School teachers body found in Alipurduar

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a school teacher whose body was found lying inside his house. The incident took place at Surjya Nagar area under ward number 4 of Alipurduar Municipality. The victim, Sanjay Shaiba, was a physical education teacher in a higher secondary school. The victim had been staying in the house for the past few months while his wife stayed with her two daughters separately. Locals found the victim lying in an unconscious state. A suicide note has been recovered in which he has blamed his wife for the incident. He alleged that he had to meet her demands for which he had to borrow money. A probe has begun. The body has been sent for post-mortem.last_img

TSX jumps over 1 as oil prices hit highest level this year

TORONTO — Canada’s largest stock market finished the day with a healthy three-digit gain after crude prices hit their highest level this year.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 171.10 points, or about 1.3 per cent, rising to 13,383.60.All sectors except one on the heavily commodity-weighted index were up, with health care stocks advancing four per cent, followed by metals and mining at 2.66 per cent and gold at 2.33 per cent.New York markets were much more tepid as the Dow Jones industrial average added 67.18 points at 17,073.95.The broader S&P 500 composite index was barely changed, up 1.77 points at 2,001.76 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 8.77 points at 4,708.25.The Canadian dollar was at 75.32 cents US, up 0.27 of a U.S. cent.Commodities were mostly higher, with the April crude contract gaining $1.98 to US$37.90 per barrel, its highest price this year.April natural gas was up two cents at US$1.69 per mmBtu, while May copper was unchanged at US$2.28 a pound.Investors shied away from bullion as the April gold contract fell $6.70 to US$1,264 an ounce. read more

Drugmaker Eli Lilly tops 2Q expectations raises forecast

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly raised its 2019 forecast after a jump in sales from the diabetes treatment Trulicity helped push the drugmaker to a better-than-expected second quarter.Revenue from the once-weekly treatment climbed 32% to top $1 billion, helping Lilly counter declines from top sellers like the insulin Humalog and the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis.Overall, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. earned $1.33 billion in the three-month period that ended June 30. That compares to a loss of about $260 million in last year’s quarter, when acquisition charges weighed on results.Earnings, adjusted for amortization and research and development costs, totalled $1.50 per share.Analysts expected, on average earnings of $1.46 per share, according to Zacks Investment Research.Lilly’s revenue came in nearly flat at $5.64 billion.The drugmaker now expects adjusted earnings to range from $5.67 to $5.77 per share up from its previous forecast for $5.60 to $5.70 per share.Analysts expect, on average, earnings of $5.67 per share, according to FactSet.Lilly shares edged up 78 cents to $109.50 in pre-market trading. The stock had fallen 6% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 21%.Lilly shares have risen 13% in the last 12 months._____Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LLY at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LLYThe Associated Press read more

Rainy season strikes crisisplagued Darfur Sudan

Diarrhoea, measles, meningitis and malaria are among the illnesses that could spread rapidly in Darfur, where more than a million people are estimated to have become internally displaced (IDPs) since conflict broke out early last year between the Sudanese Government and two rebel groups. At least 150,000 others have become refugees in neighbouring Chad.Briefing reporters in New York, spokesman Fred Eckhard said the rain will make many of Darfur’s roads impassable. And the relief effort continues to be hampered by restrictions placed by the Sudanese Government on the delivery of aid and other services.Many of the refugees and IDPs said they fled their homes after their villages were attacked by Janjaweed militias, loose bands of Arab fighters who are recruited and armed by the Khartoum Government. A UN human rights report issued last month found that the Janjaweed had committed numerous human rights abuses, including murders and rapes.While access to Darfur has improved, Mr. Eckhard said, some restrictions continue, including Sudanese customs’ slow clearance of vehicles and humanitarian goods and troubles in registering non-government organizations (NGOs) so they can work in the area.Clashes between one of the rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), and the Janjaweed near the town of El Fasher have also hindered humanitarian aid deliveries. read more

Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn allegedly cited for drug paraphernalia possession

