Indian Govt to Nab Tax Evaders Through Big Data

first_imgThe Indian government is planning to use big data and analytics information available on corporate houses and individuals for income tax assessments. From August, the government will start collecting statistics from usual sources like banks as well as online transactions and social media sites to match the spending and lifestyle patterns of a citizen with income declarations.An Ambitious StepThe seven-year Rs 1,000 crore ($156 million) ‘Project Insight’ is an ambitious step in the pipeline for tax overhaul, which will be in line with the world’s largest bio metric identity database, Bloomberg reported.Many other countries, such as Belgium, Canada and Australia, are already using big data to detect tax evasion, and the UK has a similar system in place called ‘Connect,’ that is said to have cost around £100 million. Italy recovered more than 14.2 billion euro as tax payments in 2014 in its bid to crack-down on tax-evaders. This was done through digging out mobile phone data, social data, city related data, web-based data, and health-related data from various accounts.The report added that the government had contracted L&T Infotech Ltd, an arm of Larsen & Toubro Ltd., last year to help build the network, which is a long-term project. The first phase of the project will see compliance rising 30-40 per cent, and will involve migration of existing data, including credit card expenditure, investments, cash transactions and deposits, to the new system. A central team will send notifications to concerned citizens to file tax declarations, it added.Tracking Individual ProfilesThe next phase of the project, which will be launched by December, will involve processing of the information to create individual profiles. The last phase will be started around May 2018, and put in place advanced systems to predict future defaults.The government’s plans to use big data and analytics to increase its revenue base is also making IT companies expect a boost in business.“As a nation, we can put together all the data,” Infosys vice president and India business head Raghu Cavale told PTI.“If you travel abroad, buy expensive jewellery, we can check your digital footprints on online shopping and piece together a person’s lifestyle and through that create a taxable database.”Cavale gave the example of Italy, where the government follows people’s lifestyle, travel and spending pattern to track potential tax evaders.India’s tax-payer base is just about 3 crore and has been increasing slowly for the last 5-10 years, which the government would like to see speed up. Infosys as well as other firms are bidding for various projects in the area. “Government is very well aware of data warehousing and analytics. It is talking to us as well as other firms,” Cavale told the news agency.    Related ItemsBig DataIncome TaxIndiaItalySocial Media ProfilingTax EvasionUKlast_img read more

IPL: Brendon McCullum happy to team up with key CSK players for Rajkot

first_imgBrendon McCullum, who will play the next two editions of the Indian Premier League for Rajkot, said he was happy to be clubbed alongside former Chennai Super King collagues Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo.As many as seven of the 10 players picked in the draft on Tuesday by new IPL teams belonged to the Super Kings before they were suspended by the RM Lodha panel appointed by the Supreme Court. Three players from the other suspended team – Rajasthan Royals – made the cut.Four of Rajkot’s picks were erstwhile CSK players and that seemed to be a comforting factor for the New Zealand captain. In the Rajkot team, I will still be playing alongside Suresh (Raina), Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo with whom I have had a wonderful time at CSK,” McCullum told the Times of India.McCullum played two seasons for Chennai and 841 runs from 28 matches with one hundred and five half-centuries. However, the aggressive opening batsman did not open up on his feelings when asked if he would miss sharing the dressing room with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India’s limited-overs captain was picked by Pune as their first-choice player.McCullum started his IPL career with the Kolkata Knight Riders and set the stage on fire with an unbeaten 158 off 63 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the inaugural edition in 2008. Since then, the Kiwis has scored 2080 runs from 76 IPL matches at a strike rate of 128.47.After his stint with KKR, McCullum made a brief appearance for the Kochi Tuskers before being snapped up by Shahr Rukh Khan’s team again. McCullum does not see any problems coping in a new set-up after hammering 405 runs in 2014 and 436 in 2015.advertisement”Having played in India on so many occasions over the years, I am excited to be part of the Rajkot side for the next edition of the IPL. It has always been great playing in India as the crowds give you so much love, and they have an enthusiasm for the game which is unmatched,” he said.last_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016, Match 7, Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab: As it happened

