Modi concedes state election defeats ahead of 2019 India vote

first_imgIndian Congress party supporters celebrate outside the party headquarters in New Delhi on 11 December 2018, as vote counting in five Indian states began. India`s ruling party looked set on 11 December for stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls in 2019. — Photo: AFPIndia’s ruling party suffered stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, results showed Tuesday, in a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before national polls in 2019.The votes held earlier this month and in November were seen as a dress rehearsal for next year when Modi will likely go head-to-head with a emboldened Rahul Gandhi of the Congress party for a second term.”We accept the people’s mandate with humility,” Modi said late Tuesday on Twitter.”I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.””We defeated the BJP today, we will defeat them in 2019 too,” Indian media quoted Gandhi as saying. “Mr Modi sold a vision to the country five years ago. India had the patience to give them five years. But they have failed.”In both the central state of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the west, the chief ministers from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat, while in Madhya Pradesh the outcome was on a knife-edge.In Chhattisgarh, ruled by the BJP for 15 years, initial results showed the BJP winning just 16 seats, down from 49 in the outgoing parliament, trailing Congress on 68 in the 90-seat state parliament.Congress also trounced the BJP in Rajasthan, governed since 2013 by the BJP’s Vasundhara Raje, an unpopular local princess, winning 99 seats ahead of the BJP on 73 — 89 fewer than in the last election.Television footage showed jubilant Congress workers bursting firecrackers and dancing at regional party offices in both states.In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh the BJP also suffered from voter fatigue after 15 years in office, with Congress set to be two seats short of a majority and five ahead of the BJP.In two other smaller states also releasing results Tuesday, Telangana in the south and remote Mizoram in the northeast, regional parties looked to be leading.Congress’s five-time Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla was routed by the regional Mizo National Front, a BJP ally. In Telangana the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi won handsomely — at the expense of Congress.- Cow Belt -But it was Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that mattered most for the Hindu nationalist BJP, which swept to power nationally under Modi in 2014.They form part of the “Hindi Belt” or “Cow Belt” region of around 475 million people — more than the United States, Canada and Mexico combined — where the right-wing BJP has its core support base.Before the recent five elections, the BJP ruled 19 out of 29 Indian states either outright or in alliance with local parties. Congress rules just two states, including one in partnership.But the latest results are a blow to the image of Modi as an invincible vote-winner, and puts the 68-year-old on the back foot months before he seeks a second term in office.It also strengthen 48-year-old Gandhi — scion of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty — with Congress having lost more than a dozen states to the BJP since Modi took office in 2014.The results could also help his party cobble together a grand alliance of smaller parties to take on the BJP next year, with Gandhi at its head.”The message (from voters) is very clear. (Modi) needs to address the main issues of employment, corruption, and damage to economic structures,” Gandhi said on Tuesday.Analysts have linked the BJP’s apparent dwindling support to growing rural distress and unemployment.Nearly 55 percent of India’s 1.25-billion population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture, and farmers form an important voting bloc for parties.”The verdict is the cumulative result of the issues faced by people in these states,” Gurpreet Mahajan, a political scientist at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University told AFP.”Victory and defeat are an integral part of life,” Modi said in a second tweet.”Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India.”last_img

UH Hobby Survey Raise Sin Taxes To Pay For Public Schools

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:50 PixabayA new survey found Texas voters overwhelmingly want to increase state money for public schools, but a majority also oppose raising sales taxes to offset any cuts to property taxes. So what funding solutions do Texans support?According to the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs, most Texans favor an increase in so-called sin taxes to pay for public education.“Almost 70 percent support increasing taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and about 60 percent support increased sales taxes on beer, wine and other alcohol,” said Jim Granato, the Hobby School’s executive director.Residents also favor raising taxes on oil and gas extraction — and there was one big surprise.“About three out of five Texans support legalization and taxing of casino gambling, and almost the same percent support legalizing and taxing recreational sale of marijuana,” Granato said.But respondents rejected the idea of instituting a state income tax by three-to-one.State lawmakers are trying to figure out how to fund public education, while capping property taxes. Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Buses from Dhaka complete trial run till Jalpaiguri

