India will not allow multibrand retail by foreign firms predatory pricing

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will not allow foreign companies to operate in multi-brand segment and necessary action will be taken against people indulging in predatory pricing, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said Wednesday. The minister said this in a meeting with representatives of associations of kirana stores, traders and retailers here. He “reiterated that India will not allow multi-brand retail by foreign companies and on the pretext of B2B (business-to-business) no entry will be allowed for multi-brand retail,” the ministry said in a statement. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepGoyal also “asserted that predatory pricing will not be allowed and necessary action will be taken against defaulters,” the statement said. He asked all the participants to send their suggestions on the draft e-commerce policy in the next five days. The policy will be finalised only after taking into account every suggestion received by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the minister said. Goyal also asked the traders to use government e-marketplace and MUDRA scheme to promote their business. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsRepresentatives of the associations of kirana stores, traders and retailers discussed the need for a level playing field and the impact of anti-competitive practices like predatory pricing and other discriminatory methods that are being faced by them from foreign competition. In a separate statement, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), which attended the meeting, demanded early formulation of e-commerce policy. “A regulatory authority should be constituted to regulate and monitor the e-commerce business with adequate powers to penalise or take action against entity which violates the policy,” it said. CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal also said that it needs to be be ensured that all kinds of malpractices, including predatory pricing and deep discounts by e-retailers should be stopped. According to FDI policy, India permits foreign direct investment in the multi-brand retail sector with a cap of 51 per cent ownership by overseas players.last_img read more

Teen birth control use linked to adult depression

first_imgTeenage girls who used oral contraceptives during adolescence are three times more likely to be clinically depressed in later life, a new study warns. According to the findings of the study, researchers found teenage birth control pill users were 1.7 times to three times more likely to be clinically depressed in adulthood, compared to women who started taking birth control pills as adults and to women who had never taken birth control pills. “Our findings suggest that the use of oral contraceptives during adolescence may have an enduring effect on a woman’s risk for depression – even years after she stops using them,” said the study’s first author Christine Anderl from the University of British Columbia. For the study, the researchers analysed data from a population-representative survey of 1,236 women in the US and controlled for several factors that have previously been proposed to explain the relationship between oral contraceptive use and depression risk. These include age at onset of menstruation, age of first sexual intercourse and current oral contraceptive use. While the data clearly shows a relationship between birth control use during adolescence and increased depression risk in adulthood, the researchers noted that it does not prove one causes the other. “Millions of women worldwide use oral contraceptives and they are particularly popular among teenagers. “We hope that our findings will promote more research on this topic, as well as more informed dialogue and decision-making about the prescription of hormonal birth control to adolescents,” said the study’s senior author Frances Chen.last_img read more

JOHNNY ORLANDO TORONTO TEEN SIGNED TO MAJOR LABEL READY TO TAKE CENTRE

first_img Facebook Johnny Orlando says that by the time he’s 20, he hopes to be performing in stadiums and meeting fans in countries he’s never been to. (CBC) Advertisement Like many up-and-coming musical artists these days, gradually building a huge online following has been key to breaking into the industry. Advertisement You probably haven’t heard of him, but 15-year-old Johnny Orlando may be Canada’s next big pop-music export.The Toronto singer and songwriter has just inked a record deal with Universal Music Canada, released a new single and performed a free show in Nathan Philips Square for his young fans — some of whom travelled hours to be there.“It’s still pretty unbelievable,” he tells CBC News.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

QUARTER MILLION MILESTONE IHEARTRADIO CANADA APP NOW OFFERS MORE THAN 250000 PODCASTS

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement “Podcasting is such a fun way to engage with fans beyond our TV show,” said Dan O’Toole, Host, THE JAY AND DAN PODCAST. “It’s like we’re gently whispering into listeners’ ears…wherever they may be.”Listeners can now navigate podcasts through newly added podcast charts, subscribe to push notifications to alert them when their favourite podcasts drops, and receive curated recommendations based on the music, stations, and other podcasts they enjoy.The robust collection of podcasts streaming on the iHeartRadio Canada app and at iHeartRadio.ca also contain Bell Media Original podcasts including THE JAY AND DAN PODCAST, THE BUSINESS OF LIFE, VERONIQUE ET LES FANTASTIQUES, OVERDRIVE, and THE HAPPY TIMES, as well as some of the most-talked about podcasts in pop culture including THE RON BURGUNDY PODCAST, CONAN O’BRIEN NEEDS A FRIEND, DISGRACELAND, and ARMCHAIR EXPERT WITH DAX SHEPARD.iHeartRadio is available on a wide variety of connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, and televisions.About iHeartRadio CanadaiHeartRadio, a best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand, is now in Canada through a partnership between Bell Media and iHeartMedia. A leader in innovative radio programming throughout Canada, Bell Media features the country’s most dynamic, popular, and respected radio brands, including Toronto’s CHUM 104.5 and the ÉNERGIE group in Québec, as well as international brands like Virgin Radio. In the U.S., iHeartRadio has surpassed 100 million registered users, reaching milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service. In addition, iHeartRadio’s registered user milestone does not account for the millions of listeners who tune into iHeartRadio’s live radio streams without registering. iHeartRadio is now the #1 podcaster in the world, with more than 250,000 podcasts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement TORONTO – iHeartRadio Canada announced today that more than 250,000 podcasts are now available for listeners to stream on the app and at iHeartRadio.ca, officially making the streaming service the leading podcast and audio provider in Canada.The expansion offers a variety of new podcasts on topics including politics, comedy, food, true crime, and the instantly popular new podcast from Chelsea Handler entitled LIFE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME, which dropped last month. These 250,000 podcasts join the list of more than 1,000 live radio stations also available on the app.“We’re very excited about our podcast, and the only person more excited than we are is Cameraman Glen, who literally does not have to do anything when we record them,” said Jay Onrait, Host, THE JAY AND DAN PODCAST. “Long live podcasting – a guaranteed vacation for camerapersons everywhere.” Login/Register With:last_img read more

