Official warns more civil servants could see low pay or no pay

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal government managers were warned this week of a possible surge in emergency pay requests from civil servants over the holidays after new issues were discovered with the troubled Phoenix pay system.Managers were to receive lists of “low pay or no pay employees” by Friday, and were being encouraged to reach out to those who might need help.“We would encourage you to reach out to employees on this list to determine if an emergency salary advance (ESA) or priority payment may be required on December 27th, and if any special measures to provide the payment may be needed given the holiday season and related absences and travel,” said a memo from Les Linklater, an associate deputy minister at Public Works and Government Services Canada, made public Friday.The memo was issued Wednesday after problems were discovered in processing of pay requests for the final payday of the year, Dec. 27.Officials said some transactions entered into the pay system in early November weren’t processed, creating a new backlog of problem files.“The Phoenix pay system encountered technical and administrative issues with a module that affected performance of the system, in particular with a program in Phoenix that processes employee-submitted transactions,” Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a statement.“Some transactions entered in Phoenix as of November 1, such as overtime and timesheets, were not processed, which created an accumulation of transactions. This led to processing challenges for the December 27 pay run.”Public Services said the problem, which it blamed on both technical and human errors, had been resolved by Dec. 17, but some civil servants reported receiving pay stubs after that date that were short of what they were owed.The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents some 180,000 civil servants, said it sought and received assurances from the government that any employee facing year-end pay issues could request emergency funds.PSAC and other unions said they were also continuing to offer emergency pay services to their members.The auditor general last month reported more than 150,000 government workers — or about half the federal civil service — had been affected by the Phoenix fiasco that began nearly two years ago, either by being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.The government has warned it could cost upwards of $1 billion to stabilize the pay system and fix it.Public Service Minister Carla Qualtrough predicted earlier this month that it could take until the end of 2018 or beyond to eliminate a backlog of problem pay files that had reached 335,000 as of Nov. 29.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

Thailand Promises Not to Send Saudi Girl Escaping Family Back Home

Rabat – Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, who fled her Saudi family and was arrested on Sunday at the Bangkok airport, will not be sent back to Saudi Arabia “against her will,” the Thai immigration police chief said on Monday.“If she does not want to leave, she will not be sent back against her will,” Surachate Hakparn told a press briefing. He added that Thailand would allow her to meet with representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.The Thai government had scheduled to send Rahaf back to Kuwait, from which she had fled, on Monday on a plane from Bangkok. However, the flight left without her after she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room, Phil Robertson, a Human Rights Watch Asia representative told AFP.Read Also: Morocco Shuns Joint Naval Exercise in Saudi Arabia as Tension IncreasesRahaf accused her family of locking her in a room for six months as punishment for cutting her hair short. She was considering seeking asylum in Australia, which she said she has a visa for.After disembarking in Bangkok to catch her connecting flight to Australia, a Saudi diplomat met and stopped her at the gate, according to the BBC.In April 2017, another Saudi citizen, Dina Ali Lasloum, 24, was arrested while in transit in the Philippines trying to escape a forced marriage. The Philippines sent Lasloum back to Saudi Arabia, and she has not been heard from since, the BBC reported. read more

Canadian consumer debt expected to rise 4 to record 28853 next year

TORONTO, Ontario — Canadians will ramp up their record levels of debt in 2014, says one of the country’s leading rating agencies.Credit-monitoring agency TransUnion predicts in its first such annual forecast that the average consumer’s total non-mortgage debt will hit an all-time high of $28,853 by the end of 2014.That would be about $1,100 more than the $27,743 of debt consumers are expected to have at the end of this year.TransUnion says car loans are expected to drive the increase in such debt, which also includes credit card debt, lines of credit, student loans and the like.On the plus side, the credit-monitoring agency says it expects loan delinquency rates to continue to decline in the coming year, falling to 1.66 per cent at the end of 2014 compared with 1.76 per cent forecast for the fourth quarter of this yearBoth figures are down from 1.93 per cent in 2012 and 2.87 per cent in 2009.“The average Canadian consumer’s total debt is expected to rise by four per cent in 2014, which would be more than $4,500 higher than what we had observed five years earlier in 2009,” Thomas Higgins, TransUnion’s vice-president of analytics and decision services, said in the report.Higgins noted that while the 2014 increase is much greater than the expected one per cent rise in 2013, it is in line with consumer debt growth of recent years.“In recent years, the increase in auto sales has helped propel the total debt number and we believe auto captive loans will once again be a driver of this increase in 2014,” he said.“Instalment loans also have played a major role and we don’t expect there to be a material change in this trend,” he added.While TransUnion expects delinquency levels to drop next year and remain significantly lower than just a few years ago, “there is a slight concern that delinquencies could rise once interest rates increase,” Higgins said.However, he added that at this time “we do not believe interest rates will rise enough to materially impact delinquency levels.” read more

UNs Iraq envoy meets with senior leaders in Falluja

During meetings with Mayor Dhari Al-Zawbaai, City Council members and local dignitaries, Mr. Qazi listened to the local population’s concerns, particularly the issue of compensation for losses stemming from fighting and human rights issues, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said today in a statement released in Baghdad.Mr. Qazi, who serves as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, was accompanied by UNAMI officials dealing with these issues as well as a representative of the UN humanitarian agencies in Iraq.Mr. Qazi reiterated the UN’s commitment to help all Iraqi people and promised to work with the Mayor to explore ways to support people living in Falluja.Yesterday, Mr. Qazi met with officials in Al-Ramadi in Al-Anbar province to discuss a wide range of concerns from agriculture to human rights. read more

