August 16, 2019

Ozgur Ayturk

first_imgOTM is one of the leading tourism events in India, and Mumbai is one of the biggest source markets in the country. We are participating as Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey together with the private sector, and we are expecting more business B2B interactions with the Indian travel agents and tour operators.last_img

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August 9, 2019 Australia Takes on Tax Reform Lessons We Can Learn

Australia Takes on Tax Reform Lessons We Can Learn

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 24, 2015; The Age (Melbourne, Australia)Two recently released position papers frame issues to be faced by the Australian government as it considers revisions to its tax code will resonate with American readers: the Australian Council of Social Services’ (ACOSS) “Tax: Are we paying our fair share?” and “The Future of Tax,” released in December by Business Council Australia (BCA). Both recognize that a changing economic and demographic landscape requires revisions to national tax policy, but they differ widely in their assessment of the direction that should be taken.Changes to tax policy must balance the concern for tax equity with ensuring the national economy can continue to grow and compete in the international marketplace. Both organizations acknowledge the important role that government must play and that sufficient revenues are necessary to meet this responsibility. But where the right “sweet spot” is that balances these two is where the issue is joined and where the interests of the social and human services community will clash with the interests of business:“A vital principle of the social compact between taxpayers and Government is that the level of tax we pay is based on our resources or ability to pay, and that people in similar circumstances should as far as possible be taxed in a consistent way.” (ACOSS, p.4)ACOSS sees an existing Australian tax system that falls well short of meeting this standard. Its analysis of the total tax burden shows that the effective tax burden is equal to “a flat rate tax on incomes of around 25 percent on all income groups.” Looking at the same data, BCA concludes that the current “tax and transfer system is well targeted and highly redistributive and makes a substantial contribution to Australia having a fair society by substantially reducing inequality.” (BCA, p.5)Both organizations recognize that changes to existing tax policy should not do harm, but differ on what that harm would look like. ACOSS counsels that the impact of policy change should be viewed in terms of “economic costs, and social and environmental harm. The tax system should support and not undermine decisions to engage in paid work, save, invest and support economic growth that are economically efficient and underpin our future prosperity. It should contribute to, and not detract from, affordable housing for all.” BCA’s perspective sees harm in any change that will not benefit business operations, focusing attention on changes that would reduce the overall tax burden on corporations and individuals and simplify the system.As in the United States, the challenge to the Australian government is establishing a process that allows the diverse interests illustrated in these two reports to be engaged and believe that the outcomes have been arrived at in a fair and honest process:“Tax reform cannot be rushed. It takes time to identify and agree on the problems that reform should resolve, and to decide on a strategy for reform. Governments must lead tax reform but must do this in genuine collaboration with key stakeholders and the wider community. The process of reform needs to be open and transparent, enabling-government agenda, nor cherry-picking of reforms. It will require genuine engagement and wide public debate in the lead up to developing options for reform, with a view to developing a comprehensive, integrated tax reform package.” (ACOSS, p. 5)Our nation’s leaders might well keep their eyes on the efforts in Australia to see if there is a better model than our current method of backroom deal-making to reach legislative outcomes in an area of such vital interest to our community.—Marty LevineShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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August 7, 2019 Swedish operator Com Hem has selected Elemental to

Swedish operator Com Hem has selected Elemental to

first_imgSwedish operator Com Hem has selected Elemental to unify the delivery of its live linear and multiscreen TV services.ComHem has chosen Elemental software-defined video processing systems to deliver linear video across cable, IPTV and over-the-top TV networks from a unified headend.This supports both IP and SDI inputs, with Elemental Live used to simultaneously process live H.264 DVB-C, RTP, and ABR streams for all Com Hem delivery networks.“Com Hem is committed to offering our customers the best available content and a high level of service. By consolidating our headend with Elemental we are able to meet this commitment across all of our networks and to all types of devices,” said Com Hem chief technology officer, Henri Caddeo.Com Hem claims that its broadband, television, and telephony services reach approximately 1.92 million households in Sweden including 625,000 digital TV subscribers.last_img read more