first_imgWelcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of Indian Premier League 2016 Match 7 between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. (Scorecard)Updates: It was a formidable performance from Delhi Daredevils tonight. Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid would be hoping for more games like this one this season.Amit Mishra bags the Man of the Match award in his 100th IPL game. “I am just trying to take wickets, really happy today. It was a bit on the slower side, you have to give a little bit of effort to turn it here. I wanted to bowl the fourth over but supported my captain’s decision. We work hard, have done in batting and fielding. It came good in today’s game,” Mishra said. Zaheer Khan looks elated after leading his team to a convincing victory in front of the home crowd. “The win was required for us. It was a good toss to win. The energy out there was fantastic, it is a young side so you want to see the energy out there. Mishra was fantastic, this is what good teams do in big tournaments like this. We want to build momentum at the right time. Let everyone express themselves out there. We are playing RCB in a couple of days this, hopefully this win will help us there.”David Miller says Kings XI Punjab’s momentum was broken early in their innings. Punjab have slumped to their second successive loss this season. “Obviously, not enough runs, we have to look at the positives. Guys put their body on line. When you try to post a big score, a couple of wickets and the momentum is broken. We will have to turnaround, it is a long tournament.” advertisementDelhi Daredevils innings:23.00 IST: That’s it! Amit Mishra (4/11), De Kock (59*) star as Delhi Daredevils (113/2) beat Kings XI Punjab (111/9) by 8 wickets to register 1st win.  22.52 IST: OUT! Bowled! Axar Patel castles Samson for 33 as DD lose their 2nd wicket. DD 100/2 in 12.5 overs22.48 IST: SIX! Quinton de Kock brings up his fifty in 38 balls with a massive six off Mitchell Johnson. DD are 96/1 in 12 overs 22.38 IST: KXIP are in desperate need of a wicket here. The duo of Samson and de Kock are taking the match away from them. DD 68/1in 10 overs22.26 IST! de Kock and Sanju Samson have stitched a strong partnership here. Fifty comes up for DD in 8 overs.   22.24 IST: Punjab spinner Pradeep Sahu has come into play as Delhi try to escalate their run rate. DD 38/1 in 7 overs  22.14 IST: Dropped! Murali Vijay puts down Quinton de Kock at deep-mid wicket. How costly will that drop be? DD off to a slow chase – 20/1 in 5 overs 22.00 IST: Sandeep Sharma draws first blood as Shreyas Iyer departs for 3. He gives a faint edge to wicket-keeper Saha. DD 9/1 in 2.1 overs21.53 IST: Quinton de Kock and Shreyas Iyer start the chase for Delhi. Sandeep Sharma opens the bowling for KXIP. End Kings XI Punjab innings! 21.36 IST: End of innings! Amit Mishra (4 for 11) helps DD restrict KXIP to 111/9 in 20 overs. 21.30 IST: OUT! Morris castles Mitchell Johnson for 4 to get his first wicket! Johnson struggled to get going tonight. KXIP are 99/9 in IST: A look at Mishra’s four wickets! Watch @MishiAmit take four crucial wickets in Delhi #DDvKXIP #IPL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201621.23 IST: OUT! Another one bites the dust! Zaheer Khan comes on to bowl his last over and gets a wicket straight away! A regulation catch for Chris Morris as KXIP lose Mohit Sharma for 15. KXIP are 90/8 in 17.1 overs  21.14 IST: OUT! Jayant Yadav gets his first wicket! Axar Patel holes out to Pawan Negi at backward point for 11. KXIP are 73/7 in 15.1 overs 21.12 IST: Apart from Amit Mishra’s brilliance, Delhi Daredevils have also impressed with their fielding. It has been top-notch. KXIP 73/6 in 15 overs21.00 IST: OUT! Another one goes! KXIP sink further as Wriddhiman Saha is run out for 3. KXIP 65/6 in 13 over 20.53 IST: OUT! Bowled! Mishra is on a roll here! Another googly has done the job for him. He picks his fourth as KXIP lose their 5th wicket. Vohra departs for 32! KXIP 59/5 in 10.4 overs.20.45 IST: OUT! Mishra strikes again as big man Maxwell goes for 0. The Australian decides to go on the front foot and holes out to Brathwaite at long-off. KXIP are in deep trouble – 54/4 in 9 overs  20.40 IST: OUT! Mishra strikes again. He removes the KXIP skipper Shaun Marsh for 9 now. This is splendid attacking bowling from the leg-spinner. KXIP 52/3 in 8.1 overs. 20.29 IST: OUT! After Carlos Brathwaite conceded 14 runs in the last over of the powerplay, leg-spinner Amit Mishra prevents Kings XI from running away with the momentum by striking with his first ball, in his 100th IPL game. Shaun Marsh out for 13. Delhi look determined today. KXIP 37/2 in 6.2 overs. advertisement20.22 IST: Another tidy over Zaheer. Kings XI Punjab have struggled to get going in the first five overs. KXIP 23/1 in 5 overs. Zaheer to continue. Good move from the skipper to bring himself on for one more over.  20.20 IST: Good over from Morris, five runs off it. Delhi have done well so far restricting them to 17 in the first four overs.  20.15 IST: It’s a maiden from Zaheer Khan! Bowled another beautiful over. KXIP 12/1 in 3 overs 20.11 IST: Zaheer Khan is bowling some beauties out there! He surely hasn’t lost his art of swing.   20.08 IST: OUT! Mix-up between KXIP openers cost Murali Vijay his wicket, he departs for 1. KXIP 8/1 in 1.3 overs20.05 IST: Terrific first over from Zaheer Khan, gives away just 2 runs. KXIP 2/0 in 1st over.://20.00 IST: Manan Vohra and Murali Vijay are in the middle to open for KXIP. Zaheer Khan opens for DD and swings it in the first ball itself. 19.40 IST: Quotes!David Miller: We would have bowled as well, as he said that the grass should hold it together for the entirety. One change for us, Shaun Marsh comes in for Stoinis.Zaheer Khan: We’ll bowl first. Looks on the slower side, and with a young batting line-up it’s better to go in with a target set for us. It will be nice to win today. Jayant and JP come in for Coulter-Nile and Mayank. 19.35 IST: Playing XIs! Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Pardeep Sahu, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep SharmaDelhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sanju Samson, Pawan Negi, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Zaheer Khan19.30 IST: Toss! Delhi Daredevils opt to bowl against Kings XI Punjab. Good news for Delhi fans as JP Duminy is back tonight.19.20 IST: Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan and mentor Rahul Dravid discuss the strategy ahead of the match. .@DelhiDaredevils’ @ImZaheer and Dravid discussing match strategy ahead of the game against @lionsdenkxip #IPL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 201619.10 IST: Punjab players sweat it out before the clash.The boys practising hard before today’s game against Delhi Dardevils. #DDvKXIP Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 201618.55 IST: Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta wishes team ahead of the match.  All the best to the #kxip boys ??? & everyone at @lionsdenkxip for the game against Delhi tonight ??? Looking forward to a good game ! #DDvKXIP Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) April 15, 201618.45 IST: Less than an hour to go for the toss at Feroz Shah Kotla. Both Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are desperate to return to winning ways. Preview: Delhi, the perennial under-achievers of the IPL, were thrashed by nine wickets by the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. The Delhi batsmen were guilty of poor shot selection on a spinning track and were bundled out for a mere 98 runs after being asked to bat first. (Full IPL Coverage | POINTS TABLE)advertisementOpener Quinton De Kock was the only Delhi batsman who looked somewhat comfortable on the difficult track before being dismissed by Andre Russell. The South African will once again have the responsibility of giving Delhi a good start before big hitters such as Carlos Brathwaite, Sanju Samson and Chris Morris bring out the heavy artillery. Much will also depend on young Indian batsmen like Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer and Karun Nair. (No more bad games for Delhi Daredevils, promises Zaheer Khan)The Delhi bowling was rather toothless in the last match. Skipper Zaheer Khan was rather expensive, giving away 24 runs in 2.1 overs. The likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Morris and Amit Mishra will hope to do better in their own den.Brathwaite was the only Delhi bowler who did well in Kolkata and he will be hoping to continue his good form in front of his home crowd.Punjab on the other hand, was torn apart by a whirlwind innings from Aaron Finch and went down to newcomers Gujarat Lions by five wickets. (Read More)last_img read more

