MONTREAL — Quebec’s Revenue Department is trying to seize the assets of a former SNC-Lavalin executive facing trial on fraud-related charges after estimating he owes the government more than $11 million in back taxes.A Feb. 18 court filing alleges Sami Bebawi did not disclose roughly $25 million in revenue he received from 2010-2013. According to the filing, Bebawi allegedly diverted money from SNC-Lavalin’s operations in Libya through shell corporations into bank accounts under his name.The Revenue Department is asking the Superior Court to lift a suspension on recovery proceedings so it can seize assets located in the province. The department fears that if Bebawi declares bankruptcy, the state wouldn’t be able to impose a legal mortgage on his property and would also lose its position as a guaranteed creditor.Bebawi is currently awaiting trial on eight charges including fraud, money laundering and possession of property obtained by crime.Bebawi’s criminal case stems from the same RCMP investigation that led to charges against SNC-Lavalin, which is accused of paying nearly $48 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions. The company is also accused of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of roughly $130 million.The case against SNC-Lavalin continues to disrupt federal politics following a Globe and Mail report that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the engineering firm avoid prosecution.The Revenue Department’s court filing indicates that in 2010 and 2011 alone, more than $23.6 million was deposited into Bebawi’s family trust account in Quebec. Court documents state Bebawi claimed most of the money came from his late father’s estate and was therefore not taxable in the province. The Revenue Department, however, says its investigation reveals the money “comes from an origin and a source that are not justified or supported.”Soon after fellow SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa was arrested in Switzerland and SNC-Lavalin offices in Montreal were searched in April 2012, Bebawi left Canada. He was out of the country for nearly three years, and the court documents say that in July 2012 he transferred $18.5 million to a bank account in Egypt.Last July, a Revenue Department official phoned a lawyer for Bebawi to inquire about the $18.5 million and was told Bebawi no longer had it. He was told the money transferred to Egypt “had all been lost on the Dubai stock market,” the court documents say.Bebawi is the only former SNC-Lavalin employee still facing trial in relation to the Libya dealings. This week another former executive, Stephane Roy, had charges of fraud and bribery stayed by a provincial court judge because of delays deemed unreasonable.Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Ben Aissa pleaded guilty last July to a charge of using forged documents in connection with the hospital case and was sentenced to 51 months in prison.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — It seems like Canadians may be heeding the repeated warnings about loading on debt — unless they’re a senior.A study released Wednesday by TD Bank found that although last year Canadian household debt levels grew at their slowest pace since 2003, debt accumulation by those aged 65 and over is markedly up.Using statistics from Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Financial Monitor, which surveyed about 12,000 households, the report found that seniors on average gained more than $6,000 in new debt, or 15% more in 2012 than the previous year.Canadians are entering retirement more indebted than everMost of this came from consumer spending, even though the overall assets of those 65 and over changed little.Although seniors on average still had the lowest levels of debt compared to other age groups at $47,549, the report warned against gaining so much debt so quickly.“The updated figures add credence to the recent theme that Canadians are entering retirement more indebted than ever,” it said.TD says seniors living in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec had the highest rates of debt accumulation in 2012, compared with their counterparts in the Atlantic region, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who paid down debt.It also found that on average, those aged 45 to 64 were most likely to pay down all types of debt for the first time since the survey began in 2002.The average debt for this age group was $92,819, which decreased by $2,731 or 2.9% compared with 2011.Debt among 25 to 44-year-olds also slowed, with those in this age bracket seemingly cutting back on credit card spending and taking on new personal lines of credit but still opting for mortgage debt.The average debt for this group was $137,259, up $1,654 or 1.2% in 2012.Meanwhile, those between 18 to 24 had an average debt load of $71,628, up $3,030 or 4.4%.TD cautioned that although debt levels among seniors remain relatively low compared to other ages, the amounts may still have the potential to impact their futures if they cannot afford to take on the additional financial burden.“Older Canadians, on average, still hold relatively little debt and many have significant assets to fall back on,” said the report.“Debt growth among older Canadians, however, is a concern because it still raises questions as to whether higher debt burdens will affect their standard of living in retirement.”The Canadian Press
