Venugopal Rao quits cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India batsman Venugopal Rao has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Rao represented India in 16 ODIs, the last of which came in May 2006 against West Indies at Basseterre. The 37-year-old Andhra batsman could amass only 218 runs with a lone fifty to his name in the 11 innings he played for the Men in Blue after making his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla in July 2005. He played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs, which included 17 hundreds and 30 fifties. He also played 65 IPL matches for Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad between 2008 and 2014.last_img read more

Using theatre as a tool for holistic growth

first_imgThe play Abinoshwar is performed by Articoll – the Theatre Group of AICURD, an NGO that has consistently been pursuing its aim to improve the quality of life of marginalised sections of population through community-based programmes of poverty alleviation and socio-economic empowerment with added attention towards Elementary Education, Health and Training for income generating activities, since 1985.Articoll Theatre Group uses Theatre learning as a tool for holistic growth and development and provides it free of cost for its home students who take computer training in the free computer training centre of AICURD. It also conducts regular classes and workshops with eminent visiting faculty from the theatre fraternity. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn December 20, 2018, Articoll started highlighting issues of ‘Youth Struggle’ with its original play ‘Arthur’ which is written and directed by Janani Ray. Articoll’s next original production ‘Simar’ which is a devised musical short play, written and directed by Janani Ray, Choreographed by Umesh Bisht and Madhumita Sen, was presented at the 18th Dilli Bangla Boi Mela (18th Delhi Bengali Book Fair) 2019. Articoll is now out with its third show in the series of productions based on ‘Youth Struggle’ and this is their last of the series. On August 14, 2019, ‘Abinoshwar’ was staged at the Muktadhara Auditorium at 7 pm. Award winning renowned Theatre Director Rabishankar Kar has directed the play, with co-directors Sachin Bisht and Janani Ray, and the play is written by the Amra Kajon Theatre Group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe story focuses on a teenager who is burdened by his father’s dreams. Abinoshwar is forced to join the rat race towards becoming a doctor and leave Benaras to live far away from home in order to pursue his training at XL Coaching Institute. The stark difference between the two worlds create unforeseen and extremely disorienting circumstances for Abi and his strength to move on is jolted. Abinoshwar moved people with its flawless performances and received many compliments from the audience. Shri Niloy Roy, Dean, Shri Ram Centre, graced the occasion as Guest of Honor. He congratulated and complimented the entire team for putting up a highly successful show. The cast of the play includes Akash Rajput as Abinoshwar Majhi, Abhishek as Deveshwar Majhi, Asma as Kamla Majhi, Promila as Sangita Majhi, Moin Sultan as Alok Kumar Bhattacharjee, Siddharth as Dr Pradhan, to name a few.last_img read more

CanniMed postpones shareholder meeting to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis

first_imgSASKATOON – CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is postponing a key shareholder meeting to give it time to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis Inc. which has made a hostile takeover offer for the company.Trading in CanniMed shares (TSX:CMED) was halted pending the news.The meeting had been set for Jan. 23 for CanniMed shareholders to vote on its plan to issue shares in its acquisition of Newstrike Resources Ltd. The meeting will now be held on Jan. 25.CanniMed cautioned “there is no certainty that any such discussion will result in an agreement among the parties in respect of a transaction or in any change to the terms of Aurora’s offer.”Aurora (TSX:ACB) has made an all-stock offer for the company worth up to $24 per share. However, the offer requires CanniMed to drop its plans to acquire Newstrike.CanniMed has urged its shareholders to vote in favour of the Newstrike deal, but three of the Saskatoon-based company’s biggest shareholders representing 38 per cent of outstanding shares have signed lock-up agreements backing Aurora’s bid.Newstrike shareholders (TSXV:HIP) voted overwhelmingly in favour on Wednesday of the acquisition of the company by CanniMed.last_img read more

Moroccos Health Ministry to Reduce Price of Cancer Medicines

Rabat – Minister of Health Anas Doukkali has released a list of the 210 drugs to be reduced in price. The official list of new prices has been posted online, starting on page 61 of an 86-page document. The newly released list includes medicines for chronic illnesses such as cancer and mental illness.The list shows the prices for the public before and after the reduction, as well as the prices at the hospital before and after being reduced.The Ministry’s decision to reduce prices is an example of implementation of the national drug policy, specifically decree 2.13.852, issued on December 19, 2013. Since putting this policy into effect, the ministry has been reducing the cost of drugs in groups of two or three hundred.So far, over 3,000 pharmaceutical medicines are now more affordable for the public.The medicines chosen for reduction are those used to treat chronic illnesses including cancer and mental illnesses.Read also: Moroccan Scientist Develops New Cancer Treatment read more

FCID asked to probe match fixing attempt

The Minister said that two people who had assisted the National team during training at the Kettarama stadium had made the approach. The Minister said that he was concerned the Sri Lanka Cricket Board did not do proper background checks on those who got close to the National team during training sessions.“Its is the full responsibility of the cricket board to be fully aware of who gets close to the team when they are training,” he said. The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) has been asked to investigate an attempt to convince two Sri Lankan cricketers to fix a match.Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that he filed a complaint with the FCID after he was informed that leading cricketers Kusal Janith Perera and Rangana Herath had been approached and asked to fix a match. He said that one person used to bowl at the team when they practice at the nets at the cricket stadium. The Minister said that inquiries had revealed that the issue was serious and so he made a complaint with the FCID. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pochettino Alli not certain for Man City game

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is remaining cautious over Dele Alli’s comeback ahead of Monday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester CityThe 22-year-old midfielder has returned to training after being sidelined with a recurring hamstring problem for the past month.Alli, who was also absent for England over the recent international break, is believed to be in contention to make his return to action at Wembley.It will be his first appearance since Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Watford on September 26.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while feeling optimistic about Alli’s progress, Pochettino is reluctant to force him back into action before he is ready.“Yes I think it’s good news but we need to be careful. He started today with the group,” Pochettino told reporters on Football London.“Sure we hope he will be available for Monday but I’m not sure if we’re going to put him in the squad or not.”Injured defenders Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose will likely remain on the sidelines for Spurs as they continue to recover from their hamstring and groin issues respectively.last_img read more

ASA Commends Senate Ag Committee on Completing Farm Bill MarkUp

first_imgBy a vote of 12-4, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, referring the legislation to the full Senate. The American Soybean Association (ASA) voiced its support for the bill late last week, and ASA President Steve Wellman, a farmer from Syracuse, Neb., had this to say about the Committee’s action today:”ASA is very pleased with the Senate Agriculture Committee’s work today, and throughout the Farm Bill process. As passed by the Committee, this legislation will serve the needs not only of soybean farmers, but of the entire farming community. The dedication shown by Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts, and the entire Committee is recognized and appreciated by the soybean industry, and has resulted in a bill that not only provides important risk management tools and funding for export promotion, energy, biobased products and research, but also helps agriculture do its part to address the nation’s budget deficits.”ASA is encouraged that the bill includes a revenue-based risk management program that is equitable between crops, and will partially offset losses incurred at either the farm level or the county level. Other key features of the bill include its consolidation of multiple conservation programs, targeting of conservation funding toward conservation measures on working lands versus land retirement, authorization and funding for the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture, full funding of the Foreign Market Development Program (Cooperator) and Market Access Program (MAP), and mandatory funding for ASA’s two Energy Title priorities, the Biobased Market Program and the Biodiesel Education Program.”ASA again expresses its full support and commends the Committee for its work on this important legislation. We look forward to continuing to work with the Senate Agriculture Committee to enact an effective farm bill for American soybean producers in 2012 as the bill now moves to the Senate floor.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-7024, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Readers Digest Gets ExBlueprint Exec

first_imgReader’s Digest has appointed Tom Prince, who conceived and oversaw Martha Stewart’s failed Blueprint magazine, as its executive editor. Prince had been Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s vice President and development editor.Prince’s hiring is the first for editor Peggy Northrop, who jumped ship from More to RDA last fall.Prior to MSLO, Prince was an executive editor at Real Simple from 2001 to 2004 after spending seven years at Allure. Prince also spent 10 years at New York Magazine, where he became deputy editor in 1994.last_img read more

Musher Brent Sass lead dog dies days before K300

first_imgMusher Brent Sass is no stranger to the Kuskokwim 300. Photo: Chris Pike/KYUK-Bethel.The dog that lead Brent Sass to victory in last year’s Yukon Quest has died unexpectedly. Sass is coping with the loss as he prepares to start the Kuskokwim 300 in Bethel.Download AudioBrent Sass’s lead dog, Basin, died earlier this week. The Eureka musher is in Bethel for the 37th annual Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. Sass was in a remote area and wasn’t sure what happened to the 5-year-old dog.“I left the dogs camping like I always do and when we came back down to the dogs, something had definitely happened. He’d gotten sick and was not in a good way. It went downhill fast.”The area they were in was so remote that they weren’t able to bring Basin to a veterinarian.“We did as much as we could. We gave him fluids and warmed him up and put him in a cabin — we did all we could to try and get him warmed up. But we couldn’t (save him). We did all we could given the circumstances.”Basin’s death is a huge loss to the team which will now number at 18 dogs for the race. Sass said only time will tell how the healing process will be for his dogs.“We’re all still in the grieving process. When we get out on the trail… time will tell, you know? I think it’s going to be a healing process. Whether it makes us go fast or slow… I think I’m going to find out when we get out there.”Twenty-five mushers from all over Alaska and Canada picked up their bibs for race which starts this evening at 6:30 p.m. in Bethel. Racers are expected to arrive at the finish line in Bethel this Sunday.last_img read more

Bangladesh Myanmar need to engage UN in Rohingya repatriation HRW

first_imgRohingyas from Myanmar cross the border to stream towards Ukhia in Bangladesh. 16 October, Anjuman Para, Palongkhali, Ukhia. Photo: Saiful IslamAn agreement by Bangladesh and Myanmar to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees by 23 January 2018, creates an impossible timetable for safe and voluntary returns, says Human Rights Watch.The rights body recommended shelving it, sending a letter to the two governments.The HRW suggests, international donors, who would be needed to fund the massive repatriation effort, should insist that Myanmar and Bangladesh invite the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to join in drafting a new tripartite agreement that ensures adherence to international standards.Since late August 2017, more than 645,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled a campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces and sought asylum in Bangladesh.HRW said it had interviewed more than 200 of the refugees. “Many said that they wish to eventually return home, but that they do not believe it is safe to return to Myanmar for the foreseeable future and until their security, land, and livelihoods can be ensured,” the rights group pointed out.“Myanmar has yet to end its military abuses against the Rohingya, let alone create conditions that would allow them to return home safely,” said Bill Frelick, HRW’s refugee rights director.“This agreement looks more like a public relations effort by Burma (Myanmar) to quickly close this ugly chapter than a serious effort to restore the rights of Rohingya and allow them to voluntarily return in safety and dignity.”On 23 November, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an “Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State” on behalf of “residents of Rakhine state” who crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh after 9 October 2016 and 25 August 2017.HRW mentioned that the agreement makes no reference to the cause of most of the forced displacement: a campaign of killings , widespread rape, and mass arson carried out by Burmese security forces that amounted to crimes against humanity.“The agreement also fails to identify the displaced either as Rohingya or as refugees,” the right body added.It maintained that voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity as required by international law will not be feasible until the Myanmar government demonstrates its willingness and ability to ensure full respect for returnees’ human rights, equal access to nationality, and security.The agreement expresses Myanmar’s commitment to “take necessary measures to halt the outflow of Myanmar residents to Bangladesh” – which raises grave concerns since everyone has a right to flee persecution in their own country, the HRW said.The agreement also makes no direct reference to non-refoulement, the principle of international refugee law that prohibits the forcible return of refugees to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened, it further said.And, it added, the agreement restricts returnees’ freedom of movement to Rakhine State in “conformity with existing laws and regulations,” many of which discriminate against the Rohingya.HRW pointed out that several Burmese officials have spoken about putting Rohingya in “camps.” “This would be an unacceptable approach to their return as camps set up after previous anti-Rohingya violence have led to de facto detention and segregation,” HRW said.It mentioned that while the agreement says that Bangladesh will immediately seek assistance from UNHCR to carry out safe and voluntary returns, Myanmar agrees only “that the services of the UNHCR could be drawn upon as needed and at the appropriate time.”“After the widespread atrocities, safe and voluntary return of Rohingya will require international monitors on the ground in Burma,” Frelick said. “This means a central role for the UNHCR, the only UN agency with a statutory mandate to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees.”HRW recommended that given the critical flaws in the agreement, Burma and Bangladesh should invite UNHCR to join in the drafting of a new tripartite agreement.last_img read more

Facebook Launches Program to Pay People Who Report Data Abuses

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The data-abuse bounty program is Facebook’s latest response to the debacle surrounding the misappropriation by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica of the social platform’s user data. Info on up to 87 million Facebook users, most of them in the U.S., was sold to Cambridge Analytica without the users’ consent or knowledge, according to Facebook. U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica has claimed it obtained records on only 30 million Facebook users through a researcher and has repeatedly denied reports that it used that info as part of its work for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Facebook’s mishandling of the Cambridge Analytica situation has put it in the political hot seat — and ultimately could lead to new regulations governing data privacy. Facebook also faces a potentially massive fine if the FTC concludes that the company violated a 2011 consent decree requiring explicit user consent to share data.CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee Tuesday, in a hearing that starts at 2:15 p.m. ET. He’s also on deck for a similar appearance before a House committee on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.The Facebook Data Abuse Bounty program will “reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence,” Greene wrote.Facebook said that if it confirms data abuse, it will promptly disable the offending app “and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary,” Greene added. More info is available at Popular on Variety center_img Mark Zuckerberg has a new talking point as he faces a grilling before Congress: Facebook announced a new program to pay people who report “any misuse of data by app developers.”Facebook didn’t explicitly say how much it will fork out, saying the compensation will be based on “the impact of each report,” similar to its existing bug-bounty program. While there’s no maximum Facebook is willing to pay, some bug reports have resulted in payments of as much as $40,000, Collin Greene, Facebook’s head of product security, wrote in a blog post Tuesday outlining the program.“Cases that prove to be true can get a reward starting at $500 minimum,” Facebook explains in an FAQ on the new program. “We determine bounty amounts based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) impact, data exposure, number of affected users and other factors.”last_img read more

British government to fund 3D laser cameras for highway crash site investigations

first_img Explore further Image: Wikipedia The way things are done now is, investigative officers use measuring tape or string to calculate the distance between crashed vehicles, length of skid-marks, etc. They then take photographs of the scene; afterwards, the data is analyzed and graphs and reports made. The use of new laser technology however can reduce the time it takes to do all of these things. The laser camera, mounted on a tripod, is panned slowly over a portion of the scene during which objects in the scene are automatically measured for distance and multiple line segments created to replicate what is found, resulting in a 360 degree high-resolution image.Using such a system is far more accurate (within millimeters) than that done by hand measuring and a single sweep takes only about four minutes to complete, and the typical crash scene generally requires only four sweeps, which means the whole operation can be done in just fifteen or twenty minutes.Because of this the British government has announced that it is providing £2.7 million in funding to several police districts for the purchase of 37 of the laser camera systems, which should, the government says, cut backup times by an average of 39 minutes.The camera systems were developed independently by the Austrian based company RIEGL and the Swiss company Leica Geosystems. The two types of laser camera systems offer slightly different features, such as differences in the size of the beam deployed and the use of GPS to precisely pinpoint the accident locale. One system typically costs approximately £50,000.Many people that study technology trends expect that such camera systems will soon become the norm for accident investigations in most countries and that new features will be added, such as using the data recovered to create animations that demonstrate very clearly what went on prior to, and during a crash, thus removing all doubt. Laser-based camera can see around corners Citation: British government to fund 3D laser cameras for highway crash site investigations (2012, January 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 ( — One of the banes of modern existence is surely the time spent in traffic backups. Oftentimes these backups occur as the result of accidents and the resulting investigative work that goes on before cleanup can commence. Such work must be done in order verify what occurred during an accident for both legal and financial reasons, thus, there is little chance of simply doing away with some of them. There does appear to be hope of developing new ways to do that detective work though, as new technology is developed to help speed things along. One of these new technologies involves the use of laser equipped 3D cameras and computer technology, instead of old fashioned photography and legwork. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

No Super Bowl for the Patriots

first_imgNo Super Bowl for the PatriotsEarlier this morning Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon announced via social media that he is taking a leave of absence from the team to address his mental health, and Colin thinks it’s the last nail in the coffin for New England’s Super Bowl chances.Despite Gordon’s reputation for not being reliable, Tom Brady relied on him heavily, and his absence strips Tom of his only legitimate deep threat to keep defenses honest.Brady is still great, but at 41 he can’t elevate what’s around him to win multiple road games in the playoffs, which increasingly looks like the path they’ll have to take to get to the Super Bowl. It’s not happening this year.Also:– Pros and cons of Harbaugh returning to the NFL– Anthony Davis needs LeBron more than LeBron needs him–Guests:Peter King – NBC Sports Senior NFL Writer; Matt Barnes – NBA Analyst and NBA Champion; T.J. Houshmandzadeh – NFL Analyst and former Bengals All-Pro Wide Receiverlast_img read more

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first_img August 17, 2012 — Siemens Healthcare announced an agreement to enhance the syngo Workflow Dose Management module by incorporating eXposure, a comprehensive radiation dose management and reporting solution from Toronto-based Radimetrics.When combined with syngo Workflow RIS, the solution automatically captures the radiation dose information in a diagnostic report without any additional clicks or dictation, saving time for the radiologist. The solution is only available in the United States.There is an increased emphasis on radiation safety, especially in the United States, that has created the need for better dose tracking and monitoring tools. Through this integration, Siemens and Radimetrics will allow hospitals and imaging centers to more easily comply with these types of dose monitoring requirements, and automatically capture radiation dose information without adding extra workflow steps. The integrated solution provides an extensive set of features such as a Cumulative Dose Tracking Scorecard, a Dosimetry Worksheet that incorporates an advanced simulation engine, Protocol Management Tools with support for multiple scanners, and Dose Reporting Dashboards with customized data views.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Technology | August 17, 2012 Siemens Healthcare Adds Radimetrics Functionality to RIS Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more last_img read more

Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption

first_imgGuatemalans are steaming. Crowds of them havepoured into the streets this month — some 60,000 on May 16 alone — to protest corruption and demand the ouster of President Otto Pérez Molina.Triggered by the scandal over a giant scheme of import tax fraud, the widening crisis already has toppled the nation’s vice president, the energy minister, the Central Bank governor and interior minister.Social upheaval has a deep history in Guatemala, where Marxist-inspired guerrillas battled security forces from 1960 to 1996, leaving 200,000 dead.What’s new, and encouraging, is the popular revolt against resurgent corruption, which has reignited partisan feuds and sapped confidence in the country’s still-wobbly democratic institutions at a time when this nation of more than 14.6 million may need them most.Latin America is no stranger to bureaucrats on the take. The region traditionally merits dismal ratings on Transparency International’s annual corruption perception index. In 2014, Guatemala ranked a lowly 115th among 175 countries.For a while, paying off officials was brushed off as a necessary lubricant for the cumbersome gears of government service. “Rouba mas faz,” — “He steals but gets things done” — was the unofficial disclaimer in the 1940s for the famously light-fingered but much admired São Paulo governor, Ademar de Barros.No one is winking now. That may be because corruption has grown exponentially. In Brazil, it’s as big as Petrobras, the state oil company, which just reported $2.1 billion in losses to kickbacks and graft.The other reason is that wherever corruption spreads, violence generally follows. The link between bent officials and the region’s fevered murder rate, according to a recent report by Insight Crime — a news portal which monitors illicit activity in the Americas — is organized crime.In recent years, international cartels moving cocaine, arms and laundered money have installed themselves in key transshipment locations in Latin America and the Caribbean. As their franchises expanded, they have converted several countries into global crime hubs.More than greasing the odd palm or exploiting the blind spots of flawed institutions, the cartels — Sinaloa and Zetas in Mexico, the Soles of Venezuela, Colombia’s FARC and Barrio 18 of Guatemala — have systematically crippled law enforcement by capturing local governments or buying entire police departments — often to devastating effect.The most blatant example was the kidnapping and apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students by drug traffickers allegedly in service to the mayor of Iguala, in southern Mexico, last August. In a recent poll, Mexican businesses named lack of public safety as the biggest single obstacle to growth.It’s much the same for El Salvador, where powerful gangs forced government to broker a truce with outlaws, which briefly quelled one of the world’s highest murder rates before the deal fell apart.A 2014 study by The Institute for Economics and Peace concluded that “Latin America clearly remains the world’s most violent region in terms of crime.”The violence also bleeds economies. Honduras — Latin America’s third most crooked country, according to Insight Crime — has the world’s highest murder rate and loses 19 percent of its gross domestic product a year to violence.El Salvador is next, forfeiting 14.5 percent of its national wealth on violence, followed closely by Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala, each foregoing around 10 percent of potential GDP on security, prison maintenance and income of workers who were murdered.Though hardly surprising, the cross contamination of corruption and crime suggests that stopping the bloodshed will take more than best practices and government reforms. It means freeing courts, lawmakers and police from the grip of powerful cartels and their official sponsors, who have a vested interest in preserving the shadows.Look for more crowds in the Guatemalan streets in the days ahead.Bloomberg View contributor Mac Margolis is based in Rio de Janeiro. For more columns from Bloomberg View, visit:© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:State Department official: Real improvement in regional security requires ‘new approach’ Biden urges Central America to tackle poverty, violence, impunity Q&A: Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú hails Guatemala’s ‘great awakening’ Guatemala’s Pérez Molina resigns after judge orders him to face corruption chargeslast_img read more

The Week Ahead A Tough Call for the Fed

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News With the economic picture on the path of improvement, many in the industry are wondering why the Fed was dovish in their decision to keep rates at their current level, while some expect the Committee to return hawkish for future meetings.This week’s minutes from the meeting, released on Wednesday, April 6  2 p.m. (EST), are expected to provide explanation and insight into what the Fed’s plans are this month.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) stated in a press release  following their March meeting that economic activity expanded at a moderate pace despite the global economic and financial developments of recent months.”Against this backdrop, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent,” the FOMC stated. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting further improvement in labor market conditions and a return to 2 percent inflation.””The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run,” the release said. “However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.”In recent speech at the Economic Club of New York Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen remained dovish when questioned about future rate hikes. “A key factor underlying such modest revisions is a judgment that monetary policy remains accommodative and will be adjusted at an appropriately gradual pace to achieve and maintain our dual objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. Reflecting global economic and financial developments since December, however, the pace of rate increases is now expected to be somewhat slower,” Yellen said.National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Chief Economist Curt Long said in response to Yellen’s speech, “These were dovish remarks by Chair Yellen. In focusing on the downside risks to the economic outlook, she bolstered the case for the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision not to increase rates in March and for taking a very gradual approach to normalization. Moreover, she was somewhat dismissive of the hawkish claim that inflation has moved higher recently. Instead, she said, the evidence is flimsy at this stage and that inflation expectations have actually declined. Overall, the comments add serious doubt to the prospect for a rate hike in April.”Steve Murphy U.S. Economist at Capital Economics added, “The Fed opted to leave its key policy rate unchanged at 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent today, while also lowering its projections for the pace of future rate hikes. Nevertheless, as inflation continues to rise and global risks diminish further, we expect the Fed will resume raising interest rates in June. Thereafter, we think a marked acceleration in inflation will force the Fed to raise rates much faster than is widely appreciated.”Also this week:Tuesday, April 5Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 a.m. ESTHearing, “Assessing the Effects of Consumer Financial Regulations,” Senate Banking Committee, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, April 6FOMC Minutes, 2 p.m.Thursday, April 7Jobless Claims, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8:30 a.m. ESTHearing, “CFPB’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress,” Senate Banking Committee, 10 a.m. EST Share Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve Interest rates 2016-04-04 Staff Writercenter_img April 4, 2016 544 Views The Week Ahead: A Tough Call for the Fedlast_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — At some point recently you may hav

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