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Jaitley said the numbers as well as logic are against

Jaitley said the numbers as well as logic are against

first_imgCongress on GST and hence the opposition party has only one option of vetoeing it by creating disturbance in Rajya Sabha and force its adjournment. Asked if government was ready to accept any of the Congress demands, Jaitley said the opposition party was now making such demands that were not even part of UPA GST bill. “This wisdom has dawned on Congress party only after they have lost power,” he said. Congress Working Committee (CWC) has made it clear that the party would not budge on atleast three of its amendments on GST, including a tax ceiling of 18 per cent and removal of one per cent tax imposed over and above GST to compensate the manufacturing states, besides setting up a regulatory mechanism. On the Congress demand for putting an 18 per cent ceiling on tax, Jaitley said there is no provision in the Constitution under which this limit can be a provision. He also wondered if soaps and tobacco or medicines and alcohol could be taxed in the same manner, going by the Congress suggestion. To a question on whether the decision for not calling an extended Monsoon session will delay the proposed roll out of GST from April next, Jaitley merely said, “Your guess is as good as mine.” The Finance Minister, however, made it clear that this did not mean that government has given up on GST and insisted that it will keep trying as all other parties are keen that the legislation is passed. “We have not said we are not going with the GST. We will continue to try. The Congress partys best bet today is disturbance. Their next best bet is to delay. And dont forget the numbers in Rajya Sabha change very radically and on April 4 they will change significantly,” he said. “In Lok Sabha, except Congress all political parties had voted in favour of the bill. Congress walked out, they (other parties) had not walked out. If situation changes then cabinet will again reconsider the matter,” he said. Jaitley said, “This is time for political parties to display some statesmanship particularly when India is trying to emerge as a global power with high growth in the midst of global slowdown.” As per the procedure, after approval by the Rajya Sabha the constitution amendment bill on GST will have to be approved by 50 per cent of the state legislatures. Jaitley said once the bill is approved by the Rajya Sabha, other steps would not take much time as the government is ready with supporting legislations, of which one has to be passed by the Centre and two by states. “Our draft legislations are almost ready. We will require meeting of empowered committee to clear them and they can be passed. We need the IT backbone, and those handling the IT infrastructure inform us they are in position to put it in place by April 1, 2016 comfortably…we are keeping ourself in readiness,” Jaitley said. PTI AMR/SKC VMNadvertisementlast_img read more

Stalin charges BJP with not moving SC over Jallikattu

Stalin charges BJP with not moving SC over Jallikattu

first_imgChennai, Jan 15 (PTI) DMK Working President M K Stalin today charged the Centre with not taking steps to move the Supreme Court over the Jallikattu ban and said BJP government could have promulgated an ordinance to enable the bull taming sport to be conducted in Tamil Nadu.”As I had already stated on many occasions, it is easy to introduce an emergency law that will allow the bull taming sport to be conducted in Tamil Nadu. But BJP government just shied away from its responsibilities, which subsequently led to the sport getting banned”, Stalin, also the Opposition Leader in the Tamil Nadu assembly, said in a statement.Noting that senior BJP leaders had met the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court even at his home on various issues, he said BJP MPs could have used their rights in Parliament to pass an emergency law for Jallikattu. He alleged that the Centre has been watching issues related to Tamil Nadu as a “silent spectator”, including rights of sharing Cauvery river water with Karnataka, attacks on fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and even in allocation of relief funds following the damage caused by cyclone Vardah. He charged AIADMK MPs with showing interest only in making (AIADMK General Secretary) V K Sasikala as Chief Minister and not in urging the Centre nor meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Jallikattu ban. “As a traditional game like Jallikattu was not able to be be conducted in the State, the BJP Government has been neglecting the feelings of Tamils”, he said. Stalin, who led DMKs state-wide protests from here on January 13, demanding that Jallikattu be held this year, had attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, saying he had time to meet actors and others, but not AIADMK MPs who wanted to discuss about holding the sport in Tamil Nadu. PTI VIJ APR RGadvertisementlast_img read more

