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India may renegotiate LNG import contracts at appropriate time Oil Min

first_imgNew Delhi: India may look at renegotiating pricing of its long-term LNG import contracts at an “appropriate time” to help reflect falling rates of the spot market, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday. “We see that at an appropriate time,” he told reporters on sidelines of an industry event here. He was asked if the government is looking at renegotiating liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts in view of fall in prices of the fuel available in spot or current market. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIndia imports 8.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG from Qatar under two long-term contracts and has tied up 5.8 million tonnes a year supplies from the US. It also has a 2.5 million tonnes import contract with Gazprom of Russia and a 1.44 million tonnes deal with Gorgon project of Australia. While long-term LNG from Qatar comes for $8.5-9 per million British thermal unit, the same gas is available in the spot market for less than half the price. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostPradhan, however, said the long-term contracts have to be honoured. India has in the past used its status as Asia’s third-largest LNG buyer to renegotiate deals with Qatar, Australia, and Russia. In 2015, it renegotiated the price of the long-term deal to import 7.5 million tonnes per year of LNG from Qatar, helping save Rs 8,000 crore. In 2017, it got Exxon Mobil Corp to lower the price of Gorgon LNG and last year convinced Gazprom to lower rates too. Sources, however, said the price of LNG from these contracts still was significantly higher than spot prices and if the trend continues users may seek a review. Prabhat Singh, Managing Director of Petronet LNG Ltd – the firm which has long term LNG import contracts with Qatar and Australia, had on August 7 stated that price sensitivities of consumers will have to be respected. Earlier speaking at the event, Pradhan said as much as Rs 5 lakh crore is likely to be invested in the natural gas sector in the country to boost usage of the environment-friendly fuel. This investment will be in the expansion of city gas network, laying pipelines, setting up LNG import facilities and natural gas exploration, he said. LNG import terminal capacity in the country is likely to grow from 38.8 million tonnes per annum presently to 52.5 million tonnes in the next 3-4 years with new facilities coming up at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, Dhamra in Odisha, Jaigarh in Maharashtra and Chhara and Jafrabad terminals in Gujarat.last_img read more

Julianne Hough Wants To Readdress Success

first_imgStrayer University has announced that actress, dancer and “Dancing With The Stars” judge Julianne Hough has joined its Readdress Success movement, which seeks to revise Merriam Webster’s current definition of success and which has drawn support from over 90,000 petition signers around the world since being launched in August.Video: Julianne Hough Redefines SuccessThe initiative stems from a nationwide survey conducted by Strayer University, which found 90 percent of Americans define success as more about happiness than about power, possessions or prestige. Based on these findings – which also indicate that six in ten Americans believe success means attaining personal goals, having good relationships and loving what you do for a living – Strayer University believes a more accurate definition of success should be expanded to “happiness derived from good relationships and the attainment of personal goals.”“We are thrilled that Strayer University’s Readdress Success movement is getting support from diverse influencers in education, business, entertainment and the public at large,” said Brian Jones, president of Strayer University. “This wide interest in our movement points to the robust and important dialogue that is happening across America today – that success means different things to different people and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ definition. Strayer University is proud to be a catalyst for this change, which has also inspired and motivated many of our students and employees.”Julianne Hough is an actress, dancer, producer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. Currently a judge on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, she is also a previous two-time professional champion of the show. She has starred in such films as “Footloose,” “Rock of Ages” and “Safe Haven” and will be seen next in the comedy “Dirty Grandpa” with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron and starring in “Grease: Live!” broadcasting live on FOX on January 31.Hough is supporting the Readdress Success initiative through her social channels and personal blog, and has released an exclusive video that offers a behind the scenes look at the transformation of her personal definition of success through dance.“I used to define success in traditional terms of wealth and fame, just how it’s outlined in the dictionary,” explains Hough. “But as I’ve matured, I’ve realized that this definition is lacking and doesn’t match up with the things I feel make me a success. So I had to redefine what success meant to me by allowing my personal achievements and happiness to dictate its meaning. The funny thing is, since I changed my perspective, I feel more successful than ever in both my career and personal life.”To inspire widespread participation, Strayer University started a petition on that allows the public to show their support, share the initiative with their networks, and give back to a good cause. For every signature collected on the petition, Strayer University will donate 50 cents to charity partner Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.Strayer University has also released a related series inspiring interviews with well-known celebrities and influencers across a wide spectrum of industries through, along with emotionally touching video sketches and social experiments that have driven more than 6,700,000 YouTube views to date.To take part in Strayer University’s Readdress Success movement and to sign the petition to officially change the definition of the word ‘success,’ click here.last_img read more