first_imgDarjeeling: As part of the trial run for the implementation of the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement, two buses that had started journey from Dhaka, Bangladesh on Monday, entered Fulbari in Jalpaiguri district on Tuesday and will commence journey to Kathmandu, Nepal on Wednesday.The two buses carrying officials of the three countries arrived to a warm welcome at Fulbari at around 4:30 pm on Tuesday. The 45 passengers of the two buses include 25 officials from Bangladesh, 12 officials from India and 6 officials from Nepal, along with 2 officials of the Asian Development Bank. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”This is a trial run including a feasibility study. A feasibility study report will be prepared, based on which a protocol will be signed between the three countries, paving way for a passenger service connecting Dhaka and Kathmandu via Siliguri,” stated Farid Ahmed Bhiyan, chairman, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation.The distance between Dhaka and Kathmandu via Siliguri is 1,104 km. The passenger service is expected to take 30 hours. The trial run and feasibility study will work out details, including a point for night halt and the fare. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA meeting is on the anvil on April 27 in Kathmandu, to discuss the details. “We expect the passenger service to commence at the earliest. The participating countries can get opportunities for trade, tourism and connectivity among the people, through this service,” stated Binod Bhattarai, senior divisional engineer, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport department, government of Nepal.An agreement had been signed between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement) in 2015, to enhance road connectivity between the four countries. It was a festive environment at Fulbari, with local residents welcoming the passengers of the two Shyamoli Transport Service buses with flowers and garlands. Even shops were decorated and lit up for the event.The local residents of Fulbari are also optimistic that with international tourists coming in, there will be an economical upliftment of the area.Subal Roy, Managing Director of North Bengal State Transport Corporation was present on behalf of the government of West Bengal to welcome the guests. “It is a historic day. After Kolkata, now SIliguri will soon be connected to Dhaka through the passenger bus service. It will definitely boost business and international tourism,” stated Roy.The buses will depart from Uttarkanya, the mini state secretariat on Wednesday for Kathmandu via Panitanki, Kakarvita and a night halt at Narayanghat in Nepal. The buses will reach Kathmandu on Thursday.last_img read more

Luxuriate your bathroom with statement

first_imgBathrooms are already transforming from a purely functional area into a self pampering zone almost like a private spa or a personal wellness space. The movement is towards sensory experiences and harmonic design concepts, which create a visual tranquility. Experts explain how to convert your bathroom into luxury bathroom statement.Tiles as highlighter: 3D tiles in bathroom can be used as a highlighter for a perfect solution to design a statement wall as they creates shadow and texture in geometric shapes, interacting with ambient lighting to provide a unique aesthetic appeal. Available in various colour schemes, 3D tiles help to create a tasteful atmosphere that soothes the senses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStyle your storage area: Give your bathroom even more cool look by replacing wood panels with versatile sleek surface to store towels, and other accessories. Using new age surfaces as shelves helps to organize the products, giving it uncluttered look to complement the bathroom. Wood and acrylic are giving way to newer zero maintenance products that you don’t have to worry about cleaning or scratches in the long run. Technology driven bathroom: Technology in bathroom is a perfect match between functionality and aesthetics and today technology is playing an important part, allowing faucets and shower systems to offer many functions from being water efficient to automatically manage the precious natural resource responsibly. With technologies aimed at saving water and energy, shower systems nowadays complete every luxury wellness experience with an innovative and sensual bouquet of chromo and aroma therapy that makes every shower a luxurious spa experience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArtistic wall: While renovating bathrooms we often ignore the walls because of fear of moisture but wall art can be done through a plethora of textured surface to give your walls a natural and artistic look and it evokes the fine beauty of natural stone with a contemporary design. The versatile and textured surface helps to add a graceful depth to this space.Space is the key: Nothing is better than a ceiling in bathroom done with exquisitely chosen versatile product that enhances and gives life to the ceiling. Such a ceiling can define one’s own personality and tastes.Innovative shower: Today, showers are available with anti-bacterial and infrared germ killing technology that helps to create a spa like experience as bathing goes beyond cleansing the body because they want the spirit to relax, rejuvenate from an increasingly hectic lifestyle.last_img read more

