Government to draw up legislation to protect consumers during insolvencies

first_imgThe government will bring forward legislation to protect consumers when retailers go insolvent, with the UK’s Law Commission slated to draw up the new laws. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced today that it has asked the Law Commission to “draft legislation to update the law that establishes when consumers legally own goods for which they have pre-paid”. whatsapp LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 14: A woman wears a face mask on the high street on July 14, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The UK government has announced that people entering shops will be required to wear a face mask by law from July 24. Scientists have also predicted a ‘worse case scenario’ of a second wave of Covid-19 related deaths between 24,500 and 251,000 in hospitals alone in a report requested by the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Also Read: Government to draw up legislation to protect consumers during insolvencies Under existing legislation, any goods that have been pre-bought by consumers, but not yet collected, are counted as assets if a company becomes insolvent. “We believe it is time for the rules to be modernised so that consumers have clarity on their rights of ownership, especially in an insolvency situation,” she said. Share They can then be held by administrators and sold off in order to repay company debts, meaning consumers who bought the goods are left empty handed. LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 14: A woman wears a face mask on the high street on July 14, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The UK government has announced that people entering shops will be required to wear a face mask by law from July 24. Scientists have also predicted a ‘worse case scenario’ of a second wave of Covid-19 related deaths between 24,500 and 251,000 in hospitals alone in a report requested by the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Also Read: Government to draw up legislation to protect consumers during insolvencies Show Comments ▼ Consumer affairs minister Paul Scully said: “With more and more people prepaying for goods online, it is so important our laws are up to date to reduce the risk of customers losing out if a business unfortunately becomes insolvent.   whatsapp Government to draw up legislation to protect consumers during insolvencies Law Commissioner professor Sarah Green said the current laws are “shrouded in complex language which consumers can find difficult to understand”. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun Stefan Boscia Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data “This consultation will look at how the law can be brought into the 21st century, providing clarity for those managing insolvencies and better protection for consumers.”  Monday 27 July 2020 12:01 am LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 14: A woman wears a face mask on the high street on July 14, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The UK government has announced that people entering shops will be required to wear a face mask by law from July 24. Scientists have also predicted a ‘worse case scenario’ of a second wave of Covid-19 related deaths between 24,500 and 251,000 in hospitals alone in a report requested by the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) last_img read more

InterContinental Hotels buys US boutique hotel chain for $430m

first_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group (IHG) said yesterday it has agreed to buy an American chain of boutique hotels for $430m (£273m).The hotelier, which owns the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, has been expanding its stable of brands to appeal to new groups of customers. In 2012, it launched Even hotels, a boutique chain for health-conscious travellers and introduced Hualuxe Hotels & Resorts in China that same year, which caters to Chinese travellers. Chief executive Richard Solomons said its acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants would make it “the market leader” in boutique hotels. Together with its other brands, Even and Indigo, it will have 200 open and planned boutique hotels in 19 countries.Kimpton Hotels has 62 sites in major US cities including Chicago and New York and has another 16 in the development pipeline. IHG said the cash acquisition would be earnings enhancing in its first year, with Kimpton’s core earnings expected to double by the end of 2017. Tags: NULL Express KCS InterContinental Hotels buys US boutique hotel chain for $430m Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img whatsapp whatsapp Tuesday 16 December 2014 8:47 pm Show Comments ▼ last_img read more

Conservative MP: “Ring-fencing pensioners is a departure from the financial reality”

