Brief ACsP and SHOs about functioning of SPUNER

first_imgNew Delhi: “Brief ACsP and SHOs about the functioning of Special Police Unit for North Eastern Region (SPUNER) of Delhi Police,” was one of the main points discussed in a meeting held between officers of Delhi Police.Police sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held in July, headed by Joint Commissioner of Police rank officer. “As many as 16 police officers including Additional CP, Additional DCsP and ACsP were present,” sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further revealed that Joint CP (SPUNER), during the discussion, asked the participants to brief ACsP and SHOs of their respective districts about the existence of SPUNER unit and its functioning. “Joint CP (SPUNER) further informed that the DPNER (Delhi Police North East representative) who are working with SPUNER unit are nominated on voluntarily basis for helping the North East victims by assisting the local police as and when they are called. He directed the participants to brief their respective staff and to fully co-operate with the DPNERs,” sources added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsJoint CP asked the participants to deal with all the complainants politely including North-East people and accept their complaints and in case it is found necessary, FIR should be registered on their complaints. According to Delhi Police annual report 2018, they give topmost priority to the security of people from the North-East region living in Delhi. Specially designated officer Joint CP (SPUWAC and SPUNER) conducted regular meetings with the representatives of North Eastern residents to ensure their security and have a robust feedback mechanism for this purpose. The cell also monitored the calls received on Helpline No. 1093, instituted especially for this purpose.last_img read more

CNN dumps Kathy Griffin after decapitated Trump video

first_imgCNN says it has cut ties with Kathy Griffin after she posted a video that showed her holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.The network says it has terminated its agreement with the comedian to appear on its New Year’s Eve programs. For a decade she had co-hosted the annual special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.Her future with CNN had been in doubt since the video appeared on Tuesday. CNN initially called it “disgusting and offensive.”In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was cancelling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.Griffin has apologized for the video.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says celebrity Kathy Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” for the video.In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, the president says, “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”Griffin, who helped with CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was “too disturbing” and wasn’t funny.“I went too far,” she says in a second video. “I sincerely apologize.”Many people online called for Griffin to be jailed.The first video showed a straight-faced Griffin slowly lifting the bloody head. She originally described the project with photographer Tyler Shields as an “artsy fartsy statement” mocking the commander in chief.last_img read more

SNCLavalin settles shareholder class actions in Ontario and Quebec for 110M

first_imgMONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has moved further from its troubled past by settling two class action lawsuits worth a total of $110 million over allegations of misleading investors about its activities in Libya.The company said it will contribute $88 million to the settlement of the cases in Ontario and Quebec. The rest will come from its insurance, said Michael Robb of Siskinds LLP, the lead lawyer of the claim. The agreement is subject to court approval.The settlement amount is far from the $1.25 billion initially claimed by investors who bought SNC-Lavalin shares before they plunged in 2012 after the company announced an investigation into millions in undocumented payments and said its 2011 earnings would be less than expected.“The reason $110 (million) is the number in the settlement is that having gone through litigating the case vigorously for six years and gone through a lot of evidence and procedure, that’s the amount the parties negotiated as a fair and reasonable compromise of this case,” Robb said in an interview from London, Ont.The net amount to be distributed will be calculated after legal fees are deducted, which Robb said would be “significantly less than half” the total settlement.The court will determine the appropriate amount and set up a distribution procedure at hearings expected to take place this fall in Ontario and Quebec.The proceeds will be distributed to investors from anywhere in the world who provide proof that they purchased SNC-Lavalin shares between November 2009 and February 2012.The lawsuits were among the consequences of alleged payments made by SNC-Lavalin to members, associates and agents of the regime of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to secure contracts for infrastructure projects in Libya.The company said it has since initiated a series of significant changes and enhancements to reinforce its ethics and compliance procedures.“The class action lawsuit settlement is another step in resolving our legacy issues and de-risking the future of SNC-Lavalin,” the Montreal-based firm said in a news release.SNC-Lavalin also signed an administrative agreement under the federal government’s new Integrity Regime in 2015, reached an agreement with the Commissioner of Canada Elections and with the Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec in 2016, and reached a settlement with Quebec’s Voluntary Reimbursement Program in 2017.Industry analysts called the settlement a positive outcome for the company.Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said the settlement amount is “manageable” given that the company had $647 million of cash on hand at the end of March.“We believe, based on our conversations with investors, that the expectation for a settlement was between $150 million and $250 million,” he wrote in a report.“This is the penultimate step towards putting the legacy issues behind the company and removes yet another overhang.”Lynk said the final step will be the settling of outstanding federal charges against the company through a deferred prosecution agreement. He pegged that settlement will likely cost around $300 million.Derek Spronck of RBC Capital Markets added that momentum is building for everything to come together for SNC this year.“The class action lawsuits are being settled, the federal government is moving ahead with a DPA regime, the Champlain Bridge is tracking to targets, and the company has won several multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img read more

