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New Mobile Service ReadyPing Alerts Diners When Table is Ready

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#Real World#web sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts ReadyPing is a new mobile solution for restaurant owners which lets a host or hostess alert customers when their table is ready via a mobile notification. The system, a vast improvement over the restaurant pagers currently in use today, lets diners wander beyond the restaurant’s immediate vicinity – something that would be especially handy for those one hour waits. The only question we have about ReadyPing is this: why didn’t someone think of this sooner?About ReadyPingWhen going out to eat, there’s nothing worse than being told the wait time is 45 – 60 minutes and the restaurant is so over-crowded with customers that you can’t even make your way to the bar. Unfortunately, the only choice customers have today is to crowd in and bear it since the paging systems used by restaurants have such a limited range. This is especially trying when you’re at a restaurant that’s in a mall plaza where other shops, bars, or coffeehouses are only steps away. But instead of being able to kill time in the bookstore, for example, customers have to wait, bored and crowded, in the restaurant’s entry way. ReadyPing solves this problem and does so without the need for restaurants to invest in additional hardware or software. Instead, the system allows for text messages to be sent to the waiting dinner guests. To use the system, a host or hostess enters in the party’s name, number of guests, and a mobile number. When a table becomes available, the host clicks a button to send out a customized text message. The cost of using the system is a flat $34.95 per month for unlimited messaging and there are no setup fees. At the moment, ReadyPing is U.S.-only, but there’s no reason why they couldn’t expand to other parts of the world at a later point.Potential IssuesThere is a potential drawback to using a system like this – and that’s the restaurant customers themselves. Given free range, people will likely wander off much farther away from the restaurant than before and that could delay the time between the text’s delivery and their return by several minutes, possibly even five or ten. This would dramatically slow down the seating process and would frustrate those on the list behind them. Before a restaurant implemented such a system as this, it would be necessary to retrain hosting staff so they understood the potential issues. Perhaps instead of waiting until a table was actually ready before alerts were sent, ReadyPing users could anticipate ahead of time that a table was about to become ready. This would give customers the additional time needed to return to the restaurant from wherever they had ventured off to. Perhaps staff could even work out a system where awaiting customers were pinged as current customers were brought their checks. Further integration with restaurant POS systems to do so would be even better, but something like that may be beyond ReadyPing’s capabilities. Another potential drawback to ReadyPing is that some customers would be hesitant to give out their phone number, despite assurances that data is secured. For those customers, backup pagers may still need to be used or they may need to wait the old-fashioned way – listening for the hostess to call their name aloud. Real-World Mobile TechnologyIn any event, the ReadyPing system is a great example of an application that solves a real-world problem which so many of us can relate to. Thanks to mobile technology, we expect to see more everyday, useful solutions like this in the near future. last_img read more

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Collaboration, Integration, and Maternal Nutrition

first_imgPosted on December 17, 2010October 3, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During the latest Woodrow Wilson International Center Dialogue on maternal undernutrition, Amy Webb Girard highlighted some effects of maternal undernutrition. Anemia, increased susceptibility to infection, depression, fatigue, low work productivity, and poor cognitive development can plague undernourished women. Just as undernutrition has a widespread effect on women’s lives, the root causes of undernourishment are varied and spread across a variety of sectors and areas of programming. In fact, addressing maternal undernutrition with a multi-sector approach was emphasized many times during the policy dialogue.Instead of viewing maternal nutrition in isolation from other maternal health programs, maternal nutrition programs can be combined with other programs to increase the chances of maternal nutrition success. Handing out iron supplements to anemic women who come for antenatal care is not effective if women only seek antenatal care late in their pregnancies, preventing them from taking the full course of iron and folic acid supplements.Similarly, encouraging women to take iron supplements is not useful if hospitals and health clinics do not keep enough tablets in their facility. Combining maternal nutrition programs with, for example, health facility strengthening programs can improve not only the care women receive but also the nutrition women receive from these facilities.How can we ensure that nutrition becomes a critical component of maternal health-focused programs? Although integrating maternal nutrition into a variety of programs is a promising approach, there are a number challenges to integration. Among these challenges, and highlighted by Doyin Oluwole, it can be difficult to keep stakeholders engaged with maternal nutrition, especially as stakeholders must content with shifting and competing priorities.Despite these challenges, it appears that addressing maternal undernutrition as a multi-sector issue could lead to promising change for women.This is the first post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Undernutrition: Evidence, Links, and Solutions.” Read the second and the third.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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PEERING THROUGH THE CRYSTAL BALL X-BLADES NATIONAL 18s 2007

first_imgThe X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships shapes as an extremely competitive tournament in 2007.Trying to choose the winning gold lotto numbers for Saturday night is probably an easier task than predicting the finalists in the respective Boys and Girls divisions of the event.Touch Football Australia enlisted the assistance of several highly regarded Fortune Tellers and Psychics, even hitting up the cast of “Early Edition” to see if we could get a scoop on tomorrow’s news today.We rang Haley Joel Osment from “The Sixth Sense” fame to see if we could get an “I see… winners” out of him… but to no avail sports fans!With all care and no responsibility, we present the crystal ball predictions for 2007…Competition for top two in each pool will be intense as teams steel themselves for a battle royal to finish as high up on the standings as possible in a bid to advance to the Finals series of the showcase event. The Men’s Pool A comprises six teams with Top seeds defending champions Sydney Mets looking the goods to go back to back in 2007.This team has no less than 10 current Australian Youth Squad members in their ranks including National 20 Years Boys kingpins Matthew Moylan, Ezekiel Mears, and Michael Singh.With minimal changes to last year’s all conquering combination, and under the direction of National 18 Years Mixed Coaches Mick Mc Donald and Wade Jenkins, fans are clamoring to put their Darren Lockyer autographed jersey on the well-heeled Mets combination.Brisbane Cobras led by gifted Australian Youth players Rhys Jacks, Oscar Sanft, and Dwayne Conlan have the potential to make an impression on the competition.New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC), with Aussie Youth squad member Cameron Breust calling the shots, and SQBD have undeniable claims in this pool.South Australia make a return to the Boys Division in 2007, and New South Wales Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) will be looking to improve on last year’s 15th position in the tournament 2006 National 18 Years Grand Finalists New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) will be looking to repeat last year’s efforts and claim top spot in the six team Pool B in 2007.Mercurial wonder twins Maurice and John Kennedy spearheaded last year’s title tilt and their absence this year will test the potency of the Blues.The sonic fast feet of National Youth squad member Travis Shaw, and the guile of fellow National squad teammate Jacob Kara will be pivotal in CHS’s attempts to annex the championships.This pool is as wide open as the traffic lanes on the Harbour Bridge on Christmas Day, with a number of teams capable of winning through given the right mix of combination, performance, and a little luck. The Northern Eagles, led by National Youth squad members Albert Kelly, Djjmang Knox, Malcolm Webster, Shaye Moran, and Liam Ayoub will be the big value bet of the tournament.Under the control of National 18 Years Boys Assistant Coach Rick Leuland, the local boys will be one side to test the mettle of the champions with their fleet footed expansive style sure to keep the fans entertained and the opposition on their toes.Sunshine Coast led by current National 18s squad member Tyson Brough will be looking to build on last year’s fifth place with a strong showing in what shapes as a lucky dip pool, with unknown quantities the order of the day.Central Queensland have developed good combinations in recent times and will have impressive National 20 Years Men’s squad member Justin Otto steering the ship as well as lightning quick National 18 Years Boys squad member Kale Johnson on the snap to torment unsuspecting defenders, and could well improve on their 8th position in 2007. Scorpions will have their marquee Australian player Eddie Johnson leading the way and Rebels will be looking to improve on their 2006 tournament.The seven team Men’s Pool C shapes as another closely contested section, with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) the top seeds.(QSST) have struggled in recent years to make an impression at the business end of the tournament, but under National 18 Years Boys Coach Kathy O’Brien, have had a more thorough preparation and will be looking to their National 18 Years Boys representatives Peter Norman, Clargie Saltmere, and Cody Green to lead the way. The fleet footed Kristian Congoo and the clever Matt Hopkin are also key players for the Maroons who are aiming for a finals berth in 2007.The Southern Suns, led by experienced National Youth squad member Steve Naughton, will be a well-drilled outfit under National 18 Years Boys Youth Assistant Coach Barry Jackson.ACT have been working hard on their Junior development program and National 18 Years Squad members Ben Hughes and Josh Wilkinson will provide leadership to a team looking to build on their 11th placing in 2006. Hornets will rely on the classy Michael Hodge to bankroll their efforts.Tasmania, with emerging youngster Jason Haines steering the ship, will be doing everything they can to improve their finishing position in 2007, whilst TouchWest make a welcome return to the National 18s tournament this year and will be eager to make an impression in this pool. Northern Territory with Quinton Pomare-Anderson a standout, are capable of pushing through in the draw.Last Year’s Grand Final combatants QSST and NSWCHS are again favoured to dominate their respective Pools and advance to the semi-final stage of the competition in the Girls Division of the X Blades National 18 years and Under Championships.Both Teams feature star-studded line-ups chockfull of the young guns of Australian Women’s Touch Football.QSST under the direction of Peter Bell, Australia’s most successful Coach in the history of the sport at World Cup level, are the number One seeds in the six team Pool A group.With 11 current National Youth Squad members in the line-up and with six players already having played at the National Touch League in the Women’s Open division in 2007, this team shapes as an experienced and talented combination that will be difficult to repel.Led by long ball queen Ali Brigginshaw, and the indefatigueable Genevieve “SG” La Caze, the Maroons will also look to the classy play making of Kirsty Beer and Jess Shaw, and the industrious Kristy Brennan and Kirsty “Harry” Quince to provide the framework for their title defence. NSWCCC are also expected to perform strongly in this pool under the coaching direction of 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup star Louise “Squeeze” Winchester.National 20 Years Youth squad member Steph Halpin, and Aussie 18s Mixed squad guns Lauren Simpson and Haylee Henderson will set a great platform for CCC who will contend strongly for a top two spot in the pool.Sunshine Coast, with National 18 Years Girls squad members Leah Goodrich and Emily Reed running the show, will be aiming at improving on last year’s 7th position, and could be the team to emerge strongly in this pool.Local hopes the Northern Eagles, Central Queensland, and Touch West will all be looking to push their way through the pool to go deeper into the money rounds later in the tournament.TouchWest, making their comeback to the National 18s in 2007, are capable of performing well in this event.Under the astute coaching of 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup player Shelley Matcham, and led by National Youth Squad members the lightning Sharon Wong and the elusive Jenaya Quan, WA are not without claims to go deeper into the tournament.In the six team Pool B field powerhouses NSWCHS are the overwhelming favourites to finish top of the pops with a star-studded line-up featuring 7 National Youth Squad members.The imposing line-up includes outstanding playmaker Jessica Absolum, the speed of light Sophie Broadhead, the rock solid Amy Regal, and the gifted Mounsey sisters Bianca and Rebecca who will lead the Blues charge in 2007. Mets can count Australian 20 Years speedster Nicky Albery, National 18 Years Squad members Leah Opie, Erin Mortimer, Patricia Michaelopoulos, and emerging talent Ally Tairi in their ranks and will be a real threat when the whips are cracking at the pointy end of the competition.The Brisbane Cobras will be another side who will have high hopes of progressing in the competition, boasting exceptional National Women’s 20s superstar Samantha Hopkin in their line-up in 2007.Hopkin scored the winning touchdown in Cobras Women’s Open NTL drop-off victory over Mets in March, and will be relied upon to provide leadership to a team that also includes Australian 18 Years squad member Kristen Wuruki.NSWCIS are also not without hope with a host of young guns including Kobi Ruzzene, Cobie Morgan, Leica Le Brocq, and Anna Prowse frame working their tournament.The prodigious Jordan Ah Sam, a member of the Australian Youth squad, will be the guiding light for the Northern Territory, whilst a young Rebels team will battle hard to make an impression in a very competitive Pool.In the six team Pool C, South Queensland & Border Districts are the top seeds in a section of the draw that will again be closely contested.The “Baby Sharkies” have lost several experienced players from last year’s line up and will rely on National 18 Years Youth squad member Natalie Stephen-Daylight to lead the way.Southern Suns who finished 4th in 2006 will be the side to watch with National Youth squad members Jess Mc Call, Alicia Quirk, and Eliza Naseby the backbone of a tough and skilful side who have the credentials to do a lot of damage in this event.Jess Mc Call in particular is in the best form of her short career, starring for the Wollongong Devils in the NSWTA’s Women’s Premier Division Vawdon Cup competition, and her leadership will be invaluable in the Sun’s bid for a finals appearance in this tournament. Tasmania led by 2006 National Youth squad member Emily Hudson, and the emerging Bec Oliver, will be looking to build their way into the tournament and finish as high up the ladder as possible.Hornets, Scorpions, and ACT will be battling hard to improve their 2006 results.That’s it folks, the view, from an at best, murky crystal ball.Good luck to all teams for an injury free and successful week, we hope your tournament goes better than a Snow Patrol concert and remember when in doubt, throw the flick pass….last_img read more

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10 months agoEintracht Frankfurt striker Haller has no Newcastle regrets

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt striker Haller has no Newcastle regretsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller has no regrets turning down a move to the Premier League last summer.Haller attracted interest from Newcastle United at the start of the season.He told DAZN: “Nobody had to convince me. It was normal for me to stay here. “My first season with Eintracht was okay, but not outstanding. I wanted to stay with the idea to improve myself and continue to achieve great things with this club.”There is always a difference between what you want and what you can do. I have no problem with moving to a new country. But maybe I will stay the rest of my career here in Frankfurt.” last_img read more

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Video: Nick Saban Wore The Big Al Mascot Head To Wish Lee Corso A Happy Birthday

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Believe it or not, Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a humorous side. It doesn’t come out often, but it’s there.Friday, Saban, in wishing ESPN College GameDay host Lee Corso a happy 80th birthday, decided to wear the school mascot head. Big Al never looked so good – or so terrifying.Earlier this year, we saw Big Al pop up at Saban’s daughter’s wedding too. Perhaps the Alabama head coach just has an extra mascot head in the trunk of his car or something.last_img read more

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US intensifies pressure on Iran sanctioning central banker

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States intensified its financial pressure on Iran on Tuesday, slapping anti-terror sanctions on the head of its central bank and barring anyone around the world from doing business with him. That dealt a further blow to European hopes of salvaging the Iranian nuclear deal in the wake of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal.Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Iranian central bank, was named a “specially designated global terrorist” along with another senior official, Ali Tarzali, who works in the central bank’s international division. The Treasury Department accused the men of secretly funneling millions of dollars through an Iraqi bank to help Hezbollah, the militant network that the U.S. considers a terrorist group.Although the sanctions do not technically extend to the central bank itself, they could significantly increase Iran’s isolation from the global financial system. Seif, whose role is equivalent to the Federal Reserve chairman in the U.S., oversees major financial decisions in Iran. Any transactions that involve his signature could potentially run afoul of the sanctions, creating a strong disincentive for governments or businesses considering deals involving Iran’s central bank.“The United States will not permit Iran’s increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “The global community must remain vigilant against Iran’s deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies.”Typically, when the U.S. punishes individuals with sanctions, it prohibits Americans or U.S. companies from doing business with them. In this case, the U.S. chose to also impose “secondary sanctions,” which also apply to non-Americans and non-U.S. companies. That means that anyone in any country who does business with Seif or Tarzali could be punished.The latest move comes as Trump’s administration, deeming the 2015 nuclear accord insufficiently tough on Iran, seeks to construct a global coalition to place enough pressure on Tehran that it comes back to the negotiating table.Yet the European members of the international accord, livid at Trump over his withdrawal, have yet to commit to that effort. To the contrary, Britain, France and Germany are working to salvage it. Their top diplomats met Tuesday in Brussels with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a bid to keep Iran from bailing.Whether the deal can survive without the U.S. depends on whether Tehran continues to receive sufficient economic benefits by way of business with the Europeans. Not only is Trump re-imposing sanctions on Iran, but he’s also threatening to take the dramatic step of punishing European businesses that don’t wind down their dealing there. That has left the Europeans in the undesirable position of having to decide whether to call his bluff.The new sanctions on central bank officials appear designed to strengthen Trump’s hand, creating another avenue by which anyone doing business in Iran could risk being cut off from New York, the beating heart of the global financial system.“Trump can use this in his arguments with Europe to deter business with Iran,” said Behnam Ben Taleblu, an Iran sanctions expert at the hawkish Foundation for Defence of Democracies. “All of this is another arrow in the quiver.”There was no immediate comment Tuesday night from Iranian officials.The sanctions were expected to be followed by additional U.S actions in coming weeks, as the Trump administration works to dismantle the main banking conduits exploited by Iran and its Revolutionary Guards to convert Iranian rials into euros or dollars. Those Western “hard currencies” can be used to fund extremist elements, such as in Lebanon and Syria.Seif, a career banker, became the head of Iran’s Central Bank in 2013 under President Hassan Rouhani, who shepherded the nuclear deal. Seif frequently visits Washington to attend meetings of the International Monetary Fund.He has helped guide Iran’s economy through the web of previous sanctions placed on that country. In the aftermath of the 2015 international accord, in which nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted, Seif was a prominent voice complaining that Iran was still being kept out of the global financial system and not receiving the economic benefits it was promised in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program.In a 2016 meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Seif said Iran achieved “almost nothing” from the deal.The Treasury said Seif undermined the central bank’s credibility by routing millions of dollars from the Quds Force, the expeditionary unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, to al-Bilad Islamic Bank, which is based in Iraq. Those funds were then used to “enrich and support the violent and radical agenda of Hezbollah,” Treasury said.Al-Bilad Islamic Bank and its CEO and chairman, Aras Habib, were also hit with U.S. sanctions, as was Muhammad Qasir, who the Treasury said is a Hezbollah official who has been a “critical conduit” for transferring funds to Hezbollah. U.S. officials were reaching out Tuesday to central banks in other countries in the Middle East and Europe to inform them of the sanctions and encourage them to immediately freeze assets the bank has overseas.Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Shiite guerrilla force, has long helped carry out Iran’s foreign policy objectives in the Arabic-speaking world. Most recently, the U.S. has been concerned about the role that Hezbollah fighters are playing in Syria to help prop up President Bashar Assad. Hezbollah fought a war with Israel in 2006, and Israeli officials have been deeply concerned about the prospect of another confrontation.Although it is rare to sanction central bank officials, the U.S. has done it before. Earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered sanctions on the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, Alexander Torshin. And in 2015, the U.S. targeted the governor of Syria’s central bank.___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP___This story has been corrected to show that the Iran sanctions expert’s first name is Behnam, not Benham.last_img read more

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Some advertisers leave Carlson show after immigrant comments

first_imgATLANTA — Some advertisers say they are leaving conservative host Tucker Carlson’s show following his remarks referring to immigrants as “the world’s poor.”It’s the latest example of sponsors leaving a Fox News Channel show after controversy, but experts say the flap is likely to blow over. So far, the biggest advertisers are sticking with him and his prime-time show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”Carlson said last Thursday that there’s pressure from “our leaders” to accept immigrants “even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided.” He added Monday that in the Southwest, “thanks to illegal immigration, huge swaths of the region are covered with garbage and waste that degrade the soil and kill wildlife.”The comments caused a furor on social media. Several advertisers, including personal finance website NerdWallet and Pacific Life insurance, have pulled advertising from the show. (NerdWallet is a content partner of The Associated Press.) SmileDirectClub said it is working with its ad buyers to stop running ads during any political opinion shows.“As a company, we strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements,” Pacific Life said in a tweet Thursday. “Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in.”Earlier this year, Laura Ingraham lost some advertisers after she made negative comments about Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg. And last year, Bill O’Reilly saw advertisers abandon him following reports of sexual-misconduct complaints against him; he left the network shortly afterward.Fox News Channel said in a statement that “left wing advocacy groups” were using social media to “stifle free speech.” The network said it “continues to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.” Fox added that all advertisers have switched their ads to other shows, so no revenue was lost.Most of Carlson’s biggest advertisers are sticking with the show or staying mum.MyPillow, which makes pillows and mattress toppers, has no plans to leave. It’s the show’s biggest advertiser in terms of dollars spent, according to Kantar Media.“I make all of my advertising decisions based on what is best for MyPillow, my customers and my employees,” MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell said in a statement Tuesday.The number five top advertiser, AstraZeneca, said it would “continue to assess our advertising purchases regarding the heightened attention surrounding this matter,” but did not announce any action.The other top three advertisers, Rosland Capital, a precious metals asset firm, and weight-loss companies Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Allen Adamson, co-founder of brand consultancy Metaforce, said Tucker’s comments, “while damaging in short term, will be supplanted by some other news event. No matter how polarizing your comments are, if you wait long enough someone else will say something more polarizing and take limelight away.”And advertisers often come back once the controversy dies down. In a statement, NerdWallet said it is pulling ads “at this time and will be reevaluating any ongoing advertising on this program.”Jeff Greenfield, co-founder of marketing measurement firm C3metrics, said these types of controversies are “usually short term” and amount to little more than a slap on the wrist. He said shows “don’t feel it unless you permanently pull spending, and most people are not going to do that.”Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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FCRA violation SC seeks response from advocates Indira Anand their NGO

