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Crown Attorney Appointed in Dartmouth

first_imgBrandon Trask has been appointed a Crown attorney in Dartmouth. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, announced the appointment today, Aug. 11. “With his prosecutorial experience and extensive legal education Mr. Trask is a valuable addition to the Public Prosecution Service,” said Mr. Herschorn. A native of Winnipeg, Mr. Trask graduated from the University of Manitoba law school in 2012 and from the University of Toronto law school in 2013 with a master of laws. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in law at the University of Toronto. Mr. Trask articled with the Public Prosecutions Division of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and was later appointed a Crown attorney in St. John’s. He has been published in the Manitoba Law Journal (The Economics of Life and Death: Morals and Ethics in an Environment of Medical-Resource Scarcity) and is a distance education course instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mr. Trask was a dean’s list student and the recipient of the faculty of law’s Outstanding Student Award at the University of Manitoba. He was also awarded the John Stransman Graduate Fellowship in Law and Economics at the University of Toronto. While at the University of Toronto last year Mr. Trask served as a representative with the Graduate Law Students’ Association. He was previously the Eastern Region representative of the Newfoundland and Labrador Crown Attorneys’ Association and is a past president of St. John’s-Ravenscourt Alumni Association.last_img read more

A peculiar amendment

first_imgThe Ministry of Home Affairs has taken a prime step in combatting the illegal stay of foreign nationals in the country. The new Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019, not only lays down the roadmap for those not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) but allows states and UTs to set up their own foreigner tribunals and validate the authenticity of citizenship of any person in question. And, the amendment also provides these foreigners tribunals, which were earlier specific to Assam, the power to regulate their own procedure. Though the MHA amendment will act as a guide for those not included in the NRC to approach foreigners tribunals with their case, for which the government will aid Assam in setting up 1,000 foreigners tribunals as well as e-foreigners tribunals, it seems to have empowered these quasi-judicial bodies beyond expectations. Empowering the district magistrates to set up foreigners tribunals and handle the citizenship conundrum of detected illegal immigrants is a step in line to the introduction of NRC across the country, which BJP had promised in its manifesto. MHA amendment comes at a time when Assam is reeling under the intense chaos of NRC final draft preparations wherein recently a 52-year-old retired army officer was declared an illegal immigrant by a foreigners tribunal. Though Sanaullah was granted conditional interim bail by Gauhati High Court on June 7, there are many who were not as lucky and have been surviving in the detention centres for as high as ten years now. Sanaullah is a classic example of a welfare government machinery acting otherwise. In the interest of its citizens, India’s NRC exercise in Assam has been everything but citizen-sensitive. The tribunal’s working theory brings up inconsistency per se. Usually, India’s judicial system presumes a person innocent until proven guilty, and the onus is on the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused. However, in a hearing of foreigners tribunal, the burden of proof lies on the person whose citizenship is under question and it is the person who has to prove the authenticity of their citizenship along with the authenticity of the documents corroborating the person’s case. A clause under a new paragraph 3A added in the amendment of the Order states that the “subject to the provision of this Order, the Tribunal shall have the power to regulate its own procedure for disposal of the cases expeditiously in a time bound manner.” The clause accounts for an alarming development raising caution since foreigners tribunals in Assam have recorded ex-parte proceedings – announcing verdict in the absence of the person in question – in order to expedite judgements. The same paragraph 3A has another contentious clause which states that “upon production of the records, if the Tribunal finds ‘merit’ in the Appeal, it shall issue notice to the Appellant and the District Magistrate for hearing specifying the date of hearing”. The fact that a tribunal gets to decide if an individual’s case is meritious, with no counter-validity mechanism in place, remains an ambiguous power standing entirely on the wisdom of the members of the tribunal. So not only do tribunals get unchecked powers to carry proceedings of potentially illegal immigrants at will, they have been conferred the status of final authority in this regard with the power to decide an appeal’s validity. No authority should have such nebulous and supreme powers which bring appellants at the mercy of the appellate regarding the admissibility of their case. This only makes matters worse for appellants who will soon find themselves in large numbers following the publication of the final draft of NRC in Assam. Also Read – Securing nutritionCuriosity pokes whether the amendment by MHA is a strict attempt to tackle the issue of illegal immigrants that has plagued the state of Assam owing to the porous border it shares with Bangladesh. And, if that is the case then why the empowerment to all DMs across India? Maybe, MHA anticipates that this illegal diaspora has mixed with citizens and spread across the country. But if that is so, why provide foreigners tribunals with overwhelming powers that may wreak havoc on the entire exercise that MHA envisages in their earnest ambition to liberate India from illegal immigrants? Questions pertain to aspects which are contentious and only discussions around those will make the water clearer for currently, it appears that major confusion amidst gross injustice of human rights may occur should the empowered tribunals resort to erroneous verdicts. As it is the NRC exercise has resulted in major upheaval in Assam. Ramifications due to the implementation of the amendment evoke apprehensions regarding injustice and unfair treatment which the state must cater to before the entire situation takes an uglier turn.last_img read more

Minors marriage thwarted

first_imgKolkata: A child marriage was stopped after officials from a city-based NGO rescued the girl from Sarat Ghosh Garden Road on Friday.The incident came to light when the welfare organization officials acted on a tip-off and stopped the girl’s parents from conducting the marriage. The officials went to the 16-year-old girl’s home who was about to get married with the consent of her parents. The officials asked the girl’s parents to show the age proof of her daughter. When her parents hesitated to disclose her age, the officials counselled the parents and convinced them to make arrangement of her daughter’s marriage once she reaches the age of 18. However, the girl has been handed over to the parents. She will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) latest by August 20. According to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) released recently, the prevalence of child marriage in India is the highest amongst Scheduled Tribe girls (15 per cent) followed by Scheduled Castes (13 per cent). This apart, West Bengal has the highest rate of child marriage amongst SC girls.last_img read more

