Clinton throws her hat in the ring for US presidency

first_img Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapBill Maher Pokes Fun at Joe Manchin: He’s a ‘Democrat Except on Matters ofThe WrapRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapDoes ‘In the Heights’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?The WrapAzealia Banks Blasts Candace Owens’ Juneteenth Diss With Callback toThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap whatsapp HILLARY Clinton has finally confirmed her bid for the US presidency, announcing that she was embarking on a second run for the White House in a video released yesterday. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion,” she said in the video, which was posted on her new campaign website. “So you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead. And stay ahead.”Clinton, who lost a bruising Democratic nominating battle to Barack Obama in 2008, said in a tweet that she would be travelling to Iowa, the state that holds the kickoff contest in the parties’ nominating process in early 2016. Her campaign will emphasise her plans to address economic inequality and will tout the historic nature of her effort to become the first woman US president, aides said.Critics, including liberals in her own party, say she has grown out of touch after decades as the wife of former President Bill Clinton, a US senator and secretary of state.To address that, Clinton’s website and the announcement video feature Americans talking about their futures, and an image of her holding a paper coffee cup at a table with a couple of elderly people. Clinton is then seen listening to voters before the video cuts to her speaking outside a home. “I’m getting ready to do something too, I’m running for president,” she says,Clinton is the first Democrat to confirm that they will run for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. She looks likely to face competition from former senator Jim Webb, and two former state governors, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee.Two Republican senators, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, have formally announced their bids already, while several others have expressed an interest, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother to former President George W Bush. Up to nine other Republican party members are reported to be considering running. whatsapp Sunday 12 April 2015 11:57 pm Express KCS Clinton throws her hat in the ring for US presidency Tags: Hillary Clinton People US Presidential Election 2016 Sharelast_img read more

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Victims seek payments as ‘Dr. Death’ declares innocence