BEIJING, China – China is attempting to crack down on box office fraud in the world’s second-biggest movie market by setting out punishments for companies that fabricate ticket sales and other data under the country’s first film law.Under the legislation adopted by the Chinese parliament on Monday, film distributors and cinemas that falsify ticket sales data will have their illegal earnings confiscated and be fined up to 500,000 yuan ($74,000). If they illegally earn more than 500,000 yuan, they will be fined up to five times the amount they illegally made.They also face being ordered to suspend operations and having their business licenses revoked.China’s film industry is already heavily regulated with censors having broad powers over what can and can’t be shown on screen. The law is an attempt to address fraud and other problems that have emerged as China’s film market continues to grow quickly. According to official data based on cinema filings, films screened in China earned more than 44 billion yuan ($6.5 billion) in 2015, an increase of almost 50 per cent over the year before. But authorities say they believe box office fraud is common.Last year, dozens of cinemas reportedly received warnings, lost some funding support or had to temporarily suspend operations because of box office fraud.Such fraud typically involves cinemas and distributors buying up tickets or counting some of the earnings of one film as those of another. Such actions might boost a movie’s profile enough to attract a bigger audience, constituting unfair competition. Cinemas might also conceal their true ticket sales to avoid sharing all the takings with the film makers.In March, film authorities temporarily suspended the license of the Chinese distributor of the Hong Kong martial arts movie “Ip Man 3” after it reportedly bought 56 million yuan ($9 million) worth of tickets and fabricated more than 7,600 screenings of the film.China’s box office is expected to overtake the world’s current largest, North America, within the next three years. China passes law punishing companies for box-office fraud by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2016 2:50 am MDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2016 at 4:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Ohio State junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Illinois on Nov. 14 in Champaign, Illinois. OSU won 28-3.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio Stadium will play host to its one and only marquee matchup of the year on Saturday, as No. 3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) is set to face off with No. 9 Michigan State (9-1, 5-1). Before the highly anticipated meeting at the ‘Shoe at 3:30 p.m., here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be looking out for.How will Connor Cook respond to his injury?A shoulder injury kept Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook on the sidelines for the second half of the Spartans’ previous game, but it won’t keep the redshirt senior from suiting up against the Buckeyes on Saturday. The fact that Cook will be out there on Saturday is a blessing for coach Mark Dantonio and the rest of the Spartans, as OSU coach Urban Meyer called Cook “one of the best quarterbacks in Big Ten history.” Those comments might be prompted due to the Hinckley, Ohio, native’s record as a starter: 31-4.“That’s how you value a quarterback: Do you win games?” Meyer said on Monday. “Because that’s (Cook’s) job and he wins almost every game he plays. ” So, Cook will play. That much is known. One thing that isn’t known — and probably won’t be discovered until he drops back and throws a pass on Saturday — is just how healthy Cook’s shoulder is. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal-caller is known for his ability to make every throw on the field. His decision-making his second-to-none, but it’s his arm strength that defines Cook’s game. If his shoulder is bothering him, even just a little, it will be noticeable — and costly.As Cook goes, so too does the Michigan State offense. With only a rudimentary rushing attack, the Spartans call on Cook to sling the ball often: more than 30 times per game in 2015. He’ll be under center come kickoff, but whether or not he is physically capable of being the same player that garnered praise from Meyer will have a big effect on the game. What will Braxton’s finale be?On Saturday, arguably the most dynamic athlete in OSU football history will be playing his last game inside Ohio Stadium: Braxton Miller. The redshirt senior quarterback-turned-H-back — who is OSU’s all-time leader in total touchdowns with 88 and yards from scrimmage with 8,908 — will be honored along with 17 of his teammates for senior day prior to kickoff. Miller’s season at his new position has been interesting to say the least. He exploded in the opener against Virginia Tech but has done disappearing acts at times. Despite it being his final game in the ‘Shoe, Meyer said there are no special plans to get Miller involved. Meyer acknowledged having tried to get him the ball earlier during the season but said the defense shut the door on those plans.Trying to force the pigskin to a player when it isn’t there can throw off an offense’s rhythm, so it’s doubtful Meyer will do it excessively, especially because rhythm will be vital against the solid Spartans. However, Meyer’s admiration for Miller is not a secret, and it is totally reasonable to believe the coach will want him to have opportunities to succeed. And if Miller gets the ball in his hands with him knowing it’s his last chance in front of home fans, expecting a re-emergence of the dazzling plays that spectators have become accustomed to since his arrival in Columbus isn’t far-fetched.Will J.T. Barrett find time in the pocket? After Saturday’s win at Illinois, Meyer said the one weakness the team was facing was the poor pass protection for redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett.Granted, Barrett is more than capable of leaving the pocket and creating opportunities on his own, but it’s still always best for an offense when the quarterback can make those decisions on his own and not because he is running for his life.Meyer expounded on his postgame comments on Monday, saying that it is not just the offensive line that is letting Barrett down but also other players who help block, such as the tight ends.“It’s not just one thing, because sometimes we get our tight ends involved in it, and they weren’t great Saturday,” Meyer said. “And then just a guy getting beat here and there in the lap of the quarterback, so we’ve just got to get a little firmer.”While the player to watch in the blocking game on Saturday will be redshirt senior right tackle Chase Farris, who played so poorly against the Fighting Illini that there were rumblings of him losing his starting job, it will be key for anyone who has a blocking assignment to play better than was seen in OSU’s previous game.