Calgary Chamber of Commerce announces finalists for small business awards

first_imgThe Calgary Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for its annual Small Business Awards.Nearly three dozen entrepreneurs have made the list.President Sandip Lalli said the awards recognize contributions to the business community.“They’re trying to pull the rest of the Calgary business community forward,” Lalli said. “They also very much take pride in being in Calgary and being a business in Calgary.”Small Business Expo Week begins October 15. This year’s awards ceremony is October 19.All the nominees can be viewed at smallbusinessweekcalgary.comlast_img

Housing affordability measures will be coming in Ontarios spring budget Charles Sousa

TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa confirmed Monday he plans to include housing affordability measures in his upcoming budget.Premier Kathleen Wynne has said her government is working on a “comprehensive set of plans,” to deal with rising home prices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), as well as rising rental rates.Sousa said he’d like to include those plans in the spring budget.There is a “suite of options” available to the province, but the province must be careful to avoid “unintended consequences” from those measures, he said.Morneau not finished addressing hot housing markets: ‘There are clearly supply issues in … Vancouver and Toronto’Just the facts: Ottawa beefs up spending in federal budget for data collection on the housing marketSousa also spoke about pressures on both the supply and demand side of the GTHA housing market.“Demand is high for a number of factors,” he said. “Could be speculators, could be people from outside the country, it could very well be the many who are now moving into Ontario creating that demand.”“The degree of supply is in question and how to expedite that is also something we’re trying to address,” he added.The housing package in the budget will concern the red-hot housing market in the GTHA, while taking into account different circumstances in the rest of the province, Sousa said.Just prior to the release of the federal budget, Sousa had asked federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau for changes to the taxation of capital gains on the sale of homes that are not classified as a primary residence, as a way to address speculative investors flipping homes.Speculative investing in the real estate market — buying a home in the hope of turning a profit rather than to live in — is believed to be one of the culprits behind the soaring house prices.While Sousa’s wish wasn’t granted in the federal budget, Morneau did not rule out capital gains changes in the future.No date has been set for the Ontario provincial budget, but it’s expected in the coming weeks.The Canadian Press read more

Sears Canada creditors looking to sue the company

Several Sears Canada creditors are looking to sue the company’s executive officers and directors for negligent misrepresentation and oppression.The creditors are asking an Ontario judge for permission to launch their case against the company that is protected under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.The retailer’s court–appointed monitor has advised the creditors that “it believes such motions should be delayed,” but that the group should schedule a date for the court to hear their claim.Lawyers of former employees are also asking for the creation of a ‘hardship fund’ for those that were fired without severance. The funds would come from a pool of money set aside for employee bonuses.The monitor told the Canadian press that it approves of this fund.

UNICEF confirms breakin at Kabul office

According to a spokesman in New York, one of the agency’s offices in Kabul was broken into Monday night. The area was sealed off for evidence collection by Afghan police right after the incident was reported, and there is a joint investigation underway with UN security.”No one was hurt in the incident,” the spokesman said. “We understand that some cash was taken from the office during the break-in, but we have no information as to the amount.” The ongoing investigation should determine exactly what was taken.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 5:36 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,794.25 up 68.56 points):Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up $1.70, or 10.82 per cent, at $17.41 on 13,384,166 shares. The BlackBerry maker closed at its highest level since mid-January of last year as the stock added to recent gains as it benefits from recent analyst upgrades. As well, CEO Thorsten Heins suggested in an interview with a German newspaper that the company could sell its hardware division and license its operating system to a third party.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.85 per cent, at $9.53 on 5,937,967 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 14 cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $14.44 on 4,140,913 shares.ROI Canadian Mortgage Income Fund (TSX:RIL.UN). Investment fund. Down four cents, or 0.42 per cent, at $9.45 on 3,488,246 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $17.53 on 3,242,822 shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $3.70 on 3,169,811 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,236.60 up 1.28 points):Galway Gold Inc. (TSXV:GLW). Gold explorer. Up 6.5 cents, or 16.25 per cent, at 46.5 cents on 6,086,360 shares.Anatolia Energy Corp. (TSXV:AEE). Oil and gas explorer. Down 1.5 cents, or 27.27 per cent, at four cents on 5,045,079 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up four cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $2.44 on 2,283,167 shares. The stock continued its recent rise despite news that the landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane fell off after it landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport on Sunday. Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said pilots kept complete control of the plane during the incident, which saw emergency vehicles race out to the plane as a precautionary measure.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 36 cents, or 3.13 per cent, at $11.86 on 169,835 shares. The embattled company announced the appointment of a new chairman, renovated and expanded its board to 14 directors from 12 and hired a consulting firm to speed up a reviews of strategic priorities announced late last year. read more

