The remainder of the awards are widely spread across a variety of productions at many of the city’s theatre companies, large and small, a sign of the health of the Toronto scene. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The Musical Stage Company’s recent production of Fun Home, presented by David Mirvish, is the big winner in this year’s Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, picking up four prizes — or six, depending on how you slice it.Fun Home won Best Production of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Robert McQueen), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Cynthia Dale) and Best Actress in a Musical, to be shared by the three performers who play the character of Alison Bechdel at various points in her life: Hannah Levinson, Sara Farb and Laura Condlln.Another highly acclaimed musical, Mr. Shi and His Lover by Wong Teng Chi and Njo Kong Kie, picked up three awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Jordan Cheng) and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Derek Kwan). The Macau Experimental Theatre/Music Picnic/Point View Art Association production, which tells the story of a French diplomat who falls in love with a mysterious opera singer, played at Tarragon Theatre. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Laura Condlln, Hannah Levinson and Sara Farb, shared the lead role of Alison in Fun Home and also share the Best Actress in a Musical award from the Toronto Theatre Critics. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Login/Register With: Twitter
New Delhi: The Election Commission has directed disciplinary action against the presiding officer of a polling station in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency who forgot to delete test votes, necessitating the need for a repoll, officials said Sunday. The polling station 32 in the constituency saw a repoll on Sunday and recorded a voter turnout of 42.14 per cent. According to an official, the EC directed disciplinary action against the presiding officer after a report was sent about the error to it by the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi. Tanvi Garg, district election officer of the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency, said a show cause notice has been to the polling party seeking a reply in the matter.
TORONTO — Rogers Communications is reporting a 35 per cent increase in second-quarter net income, beating analyst estimates.Its net income was $531 million or $1.03 per share, while adjusted profit was $1 per share.Analysts had estimated Rogers would have 90 cents per share of net income, or 93 cents per share after adjustments, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenue was $3.59 billion — up four per cent from last year’s second quarter and within analyst estimates.It’s the first financial report issued by the Toronto-based telecommunications and media company since Joe Natale became its CEO in April.Natale is a former CEO of Telus, where he had a reputation of building customer satisfaction and reducing turnover.He said in today’s announcement that Rogers will improve customer service but also intensify a company-wide focus on controlling costs and improving profitability for shareholders.
Former Speaker and Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarran, S.CNot yet having acted in compliance with Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution by resigning, the Cabinet, including the President, is unlawfully holding onto office, former Speaker of the National Assembly and prominent Attorney, Ralph Ramkarran has said.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”In his weekly column Conversation Tree, Ramkarran stated that a court would be approving this illegality if it allowed even a temporary break from compliance with Article 106 (6), especially given the fact that it is not the end of the life of the Government.The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, having declined to reverse the declaration on December 21, 2018, that the no-confidence motion against the Government had been carried on a vote of 33-32 in favour, has shifted the arena of contest to the courts.Ramkarran, however, made reference to comments made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is reported to have said that there has not been a resignation of the President or Government nor will there be such a resignation, arguing that the country cannot be left without a government.Ramjattan had further argued that Government retained its full panoply of legal powers and was with jurisdiction to exercise its legal authority.But the former Speaker said the Minister missed the fact that Article 106 (7) specifically provides that there shall not be a “governance vacuum”.Also, Ramkarran said it was not known if Ramjattan was aware of the “Caretaker Conventions” which apply when a government is facing elections.According to him, the “Caretaker Conventions” apply during the period from the dissolution of the Parliament to the election of the new Government, because there is no oversight.In summary, the conventions are that no major policy decisions are taken to commit an incoming Government or limit its freedom to act, no major contracts or agreements are entered into, and the use of Government resources in a manner to advantage a particular party is avoided.In a local context, the former House Speaker said the “Caretaker Conventions” should be applied from the moment the no-confidence motion was passed because Article 106 (6) dictates the resignation of the Cabinet, which suggests a caretaker role for the Government thereafter.