New Delhi: The central government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) on sexual harassment at workplace, with Union Ministers Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ as new members. The decision was taken on July 18 by the government, a statement issued on Wednesday read. “The government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers on Sexual Harassment at Workplace with members — Amit Shah, Home Affairs Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, ‘Nishank’, Human Resource Development Minister, and Smriti Irani, Women and Child Development Minister,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The GoM will continue to be given administrative support by the Home Ministry, it added. In 2018, the government constituted a GoM to examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The GoM was chaired by then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, with members being Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. It was set up to recommend action required for effective implementation of the existing provisions as well as for strengthening the existing legal and institutional frameworks for addressing issues related to sexual harassment at the workplace.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Aug. 14———CANADA OUTLINES NAFTA GOALS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has given Canadians a look at their government’s strategy as it prepares to go nose-to-nose with the country’s biggest trading partner in crucial NAFTA talks. Freeland laid out Ottawa’s core objectives Monday, two days before negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement are to begin. The Canadian list, far shorter than the one released last month by the United States, sets out about a half-dozen goals that involve playing both offence and defence. They include a push for more access to government procurement, improved mobility for professionals and protecting Canadian rights to supply management.———CANADA BRINING FEMINISM TO NAFTA TALKS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Liberal government would like to see a chapter on gender included in the new North American Free Trade Agreement. Freeland said Monday the fact U.S. President Donald Trump worked with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on an initiative to support women entrepreneurs is a sign the White House would be open to such a thing. But she also pointed to the gender chapter in the free trade deal with Chile as a precedent-setting example.———2 CANADIANS AMONG DEAD IN BURKINA FASO ATTACK: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso. The incident happened late Sunday when suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the country’s capital. Local authorities say other foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday.———STUNT DRIVER DIES ON VANCOUVER FILM SET: A female stunt driver working on the movie “Deadpool 2” has died after a crash on a set for the film in downtown Vancouver. Police say the driver was on a motorcycle when the crash occurred on the movie set on Monday morning. Police say they have officers at the scene and investigators with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, are also looking into the crash. Deadpool, a Marvel Comics superhero, is played by Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds.———RALLY IN TORONTO PROTESTS CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE: Dozens of demonstrators gathered in downtown Toronto Monday morning to stand in solidarity with victims of the weekend violence in Virginia that killed one woman and injured 19 people. Many of them held signs decrying racism as they stood opposite the American consulate to express their opposition to white supremacists. “White supremacy is terrorism,” one sign said. The gathering came two days after a car plowed through a group of people in Charlottesville, Va., as they were protesting a white supremacist rally. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, is charged with second-degree murder and other counts.———HALIFAX WEATHERMAN FINDS SCORPION IN BANANAS: A weatherman says he got more than he bargained for during a recent trip to a Costco in Halifax after finding what appeared to be a live scorpion in a bag of bananas. Nathan Coleman, a reporter for The Weather Network, said he was unloading groceries when his 11-year-old daughter spotted something squirming in a plastic bag. Coleman said he double-bagged the arachnid and drove to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, where it has been jarred for observation. Costco did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.———SHAPAVALOV RISES IN RANKINGS AFTER ROGERS CUP: An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings. Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings. The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. He lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals.———BUSINESSES RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT ONTARIO LABOUR REFORM: A business coalition says the Ontario government’s plan for major labour reforms would have significant side effects that would put 185,000 jobs at risk. The economic analysis commissioned by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition found that Ontario businesses stand to take a $23-billion hit within two years of the implementation of Bill 148, largely due to a minimum wage increase. The coalition said the changes proposed in the bill would force employers to find creative ways to cut costs, such as hiring less and increasing automation.———STUDY INDICATES PESTICIDE HARMING BUMBLEBEE COLONIES: A new study from an Ontario researcher suggests a widely used pesticide is placing bumblebee populations at an increased risk of extinction. Nigel Raine, an environmental science professor at the University of Guelph, discovered that thiamethoxam, a major neonicotinoid found in agricultural crops throughout the world, reduced the chances of bumblebee queens starting new colonies by more than a quarter. Raine said research indicates bumblebee queens that were exposed to the pesticide were 26 per cent less likely to lay eggs to start a colony.———GIRL KILLED IN RESTAURANT ATTACK IN FRANCE: French police say an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured when a driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris. An official with the national gendarme service said the driver was arrested soon after the incident Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts. The official said it is unclear whether the act was deliberate. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.———
Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — The threat of an attack on police headquarters in Toronto justifies the security screening of everyone entering the building, including people attending police service board meetings, Ontario’s top court ruled on Thursday.The decision overturns an earlier ruling that the searches infringed on the constitutional rights of would-be board attendees.“In today’s world, places like police headquarters in Toronto are attractive targets for terrorists and other criminal extremists,” Justice David Doherty wrote for the court. “The harm caused by those individuals can be catastrophic.”Chief Mark Saunders brought in a protocol in June 2017 that made almost everyone subject to a search before entering the 12-storey downtown headquarters. Kristian Langenfeld, a regular attendee of service board meetings on the second floor, was denied entry after refusing to submit to the screening. In response, Langenfeld turned to the courts, arguing Saunders had no right to impose the protocol. He argued the measures interfered with his charter rights of free expression.Saunders in turn argued the reasonable screening measures — wanding and checking the contents of bags — were for everyone’s safety for which he is responsible. He also said Langenfeld could watch board proceedings via livestream or make submissions in writing if he didn’t like the searches.In June last year, Superior Court Justice Jill Copeland agreed with Langenfeld. To exercise his rights, she said, Langenfeld had to sacrifice his personal privacy and security by submitting to a screening process for which there were no probable grounds.“The effect of the searches is to limit expression by making public access to (board) meetings contingent on submitting to a warrantless search,” Copeland said.Saunders and the board appealed.In quashing Copeland’s decision, the Court of Appeal did agree with her that the screenings limit free-speech rights.“The precondition imposed on Mr. Langenfeld’s exercise of his right to freedom of expression was not trivial or insubstantial,” the Appeal Court ruled. “It required him to submit to a search of his person and personal belongings as a precondition to exercising his right to express himself by attending the meeting.”However, the court parted ways with the judge by concluding the measures were nevertheless justified.Protecting the public and those working at headquarters helps promote the values of a free and democratic society, the appellate court found. Exempting board attendees from screening would not be practical, it said.“There is nothing in the manner in which the protocol is implemented that could be described as discriminatory, belittling, or aimed at discouraging persons from entering police headquarters for whatever purpose they may have,” the court said. “The security protocol is no more than persons could reasonably expect to encounter when entering a building like police headquarters in a city like Toronto in 2019.”As a result, the Appeal Court said Saunders had shown the security protocol is a reasonable limit on Langenfeld’s right to freedom of expression that is justified in a free and democratic society. It awarded no legal costs.Langenfeld’s lawyer said he was studying the decision with a view to a possible attempt to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
On Saturday, Steve Harvey’s foundation, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation ( SMHF), held its annual gala at the Hilton Chicago hotel.The SMHF Gala honors individuals who make a measurable difference in the lives of young men and women. Through their careers or philanthropic efforts they serve as responsible role models to youth. In addition, the benefit honors corporations and organizations that show consistent commitment to empower and enhance the lives of young people and/or underserved families in their communities.Celebrity honorees this year include actress Holly Robinson-Peete, Co-Founder of The HollyRod Foundation, and Dwyane Wade and his sister Tragil Wade, Founder and Executive Director of Wade’s World Foundation. The special evening featured a performance from R&B singer Ledisi. Other celebrities in attendance included Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears, Chef Art Smith, and actor Laroyce Hawkins.The mission of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to provide outreach to fatherless children and young adults by promoting educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives that will cultivate the next generation of responsible leaders. To learn more about this foundation, click here.Unfortunately, Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie Harvey were unable to attend the gala due to a family emergency.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 410,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. because they can catch fire.The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.The company says in government documents posted Friday that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires.Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but none in the U.S. There have been no reports of injuries.Dealers will inspect and seal the cable or replace the heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start Jan. 7.F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicle in the United States.The Associated Press
Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said some 60,000 to 70,000 people had been displaced internally in areas south of the capital of Bangui. Another 14,000 to 17,000 residents went to Equateur Province in the north-western corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNHCR has dispatched a four-member team to Zongo and nearby villages in the Equateur Province to coordinate emergency assistance with aid agencies operating in the area. Aid operations were also planned for some 600 Central African refugees in the northern towns of Betou and Impfondo on the Republic of Congo side of the Oubangui River. Hundreds of refugees are reported arriving daily in these areas. The refugees said they fled their homes after the government mounted a crackdown in the wake of a failed coup attempt on May 28 by followers of former army chief André Kolingba. The attack on President Ange Félix Patasse’s residence in Bangui reportedly left scores of people dead. In the following weeks, troops reportedly hunted down members of the Yokoma ethnic group, to which Kolingba belongs, UNHCR said.
