Promises Made and Promises Kept

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The power in a promise isn’t found in the making of that promise. The power of a promise is in keeping it.Lots of people will make commitments with every intention of keeping them. But for all kinds of reasons, they will fail to keep them. They’ll fail to keep promises they make to other people, and worse, they’ll fail to keep the promises they make to themselves.Other people will make promises with no intention of keeping them, or they’ll make promises that they know that they cannot keep. Some have no intention of keeping the promises they make. They are making the promises because they want what they gain by making those promises.Some people are very stingy with their promises. They make very few promises. They aren’t quick to commit to doing anything. They only make promises that they intend to keep, and they keep their promises. These people recognize that the value in the promise is in its being kept, not made.You want to be in this last group, slow to make promises, fast to keep them.last_img read more

Indian American Owners of Mailing Firm Accused of $16 Million Postal Service Fraud

first_imgTwo Indian American owners of a bulk mailing company were charged with defrauding the U.S. Postal Service of at least $16 million on June 25.Yogesh Patel and Arvind Lakkamsani, who owned and operated Prodigy Mailing Services, allegedly swindled the USPS by forging documents and secretly using an official date stamp to fraudulently authenticate payment of postage for than 80 million pieces of mail, according to criminal charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.Prodigy Mailing Services Inc., which was based in Bolingbrook and later in Woodridge, assembled bulk mailings from customers and provided them – along with fraudulent payment and verification forms – to the Postal Service for delivery, without paying postage on those mailings, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, said in a statement.Patel, 58, of Orlando, and Lakkamsani, 57, of Northbrook, allegedly schemed with a third defendant, David Gargano, 51, to carry out their fraud. The trio forged a Postal Service clerk’s signature on the verification forms and secretly used an official date stamp to make it appear that the clerk had authenticated postage, the charges allege. They caused a loss of at least $16 million to the Postal Service from 2010 to 2015, according to the charges.Prodigy handled bulk mailing services for two energy companies, which were referred by Gargano, who owned Illinois-based Direct Mail Resources Inc. The two energy firms gave it millions of dollars to pay the postage for their bulk mailings. However, the accused split the money amongst themselves and used it for their own benefit instead of using those funds to pay the postage, the charges allege.Patel and Lakkamsani apparently fraudulently kept a key to a mail unit of the postal department, which was located inside Prodigy’s facility, and used it to access an official date stamp without permission or authorization from the Postal Service. They allegedly forged a clerk’s signature and stamped the mailings to make it appear that the postage for the bulk mailing had been duly paid.The three defendants have been charged with one count of mail fraud, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, the statement said. Related ItemsChicagoIndian Americanlast_img read more

Expand definition of human rights: Amit Shah

first_imgThere was a need to expand the definition of human rights beyond the international standards as it was not sufficient in the Indian context, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. Addressing the National Human Rights Commission’s 26th foundation day celebration here, Mr. Shah said India would not be as successful in furthering the cause of human rights if it did not go beyond the international standards. “India and the world have different concepts and situations regarding human rights. If we evaluate it with the world’s standards, then perhaps that is not right,” he said, adding that the protection of human rights of women and children was “in-built in the social fabric and family system”. Referring to NHRC chairperson Justice (retired) H.L. Dattu, he said: “I request Mr. Dattu to go beyond legal boundaries and give space and a platform to the many people working for human rights protection on their own, as a matter of duty.” He added there was a need to combine the “new concept” of human rights with the traditional.“I know when I say human rights, people see the meaning as police atrocities and custodial deaths, which is a fact. We have no objections. Every citizen should get the Constitutionally-guaranteed protection. There is no dispute. “But there are so many other dimensions, which we have to see with different perspectives,” he said.last_img read more