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July 31, 2019 Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

first_imgDisabled activists have criticised a council for pushing ahead with “discriminatory” plans for a memorial to victims of the Peterloo massacre – who died 200 years ago in the cause of equality – that will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people.The new memorial is set to be unveiled on 16 August, the 200th anniversary of the attack by paramilitary and military forces on more than 60,000 peaceful, pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters in Manchester, which led to 18 deaths and nearly 700 serious injuries.The memorial (pictured) will be positioned near what was known in 1819 as St Peter’s Fields, the site of the massacre, and will be outside the current Manchester Central Convention Centre, which just a few weeks after the unveiling will host the Conservative party’s annual conference.It has been designed by artist Jeremy Deller as a series of concentric circles, with members of the public encouraged to climb the steps to a flat top.But the memorial, which has been funded by Manchester City Council, will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people, even though it has been designed to allow it to be used as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, mirroring those who spoke during the protest in 1819.Now a string of disabled activists from Manchester have attacked the council’s refusal to ensure that the memorial is accessible.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), said: “Manchester City Council (MCC) is failing to deliver a fitting memorial.“Their chosen stepped design purposefully excludes disabled people.”In March, the designs were approved by Manchester City Council’s planning department, despite objections from GMCDP and others during the consultation and planning process and meetings with council leader Sir Richard Leese.Hilton said: “Manchester has a reputation of pulling together and lining up shoulder to shoulder in defiance of injustice, ignorance and segregation.“We are certain that once the campaign message is more widely heard the public will be as outraged as disabled people are and the council will be forced to listen and make the necessary changes.”Mark Todd, a former city council access officer, who started a Facebook page to protest at the design of the memorial – and who calls it “a monument to discrimination” – said the group was “angry and shocked” that it was going ahead “despite it being inaccessible to disabled people and others who cannot climb steps”.They believe this is “an act of exclusion that denies disabled people a voice, a blatant act of discrimination”, with the memorial “set to become a glaring metaphor for inequality and segregation with disabled people at the bottom of the memorial, literally being talked down to”.The group has called for a “major reworking” of the memorial by Manchester City Council (MCC), to make it accessible to those unable to climb steps, with options “explored in a full, open, transparent and public manner”.The group said that anything less would be a “breathtaking act of hypocrisy” and “an abandonment of the ideals of liberty and equality which moved those citizens to gather in St Peter’s Fields on 16th August 1819”.Dennis Queen, from Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We think MCC choosing to deliberately create a platform inaccessible for all speakers – or signers – sends a clear message against democracy for all in Manchester – the exact opposite of the aims of the memorial.”Flick Harris, chair of Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, said she and her colleagues were “shocked” that the council had approved the “newly designed inaccessible and unsafe Peterloo monument”.She said: “Any new designs and projects should be accessible for everyone or no-one.”Alan Holdsworth, a former Manchester resident who now lives in the US, where he is a member of the ADAPT grassroots disability rights organisation, said: “As a former Mancunian on behalf of ADAPT we are appalled that in 2019 we still have to fight against segregation and exclusion from the Peterloo massacre memorial.”Holdsworth, who founded the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) in the UK, said: “What makes us more angry is that although disabled people were part of the consultation process their voices, ideas and reservations were ignored.“We call on the council to halt the process and include disabled people and accessibility in the design.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “While DPAC realise that the new Peterloo memorial is to celebrate the martyrdom of 19th century activists it remains totally unacceptable in what is now the 21st century for any sector of our society – in this case disabled people – to be deliberately excluded from access to that memorial.“We are appalled that disabled people’s concerns have been repeatedly ignored by Manchester City Council and call for an immediate redesign of this structure, together with disabled people, so that all citizens are able to access it equally.”Although some changes have been made as a result of concerns about access, including the addition of a handrail, it appears that wheelchair-users will still only be able to reach the height of the lowest of the circles via a ramp.But the council made it clear to DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that it was unlikely that any further major changes would now be made, stating: “We are happy to continue dialogue and explore whether anything further can be done to address concerns but it is unlikely there could be any fundamental changes.”A council spokesperson said earlier: “We have engaged, and will continue to engage, with people who are disabled in order to make this memorial accessible while recognising that this is not a building or similar structure but a piece of public art.“Significant changes to the original design were made in response to this dialogue throughout the design’s development including the incorporation of a ramp and handrail and the replacement of tiles covering the memorial with stone to reduce slip hazards.“The specific design elements which provide information about Peterloo are all accessible.“We have taken these considerations seriously. While we respect the fact that some people feel that these changes still do not go far enough, we believe we have done the best we realistically can allowing for the constraints of the site, and this is the only feasible site in the original Peter’s Fields area.“Further mooted changes to the approved and already amended design would require new planning approvals and mean the project couldn’t be completed in time for the 200th anniversary commemorations.”Deller, whose work often focuses on political and social themes, expressed sympathy with the position of disabled campaigners and told Disability News Service: “I take responsibility for not considering enough the needs of people in wheelchairs.”He said further changes were suggested to improve access after the memorial secured planning permission, but he said the council had decided they were “so substantial it would have meant total redesign” and so were “not practical” because work had already begun.He said he still hoped that “once the memorial is built there might be a way to adapt it for wheelchairs”, but he had not responded by noon today (Thursday) to the council’s position that it was probably too late for further major changes.A spokesperson for the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, which campaigned for years for a memorial to be built, said disabled people were “right to be frustrated and angry about the lack of access to the monument”.He said: “In addition to commemorating the massacre, the memorial has been designed as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, but people using wheelchairs or unable to climb steps cannot use it fully.”He added: “We accept our share of responsibility for not immediately spotting this issue when the design was unveiled. “We have worked with the council, the artist and disabled people involved in or supportive of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to try and find a ‘retrofit’ solution.“We are disappointed to be informed by the council that no solution is viable in the limited time left available.”The names of those who died, and the villages and towns of the protesters, will be engraved on the memorial, while those visiting will be shown the direction of other parts of the world where significant protests have taken place, such as Tiananmen Square, Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Gdansk in Poland.A smaller circle at ground-floor level will reproduce the information so that those who cannot climb the steps will be able to read it.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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July 26, 2019