first_img Share Show Comments ▼ James Nickerson Conservative MP: “Ring-fencing pensioners is a departure from the financial reality” George Osborne’s decision to ring-fence pensioners is a departure from financial reality, according to Conservative MP Philip Lee.Speaking at a post-Budget briefing hosted by the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Institute of Economic Affairs, Lee said by pushing the burden of deficit completely away from pensioners, the chancellor is “sending the wrong message.” Debt was not made by people in their 20s, and we need to be bolder. Pension age also needs to be pushed back. Germany has a pension age of 67, and we need to be at least where they are as soon as possible.It is good that ages are increasing and the quality of life is going up, but this needs to be paid by people, not the state, Lee said.Read more: From the pensions expert to the PwC economist, reactions to the chancellor’s statementThe chancellor had vowed to protect pensions before the Budget, meaning cuts needed to come from those in work, mostly through reducing tax credits, housing benefits and reducing the benefits cap. The Budget has been seen as a political budget from an especially political chancellor, which indicates why Osborne has left pensioners virtually immune from austerity.The director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood, also said that by ring-fencing pensions the burden of deficit reduction falls on those of working age, which is inter-generationally unfair.A point always made by those claiming pensions is “I’ve paid in!”, but a good number to conjure with on the inter-generational point is that as a cohort those aged over 60 in the UK will take out 50 per cent more than they’ve paid in.For every pound they’ve paid in they will take £1.50 back. So they haven’t paid in anything like as much as they are taking out.Read more: Pensions could look more like ISAsLittlewood said that he favours the “triple lock” on state pensions as it goes up by the lowest out of wage growth, inflation, or by two percent, over it rising by the highest of the three.But he added: “We have a ratchet effect on state pensions as long as we have the triple lock”, and though there is no chance of this government tackling that over the next five years, it would need to be resolved in the future.But this may have not been the worst thing announced yesterday, as Littlewood announced this Budget was “supposedly the boldest, but almost certainly the worst”. whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily Winners Thursday 9 July 2015 8:02 am whatsapp Tags: July Budget 2015last_img read more

Too much public shaming is bad, but that’s not the real problem in science

first_img APStock Why is it so damn hard to get a paper retracted? By Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus Nov. 4, 2016 Reprints Why our peer review system is a toothless watchdog But what Fiske is talking about is actually much more sweeping. She writes that “constructive critics have a role” in policing the integrity of science. (Ironically, Fiske felt compelled to reshape her essay after a draft leaked, in which she wrote that some scientific critics engaged in “methodological terrorism,” led to an “online firestorm” of complaints from readers. That’s rich.) But then she adds an astonishing caveat: that such critiques be subject to “editorial oversight and peer review for tone, substance, and legitimacy.”advertisement Related: A “culture of shaming” is now permeating psychology, and science in general, according to a former president of the Association for Psychological Science.In an essay in the society’s house organ, the Observer, Princeton psychologist Susan Fiske claims that the “new media” “can encourage a certain amount of uncurated, unfiltered denigration. In the most extreme examples, individuals are finding their research programs, their careers, and their personal integrity under attack.”And in an echo of the misguided term “research parasites,” which appeared in an editorial by the New England Journal of Medicine, Fiske also goes after “self-appointed data police” who lob “critiques of such personal ferocity and relentless frequency that they resemble a denial-of-service attack that crashes a website by sheer volume of traffic.”advertisement In other words, it’s OK to criticize scientists, but only if the scientific establishment has a chance to approve the criticism first. That’s a bit like asking students to grade their own papers or letting restaurant owners edit reviews of their food before they run in the newspaper.Do critics occasionally go overboard? Of course they do. We’re not unsympathetic to the idea that bullying and nasty personal attacks can derail conversations, create unneeded distractions, and even lead to collateral damage. Some of the people we’ve written about on Retraction Watch have tried to discredit us using the same tactics Fiske describes, including blast emails to funders and employers full of fact-free innuendo and wild speculation. (That sort of thing only reinforces the idea that we’re onto something, so feel free to continue, if you’re reading this.)But let’s remember why we’re seeing this recent surge in concern about the integrity of research: The scientific establishment writ large has demonstrated little interest in making fixes to the literature. Don’t believe us? Ask David Allison, a professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, whose effort, along with colleagues, to get journals to correct blatant errors they discovered in published studies was met with almost uniform refusal — or worse, silent treatment. Or ask us to see the countless emails we’re forwarded to journal editors — some by very prominent researchers — who’ve hit a brick wall when they’ve tried to have flawed studies corrected. Related: In short, Fiske’s argument for more polite and moderated critiques, while reasonable on the surface, misses the bigger picture. Unethical behavior and irreproducible results, while not necessarily rampant, are undeniable problems for science in general and psychology in particular. For an example of unethical behavior, see Diederik Stapel. For an example of an attempt to bolster reproducibility, see the work of Brian Nosek and his colleagues.What’s more, Fiske also conveniently ignores the fact that many critics choose anonymity not because they want to throw Molotov cocktails but because they are afraid of retribution from their colleagues and superiors.But sites like PubPeer, which provide a platform for anonymous concerns, are immeasurably useful, with surprisingly little collateral harm, despite evidence-free claims by some to the contrary. Thanks to moderation, PubPeer commenters sling little, if any, mud, yet their posts have led to many retractions of problematic papers.“Fiske’s suggestion of reviewing all discussion has been tried and it failed utterly,” Brandon Stell, one of PubPeer’s founders, told STAT. “PubPeer was created specifically to bypass the suffocating and restricted channels of ‘correspondence to the editors’ and journal commenting. The tens of thousands of useful comments that users have posted on PubPeer were previously suppressed by that system, yet facilitated by an open framework encouraging factual discussion. We’re not going back.”The bottom line here is that correcting the scientific literature is critically important — but well-nigh impossible using conventional methods. We’d be far more sympathetic to the arguments of the tone police if Fiske and others offered real solutions to these issues instead of verbal equivalent of aloe vera. Having all criticism go through peer review might make the hurt feelings go away — but it could well kill the patient in the process.“The lesson for the future is therefore simple,” Stell said. “If you don’t wish your work to be discussed, don’t publish it.” Tags academic publishingpeer review The WatchdogsToo much public shaming is bad, but that’s not the real problem in science When it comes to Twitter, it’s a subject that has gotten wide play in recent months. The platform lends itself to anonymous trolling and lacks a solid system for reporting abuse — something many users, not just scientists, would like to see remedied.last_img read more

