New Delhi: Exporters of goods and services as well as suppliers to SEZ units are likely to get GST refunds automatically from June as the revenue department plans to introduce faceless scrutiny of refunds and faster claim settlement, an official said. Under GST, every person making a claim of refund on account of ‘zero-rated’ supplies has two options. Either he can export without payment of integrated tax under Bond/ LUT and claim a refund of accumulated Input Tax Credit (ITC) or he may export on payment of integrated tax and claim refund thereof. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraCurrently, the facility of automatic refund is available only for those exporters who have paid Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) while exporting goods. Since the GST Network (GSTN) systems are integrated with Customs, hence, refunds are generally transferred to the bank accounts of such exporters within a fortnight. However, manufacturing exporters and suppliers to SEZ, who want to claim a refund of ITC, have to file an application in Form GST RFD-01A on the common portal and thereafter manually submit a print out of the form along with other documents to the jurisdictional officer. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOnce implemented, the time period for such refunds will come down to about a fortnight from months at present. “The revenue department and GSTN is working to make the process of seeking tax refund by all exporters faceless by next month. It would make the process faster and also help in eliminating fake refunds,” an official told PTI. GST refunds of exporters run into thousands of crores and any delay in the processing of refund claims blocks working capital of exporters. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said fully computerized tax refund in case of export of services would be based on a comprehensively integrated GSTN system which connects with RBI servers to track the receipt of payments and link them automatically with invoice level information.
“Paralympic athletes achieve remarkable performances and get the chance, every two years, to shine in the limelight and show the world what they are capable of,” the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, said yesterday at a ceremony inaugurating the Paralympic Wall in the Olympic Village in London. “Sport is a wonderful equalizer and a very efficient tool to ensure inclusion. It can certainly place everyone on a level playing field,” Mr. Lemke added. The 2012 Paralympic Games are the fourteenth edition of the sporting event and also the largest Paralympic Games ever to be held, with more than 4,200 athletes from 166 countries competing in 21 sports. In a news release, the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, which Mr. Lemke heads, noted that the newly unveiled Paralympic Wall would promote the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in an effort to ensure that sport is ultimately recognized as a global tool for inclusion, tolerance and diversity. “Paralympic athletes are real change makers and role models in the sense that they greatly contribute to changing stereotypes and the way we sometimes look at persons with disabilities as well as the way they look at themselves,” he continued, noting that “access to sport, physical activity and play is a fundamental right for everyone.” The Convention, which entered into force in May 2008 and has so far been endorsed by 144 countries, is the culmination of years of global efforts to ensure that the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities are guaranteed and protected. It asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities.
From 23-25 March 2004, the Automotive Trade Show will take place at the NEC alongside the highly successful Commercial Vehicle Show. itself a combination of the IRTE Show, TipCon and the SMMT’s CV Show. For the first time, exhibitors can showcase their full ranges of product, from heavy goods vehicles to passenger car, all at one time, under one roof.This means: Real value for money for exhibitors (58% reduction on 2001 ATS space rates due to economies of scale) A world class and comprehensive range of products and services under one roof Unsurpassed and unrivalled business to business visitor attraction. (The CV Show alone pulled in over 23,000 business visitors this year). The best of both worlds This amazing combination of events will occupy no less than eleven halls of the NEC, with dedicated areas for specialist car aftermarket suppliers in halls 11 and 12. For the first time in the UK, exhibitors can choose to concentrate on car or commercial or exploit the opportunities of both. Exhibitors have the best of both worlds for a single investment.Giving more to visitors More choice of products, equipment, services and business systems More new profit opportunities, as traditional markets change and competition increases Many visitors to the CV Show operate fleets of light commercial vehicles and cars. Until now, their choice has been restricted to their truck and van fleets but, with the addition of the Automotive Trade Show, they can cover everything at once. Saving time, saving money and providing more opportunities for exhibitors.But the Automotive Trade Show is not just about added value for CV fleet suppliers or their customers. The scope of this unique combined event will bring thousands of car service providers to the NEC. Owners and managers from independent garages, franchised dealers, fast fits and body shops will attend to source the latest in on-board diagnostics, garage and body repair equipment, components and accessories. With more and more repairers servicing both car and commercial vehicles, the combination of the Automotive Trade Show and the Commercial Vehicle Show means their time is even better spent at the NEC.In a world where cost control is key to profitable business, what could make more sense than to reach as many potential buyers as possible with one stand, at one event? Real value for money Many exhibitors at previous Automotive Trade Shows could not understand why space costs varied considerably from those of the CV Show. Now, by bringing the Shows together, exhibitors will pay exactly the same, regardless of which Show they may appear in. In practice, this means a massive 58% reduction in space rates for SMMT members and a 65 per cent reduction for non-members, when compared to the 2001 ATS rates. Shell scheme exhibitors save 30 per cent and 35 per cent respectively. A history of success Throughout the eighties and nineties, the Automotive Trade Show grew, culminating in a record 20,000+ attendance in 1999, the most successful ever. The CV Show is the second largest in Europe, with over 23,000 business visitors this year. The success of any Show relies on bringing manufacturers, importers and distributors together with specifiers and buyers, with the single objective of doing business, creating a good return on investment.What better way to bring products to market than at a single meeting place for the suppliers and buyers of everything related to road transport – commercial, passenger or private car?The automotive aftermarket will meet atAutomotive Trade Show 2004.With so much to gain, can you afford to ignore it?For details please contact our sales team on +44(0)1634 261 262 or e-mail sales@ATS.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Among the recently announced Birthday Honours, Moir Lockhead, chief executive at First Group received a knighthood for services to transport, while Christopher Macgowan, former chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders picked up an OBE for services to the automotive industry. Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the Institute of the Motor Industry received an OBE for services to skills training and the retail automotive industry.A full listing can be viewed at www.honours.gov.uk Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Entering Saturday’s game against Rutgers, Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett needed just three touchdown passes to break the school’s career passing touchdown record of 57 that Bobby Hoying set during his time at OSU from 1992 to 1995.Barrett needed just one half to top the 21-year-old record.At the 2:27 mark in the second quarter, Barrett found redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown pass for Barrett’s 58th career passing touchdown. In his redshirt freshman season, Barrett accounted for 34 passing touchdowns and 45 total touchdowns. He had 11 touchdowns through the air and 11 on the ground in 2015.Barrett was 16-for-23 for 176 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half against Rutgers. He currently sits at 59 passing touchdowns.With his first touchdown pass of the day, Barrett tied Joe Germaine for second-most passing touchdowns at 56.Barrett currently sits at third in total career touchdowns with 84. Former quarterback Art Schlichter ranks second all-time with 85 touchdowns. Braxton Miller is the current record holder with 88 total touchdowns.
