The housing shortage for Canada’s First Nations has long been a problem, which has been exacerbated by governmental cutbacks. But a new “One House, Many Nations” campaign aims to build year-round housing for families, and in particular to get one Inuit family out of a tent and into a newly-built house before the snow begins to fall.The plan is to build “trapper log cabins” – which include windows, a door and kitchen sink, solar panels, wood stove, box garden and composting toilet – at a cost of $15,000 per house. The campaign is looking for donations of materials and for volunteers to help with the actual building. A clever idea, on the campaign’s website people can also opt to pay for individual items, such as contributing $25 towards nails or a sheet of drywall, or $75 towards a wood stove.In the first week, donations worth a quarter of the cost of the first house have been received, including six $100 contributions towards solar panels, now a sold out item.Singer and song-writer Buffy Sainte-Marie is lending her name to the effort, and is donating autographed copies of her CDs to be raffled, including Power in the Blood, which won this year’s Polaris Music Prize (best Canadian album of the year).Go here to watch the campaign’s progress, or to make a donation. Winter is coming.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s minister for telecommunications is proposing a new policy direction for the CRTC, which will be required to consider affordability and consumer interests as high priorities when it makes future regulatory decisions. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says his new policy directive will require the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to consider “competition, affordability, consumer interests, and innovation.”It wasn’t immediately clear how the Trudeau government’s directive will be interpreted by the CRTC, consumers or industry players, such as the country’s providers of mobile, internet, cable and phone services.Competition is already one of the CRTC’s long-standing criteria, as are consumer interests and innovation.The CRTC is a semi-autonomous federal commission responsible for overseeing the Broadcasting and Telecommunications acts, which are under review by the Liberal government.However, successive Liberal and Conservative governments have used policy directives to indicate the CRTC’s chief priorities, which are at times at odds with each other. In a statement, Bains said Tuesday the government aims to improve telecommunications services for Canadians — a promise that has been made by successive Liberal and Conservative cabinet ministers over the years.“Our government is focused on improving the quality, coverage, and most importantly, the price of telecommunications services for Canadians – no matter where they live,” Bains said.“We are ensuring that telecommunications policy will be made through a consumer-first lens to ensure Canadians have access to quality services at more affordable prices.”
A man who travelled to Canada on a migrant ship six years ago says he paid $5,000 to board and was desperate to get on the boat, the Globe and Mail reported.Dhushandh Gandhi testified at a human-smuggling case in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday. Gandhi testified he, too, was desperate to get on board the ship. He said he had been led to believe he would have a separate cabin on the vessel, but ultimately did not. The Crown, in opening its case last week, said the vessel’s crew and persons of importance stayed above deck in living quarters that had cabins, a washroom and a kitchen. It said women passengers and children slept under tarps on the deck of the ship, while the male passengers slept on the floor below deck.The Crown also said the vessel was designed to accommodate a maximum crew of 13 persons, adding that it was not constructed to transport large numbers of passengers and was not suited to making ocean voyages.Gandhi said the trip was relatively smooth. However, the ship ran into engine trouble at one point and was stopped for three or four days until the crew got it running again. The voyage took just over five weeks. The ship departed with 493 persons on board, but one passenger died on the way and was buried at sea.The Crown has said some of the passengers were on the vessel for several months before it departed from Thailand in July, 2010.Gandhi said those on board the ship had been eager to depart, at one point launching a revolt and banging on the captain’s door.The MV Sun Sea was intercepted by Canadian authorities shortly after it entered this country’s waters.The Crown, in its opening statement, said none of the persons on board the MV Sun Sea had the required travel documents to legally enter Canada.It has described Mr. Emmanuel as the boat’s captain and said he was in charge of the vessel.The Crown has said Christhurajah was a person of influence who rented apartments for some of the passengers in Thailand before the voyage began.Mahendran and Rajaratnam were described by the Crown as agents who were not on board the ship but who helped make arrangements. Mahendran and Rajaratnam are Canadian citizens, the Crown said.The trial continues Monday. (Colombo Gazette) Kunarobinson Christhurajah, Lesly Emmanuel, Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam have each been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act with organizing the trip. Their jury trial began last week in Vancouver. The country’s decades-long civil war came to an end in 2009, when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were defeated by government forces.“It was a terrible time to be a Tamil in Sri Lanka after 2009, not that it was good before, but it was even worse after,” lawyer Sandy Ross, who is representing Mr. Emmanuel, suggested to Mr. Gandhi.Gandhi agreed with that point, and another about how desperate Tamils were to get out of Sri Lanka because they believed their lives were at risk. The MV Sun Sea docked in British Columbia in August, 2010, carrying 492 Sri Lankan Tamils – 380 men, 63 women and 49 children. Gandhi told the court he paid $5,000 to secure his place on the cargo ship. He said he was to pay an additional $25,000 when he arrived in Canada, but has since never been asked to do so.Gandhi said the minority Tamils in Sri Lanka were not treated properly and were exposed to racism on a daily basis.