Ohio State freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn was allegedly cited for drug paraphernalia possession and a seat belt violation over the weekend in Alliance, Ohio, according The Repository in Canton.  The report said Dunn and a second passenger were pulled over by the Alliance Police Department for not wearing a seat belt. During the stop, according to The Repository, a marijuana pipe was found in the car. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said he was unable to confirm or comment on Dunn’s alleged incident.  Alliance Police department officials did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for confirmation or comment regarding the freshman running back. ESPN radio affiliate WKNR Cleveland originally reported that Dunn was arrested. According to The Repository, however, Dunn was neither arrested nor taken to jail. WKNR Cleveland did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Dunn ran for 5,479 rushing yards in his high school career. Dunn spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio, before playing his final two years at GlenOak High School outside of Canton. At GlenOak, Dunn was honored as a first-team Division I Ohio All-State selection as a junior and senior. Dunn, who enrolled early at OSU, ran for 21 yards in the Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game on April 21. read more

Health officials accused of failing to carry out basic checks before data

first_imgTonight Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy told the Daily Telegraph: “I know many patients will be concerned about why this data was released so I have sought an urgent explanation from Public Health England. Ministers are demanding urgent explanations over the release of medical data to a US firm working for one of the world’s largest tobacco companies. MPs are tomorrow expected to grill Public Health England (PHE) on how the decision was taken to hand over the anonymised information, extracted from the records of 180,000 patients diagnosed with lung cancer.center_img “If this information was gained inappropriately, I will raise this with the Information Commissioner as a matter of urgency,” he said,…last_img

Presidents revocation of rice farmers land leases unconstitutional CJ rules

Acting Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George-Wiltshire SC, earlier on Wednesday ruled against the President’s revocation of rice farmers land leases, deeming it unconstitutional. She also ruled that the farmers are entitled to compensation from the state, amounting to the sum of $300,000.Acting Chief JusticeRoxane George, SCThe Applicants, Brian George and Tiffany Hubbard, Joylyn Nicholson, Gratien Nicholson, Vaughn Aaron and Herman Nicholson were represented by Attorneys-at-Law, Mohabir Anil Nandlall and Manoj Narayan among others, while the state and the Mahaica, Mahaicony, Abary- Agriculture Development Association’s (MMA–ADA) was represented by Attorney General Basil Williams SC.The Applicants in 2014, were granted fifty-year leases for State Land, located in the rear of No. 40 Village, West Coast Berbice by then President Donald Ramotar, however in March of 2016, they received letters from the MMA/ADA informing them that President David Granger cancelled their leases and that they must cease occupation and give up possession of the land to the MMA/ADA.According to their attorneys, “at no time were the Applicants afforded a hearing by any person or body or authority offering them an opportunity to show cause why their Leases should be cancelled, nor were they made aware of the reasons why their leases were cancelled.”  As such, constitutional proceedings against the Attorney General and MMA/ADA were filed.In her ruling, the Chief Justice disallowed the arguments advanced by the Attorney-General,  which stated that the President and his actions are immune to legal challenge and that the Applicants’ leases were invalid because they were not signed by then President Donald Ramotar.The Court upheld that the Applicants leases were properly executed and were valid and binding. Justice George-Wiltshire in her ruling, based on information received, articulated that “the Applicants leases constituted property under Article 142 of the Constitution and that the President’s revocation of those leases amounted to a deprivation to the Applicants property without prompt and adequate compensation as prescribed by Article 142 of the Constitution. The revocation of those leases, therefore, were unconstitutional and null and void.”Moreover, among other declarations, The CJ issued a conservatory order “prohibiting the servants and/or agents of MMA/ADA, or any other Officer of the State from entering upon, remaining, occupying or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the Applicant’s quiet and peaceful possession, occupation and enjoyment of the said lease unless compensation is paid which is to be determined by the parties.” Several similar legal challenges were filed last year for several rice farmers from Seafield, West Coast Berbice. However, according to Nandlall, under whom the challenges were filed, “these matters were heard by the Honourable Madam Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, while she was Chief Justice (Ag). Unfortunately, the decisions in respect of those cases are yet to be delivered.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident’s revocation of leases from Seafield, Berbice farmlands unlawful- Acting CJ rulesDecember 13, 2017In “Court”Govt appealing ruling on rice farmers’ leasesNovember 10, 2017In “Court”Halting Police promotions: PSC ceding its independence by obeying President’s instruction- NandlallAugust 12, 2017In “latest news” read more