Towards happiness

first_img“Just a few more minutes and you will reach. Think of the breathtaking views up there. You can do it.” Like a stuck record, I keep repeating these words to myself as I bravely trek up the steep 8-km hill to Tiger’s Nest, or Taktsang Monastery, sitting on the edge of a sheer cliff. Raj, our friendly Bhutanese guide for the trip, slows his pace to keep me company. But I am in no rush. I am enjoying stopping and chatting with passersby as they motivate each other. Coming from a city where the pace of life is absolutely maddening, going slow is my motto and agenda for these four days. It is not everyday that I go to the Kingdom of Happiness, and I want to experience it at leisure.Looking at the emerald green mountains around me, my thoughts flash back to my journey here. I sat in awe as the charter plane, part of the MakeMyTrip package, flew over the tallest mountain range in the world and then close to the Mount Everest. The sight of this towering, snowclad Himalayan peak, shimmering under the bright morning sun made me goosebumpy. Coming out of my reverie, I start walking again. We are climbing from 7,382 to 10,200 ft and when I reach, huffing and puffing, I am quite proud of what I have accomplished. For me, it is as good as scaling the Everest.The sight of the Taktsang monastery, hanging at the edge of a sheer vertical cliff,Mount Everest is spectacular and I wonder how it was constructed way back in 1692. Butter lamps flicker inside as I bow my head in silence and close my eyes for five minutes. It’s peaceful and silent. As I walk out to the terrace, I am entranced by the surreal sight of Paro spread out at my feet.Like almost every monastery in Bhutan, this one too has a legend associated with it. I am told that at Tiger’s Nest, Guru Padmasambhava travelled from Tibet to Bhutan on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months in the 8th century after subduing a demon.To me Bhutan seems a land that proudly retains its culture, and has managed to keep its distance from the hustle-bustle of the 21st century. After all, this tiny mountain kingdom has given the world the concept of Gross National Happiness as a measure of progress in place of economic indicators. Never mind the eight lakh local people, this philosophy begins working for me from the moment I land. Soon after arriving in Paro–which I am told is the world’s second toughest landing strip after Alaska, the first thing I spot is a board that says ‘130 Years of Peace, Unity and Happiness’. It is an appropriate welcome. I am already beaming with the picture of Mount Everest etched in my mind. Just after leaving the airport, we pass by a park where the 15th Paro Archery (the national sport) tournament is underway. All the men are attired in their national dress, gho, a single piece of cloth that is tied with a belt and women in kira, a long cloth till their ankles. It is compulsory to wear this in a few public areas and all government offices. We watch the competitors aim at a target which is a mind boggling 340 ft away, and I, a city bird, wonder how they can they even focus on the target so far.Paro Valley is quiet with a small market. The houses, made of mud and wood, are sprinkled along different hills so that the town does not look congested. After spending a day here, we are on our way to the capital, Thimphu. It is vibrant, lively and much bigger than Paro. There is a certain buzz in the air in the Bhutanese capital, but it never loses the air of serenity I am already getting accustomed to. What strikes me is the absence of traffic lights-, not just in Thimphu, but across the country. We visit a number of dzongs (ancient monastery-fortresses) but it is Punakha Dzong that mesmerises me the most. Three hours away from Thimphu, it is located at the confluence of two rivers. This peaceful setting takes my breath away, making me stare for a few moments. We stop by at a park next to Punakha Higher Secondary School where children are sitting during their break. Some are chatting, others are studying. A spirit of well-being and calm hangs in the air as the river gushes by. I cannot help thinking that if my school had been located in such a place, I would have fared better with my studies. We walk over a wooden bridge, festooned with colourful prayer flags and then along a pathway strewn with flowers to reach the dzong. Four purple jacaranda trees outside are a perfect contrast to the crimson red robes worn by the monks.Incense and chants fill the air. Chimi Lhakhang monastery is next on our list. Also known as the temple of fertility, people from across the country come here to pray for a child. We walk for 15 minutes through fields to reach there. A group of young monks playing with a ball catch my attention. It is the sweetest sights ever–little monks clad in maroon robes, but not missing out on a carefree childhood. As far as I can gauge, the happiness concept is not mere talk. Wherever I look, people appear content, whether it is a monk, a child or women behind shop counters.Inside the monastery, I am surprised when the priest blesses us with a phallus. Legend goes that Lama Drukpa Kunley, who travelled from Tibet to Bhutan, would hit the evil with his penis. He told people that the phallus was lucky and they should keep one in their home to drive away evil spirits. That is why many houses have graphic paintings of phalluses. I am rather amused to see all this.Back in Thimphu, we roam around the market. Even small shops here have a bar and you can pick up local liquor from the general stores as well, but smoking is frowned upon and banned in public. On our last evening in Thimphu we visit Bhutan Kitchen, a popular restaurant. Food in Bhutan is spicy. The fiery red chilli is a staple, which they tend to throw into practically every dish. I could not get enough of Ema Datshi, the national dish made with green chillies in a cheese sauce. The meal starts with Ara, a potent local drink made of grains like rice, wheat and barley. We then have the Bhutanese staple red rice, served with chilli beef, and the meal turns out to be amazing.I head back to Paro and then finally need to pack my bags for our return journey. These four days have been like time out from my world of rush, hurry and noise and I cannot help wishing that I could also pack some of the leisure, calm and serenity of this magical land to take back with me forever.advertisementadvertisement At a glanceGetting there: MakeMyTrip runs packages that include charter flights from Delhi/ Mumbai to Paro. Tour Fare: Rs. 33,333 onwards per person.When to go: March to November is the best season.Must doStay:Paro: Affordable: Tashi Namgay Resort; tel: +975 08 272 318; www.tnr.bt. Cost: Rs. 2,900 for two.Luxury: Zhiwa Ling; tel: + 975 08 271 277; www.zhiwaling.com. Cost: Rs. 11,250 for two.Thimphu: Affordable: Namgay Heritage Hotel; tel: +975 02 337 113; www.nhh.bt. Cost: Rs. 3,700 for two.Luxury: Amankora Thimphu; tel: +975 08 272 333; www.amanresorts.com. Cost: Rs. 58,000 (approx) per person.Eat: It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are open to experimenting try butter tea. It is salty and made from yak milkShop: Beef or red chilli pickle from the farmers market in Thimphu.See: The 51.5 metre high statue of Shakyamuni Buddha close to Thimphu. It is the tallest statue of Buddha in the country.FYICurrency in Bhutan: Indian currency is accepted in Bhutan. It is on par with Bhutan’s currency, Ngultrum. However, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 bank notes are not accepted. It is best to take lower denominations from the bank or airport before. These can be used in hotels and most of the shops.Hot dealA hill getaway: MakeMyTrip offers a 7 night/8 day package with airfare, breakfast, dinner & sightseeing for Rs. 33,333 per person. www.makemytrip.com advertisementlast_img read more