‘Neymar will do his talking on the pitch in Madrid’

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘Neymar will do his talking on the pitch in Madrid’ – Marquinhos Dejan Kalinic 08:36 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UEFA Champions League Neymar Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid PSG Videos The Brazil international is a transfer target for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit as he prepares to face them in the Champions League last 16 Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos backed Neymar to shine against Real Madrid despite being a target of the Liga giants.Neymar and PSG face Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.In the lead up to the blockbuster clash, the Brazil international has been linked with a shock switch to Madrid, despite only joining PSG last year. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal  understands Neymar will in fact be allowed to leave Parc des Princes for the Spanish capital should PSG win the Champions League this season.But Marquinhos said his team-mate, who has scored 28 goals this season, would ignore all the speculation.”Neymar is a player who controls his emotions and the pressure well, and demonstrates it on the pitch,” he told a news conference.”He’s a player with personality. He does his talking on the pitch. He’s doing great stuff in Paris.” PSG come up against a Madrid side that have been unable to live up to their own lofty expectations this season, sitting 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga.The Ligue 1 leaders’ head coach, Unai Emery, said his side’s meeting with the two-time defending Champions League winners came at a good time.”This game against Real comes at a good moment for us, because we have the illusion that we can do something great. We can believe in a victory. Playing against the best teams is the best way to learn,” he said.”We’re going to play the team which won the most Champions Leagues but even if we respect their history and each player, we are confident to show them that we are close to their level.”I trust my team. We know how difficult it is going to be but I want to see a great PSG. This team have grown up and I fully live every moment.”last_img read more

Report: Real 3-7 Atletico

first_imgDiego Costa scored four goals as Atletico Madrid humiliated LaLiga rivals Real Madrid 7-3 in an incredible display at the International Champions Cup.Atletico showed no mercy in New Jersey, where Diego Simeone’s men led 5-0 at half-time thanks to Costa’s first-half hat-trick on Friday.Big-money signing Joao Felix scored his first goal since arriving from Benfica and set up two others, while Angel Correa was also on target in a sensationally one-sided first half at MetLife Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Costa teamed up with Joao Felix to add his fourth six minutes into the second half before he was sent off after clashing with Dani Carvajal, which sparked a melee. 90′ | 3-7 | ¡Final en el @MetLifeStadium!Nuestro equipo se apuntó el derbi de Nueva Jersey con una espectacular goleada #AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #ICC2019— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) July 27, 2019Vitolo scored a sensational solo goal in the 70th minute after Nacho Fernandez reduced the deficit on the hour-mark, while Madrid substitute Karim Benzema converted an 85th-minute penalty and Javi Hernandez bundled the ball over the line late.Atletico were ruthless from the outset, last season’s runners-up breaking the deadlock after just 43 seconds when Joao Felix played a neat pass to Costa, whose deflected shot beat Thibaut Courtois.That was a sign of things to come as Joao Felix made it 2-0 less than seven minutes later – the former Benfica teenager stepping in front of Marcelo and side-footing from close range after Saul Niguez cut a pass back into the penalty area.After a lively Alvaro Morata left the field due to an apparent calf injury, his replacement Correa – linked to AC Milan – put Atletico 3-0 ahead in the 19th minute with a volley past Courtois.While Joao Felix and Costa continued to wreak havoc, Madrid’s woes were compounded by what appeared to be a knee injury to new signing Luka Jovic, who had to be substituted following a collision with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.Madrid’s defensive problems were highlighted again as Atletico went 4-0 ahead in the 28th minute – Saul winning the ball after a bad pass from Ramos and sliding in a simple pass for Costa and he made no mistake.Hermoso and Thomas Lemar also went close, while Vinicius Junior hit the post for Madrid. But Atletico netted their fourth on the stroke of half-time after Costa completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot following Isco’s foul. 46′ | 0-5 |  ¡Empieza la segunda parte en el @MetLifeStadium#AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #ICC2019— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) July 27, 2019Atletico did not take their foot off the pedal in the second half – Felix and Costa continuing their frightening combination as the former split Madrid’s defence with a delightful pass and the former scooped the ball over Keylor Navas in the 51st minute.Eden Hazard was virtually non-existent in first half, but the Belgian star showed a flash of brilliance to help Madrid pull a goal back on the hour-mark, crossing the ball into the six-yard box for Nacho to bundle the ball over the line.There was a flashpoint five minutes later when Costa and Carvajal were both sent off after the pair and both teams came together as tempers threatened to boil over.It got worse for Madrid after Vitolo won the ball from two defenders on the half-way line and beat another two opponents before finding the back of the net following a stunning solo run with 20 minutes remaining.Atletico were hungry for more and they should have scored another two or three goals but some desperate goalkeeping and defending denied Los Rojiblancos, while Benzema and Hernandez added goals for Madrid late in the game. read morelast_img read more

