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He was kind gentle and thoughtful Industry veteran Ed Day dies at

first_img Tuesday, June 25, 2019 “He was kind, gentle and thoughtful”: Industry veteran Ed Day dies at 49 TORONTO — Ed Day was a much-loved and respected travel industry veteran whose sudden passing is generating an outpouring of memories and condolences.His death over the weekend “has come as a massive shock”, says Hayden Yates, Travel Industry Sales & Marketing Director for Disney Destinations.Yates worked with Day for several years, ever since Day joined Disney as DSM, Ontario for The Walt Disney Company (Canada) in 2016.Before coming onboard with Disney, Day was Sales Manager, Canada for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, from 2011 to 2016. Other stints in the industry include Park N Fly Canada as Senior Sales Rep, from 2007 to 2011. Day was also Sales Manager for Jade Tours from 2003 to 2006.“Our deepest condolences go out to Ed’s family. He has a young son,” said Yates. Day was 49 years old.Industry friends are sharing their memories of Day on Facebook, he added. “It just goes to show how big a personality he had in the industry,” says Yates. “He was so kind, gentle and thoughtful.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaFuneral services are taking place Thursday, June 27. Friends and family may visit McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (905-428-8488) from 12–3 p.m. Funeral service will follow in the chapel at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to a GoFundMe campaign (http://gf.me/u/tqgssm), which will be used solely for Braydon’s future education and for sports. Alternatively, donations can also be made to the following account via direct transfer: 06702-003-5396379. Online condolences may be placed at www.mceachniefuneral.ca. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bylast_img read more

Romanian cable and pay TV operator RCS RDS has c

first_imgRomanian cable and pay TV operator RCS & RDS has completed tests of 100GbE technology, the first such test in the country.RCS & RDS tested 100GbE with DWDM equipment for ECI Telecom and routers from Cisco and Juniper. RCS & RDS said this was the first test globally involving three separate vendors.The operator tested 100GbE IP/MPLS equipment over a 700km distance between Bucharest and Oradea. Upgrading networks from 10GbE to 100GbE increases capacity by a factor of 10, allowing service providers to serve a much larger number of customers with high-bandwidth services simultaneously.last_img

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first_img (Click on image to enlarge) The Comex Daily Delivery Report showed that 99 gold and 243 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, it was ‘all the usual suspects’.  In silver, the two big short/issuers were JPMorgan Chase and ABN Amro with 120 and 111 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stoppers were Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia with 168 contracts…and then JPMorgan Chase with 59 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, once again, the big surprise came from SLV, where an authorized participant added 1,691,162 troy ounces of silver…and is virtually the same size of deposit that was made into SLV on Thursday…almost to the ounce, so I’m wondering if this was an double entry error.  We’ll find out for sure on Monday if/when they revise their number. Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the period ending March 21st…they reported that their gold ETF declined by a tiny 8,017 troy ounces…and their silver ETF declined by 200,557 troy ounces during the same period. The U.S. Mint had a smallish report.  They sold only 500 ounces of gold eagles…along with 1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 45,500 ounces of gold eagles…10,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,438,000 silver eagles.  Based on these numbers, the silver/gold sales ratio for the month so far is a hair under 44 to 1…which is pretty amazing…and I hope you’re getting your share. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 945,922 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 369,222 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. The Commitment of Traders Report was a surprise.  Silver showed a big improvement in the Commercial net short position…and gold showed a big deterioration in its Commercial net short position. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by 14.9 million ounces…and as of the Tuesday cut-off stands at 132.2 million ounces. Once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted out of the total open interest, the Big 4 traders are short 38.8% of the entire Comex silver market on a ‘net’ basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 11.6 percentage points on a net basis.  Add them up and the Big 8 are short 50.4% of the entire Comex silver market…and that’s a minimum percentage. In gold, the Commercial net short position increased by a whopping 2.02 million ounces…blowing out to 16.24 million ounces.  But the ‘good’ news, as Ted Butler pointed out to me on the phone yesterday, was that there was no increase in the short position of the ‘Big 8’ traders…which includes the BIG 3…JPMorgan, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and HSBC USA.  All of the increase was the result of the smaller Commercial traders selling some of their long positions for a profit. On a ‘net’ basis the Big 4 traders Commercial traders are short 25.4% of the entire Comex gold market…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 13.7 percentage points of the gold market.  So the Big 8 are short 39.1% of the entire Comex gold market on a ‘net’ basis. In terms of troy ounces held short, the Big 8 are short 13.97 million ounces of gold…which represents 86.0% of the Commercial net short position in that metal.  In silver, the Big 8 are short 264.4 million ounces…and that amount of silver represents 200.0% of the Commercial net short position. Looking at the numbers in the previous paragraph it’s easy to see that, compared to silver, gold appears to be almost a free market…which it isn’t, as the gold market is also rigged seven ways to heaven. Here’s Nick Laird’s incomparable “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” chart as of the March 19th cut-off. Silver opened virtually on its high of the day at the beginning of Far East trading on Friday…and was down about twenty cents to the $29 spot price just minutes before 8:30 a.m. in New York. Less than ten minutes later, the price had cratered by about 40 cents…and from there, the price pattern was almost identical to gold’s, with the only minor difference being the fact that the absolute low tick [$28.45 spot] came on a quick spike down at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. Silver closed at $28.76 spot…down 42 cents from Thursday.  Gross volume was pretty decent at around 42,500 contracts. Despite the fact that gold got smacked pretty good earlier in the day, the gold stocks rallied into positive territory by shortly after 10:00 a.m. in New York.  Then, shortly after that, someone came along and sold the gold stocks off a percent…with the low of the day coming around 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.  From that point, the stocks rallied back slowly, and the HUI finished down 0.73%. Needless to say, the silver stocks didn’t exactly shine yesterday…as virtually all of them finished in the red.  But they did follow almost the same price path as the gold stocks.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Seven Index closed down 1.17%. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s a series of three photos that my daughter Kathleen sent me yesterday.  What is it with cats and boxes?  And it obviously doesn’t matter about the size of the cat…domestic or otherwise! (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s Nick’s Silver Seven index which shows the longer term. With the obvious exception of the first story, it’s pretty much wall-to-wall stories about Cyprus for you today….and they’re mostly presented in the order I received them yesterday.  These stories seem to change by the hour…and it will be interesting to see how this all turns out. There are no market anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ takes me back to my last year in high school in 1966.  This ‘Go-Go’ tune got seemingly endless air time when it was first released…and it’s still a classic to this day.  The group was basically a one-hit wonder…but what a hit it was!  It’s old enough that the youtube.com video clip is in black in white.  I hope you enjoy it…and the link is here. Today’s classical selection is a tone poem by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The Swan of Tuonela was originally composed in 1893 as the prelude to a projected opera called The Building of the Boat. Sibelius revised it two years later as the second of the four sections of the Lemminkäinen Suite (Lemminkäis-sarja), also known as the Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22, which was premiered in 1896. Sibelius revised the tone poem twice, once in 1897 and again in 1900. Here’s the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Avi Ostrowsky. This recording is as good as it gets…as is the divine playing of the cor angl’e soloist.  The link is here. Enjoy. Well, it was another case of JPMorgan et al moving the markets because they could…not because there were any fundamental changes in supply and demand in both gold and silver.  If you take a quick peek at platinum and palladium, their chart patterns were unscathed yesterday. As I mentioned earlier this week, “da boyz” can move these market any which way they want…as there are no adults in charge anymore…either at the CFTC or in the mining companies.  Gold seems to have topped out just above the $1,600 price mark for the moment…and silver is safely back under the $29 spot price mark.  Where these markets go from here is unknown, but whatever direction we go in, will have nothing to do with real supply and demand fundamentals. That’s all I have for today.  As I mentioned at the top of this column, I’ll be out of town for a large portion of next week…and I can absolutely guarantee that the columns I post while gone, will be much shorter. I await the Sunday night opening in New York with some degree of interest. As I mentioned earlier this week, “da boyz” can move these market any which way they want NOTE:  I will be on the road most of next week…and will be writing my column on my laptop, which is an ordeal that I put myself through as few times a year as possible.  They will also be as short as I can make them…and the ‘Critical Reads’ section will shrink alarmingly during this time period. The gold price didn’t do a lot for most of the trading day in the Far East on Friday, but starting around 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, the price developed a negative bias…and shortly before 1:00 p.m. in London, the decline began more severe.  About forty minutes later…shortly after 8:30 a.m. in New York, it had hit its low tick of the day, which Kitco reported as $1,602.80 spot. The subsequent rally lasted until 10:15…and the price sagged a bit from there until shortly before 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  The gold price gained a couple of dollars from there going into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. In actual fact, it was all a tempest in a teapot, as volume was very light once again yesterday…around 84,000 contracts net, the same as Thursday’s volume.  The gold price closed at $1,609.20 spot…down $5.60 on the day. I couldn’t help but notice that Friday’s silver price path was almost a mirror image of the Thursday price pattern, which is hardly a coincidence I would think. The dollar index opened at 82.86 in early Far East trading on their Friday morning…and more or less traded flat until shortly after 8:30 a.m. in London.  From there it rolled over a hair…and headed south.  The absolute low tick came moments before noon in New York…and then didn’t do much after that…closing the day at 82.37…down 49 basis points from the Thursday close. Once again there was absolutely no correlation between what the dollar index was doing…and what was going on in the Comex paper markets in gold and silver. Sponsor Advertisement 2013 – A Breakout Year for Energy? The energy sector is a volatile market, but it can provide enormous gains to investors who know what they’re doing – and now is the time to get into the two most promising energy trends for 2013 and beyond. Top energy analyst Marin Katusa tells you what you should be bullish and bearish on this year in his special report, The 2013 Energy Forecast. Read it here for free.last_img read more

