Garg seeks VRS after being shifted to Power Ministry

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after he was shifted from the high profile Ministry of Finance to the Power Ministry, senior bureaucrat Subhash Chandra Garg on Thursday applied for voluntary retirement from service, sources said. Once the application of Garg seeking voluntary retirement is accepted he would become the first finance secretary to do so in 19 years. Garg was due for superannuation on October 31, 2020. In November 2000, senior IAS officer EAS Sharma also called it quits after being shunted out from the finance ministry to the relatively low key coal ministry during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsInstead of taking up coal secretary post, Sarma, who was the economic affairs secretary in the Vajpayee regime, had retired voluntarily, a year and two months before his superannuation date. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had on Wednesday approved the appointment of Atanu Chakroborty, an 85-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, as the new Finance Secretary. Chakroborty was serving as Disinvestment Secretary. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe government also appointed power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla as Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry and he will take over as the new Union Home Secretary succeeding Rajiv Gauba when he retires on August 31. According to a DoPT order, Bhalla, a 1984 batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, will join the MHA with immediate effect and continue to function as OSD till Gauba retires for the smooth transition of the charges. Anil Kumar Khachi, a 1986-batch IAS from Himachal Pradesh cadre will be the new Disinvestment Secretary succeeding Chakraborty. As per the DoPT order, Anshu Prakash, 1986-batch UT cadre IAS officer, appointed as new Telecom Secretary while his batch-mate from West Bengal cadre RS Shukla will join as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs. Ravi Capoor, a 1986-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre, was appointed Secretary, Textiles while his batch-mate Atul Chaturvedi was sent to Animal Husbandry and Dairying department in the same capacity. The ACC also cleared in-situ upgrade of 12 IAS officers of 1986 batch to the level of Special Secretary in the rank and pay of Secretary, as a measure personal to them, by temporarily upgrading the post held by them, the order said. Those 1986-batch IAS promoted as special secretaries include Anil Kumar Jain in the Environment Ministry, Subash Chandra in the Department of Defence, Sanjeev Nandan Sahai in the Power Ministry, Shambhu Singh in the Roads and Transport Ministry, Ravi Mittal in the Department of Financial Services, Pramod Kumar Das in the Department of Expenditure and Sanjeeva Kumar in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the order said.last_img read more

Meet Canadas happiest people

first_imgIt’s been a tough week, so today we bring you happiness. No, really — an actual episode about the study of happiness: How we define it, how we measure it, and some surprising new data that reveals which groups of Canadians are actually the happiest.Can money buy happiness? What about Twitter followers, do they make you happy? Friends? Family? A pet or a chocolate bar? And why are most of the people you know with steady jobs and a handful of kids some of the least happy folks you’ll find? Listen to this episode and consider what matters to you, and the things in your life that bring you joy. And when you’re done, take our guest’s advice and go smile at someone.GUEST: John Helliwell, Happiness expert, Editor, World Happiness Report, UBC professor emeritusAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

QuickSketch PEI Green Leader Peter BevanBaker

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN — A look at Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of Prince Edward Island’s Green party.Age: 56.Early years: Bevan-Baker grew up in Scotland. He was a member of the Cub Scouts and later the Sea Scouts. He immigrated to Canada in 1985, living in Newfoundland and then Ontario before settling in Prince Edward Island in 2003. He became a Canadian citizen in 1992.Education: He earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.Career: He ran a dental clinic, cafe and community hall in Hampton, P.E.I. He ran unsuccessfully nine times federally and provincially for the Green party before becoming the first Green member of the P.E.I. legislature in 2015.Family: Married to his wife Ann for 28 years. They have four children.Quote: “On P.E.I. we face lots of problems ranging from mental health to sustainable agriculture to securing predictable long-term economic prosperity. Governing well means recognizing them all and bringing forward a coherent, integrated suite of policies and actions to deal with them in a balanced and cohesive way. But it also means recognizing what things must take precedence; what issues must be placed prior to the others. All issues are critical to some people, but some issues are fundamental to everyone’s well-being.” – From a recent blog post.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Will Torontos Andrea Constands Story Send Bill Cosby to Prison

first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Though more than 40 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the task of convincing a jury that he is a sexual predator when his criminal trial begins next month will largely fall to just one — Andrea Constand.Ms. Constand, who says Mr. Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004, is the only woman whose complaint has resulted in criminal charges. Many of the other women never called the police, or when they considered it, found that the statute of limitations had expired.By coming forward, Ms. Constand is sure to confront the sort of intense scrutiny that most people do when publicizing claims of sexual assault. And her account, along with how she tells it, will be critically important, not only to the outcome of the case and to the Cosby legacy but also to the many other women who view her as their last chance for justice. Advertisementlast_img read more