Transportation Safety Board to release findings on sunken tugboat off BC coast

first_imgVANCOUVER – Results are expected today from an investigation into what caused a tugboat to run aground off British Columbia’s coast in October 2016, spilling thousands of litres of fuel into the ocean.The Transportation Safety Board is set to release a report of its findings on the Nathan E. Stewart, a 30-metre tug that was towing an empty barge when it hit rocks near Bella Bella and partially sank.About 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants, including gear and hydraulic oils, leaked into the Pacific Ocean.Chief Marilyn Slett of the nearby Heiltsuk First Nation has said the fuel spill forced the closure of prime seafood harvesting and fishing areas and has had devastating social, cultural and economic impacts on her people.Earlier this year, she said her community was still working to recover a $150,000 payment from Houston-based company Kirby Offshore Marine, which owned the boat.The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board released a report in November saying the tug’s second mate told investigators he missed a change of course after falling asleep, which the board says is the probable cause of the vessel running aground.The report says Kirby’s safety management procedures had also been ineffectively implemented, contributing to the sinking.It says there was a lack of documentation on safety rounds and no evidence that safety management procedures were implemented on board the Nathan E. Stewart.last_img read more

Slide in average home price in Toronto ends prices up from August

TORONTO — The average price of a home sold in the Toronto area last month climbed higher on a month-over-month basis for the first time since hitting a record in April.The average price has been falling since April when the Ontario government announced plans to try and cool the hot housing market including the introduction of a tax on foreign buyers.The Toronto Real Estate Board said Wednesday the average selling price for a home sold in September was $775,546, up 5.9 per cent from $732,039 in August.Compared with a year ago, the average price of a home sold in the Greater Toronto Area was up 2.6 per cent.The rise came as the number of homes sold in the Greater Toronto Area totalled 6,379 in September, down 35 per cent from 9,830 in the same month last year. There were 6,335 homes sold in the GTA in August this year.Royal Bank senior economist Robert Hogue estimated the Toronto market has had two straight months of balanced demand-supply conditions and that the downward price pressures seen earlier this year have eased.However, he added that it doesn’t mean that prices are about to rebound.“Rising interest rates, poor affordability and the possibility of further policy tightening will generate significant headwinds for local buyers,” Hogue wrote in a report.The number of new listings in the Toronto area on the Multiple Listing Service increased to 16,469 in September, up 9.4 per cent from a year earlier, and the number of active listings increased by 69 per cent from last year to 19,021.“The improvement in listings in September compared to a year earlier suggests that home owners are anticipating an uptick in sales activity as we move through the fall,” board president Tim Syrianos said in a statement.The Toronto-area results come a day after the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported strong demand for condos and townhouses in September.Prices and sales in the Vancouver market fell last year after the B.C. government moved to cool the housing market there with the introduction of a tax on foreign buyers. However, after the initial drop, prices and sales in Vancouver bounced back.However, Hogue didn’t think Toronto would react the same way.“Rather, we believe that the GTA market may be facing a period of flat or minimally rising activity and prices,” he wrote.The Toronto board said high-priced detached homes accounted for a smaller share of sales than in September 2016. The region’s average price for that category was flat at $1,015,067.“With more balanced market conditions, the pace of year-over-year price growth was more moderate in September compared to a year ago,” said Jason Mercer, the board’s director of market analysis.He added there was an exception in the condominium apartment market segment, where average and benchmark sales prices were up by more than 20 per cent compared to last year.The average price for condos was up 23.2 per cent to $520,411 and the average price for semi-detached houses was up 7.4 per cent at $752,379.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the latest rise in prices suggests to him that the region is still a sought after location, noting that the economy and employment are up.“I’m comfortable in the comprehensive measures we’ve taken to ensure sustainability in the marketplace and to ensure that there is no over extreme reaction and that hasn’t happened,” he said. read more

