Govt responsive to slowdown but more steps needed Report

first_imgMumbai: With the government announcing a slew of measures to boost the economy, a JM Financial report has suggested that although the government has been responsive to the issues of industry, the steps may not be sufficient and more measures might be needed to give a fresh start to the lending cycle of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). “In our view, while the specifics matter, it was equally important to note that the government is not turning a blind eye to the slowdown and to suggestions from the industry. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The specifics, on the other hand, while broadbased, may not be sufficient to create a virtuous cycle of demand recovery given that the level of pessimism is extremely high, that more is required to lower the real estate inventory and to restart the cycle of lending by the NBFCs,” said the report on the latest measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. It, however, noted that three important takeaways from the announcements were “some preponement of demand in autos (PVs from fleets, LCVs) that can help reduce excess inventory in the near-term, faster payment of GST refunds to MSMEs can help address some amount of liquidity concerns, and that more measures are coming to revive the real estate sector”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn the measures announced to boost auto sales, the report noted that the auto sector may benefit marginally. The government announced an additional 15 per cent depreciation on all vehicles acquired during the period from now till March 31, 2020. According to JM Financial, this move is likely to aid clearing of some of the inventory for personal vehicles (PVs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs). On the steps to ease liquidity for the NBFCs and the housing finance companies (HFC), it noted that the steps would benefit granular retail housing, vehicle finance and MSME loans. “The government increased the outlay for Liquidity Infusion Facility refinance scheme of NHB (National Housing Bank) from Rs 100 billion (10,000 crore) to Rs 300 billion (30,000 crore). Additionally, public sector banks (PSBs) have been asked to fast-track collaboration with NBFCs for co-origination of loans to MSMEs, small traders’ self-help groups and MFI (micro-finance institutions) client borrowers. “Further, we also await the measures to address the pain of home-buyers where the project is stuck due to lack of funding for the developer. In our view, these steps will benefit granular retail housing, vehicle finance and MSME loans,” it said. The report further observed that the actual requirement is to address the heightened level of risk aversion in the banking sector concerning developer or large ‘loans against property’ (LAP) exposures of NBFCs and HFCs. Otherwise, these measures will continue to result in the PSBs increasing their exposure to a couple of well-managed, strong promoter backed NBFCs and HFCs, it said. “They might not increase their exposure to NBFCs and HFCs with significant developer and large-ticket size LAP portfolios,” it added.last_img read more

Snow in July You bet … in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsJuly brings many things likes barbecues, trips to the cottage and snow.In Iqaluit anyways.A few millimetres of the white stuff gave APTN’s Iqaluit reporter Kent Driscoll enough time to make a snowman.By noon the snow was gone.But the weatherman was calling for more snow on the horizon.last_img

Toronto stock market pushes higher despite energy weakness on drop in oil

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading as gains in the financial, industrial and materials sectors outweighed losses in the energy sector as the price of oil fell.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 79.85 points at 15,236.25.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 107.95 points at 25,495.13. The S&P 500 index was up 26.34 points at 2,752.56, while the Nasdaq composite was up 109.98 points at 7,310.85.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.56 cents US.The December crude contract was down US$2.57 at US$57.36 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 21.2 cents at US$4 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 40 cents at US$1,203.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.05 cents at US$2.70 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN tribunal reduces jail term of Bosnian Serb after upholding part of

Mitar Vasiljevic will now serve 15 years in jail, instead of 20, after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) set aside his convictions for murder, persecution and being a co-perpetrator of a joint criminal enterprise.The ICTY’s Appeals Chamber replaced those convictions with a conviction as an aider and abettor and dismissed the rest of Mr. Vasiljevic’s appeal.Mr. Vasiljevic was convicted in November 2002, and sentenced a month later, for his part in the deaths of five Muslim men in the Visegrad region of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 7 June 1992.The Trial Chamber found Mr. Vasiljevic was present when a Serb paramilitary unit led by Milan Lukic forcibly transported seven Muslim men, detained from the nearby village of Musici a month earlier, to the eastern bank of the Drina River, where they were shot. Five men died while two survived by falling into the river and pretending to be dead.Four of the five judges in the Appeals Chamber found the Trial Chamber had made several factual errors in the case. read more