Sunwing gets a jump on Boxing Week with savings Dec 23 –

first_img Friday, December 23, 2016 Posted by Share Tags: Sunwing Travelweek Group center_img Sunwing gets a jump on Boxing Week with savings Dec. 23 – 30 TORONTO — Sunwing’s Massive Boxing Week Sale kicks off today and runs through midnight on Dec. 30, offering savings of up to 60% on all-inclusive packages to top resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.One resort available in the sale, top Sunwing pick Memories Holguin, is recommended for its tropical beachfront setting bordered by lush vegetation and amenities to suit guests of all ages, including five restaurants, an extensive pool complex, kids and teens clubs and varied evening entertainment.Another option, Grand Riviera Princess All Suites & Spa in Riviera Maya, is consistently popular with families, says Sunwing. The accommodation options include rooms that sleep families of five, plus indulgent swim up suites. Younger guests will love the extensive pool complex with pirate-themed splash park and slides; kids’ club and nightly child-friendly entertainment. There are also up to 10 restaurants, a spa and a sports bar. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Southeast Asia on sale with Scenic free airfare included

first_img Travelweek Group Southeast Asia on sale with Scenic, free airfare included Tags: Sales, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Southeast Asia Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, October 25, 2018 VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours in Canada is offering Southeast Asia savings that include a new sailing and free airfare on bookings.Early bookers will receive the lowest prices, says the company, along with first choice on sailing dates and itineraries. Additionally, they can take advantage of US$495 premium economy airfare or free economy flights on Mekong River departures of 13 days and longer, and free economy flights on Irrawaddy River cruises.Booking Scenic’s 11-day sailings on either river means $700 per couple off the fare.These special offers are valid for bookings made by Dec. 31, 2018.New for 2019/2020 is the 18-day ‘Highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia & Luxury Mekong’, which takes the in-depth Vietnam-Cambodia sailing and adds a five-night luxury exploration of the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and its World Heritage-listed Halong Bay.To support sustainable travel, Scenic guests cruising the Irrawaddy and the Mekong are also given the option to purchase a reusable water bottle to use throughout their journey, reducing the amount of disposable single-use water bottles being used. Filling stations are available throughout the ship and there are also water filling stations at all the shore stops. All funds from the purchase of these reusable bottles are put back into local community projects.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsSince the inception of this program, Scenic has funded 100% of the cost of two projects in South East Asia: the provision of clean running water to the Chiro Community in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, and the construction of new sanitation blocks in Yandabo Village in Myanmar.last_img read more

Centara goes wild at Lost World Party

first_imgSource = Centara Hotels and Resorts Centara goes wild at Lost World PartyCentara goes wild at Lost World Party Centara Hotels and Resorts enjoyed a successful two-day exhibition at the 2018 Thailand Travel Mart.The famous annual Centara party went off with a bang at the 5-star Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in Pattaya.Themed the Lost World Party to match the resort, all key global partners were invited with 200 people letting their hair down and going wild in all sorts of jungle and lost world themed attire.“We were so pleased to have so many of our key Australian and New Zealand partners attend our event at what is a truly ‘out of this world’ Centara Resort,” Australian and New Zealand representative for Centara Hotels & Resorts Charlie Ridout said.“As always, the Antipodeans were the last ones to leave! It was a fitting ending to one of the best TTM in the last few years.”There was no shortage of entertainment with models dressed in jungled themed outfits, Thai cabaret and plenty of dance routines and fire-twirling performances throughout the night.Guests were treated to a buffet of traditional Thai dishes, desserts and a range of cocktails made by professional Centara bar staff, which showcased the amazing food on offer at the Centara Grand Mirage.last_img read more

Rep LaFontaine takes fourth plunge for Special Olympics

first_img Categories: News 05Mar Rep. LaFontaine takes fourth plunge for Special Olympics LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine once again braced herself for the annual Legislative Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn. The Columbus Township representative today made her fourth jump for Special Olympics Michigan on the sunny, 13-degree Michigan afternoon.last_img

Hungary had 2169 million fixed broadband connecti

first_imgHungary had 2.169 million fixed broadband connections at the end of November, led by cable with 876,000 homes, according to the latest survey by regulator the NMHH.According to the survey, xDSL lines numbered 775,000 at the end of the month, with FTTx connections numbering 317,000.Magyar Telekom was the leading service provider with a 34.7% market share in fixed broadband, followed by UPC with a 21.8% share and Digi with 13.7%. Magyar Telekom had a 59.1% share of the fixed voice market, followed by Invetel with 13%, UPC with 12.7% and Digi with 8.9%.last_img

These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Not including games, Netflix was the world’s No. 1 grossing app of 2017, a spot held by Spotify in 2016 and communication app Line in 2015, according to new data from mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower.”The streaming video giant saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510 million last year according to our estimates, representing a huge year-over-year increase of 138 percent, or about 2.4 times the $215 million users spent in the app during 2016,” Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s Head of Mobile Insights, wrote in a Friday blog post.Dating app Tinder also had a good 2017, ranking as the world’s No. 2 grossing non-game app. Line came in third, while Pandora and China’s Tencent Video rounded out the top five, respectively. Overall, mobile users spent about $60 billion in apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play last year.Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower. Facebook’s main app came in second in terms of downloads, followed by Facebook Messenger, then another Facebook-owned app: Instagram. Snapchat ranked No. 5.As for games, the Japanese hit Monster Strike ranked as the world’s top grossing mobile game of 2017. It was also the highest-earning mobile app overall, for a third consecutive year. China’s Honor of Kings came in second, followed by Fate/Grand Order, Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga.”Last year’s global sensation Pokémon Go didn’t crack the overall or App Store revenue top 10, despite sustained efforts by publisher Niantic to reignite the frenzy of 2016 with new Pokémon and other content,” Nelson wrote. –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apps Reportercenter_img Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Add to Queue January 15, 2018 These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017 Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower.last_img read more

Illinois Is Now the 11th State to Legalize AdultUse Marijuana 2B Market

first_imgLegal Marijuana Illinois Is Now the 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana — $2B Market Projected –shares Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now Image credit: Aurimas Adomavicius | Getty Images June 26, 2019 Jeffrey L. Smith Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed a recreational marijuana legalization bill into law, paving the way for the creation of a potential $2 billion market with strong business opportunities.With the signature, Illinois becomes the first state in the country to legalize retail sales through its Legislature and the 11th overall to approve adult use. Pritzker’s signature was considered a fait accompli, since he had pushed legalization and announced his intention to sign the bill as soon as the legislature approved it in late May.“We’re also creating a $30 million low-interest loan program to create opportunity for entrepreneurs in the communities that deserve it the most (from the war on drugs),” Pritzker tweeted Tuesday. Experts believe Illinois’ social equity program, if successful, could become a blueprint for other MJ programs across the country.Marijuana Business Daily projects that the Illinois recreational program, which will launch Jan. 1, 2020, could generate up to $2.5 billion a year depending in part on how many tourists buy MJ products. Illinois is the second state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Michigan voters passed a referendum last November that legalized recreational marijuana.The following are key business aspects to the Illinois measure:Existing medical marijuana license holders can begin adult-use sales on Jan. 1, 2020. There currently are 55 licensed dispensaries in the state.Illinois will award permits for up to 75 stores by May 1, 2020 as well as 40 processors and 40 craft growers by July 1, 2020.The measure calls for the state to issue licenses for an additional 110 stores, 60 craft growers and 60 processors in December 2021.Municipalities can prohibit recreational cannabis, although Chicago is expected to be open.Applicants that fall under social equity provisions receive additional points and potential financial resources and support such as low-interest loans, grants, training assistance and mentoring. Next Article This story originally appeared on Marijuana Business Daily Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. 2 min read The legalization measure contains social equity provisions activists believe could be a national model.last_img read more

