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Palestinian Minister Submits Request to ICC to Expand Probe of Israeli

Rabat – The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki submitted a state party referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, requesting that the ICC open a full investigation into Israeli settlements and “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Jerusalem.The state party referral would expand the ongoing preliminary investigation of Israeli settlements and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions during the 2014 Gaza war.The Palestinian state party referral is widely viewed as an entreaty for justice in light of the recent US embassy relocation to Jerusalem and the corresponding Israeli military violence. Gaza officials report that 62 Palestinians were killed and over 2,000 were wounded by IDF soldiers during protests of the US embassy move on Monday, May 14. Thousands more were injured in the days leading up to the move during the “Great Return March” protests, which began on March 30.In a statement to AFP, the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said, “My staff is vigilantly following developments on the ground and recording any alleged crime…The violence must stop.”Bensouda also expressed the necessity for IDF soldiers to cease the “excessive use of force.”In response to the Palestinian state party referral submission, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement denouncing Palestine for working to “derail” the ICC’s mandate. The Israeli statement also accused protesters of using women and children as human shields on the Gaza border.Peace talks between Palestine and Israel have not progressed since 2014, and Palestinian officials have rejected the US as a mediating body entirely, as the Trump administration suggests the impending release of its “deal of the century.”Although Israel is not party to ICC arbitration, Palestinian officials hope the international court investigation would yield international arrest warrants for indicted Israeli officials.Several international bodies, including the UN, have declared the Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation under international law,” specifically UN Resolution 2334.According to the Israeli NGO Peace Now, the “past few months have seen unprecedented development promoting settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” referring to the “quantum leap” in settlement construction as a “de-facto annexation” of Palestinian land under international law. read more

Computer Science students do well at competition

Students from Brock’s Computer Science department finished tenth out of 29 teams at the recent Computer Science Games at Concordia University.The Computer Science Games is an annual event for undergraduate student teams from across North America. Teams compete in various challenges in science and engineering, computer, information technology and video games.Here are the highlights:Game Design – first placeStudents: Justin Masse, Graham Sharp, Kaylen WheelerScavenger Hunt – third placeStudents: Kelly Moylan, Kaylen WheelerWeb Design – fourth placeStudents: Al Lamarre, Justin Masse read more

Côte dIvoire UN official urges building on democratic gains ahead of October

Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny yesterday declared the Commission operational and asked the members to produce an electoral roll for presidential and parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for October.Speaking in New York, a UN spokesman said that Antonio Monteiro, the world body’s High Representative for Elections in Côte d’Ivoire, had congratulated the board members and “urged them – and the country – to build on political gains already made towards the holding of the elections.”The Commission had been due to start work on 17 February but was delayed because of a dispute over its composition and specifically because of disagreements over the validity of last October’s elections of the central bureau.As defined by the Pretoria peace agreement, the Commission is a provisional institution specially established to assure the democratic nature and sound management of the electoral process and is designed to end the Ivorian crisis.Côte d’Ivoire was divided into a Government-ruled south and rebel-held north after the failure of an attempted coup against President Laurent Gbagbo in September 2002 triggered a civil war.Troops from the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the UN-authorized French Licorne forces have been guarding the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the two areas in this nation, once the world’s top cocoa producer. More than 7,500 uniformed UN personnel are present in the country as part of UNOCI’s mission.Last week, the main political and military leaders of the rival sides held their first meeting on Ivorian soil since the 2002 civil war, a move that UNOCI described as “a significant step on the road to national reconciliation.” read more

Security Council again demands immediate release of peacekeepers detained in Golan

