Court fails to force security agents to produce detained journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi

first_imgThe Karachi High Court failed, for a fourth time, to force federal government representatives to produce journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, who has been secretly detained since 16 December 2003.The journalist’s lawyer, Abid Saqi, gave the judges information, in a closed-doors session on 22 January, on which he based his contention that his client was being detained by a Pakistani security agency. The court again demanded that government representatives did everything possible to find the journalist, who had been working with two French journalists from the weekly L’Express.The next hearing will be held in Karachi on 27 January.The spokesman for the US State Department told the press on 21 January that his government had expressed its concerns to the Pakistan government about Khawar Mehdi Rizvi’s situation. The official said in Washington that every detention should be handled in a transparent manner and in conformity with a normal legal process.On several occasions, top Pakistani officials have publicly confirmed that the military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was holding Rizvi for “interrogation”. ________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders condemns “State lie” after third denial on detained journalistKhawar Mehdi Rizvi has been secretly held for 35 daysReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) condemned what it called “a State lie” after top federal government officials made a third denial to the High Court in Karachi that they were holding Pakistan journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi.Additional advocate-general of Sindh Sarwar Khan and deputy attorney-general Syed Zaki Muhammad again denied before two judges on 20 January that Rizvi, who worked with French journalists Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau, was being detained by the federal government.Pakistani security services were being allowed to hold the journalist in complete impunity with the blessing of the highest authorities, protested the international press freedom organisation.The organisation joined the call from the international support committee for Khawar Mehdi Rizvi for the immediate release of a journalist who had only been doing his job.The Sindh provincial court judges told the prosecution officials that the federal government should return to the court on 22 January with precise information with regard to the journalist. If the government continues to deny the arrest, the court could decide to hear journalist’s lawyer behind closed doors (chamber). The officials made this third denial in response to a habeas corpus petition lodged earlier by the lawyer for Rizvi’s family, Abid Saqi.The journalist has been held for 35 days by Pakistani military security in Islamabad. He is likely to be under heavy pressure and Amnesty International has said it feared he was being tortured.The international support committee is made up of journalists from Pakistan, from the French media, France 2, TF1, Le Monde, Libération, L’Express, the US dailies, The New York Times and Chicago Tribune and Reporters Without Borders.The three journalists were arrested on 16 December 2003 in Karachi. Marc Epstein of the French weekly L’Express wrote in an article published in the magazine on 19 January that the three of them had been arrested after interviewing a Taliban commander in Afghanistan. He said the three journalists never had any intention of tarnishing the image of Pakistan. RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information center_img to go further Follow the news on Pakistan January 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court fails to force security agents to produce detained journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Genervon Announces Biomarker Data from GALS-001 Clinical Trial for ALS

first_imgCompany News Briefs Genervon Announces Biomarker Data from GALS-001 Clinical Trial for ALS From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 30, 2014 | 1:18 pm Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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A full analysis of the trial’s results is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2014, but preliminary clinical data and this biomarker data suggest that GM604—Genervon’s novel, proprietary, multi-target biological drug candidate—shows significant promise for treating ALS.Of the eight biomarkers measured in the trial, GM604 modulated six in a manner that suggests disease modification: one “target” biomarker, two “efficacy” biomarkers, two “target/efficacy” biomarkers, and one “prognostic” biomarker. Despite the small size of the trial (twelve patients, of whom eight received GM604 and four received a placebo) and its short duration (a two-week treatment period followed by a ten-week observation period), the modulations of two of the biomarkers were shown to be statistically significant between the treated and placebo groups. These results are consistent with the previously reported clinical trial results indicated that 7 of the 8 treated definite ALS patients had their disease progression slowed or stopped when compared to the historical ALSFRS-R scores of definite ALS patients over the course of the trial.Genervon is extremely encouraged by these results, particularly given the challenge of detecting even one biomarker signature over such a short trial period, and believes that they support Genervon’s hypothesis that GM604 is a potent “master regulator” drug that modifies ALS by working across multiple genes in multiple pathways through multiple biological processes. Genervon believes that GM604 operates by responding to distress signals from affected genes and regulating those genes bi-directionally to their normal functional ranges, thereby bringing homeostasis to affected biological systems.Genervon further believes that GM604’s multi-target efficacy sets it apart from the single-target strategies that have failed to translate into effective therapies for neurodegenerative and nervous system disorders. As of 2013, 62 companies have a product in development for ALS. More than 160 ALS clinical trials had failed. It is increasingly apparent that single-target drugs cannot cure most neurological diseases. This is not surprising given that the pathogenesis of those diseases is highly interactive and multifactorial, involving multiple biological targets and processes. Genervon believes that because GM604 is an endogenous human peptide that regulates overall neurological development at the embryonic stage, it has the potential to modify neurological diseases where single-target therapies have failed.ALS patients lost the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and no life-prolonging treatments for the disease. GM604 has received orphan drug and fast track designation from FDA to treat ALS.Genervon Biopharmaceuticals LLC, 1055 E. Colorado Blvd. Fifth Floor Pasadena, (323) 721-5500 or visit www.genervon.com/genervon.About GenervonGenervon is a privately held, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company in California developing breakthrough multi-target biological drugs to address the world’s critical unmet medical needs.SOURCE: Genervon Biopharmaceuticals LLC Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News last_img read more