Widespread lack of training among gardaí in dealing with suicidal people

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SAID there is a lack of training in the force on how to deal with people who have mental health issues and suicidal ideation.In response to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael TD Michael Creed earlier this year, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter outlined training modules in which student gardaí are given guidance on this issues.However a number of gardaí told TheJournal.ie that they feel the training is not sufficient and do not feel equipped to handle these types of situations.“There’s very little training for dealing with suicidal people even though it’s something you could face on a regular basis,” one garda said. “There’s only a tiny percentage of trained negotiators in the country and most gardaí have had no practical training when it comes to trying to speak to someone who is about to harm themselves. It’s an area where there is a widespread lack of training and knowledge.”Anyone who has worked in any of our big cities where there are large rivers and bridges has to deal with suicidal people. A lot of the time people just want you to listen to them but there are times when it doesn’t work out and it can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved.” Console 1800 201 890 Any time you go to a call like that it takes it’s toll. You have a responsibility to the person you’re trying to help but also to yourself and your colleagues for your own safety. It’s a delicate balance.No comprehensive training programmeAnother garda source said that while they have never had to “coax anyone” over the course of their career, they have had to give news of a suicide to families.“I think there should be trained guards to do that job though, it’s very tough to do,” they said. “You don’t forget that alright, I just believe there are people in the job who are suited to doing jobs like that.”President of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) John said currently, there is no “comprehensive all out training programme”.“It’s the everyday interactions when you need the training – meeting people you might not be arresting but at the same time you recognise that they have issues,” he said.And for the frontline person who arrives on the scene, if it’s a suicidal siege, with a person who is intent on killing themselves, it’s a flick of a switch. A lot of those situations would be traumatic, especially if you attempt to engage with the person and they go ahead with it. Aware 1890 303 302 Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634center_img Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org In his response to the parliamentary question, Shatter outlined the current training for outgoing garda graduates, stating that instruction is given to student gardaí in the main provisions of the mental health act. The minister said these gardaí would also receive experience in the management of policing incidents at their training stations which would include dealing with people with mental health issues of suicidal ideation.He said further training was delivered in relation to these issues with a “focus on how to recognise them and on engaging with an individual who was suicidal and how to respond to them”.New recruitsShatter also said that the existing student/probationer programme is being replaced with a new BA in Applied Policing which will include a module on mental illness awareness.“This unit will also include the two day internationally recognised ASIST (Applied SUicide Intervention Skills Training) suicide prevention programme which will be co-delivered with the HSE,” he said. Though it is not currently part of the training at the garda college, there are three staff members trained as ASIST trainers and there have been 35 gardaí trained in ASIST community workshops.Another unit will also give guidance in how to deal with vulnerable people in the community.“Students will be able to recognise the potential vulnerable persons in their community and respond and deal in a professional and competent manner with such individuals and be familiar with their particular needs,” Shatter added.The GRA’s Parker said the new training for student gardaí should be “used as a pilot and depending on that, roll it out to everyone”.“There are a number of people out there with 30 years service and we would have had a lot of training in things like sociology and criminology but there are no refresher courses,” he said.“If it makes good practice for these people then we would expect something like that would be rolled out,” he added.Helplines: Childline 1800 66 66 66 Read: Galway Mayor calls for netting to be put on two bridges to help prevent suicides>Read: Up to 560 suicides linked to the recession>last_img read more

Net Neutrality Bill Signers Lose ElectionsAll 95 of Them

first_imgLast night’s midterm elections weren’t pretty for supporters of net neutrality. Every single House and Senate candidate who signed a pro-net neutrality pledge last week lost their respective elections last night. There were 95 signatures in all.It seems a bit heavy handed to suggest that the outcome was somehow a referendum on net neutrality–given the state of the economy, wars, immigration reform, et al., the issue was, for better or worse, likely not at the forefront of too many voters minds. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that many voters are still having trouble wrapping their heads around the important–if somewhat convoluted–issue.That said, the results likely don’t bode well for those hoping for some progress on the matter, come 2011.last_img