first_img Related: By Melissa Bailey — Kaiser Health News Nov. 18, 2016 Reprints Tags cancerchemotherapy Victims of “Dr. Death” had until this week to submit receipts for unnecessary chemotherapy, medical bills for liver damage, and funeral expenses for their loved ones. By an initial count on Tuesday, 517 former patients and their families had filed claims against Farid Fata, the Detroit-area cancer doctor convicted of raking in over $17 million by poisoning patients with chemotherapy and other drugs they did not need.Fata was branded by prosecutors as “the most egregious fraudster” in US history for scamming Medicare and private insurers by giving at least 553 patients, some of whom did not have cancer, thousands of doses of unnecessary and expensive drugs. Now he insists he did nothing wrong. Breaking his silence in a jailhouse interview, Fata said victims claiming he killed loved ones or ruined their lives are misguided and that those who died were “going to die anyhow because of the nature of the diseases.”Fata, nicknamed “Dr. Death” by his victims, is serving a 45-year sentence in a federal prison in South Carolina after pleading guilty to 13 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay or receive kickbacks and two counts of money laundering. He ran one of Michigan’s largest private cancer practices, with a network of clinics outside of Detroit, from 2005 to 2013.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Melissa Bailey — Kaiser Health News @mmbaily The 51-year-old prisoner told Kaiser Health News he plans to speak in court at a Jan. 17 restitution hearing and declare his innocence. Fata said his guilty plea in 2014 came under duress, and he is preparing to seek freedom through a habeas corpus petition, by which a judge would determine if his detention is lawful.“I am now fighting for my innocence,” he said.advertisement Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Fata, the son of Christian missionaries, said he is working with a group of born-again Christians who plan to publish a book entitled, “Convicted out of thin air: The true story of Dr. Farid Fata.”Geraldine Smith Parkin, whose husband, Tim, was one of Fata’s patients, said she is shocked by Fata’s innocence claim.“Just to hear that he still will not say, ‘I’m guilty’” extends the suffering for everyone involved, she said. “It seems like we’re being victimized over and over and over.”Former patients like Howard, meanwhile, said Fata has destroyed their faith in the medical system.“I will never trust another doctor again as long as I live,” Howard said. “I trusted this doctor with my life and he failed me.”This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News, a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN’s coverage of end-of-life and serious illness issues is supported by The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. HealthVictims seek payments as ‘Dr. Death’ declares innocence Still fighting: Vietnam vets seek help for rare cancer Ellen Piligian is seeking restitution on behalf of her father, John, who had stage 4 cancer and died in 2012. She said Fata acted as a fearmonger, insisting her father continue to take powerful and toxic chemotherapy drugs.“My dad could have had much better life quality those last couple of years,” she said.Piligian said she has been through “voicemail hell” trying to track down proof of payment from health insurers — a factor that has made it difficult for other victims to file claims. She filed a claim for $6,000 for medications and funeral expenses.Another 43 victims have had success filing civil suits against Fata and are sharing an $8 million settlement. But they are fighting off liens from insurance companies seeking repayment for treatments the patients didn’t need.Patty Hester, a former Fata patient, said the liens may prevent her from seeing a penny of her settlement payment, which is less than $100,000.Hester, 62, said she suffers from rotting teeth, high blood pressure, and organ damage. She said Fata diagnosed her with myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as preleukemia, and told her she was dying. She endured two and a half years of iron and intravenous immunoglobulin treatments, and gave away her possessions — even her wedding ring. Then she got a letter from federal prosecutors saying her treatments had been unnecessary.Hester has requested repayment for over $800 in dental bills, but she said the restitution isn’t enough. The government is paying for remedial treatment only until Sept. 6, 2016, but her medical problems continue.Fata, meanwhile, said these patients’ medical problems are not his fault. He said he treated his patients appropriately, but when the federal government alleged he was mistreating them, it “created doubts in their mind.”Fata, who earned a medical degree in his native Lebanon, believes federal prosecutors targeted him for political reasons. He said he pleaded guilty to protect his family, and he couldn’t afford to mount a robust defense because the government had seized his assets. Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. About the Author Reprints Meanwhile, an electronic records company hired by the Department of Justice is sorting through former patients’ claims for a share of a $11.9 million fund created from assets seized from Fata’s bank accounts, his home, and medical practice. The process marks the final chapter in a gut-wrenching federal prosecution that brought scores of victims to tell harrowing tales on the stand, in written testimony and on national TV. The federal charges, prompted by a whistleblower, not only ended his career but also made him a global poster child for medical horrors.To be eligible for restitution, patients treated by Fata from 2005 through 2013 had to submit claims postmarked by Tuesday. The number may grow as more stream in by mail, said Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the Eastern Michigan US attorney’s office. The restitution fund won’t pay for victims’ pain and emotional trauma, but it covers out-of-pocket medical costs, including treatment repairing damage Fata inflicted, as well as funeral expenses for patients who died. The US attorney’s office has no firm count of how many patients died from Fata’s mistreatment; court documents allege only that he put patients at risk of death, not that he killed anyone.Among those seeking repayment is Teddy Howard, 56, a former financial analyst who said Fata destroyed his life. Fata diagnosed him with a rare blood disorder and gave him 44 chemotherapy treatments. After Fata’s arrest in 2013, Howard was appalled to learn that he never had cancer in the first place.The arrest came too late, Howard said: 18 months of chemotherapy had already wrecked his liver and teeth. Howard had a liver transplant and plans to undergo surgery to replace all of this teeth. He said he filed a restitution claim for about $100,000 in medical bills.Howard said that sum doesn’t come close to repairing Fata’s damages. After Howard began chemotherapy, he lost his job and his house outside Detroit. Now unemployed, he lives on disability income and takes daily medication so that his body doesn’t reject his new liver.“I went from being healthy and put on chemo to the condition I’m in now — post-liver transplant and fighting for my life,” Howard said.Other claims came from grieving family members such as Sydney Zaremba, whose 87-year-old mother, Helene, died under Fata’s care in 2011. Zaremba said her mother had non-Hodgkin lymphoma and declined swiftly under Fata’s treatments; prosecutors concluded Fata overtreated her at the end of her life.“He killed my mom,” Zaremba said. “She had a very treatable disease. By the time he got done with her, she was taking 16 meds.”Zaremba is seeking reimbursement for a portion of $15,000 in funeral expenses, but “there’s no amount of money that can replace what we lost.” Financial toxicity: 1 in 3 cancer patients have to turn to friends or family to pay for care The former office of Farid Fata, the Detroit-area cancer doctor convicted of raking in over $17 million by poisoning patients with chemotherapy and other drugs they did not need. Carlos Osorio/APlast_img read more