Food aid continues in Bangladesh months after deadly cyclone – UN agency

1 July 2008Obtaining food remains the biggest priority for Bangladeshi families living in areas still devastated by Cyclone Sidr last year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, announcing it will continue its aid operations to the affected region. The next major harvest in the delta country is not due until November or December, and many households lack sufficient food reserves to last until then, according to a press release issued by WFP.The soaring cost of many basic foods, a worldwide phenomenon this year, has also left many families unable to afford to buy what they need, the agency added. Over the past month WFP has conducted its seventh round of general food distribution since Cyclone Sidr, which struck coastal Bangladesh in mid-November last year, killing more than 3,000 people and leaving millions of others dependent on outside assistance. About 1.5 million Bangladeshis benefited from the latest food distribution round, which consisted of rations featuring rice, pulses, edible oil, blended food, salt and high-energy biscuits. WFP country director Edward Kallon said the round had been completed despite logistical problems caused by the current rainy season. In total, the agency has delivered at least 63,000 tons of emergency food assistance since the cyclone. read more

Nepal Ban concerned over fallout from resignation of Prime Minister

4 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced sadness over the turn of events that led to the resignation today of the Prime Minister of Nepal, and has called on all concerned to resolve the crisis through dialogue and consensus. The relationship between the Government and the Chief of Army Staff, who was fired by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday, lies at the centre of the turmoil. The Prime Minister, who leads the Maoist Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-M), tendered his resignation after the Chief of Army Staff was later reinstated.In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he “is saddened by developments leading to this resignation.” However, he is also “encouraged by the Maoist party’s assurances of its commitment to the peace process, including continued participation in the drafting of the constitution.”The Secretary-General also appealed for the strict adherence to the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, especially the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies (AMMAA), which stipulates clear and specific restrictions on the Nepal Army and the Maoist army.In a report released last week, Secretary-General noted that progress has been made in Nepal’s peace process, including steps towards drafting a new constitution, but warned that relations between the CPN-M and its main coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML), as well as among the four political parties in the Maoist-led coalition Government, remain “fractious, marked by public acrimony and weak consultation over major decisions.”In a statement issued on Sunday after the army chief was fired, Mr. Ban called on “all concerned to resolve the crisis through dialogue and consensus, with full respect for the provisions of the constitution.”A decade-long civil war, claiming some 13,000 lives, ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections last May, the nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. read more

Security Council calls for urgent steps to thwart terrorist menace

The call came in a resolution adopted unanimously during a meeting at the level of foreign ministers, which was convened on the initiative of Ukraine and chaired by Foreign Minister K.D. Knight of Jamaica, the Council’s current president. In today’s text, the Council called for countries to take “urgent steps” to put into action its resolution 1373 adopted on 28 September, which spelled out wide-ranging strategies to combat international terrorism and which also set up a committee to monitor its implementation. The Council underscored that under resolution 1373, Member States had obligations “to deny financial and all other forms of support and safe haven to terrorists and those supporting terrorism.” Today’s resolution also welcomed the commitment expressed by States “to fight the scourge of international terrorism,” and called on them to become parties as soon as possible to the relevant international conventions and protocols relating to international terrorism. In an address before the start of the meeting, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Council that the fight against terrorism must begin with ensuring that the dozen legal instruments on international terrorism adopted under UN auspices were signed, ratified and implemented “without delay.” He also encouraged countries to ensure that resolution 1373 was fully applied.Recognizing that many countries would need help in implementing all the requirements of resolution 1373, the Council invited States to inform its Counter-Terrorism Committee of the areas in which they needed such support. The Committee was asked to explore ways in which countries could be assisted, and to also look at collaborating with international, regional and sub-regional organizations in providing such help. The Council also affirmed that a “sustained, comprehensive approach” involving the entire participation and collaboration of all UN Member States was essential to fighting terrorism, stressing that further international efforts to address global issues such as poverty, regional conflicts, sustainable development and environmental protection would contribute to international cooperation and collaboration, and also play a role in the effort against terrorism. read more

Highprofile Athletic Directors place friendly bet as Badgers head back to Meridian

There will be some high stakes on the line when the Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders tangle at the Meridian Centre Wednesday night (Feb. 24) .Neil Lumsden, Brock University’s new Director, Athletics and Recreation and a Canadian Football hall-of-famer, has challenged McMaster University Athletic Director Glen Grunwald, a former NBA general manager, to a friendly wager over which school will finish the two games with a higher combined point total.If the Badgers score more points than the Marauders in the two games, Grunwald will have to wear a Brock Badgers jersey to work at McMaster Friday. Should the Marauders win the bet, Lumsden will wear a McMaster uniform to work at Brock Friday. If either team sweeps both games, the losing athletic director will have to wear the full uniform ­— jersey and shorts — to work Friday. We’re going to be perfect hosts and offer them a wonderful experience at the Meridian Centre, until tipoff.“We’re going to be perfect hosts and offer them a wonderful experience at the Meridian Centre, until tipoff,” joked Lumsden. “We’ve already started looking for a jersey that will fit Glen since he’s such a tall guy. I think red will look good on him.”For the teams themselves, the games are important to the standings and the Ontario University Athletics playoff picture.The women’s game, taking place at 5:30 p.m., will see the 10-7 Badgers taking on the 13-4 Marauders, who are ranked eighth in Canada in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports Top 10. McMaster is coming off of a three-game winning streak while the Badgers have won two in a row.“From our own prep, we want to treat it like any other game. But outside of the game it’s far more important because it’s a bridge between Brock University and the community,” said women’s coach Si Khounviseth. “That’s what makes it great.”The men’s game takes place at 7:30 p.m. with the Badgers and Marauders both coming into the matchup with equal 12-5 OUA records. The two teams have been back and forth in the CIS rankings this season, but McMaster currently sits fifth with Brock sitting seventh.“February for us has been about preparing for the playoffs, and this is another game we use for that,” said men’s coach Charles Kissi.This season has seen a remarkable turnaround for the Badgers men’s team.“We’ve won more games this year than we did the two previous seasons,” Kissi said. “We went from not making the playoffs for two years to being nationally ranked and now making the playoffs.”Wednesday’s games mark the second time this season Brock University has hosted basketball home games at the downtown St. Catharines Meridian Centre. Located right next door to the school’s brand new and state-of-the-art Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Meridian Centre can hold up to 3,500 fans for basketball games.Tickets for the doubleheader are still available at ticketmaster.ca for $10 including all service fees. There are also $35 courtside seats available. Free tickets for Brock student are available through the Walker Complex welcome desk. read more

