first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said government has de-registered 4 lakh shell companies as the Lok Sabha approved a bill seeking to tighten CSR norms and ensuring stricter action for non- compliance of the company law regulations. Piloting the Companies Amendment Bill 2019, the minister said companies not spending the mandatory 2 per cent profit on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activites for a total period of four years will be required to deposit the amount in a special account. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The amendments in the Companies Act, she added, were aimed at improving ease of doing business and also reducing compliance burden on the companies, especially the smaller ones. The Bill was later passed by the Lower House unanimously after Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury withdrew statutory resolution opposing it. Responding to the concerns of members on shell companies, Sithsaraman said the word “shell companies” has not been defined in the rule book, but it is loosely referred to inactive companies or those which do not maintain a registered office. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Four lakh companies have been identified and de-registered,” she said, adding non-maintenance of registered office will be a ground for de-registration of companies. A key change in the Bill pertains to CSR spending, wherein companies would have to mandatorily keep unspent money into a special account. Under the Act, companies earning profit of over Rs 5 crore, turnover of Rs 100 crore or networth of more than Rs 500 crore are required to shell out at least two per cent of their three-year annual average net profit towards CSR activities. India, Sitharaman said, has become the first country to make CSR spending mandatory through a law. The companies will have one year to firm up the CSR proposal and another three years to spend funds. In case money remains unspent for one plus three years, the money will have to be moved to an escrow account, she said, adding it could even be the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The bill empowers the Registrar of Companies (ROC) to initiate action for removal of the name of the company from Register of companies if it is not carrying on any business or operation in according with the company law. Among other things, the bill also provides for re- categorisation of 16 minor offences as purely civil defaults, transferring of functions with regard to dealing with applications for change of financial year to Central government and shifting of powers for conversion from public to private companies from NCLT to the central government, as well as more clarity with respect to certain powers of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA).last_img read more

by Nicholas Paphitis, The Associated Press Posted Sep 21, 2015 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Alexis Tsipras received the formal mandate Monday to form a government for the second time this year, after his left-wing Syriza party won Greece’s early national elections with an unexpectedly wide margin.Syriza’s victory Sunday marks a personal triumph for Tsipras, who served as prime minister between January and August — a tumultuous period that saw Greece’s future in the 19-country eurozone come under real threat and strict banking controls imposed.At 41, Tsipras dominates Greek politics despite a major policy U-turn that saw him go against the anti-austerity platform that swept him to power in elections in January in return for a multibillion bailout that keeps Greece in the eurozone.Tsipras, who has seen off both the main, centre-right opposition and his own party rebels, has said he will renew his pro-European coalition with the small, right-wing populist Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, which beat opinion polls to clear the three per cent threshold required for representation in parliament. The new government will have a small majority of just five seats, but, according to Tsipras, is aiming to see out a four-year mandate.“We now have the great opportunity, taking steady steps and using the four years of our mandate, to implement our main commitment, which is to give an honest fight and to shed our blood if necessary to stop our people bleeding further,” he said after a meeting with ANEL leader Panos Kammenos.Kammenos himself promised a “progressive” administration that would build on the previous coalition’s work, adding that the cabinet would be announced by Wednesday morning at the latest.The final count of Sunday’s votes gave Tsipras’ Syriza 35.5 per cent, while the centre-right New Democracy trailed with 28.1 per cent. But in a sign of widespread discontent, more than four in 10 Greeks didn’t vote and the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn remained the country’s third-strongest party with 7 per cent.Congratulating Tsipras Monday, European Union President Donald Tusk said he hoped the election results “will now provide for the political stability necessary to face all the challenges at hand.”As well as noting Greece’s own financial difficulties, Tusk highlighted the immigration crisis that Europe is struggling to deal with. Greece has registered 260,000 refugees and economic migrants this year alone.And the German government “will also work closely and in partnership with the new Greek government,” spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Tsipras by phone to congratulate him, and discussed the refugee issue Europe currently faces as well as other issues, Greek and German officials said.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also called Tsipras to congratulate him, Greek officials said.Tsipras’ government policy is likely to be very different to his previous one after his decision to back Greece’s third international bailout in July. By doing so, Tsipras effectively abandoned his previous pledge to bring the austerity that Greece has endured for years to an end.In return for the 86 billion-euro ($97 billion) bailout from its partners in the eurozone, his government will have to impose further austerity as well as undertake a series of economic reforms. Some of those demands were already legislated before Tsipras’ resignation in August that triggered the early vote.Through the campaign, Tsipras said any government led by him would honour the bailout but seek improvements.“We will soften certain elements of the agreement, without breaking our (bailout) commitments,” Dimitris Mardas, deputy finance minister in Tsipras’ first government, said Monday.European creditors are expected to review Greece’s reforms next month, while the government will also have to draft the 2016 state budget. It must also oversee a critical bank recapitalization program, without which depositors with over 100,000 euros ($113,000) in their accounts would likely be forced to contribute.Greek investors reacted guardedly to the election result, and the main stock market in Athens was 1.2 per cent down in afternoon trading.“After years of almost unprecedented crisis, the vast majority of Greeks has once again endorsed parties that are promising to keep the country in the euro even if that implies thorough and painful reforms,” said Berenberg Bank analyst Holger Schmieding.Syriza has, according to Schmieding, a clear mandate to do whatever it takes to keep Greece in the euro — which it looked set to crash out of before the summer bailout deal.Still, many Greeks voiced apprehension over the impending cutbacks, which follow a six- year crisis that’s seen the Greek economy shrink a quarter and unemployment swell to over 25 per cent.“I am happy that Tsipras was elected, but he should work, “said 54-year-old mechanic Kostas Tabaris. “He must (carry out) reforms, fix the crisis, help the poor, give presents, money to everyone.”Civil servant Nikos Georgopoulos, 40, said he found the result disappointing.“I am pessimistic, because we already knew which line of politics will be followed,” he said. “The politics of the third (bailout). So we know that there is nothing good for the Greek people to wait for.”Just seven months into his term, Tsipras lost his majority in parliament after far-left rebels in his party opposed the tough conditions demanded by eurozone countries for the new rescue package. But rebels, who formed a breakaway party pledging to take Greece out of the eurozone, failed to get elected to parliament, falling below the 3 per cent threshold.Teneo Intelligence analyst Wolfgango Piccoli said the overall result shows that Tsipras is now “the only player in town.”“His supreme political skill is only matched by the incompetence of his political adversaries,” Piccoli said.However, he warned that the coalition government will once again be “composed of politicians with limited capacity and competence, as demonstrated before” and that implementing the bailout demands “will remain challenging.”A total of eight parties won parliamentary seats, including the once-dominant Socialist Pasok, centrist Potami, the Greek Communist Party and the Centrist Union — a fringe party led by Vassilis Leventis, a political pundit famous for his on-screen outbursts of anger during appearances on his long-running late-night TV show.Golden Dawn, whose leadership is on trial for allegedly running a violent criminal group, dropped marginally in its number of ballots, but had a slightly higher percentage of the overall vote due to the low turnout.The vote was held as Greece struggles to cope with Europe’s refugee crisis, and Golden Dawn performed strongly on the eastern island of Kos — which has seen massive refugee arrivals from Turkey — almost doubling its percentage there to 10 per cent.___Derek Gatopoulos and David Keyton in Athens, Frank Jordans in Berlin and John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed. A man walks past a poster of left-wing Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Tsipras will receive the formal mandate to govern for a second straight term Monday, after his unexpectedly decisive victory in early national elections that saw most Greeks back parties committed to the debt-heavy country’s harsh bailout commitments. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Tsipras sees off rivals from right and left but his new Greek government must impose more cuts read more