Maven Watches Uses Marble and Natural Landscapes to Fuel its Startup

Maven Watches Uses Marble and Natural Landscapes to Fuel its Startup

first_img The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion To launch into the (crowded) business of watches — an esteemed industry, to say the least — entrepreneurs need to offer something wholly unique.That is, a new company needs to offer a product that’s either entirely original or less expensive than what’s available. In the case of Maven Watches, a Hong Kong-based timepiece startup, this distinct variation lies with its embrace of minimal, modern style. While there certainly exist a bevy of watch brands which lean on a minimal and modern style, Maven’s two flagship styles — the Enduring and Artisan Series — cling to these genres in a way that quickly sets them apart from the pack.For its Enduring Series, Maven turned to the use of elegant marble to give the watch a bona fide pop. With each chosen marble stone featuring a unique birthmark, it’s an absolute fact no two Enduring Series watches will ever be the same. No only does this give Maven’s Enduring an unmatched lasting quality but it also allows the timepiece to be a true statement of personal style. Featuring an interchangeable Italian leather band and Rose Gold-colored stainless steel crowns, case backs, and buckles, it’s perfect for dressing up or going casual.While the Enduring’s marble watch face serves as its declaration of character, Maven’s Artisan Series leans on inspiration from modern architecture and natural landscapes. Yet another take on minimalist style, the Artisan Series features a simple analog watch face adorned in a pleasant color tone that allows the wearer to match it with a wide variety of apparel. Outfit with an Italian leather band (of which is also interchangeable) and the same stainless steel crown, case back, and buckle, the Artisan Series also utilizes a Swiss Ronda movement — a high-quality quartz timepiece movement.Perhaps the one thing holding Maven back from completely taking the watch industry by storm is the fact the brand has yet to even launch. With an Indiegogo campaign scheduled to go live in February, it’s only a matter of time before this classically-styled brand makes a fashionable name for itself. At the heart of the company is a team of entrepreneurs and designers who’ve remained keenly focused on manufacturing a watch that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but scores highly in terms of durability and craftsmanship.Though Maven has remained mum on an exact launch date of its crowdfunding campaign, the brand does allow interested buyers the ability to input their email address for updates. If the finished product proves capable of replicating the impeccable style and character of its initial announcement, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see its run on Indiegogo end as a roaring success. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty The Best Men’s Watches Under $500, From Stylish to Smart Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men This Luxury Watch Prototype was Inspired by Cory Richard’s Latest Mount Everest Explorationlast_img read more

Star Bulk Sells Claim

Star Bulk Sells Claim

first_imgFollowing the settlement and adjudication of the claim for damages and due hire related to the repudiation of the long – term time charter of the M/V Star Borealis by Pan Ocean Co Ltd., previously filed with the Seoul Central District Court, Korea, Star Borealis negotiated, sold and assigned the rights to the adjudicated claim.Star Bulk expects a gain of approximately USD 9.38 million in relation to the above sale, inclusive of the extinguishment of a USD 1.36 million liability related to the amount of fuel and lubricants remaining on board of the M/V Star Borealis at the time of the charter repudiation. zoom Star BorealisStar Borealis LLC, a subsidiary of dry bulk cargo shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp., has sold the rights to the claim against Pan Ocean to an unnamed third party for a little over USD 8 million. Press Release; October 07, 2014last_img read more

Matter of safety

Matter of safety

first_imgThe Delhi government’s directive to the fire department to “immediately” shut down all coaching centres in the capital operating above the fourth floor of buildings as a precautionary step is necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Surat. Apart from the direct order to segregate centres which operate beyond the fourth floor, civic bodies will structurally assess the building and deduce whether it is safe or not. Crackdown on coaching centres has been a longstanding issue, unaddressed indefinitely. The city has thousands of coaching centres with few hubs that house a tremendous number of aspirants to various examinations. From school and college tuitions to competitive examinations, coaching centres have sprung up across the city attracting millions. Even the smallest of centres have a substantial attendance squeezed in small classrooms with inadequate safety standards. Karol Bagh, Kalu Sarai, Laxmi Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, South Campus are some of the hubs which will be targetted by the authorities to inspect building safety norms. While this inspection drive will locate and shut centres which are flouting norms, it will aid in readjusting the vulnerable ones to adequate standards. The rising number of coaching centres also needs to be checked since the existing norms are very lenient for them to surface – no trading license required. Apart from hubs, coaching centres are opened in residential areas following their compliance with the Delhi Master Plan 2021. However, safety norms take the backseat once the centre is operational. The owners take a considerable risk by ignoring safety norms and running their centres without fire safety compliance. MCD took a lesson from the Karol Bagh fire which left 17 dead and formed dedicated teams to inspect safety standards of buildings. Surat fire has given impetus to locate the faulty cases and line them up for termination or alteration. They simply cannot be left unattended in wait for any tragedy to strike and cause loss of lives and infrastructure. As the Delhi Fire Services and MCD mobilise teams to inspect the coaching centres of the city, chalking out the defaulters and building a proxy-database of coaching institutes, inspection or closure alone would not help. Walking in old establishments across the city will inform an individual of how lackadaisical compliance is brutally common. Buildings sometimes have failed to comply by the high-rise limit which, in past times, has resulted in the closure of shops, businesses, etc., in the wake of non-compliance of the zonal limit. Many areas carry a fourth-floor cap beyond which construction, invariably, will be deemed illicit. It is, therefore, the duty of civic authorities to ensure that such non-compliance is not persistent and infrastructure existing is demolished in a designated time frame to prevent any scope of collateral damage in case of adversity such as a building collapse. Narrow exits, wooden chairs and tables, fake wooden walls, et al, all are detrimental to people’s safety. Inaction regarding non-compliance by these coaching centres is not surprising given corruption and influence. However, now that Surat fire has attracted national attention, efforts to prevent any such tragedy will be undertaken in full swing. Depth of inspection must be maintained to ensure that safety standards are not just eyewash. It should be functional. Fire extinguishers should be stocked and sprinklers should be operational. A lot many times these centres have fire safety measures but their functioning may not be adept. A thorough inspection comprising all factors will tell the tale of Delhi’s coaching business. Also Read – Securing nutritionFollowing the Surat incident, a PIL has also been filed in the Supreme Court for regularisation of private coaching institutes. The PIL also requests for a framework to be chalked out for these coaching institutes on Centre’s directive which will ensure a minimum standard for operation – not present in a lot of coaching centres today. The sheer number of coaching institutes directs to the idea of regularisation which would initially be troublesome since thousands have appeared but gradually it will be ordered. Regularisation and compliance of standard procedure for safety and operation will ensure a robust network of coaching centres with no hint of hazard.last_img read more