Phreesia Named to 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Highlighting Its Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

first_img Previous articleGlobal Photographic and Photocopying Equipment Market Report 2021 Featuring Canon, Xerox, Avid Technology, X-Rite, and Ricoh – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal Medical Equipment Maintenance Market (2020 to 2024) – Trends, Forecast, and Competitive Analysis – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 29, 2021 Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  WhatsApp Phreesia Named to 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Highlighting Its Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 29, 2021– Phreesia, the nation’s leading patient intake management platform, is pleased to announce that it is one of 380 companies across 11 sectors included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The GEI expanded in 2021 to represent 44 countries and regions, including firms headquartered in Indonesia and Bermuda for the first time. Companies range from a variety of industries, including automotive, banking, consumer services, engineering and construction, and retail. “At Phreesia, we’re dedicated to fostering women’s equity and development at all levels of the organization,” says Amy VanDuyn, SVP of Human Resources at Phreesia. “We’re honored to be recognized in the Bloomberg GEI, which reflects our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace.” The GEI measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. In a recent report, Phreesia shared key gender-equity metrics, including that more than half of those in middle management are women, and 41.94% of senior managers are women. Phreesia also has a high retention rate after parental leave: 90.91% of women who returned from parental leave during fiscal year 2019 remained employed a year after their return. Phreesia promotes inclusion initiatives such as the Phreesia Women’s Network, an employee resource group with a mission to engage employees of all gender identities across the company to continue to grow a healthy and supportive workplace. The network provides opportunities for mentorship, career development, advocacy and education for its members. The Bloomberg GEI brings transparency to gender-related practices and policies at publicly listed companies, increasing the breadth of environmental, social, governance (ESG) data available to investors. The comprehensive, transparent GEI scoring methodology allows investors to assess company performance and compare across industry peer groups. “The companies included in the 2021 GEI are expanding the ESG data universe to include gender-related data that investors are demanding today,” said Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg. “Their commitment to disclosure is making the business case for inclusion, and driving transparency in the markets.” Through disclosure of gender-related metrics using the GEI framework, the firms included in the 2021 GEI have committed to provided a comprehensive look at their investment in workplace gender equality and the communities in which they operate, raising the bar of what should be expected from other companies within the same industry. Phreesia was included in this year’s index for scoring at or above a global threshold established by Bloomberg to reflect a high level of disclosure and overall performance across the framework’s five pillars. Both the framework and the GEI are voluntary and have no associated costs. The GEI is a reference index and is not for use as a financial benchmark. The index is not ranked. While all public companies are encouraged to disclose supplemental gender data for their company’s investment profile on the Bloomberg Terminal, those that have a market capitalization of USD1 billion are eligible for inclusion in the index. To learn more please visit the GEI website. About Phreesia Phreesia gives healthcare organizations a suite of robust applications to manage the patient intake process. Our innovative SaaS platform engages patients in their healthcare and provides a safe, convenient experience, while enabling our clients to enhance clinical care and drive efficiency. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210129005386/en/ CONTACT: Media: Annie Harris [email protected] 929-526-2611 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT OTHER HEALTH TECHNOLOGY HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGED CARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WOMEN HOSPITALS GAY & LESBIAN SOFTWARE NETWORKS CONSUMER NURSING HEALTH MOBILE/WIRELESS SOURCE: Phreesia Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/29/2021 10:07 AM/DISC: 01/29/2021 10:07 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210129005386/en Twitter Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