Hillsborough disaster Outrage from victims relatives as safety officer fined €7500

first_imgHillsborough disaster: Outrage from victims’ relatives as safety officer fined €7,500 Graham Mackrell was found guilty of failing to ensure there were enough turnstiles to manage unduly large crowds. Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Owen Humphreys/PA No Comments 11,415 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4633275 Share16 Tweet Email Monday 13 May 2019, 9:15 PM Image: Owen Humphreys/PA By AFP – © AFP 2019. May 13th 2019, 9:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article RELATIVES OF VICTIMS of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster have said they are shocked after the only person ever convicted over the tragedy was given a fine of just £6,500 (€7,500).Ninety-six people died in a crush at an FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the northern city of Sheffield on 15 April, 1989.Subsequent investigations found there had been gross negligence on the part of police and ambulance services.Stadium safety officer Graham Mackrell was found guilty by a jury last month of failing to ensure there were enough turnstiles to manage unduly large crowds.Relatives of the victims were present at the 69-year-old’s sentencing at Preston Crown Court today.“Our 96 deserve better than this and us families deserve better than this,” Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died at Hillsborough, told reporters outside.“Our 96 dead and all it’s worth is £67.70 each. Shameful. Thirty years to get to this… My weekly shopping costs more than £67.70,” she said.Mackrell, safety officer for Sheffield Wednesday who play at Hillsborough, had stood trial alongside David Duckenfield, the police match commander on the day.But a jury last month failed to come to a verdict on Duckenfield, who was accused of gross negligence manslaughter.A hearing to decide whether he will face a retrial is expected to be held next month.last_img read more