Babies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock CottageCredit:Hannah Rosalie 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. “As well as building confidence for babies in the outdoors, it’s also about building confidence in new mums because often when women have babies they lose a lot of confidence.” Mindful of the health benefits of fresh air it was once common practice for parents and grandparents to wrap their babies up in a blanket and put them in their prams to sleep.But over the years growing fears of crime put paid to this old fashioned practice, with parents increasingly scared to leave their little ones out of sight, even in their own gardens.Now, however, it appears the practice is undergoing a revival – with several children’s nurseries encouraging their charges to take naps outside.Several have been inspired by the ‘forest schools’ movement in Scandinavian countries, where the practice of children sleeping outdoors is still common.Hannah Rosalie, an experienced childminder, adopted it for her own children and now uses it with those she looks after.She said: “I started doing it myself when my own baby was 6 weeks old, I just instinctively felt like it was a good thing to do. I was influenced by the Danish Forest School method. I think they’ve got it right in the way they do childcare. It’s very outdoors, very healthy, it’s very real. It’s not about engineered spaces indoors with lots of plastic toys. Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham Credit:James Linsell-Clark/Dandelion Nursery Forest Schools have been a staple of education in countries such as Denmark or Sweden since the 1950s, with young children encouraged to play, eat and sleep outdoors as much as possible..Childcare professionals from Bridgewater College, in Somerset, who visited a Forest Pre-School in Denmark in the 1990s were among the first to reintroduce the idea into the UK.Charlotte Atkinson, the headteacher of Charlotte’s Forest School, in Wilby, Suffolk, said the practice of leaving babies to sleep outside was once commonplace in Britain:“When I was a baby that’s what happened – getting pushed out in the pram,” she said.Ms Atkinson said the benefits of sleeping and playing in the fresh air could go some way towards countering the impact on children of a sedentary life spent in front of TV and computer screens. A survey last year found that 74% of children in the UK spend less time outside than prison inmates.Hayley Room, of Dandelion Education in Norfolk, which claims to be the first entirely outdoors nursery in Britain and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, said: “Nature provides extensive opportunities for learning. With the appropriate weather clothing, suitable bedding, a pram, and appropriate supervision there is no reason not to let children sleep outdoors!” Dr Rahul Chodhari of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told the Telegraph that as long as it is not raining and the area is secured from animals, sleeping outdoors carries few dangers, even in cold weather.“This is a very Scandinavian approach where afternoon nap-time in the back garden temperatures could drop below freezing,” he said. “It seems that young children, infants, are not bothered by the temperature and it doesn’t seem to affect their wellbeing at all.“This is a cultural practice in places like Finland since even the 1920s and they have had a tremendous lower infant mortality rate than the UK for many years.“The health benefits of children just being outdoors and physically active is enormous and there is no evidence that any harm occurs provided babies are well-wrapped and not cold. It’s about having a common-sense approach. Rain and drizzle is more common than in Finland, and urban or rural animals do sneak into people’s gardens.”