John McEnroe to coach Milos Raonic at Wimbledon 2016

first_imgJohn McEnroe says he is returning to Grand Slam tennis – as a coach.The seven-time major title winner said Friday on the Eurosport show “The Commissioner” that he is going to be a consultant to Canada’s Milos Raonic at Wimbledon, which begins next month.McEnroe won three championships at the All England Club in the early 1980s. He is in Paris to work as a TV analyst during the French Open.Raonic was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2014 and made it that far again at this year’s Australian Open.Raonic is seeded No. 8 at Roland Garros, where he won his third-round match Friday. He is being coached in Paris by 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti.last_img

Katy Perry suffers wardrobe malfunction on stage

first_imgLos Angeles, May 29 (PTI) Pop star Katy Perry suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while performing at BBC Radio 1s Big Weekend.The “Chained to the Rhythm” singer flashed her underwear as she was crouching down on stage, reported Ace Showbiz.Perry opted for a metallic look for the gig, sporting a silver sequin dress paired with matching silver blazer.She gave a touch of fierceness to her appearance by donning a heavy eye make up.The “Roar” hitmaker completed her look with dangling silver earrings and white Nike sneakers.The “Firework” singer delivered a powerful performance as she crooned several of her hit songs.The 32-year-old singer later dedicated an acoustic version of “Part of Me” to the victims of Manchester concert bombing.”I think that you guys are extremely beautiful and I think that were all extremely brave and were all in this together, arent we?” she said.”And you know what? We will still dance, we will still sing, we will still make music. This next one goes out to Manchester and to all the people that know what it means to love music and be a community because of it.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