Bairstow looks to continue run riot and SRH juggernaut

first_imgHyderabad: Jonny Bairstow will be keen to continue his run riot and keep the Sunrisers Hyderabad juggernaut rolling against a Mumbai Indians side that is getting into the groove after an up-and-down start, in their IPL match here on Saturday. Currently holding the top spot in the points table with three back-to-back victories, the confident Sunrisers would not like to spare an inch against Mumbai, lying at sixth place, with two wins and as many losses from four outings. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, Mumbai will take heart from the fact that they defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings, their first loss in four games, in the last match. In contrast, the Sunrisers, after losing their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders, went on the win against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. The Sunrisers, in fact, were without the services of their captain Kane Williamson during Thursday’s match against Delhi because of an injury, but they did not let that have an impact. Bhuvneshwar Kumar led from the front as the seamer, along with Mohammad Nabi and Siddarth Kaul, chipped in with two wickets each to restrict Delhi to 129 for eight. And with opener Bairstow (48) once again shinning with the bat, the Sunrisers had a cakewalk, cruising to a five-wicket win. Come Saturday, the Sunrisers would again be banking on the English batsmen to deliver the goods, besides Australian David Warner. The marauding pair of Warner and Bairstow have been in scintillating form this season, having shared three century-plus opening stands in four matches.last_img read more

Undersea Nova Scotia coal mine resumes partial operations after latest cavein

DONKIN, N.S. — Limited operations have resumed at Nova Scotia’s Donkin coal mine after a cave-in over the Christmas break that led to its temporary shutdown by the province’s Labour Department.No miners were injured in the Dec. 28 incident, or an earlier Dec. 18 rock fall inside the undersea workings that extend three kilometres under the Atlantic Ocean.However, the Labour Department ordered the Kameron Collieries mine to develop a new plan to ensure the safety of its roof support systems.The Cape Breton mine has had six roof falls since July, and the province revoked the mine’s ground control permit after the Christmas incident.Scott Nauss of the Labour Department said that as of Jan. 25, mining resumed in a portion of the mine that is not in the same precise area of the original collapses.He says the company has brought in a system of roof supports that uses longer bolts, and it will change the orientation of how it cuts channels through the rock to increase roof strength.Mine spokesman Shannon Campbell said in an email the company is working on a fresh ground control procedures in order to apply for a wider reopening of the mine.The Canadian Press read more

Morocco Launches Investigation into Delayed Government Projects

Rabat – The Moroccan government is pushing for thorough investigations into a number of yet-to-be-completed government-funded projects, promising to recover “lost funds.”The move, which was announced by the head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, comes days after King Mohammed VI’s Throne Day speech which called for a more accountable and responsible management of national resources. El Othmani said that a team of auditors will investigate a number of pending government-funded projects in the coming weeks to learn the reasons for the delay and ensure that the money allocated was not used for other purposes, Moroccan newspaper Assabah reported. The newspaper added that the investigations will primarily focus on the education and health sectors, especially as the government is keen to implement reforms to improve quality of education and health facilities. Beginning in October, both the Court of Auditors and teams of independent investigators will assess the performance of health and education-related projects awaiting completion, years after funding was allocated and received, according to a government source cited by Assabah.In response to the announcement, the education ministry has launched its own investigation, requesting a full account of project progress from schools that received funding in recent years.The Ain Chock Faculty of Sciences in Casablanca is one of the many learning institutions targeted by the education ministry. The ministry has reportedly sent the university’s administration a letter asking for progress updates on an MAD 9 million project for which Ain Chock received government funding in 2017. Assabah further noted that the Ain Chock Faculty is also likely to be asked to account for a 2014 project that has still not been completed. The school’s administration had requested government funds to expand its capacity by building two amphitheaters, “but the facilities were never built.” The education ministry is also reported to be working on a bill to make access to government scholarships more inclusive and more transparent. read more