Traffic is flat but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Traffic is flat, but lower fuel spending boosts Delta Air Lines to 2Q profit by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 7:50 am MDT ATLANTA – Delta is spending less on fuel these days, and that’s helping the airline make money even though passengers aren’t doing much more flying.Delta officials said Wednesday that summer bookings were strong, with passengers paying 2 per cent more per mile so far in July, a performance they expect to repeat in August.Business travel is healthy, with particular demand from people in the banking and finance sector, they said.“We expect 2013 will be one of Delta’s most profitable years ever,” CEO Richard Anderson said on a conference call with analysts.Shares of Delta rose 57 cents, or 2.8 per cent, to $21.02 in afternoon trading.Delta Air Lines Inc. reported that net income in the second quarter was $685 million, or 80 cents per share. That compares with a $168 million loss a year earlier, when the world’s second-biggest airline was weighed down by accounting losses tied to bets on fuel prices.The Atlanta-based company said that excluding special items, it would have earned 98 cents per share, which beat analysts’ forecast of 95 cents per share.Delta is beefing up its presence in New York, including buying 49 per cent of Virgin Atlantic airlines to bolster its position on the New York-London route. Last week, Delta said that it planned to hire 300 more pilots starting in November.The airline recently announced that it would begin paying a quarterly dividend in September, and it authorized a $500 million program to buy back stock to make remaining shares more valuable.Second-quarter revenue was about flat at $9.71 billion — $300 million less than analysts expected, according to a survey by FactSet — as traffic rose only 0.5 per cent.Delta increased passenger-carrying capacity less than 1 per cent, and 84.8 per cent of seats were filled on the average flight. While that was slightly below the year-ago figure of 85.1 per cent, it was still very high by historical standards.Delta’s fuel bill was $2.6 billion, or $710 million less than a year ago, when it took a $561 million fuel-hedging loss. Excluding the 2012 hedging loss, Delta still spent $288 million less on fuel. Costs other than fuel rose 2.5 per cent, less than Delta originally forecast. Overall, operating costs declined 8 per cent.The company ended the quarter on June 30 with 908 aircraft, including 181 smaller planes used by regional affiliates, and nearly 80,000 employees. read more

Video Ronda Rousey involved in a segment with Dana Brooke that didnt

first_img Pinterest Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte While she didn’t appear on the actual broadcast, Ronda Rousey did make an appearance at last night’s RAW taping in Dallas in a segment with Dana Brooke.Rousey was interrupted by Brooke as she started to cut a promo.You can check out the segment below.center_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

Pick up a new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS with Cellular for

first_imgAngela Lang/CNET We’re confident that the Apple Watch 5 is coming — and it could be announced as soon as Sept. 10. In the meantime, we continue to see major discounts on the previous generations. At the moment, most of the best deals are on the previous generation at Amazon. That’s where you’ll find the 38mm GPS with Cellular version for $229 (roughly £190 or AU$340), which matches the lowest price we’ve seen to date. (Note that Amazon says it’s out of stock until Oct. 3, but you can still buy it now for the sale price.) That noted, Walmart has the best price on the 42mm GPS Series 3, and Best Buy is offering $100 off the Series 3 42mm GPS plus Cellular version. (The original Apple Watch and its Series 2 followup have been discontinued and are hard to find new, but refurbished versions are plentiful and relatively cheap.)We’ve got links to all of the deals, plus the best price for each model still in stores, below.  Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm) $309 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (42mm) Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (38mm) $234 $229 Best price (all-time) Apple Watch discounts, compared $499 $429 Comment See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises Wearable Tech $229 $430 $229 $409 Tags List price Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $370 $459 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $260 $379 $340 Apple Watch Series 4: Both sizes, compared $199center_img Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (44mm) $429 Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (44mm) Now playing: Watch this: $529 • $349 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (38mm) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $279 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular (42mm) $370 Originally published earlier this month. Updated to reflect new sale prices. $425 Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Apple Watch Series 3 discountsApple Watch Series 3 GPS (38mm): $260 at WalmartApple Watch Series 3 GPS (42mm): $229 at Walmart (white model only)Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus Cellular (38mm): $229 at Amazon (silver with white sport band)Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus Cellular (42mm): $309 at Best Buy (Nike Plus version)Apple Watch Series 4 discountsApple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm): $349 at Amazon (select colors only)Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (44mm): $370 at Amazon (select colors only)Apple Watch Series 4 GPS plus Cellular (40mm): $429 at Amazon (select colors only)Apple Watch Series 4 GPS plus Cellular (44mm): $459 at Amazon Apple Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand $229 39 Photos Model reading • Pick up a new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS with Cellular for $229 Best price (current) 6:29 Share your voice 1 $309 Apple $399 Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular (40mm)last_img read more

KTR presents threewheeler to disabled youth

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao presented a three-wheel bike to one disabled youth K Sagar, who had lost his leg in an accident while he was working in Gulf countries. Sagar is a native of Sircilla who was working in Dubai and lost his right leg in a truck accident. After coming back to Timmapur, his native village, Sagar started a kirana store. Sagar tweeted about his condition to the TRS working president. Noticing this, senior TRS leader Gaddampally Ravinder Reddy came forward to give vehicle to Sagar. Ravinder Reddy said he was happy to be part of ‘GiftASmile’ challenge. KTR assured to help Sagar for his livelihood.last_img

Akhilesh Yadav dissolves Samajwadi Party Delhi unit

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major overhaul after the rout in the general elections, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday dissolved the party unit in the national capital after a similar move in Uttar Pradesh three days ago. Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav made the announcement in a statement, saying the Delhi unit had been dissolved “with immediate effect”. On August 23, Akhilesh Yadav had dissolved the state unit of the party in Uttar Pradesh.last_img

