Jewellery highvalue cars to get cheaper

first_imgNew Delhi: In a relief to buyers of high-value cars and jewellery, the CBIC has said that the TCS amount would be excluded from the value of goods for computing GST liability.Under the Income Tax Act, tax collection at source (TCS) is levied at 1 per cent on purchase of motor vehicles above Rs 10 lakh, jewellery exceeding Rs 5 lakh and bullion over Rs 2 lakh. TCS is also levied on other purchases at different rates. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in a circular said that the TCS amount would be excluded from the value of goods while computing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) liability. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayEarlier in December, the CBIC had said that the TCS amount would also be included while ascertaining the GST liability on goods on which TCS is applicable under the I-T Act. In view of the representations received from various stakeholders and after consultation with the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the CBIC has decided to exclude the TCS amount paid while valuing the goods for the purpose to levy GST. The CBDT has clarified that TCS is not a tax on goods but an interim levy on the possible “income” arising from the sale of goods by the buyer and to be adjusted against the final income-tax liability. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty”For the purpose of determination of the value of supply under GST, Tax collected at source (TCS) under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961 would not be includible as it is an interim levy not having the character of tax,” the CBIC said. EY India Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said: “This clarification comes as quite a relief for businesses specifically the automotive sector. While most industry players already believed that GST should not be levied on the Income-tax TCS component, given the otherwise clarification by the Government, they were quite apprehensive of litigation on this aspect”. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said the erstwhile circular issued by the CBIC unnecessary complicated the mechanism of calculating GST where TCS-Income tax was also collected by the supplier. “Recent corrigendum of CBIC eased the calculation process by breaking the circular referencing which would also result in marginally rationalising the tax payments (GST and income tax both),” Mohan said.last_img read more

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Moroccos Head of Government to Spend End of Year Holidays in

Rabat – Head of the Moroccan Government Abdelillah Benkirane will spend the end of the year holidays in Brazil.According to sources quoted by Le360 website, Benkirane will spend his vacations in the South American country of Brazil along with his wife,Nabila, and director of his office Jamaa Mouatassim.Morocco’s premier will travel to Brazil next Tuesday December 30th to represent the kingdom in the celebrations of the reelection of President Dilma Rousseff. The official visit will last until January 2nd.

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UN antinarcotics chief calls on former Soviet states to step up war

“On the one hand, the trafficking in Afghan opium in the territories of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) has a negative effect on the health of the population, like the current catastrophic scale of HIV/AIDS in the region,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told a CIS foreign ministers’ meeting in Yalta, Ukraine.“On the other, it also nourishes organized crime, laundering of enormous profits from narco-trafficking, and the resulting spread of corruption, illicit trafficking in fire-arms and human beings. All this together is financially fuelling global terrorist operations,” Mr. Costa added.He offered UNODC technical assistance to CIS and its individual member states in implementing programmes against rugs and crime. “UNODC is expanding its cooperation both with individual countries and with the CIS region as a whole,” he said. “Given the threat posed to national security by drug abuse, drug trafficking and HIV/AIDS, even greater efforts are needed to step up our work in this area.”So far over $50 million in technical assistance has been provided to governments in the region. read more

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Global support crucial to keep Laotian farmers from opium – UN official

Once the third-largest opium producer in the world, Laos and its farmers need the global community’s support so poverty doesn’t force its farmers to rely on opium production, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.At ceremonies held in the Laotian capital of Vientiane to mark its virtual eradication of opium production, Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of UNODC, congratulated the Laos Government for slashing opium production by 93 per cent over the last seven years.“The progress that Laos has made is quite momentous when we consider that until the mid-1990s, it was the third-largest producer of illicit opium in the world,” Mr. Costa said.He said the small amount of remaining opium production is consumed by this Southeast Asian nation’s approximately 20,000 opium smokers, many of whom are undergoing treatment or rehabilitation. UN figures show that about 1,800 hectares of land in this nation were under opium cultivation in 2005, down from 26,800 hectares in 1998.Laos, one of the poorest countries in the world, is at a critical juncture if it is to remain free of opium, Mr. Costa said. He urged donor countries and development agencies to supply the economic support that poor farmers, whom have relinquished opium cultivation, need to develop alternative sources of income that are sustainable.“Not enough has been done so far,” said Mr. Costa. “We have a collective responsibility to ensure that the poorest of the poor are not the ones who pay the price for successes in drug control.”UNODC recently agreed to a new Strategic Programme Framework for Laos that includes projects totalling $18.4 million for a three-year period that begins in 2006. Most of the money will be funnelled to alternative development activities.Mr. Costa also expressed concern about reports of the increasing abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants in Laos. Seizures of these drugs soared by 62 per cent in 2004, compared to the previous year, according to the Strategic Programme Framework report.He also urged the Laotian government to remain vigilant on opium cultivation in the coming years. “Even some 10 years after Thailand and Viet Nam officially eliminated opium, they still have to eradicate many hectares of opium poppy every year,” he added. read more