Pilot Club raising funds

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Davis said the length of the Pilot Plop would be determined by the cow.When the cow decides to “plop,” whoever owns that square will be declared the winner and receive, $1,000.“The owner of the square that is the greatest distance from the winning square will receive $100,” Davis said. “The Pilot Club’s goal is to sell 300 squares, and we still have squares left to sell. It’s going to be a fun fundraiser, and we encourage everyone to get a ticket for the Pilot Plop.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Secrets Revealed Skip “The Pilot Club’s Brain Minders program raises money in support of those with traumatic brain injuries and disorders,” Davis said. “We focus on awareness and prevention. We take our puppet program into the schools and talk to children about brain injuries and how to prevent them. The Pilot Plop will support our Brain Minders program and also our scholarship program. Each year, the Troy Pilot Club awards a scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to attend Troy University and earn a service-oriented degree.”The Troy Pilot Club also sponsors two children to Camp ASCCA each summer. Camp ASCCA is a special camp for children and adults at Jackson Gap. Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Pilot Club raising funds The Troy Pilot Club is hosting somewhat of an unusual fundraiser. It involves a cow, a grid and a pie – a cow pie – to be exact.Tracie Davis, club vice president, laughingly said the fundraiser is being billed as the Pilot Plop and is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Troy Sportsplex.“The way the Pilot Plop will work is that we’ll fence off an area and draw squares inside the area,” Davis said. “Each square will be ‘purchased’ for $20. On the afternoon of the Nov. 1, we’ll bring in a well-fed cow and the wait will begin.”center_img Print Article The peanut gallery will not sit idle while waiting for the winning plop, however. Pound cake and beverages will be served to spectators.Hopefully, the cow will be cooperative and the Pilot Plop will not go into overtime, Davis said. “You just never know.”Tickets for the Pilot Plop may be purchased by calling Davis at 372-5099 or Angel Tillery, club president, at 566-4330.Davis said the Pilot Plop will be the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and will help fund its Brain Minders program. By Jaine Treadwell This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen XX You Might Like Troy BOE approves capital plan The Troy City Schools Board of Education on Monday adopted a $27.5 million, five-year capital improvement plan. “It’s actually more… read more Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Laliberte reflects on career at Exchange Club

first_img Laliberte reflects on career at Exchange Club Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Hassett said Laliberte had been a strong influence at Troy University since she arrived in 1991 and has seen many changes over the years.And, it was those changes that Laliberte shared with the members of the Troy Exchange Club Thursday.She highlighted three areas of importance to her during her tenure at Troy University – athletics, academics and fundraising – but not necessarily in that order. You Might Like Nissen earns SHRM-SCP Troy Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Human Resource Director Beth Nissen recently earned the SHRM Senior Certified… read more Skip Dr. Jean Laliberte, Troy University vice chancellor for development, was the guest speaker at the Thursday meeting of the Troy Exchange Club. Terry Hassett, left, was the program host. Jerry Beckett is the club president. Laliberte will be honored with a retirement reception form 2 until 4 p.m. today at the Daniel Plaza on the Troy University campus.Troy Exchange Club member Terry Hassett was taking no chance that Dr. Jean Laliberte would “get away” without speaking to the Troy Exchange Club.However, Laliberte who will be honored with a retirement reception today at Troy University, said emphatically that she is not leaving Troy. “I’ll be a Trojan the rest of my life,” said Lalibert, Troy University vice chancellor for development, in leaving the door wide open to volunteer opportunities at the university and in the community. “Nineteen-ninety one was not that long ago but many amazing things have happened at Troy University,” Laliberte said. She remembered when in 1992, the Troy University men’s basketball team set an NCAA scoring record by topping DeVry Institute 258-141. In 2001, Troy University moved to Division I, which was “the best thing that ever happened,” Laliberte said. She highlighted the completion of the women’s softball complex in 2003 and nationally the nationally televised beating of Missouri on the gridiron. “We won the Sunbelt Championship in football in 2005,” Laliberte said. “In 2010, the Trojan Arena was dedicated and we beat Navy in football. That was a big year.” By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Friday, March 24, 2017 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Book Nook to reopen Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories In 2016, the university hosted DeMarcus Ware Day and, perhaps, not by coincidence, Ware and Laliberte are retiring in the same year, she said with a smile.In 2017, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won Sun Belt Championship and that was huge, Laliberte said.Academically, Laliberte recalled the university’s first capital campaign in 1996 with $21 million raised. In 1998, the university changed from the quarter system to the semester system.“In 2001, Troy hosted the first African American Leadership Conference and the conference has continued to grow every year,” Laliberte said. “In 2004, Troy State University dropped ‘State.’ Unless a university is a flagship ‘state’ university, it is assumed that it gets state dollars and that impacts donations.”After dropping “State,” donations to Troy University have greatly increased.Laliberte mentioned the university’s doctoral nursing program in 2006, the Confucius Institute in 2007, its designation as an All-Steinway school in 2014 and Troy University students participating in the archaeological dig that unearthed a Philistine Cemetery in Israel.Laliberte said new construction has given the university a new look and a greater purpose.The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery was completed and dedicated in 2001.“I attended the dedication and was able to watch the people as their lives were chronicled. The biggest change on campus was in 2004 with the Quad restoration,” Laliberte said. The new education building and the new student dining hall were additions of note as was the Confucius Institute. “The Janice Hawkins Park blows you away with its two art galleries and interpretive center,” Laliberte said. “Troy University is the only permanent site of terracotta warriors outside Xi’an, China.”Laliberte said the Troy community can look forward to future growth. She is excited about the end zone facility at the north end of Memorial Stadium; potential enrollment increases to 10,000 on the Troy campus and a continuing excellent town and gown relationship.Laliberte had good news all around but the best news for the Exchange Club members was that she may venture for a while but she’ll always come back home to Troy, Alabama. By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Utah Football To Play Arkansas In 2026 and 2028

first_img Tags: Arkansas Razorbacks/Mark Harlan/Utah Football July 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football To Play Arkansas In 2026 and 2028 Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Wednesday, the University of Utah’s football program announced a home-and-home series with the Arkansas Razorbacks of the Southeastern Conference slated for 2026 and 2028.The Utes will host the Razorbacks at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the 2026 meeting and return the favor at Fayetteville, Ark. in 2028.The 2026 meeting commemorates the first time these schools have ever met on the gridiron.The Utes have now secured 20 non-conference games between 2020 and 2028, including three non-conference schedules completely locked in through 2024.Utah athletic director Mark Harlan confirmed the Utes will “continue to look” at the best programs in the country as they seek to fill out future schedules “to bring value to our football program and to our fan-base.” Written bylast_img read more

