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Olive Ridleys keep date with Odisha coast, arrive in large numbers

first_imgOlive Ridley turtles have kept their date with Gahirmatha beach in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, known as world’s largest rookery of this endangered species, arriving just offshore for mating in large numbers.“Olive Ridley pairs have been seen floating near Gahirmatha coast since October last week. We hope that turtles would scale the sand slope in large number to lay eggs in January and February,” said Bimal Prasad Acharya, Divisional Forest Officer of Mangrove Forest Division (Wildlife), Rajnagar, on Thursday.Offshore congregation of Olive Ridley pairs has been observed along 8 km of the Habelighati shoreline. The spectacular sight fascinates nature lovers and scientists.To ensure safe mating, day and night patrolling has been intensified so that fishing attempts can be checked, said Subrat Patra, Gahirmatha forest range officer. Mechanised fishing spells the biggest trouble for turtles as they get entangled in the trawl net.The forest division recently got a shot in the arm with the acquisition of two speed boats — with the assistance of World Bank — which have enabled wildlife teams to patrol the entire stretch of Gahirmatha sanctuary in five to six hours as against the earlier 11-12 hours.In 2016-17, around 9.75 lakh Olive Ridley turtles came out from the sea to lay eggs along the Odisha coast. Nasi II Island of Gahirmatha Sanctuary had alone hosted six lakhs. As per the forest department estimates, 20.22 lakh hatchlings finally emerged from egg shells in Gahirmatha.Following a high-level meeting held here in the third week of October, a central monitoring unit was set up in the Principal Chief Wildlife Warden’s office to coordinate with law-enforcing bodies for ensuring smooth mass-nesting of turtles, which begins in November and continues till May.Sporadic nesting activities of the turtles and their mortality are also being monitored through a web portal, www.manage.odishawildlife.org. It has also been decided that rookeries would be fenced to protect the nests and eggs after the mass nesting.last_img read more

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AAP accuses Goa government of harassing deputy sarpanch

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa accused the BJP-led coalition government on Friday of harassing a former deputy sarpanch, who had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the high court last month seeking a probe into alleged illegalities committed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son Abhijat in an eco-tourism project.The project is located near the Netravali wildlife sanctuary in South Goa. Addressing a press conference, AAP Goa convenor Elvis Gomes said the former deputy sarpanch Abhijit Dessai was “unfairly” sacked by an order of the director of the State panchayat out of vengeance last month, soon after he filed a petition in Bombay High Court at Goa.“The order of the Panchayat department would not survive the judicial test but is good enough to cause fear among others that they too would meet such fate,” Mr. Gomes said. On February 12, the Bombay High Court at Goa had issued notices to Mr. Abhijat Parrikar and several other government agencies in connection with the petition filed against him by Mr. Dessai for alleged destruction of forested area for construction of an eco-resort located near the Netravali wildlife sanctuary. All have been directed to respond to the high court notice by March 11.last_img read more

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In Good Company?

