An irate mob on Thursday lynched a garment trader from Bihar and critically wounded two of his partners at Murabari locality under the Sidhai police station in Tripura following rumours on child trafficking. A tense situation prevailed, forcing the State Government to suspend Internet services. Opposition Congress and CPI(M) demanded the dismissal of Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath for making a “irresponsible statement” that allegedly fuelled the rumours. After a 11-year- old boy Purna Biswas was found murdered at Taranagar in Sidhai police station area, Mr. Nath had said that the murder was part of an international human organ racket.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I understand coach Tim’s frustration … But if we get into a situation where we’re tied, you know, who knows? I don’t want to miss the playoffs because I honored a tradition that nobody else in the league honors,” Compton said. “When teams score on us at the buzzer when we’re getting killed … I’m not offended. I would’ve been offended probably three or four years ago. But the league has set up the quotient system in a way that if we don’t make that play, [then] we [might not] make the playoffs again by one point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Simon Enciso of Alaska (left) rises to score over Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. —PBA IMAGESAlex Compton remembers missing the playoffs by passing up on a last-second shot out of tradition. So as much as he hates doing something like this to a coach he respects, he’d rather take the cold shoulder than the anger of the guy that signs his paycheck.“[T]he way that we grew up, if you play college basketball in the United States, you don’t take that shot. You don’t ever take that shot,” Compton told reporters following the Aces’ 104-78 victory over Barangay Ginebra in Antipolo—the last three points came at the buzzer from guard Simon Enciso, who fired a bench-sanctioned triple.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Alab-PH back on track “There’s a quotient system and then we lost eight straight and we didn’t make the playoffs because we had a layup [that] I told [my players] not to take … And that was my fault. We literally lost because we didn’t make that play—and we didn’t make the playoffs,” said Compton.So it all boiled down to who Compton wanted to offend the least: Cone, the all-time leader in championships won among coaches, who Compton respects too much? Or Alaska team owner Fred Uytengsu?“I mean, I’d think Fred (Uytengsu, Alaska team owner) might’ve had more than strong words for me,” Compton said. “I might be covering a lot of games and looking for another job.”The PBA employs the quotient system to break ties, making every margin of victory precious. But Cone has never been a fan of scoring on a defeated opponent at the buzzer or close to it.Back in 2008, he took offense on a last-second slam dunk by Kelly Williams, who was then playing for Sta. Lucia. During the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals, the decorated tactician lashed out at San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross for firing a trey in the final moments of Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Compton sounded apologetic over the shot, especially with Ginebra mentor Tim Cone— a staunch critic of such shots—walking off without going through the postgame handshake.“He hates the rule and he hates [the play],” Compton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I think you saw how much I respect coach Tim, when he turned his back and walked away, I ran after him,” he added. “I was like ‘Coach, I missed the playoffs because I didn’t make that play.”And Compton doesn’t want that to happen again. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)Broad range of styrenic solutions for the healthcare industryVisit INEOS Styrolution at IMDI in Ahmedabad, booth 6, from October 26-27, 2018VADODARA, India, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, will present new innovative styrenic solutions for the healthcare industry at IMDI 2018 in Ahmedabad, booth 6 at J.B. Auditorium, Ahmedabad Management Associationfrom October 26-27, 2018.INEOS Styrolution shows continued commitment to the healthcare industry by further increasing the already broad portfolio of styrenic solutions specifically designed for use in medical and laboratory environments. A selection of most recent applications highlighting new materials will be shown at IMDI 2018. This selection covers a wide range of healthcare segments including IV systems and fluid management, respiratory and drug delivery, surgical equipment and labware.The focus