Reading an agreed statement to the press, Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, said its members again strongly condemned the detention of 45 Fijian peacekeepers “by a Security Council-designated terrorist organization.”The Fijian peacekeepers, serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), monitoring a ceasefire established in 1974 between Israel and Syria, were detained on 28 August, by armed elements of the Syrian opposition in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah.In a separate incident, 72 Filipino peacekeepers that had been surrounded by armed elements in two different locations in the Golan were later safely relocated.Ms. Power said today that Council members welcomed news that all Filipino peacekeepers are now safe, and they commended the efforts of UNDOF’s Quick Reaction Force.“They reiterated their call for the peacekeepers’ immediate and unconditional release. There can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers,” she said. Further to the statement, she said the Council insisted that UNDOF’s mandate, impartiality, operations, safety, and security must be respected. To that end, Council members demanded “all groups other than UNDOF must abandon all UNDOF positions and the Quneitra crossing point, and return the peacekeepers’ vehicles, weapons, and other equipment.”Council members commended UNDOF’s peacekeepers for their bravery in facing the threats and challenges in their area of operation, Ms. Power said, adding that they called on all parties to cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel.“They also called upon countries with influence to strongly convey to those responsible to immediately release the peacekeepers,” she added.The Council’s statement came immediately after a closed-door briefing by Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous concerning the welfare of UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Ladsous explained that for years, UNDOF’s area of operation had been “relatively quiet,” but as the situation in the region became more dangerous and unpredictable, especially amid the ongoing conflict in Syria, the area had seen the increased presence of armed groups. Those groups were increasingly engaging with Syrian armed forces.“This was the case last week when large numbers of armed groups launched an attack in the area of separation [monitored by UNDOF]. As things stand, we still have 45 peacekeepers from Fiji still being detained,” he said, adding: “It is our goal – and what we demand – to achieve the immediate, safe and unconditional release of these peacekeepers.” The situation made clear that it was very important that UNDOF’s mandate continue, said Mr. Ladsous, noting that the situation is “very challenging” and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is sparing no effort to ensure the safe return of the detained peacekeepers, while also working to improve the mission’s military equipment and medical facilities. He went on to commend the performance of the peacekeepers and especially the UNDOF Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha. Responding to questions regarding the reported tender of resignation of another ranking Filipino UNDOF military official, Mr. Ladsous said it was important to recognize that all the detained Filipino troops had either escaped or been recovered during the operation launched by the Quick Reaction Force.“The situation on the ground is a fluid one and the decision was to launch the Quick Reaction Force to extract the peacekeepers. General Singha exercised good, solid judgement [throughout] the process,” said Mr. Ladsous. To another question on adjustments to UNDOF in the wake of the recent incidents and the spate of similar incidents the peacekeepers faced last year, he said the mission’s mandate was based on the 1974 agreement between Israel and Syria, and that would remain the framework of UNDOF’s operations. “[Yet] no one could have factored in what is currently going on in the area of separation,” he said, so while it would be up to the parties to discuss changes, DPKO has been working to address safety issues, medical care and adjust patterns of monitoring patrol. read more