UN food agency begins major scale up of aid to earthquake victims

30 January 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began ramping up its operations in Haiti by opening 16 fixed food distribution sites offering supplies to some 2 million people affected by the massive earthquake in the capital, Port-au-Prince. “Up until now the nature of this emergency has forced us to work in a ‘quick and dirty’ way simply to get food out,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.Characterizing the emergency relief operation in Haiti ¬- struck by a 7.0-magnitude tremor on 12 January – as the most complex ever faced by the agency, Ms. Sheeran said that the 16 fixed sites are an important step towards achieving food stability. “This distribution system will not only allow us to reach more people, it will give us the qualitative step we need to facilitate the delivery of all kinds of humanitarian assistance in the weeks and months to come,” stressed Ms. Sheeran.The distribution sites aim to reach over 2 million people during a two-week period under the leadership of the Haitian Government, and in coordination with the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the US military, and a group of key non-governmental organisations (NGOs).The scale-up of the operation begins today with distributions of coupons to families across Port-au-Prince, and the first distributions will take place at all 16 sites on Sunday, continuing for 15 days.Each family will receive a 25 kilogramme ration of rice, with only women being allowed into distribution sites to collect their share. WFP and its partners will work with the local authorities to ensure that men in need of assistance are not excluded.Separate from this new operation, distributions to those affected by the earthquake currently living outside Port-au-Prince will continue, as will specialist support to hospitals and orphanages.WFP’s response has been hampered by the almost complete decimation of the city’s infrastructure, the destruction of the supply chain to move food and other supplies into and around the country, and the huge scale of need. Despite all these obstacles, WFP said it has reached nearly 600,000 people with over 16 million meals since the earthquake struck. read more

Approval for cabinet to be sought tomorrow

Meanwhile, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella, who assumed duties today, said that the country needs a National Government to resolve National issues.He said that the National Government will be able to address the issues faced by the Northern Tamils and also strengthen the economy. (Colombo Gazette) Under the 19th Amendment to the constitution only 30 members can be in the cabinet and if more are to be appointed then it requires Parliament approval. Parliament approval is being sought to appoint more than 30 members to the cabinet, which requires Parliament approval. Parliament approval to expand the cabinet will be sought tomorrow, UNP Parliamentarian and Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilake said.He said that the Government expects to receive the approval from Parliament tomorrow and then the new cabinet will take oaths on Friday. read more

US Representatives urge State Department to push Sri Lanka

“The United States must stand for religious freedom and human rights here and abroad. As we work with our Sri Lankan partners to respond to the terrible attacks of Easter Sunday, we must maintain our emphasis on post-war reconciliation and the importance of justice and accountability.” “I am deeply concerned by crackdowns on religious freedom in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “The Government of Sri Lanka must not let these attacks erode or undermine the hard-won rights of the Sri Lankan people, who have already suffered immensely from decades of civil war. I am encouraged by the State Department’s willingness to work constructively on this issue, and hopeful that the United States will continue to speak out strongly in favor of human rights and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.”On April 21, 2019, 258 people were killed in a series of suicide bombings targeting Christians on Easter Sunday. In the wake of the attacks, the Sri Lankan government implemented sweeping emergency laws that give the military and police widespread powers including that of arrest and detention with little or no judicial oversight. US House Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) have sent a letter urging the US State Department to assert the need for the respect for religious minorities, respect for due process and the rule of law in Sri Lanka following the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday.“Tensions are escalating in Sri Lanka, where the peace remains fragile. I urge the Ambassadors for Religious Freedom and War Crimes Issues to respond before matters get worse,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said. Since the attack, there has been rioting against Muslims with at least one reported death of a Muslim man. read more

FDA approves firstinclass diabetes pill from JJ that flushes blood sugar via

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2013 3:00 pm MDT FDA approves first-in-class diabetes pill from J&J that flushes blood sugar via urine AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a first-of-its-kind diabetes drug from Johnson & Johnson that uses a new method to lower blood sugar — flushing it out in patients’ urine.The agency cleared J&J’s Invokana tablets for adults with Type 2 diabetes, which affects an estimated 26 million Americans. The once-a-day medication works by blocking the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar, which occurs at higher levels in patients with diabetes than in healthy patients. Regulators highlighted the drug as the first in a new class of medications that could help address the nation’s growing diabetes epidemic.Analysts estimate Invokana could eventually grow into a blockbuster drug, generating more than $1 billion in sales annually for New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J.People with type 2 diabetes are unable to properly break down carbohydrates, either because their bodies do not produce enough insulin or have become resistant to the hormone, which controls blood sugar levels. These patients are at higher risk for heart attacks, kidney problems, blindness and other serious complications. Diabetics often require multiple drugs with different mechanisms of action to control their blood sugar levels.Invokana differs from older drugs that work by shrinking the amount of sugar absorbed from food and stored in the liver. The most common side effects of Invokana are yeast infections and urinary tract infections, due to the higher amounts of sugar passing through a patient’s urine. The drug also can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure when a patient stands up, which can lead to dizziness or fainting, according to the FDA.The FDA said it approved the drug based on nine studies involving more than 10,000 patients. The studies showed that Invokana, both alone and in combination with other diabetes drugs, helped control blood sugar levels.“We continue to advance innovation with the approval of new drug classes that provide additional treatment options for chronic conditions that impact public health,” said Dr. Mary Parks, director of the FDA’s division of endocrinology products.Regulators are requiring Johnson & Johnson to conduct five follow-up studies to assure the drug’s safety. The company will track rates of heart problems, cancer, pancreatitis and liver abnormalities, among other issues.In recent years, the FDA has required companies developing diabetes drugs to closely monitor all heart-related side effects in patients. That’s because diabetes medicines are taken daily for many years, and one former blockbuster, GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s Avandia, was linked to higher heart attack risks. In 2010, the FDA restricted Avandia’s use to patients not helped by any other diabetes treatments, and European regulators banned sales of Avandia completely.Last year the FDA rejected a similar experimental drug in the same class, dapagliflozin, from partners Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and AstraZeneca PLC. The FDA cited concerns about possible liver damage and elevated rates of bladder and breast cancer. read more

