Startups mop up 7 billion from PEs and VCs in 2018

first_imgNew Delhi: E-commerce and consumer internet companies have raised over $7 billion in private equity and venture capital funding in 2018, says AN EY report. The report titled ‘E-commerce and Consumer Internet Sector India Trendbook 2019’ launched at the IVCA Conclave 2019, noted that majority of the funding was towards building supply chain, expanding into new segments, acquisition/consolidation, and bringing innovative product offerings.Of all companies, startups like OYO, Swiggy, Byjus, PayTm Mall, Pine Labs, Zomato, Udaan, PolicyBazaar and CureFit have collectively raised the lion’s share around $4.6 billion in 2018 of the total investments into this segment. Deals that stood out include Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart at $16 billion, Alibaba’s investment in BigBasket and PayTm, Tencent’s investment in Dream11, and Naspers investment in Byjus and Swiggy. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Indian e-commerce and consumer internet sector has seen significant inflow of capital in 2018, making India one of the most exciting destinations to invest in across the globe,” said Ankur Pahwa, Partner and National Leader E-Commerce and Consumer Internet, EY India. According to the report, consolidation will continue in 2019 as companies will need to add more services and segments to expand the level of engagement with customers and leverage emerging technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) to service the market better. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”The exits recorded by the investors in 2018, showcase the trust placed by the PE/VC community in the Indian startup ecosystem. These exits are just not limited to consolidation within the market players, but include investments by large global organisations, which clearly paves the way for the next level of growth for the Indian startup ecosystem,” states Vivek Soni, Partner and Leader Private Equity Services, EY India. The uptrend in e-commerce funding was driven by rising digital transactions, digital literacy, vernacular content grwoth, low mobile data tariffs and stimulus provided by Digital India programme and also programmes such as Start Up India and Make in India, Pahwa said.last_img read more

Morocco vs Portugal Amrabat is Man of the Match Not Cristiano

Rabat- Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned man of the match in the Portugal-Morocco game by some football fans following his early goal which won the game for Portugal. However, not everyone agrees that Ronaldo deserves the title.The Atlas Lion attacking winger Nordin Amrabat is the “man of the match” to many people who were mesmerized by his performance at the game, despite his serious concussion after a fall in the match against Iran on June 15.Amrabat’s doctor gave him a week to rest but he did not want to leave his teammates and showed up to the match wearing a helmet on his injured head. One Twitter user wrote: “Amrabat the real man of the match.”Respect ??#Amrabat the real man of the match ?? pic.twitter.com/d7XIfSPZJB pic.twitter.com/mSVkPQ0g5Q— FaZe Snipr (@fazesnipr) June 20, 2018Another one wrote, “We are proud of our national team and Amrabat was the man of the match.”We are proud of our national team and @NAmrabat53 was the man of the match #Amrabat #fifa_rematch_morocco_portugal #we_are_the_winners #morocco pic.twitter.com/DVtN4KVCY8— Oumaima abn (@AbnOumaima) June 21, 2018The “GoFootball” Facebook page shared a post on Wednesday, saying: “I do not understand why Cristiano was elected as the man of the match, but i think that Amrabat deserves it! …This is my first time watching the Moroccan team play, and I became a fan of this nation.” “Morocco deserves to win this game, they played way better than Portugal.I am feeling sorry for Moroccan, you should be proud of your team,” the page wrote again.Although the Atlas Lions lost by 0-1 to Portugal, ending their World Cup 2018 tournament, international press, social media users, and even Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos  have all recognized and praised the Atlas Lions’ fighting spirit during the match.British newspaper the Guardian called Morocco’s performance a “gallant display,” writing that it was “beautiful and exasperating to watch.”The Guardian added: “It’s slightly bizarre that they could exit this tournament without scoring a goal. Apart from for Iran, that is.”In their World Cup opener against Iran, the Atlas Lions scored an own goal in the 95th minute, losing the game.Still, the team earned the respect of the match viewers as they emerged from the game with dignity after they gave Portugal a hard time. It was a long, exhausting fight, but as many simply said: “luck was not on their side.”Portugal’s Coach Santos said: “They are a team which caused a lot of trouble. We knew how to suffer.” Before the game he had said that his team has “to show Morocco respect because they are an excellent team.”The France-based media service Euronews wrote:“Morocco have one final game against Spain in the group stage and, although they are out, don’t think that they will roll over, as they may well fancy a shock result even if just to show the rest of the world what they can do.”Credits: Hello ChannelNordin Amrabat throws off concussion helmet after 15 minutes against Portugal team/ Getty ImagesMan of the match ! Morocco did well but football is an unfair game ! ?? #MARPOR #WorldCup18 #????????_?????? #Amrabat pic.twitter.com/tqJcp2hdgR— ForeigninHere (@mash55886766) June 20, 2018#PORMORThank you #amrabat???? pic.twitter.com/dUutHZOh2s— ??????? (@3S3XQqfgMp0mXuR) June 20, 2018Somone said from now on this type of helmet is called AmraHat #helmet #amrabat pic.twitter.com/Aonh58NMqf— ForeigninHere (@mash55886766) June 20, 2018Sorry #CristianoRonaldo but #Amrabat who is the Man of the Match ???#WE_WANT_TO_REDO_THE_MATCH#fifa_rematch_morocco_portugal pic.twitter.com/Uct4kf2IUF— Sàlma?? (@Elme_SaLMa) June 20, 2018 read more

Authorities accused of attempting to stall Lasanthas muder probe

However he said investigations have now stalled and he urged the authorities not to pull back the progress made in the case. Meanwhile, Lasantha’s brother Lal, in a statement read by his daughter Raisa as he is overseas, said that Sri Lanka is a better place to practice journalism now yet, the past must not be forgotten nor revisited.“Just as much as how the fraternity reacted when the draconian Criminal Defamation was repealed, politicians may have to bear for awhile for journalists to settle down to practice their profession with responsibility,” he said. The authorities were today accused of attempting to stall investigations into the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga, eight years after his death.Attorney-at-Law Athula S. Ranagala, who has been appearing in the case, said that much progress was made in the fresh investigations launched after the new Government took office. The eighth death anniversary of Lasantha Wickremetunga was commemorated at his graveside today in the presence of his family members, friends, politicians and others. Lal also noted that most recently social media has been privy to leaked telephone conversations between Lasantha and the now defeated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.“Effort is being made to show that Lasantha taped such conversations. His powerful voice from the grave was heard not much after his murder. Why would he wish to be heard now? But I digress. The taped conversations echo the principles that Lasantha stood for. Lasantha comes out Lily White in those taped conversations. If these were leaked for some other purpose only such person or persons could guess what advantage they would have gained by such leaks,” he said.Lal Wickremetunga says the investigations into the murders, disappeared and abducted journalists must be pursued with vigour and the families of the victims must get closure.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

