zoomImage by WMN In just one week, the Who’s Who of the maritime industry will meet in Hamburg, Germany for the biennial SMM maritime trade fair, taking place on September 4 – 7, 2018.SMM will open its gates next week to welcome 2,289 exhibitors and around 50,000 visitors from more than 124 countries, displaying and discussing the latest developments in maritime technology. The four-day event is preceded by an inaugural international conference, the Maritime Future Summit (MFS), on September 3, 2018, one day before the exhibition opens.Under the motto of “Trends in SMMart Shipping”, the event will occupy 13 exhibition halls of Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC) and focus on all the top items on the industry’s agenda.For the first time there will also be a special exhibition on 3D-printing for the maritime industry, as well as a new theme route for the Cruise & Ferry segment. A comprehensive conference programme will accompany the four-day fair, with Smart Shipping and Industry 4.0 taking center stage.As appropriate for the age of the digital revolution and the maritime energy turnaround, this year’s SMM will put its main emphasis on digitalisation and the environment.Novelties at the event will include 3D printing, Cruise & Ferry Route, future-looking topics, cybersecurity, job exchange, new countries and ship-owning companies with the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum taking place at SMM for the first time.World Maritime News team will also be attending this year’s SMM event. For more information please contact:Dzenita Cama, WMN Account Manager, email@example.com and Erna Penjic, WMN Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Delhi: Appealing for simultaneous parliamentary and Assembly elections, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday outlined the new Modi government’s roadmap, saying it was determined to crush terrorism and Maoism. Addressing a joint session of Parliament, Kovind also said that India was on its way to becoming the world’s fifth largest economy in terms of GDP and said the government’s aim was to make women equal stakeholders in economic development. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Making a strong case for ‘one nation, one election’ concept, the President said simultaneous elections were the need of the hour to accelerate development. “With such a system in place, all political parties… will be able to better utilize their energy towards development and public welfare. “Therefore, I urge all MPs to seriously ponder over this development-oriented proposal of ‘one nation – simultaneous elections’.” The President’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over an all-party meeting here to pitch for simultaneous parliamentary and state Assembly elections — an issue that has divided political parties. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Saying economic prosperity was linked to nation’s security, Kovind said that effective steps had been taken to tackle terrorism and Maoism. “India has amply demonstrated both her intent and capabilities, first through surgical strikes and then through air strikes after the Pulwama attack at terrorist hideouts across the border. In future too, all possible steps will be taken to ensure our security. “The area affected by Naxalism is reducing continuously.” He said that illegal infiltrators posed a major threat to internal security, leading to social imbalance in many parts of the country. “My government will make the zero tolerance policy against corruption more comprehensive and effective. The mission to eliminate corruption from public life and government services will be implemented with greater zeal.” He said India was now getting information about economic offenders from 146 countries including Switzerland. “We are now receiving information about all those who have stashed black money abroad.” India, he said, was among the fastest growing economies in the world today and was set to become the world’s fifth largest economy in terms of GDP. As part of economic development, the Modi government was committed to make women equal stakeholders. “Priority will be given to those enterprises where women’s participation in the workforce is more than the prescribed limit.” The President said it was imperative to eradicate social evils like ‘triple talaq’ and ‘nikah-halala’. ” Kovind said that after assessing the performance of the Modi government during the first tenure, the people of the country have given “even stronger support for the second term”. Underlining the need for a strong rural economy, he said that the government will double the income of farmers by 2022. The President also spoke about the water crisis and the government’s determination to clean up the Ganga river. “On the lines of river Ganga, the government will also endeavour to clean up other rivers such as Kaveri, Periyar, Narmada, Yamuna, Mahanadi and Godavari.” He said that India had acquired a new image today “and its relations with other countries have become stronger”. “The world community supports India’s position on various issues… Today the whole world stands with India on the issue of terrorism.”