Gaming Statistics for 200102 Released

first_img The fiscal year saw 1,640 old VLTs replaced with new machines that came equipped with new games, bill acceptors, and responsible gaming features. About $575 million was wagered on VLTs, up 20 per cent over the previous year. N.S. ALCOHOL/GAMING AUTHORITY–Gaming Statistics for 2001-02Released The Authority also released its annual report today for theperiod ending March 31, 2003. The annual report reflects allactivities of the Authority, including gaming, liquor, andtheatre and amusement activities. The year was marked byregulatory amendments, process improvements and technologyupgrades. One of the Authority’s key achievements was the upgrading,testing and implementation of an automated licensing system. Thesystem benefits consumers by making alcohol and gaming licensingrequests faster, easier and more accurate. The Alcohol and Gaming Authority administers Part II of theGaming Control Act, parts of the Liquor Control Act, the Theatresand Amusement Act, and the casino regulations. The acts grant theAuthority regulatory control over liquor sales, lottery and bingohall licenses. The Alcohol and Gaming Authority has a mandate toensure honesty and integrity in all areas of gaming and to reportyearly on gaming in Nova Scotia. It also administers the MaritimeFilm Classification system. Copies of the annual gaming report and the annual report can befound on the Alcohol and Gaming Authority Web site .center_img The Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority released its AnnualGaming Report for 2001-02 today, Aug. 18. The Authority’s report noted that total gaming wagers on bingo,lottery tickets, casino games and video lottery terminals (VLTs)were $1.2 billion, a 10 per cent increase over 2000-01. Prizes for gaming participants also went up more than 12 per centover the previous year, with more than $840 million or two-thirdsof total wagers returned in the form of prizes. Another $184million, or 15 per cent, was turned over to the provincialgovernment to fund programs and services. Video lottery terminals experienced the greatest change in 2001-last_img read more

Complaint against Urmila over antiHindu remark

first_imgMumbai: A BJP worker has lodged a complaint with police accusing Bollywood actor and Congress’ Lok Sabha candidate Urmila Matondkar of making anti-Hindu remarks, an official said Sunday. The BJP worker also sought actions against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly instructing Matondkar to make the “calumnious comments” and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai allegedly for letting the actor make the remarks on his news channel and telecasting them. Suresh Nakhua, a Mumbai BJP worker, in his compliant lodged with the Powai police here on Saturday claimed the remarks hurt the Hindu community’s sentiments. Matondkar is the Congress’ candidate from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. Nakhua said he submitted the complaint after watching Matondkar’s interview on a television news channel in which she said the “Hinduism is the most violent religion in the world”. “We have received the application. After seeking a legal opinion, we will take further action,” a Powai police station official said.last_img read more

Samsung operating profit down sharply on slower chip demand

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Samsung Electronics Co. has posted a near-30 per cent drop in operating profit for the last quarter after seeing slowing global demand for its memory chips and smartphones.The South Korean technology giant on Thursday said its operating profit during the October-December quarter declined 28.7 per cent at an annual pace to 10.8 trillion won ($9.7 billion). Sales fell by more than 10 per cent to reach 59.3 trillion won ($53.3 billion), while net income fell 31 per cent to reach 8.5 trillion won ($7.6 billion).Samsung says demand for its memory chips decreased due to “mounting external uncertainties” and inventory adjustments at major customers. It says smartphone sales also weakened amid a stagnant global market.The Associated Press read more

