The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture has completed its first visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 12 April where it examined the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment.“We have received good cooperation during the visit, having access to all places of detention, getting all relevant information and performing confidential interviews. We look positively on Sri Lanka’s prospective development of a national preventive mechanism, as required under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture,” said Victor Zaharia, who led the four-member delegation. The Subcommittee’s next step will be to submit its confidential report to the Government of Sri Lanka, containing its observations and recommendations arising from the visit. The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture encourages the State parties to make its reports public.The delegation was composed of Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). (Colombo Gazette) “Our work is guided by the principles of confidentiality, impartiality, non-selectivity, universality and objectivity,” Zaharia underscored. The Optional Protocol, which Sri Lanka ratified in 2017, says that no authority or official shall order, apply, permit or tolerate any sanction against any person or organization for having communicated to the Subcommittee or to its delegates any information, whether true or false, and no such person or organization shall be otherwise prejudiced in any way.The Subcommittee carries out its work within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations and is guided by the purposes and principles thereof, as well as the norms of the United Nations concerning the treatment of people deprived of their liberty. The delegation visited police stations, prisons, remand prisons, military camps, rehabilitation centres, mental health institution, a rehabilitation centre for children, and held meetings with the Government representatives, Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission and civil society representatives.
The current high-level segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council should centre on building on the achievements of previous UN global conferences and work towards making an upcoming summit on sustainable development a success, the President of ECOSOC, as the UN Council is known, said today. Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Ambassador Ivan Šimonovic of Croatia said that the current part of ECOSOC’s annual session, which was attended by senior government ministers and the heads of various international agencies, aimed to improve the health and education policies in developing countries and build momentum towards more international aid. He stressed that the main message of the meeting was that investments in human resources in health and education were productive investments, noting that for example, a $1 investment in health led to $7 in economic output. The three-day segment was also taking place in an extremely important environment, Ambassador Šimonovic said, noting that it came after the International Conference on Financing for Development, held in March in Monterrey, Mexico, and before the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this year. Furthermore, five of the Millennium Development Goals agreed to by world leaders at the 2000 Millennium Summit were directly related to health and education. In order to achieve them, he said, estimates called for a doubling of official development assistance (ODA), to about $100 billion per year. In echoing that theme, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, Prof. Jeffery Sachs, told reporters that a real partnership between the rich and poor countries was needed in order to achieve the goals in health and education, which were vital for poverty reduction. With spreading pandemics of life-threatening diseases over the past decade and deteriorating living standards, the world’s poorest countries were falling further and further behind, while a least 100 million children were not attending school, even at a primary level, said Professor Sachs, the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. “We are just losing lives now, at a shocking rate,” he said. “The question today is what to do about it, and the answer is: It can’t be business as usual, because business as usual is not going to pull the poorest countries out of the terrible downward spiral that find themselves in. We need a real partnership between the rich and poor countries, and a real operational strategy for getting out of this mess.”
Francis M. Deng, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, warned that the number of IDPs in Liberia continues to swell and their situation is worsening by the day as most lack access to food, clean water, and medical care, and basic sanitation facilities.“Looting, rape and harassment of the civilian population by militia is reportedly widespread,” he said in a statement issued in Geneva. “From all accounts, the humanitarian crisis has become truly catastrophic.“Of course, responsibility for ensuring the protection and assistance of civilians rests first and foremost with their government,” Mr. Deng said. “However, when a government is unable to do so, as is clearly the case in Liberia, the international community, often acting in partnership with regional actors, can and should be called upon to play a role.”Mr. Deng also reiterated the Secretary-General’s call on the parties concerned, and in particular the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebel forces, to immediately end hostilities. He urged all armed actors to cooperate with the planned deployment of forces by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and any other international forces deployed with UN support so that humanitarian operations can safely be resumed and that assistance and protection be provided to populations in need without delay.In addition to restoring security in the country generally, regional and international forces have a critically important role to play in protecting the internally displaced and other civilians at risk, Mr. Deng said. “This is a responsibility that ECOWAS forces importantly have assumed in the region in the past, though not always with full respect for human rights and humanitarian standards,” he said.“As the Secretary-General has said, the United States can lend crucial support to ECOWAS in its planned efforts to bring security to the country and is called upon to do so,” Mr. Deng added.