The Case For Stephen Curry MVP

LeBron JamesCavaliers745118.216.4 James HardenRockets815214.814.3 Jimmy ButlerBulls763816.912.1 Rudy GobertJazz814915.513.8 The y-axis here is equivalent to the gap between the dots in the previous chart. James doesn’t just have the biggest impact on his team’s scoring margin — he’s a massive outlier on his team. Curry has the second-highest impact, with Westbrook not too far behind. Importantly, the Spurs and Rockets are outscoring their opponents by comfortable margins whether or not their MVP candidate is on the floor. In both cases, the best player hasn’t even broken out of the pack on his own team. Which isn’t to say that those players aren’t extremely valuable — there are a lot of particulars that affect these results (like who plays with whom), as well as a fair amount of variance. But it illustrates an important lesson that sports narratives often get backward: It’s harder to have a huge impact on a team that’s already good.Curry, meanwhile, is the best player on the best team, and he makes it a lot better. That’s amazing. One reason rebounding legend (and now Hall-of-Famer) Dennis Rodman was so great is he could help make good teams great and great teams greater. Curry is like that, but with even more impact.Let’s take a crack at quantifying how much extra credit Curry should be getting for this. Curry is third in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus (behind Chris Paul and LeBron James) — which accounts for both actual on/off differentials and statistical production to estimate a player’s “true” value. This results in Curry’s being second in wins produced with 17.5, a sliver behind James’s 18.2.But Curry and James play on very different teams. Back when I was writing about Rodman, I came up with a basic method that adjusts a player’s impact on winning for the quality of his team. Instead of using players’ absolute number of wins produced, we can look at their wins produced as a share of all the wins that were available to them and use that as a rough estimate of how many wins we might expect them to generate if placed on a .500 team.5It’s pretty simple. For a player with a positive impact (which all our MVP candidates obviously have), estimating what his impact would be on a .500 team is just: (Player impact on win percentage/(1 – Team winning percentage without player))*0.5 So let’s run the top 10 win producers in ESPN’s RPM through this adjustment: Russell WestbrookThunder814516.613.1 PLAYERTEAMGAMES PLAYEDTEAM WINS WITH PLAYERPLAYER WINSESTIMATE OF PLAYER WINS ON A .500 TEAM Anthony DavisPelicans753112.48.3 There are stories to be told in each section of that chart, but for our purposes, focus on the fire raining down from the sky in the Curry section. Not only do virtually all of his teammates (10 of 11 players with at least 30 shots, representing over 1,700 shots taken without him3These numbers and subsequent ones in this paragraph are current through April 9, although there’s no reason to expect major changes since then.) shoot worse without Curry on the court to draw attention, they shoot dramatically worse. Overall, Curry’s teammates shoot 7.3 percentage points worse with Curry off the court, with his average teammate4Weighted by how many shots they took with or without Curry on the floor, whichever was smaller. shooting 8.3 points worse. Among our MVP candidates, LeBron has the next-highest impact on average teammate shooting (3.9 points), followed by Westbrook (2.5 points). When it comes to opening up a team’s offense, Curry has no equal.Curry makes a good team greatestOK, so he’s still a nasty offensive weapon, but that’s only a small part of the game. There are also chase-down blocks to be made, right? To factor in defense and other non-shooting-related contributions, let’s again leave the box score behind and focus on what happens when a player is on the floor versus when he isn’t. A decent way of doing that is to look at some on-off court plus-minus stats from NBA.com. Plus/minus stats alone are often worth being skeptical about, especially because who plays with whom and when can make a big difference — though they can still be revealing, especially when considered in their broader team context.So, with that caveat, here’s the difference in net points per 100 possessions (scoring margins, essentially) when each of our MVP candidates is on the floor versus when he isn’t: It almost goes without saying that Stephen Curry is the best player on the best team in basketball — the first team in history to win at least 67 games three seasons in a row. But Curry isn’t going to win his third-straight MVP.As of April 9, zero percent of ESPN’s Forecast panel predicted that Curry would win, and only 2 percent thought he deserved it. Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double — which I personally thought impossible — an accomplishment so storied that it will almost certainly overshadow anything else. Even as FiveThirtyEight’s sports team planned this week’s series of cases for the various MVP contenders, there was some question whether we should make a case for Curry at all. I volunteered for the assignment, and not because I’m our resident bard of all things Curry. I volunteered because Curry really is the NBA’s most valuable player.This is the fourth entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the case for James Harden, the case for Kawhi Leonard and the case for Lebron James. Still to come: Russell Westbrook. Also, check out our NBA predictions.How did Steph go from being a one-man revolution and the first unanimous MVP to being almost an afterthought in the race? Well, two things:The already-great Golden State Warriors signed one of the best players of this era in a brazen attempt to break the game of basketball and dance on the rubble they left behind. Anything less than a perfect season practically feels like a letdown.Curry picked the wrong year to regress toward the mean.While Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James have all been putting up mind-bending box scores, Curry had his worst season in — well, since his first MVP two seasons ago. He hit “only” 41 percent from 3-point range, down from 45 percent last season, despite having his shot burden reduced by the arrival of Kevin Durant — the most recent non-Curry MVP — from Oklahoma City. Curry’s true shooting percentage dropped from an ungodly (and league-leading) 67 percent (with a second-in-the-league 33 percent usage rate) to a more demi-godly — and tenth-highest — 62 percent (with a usage rate of 30 percent, 11th in the league).Curry’s 2016-17 stats would normally be something to crow about — indeed, this regression pretty much puts him back in the neighborhood of his first-MVP form. But this is 2017, when they only put him in the pack. Stars shooting hyper-efficiently despite high usage is the new black:1Data in chart is through April 6, so 2016-17 points may vary slightly from end of season. Using this method, Curry comes out well ahead of LeBron, with 22.0 (adjusted) wins produced to LeBron’s 16.4. Even if you assume that Curry and teammate Draymond Green are benefiting somewhat from playing with each other, that’s still a pretty big gap between Curry and James — and RPM is one of the few stats that already tries to account for teammate effects.ConclusionFinally, Curry (and his team) being so freaking good for at least three seasons in a row matters. While we all like a good regression to the mean, an unusually large one like Curry’s this season is more likely to be an anomaly itself. That is, he may have been running above expectation last season but running below expectation this season. Many of our other candidates are having unexpectedly good years given their recent history, while Curry — who, again, is right there with or ahead of them in virtually every way — has been unexpectedly not-as-great. In other words, there’s a good chance that Curry is still better than he has looked this year (while running below expectation), while the others are more likely to be a bit worse than they’ve looked (while running above expectation).At its core, this has been a dramatic season for NBA performance, but my reasoning for Curry being the best is similar to why I think James — like Peyton Manning in the NFL — should have won even more MVPs than he has: Outcomes and statistics change dramatically from year to year, value typically doesn’t. Kawhi LeonardSpurs745413.715.0 Draymond GreenWarriors766215.720.1 Among our MVP candidates — Curry, Harden, James, Leonard and Westbook — only Curry posted declines in both his shot burden and his efficiency from last season to this one. (Usually, you’d expect a player to become more efficient as they’re used less.) When the Warriors signed Durant, we wondered whether his presence would lead to endless open threes or whether adding another elite shooter would have diminishing returns. Now we’re left wondering whether Durant’s presence might even be hurting Curry (e.g., perhaps some of Curry’s great shots are being replaced by merely good Durant shots).The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets have gone in the opposite direction, filtering even more of their team’s offense through their best players. So even though the Thunder haven’t been the same without Durant, Westbrook has been putting up historic numbers. Meanwhile, Harden has thrived with even more responsibility, and the Rockets have improved.Still, among our MVP candidates, Steph has been the most efficient shooter. Indeed, only seven times in history has any player shot more efficiently and had such a high usage rate: Curry last season; Karl Malone in 1989-90; James in 2012-13 and 2013-14; Durant in 2013-14 and 2015-16; and Isaiah Thomas for the Celtics this season.How to be good at offenseBut! There’s more to Curry than shooting like a ninja. He’s also the best offensive facilitator in basketball. “Wait” — you may be thinking — “Curry is supposedly a point guard, yet he put up only 6.6 assists per game, almost 4 assists per game lower than Westbrook and his lowest average since 2011-12. How can you call him a facilitator?”The answer is that he creates better shots for his teammates. Assists are inherently meaningless. They’re a proxy for how much a player helps his team score, sure, but they’re a crude metric from an era when better ones didn’t exist. It’s cool that Westbrook flipped the odometer in three popular stats for the first time in a long time, but the person who touched the ball last before someone else made a shot is irrelevant. These days, we have much better data to help figure out whether a player makes his teammates better on offense. Curry does.2Curry’s effect whether or not he’s shooting well reminds me a bit of Randy Moss’s legendary ability to improve his team’s passing game whether he was catching balls himself or not. Even late in Moss’s career, Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith had career years with the 49ers using Moss as a decoy.Let’s take a look at what happens to teams’ shooting when their MVP candidate is off the floor (I’ll also add Durant so that you can see who’s really moving the needle in Oakland): Stephen CurryWarriors796417.522.0 Chris PaulClippers614112.712.6 Player wins calculated using ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus.Source: ESPN Curry is even better if you adjust for the Warriors’ strength But as we said, there are a lot of team dynamics that can affect those gaps. So to get a slightly better picture of what’s going on, here’s how every player on our candidates’ teams affected their club’s net scoring margin (their impact in points), versus how good their teams were without them (which gives us a window into how much water each is carrying for their team): read more