Bombardier fights back after new duty put on CSeries sales to US

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. accused the Trump administration of overreach by siding with Boeing in its bid to shut the CSeries commercial jet from the world’s largest airline market by effectively quadrupling the price of any of the planes sold in the United States.“It represents an egregious overreach and misapplication of the U.S. trade laws in an apparent attempt to block the CSeries aircraft from entering the U.S. market,” the Montreal-based transportation manufacturer (TSX:BBD.B) said in response to an additional 80 per cent anti-dumping duty.Bombardier said the Commerce Department has ignored aerospace industry realities, noting that Boeing’s own practice of selling aircraft below production costs for years after launch would fail the test used against the CSeries“This hypocrisy is appalling, and it should be deeply troubling to any importer of large, complex, and highly engineered products,” it said.The decision intensifies political pressure on NAFTA negotiators ahead of next week’s resumption of talks among Canada, Mexico and the U.S.The U.S. Commerce Department added 79.82 per cent to 219.63 per cent in preliminary countervailing tariffs it announced last week, once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.“The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada, but this is not our idea of a properly functioning trading relationship,” stated Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“We will continue to verify the accuracy of this decision, while (doing) everything in our power to stand up for American companies and their workers.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was extremely disappointed, but not surprised given the “baseless and absurdly high” duties last week.“Boeing is manipulating the U.S. trade remedy system to prevent Bombardier’s aircraft, the CSeries, from entering the U.S. market despite Boeing’s admission that it does not compete with the C Series,” she said in a statement.“Our government will continue to vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian aerospace industry and our aerospace workers against irresponsible and protectionist trade measures.”Several U.S. senators and House members also expressed their unhappiness, calling the decision “shortsighted” because it threatens thousands of jobs across the country supported by Bombardier and its suppliers.The latest duty matches the amount originally proposed by Boeing, before it revised its request to 143 per cent because of Bombardier’s refusal to provide certain information to the Commerce Department.The Chicago-based aircraft giant said it welcomes the decision affirming its view that Bombardier sold the CSeries to Delta at prices below production cost to illegally grab market share in the single-aisle airplane market.“This determination confirms that, as Boeing alleged in its petition, Bombardier dumped its aircraft into the U.S. market at absurdly low prices,” it said in a news release.Countervailing duties target what the U.S. considers unfair subsidies, while anti-dumping tariffs go after the alleged selling of imported products below market value.U.S. aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia said the high duties will hurt CSeries sales efforts to leasing companies and shut the plane out of the U.S. unless the U.S. International Trade Commission effectively ends the challenge in February.“If the ITC doesn’t find that this damaged Boeing then this whole thing vanishes like a bad dream,” he said in an interview.Aboulafia says the process appears to have been politicized, which requires authorities to detail their reasonings to avoid further damage to the international jetline sector.A Bombardier union said it wasn’t surprised by the new duty given the 48 per cent increase in the number of dumping allegations since the Trump administration took office.“These tribunals are like the right arm of the large corporations of Boeing,” said Dave Chartrand, Quebec co-ordinator of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.He said workers will fight even harder to get the duty reversed.“We will stand up and we will fight.”Boeing petitioned the government in April after its smaller rival secured a deal for up to 125 of its CS100s with Delta in 2016. The firm order for 75 aircraft had a list price of US$5.6 billion, although large orders typically secure steep discounts.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the 100- to 150-seat CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.Boeing’s complaint has prompted a heavy political reaction from the Canadian government and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who fears job losses at Bombardier’s wing assembly facility in Northern Ireland.Canada has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.last_img read more