first_imgThe global financial tsunami continues to wreak havoc on individuals and businesses in the United States. Nearly 1.1 million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2008, a 32% increase over the year before. Business bankruptcies grew 54% to 64,318, according to Automated Access to Court Electronic Records (AACER).Sunil Kewalramani, CEO of Global Capital Advisors, projects that 62,000 small, medium and large U.S. companies will fold this year. Indeed, AACER reports that bankruptcies surged 37% in February from the year before; business bankruptcy filings grew 47% to 6,603 during the month. Galaxy Builders,which provides general contracting services for real estate projects, finds itself in the thickest of these tough timesPublic attention has focused largely on the 136 public companies that went bankrupt in 2008 — a 74 percent increase from 2007 — such as Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Circuit City, Ritz Cameras, and CompUSA. But tens of thousands of medium and small sized businesses have been swept into the economic tsunami’s vortex as well. Indian American companies, which have been ascendant over the past two decades, are not immune from these global financial forces.Several Indian led public companies have taken a severe hit during this recession, most notably Citi Group, led by Vikram Pandit, whose share value at $2.85 is trading at almost a tenth its price from a year ago. Likewise, Hartford Financial Services Group, led by Ramani Ayer, is trading at $9.28, down 80% from a year ago. Both companies have between them laid off thousands of employees. Ethan Allen, the home furnishings store led by Farooq Kathwari, is trading at $11, down two-thirds of its value from last year and has announced several rounds of layoffs. Among the few Indian led public companies to buck the recession is Rohm & Haas, a specialty technologies manufacturer led by Rajiv Gupta, whose share price at $78.63 is running just a tad ahead from a year ago, thanks to its acquisition by Dow Chemicals. But the company is shedding over 3,000 jobs as a result of the acquisition, for which Dow has been widely panned and Dow’s own share price has fallen to below $9 from over $43 a year ago.Audio giant Bose Corp., which is led by Amar Bose, announced in February that it was laying off 1,000 employees, roughly a tenth of its workforce, citing the global recession and a decline in consumer demand for electronics. In a statement, the company said: “We have been staffed for a growing economy, not a global recession. As a global company, we are responding to these challenges.” In December, federal regulators seized and closed Haven Trust Bank, in Duluth, Ga. The bank, which had $515 million in deposits, was led by two brothers Mike and R.C. Patel, who own four hotels under the Diplomat Co. brand. The Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which insures U.S. banks took a $200 million hit from the bank’s closure, which has since been acquired by BB&T.Virtually every business is feeling the heat, perhaps none more so than those tied to the construction industry. Galaxy Builders, which provides general contracting services for real estate projects, find itself in the thicket of these tough times. Arun Verma, president of the Texas firm, says that since there is no equity in the markets, credit flow is constricted and no one is lending. The firm acquired three new government clients to preserve its profit margins and is seeking new business by bidding for federal, state, municipal, city and county projects. Its business volume declined 10%, from $118 million in 2007 to $106 million in 2008, and Verma projects that it will shrink further by 25% in 2009. Noble Investments’ Mitesh Shah: “We have an operating model that is based upon a 25% reduction in year over year revenues, so we have built in a strong amount of cushion. At the same time we have a significant amount of capital to grow the business during these times as out of crisis comes opportunity.”“Of the 12 projects we have in hand, three have been stalled, and we are bracing ourselves for inflation and another mild recession led by financials, due to which business will remain in the doldrums for the next 3-4 years.”Verma says the government’s aggressive mortgage modification program and housing turnaround plans will not come into effect until the third quarter and so will have limited impact. “I am doing my best to protect my employees, but in my business I can only cutback on employee costs and I may have to let go 10% of my current 65 employees over the next couple of months.”The saving grace, Verma says, is that unlike many of his competitors, his company has not lost any existing client and by shifting to government clients it has avoided being bought out by a larger player.Technology has long been the stronghold of Indian companies especially in the US. But this industry is feeling the weight of the recession as well. Major Indian outsourcing companies, such as Infosys, have announced belt-tightening measures. Radiant’s Venu Myneni, chairman and managing director of Radiant Systems, a $40 million IT products and services company headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., says the company has deployed various strategies to preserve profitability. Reducing its 500-strong workforce was not contemplated, but the company has implemented salary cuts, spending limits and a hold on expansion plans. S.S. White’s Rahul Shukla: “We pushed out inventory purchases, cancelled or scaled-down some employee events, cut lots of discretionary spending, including travel, and finally came to terms with the fact that the $10 million payroll accounted for the majority of our costs.”The 13-year-old company is charting plans based on the assumption that the economy will start recovering only in 2010 and that the overall outlook for the technology industry remains pessimistic. Says Myneni: “The industry in general is suffering from negative growth rate, rate reductions, lower profits, aged accounts receivables, major cash flow issues and clients’ bankruptcies. We are seeing many companies going out of business everyday because of loss of accounts. Some of them are suffering because of abrupt credit line closures by the banks.”Communication with all constituencies is key in this economy, says Myneni: “It is quite natural for any bank or investor to get alarmed with the current situation. Hence we are in constant touch with our banks and possible investors. I think, more than the tough business situation, the financial world gets concerned with lack of clarity and break in communication. The key is to keep them up to date with all the latest information, including numbers, marketing efforts, new initiatives, cost cutting plans, order pipeline and timely reports.”The financial crisis also buffeted the Tishcon Corporation, a $36 million healthcare company that provides oral drug delivery systems, such as capsules, chewable tablets and soft gel, which experienced revenue declines of 15% in 2008. CEO Raj K. Chopra says, “We have had to cut back on areas like travel, advertising, trade shows, which are important for business, but do not compromise quality and customer service.” So far, the cost cutting measures have allowed the New York based company to avoid laying off any of its 300 employees. Galaxy Builder’s Arun Verma: “I am doing my best to protect my employees, but in my business I can only cutback on employee costs and I may have to let go 10% of my current 65 employees over the next couple of months.” The picture is especially grim in the hospitality industry, which shed 3% in revenues in 2008, with 10% of the loss occurring in the fourth quarter. It is no surprise, therefore, that Indian-led hospitality private equity fund managers like Atlanta based Noble Investment lost 6% top line growth in the fourth quarter of 2008 to $160 million and had to reduce the number of project managers in half from 20 to 10.Mitesh Shah, chief executive officer of the 4000-employee company, said: “As our investment strategy began to change last year, we did not renew our development project managers as they completed new development and renovation projects. In our hotels in 2008 we ensured that our stringent fixed/variable labor model eliminated redundant positions, which resulted in a reduction of a few lower management positions.”The $700 million company, which owns 42 hotels in 15 states, also made major operational changes: “Two-third of our current $310 million private equity fund is available for investment. We have adjusted our approach to investment from one-third new development and two-third acquisition of lodging to now 100% acquisition of lodging assets and also investments in lodging debt. The shutdown of the capital markets means that our investment model projects us having to look at unleveraged yields for at least the next 24-36 months.”Lodging revenues typically decline ahead of other sectors and take even longer to recover. Shah says, “We have an operating model that is based upon a 25% reduction in year over year revenues, so we have built in a strong amount of cushion. At the same time we have a significant amount of capital to grow the business during these times as out of crisis comes opportunity.”Who does he think will survive in the hospitality industry? “The ones with an organizational platform and a strong culture and DNA in their people will survive. The ones with that and capital to invest will thrive.” Saturn Wireless’ Manika Sood: “Our clients may be inspecting every dollar spent, but we are standing stronger than ever before.”Vimal Verma, chairman and chief executive officer of Pan Desi, an English-language television network launched a year ago on Colours TV, says, “It will be a major achievement for organizations that continue to be in business by the end of this year.”Verma says that “tracking the ads being run by broadcasters, print and other media like radio and web, it’s obvious that the money has dried up even for those who were doing fairly well till recently.” His network, which is targeted at South Asian Americans, among the most affluent ethnic groups in the United States, posted an increase in revenues of 7% during the last two quarters of 2008, but Verma expects 2009 to be challenging.It is a sentiment widely shared by Indian American business leaders. Little India contacted the chief executives of 30 leading South Asian run companies to explore how they were coping with the recession, but most, such as Mohan Bhoola, chairman of the $30 million Florida-based hotel management company Elite Hospitality, and Ramesh Bhatia, CEO of the $200 million ATCO Rubber Products based out of Texas, declined comment. Mahendra Nath, president of the $110 million Minnesota-based Real Estate firm, Nath Companies, pointedly said, “I will not give this information to anyone to publish!”Among the few to go on the record, was Rahul Shukla, president and chief executive officer of S.S. White Technologies, one of the oldest manufacturing companies in America. The company saw sales tank 40% when its 1,200 clients, including Boeing and GM, slashed costs. The $28 million firm had two rounds of layoffs in which it let go of 61 of its 206 employees, almost a third of its workforce. However, even while showing the door to employees, the company management exercised an ethos of camaraderie, harking to its CEO’s Indian roots.“Lay-offs were unheard of at S.S. White and every decision to layoff was carefully considered,” said Shukla, who said he lost sleep over the wrenching decision. “At first our management team spent many days figuring out all the spending cuts we could imagine. We pushed out inventory purchases, cancelled or scaled-down some employee events, cut lots of discretionary spending, including travel, and finally came to terms with the fact that the $10 million payroll accounted for the majority of our costs. Radiant Systems’ Venu Myneni: “We are seeing many companies going out of business everyday because of loss of accounts. Some of them are suffering because of abrupt credit line closures by the banks.”“We had a Town Hall Meeting in which the whole plant got together and I explained that layoffs were very likely. We tried to be considerate that people would be sick with worry and wanted to get it over with quickly. As soon as we finished notifying the affected employees, we had another meeting with the rest of the group to let them know that the worst was over and that we had lowered our breakeven enough to keep us financially solvent. There was applause at the meeting. Although it had been a terrible day, our employees were relieved to know that we had taken care of things to make sure that the company would survive.”Shukla says that his mentor Bill Bogan, S.S. White’s former general manager, once told him, “If you lay someone off for financial reasons, then you should be able to look that person in the eyes and explain.” Therefore, Shukla made it a point to “preserve the dignity” of laid off employees, personally shaking the hands, hugging and apologizing to every terminated employee. Shukla says the company remains in regular communication with the laid off workers, helping them with resumes, job searches and references.“I feel so bad because these people are like family to me. We used to have social events every month including bowling nights, Take-Your-Child-to-Work day and ballgames with employee families at the Somerset Patriots Stadium. We had 40 employees from India so I made it a point that tasty vegetarian food like naan and samosa was served at every event. I ensured that these workers were part of the American culture, so for them working with us was like being part of America. Now I see them joining other companies and after work they go back home, shut out from American life.”S.S. White still continues to find new applications in aerospace and automotive industries and introduced a host of new products at an orthopedic show in Las Vegas. Shukla expects the decline to bottom out in April and an upturn in orders by September, when the company will be in a position “to hire many of these good people back.” Glovista Investments’ Darshan Bhatt: “As long as we cutback discretionary spending and postpone all major expenses, the company will be in the black in 2009 and grow assets by at least 50- 60%.”For all the economic carnage, a handful of Indian firms are bucking the recession. Glovista Investments, a small US-based financial investment startup is a case in point. The company was co-founded in late 2007 by Darshan Bhatt, at the start of the recession. As Lehman’s and Merrill Lynch collapsed, Glovista attracted clients by highlighting its independence from larger banks. Bhatt expects to lead his firm through the bumpy financial ride, “As long as we cutback discretionary spending and postpone all major expenses, the company will be in the black in 2009 and grow assets by at least 50-60%.”Saturn Wireless, a New Jersey based wireless solutions company founded by Manika Sood, has also escaped the wrath of the recession. The company is AT&T’s largest mobile partner nationwide and the leading provider of wireless applications. Many of Saturn Wireless’s larger customers reduced orders, but the company maintained $10 million in sales in 2008. “The growth drivers especially in the last few months came by way of offering indispensable products that are a need, and not just a want, and showing how wireless spend actually increases the return on investment,” says Sood. The company continues to hire and Sood is leveraging the downturn by expanding her sales force and product offerings across the country. “Our clients may be inspecting every dollar spent, but we are standing stronger than ever before,” Sood says optimistically, “and are ready for the growth that the healthier market will bring.” Pan Desi’s CEO Vimal Verma: “It’s obvious that the money has dried up even for those who were doing fairly well till recently.”Healthcare remains one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy and Schering-Plough, a publicly listed pharmaceutical firm, has risen that tide, posting a healthy 46% increase in net sales to $12.7 billion and a 36% increase in profits to $3.5 billion in 2008. The company recently merged with Merck, among the few M&A (mergers and acquisitions) during the economic downturn. Fred Hassan, chief executive officer of the company, said in a statement: “At a time when many others in the industry are facing pipeline droughts and patent cliffs, we believe we’re in the sweet spot on product flow and expected exclusivity. This gives us a special edge.”Galaxy Builders’ Verma exudes confidence about overcoming the economic downturn on the entrepreneurial strength of the community: “Indian-run companies are generally headed by first generation immigrants who tend to be hard-working and run lean and efficient organizations, which will survive this downturn.” Bankruptcy NationNearly 3.6 million Americans have lost their jobs since the start of the recession in December 2007 and both personal and business bankruptcies have spiked to an annual record.As the U.S. economy sinks into the deepest recession since the 1930s, bankruptcy filings surged 32 percent in 2008 over 2007 to 1.1 million. Bankruptcies jumped 37% in February from a year earlier. Growing at 50% business bankruptcies are rising substantially faster than personal bankruptcies.Tennessee, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and Michigan lead in per capita bankruptcies. Filings are rising fastest in Hawaii, Delaware, and Washington, according to Automated Access to Court Electronic Records (AACER) statistics  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Lindelof named Sweden player of year