Yadier Molina Forgot How To Frame A Pitch

Yadier Molina is falling apart. It’s not his hitting, and it’s not his base running. It’s too early in the season to say much that is meaningful about those skills, which can take months of stats to become reliable.It’s the Cardinals catcher’s defense that’s a mess. Molina’s pitch framing has collapsed, dropping from third-best in 2013 to 60th in 2015.1Using Baseball Prospectus’s framing metric, Called Strikes Above Average. And the Cardinals are at real risk because of it. Framing was thought of as mythical until researchers found direct evidence for it in how umpires were calling borderline pitches. The idea is simple: A catcher receives a pitch and “frames” it so that the pitch is more likely to be called a strike. In contrast to descriptions of framing as cheating, good framing involves catching the pitch with a minimum of excess motion. In so doing, the catcher offers the umpire a clear view of the ball and thus collects more favorable strike calls.Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the past 10 years and some of their perpetual October success (though to a lesser extent).But this year, Molina’s framing is no longer even average. Already in 2015, Molina has cost his team about four strikes, while the best framers have gained more than 15. That may not sound like much, but over the course of a season, it could add up to a gap of more than 150 strikes, worth something like 25 runs. In his best year (2013), Molina acquired roughly that many extra strikes for his team, equating to an extra couple of wins per year for the Cardinals. This is no small-sample fluke, either. Unlike hitting and pitching, whose outcomes we still measure in the dozens this early in the season, Molina has seen 800 pitches this year. That sample size is plenty big.It’s hard to know why Molina has lost his mojo. Some of Molina’s apparent decline may stem not from his own skill diminishing, but rather from other catchers becoming better. As front offices have become convinced of the importance of framing, we’ve seen many light-hitting but exceptional-framing backstops be promoted to full-time roles. Since Molina is always being compared to the average, if the average moves up, it may appear as though Molina is falling.It’s possible that the physical toll of catching has finally caught up to Molina. Notably, he showed up to spring training about 20 pounds lighter than the weight at which he played for the past 10 years. Molina gave no specific reason for the weight loss when asked, but Adam Wainwright (among others) suggested that it may have been to reduce the wear and tear on his knees.A decline by Molina, even without cryptic injuries, was not totally unexpected. Although pitch framing doesn’t appear physically demanding, research has shown that there is a clear aging pattern for the skill. Catchers improve when young but decline in their 30s. At age 32, Molina is entering the part of the curve with the most rapid decline.Still, rapid is an understatement for Molina’s framing slump. Molina’s framing has been falling off of a cliff for two consecutive years, dropping from excellent to above average from 2013 to 2014 and from above average to poor from 2014 to this year. The decline went largely unnoticed last year, as Molina struggled with injuries that limited his playing time.This year, it’s unmistakable. If you look for two-year declines as large as Molina’s since 2008, there’s only one other player with as many chances who has fallen off as much: Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy this year. (Strangely, Lucroy is 28 years old, still relatively young.) Age tends to reduce framing ability, but rarely as quickly as it has in Molina’s case.Regardless of the cause, Molina’s framing decline affects more than just his own stats. Normally, pitching statistics are much too variable this early in the season to say anything useful. But by learning about Molina’s decline, we may also, in a roundabout way, learn something about the Cardinals’ pitching.To do so, we can look at the recent history of pitchers who lost great framers. Molina isn’t lost, of course, but his framing skills might as well be. In the past three years, 166 pitchers have stayed on the same team but seen their framers decline in quality by a magnitude similar to Molina’s decline from last year to this year. Those 166 pitchers did 0.76 runs of ERA worse than expected.2By PECOTA’s projections. Compared to the overall population of pitchers in that time (who performed 0.47 runs of ERA worse than expected), the pitchers throwing to worse framers saw their ERAs increase3This pattern bears out if you weight ERAs by innings pitched, as well as in the opposite direction: Pitchers who go from bad framers to good see their performances exceed their projections. by 0.28 runs.4But 0.47 runs + 0.28 runs doesn’t add up to 0.76 runs, you protest! Blame rounding.To any given pitcher, a 0.28 increase in ERA is relatively minor. It could be dismissed as merely bad luck. However, Molina doesn’t just work with a single pitcher — his framing affects every pitcher on the team.5Nor will Molina’s backup, Tony Cruz, be any help in this regard. Cruz is a below-average framer as well. His newfound problems will affect each hurler to only a small extent, but the staff as a whole will be dramatically harmed. Over the course of a season, the total effect of the fall from top-tier to below-average framing is something like three wins. In a competitive NL Central, that’s a hefty price to pay. read more

