Minister Garneau orders handbrake safety measures after fatal CP derailment

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) — The Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau has ordered that all railway companies must use handbrakes when trains are stopped on a mountain grade after an emergency use of their air brakes.The ministerial order takes effect immediately and comes after the fatal Canadian Pacific derailment in Field, B.C. on Monday.READ MORE: ‘Lives are changed forever:’ outpouring for families of B.C. train crash victimsThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada is leading the investigation into the incident, Garneau said in his statement that he has appointed a Minister’s Observer who is keeping tabs on the investigation.Transport Canada is conducting its own investigation for the purpose of compliance with the Canada Labour Code and the Railway Safety Act.The order will remain in effect for as long as necessary.Teamsters, which represents thousand of rail workers, is applauding the move, saying its a demonstration of Transport Canada’s commitment to rail safety.Please see my statement here regarding new precautionary safety measures following the Canadian Pacific derailment near Field, British Columbia.— Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Few ICU beds at Lok Nayak DDU hospital proves deadly for 62yearold

first_imgNew Delhi: A 62-year-old critically ill patient died due to non-availability of ICU bed in the in government-run hospital in the national Capital.The patients suffered brain hemorrhage and approached two big hospitals in Delhi but could secure a bed and ventilator support at Lok Nayak hospital and DDU hospital in Delhi. The patient, Kishore Kumar suffered a brain hemorrhage got paralysed. “We immediately approached to Lok Nayak hospital on March 27, 2019,” said Rohit, son of the Kishore kumar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOver there at the critical care department, the duty doctor supervised the patients and asked Rohit to take his father to another hospital as there was no bed available in ICU at Lok Nayak Hospital. Source said, “The hospital took no pain to ensure that the patient was shifted to a Hospital having availability of ICU bed and Neuro Surgeon.” He said, “Rohit was running from pillar to post to save the life of his father but all goes in vain as his father breathed his last early in the morning on April 2, 2019.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”On March 30, 2019, Rohit approached me and I sent him to Dr Vikas Rampal, MS, Deep Chand Bandu Hospital, Ashok Vihar. Dr Rampal told Rohit that hospital has ICU bed available but it did not have a Neuro Surgeon to treat the patient, therefore, it would be no use to take the patient there.”soure added. Source claimed, “On April 1, 2019, I circulated a message on Free Beds WhatsApp. I also contacted Delhi Government Helpline No. 22300012 and was told that except one ICU bed available in Deep Chand Bandu Hospital, no ICU bed is available in any of the 33 Delhi Govt. Hospitals.” Source stated that inadequate number of ICU beds has compelled all government hospitals in Delhi to deny intensive care even to critically ill patients, which leading to many “preventable” deaths.last_img read more

Bell Media signs deal with premium paid TV platform Starz to bring

Bell Media has signed a multi-year content deal with Starz, the No. 2-ranked premium paid U.S. television platform.As part of the deal, the channel The Movie Network Encore will get Starz branding next year.Individual Starz shows have aired in Canada for years, including “Outlander,” which will remain on the Corus-owned specialty channel W in Canada, and “Black Sails.”The brand new Starz spy thriller “Counterpart” launched Sunday on CraveTV. Starz has more on the way, including a new adaptation of “Howards End.”BNN to become BNN Bloomberg in new deal between Bell Media and Bloomberg MediaBell seeks Supreme Court appeal over CRTC’s Super Bowl ad decisionNegotiations had been going on for about a year, with officials at Lionsgate — an international entertainment corporation with roots in Vancouver — brokering the deal.Lionsgate acquired Starz in 2016 for a reported US$4.4 billion.This is the first time, however, that the entire Starz brand has entered Canada or any other territory outside the U.S.For Bell, the deal brings all three of the top U.S. premium brands — HBO, Starz and Showtime — under their content tent in Canada.“Clearly, there’s a digital play,” says Bell Media president Randy Lennox. “Clearly there’s a content play, and incidentally, there’s reciprocity in the content play. We have some very active programming and content creation here that (Starz) will be a big brother on, if you will.”Terms of the deal were not announced. Negotiations seem to have been strictly between Bell Media and Lionsgate. “I certainly didn’t sense that there was anyone else in the room,” says Lennox.What does Starz get out of the deal? A start on global expansion.Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht spent 22 years at HBO, where he was credited with developing such “golden age” hits as “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Deadwood,” “The Wire” and others.Interviewed last week during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Albrecht called expansion into the Canadian market the first step in “proving the point that Starz is a really viable brand outside the U.S.”Albrecht says negotiations heated up during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. He noted that Starz originals “The Girlfriend Experience” and “American Gods” (for the first season) were shot in Canada.The success of over-the-top content providers such as Netflix and Amazon, with millions of worldwide subscribers, has opened all eyes in television to a more borderless business model. HBO has made aggressive moves towards taking their brand outside America, especially in on-demand, streaming platforms. Starz wants in on the same international playing field.“Coming in with a partner like Bell is an amazing way to establish a footprint,” says Albrecht. “If we can have Starz-branded content outside the U.S., that’s a home run for us. You can end up selling to yourself outside of the U.S. The monetization capabilities for these shows become pretty unique.”The move comes on the heels of several recent blockbuster media consolidations. Disney and Fox are in the middle of working out an announced US$52.4-billion asset acquisition. Late last year, shareholders at U.S. media giants Discovery and Scripps approved a US$14.6-billion merger.Bell’s move to “big up” on the content front comes amidst increasing competition from Netflix and others. As Lennox says, “there are a growing number of competitors in the market. Five years ago there were probably five. I count at least 22 today.” read more

Annan arrives in the Sudan amid good signs for peace humanitarian relief

“I come at a time when the peace process has been re-energized, and we see some good signs,” the Secretary-General told reporters in Khartoum. He voiced optimism that in talks with Sudanese leaders, it would be possible to replicate a recent agreement which paved the way for humanitarian access to the Nuba mountains. “I hope that as the result of this visit and frank discussions we are going to have, our humanitarian activities would be much, much smoother, and I’m looking forward to that result,” he said.Asked whether the UN was concerned about Government flight bans in the south, Mr. Annan said the UN was always “extremely disturbed if we do not have free and unfettered access to those in need.” He expressed confidence that the government “will share my concern that we do not want to see anyone in need deprived” of assistance, adding, “I hope during my visit here we will work out concrete arrangements for opening up those areas.”After briefing reporters, the Secretary-General met with UN staff and the UN country team in the Sudan. He later met with officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country dealing with emergency relief, human rights and community peace efforts, including CARE, Oxfam, the Sudanese Red Crescent and Save the Children UK. read more

Cancelling Africas debt must take centre stage at G7 meeting in July

“The G-7 meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, in July knows what they have to do. The world is waiting for a breakthrough. Millions of African lives hang in the balance,” Stephen Lewis, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa since 2001, said at the launch of the “Make Poverty History” campaign in Ottawa, Canada.Between 1970 and 2002, the poorest African countries received $294 billion in loans, paid back $298 billion in principal and interest, and still owed more than $200 billion. “This is mathematics conceived by Dr. Strangelove,” he said.This year is auspicious for giving Africa a better deal, however, because “there is no denying the extraordinary commitment of (Prime Minister) Tony Blair and (Chancellor) Gordon Brown to Africa” at a time when the United Kingdom will chair the G-7, the European Union (EU), the replenishment conference of the Global Fund for Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV, and will issue the report from the British-appointed Commission on Africa, he said.The G-7 members have reduced bilateral debt in part or in whole, Mr. Lewis said, but they are stymied when it comes to debt held by the Bretton Woods institutions – the World Bank and International Monetary Fund – and the African Development Bank.The present proposals have several unacceptable conditions and, in the divide between language and reality, do not lead to cancellation, he said.“The UK speaks of debt cancellation when what has been promised is part-payment of debt service for 10 years and then the intolerable financial burden will return, as before, to Africa” and Canada was doing the same, he said.“The United States talks of cancellation, but with numerous – and thus far unacceptable – conditions. The UK is promoting the International Financial Facility, supported by France, Germany and Italy, but disavowed by the United States, Japan and Canada,” he said.Some G7 members have proposed selling gold to cover the costs of debt relief, but others, including Canada are resisting. The French and Japanese have advocated a tax on international financial transactions and/or airline travel, “but the reception is cool to the point of frigidity,” he said.“To make poverty history requires making AIDS history. To achieve both means that the Western world, the G7, in particular, must deliver on the host of commitments they have made,” Mr. Lewis said. read more

Former Rwandan minister pleads not guilty at UN trial on genocide charges

Callixte Kalimanzira made his initial appearance before Judge Asoka de Silva and pleaded not guilty to genocide, alternative complicity in genocide, and direct and public incitement to commit genocide, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.The accused is alleged to have coordinated efforts to spark the killings of Tutsis in Butare prefecture, where they had not been subject to widespread attacks between the beginning of the massacres and 19 April 1994.He is specifically charged with giving inflammatory speeches that called for the elimination of all Tutsis, including women, children and the elderly.He is also charged with distributing weapons to be used in the massacres of Tutsis, with supervising the killings of thousands of them at their places of refuge and with personally beating some of them to death.Assisted by a duty counsel, he denied all charges.Kalimanzira was arrested on 8 November 2005 after he surrendered to Tanzanian authorities in Arusha, where the ICTR is located, bringing to 72 the number of accused the Tribunal has arrested. The date for his trial will be set later. read more

UN official calls for legislation to equalize womens access to housing

The head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is urging governments to enact new legislation to guarantee that women have equal access to housing.Meeting the gender-related targets of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will depend to a large extent on changing a multitude of laws and restrictive legislation that are now major obstacles to women’s empowerment, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka said earlier this week in Nairobi, Kenya. “In order to remove the barriers to gender equality in the human settlements sector, we must deal with housing laws and by-laws, urban planning regulations, laws dealing with property rights and inheritance rights, access to credit, and the list goes on,” she said.Mrs. Tibaijuka was speaking during the joint two-day meeting of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which brought together some 50 gender experts from around the world.“Poverty within urban areas means not only very low incomes and associated hunger, but also overcrowded housing conditions and exposure to a number of hazards, such as floods, landslides, earthquakes and fires. The urban poor are continually at risk by virtue of both their precarious incomes and of the natural and human-made hazards to which they are exposed daily,” she said.The Network’s Chair, Rachel Mayanja, who is also UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, said both donor and partner countries needed to do more to halt and reverse the increasing poverty among women.“While policies purporting to address gender gaps have been put in place in many countries, the real political will of implementing those, including by providing adequate funding, is lacking,” she said. Since 2000 the UN Commission on Human Rights has repeatedly adopted resolutions on the issue of women’s equal access to and control over land as well as their equal rights to own property. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins continues historic start as Ohio State quarterback

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw the ball downfield in the first quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins did not have to prove anything to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. Through the first three games of the season, Haskins, under Day, threw 11 touchdowns in the first three games of the season, completing 72.5 percent of his pass attempts with two games of at least 300 passing yards. With the return of Urban Meyer, after serving his three-game suspension to start the season, Haskins had a reputation to uphold for a head coach who had not seen him play on the sidelines yet this season. That reputation was secured by halftime. Haskins led an offense that scored 42 points on 425 yards of offense in the first half, and completed 21 of 24 pass attempts for 304 yards, throwing five touchdowns, becoming the third quarterback in Ohio State history to have multiple five-touchdown games in his career. In four starts, the redshirt sophomore quarterback has thrown for over 300 yards in a game three times, which is tied for third-most in Ohio State history behind former Ohio State quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Joe Germaine. However, even with the return of Meyer, a head coach who had not seen his starting quarterback lead a team in person, Haskins really did not feel he had anything to prove to him. He felt he did that last season. “I feel like I proved to Coach last year during the Michigan game what I could do on the field and it’s a matter of time of me getting comfortable,” Haskins said. “Having him on the field today was just showing coach, ‘Hey look, I’ve been working since you have been gone and tell me how you think.’” Through his first four games as the starting quarterback at Ohio State, Haskins said he’s performed better than expected, having the goal of going out as a leader and winning games with the help of the other pieces of the offense. With that, Haskins had one goal in mind. “I just want to show how dangerous the offense is, and with me at the helm a lot of plays can be made,” Haskins said. Meyer said he knew Haskins had the accuracy in his arm from the moment he saw him throw in workouts. He said, as more of a pro-style quarterback than a dual-threat option, it’s a necessity for Haskins to be accurate with a defensive approach to load the box if a quarterback can’t throw in pressure. Through the first four games, Haskins has shown that accuracy, completing 72.5 percent of his throws with two games this season in which he had recorded a completion percentage of over 80 percent. For Meyer, the accuracy in the passing game does not only depend on the success of the quarterback. He said it has to do with the amount of time Haskins has to throw the ball, the routes the receivers are running and their ability to create space to get an open throw. Haskins said it’s the constant repetition in practice that creates a successful dynamic within the offense when game time hits. “Having guys like Coach Meyer and Coach [Ryan] Day, they are perfectionists, so, in practice, the ball don’t touch the ground at all really,” Haskins said. “You get to the game Saturday. I want to execute, so that’s part of what I want to do as well.” For those who are on the receiving end of Haskins throws, they see a difference in the man behind center through the first four games of the season. “I don’t think you can fathom a performance, the one he’s been putting on thus far,” redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell said. “He’s a very poised quarterback, he’s a great player, he has an eager to get better each week, has an eager to learn, he’s just becoming a pro.” Meyer said Haskins is getting a command of the offense, becoming a leader that the players are responding to. In that, the Ohio State offense is beginning to gel with Haskins at the helm. However, that doesn’t mean all is proven for the redshirt sophomore quarterback moving forward, especially with No. 10 Penn State next week, according to his head coach. “I had Alex Smith at Utah and obviously when Cardale got hot,” Meyer said. “It’s so early though, I hate to put him in those — game five coming up. This one is a big one coming up.” read more

Suspects who robbed pastor after trailing him from Bank arrested Police

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits caught in Agricola minutes after robbing minibus passengersDecember 13, 2017In “Crime”Suspect wanted for murder arrested after robbing wash bay operatorJanuary 7, 2019In “Crime”Brazilian national, driver robbed, 4 in custody- PoliceNovember 25, 2017In “Crime” …were able to recovery some of the stolen cash and vehicle used in the crimePolice on Thursday arrested three (3) male suspects who last Wednesday allegedly robbed a pastor a sum of cash, on Church Street, Georgetown, shortly after he left a City Bank. The 66-year-old pastor of Haslington, East Coast Demerara, who had stepped out of his vehicle, to investigate after it was struck from the rear by a Silver Spacio, was accosted by two armed occupants of the said car and relieved of a parcel containing the money, which was inside of his vehicle. According to the Police in a statement, “the vehicle allegedly used along with a pair of false number plates and a part of the stolen cash have been recovered. One of the suspects’ has since admitted to the crime and has also implicated the others, as well as another who stringent efforts are being made to apprehended.”Moreover, the Police outlined that a search of one of the suspects’ home on the West Bank of Demerara, resulted in the arrest of six persons (3 males and 3 females) after a total of two hundred and ninety-ninety (299) grams of cannabis were found. Investigations are in progress. read more

Poll Do you use your thirdlevel qualification directly in your job

first_img 25,722 Views By Paul Hosford Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 9:21 AM Image: Shutterstock/ Didn’t do a third-level course (1737) No (6102) Feb 1st 2017, 9:21 AM YesNoDidn’t do a third-level courseDon’t knowVote Poll: Do you use your third-level qualification directly in your job? Did your college course impact your career? TODAY IS THE deadline for CAO applications.Across the country, thousands of students have already filled in theirs, applying for their preferred college courses.With that in mind, we want to know if your third-level course impacted your career. Did you do a science degree and end up in business? Or are you putting your marketing degree to use?We’re asking: Do you use your third-level qualification directly in your job? Poll Results: Image: Shutterstock/ Yes (7814) Short URL 43 Comments Don’t know (427) Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Years Eve with EEAMA

first_imgMembers and friends of the League of Greeks from Egypt and Middle East (EEAMA) are invited to farewell 2013, at their New Year’s Eve Dance. Fantastic night with appetisers, great food and drinks at each table is promised. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Lambros.Tickets are $85; and $40 for children under 12 When: Tuesday 31 December at 8.00 pm Where: Stars International Reception, 1C Bell Street, Preston For more information and bookings, contact Con Papadopoulos 03 9469 3066 or Tony Collivas 0413 486 558 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Police search for bank bandit in NW MiamiDade robbery

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a thief who robbed a bank in Northwest Miami-Dade.The robbery happened at the BB&T branch on Red Road and 179th Street Thursday afternoon.The FBI released pictures of a man wearing a construction vest and boots.Officials said he demanded money from a teller and took off.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Swan Lake Management Team Prepares For Transition

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: 8am: The Swan Lake Fire is 163,686 acres and 30% contained, as of Friday morning. Hand crews will continue to build line and install hose lay on the eastern flank of the fire from south of Trout Lake to Shaft Creek. Helicopter bucket drops will continue to be used heavily in this area to prevent spread towards Cooper Landing. Marty Adell, Incident Commander: “We are already in communication with the incoming incident management team, sharing information with them. Many firefighters, air resources and equipment will remain through the transition and will continue to work with the new team. Our team is committed to ensuring that the new team will be successful.”  The incoming incident management team will arrive over the weekend, work together with the current team on Monday, and be in command of the fire next Tuesday morning. Fire Update: The Swan Lake Fire is currently 163,686 acres and is 29% contained. Firefighters have completed four miles of fire containment lines from the Russian River to  Surprise Creek. Thursday, scooper planes dropped water between Hidden Lake and Skilak Lake Loop Road. Due to safety concerns and firefighter activity, Skilak Lake Loop Road will continue to be closed. Crews will continue their work to strengthen the containment line on the western edge of the fire towards Sterling. A quiet weather pattern will be in place over the fire area with extremely light winds and a slightly drier humidity level. This weekend, a low pressure system will bring stronger winds on Sunday with the potential for a wetter weather pattern next week. The decision has been made, in cooperation with local agency administrators, to bring in the Type II Northern Rockies Team 4. Original Post: The Great Basin Incident Management Team’s time on the Swan Lake Fire will conclude on Monday. To prepare for transition, the team has been assessing the future complexity of the fire with their long-term fire analysts, meteorologists, and fire managers. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels, particularly in Cooper Landing, have led to moderated, minimal fire behavior. Crews continue to work to increase defensible space around homes in Cooper Landing. According to Adell, 400 personnel will remain on the fire with the command team.last_img read more

DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance Hosts STEM Workshop

first_imgThe Washington, D.C. Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance (DCHBCUAA), in collaboration with their community partner, Kaiser Permanente, will present a STEM workshop for minority high school students. This free workshop is scheduled for April 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kaiser Permanente headquarters, 2101 Jefferson St. The HBCU Alumni Alliance is a non-profit community-based organization that consists of HBCU’s Alumni chapters. Its mission is to strengthen the community by providing programs that address the needs of African Americans, particularly in the areas of Health and Wellness, Hunger, and Higher Education. . For more information, contact Sam Washington at read more

Live Olympic Games Broadcasting Migrates to the Cloud With Alibaba

first_imgOlympic Broadcasting Services has partnered with China’s Alibaba to offer cloud-based technical solutions for live broadcasting at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.The high requirements for volume, speed and latency that are inherent in live sports broadcasting of major events have kept the use of the cloud to a very low level, despite its multiple advantages.Alibaba Cloud and host broadcaster OBS expect to provide visual and audio assets to all rights-holding broadcasters through their new cloud platform. Broadcasters can also set up their own content creation, management and distribution systems on OBS Cloud.The two companies also announced a partnership with Intel intended to improve delivery of volumetric (3-D and virtual reality) content over the OBS Cloud.The partnership between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and the International Olympic Committee began in January 2017 when the two signed a long-term strategic agreement to help transform the Olympic Games for the digital era. Alibaba, one of the world’s largest providers of cloud computing, now serves as the Olympic Games’ official cloud services and e-commerce platform services partner. Popular on Variety “This initiative expands the reach and accessibility of the Olympic Games content and ultimately stimulate a rethink on how the media industry operates in a digital era. We are excited to create a new standard in broadcasting and a more enjoyable experience for audiences during Tokyo 2020,” said Joey Tan, GM of global strategic accounts and sports business unit, at Alibaba Cloud.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tattoos can raise risk of mental health problems

first_imgLove to get inked? Beware, tattoos can take a toll of your mental health, warned a new study. Researchers from the University of Miami in the US showed that although having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status, individuals with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health issue and report sleep problems. People who had tattoos were also more likely to be smokers, spent time in jail, and had a higher number of sex partners, said the study published in the International Journal of Dermatology. For the study, researchers included a sample of 2,008 adults. “Previous research has established an association between having a tattoo and engaging in risky behaviours. In an era of increasing popularity of tattoos, even among women and working professionals, we find these relationships persist but are not associated with lower health status,” said lead author Karoline Mortensen, Professor at the varsity.last_img read more

More than 33000 to get govt jobs says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced in the state Assembly on Wednesday that state government would recruit more than 33,000 employees under various categories. The decision was taken in wake of the vacancies created in various departments of the state government due to retirement of a number of employees. Banerjee said 33,687 posts will be filled up in total, of which the number of unreserved posts stand at 18,527. The total number of reserved vacancies is 15,160 of which 7,411 are for SC, 2,021 for ST, 5,728 for other backward classes and 1,347 posts are reserved for the differently-abled. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have decided to fill up these vacant posts to ensure better services to the common people. The Staff Selection Commission is also being revived,” Banerjee said. She said a yearly aid of Rs 5,000 will be disbursed for empowerment of Self Help Groups in the state. The Self Help Groups (SHG) registered for a period of one year or more will be entitled for the benefit. “The number of SHG groups in the state is at present 9.69 lakh and 98 per cent of these groups are led by women. There are about 1 crore members in SHG groups in Bengal,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the Chief Minister , the government plans to spend Rs 500 crore on Self Help Groups. “We are committed to empower and help poor women folk to be self reliant in urban and rural areas,” she said. Bank loan disbursal for SHGs in the state has seen an increase during the Trinamool Congress government. The amount of loan which was Rs 553 crore in 2010-11 increased to Rs 7,000 in 2018-19. The state government is also providing subsidies to the SHGs so that they repay the bank loan at an interest rate of 2 per cent. “The number of SHGs, which was 4.72 lakh in 2010-11, has increased many folds showing the emphasis of our government in this regard,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

LinkedIn Launches Sponsored Updates for Businesses

first_img 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer July 23, 2013 Like other social networks before it, LinkedIn has now launched a sponsored updates feature that allows businesses to promote themselves to the networking site’s larger audience.Previously, if you had a company page on LinkedIn, any outreach on your part was limited to users already following your company. With Sponsored Updates, announced today, you can get your message out to a much larger segment of LinkedIn’s more than 225 million members.The advantage of posting sponsored content on LinkedIn is that its network consists of professionals who may be more likely to engage with business-oriented content than are the general users of other social networks. What’s more, Sponsored Updates can be targeted to users based on their profile data, said David Hahn, LinkedIn’s vice president of product management, on the company blog. To ensure their Sponsored Updates are getting traction, marketers will be able to track their performance using LinkedIn’s analytics tools.For LinkedIn users, Sponsored Updates will be visible on all devices. The posts, which are marked as sponsored, will appear in your news feed along with updates from your connections and the companies you follow.The idea of sponsored updates is hardly new. Twitter introduced Sponsored Tweets in 2010, and Facebook launched Sponsored Stories in early 2011 and Suggested Posts in 2012. These marketing tools are designed to help brands reach an audience beyond those who follow their pages. By the end of July, any business owner with a LinkedIn company page will be able to create Sponsored Updates.Related: LinkedIn Sees Mobile Growth Amid Acquisitions, New Apps Listen Nowlast_img read more

Canadian firm threatens 1 billion lawsuit against Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Canadian mining company Infinito Gold on Thursday demanded the right to resume work at a gold mine in Costa Rica’s northern region “over a period of six months from today [Thursday],” or else the company said it would file a $1 billion lawsuit for breach of the Costa Rica-Canada Free Trade Agreement.The company sent a letter to Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González demanding the government “allow local franchise Industrias Infinito SA (IISA) to resume full operations of the Crucitas mine located in San Carlos, Alajuela, which was closed after the approval of an amendment to the Mining Law that banned open-pit mining in the country.”IISA’s spokeswoman Yokebec Soto said at a press conference that the company “believed the investment was guaranteed, because our company was invited to the country to develop the mine.”The company has already invested $92 million in the project, and it claims to have lost $1 billion in potential profit, Soto said.She said Infinito would pursue legal action as outlined in protocols of the Bilateral Investment Treaty, approved by both countries.On Jan. 30, 2011, Costa Rica’s Supreme Court’s Civil and Administrative Law Branch annulled the mining concession and upheld a ban on open-pit mining, approved after an amendment to the country’s Mining Code was adopted in 2010. Facebook Commentslast_img read more