Liberals urge patience on nofly fixes as families press government for action

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is working to resolve ongoing airport hassles children face due to security snags — and passing a federal bill now before Parliament is the first step.Families from the group known as the No Fly List Kids came to Ottawa to make their case to MPs and ministers Monday with the aim of ensuring that funding for a new computer system to fix the problem is included in the 2018 federal budget.Parents of children who have repeatedly endured nerve-racking airport delays because a youngster’s name matches one on a no-fly list say the federal legislation will do nothing in the short term to ease their woes.The government is proposing an amendment to the Secure Air Travel Act that would allow the public safety minister to tell parents that their child is not on the Canadian no-fly list, meaning the name simply matches that of someone who is actually listed. The government says this would provide assurance to parents about their child’s status.The legislation, part of a broad package of security-related measures, would also allow federal officials to electronically screen air passenger information against the list, a process currently in the hands of airlines. The government says this would prevent false name matches by enabling it to issue unique redress numbers for pre-flight verification of identity.But it also means creating a new computer system to do the job.Goodale said Monday the overall solution entails passing the legislation, enacting regulations and building the computer system from the ground up.“It is a complicated process, sadly. The mistake was made several years ago when this thing was set up in a backwards fashion,” he said before the daily question period.“We’ve got to change the system and that’s what we’re working on.”Families were disappointed funds for the new system did not turn up in the last federal budget and they’re beginning to lose patience.“This is a technical problem that requires a technical solution,” said Sulemaan Ahmed, whose son Adam, 8, has been held up many times before boarding a flight.“The families are not willing to wait longer for more excuses.”In June 2016 the government created an inquiries office to help resolve travellers’ problems. But the No Fly List Kids group, which now includes more than 100 youngsters, says the difficulties persist.“Every time we fly it happens,” said Heather Harder of London, Ont., whose son Sebastian, 3, has been repeatedly flagged.“My family is from Saskatchewan. And so we go back to visit them fairly often. Every leg of the trip we’re stopped,” she said Monday after a news conference.“We’ve only flown domestically. We’re actually too nervous to fly internationally.”Ahmed and his wife Khadija Cajee stressed the need for a more effective redress system last month in a presentation on behalf of the group to a House of Commons committee conducting consultations on the next budget.“Some of our children have been denied initial boarding and delayed to the point that they have missed flights internationally. Older No Fly List Kids avoid travel due to the potential for stigmatization,” the submission said.“All families find the security screenings become increasingly invasive as their children have gotten older.”Ahmed worries about children who have been caught in the no-fly web for years and now find themselves travelling abroad as young adults, with no guardians nearby to sort out problems.“This goes beyond the no-fly list, actually,” he said in an interview. “This could impact their employment, this could impact security clearance, this could impact admission into universities and schools.”In addition, the group says, the mismatches often involve Muslim-sounding or Arabic-sounding names, raising the question of charter of rights guarantees of equality under the law.“The darker side here is that we know that things go terribly wrong when it comes to information-sharing and lists of this sort that get shared with governments around the world,” said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, who attended the news conference.“It can even lead to unjust imprisonment, disappearances and torture. That’s why we need to take this seriously.”The No Fly List Kids group has enlisted support from MPs of all stripes who have written letters to encourage Finance Minister Bill Morneau to include the redress measure in the next budget.Among them is Toronto Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, who chaired the House of Commons public safety committee when it issued a report on national security calling on the government to provide the financial resources for the new system.“Through expert witnesses, it became apparent to our committee that the no-fly list’s social cost, without an appropriate redress system, greatly outweighs its security benefit,” Oliphant says in the August letter.“Affected Canadians find their ability to visit family members, travel for leisure or travel for the economic benefit of Canada severely limited and sometimes revoked.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Safer cheaper greener Canada releases new 5 and 10 polymer bills