Benatia Bites Back After French Journalist Belittles Moroccos World Cup Chances

Rabat – After the World Cup final draw, speculations have begun to swirl over different teams’ chances in the tournament’s next phase. And after Daniel Riolo, a French-Italian journalist, asserted that Morocco has no chance to win or score against Spain, Moroccan team captain Mehdi Benatia had much to say.Commenting on the Group B, which comprises Spain, Morocco, Iran, and Portugal, Riolo said with full confidence that the Morocco-Spain game will finish with a 3-0 win in favor of the Spanish team, considering this result the “minimum gap.”Riolo’s remarks were made during a TV show called After Foot, which was broadcast by   RMC. The journalist’s comments angered Benatia, who took to Twitter to respond to Riolo’s speculation. “Why does not he shut up […] He has never even played football,” wrote the Moroccan key defender.Pourquoi il la ferme pas celui la putain de guignol il a jamais joué au ballon il fait que l’ouvrir espèce de fachau de merde va— MBenatia5 (@MedhiBenatia) December 2, 2017In response to Benatia’s strong response, the journalist took to his own Twitter account and wrote, “I discover that thinking that Morocco might be defeated against Spain is a crime! Ohlalalala I hope that this is not serious but…”Ah oui je decouvre que penser que le maroc peut prendre une rouste vs Espagne c’est un crime ! Ouhlalalala j’espere que c pas serieux mais..— Daniel Riolo (@DanielRiolo) December 2, 2017While Riolo may underestimate the Moroccan squad and its strength, international coaches had different opinions regarding the Atlas Lions. After the final draw, which took place on December 1 in Moscow, coaches of Morocco’s future opponents, including Spain’s manager, acknowledged that their teams will face a strong squad in the second round of the 2018 World Cup.Julen Lopetegui, a former Spanish footballer and current manager of Spanish national football team, said that Spain will face “one of the most toughest teams, including the Moroccan squad, who excluded the Ivorian team in the World Cup qualifiers.”For Carlos Queiroz, the head manager of Iranian football team, told beIN Sports that Morocco has a “great” team, recalling its course during the qualifiers. For his part, Fernando Santos, head manager of the Portuguese national football team told beIN Sports that Portugal will face strong opponents, including the Moroccan team, which qualified to the World Cup after beating Cote d’Ivoire. The Atlas Lions has “many footballers who are very active in European leagues. They are very strong opponents,” he said.The Moroccan team will play against Iran in their first game, scheduled to take place on June 15 at Saint Petersburg. After Iran, the team will face Portugal on June 20 and Spain on June 25 in Moscow. read more

IPO mania Zoom Pinterest surge in market debuts

NEW YORK — Investors are giving unicorn technology companies Zoom and Pinterest a rousing reception in their debuts on the stock market.Zoom Video Communications, which makes video conferencing technology, soared 70% after pricing its initial public offering at $36. Pinterest, which lets users share images of crafts and other projects, jumped 25% after pricing its IPO at $19.The high-flying market debuts come less than a month after ride-hailing service Lyft began trading. In what might be a cautionary tale for other anticipated tech IPOs, Lyft shared on their first day but have since plunged back below their original offering price of $72.Other high-profile companies such as Twitter and Snap had strong initial trading days but then saw their stock prices fall substantially in the subsequent months.The Associated Press read more

Connecticut gov says United Technologies will hire instate

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he’s been assured United Technologies Corporation plans to hire 1,000 additional workers at Pratt & Whitney over the next few years.The Democrat said Tuesday he’s also been assured Otis elevators, which UTC plans to spin off to become an independent company, will remain in Connecticut and hire more people.Lamont’s announcements follow news UTC is moving its headquarters from Farmington, Connecticut, to the Boston area as part of a merger with Raytheon Co.David Lehman, Lamont’s economic adviser, says the administration would prefer UTC keep its headquarters in Connecticut, but UTC’s CEO Greg Hayes has given Lamont “an endorsement of sorts of the footprint they have here” and their plans to keep growing it.Lehman says the 1,000 new jobs include manufacturing and engineering positions.The Associated Press read more

UN rights experts welcome Australias apology to indigenous peoples

18 February 2008A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed Australia’s recent apology to its indigenous peoples for the pain and indignity they endured under the Government’s past laws and policies. The apology, made in a speech delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Federal Parliament on 13 February, “will strengthen the moral fabric of the country and reinforce the Aboriginal contribution to Australian society,” the experts said in a statement issued today in Geneva.“We are specially moved by the apology offered to the members of the Stolen Generation and their families, victims of a deliberate policy of assimilation of the Aboriginal culture that contradicted the basic human rights principles of equality and dignity,” the group added. “Australia’s efforts to acknowledge historical injustices and to promote reconciliation set an example of how to enhance harmonious and cooperative relationships between indigenous peoples and States, in the spirit of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”In carrying out measures to protect and promote the rights of Aboriginal peoples, the experts encouraged the Government to examine the recommendations made by several Special Rapporteurs who visited the country in recent years. read more