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says individual changes can key Big

As the Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, Gene Smith thinks improvement across the conference will come down to individual schools making changes.The Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern the Big Ten is already doing its part to boost competition levels.“The conferences is doing its job with the national exposure that we get to the Big Ten Network and all the other contracts,” Smith said.He added this income gives the coaches and programs at Big Ten schools the resources to recruit highly-rated athletes and improve their own teams. Smith also said improving the conference’s national standing has to go beyond recruiting.One step towards improving schedules could be eliminating games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents –– a practice OSU has steered away from over the past few years. Last year marked the first time the Buckeyes played an FCS opponent since they took on Youngstown State in 2008. That game ended with a 43-0 OSU victory, while the Buckeyes defeated Florida A&M 76-0 in September.According to a February 2013 article by ESPN, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Big Ten agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents across the board.“The non-conference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvaraz said on a Madison, Wis., radio show, according to the article. “It’s not very appealing.”The article said the ban could start by the 2016 season.Smith said the Big Ten’s new scheduling guidelines are hard to commit to for schools, but it is important to play major opponents.“It’s very difficult to do, to say that you’re not going to play a (FCS) team,” he said. “That you’re going to play one major, at least, in your non-conferences schedule.”Smith added the drive to schedule opponents who are easier on paper stems from the system of needing just six wins to qualify for a bowl game. He said he has never been a fan of that system and thinks it leads to teams trying to pad their schedules with less challenging non-conference games.At the end of the day, Smith said it is still up to the individual schools to figure out how they can put their best product on the field year in and year out.“As an institution, what do you do with your football coach to help him recruit the best talent to where you are so that you can get better?” he asked.While there have been knocks on OSU’s strength of schedule throughout the years, it has been rare to see the Buckeyes not schedule at least one major non-conference opponent. Since the beginning of the decade, OSU has taken on the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of California twice, and the team is set to take on Virginia Tech this season and in 2015.While Miami and California were not at their peak performance levels during those seasons, Smith said OSU’s non-conference schedule is set to ramp up beyond the next two seasons. Between 2016 and 2023, the Buckeyes are currently scheduled for home-and-home matchups with Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, Oregon and Texas.Scheduling better teams is a start, but Smith said there is still one more ingredient in the recipe for improving the conference’s reputation.“I think our problem in the Big Ten is we need to go beat people,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to go beat non-conference people, so that’s something we have to do better.”Beyond scheduling high-powered opponents, OSU has made changes to Ohio Stadium to boost recruiting as well as the fan experience at Buckeye games. Those changes include a new turf field, additional seats in the south stands and permanent lights to help the scheduling of night games.Smith said these additions are part of a plan for the future but can help recruiting off the bat, especially as OSU’s schedule begins to include more prime-time starts.“Recruiting is off the chain, we know that,” Smith said of the atmosphere at night games. “Because it’s a cool environment.”He also said there is a novelty to night games, so the school has to be sure not to schedule too many or too few.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium project had a deadline set for Aug. 14. As of July 7, Smith said the project was still on schedule and within the initial budget of $8.9 million.The OSU football team is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md., at noon. The first game of 2014 at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 6, when OSU takes on Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looks to extend winning streak in final nonconference