OnePlus to launch smart TV named OnePlus TV

OnePlus to launch smart TV named OnePlus TV

first_imgBengaluru: Chinese handset OnePlus is set to foray into the smart TV segment and will call the device ‘OnePlus TV’, the company announced on Wednesday. The company revealed the name and logo of its maiden smart display/TV device on its online community forum. “The global smart technology company constantly challenges conventional concepts of technology. The OnePlus TV is an extension of the brand’s ‘Never Settle’ mindset. The OnePlus TV will feature smart capabilities coupled with the company’s ‘burden-less’ design philosophy to offer users a smooth and connected experience,” the company said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year A community expert posted on the forum: “Yes, we are going to call our very first smart TV product ‘OnePlus TV’ — simple yet to-the-point — as we believe there’s no other name that can best represent our value, vision and pride than naming it with our own brand. The company said it is committed to the vision of a connected home environment and will continue to evolve the OnePlus TV, as well as the brand’s other mobile devices, to develop innovations that make sense for its users. This comes almost a year after the handset maker announced its plans to enter the TV market. According to reports, a recent filing with the Bluetooth SIG suggests that the OnePlus TV will run Android and use LED panels in sizes between 43 and 75 inches.last_img read more

Several FNs signed Enbridge protocol agreements

Several FNs signed Enbridge protocol agreements

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany First Nations have signed “protocol agreements” with Enbridge on the Northern Gateway pipeline project.According to the National Energy Board, 30 First Nations have signed on the dotted line.APTN’s Tina House has this story.last_img

Onion Lake Chief Fox expected to plead guilty to charge stemming from

Onion Lake Chief Fox expected to plead guilty to charge stemming from

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOnion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox is expected to plead guilty to at least one of several charges stemming from a domestic incident which occurred in the Cree community in May 2015.Fox has a court date scheduled in Lloydminster, Sask., provincial court on Oct. 20. Sentencing is also expected the same day.Regional Crown Scott Bartlett told APTN National News on Friday Fox is expected to plead guilty to “one of the counts on the information.”The information is the court document that outlines charges faced by an accused.Fox is facing two counts of assault, one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose related to the use of a knife and one count of uttering threats to damage property.Fox was charged in October 2015 by the RCMP. The charges stem from a domestic incident which occurred in the community on May 18.Fox could not be reached for comment.An Onion Lake band official said Fox would remain chief after his guilty plea.Onion Lake was one of the sponsors of a national conference in Edmonton on missing and murdered Indigenous women which was held in September 2015.Fox rose to national prominence during the height of the Idle No More movement. He was one of a handful of chiefs who marched into Centre Block on Parliament Hill in the fall of 2012 demanding an audience with the prime minister.Fox was one of the leaders who openly challenged former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo during an emotional meeting on the eve of a planned meeting with Stephen Harper on Jan. 11, 2013. Fox demanded Atleo refuse the meeting with the prime minister.Fox has been the chief of Onion Lake since the 1980s. He was first elected to the band council at age 21 in 1983 and became chief three years later.Onion Lake is an oil-rich community with about 5,000 band members. It sits about 50 km north of Lloydminster which straddles the Saskatchewan-Alberta border.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