RIO DE JANEIRO – The oil company of Brazil’s one-time richest man filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, marking a humbling blow for Eike Batista, a flamboyant former champion speedboat racer who has been his nation’s biggest economic cheerleader in recent years.Brazilians and analysts alike struggled to understand the rise and fall of Batista, who largely bankrolled Rio’s winning bid to host the 2016 Olympics, and whether it could be linked to Brazil’s own economic sluggishness of the past three years.Some said the story of Batista’s failure to deliver on producing offshore oil and resulting inability to obtain more investor credit was a byproduct of bad luck and a toughening overall economic environment.Others feared it’s just the latest sign that Brazil won’t soon see an end to its economic slide.“What’s the phrase? When the tide goes out, you can see the man who is not wearing a bathing suit?” said Jefferson Finch, a Latin America analyst with the New York-based consulting firm Eurasia Group. “That’s what’s happened with Eike Batista.”Finch said that “investor enthusiasm started turning on Brazil around 2011” after five years of high hopes South America’s biggest nation had finally turned a corner and would make good on its longtime promise to become a perennial power with repeated years of strong growth.“But if you look at the overall context, Brazil was never as promising as people said it was in 2006, when a lot of commentators were effervescent on Brazil, ignoring the structural challenges it faced,” he said. “Now, Brazil is not as bad as all the negative commentary.”Among the indicators that Brazil is heading in the right direction, Finch pointed to the government’s slow but steady efforts to boost infrastructure investment, push tax reform and send tens of thousands of college science students abroad to get better training to eventually fill a gap in skilled labour.But with economic growth of just 0.9 per cent last year, a long fall from the 7.5 per cent growth seen in 2010 amid a global financial crisis, others expressed doubts.“The entire thing has had a really negative impact on Brazil’s image and reinforces the need for stronger corporate governance in this country,” said Cassia Pontes, an oil industry analyst with the Rio-based Lopes Filho consulting firm. “Reality didn’t live up to the exaggerated expectations created by Batista.”OGX, created in 2007, didn’t deliver on its promises to produce significant amounts of offshore oil even though it reported many finds since 2010, when its market-value reached $34 billion. In the first half of this year, the company averaged output of just 8,500 barrels a day and racked up more than $2.5 billion in losses.Critics contend Batista lied to investors, citing a correction made earlier this month for a promising OGX offshore field. In 2012, OGX said the field held nearly 1 billion barrels, but a few weeks ago it lowered that projection to 285 million barrels, too late for those who plowed cash into buying the company’s stock.Miriam Leitao, one of Brazil’s top economic columnists, wrote on her blog for the O Globo newspaper Wednesday that Batista’s “main error was to declare that he had what he didn’t, to mislead the investor.”“Today, it’s easy to see the entrepreneur’s errors,” Leitao wrote. “But earlier it was, too. He’s always exaggerated the potential of his companies and thus increased his stock. … He built a house of cards.”In filing for bankruptcy protection before a Rio de Janeiro state court, Batista’s OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA, part of his EBX Group conglomerate, now has 60 days to come up with a restructuring plan. Investors holding $3.6 billion in debt will then have 180 days to accept or reject the plan. If it’s not accepted, the company will be liquidated.OGX is the backbone of a Batista empire that also includes steel, mining, infrastructure and real estate companies. All are struggling as Batista has come up short on his bet that he could deliver riches with offshore oil finds.Batista was in talks for months with OGX’s creditors, but earlier this month the company missed a $45 million interest payment on the bonds and hopes of working out a deal evaporated.OGX reported on its website that it needs $250 million “to satisfy near-term liquidity through the first quarter of 2014.” The company said that if the restructuring plan isn’t accepted, and with no new funding, it will run out of cash before year’s end.For Henrique Matias Lorenzo, a 27-year-old graphic designer in Sao Paulo who sipped a coffee while reading about Batista on his iPad, the fall of Brazil’s best-known business playboy should serve as a slap of reality for his country.“What happened was that Eike had excessive optimism, and that spread to others who came to believe in a project that wasn’t based on solid figures and facts,” Lorenzo said. “I think it reflects the overall slowdown on Brazil, because the economy is also based on an optimism that isn’t strongly supported by reality.”___Associated Press writer Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo contributed to this report___Bradley Brooks on Twitter: www.twitter.com/bradleybrooks by Bradley Brooks, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 1:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Brazil’s OGX oil company seeks bankruptcy protection in blow to once richest man, Eike Batista
“South Sudan is at a crossroads,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Hilde F. Johnson, told the Security Council in an open briefing. “As an international community, we cannot afford to see the newest country in the world fail.“UNMISS (the UN Mission in South Sudan) – and all of us – only have one option, and that is to try to help South Sudan take the right course, consolidating peace and building the foundation of democracy and respect for fundamental human rights.”She noted that progress has been made in some key areas, opening up new opportunities to strengthen state-building and accountability. “While significant challenges continue to confront the world’s newest country and impede progress in several fronts,” she said, “recent developments do give reason for cautious optimism.” Ms. Johnson stressed that the vicious cycle of violence in Jonglei state, with inter-communal tensions between the Lou Nuer and Anyuak and conflict with the David Yau Yau armed group, risks intensifying with the approach of the dry season.“With this in mind, UNMISS has developed a series of contingency plans to address emerging security threats and protection of civilian needs, especially in the high-threat states of Jonglei, and the tri-state area of Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap,” she said.“The behaviour of the security forces continues to be a cause for grave concern, whether with regard to human rights abuses or incidents of violence and harassment affecting UN personnel, diplomats and ordinary citizens,” she added.It is imperative to increase the Mission’s early warning and rapid response capability to enable timely access to hot spots, she said of UNMISS, which has 7,632 uniformed peacekeeping personnel on the ground.Ms. Johnson cited “prolonged and arbitrary detentions, excessive use of force and arbitrary killings by ill-disciplined security forces and agencies” among the serious challenges of concern.But on the positive side, she cited as “an encouraging sign” the fact that the highest levels of Government are speaking out publicly of the need to address human rights abuses by members of the armed forces.“Partly as a result of UNMISS’ active engagement and strong political advocacy, the SPLA (South Sudan army) has ordered several boards of inquiry into allegations of murder,” she noted.She also cited violations of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) governing the Mission’s presence in the country, including 67 such incidents in the last six months alone involving threats, assaults, arrests and detention of UN personnel.“Key to a durable solution to these problems, however, is security sector reform and transformation of the armed forces,” she added, noting continued progress by the national police in such a transformation.
Carlos Wesley Payne, called “Biggy”, took the stand on Thursday where he denied that he carried out a rape while executing a robbery at the Wismar Hospital, Linden on September 11, 2008. The accused was unrepresented when he took the stand before a 12-member jury and presiding Judge, Justice Navindra Singh.Rape and robbery accused: Carlos Wesley Payne, called “Biggy”According to the prosecution’s case, Payne snuck and forced his way into the Hospital in the wee hours of the morning, ordering three nurses to hand over jewellery, cellphones and other belongings. The State also contends that Payne then took the nurses to the back of the hospital to lie down before he reportedly raped one of the nurses.In the moments prior to his case being heard on Wednesday at the Demerara High Court, Payne had ordered Police ranks outside his holding cell to give him a bottle of Mackeson; a milk stout alcoholic beverage. The rape and robbery accused was heard telling ranks that he needed to cool his head. He had also complained of the amount of time he has spent behind bars. Payne was charged some six days after allegedly committing the acts in 2008.In the coming days, the trial Judge will sum up the case before the jury can deliberate on whether or not the accused is innocent or guilty. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF ranks implicated in crimes to face full brunt of the law- Chief of Staff (ag)November 1, 2018In “Crime”Father of 3 remanded for armed robberyNovember 8, 2017In “Court”Labourer charged for stealing from GPHCNovember 8, 2017In “Court”
← Previous Story Alexander Meshkov about club’s budget: We are on same level in the last four years Next Story → Heidi Loke to practice with men’s team Sanderfjord RK Gorenje will meet RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko at the start of the new season in SEHA GAZPROM league. The two best Slovenian teams clashes are always interesting despite the fact that Gorenje didn’t beat Celje for the last 1365 days! However, Gorenje’s fans are more than optimistic at the beginning of new era in Velenje with Croatian coach Zeljko Babic on the bench.Is it time that “black series” come to an end?Match will start at 20.45 hrs.V sredo bo minilo 1365 dni od zadnje zmage nad @rkcpl. Napočil je čas za velenjski uspeh! #črnorumenohttps://t.co/MTD0s02T4o pic.twitter.com/lNUEPAIUyJ— RK Gorenje Velenje (@GorenjeVelenje) August 27, 2017
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Fintan O’Toole Feb 13th 2017, 2:39 PM 19,571 Views Share37 Tweet Email 18 Comments http://the42.ie/3237177 Manny Pacquiao asks Twitter followers to pick next opponentThe Monaco-based Cork millionaire behind a unique Irish sporting project Monday 13 Feb 2017, 2:39 PM Previous 1 / 6Next Previous Who’s That (9/2)Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOGrand Partner (14/1)Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOMega Fortune (9/2)Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOBacardys (12/1)Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHODisko (6/1)Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOSizing John (10/3)Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Next Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO” title=””>Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO” title=””>Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO” title=””>Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO” title=””>Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO” title=””>Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO” title=””> Who’s That (9/2) Sizing John (centre) clears the last on the way to winning The Stan James Irish Gold Cup. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOJOCKEY ROBBIE POWER and trainer Jessica Harrington may have been celebrating after Sizing John claimed victory in the feature race in The Stan James Irish Gold Cup yesterday at Leopardstown.But it was also an afternoon to savour for one Dublin-based punter, who correctly forecast six winners at the meeting and just missed out on a multi-million jackpot when Imperial Way finished third in the last race of the day.The bet was a €120 ‘Super Heinz’ – a seven-bet accumulator that predicted seven horses to place in their respective races – and was placed with Paddy Power.Who’s That, Grand Partner, Mega Fortune, Bacardys, Disko and Sizing John were triumphant in the first six races. Punter lands over €350k at Leopardstown but falls just short of multi-million jackpot Six winners out of seven still ain’t bad. Follow us: the42.ie Short URL The final leg of the bet was in the Leopardstown Membership Flat Race but the Gigginstown horse Imperial Way finished third.But don’t feel too sorry for the punter, who still collected €355,807.03 from the accumulator.– First published 12.39, 13 FebThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!
Athanasios Lerounis has said tha he is glad to be back in Greece after enduring seven months as a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan.“I am very happy to step on Greek soil,” a visibly thinner and emotional Lerounis told reporters at Athens International Airport on Saturday. “I wish to apologise for the turmoil and give great thanks to the people of Pakistan, the Greek government and the personal interest of the Prime Minister (George Papandreou), who acted as a human being and not as a politician,” he said. Athanassios Lerounis was abducted while based in the northern district of Chitral, where he worked as a volunteer curator of a heritage museum for several years. He was taken across the border to the Afghan province of Nuristan. His captors demanded the release of militants held by Pakistan in exchange for his freedom but officials say no militant exchange was made. “He has been released by the successful efforts of Pakistani security agencies,” Rahmatullah Wazir, the top administrative official in Chitral said. The curator was living in the Kalash valley to pursue his interest in an ancient lost tribe when he was kidnapped by armed men on September 7, 2009. The Kalash tribe have European features and still practise a pagan religion resembling that of ancient Greece. They are said to be descendants of Greek soldiers from the army of Alexander the Great, who passed through this region nearly 2,000 years ago. Mr Lerounis had been living among the Kalash since 2001. Sponsored by the Greek Government, he managed a museum which highlighted the tribe’s culture and Greek connections. Locals point out that before the kidnapping Mr Lerounis had experienced no trouble and was well liked by the locals. The Chitral district, where he was based, is widely seen as untouched by the Taliban insurgency which has ravaged the rest of the North West Frontier Province.Former Victorian ALP Parliamentarian Dimitris Dollis played an active role in negotiating the release of Lerounis.Mr Dollis served as Ambassador at Large and personal envoy of the Greek Prime Minister in Islamabad for the release of Greek volunteer..Dolis visited Afghanistan an Pakistan three times in seven months and worked tirelessly for the release of Lerounis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un Autrichien capture la vie microscopique à l’intérieur d’une goutte d’eauClemens Wirth, un jeune autrichien spécialiste en art multimédia est parvenu à filmer les micro organismes évoluant dans une simple goutte d’eau. Âmes sensibles s’abstenir. Le court métrage réalisé par Clemens Wirth pourrait bien vous faire passer l’envie de boire l’eau de votre robinet. Ce jeune spécialiste, diplômé auprès de l’Université des Sciences Appliquées de Salzbourg, en Autriche, vient d’accomplir une véritable prouesse vidéographique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Armé d’une caméra et d’un microscope, Clemens Wirth a filmé les organismes évoluant dans une simple goutte d’eau grâce à une technique baptisée “microscopie en champ sombre”. Le résultat est à la fois captivant et effrayant. Une véritable colonie de micro créatures cauchemardesques défile sous l’objectif du caméraman. La réalisation, appelée “Micro Empire”, peut être considéré selon son auteur comme une “époustouflante expérience subcellulaire”.”Passionné de petits organismes, j’ai voulu aller au delà de l’univers macro. C’est comme ça que je me suis retrouvé suspendu à l’oculaire d’un microscope” confie au Daily mailClemens Wirth. Il conclut : “C’est vraiment fascinant d’observer en détail tout ce petit monde et de se rendre compte de ce qui se passe dans une seule goutte d’eau”.Découvrez “Micro Empire”, la vidéo de Clemens Wirth, sur MaxisciencesLe 10 avril 2012 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambert
KINGSTON, RI — The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 Dean’s List, including the following from Wilmington:Emma CeresKevin CummingsQuinton FoleyAnna PietropaoloStacy RobichaudSiobhan ScanlonAshley WeadickTo be included on the Dean’s List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.About The University of Rhode IslandThe University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2019, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 700 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Rhode Island.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At QuinnipiacIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”
Jatiya Party (JaPa) chief HM Ershad. File photoThe prime minister’s special emissary and Jatiya Party (JaPa) chief HM Ershad on Thursday said corruption committed by the powerful ones has established a reigh of terror and injustice in the country.”A (Tufan) storm of power has swept the entire country,” he said metaphorically referring to Bogra’s ruling party leader Tufan Sarkar who was arrested on charge of raping a girl by picking her up by his cadres.Ershad, whose JaPa is a alliance of ruling Awami League, came up with the remarks adressing a press conference on the recent incidents of murder, rape, and corruption at his Banani office in Dhaka city.Dwelling on the AL general secretary Obaidul Quader’s claim that Tufan is none of the AL, the former military ruler pointed out that technically he might be right but the people in general perceived Tufan as a ruling party man.”Sramik League is a front organisation of the Awami League. How come Tufan Sarkar becomes a Sramik League leader? And his brother Matin Sarkar a Jubo League leader!” Ershad said.The JaPa leader said the country’s judiciary has now been somewhat ineffecetive. “As if the government has become helpless,” he added.Referring to the Supreme Court’s observations in the judgement on the 16th amendment, Ershad said, “Our head has been downed with the observations of the courts.”Asked if he would resign as special emissary of the the prime minister, and JaPa ministers would quit the cabinet, Ershad said, “We will resign once the prime minister allows and we will do that at an appropriate time.”When asked if he would demand resignation of the government given his criticisms, the JaPa chairman said “No, we don’t want that. That (resignation) will create constitutional vacuum.”In reply a query if fair elections are possible under the current election commission, he said the EC has not been tested yet. “It would be clear in future.”JaPa co-chairman GM Quader, its secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Haoladar, presidium members Kazi Firoz Rashid, Zia Uddin Ahmed Bablu and Syed Abul Hossain were present at the briefing.
Sebi’s orders imposing similar ban on DLF’s six top officials, including Chairman K P Singh and his children Rajiv Singh and Pia Singh, were also set aside by the same majority order, passed by two members of the SAT.The SAT Presiding Officer, J P Devadhar, however passed a separate ‘minority’ order, wherein he proposed reducing the ban from three years to six months.Amid an unprecedented argument between Presiding Officer and one of the Members, Devadhar pronounced another direction for staying the operation of the SAT order for a period of four weeks “in view of the conflicting views in the matter’, but another majority order by the two members again rejected Sebi’s plea for stay on the first ‘majority decision’. In its order dated October 10, 2014, Sebi had barred DLF and six others from the capital markets for three years, alleging “active and deliberate suppression of material facts” during its over Rs 9,000-crore IPO more than seven years ago. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile DLF has already gone through five months of debarment, the SAT order will help it tap the markets for raising necessary funds for business, including through REITs and mortgage-backed securities. Welcoming the order, DLF Executive Director Rajeev Talwar said that any further decision on fund raising from the markets would be taken after the company’s board is apprised of the matter by the legal counsel and experts. DLF shares soared higher by about 10 per cent immediately after the Sebi order was quashed by SAT. The stock finally closed with a gain of 6 per cent at Rs 157.5 at the BSE. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsIn their strongly-worded majority order running into 85 pages, the two SAT Members — Jog Singh and A S Lamba — ruled that Sebi “has completely failed to approach the issue in the matter pragmatically. “Viewed from any angle, the impugned order is like a troubled sea whose waters only cast up mire and dust and, therefore, the same is liable to be quashed and set aside.”They also pulled up Sebi for lapses in its investigation into the case, while stating that it was the job of merchant bankers to ensure proper disclosures in IPO documents. The order also said DLF suffered huge losses, to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees, in its market value after Sebi’s ban, and therefore such directions could not be seen as those aimed at protecting the investors’ interest. Scrip towers by over 6%; MCap up by Rs1,524 crShares of DLF surged over 6 per cent, adding Rs1,524.36 crore to its market value, after the Securities Appellate Tribunal on Friday passed a ‘majority order’ quashing the three-year market ban imposed on the realty giant by regulator Sebi.The stock soared 5.74 per cent to settle at Rs 157.50 on the BSE. During the day, it surged 9.16 per cent to Rs 162.60. On the NSE, shares of DLF jumped 6.19 per cent to end at Rs 158.70. In the process, the company’s market value rose by Rs 1,524.36 crore to Rs 28,065.36 crore. In terms of volume, 39.94 lakh shares of the company changed hands at the BSE and over two crore shares were traded at the NSE.
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Do this before you update to the Windows 10 Creators Update by Martin Brinkmann on April 05, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 25 commentsThe official release date of the Windows 10 Creators Update is April 11th, 2017. Windows 10 users who want the update early may download it on April 5th, 2017 via the Update Assistant.While you can go ahead and run the update right on April 5th, or some time later using Windows Update, we suggest you wait a bit before you update your machines.Regardless of when you run the update, you may want to run preparations before you install the Creators Update on your machine.The following guide gives you tips on how to prepare the device properly before you run the update. Feel free to add more tips in the comment section below.TimingYou need to find the right time to update to the Windows 10 Creators Update. With that, I mean that you should not run the update if you need to use the PC anytime soon.If you need to use it for homework, do your taxes, make payments, or even chat with someone, you better not run the update right away.Find a time where you don’t need to use the PC or device for important things. The reason for this is simple: while most updates will run through in an hour or so, things may, and will for some users, go wrong.Maybe it takes way longer than you expected to install the update. Or, your PC refuses to boot after you have installed the Creators Update. This is a problem if you need it for important tasks, as you may spend hours or even days troubleshooting the issue you are experiencing.Whatever it is, making sure that you don’t need the device for the foreseeable future ensures that you have enough time to resolve whatever issue you are facing.Another thing to consider is that the first release of the Windows 10 Creators Update will have bugs. Microsoft will fix those bugs eventually, but you may have to live with them if you are unlucky enough to be affected by them.Waiting weeks or even a month or more before you install a Windows 10 feature update may be a smart move, as you avoid running into bugs in first place introduced by the update.Clean HouseCleaning house may be beneficial in some situations. First, you may use it to free up disk space to make sure the new operating system, and a copy of the old, have enough room on the main hard drive of the computer system.Also, removing software that you no longer need, and clearing temporary files may also be beneficial to the process.I recommend you start by uninstalling software that is no longer needed. Then, once that is out of the way, run a program like CCleaner to remove temporary files from the system to free up additional space.If you don’t want to use a third-party program, try the built-in Disk Cleanup tool instead. This is more limited than CCleaner or other third-party tools, but it removes junk from a couple of high profile locations on Windows machines.Software licenses and product keysIf things can go wrong, they probably will, at least for some users. It is a good idea to have your product keys and software licenses at hand if you require them.While you may have the product keys at hand, for instance on an Office CD or Windows DVD, you can also look them up by running programs such as Product KeyFinder, Produkey or License Crawler.These keys may be required if you contact the software company, or if Windows or Office, for whatever reason, are not activated anymore after the upgrade.DriversIf components or peripheral devices require special drivers, you may want to make sure that you have those at hand, so that you may re-install the drivers. If Windows does not pick them up automatically, it could in worst case mean that a component does not work at all, or provides only generic or limited functionality.You may have them on a CD or DVD, or may need to download the latest drivers from the developer website to have them at hand if needed.BackupEven more important than timing is that you create a backup of your important data — better the full system partition — so that you are prepared when disaster strikes.Imagine the following scenario: you ran the update, but something went wrong and your PC won’t boot anymore. Or maybe, you notice that data is not on the hard drive anymore that was there prior to running the update. Without a backup, you may have lost the data for good.You may use any backup program that supports file backups or partition backups. I use Veeam Endpoint Backup Free for that.Simple create a new backup job after you have installed the program, and either select File level backup if you want to save files or directories only, or volume level backup / entire computer, if you want to back up a partition, an entire hard drive, or all drives of the computer.Please note that you need enough free storage space somewhere else, for instance on a removable drive, to backup the data.Also, and that is equally important, make sure you create recovery media as well.Windows Recovery MediaIt is advised to always have recovery media at hand. If Windows does not boot anymore, you may use recovery media for troubleshooting assistance and repairs.Windows 10 ships with options to create a recovery drive. You may use it to reset or troubleshoot problems, and if you back up system files to the drive as well, you will also be able to reinstall Windows.Please note that you need a USB drive connected to the PC for that. It should have at least 8 Gigabytes of space, and all data on the drive will be deleted in the process.To run the program, do the following:Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start menu.Type create a recovery drive, and select the option.Follow the instructions on the screen to create the drive. You may boot from it after creation to troubleshoot and repair Windows.Now You: Have additional tips? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.SummaryArticle NameDo this before you update to the Windows 10 Creators UpdateDescriptionThe article provides you with a list of “things to do” before you update to the Windows 10 Creators Update to be prepared for eventualities.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Travelweek Group MeritBiz launches travel app for business travellers Thursday, May 11, 2017 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — MeritBiz, the business travel division of Merit Travel Group Inc., has launched a new travel app for iPhone and Android devices, designed to deliver best in class itinerary management and duty of care solutions.The MeritBiz app has a suite of features centred around four key principles: traveller support, itinerary management, communication and duty of care. The app is an extension of the team at MeritBiz, and a priority for both the MeritBiz team and their app is traveller support.With the app clients will be able to access detailed city maps with restaurants and points of interest without the requirement of mobile data. They’ll also be able to manage their expenses, store their travel documents and embed other pertinent travel information from other apps like Uber and OpenTable. It also delivers extensive duty of care benefits including interactive emergency messaging, advanced traveller tracking by live agents and targeted disaster response.Clients using the MeritBiz app engage in direct messaging with a MeritBiz Travel Consultant 24/7. Itinerary management features enable trip saving, provide a traveller tool box, and send push notifications for gate changes and delays. It also offers mobile booking with policy integration built-in, so clients are only offered hotels and options aligned with their company’s minimum standard of quality.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perks“Business travel is very fast paced, so planning, flexibility, and safety are paramount,” says Dirk Baerts, President, MeritBiz. “We wanted to provide our clients with tools to simplify their travels, so they can focus on the reason for their trip, and not have to worry about administrative travel tasks. However, we know that simplifying travel processes is just not enough. That’s why the app’s value is not only in the features that organize traveller itineraries, but also the safety features such as traveller tracking. Bridging the gap between technology and service, the app connects travellers to their coworkers, their business offices, and to our agents.”The MeritBiz app is now available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store.
Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Seth Rogen to voice Vancouver Metro, and now the rest of Canada is super jealous Share VANCOUVER — Vancouver commuters will soon hear the voice of a familiar funnyman on public transit telling them to keep their bags and dirty shoes off the seats.Actor and comedian Seth Rogen volunteered to be the guest voice of Metro Vancouver’s transit authority, after the transit provider ditched actor Morgan Freeman’s voice amid allegations of sexual misconduct.In a YouTube video posted by TransLink, Rogen says he will take any chance to enrich the lives of Canadians.“When the opportunity came up to be a voice on public transportation I was thrilled. I am honestly always looking for ways to participate in Canadian culture and put the spotlight on Canada,” Rogen says.The Vancouver-born actor says he grew up taking public transportation and still does so whenever he’s in the city, especially on his regular trips to the Richmond night market from downtown.In May, TransLink halted public announcements voiced by Freeman following allegations of harassment and inappropriate behaviour against the Oscar winner.More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamIn a statement, TransLink says Rogen offered to work with the transit authority free of charge after the idea was pitched on social media by its customers and local media.TransLink says Rogen’s distinctive voice and laugh will be heard on transit platforms, SkyTrains and buses across the region in the coming weeks and into the fall.He will be tackling transit etiquette as well as “interesting tidbits” about the area and his relationship to Metro Vancouver, it says in the YouTube post.The video also gives viewers a taste of his messaging on keeping seats open for people:“Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth. Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome: I know your bag is probably very nice and you care deeply for it, but that doesn’t mean it needs its own seat,” he says.In addition to his acting roles, Rogen and fellow Canadian Evan Goldberg co-wrote the films ‘Superbad,’ ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘This Is the End’.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe childhood friends will share a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, the organization announced Monday when it named its 2018 inductees.I’M GONNA BE THE VOICE ON PUBLIC TRANSIT IN MY HOMETOWN OF VANCOUVER. pic.twitter.com/JduvqtqU3o— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 26, 2018 Friday, July 27, 2018 Tags: Vancouver The Canadian Press
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