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Teekay TIL Shareholders Advised to Back the Merger

first_imgzoom Proxy advisory firms of Tanker Investments Ltd (TIL) and Teekay Tankers have recommended that the shareholders of the two companies vote for the merger  the two tanker majors announced in June this year.Specifically, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. advised Teekay Tankers to move ahead with the merger plan with TIL. ISS has also advised TIL’s shareholders to support the merger, as it would create one of the world’s largest mid-size tanker companies, with a 62-vessel fleet and combined total assets of USD 2.4 billion.The two companies have scheduled their respective shareholders’ special meetings for November 17.“We believe the merger offers compelling strategic and financial benefits, including expected immediate accretion to earnings, strengthening of our balance sheet and increase in liquidity and an en bloc fleet acquisition at the right point in the tanker cycle when market fundamentals show signs of improvement,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and Chief Executive Officer said.Commenting on the advice, William Hung, TIL’s Chief Executive Officer, said the merger includes the opportunity to remain invested in the tanker space as part of a larger company with over 40 years of experience.“In addition, the combined entity is expected to have a stronger balance sheet and increased liquidity, increased equity trading liquidity and a dividend policy based largely on the strength of underlying tanker rates,” he added.The CEOs and Boards of Directors of the two tanker companies encouraged all shareholders to vote in favor of the deal.Teekay said that it has also already secured support for the merger with TIL from Teekay Tankers’ two largest shareholders, Teekay Corporation and Huber Capital Management LLC.Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 35 double-hull tankers, including 16 Suezmax tankers, 12 Aframax tankers, and seven Long Range 2 product tankers, and has four capital leased Suezmax tankers and one VLCC through a 50 percent-owned joint venture. In addition, Teekay Tankers owns a ship-to-ship transfer business and a minority interest of over 11 percent in TIL, which owns a fleet of 18 tankers.last_img read more

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New CEO Appointed

first_imgNova Scotia’s Office of Acadian Affairs has a new chief executive officer. Vaughne Madden, a longtime leader in Acadian community development, will assume the new role on Monday, Sept. 19. “Vaughne brings an ideal combination of experiences to this important assignment,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “She understands both the needs of the community and the inner workings of government. We’re very pleased to have her join the team now, as we begin to improve the delivery of French-language services in this province.” Ms. Madden has spent more than a year as part of an inter-departmental committee working to increase the delivery of French-language services by the provincial government. The appointment to the committee was one of her duties as the interim Acadian liaison officer with the Department of Tourism Culture and Heritage. Prior to her work with the provincial government, Ms. Madden was executive director of the Congrès mondial acadien 2004, an international celebration of Acadians. Over the last 20 years, she has held senior positions with such Acadian organizations as the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and the Société Promotion Grand Pré. She has a bachelor’s degree in social services with a major in community development from the University of Moncton. She is originally from the Acadian Village of Sainte-Anne du Ruisseau in southwest Nova Scotia. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge and helping the province improve its services to the Acadians and Francophones of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Madden. The Office of Acadian Affairs offers advice and support to departments, agencies and Crown corporations, so they can develop and adapt policies, programs, and services that reflect the needs of the Acadian and Francophone community of Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Transportation Safety Board deploys team to fatal plane crash in Smithers BC

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. — The Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to the site of a fatal small plane crash in northern British Columbia.The Cessna 182 went down Saturday about 100 kilometres northeast of Smithers.RCMP confirmed it was a fatal crash, but have not released any more details including how many people were aboard.The plane, which is capable of carrying four people, sent out a transmission from its emergency locator Saturday morning, prompting a search by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.When the site was found, a rescue technician was lowered by cable from a helicopter to check for survivors and the operation was then turned over to police. A statement from the Transportation Safety Board says its investigators will go to the site to gather information and assess the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Human pig disease outbreak in China appears to have peaked UN health