Mumbai: At least four people, including three CISF personnel, were killed and three others injured when a major fire broke out in a processing plant of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai township on Tuesday, an official said.Those injured are also personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the official said. The mishap, however, had no impact on the oil processing at the unit, the ONGC said, adding that the gas was diverted to its Hazira plant in Gujarat’s Surat district. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIt said the fire broke out in a stormwater drainage unit at its Uran plant and was doused within two hours. Following the blaze, thick smoke engulfed the area, the police said, adding that they appealed to people staying in villages in the plant’s vicinity not to panic, and assured things were under control. The victims died during a blast while they were trying to check gas leakage at the site, a senior CISF official said. The mishap took place around 6.47 am in the ONGC’s processing plant at Uran town, located around 50 km from here, a police official said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Four people were killed and three others injured in the mishap,” a senior police official said. The deceased included three CISF fire personnel Eranna Nayakka, Satish Prasad Kushwaha, and M K Paswan, who were trying to stop the gas leakage, and resident production superintendent C N Rao of the ONGC, CISF’s Deputy Inspector General (west zone) Nilima Singh said. The injured persons were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, she said. At least 22 fire brigade tenders, including those of the ONGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Reliance Group, Navi Mumbai civic body and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation at Taloja, were rushed to the spot. The ONGC on its Twitter handle said: “Fire broke out in stormwater drainage in Uran Plant early morning successfully doused within two hours by fire fighting team. #ONGCs robust crisis mitigation preparedness helped put off this major fire in a concise time.” The exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
Rome: Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova swept past Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Italian Open on Sunday. Pliskova, the 2017 French Open semi-finalist, clinched her 13th career title, in the final major warm-up tournament on clay before Roland Garros starts on May 26. A break in each set was enough for the former world number one to get past Konta, sealing victory on her third match point after 85 minutes on court. “It was a great week for me and my team,” said the 27-year-old, now coached by former Rome champion Conchita Martinez. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”There were a couple of tough matches so I was happy to fight through them. I was a little bit nervous today, but it was my first final in Rome, so that’s to be expected.” She had never gone past the semi-finals in her four previous appearances in Rome. Last year she exited in disgrace after smashing a hole in the umpire’s chair in a temper tantrum after losing in the second round. Pliskova, the highest remaining seed, got an early break in the final and swept 3-0 up in just eight minutes on the red clay of the Foro Italico. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersA double fault when serving for the set handed Konta a break point but the British number one squandered the chance with a smash into the net with the entire court open to her. Konta then hit a weak forehand shot into the tape and the ball bounced wide, allowing Pliskova to wrap up the first set in 36 minutes. Pliskova broke in the seventh game of the second set, despite Konta saving two break points, with the Czech world number seven powering through for the biggest title of her career since Cincinnati in 2016. She becomes the first Czech woman to win the Rome tournament since Regina Marsikova in 1978. – ‘Uphill battle’ – For Konta, who has won three WTA titles, it was her second straight defeat in a final on clay after the Morocco Open earlier this month. “It’s always tough playing Karolina,” said former world number four Konta, who has slipped to 42nd. “There’s rarely really a rhythm to the match. She plays with big shots, quite flat, and big serves. “It can feel sometimes you’re fighting an uphill battle. That was the case today.” “She didn’t really have a letdown throughout the match. “She played very consistently. I found it quite hard to get a footing into the match, which is credit to her. The 28-year-old Konta, the first British woman in the Rome final since Virginia Wade in 1971, will now be seeded at the French Open later this month. “I’m definitely pleased with this week. This is my second final in three weeks. That’s still quite an achievement,” said Konta. “I’m looking forward to Paris.” Top seeds Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova pulled out injured during the Rome event, while Roland Garros champion Simona Halep crashed out in her opening match in Italy. Four-time Rome winner Serena Williams also withdrew before the second round as her return after a two-month layoff was cut short when her knee injury flared up. In the men’s competition, world number one Djokovic — winner at the Madrid Open last weekend — will meet defending champion and eight-time winner Rafael Nadal. It will be the 54th clash between the world’s top two men’s players who have won 12 of the last 14 Rome titles between them.
Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, told a conference marking the graduation that the island chain’s achievement should instead spur the country and its international partners to even greater endeavours.“We have won the battle [but] not the war of ensuring sustainable development for Cape Verde,” Mr. Chowdhury said in a message delivered on his behalf by Patricia de Mowbray, the UN Resident Coordinator in Cape Verde, to the conference, which was held in the capital, Praia.He said continuing international support to Cape Verde’s development efforts “should be forthcoming without fail.”Cape Verde becomes only the second country in history to graduate from the LDC category – the first was Botswana in 1994. There are now 49 States in that grouping.LDCs are those nations classified by the UN as having the least socio-economic development and being most in need of international support. To qualify, they must meet three criteria: low incomes; human resource weaknesses, based on indicators of health, nutrition, education and literacy; and economic vulnerability, based on an array of factors, including the stability of agricultural production and the exposure to natural disasters.In his message, Mr. Chowdhury praised Cape Verde’s people and the leadership for their efforts and determination to secure progress in the face of various challenges. He also credited the UN system and the international donor and development community for their roles in assisting Cape Verde. 14 June 2007A United Nations official today hailed the graduation of Cape Verde from the category of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) while cautioning that the State’s success should not lull the UN or other development partners into thinking that its problems have ended.
Both skilled and unskilled workers, more than a quarter of whom are women, are repairing major roads, removing garbage, cleaning drainage systems and carrying out other tasks under the initiative, which is being led by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in partnership with other UN agencies. With an 80 per cent unemployment rate in Liberia, job creation is widely considered one of the biggest obstacles the Government faces.This “employment is fundamental in building a solid path towards sustainable peace as it offers an alternative to war and fosters hope for people who are currently emerging from a dark history of conflict,” said Andrea Tamagnini, Director of UNMIL’s Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Recovery Section.Some of the jobs, such as one project to crush stone to fix roads, are intended for young people, especially in areas outside the capital where unemployment levels are highest. Special efforts are made to create positions for people affected by war and those who are most vulnerable, UNMIL said.“People need to work, now and in the future,” Mr. Tamagnini said. “One formula to address this problem is creating short-term emergency employment programmes immediately and further exploring ways to make these sustainable while the country slowly recovers from conflict.”Working with UNMIL on the project are the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Liberian Ministry of Public Works. 13 June 2007The United Nations is working with the Government of Liberia on a project that has so far generated some 21,000 jobs in the country, where employment is considered vital to consolidating stability.
7 November 2008The top official of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has launched the first-ever glossary of national legal terminology in the West African nation’s four major local languages. “When people are charged before a court, they have the right to hear the case against them in a language they understand,” Herman von Hebel said at a ceremony yesterday presided over by the country’s Acting Chief Justice, Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh. “This glossary will contribute significantly in making this possible.”The “Integrated Glossary of Legal Terminology: Krio, Limba, Mende, Themne” was compiled by the Court’s Language Unit and draws upon the experience of its interpreters.Mr. von Hebel underscored that the new publication seeks to bolster Sierra Leone’s judicial system and voiced hope that it will be part of the SCSL’s legacy.“We believe that the ability for a court to communicate legal terminology to those who come before it in terms they understand is crucial [for] the accessibility of justice and the right to a fair trial.”The Court, established in January 2002 by an agreement between the Sierra Leonean Government and the UN, is mandated to try “those who bear greatest responsibility” for war crimes and crimes against community committed in the country after 30 November 1996.The SCSL’s trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone is currently under way in The Hague.
A retired Navy veteran from Hamilton is smooth sailing with a $250,000 instant lottery win.Eighty-four-year-old Ernest Stokes is a father of seven and grandfather of “many”, according to Ontario Lottery Gaming. He won the top prize on an Instant Sonic Multiplier.Stokes said it felt fantastic when he scratched his winning ticket. “This is my first really big win, although I remember winning $10,000 a few years back too,” said Stokes during an interview at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. “I said woah and started jumping up and down!”The Hamilton senior plans on sharing his winnings with his family. The winning ticket was purchased at Goldie’s Variety on Mohawk Rd. in Hamilton.