“Offensively the obvious was it’s hard to distribute balls when we’re getting pressured, so we’re going to take a hard, long look at our pass protection a little bit,” Meyer said.Michigan State is one of the better teams in the country when it comes to picking up sacks, ranking 13th with 2.9 per game. Barrett torched the Spartans through 300 yards in the air last season, but a repeat performance could be predicated on the Wichita Falls, Texas, product being able to feel comfortable for an extended period of time.Will Cam Johnston continue his record?Against the Fighting Illini, OSU junior punter Cameron Johnston tied the school record for most punts downed inside the 20-yard line in a career with 78. Johnston, with the exception of maybe junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, has been the Buckeyes’ best, most consistent performer all season long. His ability to consistently switch the field on opponents with a leg as powerful as artillery and as precise as a machinist has been incredibly valuable for OSU.Whenever the offense has to punt, it has been OK because it sends out the Ray Guy Award semifinalist to pin opponents deep inside its own territory. Michigan State’s defense has underperformed as a whole this season, but it has a stable of individual talent that is going to come ready to play on Saturday, meaning OSU will have to punt at some point during the game. When Johnston is able to pin an opponent inside its own 20-yard line, it means a team will have travel at least 80 yards against the stellar Scarlet and Gray defense to find the end zone. But that’s easier said than done. If Johnston sets the school record and then tacks on a few more punts inside the opposite red zone, it will be interesting to see how often the Spartan offense can break through the Buckeye defense and put points on the board. Will OSU repeat last year’s strategy for Cook’s top receiver? In OSU’s 49-37 win over Michigan State last season, one of the keys was limiting Cook’s top receiving target.Though both players are now in the NFL, the matchup between OSU cornerback Doran Grant and Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett was something Meyer planned for and Grant executed brilliantly.Playing one-on-one throughout the game with Grant giving everything he had to blanket Lippett, the 2014 Big Ten Receiver of the Year was held to just 64 yards, well below his average of over 92 yards per game.Though the personnel have changed, it is very likely the style of coverage will remain the same.OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Eli Apple stands to be matched up with Spartan senior receiver Aaron Burbridge, who has been Cook’s clear No. 1 target this season.Burbridge is averaging 102.1 yards per game, about 10 more than Lippett did last season.“He’s very good off the line, that’s the main thing about him,” Apple said. “A lot of teams try to press him, and he’s pretty good at using his hands off the line. He’s a physical receiver, he doesn’t really have the best size, but he’s physical off the line and very good in traffic.”
The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) led by five points at halftime, but failed to finish off No. 19 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) in the second half, falling 84-75 to the Wolverines Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center.The Wolverines clawed their way back into the game after trailing the majority of the game. Over the final 2:59 of the third quarter, they went on a 13-4 run to take a 62-58 lead. The visiting team extended its lead and closed the game with a 22-17 fourth-quarter run.Ohio State struggled in the second half, shooting just 25.6 percent from the field. The Buckeyes also finished 6-for-30 from 3-point range. Their shooting woes were not the only problem. Ohio State was out-rebounded 44-31 in the game.“I don’t think we had the focus that we needed tonight to win, way too many mental errors against a good Michigan team,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought they played well, and when we made mistakes they made us pay. They shot 53 percent and outrebounded us by 13, we shot 36 percent, you’re not going to win a game.”A 15-point first half from senior forward Stephanie Mavunga boosted the Buckeyes to a 41-36 lead, but she was held to just six second-half points before fouling out with 1:52 remaining in the game.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points, shooting 5-for-14 from the field. Mitchell tied the all-time made 3-point record in all divisions with 58.3 seconds remaining in the game. She has made 441 career triples.The Buckeyes forced 21 turnovers to their eight, but Michigan executed its offense well when it maintained possession, shooting 53.7 percent from the field.The Buckeyes’ pesky defense and solid ball movement was effective in the first half. That changed in the second half behind Michigan center Hallie Thome’s domination in the paint. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 27 points, despite facing early foul trouble.“[Thome] was incredible the first go around so we really wanted to make sure we found her early and got her touches early and last game it was the opposite. Last game Mavunga got those two fouls early and she was out,” Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “For our team to stay as close as we did at half without [Thome] being in the game, I felt pretty good at half going in.”Michigan senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who averaged 23.1 points per game entering the game, was held to just three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the first half. But she finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists, with most of her scoring coming during the Wolverines’ second-half charge.