Nova Scotia premier to ask feds to remove provincial portion of HST

Nova Scotia premier to ask feds to remove provincial portion of HST from gas tax AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 2:42 pm MDT HALIFAX – Premier Stephen McNeil said Thursday he intends to approach Ottawa about removing Nova Scotia’s portion of the harmonized sales tax that is charged on top of the tax drivers pay for gas in his province.With the province’s regulated gas prices soaring, McNeil said he would like to give consumers a break at the pumps but the idea needs the backing of the federal government.“We’ll need to have some support at the national level because of course it means forgoing some tax on their part as well,” McNeil said.McNeil said he would also like to see the other Maritime provinces on board as that would make it easier for Ottawa to open up its HST agreements.“When they open up that agreement, I’m sure they’ll want to open it up once as opposed to opening it up three different times,” he said.He said he will raise the issue when the Atlantic premiers meet in Saint John, N.B., in May.McNeil said while his government could use the revenue, he believes the tax on tax is unfair to consumers.“All Nova Scotians by whatever measurement you would use would consider it not fair,” he said, adding that removing the province’s portion of HST on the gas tax would save Nova Scotia drivers about four cents per litre.However, Finance Minister Diana Whalen said any HST savings could only be realized when the government tables a balanced budget, expected within three to four years.“It would be really irresponsible to start rebating taxes or changing our tax system in a way that would just put us deeper in a hole,” said Whalen.She said she thinks it’s a good idea to start the discussions on the gas tax now in order to signal where the province wants to go, but she warned any change will take time, given that other governments will likely have to agree.“We are going to be doing our darndest to do that even faster if we can, but I’ve got to tell people it’s a very big mountain to climb,” she said.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said the province’s drivers are in need of relief now and the government should act immediately on a tax he says his “morally wrong.”He said until an agreement is in place the province should reduce its motive fuel tax by at least the amount collected in HST.“I know the government defends the tax on tax because they need the money,” said Baillie. “But if it’s wrong, it’s wrong.”The Finance Department said the province currently generates $250 million through its motive fuel tax and it estimated a cut to the provincial portion of the HST would be as high as $25 million. read more

Family of second Kroger shooting victim sues store

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The son of a shooting victim killed at a Kentucky grocery store is suing the grocer and the man charged in the shooting.News outlets report the lawsuit filed Wednesday by Vickie Lee Jones’ family claims Kroger Co. allows patrons to carry guns inside their stores without ensuring they have licenses to carry firearms.- Advertisement – The suit says Kroger hasn’t put a policy in place to stop shootings despite a 2007 shooting in the same location and more than 20 other shootings at various stores.Jones and Maurice Stallard were two black people killed in the October shooting. Gregory Bush has been charged with federal hate crimes in their deaths.Stallard’s family filed a similar lawsuit last week.Related Article: KSP investigating assault in Anderson CountyKroger spokeswoman Erin Grant says the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)8/15/2019 10:50:21 AM (GMT -4:00) read more