at the INEOS Styrolution booth is on the following solutions:New SBC based medical drip chamber material Styrolux 4G60.The new material offers excellent transparency and bonding properties. The very good flowability properties enable easy processability.ABS material Novodur HD M203FC G3This is a glass fiber filled ABS material suited for medical applications which is certified against the relevant parts of the biocompatibility standard ISO 10993 and USP Class VI. The new grade delivers a significantly increased stiffness in combination with a high flowability making it the material of choice for demanding applications like medical spikes and applications requiring structural stability.ABS material Novodur HD M203FCadvertisementOwing to its unique combination of high surface quality, dimensional stability, chemical resistance and robustness, this material is the number one choice for dry powder inhaler (DPI) marketed by leading global pharmaceutical companies, as well as the insulin pen.SBC materials K-Resin KR01 and KR05These K-Resin grades, that became part of the INEOS Styrolution solutions portfolio with the acquisition of the K-Resin SBC business in 2017, are well suited for various medical applications, including suction yankauers, medical drip chamber, face mask and IV parts.”This is the first time INEOS Styrolution is participating in this event with a booth. We are looking forward to welcoming medical manufacturers and designers at our booth at IMDI and to discuss collaborations and help them differentiate themselves from their competition with our innovative solutions and regulatory compliant materials,” says Partha Mohapatra, India Healthcare Lead, INEOS Styrolution.The entire INEOS Styrolution portfolio for the healthcare industry includes:Transparent polymers: Terlux HD, Zylar, Clearblend, Styrolux, Styroflex, K-Resin, Luran HD, NAS.Opaque polymers: Novodur HD, Lustran (ABS).Essential and full service HD packages (bio-compatibility certifications, long term notification of change).Standard food contact packages: Styrolution PS, Terluran.Research and development support for medical device designers.Healthcare Conference:During the exhibition, Masayuki Sakai, Asia Pacific Lead, Healthcare, INEOS Styrolution, will be delivering a paper on the topic “Technological Innovation in styrenics for infusion set and drug delivery housing applications”. All visitors and media are welcome to attend.When: October 26, 2018; 02:00 to 02:30 pmWhere: IMDI Conference Area, AMA AuditoriumAbout INEOS StyrolutionINEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including Automotive, Electronics, Household, Construction, Healthcare, Packaging and Toys/ Sports/ Leisure. In 2017, sales were at 5.3 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,300 people and operates 18 production sites in nine countries.More information: www.ineos-styrolution.comPWRPWR
Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to again be crowned WWE Universal champion at the Crown Jewel in Jeddah on Friday.Originally booked as a triple threat which included Roman Reigns, plans had to change after Leati Joseph Anoa’i, the man behind the persona, had to step out of the ring and relinquish his championship.Two weeks prior to the event in Saudi Arabia, Reigns, in an emotional speech, said that he has been battling with leukemia for 11 years and it has relapsed due to which he would not be wrestling to focus on his health.READ – Shane McMahon wins World Cup: All results from WWE Crown JewelThe match was then changed to a one-on-one between Lesnar and Stowman to decide a ‘new’ Universal champion. The Beast won quite easily but not without controversy. Before the bell, acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin smashed Stowman with the Universal belt that which allowed Lesnar to hit his signature move, the F-5. ‘The monster among men’ though kicked out, visibly still reeling from the blow on the back of the head from Corbin.Lesnar would deliver three more F-5s to his opponent, one of which sent Strowman crashing to the arena floor. Strowman kicked out of all of those, as well. It was a fifth F-5, however, that proved to be Strowman’s undoing, The Beast put him down for the three count to once again claim the Universal Championship as his own.After the match, it was confirmed that Lesnar would now face AJ Styles, who defeated Samoa Joe on the same night, in a champion-vs-champion match at Survivor Series in two weeks time.advertisementAccording to reports in the media, Lesnar has a signed contract with WWE for just two more matches. The first one will the match against Styles and the second could be at either The Royal Rumble or WrestleMania.
AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 4: Flags for the Texas Longhorns are marched on the field before the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 4, 2006 at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The NCAA has been taking a lot of heat for a controversial video it posted today highlighting “day in the life” of a student-athlete. While many people have criticized the video online, it was Texas alum Emmanuel Acho who took the mockery to another level with his own video.In a response to the NCAA on Twitter, Acho released his video entitled “Athlete and student — a REAL day in the life.” The video depicted Acho dealing with soreness, being late to class, having trouble studying, having to skip movie invitations and taking abuse from coaches.The final message of the video was a tagline that appeared with the words, “providing opportunities for athlete exploitation” – a clear jab at the many controversies surrounding the NCAA’s student-athlete policies.You can see Acho’s video here:Athlete and student — a REAL day in the life @NCAA. pic.twitter.com/KcWj1JyoHn— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) March 20, 2019The NCAA video which has taken so much heat can be viewed here:Student and athlete — a day in the life. pic.twitter.com/KBLa1gBLnq— NCAA (@NCAA) March 17, 2019As you can see, the NCAA version features a much more optimistic (and in some peoples’ minds, unrealistic) view of being a student-athlete.The responses to the video, even from many pundits, was swift and brutal against the NCAA.Acho’s video may not have been the first spoof of the NCAA’s attempt to sow a little bit of propaganda, and his probably won’t be the last by a long shot.
zoom Greek owner and operator of dry bulk vessels, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., took delivery of a 179,238 DWT Capesize dry bulk vessel, which has been renamed to M/V Championship. The M/V Championship, which was built in 2011 by Sungdong SB, will be employed in the spot market.Seanergy said that it funded the acquisition cost of the bulker by a senior secured loan agreement with an international financial institution and by a funding arrangement with the company’s sponsor.M/V Championship is the last delivery of a series of seven secondhand dry bulk vessels that the company agreed to acquire in August 2015.“In less than four months we managed to significantly increase our fleet size from one to eight vessels with a carrying capacity in excess of 1.1 million DWT. At the current depressed levels of the drybulk market, we strongly believe that our fleet expansion represents a unique opportunity to participate in a market recovery,” Stamatis Tsantanis, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.Seanergy currently owns a fleet of eight dry bulk carriers, six Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,145,553 DWT and an average fleet age of about 7.1 years.
zoom Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class cruise ship Harmony of the Seas will be put through its paces in the next three days as it is scheduled to depart STX France’s shipyard later today on its first sea trials.The vessel, currently under construction in Saint-Nazaire, will test its electric power plant and propulsion system, as well as conduct manoeuvrability tests.Harmony of the Seas, which will bring 500 people on this journey, is expected to return to the shipyard on March 13.The next sea trials are supposed to be held before the end of April, according to the shipbuilder.Soon to be one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Harmony of the Seas will be able to accommodate 5,479 guests at double occupancy. Featuring 227,000 gross registered tons and a length of 1,187 feet, the vessel’s maximum cruising speed will be 23 knots.Harmony of the Seas will sail the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, Spain during its inaugural season before arriving at its homeport of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2016 from where it will sail the Caribbean.The vessel is scheduled to debut in April.World Maritime News Staff
Nagpur: Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Thursday that Rahul Gandhi resigning as Congress president was akin to captain of the ship jumping out when it is sinking. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister was addressing a press conference here. “The Congress president has rendered his resignation. I had heard that when a ship sinks, its captain tries to save it till the end. But here the captain himself has jumped out,” Chouhan said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Mahatma Gandhi had said immediately after independence that the Congress’ objective was to gain freedom and now it should be dissolved. “I think after Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also said so. Now, the fake Gandhi will certainly fulfill the dream of the real Gandhi and will finish off Congress,” Chouhan said. The BJP did not waste time in rejoicing after the Lok Sabha victory but started working on expanding the organisation with a membership drive, he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “This is not for electoral gains. The BJP is not an election-oriented party. The BJP is a campaign for national rejuvenation. While we are working on expansion of the organisation, parties like Congress are on ventilator,” he said. “When one should dig in and work hard, the president of that party (Congress) is missing from action,” he added. Asked if his party will have the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh dissolved, Chouhan said the BJP was not toppling governments anywhere. “There is no one in Congress who will do crisis management. Who would Congress MLAs go to as there is no one to listen to them? If it falls under its own weight, what can we do?” the BJP vice president said. Chouhan, who is in charge of the saffron party’s membership drive, said it planned to recruit 200 new members in the area covered by each polling booth in Maharashtra.