Nepals remarkable peace needs international support – UN envoy

In an op-ed column published in The Guardian, Ian Martin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Nepal, called on the international community to strengthen its support so that Nepal can “sustain the still fragile success” of its peace process.“The biggest challenges are those which go to the roots of the insurgency: poverty, injustice and discrimination,” Mr. Martin wrote.“One of the costs of the conflict has been the retreat of local governance and arrested development in a desperately poor country where over 80 per cent of the population lives in rural districts. As Nepal aspires to becoming a federal democratic republic, expectations are high among diverse groups for greater control of their lives and resources.”Mr. Martin stressed that it was also vital to promote respect for the rule of law and to tackle impunity, noting that none of the human rights abuses – such as killings, disappearances and acts of torture – by either side during the protracted conflict have been prosecuted effectively.He added that the Maoists have entered the new Government “still with their own army – confined to cantonments, with their weapons stored under UN monitoring – and a Young Communist League which has persistently acted outside the law.“Commitments to resolve the future of the Maoist combatants, alongside what the peace agreements call the ‘democratization’ of the State army, must now be implemented.”But he said the Nepali people deserved enormous credit for the “truly indigenous” peace process that has led to the end of the war, the holding of Constituent Assembly elections and the formation of a democratic government, all within three years.The Special Representative said it was particularly impressive that this year’s elections had ensured that women and previously marginalized groups will now have strong showings in the Assembly.He concluded that the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) would continue to support the country’s transition.“The Maoist and non-Maoist parties have asked the United Nations to maintain a political presence while the issue of the former combatants is resolved, and we stand ready to support peacebuilding, recovery and long-term development,” he said.“From Delhi to Washington, from Brussels to Tokyo, the international community must be generous and steady in assisting Nepal to sustain the still fragile success of a remarkable peace process.” 28 August 2008Nepal deserves credit for the “remarkable” success of its peace process since its civil war ended two years ago, but now its energies must focus on overcoming poverty and discrimination, the chief United Nations official in the Asian country said today. read more

Radical investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN

The report has been issued by WHO, on behalf of UN-Water – the inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation.Funding gap is vast but countries have the ability to mobilize resourcesAccording to estimates by the World Bank, investments in infrastructure need to triple to $114 billion per year – a figure which does not include operating and maintenance costs.While this funding gap is vast, there are recent examples of countries having demonstrated the ability to mobilize the needed resources to meet development targets. For instance, 147 countries around the globe were able to successfully mobilize the resources required to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without an improved source of water, and 95 among them met the corresponding target for sanitation. 77 countries met both.According to Guy Ryder, the Chair of UN-Water and the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), nations have the ability to address the challenges of meeting the ambitious SDG targets. “Increased investments in water and sanitation can yield substantial benefits for human health and development, generate employment and make sure that we leave no one behind,” he said. Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“Contaminated drinking-water is estimated to cause more than 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths each year and is a major factor in several neglected tropical diseases, including intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, and trachoma,” said Maria Neira, the Director of Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the UN World Health Organization (WHO) in a news release today.The UN report, Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2017, notes that while countries have increased their budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene at an average annual rate of about 4.9 per cent over the last three years, 80 per cent of countries have reported that the increase is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets for those services. Therefore, in order to meet the ambitious SDG targets, which aim for universal access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030, countries need to use financial resources more efficiently as well as increase efforts to identify new sources of funding.The Global Assessment also highlights that these efforts are particularly important for developing countries where current national coverage targets are based on achieving access to basic infrastructure and which may not necessarily provide continuously safe and reliable services. read more

Keep Ya Head Up Bucs Bench Josh Freeman

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman, replacing him with rookie, Mike Glennon, according to multiple sources.“This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh’s roller-coaster career, we don’t feel he’s that guy,” a team source said.Coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik met with the fifth-year QB Wednesday morning and told him that the rookie Glennon, would start in their Sunday home game against the Arizona Cardinals.Freeman has been struggling since the beginning of the season. He helped lead Tampa Bay to 0-3 start, completing a league-worst, 45.3 percent of his passes, and throwing only two touchdowns and two interceptions.“The main thing for us was the performance of the team the last nine games was 1-8 and that’s tough,” Dominik told the press Wednesday. “He hasn’t played well. That’s a part of it. If you don’t have a quarterback in this league, you don’t have a shot. We felt like we’d seen enough of what we needed to see.”“The reason we did it now is that we have a home game this week,” Dominik said. “We have a bye the next week and then we have a home game coming out of the bye. Our thought process was like, ‘Hey look, some people make the change at the bye week.’ We felt it was better for Mike that he has a game he can learn from for two weeks, he can go back and watch. This way he’s not just waiting to play.” read more