PostPanama Is a multilateral approach a BandAid or a permanent fix for

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Given the worldwide media attention and increasing fiscal leakage due to tax evasion and or tax avoidance, the OECD and its member states, including Greece, have been very focused on global strategy to reduce the incidence of tax evasion and restore government revenue by preventing fiscal leakage. In particular, the OECD’s work in developing the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, which Greece is also working vigorously towards, reflects a global attempt to bring Greece’s international tax rules into the 21st century.As a result of the OECD’s work, numerous countries, including Greece and especially the G20, have been very keen to put into place effective strategies to overcome the fiscal losses caused by tax evasion. While Greece has a number of Double Tax Agreements and Exchange of Information Agreements in place, it is suggested they are not able to provide a comprehensive strategy for Greek tax authorities to address the issue of offshore tax evasion and or tax avoidance due to tax secrecy, confidentiality and privacy laws. In order to potentially overcome these types of problems, Greece’s taxing authorities, including its finance ministry, should look at entering into multilateral agreements. The reasons for this are: a) Unless there are multi-lateral agreements in place, the Greek authorities and other authorities are unable to identify and trace arrangements which involve a number of related countries;b) There is also a need for such information to be targeted in a timely manner. If a request for information is made to a country where there is a Double Tax Agreement and TIEA there is the possibility that information can be relocated and transferred to another country which may not be a signatory to such agreements;c) Related to the above is the need for the authorities to overcome the issue of bank secrecy. Unless this is overcome financial details related to tax evasion will be made much more difficult; d) There is the need to be able to identify all the people (or entities) that may hold or have access to such information. In this respect overseas jurisdictions may not be able to gain access to information where there is legal protection such as professional privilege or the information is held by nominees acting in a fiduciary capacity. It is interesting to note that the TIEA with the Cook Islands addresses this issue by ensuring that the competent authority is given authority to obtain upon request information held by banks, financial institutions which is held either directly or by nominees;e) If a country does not wish to enter into a Double Tax Agreement or TIEA there is no enforcement mechanism which can be used directly to encourage an agreement. Rather, other measures such as sanctions and financial restrictions may be seen as too punitive in nature. Alternatively, such countries may be seeking other financial or trade benefits which are too costly and lacking in comparability with other agreements currently in place;f) There is an assumption that any exchange of information between countries is confidential. While this may be true in regard to most DTAAs and TIEAs there may be some countries where this cannot be guaranteed or where there may be some corruption involved. In this case the integrity and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.In regard to the issues raised above, it is interesting to note that on 3 November 2011, the OECD issued a news release as a result of the 2011 G20 meeting in Cannes. In the release it was stated that all G20 governments have agreed to sign a multilateral convention to tackle tax evasion, this also included Greece. In particular, it noted that the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters offers a wide range of tools for cross border tax cooperation. This includes exchange of information, multilateral simultaneous tax examinations and international assistance in the collection of tax due. (This convention was initially developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and opened for signature by the member states of both organisations on 25 January 1988.)In closing, the use of tax havens is a growing international problem which has resulted in either tax evasion, abusive tax shelters, money laundering or tax avoidance. Furthermore, it has also fostered and led to many other illegal criminal activities. However, on the other hand tax havens have a very legitimate place to conduct business with other countries; there is nothing wrong or illegal in doing business in a tax haven. While the issue of offshore requests notices may seem a useful means of obtaining relevant information relating to offshore dealings and tax havens, it is somewhat limited in its practical operation. Although income tax treaties have been utilised to prevent fiscal evasion, they have also been used to achieve anti-treaty shopping, and more importantly, the exchange of information between countries by the use of exchange of information. This is most relevant where transactions are carried out in designated tax havens.In this respect, it is suggested that the primary goal for Greece and other tax jurisdictions should be the review of existing tax treaties to establish mechanisms which facilitates the exchange of information, by way of exchange of information agreements which would overcome the limitations of the banking secrecy laws of other countries. Furthermore, to prevent fiscal leakage it is necessary for Greece to seek new tax treaties with other countries, including, most importantly, with Australia. It is not sufficient that Greece has in place a limited number of bi-lateral tax treaties which facilitate the exchange of information and overcome bank secrecy laws between two countries without a comprehensive list of multilateral agreements ideally in the future. What is needed is not a range of bi-lateral agreements between Greece and other countries, but rather, a multilateral system of agreements which fosters information exchanges within and between the countries concerned. In this respect, any non-inclusion of a tax haven country raises a considerable risk of leakage and fostering of tax haven activity and tax avoidance. Therefore, it is suggested that Greece should develop a stringent tax treaty policy which includes anti-treaty shopping provisions and exchange of information between member countries and one of those member countries should also include Australia. Finally, it is desirable that the move by Greece’s taxing authority is to develop tax treaties, and the exchange of information by TIEAs, that should ultimately be linked with the activities and direction of the OECD on anti-avoidance. This is necessary to facilitate an integrated and combined approach to the problem of the use of tax havens and tax evasion on a global scale.*Tony Anamourlis is an international tax lawyer and tax academic and managing principal at Templeton Fox Rothschild.last_img read more