Bikesharing rivalry crowds Beijings sidewalks

Bike-sharing rivalry crowds Beijing’s sidewalks by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 7:28 am MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – The shiny bicycles in bright orange, yellow or blue are everywhere in China’s most prosperous cities, even in places they probably shouldn’t be.The two-wheelers are unlocked and tracked using smartphone apps and can be rented for as little as 7 U.S. cents for half an hour. They are the latest symbol of heavy spending by venture capital firms in China’s internet sector, where startups are racing to attract more users, seemingly regardless of the cost.Around 2.2 million bicycles have been deployed in China by companies that include Ofo, Mobike and Bluegogo, and are most frequently used in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, according to internet analyst Xue Yu at IDC China.In their rivalry to be market leader in bike-sharing, the companies have raised hundreds of millions of dollars and are offering discounts and free rides to attract more users. It’s unclear if the business model is sustainable or how it might change if a winner emerges.China was long known as the “bicycle kingdom,” but that moniker has become outdated as more and more Chinese buy cars amid the country’s economic boom. China overtook the United States in 2009 as the world’s biggest auto market, but authorities have encouraged bicycle use to reduce pollution and congestion.Shared bicycles are now ubiquitous in Beijing, where Xue estimates more than 200,000 have been deployed.They’re pedaled on the roads by commuters getting from subway stops to their workplaces, homes or other destinations. On weekends, tourists use them to wander along traditional alleyways in the city’s historic centre, near the Forbidden City.But as more and more bikes hit the streets, they add to the urban chaos, as riders leave them basically anywhere.Rush-hour users park them in public-bus lanes, leaving them for street attendants to pick up and move aside. Rows of bikes, some of them toppled, crowd the sidewalks, leaving pedestrians little space to walk.Vandalism has become common, and repairs can be costly. read more

The NHL Has Accomplished Its Goals

If you’ve been paying attention to the 2017-18 NHL season, you may have noticed something: There is no shortage of goals. We’re more than a third of the way through the season, and scores are, on average, the highest they’ve been since 2005-06. Through Sunday, there have already been 31 games settled in regulation in which the teams combined for double-digit goals. A year ago there were only 45 such games across the whole season. We’re still a long way away from the 1980s golden era of goals, but for a league that’s been repeatedly criticized for being too low-scoring, this sudden glut can only be read as a positive development.It’s difficult to point to just one cause for the scoring uptick. The league instituted a number of rule changes at the beginning of the season,1The NHL did something similar after the lockout of 2004-05, introducing a sweeping array of rule changes with the express purpose of increasing goal scoring. and those changes have contributed to an increase in power play opportunities — teams are averaging 3.3 power play opportunities per game so far this season, the highest mark in five years.2Those changes also include a crackdown on slashing and a conservative interpretation of what a center can and cannot do at the faceoff dot: If a center does not stand squarely facing his opponent’s side of the rink, he is subject to being thrown out of the dot. If that happens consecutively to centers from the same team, that team will be subject to a bench minor. The league wants to see less stick work and less cheating on the faceoff dots. And it’s evident the league wasn’t kidding about cracking down on slashing — through Sunday, officials had doled out 623 penalties for slashing. That number was just 791 for all of last season. Slashing0.641.22+0.58 Hooking1.030.97-0.07 Holding0.640.67+0.03 The box is getting crowdedMinor penalties per NHL game over the past two seasons Roughing0.840.67-0.18 More power play opportunities translate to more odd man advantages, which translate to more shots on net per game: Teams are surrendering more shots per game (31.6) than they have in the past three decades. The math is simple: more shots on goal equals more pucks finding the twine.And even though goals against averages are up across the league — the current mark of 2.76 is the highest it’s been in a decade — the goaltenders cannot be blamed for the league’s recent scoring outburst. Among qualifying goalies,3We looked at goalies who’ve played at least 200 minutes. the league average save percentage (92.18) is slightly higher than the league average expected save percentage (92.13), which is the save percentage an average goalie should post given the quality of shots faced.This suggests that goalies are actually outperforming expectations. During the 2016-17 season, goalies stopped fewer pucks than the data suggested they should have stopped (an actual save percentage of 91.94 versus an expected save percentage of 92.17), and yet goals per game totals remained roughly in line with numbers from the preceding nine seasons.Goalies in 2017-18 are also outperforming their peers from the previous year on high danger shots (unblocked shots with an expected scoring percentage of 9 or greater); this year’s cohort is stopping 79.4 percent of shots considered dangerous, while last year’s stopped just 78.5 percent of those shots.Even though teams are converting their power plays with effectively the same efficiency they did in 2016-17, they’re getting more of those man advantage looks, and likely the rule changes — and not poor goalie play4Goalies are always getting blamed; we need to stop blaming those poor goalies. — offer the truest explanation for the higher-scoring brand of hockey being played in the NHL at the moment.And let’s not forget the cadre of young offensive talent that has flooded the NHL in the past several seasons: Last year, six of the top dozen goal scorers were 25 years old or younger. And the top point getter (Connor McDavid) was just 20. All of these very young men are already sharing the leaderboards with future Hall of Famers like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, who are still both in the primes of their careers. This overlap of generational talent could be contributing to all the scoring, too.To be sure, no one in the league office of the NHL is losing sleep over this. More scoring is good news for a league that has been plagued by a spate of absurd calls from pundits to not only tweak the rules of the game, but to change the shape of it too. Reprimanding centers for lining up at the dots incorrectly? Fine, we can all live with that. But making the nets bigger? That’s downright sacrilege. Thanks to the relatively high-scoring climate of the present-day NHL, maybe we can put that tired argument to bed once and for all. Interference0.640.71+0.08 Goalie interference0.100.09-0.01 High stick0.690.58-0.10 Tripping1.081.20+0.12 Holding stick0.110.07-0.03 Penalty2016-172017-18Difference All minors6.657.09+0.44 Cross checking0.300.31+0.01 Through Dec. 17. Differences may not add up because of rounding.Source: ESPN read more

