North Presents 4 Defectors’ Families

first_img By Kang Mi Jin – 2011.03.09 5:08pm SHARE Facebook Twitter News News North Presents 4 Defectors’ Families Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News center_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak [imText1]North Korea has released a propaganda video of interviews with the families of four people who are refusing to return to North Korea alongside another twenty seven, all of whom drifted by accident into South Korean waters early last month.In the interviews, released by Uriminzokkiri, a website run by North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, the families say they cannot trust the words of the South Korean authorities, who say the four made the decision to defect of their own free will, and demand that all thirty one are returned at once. Also, they calmly read what appear to be prepared scripts denouncing the South Korean authorities.According to North Korea, the four are Hong (44), Ok (38), Pak (22) and Bong (21). The South has not revealed their identities for security reasons. In the video, the mother of 22-year old Pak says, “I strongly denounce the South Chosun puppet authorities, who detained my daughter by force and have worked their defection schemes for more than a month, and are now making these wild claims about it being her own will.” “I believe that my brother in law is not the kind of person who would defect, abandoning his children Cheong Song and Ok Geum and the Republic which raised him,” Ok’s sister-in-law, Rim Young Ok asserts. “I firmly denounce the defection maneuvers of the South Chosun authorities.” Kim Hyeon Suk, wife of Hong says, “Hearing the sound of the South Chosun puppets saying my husband defected makes my blood boil,” and adds, “My husband is not that kind of person; I trust in this because he is someone who got a scholarship from Han Deok Su Industrial University, studied, has the honor of being a Party member and became a cadre, always working faithfully for the fatherland, people, Party and Suryeong.” Kim continues, “Minister of Unification Hyun In Taek is a backstabber, and the South Chosun authorities must return all 31 people immediately.” Hong’s daughter Ji Hyang also appears in the video, saying, “I miss you daddy. Please come home quickly.”Elsewhere, Lee Jeong Hwa, the mother of Bong explains, “She grew up in a good system where she had no real worries and could enjoy learning, and her mother and father treasured her,” before noting, “Our daughter’s birthday was on the 6th, but our people were detained on the 5th.”Bong’s father, Bong Yeon Cheol then adds, “Her brother, who went into the Army, asked us to send him a family photo, so we were going to get pictures taken, but now we can’t keep that promise. However, your father believes that you will come back for sure.” News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

MFDA hearing panel bans, fines advisor $150,000

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association Tessie Sanci BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Related news Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator A Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) hearing panel has issued a fine of $150,000 and permanently prohibited a former advisor from conducting securities-related business in connection with four infractions, which include borrowing from a client and engaging in an outside business activity (OBA). Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In addition, the hearing panel is imposing costs of $10,000 on Keith Lorne Davis, the former advisor in Edmonton who was with WFG Securities Inc. at the time of the rule violations. Most of the infractions are connected to Davis’s choice to start a tax return preparation business called Davis and Associates, according to the MFDA hearing panel’s findings released this past Friday. In October 2009, Davis borrowed $80,000 from one client, referred to as “MJ” in the findings, to help fund that secondary business without WFG Securities’ knowledge. He provided a promissory note to MJ in October 2012, which stated that Davis would pay MJ interest at a rate of 6% in addition to the original amount that he borrowed by October 2015. However, in March 2015, Davis was declared bankrupt and the MFDA hearing panel notes that he has not made any of the promised payments to his client. Davis was fined $90,000 specifically for this allegation. Davis’s action in borrowing from his client gave “rise to a conflict or potential conflict of interest, which the respondent failed to address by the exercise of responsible business judgment influenced only by the best interests of the client, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.1.4 and 2.1.1,” the MFDA’s findings state. The MFDA hearing panel also established that Davis engaged in his accounting business between October 2009 and September 2013 without the knowledge or approval of his firm. This is contrary to WFG Securities’ own policies and procedures and those of the MFDA. In addition, when Davis was required to complete a form disclosing OBAs in February 2013, he stated that he was not involved in any such activity. Davis was fined $50,000 for those two infractions. The fourth infraction is related to the possession of at least 17 blank or partially completed pre-signed account forms, which included multiple know-your-client forms and trade tickets. He held these documents in respect of nine clients. Davis was fined $10,000 for this infraction. Davis was registered as a mutual fund salesperson, now known as a dealing representative, between February 2002 and September 2013, at which point he resigned from WFG Securities. He is no longer registered in the securities industry in any capacity. Photo copyright: serezniy/123RF IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RF PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance caselast_img read more