Sikinos is Greeces first island to eliminate single use plastic straws

first_imgAwareness is steadily growing around the impact of single use plastic on the environment, and straws in particular, which used daily, contribute to landfill and have a negative impact on oceanic ecosystems.To do their part, the Municipality of Sikinos, a Greek island located in the Cyclades, is taking steps to abolish the use of plastic straws on the island.The initiative is part of a new ecological program titled Sea Change and is being made possible with the assistance of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.Together they will assist both businesses and locals to change their habits and eliminate the use of plastic straws, replacing them with reusable or biodegradable alternatives, which will be donated by the foundation.Launched on Sunday to coincide with European Maritime Day, Sikinos mayor Vasilis Marakis welcomed the program with open arms.“Adding to our ongoing efforts to reduce the use of plastic on Sikinos and the strengthening of our residents’ environmental consciousness, following the replacement of our plastic bag campaign this year, we are now focusing on other single use plastics, such as the plastic straw, and to change our everyday habits. We are very grateful to the AKA Laskaridis Foundation,” he said.To help further educate people about the program and its intentions, an event open to the public is taking place on Saturday at Sikinos School. Attendees will also be shown a screening of relevant documentaries, EGEO – H θάλασσα για μένα and STRAWS in collaboration with Plastic Free Greece.While Sikinos is leading the way, the Sea Change program will soon be introduced to additional islands in the vicinity.In addition to banning straws, the program will also see the organisation of cleaning-up events with locals on beaches, along with educational programs introduced into schools to raise awareness about protecting the environment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

STRAY DOG ACTION PLAN COMING FOR PROVO

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2014 – The stray dog problem also came up in the House of Assembly, the ministerial statement of the Minister of Environment and Home Affairs explained that this month will see the launch of an emergency action plan. The plan for Provo is awaiting approval explained Minister Amanda Missick and it was confirmed that dog traps are now in country. “…we owe a debt of gratitude to the Grand Turk Cruise Center for their generous assistance toward this project. This will assist the Department of Agriculture in containing the stray dog situation.” During 2013 it was exposed that members of the public were not only being increasingly irresponsible pet owners but destroying the traps. While Grand Turk, the Cruise Port capital of the country is seeing the feral dog problem already being checked, there is an alarming increase in complaints about stray dogs from islands like South Caicos and North Caicos. Once started, the emergency action plan for Provo will run until March next year. PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Related Items:amanda missick, grand turk cruise center, Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, stray dog Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more

Snaps earnings show that users arent disappearing anymore

first_img Snapchat Tags Getty Images Snap, which has struggled to keep users on its Snapchat app, broke its losing streak.Snap said Tuesday that 186 million users logged in to the vanishing-messaging app daily in the fourth quarter, the same number as in the previous quarter. Snap had seen a drop in daily usage for two consecutive quarters last year after an unpopular redesign of the app.The results helped the company boost revenue and narrow its loss compared with the same period last year.Investors loved the news, pushing the company’s shares as much as 20 percent higher in after-hours trading. That isn’t to say Snap doesn’t have challenges. The company is working on a new version of the app for Android. Snap is also dealing with a string of executive departures, including Tim Stone, the chief financial officer who said last month that he was leaving after less than a year on the job. It also has to compete with larger social networks such as Facebook and its Instagram service, both of which have been investing more in ephemeral messaging, for ad dollars. “The transitions we made in both the Snapchat platform and our business last year were necessary and created many of the opportunities we have ahead of us,” said Snap CEO Evan Spiegel during a conference call with analysts. “But change is always difficult and this past year was no exception.”Snap has rolled out a new version of its Android app to a small percentage of its users, but didn’t say when it will be released more broadly. Spiegel also said during the conference call that the company is trying to get users between the ages of 13 to 34 to spend more time on the app by releasing more original shows on the platform. At the same time, the company is focusing on personalizing the app for users above 34 years old and expanding internationally. In the fourth quarter, the company grew its revenue by 36 percent, to $389.8 million, beating the $377.52 million expected on average by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Snap reported an adjusted loss, which excludes expenses such as employee stock compensation, of 4 cents a share compared with a loss of 13 cents in the same quarter last year. Analysts expected a loss of 7 cents a share. The company also doesn’t expect daily active users to decline in the first three months of 2019. “The fact that Snap was able to maintain its daily active user base quarter over quarter is a positive sign,” Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, said in an email. “When Snap finally rolls out its updated Android app, it could move the company back into growth territory.”First published Feb. 5, 1:23 p.m. PTUpdate, 2 p.m.: Adds quote from analyst. 3:17 p.m.: Adds remarks from conference call. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. 0 Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Army jawan opens fire at colleague inside CRPF camp in Bagnan detained