Ohio States Braxton Miller always knew he would return for senior season

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) avoids a group of defenders during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the briefest of moments, coach Urban Meyer wasn’t sure what the future held for his starting quarterback, Braxton Miller.Miller was at the end of his junior season and potentially off to the NFL, leaving Meyer in search of a new starter.But that feeling of uncertainty didn’t last.“It wasn’t very long … Braxton and I have a very good relationship,” Meyer said Feb. 5 at National Signing Day. “We waited until after the (Orange Bowl). And I told him my opinion that he could become a very high draft pick if he continues to improve, and he said, ‘That’s what I thought.’ It wasn’t much more than that. We met together as a family. Had a very positive conversation and made the decision. Never at one time (did he) say, ‘What should I do?’ Because I wouldn’t tell him. That’s their business. But I gave my opinion as far as how much he could grow as a quarterback.”Miller didn’t have the same hesitation as his coach, and was confident he would come back.“I always knew I was going to eventually make that decision and I was going to come back,” Miller said Wednesday.The junior quarterback said his decision was easy because he still had things he needed to do for OSU.“Getting a degree, things like that,” Miller said. “You want to accomplish things that you didn’t accomplish in your first three years so I felt like I left little things on the field … it’s a lot of things I think about and that’s why I wanted to come back.”Miller announced his decision to return to Ohio State for his senior season Jan. 9 after compiling a 28-8 record in his first three seasons at the helm for the Buckeyes.The two-time defending Big Ten offensive player of the year, Miller’s versatility as a player isn’t lost on anybody involved with OSU football.“To replace a dynamic (player) like a Braxton Miller, what he can do with the football, with his feet, it’s thinning the play, those are all kinds of things that are not coached,” running backs coach Stan Drayton said Feb. 5. “A lot of what he does is not coached. That would have been devastating. Not to say that we would not have survived the moment … What he brings to the table is something special, and it would have been dearly missed.”Miller heads into the 2014 season as OSU’s eighth all-time leader in rushing yards, and he needs 715 yards to pass Eddie George and take over the second spot on that list. Coincidentally, Miller amassed exactly that many yards on the ground in 2011, the least productive rushing season he has had as a Buckeye.As long as Miller does not seriously regress as a ball carrier next season, eclipsing George’s career total of 3,768 yards should be an attainable feat.He is also eighth all-time on the career passing yardage list. If Miller can accomplish his third consecutive year of passing for at least 2,000 yards, he would surpass Bobby Hoying for second place and would be within striking distance of Art Schlichter’s record of 7,547 yards.Although the offense does return five starters — Miller, sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker, junior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and junior tight end Jeff Heuerman — it loses four starting linemen, something that could play a big role in determining Miller’s success next season.“Now, Braxton Miller also did those things behind four veteran offensive linemen,” Drayton said. “To me, that’s the issue that we think about in that war room there, is how we put five guys in front of him where he can feel comfortable. We know he’s going to continue to develop and mature in his growth toward the game. However, we’ve got to put some guys around him where he’s feeling comfortable.”One of the biggest beneficiaries of Miller’s decision to stay in school is the corps of Buckeye wide receivers. During his career at OSU, Miller has attempted 668 passes, while all other quarterbacks on the current roster have a combined two attempts.Even though the receivers would have been fine no matter who was under center, wide receivers coach Zach Smith said having Miller’s experience returning is a big boost for the unit.“It’s huge. Braxton’s a great player and my guys love Braxton taking the snap,” Zach Smith said. “We’re confident with whoever the quarterback is but having a guy like Braxton that, one, is as talented a quarterback I’ve ever seen and two, if a play’s not there — my guy isn’t open, whatever it is — he can keep a play alive. The number of big plays that come from Braxton Miller’s feet and throwing the ball in a scramble situation … my guys love that.”Herman added that although a lot of what Miller brings back is positive it isn’t all going to be easy for the quarterback.“As improved as he got on the mental side of play of quarterback he can still get a whole lot better,” Herman said Wednesday. “He can make the same leap this year and still have work to do. So just the confidence, the studying of the game, studying of defenses and studying of our plays now that we’ve done kind of the same thing two years in a row.”Miller is set to get his next crack at the field Aug. 30 when OSU is scheduled to play Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

PIP apologises for comments about bigger houses for professionals

first_imgUpdated 20:50A PERSONAL INSOLVENCY practitioner has issued an apology for comments he made in which he said that a professional, who is insolvent, should be allowed remain in a “bigger house” so that “neighbours and clients” can see that this person is a good professional.Jim Stafford this evening released a statement acknowledging and ‘sincerely apologising’  for the ‘hurt and distress’ that his comments caused. Stafford said it was not his intention to cause offence:In particular, it was not my intention to create a distinction between so called professional classes and PAYE workers nor appear to further the causes of a particular debtor type. I believe that every person has a passionate concern to retain their family home. I fully appreciate the distress that financial difficulties cause any one, no matter what their financial circumstances may be.Stafford, who has been authorised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI), made the controversial comments when speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime yesterday evening about the newly opened insolvency service.When asked what would happened to someone’s home, the PIP said they would assess the mortgage and it would depend on whether the person was in the PAYE sector or a professional. He said he believed “a solicitor should have a bigger house… The same as for hospital consultants, people like that”:As a PIP, I would be making a very strong case, for example, that am, that a solicitor should have a bigger house that accords with his professional status in society, so that his neighbours and clients can see that, yes, this person is a good solicitor who is living in a good house. The ISI has also told TheJournal.ie that Stafford’s opinion “is not the opinion of the ISI”.Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin’s spokesman on finance, earlier called on the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to respond to Stafford’s comments.“The minister needs to respond with absolute urgency to this statement; set out exactly what kind of training the PIPS are getting and whether what this man said is true. He needs to reassure people that this process is going to be fair and equal,” said Doherty.MistakeStafford also appeared on RTÉ’s Liveline this afternoon and apologised, saying: “I was clumsy in my choice of words”.Additional reporting by Rónan Duffy140 calls to insolvency service in first day of business>Explainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?>last_img read more