TVS Suzuki Piaggio gain scooter market share during FY19

TVS Suzuki Piaggio gain scooter market share during FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Chennai-based TVS Motor Co, Suzuki Motorcycle India and Piaggio have gained shares in the Indian scooter market, which witnessed a marginal decline in sales in 2018-19. According to the latest data by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), scooter sales in India stood at 67,01,469 units in 2018-19 as against 67,19,909 units in the year-ago fiscal, a decline of 0.27 per cent. TVS Motor co, which is the second largest scooter maker in India by sales sold 12,41,366 units in FY19 as compared to 10,99,133 units in FY18, a growth of 12.94 per cent. The company’s market share increased to 18.52 per cent in 2018-19 from 16.36 per cent in 2018-18. On the other hand, market leader Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) sold 36,80,403 units in FY19 as against 38,21,542 units in the previous year, a decline of 3.7 per cent, as per SIAM data. HMSI’s scooter market share dipped to 54.91 per cent in FY19 from 56.86 per cent in FY19. Likewise, the third biggest player Hero MotoCorp also witnessed a decline in market share to 10.73 per cent in FY19 from 13.14 per cent in FY18. The company had sold 7,19,087 units in FY19 as against 8,83,667 units in FY18, a decline of 18.62 per cent. In contrast, another player which managed to increase market share was Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL), which saw its scooter sales grow by 46 per cent at 6,15,520 units as against 4,21,539 units in FY18. SMIPL’s scooter market share thus improved to 9.1 per cent in FY19 from 6.27 per cent in FY18. Piaggio Vehicles also posted a growth of 14 per cent in its scooter sales in the domestic market last fiscal at 77,775 units as against 68,169 units in the previous year. Its market share also increased marginally to 1.16 per cent in FY19 from 1.01 per cent in FY18. India Yamaha Motor posted a decline of 12.15 per cent at 3,64,879 units in FY19 as against 4,15,321 units in the previous fiscal, according to SIAM. The company’s scooter market share also dropped to 5.44 per cent last fiscal from 6.18 per cent in FY18.last_img read more

Ilyas El Omari Othmani and I Only Drank Tea and Spoke

Ilyas El Omari Othmani and I Only Drank Tea and Spoke

Rabat – Contrary to his party’s previous categoric refusal to form a coalition with the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Ilyas El Omari, the Secretary General of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) set his foot in the PJD’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon to participate in newly-appointed Head of Government Saad Eddine Othmani’s negotiations with party leaders.During a press conference held after the end of his meeting with Othmani, Omari praised his counterpart’s openness to other parties, regardless of their ideological orientations.Omari, who was accompanied byFatima Zahra El Mansouri, President of PAM’s National Council, said that “the strategy of Othmani is good,” noting that he does not mean that the strategy of ousted appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane was “bad.” Seeking to add some levity during his talk, Omari said that during his meeting with Othmani, they drank tea and spoke in Tamazight.Omari noted that “negotiations with Othmani remain at a standstill,” saying that the PAM still upholds the position that he voiced after the elections – to join the government opposition.The PAM was the fiercest rival of the PJD in the latest elections, coming in the second position with 102 out of 395 seats in the parliament, behind the PJD’s 125.On Tuesday morning, Othmani embarked on his negotiations with other party leaders  after King Mohammed VI set 15 days for him as a deadline to form a government coalition.Othmani received Aziz Akhannouch, the Secretary General of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI) and a delegation from the Istiqlal Party (PI).Meanwhile, he is continuing to talk with other party leaders , including Idriss Lachgar, Secretary General of the USFP, and Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, Secretary General of the Progress and Socialism Party (PPS). read more

Somalia Annan says UN has access to detained staff as talks continue

Somalia Annan says UN has access to detained staff as talks continue

Referring to the two abducted staffers — British nationals Bill Condie and Roger Carter — Mr. Annan told a press conference in Nairobi that the UN was making sure that the captives had access to adequate food and water.”We are negotiating to get them out and I am quite hopeful that we get them out as we got the others out,” he said. Five of the seven people abducted on 27 March have been released.Mr. Annan was quick to reiterate his strong condemnation of the tactics of the militia responsible for the abductions. “These lawless and reckless people who prey on young men and women from distant lands who’ve come to help, whose only reason for being in Somalia is to help the needy, ought to understand that their behaviour is something that the international community cannot accept and cannot condone,” he stressed. “Aid workers deserve better treatment and deserve our appreciation and thanks rather than this kind of treatment.”Recalling his meeting yesterday with two of the released aid workers, the Secretary-General said he had a chance “to hear from them directly what an ordeal they had gone through.” The former captives were in “good health and good spirits,” Mr. Annan told reporters. read more

Actress singer voice of Chiquita Banana cartoon character Monica Lewis dies at

Actress singer voice of Chiquita Banana cartoon character Monica Lewis dies at

Actress, singer, voice of Chiquita Banana cartoon character Monica Lewis dies at 93 by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2015 3:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated photo provided by the Monica Lang Archive shows, actress Monica Lewis, left, and actor Ronald Reagan, at Ciro’s in Los Angeles. The actress’ former manager, Alan Eichler, says she died at age 93, on Friday, June 12, 2015, of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles area. Lewis started her career as a vocalist with Benny Goodman’s orchestra and went on to record several jazz hits in the 1940s, and in 1950, she hit Hollywood, signing an exclusive contract for music and movies with MGM. (Monica Lang Archive via AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Actress, singer and voice of the Chiquita Banana cartoon character Monica Lewis has died.Her former manager, Alan Eichler, says Lewis died Friday of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles area. She was 93.Lewis started her career as a vocalist with Benny Goodman’s orchestra and went onto record several jazz hits in the 1940s. In 1950, she hit Hollywood, signing an exclusive contract for music and movies with MGM. Her film credits include 1951’s “The Strip” with Mickey Rooney and “Excuse My Dust” with Red Skelton.Lewis was also a popular pitchwoman, appearing in ad campaigns for Camel cigarettes, General Electric and Burlington Mills’ hosiery. For 14 years, she voiced the Chiquita Banana cartoon character, who reminded Americans not to put bananas in the refrigerator.She married production executive Jennings Lang in 1956 and the couple raised three sons together. Lewis made appearances in many of her husband’s films, including “Earthquake” with Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner and “Charley Varrick” with Walter Matthau.Lewis also guest-starred on various TV shows, including “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “Remington Steele,” ”Ironside” and “Falcon Crest.” She resumed her singing career in 1985 and recorded several new albums.Lewis is survived by her two sons and three grandchildren. read more