Strike begins at Canadian Pacific rail company suspends freight service

TORONTO – Teamsters Canada says a strike against Canadian Pacific is now underway and CP has suspended its freight service across the country.The union, which represents about 5,000 CP workers, says the two sides were unable to reach an agreement despite talks that continued until the deadline.Both the union and CP spokesman Ed Greenberg say the negotiations will continue Wednesday.“We have made every reasonable effort to get a settlement,” said Teamsters vice-president Doug Finnson in a statement posted on the union website.“Every union member knows how important the outstanding issues are. We will not walk away from the negotiation table,” he said.The two sides had met with federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt on Tuesday morning and continued negotiations throughout the day.Teamsters vice-president Douglas Finnson described the meeting with Raitt as “very positive” without elaborating on the topics discussed.He said major points of contention are pensions, some work rules and fatigue management.In a release Tuesday prior to the strike deadline, Raitt urged CP management and the union to come to an agreement as quickly as possible.“Our government is concerned that a work stoppage would have a negative effect on Canadian businesses and families, and the economy,” she said.The strike is expected to halt shipments of grain, fertilizer, coal and other goods Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) moves along nearly 24,000 kilometres of track in Canada and the U.S.Both sides said Tuesday that commuter trains in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto would keep running in the event of a strike.Two inter-city Via Rail routes in Ontario that use CP infrastructure will likely be affected: between Sudbury and White River and the Brockville-to-Ottawa segment of the Toronto-Ottawa route.That list would have been longer had the two sides not reached a deal, said Via spokesman Malcolm Andrews.“We would have had some runs to Kitchener, London, Sarnia that would have been affected, but because of what they were able to do, those lines now are not affected.”George Smith, a former CP vice-president of industrial relations who now teaches at Queen’s University, said he hopes Raitt doesn’t intervene with back-to-work legislation.Raitt stepped in to halt a strike at Air Canada earlier this year that would have inconvenienced March Break travellers.Smith said that experience should have taught Raitt that “you can’t legislate peace” and that she should stand back to allow the collective bargaining process to work.“I’m a firm believer in the process working. I think I’ve heard enough from both sides that they realize what’s at stake,” said Smith, a labour relations expert at the Queen’s School of Policy Studies.“There’s a lot at stake. And generally when there’s a lot at stake, rational people at a deadline find a way to resolve their differences.”The strike threat comes at a time of major changes at Canada’s second-biggest railway.A bruising months-long proxy fight with the railway’s biggest shareholder culminated last week in Fred Green’s exit as CEO.New York hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management argued the railway was lagging its peers under Green’s leadership and that a change in CEO was necessary.Green and five other board members stepped down hours before the company’s annual general meeting last Thursday after it became evident shareholders had voted overwhelmingly for director nominees on Pershing’s slate.The Teamsters’ Finnson said the union has not yet met with Green’s interim replacement, Stephen Tobias. He said the management shakeup has not affected the bargaining process one way or the other.Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman told shareholders at the annual meeting that change would not happen overnight, but that Canadian Pacific could become one of the best railways in the world.CP’s new leadership will have a tough time balancing shareholders’ high expectations against the labour challenges the railway is up against, said Smith.“In a certain sense, the new management is boxed in by their declaration of an economic revival for CP,” he said.“The shareholders don’t see that. They see new people who promised great things and here’s the first test of it. Only it came a little sooner than anyone expected.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strike begins at Canadian Pacific; rail company suspends freight service by The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 1:24 am MDT read more

Restaurant operator responds to claims of worms in burgers

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2016 12:13 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MAYFIELD, Ky. – A McDonald’s franchisee says he’s been unable to substantiate claims by two customers who reported finding worms in food at the fast-food chain’s restaurants in two Kentucky communities.Michael Love, owner-operator of the two restaurants, says inspections of the restaurants by health officials did not uncover any of the problems raised by the customers.Mayfield resident Madison Stephens told WPSD-TV that she visited the local McDonald’s on Sunday and purchased food for her and her 1-year-old son. She says that as she was about to bite into her hamburger, a live worm fell out.At the McDonald’s in Draffenville, about 25 miles away from Mayfield, Lacey Jo Lovett says she also found a worm in her burger on Tuesday.Stephens says she contacted McDonald’s about the incident, and they sent her a $10 gift card. Restaurant operator responds to claims of worms in burgers read more

Robinson leads No 15 Hokies to easy win over VMI

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Justin Robinson scored 18 points and No. 15 Virginia Tech cruised past the Virginia Military Institute 89-68 on Wednesday night.Robinson hit a trio of 3-pointers for the Hokies (7-1), who won their 21st straight regular-season nonconference game at home. Virginia Tech topped VMI (5-5) for the seventh consecutive time.Virginia Tech often beats opponents with torrid long-range shooting, ranking fourth in the country in 3-point shooting percentage (44.9) and seventh in 3s per game (11.9). The Hokies turned up the defence against the Keydets, using their length against a smaller team to limit them to eight field goals in the first half.Virginia Tech broke open a close game midway through the first half when it went on a 13-0 run. P.J. Horne and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored four points each in that span, and then Jonathan Kabongo finished the run with a corner 3 that gave the Hokies a 30-13 lead with 8:11 left in the half. The Hokies led 42-21 at halftime and never were threatened.The Hokies led by as many as 37 in the second.Alexander-Walker finished with 15 points, and the Hokies shot 51.7 per cent from the floor (30 of 58) and made 11 3-pointers. Tech also got a solid game from Horne, who made just his second start of the season and scored 12 points, hitting all six of his shots.Garrett Gilkeson paced VMI with 21 points.TIP-INSVirginia Tech: The past two blowout victories by the Hokies have afforded coach Buzz Williams the opportunity to work more players into the rotation to build depth for what has been a shallow squad so far. Freshmen Isaiah Wilkins and Kabongo both played in the first half. Behind Wilkins and Ty Outlaw, who scored 13 and nine points, respectively, the Hokies received 32 points and 17 rebounds from their bench.VMI: VMI’s cold start continued a recent trend after the Keydets shot less than 35 per cent in back-to-back losses to American and Longwood. VMI may have broken its funk in the second half against the Hokies, shooting 54.5 per cent (18 of 33). The Keydets will need to continue that warm shooting if they want to enjoy any success in Southern Conference play, which starts this weekend.UP NEXTVirginia Tech: The Hokies close out their three-game homestand when they take on South Carolina State on Sunday.VMI: The Keydets play the third of four straight games on the road Sunday when they take on Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee.___More AP college basketball: and Robertson, The Associated Press read more