LONGUEUIL, Que. — The last of Canada’s polymer bills have been released by the Bank of Canada.[np_storybar title=”Here’s what Canada’s new $5 and $10 polymer bills look like” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/30/new-5-10-canada-bills/”%5D [/np_storybar]The $5 and $10 notes were made public at joint news conferences Thursday in Vancouver and Longueuil, Que.The $5 bill symbolizes Canada’s contribution to space exploration, depicting Canadarm 2 and Dextre on the back of the bill.On hand at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil was astronaut Chris Hadfield, who unveiled the bill while on the International Space Station last April.The $10 bill pays tribute to Canada’s railway, featuring the ceremonial last spike of the CP Railway.Polymer versions of the $100, $50 and $20 have already been released.The new notes were introduced into circulation gradually beginning in 2011.The last denominations are being put into circulation beginning Thursday.The bills are touted as “safer, cheaper and greener.”Canada’s central bank says the notes are expected to last between two and three times longer than their predecessors. read more

Lalkantha remanded over drunk driving accident

The Police said that Lalkantha was arrested in Anuradhapura following the accident and produced before a Magistrate today.The Magistrate ordered that he be remanded till March 14. (Colombo Gazette) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) politburo member K.D. Lalkantha was ordered to be remanded today till March 14 over a drunk driving accident.He was arrested yesterday over a road accident after he had allegedly been driving under the influence of liquor.

Fed cuts key rate for first time in more than a decade

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook.Stocks tumbled soon after the Fed issued its statement at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had been nearly flat before the announcement, sank about 300 points an hour later just as Chairman Jerome Powell was holding a news conference. Investors seemed disappointed that Powell said the Fed doesn’t envision a long series of rate cuts to follow Wednesday’s. But later in his news conference, he seemed to shift his message to leave open the possibility that the Fed would cut rates again. Stocks then pared their losses.The central bank reduced its benchmark rate — which affects many loans for households and businesses — by a quarter-point to a range of 2% to 2.25%. It’s the first rate cut since December 2008 during the depths of the Great Recession, when the Fed slashed its rate to a record low near zero and kept it there until 2015. The economy is far healthier now despite risks to what’s become the longest expansion on record.In addition to its rate cut, the Fed also said it would stop shrinking its enormous bond portfolio in August, two months earlier than planned. This step is intended to avoid putting upward pressure on long-term borrowing rates. The Fed had aggressively bought Treasury and mortgage bonds after the financial crisis to drive down long-term rates but had been gradually shrinking its balance sheet as the economy strengthened.The Fed’s action Wednesday was approved 8-2 vote, with two dissents: Esther George, president of the Fed’s Kansas City regional bank, and Eric Rosengren, head of the Boston Fed, wanted to keep rates unchanged. It was the first time there have been as many as two dissents since December 2017 and suggested that Powell may face opposition if he seeks further rate cuts this year.Compared with when the Fed previously cut rates more than a decade ago, the economy is now solid by most measures, if not spectacular. Consumers are spending. Unemployment is close to a half-century low. A recession hardly seems imminent.Yet the Fed under Powell has signalled that rising economic pressures, notably from Trump’s trade wars and from weakness in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, have become cause for concern. So has an inflation rate that remains stubbornly below the Fed’s 2 per cent target level.So the Fed has decided that a rate cut now — and possibly one or more additional cuts to follow — could provide a kind of insurance policy against an economic downturn. The idea is that lowering its key short-term rate could encourage borrowing and spending and energize growth. Wall Street has welcomed that prospect with a stock market rally since the start of the year.A key concern expressed by the Powell Fed is that Trump’s pursuit of trade conflicts, with his punishing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese and European goods, have escalated uncertainties for American companies. Some companies have put off plans to expand and invest.Powell has also expressed concern about undesirably low inflation. In delivering the Fed’s semiannual monetary report to Congress this month, he noted that the central bank needs to prevent the economy from sinking into a low-inflation trap like the one that has bedeviled Japan’s economy for more than two decades. Ultra-low inflation can slow growth by causing consumers to postpone purchases, which, in turn, slows consumer spending, the economy’s main fuel.Another source of pressure for the Fed has been a relentless series of public attacks by Trump over its rate policy under Powell. Trump has blamed the Fed’s four rate hikes in 2018 as a key reason why the U.S. economy is slowing.This week, the president said he wanted to see a “large cut” in rates as well as an immediate halt in the reduction of the Fed’s bond holdings, to avoid putting upward pressure on long-term rates.Powell has asserted that Trump’s pressure has had no effect on the rate policies of the Fed, which is considered an independent agency. But the president’s incessant criticism raises the question of whether the attacks could eventually undermine confidence that the Fed will remain politically independent and not try to boost the economy before next year’s presidential election.Recent government reports— on economic growth, consumer spending and orders for durable manufactured goods — have confirmed that the economy remains on firm footing even with pressures at home and abroad. As a result, some analysts believe the Fed may pause after Wednesday’s rate cut to see if the economic outlook further brightens before deciding on any further easing.And skeptics wonder whether Fed rate cuts at this point would really do much to bolster an economy whose borrowing rates are already low. Some even worry that the central bank will be taking a needless risk: By cutting rates now, the Fed is disarming itself of some ammunition it would need in case the economy did slide toward a recession. Some also suggest that by driving rates ever lower, the Fed might be helping to fuel dangerous bubbles in stocks or other risky assets.Yet many market traders foresee two or even three rate cuts this year as the Fed tries to counter global threats that risk spreading to the United States.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