Dassault Systèmes has announced the release of the latest version of GEOVIA Whittle™, the world’s most trusted strategic mine planning software. Whittle 4.6 helps users to add more economic value to projects, and saves time by streamlining mining processes. With a 64-bit version and Windows 8.1 support, Whittle 4.6 “handles large datasets, optimises operations processes and runs bigger models, making this version of Whittle more efficient to use than ever.”Whittle 4.6 highlights include 64 Bit Modern Processing that enables the handling of large datasets, extending the limit of files sizes, for more efficient processing of data in addition to increased scheduling accuracy as result of improved algorithmic decisions. A new Block Model Import Wizard provides a simplified workflow for exporting files from GEOVIA Surpac™ and other GMPs increasing accuracy and precision with less data manipulation, and saves time by importing multiple surfaces from a single DTM, DWG or DXF file. Finally, improved floating point arithmetic provides more accurate binning by grade range for a more positive impact on NPV.
IRISH-ETHIOPIAN ACTRESS Ruth Negga was among the stars to score an Oscar nomination this afternoon.Negga, who grew up in Co. Limerick, was nominated for her turn in the civil rights drama Loving.This is Negga’s first Academy Award nomination and marks the second year in a row that Ireland is represented in the Best Actress race.Negga faces steep competition from Isabelle Huppert, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep and frontrunner Emma Stone.And there’s also Irish interest in Best Costume Design. Dublin woman Consolata Boyle was nominated for her work on Florence Foster Jenkins. Boyle has previously worked on films like The Van, Into The West, Angela’s Ashes, Philomena and The Iron Lady.She was previously Oscar-nominated for her work on The Queen.Additionally, Irish co-production The Lobster landed a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.The Lobster, which was produced by Irish film production company Element Pictures and starred Colin Farrell, landed a coveted nod for its writers Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou.In the main categories, La La Land leads the way with a record-tying 14 nominations, including nods in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.Arrival and Moonlight landed 8 nominations apiece, while Lion and Hacksaw Ridge scored 6 each. Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 1:52 PM Short URL Hell or High WaterLa La LandThe LobsterManchester by the Sea20th Century WomenBest Adapted Screenplay Mahershala Ali – MoonlightJeff Bridges – Hell Or High WaterLucas Hedges – Manchester By The SeaDev Patel – LionMichael Shannon – Nocturnal AnimalsBest Supporting Actress Source: Joel Ryan 23 Comments http://dailyedge.ie/3202499 Ruth Negga leads Irish interest in this year’s Oscar nominations, while La La Land scores 14 nods G’wan Ruth! Isabelle Huppert – ElleRuth Negga – LovingNatalie Portman – JackieEmma Stone – La La LandMeryl Streep – Florence Foster JenkinsBest Supporting Actor Source: Jordan Strauss Image: Jordan Strauss Land of Mine – DenmarkA Man Called Ove – SwedenThe Salesman – IranTanna – AustraliaToni Erdmann – GermanyBest Documentary Denis Villeneuve – ArrivalMel Gibson – Hacksaw RidgeDamien Chazelle – La La LandKenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the SeaBarry Jenkins – MoonlightBest Actor in a Leading Role Source: Jordan Strauss Fire At SeaI Am Not Your NegroLife AnimatedOJ: Made in America13thBest Original ScoreJackieLa La LandLionMoonlightPassengersBest Original SongAudition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La LandCan’t Stop The Feeling – TrollsCity of Stars – La La LandThe Empty Chair – Jim: The James Foley StoryHow Far I’ll Go – MoanaFor the rest of the nominations, please click here. DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Casey Affleck – Manchester By The SeaAndrew Garfield – Hacksaw RidgeRyan Gosling – La La LandViggo Mortensen – Captain FantasticDenzel Washington – FencesBest Actress in a Leading Role Source: Jordan Strauss Image: Jordan Strauss By Amy O’Connor Jan 24th 2017, 1:52 PM Viola Davis – FencesNaomie Harris – MoonlightNicole Kidman – LionOctavia Spencer – Hidden FiguresMichelle Williams – Manchester by the SeaBest Original Screenplay ArrivalFencesHidden FiguresLionMoonlightBest Animated FeatureKubo and the Two StringsMoanaMy Life As a ZucchiniThe Red TurtleZootopiaBest Foreign Language Film 15,124 Views Add us: dailyedge Share74 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet And it looks as though the Academy has sought to remedy last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy with seven actors of colour nominated — Denzel Washington, Ruth Negga, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Viola Davis.Additionally, Barry Jenkins becomes just the fourth black director in history to land a Best Director nomination.Here are the nominations in full.Best Picture Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesArrivalFencesHacksaw RidgeHell Or High WaterHidden FiguresLa La LandLionManchester by the SeaMoonlightBest Director Source: AP/Press Association Images
Alerte orange : cyclone en vue à TahitiPolynésie française – La dépression tropicale apparue hier au sud-ouest de l’océan Pacifique pourrait se transformer en cyclone. Depuis hier, Oli menace la Polynésie française et inquiète les autorités locales. Dans la soirée, elle s’est transformée en dépression tropicale forte, ce qui place la Polynésie en niveau d’alerte orange.À lire aussiBoulimie : définition, causes, conséquences, de quoi s’agit-il ?Oli se déplace vers le sud-est, à une vitesse moyenne de 37 km/h. Elle a atteint cette nuit l’archipel de la Société, ainsi que celui des Australes. Des pluies soutenues et des vents violents accompagnent la forte houle, a indiqué cette nuit le Haut Commissariat de la République de Papeete.La crainte est que, d’ici demain, Oli se transforme en cyclone. Selon Bertrand Jrassi de Météo France à Tahiti : “Oli est en phase de croissance. Il est raisonnable de penser qu’il peut se développer jusqu’au stade de cyclone”. Étant donné qu’elle se dirige vers le sud, les îles Cook, Bora Bora et Tahiti sont potentiellement menacées par cette tempête. Le 2 février 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
Babolat Play and Connect : la raquette du futur qui pourrait remplacer les coachsC’est en janvier dernier que le fabricant lyonnais Babolat présentait sa raquette de tennis Play and Connect. Elle vient alors d’être testée par les pros, les vrais, en la personne de Rafael Nadal. Cette entreprise française qui créé du matériel de tennis depuis 1875 a présenté sa nouvelle raquette high tech au champion de tennis Rafael Nadal. Ce fameux outil du tennisman seralargement représenté lors du prochain tournoi Roland Garros. En attendant, voici un aperçu dans cette vidéo. La Play and Connect est une raquette électronique, connectée, qui permettra à son utilisateur de vérifier sur un PC toutes les mesures nécessaires comme la puissance, le nombre de coups d’échange, l’endroit où la balle rebondie. S’ajouteront certainement des données physiologiques…Programmables, les mesures de la raquette de Babolat permettront au joueur de cibler ses entrainements en fonction des points à améliorer. Alors, au moindre faux pas, dehors le coach et bienvenue la Play and Connect? Le 8 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — A Seattle attorney will be in the gallery next week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case to decide if defendants convicted of possessing child pornography should pay restitution to the victims whose online images are viewed and traded over and over again.Carol Hepburn, a Seattle native and civil attorney who practices in Seattle and Portland, represents a young Pacific Northwest woman who was repeatedly raped by her father, who then posted photos and videos of the abuse online.The images of Hepburn’s client as a 10-year-old frequently surface in pedophilia circles, and have been part of 3,200 criminal cases across the country since 2009. One man who possessed the woman’s images is now serving federal prison time for stalking her.“He sought her out through the Internet and said he’d been looking for her for five years,” said Hepburn, 61, who began representing the woman after her stepfather contacted the National Crime Victims Bar Association.More recently, comments have been left on pedophilia chat boards that make it clear “pedophiles have been looking for her again and talking about her,” Hepburn said of her client, who even as an adult is recognizable from the online images.
WASHINGTON: Ardent supporters of US President Donald Trump in a rally raised slogans against one of the four non-white Democrat Congresswomen, whom he criticised in a series of alleged “racist tweets”, chanting “send her back.” Trump, during a rally on Wednesday in North Carolina, defended his remarks against Democratic lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, accusing them of hating the country and that they should just “go back” to where they came from. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us The controversial statements and tweets by the president triggered widespread uproar and the US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution to condemn his remarks against the women who have been critical of his harsh immigration policies. “The leading voices of the Democrat Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for. These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil,” Trump said. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us His supporters erupted with the chants ‘send her back’ as Trump was listing out his complaints against Omar. The audience mocked the women when Trump first mentioned ‘the four congresswomen,’ informally known as “The Squad.” As he mentioned each one by name, the crowd ridiculed the individual women as well. Trump went on a riff attacking Omar and the crowd began chanting, “Send her back! Send her back!” Omar was born in Somalia and came to the US as a child refugee. Advertise With Us A supporter in the crowd also shouted to send Tlaib back, though she was born in the United States. A protester was removed from the rally for holding two handmade signs that read “Child Rapist” and featured a photo of Trump with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. However, congresswoman Omar took Twitter to respond by quoting from Maya Angelou’s poem – “Still I Rise.”You may shoot me with your words,You may cut me with your eyes,You may kill me with your hatefulness,But still, like air, I’ll rise.-Maya Angelou https://t.co/46jcXSXF0B— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 18, 2019 Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters that he had no regret by asking lawmakers who hate the country to leave. “If people want to leave our country they can. If they don’t’ want to love our country. If they don’t want to fight for our country they can.I’ll never change on that,” he said as he indicated that he intends to make this a political campaign issue. The Opposition Democratic leaders have said the same thing. Responding to questions, Trump asserted that he is winning the political fight with the Democrats. “I think that they are not espousing the needs of our country these four congresswomen. I think that they said horrible things and the press doesn’t cover it. You should try covering it,” he said. “When you look at some of the things they said they’re unthinkable. If somebody else or me or anybody else said things like that it would be historic. So, you ought to look at some of the horrible things said because it’s never been said before,” the president said. The Democratic Party, he said, is really going in a direction that nobody thought possible. “They are going to so far left they are going to fall off a cliff. I think they are making a big mistake. But who knows that is up to them,” he said.
Halima appeared on cover of swimsuit edition wearing a burkini and hijabTwitter/Sports Illustrated SwimsuitFor the longest time, the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit edition has been associated with attractive female sportswomen, generally Caucasian, donning revealing clothing. But in a move that is a radical departure for the New York-based publication, this year’s edition features a model who is wearing not just a full-body swimsuit – popularly known as burkini – but also a hijab.The model who has become the first to appear in this type of clothing on the cover of the famous publication is Halima Aden. The 21-year-old comes from a Somalian family based in the US. The fact that she is a Muslim and lived early part of her life in a refugee camp has added to the cultural and social significance of this event.Who is Halima Aden?Halima was born in the Kakuma refugee camp of Kenya and was just seven years old when her family moved to the USA. They were able to settle down in Minnesota and provide proper education to the young girl. It was in her teenage years that Aden started taking note of the fashion and modelling industry. Without compromising some of her religious beliefs and cultural traditions, she began participating in fashion shows. Halima has appeared on the cover of various famous fashion publications beforeTwitter/Vogue RunwayHer many firstsThere are several unique accomplishments to the credit of the Somali-American model. It was when she was a 19-year-old that Halima first made a big impression. While participating in the Miss Minnesota event, the aspiring model broke new ground by becoming the first-ever to wear a hijab in the history of this pageant. This earned her the attention of many leading fashion houses and led to appearances on the cover of magazines like Elle, Allure and Vogue. In fact, she also holds the distinction of being the first lady to wear a hijab in both the Arabian and British editions of the latter publication.The decision of Sports Illustrated is the latest of many moves being made by fashion publications to appear more diverse in their understanding of beauty and aesthetics. Various magazines have made a conscious attempt to feature models from a diverse ethnic and racial background in their photo-shoots. Will this bring about a permanent change in the fashion industry, only time will tell.
Reserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe Reserve Bank of India diluted its guidelines on stressed assets and has now mandated banks to undertake a review of a borrower’s accounts within 30 days of default, according to a circular issued on Friday.A circular issued in February last year required banks to initiate a resolution process as soon as a default took place. Banks unable to agree upon a resolution plan with the defaulter within 180 days were mandated to force them into a time-bound insolvency process.But that instruction was struck down by the Supreme Court of India in April after several companies challenged the guidelines in court, arguing that the time given by the regulator was insufficient to tackle bad debt issues.In Friday’s circular, the RBI said lenders should work on a resolution plan based on the financial health of borrowers even before a default. In the case of a default by a borrower with even a single lender, all lenders should review the borrower’s accounts within 30 days.”This now puts more responsibility on the bankers. They are now supposed to take timely decisions,” said Ramnath Pradeep, the former chairman of Corporation Bank.Lenders are expected to devise a resolution plan within the 30-day period and also enter into an Inter-Creditor Agreement during this period.The resolution plan should be implemented by the lenders within 180 days after the initial review period, the central bank said.”The new circular is more pragmatic,” said Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist at L&T Financial Holdings.”This is more reasonable as defaults could happen due to unpredictable events and things generally don’t change within just one day. On balance, the new circular appears to be more practical without diluting the “spirit” of the earlier circular”.The central bank said now approval of lenders representing 75% of outstanding loans and 60% of the number of lenders would be required for the sake of resolution, versus 100% earlier which is expected to speed up the process, Nitsure said.However, in case of delays in implementing a resolution plan, the RBI has instituted additional provisioning norms.Failure to implement the resolution plan within 180 days of the end of the review period will require banks to make additional provisioning of 20%, while banks would need to set aside an additional 15% on top of this after one year.”That I think creates the right environment for finding a resolution. There is some balance and counterbalance for all stakeholders,” said L. Viswanathan, Partner at legal firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.SUPREME COURT CONCERNS Some had challenged the validity of the RBI’s February directive in the apex court saying its “one-size-fits-all” did not account for external factors.The new circular gives borrowers additional time for the resolution process, but the RBI can still direct banks on a case-by-case basis to take defaulters through an insolvency process.The Supreme Court ruling had provided relief to some major corporate defaulters, but at the same time threw the country’s still-nascent bankruptcy regime into question.Foreign investors have often complained about the slow pace of bad debt resolution in India, which has held back billions of dollars of investment in the country.Indian banks and financial institutions currently hold combined bad debts of more than Rs 10 trillion ($146 billion) and this has also affected their ability to lend and spur economic growth.Asia’s third-largest economy grew at a much slower-than-expected 5.8% in the March quarter.The new guidelines are not industry-specific and hence do not benefit any particular sector, but they would help most small borrowers, the chief executive of an asset reconstruction company said.The revised guidelines take effect immediately for borrowers who have defaulted on loans worth Rs 20 billion or more, the RBI said, while for those with loans of Rs 15 to 20 billion they will take effect next January. The RBI did not give a date for those with less than Rs 15 billion in defaulted loans.This essentially gives small borrowers more time to resolve or pay back loans, said industry experts.”Some large power companies and a few infrastructure companies will fall under the gamut of the Rs 20 billion and above soured loans,” the chief executive said, adding that several power companies fall into the small borrower category.
England after losing 1992 World Cup finalTwitter/ICCOn July 14, England would make their fourth appearance in a World Cup final. While South Africa are considered chokers, England have also had their fair share of slips on the big stage. Apart from losses in all three of the World Cup finals, they have also lost two Champions Trophy finals.This time though, things look different as there is a more robust, flamboyant and aggressive English team heading into the big match. But as fans get ready for the biggest contest in ODI cricket’s showpiece event, let’s look back at England’s three previous experiences of a World Cup final. West Indies team with World Cup trophy in 1979Twitter/Cricket World Cup1979 – Vs West Indies (Lord’s)In the very second World Cup ever, England were competing against the mighty West Indies for the title of world champions. Considering how strong the Caribbean side under Clive Lloyd was, England’s loss was not much of a surprise. However, there was enough drama in the match to render it a memorable day of cricket. First, Sir Vivian Richards scored a hundred to put the hosts in trouble. However, in what was an extremely rare occurrence, he was overshadowed by a much more electric innings from Collis King, a player who didn’t do much else in his career, who smashed 86 off just 66 balls to take the Windies to 286/9.England opened the innings with Geoffrey Boycott and Mike Brearley. The two batted in such a conservative manner that the match got away from their team. There was also some controversy as Lloyd had dropped a catch offered by Boycott. Some people suggested that the West Indian captain did that deliberately to ensure that the English opener stays at the crease and the scoring rate remains low. That may not be true but the slow opening partnership eventually led to England losing their first World Cup final by 92 runs.Up against it – the moment England handed Australia the 1987 title? Should Mike Gatting’s misjudged reverse-sweep make it to the next round of @bira91’s @cricketworldcup Greatest Moments? pic.twitter.com/MheIYCV0hx— ICC (@ICC) March 13, 2019Twitter/ICC1987 – Vs Australia (Eden Gardens)Mention this match to any cricket fan and the first thing that comes to their mind is Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep. In the match, Australia scored 253/5 in their 50 overs with the top score coming from David Boon (75). England were the favourites as they reached 135/2 in their innings. But then, when Allan Border was bowling his gentle left-arm spin, Gatting decided to play the reverse sweep – a common shot these days but a highly exotic and dangerous one in those times – and lost his wicket. This turned the match and proved to be a decisive moment as England lost by just seven runs, ending up with a score of 246/8 in 50 overs.Wasim Akram’s two wickets in two balls against England in the 1992 final is the first candidate in today’s @bira91 @cricketworldcup Greatest Moments match-up!Vote for it to progress to the next round here: https://t.co/g10dkZJFiE pic.twitter.com/qGBTpUguTl— ICC (@ICC) April 16, 2019Twitter/ICC1992 – Vs Pakistan (MCG)Pakistan batted first in this match and in what turned out to be a masterstroke, their captain Imran Khan decided to bat at no. 3. He played a crucial knock of 72 and Pakistan ended up with a competitive but not imposing score of 249. England lost wickets early but had a recovery thanks to Allan Lamb and Neil Fairbrother. They had reached the score of 141/4 and had a decent chance of winning. But then, Wasim Akram produced the two most famous deliveries in the history of Pakistan cricket to put the match in his team’s bag.The first one was angled in to Lamb with Akram bowling round the wicket and straightened sharply to beat the outside edge and hit the off-stump. The next delivery, to new man Chris Lewis, was again angled in from round the wicket but this one swung in, rather than away, and so sharply that it went through the gap between bat and pad to knock the stumps. These two devastating and most famous examples of the wonder of reverse swing from Akram led to Pakistan becoming World Champions as they won the game by 22 runs.So, Boycott and Brearley’s slow batting, Gatting’s reverse sweep and Akram’s magic. These three things have prevented England from becoming world champions. What will it be this time? A Kane Williamson masterpiece, Trent Boult in-swinger, Martin Guptill catch?Or will the fourth time prove lucky for the three lions? Let’s wait and see!
Allu Arjun with Trivikram SrinivasFacebookDirector Trivikram Srinivas is said to be considering on roping in a popular actress for an item song in his upcoming directorial venture AA19. But Allu Arjun is reportedly not happy with it.Allu Arjun and Trivikram Srinivas have earlier worked together in two movies – Julai (2012) and S/O Satyamurthy (2015). They are one among the hit combos of the Tamil film industry. The actor and director are coming back together for the third time and there is a lot of hype and curiosity about their third film tentatively titled AA19, as it happens to be the 19th movie of the stylish star.Teaming up for the third time is clearly proof of the bonding and understanding between Allu Arjun and Trivikram Srinivas. But the latest we hear is that the duo has a difference of opinion on one aspect. The director wants to bring a bombshell on board to shake a leg with the hero in an item song.It is rumoured that Trivikram Srinivas feels that an item song is required at a crucial juncture of the film AA19. But Allu Arjun is not happy with this idea, as there is no need for a special song. The director is yet to convince the actor. AA19 is touted to be a family entertainer that revolves around a father and son. Sources close to the film unit reveal that the movie explores a humorous relation between father and son. Trivikram himself has written the script and dialogues for the film.Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde and Nivetha Pethuraj will be seen in the lead roles in AA19, which is jointly bankrolled by Geetha Arts and Haarika Haasine Creations. Tabu, Sushanth, Navdeep, Jayaram, Sathyaraj and Sunil are playing pivotal roles in this upcoming film, which will have S Thaman’s music and PS Vinod’s cinematography.
Share JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTSchool marshal trainees go through a simulation of an active shooting at an elementary school in Pflugerville last week.The number of public school staff members that are armed as part of the school marshal program in Texas is set to more than double as the new school year begins. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which oversees the school marshal program, says there could soon be as many as 165 appointed school marshals.The program was created by the Texas Legislature back in 2013. It allows any school employee — teachers, administrators and support staff — to carry a concealed weapon on campus to protect students and staff in the event of an armed intruder. It requires those staff members to have a license to carry a firearm, go through 80 hours of training and pass a written test at the end of that training.“It was slow at first, but especially after Santa Fe, it just pretty much exploded,” says Kim Vickers, executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which conducts the training.In the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead and 13 others wounded in May, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office put more money into the school marshal program, allowing dozens more people to get trained.Other states, including Arkansas, are now looking at Texas’ program as a model. Earlier this year, President Trump praised the program at a meeting with state governors.So how exactly is a school marshal trained?It All Comes Down To: Can You Shoot Someone?At an elementary school in Pflugerville last week, 20 school employees from districts mostly in southeast Texas and around Dallas-Fort Worth went through the school marshal training. Instruction includes things like when to use force, basic firearms training, police strategies for dealing with active shooters and legal liability. Trainees also have to pass a psychological exam.The marshals are supposed to remain anonymous, so KUT is not using their names or identifying which school district they work in.“Intense training, that’s what we’ve been through this week. Very stressful,” said one participant, who is a school board member. “The reason I came is because I’m the one making the decision to arm teachers and administrators. And I felt like I should go through the training to make sure that I was comfortable putting guns in the school.”He said his district had been talking about training employees to be school marshals for several years, but the shooting in Santa Fe pushed officials to do it. He said it was tough for him to vote to join the marshal program, but after taking the training he felt “extremely comfortable with it.”CREDIT JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTA school employee takes part in school marshal training last week. The marshals are supposed to remain anonymous, though they can identify themselves if they wish.Trainees go through simulations of school shootings. They learn to search and secure classrooms. In one drill, the would-be marshals hear gunshots down the hall. A group of a dozen or so fellow trainees run screaming as more shots are fired. The marshals have to find the gunman and subdue him. Sometimes that requires firing their weapon; sometimes it doesn’t. But it forces them to come to terms with the idea of using deadly force.“There’s a fundamental question that comes into that that the school marshal training addresses,” Vickers says. “That is, you’ve got to face this: As a person that’s going to be carrying this gun, you’ve got to face the idea that you may have to shoot somebody. And can you do that?”Some people decide that they can’t.“We’ve had [participants] walk away from the training — which is good,” Vickers says. “They don’t need to be doing it if they don’t feel like they can do that.”CREDIT JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTKim Vickers, executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which conducts the school marshal training.Another school marshal trainee in Pflugerville last week — an administrator from southeast Texas — said the training had given him an idea of what to expect, but that no one really knows what they’ll do in an active-shooter situation unless it happens.“We would all like to think that we would do what we need to do to keep everyone safe. But realistically, that’s something that you’re constantly processing in your head,” the trainee said. “When your family or those that you’re responsible for at a school are presented with a danger and that danger may be somebody that you actually know, you’ve got to make a critical life or death situation. Those are decisions that are hard to fathom.”“You can train and train and train — that’s the best way I would say,” said the school board member/trainee on facing the possibility of shooting an armed student. “But as far as protecting students? Yes, I’m willing to do that.”Shielded IdentitiesThere were 71 school marshals trained and appointed by their districts as of last week. Another 94 are either waiting to be appointed by their school boards or have signed up to take the training.Their identities are shielded from public disclosure – though they can identify themselves, if they wish. Parents are able to ask whether a marshal is present at their child’s school, but will not be told the marshal’s identity.People appointed as school marshals typically carry their own weapons. Trainers here said they had not heard of districts buying guns for marshals. Employees whose main job is to manage students — like teachers — are required to keep their gun in a lockbox or safe in the classroom. Others are allowed to carry their weapon concealed.‘A Short-Term Fix For A Really Long-Term Issue’Many teachers, however, remain opposed to the school marshal program. During a hearing on school safety at the Texas Capitol in June, teachers and teachers’ unions told lawmakers that more guns are not the answer.“We see this as a short-term fix for a really long-term issue,” says Noel Candelaria, a former special education teacher in El Paso who is now president of the Texas State Teachers Union. “At the end of the day, what even rural schools need, is the adequate funding for them to actually hire the trained professionals to be in their schools — in their communities — so they don’t have that lag response time.”Candelaria says 80 percent of TSTA’s members have said they don’t want the responsibility of being school marshals. “I hear a lot of teachers that say, you know, ‘I want to be a teacher. I don’t want to be a policeman,’” Vickers says. “I understand that — and that’s where they need to be. But there are a lot of teachers and a lot of school administrators — a lot of employees at schools — that want to do this that say, ‘I really want to be here in this capacity to help our kids and to be that mitigating factor to try to shut this down as soon as possible.’”Beyond that, some have raised concerns about potential effects on students of color. Candelaria says a marshal’s implicit bias could lead to black or brown students being improperly identified as suspects in active shooter situations.If “somebody walks in not knowing who the active shooter is and sees a young black man running away with maybe a cellphone in their hand because they’re trying to call their parents, are they going to be a target to get shot?” he says. “I think that’s why putting that level of responsibility on just your average citizen is not the answer.‘A Layered Process’Kim Vickers is the first to admit: “More guns in the schools is not the answer.”But it is a piece of the answer, he says.“If we’re going to make our schools safer, it’s a layered process,” Vickers says. “The true place to really start is not putting guns on campus. The place to really start is looking for these issues ahead of time. Addressing these kids that are marginalized and that are having these problems. Identifying and working with them before it ever gets to that point.”At the same time, Vickers says simply having an armed person on campus — and advertising that fact — can head off a potential shooting.“Make your target a little bit more difficult than the one down the road,” he says. “That’s kind of cold-blooded, but that’s the way crime prevention works.”Candelaria isn’t so sure. He points to the armed guards on campus at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who did not deter a former student from coming to campus and killing 17 people and wounding 17 others.“I’m sure that student knew that there was an armed guard in there,” he says. “And that didn’t stop them.”