first_imgManchester United defender Victor Lindelof thanked his team-mates and family after being named Swedish Player of the Year for 2018 in Stockholm.The 24-year-old, who joined United from Benfica for £30 million in 2017, received the ‘Guldbollen’ trophy at a ceremony in Sweden’s capital after establishing himself at Old Trafford and shining at the World Cup finals in Russia.Lindelof has started 10 of the Reds’ 12 Premier League games this season and, despite some nervous moments, moved ahead of the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in the central defensive pecking order. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His Old Trafford colleagues were among those who were recognised in his acceptance speech.“It means very much for me to receive this prize,” he said at the event, also attended by ex-United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won the award for 10 consecutive years up to 2016.“I am extremely proud and grateful,” he added. “I want to thank all my team-mates in my club and national team, but also my family, who have always been there for me in wet and dry. You really mean everything to me.”I would also like to thank my beautiful wife, who is always there, helping and supporting me.”Lindelof has started to find his feet at United – albeit at a difficult time for the club – after struggling in his first season at Old Trafford.To the 12 year old me. You didn’t dream too big… pic.twitter.com/fzJ20cI8PO — Victor Lindelöf (@vlindelof) November 13, 2018 He recently told Inside United : “I’m always happy when I play. I always want to help the team and contribute in any way I can.”It’s always good for me to play so I’m very happy at the moment. Not with the results, but I want to keep on going to try to help the team in the way that I can.”A lot of players take time to adjust. I feel good. I think this season is hopefully going to be better than last season – for the team and also for myself.”Lindelof is part of the Sweden squad that will face Turkey and Russia in the Nations League on November 17 and 20 respectively.United sit eighth in the Premier League, 12 points behind pace-setters Manchester City.last_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: India’s schedule for Day 8