BYU Head Football Coach Kalani Sitake Named To Bear Bryant Award Watch List

first_imgNovember 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Head Football Coach Kalani Sitake Named To Bear Bryant Award Watch List Tags: BYU Football Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-In news released Tuesday evening, BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake was named to the 2020 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award Watch List.This award, presented annually each January, recognizes the top head coach in FBS college football for contributions both on and off the field.Sitake is one of just 24 coaches nationally to receive this distinction.This is the only annual college football award to be presented after The College Football Playoffs is concluded.The winner will be announced January 13, 2021 during a virtual awards ceremony benefiting the American Heart Association. The AHA has sponsored this award since 1986.Sitake was deemed meritorious of this distinction by virtue of leading the Cougars to an 8-0 record thus far on the season headed into Saturday’s home game against North Alabama.BYU has now started 8-0 four times in its history. The other years were 1979, 1984 and 2001.Under Sitake (35-25, .583; 2016-present), the Cougars are the only FBS team to rank in the Top 10 nationally in scoring offense (No. 9, 45.3 points per game), scoring defense (No.6, 13.9 points per game), total offense (No. 8, 533.4 yards per game) and total defense (No. 6, 284.9 yards per game).Other coaches on this watch list are as follows:Indiana head coach Tom AllenIowa State head coach Matt CampbellCoastal Carolina head coach Jamey ChadwellWisconsin head coach Paul ChrystOregon head coach Mario CristobalOhio State head coach Ryan DayColorado head coach Karl DorrellCincinnati head coach Luke FickellTexas A&M head coach Jimbo FisherNorthwestern head coach Pat FitzgeraldOklahoma State head coach Mike GundyUSC head coach Clay HeltonTexas head coach Tom HermanMarshall head coach Doc HollidayNotre Dame head coach Brian KellyAuburn head coach Gus MalzahnFlorida head coach Dan MullenNevada head coach Jay NorvellOklahoma head coach Lincoln RileyAlabama head coach Nick SabanGeorgia head coach Kirby SmartClemson head coach Dabo Swinney Brad Jameslast_img read more

Rangeland Midstream Canada brings Marten Hills Pipeline System into service

first_imgThe system is anchored by long-term transportation agreements with three of the region’s largest crude oil producers Rangeland Midstream Canada commissions Marten Hills Pipeline System. (Credit: Rangeland Energy) Rangeland Midstream Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rangeland Energy III LLC, today announced that its Marten Hills Pipeline System is in service. The system consists of new crude oil and condensate pipelines located in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta. The Marten Hills Pipeline System extends approximately 85 kilometres (52.8 miles), terminating at an interconnect with Plains Midstream Canada’s Rainbow Pipeline System, which serves the Edmonton, Alberta, hub and refining market.The system is anchored by long-term transportation agreements with three of the region’s largest crude oil producers, who have made a combined minimum volume commitment representing 40 percent of the system’s capacity. The agreements span a 450,000-acre area of mutual interest (AMI) dedicated to the Marten Hills system.“Rangeland Canada is very pleased to begin operating our Marten Hills Pipeline System,” said Rangeland Canada Vice President of Business Development Briton Speer. “Operators in the region are resuming previously shut-in production as they benefit from improved economics and a stronger demand for their products. Our goal is to stay ahead of our customers’ needs by alleviating infrastructure bottlenecks; providing safe, reliable and high-quality transportation; and offering access to the best markets. The start-up is a great testament to outstanding work by our Vice President of Engineering and Project Management Scott Hornung, Vice President of Operations Scott Wilke and the members of their teams who worked tirelessly to complete the project on schedule and with a perfect safety record. ” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trials

first_img Share this article View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trials View post tag: INS View post tag: Defense View post tag: completes View post tag: Defence Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian carrier Gorshkov) has completed its sea trials with flying colours and managed to achieve a top speed of 32 knots, reports The Hindu.Last year, the aircraft carrier was subjected to extensive trials for the first time. While a substantial scope of the ship’s equipment and aviation trials were completed by Sevmash shipyard during this period, the main propulsion plant trials to full power could not be completed due to defects encountered on boiler section. It was a major setback as the delivery of the ship was pushed by a year.Now, the ship will set sail for the White Sea where further speed and aviation trials will be performed.The contract for modernization of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov (renamed into INS Vikramaditya) for Indian Navy was tied in 2004. It became the largest export contract in Russian-Indian military technical cooperation. Initially, modernization was evaluated as $616 mln, and the ship was planned to join the Indian Navy in 2008. However, due to increased scope of works, the ship’s delivery date was again postponed for late 2013.More than 400 subcontractors were involved in the project, including 10 Indian companies which supplied communication systems, protective coating, a telephone exchange, life rafts, pumps, hygiene and galley equipment, and many more.The 284 metre-long and 60-metre-high INS Vikramaditya has a displacement of 45,000 tons, and an endurance of 13,500 nautical miles (25,000 km) at a cruising speed of 18 knots. When delivered, the INS Vikramaditya will be a 90-per cent new ship and will remain in service for 40 years.[mappress]NavalToday Staff, July 30, 2013 View post tag: trialscenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic July 30, 2013 View post tag: sea View post tag: Vikramaditya INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trialslast_img read more

College deficits stretch to millions

first_imgOxford colleges have published their accounts for the financial year, which reveal decreasing reliance on the income from investment.The total income for the financial year ending in July 2009 was £281 million and overall the colleges had a surplus of £6 million. However, college endowments decreased by 7% amounting to £2.28bn.The falling endowments have been a cause for concern. Clifford Webb, Merton’s finance bursar commented on the accounts, “The problem is reflected more in investment income (which is much lower last year and this year, for example lower dividends and interest rates), which has certainly made a dent in college incomes.“The fall in endowment values was painful”“Going forward the amount of money given to colleges by the government is not enough by far to cover teaching costs and this will get progressively worse in the next few years because teaching funds are being cut. But you can’t yet see the impact in last year’s figures.”Other figures show that publicly funded tuition and research income fell by 0.7%, but overall academic income increased by 7.8%. The University claims income was “boosted by growth in fees from overseas students.”Staff costs account for half of college expenditure, and these rose by 8.1% last year, which highlights Oxford’s “above-inflation national pay awards for academic staff and higher pension contribution rates,” according to a University press release.“Teaching funds are being cut”Although colleges receive public funding from the University to support academic activities, this accounts for less than half their income.Colleges must rely on the return on endowments, fundraising and surpluses from conferences during the vacations. Conferences brought in £10 million for colleges across the University this year. There is also a large discrepancy in the performance of colleges. University College achieved a surplus of £1,650,000, compared with Worcester’s deficit of -£1,268,000. Many of the University’s richest colleges also recorded deficits.Univ recorded a surplus of £854,000 the year before and their huge surplus this year was partly due to disposal of fixed assets.The University reports that collectively colleges have “a small surplus at the operating level” despite a 7% decline in endowments.Oxford’s richest colleges, St John’s and Christ Church, also reported deficits this year. St John’s total funds stand at over £331 million, and their deficit was -£52,000. Christ Church is worth £268 million but had a deficit of -£371,000, despite recording a surplus of £995,000 the year before.New College lost -£602,000 this year. One New college student, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “We’re all quite shocked to hear that the College is in this sort of state. Our JCR has one of the largest budgets in Oxford, so the impact of the overall problems hasn’t been felt much by current undergraduates – but they’re starting make staff cutbacks now, which is a shame.“What’s most interesting is that part of the problem is our links with New College School. Most people here didn’t realise that the School and the College share accounts, and it has angered a lot of people that the prep school’s problems could have an impact on us, even though we have basically nothing to do with them.”Other colleges reporting losses include Brasenose, Corpus Christi, Hertford, St. Hilda’s (though they recorded a deficit of only -£3000) and Wadham.Wadham lost -£205,000 this year. One third year Wadhamite told Cherwell she was not surprised by the news. “We’ve noticed prices in the bar go up and they’re currently doing up rooms in college, meaning undergraduates can’t stay there.”Colleges with very healthy accounts include Balliol, who recorded a surplus of £441,000, Jesus with £446,000, Lincoln with £566,000, Merton with £650,000 and Somerville, who reported a surplus of £794,000.Exeter recorded an impressive surplus of £2,026,000 but this was only achieved after the disposal of fixed assets. The year before Exeter had a deficit of -£244,000.Overall Oxford did receive more donations this year, which helped colleges through dismal financial conditions. Donations accounted for £53 million of endowments and colleges received £18 million in gifts and £8 million in capital gifts.Frances Lannon, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall and Chairman of the Conference of Colleges, said of the accounts, “The fall in endowment values, though painful, was considerably less than that experienced by some of our peers. Many colleges are fortunate to have, serving on their investment committees, Old Members who have highly successful careers in fund management. This has undoubtedly helped us weather the storm.”last_img read more