CCH Tax Day ReportThe Tax Court erred when it dismissed a taxpayer’s petition for redetermination of a deficiency notice because it was untimely. While it is true that litigants cannot stipulate to jurisdiction, they may agree on the facts that determine jurisdiction and the parties agreed that the petition was timely under the timely-mailing-is-timely-filing rules. Although the government initially contended that the taxpayer’s petition was untimely, it later acknowledged that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) received the petition on the last day for filing and the IRS received it within the usual delivery time.Comment: The taxpayer’s attorneys purchased the postage for mailing the petition (first class mail and postage for certified delivery) from Stamps.com. The postage was printed on the last day for filing the petition and a member of the law firm’s staff testified that she delivered the petition in its stamped envelope to the local post office on that date. The staff member did not ask for hand cancellation of the postage on the envelope. The Tax Court held that the “postmark” upon which the taxpayer relied (the postage purchase date) was superseded by USPS tracking data, which in turn served as a “postmark.” Therefore, the taxpayer neither filed nor mailed the petition within the jurisdictional 90-day period.The Tax Court did not have a sound reason to doubt that the petition was indeed handed to the USPS on the date agreed. Further, the government conceded that all of the requirements of the timely-mailing-is-timely-filing rules were satisfied and that eight days for certified mail to reach Washington, D.C. from Utah was not excessive. Therefore, the only basis for dismissing the taxpayer’s petition was a legal conclusion that Reg. §301.7502-1(c)(1)(iii)(B)(3) was controlling. However, that section of the regulation specifies what happens if an envelope has both a private postmark and an official postmark and the envelope containing the taxpayer’s petition had only the “private” postmark generated by Stamps.com. Finally, while the 20-digit tracking number was not entered into the USPS’s tracking system for two days after the envelope was delivered to the USPS, the tracking number was entered at a different post office than the drop-off location and there was no evidence that the USPS treats tracking data as a form of “postmark.”Reversing and remanding the Tax Court 110 TCM 314, Dec. 60,414(M), TC Memo. 2015-188R.H. Tilden, CA-7, 2017-1 ustc ¶50,130Other References:Code Sec. 6213CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶37,549.356CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶37,549.45CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶37,549.504Code Sec. 7502CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶42,625.42CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶42,625.44Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 27,158
I was expecting the arrival of 2 in 1 mobile devices to make more of a splash in the healthcare space.These slick devices, which combine a tablet and a laptop, started popping up in healthcare settings a few months back. Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others rolled out their competitive offerings, each promising convenience, lower replacement costs, easier management, and better security—and the research shows they deliver.But healthcare CIOs tell me their selection of these devices is still largely driven by user preference, mostly because they provide both tablet and full keyboard functionality as needed.Others, such as Linda Reed, RN, MBA, FCHIME, vice president and CIO at Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System, are quick to add that 2 in 1s haven’t been widely adopted yet because—surprise, surprise—today’s clinical applications and EMRs are still not fully developed for a tablet. The apps tend to be cumbersome and lack intuitive navigation.“What we have found to date is that smart phone, tablet, laptop and workstation still have fairly distinct use cases,” Reed says. “Our docs will use all of the above, based on what they are trying to get done.”But while it’s still early, health IT professionals should consider that clinical apps and EMRs will continue to evolve, and the case for device consolidation is a good one—especially when you compare Ultrabook replacement costs with the cost of replacing either an iPad or Android tablet and a laptop.Whether a healthcare organization wants to provide staff with tablets, or simply support BYOD in-house, the upside to a single 2 in 1 device can be significant.Beyond saving on costs (think devices + replacements + hardware support), these lighter, more energy efficient and easier to manage 2 in 1s can streamline workflows while providing greater security. The fact that they’re easier for health IT professionals to manage is gravy.For a detailed breakdown of total cost of ownership—and why 2 in 1s may be the least expensive, most secure option for healthcare organizations going forward—check out this report. You may want to share it with your favorite clinical app or EMR vendor, too.What questions do you have about 2 in 1 devices?As a B2B journalist, John Farrell has covered healthcare IT since 1997 and is Intel’s sponsored correspondent.
In 2013, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a series of lawsuits asking courts to recognize four New York chimpanzees as legal persons and free them from captivity. The animal rights group, which hopes to set a precedent for research chimps everywhere, has yet to succeed, but in April a judge ordered Stony Brook University to defend its possession of two of these animals, Hercules and Leo. Last month, the group and the university squared off in court, and the judge is expected to issue a decision soon. But the scientist working with the chimps, anatomist Susan Larson, has remained largely silent until now. In an exclusive interview, Larson talks about her work with these animals and the impact the litigation is having on her studies—and research animals in general. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.Q: Where did Hercules and Leo come from?A: They were born 8 years ago at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. They were among the last juveniles New Iberia had. 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Over the past 30 years, we’ve looked at 17 different species of primates, including 11 chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are the best model because they are so close to us. When we compare how they walk to how we walk, we can feed those data into computer models that may help us understand how early hominids like Lucy moved around. The work we’re doing with Hercules and Leo is the most important work we’ve done.Q: What do the experiments involve?A: We do three types of experiments: motion analysis, which involves painting nontoxic white markers on the chimpanzees’ limbs so video cameras can accurately track their movements; kinetic analysis, where we look at the forces generated by the animals as they walk over force plates; and electro myography, where fine-wire electrodes inserted into the muscles tell us how they contribute to the motion we’re studying. We don’t do anything with these chimpanzees that we haven’t done on ourselves.Q: Why can’t you do this kind of work in a zoo or sanctuary?A: The work we do requires a lot of time and effort. You need to be able to collect many samples of the same behavior. Animals in zoos and sanctuaries are notoriously unwilling to do what we want them to. Hercules and Leo do everything for a grape or a cherry or a bit of juice.Q: What are their living conditions?A: We have a very large facility. It’s the equivalent of three moderate-sized bedrooms that are adjacent to each other. They have hammocks, ropes for climbing, and magazines to tear up. We have an animal handler whose job is to keep them comfortable and stimulated. She hides treats in cardboard boxes and gives them plastic toys like airplanes to play with. We try to make their day-to-day lives as interesting as possible. We don’t want them to feel threatened or frightened; otherwise we wouldn’t get reliable results.Q: How do you view your relationship with them?A: I interact with them weekly, but the animal handler has the most direct contact with them. I don’t have the bond with them that the animal handler does; she loves them and loves spending time with them. I see them as collaborators, as willing participants in the project. And I respect them. I would never ask them to ride a bicycle or anything goofy like that.Q: How have perceptions of animal research changed in the decades you have been working with primates?A: There has been a sea change in attitudes towards chimpanzee research. Oversight has become much stricter, and getting approval to do this work has been harder. The space we have used to be considered vast for these animals; now it’s considered average.In the past, this research wasn’t considered controversial; my colleagues used to appear on television programs to talk about their work. Now, my university is very reticent to talk about this research at all. I’ve been consistently advised never to respond to reporters, even though I don’t think there’s anything that needs to be concealed. I’m very proud of the work we do, and I feel comfortable with the procedures we use. They worry about us being targeted by animal rights activists, so they think it’s better to say nothing than to say something that could be used against you.Q: What do you make of the movement to turn chimpanzees into legal persons?A: I think giving them personhood status is a sham. If anyone treats them like people, it’s us. We don’t treat them like prisoners; we only work with them when they’re willing. But we have to be cognizant that these are chimpanzees—not people. They can’t provide for themselves; they need human care and protection. They are remarkable animals, and we should respect what they are and what they need. You don’t have to pretend something is a person to treat it justly.Q: How has the litigation affected you?A: Stony Brook is keeping me out of it. It hasn’t changed our protocols, but the university has scrutinized us much more closely. They’re not happy about it. I find a lot of what the other side is saying very untrue and hurtful. It’s upsetting when someone calls you an evil scientist, or when they say we’re causing pain or needless suffering. It’s strange to hear people talking about these animals when they don’t know who they are.Q: What’s next for Hercules and Leo?A: Our project is winding up in the next few weeks. After that, it’s New Iberia’s decision what to do with them. They’ve said they intend to retire them to a sanctuary. After that, our facility will go dormant.Q: What do you see as the future of chimp research?A: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering classifying both captive and wild chimpanzees as endangered. NIH [the National Institutes of Health] is saying they’re not as useful as animal models. Grant money is very hard to come by, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to meet the regulatory standards. Pretty soon, the kind of work I do will not be possible anymore. We’re going to end up with chimpanzees completely cut off from humans; they’ll become alien beings. And that makes me sad, because I think there are still a lot of things we can learn from them.
New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta today announced the return of the Indian Badminton League after a two-year gap. The IBL will be a 15-day affair from January 2-17, featuring six teams which will battle it out in the USD 1 million competition. Present at the season two launch were ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth and P V Sindhu. Das Gupta assured that the tournament will be bigger and better than the inaugural edition. “Its a proud moment for me today as I announce the second edition of the Indian Badminton League and which I can assure you, will be bigger and larger than the first edition,” he said. The conference even witnessed the introduction of Shuttle India – the six city school program to identify young talent at the grassroot level. The program will be played across various schools in all six franchisee cities and each city will witness matches being played among the young students in both boys and girls category. Speaking on the Shuttle India initiative, Gupta added, “The idea of creating a badminton league was not only to get international players on the same platform but even create a platform for the young guns at grassroots level to take the sport as a career and Shuttle India is an initiative towards that goal. With schools participating from across six cities, we are expecting huge participation amongst the students who are already getting formal training of the same at a local level.” Two franchise owners have already been announced with Delhi being bought by Infinite Computer Solutions, and Lucknow will again have the Sahara Parivar who are known for their contribution to Indian sports. “The rest of the franchisees are in advance talks and the announcement for the same to be made soon,” said BAI in a statement. PTI BS AH BSadvertisement
“We cannot kill him. When you are young you can make mistakes. Advertisement “You need to understand very well after every mistake. For me the question is closed.” “I think it was the right decision [to drop him]. Kepa made a big mistake. He paid [a fine] with the club and then he paid [with his position] with the team.“I don’t know in the next match if he will be on the pitch or not. But in the next one or two, of course. AdvertisementMaurizio Sarri has made it clear that Kepa Arrizabalaga is still his number one choice as the goalkeeper for the Blues even after his Carabao Cup actions.Sarri subbed Kepa and picked Willy Caballero for his starting XI in their victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.During the finals of the Carabao Cup against Manchester City, Kepa sustained an injury and Sarri thought it was best to bench the Spanish goalkeeper.However, Arrizabalaga refused to be benched and insisted that he was fine which ultimately led to Chelsea’s defeat.Kepa was later fined by the club although Sarri explained that it was a result of miscommunication.Asked whether Kepa was still his number one, the Italian told a news conference: “Of course.
Chennai, Dec 18 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on day three of Chennai, Dec 18 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on day three of the fifth and final cricket Test between India and England here today. England 1st innings: 477India 1st innings: Lokesh Rahul not out 89 Parthiv Patel? c Buttler b Ali71 Cheteshwar Pujara not out 11 Extras(LB-2) 2Total (For 1 wicket in 48 overs) 173 Fall of wickets: 1-152.Bowling: Stuart Broad 9-2-26-0, Jake Ball 8-0-24-0, Moeen Ali 15-1-53-1, Ben Stokes 2-0-12-0, Adil Rashid 8-0-37-0, Liam Dawson 6-1-19-0. PTI ATK ATK
Nova Scotia drivers and workers are the big winners from thisfall’s sitting of the legislature. The House of Assembly concluded today, Oct. 30, having passedeight new bills into law, including legislation to lower carinsurance premiums and hold a provincewide vote on Sundayshopping. “After the election, we told Nova Scotians we would work with allmembers of the legislature to make minority government work forthe people,” said Premier John Hamm. “This fall, all parties haveshown that, when we co-operate, we can make good things happenfor the people of Nova Scotia.” The premier noted that new laws passed during the session followthrough on several commitments made this past summer, including: lowering auto insurance rates by 20 per cent and establishing a new insurance watchdog to oversee companies; giving Nova Scotians the right to decide Sunday shopping with a provincewide plebiscite in October 2004, following a pre- Christmas 2003 trial period, in concert with strong provisions for worker and small business protection; providing eight weeks of leave to employees who wish to provide palliative care to a parent, child or spouse, without fear of losing their jobs; eliminating mandatory retirement within the Nova Scotia public service; and strengthening protection for volunteers against legal costs resulting from unsuccessful lawsuits. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Legislature Delivers Consumer Protection,Choice on Sunday Shopping Legislation was also introduced dealing with the WorkersCompensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, theHealth Protection Act and the Assessment Act. “It’s important togather more views from Nova Scotians on these proposed new lawsbefore we move forward as a government,” said Premier Hamm. The premier added his praise for the extraordinary action takenby so many, under the leadership of the Emergency MeasuresOrganization and its partners, during the aftermath of HurricaneJuan. “The hurricane came at the onset of the House session and was aconstant reminder to all members that the spirit of ordinary NovaScotians is so strong that it allows us to accomplish extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances,” saidPremier Hamm. The premier also thanked all of those agencies and individualswho have looked after their Nova Scotia neighbours during thepower outages and with the clean up of the hurricane. This fall,the Department of Community Services received an award from theNova Scotia Community Advocates Network for its fast response tothe needs of low-income Nova Scotians in the wake of thehurricane.
BOSTON — The Latest on Felicity Huffman’s bid to serve no jail time for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal (all times local):9:45 p.m.Felicity Huffman is getting support from her husband, William H. Macy, and her “Desperate Housewives” co-star Eva Longoria in her bid to avoid jail time.The two fellow actors filed letters with a federal court Friday urging leniency over Huffman’s role in the college admissions scandal.Federal prosecutors are seeking a month in jail. Huffman’s lawyers argued she should get probation, community service and a fine.Macy says their family has struggled since his wife’s arrest. Longoria wrote that Huffman “always leads with her heart and has always put others first.”The actress filed her own letter saying she has “a deep and abiding shame.”She is among 51 people charged in a scheme in which prosecutors say wealthy parents paid a consultant to bribe coaches and test administrators to help their children get into college.___7:25 p.m.Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman to a month in jail for her role in the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office recommended in filings Friday in Boston federal court that Huffman spend 30 days in jail because she acted “out of a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness.”Huffman’s lawyers argued she should get a year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine instead.Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, also wrote letters seeking leniency.Huffman pleaded guilty in May to fraud charges for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT exam answers.Huffman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 13 in Boston federal court.The Associated Press
Voting marathon starts near midnight hour on Tory budget bill battle OTTAWA – It was just before 1 a.m. ET Thursday when parliamentarians began voting on proposed changes to an omnibus Conservative budget bill dubbed the “the omni-mess” by opponents.But by then, the derisive sobriquet for the massive, 400-plus-page piece of legislation that makes sprawling changes to almost every facet of Canadian life — from pensions to fish habitat — had snuck into even Tory vocabulary.The bill, known as the Jobs, Growth and Long Term Prosperity Act, or C-38, had been buffeting government MPs with unanticipated political turbulence well before it locked them into a 24-hour voting marathon not expected to end much before midnight Thursday.After interminable procedure, the first of what could be 159 recorded votes began at 12:59 a.m.With Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his front bench all in place, the Conservative majority won 150-133, setting the pattern to follow.MPs turned their Commons seats into mini-daycares, packing plastic bags filled with junk food and IPads loaded with the latest TV shows.An already long haul was stretched even further by a series of Liberal motions, designed to ensure one of their private members’ bills would be dealt with before the budget amendments hit the floor.Thus, as a prelude to the main event, the Conservative majority voted down an NDP motion aimed at making Canada meet the international 30-minute standard for search-and-rescue response times. Some Tories, however, joined with the opposition to pass a Liberal motion requesting a finance committee study of income inequality.And just to add to the day’s frenzy, Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled Wednesday evening that MPs were not “impeded in the fulfillment of their parliamentary duties” by government stonewalling on the budget bill’s impact. The NDP had argued the Conservative refusal to detail cuts to public service jobs and programs was a breach of privilege.Four deputy speakers read all 871 motions into the record — a three-hour-plus dirge — and there were 55 voice votes before the real voting business finally got underway.The mind-numbing exercise is all in the name of democracy, opposition MPs argued.The budget legislation — which alters everything from the age Canadians will receive Old Age Security to environmental regulations, spy agency oversight and cross-border policing, to name just a few items — hasn’t received the detailed study such enormous changes require, they said.“We are facing a government that does not respect this institution,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.“The reason we are elected is to look at the laws carefully and they are refusing to allow us to have a serious look at this bill.”Their criticisms were echoed by a series of protests taking place across Canada, including on the steps of Parliament Hill.About 100 people gathered beneath the Peace Tower, one sign reading: “Good friends know how to split a bill.”The government has insisted it needs each and every legislated change to follow through on its promise of job creation and economic growth.“We live in a global economy and global events will affect us here, so we need to have the tools to continue to keep Canada strong,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.“We need to get the right balance of appropriate resource regulation, sustainable social program and job creation and, of course, fiscal sustainability.”The government refused repeated requests from opposition parties to break up the bill into more manageable sections.“By refusing to compromise, the Conservatives are setting a dangerous precedent,” said Liberal House leader Marc Garneau.“This budget bill goes too far and the Liberal party is using all the tools at our disposal to fight this government’s bully tactics.”When the dust settles, the Tories may have a mess of their own to clean up. Party insiders say the government has been getting an earful from constituents who are complaining not only about the major policy changes in the bill, such as streamlining the environmental assessment process and raising the age of OAS eligibility, but the omnibus nature of the bill itself.The push back is unexpected, the insiders say, given that the Conservatives have used omnibus bills with increased frequency and little sustained resistance since they took power in 2006.They’ve been deployed for legislation linking together a series of similar bills, like crime, and for budgets.The 2010 budget implementation bill, for instance, weighed in at more than 800 pages.It’s about time for some resistance, argued political science professor Ned Franks, who has kept a watchful eye on budget implementation bills in particular.He said they’ve increased from 36 pages on average from 1994-95 to 692 pages in 2010-2011.In addition to the page lengths, the budget bills have taken to adding “and other measures” to their formal titles, Franks noted.“Not only are recent ones far longer than those of the past, they make no pretence of being limited to subjects actually mentioned in the budget speech,” he said.It’s reducing the role of MPs to little more than a rubber stamp, he said, as they don’t have enough time to fully study the bills at hand.“I was hoping that the Harper government, once it had a majority and knew it could get stuff through, would stop using what I consider an abuse of parliamentary procedure,” Franks said. “They haven’t.”The government argues the omnibus bills help streamline the legislative process.They also offer the strategic bonus of allowing a government to focus its offence and defence entirely on a single major bill, rather than being forced to face a political firing squad on multiple pieces of legislation.Whether the omnibus strategy remains part of the Conservative playbook will likely be part of upcoming strategy talks for the fall session, when another budget implementation bill is due.The New Democrats say they won’t be letting the issue rest.“We’re going to stand up to the Conservatives. It will be a long and difficult process,” Mulcair said.“But even if the result under a majority is already pre-determined, the actions being taken by a Conservative government will have long-term consequences.”On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, however, the focus for all parties was singular: getting through the voting marathon. With no less than 67 and no more than 159 individual votes scheduled, MPs likely will need to stay in or close to their Commons seats until well into Thursday evening.The opposition is mindful that if the Conservatives allow their attention to falter in the Commons, some amendments could pass.The Tories have divided their caucus into 11 groups, with 10 required in the Commons at all times. Each group will get a 30 minute break roughly every five hours.Notwithstanding the voting showdown, the budget bill will eventually pass, given the Conservatives have a majority of the seats in the House of Commons. It is scheduled to get third reading on Monday before it goes to the Senate. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2012 1:13 am MDT
by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 19, 2013 5:45 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,588.02 down 148.90 points):TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 1.20 per cent, at $1.65 on eight million shares. The energy sector was down 1.78 per cent to 254.22 points as the price of crude oil fell 36 cents to US$107.10 a barrel.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 45 cents, or 13.24 per cent, at $2.95 on 6.78 million shares. The Vancouver-based company said it will launch a private offering of US$225 million of convertible senior subordinate notes due in 2018. The net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 22 cents, or 3.59 per cent, at $5.91 on 6.15 million shares. Kinross said the strike at its Tasiast mine in Mauritania had ended and that workers returned to their jobs on Monday. Kinross said the strike’s impact on gold production had been “minimal” and was not expected to negatively impact production guidance.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down seven cents, or 0.35 per cent, at $19.94 on 3.58 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 0.86 per cent, at $11.74 on 3.54 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (933.65 down 6.59 points):Intertainment Media Inc. (TSXV:INT). Marketing. Up 5.5 cents, or 100 per cent, at 11 cents on 14.36 million shares.Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSXV:SBM). Drug developer. Up 2.5 cents, or 20.83 per cent, at 14.5 cents on 6.95 million shares. The Vancouver-based company signed a licensing agreement with China’s Wanbang Pharma to develop and commercialize Sirona’s SGLT2 Inhibitor, a diabetes drug, in China. The deal is pegged at US$9.5 million.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down 16 cents, or 1.47 per cent, at $10.70 on 2.04 million shares. The smartphone pioneer is losing market share in most parts of the world but will remain a global player, according to a study by U.K.-based Juniper Research. The study also said that Android devices had overtaken sales of Apple’s iPhone globally by a wide margin.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Pipeline. Down 81 cents, or 1.74 per cent, at $45.70 on 755,302 shares. The Calgary-based company is suing the gas distribution business of rival Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) over its decision to end an agreement signed in January that would see the two firms co-operate on a 23-kilometre stretch of natural gas pipeline in the Greater Toronto Area. Enbridge’s stock was down 69 cents, or 1.58 per cent, at $42.92 on 728,788 shares. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The crime rate dropped across Greece at the start of the year according to figures released this week by the Greek Police.Homicides dropped by 22.5 per cent in January and February 2013 compared to the same period last year, while robberies at shops, post offices, money transfer agencies etc dropped by 49 per cent.Muggings, meanwhile, were down by 17.10 per cent and burglaries by 16.07 per cent.However, the percentage of overall unsolved crimes rose in the first two months of 2013 to 31.87 per cent compared to 29.20 per cent in 2012, though the police were able to solve 2.28 per cent more robberies than last year.The report also says that crime, which has seen a noticeable spike since the start of the crisis, dropped in March as well, suggesting that the decline is an ongoing trend rather than a temporary phenomenon.Source: Kathimerini.
When Dragon Ball FighterZ was revealed, we were given a vague “early 2018” release date. It seems Bandai Namco wasn’t lying about that. Today, the company announced Dragon Ball FighterZ would drop on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26. If you’re a fan of the series or fighting games, you now have permission to get hyped.As with most releases these days, Dragon Ball FighterZ has a Collector’s Edition. This $140 edition comes with a copy of the game, a steel book case, and three art boards. The centerpiece of this edition is a 7-inch tall Goku statue that has “exclusive ‘manga-dimension’ coloring.” All of these items are housed within a special collector’s.. excuse me, CollectorZ Box.Folks that pre-order a physical copy of the game get two early unlockable characters: Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. Pre-ordering the game also gives players two exclusive lobby characters. Aside from all that, the main reason to pre-order is to gain access to the multiplayer beta slated for January. If it is as much fun as the previous beta, you definitely don’t want to miss out this time around.Last but not least is the announcement of the game’s Season Pass. For $35, players will get access to eight new characters as they are released. We don’t yet know who these characters are. Given all of the (crazy) characters in Dragon Ball, it could be anyone. Hopefully, we’ll see some Dragon Ball Super characters in the lineup since the current roster is mostly comprised of classic Dragon Ball Z fighters. Each character comes with their own stamps and lobby avatars.Dragon Ball FighterZ is shaping up to be one of the biggest fighting games in recent years. As I’ve said before, this is the Dragon Ball Z game fans have waited for. We’re still three months away from the game’s January 26 launch date so expect more news in the coming weeks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019
The seventh White House Tribal Nations Conference begins in Washington, DC today, and each of Alaska’s 229 tribes was invited to send a representative. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters the Obama Administration has improved how government works with tribes.“And a big part of this conference is to discuss how we make these gains permanent,” Jewell said.Among the successes Jewell named is better collaboration with tribes to address the high suicide rate, settling old lawsuits and paying tribes fairly when they contract with the federal government to provide services.“I’d like to underscore that the president’s budget calls for full mandatory funding of contract support costs,” Jewell said. “When we contract work with tribes, there’s a cost associated with that.”Jewell also credits the White House initiative called “Generation Indigenous” with drawing Native youth together and elevating their voices. The secretary says she knows tribes are concerned the improvements could disappear after President Obama’s term ends in 14 months.“We hear the sense of panic,” Jewell said. “But I will also say, we have bipartisan support in Congress for a lot of the work that we’re doing, on Indian education, on support for tribes, on sovereignty and self-governance. This is not a Republican or a Democratic issue.”President Obama is due to address the tribal conference this afternoon.
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) will tie up with U.S.-based helicopter manufacturer Bell Helicopter to jointly bid for a $2-billion naval chopper manufacturing contract. TASL-Bell will jointly bid against Mahindra-Airbus combination for the naval contract, the Economic Times reported. The Indian Navy is awarding a contract for 100 utility helicopters, which will be operated from warships and would have a “Make in India” tag.Under the existing norms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms, Indian firms can bid for defence contract with a foreign company as a technology partner. Selection between Bell and Airbus is expected to be based on technical and commercial grounds.”The TASL-tie up with Bell Helicopter is likely to be announced formally soon. It will make the competition more or less a direct fight between Mahindra and Tata,” sources were quoted as saying by the daily.The Indian Navy is on the lookout for alternatives to replace its ageing Chetak Helicopters fleet. The initial requirement is for 100 helicopters, but may increase as the navy plans to expand the size of its fleet.TASL is strategic Aerospace and Defence arm of the TATA Group. It is a key player in India and delivers missile systems, radar systems, unmanned aerial systems and maritime systems. In the past, the company has produced major systems for global giants Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.Bell Helicopter, which was founded in 1935, delivers more than 35,000 aircraft to its customers across the globe.
.Several hundred BCL men armed with metal rods, machetes, and sticks attacked the protesting students holding demonstrations for road safety at Dhammondi, Dhaka, on Sunday.The men in helmets, from Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, had police protection while carrying out the attacks.During the attacks, police fired tear gas at the protesters and the BCL men roughed the students up ruthlessly.BCL men also assaulted journalists on the spot. Those who took photos on cell phones from nearby buildings or rooftops were beaten up too.A lady doctor and an elderly pedestrian were also roughed up.At least 30 injured people were admitted to hospitals. Among them, fourteen were admitted into Dhaka Medical College Hospital. With this, the toll of people injured by BCL and other affiliated organistations of the ruling Awami League rose to 200.The