“The passage of the natural resources legislation and Minister Ramjattan’s remarks signify quite clearly that the Cabinet, including the President, have no intention of resigning and of observing any caretaker conventions,” he further observed in his column.Meanwhile a court case has been filed by Compton Herbert Reid against the Speaker, Charrandas Persaud and the Attorney General seeking to set aside the no-confidence vote of December 21, 2018. The ground is that the vote of Persaud was invalid because he holds a Canadian passport.“An order to stay the no-confidence resolution is also being sought. The reports make no mention of the motion required 34 votes to be passed. No doubt Article 165 (2) of the Constitution will arise for consideration,” he observed.Ramkarran noted too that consideration would no doubt also be given to the right or power of a court to interrupt a constitutional process set in train by a parliamentary motion, on which a vote was taken and deemed to have been carried.He said, “If the power exists, should it be exercised, ad interim, upon an allegation that is prima facie answerable by Article 165 (2) and in circumstances where the notional applicant, the Cabinet, is committing a continuing wrong by not resigning? The question will no doubt be: How can a court allow a Cabinet to stay in office when the Constitution, a superior instrument to the court, by which the court is bound, says that it should resign?”President David Granger is expected to meet with Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues, but topping that list is the no-confidence resolution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo-confidence case: Ram’s attorney makes oral submissionsJanuary 23, 2019In “Court”AG files legal proceedings seeking to stay carried no confidence voteJanuary 7, 2019In “Court”Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution- PPP to SpeakerJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”
JSC Vorkutaugol, one of the largest coal mining companies in Russia, owned by PJSC Severstal, has begun the installation of a multifunctional security system at the Vorkutinskaya, Zapolyarnaya, Komsomolskaya and Vorgashorskaya mines.In December 2017, components of the security system Strata, developed in Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States and South Africa, were delivered to the mines. A month later, representatives from Alpha-Safety, the general supplier of equipment, arrived in Vorkuta to put the systems in place with help from specialists from Vorkutaugol.Alexei Borisov, Deputy Technical Director of Vorkutaugol, said: “Before we started the installation, we had already done a lot of the preparation. The first step was to draw up the detailed technical design and decide which factories would be used for the different components in. We then developed an efficient delivery chain using air transport . Finally, we trained the specialists who will be involved in the installation and operation of the system.”The installation of Strata at all Vorkutaugol mines follows a single schedule of progress. Weekly meetings will be held at the headquarters for monitoring the progress of work, solving problems and sharing experience. These meetings will include the mechanics of Vorkutaugol and representatives from the supplier.The installation is divided into two main stages: surface level and underground. On the surface specialists lay fibre-optic lines, connect them to the server and configure the software. Underground, fibre-optic lines also need to be put down in order to establish wireless communication nodes.Following the launch of the system in July 2018, three of the main functions will be complete continuous monitoring of the air and gas situation, locating each miner with an accuracy of up to 20 m, and underground wireless communication. Vorkutaugol will be the first company in Russia with mines fully equipped with the Strata system.
CREDIT RATINGS AGENCY Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Britain’s government bond rating one notch from the top AAA to AA1, saying sluggish growth and rising debt were weakening the country’s medium-term outlook.Treasury chief George Osborne said the blow only redoubled his resolve “to deliver our economic recovery plan,” based on deep spending cuts.Moody’s said “subdued” growth prospects and a “high and rising debt burden” were weighing on the British economy.The agency said rising debt meant “a deterioration in the shock-absorption capacity of the government’s balance sheet, which is unlikely to reverse before 2016.”It said, though, that “the UK’s creditworthiness remains extremely high,” and its outlook was stable.Moody’s said that “a combination of political will and medium-term fundamental underlying economic strengths will, in time, allow the government to implement its fiscal consolidation plan and reverse the UK’s debt trajectory.”For the British government, the move was unwelcome but not unexpected. All three of the big rating agencies – Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – had placed Britain’s rating on negative watch, as the economy continues to struggle.The Conservative-led government is cutting £50 billion pounds (€57.5 billion) in spending through 2015 in a bid to slash the national debt, which stands at more than 1 trillion pounds, over 70 per cent of GDP.Moody’s said it