Last month, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke about the issues facing oceans at the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C. hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.Video: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Remarks at 2016 “Our Ocean” ConferenceThe Our Ocean conference focuses on key ocean issues – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. Leonardo DiCaprio spoke about his experience witnessing the detrimental affects of climate change while filming his documentary Before The Flood.He also spoke about several new innovative and collaborative solutions that have been developed to address the problems facing our oceans. These include the recent launch of Global Fishing Watch as well as a new initiative to protect sharks and rays called Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays.
20 April 2007The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees and the European Union signed an agreement today paving the way for the EU to contribute €66 million to help pay salaries for teachers, doctors, social workers and others as part of the relief effort. The agreement means essential services to Palestinians can be maintained, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in a press release from Jerusalem.Today’s signing, at Qalandia camp in the West Bank, is the first instalment of a four-year deal in which the EU has promised to give UNRWA €264 million by 2010. This year’s amount represents an increase of more than €1.5 million over 2006.Filippo Grandi, Deputy Commissioner of UNRWA, thanked the EU for its contribution and for its ongoing support of the agency.“The past year has been a period of great need throughout the Palestine refugee community, and the support you have shown today is a symbol of your interest and concern,” Mr. Grandi said.Created in 1949, UNRWA provides education, health care, social services and emergency aid to an estimated 4.4 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
13 January 2010The Security Council today discussed ways of further enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in tackling global crises, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for greater flexibility in facing the “new landscape” of ever more complex problems. “Hardly a crisis confronts us that does not require actors to cooperate at multiple levels in the search for solutions,” Mr. Ban said in an opening speech, fresh from a two-day retreat exploring “new avenues for cooperation” with leaders of more than a dozen regional groups, ranging from the African Union (AU) and Arab League to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of American States (OAS) and Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).“That is why the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations is so important. They are part of a new landscape, one in which the problems we face are so complex and interlinked that no one can work in isolation, and no one can afford to do without the benefits of cooperation and burden-sharing.”Many of the regional group leaders attended the Council session at which Mr. Ban cited already existing cooperation such as UN support for the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan, a wide-ranging relationship with the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Balkans, and other operations from Honduras to Iraq.“Yet we can and must go further still,” he said. “The United Nations continues to bolster its capacity to prevent conflicts and mediate solutions. We continue to improve our ability to deploy more effective peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian presences. These investments have positioned us to be a better partner to our regional counterparts.” In a presidential statement, the Council promised further steps to promote closer cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations in the fields of conflict early warning, prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.“The Security Council is resolved to strengthen United Nations support for the peaceful settlement of disputes through improved interaction and cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations,” said the statement, read by Ambassador Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for January. It stressed the role that regional and sub-regional organizations can play in post-conflict situations in peacebuilding, recovery, reconstruction and development, and called for cooperation between the UN Peacebuilding Commission and the organizations.
@traceyk9 I know!!! Luckily nobody injured and all cars moved in time— Sgt Angela Freud (@SgtAngelaFreud) October 17, 2016 “The road has been closed for around half a mile and local traffic diversions are in place.“Local residents were asked to move their cars away from the area by police last night.”A fire service spokesman told the Bury Times that residents reported hearing “noises and grumbling for about 45 minutes” as the sinkhole emerged.Another large hole reported to be 40ft deep appeared on a busy Manchester road after heavy rainfall last year.Earlier this year, a dog was pulled out alive from a sinkhole in Missouri. A large sinkhole has appeared in the middle of a residential street in Greater Manchester with police urging motorists in the area to “give the road a miss”.The six-metre wide hole appeared at around 12.30am in Heywood Road, Prestwich, believed to have been caused by a collapsed sewer. Greater Manchester Police officers covering the Whitefield area also tweeted for motorists in the area to give the road a “miss for the next week or so. Big sinkhole one of our night sgts is looking into”.A spokesman for United Utilities said the road is “likely to be closed for a few weeks as engineers will need to excavate around it”.