Dissident republicans believed to have been behind murder of man in Belfast

first_img Friday 16 Feb 2018, 7:53 AM Dissident republicans believed to have been behind murder of man in Belfast Raymond Johnston (28) was shot dead in his living room in front of his partner and 11-year-old child on Tuesday evening. Boyce said that police had set up an incident room and were exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry.“We are reviewing CCTV footage from the area, but we also need help from local people,” he said.“In particular, I am appealing to anyone who met with, or spoke with Raymond any time on Tuesday to contact us.“I would ask people to jog their memories, and try to recall if they saw Raymond on Tuesday – do you remember where and when you saw him. Was he with anyone? What was he doing?No matter how insignificant you think a detail may be, it could make a difference so, please tell us. It could help us solve this savage murder and lead us to those who are responsible.Boyce said that police were seeking to establish the movements of a dark-coloured car that was suspected to have been involved in the murder.They were also looking for information on a man wearing a blue coat with fur around the hood make off from the scene getting into this vehicle.“I would ask any members of the public who have a dash cam fitted to their vehicle, and were travelling on Glenbawn Avenue, Glenbawn Square, Bryanswell Road, Bellsteel Road, Pantridge Road, Stewartstown Road or Colinwell Road between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday, 13 February to contact detectives at Musgrave,” Boyce said.You may have footage that could help us piece together what happened on Tuesday night and lead us to those behind this brutal act.Witnesses in the North or those with information are asked to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1192 of 13/02/18 or ask to speak to Detectives at the incident room at Musgrave Street.Read: Man murdered in west Belfast was shot in living room in front of partner and child Feb 16th 2018, 7:53 AM 9,742 Views Glenbawn Avenue in west Belfast. Image: Google Maps Short URL Share1 Tweet Email1 27 Comments center_img https://jrnl.ie/3855057 We’re particularly keen to prevent this from happening again to catch those responsible and give justice to the Johnston family. POLICE INVESTIGATING THE murder of a man in Belfast on Tuesday believe that dissident republican groups may have been involved with the killing.Raymond Johnston (28) was shot dead in his living room in front of his partner and 11-year-old child on Tuesday evening.Two gunmen entered his home and shot Johnston in front of his family.Speaking at a press conference yesterday detective PSNI detective chief inspector Geoff Boyce said that the main line of inquiry was that individuals connected to dissident Republican groups were involved.“It’s too early to speculate which group but those are the type of individuals we would believe to have been involved,” Boyce told reporters.“The manner in which Raymond was murdered was particularly brutal.“The gunmen had been in the house for a very short period of time and he’s been murdered in front of an 11-year-old child and his partner. Image: Google Maps Glenbawn Avenue in west Belfast. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

One in 10 Irish workers are earning the minimum wage or less

first_imgOne in 10 Irish workers are earning the minimum wage or less A release from the CSO suggests that just over 10% of Irish workers are earning €9.25 an hour or less. 65 Comments Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 27th 2017, 6:10 AM Source: Shutterstock/WolfilserOVER 10% OF Irish workers are being paid the equivalent of, or less than, the national minimum wage of €9.25 per hour.The statistic is contained in the latest release from the Quarterly National Household Survey, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).For the nine months between April and December 2016 10.1% of employees, or one in ten, earned less than or the equivalent of the statutory minimum wage of €9.25.The minimum wage was increased per the last budget in January 2017 from €9.15.The figure of 10.1% translates to 22,500 employees who self-reported earnings as being less than the minimum wage and 132,600 who said they were paid the exact figure.Of that 22,500, 5,700 reported that the reason they earned less than the minimum wage was the fact they were on a special training rate, while a further 5,800 said they were on an age-related rate. Minimum wage by sector Source: CSOClick here to view a larger imageWomen, meanwhile, are more likely to earn the minimum wage or less.84,400, or 54.4% of the 155,100 people earning that wage were women.This compares to the overall split of employees in the State – 49.4% male versus 50.6% female.The minimum wage is predominant in Ireland’s services industry, with four in five (81.7%) of the employees being paid the wage or less coming from that sector.The majority of those being paid at or less than the minimum wage from this sector come from two specific industries – the repair of motor vehicles or motorcycles (accounting for 25.9% of all employees earning €9.25 or less), and the accommodation and food services sector (24.7%).The lion’s share, 37.9%, of all those earning the minimum wage or less came from the 18-24 age group. Almost three in five of those on the lower wage or less were employed part-time. Minimum wage by education level Source: CSOClick here to view a larger imageNon-Irish nationals are more likely to Irish natives to earn the minimum wage or less. 28.2% of all employees on the minimum wage or less were non-Irish, which equates to nearly one fifth of all non-Irish employees across the board.The greatest proportion of those working for the minimum wage or less had a lower level of education. 19.4% of all employees whose highest level of education was primary school, or less, self-reported as being paid that wage.16.7% of those on the wage or less had completed higher secondary education, while 18.8% had not progressed beyond lower secondary. Just 3.4% of those with a third level degree were on the minimum wage or less.Read: ‘There will be abortions’: Master of maternity hospital says they’ll be entirely independentRead: 10% of Irish households are using four times as much water as the rest of the country http://jrnl.ie/3359255 By Cianan Brennan Share129 Tweet Email2 Short URL 13,195 Views last_img read more

Less than half of revenues collected

first_imgThe state collected less than half of the revenues it was due to receive last year as it appeared unable to ensure that taxes and fines found their way to its coffers, according to a State Audit Council report submitted in the Greek Parliament this week. The report showed that revenues due last year amounted to 110.79 billion euros, but the state collected just 51.99 billion euros, or 46.93 per cent. This was due to direct and indirect taxes, whose collection rate came to 57.52 per cent, and non-tax revenues, of which only 9.58 percent was paid. The amount of 110.79 billion euros due for 2012 included the balance carried over from 2011. Direct and indirect tax revenues overdue from 2011 amounted to 55.3 billion euros, or 28.56 per cent of gross domestic product, up from 11.34 billion euros (or 25.79 per cent) from the previous year.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Countries in region urged to adopt licensing system for teachers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 7, 2016 – Countries in the region are being urged to adopt a licensing system for teachers as a means of branding education and making educators globally competitive.Making the call, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Robert Miller, said as is the case with several other professions, teachers need to have a body to recertify them, and that with such as system, meaningful benefits will come.In Jamaica, the new Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) Bill is seeking to recognise, regulate and promote the teaching profession and maintain professional standards for educators.  “Whether it be four or five years, there must be some basic criteria that govern the profession. This will allow teachers to be on the cutting edge in the field, and allow them to be more marketable locally and internationally,” Mr. Miller said.  The Senior Advisor was delivering the 2016 John Cumberbatch Memorial Lecture in Barbados, recently, which was organised by that country’s Union of Teachers.Mr. Miller, in his wide-ranging address, urged the region to address the issue of funding for education, stressing that in the delivery of quality education, preparing students for the global community must be a priority.  “We must boost innovation throughout our external examinations. It  must be noted that education must be the vehicle out of poverty; we must strive to harness our human resources to get them competent and job-ready, to satisfy the demand of globalisation,” he said.Regional educators, Mr. Miller said, must be mentors of youth, so that there can be more creators of wealth and young people seeing themselves as employers, rather than employees.  The issue of inadequate parenting must also be tackled, according to the Senior Advisor. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo Credit: JIScenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Yogi Adityanath transfers 26 IAS officers in UP

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.IANSThe Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 26 IAS officers, including Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar.Late on Tuesday, Arvind Kumar was transferred to the Transport Department and Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi was given additional charge of the Home Department.Awasthi is now the Additional Chief Secretary of Information, Religious Works, Home, Intelligence, Visa, Passport, Jail Administration and Reforms and Vigilance Department. He also continues to hold the post of Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and Uttar Pradesh State Highways Authority (UPSHA).Arvind KumarIANSHowever, he has been relieved from the posts of Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Department and the Managing Director (MD) of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.Navneet Sehgal, who is the Principal Secretary Khadi and Village Industries Department, has been given the additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Export Promotion.Deepak Trivedi is the new Chairman of Board of Revenue, and he succeeds Praveer Kumar who retires on July 31.Sudhir Bobde has been made the new Labour Commissioner.Jitendra Kumar who is the Principal Secretary (General Administration) has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Tourism Department and MD of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.last_img read more

