Maharashtra dams are 50% full

first_imgIncessant rains for over a week have filled Maharashtra’s dams to 50% of their capacity, bringing relief to the drought-hit regions. The water levels in Marathwada region, which had dropped to below 1% have now touched double digits. According to information from the Water Resources Department, the water storage in all dams of the State is 51.36% of their total capacity, which is almost equal to the 51.41% of 2018 on the same date. Dams in Marathwada have recorded 11.77% of their total storage capacity as compared to 17.89% last year. Vidarbha’s Amaravati and Nagpur divisions too have recorded an increase in water storage in dams, with 16.82% and 28.22% of their total capacity, respectively. The water levels in Marathwada dams had gone below 1% mark in July due to very less or no rains. An official from the department said continuous rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region have ensured satisfactory increase in the water levels. “While these parts have benefited with rains, some regions of Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra are yet to get rains. But according to Indian Meteorological Department, these parts will get medium to high showers from August 7 to 9,” said the official.He said that the department has predicted flood-like situation in some parts of Marathwada and central Maharashtra for August 9. “Disaster management teams have been asked to be on alert,” he said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Eknath Shinde, said, “As per the initial estimate, a total of 1.14 lakh population is affected due to floods. Diseases spread after the water recedes and medical teams have been kept ready in anticipation.”last_img read more

Rep VanSingel will focus on state budget during 201920 Michigan House session

first_img State Rep. Scott VanSingel will continue his work on the House Appropriations Committee in the new legislative term, with an emphasis on Michigan’s universities and community colleges.Committee assignments for the Michigan House’s 2019-20 legislative term were announced this week by Speaker Lee Chatfield.VanSingel, in his second House term, already has experience helping shape Michigan’s state budget from the most recent legislative session. During 2019-20, he will chair the subcommittee working on plans connected to universities and community colleges across the state.“Michigan must make data-driven decisions when prioritizing how to spend our hard-working taxpayers’ money,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “That’s true of every budget area, including our community colleges and universities. We must ensure these institutions are affordable and running efficiently while preparing people for jobs and doing important research that makes Michigan an even better place to live.”VanSingel also will serve on appropriations subcommittees connected to the state’s prison system, natural resources and environmental quality, and state departments dealing with regulatory affairs and financial services.VanSingel’s background is well-suited for the Appropriations Committee. He worked in public accounting and as a financial analyst before his election to the Legislature.### Categories: News,VanSingel News 17Jan Rep. VanSingel will focus on state budget during 2019-20 Michigan House sessionlast_img read more

Polish broadcaster TVN has said it expects strong

first_imgPolish broadcaster TVN has said it expects strong revenue and earnings growth for the next three years on the basis of solid macroeconomic data from the Polish market.TVN said that it expects consolidated adjusted EBITDA growth of about PLN520 million (€123 million) this year, rising to PLN590 million next year and PLN630 million in 2016. Full year consolidated revenue is expected to grow by a low single-digit figure this year, with growth of between 5% and 9% expected 2015 and 2016.The broadcaster said it expected Polish GDP to grow by between 3% and 3.5% for the 2014-16 period, with the TV advertising market consequently showing growth in the low to mid single digits over the same period. TVN said it also expected the online TV advertising market to see high single-digit growth rates over the period.TVN said it did not expect any significant new capital market transactions over the period.last_img read more

Sky has launched a new smartphone app for its adva

first_imgSky has launched a new smartphone app for its advanced TV service, Sky Q.For the first time, Sky Q customers will now be able to download recordings to their smartphone, browse ‘top picks’, and stream live and on-demand shows out of the home.The app will also allow users to manage recordings and downloads to the Sky Q box, while those using the app at home will also be able to find shows they didn’t finish watching or the next episode in a series.Sky Q app customers will also have access to the TV Guide, Catch Up TV, My Photos.“We know Sky Q customers love the flexibility of watching TV on their terms. The new Sky Q mobile app will give them even more freedom to watch their recordings, access Top Picks, and stream live and On Demand TV when they’re out and about,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s brand director of TV and content products.“If it’s The Night Of box set, live Premier League or Sky original The Young Pope, Sky Q customers can now look forward to their daily commute or long car journey, while they catch up on the latest and best TV from Sky.”Separately, Sky has added more content from Channel 4’s digital hub All 4 to its Sky Go and Sky Q mobile apps.The new shows join the existing All 4 archive and box set programmes currently available on Sky’s mobile platforms, and join content from E! Entertainment Television, Syfy and Universal Channel, which were added to the Sky Go and Sky Q apps earlier this year.The new Sky Q app is available for customers to download on iOS and Android devices from October 18.last_img read more