The charity is also urging families to understand their legal rights, with many unaware that they may be able to challenge a care home for a top up that is unfairly charged. One in four pensioners whose care is supposed to be fully funded by the state are being forced to pay top-up fees to access adequate care, a report has found.More than 48,000 people entitled to free care home places are being forced to contribute to their care costs, Age UK claims, with new research uncovering a web of hidden charges faced by Britain’s elderly.Published today, the report warns that means-tested payments by the Government are inadequate and fail to cover the mounting costs charged by care homes, forcing many to dig into their own savings or turn to relatives for assistance.It found that across the UK approximately 24 per cent of all council-funded pensioners are paying top up fees ranging from £25 a week to more than £100 per week in some cases.It adds that the current means of assessing whether pensioners qualify for free places is “wretchedly mean”, and should be changed so that funding better reflects the “basis of their needs”. And last year, a similar study found that middle class pensioners with assets totalling more than £23,000 and who are required to “self-fund”, are paying up to £10,000 a year for than councils pay for the same places.Commenting, Stephen Burke, director of the Good Care Guide, said: “These hidden charges are another example of the stealth tax on care that older people and their families are being asked to pay. The disparity has been dubbed a “stealth tax” by campaigners, who have urged ministers to intervene and redress a care system “riddled with hidden unfairness”.It follows a series of freedom of information requests published in recent years, showing that home care services are becoming more expensive, with fees varying wildly depending on the local authority. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Age UK says it has dealt with more than 250 cases in the past year alone, with many families feeling they had “no real option but to pay a top up to secure a care home place for their loved one that they feel is acceptable”. “Responsibility for paying for care is increasingly being shifted from the state to those needing care. It’s particularly unfair on those older people who happen to have dementia for example. Older people and their families should get advice on their rights and entitlements when choosing and paying for care. “This shows why we need urgent and fundamental reform of the care system. The government must lead on creating a care system that is simpler, fairer and sustainable. That will require a new vision for care and support and substantially more funding from government to meet the needs of our ageing population.”The report, entitled ‘Behind the Headlines’ notes that elderly persons requiring residential care “should be able to qualify for council funded care on the basis of their needs but…significant numbers fall foul of it, disqualifying them from financial help until they have run down their assets to £23,250”. “Against the context of a care system that is woefully underfunded, in which councils are struggling to fulfil their legal duties and many care homes find it tremendously hard to provide decent care for older people on council rates, top ups are at risk of being unfairly exploited, with families the biggest losers,” it continues.Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s charity director said: “Families are finding themselves in horrible situations, such as knowing that unless they pay up their older relative will have to live in a care home that is so far away they will be cut off from everyone they know.”In some cases families are being asked to pay a lot more than they can afford and in others we have heard of families under pressure not to dispute an unfair request for a ‘top up’, when their loved one is in hospital and ready to leave, because otherwise it would take even longer for them to be discharged.”
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While there’s been much debate about 3D printing and its ability to produce useful items, there’s a project that has been in development for some time that may give a definitive answer as to the place that the technology is going to have in the global economy. Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California has been working on a method that uses the printing technology to create a 2500 square-foot buildings in under 20 hours.With support and funding from the US military as well as NASA, Khoshnevis believes that his project can help give adequate shelter to the some billion or so people around the world in need of improved housing. He calls the process “Contour Crafting,” and has high hopes to see it become a reality one day.The concept behind Contour Crafting is simple in design and complex in execution. Illustrated above, it consists of a giant 3D printing extrusion mechanism that behaves much like the consumer versions you have seen with one large exception: instead of heated plastic it dispenses concrete. The extrusion head on the Contour Crafting system is geared to create a foundation and walls for a home in much the same way as people built adobe (you know, mud) structures years ago. Able to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters, Khoshnevis claims that a home made using his method is not only cheaper and faster to build, but is also friendlier to the environment due to its drastic reduction in construction costs and materials.Now before you go running out to try to find a company that prints homes in this way, know that this process is still in development with a large portion of the required mechanisms still residing on paper. Khoshnevis and his students at the university have indeed created a few prototype printers capable of building walls, but nothing to the scale needed for a full size home. Nevertheless, his ideas are incredibly intriguing, it will be interesting to see if he can bring them to fruition.Read more at the Contour Crafting site, via Tom’s Hardware.
Conscience dans le coma : la communication vers l’extérieur ne serait finalement que chimèreBelgique – La méthode “miracle” permettant aux personnes en état de conscience minimal de communiquer ne serait finalement pas applicable à tous les patients.Rom Houben, un homme victime d’un grave accident de voiture, avait été diagnostiqué en état végétatif pendant plus de 20 ans. Ce n’est qu’après de nouveaux tests, menés il y a de cela 4 ans, que les scientifiques ont découvert qu’il était conscient : les scanners ont prouvé que son cerveau était actif. À lire aussiDes chercheurs découvrent un neurone géant autour du cerveau, l’origine de la conscience ?La méthode dite de “communication facilitée” a été utilisée pour lui permettre de communiquer vers l’extérieur grâce à un ordinateur. Cependant, elle est souvent remise en question par les scientifiques. Selon l’AFP, “elle consiste à tenir la main de patients paralysés mais conscients au-dessus d’un clavier. Un assistant paramédical percevant d’infimes pressions tape alors les lettres”.L’expérience concernant cette méthode a porté sur trois patients dans un “état de conscience minimal”. Il s’est avéré que seul l’un d’entre eux réussissait à répondre aux questions, ce qui n’était pas le cas de Rom Houben. Cette technique n’est donc pas infaillible, loin de là. Mr Houben est bien dans un état de conscience mais il n’est pas capable de communiquer, contrairement à ce qu’avaient rapporté les médias. Comme le dit si bien Arthur Caplan, professeur de bioéthique à l’université de Pennsylvanie, “c’était trop beau pour être vrai”.Le 22 février 2010 à 12:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