OTTAWA — The governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec are partnering with some of the world’s digital heavyweights to usher in the next generation of wireless technology.A $400-million public-private investment will create a corridor of 5G wireless test beds through Canada’s two largest provinces, aimed at giving companies a chance to experiment with new ideas and products that are only now becoming possible thanks to recent breakthroughs in telecommunication technology.Speaking at a funding announcement Monday in Ottawa, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains gushed over the range of applications for the new technology, from smart cars that reduce accidents and traffic congestion to refrigerators that monitor food levels and automatically order fresh groceries.Affordable option or investment killer? New types of mobile operators face scrutiny at CRTC‘As good as it gets?’ Wireless industry faces obstacles to continued growth, analyst says“5G is the gateway to the future and we are just on the brink of this technological revolution,” Bains said.The project is called ENCQOR — Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation — and will allow an estimated 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses to plug into a 5G platform and access related research and technology.Mobile 5G — or fifth-generation — wireless technology is up to 100 times faster than the 4G system.The opportunity to experiment will help businesses come out on top in what Bains described as a global innovation race.Ontario, Quebec and the federal government have each pledged about $67 million, while the remaining $200 million will come from five private-sector partners.Ericsson, Ciena Canada, Thales Canada, IBM Canada and CGI will lead the public-private partnership, which is expected to “secure” more than 4,000 jobs, 1,800 of which will be specialized in 5G.Karl Sasseville, a spokesman for Bains, clarified that those jobs are made up of existing positions with the five private-sector partners that will be repurposed for the 5G project.Borje Ekholm, CEO of Ericsson, said Canada is “leapfrogging” to the front of 5G technology with it commitment to wireless innovation.Often, when people think of national infrastructure they think of roads and streets, Ekholm said.“We believe the future highways will all be digital.”Ekholm said he expects the test-bed technology to be deployed later this year and become operational by early 2019.The government estimates information and communications technology contributed $76 billion to the country’s gross domestic product in 2017.
While police emphasise there has been no specific threat made against the London Marathon, Scotland Yard pointed out that the threat level in the UK remains at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”. London Marathon 2017 live race updates A ring of steel and concrete barriers has been erected along the route of Sunday’s London Marathon to protect it from the threat of a possible terrorist attack.‘Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers’ designed to stop a hijacked car or lorry being driven at the crowds were put in place overnight.At the same time extra armed officers will patrol the area along the 26 mile route, with police spotters sighted on buildings overlooking the event.The increase in security comes in the wake of the Westminster attack, which saw five people killed after Khalid Masood ploughed a hire car into pedestrians before being shot dead outside Parliament.The shooting of a police officer on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Thursday, along with death of four people when a hijacked lorry was ploughed into a Stockholm department store earlier this month have also raised fears about further attacks.It emerged last week that police have been instructed to shoot terrorists at the wheel of a vehicle to stop an attack and have been issued with ammunition to penetrate doors and windows.Officers had previously been told not to shoot drivers because of the additional dangers it posed, but the advice was changed in the wake of recent vehicle attacks in Europe. 