Driver 63 killed passenger injured after car crashes into tree in Tipperary

first_imgA 63-YEAR-OLD man has died after the car he was driving left the road, entered a ditch and crashed into a tree in Co. Tipperary this afternoon. It happened on the R687 New Inn to Clonmel Road at approximately 2.45pm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, where a post mortem is to be arranged. The passenger in the vehicle, a 35-year-old man, has been taken to the same hospital. His injuries are described as being non-life threatening.A section of the road has been closed as forensic tests are carried out at the scene, and diversions are in place. Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Cahir Garda Station on 052 7445630, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Microsoft creates a HoloDesk using Kinect

first_imgFrom the moment Microsoft made the Kinect motion peripheral available, people were experimenting with it beyond the realms of the Xbox 360. Interest was so great in fact, that Microsoft ended up releasing a Windows development kit for it.Earlier this week we saw how the Kinect is being used to create a touchscreen on any surface. Now, Microsoft Research has used it to create an interactive 3D holographic system they are calling the HoloDesk.HoloDesk was developed by the Sensors and Device Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and works by creating a virtual scene of 3D objects for a user to play with. The user sits in front of a transparent optical display and can see 3D objects through it. Using their hands it is possible to grab and manipulate those objects in real-time.Of course, the user isn’t actually feeling anything when they touch these virtual objects. The Kinect sensor is just tracking their hands and using a clever algorithm to match them up with the position of the objects in the scene and carry out the manipulations.What’s important is the result, though. This looks to be one of the best examples yet of being able to interact with a 3D scene through “touch” and a natural user interface.Although only an early prototype, there’s a number of uses for such a system. How many doctor’s and surgeons would benefit from being able to practice safely on a virtual body with their hands in this way, for example? What are the possibilities for this kind of interaction being used in video games?The video below gives a great demonstration of HoloDesk in action, and offers up a few more ideas for potential use cases.Read more at GeekWire and TechNetlast_img read more

Leaked Nokia EOS images show monster PureView camera in a polycarbonate body

first_imgNokia has yet to deliver a Windows Phone with the same crazy PureView camera featured on its 808. That may be changing soon, if these leaked images of the Nokia EOS are an accurate sign of what’s to come.A flood of photos have leaked out from multiple sources that show a Lumia-esque phone with an 808-style camera hump. On this freshly-leaked design, however, the bump has been molded into a nice, smooth circle — giving the phone’s back a look that’s very similar to a point-and-shoot digital camera.Next to the opening for the PureView camera sits a Xenon flash, and the tandem will no doubt provide similar results to the 808. That’s a good thing for smartphone shoppers who want a good shooting experience. Respected photo blogs that reviewed the 808 were generally quite impressed with its camera — going so far as to say that the Nokia blows other phones out of the water.For those who were wondering, it does look like Nokia plans on offering the EOS in the usual array of company colors. WPDang scored images of a bright yellow unit that wasn’t fully assembled.There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered about the EOS, of course. You’d hope, for example, that Nokia isn’t going to go with that middling 360 x 640 pixel display again. A faster, multi-core processor would be nice, too, as would Windows Phone… particularly if the rumored Instagram app does make its debut on June 26 at Build.last_img read more