Heskey compares Van Dijk to Carragher

first_imgFormer Liverpool and Wigan striker Emile Heskey has compared Virgil van Dijk to the club legend, Jamie Carragher.Carragher enjoyed a decorated Liverpool career where he won the Champions League, two FA Cups and three League Cups in a trophy-laden 25-year spell at the club. And Heskey who played with Carra has seen some similarities in both players.In a recent interview via Sky, Heskey said: “When you look at Van Dijk and when you look at Liverpool, in essence, they haven’t had that leader I would go as far back as Jamie Carragher.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“Someone who really commands a defence. Someone who really stands out and is counted for. Someone who is marshalling people around. Now Van Dijk has come in and he seems to be that man.“He’s a great defender, he’s quick, he’s good in the air, he barks out orders. So what more do you need? It seems that everyone who plays alongside him [he] always brings out the best in them as well.”Liverpool edged past Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield on Saturday and next face Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth in the Premier League.last_img read more

Elder care support centre launched

first_imgHyderabad: Tata Trusts, through Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation (VCF), in partnership with the Department of Senior Citizens, Government of Telangana, has announced establishment of a first–of-its-kind connect centre for senior citizens of Hyderabad – the Elder Spring Response System. Operationalised in April, the connect centre is accessible through a toll-free number – 14567 – and provides information, guidance, and emotional support to the senior citizens in the city. So far, over 1,060 individuals in Hyderabad have utilised the services of this unique platform. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us A connect centre team enables call acceptance and service delivery processes; on-field team to reach out to those who need assistance. The response system is being implemented by Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation (VCF), with support from Tata Trusts, Government of Telangana, police department, department of health, district administration, Legal Services Authority and other civil society organisations. These partners bring in their core expertise to seamlessly drive service delivery through the Elder Spring platform. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us After a call has been registered, based on the needs, solutions are offered, along with follow-up calls, to ensure that the caller has received the due service. The first set of services that have been rolled out include: conversing with the elderly and counselling them; providing information pertaining to elderly care; rescuing abandoned elderly; supporting victims of abuse. The connect centre also provides specific information pertaining to activity centres, care givers, old age homes, products for the elderly, etc. Advertise With Us The connect centre is operational only for residents of Hyderabad between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm, 7 days a week. M Jagadeeshwar, Principal Secretary (Women, Children, Disabled and Senior Citizens), said, the Elder Spring Response System service would help senior citizens in the best possible way to take care of them – both emotionally and physically – at a time when it is required the most. “Interventions like these will have a long-term impact in ensuring a robust ecosystem for all senior citizens.”Sugandhi Baliga, Head – Geriatrics, Tata Trusts, said, “With a growing percentage of senior citizens in the country, it is important to develop means to address their needs effectively. The Trusts’ Elder Spring Response System was designed with a vision to improve the quality of life of the elderly. We are thankful to the Government of Telangana, the police department, and all our partners for collectively working towards a common goal, and making this vision their own.” Abhishek Poduri, Zonal Head – South, Tata Trusts, and Director of Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation (VCF), said, “Tata Trusts aims to play a transformational role in the geriatric care segment by focusing on critical gap areas and creating an empathetic ecosystem. The goal is to improve the quality of life of elderly people through caregiving, decreasing their dependency, and creating a forum for social interactions and economic activities.”last_img read more

Six big global lenders give 100 bn for sustaining climate funding

first_imgSix global lending institutions led by the World Bank Group, having contributed $100 billion to combat climate change in developing nations, will enhance such contributions substantially to ensure the global development is sustainable and green.Their commitment, made through a joint statement at the ongoing 21st Conference of Parties (COP) here under the UN framework, comes against the backdrop of the global effort to ensure that by 2020 at least $100 billion is raised anually for climate action in emerging and poor economies.The others who made the pledge were African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).”On climate change, the development banks are shifting into high gear. We have the resources. We have the collective will, and we have a clear roadmap in the national plans that our clients have submitted ahead of Paris,” said World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim.IDB president Luis Alberto Moreno said following the Paris conference they would help countries in tackling climate change through investment plans.Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the COP 21 on Monday said it was the responsibility of the developed countries to make clean energy available, affordable and accessible to all in the developing world. “This is in our collective interest.””So, we look to the developed countries to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation in the developing countries. They must fulfill their commitment in a credible, transparent and meaningful manner,” Modi said.last_img read more