King Neptunes Crown The Atlantic

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Con Andronis has been referred to as Melbourne’s own King Neptune. Already a major seafood supplier and retailer in Victoria, Andronis has recently opened up a new seafood restaurant, The Atlantic, in Melbourne’s Crown complex. With decades in the industry, Andronis’ story is an interesting one. He started out in the seafood game around 32 years ago. Aged 28 at the time, he says he was at a lull in his life and looking for something to do. “I was always involved in food. My parents always had a restaurant or some sort of involvement in food, and somehow I ended up in the fish game,” he tells. “Normally with the fish game it’s hereditary, and it certainly was those days, there were no outsiders that came into the industry.” In the early stages of his foray into fish, Andronis opened up a business called Kippers Seafood, setting up boutique fish shops in Toorak village and Church St, Brighton. “That sort of revolutionised the fish game a bit, I learnt very quickly. I was the first to put fillets of fish in the window, everybody laughed at me because before that people only sold whole fish,” he says, adding “filleted fish was what Toorak and Brighton people wanted, they didn’t want bones.” Andronis also made marinara mix, and gourmet selections of seafood including vol au vents, seafood pancakes, and sausages. After getting out of the business in 1983, Andronis “roamed around for a few years” and met his soon-to-be business partner George Kaparas around the nightclub scene. They decided to start a business, which saw the birth of Clamms Seafood, which started on Commercial Rd before it moved to Acland St in St Kilda. “The rest is history,” Andronis says. “It was a great shop, still is, and we started the small wholesale business from the back of the shop in St Kilda which grew very, very quickly.” After Andronis’ son James finished university he jumped on board the family business. “My son finished uni and decided stupidly to enter the fish game,” Andronis jokes. “It was good that he joined, he brought new, young ideas to the company and while the father and son combination isn’t exactly the easiest to work with we got on alright.” While the Acland St shop proved a busy retail shop, it also outgrew itself on the wholesale side. Now one of the biggest seafood wholesalers in Australia, the Clamms factory buys between 35 and 40 tonnes of fresh and frozen fish a week from suppliers around the country. “We had about 10 vans; now we have 45, so we built a brand new factory in Yarraville and we supply supermarkets, we export, we supply close to 800, if not more, restaurants in Melbourne alone and probably all of country Victoria as well,” Andronis says. Clamms Seafood supplies about 85 to 87 percent of all hatted restaurants in Melbourne. “We do a lot of high end and a lot of volume. We really do a mixture of things,” Andronis says. Over the last five to 10 years seafood has changed enormously, Andronis says. “People are much more aware of food these days, they’re pretty switched on. Some people used to use substitutes in the seafood game; no one can get away with stuff like that anymore.” European and Asian tastes have enormous influence in Melbourne’s restaurant scene, Andronis says. “We sell everything; there isn’t anything in the ocean now that is not introduced to restaurants. You wouldn’t think sea urchins or cuttle fish would ever be used. Octopus was only in Greek taverns but everyone uses it now, it’s just the most amazing things.” Already well established in the seafood industry, Andronis went on to develop the highly successful event space Events Warehouse on South Wharf, an acclaimed events venue with a menu that was created on the premises to fine restaurant standards. “From there I always had a dream, and I’d had a lot of opportunities to open restaurants, but I wanted to open a good seafood restaurant by the water,” Andronis said. The opportunity to open what is now The Atlantic restaurant, in Melbourne’s Crown Complex on Southbank, saw this dream become a reality. The Atlantic opened in March this year. “It’s a big restaurant, they’re not easy, and they involve a lot of work and you need to be consistent,” Andronis says. “Most major restaurants in Melbourne sell a lot of seafood but you don’t find that many good seafood restaurants in Melbourne, or Sydney. We’re about doing our own thing, and doing our best.”last_img read more

Les homininés dil y a 18 millions dannées utilisaientils des curedents

first_imgLes homininés d’il y a 1,8 millions d’années utilisaient-ils des cure-dents ?Des chercheurs suisses ont étudié des mandibules fossilisées d’Homo georgicus vieilles de près de 1,8 millions d’années et suggèrent que certains de ces premiers Eurasiens du Paléolithique utilisaient des cure-dents… Une équipe dirigée par Ann Margvelashvili, de l’Université de Zurich (Suisse), a utilisé les techniques de microscopie électronique à balayage et de tomographie numérique pour étudier 4 mandibules d’Homo georgicus d’âges différents provenant du site caucasien de Dmanisi (Géorgie). Il s’agit d’homininés vieux de 1,77 millions d’années, qui sont les plus anciens habitants d’Eurasie.   Or, l’un des spécimens présentait les stigmates d’une parodontite (inflammation des tissus de soutien des dents tels que la gencive) de forme cylindrique qui suggère l’utilisation régulière… d’un cure-dents (ou d’un petit objet en tenant lieu). Les chercheurs ne s’attendaient pas à découvrir une telle habitude chez une espèce humaine si ancienne. En effet, l’utilisation de cure-dents a déjà été identifiée chez des espèces plus récentes appartenant au genre Homo. Mais elle n’avait encore jamais été constatée chez Homo georgicus qui serait d’après les hypothèses, le premier représentant du genre Homo en dehors de l’Afrique. “L’individu qui utilisait des cure-dents était jeune, puisque ses dents n’étaient pas usées. Nous avons également découvert une zone endommagée entre la dent et la gencive. Il y avait une petite lésion en forme de cylindre – dans cette zone, si vous mettez un cure-dents, il passe à travers”, a commenté Ani Margvelashvili, principal auteur cité par BBC News.  Cette découverte a été publiée dans la revue PNAS, quelques jours seulement avant que des chercheurs espagnols ne publient une étude similaire parue dans PLoS ONE et portant cette fois-ci sur l’Homme de Néandertal.  Néandertal, un remarquable utilisateur de cure-dents  En étudiant des fossiles trouvés sur le site Cova Forada en Espagne, les scientifiques ont confirmé que Néandertal utilisait aussi des cure-dents pour soulager la douleur créée par des maladies de la bouche comme l’inflammation des gencives. Pour l’heure, l’âge des fossiles n’a pu être déterminé mais les auteurs estiment qu’ils appartiennent à une période remontant à entre 50.000 et 150.000 ans. Or, les observations ont mis en évidence que les restes montraient une porosité maxillaire, des caractéristiques de maladies parodontales et une perte au niveau de l’os alvéolaire qui entoure et maintient normalement la dent. Ajouté à cela, les fossiles présentaient une réduction de la masse de l’os de 4 à 8 millimètres, exposant ainsi les racines des dents. “Ces individus tentaient de soulager la gêne causé par la maladie parodontale”, a expliqué Marina Lozano de l’Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana I Evolució Social (IPHES).Plus que de l’hygiène bucco-dentaire “Ces maladies causent habituellement des saignements et des inflammations des gencives, donc l’usage systématique de cure-dents pouvait atténuer la douleur au niveau des gencives”, a t-elle ajouté. La différence ici, c’est que contrairement à Homo georgicuset d’autres espèces, le cure-dents n’aurait ici pas été utilisé simplement pour l’hygiène bucco-dentaire mais véritablement à des fins médicales.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cela signifie que c’est l’un des premiers exemples de traitement palliatif, utilisant des cure-dents, le plus vieux documenté. “Cette étude est un pas en avant pour caractériser les Néandertaliens en tant qu’espèce dotée d’une vaste étendue d’adaptations à leur environnement et de larges ressources, même dans le domaine de la médecine palliative”, a conclu la scientifique. (crédits photo : Georgian National Museum) Le 21 octobre 2013 à 15:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UFC star Conor McGregor refers to current WWE talent as “dweebs”, takes his latest…