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. Security measures in place ahead of Sunday’s London MarathonCredit:Eddie Mulholland/Telegraph A Scotland Yard source said: “There will be firearms officers deployed as part of the operation to police the marathon. This is over and above the usual firearms response capability that we would normally have available across London on a typical day.”The thousands of people flocking to central London to watch the event have been urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.Commander Jane Connors, who is leading the policing operation, said: “Our priority is to ensure that those taking part and watching have a safe and enjoyable experience and I’d like to reassure people that there is a comprehensive policing plan in place to achieve this.”She added: “There will be a strong, visible presence of officers along the entire route and at transport hubs across London, but if you notice anything suspicious, then please report it to us.“I’d also like to emphasise that given the nature of the event, it is very rare to see crime or disorder, but I’d ask anyone planning to attend to take basic precautions to keep their possessions safe.”Hundreds of officers from the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and British Transport Police will also be on duty throughout the day.Each of the 50,000 runners taking part have been emailed advising them to meet their families and friends away from finish line at The Mall, where security will be at its tightest.Virgin Money London Marathon, the event’s organisers, said they were working closely with the Met police.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area of the U.S. that has Verizon’s FiOS available, then a major speed bump has just been announced. Soon you’ll be able to get a 150Mbps connection allowing for all Internet activities to happen at break-neck speed.Of course Verizon knows that 150Mbps is something special, so they’ve made the monthly subscription something special too. Expect to be paying $194.99 every month for those 150Mbps download speeds. If it helps get over the shock of the price, you also get 35Mbps uploads.AdChoices广告Here’s why Verizon think you should upgrade:With a downstream speed of 150 Mbps, consumers can download a two-hour, standard-definition movie (1.5 gigabytes) in less than 80 seconds, and a two-hour HD movie (5 GB) in less than four and a half minutes. Downloading 20 high-resolution photographs (100 megabytes) would take less than five and a half seconds using the 150/35 Mbps service. With the 35 Mbps upstream speed, consumers can upload those same 20 high-resolution photos in less than 23 seconds. Verizon FiOS does more than just Internet, though. It’s a complete package of TV, Internet and phone with prices varying based on how fast and how much access you want. There’s a $70 package which gets you TV and 15/5Mbps web access, for example. Power users who don’t want to spend nearly $200 a month may opt for the $105 option with a 25/25Mbps connection, TV and phone.If you don’t have access to FiOS, Verizon has said it is expanding the service, but the company’s current target is 18 million homes which is just a drop in the ocean.Read more at Gigaom
https://jrnl.ie/4538733 File photo. A garda’s shoes. Image: Shutterstock/EML File photo. A garda’s shoes. Image: Shutterstock/EML THE GOVERNMENT HAS issued an invitation to tender worth almost €6 million for the supply of footwear to An Garda Síochána and the Irish Defence Forces.The contract requires the supply of shoes “in all stock sizes to both male and female members” of the gardaí and Defence Forces.The estimated value of the tender for footwear for the gardaí is €2.5 million, with €3.3 million earmarked for footwear for the Defence Forces.The duration of the contract is three years, with the option of extending it by a further 12 months.After recent Budget provisions for an extra 800 gardaí, it is expected that there will be around 14,000 serving gardaí within the coming years. The cost of the footwear, then, comes to around €180 per garda over the course of this contract.In order to be awarded the contract, tenderers must submit two samples in sizes 9 and 10. The gardaí require two types of footwear – a lightweight operational safety boot and a lightweight operational safety shoe. There are no fewer than 38 specifications that these shoes must meet – including the type of leather used, padding foams, inner lining, heel grip and the laces used.Examples are also given of what the shoes may look like when finished. Source: An Garda Síochána Source: An Garda SíochánaAs of 31 January, meanwhile, there were 8,921 Defence Forces in Ireland. The requirements for footwear for the Defence Forces, however, are more extensive than that of the gardaí.This includes flame retardant safety boots, flying boots for Air Corps members, and lightweight shoes for artillery units. Over the course of the contract, it works out at just under €370 per member. An example provided of the flame retardant shoe Source: Defence ForcesWithin the tender documents, potential suppliers are also advised to consider any “Brexit considerations” in their proposals.“Tenderers must provide as part of their proposed business plan a methodology demonstrating in a clear and comprehensive manner how they propose to deal with the different possibilities of the Brexit outcome,” the documents note. Mar 18th 2019, 9:01 PM €2.5 million contract out for the manufacture and supply of shoes for An Garda Síochána The Office of Government Procurement is also awarding a tender worth €3.3 million for footwear for the Defence Forces. Share222 Tweet Email7 By Sean Murray 41,311 Views Short URL Monday 18 Mar 2019, 9:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 59 Comments
Les 12-25 ans : jeunes et sourds ?France – Le 11 mars prochain aura lieu la 13e journée nationale de l’audition. A cette occasion, Ad’Hoc Research a réalisé une enquête nationale sur les jeunes de 12 à 25 ans, concernant le temps d’écoute de leur baladeur.Conclusion : les 1.001 jeunes de 12-25 ans sur lesquels a porté l’étude écoutent la musique sur un baladeur numérique en moyenne 1h38 par jour et la catégorie des 15-17 ans le fait encore davantage (2h05). 10% des 12-25 ans écoutent la musique avec un casque plus de trois heures par jour. La durée est liée à la puissance d’écoute : plus les sondés utilisent leur casque, plus ils écoutent leur musique fort.Selon l’étude, un jeune sur cinq âgé de 18 à 25 ans écoute la musique à pleine puissance contre 17% chez les 15-17 ans et 14 % chez les 12-14 ans. Le reste des interrogés l’écoute à un volume moyen.Les jeunes se servent de leur baladeur numérique le plus souvent dans la rue ou lors de la pratique de leurs loisirs, ainsi que lors des révisions et des intercours (55% des jeunes de 12 à 25 ans l’utilisent dans ces deux dernières circonstances). À lire aussiSamsung Galaxy Player 70 Plus : un nouveau baladeur à double coeurIl semblerait que ces conduites à risque soient dues à un manque d’information. En effet, plus de 25% des jeunes ne connaissent pas la signification du mot “décibel”, et encore moins qu’il est conseillé de ne pas dépasser les 80 db pour ne pas endommager son audition. 75% d’entre eux ne connaissent pas la réglementation qui fixe à 100db maximum la puissance des casques. Les trois quart des jeunes connaissent les risques d’une écoute puissante et prolongée mais avouent ne pas en tenir compte. Cependant, 87% d’entre eux pensent à changer leurs habitudes une fois informés.Les risques liés à l’écoute au casque paraissent dérisoires puisque le processus de perte d’audition se fait lentement. En effet, à la différence des problèmes d’audition provoqués en discothèque ou lors de concerts, où la perte d’audition survient soudainement et se traduit par des traumatismes aigus tels des acouphènes, une hypoacousie ou une hyperacousie douloureuse, la perte d’audition due à une écoute prolongée au baladeur nécessite plusieurs années pour que la victime prenne conscience du phénomène. L’audition peut baisser de 30 db en quelques années.Ce bilan est d’autant plus préoccupant que 40% des jeunes ont déjà ressenti des acouphènes : il est donc conseillé de diminuer le volume lors de l’écoute de la musique au casque, et de limiter la durée d’écoute. Le jeudi 11 mars sera ainsi une “journée sans baladeur” durant laquelle, comme son nom l’indique, la population française sera invitée à laisser son baladeur de côté.Le 4 mars 2010 à 11:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les écologistes inquiets face au projet de délocalisation de Roland-Garros à VersaillesSamedi dernier, la commune de Versailles a dévoilé son projet de structure visant à accueillir dès 2016 une partie du tournoi de tennis de Roland-Garros, sur un site situé au pied du château. Un programme qui inquiète les écologistes, et notamment l’association Yvelines Environnement.L’association a publié un communiqué dans lequel elle exprime son inquiétude face au projet de Versailles. “YE estime que cette opération gigantesque pèserait à la fois sur la qualité du cadre de vie d’un site historique d’exception et sur le bilan carbone de la ville de Versailles intra-muros qui serait lourdement impacté par un nouvel apport de circulation automobile”, écrivent les écologistes cités par l’AFP.À lire aussiNoël : un menu 100% écolo C’est sur un site de trente-cinq hectares que les promoteurs du projet prévoient de construire les courts qui pourraient accueillir une partie du tournoi de tennis. Un site situé sur un ancien terrain militaire intégré au domaine du légendaire château, et où une ancienne gare pourrait être réhabilitée. Le projet prévoit la construction de deux courts à toit rétractable, dont l’un pourrait accueillir 18.000 personnes, tandis qu’un espace de cinq hectares serait entièrement dédié au Centre national d’entraînement. Yvelines Environnement craint alors un “impact visuel très important qui ne saurait être dissimulé même par des arbres de haute tige”.C’est dans un peu plus d’un mois qu’aura lieu le vote des élus fédéraux, Marne-la-Vallée et Gonesse ayant eux aussi présenté des projets à l’automne dernier. Le budget est estimé à quelque 540 millions d’euros dont 500 millions seraient financés par la Fédération française de tennis (FFT). Bien que très onéreuse, la proposition de Versailles a de fortes chances d’être choisie.Le 11 janvier 2011 à 19:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #saltcayairportclosed, #SaltCayTCI, Tciaa Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – July 12, 2017 – In a report released on social media, the former premier is saying that money withheld from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority is the reason the Salt Cay airport was not resurfaced and that is why the facility lost its license.Dr. Rufus Ewing is again speaking out, this time on the hot button issue of the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to shut down the Salt Cay Airport on June 26 (2017). Dr. Ewing says that a loan and money earned by the TCIAA was supposed to take care of redevelopment at the Provo Airport, continued development at the South Caicos airport and runway resurfacing at the Salt Cay airport.However, in reviewing at least the last 18 months of Government announcements and Cabinet minutes and even news stories, Magnetic Media is unable to find any information – at all – about the Salt Cay airport, except from the residents of Salt Cay.Though Dr. Ewing is explaining to Facebook users that his administration left a plan in place for Salt Cay, there is nothing in the Budget Communication given by former Finance Minister, Washington Misick and nothing in Cabinet minutes within the last fiscal period about Salt Cay’s airport getting a make-over.Magnetic Media can report that in our search, we find that in January 2017, Governor HE Dr John Freeman visited Salt Cay, and was told point blank by residents how they felt about the rundown condition of their airport. And we can report that the only mentions of Salt Cay by TCIG are related to their district board, their District Commissioner, the clinic and a storage facility for Environmental Health.The Budget Communication of Hon Washington Misick in 2016, which is usually where Government rolls out its countrywide plan for spending included that Salt Cay would get an upgrade to its clinic, but that’s it. Now, Dr. Ewing says the new government is at fault and will have to spend more money to mobilize construction and fix the airstrip at Salt Cay.Meanwhile, the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports authority remains mute on the matter.#saltcayairportclosed#TCIAA#MagneticMediaNews#SaltCayTCI Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 27, 2018 – Grace Bay Beach defies the odds and is named as the TripAdvisor best beach destination in the world yet again.It is an amazing comeback for the stretch in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, which remains breathtakingly beautiful but which has also overcome some near insurmountable odds to capture this envious spot over 24 other fabulous coastal getaways from across the globe.Chief among the challenges, the historic, catastrophic Hurricane Irma of September 2017 which battered coastal areas across the Turks and Caicos Islands.In a presentation to a CARICOM-UN Donor Pledging Conference held in New York in November 2017, the country’s Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson explained about the state of the islands that, “Critical assessments have shown that four to five feet of coastal erosion was recorded at the popular Grace Bay beach. This paints a lucid picture on adverse effects on our coastal environment, that is hinged on our main bread winner, Tourism. Therefore, there is an urgency to engage in in coastal protection efforts.”Those efforts have since started, we are told.Islanders would say, ‘the Turks and Caicos is blessed by God’ and it seems TripAdvisor readers and reviewers agree, saying of #GraceBayBeach: the hues of turquoise waters, the cool, soft white sand and the fact that the 12 mile strip is sunny year round and never crowded is the reason it is an absolute must do.#TripAdvisor revealed the Top 25 World’s Best Beaches last week.
Manchester City is currently in the second place of the English Premier League standings, just three points behind leaders Liverpool.Manchester City won the 2017-2018 season of the English Premier League with 100 points.And now with 25 matches played out of 38, the team is currently in the second spot of the table with 59 points.The Citizens are just three points behind leaders Liverpool.And for footballer Danilo, City manager Pep Guardiola has what it takes to guide them to a back-to-back championship.“Pep, for example, is a winner,” he told Sky Sports.“He won a lot of titles with his previous teams so that helps us every day, every game.”“Every situation is completely different even for him but his experience can help us,” Danilo added.“You have to play your game and play for another result. Sometimes you play before or after [your title opponents] and you have to try and put in the same performance every game.”“If you stay calm and keep focused then you can win the title,” he continued.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It is much better to be on the top [instead of on second].”“In this time we are second and every game we are trying to get Liverpool, but if we have the opportunity to be on top it would be much better for us,” he explained.“It was good for us and everyone in the dressing room knows that, but if we don’t do our job it will not be enough.”“So we are a bit happy but knowing we have to do a bigger job,” he said about the Liverpool tied this week.“It was a disaster for us dropping points at Newcastle but the season is long. There are lots of games to play.”“Liverpool are doing well but if you keep going and win games then you can come back,” Danilo concluded.EPIC BATTLE! ⚽️#mancity pic.twitter.com/9uBHQKMdP4— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 5, 2019
In his second public appearance since being named Twitters permanent chief executive earlier this month, Jack Dorsey on Wednesday apologised to the developers who work with the social media company to create apps. His admission came as he begins a turnaround effort at Twitter, which has struggled with user growth and attracting advertising dollars, while taking public his mobile payments company, Square, by the end of this year.Somewhere along the line our relationship with the developers got a little complicated, Dorsey said at the companys annual developer conference in San Francisco. We are going to reset our relations and we want to make sure that we are learning, that we are listening and that we are rebooting.One key to the effort at Twitter is to work more closely with developers who use software tools from the company to create their own apps, and Dorseys apology appeared to be an attempt to set a new tone with them. As part of that effort, Chris Moody, the companys vice president of data strategy, announced two new software tools that should provide deeper insights into how the audience on Twitter is responding to an event and how engaged users are.At the event, the company also described some of the tools developers have access to in order to see who is using their apps, which Twitter said can help programmers improve their products. The company also unveiled more ways for advertisers to use data from the company and more tools to let publishers embed tweets in apps and websites.So, you can help them understand things like impressions, which have never been programatically available, no more guessing about impressions. You can also get all kinds of fascinating engagement data around their content. So, things certainly you would expect like favourites and re-tweets but all kinds of interesting click and view and open data thats never been available before, said Moody.The next product is our Audience API. So the Audience API is about providing aggregated insight about custom audiences. So, again, this is something weve never done before. Were actually going and were servicing internally demographic, encyclographic data analysis that weve never serviced before. So now youll be able to bring your custom audience and look at twitter and get information on things like gender and demographics and location and interests that youve been asking for and now were actually going to be able to deliver, he added. Close
State Bank of India shares jumped 7.5 percent to Rs. 244.00 apiece at 2:15 p.m. on the Bombay Stock Exchange, even as the bank posted a 31.7 percent decline year-on-year (YoY) in net profits for the quarter ended June 2016 due to higher provisioning for bad loans. SBI’s standalone net profit stood at Rs. 2,520.96 crore, as against Rs. 3692.43 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Slippages, however, came down to Rs. 8,790 crore for June quarter compared to Rs. 30,313 crore for the January-March quarter.”SBI’s 1QFY17 asset quality has surprised on the positive side. Lower than expected slippages have helped in reporting better than expected bottom-line. Slippages of INR 8790 cr during the quarters was lower than our and street’s expectations and this indicates a large part of the troubled loans has been accounted as NPAs,” Siddharth Purohit, senior equity research analyst at Angel Broking, said.Provisioning for bad loans rose to Rs. 7,413.10 crore in April-June compared to Rs. 3,999.73 during the year-ago period. India’s largest bank topped the list of loans written off by public sector banks in 2015-16.Mumbai-based SBI’s net interest income (NII) rose by 4.2 percent YoY to Rs. 14,312.31 crore in the 2016 first quarter from Rs. 13,732.03 crore in the year-ago period. SBI recorded Rs. 48,928.90 crore in total income, up 9.3 percent from Rs. 44,730 crore in the same quarter last year.Consolidated net profit fell sharply by 82 percent to Rs. 867.32 crore compared to the June 2015 quarter.Gross non-performing assets (NPA) rose year-on-year from 4.29 percent to 6.94 percent while the net NPAs doubled to 4.05 percent from 2.24 percent for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Gross NPAs of public sector banks came at Rs. 4,76,816 crore as of March 2016, up 78.5 percent from the previous financial year.Government of India holds 60.18 percent stake in the bank.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free June 13, 2018 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Move over, Silicon Valley. There’s a new tech hub in town that’s attracted the likes of Adobe, Overstock.com, Microsoft and now … Facebook.On May 30, Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert tweeted that Facebook will open a new data center in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Herbert added some particularly alluring news: The new data center will bring “more than $100 million in pioneering infrastructure” to the state.Related: The 4 Ingredients of Utah’s Startup ‘Secret Sauce’Facebook is hardly the first. In fact, the social media giant follows an ever-growing list of companies — including Adobe, Overstock.com, Vivint Solar, Workday, Domo and Skullcandy — which have all moved to Utah’s “Silicon Slopes.” That burgeoning tech hub is nestled Salt Lake City and Provo and the surrounding mountains and is home to over 6,000 tech businesses. Forbes has even ranked Utah the Best State for Business six times since 2010.One reason for that status and for Facebook’s move to Utah may be the roughly $150 million in property tax incentives. And while the tax advantage is certainly an incentive for coming to Utah — where, incidentally, I myself settled to take, what else, a tech job — it isn’t the only one Utah has to offer. Here’s why you’ll want to choose Utah, for your tech business, too1. Utah already has a booming tech industry.Utah is home to more than 6,500 tech business establishments. This tech base makes it an ideal place for those looking to set up new businesses. CompTIA has reported that 8.6 percent of the state’s overall employment is in the tech industry, and that from 2016 to 2017, Utah saw a 42 percent jump in the number of tech-related jobs, including jobs related to the internet of things, virtual reality, smart cities, drones,and artificial intelligence.Reflecting the state’s growing status in the tech industry is the fact that the globally recognized Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is held in Salt Lake City every year.Businesses like Adobe and Overstock.com boast beautiful offices, with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Earlier this year, Adobe expanded its space and nearly doubled its number of employees in Silicon Slopes. An incentive, Adobe vice president Jonathan Francom told the local Fox News affiliate, was Utah’s “highly educated, talented workforce.”2. Utah’s low cost of living partners nicely with high tech salaries.On top of a booming tech industry, Utah also offers a low cost of living to go with all those high tech salaries.Related: Utah, the Next Silicon Valley?CompTIA data shows the average tech industry wage in Utah is about $83,000, as compared to the state’s average private sector annual wage of about $46,000. Utah ranks at number 28 out of all states ranked for their low cost of living.Compared to California, one of the most expensive states to live in, Utah’s numbers mean a high salary with a lower cost of living, which leaves businesses and employees with more money to pocket.3. Utah is just like Silicon Valley … only less crowded.If you and your employees are fed up with California’s raffic congestion and crowds, Utah may be the perfect solution. The state has a smaller population of approximately 3 million people overall, compared to California’s 39.5 million people.What that means, of course, is fewer crowds, less traffic and more housing availability. But the good part is that fewer people doesn’t mean fewer things to do.4. Don’t forget the after-work fun.Salt Lake City and Park City are the hubs of Utah night life. Consider Salt Lake: Whether you like attending summer concerts, getting a drink at a bar on Main Street, shopping at the farmers market or ice skating at Gallivan Plaza, there’s always something happening in downtown Salt Lake.The city also hosts annual events like the Utah Pride Parade and the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention. Park City, just 40 minutes away, is home to the world-famous Sundance Film Festival every year. So, there’s no shortage of things for employers and employees to enjoy after work hours and on weekends.5. Remember to get outdoors.If you want to get outdoors, a large number of hiking opportunities can be found within a 10-minute drive of downtown Salt Lake City. The Uinta and Wasatch mountain ranges provide the perfect setting for hiking, mountain biking, fishing and camping.Utah, of course, has some of the top ski resorts in the world, including Alta, Snowbird and Park City resort. In particular, a visit to Olympic Park in Park City boasts multiple fun activities, including bobsledding. If you want to experience the greatest snow on Earth, you can hit the slopes after work; and access is easy.There are also more than five national parks within a half-day’s drive. Utah’s “Mighty Five” include Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands, located a short drive from Silicon Slopes and home to some of the world’s most unique rock formations.If you enjoy beautiful views, staying fit or being in the outdoors, Utah is the perfect fit.Related: Thinking of Moving Your Company? Think Fly-Over States.Overall, the state has a lot to offer both companies and employees — and, honestly, no one’s paying me to say that. With a booming tech industry that’s still expanding, fun recreational activities for after-work hours, its great salary-to-cost-of-living ratio and its availability of affordable housing, Utah is ideal for businesses and employees thinking about following in Facebook’s footsteps to Silicon Slopes.