Scottish Government to reveal landmark independence plan

first_imgSalmond greets wellwishers in edinburgh after announcing the date for the Scottish independence referendum [David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images]Scots will be able to request a hard copy of the 670-page tome, and its 170,000 words will also be available to read online.The document plans for Scotland to celebrate its independence day on March 24, 2016, should voters opt to leave the rest of the union.The new country would hold its first parliamentary elections in May 2016.March 24 has a symbolic importance because it marks the anniversary of the signing of the Acts of Union in 1707, which joined Scotland and England into a single kingdom.It is also the anniversary of the earlier Union of the Crowns in 1603, when Scotland’s king James VI became England’s monarch too following the death of the unmarried, childless queen Elizabeth I.Scotland’s devolved government currently has control over a range of policies including health and education, but other big policy areas — including defence, foreign policy and welfare — are still controlled by London.Salmond’s critics warn that a “yes” vote would throw up huge headaches for Edinburgh and London, on issues ranging from how to split the army to how to separate their tax systems.Oil could prove another major sticking point.Up to 24 billion barrels still lie off Britain in the North Sea, mostly in Scottish territory. London and Edinburgh have yet to discuss how they would divide the revenues, while experts say an independent Scotland could be over-reliant on the volatile energy market.Rejoining the European Union and NATO could also be problematic, the “no” camp claims.And there is also the question of what would happen to Britain’s nuclear deterrent carried by submarines based in western Scotland, which anti-nuclear Salmond wants to evict if he wins.- © AFP, 2013Read: Photos: 4 confirmed dead after helicopter ditches in North SeaRead: Police in Scotland identify body of murdered woman found with Claddagh ring SCOTLAND’S GOVERNMENT WILL today publish its legal blueprint making the case for independence from the UK with the economy at the heart of its bid to break up the 300-year union.The “white paper” on Scottish independence is being unveiled by the regional government in Edinburgh ahead of a historic referendum on the issue next September.Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the “comprehensive and detailed” document was a blueprint not just for Scotland, but for any prospective independent country.“It is a landmark document which sets out the economic, social and democratic case for independence,” she said at the weekend.“It demonstrates Scotland’s financial strengths and details how we will become independent.”Salmond and Cameron signing the referendum agreement last year [Gordon Terris/The Herald/PA Images]Only one third of the 5.3 million Scots are currently in favour of breaking away, according to opinion polls.But Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) who is heading the pro-independence campaign, insists he has time to convince voters of the economic and political benefits.Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative-led government, meanwhile, are pushing hard for a “no” vote, claiming independence would be fraught with risks and problems.The SNP has painted a vision of an independent Scotland that is rich because of its North Sea oil reserves, but also more egalitarian and pro-European than Britain.Sturgeon said the white paper had “economic growth, jobs and fairness at its heart”, citing a “decent minimum wage” as one policy featuring in the blueprint.“The route to a successful Scotland is greater economic growth that benefits all and which supports greater participation — particularly amongst women — in the workplace and the economy as a whole,” she added.last_img read more

An Taoiseach went on CNBC from Davos and said theres no chance

first_img No ‘hard border’ despite May’s Hard Brexit, says Ireland’s PM— CNBC International (@CNBCi) January 19, 2017 TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has told US news network CNBC that Ireland’s government is ‘stable’ and that there is no chance of an election this year.Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kenny was asked by CNBC International’s Steve Sedgwick whether Ireland’s government was stable.“It is, and it means that you think differently,” Kenny said.“It means that you reach out to other parties, that you hear other voices, that you work on a programme which is published, which is transparent and accountable and you sign deals with other parties on certain issues to keep government working in the interest of the people.”The Taoiseach was asked twice whether he felt there should be an Irish election this year, with Sedgwick putting it to him that the Irish election showed the country’s electorate is angry along with other populations in Europe.Not at all. The people voted in an election, and they gave their answer. The politicians responded to that, and we put a government together which is a minority partnership government.Hard border The Taoiseach was also asked in detail about the Irish government’s priorities for the British EU exit. Short URL Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 1:12 PM Image: Michel Euler/AP Image: Michel Euler/AP Share502 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 89 Comments Source: CNBC International/Twitter 12,980 Views An Taoiseach went on CNBC from Davos and said there’s no chance of an Irish election in 2017 Asked whether there should be one, he said “not at all”. He reiterated that both he and British Prime Minister Theresa May have agreed that they do not want to see a return to a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. Kenny acknowledged there is not solution on this yet but said he was confident one would be found.“In terms of the border, there will only be the one land border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland when Britain is removed, removes itself from the European Union,” he said.But we’ve agreed that there will not be a return to borders of the past, customs posts along that border, and while this may present a challenge, obviously it’s a question to which we will achieve an answer.Read: The British and German media reacted very differently to May’s speech >Read: ‘The UK says it needs 50 new trade agreements straight away… Is that doable?’ > Jan 19th 2017, 1:12 PM By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