Township in every village

first_imgA view of rural Bangladesh – Photo: CollectedPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday stressed the need for working out future plans to address water supply, sewerage treatment and waste management for the country’s rural areas alongside the capital.She said the government wants to develop every village as a township.”We’ll have to take steps to address three issues — ensuring safe water supply, sewerage treatment and waste management– in an integrated way for every district, upazila, union and ward. Because, we want to develop every village as a township,” she said.The prime minister made the statement while addressing a function after digitally unveiling the foundation stone of a sewerage treatment plant in the city.Sheikh Hasina asked the local government minister and others concerned to work out future plans in this regard alongside a plan for the capital.Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Dwasa) arranged the function at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel to lay the foundation stone of Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant.The prime minister bemoaned that various obstacles delay the process whenever the government goes for implementing any important project.Mentioning that the government had to face 68 cases during the implementation of Hatirjheel project, she said, “When we want to do anything, obstacles com up. We’ll have to work overcoming the barriers.”Hasina said if a plan for every union is taken now, there will be no problem during implementation of any development project in the future.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, local government division senior secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan, Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo and Dwasa managing director Taqsem A Khan also spoke at the function.A video presentation was projected over Daserkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant which will be constructed at Khilgaon in the city.The plant has been taken to ensure modern sewerage system for some 5 million people of Hatirjheel, Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Basundhara, Sangsad Bhaban and adjacent areas.last_img read more

UPDATE Trump Declares Jerusalem Israeli Capital Smashing US Policy

first_img.@POTUS Donald J. Trump’s Proclamation on Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel ➡️ https://t.co/swLei4JMUS— USCGJerusalem (@USCGJerusalem) December 6, 2017 Press Release of Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on US decision to move its Israel Embassy to #Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/5cpyHOSz3h— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) December 6, 2017__3:45 p.m.U.S. ally Jordan has slammed President Donald Trump’s recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it stokes anger in the region and violates U.S. resolutions.The pro-Western kingdom has a special stake in the city whose Israeli-annexed eastern sector is sought by the Palestinians as a future capital.Jordan has a large population of Palestinian origin and Jordan’s King Abdullah II serves as guardian of the third holiest site of Islam, located in east Jerusalem.The monarch is to meet Thursday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan to coordinate a response.Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said Wednesday that Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem pre-empts the outcome of future peace negotiations, “fuels anger and provokes the feelings of Muslims and Christians.”___3:40 p.m.The European Union says it has “serious concern” about the impact of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on the future of the peace process.The EU said Wednesday its position “remains unchanged” and wants the status of Jerusalem “as the future capital of both states” to be settled through negotiations.The 28-nation EU called for restraint and calm to stave off any escalation.___Photo via Twitter @QueensIceZDozens of angry youths burned tires in spontaneous protests at several locations Wednesday after Trump’s declaration.3:30 p.m.Palestinians have taken to the streets in the Gaza Strip to protest the decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Dozens of angry youths burned tires in spontaneous protests at several locations Wednesday after Trump’s declaration.The Islamic militant group Hamas has called for more protests over the coming days. Hamas controls Gaza, and the U.S. and the European Union consider it a terrorist organizationTrump’s announcement breaks with decades of U.S. foreign policy.It brought warnings from leaders in the Mideast and elsewhere that the move could inflame tensions in the volatile Mideast and complicate Mideast peace efforts.VIDEO: #Palestinian #Christians burn images of #Trump as the #US president moves to recognize #Jerusalem as the capital of #Israel https://t.co/QD83hbeUhi pic.twitter.com/Gc5FO8XDLf— RT (@RT_com) December 6, 2017___3:05 p.m.U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Europe are warning Americans traveling or living there of the potential for violent protests after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Within minutes of Trump’s announcement, the embassies in Turkey, Jordan, Germany and Britain issued security alerts urging Americans to exercise vigilance and caution. Other embassies are expected to follow suit.The U.S. Embassy in Ankara says it expects protests to take place near its location as well as the consulates in Istanbul and Adana.The U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, says it would close to the public on Thursday and has banned employees from leaving the capital. The children of embassy employees have been told to stay home from school and all Americans there are advised to keep a low profile.U.S. Embassies in Berlin, London and Minsk, Belarus issued identical warnings.___3 p.m.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump made a “bold move” by implementing a U.S. law that has long called for the American Embassy in Israel to move to Jerusalem.Tillerson is in Germany for a brief stop and made the comment as he met with U.S. military commanders. Earlier in the day, Trump said he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Tillerson says planning for a Jerusalem embassy will start immediately — and that includes picking a site. But he says building the embassy will take time.There’s opposition in the Arab world to Trump’s decision, and Tillerson says the State Department has taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in the region.___2:35 p.m.Egypt has denounced President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel — that came in 1979.A Foreign Ministry statement says Trump’s decision is a violation of international resolutions on the city’s status.The statement says Egypt is worried about the impact of the U.S. move on the stability of the region and about its “extremely negative” impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.___2:30 p.m.The Palestinian leader says President Donald Trump has destroyed his credibility as a Mideast peace broker after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’) says in a televised statement that Trump’s decision “is a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process.”Trump’s Mideast peace team has held months of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders for nearly a year ahead of an expected peace proposal.By recognizing Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, Trump is seen by the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem — which Israel captured in 1967 — for their capital.Abbas says the Palestinian leadership will meet in the coming days and consult with Arab leaders to formulate a response.___2:15 p.m.France’s leader says President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “a regrettable decision that France does not approve.”Emmanuel Macron says Trump’s decision “contravenes international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions.”Macron also says the status of Jerusalem “will have to be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.”#EU will increase its work with parties & partners to negotiate the status of #Jerusalem as capital of two states https://t.co/3uzh98cXuO— Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) December 6, 2017 ___2:10 p.m.An adviser to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’) says President Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem has “isolated the U.S. from any role in the peace process.”Nabil Shaath says Trump’s speech “gave Israel what it wants and gave us nothing.”The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their capital. It was captured by Israel in 1967.Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while paying little recognition to the Palestinian claim to the eastern part of the city.___2 p.m.Hundreds of people in Turkey are staging demonstrations near U.S. diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul.The demonstrations came after President Donald Trump announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.And Turkey’s foreign minister has condemned what he says is an “irresponsible” decision by Trump.___1:50 p.m.The head of the Islamic militant group Hamas is accusing President Donald Trump of disregarding Palestinian feelings with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Ismail Haniyeh says in a statement that the Palestinian people “know how to respond properly to the disregard of their feelings and sanctuaries.”He says the decision “will not change the facts of history and geography.”Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the U.S. and other Western allies.___President Donald Trump said previous presidents have “failed to deliver” on pledges to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.1:45 p.m.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (goo-TEHR’-esh) is speaking out against what he says are “unilateral measures” that jeopardize the prospect for peace for Israelis and Palestinians.He’s speaking after President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.But the U.N. leader says the issue of Jerusalem must be resolved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.Guterres tells reporters that “in this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B.”The U.N. chief never mentioned Trump’s decision in his remarks.Guterres says he’ll do “everything in my power” to promote the return to negotiations by Israeli and Palestinian leaders “and to realize this vision of a lasting peace for both people.”___1:35 p.m.Israel’s prime minister calls it a “historic day” — following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) says in a statement that Israel is “profoundly grateful” and that Trump’s announcement is an “important step toward peace.”The Israeli leader says his country “will continue to work with the president and his team to make that dream of peace come true.′Trump is pledging to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, and Netanyahu is urging other countries to follow suit.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: @POTUS Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/Z24lSRezYm— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017___1:30 p.m.President Donald Trump says he’s directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Trump says the move would allow the department to begin hiring architects and making other plans. Trump says the move is “a recognition of reality.”The move breaks with decades of U.S. foreign policy. And the president is defying warnings from global leaders that it would it more difficult to achieve a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.___1:25 p.m.President Donald Trump is trying to make the case that his decision about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “long overdue” and will advance the Mideast peace process.Trump says he intends to do “everything” in his power “to help forge” a peace deal.Trump is also acknowledging that “there will of course be disagree and dissident” over the moves, including relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv.But he’s calling for calm in response to his announcement.___1:20 p.m.President Donald Trump has announced that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s a move that upends decades of U.S. policy.He says in a White House speech that he’s “determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump says he’s deemed this change to be in America’s interests.The president says the decision “marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”World leaders have warned that the move could inflame tensions in the volatile Mideast.___1:10 p.m.The Jerusalem municipality has illuminated the walls of the Old City red, white and blue to show thanks to President Trump’s recognition of it as Israel’s capital.Mayor Nir Barkat says the main entrance to the city will also be lit in America’s colors and American flags will be flown across major streets of the city on Thursday.Barkat says Trump’s announcement “sends a clear message to the entire world” that the United States stands with Israel and the Jewish people.___________Twitter reactions:President Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 6, 2017 ___________Photo via Wikimedia CommonsJerusalem“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” President Trump said in an address from the White House on Wednesday afternoon.The move fulfills a campaign promise while threatening to unsettle volatile politics in the region.Trump said previous presidents have “failed to deliver” on pledges to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “I am delivering,” he said, in a speech that began shortly after 1 p.m. ET.Jerusalem is claimed by as a capital city by both Israelis and Palestinians, and determining the status of the city would be a central element of any possible peace agreement.For decades, world powers — including the U.S. — have refrained from taking sides in that dispute, locating their embassies in Tel Aviv and avoiding any reference to Jerusalem as a part of Israel.In 1995, Congress passed a law calling for the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. But every president since then has chosen to waive that law, putting off implementation six months at a time.The White House said Trump would be signing a waiver again this week, but that it would be paired with an announcement that essentially endorses the Israeli position on Jerusalem. Trump isn’t interested in the fate of Israelis, and certainly not in the fate of Palestinians. His speech was a combination of ignorance and arrogance, with complete disregard for its implications. Trump threw a match on the Middle East and the price will be paid by both nations.— Ayman Odeh (@AyOdeh) December 6, 2017 “Jordan’s King Abdullah reportedly told the president that the expected decision will have ‘dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region,’ according to a palace statement.“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who spoke by telephone with Trump, warned of ‘the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world,’ Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement, according to Al-Jazeera.“That was a sentiment echoed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who cautioned that it ‘would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East.’“In a fiery televised speech on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Trump by name that the move constituted a ‘red line’ for Muslims.” ‘We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue,’ Erdogan said.” Dr. Erekat: President Trump disqualified the US to play any role in any peace process. #Jerusalem #Palestine 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/AFtnB2UjN5— Palestine PLO – NAD (@nadplo) December 6, 2017 “Moving the embassy was one of Trump’s campaign promises as he appealed to pro-Israel voters, including many American evangelicals.“The White House insists the Jerusalem policy change does not lessen the chances for reaching peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Officials said regional leaders contacted before the decision were committed to encouraging a peaceful solution. But the administration also took precautions.“The State Department issued warnings to diplomats in the region that protests could break out in the region following a change in policy on Jerusalem.”center_img As The Two-Way reported yesterday: Share The decision “does not sit well with many key players in the region,” as NPR’s Scott Neuman wrote this morning: .@MSNBC shows Palestinian land loss to Israel from 1946 to present day. #Shoutout2MSNBC for the courage to do this. pic.twitter.com/RAT0jcjGzF— JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) October 18, 2015 ___Updated at 10:25 a.m. ETPresident Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has prompted warnings of violence and concern that the move will scuttle any chance at advancing peace efforts.Since 1995, when Congress passed a law ordering the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, successive presidents have issued a series of six-month waivers to forestall the move. While Trump is expected to sign another six-month waiver, he is asking the State Department to begin laying the groundwork for a shift to Tel Aviv.During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to allow the embassy to be moved, and on Monday, he allowed a deadline for the next waiver to expire. The White House told reporters on Tuesday that the president would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital in a speech on Wednesday. The actual establishment of a U.S. Embassy compound in Jerusalem would likely take years.“The status of Jerusalem is probably the most combustible issue in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” NPR’s Larry Kaplow and Camila Domonoske have reported. “The city is sacred in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Disputes there have prompted violence and protests not just in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories but around the Middle East.”Security 🚨 Message for US 🇺🇸 Citizens ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/NCXhVK7daD— USCGJerusalem (@USCGJerusalem) December 5, 2017The White House said Tuesday that Trump’s decision was a “recognition of reality.” The move is good news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long lobbied for it. However, it does not sit well with many key players in the region.Jordan’s King Abdullah reportedly told the president that the expected decision will have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region,” according to a palace statement.Mahmud Hams /AFP/Getty ImagesPalestinian protesters burn U.S. and Israeli flags in Gaza City on Wednesday. President Trump is set to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, upending decades of U.S. policy and ignoring dire warnings from allies.Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who spoke by telephone with Trump, warned of “the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world,” Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement, according to Al-Jazeera.That was a sentiment echoed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who cautioned that it “would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East.”In a fiery televised speech on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Trump by name that the move constituted a “red line” for Muslims.“We could go as far as cutting diplomatic ties with Israel over the issue,” Erdogan said.The Organization for Islamic Cooperation said Monday that such decision from the U.S. would amount to “naked aggression” against Arab and Muslim peoples.Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, the head of the Arab League, urged the U.S. to reconsider any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, warning of “repercussions,” according to The Associated Press.The Syrian government condemned the White House move, according to the SANA news agency.Among Washington’s European allies, the tone was more one of concern.Speaking in a telephone call to Trump on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed that Jerusalem’s status should be resolved as part of a two-state solution that would result in “Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Jerusalem as their capital,” according to a statement put out by France’s Foreign Ministry.The U.K. foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said it was too soon to comment definitively on the expected U.S. move. “Let’s wait and see what the president says exactly, but we view the reports that we’ve heard with concern,” he said.Meanwhile, the German Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning to its citizens stating: “From December 6, 2017, there may be demonstrations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Violent clashes can not be ruled out.”The Vatican issued a statement from Pope Francis urging the status quo for Jerusalem and calling for “wisdom and prudence” to avoid bloodshed. THE LATEST on President Donald Trump’s decision on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (all times local):6:25 p.m.Australia’s foreign minister says she is concerned that the U.S. decision to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem will increase tensions with the Palestinians.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she’s “concerned by any unilateral action by either side which could add to tensions.”She adds, “The Australian government remains committed and optimistic that the way to achieve enduring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is a negotiated two-state solution.”She says Australia doesn’t intend to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv.___5:35 p.m.Eight countries opposed to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital have asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council this week.Sweden’s U.N. Mission says the eight nations have asked Japan, this month’s council president, to have Secretary-General Antonio Guterres brief the 15 council members.The eight council nations that requested the meeting are Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, United Kingdom and Uruguay.Guterres said after Trump’s announcement that the issue must be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and warned that “unilateral measures” can jeopardize prospects for peace.In a resolution adopted last December the council said it “will not recognize any changes to the June 4, 1967, lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.”___4 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposing U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.In a tweet Wednesday directed at Trump, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert quotes Merkel saying, “The German government doesn’t support this stance, because the status of Jerusalem must be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution.”__3:50 p.m.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition doesn’t automatically make Jerusalem the capital of Israel.Cavusoglu said Wednesday in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, that “with one announcement by a country, Jerusalem cannot be the capital of Israel.”Cavusoglu adds, “You can’t come out and say, ‘I’m a great power, I can do what I want.’“There can be no understanding under which one can say I made such an announcement and it will become reality,” Cavusoglu insists.He says “the whole world opposes it and it is wrong.”Cavusoglu also describes Trump’s move as a “dangerous step,” adding, “we would have wished that this decision were never taken.”At trilateral meeting with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak, I reiterated Turkey’s support for both countries individually as well as projects that will bring two countries closer. pic.twitter.com/NOV1UsVyr3— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) December 6, 2017last_img read more