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from activist lawyers Indira Jaising, Anand Grover and their NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ on a plea seeking investigation and lodging of FIR under various provisions of law for allegedly violating rules relating to receipt and utilisation of foreign funds.The PIL filed by Lawyers’ Voice, a voluntary organisation of advocates, alleged that the funds collected by them were misutilised for “activities against the nation”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta also issued notice to the Ministry Home Affairs and asked its response on the allegations including that the money received by Lawyers Collective was used to “influence political activities”. The petition mentioned orders of the Centre by which the licence of Lawyers Collective was suspended in 2016 and later permanently cancelled for alleged violation of FCRA. It alleged that Jaising remained involved with the activities of Lawyers Collective when she was Additional Solicitor General for India during the previous UPA-II regime. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe PIL alleged that Jaisingh, Grover and the Lawyers Collective violated the provisions of FCRA (Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, Indian Penal Code, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Prevention of Corruption Act. It has also been alleged that she violated the Advocates Act by receiving funds from foreign entity and travelling abroad on the money received for NGO while being the law officer of the country. The petition, filed through advocate Surender Kumar Gupta, sought direction to the Centre to place on record all the materials including confidential documents which led to passing of the orders. The plea submitted that Jaising and Grover under the garb of working as activists were involved in several activities to pressurize public functionaries and others and therefore it was in public interest that the true facts of such activists should come in public domain. Meanwhile, senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover on Wednesday cried foul over a Supreme Court notice to them and their NGO, Lawyers Collective, on a plea alleging FCRA violation by them, and said they are “deeply disturbed by the turn of events”. They said they are being “victimised” as Jaising took up the cause of a sacked woman employee of the apex court who had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi which were rejected by an In-House Inquiry Committee on May 6.last_img read more

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Amul expects 20 revenue growth to Rs 40000 cr in FY20

first_imgNew Delhi: GCMMF, which markets dairy products under the Amul brand, is expecting 20 per cent increase in its turnover this fiscal at around Rs 40,000 crore, driven by likely growth in volume and value terms, a top company official said. Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) posted 13 per cent increase in its turnover at Rs 33,150 crore during 2018-19 from Rs 29,225 crore in the previous fiscal. “In the last financial year, our revenue growth was because of higher volume and there was no price increase across our product portfolio. But, in this year we are expecting growth in both volume and value terms,” Amul MD R S Sodhi said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraHe said the company is expecting 20 per cent growth in turnover during 2019-20. Sodhi also said that the milk procurement prices have gone up in the last few months in states like Maharashtra. “We were paying our farmers higher prices when milk procurement prices declined in many states. So there will be no impact on us,” he added. He ruled out any immediate plan to increase prices of Amul milk. Recently, GCMMF had said that the provisional unduplicated group turnover of Amul Federation and its 18 member unions crossed Rs 45,000 crore in 2018-19, up 13 per cent from the previous year. The 18 member unions of Amul Federation, with a farmer-member strength of more than 36 lakh across 18,700 villages of Gujarat, are procuring on an average 230 lakh litre of milk per day. The member unions of Amul plan to enhance the milk processing capacity from the current level of 350 lakh litre per day to 380 400 lakh litre per day in the next two years.last_img read more

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Former Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter to be inducted into Pro

It took him six years, but former Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter has finally been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class. Carter, who played for OSU from 1984-1986, will be the 10th Buckeye to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, behind Dick LeBeau (2010), Paul Warfield (1993), Bill Willis (1977), Dante Lavelli (1975), Lou Groza (1974) and Jim Parker (1973), coaches Sid Gillman (1983) and Paul Brown (1967) and contributor Ed Sabol (2011) for his work with NFL Films. The standout wide receiver ranks second in OSU history for career receptions (168) and touchdowns (27) and fourth in receiving yards (2,725). Carter’s record five consecutive 100-plus yard games still stands today. In his 16-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, Carter amassed 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns, which rank fourth, ninth and fourth, respectively, in NFL history. Carter is part of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1990s, being selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1994-2001, as well as being named an all-pro in 1994 and 1999. Upon hearing the news, Carter broke down in tears of joy during an interview with ESPN. “This is the happiest day of my life,” he said. “When people said, ‘Aw, you know, it really doesn’t matter, you’re a Hall of Famer in my eyes,’ I said, ‘It’s more important that I’m a Hall of Famer in the Hall’s eyes.’ And I really, really wanted this.” Carter’s son, Duron Carter, played for OSU during the 2009-10 season, but he was ruled academically ineligible at the end of the season. He sat out the 2010 Rose Bowl and all of the spring practices before withdrawaling from OSU in June 2010 to attend community college in Kansas. He never returned to OSU. Rounding out the rest of the 2013 class will be guard/tackle Larry Allen, defensive tackle Curley Culp, tackle Jonathan Ogden, coach Bill Parcells, linebacker Dave Robinson and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Carter will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 3 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. read more

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