Hanley Wood Hires President of Content to Lead DigitalFirst Efforts

first_imgBolstering a two-year transformation plan for its editorial operations, Hanley Wood has hired a new president of content, Bob Benz, who becomes the company’s first senior-level executive to be focused exclusively on editorial.The decision to create such a position is the result of recommendations from a six-month consulting project conducted with the firm Innovation. “What they discovered,” says Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton, “is that the editors felt they didn’t have a voice in a lot of important decision-making that affected editorial and that they were represented in a proxy way.” Part of this is due, he says, to the pressure Hanley Wood group presidents have been under in the past few years, given the company’s relation to the fraught housing market. “Their time was almost wholly dedicated to holding things together on the business side,” says Anton. About these changes, he adds, “I think initially they felt hesitant, but at this point they’re thinking, ‘This is great. It lets me focus on building revenue and strategic planning.’” Hanley Wood, acquired by J.P. Morgan in 2005 for $650 million, was hit hard by the housing bust and has struggled with a heavy debt load ever since. Things are now looking up for the company, as it entered a recapitalization plan last month to reduce its long-term debt of $440 to $80 million. A new ownership group has taken over as a result, led by Oaktree Capital Management, which has injected $35 million of capital into the company, allowing, as Anton puts it, for a more aggressive push forward with the recommendations laid out by Innovation. In his new role, Benz—who will report directly to Anton—is charged with transitioning Hanley Wood from a print-driven to a digital-first editorial approach. “While we’re not going to abandon print—that would be a stupid business decision—digital media is going to take on increasing importance,” says Anton.Benz took on a similar charge during his time with Scripps Networks, where he led the newspaper company away from what Anton calls a “legacy notion” around print to a more digital-focused organization. Most recently, Benz served as chief digital officer at Clarity Media Group, overseeing digital strategy and product development for brands including The Weekly Standard.center_img As announced in September 2011, Hanley Wood’s new strategy also includes a consolidation of editorial offices to the company’s Washington D.C. headquarters, to be completed within twelve months. Cubicles and offices will be replaced by an open-space newsroom to allow for greater collaboration, and remote employees—with a few notable exceptions—have been asked to relocate.Previously, the company held satellite locations in Vermont, Chicago and Los Angeles, while many editors worked remotely from home. “I know it’s cool to talk about remote offices, but some of our chief editors didn’t have one staff person in D.C. with them,” says Anton. “It’s messy. I was never a fan of the remote office but there’s been so much pressure to allow that, so over the last ten years we did. From my perspective it is a failed experiment.”last_img read more

Fuel liquor can be brought under GST if states sort out problems

first_imgAn Indian consumer goods trader shows letters GST representing ‘Goods and Services Tax’ (GST)at his shop in Hyderabad on August 3, 2016.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesItems such as petrol, diesel, crude oil, aviation fuel and liquor, which are currently out of the purview of the goods and services tax (GST), could come under the ambit of the indirect tax regime if a wider consensus is arrived at among states, according to a minister in the Modi government.”There are differences over several issues between different states. Efforts are on to bring a consensus among them. If it is achieved, the prices of petrol, diesel and liquor will be brought under GST,” Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation, said while addressing traders and officials on GST at the Central Institute of Mineral Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, on Saturday, according to Financial Express citing a PTI report.Also read: GST migrations caused systems crashes at retail firms, says toy companyHe claimed that ever since the GST was implemented from July 1, prices of many commodities have dropped but keeping certain items out of GST could offset the GST-driven gains. “Inflation will come down, tax avoidance will be difficult, India’s GDP will be benefited and extra resources will be used for the welfare of poor and weaker section,” Sinha said, listing the multiple benefits to the country from implementing the law, described by finance minister Arun Jaitley as one that aimed at “economic integration” of the country.Meanwhile, car manufacturers have apparently sought the intervention of the Centre over tax incidence on advance payments made by customers for buying cars. The Economic Times reported, citing experts, that the provisions under the GST obligate assessees to deposit tax based on the month-end closing amount received as advances. “A seller would be required to deposit GST but buyers would not be entitled to get input credit of the same. Thus, this is very clearly an unfavourable rule resulting in blockage of funds,” the Economic Times quoted a senior executive working with an automobile company as saying.GST price-cut on bikes and scooters; discounts explainedThe confusion is likely to manifest when assessees file their first monthly returns under the GST next month. Such payment of tax was not mandatory earlier in such cases, though advance received for rendering services was taxable.last_img read more

19 Afghan police killed in Taliban attack

first_imgAfghanAt least 19 Afghan police officers were killed Saturday in a pre-dawn raid by the Taliban on a base in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said, hours before the militants announced an unprecedented ceasefire starting next week.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after the insurgents stormed a military base in the western province of Herat, killing 17 Afghan soldiers.Kunduz provincial governor spokesman Nehmatullah Taimuri said five members of the local police force were also wounded in Saturday’s attack on a police base in Qal-e-Zal district.Provincial police spokesman Enhamuddin Rahmani confirmed the death toll and said eight Taliban fighters were also killed.Both attacks came hours before the Taliban announced a ceasefire with Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that caps Ramadan and which is due to begin at the end of next week.That unexpected move came two days after the Afghan government’s own surprise announcement of an apparently unilateral week-long halt to operations against the Taliban.It would last “from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr”, President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating the ceasefire could run from 12-19 June.last_img read more