Android NFC app used to get free subway rides

first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered why the adoption of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in US smartphones hasn’t become more prevalent, we may have one of the reasons why right here. As an example of the extra security risks this technology poses, it’s been revealed that an Android hack makes it fairly easy to get free subway rides.The New Jersey Path transit system as well as the San Francisco Muni trains have been confirmed as being vulnerable. Both subway infrastructures were exposed by researchers, but other systems throughout the US could also be exploited. The discovery was announced at the EUSecWest security conference by the Intrepidus Group’s Corey Benninger and Max Sobell.The public transportation units in question use contactless payment technology. Train tickets have NFC chips built into them, but because they are disposable and produced en masse, being able to trick the system is a fairly simple task. Users can effectively load up a special app on their smartphone and write data back to a card without the associated payment being required. The researchers released the app, called UltraCardSet, so anyone can test if it works on their local transport network.Both San Francisco and New Jersey authorities have been informed about this problem, but according to the experts nothing has been done to resolve it. It is nearly impossible to be able to track down fare evaders of this type, so as NFC becomes a more mainstream technology, this will only continue to grow as an issue.An app that has successfully manipulated this exploit is executable on Android 2.3 or later. Other cities that have the same kind of vulnerable system are Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Philadelphia.via IT Worldlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #THINKING AHEAD: Tánaiste Simon Coveney today announced details of the “mega Bill” to provide for all-island electricity, buses and pensions in the event of a no-deal Brexit.2. #COURTS: A pathologists told the court that the injuries Bobby ‘Mr Moonlight’ Ryan sustained “could be the result of a traffic collision or serious assault”. 3. #IN THE FAMILY: The Euromillions winners are “considering their options” on whether or not to go public with their €175 million win. 4. #CHICAGO: Jussie Smollett is set to be written out of the show Empire as he faces three years in jail for falsely claiming he was the victim of a homophobic, racist assault.5. #DRINK DRIVING: A man was arrested after gardaí discovered a pint of Guinness next to him in a car. 5,929 Views By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/MPSPhotography Share1 Tweet Email No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4508128 Image: Shutterstock/MPSPhotography The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Feb 22nd 2019, 4:53 PM Friday 22 Feb 2019, 4:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

49 do not receive eyecare benefits from their employer

first_imgJust under half (49%) of employee respondents state they do not receive any eyecare benefits from their employer, according to research by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare.Its survey of 1,007 employees and 502 employers also found that 41% of employer respondents are concerned about their employees’ eyesight as a result of their use of display screen equipment (DSE) in their job.The research also found:40% of employee respondents receive eyecare benefits from their employer, and 10% do not know if they receive eyecare benefits.45% of employer respondents are concerned that their employees spend too much time on display screen equipment as part of their working role.73% of employee respondents spend at least four hours a day working with DSE, 48% spend at least seven hours a day working at a digital screen, and 85% spend at least one hour a day using DSE for work purposes.81% of female employee respondents spend at least four working hours a day using DSE, compared to 69% of male employee respondents.65% of employees respondents under the age of 35 spend seven hours or more using DSE for work, compared to 32% of employee respondents aged 55 or over.Jim Lythgow (pictured), director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “The working hours people are spending in front of screens is, of course, likely to have increased over recent years but some employers may be surprised by quite how much time their employees now spend using DSE. This makes it more important than ever for employers to offer eyecare.“It is a stipulation of the health and safety regulations that all screen users should receive [organisation]-funded eyecare and glasses, if required solely for DSE use. The fact that around half of employees state they do not receive such eyecare does not, however, necessarily mean it is not being provided. Communication is key here and it is vital that employers make employees aware of their entitlement and any eyecare that is available. In fact, it is even part of the DSE regulations that employers must not only fund eyecare but also communicate entitlement.“With the level of use of DSE in the workplace today, employers are bound to be concerned about their employees’ eyesight. Implementing a simple eyecare policy is not only obligatory under health and safety legislation, it can also have much wider benefits in terms of health, wellbeing, productivity and morale.”last_img read more