Newtrax Technologies Inc – a leading provider of safety and operations management systems for underground hard rock mines – has been selected by Fresnillo PLC’s Fresnillo mine to provide an advanced Personnel & Vehicle Tracking system and Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions.This is Newtrax’s fourth deployment in a Fresnillo PLC mine, after Saucito, San Julian, and Cienega. The Fresnillo operation, located in Zacatcas, Mexico, is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating mines; producing 33% of the Group’s total silver in 2015 and generating 20.1% of total adjusted revenue.The Newtrax Safety system will be deployed on 2566 Personal Safety Devices and Bi MET will be installed on 260 Mobile Equipment.“Fresnillo PLC, has made a commitment to its employees and contractors that all their operations will be safe and productive, with zero incidents. To achieve this goal, we decided to apply innovative technologies such as Newtrax to fulfill our promise of having the safest and most productive underground mine possible” said Carlos Vidales, General Manager, Fresnillo mine.The Safety and Productivity solutions that will be deployed at Fresnillo mine include:Proximity warningPersonnel & Vehicle trackingMan DownMine-wide Evacuation notificationAnti Collision Emergency Stop systemMobile Equipment Telemetry system“It’s fantastic to see Fresnillo’s flagship mine finally join the Newtrax journey. We’ve seen our products and solutions bring significant value to Fresnillo’s sister mines so we are confident that this deployment will only strengthen their mission to becoming the safest and most productive mine in Latin America” said Boris Burgos, Sales Director, Newtrax Latin America.Deployment of the mine-wide system will start in Summer 2018.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE died in clashes between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital, according to medics on the site, in a development that will likely escalate the country’s two month-long political crisis.An Associated Press reporter saw medics declare two people dead near the barricades where police and protesters have confronted each other for three days.Police earlier reported one death, but it was unclear whether that was a separate victim.Oleh Bondar, a medic, said the two men died of bullet wounds, but would not specify whether they were rubber or real bullets.Police began dismantling barricades near a government district in Kiev this morning, but protesters soon pushed them back to their original positions.Ukraine’s political crisis reached a new phase last week after President Viktor Yanukovych pushed through harsh anti-protest legislation. That prompted street battles at a cordon of riot police and buses near the Ukrainian parliament. Protesters threw rocks and fire bombs and police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.The clashes injured hundreds of protesters and police, but the deaths are likely to stoke anger and cause more people to join the protests and clashes.Explainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine?Read: Ukraine protesters take over mayor’s office and set up ‘Revolution HQ’
Well, what do we have here? Why, it’s another leaked image that appears to show the most elusive Google product of all time: Google Drive, or the app formerly known as GDrive.It bears a striking resemblance to the current Google Docs interface, and it’s entirely possible that this is the work of a prankster who threw together a userscript, userstyle, or extension that simply modifies the Docs dashboard. It’s also possible this is the real deal, since Google Docs has been steadily evolving into a Google Drive-like app over the years.Early in 2010, Google allowed us to begin uploading (and sharing) files of any type to our Docs storage. They’ve added an integrated music player like the one available in Gmail and Google Reader, which is the kind of feature that you’d much sooner expect from a cloud Drive than a web-based productivity suite.They’ve also let us flip the automatic upload switch on our Android devices to wirelessly push photos and videos to Picasa Web and opened the doors for our tunes over at Google Music. Now, more than ever, it’s time for Google to give us a central location where we can manage all these files…And where better to do it than what is now the Google Docs start page?Tech blog Geekwire also claims to have spotted the Google Drive logo — which they’ve blown up from its nearly-favicon size into a larger, pixelated version:You may have also noticed the “install Google Drive” text in the leaked image, and it’s easy enough to imagine what the app would do. It’s safe to say that it would work how Google Music and Picasa currently do on our desktops.Google’s remaining tight lipped as always, but I/O 2012 is just four months away. If they’re planning on making a splash, that weekend in June seems like a good time to do it as all eyes will be on Mountain View.More at Geekwire