Penney closes more stores as sales deteriorate

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney is closing more stores after a weak holiday sales season.Fourth-quarter income tumbled nearly 70 per cent and revenue slid 8 per cent.It did beat Wall Street expectations, and shares jumped 18 per cent before the opening bell Thursday.The company’s net income was $75 million, or 24 cents per share, for the quarter. That compares with $242 million, or 77 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted per share was 18 cents per share, 7 cents better than analyst had projected, according to a survey by FactSet. Revenue was $3.78 billion, also beating expectations.Same-store sales fell 4 per cent, and the company says it’s closing 18 stores.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press

Closing Bell TSX higher traders weigh nomination of dovish Fed chair US

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as the nomination of a new Federal Reserve chief who will likely be in no rush to wrap up stimulus measures helped to distract traders from American debt worries.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,730.33 +37.92 0.30%S&P 500 — 1,656.40 +0.95 0.06%Dow — 14,802.98 +26.45 0.18%Nasdaq — 3,677.78 -17.05 -0.46%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 37.92 points to 12,730.33, while the Canadian dollar was down 0.24 of a cent to 96.21 cents US.U.S. indexes generally shook off early losses following two days of sharp declines as President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen, currently the Fed’s vice-chairwoman, to head the U.S. central bank.Yellen’s appointment “does add certainty, in the absence of certainty for stocks,” said Jim Russell, a regional investment director at U.S. Bank in New York.“It perhaps keeps a little bit of a safety net under equities for the near, or intermittent, term.” Yellen has been a key architect of the Fed’s efforts under chairman Ben Bernanke to keep interest rates near record lows to support the economy through US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases.The Dow Jones industrials rose 26.45 points to 14,802.98 and the S&P 500 index moved 0.95 of a point higher to 1,656.4. But tech stocks suffered for a third day with the Nasdaq dropping 17.06 points to 3,677.78.Traders also looked to the release of the minutes from the Fed’s last policy meeting Sept. 18. At that time, the Fed surprised markets in deciding not to start tapering its asset purchases because, in its view, the economy just wasn’t ready for such a step.One reason why Fed policy-makers did not begin tapering last month was concern over whether the different arms of the U.S. government could agree on a budget and the raising of the debt ceiling.Those minutes showed that nearly every member of the Fed thought that the central bank should see more data before slowing its bond purchases. But worries about whether a delay would confuse markets made the decision a close call.Markets have been rattled in recent days as a deadlock over funding pushed the U.S. government into a partial shutdown last week.The clock is also ticking toward an Oct. 17 deadline when the government hits its debt limit and starts running out of cash to pay creditors.But amid the tough talk of recent days, there were hints of the possibility of a brief truce. There were indications that both sides might be open to a short-term extension of the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit and a temporary end to the shutdown, giving them more time to resolve their disputes.And that fits in with what many analysts expect.“I think you will get enough resolved, not fully resolved but enough to move forward with,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.Much of the concern about a potential default by the government bond has been concentrated in short-term government securities known as T-bills.Portfolio managers at Fidelity Investments have been selling their short-term government debt holdings over the last couple of weeks. The largest manager of money market mutual funds in the U.S. said Wednesday that it no longer holds any U.S. government debt that comes due around the time the nation could hit its borrowing limit.On the TSX, the telecom sector led advancers, up 1% with BCE (TSX:BCE) ahead 97 cents to $44.70 while Telus (TSX:T) ran ahead 46 cents to $34.39.The base metals group was up 0.5% even as December copper fell six cents to US$3.23 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 57 cents to C$18.12 but Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) fell 15 cents to $3.22.The gold sector rose about 0.45% as December bullion fell $17.40 to US$1,307.20 an ounce. Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) gained 21 cents to C$10.15.Industrials also lent support with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) up 64 cents to $107.94.The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off $1.88 at US$101.65 a barrel. The energy sector was up 0.25% with Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) ahead 36 cents to C$36.17.In earnings news, the Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) posted quarterly net earnings of $208.2 million, or 99 cents per share, largely as a result of the sale of its stake in U.S. chain Rite Aid.The retailer said it plans to return up to $502 million to shareholders by way of share buyback and a one-time dividend of 50 cents per share.Excluding the one-item items, the company earned $49.9 million or 24 cents per share, about level with year-earlier earnings of $50 million or 23 cents but missing analyst estimates by a penny. Its shares fell 79 cents to $18.12. TOP STORIESCanadian corporate titan Paul Desmarais dies at 86CPPIB considering joining bid for BlackBerryFOMC minutes: Most Fed officials saw tapering this year, but decision to hold off a ‘close call’Jean Coutu is about to hand a bunch of cash back to shareholders as profit spikesThe U.S. Treasury can prevent debt default, but the cure would bring on a recessionWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYG20 finance ministers meet in Washington ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.New housing price index (Aug) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 310,000 jobs CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESMicron Technology, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 24¢ a share Safeway Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 16¢ a share read more