Hey Writers Need an Idea The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read January 4, 2019 Associate Editor –shares Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Joan Oleck Hey Writers, Need an Idea? The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics Have Expired and Are Ready for the Zombie Treatmentcenter_img Next Article Add to Queue If you’ve ever longed to write a novel or a play or a poem or a blog and are hurting for an idea, sharpen that quill pen or fire up that digital device — your opportunity has arrived! Depending on how you stand on the whole re-imagined vs. ripoff debate, a shelf-load of classic works are now in the public domain and ready to be mined.As the New York Times reported over the weekend in a front-page story, Congress passed a law in 1998 lengthening copyright protections by 20 years over and above the 75-year protection assigned works published between 1923 and 1977. That meant 95 years of protection, followed by the current free-for-all each January as a new set of works lose their protected status.This January 1, 2019, works in this category, dating from 1923, included greats from authors ranging from Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and D. H. Lawrence to P. G. Wodehouse, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost and Virginia Woolf — to name just a few.Related: What Businesses Should Know About Copyright and Twitter UseZombies not your thing? Perhaps a business book would be more up your alley. The Curious Case of Elon Musk, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is totally up for grabs. Get to typing!Got some more ideas for redos of works from 1923 or earlier? Put them in the comments section. Copyrights Image credit: Lionsgate In 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith scored big with ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ when the Jane Austen classic became public domain. Apply Now »last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Tropoelastin protein accelerates growth of stem cells

first_img Source:https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/02/01/stem-cell-growth-accelerated-by-tropoelastin-protein.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 1 2019Stem cells are vital for therapeutic treatments to repair and build human tissue including skin and muscles. Researchers are constantly looking for ways to make stem cells work better, with worldwide demand for the cells far outstripping supply.Now researchers have discovered a way to generate more stem cells cheaply and quickly, using tropoelastin – a protein that gives living tissues the ability to stretch and retract.Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), co-authors Dr Giselle Yeo and Professor Anthony Weiss – from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Bosch Institute – said the study describes a new and cost-effective method of growing and recruiting mesenchymal stem cells rapidly and efficiently.”Stem cells are increasingly being used as cell therapies for a range of diseases that cannot be reliably treated by conventional medicine including skeletal tissue injuries, heart attacks, degenerative diseases and organ failure,” Dr Yeo explained.”Unfortunately, a lack of supply is hindering widespread use of such cell therapies.”Our discovery – that tropoelastin dramatically promotes stem cell expansion and recruitment, and reliably preserves their ability to develop into different types of cells – points to new ways of cost-effectively and efficiently growing these stem cells to address the increasing global demand.”Such technologies can help significantly lower the currently prohibitive cost of many cell therapies.”Related StoriesExciting study shows how centrioles center the process of cell divisionAbcam Acquire Off-The-Shelf Diploid Library of Over 2,800 Knockout Cell LinesEvaluating safety and efficacy of magnetically labeled mesenchymal stem cellsTropoelastin is a key component of MeTro, the groundbreaking ‘squirtable’ elastic surgical glue that can seal wounds in 60 seconds when exposed to UV light, developed by Professor Weiss in conjunction with researchers in the United States. Professor Weiss won the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research for his development and commercialisation of tropoelastin protein biomaterials.Using human stem cells from donors, the researchers found that when small amounts of tropoelastin were applied it encouraged more cells to be produced, creating a better environment for growth compared to other commonly used proteins for stem cell cultures.”Stem cells need a home to live and grow, and we’ve essentially created a nice environment for them live in,” Professor Weiss said.”Making stems cells requires a process a bit like cooking soup – the more complex the culture or ‘soup’, the more difficult it is to control the growth of the cells and the more expensive it is to make.”Our technique simplifies the ‘soup’ – tropoelastin makes the process to grow stem cells simpler, and cheaper.”Tropoelastin also encourages other stem cells to join the ‘soup’ – further increasing the rate of growth of the cells.”Professor Weiss said the next stage of research would be to test the efficacy of tropoelastin inside the body.”We expect that once these stem cells are inside a living body they will actually help trigger repair, encouraging other cells to come to the damaged area and supporting the body to repair itself.”last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Airbus to offer sleeping berths down in cargo hold

European aircraft giant Airbus announced on Tuesday that it is teaming up with Zodiac Aerospace to develop and market lower deck sleeping facilities for passengers that could be operational in A330 wide-body jets from 2020.The sleeper compartments “would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments,” Airbus said in a joint statement with Zodiac, a subsidiary of the French aerospace company Safran.The modules “will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers,”the statement said. “Airlines will initially be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions by 2020 on A330,” for the sleeper pods, with the possibility of fitting them into A350 XWB airliners also being studied.Airbus and Zodiac said the sleeping berths would not only improve passenger comfort, but also enable airlines to add value for their commercial operations.”This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort,” said Geoff Pinner, head of Airbus’ cabin and cargo programme.”We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups.” Christophe Bernardini, head of Zodiac’s aerospace cabin division, said the project “reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.” In November 2016, the Air France-KLM had put forward the idea of sleeping berths for passengers in the economy class, either down in the hold or above the cabin in aircraft of the group’s new low-cost subsidiary, Joon. Explore further Airbus wants to offer airlines the possibility of installing passenger sleeping berths in the cargo holds of its A330 jets from 2020 Soon when you fly in an Airbus jet and you fancy a bit of shut-eye, all you will need do is make your way down to the cargo hold. Citation: Airbus to offer sleeping berths down in cargo hold (2018, April 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-airbus-berths-cargo.html American Airlines orders 47 Boeing 787s, cancels A350 order © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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July 18, 2019