“It was reported to us in the early hours by the police,” they said in a statement.“At this stage we are not sure what has happened and whether the road has collapsed or if it’s linked to a sewer. There has been some recent tarmacing on the road we believe. Heywood Rd Prestwich shut between Bury Old and Heys Rd due to sinkhole— GMP Whitefield (@GMPWhitefield) October 17, 2016 Residents were woken in the middle of the night by a loud ‘banging’ sound, the Manchester Evening News reports.A resident named George, who did not give his surname, told the newspaper it was “a bit scary” and “kept getting bigger”.“I had to wake everyone up to tell them to move their cars because it started to spread,” he said. 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. @GMPPrestwich AVOID Heywood Rd in Prestwich massive sinkhole and road closures pic.twitter.com/tGD5EbTgIt— Sgt Angela Freud (@SgtAngelaFreud) October 17, 2016 Road Closure – Give Heywood Rd Prestwich by Gilmore Dr a miss for the next week or so. Big sinkhole one of our Night Sgts is looking into pic.twitter.com/30J8EsRixl— GMP Whitefield (@GMPWhitefield) October 17, 2016 A sinkhole appeared in Prestwich, Greater ManchesterCredit:Twitter /
Caterpillar’s recently launched Cat® R1700 Underground Mining Loader has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in-production studies, the company says.The completely new design R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t, 20% more than its predecessor, yet maintains the dimensions of the R1700G.“A recent head-to-head study and multiple field trials show that the machine surpasses its payload advantage in faster truck loading and more productive load-and-carry operations while delivering 21% less fuel consumption per hour in a recent study,” Cat says.The R1700 comes with cycle time advantages over its predecessor through fast bucket loading. This has been enabled through high digging forces and a new traction control system that limits tyre slip when the bucket enters the pile.“The result is fast loading, good bucket fill factors and reduced tyre wear. Excellent machine balance and a new electrohydraulic braking system aid load-and-carry cycles,” Cat says.Fuel efficiency is improved through on-demand adjustment of the cooling fan and the hydraulic system, as well as the proven efficiency of the Cat C13, six-cylinder engine, according to the company. The engine is turbocharged and air-to-air aftercooled, and it produces 269 kW in standard configuration and 257 kW in EU Stage V compliant form.The engine is available in three different emissions configurations – Cat Ventilation Reduction, US EPA Tier/EU Stage IIIA, and EU Stage V – tailoring the R1700 to the mine’s ventilation needs. Aftertreatment for the Stage V engine configuration is chassis mounted for convenience and includes a Diesel Emission Fluid tank sized to match the 12-hour capacity of the fuel tank.The R1700’s productivity is boosted even further with multiple subsystems for fast technology implementation.“Optional Autodig helps new operators be productive the first day and reduces fatigue for experienced teams. Remote machine health monitoring, payload operating technologies are available via MineStar™ Command for underground,” the company says.During the load or dump cycle, the harder the operator pushes the controls, the faster the machine responds. The steering system is pilot-controlled to provide a more precise feel for the operator during manoeuvres in tight places.“Ride control is now fully integrated into the hydraulic system and engages automatically as the machine goes above 5 km/h. Electronically snubbing the cylinders protects them and provides greater operator comfort,” Cat says.The R1700 has auto retarding which is hydraulically actuated. The system comes on automatically when the operator’s foot is lifted from the throttle, with cycle times improving as operators gain confidence and become more comfortable on downhill grades at faster speeds.For easier maintenance, the R1700 features several components that have modular designs – they can easily be removed and replaced.In addition to modular components, all filter and key service points have been grouped into a centralised section on the cold side of the engine. The radiator guard swings open for ground-level access to the radiator, and oil coolers and the batteries are easily accessed just under the centralised service location.For the entire underground loader line, Caterpillar now offers Bolt On Half Arrow ground engaging tools (GET) for bucket edges. The system is designed for high abrasion applications where weld-on GET experience high wear rates.“With a proven and reliable retention system, the bolt-on GET offer more wear material than standard weld-on GET, and the bolt-on design enables fast and easy removal and replacement.“Despite additional wear material, the low-profile front edge eases pile penetration and promotes fast bucket loading,” Cat says.