U.S. announces revised tax amnesty program

first_img IIAC updates guidance on U.S. temporary resident exemptions The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has announced that is offering a revised, and what is intended to be a more lenient, tax amnesty program to encourage Americans living abroad to become compliant with their U.S. tax filing obligations. On Wednesday, the IRS said that it is changing its existing streamlined amnesty program by eliminating: the requirement that the taxpayer have less than US$1,500 of tax owing per year; the need to fill out a risk questionnaire; and the requirement that the taxpayer certify that his or her previous failure to comply was non-willful. Canadian sentenced to U.S. prison for promoting tax fraud scheme Rudy Mezzetta Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img U.S. congressman introduces residency-based tax bill Keywords Cross-border financial planning,  FATCA In addition, for U.S. taxpayers outside the United States who are eligible for this program, all penalties will be waived. “We’re expanding the streamlined procedures to cover a much broader group of U.S. taxpayers we believe are out there who have failed to disclose their foreign accounts, but who aren’t willfully evading their tax obligations,” says John Koskinen, the commissioner of the IRS in a statement announcing the changes. The U.S. bases its tax system on citizenship: American citizens and other U.S. tax residents must file a U.S. tax return annually on their worldwide income regardless of where in the world they live. The revisions to the streamlined program are good news for the majority of Americans in Canada who are not compliant with their U.S. tax filing obligations, cross-border experts say. “In my opinion, the IRS has now recognized that the previous programs really did not fit the traditional American in Canada client who most advisors work with,” says Terry Ritchie, director of cross-border wealth services at Cardinal Point Wealth Management in Toronto. “Although it’s never fun dealing directly with any specific tax agency, including the IRS, this is welcome relief for a number of Americans in Canada and tax practitioners. Time will tell if this additional nudge to these programs will encourage more Americans abroad to come on board.” At the same time that the IRS makes the streamlined program more lenient, it will be increasing the bite associated with its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. The OVDP is designed for those Americans whom the tax agency considers willfully non-compliant, and who therefore aren’t eligible for the streamlined program. The changes include requiring more information from the taxpayer, and higher penalties in some cases. The changes to the amnesty programs will be effective July 1, which is the same day that the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act comes into force. FATCA, which is being implemented in Canada through an intergovernmental agreement signed between Canada and the U.S., will see Canadian banks and other financial firm report to the Canada Revenue Agency on their U.S. citizen clients. The CRA will then exchange that information with the IRS, who will, under the agreement, provide reciprocal information if requested. “With the full implementation of FATCA at the beginning of next month, Americans in Canada would be finding it more difficult to hide from the IRS,” Ritchie says. Related newslast_img read more