Football Four Buckeyes named to Nagurski Trophy watch list two linemen placed

Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Nick Bosa (97) rushes MSU senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor (6) during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 17-16 win on Nov. 19. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorFour Ohio State football players were placed on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list and two Buckeyes offensive linemen were named to the Outland Trophy watch list, the Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday morning.The four “Silver Bullets” named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list include junior linebacker Jerome Baker, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa, redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard. Redshirt senior center Billy Price and senior left tackle Jamarco Jones were placed on the Outland Trophy watch list.The Bronko Nagurski Trophy recognizes the national defensive player of the year and the Outland Trophy honors the nation’s best interior lineman.Baker finished with the second-most tackles (83) on Ohio State last season. Bosa racked up five sacks in 2016, the second-highest total on the team. Lewis, the reigning Big Ten defensive lineman of the year, led the team in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (10.5) last year. Hubbard finished last season with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.Jones was named second-team all-Big Ten last season. Price has started 41 games at Ohio State and is a returning first-team All-American.Only one Ohio State player, former linebacker James Laurinaitis, has won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which was created in 1993. Four Buckeye offensive linemen have won the Outland Trophy. Most recently, former left tackle Orlando Pace was awarded with the trophy – which has been in existence since 1946 – in 1996.The winner of the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced at a banquet Dec. 4 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Outland Trophy will be awarded at a presentation banquet in Omaha, Nebraska, on Jan. 10, 2016. read more

Daniel Bongers inventor of the SmartCap inducted into the FLSmidth Safety category

first_imgDr Daniel Bongers, the inventor of the SmartCap will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Safety category (sponsored by FLSmidth) at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week. The SmartCap is a wearable fatigue monitoring technology that uses a modified baseball cap to read an individual’s EEG to determine their level of alertness. This level is used notify the operator/management of their elevated risk of having a micro-sleep/fatigue event. Bongers is passionate about safety, and has worked tirelessly over the last more than a decade to ensure the success and widespread adoption of the SmartCap technology. Having been involved in all aspects of the SmartCap evolution and delivery since inception, he has worked with thousands of operators as well supervisors, mine managers and CEOs around the globe to help sites achieve genuine safety improvements. Though the SmartCap journey has been a long and bumpy one, Bongers has maintained an integrity of purpose and commitment to success. His strive for technical excellence and commercial exclusivity saw him pursue and achieve the world’s first independent validation of a fatigue monitoring tool, cementing the SmartCap as the new golden standard. This achievement was the catalyst for increased transparency and validation efforts amongst all related technologies, giving mining operations more informed choice and driving innovation in the field. SmartCap says it “represents the most accurate fatigue monitoring technology available,” which has seen its widespread adoption in both heavy and light mobile mining equipment. This technology has made an impact in operations in Australia, Southern Africa, and South America. SmartCap has become integrated into daily operations, and is an integral part of fatigue risk management systems and employee assistance programs. A New South Wales, Australia group of coal mining operations has celebrated a milestone of 1,000,000 hours of SmartCap use, over which time were zero fatigue incidents. This unprecedented result is being attributed to the detection capabilities and subsequent culture change associated with the SmartCap technology. At an individual level, a number of operators have been able to identify previously undiagnosed sleep conditions or other fatigue-related health issues using SmartCap. With treatment and ongoing management, these operators are now more alert, making their workplace safer for themselves and their colleagues. Furthermore, these operators are enjoying a dramatically improved quality of life since the change. The most pronounced effect of SmartCap to date is its ability to facilitate cultural change on-site, by giving a language to the previously vague concept of fatigue. SmartCap has become a household name in the mining industry, and continues to help thousands of mine workers get home safely each day.last_img read more

Game Changer The first autobiography from a female Gaelic games star is

first_imgThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Emma Duffy Share104 Tweet Email1 Game Changer – The first autobiography from a female Gaelic games star is coming Cora Staunton is set to share her story. “Growing up there were very few books of this nature, so I hope by releasing my autobiography it paves the way for more of its kind and inspires the next generation.”The four-time All-Ireland winner returns to inter-county football in the Green and Red  for this summer’s championship before heading back to Sydney for a second year in the AFLW.Game Changer costs €23 and is available for pre-order through Easons.Delighted and proud to let you know my autobiography will be out later this year! Game Changer is published 18th of October. Here’s the book jacket and you can pre-order your copy here:— Cora Staunton (@duckie15) June 13, 2018 Follow us: “It has been a challenging process but I have enjoyed recalling the rollercoaster that is my life! I hope that people enjoy reading it and that they can relate to some of the highs and lows I’ve experienced along the way. Tipperary county board back Michael Ryan following early championship exitMixed news for Cork as O’Neill may feature in Munster final but Powter suffers setback 17 Comments center_img CORA STAUNTON WILL become the first female Gaelic games player to release an autobiography, with news that Game Changer will be published later this year.In the ground-breaking book — set to be published by Transworld Ireland on 18 October — the Mayo legend maps her remarkable rise to becoming the highest-scoring forward in the history of ladies football, as well as an Aussie Rules star Down Under.For the first time in her own words, the 36-year-old will recount the triumphs of her career in full as well as the personal struggles — one being her mother’s death — she has overcome along the way.11-time All-Star Staunton writes openly about the challenges and conflicts she and her teammates have experienced in the under-resourced world of female sport, as well as giving further insight into to her move to Greater Western Sydney.“I’m delighted to be publishing my book Game Changer with Transworld Ireland in October,” Staunton said. Jun 13th 2018, 3:27 PM 18,858 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 3:27 PMlast_img read more