first_imgAn Assam Rifles jawan opened fire at his colleague inside the CRPF camp located in Bagnan.ReutersIn a shocking incident on Thursday, May 2, an Assam Rifles jawan, Lakshmikant Barman, opened fire at his colleague, killing him and injuring others. The alleged accused, who reportedly fired 18 rounds at his fellow trooper, was on poll duty in Howrah district of West Bengal.The deceased, identified as Bholanath Das, was killed inside the CRPF camp located in Bagnan. The others who were injured in the unfortunate incident were rushed to a hospital. They have been identified as Anil Rajbanshi and Rantu Mani.The accused, who was reportedly under tremendous mental stress, has been detained.The incident has reportedly happened at Bagnan’s Jyotirmoy Girls High School in Bangalpur area of Bengal. Howrah constituency will vote on May 6 as part of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections.The 2019 general election in West Bengal is being held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The Howrah constituency will vote on May 6 as part of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23, and the results will be declared on the same day.last_img read more

Sushant Singh Rajput – Rhea Chakroborty Sara Ali Khan the reason behind

first_imgAfter Kriti Sanon and Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput is rumoured to be dating Rhea Chakraborty. There are rumours of the duo being more than ‘just good friends’ and their latest Instagram picture proves that right. Sushant and Rhea, who are rumoured to be holidaying together in Ladakh, have posted a photo of their vacation on Instagram. Though there is not a single photo of them together, the duo appears to have been clicked at the same place with the same child.As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea have been spending some time together but, are not ready to make it official yet, since Sara Ali Khan is a close friend of Rhea. The two actresses not only share the same choices in food but also used to go for workouts together. Hence, Singh and Chakraborty are finding it difficult to come out in the open with their relationship and the friendship might be at stake.Sushant Singh Rajput, who had a massive fall-out with his ex-Ankita Lokhande, seemed to have a very easy and comfortable camaraderie with Sara once upon a time. However, if a report from TOI is to be believed, the duo was more than “just good friends.” As per the report, the friendship had blossomed on the sets of ‘Kedarnath’ and turned into something more serious with time. And not just that, Sara even shortened her trip to Dehradun to ensure she remains with Sushant to celebrate his birthday in the city. The exact reason behind the duo calling-it-off is unknown but, Sara’s mother, Amrita Singh’s wish for her daughter to just focus on her career was cited as one of the reasons.last_img read more

Social media now used against female demonstrators

first_imgLucky-Akhter-and-Umme-Habiba-BenazirChhatra Union president and a quota reform activist Lucky Akhter has complained that Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists are using social media to harass her, with the help of the police.Detective Branch police picked up a leader, APM Suhel, of the ongoing quota reform movement last week from Lucky’s house in Shantinagar. Police took some snaps of Suhel at the time.“I thought police were only taking Suhel’s photos during the arrest, but I later saw certain content with pictures of Suhel and me on some insignificant online newspaper sites,” Lucky told Prothom Alo.Citing her concern, Lucky further added, “Only the police had those photos. How did the portals get the photos if police did not provide them with the pictures?”The student leader informed Prothom Alo that the police had snatched everyone’s mobile phones during the drive, so nobody else could have taken any photos.Lucky Akhter lives with her husband and two younger brothers in Shantinagar. Suhel, a university junior to Lucky, went to her house to watch the football match and stayed over, when police arrested him at around 4:00am.Lucky then posted a Facebook status describing Suhel’s arrest by DB police. She came under fire in the social media shortly after the status.Student federation president of Dhaka University Umme Habiba Benazir is also being harassed online.Another student involved in quota reform movement who was abused and imprisoned for 27 hours, left Dhaka but was still not spared.Lucky said, in the past when she was a part of the Ganajagaran Mancha,the Shahbag based youth-led movement, she had been abused by Jamaat-Shibir activists over the phone..“BCL activists send exactly the same messages now. Only the abusers have changed, not the words,” Lucky said.Umme Habiba criticised the government and university administration in a speech for their silent role during the quota reform movement in front of Raju sculpture on 3 July.Many has sent her rape threats on social media right after that, even calling her a prostitute. These abusers haven’t even bothered to conceal their identities. There are reportedly a number of BCL leaders among those who issued the rape threats on that day.In reaction to the situation, Habiba has said, “I spoke some bitter truth in my speech and they couldn’t tolerate that.”“Female students who are involved with the movement have two options in case of sexual harassment. Either they have to quit or carry on what they are doing with double determination. I choose the latter,” she added.Another student left Dhaka after being assaulted by BCL men in front of Central Shaheed Minar on 2 July. She was abused in many ways on social media.A Facebook group released a private telephone conversation claiming that the female voice was hers. A relative of the girl told Prothom Alo yesterday, she left Dhaka after the press conference.She keeps her phone switched off most of the time and does not have contact with any relatives, he added.Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik said, “According to the law, a phone call can be recorded with the home minister’s permission for the sake of state security. That means, the audio clip must be submitted before home minister.”“The way the audio clips are being spread, it is against article 43 of the constitution and against the law,” he added.The police refrained from comment when contacted regarding these three incidents.last_img read more