New clinical practice guidelines for managing venous thromboembolism released

first_img Prophylaxis for hospitalized and non-hospitalized medical patients Diagnosis of VTE Optimal management of anticoagulation therapy Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia VTE in the context of pregnancy Treatment of pediatric VTE Treatment of deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (anticipated in 2019) VTE in patients with cancer (anticipated in 2019) Thrombophilia (anticipated in 2019) Prevention of VTE in surgical patients (anticipated in 2019) Source: The 2018 ASH guidelines were developed using state-of-the-art methodology to ensure they meet the highest standards for trustworthiness and transparency. The panels were explicit about how recommendations were determined and open about the quality of the evidence that factored into the final decision-making process.”McMaster University is the birthplace of evidence-based medicine and is an international leader in guideline methodology,” said Holger Schünemann, MD, PhD, Vice-Chair, VTE Guidelines and Lead Investigator, Systematic Review and Methods Team and Chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “In this partnership with ASH, we applied advanced methodology to ensure the production of guidelines that meet the highest standards for rigor and credibility that would be useful for clinicians and would improve the quality of care received by our patients.”ASH is well-positioned to convene a varied set of clinical experts in VTE, as well as patient representatives, who serve together on the guideline panels.”Hematologists are not the only medical professionals who diagnose and treat VTE,” said Dr. Cuker. “This is why we felt it so important to collaborate with a broad cross-section of physicians from other disciplines who also serve on the front lines of improving VTE outcomes. Their perspectives and those of our patient representatives were critical to this process.”The 2018 ASH guidelines are the first of a larger guideline development initiative for ASH, which includes a commitment to the timely update of existing guidelines and the development of new ones on a range of hematologic conditions.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a term referring to blood clots in the veins, is a highly prevalent and far-reaching public health problem that can cause disability and death. Despite effective new options for prevention and treatment, VTE remains a threat underappreciated by the general public, causing up to 100,000 deaths annually in the United States alone.VTE includes deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that typically forms in the deep veins of the leg, and pulmonary embolism (PE), a life-threatening condition that occurs when a blood clot breaks free and becomes lodged in the arteries of the lung. Blood clots can affect anyone – from the healthy to the chronically ill – in a variety of settings, including pregnant women, children, and people who are hospitalized, meaning that the burden of effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment falls on a broad range of physicians.The American Society of Hematology, the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders, has long recognized the need for a comprehensive set of guidelines on the treatment of VTE to help the medical community better manage this serious condition. In partnership with the McMaster University GRADE Centre, a world leader in guideline development and an authority on thrombosis, ASH brought together more than 100 experts including hematologists, other clinicians, guideline development specialists, and patient representatives to tackle this challenge. Today, ASH announced the results of their collective efforts – the 2018 ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism – in a press event timed to the publication of the first six chapters in the Society’s peer-reviewed journal Blood Advances. Four more chapters are in development.”In recent years, a tremendous body of evidence has been generated to guide prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of VTE, yet approaches are often applied inconsistently. The 2018 ASH guidelines took the latest evidence into account to make recommendations that in some instances will reinforce existing best practices and in other instances will change practice,” said Adam Cuker, MD, MS, Chair, ASH VTE Guidelines Coordination Panel and HIT Panel and Clinical Director of the Penn Blood Disorders Center and Director of the Penn Comprehensive and Hemophilia Thrombosis Program, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “ASH believes it is essential to provide updated treatment guidelines that reflect this increased knowledge and can help the medical community better prevent, diagnose, and treat VTE.”Related StoriesGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenThe 10 evidence-based clinical guidelines chapters cover VTE through a number of lenses, in areas in which there is currently uncertainty and variation in clinical practice:last_img read more

Regulations needed after cryptocurrency CEO takes passwords to his grave

first_imgCanadian CEO Gerald Cotten died in December, taking to his grave the passwords to unlock his cryptocurrency clients’ million. Credit: Dmitry Moraine/Unsplash A high-stakes legal drama featuring cryptocurrencies has been unfolding in a Canadian court recently. In Canada, the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) oversees banks that take regular dollar deposits. One might argue that the OFSI umbrella ought to be adapted to include oversight of virtual exchanges like Quadriga, even though such institutions are not technically banks and their deposits are non-traditional in nature.That oversight would impose accounting standards and reporting requirements that would help prevent the sorts of irresponsible missteps that put Quadriga depositors in such a precarious position. A likely side benefit of regulatory supervision would be the eventual development of standardized safeguards against hackers and other cybercriminal activity that plagues the cryptocurrency world.Lack of regulations attractive to someA feature that draws many crypto enthusiasts to the virtual currency sector is the very fact that it lacks government oversight, and those individuals will bristle at any hint of new regulations.Members of the general public might also be leery of new laws lest they grant an undeserved sheen of legitimacy to cryptocurrencies, which are not suitable investments for anyone except the most risk-loving of speculators.But in Canada, we regulate many industries that are risky or distasteful to some, including gambling, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The underlying calculus is that providing standards for certain illicit activities is preferable to driving those activities to the black market, where the risks would be amplified.For instance, a benefit of buying my beloved guilty pleasure of choice, craft gins, from a regulated marketplace is that I can imbibe confident in the knowledge that my cocktails are free from wood alcohol. Three cheers for avoiding blindness! We cannot protect Canadians from all possible risks, especially when it comes to financial markets. And to be clear, I am not suggesting that we indemnify cryptocurrency speculators against losses that may arise from taking calculated risks, such as the beating that some fortune-seekers have taken since Bitcoin valuations plummeted from stratospheric heights. Rather, I propose that depositors ought not to be penalized for the indiscretions of the custodians to whom they entrust their financial holdings.Correction note: This is a corrected version of a story originally published on March 3, 2019. The earlier story said US$250 million instead of C$250 million. Citation: Regulations needed after cryptocurrency CEO takes passwords to his grave (2019, March 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Bitcoin exchange president’s death puts millions out of reach Provided by The Conversationcenter_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. The antics that led to the litigation almost defy credulity, and they highlight the need for new regulations to better suit a financial marketplace that includes virtual currencies.News broke in early February that Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX was seeking creditor protection, leaving in financial limbo about 115,000 people who had entrusted the firm to maintain their deposits of cash, Bitcoins and other digital tokens worth an estimated C$250 million.The company’s need for bankruptcy protection arose when its founder and chief operator, Gerald Cotten, died suddenly in December while vacationing in India. Normally, if a financial institution’s executive officer meets an untimely demise, he or she doesn’t bring to the afterworld the only keys to the vault. And thus clients maintain continued access their deposited funds all the while.In the case of Quadriga, unfortunately, Cotten was the only living soul who knew the password to an encrypted offline repository, known as cold storage, where the firm had enshrined the vast majority of clients’ cryptocurrency deposits. Without the password, no one can access those holdings.Murky or absent regulationsWhile the Nova Scotia Supreme Court wades its way through some very novel and complex issues, the question that comes to my mind is: How has one bad decision about password custodianship caused more than 100,000 people to lose access to their deposits?The answer lies in the murky and mostly lacking regulations that govern the cryptocurrency world. Nothing stops entrepreneurs like Cotten from running companies like Quadriga with no independent oversight. Had he ever raised equity capital from investors in return for tokens or coins, that process would have been governed by Canadian securities regulations. But because Quadriga is an exchange —maintaining deposits and facilitating conversions between regular cash and cryptocurrencies, but not issuing cryptocurrencies in exchange for ownership shares —it operates in a regulatory vacuum. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Loancumlife insurance scheme for SHG membersLoancumlife insurance scheme for SHG members

