Gross NPAs may reduce to 8 by March 2020 Report

first_imgMumbai: Higher recoveries and slowdown in fresh bad loans are likely to reduce banks non-performing loans (NPAs) to nearly 8 per cent by March 2020, says a report. NPA in the banking system had peaked at 11.5 per cent in March 2018 and then declined to 9.3 per cent in March 2019. “Asset quality of banks should witness a decisive turnaround this fiscal (FY20) with gross NPAs reducing by 350 basis points (bps) over two years to around 8 per cent by March 2020. This will be driven by a combination of reduction in fresh accretions to NPA as well as stepped up recoveries from existing NPA accounts,” Crisil said in a note. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt said public sector banks (PSBs), which account for over 80 per cent of the NPAs in the system, should see their gross NPAs climb down over 400 bps to close to 10.6 per cent by March 2020 from a peak of 14.6 per cent in March 2018. Slippages have been on the wane since last fiscal and the rate of accretion of fresh NPAs halved in FY19 to 3.7 per cent compared with 7.4 per cent in the previous fiscal and is expected to drop to around 3.2 per cent in FY20, the note said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This is mainly because banks have already recognised around Rs 17 lakh crore of stressed loans as NPAs since FY16, led by accelerated NPA recognition following the Reserve Bank of Indias (RBIs) stringent norms and asset quality reviews. The note estimates for fiscal 2020 also factor in slippages from the stress being witnessed in a few large corporate and financial sector entities. The rating agency said the resolution of some large NPA accounts under NCLT-1 and NCLT-2 is expected to fructify by the end FY20. This could account for almost half of the total reductions in gross NPAs of the banking system by March 2020, it said adding, “Recapitalisation has ensured that a number of PSBs have the balance sheet strength to provide for reasonable haircuts on resolution of stressed assets.” The rating agency’s credit ratio number of upgrades to downgrades increased to 1.81 per cent in H2 of FY19 compared with 1.67 per cent in FY18. “Though the credit ratio could moderate going forward, steady domestic growth and benign interest rates should continue to support credit profiles in the corporate sector,” it said.last_img read more

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AI helped design a promising drug in flat 21 days

first_imgHong Kong: In a significant development, a Hong Kong-based health startup has used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to design a drug in just 21 days that showed potential treatments for fibrosis – a discovery that can speed up drug designing for various incurable diseases. The AI system called generative tensorial reinforcement learning (GENTRL) helped design six promising treatments for fibrosis in 21 days. “Four compounds were active in biochemical assays, and two were validated in cell-based assays. One lead candidate was tested and demonstrated favorable pharmacokinetics in mice,” said Insilico Medicine in a paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In comparison, traditional drug discovery starts with the testing of thousands of small molecules in order to get to just a few lead-like molecules and only about one in 10 of these molecules pass clinical trials in human patients. In a similar technique used by DeepMind to outcompete human GO players, GENTRL — powered by generative chemistry that utilizes modern AI techniques — can rapidly generate novel molecular structures with specified properties. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Insilico has also made GENTRL’s source code available as open source on Microsoft-owned repository GitHub. “The development of these first six molecules as an experimental validation is just the start,” said Alex Zhavoronkov, CEO of Insilico Medicine. “By enabling the rapid discovery of novel molecules and by making GENTRL’s source code open source, we are ushering in new possibilities for the creation and discovery of new life-saving medicine for incurable diseases,” he added. The new technology leveraged Insilico’s groundbreaking academic research in 2016 about using modern AI techniques of generative adversarial networks (GAN) and generative reinforcement learning (RL) to accelerate drug discovery. “When we first proposed the idea of using the AI technique of generative adversarial networks to accelerate drug discovery in 2016, most of the industry was sceptical,” said Zhavoronkov. The creation of the new molecules marks the industry’s first scientific validation of using of generative and reinforcement learning AI technologies for the successful discovery and generation of new molecules. Insilico Medicine is developing a comprehensive drug discovery pipeline utilizing AI generating novel molecules with the specified properties for a variety of target classes. “This paper is certainly a really impressive advance and likely to be applicable to many other problems in drug-design,” said Dr Michael Levitt, professor of structural biology, Stanford University who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013.last_img read more

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UN to review Sri Lankas rights record in November

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come under review in November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).Burundi, Korea and Bolivia forma a Troika which will review and submit a report on Sri Lanka in November. The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by October 2011, has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. (Colombo Gazette) The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. read more

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UN releases report on recent events in Jenin other Palestinian cities

Following a request by the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today released a report on the events surrounding the Israeli military incursions earlier this year into the West Bank town of Jenin and other Palestinian cities in what proved to be the most extensive such operation by Israel in a decade. “While some of the facts may be in dispute, I think it is clear that the Palestinian population have suffered, and are suffering, the humanitarian consequences, which is very severe,” the Secretary-General said this morning in response to a reporter’s question as he entered UN Headquarters in New York.“I would hope that both parties would draw the right lessons from this tragic episode and take steps to end the cycle of violence, which is killing innocent civilians on both sides,” he said.The report, which was written without a visit to Jenin or the other Palestinian cities, covers a period from the beginning of March to 7 May, the day the Assembly adopted a resolution decrying Israel’s refusal to cooperate with a fact-finding mission proposed by the Secretary-General and backed by the Security Council in order to establish the facts on the ground. The report and a press release providing highlights of the findings were made public early this morning. Setting out the context of the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the report describes the security and humanitarian responsibilities of both parties and charts the rising violence since September 2000, which had by 7 May 2002 resulted in the deaths of 441 Israelis and 1,539 Palestinians. The consequences of Operation Defensive Shield lasted far longer than its officially announced conclusion on 21 April, the report notes. Much of the fighting took place in areas heavily populated by civilians — in large part because the armed Palestinian groups sought by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) placed their combatants and installations among civilians — and in many cases heavy weaponry was used. As a result, the populations of the cities suffered, and continue to suffer, severe hardships. The report describes the concerns of the Israeli Government that a number of the cities served as bases for Palestinian terrorists and their attacks against Israel. It also points out that Palestinian groups are alleged to have widely booby-trapped civilian homes — acts which targeted IDF personnel, but also placed civilians in danger. It quotes the Palestinian Authority as acknowledging that a number of Palestinian fighters resisted the Israeli military assault.On the other hand, the report refers to allegations from the Palestinian Authority and human rights organizations that in the course of its operations the IDF engaged in unlawful killings, the use of human shields, disproportionate use of force, arbitrary arrests and torture and denial of medical treatment and access. In part, it points to the fact that over 2,800 refugee housing units were damaged and 878 homes were destroyed, leaving more than 17,000 people homeless or in need of shelter rehabilitation. It also cites cases where Israeli forces attacked ambulances or otherwise failed to respect the neutrality of medical and humanitarian workers.As for the death toll, the findings show that the IDF lost 30 soldiers during Operation Defensive Shield. During the reviewed period, Israel also endured some 16 bombings, the majority of them suicide attacks, resulting in the death of 100 persons and injuries to scores of others.On the Palestinian side, 497 were killed and 1,447 wounded in the course of the IDF reoccupation of Palestinian areas from 1 March through 7 May and in the immediate aftermath. Most accounts estimate that between 70 and 80 Palestinians, including about 50 civilians, were killed in Nablus, where 4 IDF soldiers lost their lives. In Jenin, by the time of the IDF’s withdrawal and the lifting of the curfew on 18 April, at least 52 Palestinians, possibly half of them civilians, and 23 Israeli soldiers were dead. Allegations by a senior Palestinian Authority official that some 500 were killed in Jenin have not been substantiated in the light of the evidence that has emerged.As for the overall impact, the events continue to have tangible repercussions, resulting in the sharp intensification of the hardships faced by the civilian population in the occupied Palestinian territory. There has been a near complete cessation of all productive activity in the main West Bank centres of manufacturing, construction, commerce and private and public services, exacerbating the severe decline in living standards over the last 18 months. While the UN does not have a mandate to report on conditions in Israel, it is apparent that the violence, especially terrorist attacks, have also caused enormous suffering for the Israeli people and the country’s economy.In its findings, the report relied on “available resources and information,” as requested by the Assembly. Such sources included submissions from six UN Member States and Observer Missions, documents in the public domain, and papers submitted by non-governmental organizations. read more

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Top researcher leaves for nations capital

Kevin KeeKevin Kee, an internationally known digital and new media researcher who is also an Associate Vice-President of Research at Brock, is leaving to become Dean of Arts at the University of Ottawa.The news was announced Thursday, and he begins his five-year term on Aug. 1.Kee, who is Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, is also an associate professor in the departments of History and Digital Humanities.Formerly a project director of history and new media at the National Film Board of Canada, and director of undergraduate programs at McGill University, he came to Brock in 2005, and his impact has been substantial.Instrumental in developing Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science program and its MA in history, he has also designed courses in history, new digital media and serious gaming, and done landmark research into using computing to express culture in innovative ways.He also helped create the Niagara Interactive Media Generator-Generator at One; the Ontario Augmented Reality Network; and partnerships between Brock and such private-sector giants as the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.And in 2010 he developed an iPhone app, acquired by iTunes, that gives a GPS-guided interactive tour of War of 1812 sites.Reached this afternoon, Kee said he was approached about the Ottawa position, and the decision to leave Brock was very difficult.“It’s about the people, and honestly that’s why I came to Brock in the first place,” he said. “What a unique privilege it has been to work with the wonderful people at Brock. I’m going to miss them, but I look forward to finding ways that we can still work together.”Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research at Brock, publicly thanked Kee in a letter sent to the University community today.“Kevin implemented crucial measures that form the foundation of our culture of research leadership,” Libben said.“He has contributed substantially to our community’s research and scholarship in the field of digital humanities. Kevin’s enormous creativity, ingenuity and energy has played a key role in positioning Brock University at the forefront of digital humanities research and development, and why the Niagara Region has become an important hub of interactive media production.” read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate Nelson Mandelas centenary at London exhibition

He served 27 years in prison, split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, and Victor Verster Prison.Amid growing domestic and international pressure as well as increased fears of a racial civil war, then-president FW de Klerk released him in 1990. Lord Hain with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex The Duke and Duchess also chatted to the statesman’s friend and political ally Paul Joseph and his wife Adelaide during their tour of the exhibition at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.After the tour, leading former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who is chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, contrasted the Queen’s relationship with the former statesman with US president Donald Trump, who met the monarch last Friday.He told the invited guests: “Her Majesty the Queen had a particularly strong personal relationship with Nelson Mandela. When he paid a state visit in 1996 it was a terrific occasion, you could see how close they were. Very different from the one last week, I might add – but that’s by the way. Lord Hain said after the visit: “They were absolutely thrilled to be here and they said so, they used that term. Andrew Mlangeni, 93, joked he would not wash his hand for a month after meeting Meghan and Harry, who said they were “absolutely thrilled” to be invited to the launch of the attraction chronicling the life of the former South African president. Duke and Duchess of Sussex  are pictured in front of The Daily Telegraph front page from December 6, 2013, the day after the great man’s deathCredit:TANYA VON AHLEFELDT Meghan and Harry arrive to visit the Mandela exhibition Lord Hain with the Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:Newsgroup UK/Arthur Edwards Meghan and Harry arrive to visit the Mandela exhibition Duke and Duchess of Sussex  are pictured in front of The Daily Telegraph front page from December 6, 2013, the day after the great man's death Doreen Lawrence, now a peer in the House of Lords, was among the invited guests as was Mr Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, who said the royal visit would attract a younger generation to learn more about her grandfather.When asked about the importance of members of the monarchy visiting the exhibition, Mr Mlangeni, who was imprisoned by the apartheid regime on the notorious Robben Island, replied: “Shows somewhere in their hearts they were behind the struggle for freedom.”He added, laughing: “When I shook their hands I said for the whole month I’m not going to wash my hand – I never thought I would meet royalty.” The Duchess of Sussex beamed at an exhibition charting the life, career and politics of one of her heroes – Nelson Mandela.She was joined by her husband the Duke, whose family had a close relationship with the former statesman, who campaigned throughout his life to end South Africa’s apartheid regime.Mandela and the Queen built up a firm friendship, with South Africa’s former president calling her “Lizzie” according to his daughter Zindzi Mandela.Harry has visited a number of sites associated with Mandela, from his prison cell on Robben Island in 2008, where he was imprisoned for 18 years, to a tour of the statesman’s offices, where he met his widow Graca Machel, in 2015.Around 300 people were invited inside on Tuesday, including Mandela’s goddaughter Tanya von Ahlefeldt, who managed to capture a stunning photograph of the royal couple in front of December 6 2013 The Daily Telegraph front page, the day after the great man died. She told The Telegraph the Duke and Duchess were “beautifully elegant” and that the event was “fabulous” and a “great tribute” to the great man, who would have been 100 on Wednesday, July 18. “After which his wife Graca Machel scolded him, saying: ‘You cannot refer to Her Majesty the Queen on first name terms,’ to which he replied: ‘But she calls me Nelson.”‘Lord Hain said later they had invited the royal couple as the statesman was one of Meghan’s heroes and Harry had charitable interests in southern Africa through his organisation Sentebale, which helps disadvantaged young people and youngsters living with HIV. Harry and Meghan toured the exhibition that brings Mr Mandela’s life and activism alive with striking black and white photographs from the period, along with artefacts and documents helping to tell the story.In 1962, Mr Mandela was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. “They were so engaged, I think both know a lot about the history of Nelson Mandela, but when you come to something like this you understand what he went through.” Mandela’s former Robben Island prison mate has praised the Duke and Duchess’ visit, saying it shows the monarchy supported their “struggle for freedom”. The Duke has also visited a number of sites associated with Mr Mandela, from his Robben Island prison cell in 2008, where he was imprisoned for 18 years, to a tour of the statesman’s offices, where he met his widow, Ms Machel, in 2015.Ms Dlamini-Mandela said: “Today’s event is hugely significant – not only because we are here to celebrate the life of a great man in history, but also because we are able to educate the next generation, that we must never repeat the mistakes of the past.”The visit of their royal highnesses Harry and Meghan is a great honour. Their support for justice and fairness in the world makes them a shining example for the youth of today and tomorrow.” “And during his 90th birthday party celebrated here in London, Her Majesty the Queen phoned Nelson Mandela in the middle of his party and he was handed the phone and said: ‘Hello Elizabeth, how’s the duke?’ During their visit, Harry and Meghan – who wore an outfit by House of Nonie – were shown a Complete Works Of Shakespeare that became a prized possession among the Robben Island prisoners, and many signed their names alongside their favourite verse.Mandela chose a quote from Julius Caesar which began: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Burtons social housing promises cant be more spin

first_imgAS SHE BEGINS her first week of work after being voted in as Labour leader and Tánaiste, Joan Burton is being called on to tackle the housing crisis – and not talk ‘spin’.The Housing Action Group, which was founded with the assistance of the Anti-Austerity Alliance in Burton’s constituency, have called on her to implement a home building policy and to scrap the Home Assistance Payment.Homeless familiesGwen Connell, a mother from Dublin 15 who was made homeless due to a rent hike, said that Burton’s comments about implementing a social housing programme “cannot turn out to be more spin”.There is a direct contradiction between building more social housing and the Housing Assistance Payment which her government are introducing. If the Minister is serious about tackling the housing crisis she must immediately scrap HAP as part of this.Tamara Kearns, a mother whose family were made homeless, said that low paid families “did not have the luxury of waiting for a low-pay commission”.My family became homeless because we couldn’t afford to pay rent even though my husband was working. Families like mine across the country cannot afford to wait for a low-pay commission to report.She said that people need a living wage which will allow families to live to a decent standard and “not end up being homeless because we can’t afford somewhere to live”.As outlined in our look at the challenges facing Burton in her new roles, housing is not the only issue she will have to tackle.Yesterday, Gerry Adams TD said that Burton “can’t distance herself” from “disastrous” Government policies.Homelessness in IrelandSocial justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry recently warned that rather than eliminating homelessness by 2016, as the Government plans, there could be more people on our streets than there currently are.He made the comment at the launch of the Peter McVerry Trust annual report 2013.Speaking at the same launch, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said that she hoped the government’s plan to end homelessness by 2016 would come to fruition.She defended the Housing Bill, saying that the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) would allow people to “secure and maintain [their] tenancy”.Burton said that at any given time there are 75,000 – 77,000 people in receipt of rent supplement, which is supposed to be a temporary payment.She warned that this can become “an employment trap” and “a poverty trap” as people would lose the payment if they started to work. But Burton said this is something that wouldn’t happen via the HAP.Read: Here are 6 big challenges facing Joan Burton as the new Labour leader and Tánaiste>Read: Joan Burton is the new leader of the Labour Party>Read: “Joan’s Day”: After months of doom and gloom Labour had something to smile about yesterday>last_img read more

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Kotzias hails good compromise on Russia sanctions in Brussels

first_imgreece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias labeled as a “good compromise” the agreement in Brussels on Thursday between European Union diplomats to extend sanctions against Russia.EU foreign ministers are to lengthen until September existing sanctions, including travel bans and assets freezes, imposed last year. They also agreed to provide new names that could be targeted by these sanctions when they meet next on February 9.However, a sentence proposing the drawing up of “further restrictive measures” that was in a pre-meeting draft of the common statement was not included. The decision on further measures will be discussed at a meeting of EU leaders next month.A rift appeared to open between Athens and its EU partners after it objected to not being consulted properly over the draft statement earlier in the week. This prompted concern among some EU foreign ministers that the new Greek government might block further sanctions against Russia and follow a more Moscow-friendly foreign policy.Kotzias insisted that Greece was not the “bad boy of Europe” but that it would continue to voice objections if it had them. “Some people in Athens think that negotiations consist of adopting without question the text that is sent from Brussels and proving our Europeanness while bowing to a higher authority,” he said.Before the meeting, Kotzias met with a number of his counterparts separately. These included German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was less concerned about Greece’s position on Russia after the meeting, a German government source told Reuters.Also on Thursday, when questioned about whether Moscow would grant Greece a loan if asked, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that such a request would be considered.“Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such a petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider relationships between Russia and Greece,” he told CNBC.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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AustraliaGreece solidarity campaign

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Let Greece Breathe is a campaign for hope and justice aiming to show that Greece and the Greek people are not alone in their hour of need. The Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign has been inspired by the resistance of the Greek people to the harsh austerity program imposed on that country. One of the group’s basic mottos is ‘A victory for Greece will be a victory for people everywhere’, which to them proves why the battle is so fierce.The members behind the campaign invite Australian citizens and residents to show their solidarity towards the SYRIZA government and the Greek people, at the Trades Hall (corner Lygon and Victoria St Carlton) on Tuesday 21 April 7.00 pm.A group of speakers will give a lecture on Greece’s current situation, the politics of harsh austerity and the treadmill of neverending debt repayments which have seen Greek people pushed to the extremes of poverty. Speakers include political economist Adam Rorris, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP, AMWU national president Andrew Dettmer, ACTU president Ged Kearney and more, including a video message from a spokesperson of the Greek government. The aim of the Let Greece Breathe campaign is to oppose the marginalisation of communities and support the right of the Greek people to democratically determine their own future free from external intervention whilst learning from the Greek resistance to austerity policies.For more information see www.facebook.com/events/1567787780139549last_img read more

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PSG boss breaks his silence on Adrien Rabiots future

first_imgNew Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel would like to keep a hold on Adrien Rabiot, but admits that it is something that is completely out of his controlThe French midfielder has under 12 months left on his contract at the Parc Des Prices and has been heavily linked with Barcelona this summer.But the interest from the La Liga champions appears to have cooled with Ernesto Valverde’s side in need of a new midfield option now after the departures of club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.While Juventus have emerged as another possible destination for Rabiot and are reportedly prepared to wait until next summer to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Of course, I would love to see him stay. Everyone has seen his potential and there’s room for improvement,” said Tuchel, according to Calcio Mercato.“When it comes to his contractual situation, it’s he who has the last word. It’s all up to him, he could stay and adapt to our style or leave the club to start a new experience,” Tuchel concluded.Juventus have recently signed a new midfielder in Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool and will likely be prepared to wait for Rabiot as a free agent after spending €112m on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Celebrate Soy Success with Food Music and Art at Annual ASA Banquet

first_imgIf you’re attending Commodity Classic this year, don’t miss out on a night of good food, unique storytelling and honoring those in the soybean industry.Join the American Soybean Association (ASA) for the annual ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic on Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m., with a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Stars at Night Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Attendees will enjoy a performance by Joe Castillo, an artist who uses sand, light and music to tell a story. Castillo was a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.The annual event that brings together state affiliates and ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate the successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit U.S. soybean farmers and the soybean industry. Awards are presented for membership growth and association outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support.The event, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto BioAg, United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff and John Deere, is officially sold out. While the event is sold out, ASA advises attendees to check onsite at registration, to see if any tickets have become available.last_img read more

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Follow the action at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live, Europe’s largest employee reward and benefits event, returns for its 17th year today and tomorrow (21 and 22 September) at Olympia National, London.More than 2,000 visitors, including benefits, reward and human resources managers, are expected to attend the two-day event.Delegates will attend conference sessions on topics such as benefits strategy, pensions and workplace savings, flexible benefits, healthcare and wellbeing, and total reward.Innocent Drinks, Asda, Booking.com, World Duty Free Group, Monster, BNP Paribas, L’Oreal, Sky and Tesco will be speaking at the free-to-attend conference.In addition, the industry’s leading thinkers will provide expert advice and insight into some of the hot reward and benefits issues currently facing reward and HR practitioners.Delegates will also have plenty of opportunities to meet, network and interact with a range of reward and benefits providers, advisers and consultants at the event’s lively exhibition.You can keep up with all the latest updates from the event, and join in the conversation, by following @EmployeeBenefit and @EB_Live on Twitter, or by using the official Employee Benefits Live hashtag, #EBLive.Register for news alerts on www.employeebenefits.co.uk so you don’t miss any breaking news from the event.last_img read more

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Apple Files Lawsuit Against Samsung

first_imgApple is aiming to stop Samsung’s “illegal conduct”, and is after compensation for the alleged damages caused by Samsung’s products.In mid-March, Apple opened a case against Amazon, citing their use of the term “app store” as confusing and misleading to Apple customers, according to Apple representative Kristin Huguet. Apple states that Samsung is impeding on a variety of their patents, including the trade dress of Apple products (and packaging) and trademarked icons used in Apple technology. The complaint says, “The copying is so pervasive, that the Samsung Galaxy products appear to be actual Apple products—with the same rectangular shape with rounded corners, silver edging, a flat surface face with substantial top and bottom black borders, gently curving edges on the back, and a display of colorful square icons with rounded corners.” Apple is set to enter the courtroom yet again with another Android contender; this time, Samsung is the subject of Apple’s complaint.In a complaint filed officially on April 15th, Apple Inc. brings up several points against Samsung (which represents collectively Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC), specifically Samsung’s Galaxy line of smart phones and tablets.The complaint shares the following grievances, “Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple’s innovative technology, distinctive, user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights. …Samsung has made its Galaxy phones and computer tablet work and look like Apple’s products through widespread patent and trade dress infringement. Samsung has even misappropriated Apple’s distinctive product packaging.”last_img read more

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Expect New Faces atop House Armed Services Subcommittees Next Year

first_imgThe Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee, including the leadership posts for many of its subcommittees, will undergo significant turnover in the next Congress as seven GOP members leave due to retirement, primary defeat or a decision to seek higher office.The highest profile departure is Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who lost his primary last month after switching to a neighboring district. Forbes is the third most-senior Republican on the committee and the chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. His departure will leave a noticeable void and prompt a battle for the chairmanship of the panel.One likely candidate to fill his subcommittee post is fellow Virginian Rob Wittman (R), who now chairs the Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC and other installation and real estate matters. “It’s no secret that I’ve shown interest in chairing the Seapower Subcommittee in the past,” Wittman told CQ Roll Call. “And I’d be honored to serve in that capacity in the future.”The other likely candidate to replace Forbes on the Seapower panel is Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)If Wittman were to leave his current post to take over Seapower, one committee member who has expressed interest in assuming the Readiness slot is Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who now leads the Oversight and Investigations panel.Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chair of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, opted to leave the House to pursue the Senate seat being vacated by Minority Leader Harry Reid (D).Other Republicans who will not be on the committee in the 115th Congress, even before the results of the Novembers elections are determined, are Jeff Miller (Fla.), John Kline (Minn.), John Fleming (La.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.) and Rich Nugent (Fla.).On the Democratic side, at least four members are departing. Loretta Sanchez (Calif.), the No. 2 Democrat after Adam Smith (Wash.) is giving up her spot to run for the Senate, as is Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), who is running to unseat Sen. Mark Kirk (R). Two other Democratic members are retiring — Mark Takai (Hawaii) and Gwen Graham (Fla.). Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Malaysian trans woman told to act like a man if she wanted

first_imgQuestions about ‘gender expression’She applied for the position after a decade away from her home country working in top restaurants in SydneyShe sent an email after her interview admitting there had been questions about her ‘gender expression’ during the interview.However, she assured them she was a committed professional.Chain had issue with Trans woman’s ‘appearance’Bahari said the interview initially went well. But towards the end, she faced questions about how she would ‘conform’ to the chain’s dress code. Speaking to the Guardian, Bahari said she then received a phone call the next day from the company’s HR department.‘I got a call from the HR lady where she was telling me that they were really keen on hiring me, but they had issue with my appearance, and would I consider the offer with the condition that I cut my hair, wear a male uniform and use the male toilets,’ she said.‘I don’t think they wanted anything like that in writing so they gave me a phone call.’However, a Malaysian HR executive at Nobu told the Guardian that Bahari was simply not qualified for the job.‘The candidate did not match our requirement and therefore was not successful,’ said Vriesia Ng.An investigation is ongoing.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Trans author: ‘A lot of gay men are gay men as a consolation prize because they couldn’t be women’Was trans queen Peppermint told to dress ‘as a man’ on Drag Race?Trans parents: ‘Don’t allow being transgender to scare you from creating a family’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-rejected-nobu/ A trans woman has reported Nobu to Malaysia’s human rights watchdog, claiming she was offered a job but only if she acted and dressed like a man.Shairazi Bahari was interviewed for a front of house position at the Kuala Lumpar branch of the restaurant in November 2017. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Gay boyband member claps back at critic of Dubai video shoot

first_imgThe 28-year-old and his bandmates were in Dubai, the largest city in the UAE, for the shoot this week.Homosexuality in the UAE carries a range of punishments, up to death under Sharia Law.After Jaymi posted an Instagram picture of himself in front of the city skyline, one critic made their feelings clear.‘I just simply can’t het my head round an LGBT person contributing financially to a country that would torture you for just holding your partners [sic] hand,’ said a commenter.They furthermore added: ‘They’ll take your money but strip you of your rights. Go somewhere you recognized [sic] as human and find their economy.’‘The world belongs to no man!Jaymi, 28, came back with a passionate counterargument.‘As an LGBT person I refuse to be confined where I can and can’t go!’ he said.He furthermore continued: ‘Regardless of law religion sexuality the world belongs to no man! We were there to shoot a music video so if any body is contributing financial [sic] it is Dubai to our musical journey, sometimes in life we aren’t able to always call ten shots on where life takes us, but I for one am not someone who is going to sit home and hide because of rhetoric views.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Going to pride at university inspired me to come out as bisexualIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsBBC News reporter targeted with vile homophobic abuseRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dubai-union-j-jaymi/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Dubai didn’t fund it – we did’GSN contacted Union J’s management to clarify what Jaymi meant by ‘if any body is contributing financial [sic] it is Dubai to our musical journey’, and to ask whether the Dubai government had funded the video shoot.‘Dubai didn’t fund it – we did as a band,’ Jaymi told us. ‘It just meant that if the video is a success, part of it will be down to Dubai’s scenery and the look of the video.’Jaymi has been open about his sexuality since Union J first found fame on the 2012 series of The X Factor in the UK.The band, which formally included bisexual star George Shelly, have scored top 10 hits including Carry You and You Got It All.[embedded content]Should we visit or boycott homophobic and transphobic countries? GAYSTARNEWS- Jaymi Hensley, the openly gay member of Union J, has responded to criticism of the boyband’s latest video shoot. Jaymi Hensley | Photo: Instagram/jaymihensley eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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ShangriLa Hotel Tokyo officially opened on March

first_imgShangri-La Hotel, Tokyo officially opened on March 2, 2009, when General Manager Wolfgang Krueger opened the main entrance in accordance with feng shui traditions, following a lion dance ceremony attended by guests of honor and the hotel’s employees. It is Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first hotel in Japan.“Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has searched for the perfect venue and partner in Japan for a long time. The Japanese market is an essential market for us as we expand internationally. Today, I am delighted to say we now have a hotel in Tokyo, one of Asia’s and the world’s key capitals, and that we will be able to offer our guests in Japan traditional Shangri-La hospitality,” said Madhu Rao, Managing Director and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo occupies the top 11 floors of Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, a 37-floor, mixed-use building adjacent to Tokyo Station, and offers views of Marunouchi to the east and Tokyo Bay to the west. The 202-room hotel contains two restaurants – Piacere, a signature Italian restaurant, and Nadaman, an authentic Japanese restaurant – as well as the Lobby Lounge offering afternoon tea and live entertainment. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, the group’s own award-winning spa brand developed from ancient Chinese and Himalayan healing therapies, makes its Japanese debut. The hotel also features meeting rooms and banquet facilities, wedding facilities complete with a chapel, a health club, an indoor swimming pool and the Horizon Club lounge, which offers an elevated level of service. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is also home to over 2,000 pieces of artwork and more than 50 distinct chandeliers handmade in the Czech Republic by Lasvit, a world-renowned light design and manufacturing company. In homage to the city of Tokyo, glass carved into the shape of ginkgo leaves – the symbol of Tokyo – decorates various chandeliers throughout the hotel. In addition, a 10-metre long chandelier illuminates a grand staircase connecting Levels 27, 28 and 29.The hotel’s interior is designed by Hirsh Bedner Associates, based in Santa Monica, California, while the Horizon Club lounge, Piacere and Nadaman are designed by Andre Fu of AFSO, a Hong Kong-based design studio. Shangri-La’s unique brand is exemplified through a grand staircase, elegant chandeliers and bold carpets, complemented with a distinct Japanese influence. In addition, flower arrangements by Nicolai Bergmann, one of the most celebrated foreign artists in Japan renowned for his contemporary floral designs, feature prominently within the hotel. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is the first hotel in the world to feature Bergmann’s works in all areas of the hotel, from public areas and guestrooms to wedding facilities.In celebration of its opening, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo offers “Discover Shangri-La”, a special stay package. Until April 12, 2009, guests can experience Shangri-La’s legendary hospitality in a Deluxe room at JPY110,000 per night (tax and service charge excluded), including breakfast and an opening commemorative gift. Robbe & Berking, one of the world’s leading and most exclusive silver manufacturers, created the premium, commemorative gift, which is not on sale commercially in Japan. Rates at the hotel begin at JPY56,000 (about US$618).www.shangri-la.comlast_img read more

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