Go back to the e-newsletter >Silversea has revealed its 2016 Mediterranean Timeless Treasures brochure, showcasing a range of bespoke itineraries, from April to November 2016.Karen Christensen, General Manager & Director Sales/Marketing, Australasia, says:“With a strong Italian heritage, Silversea is an expert at showcasing the very best of the Mediterranean, through the eyes of a local. From the world-renowned and historic streets of Athens and stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera, to the hidden white sand beaches of Sanary-sur-Mer, France, and lesser-visited province of Castellon, Spain, Silversea’s intimate ships enable guests to get closer and sail directly into these exquisite ports, offering convenience and an insider’s view to the hidden towns of the Mediterranean. In this brochure, we’ve also put together a number of combination voyages, with savings of up to 15%, designed to appeal to Australian travellers who want to stay longer and explore more of this magnificent region.”“This carefully designed 2016 Mediterranean brochure includes meticulous planned voyages combined with the luxury and highest levels of service that our guests have become accustomed to. Away from the expected and well beyond the crowds, our guests feel more like locals than tourists.”Mediterranean onshore excursions highlights include:Helicopter rides over the seascapes of the Amalfi CoastSavouring Sicilian cuisine with olive oil and wine tasting tours in TrapaniAn evening immersed in a concert amid the ruins of Ephesus’ ancient Odeon TheatreExploring the underground caves of Valencia, Spain’s Old Quarter.In addition to Silversea’s all-inclusive luxurious voyages, with free Wi-Fi as standard and personal butler service, guests are also offered the opportunity to combine select Mediterranean voyages to receive a saving of up to 15%, when booked before 31 December 2015.Featured combination voyages:V1620–1621: Departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy on 1 July 2016, guests aboard Silver Cloud sail through France, Monaco Italy, Spain and Portugal over 18 days. Guests disembark this voyage on 19 July 2015. Fares start from AU$9404 per person, twin share.V2612–2613: Sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests depart on 13 April 2016, cruise through the Corinth Canal, experience the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and explore the city of Troy on a 24-day voyage aboard Silver Wind. Fares start from AU$9917 per person, twin share.V5621–5622: Beginning her voyage from Istanbul, Turkey, Silver Spirit guests visit the islands of Turkey and Greece before sailing to the ports of Montenegro and Croatia. This voyage departs on 29 July 2016, travelling over 14 days before arriving in Venice, Italy on 12 August 2016. Fares start from AU$7865 per person, twin share.Silversea’s fares include all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux, complimentary wines, champagne and spirits served throughout the ship, one free hour of Wi-Fi per guest per day and all gratuities.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Irish language broadcaster TG4 has launched a new smart TV app, available on the Samsung, Philips, Opera TV, Sony, Foxxum, Toshiba and Google TV platforms. The apps have also been submitted for the LG and Panasonic smart TV portals.According to TG4, the move marks the completion of a three-phase digital content distribution strategy. TG4 technical director Neil Keaveney said the smart TV app is “another reflection of TG4’s agility and commitment to adapting to new technologies to deliver the channel’s quality content to the audience”.TG4 has also released an updated and enhanced version of the TG4 Web-based Player, available through the browser on any device from the tg4.tv portal. The upgrade makes it possible for users to create their own personal playlist and will offer a continuous live stream of TG4 content worldwide, according to the broadcaster, with any rights-restricted content in the user’s region being replaced by non-restricted TG4 content.Finally, the broadcaster has released an updated and enhanced version of the TG4 Player app for iPad. This will be available free to download from the App store, worldwide, and will include access to the TG4 live stream as well as a catch up service for TG4 audiences. The TG4 player App is in addition to the seven existing Irish language apps developed by TG4 for kids.“It is important that Irish language content is accessible to audiences worldwide, and our new services ensure TG4 programmes are available around the globe. It also ensures our home audiences can catch up or watch live any time, any place, across all major devices,” said TG4 head of output Lís Ní Dhálaigh.