IIAC aims to help investment dealers gauge cybersecurity risks

first_img Desjardins Group says 2019 theft of 4.2 million members’ data cost $108 million The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) has created a tool to help investment dealers evaluate and address the cybersecurity risks that outside service providers pose. James Langton Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC IIROC urges vigilance amid heightened cybersecurity threats Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news New threats present cybersecurity risks for financial services firms Specifically, the IIAC has developed a survey for firms to use with their third-party service providers that aims to enable dealers to evaluate the cybersecurity practices at these firms and to uncover potential security weaknesses. “The questionnaire includes basic, but fundamental, questions that will determine whether best practices are being followed and where further investigation or risk mitigation strategies may be required,” the IIAC notes. Industry regulators have flagged due diligence by industry vendors as a key component of the industry’s cyber defences, the IIAC notes. “Canada’s investment industry is highly reliant on technology and firms often require third-party service providers to access their systems and information resources,” the IIAC says. “As such, it is critical that firms understand and assess the cybersecurity risks their business faces when dealing with third-parties.” Photo copyright: beebright/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords CybersecurityCompanies Investment Industry Association of Canada last_img read more

Two commissioners join SEC

first_img Related news James Langton OSC adds vice chair, commissioner Robert Jackson Jr. and Hester Peirce were officially sworn in as SEC commissioners on Friday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced. Their nominations were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter OSC vice-chair’s position extended to 2022center_img Both commissioners participated in Friday’s inaugural meeting of the SEC’s new fixed income market structure advisory committee. Jackson joins the SEC from New York University School of Law, where he was a professor of law. His term at the SEC will expire on June 5, 2019. Peirce was previously a senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Her term runs until June 5, 2020. Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media SEC names new top coplast_img read more

AiMeD, Biotech Consortium India, DoP organise Comprehensive Regulation of Medical Devices conference