Teen faces judge for allegedly sending sexual pictures to minor

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida teenager accused of sending sexual pictures to a 12-year-old faced a judge.Eighteen-year-old Pablo Alvarez made an appearance in court after Pembroke Pines Police said he sent sexually explicit photos to a 12-year-old girl.Alvarez is charged with using a computer to solicit a child and transmitting information harmful to minors.His bond has been set to $30,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sunday Noon Update Hot Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is currently estimated at 95,047 acres with roughly 409 crew members and remains at 14% containment. Hot, dry weather is challenging fire personnel in all areas of the fire, according to a release from the Incident Management team. For the AM update and additional details click here. Campfires are restricted to enclosed fire rings/grates within designated campgrounds/cabins within the Kenai NWR, Kenai Fjords NP, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach NF lands on the Kenai Peninsula. The release states, the east flank continues to move up slope and into higher elevations along the mountain ridge line. As elevation changes, so does the vegetation available to burn. This change is expected to reduce opportunities for fire to move above ground level resulting in slower fire spread and lower intensity burning. Crews are working to improve the Skyline Trail to create a fuel break along the southeast corner of the fire to prevent fire spread along the highway. Helicopters will continue to utilize water drops to cool the fire areas producing heat north of Upper Jean Lake.The containment line north of the Homer Electric transmission line is holding well as small areas of interior vegetation burn, further increasing the depth of the fuel break created to protect the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake To Perform At Super Bowl LII

first_imgGRAMMY winner is rumored to be the leading candidate to perform during the 2018 halftime showTim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 28, 2017 – 9:18 am They say time heals all wounds. In Justin Timberlake’s case, can it heal the damage stemming from a Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction? Email Justin Timberlake Set For A Super Bowl Do-Over? justin-timberlake-perform-super-bowl-lii Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 4:30 pm Justin Timberlake Wins Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Twitter More than a decade after that wardrobe malfunction, the GRAMMY winner is a leading candidate to perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl LII, according to a Variety report. Timberlake’s previous halftime performance is one of the most notorious scenes in Super Bowl history: Timberlake, Janet Jackson and “nipplegate” at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004.But by the time Super Bowl LII rolls around, it will have been 14 years since the incident. Timberlake is rumored to drop a new album in early 2018, making for a potential case of good timing. Additionally, Jay Z has been identified as a potential special guest alongside Timberlake. The duo has plenty of history, including their 2013 Legends of the Summer tour and a GRAMMY win for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Holy Grail.”A final announcement may be forthcoming within days, as Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl gig was confirmed near the end of September 2016.Super Bowl LII will take place Feb. 3, 2018, one week following the 60th GRAMMY Awards, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.Dave Chappelle, John Mayer Announce L.A. New Year’s Eve Show Justin Timberlake To Perform At Super Bowl LII? last_img read more

Forwarddeployed Coast Guard helicopter crews help rescue 6 people in two searches