OSU senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternWith a demanding Big Ten schedule looming, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has one more opportunity for a tune-up before it begins conference play.Coming off two straight tournament wins and riding an eight-match winning streak, No. 13 OSU is scheduled to head north this weekend to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan.On Friday, OSU is set to play Eastern Illinois (5-5) at noon and Western Michigan (2-9) at 7 p.m., followed by a match against host Oakland (3-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.Although his squad is playing three teams with underwhelming records, coach Geoff Carlston said he is prepared to get the best shot of each one.“They’re not going to be as physical as Arizona, but they’re going to pass and play defense probably better than a lot of teams we’ve seen,” Carlston said. “So they’re going to make you earn it. If you’re making tons of mistakes, you’re going to lose.”Carlston said he is pleased with the start that his team has gotten off to this season, but is preaching balance to his players as they head into the weekend and look ahead to their conference schedule.“You can’t get bummed out when you lose because you can play really well and lose,” Carlston said. “And you sometimes you can grind out wins and you can’t feel like you’re the best team in the world, either. You just have to stay steady and confident.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said keeping the focus on playing together as a team and controlling the tempo of the game will be important if the Buckeyes want to extend their winning streak.“I know that these teams this weekend aren’t necessarily ranked like we had played the previous weekends, but everyone’s good at what they do,” Campbell said.Carlston has kept practice light during the short week to keep his players fresh as OSU gets into the grind of its schedule.“With our Big Ten schedule and how it shapes up, if we’re going to rest a little bit, this is the time to do it,” he said.Versatility at setterBoth OSU setters have seen plenty of playing time in the early going of the season. Freshman Taylor Hughes leads the Buckeyes with 198 assists, but senior Emily Ruetter is not far behind with 172.Carlston compared the situation to what’s going on at quarterback for the OSU football team with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.“We have two very good setters,” he said. “They are very different personalities. You’re going to get a different look. Emily is just steady, steady, steady, and Taylor Hughes is more physical … The two of them together is a really neat combination.”León wins Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the WeekAfter being named the most valuable player of the Blackbird Invitational last weekend, the awards didn’t stop there for Valeria León. The junior libero was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week — alongside Michigan State middle blocker Megan Tompkins — for her efforts in Brooklyn, New York.León had a tournament-high 71 digs, including 35 against then-No. 13 Arizona, the second-best single-game total in OSU history. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three of OSU’s non-conference competitions. León said she feels that she’s playing at the top of her game right now.“I feel like I worked really hard this summer and preseason,” she said. “I feel like my hard work is just finally paying off. We can only get better from here.”What’s next?The conference schedule is scheduled to begin for the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 when they host No. 23 Minnesota at St. John Arena, the first of four straight home matchups to kick off Big Ten play. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse readies for home opener against Detroit

OSU then-freshman Erik Evans (43) defends a Maryland player in a game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is looking for payback from last year as it gets ready to square off against Detroit on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the Buckeyes’ home opener.Saturday’s game marks the first time the two teams have faced each other since the last year’s regular-season opener. Although the Scarlet and Gray put up a late fight, Detroit came out on top in that game, 9-8.OSU coach Nick Myers said he realizes his team will be looking to harness its hunger for payback and use it for extra motivation against the Titans.“I’d be lying to you if I told you the kids weren’t excited to get the opportunity to play Detroit,” Myers said. “That’s the beauty of sports, when you get (that) opportunity.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos shared his coach’s sentiments, knowing this game will be a battle.“Last year, that game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Kapinos said. “We know that any team can beat any team, any week, so we play every game like it’s a championship.”OSU will face a Detroit team that has certainly improved over the last few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Chris Kolon. In his first year with the team in 2015, Kolon led the Titans to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship semifinals and the program’s first-ever winning record of 8-6.Detroit returns four starters, including sophomore attacker and 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mark Anstead and two-time All-MAAC junior goalie Jason Weber. Anstead was second on the team in points in 2015 with 38, and Weber led the country for the second straight year with 14.43 saves per game.The Buckeyes are hoping to start the regular-season home schedule off right with a win. Redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said he knows how important this game is.“Playing in front of a home crowd is obviously huge for us,” Pfister said. “We not only want to make our fans proud, but prove to ourselves what we know we can do.”Myers acknowledged the importance of the first home game, but he said he doesn’t want the team to get too ahead of itself.“The fact that we’re at home, in front of a home crowd, is something that adds to it,” Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, you have to focus on the task at hand.”Momentum after win at FurmanThe Buckeyes will look to capture the same magic they were able to harness in their 8-7 win at Furman.Junior midfielder John Kelly scored with four seconds left in the game to give OSU the win in the regular-season opener. Kelly caught the pass from junior attacker Austin Shanks and threw it in the back of the net while falling to the ground to complete the game-winner.“We know what (Kelly) can do, so it wasn’t a surprise necessarily,” Pfister said. “We had drawn it up in the huddle and knew what was going to happen — we just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”Though OSU did get the win, Myers said he realizes his team could have played better and has focused in practice this week on getting the team to play more up-tempo.“One of the themes this week for us has been playing more between the lines and creating more transition goals,” Myers said. “I’m really happy with the way the men have responded to it, and I feel like we’ve made some improvements.”An up-tempo attack, coupled with the Buckeyes balanced offensive attack, could prove to be the right formula to exact their revenge against Detroit in their upcoming game.Big Ten Players of the WeekJunior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger were recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week after the Buckeyes’ win at Furman.Withers was honored as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs, including all nine in the second and third quarters of the game. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls in the win. This is Withers’ first time receiving the award.Barger was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after causing three turnovers in the game at Furman. He played a major role in the Buckeye defense that only allowed seven goals on 19 attempted shots. This is also Barger’s first time receiving the honor.What’s nextAfter Detroit, OSU is scheduled to travel to Amherst on Feb. 20 to go up against Massachusetts. The game is set to begin at noon. read more