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A Change of View at the Minsitry of Unification

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE AvatarJeong Jae Sung By Jeong Jae Sung – 2008.05.07 5:45pm News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News center_img Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News A Change of View at the Minsitry of Unification The Education Center for Unification under the umbrella of the Ministry of Unification designated Kim Jong Il just as his name only without his position, “National Defense Chairman,” in a report, “Understanding North Korea 2008,” which was released on the 6th, May.A person related to the Ministry acknowledged, “In the 2008 edition, we removed the position and in the 2007 edition, we added and deleted the title depending on the context of the passage.”An affiliate of Center also said, “We only used the title when absolutely needed. It does not mean anything in the 2007 edition.”Despite the fact that both editions were written by the same professors, the second article of the first chapter of the 2007 edition mentions, “In a report presented by the National Defense Chairman Kim Jong Il in 1982” and “The National Defense Chairman Kim Jong Il inherited…” but in the 2008 version, the same contents were written without the title. The 2007 edition described, “In the last century, the North and South underwent an era of hostility and dislike and within the global Cold War System, the confrontational mentality between the two sides became clearly defined. However, the [positive] change in North-South Korean relations, since the 2000 Inter-Korea Summit, has become visible.” On the other hand, the 2008 edition gave the following account, “After the division, the North and South underwent an era of hostility and dislike and within the global Cold War System, the confrontational mentality between the two sides became clearly defined. Then, in the midst of a thaw in the Cold War international order in the early 1990s, they adopted the 1992 Inter-Korean Basic Agreement and the change in mentality towards the other sides began to bud.”The 2008 edition continued, “Since 2000, with the increase in exchange and cooperation, North and South Korea overcame to a certain extent confrontation and hostility and the black-and-white mentality of the Cold War.” but it did not stress the 2000 Inter-Korea Summit Talks as a turning point in the South-North relations. Also, content regarding the meaning of the “June 15 Joint Declaration,” the result of the 2000 Summit, which was in the body of the 2007 edition, was left out. The 2008 edition urged a “balanced mentality for understanding North Korea,” and did not contain a description regarding the distinctiveness of North-South Korean relations, which was included in last year’s.The 2007 version introduced the content of the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement, which stipulates, “Not just merely country-to-country relations, but a special relation, shaped in the process of aiming towards unification, not a permanent division,” but this was removed in this year’s version. The 2008 edition also emphasized the need for a balanced perspective towards North Korea, stressing the importance of properly acknowledging the North’s essence. Regarding this section, last year’s edition described, “We need to acknowledge North Korea as a partner of racial mutual prosperity. From the perspective of the confrontational militaristic structure between the two Koreas, North Korea can clearly be [considered] an opponent against whom we should guard against, but there also needs to be the mentality that North Korean citizens are our brethren with whom we will live together someday.” On the other hand, the 2008 edition expressed, “North Korea is our opponent against whom we should guard against, but there needs to be the mentality that North Korean citizens are our brethren with whom we will live together someday. However, due to such mentality of reciprocity and cooperation, North Korea’s essence should not be distorted.”It also emphasized, “In order to arrive at a proper understanding regarding North Korea’s domestic and foreign policy, we must not stop at present situations, such as the food shortage and the economic crisis. We must first find out the “North Korean factors” that brought about such situations, then put in the effort to make critical re-analyses by referring to universal value and standards such as democracy, human rights, and social welfare.”In addition, the 2008 edition explains on the second chapter in “North Korea’s Ruling Ideology and Political System,” the birth, content and meaning, and future direction of the development of “military-first politics.” On the third chapter, in “North Korea’s Foreign Policy and South Korean Policy,” it provided a supplement of North Korea’s 2007 foreign activities and the progress of the Six Party Talks.On the fourth chapter, it reinforced the current condition of the military set-up, power, and life through a chart titled, “North Korea’s Military Strategy and Strength.”On the fifth chapter in “Economic Conditions and Opening and Reform,” the 2007 version described North Korea’s economy as “the coexistence of the planned and market economy,” but in the 2008 version, it expressed, “North Korea has partially adopted market economy capacities within the structure of a planned economy.” A person related to the Education Center for Unification explained regarding the revised content, “The dimension of trying to approach the North Korean issue from a different angle than the previous administration is being reflected. If it was approached from a slightly progressive perspective in the past, the present edition seems to have approached the problem from more or less a conservative point of view.”last_img read more