Akshaya Tritiya overcomes noteban shadow sees jump in gold sales

first_imgPeople busy buying jewellery on “Akshaya Tritiya” in Nagpur, on April 28, 2017.IANSWith cash flow almost normalising after demonetisation, customers on Friday thronged jewellery shops across the country to celebrate Akshaya Tritiya.”We are seeing good footfall in our stores. In the last two months, after demonetisation, people have again started buying gold. We expect sales to go up by 40 per cent this Akshaya Tritiya compared to last year as prices are almost at the same level,” Balram Garg, Managing Director, P.C. Jeweller, said. Gold price hovered around Rs 29,000 per 10 gram for 24-carat purity in the national capital on Friday.Akshaya Tritiya, a holy day for Hindus and Jains, is believed to bring good luck and success. It is considered to be an auspicious day to bring home gold and ornaments.”Millions of Indians believe that purchasing gold on Akshaya Tritiya brings good fortune. The festive sentiment among both trade and consumers appears to be stronger during this Akshaya Tritiya, as the industry is emerging steadily from a period of sluggishness faced during and immediately following demonetisation,” Somasundaram PR, Managing Director, India, World Gold Council, said.Buoyant gold sales on Akshaya Tritiya brought cheers to jewellers in Mumbai as well. Retail outlets saw crowds as people made their customary festive purchases on Friday morning.All India Gems & Jewellery Federation President Nitin Khandelwal said the trend to buy gold started since Gudi Padva in March and was continuing owing to the ongoing marriage season.”There are significant crowds in jewellery shops all over and people, more than 75 percent (of visitors), are opting for big and small items of gold jewelleries,” Khandelwal said. Mumbai Jewellers Federation President Rakesh Shetty said given the crowds, especially in suburbs, the gold sales could surpass even the Gudi Padva sales.”Today, the gold prices are Rs 29,300 in Mumbai, coming down over the past few weeks. This has encouraged customers. They are buying both jewellery and coins,” Shetty said. “On this Akshay Tritiya, jewellers have so far seen 15-20 percent growth in sales both in terms of volume and value for gold and silver. The standalone stores also noticed reasonable growth in sales,” India Bullion and Jewellers Association’s spokeperson Pankaj Parekh said in Kolkata.He said gold price may shoot up soon following international tensions. So, Akshaya Tritiya is being seen as the right time to buy gold.Compared to last year’s Akshaya Tritiya, the price of gold now is relatively low. The yellow metal’s price was over Rs 30,000 per 10 gm in 2016.”Similarly, silver price remains at a lower range at Rs 40,000-41,000 a kg, which is conducive for demand,” Parekh said.Bengaluru was no exception. While many people bought gold to ring in good tidings, others chose jewellery as an investment.Some jewellers in Bengaluru felt that demonetisation and restriction on cash payments would continue to affect the sale of gold jewellery and ornaments.”The footfalls are good in jewellery shops in Chennai. The trade will do business like last year. There were initial fear that demonetisation would have an impact on sales. But it is not so,” Jayantilal Challani, President of Madras Jewellers and Diamond Merchants Association and a Pprtner in Challani Jewellery Mart, said. Driven by positive consumer sentiments and demand recovery, TS Kalyanaraman, Chairman and Managing Director, Kalyan Jewellers, said, “Kalyan Jewellers should witness 10-15 per cent growth in revenues during this Akshaya Tritiya compared to last year based on present trend of purchases.”Besides traditional stores, even the online portals saw good traction.”Considering the pent-up demand in the market, we are expecting a 100 per cent jump in sales leading to the auspicious day. Our manufacturing and logistics teams have already been strengthened to cater to the festival demand,” Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, founder & CEO of online jewellery store, said.last_img read more

Amazon plans to buy Uber Eats India business as food delivery action

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:56Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Amazon logoReutersAmazon India is planning to add the India business of Uber Eats to its acquisition cart. Amazon has been competing with top food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato to step into the food delivery business.According to Business Today, the US e-commerce platform is trying to get into the food delivery business seeing the rising trend of digital food catering services in India. The company also aims to attract more users for the prime membership through the acquisition.The company reckons that it can pull in more traffic to its Prime app by acquiring the food delivery business. The addition of food delivery service to the Prime app will help Amazon add daily users and boost the per-day transactions through Amazon Pay app.  Uber EatsREUTERS/Mariana BazoUber Eats is considering a valuation of $300 million. There have been rumours that Swiggy is also in the fray for Uber Eats but it has reportedly run into issues of overvaluation and other concerns.UberEats has been in stiff competition with Swiggy and Zomato and has been enjoying immense client loyalty. Swiggy has been trying to expand its business by stepping into the grocery delivery vertical whereas Zomato is expanding into dining services in exquisite restaurants, pubs and cafes. Amazon Cancels New York Headquarters Plans After Fierce Local Opposition The industry estimate reported by BT states that UberEats was lagging in its popularity as it served only about 2 lakh orders a day compared with about 8 lakh and 6.50 lakh orders delivered by Swiggy and Zomato, respectively.last_img read more