UK Parliament passes Brexit bill

first_imgA television grab show members of the House of Lords debate the Brexit Bill. The House of Lords gave final approval on Monday to a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to notify EU leaders of Britain’s intention to leave the European Union following last year’s referendum. Photo: AFPParliament gave its approval Monday for Prime Minister Theresa May to start Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, even as Scotland signalled its opposition by announcing plans for a fresh independence vote.The House of Lords rejected a last-ditch attempt to amend a bill empowering May to begin Brexit, paving the way for it to become law as early as Tuesday.The prime minister could then trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty at any time, starting two years of talks that will end with Britain becoming the first country to leave the bloc.May’s spokesman sought to play down speculation that she would send her notification letter to the European Council on Tuesday, when the bill is expected to receive royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II.“We have been clear that the prime minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March,” her spokesman said ahead of the vote, heavily emphasising the word “end”.But the prospect of an imminent start to Brexit was enough to push the nationalist devolved government in Scotland into calling for a new independence referendum.May has said Britain will leave Europe’s single market in order to cut immigration, a move that the Scottish National Party (SNP) in power in Edinburgh has warned would be highly damaging to jobs and growth.SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said since the June referendum vote for Brexit that Scotland, where a majority wanted to stay in the EU, sought a different future.On Monday she made good on her warning, promising to give Scotland “a choice at the end of this process” by early 2019 — before Britain leaves the EU.The European Commission, however, quickly responded saying that Scotland would have to reapply to join the EU rather than inheriting Britain’s membership.Countdown to BrexitMay has the power to block the vote and said that another referendum, after Scots voted by 55 percent to reject independence in 2014, would only cause “uncertainty and division”.But Sturgeon’s call pushes to centre stage one of the prime minister’s biggest concerns about Brexit—that it could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom—as she prepares to fire the starting gun.The other 27 European leaders are prepared for Britain to trigger Article 50, which begins a two-year countdown to Brexit, this week.However, speculation is growing that it may now be delayed until after a March 25 summit in Rome to mark the EU’s 60th birthday—timing that would likely be welcomed in Brussels.Once May has notified the EU of her decision by letter, the bloc will take just 48 hours to issue its first draft proposal for the negotiations, with a follow-up meeting planned on April 6.The actual talks are not expected to begin for months.The bill empowering May to begin Brexit was forced on the government by a Supreme Court ruling and was held up when the House of Lords voted for amendments demanding guarantees for EU nationals’ rights and a parliamentary vote on the final withdrawal deal.Brexit minister David Davis successfully urged MPs to overturn the changes earlier Monday, saying: “We will not enter the negotiations with our hands tied.”The House of Lords then conceded, passing the bill unamended late on Monday.‘Shame on you’The Lords amendment demanding protections for more than three million Europeans living in Britain was defeated by 335 votes to 287 by MPs—prompting shouts of “shame on you” from protesters outside.Around 150 people had gathered to urge MPs to back the change, including Karin Templin, a 39-year-old architect who was born in the US but is now British.“I’m appalled at the UK government, at this stupid ridiculous game that means they won’t guarantee the rights of everybody who wants to stay in their home and in their jobs. I’m disgusted,” she said.May’s government says it wants to guarantee Europeans’ rights to stay in Britain, but cannot until EU leaders offer similar rights to British expatriates.The other amendment that was overturned would have given parliament the right to decide whether to accept the final Brexit deal.May has promised lawmakers a vote on the deal but only if she accepts it—insisting her ability to walk away will strengthen her hand in negotiations.last_img read more

EOS imaging Receives FDA Approval for spineEOS its online 3D Planning Solution

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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 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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The FDA approval of spineEOS allows EOS to expand its presence in the large and growing U.S. spine market, in particular the complex spine and thoraco-lumbar fusion surgery markets, which include approximately 400,000 patients per year and represent more than $3 billion in orthopedic implant value[1].The spineEOS online 3D planning software is intended for adults suffering from degenerative or deformative spine conditions, as well as for pediatric patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. It allows a surgeon to create a treatment plan to achieve optimal sagittal alignment from pelvic and vertebral 3D data obtained in the functional standing position from an EOS exam. The planned surgery and virtual post‑correction 3D anatomy can be used to precisely plan for the 3D shape and length of the spinal implants. It can also be shared pre-operatively to engage the patient in the intended course of therapy, and is accessible in the operating room through a custom planning report.Marie Meynadier, CEO of EOS imaging, said, “We believe that patients’ spines are complex 3D systems that need a personalized 3D planning of the intended surgery. We’re excited about the interest we’ve seen in our spineEOS planning software from surgeons inside and outside of our current installed base, as well as from our industry partners. We look forward to this next important step toward our broader goal of expanding our EOSapps planning software suite to better connect imaging to patient care.”For more information: www.eos-imaging.com Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Related Content Technology | Advanced Visualization | April 22, 2016 EOS imaging Receives FDA Approval for spineEOS, its online 3D Planning Solution for Spine Surgery FDA approval allows EOS to bring the first 3D surgical planning solution to the large and growing spine market in the United States Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Wyndham appoints new senior director

first_imgWyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Diane Mitchell to the position of senior director of owner services and loyalty.Ms Mitchell will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters on the Gold Coast and will oversee the operations of several key departments including Reservations, Travel Club, Owner Services and Owner Education.These departments work simultaneously to deliver exceptional service and unforgettable holidays to WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham’s 50,000 plus Club Owners.Ms Mitchell has been in the timeshare industry since 2007, most recently as the director of marketing and operations Asia Pacific, with Wyndham’s sister company RCI, based in Singapore.She was a finalist in the Corporate Manager of the Year category of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council awards in 2011 and 2012.She has extensive experience in change management, policy/process development, recruitment and training and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

US Airways is approaching its final destination

first_imgUS Airways is approaching its final destinationThe 75-year-old airline will cease to exist as a brand this fall.Starting this fall, an iconic American brand will be no more as US Airways completely folds into its new parent American Airlines.The fadeout of flights under the US Airways banner is expected to start in July and take around 90 days, according to the Associated Press.“It’s absolutely critical because it’s really the core system for almost every customer-facing transaction that happens at the airline,” said Maya Leibman, the chief information officer for parent American Airlines Group, according to the AP.The merging of bookings systems was a huge sticking point for United Airlines and Continental after their merger in 2012. The two companies now form United Continental.US Airways has been flying for over 75 years.Source = TIMElast_img read more