Steve MoskoSteve Mosko has been upped to chairman, Sony Pictures Television, kicking off a restructure of its management teams in EMEA, Asia and Canada.The new role see Mosko elevated from president to chairman of SPT, the studio’s TV production, distribution and channels division. He will continue to report to Sony’s overall entertainment boss, Michael Lynton, who said: “Under Steve’s leadership, Sony Pictures Television has become the industry’s largest independent television studio.”He added: “Our media networks business has expanded to over 150 channel feeds around the world and the company is well-positioned for growth in both production and distribution. Steve is a remarkable executive and we are proud to have him at the helm of Sony Pictures Television.”Sony has shifted emphasis from movies to higher margin TV and channels activities, with Mosko credited for the strong performance of SPT. Its recent TV hits include Breaking Bad and The Blacklist.Mosko, who has been at Sony since 1992, said: “I am honored to be named Chairman, and grateful to Michael, my colleagues at Sony Pictures, and to the incredible team at Sony Pictures Television, whose hard work and dedication has built the successful global business we have today.Mosko’s new role has heralded a raft of promotions and changes within the SPT management ranks. The Sony TV chief told DTVE‘s sister title, TBI, about his plans for SPT last year.Separately, Mike Wald, executive VP, international distribution, will return to LA from London. From SPT’s Culver City base he will run TV and movie sales to free and pay TV.Angel Orengo will move from Hong Kong to SPT’s London office and will manage the studio’s EMEA sales efforts as executive VP, international distribution.The Asian content sales effort will be headed by Robert Lanier, who, as senior VP, international distribution, Asia Pacific,will cover Australia, New Zealand and Japan from SPT’s Sydney office.Based in Hong Kong, Ken Lo, senior vice president of international distribution, Asia-Pacific, will oversee China, India, Korea and Southeast Asia. Both Lanier and Lo will report to Wald.Elsewhere, SPT’s Lat-Am sales boss, Alexander Marin, has been given additional responsibility for Canada. There are no new hires or departures as part of the management rejig.Wald and Orengo report to SPT’s president, international distribution, Keith LeGoy. He said: “These appointments not only allow [the executives] to bring their learning and expertise to different markets, but also underscore our commitment to developing and providing opportunities for our executives who excel.”
Updated at 7:45 p.m. ETDr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, has been named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It will be the first time in nearly five decades that a doctor is the head of Planned Parenthood, according to the organization. She’s replacing longtime President Cecile Richards, who announced in January that she would be stepping down. Wen was an emergency room physician before she transitioned to the world of public health. She will continue to serve as Baltimore’s health commissioner for one month before she departs, according to a statement from the city. In her new role, Wen will also be the president of Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arm, which lobbies for reproductive health issues, including wider access to abortion. In a video released by Planned Parenthood, Wen describes how when she was a child, her family immigrated to the U.S. from China. The new arrivals relied on Medicaid, food stamps — and medical care from Planned Parenthood. Then she shared a personal story from her medical career. “In the ER I saw what happens every day when people don’t have access to the basic right to health care,” Wen said. “I remember seeing a young woman lying on a stretcher, pulseless and unresponsive, because of a home abortion — because she was too scared to seek medical care. “I did everything I could to resuscitate her, but she died.” Wen says in the video that she “wanted to fight for our most vulnerable individuals on a bigger scale,” which is why she decided to become Baltimore’s health commissioner. Wen, who has been a contributor to NPR’s health blog for more than five years, once wrote about that choice to leave clinical practice behind: “Policy decisions that affect everyday life are the ones that can do the most for people’s health. For all the billions of dollars invested in new technologies, it’s still our environment — indeed, our zip codes — that predicts more about our health than our genetic codes. Where people live, work and play is where we can do the most to prevent disease and ensure wellness. … “The move from academia and daily medical practice to city government presents a daunting challenge, but it’s one that I have spent my entire life preparing to face. Given where I come from and what I’ve seen, I just can’t accept geography or circumstance as destiny.” Now, she’s moving onto the national stage.”A core principle in public health is to go where the need is,” Wen wrote in a statement released by Baltimore. “The