Are Nurses Underestimated Or Overlooked By The Public

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Pixabay 00:00 /09:34 We talk to doctors on our show fairly frequently — whether taking questions for a pediatrician, a sleep doctor, a veterinarian or just discussing the latest medical research on certain diseases or conditions. And yet doctors are not the only people who are hard at work in a medical setting — there are also nurses working around the clock on patient care, and they oftentimes have more face time with a patient than a physician will.And yet a recent study in the American Journal of Nursing noted that nurses are used in only 2 percent of health care news stories.So, are nurses being underestimated — or even ignored? How do they feel about the work they do?We talk it over with three Houstonians in the nursing field: Donna Esposito from Houston Methodist, Nicole Sheets from Texas Children’s, and Jessica Rivas from Memorial Hermann Cypress.center_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Duffer Brothers Turn off Motion Smoothing Before Watching Stranger Things

first_img Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Stay on target Fall is almost here, which means we have less than two months until the next chapter of Stranger Things. The first season became an instant summer hit, reminding everyone how much they missed those dark 1980s kids’ adventure movies. Every detail was perfect. The sets, the clothes, the way the kids talked to each other, all of it chosen specifically to evoke a kind of movie that really doesn’t get made anymore. It pulled its style off so well that I almost wished it was 4:3, blurry and required me to mess with the VCR’s tracking buttons for 10 minutes before I could watch it. Almost.As you can imagine, a ton of work goes into getting that look just right. That’s why the Duffer Brothers want you to do one thing before you watch the second season: Turn off your TV’s motion-smoothing setting. Really, if you wanted the best possible picture out of your expensive TV, you should have done this already, but most people don’t even realize they have it on. Do it right now. Go into your TV’s settings and look for anything with the word “motion” in its name. “TruMotion,” “Smooth Motion,” whatever. If it says “motion,” turn it off. There. You’re now ready to watch Stranger Things season two. After this awesome video game-themed recap of season one, of course.The request comes from an interview with Vulture. The Duffers expressed their frustration when they got to Comic Con and saw that all of the TVs had motion smoothing on. That sounds like an especially disappointing venue to run into this problem. You’re there to see what the biggest names in entertainment have to show off, and everything looks like a cheap soap opera.“Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right, and when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone,” Matt Duffer said.Ross added “It’s shocking! We were just at Comic-Con, and we walk on the main floor and the settings on every single TV is wrong. I was like, ‘Didn’t a bunch of nerds put this together? What is wrong with them?’”The brothers say that most people don’t even notice a difference. They fix their friends TVs all the time, and they’re friends swear the picture doesn’t look any different. That’s because the change is more subtle. What Motion Smoothing does is interpolates extra frames to increase the frame-rate of whatever you’re watching. It often adds an unnaturally smooth look that was never intended by the filmmaker. That’s why movies at home can still look like cheap TV shows compared to what’s in theaters. It’s called the “Soap Opera Effect,” and since the Duffers are currently deep into editing and color correcting season two, they want to make sure it looks just right. For everyone.There’s nothing wrong with high frame-rates. They’re vital for games, and even some movies and TV shows are shot with higher frame-rates in mind. That’s the difference though. They’re built for those high frame-rates. They’re made specifically to look good at 30 frames per second. Motion smoothing adds frames where they were never intended to be. Filmmakers still love 24 fps for a reason. It makes the picture look like a window to a different world. When they shoot their movies, they are taking the frame-rate into consideration. It’s part of the film, and informs how they shoot it. That’s why it looks strange and fake when your TV adds extra frames. If you want the true Stranger Things experience, take the Duffers’ advice. Disable your TV’s motion smoothing features. That way, it will look like Stranger Things, and not a Dark Shadows rerun.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Intel marks 15 years in Costa Rica