Burn ban issued for Garrard County

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The hot dry conditions have some counties under a burn ban.Garrard County announced Friday it’s joining that list.- Advertisement – Madison County is under a burn ban and firefighters say this is the reason why.Firefighters in Berea had to battle a brush fire they say got out of control on Thursday.They say this started as an illegal burn and because of how dry it has been.

Lifesaving flu vaccines at heart of £160 million boost for life sciences

first_imgI want patients to continue to be at the front of the queue for the best treatments availableJeremy Hunt, Health Secretary Professor Sir John Bell, the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, will use a speech at the University of Birmingham today to set out how the country can build British life science into a “globally unique industry” while improving outcomes for patients.”We have created a strategy which capitalises on our strong science base to further build the industry into a globally-unique and internationally competitive life sciences eco-system, supported by collaboration across industry, Government, the NHS, academia, and research funders to deliver health and wealth,” he will say.Each year thousands of lives depend on health officials accurately predicting which strains of influenza will strike the UK and preparing the right vaccines to thwart them.In winter 2014-15, there were an estimated 44,000 excess deaths partly attributed to ineffective vaccines.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today announce £14 million of funding support for 11 medical technology research centres to bring new technologies to patients by encouraging collaboration between industry and the NHS.”I want patients to continue to be at the front of the queue for the best treatments available, whether that means early access to trials, giving staff brand new innovations and technology to work with, or being at the heart of research to share best practice quickly across the health and social care system,” he will say.”A strong and growing life sciences sector ensures this, particularly as we negotiate our exit from the EU.” 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.center_img A new national centre to investigate cures for influenza will be at the heart of a £160 million Government boost for the UK’s research sector, ministers will announced.The facility is also expected to manufacture large-scale vaccines to tackle polio and a host of other illnesses.The announcement coincides with the publication of a review recommending the future strategy for Britain’s £64 billion life sciences industry as the UK prepares to leave the EU.last_img read more

BHP considering IPCC autonomous trucks at Spence copper mine

first_imgBHP says it is continuing to evaluate materials handling and fleet replenishment options at its Spence copper mine, in Chile, with one possibility being the use of an in-pit crushing and conveying ore system in tandem with autonomous trucks.In its 2018 annual report, the company said the timing and sequencing of these options was “pertinent” to reducing health and safety risks and operating costs, with “technology-enabled solutions potentially significantly reducing risks associated with crash, collision and rollover, silica exposure, dust and greenhouse gas emissions”.Spence is a key part of BHP’s copper portfolio in Chile and is due to produce some 185,000-200,000 t of the red metal in the company’s 2019 financial year to end-June.last_img