first_imgAiMeD, Biotech Consortium India, DoP organise Comprehensive Regulation of Medical Devices conference Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article The event addressed challenges faced by Indian medical device industry for suitable policy interventions by Govt to uplift sectorA joint conference ‘Comprehensive Regulation of Medical Devices’ was organised by Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) and Biotech Consortium India supported by Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) in New Delhi recently.Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD and Dr Purnima Sharma, MD, BCI welcomed all the guests from Government, Industry, Academia and Indian Medical Device Industry Associations and apprised the members about the key challenges being faced by the Indian medical device industry for suitable policy interventions by the Govt to uplift the sector.Dr Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog emphasised on the need for integrated efforts to promote innovations and development of indigenous medical devices for having a vibrant domestic medical devices industry for the society. He assured full support of NITI Aayog to ensure that the intent of domestic industry to provide access to safe, effective and quality medical device to the patients are kept in all Govt policies.Dr VG Somani, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), CDSCO, said, “Regulations need to encourage – Make in India and Made in India. To improve brand value, credibility and acceptance of Made in India Medical devices, all Medical Devices need to be regulated at one go and not item by item.”Dr Paul and Dr Somani allayed apprehensions of the medical device industry and assured to regulate all medical devices in a phased manner rather than item by item in a stipulated time frame starting with voluntary registration for manufacturers and importers and voluntary compliance to medical devices rules while an eco-system is built up with infrastructure along with adequate team of competent officers.The opening session threw light on the need for Comprehensive Regulation of Medical Devices in India. Nath, pointed out the need to regulate all medical devices under a Patients’ Safety Medical Devices Law to protect patients and aid responsible manufacturing.“The manufacturers have been confused with informally choosing of products and notifying them as drugs. They seek a predictable and comprehensive regulatory framework that allows for adequate transition and is predictable. Only then will investments speed up as they get discouraged to be regulated as drugs,” said Gurmit Chugh, Jt Coordinator (AiMeD).The first technical session on Comprehensive Regulation of Medical Devices highlighted the current state of the beleaguered Indian Medical Devices domestic industry. The urgent need for the Govt to expedite steps to end the 80-90 per cent import dependence forced upon us and an ever increasing import bill of over Rs 38,837 crore, expedite steps for patients’ protection, stronger quality and safety regulations, price controls to make medical devices and quality treatment accessible and affordable and ethical indigenous manufacturing viable.MSME dominated medical domestic manufacturing took a hit post GST as imports become 11 per cent cheaper and shoot up 24 per cent. Imports of medical devices are up by record 24 per cent at Rs 7450 crore from Rs 31386 crore in 2017-2018 to Rs 38,837 crore in 2018-2019.GST on medical devices is in favour of imports and is detrimental to Make in India. MSME sector has been worst hit with huge job losses.Voicing the concerns of domestic medical devices industry, Nath said “Medical devices are not drugs though both are medical products but differ in approach in marketing. We have been specifically seeking trade margin caps on devices notified as drugs but from first point of sale in supply chain, which as per us is when first sale takes place and GST is applied first time eg when goods enter country (on the CIF import landed price for imported and ex-factory price for Indian).“This will maintain parity between Indian and overseas manufacturers.” Nath added.“GoI needs to take policy decisions to give at least a level playing field, if not a strategic advantage to domestic manufacturers while safeguarding consumers,” Nath explained.The panel discussion during the first technical session ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Patient Safety and Incentivising Quality Assurance Standards’ raised the issues of patient safety, quality concerns and compensation mechanism.The second technical session on Defining Strategy Consumer Protection and Affordable Access via price control and ethical marketing spoke mainly of excessive MRP: Stifling India’s medical device growth story.Nath during his presentation suggested price control can be done in a calibrated manner through:1 per cent GST Cess on MRP as a tax based disincentive on all devices;Capping trade markups to a rational level on some devices; andprice caps on a few priority devicesA pro-active policy formulation to regulate medical devices differently than drugs should permit free market dynamics to succeed and keep regulations simple, protecting consumers and incentivising Make in India.The panel discussion during the second technical session focussed on ‘Achieving Affordability and Access to Quality Medical devices through Price Control and Ethical Marketing.’Priority issues raised during the conference are:Need to regulate all medical devices under a Patients’ Safety Medical Devices Law to protect patients and aid responsible manufacturing.Need to protect consumers from exploitatively high MRP in medical devices by rationalised price controls and aid ethical marketing.Need to encourage employment and Make in India of medical devices and address 80-90 per cent import dependency by a predictive nominal tariff protection policy as done for mobile phones to ensure a vibrant domestic industry and competitiveness and price stability driven by competing domestic players.Need to incentivise quality in healthcare products in public healthcare procurements by preferential pricing for Q1 eg ICMED (QCI’s Indian Certification for Medical Devices) instead of L1 (lowest price) to ensure patients access acceptable quality.Govt must ensure importers of Medical Devices are not kept out of the move to cap trade margins.A pro-active policy formulation to regulate medical devices differently than drugs should permit free market dynamics to succeed and keep regulations simple, protecting consumers and incentivising Make in India.“We stress these are vital and strategic to meet the health-for-all national agenda of PM Modi and aligned to the Health Policy 2017, to make quality healthcare accessible and affordable for common masses and to enable placing India among the top five medical devices manufacturing hubs worldwide and end the 80-90 per cent import dependence forced upon us and an ever increasing import bill of over Rs 38,837 crore. Pseudo manufacturing and unethical marketing is harming consumers and disallowing manufacturing to succeed in India by well-meaning investors. We can repeat the success story of mobile phones by replicating the same strategies.” said Nath.“The Indian medical device industry is very hopeful that right from trade margin rationalisation to ensuring a separate set of legislation and regulatory framework to govern the medical device sector and everything in between will be looked afresh and hastened up by Modi Govt to galvanise the domestic medical device manufacturing sector,” concluded Nath. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By EH News Bureau on October 7, 2019 AIMEDBiotech Consortium IndiaComprehensive Regulation of Medical DevicesDepartment of Pharmaceuticals Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News Comments (0) Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