first_imgFrom the print editionIn 1995, as Costa Rica faced diminishing foreign investment, the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) decided to chance it all.Around the world CINDE offices had been closed due to dwindling funds, since the association no longer received funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In the mid-1990s, the number of employees at CINDE dropped from 300 to 80. The only foreign office that stayed open was in New York City. And rumors circled that the New York office would be shuttered, and CINDE would be shut down completely.The government insisted to CINDE’s head, Enrique Egloff, that the agency should be focused on attracting investment from apparel and garment makers. Instead CINDE chose to “bet their salaries” on a firm so big that Costa Rica barely had the room to support such a gigantic operation, recalled Armando Heilbron, head of the New York City CINDE office at the time.  After 19 meetings between Costa Rican officials and Intel, the U.S. company based in Santa Clara, California, agreed to build a 52-hectare microchip plant in Belén, a city with tax-free-zone incentives northwest of the capital. The initial investment represented $115 million. “It was so unlikely that it got press around the world,” Heilbron said. “When it gets press around the world you get your little country put on the map.”Heilbron remembered stories that proclaimed “from banana chips to microchips.” Intel’s decision shocked Latin American rivals like Mexico, Brazil and Chile. In choosing to invest in Costa Rica, Intel altered the economy of the small Central American country. Costa Rica no longer relied on exporting fruits and coffee to sustain itself. The high-tech computer processor company is the No. 1 exporter in Costa Rica in 2012, a contribution that stands for 6 percent of gross domestic product.On Wednesday night, Intel hosted a gala at the Central Bank Museum in San José, celebrating Intel’s 15th anniversary in the country. President Laura Chinchilla spoke. High-ranking government officials, Intel managers and U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Anne Slaughter Andrew were in attendance. The presentation included two studies demonstrating Intel’s influence on Costa Rica’s growth.“Intel’s arrival can be seen as a bridge between the country’s future and the country’s past,” Chinchilla said. The numbers signified the monumental changes brought to Costa Rica’s economy. Intel has invested $900 million since 1997, and the number of local employees has grown from 500 to 2,800. The company exports an average of more than $2 billion in products per year. Still, the major announcement of the night came when Chinchilla challenged Intel to put more capital into Costa Rica, asking for $500 million over the next five years. She wants the Costa Rican government to work closely with Intel managers to find out what is necessary to make that massive figure a reality. But the force of Intel’s arrival extends beyond the numbers. The computer technology leaders changed the landscape of education, business practices and foreign investment in Costa Rica, the fourth most competitive country in Latin America according to a report this week. Since Intel’s move, more Costa Ricans have graduated with degrees in highly skilled areas like engineering or tech design. Costa Ricans went from knowing almost nothing about electronics to experts. There’s a greater emphasis on the sciences, math and technology in education curriculums, and many students learn English at a young age. One study showed that before Intel came to Costa Rica, 3,000 grade school students participated in the annual science fair. Now 600,000 students take part.Workplace standards, infrastructure and safety measures have been enhanced since 1997. Workplaces are better-regulated in an attempt to stack up to international standards. More than anything, Intel transformed the focus of the economy. After CINDE convinced Intel to invest here, other companies started wondering what the country had to offer. Costa Rica soon became the call center capital of Latin America. IT call centers and support centers for major business have hubs in the Central Valley. The free zones turned into a prime location for U.S. medical supply manufacturers like Boston Scientific. IBM also invested here.One weakness the studies pointed out is the education system needs to keep advancing. Costa Rican schools seem to be falling behind the rapid pace of improving technology. In addition, Costa Rica must cooperate better with Intel to not miss out on the company’s newest projects. In recent years, major investments that could have gone to Costa Rica went to Argentina, Mexico and Vietnam.  During his speech praising the relationship between Intel and the Costa Rican government, Intel Costa Rica General Manager Mike Forrest implored officials in attendance to focus on further developing its education system. “A strong partnership between industry, government and academia is critical to achieving this goal,” Forrest said. “I look forward to continue partnering with the country in this challenge.”If Intel ever did choose to leave, Costa Rica – whether due to an increase in production costs or a hike in taxes on free-zones companies – Heilbron believes the company’s influence would not be forgotten. The absence would leave a big hole in Costa Rica, Heilbron said, but there’d still be “a lot of things happening around it.”The investment even has made it into textbooks, and is a popular case study in business programs and government policy courses. Heilbron, who works for the World Bank Group in the United States, said he’s met plenty of Ivy League graduates who learned the Intel case in Costa Rica in college.  The move even influenced other investment promotion agencies in the region, which learned from CINDE’s flexibility and forward thinking more than 15 years ago. ProNicaragua, named the best investment promotion agency in the world this month, picked up aspects of its investment strategy from Costa Rica, Heilbron said.Seeing other successes both in Costa Rica and in the region is what leads Heilbron to think that Intel’s mark will be felt in Central America for a long time. Said Heilbron: “There’s a transformation of footprints that are here to stay.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Kenya Kalling campaign targets one lakh Indian visitors