Europe la Wii adopte définitivement le noir

first_imgEurope : la Wii adopte définitivement le noirEurope – Après des résultats surprenants, les dirigeants de Nintendo Europe ont décidé de poursuivre la commercialisation de la Wii noire.La Wii Pack Edition ne sera finalement pas limitée à ses 100.000 premiers exemplaires. Les décideurs de Nintendo Europe ont opté pour la poursuite de la commercialisation de la console en noir, suite à une forte demande du public. Cette collection comprend, en plus de la console, la Wiimote et le Wii MotionPlus de même couleur ainsi que les jeux Wii Sports et la suite Resort pour un prix d’appel de 209,99 euros. Dans le même ordre d’idée, la DSi, qui s’apprête aussi à conquérir l’Europe à partir du 12 février, bénéficiera de la couleur rose alors que la DSi XL, disponible en mars, affichera des tons bruns (dark brown) et bordeaux (wine red).Le 29 janvier 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Weather Eye Saturday may have been 2017s last day to hit 70

first_img Chalk up yet another gorgeous day Saturday with clear, sunny skies and 70-degree weather! We have had eight days at 70 degrees or higher this month, and I believe Saturday was our last day of reaching 70. With cooler weather and the new month of November settling in mid-week, the odds do not favor highs in the 70s.Much cooler weather (back to normal) will be in store the next few days, and then later in the week we get back to some cool showers and snow in the mountains. Unsettled weather will be in the forecast for some time.You may have seen or heard, via smartphone weather apps or even in a large Portland newspaper, of possible snow in the Vancouver-Portland area. Not so, I say. The reason is that forecasters have several computer forecast models developed by the United States, Canada, Europe and others, and they show trends in the air flow coming our way. Just like a plate of spaghetti noodles with different lengths of noodles, there are many various trends within the model we call ensembles. And they can be all over the place. The hi-tech phone apps use these models and often pick extremes in the ensembles.Most apps that showed snow for us Friday disappeared by Saturday morning and now show just a cold rain. I see some had highs of 44 degrees, which is too cold yet for us here in the lowlands. Most likely in the low 50s. The good news out of this is, with a northwest flow of air the next seven to 10 days, we will get snow in the mountains even down to low elevations such as Government Camp. Winter arriving early? Ski season beginning on Thanksgiving? Maybe.OK, for your Tuesday Halloween we will have clear skies and sunshine, gusty east winds particularly east of I-205 but dying down in the evening hours. It will be in the low 60s for highs. So, a dry, crisp evening great for the little ones. No plan B needed this year. And a bonus, we still have daylight saving time stretching the daylight a wee bit for the start of trick-or-treating.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

US Soy Works With Global Partners to Access Innovations and Market

first_imgFarmers face pressures to reduce input costs, fight herbicide and fungicide resistance, and continuously improve the sustainability of their crop. Globally, oilseed-producing nations face similar challenges. Biotechnology acceptance, while currently a challenge itself, can help farmers across the globe deliver on demands efficiently and sustainably. Access to new technologies enables farmers to meet the evolving demands of agriculture.Oilseed producers, including delegates from the U.S. soybean industry, met in Sydney, Australia, from June 25–29 as part of the 20th International Oilseed Producers Dialogue (IOPD). Participating countries included Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Paraguay, the United Kingdom and the United States.The goal was for each participating country to share perspectives on key issues, including international trade and the global regulatory environment for new breeding technologies. Through robust dialogue to address common challenges, these countries are working together to meet the needs of the future.U.S. soybean farmers engaged with other oilseed farmers and delegates on key issues for the U.S. soy industry – innovation, international market expansion and market access for trade.“The future demands innovation from U.S. soy,” said United Soybean Board Chair and Ohio soybean farmer John Motter. “IOPD provided a chance for the soy checkoff to discuss its research and marketing efforts to advance the technologies available to U.S. soybean farmers, including high oleic soybeans. These efforts help to continuously improve the meal, oil and sustainability of U.S. soy, which builds preference for our crop and increases our profit opportunities.”International Trade and Market ExpansionCreating and marketing new technologies are the first steps in bringing innovation to the table. While U.S. soybean farmers take advantage of innovations in the field, their checkoff works to maintain and grow international markets overseas. International markets for U.S. soy are critical due to the high percentage of U.S. soy exported each year.“Roughly 60 percent of the soy grown in the U.S. today is exported, and demand for U.S. soy is increasing globally alongside population growth,” said U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Chairman and Nebraska soybean farmer Jim Miller. “By creating a dialogue and bringing together our international partners, USSEC expands its global network to identify allies to help ensure U.S. soy enjoys market access without trade barriers and, most importantly, ensure long-term demand keeps growing for U.S. soy.”In addition to building international markets, U.S. soy needs market access for trade. IOPD provided a chance for U.S. soy delegates to discuss international trade dynamics and build relationships with like-minded organizations from around the world.“Coordinating with fellow oilseed producer groups around the world can really pay dividends, especially on international trade and market access issues,” said American Soybean Association President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore. “Our work at this meeting to discuss shared goals and plans regarding how new plant breeding technologies such as gene editing might be regulated around the world, as well as how market access can be expanded, is very timely.”For assets and more information about U.S. soy and IOPD, please click here.last_img read more