Trump Considers Rewriting Immigration Executive Order After Judicial Defeat

first_imgJeff Chiu | APBeth Kohn holds a sign outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida for the weekend, said he expected his administration to win the legal battle over his original directive.But he said the White House was also weighing other alternatives, including making changes to the order, which suspended the nation’s refugee program and barred all entries from seven Muslim-majority countries.The president said a new executive order would likely change “very little” from the first.Trump’s comments came a day after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a restraining order on the original travel ban.Trump’s executive order was hastily unveiled at the end of his first week in office. It caused chaos at airports in the U.S. and sparked protests across the country.The president has cast the order as crucial for national security. Earlier Friday, he promised to take action “very rapidly” to protect the U.S. and its citizens in the wake of the appeals court decision, but he did not specify what steps he planned to take.“We’ll be doing things to continue to make our country safe,” Trump pledged at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “It will happen rapidly. We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people.”The president’s comments were far more restrained than his angry reaction to last week’s initial court ruling blocking the travel ban. Trump took aim at both the “so-called judge” in that case and the ruling, which he called “ridiculous.”Trump continued to conjure images of unspecified danger Friday, saying he had “learned tremendous things that you could only learn, frankly, if you were in a certain position, namely president. And there are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen, I can tell you that. We will not allow that to happen.”The 9th Circuit ruling represented a significant setback for Trump in just his third week in office. The appellate decision brushed aside arguments by the Justice Department that the president has the constitutional power to restrict entry to the United States and that the courts cannot second-guess his determination that such a step was needed to prevent terrorism.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that Trump “ought to see the writing on the wall” and abandon the proposal. The New York Democrat called on the president to “roll up his sleeves” and come up with “a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe.”House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California promised, “Democrats will continue to press for President Trump’s dangerous and unconstitutional ban to be withdrawn.” And Trump’s former presidential rival Hillary Clinton offered a terse response on Twitter, noting the unanimous vote: “3-0.”Congress’ Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, declined to comment.U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued the temporary restraining order halting the ban after Washington state and Minnesota sued, leading to the federal government’s appeal.The Trump administration has said the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — have raised terrorism concerns. The states have argued that the executive order unconstitutionally blocked entry based on religion and the travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities.Trump and his aides frequently refer to a ruling by a federal judge in Boston who declined last week to extend a temporary injunction against Trump’s travel ban. In a separate federal ruling in Seattle, a different federal judge put the ban on hold nationwide; it is that judge’s decision that the White House has challenged.“It’s a decision that we’ll win, in my opinion, very easily and, by the way, we won that decision in Boston,” Trump said.___Colvin reported from Air Force One. Florida. AP writers Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Shes Tasked with Emergency Planning at The Port of Corpus Christi A

first_imgEddie Seal for The Texas TribuneDanielle Hale and her son, Conner, 8 help friends rebuild their home damaged by Hurricane Harvey, on August 11, 2018.Danielle Hale had been working 18-hour shifts for a few days already when her son Conner, then 7, called.It was August 2017 and she was stationed in a conference room at the Port of Corpus Christi, where she’s the manager of safety and emergency planning. Days earlier, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, shaking the coastal communities of Rockport and Port Aransas before traveling further up the Gulf Coast to stay put over Houston.Hale’s son — along with her husband and two other children — evacuated to her in-laws’ home near Lake Corpus Christi. She stayed behind to run the port’s emergency operations center.“Mommy, I don’t want to go home,” Conner told her over the phone. “There are no leaves on the trees.”The Category 4 hurricane had blown through Rockport — where the Hales live — with winds on the verge of 130 miles per hour. Conner had overheard the grown-ups talking about the destruction left in Harvey’s wake.The eye of the storm passed right over Rockport, destroying countless homes and businesses. The Hales’ home was among those lost.A year later, Hale and her family continue to help rebuild Rockport, where residents are still repairing damaged homes and City Hall remains closed. In nearby Corpus Christi, the port continues to fine-tune its emergency preparedness plans. Earlier this year, Hale was named a StormReady Community Hero by the National Weather Service for her work at the port and also for her contributions to the community in the months after Harvey. She is the seventh to receive the award since it was created in 2002, and the first for actions related to a hurricane.“She was very diligent and worked really hard on staying on the designated course,” said Rosie Collin, director of community relations at the port. “She had her family back home and personal challenges, but you wouldn’t have known it had you seen her. She was so poised and dignified at a time that taxes you because you’re so tired. A remarkable, resilient woman.”As the sun came up the morning after the storm made landfall, Hale’s husband, Micah, got word that everything in their coastal neighborhood was destroyed.With the help of family and friends, the Hales have been able to transition from being displaced to living in an RV to finally moving into a new home.At the same time, the Port of Corpus Christi has continued to hone its emergency preparedness plans under Hale’s leadership, training more staff to fill a variety of emergency response roles, and ensuring plans for other types of disasters are thoroughly vetted.“As we plan for the future, we’re highly cognizant of the fact that during hurricane season, we have to be prepared,” Collin said.As manager of the emergency operations center, Hale ensures that the port’s incident management team stays on schedule and follows emergency procedures, while coordinating with different departments at the port. After Harvey, she stayed at the port until Aug. 31 before regrouping with her family.Through it all, coworkers at the port kept asking her, “How are you here? Go home and be with your family.”But Hale chose to stay. It was her job, but it was also an outlet to keep her mind busy.“No, this is the place. This is what I was made for,” she would tell people. “One of these days, there’s going to be other members of that team who are going to go through what I’ve gone through. And they have to know it’s going to be OK.”Always preparedHale “accidentally” found a career in emergency response when she moved back to Rockport after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001. After watching her mother work as an EMT, and surviving the Aggie bonfire collapse of 1999, she felt instilled with a desire to help. So, she took a job as a 911 dispatcher.From there, she expanded her skills to work as an EMT, volunteer firefighter and paramedic. She started teaching courses at regional fire safety schools. Interested in how to make the emergency response system better, she made the jump from providing one-on-one treatment to emergency management. After about 15 years of working throughout the Coastal Bend, she started at the port in October 2016.The Port of Corpus Christi is a key shipping access point on the Gulf, handling commodities like petroleum and grain. It is the fourth largest port by tonnage in the country.In early August, just as Harvey was forming off the coast of Africa, the port was recognized as “StormReady,” as part of the National Weather Service’s community preparedness program. By then, Hale and her team were already keeping tabs on the storm’s movement. They activated the emergency operations center before Harvey made landfall.Hale had handled hurricane response before, managing emergency operations during Katrina and Ike. But Harvey was her first Category 4 storm.Harvey was also the first major storm for Hale’s team at the port. With no hurricanes hitting Corpus Christi since the 1970s, all they had to rely on was past planning and training.“These folks are being asked to do something that is not part of their day job,” Hale said. “But there was no problem that came into the [emergency operations center] that we couldn’t handle. What they lacked in emergency experience they made up for in positive attitude and professionalism.”For days, Hale coordinated between different port departments and first responders. After six days, the port was able to re-open with no casualties or environmental incidents.As operations at the shipping hub returned to normal, it was time to assess the damage to the community. For Hale, that not only meant figuring things out for her family, but for friends in the area as well.Eddie Seal for The Texas TribuneDanielle Hale (pink shirt) is joined by her family (left to right) Gillian Hale, 14, Wyatt Hale, 17, Micah Hale and Conner Hale, 8, in Rockport’s Historic District on August 11, 2018. Hale was named a StormReady Community Hero by the National Weather Service.“My family is extremely resilient. They know what Mommy does,” Hale said. “My entire family rallied and said, ‘How can we help?’ You have an opportunity to go prop people up that need the help, and later you can go back and take care of yourself.”Hale knew of generations of families in her community who had lost their homes at once. She would ask friends questions like, “What can you do today until dark to be successful? What can you do this week?”“None of that’s amazing or earth-shattering,” she said. “It’s just what people do to help each other.”She and her family organized meals on their property and connected people with clean clothes. She still organized the Aransas County 4-H Club’s annual fundraiser in the months after the storm, even though the club had lost most of its resources.Hale was surprised to see these details mentioned in the nomination for her StormReady Hero award.It shouldn’t be about her, she said. Rather, her award is a chance to remind people to gear up for hurricane season and reflect on the progress her community has made.“I don’t want the people away from this area to lose sight of the fact that there are still a lot of people rebuilding,” Hale said. “There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity here to help us continue in that. Keep us in your thoughts. If you get a weekend, come down and go fishing if nothing else.”Disclosure: Texas A&M University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Researchers Train Drones to Spot Violent Behavior

first_img UPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. HospitalsWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Big Brother is watching you—and he’s got some new toys.An international team of scientists are using machine learning and camera-equipped drones to identify violent behavior in public places.In a paper titled “Eye in the Sky,” a trio of researchers describe their real-time autonomous drone surveillance system (DSS), which relies on a $200 Parrot AR quadcopter and a mobile Internet connection.AdChoices广告An algorithm, trained using deep learning, can detect humans and estimate their posture, spotting those dubbed “violent”—which, in this case, includes strangling, punching, kicking, shooting, and stabbing.DSS can also monitor illegal border crossings, identify vandals, and recognize kidnappers.This system, scientists hope, will one day be scaled up to prevent crimes in open areas and crowded events.Lead study author Amarjot Singh, a research student at the University of Cambridge, was motivated by last year’s tragic Manchester Arena bombing, he told The Verge.Similar attacks could be prevented in the future, he said, if surveillance cameras can automatically recognize suspicious behavior.As The Verge pointed out, though, Singh et al. are far from ready to deploy their drone system.The team reported 94 percent accuracy with only one violent individual per image. But that number begins to slip as more people enter the frame: It falls to 84 percent when looking at five individuals, and 79 percent for 10.The violent individual detected by the DSS framework is shown in red, while the neutral human is shown in cyan (via Amarjot Singh et al.)Those numbers, however—based on volunteers pretending to attack each other—don’t necessarily represent the real world or the crimes that occur in it. Which is why researchers plan to test their “eyes in the sky” during two upcoming festivals at the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, in India.“We have permission to fly over [Technozion], happening in a month,” he said. “And are seeking permission for [Spring Spree].”It’s unclear how the DSS will perform in the wild, when video footage is blurrier, crowds are bigger, and actions are more subtle; the paper does not provide data on false-positive rates.Imagine the autonomous drones mistaking a high-five among friends for a dangerous right hook. Or accidentally sicking the police on a group of senior citizens practicing tai chi in the park.Read the full paper—co-authored by Singh, Devendra Patil of NIT Warangal, and SN Omkar from the Indian Institute of Science—online.last_img read more

Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin FreeOnLine MIT Courses

first_imgThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering 1800 full courses on-line to the public at no charge. In part the work of Professor Walter H.G. Lewin of MIT is the reason for the popularization of higher learning in science. Citation: Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin: Free-On-Line MIT Courses (2007, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-tribute-mit-physics-prof-lewin.html Explore further Image of dye introduced into water in motion. Credit: Prof. Marshall MIT The machine that made the Moon missions possible The International Herald Tribune reporter, Sara Rimer has written a great story on Physicist Walter H. G. Lewin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge. The gist of the story is the availability of open source on-line physics courses offered by prestigious institutions of higher learning and their effect on the general public. Dr. Lewin has become a quartz star with a following that Mic Jagger would appreciate. The effect is spectacular, and has provided a real second-life to golden years professors by introducing them to the general public. Individuals who for one reason or another were unable to attend a prestigious school, but nonetheless possess an exuberance for higher learning. This article surveys various on-line opportunities for learning more about science. MIT Open Course Ware:The MIT Open Course Ware project is funded by donations and is free to the public. In addition to Dr. Lewin´s courses, there are about 1800 on-line complete courses offered by MIT. Courses are available in the undergraduate and graduate division list of courses. Many are survey courses and introductory type classes easily accessible to any one with a quest for knowledge. Examples:Do you have an interest in wireless communications or a job in communication and would like to add depth to your knowledge base? Check out a complete introduction course on the subject. This is not a teaser version. This is the entire course that MIT allows you to take for no university credits, but at no charge. All that is necessary is to download the course on your computer and point and click your way to achieve a solid foundation in wireless communications. 6.452 Principles of Wireless Communications at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb .Are you interested in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans? This course was offered to students of MIT in the Fall of 2007. It is free of charge to the public and offered by MIT´s Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences with the eminent Professor John Marshall. The course lays out the laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. This vehicle allows you to explore how the dynamics of fluids combined with the rotating earth effect atmospheric winds, currents and climate of the earth. See: 12.003 Physics of Atmosphers and Oceans at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Earth .Have you ever pondered the basis of how we hear and see? If you are a programmer, game developer or amateur inventor, knowing the fundamentals of the neural system is essential. MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers a free course called, 9.04 Neural Basis of Vision and Audition. The course will give you the science behind the perception. The course may not have been in the average software engineers core curriculum, but it should have been. See: ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain .In conclusion, the old adage, Knowledge is Power, subsumes the most important aspect. A solid education prevents you from “knowing a whole lot of junk, that simply isn’t true.” 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.last_img read more

National capital gets a Himalayan calling

first_imgThe display organised on the occassion of 52nd Raising Day celebrations of the Force by Himveer Wives’ Welfare Association (HWWA), welfare arm of the ITBP, continued till 29 October. The exhibition consisted of various products diaplying the skills of ITBP families and welfare activities undertaken by HWWA and ITBP. The pieces exhibited were prepared and manufactured in the welfare centers of the battalions located all over India. The exhibition also showcased rare artifact, handicraft and cultural heritage of the Himalayas. The proceeds gained from the exhibition are to be utilised for the welfare of the Force personnel. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various field units of ITBP had displayed a wide variety of products in the HWWA exibition. The special attractions  of the show were Pasmina shawls, silk cushions, chandan malas, Budha statues from Ladakh; Kullu shawls, Kinnori topis, apple and dry fruits from Himachal Pradesh; buransh juice, rajma pulses, kulth pulse from Uttarakhand; Darjeeling tea, Cap pashmina, litchi juice from Sikkim; Assami gamchha, Naga shawl, Bamboo hut, Assam tea from Arunachal Pradesh; Chanderi saries from Madhya Pradesh, Lucknowi chikan and carved furniture of Saharanpur from Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHWWA works for the welfare of the families of the Force personnel with a specific focus on women empowerment. It trains families in food processing, tailoring, weaving, stitching, beautician course, home management, computer training, yoga classes, embroidery, pattern making, painting and child care. Training of Spoken English is given to the ITBP wards, free of cost.  A special stall showcasing the history, training, operations, welfare activities and adventure sports in ITBP was also  set up and became the centre of attraction.last_img read more

Thresher Market 2019 Global Industry Size Demand Growth Analysis Share Revenue

first_imgA threshing machine or a thresher is a piece of farm equipment that threshes grain, that is, it removes the seeds from the stalks and husks. It does so by beating the plant to make the seeds fall out.The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Thresher industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Thresher industry, followed by industry news and policies.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3211871?utm_source=ANIL-HTNThe report also offers reliable and veracious market forecasts derived after deeply analyzing historical and current occurrences in the market. The report considers market trends, dynamics, growth drivers, influential factors, revenue, market size, and share and offers forecast up to 2024. The study helps to unveil present and upcoming market opportunities, challenges and improve the chances of Thresher business growth. It also aids in reducing the intensity of uncertainties and risks that could affect market growth.The global Thresher market has been segmented into vital divisions such as types, applications, regions, technology, and end-users. The report discusses each market segment at a minute level considering their market acceptance, attractiveness, revenue outcome, growth prospects, market trends, and volatile consumption tendencies. The analysis provides a market astute to market players that allow them to determine remunerative segments and the actual target size for their Thresher business.The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain. The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographiesFor the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3211871?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTable of ContentsChapter 1 provides an overview of Thresher market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Thresher market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Thresher industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Thresher market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Thresher, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Thresher in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Thresher in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Thresher. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole Thresher market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Thresher market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. 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How to deploy Serverless Applications in Go using AWS Lambda Tutorial