first_imgFILE PHOTO – SHG meeting October 24, 2018 COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE Published oncenter_img new project Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) engaged in the promotion of self-help groups (SHGs) and their linkages to banks, has introduced a loan-cum-life insurance scheme for the members of SHGs promoted by it.Addressing presspersons in Dharmasthala of Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday, D Veerendra Heggade, president of SKDRDP, said that around 70 lakh members of the project will get the benefit of insurance cover. SKDRDP has entered into an agreement with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India in this regard.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will launch the scheme, ‘Pragati Raksha Kavacha,’ in Dharmasthala on October 29, he said.SKDRDP has formed around 4.30 lakh SHGs across Karnataka with an outstanding credit of around ₹8,600 crore. The SHG members take loan from their groups that in turn are financed to the groups by banks.The peer pressure and group dynamics within the SHG members play an important role in the proper utilisation of loan and its prompt repayment. However, the members are prone to tragedies such as death, and that will result in the non-repayment of loans borrowed by the member.In order to protect the member and his/her spouse against debt, SKDRDP has introduced a comprehensive loan-cum-life insurance policy for its SHG members in Karnataka, he said.The borrowing of the member is covered against the death with a very low premium under this scheme, he said. In the event of a tragedy, the loan of the member within the group will be paid by the insurance company besides paying the balance of the sum assured to the nominee.Terming it as a participatory programme, he said the SHG members pay the premium at the time of borrowing and SKDRDP monitors the collection of the premium and payment of claims. LIC of India manages the scheme. SHARE SHARE EMAIL insurancelast_img read more

Nigerian tried to flee during raid says Immigration

first_imgVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:2801:28  Related News Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 10 Jul 2019 Singaporeans convicted of immigration offences Limkokwing , Student , Death Nation 08 Jul 2019 Immigration D-G: Detainees treated humanely, fed proper food Nation 09 Jul 2019 Detainees given four square meals daily PETALING JAYA: Nigerian native Thomas Orhions Ewansiha was arrested by the Immigration Department because he had tried to flee from its officers during a raid, according to the department.On July 4, an operation was conducted at apartments in Desa Aman Puri in Kuala Lumpur, which led to the arrest of 20 foreigners.The raids were a result of complaints lodged against African nationals who were suspected of not having valid documents, the department said.Residents had also alleged that the use of drugs, prostitution and public intoxication in the area had caused unrest among locals. Related News “At the time, a group of foreigners had tried to run away while also refusing to cooperate with officers during inspection.”The person in question (Ewansiha) had also fled but was successfully detained by officers,” said Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud in a statement Friday (July 12).He said that Ewansiha then produced documents that officers found to be valid.However, his previous actions had cause doubt on the authenticity of documents, and he was then detained for 14 days for further investigations.”All the OKTs (arrested detainees) were then transported to the Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department office,” he said.Checks were conducted on Ewansiha and treatment was administrated for an old injury on his thigh. He did not specify any pre-existing medical illnesses, according to Immigration.All the detainees were then sent to the Bukit Jalil Depot at around noon on July 5.”At around 12.05am on July 9, the officers on duty were told by the other detainees that the subject had had a seizure in his sleep.”Immediate aid and medical checks were conducted and the hospital was contacted to assist as well.”An ambulance from HUKM (Universiti Kebangsaan Hospital) as well as an assistant medical officer arrived at 12.30am and they had attempted to help the subject.”However, he was then pronounced dead,” Khairul Dzaimee said, adding that a police report was made on the matter.He added that the department was still waiting for a full medical report on the subject, as well as the exact cause of death, via a post-mortem.Ewansiha’s death led to a protest outside the Nigerian high commission on Thursday (July 11).Related story:Limkokwing confirms PhD student died in custodylast_img read more