Here are our top 10 most commentedon articles in 2013

first_imgCOMMENTS ARE PART of the lifeblood of the site.Whether they make you laugh, roll your eyes, punch the keyboard, nod your head or just think about something in a different way, the reaction from readers is an integral part of the news stories that we publish.As you’ll see from the list below, a lot of the articles which got the most comments this year were – unsurprisingly – on topical news issues which people felt strongly about. Same-sex marriage makes the list, with abortion, vaccinations and a united Ireland all getting provoking a vocal reaction from readers too.So without further ado, here’s the 10 articles which received the most comments this year as of 20 December. Keep an eye out for later this week when we’ll be publishing the comments which got the most thumbs up from other readers. That’s going to be fun…1. Poll: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today?Comments: 784(Shutterstock)2. Poll: Should Ireland allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities? Comments: 687(Photocall Ireland) 3. Shatter condemns hate mail sent to Muslim Community, says gardaí will take “appropriate action”Comments: 622(Brian Lawless/PA Wire) 4. Pictures: Crowds take to the streets for pro-choice marchComments: 575(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland) 5. Pics: Thousands attend pro-life vigil in Dublin Comments: 554(Niall Carson/PA Wire)6= Ireland’s largest mosque gets planning permission Comments: 540(Dublin Welfare Society) 6= Poll: Would you welcome a united Ireland? Comments: 540(Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images)8. Dublin business owner in storm over gay take-topper row Comments: 5389. Poll: Should vaccinations be compulsory for children?Comments: 536(Owen Humphreys/PA Wire) 10. Stop exporting your abortion problem, Britain tells Ireland Comments: 502(Julian Behal/PA Wire) Read: A selection of the best reader comments every week >last_img read more

Opinion On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times

first_imgIT BEGAN SHORTLY after my partner became pregnant. It seemed as if an erratic attitude – that she could ‘let go’ and behave whatever way she wanted – began to manifest itself, with the constant excuse that hormones were to blame.It started with unfeasible demands, such as requesting a second car while I was the only one in the house working and one car was all that was required, or choosing baby names without me and becoming very aggressive if I did not like a name. When demands were not met, a period of two to three days of verbal abuse and mental abuse would begin. I would not accept the abuse, and when she decided that she wanted to be friends and have a happy home again, I said that it was possible, but that the recent behaviour would have to be addressed. When I stood my ground on this, another bout of verbal abuse ensued. For example: “you’re a useless partner”,”you cannot provide for your family”, etc.I continued to stand my ground and insist that we seek relationship counselling. She would only agree to this in the evenings when she knew the councillor’s office was closed, and the next morning would refuse to attend the session with me. Eventually, the abuse turned into physical abuse. On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times while I was asking her not to yank her daughter, who had recently had an operation, up the stairs recklessly while shouting at her. I left that night, despite it being my home also.In an effort to get me back to the house, I suffered threats that I would never see the child, that she would have an abortion. I still stood my ground and stayed away. Consequently, she had an abortion and never informed me; I had to hear from a third party.I felt a strong sense of dutyMy thought process at the time was that my partner was pregnant so, morally, I could not just walk away. I felt a strong sense of duty towards her existing child and our unborn child, as any decent human would. To me, children are not assets to be used in arguments or to receive welfare payments and child maintenance.I felt trapped somewhat as my solicitor told me the bare facts – that my ex-partner would have custody of the child and that I would have to wait for approximately two years to receive limited access through the courts. This was known by my ex-partner, and was used as a threat towards me constantly. She was also aware that I wanted to raise the unborn child and, again, used this to try and manipulate me and the situation as she knew the law and society were on her side.I know that her group of friends think similarly, and whereas this behaviour would generally be considered strange, I was shocked at the number of males and females who accepted it and attempted to portray me as having abandoned my ex-partner. It really was an eye-opener as to the reality of what Irish society deems acceptable behaviour in such a situation.I was a victimI was far from afraid of the stigma as I was clear in my head that I was a victim of not only abuse, but also assault. I reported the incident to the Gardai. A female Garda actually tried to persuade me to return to my ex-partner, and suggested that she could have a chat with her to assist in mending the relationship. At that point, I told the Garda that this was not acceptable – that if a woman presented herself with such a claim, the man would be arrested within hours; at least an investigation would take place.I think this highlights the lack of training and support available across society for our various public services for dealing with men who come forward with their incidents. This particular Garda clearly was inept through lack of training, experience and common sense.She spread lies about meMy family and close friends were amazingly supportive. They reinforced in me that my future was bright, and that I should stand my ground and do the right thing: stay away from my ex-partner, do not contact her unless necessary, work through my solicitor and do not get dragged into the fight that she was clearly trying to bring about in order to portray me as the abuser. She actually spread lies about me that I had in fact hit her. Without giving details, I am a very large, fit man and she is a slim woman; had I hit her, the signs would be there for all to see. Yet no such evidence was ever even requested or spoken about. I find it amazing that the general reaction by society was to spread the rumour as scandal rather than ask for evidence. We should seriously look at ourselves.In my opinion, all victims of domestic abuse should be encouraged to approach the Gardai. The Gardai should receive training on how to deal with such a situation appropriately; pressing charges against any person accused, with sufficient evidence, of domestic abuse, regardless of gender. We need a zero tolerance approach to this issue.Let me be clear, the Gardai are obliged to protect their fellow citizens, not to return them to harm’s way. As for other organisations, I am not sure what we can do as I am quite a strong person and dealt with this relying on the great support of my family and friends, and the professional advice of my solicitor.Should a man not be entitled to equal access to his child?I also feel that the law discriminates against men in this area. Why are women automatically granted custody of the child when born? Should a man not be entitled to equal access to his child when born, regardless of the status of the relationship between the mother and father? Of course he should! Although, naturally, factors such as breast feeding in the early months need to be allowed for.Statistics presented in the media lean towards coverage of child and woman abuse – but how could we possibly have statistics regarding abuse of males when the Gardai, and other bodies, effectively treat the issue as a non-issue and try to return the abused to his abuser? I have never struck a woman, yet I have been struck on a number of occasions by women. These occasions were in social settings with alcohol involved and far from as serious as domestic abuse in the home.Please do not misunderstand me; I love women and see men and women as absolutely equal. However, society seems to think it is OK for a woman to actually slap a man across the face for whatever reason. It is actually laughed off. For example, if you give an opinion on a delicate subject that people might not agree with, it may and has resulted in a slap across the face or a kick in the shins. Reverse the situation; what would the outcome be?Read: Violence in the home: “It was always the fear that this person was going to kill me”last_img read more