first_imgKenya Tourism Board has launched a consumer promotion and travel trade incentive campaign, #KenyaKalling for the India market to target one lakh visitors. ‘Kenya Kalling’ is a special incentive program in conjunction with the Kenya Airways.Kenyan students in India performed a cultural folk dance, wherein not only the audience but Kenyan Ambassador to India, H.E. Florence Imisa Weche also joined in and shook a leg.Details on Kenya Kalling can be accessed through two separate websites, www.magicalkenya.com/kenyakalling (for travellers) and www.kenyakalling.com (for the Indian travel trade). These two websites are of great importance as they provide a wealth of information on exciting deals. Agencies can also register to participate and win exclusive prizes and incentives.Kenya Airways has launched a very attractive, all-inclusive airfare of Rs 25,538 for a return trip from Mumbai to Nairobi which can be booked on their website www.kenya-airways.com.Hildah Ogada, Assistant Regional Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board, said, “India is now the third-largest tourist source market for Kenya. We have seen a growth of over 30% during January to July, over the same period last year. India has grown as a source market and has tremendous potential to grow further. We are now targeting 100,000 visitors from India by 2018.”Kenya Tourism Board has been undertaking several consumers as well as trade initiatives to further increase arrival from India. Recently, they took Indian filmmakers to India with a vision to promote tourism aspiration among Indians for Magical Kenya.Ogada further said, “Kenya has been well established as a leading safari destination, now we want to promote its splendid white sand beaches, water sports, Golf and other unique natural treasures to new-age Indian travellers. We are launching this ‘Kenya Kalling’ campaign and plan to invest more through other initiatives like association with Indian Cricket, celebrities and other consumer brands. We shall continue to invest more in the future as we aim to make India our number one source market for Kenya.”last_img read more

Poll One in Four Homeowners Feel Buyers Remorse

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Customer Satisfaction Demand Redfin 2014-04-28 Paul Salfen Share A new survey conducted by Harris Poll and national brokerage Redfin suggests one in four Americans regret purchasing the home they currently live in.Out of a poll of more than 2,000 homeowners, Redfin found an even 25 percent would not buy their current home if they had a chance to do it over. Most of the dissatisfaction came from younger people and stemmed from their relationship with the real estate agent, suggesting a generational divide.Not surprisingly, the group with the least buyer’s remorse were those over 65. In that group, 85 percent said they would buy their home all over again, whereas 72 percent of those 18 to 64 felt the same.Regionally, the Midwest was the highest in this category at 28 percent, with the Northeast at 27 percent, the South at 25 percent, and the West at 20 percent.As for gender and family, 27 percent of women experienced buyer’s remorse, while 28 percent of people with children under the age of 18 in their home felt this way.From a socioeconomic standpoint, those with a higher education and income were happier with their homes, with 86 percent of those that made over $100,000 expressing satisfaction, as opposed to the 70 percent under the benchmark. Those with college degrees showed an 82 percent satisfaction, as opposed to 72 percent otherwise.With more than 89 percent of respondents using a real estate agent in the last ten years, 47 percent “loved” their agent, but those in the 18 to 34 category only accounted for 31 percent as opposed to the 52 percent among ages 35 to 44.“We commissioned this survey because Redfin agents have seen firsthand the pressure homebuyers face in 2014,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. “With flash sales, bidding wars, price jumps and inventory crunches in many markets, it’s important to have a real estate agent who is just as motivated to have you walk away from a bad house as to pounce on a good one.”center_img Poll: One in Four Homeowners Feel Buyer’s Remorse April 28, 2014 482 Views last_img read more