Travellers Choice thanks true partners

first_imgTravellers Choice thanks “true partners”Travellers Choice thanks “true partners” for key role in 40-year journeyTravellers Choice marked its 40th anniversary last night by throwing a stylish party in Sydney for the industry partners that have helped it grow from a small WA-based cooperative to Australia’s leading national network for independent agents.Managing Director Christian Hunter told more than 75 guests at the Museum of Contemporary Art that since being formed by a handful of agencies in 1977, Travellers Choice had “come a long way”.He said the group’s unique culture, its support services and its focus on returning all profits to its member shareholders were essential to its success, but just as vital were the “true partnerships” forged over four decades with its broad stable of preferred partners.“In the early days, when we were very small, some of the companies here tonight took a punt on us,” Hunter told the gathering.“Across the decades, as we grew, others came on board. And throughout our 40 years we have developed long-standing and highly-valued relationships with all of the businesses represented here tonight.“We know we cannot do what we do, as successfully as we do it, if it wasn’t for your unwavering commitment and enduring support. So please, on behalf of all Travellers Choice members, accept our thanks for your past, present and future efforts.”Travellers Choice members from across Australia will come together in Perth in November for their own 40th birthday party.The celebrations will be a highlight of the group’s Annual Shareholders’ Conference, which takes place this year at the six-star Crown Towers, Australia’s newest luxury property.For further information on Travellers Choice please visit www.travellerschoice.com.aulast_img read more

Credit Unions Urge CFPB to Reduce HMDA Regulatory Burden

first_img March 15, 2016 722 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Credit Union HMDA Home Mortgage Disclosure Act 2016-03-15 Staff Writer The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced in October 2015, the finalization of a rule that will improve information about consumers’ access to residential mortgage credit by updating reporting requirements of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).The revamped rule appears to be weighing heavy on the minds of many in the mortgage industry as is brings about several new data point requirements that must be fulfilled by lenders.According to the CFPB, lenders are required to report information about home loans for which they receive applications or that they originate or purchase under the HMDA, which was enacted in 1975. The information reported is used by both the public and regulators to monitor whether the housing needs of communities are being met by financial institutions, to assist in distributing public-sector investment in order to attract private investment where it is needed, and to identify possible discriminatory lending patterns.The National Association Federal Credit Union (NAFCU) Regulatory Affairs Counsel Alexander Monterrubio wrote a letter to the CFPB urging the agency to lift some of the regulatory burden on credit unions by revising the HMDA resubmission guidelines.Monterrbio pointed out that a considerable number of data points were added to the HMDA requirements at the CFPB’s discretion, and the data set grew to roughly 38 total data points, which is more than double the current reporting requirement.“NAFCU remains concerned that the tidal wave of regulation related to mortgage lending has significantly altered the market in unintended ways,” he wrote. “The HMDA final rule has undeniably required credit unions to revise their mortgage origination and servicing operations, setting off a chain of high-cost and time-intensive system upgrades.”Monterrubio specifically recommended that the CFPB “mitigate the burden of HMDA data reporting by increasing the error percentage thresholds to reduce the likelihood of triggering the requirement to resubmit data in addition to creating a safe harbor for institutions reporting few entries on their loan/applicant register (LAR),” he wrote in the letter. In addition, he also suggested improving the submission process overall and developing stronger procedures to protect sensitive borrower information.”As the CFPB has repeatedly acknowledged, credit unions have not engaged in the type of practices that the Bureau is seeking to prevent through a modified and expanded Regulation C,” Monterrubio stated. “And yet, the rule’s compliance requirements will undoubtedly add to the regulatory burden felt by credit unions, which drains resources and limits their ability to serve their members. Therefore, NAFCU and our members urge the Bureau to address the overwhelming regulatory burden by increasing the error percentage thresholds to reduce the likelihood of triggering resubmission and creating a safe harbor for institutions reporting few entries on their LAR.”Click here to view the full letter.center_img Credit Unions Urge CFPB to Reduce HMDA Regulatory Burden Sharelast_img read more

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