iPhone 4 : un prototype en vente sur eBayUn heureux acquéreur pourrait s’offrir un objet unique fabriqué par Apple. Un prototype de l’iPhone 4 est en effet mis aux enchères sur eBay. Il s’agit du même modèle que celui dévoilé il y a un peu plus d’un an par le site Gizmodo.Un prototype de l’iPhone 4, sur lequel ont travaillé les ingénieurs d’Apple pendant des mois, est proposé à la vente sur le site d’enchères en ligne eBay (lien non disponible). Ce téléphone est identique à celui qui avait été récupéré par le site Gizmodo après qu’un employé de la firme de Cupertino l’oublie dans un bar l’année dernière. Le modèle diffère très légèrement de l’iPhone finalement lancé par Apple l’été dernier. Le smartphone est notamment dépourvu de numéro de série, comme des signes + et – sur les boutons de volume. Il est en revanche doté d’un code, en façade, qui permet à Apple de suivre ses prototypes en cas de perte ou de vol.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Fixée à un prix de départ de 98 dollars, l’enchère a ce lundi après-midi atteint 2.025 dollars. Le propriétaire du smartphone, un réparateur de téléphones, explique l’avoir obtenu d’un homme qui l’a acheté sans savoir qu’il avait en main un prototype de l’iPhone 4. Il ignorait donc qu’il ne pourrait pas l’utiliser, les prototypes ne pouvant en effet pas être activés via iTunes comme les iPhone commercialisés.Reste seulement à savoir si Apple fera ou non annuler cette vente avant que les enchères ne s’achèvent le 11 juillet.Le 4 juillet 2011 à 15:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’iPad 3 pourrait s’appeler l’iPad HDApple pourrait insister sur le nouvel écran de son nouvel iPad en ne le nommant pas par un numéro mais par la dénomination iPad HD.Le 7 mars prochain, Apple lèvera enfin le voile sur sa future tablette tactile, l’iPad 3. Mais justement ce nom pourrait ne pas être celui utilisé par la marque pour son produit, brisant la tradition de numéroter les différentes versions des produits. Selon Gizmodo, Apple pourrait bien renommer son appareil iPad HD.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette information provient des listings de deux des plus grands fabricants d’accessoires pour la tablette, Griffin et Belkin, qui nomment clairement certaines des références de futures housses par ce nom d’iPad HD. On peut douter d’une erreur mais ces deux entreprises auraient eu plus vite fait d’utiliser le nom iPad 3 pour ne pas éveiller les soupçons. La dénomination ne serait pourtant pas surprenante. La marque souhaiterait, de ce fait, insister sur ce qui constituera la grande nouveauté de cet appareil, à savoir son écran qui doublera la résolution actuelle, la portant à 2048 x 1536 pixels. La dalle devrait entrer dans la norme Retina. Même si son nombre de points par pouce n’excède par 300, la limite pour l’écran Retina que s’est imposée Apple au lancement de l’iPhone 4. Mais comme tout est une question de distance, l’écran de l’iPad sera bien en mesure de porter le nom Retina. Après tout, les voies du marketing sont impénétrables et la société est prête à tout pour promouvoir son produit. Alors, réponse mercredi prochain avec la montée sur scène de Tim Cook, PDG de la marque, qui dévoilera enfin les spécifications de cette tablette, tant attendue par les fans de la Pomme. Le 3 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Those working in administration can now expect to earn £27,714 a year as average salaries improved by 24.5% between June 2017 and June 2018, according to research by job search website Adzuna.The analysis of more than 1.1 million positions being advertised in the UK found that teachers have also gained a pay rise over the past 12 months. Their salaries rose by 15.9% between June 2017 and June 2018 to reach an average annual figure of £31,224, while creative and design positions have a recorded £34,892 as of June 2018; this is a 10% pay increase since June 2017.The travel sector has also seen a 10% improvement in pay over the last year, with these jobs offering an average annual salary of £28,367. In the energy, oil and gas industry there has been an 8.8% increase to £41,928. This compares to an average salary of £29,362 for charity and voluntary jobs and £43,265 for legal posts; this reflects respective 7.9% and 7.7% pay rises since June 2017.IT sector roles have recorded a 6.8% average salary increase between June 2017 and June 2018, now totalling £50,749. This compares to £37,209 for consultancy jobs, which is a 5% pay increase since June 2017, and £35,406 for PR roles; this is also a 5% pay rise in the last year.By comparison, domestic help and cleaning roles have seen pay fall by 21% between June 2017 and June 2018 to