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Oracles fiscal fourthquarter results top analyst views company to buy back 10B

Oracle’s fiscal fourth-quarter results top analyst views, company to buy back $10B in stock SAN FRANCISCO – Oracle was so pleased with its latest quarter that it apparently couldn’t wait to share the news.In surprise move, the business software maker released its fiscal fourth-quarter results late Monday. The numbers weren’t supposed to come out until Thursday.Safra Catz, Oracle’s chief financial officer, told analysts in a hastily scheduled conference call that the company didn’t think investors would mind hearing about a solid quarter amid unsettling fears about how Europe’s shaky economy might be affecting business conditions.It was still a puzzling decision, given that the timing conflicted with a Los Angeles event that Microsoft Corp. held to unveil a tablet computer to compete against Apple Inc.’s iPad. The overlap kept some of the same securities analysts that follow Oracle tied up with the Microsoft announcement.That meant Oracle’s performance for the three months ending in May didn’t get as much attention as it might have had the company stuck to its original schedule.The quarter was highlighted by an 8 per cent increase in net income that topped analysts’ predictions. Oracle also posted a 7 per cent gain in its sales of new software licenses that indicated there is still strong demand for technology that helps businesses automate their administrative tasks.Oracle Corp. is viewed as a technology bellwether because it sells software and high-end computers to companies and government agencies throughout the world.In another encouraging sign, Oracle committed to spending an additional US$10 billion buying back its stock. That should help boost Oracle’s future earnings by reducing the number of outstanding shares. Based on Monday’s closing price Oracle’s stock, the $10 billion would buy about 369 million, or 7 per cent, of the company’s roughly 5 billion outstanding shares. Oracle spent about $6 billion buying back 207 million shares in its past fiscal year.Oracle shares gained 96 cents, or more than 3 per cent, to $28.08 in Monday’s extended trading. The stock had dropped 58 cents in Monday’s regular trading session as investors reacted to the unconfirmed reports of several analysts who said they had been told by unnamed industry sources that Oracle was cutting its ties with Keith Block, its top North American sales executive for the past decade.The company didn’t address Block’s status in Monday’s quarterly release or ensuing conference call. Oracle didn’t respond to request for comment about Block either. The executive’s biography remained listed on Oracle’s website late Monday.Oracle earned $3.45 billion, or 69 cents per share, for the three months ending in May. That compared to income of $3.2 billion, or 62 cents per share, at the same time last year.If not acquisition expenses and other costs, Oracle said it would have earned 82 cents per share. On that basis, Oracle exceeded the average estimate of 78 cents per share held among analysts surveyed by FactSet.Revenue edged up 1 per cent from last year to $10.9 billion, slightly higher than analyst projections.If not for a stronger dollar, which hurt its results outside the U.S., Oracle said its revenue would have increase by 5 per cent from the same time last year.Software licensing revenue would have increased by 11 per cent if currency exchange rates had remained at the same level as last year. Investors focus on sales of new software because the new licenses unleash a steady stream of future revenue from maintenance and software upgrades. Oracle expects its software licenses for the current quarter ending in August to range from a 1 per cent decrease from the same time last year to a 9 per cent increase.Oracle is still struggling to diversify into hardware. Revenue from the sale of hardware products during the latest quarter declined 16 per cent from the same time last year. The sagging hardware sales have raised questions about Oracle’s decision to buy Sun Microsystems, a struggling maker of high-end computers, for $7.3 billion two years ago.Catz and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison have predicted the Sun deal will pay off. Block, though, declared Sun as “dead, dead, dead” during an instant messaging exchange with another Oracle executive last year. The IMs recently surfaced in a California trial pitting Oracle against rival Hewlett-Packard Co. in a contract dispute. by News Staff Posted Jun 18, 2012 9:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Chances of success high in Central African Republic if investments made in

