Somnath Chatterjee’s body given for medical research

first_imgAs that of his political mentor Jyoti Basu, the body of veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee was donated to the State-run SSKM Hospital for medical research on Monday evening, hours after he passed away in a private health facility in the city. Ganadarpan, an NGO, facilitated the donation. The eyes were donated to the Priyamvada Birla Aravinda Eye Hospital’s eye bank. The body was kept at three locations — Calcutta High Court, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and Raja Basanta Roy Road — before reaching its final destination in the super-speciality health facility.“We have received the organs in good condition and will be happy if we can match them with recipients,” a hospital representative said.last_img

IAFs air warriors summit 7 major peaks across 7 continents

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) Air warriors fly high, but some of them prefer to kiss the sky without being in the comfort of a cockpit.A team of five air warriors of the Indian Air Force (IAF) summited Mt Vinson in the icy Antarctica in the last week of December. The force also claims to be the first defence body to summit all major seven peaks across seven continents.Before Mt Vinson, different teams of the Air Force had summited Mt Everest (Asia), Mt Carstenz Pyramid (Indonesia- Australisa continent), Mt Elbrus (Russia-Europe), Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt Aconcagua (Argentina-South America), Mt McKinley/Denali (Alaska-North America) over the last two decades.Led by Captain R C Tripathi, the only air warrior to be part of all the seven expeditions, the team was flagged off by Air Chief B S Dhanao in December last.Trekking on a huge barren landmass, which is a continent in itself, is a daunting task, admits Tripathi.”Summiting every peak is different. You have different challenges in terms of topography, climate and logistics,” he said.From snow storms that piled up a huge mass of snow outside their tents to the sun which refused to get weary even after shining all day, or the sub-zero temperatures to the arduous treks, the five Air Force personnel saw it all.”This trek was particularly challenging because we had sledged our luggage, which we had not done before for any of our treks,” Tripathi said.On their arrival in Delhi, Tripathi, Wing Co S S Mallik, Squadron Leader Rajesh Mookhi, Sergeant R D Kale and Corp Pawan Kumar– were felicitated by the Air Force chief, both for their feat and for returning back safely.advertisement”When you conquer all the six peaks and you have the last one left, you tend to do mistakes. My only worry was your safety,” the Air Force chief told the mountaineers.The fear seems justified as the force lost two of its personnel during a 2005 expedition to summit Mt Everest.”We dedicate our success to Sqdrn Ldr S S Chaitanya and Sgt Shantanu, whom we lost during our Mt Everest expedition in 2005. We dedicate this achievement to all our martyrs,” Tripathi said.But how does it feel to summit the peaks in all continents?”Mountaineering is a sport where nobody is there to clap for you or cheer you. No one can see the pain and agony. You are on your own in the wilderness. You just have to feel the achievement,” Tripathi added. PTI PR SRYlast_img read more

Grandfather of Ten Jailed Over Seizure of 1m of Marijuana

first_img Related Items:#grandfatherjailedfordrugs, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 26, 2017 – Nassau – A grandfather of 10 was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, May 22, after pleading guilty to several drug related charges in connection with a recent seizure of marijuana in South Andros worth over $1m.Dominic Emile Levarity, 45, who also has ten children, pleaded guilty to all four charges concerning the May 18 incident, namely conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and importation of dangerous drugs.Subsequent to entering a guilty plea to all four counts, the Armbrister Street, Fox Hill resident was sentenced to five years, three years, five years and three years imprisonment respectively for each count, all to run concurrently.Another man, 59-year-old Bernard Clarence Young of Mar’s Bay, South Andros, pleaded not guilty to all four charges concerning his alleged involvement in the incident in question, and was subsequently remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BCDS). His matter was adjourned to June 6 for trial.According to initial reports, two Bahamians were arrested on Thursday after police in South Andros seized drugs weighing 1,602 pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.6m.The large quantity of marijuana was found in 44 nylon sacks, a suitcase containing a number of small packages and 19 individual packages of various sizes, police initially reported.On Monday, Levarity’s attorney Alex Morley petitioned the judge to be lenient with his client, stating that Levarity had no previous convictions and has “many dependents,” in the form of ten children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Morley also said Levarity has been a fisherman for some 30 years.In response, however, Magistrate Andrew Forbes said the Fox Hill resident’s actions ultimately had a “detrimental affect” on Bahamian society, especially when considering the “violent component” associated with drug trafficking.Levarity was ultimately sentenced to five years in prison, with the sentence to start from May 22, according to the magistrate.#magneticmedianews#grandfatherjailedfordrugs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Ministry of Border Control and Employment Confirms Recent Intelligence on Sloop Activity