Sun fires powerful X69class solar flare

first_imgBesides heating the Earth, the Sun has been very busy the past few days. Just last week we reported that high latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere may have had the luxury of viewing aurora borealis displays thanks to a large solar flare that hurled a cloud of plasma down to Earth at the beginning of the week. Today, we’re hearing more news from NASA of another, very large solar flare.At 3:48 a.m. EST today, the Sun shot the largest solar flare seen in the current solar cycle. The powerful flare had an X-ray magnitude of X6.9, which is three times the size of the previous largest solar flare from February that had an X2.2 rating, and is the largest flare seen since 2006. The X-class flares are classified as the strongest of solar flares, whereas the smallest are A-class. These are followed by B, C, M, and then X, and each letter represents a 10-fold increase in energy output, much like the Richter scale.NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was able to capture high-definition photos of the solar flare, one of which you can see above. The flare erupted near the solar limb at the site of sunspot 1263. The M-class flares we saw last week came from sunspots 1263 and 1261 — a very active part of the Sun.Today’s flare produced a coronal mass ejection, another solar phenomenon that can send solar particles into space and disrupt electronic systems in satellites and on Earth. However, scientists believe there won’t be any impact on Earth. There were some brief VLF and HF radio blackouts on the Sun-facing side of Earth when the solar flare was fired due to X-ray radiation, but nothing major.You can watch a short video below of the solar flare from SDO. The movie was made using observations from the SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly.To get some more background on solar flares, science-class style, check out the video below from NASA.via Discoverylast_img read more