Galaxy Tab S6 vs iPad Pro Which Tablet Should You Buy

first_img Author Bio Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy, Samsung just took the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S6, an Android competitor to the iPad Pro. Combining a clever design, useful keyboard (with touchpad) and software that gives users a PC-like experience, the 10.5-inch Tab S6 wants to dethrone Apple’s flagship slate, which has long been a favorite among business users and creatives.We went hands-on with the Galaxy Tab S6 before it’s official release in September and were impressed by what it has to offer. But is it enough to overtake the iPad Pro, which has proven to be one of the best tablets you can buy over the years? MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Here’s a preliminary look at how Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S6 compared to the iPad Pro. DesignThe iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S6 are models for what a modern tablet should look like. These two tablets look quite similar from the front. The Galaxy Tab S6 has a 10.5-inch display while the iPad Pro is available in either 11-inch or 12.9-inch versions. The panels on both tablets are surrounded by narrow bezels that don’t allow for a physical button. Both tablets have about the same footprint, although the 11-inch iPad Pro (9.7 x 7.0 x 0.2 inches) is a bit larger than the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S6 (9.6 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches). And if you’re worried about weight, the iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab are only around 1 pound. The big differences between these two devices are their back panels and how they treat their respective sytli. On the back of the Tab S6 is an indentation where the S Pen stylus magnetically attaches and charges. It’s a riff on the iPad Pro’s method, where the Apple Pencil docks and charges using a built-in magnet on the top edge. The iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S6 have clean, elegant exteriors but the Samsung tablet comes in three unique colors: Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue and Rose Blush whereas the iPad is sold in Apple’s default Silver and Space Gray.  Both tablets charge via a USB-C port and neither have a headphone jack. Pricing The Galaxy Tab S6 is much more affordable than the iPad Pro. Samsung’s tablet will start at $649 for a base model (Wi-Fi only) with 6GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD when it ships on Sept. 6. You can upgrade RAM to 8GB and storage to 256GB for an extra $80.The iPad Pro starts at a hefty $799 for an 11-inch Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage and the stock 4GB of RAM. Increasing storage to 256GB costs another $150 and you’ll spend another $200 to jump up to 512GB. There is also a 1TB config for $1,549. If you want the larger 12.9-inch display, you’ll need to spend a minimum of $999. DisplayWe’ll need to do more testing before we can declare a winner for this category, but it’s going to be hard to top the Galaxy Tab S6’s 10.5-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel  Super AMOLED screen, which looked bright and vibrant during our hands-on. We’d have no complaints if the Tab S6 had the same display as the class-leading panel on last year’s Galaxy Tab S4. Phillip Tracy, New to the Galaxy Tab S6 is an in-screen fingerprint reader that, while convenient, uses an optical sensor instead of the more responsive ultrasonic method. The iPad Pro’s display is no slouch, either. With a resolution of 2388 x 1668-pixels, the 11-inch panel should be about as sharp as the display on Samsung’s tablet. And if the 12.9-inch model is anything to go by, both sized panels should have vivid colors (though not as captivating as those on the Samsung) and blinding peak brightness. Operating SystemThe Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 runs Android 9 Pie with a desktop-like DeX mode for professional users who want cursor support and a windowed UI (think Windows 10). You can now switch between Android and DeX mode by pressing a keyboard shortcut (fn + |). iPads will get a big productivity boost of their own when iPadOS launches later this year. The upcoming operating system will bring some key additions to the mobile OS, including a new home screen, improved multi-tab web surfing and a limited form of mouse support. Keyboard and StylusArguably the biggest advantage the Galaxy Tab S6 has over the iPad Pro comes via the $179 keyboard and kickstand accessories. The detachable keyboard+kickstand combo has a touchpad, unlike those available for the iPad Pro. For cursor support for the iPad, you need to turn on a limited accessibility feature and use a mouse. Another reason to buy the Galaxy Tab S6 is that its S Pen comes included with the tablet whereas the Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) is a $129 add-on to the iPad Pro. PerformanceWe haven’t put either tablet through our benchmarks, but we don’t expect the Galaxy Tab S6 to get anywhere near the performance of the iPad Pro. The A12X Bionic chip inside the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros is blisteringly fast. The 7-nanometer SoC (17,995) outperformed a Core i5-powered Surface Pro 6 (13,025) and a Dell XPS 13 with a Core i7 CPU (14,180) on the Geekbench 4 performance test. It also destroyed top laptops and 2-in-1s in our video editing test, transcoding a 4K video three times after than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. We could rave all day about the iPad Pro’s outstanding performance, but the point is that the Snapdragon Qualcomm 855 SoC inside the Galaxy Tab S6 would need to perform a miracle to keep up. On the bright side, the 855 should pack a good deal more power than the 835 inside the Tab S4. CamerasFor the folks who insist on taking pictures with a tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 has you covered. An Ultra-Wide lens mode offers a 123-degree field of view, which Samsung claims is about that of the human eye. We were impressed with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s 12-megapixel camera with HDR, which took sharp, colorful images when we snapped some shots around New York City. OutlookThe Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is shaping up to be a great alternative to the iPad Pro. Samsung’s DeX interface and an optional keyboard with a touchpad could alone be enough to make the Tab S6 a better productivity tablet than the iPad Pro. Samsung’s new slate also has a clever pen dock on the back panel, which could prove to be more convenient than the iPad Pro’s solution. And at $649 with the S Pen included, the Tab S6 is significantly less expensive than the iPad Pro. However, if you want a larger display or the most powerful tablet on the market, then the iPad Pro is still king. Best Tablets – Top Tablets on the Market – Laptop MagBest 2-in-1 Laptops – Laptop/Tablet Hybrids – Laptop MagBest Samsung Tablets – Laptop Maglast_img read more