Lionsgate Sony Liv Sign MultiYear Content Deal in India

first_imgLionsgate India and Indian streamig platform Sony Liv have signed a multi-year content deal. More than 500 hours of premium English-language content will be available as a Lionsgate Play branded block on Sony Liv.Original series being made available to Indian audiences include “Power,” “Vida,” “Sweetbitter,” “The White Queen,” “The White Princess,” and “The Spanish Princess.” Library titles under the partnership include “Crash,” “Manhattan,” “Wildfire,” “Are We There Yet?,” and “Chasing Life.”“Some of these shows have a massive fan following in whichever market we’ve taken them to,” Rohit Jain, managing director of Lionsgate India, told Variety. “Over the last few years we’ve seen Indian audiences, fairly evolved audiences, they are up to speed in their content consumption habits, and I’m pretty sure that some of these shows will build up a fan following in India as well, with the kind of reach Sony Liv has.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Liv, which was the first OTT service to launch in India, in 2013, reached 5 million active users per month in December 2017, according to Counterpoint Research. That number went up exponentially when Liv streamed the soccer world cup, peaking at 70 million active users over June and July. “We are currently running at about 35-40 million,” Uday Sodhi, executive VP & head digital for Sony Pictures Networks India, told Variety.That number places Liv second only to 21st Century Fox’s Hotstar streaming service that has more than 75 million users. Like Hotstar, Liv operates on the “freemium” model, offering both free content and subscriber-only shows. Rates begin from as little as $1.34 a month, or $4 for six months, or $6.78 for a year.“This is a very exciting market, we are looking at maybe 500-600 million users three years from now,” said Sodhi. “There is significant headroom for us to grow and build a franchise.”last_img read more

Avengers Infinity War Final Trailer drops as Tickets Go On Sale

first_imgStay on target It’s here! We’ve been waiting patiently, well… semi-patiently, for months and it’s finally here. The final trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. You know, the one with actual story stuff in it. The first trailer didn’t do so much of that. It gave us a series of images that we could, and did, speculate endlessly on, but that was about it. The new trailer is much clearer about what structure the movie is going to take. Also, it looks really freaking cool.Oh my god. This looks incredible. Obviously, we can’t make any final judgement until we actually see the thing, but already, it’s so much fun seeing some of these characters’ first interactions with each other. Especially when it comes to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Their movies have kept them in their own little corner of the universe. The first movie did give us a better idea of who Thanos was, but other than that, they haven’t had to interact with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe much. Now, Star Lord returns to Earth for the first time since he was a little kid. If the movie treats that story right, it should be a pretty amazing moment to watch. Better yet, he meets Tony Stark. The only person in the universe more obnoxiously cocky than he is.We’re starting to see exactly what the plot of this movie will look like. Stark lays it out for us. The Avengers have most of the Infinity Stones. Thanos wants all the Infinity Stones so he can destroy half the universe. (Why? It’s unclear right now. All we’re given is that he seeks “balance.”) So now he’s come for The Avengers. That sets the stage for what’s basically very expensive version of smashing action figures together in your room for a couple hours. And it becomes very clear in this trailer that some of them will break. Probably Thor and Captain America. This is going to be tough.With the release of this trailer, tickets are now on sale. It’s probably a good idea to snap some up as soon as you can. It remains to be seen whether these tickets will see Black Panther-level scarcity, but there’s a good chance. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe last_img read more

