Fabelle unveils six chocolate flavours

first_imgIndia’s home-grown luxury chocolate brand, Fabelle Chocolates, commemorated India’s 73rd Independence Day with a limited edition chocolate range, unveiled at ITC Sonar. Fabelle pays tribute to India’s rich food culture and diverse tastes by identifying hero ingredients from across the country and pairing them with White, Milk, Dark and Ruby Chocolate.Fabelle divided the country into six zones and created six chocolate bars, each representing the flavours of a region, like, Northern Himalayan Region – Dark Chocolate smoked with Tea and Pink Himalayan Salt, Thar Desert – Ruby Chocolate with Toasted Sesame, Salted Peanuts and Toasted Amaranth, Gangetic Plains – Milk Chocolate with Jaggery powder and crunchy Puffed Rice, Central Plains – Dark Chocolate with Candied Orange Peel blended with Raisins, Deccan Plateau – White Chocolate with Coffee and Cardamom Powder effusion, Coastal Regions – Milk Chocolate with Desiccated Coconut powder and Candied Mango. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAcross 6 cities, 600 such bars were handcrafted by Fabelle Master Chocolatiers in a larger-than-life 73 kg chocolate installation to commemorate the 73rd Independence Day. Each chocolate bar is priced at Rs 265 and to make the occasion sweeter, Fabelle Chocolates will be donating proceeds from the sale of these bars to Make-A-Wish Foundation of India, a non-profit organisation, which works towards supporting deserving children to lead a richer life by fulfilling their wishes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnuj Rustagi, Chief Operating Officer – Chocolates, Coffee and New Categories – Food Division, ITC Limited said,”Fabelle’s endeavour, especially during celebratory occasions is to delight consumers with thematic and one of a kind chocolate experiences. We are extremely happy to see how Fabelle Master Chocolatiers bring to life a befitting tribute to the country’s rich legacy of indigenous tastes and flavours as we observe this historic celebration of Independence Day year-on-year.” Deepak Bhatia, Make-A-Wish Foundation shared, “Independence Day holds tremendous ground in the list of national celebrations since it reminds every Indian about the dawn of a new beginning. Make-A-Wish has granted over 334,000 wishes worldwide to some very deserving children.”last_img read more

Broadway Star Deborah Cox To Perform Akons No Labels Anthem

first_imgDeborah Cox will perform the patriotic “No Labels Anthem,” written and produced by Akon, at No Labels’ Meeting to Make America Work! on January 14 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.No Labels is a grassroots movement of hundreds of thousands of Democrats, Republicans and independents committed to a new politics of problem solving.The Meeting to Make America Work! will feature Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and an emerging group of congressional “problem solvers” talking with more than 1,300 citizens from across the country about how to build trust across the aisle. Newark Mayor Cory Booker will also be speaking at the event, along with many other notable business and political leaders.Cox, a multi-platinum selling and multi-talented entertainer, has conquered the R&B and pop charts, raking in six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, and an impressive 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Cox is currently starring on Broadway in a reimagined version of Frank Wildhorn ’s “Jekyll & Hyde” musical.Cox will be performing the No Labels Anthem at 12:30 p.m., eastern time.To find out how to purchase the No Labels Anthem, and to learn more, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_imgRoxodus Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Organizers of the now-defunct Roxodus music festival are under investigation and could face fines and charges after mowing down trees and draining wetlands to make room for the four-day concert that was abruptly cancelled earlier this month.“There were environmentally protected lands that were impacted by these guys,” said Doug Measures, mayor of the Township of Clearview.The investigation has been launched by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and, according to officials from the County of Simcoe, it could result in charges under the municipality’s forestry conservation bylaw. Officials said 18 hectares of woodlands were cleared without the proper permits or prior approval. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Government seeks increased public and Indigenous participation for resource projects