Asking if good developers can be great entrepreneurs is like asking if

first_imgYou heard me right. Asking, ‘can developers succeed at entrepreneurship?’ is like asking ‘if women should choose between work and having children’. ‘Can you have a successful career and be a good mom?’ is a question that many well-meaning acquaintances still ask me. You see I am a new mom, (not a very new one, my son is 2.5 years old now). I’m also the managing editor of this site since its inception last year when I rejoined work after a maternity break. In some ways, the Packt Hub feels like running a startup too. 🙂 Now how did we even get to this question? It all started with the results of this year’s skill up survey. Every year we conduct a survey amongst developers to know the pulse of the industry and to understand their needs, aspirations, and apprehensions better so that we can help them better to skill up. One of the questions we asked them this year was: ‘Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?’ To this, an overwhelming one third responded stating they want to start a business. Surveys conducted by leading consultancies, time and again, show that only 2 or 3 in 10 startups survive. Naturally, a question that kept cropping up in our editorial discussions after going through the above response was: Can developers also succeed as entrepreneurs? To answer this, first let’s go back to the question: Can you have a successful career and be a good mom? The short answer is, Yes, it is possible to be both, but it will be hard work. The long answer is, This path is not for everyone. As a working mom, you need to work twice as hard, befriend uncertainty and nurture a steady support system that you trust both at work and home to truly flourish. At times, when you see your peers move ahead in their careers or watch stay-at-home moms with their kids, you might feel envy, inadequacy or other unsavory emotions in between. You need superhuman levels of mental, emotional and physical stamina to be the best version of yourself to move past such times with grace, and to truly appreciate the big picture: you have a job you love and a kid who loves you. But what has my experience as a working mom got to do anything with developers who want to start their own business? You’d be surprised to see the similarities. Starting a business is, in many ways, like having a baby. There is a long incubation period, then the painful launch into the world followed by sleepless nights of watching over the business so it doesn’t choke on itself while you were catching a nap. And you are doing this for the first time too, even if you have people giving you advice. Then there are those sustenance issues to look at and getting the right people in place to help the startup learn to turn over, sit up, stand up, crawl and then finally run and jump around till it makes you go mad with joy and apprehension at the same time thinking about what’s next in store now. How do I scale my business? Does my business even need me? To me, being a successful developer, writer, editor or any other profession, for that matter, is about being good at what you do (write code, write stories, spot raw talent, and bring out the best in others etc) and enjoying doing it immensely. It requires discipline, skill, expertise, and will. To see if the similarities continue, let’s try rewriting my statement for a developer turned entrepreneur. Can you be a good developer and a great entrepreneur? This path is not for everyone. As a developer-turned-entrepreneur, you need to work twice as hard as your friends who have a full-time job, to make it through the day wearing many hats and putting out workplace fires that have got nothing to do with your product development. You need a steady support system both at work and home to truly flourish. At times, when you see others move ahead in their careers or listen to entrepreneurs who have sold their business to larger companies or just got VC funded, you might feel envy, selfishness, inadequacy or any other emotion in between. You need superhuman levels of maturity to move past such times, and to truly appreciate the big picture: you built something incredible and now you are changing the world, even if it is just one customer at a time with your business. Now that we sail on the same boat, here are the 5 things I learned over the last year as a working mom that I hope you as a developer-entrepreneur will find useful. I’d love to hear your take on them in the comments below. #1. Become a productivity master. Compartmentalize your roles and responsibilities into chunks spread across the day. Ruthlessly edit out clutter from your life. Your life changed forever when your child (business) was born. What worked for you as a developer may not work as an entrepreneur. The sooner you accept this, the faster you will see the differences and adapt accordingly. For example, I used to work quite late into the night and wake up late in the morning before my son was born. I also used to binge watch TV shows during weekends. Now I wake up as early as 4.30 AM so that I can finish off the household chores for the day and get my son ready for play school by 9 AM. I don’t think about work at all at this time. I must accommodate my son during lunch break and have a super short lunch myself. But apart from that I am solely focused on the work at hand during office hours and don’t think about anything else. My day ends at 11 PM. Now I am more choosy about what I watch as I have very less time for leisure. I instead prefer to ‘do’ things like learning something new, spending time bonding with my son, or even catching up on sleep, on weekends. This spring-cleaning and compartmentalization took a while to get into habit, but it is worth the effort. Truth be told, I still occasionally fallback to binging, like I am doing right now with this article, writing it at 12 AM on a Saturday morning because I’m in a flow. As a developer-entrepreneur, you might be tempted to spend most of your day doing what you love, i.e., developing/creating something because it is a familiar territory and you excel at that. But doing so at the cost of your business will cost you your business, sooner than you think. Resist the urge and instead, organize your day and week such that you spend adequate time on key aspects of your business including product development. Make a note of everything you do for a few days and then decide what’s not worth doing and what else can you do instead in its place. Have room only for things that matter to you which enrich your business goals and quality of life. #2. Don’t aim to create the best, aim for good enough. Ship the minimum viable product (MVP). All new parents want the best for their kids from the diaper they use to the food they eat and the toys they play with. They can get carried away buying stuff that they think their child needs only to have a storeroom full of unused baby items. What I’ve realized is that babies actually need very less stuff. They just need basic food, regular baths, clean diapers (you could even get away without those if you are up for the challenge!), sleep, play and lots of love (read mommy and daddy time, not gifts). This is also true for developers who’ve just started up. They want to build a unique product that the world has never seen before and they want to ship the perfect version with great features and excellent customer reviews. But the truth is, your first product is, in fact, a prototype built on your assumption of what your customer wants. For all you know, you may be wrong about not just your customer’s needs but even who your customer is. This is why a proper market study is key to product development. Even then, the goal should be to identify the key features that will make your product viable. Ship your MVP, seek quick feedback, iterate and build a better product in the next version. This way you haven’t unnecessarily sunk upfront costs, you’re ahead of your competitors and are better at estimating customer needs as well. Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication. You need to find just the right elements to keep in your product and your business model. As Michelangelo would put it, “chip away the rest”. #3. There is no shortcut to success. Don’t compromise on quality or your values. The advice to ship a good enough product is not a permission to cut corners. Since their very first day, babies watch and learn from us. They are keen observers and great mimics. They will feel, talk and do what we feel, say and do, even if they don’t understand any of the words or gestures. I think they do understand emotions. One more reason for us to be better role models for our children. The same is true in a startup. The culture mimics the leader and it quickly sets in across the organization. As a developer, you may have worked long hours, even into the night to get that piece of code working and felt a huge rush from the accomplishment. But as an entrepreneur remember that you are being watched and emulated by those who work for you. You are what they want to be when they ‘grow up’. Do you want a crash and burn culture at your startup? This is why it is crucial that you clarify your business’s goals, purpose, and values to everyone in your company, even if it just has one other person working there. It is even more important that you practice what you preach. Success is an outcome of right actions taken via the right habits cultivated. #4. You can’t do everything yourself and you can’t be everywhere. You need to trust others to do their job and appreciate them for a job well done. This also means you hire the right people first. It takes a village to raise a child, they say. And it is very true, especially in families where both parents work. It would’ve been impossible for me to give my 100% at work, if I had to keep checking in on how my son is doing with his grandparents or if I refused the support my husband offers sharing household chores. Just because you are an exceptional developer, you can’t keep micromanaging product development at your startup. As a founder, you have a larger duty towards your entire business and customers. While it is good to check how your product is developing, your pure developer days are behind. Find people better than you at this job and surround yourself with people who are good at what they do, and share your values for key functions of your startup. Products succeed because of developers, businesses succeed because their leader knew when to get out of the way and when to step in. #5. Customer first, product next, ego last. This has been the toughest lesson so far. It looks deceptively simple in theory but hard to practice in everyday life. As developers and engineers, we are primed to find solutions. We also see things in binaries: success and failure, right and wrong, good and bad. This is a great quality to possess to build original products. However, it is also the Achilles heel for the developer turned entrepreneur. In business, things are seldom in black and white. Putting product first can be detrimental to knowing your customers. For example, you build a great product, but the customer is not using it as you intended it to be used. Do you train your customers to correct their ways or do you unearth the underlying triggers that contribute to that customer behavior and alter your product’s vision? The answer is, ‘it depends’. And your job as an entrepreneur is to enable your team to find the factors that influence your decision on the subject; it is not to find the answer yourself or make a decision based on your experience. You need to listen more than you talk to truly put your customer first. To do that you need to acknowledge that you don’t know everything. Put your ego last. Make it easy for customers to share their views with you directly. Acknowledge that your product/service exists to serve your customers’ needs. It needs to evolve with your customer. Find yourself a good mentor or two who you respect and want to emulate. They will be your sounding board and the light at the end of the tunnel during your darkest hours (you will have many of those, I guarantee). Be grateful for your support network of family, friends, and colleagues and make sure to let them know how much you appreciate them for playing their part in your success. If you have the right partner to start the business, jump in with both feet. Most tech startups have a higher likelihood of succeeding when they have more than one founder. Probably because the demands of tech and business are better balanced on more than one pair of shoulders. How we frame our questions is a big part of the problem. Reframing them makes us see different perspectives thereby changing our mindsets. Instead of asking ‘can working moms have it all?’, what if we asked ‘what can organizations do to help working moms achieve work-life balance?’, ‘how do women cope with competing demands at work and home?’ Instead of asking ‘can developers be great entrepreneurs?’ better questions to ask are ‘what can developers do to start a successful business?’, ‘what can we learn from those who have built successful companies?’ Keep an open mind; the best ideas may come from the unlikeliest sources! Read Next: 1 in 3 developers wants to be an entrepreneur. What does it take to make a successful transition? Developers think managers don’t know enough about technology. And that’s hurting business. 96% of developers believe developing soft skills is importantlast_img read more