expected that level to peak at just over 96 per cent of GDP in 2016.Public sector borrowing remains stubbornly high, and is forecast by the government’s Office for Budget Responsibility to be 120 billion pounds (€138 billion) for 2013.Critics say the government’s austerity policy has failed to kick-start the economy, which has been through two periods of recession since 2008.The UK emerged from a nine-month recession in the third quarter, when GDP grew by 0.9 per cent. But the economy contracted by a worse-than-expected 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012.Glimmers of good news for the government include a stable unemployment rate – 7.8 per cent in the last quarter – and low interest rates.The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond fell over the year from 2.29 per cent in February of 2012 to 2.11 per cent now.Osborne said in a statement that the downgrade was “a stark reminder of the debt problems facing our country,” with a debt accumulated over the years exacerbated by Europe’s economic crisis.“Far from weakening our resolve to deliver our economic recovery plan, this decision redoubles it,” he said, promising to press on with debt-cutting.“We will go on delivering the plan that has cut the deficit by a quarter, and given us record low interest rates and record numbers of jobs,” Osborne said.Read: S&P faces US govt suit over mortgage bond ratings >
On the independent review group’s report in general, Fitzgerald said she had confidence in the current staff in her department to implement its recommendations, noting this was the view of the review group.“It’s a critical report but it’s a constructive report, it maps a way forward for the department,” Fitzgerald said of the 21-page document that she described as a “really valuable tool”.She also rejected suggestions she had delayed publishing the report though acknowledging she has had it for two weeks and that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were given the report last Tuesday.The Fine Gael TD said there may well be decisions and changes to staff on foot of the report but stressed the review group had shown confidence in the staff at her department to carry out the reforms.She had had discussions with Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin about providing additional resources to the department to implement the recommendations of the report.Fitzgerald also suggested that similar reviews should be carried out in other government departments, saying: “Some of the issues identified in this would be common across a number of areas.”“This is a valuable tool to understand how the department is functioning and the challenges that it faces and what we need to do going forward is to make sure that it’s fit for purpose,” she later added.- additional reporting from Susan Ryan First published 5.11pm Read: Justice Dept boss to be reassigned after report finds “closed, secretive” culture >Explainer: What is the Guerin report and why was it needed? > No statement of supportPurcell was previously criticised in the Guerin Report over his handling of garda matters including the situation surrounding garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.In the wake that report the then newly-appointed justice minister refused to officially show or deny her support for – or confidence in – Purcell remaining as her Secretary General.On May 9, Fitzgerald would not explicitly state whether or not she had confidence in her top civil servant, despite being asked three times.The following week, the minister was asked again about her confidence in Purcell and replied that she would base her decision on whether he should remain in his post on “sound advice, expert advice” following the independent review of the department’s management and administration.Fitzgerald said there were “questions obviously of natural justice which clearly would form part of any response that I make” in relation to Purcell’s future at the department.In a statement today responding to the report’s publication and noting Purcell’s offer to be reassigned to other duties in the public service, Fitzgerald thanked Purcell for his years of service and noted the Cabinet’s decision to proceed with the open recruitment of his replacement.She said the “newly appointed Secretary General will play a pivotal role in managing and embedding the recommendations of the report in the workings of the Department”.Response to report Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 5.40pm FOR 80 DAYS Frances Fitzgerald refused to back her top civil servant Brian Purcell as secretary general of the Department of Justice, but now he’s offered to be reassigned.It comes after a damning report by an independent review group found a “closed, secretive and silo driven culture” operating within the department and recommended wide scale reforms to its administration.Speaking to reporters this evening, Fitzgerald said Purcell had “decided that it was in the best interests of the department” that he offer to be reassigned in the wake of his reading the report. She said he felt it would be a “distraction” if he remained.“In fact he said to me that it was in the best interests of the department, of my role as minister and personally himself to take this decision. I think it was an honourable decision,” she said.Fitzgerald said this evening that it was important to note that the report “does not name any individuals” and that Purcell has “served the State for 28 years to date” noting he was shot at when he worked at the Department of Social Protection in the 1980s.She said “there’s no secret deal” with Purcell and he will not be reassigned within the department.The Minister said she believes his successor will be appointed after an open competition process which will take around two to three months although she admitted there will be difficulties with it being August. Frances Fitzgerald thinks every government department should have this kind of review, has confidence in her staff.— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 28, 2014 Department of Justice Secretary General Brian Purcell has offered to be reassigned to other duties in the public service.— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) July 28, 2014 Source: TheJournal.ie/Twitter
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Scientists have revealed a genetic variant in residents of northern Crete, who despite consuming lamb and cheese don’t have the prevalence of heart problems, heart attacks and strokes found in much of the western world. The research published by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute focused on villagers in the municipality of Mylopotamos, with blood drawn from 250 residents to examine their DNA, revealing a genetic variant unique to the residents of Zoniana and Anogia. While the villagers consume a diet rich in animal fat, the variant appears to protect their hearts by decreasing the levels of cholesterol and ‘bad’ fats in the body. Scientists set out testing the genomes of thousands of Europeans, however were only able to find the same variant in one other individual residing in Tuscany, Italy.Published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers are not yet sure about why this genetic variant exists or how it came to be. It could in fact be influenced by a number of factors, including lifestyle and environment, or could be a possible genetic mutation that has been passed on from one generation to the next given that the populations of the two villages are isolated high up in the mountains. “By studying isolated populations, we are able to identify those genetic variants that are at a higher frequency compared to cosmopolitan populations and this in turn increases our power to detect if these variants are disease causing,” said researcher Lorraine Southam.“With isolated populations, we can get a unique view into rare genetic variants that play important roles in complex human diseases.”Meanwhile, scientists are now examining other isolated populations including the Amish in the United States and the Inuit in northern Greenland in a bid to see whether isolation is part of maintaining their health. “We are finding new genetic variants we haven’t seen before,” said lead author Professor Eleftheria Zeggini, adding that the results revealed in the residents of Mylopotamos show the significance of examining the entire human genome rather than individual pieces to understand the genetic architecture of a population.
The CFA warnings came too late for the women who pledged to deliver donated food to the community of Rosedale. Driving the extra mile to dodge deadly bushfires is a hazard nobody wants to be locked in. Nicole and Sophie did not buckle, instead, changed routes and were lead by the VIC Emergency app!They were determined to achieve what they set out to do with the support of family, friends and colleagues to donate non-perishables and provide relief to a Victorian rural community in drought affected Gippsland. Needy families struck by drought that is not going away any time soon were more than welcoming to receive even the smallest of acknowledgment feeling they were not forgotten.The journey began days before while skating across Melbourne to collect tokens of human kindness. Peak hour traffic did not deter these two young women, who were on a mission to make even the smallest of difference. The ten hour round trip on Sunday to deliver a car full of food while crossing regions riddled with bushfires, may seem like a mindless act. Giving up a few weekends of me time to their time was admirable and inspiring when Siri’s VIC EMERGENCY alerts were highlighting red along roads and highways of restricted areas ahead. ‘Authorities have warned residents against becoming complacent, saying that both fires are still burning out-of-control, however there are no longer any immediate threats to property’. Siri’s insisted voice paused as the fires blazed in the background and smoke filtered the clouds.On arrival, it was more than non-perishables that were needed. This once thriving town had now become a soft humming town with whispers of plea! It was surrounded by dry dusty paddocks unfit for livestock or seeding. Australia’s landscape seemed hidden behind a tired, sunburnt version of its own glory. The substitute neon signs were plastered of farms for sale amongst the changing dry landscape. Livestock that once scattered the green pastures were nowhere to be seen. The quaint rural community of Rosedale was reliving its very own historic walk amongst a withering township, as Government support is not enough to Victorian farmers and beyond.READ MORE: South Australia raises over $220,000 for Greek fire victims Perhaps the worst part of this experience for Sophie and Nicole, was the discovery that many farmers resolve to suffer in silence until hardship is too obvious to conceal. While non-perishable donations provided some respite to families in Rosedale it was clear that lasting and impactful relief could only result from serious reductions to farming overheads. Significant reductions to council rates and land taxes, could ensure farmers spend precious income maintaining their farms to keep Australia’s sinking farming industry afloat. ‘Drastic intervention from the Government (as drastic as the drought) is needed to see Victorian farmers through the harshest conditions on record in 400 years’.While the markets entice customers to celebrate all things fresh and organic some are made to imagine that supply comes effortlessly and in abundance. Droughts are affecting our produce and health and it is adversely challenging our communities towards moving green. With souring prices to make a profit, farmers are ‘desperately seeking delayed government funds as they struggle to meet Centrelink eligibility requirements’ and from further sinking into the earth’s expanding cracks. ‘A grant of up to $5,000 (ex-GST) per farm business is available to assist eligible farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure improvements. Eligible farm businesses are required to provide at least dollar for dollar matching funding co-contribution’.It seems the future of Victoria’s forgotten farming industry looks bleak to say the least. It is hearing reports of selflessness that remind us of the remarkable and compassionate people that live amongst us; whether they are those willing to circumvent bushfires to get to families in need, or people that donate, to those less fortunate. However, despaired farmers want to tell their story of desperation and deprivation. Movement of stock and produce when there is not a penny to spare, reflects the doom of a lesser fresher produce on our shelves. Disheartening stories of sacrifices in the land of plenty is becoming Australia’s new reality. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Déchets radioactifs : Greenpeace accuse Areva de mettre la santé des Nigériens en dangerLe groupe français Areva est accusé par Greenpeace d’avoir déversé des dizaines de milliers de litres de boues radioactives au Niger, mettant en danger la santé des riverains et contaminant l’environnement.”Depuis le 11 décembre, plus de 200.000 litres de boues radioactives provenant de trois bassins fendus se sont déversées dans l’environnement à la mine d’uranium Somair au Niger, opérée par l’entreprise française d’énergie Areva”, assure Greenpeace dans un communiqué publié depuis le siège de son principal bureau en Afrique, à Johannesburg. “Cette nouvelle fuite montre que les mauvaises pratiques à la mine d’uranium d’Areva au Niger continuent de menacer la santé et la sécurité de la population ainsi que l’environnement”, déplore l’association écologiste, qui avait déjà dénoncé le comportement du groupe français au Niger il y a quelques mois. Dans un rapport publié en mars dernier, Greenpeace accusait en effet Areva de mettre en danger la santé des riverains de deux cités minières, Arlit et Akokan. L’association réclamait alors la décontamination des sites (voir notre article). “Contrairement aux déclarations d’Areva certifiant que leurs activités sont conformes aux normes internationales de santé, sécurité et environnement, cette nouvelle information montre qu’Areva n’a pas suffisamment agi pour protéger la population nigérienne”, estime Rianne Teule, porte-parole de Greenpeace Afrique. Ce sont aujourd’hui deux hectares qui sont contaminés par le déversement des boues radioactives, s’insurge-t-elle.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 19:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une nouvelle basket intelligente chez AdidasVersion foot des système de running type Nike+Ipod, la adizero f50 miCoach ne vous permettra pas de nettoyer les lucarnes à chaque tir, mais dispense des informations opportunes pour le joueur et son entraîneur.La chaussure inclut un système de positionnement, un processeur et un système de stockage gèrant les informations collectées pendant 7 heures. Vitesse de déplacement, distance parcourue, nombre de pas…: elle saura tout de vos efforts.À lire aussiInnovation : une chaussure de course qui s’adapte aux hormones fémininesLa transmission des informations s’effectue en Wifi ou via son port USB. Par la suite, les statistiques récoltées s’incorporent au système MiCoach de la firme, et peuvent également être partagées avec des amis sur Facebook.Les adizerof50 miCoach débarqueront en magasin à partir du mois de novembre, pour un prix qui les destine avant tout aux acharnés de technologie et de ballon rond : 245 euros. A ce prix là, c’est le portefeuille qui risque de manger le gazon.Le 30 septembre 2011 à 10:11 • Maxime Lambert
The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the introduction this morning of new legislation to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would direct FDA to provide guidance for companies that wish to label their products for the presence or absence of GMOs; make mandatory an FDA safety review of all new GMO traits before they are brought to market and enable FDA to mandate labels on any product shown to pose a health, safety or nutrition risk; and directs FDA to define the term “natural” for use on food labels. Additionally, the bill would eliminate a large potential source of confusion among consumers by establishing FDA’s labeling guidance as the national standard and preventing states from enacting a patchwork of conflicting requirements.“This bill is a commonsense, science-based approach to an issue we realize is close to the hearts and minds of so many consumers,” said Iowa farmer and ASA President Ray Gaesser. “Americans want to know that their food is safe, and the solutions proposed in this bill will ensure that they have that information. It will require that the FDA review all new GMO traits for safety, and stipulate that the FDA require labels for any product that has a safety or health risk. It will allow companies to voluntarily label foods as non-GMO and enable those consumers who wish purchase non-GMO foods to do so. Importantly, however, it won’t force consumers to pay more for food just because some interests want to require mandatory labeling of safe and healthy foods made with GMOs.”Economic studies show that an average family of four would pay about $500 more per year for groceries under mandatory GMO labeling schemes being considered in some states.Gaesser especially praised the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) for their foresight in championing the bill. “Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield and each of the sponsors of this bill have taken a brave and progressive step,” he said. “The conversation surrounding GMOs is one that has been crowded with misinformation and hyperbole on all sides, but at its core, must be about science. The Congressmen realize that my fellow farmers and I use these tools—each of which represents a revolutionary and proven-safe scientific advance—to be more productive while consuming fewer resources. They are to be commended for pursuing a science-based step forward on GMOs, and we call on the Energy and Commerce Committee to move forward with hearings on the bill as quickly as possible.”“Genetically modified soybeans have been in widespread use by American farmers since 1997. Not only have these applications been repeatedly tested and proven safe by the world’s most stringent food safety testing system, they have been so without a single documented instance of a human or animal health risk. Not one. That’s why, as farmers, we grow them, and as consumers, we feed them to our families,” added Gaesser. “It’s time that we have a reasonable, science-based discussion on GMOs and this bill helps get us there.”
Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Exclusive: Tank Talks Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Email Twitter The soulful singer/songwriter discusses the importance of putting passion behind the musicAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Tank has been crafting hits since 2001, so he definitely knows a thing or two about putting heart and soul into music. His most recent hit, and most popular song to date, “When We,” has spent the last year on the charts, proving that the R&B sound is ever-evolving. Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B exclusive-tank-talks-bringing-feeling-back-rb We caught up with the artist backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear him share how he and others are changing the game by making “R&B music that feels like something.” Despite the almost two decades he has spent contributing to the R&B scene, he knows he has more to accomplish.”As long as you’re putting in the work, at some point…there will be a harvest,” Tank says, sharing his advice for younger artists.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”
Andhra Bank has posted 35% growth in net profit during the quarter ended September.The net profit was ₹144 crore, a jump of 35% quarter-on-quarter.The core operating profit of the bank during Q2 stood at ₹710 crore compared to ₹622 crore during corresponding quarter of previous year.The bank said its total income grew by 16% year-on-year. It stood at ₹4,424 crore compared to ₹3,818 crore during Q2 of 2013-14. This comprised interest income of ₹4,146 crore and and non-interest income of ₹278 crore.Total business of the bank stood at ₹260,012 crore, an increase of 13% year-on-year.The deposits grew from ₹129,343 crore to ₹145,084 crore, an year-on-year increase of 12.2%.The gross bank credit during the quarter stood at ₹114,928 crore, a growth of 14% over corresponding quarter last year.
Donald TrumpDonald Trump hurtled through his first week in power, punching out at critics, dishing up “alternative facts,” polarizing public opinion and making good on an electoral promise to shake up Washington.One week into the Trump era and there is a serious case of political whiplash in America’s capital.Just a week ago, an outsider who never before held elected office rode into town. Seven days later, norms and doctrine that have guided the United States for decades are being re-examined.Trump’s down-to-the-studs gut job began with a feisty inaugural address: a call to arms that tested old distinctions between left and right.”Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another,” he said.”We are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people.”The establishment “elites” in big cities, in politics and the media were no longer the technocrats in charge of the world’s only superpower, they were the enemy.The new president also put the rest of the world on notice.For the last 75 years, America had been what Barack Obama described as the “indispensable nation” — the glue that bound the global order.The era of Trump would be the era of “America first,” he said, of naked self-interest and zero-sum diplomacy. Old alliances would be reassessed, new alliances would be explored.Before his inauguration, many asked if the presidency would change Donald Trump, or whether Donald Trump would change the presidency.Barely 20 minutes into his four-year term, anyone who was listening had their answer.Rolling thunderBefore arriving to the Oval Office, Trump’s strategists had decided to use the first few weeks to unleash a daily wave of executive orders.The aim was to unbalance opponents, define Trump as a man of action and slake his supporters’ thirst for change.For much of middle America, globalization, automation and the Great Recession had been apocalyptic.Politics had passed them over and worse, they felt steamrollered by “coastal elites” in America’s “culture wars” over abortion, gay rights, immigration, global warming and religion.Trump had won the election by promising to be their champion, and he was going to — as Ronald Reagan said — “dance with the one that brung ya.”For the most part, the CEO-in-chief put forward actions that could have come from any Republican in the country: defunding abortion, preening the military and approving oil pipelines.But it was coated with a thick veneer of nationalist and populist rhetoric, and accompanying policies championed by top aide Steve Bannon.Trump ripped up a trans-Pacific trade deal designed to counterbalance China’s regional economic power, imposed a ban on refugees from Syria and migrants from seven other Muslim countries.He ordered planning to begin to build a wall on Mexico’s southern border and picked a very public fight with Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto, who cancelled a trip to Washington.The United States, a nation founded by migrants, was now willing to shut its doors.Not since Obama’s election or perhaps the Iraq War has America’s image around the world changed so dramatically and so quickly.But Trump supporters saw an outsider sticking up for them and sticking it to the elites.”Get used to it,” said Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, boasting that Trump had delivered a “shock to the system.””And he’s just getting started,” she said.Rocky startBut it was not all positive for Trump. The White House is far from purring. Key positions have yet to be filled and the decision making process is haphazard.Trump aides were forced to publicly row back suggestions of a 20 percent border tax on Mexican goods and defend a chaotic rollout of the refugee and migrant ban.Throughout the week, Trump engaged in intemperate outbursts about the size of his inaugural crowd, alleged election fraud and perceived media persecution.Privately, in call after call, he complained to top aides about press coverage. The impression was of a man focused on his image more than running the country.Trump also seemed like a man for whom becoming US president was not adulation enough.Spokesman Sean Spicer — between tirades and missteps — offered a window onto the soul of the White House.”There’s this constant theme to undercut the enormous support he has,” Spicer said.”It’s unbelievably frustrating when you’re continually told it’s not big enough; it’s not good enough. You can’t win.”According to a Quinnipiac poll, Trump’s approval rating at the end of his first week stood at 36 per cent.But critics saw a more sinister motive for the outbursts, particularly Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that three million people voted illegally in the election.Brian Klaas, an expert on global democracy at the London School of Economics, sees Trump “casting aspersions (without evidence) on electoral integrity is a key way to restrict voting rights and erode confidence in elections.””Attacking the media and blurring the lines of truth with state narratives not grounded in fact is important to sowing public doubt,” he said.Mindy Finn, who ran as an independent vice presidential candidate, summed up Trump’s strategy as “sow chaos, deepen division and consolidate power.”For his harshest critics, the question is now whether Donald Trump breaks the presidency, or whether the presidency breaks Donald Trump.
Share – / 10Two people were killed and several schools placed on lockdown after a recently terminated employee opened fire Wednesday at a transportation business in Katy, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.It happened at about 8:43 a.m. at the Knights Transportation Facility located in the 20400 block of Franz Road.“The shooter was terminated a couple weeks ago. We understand that he came to this location armed with a shotgun and a handgun, began shooting — one of the employees here was shot. The shooter then committed suicide, as we understand, self-inflicted,” HCSO spokesman Ralph Gonzalez said. Morton Ranch High School is across the street from the crime scene, and was on lockdown. A Katy Independent School District spokesperson said three other district campuses were also briefly closed.Gonzalez said other employees described what happened.“One of the employees stated that he said, ‘Ya’ll ruined my life.’ He parked in front, walked in the front door, and we understood he fired one round straight through … into an area where the drivers dine and have coffee — they think like a warning shot — and then started in the building,” he said.Two other employees sustained injuries from shrapnel or debris, as they ran to escape the shooting. One deputy hit his knee hard when responding officers had to hit the ground. He was transported to a hospital.The suspect’s name has not been released.ABNER FLETCHER Deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Knights Transportation facility located at the 20400 block of Franz Road.
Stay on target Amazon reportedly plans to introduce new automated packing machines in its warehouses, potentially replacing 1,300 human jobs nationwide.But before getting the pink slip, existing employees can quit and start their own business—delivering Amazon packages.The new machines, from Italian firm CMC Srl, pack “much faster” than mere mortals, according to Reuters. Dubbed CartonWrap, the assembly-line appliance cranks out as many as 700 boxes per hour—five times the rate of a flesh-and-blood packer.And they require only three operatives: one to load customer orders, one to stock cardboard and glue, one to fix occasional jams.Similar technology in a handful of warehouses already leaves the scanning and boxing of products up to a robot. Now, Amazon is considering installing two devices at 55 U.S. fulfillment centers, potentially putting some 1,320 people out of work.“We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times, and adding efficiency across our network,” an Amazon spokesman told Geek in an emailed statement. “We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.” The company, which could pay $1 million per machine (plus operational expenses), expects to recoup the costs in less than two years.Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations, tweeted on Monday that Amazon is testing tech “that makes packages smaller with less overall cardboard waste.”“For all this fear of lost jobs the [No. 1] issue for most of us is finding enough people to fill the jobs we have and the new ones we are creating,” he wrote in response to the Reuters article.CMC did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Coincidentally (or not), Amazon this week launched a program that encourages existing employees to quit and start their own business delivering—no joke—Amazon goods.The move, as the Associated Press pointed out, comes as the conglomerate aims to reduce its Prime shipping time from two days to one.Amazon will cover up to $10,000 in startup costs, provide blue vans with the Amazon smile logo, and pay three months’ worth of salary for those accepted into the program.The offer is open to most part-time and full-time employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders, the AP said. It does not, however, extend to affiliate company Whole Foods.More than 200 Amazon delivery businesses have been created since the firm launched the Delivery Service Partner program last June.More on Geek.com:Watch: Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Can Stack Boxes Like a BossThis Humanoid Robot Could Replace Construction Workers11 Robots That Are Going to Steal Your Jobs, ManEditor’s note: This article was updated at 8:40 a.m. ET with comment from Amazon. Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them
Kolkata: Four persons were killed and seven others have been injured in three separate road accidents in the district on Sunday.The first incident took place at Andal in West Burdwan at around 6.30 am when a youth was returning home on his motorcycle after doing a night shift. The victim, a private employee, was hit by a speeding truck.He sustained critical injuries in the accident. Some of the locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The truck driver fled the spot immediately. According to the local sources, the truck was at a high speed as a result of which the driver could not control the vehicle when the youth came in front of the truck. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe driver applied a sudden brake but failed to avoid the accident. The incident triggered tension in the area and it caused traffic congestion in Jadudanga area of Jamuria.Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver.Another accident took place on National Highway 34 near Udaypur area of Shantipur when a truck collided head on with a bus.One passenger and the helper of the bus succumbed to their injuries in a hospital.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the bus driver might have fallen asleep while driving on Sunday morning. Seven other passengers were also injured in the accident. Three of them are stated to be serious. They were taken to a hospital for treatment. The third incident occurred in Mejia area of Bankura when a speeding truck knocked down a cyclist from behind. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver who has been at large.
Older employees tend to feel more stressed than younger employees when their employers don’t provide them with the support and resources they need to do their jobs well, according to a new study. The study, published in the “Journal of Vocational Behavior”, found that both younger and older workers had lower levels of overall stress when they were given more autonomy on the job, had good relationships with their bosses and felt they were respected and treated fairly at work. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut when such resources were lacking, older workers reported significantly higher stress levels a year later than their younger colleagues, the researcher said.”With the workforce becoming more age-diverse and older at the same time, it is important to understand the differences between younger and older workers to help them cope with the demands of their work lives more effectively,” said co-author Lale Yaldiz from the Portland State University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the researchers surveyed 243 municipal public works employees between the ages of 24 and 64 over the course of a year.The findings suggest that older workers place a greater value on having autonomy and a supportive work environment because those resources allow them to adapt to the psychological and physical changes that come with aging. For example, older workers tend to prioritise emotional needs and care more about having socially meaningful interactions and mentoring their colleagues than younger workers whose focus tends to be on gaining the skills they need to advance in their careers, the researcher said.Since older workers appear to be more susceptible to stress, organisations can help workers by being transparent about how decisions are made and implemented, not discriminating, valuing employee input when making key decisions and providing channels for employees to voice concerns, the researchers added.