first_imgThe Province hopes the environmental assessment process will enhance the public’s and Indigenous participation if passed, by keeping the First Nations communities more engaged and involved.“Having Indigenous collaboration from the beginning means a more certain and efficient process where good projects can move forward more quickly, providing benefits to Indigenous peoples while respecting their rights, values and culture,” said Heyman. “We want to reduce the potential for the types of legal challenges we’ve too frequently seen in B.C. These have impacted our province’s economic development, eroded public trust, alienated Indigenous communities and left project proponents trying to navigate through a costly, time-consuming process.”With more open engagement from the public and First Nations groups the Government will be able to better understand the needs of all parties included before making formal decisions.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs“I am relieved that the day has finally come when we are beginning to see the legislative and policy shifts that are necessary and essential to facilitate genuine reconciliation. Recognizing Indigenous governments, laws, jurisdictions and decision-making is an essential part of this, and the legislation today is a small step in the right direction. The Province of British Columbia has committed to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including free, prior and informed consent, and we are looking forward to seeing this realized on the ground through environmental assessments under the new process. We are hopeful that the new legislation will ensure the sustainability of our precious lands and waters for our children and grandchildren and all British Columbians. While much more legislative and policy change is urgently needed, today is a good day.” VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. government introduced legislation to modernize the environmental assessment process for resource projects.In 1995 B.C. was one of the first provinces to introduce environmental assessment legislation, a system for responsible resource projects, reconciliation with B.C.’s Indigenous peoples, environmental protection, increased transparency and increased public engagement.“By revitalizing our environmental assessment process, we’re striking a better balance for our province, where good projects that respect B.C.’s environment, Indigenous peoples and the public will be approved more quickly,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Our province was built upon the wealth of natural resources at our disposal. This legislation reaffirms the continued importance of these resources to British Columbians and enhances public trust by engaging people and communities early to ensure our resources are used sustainably. Growing a strong economy and protecting the environment we all cherish go hand in hand. That’s the legacy we want our kids and grandkids to inherit.”last_img read more

Shahrukh meets CM at Nabanna

first_imgKolkata: Ahead of the their second IPL match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shahrukh Khan met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at state secretariat Nabanna on Tuesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her confidence that Shahrukh’s team will win this year, while SRK sported the victory sign while leaving Nabanna in the evening. SRK said “We will all win this year” and hugged Banerjee, who exulted saying “Brother and sister always winners.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaKKR, who had won their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at their home ground Eden Gardens, is set to play their second match, again at home, against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday. KKR has won the IPL twice and Banerjee was a part of the celebrations during both. Khan has been attending the Kolkata International Film Festival on more than one occasion in the last few years and is also the brand ambassador of Bengal.last_img read more

Security Council condemns Bali attack as threat to international peace

In a resolution adopted unanimously this evening, the Council condemned “in the strongest possible terms” not only the bombing in Bali but also “other recent terrorist acts in various countries.”Those incidents, like any act of international terrorism, constitute “a threat to international peace and security,” the Council stated, voicing its reinforced determination to combat all forms of the scourge in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter.All States were urged “to work together urgently and to cooperate with and provide support and assistance, as appropriate, to the Indonesian authorities in their efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these terrorist attacks.”The Council also expressed condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia and to the victims of the bomb attacks and their families. read more

Annan notes exemplary giveandtake in 1905 dissolution of NorwaySweden union

“Norway and Sweden went on to become good neighbours, close partners in regional Nordic cooperation and exemplary Member States of the United Nations,” he said, as well as having contributed the first and second UN Secretaries-General, Dag Hammarskjöld and Trygvie Lee.”Both (countries) are long-standing donors of development assistance, generous providers of humanitarian relief and steadfast contributors to peacekeeping operations – thus showing solidarity and sharing their prosperity throughout the world,” Mr. Annan said.Both would doubtless continue play important roles “to help strengthen the United Nations as it adapts to deal with the challenges of the 21st century,” he said. read more