Warren Buffett’s company reports 46 per cent jump in 2Q profit on big paper gain on investments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Funk, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 5:30 pm MDT OMAHA, Neb. – Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s second-quarter profit jumped 46 per cent as Warren Buffett’s company reported big paper gains on the value of its investments and derivative contracts.On Friday, Berkshire reported net income of $4.54 billion, or $2,763 per Class A share. That’s up from $3.1 billion, or $1,882 per Class A share, last year.The biggest factor behind the big swing in earnings was the estimated value of Berkshire’s investments and derivatives. This year, those were worth $622 million. Last year, Berkshire recorded a $612 million paper loss on those.Berkshire’s revenue grew 16 per cent to $44.69 billion as its more than 80 subsidiaries generally performed well.The three analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Berkshire to report earnings per Class A share of $2,163.63.Several years ago, Berkshire sold derivative contracts that are tied to either the value of several global stock indexes or credit defaults. Berkshire must estimate the value of those contracts every time it reports earnings even though the contracts won’t mature for at least several more years.So the true value of the derivatives won’t be known until later, but they can create big swings in Berkshire’s net income from quarter to quarter.Without Berkshire’s investments and derivatives, the company based in Omaha, Neb., reported operating earnings of $3.92 billion, or $2,384 per Class A share. That’s up from $3.72 billion a year ago, or $2,252 per Class A share.Berkshire’s BNSF railroad performed well in the quarter and contributed $884 million to the conglomerate’s profits, up from $802 million a year ago.BNSF said volume was up 3 per cent this year and rates improved 2 per cent as the railroad hauled more coal, crude oil and intermodal containers of products. Berkshire said higher natural gas prices and low utility stockpiles drove coal demand higher.Berkshire’s insurance businesses, which include reinsurance giant General Re and car insurer Geico, contributed $530 million to Berkshire’s net income in the quarter. That was down from $619 million last year mostly because Berkshire recorded $189 million in pretax losses related to flooding in Europe.Berkshire owns an assortment of companies, including clothing, furniture and jewelry firms. Its insurance and utility businesses typically account for more than half of the company’s net income. It also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.___Online:Follow Josh Funk at www.twitter.com/funkwriteBerkshire Hathaway Inc.: www.berkshirehathaway.com
Within the first six months of 2009, nearly 60% of newly registered passenger cars in the UK featured the Electronic Safety Program (ESP) active safety system. ESP offers benefits to driving in hazardous conditions, when roads can be wet, snowy or icy. It can reduce the number or severity of crashes which lead to skidding or overturning. The program compares the driver’s steering input to the actual direction in which the vehicle is moving. If the vehicle understeers or oversteers, ESP reacts immediately by directing specific braking pressure at individual wheels allowing the car to steer as the driver intends.Europe regards ESP as an important safety feature. An EU regulation passed in 2009, and taking effect from November 2011, stipulates that all new passenger car and commercial vehicle models must be equipped with this active safety system. In February 2009, Euro NCAP launched its latest car safety rating scheme, the first update to the rating system since 1997. The new rating scheme has one overall star rating per vehicle tested and includes an extra element focusing on safety assistance. A vehicle cannot reach a top rating unless it is equipped with ESP.The UK motor industry is aware of vehicle and road safety concerns and each manufacturer is developing advanced safety systems to protect drivers in the event of an accident. Further research and technological progress by industry is expected to refine safety tools such as the new generation of airbag restraint systems, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and electronic stability control. Vehicles today are safer than ever before and these new improvements will make for an even safer future. To learn more about UK road safety, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
There’s a new battle of Waterloo going on, and this time it’s not in Belgium. Canada’s long-time technology standard bearer, RIM, is fighting for survival amidst dismal sales and waning consumer interest. With the release of BlackBerry 10 and the accompanying new hardware now pushed back to early 2013 — a full year later than it was originally promised — things don’t look good.With an uneasy board feeling the ever-increasing heat (surely at Robot Devil levels now) from investors, RIM is now feeling the pressure to consider all possible options to right the ship. On that list: getting into bed with Microsoft.The relationship could take a number of forms, of course. There’s no doubt that Microsoft would love to acquire a good chunk of RIM’s patent portfolio. Doing so would further protect Windows Phone and give Microsoft additional ammunition in its ongoing licensing “skirmishes” with Android OEMs. Another option would be a Nokia-style collaboration. RIM’s board is reportedly not too keen on giving up the amount of control they’d be required to if Microsoft were to buy a stake in the company and kick in for R&D and marketing expenses.And don’t forget about Windows Phone 8. RIM could stop developing their own mobile OS, thereby allowing more time and effort to be devoted to higher-margin enterprise products and services.Would that really be a good idea, though? With an uncertain future and no new OS for at least six months, it’s hard to imagine that competing against HTC and Samsung with Windows Phone 8 would really be any harder than competing with them using an OS that most of the western world has already lost interest in.via Reuters