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more January 11, 2017 — Gamma Medica announced in November that Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia had committed to purchase Pennsylvania’s first clinical LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) system.MBI is a secondary screening and diagnostic tool that is particularly useful for women who have dense breast tissue and women with a high risk of being diagnosed with cancer. It is a proven, effective supplementary screening method to standard mammography and/or tomosynthesis (3-D mammography), significantly increasing early detection in women who are at a higher risk due to dense breast tissue.Approximately 50 percent of U.S. women are reported to have dense breast tissue, but many women do not realize they have dense breasts and if they do, they may not understand what it means for their increased risk of breast cancer. Dense breast tissue is a risk factor and personalized screening is reported to be best practice in early detection. Because dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on mammograms, cancer detection through mammography alone is difficult and may lead to false negatives or delayed diagnoses. Over 40,000 U.S. women die from breast cancer annually, making early detection imperative.While mammograms may fail to detect breast tumors due to tissue density, MBI highlights metabolic activity in these tumors despite breast density, leading to an earlier diagnosis. A retrospective clinical study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology confirmed MBI’s high incremental cancer detection rate: MBI was able to detect 7.7 cancers per 1,000 women screened compared to mammography. Approximately 85 percent of these cancers were node negative, meaning they were detected at an earlier stage and presented a better prognosis.“Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia is thrilled to add Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM to our suite of leading breast imaging technology,” said Debra Somers Copit, M.D., director of breast imaging for Einstein Healthcare Network. “As a supplement to 3-D mammography, MBI will help us detect cancers in dense tissue that may have been missed by mammography alone. We feel confident that LumaGEM will support our mission to provide the best diagnostic care for our patients — the data behind MBI speaks for itself.”For more information: www.gammamedica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Tourist arrivals are expected to exceed 3.6m in 2017, setting a new record, the Cyprus tourism organisation (Cto) said on Tuesday in a statement marking world tourism day.August arrivals also chalked a new record, rising to 2.51m, the organisation said.“Based on the indications to date, the overall annual arrivals in 2017, which are expected to exceed 3.6m, will also be a historical record,” the Cto said.The organisation said it was also encouraging that the highest rise this year, 19.9 per cent, was recorded during the winter period, between January and April 2017.The Cto statement was released on the eve of the world tourism day, which this year is dedicated to sustainability.Such matters, it said, were always high on the organisation’s list of priorities and this was reflected in a number of activities and policies like its co-operation with the Cyprus sustainable tourism institute and the UK’s travel foundation.Policies included green beaches, minimum sustainability criteria for tourist businesses, and the guide for solid waste management in hotel units.There was also the adoption of the Cypriot breakfast scheme, which aimed at including local products in hotel breakfasts and introducing visitors to the authentic and traditional character of Cypriot cuisine.“Sustainability in tourism is a priority for the Cto and as part of this framework, the organisation continues the effort to maintain and further improve the already noteworthy record course followed by the tourism sector in recent years.” You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola