KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) _ Merck & Co. (MRK) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.83 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.The Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of 69 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs, were $1.04 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share.The pharmaceutical company posted revenue of $11 billion in the period.Merck expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.57 to $4.72 per share, with revenue in the range of $43.2 billion to $44.7 billion.Merck shares have decreased roughly 3 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed roughly 8 per cent. The stock has increased 26 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on MRK at https://www.zacks.com/ap/MRKThe Associated Press
Up to 4.5 million people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may be deprived of winter rations because a slump in donations will force the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to halt its emergency cereal distribution operation there, the agency warned today. “Such across-the-board cutbacks would cause acute suffering on a massive scale,” WFP Country Director for the DPRK Rick Corsino said. “As we head into the harsh North Korean winter, those affected will find it very difficult to cope. The tragedy is that the people most at risk stand to bear the entire burden. They are already on the edge.” The initial WFP ration stoppages will be felt by 3 million recipients in the relatively better-off western and southern provinces over the next two months. A further 1.5 million more in the struggling, industrial east are threatened by still avoidable cut-offs from the beginning of next year. WFP said it urgently needs more than 100,000 tons of cereals to cover its requirements through the remainder of 2002 and January 2003. “Even the most prompt of pledges would not translate into food in a hungry person’s bowl for at least two months,” Mr. Corsino said. “Yet if commitments were made now, they could prevent this crisis escalating dramatically. We urge donors to do their utmost to limit the damage.” Those deprived of WFP assistance are all but entirely dependent on the government-run Public Distribution System, traditionally the main channel for food to most of the country’s 23 million people. That system currently provides an average of 300 grams a day to those on its books – less than half the internationally recommended minimum intake – and its rations are expected to increase only slightly from next month with the harvesting of the main rice and maize crops. Droughts, floods and tropical storms have been exacerbating agricultural and industrial problems in the DPRK since WFP launched its first emergency operation in 1995. The country posts sizeable food deficits each year, and remains a long way from self-sufficiency. Government statistics indicate that 45 per cent of North Korean children under five are chronically malnourished, while a further 4 million school-aged children are also severely underfed, impairing their capacity to grow physically and mentally. The nutritional status of some 500,000 pregnant and nursing women is also very poor, according to the official data.
By Gary Meeks, RICP® Most adults have a credit score; however, many people have some misconceptions about what affects a credit score. Also, there are a few myths regarding credit scores and how they are determined. Below are some interesting facts about what makes up a credit score and some tips for improving it.• What is a credit score? A credit score is a three-digit number used by lenders to evaluate your ability to repay debt on time. When it comes to your credit score, higher is better. You may have multiple credit scores because there are several companies that provide them, each with varying calculations and ranges. FICO scores tend to be the most common and their base scores range from 300 to 850. A score around 750 or higher means you‘re more likely to get approved for new credit with better (lower) interest rates or terms.• Always pay on time. According to FICO, one of the most well-known providers of credit scores, paying late or on time has the biggest impact on your credit score (about 35% of it).• Too much debt can hurt. The second-largest factor, about 30%, is how much debt you have so leave yourself some wiggle room. Lenders will be nervous about extending you credit if you’re at or near your credit limit. Keep your credit usage to about 30% of your credit limit if possible. Paying off credit cards as soon as possible after large purchases will help.• Give it some time. The length of your credit history is the third-largest component of your credit score (15%). This includes the age of your various accounts and how long it‘s been since you used some accounts; however, you can still have a high score even if you‘re relatively new to using credit, assuming you use credit regularly and make payments on time.• Being too new. 10% of your score can be affected by being too new. Opening too many credit accounts in a short time can raise a red flag; however, shopping around for the best rate on a single loan generally won‘t affect your credit score. All the activity in a short time in this case is ultimately considered one event once you settle on one loan.• Can you manage a mix of credit types? For the final 10% of your credit score, creditors like to see that you can manage a variety of credit types responsibly. Having a mix of some of the following categories of credit can help; revolving (credit cards), retail accounts and installment loans such a mortgage or a car loan. Keeping informed about your credit score and responsibly managing your debt can pay dividends for you in the future when you need a loan or credit. You may be able to obtain your credit score for free through services such as Credit Karma and Credit Sesame. You can also request your credit score through credit bureaus such as Experian, TransUnion and Equifax, likely for a fee.FICO Credit Score Ranges and Corresponding Categories:800-850 Exceptional 19.9% applicants with scores in this range are at the top of the list for the best rates from lenders.740-799 Very Good 18.2% applicants with scores here are likely to receive better than average rates from lenders.670-739 Good 21.5% Only 8% of applicants in this score range are likely to become seriously delinquent in the future.580-669 Fair 20.2% Applicants with scores in this range are considered to be subprime borrowers.300-579 Very Poor 17% Credit applicants may be required to pay a fee or deposit and applicants with this rating may not be approved for credit at all.Data sources: Experian and Hartford Funds, as of 3/19.Gary D. Meeks, RICP®, is a registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC,m ember FINRA/SIPCa, broker dealer and Registered Investment Adviser. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity 90 W 100 N STE 6, Price, UT 84501 (435) 637–8160.
There’s nothing wrong with trumpeting good news – in any language.Brock University’s Department of Applied Linguistics has learned that its accreditation with Teachers of English as a Subsequent/Second Language (TESL) Ontario has been renewed for 2013-14.Teachers of adult ESL learners at Ontario institutions need to be TESL Ontario-accredited. Programs designed to educate these teachers as well as faculty members who deliver the courses also need to be accredited.“Accreditation is not a given and needs to be renewed every year at this point. The process is time-consuming rather than difficult,” said Hedy McGarrell, graduate program director in Applied Linguistics.“This year, the report format had been changed (lengthened). The report includes a list of ‘new resources’ and I’m grateful to the library staff for generating a report on new acquisitions every year.”Accreditation reflects the recognition that teaching English as a second language is a “complex process” that requires more than familiarity with the language, McGarrell said. TESL Ontario has developed an accreditation system for teachers of adult ESL learners and providers of the education for such teachers.To be eligible for TESL Ontario accreditation, individual teachers need to demonstrate that they have reached the minimum education levels set out for accreditation, McGarrell explained.Institutions that provide education for teachers of adult ESL learners also need to be accredited by TESL Ontario, hence the annual need to renew accreditation for the program in Applied Linguistics. To ensure accreditation, minimum curriculum requirements need to be met or exceeded and all faculty members who teach in the program need to be accredited as TESL Ontario Educators, she said.“Program accreditation is very important for Applied Linguistics at Brock as only graduates of accredited programs are eligible for accreditation as instructors of adult ESL learners,” McGarrell said.“Accreditation, or at least graduation from a program recognized for accreditation, is also increasingly required for positions abroad.”Applied Linguistics offers students two routes: either a four-year Honours BA in Applied Linguistics/TESL or, for individuals who already have a relevant degree, the one-year TESL certificate program.
Palestinians walk through dust by the rubble of houses, destroyed or damaged by Israeli strikes in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHAMAS HAS REJECTED an extension to a 72-hour ceasefire with Israel, leading to thousands fleeing their homes in Gaza City.An AFP correspondent says that in light of the expiration of the deal at 5am, people have begun leaving their homes in fear of a return to Israeli shelling.Israel’s army has claimed this morning that the Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down two missiles fired from Gaza, destined for the southern city of Ashkolon.“Since 08:00 IDT (0500 GMT), terrorists fired a barrage of at least five rockets at southern Israel. A rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon,” a statement from the IDF said.“Additional rockets hit open areas in southern Israel,” the army said, putting the number at over 10.However, Hamas said they were not responsible as the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigade, took responsibility for firing “three Grad rockets at Ashkelon” in a statement. Source: AFP news agency/YouTube“We have one position, we refuse to extend the ceasefire, it is a final decision. Israel did not propose anything,” said one senior Hamas official after a long meeting with Egyptian mediators.“It did not agree to end the blockade” of Gaza, he added, referring to a key Hamas demand to end the four-week conflict that has killed almost 2,000 Palestinians.AFP contributed reportingRead: Amnesty accuses Israeli army of “deliberate attacks” on Gaza health workersRead: With six hours to go, no-one knows if the Gaza ceasefire will hold or not
Facebook this week added two new relationship statuses that will make it easier for gay users to define their situations on the popular social network. “In a Domestic Partnership” and “In a Civil Union” will be added to the list, alongside “Single,” “Married,” “Engaged,” In a Relationship,” “In an Open Relationship,” “Divorced,” “Separated,” and “Widowed.”The new statuses are now available in the U.S. and are set to be rolled out in addition countries, soon. Says Facebook, “This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook.”Mashable points out that the site also teamed up with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) last year, to help curb gay-targeted cyber bullying on the site.Now that wasn’t so complicated, was it?
As part of their attempt to broaden the PlayStation brand and increase total market share, Sony has opened up the PlayStation Mobile certification to any Android manufacturer willing to pay for it. The certification allows manufacturers to offer the exclusive PlayStation Mobile games that have, until now, only been available on Sony Android devices.During the Sony presentation at E3, it was announced that HTC would be the first hardware manufacturer to add the PlayStation Mobile certification to their devices. What does that mean for HTC devices, and the app developers currently working with them?HTC has had a team of developer advocates working very specifically towards apps for HTC devices. The HTCDEV team has been seen at many different events, all focused on encouraging developers to use the Sense SDK to optimize their apps for SenseUI. On top of their Sense crusade, the HTCDEV team has also been seen reaching out to game developers.So far HTC’s Scribe stylus has only been used in a limited fashion, but the HTCDEV team has encouraged several game developers to add Scribe support to their games, or to make new games that focus on the Scribe input to make the game more enjoyable. The group is made up of a pretty dedicated group of individuals, so it seemed likely that this team would be best suited to help bring the PlayStation Mobile certification a unique HTC flair, maybe even adding value where other manufacturers wouldn’t be able to.Unfortunately, that’s not the case. When asked for comment on how HTC and HTCDEV would operate with the new PlayStation infusion, it was made clear that HTC’s efforts in the development space would not be affected by PlayStation Mobile. The developer tools at HTCDEV.com would not be modified to include any additional support for PlayStation Mobile. For all intents and purposes, the PlayStation Mobile certification is not controlled or at this point even really supported by HTC at all.The general feeling so far is that the PlayStation Mobile certification is a value added plugin to HTC’s Android offerings, but for the time being we’re not going to see much else happening. Whether or not this is due to the restrictions that have been put in place by Sony is unclear, since details regarding the certification requirements are sparse. HTC isn’t likely to point the finger at their new partner if that is the case, so all we know is that HTCDEV is going to have a hands-off approach to this new addition.HTC’s done a lot over the last year to turn their offerings into lifestyle devices. The addition of Beats Audio, and the total system adoption of that audio service in Sense4, was the first of many steps geared to create a whole package that no other Android manufacturer is offering. HTC seems to be absorbing brand names to strap on to their devices to encourage users to purchase and use their devices, rather than branding everything under HTC exclusively.Whether or not the PlayStation Mobile addition is going to give HTC forward momentum has yet to be seen, but it’s been made abundantly clear that for now this is just another sticker for HTC to add to the box.
Who: For Vancouver and Clark County residents.When: Through Dec. 20.Where: H&H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., (360-892-2805); McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 N.E. 117th Ave. (360-892-6125); West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road (360-737-1727).Requirement: A coupon, but they are available by asking at the sites.Maximum: Five yards.Peter Schultz of Vancouver backed his 1995 Ford F-250 into a giant pile of leaves and added to its girth on Sunday afternoon.And it did not cost him a dime.“I like it, and I use it every year,” Schultz said of the free leaf disposal program run by the city of Vancouver and Clark County.This was his second load in the past two weeks at H&H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave.“My son (Matthew) rakes up a load for my next-door neighbor,” Schultz said.Schultz added that he thinks the leaf program is good for residents and good for the Earth.“Knowing that they’re going to be used for compost … I think that’s a really good thing,” Schultz said. “I know years ago people used to burn their leaves. This is a much better deal.”The deal brought 1,203 cubic yards of leaves in October alone, said Elsie Deatherage, solid waste analyst for the city of Vancouver. She said the city and county paid $5,956 for the program through October. November figures are not yet available.The main pile of leaves at H&H is about 50 yards long, 20 feet high and 40 yards deep, Debbie Graham said. She ought to know, as she works a Hyundai front-loader pushing new leaves into the pile.
OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers moved swiftly Saturday to extend aerospace tax breaks in a bid to satisfy Boeing Co. and win the manufacturing work that will come with the company’s new 777X production.The Legislature gave final approval to extend the tax incentives — worth a total projected value of $9 billion — all the way to 2040. Lawmakers then adjourned their three-day session without taking up a transportation package that Gov. Jay Inslee had sought.Legislators from both parties touted the importance of the Boeing jobs, especially for the long-term. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Democrat who leads a largely Republican caucus, said the company has had an enormous impact on the state over the years and said the bill was a way to make sure it continues.“It’s an incredible opportunity that we can keep this going for the next generation,” Tom said.Even though the tax breaks weren’t set to expire for several more years, Inslee called the Legislature back to Olympia this week for a special session dedicated to the Boeing bills. Along with the tax package, lawmakers voted to spend millions of dollars on worker-training programs and an effort to aid permitting for large aerospace manufacturing sites.Inslee said the bills were necessary in order to win the manufacturing work that will come with Boeing’s new 777X production. He praised the bipartisan work that went into the package and said the deal will reverse the outflow of aerospace jobs from the state.
The AGDC submitted some responses on December 7 to FERC, but say said it will take until September 2019 to fully respond to more than a dozen of the information requests. Among FERC’s questions that the state team told regulators it will answer by September are:Will tidal flow and other currents move debris and boulders across the pipeline? And how much movement is expected, particularly during tidal currents?What effect will the movement of debris and boulders have on the pipeline?Will the project anchor the pipeline against tidal currents during construction, especially at the starting point for the pipe-laying operations?Does AGDC plan to use any additional weights or supports along the pipeline after construction to stabilize the line against currents?Will concrete mats be used to protect the pipeline after it is set on the seafloor? If so, under what conditions and where?How does the project propose to stabilize the pipeline’s shoreline entry and exit trenches after construction?Will the anchor chains that hold the pipe-laying barge in place affect other vessels using Cook Inlet? Some of the anchor chains could reach out a maximum of 6,650 feet from the barge.Has AGDC conducted any soil borings across the Cook Inlet pipeline route?Has the state team collected and reviewed any site-specific geotechnical data to confirm that the bottom soil is firm enough so that the weighted 42-inch pipe “will not continue to sink,” placing high-strain loads on the pipe welds during construction and operations?The regulators also asked the state team to furnish a technical review of pipe stability. An unofficial timeline released from FERC show a final environmental impact statement coming in 2019. Authorization from FERC to begin construction could be issued as soon as 2020. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC) submitted a total of 63 pages of questions for the Alaska LNG project back in October. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation said it will be next September before the LNG project team submits some of the detailed responses requested by federal regulators regarding the AK LNG project.
62 kWh More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The new 2020 Kia Soul EV will offer a 243-mile driving range, according to the EPA. That makes it one of the longest-range affordable electric cars on sale today, and marks a huge improvement over the last-generation Soul EV’s 93-mile range.The new Soul Electric debuted alongside the standard, internal-combustion 2020 Soul at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The cars have a striking new look inside and out, as well as new features. For the Soul EV, the biggest news is a bigger battery pack. It now has a 64-kilowatt-hour capacity, compared to the old Soul EV’s 27-kWh pack. The new Soul also has more power, with its electric motor rated at 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, versus the preceding model’s 109 hp and 210 lb-ft.What’s most important is how the Soul EV’s range compares to other affordable electric cars. It beats the range of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the new Nissan Leaf E+, as well as the Kia Niro Electric, but won’t quite offer as much driving range as the Hyundai Kona Electric. You can see how the cars compare in the chart below. The Kia Soul EV will be able to use fast-charging to get an 80 percent charge in as little as an hour. On the more common Level 2 charging standard, Kia says charge times will be up to 9 hours, 35 minutes, while on Level 1, 120-volt charging, a full battery charge will take a whopping 59 hours. In other words, you’re going to want that Level 2 charger in your garage.We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out just how much the 2020 Kia Soul EV will cost, and to get behind the wheel, but based on its funky design and impressive range alone, color us excited for the battery-powered hatchback. Electric Cars 239 miles 64 kWh Kia 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous EPA Range 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 258 miles Kia Soul EV 32 Photos 238 miles The 2020 Kia Soul and Soul EV make their world debut at the LA Auto Show Nissan Leaf E+ Kia Niro Electric Battery Capacity Vehicle 60 kWh 64 kWh Share your voice 226 miles Comment Chevrolet Bolt EV 64 kWh 1 Electric car EPA ranges Tags 243 miles Hyundai Kona Electric Kia
Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments • See All Share your voice Self-driving cars Tags 18 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 2 Apple Enlarge ImageApple’s 2018 disengagement report was pretty lackluster despite its test cars’ elaborate sensor package. MacCallister Higgins After a less than stellar showing in California’s mandatory annual disengagement report, Apple released a white paper (PDF) on Wednesday to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlining its testing procedures for its self-driving car program.While most of the document reads like boilerplate for anyone testing a self-driving car, the part that we find most interesting is the section that outlines Apple’s requirements for its test vehicle’s human safety driver.To qualify as a safety driver for Apple’s self-driving car program, you need to have a driving record free of serious accidents, DUI convictions, suspensions or revocations for at least the last 10 years. Once these requirements are met, prospective drivers need to pass a drug screen and a background check.Once hired, Apple safety drivers can expect to be subjected to a barrage of training and evaluation beginning with a defensive driving course followed by vehicle-specific training and testing to help sharpen their reflexes.Safety drivers are made to take regular breaks while driving and are paired up with an operator who sits in the passenger seat whenever testing is being undertaken. Drivers are also given regular anonymous surveys to determine the mental and physical impact that their work has on them.Roadshow contacted both Uber and Waymo to see what their requirements for being hired as a safety driver are (and were, in Uber’s case) as well as what kind of ongoing training and evaluation programs were put in place for those drivers. Neither responded immediately to requests for comment.While Apple’s disengagements during its 2018 testing (871.65 per 1000 miles traveled) initially read as shocking, it’s important to remember that Apple is new to the field relative to the likes of Waymo or Cruise. Further, disengagements in the comparatively early stages of testing aren’t the end of the world as long as a qualified human safety driver is there and alert enough to correct the car’s mistake.Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles, echoed this sentiment last year when our Editor-In-Chief Tim Stevens went to Miami to try Ford and Argo AI’s self-driving car: “We see interventions in a very different light. We see it as a good thing… We record that data and put it into simulation so we’re not risking anything on the road. We can do it in the computer.”Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous reading • Apple sets a high bar for operators of its self-driving car Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? More From Roadshow Waymo’s autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Self-driving cars Apple
50 Photos Share your voice 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 0 More From Roadshow Tags 2021 Polestar 2 is Sweden’s sleek Tesla rival Polestar’s first car hasn’t even gone on sale yet, but already the electrified Volvo spinoff is expanding its efforts in research and development.Polestar announced on Wednesday that it will establish a new R&D facility in Coventry, England. Bolstering the R&D staff that’s already hard at work in Sweden, the UK facility will start with 60 engineers, expanding as time goes on.”Polestar’s role as a technology spearhead requires new and developing skills in low-volume, light-weight, multi-material performance car engineering, and the new UK operation will allow us to take the next steps towards our future cars,” said Hans Pehrson, head of R&D at Polestar, in a statement. “The team that will kick start the new UK R&D subsidiary is already well-versed in Polestar engineering philosophy, and we will expand the initial team further during the course of 2019.”These aren’t fresh faces off the street, as Pehrson’s quote notes. The UK team already has Polestar development work under its belt, but there’s plenty of work left to be done. In its release, the automaker notes that this group will work on future vehicles “beyond Polestar 3.” While we’re not entirely sure what that entails at this point, Polestar will undoubtedly reveal more details in the future as we draw closer to each car’s debut.The first Polestar to hit the market will be the Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid six-figure super coupe with 600 horsepower and an estimated 93 miles of all-electric range. Following that is the Polestar 2, a rectilinear electric hatchback with an Android-based infotainment system, 408 horsepower and a US range estimated around 275 miles. All future Polestar models will be fully electric, too. Car Industry Electric Cars Future Cars Volvo 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Polestar
Gadwal: The Gadwal police have started a programme to create awareness among public about various laws and acts to protect women against violence, SHE Teams, traffic regulations, importance of wearing helmets, laws against child labour, child marriages, spurious seeds, financial frauds and various socio-economic problems in the society and sought their cooperation in implementing the laws for keeping peace in the district. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The police along with Police Kalajatha teams visited villages and towns across Gadwal district and conducted awareness programmes. Speaking on the occasion, Jakkula Hanumanthu, Circle Inspector of Gadwal said, “On the directions of SP Apoorva Rao, we have launched the awareness programmes on various laws and acts to the public. To begin with, we have launched the awareness programme at Beerampally village of Gadwal mandal.” Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us He said that the local police with the help of Police Kalajatha teams have decided to conduct many more such awareness programmes and thereby sensitise people on various social maladies and crimes. In Gadwal district, the menace of spurious seeds, child labour and child marriages is on the high. To eradicate all these social evils, the Gadwal police have taken up the novel programme of conducting awareness programmes using the Kalajatha teams. Advertise With Us Of late, the traffic violations like drunk driving, signal jumping, over-speeding and driving without licences are also on the rise. To ensure strict traffic regulations are followed, the traffic police department has also conducted awareness on the importance of using helmets and urged the public to abstain from drunk driving and urged the parents to not to give vehicles to their minor sons and daughters. Gadwal district is also facing problems like increased child labour, child marriages, online frauds, thefts, kidnapping of small children and suicides by farmers and even murders. Of late, the misuse of social media like Facebook, WhatsApp are also on the rise. To overcome all these issues, the Gadwal police have decided to first create awareness among public and let them know the adverse affects of misuse of these online medias. Police Kalajatha members Hanmanthu, Lokeshwari, Divya Vaani, Narasimha, village elders and public took part in the programme.
The board of directors of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) approved an investment plan of $5.08 to bring into production a part of the deep-water block of Krishna-Godavari basin off the Andhra coast, the Business Standard reported. The approved part of the block (KG-DWN-98/2), called as Cluster 2, is estimated to produce 23.56 million tonnes of oil and 50.70 billion cubic metres of gas. “The investment will be made over a period of 3-4 years to bring Cluster 2A and 2B into production,” ONGC Chairman DK Sarraf was quoted as saying by the business daily. The block is divided into 3 clusters, of which Cluster 1 is under litigation between ONGC and Reliance with regard to gas migration, while Cluster 3 is a more deep-water block that needs further assessment.Gas PricingONGC board’s approval for investment came within a week after the government allowed to price and market the products depending on the difficulty level of the fields — deep-water, ultra deep-water and high temperature high pressure fields, reported the BusinessLine. However, the first production of natural gas will be out only in June 2019 and oil in March 2020. From 2020-2021, the production will contribute $585 million to the company’s profit after tax and $1.86 billion to its revenue, added the daily. “The peak rate of production will be 77,305 barrels of oil per day and 16.56 million standard cubic metres of natural gas per day,” Sarraf said, and added that at the time of peak production in 2023, the field could contribute 15 percent of oil and 25 percent of the company’s gas output. Though ONGC is well placed to fund the entire investment amount through its own internal resources, a strategic decision on funding will be taken at an appropriate time and could also involve tapping the market for loans.
Mastercard recently revamped its red and yellow logo, saying it wanted to re-position itself better in the minds of consumers in a fast-changing digital world.The changes by the payments and technology company are so subtle that they won’t be noticed at first glance, given the company has retained the overlapping red and yellow circles that have a strong brand recall among consumers worldwide. The characters and the font style have undergone a change â€” from “MasterCard” to “mastercard”.To put things in perspective, the change will have to reflect on about 1.60 billion credit, debit and prepaid cards in circulation carrying the ubiquitous logo. According to The Nilson Report for 2015, there were about 10.25 billion credit, debit, and prepaid cards in circulation at the end of the year, of which Mastercard accounted for 15.35 percent, or about 1.57 billion. Explaining the thought process behind the change, Mastercard said “the ability to thrive in a digital age” and position “Mastercard as a forward-thinking, human-centered technology company” was the central idea behind the exercise.”To thrive in this new digital world where business moves faster than ever, we want to modernize and elevate the brand in a design that is simple and elegant, yet unquestionably Mastercard,” Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer, said in a statement.The next steps will commence soon, with the company rolling out the new look to all mastercard products, communications later this month, beginning with Masterpass, the digital wallet from the company.In related news, MasterCard on Thursday announced that it will be acquiring 92.4 percent stake in London-based payments technology company VocaLink for Â£700 million (about $920 million), with an exit option for the other shareholders.”VocaLink’s existing shareholders have the potential for an earn-out of up to an additional Â£169 million (approximately US$220 million), if performance targets are met. This transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions,” Mastercard said in a statement.VocalLink reported revenues of Â£182 million and processed more than 11 billion transactions globally. “VocaLink is a unique company with outstanding technology, assets and people. We look forward to investing in and maximizing the technology, and embedding it in our products and solutions, both in the UK and around the world,” Ajay Banga, president and CEO, Mastercard, said in the statement.
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Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A Chaldean Christian immigrant who was deported from Michigan to Iraq has reportedly died because he was unable to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes, drawing fire from critics of the Trump administration who charge that the death is a result of disregard for the well-being of deportees.According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the man, Jimmy Aldaoud, was deported in June even though he had not lived in Iraq since he was an infant and didn’t speak Arabic.Officials said that when he was less than a year old, his parents fled to Greece, where they applied for refugee status in the U.S. The status was granted, and Aldaoud was raised in the United States, where he struggled with both diabetes and mental health issues.On Wednesday (Aug. 7), Michigan state Rep. Mari Manoogian posted a video that she said was Aldaoud, 41, describing his dire situation roughly two weeks after he was deported.“I begged them — I said, ‘Please, I’ve never seen that country,” Aldaoud says in the clip, referring to immigration officials. “However, they forced me. … I’m here now. I don’t understand the language. I was sleeping in the street. I’m diabetic — I take insulin shots. I’ve been throwing up. … Trying to find something to eat.”According to Politico, Edward Bajoka, an immigration attorney who says he is close to Aldaoud’s family, published a Facebook post on Wednesday in which he claimed Aldaoud’s death was connected to inability to obtain insulin in Baghdad.Jimmy Aldaoud in a video clip after being deported to Iraq. Video screengrabAldaoud, who bore what appeared to be a cross tattoo on his arm, belonged to the ancient subset of Catholicism called Chaldeans, whose historic homeland stretches from Turkey and Georgia into northern Iraq and Jordan.Shortly after President Trump issued his controversial travel ban in 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained hundreds of Iraqis in and around Detroit, many of them Chaldeans. While approximately 800 of the roughly 1,400 Iraqis with final orders of removal have criminal records (Aldaoud’s record included disorderly conduct and larceny of a minor vehicle), many of the infractions were minor or years old. Hundreds have no criminal history at all.The ACLU successfully stymied initial efforts to deport the detainees, and several have won their immigration cases. Lawyers and advocates argued that Chaldeans who returned to Iraq risked torture and death at the hands of groups such as ISIS and that deporting them amounted to a “death sentence.”But the ACLU ultimately lost its class-action lawsuit, and while it is mulling appealing the case to the Supreme Court, Chaldeans have been deported in the meantime.Miriam Aukerman, a senior staff attorney with the Michigan ACLU and one of the lawyers challenging the Trump administration’s attempts to deport Iraqis, expressed dismay over Aldaoud’s death.“Jimmy’s death has devastated his family and us,” Aukerman said in a statement. “We knew he would not survive if deported. What we don’t know is how many more people ICE will send to their deaths.”Martin Manna, president of the Chaldean Community Foundation, called Aldaoud’s death “heartbreaking.” Manna said he had spoken with Aldaoud’s family and was working with officials in the United States and in Iraq to return his body back to Michigan for a funeral.“There’s a lot of anger in the community,” Manna told Religion News Service. “We’ve had several discussions with the administration. We think now they’ll understand that this is life or death for people. We hope the president takes action like we’ve been requesting for some time.”He pushed back on the notion that deporting Aldaoud to Iraq was appropriate given his criminal record.“He struggled, but this is no way to treat anybody,” Manna said. “There are clearly laws that say you can’t deport people to a country that can put people in harm’s way. Here we are deporting an individual that had a mental illness to a country where he had no family.”He added: “The U.S. bears some responsibility for his death.”Manna pointed to legislation championed by U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., that would pause deportations for Iraqi nationals with orders of deportation for two years to allow time for them to have their cases heard individually in immigration court. The bill, titled the Deferred Removal for Iraqi Nationals Including Minorities Act, introduced by Levin and Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Mich., remains in committee.“(Aldaoud’s) death could have and should have been prevented, as his deportation was essentially a death sentence,” Levin said in a news release. “My Republican colleagues and I have repeatedly called on the Executive Branch to cease deportation of such vulnerable people. Now, someone has died. We cannot wait one more day for action.”Chaldean Christians have also called for the Trump administration to address the downturn in refugee admissions for Christians and other persecuted religious minorities since the president took office — this despite Trump’s pledge in a 2017 interview to make the plight of persecuted Christians a “priority.”The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins
Stay on target Well, then. Here’s a movie that’s not really all that bad but I can’t for the life of me think of any reason anyone would actually want to watch it.Nocturnal Animals is well acted, it looks handsome, it has solid set design and cinematography and it’s filled with great actors (and also Armie Hammer), but there’s not really much of a point to it despite being about as pretentious as a major release gets these days. Nobody is really playing that far outside their general wheelhouse, there aren’t any big setpiece moments you just have to rush out and see, and when the show-offy multi-track narrative at long last gets where it’s going you get your answers – but you also get a big imposing pile of “That was fucking IT!?”In any case: The technical main character is Amy Adams as a snobby upscale Los Angeles ice-queen type whose art gallery business is about to go bust along with her effectively loveless marriage. Left alone for a weekend while her similarly inhuman husband (Hammer, essentially reprising his “Winklevii” characterization from The Social Network) heads off “on business;” she finds herself the recipient of a package from Jake Gyllenhaal as her estranged first husband containing the manuscript of a soon-to-be-published novel that he’s dedicated to her and that he’d like her to read.And read it she does – that’s pretty much her role in the movie: She reads it in bed, she reads it on the couch, sometimes she takes a break… and then goes back to reading. By now all of the “I’d pay to watch Amy Adams read ____” jokes have been made, but suffice it to say that in practice it’s… not exactly a riveting spectacle, let’s it that way. She does manage to get a paper cut from opening the package because that’s about the level of cheesy on-the-nose symbolism we’re dealing with here.In any case: While she’s reading we get to see the story within the book dramatized for us by a different set of actors, save for Gyllenhaal who portrays his author character’s own obvious self-insert protagonist because isn’t that clever? Said story is a lurid, ultra-grim crime-thriller about a milquetoast guy who goes looking for revenge after he and his family are savagely assaulted by a vicious gang of redneck carjackers while driving through the middle of nowhere; eventually teaming up Michael Shannon as an old-school hardass detective to take the law into their own hands. The “joke,” you see, is that where the real-world part of the story is artsy and cold and sterile, the fictional part is bloody, sweaty, gritty and visceral – again: Clever.Anyway, once this has gone on for awhile, we start to get glimpses of a third story track when the super-dark manuscript starts to disturb her so much that she begins having sad flashbacks to how their relationship began and eventually fell apart in the first place – which, of course, “rhymes” with events of the book in arch yet vague and not terribly satisfactory ways: We “get” where the conceit is going pretty much right away i.e. we’ll eventually get some kind of denouement and go “Oh that’s why he was compelled to write such a dark book!” But the ultimate reveal (which, if you’ve seen more than one “rich people reflect on their regrets” movie like this, you’ll see coming a mile out) lands more as a case of “Oh.. okay, then;” while the big present-day finish it turns out we’ve been building to with all this enigmatic innuendo and narrative gamesmanship is a resounding… well, like I said before: “That was fucking IT!?” Sure, we get the point – it’s just not very worth getting when all’s said and done.It’s not that Nocturnal Animals is bad, there’s just not much to recommend about it. Director Tom Ford started out as an internationally renowned fashion designer, and as you’d expect he delivers an impeccably handsome-looking feature that has about as much recognizable humanity in it as the vaguely predatory glassy stare of your average runway model – which is to say not very much, perhaps deliberately so. This cold-fish technician approach worked out fine for his debut feature, A Single Man, as it was a long form study of repression and self-denial; but this meant to be a depiction of psychological violence being inflicted by way of literary allusion, and it just doesn’t have the bite it’s clearly meant to.The best parts here are the “fake story” from the book, and that’s mainly because you’ve got Michael Shannon on hand to radiate charisma and carry everybody else through… and even then, at times, you get the sense that these sequences are intended in part as a send-up of grief-porn pulp page-turners rather than their perceived naturalism. In the end, it’s simply too glum to be enjoyable and too thin to be worth the trouble. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’
More information: Amphitheater-headed canyons formed by megaflooding at Malad Gorge, Idaho, PNAS, Published online before print December 16, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1312251111AbstractMany bedrock canyons on Earth and Mars were eroded by upstream propagating headwalls, and a prominent goal in geomorphology and planetary science is to determine formation processes from canyon morphology. A diagnostic link between process and form remains highly controversial, however, and field investigations that isolate controls on canyon morphology are needed. Here we investigate the origin of Malad Gorge, Idaho, a canyon system cut into basalt with three remarkably distinct heads: two with amphitheater headwalls and the third housing the active Wood River and ending in a 7% grade knickzone. Scoured rims of the headwalls, relict plunge pools, sediment-transport constraints, and cosmogenic (3He) exposure ages indicate formation of the amphitheater-headed canyons by large-scale flooding ∼46 ka, coeval with formation of Box Canyon 18 km to the south as well as the eruption of McKinney Butte Basalt, suggesting widespread canyon formation following lava-flow diversion of the paleo-Wood River. Exposure ages within the knickzone-headed canyon indicate progressive upstream younging of strath terraces and a knickzone propagation rate of 2.5 cm/y over at least the past 33 ka. Results point to a potential diagnostic link between vertical amphitheater headwalls in basalt and rapid erosion during megaflooding due to the onset of block toppling, rather than previous interpretations of seepage erosion, with implications for quantifying the early hydrosphere of Mars. Credit: Jim Cash/Idaho Geological Survey Gorges and especially canyons inspire awe and wonder in most who view them, followed by introspection and inevitably questions regarding how such a spectacle might have come about. Up till now, the most common answer has been simple erosion—water flowing over a long enough period of time can cut even the hardest of rock. More recently, however, new evidence has suggested that some gorges were actually created by groundwater movement. And now, in this new effort, the research team suggests that some of them might have come about due to massive floods.To learn more about the origins of Malad Gorge, the team traveled there and collected rock samples from several sites, focusing most specifically on what are known as amphitheater-headed canyons—where the walls of the canyon run straight up and down, and the area around them forms what look like an amphitheater. The prevailing view has been that they form due to erosion. But in their study of the isotopic makeup of the rock samples, they found that two different amphitheater-headed canyons just 11 miles apart were roughly the same age, suggesting something other than erosion was at play. Next, they found that a volcanic eruption that had led to the formation of nearby Butte Basalt had occurred at roughly the same time as well. This led to the team developing a theory that suggests the volcanic eruption and subsequent lava flow caused a change in the course of a river that existed at that time, causing massive flooding of the entire area for some period of time—enough time to have carved out the heads of Woody’s Cove and Stubby Canyon.The researchers note that their findings may explain gorge and cavern formation in other places as well, including other planets, such as some of those on Mars. © 2013 Phys.org Geologist investigates canyon carved in just three days in Texas flood Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Study of Idaho canyons suggests they were the result of massive flooding not erosion (2013, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-idaho-canyons-result-massive-erosion.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers is proposing that Idaho’s Malad Gorge and two of its three unique heads were created by a massive flood 46,000 years ago. In their paper published in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, the team members from California Institute of Technology describe a field study they undertook of the area and how their findings suggest the gorge was created by a flood, not erosion as has been previously thought. 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.
Travel group Cox & Kings Ltd. has opened its first dedicated Foreign Exchange branch at Panjim in Goa. Ravi Menon, Head, Foreign Exchange, Cox & Kings Ltd inaugurated the branch that has been designed as a one-stop-shop for all foreign exchange requirements.The flagship store would offer a slew of products like buying and selling of all frequently traded foreign currencies, sell pre-paid cards, enable Money Transfer business where tourists can receive money from overseas, as well as provide domestic money transfer facilities. Students who wish to travel overseas from Goa for further studies can avail Foreign Currency Draft and Outward Remittance facilities through this outlet.According to Menon, “Goa is a key market as it receives a large number of foreign tourists. Our bouquet of foreign exchange products and services are designed to cater to this segment. Our branch will cater to all the requirements which are allowed under Authorised Dealer CAT II activities.”As per data released by the state government in 2015, Goa received 5.40 lakh international tourists, an increase of 5% over 2014. This year the state is expected to attract even more tourists especially from traditional markets such as USA, UK, France, Germany and Russia.