first_imgIndia’s medal tally now stands at 29 including seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze. And more medals are expected to be added to it on Day 8 of Asian Games 2018.The focus will be on sprinters Hima Das and Muhammed Anas as they get ready to participate in 400m women’s and men’s finals respectively. Shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will also be in action, while the table tennis star Manika Batra is expected to start her campaign tomorrow.Following is the schedule of Indian contingent on the eighth day of the Asian Games.ATHLETICS: Women’s 400m Hurdles – Juana Murmu: 9:00 AM ISTMen’s 400m Hurdles – Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Dharun Ayyasamy: 9:30 AM ISTAsian Games 2018, Day 7: HighlightsWomen’s 100m Semifinal – Dutee Chand: 5:00 PM ISTMen’s Long Jump Final – Sreeshankar: 5:10 PM ISTWomen’s 400m Final – Hima Das, Nirmala Sheoran: 5:30 PM ISTMen’s 10,000m Final – Lakshmanan Govindan: 5:50 PM ISTARCHERY: Compound Men’s Team 1/8 Eliminations – India vs Qatar: 9:20 AM ISTCompound Women’s Team Quarterfinals – India vs TBD: 12:10 PM ISTAsian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with games recordBADMINTON: (Starting 11.30 AM IST onwards)Women’s Singles (Quarterfinal) – Saina Nehwal vs Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)Women’s Singles (Quarterfinal) – PV Sindhu vs Jindapol Nitchaon (Thailand)BOXING Round of 16: Men’s Light (60kg) – Shiva Thapa vs Jun Shan (China) 5:45 PM ISTMen’s Welterweight (69kg) – Manoj Kumar vs Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov (Kyrgyzstan): 2:15 PM ISTWomen’s Fly (51kg) – Sarjubala Devi vs Madina Ghaforova (Tajikistan) 3:00 PM ISTBRIDGE: Starting at 8:00 Am ISTadvertisementAsian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 7CANOE/KAYAK: Sprint 500m Women (Heats) – India: 8:30 AM ISTSprint 500m Men (Heats) – India: 8:50 AM ISTGOLF: Men’s Individual and Team Round 4: 4:30 AM ISTWomen’s Individual and Team Round 4: 4:30 AM ISTHANDBALL: Men’s Main Round Group 3 Round 7 Match: India vs Chinese Taipei: 9:30 AM ISTHOCKEY: Men’s Pool A: India vs Korea: 4:30 PM ISTSEPAKTAKRAW: Men’s Regu Preliminary Group B match – India vs Malaysia: 8:30 AM ISTMen’s Regu Preliminary Group B match – India vs China: 2:30 PM ISTSHOOTING: Skeet Women (Qualification) – Rashmi Rathore, Ganemat Sekhon: 6:30 AM ISTSkeet Men (Qualification) – Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Sheeraz Sheikh: 7:30 AM ISTTABLE TENNIS: Women’s Team Preliminary Round (Group A) – India vs Qatar: 8:30 AM ISTWomen’s Team Preliminary Round (Group A) – India vs China: 12:30 PM ISTWomen’s Team Preliminary Round (Group A) – India vs Iran: 4:30 PM ISTMen’s Team Preliminary Round (Group D) – India vs UAE: 2:30 PM ISTMen’s Team Preliminary Round (Group D) – India vs Chinese Taipei: 6:30 PM ISTVOLLEYBALL: Men’s Group match – India vs Japan: 11:00 AM IST.last_img read more

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Luka Modric hopes to achieve peak fitness soon after grueling season

first_imgFIFA Men’s Player of the Year Luka Modric said he is yet to be fully fit this season after having just three weeks off after a demanding season, which also included Croatia’s emotional journey to the World Cup.Modric played a major role in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final in Russia, where they were beaten by France. Just before the World Cup, Modric starred for Real Madrid in their third consecutive Champions League triumph.Speaking about his form, he said that he hasn’t had much time off after the roller-coaster ride in Russia and he needs time to get back to his level of fitness.”I had only three weeks of like, let’s say holidays. I think that is the least since I’m playing football,” the 33-year-old Modric, who was named player of the tournament in Russia, said.”First week we spend in celebration…and was not easy to start again after all these emotional moments you are drained completely and I needed time to get back to my better level.”According to a survey conducted by the International players’ association FIFPro, which involved 543 players, nearly half of all international players (46 per cent), who played 50 or more games per season, were being stretched by the schedule.The 300 international players surveyed said they needed five weeks of vacation between seasons, not including pre-season training, to fully recover.Modric, who has already featured in eight games for Madrid in all competitions this season and once for the national side, said in a video interview released by FIFPro that he needed more time to return to his best.advertisement”Now each day I feel better…I just need more games…but it wasn’t easy because we were so eager to achieve something great with Croatia and when we did all these emotions come down on us and it was not easy to recover.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launches on May 20: What will be price and what happens to Note 7?

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 09:13 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi Redmi Note 7S is coming to India on May 20.Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 7S will sport 48MP camera similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro.Xiaomi is also bringing Redmi flagship aka the Redmi K20 to India soon.February was when Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 in India. Nearly four months later, May is when the Redmi Note 7 dies in the Indian market, possibly killed by its own creator. And if its creator that is Xiaomi does show it some mercy, then it will be killed by the market forces. This is because a new Redmi Note is coming. On May 20, Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 7S, and chances are that the Redmi Note 7S is going to slot in exactly the same spot that currently the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 occupies.It’s actually quite weird that the Redmi Note 7S is coming but Xiaomi can be a weird company, probably something that also helps it keep ahead in the market. It does this out-of-box — and the launch of the Redmi Note 7S is one such bit — and that helps it keep the competition in check.Now that the Redmi Note 7S coming, there are two questions: what will be the price of the Redmi Note 7S and what happens to the Redmi Note 7?Redmi Note 7 is deadThe second question is easier to answer. The Redmi Note 7 is so very dead. Even now, when there is no Redmi Note 7S, the Redmi Note 7 has a very peculiar existence. There are two phones Xiaomi sells at a price point of Rs 9,999. These are the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Y3. Both are good phones, but the Redmi Note 7 has an edge here. However, Xiaomi — probably because it has better margins on the Y3 — wants to sell more of Xiaomi Redmi Y3 to people who want to spend Rs 9,999 on their phone. This may mean that Xiaomi wants only one phone at Rs 9,999 price point and it probably wants that phone to be the Redmi Y3.advertisementNow, even if I am wrong in these assumptions, the Redmi Note 7 is still dead. Imagine that Xiaomi wants to two phones at the price point of Rs 9,999, in that case on May 20 you may see the Redmi Note 7S launching at the price of Rs 9,999. This too will mean that the Redmi Note 7 is dead. It will be officially killed once the Redmi Note 7S launches or it will be killed by the market because no one will buy it over the Note 7S.What could be Redmi Note 7S price?Given the context that we discussed above, I believe the Redmi Note 7S is going to priced at Rs 10,999. It can’t possibly go above that because then it will be clashing with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which sells for Rs 13,999. And it won’t be under Rs 10,000 because — as I already mentioned — Xiaomi likely wants to give some breathing room to the Redmi Y3.This also means that the Redmi Note 7S will be a phone that will be almost exactly the same as the Redmi Note 7 except its new 48-megapixel camera. The 48-megapixel camera will help Xiaomi bump up the price and sell it to — rightly I believe that this will again be a very nice phone — to willing customers for Rs 10,999.In fact, if you take a closer look you will realise that the Redmi Note 7S could be the exact Redmi Note 7 that Xiaomi sells in China. The China model of the Redmi Note 7 sports (almost) the same specs as the Redmi Note 7 India variant. The only difference between the two Redmi Note 7 is the 48MP sensor. The China variant of the Redmi Note 7 includes 48MP + 2MP camera configuration on the back. So, it is highly likely that the Redmi Note 7 China variant may come to India as the Redmi Note 7S. In other words, the other specs of the Redmi Note 7S will be Snapdragon 660, glass body, 13MP selfie shooter, 6.3-inch FHD+ display, and 4000mAh battery.Meanwhile, Xiaomi is also bringing Redmi flagship aka the Redmi K20 powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. This Redmi flagship could be priced around Rs 20,000, and that should complete Xiaomi’s Redmi phone range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launching in India on May 20ALSO READ | Realme X will launch in India soon, expect price of less than Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 to launch today: Flip cameras, expected price, specs and how to watch livestreamGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow Xiaomi Next Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S with 48MP camera launches on May 20: What will be price and what happens to Note 7?Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7S in India on May 20. We expect the Redmi Note 7S in India to be the China Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 7S will come with 48MP camera.advertisementlast_img read more

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Liberating the Kashmir narrative

first_imgRemembering Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, ‘our party’s first national president who had attained martyrdom for this very demand of removing Article 370’, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while replying to the debate on Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, made a crucial point – he reminded everyone present that, ‘In every election manifesto since its founding in 1951 to 2019, my party has reiterated its demand and promise for removing Article 370.’ Also Read – A special kind of bondShah pointed out how since the Jana Sangh days when Syama Prasad Mookerjee had called for the abrogation of this Article – which was temporary in nature – to the present, when Narendra Modi displayed stoic determination to remove it, the stand has been consistent and unwavering. The Jana Sangh’s manifesto for the first general elections in 1951-52 spoke of the need to integrate Kashmir with Bharat ‘like other acceding states and not [be] given any special position’; this, it argued would ‘end the state of uncertainty about Kashmir’s future’. Dr Mookerjee clearly saw that with Article 370 in place, separatism and subversion by external elements would receive a headwind. Through the decades, that demand for abrogating 370 was repeatedly raised, discussed and debated by the party and its thousands of workers and leaders – down to 2019 when the promise was reiterated again. BJP’s Vision Document for the 2019 general election clearly spoke of the need to remove all obstacles that come in the way of development in Jammu & Kashmir and reiterated “our position since the time of Jana Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.” Also Read – Insider threat managementWhen he launched the party’s campaign for the 2014 elections, in a rally in Jammu in December 2013, Narendra Modi had called for a debate on how Article 370 had prevented the state from achieving its full potential and prevented it from channelising its rich resources towards generating prosperity for its own people. He had argued that by harping ad nauseam on the need for a separate state, the leaders from the Valley had, in fact, only promoted and supported separatism without really working for the welfare of the people. Modi’s reiteration was a part of that long continuum and struggle, in which legions of Jana Sangh and RSS karyakartas, cadres and activists kept the debate alive. In 2019, in a little over two months after taking oath for the second time as Prime Minister, Modi kept his promise. BJP’s Vision Document of 2019 also spoke of the need to work to ‘provide adequate financial resources to all regions of the state’ which Article 370 prevented. The reasons for this demand for abrogation, since the days of the Jana Sangh and later, had to it a clear dimension of development. In one of his letters to Nehru, while discussing Article 370, Dr Mookerjee had pointed out how a sizeable section of Muslims in the state was also demanding that this article be repealed because they wanted greater integration with India. This dimension of development was something that was hardly ever focused upon. Those who wanted to continue their political and ideological monopoly over the people of Kashmir to ensure their prosperity at the cost of theirs – as Amit Shah caustically reminded the House, Article 370 has only benefited three families in the Valley while preventing the fruits of development from reaching the majority – have kept silent on this dimension of development. The large ‘NGO brigades’ that these political parties have spawned over the years to harangue, hector and badmouth India on the world stage and on multilateral platforms to peddle false narrative of human rights violations in Kashmir, have also tried to obfuscate this development dimension. In his reply, however, Shah resoundingly harped on it, he asked questions which the Congress, the communist parties and the Valley-centric parties should have attempted to answer long back. In this context too, Shah’s reply is historic, it brought forth the reality of Article 370 which was that it was actually detrimental for the people of the state. Shah spoke of how full political rights had not percolated to the people, for the last 70 years, with no Panchayat elections held, thus depriving forty thousand sarpanches – village headmen – from functioning. It was only now, after President’s rule, that elections were held and sarpanches were elected and have been actively pushing the development agenda. This rejuvenation of grassroots democracy in the state was in itself a major blow on separatism. He pointed out how education suffered in J&K since educational institutions from across India could not establish projects there, he spoke of how, since anti-corruption laws were not applicable to the state, the resources sent for its development from the Union government was invariably siphoned off at the altar of corruption, he argued how because of this restrictive Article 370, both poverty and corruption have had a field day in the state. Shah also spoke of how there was a shortage of doctors and quality healthcare in the state because doctors from across the country did not want to come here as they could not have full access to rights here due to the continuation of Article 370. Shah drove home the point of how with the removal of 370, the 10 per cent economic reservation arrangement would automatically apply to the state. More crucially, he also brought home the point that because of this disturbing Article, OBCs of the state have been deprived of reservations, and Dalits and tribals too were denied their share of political reservations. It was a discriminatory Article; it has discriminated against people of the state, he emphasised, and therefore, it had to go. “We want to embrace the youth of the Valley,” Shah reiterated, “We want to work to give them quality education and a promising future, we want to give them quality healthcare and opportunities for their livelihood, the development narrative has percolated across India, we want that narrative to spread all over Jammu & Kashmir, and for that to happen Article 370 needs to go,” Shah argued. Directly hitting at the high-priests and mullahs of separatism, who keep provoking and misleading the youth of the Valley, Shah pointed out how those who provoke violence and fan the fires of separatism in the minds of the youth of Kashmir have ensured that their own children are well ensconced in universities and schools in London and America. That is why these separatists are not worried. Shah hit out, “Since they have made comfortable arrangements for their children, but the youth of the Valley continue to suffer from illiteracy and lack of development due to the continuance of Article 370.” This development-deprivation dimension of the 370 narrative has always been smothered, especially by those who have a vested interest in perpetuating dynastic and exploitative politics of opportunism and fear in the Valley. But Modi and Shah have brought out the truth of how Article 370 has actually gnawed away at the foundations of the state and restrained the flow of growth, opportunity, equity and justice for its people. The process that began with Dr Mookerjee and intensified over the years has now reached the peak of culmination and realisation under PM Modi, who has emerged as the great unifier. The Kashmir narrative has finally been liberated from the asphyxiating stranglehold of subversion and untruth. (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Ringo Starr And Celebrity Friends Sign Drumhead For Charity Auction

first_imgRingo Starr and some of his showbiz friends have signed a drumhead that is now being auctioned for charity.On January 20, 2014 David Lynch and his Foundation honored Ringo Starr with a Lifetime of Peace and Love Award and Tribute Concert.Take home this drumhead from the event held at the El Rey Theater in LA. The drumhead is signed by Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, The Head and the Heart, Ben Harper and Ark Life.You’ll also take home the following merchandise from the David Lynch Foundation: • Ringo’s Peace and Love poster • Ringo’s commemorative event program • David Lynch’s cosmic poster • Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch • Transcendence by Norman Rosenthal • Radio City DVD with Paul McCartney and Ringo • Certificate to learn Transcendental MeditationThe auction runs until April 29, and can be accesses via CharityBuzz.last_img read more

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Disha’s sari look sparks debate

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Disha Patani has rekindled Bollywood’s romance with the yellow sari through the ‘Slow motion’ song from Salman Khan’s Bharat. But it has left many asking “Where’s the sari?” In the video of the peppy number by Vishal and Shekhar featuring Nakash Aziz and Shreya Ghoshal, Disha is seen Matching her dance moves along with Salman. But it is her sensual yellow sari with a ‘pallu’ twisted like a rope and thrown over her shoulder, that has caught attention. The song garnered over 24 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerAward-winning textile designer Gaurang Shah feels the essence of the sari has got completely diluted. “Well, everyone one has a choice to reinvent, but that doesn’t mean you do away with fundamental essence that made sari a beautiful attire for generations. It is a celebration of our cultural legacy and heritage. A sari is a sari. You must drape it in a manner that retains its magnificent character,” Shah said. Designer Varija Bajaj called it a poor rendition in the name of reinventing ways to drape the six-yard wonder. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up”Designers all across are working of reinventing the classic saris into sari gowns, lehenga saris, saris with jeans and some of them are extremely beautiful inventions,” Bajaj said. “There is a very thin line between a beautiful innovation and a tragic disaster when it comes to designers reinventing a sari. A poor rendition not only looks distasteful, but also kills the very essence of feminism in a sari, and I guess that forms the majority chunk of such reinventions,” she further added.last_img read more

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Lanka seeks to strengthen ties with US

Sri Lanka is seeking to further strengthen ties with the United States,  Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya said.The Sri Lankan Embassy in the US, in a statement today, said that Sri Lanka has been making tremendous progress in all aspects of development since the dawn of peace in 2009 which merits positive recognition from its longstanding friends like the United States. Ambassador Wickramasuriya said that with the end of the war there is ample opportunity for both countries to benefit from an enhanced relationship.“Sri Lanka is very keen in enhancing trade relationship with the US. Some of the US corporate giants like Boeing, Caterpillar, Marriott, Starwood, 3M, John Deere, and Coca-Cola have already recognized Sri Lanka’s business potential”, he said. “ If you compare Sri Lanka today with what it was for the three decades before the dawn of peace in 2009, you will realize the country has never been so stable , peaceful and with such strong economic potential as it is today under the visionary leadership of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa”, he said. The Embassy quoted the Ambassador as telling members of the House Chiefs of Staff Association (HCoSA) that there needs to be cooperation by congressional officials to bring Sri Lanka- US ties to the next level through increased understanding of the true situation in Sri Lanka. read more

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General Assembly adopts treaty on nuclear terrorism Annan hails it as vital