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But what happens when industry awards programs become so ubiquitous and inclusive that they begin to erode their very meaning? That’s the question being asked in the Canadian magazine space this week after five of the country’s largest magazine publishers announced plans to break away from the decades-old National Magazine Awards and form their own, ostensibly more exclusive, awards program. The Magazine Grands Prix, as the upstart rival will be known, will be administered by Magazines Canada and will honor 26 honorees — 13 individuals and 13 brands — in an inaugural event next April in Toronto as part of the annual MagNet conference. In contrast, the 2015-2016 National Magazine Awards comprised a total of 303 individual honors spanning 39 categories. In the publishing industry, awards programs and recognition events are important. They foster a sense of community, set standards of quality for which to strive, and for many of us — Folio: produces several — they serve as a welcome supplement to the bottom lines of publishers and industry associations alike. The announcement comes several months after representatives of Rogers Communications, TVA Publications, St. Joseph Media, Reader’s Digest Media, and The Walrus magazine sent a letter to the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) — the non-profit that administers the awards and supports itself through ticket sales and entry fees — informing the NMAF of the need for “far fewer and more meaningful awards” that were “more closely aligned to celebrating excellence at the very highest level.” “The NMAF responded with a request for additional information as well as an opportunity to meet and discuss how the needs of the magaizne industry could best be served by both parties,” Joyce Byrne, then-NMAF president, told the blog Canadian Magazines in December. “This request was declined.” The 39th annual National Magazine Awards went on as planned, in June, with the aforementioned five publishers taking home more than a third of the 303 nods. Evidently, those honors did little to assuage the concerns of the Grands Prix supporters, with the schism continuing as planned. Entry fees for the Magazine Grands Prix will be $100, with a reduced $50 fee for magazines with circulations under 5,000. For the National Magazine Awards, most entry fees run between $95 and $120, depending on the category. Curiously, the NMAF issued a statement the day before Magazine Grands Prix was announced promising a refined, “more focused” awards program in 2017, to mark the program’s 40th anniversary. The announcement made no mention of Magazines Canada or the pressure being applied by five of the country’s largest publishers. “Our view was, if we’re going to do the top magazine awards program in the country, let’s make it really, really focused,” Douglas Knight, chair of Magazines Canada and president of St. Joseph Communications, told The Globe and Mail last week. “To win a Magazine Grands Prix, you’re going to feel, ‘Okay, this is a serious award.'” Whether or not a day of reckoning looms on the horizon for either the NMAF or its upstart rival, or whether reconciliation between the two factions is imminent, all that appears certain for now is that PR pro’s will have their nominating work cut out for them this winter.
The Scorpio lovers in the country now have more reason to fall in love with the iconic SUV of Mahindra. The Defence Land Systems, a Mahindra owned company has introduced a bulletproof kit for its Scorpio to give a safety ride to the customers.The bulletproof kit is being offered in three variants – Executive, premium and VVIP at 12.67 lakh, 16.07 lakh and 18.33 lakh respectively and is available for booking in the country with advance payment of 75,000 at the e-retailer Snapdeal.Talking about the features of the new Bulletproof kit for Scorpio, it can safeguard the passengers inside the car, if a shot is fired at 90 degree angle from a 9mm pistol from a distance of 5m and come with a real time tracking device.While the Executive kit packs bulletproof glass, fire proof fuel tank, real time vehicle tracking device and bulletproof body panels, the Premium kit offers bulletproof panel and run flat system in addition to the features offered in the Executive kit. The third variant VVIP comes with blast proof carpet and bulletproof glass with power windows in addition to the features in the Premium kit.The iconic SUV Scorpio, one of the top selling SUVs in the domestic market is sold with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel mHawk engine and 2.5-litre m2Di. The car which has been sailing in India since 2002 is expected to get a new version in coming months. Scorpio facelift which has been spied testing numerous times in the country is expected to pack the same 2.2 liter four cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine, which powers the current model and is likely to offer a power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 290 Nm. The new Scorpio might also get 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance.(ED: AJ)
The Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave an approval for divesting 26 percent equity shares in BEML India out of the government shareholding 54.03 percent. Following the stake sale news, the BEML stock was trading at Rs 1,135 at around 11:25 a.m. on Monday, up 14.26 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The announcement of the stake sale was made after trading hours on Friday, January 6. The Bengaluru-based BEML company has an equity capital of Rs 41.64 crore. Also read: Govt to divest stake in BEML, Pawan Hans, Hindustan Newsprint, other PSUs”Ministry of Defence has communicated ‘in-principal’ approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Government of India, for strategic divestment of 26% equity shares in BEML Limited out of Government of India shareholding of 54.03%. The said shareholding would be sold to strategic buyer/s, to be identified by the Government of India by following due procedure,” the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.Post the divestment, the government’s shareholding in the defence ministry company will be down to 28 percent. The stake sale is expected to realise about Rs 1,000 crore for the government.For the financial year 2015-16, the company’s sales stood at Rs 3,426 crore, while the order book position as of November 30, 2016 was Rs 7,261 crore.Mutual Funds hold 18.64 percent, while retail shareholding is about 10 percent in BEML.The BSE Sensex was marginally down and trading at 26,746 while the NSE Nifty was flat 8,244. Dr Reddy’s Labs was the top Sensex loser, down 2.77 percent to Rs 3,073.
Kolkata: A clash broke out between the supporters of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Acharya Prafulla Chandra College at New Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas on Monday afternoon. Several supporters of both the organisations were injured in the clash. According to sources, on Monday ABVP supporters went to submit a deputation to the principal of the college regarding alleged corruption in connection with the admission procedure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter entering the college premises, the ABVP supporters got involved in an altercation with the TMCP supporters present there. The situation was initially handled by the police personnel deputed there, but it turned worse after the ABVP supporters came out of the principal’s room after submitting the deputation. It has been alleged that the ABVP supporters had brought some outsiders, who had verbally abused the TMCP supporters. When the TMCP supporters protested, the ABVP supporters allegedly resorted to hooliganism. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThough police personnel were deputed at the spot to handle the situation, they failed as they were outnumbered. While the clash was going on, vehicular movement on Madhyamgram-Sodepur Road was obstructed as the clash reached the road. Later, a large contingent of police arrived and brought the situation under control. The ABVP supporters alleged that the TMCP supporters had attacked first. In the clash, several persons from both the organisations were injured. Two complaints have been lodged by both organisations against each other at New Barrackpore police station regarding the clash.
5 min read Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has become one of the most anticipated events of the year, drawing technology enthusiasts from around the globe. It’s also become one of the most derided. As the conference has grown, it has become unwieldy, to put it mildly. All of the sessions and crowds overwhelm professionals, leaving them unsure how to best use it as a networking opportunity or as an avenue to learn more about whatever field they’re in. Some executives have even opted to skip the event altogether in favor of smaller, less formal events where they can enjoy more one-on-one interaction.Instead of staying at home, though, savvy professionals redirect their approach to CES. With a little planning and effort, you can make lasting connections at this year’s event, just like you can at other, more manageably-sized events. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of CES as it takes over Sin City.Set appointmentsWell in advance of the conference, spend time researching who else is going to be there. This includes reviewing the full schedule and paying close attention to the scheduled presenters. Watch your social media feeds for existing connections discussing the event. Experts recommend using CES as an opportunity to impress contacts you’ve been trying to keep happy or to win over for a while. People sometimes forget, but Las Vegas actually offers some of the best restaurants in the world, so wine and dine your contacts. It’s important to set these appointments and make reservations before you arrive, since many top establishments are fully booked during the days of the conference.Related: 5 Steps to Secure New Business at CES and Other Big EventsPlan your sessionsWith so many sessions and exhibits, it can be tempting to spend the entire conference taking in information. To ensure you get to see all of these things without sacrificing the goal of making or nurturing connections, plan the sessions and exhibits you want to see in advance and carve out a schedule that optimizes your networking time. This site lists most of the parties that will be happening in conjunction with CES. Be sure to mix these events into your time at CES and even when you’re attending sessions, focus on the connections you can make in addition to the information you can learn.Related: CES Has Become an Innovator’s Pre-Crowdfunding Launch PadBe boldCES isn’t the time to be shy. Force yourself to interact with others, introducing yourself at every opportunity. Even the person seated next to you on the plane on the way to the event could be a valuable potential contact. Practice your introduction ahead of time and make sure it properly conveys your message. You likely want to sell your business rather than yourself, so you should have your elevator pitch perfected before you leave.Related: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Insider Tips for Exhibiting at CESListenOne of the biggest mistakes you can make at any networking event is spending all of your time talking and no time at all listening. If nobody’s listening, everyone’s networking efforts are wasted. When you let people talk, you learn more about potential business partners who can help you. Also, consider that people are naturally drawn to those who show genuine interest in who they are and what they do. Instead of focusing on your sales pitch, come up with some questions to ask that will get the other person talking. The pressure will then be taken off of you to talk. Once you get to know the person a little and you both feel more comfortable, you can bring up your business. They may even bring it up for you!Related: Why Many Tech Execs Are Skipping the Consumer Electronics ShowFollow UpAll of those connections you make will be useless if you don’t translate them into a post-CES relationship. In the days after you return home, send a quick email to follow up on your introduction. If you recall specifics of your conversation with a particular contact, mention those in the email, as well. Follow each contact on social media and make a note to follow up again in a few weeks if you don’t get a response. You may not form lasting connections with everyone you meet, but by following up, you’ll likely at least add a few new people to your professional network.Oh CES. Just the thought of you brings up images of long taxi lines, incredibly crowded showroom floors, and nights with too many parties for any one person to actually attend. It may have gotten too big for its own good, but it does indeed bring prime opportunities for networking with professionals across many industries. Before arriving in Vegas though, it’s important to plan what you’ll do to ensure you get the most out of your attendance. Otherwise, you may find you’ve spent several days learning about tech products with not much benefit to your own business’s growth. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 3, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read When launching a new business, many entrepreneurs might recognize SEO as something they should do, but never quite get around to investing in it amidst the chaos of founding a startup. In fact, recent studies highlight that only 17 percent of small business owners have an SEO strategy, and 39 percent of small businesses aren’t investing in any marketing strategies at all.But, while an entrepreneur’s mind may be whirling with ideas about product development or new team members, it’s worth bringing SEO into the loop at an early a stage as possible. After all, it’s SEO that will lead customers to your company in the first place; a good SEO strategy can increase organic search engine traffic by more than 1000 percent, putting you ahead of competitors and helping to drive sales.Related: To Create an SEO Strategy, You’ll Have to Be PatientWith various tactics for quick SEO success, it’s important that businesses stay focused on what works in the long-run. Here are four tips to ensure your business is search optimized at all times:Don’t fall for the “flavor of the month.”Google uses specific criteria to rank websites, however constantly changes the ranking formula to provide the best search results. A popular SEO approach is trying to reverse engineer and estimate what this criteria is based on keywords, etc. — kind of like cracking Google’s secret code. But, while this may work for a time, a company’s SEO strategy is back to square one once Google changes its algorithms.If you want to survive Google changes — simply put — you need to focus on being the best. Instead of starting with SEO keywords, make sure the content on your website is actually useful and that it provides better information than everyone else. In fact, the content on your website needs to be so good that Google would be embarrassed not to rank you. This means conducting studies, sharing insights on your blog, promoting videos and all in all, lots of quality inbound marketing.Related: Tech Talk: Breaking Down SEO for Small Business OwnersNext implement a distribution strategy. Participate in online communities related to your industry to expose your brand, share your website on popular forums or get your company in front of influencers or journalists who may have an interest. Once your brand’s been written about positively on a reputable publication, customers are sure to find you in search — and consider you a trustworthy expert when they do.And while the ranking formulas are secret, Google shares the rules to get pages found and indexed for free (see here and here). In other words, avoid falling for the flavor of the month ranking tactic and focus on foundational SEO opportunities. This way, Google will be able to find and index your pages to begin with.Customize messaging in organic search snippets.When Google presents a user with search results, it doesn’t just list a bunch of links. To save users from wasting time clicking through links that are relevant to them, the search engine provides organic search snippets. In other words, it’s a sample of content that tells a user what the web page is about, which is automatically generated by Google from the meta-description of the page.So, if an entrepreneur doesn’t take the time to update the snippet, it’s up to Google to choose what information goes in there — really, the first interaction search users or potential customers might first have with the company. And trust me, Google don’t always play nice. It could easily pull a bad review, a disclaimer or even legal information from your website page that highlights why someone should use your product. Take a look at what happened to one of our clients, for example:You need to customize the organic search snippet with the same consideration to detail as you would to a paid Google ad — that is, with the most information about your company to attract users. You can customize the search snippet with ratings and reviews, images and other links, as well as multimedia content and breadcrumbs. Google provides a good overview of customization options, as well as exactly how to implement them here.Related: Taking ‘Focus on Users’ Advice Can Kill Your SEO TrafficConsolidate duplicate content.When it comes to increasing organic search traffic, duplicate content on webpages can be a big roadblock. According to Google, duplicate content can arise from a website offering printer-only versions of websites, store items being shown via distinct URLs, or when discussion forums generate “stripped-down” pages for targeted users.The problem with duplicate content is that the pages rank individually and compete against each other for the same keywords; that means that they’re head-to-head for the same rankings. In this, it’s imperative to consolidate all content on your website so all your pages can work together to get the best rankings. Once you make the move you’ll see improved rankings within just a few weeks, and new website changes will be picked up faster by Google since it has to index fewer pages than before.So how exactly can you consolidate your duplicate content? There are a few ways:Define a canonical URL. The same content is often accessed through different URLs. For example, a shirt sold on an e-retailer’s website may be defined under two different categories — casualwear and new collection — and therefore boast two different URLs. When you define a canonical URL, you are indicating your preferred URL to Google.Use 301 redirects. This changes the URL of a page in search results, and ensures users are directed to the right place. So if the shirt can be accessed through http://companyname/casual/blue-shirt as well as http://companyname/new/blue-shirt, pick your preferred URL using the canonical method, and redirect traffic to there using 301 redirects.But, keep in mind consolidating duplicate content shouldn’t just be about Google rankings. It should be about building quality links that are valuable to SEO performance. Duplicate content only puts your SEO efforts to waste.Related: 7 SEO Mysteries SolvedCorrect stale content.Imagine your company’s blog was cited in The New York Times. After a successful PR campaign, the mention was a huge win for the entire team. In fact, your website traffic has since increased by 45 percent.However, months later you decide to change the permalink structure on all your blogs to not include dates. While you may think the URLs now have a cleaner look, they just became a lot less useful. Those who try to visit your website from The New York Times end up with a stale link. And your website traffic drops by 30 percent.Entrepreneurs should always check for links leading to dead pages, and redirect them as soon as possible. Do this by running Google’s crawl errors report to make sure no one gets a “404 Not Found” error message when trying to access important content on your website. Once the report alerts you to dead links, you can 301 redirect them to other pages on your site and mark the URLs as fixed.A good SEO strategy will support company growth in a number of ways, from helping to drive website traffic, to acting as a strong pillar for PR campaigns. So while it’s easy for the marketing strategy to fall back-of-mind, entrepreneurs should consider it an important step to long-term business success June 2, 2017
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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiology Imaging | June 30, 2015 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Introduces Z Series Radiography Generators Compact series offers high performance for space-constrained applications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Related Content Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. 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Featuring 450 kHz maximum output frequency, the generators provide high voltage accuracy and stability in a compact package for space-constrained applications.The Z Series generators are offered with various options including dual speed starter, dual filament drive and a variety of control console choices. Generators are available from 32kW to 65kW peak power, 40kV – 150kV output voltage, and up to five different manual and AEC operating modes. The Z series platform is an ideal OEM generator solution for value to mid-tier medical radiography segments.The compact size of the series (595mm L x 410mm W x 475mm H) and its flexible interface makes the Z Series easy to integrate, install, calibrate and service. This is accomplished through the use of Windows-based service graphical user interface (GUI) software, serial communication port, automatic X-ray tube calibration, expandable X-ray tube library, Bucky/digital radiography (DR) interface and optional AEC and DAP interface. 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First-Quarter GDP Growth Dips as Corporate Profits Fall Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Company News Consumer spending Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Profits Service Providers 2013-05-30 Mark Lieberman May 30, 2013 410 Views The nation’s economy grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.4 percent in the first quarter, slightly slower than originally reported, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2013/pdf/gdp1q13_2nd.pdf (BEA) said Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected the revised gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at a 2.5 percent pace, unchanged from the first estimate issued a month ago.At the same time, BEA said corporate profits in the first quarter were $1.97 trillion, down almost $44 billion from the fourth quarter. The last time corporate profits showed a quarter-over-quarter decline was in the first quarter of 2012. Corporate profits are considered a key indicator of employment trends.Profits fell for both financial and non-financial corporations. The quarterly drop in profits at financial corporations was fourth in the last five quarters.The GDP estimates were based on data updated from the initial report issued a month ago. For that report, BEA said only two months of data were available for several key data sources, and it assumed an increase in nondurable manufacturing inventories, an increase in merchant wholesale and retail inventories, an increase in exports of goods (excluding gold) and a decrease in imports of goods, excluding gold.The positive movement in GDP meant the economy met and overcame two significant challenges: the end of the two-year payroll tax holiday as of January 1–which cost most wage earners $1,000 for the entire year–and as of March 1, the beginning of the federal budget sequester, which reduced federal spending. Government spending in the revised report was down about $5 billion from the initial report. Compared with the fourth quarter, total government spending is down $31 billion.The reduction in take-home pay didn’t stop consumers. Personal consumption spending rose 3.4 percent in the first quarter compared with 3.2 percent in the original report and a 1.8 percent boost in the fourth quarter. [COLUMN_BREAK]Government spending was a drag on growth, subtracting 0.97 percent from GDP as the effects of the sequester began to kick in. That impact could be deeper in the second quarter, which will–absent any budget deal in Washington–reflect three months of sequester cuts, not just one.By the numbers, GDP rose a net $80.8 billion in the first quarter to just under $13.75 trillion. In the first GDP report a month ago, the quarterly increase was pegged at $84.7 billion.GDP itself, the broadest measure of the economy, is the sum of consumer spending, investment and government spending, less net exports.Indeed, consumer spending accounted for the entire increase for the quarter–up $81.8 billion–as the combination of the drop in government spending and “”net exports”” offset consumer activity. Investment–including inventories and residential and non-residential structures–added another $42.1 billion. However, total investment, which had been estimated at $1.991 trillion in the first report, was revised downward to $1.977 trillion, with reduced estimates for inventory investment. That reduction suggests a slowdown in consumer activity in coming quarters.Residential fixed investment was essentially unchanged from the initial report at $397.3 billion, up $11.1 billion from the fourth quarter and $45 billion from the first quarter a year ago.BEA issues three GDP reports for each report. Thursday’s report was the second “”advance”” report. The final first quarter report will be issued on June 26, just four days before the second quarter ends.For the fourth quarter, BEA’s advance GDP report showed the economy had contracted 0.1 percent, but the final report showed the economy actually grew, albeit by just 0.4 percent which was the weakest growth rate since the first quarter of 2011. The 2.5 percent growth rate for the first quarter, while better than the fourth quarter, is slower than the 3.1 percent growth rate in the third quarter of 2012. In the first quarter last year, the economy grew 2.0 percent.The personal consumption price index–an alternate measure of inflation watched closely by the Federal Reserve–showed a 1.0 percent inflation rate in the last year compared with 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter. The core inflation rate–excluding more volatile food and energy prices–was 1.3 percent in the first quarter from 1.0 percent in the fourth.The inflation measures take on added significance as the Federal Reserve said it would look to two measures–the unemployment rate and the inflation rate–to determine when to raise interest rates._Hear Mark Lieberman next Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ in Data, Government Share
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