“A significant investment has been made by the international community to come to this point: for the United Nations, our support in providing humanitarian assistance, our efforts on reconciliation, recovery, development and of course the presence of MINUSCA [the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic] illustrate our determination to help the country,” said Mr. Eliasson. Mr. Eliasson was speaking to UN Member States and key partners at UN Headquarters in New York ahead of the Donors Conference on the Central African Republic taking place on 17 November in the Belgian capital, Brussels. Yet, in the midst of so many other crises, our chances of success in the Central African Republic remain high, if we invest in peace and work together to address, in a comprehensive manner, the causes as well as the consequences of the conflict in this countryAccording to the United Nations, CAR is at a critical juncture with a fragile security situation, as illustrated by renewed clashes between armed groups over the last few weeks. Peacekeepers serving with MINUSCA have been assisting local authorities to protect civilians and the mission is working closely with the government to support reconciliation and stabilization efforts in the country. In May this year, the CAR government requested support from the European Union, the United Nations, and the World Bank Group to prepare a recovery and peacebuilding assessment. The assessment resulted in a ‘National Plan for Recovery’ and identified three main areas of priorities for the first five years of the country’s post-election period, including support to the government in identifying recovery and peacebuilding needs and their costs, identifying specific operational, institutional, and financial arrangements to facilitate the implementation of these priorities and the creation of platform to monitor implementation. These priorities will be presented during the gathering in Brussels, which will be co-chaired by the European Union and the CAR government. This plan is estimated to cost $3 billion and the conference will serve to raise funds. “I am confident that, the Central African authorities will demonstrate… their sustained commitments to undertaking the right actions and reforms in order to re-establish long-term security and justice for all Centrafricans, within the framework of inclusive governance and the respect of the rule of law,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. “For the country to accomplish all its efforts, finally, continued and coherent support of the international community is required.””Yet,” he added, “in the midst of so many other crises, our chances of success in the Central African Republic remain high, if we invest in peace and work together to address, in a comprehensive manner, the causes as well as the consequences of the conflict in this country.” read more

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Tennis Has An Income Inequality Problem

Tennis is played and followed in most nations worldwide. But professional players aren’t making much money. Fewer than 1,000 pro players break even at the sport. Far fewer make a decent living.The opportunities to make good money are dwindling. More players are competing for prizes that are growing slowly, especially at the game’s lowest levels. Earlier this month, the ATP World Tour, which runs the most lucrative pro men’s events, announced it was increasing prize money significantly over the next four years. But the most exclusive tournaments will get the biggest boosts. After adjusting for inflation1Which I did using the U.S. Consumer Price Index, since U.S. dollars are the standard currency in tennis, prize money on the ATP’s Challenger Tour — the equivalent of baseball’s AAA minor league — has fallen by 25 percent in the last six years.Soon after the ATP’s announcement, the International Tennis Federation released results of its analysis of the pro game’s financials. Among the sobering findings: Only 336 men and 253 women made more than they spent playing tennis last year.2That doesn’t count sponsorship money and appearance fees, but it also doesn’t count coaching expenses.In every pro sport, many compete for few lucrative slots. Tennis’s economics are particularly brutal. Players are individual contractors who have to cover their own transportation, equipment, coaching and — at some events — accommodation and food. Almost all of them have to supplement their winnings with sponsorships, support from their national federations or their families, odd jobs or all of the above.The best 104 men and 104 women get safe passage to the four Grand Slam tournaments each year.3Each Grand Slam tournament has spots for 128 men and 128 women in its singles draws. Typically 104 men enter singles directly based on their ranking, while the rest of the slots go to players who qualify in a pre-tournament playoff, or who get a wild-card slot from organizers. Women’s draws are constructed similarly, though most majors allot four fewer qualifying slots for women, and four more direct-entry positions. They’re the players who have a chance to make a lot of money playing tennis. Lose your first match at each one last year, and you would still earn roughly $130,000. The rest of the players in the world are fighting for much smaller purses. The ITF estimates that the 4,978 men who won some prize money last year but weren’t in the top 1 percent earned, on average, a little over $13,000. The bottom 99 percent of the 2,650 women who earned prize money averaged about $22,600.If you’re the 350th best man in the world at baseball, basketball, American football, ice hockey or soccer, you’re earning more than $500,000 each year, expenses paid. If you’re the 350th best man in tennis, you’re probably either falling into debt or getting help from a sponsor or parent. Tennis looks better financially for women than for men, relative to other sports, yet it’s likely that fewer than 200 women are earning a living from tennis prize money.Tennis’s problem is that its fan base is wide but not deep. It has fans in countries around the world, but rarely enough to support a major tournament with sellouts and big TV ratings in any single market.The ITF is considering how to divide the revenue among players in a way that’s best for the game. The nonprofit body is studying the sport’s economics to make sure that players who are good enough to break through don’t quit the game before doing so — and to hasten the departure of those who aren’t good enough. The ITF’s data shows it takes about a year longer now than it did in 2000 for a player to go from his or her first ranking to reaching the Top 100, which is another year during which promising players might get discouraged and drop their rackets.“The last thing I’d want is for an exceptionally talented player to have to leave the game after a year or two, before they realize their potential,” Kris Dent, the ITF’s director of pro tennis, said in a telephone interview. “That’s something that drives what we’re doing, first and foremost.”The ITF enlisted outside researchers in Australia and the U.K. for its study. It surveyed 7,605 players worldwide, three-quarters of them active professional players. Just 6 percent of women and 5 percent of men who responded said their prize money in their most recent year of professional play covered their expenses. More than half of men and women said they had to cut costs to a level they deemed unacceptable for hotels and the number and quality of tournaments they played.The life most pro players lead is far from glamorous. They are concerned more with having enough balls and a good court to play on, than with paparazzi and endorsements. Players were asked in the survey where they’d be OK with cuts. Balls and facility maintenance were lowest on their list. In a recent post on Facebook, 22-year-old Tomás Buchhass of Argentina lamented “courts in a pitiful state which are a hazard to the physical well-being of the players” at a Chilean ITF event. And a photo of a shredded net on a practice court at a Tunisian ITF event made the rounds on Twitter last month.4An ITF spokesman confirmed the photo is genuine and added, “It is essential that tournament conditions meet the minimum standards expected by the ITF. Where complaints about an unacceptable site are upheld following investigation, as they were on this particular occasion, we will not approve the site for any future Circuit tournaments unless we are entirely satisfied that steps have been taken to ensure no repetition.”In one of the least surprising findings of modern polling history, nearly all players said prize money should increase. (Just who were the 12 percent of men and 21 percent of women who disagreed, the ITF couldn’t say.)Dent agrees with players, to a point. He’d like to see less hardship for young players. For instance, he wants the lowest-level tournaments to cover players’ food and hotel costs in the form of a per diem; this year fewer than 4 percent of ITF pro events covered all players’ hospitality costs. That would help encourage players to travel to more tournaments. More prize money would help, too, but big increases aren’t realistic for most events. Below the top rungs of the men’s and women’s tours, there is little to no income coming from sponsorships, ticket sales or broadcast rights, Dent said. National federations, sometimes with grants from the ITF or the Grand Slams, generally cover costs, and aren’t likely to pay for big prize-money increases.Many different bodies run the sport. Each of the four Grand Slams is run by the host nation’s tennis federation. The ATP runs the men’s tour, the WTA the women’s tour. For the men, the ATP handles the highest minor-league level, of Challengers, while the ITF runs the lowest-level pro tournaments, called Futures. For women, the ITF runs all events below tour level.The ITF runs the least lucrative tournaments, so it doesn’t have much leeway to increase prize money at those. Dent wants to shrink the player pool so there is more money for each player. “We need to look at how we reward players who are progressing, but start to make it harder for players who aren’t,” he said.Tennis isn’t likely to start forcing players to earn tour cards, as golf does. But Dent repeatedly cited golf as an example of a sport that properly “signposts” steps on aspiring pros’ journeys. Tennis, he said, needs to a better job of that. The point of Futures and Challengers isn’t to award enough money for players to live on, but to identify the best emerging talents and bestow ranking points so they can qualify for bigger, more lucrative tournaments. Toughening playing-down rules, which prevent players from competing at events below their level, are a way for the ITF to ensure that prize money and ranking points at entry-level events get divvied up among emerging stars, not established veterans.Dent also envisions adding yet a lower level of competition — development events that cash-strapped national federations can support so that local players can afford to play without heavy travel costs. The events would have smaller draws and use officials with less experience than is required at current ITF events — while not skimping on costs for courts and balls.“Already a number of developing nations, particularly in Africa, find it difficult to host events at the prize-money level we have,” Dent said. Nearly half of men’s prize money at ITF events, and more than half of ITF women’s prize money, was distributed at European events this year.The pool of money for aspiring players could be growing soon. In March, the ITF Board will consider the idea of the development tour and other potential changes — including increases to prize money and hospitality — in light of the research. The ATP likely will increase prize money and hospitality spending at Challenger tournaments next year, too, according to a spokesman — which would reverse recent stagnation and decline.The big money, though, remains at the top of the game — and the gap likely will widen. The ATP’s recently announced prize-money increases are biggest for the 500- and 1,000-level tournaments, which are the most exclusive ones, with increases of 50 percent and 54 percent, respectively, in 2018 compared to this year, after adjusting for projected inflation. The 250-level events, one notch up from Challengers, will increase prize money by just 6 percent. read more