first_img August 15, 2016 at 7:18 am Doesn’t matter who wins when both contestants are losers. You bar fight for a living like a bunch of ‘roided up frat ‘tards, have the audacity to call it “martial arts” and then…. no wait. You just slammed Cena. I’ll give you a free pass. Pinterest WhatsApp August 15, 2016 at 7:19 am Work WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel SPOILERS: 9/6 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Twitter “he referred to WWE talent as “messed up p*ssies” ”would love to see him discuss that one with Brock. Steven Herrera August 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm Stewie Just Said That! JFJ You just never learn do you Conor McGregor? August 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm Paul Gallacher August 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm Ah relevancy. The great motivator… according to the irrelevant. Zach Steven Whitlow Jeremy King August 15, 2016 at 7:20 am What is McGregor, about 5ft 9 or something ? That’s pretty small to be calling guys a lot bigger dweebs. But I often find that people with major insecurities will use anything about anyone to make themselves feel better about themselves. Especcially as he knows he will get his ass handed to him again in his rematch.. August 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm Stewie Just Said That! It is very easy to talk a big game when you dont have to physically back it up. If we are going by what we last saw, we last saw Mcgregor get choked out and more or less back out of a fight. I look at this at nothing more than McGregor tryig to draw attention to himself by latching onto a bigger product in the WWE I’ve been worked. Well played WWE. I should have figured it out when Mr. McGregor kissed up to the McMahons. SteelCity1981 Really? Dweebs? What is McGregor, six years old? Levon Hughey Cameron Huff Stewie Just Said That! 17 COMMENTS Glenn Wolf If Cena is fat, then I’m the Stay Puff Marshmallow man… What a stupid comment SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Comments are closed. NJ Louch August 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm Aaron David Harwood Drakman Facebook August 14, 2016 at 10:32 am Current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor went off on another tirade about WWE talent and John Cena specifically during a media day in Las Vegas to hype his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on August 20.McGregor made headlines last Friday when he referred to WWE talent as “messed up p*ssies” when asked by a media member if he had any interest in getting involved with WWE or pro wrestling either now or after his MMA career ends.Current and former WWE stars then issued tweets responding to McGregor that same weekend when McGregor again took to Twitter after receiving backlash from his initial comments, saying he would “slap the head off your entire roster.”During media day in Las Vegas, McGregor took it upon himself to respond to the current and former WWE stars that sent tweets his way in response to his comments. McGregor then took it upon himself to take shots at John Cena, who never addressed McGregor.“What’s the main guy? John Cena? He’s 40 years of age walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and headband talking about no one can see him. You can see him right there — he’s a big fat 40 year old failed Mr. Olympian. Do you know what I mean? They’re dweebs those guys.”McGregor also addressed a tweet by WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair who said McGregor “built a career copying my persona” and expected more class. He also didn’t hold back in further responding to the slew of tweets he got back from current WWE stars.“Ric Flair’s a legend but as far as gimmicks, this is the real thing over here. I think these WWE guys, they’re not right in the head some of them. I mean the new guys are dweebs, let’s be honest, absolute dweebs but the old school guys are legends. Ric Flair is a legend. The McMahons of course — Dons. But I just say it as it is — they’re dweebs.”Damon Martin of FOX Sports has more comments from McGregor at the media day.You can view video of McGregor’s comments below courtesy of August 14, 2016 at 6:51 pm August 15, 2016 at 7:17 am August 15, 2016 at 10:25 am August 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm August 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm Well, Conor, if Cena is a failure and a dweeb, why are you trying to ride his coattails to relevancy? August 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm Michael MacCallum August 14, 2016 at 9:58 am Yeah, I’ll be shocked if it isn’t. Waiting for McGregor to show up at Summerslam at this point. Just a variation on the ol “trash the local sports team” cheap heat. Google+ wwe needs to stop feeding this troll he has made a name by being a troll. August 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm Haha my thought exactly. Dweeb is something you call a sibling, not an adult Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stewie Just Said That! So who takes it in a shoot between him and Cena? Good luck discussing anything with someone who only shows up twice a year.last_img read more

Tearful families wait as bodies remain under failed bridge

first_imgMIAMI — Relatives and friends of people still missing after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on a highway gathered Friday in South Florida, longing and praying for miracles as authorities searched the smashed concrete that has already claimed six lives.While the families waited, investigators sought to understand why the 950-ton bridge gave way during construction. The cables supporting the span were being tightened following a “stress test” when it collapsed, authorities said.“This is a tragedy that we don’t want to re-occur anywhere in the United States,” said Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade police. “We just want to find out what caused this collapse to occur and people to die.”Detectives declared the rubble a homicide scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to investigate.“Our focus is to remove all of the cars and all of the victims in a dignified manner and not compromise the investigation in the process,” said Maurice Kemp, Miami-Dade County’s deputy mayor.Scheduled to open in 2019, the bridge would have provided safe passage over a canal and six lanes of traffic, and created a showpiece architectural feature connecting the campus of Florida International University with the community of Sweetwater, where many students live.last_img read more