Mozilla has been working on bringing Firefox to the Windows 8 Start Screen for some time now. While it won’t reach the stable build of Firefox until January of 2014, you can finally see how it’s progressing in the Aurora build.If you decide to take it for a spin, remember that Firefox Aurora is a development build. Its code changes frequently and you may have to deal with the odd bug or crash. It’s also worth noting that your browsing data isn’t shared between the desktop and Metro/Modern/Windows 8 apps.You can, however, hook up Firefox Sync. Swipe and tap to access the settings charm, then head to Sync. Setup works like it does on any other device: Firefox presents three blocks of four characters. Enter those into a system that’s already set up for Sync, wait a few seconds, and you’ll be notified that your device has been added.On my Surface Pro, the process never completed successfully, however. Though I did receive the notification that Sync was good to go, my bookmarks never appeared — nor did my browsing history or credentials. This isn’t cause for panic, of course. Aurora isn’t a stable browser and I didn’t expect everything to be functional. Neither should you.Still, if you want to get an early look at the future of Firefox, this is the way to do it. Firefox for Windows 8 already looks good and it performs even better. You can download Aurora on this page — or just check out our gallery above to see how things are shaping up. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY firefox-windows-8firefox-windows-8Meet Firefox for Windows 8.. if you’re ok running the Aurora build. It won’t go mainstream until January 2014.firefox-windows-8-5The new tab page. Right click an item to select it, and execute actions using the bar at the bottom of the screen.firefox-windows-8-2Here’s a look at the tab stripfirefox-windows-8-3Firefox is hooked up to the settings charmfirefox-windows-8-4A look inside the options menu. Sync settings are available within Windows 8 app, too.firefox-windows-8-10The share charm is hooked up, too. You can send the active tab to any app that Windows 8 recognizes as a sharing tool.firefox-windows-8-6Downloading a file works much like it does on the desktop… Except that the icon to the right of the Awesome Bar doesn’t seem to be wired up yet.firefox-windows-8-7The back arrow and new tab button can be repositioned if you don’t like them right in the middle. Just click and drag — they move together.firefox-windows-8-8How does Firefox look in split screen? Pretty good, at least when it’s next to another well-designed app.firefox-windows-8-9Right clicks do more than show the address bar and tab strip. They can also pull up a context menu like the you’d see in Firefox on the desktop.Meet Firefox for Windows 8.. if you’re ok running the Aurora build. It won’t go mainstream until January 2014.
The possibility of smoking being banned in all public places is an option being seriously considered by the Greek Health Ministry, as officials held talks with workers’ unions with a view to overhauling the current ban, which is generally accepted to have been a flop.The scientists on the steering committee that is examining Greece’s smoking laws yesterday advised the government to impose a blanket ban in place of the current regulations, which offer various loopholes and have proved too complicated for many business owners to understand or implement.“A new law was passed seven months ago but it had many problems,” said Health Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou. “This has been made clear to us during meetings with workers’ representatives. The problems have to do with contradictions and the lack of thought that has gone into the regulations.”According to the law, which came into effect on July 1 last year, premises smaller than 70 square metres have to be either exclusively smoking or nonsmoking.Those that decide to allow smoking must have their operating licenses revised and have adequate air-conditioning. Larger establishments must restrict smoking to a separate section of their premises, exceeding no more than 30 percent of the total area.Businesses employing fewer than 50 workers are obliged to ban smoking on the premises.According to sources, owners of nightclubs, restaurants and cafes have agreed to a complete smoking ban but they want the current restrictions lifted and a new law to come into force from next year. They are also demanding that any penalties for illegally smoking on their premises be imposed on the customers who are flouting the law and not on the businesses.“In the days to come, based on the information we have gathered, we will present a comprehensive policy on this issue,” said the health minister. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un énorme fragment d’un glacier argentin s’effondre devant des touristesLe 4 mars dernier, des milliers de touristes ont assisté à un impressionnant spectacle dans la province de Santa Cruz en Argentine. Un énorme fragment du glacier Perito Moreno s’est détaché et écroulé dans les eaux environnantes. Baptisé du nom de l’explorateur Francisco Moreno, le glacier Perito Moreno est situé dans le parc national Los Glaciares de la province de Santa Cruz, en Argentine. Il s’étend sur près de 5 kilomètres de long pour 30 kilomètres de large et 60 mètres de hauteur. Plus célèbres des glaciers de Patagonie, il est l’un des trois seuls de cette région à ne pas être en régression. Ce qui ne l’empêche pas de voir sa superficie diminuer régulièrement, non pas à cause de la fonte mais à cause de l’effondrement de mur entier de glace. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, des ruptures spectaculaires se produisent régulièrement, provoquées par l’action des eaux du bras Rico du lac Argentino. En montant, celles-ci érodent peu à peu le glacier qui devient de moins en moins résistant et cède sous la pression. La première rupture reportée a eu lieu en 1917 et la dernière… le 4 mars dernier devant des milliers de touristes. Avant cela, le glacier n’avait pas connu de tel effondrement depuis 2008. Néanmoins, de petits fragments de glace s’étaient détachés au cours des jours précédents, indiquant qu’une rupture majeure surgirait bientôt. Ainsi, des milliers de touristes se sont rendu au parc, déjà largement visité pour observer le glacier et ils n’ont pas été déçus. Un morceau de plusieurs tonnes s’est effondré devant eux, s’écroulant en morceaux dans le lac et provoquant une montée soudaine des eaux. Découvrant la rupture de l’énorme fragment de Perito Moreno en vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 7 mars 2012 à 14:02 • Maxime Lambert
A shot was fired early Saturday morning when two masked men robbed a convenience store in Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Police Department. No one was injured.The robbery occurred about 3:50 a.m. at the Star Mart convenience store at 2517 Andresen Road, a VPD bulletin said.Two men entered the store wearing masks and demanded money from the register, one of them pointing a handgun at the clerk.As the two robbers ran from the scene, one fell and the gun discharged, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.No injuries were reported and there was no damage to the building, she said.Police ask that anyone with information on the robbery, or anyone who recognizes the people in the surveillance photo, contact Vancouver police.
Chairman and managing director of Ahmedabad-based Sai InfoSystems (SIS), Sunil S. Kakkad, who was missing since last year was found and arrested in Liberia by the crime branch. He was brought to Ahmedabad on Monday.Kakkad suddenly disappeared with his family on 28 June 2013, leaving 1,400 employees in the lurch, after the company faced a sudden financial downfall in August 2012. SIS was unable to pay proper salary to its employees and also failed to repay its creditors, despite having booked an order of over ₹ 2,500 crore.The State Bank of India (SBI), which had lent over ₹1,000 crore to the company, published a public notice in dailies after Kakkad disappeared, warning people not to deal with SIS, according to the Hindu. It stated that the CMD of SIS was not contactable and reported to be missing.The employees of SIS also filed a petition on change.org, stating that Kakkad has resigned from his post leaving 1,400 employees with their family without salary.”We have come to know that Kakkad had sent his resignation through email. However, it is not valid any more. After that, even the CEO and the VPs have disappeared. Now, even other management officials have switched off their mobile phones,” an employee explained.Additionally, former SIS CEO, Naveen Bhasin wrote a letter to the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, seeking help for those 1,400 displaced employees. In the letter, Bhasin said that the firm was a profit making organization as per the audited Balance Sheet for the last three FYs. According to the balance sheet of 2012-13, the company with ₹140 crore of profit appeared bankrupt within three months of operations.He claimed that the Directors of the company, Auditors and Financial consultants were responsible for this. He asked the CM to run a proper investigation through Economic Offences and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and not just the local police, as there was a possibility of a scam.SIS had emerged as one of the fastest growing IT companies in Gujarat, but was in cash crunch since 2012. According to Hindu, Kakkad and SIS had mortgaged 14 properties including eight in Gujarat. It swindled several banks and borrowed ₹ 1,035 crore as loan from seven lenders. However, the company failed to pay salary to its employees for nine months, last year.The ₹2,000 crore firm founded in 1992 also diversified into Hardware Manufacturing, Software Development, System Integration and Telecom Services