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Pokemon World Championship winners will appear in Black and White 2

first_imgFor Pokemon players who want to be the very best like no one ever was, entering the Pokemon World Championships is a must to truly claim that ultimate title.In the 2011 tournament, competitors could win a vast amount of prizes including trophies, invitations to next years tournament, travel awards, Pokemon swag, and even scholarships. This year however, the tournament is offering a much worthier prize that Pokemon masters from all over the world will want to fight over; the chance to be in Pokemon Black and White 2.Yes, trainers, their team of Pokemon, and even their items will recreated in the game and distributed via the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Regular players will be able to battle the masters in a special arena that’s new for Black and White 2.This years tournament is taking place in Waikoloa, Hawaii on August 10 and we suspect the battling will be fiercer than ever. Spectators are welcome, but competitors can only enter via invitations won from national and regional events which have already taken place.Pokemon Black and White 2 will be out in North America on October 7th this year. Its release in Japan has been highly successful, with it selling 1.56 million copies in its first week of release. Its predecessor had much more impressive sales figure though, managing to sell 2.63 million in its first two days.Everyone wants to be immortalized in a video game, so this is a great opportunity for poke-fans of all ages who’ve done the hard work to make the final.More at the Pokemon website, via CVGlast_img read more

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Chrome Experiment multiplayer racing game works across 5 devices no downloads required

first_imgA simple, minimalist stock car racing game composed of neon colors, shapes, and lines, Racer works on smartphone and tablet alike, and just requires the mobile Chrome browser — something that you either already have, or don’t need to buy and doesn’t have that freemium, pay-to-play mindset that so many “free” games do.Thanks to HTML5 (of course) and some good old ingenuity, you can simply load up Racer in your mobile Chrome browser, get some friends to do the same, and form a racetrack across the screens of your devices. As the above video demonstrates, the devices can be of differing sizes, and due to the minimalist style of the game, it’s quite easy to see the action across multiple screens.Now, the game doesn’t have you (loudly) communicating with your friends like Spaceteam gets you to do, but all your friends will be right there, interacting, playing on each others’ devices. All you need are some friends and an internet connection.If you dug the audio to the above video, you can check out the soundtrack to the game below. When the gaming industry got wind of the power of social gaming, rather than embark on a quest to design actual games based on social experiences, it more or less began pumping out the majority of the “social” mobile or Facebook games that litter the internet.Rather than involve true social interaction, the games tend to incorporate something more along the lines of spam, offering you in-game bonuses for filling up your Facebook and Twitter feeds with every minor accomplishment you could achieve in the game. Recently, though, some truly social games began appearing. Games like OK Go’s Say the Same Thing, and the extremely social and ridiculously fun Spaceteam, are popping up, showing the industry what a “social” game really is. However, those games still have the occasional barrier — requiring a download, or not providing cross-platform play as of yet. A new Chrome Experiment social game, Racer, solves those barriers to entry.last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Market Research Team concludes West Africa study in Nigeria