System outage causes flight cancelations in Frankfurt

Airport operator Fraport said an important database used to plan aircraft handling was out of action from 3:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.News agency dpa reported that Fraport said backup procedures were activated, but weren’t able to handle the airport’s normal capacity—and 71 out of a total 1,560 planned flights were canceled.German airline Lufthansa said that it alone had to cancel 23 flights by midday, affecting more than 2,600 passengers. Lufthansa board member Harry Hohmeister said he expects Fraport to “get a grip quickly on the evident infrastructure problems.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A technology failure at Frankfurt airport has caused the cancellation of dozens of flights at Germany’s busiest hub. Citation: System outage causes flight cancelations in Frankfurt (2018, May 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-outage-flight-cancelations-frankfurt.html Snow and ice ground hundreds of flights in Frankfurt Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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July 18, 2019

Nations must boost adult training in face of automation OECD

first_imgDeveloped countries need to “urgently” boost adult training and education programmes to deal with future mass job upheaval brought on by automation, the OECD said Wednesday. Citation: Nations must boost adult training in face of automation: OECD (2019, February 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-nations-boost-adult-automation-oecd.html The OECD’s latest analysis found that one in seven jobs are at risk of being fully automated while another 30 percent would likely be overhauled The OECD’s latest analysis found that one in seven jobs are at risk of being fully automated while another 30 percent would likely be overhauled.But only 40 percent of workers in the jobs most at risk receive training, far less than the 59 percent of those with jobs at low risk, it found.”Many OECD countries need to urgently scale-up and upgrade their adult learning systems to help people adapt to the future world of work,” the Paris-based group of major economies said in a new report.The report said lack of motivation was a problem, with half of adults not wanting training, while 11 percent want to train but lack time, money, or support from their employer.The report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development assessed the “future-readiness” of each of its member countries’ adult learning systems.It found Greece, Japan and Slovakia performed poorly in most areas, but there was still plenty of room for improvement in better-performing countries such as Norway and Denmark.The report recommended that countries promote “the benefits of adult learning and providing targeted support for the low skilled, the unemployed, migrants and older people”.It also suggesting targeting training in areas were jobs were most likely to become obsolete in the future.Finally, it said nations should “ensure adequate public financing and incentivising employers to contribute through training levies and tax incentives, as well as encouraging individuals through subsidies and paid training leave”. OECD hopes for global digital tax by 2020center_img © 2019 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Will provide all possible help if need be top army official tells

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 00:16 IST Mamata Banerjee, on her part, lauded the Indian Army’s role in nation-building.Eastern Army Commander Lt General M M Naravane on Monday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat and assured her of “all possible assistance from the Army” as and when required, a defence official said.Apprising the chief minister of the work being done by the Army, Lt Gen Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, said the force would be of service in the region if the need arises, he maintained.Monday’s interaction was aimed at “deepening civil- military relations, which form the cornerstone of a healthy democracy”, the official said.Banerjee, on her part, lauded the Indian Army’s role in nation-building, while emphasizing that the joint endeavour of the army and the state government could ensure the welfare of the country and its people, he added.ALSO READ | Don’t spare criminals: Eminent Muslims from Bengal tell CM Mamata BanerjeeALSO WATCH | Mamata Banerjee shamed for minority appeasement, eminent Kolkata Muslims write letterFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Will provide all possible help if need be, top army official tells Mamata BanerjeeApprising West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee of the work being done by the Army, Lt Gen Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, said the force would be of service in the region if the need arises, he maintained.advertisementlast_img read more

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