reach an average salary of £17,620. Graduate pay has also dropped by 12.7% to £21,206, while logistics and warehouse staff pay has decreased by 5.5% over the last year to £24,081.Pay for trade and construction posts has decreased by 4.9% between June 2017 and June 2018 for an average salary of £36,725, compared to falls for the hospitality and catering sector (-4%) to £22,137, and science-based jobs (-2.5%), to £37,967. The property sector has a reported 2% fall in average salaries between June 2017 and June 2018 to £30,867, as well as the manufacturing industry, which has a reported 1.1% fall in wages to £27,737.Sectors that have remained more static in terms of pay include healthcare and nursing, which has a 0.3% pay increase for an average salary of £36,415 as of June 2018, and customer services roles, which have an annual average salary of £21,101; this is a 0.8% pay increase since June 2017.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “Salary growth and record high employment show the jobs market is moving in the right direction, but the headline figures mask an uneven picture. Growing areas like the creative industries are a safe salary bet, with wages on their way up. Skills shortages are forcing up salaries in areas like teaching and law, making these attractive options too.“But sectors like construction are still mired in political uncertainty and the pay on offer in these positions is much lower than a year ago. This makes it all the more important for jobseekers entering the market or looking to move role to do their industry research, or risk pay packet disappointment.”
A THAAD missile launches in 2015. File photo: MDAThe Kodiak launch complex has some repeat business from a big customer: the Missile Defense Agency. MDA announced yesterday it’s awarding a contract worth up to $80 million to the Alaska Aerospace Corporation to test its THAAD interceptors at Kodiak.The agency launched missile targets from Kodiak a decade ago, but Alaska Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell said this work will be very different.“That was done all by contractors. They’d stay at the Narrow Cape Lodge. They’d stay at hotels,” said Campbell. “This is much more of a mobile system, so we’re going to put in a life support area where soldiers can actually live and operate as if they were deployed into real life conditions to utilize the system.”Campbell said the state-owned corporation will have to extend a gravel road and install new gravel pads, but MDA will bring in its own launch vehicles for the THAAD missiles.“So we’re not going to use the launch structure that we have out there,” Campbell said. “Their system is designed very differently than what we would use out of the launch facility.”The work under the contract will be done in a series of task orders over several years and Campbell said the eventual total may not reach the $80 million maximum.
(Stethoscopes via Wikimedia Commons)Beginning next year, a new law will require all health care providers in Alaska to be more transparent about their prices. Some hope it will give consumers the tools to shop around, boosting competition and subsequently lowering prices. While it may help prevent sticker shock, experts said the move most likely won’t result in cheaper medical procedures.Listen nowDavon Smith is the clinical business operations director for SVT Health and Wellness in the Homer area. He said if health care prices catch patients off guard and they are unable to pay, it can impede their treatment.“It actually compiles onto those social determinants that hinder them from actually getting better,” Smith said.That’s partly why the clinic discusses prices and payment options with clients.“We want to make sure you can afford that kind of treatment plan, that kind of health care costs, and it makes it easier for the patient to be informed and be a part of that decision-making,” Smith said.A new law will soon require SVT to go one step further. It will require all health care providers to post prices for the top healthcare services they provide, among other requirements. Patients will still pay different prices depending on their insurance and other factors.Andrea Ducas is a senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and much like Smith, she said the primary reason to provide patients with more price transparency is to prevent sticker shock and help patients factor in the cost of procedures while creating a treatment plan. However, she also said it gives them more tools to shop around.“When we are able to compare prices or able to see prices, we save money,” Ducas said.But Ducas said comparing prices only goes so far.