first_img Related Items:#9sloopstrytoenterTCI, #magneticmedianews, #USintelligencedetourHaitiansloops Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment confirms that on Tuesday 13th June 2017, intelligence was received that nine sloops had departed Haiti and headed north in the direction of the Turks and Caicos Islands.Joint operations and collaboration with other regional border patrol and security agencies resulted in the course of the vessels being disrupted and up to the time of this release, no reports of sloops being in the vicinity of the Turks and Caicos were received.The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is grateful for the intervention of the US coastguard in successfully diverting what would have otherwise been an extremely challenging event for us here.The Turks and Caicos Islands remains an active member of OPBAT, Operations Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, which is a combined Coast Guard, DEA and Government of the Bahamas partnership to combat illegal migration, drug and other contraband smuggling to and from the Bahamas and as a part of this organization, the TCI continues to enjoy the success of operations such as that which deterred the nine sloops earlier this week.We continue to caution our own residents that harboring illegal migrants is a crime and such persons can now face a fine of $20,000 on summary conviction or to a term of imprisonment of four years, or to both. In addition, persons acquiring status other than by birth that are convicted of such an offense, face the possibility of having their status in the Islands revoked, thereby making them liable to deportation.Press Release: TCIG#MagneticMediaNews#9sloopstrytoenterTCI#USintelligencedetourHaitiansloopslast_img read more

Ivan Juric tips Bessa and Cristian Romero for great things

first_imgGenoa football head coach Ivan Juric believes he can see many positivities from Genoa’s 2-2 draw with Udinese, stating that Daniel Bessa and Cristian Romero are for great things.Rodrigo De Paul cleared up for Kevin Lasagna and scored the second goal with a fantastic curler while the Grifone were twice in front at Marassi.“I saw a good team for long periods and we deserved to be more than 1-0 up at half-time, as Udinese didn’t have a shot on goal,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia.“There are many positives to take from this match. It’s a positive result, considering we were down to 10 men at the end. We know De Paul is dangerous from that distance, so we shouldn’t have let him take the shot in all that space.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve known Daniel Bessa since he was in the youth team, he has everything it takes to become a great player. He hit the post today and won the penalty, so the future depends on him. He can either keep growing or rest on his laurels.“Cristian Romero was playing with the youth team three weeks ago. I know he’ll make mistakes, but he’ll learn to be more careful now when he’s on a yellow card.”last_img read more