A group of international specialists convened by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded, based on information provided by the Chinese Health Ministry, that the outbreak in humans in Sichuan province is compatible with Streptococcus suis. “The data provided by China depict an outbreak that peaked from the second through the fourth week of July, and dwindled rapidly thereafter,” WHO said. “Authorities say several human cases were discovered retrospectively, once the epidemiological investigation was under way.”The agency noted that authorities reported that there was so far no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and no health-care workers tending to the patients had been infected but further study was still needed to determine why this outbreak was so large with so many fatalities compared to previous outbreaks in recent years.“Regarding a possible national and international spread of the outbreak, the specialists concurred with the Chinese authorities that the movements of live pigs, and the trade of pig carcasses and meat within and from the outbreak area, had to be carefully regulated and monitored,” WHO said. “China says it has put strict measures in place to ensure this.”The specialists reiterated that although consumption of raw or undercooked pork may lead to disease, eating properly cooked pork is unlikely to represent an increased risk, even if the strain of Streptococcus suis involved is more virulent.But the outbreak once again raises the wider global issue of the links between, on the one hand, food safety, animal husbandry and slaughtering practices, especially in poor, backyard farms and rural areas, and on the other hand, an ever-growing range of zoonotic diseases.Symptoms include high fever, malaise, nausea, and vomiting, followed by meningitis, subcutaneous haemorrhage, toxic shock, and coma in severe cases. The incubation period is short and disease progression is rapid. read more

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Deadly Mali attack to be investigated by UN rights experts

Women and children were among those killed in Koulogon Peul on Tuesday, according to MINUSMA. It has called for justice for the victims, whose deaths come amid escalating intercommunal clashes, fuelled in part by decades-old disputes over land and cattle by pastoralists across the whole Sahel region and by extremist armed groups.“I strongly condemn these attacks against civilians in the village of Koulogon Peul and call for the perpetrators to be held accountable,” said Joanne Adamson, MINUSMA Deputy Special Representative.“It is becoming more and more important to bring an end to violence in the regions of Mopti and Segou. We need to intensify our efforts to find judicial and political solutions,” she insisted.According to MINUSMA, the latest incident saw unidentified armed assailants attack Koulogon Peul village in Mali’s central Mopti region, at around 5am on New Year’s Day. In addition to those killed and wounded in their homes, houses and granaries were also destroyed on purpose, it said in a statement.The assailants wore traditional hunting outfits associated with the Dozos people, MINUSMA also reported.After welcoming the rapid deployment of Malian troops to the site of the attack and the decision to open a police inquiry, the Mission’s communiqué added that “in the coming days”, it will deploy a human rights team to support the probe.“This work will make it possible to carry out an investigation in the zone where the attack took place”, the MINUSMA statement continued, noting that it would also help to complete evidence-gathering, establish the reasons for the killings and apportion responsibility.The attack is the latest episode of violence involving self-defence militias and armed groups in Mali, where extremists took over the north of the country in 2012.Although the French military succeeded in forcing them back, the jihadists have maintained support in communities in the north and centre, causing a significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the last 12 months.Overall, some 7.2 million people living in Mali’s 50 administrative districts, or “cercles”, have been affected by insecurity, drought and flooding.Among them, 3.2 million require humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and four regions have acute malnutrition levels above the 10 per cent alert threshold: Gao, Menaka, Segou and Timbuktu.For the situation in Mali to improve, the effective implementation of the peace agreement in the north needs to happen, OCHA said in its 2019 Global Humanitarian Overview, along with the restoration of law and basic services throughout the country, and the protection of civilians by national and international forces. read more

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IMDEX showcasing realtime and downhole exploration solutions at PDAC

first_imgIMDEX is showing off its exploration drilling wares at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual bash in Toronto, Canada.IMDEX’s booth – incorporating the REFLEX and AMC brands – is showcasing the company’s integrated solutions and latest technologies including its AMC ULWSRU™ featuring the IMDEX MUD AID, IMDEX MOBILE software, drilling optimisation and downhole navigation solutions, and real-time 3D visualisation solutions for downhole and structural geology data, the company said.The AMC ULWSRU, featuring the IMDEXMUD AID, has seen IMDEX combine the benefits of its ultra-lightweight solids removal unit and automated in-field drilling fluid diagnosis unit – including remote tracking technology – to optimise penetration rates, core recovery and metres drilled per bit, according to the company.IMDEX MOBILE, meanwhile, has seen the company work closely with clients to create more than 20 ready-to-use forms and reports including daily drill reports; pre-start inspections; verified cost reports; and rig productivity reports.All of these are available via the new off-the-shelf software, according to IMDEX.General Manager, IMDEX Product Development, Michelle Carey, said: “We are committed to being at the forefront of dynamic solutions that deliver accurate data, whilst saving time and money for clients.”A good example of this is the company’s IMDEX Downhole Navigation solution, according to Carey.The company said of this solution: “As pioneers in downhole navigation, IMDEX has further enhanced its solution to support clients’ complete downhole needs. The latest integration of IMDEXHUB-IQ™ with Seequent’s Central software (pictured) means clients can now have real-time 3D visualisation of the drill hole.”IMDEX Chief Geoscientist, Dave Lawie, said: “Increasingly, geologists are wanting to make decisions in real-time, however, they need to have the right live data available. We’re excited to be part of this industry-first to deliver real-time 3D data, which will dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of decision-making for drilling projects.”The company’s REFLEXGYRO SPRINT-IQ™, officially launched at last year’s PDAC event, also integrates with IMDEXHUB-IQ™ and Seequent’s Central software. This technology surveys three times faster and two times more accurately than traditional gyros, according to the company, and can survey holes at any angle and operate in single, multi-shot and continuous modes.last_img read more

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Vera Twomey has made it to Tipperary as she walks 260km from

first_img Share12462 Tweet Email1 We’d never ever had done something like this unless we were backed into a corner. We need urgent attention to this matter. I’m so worried. I beg you all to come and walk with us a bit of the road. 63 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3266447 Mar 2nd 2017, 7:53 AM Vera Twomey on her walk yesterday. Image: Facebookcenter_img Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 7:53 AM Vera Twomey has made it to Tipperary as she walks 260km from Cork to the Dáil for her daughter Vera has 187km to go. Image: Facebook A MOTHER WHO has been campaigning to get her daughter access to medicinal cannabis has made it to Tipperary as she continues her 260km walk to highlight the case.Last night, Vera Twomey arrived into Cashel where she was met by supporters, many of whom have decided to walk with the Cork woman to support her.They are due to set off again at 9.30am this morning.Vera Twomey began the 260km walk from her home to the Dáil as a protest against decisions to restrict her daughter Ava, who has rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome, from accessing the drug.Speaking as she walked into Cashel yesterday evening, Vera said that the support she has received has been overwhelming but that it changes nothing unless the law is changed.She said: “We really appreciate your support. Please contact your TDs. We need the law to be adjusted. {Health Minister} Simon Harris sent me an email last night outlining he knew the stress I was under. I would question that strongly. I don’t know if he appreciates the stress we’re under. The long road ahead. Source: Google MapsVera has been in a number of meetings with Harris and has tried to get the Minister to allow Ava access cannabis-based medicine on compassionate grounds. Ava, who would have suffered dozens of seizures on a daily basis, has had access to CBD oil costing around €300 a month.CBD is a cannabidiol and is legal in Ireland because it does not contain any THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. Vera is campaigning for access to the full range of cannabis-based medicines.Last week, Twomey released a harrowing video of Ava suffering a seizure to TV3 and, , spoke to Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ radio following her meeting with Harris, where advocates Gino Kenny TD and Anne Rabbitte TD were also in attendance. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTwomey added that, despite the high profile that Ava’s case has garnered in recent months, nothing had really been done to change the situation she was in.When Twomey and her husband, Paul, released the video to TV3, they said they had reached their “last straw” and felt like they badly needed something to be done.Read: Mother releases harrowing video of daughter suffering seizures in bid to access medicationRead: Health authority recommends medicinal cannabis to be made available for “specified conditions” Vera Twomey on her walk yesterday. 28,711 Views last_img read more

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Vin Diesel reveals Guardians will be in Avengers Infinity War

first_imgAs we get ever closer to the release of the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie this November – Doctor Strange – the Marvel publicity machine hasn’t made any major announcements since giving their enthusiastically received San Diego Comic-Con presentation. Instead, the newest happening in the MCU comes from a somewhat unexpected source: Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.In case you haven’t stumbled across something on the internet from Vin Diesel’s Facebook page before, know that the Fast & Furious and Chronicles of Riddick star will occasionally break actual news there. Othertimes, he’s wildly entertaining or genuinely positive, though confusing.It seemed like a good time for Vin Diesel to take to social media, even if news about Avengers: Infinity War isn’t what anyone was expecting. There’s been a little bit of celebrity drama surrounding Vin Diesel during the past few weeks. Apparently on the set of the newest Fast and Furious movie, Fast 8, the star and Dwayne Johnson did not get along.The public first got wind of this when Johnson took to social media to talk about a “candy ass” castmate. A few days later, the gossip kicked up a name: Vin Diesel. It’s unclear exactly what was happening between the two (apparently something with how long Vin Diesel takes in his trailer, maybe?), but when Diesel went Live on Facebook, people rushed to view.After talking about how he had wrapped shooting, commenting on how beautiful the weather was and praising his Facebook fan collective community, Diesel started talking about his first Marvel meeting when he had a picture taken in front of the cover for an Avengers comic. Then (about 20mins and 40 seconds in) he said “Now the Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War and that’s incredibly exciting.”This is the first confirmation that we’ve heard that the Chris Pratt lead team from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and next February’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will be in Avengers: Infinity War.The next Avengers movie will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (who directed Captain America: Civil War) and written by the writers of that film, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. When it was announced, Avengers Infinity War was split into two movies: Part 1 on May 4th 2018 and Part 2 on May 3rd 2019. Since, the title “Infinity War” has been shifted to meaning just the first movie and the fourth Avengers movie will be retitled.The Russo brothers say that Infinity War won’t be a two part story like, say, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Instead Infinity War will wrap up the trilogy of Avengers movies and provide some “new beginnings” that have remained vague. Right now, Markus and McFeely are working on the third draft of Infinity War for a November production start date.Vin Diesel recently wrapped not only Fast 8 but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It sounds like he will have a month free from franchise filmmaking before finishing Guardians post-production audio and doing pre-production on Infinity War. Just how big of a part will Vin Diesel play in the Infinity War Groot portrayal? It’s hard to say. It seems like Groot is miniature-sized in Volume 2, but who doesn’t want to see a full sized groot take on an enraged back-from-space Hulk, right?last_img read more

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WSUV teachers book comes to stage

first_imgDesiree Hellegers, associate professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver, has transformed her book about women and homelessness into a play. Two staged readings of “No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance” will come to life as part of Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival of New Plays.The readings are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24 at Copeland Commons at Tabor Space, 5441 S.E. Belmont St., Portland. Advance tickets are $10 at www.boxofficetickets.com. Tickets at the door are $15.“No Room of Her Own” will be in full production in late spring.Drawing on oral history interviews, the story explores the experiences of 15 women who struggle against health issues and threats of violence while working to call attention to routine deaths of homeless people.last_img read more

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Star Wars Resistance shorts tide fans over during midseason break

first_imgIt’s all pretty throwaway stuff but looks as gorgeous as the show always does. We’ll continue our full episode recaps when the show returns on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD.First published Dec. 11 at 1:49 p.m. PT.Update, Jan. 3 at 8:10 a.m. PT: Adds the final three shorts. The third of this set, The Need For Speed, sees Hype racing against teen rival Torra. It isn’t a particularly exciting race, but it’s cool to get more of the Aces. 1:00 Dec. 23 kicked off another run of three shorts. Bucket’s Quest was another droid-focused offering, with Team Fireball’s quirky astromech losing his helmet and getting a ridiculous temporary replacement. Treasure Chest, the second of these, sees them getting into a dangerous situation when they open a mysterious box given to them by pirate sleeper agent Synara San (Nazneen Contractor). However, one can’t help but wonder why they didn’t use the trapdoor seen in the previous short to get rid of the detonators. Post a comment The second one, Dart and Cover, sees Kaz displaying his dart-throwing skills to Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco), until eccentric astromech droid Bucket shows him how it’s done. Star Wars Episode 9 is on its way: Everything we know about the final Skywalker film, from the cast to the release date and title.Star Wars isn’t built for a Marvel-style cinematic universe: Is Star Wars really ready for the Marvel treatment? On Dec. 17, we got a second trio of shorts focused on parts sellers Flix (Jim Rash) and Orka (Bobby Moynihan). The first, When Thieves Drop By, reveals how they deal with a pair of naive robbers. Share your voice TV and Movies Culture Star Wars Resistance shows Poe Dameron, BB-8 giving out… Kaz shows up in several of the Star Wars Resistance shorts. Lucasfilm Star Wars Resistance took a midseason in December, but Lucasfilm is keeping the spark of rebellion lit with a series of 12 shorts.Three bite-sized chunks of the CGI animated series debuted Dec. 11 on the Disney Channel’s YouTube channel.The Search for Kaz focuses on BB-8 trying to find Kazuda Xiono (aka Kaz, played by Christopher Sean) on the Colossus refueling platform. Since Kaz is working on a targeting computer, it’s likely this is set just before Synara’s Score. Unmotivated shows Flix and Orka dealing with another crazed droid — this time belonging to superstar racer Hype Fazon (Donald Faison). Tags Neeku’s Reward shows head mechanic Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence) buying Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) lunch to show his appreciation for his Nikto employee’s hard work — leading to a surprising level of chaos in the Colossus’ marketplace. The third one, G-LN, reveals why cantinas won’t serve droids as Flix and Orka’s pit droid gets a little rowdy. Now playing: Watch this: Disney Star Wars New Year’s Eve brought the final trio of shorts, with the first of these jumping back to the Aces as they work to stop a crashing ship in Sixty Seconds to Destruction. The one is pretty cool, and it highlights how important the pilots are in protecting the Colossus. The final short is called The Rematch and sees Torra helping Kaz assess the Fireball’s ability to fly. Spoiler: It’s not quite ready to take to the skies again. Despite the episode’s title, they aren’t really racing as they did in the premiere. Buggle’s Day Out is sillier, as Kaz tries to look after Torra’s troublesome pet Voorpak. Apparently the dog-like creature is very smart indeed. 0last_img read more

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Alaska Power Telephone Buys Gustavus Electric Co

first_imgAlaska Power and Telephone has purchased the Gustavus Electric Co. The 32-year-old homespun utility is the life’s work of Gustavus local Dick Levitt and his wife Linda.Listen now:The hydroelectric plant at Falls Creek. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Energy Authority.)AP&T President Bob Grimm says he has no plans to significantly change how the utility is operated. The one change Grimm mentions is that soon customers will be able to pay their bill with a credit card.Regarding the sale of the utility, Grimm says he was first approached by Dick Levitt over a year ago.“Eventually we came to an agreement and it included the hydro. Then we had to get all the regulatory approvals,” Grimm said. “We just finalized things up in July.”Dick and his wife Linda made the choice to sell the utility because of Dick’s health. He suffered a stroke two years ago and hasn’t been able to manage the utility the same since.“When the sale closed it was definitely mixed emotions for me,” Levitt said. “It was like giving up a child that I had raised. On the one hand I knew I had to give it up and get out of the business because of my health. And on the other hand I was still giving up something that was my life’s work. In that respect it was hard to see it go.”Levitt is a trained electrical engineer, so when he saw an opportunity in Gustavus to start an electric utility, he went for it. The utility was created in 1982 and was diesel-based at first, but Levitt says he knew from the beginning that wasn’t going to be sustainable. Leavitt needed access to Falls Creek to bring hydropower to Gustavus and to do that he needed and act of Congress.“Of course it was in Glacier Bay National Park which made it difficult,” Levitt said. “Probably in the mid-80s I started approaching the congressional delegation about legislation that would allow that to happen and it took close to 20 years to get that to come together. It was a long arduous process but we eventually got it done.”Congress’s stamp of approval allowed the State of Alaska and the National Park Service to swap land, giving Leavitt access he needed to Falls Creek. Levitt prevailed when the Sierra Club protested the hydroplant during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision’s approval process. The 800 kW hydroplant was finally completed in 2009.Levitt says he hired AP&T as consultants on the design of the hydroplant, so he feels confident about their ability to maintain the facility.The next hurdle for Gustavus Electric is to get the National Park Service in Glacier Bay as a customer. The park service still runs its facilities on diesel, despite efforts by Levitt to get them to switch. Grimm says convincing the park service to step away from fossil fuels is a priority.last_img read more

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India offers oilfordrugs deal to recover 100 million from cashstrapped Venezuela

first_imgIn order to recover nearly $100 million from the crisis-hit Venezuela, the Indian government officials have suggested an oil-for-drugs deal to the country. The South American country owes the amount to leading Indian pharma companies, such as Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma and Glenmark.Venezuela is currently faced with a political and economic crisis following the rise of public unrest against President Nicolas Maduro. The country is in a constitutional state of emergency, according to CNN. The inflation rates in Venezuela have gone up by 700 percent and there is an acute shortage of essential supplies such as food and medicines in the country.Indian pharma companies, who supplied medicines to the country through their subsidiaries set up there, were hit by the existing crisis in 2015, and have since been unable to recover their funds.The Indian government officials on conditions of anonymity told Reuters that the commerce ministry has floated a proposal that would allow Venezuela to repay some amount by supplying oil to India.Venezuela is one of the world’s largest exporters of oil and is a major source of oil supplies to India.”The situation in Venezuela is very precarious. The government knows it needs to do something about the medicine shortage, that’s why it is willing to discuss such a deal,” an Indian official was quoted by Reuters as saying. The official added that at this point even if the Indian firms get back 10-15 percent of the money they are owed, they would be satisfied.According to a Business Today report, Venezuela owes about $60 million to Dr. Reddy’s, and $30-35 million to Glenmark.Indian exports, mostly medicines, to Venezuela have almost gone down by 50 percent between April 2015 and February 2016 to $125.5 million, compared with a year earlier.The Indian official told Reuters that Venezuela has been receptive to the plan “in principle, but is yet to make any commitments.” The proposal envisages making the State Bank of India as the mediator in the deal and is awaiting approval from India’s finance ministry.”The finance ministry has assured us that the government is fully committed to it, but it will take time,” PV Appaji, the Director General of the Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India, a body under the country’s commerce ministry, was quoted by Reuters as saying.Although Indian companies have now stopped supplying medicines to Venezuela, the firms have said that they would not shut their operations completely in the crisis-hit country due to a lot of potential in the pharma market there.Dr Reddy’s Chief Operating Officer Abhijit Mukherjee reportedly said last week that the company is still focused on signing deals with Venezuela and that it would set the condition of getting the licensing certificate now before signing any deal.Glenmark, on the other hand, said that it is keeping a close watch on the developments in Venezuela and will take a call accordingly. “We are extremely encouraged that the Indian government is taking constructive steps to recover our money that is stuck in our own Venezuela subsidiary,” Glenn Saldanha, the Chairman and Managing Director of Glenmark, said in an emailed statement, Reuters reported.The drugs supplied by Indian firms account for 70 percent of basic medicines available in Venezuela.last_img read more

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Windows God Mode being used to help spread malware

first_imgA few years back, a tweak that turned on “God Mode” in Windows was uncovered. Now, malware authors are starting to use this mode to their advantage.For those who aren’t familiar with God Mode, here’s how it works. Instead of typing IDDQD at a command prompt, all you have to do is create a new folder and name it something like GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Double-click it, and you’ll see a folder with access to just about every settings screen Windows has to offer.It doesn’t grant you any additional “powers,” but it gives you a handy one-stop shop for changing your Windows configuration. It’s easy enough to see how God Mode could be helpful to a power user, but what about malware?According to McAfee researchers, it’s all to do with those individual entries in the God Mode folder. The malware they discovered hides itself in a folder with a non-standard name. Instead of trying to look like something that’s buried in your System32 or WinSXS folder, it copies the structure used by the God Mode entries.Slap a name like com4.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B} on a folder when it’s created and you won’t get a normal folder icon — or normal folder behavior. If you double-click it to open it, you’ll be redirected to an empty remote desktop connection screen inside the Control Panel.Why would a malware author do that? Because it makes it harder to delete the malware from a computer. You can’t simply highlight the folder and delete it, and you can’t use del or rmdir from a command prompt to get rid of it either.This technique doesn’t invoke actual degreelessness for the malware, though. McAfee says their security software can remove it without breaking a sweat, and you can remove it from a command prompt by first killing the malicious process in task manager and adding a couple flags to the rd command — check McAfee’s post for the details.last_img read more

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Yammers David Sacks Offers 3 Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » March 9, 2013center_img 3 min read Launching a technology startup is considerably easier than it used to be. Yammer founder and CEO David Sacks knows this better than a lot of people.Sacks spoke Saturday during a SXSW Interactive (SXSWi) session called “Insights About Innovation.” He recalled his reaction after catching an early screening of jOBS, the forthcoming biographical film based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Sacks was struck by scenes of a young Jobs — played by Ashton Kutcher — making call after call but unable to convince anyone to invest in his startup.”It’s a reminder of how hard it was to get a company off the ground,” Sacks said. “It is so much easier for us all now to start a company because of trailblazers” [like Jobs].A member of what’s known to some as the PayPal mafia, Sacks joined PayPal in 1999. In addition starting enterprise social networking service Yammer — which was bought by Microsoft last year for $1.2 billion — Sacks launched genealogy website Geni in 2006.While the barrier is arguably lower now for tech entrepreneurs, the road to startup success isn’t always clear. Here are three tips Sacks offered for aspiring tech entrepreneurs:1. Don’t be shy about raising startup capital.Sometimes entrepreneurs raise less money for their startups than they have the ability to. Don’t undersell your product or service to investors, and don’t aim to raise less money than you know you need, Sacks recommended.During the early, pre-dotcom crash days at PayPal — when the company had “good traction” with customers but wasn’t making revenue — the team was slow to raise its goal of $200 million, Sacks recalled. But it managed to collect $100 million right before the market crashed. “If we waited one more week, PayPal would have died,” Sacks said. “You never know what’s going to happen. Raise money while you can.”Related: Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs With Local Lenders2. Be innovative.”No real entrepreneur wants to build something that’s simply a feature of someone else’s product,” Sacks said. His advice: find a nontech industry with a need and then build a simple product or service that transforms it.”The key is to develop a simple experience that hooks people. . . then graduate them into more sophisticated, immersive features,” he said.3. Don’t try to invent something altogether new if you don’t have to.Many entrepreneurs and their developers have “excessive pride,” Sacks said, meaning they don’t want to copy elements of a product that already exists. Sacks suggests entrepreneurs “get over it,” especially if they’re trying to build around a feature or service that people have come to expect in a tech product. There’s no problem if you’re improving something in a way that’s never been imagined before.”If don’t copy, you’re being kind of foolish,” he said. “Saying you’re never going to copy is almost like saying you’re never going to learn.”Related: 5 Tips for Hiring a Great Web Developerlast_img read more

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Beware Update KB4046355 removes Windows Media Player

Beware Update KB4046355 removes Windows Media Player

first_imgBeware: Update KB4046355 removes Windows Media Player by Martin Brinkmann on October 09, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: October 10, 2017 – 49 commentsThe Windows 10 update KB4046355 for the Fall Creators Update — listed as FeatureOnDemandMediaPlayer – Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB4046355) removes Windows Media Player from the operating system.The update has been released for the Insider version of Windows 10 version 1709, but not to all devices that run the beta version of the upcoming Fall Creators Update version of Windows 10.Note: A knowledgebase support page does not exist currently.It is unclear at this point in time whether that is done by accident, and whether this may impact devices running stable versions of Windows 10 as well.This change may not be an issue for Windows users who run third-party media players like VLC Media Player, but it may be shocking to those invested in Windows Media Player.The update removes Windows Media Player from the device (files and context menu entries), but it does not prevent users from installing it again.Install Windows Media Player on Windows 10The feature Windows Media Player is still available on machines running the Fall Creators Update of Windows 10, but it is not installed by default (at least on those machines affected by this).You can use the “manage optional features” page of the operating system to install Windows Media Player on the system, and bring back its functionality along with that change.Open the Settings application with the keyboard shortcut Windows-I.Open Apps > Apps & Features, and click on “manage optional features” on that page.Windows lists all installed optional features on that page. Select the “add a feature” option near the top of the page.Scroll down to the very bottom of the page that opens. You should find “Windows Media Player” listed there as an optional feature that you can install on the device. Click on the item and then on the install button.Go back to the previous page. You should see the installation process of Windows Media Player on that page. Installation should not take longer than ten or twenty seconds.Windows Media Player is available again on the device after the installation. Again, it is not clear at this point in time whether this is a bug that affects only a subset of Insider devices, or if it is a foreshadowing of things to come.Windows users who don’t use Windows Media Player should not notice any issues caused by the removal. If issues are noticed however, it is suggested to re-install the media player using the method above. (via Born and Deskmodder)Now You: Which media player do you use?SummaryArticle NameBeware: Update KB4046355 removes Windows Media PlayerDescriptionThe Windows 10 update KB4046355 for the Fall Creators Update — listed as FeatureOnDemandMediaPlayer – Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB4046355) removes Windows Media Player from the operating system. Advertisementlast_img read more

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These people risked assault to march in trans rights protest in Lebanon

These people risked assault to march in trans rights protest in Lebanon

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… People protest for trans rights in Lebanon According to the activist, assaults against trans people ‘never stop’.‘[There are] attacks and arrests and discrimination in the local media and in the society,’ they said.There are now plans to create a trans organization to further change in Lebanon.Lebanon could remove law that makes homosexuality a crimeIt comes as one of the leading mainstream political parties has called to remove a law that makes homosexuality a crime.It marks the first time a mainstream political party has spoken out on LGBTI rights in Lebanon.‘This is big,’ Georges Azzi, the executive director of Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality, told Gay Star News.‘We have been pushing for parties to publicly support the LGBTI community for a long time.‘We have had closed door promises. But this is the first time politicians have publicly supported us.’Lebanon criminalizes homosexuality with up to a year in prison. However, Penal Code’s Article 534 which prohibits ‘unnatural’ sex has not been used to jail gay people for a long time.However, it is still used by police officers to arrest and intimidate the LGBTI community.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . During the International Women’s Day march in Beirut, trans-inclusive feminists went to the streets to demand diversity and respect.All the feminist organizations and movements in Lebanon came together on 10 March to ‘express the anger against the ‘patriarchal regime and oppression’.Thousands march in trans-inclusive women’s protest in LebanonThousands of women, activists and feminists and more than 21 charities walked through Beirut.It went from the Adlieh roundabout through Barbir to the final destination in Sodeco’s Hawd al Wilaya Park.The large sign said: ‘Our causes are many, our anger is one.’‘It was very important to include everyone in the march, especially the trans community,’ Ameen Rhayem, from the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, told Gay Star News.‘It was important for the visibility, inclusivity and to highlight the importance of the trans presence in the Lebanese scene, especially the feminist one.‘We are women, we are sisters, and we share the same struggles’.Attacks against trans people in Lebanon are ‘continuous’, according to Rhayem. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Brave people risked the very real risk of assault by protesting for trans rights in Lebanon. Lebanon LGBTI advocates appeal to citizens abroad to vote for changeLGBTI women’s magazine slams anti-trans lesbians: ‘You do not speak for us’People spread ‘Women don’t have penises’ stickers across Liverpool beachRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/people-risked-assault-march-trans-rights-protest-lebanon/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Amardeep Kalra

first_imgTTF New Delhi is a great and common platform for the people involved in travel industry. It is lovely that we are part of this event. It is a good platform for the new comers. We get more interaction between each other and understand how the travel industry works.last_img

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JPMorgan to Cut Additional 6000 Mortgage Jobs in 2014

JPMorgan to Cut Additional 6000 Mortgage Jobs in 2014

first_img Demand Jobs JPMorgan Chase 2014-02-25 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination February 25, 2014 483 Views JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday it plans to cut an additional 6,000 mortgage banking jobs in 2014 as the bank adapts to a continued spiral in loan demand.The announced cuts come on top of an estimated headcount reduction of 11,000 last year, the bank revealed in an investor presentation. At this time in 2013, JPMorgan was shooting to bring the headcount down at its mortgage wing by 13,000-15,000 over the following two years.Also set for the chopping block are about 2,000 jobs in consumer banking and other services. Altogether, the megabank expects to have approximately 260,000 in its employ at the end of the year.The cuts are a necessary part of JPMorgan’s efforts to bring down expenses, which it plans to trim by about $2 billion in 2014 in its mortgage banking unit alone as origination costs rise and consumers show diminished interest in borrowing.“Despite all the challenges and complexities, we are committed to being in the mortgage business and will adjust our business model to be successful over the long-run,” the bank said in its presentation.Mortgage banking contributed about $3.1 billion to JPMorgan’s income over 2013, down from $3.3 billion in 2012, thanks to the year’s slower second half.JPMorgan isn’t the only major bank reducing staff to cut costs. It was reported earlier this month that Bank of America is bringing its own headcount down, and Wells Fargo announced several cuts toward the end of 2013.center_img JPMorgan to Cut Additional 6,000 Mortgage Jobs in 2014 Sharelast_img read more

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Surlys American BBQ in Darlinghurst Sydney set

first_imgSurly’s American BBQ in Darlinghurst, Sydney, set the scene for a fun evening with Visit Dallas and Fort Worth CVB. The saloon bar’s staff donned their cowboy best while serving wine, beer and cocktails made with Fort Worth’s local distillery, TX Whiskey. Some 30 media attendees, including LATTE, were treated to miniaturised American specialties, including nachos, Buffalo wings, corn dogs and, our favourite, deep-fried macaroni balls. The Voice US finalist, Austin Allsup, provided musical entertainment throughout the night, complemented by the venue’s free arcade games.Executives from both Dallas Tourism and Forth Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau were in attendance, sharing highlights from the dual-destination and giving guests a taste of true Texan culture, style and, of course, cowboys.last_img read more

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