Godin praises Atletico team

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Diego Godin refuse to carried away with his own stellar performance in their semi-final victory against Arsenal and instead chose to praise the efforts of the team as they made their third final in the past eight yearsThe Uruguayan defender produced a magnificent display for Atletico as they kept their 12th consecutive home clean sheet against an Arsenal side that was desperately trying to find a way back into the tie for their departing coach Arsene Wenger.However, Los Rojiblancos were able to hold on and will now meet Marseille for the final of the Europa League on May 16 at Lyon.“My job is to defend and to organise others,” Godin told BeIn Sports (via Football-Espana).Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Tonight we were able to defend well but I only want to speak about us collectively and not individually and tonight the work rate was very important.“Our concentration was really strong and we helped each other out but our performance was well-balanced because we also had a danger in attack.“We have always said we want to win another European trophy this season and we have the same attitude as in the Champions League, these competitions are of the same importance.“We know we are capable of winning the final and we hope our fans, who were magnificent tonight, will show again why they are the best in the world.”last_img read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank shareholders on edge as promoter equity deadline looms

first_imgKotak Mahindra Bank and ATM in Bengaluru, India.IBT Media/SVKrishnamachariTime is running out for Kotak Mahindra Bank and its high profile billionaire chairman Uday Kotak to comply with an RBI stricture to cut promoter stake.India’s fourth largest private lender has a December 31 deadline to cut promoter holding to 20 percent from the current 30 percent. Under the RBI’s guidance, the bank should further cut Uday Kotak’s stake to 15 percent by March 2020.Earlier this month, the bank had sued the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after it prevented Uday Kotak from diluting his equity stake in the bank using preference shares.With the promoters refusing to yield the bank is running the risk of coming under RBI action similar to what Bandhan Bank underwent in September. Shares in Bandhan Bank tanked as much as 20 percent in a single after the RBI stopped it from opening new branches without prior approval and froze executive pay. The action was taken after the bank failed to cut promoter holding as per RBI’s banking licence guidelines.Kotak’s non-compliance could expose minority shareholders to the risk of regulatory punishment, the Hindu Business Line reported, citing legal experts.Meanwhile, Kotak officials stuck to the stand that the bank’s equity structure complies with regulatory guidance. “The bank believes it is compliant with RBI’s promoter dilution communication. The RBI has not accepted the bank’s contention. The matter is sub-judice, hence the bank cannot offer any comments on this,” Rohit Rao, Chief Communication Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank, tol Business Line. The RBI is reportedly likely to infuse Rs 1 trillion into the economy Closecenter_img Uday Kotak had attempted to cut his holding by using preference shares rather than common equity in August. However, the RBI cut down the move saying the bank could not take the Perpetual Non Convertible Preference Shares (PNCPS) route to pare promoter holding.Unprecedented moveThe bank said earlier this month it was moving the high court as the RBI did not respond to its request to reconsider its decision on preference shares. “Given the milestone of December 31, 2018, the Bank has been left with no option but to protect its interest. By way of abundant caution, the Bank has today filed a writ petition with the Hon’ble Bombay High Court to validate the Bank’s position,” the bank said.”It is unprecedented for Kotak Bank to sue RBI. On earlier occasions, the promoter complied with the norms but the current situation leaves minority shareholders unnecessarily exposed to regulatory punishments/restrictions on Kotak Bank for no fault of theirs,” Anil Singhvi, ICAN Investments Advisors Chairman, told the financial daily.last_img read more

Good Riddance

first_imgSome have lurked from grassy knolls for more than a century, monuments only to White supremacy in the minds of many. But, by early Wednesday morning, the toppling of all four of the city’s Confederate monuments was finished.The Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee statue in Wyman Dell, near the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument, on Mt. Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on University Parkway, near Johns Hopkins University, and the Roger B. Taney Monument in Mt. Vernon are no more.Perhaps, the most revered of Baltimore’s Confederate monuments by Confederate sympathizers and White supremacists, the Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee Confederate Monument is no more. In front of it’s empty pedestal, “Madre Luz” (Mother Light), a statue crafted by artist Pablo Machioli last year in protest of the Confederate Monuments, stands battered, yet triumphant. (Photo credit: Sean Yoes)Supreme Court Justice Taney was not a part of the Confederacy, but his infamous Dred Scott Decision (which maintained Scott, a slave, was not a human being) was in many ways a monument to the institution of slavery and ultimately, White supremacy.City workers took down the the monuments and whisked them out of town, after the Baltimore City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 14 for the removal of all four statues. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ultimately signed the legislation. Councilman Brandon Scott (D-2nd Dist.) introduced the resolution for the removal of the statues.“I think…once what happened in Charlottesville happened, we started to take a quicker look at this,” Scott said. “When you have the entire City Council saying we want them down now…the mayor responded,” Scott added.The Mayor’s Office said Mayor Pugh observed the take down of the monuments and expressed concern for the safety of Baltimore residents in light of the murderous violence in Charlottesville. She did not want the removal process to become politicized, according to a spokesman. On Tuesday, Baltimore political activists had threatened to topple the statues if the city did not act.“I think the message we are sending is, we as a city will not be apologist to domestic terrorists, who want to re-write history and portray traitors as heroes,” Scott said. “We’re not going to stand for it.”On Tuesday, Donald Trump during a rambling and combative press conference from Trump Towers in New York again, placed blamed for the violence in Charlottesville on, “both sides,” the neo-Nazis, White supremacists and klansmen who terrorized the Virginia college town, and those who opposed them.“As far as the 45th President, we are telling him he is not fit to be a leader and we’re showing him what leadership is really like,” Scott said.In Annapolis, Republican Governor Larry Hogan seemed to pave the way recently for the removal of the Taney statue near the State House.“While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said in a statement. “With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately.”Larry S. Gibson, University of Maryland law professor and Baltimore civil rights historian, led the commission that recommended the removal of the Jackson-Lee and Taney monuments and the historic re-contextualization of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors and the Confederate Women’s Monument.“These monuments were erected in an aggressive campaign to perpetuate myths about the Civil War and to reestablish White supremacy in the South and border states,” Gibson who voted for the removal of all four statues at the conclusion of the commission’s work during the administration of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, told the {AFRO}. “The removal of these monuments is long overdue,” he added.Gibson voted for the removal of all four statues at the conclusion of the commission’s work during the administration of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Rawlings-Blake assembled the commission in September 2015 in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina massacre of eight members of the Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church and their pastor Clementa C. Pinckney by a White supremacist and Confederate sympathizer.“Today is a glorious day,” Gibson exclaimed. “This is the first day that we are living in a city without the stench of monuments glorifying the treasonous Confederacy.”AFRO reporter Deborah Bailey contributed reporting to this story.last_img read more