single biggest public health catastrophe of our time is the threat to women’s health and the health of our most vulnerable communities.””I have seen firsthand the lifesaving work it does for our most vulnerable communities. As a doctor, I will ensure we continue to provide high-quality health care, including the full range of reproductive care, and will fight to protect the access of millions of patients who rely on Planned Parenthood.”NPR’s All Things Considered followed Wen’s work as health commissioner for a monthslong series about health issues in Baltimore. At the end of that series, Wen told NPR’s Audie Cornish what she’d learned on the job. “I’ve learned that I like a fight,” she said. As a doctor, trying to save lives, and as health commissioner, trying to advance legislation, change public perceptions and start new programs.”I like a fight, and I’m good at it, and that is what motivates me,” she said. As the new head of Planned Parenthood, Wen will certainly find no shortage of fights. “She’s stepping in at a time of great controversy surrounding abortion rights,” NPR’s Sarah McCammon notes. “With the makeup of the Supreme Court changing, a lot of abortion rights opponents are hoping to restrict abortion, hoping that more severe abortion restrictions could hold up under a newly configured court — especially if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is indeed confirmed to the court, as he’s expected to be very soon,” McCammon says.As McCammon wrote in January, Planned Parenthood “has long been a lightning rod for criticism from abortion-rights opponents, who’ve made cutting public funding for the group a major priority.” McCammon notes that federal funds generally cannot pay for abortions, but Planned Parenthood receives public money to cover the other services its clinics provide, such as birth control and cancer screenings. President Trump made a campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood, which he has pursued both through Congress and through executive branch rule-making. He’s proposed allowing federal family planning funds to go to groups that oppose contraception. Planned Parenthood has sued the Trump administration over cuts in sex education funding and shifts in family planning funding. As commissioner, Wen notes in the Planned Parenthood video, she helped sue the Trump administration to preserve funding for Baltimore’s sex education programs. Wen and her husband have a 1-year-old son.While she was pregnant, Wen wrote for NPR about the astronomical cost of pregnancy and childbirth for women who don’t have insurance. Her most recent commentary was about the importance of supporting nursing moms. The president of the antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, released a statement saying, “Planned Parenthood’s selection of a doctor to be their next president is an opportunity to clean up their sorry record.”She said Planned Parenthood specializes in “ending the lives of unborn children, not offering lifesaving health care,” and the “best thing Dr. Wen could do for Planned Parenthood is to help them live up to their claim of being an authentic women’s health care provider.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business If You Crash Your Tesla to Save a Life, Elon Musk Might Foot the Bill February 16, 2017 Buying a Tesla certainly isn’t cheap — the 2017 Model S starts at $68,000 and tops out at $138,000. So it stands to reason that the vehicles are probably fairly expensive to fix, too. But if you wreck your Tesla while being a Good Samaritan, Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk may happily foot the bill.This week, a Tesla owner in Munich, Germany, used his car to save the life of a fellow driver on the Autobahn.Related: Elon Musk Personally Cancels ‘Super Rude’ Customer’s Tesla Model X OrderWhen 41-year-old Manfred Kick realized that the driver of a nearby Volkswagen Passat was unconscious at the wheel, he pulled in front of the vehicle and braked until both cars came to a safe stop. He then proceeded to give the ailing driver CPR and had other passersby call the fire department for help, the Muenchner Merkur reported.Both men are fine now, but Kick’s quick thinking landed them with combined damages of more than $10,000. However, yesterday Musk tweeted that Tesla will take care of the bill.In appreciation, Tesla is providing all repair costs free of charge and expedited. https://t.co/D68HNJcCoQ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2017 Register Now » Tesla 2 min read Next Article Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Jonathan Weiss | Shutterstock.com Nina Zipkin Tesla is covering repairs for a German Model S owner who used his car to prevent a potentially fatal accident. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares
BookingBugJohn FedermanJRNIMarketing TechnologyNewsSaaS veteranSalsify Previous ArticleTipalti Partners with Everflow to Provide Performance Marketing Tracking, Analytics, and Global Publisher Payouts in One PlatformNext ArticleUnited Airlines App Crowned Best of the Best with Webby Award Win Goodbye BookingBug, Hello JRNI MTS Staff WriterMay 15, 2019, 6:38 pmMay 15, 2019 The New Brand Reinforces the Company’s Focus on Providing Engagement Throughout the Customer JourneyBookingBug, a leading customer engagement platform, announced the company’s rebrand to JRNI, Inc. This shift solidifies the company’s commitment to combining a customer engagement platform with applications that put omnichannel conversion at the heart of the enterprise.JRNI offers its industry-leading Appointments, Events, and Queuing applications, along with Call Center and Insights, designed to help organizations drive online traffic in-store/in-branch through conversion. JRNI’s customer engagement platform enables companies to interact with customers, online to offline, and across lines of business, while providing a 360-degree view of the full customer journey.JRNI’s new branding enables the company to stand out within a competitive market space, convey the usability of its services, and serve as a foundation for an expanding suite of applications.Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital OperationsGuiding the company through its next phase of growth is JRNI’s new CEO, John Federman, a SaaS veteran with deep roots in the retail and financial services industries. Most recently, Federman served as CEO at Webcollage, the leading cloud-based content management platform for the publishing of rich product information, and syndication across retail sites globally, through its acquisition into the Syndigo platform. He also serves as an advisor to Boston-based Salsify and sits on the Board of New York’s T-Ink.Federman is joined in leading the company by Co-Founder, Glenn Shoosmith, who has assumed the role of Chief Architect. This role ensures Shoosmith can focus on his passion: building the most complete and effective customer engagement platform. Shoosmith founded the company in 2008 following the overly complex, and ineffective scheduling of a squash game, and built it into the company it is today.Marketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping Experience“Companies strive to leverage every customer interaction for maximum conversion,” says Federman. “With so much research and purchase activity starting online, JRNI’s ability to guide prospects and customers from the Web to a physical location or across any channel throughout their full journey is an exciting prospect. I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic company at this time.”Marketing Technology News: Captify and Publicis Media Release New Research Revealing Global Beauty Trends That Will Transform The Larger FMCG Ecosystem
Small Business Customers Embrace AI-driven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and Mobile Banking PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 4:25 pmMay 17, 2019 Average Rating of Financial Insights Delivered to Business Customers Is 4.6 out of 5Following the success of its AI-driven consumer banking solutions, Personetics now brings the power of AI to small business banking.The Personetics solution is designed to help small businesses proactively manage their day-to-day banking needs, optimize cashflow and ensure they have enough liquidity to support future growth. Integrated into the bank’s online and mobile experience, the solution enables business owners and managers to stay in control of their financial affairs anytime, anywhere.Banks that have implemented the solution are getting strong positive customer feedback. AI-driven insights powered by the Personetics solution receive an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 from business users, slightly higher than the average consumer rating.Small Businesses Want More from their BankA survey conducted by Personetics shows a significant gap between the needs of small businesses and their current banking experience. Some of the key findings include:As many as 90% of small business owners would like to conduct their banking activities digitally, but only 41% do it today.Two thirds of the respondents want online cashflow management, forecasting and budgeting tools from their bank.Only 14% are currently getting financial guidance from their bank.“AI is increasingly enabling banks to bridge the gap between small businesses’ needs and their ability to meet these needs,” said Alenka Grealish, Senior Analyst at Celent Banking Practice. “Historically, delivering value-added services to small businesses has been cost prohibitive for banks. AI allows banks to customize service and provide advice digitally, thereby lowering costs and democratizing services that were only available to large businesses in the past.”Marketing Technology News: MuleSoft Sets New Standard for Successful API Strategies With Next Major Release of Anypoint PlatformMeeting the Needs of Small Businesses with AI-driven Insights and Guidance When asked about their financial challenges, small businesses ranked cashflow issues at the top of their list, followed by making payments and ensuring timely collections. Using the power of AI and predictive analytics, banks can help businesses address these challenges, improve financial control and simplify money