It took Brock University’s recruitment team months to prepare for Fall Preview Day. But now that the event is done and a record turnout of potential students visited campus, the work is far from over.What follows Fall Preview Day for Recruitment Director Beth Natale and the rest of the team is an extremely busy schedule from now until January 13, the date Ontario secondary school students have until to select their top three post-secondary school choices.“The big thing now is to keep Brock top of mind moving toward the application deadline,” Natale says. “We need to make sure we’re serving their needs in terms of information flow.”This year’s Fall Preview Day broke the previous record for attendance, which will hopefully lead to strong conversion numbers. To help nudge those numbers along, Recruitment will spend the next few weeks contacting students who visited the school to “continue the conversation with them,” says Natale.“We want to keep them connecting with us as they go through the application process because a lot of students will be pushed by their guidance counselors to apply before Christmas.”While that effort takes place both through email and social media, there will also be two more tour weekends offered, as well as visits by high school and college guidance counselors and teachers.Natale says those are often the people who help decide which school a student ends up attending.“They’re certainly influencers. They see the kids every single day and students naturally tend to look to them for some input into these decisions,” says Natale. “What’s important to us is that they also have a Brock experience. We don’t want to rely on chance that they might be a Brock grad – and even if they are, Brock is a very different place than it once was. We want them to have a current Brock experience.” read more

EDMONTON — Ottawa Redblacks kicker Lewis Ward was named the CFL’s top special-teams player Thursday night.Lewis was honoured at the league’s awards banquet and earlier received the CFL’s top rookie honour.Voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.Ward made 51-of-52 field goals (league-record 98.1 per cent), including a pro football-record 48 straight that will carry over into 2019.The native of Kingston, Ont., accumulated 169 points this season for Ottawa, which faces the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup on Sunday.B.C. Lions kicker Ty Long was the other finalist.The Canadian Press

first_imgMining technology provider Maptek will release Vulcan 64-bit to global mining customers during April. The launch kicked off at Expomin in Santiago, Chile this week. Vulcan 64-bit combines the advantages of a superior 3D modelling environment with the power of modern 64-bit technology to make it possible to work with large datasets. The 64-bit support covers the entire software offering, allowing all Vulcan users access to the platform.‘Benchmarking conducted in-house shows massive step-wise improvements in loading large datasets compared to 32-bit,’ announced Eric Gonzalez, Vulcan Product Manager. ‘This was supported by user experience, reported from the global 64-bit beta testing program run in the lead up to the release,’ he added.‘The handling of larger datasets has been a number 1 client request for some time,’ said Gonzalez. ‘Customers on current maintenance receive this great new version as part of our upgrade and enhancement program, further proof of Vulcan’s value in total cost of ownership.’Both 32 and 64-bit versions are shipped simultaneously under Vulcan 8.1.4. Data is compatible between platforms, allowing users running 8.1.4 32-bit to share data and projects seamlessly with 64-bit user colleagues.‘Vulcan 64-bit users will notice some small changes in workflows from the previous 32-bit version, mostly relating to setup for third party components such as ODBC drivers. For our own applications, it will be business as usual.’Vulcan 8.1.4 includes new options for resource modelling and short term planner tools, along with composited models for stratigraphic deposits, stripping ratio tools for stratigraphic models and improved grade shells.The move to 64-bit is the first step in a range of improvements that are designed to bring more power to the Vulcan suite.last_img read more

first_imgSLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine (formerly known as Hemerdon) near Plymouth, England. On completion the plant will produce up to 5,000 t/y of tungsten concentrate and 1,000 t/y of tin concentrate at what is the third largest tungsten resource in the world (see International Mining magazine’s August issue UK feature).SLR Technical Director Stewart Lenton said: “The planning application for the processing plant included the preparation of a full EIA. Both SLR and Wolf Minerals took a very pro-active approach which ensured that not only was the application determined in a very short timescale, but that it also reflected the highest modern standards in environmental compliance.”John Briggs, Mineral Planning and Estates Manager at Wolf Minerals, said: “Our goal is to develop a worldclass mining project. We value SLR’s contribution which helped to ensure that the relevant planning permissions were secured efficiently and in a timely way. With SLR involved across a number of work streams as part of the mine’s development, the preparation of the planning application ran very smoothly.”SLR has worked closely with Wolf Minerals throughout the development of the mine, providing a wide range of multi-disciplinary consultancy services. As well as planning and environmental permitting support, SLR has developed a Materials Management Plan for the excavation work, a Construction Environmental Management Plan and a compliance monitoring tool.SLR has also provided ecology and baseline characterisation support and undertaken noise modelling analysis. In addition, SLR’s geotechnical team is currently carrying out site investigation works to inform and refine the detailed design of the mine void.last_img read more

first_imgUpdated 19.31GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that a woman missing from Greystones since yesterday morning has been found safe and well.Helena White had not been seen since she left her Greystones home on Friday morning. Gardaí said this evening that she had been located in Gorey in Wexford.Gardaí thanked the public for its assistance in finding her.Previously: GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for assistance from the public in tracing a 46-year-old woman who has been missing since yesterday morning.Helena White was last on Friday in Greystones in Wicklow. She was driving a blue Suzuki Swift car with the registration 09-D-20367.When she was last seen she was wearing blue jeans, a blue top and white runners. She is 5 foot 2 inches tall with shoulder-length black hair.Anyone who saw her or who may have information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Greystones Garda Station on 01 – 666 5800 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.last_img read more