Maritime oyster mission hopes to crack open solution to devastating disease

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Eleven years after a fatal disease damaged Nova Scotia’s oyster industry, a maritime delegation is travelling to the United States to learn how New England’s aquaculture industry was so successfully revitalized.The aquaculture associations of both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are leading a group of about 16 researchers, industry delegates and government officials to Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for a week-long visit to discuss technology and policy approaches to battle MSX disease.“Basically it’s a mission to go down and see how the oyster farmers in New England are managing to operate what seems to be successful businesses in the presence of MSX disease,” said Bruce Hancock, executive director of the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Association.MSX is caused by a microscopic parasite and stands for Multinucleate Sphere X, which the disease was called when first discovered in Chesapeake Bay American (or Eastern) oysters in the late 1950s.It was not until 2002 that the disease was detected in the Maritimes, where it decimated the oyster industry in the Bras d’Or Lakes of Cape Breton, cutting the province’s oyster production in half in a single year.“In Nova Scotia we lost probably about 50 per cent of our oyster industry,” said Hancock. “It’s been 11 years since (then) and what we’d like to do is to see if there’s a way that we could try to rebuild the industry.”Hancock estimated the economic impact of MSX in Atlantic Canada to be about $1 million per year.The disease itself is not fully understood, said Hancock, including the vector by which MSX is spread.The parasite works its way through an oyster’s soft tissues, slowly weakening the animal over the course of a year or two until it dies.But MSX is only a health problem for oysters and has no effect on human health, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.“There are a lot of unknowns but what we do know is down in the States where they have had a history of MSX they’re finding ways of working around the disease,” said Hancock.New England has developed methods of raising disease-resistant oyster strains from hatcheries and has put in place government regulations that have prevented MSX from spreading to unaffected areas.The eastern American seaboard has also developed systems to grow their oysters more quickly in suspension, as well as triploid genetic varieties that are sterile and therefore channel energy into growth that would otherwise be spent on reproduction.“It’s not that the oysters they’re producing would never get MSX, it’s just that they grow faster and they’re a little bit more resistant to it, so you can get them up to market size before MSX gets itself established and the oyster can’t live any longer,” he said.There is also a role for rules and regulations, said Hancock.“This isn’t necessarily about government assistance or anything like that,” he said. “This is about government learning about how they’re regulating in the States so they can both move the industry forward but at the same time make sure that there’s no further spread of the disease.”Hancock said the delegation will include industry representatives from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as representatives from those provinces’ aquaculture associations.“A couple people are going from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,” said Hancock, “which is really nice to see.”A representative from each of the maritime provinces will also be in attendence, though Nova Scotia is the only maritime province in which MSX has so far been detected.“The ultimate (desired) result is that we can start rebuilding the oyster industry in MSX-positive areas,” said Hancock. “That’s what i want to see.” by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2013 7:00 am MDT Maritime oyster mission hopes to crack open solution to devastating disease read more