HalfLife 2 mod GoldenEye Source now available

first_imgIf you owned an N64 console, then one of the games you most likely kept in the cartridge slot longer than others is GoldenEye 64. It was one of the best examples of an FPS on a console at the time, and an update has been demanded by fans for years.While that update may have now appeared on the Wii, a dedicated team of modders have been working on a project that is arguably a lot more interesting. It’s called GoldenEye: Source and it aims to bring the original GoldenEye 64 gameplay bang up-to-date through a mod for the Half-Life 2 Source engine.Now that mod is available, and it’s completely free to download. All you need is a copy of Half-Life 2 to play it.Included in the mod is:22 maps (revisioned and classic maps)24 weapons11 characters (6 Janus, 5 MI6)8 game modes + teamplay combination80 achievements50 music tracksPython scripting for further customizationThe download is being offered as a torrent which weighs in at a whopping 1.16GB, but the more people seed it the faster it’s going to appear on your hard drive. So get downloading and sharing.Read more at Mod DB, via TekGoblinMatthew’s OpinionIt looks as though the project first saw a release in 2006, so the team have been working on it for a solid 4 years since then. The quality shines through just from the videos, and my torrent download is well underway. Playing this on a PC with updated graphics should be a great experience.This doesn’t look to be the end of development, either. We’re at v4.1 and I have no doubt more improvements will continue to make their way into the mod. The fact it is being released with Python scripting for customization also means the community can take it further too.last_img read more

Lung CT Screening May Benefit Heavy Smokers Who Quit More Than 15

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Lung Cancer | January 27, 2016 Lung CT Screening May Benefit Heavy Smokers Who Quit More Than 15 Years Ago Mayo Clinic study finds group still at high risk for lung cancer but does not currently qualify for screening News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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January 27, 2016 — Expanding lung cancer screening to include people who quit smoking more than 15 years ago could detect more cases and further reduce associated mortality, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.“A decline in smoking rates has been, and continues to be, a critical step to reduce lung cancer risk and deaths,” said the study’s lead author Ping Yang, M.D., Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. “But, it also means that fewer people have benefited from early detection of lung cancer, because more patients don’t qualify for low-dose CT [computed tomography] scans.” The current lung cancer screening criteria set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends CT screening for adults between the ages of 55 and 80 who have smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years and are still smoking, or have quit within 15 years.In a study published in JAMA in 2015, Yang and her colleagues found that two-thirds of patients in the United Stats with newly diagnosed lung cancer would not meet the current USPSTF screening criteria, suggesting a need to adjust the definition of patients at high risk.In the current study, Yang and her colleagues set out to identify which specific populations of individuals are at risk, but are being missed by the current lung cancer screening criteria. Researchers retrospectively tracked two groups of people with lung cancer: a hospital cohort made up of 5,988 individuals referred to Mayo Clinic and a community cohort consisting of 850 residents of Olmsted County, Minn.They found that, compared to other risk categories, patients who quit smoking for 15 to 30 years accounted for the greatest percentage of patients with lung cancer who didn’t qualify for screening. The newly defined high-risk group constituted 12 percent of the hospital cohort and 17 percent of the community cohort.“We were surprised to find that the incidence of lung cancer was proportionally higher in this subgroup, compared to other subgroups of former cigarette smokers,” said Yang. “The common assumption is that after a person has quit for so many years, the lung cancer rate would be so low that it wouldn’t be noticeable. We found that assumption to be wrong. This suggests we need to pay attention to people who quit smoking more than 15 years ago, because they are still at high risk for developing lung cancer.”Equally important, the current study found that expanding the criteria for CT screening would not significantly add to the number of false-positive cases and would save more lives with an acceptable amount of radiation exposure and cost. Yang and her colleagues showed that expanding the criteria to include this risk category could add 19 percent more CT examinations for detecting 16 percent more cases. They calculated the expansion would result in minimal increases in false-positive results (0.6 percent), over diagnosis (0.1 percent) and radiation-related lung cancer deaths (4 percent).”Lung cancer rates are dropping, because smoking is decreasing, but that doesn’t mean that our current screening parameters are good enough,” Yang said. “It is understandable, because the relative importance of risk factors changes over time. We need to adjust screening criteria periodically, so we can catch more lung cancers in a timely fashion. Based on our data, which are more recent and come from a well-defined population, I think that we should take action to screen this group, which is at high risk of developing the disease.”She recommends additional research to confirm if similar trends are being seen in populations beyond Olmsted County, Minn. If confirmed, she recommends that policymakers consider changing the lung cancer screening guidelines to include people who quit smoking more than 15 years ago. She also recommends that policymakers continue to re-examine lung cancer screening criteria to account for changes in groups that are most at risk.Co-authors are:Jason Wampfler, Mayo Clinic;Shawn Stoddard, Mayo Clinic;David Midthun, M.D., Mayo Clinic;Yi Wang, M.D., Wenzhou Medical University, China;Dong Xie, M.D., Ph.D., Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, China; andJun She, M.D., Ph.D., Shanghai Respiratory Institute, Fudan University, China.For more information: www.mayoclinic.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

Keylor Navas and Real Madrid tie 11 with rival Barcelona in dramatic

first_imgKeylor Navas corrió desde su arco para festejar el gol de Sergio Ramos sobre la hora. pic.twitter.com/JhzLPbHop7— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) December 3, 2016 The top two teams in Spain’s La Liga battled to a tense 1-1 draw Saturday in Barcelona’s Camp Nou that saw a flurry of action in the final minutes.Barcelona’s Luis Suárez headed in the first goal off a Neymar free kick from the side in the 53rd minute. Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas was unable to stop the point blank goal from Suárez, who had overpowered Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.Real Madrid answered in the last minute, however, when captain and perpetual lifesaver Sergio Ramos headed in the equalizer. Related posts:Keylor Navas and Real Madrid advance to Champions League final Keylor Navas makes history as Real Madrid wins Champions League title Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifyingcenter_img Navas was first called into action in the 19th minute when he comfortably stopped a Lionel Messi free kick on goal.In the preceding minutes, a possible handball by Ramos went uncalled, avoiding a Barcelona penalty kick that looked likely warranted.In the 68th minute, Neymar had a chance to put the dagger in Real Madrid after beating his defender, but the ball somehow sailed high of goal.Ramos’ 90th-minute goal came in the middle of a dramatic back-and-forth in the games waning, desperate moments. Madrid nearly scored before Ramos’ goal when superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo headed a ball towards what looked like an open goal. However, his attempt was stopped just in time by Jordi Alba’s ankle as the Barcelona defender continued his brilliant match against Madrid’s attack.In extra time, Navas came far away from net to punch out a lofted ball. He soon found himself in no man’s land as Barcelona sent another shot towards goal, which was fortuitously saved by Madrid defender Casemiro.With the tie, Madrid remains first in La Liga with 34 points and Barcelona stays one spot behind with its 28 league points.Real Madrid returns to action this Wednesday with a Champions League group stage match against German power Borussia Dortmund. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arab League backs bid for UN nod to Palestine

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Timing is crucial, with a U.N. bid before November potentially disrupting the U.S. presidential race.The U.S. and Israel oppose the quest for unilateral recognition. They say a Palestinian state must be set up through negotiations. Israeli-Palestinian talks broke off in 2008 and the two sides disagree on how to restart them.The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel has increasingly blurred the pre-1967 frontier by moving half a million Israelis into the West Bank and east Jerusalem.The General Assembly could at best accept “Palestine” as a non-member observer state. Palestinian officials have said the main purpose of winning General Assembly recognition is to reaffirm the 1967 lines as the borders of a future Palestinian state.Last year, Abbas sought full U.N. membership for Palestine but failed to win the necessary votes in the U.N. Security Council.Palestinian officials have said they are confident they can win the required majority in the General Assembly.Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, who also attended the Doha meeting, said the Palestinians would contact U.N. member states individually and in groups to affirm their support for recognizing Palestine. He suggested the Palestinians are not in a rush, saying that they would seek General Assembly recognition “when all other options are closed and there is no hope to return to negotiations.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – The Arab League on Sunday backed a Palestinian plan to ask the U.N. General Assembly to recognize a state of Palestine, but stopped short of setting a date for the bid, Palestinian officials said.Instead, Arab League representatives meeting in Doha asked a committee to prepare the U.N. appeal and report back on Sept. 5, said Saeb Erekat, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking by phone from Doha. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

The fifth luxury vessel for Crystal River Cruises

first_imgThe fifth luxury vessel for Crystal River Cruises – Crystal Ravel – has officially joined the fleet, with the “keys” presented during a handover ceremony at MV WERFTEN shipyard in Germany, where each of her predecessors were built. “Crystal Ravel is the fourth river cruise ship that was built at our shipyard – a ship that combines comfort and elegance with the highest standards in safety and navigation,” said Jarmo Laakso, managing director of MV WERFTEN. “Within eight months we were able to deliver four river ships to Crystal River Cruises. I would like to thank all of MV WERFTEN’s employees, our partners and the Crystal team for this achievement.”Crystal Ravel joins Crystal River Cruises approximately one month after her sister ship, Crystal Debussy, was received by the company at the shipyard. Crystal Debussy embarked on her maiden voyage last week on April 9 from Amsterdam.Crystal Ravel embarks on May 10 from Basel to Vienna, and sails itineraries along the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle rivers visiting medieval towns and cosmopolitan hubs in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia. Like her newly built sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Debussy, the 106-guest Crystal Ravel offers Crystal’s acclaimed butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, panoramic balcony-windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, as well as ETRO robes and slippers, and wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs. Crystal CruisesCrystal Ravellast_img read more

TORONTO — Morrissey is ending his boycott of Canad

first_img TORONTO — Morrissey is ending his boycott of Canada with plans for a spring tour.The former lead singer of the Smiths says he’ll embark on an eight-city run of concerts this April with some proceeds going to local animal rights groups.The change of heart comes after Morrissey swore off playing Canada nearly 15 years ago, vowing to skip the country until the annual seal hunt was banned.The singer has been widely criticized for the way he characterizes the hunt.In a post on his website last year, he explained why he changed his mind about touring, saying he felt avoiding Canada was “ultimately of no use and helped no one” in the seal hunt protests.Morrissey will launch his Canadian tour in Vancouver (April 15) before heading to Calgary (April 17), Edmonton (April 18) and Saskatoon (April 20). Other dates include Winnipeg, two nights in Toronto and Montreal.He says local animal protection organizations will have an opportunity to set up stalls at each concert.Tickets go on sale Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 9:54 am PDT Morrissey says Canadian tour will raise money for animal rights organizationscenter_img FILE – British singer and songwriter Morrissey performs at the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City, Saturday, March 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP /Marco Ugarte Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kesto testifies on bills to reform juvenile justice sentencing

first_img Categories: Kesto News 01Dec Kesto testifies on bills to reform juvenile justice sentencing The Michigan House Committee on Criminal Justice today took up a 20-bill package of legislation to reform and improve the state’s handling of young criminal offenders.The bipartisan, comprehensive package brings a host of changes to the way Michigan’s youths are tried, sentenced and incarcerated. Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said the main focus is on raising the age of criminal culpability and keeping youths out of a dangerous adult prison population whenever safe and possible.“We’re moving in the direction of real change,” said Rep. Kesto.  “This package focuses on true rehabilitation for those who have the best chance: young offenders. My bills, HB 4960 and 4961 would remove some non-assault offenses, such as drug possession, from a list that allows authorities to bypass the juvenile justice system. We need to get our young offenders on the path to being productive members of society.”The bills will see further testimony in the committee before passage. Rep. Kesto said the process is certain to be fruitful.“There’s been a great swell of support from communities, law enforcement, and countless organizations,” Rep. Kesto said. “Prosecutors will still have the discretion to handle serious, dangerous offenders of any age, but we’re creating a better framework for handling those who can still be productive, law-abiding members of society.”######last_img read more

Rep Iden applauds work of House mental health task force

first_img Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizonState Rep. Brandt Iden today said he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will result from the House’s mental health task force report unveiled this week, which includes recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system.The bipartisan task force spent five months taking part in public meetings and site visits across Michigan, reviewing areas where vulnerable residents are lacking in care and resources and collecting feedback to learn how best to deliver meaningful solutions. In particular, the panel focused on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.).“The recommendations put forth in this report, in addition to the dollars I was able to procure for opioid research, serve as a strong foundation that we can build on to improve programs throughout Kalamazoo County,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township.The House C.A.R.E.S. report will not only serve as a blueprint for policy changes and legislation to be introduced in the next several months, but also establish a framework to further enhance mental health services in the future.Some of the proposed solutions in the report include:Eliminating barriers to increase access to mental health care;Creating a statewide crisis hotline to connect people in need with local services;Establishing incentives to encourage hospitals to create and expand psychiatric wards and help drive professionals to work in underserved areas;Improving training for first responders;Providing mental health training to teachers and counselors;Providing additional treatment to convicts with mental health challenges during and after incarceration.“This report has some great recommendations to further address substance abuse, including a program to assist parents struggling with addiction, and more resources to help local community mental health organizations address substance use disorders,” Iden said.The full report is available to review at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.### Categories: Iden News 18Jan Rep. Iden applauds work of House mental health task forcelast_img read more