first_imgA Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk departs from the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar in Kotzebue to reconnoiter the area. The Coast has assigned two MH-60s from Air Station Kodiak to the hangar, which is serving as the hub of Forward Operating Location Kotzebue. The forward-deployed aircraft and crew are participating in Coast Guard Arctic Shield 2017, a field-training exercise that runs through the summer. (Brian Dykens/U.S. Coast Guard)Coast Guard personnel based out of Kotzebue helped rescue six people Monday in two emergency operations in Northwest Alaska.Listen nowA Coast Guard news release said the first operation began at 11 a.m. on Monday with a call from Alaska State Troopers for help rescuing four people who were reportedly aboard a small disabled vessel that was adrift in a lagoon about 150 miles southwest of Kotzebue.A crew flying a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter located the four, stranded on the south shore of the Imuruk lagoon, near where they’d managed to run their 18-foot skiff aground after its engine malfunctioned. The aircrew landed on the beach, checked the condition of the boat passengers and waited until a volunteer search and rescue crew from Brevig Mission arrived.At 8 p.m. on Monday, a second MH-60 Jayhawk crew joined a search and rescue operation to locate two people reported missing on a trip from Point Hope to Kivalina. The aircrew located the two in a cabin about 26 miles south of Point Hope. They were later evacuated by North Slope Search and Rescue and ground search-team personnel.According to the news release, the two operations show how the Coast Guard’s “forward-deployed” contingent in Kotzebue can coordinate with state and local agencies and respond quickly during Arctic search and rescues. Forward Operating Location Kotzebue consists of two MH-60 Jayhawks from Air Station Kodiak, along with air and ground crews based out of the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar in Kotzebue. The aircraft and personnel will remain in Kotzebue through Coast Guard Arctic Shield 2017, an Arctic field-training exercise that runs through the summer.last_img read more

Infosys shrugs off H1B visa concerns plans to ramp up local hiring

first_imgIInfosys COO U B Pravin Rao (extreme left) and CEO Vishal Sikka (centre) addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on April 13, 2017 after declaration of Q4 results.IANSInfosys plans to overcome the H-1B visa challenge posed by the Donald Trump administration by stepping up local hiring in the US even as it shrugged off premature concerns over the new rules.”We have focussed on increasing our presence in US with lot more local hiring. In this year (2017-18), we will continue that focus. We will accelerate it,” UB Pravin Rao, chief operating officer (COO), Infosys, said during an earnings conference call last week, after the announcement of Q4 and FY2017 results.”So far while there is a lot of noise (implementation of stricter norms for H1-B visas) around it, we are closely monitoring the situation. We are planning for any eventuality, but at this stage, we have not seen any undue things which are impacting the way we do our business,” he added.Infosys had over 2 lakh employees as of March 31; the nationality-wise break-up was not available. The company’s 2016-17 revenues rose 8.3 percent in constant currency terms to $10,208 million. The revenue guidance for 2017-18 in constant currency terms is in the range of 6.5-8.5 percent.Indian IT software companies derive about 60 percent of their revenues from North America and account for the largest portion of 65,000 H1-B visas issued every year. In 2014, about 21,750 of the 65,000 H1-B visas went to Indian IT companies that included Infosys, Wipro, TCS and Tech Mahindra.H-1 B visas are granted for up to three years and can be extended for a maximum of three years. “Once the six year cap is reached, the foreign national must be physically outside the US for one full uninterrupted year in order to reset the six year clock,” according to an update on US visas.A legislation proposed by US lawmakers in January called for doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000 that is bound raise costs for employers.Last month, the Trump administration temporarily suspended premium processing of H-1 B visas for the fiscal year 2018 beginning October 1, 2017, effective from April 3.On Monday, Infosys shares were trading 0.66 percent lower at Rs 925 at around 12.10 pm. The BSE Sensex was down 36 points to 29,425.Among other major IT companies, TCS and Wipro will be declaring their results on April 18 and 25, respectively.Infosys’s net employee addition in 2016-17 was 6,320, down 64.6 percent from 17,857 in 2015-16 and 15,782 in 2014-15. The four-year low was 3,717, in 2013-14.At a gross level, Infosys added 44,325 employees in comparison to 52,545 in 2015-16, including a fall in lateral recruitment to 18,979 employees in 2016-17, from 24,719 in the preceding fiscal.last_img read more

