives responded slowly to Russian interference on Facebook and that directors had pushed them to act faster, but “to suggest they knew about Russian interference and either tried to ignore it or prevent investigations into what had happened was grossly unfair.” As for hiring a PR firm- Definers- who reportedly diverted attention from Facebook’s problems to its rival companies issues, Zuckerberg repeatedly said that he had only learned of Facebook’s work with Definers from the NYT report and Sandberg was also previously unaware of the relationship. When asked who was aware, Zuckerberg simply said “someone on our comms team must have hired them.” “As soon as I read it, I looked into whether this is the type of firm we want to be working with, and we stopped working with them,” he added. “We certainly never asked them to spread anything that wasn’t true.” However, as COO, Facebook’s corporate communications team is under the purview of Sandberg. In a statement on Facebook late Thursday, Ms. Sandberg wrote: “I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing, but I should have.” During the call, Zuckerberg mentioned that Facebook will soon create an independent oversight body to adjudicate appeals on content moderation issues. This analogous to a Supreme court, will be created sometime next year and attempt to bring a balance between the right to free speech while keeping people safe around the world. A Blueprint for Content Governance and Enforcement On Thursday, Facebook released its second transparency report listing its advances in proactively identifying hate speech, and the first numbers for bullying, harassment, and child sexual exploitation takedowns .The report emphasizes the company’s efforts to remove bad content before users ever see it, while fielding an ever-growing number of requests from governments. In line to establishing an independent body to govern content moderation issues, he wrote “I believe independence is important for a few reasons. First, it will prevent the concentration of too much decision-making within our teams. Second, it will create accountability and oversight. Third, it will provide assurance that these decisions are made in the best interests of our community and not for commercial reasons.” Some interesting statistics to note from this report are: From July to September of 2018, Facebook took down far more pieces of unacceptable content. It removed 2.1 million and 8.7 million pieces of content from the category of bullying and harassment and child sexual exploitation and nudity, respectively. It removed 1.23 billion pieces of spam and closed 754 million fake accounts in the past quarter. Facebook says these are mostly spam, although it’s periodically removed accounts linked to political propaganda campaigns. Facebook removed 15.4 million pieces of violent content between June and September of 2018. Facebook has also become better at removing this content before users report it, claiming to proactively find more than 96 percent of the material, compared to around 71 percent last year. Facebook is still fielding government requests for user data, which has increased around 26 percent between the last half of 2017 and the first half of 2018. Facebook has made progress at deploying thousands of newly hired reviewers and artificial-intelligence tools, to enforce its community standards more aggressively. They have managed to catch 95 percent of nudity, fake accounts and graphic violence before users report it to Facebook. Public’s Reaction The New York Times reported that, in Washington, Republicans and Democrats threatened to restrain Facebook through competition laws. They also plan to open investigations into possible campaign finance violations. Shareholders ramped up calls to oust Mr. Zuckerberg as Facebook’s chairman while activists filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about the social network’s privacy policies and condemned Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, for overseeing a campaign to secretly attack opponents. Mr. Zuckerberg said on the conference call that he was not willing to step down as chairman. Jessica Guynn, a reporter for USA Today, started an interesting thread on twitter where she stresses on the point that Mark Zuckerberg is denying allegations in the Times story and instead is stressing on solutions to divert people’s attention from the problems. Jessica also proded Mark on the topic of being the right person to lead Facebook. To which he replied “ We are doing the right things to fix the issues. I am fully committed to getting this right.” You can head over to the New York Times for a complete coverage of this news. Read Next What is Facebook hiding? New York Times reveals Facebook’s insidious crisis management strategy Facebook shares update on last week’s takedowns of accounts involved in “inauthentic behavior” Emmanuel Macron teams up with Facebook in a bid to fight hate speech on social media