Mr. Thomson, who will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, will begin his tenure in September at the commencement of the 71st General Assembly session. The new President-elect defeated Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus by a secret-ballot vote of 94 to 90, with one abstention. The selection of the President of the General Assembly follows a geographical rotation system, with respective regional groups putting forward a consensus candidate every year. If a group cannot reach consensus on a nominee, a vote by secret ballot will take place. Following the voting, Mr. Thomson highlighted that his election marked the first time that a representative of a Pacific small island developing State will serve as Assembly President. He added that as a representative of such a State, he planned to be vocal on the issue of climate change. Mr. Thomson also noted that the Assembly’s 71st session would bring momentum to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and serve to achieve progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In that regard, he pledged to serve the Assembly and UN in a spirit of fidelity and commitment to the common good. For his part, Mr. Lykketoft noted that Mr. Thomson brought extensive experience in matters of rural development, as well as in international affairs for many years. Expressing his support for Mr. Thomson’s preparations to assume the presidency on 13 September, Mr. Lykketoft said that much work remained to be done during the current session, including preparing for a high-level event on large movements of refugees and migrants in September, and further informal dialogues with candidates for the position of Secretary-General, as necessary. Congratulating Mr. Thomson on his new role, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that the President-elect brings a broad perspective to his new post, having years of experience in the international arena, both working for the Government of Fiji and in the private sector. “I am confident that he will seek the views of others to forge consensus. As the new President-elect once said, ‘Progress at the United Nations does not emanate from adversarial corners, but from cooperation by those who meet in the middle,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General noted that during Mr. Thomson’s posting as Permanent Representative, he made his mark as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China. Mr. Ban also said that Mr. Thomson gained extensive knowledge of the UN development system as Chair of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Moreover, Mr. Ban highlighted Mr. Thomson’s experience as Vice President of the General Assembly from 2010 to 2011. “In addition to his staunch commitment to development, the new President-elect brings the very valuable perspective of a small island developing State to this post. He is a staunch advocate of both sustainable development and climate action. I count on him to help us carry out both the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change,” the Secretary-General said. The UN chief also said that Mr. Thomson will have an opportunity to build on the “extraordinary progress” seen under the leadership of Mr. Lykketoft. “At this time, I would like to take this opportunity to particularly commend Mr. Lykketoft for his many important initiatives,” the Secretary-General said. “Already this month, the Assembly has adopted an action-oriented political declaration on ending AIDS. He has convened thematic debates on pressing global challenges – and he has travelled to the frontlines of crisis,” he added. Mr. Ban also noted that Mr. Lykketoft has brought new transparency to the selection process for the next Secretary-General. “This has drawn unprecedented and very welcome attention around the world,” Mr. Ban said. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the UN, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter. It meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required. read more