Canadians enjoy up to 45 off accommodations activities in the Caymans

first_img Thursday, April 6, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Cayman Islands, Promotions TORONTO — Canadian sun-seekers won’t be able to resist the call of the Cayman Islands this summer, with incredible savings of up to 45% off accommodations and experiences, and nonstop flights from Toronto.The ‘Summer Only In Cayman’ promotion runs until June 30 for travel between June 1 and Sept. 4. Accommodation partners include some of the destination’s finest hotels, condominium properties and guesthouses with lodging deals such as resort credits, dive packages and reduced rates up to 45% off.Participating properties include:HOTELSKimpton Seafire Resort + SpaThe Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanGrand Cayman Marriott Beach ResortThe Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort + SpaGrand Caymanian ResortWyndham Reef ResortSunshine Suites ResortSunset HouseHoliday Inn ResortPACKAGESWestJet Vacations – Wyndham Reef ResortCONDOMINIUMS / GUEST HOUSES:Aqua Bay ClubThe Grandview CondominiumsThe Anchorage CondominiumsLacovia Grand CaymanCayman CondosThe RenaissanceHarbour HeightsOcean ParadiseShangri-La Bed + BreakfastHammock MoonMore news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsLand-based operators that are also offering reduced rates and deals include Sealand Adventure Tours (20% off its 7-Mile Beach WaveRunner & Snorkel Experience), Leisure Boat Club (membership packages starting at $2,500), Capt. Marvin’s Watersports Ltd. (20% cash discount on three-stop stingray/snorkel tours on adult fares), and Cayman Islands Boat Rentals (10% discount on all full day reservation).A number of restaurants and attractions are also participating in the promotion, including Cayman Cabana Restaurant, Cimboco, Cayman Islands National Museum, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, and Nature Cayman.Air Canada offers four-hour, year-round service with nonstop flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, with up to five flights a week in April. WestJet also offers four-hour, nonstop flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, with two flights a week in April and Sunday departures in May and June.For more information on ‘Summer Only In Cayman’, go to Canadians enjoy up to 45% off accommodations & activities in the Caymanslast_img read more