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 26, 2009 4 min read Microsoft Exchange can help businesses manage the e-mail and collaboration services their employees use. However, Exchange is not the easiest Microsoft app to install and keep in good running order, particularly for a small business without a dedicated IT department.While I believe Exchange 2007 is a little easier to set up than Exchange 2003, the newer version is available only as a 64-bit application; you may need to upgrade your server hardware to run the new Exchange.The good news is that you don’t need to install Exchange on your own server to gain its benefits. You can sidestep all the hassles of hiring an IT pro, buying and installing the software, ensuring 64-bit hardware compatibility, and tackling maintenance issues if you outsource Exchange provisioning to an online hosting service.Hosted Microsoft ExchangeIt’s worth noting that Exchange isn’t nearly as ubiquitous as POP e-mail, and not every Internet host offers Exchange services. A growing number of hosts have added Exchange to their menu of services, though. Generally the cost is pretty affordable to a small business: Basic Exchange hosted services range from $10 to 15 per month, per employee. Optional extras, such as additional mailbox storage and message archiving, will bump up the tab.Selecting a service also involves a few other considerations that depend on your business’s requirements. For example, antispam service provided at the Exchange server is more efficient than at the Outlook e-mail client level, since users don’t need to waste time downloading unwanted messages.Do you want to help mobile employees keep in touch easily? If so, check out hosted services that also offer e-mail integration with smart phones such as RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone.Do you need collaboration capabilities, such as document sharing? Look for a service that also provides hosted Microsoft SharePoint.Intermedia Exchange HostingFew Exchange hosts can match the experience and ancillary offerings of Intermedia. The company has provided Exchange hosting since 2000, and it presents a variety of auxiliary services (some at extra cost), including antispam, mobile message integration, and SharePoint.Intermedia uses HostPilot, a proprietary control panel, to guide you in setting up its services. I like the way HostPilot keeps you on track for configuring Exchange through step-by-step directions. Online help, including FAQs and getting-started videos, along with e-mail and telephone support, is readily available.Completing the online configuration for ten users will probably take a couple of hours for an administrator to perform, though that depends on the options you select.Though I like Intermedia’s Exchange hosting, you have many alternative providers to choose from. If you’re satisfied with the service your Web host provides, see if the company also offers Exchange hosting; at the very least, sticking with your Web host will simplify domain setup.Hosted Exchange CostsIntermedia offers a number of hosting plans, along with optional add-ons. A Small Business Exchange plan for ten users (including 40GB total mailbox storage) is $125 per month. Antivirus, antispam, and SharePoint (50MB storage) are included in the monthly fee. Each user receives a free download of Outlook 2007. Additional mailboxes with 1GB storage cost $12 per month.Some additional services include mobile support, such as BlackBerry Enterprise Server ($10 per user per month, plus $40 setup) and ActiveSync for iPhone and Windows Mobile devices ($3 per user per month). MessageMirror e-mail archiving costs $49 per month for 2GB storage plus a $100 one-time setup charge.Is Hosted Exchange Right for You?If you want to outsource Exchange, you should consider several factors, such as cost, convenience, and flexibility. For a small business without an IT professional on staff, the all-in cost of outsourcing Exchange can save thousands in comparison with the alternative of purchasing hardware, licensing software, and hiring someone–even a consultant–to manage it all. Moreover, hosting providers can easily upscale your Exchange server as your business grows (or downsize it if your business shrinks) without interrupting your service.Though outsourcing Exchange is convenient, it comes at the potential loss of some flexibility in configuring it and installing add-ons appropriate for your business requirements. A business with more than 100 users, particularly one with more-complex requirements, may find that providing Exchange services through internal resources makes more sense.Richard Morochove is an IT consultant and writer. Send him questions about using technology in your connected small or midsize business via e-mail. PC World may edit your query and cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Brought to you by PCWorld
© 2016, The Washington Post In the 1980s, scientists trying to save sea turtles noticed something truly bizarre.They thought they were doing something good: rescuing eggs from vulnerable beaches and keeping them warm in incubators until they were ready to swim out to sea.But when the sea turtles were born, almost every single one of them was male. At that point, scientists had known for some 80 years that sex was determined by a creature’s chromosomes. It seemed crazy that you could skew a hatchling’s gender just by taking its egg out of the sand — just as crazy as saying that the gender of a baby depended on where its mother lived while she was pregnant.And yet here were dozens of all-male sea turtle siblings wriggling in front of them, emphatically suggesting that sex wasn’t as straightforward as it seemed.What those scientists encountered was temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD), a phenomenon found in a range of cold-blooded animals. Unlike mammals, birds and other creatures, whose sex is set by the chromosomes they get from their parents, the trigger that causes turtle embryos to develop into baby boys or girls comes from outside the egg. Warmer ambient temperatures during incubation will make the hatchlings skew toward female. But keep the eggs just a few degrees cooler — as the scientists in the ’80s inadvertently did — and they’ll come out mostly male.Five decades later, scientists are still trying to understand exactly how and why that happens. From an evolutionary standpoint, it seems like a pretty risky adaptation; it would only take a few hot years full of female hatchlings to spell the end of the entire species. And from a developmental standpoint, it’s just as confusing. If an embryonic turtle’s chromosomes aren’t telling it what way to grow, what is?Turk Rhen, an integrative biologist at the University of North Dakota, has devoted much of his career to studying those questions. And he may have found an answer to at least one of them. In a study published in the journal Genetics this week, Rhen and his colleagues identify a gene that seems to be responsible for turning hot and cold temperatures into girl and boy babies.If they’re right, the find could help keep turtles safe in an ever-warming world. Turk Rhen, an integrative biologist at the University of North Dakota, and his colleagues have identified a gene in turtles that seems to be responsible for turning hot and cold temperatures into girl and boy babies. (Handout photo by Jackie Lorentz-University of North Dakota)But, “like every scientific project ever,” joked co-author Kelsey Metzger, a former master’s student in Rhen’s lab and now a life sciences professor at the University of Minnesota at Rochester, “there’s a lot of work that came before it, and there’s going to be a lot of work that comes after it.”What came before were decades of research into the sex differentiation of common snapping turtles — large, sturdy-shelled, sharp-beaked reptiles that inhabit ponds and streams from Florida to southern Canada and as far west as the Rocky Mountains. Rhen’s turtles come from Minnesota.Even though the trigger for differentiation isn’t genetic, scientists know that the developmental process that turns a sexless embryo into a male or female turtle is more or less the same as in other species: It’s carried out by genes. Past research has shown that, early in development, some of the same genes that control sex in humans are also put to work in turtles. As each gets switched on, they cause amorphous blobs of tissue to differentiate into male and female reproductive parts, setting off a cascade of reactions that eventually produces a baby boy or girl.But Rhen wanted to know where the whole process started. Those genes might control sex, but they don’t respond to temperature. Somewhere in the body, a thermometer gene must be telling them what to do.He and colleague Anthony Schroeder, the lead author on the latest paper, first identified their candidate gene several years ago: the cold-inducible RNA-binding protein gene, or CIRBP (pronounced “surp”) for short. It’s known to be involved in body heat regulation in humans and other mammals, raising and lowering our temperatures according to the rhythms of our days. But it’s also something like the project manager on the construction site that is a developing embryo; it directs the transcription of DNA (the body’s molecular master plan) into RNA (its working blueprint), which then creates the proteins that do the body’s work.In his newest study, Rhen tested to confirm that CIRBP was being turned on at the right time and in the right part of the embryo to be responsible for taking the temperature and directing the body’s response. Turtle eggs in incubators had their ambient temperatures changed by less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit during a five-day window of development when differentiation was known to take place. Then their tissue was examined to see how they responded.The reaction was almost instantaneous.“The gene expression changed within 24 hours of the shift,” Rhen said. Two days after that, the genes that scientists know are involved in sex differentiation started to spring into action.Not only that but a minute variation in the gene — swapping out just one of the molecules that make up DNA for another — changes how turtles respond to temperature. One version lowers the temperature threshold for females — which are typically born at the warmest incubation temperatures. The other version raises it.“We don’t know for sure yet,” Rhen said. “But our hypothesis is that CIRBP might be upstream and is involved in regulating expression of all those other genes” that determine sex.Rhen also has a theory to explain why turtles evolved this way in the first place — one that, like his genetic explanation, is looking more and more convincing. In 1995, he and a colleague used hormones to get female turtles to hatch at “male” temperatures and found that the females grew incredibly large, far larger than they normally would be.Paired with the knowledge that larger male turtles are usually more successful since they can fight off competition and hold down territory, a picture began to take shape: Natural selection favored male turtles born at lower temperatures because those temperatures speed up development and result in larger bodies. Those successful males then passed down their low-temperature favoring genes, and, over time, the current temperature regime took shape.Which was all fine and dandy, until the planet’s temperatures began dramatically rising.A recent report on loggerhead sea turtles in Florida found that the vast majority of nests studied produced between 90 and 100 percent female hatchlings four years in a row. Researchers studying painted turtles in Mississippi estimate that an average temperature increase of just 1.1 degrees Celsius would be enough to skew the population all female.“It’s ultimately extinction,” ecologist Rory Telemeco, lead author of the painted turtle study, told the New Scientist in 2013.Understanding the genetic mechanism will become more and more important as Earth warms, the researchers say. Knowing that some turtles have, say, the gene variant that raises the temperature threshold to skew female might help scientists to save them.“There’s a lot of discussion going around with climate change,” Metzger said. “But in the end, the question is, is there enough genetic variation that these species will be able to adapt?” Facebook Comments Related posts:Warming oceans are turning sea stars to goo and killing lobsters, scientists say Fishackathon invites conservation-minded techies to help solve overfishing Winners of Costa Rica Fishackathon create tool to help track fuel subsidies for fishing Santa Rosa National Park provides cutting-edge data on changing planet
Source = Mike Parker-Brown, Solomon Airlines PR Solomon Airlines first all-female crew takes the helm SOL – Cpt. Linda Tito Owen and First officer Patricia AvosaSolomon Airlines first all-female crew takes the helmMaking Solomon Islands aviation history, for the first time an all-female crew has taken command on a Solomon Airlines’ aircraft operating on the carrier’s domestic services.The two pilots, Captain Linda Tito Owen and Frist Officer Patricia Avosa took to the skies last week at the helm of a Twin Otter aircraft operating on the carrier’s busy domestic schedules.A Solomon Airlines spokesperson said the event was a benchmark moment for the carrier’s equal opportunity development for its female pilots, Captain Owen and First Officer Avosa’s joint success representing a major achievement especially in the context of a traditionally male dominated Melanesian environment.Captain Owen and First Officer Avosa follow hard on the footsteps of New Zealander Captain Claudia Walding who became the first female pilot to take command of Solomon Airlines’ flagship Airbus A320 last year.A statement from the Solomon Airlines’ Human Resources Department said the airline was immensely proud of all its female pilots.“This further development is a major achievement and represents yet another milestone in Solomon Airlines’ gender empowerment effort,” the spokesperson said.“Although females make up the majority of the work force within the tourism industry, the aviation industry is largely male dominated,” the spokesperson said.“However, Solomon Airlines can proudly attest to the fact that it does undertake gender equality with vigour and enthusiasm as part of its overall human resource development strategy.”
By Stefanos EvripidouTHE REFORM of public health care has brought a much needed inflow of euros into parched state coffers, it was reported yesterday.The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) yesterday cited sources saying that since the new charges were introduced into public health care on August 1, 2013, millions of euros have been collected by the state.The new system completed a year in operation on August 1, 2014, the results of which were sent to the finance ministry for study.Health care changes included new income criteria for beneficiaries and the introduction of hospital fees when visiting general practitioners, specialist doctors or the Accident &Emergency department, as well as for lab tests and prescriptions. The reforms were agreed with Cyprus’ troika of lenders and were mostly designed to prevent abuse of the overburdened state health care system.According to CNA, the introduction of a 1.5 per cent gross salary or pension contribution from existing or retired public servants has brought approximately €24 million in state revenue since the reforms were implemented last August.Five-member families may voluntarily contribute the same 1.5 per cent of their gross salaries to ensure coverage. Some sufferers of chronic diseases are automatically entitled to healthcare.For those not asked to make contributions, there is a sliding income criteria starting at €15,400 yearly for individuals, to €30,750 yearly for four-member families, plus an extra €1,700 per additional dependent, defined to include anyone up to the age of 21, or who is dependent on parents, including students and soldiers.Under the new system, almost all beneficiaries of state subsidised health care need to pay €3 to see a general practitioner, €6 to see a specialist doctor and €10 to use the state hospitals’ oversubscribed A&E department. Payments are on the spot and a receipt must always be issued.Patients are also charged a nominal fee of 50 cents for each drug prescription or lab test ordered, with a maximum fee of €10 per transaction.Non-beneficiaries also have access to the system, on increased charges that are still attractive compared to the private sector.Non-beneficiaries using state hospitals pay €15 to visit general practitioners and €30 to see specialist doctors.In the first five months of the new system’s operation, from August 1, 2013 until the end of the year, over €3 million were collected in fees from the A&E department and for pharmaceuticals and lab tests.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola