2G: Last hopes dashed as SC denies bail to Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.A bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and B.S. Chauhan pronounced its verdict after hearing arguments of the accused and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for one-and-a-half hours.The apex court asked the duo to approach the CBI special court once again for bail after framing of charges. It observed that under Section 437 of the CrPC, the accused could re-apply for bail before the lower court.During the arguments, Kanimozhi’s counsel submitted that she would abide by any condition that might be imposed by the court while granting bail to her and insisted that she should not be deprived of her son’s company.Opposing her plea, the CBI said original documents regarding the illegal financial transaction of Rs 200 crore to DMK chief’s family-run Kalaignar TV was yet to be recovered and the accused might tamper with evidence if released on bail.The bail pleas of the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and the chief of Kalaignar TV were earlier rejected by the special CBI court and thereafter by the Delhi High Court. They have been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20.The CBI has named Kanimozhi as a co-conspirator along with former telecom minister A. Raja in the case. It has been alleged that the kickbacks from 2G scam were routed through a maze of companies, but rested finally with Kalaignar TV channel.advertisementKanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam.The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear the bail pleas and asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time. It had also asked the CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the special court.Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the Supreme Court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses could not be ruled out.Earlier, two judges – P. Sathasivam and A.K. Patnaik – before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Ross Taylor says sweep shot best way to put India spinners under pressure

first_imgSenior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is happy that centurion Tom Latham paid heed to his advice to play the sweep and reverse sweep which disturbed the length of Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.Taylor scored 95 and added 200 runs with Latham, who struck an unbeaten 103 in New Zealand’s successful chase of 281 in the first ODI against India in Mumbai.Kuldeep and Chahal bowled 20 overs giving away 125 runs with only a wicket in return.”With the sweep shot, We are able to put pressure on the spinners and forced them to adjust their lengths. I thought he (Latham) did that outstandingly well. I told him to reverse sweep and he did it, and he kept doing it,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference.Taylor said that after fielding for three and half hours in searing heat and unbearable humidity, they needed a good start which Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided them.”Having to field out there for over three and a half hours, we knew we had to get off to a good start and try and negate their spinners. Traditionally, New Zealand come here and struggle up-front in our innings.”Being able to rotate the strike in the right-left combination with Tom, I think you have got to give credit to Gup (Guptill) and Munners (Munro). They set the platform for us and we were able to rotate the strike and take it deep and then we knew we were in a good position in the game,” Taylor gave an insight to their run-chase.advertisementNumerous tours to India for national team and stints with IPL franchise certainly came in handy for the 33-year-old.”I have come here many a times before whether it’s international cricket or IPL. I am not getting any younger and just wanted a bit of a push and just had a bit more intent I think.”Through those middle stages in the past, you take up a far too many dot balls so made a conscious effort of being a bit more busier at the crease, work on a few shots and open up the off side. Tom and I got some runs in the warm-up game and it was nice to bring that form into Wankhede,” Taylor said referring to their respective hundreds in the second warm-up against Board President’s XI.Taylor is expecting India to come hard at them in the second game at Pune, which is expected to be a batting belter.”As long as you win, it doesn’t matter who steps up. Today it was Tom and myself. You have got to give credit to the bowlers as well, it was pretty warm out there.”Boulty (Trent Boult) bowled outstandingly well but still a long way to go,” Taylor quipped.”We know India are going to come at us hard and now it’s one more victory to take the series for us. But we know Pune is going to be a tough wicket to play on and we have to start again and not dwell on this too much,” he added.last_img read more

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File tax returns if you have foreign trips steep electricity bills

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has made income tax return filing mandatory for high spenders even if their taxable income is below the threshold exemption limit of Rs 5 lakh. Those mandated to file returns include people spending more than Rs 2 lakh on a foreign trip or depositing Rs 1 crore in a year in a bank account or paying electricity bill of more than Rs 1 lakh in a year. “Currently, a person other than a company or a firm is required to furnish the return of income only if his total income exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to tax, subject to certain exceptions. Therefore, a person entering into certain high-value transactions is not necessarily required to furnish his return of income,” the Budget documents said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt proposed to amend section 139 of the Income Tax Act to ensure that persons who enter into certain high-value transactions have to furnish their return of income. So, any person who has in the previous year “deposited an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding Rs one crore in one or more current account maintained with a banking company or a co-operative bank; or has incurred expenditure of an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding Rs two lakh for himself or any other person for travel to a foreign country; or has incurred expenditure of an amount or aggregate of the amounts exceeding Rs one lakh towards consumption of electricity” will have to file a tax return. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAlso, any person claiming the benefits of tax exemption from long term capital gains under various provisions under section 54 of the Income Tax Act will have to file a tax return. “Further, currently, a person claiming rollover benefit of exemption from capital gains tax on investment in specified assets like house, bonds etc, is not required to furnish a return of income, if, after claim of such rollover benefits, his total income is not more than the maximum amount not chargeable to tax. “In order to make furnishing of return compulsory for such persons, it is proposed to amend the sixth proviso to section 139 of the Act to provide that a person who is claiming such rollover benefits on investment in a house or a bond or other assets, shall necessarily be required to furnish a return, if, before claim of the rollover benefits, his total income is more than the maximum amount not chargeable to tax,” it said. These amendments will take effect from April 1, 2020, and will, accordingly apply in relation to the assessment year 2020-21 and subsequent assessment years. To discourage cash transactions and move towards a less-cash economy, the Budget also proposed to insert a new section 194N in the Income Tax Act to provide for levy of TDS at the rate of 2 per cent on cash payments in excess of Rs 1 crore in aggregate made during the year by a banking company or cooperative bank or post office to any person from an account maintained by the recipient. “It is proposed to exempt payment made to certain recipients, such as the Government, banking company, cooperative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking, post office, banking correspondents and white label ATM operators, who are involved in the handling of substantial amounts of cash as a part of their business operation, from the application of this provision,” the Budget documents said. It is proposed to empower the Central government to exempt other recipients, through a notification in the official Gazette in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India. This amendment will take effect from September 1, 2019.last_img read more

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HC raps TPDDL for providing electricity to coaching centres without fire safety

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi high court Monday pulled up the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPPDL) for providing electricity to coaching centres in Mukherjee Nagar here without fire safety clearances.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said that discoms and its officers were “turning a blind eye” to the huge electricity consumption by such institutions and were “doing nothing”. “Have you taken any action against any coaching centre in the last five years? People are (moving) so slowly. The approach of your officers is –’my children are not studying there’. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All these centres have so many air conditioning units. Any increase in load would lead to sparking or short circuit, resulting in a fire, like it happened in Surat. All coaching centres without permission of municipal corporation or fire clearance, their electricity should be cut forthwith,” the court said. The bench said the persons running these centres were not poor and were carrying out a “purely business/ commercial activity”. The court was hearing two PILs against the illegal running of coaching centres in Mukherjee Nagar in north Delhi and a plea raising concerns about lack of fire safety measures in schools in the national capital. On the issue of fire safety in schools in the city, Delhi government additional standing counsel Gautam Narayan told the court that there were around 5,495 schools in the national capital of which 3,008 were under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Education.last_img read more

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Hans Raj Hans to pay tribute to martyrs

first_imgTo celebrate the spirit of Sufism, Punjabi singer and Padma Shree Awardee Hans Raj Hans will be performing for a musical concert ‘Jazbaa’. The event, which will be held on March 15 at Siri Fort Auditorium, is a tribute to our martyr soldiers and a way to create awareness about India’s social strength – ‘Cultural diversity and religious unity’ and economical strength ‘One nation one tax’.The singer who is bestowed with so many awards globally for his contribution to music will be weaving magic for delhites. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe will leave you spellbound with his performance and take you back to the era of Punjabi folk music. With chartbusters like ‘Tote Tote Ho Gya Dil’, ‘Dil Chori Sada Hogya’, ‘Khali Dil Nahi Jaan Bhi Hai’, ‘Aaja Nachle’ and many more to his credit, the music maestro is one of the renowned names of music industry. He has also worked alongside Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Hans Raj majorly sings Punjabi Folk and Sufi music but his Indipop albums are equally popular among audience. The musical evening at Siri fort auditorium is being organised by Rudraksha communications in association with the IRS association.last_img read more

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Cam Newton Says Its Cool That Diddy Wants to

Cz he will kick Kaperdick’s ass! #C1N #TheBestEver— Clemson-Sooner Playoff Fan (@lisabeasley70) December 21, 2017 It’s not a competition lmao— James 🎄 (@VHboys) December 21, 2017Hope it actually comes down to the better QB and nothing to do with politics.— jagsonefan (@cadet_Gstone) December 21, 2017 Days after Sean “Diddy” Combs announced his interest in buying the Carolina Panthers, star quarterback Cam Newton has chimed in. The athlete, who is in his seventh season with the Panthers, said he thinks the mogul’s plans are “cool.”“It was amusing,” Newton, who said he doesn’t want Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to sell, tells reporters Wednesday, Dec. 20. “He’s a person that has a lot of influence in the culture so, he’s cool. I don’t know what to expect. I still don’t even know what to expect … I don’t even know how you even sell something of this magnitude. So I’m just gonna stay in my lane, worry about throwing touchdowns on Sunday and let the rest handle stuff.”In a Monday, Dec. 18 video announcement, Diddy said he plans to pit free agent QB Colin Kaepernick against Newton in order to determine who would be the starter. This came after Richardson announced he would sell the team in 2018.“That’s cool. I’m cool with it,” Newton says of the showdown. “Whatever happens, happens. They say two things either happen in competition: either you’re better or you’re worse so I’m all for whatever. But as far as a person [Diddy] that I’ve always looked up to … for that to even be a mention, that’s cool in itself.”Diddy and the PanthersSteph Curry Steps In to Help Diddy Buy Carolina PanthersAnchors Apologize After One Claimed Diddy ‘Smoked a Blunt and Drank a 40’Diddy Is Unbothered By Apologetic Anchors Who Clowned Him, Says He’s Unafraid to DreamShould Diddy, who Forbes reports is worth $820 million, be able to buy the $2.3 billion team, he’d make history as the sole Black NFL team owner. But it seems at least two athletes want to help him make the purchase — including the one he wants to become a Panther.Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry tweeted he wanted “in” on ownership and Kaepernick posted, “let’s make it happen!”Diddy quickly co-signed Curry’s response but has been quieter about his plans with Kaepernick.A source close to the former San Francisco 49er told Yahoo! Kaep has started discussing the launch of an ownership group by contacting venture capitalists, business heads and sports legends. The insider said Kaepernick has a “shared vision” with Diddy to create an ownership group that reflects the 70 percent Black player make up of the NFL.“The interest is real and it’s moving forward,” the source said of the Combs-Kaepernick partnership. “They want to make this a reality. It’s serious.”Still, many are fixated on Diddy’s QB competition between Newton and Kaepernick.How can you not laugh at the suggestion that Kap could compete with Cam?— MyPanthersNewsFeed (@CPanthers1995) December 20, 2017 Cam Newton was asked today about Diddy’s proclamation that if he bought the Panthers he’d let Colin Kaepernick compete for the starting QB job:“It’s cool.” pic.twitter.com/KcIVrcMENC— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 20, 2017 Kaep couldn’t beat Blake Bortles in a QB competition. Cams got nothing to worry about— Childish Benjamino (@BennyUnitas) December 21, 2017 read more

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La gestion des ordures ménagères encore trop chère selon UFCQue Choisir

first_imgLa gestion des ordures ménagères encore trop chère, selon UFC-Que ChoisirJeudi, l’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir a déploré le coût en France de la gestion des ordures ménagères. Le montant de cette taxe a quadruplé en moins de vingt ans, selon l’association. Les Français paient encore trop cher la gestion de leurs ordures ménagères. C’est ce qu’a dénoncé jeudi, l’association de consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir qui a étudié les services fournis dans ce domaine et leurs disparités dans pas moins de 150 communes. À lire aussiLa première barrière flottante anti-déchets sera bientôt testée à San FranciscoAlain Bazot, le président de l’association UFC-Que Choisir a ainsi expliqué lors d’une conférence de presse que la taxe d’élimination des ordures ménagères (TEOM) prélevée dans 24.600 communes avait augmenté de 7,1% en 2009 à 5,4 milliards d’euros. Une augmentation totalement injustifiée d’après leur enquête. “Le montant de cette taxe a quadruplé en moins de vingt ans, sans augmentation exponentielle des déchets à éliminer dans le même temps”, a t-il souligné ajoutant également “les coûts qui peuvent justifier une certaine augmentation, comme des mesures d’évacuation plus drastiques des fumées lors du traitement, n’expliquent pas tout.” Par ailleurs, Jean-Yves Hervez, administrateur national de l’association en charge du dossier, a regretté le manque de transparence au sujet de ces services. Sur les 150 communes étudiés, l’association n’a ainsi pu obtenir les rapports sur le prix et la qualité de gestion des déchets que dans 92 collectivités. “Certains rapports se sont revélés très lacunaires. Près de la moitié ne mentionnaient même pas le coût de la collecte à la tonne ni celui du traitement. Les collectivités pilotent sans tableau de bord”, a déploré l’UFC. Malgré ce manque d’informations, l’association est néanmoins parvenue à établir que le coût d’enlèvement variait grandement entre les communes, passant de 70 euros la tonne à Lyon à 149 euros à Marseille. Mais selon les calculs de l’UFC, dans les 92 collectivités qui ont communiqué leurs rapports, le coût réel du service s’élèverait en fait à 99 euros par habitant. Le 20 octobre 2011 à 19:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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One Year On Instagram Stories More Popular Than Snapchat

first_img Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Stay on target Instagram on Wednesday celebrated one year of Stories—the Snapchat ripoff now more popular than Snapchat.The ephemeral feature has proved a boon for Instagram, which reported an increase in average usage: 32 minutes a day by those under 25, and 24 minutes per day by those 25 and up.And, in the last month alone, more than 50 percent of businesses on Instagram produced a Story; one in five received a direct message in response.Snapchat introduced Stories in October 2013, allowing folks to add text and drawings to photo canvases, which live for 24 hours before expiring. Instagram followed suit last year, later adding face filters and stickers to its vanishing slideshows.“Kudos to Snapchat for being the first to Stories,” Instagram Vice President of Product Kevin Weil said in a May statement. “But it’s a format, and it’s going to be adopted widely across a lot of different platforms.”It’s also going to thrive on different platforms, much to Snap, Inc.’s chagrin.In the first quarter of 2017, the mobile app counted 166 million daily active users—a 36 percent increase over the same time last year. But, still not enough to best its social media rival.“With more than 250 million daily users, Stories made Instagram a place for people to share all of their moments—the highlights and everything in between,” a company blog post said.Check out new celebratory Stories stickers (via Instagram)Instagram has also launched new stickers, giving the Stories community “more ways to celebrate any milestone with friends and family.” Look for the “Happy birthday!” message alongside graphics like a piece of cake, bunting, a trio of balloons, party hat, and confetti.“From stickers to Boomerang, we have rolled out more than 20 new features within Instagram Stories over the past year, making it even easier to add creativity to any photo or video and instantly share it,” the blog said.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Melco launches onsite employee training with DSAL

first_img Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry RelatedPosts Macau concessionaire Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited has launched its first on-site Hotel and Catering Safety Card Training Program in cooperation with the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL), becoming the first integrated resorts operator in Macau to initiate this training for colleagues on-premises.The full day program, conducted at Studio City, was attended by 53 Melco employees from various departments earlier this week and covered OSH topics relevant to the hotel and catering industry such as workplace accident prevention, manual handling, kitchen safety, electricity, fire and heat prevention and emergency response. The training was conducted by Melco colleagues qualified with the Occupational Safety and Health Officer Certificate with guidance from DSAL officers. Enrollees who successfully passed the assessment were issued with Safety Cards on-site. Load More “Melco considers the health and safety of our colleagues and customers a top priority,” said Melco Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho.“We are thrilled to support the DSAL’s commitment to OSH by becoming the first gaming operator in Macau to offer our colleagues on-site Safety Card training specific to the needs of the hotel and catering industry, and look forward to further disseminating knowledge among our colleagues to raise and maintain safety awareness in the workplace.”last_img read more

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Bharosa Centre in Suryapet Collectorate soon

first_imgSuryapet: Superintendent of Police Ravirala Venkateshwarlu stated that police department was committed towards the safety of women and has been working accordingly in the district.On Wednesday, along with Bharosa centres State coordinator Dr Mamata Raghuvar, the SP examined the suitable building to establish Bharosa centre at the District Collectorate and also examined the place for the construction of Bharosa building near Suven Company in the town. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mamata said as part of providing safety to women, Bharosa centres have been established across the State. District Revenue Officer Chandraiah, Administrative officer Pradyumna and other officials accompanied the SP.last_img read more

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Trent scouts JV partner for overseas foray

first_imgKolkata: The Tata retail company Trent Ltd is scouting for a suitable joint venture partner for its overseas ambition, a company official said. “We are still looking for. We want a right partner and a right model,” Trent Managing Director Philip Auld told PTI when asked about West Asia and Africa ventures.Staying cautious on foreign foray, he said the company preferred joint venture as it “shares the risk.” Auld said that initially the Middle East was the first destination and dialogue was under progress for a right partner and things might get crystallised in a year’s time. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2015, Trent Chairman Noel Tata at the AGM had first spelt out the wish to take its retail format to Africa and West Asia but competition, transaction costs, taxes and exchange rates were subjects of consideration for the company before deciding to venture out.Though Auld did not spell out which of the retail format might be taken overseas but Westside was the preferred choice for the company.”In Westside 98 per cent of the merchandise are in-house (except cosmetics) which offers us full control in operation. Some 6-7 years ago external brands share in Westside was 20-22 per cent,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDespite overseas plans, the domestic market will continue to be a major focus market for the Trent and it has already embarked upon a major expansion for its three retail chain brands, Westside, Star Bazaar and Zudio in the current fiscal and also over the next few years, Auld said.”I am optimistic for the mid-term. We’ll open 30 Westside stores this year of which 10 will be in the east.Last year, the number was 18. In the next 3-5 years, we’ll open at least 30 stores a year,” Auld said.last_img read more

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Instagram is back up after a few hours of giving our

first_imgUPDATE: June 14, 2019, 10:23 a.m. AEST Instagram announced that the platform is “fully recovered” and that “[we] apologize for the disruption.” Original story:There must be a glitch in the Matrix because Instagram appears to be down.Beginning around 2 p.m. PT on Thursday, Instagram feeds stopped loading and refreshing for some users. Some received a gray bar saying, “Couldn’t refresh feed.” Instagram also displayed a red box with the message, “We’re sorry, but something went wrong. Please try again.”According to Down Detector, the problem is affecting the East and West Coast in the U.S., as well as parts of Europe and South America.DON’T PANIC! Ok, maybe a little.Image: screenshot: down detectorUsers, as always, turned to Twitter in their time of need for information, and solace.Mashable has reached out to Instagram to ask for more information on the outage.This story is developing… Load, dammit, load!Image: Alvin Chan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesBy Rachel Kraus2019-06-13 22:21:23 UTClast_img read more

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This Robot Can Run Faster Than Usain Bolt

first_imgRobotics has certainly come a long way over the years and with that came movies about the uprising of artificially intelligent robots controlled Skynet or GLaDOS using the ebuyer steam cleaners technology; in reality though, most humans have maintain the advantage of speed over these basic technological beings. That was until Boston Dynamics created a robotic cheetah that can even best Usain Bolt, whose name says it all as the world’s fastest human, in a foot race.Boston Dynamics, with funds from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), has created a mechanical quadruped capable of going 28.3 miles per hour; this speed just nudges by Bolt’s record of 27.78 miles per hour and probably could beat most bicyclists as well. The ultimate goal for the project is to reach a max velocity of about 50 mph in the great outdoors; so far it’s been tethered to it’s little treadmill and has yet to see the light of day.So progress is now upon us and our last hope of survival has been beaten by a beta version of the world’s fastest land animal. Could the Cheetah has great potential in emergency situations and military applications? Let us know your thoughts on this incredible new technology in the comments and enjoy the video of the Cheetah proving its record.[via Boston Dynamics]last_img read more

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Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public politicians

first_imgThe latest salvos were fired last week in a national furor over the attempt to set minimum prices for all medical procedures performed by private practitioners in Costa Rica.On June 27, a consumer group filed a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, over the medical price floors, which were set by the Costa Rican Doctors’ and Surgeons’ Association in May.And on Thursday, Christian Democratic Alliance lawmaker Mario Redondo presented a bill in the Legislative Assembly that would ban all professional associations from setting mandatory price floors.For the past two months, patients, politicians and public health officials have been weighing in — many of them angrily — on the decree passed by the Doctors’ Association, the country’s official medical licensing entity. The decree establishes minimum fees for everything from basic exams to major brain surgery.Many say the proposed prices for some procedures are much higher than current rates, and they’re concerned that a spike in prices for private medical care could push up insurance costs and force more patients to rely on public hospitals, overwhelming already strained resources.The 217-page list detailing more than 9,000 medical procedures and their accompanying minimum fees includes everything from a basic mammogram, ₡15,000 ($27), to surgery to repair a cerebral aneurysm, ₡20 million ($36,600).The price for stitching up a gash up to 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) long on the head, torso, legs or arms would cost ₡210,990 ($380). The same procedure would cost up to ₡703,300 ($1,270) if the wound is bigger than 30 cm (1 foot). (See the full price list below.)Consumer groups claim the fees for some procedures represent increases up to 300 percent.Alexis Castillo, president of the Doctors’ and Surgeons’ Association, disputed that assertion in a public statement, arguing that any price comparison is irrelevant since this is the country’s first official price list for medical procedures.Castillo said the proposed prices were derived from research conducted over the past five years. The Doctors’ Association compiled price data from each medical specialty offered in Costa Rica. It also took into account the complexity of each procedure, how often a procedure is performed and the number of specialists who perform it, among other factors.Castillo said the list would allow consumers to keep a better watch on their medical bills and give them a tool to denounce abusive costs.The decree approving the price list was published in the official newspaper La Gaceta on May 2, which means it’s technically applicable. But the Doctors’ Association suspended enforcement of the new minimum fees until September in order to hear concerns voiced by the public, insurance companies and public officials.Rush on public health services?Health Minister Fernando Llorca said the new prices would force a large segment of the population to seek attention at hospitals and clinics of the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, straining the public health system and taking away business from private doctors.Llorca recently met with the Doctors’ Association and asked it to reanalyze the fees and “come up with a list of prices in line with the country’s situation and the citizens’ ability to pay.”Caja executive president María del Rocío Sáenz said in a public statement that she will wait to see whether the Doctors’ Association issues a revised version of the price list in September before opining on the possible effects on the Caja.“Initially, I think the main impact would be a possible migration of patients from private practice to public hospitals,” Sáenz said, adding that it could also cause a migration of physicians from public hospitals to private practice, attracted by a potentially higher income.Elián Villegas Valverde, president of the National Insurance Institute (INS), which issues mandatory workers’ insurance and private policies, said the proposed minimum prices would increase INS medical costs up to 75 percent and therefore policy premiums could rise up to 89 percent.“That means we will likely see a decrease in the number of people holding an insurance policy and those people will likely begin demanding more services from Caja’s hospitals,” Villegas told lawmakers.The Ombudsman’s Office also weighed in on the medical price floors, saying they would have serious economic and social consequences for the population. Deputy Ombudsman Juan Manuel Cordero sent the Doctors’ Association a letter asking whether the group had evaluated the potential impact of the new prices on the population before signing them into a decree.Citizen action, political oppositionLast Monday, the Costa Rican Free Consumers Association filed a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, arguing that setting price floors violates Article 46 of the Constitution, which guarantees citizens’ rights to economic security and health.The complaint also argues that the Doctors’ Association should have held a public hearing about the proposed prices, and should have consulted with the Health Ministry.Assemblyman Redondo, who chairs the legislative Committee on Public Income and Spending Control, said he’s confident that his bill intended to quash the mandatory minimum prices has solid support in the legislature.The bill is co-sponsored by an unusually diverse coalition of lawmakers, including Epsy Campbell and Ottón Solís from the ruling Citizen Action Party, Otto Guevara from the Libertarian Movement, Julio Rojas from the National Liberation Party and Jorge Arguedas from the Broad Front Party.Besides the social and economic implications, Redondo questioned the legality of the minimum price list. For one thing, he said the approved list includes procedures that are generally performed by nursing assistants or X-ray technicians, not doctors and surgeons.“They even set a price for setting an intravenous drip,” Redondo noted.He also said the decree should require ratification by the president, which has not occurred.Redondo’s bill has just two articles, which would reform Costa Rica’s consumer defense law. The first article would prohibit all professional associations from setting mandatory minimum prices, though they would be allowed to establish suggested prices.The second article establishes a monetary fine of up to ₡42 million ($76,500), equivalent to 100 monthly minimum salaries, for any professional association that fails to comply.See the full 217-page list of medical procedures and their minimum price (in Spanish): Related posts:Doctors’ Association backs down from mandatory medical fees Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Island Escape Cruises on market

first_imgA high-end boutique ocean cruising business – with a new 44-metre luxury yacht – has been placed on the market for sale.The company known as Island Escape Cruises has been operating in New Zealand and the South Pacific for 12-years – delivering cruises to a niche clientele seeking personalised sailing experiences.The company’s long-serving twin-hull catamaran Island Passage was retired from service in 2016 while a replacement vessel, Seasons, was built.Now with a firm delivery date for the new oceangoing ship confirmed, the company, along with the vessel, has been placed on the market for sale for $16 million plus GST.The business and assets are being marketed for sale as a going concern by Bayleys’ tourism and business division.Salespeople Paul Dixon and John Greenwood say that with a brand new boat and selection of tours, Island Escape Cruises is set to enter a new era.Dixon says the company has a varied catalogue of cruises scheduled in for the 2019/20 season, including:Seven-night return from Auckland to the Bay of Islands via Waiheke and Great Barrier islandsEight-night around the sounds of Fiordland National ParkSeven and 10-night voyages around the islands of Tahiti and12-night exploration of the Pacific Islands taking in Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Rarotonga.Multiple departure dates are locked in for SEASONS’ New Zealand-based summer schedule before heading north to the Pacific Islands between June and October.In Tahiti, the ship’s cruising schedule was configured to link up with international flights connecting from the USA, Australia and New Zealand.The post Island Escape Cruises on market appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact All of the Arizona Cardinals’ worst fears heading into Sunday’s Week 5 battle at Philadelphia came true.Without David Johnson and behind a patchwork offensive line, the running game never got going. Though quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t turn the ball over, the passing game’s inflated statistics were a result of volume rather than efficiency.Defensive breakdowns led to the Eagles converting on 3rd-and-long, and special teams woes bit Arizona early. 3Arizona just couldn’t get off the field. Philadelphia went 9-of-14 on third-down conversions, including several 3rd-and-long situations early on. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went 11-of-12 on third downs for 225 of his 304 total yards — three of those completions were for touchdowns.Meanwhile, the Cardinals went 4-of-14 on third-down opportunities themselves.31The running game came to a crawl for the Cardinals, who totaled 31 yards on the ground Sunday. Fourteen of those came on a J.J. Nelson jet sweep in the first half.Meanwhile, starter Chris Johnson rushed nine times for 21 yards with a long of nine yards and an average of 2.3 per touch. Backups Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington combined for -4 yards on four touches as the Cardinals’ offensive line struggled once again. Starting left tackle, D.J. Humphries, was again out, while new signee Earl Watford started at left guard with Mike Iupati on IR and Alex Boone out with a chest injury.4.0That was the Eagles’ rushing yards per carry average. LeGarrette Blount led the way with 73 yards on 13 carries, including a 37-yard rush. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry, and backup Kenjon Barner had five totes for 23 yards (4.6 yards per carry). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Philadelphia Eagles’ Vinny Curry, left, tackles Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) 1 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The end result, a 34-7 loss, has Arizona 2-3 on the year and desperately needing healthy bodies to find stability. Here are the stats that most express the problems for Bruce Arians’ team in the loss — and for the weeks ahead.0-for-1Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson got just one attempt at a field goal beyond 50 yards, but it had no chance. With long-snapper Aaron Brewer out with a broken wrist, the slow timing of the snap by right guard Evan Boehm allowed the Eagles to block it off the kicker’s toe.1The Cardinals went without a turnover until receiver J.J. Nelson lost the ball attempting to stretch it over the goal line with a minute left in regulation.2Hit an additional seven times, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked twice. He completed 28-of-44 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown without an interception as he attempted to make plays behind a struggling offensive line. Pro Football Focus counted him as having four passes that were either dropped by Eagles or broken up by Arizona receivers.50+Two Eagles scores came on deep balls that went for 50 yards or more. Torrey Smith caught a 59-yard touchdown to put the Eagles ahead 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, and Nelson Agholor hauled in a 72-yard ball after beating rookie Budda Baker down the field. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 110Barner took three punts back for 110 yards. That total was bolstered by a 76-yard punt return that put the Eagles in the red zone and set up their second touchdown of the day.12Twelve times, the Eagles targeted tight end Zach Ertz, who finished with six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals struggled to contain receivers at the second level and beyond. – / 29last_img read more

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Malvern Group collapse hits 50000 UK holidaymakers

first_imgMalvern Group has ceased trading, with as many as 50,000 holidaymakers set to be impacted.The company operated two firms, Manchester-based Late Rooms and York-based Superbreak Mini Holidays, known as Super Break. In a statement the company said Super Break hotel-only holidays would be cancelled and people currently on holiday might have to pay again.The company said it “anticipated” bookings through Late Rooms would be secure.Late Rooms, acting as an agent, had not taken money for bookings, which would be payable to the accommodation supplier direct, the company said.ADVERTISEMENTMalvern Group said those on package holidays would be protected by ABTA.The company added its contact centre had closed and it intended to appoint administrators today.ABTA issued advice for customers of Super Break, but said it did not cover Late Rooms.In a statement, it said the “vast majority” of Super Break holidaymakers’ arrangements would be covered through ABTA, ATOL or their credit card companies.“These customers will either be entitled to a refund or, if they have booked through another travel company, they should contact them to discuss options which may include continuing with their booking, re-booking or alternative arrangements,” explained a statement. Super Break has about 250 employees and had approximately 20,000 bookings, involving about 53,000 people.About 400 customers are currently on holiday. Tracey Pye and David Costley-Wood from KPMG Restructuring have been appointed joint administrators to the company. Pye said: “The directors of Malvern Group embarked upon an accelerated sales process to bring further investment into the business. “However, with the cash position of the company deteriorating rapidly, this process was unfortunately unsuccessful, prompting the directors to take the difficult decision to appoint the administrators.“Coming in the midst of the summer holidays, we understand this news will be of grave concern to 23,000 LateRooms.com and 19,000 Super Break customers who have future bookings with the Group.“We continue to invite offers for the business, and would urge any interested parties to make their interest known as soon as possible.”With operations ceasing immediately upon the appointment of the joint administrators, the majority of employees have been stood down while the joint administrators assess options for the business.The joint administrators have retained 43 employees as they continue to seek buyers for the business and its assets. NewerCottonmill spa reopens at Sopwell House OlderAccor welcomes reopening of Raffles Singaporelast_img read more

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