“So if you had the choice between going to get an x-ray that cost $300 or getting an x-ray that costs $250, if the price of that x-ray really appropriately should only be $20, giving you the option and helping you shop, that’s not going to help bring the costs down to $20,” Ducas said.Historically, there haven’t been many incentives for patients to shop around as insurance coverage has typically picked up the bulk of healthcare costs. Patients have also relied heavily on their doctors to refer them to other providers.“Patients have not really gravitated toward this type of information in any kind of meaningful way,” said Dennis Scanlon, a professor of health policy and administration and the director of the Center for Health Care and Policy Research at Penn State.Scanlon explains that laws requiring transparent healthcare prices in other states and cities, including Anchorage, have not exactly spurred competition.“If your goal is to create healthcare transparency to either get people to go to the low cost providers or to have the high cost providers lower their prices, there are some selective examples of that happening, but it’s not widespread yet,” Scanlon said.But Scanlon said markets with high healthcare costs such as Alaska and changes in the healthcare market in general have the potential to change that.“As there has been more of a push for insurance plan designs with higher deductibles which require more first-dollar-out-of-pocket expenses by patients,” Scanlon said. “So I think that’s, for lack of a better term, woken some patients up to understand that ‘boy, this is costly’ and it might be worth shopping around a little bit.”Proponents of the new law will have to wait and see if Alaskans are more prone to shop around when the healthcare transparency law goes into effect on Jan. 1.However, shopping around only works if you have a choice in healthcare in the first place, and for many rural and roadless Alaskan communities, that’s just not a reality.
Reuters FileWipro shares jumped almost 8% on Monday on the back of better than expected results, and as stockbroker Nirmal Bang put it, “All engines fire(d) after a long time.”The Bengaluru based company reported its third-quarter results ended 31 December 2014 after market hours on Friday, with its consolidated profit standing at ₹2,193 crore on consolidated revenue of ₹12,085 crore. In dollar terms, Wipro’s recorded a sequential growth of 1.3%, even as Infosys came in at 0.8% while Tata Consultancy Services posted flat results. In constant currency terms, Wipro’s revenue grew 3.7%, recording a 12-quarter high.From a constant currency QoQ revenue growth perspective, Wipro’s consistent performance, will result in the current 30% P/E discount, which it shares with TCS, settling down at 20-25% in the near term, said Bang.The company issued its guidance for 1.1-3.1% sequential dollar revenue growth in the March quarter. On the higher end of the guidance, Wipro could close the year with a 8% revenue growth, closer to the revenue growth Infosys has planned to achieve — 7-9% — for the current fiscal, reported NDTV Profit.The software giant reported a 40 basis point increase in its operating margin, which at 21.8% is significantly lower than the first two competitors.The company’s scrip was trading at 591.40, up by 36.35 or 6.55% at 11:12 am.
Aysha Siddika MinniA Barguna court on Monday dismissed two petitions filed by lawyers of Aysha Siddika Minni seeking her production before it to take her signature in two appeals for withdrawal of her confessional statement and ensuring her proper treatment over the killing of her husband Rifat Sharif, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate Sirajul Alam Gazi passed the order, asking the counsels to file the petitions through the jail authorities.The judge also directed the jail authorities to provide treatment to Minni in jail.Minni’s counsel Barguna Bar Association general secretary lawyer Mahbubul Bari said they need Minni’s signature to file appeals seeking withdrawal of her confessional statement and for her proper treatment. “So we appealed to the court seeking its order to produce her before it,” he said, adding that the court turned down the petitions.He also said they will file the appeals with the jail authorities on Tuesday.On Sunday, the court rejected the bail application of Minni in the murder case.Aysha Siddika Minni who was arrested on 16 July night after nearly 12 hours of interrogation reportedly confessed to her involvement in the murder before the court on 19 July.After meeting Minni in jail on 20 July, her father Mozammel Hossain alleged that she was forced to confess the crime and a vested group was trying to divert the direction.Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on 26 June. His wife Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the attack that was caught on surveillance camera.Police have so far arrested 16 people over the murder. Besides, main accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on 2 July.