Layoff notices out at First Independent

first_imgThe first layoff notices are out at Vancouver-based First Independent Bank, a consequence of the bank’s impending sale to Sterling Savings Bank.A number that is “less than 8 percent” of First Independent’s approximately 245 employees will lose their jobs or retire at the time when Spokane-based Sterling completes its acquisition of First Independent on Feb. 29, said Marty Dickinson, a Sterling corporate communications executive. The full conversion of First Independent’s operations into Sterling’s system will continue into July, and additional layoffs are expected at that time, Dickinson said.Affected employees were told Thursday that their jobs were being eliminated. Dickinson said those employees were offered severance packages and an opportunity to apply for jobs at other Sterling locations, as well as moving costs if they are relocated. With some 2,500 employees, Sterling operates 177 branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California, including one each in Clark and Skamania counties. Dickinson would not comment on the types of jobs eliminated or the size of Sterling’s severance package. Sterling officials said in November, when they announced plans to buy First Independent, that they expected to maintain most branch employees, while making cuts in administration and operations.The Sterling name will replace the familiar First Independent name and logo on or near March 1, immediately after the sale closes, Dickinson said. In its announcement in November, Sterling said it agreed to purchase First Independent’s banking operations for an initial price of $8 million, with up to $17 million in additional payments after 8 months, based on financial performance and customer retention.last_img read more