Toronto stock index falls on down day led by technology sector stumble

first_imgTORONTO – Weakness in technology stocks and commodity prices brought Canada’s main stock index down Friday.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed off 61.78 points at 16,393.95.“There are not a lot of strengths in the market today,” said Michael Currie, vice-president and investment analyst at TD Wealth.“In Toronto, the technology sector is getting particularly hard hit. Constellation Software missed its estimates and is down over eight per cent today and a couple of big names, like Shopify and BlackBerry, are also down today. So that’s been the biggest drag on the TSX.”He said bright spots on the market were few but included transport firm TFI International, up on strong quarterly results.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.56 cents US, up 0.02 of a US cent from Thursday’s average value of 76.54 cents US, while the September crude contract fell 92 cents to US$68.69 per barrel and the September natural gas contract rose two cents to US$2.78 per mmBTU.“It is a bit of a shocker in the sense that you have oil down a dollar today and the U.S. government came out with really strong economic data,” said Currie.“Both of those things usually work against the Canadian dollar … so I guess that’s a very good sign for the loonie.”He suggested that unease related to trade tensions and the stalled North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations are beginning to lift, allowing more optimism about Canada among market participants.A steep drop in Twitter and further losses for Facebook pulled technology stocks lower on Wall Street for a second day, even as other sectors climbed in response to a report that the U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 per cent, the fastest pace since 2014.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 76.01 points to 25,451.06, while the S&P 500 index fell 18.62 points to 2,818.82 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 114.76 points to 7,737.42.The August gold contract was down $2.70 to US$1,223.00 an ounce and the September copper contract fell two cents to US$2.80 a pound.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

No sales tax but Alberta premier says wait and see for detailed

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she won’t bring in a sales tax, a health premium or a payroll tax and will wait until closer to the provincial election to outline further details.“Stay tuned for the rest of it,” Notley said Friday.She wouldn’t say whether she will propose changes to the progressive income tax her NDP brought in to replace the former government’s flat tax. Kenney has promised to abolish the carbon tax as his first order of business should his party form government. He says it is a punitive tax on workers and families with no demonstrable benefit in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Kenney has assailed the carbon tax as a symbol of an interventionist, misguided NDP that decided to increase fees on Albertans during an economic downturn.Kenney has not revealed specifics of his party’s tax platform. The rank and file voted last year to bring back the flat tax on income, but Kenney has said he has not decided if he will go along with that.He wants to see this year’s budget to get a better handle on the province’s money situation, but has said the overall goal needs to be reducing taxes on employers and families. “What I will say now is that we are committed to maintaining the tax advantage that low- and middle-income, middle-class Albertans currently enjoy.”Notley’s government axed Alberta’s 10 percent income flat tax and increased the levy on high-income earners shortly after the New Democrats won the 2015 election.Her government also increased the corporate tax to 12 percent from 10 percent and reduced the small business tax to two percent from three.The NDP also brought in a carbon tax on gasoline and home and business heating tied to fossil fuels. Rebates are made to low- and middle-income families.Tax policy, the economy, and how best to boost the oil and gas industry are expected to dominate the election, which must by law be held sometime in March, April or May.Both Notley and Jason Kenney’s Opposition United Conservatives are focusing on tax policies as economic issues, but also as broader symbols of what they call their opponent’s fundamental failings.center_img Notley said returning to the flat tax would only benefit high-income earners and the suggestion is symbolic of a UCP she says is run by and for well-heeled insiders.“I’m not interested in giving a $700-million tax cut to the top one percent of Albertans,” she said.Notley said Alberta already has an estimated $11-billion year tax advantage or better compared with other provinces.Alberta also has multibillion-dollar deficits that both the UCP and the NDP say will take about four years to bring back to balance.“Everyone wants us to get to a balanced budget so that what we’re doing is sustainable,” Notley said.“So when you make tax cuts (as Kenney suggests), what you have to do then is … pull back from services in order to maintain that path to balance.”Notley is also accusing the UCP of pushing back-door taxes by having Kenney discuss user-pay infrastructure. She said that can only mean road tolls, which would punish businesses and families.The United Conservatives have responded by saying the NDP has left the province in a deep financial hole and it’s imperative to look at other revenue options to fund “needed industrial infrastructure.”The party says it has never suggested putting tolls on “existing public infrastructure.”last_img read more