first_imgFrom Feb.16-19, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) technical consultants Dana Johnson, Miguel Escobar and Michael David traveled to Lagos, Nigeria on the third stop of a three-country research project in West Africa. The team is conducting a USDA Emerging Markets Program-funded market assessment of the feed, aquaculture and poultry industry in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Joining them on the Ghana and Nigeria portion of the travel was the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council’s (USAPEEC) Director of Technical Services Dr. Shelly McKee.In partnership with the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP), the team aims to increase the U.S. feedstuff and poultry industry’s knowledge of market opportunities for U.S. soy in feed in each of the target countries.Ultimately, recommendations from the market assessment will include a variety of actions including targeted technical assistance to improve feed quality and management practices, and facilitating infrastructure and supply chain enhancements. A healthy local poultry and feed industry is good business for U.S. exporters of both soy and frozen poultry.In addition to their main research activities in Lagos, Michael David traveled to Abuja in order to add a wider scope to their analysis from Nigerian government officials.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Recognize World Trade Month

first_imgMay is World Trade Month, and to celebrate, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) have partnered to highlight the importance of trade and soybean exports to the U.S. economy and rural community.Throughout the month, we’ll post soy trade facts on social media, so make sure to keep an eye out for #Soy #SoyTrade and #SoyTradeMatters . If you’re not already, follow along with @ASA_Soybeans @USSEC @ussoy.See this week’s facts:last_img

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Obama Issues Executive Order on Arctic Coordination

first_imgMurkowski says president Obama’s Arctic policy boils down to two words: “Hands Off.” President Barack Obama today issued an executive order aimed at coordinating federal action on the Arctic. The order establishes a new Arctic executive steering committee. It will have some two dozen members, including deputy secretaries from the departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security and Interior. Among the stated goals is to better collaborate with the State of Alaska and Alaska tribes.“You’d be amazed at how many people work and how many agencies work on the Arctic,”  said Marilyn Heiman, a former Alaska policy advisor to the Interior secretary in the Clinton administration. “And having one place where all the issues are addressed and the agencies are convened to discuss the issues I think will help.”The order, which  emphasizes the impact of climate change,  is part of the federal government’s preparations for assuming chairmanship of the international Arctic Council this spring. Heiman says the effort will only be successful if the U.S. develops good standards for things like Arctic drilling and shipping.“Other countries look to the United States for leadership and the stronger we are on our policies in Alaska the stronger we can be in leading the Arctic Council,” said Heiman, who  now works on Arctic conservation for the Pew Charitable Trusts.Sen. Lisa Murkowski faintly praises the executive order’s promise of consultation with Alaskans. But she says Washington-based environmental groups have too much sway while priorities of Alaskans are neglected.“Science-based decision making is essential as we move forward, but we cannot ‘study’ ourselves into inaction,” she said in a written statement. “Investment and vision are needed – in infrastructure, ice breakers, and a predictable federal oil and gas permitting process – to craft an Arctic economy.”last_img read more

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SP calls proposed Permanent Fund plan favorable

first_imgThe credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has awarded good marks to Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed changes to how the Alaska Permanent Fund is used.The Juneau Empire reports that on Monday the agency called the changes a “favorable development” in as it is a more sustainable model for Alaska’s general fund.Attorney General Craig Richards called the new Permanent Fund system a “sovereign wealth model” which would involve putting the state’s petroleum production taxes into the permanent fund along with half of the state’s resource royalties.Spun-off earnings, potentially around $3.3 billion a year, would go to the state general fund to help pay for the costs of government.S&P says the new model is a step in the right direction, but is not risk-free as it assumes a high rate of return for the fund.last_img read more