EHF Cup HC Tatran Presov beat Bjerringbro Silkeborg 32:28 in the match of EHF Cup Group phase Round 5 and made some things clear before the quarter-finals which concludes only three pairs as SC Magdeburg are already qualified for the Final4 event as a host in GETEC Arena.The Danish team with four points has only theoretical chances to endanger RK Nexe Nasice (6 points) and escape from the “worst second placed team” title. However, RK Nexe will have a chance to win a point against FA Goppingen today in Nasice and secure quarter-final position.The Spanish BM Fraikin Granollers, French Saint Raphael and Chambery Savoie, German Fuchse Berlin and FA Goppingen already booked TOP 7 place. ← Previous Story Petar Djordjic wil be out between 3 and 4 weeks Next Story → Denmark, Norway and Montenegro qualify for Women’s EHF EURO 2018
The Eurogroup approved the release of Greece’s two next bailout installments, totaling 7.5 billion euros, but was told that it would have to complete certain structural reforms before the second tranche is released in June.Eurozone finance ministers agreed that Greece should receive 4.2 billion euros later this week after the Euro Working Group and the directors of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) meet. The second sub-tranche of 3.3 billion euros will be disbursed once Greece has met the “milestones” agreed with the troika.Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup, said that in order for Greece to receive the second sub-tranche, Greece would have to reform tax collection, liberalize professions and overhaul its public administration. Among other things, Athens has agreed to sack 2,000 civil servants by the end of June.“We welcome that fiscal performance in 2012 complied with the program targets and that this is expected to continue in 2013 and 2014,” the Eurogroup said in a statement. “Greece is quickly regaining cost competitiveness, but product and services market reforms will need to accelerate to allow gains in cost competitiveness to translate more rapidly into prices.”The head of the EFSF, Klaus Regling, said that Greece would receive the 7.5 billion euros in two tranches as it does not need the whole amount now and because it has to complete its “prior actions” first.The disbursement, however, will take place before the troika’s next review of the Greek program. European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said that inspectors would return to Greece in the next few weeks.While the Greek side would have been encouraged by the outcome of the Eurogroup, Rehn may have put a damper on proceedings by underlining an earlier Commission report that sees the possibility of Greece having a larger-than-expected fiscal shortfall in the next few years.“The Commission estimates that the fiscal gap for Greece could be larger in 2015 and 2016 than previously thought but it could also be lower if growth is larger,” he said, adding that it was too early to say if Athens would need to adopt new austerity measures to make up for such a shortfall.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insisted that Greece would not have to raise taxes or cut wages. “We knew about the possibility of a gap,” he said, suggesting that Greece would beat its targets over the next two years and no extra measures would be needed.Back in Athens, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras castigated the government for its attempts to convince Greeks that the country is turning a corner. He accused the coalition of engaging in mythmaking.“It is a myth that we are coming out of the tunnel,” said Tsipras at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) general assembly. “It is a myth that growth has begun. It is a myth that unemployment is being overcome. It is a myth that society has accepted the sacrifices.”Tsipras accused the government of trying to “fool” society as he criticized SEV for not taking part in collective labor contract talks with unions. The SYRIZA leader added that a leftist government would not accept Greece’s public utilities being in private hands.“A SYRIZA government and full privatization of water and electricity are incompatible things,” he said. “Growth equals democracy plus investment.”Tsipras was given a warm welcome by SEV president Dimitris Daskalopoulos, who called for a “genuine dialogue” between SYRIZA and the entrepreneurs’ group. “SYRIZA’s radicalness is useful and welcome,” said Daskalopoulos.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower I talk a lot about robots. I love robots, even though they totally terrify me. And one of the more interesting things I’ve noticed recently is how animals (including us humans) react to robots. A few years back, researchers were already noticing that soldiers would get attached to bomb-disarming robots, noting that, in a combat situation, that attachment to the inanimate could cause problems.But while homo sapiens might be the most intelligent species around, we’re far from the only ones that grieve a lost loved one. We’re far from the only animals that form attachments to our friends and family. Social bonds are pretty common and run in species as diverse as dogs and elephants. And almost all primates have shown some evidence of caring for one another. Even so, this clip from BBC One’s Spy in the Wild is a little unsettling.Essentially, the team takes robo-animals with eye-cameras and plants them in groups of animals so the documentary crew can surreptitiously observe the critters’ life in the wild. In this case, though, a group of Langur monkeys got a bit… well… attached.After the crew had planted the baby animatronic, the wild monkeys got a bit curious. They started looking at it, interacting with it, and eventually they start trying to care for it. They pet the robot and try to babysit it, but shortly thereafter; it falls off a branch. They start investigating to see if it’s still “alive” and when it doesn’t move, the other monkeys gather around to examine it, each in turn. When they believe it’s gone, the real monkeys become calm and reflective, hugging one another and seeking comfort as they mourn the bot.It’s a surreal moment — real emotion elicited from a pack of monkeys that had only just met this mostly non-reactive facsimile. It’s sobering too, to know that our emotions are just as easy to manipulate because we are, for all intents and purposes, working with the same firmware. And yet, there’s something beautiful about knowing that we aren’t alone. Sure, we might be the only species to develop space travel and the internet, but monkeys feel many of the same things we do.But it’s probably just a matter of time before our robotic conquerors take advantage of our soft-heartedness and slaughter us all.