Natural resource revenues could nearly double school access in developing nations –

Natural resource revenues could nearly double school access in developing nations –

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report study, produced by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), argues that by maximizing and transparently managing the revenues from their extractive industries, 17 focus countries could raise an extra $5 billion in funding for education every year – or about two and a half times the amount they received in aid to education in 2010.“National commitment to education has to be supported by adequate resources. The 17 countries covered in this study face tremendous educational challenges that can be met only through additional financing to expand their systems,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The study, entitled Turning the resource cures into a blessing for education, finds that revenue from natural resources could enable these countries to reach over 11 million out-of-school children. “This is an investment in future generations that should be seized now,” Ms. Bokova added.The study illustrates how this can be done. In Uganda for example, the Government’s budget is set to double by 2016 due to recent oil discoveries, which could lead to a doubling of the education budget and send all primary and lower secondary school-aged children to school.In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), less than 10 per cent of the revenue from minerals goes back to the country, as 90 per cent of gains go to extracting companies. Changing these percentages would allow the Government to keep more revenue and invest it in education, the report says.“Many countries have mismanaged the income from their natural resources, have poorly negotiated with extractive companies, or have made misguided spending choices” said Pauline Rose, Director of the Global Monitoring Report. “In some cases, the funds have been channelled into armed conflicts instead of towards education. If they managed their income revenue better and put 20 per cent of the revenue into education, 10 of the 17 countries we analyzed could reach universal primary education,” she said. The paper, released just ahead of the World Economic Forum on Africa being held in Cape Town, South Africa, for 8 to 10 May, makes a series of recommendations including maximizing revenues to improve social services, managing and monitoring the use of revenues from natural resources, and channelling at least 20 per cent of natural resource revenue into education. The countries studied in the report are: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Laos, Malawi, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. read more

Misconduct case made needless exhibition of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey

Misconduct case made needless exhibition of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey

first_imgShe has twice been close to death since contracting the virus in Sierra Leone and although she has been described as a hero for risking her own life, she has also had to endure a lengthy disciplinary process.Joyce Cullen, Ms Cafferkey’s solicitor, said she was delighted by the outcome and would “never knowingly” have put anyone’s life in danger.She still suffers from ill health, but now hopes to return to work as a public health nurse in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.The case prompted stinging criticism of PHE for raising the complaint against her, and of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for treating it seriously.The NMC accused the 40-year-old Scot of allowing an incorrect temperature to be recorded in the “chaotic” screening unit on December 28, 2014.It also charged her with leaving the unit without reporting her true temperature, and with taking paracetamol, which would have lowered her temperature. Pauline Cafferkey Public Health England has been accused of making an “exhibition” of the Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey despite its own failings at a Heathrow screening centre during the outbreak.The Scottish nurse, who has twice recovered from the virus, was cleared of misconduct charges yesterday over her return to the UK from West Africa.Her lawyer said no decision had been taken on whether Ms Cafferkey would consider legal action seeking compensation for her treatment, but they would discuss her options over the coming days and weeks.She was accused of putting the public at risk by hiding her high temperature at a Public Health England (PHE) unit at the airport in late 2014 before being allowed to fly on to Glasgow. Pauline Cafferkey was cleared of misconductCredit:Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “I think she fessed up to taking paracetamol and at that point you could say, why were you taking paracetamol, come to this room at once.” Prof Pennington said PHE had “not come out of it too well”.Tricia Marwick, former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, said it was a “disgrace” that she faced charges.Both sides agreed at the hearing that the screening unit was not properly prepared for the number of arrivals from at-risk countries, and was “busy, disorganised and even chaotic”.At one point Ms Cafferkey’s group was allowed to administer its own tests.It also emerged that a PHE doctor advised another medic to contact Northwick Park Hospital, the local base for infections disease consultants for further guidance, but left messages at the wrong hospital. However, she was cleared after a two-day hearing in Edinburgh when the NMC panel ruled she was in a “diminished medical state” and merely “swept along by events”. It found no attempt to mislead PHE doctors.Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, took to Twitter to send Ms Cafferkey her “very best wishes”, adding that her bravery was “an inspiration to us all”.  Prof Hugh Pennington, one of the UK’s most eminent bacteriologists, questioned the behaviour of both PHE and the NMC, the nursing regulatory body.  He told The Daily Telegraph he was surprised she was accused of wrongdoing, adding: “They didn’t need to have this kind of exhibition, the poor woman has been through a hard enough time as it is.“They could have done a behind the scenes investigation. Everything that has been said was known at the time.”Prof Pennington said it was evident there was a “bit of a mess” at Heathrow and he would have expected PHE to do a better job.“You would think they would be able to marshal everybody and make sure the temperature records were taken properly. Joyce Cullen, Ms Cafferkey’s lawyer, said her client willingly put her life at risk and played a vital role in saving lives.She said were “serious failures of communication” among PHE staff and said it was “perhaps ironic” that given the criticisms of PHE’s processes, it was their complaint that led to the proceedings.Timothy Cole, the panel chairman, said that in her “exhausted and increasingly unwell state” the nurse did not set out to mislead staff, and leaving the screening area without pointing out her higher temperature could be explained by illness and exhaustion after a 22-hour flight.Her temperature was recorded on a form as 37.2C, but had in fact been measured at over 38C, and therefore above the 37.5C level which should have triggered alarm bells.Prof Paul Cosford, director of health protection at PHE, said the Ebola outbreak was unprecedented, adding: “We support the judgement of the panel and wish Pauline Cafferkey well with her ongoing recovery and for her future.”The nurse was previously honoured with a Pride of Britain award and invited to Downing Street.last_img read more