first_imgBuilding a serverless application allows you to focus on your application code instead of managing and operating infrastructure. If you choose AWS for this purpose, you do not have to think about provisioning or configuring servers since AWS will handle all of this for you. This reduces your infrastructure management burden and helps you get faster time-to-market. This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book Hands-On Serverless Applications with Go written by Mohamed Labouardy. In this book, you will learn how to design and build a production-ready application in Go using AWS serverless services with zero upfront infrastructure investment. This article will cover the following points: Build, deploy, and manage our Lambda functions going through some advanced AWS CLI commands Publish multiple versions of the API Learn how to separate multiple deployment environments (sandbox, staging, and production) with aliases Cover the usage of the API Gateway stage variables to change the method endpoint’s behavior. Lambda CLI commands In this section, we will go through the various AWS Lambda commands that you might use while building your Lambda functions. We will also learn how you can use them to automate your deployment process. The list-functions command As its name implies, it lists all Lambda functions in the AWS region you provided. The following command will return all Lambda functions in the North Virginia region: aws lambda list-functions –region us-east-1 For each function, the response includes the function’s configuration information (FunctionName, Resources usage, Environment variables, IAM Role, Runtime environment, and so on), as shown in the following screenshot: To list only some attributes, such as the function name, you can use the query filter option, as follows: aws lambda list-functions –query Functions[].FunctionName[] The create-function command You should be familiar with this command as it has been used multiple times to create a new Lambda function from scratch. In addition to the function’s configuration, you can use the command to provide the deployment package (ZIP) in two ways: ZIP file: It provides the path to the ZIP file of the code you are uploading with the –zip-file option: aws lambda create-function –function-name UpdateMovie \ –description “Update an existing movie” \ –runtime go1.x \ –role arn:aws:iam::ACCOUNT_ID:role/UpdateMovieRole \ –handler main \ –environment Variables={TABLE_NAME=movies} \ –zip-file fileb://./deployment.zip \ –region us-east-1a S3 Bucket object: It  provides the S3 bucket and object name with the –code option: aws lambda create-function –function-name UpdateMovie \ –description “Update an existing movie” \ –runtime go1.x \ –role arn:aws:iam::ACCOUNT_ID:role/UpdateMovieRole \ –handler main \ –environment Variables={TABLE_NAME=movies} \ –code S3Bucket=movies-api-deployment-package,S3Key=deployment.zip \ –region us-east-1 The as-mentioned commands will return a summary of the function’s settings in a JSON format, as follows: It’s worth mentioning that while creating your Lambda function, you might override the compute usage and network settings based on your function’s behavior with the following options: –timeout: The default execution timeout is three seconds. When the three seconds are reached, AWS Lambda terminates your function. The maximum timeout you can set is five minutes. –memory-size: The amount of memory given to your function when executed. The default value is 128 MB and the maximum is 3,008 MB (increments of 64 MB). –vpc-config: This deploys the Lambda function in a private VPC. While it might be useful if the function requires communication with internal resources, it should ideally be avoided as it impacts the Lambda performance and scaling. AWS doesn’t allow you to set the CPU usage of your function as it’s calculated automatically based on the memory allocated for your function. CPU usage is proportional to the memory. The update-function-code command In addition to AWS Management Console, you can update your Lambda function’s code with AWS CLI. The command requires the target Lambda function name and the new deployment package. Similarly to the previous command, you can provide the package as follows: The path to the new .zip file: aws lambda update-function-code –function-name UpdateMovie \ –zip-file fileb://./deployment-1.0.0.zip \ –region us-east-1 The S3 bucket where the .zip file is stored: aws lambda update-function-code –function-name UpdateMovie \ –s3-bucket movies-api-deployment-packages \ –s3-key deployment-1.0.0.zip \ –region us-east-1 This operation prints a new unique ID (called RevisionId) for each change in the Lambda function’s code: The get-function-configuration command In order to retrieve the configuration information of a Lambda function, issue the following command: aws lambda get-function-configuration –function-name UpdateMovie –region us-east-1 The preceding command will provide the same information in the output that was displayed when the create-function command was used. To retrieve configuration information for a specific Lambda version or alias (following section), you can use the –qualifier option. The invoke command So far, we invoked our Lambda functions directly from AWS Lambda Console and through HTTP events with API Gateway. In addition to that, Lambda can be invoked from the AWS CLI with the invoke command: aws lambda invoke –function-name UpdateMovie result.json The preceding command will invoke the UpdateMovie function and save the function’s output in result.json file: The status code is 400, which is normal, as UpdateFunction is expecting a JSON input. Let’s see how to provide a JSON to our function with the invoke command. Head back to the DynamoDB movies table, and pick up a movie that you want to update. In this example, we will update the movie with the ID as 13, shown as follows: Create a JSON file with a body attribute that contains the new movie item attribute, as the Lambda function is expecting the input to be in the API Gateway Proxy request format: { “body”: “{\”id\”:\”13\”, \”name\”:\”Deadpool 2\”}”} Finally, run the invoke function command again with the JSON file as the input parameter: aws lambda invoke –function UpdateMovie –payload file://input.json result.json If you print the result.json content, the updated movie should be returned, shown as follows: You can verify that the movie’s name is updated in the DynamoDB table by invoking the FindAllMovies function: aws lambda invoke –function-name FindAllMovies result.json The body attribute should contain the new updated movie, shown as follows: Head back to DynamoDB Console; the movie with the ID of 13 should have a new name, as shown in the following  screenshot: The delete-function command To delete a Lambda function, you can use the following command: aws lambda delete-function –function-name UpdateMovie By default, the command will delete all function versions and aliases. To delete a specific version or alias, you might want to use the –qualifier option. By now, you should be familiar with all the AWS CLI commands you might use and need while building your serverless applications in AWS Lambda. In the upcoming section, we will see how to create different versions of your Lambda functions and maintain multiple environments with aliases. Versions and aliases When you’re building your serverless application, you must separate your deployment environments to test new changes without impacting your production. Therefore, having multiple versions of your Lambda functions makes sense. Versioning A version represents a state of your function’s code and configuration in time. By default, each Lambda function has the $LATEST version pointing to the latest changes of your function, as shown in the following screenshot: In order to create a new version from the $LATEST version, click on Actions and Publish new version. Let’s call it 1.0.0, as shown in  the next screenshot: The new version will be created with an ID=1 (incremental). Note the ARN Lambda function at the top of the window in the following screenshot; it has the version ID: Once the version is created, you cannot update the function code, shown as follows: Moreover, advanced settings, such as IAM roles, network configuration, and compute usage, cannot be changed, shown as follows: Versions are called immutable, which means they cannot be changed once they’re published; only the $LATEST version is editable. Now, we know how to publish a new version from the console. Let’s publish a new version with the AWS CLI. But first, we need to update the FindAllMovies function as we cannot publish a new version if no changes were made to $LATEST since publishing version 1.0.0. The new version will have a pagination system. The function will return only the number of items requested by the user. The following code will read the Count header parameter, convert it to a number, and use the Scan operation with the Limit parameter to fetch the movies from DynamoDB: func findAll(request events.APIGatewayProxyRequest) (events.APIGatewayProxyResponse, error) { size, err := strconv.Atoi(request.Headers[“Count”]) if err != nil { return events.APIGatewayProxyResponse{ StatusCode: http.StatusBadRequest, Body: “Count Header should be a number”, }, nil } … svc := dynamodb.New(cfg) req := svc.ScanRequest(&dynamodb.ScanInput{ TableName: aws.String(os.Getenv(“TABLE_NAME”)), Limit: aws.Int64(int64(size)), }) … } Next, we update the FindAllMovies Lambda function’s code with the update-function-code command: aws lambda update-function-code –function-name FindAllMovies \ –zip-file fileb://./deployment.zip Then, publish a new version, 1.1.0, based on the current configuration and code with the following command: aws lambda publish-version –function-name FindAllMovies –description 1.1.0 Go back to AWS Lambda Console and navigate to your FindAllMovies; a new version should be created with a new ID=2, as shown in the following screenshot: Now that our versions are created, let’s test them out by using the AWS CLI invoke command. FindAllMovies v1.0.0 Invoke the FindAllMovies v1.0.0 version with its ID in the qualifier parameter with the following command: aws lambda invoke –function-name FindAllMovies –qualifier 1 result.json result.json should have all the movies in the DynamoDB movies table, shown as follows: The output showing all the movies in the DynamoDB movies tableTo know more about the output in the FindAllMovies v1.1.0 and more about Semantic versioning, head over to the book. Aliases The alias is a pointer to a specific version, it allows you to promote a function from one environment to another (such as staging to production). Aliases are mutable, unlike versions, which are immutable. To illustrate the concept of aliases, we will create two aliases, as illustrated in the following diagram: a Production alias pointing to FindAllMovies Lambda function 1.0.0 version, and a Staging alias that points to function 1.1.0 version. Then, we will configure API Gateway to use these aliases instead of the $LATEST version: Head back to the FindAllMovies configuration page. If you click on the Qualifiers drop-down list, you should see a default alias called Unqualified pointing to your $LATEST version, as shown in the following screenshot: To create a new alias, click on Actions and then Create a new alias called Staging. Select the 5 version as the target, shown as follows: Once created, the new version should be added to the list of Aliases, shown as follows: Next, create a new alias for the Production environment that points to version 1.0.0 using the AWS command line: aws lambda create-alias –function-name FindAllMovies \ –name Production –description “Production environment” \ –function-version 1 Similarly, the new alias should be successfully created: Now that our aliases have been created, let’s configure the API Gateway to use those aliases with Stage variables. Stage variables Stage variables are environment variables that can be used to change the behavior at runtime of the API Gateway methods for each deployment stage. The following section will illustrate how to use stage variables with API Gateway. On the API Gateway Console, navigate to the Movies API, click on the GET method, and update the target Lambda Function to use a stage variable instead of a hardcoded Lambda function name, as shown in the following screenshot: When you save it, a new prompt will ask you to grant the permissions to API Gateway to call your Lambda function aliases, as shown in the following screenshot: Execute the following commands to allow API Gateway to invoke the Production and Staging aliases: Production alias: aws lambda add-permission –function-name “arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:function:FindAllMovies:Production” \ –source-arn “arn:aws:execute-api:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:API_ID/*/GET/movies” \ –principal apigateway.amazonaws.com \ –statement-id STATEMENT_ID \ –action lambda:InvokeFunction Staging alias: aws lambda add-permission –function-name “arn:aws:lambda:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:function:FindAllMovies:Staging” \ –source-arn “arn:aws:execute-api:us-east-1:ACCOUNT_ID:API_ID/*/GET/movies” \ –principal apigateway.amazonaws.com \ –statement-id STATEMENT_ID \ –action lambda:InvokeFunction Then, create a new stage called production, as shown in next screenshot: Next, click on the Stages Variables tab, and create a new stage variable called lambda and set FindAllMovies:Production as a value, shown as follows: Do the same for the staging environment with the lambda variable pointing to the Lambda function’s Staging alias, shown as follows: To test the endpoint, use the cURL command or any REST client you’re familiar with. I opt for Postman. A GET method on the API Gateway’s production stage invoked URL should return all the movies in the database, shown as follows: Do the same for the staging environment, with a new Header key called Count=4; you should have only four movies items in return, shown as follows: That’s how you can maintain multiple environments of your Lambda functions. You can now easily promote the 1.1.0 version into production by changing the Production pointer to point to 1.1.0 instead of 1.0.0, and roll back in case of failure to the previous working version without changing the API Gateway settings. To summarize, we learned about how to deploy serverless applications using the AWS Lambda functions. If you’ve enjoyed reading this and want to know more about how to set up a CI/CD pipeline from scratch to automate the process of deploying Lambda functions to production with Go programming language, check out our book, Hands-On Serverless Applications with Go. 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No tax no blessing German church insists on levy

first_img“This decree makes clear that one cannot partly leave the Church,” the bishops said in a statement. “It is not possible to separate the spiritual community of the Church from the institutional Church.”Wavering Catholics will now be sent letters reminding them of the consequences of avoiding the church tax, including losing access to all sacraments.“Maybe you haven’t considered the consequences of your decision and would like to reverse this step,” a draft of the letter states.Protestants have taken a less stern position, saying non-taxpayers are still welcome to attend services and take communion. But becoming a godparent, getting married in a church or taking a job in church-affiliated institutions such as hospitals or kindergartens are off-limits to those who stop paying their taxes.Switzerland and Austria also tax Catholic and Protestant church members. In Denmark, the State Lutheran church collects a tax from its members. Members of Sweden’s Lutheran Church pay around 1 percent of their income, collected by the national tax authorities, just as in Finland.In Italy, tax-payers have the choice of diverting a small part of their income taxes to religious institutions, including the Catholic Church and the country’s Jewish community, but the contribution is voluntary. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement In none of those countries have the churches taken such a firm stand against dropouts.So far German courts have stood by the bishops’ decision. This week the country’s top administrative court threw out a lawsuit against the archdiocese of Freiburg by retired theologian Hartmut Zapp, who has spent years fighting the Catholic Church over the tax.Zapp argued that a Catholic should be free to stop paying but remain a member of the spiritual community and that his religious beliefs could not possibly be tied to a tax payment.The archdiocese responded in a statement that “those who lack solidarity bid farewell to the community of believers.”The tax issue presents moral and ethical dilemmas to millions of German believers, even dividing couples.Sonja Trott, a 34-year-old teacher from Munich, said she quit the Catholic Church 15 years ago because she no longer believed in its teachings.“Now I’d like to convince my husband that he also should quit, that would save us a lot of money,” she said.But her husband, Christoph, a sales executive, says he cannot imagine refusing to pay on moral grounds because it would seem like a betrayal of his faith. “I don’t like paying it, but I do because I fear the step of quitting the church.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressBERLIN (AP) – The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany’s 24 million Catholics. If they don’t pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals.A decree issued last week by the country’s bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories He would prefer to donate part of the money to charities “but well, in Germany the payment determines whether I’m allowed to consider myself a Catholic or not.”For other Germans, it’s unethical to stop paying the tax but continue to use the church when it suits them.Christine Solf, a Munich-based consultant, says she doesn’t attend services regularly but appreciates the church’s charitable work. For her, church membership is also a family tradition.“I know people who quit for financial reasons but then still want their children to be baptized. That’s not OK in my opinion,” she said.___Juergen Baetz can be reached on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project In Germany, the surcharge for Catholics, Protestants and Jews is a surcharge of up to nine percent on their income tax bills _ or about (EURO)56 ($72) a month for a single person earning a pre-tax monthly salary of about (EURO)3,500 ($4,500).For religious institutions, struggling to maintain their congregations in a secular society where the Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago, the tax revenues are vital.The Catholic Church in Germany receives about (EURO)5 billion ($6.5 billion) annually from the surcharge. For Protestants, the total is just above (EURO)4 billion ($5.2 billion). Donations, in turn, represent a far smaller share of the churches’ income than in the United States.With rising prices and economic uncertainty, however, more and more Catholics and Protestants are opting to save their money and declare to tax authorities they are no longer church members, even if they still consider themselves believers.“I quit the church already in 2007,” Manfred Gonschor, a Munich-based IT-consultant, said. “It was when I got a bonus payment and realized that I could have paid myself a nice holiday alone on the amount of church tax that I was paying on it.” Gonschor added he was also “really fed up with the institution and its failures.”Such defections have hit the Catholic Church especially hard _ it has lost about 181,000 tax-paying members in 2010 and 126,000 a year later, according to official figures. Protestants, who number about 24 million nationwide, lost 145,000 registered members in Germany in 2010, the most recent year from which figures are available.But the figures include some people who still want to baptize their children, take communion on major religious holidays, marry in a religious ceremony and receive Christian burials.The group We are Church, which claims to represent tens of thousands of grassroots Catholics, said many Germans stop paying the tax because they disagree with the church’s policies or simply want to save money _ not because they have lost their faith.“I haven’t quit because I still think that I might want to get married in a church one day, even though I know that’s absurd,” said Anna Ainsley, a 31-old-year banker and a Protestant from Frankfurt. “But when I see my tax declaration, then I think every year that I should finally quit.”Those are the people that Germany’s Catholic bishops had in mind when they decreed on Sept. 20 that stopping the payment of religious taxes was “a serious lapse” and those who did so would then be excluded from a range of church activities. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