Phase Five of Kingston Terminal Expansion Project near Completion

first_imgRelatedPhase Five of Kingston Terminal Expansion Project near Completion RelatedPhase Five of Kingston Terminal Expansion Project near Completion RelatedPhase Five of Kingston Terminal Expansion Project near Completion FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Robert Pickersgill, has said that phase five of the Kingston Container Terminal expansion project was entering its final stages and preliminary plans were already in place for the next expansion phase.“The Port Authority (of Jamaica) will be pursuing the preliminary plans for the development of the next expansion phase of our transshipment activities, which will incorporate lands at Fort Augusta,” the Minister said on Wednesday (Jan. 24), as he witnessed the unloading of two new panamax cranes at the Terminal.He noted that upon completion of the fifth phase of the project, which will cost the Port Authority of Jamaica some US$240 million, capacity at the transshipment facility would increase from 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 3.2 million TEUs and the added capacity should be utilized by 2009.According to the Minister, the ongoing improvements at the Kingston Container Terminal “are the major ingredients enhancing Jamaica’s position in and capacity to benefit from the international shipping industry, which can be described as the engine driving the global economy”.The cranes are the first shipment of six new super post panamax cranes, with the remaining four scheduled to arrive in August.Minister Pickersgill said that when the remaining cranes arrive, the profile of the Terminal would feature 19 cranes including 14 super post panamax cranes; 74 straddle carries; 14 empty container stackers; 1,392 reefers to accommodate refrigerated containers; and 100 hectares of paved operational yard space and storage areas.center_img Phase Five of Kingston Terminal Expansion Project near Completion UncategorizedJanuary 26, 2007 Advertisementslast_img read more

Cryptocurrency market sees relief rally as clouds clear

first_imgCryptocurrency market sees relief rally as clouds clear Cryptocurrencies rallied across the board on Monday while the US dollar edged higher and U.S. equities climbed to a record high as investors seemed to cheer on an outlook for a likely divided Congress in the wake of President Biden’s forthcoming proposal to double capital gains taxes for the highest-income Americans.The positive outlook is also backed by the expectation that the Federal Reserve will remain accommodative in the face of the world’s largest economy recovering rapidly back to pre-pandemic levels. Investors will watch corporate earnings and U.S. economic data this week to see whether the actual bottomlines justify  high valuations in the private sector.Risky assets have been in favor in the past 24 hours after Asian bargain hunters substantially increased crypto trading activity in Monday morning.Bitcoin (BTC) is consolidating near US $54,000 after pushing above the first resistance level and appears to be building momentum towards US $55,000 which can open the way even higher levels this week.  There are chances of a fresh increase above US $55,000 if it manages to clear the major resistance level at US $54,0000. US $52,000 remains a key support level if the trend turns down.Ethereum (ETC) has soared above $2,500 while ripple (XRP) showed a surprise surge to above US $1.42 from yesterday’s US $1.11.Among the other variable-priced digital currencies in the Big Cap 10, Binance Coin (BNB) US $532, cardano (ADA) near US $1.24, Dogecoin (DOGE) US $0.26, ChainLink (Link) US $35,  Stellar (XLM) $0.5, Litecoin (LTC) US $245 and Vechain (VET) US $0.19.Dogecoin (DOGE) is the only one significantly under-performing in the past 48 hours.President Joe Biden is set to give his first big speech to Congress on Wednesday night and is expected to elaborate on his proposal to sharply higher taxes on wealthy Americans who he has argued in last year’s election campaign can pay for social programs such as child care, universal pre-K, tuition-free community college and paid family leave.White House economic adviser Brian Deese said  at a press briefing  the proposal is supported by research which has found no evidence that a hike in capital gains rates would affect long-term investment in the economy.Although the cryptocurrency rally was a relief for digital coin holders, investors can sometimes misinterpret bear market rallies as markers of the end of a bear market, and so such rallies must be treated with caution. Bear market rallies happen, when in the backdrop of intact long-term bearish outlook, assets suddenly appreciate by over 10-20% over days and weeks before heading back down to new lows. In this regard, technical analysis still indicates bearish trend for the coming weeks.     Risk Warning: Cryptocurrency is a unregulated virtual notoriously volatile asset with a high level of risk.  Any news, opinions, research, data, or other information contained within this website is provided for news reporting purposes as general market commentary and does not constitute investment or trading advice.  Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:bitcoin, capital gains tax, cardano, Congress, crude oil, cryptocurrency, dogecoin, ethereum, Government, Joe Biden, stablecoin, stock marketlast_img read more