11 Ecommerce Conferences You Should Consider for 2016

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Contributor Thomas Smale Conferences Add to Queue Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Founder of FE International January 27, 2016 11 Ecommerce Conferences You Should Consider for 2016 Your business can demand major time — especially when you’re first getting set up or you’re in the midst of growing and scaling. But if you burn the candle on both ends, or sacrifice your health and relationships, your efforts are all for naught. Sometimes, it’s necessary to step away from your business to gain perspective.Related: 7 Conferences for Entrepreneurs Under 30Conferences can be a great way to take a break. Traveling to them, participating in their sessions and workshops and networking with other business owners can help you get out of a rut if you’re in one, think more strategically about your business and be in touch with people who can help you.Not that you need to go to every conference that’s out there. What’s important is to take time to recharge, and return to your business ready to tackle new challenges. As a business owner, I’ve also found speaking to be an effective way to grow my business. So, with those things in mind, here is a list, compiled by my team, of 11 of our favorite ecommerce conferences.1. The 10x E-Commerce EventWith over 25 speakers and 18 sessions, the 2016 10x E-Commerce Event this February will focus entirely on tactics you can use to drive more qualified traffic to your site, then convert these people into buying customers. You will learn about the ins and outs of conversion optimization, customer retention, A/B testing, marketing automation and much more.This year’s keynote speakers are Ashlee Vance, Paco Underhill and Timothy Seward. The summit will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, February 10-12.2. eTail WesteTail West will be held in Palm Springs, California, February 22-25. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics like content marketing, mobile engagement, data and various pain points and areas that affect your business. This year’s keynote speakers include Ron Boire, Kelly McGann, Eric Anderson, Eoin Comerford, Jen Cotter and David Katz.Other eTail events will be held throughout the year at various locations:eTail Germany will be held in Berlin March 8-10.eTail Canada will be in Toronto, Ontario, May 16-19.eTail Europe happens in London, England, June 21-23.eTail East will be in Boston, August 15-18.3. eCommerceFuel LiveeCommerceFuel Live is made up of an exclusive group of six-and-seven-figure independent store owners. This year’s keynote speakers include Miracle Wanzo, Paul Lepa and David Heacock. The event will be held at The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature world-class musical entertainment. This three-day conference will happen October 7-10.4. MivaconAre you looking to learn about industry best practices, SEO, conversion optimization, content marketing, international ecommerce, trends in ecommerce and other related topics? The beginner-friendly Mivacon will be held in San Diego, March 9-11. The conference schedule has yet to be announced in full, but Rick Wilson will be one of the keynote speakers. 5. Sellers’ Conference For Online EntrepreneursThe Sellers’ Conference for Online Entrepreneurs — or SCOE — will be held in Philadelphia, March 23-25. The speaker roster includes Emily Murray, Rob Wray, Ashvin Kumar, Chris McCabe and others. At SCOE, you will learn about tools and trends in improving your online selling, driving more sales, optimizing your product and service offerings, expanding globally and more. The main focus is on sellers who use Amazon, eBay, Sears, Etsy and the like.Related: Conferences Are Good for Networking but Great for Marketing6. Imagine CommerceImagine Commerce is being held in Las Vegas, April 11-13. A premier Magento commerce conference, Imagine brings together more than 2,500 merchants, developers, partners and experts from more than 45 countries worldwide. Past years’ speakers have included keynotes from Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Wynn and sessions featuring brands and retailers like Toys R Us, Rebecca Minkoff, 3M, Kendra Scott, Zoetis and others.7. Internet Retailer Conference + ExhibitionThe Internet Retailer Conference + Exhibition — or IRCE — offers access to some of the leading industry experts and a one-of-a-kind exhibit hall displaying 600 of the latest solution providers. The 2016 speaker roster is comprised of Raj Aggarwal, Kelli Agnich, Gene Alvarez, Adam Audette, Rick Backus, Amy Ballantyne Rapawy and others.8. Sellers SummitSellers Summit offers an intense “workshop” experience focusing on up-to-date actionable insights — instead of feel-good stories — that entrepreneurs can use to grow their revenues. Speakers include event host Steve Chou, Scott Voelker, Greg Mercer, Toni Anderson, Andrew Youderian, Eric Siu, Spencer Haws, Andreea Ayers, Autumn Wyda, and others. The Sellers Summit takes place in Miami, May 19-21.9. Freedom Fast Lane LiveDetails are as of yet forthcoming for the 2016 Freedom Fast Lane Live conference, but it’s sure to be an incredible experience. Speaker Ryan Moran, for instance, is a true ecommerce expert. At F2L2, you will have the opportunity to meet, connect with and learn from industry leaders to stretch your mindset and be challenged to think beyond what you believe is possible in your business. My team at FE International loved the 2015 event. 10. Retail GlobalRetail Global occurs September 20-22 in Las Vegas. Its primary area of focus will be international commerce. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from speakers from across the world and build a network of trusted contacts. This year’s speakers have yet to be announced.11. SHOPTALKFocusing on tech-based disruption in ecommerce, SHOPTALK will be held in Las Vegas May 15-18. Its wide range of speakers will include Casey Carl, Daphne Carmeli, Tracy Dinunzio, Ron Johnson, Tim Kendall, Katrina Lake, Raghav Lal, Brian Lee, Marc Lore, Julie Wainright, Janie Yu and others. At SHOPTALK, you can expect to learn the latest trends in engaging consumers.Final thoughtsAs a business owner, you’ll find that the most important investment you can make is in yourself and the future of your business. Conferences give you the chance to learn, grow and connect with others who are successful in their respective fields.Certainly, there are lots of great events out there; and it can be hard to know which to choose. But, ultimately, you will benefit from the experience, no matter what. It isn’t all about what you learn, but rather the decisions you make coming out of a conference, and the new connections you make.Related: 8 Tips to Be an Awesome Networker at Conferences 6 min read –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Twitter to Employees Well Pay You to Stick Around