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted by consensus an international treaty against nuclear terrorism which Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed as “a vital step forward” in multilateral efforts to prevent terrorists from gaining access to “the most lethal weapons known to humanity.”The Nuclear Terrorism Convention, which will open for signature on 14 September at the high-level plenary meeting scheduled for the Assembly’s sixtieth session and enter into force after 22 States ratify it, strengthens the global legal framework to combat the scourge, requires the extradition or prosecution of those implicated and encourages the exchange of information and inter-state cooperation.Mr. Annan called on all States to become parties to the Convention without delay, noting that it was one of the key recommendations contained in his recent report on overall UN reform called “In Larger Freedom.””The adoption of this Convention, after many years of negotiations, is a vital step forward in multilateral efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism,” he said in a statement on the treaty, which had been seven years in the making by a special Assembly committee.”The Convention will help prevent terrorist groups from gaining access to the most lethal weapons known to humanity. It will also strengthen the international legal framework against terrorism, which includes 12 existing universal conventions and protocols,” he added.The treaty aims to deal with both crisis situations by assisting States in thwarting terrorist groups possessing nuclear material, and post-crisis situations by rendering the nuclear material safe in accordance with safeguards provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).It was drafted by the Ad Hoc Committee established by the General Assembly in 1996 to draw up an international convention for the suppression of terrorist bombings and entrusted in 1998 with drafting an international convention for the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism. read more

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Alabama Is OhSoClose To Being The Best Team In History

A few weeks ago, I wrote that Alabama might be on track to become the greatest college football team of the AP poll era,1So, going back to 1936. at least according to the Elo rating system we like to use here at FiveThirtyEight. At the time, the Crimson Tide had two regular-season games remaining: Home games against Chattanooga (an FCS team they had essentially no chance of losing to), and Auburn (in the Iron Bowl). By my reckoning, there was no way Alabama could pass the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers for No. 1 all-time in Elo versus Chattanooga, and they’d have to win by at least 32 against Auburn to pull off the feat. Instead, they beat the Tigers by 18, so here’s where the Tide stand going into next Saturday’s SEC championship game against Florida:By the slimmest of margins, Alabama is still No. 2 all-time behind Nebraska. But if the Crimson Tide wins the SEC championship by at least 11 points, it would also break the record for the highest peak Elo rating of any team since 1936. Elo says ‘Bama should be favored by 23 points at the Georgia Dome’s neutral field, and the consensus of the betting lines favors the Tide by 24.5, so it’s probably more likely to happen than not.2It’s worth noting, of course, that teams always gain Elo after winning, even if they win by less than would have been expected going into the game. So Alabama will keep picking up rating points as long as it keeps winning. But if not — say, Alabama only beats Florida by a touchdown instead — the Tide would need to win their first game of the College Football Playoff (most likely against Washington, if our CFP model holds up) by any margin in order to break the record. After that, there’s just the little matter of finishing out the season with another win to keep pace with Osborne’s Cornhuskers, who peaked at the end of the season with a national title.CORRECTION (Nov. 28, 5:26 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Nebraska’s 1995 football ranking. They were the sole champions, ranking No. 1 according to both the AP and Coaches’ polls; they did not share in the national title. VIDEO: Ohio State’s chances are better than most read more

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Body found at Lusignan Man died due to fractured skull –

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWBD man killed in early morning accident at Le ResouvenirApril 30, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan prisoner killedJune 26, 2019In “Crime”Prisoner beaten to death at Lusignan PrisonApril 6, 2019In “Crime” The lifeless body of 53-year-old Ramesh Narine was found in front of his house in LusignanThe Post Mortem results on the body of a man who was found dead on a bridge in front of his home in Lusignan, East Coast Demerara on Monday has revealed that the cause of death was due to a fractured skull.The results explained that the injury is consistent with that which could be received from a fall.This is according to Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum, who told Inews that the examination on the dead man’s body was conducted on Wednesday.On Monday afternoon, the lifeless body of a 53-year-old Ramesh Narine was found in front of his house in Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.Based on reports received, the man, along with two other friends, was seen imbibing at another home in the village. No one was able to verify whether an argument of any kind ensued between the trio.Shortly after, Narine’s dead body was found with a swollen face and an injury to the back of his head. The police were summoned, and their investigations led to the detainment of the man’s two friends.Narine’s body being removed form the sceneInews understands that the men were questioned and subsequently released from custody.Relatives of the dead man said that he is a known alcoholic that would do odd jobs around the community to earn money.The 53-year-old man has no children and leaves to mourn his two sisters and one brother. (Ramona Luthi) read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five news stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #FATAL CRASH Tributes have been paid to a mother-of-two who died in a car crash in Meath.2. #FINED An Australian firm was fined $60,000 after an Irish woman had part of her scalp ripped off in a workplace incident.3. #FORGETFUL Fine Gael senator James Reilly is among 66 election candidates referred to gardaí by the Standards in Public Office (Sipo) for failing to comply with electoral law.4. #THREATS PSNI investigating death threats made to Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster.5. #PULLED Sky Arts has pulled a controversial Michael Jackson comedy following complaints from his immediate family. Image: Shutterstock/Mikkel Bigandt Friday 13 Jan 2017, 5:00 PM 8,248 Views Short URL The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… http://jrnl.ie/3185519 Share1 Tweet Email 3 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Mikkel Bigandt Jan 13th 2017, 5:00 PM By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Second suspect arrested as Briton confirmed among Stockholm dead

first_img Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 1:17 PM Short URL Second suspect arrested as Briton confirmed among Stockholm dead The other people killed were a Belgian and two Swedes. Apr 9th 2017, 1:17 PM 11,755 Views 18 Comments The truck following the attack. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Image: Markus Schreiber/PA By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3331425 The truck following the attack. Image: Markus Schreiber/PA A SECOND SUSPECT has been formally placed under arrest in connection with a truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 in Stockholm, a district court said.“I can confirm that a second person has been arrested,” Stockholm district court judge Helga Hullman told AFP.The arrest comes as a Briton was confirmed as being among the dead.A statement given to The Guardian by the British Foreign Office said:“We now know that a British man was killed during the attack in Stockholm. We are supporting his family in Sweden and in the UK. Our thoughts are with them and all those affected at this terrible time. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with Sweden as they deal with this tragedy.”The other people killed were a Belgian and two Swedes.A further 15 were injured.ResidencyPolice have said that the first man arrested had shown interest in extremist groups and had his permanent residency application rejected in June 2016.The suspect, who has only been officially identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, “applied for a permanent residency permit in 2014,” Police chief Jonas Hysing Hysing said.“The Migration Agency rejected it in June 2016 and also decided that he was to be expelled,” he added.“In December 2016, he was informed by the Migration Agency that he had four weeks to leave the country. In February 2017, the case was handed over to the police to carry out the order, since the person had gone underground,” he said.But police apparently never found the man.With AFP reportingRead: US moves Navy strike group in show of force against North Korea Share Tweet Email last_img read more