Carlos Tevez Conmebol forced us to play the final

first_imgBoca Juniors’ legend Carlos Tevez, was the unofficial spokesman for his squad and accused Conmebol of forcing them to play the final.Right after the Boca Juniors bus was vandalized earlier this Saturday outside Monumental Stadium, the images of Carlos Tevez were constant both before and after the match that Conmebol ultimately decided to postpone.But as more details have emerged throughout the night, the club legend was one of the few people who were in the middle of the situation and was able to speak up against the powers that be after the shameful way in which Boca Juniors was treated.The fact that they were playing at River Plate’s own stadium was somehow viewed as a perfect opportunity for Conmebol to think they had more power over all the Boca player, even after the evident physical problems they suffered after the incident while going into the stadium on the bus.There were even alarming reports that when projectiles started hitting the vehicle, the driver fainted as the River Plate fans started throwing objects to the bus.Los de Boca les iban cantando desde el bus pic.twitter.com/8nWjQJEYYU— HumorFPC (@HumorFPC) November 24, 2018“(I was out), (Boca VP Horacio) Paolini grabbed hold of the wheel until I was able to react once again and did what I could to get the boys into the stadium,” said the bus driver whom everybody knows as ‘El Gringo’ to Diario La Nacion.“It could have been a tragedy. I remember seeing some rocks but then I can’t remember anything.”“I react once again, I grab the steering wheel firmly and I tell them that I am fine. It was a moment where I was without air. The worst part was over at Quinteros and Libertador, that was a massive attack. After we passed the rotunda it was as if an army was waiting for us.”“To me the zone was freed up. We came to play a football match, not to go to war,” he added.Carlos Tévez: “Si lo de hoy fuese Boca, River ya tendría la Copa…”. pic.twitter.com/l4AYXhEfxT— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) November 25, 2018But the most surprising statement came from Boca legend Carlitos Tevez, who came out to speak with the press in two separate occasions.The first one was to tell their families that mostly everybody was okay, but he mentioned abuse from Conmebol in both of the times he spoke with several members of the media.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“All they (Conmebol) cared about at that moment was for the match to be played, and we had our own skipper in the hospital with serious injuries,” said Tevez at first to Fox Sports.“All they cared at that moment was the fact that there were presidents from several confederations and even the FIFA president.”“It was a complete disgrace because Conmebol behaved very poorly with us, and this is a personal opinion because I don’t want to involve Boca in what I have to say about them.”“I say all this because they were forcing us to play the match. They should instead give River the cup and that’s it, we don’t play at all.”“We needed to go out and speak for the match to be canceled, or it would’ve been played if we hadn’t done that.””Si fuese Boca, ya estábamos afuera…” sentenció Carlos Tevez desde el Monumental y comentó lo que pasó en el 2015. pic.twitter.com/14jlnnqmxj— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) November 24, 2018“It’s the people up top who decided what was fair, we are all sad because football lost today and I think we all sinned as a country,” added Tevez on the second exchange with Fox Sports.“This was supposed to be a celebration and that’s the only way we needed to experience it. Leaving like this can’t be good for anyone.”“We changed our clothes three times and if we forfeited the match, River were the ones who were getting the trophy, that’s the reason we got ready to play.”“Marcelo Gallardo was very smart, he came to see that everybody was okay and if we needed anything.”“But I have to say that I can’t forget about the 2015 incident, when the River players stated that the Boca squad never approached to see how they were doing. I didn’t see any River players coming to ask us if we were okay,” he concluded.El momento en que #MarceloGallardo se acerca a hablar con #Tevez. Fotón de @G3ortiz para @diarioas pic.twitter.com/WCTnTtmtWV— Veronica Brunati 💚 (@verobrunati) November 25, 2018How should Boca Juniors act after the incidents that went down this Saturday in Buenos Aires? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around

first_img January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around San Diego SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Metropolitan Transit System officials Thursday announced it will increase the frequency of some of its busiest bus routes beginning next week.Under MTS’s Transit Optimization Plan, more than 30 routes will have a frequency of 15 minutes or quicker by the time the plan is fully implemented in June at a cost of $2 million, according to the agency.On Jan. 28, MTS will roll out the first changes on some its most frequently traveled routes. Among them is Route 3, which services Hillcrest, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, which will see weekday frequency increase from 15 to 12 minutes and Sunday frequency increased from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.Route 5, which services downtown, Stockton, Chollas View and Euclid, will see its weekday frequency increased from 15 to 12 minutes.Route 950, which links Otay Mesa and Iris Avenue Station, will now run every 10 minutes during morning peak hours.Other routes are being split in two to increase reliability.“We know that frequency and speed of service are the keys for our current riders and attracting new riders,”  MTS Chief Executive Paul Jablonski said. “We are investing into our system to make it as convenient and efficient as possible. Hundreds of thousands of people already choose transit every day. We’re working hard to make our system an even more attractive choice for people all over the San Diego region.”A complete list of changes can be viewed at www.sdmts.com/TOP. Posted: January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City Councilman Chris Ward announces new program to help homeless

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward announced the launch today of a program to help homeless residents in North Park and City Heights gain access to housing and medical services.The city developed the one-year pilot program with North Park Main Street Executive Director Angela Landsberg. The City Heights Business Association, City Heights Community Development Corporation,  Councilwoman Georgette Gomez, the office of former county Supervisor Ron Roberts and Price Philanthropies all contributed funding and resources to the project’s development.An oversight committee comprised of local stakeholders will manage the program, according to Ward’s office. USC will also study the program and compose a report at its conclusion, detailing the number of homeless residents who made connections to housing, medical and job training services.“Mid-city’s new outreach coordinator is the result of a broad coalition, dedicated to moving unsheltered San Diegans into permanent housing and connecting them with an array of support services,” Ward said. “This program is hopefully the first in a region-wide shift toward a refocus on productive, coordinated, and proactive outreach methods that meets unshelteredpeople where they are.”The city of San Diego’s homeless population officially totaled 4,912 during last year’s point-in-time homeless count, representing 57 percent of the county’s total population of homeless residents. Many of those residents resided in Ward’s City Council district, which includes North Park, City Heights, Balboa Park and downtown.“Each of us, government leaders, community agencies, and business associations have provided funding to make this project possible,” said City Heights CDC Executive Director Laura Ann Fernea. “It’s only when we all work together that workable, realistic solutions can be found.” KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 7, 2019 City Councilman Chris Ward announces new program to help homeless February 7, 2019 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SeaWorlds 55th anniversary offers free parking food discounts