Cholera is in the headlines again Last fall the

first_imgCholera is in the headlines again. Last fall, the World Health Organization declared an ongoing outbreak in Yemen the worst in recorded history, with more than 1 million cases. The outbreak first struck Yemen back in 2016, surged in May 2017 and has now flared up again. There have been more than 2,500 deaths so far.”We have been confronted with a sharp increase since the beginning of this year,” said Brienne Prusak of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In that time, they’ve seen an increase from 140 to 2,000 cases per week to reach about 1.4 million cases since the outbreak began. Since January, the death toll has been 190.Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, cases are surfacing in Mozambique and other affected countries. This week, the first death from cholera in Mozambique was reported in the city of Beira.It’s a reminder that an ancient disease – and one which is easily treatable — can still take a terrible toll in modern times.Fast KillerCholera can kill a person in a matter of hours.It’s a severe gastrointestinal disease, transmitted by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. And it can trigger so much diarrhea and vomiting that patients can rapidly become dehydrated. They can lose so much fluid that their internal organs shut down.As we reported in 2016, the water-borne disease has been around for centuries, and it remains a global health risk. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly 3 million cases a year and 90,000 deaths.Cases crop up throughout the world — particularly when crisis strikes and clean drinking water is not available, as in Yemen. Cholera often spreads through water that has been contaminated by bacteria; it often enters the water from the diarrhea of someone who is infected.On March 14, Cyclone Idai wrought devastation across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, with more than 815 reported deaths. In the wake of the disaster, which was the worst to hit southern Africa in two decades according to UNICEF, 3 million people need humanitarian assistance, half of them are children.In addition to injuring thousands, the cyclone also damaged infrastructure and flooded sources of drinking water, especially in the hardest-hit port city of Beira, Mozambique.”The cyclone substantially damaged the city’s water supply system, resulting in many people having no access to clean drinking water,” Gert Verdonck, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Beira, said in a statement. “This means that they have no option but to drink from contaminated wells. Some people are even resorting to drinking stagnant water by the side of the road.”Public health officials were concerned about the possible spread of cholera in Mozambique–and last week, five cases were confirmed.By Monday, that number had jumped to 1,000 suspected cases.”There are seven emergency cholera treatment centers operational in Beira and two more being set up. Two additional centers are being set up in Nhamatanda,” David Wightwick, the World Health Organization’s team leader in Beira, told the Associated Press.WHO will begin administering 900,000 doses of the oral cholera vaccine on Wednesday.The disease recently struck other countries in Africa as well. Last year, there were 10,000 cholera cases in northern Nigeria — a record for that region — with 175 known deaths. Public health specialists fear that Nigeria is headed toward another outbreak following a recent spate of violence that has led to overcrowding at displacement camps.Last year, there were also outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger, Cameroon, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Tanzania, according to WHO.Ancient HistoryEven though cholera is making headlines in 2019, it’s hardly a new disease.”It’s been in the Ganges delta from time immemorial,” says Dr. David Sack, a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Cholera began spreading from India throughout the West in the early 1800s with more global trade and travel by ships, he explained, with cases cropping up from Russia and Western Europe to Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia.”It was a disease that affected large parts of the world,” he says. And it killed millions of people as it spread across the globe. Left untreated, cholera has a fatality rate of about 50 percent.”At that time, we didn’t know what caused it,” says Sack, who’s spent much of his career studying the disease. “We didn’t know how to treat it.”Theories about the cause of the illness were plentiful. The leading suspect was the foul air rising from sewers and piles of rotting trash in cities; poison from the soil was another possible culprit. Others looked higher up for a cause: Some church leaders said it was retribution by God for sinful behavior.Nearly all of the theories had a common thread, though. There appeared to be a link between cholera and overcrowded urban areas.Finally, in the 1850s, an English doctor named John Snow became a legend of public health for figuring out that an outbreak in the Soho neighborhood of London was linked to a single drinking water source. Dr. Snow is credited with stopping the raging outbreak, which claimed 10,000 lives across London, by taking the handle off of the Broad Street water pump.Snow argued correctly that water contaminated with sewage was spreading the illness from one resident to another. But he still didn’t know exactly what the water was contaminated with; at the time, the pathogen that caused cholera hadn’t yet been discovered. He theorized that it might be tiny parasites or germs or some “poison” able to reproduce in the water.Around the same time an Italian scientist, Filippo Pacini, identified the bacteria that causes cholera. But his discovery wouldn’t be widely accepted for decades — and in the meantime, millions more died.Souped-Up Sugar WaterCholera now is a treatable disease — as long as the patient gets medical attention quickly.”A patient with cholera should never die,” Sack says. “If they get to a treatment center in time, if they still have a breath, we can save their life.”Treatment consists of simply keeping the person hydrated. If they are capable of drinking, they can be treated with oral rehydration fluids — basically souped-up sugar water. This strategy works in about 80 percent of cholera cases. In more severe cases, the patient may need to be given fluids intravenously alongside antibiotics.There are also three vaccines that can be administered in areas where cholera is endemic or when an epidemic begins to spread. More than 30 million people have been immunized since the oral vaccines were developed in the late 1980s.WHO’s Global Task Force for Cholera Control announced a plan in October 2017 to end cholera by reducing cholera deaths by 90 percent and eliminating the disease in as many as 20 countries by 2030.A major challenge, however, is access to safe water and good sanitation — both key to preventing outbreaks. Otherwise, cholera persists even after an epidemic begins to slow.Lessons From HaitiOne of the biggest outbreaks in history took place in Haiti, where cholera was introduced by U.N. Peacekeepers in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. It spread quickly; since 2010, there have been 819,000 cases and nearly 10,000 deaths from the disease.In 2018, Haiti saw fewer than 4,000 suspected cases and 41 deaths — a massive improvement even from the year before.But there is always the chance of resurgence — especially as public health resources shift to the growing 2019 outbreaks.”This significant progress so far is to be considered with great caution,” the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a January 2019 report on the Haiti outbreak.”As long as cholera is circulating on the Haitian territory, an upsurge and expansion of the epidemic is possible.”And that’s a reminder that this ancient disease is still a powerful threat.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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first_img More From Wanderlei Silva tried to warn you … but no, you wouldn’t listen.Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has once again canceled a major mixed martial arts (MMA) event that was scheduled to run the same night as a Bellator MMA fight card. And not just any old fight card, one that was headlined by the mighty Fedor Emelianenko.The same “Emperor” who smashed and trashed six former UFC heavyweight champions (go ahead and do the math, I’ll wait). Gloves Latest From MMA Warehouse Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Related Nick Diaz Teases Move To Bellator Gordon Ryan Competition Kit King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Standard Ranked Rashguard Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? The Fedor vs. Bader card will take place inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. as part of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix. In addition, former UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi will be in action, as well as ex-WWE headliner Jack Swagger.“This is not the first time,” Coker said. “This is like the second, maybe even the third time this happened on that weekend. It is what it is. For the most part I feel like we’ve just got to focus on our business and keep running, but we have a great card on that day.”For much more on Bellator 214 click here. “We’ve been going on that date for the last three years or however long, so everybody knows we’re going to go on that date,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “It didn’t work out for them because, to me, it’s a roster issue. Who is going to fight? And if you’re going to bring someone to fight against the Fedor-Bader card, and ours is free on Paramount and on DAZN, and you’re going to run on pay-per-view, then you better have your A-game. I think they just ran out of bullets.”The empty chamber was UFC 233, which the promotion had hoped to fill with the welterweight title fight pitting Tyron Woodley against Colby Covington, but “The Chosen One” was still recovering from a hand injury and unable to answer the call.That means Jan. 26, 2019 belongs to Bellator MMA. Lights. Out. More: ProMax 440 BJJ GI Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Top Contenders for Fight of the Yearcenter_img Lockdown duffle bag Good Night Tee Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Sale Standard BJJ Gi Latest From Our Partners Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Accessories Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Bellator MMA Coker Invites Holloway To Bellator After Beating UFC To Hawaii Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight MMAmania.com There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Apparel Relatedlast_img read more