Employee engagement organisation Reward Gateway has acquired the UK business of voluntary benefits provider LogBuy.LogBuy, which was founded in 2005, provides benefits programme to more than 200 organisations in the UK, including Philips Electronics and Laing O’Rouke.Reward Gateway and LogBuy have worked to bring their benefits programmes together in order to give employers access to a 24/7 employee help desk, as well as a product range, which includes reward and recognition products, employee communications, wellbeing schemes and SmartHub, an integrated employee engagement platform.This acquisition is the sixth that has taken place in the RG Engagement Group’s portfolio, funded by a $220 million investment by Boston-based financiers Great Hill Partners.Glenn Elliott (pictured above far left), founder and chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “We’re looking for any opportunity to make the world a happier place to work, and today’s news means that the employees of over 200 [organisations] that use LogBuy will have access to a wider range of rewards, and the tools to thank and recognise each other.“Reward Gateway has got great financial backing and a wonderful, engaged client base that we can help with more products and services. We’ve got some fantastic opportunities ahead to bring more to our [employer] clients in a really coherent way that is great for them and their employees.”
Washington — The nation’s defense infrastructure has not been adequately maintained for the past several years as the Pentagon diverts funds for installation support to higher priority readiness needs, but the military will be able to cope even if the stringent budget caps forcing officials to skimp on facility needs continue through the end of the decade, the department’s top installations official said this week at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit.“We’ve done this before and survived it,” said John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, referring to a similar situation in the 1990s.“It takes years for buildings to crumble,” Conger said. DOD’s investment in facilities that occurred before the department was forced to tighten its belt two years ago provided a base that should sustain it while its buildings are allowed to deteriorate.Of course, budgets for military construction and facility sustainment, restoration and modernization would continue to remain constrained as long as the budget caps stay in place, he said. Both of those accounts are being funded at reduced levels. DOD only requested $5 billion for milcon in fiscal 2016; several years ago, the account received $14 billion.As recently as five years ago, the department would request funding to fulfill 90 percent of the department’s estimated facility sustainment needs. The current year’s budget only allocates 70 percent of its facility sustainment requirements, said Conger.“We’re just spreading it thin,” he said.Beyond facilities, another of the panelists on the Summit’s “Defense Communities at a Crossroads” session predicted a dramatic change to the size of the Air Force over the next several years under the Budget Control Act. The service could shrink by 30 to 40 percent, according to Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.Lawmakers almost certainly will find common ground on a budget deal to relax the caps on defense spending for FY 2016, Eaglen added. The primary question is the exact amount of relief Congress offers the Pentagon. The number likely will be larger than the 2013 Ryan-Murray deal which provided DOD an extra $22 billion for FY 2014, she said.“They’re going to get to some number eventually,” Eaglen said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is completely corruption-free and has taken strong steps against the menace resulting in zero registration of such cases in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Tuesday. Badal also said the first decision of the Modi government in its first term was setting up of a Special Investigation Team against black money. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “This is Modi government where corruption has no place. This government is fully corruption-free. The prime minister had announced that ‘Na khanga, na khane Dunga’,” she said during Question Hour. The minister for food processing industries said this was the reason why no corruption case has been registered in the food processing ministry.