GoT Actor Kit Harington Compares Trump to Joffrey Baratheon on Colbert

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington recently made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and unfortunately, he didn’t reveal any Season 8 spoilers. However, he did make a comparison between President Trump and Joffrey Baratheon, one of the series’ hot-headed kings, on the TV show.On Thursday, Harington spoke with Colbert about his theory that, Game of Thrones “kind of screwed the political landscape.” Harington briefly discussed how the series’ characters, although fictional, displayed similar behaviors to international authorities today, The Daily Beast reported.“By making the Lannisters an acceptable form of ruling family?” Colbert asked.Harington replied, “No, I just felt that certain, you know, political figures tried to emulate Joffrey and things went a bit wrong.”“He’s got the hair,” Colbert joked, referring to Trump, who has hair that’s similar to Baratheon’s light-colored locks.Harington also discussed how it was hard to share details on Game of Thrones’ final season: “We’re all in the same boat, all of us in the cast. We’re kind of turning to each other going, ‘What do you say?’ I can’t even make something up.”When asked about how the show will end, Harington said that all of his finale theories were wrong, and when he read the final script, he was, “very shocked and surprised at certain events unfolding,” and then began to cry.It’s unknown how Game of Thrones’ final season will go down, but you can watch the show’s new Season 8 trailer here. Game of Thrones, which will take off with a major battle between Winterfell and the Night King’s undead fleet, returns to HBO on April 14.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Is a Chilling Fight for the Living‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Reportedly Collapsed While Filming Season 8 Battle‘Game of Thrones’ Teases Fierce Season 8 Character Posterslast_img read more

PB Flower Park returns on 1 November at PB Valley Khao Yai

first_imgThe seasonal PB Flower Park at the PB Valley Khao Yai Winery will be ready to welcome tourists and visitors…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!Deadly shooting in Waikiki: Hawaii Tourists feel uncomfortableRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB Berlin SAWASDEE:last_img

St Louis Fed President Calls for More Regulatory Relief for Community Bankers

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News October 1, 2015 529 Views Community Banks Regulatory Burden St. Louis Federal Reserve 2015-10-01 Staff Writer St. Louis Federal Reserve President James BullardSmall, community banks require more regulatory relief, especially those that hold mortgage originations, so what can be done to reduce this burden?St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard discussed regulatory burden and what can be done to reduce this burden on community banks during a community banking conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Board and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.”More could be done. There appear to be some areas where we have sufficient information and experience to warrant additional action.”Bullard first took a look back at last year in his speech, highlighting the first of six meetings under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 occurring last December, the increased asset threshold for small bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies from $500 million to $1 billion in April, and changes to call report requirements several weeks ago.While these changes are a step in the right direction Bullard did note, “more could be done. There appear to be some areas where we have sufficient information and experience to warrant additional action.”Bullard suggests that regulators consider increasing the transaction value threshold under which a property requires an appraisal by a state-certified or licensed appraiser. The current limit has stood at $250,000 since 1994.”Inflation adjustment alone suggests that the threshold in 2015 should be higher,” Bullard explained. “We estimate the number of required appraisals would decline significantly.”Regulators should also consider mandatory escrow requirements for taxes and insurance premiums on mortgages that are held in a community bank’s portfolio, Bullard said. Regulation Z recently experienced some “helpful” amendments, in that they provided a number of exemptions for certain types of loans made in rural or underserved areas.”However, these exemptions do not go far enough,” Bullard noted. “More can likely be done to address escrow requirements for community banks in locations that hold mortgages in portfolio.”center_img St. Louis Fed President Calls for More Regulatory Relief for Community Bankers Sharelast_img read more

February 24 2006 The agriculture crew is working

first_imgFebruary 24, 2006The agriculture crew is working on a trench surrounding a portion of the large field behind camp. Keeping cows, as well as native browsers away from the crops has been a recurrent problem. [Photo & Text: ss]The agriculture crew is working on a trench surrounding a portion of the large field behind camp. Keeping cows, as well as native browsers away from the crops has been a recurrent problem. [Photo & Text: ss] Current workshoppers Dylan and Lisa contribute some labor to the task, which was begun over a year ago. This solution was suggested by Saravanan, a workshopper from Sarah Beth has worked in the Agriculture department on and off since April 2003. She really enjoys digging. [Photo & Text: ss]last_img read more

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