Netflix Adds Some Big Names to the Cast of Stranger Things Second

first_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room sƃuıɥʇɹǝƃuɐɹʇs#ɹɐǝʎ ʇxǝu noʎ ǝǝsuoıʇɔnpoɹd uı ʞɔɐq pic.twitter.com/jYd1tDsPRi— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) November 4, 2016Co-showrunner Ross Duffer, in an interview with Vulture, said the gateway to the Upside Down is still open, and Will’s condition after coming back will kickstart season two.“This gateway to another dimension is still open, so that’s not a good thing,” Ross said. “Will was in another dimension for a while, so he may not be quite up to par. Those are the two things that are gonna kick-start us moving forward.”Update (1/26/2017): Added season two details and more on Sean Astin’s character. Stay on targetcenter_img The first season of Stranger Things had a largely unknown cast, but some famous faces, such as Matthew Modine and Winona Ryder, were peppered in to add even more to the 1980s nostalgia permeating the series. In season two, this trend will continue.Sean Astin and Paul Reiser will join the cast for season two, along with Danish star Linnea Berthelsen.Astin, known mostly for his work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and 80s films like Goonies, will be playing Bob Newby, who went to high school with Joyce and Hopper and now runs a Hawkins RadioShack. He’s been described as a “kind-hearted nerd.”At a Fan2Sea Comic Con cruise panel, David Harbour, who plays Hopper, said that Astin’s character was a former classmate of Hopper and Joyce. Since season two takes place around a year after the events of season one, there are some new dynamics. Astin’s character is now dating Joyce and Hopper isn’t too happy about it.Reiser, known for Aliens and Mad About You, seems to be taking the place of Modine’s Department of Energy character. He’ll be playing Dr. Owens, who is a high-ranking member of the organization tasked with clean-up after the events of season one.Berthelsen is a relative unknown (her IMDB page only contains a few short films) but has been cast as Roman. According to Netflix, Roman is “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab…”I’m sure there was something intentional about Astin and Reiser’s casting, at least considering their connections with 80s nostalgia properties. Stranger Things has a lot in common with both The Goonies and Aliens, and while both are great actors, there’s also probably an amount of pandering involved–not that there’s anything wrong with that. Stranger Things is all about nostalgia pandering, but it does it well.The three actors join a growing list of new cast members, including Sadie Sink (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Dacre Montgomery (from the new Power Rangers film). The two will be playing Max and Billy, who are mysterious step-siblings who live in the town. Max is described as a tough, shy girl with a “complicated history” and Billy as “violent and unpredictable.”“There’s definitely a handful of really compelling new characters this season, but absolutely servicing the core group first and foremost,” executive producer Shawn Levy told The Hollywood Reporter. “Like the show itself, it’s multigenerational new characters and really, really intriguing ones.”Production has already begun on our favorite sleeper horror show, which is set to premiere its next season in 2017. The crew has already posted the first image from production.last_img read more