Kolkata: Twenty one out of 22 tribal students of Eklavya Model Residential School of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Jhargram have passed Higher Secondary examinations this year with first division marks.Out of 21 first division students, eight have also got star marks.It may be mentioned that this comes at the time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken necessary steps along with Ramakrishna Mission to ensure proper education to the children of tribal communities. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsFollowing the request of Chief Minister to the then general secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Swami Suhitanandaji to take steps for education of tribal girls and boys, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira (Ekalavya Model Residential School) was setup in Jhargram and this year total 22 students have appeared for the Higher Secondary examinations.Out of the 22 students, nine were girls. Three boys from Mahali community while two from Lodha community had appeared for the examinations and one from the Mahali community has got start marks. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSimilarly, two students from Lodha community have secured star marks and one even got letter marks in English. Bhudhar Mahali, who scored the highest marks among all the students from school, has bagged 85 marks in English, 84 in geography and 88 in Philosophy.The only student who passed with second division marks had appeared for the examination from hospital as he was ill.Moreover, all the nine girls from the school have got first division marks and three of them had got star marks. At the same time, the students from the science stream have also passed the examination with flying colours in first division.It may be recalled that in 2017, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had felicitated Uday Murmu, a student from the same school, as he had secured the highest marks in Santhali language in Higher Secondary examination.This year there were nine students including six girls had appeared for the examination with Santhali as their first language.
Dolly Parton is best known for her powerful voice and clean, wholesome, family-friendly image as a country music star. It may come as a surprise, therefore, to learn that in 1978 she posed for the infamous men’s magazine, Playboy. Playboy has a somewhat salacious reputation as a men’s lifestyle magazine that regularly features nude and semi-nude centerfolds of celebrity women. The very first issue of the magazine, in 1953, featured screen icon Marilyn Monroe.Since then, hundreds of famous women have appeared on its covers and centerfolds, with many of them choosing to pose nude.Dolly Parton accepting Applause Award for Dollywood, November 2010. Photo by Curtis Hilbun CC BY 3.0Although it’s widely known as an important part of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Playboy has often come under attack as a result of its objectification of women and distinctly adult content. As a result, when wholesome country music star Dolly Parton decided to commit to a cover shoot, the entertainment industry was somewhat scandalized.In October 1978, Parton posed for Playboy and appeared on the cover, dressed in the iconic Playboy bunny outfit. She did not, however, agree to a nude shoot, and instead the magazine featured a series of bizarre photographs of her posing alongside a rather sinister-looking rabbit..Dolly Parton. Photo by Kingkongphoto CC BY-SA 2.0According to Rappler, Parton was actually the first country singer ever to pose for a Playboy cover. She had been approached by the magazine several times, but had always refused. She was concerned that Playboy’s racy reputation would taint her wholesome image, and didn’t feel that she had the clout to refuse a nude shoot.However, by 1978, Parton’s success meant that she was now in a position to dictate terms to Playboy, and she negotiated an appearance in the magazine that avoided any sort of nudity. According to the interview published in the October issue, she felt that a Playboy cover would be “a fun thing to do”.Dolly Parton in 1977.Although she was convinced enough to agree to the shoot, she was not, in her own words, prepared to compromise her principles and do the “whole dirty deal.” As a result, the Dolly Parton issue of Playboy stands out as a somewhat strange episode in the magazine’s history. Take a deeper look with the following video:Parton was dressed in a provocative bunny outfit, but the alluring effect was offset by the presence of a man posing alongside her in a full-body rabbit suit. This made the images funny rather than sexy, and they appear to have been carefully crafted to ensure that Parton’s wholesome image was not tainted.Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton in 1969.Parton’s reasons for refusing a nude shoot were very sensible. Even in the 1970s, posing nude for a magazine could be a career-ending mistake for someone like her, who had a considerable amount of support from relatively conservative sections of American society. The Playboy shoot was, therefore, a gamble, and needed to be pitched carefully.At this time, Parton was already an established and successful artist in the country music scene, with a reputation for her powerful, striking voice. However, she wanted to break into mainstream pop and market herself to a broader audience. The Playboy shoot and interview can be seen, in this context, as a way for Parton to raise her profile and make her big break as a mainstream country-pop artist.With Carol Burnett, 1980.The strategy was overwhelmingly successful. In the years after the shoot, Parton rocketed to the top of the charts with numbers such as “9 to 5” and “Islands in the Stream.” Her acting career flourished and she became a global sensation.Read another story from us: Bowie Behind the Iron Curtain – His Bizarre Trip Through the Soviet UnionDolly Parton was asked to pose once again for Playboy in 2014. However, this time she refused. According to her website, she didn’t think that a Playboy shoot would be appropriate for her image, or compatible with the work that she now does with children and families. It just goes to show that even in the 21st century, Playboy still has the capacity to raise eyebrows.
Evidence of Neuroimaging Markers of Response to PsychotherapyThe researchers analyzed previous research evaluating brain imaging scans to predict the outcomes of psychotherapy for major depressive and anxiety disorders. Psychiatrists are interested in identifying brain imaging markers of response to psychotherapy — comparable to electrocardiograms and laboratory tests used to decide on treatments for myocardial infarction.The review found 40 studies including patients with MDD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other diagnoses. Some studies used structural brain imaging studies, which show brain anatomy; others used functional scans, which demonstrate brain activity.Although no single brain area was consistently associated with response to psychotherapy, the results did identify some “candidate markers.” Studies suggested that psychotherapy responses might be related to activity in two deep brain areas: the amygdala, involved in mood responses and emotional memories; and the anterior insula, involved in awareness of the body’s physiologic state, anxiety responses, and feelings of disgust.In MDD studies, patients with higher activity in the amygdala were more likely to respond to psychotherapy. In contrast, in some studies of anxiety disorders, lower activity in the amygdala was associated with better psychotherapy outcomes. Studies of anterior insula activity showed the converse: psychotherapy response was associated with higher pretreatment activity in anxiety disorders and lower activity in MDD.Other studies linked psychotherapy responses to a frontal brain area called the anterior cingulate cortex, which plays a critical role in regulating emotions. Most of the evidence suggested that MDD patients with lower activity in some parts of the ACC (ventral and subgenual) were more likely to have good outcomes with psychotherapy.”Future studies of psychotherapy response may focus further on these individual regions as predictive markers,” according to Chakrabarty. “Additionally, future biomarker studies may focus on pretreatment functional connectivity between these regions, as affective experience is modulated via reciprocal connections between brain areas such as the ACC and amygdala.”The researchers emphasize the limitations of current evidence on neuroimaging markers of psychotherapy response — the studies were highly variable in terms of their methodology and results. Further studies are needed to assess how the potential neuroimaging markers perform over time, whether they can predict which patients will respond better to medications versus psychotherapy, and how they might be integrated with clinical features in order to improve outcomes for patients with depression and anxiety disorders. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Brain imaging scans may one day provide useful information on the response to psychotherapy in patients with depression or anxiety, according to a review of current research in the November/December issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, published by Wolters Kluwer.Studies show promising initial evidence that specific “neuroimaging markers” might help in predicting the chances of a good response to psychotherapy, or choosing between psychotherapy or medications, in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other diagnoses. “While some brain areas have emerged as potential candidate markers, there are still many barriers that preclude their clinical use,” comments lead author Trisha Chakrabarty, M.D., of University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 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EuropeRiver cruiseViking Viking Cruises is offering guests a special price on its 15-day Grand European Tour in 2018 of $6,745 per person inclusive of return airfares to Europe, a saving of up to $6,500 per couple. This special offer Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest or vice versa is only available in Standard Stateroom (F) on 16 and 18 March 2018 departures, until sold out.The 15-day itinerary takes guests through four countries including Hungary, Austria, Germany and The Netherlands.As part of Viking’s Culture Curriculum, guests will also enjoy concerts on board and ashore, ranging from Austrian classics to baroque organ music; attend lectures on current affairs in Germany, Holland and the European Union; learn how to make your own Rüdesheim Coffee, and experience the wonderful scents of a Viennese market.