La Lune a perdu 100 mètres de diamètre

first_imgLa Lune a perdu 100 mètres de diamètreComme le pensaient les planétologues, la Lune rétrécit, mais de façon très lente. Depuis environ un milliard d’années, l’astre aurait en effet perdu 100 mètres de diamètre.Les récentes analyses des images de la sonde Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter laissent apparaître des fissures dans le sol de la Lune. Elles auraient pour origine le refroidissement et la contraction de l’intérieur de l’astre. Ainsi, depuis environ un milliard d’années, le diamètre de la Lune aurait diminué de cent mètres, révèle une étude publiée dans le magazine Science.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêteLes scientifiques ont observé quatorze formations géologiques témoignant de ce phénomène, certaines pouvant atteindre une hauteur de dix mètres et plusieurs kilomètres de long. De tels reliefs avaient déjà été repérés à l’équateur de la Lune, mais c’est la première fois qu’ils ont été observés dans d’autres régions, permettant ainsi de conclure à un processus général de contraction.Le fait que ces déformations remontent à un passé récent, à savoir un milliard d’années environ, “pourrait suggérer que la Lune est toujours active” souligne Thomas Watters du Centre d’études terrestres et planétaires au Musée national de l’air et de l’espace à Washington. Le chercheur s’est fait rassurant, en assurant que la Lune n’est pas près de disparaître et que ce phénomène n’aura aucun impact sur la Terre.Le 28 août 2010 à 19:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Magzter Raises 10M to Go Global

first_imgSingapore Press Holdings, a media organization based in Southeast Asia, led the round. SPH publishes 19 titles overall, and boasts a total audience of 3.05 million.”Investing in Magzter is an opportunity for us to enter into yet another new platform for content delivery and is part of our strategy to enhance content creation and distribution,” says Deborah Lee, executive vice president of corporate development for SPH, in a statement. “We are excited to be part of this round of funding and see great potential in Magzter for future growth.” Digital newsstand Magzter has secured $10 million in a second round of funding to pursue a global growth strategy build around local editions.The platform currently has international distribution deals with several major publishers including Hearst, Condé Nast, Newsweek and Bloomberg. Magzter says it has more than 16 million users from 200 countries, serving content in over 30 languages. Overall, the service lists more than 900 publishers as clients.”Over time, we have seen a lot of the publishers in other geographies, a lot of the licensees in different parts of the world, are using Magzter,” says Girish Ramdas, Magzter CEO, in an interview with TechCrunch.Ramdas adds that the funding will be used to get more publishers to release local editions through his company. No details of what those efforts will entail were given.last_img read more

OBITUARY Maureen A Sullivan 43

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Maureen A. Sullivan, age 43, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2018.Maureen was the cherished daughter of Ronald D. and Claire L. (Gagnon) Sullivan of Wilmington, dear sister of Ronald D. Sullivan, Jr. & his wife Sherry of Manchester, NH, Robert Sullivan & his partner Christine Brady of Lowell, Christopher Sullivan & his wife Rhonda of Derry, NH and Richard Sullivan & his partner Mary Hunt of Raymond, NH, loving aunt of Jewell, Jade, Daniel, Nicholas and Caleb. Maureen is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 24th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Maureen’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Maureen A. Sullivan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Ronald D. “Herman” Sullivan, 71In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Srinivas goud launches ground breaking ceremony for TRS party

first_imgMahabubnagar: Mahabubnagar MLA and Excise, Prohibition, Tourism and Culture Minister Srinivas goud, launched the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of TRS Party office at Sindhu Hospital in Mahabubnagar on Monday.last_img

Online retailers may cut campus job offers in 2016

first_imgDomestic e-commerce majors are likely to hire in fewer numbers from campuses in the placement season this year.Hiring by Flipkart and Snapdeal is expected to be sharply lower this season compared to a figure of about 400 graduates recruited by them from India’s top business schools last year.B-schools, such as SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, MDI Gurgaon, IIFT and IMI Delhi that have already conducted placements, have witnessed a 40%-75% decline in offers made by the e-commerce firms.The top three IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata are also headed to see “muted hiring” from e-commerce majors in the country, a placement source at one of these institutes told The Economic Times.Although the institutes are yet to conduct final placement, there are signs that hiring by these firms may fall. IIM-Kozhikode, which completed placements last weekend, has seen offers from the large e-commerce dipping by approximately 33.3%.XLRI, where placements will begin in February, expects to see slowdown in hiring by e-commerce companies. SPJIMR has already noticed a sharp fall in offers, with six firms hiring 14 graduates compared to 54 offers made by five firms in 2015.Similarly, MDI Gurgaon has seen only 19 offers from 13 companies this placement season against 47 offers from six firms last year.”This (slowdown in campus hiring) can be attributed to recent layoffs and unsuccessful business models of some companies,” says Manaswini Acharya, professor of marketing and dean (placements and corporate relations) at IMI Delhi.At MDI Gurgaon, Flipkart and Snapdeal have given job offers to just two graduates this year. Last year, Flipkart had made 13 offers at the institute, while Snapdeal hired 19 graduates.”Growth is happening, things are (still) good, but there is a reassessment of how much (cash) burn one should sustain. It is not unnatural for companies to consolidate and cut recruitment,” says Sandeep Murthy, partner at venture capital firm, Lightbox Ventures.last_img read more