Irresistible emotions World Cup fever come to Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: It was Asha’s first ever tryst with Darjeeling that she had heard about from her father and grandfather, not quite the one that she was born and brought up in. Asha, a Class 9 student of a Hill school, was used to a Darjeeling where rallies, slogan shouting and bandhs were a daily affair. The days of unrest usually paved way for agitations marred with violence. But today, the scenario is very different. On Saturday, thousands of students along with people from all walks of life, took to the street with flags and cheered, sang and danced to celebrate the spirit of Darjeeling and the teams they support for the upcoming football World Cup. The frenzy gripped the Queen of Hills that was labeled as Darjeeling — the World Cup Town 2018 by the citizens. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThough the world will ring in the football World Cup on June 14, Darjeeling kick started the frenzy on June 2 with a mega event organised by Darjeeling North Point School Alumni Association (DNPSAA,) along with various other organisations, NGOs and citizens of the region.”We are celebrating the spirit of Darjeeling along with our love for the game. We want people to know that Darjeeling is peaceful and the nicest place in the world. We want people from all over the world to visit Darjeeling,” stated Ajoy Edwards, Vice-President, DNPSAA. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVeteran footballers, students from different Hill schools, locals and even tourists joined in the parade that went around Chowrasta and down Nehru Road to return to where it began. The marchers shouted slogans and danced to football-themed songs. The parade was led by footballer Nirmal Chettri of FC Goa.The town was decorated with separate team flags, roadside walls painted up and billboards put up giving the town which is witnessing a huge tourist onrush, a festive look. The day saw cheer-leading competitions, garage sales by Shanker Foundation; dance fiesta by Edith Wilkins Street Children’s Trust; bike and scooty rallies from Kurseong hosted by MARG; mountain bike rally; BMX stunts; cosplay, b-boying; face painting; nail art; hair do; musical performances and beat boxing. The bike rally from Darjeeling to Kurseong and back was a major attraction. Even women riding scootys, mountain bicycles were part of it. Aces — the Super Bike club from Siliguri also joined them. “I had heard from my father and grandfather that Darjeeling used to be the safest, most peaceful and cosmopolitan place in the country. It was a great place to live in. In the past, I had never seen anything to connect the town with such claims. However, today (Saturday) was different. Hope we get back all the goodness of good old Darjeeling soon,” said Asha. The award for the cheer leading competition was won by Gyanodaya Niketan School, Darjeeling. An award for best decorated area of the town (World Cup theme) was also announced. 10-year-old Pratham Thapa, an MTB rider, was also felicitated. “The event is not just about fun. It has an underlying cause. With the participation registration amount we will buy an ambulance for our project the Clinic on Wheels. This is an ambulance fitted with a mobile lab and ECG machine. The mobile clinic will visit far flung areas every week and provide medical test facilities to the marginalized at highly subsidized costs,” stated Deven Gurung, president, DNPSAA. The organisers also want to revive the golden era of football in the Hills including the famous Brigade of Gurkhas Gold Cup football tournaments.”Even back home celebrations have not yet commenced. Darjeeling has beaten us. I’m happy to see that England too has quite a fan following in Darjeeling,” stated Neil, a tourist from England.last_img read more

Dont snack mindlessly

first_imgSnacking is not a mindless pursuit. And unlike universally thought, it is not devoid of any benefits. In fact, if done right, it can be a perfect way of incorporating important, often missed out nutrients to our daily diet. Nutritionists lay down the rules of healthy snacking: Ensure that you choose to eat only those snacks that are made from right ingredients. This in fact is an accurate way of ensuring that the nutrients we need are added to our diet. A few of my favourite ingredients include kaala Channa, nuts and seeds, olive oil and whole grains. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKala Channa, a nutrition powerhouse, delivers a lot of fibre that helps regulate our blood sugar and is also loaded with nutrients that help save us from seasonal disorders by boosting our immunity. The easiest way to get a stockpile of multiple vitamins and minerals, even difficult to find trace minerals is to eat snacks that have nuts and seeds added liberally to them. Besides they also deliver high levels of essential fatty acids (EFAs), wholesome fibre, and much needed good quality protein (with all essential amino acids). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePick up snacks made in olive oil, as this is the smartest way to ensure omega 3 and to correct the good versus bad fat imbalance in our diet. It is the best way to keep our digestion humming along, keep constipation and cravings away. A snack made with whole grains is the best way to add nutrition to our diet. Make snacking a conscious activity. Snack mindfully, not mindlessly. It is essential that we not only snack smart but we also pick and select our snack smartly. Avoid snack packs that don’t deliver what is promised on the face of their pack. Look out for promises and phrases like Fat-Free, Low in Calories, High in Protein. Don’t take them on face value. All it takes is flipping the pack to the back and reading all ingredients, their proportions, style of making to understand the health and calorie quotient of the snack you are picking up. It is always better to opt for truly baked, healthy and wholesome snacks as they will actually be good for you. In fact, one of the best ways to lower fat consumption is to switch from deep fried snacks to baked snacks as they will help you keep both the calories and fat consumption down easily. Don’t think of snacks as extras. Instead, consciously work healthy bites into your diet, and make some smart snacks a part of your food plan for the day. This way they will work for you constructively. Finally, always focus on eating snacks that deliver something extra (yes more than just satisfaction and calories). Focus on clean label. Consumers and regulators continue to put new pressures on food manufacturers, asking for even more information on the label. Consumers want to know the origin of their food. Food transparency strategies are now critical elements of the industry. Many varieties of snacks and breads sold in supermarkets have taken a huge hit in recent years. Their part of the myriad products are struggling as consumers shift to more health and wellness foods. Despite this, more gluten-free, and clean-label baked formulations are cropping up in stores.last_img read more