first_img Reuters Image credit: Brian Solis | Wikimedia Commons Enroll Now for $5 March 10, 2016 Twitter to Employees: We’ll Pay You to Stick Around –shares Jack Dorsey, Twitter. Twitter Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Twitter Inc. has been sweetening employee compensation packages to retain talent as the company’s user growth stalls and it stock price slides, the Wall Street Journal reported.Four top executives left the company in January, the biggest leadership exodus since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive last year.The departures added to concerns about the company’s ability to make its product more engaging and generate more money from advertising.Twitter has been offering cash bonuses to some employees, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 as an incentive to keep them around for another six months to a year, the Journal reported on Wednesday.The company has also granted varying amounts of restricted stock depending on when the employees started working, intending to make up for the value lost since they joined the company, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Twitter’s shares have lost more than 60 percent of their value over the past 12 months.”Competitive compensation, strong leadership and a confidence in the direction of the company are all key elements to having top talent,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email.”We are investing in all three areas to ensure we maintain these employees,” she said, without providing further details.Dorsey said in October he would give a third of his stock in the company, a stake of about 1 percent, to the employee equity pool.Later that month, he spoke about “hiring and investing in talent” and the need for “bold rethinking.”Twitter showed no growth in users in the fourth quarter. That was the first time that had happened since the company went public in 2013.Twitter’s shares were unchanged at $17.66 in light premarket trading.(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Anil D’Silva) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