management:Proactively highlight payment and receivable issues to provide greater visibilityPredict future cashflows and suggest corrective actions to preempt balance shortfallsRecommend relevant financing options to address liquidity and growth needsProvide a holistic view of actual and planned financial activities using bank and accounting dataMarketing Technology News: InMoment Receives Strategic Growth Investment from Madison Dearborn PartnersReducing Time-to-Market and Keeping Business Banking AgileSmall business banking has long lagged consumer banking in digital investment, opening the door for fintech players to chip away at critical profit centers such as lending and payments. According to industry analysts, banks must act quickly to stave off competition in small business banking. The Personetics solution comes with a rich library of over 50 prebuilt insights tailored to business users’ needs, allowing banks to significantly shorten time-to-market.At the same time, the ability to adapt the solution to their unique customer engagement strategies is critical for banks. Similarly, banks must have the tools to continuously adjust the solution to changing customer and business needs. The Personetics Engagement Builder allows banks to modify pre-built insights, create their own custom insights, and maintain complete control over the user experience.“The small business solution is a result of our work with banks around the globe to address the shifting expectations of business customers as they become more digital-savvy,” said David Sosna, Personetics co-founder and CEO. “Banks that act on these emerging needs have an opportunity to turn online and mobile banking into the go-to places for businesses to manage their day-to-day finances and stay ahead of the rapidly evolving needs of their small business customers.”Marketing Technology News: aqfer Launches Next-Generation SI-Ready Marketing Data Lake AIDavid SosnaMarketing TechnologyMobile BankingNewsPersoneticsPersonetics solution Previous ArticleBain & Company Introduces Bain Media Lab; Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch Of Mensio, An AI-Powered Analytics Platform To Analyze TV Advertising And SponsorshipsNext ArticleUbimo Location Intelligence Allows Kinetic to Connect the Digital and Physical Worlds for Out-of-Home (OOH) Advertisers
Source:https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q4/purdue-drug-discovery-aims-to-find-better-drug-fits,-avoid-medication-tragedies-like-thalidomide.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 16 2018When a medication doesn’t “fit” the body quite right, the results can be devastating. Such is the case for thalidomide, which was prescribed in the 1950s and 1960s as a sedative or hypnotic, even for pregnant women.Although one version of thalidomide, referred to as the left-handed form, is a powerful tranquilizer, it was tragically discovered that the other form can disrupt fetal development. This resulted in horrific birth defects in more than 10,000 children around the world. For efficacy and safety, the bioactive drug molecules have to be as pure as possible, containing a single pure enantiomer. A pair of molecules that are mirror images of each other is called enantiomers.Related StoriesResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of carePurdue University researchers, including chemistry professor and Nobel Prize winner Ei-ichi Negishi, have developed technology to create a new chemical process to synthesize drug-like molecules with ultra-high purity. The technology is featured in the latest edition of Angewandte Chemie.Their technology aligns with Purdue’s Giant Leaps celebration, acknowledging the university’s global advancements made in health as part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary. This is one of the four themes of the yearlong celebration’s Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues.Purdue’s team is focused on α-Amino boronic acids and derivatives, which are key pharmacophores in a variety of FDA-approved drugs used for treating cancer, diabetes and other diseases and illnesses. They created what they believe to be the first general and highly efficient method for the synthesis of a variety of α-Amino tertiary boronic acids and esters in their enantiopure forms as a single pure enantiomer, both of which are crucial types of compounds for drug discovery research.”Our work is important because the response of an organism to a particular molecule like a drug often depends on how that molecule fits a particular site on a receptor molecule in the organism, similar to how a left-handed person requires a left-handed glove,” said Shiqing Xu, a member of the research team.Purdue’s technology comes at a time when, despite recent advances in chemistry, this kind of synthesis is a challenge for organic chemists, which has largely prevented its implementation in drug discovery.The new chemical process has a broad scope for use among boron-based drugs and produces high yields.The technology is patented through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and is available for licensing.