Fresh blow for Southern commuters as union risks antagonising rail bosses ahead

Fresh blow for Southern commuters as union risks antagonising rail bosses ahead

first_imgRMT Credit:Jonathan Brady /PA But the talks look set to get off to a bad start as the union is holding firm on its position that driver-only trains are dangerous, despite the independent rail safety authorities giving them the green light.The RMT new figures show the equivalent of 1,000 services a year continue to operate without a second member of staff, despite promises made by bosses of Southern’s owners Govia Thameslink Railway.The union  said last month that at least six times more Southern services were travelling without a second member of staff than was promised.At the time the company faced industrial action including a ban on overtime by drivers which led to delays and cancellations. Unions have risked antagonising rail bosses ahead of conciliation talks, in what could be a fresh blow for beleaguered commuters on Southern Rail services.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union, which represents train conductors in the long-running dispute over driver-only services, today releases figures which they say show “safety critical staff” were absent from an average of three services a day in recent weeks.  Leaders of the RMT union are to meet Southern Railway bosses under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas on Tuesday, in talks aimed at resolving the row which has caused disruption for hundreds of thousands of frustrated passengers.   The union said the new figures provided by rail workers and passengers from January 20 to February 6, when there was not any industrial action, showed that at least 26 trains did not have a scheduled on board supervisor – an average of three services a day or 1,000 a year.RMT general secretary Mick Cash said where trains had no second member of staff, “a disabled passenger may not be able to get on or off the train” or “passengers and the driver are at increased risk from anti-social behaviour or if something goes wrong, such as a derailment or fire”.He added: “Guaranteeing a second member of safety critical staff on every train is the only way you can guarantee access for all and a safer journey for passengers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Southern spokesman said: “We said we would roster a second person to every train that has one today, and we are.”However, we also said in exceptional circumstances when an on board supervisor is unavailable we will run the train as it is passengers’ interests to do so.”The drivers’ union Aslef is balloting its members on a deal aimed at resolving its dispute with Southern, with the result due on Thursday. last_img read more