Vancouver layoffs possible but not certain

first_imgPenguin Windows might lay off 156 workers at its Vancouver office – or it might not.Karen Campbell, administrative assistant for the Washington Employment Security Department said Wednesday the company has laid off 160 workers in Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Lakewood, will lay off 50 more by March 14 and will lay off 156 workers in Vancouver sometime later.But a news report by Northwest Cable News’ website, posted Tuesday, said Penguin is keeping its Vancouver operation open but closing its corporate office and distribution center in Mukilteo, another office in Lakewood and an office in Boston, Mass.Northwest Cable News cited an unnamed Penguin executive as the source of its report. The news outlet’s report did not say how many employees will be affected.A Penguin receptionist told The Columbian on Wednesday the company wasn’t releasing any information about the matter until tomorrow.Dennis Birge, rapid response coordinator for the state Employment Security Department, said Wednesday he expects to issue a news release about the layoffs at Penguin later today.“We’re still trying to determine the number of workers that will be impacted,” he said. “We need to get additional information from the company.”last_img read more

UPDATE Authorities identify teen suspect killed by police

first_imgUPDATE: The Vancouver Police Department late Saturday identified the subject killed by a police officer late Friday as Douglas E. Combs, 16, who was a suspect in a home invasion shooting and two armed robberies on Friday.Police said a companion of Combs, also 16, was arrested on the scene and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm.The original story below will be updated.–A subject sought in connection with a home invasion shooting and a series of armed robberies was killed by police late Friday night in Vancouver’s Arnada neighborhood.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 p.m. as the subject reportedly reached for a gun after running away from officers near the intersection of C Street and East 20th Street, according to police radio monitored at The Columbian.The person, whose name and age was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was male.The officer who fired the shots was from the Vancouver Police Department, according to police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. The officer, who will be placed on administrative leave per departmental policy, was not identified.last_img read more

HC remarks show the respect CM has for law Vijayashanthi

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress leader Vijayashanthi on Saturday said that the remarks of Telangana High Court on delimitation of municipal wards shows the respect Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has towards the law. In a statement, she said the remarks of the court show that the Chief Minister indulged in abuse of power. She said the government could go to any extent in abusing power in municipal elections as the High Court observed that the irregularities in ward delimitation was an example for the same. She said the Chief Minister has been accusing the Opposition for the report sought by the President on the suicides of intermediate students. She said the Chief Minister is faulting the orders of the President.last_img read more

RanSim Test ransomware attacks on your Windows PC

first_imgRanSim: Test ransomware attacks on your Windows PC by Martin Brinkmann on December 28, 2016 in Security – 19 commentsRansim is a ransomware simulator for Windows that simulates attacks of ten ransomware families against the computer system.Ransomware is without doubt a relatively new threat category that has gained some prominence in recent time.Security companies have added ransomware protection to their tools as a response, or released standalone programs with the aim to block ransomware from encrypting files on a computer system.It is difficult for most users to determine how well anti-ransomware programs protect their systems against ransomware threats. RanSim has been designed to simulate attacks on a computer system to find out if it is protected against ten common ransomware attacks.RanSimYou are asked to fill out information on the developer website before download options are provided. I suggest you download the program from Major Geeks or another third-party download repository instead.The program makers suggest that you keep your security software configured as is to simulate a real-world attack scenario. This may be problematic however in some cases. The new Malwarebytes Premium for instance blocked the execution of RanSim on target systems.RanSim’s interface is easy to use. It offers information on the ransomware test scenarios, and a single button that you may click on to start the test.The test should not take longer than a minute to complete. The program will download test files from the Internet, but won’t harm any files on the local system. It will enumerate the files though and display information on the vulnerability of these files.It tests the following ransomware scenarios:InsideCryptor — encrypts files using strong encryption and overwrites most of the content of the original files with the encrypted data.LockyVariant — simulates the behavior of a recent version of Locky ransomware.Mover — Encrypts files in a different folder using strong encryption and safely deletes the original files.Replacer — Replaces the content of the original files. A real ransomware would show a message that fools users into thinking they can recover them.Streamer — Encrypts files and writes data into a single file, using strong encryption, then deletes the original files.StrongCryptor — Encrypts files using strong encryption and safely deletes the original files.StrongCryptorFast — Encrypts files using strong encryption and deletes the original files.StrongCrytptorNet — Encrypts files using strong encryption and deletes the original files. It also simulates sending the encryption key to a server using an HTTP connection.ThorVariant — Simulates the behavior of a recent version of Thor ransomware.WeakCryptor — Encrypts files using weak encryption and deletes the original files.RanSim lists the number of successful and unsuccessful attacks during the test.Closing WordsSelect anti-ransomware software won’t block RanSim from execution. This is for instance the case for RansomFree which creates its own dummy files that it monitors. Other security software may block the execution of the application.This makes the program unusable on those machines. Still, it if works, it may be an eye opener if the anti-ransomware protection does not protect against the simulated attacks.Now You: Best protection against ransomware?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name RanSimOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more