Liberal Democrats have voted for a new social secu

first_imgLiberal Democrats have voted for a new social security policy that will scrap the “fitness for work” test and all benefit sanctions, despite many disabled party members calling for a more radical approach to welfare reform.The vote at the party’s annual conference in Brighton (pictured) means that scrapping the work capability assessment (WCA), all benefit sanctions, the personal independence payment (PIP) 20-metre rule, the bedroom tax and the benefit cap are all now party policy.Members were voting on a policy paper that called on the party to devolve the provision of employment support to local authorities, which would also be asked to deliver – or contract out – the eligibility test that replaces the WCA.This replacement test would introduce a “real world” element into the assessment of eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits.The policy paper, Mending The Safety Net, called for the benefit sanctions system to be reformed so there was “greater scope for discretion with a stronger safety net to prevent sanctions causing extreme hardship”.But party members voted strongly in favour of an amendment that said benefits sanctions were “fundamentally wrong and leave people destitute who are already in poverty”, and should be replaced with a scheme that provides claimants with incentives to engage with the system, rather than punishing them when they do not.The motion, as amended by the call to scrap sanctions, was carried by 363 to 202 votes, and now becomes party policy.Before the vote there were suggestions that some disabled activists may quit the party if the motion was carried, because they did not believe the policy paper put enough distance between the Liberal Democrats and their former coalition partners in the Conservative party.But so far that does not appear to have happened.The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas, the party’s new work and pensions spokeswoman, told the conference that the policy paper was “thoroughly well thought out” and “an innovative, practical and humane roadmap for the sort of welfare system we want in this country”.She said: “Don’t be fooled into thinking that this makes the paper just tinkering at the edges of the current system.“It is not just tinkering, it is the most radical plan I have ever seen for welfare reform.”She said the “real world test” that would replace the WCA was based on a pioneering system in the Netherlands, and she added: “It will help to ensure that claimants are not put through impossible hoops for non-existent jobs.”Jennie Rigg, who chairs Calderdale Liberal Democrats, spoke against the motion, saying that benefit sanctions were “unjustifiable, inhumane and immoral” while the motion was “fundamentally flawed” and “mired in coalition policy-think”.She said that devolving assessments to local level was “not going to make them any better”.After the vote, she said on Twitter that the new policy was “tinkering at the edges of the benefit system and keeping most of the Tory bull***t in place” and that she was “utterly devastated that lib dems voted for it”.Ryan Mercer, the party’s candidate to fight Putney at the next general election, speaking against the motion, told the debate: “We don’t need to mend this broken safety net, we need to replace it with something far more ambitious.”Lib Dem activist Sarah Noble, also arguing against the motion, said: “We must be forward-thinking, not sliding backwards into this coalition-think.“We need a radical alternative to our failed and discriminatory welfare system. This isn’t it.”Dr Kirsten Johnson, who proposed the sanctions amendment, told the conference that the sanctions system was “inhumane”, and added: “We must, we must, we must scrap benefit sanctions. It is the moral and it is the decent thing to do.”But Lord [Jonny] Oates, who was Nick Clegg’s chief of staff throughout the coalition, and is the party’s former director of policy and communications, argued against scrapping sanctions.Lord Oates, who served on the working group that drew up the policy paper, said that it proposed “radical changes” to sanctions that would allow “greater flexibility and discretion”, and added: “If we reject sanctions… the public will think we have gone mad.”Matthew Clark, a disabled party member making his first speech at conference, who supported the motion, said the Tory benefits system was “creating a sticky web, trapping and entrenching vulnerable people who can be and deserve better”.He said he had “wasted valuable time not developing myself but learning how to jump through hoops” to secure the support he needed, while he said he had faced a “long battle” to regain his benefits after they were removed, in what he said was a “centralised and impersonal” system.He said that many disabled people feared the “complex” benefits system and were afraid to even ask simple questions of DWP in case they were sanctioned.But he opposed calls to scrap sanctions completely and backed a failed bid, through another amendment, to retain the benefit cap at a level equal to average household earnings.Former Lib Dem MP Jenny Willott, who chaired the working group, said she was “very proud” of the policy paper, which she said had “strong policies and a Liberal heart” and was “radical” and would “enable us to campaign for a fairer benefits system now”.She said that one of the “most important and bold measures” was the scrapping of the WCA.Arguing against banning sanctions completely, she said that some charities had told the working group that placing conditions on receiving benefits “can have a role in ensuring vulnerable people engage”.George Potter, the disabled activist who was a member of the working group that drew up the paper, and was a key critic of the impact of austerity policies on disabled people while the party was in coalition, told Disability News Service (DNS) after the debate that he was “disappointed that the motion went through, even though it has been amended to commit us to abolishing sanctions”.He said: “It doesn’t go anywhere near far enough in tackling the failure of the welfare system around disability issues or to offer a coherent vision for the future of the welfare system generally.“However, the reactions from the floor during the debate make me optimistic that there is plenty of appetite for this topic to be revisited at a future conference and I’m now going to be working with a broad coalition of party members to bring something better to a future conference.“In the meantime, I’m at least glad that the party has accepted the principle of scrapping the WCA and sanctions – it’s encouraging that at least we’re moving on from this idea that welfare should be about punishing people for non-compliance with arbitrary, bureaucratic regulations.”Among the reforms he had wanted to see was for both ESA and PIP to be scrapped, and replaced with a disability pension for those unable to work, which would provide them with a decent income – similar to the system in Germany – and a new additional living costs benefit for disabled people.He said this would focus more on providing the necessary support for disabled people and less on how to ration it.last_img read more

Security Threats From Within

first_img –shares April 1, 2002 With all the home office workers, laptops are in frequent use. Many times the security prevention in a laptop is turned off when remotely connecting. This is another major internal vulnerability or internal threat.So if 80 percent of IT crimes are internal, what should a company do about it?Perform a security audit, or have one performed.Unless the knowledge, experience and manpower exist in-house, consult an outside expert on audits, policies, and the subsequent security monitoring and prevention service.Ensure adequate background checks on employees.Establish a security policy, and enforce it. This includes implementing things like swipe cards, changing passwords often and restricting sensitive areas. This creates the right attitude toward information security in your company and clarifies the consequences of any found internal breach. A professional consulting firm specializing in policy development can save time and money and ensure an up-to-date policy.Use firewalls. Firewalls protect against unauthorized logins usually from the outside world, preventing hackers from logging on to your network.Use virus scanning software. Attachments to e-mails received and passed around are the biggest reason for the spread of viruses.Implement ongoing managed services.These are only a few ideas for combating internal security threats that surround us all. Enlist the help of a professional security consulting firm that will do both the audit and policy development before implementing a complete managed services package.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.netor by email at mbruck@baisecurity.net.The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant. Few know as much about your IT security as your employees and former employees do. Here’s how to safeguard your technology from the inside. Technology Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Security Threats From Within Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Q: I have heard that one of the biggest information security threats to a company can come from within. Is this true? What exactly does it mean, and what can be done about it?A: When people think of an information security threat or a “security breach,” thoughts of bad buys, gangsters and hackers come to mind. Companies usually make sizeable investments to prevent intrusions to their systems, put protections in place and know the seriousness of external threats.Companies usually try to patch every loophole and make every system impenetrable. But guess who knows more about these loopholes and ports of penetration than anyone? A company’s own employees (or former employees). In reality, disgruntled, former or fired employees or even external service providers are the most likely culprits of a security breach–anyone with “insider information.” It is for that very reason that four out of five IT-related crimes are committed from within an organization.Internal threats might be someone who knows the weaknesses of the software being used or has the ability to introduce viruses into a system. Viruses can come from within simply by opening e-mail attachments. Some employees find it easy to gain access to restricted areas; this may include the possession of unauthorized passwords. If something is password-protected, chances are there is confidential information involved. Next Step Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue 3 min read Help prevent internal theft with “Caught in the Act.” Keep your IT under lock and key with Security and Loss Prevention: An Introductionby Philip P. Purpura.last_img read more