first_imgOur households are becoming more and more connected every day. Services from companies are beginning to infiltrate our homes, breathing new life into our every appliance. Televisions, printers, tablets, they are all devices that have been greatly improved by constant internet access. Televisions are smarter, printers can now receive instructions from anywhere in the world, and tablets sit on desks and coffee tables in the house just begging to be used. All of these devices bring along something unique and beneficial, yet they all suffer from the same critical flaw. Not a single one of these products, nor the services that power them, are designed with a family in mind.Here are some devices and services that had great potential, but forgot about the multi-user aspect.Google Cloud PrintGoogle has given users the power to send a file to the printer in your home from anywhere in the world. Using just your Gmail account, you can send any file through Google Cloud Print and it will start printing in moments. The service really speaks to the power of the modern internet, and the capabilities of cloud services in general. Unfortunately, the engineers at Google seem to think that the only people interested in this service are people who live alone — Cloud Print is bound to your Google Account. Only someone with the password to your Google account can use it. All of the power of the cloud, completely wasted when you live in a house with two teenagers who have their own computers. The family printer doesn’t benefit from this powerful feature at all.Google TVMy television has Google Chrome, YouTube, and a ton of apps that let me do quite a bit more than I can do with any other TV out there. I can even sit from across the room and navigate my TiVo with my smartphone, all through the functionality of this smart TV. My friend recently sent me this really funny video on YouTube. I enjoyed it so much I decided to add it to my favorites. Meanwhile, back at home, my 7-year-old daughter could be using the family television and stumble across my favorites list. Did I mention that video wasn’t suitable for kids? Having your Google account on your television gives you access to some great combined features, but as soon as you put your personal Gmail on your TV, it stops becoming a family device.TabletsGoogle, Apple, RIM, HP… all of these companies have made incredible strides with tablets. Obviously some have been more popular than others, but there is no denying that these small yet incredibly powerful computers offer us a great way to consume media and surf the web. Some people have even managed to be productive with them. As great as these machines are, they all fail in the exact same places. They lack multiple accounts.This isn’t a new concept, either. Windows, OS X, Linux have all had multiple account login for years. You put a tablet in a house full of people, and it lives on the coffee table in the living room. If someone needs it, they just scoop it up and use it, and return it when they are finished. Now, as the owner of that tablet, you are out and about one day when your wife picks up the tablet to use it, and is bombarded by notifications from emails, instant messages, and more from you planning her surprise birthday party. It not only seriously detracts from the experience, but it leaves you vulnerable to having your private conversation intercepted.BiscottiThere have been several attempts in the past year to bring video chatting into the living room, and I think that if anybody has a shot at making that work, it is Biscotti. Their product is incredibly simple to setup, simple to use, and does the one thing it advertises it will do really well. All it does is allow you to video chat with anybody over Google Talk. If you have a computer, smartphone, or even a television with a Biscotti, you can video chat.Unfortunately, this would never work in my house. I have hundreds of work and personal contacts that I could potentially video chat with, and that list is completely separate from my wife who has her own friends she would choose to communicate with in this way. What if you have teens in the house, and each of them have their own friends list? It becomes unwieldy the second you have more than one primary user.Why not just make a dedicated account for the house?Yes, creating a separate account that everyone in the house has access to does solve many of these problems. However, it also immediately removes the benefit of having your personal information tied to the device. The real solution here is to allow for both the ability to have multiple users recognized on a device, but also to make it effortless to switch between them. If you have a “house account” it should exist in a hierarchical fashion and allow for multiple users to exist under the umbrella of that account, and not function in the same rigid way you would expect your personal account to exist.Functions like a “guest mode” that would allow for an incognito session to persist while a friend was visiting for a week, for example. Simply making a dedicated account for the house is just a band-aid, and not even a very effective one.Closing thoughtsThis feels like something that could be fixed very easily. Many of my examples are pointed at Google services because they seem to be the most likely to be used by multiple members of the same household. The average household in America does not have just one person in it, and companies need to account for that when they make devices that require a personal account to use. It’s not just allowing for multiple users, but also making it quick to switch back and forth, and still keeping it secure.Ideally, many of these issues could be solved by something like the Face Unlock in Android 4.0. If I pick up my tablet, it should scan my face and know I am the one who wants to use it. This same concept could be pushed to solve many of the problems I have outlined today.last_img read more

first_imgConquête spatiale : “Il est temps d’aller voir plus loin que l’orbite basse terrestre”Maxisciences a rencontré le plus jeune astronaute de l’Agence spatiale européenne. Le Français Thomas Pesquet, 33 ans, est persuadé qu’une page de l’histoire spatiale se tourne et que la prochaine étape mènera l’homme sur la Lune de manière durable, juste avant la conquête de la planète Mars. Entretien.Maxisciences : Vous êtes la plus jeune recrue de l’Agence spatiale européenne, comment êtes-vous devenu astronaute ?Thomas Pesquet : J’ai une formation scientifique à la base. J’étais ingénieur, ensuite je suis devenu pilote de ligne chez Air France. En 2009, il y a eu un concours pour devenir astronaute au sein de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). 8.413 candidats, 6 élus à la fin, j’ai eu la chance d’en faire partie. En septembre 2009 on a commencé notre formation de base au Centre des astronautes européens à Cologne en Allemagne. En mai 2010 on a été diplômé, ce qui veut dire que l’on est maintenant officiellement astronaute et en attente d’être désigné sur des vols spatiaux, que ce soit la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) pour l’instant ou d’autres destinations dans le futur.Au delà du concours, qu’est-ce qu’il faut faire pour pouvoir exercer ce métier et être choisi ?Déjà il faut avoir la chance d’être né au bon moment. La dernière sélection de l’ESA c’était en 1992. Il y a des gens qui étaient trop jeunes à l’époque et qui étaient trop vieux en 2009, ce n’est pas de leur faute. Ensuite il faut avoir un bagage scientifique, technique, des connaissances opérationnelles. Le métier de pilote c’est bien mais il y a aussi d’autres manières d’acquérir un petit peu cela. Il faut montrer qu’on est capable de se débrouiller dans les environnements avec une pression temporelle, avec des actions à réaliser. Il faut aussi parler plusieurs langues, parce qu’aujourd’hui le travail d’astronaute c’est en coopération internationale, ne serait-ce qu’en Europe, mais aussi avec les Russes, les Américains, les Japonais, les Canadiens… Il faut être ouvert, il faut avoir l’esprit d’équipe, et puis il faut avoir l’envie d’être à l’école tous les jours en fait ! On se remet en question de manière permanente, on est toujours en train d’apprendre, d’être évalué. Il faut finalement être un peu patient, parce qu’on peut parfois attendre quelques années avant d’être désigné sur un vol spatial, et finalement c’est ça le plus éprouvant.A quoi ressemble votre quotidien ?On continue à s’entraîner pour ne pas oublier ce qu’on a appris, pour acquérir de nouvelles compétences : le scaphandre extravéhiculaire, la manipulation du bras robotique, etc… Il y a toujours des choses à savoir. On est aussi qualifié pour pouvoir intégrer l’Eurocom, c’est-à-dire faire partie des personnes qui travaillent au centre de contrôle en charge de dialoguer avec les astronautes : “Allo Houston on a un problème”, ce genre de choses… Bon, on espère que ça ne va pas arriver, on touche du bois. Mais on est amené à répondre à ce genre d’appels. Ensuite on essaye de participer aux projets de l’Agence spatiale européenne, comme l’ATV, le cargo ravitailleur, le laboratoire Columbus… il y a beaucoup de projets dans le domaine des vols habités. Et puis on maintient nos compétences de pilote, on a un entraînement physique régulier. On a aussi à côté de ça des activités grand public (conférences, rencontres, anniversaires comme celui du vol de Gagarine aujourd’hui, ndlr). Plus tout ce qui se rajoute de manière inattendue dans l’emploi du temps, ça fait un programme bien chargé.Quelles seront les prochaines étapes de la conquête spatiale selon vous ?Déjà au vu du présent de la conquête spatiale on peut dire qu’on a une réelle connaissance de l’orbite basse terrestre, on a une présence ininterrompue (via la Station spatiale internationale, ndlr). Maintenant il est temps d’aller voir plus loin. On a déjà envoyé les premiers hommes autour de la Lune, à présent il faut retourner vers des destinations comme ça, la Lune ou un astéroïde, puis Mars. Mais dans une optique de ne pas faire seulement l’aller-retour. Il faut s’approprier cet environnement là pour, à terme, y rester : on envoie des explorateurs, on maîtrise l’environnement, on s’installe et on va voir plus loin. C’est une logique de petit pas par petit pas que l’on applique depuis le début de la conquête spatiale.Est-ce que l’idée du décollage vers l’espace vous fait peur ? Imaginez que l’on vous envoie en mission demain.Non… Je ne pense pas. C’est tellement de travail quand on est désigné sur une mission qu’on arrive au pied de la fusée sans même s’en être rendu compte, à mon avis. On a tellement répété ses procédures, on essaie de tout savoir par cœur, de tout maîtriser. On a un peu la tête dans le guidon. On n’a pas vraiment conscience de ce qui va s’accomplir je pense. Il y a peu être un instant où l’on réalise et on se dit “oh la la, est-ce que c’est vraiment une bonne idée ?”, mais ça doit durer une seconde. Après on doit se dire “mais oui évidemment”, car on a envie d’aller voir, on a cette curiosité, cette âme d’explorateur. Je ne connais personne dans le corps des astronautes qui laisserait ses craintes se mettre en travers de son envie de découvrir quelque chose de nouveau.Quel voyage vous fait le plus rêver ?(Sourire) J’ai envie de dire peu importe le voyage, pourvu que la destination soit belle. On a envie d’aller là où les gens ne sont jamais allés. On est des gens scientifiques, des gens techniques, mais on est avant tout des explorateurs.Au-delà des moyens économiques est-ce que vous pensez que l’on a les moyens techniques d’aller sur la Lune ou Mars ?Avec du temps, des moyens financiers, une volonté, on peut soulever des montagnes. C’est un peu dire des banalités, mais quand on voit le programme Apollo en 9 ans envoyer des gens sur la Lune (en 1969, ndlr), c’est quelque chose que maintenant on est incapable de réaliser.  Pourquoi ? Car on n’a pas la même motivation, le même dynamisme et les mêmes moyens derrière. Bon il y a des problèmes techniques évidemment à régler avant d’aller sur Mars : on parle de protection contre les radiations, de propulsion. Mais ça va se régler. Une fois qu’on aura la volonté de le faire et qu’on décidera que c’est bon pour l’humanité d’aller un peu pousser la porte de ces mondes-là où on n’est pas allé, ça suivra derrière. C’est le travail de l’Agence spatiale européenne et de la Nasa après, de pouvoir fournir les moyens techniques de réaliser ces ambitions.Cela va-t-il passer obligatoirement par la coopération internationale ?Oui, c’est une caractéristique nouvelle, depuis quelques années, des vols habités. C’est des choses qui maintenant dépassent l’échelle d’une nation. Cela demande vraiment une coopération, d’une part pour ne pas faire des doublons, et d’autre part pour que chacun amène son savoir-faire. L’ISS est quand même un des projets les plus pharaoniques de l’histoire. Très très cher et très compliqué à réaliser. Et cela, avec le partenariat de plusieurs pays qui étaient auparavant des adversaires. Tout le monde est admiratif de cela, nous les premiers. Il est certain que les missions spatiales interplanétaires se feront en coopération.Les voyages touristiques dans l’espace, c’est pour bientôt ? C’est pour bientôt oui, mais ce n’est pas une priorité pour nous. Cela fait partie de l’évolution logique des choses, je dirais. Nous les astronautes professionnels on a fait un travail d’exploration, de défrichement, de découverte et de recherche. Et maintenant que cela est fait, on a ouvert cette porte là, au moins pour l’orbite basse terrestre. C’est une deuxième phase qui va prendre le relais, avec tout le dynamisme que le secteur privé peut apporter. C’est ouvrir le spatial à monsieur tout le monde, même s’il ne peut pas se payer le billet pour l’instant. Suite à quoi, nous allons, pour les agences, nous concentrer vers la suite, étendre notre rayon d’action : on va aller poser des jalons et ouvrir la route plus loin.L’espace ne fait plus vraiment les gros titres dans les médias. La fascination du public pour la conquête spatiale s’estompe-t-elle ?La fascination s’estompe : oui et non. C’est vrai que les gens sont un peu habitués maintenant à la conquête spatiale. Pourquoi ? Parce que des décollages de navettes on en a vu des dizaines, la Station spatiale internationale est là depuis 10 ans et notre présence y est ininterrompue, donc les gens s’habituent, c’est normal, c’est humain. Quand on voit la même chose au 20 Heures tous les jours, même si c’est quelque chose d’exceptionnel, au final on ne se rend plus bien compte. Je pense que c’est parce qu’on est dans cette phase où l’espace, au moins l’orbite basse terrestre, n’est plus perçu comme quelque chose de vraiment exceptionnel. Cette destination n’est plus aussi inaccessible qu’elle l’était. Par contre, notre travail maintenant c’est d’aller relancer cette fascination vers d’autres directions. Le jour où on posera le pied sur Mars, je suis sûr qu’on rencontrera le même engouement qu’au moment où on a posé le pied sur la Lune. Et ça c’est pour bientôt. Ce n’est pas un désamour du public pour l’espace. On est juste en train de tourner une page.De plus en plus de chercheurs se tournent vers l’exobiologie afin de pouvoir répondre à la question suivante : “Est-ce qu’il existe d’autres formes de vie ailleurs ?”. Quelle est votre sentiment à ce sujet ?À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA(sourire) Evidemment je n’ai pas de position scientifique sur le sujet. Mais je trouve que c’est peut être un peu présomptueux de penser qu’on est les seuls dans l’Univers, vu ses dimensions infinies ou presque. Ce ne sera pas des petits hommes verts évidemment, mais je pense qu’il n’est pas impossible de trouver une bactérie. Je ne serais pas surpris si on jour on tombait sur quelque chose.Retrouvez les grandes étapes de la conquête spatiale en images sur Maxisciences. Le 12 avril 2011 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Mysterious Meteorite Barrels Through Doghouse Roof in Costa RicaMeteorite Slammed Into Moon During January’s Lunar Eclipse Stay on target Farmers and villagers in eastern India were left startled when a suspected meteorite crashed into the middle of a rice field on Monday.The object, reported to be the size of a football, landed with a crash that sent up clouds of smoke in the air in Madhubani district in Bihar state, the Guardian reported.Magistrate for Madhubani Kapil Ashok told the Times of India that farmers reported seeing a “fireball-like object coming down from the sky” around 2:30 p.m. Monday. The object created a deep crater where it hit the ground, and the farmers saw smoke coming out from the spot.A villager holds the suspected meteorite on July 22. (Photo Credit: STR / AFP / Getty Images)No injuries were reported from the impact.The object, which residents later dug up from a 5-foot hole, is described as light brown in color with some shine, and weighing about 33 pounds. According to Ashok, the stone-like object appeared to exhibit strong magnetic properties.The object will initially be kept at the Bihar Museum but will be transferred to the Shrikrishna science centre in the city of Patna for study by scientists, according to the Guardian.In April, a small meteorite crashed through a doghouse in Costa Rica.More on Geek.com:Mysterious Meteorite Crashes Through Doghouse Roof in Costa RicaMeteorite Slammed Into Moon at 38,000 MPH During January’s Lunar EclipseScientists Find ‘Surprise’ Fragment of a Comet Inside a Meteoritelast_img read more

first_img]SALEM, Ore. — A lawsuit filed by a Democratic senator from Oregon aiming to compel the Trump administration to release 100,000 pages of documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is inching forward in federal court, with an Obama nominee assigned to hear it.Sen. Jeff Merkley’s lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in the nation’s capital, has been overshadowed by sexual harassment accusations against the nominee, but the case remains alive, with summonses prepared for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others, court documents show.Ironically, in 2010, Sessions — then a senator from Alabama — was the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee when he and then-committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, jointly requested documents related to the nomination of Elena Kagan to be a Supreme Court justice.In Merkley’s lawsuit, Sessions is quoted as saying on the Senate floor that the public record of a nominee “is of such importance that we cannot go forward without these documents. I hope we will get those in a timely fashion. If not, I think we will have no choice but to ask for a delay in the beginning of the hearings.”Then-President Barack Obama did not assert executive privilege over any documents, and Kagan was confirmed by the Senate.Now Merkley is asking the federal court to order the Trump administration, which has claimed executive privilege in withholding the 100,000 documents on Kavanaugh, to delay hearings until they’re produced and senators can digest them.last_img read more

first_imgThe green rectangles show average Ketchikan precipitation for that month over the years. The black dots show what happened over the past nine months. (Graphic courtesy National Weather Service)There are no tumbleweeds blowing through the streets of Southeast Alaska towns, but the region has received less precipitation than usual over the past nine months.Listen nowThe National Weather Service presented a webinar this week about Southeast Alaska’s drought.Southeast Alaska is the kind of place where you can get a lot of rain but still be in the middle of a drought.It’s home to the Tongass National Forest, the largest of about a half-dozen temperate rainforests in the world.Communities scattered through the lush evergreen forest measure rainfall in feet. Ketchikan is one of the wettest, with about 12 feet of annual average precipitation.“Drought is one of those things that, it seems like, oh, everybody knows what a drought is,” National Weather Service climate scientist Rick Thoman said. “But the more you think about it, the harder it gets to pin down.”A drought is a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of time.The deficiency level and the time period can vary, Thoman said.Whether or not it becomes a “drought” also depends on how much demand there is on water resources – by people and the environment.Considering all those variables, Southeast Alaska is in the middle of a drought.It started last fall, following a wetter-than-normal summer.Ketchikan, for example, received record rainfall levels in August.“Starting in September, we see that precipitation in Ketchikan totaled a little over 11 inches,” Thoman said. “That doesn’t sound like a drought to me, being a Fairbanksan. Sounds like an awful lot of precipitation. But by Ketchikan standards, that was actually below normal.”Normal in September is closer to 15-16 inches.“October, again, over 11 inches of rain, but that’s well below normal in Ketchikan in October, followed by well-below normal precipitation in November, as well,” Thoman said.October usually sees 15-25 inches of rain; a typical November is slightly under that, but similar. November last year, though, was about 8 inches.December and January went back to average levels, Thoman said, but then February and March were dry — again by rainforest standards.All that means overall precipitation in Southeast Alaska since fall has been below normal. By a lot.“September to February: The driest of record in this analysis since, this would be since 1925-26 — southern Southeast has not had a drier September to February.”October to March also was the driest for its time frame.Rainfall in April and May improved the situation somewhat, but a deficiency remains.National Weather Service Juneau senior hydrologist Aaron Jacobs said that deficiency has had an effect on the region.Hydroelectric power generation, for example, was hit hard.“The main reason for this type of an impact is the lack of precipitation in the wet season,” he said. “If Southeast Alaska doesn’t get that rain in that October, November and into December time frame, there could be deficits in water levels that may not be able to recover.”When hydroelectric dams don’t have enough water, communities need to use more-expensive diesel power.Jacobs said a drought also affects community drinking water supplies, seafood processers and the natural habitat of the entire forest.Salmon have a difficult time spawning when streams don’t have enough water, Jacobs said, and yellow cedar mortality increases when rainfall is lower than normal.What will happen next? Thoman said there isn’t a clear signal at this time.“We do have increasing signs of an El Nino developing for this fall and winter, and that often has a significant precipitation signal in Southeast Alaska,” Thoman said. “At this point I would say as we move towards the wet season for Southeast, stay tuned.”last_img read more

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 San Francisco-based Eero has been making so-called mesh routers, which allow consumers to blanket their homes with Wifi and bring connectivity to rooms that ordinary routers wouldn’t be able to reach. To achieve this, Eero sells multi-packs of routers and range extenders that work together via mesh networking technology.A key reason for the Eero acquisition is Amazon’s increased focus on the internet connected home. The e-commerce giant acquired smart doorbell company Ring a year ago for $1 billion, and has struck alliances with consumer electronics companies to bring its Alexa smart assistant to a wide range of kitchen appliances and other devices.However, access to better in-home Wifi technology will also help Amazon optimize its entertainment-focused devices, including Fire TV streaming adapters and TVs with Fire TV software built-in. That’s especially true as video data gets more taxing on home networks, e.g. for 8K video streaming.The Eero acquisition is also a defensive move for Amazon: The best-selling whole home / mesh Wifi router system on Amazon’s online store is currently being built by Google, one of the company’s fiercest competitors. Amazon announced the acquisition of home mesh router maker Eero Monday afternoon, with executives from both companies painting it as a way improve connectivity in people’s homes. Amazon said that the deal was subject to customary closing conditions, and did not disclose an acquisition price.“We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,” said Amazon devices and services senior vice president Dave Limp in a statement. “We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers.”“By joining the Amazon family, we’re excited to learn from and work closely with a team that is defining the future of the home, accelerate our mission, and bring Eero systems to more customers around the globe,” added Eero CEO Nick Weaver.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_imgFormer Filmstruck International general manager Kerensa Samanidis has been appointed Acorn TV’s first international chief. As general manager, international, she will spearhead the growth of the AMC Networks-owned streamer outside of North America and Latin America.Last year, Acorn TV expanded into Australia, and New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and Scandinavia. In the newly-created international role, Kerensa will report to Matthew Graham, general manager of Acorn TV.“Since launching in dozens of territories last year, we’ve seen extraordinary worldwide interest in the service and its first-rate catalogue of exclusive international dramas, mysteries, and comedies,” Graham said. “With Kerensa’s past success with streaming services, we expect her to play a vital role in our continued international growth.” Popular on Variety Acorn TV started as a Best of British streamer and has also added other English-language international shows to its lineup. Samanidis, who has also devised and launched streaming services for Sony PlayStation and the British Film Institute, has been consulting for Acorn TV before landing the new London-based GM role.“The demand for quality British TV has never been higher so it’s exciting to be working on a service with such strong potential at such a pivotal time within the OTT industry,” she said.As it bolsters its international service, Acorn TV has also recruited Rakhee Birdi has as marketing director at the international division. She previously led marketing at FilmStruck International.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s a little sad, though it makes sense, that the best Arrowverse show is also the shortest. Its seasons have fewer episodes than its companions, but it also has way fewer duds. Part of that comes from being more of a comedy. It knows how silly the concept of time traveling superheroes is. The show is able to take itself less seriously which makes every episode more fun right away. Also, with fewer episodes to spread its budget across, it can go impressively big when it wants to. I’m a huge fan of TV that spends a ton of money to show you the dumbest thing they could think of, and boy did last night’s finale deliver.Right away, you know this episode is going to be something special. The first thing it shows you is the Legends using their totem powers to fight a massive demon. Marvel may have gotten a head start in movies, but DC has their own Infinity War on TV two weeks early. They fling elements at Mallus like they’re in Avatar: The Last Airbender but it doesn’t work. It quickly becomes clear that it’s going to take a lot more than just having the totems. I really appreciate that we finally get to see Wally in extended action. With his absence on The Flash, I’m glad he joined another Arrowverse show, but they never quite figured out how to handle him. A speedster is way more powerful than any of the other Legends. Superspeed can and does carry its own solo show. As a result, the show kept Wally in the background for a few episodes. Here, we finally got to see him in action. Superspeed is always cool even when it’s just a distraction allowing the Waverider to escape.Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, Tala Ashe as Zari, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary and Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)By the third season, we know that a Legends of Tomorrow season finale means some kind of shake-up. This show is designed to have characters filter in and out, and Rip Hunter has been on his way out for a while now. He was important to season one. He was the guy that got the gang together. After that, there wasn’t much for him to do. Rip spent most of season two missing, and all of season three either locked up or at the head of the Time Bureau. He’d show up to either shake his fist or admit that the Legends special brand of chaos is needed. Here, he sacrifices himself, using his body to direct a beam of energy at Mallus, to give the Legends time to escape. Now, we don’t see his body, so it’s entirely possible he can come back. Especially on a time travel show.  But if this is the end of his character on the show, it’s a fitting and satisfying one.Thanks to Rip’s sacrifice, the team escapes to the Old West, hoping its nature as a time pocket will at least delay Mallus. Also, if I had to guess, I’d say the period is super cheap to recreate, allowing more resources to go to the episode’s final battle. After a major character’s death like this, some Arrowverse shows would get bogged down in sadness, but that’s not Legends of Tomorrow‘s style. It can get dramatic and emotional when it needs to, but it knows what it is. And it knows Rip hasn’t been a major character in a long time. The finale keeps things light and fun with Amaya trying to contact her ancestors to figure out how to used the totems. Nate decides to go with her and once again drinks too much of the hallucinogenic tea. I missed high-as-a-kite Nate. He’s funny.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Amaya’s plan does work, though. She finds out that the Legends need to combine their totem powers to create a being of pure goodness to defeat Mallus. Sounds easy enough, but this is Legends of Tomorrow, so you know it doesn’t work right away. This show is built around characters who don’t quite get along learning to work together. Every episode has a little bit of that, and the finale is no exception. When they first try, they’re unfocused. There’s a funny scene where they can hear each other’s thoughts and there’s some fun discussion about Zari’s developing crush on Jonah Hex. (I love how that was handled, by the way. No grand love story, no one even made a big deal about it. Just a slow, naturally developing, funny mutual flirtation.) Their lack of focus doesn’t produce the warrior they need. It’s a grotesque, twisted, inside-out mess of a creature. Rory putting it out of its misery is a great button on a gross-out funny scene.The one element of the finale I wasn’t entirely sold on is Sara’s lack of confidence in the plan. Her fatalism and distrust of her team’s abilities came out of nowhere. I understand she’s nervous about having to wear the death totem, but the show has spent two whole episodes addressing that. And she seemed to have no trouble throwing… death energy? …at Mallus when the episode began. It’s the most this episode ever felt like it was padding for time. At least it led to some small reconciliation between her and Ava. I like them together, and hope there’s more of it in season four.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Tala Ashe as Zari (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CWAva isn’t the only one who shows up though. Zari sent out a signal to other heroes and totem bearers throughout history, leading to the best moment of the episode. Ava brought some friends from earlier in the season with her. There’s Jax, for whom its been five years, and he’s married with a kid now. There’s Helen of Troy, fresh off her Amazonian training in Themyscira. And there’s Kuasa. Thanks to Amaya altering the timeline to ensure Zambesi’s survival, she never becomes a villain. She and Mari share the totem, both taking on the mantle of Vixen. So future Arrowverse seasons can have both Mari and Kuasa? That’d be cool. The legends need all that help, because Mallus has sent an army of his own. It consists of the major villains the Legends have faced this season. Blackbeard, Julius Caesar, and Leif Erikson’s sister show up with their armies behind them. This show knows how to put a smile on my face.The ensuing battle is fantastic, probably one of the best this series has produced. The small team of superheroes fights off a hoard of warriors throughout history. It looks amazing, and there are all these little moments throughout the fight that I love. Like when Helen of Troy blocks centurion swords with her wrist cuffs. Yeah, we know where she learned that technique. We’ll never get an Arrowverse Wonder Woman at this point, and that might be the closest we get. What’s even better is the big fight at the end.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary and Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Mallus shows up, now possessing Damien Darhk. The detour of Ray taking Damien to the moment Nora transformed was a little awkward. It didn’t fit with the rest of the episode. I like the reasoning behind it. This is the third Arrowverse season in a row with Damien Darhk as a major villain. For him to take Mallus from Nora, sacrificing himself for her survival, is a great moment of character growth. It also ensures he won’t be a villain for another season after this one. He’s great, but the show needs to move on. So Mallus shows up in the Old West, and the Legends have to conjure up a being to fight him. Right away, you know something Ghostbusters-inspired is going to happen. The show takes its time to reveal exactly what being they summon. For a second, I thought it might be Voltron, because Nate keeps calling it that. Unfortunately, DC doesn’t have the rights to Voltron. Instead, it’s Beebo. That obnoxious Tickle-Me Elmo-style bear that almost became a dominant religion earlier in the series.So we essentially have a giant kaiju battle in the middle of the Old West, with a demon fighting a smiling, talking teddy bear. It’s the funniest final battle I’ve ever seen, and it totally works for this show. It’s a surprisingly awesome fight with both creatures clashing in the air and slamming each other into the ground. “Beebo wants cuddles” is now my new favorite battle cry. With Mallus defeated, the show wraps up the rest of the season’s loose ends in a satisfying way. Sara and Ava make up, everyone returns to their proper time, and Amaya decides to go home. She and Nate have an emotional goodbye with her deciding not to erase her memory. Maisie Richardson-Sellers is still listed as a regular cast member next season, so we’ll see how permanent this decision is. It would be cool if Kuasa or Mari started spending more time on the ship though.(Photo: Screenshot via CW)This finale was a fitting end to an incredibly strong season of Legends of Tomorrow. This is a show that knows what its strengths are, and plays to them perfectly. I’m sad to see it end so soon, but I’m so happy we’re getting more next fall. That’s going to be one hell of a season too. John Constantine is joining the Legends on a more permanent basis next season. He has to. When they freed Mallus, the Legends let a whole bunch of demons out into the world. That should be fun next fall. For us to watch I mean, it’ll be a ton of work for the Legends. At least they finally got to go to Aruba.center_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked last_img read more

first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Related Content The Ambra Health mobile app provides medical image access across Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists’ 21 locations. News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile Device App Viewing in Radiology Mo… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Technology | November 08, 2012 New MobileView Software Delivers Faster IMIX DR Images center_img News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Now customers can view IMIX DR (digital radiography) images directly from the Scan X2 Modality Workstation before they are even pushed to the PACS (picture archiving and communication system) using MobileView, a tablet-based viewer that provides full image review capability independent of a Web browser. MobileView gives IMIX DR users freedom to view images anytime and anywhere that may be convenient for them and their patients.The IMIX team will be at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2012 in the South Hall, booth 3060. The latest in DR technoloy, including X Wireless, the industry’s lightest wireless DR cassette, will be on display. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 22, 2019 Philips Lumify Earns U.S. Army Airworthiness Certification Philips announced that Philips Lumify, a point-of-care ultrasound device, has earned the U.S. Army Airworthiness… read morelast_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Share Holland America debuts new Asia specialist training course SEATTLE — Holland America Line has launched a new Holland America Line Academy Specialist Course to help agents sell Asia cruises.Called ‘Asia: Ancient, Modern and Miraculous’, the course takes 15-20 minutes to complete and includes information about the advantages of a Holland America Line cruise in the region. Agents will learn how to identify and sell to the best prospects for a Holland America Asia cruise, describe the itineraries and ports that it visits, and gain tips on how to increase their sales.“Asia is one of the world’s fastest-growing and lucrative cruising destinations, and we created this course to ensure that travel advisors understand our itineraries and can take advantage of the rewarding opportunities that Asia provides,” said Eva Jenner, vice president of sales for Holland America Line. “All our courses are designed to help travel advisors sell our cruises with confidence, and the new Asia course is extremely beneficial in broadening travel advisors’ knowledge and sales skills to this amazing cruise destination.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The Asia course is available on GoHal.com. Agents who graduate from the Holland America Line Academy Core Course will earn Silver level, while those who continue on and complete two of the Specialist Training Courses will earn Gold. Agents who complete three Specialist Training Courses will earn Platinum. In addition to a diploma, lapel pin and luggage tag, rewards include a US$50 shipboard credit on Travel Advisor Appreciation or full fares and priority boarding.Agents who complete courses also earn training credits with ACTA.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, February 28, 2019 Tags: Holland America Linelast_img read more

first_img in Data April 17, 2013 451 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand First-Time Homebuyers Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Trulia 2013-04-17 Krista Franks Brock Slightly more than half of Americans harbor at least one regret about their current home, according to “”Trulia’s Real Estate Regrets””:http://info.trulia.com/trulia-real-estate-regrets-survey survey released Wednesday. In today’s seller’s market, “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/ says buyers are especially vulnerable to making decisions they may regret in the future. [IMAGE]””Faced with limited inventory, many buyers will feel pressure to act fast–but snap decisions often end in regrets,”” said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia. One of the common missteps of new homeowners, according to Kolko, is buying before reaching financial stability. “”Many buyers would have fewer regrets if they waited until they were in strong enough financial shape to afford a house that really meets their needs,”” he said. In fact, the top regret listed among homeowners is not choosing a larger home. Thirty-four percent of homeowners cited this regret in Trulia’s survey. The second most common regret among homeowners is not remodeling more when they purchased their current homes. [COLUMN_BREAK]Among renters, the top regret–listed by 42 percent of respondents–is the decision to rent rather than purchase their current homes. Overall, renters are more likely to harbor regrets of any kind toward their current living situation than are homebuyers. Fifty-six percent of renters shared regrets, while 50 percent of homeowners admitted to regrets about their current homes. Trulia also found older homeowners are less likely to regret their home choices. About 75 percent of homeowners ages 18 to 34 have regrets about their homes, while 36 percent of homeowners at least 55 years of age have regrets about their homes. Homeowner regret has declined in recent years compared to about a decade ago. Those who purchased homes between 2003 and 2009 have a 63 percent regret rate, while those who have purchased homes since 2010 have a 55 percent regret rate. With three-fourths of Americans believing now is a better time to buy a home than next year and less than one-third of Americans believing now is a better time to sell a home than next year, the current market is set for a disconnect, which may lead to more buyer regret, according to Trulia. Foreclosures are no longer flooding the market. New construction is still meager, and hopeful sellers are willing to wait for favorable prices. “”This year’s housing season will likely cause aggressive buyers to scramble in order to try to win bidding wars and overcome stiff competition–putting them at risk of making real estate mistakes they will regret,”” Trulia stated.center_img Trulia: Current Market Conditions Setting Up Buyers for Regret Sharelast_img read more

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine“The extensive galleries of work in the ateliers provide a unique insight in how Alpina timepieces are manufactured at its facilities in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva.”, said Peter Stas, Co-Founder and CEO of Alpina Watch International SA.The iPad App consists of a company profile on our Heritage, our values, and how we want to “Revive Alpina to its former glory as a worldwide watch brand”. The Alpina Collection can be cross-referenced by specification, collection and images. Within the Collection segment we have also included an extensive gallery with beautiful high-resolution images. Latest news and events can be discovered, again through an extensive gallery. Lastly, various movies show the manufacturing process.The Alpina iPad App is an important addition to the website, as it incorporates features unique to the Apple iPad Platform. We encourage you to download this exciting App and learn more about Alpina.itunes.apple.com/us/app/alpina-genevelast_img read more

first_imgThe Nicosia Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced the head of the capital’s general hospital’s ear, nose, and throat clinic, Yiannakis Kyamides, 61, to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of corruption and extortion.Kyamides, along with two other state doctors –  Vasken Shahbenderian, who also served at the state hospital’s ENT department, and Dafnis Aristodemou, the head of Larnaca general hospital ENT department – was arrested last year in connection with taking backhanders to refer patients to a private hearing clinic.Kyamides was found guilty on 42 charges concerning corruption and 42 charges of extortion. The court heard that Kyamides’ involvement in the case began in 2008 until last May when he was arrested.In March, Kyamides, who had been facing 188 counts in connection with bribery, money-laundering, corruption, extortion, and conspiracy, agreed to plead guilty to the corruption charges in exchange for the suspension of prosecution for conspiracy, money-laundering, and bribery charges. He also offered to return the sum of €128,000, which he was accused of taking in bribes.Criminal Court Judge Stavros Stavrou, said that Kyamides’ actions were those of “corruption”“The sacred occupation of the accused and the unique gift of his to treat and help his fellow man is in contradiction with receiving “gifts” for his own benefit,” the judge said. “It is also inconsistent with the outline of the accused’s character, made by his well-trained lawyer”.“The defendant ought, not only to not have participated in this fest of rot”, the court said, but “since he is a man with a high sense of responsibility and compassion, ought to have actively and effectively contributed to its deconstruction”.“Instead, he was enjoying the immoral fruits, with no shame, for more than eight years, until he was caught red-handed by the police,” it added.The court found as an aggravating factor the fact that Kyamides’ “criminal action was constant and lasted many years”, as it was not an isolated incident.Anther aggravating factor, the court said was the fact that he held two high-ranking posts when he was arrested, that of the head of the hospital’s ENT clinic and that of the Executive and Medical Director of the same hospital.“The state trusted him and recognised his value by placing him on top of the medical pyramid of the biggest and most important medical centre in the country and he stooped to accepting, illegally, money from the private sector,” the judge said.The court took into consideration as mitigating factors Kyamides’ age and his clean criminal record, and the fact that he had returned the amount he had received in kickbacks.It also gave Kyamides credit for his intention to cooperate – even after his conviction- with the prosecution towards a more thorough investigation into the general practice of doctors receiving kickbacks.The case emerged following a report of the management of Euthymiades Audiology Centre in Nicosia that the three suspects had been allegedly paid some €143,000 in kickbacks from 2008 until 2016. The three were allegedly taking advantage the state’s policy of subsidising various programmes for people suffering with hearing problems.Specifically, for people who were born deaf, the state paid a €2,730 subsidy every four years and for pensioners over 65, €175 every four years.The state also granted €23,000 per implant but to be eligible, patients needed to have the approval of a state ENT, and their director. Reportedly, patients were taking tests at the health centre in question and were then visiting Kyamides at the Nicosia general hospital, where he signed relevant approvals to authorise state aid for their treatment.The court heard that the suspects allegedly received between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the sale price of the hearing aids.Police said the doctors demanded €300 for attaching hearing aids to people with congenital problems, €85 for each pensioner, and €2,000 for implants.Investigators said they have documents from the hearing centre detailing the dates and amounts paid to Kyamides since 2008. The total reached some €128,000.As regards Aristodemou, he allegedly received 2,685 in backhanders, while the third doctor received €13,000 between 2010 and 2014. The three doctors were tried separately on bribery charges.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more