Teams of computer coders gather to tackle CanadaUS border snags

WASHINGTON – Teams of computer programmers will gather in two cities this weekend to try developing software that slashes through the red tape that gums up trade across the Canada-U.S. border.The events in Toronto and Chicago stem from a business-community idea that governments should try using Silicon Valley-style hackathon gatherings to deal with the persistent problem of border delays.Dozen of people from academia, the private sector, and trade groups will form teams from Friday though Sunday and compete in an event titled ”Canada-U.S. Hackathon: Get North America Trading Again.”They’ll seek to design software that simplifies the import-export process, with $15,000 awarded in cash prizes in an event sponsored by the Canadian and American governments, industry groups, and corporate powerhouses like Microsoft, IBM and Amazon.One organizer says governments are experts at enforcing rules and monitoring the border — but private-sector innovators are far better at finding solutions to technical irritants.Another goal of this event, he said, is to bring smart, young people into the circle of government decision-making for tackling problems.”You bring a whole new group of people into the public-policy arena,” said Adam Schlosser, senior director and policy counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”Most folks in programming or in the startup scene — they’re not thinking public policy. They’re thinking of building the next app. Connecting those two can wind up solving a lot of problems.”If the first event works, he hopes it develops into an annual affair.The goal is to start small, with two very specific problems encountered by some importers and exporters. Future events could build on the platforms developed over the weekend, he said.Teams will be presented with two tasks.One involves a simpler way to refund cross-border book purchases — the countries have different import-export codes for various types of books, causing complications when the same book has to be shipped back.The other task involves designing software that would allow the importer of a product from a crowd-funding website to send sales data to two places simultaneously: the product-maker, and customs officials.The intellectual-property rights to the software will remain with the teams and they can license or sell it as they see fit — although it’s supposed to be compatible with government programs.An early promoter of the idea is delighted to see it happening.Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian-American Business Council last year repeatedly urged members of both governments to try tackling border delays with the dot-com-era problem-solving model.The labyrinthine customs system currently in place complicates trade, stifles economic growth, and ties up border agents who could be working on more important things, she said.”The manner in which they ask for information (at customs) is like the 1970s,” Greenwood said.”It’s really hard to figure out even how to comply. You have to hire a specialist… Then the customs person has to interpret everything — so instead of actually doing their law-enforcement function and screening for bad guys and contraband they’re sitting there looking at binders full of information.”She identified the ultimate goal: ”Make it as easy to cross the border with a truck full of goods as it is to buy a book on Amazon. That’s the idea. And if you can do that, that will put hundreds of millions of dollars back into the economy — without costing anyone anything.”The White House has already convened one such event — for disaster-response. It resulted in more than 30 ideas to solve problems people had during the 2012 hurricane on the East Coast. Google and the home-rental app AirBnB wound up offering ways to use their platforms to notify and help people in disaster-affected areas.Greenwood later suggested using that model to tackle problems faced by members of her association. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took a lead on the initiative, and helped organize this weekend’s events. Teams of computer coders gather to tackle Canada-U.S. border snags by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2016 2:44 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UNs Ban urges accelerated action on healthrelated MDGs for women children

In remarks delivered to a special event held by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and titled Meeting the Challenges of the Health MDGs and Beyond; International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Innovative Approach, Mr. Ban told delegates that while much progress in achieving the Goals has been made, a great deal still remained to be done. “Time is passing and we must urgently accelerate our work. That takes commitment, political will, and a determination to focus efforts on where they can have the biggest impact,” he stated, adding that this was one reason why he made improving maternal and child health a priority of the MDG agenda. “We know that investing in women’s and children’s health yields high and long-lasting returns – for individuals, for families, for societies and for the future we want.”Pointing to a number of successes on the issue, the Secretary-General stated that since 1990, the mortality rate for children under the age of five plummeted by nearly half, while maternal deaths fell by 40 per cent. In addition, over 2 billion people in the world gained access to drinking water. Nevertheless, he noted, every two minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy or in childbirth while 19,000 children die every day from largely preventable causes. “If we want to see women and children survive and thrive, we must address inequalities and reach the most vulnerable in poor and underserved areas,” Mr. Ban stressed. “We have the technology and know-how to save and improve women’s and children’s lives – and we need to join our good ideas and efforts,” he said, calling the ICDDR,B one of the driving forces in that effort.The event – co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, Abdul Moment and the Permanent Representative of Norway, Geir Pedersen–prompted Mr. Ban to reiterate his “sincere condolences” for the recent garment factory fire in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka which reportedly killed over 400 people. Mr. Ban, however, also highlighted Bangladesh’s progress towards the MDGs, noting that his visit to the South Asian country had been “amazing and inspirational” and that in visits with local health workers and representatives he had learned that Bangladesh took the issue of health “very seriously.” “I commend Bangladesh on its progress towards all the health MDGs,” he continued. “Thank you for being leaders in global health – leaders that can change the health of millions of people – and the future for us all.” read more