first_img Posted: March 21, 2019 March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SeaWorld’s 55th anniversary offers free parking, food discounts 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld will kick off a celebration of its 55th anniversary today with various amenities, discounts and park attractions.The aquatic amusement park will offer free standard parking, a churro or popcorn and soda for $5.50 and 55-cent souvenir bottle refills throughout the day.Park attendees will also have access to discounts on throwback and celebratory T-shirts, collectible pins and daily tickets and passes.Throughout the weekend, the park will offer special events such as performances by the Sea Street band, a 55th anniversary video screened at the Mission Bay Theater and celebratory activities during Orca Encounter presentations and Dolphin Days and Sea Lion Live shows.Since opening in 1964, the park has served roughly 175 million attendees, according to SeaWorld representatives. The 55th anniversary celebration is scheduled to continue through March 24.Residents can go to seaworld.com/san-diego to purchase tickets, learn more about the park’s history, view special commemorative merchandise and learn more about the 55th anniversary celebration.The park will open at 10 a.m. each day of the celebration. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Shaky Times at ALM

first_imgBelow, via Gawker, is an internal memo from ALM CEO Bill Pollak [pictured above]:Folks, Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about our business results for the first quarter of 2008 and shared some of the challenges we face as a result of the credit squeeze and other market factors. I also described our intention to tighten our belts and reduce costs. With no change in sight on the economic horizon, the senior management team and I have spent the past few weeks examining our business options. Our goal was to find solutions that would lower expenses without compromising quality, and which would allow us to continue to invest in and meet our long term business goals. In particular, we all strongly agree on the need to continue investing in our Web infrastructure, while expanding ALM’s ability to generate and publish content online.We looked at each business with these questions in mind: Are we getting the right return on our investment? Do we need to keep doing this work? Can we do this work another way? We believe that while we are primarily doing the right work in the right way, there are changes we need to make immediately to respond to economic conditions.Some of these changes involve revising the timing or scope of planned initiatives. Others, however, are staff related and go beyond simply delaying the filling of open jobs. In total, we have decided to eliminate forty-two current positions across ALM and Incisive’s US operations. These staff reductions are distributed across businesses, locations and job levels and all the employees involved have already been notified.The business changes we will be making are also broad in scope. These include scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine; closing down the Operations Department of Incisive’s Norwalk, CT. office; and shifting Law Firm, Inc. from a print magazine to a digital product.Another change in business strategy – and the one that will have the greatest impact on staff – is our decision to restructure ALM’s Event Division and reassign management responsibility for many of our existing SRI conferences to Insight in Canada, Incisive’s Events group in London and ALM’s Legal Publishing Division. A number of SRI’s financial events will be eliminated.Accepting and working through change is never easy, and changes that affect our colleagues and friends can be particularly painful. We did not make these decisions lightly. But we know that our future success depends on our ability to align ourselves with our markets and clients, and to ensure we have the resources we need to develop and grow our brands. The changes announced today will not only help us during the current economic turbulence, but will make us stronger in the future.As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at[Redacted].Bill Ever since British acquisition firm Incisive Media purchased U.S.-based ALM last July for $630 million, it seemed that the Apax Partners subsidiary was on the fast track, quickly evolving from an entrepreneurial startup to a b-to-b powerhouse.Now, it seems there is some apprehension from inside—mostly about revenues. Is the legal market not as recession-proof as once thought?Earlier this month, ALM slashed 42 jobs across the board. The company apparently is scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine and is shifting Law Firm, Inc. from print to online only.last_img read more

Fort Knox Region Builds Replica Vietnam War Memorial to Honor Fallen Servicemembers

first_imgThe Greater Fort Knox Region, Ky., a 2018 Great American Defense Community, has a long history of exemplary support to soldiers and families stationed at the famed installation as well as the thousands of veterans and military retirees who call the region home. That includes the region’s Vietnam veterans.After the traveling Vietnam Memorial wall visited the area, the community decided it wasn’t enough. They raised more than $600,000 to install an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.The memorial opened in April 2018, and draws veterans from surrounding states, said Jim Iacocca, president and CEO of the Knox Regional Development Alliance.“So not only are we serving our region’s veterans but thousands more,” Iacocca said.This story material was submitted by the Greater Fort Knox Region. It is being published by On Base as a remembrance for Memorial Day this Monday, May 27. More on the replica memorial is in the upcoming issue of “America’s Defense Communities” magazine, which will be available at ADC’s 2019 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington June 10-12. Photo provided by Greater Fort Knox Region ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