HPTN 075 study shows high risk of HIV infection among MSM and

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 24 2018Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) today presented results from the HPTN 075 Study at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) conference in Madrid, Spain. The study evaluated the feasibility of HIV prevention research among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Findings from the study showed participants were at an alarming risk for getting HIV. The incidence among study participants was substantially higher than the estimated incidence among heterosexual men and women in the general population in the same countries.”Several studies have shown the burden of HIV is quite high among MSM and TGW, but little is known about the rate of new infections, or HIV incidence, among these groups in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Theo Sandfort, PhD, HPTN 075 protocol chair and research scientist, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University in New York. “The exceptionally high HIV incidence we found indicates an urgent need for increased access to HIV prevention approaches that consider all the factors that put this vulnerable population at such high risk.”Related StoriesHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defenseHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentHIV persists in spinal fluid even after long-term treatment and is linked to cognitive deficitsA total of 401 MSM and TGW, regardless of HIV infection status, were enrolled at four sites in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Each participant was followed for 12 months, during which five study visits were conducted. These visits included interviewing participants about behaviors that may put them at risk for HIV infection, medical examinations and collection of blood samples. Of the 401 enrolled, 329 were HIV-negative at the time of enrollment. By the end of the study, 21 of them had become infected with HIV. This translates to an overall incidence rate of 6.96 per 100 person-years. Incidence rates differed substantially by study site: Malawi: 1.3; Kenya: 3.75; Soweto, South Africa: 8.97; and Cape Town, South Africa: 14.44.”HPTN 075 provides compelling findings that indicate an urgent need for further HIV prevention studies for men who have sex with men and transgender women in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Wafaa El-Sadr MD, MPH, MPA, HPTN co-principal investigator and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University in New York. “These studies must examine the realities in which these groups exist and develop integrated intervention strategies that are effective and feasible.””MSM and TGW in sub-Saharan Africa face distinct structural barriers to accessing HIV prevention and treatment,” said Myron Cohen, MD, HPTN co-principal investigator and director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases in Chapel Hill, NC. “The HPTN is poised to tackle these barriers as we prioritize this population in our prevention agenda.”last_img read more

Lok Sabha passes NIA Bill

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first_imgCOMMENTS Published on state politics Congress’ victory in three States — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — has come as a shot-in-the-arm for the Janata Dal Secular (JD-S), which is in a coalition with the Congress in Karnataka.The six-month-old Karnataka government, headed by HD Kumaraswamy, who cobbled up the coalition to form the government at short notice by his father, has managed to keep senior Congress leaders away from the government.With the Congress’ proposal to expand the Cabinet, which has six vacant seats, the party is grappling with ruffled seniors, who are making serious efforts to get on board.Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is also the JD(S)-Congress coordination committee chairman, has been the rallying point for disgruntled legislators. Siddaramaiah is in disagreement with his party’s decision to fill the Legislative Council chairman’s post by opting for senior Congress leader from coastal Karnataka, K Prathapchandra Shetty, instead of SR Patil, a prominent leader from north Karnataka.Few Congress leaders feel the party’s central leadership’s choice is being looked at as a setback for Siddaramaiah.At Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet in Belagavi on Tuesday, a few legislators said the Congress has to face the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alone in North Karnataka, while the party is going with JD(S) in Old Mysore.CLP also discussed Cabinet expansion, and CLP leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao reportedly acknowledged the demand for inclusion of legislators from North Karnataka.Meanwhile, many senior leaders and Cabinet aspirants, including former ministers Ramalinga Reddy, Roshan Baig and MB Patil, skipped the meet. Municipal Administration Minister Ramesh Jharkiholi, also kept away from the meeting.“Cabinet expansion has been scheduled for December 22. Legislators demanded that priority be given to North Karnataka in the Cabinet expansion, and appointment of chairpersons to boards and nominations,” Siddaramaiah said.What observers sayInstead of giving the JD(S) — which has 38 seats in the Legislative Assembly — the jitters, the Congress seems to have strengthened its position in the coalition set-up, said observers.HD Kumaraswamy, who had to address the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) on Tuesday, kept away.“All elements who were trying to rock the coalition boat will not succeed for the moment,” a senior JD(S) Minister told BusinessLine. File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Karnataka COMMENT December 18, 2018 SHARElast_img read more

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