In 2017, about 17.2 million vehicles were sold in the United States, of which nearly 8.7 million were imports US President Donald Trump’s threat to impose steep tariffs on auto imports will hit foreign automakers that export a large number of vehicles to the US market, but many also manufacture cars domestically. Explore further Volkswagen rejects ‘protectionism’ after US car tariff threat Most of these brands, such as Mercedes and BMW as well as Nissan, Honda and Volkswagen, have at least one auto plant on US soil, where they employ tens of thousands of workers. These automakers have invested billions of dollars in their US facilities. Toyota and Mazda announced at the start of the year plans to build a $1.6 billion joint facility in Alabama that will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year.Volvo Cars, which plans to open a plant in South Carolina by the end of the year, has warned that new import duties would affect its investment plans.US auto marketIn 2017, about 17.2 million vehicles were sold in the United States, according to AutoData, which compiles figures from manufacturers and dealers.Nearly 8.7 million of these were imports, according to the Center for Automotive Research, mostly from Mexico and Canada— partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement—as well as from Japan, Germany and South Korea.Since the start of this year, the share of domestically-manufactured autos sold in the US has fallen to 50.1 percent, down from 51.1 percent over the same period in 2017, according to Edmunds.com.At least 82 percent of Volkswagens sold in the US were imports, according to Edmunds, as well as 55 percent of Toyotas, 57 percent of Hyundais, 70 percent of Mercedes-Benz and 68 percent for BMW.On the other hand, more than half the cars sold in the US by the “Big Three” in Detroit were made locally: 80 percent for Ford, 60 percent for General Motors and 55 percent for Fiat Chrysler.Honda is the sole foreign automaker manufacturing a large majority of its locally-sold cars in the United States.Major exporterThe US auto industry is the largest US manufacturing sector which employs about eight million workers, directly or indirectly through related industries.It also is one of the largest export sectors, according to the American Automotive Policy Council, an industry body representing the major US manufacturers, General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, and foreign automakers.Auto exports virtually doubled between 2009 and 2015 to $137.7 billion from $74.1 billion, according to AAPC, supporting 771,000 US jobs.BMW and Daimler, maker of the Mercedes-Benz, notably send US-built cars to the European Union and China.BMW, which says its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant is the world’s largest, exported 70 percent of the 371,284 autos manufactured at the site last year, or about 272,346, representing about $10 billion in total exports.Domestic manufacturingToyota, which employs more than 36,000 people, has 10 factories at locations in Alabama, California, Mississippi and Texas. It produces 1.2 million cars and sells 2.4 million, according to 2017 figures, with the difference made up by imports.Honda, which employs 4,000, has factories in Alabama, George, Indiana and Ohio and produces 1.2 million, selling 1.6 million.German giant Volkswagen, which has a Tennessee factory with the capacity to produce 150,000 units annually, did not disclose production figures but sold 339,679 autos. It employs 2,444 workers.Daimler maintains auto plants in Alabama, Indiana, and South Carolina and has 4,900 local workers. In 2017, it produced more than 286,000 cars and sold 337,246.BMW, which employs nearly 9,0000 workers, produced 371,284 automobiles in 2017 in the US, and sold 305,685.Nissan maintains two factories in Mississippi in Tennessee and produced 930,000 autos, selling $1.6 million. It employed 14,400 workers.Auto importsVolkswagen luxury brands Audi and Porsche have no US factories and as a result import all the vehicles sold in the US market. In 2017, Audi sold 226,511 units while Porsche brought 55,420 to market. © 2018 AFP Citation: New US tariffs a headache for foreign automakers (2018, May 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-tariffs-headache-foreign-automakers.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
COMMENT mining and quarrying January 23, 2019 file photo Published on corruption & bribery Our Bureau Eight senior officials of the Mines Department, including IAS officers Sanjay Sethi and Ashok Singhvi, will face prosecution on charges of corruption and money laundering, as a Special Court here has accepted the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) prosecution complaint. The court issued arrest warrants against them on Monday. According to an ED press note, it had initiated investigation against Sanjay Sethi and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) following an FIR filed by its Anti-Corruption Branch, Jaipur, on allegations of corruption in the Mines Department. The ED has charged Sethi with taking a bribe of ₹2.5 crore for re-starting a mine.The ED note says same amount was to be distributed among seven other accused. They are Pankaj Gehlot (then Additional Director, Headquarters, Directorate of Mines and Geological Department, Udaipur), Puhskar Raj Ameta (then Superintendent Mining Engineer, Mines and Geological Department, Bhilwara), CA Shyam Sunder Singhvi, Mohammad Rashid Sheikh, Dhirendra Singh Alias Chintu, and Tamanna Begum w/o Late Mohamed Sher Khan.The ED has attached the ₹2.5 crore. The court has now taken cognisance of the offence and sought their presence in the court. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTS
Mulayam Singh Yadav national elections SHARE SP’s first list has six names from former CM’s clan The Samajwadi Party released its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections on Friday and three from the first family of the party have found place in the six-member list. The SP’s list comes a day after the Congress released its candidates for 11 seats in the State.Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from Mainpuri, the seat he vacated after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as he contested from two seats — Azamgarh and Mainpuri. His grand nephew Taj Pratap Singh Yadav is the sitting member from the seat.Mulayam’s nephew Dharmendra Yadav will contest from Badaun, his present constituency. SP general secretary Ram Gopal yadav’s son Akshay Yadav will contest again from Firozabad. Kamlesh Katheria is the candidate from Etawah, the SP stronghold. Bhailal Kol will contest from Robertsganj and Shabbir Valmiki is the candidate from Bahraich.In Badaun, the Congress has fielded former MP Saleem Iqbal Shervani against Dharmendra Yadav. In Dhurahra, the seat that belongs to the BSP as per the alliance pact, the Congress has decided to field former minister Jitn Prasad. In Unnao, Annu Tandan will fight against the SP. March 08, 2019 Lok Sabha COMMENT COMMENTS Uttar Pradesh Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL
June 14, 2019 SHARE Published on All the legitimate demands of the resident doctors in West Bengal should be accepted unconditionally, RV Asokan, Secretary General of IMA, said. COMMENT COMMENTS To express solidarity with the doctors who are agitating against an attack on their colleagues in West Bengal, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a strike on June 17.The apex body of doctors in the country also renewed its demand for a central law to check violence against healthcare workers in hospitals and said that the law should provide a minimum sentence of seven-year jail to violators.Also read: Junior doctors’ stir in West Bengal enters 4th dayThe IMA has also decided to continue their protest on Saturday and Sunday condemning the continued suffering of the resident doctors and repeated occurrence of harassments, it said. These protests will include wearing black badges, dharnas, peace marches. IMA has also requested the support from all associations of the fraternity to join the agitation, it said.“IMA condemns the recent incident of violence against Dr Paribaha Mukherjee who was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata and demands an exemplary action by the state government. All the legitimate demands of the resident doctors in West Bengal should be accepted unconditionally,” RV Asokan, Secretary General of IMA, said.Violence in hospitalsThe IMA called for an “nationwide withdrawal of non-essential services in all healthcare institutions” on Monday. All non-essential services including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 AM, while emergency and causality services will continue to function.“Safety and security in hospitals have been a matter of great concern and need to be addressed. IMA has been demanding a central law against hospital violence and has declared a zero-tolerance policy against violence on doctors and healthcare establishments.“World Medical Association has also passed a resolution against violence on healthcare establishments and urged to bring stronger legislation against this menace,” Asokan said.Also read: Calcutta High Court refuses to pass interim order on doctors’ strikeViolence in hospitals will adversely affect patient care and institutions will be reluctant to take up complicated and risky patients which will affect critical care. Threat of violence increases the stress levels of health care workers. Sound judgment regarding patient care will be compromised in such situations, he explained.“A national law against violence in hospitals has to be brought in urgently that should provide a minimum of seven years imprisonment for hospital violence. To ensure that the cases are registered, culprits are arrested and conviction is necessitated, appropriate mandatory provisions as provided in the POCSO Act have to be instituted. Hospitals should be declared as safe zones and provision of appropriate security should be the responsibility of the state,” Asokan said.The junior doctors have been agitating since Tuesday in West Bengal demanding security for themselves in government hospitals, after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured allegedly by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital. Members of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS, protest in support of their colleagues, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. – PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL strike
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant an urgent hearing on the petition filed by the Centre and Assam government seeking an extension of the July 31 deadline for the completion of the National Register for Citizens (NRC). “We will see. We will examine the petition,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed. The matter was mentioned before the court by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who submitted that it will not be possible to complete the NRC by July 31. The Supreme Court is monitoring the NRC exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in Assam, which has been facing an influx of people from Bangladesh for decades. The NRC containing the names of Indian citizens was prepared in 1951. When the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The draft NRC included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applications. The final list of the NRC is set to be published on July 31 this year. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you