Windies T20 tour of Pakistan likely to be postponed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies to tour Pakistan in March for T20 seriesNovember 11, 2017In “Sports”PCB wants Windies for day/night TestApril 28, 2016In “latest news”Windies could play T20 series in HoustonFebruary 12, 2018In “latest news” LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC) — The proposed historic three-match Twenty20 series between West Indies and Pakistan scheduled for later this month here, is now unlikely to come off before after March next year.A Pakistan Cricket Board official told a local media house here Monday that the series was expected to be postponed because of an issue with smog in the city and the commitment of the leading West Indies players to the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.“The PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board had agreed that West Indies will tour Pakistan in November, but now it is unlikely to happen because of the smog and some other reasons,” a senior PCB official told Dawn News.The “other reasons” refer to the unavailability of several West Indies players as the series, scheduled for late November clashes with the BPL, which started last weekend and wraps up December 12.The likes of T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, off-spinner Sunil Narine and batsmen Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis, are all playing for various franchises in the T20 tournament.Additionally, West Indies are set to embark on a two-Test tour of New Zealand later this month, followed by a three-match one-day series and a three-match T20 series which starts late December and runs until January 3.According to the PCB source, the weather issue was also a serious one, with meteorological officials unable to say when the heavy smog over the city would ease.Smog over Lahore has been at a recent all-time worst, creating visibility issues especially at night. And with the floodlights at the Gaddafi Stadium having failed once in a match during the World XI series last September, the PCB believes proceeding with the Windies series in heavy smog could prove problematic.Other media reports said Cricket West Indies and the PCB also failed to agree on dates to have the series played this year, after the proposed November 23-26 itinerary proved impractical.CWI were pushing for the itinerary to be rescheduled until December but PCB officials were said to be worried by the threat of seasonal rains during that month.The news of the postponement will be a huge blow for the PCB as they were using the proposed tour as part of their campaign to have international cricket returned to the country after a long break, due to the country’s volatile security situation.Sri Lanka last month played the final T20 of their three-match series in Lahore after the first two contests were hosted in United Arab Emirates, and the Windies tour would have represented the first full bilateral series to be played in Pakistan in eight years, since militants attacked a Sri Lankan team bus en route to the Gaddafi Stadium.CWI announced last August it was “advancing discussions” with the PCB with the view to proceeding with the series but stressed the tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the World XI series the following month and the “affirmation of manageable security”.The three-match series was successfully staged. read more

SAFEmines new SafetyCentre for traffic safety in surface mines

first_imgToo many displays and alarms in the cab? Too much to handle for truck operators? Too many technologies and suppliers? SAFEmine has developed what it describes as “the world’s first all-in-one Collision Avoidance System, the SafetyCentre. The patented SafetyCentre de-clutters the cabin of mining equipment and optimises traffic safety alarms by intelligently integrating SAFEmine Collision Avoidance, radar, cameras, and other traffic safety related systems onto a single monitor. To assist the operator and to focus his attention, the SafetyCentre prioritises the information on this monitor as well as the respective alarms according to the specific situation. All real-world testing was highly successful and the first 150 systems will be rolled out before the end of the year. During MinExpo 2012 in Las Vegas in September, SAFEmine launched and demonstrated this next generation collision avoidance system (CAS), the first of its kind, which integrates three different proximity awareness and collision avoidance technologies into a single intelligent system. SAFEmine’s SafetyCentre System (SCS) is designed to combine SAFEmine CAS, radar, and cameras into a single user-friendly interface. The SCS takes advantage of the strengths of each technology and prioritises information and alarms so that the most critical threat is always identified and brought to the operator’s attention.The SCS uses GPS-based SAFEmine CAS to detect vehicles and plant equipment which are fitted with SAFEmine systems. Radar is used to detect untagged personnel and obstacles, while cameras provide greater visual awareness for operators. Centralised vehicle tracking, reporting and alerting for pre-programmed situations are also provided by using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) and Wi-Fi networking. Optionally, the SCS can be equipped with active personnel protection to detect nearby workers on the ground. It can provide additional functionality, such as alerting nearby staff in case of an emergency.To identify the driver and prevent unauthorised use of a vehicle, a DriverID system, compatible with industry standard security RFID cards, can also be seamlessly integrated into the SafetyCentre. “This is a new generation solution and an innovative step in extracting the best features from various technologies and combining them into a single compact product. The SafetyCentre presents all information in a unified and simple way on a single traffic safety screen, which can complement the screen used for fleet management and vehicle dispatching” says Peter Stegmaier, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of SAFEmine. Information provided by the SCS to the operator  includes:A TopView showing all nearby vehicle movements in real-time, including the respective vehicle IDsSmart switching between TopView and images from multiple cameras, depending on the situationMovement detection on camerasGraphic and audible collision alertsAlerts for events such as speeding and obstacles, e.g., overhead power linesAdditional information such as alerts when approaching blasting zones, sharp turns, and rampsHealth and status messages from the system itself and/or dispatch centresAdditional driver and vehicle safety-related information such as monitoring of seatbelts, handbrakes, etc.In addition, the SCS can detect and report soiled camera lenses and provide incident analysis reports customised to site rules, including recorded camera videos. It is fully compatible with existing SAFEmine installations, protecting respective investments.  “The SafetyCentre’s technology can be fully configured to the mine’s requirements and is “future-proof” as it allows for the addition of further sensors and technologies, such as fatigue monitoring and driver ID as well as for the integration into mine management systems.” says Urs Rothacher, CEO of SAFEmine. “The SafetyCentre  shows SAFEmine’s continued commitment to the improvement of traffic safety in surface mining.” The SafetyCentre was developed in close cooperation with Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine (Anglo American) and Trysome, both in South Africa.last_img read more

Vancouver has plenty of scary houses to visit

first_imgIn terms of lawn decorations, it’s the scariest time of the year. No, not campaign sign season: Halloween.And plenty of Clark County residents go all out with Halloween decorations. The Columbian asked readers to send in some of the most terrifying or elaborate decorations from around the country, and here’s what we heard:• Visitors to 16309 N.E. 37th Circle, Vancouver, will need to watch out while walking to the door. The lawn is littered with bones and tombstones. There’s also a casket partially opened with a chained zombie trying to claw his way out? Hopefully you won’t have to find out how much give is in that chain.• Ceci and Jim Mains’ house, 4616 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver, has been a Halloween hot spot for more than 30 years. Guests can expect “live” and “not so live” creatures dressed up in the yard, including life-size witches with brewing cauldrons and skeletons walking in a full cemetery. Just because the ground is frightening doesn’t mean the skies are safe, though. There will also be two skeletons on the roof, joined by a spirit floating around the house. On Halloween, the Mainses give out treats from 6 to 9 p.m.• Those who are bigger fans of scarecrows than scary homes can follow the yellow brick road to 11812 N.W. 18th Ave., Vancouver, where they will find a “Wizard of Oz” themed house. There will be appearances from all the major characters in the film, including a large witch on the roof. The family will also have the original film playing on loop while the decorations are illuminated.• Anyone who loves spiders should make their way to 1003 S.E. 99th Ave., Vancouver, where they can find a spider-themed Halloween display, complete with giant spiders and tons of webbing.last_img read more