HC Metalurg found substitute for Markovic – Milan Vucicevic comes to Skopje

Macedonian champion and EHF CL TOP 16 team, HC Metalurg Skopje found a replacement for right back, Zarko Markovic, only after seven days. New left-handed force of Lino Cervar’s team is experienced Serbian player, 203 cm tall, Milan Vucicevic (34). Vucicevic has huge international experience. He played in Slovenia, Macedonia, Spain, Germany and Portugal. His biggest personal success is semi-final of the EHF Champions League with Prule Ljubljana in 2003. He already played in Skopje, but for the biggest Metalurg’s rival, HC Vardar.Last season he spent in Serbia, where he came from Benfica Lisbon. He played for Radnicki Kragujevac, but then he moved to Kolubara Lazarevac. Metalurg will be his 12th team in professional career.HC Metalurg already signed contract with Tihomir Doder, captain of HC Vardar Skopje. HC Metalurg SkopjeMilan Vucicevic ← Previous Story Radu Voina said “Goodbye” – Romania looking for a new NT head coach! Next Story → Jonathan Stenbäcken joins MT Melsungen! read more

Convincing Denmark outscore Macedonia

After finding themselves in all sorts of trouble traveling to the European Championship, tenacious Macedonia was unable to resist the strong Danish team. It was 29-21 for the hosts in front of 14.000 of their home fans in Jyske Bank Boxen arena in Herning. The match started as a bit of a rollercoaster for the Danish team, failing to build on their 6-1 lead for the 7th minute into the 1st half. Macedonian persistence nearly granted them a chance to overturn as they were trailing only two goals in the opening minutes of the second half. It was 12-8 at the half-time interval, as Denmark couldn’t find consistence in their game. Lazarov had a bad start to the game, shooting 4/10 in the first half; to end the game with 7/15.STATISTICSIn Danish team contributions were evenly spread trughout, with Mortensen- the highest scorer for his team with 5, followed by Hansen with 4. It was 40 minutes in, when Landin came to play, with a series of good saves (two consecutive) to repel Macedonian attacking threat. By 50th minute, Danish lead quickly rose to 6 goals with exhausted Macedonian defense, and well guarded Lazarov, as the sole ‘go to’ man. Denmark reaches the high point late in the game having 8-goal difference with 5 minutes to go. In the dying minutes, Macedonians were merely the spectators to their demise, as Danish wings were scoring their goals from the counters, setting the final score at 29-21.It was Ristovski in the end that shone well above many of his teammates, securing a number of important saves in his team’s loss. Both Landin and Ristovski were selected the best players of their teams, with of number outstanding saves throughout. In the next matches of the group A;the winners Austria and Denmark will meet, while Macedonia will look to bounce back in a match vs. Czech Republic, who lost heavily to Austria.NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: http://macedoniahandball.com.mk ← Previous Story GOOD START FOR WORLD CHAMPIONS: Spain beat Hungary Next Story → WHAT A GOAL: Show-time by Dejan Manaskov EHF EURO 2014 read more

Mourinho would have quit Man Utd had they been any other

first_imgJose Mourinho would have reportedly quit this summer if he had been in charge of any other club than Manchester UnitedThe Portuguese coach has had perhaps the most frustrating transfer window of his career following chief executive Ed Woodward’s failure to support him in pursuit of his main target of a new central defender.United have signed only Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant this summer.Woodward’s reluctant to support Mourinho has caused a breakdown in their relationship with United supporters reportedly preparing for a plane to fly a banner over Turf Moor in Sunday’s away trip to Burnley in protest towards the club board.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Not the Daily Mirror reports that Mourinho is still fuming over the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market.The 55-year-old fears that United’s chances at overhauling champions Manchester City in the Premier League have been compromised by Woodward’s refusal to spend the money needed for a new centre-back.Apparently, Mourinho has told friends that had United been any other club than he would have already left.Centre-backs Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin and Yerry Mina had all been linked with moves to Old Trafford.last_img read more