(PhysOrg.com) — Canonical is releasing Ubuntu 9.10, the Karmic Koala, the latest version of its open-source operating system, and it aims to attract business and enterprise users to join the growing numbers of Linux enthusiasts. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Installing some drivers can be an effort with Linux if they do not automatically install, especially if you are not used to using a command line, and a few peripherals will not work with Linux. A lively Ubuntu community provides help for anyone having difficulties.The release of Ubuntu 9.10 comes after Microsoft’s release last week of its Windows 7 to replace the unpopular Windows Vista. Apple also released a new version of its operating system, Snow Leopard, in August of this year. Ubuntu was recently brought to prominence when several major PC companies, such as HP, Acer, Toshiba and Dell, offered it as an alternative to Windows on their computers, and with the latest release, it may further increase its market share.The final, stable version of Ubuntu 9.10 is being released on October 29.More information: • Official Ubuntu website• Review: Ubuntu 9.10 v Windows 7© 2009 PhysOrg.com If you already have Ubuntu installed, upgrading is easy because it starts automatically and steps you through the process. Not only is the operating system kept up to date, but so is any software you have installed. If you do not have Ubuntu, you can download it from Ubuntu’s website and burn it to CD to create your own installation disk. You can either run Ubuntu from the disk or install it to your hard drive. Installing it alongside Windows is a simple matter with Ubuntu’s Wubi application, so you can use it without losing your Windows system. When you boot up, you will have a choice of which operating system to use. Citation: Ubuntu 9.10 just released (2009, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-ubuntu.html Ubuntu is one of the most popular of the hundreds of Linux distributions, and is renowned for its simplicity of use, and its appeal. Ubuntu was developed by the Linux offshoot Canonical. New supported versions are developed and released every six months, and they are numbered after the year and month of their release. Downloading and upgrading Ubuntu is free.According to Jane Silber, Canonical’s chief operating officer, the latest version of Ubuntu has more user-friendly features and more operating system options. Among the features likely to be of interest to business users is the migration from Add/Remove Software to the Software Center, which will include commercial software for the first time, along with the open source software that has always been available. Another feature is an automatic file/folder synchronization tool similar to DropBox, with a free option offering 2 GB of space, and a paid one with 50 GB for $10 a month.An addition for software developers is an application called Quickly, which aims to accelerate software development (a bit like a Ruby-on-Rails type application for Ubuntu). Also useful are new utilities such as Palimpsest, a new GNOME utility that simplifies working with hard disks and partitions. Ubuntu 9.10’s improved support of Intel graphics will boost performance for most users, as will the short boot time of just over 10 seconds. As with all Linux systems, Ubuntu offers users with older computers an operating system that works. Explore further Ubuntu 7.04 to Arrive April 19
Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! To avoid blood shortages this September, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), in conjunction with the Satya Sai Organisation, will be hosting a blood drive on September 17 from 10am to 4pm. This will take place at the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic, San Marco Centre.Adopting a unifying concept of ‘Liquid Love’, donors are encouraged to come through in their numbers so the SANBS are able to meet the demand of 3000 units of blood a day.Support blood donation by donating blood and/or encouraging others to do so.To become a blood donor, you would need to be:between the ages of 16 and 65 years old;weigh a minimum of 50kg;be in general good health;live a sexually safe lifestyle. You must have had a good meal within 4 hours of donating.Remember… YOUR BLOOD SAVES LIVES. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
The service will first be available at the country’s main entry point, Yangon International Airport, and later in Mandalay and the capital, Naypyitaw.Maung Maung Than also said a blacklist was updated to bar those who violated visa agreements, criminals and people banned by other government ministries. Critics of military rule often were banned.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Comments Share Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Businessmen and conference attendees will be granted visas on arrival in Myanmar from Friday.Immigration Department Director-General Maung Maung Than said the visas will cost $50 but not be available for tourists. He said the visas will be available to nationals of 27 countries including the U.K. and the U.S.Myanmar introduced visas-on-arrival in 2010 but suspended the service before that year’s general election.