ODPEM Pilots Strategy for at Risk Communities

first_imgRelatedODPEM Pilots Strategy for at Risk Communities FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has embarked on a bold new low-cost strategy to reduce the risk of landslides and the threat to life and property posed to persons living in hillside communities that are so affected. Over the past 20 years, local disasters resulted in cumulative costs of more than US$1 billion. Among the various hazards the country faces, floods and landslides are the most frequently occurring ones, in part due to factors relating to topography, geology and metrological exposure. Slopes can become more susceptible to landslides through human activities, such as earthworks (cuts and fills), road and building construction, and agriculture, all of which affect slope geometry, vegetation cover, and surface-water or groundwater regime. The low-cost Landslide Risk-Reduction Strategy is therefore being tested in high-risk landslide impacted communities and is titled the Community Based Landslide Risk Reduction Mitigation Project (CBLRRMP) and could be the standard used in countries across the world where similar risk patterns exist.    The project utilizes the pioneering Management of Slope Stabilization In Communities (MoSSIC) methodology, developed by Hydrologist and Geologist, Professor Malcolm Anderson and Dr Elizabeth Holcombe of the University of Bristol in England.  It has received funding support through a grant from the Japanese Social Development Fund, an affiliate of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)in the sum of US$2.375million.  “The World Bank thought it was a good idea to reduce landslide risk at low cost and have complete community engagement in that process. So the World Bank was quite attracted by that because it meant that most of the funds go into the community in terms of for the labour or for the materials,” notes Professor Anderson. The World Bank, he further states, sees the project, if successful, as something that could be rolled out in other parts of the world where there are serious landslide problems. Hence Jamaica’s use as a ‘pilot’ on such a wide scale, aside from a small test case scenario, in St. Lucia, is crucial.  The pilot is to be executed in four communities across the island, using stipulated guidelines.  Before the MoSSIC project was selected, however, several other strategies were considered by the ODPEM. Director General of the ODPE, Ronald Jackson; explains that that the agency had been actively assessing different approaches and methods aimed at reducing landslide risks. “So we’ve been looking at a lot of approaches to reducing landslide risks, looking at using Vetiver grass and other natural and man-made approaches and systems,” he says. He further explains that the selection of the pioneering MoSSIC methodology was a simple and straightforward decision and could be considered as reaching for a ‘low hanging fruit’. “The Japanese Social Development Fund provided ‘seed’ money through the world bank for the MoSSIC method, which has already been tried in other countries.  He said having looked at all the other approaches ODPEM was able to attract support to try the MoSSIC methodology from the Japanese and the World Bank,” he says. World Bank Representative, Maricarmen Esquivel, says the project, the first of its kind for the English-speaking Caribbean, will add value to Harbour Heights, one of the communities selected to be the test case for the MoSSIC methodology in Jamaica. “It is very exciting to see all the excellent work and the community spirit so I am taking that (back) with me. It’s been an honour to be among you. So congratulations and I really am looking forward to the success of the project,” she says. Community Mapping Process The MoSSIC strategy uses a simple implementation formula, in which a process called ‘Community Mapping’ is utilized.  It involved members of the MoSSIC team, members of the ODPEM and of the community walking through the areas, with community members pointing out the locations where they get a lot of water, where the water goes, where the landslides occur,  and where houses might have been lost due to landslides. From that information a map is then plotted with GPS data.  Decisions are then made, in conjunction with the community, regarding where to put drain networks and gullies that would stop the water saturating the soil, especially near homes, thereby reducing the risk of landslides. The MoSSIC methodology is not used where slope faces are steep. Instead, it capitalizes on what is known as ‘slope dewatering’.    Mr. Jackson explains that water is the primary source or trigger for many slope failures, hence the strategy used would ensure that less rainfall gets into the sub-surface and triggers that failure. For the MoSSIC methodology project to work as a pilot some set criteria had to be observed. These include certain living, geological, geographical and technical conditions.  Two out of a total of four communities have already been selected to be the test case for the MoSSIC methodology here in Jamaica.  These are Harbour Heights, a community overlooking Harbour View and Melbrook Heights situated east of Harbour Heights. Both are regularized informal settlements in East Rural St. Andrew. Project Coordinator for the ‘Community based landslide Risk Reduction Project’ at the ODPEM, Kirk Frankson tells JIS News that Harbour Heights, a former Operation Pride settlement was chosen because it met the criteria of hosting a compact settlement area where persons living were at risk. The mitigation project he explained will include plotting (with the aid of GPS technology and local ‘lay-of-the-land knowledge)an intricate network of strategically placed drains, gutters and channels.  “We’ve actually completed the process of creating the community map, the community hazard map and are completing a proposed drainage plan.  We’ve engaged the community in several sensitization sessions and workshops,” Mr. Frankson says. Professor Malcolm Anderson, along with Dr Elizabeth Holcombe of the University of Bristol in England who both pioneered the Management of Slope Stabilization In Communities (MoSSIC) methodology notes that for the strategy to work effectively, critical calculations for the amount of water, the network of drains, gutters and gullies are to accommodate, will have to be carried out to prevent failure of each strategy.  