Column The UK will continue to be a far friendlier place for

Column The UK will continue to be a far friendlier place for

first_imgThe number of Irish residents who relocated to England in 2012 for the purpose of declaring themselves bankrupt was nearly double than the year before. Here Ronan Coburn discusses whether Ireland’s personal insolvency goes far enough to help those in distress. THE LEGISLATORS WHO drafted the Personal Insolvency Act 2012, which was enacted into law on 26th December 2012, are already working on Amendments to this Act’s provisions.The Act introduces: the reform of the Bankruptcy Act 1988; three new forms of non-judicial Debt Settlement Arrangements; the setting up of the Insolvency Service of Ireland; the training and appointment of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPS) and the training and appointment of eight new Circuit Court Judges (each of which will earn an annual salary of in excess of €140,000) who will oversee these ‘non-judicial’ remedies.One of the objectives of the Act is to facilitate the orderly settlement of personal debts and affording debtors who hold non-performing secured loans, an opportunity to re-enter economic activity in Ireland. Another objective is to try to compel the banks to constructively engage with stressed borrowers with a view to formulating and agreeing five-to-six year plans with borrowers .Debt write-offWhere such borrowers dedicate themselves in good faith to the implementation (with annual reviews of these arrangements with their PIPs and banks), in return – they can expect that there will be pre-agreed debt write-offs at the end of the six or seven year arrangement timescale. Additionally, the borrower – in certain circumstances, may not have to vacate his/her Principal Private Residence – will be free from much of the burden of these secured debts.Another option (for those with substantial unsecured loans of between €20k and €3m) is to seek a Debt Settlement Arrangement (DSA) through the formulation of a plan via a PIP, who will interface with their secured and unsecured creditors, to seek  the consent of 65 per cent of them to have the plan approved and subsequently administered over a period of five to six years. If Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIAs) and DSAs are successfully commenced and adhered to by the debtors, they enter a type of ‘protective bubble’ whereby they cannot be pursued or litigated against by their creditors for the duration of the respective arrangement.DSAs and PIAs are arrangements whereby newly trained Independent Insolvency Practitioners are retained by borrowers (who can afford to retain them) in order to formulated a plan structured to achieve creditors’ agreement to a 5-year plan, whereby certain payments are adhered to in a timely basis. At the end of this five year timescale, if the arrangement conditions have been met, then the creditors will write-off a large portion of the residual debt. A potential limitation of this overall scheme that the banks will continue to have a veto in agreeing to have these arrangements set in place for debtors at first instance, so their success or failure will be ultimately determined by the banks’ pragmatism in this regard.Your everyday cost of living and expensesIn the case of a family of two adults and two children, the following may apply:Reasonable costs guidelines arrived at through the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (and the Household Budget Survey), whereby wide survey information on prices for everyday living costs ( showing itemised levels of cost allowances under which your assisting Personal Insolvency Practitioner cannot go), including  housing costs  and including childcare might typically be €3,500 per month netThis equates to approximately €55,000 gross annual income, for a couple under PAYE.In other words, a substantial portion of highly pressurised Borrowers who have been serious negative equity, [over the previous 4 to 5 years] would need to be earning approximately €55,000 gross per annum and be in a position to  afford to fund a Personal Insolvency Arrangement.In many cases they would have to survive without, private health  cover,  private school fees, SKY/ UPC add-on packages,  annual holidays and a second car. They will be expected to adhere to a personalised austerity regime overseen by their PIP and their secured creditors (mostly the lending banks) for five or six years before they will have earned the right to a loan write-off.Heavy borrowers on incomes below this €55,000 threshold will effectively be unable to satisfy the PIA initial criteria and so will be excluded from getting into this ‘protective bubble’ over five years and so they won’t have the prospect of reaching the end of the target timescale and achieving the ‘prize’ of a large portion of their loan(s) being written-off.BankruptcyIf the arrangement involves a Debtor’s Principal Private Residence [PPR], then they must have already gone through the Banks’ Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process [MARP], prior to retaining a PIP to formulate an Arrangement whereby, a Prescribed Financial Statement is constructed and utilised to construct a PIA. Inter alia, PIAs and DSAs are subject to the achievement of 65 per cent of the secured creditors (broadly – the banks). The borrowers must go through this PIP-assisted process prior to petitioning for bankruptcy. A breach of the conditions of these arrangements constitutes an act of bankruptcy.The true nature of bankruptcy is that it is the ultimate debt forgiveness mechanism. Petitioning for bankruptcy in the UK still has a strong edge over Irish Bankruptcy. This is because the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 has allowed the banks to maintain a potential hold over the bankrupt (even after the newly-reduced period of automatic discharge of three years have run its course).In certain circumstances Irish Banks can have a Payment Order served on the ‘newly-discharged bankrupt’  seeking a  claim over any value created by the borrower for an extended period beyond the new statutory three year timescale for automatic discharge from bankruptcy.Taking stock of what would be bestAs soon as stressed Irish  borrowers (who are outside of the qualifying criteria for a PIA) take stock of their position, their advisors are likely to emphasise that the UK, will continue to be a far friendlier place for those drowning in debt. The reduction in 2004 of the UK bankruptcy period from three years to one year, made this jurisdiction a very attractive proposition for eligible debtors from Germany and Ireland.They may be advised to set up their COMI [Centre of main Interests] in Northern Ireland (or the UK)  for six months with the intention of petitioning  for bankruptcy in the UK and achieving entire debt write-offs in tandem with the status as a discharged bankrupt after just one year – critically, with no recourse being afforded to the secured creditors – the banks.Ronan Coburn is a Dublin-based independent banking consultant, forensic accountant and expert witness. He is also a member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland. Further information at thebottomline.ie. To read more from Ronan for TheJournal.ie click here.Column: The insolvency process should be a competent public system that ensures everyone has access>Struggling borrowers may have to move house, sell car and change creche to enter new insolvency process>PIC: How much a single person can spend under the new insolvency rules>last_img read more