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UltraSPECT Xpress3Cardiac Installed at Four RWJPE Locations

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? 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The sites include: Cardiology Associates of New Brunswick in New Brunswick, N.J.; Heart Specialists of Edison in Edison, N.J.; and New Brunswick Cardiology Group in their offices in Somerset and Monroe, N.J. The software will benefit patient safety by reducing the dosage of injected radiopharmaceuticals, while lowering the radiation exposure for patients and nuclear staff alike. In addition, the technology saves valuable time for patients and staff, as it can produce the same high-quality single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images in less time than is typically required during standard exams.“The image quality and clarity are remarkably good with UltraSPECT, which is particularly impressive when you consider that our scan time has been reduced by half in 80-90 percent of the cases,” said Jose Torres, technology director, New Brunswick Cardiology Group, Somerset, N.J. “UltraSPECT also helped us eliminate the two-day study protocol for heavier patients, who used to have to come back the next day for a stress test because the shorter scan times allow us to do more in the same visit. Patients are also more comfortable during the scan because they have to lay still for a shorter period of time.”Torres also notes that the radiation exposure numbers on staff’s monthly dosimetry reports have been steadily going down after the UltraSPECT implementation. This is due to both reduced scan time and reduced doses needed for imaging tests.All four installations are part of RWJPE’s radiopharmaceutical supply agreement with Nuclear Diagnostic Products (NDP). NDP delivers high-quality diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals to its customers and offers UltraSPECT products to facilities looking for a cost-effective solution to achieve faster and safer imaging while enhancing their diagnostic capabilities.For more information: www.ultraspect.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Gringos see Costa Rica as a dream wedding destination

first_imgCosta Rica scoredone more accolade before the year’s end thanks to Google. The search engine giant released its annual Zeitgeist charts last week. The tables show the year-in-review of Google searches, including most-searched tourist destinations. Costa Rica found its way onto one of those lists.The top U.S. searches for wedding destinations showed Costa Rica ranked 9th. The list shows “trending” locales – destinations that showed the biggest increase in search volume from 2012 to 2013.U.S. searches for destination wedding locations1. Mexico 2. Bahamas 3. Kauai 4. Caribbean 5. Jamaica 6. Italy 7. Las Vegas 8. Florida 9. COSTA RICA 10. BermudaGoogle boasts two-thirds of the search engine market share for the United States, according to a recent ComScore report. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Curacao registers 13 growth in visitor arrivals

first_imgThe Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has registered a double digit growth of 13% in visitor arrivals in March 2016 compared to last year. A total of 44,736 visitors were registered against 39,526 in the same month last year.Stay over arrivals from North America increased by six percent in March with a total of 9,184 visitors compared to the 8,695 visitor arrivals in March 2015. The United States, with 6,462 stay over arrivals, recorded an eight percent increase. Canada recorded a slight one percent increase with 2,722 stay over arrivals this March 2016.The South American market increased by 15% in March 2016, with a total of 12,349 stay over arrivals compared to 10,721 in 2015. Demand out of Venezuela bounced back, growing strong in March 2016. From Venezuela, a 16% increase was registered with a total of 8,536 visitors being counted 2016, compared to the 7,354 visitor arrivals of last year.Colombia and Suriname also registered increases in stay over arrivals of respectively 15% and 49%. In absolute figures, Colombia and Suriname registered 1,216 and 1,051 stay over arrivals. Brazil showed a decrease of 24%.The European market recorded an increase of 13% in March 2016. The region provided a total of 19,103 stay over arrivals compared to the 16,912 recorded in March 2015. The main producing country, the Netherlands, recorded a five percent increase with 12,453 visitors in March 2016 compared to 11,883 in 2015.Germany increased, recording 15% more visitors in March 2016. A total of 3,261 visitors were registered. Last year, in this same month 2,830 German visitors were counted. From Belgium a 154% increase was registered, with a total of 1,224 stay-over visitors in March 2016.The Caribbean region grew by recording 30% more visitors in March 2016. Aruban visitors increased by 60%, representing 1,487 stay-over visitors in absolute numbers. Trinidad and Tobago also recorded good performance with 18% more visitors.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The annual Great Migra

