first_img Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has extended the deadline for the filing of income tax returns for all business persons, companies, self-employed individuals, and employed individuals with multiple sources of income to March 24, 2018. Persons may also access the income tax hub via the website to source forms and guides, and information on the schedule for the special taxpayer assistance programme, through which persons who need guidance in preparing their tax returns can receive help. Story Highlights Communications Officer, TAJ, Leighton Beckles, is encouraging persons to use the online facility at jamaicatax.gov.jm to take full and convenient advantage of the extension. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has extended the deadline for the filing of income tax returns for all business persons, companies, self-employed individuals, and employed individuals with multiple sources of income to March 24, 2018.Communications Officer, TAJ, Leighton Beckles, is encouraging persons to use the online facility at jamaicatax.gov.jm to take full and convenient advantage of the extension.Persons may also access the income tax hub via the website to source forms and guides, and information on the schedule for the special taxpayer assistance programme, through which persons who need guidance in preparing their tax returns can receive help.The TAJ representatives will assist with the preparation of tax returns, including providing guidance on completing the revised income tax forms.To make the most of this free service, persons are asked to have, on hand, all business-related documents, including their Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN), bank statements, purchase invoices, receipts, sales records, utility bills, wage records and any other records that can be used to verify income and expenses.To accommodate the extension, tax offices in Kingston, St. Andrew, Portmore, Port Maria, Mandeville, Santa Cruz, Montego Bay, Savanna-la-Mar and St. Ann’s Bay will be opened on Saturday, March 24.All of these offices, with the exception of Portmore, will be operational from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For Portmore, the opening hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Mr. Beckles said that the extension is also applicable for the filing of asset tax returns.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: India have more or less a settled squad for the World Cup barring one slot and vice-captain Rohit Sharma feels skipper Virat Kohli’s preference would matter a lot while sorting out that position. Rohit, who is a certainty in the World Cup squad as an opener, also said that the specific spot that needs to be filled would be dictated by conditions that are likely to prevail in England during the World Cup, commencing May 30. “I know how it works with the captain. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of that extra player he wants in the squad. I think Virat and (Indian team’s head coach) Ravi shastri have to decide what exactly the combination that they want or what extra player or where is that extra cushion they are looking for. That is something that will matter the most,” Rohit said at the launch of a website. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I think we are pretty much settled. A few spots are there which everyone knows about. It all depends on what captain, coach and selectors think about the combination, whether we need to go with an extra middle order batsman, extra opener, extra seamer or spinner. Conditions in England will matter a lot.” Rohit also said that the team management will have to play a gamble in picking up that extra player. “Last summer when we were there the conditions were really dry. But we don’t know whether it will be the same (during the World Cup). If it is (the same) we need an extra spinner there – it’s as simple as that,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”If it’s not, probably we will need an extra seamer there. I also understand we would not know what the weather conditions will be (but) we have to select the team in the next few days or weeks, actually.” Rohit also believes that for World Cup selection, the players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ in the last four years and not on how they perform during the IPL. World Cup will begin days after conclusion of IPL on May 12. The national selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the 15-member Indian squad for the mega-event. “With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys in IPL although I feel IPL should not be the criteria for team selection,” he added. “They have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands. You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event, it’s my personal opinion. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket and yes, form matters a lot. “In the last four years we have played enough One Day International matches, enough T20 cricket. That should be enough for guys to understand these are the players that we want,” he added. However, the Mumbai Indians skipper also acknowledged that IPL has helped him in his preparations for the upcoming mega event. “Every time we play IPL, there is some big event right after happening – a big Test series or big one-day series. It does help also. 35-plus or 40 guys will probably need some rest. “I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day. He needs to play a lot of matches and bowl a lot to be match fit than be at home. I also, as a batter, need to play,” Rohit said.last_img read more

By Tatiana FlowersRabat – The father of a deceased Muslim soldier who supported Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Convention challenged Donald Trump from the podium by asking him, “Let me ask you, have you even read the Constitution?”Khizr M. Khan, the father of Captain Humayun S.M. Khan, stood on stage at the DNC, and continued to challenge Trump, “I will gladly lend you my copy.  In this document, look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.  You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” he said, according toTime.com. Khan’s son was an Army Captain who was killed in Iraq while fighting.  The Muslim-American’s father had spoken on behalf of his deceased son, insisting that if Donald Trump had been President while his son was alive, he would have never had the opportunity to defend America.“Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed.  We believed in American democracy, that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.  Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers.  If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” he said of his son.Khan continued by pointing out that Trump has offended and continuously targeted women, Muslims, and Mexicans.  A ban on Muslims and building a wall around Mexico, which Trump has even started a petition to raise funds for, are at the center of his list of goals should he indeed be elected as President.The full video can be found here. read more

TORONTO — Oil prices took a drubbing today as concerns about global economic growth weighed on investors while the Canadian dollar fell nearly a full cent.The loonie shed 0.95 of a U.S. cent, closing at 76.83 cents US.The August crude contract was down US$2.39 at US$46.60 per barrel.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.30 points to 14,219.57, following a 194.33-point gain on Monday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 108.75 points at 17,840.62, the broader S&P 500 composite index declined 14.40 points to 2,088.55 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 39.67 points to 4,822.90.August gold rose US$19.70 to US$1,358.70 an ounce and September copper contracts fell 3.35 cents to US$2.1835 a pound.August natural gas was down 22.3 cents at US$2.764 per mmBTU. read more

The Deputy Mayor of Negombo Mohamed Ansar was arrested today with a sword and other items in his possession.The Police said that the Deputy Mayor had a dagger and 37 mobile phone batteries in his possession apart from the sword.

Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari was addressing a news conference as he introduced Secretary-General Kofi Annan report to the General Assembly on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative and another on causes of conflict on the continent.”The highlight of the NEPAD report is that official development assistance to Africa has increased in the past two years, from $17.73 billion in 2001 to about $18.62 billion in 2002,” he said.Despite the modest increase, the challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015 appeared to be slim, he said.”The challenges facing the African States are real,” Mr. Gambari said.Besides, the increase in aid was more than offset by trade inequities, the NEPAD report says. Total official development assistance (ODA) “is modest in comparison with the huge agricultural subsidies paid to farmers in the developed countries. Furthermore, the subsidies depress commodities prices, hindering Africa’s ability to increase exports and escape from poverty and dependence on aid,” it adds.In this regard, Mr. Annan would appoint a panel to advise him on broad issues of African development, keep an eye on what African countries were doing to implement NEPAD, especially in agriculture, infrastructure and market access. The names of the panellists would be announced later this year, Mr. Gambari said. At a recent summit on health, African governments had pledged to spend 1 per cent of their national budgets on improving their health infrastructure, he said.On education, the NEPAD report says: “The quality of education in Africa has continued to deteriorate. That, coupled with the ‘brain drain,’ remains a serious challenge.”It adds, however, “In the education sector, a number of partner countries have made pledges to the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, with the aim of raising the level of primary school enrolment in countries with very low enrolment rates.”Of the struggle to reduce the sometimes crippling indebtedness of African countries, the report says pledges to reduce or cancel debts had come from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.To improve governance and reduce corruption, the African Peer Review Mechanism was created and by July 2003 it had gathered 16 member states volunteering to have their economic and political performance monitored by other African Governments.”Perhaps the most innovative feature of the mechanism is that it provides the means to monitor progress towards good economic and political governance. Its primary purpose is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability and economic growth,” the report says.”Participating countries agree to cooperate (with) and assist each other, share best practices, identify shortcomings to be addressed and accept the exercise of dialogue and persuasion, where necessary, to encourage improvements in country policies and practices.”With regard to the second report, Mr. Gambari said many conflicts in Africa had been resolved or were being resolved. In Angola, peace was “irreversible” and progress had been made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Liberia and Sudan.”But despite all those positive developments, the bigger challenge is maintaining the peace in countries emerging from conflict,” he said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Participants at a United Nations meeting in Geneva today agreed on urgent action to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the humanitarian crisis spawned by the Syrian conflict on neighbouring countries struggling under the weight of more than two million Syrian refugees.In a joint statement, members of the Executive Committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called for massive support to enable Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt to continue hosting Syrian refugees.This includes direct aid to governments; financial and in-kind help to refugee populations and the communities hosting them; assistance for economies, societies, services, infrastructure, environment and security; enhanced resettlement, humanitarian admissions and family reunification possibilities for Syrian refugees in third countries; and development initiatives and projects to help host communities to ease the economic and social costs of hosting refugees.High Commissioner António Guterres welcomed pledges by a number of countries for resettlement or humanitarian admission of over 10,000 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees. He also called on all countries, particularly in Europe and in the extended Middle East, to allow access to asylum and to introduce more generous resettlement schemes. In addition, he hailed expanded initiatives by international development actors and financial institutions to bolster over-stretched public services and fragile infrastructures benefiting both host communities and refugees.Along with sending over two million people fleeing to neighbouring countries, the conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to more than 100,000 deaths and displaced 4.2 million people inside the country.Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Emergency Regional Coordinator for Syria, told reporters in Geneva today that the agency is concerned with the ever-increasing number of displaced people and the fact that all sectors of the economy are collapsing. People who may have had income cannot purchase food due to high inflation, he noted. Syria had also experienced the worst harvest in years. Of particular concern are Syrian women who cannot be not be reached by WFP delivery convoys, and who are unable to feed their children.Despite all of the increasing challenges, WFP is expanding its operations and is hoping to reach three million people in October, and as many as four million in November, said Mr. Hadi.Also today, it was announced that a team from the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has arrived in Damascus, just four days after the OPCW Executive Council and the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to send them to Syria to begin the process of overseeing the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons.The team, which includes 19 OPCW inspectors and 14 UN staff members, went into Syria over land from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. “On arrival, the team established a logistics base for its immediate work. In the coming days, their efforts are expected to focus on verifying information provided by the Syrian authorities and the initial planning phase of helping the country eliminate its chemical weapons production facilities,” said Mr. Nesirky.According to the deadline set by the UN and the OPCW, the entire chemical weapons stockpile must be eliminated in the first half of next year.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced the hope that the successful initiative on chemical weapons that led to a Security Council resolution last week would help create momentum that could lead both to increased humanitarian access and to a political solution for Syria. In a meeting with Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Ban also discussed arrangements for a peace conference on Syria. read more

OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) looks to his teammates before attempting a pass during the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl against Alabama on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. OSU won, 42-35.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorDALLAS — While many storylines have focused on 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota taking on a rebuilt Ohio State defense, the other side of the ball might be just as compelling.The Buckeyes will be led by third-string redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, who will be making just his third collegiate career start in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship against the Oregon Ducks.Jones, who has led the Buckeyes to wins over Wisconsin and Alabama in the Big Ten title game and the Sugar Bowl, respectively, said that while he feels relaxed, as kickoff approaches he has noticed some of his teammates getting antsy.“You know, pretty calm, cool, collected right now,” Jones said. “But as we get closer, you see guys get a little jittery, guys getting a little more antsy just to put the uniform on, and then when the uniform is on, all that goes away.”Someone who only puts his uniform on seemingly halfway, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, has been a key for the Buckeye offense since Jones took over, rushing for more than 200 yards in both games.Elliott, who has not been held under 100 yards or without a touchdown since a 31-24 win over Minnesota on Nov. 15, said Saturday that establishing a running game early in the national title matchup will be essential if OSU is to bring home the trophy.“That’s really important for us,” Elliott said. “We’re at our best with a balanced attack when we can pass the ball and run the ball, so we like to establish the run and then be able to run play-action and take shots down the field.”Taking shots down field is exactly what the Buckeyes have done since Jones took the reigns of the offense, as all four of his touchdown passes in his two starts have been caught by senior wide receiver Devin Smith and all have covered 39 yards or more.Smith ranks third on OSU’s squad for receptions, but ranks first in yards (886) and touchdown receptions (12) and is averaging 27.7 yards per catch on the season, which is best in the Big Ten with a minimum of 30 receptions.The Massillon, Ohio, native could be poised for a big day against the Ducks’ defense, which ranks 86th in total defense this season and 111th in pass defense.To make matters worse for the Ducks, they will once again be without their star senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to the 2015 Rose Bowl.During OSU’s on-campus media day on Tuesday, Smith said that while redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was an effective signal caller, the power behind Jones’ arm brings a new dimension to the Buckeye offense.“I feel like we are way more effective when we throw deep,” Smith said. “Not taking anything away from J.T., but with the strength that Cardale has in his arm, it makes it a lot easier for us, just run, and he will put it on the money.”Oregon’s leading tackler redshirt-senior defensive back Erick Dargan said Saturday that he and his fellow Duck defenders can’t take Jones lightly, despite his relative inexperience.“He is dangerous. I think he’s more dangerous than a lot of people gave him credit for already,” Dargan said. “Anytime you’ve got a quarterback that can throw the ball hash-to-hash and deliver the ball downfield, you’ve got to watch out for him.”Dargan, who leads the Pac-12 conference in interceptions this season, said that it’s not just Jones’ arm that the Ducks need to prepare for.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl against Alabama on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. OSU won, 42-35.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“He can run, you know, he’s not scared to take off, he’s not really sliding or nothing,” Dargan said of the 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound Cleveland native. “He’s going to try and deliver a blow, whether he’s ready to go out of bounds or he’s in the middle.”Oregon redshirt-senior linebacker Tony Washington seemed more focused on Elliott’s ability to run the football, however.“The dude is really fast. He makes a lot of plays. He’s a tough guy to bring down and he’s going to compete and work hard every rep. He’s determined to make the big runs to get into the end zone,” Washington said. “So, as a defense, we’ve got to wrap up and take him down. He’s not a guy that’s going to let an arm-tackle take him down.”The Buckeyes and Ducks are set to play for the 2015 College Football National Championship on Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

first_imgEarlier today we posted about a rumor first aired by 3DRealms’ George Broussard that Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) was about to make big cuts to both its staff and studios. That rumor has turned out to be true with SOE confirming the news in an e-mail to Gamasutra.In total, 205 jobs will be lost with the Denver, Seattle, and Tucson studios all being closed down. The other bad news is Sony has decided to cancel the online game The Agency which has been in development for several years now.AdChoices广告The good news for existing SOE game players is that all existing titles will remain live and you can continue to play them as normal. As for future game development, two MMOs will now be the focus. The first is based on the PlanetSide IP, and the second on the always-popular Everquest IP.Fewer projects mean less people required and ultimately fewer studios have work, hence the closures. As far as an impact on gamers is concerned, the only noticeable difference is that The Agency will no longer be appearing on store shelves.Read more at GamasutraMatthew’s OpinionDevelopment of The Agency must have been experiencing problems or had fallen way behind schedule. It has been in development since 2007, and you don’t invest 4 years in a project then cancel it without a very good reason. It sounded like a very promising title from what we have heard over the years.It’s also surprising that SOE would choose to do the PlanetSide sequel instead of finishing The Agency, but again, this could be down to problems on that project we don’t know about.For existing players this news has probably come as a relief. The games you play regularly aren’t going anywhere, and the best thing you can do to support them is extend your subscription.last_img read more

first_imgThe ongoing trials of Arthur Psichogios and Tony Golossian, accused of sexually assaulting two Greek Australian women whom they had convinced were ‘cursed’, does not reflect superstitious beliefs commonly held in the Greek community, according to a university professor. One of the female victims, who in 2008 reported to police that she had been raped and had been convinced by “holy man” Tony Golossian that she was cursed by black magic which would cause cancer and death in her family. In order to break the curse, the 39 year-old mother paid for prayer sessions with Golossian, during which she was blindfolded and sexually assaulted but assured it was only a dream. For months she and her husband were bombarded with phone calls from demonic-sounding voices. One, calling itself “Red Evil”, instructed her to have sex with Golossian’s friend, Arthur Psichogios, as a “test”. A year earlier, a 29 year-old woman, also from Sydney, had given police an almost identical account of assaults by Golossian and Psichogios, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald.The second victim was also terrified by talk of curses and black magic and spent up to $100,000 over four years on prayer sessions, trusting they would spare her family from cancer and save her younger sister’s life. While these cases may suggest Greek superstition is still strong within the community, Professor of Modern Greek at Flinders University, Michael Tsianikas said this is not the case. “In the traditional and uneducated Greek society (before the 1950s, in the rural area) there were many traditions of superstition,” Prof. Tsianikas told Neos Kosmos. “After and before the Greek Revolution (1821) there was a systematic attempt, in particular from various intellectuals from the Greek Diaspora, to “enlighten” the Greek minds, through education. One of the most important themes discussed for decades was the idea to liberate the Greeks of any superstitious beliefs,” he added. During these strong debates, matters regarding religion – and when religion is or is not a superstition – were vividly discussed. “After decades of education and “enlightenment”, the Greek society was almost free of any systematic practice regarding superstition,” Prof. Tsianikas said. “What happened in Sydney is totally different and a case of particular analysis… the Greek nation and the Greeks are freely spirited minds and there are only few, rare exceptions – and nothing else,” he said. Convicted in December after a four-month trial, Golossian, 63, and Psichogios, 40, are in custody awaiting sentence. The District Court heard sentencing submissions earlier this month. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLe risque juridique expliquerait la hausse du nombre de césariennesAlors que le nombre de césariennes pratiquées en France ne cesse de croître chaque année, les obstétriciens expliquent cela par la peur du procès et de l’attaque en justice.Le Syndicat national des gynécologues-obstétriciens français (Syngof) explique que le nombre croissant de césariennes est lié à un certain risque juridique. Le secrétaire général du Syndicat a fait savoir à la Fédération hospitalière de France à travers une lettre : “Si un taux croissant de césariennes est constaté, il est surtout la conséquence de conduites ‘défensives’ des obstétriciens, dont la couverture assurantielle reste insuffisante”.Cette lettre fait suite à la volonté affichée dernièrement par la Fédération hospitalière de France de largement diminuer les actes chirurgicaux superflus, la césarienne pouvant alors en faire partie selon-eux. Ainsi, le docteur Jean Marty ajoute dans sa lettre que les praticiens ont peur des indemnisations qui “atteignent ou dépassent les plafonds de garantie pour les montants définitifs” qui peuvent alors être en plus ré-ajustés par rapport à l’inflation. Pour le Syngof, le risque d’attaque en justice et de devoir un jour verser des indemnisations est trop grand pour prendre le moindre risque en évitant une césarienne.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgCancer du pancréas : des bactéries radioactives pour traiter efficacement la maladie ?Des bactéries de listéria rendues radioactives pourraient permettre de traiter efficacement le cancer du pancréas en infectant les cellules cancéreuses.Des recherches menées sur des souris ont permis à des chercheurs de traiter sélectivement les cellules malades issues d’un cancer du pancréas. Comment ? En utilisant des bactéries appartenant au genre listeria et rendues radioactives. L’étude publiée cette semaine dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indique que les bactéries ont réduit fortement le nombre de métastases chez des souris développant un cancer agressif du pancréas.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais c’est surtout la capacité sélective de ce nouveau traitement radiologique qu’ont mis en évidence les auteurs précisant que les tissus sains ont été laissés intacts. “Nous sommes encouragés, car nous avons pu réduire de 90% le nombre de métastases avec la première série d’expériences”, explique Claudia Gravekamp, professeur adjoint de microbiologie et d’immunologie à la faculté de médecine Albert Einstein de New York et principal auteur de ces travaux. Selon elle, “avec davantage d’améliorations, notre approche a le potentiel d’ouvrir une nouvelle ère de traitement du cancer métastatique du pancréas”.Il faut dire que le cancer du pancréas est un des plus mortels qui soit avec une chance de survie à cinq ans de 4% seulement. Ainsi, sur les 45.220 nouveaux cas de cancer du pancréas prévus pour être diagnostiqués cette année aux États-Unis, 38 460 personnes en mourront, estime l’Institut national américain du cancer (NCI). Le principal obstacle à l’élimination du cancer du pancréas est la nécessité de s’y attaquer à un stade précoce. Or, cela est rarement le cas car il n’entraîne généralement que peu de symptômes et est donc détecté tardivement.Le seul traitement de ce cancer restant la chirurgie, la nouvelle approche par des bactéries listeria rendues radioactives est une véritable nouveauté très prometteuse. Cette fois, “les cellules cancéreuses sont directement attaquées et détruites”, ont encore assuré les chercheurs.Le 25 avril 2013 à 19:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Labor & Industries has proposed an average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 workers’ compensation premiums, an increase of less than 2 cents per hour worked. If approved, it would be L&I’s first increase in three years.Washington’s most recent wage inflation number is 3.4 percent. The state’s rates are based on hours worked and not payroll like other states. Washington needs to raise rates to get the revenue that other states get automatically. A public hearing will be held in Vancouver at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 in the Rainier Auditorium at the Northwest Regional Training Center, 11606 N.E. 66th St., No. 103. Comments can also be made to Doug Stewart, employer services program manager, at Doug.Stewart@Lni.wa.gov.Final rates will be adopted in early December and go into effect on Jan. 1. More information is available at www.Rates.Lni.wa.gov.last_img read more

first_imgBurdened by problems of bad-loans and subsequent stress on capital, state-run banks lost their market share in loan disbursal during 2015-16 year, reported the Mint. Their outstanding credit fell by around four percentage points from 50.06 percent in March 2015  to 46.43 percent in March 2016.Private sector banks, on the other hand, upped their market share by four percent to 24.04 percent during 2015-16.Except State Bank of India and its associate banks, which witnessed a slight 0.15 percent increase in their lending, the rest of the public sector lenders saw their overall credit market share fall to a 12-year low. It was in September 2004 quarter that these banks had their lowest ever market share of 49.29 percent.With a 1.37 percent growth in credit disbursal, the March quarter was also the lowest of quarterly growth, reported the Mint, citing Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data available till 2003.Incidentally, it was the RBI’s review of asset quality that resulted in identification of many bad loan-laden state-run banks during 2015-16. Their gross non-performing assets (or bad loans) jumped 95 percent for the period on higher provisions to service those loans and thereby converting their net profits to net losses.Even if these banks had the requisite bandwidth to expand further lending, the scope was limited as their identification had pulled down their already down capitalisation level, according to the report.DepositsMarket share of total deposits held by state-run banks too fell to 48.32 percent in March 2016 from 50.95 percent in a year ago period.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Days after losing her cool on BJP activists chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and front ranking leaders of her Trinammol Congress changed their display picture on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to ‘Jay Hind, Jay Bangla on Sunday night. Earlier in the day, Banerjee in a detailed Facebook post accused the BJP of mixing religion with politics and urged people to deter any sort of chaos and unrest. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The picture of Trinamool’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts also were changed to ‘Jay Hind, Jay Bangla’ with pictures of Mahatma Gandhi, revolutionary leaders Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Matangini Hazra, Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, and rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Photos of leading 19th century Bengal Renaissance figures like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, as also religious and social thinker Swami Vivekananda and father of Indian Constitution B R Ambedkar were also part of the new display pictures. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Banerjee and other Trinamool leaders had changed their social media DPs to display a photo of Vidyasagar, after a bust of the venerated champion of women’s emancipation was demolished in connection with unrest related to BJP chief Amit Shah’s election roadshow in Kolkata last month. “Jai Sia Ram, Jai Ram ji ki, Ram Naam Satya hai etc. have religious and social connotations. We respect these sentiments. But BJP is using religious slogan Jai Sri Ram as their party slogan in a misconceived manner by way of mixing religion with politics,” Banerjee wrote in her Facebook post. “We do not respect this forcible enforcement of political slogans on others in the name of so-called RSS which Bengal never accepted. This is a deliberate attempt to sell hatred ideology through vandalism and violence which we must oppose together”. Clarifying that she has no issues with any party slogan, she wrote: “I have no problem, regarding any particular slogan of political parties in their rallies, and for their party purpose. Every political party has their own slogan. My party has Jai Hind, Vande Mataram. The Left has Inquilab Zindabad. Others have different slogans. We respect each other.” The Trinamool Congress supremo said one cannot “fool” the people all the time. She warned everyone against divisiveness being spread in Bengal. “This is high time that proper action is taken to restrain political workers not to indulge in activities of creating unrest, chaos, violence and disruption of normal life by taking recourse to misplaced ideologies in the so-called name of religion to create a divide among the people. If all other political parties start resorting to these sort of divisive and disruptive activities, then the entire environment would become highly vitiated and counterproductive,” she said. She urged people to oppose such moves of BJP very strongly in order to keep the secular character of the country as enshrined in the Constitution. “I appeal to all the people of the country and the state to give a befitting reply to hatred politics and show respect to our country’s glorious culture and heritage. Let us all be proud of our culture and heritage. Jai Hind, Jai Bangla, Joyo He,” Banerjee added. She said BJP is trying to spread ideology of hatred through a section of the media. “The so-called BJP media and so-called fake video, fake news, misinformation and disinformation to create confusion and to suppress truth and reality,” she wrote.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle reCAPTCHA v3 without user interaction launches by Martin Brinkmann on October 30, 2018 in Companies, Google, Internet – 48 commentsGoogle unveiled a new version of the company’s reCAPTCHA service yesterday that aims to make the service more user friendly and provide webmasters with better options when it comes to dealing with unwanted traffic.Chance is, that any Internet user encountered a number of captcha verification prompts in the past. These are designed to verify that the visitor is indeed human and not a bot. A sign-up page is a prime example for captcha use; websites don’t want bots to register accounts automatically and to prevent that from happening, may add captchas to the page to throw bots off while keeping human visitors on the site.Captcha solutions have a number of problems associated with them: the percentage of false positives is high and it is sometimes difficult or even impossible to decipher the text that you are asked to enter; this leads to user frustration.Google reCAPTCHA v3via xkcdGoogle hopes to make things better with the release of reCAPTCHA v3. When Google launched the first version of the verification tool all users had to pass the captcha test to continue on to the site or action. Google added signals to the second version of the test which made about half of the users pass without having to enter a captcha.The third-version changes things around completely as it is now putting webmasters in charge when it comes to the display of captchas. Instead of displaying a captcha to a user right away, reCAPTCHA v3 computes a score that tells the webmaster how likely it is that a visit is made by a human or bot.Now with reCAPTCHA v3, we are fundamentally changing how sites can test for human vs. bot activities by returning a score to tell you how suspicious an interaction is and eliminating the need to interrupt users with challenges at all. reCAPTCHA v3 runs adaptive risk analysis in the background to alert you of suspicious traffic while letting your human users enjoy a frictionless experience on your site.Webmasters get new options and more control over the process. They may set the threshold that determines when visitors are let through to the site automatically, may add custom signals to the detection, e.g. if a user has an account on the site, and may use the signals to train machine learning algorithms.Webmasters may set up thresholds and define the type of verification that they require from the visitor, e.g. to use two-factor authentication or phone verification.Closing WordsThe changes introduced in reCAPTCHA v3 need to be implemented by web developers before users will benefit from the new approach. The new system should reduce the number of captchas that users are exposed to. Ultimately, it depends on the web developer and the set threshold whether the new system will indeed be more favorable to Internet users.Now You: How often do you encounter captchas on the Internet?SummaryArticle NameGoogle reCAPTCHA v3 without user interaction launchesDescriptionGoogle unveiled a new version of the company’s reCAPTCHA service yesterday that aims to make the service more user friendly and provide webmasters with better options when it comes to dealing with unwanted traffic.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The report was released in the aftermath of al-Shabab’s attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, a gunfire and grenade assault that killed at least 67 people.The report calls for Americans to exercise extra vigilance in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and the coastal city of Mombasa at clubs, hotels, resorts, shopping centers, restaurants and places of worship.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Check your body, save your life NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – The U.S. government is warning that a Kenyan terror group with links to the Somali group al-Shabab may seek to target the American private sector in Kenya.A recent report from the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council says the anti-West ideology shared by al-Shabab and the Kenyan terror group al-Hijra indicate that the groups “may seek to target the U.S. private sector in Kenya.” Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches (Facebook Photo) However, the Department of Defense’s Joint Space Operations Center have said that none of the evidence so far suggests a collision was at fault. The department also has gone on to say whatever happened may have happened on the actual satellite.To get the satellite spinning so fast, I think it must have been shooting out gas of some kind – either one of its actual rocket thrusters got stuck on, or possibly the super-cold liquid helium boiled off and acted as if it was a rocket thruster. The cooling system’s been working fine for a few weeks (and apparently some of the data that’s been returned is scientifically exciting) so maybe the stuck thruster is the most likely guess. But it’s just a guess.Recovering Hitomi and reviewing the data would be groundbreaking in terms of forwarding x-ray spectroscopy, a technique used by astronomers to study cosmic x-ray sources.It remains uncertain if JAXA will be able to recover Hitomi, but they are not prepared to call it a lost cause just yet. Last month, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a $273 million black hole satellite into space to further investigate the mysteries outside our atmosphere. However, earlier this week, the satellite disappeared without a trace, and now has suddenly reappeared.Video of the Hitomi was shot by astronomer Paul Maley in Arizona, and it shows the satellite tumbling through space. Japan has found it difficult to relay messages off the satellite due to the consistent spinning through space. The satellite was spinning one full rotation every 23.5 seconds. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

first_imgLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineEthical emerald mining company Gemfields and the World Land Trust, working with eight of the world’s premier designers, have created a one-of-a-kind “pop-up” collection of bespoke emerald jewelry. The collection was designed to raise awareness and funding for the World Land Trust’s “Indian Elephant Corridor” project. The pieces will be displayed around the Emerald Queen—a life-size fiberglass elephant adorned with Gemfields Zambian emeralds and designed by Sabine Roemer—which will form part of the London Elephant Parade from May to July 2010.As India’s farmlands and cities continue to expand, the Asian elephant experiences widespread habitat loss. As the home of 60% of the world’s remaining Asian elephant populations, protecting habitats in India is key to the survival of the species as a whole. The World Land Trust works to preserve traditional migratory routes for these elephants so that they can move safely between national parks and other protected areas.Eight world-class designers were chosen from across the globe to create unique jewelry that incorporates a Gemfields Zambian emerald at the center. Gemfields focuses on ethically-sourced Zambian emeralds that follow the highest standards in fair-trade, environmental, social and safety practices. Gemfields’ special mine-to-market capability ensures the provenance of every gem through a full disclosure and certification program. The deep green of these gems and the company’s socially conscious nature makes the collaboration with the World Land Trust a perfect pairing.Each jeweler crafted a single piece, using the elephants and the lush corridors they inhabit as inspiration. The participating UK-based talents include cutting-edge designer Shaun Leane and celebrity favorite Theo Fennell, along with up-and-coming names like Dominic Jones. Other featured designers include Turkey’s Sevan Bicakci, Australian South Sea pearl company Autore, represented by Alessio Boschi, and Gem Palace, the renowned court jewelers to the Moghul emperors in India.The collection is currently on view in the Selfridges Wonder Room until June. On June 22nd, Sotheby’s will auction off the pieces in an exclusive event, with a percentage of profits from each jewel going towards the World Land Trust’s “Indian Elephant Corridor” project.Visit www.gemfields.co.uk for more information.last_img read more