Oikya Front gets nod for Chattogram rally

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front rally in Sylhet. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Jatiya Oikya Front, a newly formed political alliance, has obtained permission to hold its rally in Chattogram.The Front held its first rally in Sylhet on 24 October to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the 11th parliamentary elections under a non-party administration.Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) gave the permission asking them to restrict their rally on a part of a road along the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) office in the city.CMP commissioner Md Mahabubur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the permission was given on conditions.The Front leaders were asked to finish the rally within 5:00pm.On 13 October, the BNP together with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.last_img read more

IKEAs New MicroLiving Collection Inspired by Mars Mission

first_imgStay on target Sure, it would be great to forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and move to Mars.But for those folks who can’t telecommute, IKEA is researching the next best thing.The Swedish retailer joined NASA and students from Lund University School of Industrial Design to “use space knowledge for a better everyday life on Earth.”For nearly two decades, Master’s students have traveled to Houston, Texas, to study at the Johnson Space Center, where they design intergalactic products for astronauts on a three-year mission to Mars.Now, IKEA hopes to gain some inspiration for a “new curious collection on space.”“We love doing the impossible, and what is more challenging than exploring space?” Marcus Engman, design manager at IKEA Range and Supply, said in a statement. “Small-space living is a fact in space, and we want to learn from that as this is a reality to more and more people.”Anyone residing in a crowded city understands: Micro living is here to stay. According to the United Nations, as reported by IKEA, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas by 2050. Which means more people vying for less room.IKEA to learn from space journey to Mars (via IKEA)Space flight, meanwhile, has always been cramped. So IKEA hopes to learn from future missions to Mars and apply those discoveries to products and methods for everyday life on Earth.“We are curious to see what makes a space travel homey, what boundaries and restraints you need to work with and bring that knowledge into our product development,” Engman said.Men and women in blue-and-yellow striped shirts, however, will not be on board the first rockets to the Red Planet.“This collaboration is not about IKEA going to Mars, but we are curious about life in space, the challenges and needs, and what we can make out of that experience for the many people,” Michael Nikolic, creative leader at IKEA Range and Supply, said.“When you design for life in a spacecraft or planetary surface habitat on Mars, you need to be creative yet precise, find ways to repurpose things and think carefully about sustainability aspects,” he continued. “With urbanization and environmental challenges on Earth, we need to do the same.”As part of this joint project, IKEA will examine NASA’s planned Mars habitat and determine how the furniture maker can contribute its “experience and knowledge about what makes a home feel like home to people, even if it is on Mars.” Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterNASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field last_img read more

Meldrum appointed APs assistant Africa editor

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) – Andrew Meldrum, a longtime editor and foreign correspondent with extensive experience in Africa, has been appointed assistant Africa editor for The Associated Press.Andrew Selsky, the AP’s Africa editor, announced the job Friday. The 60-year-old Meldrum will be based at AP’s Africa regional headquarters in Johannesburg, where he will oversee desk operations and report to Selsky in helping direct news coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. Top Stories “Meldrum brings a lot to this role: rich experience in editing and reporting stories from many countries in Africa, historical knowledge and vision on how to emphasize key developments in a dynamic region encompassing 45 countries,” Selsky said.Meldrum was most recently deputy managing editor of GlobalPost, a U.S.-based online news site, where he commissioned and edited articles and special projects on Africa. Before becoming a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2007, Meldrum was the southern Africa correspondent for The Guardian newspaper of London. Earlier, he was the Zimbabwe correspondent for The Economist and a deputy bureau chief for Agence France-Presse, responsible for coverage of southern Africa.A native of Hudson, Ohio, Meldrum holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.He succeeds Krista Larson, who earlier this year became a correspondent for AP in Dakar, Senegal, covering West Africa.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img The vital role family plays in society Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more