SmartyPig Savings Site With Strings Attached

first_imgFinance Next Article 5 min read SmartyPig automates transfers to a savings account to help you fund a big-ticket goal–and it might help you encourage pals to chip in. –shares Add to Queue June 5, 2008 You don’t need to be a finance whiz to recognize that the least painful way to pay for a big-ticket item–a new car, say, or a dream vacation–is to save small amounts toward it, week by week, month by month, paycheck by paycheck. But how many of us are disciplined enough to set aside money for a planned future purchase?SmartyPig promises not only to help you save toward a goal but also to make it simple for family members and friends to contribute (think birthday gift)–and, in many cases, the service might even help make the goal itself cost less. But while the general concept sounds good, the implementation hides a few notable gotchas that might prove annoying to some.Basically, SmartyPig gives you a savings account with a competitive annual percentage yield (the site’s banking partner is West Bank of Des Moines, and at this early-June writing the APY was 3.9 percent), to which you must set up regular, automatic monthly transfers from an existing bank account (SmartyPig says that nonautomated funding will be available soon to allow people to set up accounts for wedding registries and similar goals). Each account must be tied to a savings goal (you don’t need to have an actual item in mind, but you must set a dollar figure), which you can change at any time. You can opt to make your goal public, so that people can contribute toward it by visiting SmartyPig and entering your e-mail address. You can also encourage such gifts by putting a SmartyPig widget on your blog or on personal pages on sites such as Facebook, Google, Live, and MySpace.Adults can set up SmartyPig accounts for minors by designating the children as co-owners who can then track their progress toward a purchase–an Xbox 360 or Wii, for example. SmartyPig positions itself as a tool to help kids understand the concept of saving.To Market, To MarketNow for the caveats. SmartyPig accounts are free, but when you reach your goal, you can’t easily cash out: SmartyPig would much rather help you actually buy something.First, you can check SmartyPig’s list of retail partners (which include such blue-chip outfits as Amazon.com, Apple Tours, Best Buy, Gap, Home Depot, and Lowe’s) to see if one of them is selling whatever you were saving for at a good price; if so, you can have your savings converted to a gift card for that retailer, which SmartyPig will ship to you for free.This setup can save you a bit of money, since the retailers on SmartyPig all offer small boosts (of a couple of percentage points, up to 5 percent) to the face value of the gift card. Gift cards, however, often have their own drawbacks–time limits for use, for example. It’s up to you to investigate the terms and conditions on each retailer’s site.Alternatively, you can have your savings and interest converted into a SmartyPig debit MasterCard, which you can use either to make a purchase at any place that accepts MasterCard or to withdraw cash at an ATM that accepts debit MasterCards. Keep in mind, though, that most ATMs limit the amount of cash you can withdraw on a given day to a few hundred dollars.Also, ATM fees may apply, and they can quickly mount if you’re forced to withdraw your sum over several days. You face no fees for using the card at ATMs in the Shazam network, which has ATMs in 27 states (including West Bank ATMs). Regardless, to use the card, you must maintain a SmartyPig account.Check by Snail MailWhat if you need to take out the cash in your SmartyPig account for an emergency? You can have SmartyPig cut you a check, but you’ll have to wait for it to arrive via snail mail; the company says the process takes five to seven days after all pending transactions have posted to your account. SmartyPig will not electronically transfer funds to other bank accounts (although the company says that feature will be supported soon).SmartyPig also charges a fee to people who want to contribute to your goal using a credit card–2.9 percent of the amount of the gift. The convenience might be worth the extra cost to some gift-givers, but other folks might prefer to save a few bucks by dashing off a check. (SmartyPig account holders, however, can use their funding accounts to contribute to other account holders’ goals free of charge.)I have mixed feelings about SmartyPig. You could accomplish a lot of what it does simply by setting up automatic transfers to a savings account (yours or your child’s) on your own–and you wouldn’t have to sacrifice the ability to withdraw your cash easily on a moment’s notice. The 2.9 percent fee for credit card donations from non-SmartyPig account holders would discourage me from giving such a gift.On the other hand, getting a discount (even a small one) from a retailer you might patronize anyway beats a free toaster as a come-on for a savings account, and whenever I’ve checked, SmartyPig’s interest rates were on the high end of those available. The premise is gimmicky, sure, but if SmartyPig helps you avoid putting a big-ticket item on your credit card, it’s worth a try. Brought to you by PCWorld Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. SmartyPig: Savings Site With Strings Attached Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

BlackBerry Launches Secure Work Space for Android and Apple Devices

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » BlackBerry launched a service on Tuesday allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc’s Android platform and Apple Inc’s iOS operating system.The long-anticipated offering, which BlackBerry had said would come out around mid-year, could help the company sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, of their workers are using smartphones made by its competitors.The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of this year that allows BlackBerry’s clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.The company, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone arena, is now fighting to regain ground lost to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy devices. To compete, it has rolled out a trio of devices powered by its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.It hopes to win back users with the Z10, Q10 and Q5 devices that were unveiled during the first half of this year. The first comprehensive look at the success of its turnaround plan will likely emerge when it reports quarterly results on Friday.At the same time, it has indicated a shift in emphasis from smartphones to services.”With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely,” David Smith, the head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, said in an interview.”We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage the data on those devices as well.”BlackBerry has installed some 18,000 BES 10 servers since the system was launched in January, up from a little more than 12,000 servers one month ago, and more than 60 percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies are testing or using the system.The feature, when used to manage Android and iOS devices, will allow IT managers to fence off corporate email, calendars, contacts, tasks, memos, Web browsing and document editing from personal apps and content, which could be less secure.(Editing by Edmund Klamann) Next Article –shares June 25, 2013 2 min read Euan Rochacenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List BlackBerry Launches ‘Secure Work Space’ for Android and Apple Devices Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch Technology This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

Report Snapchats 23YearOld CEO Said No to 3 Billion From Facebook

first_img –shares Brian Patrick Eha Report: Snapchat’s 23-Year-Old CEO Said No to $3 Billion From Facebook Next Article 2 min read Technology November 13, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue UPDATE: This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From FacebookUntil recently, it would have been a safe bet that no 23-year-old in the world had ever turned up his nose at $3 billion. But that’s exactly what Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and chief executive of messaging service Snapchat, did when Facebook offered to buy his company.Citing unnamed sources familiar with the offer, The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook offered Snapchat an all-cash deal of $3 billion or more. At the time of its last funding round, in June, Snapchat was valued at only $800 million. (It raised $60 million in June of a total $73 million to date.)The deal would have marked Facebook’s most expensive acquisition, outstripping even its $1 billion purchase of Instagram in 2012.Snapchat has been enjoying explosive growth as the app of the moment for teens, tweens and twentysomethings who act like teens. In September, Spiegel announced that his service transmitted 350 million snaps a day, up 75 percent from the time of its $60 million Series B round. Snapchat allows users to send photo and video messages to each other that disappear after several seconds. The ephemeral nature of Snapchats make them a popular medium for sexually suggestive photos, not to mention silly stuff that you don’t want preserved forever on a Facebook Timeline.Still, given that Snapchat has yet to earn any revenue, the idea of turning down a buy offer three times the value of that which Mark Zuckerberg himself once turned down seems — not to put too fine a point on it — insane. It appears Spiegel and his co-founder, Bobby Murphy, also turned down a $200 million investment offer from Chinese company Tencent Holdings that would have valued Snapchat at $4 billion.But Snapchat’s young executives may soon have a better offer on the table. According to The Wall Street Journal, they are hoping their numbers continue to improve through early 2014, when they may be finally willing to consider an acquisition or investment. But they may be kicking themselves if their core user base becomes enamored of another service and leaves Snapchat behind before its founders can cash in.Related: Why Tech Valuations Can’t Be Too High or Too Low 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