Government launches inquiry into executive pay

first_imgThe government’s Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) committee has launched an inquiry into corporate governance, including executive pay.The inquiry follows corporate governance issues highlighted by the committee’s inquiries into BHS and Sports Direct.The inquiry will examine the rise in executive pay in relation to that of other employees, as well as looking at if, and how, executive pay should reflect the value added by executives relative to more junior employees in the organisation.The committee is seeking views on how executive pay should take into account an organisation’s long-term performance, and whether there is evidence that executive pay is too high. It will also ask how, if at all, the government should influence or control executive pay.The scope of the inquiry will also include directors’ duties, and boardroom diversity, such as the number of women in executive positions on boards. It will also ask whether there should be worker representation on boards and remuneration committees, and what form this would take.The committee is inviting written submissions until 26 October 2016.Iain Wright, chair of the BIS committee, said: “Whopping pay awards to senior executives are not only vastly bigger than workers could ever expect to receive but often seem to have very little relationship to [an organisation’s] performance. While there has been some recent shareholder actions against these ever larger pay packages, can we have any confidence that the current framework for controlling pay is working?“As a committee, we will want to look at whether executive pay should take account of [organisations’] long-term performance and whether the government should intervene to control executive pay.”Simon Walker, director general at the Institute of Directors, added: “The UK has long been a leader in promoting high standards of governance, with our Corporate Governance Code being copied across the world. But the reputation of corporate Britain has not recovered from the financial crisis, and there are important questions that need to be addressed on issues including transparency, executive pay and board diversity. The prime minister has made clear that company boards are in her sights, so directors must fully engage in this debate.”last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi to fight against 3 namesakes in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency

first_imgCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi stooped down to pick up the shoe of an injured journalist.TwitterCongress president Rahul Gandhi, who has filed his nomination from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, will have to fight it out against — apart from the main rivals — two namesakes and another with Gandhi surname.The last date for withdrawal of nominations in Kerala is Monday and the polling takes place on April 23 to elect 20 Lok Sabha members.The namesakes are Independent candidate, 33-year-old KE Rahul Gandhi, who hails from Kottayam district; 30-year-old K Raghul Gandhi from Coimbatore and is a member of the Agila India Makkal Kazhagam party; and the third person, also an Independent candidate is 40-year-old KM Shivprasad Gandhi from Thrissur.According to the affidavits they have filed, K.E. Rahul Gandhi has an M.Phil degree in Linguistics and a social worker with no PAN, while his wife, although a housewife, has a PAN.Both of them have no liabilities but have Rs 5,000 cash in hand and just Rs 515 in the banks. They have no immovable assets.K Raghul Gandhi from Coimbatore works as a reporter and his wife is a dental technician.While both are income tax taxpayers have filed their return that shows that he has a total income of Rs 1,99,000, while his spouse shows Rs 2,00,000 for 2018-19 and the two have reported a liability of Rs 1,45,000.Coming to KM Shiva Prasad Gandhi, he is a Sanskrit teacher and his wife is a computer operator and both are IT payees and own assets and have liabilities too.last_img read more

Deadline For Protesting State Property Tax Hikes Is May 15

first_imgSheila Thompson/FlickrSome homeowners across the country are rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes well before the due date because the new Republican tax law overhaul could affect how much they are allowed to deduct next year.If you’re a Texas homeowner and think your latest state property tax assessment is too high, there’s still time to file a protest and try to get it lowered. But the deadline is coming up fast — Tuesday May 15.Harris County residents can file a protest online with the Harris County Appraisal District or in person at HCAD’s main office in Northwest Houston. There’s also the option of hiring a property tax consultant.Not a Harris County resident? Find how to file a protest with your county’s appraisal district here:Austin CountyBrazoria CountyChambers CountyFort Bend CountyGalveston CountyLiberty CountyMontgomery CountySan Jacinto CountyWaller County Sharelast_img read more