Many AL MPs will face hurdles if BNP joins polls Muhith

first_imgFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. Photo: Prothom AloFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has criticised some members of parliament of the ruling Awami League for extortion, saying the voters may teach them a ‘good lesson’ in the next parliamentary election.In an interview with Prothom Alo, he candidly said that the country’s banking sector is not in a good shape and that corruption and bribery existed in the society.The finance minister talked at length about the country’s politics and economy at the office of Bangladesh’s alternative executive director at the World Bank on 15 October where he was attending the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC from 11 to 16 October.The interview taken by Prothom Alo’s Fakhrul Islam is rewritten in English by Taib Ahmed and Shameem RezaGeneral electionsProthom Alo: What would you say about the next general elections slated to be held in late 2018?Muhith: I’m very optimistic that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will join the polls. Others of her party would join the elections even if she didn’t. I don’t think others in her party would take such foolish decision as boycotting the polls. It’s better if they join the polls. If they do, there will be a good contest and many of our MPs would have to face serious hurdles to win the polls, because many of our MPs are oppressive and dishonest. They take money from people through various means, although I would not call it bribery.Prothom Alo: Do all of them indulge in this dishonesty?Muhith: Many of them do so. I personally know some of them. They will be taught a good lesson if the elections are held in a competitive manner.Prothom Alo: You mean, they will get a good lesson only during the elections, not before!Muhith: They will be taught a lesson even before that. The leader [prime minister Sheikh Hasina] is personally enquiring about them. They will not get nomination in the next polls. I think many new faces would come to join the next general elections.Prothom Alo: Many MPs are often heard saying that they have no accountability towards the people as they are not elected through people’s votes.Muhith: Yes, I too personally know several such MPs.Banking SectorProthom Alo: Another much-talked-about issue is the condition of the banking sector. It is not running smoothly. Certain people are looting the sector.Muhith: This is true. The banking sector is not running well. State-owned banks are our main weakness. There are irregularities in the private banks as well. But, the number of loan defaulters in state-owned banks is higher. There are reasons behind this. These banks provide finance as per directives of the government. Loan recovery is in a bad shape there.Prothom Alo: You say the banking sector is not doing well. So what is the central bank doing about it?Muhith: The central bank has less authority over the state-owned banks than the government. We, however, are thinking of relaxing the control of the government. We are thinking of a three or five-year plan. It is true that we haven’t taken any significant step against the loan default culture.Prothom Alo: There are suggestions that the central bank should have equal control over all the banks. This is also a global practice.Muhith: The suggestions are right. But some banks will have to be closed down if we hand over authority to the central bank alone.Prothom Alo: Does the government, in reality, have anything to do with the state-owned banks except for appointing directors? That too is being done by the board. The government only chooses the directors.Muhith: No, no. It is the government which appoints the directors.Prothom Alo: The government does not check the irregularities in loans. That is a task of the central bank.Muhith: I think the central bank should have a tougher stance in this regard. For example, what several directors of the Social Islami Bank Ltd (SIBL) had done is unwarranted. They had shifted shares worth of Tk 4 billion within a day. I have directed the central bank governor Fazle Kabir to take appropriate action against them.Bribes and corruptionProthom Alo: There are many allegations of bribery and corruption also. Won’t you admit that the degree of bribery and corruption has increased in every sector?Muhith: Yes, the problem of bribery and corruption is there. It’s not insignificant.Prothom Alo: What are the ways to control this? Is dependency on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) a way? Is political will another way?Muhith: Tthe ACC alone is not enough to decrease corruption in the country. Political will is a must. This government does have it. But extensive use of information technology can be a good way to rein in corruption. I can cite the example of MM College in Sylhet. The authorities used to show Tk 800,000 as its income but it increased to Tk 8.1 million after introduction of technology.Prothom Alo: You were a seasoned bureaucrat and have been serving as a cabinet member of a very important ministry. Did anyone try to bribe you to get some works done?Muhith: Yes (laughs). This happened back in 1962. This was about an inland water transport department’s project worth Tk 30 million. I was going to give the allocation to a company named Al Faruq. Then a man of a Japanese company came with an offer. He gave a slip to the chairman of our committee, Rashid. The slip read, if you give the work to us, you also will get a good share. Being a member of the committee, I also was supposed to get a portion of the share.Again, in 1967, one of my ex-bosses at the office offered me bribe. He wanted to import something from Scotland but we were not giving him permission. There were two contesting circles about the work—Ayub Khan’s circle and Yahiya Khan’s circle. He was one of the two circles. He said if you do the task for me I shall help your brother. Since then no one came with bribery offers.Prothom Alo: Any such experience during the Bangladesh period or in the last 8-10 years?Muhith: No. No one is that bold enough!National economy and budgetProthom Alo: How is the economy?Muhith: It’s in a crisis at the moment. A rogue state like Myanmar has launched an attack on us and forced hundreds of thousands of its people to take shelter in our country. Our position is that we cannot but provide shelter to helpless people. Our people had taken shelter in India during the liberation war. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken a strong humanitarian position. We will need millions of taka for the Rohingyas and I will take steps to revise the budget once I return home.Prothom Alo: Does the situation revise revision of the budget?Muhith: Yes, I have to revise the development budget (annual development programme). The budget will have to be increased due to the enhanced expenses caused by the Rohingya influx. We had to engage the army and the the relief operations require additional funding.Prothom Alo: From where will the money come when the revenue situation is not very bright?Muhith: I have earlier said that I expect higher collections from the income tax head.Prothom Alo: Have you shifted your focus to income tax failing to implement the new VAT (value added tax) law?Muhith: Not really, there is a decision to implement the VAT law and we’ve partly done it. I am confident we will see higher revenue generation from the VAT sector. However, I am very optimistic about the income tax scenario.Prothom Alo: Why can’t the government realise income tax from all who are capable of paying tax?Muhith: Oh yes, in a country of 160 million people, only 700,000 people pay tax. Still, the current number is 3.3 million, that’s not too bad really.Prothom Alo: The government needs money and there are people who have capacity to pay tax. But the government cannot reach them. How do you explain this failure?Muhith: Of course there failure is, but the job is not so simple either. In all countries there is a tendency to evade tax. And in our case, there is no culture of paying tax.Prothom Alo: The government should put a foolproof system in place.Muhith: I am encouraged that the new generation is interested in paying tax. The tax fair is working. However, it will take time to reach a good position. I think we should have a tax base of 10 million people. I hope that will happen by 2021 and by then the government’s income will increase automatically.Prothom Alo: How do you see the failure in acquiring soft loans from abroad?Muhith: Who said we cannot get soft loan? We cannot utilise such loans. There are pledges of such loans worth US$36 billion that we cannot utilise this. That is our weakness.Prothom Alo: Have your identified reasons of this weakness?Muhith: We did. One of the reasons is the delay in approving the projects.Prothom Alo: Is there any directives from the government in this regard?Muhith: There are. There should be one project director for each project but it is also not followed.PA: We thank you for the interview.Muhith: Thank you, toolast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday May 6