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe annual Great Migration is one of the seven ‘natural’ wonders of Africa and guests staying at Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp located in Kenya’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy, will have a front-row seat for the spectacular event.The Great Migration sees up to one million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelles and other game undertake a journey of roughly 1600 kilometres through Tanzania and Kenya between July and September.This is a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in the mass of wildlife and enjoy a truly intimate experience amidst this astonishing natural spectacle.Twice-daily game drives are led by expert rangers and trackers to witness the extraordinary sight while the 12 luxurious tented suites look out onto some of the world’s most stunning scenery.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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When it comes to your trip what part of your holi

first_imgWhen it comes to your trip, what part of your holiday do you book first?VOTE NOW!<a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1950430/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1950430/”>Holidays: what do you book first?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com” mce_href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>survey</a>)</span> ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHow does strike action change the way you book flights?Does airline strike action (or the threat of strike action) change the way you book your flights?Bad Travelling Partners: Nightmare neighboursSo who really are the worst people to sit next to on a plane? VOTE NOW!Should airlines offer women-only toilets?Should airlines offer women-only toilets?last_img read more

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Related 6 flights for £60 or lessWith flights sta

first_img Related6 flights for £60 or less!With flights starting at just £29, why not give in to temptation?6 super cheap flights for less than £35Grab an amazing deal on last-minute flights to these European cities.6 unsung city breaks in Europe for under £60Visit an exciting alternative European destination on the cheap with these bargain flight deals. 5. Belfast, Northern Ireland from £42With plenty of interesting sites to explore, it’s worth dragging yourself out of Belfast’s many lively boozers, although they’re a great place to catch live music sessions and meet the friendly locals. Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, St Anne’s Cathedral, City Hall and Titanic’s Dock are just some of the places worth checking out. If you do get thirsty, pull in to the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast’s most famous and popular public house. Owned by the National Trust, it is as notable for its history as it is for its food and drink selection.Check pricesRead more: 10 best things to do in Belfast – a local’s guide*Flight prices correct at time of publication and for return journeys from the UK in March 2015.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Prague, Czech Republic from £49Another popular spot to go before settling down in to marital bliss, Prague has plenty to offer families looking for a last-minute getaway, as well as groups looking for a good time. The City of Hundred Spires looks like it fell straight out of the pages of a fairytale book. Set on the vast Vlatva River, Prague is packed with stunning architecture, chilled out cafés and bars to unwind in.Check prices Need a holiday after all the half-term chaos? Looking for a last-minute flight to surprise mum with this Mother’s Day (March 15th, if you needed a reminder)?From pizza in Pisa to a bit of Czech charm, Skyscanner have it sorted. Check out these five European city break ideas for less than £45*1. Nuremburg, Germany from £43Leave the hipster beards in Berlin and escape to Bavaria for a weekend gazing at Gothic castles, gorging on Nürnberger Bratwürste sausages and sampling the regions famous beers. Many people go to Nuremburg at Christmas time for the wonderful markets, but there are plenty of awesome out-of-season stalls for you to shop at in Nuremburg’s old town. Be sure to pick up some souvenir gingerbread, a cookie that the city is famous for.Check pricesRead more: 10 best places to visit in Germanycenter_img 4. Pisa, Italy from £58Get a piece of the action in Pisa. Home of the famous Leaning Tower – a great spot for cringey tourist snaps – head to the Piazza dei Miracoli and then stroll along the Arno River. Work up an appetite then treat yourself to homemade pasta or great value gnocchi at a restaurant in Piazza delle Vettovaglie in Pisa’s medieval district.Check pricesRead more: 5 most romantic cities in Italy 2. Riga, Latvia from £46Riga doesn’t look bad for her age, founded over 800 years ago, despite being one of Europe’s most popular stag and hen-do destinations. But this UNESCO World Heritage site has more to offer than cheap pints. Explore the Latvian capital’s Art Nouveau district and Old Town area for a glimpse in to the city’s Soviet past. As evening draws in, get up to Skyline Bar, perched 26 floors high above the city for bird’s eye views and a sophisticated sundowner.Check pricesRead more: Europe’s 10 best budget stag and hen do destinationslast_img read more

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