Porphyrins can be covalently attached to graphene edges

first_img 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. Explore further After doping the substrate with CO, the STM images showed that some of the porphines had a protruding center that shows up as a bright spot. These protrusions were likely CO molecules attached to the metal center of the tetrapyrrole. This means that an Ag atom was coordinated to the tetrapyrrole center demonstrating that even when covalently bound to graphene, the porphine maintained its metal-coordination properties. Additional tests showed that the conductivity of graphene at the edges where the porphines were attached did not change substantially. The thermal stability of the graphene-porphine structure was tested by gradually annealing the sample. The authors note that there was a 17% increase in the percentage of molecules bound to graphene after annealing the sample up to 770 K. Graphene is annealed to Ag(111) at 900 K. When the thermal stability test was taken to this temperature, He, et al. still observed prophines bound to the graphene edges, particularly porphines that have three and four carbons bonded to the graphene edge.This study demonstrated a controlled and precise way to attach tetrapyrrole structures to graphene edges. This has important implications for further research in molecular electronics, sensors, and catalysis. Researchers use microwaves to produce high-quality graphene Credit: Willi Auwärter et al. (—Researchers from Technische Universität München in Germany have succeeded in covalently binding porphine to the edge of a graphene sheet on a Ag(111) substrate using surface-assisted covalent coupling. This provides a proof-of-principle that graphene edges can be functionalized with tetrapyrroles in a precise manner. Furthermore, their work shows that the graphene-porphine structure maintains its electronic and metal-binding properties. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry. “Our findings open new perspectives for the controlled functionalization of graphene nanostructures and the embedding of porphines in graphene sheets,” comments Professor Willi Auwärter who co-authored this study. “We are excited by the potential of the resulting structures to catalyze distinct chemical reactions and anticipate applications in molecular electronics, sensing and optoelectronics.”Tetrapyrroles, molecules that contain the heterocyclic five-member pyrrole ring, are key structures for several important biological molecules. Hemoglobin and chlorophyll, for example, are tetrapyrroles known as porphyrins. Porphyrins coordinate a metal in the center of the tetrapyrrole ring. Additionally, tetrapyrroles are stable molecules that can accommodate a variety of functional groups. Their delocalized electron framework, as well as their metal-binding properties, makes them an interesting study for molecular electronics.In this study, porphine, the simplest tetrapyrrole, was covalently bound to a graphene edge. While prior studies by other groups have linked porphyrins to graphene sheets, they have done so using a more traditional chemistry route in which graphene oxide is reacted with the porphyrin in solution. This leads to a mixture of products and poor control over the porphyrin’s attachment points, which is not conducive to the precision necessary for molecular electronics. He, et al. used surface-assisted coupling to covalently link porphine to graphene. They chose an Ag(111) substrate because of their experience with surface-assisted dehydrogenation reactions with porphines and because Ag(111) only weakly interacts with graphene. According to the research paper, the goal was to use the surface both as a platform for graphene synthesis and to mediate the coupling reaction. The graphene edges needed to be clean and well-defined and the reaction with the porphine needed to be precise and controlled. The Ag(111) allows for this.Once the graphene was grown on the Ag(111) surface, free-base porphines were vapor deposited at room temperature and then the surface was heated to over 620 K to induce the coupling reaction. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM) with a CO-functionalized tip showed that individual porphines appeared to be covalently linked to the graphene edges. Their studies showed that porphine bonding occurred in four configurations: 1) One C-C bond between the porphine and the graphene edge at the β position on the pyrrole; 2) two C-C bonds between the β pyrrole carbons and the graphene sheet; 3) three C-C bonds, one on a β pyrrole carbon, one bonded to the carbon between two of the pyrroles, and the other on a second β pyrrole position; 4) four C-C bonds with a similar pyrrole-carbon-pyrrole bonding structure as configuration 3, but with an additional C-C on one of the pyrroles. More information: Yuanqin He et al. Fusing tetrapyrroles to graphene edges by surface-assisted covalent coupling, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2600AbstractSurface-assisted covalent linking of precursor molecules enables the fabrication of low-dimensional nanostructures, which include graphene nanoribbons. One approach to building functional multicomponent systems involves the lateral anchoring of organic heteromolecules to graphene. Here we demonstrate the dehydrogenative coupling of single porphines to graphene edges on the same metal substrate as used for graphene synthesis. The covalent linkages are visualized by scanning probe techniques with submolecular resolution, which directly reveals bonding motifs and electronic features. Distinct configurations are identified that can be steered towards entities predominantly fused to graphene edges through two pyrrole rings by thermal annealing. Furthermore, we succeeded in the concomitant metallation of the macrocycle with substrate atoms and the axial ligation of adducts. Such processes combined with graphene–nanostructure synthesis has the potential to create complex materials systems with tunable functionalities. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Porphyrins can be covalently attached to graphene edges (2016, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

Body of 45yearold man found at Bally flat

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 45-year-old man whose body was found inside his flat at Bally in Howrah on Monday late night.Police said the victim, Shantanu Chakraborty, was alone in the flat on Saturday as his wife and daughter went to a relative’s house. His wife returned home along with the daughter at night and found him hanging from the ceiling of a room. Locals went to the flat housed on the first floor of the building after hearing the wife’s cry for help and found Shantanu hanging. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life They reported the matter to the police. Policemen from Bally police station went to the spot and brought down Shantanu. He was declared brought dead when taken to a nearby hospital. A police officer said they have spotted injury marks on the victim’s legs, which has made the incident mysterious. They are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain whether it is a case of suicide or homicide. Police spoke to the locals and came to know that the man used to work at a private company. He was ill for the past few days and was also suffering from depression for the past few days.last_img read more