LIC makes 1 billion bid for shares in New India Assurance IPO

first_imgLife Insurance Corporation of IndiaTwitterThe initial public offering (IPO) of government-run New India Assurance (NIA) was fully subscribed as the state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) bought shares worth Rs 6,500 crore, sources aware of the development said.With Rs 9,600 crore, NIA’s IPO is the second-largest public issue this year after state-owned General Insurance Corporation of India’s (GIC) Rs 11,372-crore issue, reported Mint.”LIC bid for shares worth Rs 6,500 crore on the first day of the offering, resulting in an oversubscription in the institutional portion of the offering. There were significant bids from other institutional investors, too,” a source told Mint on the condition of anonymity.The portion reserved for institutional investors saw subscription of 2.13 times on Wednesday, the opening day of the issue.On the other hand, shares reserved for retail investors and high net-worth individuals (HNIs) were subscribed 2 percent each.The assurance company diluted 14.13 percent of the state share and set a price band of Rs 770-800 for the IPO, which gives a valuation of Rs 64,392-67,940 crore. The offer closes on November 3.LIC had earlier bid for shares worth Rs 7,000-8,000 crore in the GIC Re IPO in October.The Central government had fixed an ambitious disinvestment target of Rs 72,500 crore in fiscal 2018 and has collected Rs 9,300 crore so far.NIA is the fourth insurance company to hit the primary markets with a public offering this year. ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd, SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd and GIC Re have listed on the Indian bourses so far this year.The assurance company offering comes at a time when the last three insurance IPOs have demonstrated weak listing-day performances.The company plans to use the inflows from the fresh issue to increase its capital base to support growth and expansion of business, improving solvency margin and solvency ratio.last_img read more

Amazon still lags Flipkart Is it only about the headstart

first_imgEmployees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company’s logo inside its office in Bengaluru in this August 2015 file photp.ReutersAmazon India’s dominance over local rival Flipkart is increasing by the day but when it comes to market share, the country’s leading e-commerce firm is winning the race.Flipkart’s standalone market share stood at 31.9 percent last year, while Amazon’s share was 31.1 percent, a new report by Forrester said.While Amazon is slowly bridging the gap with homegrown Flipkart, the Silicon Valley giant still lags behind the local rival when it comes to introducing business innovations, according to market experts.Over the years, Flipkart has reworked on its schemes to engage with over 100 million users and deliver 8 million shipments every month. The company has launched no-cost EMI (equated monthly installment) and buyback offers to help customers’ distinguish itself from larger rival Amazon.Harish Bijoor, a specialist in brand and business strategy, feels that Flipkart has an edge over Amazon as it capitalizes on being an Indian brand while Amazon needs to dive deep to keep customers hooked.Softbank-funded Flipkart also has a bigger competitive advantage: deep knowledge and granular data on the local user.Amazon was launched in India only in June 2013, years after Flipkart (2007) and Snapdeal (2010).”A head start is a head start. Flipkart is a beneficiary of that… It will take time for Amazon to create those tectonic consumer shifts,” Bijoor told International Business Times in an email.While Flipkart is promoting its brand via digital marketing apart from traditional routes, it is trimming marketing and branding expenses to maintain a lean profit and loss statement.Meanwhile, Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has ramped-up investments to uproot Flipkart. The company invested another Rs 1,680 crore in its Indian unit last year as part of its commitment to invest $5 billion to expand its local business.And the change in visible: out of the 2,000 respondents that took the Forrester survey in 2017, 80 percent shopped on Amazon while 65 percent on Flipkart.India is a major growth market for Amazon after it lost China after being bullied by local players who understood the market much better.Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s talismanic founder, is prepared to do whatever it takes to win in India.”So, our approach varies by country, and if you look, historically we’ve taken multiple approaches. So in China, we bought an existing business Joyo.com and built off that base,” Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said in an April 2017 earnings call.”In India, we started from scratch and have built a lot of things ourselves. And it’s always going to depend on the country that the dynamics in that country both for retail, for online, and for foreign investment,” Olsavsky explained.last_img read more

Order Monday on whether to wind up scamhit Destiny

first_imgThe Supreme Court will deliver its order Monday on an appeal against a High Court notice asking the authorities concerned to explain to why directives should not be given to wind up Destiny 2000 Ltd.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the appeal filed by Destiny 2000 Ltd on Sunday.Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud stood for the petitioners while advocate AKM Badruddoza represented the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms.On 15 May, the High Court issued the notice. Later on 21 May, the chamber judge stayed the HC order and fixed 27 May to hear the appeal in a full bench.In the notice, the HC bench of justice MR Hasan wanted to know why a petition filed by the multi-level marketing company seeking pardon for delay in arranging annual general meetings (AGM) should not be considered as one to wind up the company.According to the law, if any company fails to hold its AGM in a year, the court can pass any order.On 31 July 2012, the anti-graft watchdog filed the two money laundering cases against Destiny 2000 chairman and the Destiny Group’s managing director and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 32.85 billion.ACC deputy director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a case with Kalabagan police station against 12 officials of Destiny 2000, including its chairman and managing director, under the Money Laundering Act 2012 for allegedly misappropriating over Tk 21.06 billion from the Destiny Tree Plantation Limited (DTPL).last_img read more

Retail Gasoline Prices In Texas Up Nickel This Week

first_imgPhoto via Offutt Air Force BaseAAA experts say drivers can expect gasoline prices to continue declining into the end of the year.Retail gasoline prices across Texas rose a nickel this week.AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.33 per gallon. Nationwide gas prices are up 2 cents, to average $2.56 per gallon.Association officials say San Antonio has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.23 per gallon. Drivers in Midland are paying the highest prices for gasoline at an average $2.50 per gallon.AAA officials say the current average retail gasoline price in Texas is 22 cents higher than a year ago. Sharelast_img

7 Things Startups Should Know About Outsourcing Development

first_img Register Now » For a startup to get through the teething stage and gain recognization, it must have its own unique system. It must consider as all-important such activities as hiring, training and the outsourcing of development, plus such elements as brand, structure and values.Related: 5 Things Small Businesses Should OutsourceAlong the way, outsourcing is a common practice many startups use to complete these tasks. In fact, I know startup entrepreneurs who outsource virtually every task.There’s good reason for that: Outsourcing can lead to high levels of productivity at relatively reduced costs. A study by Intetics revealed that outsourcing can save companies 60 percent on overhead costs.What you outsource depends on the nature of your business and your goals, of course. But you’ve got to approach outsourcing the right way or risk losing money and even putting your business at risk.For example, you may want to outsource the development of your mobile app, because you don’t have the technical expertise required. Better yet, you may want professionals to handle things at a lower cost so you can focus on a a higher revenue-generating task, such as marketing.The truth is, you can outsource every aspect of your business if you choose, but considering how vital one aspect — development — is to every startup, you should look particularly closely at the following seven things to know about outsourcing it.1. Choose the right third party to work with.Creating a brand that you’ll be proud of requires deliberate efforts. One of the daring steps involved here is deciding who handles your development (e.g., app development). Should you hire an agency or freelancers? Most of the startup entrepreneurs I’ve interacted and worked with prefer working with agencies.However, if you’re tight on budget (most startups are), seriously consider going to a place like Meetup.com to find a technical co-founder.Remember that whether you’re going to hire an agency or individual freelancers, there are both pros and cons to each. Conduct your research first.2. Consider technology standards.Technology has redefined web and app development, or any type of development for that matter. For this reason, when outsourcing, consider the technology standards you’re using.As an example, mobile usage has almost drowned desktop usage, with a 58 percent growth rate year over year. If you’re developing a website for your startup, you can’t possibly hire professionals who don’t understand responsive design.More so, if you plan to generate traffic, leads and customers from search engines, Google expects you to make your web and mobile applications mobile-friendly.Chaim Sajnovsky, founder at B7Dev.com, suggests that, “Being able to feature up-to-date technologies in your development is critical. Otherwise, your project will be outdated.”3. Include personalized communication.Don’t outsource development if there’s no guarantee of a personalized communication. Why? Because sooner or later you’ll encounter technical issues after the project has been completed.To ensure a seamless communication, be aware of the time-zone difference to help you make smart decisions about when to outsource your services, and whom to put in charge.If you’re based in California, for example, and you’re in the process of hiring an agency/freelancer in Johannesburg, South Africa, do well to understand when to send emails, put a call across or submit a support ticket.Related: 5 Tasks Entrepreneurs Are Better Off Outsourcing4. Don’t neglect intellectual property considerations.What rights do you have on your mobile app properties? I’m not an attorney, but from my personal experience, I’ve found that some legal jurisdictions have little or no regard for intellectual property like software.It may interest you to know of estimates that say approximately 61 percent of software used in most Asian countries and 58 percent in India are pirated. How many of these crimes have resulted in lawsuits? How many of those lawsuits have been litigated?That said, when outsourcing developments (web, app, software, etc.), it’s your responsibility to secure your intellectual property against misuse and theft. So, create those limitations by drafting contracts and nondisclosure agreements which the freelancer/agency will be required to sign and adhere to.As always seek professional legal advice if you have any questions.5. Consider the unique quality of your software or other product.There are some delicate developments you should never outsource to a third-party. Why? Because if you’re talking about a key competency — a key product or service that makes the company unique — you don’t want other people to hijack your edge.This is your company’s “secret sauce,” so trade it with extra care. If you truly want to get the project done, consider hiring an in-house developer to handle it.You may want to outsource operational products such as reservation systems or process automation, but when it comes to creative products like architectural rendering, chip-design programs or consumer games, don’t reveal the secret. Work on these in-house.6. Get regular updates on your company’s progress.You’re in control of your business. So don’t be like all those other CEOs and founders out there who relinquish to a third party 100 percent control of their company’s development. That’s not ideal.Inasmuch as outsourcing development is important, you need to get regular updates to keep abreast of the behind-the-scene processes.Don’t be interested in just the end result, such as the functional software, either. Rather, get involved in the ongoing development. Provide ideas, answer questions, give suggestions. You’ll learn a lot more from the processes than from the end result.If you’re ignorant of software malfunction, or even some minute fact about app development, you may make irrelevant decisions.7. Get what you pay for.At any phase of your startup, be careful not to think that getting cheaper services is the best way to go. I know that you want to save money, and that’s important: 46 percent of startups that fail do so because they run out of money. Specifically, not seeing projected ROI is the reason why fully 80 percent fail.However, you need to keep in mind that you always get what you pay for. That’s a fact of life. And I’m not necessarily suggesting that you should make expensive hires.The bottom line is, choose freelancers/companies that have the experience, modern tools and right skills required to handle your project. At the worst, pay the industry standard fee when outsourcing developments of your software applications.ConclusionIn a world where you’re required to be creative, productive and tenacious in order to cut through the noise, consider outsourcing as your master key. If you’ve tried it in the past but didn’t get the results that you wanted, don’t give up.Related: Why Your Company Should Consider Outsourcing Content CreationUse the above seven-item checklist. Of course, you don’t have to implement everything at once, but be disciplined enough to resort to these tips every so often. That way, you’ll be assured that your startup is in good hands when you outsource development. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 17, 2017 7 min readlast_img read more

Vodafone Germany has added white label smart TV an

first_imgVodafone Germany has added white label smart TV and OTT specialist NetRange’s smart TV portal to its TV offering.Vodafone has integrated NetRange’s portal in its TV user interface and has made access to NetRange’s on-demand services available free of charge to its customers via its TV Center boxes.“Vodafone ranges among the top brands worldwide and is therefore one of our most prestigious customers. Again, we can prove that we fulfill the highest demands of our customers concerning the quality of service”, said Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange.last_img

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first_imgSky-backed US set-top box start-up, Caavo, is due to launch the first 5,000 units of its unified home entertainment box this autumn.Caavo first unveiled its set-top box design at the Code Media conference in California in February, and the launch follows two-years of development and beta testing for the product.The San Francisco Bay Area-headquartered company aims to connect pay TV, streaming, and gaming in one box, which can be operated using a single remote control.Caavo was co-founded in 2015 by late Slingbox founder Blake Krikorian and tech veterans Andrew Einaudi, Ashish Aggarwal and Vinod Gopinath.Einaudi is company CEO and previously worked at Microsoft on the Xbox team that launched the Xbox One.Krikorian died unexpectedly last year aged 48. He first developed the Slingbox TV streaming media device with his brother Jason Krikorian in 2002 and sold the business to Echostar in 2007.Sky invested US$2 million (€1.8 million) in Caavo last year while the company was still a stealth startup that described itself as “the missing link between your TV and you”.Caavo is one of a number of media and technology startups that the European pay TV operator has backed in recent years, alongside the likes of eSports broadcaster Ginx TV, French over-the-top TV platform Molotov, IP streaming service provider Roku, and cinematic VR company Jaunt.last_img read more

Scalable CVD process for making 2D molybdenum diselenide

first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduScalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide Rice, NTU scientists unveil CVD production for coveted 2-D semiconductorHOUSTON — (April 8, 2014) — Nanoengineering researchers at Rice University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled a potentially scalable method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide — a highly sought semiconductor that is similar to graphene but has better properties for making certain electronic devices like switchable transistors and light-emitting diodes.This image from a scanning transmission electron microscope shows the individual atoms in a two-dimensional sheet of molybdenum diselenide. Credit: E. Ringe/Rice UniversityThe method for making two-dimensional molybdenum diselenide uses a technique known as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and is described online in a new paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. The finding is significant because CVD is widely used by the semiconductor and materials industries to make thin films of silicon, carbon fibers and other materials.“This new method will allow us to exploit the properties of molybdenum diselenide in a number of applications,” said study leader Pulickel Ajayan, chair of Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. “Unlike graphene, which can now easily be made in large sheets, many interesting 2-D materials remain difficult to synthesize. Now that we have a stable, efficient way to produce 2-D molybdenum diselenide, we are planning to expand this robust procedure to other 2-D materials.”In the Rice study, Ajayan and colleagues tested their atomically thin layers of molybdenum diselenide by building a field effect transistor (FET), a commonly used device in the microelectronic industry. Tests of the FET found the electronic properties of the molybdenum diselenide layers were significantly better than those of molybdenum disulfide; the latter is a similar material that has been more extensively studied because it was easier to fabricate. For example, the FET tests found that the electron mobility of Rice’s molybdenum diselenide was higher than that of CVD-grown, molybdenum disulfide.Pulickel AjayanIn solid-state physics, electron mobility refers to how quickly electrons pass through a metal or semiconductor in the presence of an electric field. Materials with high electron mobility are often preferred to reduce power consumption and heating in microelectronic devices.“Being able to make 2-D materials in a controlled fashion really will make an impact on our understanding and use of their fascinating properties,” said study co-author Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry at Rice. “Characterizing both the structure and function of a material, as we have done in this paper, is critical to such advances.”Molybdenum diselenide and molybdenum disulfide each belong to a class of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides; TMDCs are so named because they consist of two elements, a transition metal like molybdenum or tungsten and a “chalcogen” like sulfur, selenium or tellurium.TMDCs have attracted intense interest from materials scientists because they have an atomic structure similar to graphene, the pure carbon wonder materials that attracted the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics. Graphene and similar materials are often referred to as two-dimensional because they are only one atom thick. Graphene has extraordinary electronic properties. For example, its electron mobility is tens of thousands of times greater than that of TMDCs.Emilie RingeHowever, two-dimensional TMDCs like molybdenum diselenide have attracted intense interest because their electronic properties are complementary to graphene. For example, pure graphene has no bandgap — a useful electronic property that engineers can exploit to make FETs that are easily switched on and off.As with many nanomaterials, scientists have found that the physical properties of TMDCs change markedly when the material has nanoscale properties. For example, a slab of molybdenum diselenide that is even a micron thick has an “indirect” bandgap while a two-dimensional sheet of molybdenum diselenide has a “direct” bandgap. The difference is important for electronics because direct-bandgap materials can be used to make switchable transistors and sensitive photodetectors.“One of the driving forces in Rice’s Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering is the close collaborations that develop between the people who are focused on synthesis and those of us involved with characterization,” said Ringe, who joined Rice’s faculty in January. “We hope this will be the beginning of a series of new protocols to reliably synthesize a variety of 2-D materials.”The research was supported by the Army Research Office, the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s FAME Center, the Office of Naval Research and Singapore’s MOE Academic Research Fund.Additional study co-authors include Xingli Wang, Yongji Gong, Gang Shi, Kunttal Keyshar, Gonglan Ye, Robert Vajtai and Jun Lou, all of Rice, and Wai Leong Chow, Zheng Liu and Beng Kang Tay, all of Nanyang Technological University.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0407_MOLY-mose2-lg.jpgCAPTION: This image from a scanning transmission electron microscope shows the individual atoms in a two-dimensional sheet of molybdenum diselenide.CREDIT: E. Ringe/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0407_MOLY-ajayan-mug.jpgCAPTION: Pulickel AjayanCREDIT: Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0407_MOLY-ringe7-lg.jpgCAPTION: Emilie RingeCREDIT: Rice UniversityA copy of the ACS Nano paper is available at:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn501175k AddThislast_img read more