SpaceX Achieves First Successful Rocket Landing at Sea

first_img SpaceX Achieves First Successful Rocket Landing at Sea Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article SpaceX Image credit: SpaceX Add to Queue Tom Brandt April 11, 2016center_img After SpaceX’s previous attempts to land a rocket at sea ended in failure, the company successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon on a landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean.It was a historic landing of a rocket’s first stage soon after it launched, and congratulations poured in from around the globe, including from President Barack Obama, who tweeted “Congrats SpaceX on landing a rocket at sea. It’s because of innovators like you & NASA that America continues to lead in space exploration.”Landing from the chase plane pic.twitter.com/2Q5qCaPq9P— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 8, 2016After its launch at 4:43 p.m. Eastern time, the 14-story-tall booster used its remaining fuel to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere and touch down on an unanchored “droneship” in the middle of the Atlantic (dubbed “Of Course I Still Love You”).”It’s another step toward the stars,” SpaceX founder Elon Musk said at a press conference afterwards, according to the Washington Post. “In order for us to really open up access to space we have to have full and rapid reusability.”SpaceX has successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket on land several times. But achieving a sea landing is important because such landings will almost certainly be necessary for future missions when vessels returning from farther celestial destinations like the moon or Mars approach the the Earth at high velocities.Today’s launch used SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to bring supplies to the International Space Station. It was filled with about 7,000 pounds of critical supplies and payloads for the space station crew, including materials to support research and scientific investigations. The Dragon capsule itself will return to Earth in about a month, when it will splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast. 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Huawei Wants to Beat Apple in Smartphones in Two Years

first_img November 4, 2016 Huawei Wants to Beat Apple in Smartphones in Two Years The Chinese company on Thursday launched a new premium phone, which will sell for about $777. This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Hannibal Hanschke China’s Huawei Technologies wants to be the world’s second-largest maker of smartphones in two years, Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business group, told Reuters on Thursday.Having made its name as a builder of telecommunications networks, Huawei has been active in the consumer devices market for only a few years and is now the third-biggest smartphone maker after Apple Inc. and the world leader in the $400 billion market, Samsung Electronics.”When we announced four years ago that we wanted to sell phones, people told us we were crazy. When we said we wanted to sell 100 million phones, they told us we were crazy,” Yu said at a launch event in Munich.Huawei on Thursday launched a new premium phone, which will sell for about $777 apiece. A version developed with Porsche Design will cost about $1,550.The phone has a new artificial intelligence feature: It can learn about its user’s habits and automatically put the most frequently used apps in easy reach.Huawei was the world’s third-largest smartphone maker in the third quarter with 33.6 million shipped devices, giving it a 9 percent market share, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.Apple was still well ahead with 45.5 million devices, or a 12 percent market share. Samsung was the world leader with 75.3 million shipped devices and a market share of 20.1 percent.”We are going to take them (Apple) step-by-step, innovation-by-innovation,” Yu said, adding that he expected to improve Huawei’s position along with technology shifts.”There will be more opportunities. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality,” he said. “It is like driving a car. At every curve or turn, there is an opportunity to overtake the competition.”With the new phone, dubbed Mate 9, Yu expects to make a break in European markets such as Germany, France and Great Britain. “In Finland, we are already number one,” he said.With Apple struggling to come up with surprise designs and Samsung reeling from having to scrap its flagship phone, Yu said Huawei was at a tipping point.”Step-by-step we are winning the trust and loyalty of the customers. It is about trust and loyalty.”(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Jonathan Oatis) Reuters center_img Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read Add to Queue Huawei Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Huawei CEO Richard Yu presents Huawei’s new smartphone, the Mate S.last_img read more

TechBytes with Emma Newman VP UK PubMatic

first_imgTechBytes with Emma Newman, VP UK, PubMatic Sudipto GhoshMay 13, 2019, 2:30 pmMay 13, 2019 Emma NewmanGameloftIAB Techin app advertisingPubMaticTechBytes Previous ArticleHow to Close the Gap Between Sales Forecasting and RealityNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Lewis Gersh, CEO, PebblePost PubMatic is a digital advertising technology company for premium content creators. The PubMatic platform empowers independent app developers and publishers to control and maximize their digital advertising businesses. PubMatic’s publisher-centric approach enables advertisers to maximize ROI by reaching and engaging their target audiences in brand-safe, premium environments across ad formats and devices. Since 2006, PubMatic has created an efficient, global infrastructure and remains at the forefront of programmatic innovation. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, PubMatic operates 13 offices and six data centers worldwide.PubMatic is a registered trademark of PubMatic, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. About EmmaAbout PubMaticAbout Emma Emma Newman, VP, UK, PubMatic as Vice President, UK, Emma is tasked with growing PubMatic’s unique approach to the market, making sure that its customers (both supply and demand) are continually benefitting from its transparent and customer first approach. In addition, Newman helps PubMatic to develop new premium publisher relationships with a focus on growing and monetising mobile and video inventory as well as helping them navigate ad decisioning tools.Newman joined PubMatic in 2014 as senior director of international marketing, rising to the role of vice president of international marketing within a year. Prior to PubMatic, Newman held roles in marketing and business operations at iHeartMedia (Clear Channel UK), AOL, and Microsoft. Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at PubMatic.I head up PubMatic’s UK business, with a core responsibility for commercial success. My role encompasses two main areas: growing our premium publisher client base, and building trusted relationships with agencies and advertisers. I also hold responsibility for our account management teams who are central to client retention and delivering ongoing success for our clients and the business as a whole.What is the essence of your Partner-Customer relationship with Gameloft?At the core it’s about helping Gameloft monetise its in-app advertising. Through PubMatic, Gameloft is able to access a wealth of demand on the buy-side. By increasing demand, it is able to sell more advertising impressions for a higher price, which maximises their revenue. But it’s more than just this. Central to the relationship is a common desire to help buyers realise the potential of in-app advertising. We both want to encourage greater brand spend to be invested here and for marketers to take advantage of reaching premium, engaged and relevant audiences at scale. In order to do this we are spending time working together to educate the wider marketplace through research, thought leadership and events that actively engage with buyers.What are the key result areas for which they leverage PubMatic?Ultimately, it’s about helping them monetise their advertising opportunities more effectively via our platform through our focus on the in-app space and our joint efforts to grow the market. To achieve the former, our account management team works very closely with the Gameloft team to ensure they get maximum value from the platform and adopt by best practices. We want them to take full advantage of not just the PubMatic platform but the digital advertising ecosystem as a whole.How much has the SSP Ecosystem evolved with the maturity of Mobile Advertising Technologies? The ecosystem is certainly evolving but I’d be wary to describe mobile as ‘mature’. Many of the challenges around in-app advertising exist because it is a much newer environment compared to desktop. The tools, techniques and controls that everyone is comfortable with in desktop are only starting to emerge for in-app advertising. This is part of the reason why buyers have been wary of investing in this environment.There are several pieces of the puzzle that are coming together to bolster confidence such as: IAB Tech Labs app-ads.txt initiative; the ability for SSPs to build Private Marketplaces (PMPs) to bring greater control and quality; and in-app header bidding solutions that overcome traditional inefficiencies and capture incremental revenue. By working together as an industry, we will be able to overcome the challenges and unlock the potential of in-app advertising. PubMatic’s focus is to increase investment in our technology and services in this area to make in-app advertising easier to execute. We believe this, in turn, will help increase trust, quality and confidence.Tell us more about your publisher-focused initiatives in 2019 and how it would help in-app campaigns?In-app is a core focus this year as we recognise the potential for both the buy- and the sell-side. We’ve already launched a new solution called OpenBid which is an SDK that provides publishers with access to demand and brand spend from over 200 sources, including  DSPs, ATDs, Agencies, and Supply Path Optimisation (SPO) and Preferred Partnerships deals. It also allows them to implement header bidding to increase competition and grow advertising revenue. Further enhancements will be rolled out across the year including the launch of a solution for in-app video which we believe is a huge growth area.To help buyers feel comfortable with investing in in-app advertising we’ve been driving a number of education-based initiatives. We commissioned Forrester to do research into the attitudes of brands and agencies into in-app advertising, the results of which we have been sharing with publishers to help them understand the steps they can take to attract more brand spend. We have also held breakfast briefings, run panel sessions at events, written bylines and are now planning an agency roadshow. Through educating buyers, we are helping drive additional demand for our publishers that have in-app inventory to sell.What are the major pain points for Product Management and Innovation teams in building/ scaling in-app Programmatic adtech?Because in-app is a nascent area, we are still learning and building out our expertise. We have recruited in-app experts on the business development and engineering sides to help inform what we are developing to ensure it is relevant for the needs of the market and can be scaled.Education is also critical. While ‘traditional’ publishers that have apps understand programmatic, for in-app publishers and developers, programmatic is unchartered territory. Many of them have little knowledge of how to approach advertising, as their primary focus is on delivering a quality app for their users. When it comes to advertising, most of them currently give third parties responsibility for driving monetisation. This need for education is not just a challenge for PubMatic but the industry as a whole.How do you scale or face these at PubMatic?We are addressing the challenges of in-app advertising head on by making it one of our core focus areas for 2019. We have been investing in building out the teams and in product development and showing a real commitment towards market education to help realise the potential of in-app going forward. About PubMaticlast_img read more

Intapp Acquires OnePlace

first_imgIntapp Acquires OnePlace PRNewswireMay 28, 2019, 4:55 pmMay 28, 2019 Oneplace Teaoneplace Team Joins Intapp to Deliver a Unified Client Lifecycle Solution for the Professional Services IndustryIntapp announced it has acquired OnePlace, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for marketing and business development teams. Intapp and OnePlace are joining forces to address the growing need for a unified front office solution spanning the client lifecycle that helps firms cultivate key relationships, drive growth, and better compete in their modern marketplace.OnePlace, founded in 2012, was an early pioneer in cloud-based marketing solutions, helping more than 60 professional services customers replace their legacy CRM. The combination brings together OnePlace’s deep domain knowledge and team of experts in marketing and business development technology, with Intapp’s market-leading Industry Cloud for Professional Services.With this acquisition, the market will now have an integrated client lifecycle solution for the front office that enables seamless collaboration across the firm and its partners and business services teams; from strategy to origination and execution.Marketing Technology News: Relativity Showcases a New Way to Analyze Short Message and Mobile Data“Coupled with our other recent acquisitions of DealCloud and gwabbit, adding OnePlace to our portfolio further demonstrates Intapp’s commitment to assembling the industry’s best team to deliver on the full vision of a modern, unified front office solution for our customers,” said Dan Tacone, Intapp’s President. “Together, we will help our customers execute marketing and business development growth strategies more efficiently and effectively.”Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive Report“My team and I are excited to join with Intapp to make the industry’s leading client lifecycle experience even more complete and powerful,” said Tim Smith, OnePlace’s CEO. “At its core, this acquisition will deliver a single, reliable source of truth for client and prospect knowledge to our combined customer roster. Like Intapp, we believe in the ‘everything in one place’ ethos. Our combined team has the unique capability to execute this vision.”Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019 Acquisitioncloud-based solutionscrmIntappMarketing TechnologyNewsOnePlaceTim Smith Previous ArticleEnghouse Buys Espial Group Inc.Next ArticleGainsight Unveils the Customer Cloud, the Future of Customer Success Technologylast_img read more

Many cancer patients have undiagnosed hepatitis

first_img Source:Many hepatitis infections go undiagnosed in cancer patients. A cost effectiveness study is currently underway to assess the feasibility of introducing routine hepatitis screening for cancer patients. Despite varying oncology practice guidelines for the viral screening of cancer patients, there is very little evidence to support them.The findings of this study suggest that universal screening for hepatitis B or C may be warranted in community cancer clinics  to enable physicians to make more informed choices about cancer treatments. As a cancer patient, or physician, I would want to know the results of a hepatitis screening test…The presence of a potentially life-threatening infection could guide care in very important ways. In medicine, more knowledge is always better.”Dr. Scott Ramsey, Lead Authorcenter_img Screening may be especially important now that we’ve entered the age of immunotherapies for cancer – treatments that may affect cancer patients’ immune systems and alter the course of their viral infections.”Dr. Scott Ramsey, Lead Author By Kate Bass, B.Sc.Jan 17 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new report published today in JAMA Oncology describes alarmingly high rates of undiagnosed acute and chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C in patients with cancer. These diseases could be seriously detrimental to treatment outcomes. vitstudio | ShutterstockHepatitis B and hepatitis C are serious but treatable viral infections, which can have life-threatening complications. These complications are particularly likely if the patient is receiving certain cancer treatments.Indeed, some anti-cancer treatments may in fact cause hepatitis viruses to reactivate and spread, which would make the affected cancer patients more ill, rather than better. Such effects have been reported for anti-CD20 therapies and hematopoietic cell transplantation, which are used in the treatment of lymphomas and leukaemias.However, a recent study conducted by investigators from the SWOG Cancer Research Network, an international cancer clinical trials group funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), reveals that many cancer patients are living with undiagnosed hepatitis.The study is the largest study of its kind, investigating the prevalence of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infections in over 3000 cancer patients from 18 clinics. The majority of the participants were being treated for either breast cancer, blood and bone marrow cancers, colorectal cancer, or lung cancer.The results showed that a substantial portion of patients recently diagnosed with cancer did not know that they were infected with the hepatitis virus. In contrast, there was no evidence of large numbers of undiagnosed HIV infections.More than 87% of patients with a history of hepatitis B infections and 42% of patients with chronic hepatitis B were undiagnosed prior to entry into the study. In addition, around a third of patients had undiagnosed hepatitis C infections.Although the patients had no identifiable risk factors that would warrant hepatitis testing, the fact that they harboured for hepatitis infections put them at significant risk of liver failure, kidney disease, or other complications from hepatitis.last_img read more

Making Bacterial Infections a Thing of the Past for Chronic Respiratory Conditions

first_imgProfessor Elborn’s main focus is Cystic Fibrosis focused on understanding pathophysiology of infection and inflammation and the translation of new therapies into clinical practice. This programme of work is undertaken with laboratory and clinical collaborators in Queen’s University Belfast. This includes a significant commitment from the NICRN (Respiratory Health) where Stuart is PI on 6 current clinical trials. Prof. Elborn has smaller programmes with others in COPD, bronchiectasis, lung cancer including clinical trials. His research is funded by grants from government agencies, charitable bodies, industry and money raised from clinical trials. Professor Elborn has developed a clinical trials network for Respiratory Health funded by the Northern Ireland Research and Development Office.In all his research, Professor Elborn endeavours to bring scientists and clinicians together to promote inter-disciplinary research. I have been successful in developing programmes of research across disciplines, hospitals and universities in Northern Ireland and across the UK and Europe.About Dr Graham Dixon About Prof. Stuart Elborn Sponsored Content by Neem BiotechJun 25 2019 Stuart Elborn & Graham DixonSchool of MDBS Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor,Queens University Belfast& CEO, Neem BiotechAn interview with, Professor Elborn and Dr. Dixon, discussing the issues surrounding bacterial respiratory infections associated with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, conducted by Alina Shrourou, BSc. How much of a problem are respiratory infections in chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and COPD?In cystic fibrosis, COPD and people with bronchiectasis, there is a chronic infection that we know now is quite complex and is made up of communities of different species of microbiota; not just bacteria, but also fungi and viruses.© Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.comIt is possible for patients to have a long-term respiratory infection, causing intermittent episodes of exacerbation where their symptoms increase, often on a background or baseline of continuous symptoms but they flare up and get worse – we call these exacerbations.These events are very strongly related to quality of life and prognosis, so the events themselves reduce quality of life but we also know that frequent exacerbations across a range of respiratory conditions are associated with reduced survival. These events are a bit like a heart attack to the lungs. They do damage, which is irreparable and that probably drives the further reduction in lung function and the reduction in survival.What are the biggest challenges currently associated with treating bacterial infections in patients with chronic respiratory conditions?The main challenges are involved with finding long term treatment that would prevent exacerbations and flare ups. When these events do occur, it is difficult to determine what is the right drug, duration of treatments and context in which to treat these events.We have a number of treatments which we provide long term, but most of these are in cystic fibrosis and are based on inhaled antibiotic therapy. However, many of the antibiotics that are currently licensed, are only licensed for alternate month treatment, so we end up with complex regimes where patients are given two or potentially three types of inhaled antibiotics but they’re rotating those each month.We don’t really know which combinations are most efficacious, and so we are driven by trying to make decisions for individual patients based on very limited evidence.There is some anticipation that good anti-inflammatory therapy might help in this context, but there are no large-scale studies to help us understand that. We have a relatively limited repertoire of antimicrobial therapies which we know can be effective. Then understanding how we use antibiotics or antibiotics agents in a more effective way to prevent these episodes, is equally important.We are also still trying to understand how long we should be giving patients antibiotics for, to treat these exacerbations and to restore the inflammation homeostasis in their lungs. However, we are limited by the drugs available and by the approach that we use, which has developed historically and usually involves a 14-day course of IV antibiotics. There are several studies trying to tackle some of these issues. There’s a program called ‘Stop’, in the US, which is testing the hypothesis that in some patients, a shorter time than 14 days might be just as effective as 14 days of treatment, and some individuals may need longer than 14 days – they may need 21 days for example. There is a large pragmatic clinical trial in North America currently running to try to address those issues.Please outline the work you are involved in at Queen’s University Belfast to help overcome these challenges.We’re running a number of translational clinical trials that are trying to address these issues. The Framework 7 funded a program called CF Matters, using next generation sequencing to determine the bacteria in people with CF. That information was then used to decide in a consensus panel, what additional drugs might be added to the usual IV antibiotics. Although that study is now complete, unfortunately we were not able to demonstrate that the direct therapy based on molecular biome data benefited patients. However, we’re still doing some sub-group analysis because it may be that in some patients, there is in fact benefit from an additional drug.We’re also exploring a number of new antibiotic agents in both CF and bronchiectasis; some of which are conventional antibiotics but, others are of a different approach. We’re trying to re-think how we use current antibiotics, attempting to develop some new antibiotics with collaborators in the pharmaceutical industry and looking at new tools to help determine which antibiotics are most effective in individual patients.What is the importance of AMR resistance and therapy and the need for circumventing AMR in CF and respiratory disorders?This is a particularly tricky issue. We know that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) develops in people with cystic fibrosis who receive antibiotics. For example, resistance to Pseudomonas aeruginosa increases in individuals with CF, with age and antibiotic exposure. Usually the first infection of Pseudomonas is with a very antibiotic sensitive organism. However, through intrinsic mutations over time, the bacteria develop a resistance profile. It is also possible to cross infect with a resistant Pseudomonas so some patients may acquire a resistant pseudomonas from other patients if there aren’t effective infection control procedures in place.We know that resistance occurs in cystic fibrosis, so what is left to determine, is whether resistance predicts response to treatment. In inhaled antibiotic studies, and in a number of studies looking at this for treatment of exacerbations, there isn’t a strong relationship between resistance and successful treatments and this is very much in contrast to treatments of acute infections where resistance is a very good predictor of outcome in, for example, infection or sepsis associated with neutropenia. We are dealing with a different context of chronic infections associated with exacerbations.Related StoriesWound healing work presented at the RCP Innovation in Medicine Conference 2018 by Neem BiotechExperts drive Neem Biotech’s efforts to counter effects of antimicrobial resistance on treatment of lung infectionsAward granted to Neem Biotech to develop antimicrobial intervention for chronic lung infectionsIt’s not as straight forward as acute infection but we need new and prospective therapies that will circumvent the antimicrobial resistance nature of chronic infections in cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung diseases, and/or use mechanisms that are not genetically determined, providing therapies that would be consistently effective in people with chronic lung infection.What makes Neem Biotech’s approach to respiratory infections unique?Neem are coming at it from a non-traditional antibiotic angle involving novel mechanisms of action.Quorum sensing describes a way in which bacteria communicate, and it drives the production of various factors which allows them to infect and damage tissue. By blocking quorum sensing, it means that the bacteria cannot produce biofilms which then become chronic infections and are very protected both from antibiotics and the host immune system. By approaching this system, we are investigating the possibility of stopping the bacteria from becoming invasive, rather than killing the bacteria per se, as resistance development can be slowed with reduced pressure on the bacteria to reproduce.Disrupting communication between microbes is likely to make them more amenable to clearance by normal immune pathways and make the microbes more susceptible to antibiotic killing.We’re excited about this program, because we’re taking the understanding of the biology of bacterial host interaction and translating the science through to the therapies that will work with the immune system to improve outcomes in this condition.Are there ways in which higher education, industry, health authorities and clinical practitioners can work together more effectively to prove the value and cost benefit of innovations in the field of chronic respiratory infections?Yes, there are a wide range of initiatives; some of which are generic to healthcare and the use of antibiotics, but there are some specific programs which are now developing in CF.A couple of years ago, we were able to persuade the CF community in North America, Europe and Australasia to put together a working group that would address key questions around the medical need and assess the evidence around how we currently use antibiotics in people with cystic fibrosis. The outputs of that are in the process of being published.The outputs identify some of the challenges in identification and laboratory determination of infection; through to what we know, or perhaps more importantly, what we don’t know, where the gaps are, and scoping what other future steps we need to take in terms of development of new drugs and how we use the learning from antimicrobial stewardship to improve long term outcomes in people with CF.We’ll be developing some education programs over the next 12 – 24 months that we’ll be able to use to help educate healthcare teams looking after people with CF, and for cystic fibrosis patients themselves. We’ve just finished a large survey in both of those sectors to gauge the understanding of these issues so that we can really target the right education to our community. I think that the lack of cystic fibrosis educational materials is huge issue for us as a society and in CF. We need to make a contribution to that by understanding the problem, having the right therapies and the right program of treatment and understanding how antimicrobial stewardship might be really important in long term outcomes for our patients.Neem are contributing to this initiative by participating in a syndicate that’s run by the UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It involves academia, the pharmaceutical industry and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and it looks at how those groups can work together to improve success in R&D and cystic fibrosis. One of the elements we are involved in is investigating how we develop better, more predictable and translatable models in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo to evaluate potential new cystic fibrosis drugs.We also have the newly formed Respiratory Innovation Wales – a group that brings together academia, industry and the NHS to try and research respiratory conditions more generally, with an aim of better facilitating the movement of drugs through the system.What would interdisciplinary respiratory research success look like in the future?Working together is key. Taking good science from academia and developing that within an industrial environment, being able to link to medical professionals and make that translational leap. I believe there is also value in approaching the NHS to facilitate the clinical development and clinical trials programs. It’s really a very collaborative effort and that’s why the Respiratory Innovation Wales has been set up to try and help with. Then naturally, that leads to patient inclusion.How do you expect the success of Neem’s research to impact the existing knowledge base and clinical practice in management of bacterial infections in chronic respiratory conditions?The introduction of a new class of antibiotic that has a novel mechanism would be a terrific additional therapeutic opportunity in CF and other chronic lung conditions. To be able to modulate the pathogenicity of a bacterium without having a severe impact on the good bacteria that sits in the lung, could really start to move people with devastating diseases such as CF back to have lungs with a much healthier ecosystem and associated with improved health and further increases in survival.Where can readers find more information? www.neembiotech.com UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust – www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk British Lung Foundation – www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you Dr Graham Dixon obtained his PhD in biochemistry at Swansea University and has spent over 25 years in Big Pharma, VC funded and publicly listed biotechnology companies. As Chief Scientific Officer and later Chief Executive Officer he has led over ten positive proof of concept programmes in humans and been a part of several new drug approval programmes in biotechnology companies including Neem Biotech, Onxeo, Sensorion, Addex Therapeutics, Galapagos, Entomed and F2G.Sponsored Content Policy: News-Medical.net publishes articles and related content that may be derived from sources where we have existing commercial relationships, provided such content adds value to the core editorial ethos of News-Medical.Net which is to educate and inform site visitors interested in medical research, science, medical devices and treatments.last_img read more

New Samsung phone Nicer camera static design higher price

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo, the camera lens of a Samsung Galaxy S9 mobile phone is shown in this photo during a product preview in New York. Though Samsung already has one of the best smartphone cameras, it is looking to produce even better low-light shots, while offering a video mode that appears to freeze fast-moving objects. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Some of the increases will be offset with promotions. And T-Mobile will cut prices from last year’s models. You can also buy unlocked versions more cheaply directly from Samsung—$720 for the S9 and $840 for the S9 Plus—though most people in the U.S. buy through their carriers.The new phones were unveiled Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. Citation: New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price (2018, February 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-samsung-nicer-camera-static-higher.html For the first time in a major phone, the S9 will let you change the camera’s aperture to let in more light, making for better images in dark settings.But analyst Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies warns that despite the improvements, the new camera is competing with already good cameras in earlier Samsung phones.Nonetheless, you may have to pay more, though nothing quite at the level of last year’s $100 price hikes for the Galaxy S8. In the U.S., Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are raising prices from what the S8 cost at launch—to nearly $800 for the regular-size S9 and more than $900 for the larger S9 Plus. As people hold onto phones longer before upgrading, price hikes let manufacturers and carriers make up for lost revenue. This Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo shows the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, left, and back of a Galaxy S9 mobile phone, during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Explore further — UNCHANGED: The S9 features the same screen, same virtual home button and same battery capacity as the S8. Samsung did move the fingerprint sensor on the back to reduce smears on the camera lens.— A SECOND LENS: The camera on the Plus model now has a second lens with twice the magnification, a feature already available in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and some iPhones. This means sharper close-ups.— FUN WITH SELFIES: Snap a selfie, and Samsung’s software will turn that into an emoji version of you for sharing. It’s usually a static image, though you can produce an animated version—much like the iPhone X’s Animoji feature.— VISUAL ASSISTANT: Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant mimics a similar Google feature that pulls up information on landmarks or other items you’ve just photographed. New Bixby capabilities let it instantly translate signs (point the camera, and the phone replaces the sign’s text in a matching color and font) and provide nutritional info for that restaurant meal you’re splurging on. Here are some additional things to know: Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera—accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. In this Feb. 21, 2018, photo, the Bixby virtual assistant software of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone translates a foreign language sign during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) This Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo shows an Apple iPhone X, left, and a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone during a preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Mark your calendars: Samsung preps for Galaxy S9 launch This Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo shows an Apple iPhone X, left, and a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone during a preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) In this Feb. 21, 2018, photo, the Bixby virtual assistant software of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone translates a foreign language sign during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) This Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo shows the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, left, and Galaxy S9 mobile phones are shown in this photo during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo the Bixby virtual assistant software of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone identifies food and displays its calorie content during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly Apple, have caught up with Samsung features that once stood out. That includes everything from edge-to-edge screens to facial recognition to a water-resistant body.The new phone’s biggest selling point is a collection of minor improvements to its camera, which is already among the best in the smartphone business . The S9 promises even better low-light shots, while offering a video mode that appears to freeze fast-moving objects, matching a feature in some Sony phones. The S9 can automatically detect when there’s high-speed motion to record, such as a cork popping off a bottle of champagne. A fifth of a second of video gets stretched out into six seconds.While single features like this aren’t likely to drive buying decisions, the slow-motion effect could be “the kind of thing that will get a lot of attention,” said Bob O’Donnell of the research firm Technalysis. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This Wednesday Feb, 21, 2018, photo shows the camera lens of a Samsung Galaxy S9 mobile phone during a product preview in New York. The Galaxy S9 phones were unveiled Sunday, Feb. 25, in Barcelona, Spain, and will be available March 16. Advance orders begin this Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, photo, Samsung’s Aaron Baker demonstrates the AR Emoji feature on a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone during a product preview in New York. 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Shah takes outreach programme to Mumbai meets Thackeray

first_imgMumbai parties and movements SHARE COMMENTS Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis meet Tata Sons Chairman-Emeritus Ratan Tata.- PTI   –  PTI June 06, 2018 COMMENT In a well-planned visit to Mumbai on Wednesday, BJP President Amit Shah called on several prominent Mumbaikars, including Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Tata Sons Chairman-Emeritus Ratan Tata, and actor Madhuri Dixit, as part of his party’s ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ (contact for support) campaign.His visit to Matoshree, the residence of the Sena President, is being seen by political watchers as an attempt by BJP to mend fences with its ally, in the wake of bitterness during the recent Palghar by-election.The Sena mouthpiece Saamana had mocked the BJP’s outreach campaign, calling it a “game”.Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis meet Tata Sons Chairman-Emeritus Ratan Tata.- PTI   –  PTI  Inopportune visit: SenaIn an editorial, it pointed out that at a time when fuel prices had sky-rocketed, farmers were on strike, and inflation on the rise, the BJP President was holding contact programmes.It said electoral “motives” were behind Shah’s campaign. The editorial said the Sena would fight the 2019 elections on its own. It is always in touch with people and does not require a poster boy to win the elections, the editorial said.Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also called upon Tata. After the meeting, he tweeted, that he apprised the former Tata Group Chairman of the Modi government’s development achievements and initiatives.The BJP chief also met Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit and presented to her a booklet containing the achievements of the BJP government.To cut a deal: ChavanReacting to the meeting between Thackeray and Shah, the Congress’ Maharashtra President, Ashok Chavan, called it an eyewash as both BJP and Sena were unlikely to break their alliance. The meeting was aimed at cutting “a political deal”, and had no other objective, the former chief minister said.Political analyst Nagesh Kesari said the BJP’s intentions were to paint a rosy picture of their alliance with the Shiv Sena.However, the BJP did not want Sena as an ally. There was no need for such a meeting as Sena is still a member of the BJP-led NDA, and the leaders of the party could have met at a meeting of the coalition. The meeting is party of the BJP’s well-thought-out strategy of remaining in the media’s limelight, he said.center_img Published on BJP President Amit Shah with Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit-Nene and her husband Sriram Nene, in Mumbai on Wednesday.   –  PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis meet Tata Sons Chairman-Emeritus Ratan Tata.- PTI   –  PTI BJP President Amit Shah with Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit-Nene and her husband Sriram Nene, in Mumbai on Wednesday.   –  PTI Sena mouthpiece flays BJP, attributes poll motives to BJP’s chief’s visitlast_img read more

Ceiling on party expenditure in campaigning will see light of day outgoing

first_imgCOMMENTS A ceiling on party expenditure in campaigning, for which the Election Commission (EC) has been pressing political parties and the government, will see “the light of day in time to come”, says Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat. Rawat, who demits office on Saturday, said his “only regret” as head of the poll panel is that the EC was unable to recommend to the Law Ministry a fresh “legal framework” in tune with the changing times vis-a-vis the use of money and social media. Sunil Arora will take over as the new chief election commissioner on Sunday. Responding to a question on transparency in funding of political parties, Rawat told PTI in an interview that it is “a long-term reform”. “… all political party meeting in August (this year) had recommended that there should be a ceiling on party expenditure and commensurately there should be transparency in funding. I think it will see the light of day in time to come,” he said. Almost all parties agreed to a cap on expenditure, he added. The election watchdog has been pushing for greater transparency in election-related expenditure by parties and candidates. Like individuals, there should be a ceiling on expenditure by political parties during polls, according to the Election Commission, which has referred the matter to the Law Ministry for legislative action. At present, there is a ceiling on campaigning funds for individual candidates in the electoral fray but no cap on the money political parties can spend for electioneering. The ceiling varies from state to state depending on its population and number of assembly or Lok Sabha seats. November 30, 2018 Published on Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat   –  PTI SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT electionslast_img read more

BJP MLAs daughter Dalit partner likely to marry in court next week

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service LucknowJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:16 IST Their inter-caste wedding created a huge controversy.Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh, and her husband were now expected to opt for a registered marriage in court, after their inter-caste wedding created a huge controversy.Sakshi is a Brahmin, while her husband Ajitesh Kumar belongs to a Dalit family.This is being done after the priest of the Ram Janki temple in Prayagraj, where they reportedly exchanged vows and even have a certificate to prove that they tied the knot, denied the marriage, adding that the certificate was fake.According to sources, the couple will be appearing in the Allahabad High Court where their petition will be taken up for hearing on July 15.”They will get their marriage registered in court on July 16 after making a request to the court itself,” the sources said.Sakshi and her husband, who have been on the run since July 3 when they left their respective homes, made an appearance on Friday on a news channel where they again alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bareilly, Rajesh Misra was against their marriage purely on caste grounds.The couple and Ajitesh’ father Harish Kumar have alleged that SSP Bareilly Muniraj G had refused to respond to their calls for protection and security.However, after the matter hit the headlines, the SSP has now said that the couple would get police protection so that they can safely appear before court.READ | Bareilly BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit moves court, seeks protectionALSO READ | Soch badlo papa: BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVALSO WATCH | Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow BJP MLA BJP MLA’s daughter, Dalit partner likely to marry in court next weekSources said BJP MLA’s daughter Sakshi Misra and her partner will get their marriage registered in court on July 16 after making a request to the court.advertisementlast_img read more