He observes that already people living in the areas have created some drains and gutters of concrete blocks, to lead the water away, a development which he says is crucial and shows that people are already aware of how the strategies can work. “So we’ve got a sense already of the flow from the slopes that exist at the moment.  We’ll be increasing them a little bit more because we’ll be capturing more much water. There are some simple calculations we have to do to determine how much water to expect and what size drains we will need. Clearly some residents have an idea of what is needed as there hasn’t been any overflow,” he points out. A sum of $50 million has been budgeted for each of the two already selected pilots, which is part of the US$2.375million grant from the World Bank to ODPEM to execute the CBLRRP strategy.  The erection of the mapped network of drains, gutters, channels and rainwater harvesting systems will create a pool of natural hazard interventions.  The works programme in Harbour Heights, projected to start in April 2012 and run for six months, shouldreduce the high risk factor of natural disasters that normally impact the selected vulnerable communities. Local Labour to be Used One key element of the project, Mr. Frankson says, is the utilisation of local labour, through an internal community contractual strategy, which will be overseen by a committee of residents to maintain transparency and balance, while ensuring quality. “So, we’ll be doing significant community-based contracting, where we create short-term employment for persons in the community and, through a multiplier effect, ensure that the community benefits from the process,” he says. The ODPEM hopes that the project will garner similar successes in Jamaica, as it did in St. Lucia and Dominica, particularly in the reduction of the cost that is often associated with disaster recovery. “The first objective is to create a cadre of persons who will become trained and knowledgeable in the MoSSIC methodology. What we want to do is to create a cadre of trainers where we have government officials and persons in academia who are knowledgeable about management of slope stabilisation practices from a new perspective,” he adds.   Mr. Frankson says a toolkit and short video, as well as brochures and other forms of public awareness tools on MoSSIC will be developed in an effort to increase awareness and knowledge on the strategy. “The toolkit and video will outline best practice for landslide risk reduction and promote safer slope management in vulnerable communities,” he informs. Mr. Frankson notes that experience has taught that when implementation of projects is done by communities, it creates sustainability for the development, as the residents take some level of responsibility and are more likely to protect and maintain it. One strategy often used locally as a preventative strategy against slope failure is retaining walls. The ODPEM team however have raised concerns about this. Mr Frankson explains that when a retaining wall is not properly constructed during heavy rainfall there is a water build-up behind the wall which usually leads to failure.   Research analyst at the ODPEM Christopher Gayle further explains why retaining walls fail. “Retaining walls; if not constructed properly, act as a dam or a holding mechanism for the water loaded on to the slopes, which then may fail, if adequate provision is not made for draining within the retaining wall.  So we’re saying if you’re looking at cost effectiveness, drainage solutions are better than the more expensive retaining [wall] solutions,” he says. They add that in many cases the walls are usually thinner than what is required for an ‘adequate’ retaining wall, hence, they bulge, slant, flip or break up from the force of water. The MoSSIC methodology replaces the erection of costly retaining wall structures, extensive land excavation and reshaping exercises and minimizes the need for heavy equipment, factors which usually create pricy mitigation strategies in instances where landslides are caused by heavy rain. In the meantime, Lead Researcher, Professor Malcolm Anderson, advises that an investment in landslide mitigation measures in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities could save the government significant amounts of money on disaster recovery measures. “The message that we can bring to the Jamaican government, I think, is that it pays for one to actually think of investing in it. It’s like insurance…if we pay a small amount of money now, we’re actually offsetting the risk which is much greater when you look at the effects of social displacement as well as actual costs,” he says. Jamaica Susceptible to Disasters Data from the World Bank’s Natural Disaster Hotspots Report indicate that Jamaica ranks high among the countries most susceptible to disasters. The study shows that 87.7 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 87.7 per cent of its population are in areas at risk from three or more hazards. At the launch of the pilot in January in Harbour Heights at the Harbour View Open Bible Church, Mr. Frankson, disclosed that the projects were to be driven by each community and would involve the implementation of several micro mitigation measures. “These projects will benefit critical facilities in Harbour View and its environs and utilises community-based contracting.  It means the community will not only need to own the project, but will need to help drive the activities,” he noted then. President of the Harbour Heights Citizens Association, Andrew Foster, expressed gratitude to the World Bank and ODPEM, noting that the project will address flooding and landslides in the community. “Many mornings, we want to go to work, but can’t, because the water is up to our knees, so we feel very proud to have this project in our community.  Now the people can live a better life,” he stated. Another community member, Joseph Campbell, in bemoaning the problem of washed down debris, mud and blocked roads; said the project would make a significant difference to affected communities when implemented. “Yeah man; it would be a big help to the community. Yuh have two main drains through the community, down to Harbour drive and block it up and everything get block in from there.  It would be so nice to see the work start and the communities get a chance to build up,” he remarked.   By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS PRO RelatedODPEM Pilots Strategy for at Risk Communities RelatedODPEM Pilots Strategy for at Risk Communities ODPEM Pilots Strategy for at Risk Communities EnvironmentFebruary 23, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Bharti Airtel is favourite to acquire Loop Mobile – report

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 SEP 2013 Tags Asia Author India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel is tipped as the frontrunner to acquire smaller rival Loop Mobile, according to Economic Times.According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, discussions have been ongoing for some time but have picked up momentum in the last few weeks.However, any deal faces significant regulatory obstacles to completion.Loop is the fourth-largest mobile operator in Mumbai with over three million subscribers, according to GSMA Intelligence (Q2, 2013 figures). Airtel’s current national base is in excess of 190 million subscribers.The more significant attraction is Loop’s 8 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band.  Airtel holds spectrum in the 1800 MHz band in Mumbai. So does Idea Cellular, which has also been mooted as a possible buyer of Loop.However, a number of regulatory uncertainties loom over any deal, namely that Loop only has another year before expiration of its existing licence. The size of any renewal fee for the licence is unclear.Also, it’s possible that the government could choose to retain some of Loop’s 900 MHz frequencies and issue the operator with less attractive spectrum.Mobile operators are also awaiting government guidelines on M&A.Loop Mobile is owned by the IP Kaitan group Richard Handford Related Home Bharti Airtel is favourite to acquire Loop Mobile – reportcenter_img Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Airtel returns to profit Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Previous ArticleVisa responds to “erroneous” report of exec departureNext ArticleSamsung unveils LTE Galaxy S4 Zoom Bharti-AirtelIdeaLoop Mobilelast_img read more

Police in Derry respond to report of second suspect device

first_img Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – August 31, 2017 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Police in Derry respond to report of second suspect device Police in Derry are currently responding to a second report of a suspect device.They received a report of a device being left in the Lettershandoney Ave area of the city.This is the second security alert in the area over the past 24 hours.Last evening Police received a report that a device was placed in the Oegill Park locality, subsequent searches were carried out but nothing was found.Meanwhile, detectives are carrying out searches in Strabane today in connection with dissident republican activity linked to recent pipe bomb attacks. Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsAppcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleFormer Buncrana Mayor says second evacuation imminent in TexasNext articleTyler Toland and Amber Barrett receive call up’s to the Women’s Senior squad. News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Fellowships for Journalists

first_imgRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Fellowships for Journalists ← World Tourism Day Blogger Competition 2014 +1 Similar Stories Deadline: 11 August 2014Open to: journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and SerbiaFellowship: covers monthly stipend, housing, and travel arrangements to and from PragueDescriptionRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a broadcaster funded by the U.S. government that provides news, information, and analysis to countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and The Middle East, wherein the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed. As in previous years, RFE/RL is pleased to accept applications for the 2014 – 2015 Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship. The purpose of the Fellowship is to help promising young journalists from the Western Balkans region pursue their profession in support of pluralism. The selected Fellow shall be placed with the Balkan language service at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague to receive on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals.EligibilityThe fellowship is open to young  journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia and it will take place in the RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic.FellowshipThe Fellow will be expected to participate and represent the Fellowship in public events and discussions relating to media conditions in the region, and it is made up to 5 main components:Professional development alongside RFE/RL seasoned professionals;On-the-job training, to include daily multi-media programming and reporting;New skills development;Participation in the daily editorial debates and discussions that inform a professional and independent press;Mentorship opportunity.The Fellowship is for a term of nine months, including one month spent in the beginning and in the end of the program at a local bureau. A monthly stipend, housing, and travel arrangements to and from Prague are provided, and RFE/RL will also provide workshops with experts on digital media, round-tables with journalists and policymakers, visits to local media and news agencies in Prague, and professional development opportunities abroad.The fellowship term is 1 October 2014 – 30 June 2015.Application The Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis. A complete application should include all of the following information:Personal information;Personal statement;Two work samples;Two letters of recommendation;CV;Copy of an English certificate ( optional).You can send your application on this e-mail:  [email protected] information and application guideline please find  HERE, or if you have any other questions please direct to    [email protected] official webpage. Reddit LinkedIn 0 Tweet 17th International Youth Conference -2019center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. July 30, 2014 Published by vladimir Call for Project Proposals Focused on Safeguarding Media Freedom and Pluralism in the Western Balkans 2020 Share 0 Pocket The Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Exchange Programme →last_img read more

Kenya Power to drive regular audits to maximise production

first_img Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKenyaKenya Powermanufacturing Previous articleChina: deal inked for two hydrogen fueling dispensersNext articleThe 10th Guangzhou International Solar PV Exhibition 2018 Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Featured image: Stock Kenya Power has renewed its commitment to partner with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) to carry out regular energy audits among manufacturers to maximise production efficiency.In a statement last week, the utility explained that the move is aimed at encouraging growth of the manufacturing sector by lowering the cost of manufacturing which is expected to reduce the price of locally manufactured products and encourage more investments in manufacturing.In addition to the energy audits, Kenya Power has also committed to provide least cost energy to industries through optimising the energy mix and investing in expanding and strengthening of the distribution network to improve the quality and reliability of power supply. Read more: Kenya launches new platform to accelerate mini-grid industryOptimising the energy networkKenya Power’s managing director & CEO Dr. Ken Tarus, said: “The Company recognizes efforts made by KAM in championing energy efficiency initiatives among its members and we are keen on partnering in keeping costs low. We aim at providing least cost energy to our industries by deferring non-effective commitments for intermittent renewables and introduce flexible generation in the mix.”Dr. Tarus was speaking at the Kenya Sustainable Energy Day CEO’s forum organised by KAM ahead of the Energy Management Awards.He noted that the Company will continue updating and automating its infrastructure to increase access to electricity for socio-economic transformation and achievement of the national Big 4 Action Plan.“The Company is committed to dispatching more renewable energy to maintain the fuel cost charge low and retail tariff competitive. I believe that with the available opportunities, we will be able to work together to make Kenya a manufacturing hub for Africa,” he said.In the last five years, the distribution network has expanded in size and capacity as a result of the various projects the Company has undertaken.Kenya Power is currently operating 79,001 kilometres of high and medium voltage lines compared to 49,818 kilometres that were in place in 2013. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA last_img read more