Security Council to remain deeply involved with Iraq in April President says

Video of Council President’s press briefing In a press briefing on the Council’s monthly work programme, Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico recalled that the issue of the DPRK was referred to the Council in a letter sent by the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in which he reports on the status of relations between the Agency and Pyongyang.The topic would be tackled on 9 April, one day before the DPRK would be dispensed from its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, from which it had withdrawn, Ambassador Aguilar Zinser noted, adding that it was important to make sure that the results of the meeting were constructive in terms of finding a solution to that serious problem of international scope and relevance. Based on the consultations, the Council had unanimously decided to ensure that all its Members supported its decision on the matter.Turning to Iraq, Ambassador Aguilar Zinser said that although there were still deep differences of opinion within the Council, it had been decided that the short-term focus would be on humanitarian assistance to Iraq. That was not yet reflected in the work programme, however, because there was agreement that the humanitarian agenda would be developed as time went by and as the situation evolved. The Council will hold regular consultations on the matter, at least once a week.Possibilities will also be explored in connection with humanitarian access and political and diplomatic measures to bring an end to hostilities, the Council President said. “I will not pretend that this is not an extremely difficult topic,” he said, for the divisions were still extremely clear-cut. Also important was the subject of post-conflict rebuilding of Iraq, which was already being discussed in the background, but no consultations have been scheduled on that issue for the moment.The work programme will also include open briefings on Afghanistan and the Middle East, Ambassador Aguilar Zinser said, as well as two meetings scheduled at the initiative of Mexico. The first, on 11 April, will deal with the participation of regional organizations, including the Organization of African Unity, the Arab League, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The objective of the meeting would be to look at the collective security agenda from the regional perspective in the light of the new challenges.The second meeting, on 29 April, will be held away from UN Headquarters in New York at the Council of the Americas, and is intended to address the part played by civil society organizations in conflict and their connection with the United Nations. read more

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 43year low

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 43-year low by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 30, 2016, file photo, job recruiters work their booths at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of first-time applications who applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 1973 last week, evidence that businesses are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless benefits fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 235,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 253,500.The number of people receiving benefits fell 66,000 to 1.98 million, the fewest in more than 16 years.THE TAKEAWAY: Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and have remained below 300,000 for 89 straight weeks. That’s the longest streak since 1970.All those figures indicate that job cuts are very low. Businesses are hungry for workers and are reluctant to let go of any that they have. Hiring is typically healthy in such cases.“Clearly the latest news … sent an upbeat signal about the labour market,” Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan, said.Some of the drop may reflect last week’s Veterans’ Day holiday, Silver said. The government sometimes has difficulty seasonally adjusting for the holiday, Silver said, meaning that applications could bounce back up next week.Companies have slowed their hiring from last year but are adding jobs quickly enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. The economy gained 161,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 per cent.KEY DRIVERS: The economy is showing signs of acceleration after sluggish growth earlier this year. Growth was just 1.1 per cent in the first half of 2016, but rose to a 2.9 per cent pace in the July-September quarter.Americans ramped up their shopping in the past two months and a separate report Thursday showed that home construction soared in October.Those trends should boost growth in the final three months of the year to roughly a 2.5 per cent annual pace. Still, growth will likely come in below 2 per cent for the full year.The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 1973 last week, evidence that businesses are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.The Labor Department says that applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 235,000 last week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 253,500.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, which have fallen to near-record low levels, according to separate government data. Hiring is typically solid when layoffs are scarce, suggesting that steady job gains should continue.Companies have slowed their hiring from last year but are adding jobs quickly enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. The economy gained 161,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 per cent. read more

BU 4U retention funding returns for 201819

During a celebration of last year’s retention grant efforts, it was announced the program’s success has led to another year of funding.Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International, revealed at the Sept. 19 event that another $250,000 will be used to fund BU 4U Retention and Graduation Grants in 2018-19.Having impacted nearly 16,000 students in 2017-18, the grants aim to increase the overall retention and graduation rates of the University by supporting accessibility, mobility, student-centred learning and pedagogy.The $250,000 available will fund new and returning initiatives for the present academic year.Mandigo said the new funding was a direct result of the wide-ranging efforts of those who participated in the inaugural year, which included academic retention initiatives to promote experiential learning and learning skills tutorials for first-year students; graduation support for non-traditional and transfer students; and increased retention through intramural sport participation.“We saw tremendous uptake across the University and we had projects running at the institutional, Faculty and departmental levels,” he said. “The initiatives that arose from the funding impacted a cross section of the entire campus. Everyone was highly engaged and the large number of students impacted highlights that.”Though the initiatives are diverse, Mandigo said they all contribute to an increased level of retention and graduation rates amongst Brock students. The initiatives also prepare students to positively influence others.“We talk a lot about the student experience. The most important part of that experience is seeing them reach their academic dream and cross the stage,” he said. “They work hard to get into university, and we want to commit to provide the supports that will help them thrive and be successful, not only in their individual accomplishments but also as they impact communities locally and around the world.”Mandigo said the positive perception of last year’s projects by students and the units that initiated them has led to many of the initiatives looking to expand their efforts this year.“New initiatives are welcome and existing projects can put in a proposal to continue their funding as well,” he said. “We hope that many of the new applicants will partner with existing projects to share best practices.”Those interested in applying for the grants are invited to submit their completed applications to the Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International at vpemi@brocku.ca by Oct. 31.Applications will be reviewed by the Enrolment Management Committee, and applicants will be notified by Nov. 16 regarding the committee’s decision.For more information, view the BU 4U Retention and Graduation Grants information and application form on SharePoint or email vpemi@brocku.ca read more