GJYM set to take up political programmes from June 10 to push

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha will be taking up political programmes from June 10 to pressurise BJP to work towards the creation of Gorkhaland. It is on this poll plank that BJP and Hill allies had secured public mandate for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls in Darjeeling, stated the GJYM.”After June 10 we will launch a series of political programmes in the GTA area, Terai and the Dooars in the plains. We will start with postering. It will, however, not be like the violent agitations in the past. We will maintain cordial relations with the state government,” stated Amrit Yonzon, president, GJYM. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe agitation is also aimed at the parliamentary session that will commence from June 17. “Raju Bishta won the elections on the Gorkhaland poll plank. The allies and the BJP clearly stated in the Hills that people should vote for him, keeping ‘Jati and Mato’ (community and land) in mind. He got an overwhelming mandate so its time he and BJP live up to the commitment,” added Arun Chettri, general secretary. He further stated that during the 2017 agitation that had culminated in the 105-day-long bandh, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had clearly stated that it was their democratic right to launch an agitation as long as it was non-violent and peaceful. “However, only when the agitation turned violent did the state begin the crackdown. The 105-day-long bandh was not fruitful at all as it did not yield any result,” stated Chettri. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe stated that during the poll campaign in Darjeeling, Banerjee had publicly declared that she will work towards resolving the identity issue of the Gorkhas, along with political security. “The BJP has talked about a permanent political solution to the Gorkha impasse. They should spell out what it is,” Chettri added. When questioned on what their stand is regarding GNLF’s demand of 6th Schedule status to the Darjeeling Hills, spokesperson Anit Khati said: “6th Schedule has been rejected by the GJM led by Bimal Gurung in 2007, along with the entire Hills. Gurung had used the rejection of 6th Schedule issue to drive Subash Ghising and the GNLF from the Hills. They even had dubbed it as expired medicine. Now how can the same 6th Schedule be reintroduced? It is redundant. Nothing short of Gorkhaland will be accepted as a full and final political solution.”last_img read more

Identify Yourself

first_imgNovember 1, 2006 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Compared to biometric identification methods, passwords are clunky, insecure dinosaurs. If the burgeoning biometrics industry has anything to say about it, your fingers, face, eyes and even behaviors will be the preferred ways of securely identifying yourself. It’s not just for James Bond movies anymore. This is the new reality. Crude fingerprint identification methods may have been around for 100 years, but what is new is the increasingly sophisticated technology applications and ever-improving accuracy of biometrics.Let’s take a look at a snapshot of biometrics today. Fingerprint swipers, the most recognized biometric devices, have found their way into laptops, desktops and doors. Entrepreneur Scott Moody uses a fingerprint reader on his laptop. The technology controls access to the computer and keeps data safe. Moody also happens to be the 49-year-old co-founder and CEO of AuthenTec, a leading fingerprint biometrics company that, as you might expect, uses fingerprint sensors to control access to its Melbourne, Florida, offices. In 1998, Moody launched the multimillion-dollar firm with co-founder Dale Setlak, 54.Fingerprints are a doorway into the wide world of biometrics. Forward-looking biometrics companies are involved in everything from hand geometry and iris scans to voice recognition and behavioral biometrics. Grant Evans, CEO of A4Vision, prefers to face up to biometrics. His Sunnyvale, California, company is pioneering 3-D facial imaging technology. “It started out as bleeding-edge technology, and now it’s cutting-edge, and it’s just entering into the mainstream,” says Evans.Biometrics may have started off as technology for governments and law enforcement, but it is working its way into growing businesses and even consumer applications. Turn your gaze to Japan for a moment, and you’ll see a proliferation of mobile devices with integrated fingerprint readers. It’s a sign of things to come in the U.S. Confirming your identity is even more important now that phones are storing sensitive business and personal data and are even acting as digital wallets.As Vali Ali, distinguished technologist with Hewlett-Packard, says, biometrics isn’t just about security; it’s about convenient security. Users don’t have to remember lengthy or weak passwords, and you always have your finger or iris with you. “The technologies that are going to win are the types of technologies that people want to use rather than have to use,” says Ali. That’s one reason fingerprint sensors are so popular. Swiping your finger- print is a simple, nonintrusive way to identify yourself.The future of biometrics is in- triguing and complex. Both AuthenTec and A4Vision are businesses thriving in the field. Evans is pragmatic about A4Vision’s prospects. “Someone will probably acquire this company because we’re a piece of the puzzle,” he says. Consolidation is underway in the biometrics industry, and that trend will likely continue for a while. Entrepreneurs interested in getting in on biometrics need to seriously consider the market realities. As Evans says, “Turning a concept into a viable company in this industry is very tough. It’s difficult to compete now unless you have a disruptive technology that is new [and] that no one [else] has.”Still, that doesn’t mean the pace of innovation will slow down. No technology is fail-safe, which is why multi-modal biometrics is a huge trend for the future. This approach involves combining more than one type of biometric technology. “It’s a very common theme to use multiple technologies to tighten the gap for any security leakage or failures in the system,” says Evans. Biometric devices are getting smaller, more accurate and more sophisticated. They’re also getting more user-friendly. That’s a key feature that will help spur adoption of more advanced biometrics. Says Ali, “You will see multimodal applications which are very pleasing, human-like and much more natural for interactions.”With biometrics, here’s what a typical day might look like: You stop at the store on the way to your business and purchase a muffin using your credit card-enabled cell phone after identifying yourself with a fingerprint. To get into your office building, you have your face scanned. You access your laptop by scanning your fingerprint and speaking to the computer so it can recognize your voice. While you’re out at lunch, you browse through a database on your smartphone using your fingerprint reader as an intuitive navigation device.The popularity of fingerprint readers in laptops is just a sign of the changing times. The majority of HP business laptops come with fingerprint sensors, as do laptops in Lenovo’s ThinkPad line. Most things we use passwords, tokens or keys for today can be replaced with biometrics. Your car, house, office, monetary transactions, computer and mobile devices can be made more secure by embedding these new technologies. “Our product is something that can be virtually ubiquitous in your life,” says Moody. “When we’re old and in rocking chairs, we can say we were part of making this happen.” Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more November 18, 2013 – Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and the developing world. Early detection of breast cancer, either by hand or by using mammography screening, is one of the best methods to improve survival rate.The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a number of International Standards to support digital imaging, in particular ISO 12052:2006 Health informatics – Digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) including workflow and data management.This standard allows digital images and related information to be exchanged and managed by the many different medical imaging devices and IT systems, from many different vendors, that are in use today. Without it, the operation of a modern radiology department would not be possible.As Kevin O’Donnell, one of the experts in the ISO Technical Committee that develops and maintains ISO 12052, explained: “Thanks to the standard, images can be read on any equipment. The DICOM format allows these images to be uploaded and reviewed wherever they are taken.  Being able to compare current images to prior images to get a sense of changes and progression, or lack thereof, is vital for radiologists and oncologists.”Allows for increased volume of studies”Mammography screening is increasingly used to catch breast cancer early and the number of images that a radiologist is expected to read today would be impossible using the old film based workflows.  Digital image acquisition and review, which is enabled by ISO 12052, makes modern mammography possible”, he explained.Similarly, the use of the standard has facilitated data handling in the many clinical trials conducted in the area of breast cancer research.ISO 12052 makes the patient’s life easierIn addition, the successful exchange of information helps make patients’ lives easier. DICOM images recorded on media such as CDs, DVDs, USB have been used for years to give patients full fidelity copies of their images.This allows patients to easily bring copies of prior imaging to new facilities, for example if they move house, or if they decide to go to another center for treatment when screening reveals a cancer. Looking forward, recent extensions to ISO 12052 help the exchange of DICOM data by emerging web and cloud-based products.Widespread useKevin O’Donnell underlined the important contribution of the standard to breast cancer diagnosis: “DICOM is used in most healthcare institutions worldwide where patient imaging is performed.Every mammography system shipped today supports the ISO 12052 standard.  Every image taken is either transmitted to the radiologist using a DICOM Standard protocol, or, in older clinics, sent to a printer using a DICOM Standard protocol.”For more information: www.iso.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | November 18, 2013 | Sandrine Tranchard How ISO standards contribute to successful breast cancer screening News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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