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Mark Cummings to replace Doug Baker as head of Teachers Life

first_img Related news Megan Harman TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Keywords Appointments Baker has been president and CEO of Teachers Life since April 2006 and had served on the organization’s board of directors for 17 years prior to his appointment. Cummings, who was with Scotia Life from 2006 to 2015, most recently as president and CEO, will succeed Baker as president and CEO on Oct. 1, 2017. During Baker’s tenure at Teachers Life, he has led an effort to modernize the organization’s technological capabilities. That has included the launch of an online life insurance sales platform, which has become Teachers Life’s primary distribution channel for individual life insurance products. Under Baker’s leadership, Teachers Life also made the transition from a provincial to a federal incorporation under the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. It;s now licensed in every jurisdiction in Canada. “I would like to acknowledge Doug Baker for his brilliance and his long-lasting contribution to Teachers Life,” says Randy McGlynn, chairman of Teachers Life’s board, in a statement. Baker has been actively involved in the insurance industry during his career, including having held positions as president of the Canadian Fraternal Association, chairman of the Life Insurers Council (part of LOMA) and board member at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. (CLHIA). He is currently on the board of the American Fraternal Alliance and is a member of the government relations committee at CLHIA. “It has been my pleasure to be a part of Teachers Life’s transformation over the past 11 years,” says Baker in a statement. “We have built strong and lasting partnerships to help Teachers Life grow and prosper.” Photo copyright: jirsak/123RF Mark Cummings, former president and CEO of Scotia Life Insurance Co., will replace Doug Baker as president and CEO of Toronto-based Teachers Life Insurance Society (Fraternal) following Baker’s retirement from his position on Sept. 30, Teachers Life announced on Wednesday. Street Capital appoints chief product and marketing officer jirsak/123RF CETFA elects new board leader PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Transport Centre to be Built in Linstead

first_imgRelatedTransport Centre to be Built in Linstead RelatedTransport Centre to be Built in Linstead RelatedTransport Centre to be Built in Linstead Transport Centre to be Built in Linstead UncategorizedDecember 21, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Robert Pickersgill, has announced the construction of a modern multi-million dollar Transport Centre for the town of Linstead in St. Catherine.The Minister was speaking recently at the opening of a new taxi stand in the town.He said that the taxi stand and the new transport centre would reduce traffic congestion significantly in Linstead.Mr. Pickersgill said that since the relaxing of the Government’s import policy, the number of taxi operators islandwide have grown substantially, resulting in congestion of streets and town centres.“The decision to construct this taxi stand was a deliberate strategy to address this problem and the completion is the first step in developing a modern transportation centre in Linstead,” the Minister said.The new taxi stand was completed below the original contract figure of $10 million. Located on Fourth Street in the town centre, it can accommodate approximately 40 cars. A marginal fee is to be charged to facilitate the maintenance and upkeep of the new taxi stand.Mr. Pickersgill pointed out that Chairman of the Board of the Transport Authority, Norton Hinds, had consented to waive the applicable fees for both the cleared grounds for the proposed transport centre and the new taxi stand. “During the yuletide season and up until the middle of January, the Chairman of the Transport Authority would be allowing free parking to taxi operators, but thereafter fees will be applied,” he said.He said that adequate notice would be given to allow users to plan for the payment of the fees, stressing that for the facilities to be properly maintained, the payment of fees was necessary.The new taxi stand will accommodate taxis serving the communities of Wakefield, Banbury, Ewarton, Bog walk, Lluidasvale and Orange Field. Advertisementslast_img read more

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WSU vancouver brings out the experts to help students apply for financial aid

first_imgWSU vancouver brings out the experts to help students apply for financial aidPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, September 29, 2020in: Youthshare 0 Series of virtual events to be held throughout October VANCOUVER — Prospective and current college students, and their parents or guardians, can get expert help filing for financial aid for college at College Goal Washington. This free event helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).WSUV will host several online events to help students with applications for financial aid. Photo by Mike SchultzWSUV will host several online events to help students with applications for financial aid. Photo by Mike SchultzCollege Goal Washington will be offered four times in October via Zoom. For connection information, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/cgw. Translation assistance will be available for Spanish speakers.Events will be held:2 – 4 p.m. Oct. 64 – 6 p.m. Oct. 1410 a.m. – noon Oct. 196 – 8 p.m. Oct. 29The majority of students need some manner of financial aid to pay for college, whether they choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school. The FAFSA is the most important application for financial assistance for higher education, and should be completed in October for the best opportunity to receive the most financial aid. Students who are not eligible for the FAFSA can get help filing the WASFA. The same October timeframe applies.You may need to have on hand:Your social security card/number or alien registrationYour income information, including bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, if you had a job in 2019; 2019 tax return, if you filedYour parent(s), if you are under 24 years of age. All students 24 years of age and older are considered independent from their parents. The FAFSA will help you determine if you are considered dependent or independent if you are younger than 24. Only dependents need to file parent information.Your parent’s financial information, including bank statements, W-2 or pay stub, 2019 tax returnYour parent’s social security number, if they have oneAny additional financial information such as child support statements, TANF or welfare information, real estate, stock or bonds investments and family business or farm informationCollege Goal Washington is a statewide campaign to help all Washington state college goers submit their financial aid applications — the FAFSA or WASFA. Visit the Washington Student Achievement Council’s website at wsac.wa.gov to learn more about financial aid applications and other education programs, including the Washington College Grant and College Bound Scholarships.As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. Both in person and online, the university provides high-quality baccalaureate and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver contributes to economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : UPDATE: Missing Vancouver teen found safe after two days near Mt. St. Helens Next : Washougal City Council stays at seven membersAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Improved iClicker+ available for spring semester

first_imgiClicker+ Benefits for StudentsThe new iClicker+ will offer students a variety of advantages:Compatibility: For students who already have an iClicker 1, it will still work! It is not necessary to upgrade to the iClicker+.Cost:  The iClicker+ will cost the same as the former campus-standard iClicker 1.Smaller and lighter:  It’s easier to handle and store, and uses less plastic and packaging.Better battery:  It uses two AAA batteries instead of three, while offering the same battery life as the iClicker 1.Better keypad:  A clearly marked power button is recessed, to help avoid accidental power up or off, and is set apart from the A-E buttons. In addition, the A-E buttons are large, clearly labeled and contain Braille characters.Improved voting:  LED lights next to each button provide better voting confirmation.Frequency memory:  It remembers the last frequency used, so students only have to reset the frequency when attending a different class. Many instructors opt to use iClickers to conduct live Q&A sessions in class with students. Starting this spring, the improved iClicker+ will be available to students for purchase in the campus bookstore. Faculty members who use iClickers should ensure they have the latest iClicker software on their computer. If you are using version 6.1.6 on the Mac or PC, you are current. If you have any prior version, visit this page on the OIT website to download and install the current software. Certain old versions could experience issues with vote counting. iClicker+ Tested by Departments and StudentsCU-Boulder’s Physics department has been leading testing of the new iClicker+ both on campus and nationally, with good results. They’ve also tested favorably with several CU-Boulder student groups. Based on the positive feedback, CU-Boulder selected iClicker+ as the new technology standard. Compatible with Current InfrastructureThe iClicker+ is completely compatible with the current infrastructure in CU-Boulder classrooms. There is no need to change base stations, instructor software or instructor clickers on campus. Purchasing iClickersStarting in the spring semester, the iClicker+ will be available in the bookstore. Students who do not already own an iClicker1 may purchase an iClicker+ for any classes that require clickers. For those who already have an iClicker 1, it will remain compatible with current campus infrastructure, so upgrading is not necessary.center_img Published: Jan. 9, 2013 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Registering iClickersIt is important for students to register their iClickers with CU-Boulder, so faculty can accurately assign voting results to students. Please remind students to register any new iClickers with CU-Boulder; instructions to do so are available at https://www.colorado.edu/oit/CU-iClicker-registration. Students should not register devices with the commercial iClicker registration page.last_img read more

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Medica Hospital, Kolkata extends free health check-up for SCCWC 2019

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha CSR News Public Health By EH News Bureau on April 29, 2019 Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” KolkataMedica HospitalSave the ChildrenSCCWC 2019The Hope Foundation Add Comment The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Medica Hospital, Kolkata extends free health check-up for SCCWC 2019 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals SCCWC 2019 is first ever Cricket World Cup being organised for street children and India is all set to present Team India North and Team India SouthMedica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata has come ahead in support for the first ever Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC 2019) to be held in May ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Medica extended its support towards a medical health check-up for the children who are all set to fly to the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. The SCCWC 2019 is the first ever Cricket World Cup being organised for street children and India is all set to present Team India North and Team India South.Non-profit organisations namely Save the Children and The Hope Foundation jointly developed Team North India consisting of eight children with equal number of boys and girls from Kolkata. The team will be travelling to the UK on April 28, for participation in the World Cup tournament.Manjula Singh, CSR Head, Medica Group of Hospitals, said: “It is our endeavour as individuals and institutions to come forward and celebrate the potential of every child and make a difference in the lives of children. We are happy to engage with kids with activities around healthcare.”Dr Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals, said, “Medica always strives to provide responsible medical care to all sections of people in the society. The team looks fit and raring to go. We wish them best for the first ever Street Child Cricket World Cup.”The one-of-its-kind international tournament, is being organised by Street Child United (SCU), a UK-based organisation, which has a legacy of holding street child tournaments around major sporting festivals like FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Olympics in Brazil, FIFA World Cup Russia and more. The SCCWC is an opportunity to unite street children from nine countries to play at the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground, while also put a spotlight on challenges they face. Off the pitch, the young people will make their voices heard and make recommendations to help improve the lives of street children worldwide. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Articlelast_img read more

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SoftBank, Sprint deal gets national security go-ahead

first_img Related Tags SoftBank’s bid for Sprint has been cleared by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an important step for the Japanese company in countering national security concerns raised by its proposed takeover.As part of the green light for the deal, the two companies have entered into a so-called National Security Agreement with the US government which is effective from the date of CFIUS’ clearance. The agreement will end if the merger between the two companies is terminated.Following CFIUS’ green light, it is expected that the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security will notify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the deal is clear of any national security concerns. This will leave the FCC free to complete its public interest review of the takeover.The announcement follows a report in the Wall Street Journal that SoftBank and Sprint had reached preliminary agreement with the US government to address national security concerns over the Japanese company’s takeover.The report set out how the agreement will give the government extensive say over how a SoftBank-owned Sprint selects telecoms equipment.SoftBank is facing a fight with rival Dish for control of Sprint, in which national security has played an increasing role.Dish has played the patriotic card in its battle with the Japanese company but the CFIUS decision could neutralise its attacks.Under the terms of the SoftBank-Sprint agreement with the government, the US authorities would acquire the right of veto over Sprint’s equipment purchases, according to people familiar with the situation.And the new Sprint would introduce a four-member security committee. One of the four members would be a security director, also sitting on Sprint’s board, a detail which first emerged last week.And the government would get to approve the members of the committee.SoftBank has already said it will remove equipment supplied by Huawei from the network of Clearwire. Sprint owns 50 per cent of Clearwire and is trying to buy the remainder. The clearout would cost $1 billion, it was reported last week.SoftBank and Sprint have also agreed to create a subsidiary designed to handle any sensitive work it does for the US government, said sources.The security establishment in the US has a long term unease over Huawei and its links to the Chinese government. Author Previous ArticleFDA scrutinises health app for the first timeNext ArticleApple CEO bullish on company growth Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade 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 Home SoftBank, Sprint deal gets national security go-aheadcenter_img OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite move Asia SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions Richard Handford AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAY 2013 DishSoftBankSprintlast_img read more

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Verizon Wireless reports another strong quarter

first_img Related Verizon Communications saw “balanced growth in revenue and profitability” for its Wireless unit in the third quarter of 2013, with growth in user spend driven by its Share Everything price plans and growing smartphone customer base.The Wireless unit saw EBITDA of $8.95 billion, up 10.7 per cent year-on-year, on revenue of $20.4 billion, up 7.2 per cent. Wireless service revenue of $17.52 billion was up 8.4 per cent.The company noted a retail contract average revenue per account (ARPA) figure of $155.74, up 7.1 per cent year-on-year, with 42 per cent of postpaid accounts now on Share Everything plans, and smartphone penetration increasing to 67 per cent from 53 per cent.Share Everything Plans allow customers to share data allowances across multiple devices.It ended the period with 101.15 million retail connections, up from 95.9 million at the end of the prior-year Q3.It activated 7.6 million smartphones in the third quarter, of which around 29 per cent were new to Verizon.Its 4G (LTE) activities are also performing well, with the company stating that 37.8 per cent of retail postpaid connections are for this service. This network carries 64 per cent of its total mobile data traffic.The company said that it has “substantially completed” buildout of its 4G network, covering more than 99 per cent of its current 3G footprint.Following its early-September announcement of a $130 billion deal to buy partner Vodafone Group out of this business, Verizon said it had arrange the required financing for the deal, with a $49 billion debt offering and an agreement for up to $12 billion in term loans.On a group level, the company reported a net profit $5.58 billion, up 30 per cent from $4.29 billion, on operating revenue of $30.28 billion, up 4.4 per cent.For its fixed line operation, it saw an EBITDA of $2.23 billion, up 3.8 per cent, on operating revenue of $9.81 billion, down 1 per cent from $9.91 billion.In this unit, the company said it has a “focus on improving long-term profitability”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 OCT 2013 Tags Author Vodafone sets wheels in motion for tower IPO Steve Costello Former EE, Sunrise boss Swantee given Vodafone role Vodafone seeks at least €2B from tower IPO Home Verizon Wireless reports another strong quarter Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Previous ArticleVodafone takes Telefonica/Yoigo complaint to new Spanish regulatorNext ArticleEricsson app awards target “working life” FinancialVerizon CommunicationsVerizon WirelessVodafone Grouplast_img read more

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