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: we report on the breaking news connected to the Baltimore uprising and it’s aftermath, including  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s request that the Department of Justice expand their probe into the Baltimore City Police Department, as well as one of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray challenging evidence in the state’s attorney’s case against him. We’ll also talk about political accountability in the pursuit of law enforcement and criminal justice reform with 43rd District Delegate Curt Anderson.It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

All the Patriots inevitability talk reminds Colin of USCTexas

first_imgColin has been listening to the media debate about if Roger Goodell will be forced to hand the Lombardi Trophy on the Super Bowl podium. The media conversation has centered more around legacy and dynasties and places in history. No one is talking about the Falcons. Colin has heard this before, and the last time, it didn’t turn out so good for the favorite.The lead up to this Super Bowl is starting to remind him of the lead up to the USC/Texas national championship game, where the debate wasn’t if the Trojans would win, but what it would mean once they did. Colin thinks the after two weeks of hearing about the Patriots’ inevitability, Atlanta is going to play with an edge. If they can pull a Texas upset remains to be seen.“This reminds me of USC/Texas, when everybody loved the Trojans and Pete Carroll.”A long-standing debate has raged over the New England Patriots, and whether Belichick or Brady is more responsible for their ridiculous track record of success. Colin doesn’t understand why he should have to choose. In Hollywood, no one ever asks fans to pick either Scorsese or De Niro after a great movie, or to pick Tarantino or Samuel L. Jackson.Colin likes Brady and Belichick together, and doesn’t want to see them apart. Why make average movies apart when you can they can keep making Taxi Driver together in New England. “I don’t want to see Brady without Bill. I like them together.”The Charles Barkley/LeBron James feud has dragged on in the media for several rounds of back and forth, and despite the blowback, Barkley hasn’t backed down from his comments that LeBron James was ‘whiny’ for complaining about the Cavs roster and front office to the press.Colin thinks Barkley’s criticisms of James are fair, and his willingness to stand behind his opinion in the face of blowback is a valuable lesson for people in the talking head opinion business.  Media personalities that give try to play the middle in fear of being wrong are boring.Colin doesn’t believe he owes it to his audience to always be right, he thinks he owes them honesty and conviction of his opinions. That’s what Barkley is doing now, and it’s why he’s the best in his profession. Colin is a huge fan of James, but he’s with Sir Charles on this one. Nobody likes ‘Captain Safe Take.’“Charles Barkley, this morning, is saying he has no intention of smoothing things over with LeBron. Charles Barkley should not back down. There are two NBA networks. We talk about the one Charles Barkley is on.Even though I’m Pro-Lebron, he was right. LeBron has become increasingly whiny.”Guests:Drew Brees – Saints quarterback is on set to talk about facing the Falcons defense; how he thinks Brady will attack it; what the Falcons need to do to have shot against Brady; if he can envision the end of his career; and what he still wants to accomplish on the field.Michael Strahan – NFL Hall of Famer, Giants great, and co-host of Good Morning America on how Tom Coughlin changed his approach in New York; how their relationship grew; and if he thinks his personality would have worked with Belichick.Brandon Marshall – Jets wide receiver is on set to take on Colin’s wide receiver bashing; explain why having a bonified #1 changes entire defenses; why he’s been willing to speak his mind during his career; if it’s had any negative side effects; and why he loves New England’s receivers.Dan Marino – NFL Hall of Famer and Dolphins great is on-set to tell Colin if he would trade his Hall of Fame ring for a Super Bowl ring; what he thinks the Hall of Fame represents beyond just stats; what he’s proudest of in his career; and which attribute he looks for in college quarterbacks.Greg Cosell – Senior Producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films is on-set for his first live appearance on the show to break down the film ahead of the Super Bowl. He looks at how Kyle Shanahan will attack the Patriots defense, and what the Falcons need to do defensively to slow down Tom Brady; and how the Atlanta running backs can exploit favorable matchups.Terry Bradshaw – NFL Hall of Famer, Pittsburgh Steelers great, and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday is in set to discuss if he ever worries about the pushback from having a strong opinion; why there’s a difference between having authentic opinions and just trying to get a reaction; and his favorite memories from his Super Bowls.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more February 23, 2011 – The latest addition to an entirely browser-based radiology information technology (IT) system was introduced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2011 meeting. RoentgenWorks RIS, from Brit Systems, is the final component to a fully integrated, modular Web-based PACS/RIS with a vendor neutral archive (VNA).It also features a bi-directional HL-7 gateway, critical results and ER discordance reporting, voice recognition with structured reporting and an iPad application for viewing images, reports and other patient information.The system brings electronic medical record (EMR) functionality to radiology patient information management – including scheduling and computerized physician order entry – in a 100 percent browser-based environment. As part of the modular RoentgenWorks family of radiology IT products, it integrates seamlessly with existing systems (PACS, EMRs) and/or HIE NHIN gateways. “RoentgenWorks RIS is built around the concept that radiology groups and clinics will need to implement technology to fulfill meaningful use – yet they shouldn’t have to replace existing, functioning systems,” said Shelly Fisher, president, Brit Systems. “Medical images are an essential component of the patient’s medical record. With the addition of exclusion criteria for physician specialties in the final meaningful use rules, radiology groups can implement – and pay for – only the modules they are required to use. This presents a clear opportunity for radiology groups to demonstrate they are ‘meaningful users’ of EHRs and qualify for federal funding.” Fisher also noted that the patient discovery and NHIN gateway tools position the system for Stage 2 of meaningful use where communication of patient information between systems will likely be required. Several RIS features enhance efficiency, such as: one click access to patient and physician contact information; creating a patient record and order from within the schedule, ease of rescheduling; and DICOM modality worklist support. Patient management is streamlined with full procedure code management with mapping to modalities, access to the entire patient record including contact information, and the ability to import patient information from a continuity of care record (CCR) or continuity of care document (CCD).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | February 22, 2011 Upgraded RIS Brings EMR Functionality News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more last_img read more