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car in Little Havana

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took one man to the hospital after, officials said, he was hit by a car in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, Saturday morning, police said.According to City of Miami Police, the crash took place in the area of 2400 SW 4th St.Paramedics transported the pedestrian to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he is listed in critical condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UBM Americas CEO Sally Shankland Stepping Down

first_imgAfter eight months as CEO of the newly formed UBM Americas division, Sally Shankland announced she is stepping down. More recently, Shankland has been assisting with the integration of the $972 billion Advanstar acquisition and the continued realignment of the company under an events-first strategy. According to the company, an internal candidate will be promoted to CEO and announced ahead of Shankland’s departure. Her time at the top role at UBM Americas may have been short, but she was with the company for 28 years. Shankland was elevated to the CEO spot last fall when parent company CEO Tim Cobbold merged UBM’s North and South American groups into the $335 million UBM Americas. Before that, she led UBM’s healthcare and marketing services groups. Shankland is taking a position at an undisclosed company and will leave UBM at the end of June.  “Sally’s commitment to UBM has been significant,” says UBM plc CEO Tim Cobbold in a statement. “She has seen the Group transformed from a print-heavy conglomerate into an events-focussed media and communications business. Her role within this transformation has been noteworthy, particularly her long tenure as leader of our US medical media assets. I thank her warmly for her contribution and wish her every success in her new role.” Update: Shankland landed at McGraw Hill Education as president of its higher education group. She’ll start on June 29: Release.last_img read more

2017 Arctic Council ministerial meeting will be in Fairbanks

first_imgFairbanks has been selected to host the next ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in 2017.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports U.S. special representative to the Arctic Adm. Robert Papp revealed the location Monday at the Arctic Frontiers 2016 meeting in Norway. Next year’s meeting is scheduled for May 2017.The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum that allows nations with Arctic assets to meet and discuss policy. It includes the U.S., Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.The ministerial meetings take place every two years at the handing over of the chairmanship. Secretary of State John Kerry is serving as the U.S. minister and as chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. chairmanship, which ends in 2017.The 2015 conference was held in Canada.last_img read more

Private hospitals warned over delivery casesCollector

first_imgEluru: West Godavari District Collector R Muthyla Raju has warned the private hospitals not to take up delivery cases, unless they are permitted to do so. Addressing medical and health officials at a review meeting, the Collector ordered the officials to take appropriate measures to ensure delivery cases approach government hospitals. From the report of pregnancy, women should be advised to undergo tests necessary till delivery at the government hospitals and make it a point that all deliveries should be normal deliveries. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said the private hospitals were not allowed to tackle the delivery cases without permission. If any private hospital violates the rules, stern action would be initiated. Those doing so should be prepared to face police cases and arrests, he warned. The Collector directed the officials to submit report with hospital wise delivery cases. He said the report should also specify the observations of officials while they are inspecting the private hospitals. He also sought report from the officials on the number of cases in government hospitals and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the district. He would inspect the PHCs next week and action would follow if patients face any inconvenience or doctors found absconding duties.last_img read more