30B bond GuySuCo appropriating funds for unauthorised expenses SPU Head

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlmost $2B of $30B bond dispersed to GuySuCo to cover operational expenses- SPUAugust 20, 2018In “Business”SPU Head says $30bn syndicated bond secured for GuySuCo estatesMarch 28, 2018In “Business”GuySuCo gets new CEO, Board to be installed soon- HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “Business” SPU Head, Colvin Heath-LondonThe National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL’s) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) head, Colvin Heath-London is accusing the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) of using money from the syndicated bond it raised for unauthorised purposes.Heath-London, made it clear, in a statement, that GuySuCo had appropriated the funds for unauthorised expenses.His concern comes after reports surfaced that Republic Bank had halted GuySuCo’s bond financing over misuse of funds.In fact, Heath-London has said Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and GuySuCo have appeared disinclined to use the monies for capitalising the Corporation.According to Heath-London, this has caused lenders to express alarm at the way things are unfolding with the bond.The executive also noted that GuySuCo is supposed to generate enough revenue to offset day-to-day expenses and debt. Heath-London added that NICIL is willing to fund GuySuCo’s programme.NICIL, earlier this year, acquired a $30 billion syndicated bond at a rate of 4.75 per cent interest to spend on capitalising GuySuCo’s remaining estates. It subsequently emerged that part of the bond was used by GuySuCo to repay interest on another debt.As the bond has strict requirements for how it would be used, Managing Director of Republic Bank, Richard Sammy, wrote to the bond trustees, Hand in Hand Corporation, to complain.The Bank also called for a full explanation as to the apparent breach of the terms of the Trust Deed.Hand-in-Hand had written to Republic Bank requesting that the purpose of the Trust Deed be changed regarding how the proceeds of the bond shall be applied. While Republic Bank has stated its no objection to the proposed changes to the Trust Deed, it said it remained disappointed that proceeds from the bond were utilised for a purpose other than what was approved.The terms of the bond are five years, since it is expected that the proceeds of the land sale for GuySuCo would be used to repay the facility. But Minister Holder himself has been publicly critical of the transaction.Notwithstanding GuySuCo’s financial woes, some 14 companies hailing from as far as Canada and as near as Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana have expressed interest in purchasing the three sugar estates up for sale.A meeting with these investors and officials from the SPU was held on September 25.According to the Unit, they would have met with the executives to discuss taxes and permits, and NICIL is expecting that they would be able to sell the Rose Hall, Skeldon and East Demerara estates by next year.Some of the topics discussed at the meeting last week included questions about the Government’s energy policy, and whether or not there will be markets for products such as ethanol.Permits for intended workers, the condition of the estates, and whether they are worth buying were also raised. It was indicated that the East Demerara Estate was operational during the last crop, while Skeldon is in preparation mode to open in November.The Rose Hall estate, on the other hand, is expected to be opened in 2019. Bids for the privatisation process are expected to be submitted by October 31.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November of that year, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2,500 workers by the end of that year. That number increased substantially and ended up being over 7,000. read more

New Sandvik RH560 DTH hammer offers enhanced air cycle and piston design

first_imgSandvik says its new H560 hammer “comes as a real innovation for the drilling industry, delivering a long service life that reduces drilling costs. It combines all the reliability of Sandvik RH460 with the simplicity of Sandvik RH510 to provide customers a proven solution.” The enhanced air cycle and piston design deliver the higher striking power, while fewer internal parts provide outstanding reliability, minimising failures and downtime.Many mining companies want to reduce their cost and increase their productivity by using premium hammers without a foot valve, as some consider it to be less reliable. “Sandvik RH560 arrives as an ideal alternative for those who want Sandvik quality hammers without foot valve design.”“Sandvik RH560 delivers another boost for productivity. In tests in varying rock condition, the new design has been proven to deliver up to a 15% increase in penetration rate, with smoother collaring and straighter blastholes. The new hammer provides greater advancement, improved profile-control and reduces overall costs.Higher power output comes from lower air consumption. The hammer improves reliability and economy through optimised air consumption, increasing power and improving lubrication. This enables the drilling of larger holes at the same speed as a smaller hole with a standard hammer, delivering further cost savings. “Now customers can increase drilling productivity while enjoying the reliability and simplicity of the new design. Sandvik RH560 delivers the high impact and energy transfer needed to keep customers and their crews going.”last_img read more

WWE confirms stipluation for Fastlane PPV Kickoff match

first_img Twitter WhatsApp WWE stars Rey Mysterio and Kalisto to compete on “100 Latinons Dijeron” this Friday WWE has confirmed that Kalisto has accepted Alberto Del Rio’s challenge from RAW on Monday night for a 2/3 Falls Match for the WWE United States Championship at this Sunday’s Fastlane PPV live on the WWE Network as part of the Kickoff show.The Fastlane Kickoff show will air live on the WWE Network beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.WWE: United States Champion Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio (2-out-of-3 Falls Kickoff Match) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE 205 Live Results – 1/29/19 (Tozawa vs. Itami, Kanellis vs. Kalisto, Nese suspended) center_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook WWE 205 Live Results – 1/2/19 (Fatal 4-Way Qualifiers for Royal Rumble PPV)last_img read more

Former Unilever COO Harish Manwani may succeed Cyrus Mistry as Tata Sons

first_imgHarish Manwani, the former chief operating officer of Unilever, is being considered as the top contender in the running for the chairmanship of Tata Sons.Manwani was appointed as the global COO for Unilever in June 2011. He retired in December 2014, after more than 38 years of service.According to Sky News, the 62-year-old is likely to replace ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry. The names of Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Indra Nooyi and Arun Sarin are also being considered.Tata Sons, the over 100 billion dollar conglomerate, has set up a team to scout for a new chairman within next four months. The team includes Ratan Tata, Venu Srinivasan, Amit Chandra, Ronen Sen and Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya.The Cyrus Mistry-Ratan Tata row has led to many unsavoury developments since the ouster of Mistry on October 24, including high-profile exits and defamation suits. Nusli Wadia, whose ouster from many Tata Group companies is almost imminent, has threatened to sue the Tata Group for “false” and “defamatory” allegations made against him.Despite his removal, Mistry continues to head the group’s several listed firms such as Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Steel and Tata Chemicals. Several Tata Group firms have called for EGMs, with Tata Consultancy Services on December 13, Indian Hotels on December 20, Tata Motors on December 22 and Tata Chemicals on December 23 to seek Mistry’s ouster.Tata Power will be declaring its Q2 results on November 29.last_img read more

Spotify takes a page from Wikipedias playbook

first_imgImage: spotify/screenshotOnce you’re logged in, you’re able to add edits to things like explicitness, language, genre, mood and “aliases” — other ways people refer to the song.For example, some people might refer to Blur’s “Song 2” as that “woo-hoo” song or might call “Dilemma” by Nelly and Kelly Rowland, the “no matter what I do” song. Spotify is dabbling in crowdsourced information, taking a leaf out of Wikipedia’s book.The music streaming platform has started collecting suggested metadata edits from its users.Spotify has allowed listeners access to its music metadata editor, Line-In, in an effort to collect a wide range of different user responses.In a statement, Spotify said it hopes to learn from listeners’ descriptions of music. “By experimenting with this tool, we hope to better understand how Spotify listeners interpret music, so that we can improve experiences for both listeners and artists.”If you use Spotify’s desktop app, you’ll be able to “suggest an edit” by clicking the three little dots beside an artist, album, or song title. Spotify wants to know if you call Blur’s “Song 2” the “woo-hoo” song like most people.Image: brittany herbert/mashableBy Shannon Connellan2018-03-13 01:18:00 UTCcenter_img Image: spotify/screenshotYou’re also able to edit the roles of those involved with the song: producers, writers, featured artists etc. The only elements you can’t suggest edits for are the track title, label, duration and cover image. Importantly, unlike Wikipedia, your edits won’t be implemented straight away, instead Spotify will collect and analyze all suggestions.We’ll wait here while people inevitably make up the most ridiculous genres they can think of.[h/t Variety]WATCH: ‘Jurassic World’ is coming to life with augmented realitylast_img read more

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