2015 North Coast Wine Industry Expo Attendee Registration Now Open

first_imgEmail Home Industry News Releases 2015 North Coast Wine Industry Expo Attendee Registration Now OpenIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine Industry Network – News2015 North Coast Wine Industry Expo Attendee Registration Now OpenBy Press Release – September 2, 2015 18 0 TAGSfeaturedNorth Coast Wine Industry ExpoTrade ShowWine Industry Network Share Linkedin Facebook AdvertisementAnnual WIN Expo anticipates successful 4th year eventHealdsburg, Calif., September 2nd , 2015 – The 2015 North Coast Wine Industry Expo (WIN Expo), presented by Wine Industry Network (WIN), has announced that attendee registration is officially open. The WIN Expo, now in its fourth year, has quickly become an integral end-of-year industry gathering for the region and will once again be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA on December 3rd, 2015.Industry professionals will have the opportunity to view products and services from nearly 300 exhibitors who will showcase their offerings in the two largest buildings at the fairgrounds, Hall of Flowers and Grace Pavilion. The Expo will also present four educational sessions featuring wine industry leaders and innovators sharing ideas, information, and predictions to help attendees better prepare for the coming year.Conference Topics:2015 State of the North Coast Wine Industry: Presented by Sonoma State Wine Business InstituteConservation, the New Innovation: Exploring water saving technologies while improving wine qualityMarket Conditions for the North Coast Winegrape Industry: What wineries and growers can expect in 2016Big Brands, Big Lessons: Applying successful marketing and social media strategies used outside the wine industry“We couldn’t be more pleased with how this annual event has taken hold,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “This trade show brings the North Coast Industry together one final time each December and provides us with an excellent opportunity to evaluate the past year and plan for the future. The local industry has supported us from the very beginning, and to show our appreciation, we try hard to continually improve the experience for both the exhibitors and attendees.”The WIN Expo will again offer Harvest Special discounts for attendees who register for conference sessions and trade show access prior to October 30th and the final line-up of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. To register or for more information about educational sessions and the trade show visit the Wine Industry Network (WIN)Based in Healdsburg, CA, is the wine industry’s most comprehensive business resource website operating as an on-line trade show and created specifically to help industry professionals locate and connect more easily with the industry’s best suppliers and service professionals. WIN also produces the North Coast Wine Industry Expo, based in Santa Rosa, CA, the online industry publication, the Wine Industry Advisor and WIN Jobs (, an online employment resource.Advertisement Previous articleXylem introduces Flojet’s BevJet Compact- smart pump technology enables fast, easy installationNext articleWine on Tap Innovator Free Flow Wines to Host the 2015 KEGGY Awards on October 22, Honoring Exceptional and Sustainable Wine On Tap Programs Nationwide Press Release ReddIt Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Councils Need More Public/Private Sector Partnerships

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Shahine Robinson, wants the Trelawny Parish Council to encourage more partnerships between the public and private sectors in the parish, to accelerate its development. Addressing the third in her islandwide series of ‘Day-in-Council’ meetings, in the Falmouth Council Chamber on Wednesday, October 5, Mrs. Robinson explained that the meetings were designed to get discussions going between the Council, stakeholders and agency heads on more tangible economic development in Trelawny. “No doubt, the new (Falmouth) pier that has generated much excitement had some consensus and input from Council and, I am saying, build on that model in improving your local economic development. By this, I am alluding to deepening the private-public partnership dialogue enhanced and embraced by citizens’ participation,” she said. “The public-private partnership should not be seen as something that central government alone engages in, and the local economies benefit from the trickle-down effect. The time has come for this partnership to become a dominant feature, in the way forward for the economic development of our parishes,” she stated. The Minister suggested that the theme for the upcoming Local Government month (November) celebration, ‘Local Government – your partner in community development’, be embraced as a first step in guiding citizens to building partnerships for their local economies. “This is where I introduce the local economic concept.  This is not a new one, but is being favourably viewed as a highly recommended practice to improving economic competitiveness, within Local Government jurisdictions the world over,” she said. She explained that it also focuses on enhancing partnerships within the community, increasing sustainable growth and ensuring that growth is inclusive.  Mrs. Robinson said that all the initiatives in the Local Government Reform Programme were aimed at empowering the Parish Councils. RelatedCouncils Need More Public/Private Sector Partnerships RelatedCouncils Need More Public/Private Sector Partnerships By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporter RelatedCouncils Need More Public/Private Sector Partnerships Councils Need More Public/Private Sector Partnerships Local GovernmentJanuary 8, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more