Eide confident leaders can reignite talks but warns of time constraints Update

first_imgUN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide is confident that the leaders will find a way to return to the negotiating table, he said in an interview with Politis and Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris published on Monday.Speaking to both newspapers prior to his departure from the island on Sunday after his meetings Friday and Saturday with the two leaders, Eide said he expects concrete moves this week to ease the current situation.Eide said he was very cautious about giving dates but “we have to end this before summer”.“There is no final date, but we are coming to a stage which will make things more difficult,” he added. He cited the energy issue in terms of scheduled drilling, the negative climate between Greece and Turkey and regional developments.He expressed concern that if the process collapses, it would be “a very strong collapse” and no one would just be willing to “wait for a few years for things to take their course and for the UN to try again”.Eide said he was already seeing some signs of international fatigue with Cyprus but this did not mean support had declined.“A few years ago it was considered that there was no hope. But now we have support from the Security Council and the EU. All these still exist, but I see the first signs of fatigue,” he said.The world, especially the Western world, was also in flux, especially the EU, which Eide said was “in the midst of an existential drama”, while the US was seeking its own path.The UN special envoy said the new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson – former ExxonMobil – had contacted the leaders to offer US encouragement and its continued support but Eide felt Cyprus was not high on the Trump agenda. “Perhaps it is higher on the agenda of Mr Tillerson because of the involvement in energy issues,” he added.Eide said the current impasse was down to “both the [Enosis] vote in parliament and the reactions”.“This is a real problem when the one side, in the most delicate moment, involuntarily or voluntarily invokes an issue that touches on the fundamental fears of the other community,” he said.Eide said both communities celebrate historical events which annoy the other, but the recent decision of the Cyprus parliament “showed a course towards a nationalist stance”.He was referring to a development last month when far-right party Elam tabled a proposal for schools to mark a 1950 referendum on Enosis – union with Greece.The proposal was voted through after ruling Disy abstained. Only Akel voted against. It caused a rupture in relations between the leaders and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said he would not return to the table until it was rescinded.It was not that Turkish Cypriots believed there was any danger of Enosis, but Eide said that even references to it gave the impression of nationalism. It brings back bad memories for the Turkish Cypriots, he said, adding that it was also used by previous Turkish Cypriot leaderships as a slogan to invoke their nationalism by suggesting Greek Cypriots had never given up on the idea.Eide said he was trying to focus the real issues now because the current situation would not improve with the passage of time, if it continued.He said he was sure the leaders wanted to return to the table and a way would be found to do that. “The main goal for me and my team is to be ready when this happens.”He denied reports that he was trying to get the leaders together for an informal dinner, saying he did not think this was the right approach at this time.“I think we need cooperation and determination together. A good start would be to address the cause of the crisis, but also to reduce the intensity of reactions,” he said.He spoke about a new methodology such as the chapters being discussed in the form of a package.  Achieving more progress was difficult as things stood because each side was waiting for the other to take the first step, he said. “In this situation, a package is needed in some form. A holistic approach is needed for some issues to be solved together.”    You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Consumer watchdog Hellenic mortgages included abusive clauses

first_imgThe Consumer Protection Service has ruled that Hellenic Bank, Cyprus’s third largest lender, violated consumer rights with abusive clauses included in mortgage contracts.The bank violated consumer rights with six practices which included “vague contractual terms”. These allowed the lender to unilaterally change charges, including interest rates and use a 360-day calendar to calculate the annual interest instead of 365 days – or 366 days in leap years – the service, a division of the commerce and energy ministry, said in a statement on its website.The probe launched by its director also found that the bank charge the consumer’s accounts, at the absolute discretion of the bank, for dues owed to it, linking their accounts to obligations they have towards the bank, and offsetting/ transferring money to any account.In addition, Hellenic imposed charges on consumers for early debt repayments which were not included in the contracts, and had the right to demand debt repayment “at any time” imposing the payment of interest, commission and other expenses on the consumer, the consumer watchdog said. The bank also reserved additional legal and customary rights without informing customers.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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