Make in India Bharat ForgeRafeal JV to Manufacture Spike AntiTank Missile in

first_imgKeeping in tune with ‘Make in India’ programme in the defence sector, Kalyani Group, owners of Bharat Forge the world’s second biggest forging company, announced a joint venture (JV) with Rafael Advanced Defence System from Israel.The venture will be based in Hyderabad and Kalyani Group will hold 51% in the JV with the rest vesting with Rafael. Baba Kalyani, managing director and chairman of India’s Bharat Forge Ltd, the world’s No.2 forging company,ReutersThe Spike anti-tank guided missile will be manufactured under the venture with the help of Rafael, which will transfer the necessary technology to its Indian partner. The missile will then be supplied to the Indian Armed Forces. “We believe in the vision of ‘Make in India’ and our proposed joint venture with Rafael is a step in this direction,” The Economic Times quoted chairman of Kalyani Group, Baba Kalyani as saying on Thursday.”The government’s defence focus plan gives us huge scope of work. We plan to add the group’s muscle, might to the ‘Make In India’ plan.”While the financial details of the deal have not been revealed, it is understood that Bharat Forge is set to make a substantial investment over a period of time and will manufacture high-tech systems in remote weapons and missiles. An undated file picture shows an Israeli soldier firing an anti-tank missile Spike-LR, manufactured by an Israeli Defense contractor.ReutersKalyani noted that Rafael has been working with the Indian defence sector for over two decades and that defence production would become a strategic area for Bharat Forge. “As part of our global strategy, we form alliances to develop military applications based on our proprietary technologies,” said Itzhak Gat, chairman of Rafael.”In Kalyani Group we see lot of synergy and opportunities for growth in new markets and especially in India which is a strategic market for us.”The announcement was made as Asia’s largest aviation expo Aero India 2015 is into its second day, with the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon attending the event.last_img read more

Divas LIVE A jazz RB Soul and Pop Musical Tribute

first_imgNoble 7 Entertainment and Black Diamond Productions present a jazz, R&B, soul and pop musical tribute on July 23 . This musical tribute stars: Carronne Jones, Tamika Caldwell, Candi Blue and Ashia Bello. For ticket information call 410.670.7123. Proceeds will support autism awareness. Go to: www.divatribute.eventbrite.com.last_img

The Basics of Domain Names for Your Business

first_imgJune 29, 2013 To stay competitive businesses have to have an online presence. But if you aren’t web savvy, navigating all the ins and outs of creating a website can be confusing. How do you choose a domain name? What must you do to maintain it? And what happens if your domain name expires?We spoke with Paul McGrady, a trademark and domain name lawyer in Winston & Strawn LLP’s Chicago office about what business owners can do to keep their sites running smoothly, here’s his advice:1. Choose a registrar with good customer service. Small businesses might not have their own IT departments and need help getting their sites up and running smoothly. Choosing a domain registrar with comprehensive customer service can help you resolve problems quickly, McGrady says. He suggests services like Godaddy, eNom, 1&1 and Dotster.2. Be aware of others’ trademark rights.Businesses should be careful when selecting a domain name not to use another business’ trademark. The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) provides for damages ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 if a party registers a domain in bad faith with the intent to profit from a brand’s goodwill.However, bad faith isn’t required for trademark infringement. If another business’ name is substantially similar to yours, you may face trademark issues. Conducting a search on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website can alert you to federally protected trademarks, and a search of your state’s trademark database (typically found on the Secretary of State’s website) can alert you to marks registered in your state.Related: When Business Names Confuse Consumers: The Basics of Trademark Law3. Consider an alternative domain extension. A .com domain name extension is the default setting for business sites, just like .org is linked to charities and non-profits, McGrady says. But, the .com space is crowded, and a business owner may have to add additional terms to the domain like the city or type of business to find a name that hasn’t already been taken.Right now, only a dozen or so domain name extensions are available for registration, but according to McGrady, a sea change is coming, as 1900 new domain name extensions will roll out later this year and in 2014. Soon, extensions like .store, .shop, .financial and .nyc may be available for registration. So, if the name you want isn’t available as a .com, you may be able to register it as .store.Related: 3 Simple Tools for Building a Website Fast4. Keep your domain names up to date.Some businesses have multiple domain names with different expiration dates. McGrady suggests business owners set up a calendar with these deadlines and check in once a quarter to make sure the auto-renew option has been selected for each domain and your credit card information is up-to-date.If you fail to extend the domain before the renewal date, there’s usually a grace period before the domain becomes available to the public, however, the website’s content and e-mail could be taken down the day it expires, meaning you could lose communication with customers.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a WebmasterIf your domain lapses and someone purchases it, you can contact them and try to negotiate to get it back or, if it’s a strong trademark and you can prove strong rights and bad faith, you may be able to dispute it through the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP). Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

House GOP leader Premature for House to investigate Hastert

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center WASHINGTON (AP) — It would be premature for the House to probe whether former Speaker Dennis Hastert committed any wrongdoing while still in office, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday.“I think due process, have that play out to see what’s true, what the facts are and what’s going forward,” McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters about Hastert’s federal indictment. “Right now it seems like it’s being investigated, so let the investigation take place.” Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Top Stories McCarthy came to Congress in 2007, just after Hastert’s eight years as speaker ended. Hastert, an Illinois Republican, resigned from Congress in November of that year.“As everybody else, I was shocked,” McCarthy said.Hastert, an Illinois Republican, has been charged with making bank withdrawals designed to evade federal reporting requirements of financial transactions. The indictment also says he was using the money to keep an unidentified person quiet about Hastert’s unspecified misconduct toward that person.A person familiar with the matter has told The Associated Press that Hastert paid the individual in an apparent effort to conceal decades-old allegations involving sexual misconduct. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in the indictment issued last week.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

PHH Corporation Releases Q1 Financial Results

first_img After experiencing a $191 million loss from continuing operations for the 2014 year, PHH Corporation was able to make a complete turnaround for the first quarter. The company managed to wrap up Q1, ending March 31, 2015, with a net income of $21 million.PHH Corporation offers home financing to consumers and provides mortgage solutions for the real estate market and financial institutions through its subsidiary, PHH Mortgage.The company reported that the amount of net income that can be credited to PHH Corporation is $21 million or $0.40 per share, a huge difference from Q1 2014, where the company reported a net loss of $58 million or $1.01 per share. The net income also includes a $65 million pre-tax favorable market-related fair value adjustment to the mortgage servicing rights (MSRs).“During the first quarter, we continued to execute on the strategies that were established upon completion of the sale of the Fleet business in 2014,” said Glen A. Messina, president and CEO of PHH Corporation. “We reduced our outstanding common shares by an additional 1.6 million through the successful completion of our accelerated share repurchase programs, achieved $44 million of annualized operating benefits as a result of our re-engineering actions, and signed revised agreements with clients representing approximately 50 percent of our total private label closing volume.”By adjusting their re-engineering activities, the company was able to realize $11 million of operating benefits in Q1 2015 compared to Q1- 014, according to the financial report. This represented 20 percent of their target annualized operating benefits. The mortgage production segment loss in Q1 was $19 million, a $7 million improvement from Q4-2014. PHH closed $9.4 billion in mortgages for Q1-2015, as mentioned in the results.The company reported that they received $15.2 in mortgage applications in Q1-2015 compared to the $10.4 billion in Q1-2014. The company also expects interest rate lock commitments (IRLCs) to close of $2.1 billion from $1.8 billion in Q1 2014. Total closings experienced a 27 percent increase, purchase closings a 6 percent increase, and total loan margins a 24 bps increase.Mortgage servicing segment profit was $57 million for Q1 2015, in comparison with the $13 million the company reportedly lost in Q4 2014. As of the end of Q1-2015, the company’s unpaid principal balance (UPB) of the capitalized servicing portfolio was 108.8 billion.“I am pleased with our progress to date, but we have more work to do since the achievement of meaningful and sustained profitability at our targeted return levels will require the continued successful execution of both our re-engineering and growth initiatives,” Messina said. “We are confident that the investments in our business will continue to pay off and we look forward to responding to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in our mortgage production and servicing businesses.”To view the full report visit: Corporate.PHH.com. May 7, 2015 536 Views Share First Quarter Financial Results First Quarter Net Income First Quarter Net Loss PHH Corporation 2015-05-07 Staff Writercenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing PHH Corporation Releases Q1 Financial Resultslast_img read more

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