Police chief launches probe into alleged domesticabuse coverup

first_imgPOLICE Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou has launched a probe into alleged police misconduct after a domestic violence exposé in Politis newspaper implicated members of the force in covering up to protect an abusive husband.According to the newspaper on Friday, Maria, 29, a mother of two, was subject to systematic domestic abuse and violence from her then-husband for around two years.Whenever she tried to leave, Maria told the paper, her husband who she called, an abuser of hard drugs, would take their new-born boy and leave, “knowing that I wouldn’t go without him.”The allegedly abusive husband would continue making threats and exhibiting violent behaviour even after she managed to flee to her parents’ house, and so she resorted to staying for two months in a shelter of the association for the prevention and handling of family violence (Spavo).Asked why she had not reported the incidents to the police, Maria told the paper that she had attempted to do so once but the police had covered up the incident and had provided her with no protection.Rather, after being initially ignored by the local police station which she called following a violent incident on the part of her husband, her persistent efforts to request help from the police led to two policemen finally coming to the scene.They allegedly told her husband as he approached “stay as long as you like, pal, everyone has been informed, even S [name of policeman].”Despite Maria’s consequent reluctance to seek justice through the authorities, Chrysostomou responded on Friday by launching a probe into possible misconduct by members of the force. The probe will be conducted for seven working days, he said.According to the justice minister Ionas Nicolaou on Friday, “the government will not tolerate behaviours by members of the police force which seek to cover up the perpetrator or which deter in any way the victim of domestic violence from filing a complaint.”Through legislation regarding domestic violence, Nicolaou added, foundations are being built for the encouragement of victims to speak out, “and no policeman who is aware of such cases – such as the one referred to in the newspaper story – is justified in not conducting investigations.”As such, Nicolaou said that “in the context of the preparation of the law on violence against women, a corresponding provision has been included, which stipulates an explicit obligation for anyone who knows of a case of violence against a woman to inform the competent authorities, in order to abolish the informal law of silence and to put an end to the mentality that has for years concealed incidents of violence against women.” You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoFinance101[Photos] Wait Till You See The Inside. They Were Tired of Paying Rent, So They Built Themselves A Tiny House. See What It Looks Like FinishedFinance101UndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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