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Vie privée une préoccupation majeure pour la plupart des internautes

first_imgVie privée : une préoccupation majeure pour la plupart des internautesFrance – Selon une récente étude, 75% des Français s’inquiètent pour leur vie privée sur Internet. L’enquête révèle que les femmes se sentent plus concernées que les hommes.La vie privée a-t-elle sa place sur Internet ou, comme l’a expliqué Mark Zuckerberg, “n’existe-t-elle pas” ? Une étude de la Sofres montre que trois Français sur quatre s’inquiètent de la possible exploitation des informations relevant de la vie privée qu’ils laissent sur le Net. Parmi eux, ce sont en majorité les femmes, les personnes âgées et celles qui ne maîtrisent pas complètement Internet qui se disent les plus inquiètes. En revanche, les hommes âgés de 15 à 34 ans seraient les moins “prudents” quant à la publication d’informations personnelles. Hier, le site Acadomia était pointé du doigt pour avoir conservé des données personnelles sur ses clients et professeurs, mais ce sont bien les réseaux sociaux qui posent davantage problème. “Il y a un paradoxe, affirme Jean-Claude Kauffmann, sociologue. D’un côté, les internautes se montrent inquiets concernant leurs informations mais dès qu’ils chattent ou surfent sur les réseaux sociaux, ils croient être dans leur univers et se confient très facilement.”Le 28 mai 2010 à 11:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Questex Acquires LeadGen Platform Jazd Markets

first_imgQuestex has acquired Jazd Markets, a marketing-as-a-service lead-gen platform. Questex plans to integrate the technology across its brand verticals, which include hospitality and travel, beauty and wellness and life sciences and healthcare.Terms of the deal were not released.The two companies had been working together since 2010, says Questex CEO Kerry Gumas, who adds that Questex was essentially Jazd Markets’ launch  partner. But as that relationship developed, Gumas saw more opportunities to expand Jazd’s directory-enhancement services horizontally across markets as well. But the lead-gen company’s revenue-share model with other publisher customers made that prohibitive. By 2012, Gumas says Jazd gradually phased out its non-Questex business and acquisition talks began.”It became clear that the further we got into the benefits of fully integrating our platform with theirs it made an acquisition a more viable strategy,” he says. Currently, Jazd delivers more than 2 million impressions per month from buyer prospects across directories of more than 100,000 suppliers, according to the company. Along with the technology and business assets, the deal also includes the full development team. Gumas also sees more opportunity for marketplace functionality as well. “There are other commerce-oriented tools we’ll be rolling out in the not-too-distant future, things like RFP tools,” he says.last_img read more

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Rebel Karnataka MLAs write to Mumbai police say they dont want

first_imgThe rebel Karnataka MLAs staying at a Mumbai hotel have written to the city police chief, saying they don’t want to meet Mallikarjun Kharge or any other Congress leader. There have been speculations that Mr. Kharge, some other senior Congress leaders and Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy may visit Hotel Renaissance in Powai where the rebel legislators are put up. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us In the letter to Mumbai police chief, the rebel MLAs said they have “absolutely no intention of meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congress dignitary”. They added that they felt threatened, and requested the police to stop any Congress leader from meeting them. Fifteen rebel MLAs from Karnataka, including those of the Congress, JD(S) and Independents, are staying at the hotel here. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Leaders of the crisis-hit ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka on July 14 held hectic parleys to discuss the future course of action to save the government. The embattled leaders continued with efforts to woo back some legislators who have resigned, ahead of Mr. Kumaraswamy’s trust vote expected this week. However, the rebel legislators, who are camping in Mumbai, made it clear that they were united and “firm” on their resignations. Advertise With Us The Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse with 16 MLAs — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S), resigning from their Assembly memberships. Two Independent MLAs have also withdrawn support to the state government and are supporting the opposition BJP. The ruling coalition’s strength in the House is 116 (Congress 78, JD(S) 37 and BSP one), besides the Speaker. With the support of two Independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100. The Speaker has a vote too.last_img read more

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ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace

first_img Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… 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. Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Carrino, M.D., MPH, vice chairman of radiology, Hospital for Special Surgery. “I am excited that new technology for mobile C-arms is now available because it has the potential to drastically improve our radiation safety while maintaining image quality so we can continue to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. I believe these new products should become the standard of care for fluoroscopic procedures.”Fluoroscopically guided procedures (FGP) with C-arms have allowed for major advances in treating countless diseases. However they expose patients and medical staff to ionizing radiation, which may increase a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer.1 For example, an interventional fluoroscopy procedure is roughly equivalent to the adult effective dose of between 250-3,500 chest X-rays.2With its proprietary semi-transparent filter, tablet and image processing technology, the ControlRad Trace solution can be retrofitted on existing C-arms, reducing the barrier to adopting the technology in order to reduce unnecessary radiation up to 89 percent,3 without compromising image quality in the region of interest (ROI) and overall workflow. The medical staff draws an ROI on a ControlRad tablet, which in real time optimizes image quality in the ROI while reducing unnecessary radiation in the periphery.For more information: www.controlrad.comReferences1.  https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/initiative-reduce-unnecessary-radiation-exposure-medical-imaging/white-paper-initiative-reduce-unnecessary-radiation-exposure-medical-imaging, p. 12. Ibid, p. 33. Data on file FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more Related Content Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace Radiation reduction technology integrates directly into mobile C-arms 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 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read morelast_img read more

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