Exa PACS Helps Teleradiology Provider Increase Productivity 400 Percent

first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more March 19, 2018 — Nine months after the implementation of Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based teleradiology provider and one of the state’s largest radiology imaging suppliers, has significantly increased volume and productivity. According to Radiology Imaging Solutions, this has generated a significant return on its healthcare information technology (IT) investment. The company has doubled the number of imaging sites its radiologists are providing reading services for. By implementing Exa’s Voice Recognition in place of traditional transcriptionists, their productivity has also increased by 400 percent. Radiologists are reading 2.5 times the number of studies with no corresponding increase in working hours and decreasing report turnaround times (TATs) by over 50 percent.“With Exa, we found a product that delivered more than we had expected in terms of cost-effectiveness and return on our investment,” said Randy Robinson, owner, Radiology Imaging Solutions. “It delivers a top-class software environment with affordable pricing — almost unheard of in our industry  —and is a great product, with great people, who stand behind it. With Exa, Konica Minolta not only delivered every bit of what was promised but much more than that with advanced technology, service and support.”Exa utilizes server-side rendering for fast access to large files, such as 3-D mammography, with no prefetching required and a diagnostic-quality zero footprint universal viewer for DICOM and non-DICOM images, including nuclear medicine and echocardiograms. According to Robinson, these technologies have helped reduce overall costs by avoiding the need to purchase dedicated workstations and has led to a reduction in reading times from an average of 4-5 minutes down to 1 minute.In addition to increased productivity and reduced report TATs, Robinson believes the use of Exa’s Voice Recognition module is also enhancing the quality of the reports and reducing radiologists’ fatigue and stress. Not only are the radiologists more satisfied with their job, they have also indicated they could further increase volume. In 2017, Radiology Imaging Solutions’ radiologists read and reported 35,000 diagnostic imaging studies.“Once we replaced our old PACS with Exa, our radiologists said they could triple their workload and not be overworked,” Robinson added. “That’s how much faster, simpler and convenient this solution is over other systems they have used. What might take two to three clicks to read a study on another system, with Exa it is one click and the study opens with their hanging protocols.”In addition to teleradiology services, Radiology Imaging Solutions is also a dealer for Exa. Robinson shared that one customer, a Michigan healthcare provider, also implemented Exa Enterprise Imaging and its patient portal in 2017. Prior to Exa, only seven of the health system’s nearly 500 clinicians were accessing the prior systems’ portal for image viewing and sharing. Now, nearly all — 490 clinicians across multiple specialties — are using it to access patient images and records. Exa Enterprise Imaging is also being utilized to store a multitude of images, from ophthalmology to dental to diagnostic imaging, including cardiac. Robinson estimates his customer will realize significant costs savings, potentially in the millions, by centralizing all imaging and enabling remote viewing and sharing of patient data.“As a dealer, I can tell my customers that dollar for dollar, there is no better PACS than Exa. And I know this because I not only sell Exa PACS, we use it every day in our teleradiology business,” Robinson said.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more 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. 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Reduced deposit promotion for Jamaica with Air Canada Vacations

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations Share Posted by Reduced deposit promotion for Jamaica with Air Canada Vacations Travelweek Group center_img MONTREAL — Jamaica package bookings made through Air Canada Vacations through Feb. 25 for departures March 3 – April 30 now require a deposit of just $25 per person.The offer is also applicable to group bookings, and the full payment is required 21 days prior to departure.ACV reminds agents that its CareFree plan allows clients to benefit from free seat selection, the year-round Price Drop Guarantee, StormGuard and a $50 waiver on administrative change fees, for combined savings of $339. The CareFree plan is priced at $49 per person.CareFree includes StormGuard and the Price Drop Guarantee, both of which can also be purchased separately. The year-round Price Drop Guarantee is a one-time, cash back offer of maximum $200 if the price of a package drops after booking, while StormGuard lets clients rebook their vacation if the US National Hurricane Center declares a tropical storm warning within 72 hours of their scheduled departure. CareFree is also commissionable at 5%.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionWith the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels, cruises and groups will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3-6 nights; 600 points per stateroom for Air & Cruise packages; and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME Points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or Visa gift cards. Monday, February 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Bloomberg Fed Doled Out 12T to Banks

first_img August 22, 2011 436 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Bloomberg: Fed Doled Out $1.2T to Banks Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-22 Ryan Schuette To stave off the financial crisis, the “”Federal Reserve””:federal reserve supplied the biggest Wall Street firms with $1.2 trillion in funds, an amount that overshadows the more public transfer of funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), according to “”_Bloomberg News_””:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-22/u-s-index-futures-fall-oil-drops-on-growth-concern-correct-.html, which broke the story. According to the news service, the U.S. central bank wrote some 21,000 checks to institutions like Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase, plus a number of European banks.[IMAGE]_Bloomberg_ reporters Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz obtained the information through an act of Congress, after filing for the release of the transactions under the Freedom of Information Act. [COLUMN_BREAK] The reporters wrote that 29,346 pages of documents, coupled with information from other federal databases, “”make clear for the first time how deeply the world’s largest banks depended on the U.S. central bank to stave off cash shortfalls.””According to the news service, mortgage giant “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ received $91.4 billion in emergency funds, a slightly lesser figure when compared with $99.5 billion taken by “”Citigroup””:http://www.citigroup.com/citi/homepage/.Federal program TARP added to the bailouts by providing Bank of America and Citigroup each with $45 billion. Meanwhile, “”Morgan Stanley””:http://www.morganstanley.com/ received only $10 billion from the federal program.JPMorgan in particular accrued some $152.1 billion in loans outstanding, according to the “”_San Francisco Chronicle_””:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/22/bloomberg1376-LPTQOF0D9L3501-650OAQ3AA5G1QBS4JQ9VK7ODJH.DTL, while the Fed made securities available at fees nearly free of risk for the institution. The newspaper said that it borrowed and purchased $111 billion in securities.Despite the imbalance and manner in which it distributed these funds, the Federal Reserve said that it benefited from a $13 billion boon in interest from the loans over the course of two years, starting in August 2007 and ending December 2009.None of the banks and financial institutions listed by these news services offered written statements to the press at the time of this writing.last_img read more