Three Brock employees make Top 40 Under 40 list

The Niagara business community is recognizing its next generation of leaders, and three people from Brock University have made the cut.Jayne Morrish, Jesse Barraza and Lorraine Snihur were on the list when Business Link Niagara’s annual Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award recipients were announced recently.They will receive their awards at Business Link’s gala being held May 11 at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre in St. Catharines.Development Officer Snihur said she believes “in order to truly be a part of a community, you need to become involved.”“This is why my husband and I choose to live, work, volunteer and raise our family here,” Snihur said. “These awards prove there are many others in Niagara who share in this belief and know that when we work together we can help our community grow healthy and strong.”Morrish, a knowledge translation officer for the Lifespan Development Research Centre, called the award an honour.“It is extremely rewarding to see the hard work of all of this year’s recipients recognized and I feel very proud to be part of a community that places value on developing well-rounded business leaders,” she said.Barraza said the awards show the good work being done at Brock.“I’m extremely happy to know that what we do in the community personally and representing Brock is noticed,” said Barraza, Student-Athlete Services Co-ordinator for Brock Sports. “I look forward to building relationships and opportunities as my career continues here at Brock.”In addition to the three Brock employees, nearly a quarter of the 40 Under 40 are Brock alumni. Also making the list are Brock grads Shannon Heyder, Owen Hughes, Pamela Isaak, Nicole Johnson, Chantelle Mamone, Justin Parro, Brett Poole and Mark Richardson. read more

Salisbury Novichok quantity suggests it was created as weapon not for research

On the technical means of creating Novichok, she said: “No terrorist group or non-state actor would be able to produce this agent in the purity described by the OPCW testing and this is something Russia has acknowledged.”The Russian State has previously produced Novichoks and would still be capable of doing so today.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However the UK has previously stated its conviction that only Russia had the means and motive to target the former spy.Karen Pierce, the UK’s representative to the United Nations, told a meeting last month there was “no plausible alternative explanation than Russian State responsibility for what happened in Salisbury”, suggesting Russia had the ability, operation experience and motive to carry out the attack.She said: “Russia has a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations including on the territory of the United Kingdom.”The independent inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko concluded in January 2016 that he was deliberately poisoned with polonium; that the FSB had directed the operation; and that President Putin probably approved it.” Show more “It’s not affected by weather conditions. That explains, actually, that they were able to identify it after a considerable time lapse.”He added the samples collected suggested the nerve agent was of “high purity”.Moscow has denied accusations it was responsible for the poisoning of the Skripals but the incident plunged diplomatic relations between Russia and the West into the deep freeze.The Russian ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko previously suggested that Sergei and Yulia Skripal may have been injected by British authorities with nerve agent produced at Porton Down. Up to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent were used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said.Ahmet Uzumcu told the New York Times the amount of Novichok used – around half a cup of liquid – suggests it was created for use as a weapon rather than for research purposes.Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were left fighting for their lives in hospital after being found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4.The inquiry into the nerve agent attack in the Wiltshire city has involved 250 detectives who have gone through more than 5,000 hours of CCTV and interviewed more than 500 witnesses.Mr Uzumcu told the paper the Novichok could have been applied as a liquid or aerosol. He said: “For research activities or protection you would need, for instance, five to 10 grams or so, but even in Salisbury it looks like they may have used more than that, without knowing the exact quantity, I am told it may be 50, 100 grams or so, which goes beyond research activities for protection. read more

Bojan Stefanovic in Antequera until end of the season

Antequera handballBojan Stefanovic ← Previous Story Sterbik is healthy, but not ready for Spain Next Story → City of Niš lost EURO 2012 Former right back of many Serbian TOP teams, Zeleznicar Nis, Sintelon Backa Palanka and Partizan Beograd, Bojan Stefanovic (33 – 201 cm) signed contract with ASOBAL team, Antequera until end of the season. First month and a half, Stefanovic spent n Iran, where he moved after end of contract with Octavio Pilotes, who relegated from the ASOBAL last summer. In his career in Spain, Stefanovic also played for TEKA and Arrate. read more

Ivan Lapcevic in Italian Romagna Handball

Ivan LapcevicRomagna handball Experienced Serbian player, Ivan Lapcevic (35) signs one season contract with Italian 2. Division team, Romagna Handball. Ambitious Italian team wants to promote to Elite A1 and Lapcevic will help with his huge experience from time spent in F.C Barcelona, MKB Veszprem, Puerto Sagunto, Zeleznicar Nis, Puerto Sagunto and Yugoslav NT as well. ← Previous Story Renato Vugrinec signs for HSV Hamburg Next Story → EHF EURO 2012: Tickets are sold for Group in Nis

Angelos Tzortzinis is TIMEs Best Wire Photographer of 2015

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Agence France-Presse stringer Angelos Tzortzinis has clinched the 2015 Wire Photographer of the Year title for his heartfelt work documenting his country’s response to two unprecedented crises. Tzortzinis, who was born in 1984 in Egaleo, had no aspirations to become a photographer, but was very focused on finding “a way out” of that life. In 2006, he joined the Leica Academy of Creative Photography in Athens, after which he realised that the camera could be that path. “My goal is not to promote myself in photography,” he told TIME. “Instead I want people to see my pictures and understand what they mean to me.” The 31-year-old Greek started collaborating with Agence France-Presse in 2007, while pursuing a career as a freelancer working on personal projects in Egypt, Libya, Turkey and Greece, as well as on assignment for The New York Times. “A good photographer is not someone who takes nice photos; it’s a much more complicated process. The photographer’s values and experiences form a large part of it and [seep through] into his or her photographs. That’s why I want to cover stories that affect my daily life and concern me, like the economic crisis in Greece and the refugee situation.” For the last six years, he’s been focusing on the economic crisis, often shooting powerful images of the true impact political decisions have on everyday people at close range at protests. “I’m interested because I’m part of it,” he says. “I’m not just a visitor. I live inside the problem and I feel it daily. I’m really confused and troubled by it, so I try to find answers to the questions I have through my photos.” Now that Greece has become the main point of entry for hundreds of thousands of Syrian, Iraqis and Afghans looking for better lives, Tzotzinis covers the pain of the refugees. He decided to start covering the story in Kos and Lesbos even without an assignment. Since then, AFP has assigned him on multiple occasions. “My goal is not to be one more witness to this situation,” he says. “I try to keep as much distance as possible and show things people might not usually see. I want to make images that pose questions about the future of these people.” Angelos Tzortzinis is a freelance photographer and a stringer with Agence France-Presse based in Greece. He is TIME’s Wire Photographer of 2015. Previous winners include Bulent Kilic in 2014, Muhammed Muheisen in 2013, Marco Longari in 2012, Pete Muller in 2011, and Mauricio Lima in 2010. Source: TIMElast_img read more

Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper admits he made a mistake

first_imgAjax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana has admitted he made a calamitous error in the draw with Benfica but made some fine saves to preserve a point late on.The Cameroon international has acknowledged he made a “really big mistake” in Ajax’s 1-1 draw with Benfica in Group E of the UEFA Champions League.Onana gifted the Portuguese club an opener in the 29th minute of Wednesday night’s encounter in Lisbon, putting his team’s under pressure with an unnecessary Cruyff Turn before failing to deal with the resulting throw-in, enabling Jonas to tuck home.However, with Dusan Tadic equalizing just after the hour for Ajax, Onana atoned for his mistake, pulling off two brilliant saves to deny Rafa Silva and Gabriel.Onana insists he and his teammates were always confident of fighting back.Explaining the impact Joao Felix is causing in world football Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 There is a certain urgency that is getting noticed about Joao Felix’s development as a young star in the world of football right now.At…“I made a really big mistake. I made the wrong choices, twice, which led to their goal,” Onana told UEFA.com, according to FourFourTwo.“But as a goalkeeper, you just have to be strong and look forward.“Even though it wasn’t our best game, I still thought we were better than Benfica.“We kept the faith because we have great strikers so there was always believe that we could score.”last_img read more

Rohingya crisis a grave security risk

first_imgProlonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladeshi camps poses a “grave security risk”, conflict analysts ICG warned Thursday, raising the spectre of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar.Raids by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on 25 August sparked the vicious Myanmar army response which has forced more than 620,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state for Bangladesh.ARSA “appears determined to regroup and remain relevant” and may draw on desperate Rohingya refugees languishing in camps for future operations, the ICG International Crisis Group said in the report.The group may “shift to cross-border attacks” using Bangladesh as a base for recruitment and training, the study said, cautioning the risk of an ever-deepening cycle of violence is all too real.”Such attacks would have profoundly negative consequences,” straining Myanmar-Bangladesh relations and worsening contempt for the Rohingya “that would further diminish prospects of an eventual refugee return”.Global outcry over the refugee crisis, one of the worst in recent history, has triggered a hyper-defensive response inside the country, where anti-Rohingya attitudes have hardened since ARSA’s emergence.Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya as a distinct ethnic group eligible for citizenship, instead calling them “Bengali”, suggesting they are illegal immigrants.In another serious looming risk, ICG warned that Rohingya’s plight has become a “cause celebre of the Muslim world” with Al-Qaeda, Islamic State and other global jihadi groups calling for attacks on Myanmar.Myanmar’s military has repeatedly used the terror threat to justify its campaign in northern Rakhine state.ARSA has distanced itself from any wider global cause for jihad, saying it is only fighting to protect Rohingya rights.International pressure is ratcheting up on Myanmar.This week the UN rights chief said Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya showed possible “elements of genocide”, as calls for the safe and sustainable repatriation of refugees grows.Myanmar refutes any wrongdoing saying it was forced into a defensive action by ARSA attacks.It has agreed with Bangladesh to start repatriation of “eligible” refugees within a few months.But there are widespread doubts over how many Rohingya can prove they are entitled to return to Rakhine, or want to go back to areas riddled with communal mistrust and where their villages were razed.China, a key strategic ally of Myanmar, is pitching itself as an arbiter in the crisis, and has repeatedly urged the international community to take a softline on Myanmar.But pressure is mounting in the West — particularly Washington — to reimpose targeted sanctions on Myanmar military figures.Sanctions were slowly rolled back in recent years as reward for democratic gains after decades of outright junta rule.The ICG study said any fresh sanctions would backfire by isolating Myanmar and calcifying hatred towards the Rohingya.last_img read more

Google Apps for Your Business The Good the Bad and the Ugly

first_imgAugust 2, 2010 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s not Bill Gates’ world any more. Sure, Microsoft remains the dominant office software provider, with 450 million deployed users, according to data from the company. But its downcoast rival, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, has broken Microsoft’s lock on office software products. More than 2 million firms and 25 million users now handle their e-mail, documents and other office tasks using Google’s web-based professional office suite, Google Apps.And for good reason.Google’s office tools offer a mind-boggling array of cloud-based productivity options to even the smallest firms: Essentially everything you do at work is now available anywhere, anytime, from any online connection. Better yet, it’s all free for the standard version–or $50 per year per user for the Premier version, which includes additional storage and high-quality, unlimited support.And Google is just getting started. In April the company quietly overhauled Apps, dramatically changing the user interface and upgrading the core code of the software. The new Apps supports development by third parties though the Google Apps Marketplace.If you don’t have good web access, you are better off working with traditional word processors like Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. But if you use the internet and your firm is not Google Apps-savvy right at this very second, you are making a mistake.Here are our choices for the great, the not-so-great and the downright awful Google small-business tools:Great ToolsGoogle Apps Gmail What’s to love: The cornerstone of any small-business venture, Google Apps Gmail supports your company’s URL and looks the same from any web browser or mobile device. For example, it instantly turns even an iPod Touch into a work portal. Plus, Gmail has plenty of room for every employee’s work e-mail, with 25 GB of storage per user (with a paid Apps account). Employees have complete remote access, and the system requires them to log in to do their work, for total accountability. Gmail conversations are “threaded,” unlike most desktop e-mail clients, which means e-mails are grouped by similar subject lines, making it simpler to track intricate, multi-party exchanges.What’s to hate: Google’s approach to logging in and managing various e-mail identities is needlessly complicated. Worse, employees often have trouble telling whether they’re logged in to the company’s virtual e-mail system or their own personal Gmail account. Also, be prepared to be bombarded by ad-supported content. Text ads are Google’s main business, so you’re pretty much always looking at them. Some may be relevant, but many businesses will be wary about opening their private company e-mails to marketers, even if anonymously.Productivity factor: Tremendous. If you’re not using a Google Apps Gmail account in tandem with Microsoft Outlook, you’re either a newbie or a fool. But be forewarned: It’s not a complete substitute for Outlook.Google Apps Calendar What’s to love: Apps Calendar creates a common platform on which to schedule appointments and events throughout your entire business in real time. It lets assistants schedule executives’ appointments from a remote location, and it lets your clients update meetings as they need to–again, as it happens. Quite simply, when it comes to group events, it’s the scheduling tool of the gods–it even generates e-mail invitations that include a button to respond. When employees indicate they will attend, Apps Calendar automatically adds the shared meeting to your schedule and theirs. It also lets you merge employees’ calendars with yours in order to manage your whole team’s time with a bird’s-eye view.What’s to hate: Like Apps Gmail, Calendar can be confusing and complex; managing Calendar Settings is the devil’s work. And you can expect to deploy another project management app like Smartsheet or LiquidPlanner to really make scheduling work. Also, managing permissions and privacy has been difficult in our testing. And, of course, different people manage their schedules in different ways. Be warned: Integration with Outlook is futile.Productivity factor: There’s no other tool out there like it. The scheduling features alone are a must-have for small businesses. Just don’t ask it to do too much.Google Docs What’s to love: Google Docs gained the most in the recent Google Apps rebuild, which solved most previous problems regarding connectivity and collaboration. Offline content creation can actually work. Its collaborative word-processing features, which let multiple parties make revisions simultaneously, are a revelation for any fast-moving creative team. Suddenly, creating a proposal or a presentation is an almost-weightless task. Forget writer’s block: Real-time chat and comments put the group’s feedback right on the page, and changes are saved automatically and often. You’ll never look at writing or editing the same way again.What’s to hate: As cool as it is, Google Docs will not replace Microsoft Word or OpenOffice when it comes to producing slick, professional-looking documents. More troubling, connectivity can still be an issue, a scary prospect when Docs freezes up in the middle of saving a document. And forget about using the wildly unreliable e-mail attachments and publish-to-web features; both can be unstable.Productivity factor: Docs rocks. It’s simply the best collaborative work tool on the market–and you can’t beat the price.Google AdWords What’s to love: Though technically not part of Google Apps, AdWords still is an integral part of any growing business’s basic marketing strategy. It forces a firm to boil its value proposition down to a sentence and makes you responsible for how you follow up on leads from your website.What’s to hate: Don’t spend more than $100 a month without the help of an online-search-term pro, or you’re going to burn money fast. AdWords is much trickier than it appears. Also, competitors such as Facebook and Twitter are breathing down the online ad market leader’s neck. So this market is changing fast.Productivity factor: AdWords can really work, but be careful not to overspend.Google Pack What’s to love: This is our sleeper pick for Google products that also work for the small business–and the first thing you should download when you get a new computer. Google Pack is a free starter office suite that contains the Google Chrome browser, Google Apps, and Spyware Doctor and Anti-Virus, among other Google software, along with third-party applications such as Adobe Reader and Skype.What’s to hate: Not much, really. Yes, this is a clear promotional vehicle for Google. But it is handy and gets you up and productive in just a few clicks. Surprisingly cool.Productivity factor: Easy to install and efficient, it’s a great way to get Google-ized fast.Not-so-great ToolsGoogle Presentations What’s to love: Because they’re stored online, presentations can be updated on the road, and it’s great for finding data in real time. Presentations also makes it relatively easy to insert basic images and videos. A template library gets you up to speed quickly, and the sharing feature lets you collect and share team feedback quickly, keeping everyone on the same page, literally. Publishing your finished product on the web or embedding it in a website is instantaneous, making it easy to reach a worldwide audience in a flash.What’s to hate: Google Presentations simply does not have the same level of features as PowerPoint. And for PPoint heads, this will drive you nuts. Design features are limited. And while you can open PowerPoint files of up to 10MB, the transliteration can be way clunky. Text boxes have feeble updating features, and sometimes the layouts get skewed. And be prepared to bone up on your web coding skills to get Presentations working smoothly, especially when working with multiple browsers.Productivity factor: PowerPoint 2010 has nothing to worry about.Google Sites What’s to love: This drag-and-drop website development tool is useful to anybody who struggles with building team-based websites that work inside your business. If you are a Wiki shop building an internal site, or are struggling with Microsoft SharePoint, Sites will save you a ton of time and money. These websites all exist within your branded Google Apps domain and are easily edited by employees, with permissions set from the main account. It also integrates information from other Google Apps programs well, making it a breeze to organize Google Docs, Spreadsheets and deadlines from Calendar, along with Gmail messages relevant to the matter at hand.What’s to hate: Despite its flexibility, there are many other ways to develop a more effective public web space, namely Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Small businesses might find Sites overly complex and just not worth the bother.Productivity factor: Don’t throw away your web development tools quite yet. Google Sites can be clumsy for the tech-inexperienced small shop.Google Voice What’s to love: This is an attempt to reinvent telephony with the one-phone-number concept, complemented by plenty of bells and whistles. When a customer calls your Google Voice number, they get a recording while it pings your registered numbers to find you or sends it immediately to voicemail. Voice also offers transcription, message sharing, multiple personalized greetings and some spiffy international calling.What’s to hate: Clearly, this is a whole lot of technology looking for a problem to solve. The ritual of business phone usage remains one of the inviolate aspects of business life. So tinkering with inbound business calls to loop in a Google-branded automated operator can be a ticklish business proposition. And there have been quality issues for international calling and transcription. The novelty can get old fast.Productivity factor: Not much. Your customers mastered the phone 120 years ago. They’re not about to change their habits now.Google Wave/Google Buzz What’s to love: Wave is Google’s attempt to create a medium-agnostic sharing tool that lets users create real-time content in the cloud as if there was no web browser. And Buzz brings social media to Google’s arsenal of products by letting users collect ideas, clips, photos and videos online and share them among a group where everyone can comment on them. Both are simply fabulous technology.What’s to hate: Such cutting-edge tools require teams that understand exactly how they work; most small businesses simply don’t have the time or resources to train their people effectively.Productivity factor: For Google Apps experts only.Awful ToolsGoogle Spreadsheets What’s to love: Not much. This is Google Apps’ major disappointment. Sure, you get basic spreadsheet functions and some pretty cool tricks (such as real-time updates of web data and automatic compatibility with Excel and any .xls or .cls file), but little else here impresses. Nice features include an autofill function that lets you avoid having to retype the same terms over and over, the ability to drag columns to new locations, and a streamlined copy feature that makes duplicates in one click. What’s to hate: Turns out collaborating on spreadsheets isn’t the holy grail some thought it was. After all, most small companies want only one or two employees managing their accounting or its sales. Also, Google Spreadsheets is downright lumbering compared to Excel, perhaps Microsoft Office’s best program, particularly when running in 64-bit environments. Data entry in Google Spreadsheets can be annoyingly buggy; lines will sometimes disappear without warning. And freezing and unfreezing panes is needlessly complicated. Fans of Microsoft Excel, prepare to be disappointed.Productivity factor: None. Excel has nothing to worry about.last_img read more

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first_imgCase Study | June 11, 2013 | Sponsored by Hologic Inc. 3D Mammography Technology Brings Patients to the Hospital Breast Center and to the Hospital as a Whole Stamford Hospital, Connecticut Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Katherine Hollister, Stamford’s Lead Mammography Technologist, prepares a patient for a 3D mammogram.The Women’s Breast Center at Stamford Hospital offers comprehensive breast care services to women of all ages, using high technology, a multidisciplinary and patient-centered approach to care, and community education and screening. The facility has been recognized by the American College of Radiology and the American College of Surgeons. The Women’s Breast Center is one of two locations for the Hospital’s mammography services, the other being the Darien Imaging Center. “We consider our investment in technology an investment in the health of the women we serve,” states David Sack, Director of Radiology at Stamford Hospital. “When I saw 3D mammography technology, I knew it made sense for our patients.”The not-for-profit hospital was the second site in the state of Connecticut to add 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) technology, installing its first system a few months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the system. “Adding 3D mammography was the right thing for our patients,” Sack noted.  “Plus, it fit our business plan and mission of building the best breast center in the region.” The Challenge of Bringing on a New TechnologyWhen the first 3D mammography system was installed, the hospital found itself in a unique situation. The technology was only available at one of the hospital’s two imaging locations, but patients wanted access to the technology at both. It quickly became clear women preferred the 3D mammogram; and, more women were coming and asking for it, which created scheduling issues. Sack continued, “All of a sudden there were fewer exams scheduled on the 2D units and we had an overload on the 3D unit. We quickly realized we had to make 3D mammography available at both centers.”  So, in 2012, Stamford Hospital added two additional Hologic 3D mammography systems, and began offering the new technology to all screening patients. “The systems weren’t budgeted, but it was the right thing to do,” explains Sack. “Our administration was convinced we were on the right path. They’re very supportive of the Women’s Breast Center.”Overcoming Patient AnxietySack recognizes that women experience a tremendous amount of anxiety while waiting for the results of their mammograms, and this is made worse when they are called back for additional views. “Unfortunately with 2D mammography, the breast tissues overlay each other, and it can be hard to determine an exact diagnosis. That means many women are called back for a diagnostic exam,” explains Sack. “3D mammography eliminates the tissue overlap problem and significantly reduces the need for unnecessary callbacks. Instead of using 3D imaging solely for diagnostics, the Women’s Breast Center and Darien Imaging Center use 3D mammography in combination with 2D mammography for 100 percent of their screenings to avoid the need for follow-up exams.” Because they feel more confident in their diagnosis with 3D images, radiologists at the Women’s Breast Center decided to provide same-day results for women having a screening mammogram during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.  “Many women are nervous about their mammogram and waiting a few days or a week for results can be stressful,” explains Sack.  “We want to provide women with answers before they walk out the door.”Reduced Recalls and Increased Patient VolumeSince adding 3D mammography, the hospital has seen a 50 percent reduction in screening recalls and their breast cancer screening volume has increased dramatically. The first year 3D mammography was available, the hospital saw a 10 percent increase in patients — with just one unit. In the first two months of 2013, it has seen an increase of approximately 25 percent.  “There’s no question our patient volume has increased substantially by adding the 3D system,” says Sack. “Women hear about 3D mammography and they want it, they want to get the right answer and they don’t want to wait. It’s not hard to sell by any means.”Stamford Hospital doesn’t charge an extra fee for the 3D exam because the hospital considers it to be the basic standard of care. “We don’t want women to have to choose between paying extra or not having the best exam. Our business model offsets any additional costs through an increase in patient volume. Instead of charging more we just get more patients and make up the difference that way,” states Sack. Sack notes the increased revenue from 3D imaging impacts more than just the Women’s Breast Center. “The immeasurable impact of more women coming to the Breast Center is the downstream revenue. There are more people in the system. Plus, women make the healthcare decisions in the family. If they’re coming to Stamford Hospital because we have leading-edge technology, they’re probably going to want to bring the rest of their family here for other medical care as well.” Concludes Sack, “3D mammography is just the right thing to do. My administration supports this view. If we are committed to being the best breast center then we need the latest and greatest technology.”Case study supplied by Hologic Inc.The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the person interviewed and are not necessarily those of Hologic.This information is intended for medical professionals in the U.S. and other markets and is not intended as a product solicitation or promotion where such activities are prohibited. Because Hologic materials are distributed through websites, eBroadcasts and tradeshows,it is not always possible to control where such materials appear. For specific information on what products are available for sale in a particular country, pleasecontact your local Hologic representative or write to womenshealth@hologic.com (link sends e-mail).Hologic is a registered trademark of Hologic and/or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more read morelast_img read more