Qualcomm – “ignore the modem at your peril”

first_img Related Español QUALCOMM 4G MOBILE EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP, SAN FRANCISCO: Qualcomm talked up the importance of the modem in the processor value chain, warning that while there has been a lot of focus on the growing performance of application processors, “you ignore the modem at your own peril”.And while the performance of the modem is not as easy to monitor and quantify as the application processor, with this component playing a significant role in both the connectivity performance and battery life, it has a significant impact on the end user.“The modem is the foundation of the mobile experience. To be able to locate, to communicate, to collaborate, all of those things are centralised around the modem,” Alex Katouzian (pictured), senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, said.With the San Diego-based company facing greater competition in the device silicon market from rivals such as Intel, Nvidia, Samsung and ambitious Chinese rivals such as MediaTek and Spreadtrum, it used its event last week to highlight its belief that the application processor, which has become a key battleground, is only a single part of delivering mobility to end users.“Processor companies coming from the PC space either haven’t built their own 4G modems or demonstrated any modem leadership, so they tend to take the conversation to the place that they know best, which is the CPU. Unfortunately, that’s irrelevant, lost in the noise of the equation of what constitutes a really good mobile experience,” Peter Carson, senior director of marketing at Qualcomm, said.Indeed, some players have done some significant deals to address these shortcomings, such as Intel’s big-ticket purchase of the mobile unit of Infineon, and Nvidia’s acquisition of Icera.For “power” users, accessing features such as 3G and 4G voice, SMS, email, and streaming services, the modem can be responsible for the lion’s share of power consumption, meaning that an efficient implementation can have a significant impact. But other industry players, including device makers, also have to take modem performance into account at an early stage of product development.“When an OEM makes a choice on the chipset partner they are going to use, if they are designing high-tier flagship devices, there’s going to be a disproportionate amount of modem contribution to the overall power consumption profile. So for those guys, modem power consumption is central, not just to user behaviour, but to design, manufacturability and reliability,” Sandeep Pandya, senior director of product management, at Qualcomm, noted.For lower-tier devices, where there may be higher use of less modem-intensive services such as gaming, video playback, and browsing over Wi-Fi, up to 40 per cent of power consumption could still be related to this element, meaning that performance is “still not insignificant”.And with the modem being the critical element linking the device with the network, operators also stand to benefit from products which make the best use of the resources at hand, delivering the best quality connectivity to users.“To the extent we say it’s the network, it’s always about the network, the device has a large part to play in the perception of network quality. It is the interdependence between what the network does and what the device does, and both have to be engineered very, very well for the user to not even have to worry about coverage,” Pandya continued.This means that operators are keeping a close eye on performance, Katouzian noted.“There are KPIs we get from the operators and the OEMs on a daily basis. Like, for example, call drops, how do you handover from one area to another, how does the interoperability between bands work – all of those are KPIs that they track and measure. They’re just not as exposed as the benchmarks that are currently available for CPUs,” he said.Trumpeting the company’s position, the executive argued: “It’s not just having a CPU, it’s not just having bits and pieces. When you take a look at what’s involved in our chipset solutions, we have a leading edge CPU, leading edge graphics, leading edge DSP, of course leading edge modem, leading edge connectivity.”“Any viable processor vendor or manufacturer has to have a modem to become viable in the mobile space. If you take a look at all our competitors, the ones that want to be serious players have either invested in or bought modem companies. The difference is we are two-to-three years ahead of most of them in terms of modem capabilities,” he continued. Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? Tags Steve Costello Home Qualcomm – “ignore the modem at your peril” modemQualcommTechnologycenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 NOV 2013 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 Author Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN Previous ArticleKPN Foundation steps down after blocking America Movil’s takeoverNext ArticleQualcomm set for 2014 AllJoyn push Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abiertalast_img read more