CRFS Expands Service Offerings

first_img Audit CRFS Default HUD Insurers loans Servicing 2018-07-27 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, Servicing Share Claims Recovery Financial Services (CRFS), a New York-based investor and insurer claims management solutions provider has announced the addition of new consulting and data analytics services, expanding its platform of defaulted-loan product offerings.The added services complement CRFS’s claims processing solutions platform, allowing clients to choose from a comprehensive, full-plate menu of consulting services based on their unique business needs. Over the last 15 years, the company’s services have helped clients to achieve quality results, submission timeliness, loss reductions, and recovery maximizations. CRFS says that its independence and industry expertise provide its partners with the ability to reallocate vital internal resources, successfully scale production operations, and ultimately reduce risk while enhancing financial outcomes.The additional bouquet of services offered by CRFS includes five services that provide clients with a comprehensive product scope, across all facets of the claims, audit quality assurance, and property liquidation environments. CRFS said that it will customize a plan based on the needs of each individual client.The Investor/Insurer Mock HUD Audit Review service includes a comprehensive review of previously filed claims, as a preemptive measure to actual audits, to ensure claim-filing accuracy and/or identify areas of operational efficiency. Investor and insurer mortgage servicing audits are routine, so claim-filing accuracy is critical both from a regulatory and financial-exposure perspective.Through the Investor/Insurer HUD Audit Support service, CRFS provides clients with front-to-back support in the event of an actual FHA claim audit. Its Operational Enhancement Consulting service involves in-depth claim processing best practice studies conducted on-site by CRFS’s consulting staff and covers various areas.Its Accelerated Disposition Dashboard analysis delivers strategic loan-level reviews, high-risk property assessments, and financial-exposure consequences associated with alternative asset liquidation options including REO, CWCOT, and traditional conveyance. CRFS’s Surchargeable Damage (Property Preservation) Review service, offered in conjunction with the Accelerated Disposition Dashboard analysis, involves a comprehensive review of property inspection and preservation histories, ensuring that property conditions comply with third-party sale or property conveyance requirements relative to surchargeable damage (including mortgagee neglect).center_img July 27, 2018 637 Views CRFS Expands Service Offeringslast_img read more

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