Samsung manufactures Apples A5 processor in Texas

Samsung manufactures Apples A5 processor in Texas

first_imgProcessor manufacturing is not something commonly associated with the U.S. We typically think that components are made and assembled in countries where it’s much cheaper to employ people and acquire land for large facilities, such as in China and Taiwan.You may be both surprised and pleased to find out that the processor at the heart of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 bucks the trend. The A5 chip is manufactured at a huge facility in Austin, Texas by Samsung.The Samsung manufacturing facility has only reached full capacity this month and cost $3.6 billion to build. But it must surely be seen as good news for the U.S. economy as it brings large investment, creates jobs, and shows that cutting-edge manufacturing can work in the U.S. It should also hopefully encourage other technology companies to look into setting up facilities on U.S. soil too.The other surprising thing about the Samsung facility is not the fact it is the size of nine football fields, but alongside NAND flash production it is completely focused on producing the A5 chip. It just goes to show how popular Apple’s products are right now that the company can give Samsung an order big enough to fill spare capacity there.In total, Samsung employs 1,100 people at the Texas facility just for processor production. A further 1,300 focus on flash memory manufacturing, but its clear this one factory is a major positive for the state and Austin’s economy in particular.More at Reuterslast_img read more

Opportunities and challenges for new Greek migrants

Opportunities and challenges for new Greek migrants

first_imgMore than 8,000 Greeks have returned or migrated permanently to Victoria since 2010, as Greece has been in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis.The promising ‘Lucky Country” is here to welcome their dreams and meet their expectations. Only after they set foot into Australian reality do they realise they may have decided to set sail in a sea of loneliness and frustration.An eye-opening study was presented earlier this week by the executive director of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) Voula Messimeri; ‘The Journey of New Greek Migrants in Australia: Opportunities and Challenges’. The study is based on research conducted by Dr Constantine Tsigas, and was launched at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne by the Federal Minister of Human Services Kevin Andrews. According to research done by the Australian Greek Welfare Society, from 2010 until the end of the financial year 2012-2013, about 6,000 Greeks have arrived in the state of Victoria alone in search of a better future. It is estimated, though, that another 2,000 Greeks have settled in Victoria over the last five years. Sixty per cent of them are Greek Australians who had previously returned to Greece with their families, yet severely stricken by the economic crisis, they were forced to repack their bags and return to Australia. However, 40 per cent of Greeks are taking the leap of migration for the first time, looking to Australia as the Greek-friendly motherland.Commenting on the report, AGWS CEO Ms Messimeri said “that with jobs in Greece being scarce, many people are moving in search of work opportunities to other countries, including Australia”. The report shows that difficulties arise across a range of areas during the pre-migration planning and preparation stage. It also shows that the challenges new Greek migrants face on arrival vary depending on the thoroughness of their pre-migration preparation, financial resources available, differences on visa stream, the presence of family, relatives or friends, the duration and quality of support they provide, awareness of and access to formal support services, and the capacity of those services to respond sensitively and effectively.“The study reinforced that this group of people are mostly university educated, intellectually adept, articulate, confident and in search of opportunities to unleash their talent and drive to achieve,” Ms Messimeri said.“They present a unique human capital for Victoria’s Australian Greek community and the general Australian community, which if harnessed appropriately will bring significant benefits to Australia.”At the launching of the report, Alcmene Balda and Odysseas Tzibrakos recounted their experiences to the audience, underscoring the difficulties they both encountered when they arrived alone in Australia without money and connections. Alcmene Balda stressed the struggle of young and highly-educated people from Europe and other countries to have their qualifications recognised, while Mr Tzibrakos shared his deeply touching story. He was given shelter in the monastery of Axion Esti and then managed to bring his family to Australia as well. Even more migrants with university qualifications, especially when they have families, accept low-skilled positions, even high-risk jobs, in pursuit of employment in Australia. This fact is a growing concern, whilst Australia has become a cosmopolitan country with more guest workers than settled skilled migrants. It is no longer easy to be shortlisted for a job in one’s qualification – young migrants have a lot of competition to overcome. Young migrants and refugees face similar risks and challenges, with their vulnerability extending to both employment and accommodation.Greek welfare services have had to adapt to the increased demand for support but many positives have come out of the newly arrived.While Greece is going through a brain drain as the young leave the country in search of a better future, the diaspora of Australia seems to be entering a period of revival. After settling down, the young are making positive contributions to businesses, economic growth and productivity. They are eager to share their knowledge and meet challenges in the workforce and society. The Greek Australian community has been offered the chance to polish its Hellenic cultural identity, strengthen Greek language education and help the aged care sector. The AGWS survey was created to quantify the amount of newly arrived migrants and see where their needs lie. They hope to use the findings to seek funding from government bodies and show them if their service delivery is under-performing for this community group.“AGWS looks forward to working closely with the state and federal governments, as well as the Australian Greek community, ensuring that the key recommendations made in this report are implemented in order to expedite the settlement of people newly arrived from Greece and Cyprus, thus enabling them to become fully engaged members of the Australian community,” Ms Messimeri says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Oakland Park mother wakes to find crooks stealing her TV

Oakland Park mother wakes to find crooks stealing her TV

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A mother was left shaken up after crooks broke into her Oakland Park home.The mother woke up to find two men stealing her TV as six children slept inside her home.She said one child was sleeping on the sofa just feet away from where the TV was taken.“The PlayStation and the TV are material, but we’re gonna take the necessary precautions to keep us safe in the meantime,” the mother said.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img