widespread protests were sparked off as a speeding bus of Jabal-e Nur Paribahan ran over a group of students at Kurmitola area, Dhaka on Sunday (29 July), killing two.Young protesters from schools and colleges took to the street protesting against the deaths and demanded safe roads. They also began checking driving licenses of drivers and disicplined traffic movements.By Tuesday the entire traffic control system came into the students’ hands. In the meantime, the safe road movement spread across the country, following suit.To tackle the situation, the police called on a traffic week on Sunday. Even so, the protesting students took position at 10 points of the city Sunday.BCL’s Saturday attack triggered the largest gathering so far in this movement at the Science Laboratory intersection and at Dhanmondi on Sunday. In this protest held to denounce the earlier attack, the BCL men attacked journalists, students, and people.How it all beganUniversity students had two programmes on Sunday protesting against the attacks on the agitating students on Saturday.A human chain was formed at the premises of Aparajeyo Bangla sculpture of Dhaka University led by the business studies faculty of the university in the morning.Another human chain was formed by students and several leftist organisations leaders and activists at the Raju anti-terrorism sculpture premises at 11:00am.Several thousands of students from Dhaka University, Bangladesh Engineering University, Dhaka Medical College, and Dhaka Nursing College joined these demonstrations.After the demonstrations the participating students decided to march forward to Jhigatola from Shahbagh and to return to Shahbagh to conclude the demonstration.They marched forward in a procession, chanting ‘we want justice’, towards Jhigatola via Science Laboratory intersection around 12:00pm. A section of the students was crossing the Jhigatola intersection area before Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital.Another section of the students stood facing the police members there already taking position at Shimanta Square from morning. The demonstrators were shouting at the police. At one stage, the police began firing tear gas at the students.In retaliation, the students also threw brickbats and stones at the police and lit fires to dispel the tear gas effect.Dispersed by the repeated police chases, the students took cover at different places within 1:30pm. The police then pulled them out from these places and brought them to Dhanmondi. They tried to escape through the nearby park.Eye witnesses said, youths armed with sticks and iron rods from around the Awami League office chased the students who were trying to escape through the Dhanmondi Lake area.At the same time, several hundreds of students coming from Dhaka College attacked the general students.At first, two Dhaka University students came out of Dhanmondi, bleeding. They were beaten brutally with iron rods and sticks.Another Dhaka University student on rickshaw emerged, following them. He was slashed by a machete in his face.As journalists were taking photos of the injured ones, all on a sudden, the BCL men came and threatened them. The BCL men, in presence of the police, said if anyone took photos, then all the newsmen there would be ‘bleeding’. The BCL men then threw stones at the people taking pictures and videos from nearby buildings.They also assaulted a lady doctor on a rickshaw. After a few minutes, they beat up an elderly pedestrian crossing the area ignoring his repeated pleas for mercy.The scene around Science Laboratory area was the same around 2:00pm. The young protesters gathered before the Multiplan Center.As soon as the BCL men arrived at the spot, the police started firing tear gas at the students around 1:30pm. The BCL men in helmets then chased the students to Kataban, armed with machetes, metal rods, sticks and so on. They roughed up several students.Those taking photo or videos were threatened and attacked with stones. Several said they would ‘eat up’ anyone taking snaps.The police then came and took position at Bata Signal area.The students holding procession at Asad Gate around 12:30pm were treated in the same manner. As they arrived at Science Laboratory, the police chased them and fired tear gas.Before the procession was turned away, armed BCL men arrived at the spot and did not allow the witnesses take photos. During the whole course the police did nothing but accompany the BCL men.”The demonstrators were heading to the Awami League office in Dhanmondi. We tried to refrain them from doing so,” Maruf Hossain, deputy commissioner of Ramna zone, Dhaka metropolitan police said to the journalists at the time. When asked why they were shoving the agitating students only instead of the armed ones, he said, “When the students were dispersed, the police got confused. We couldn’t identify who was on whose side. So, those who threw stones at the police were stopped only.”A police officer on duty at Shahbagh said the police could not identify the demonstrators in the procession coming from Dhaka University’s TSC area. As they were ready to fire tear gas on the procession, instructions via walkie-talkie were delivered saying, ‘Alpha-Lima’ (Phonetic alphabet for A, L, meaning Awami League) and the procession was allowed to go on.Another police official said a group of armed BCL men in helmets came from the Dhaka College area around 2:00pm and they were also allowed to carry on their procession towards Dhanmondi Road 1 due to the ‘Alpha-Lima’ instructions via walkie-talkie.Planned attacksSeveral of the police sources said, to tackle the movement a meeting was held at the police headquarters on Thursday.It was decided that the leaders and activists of political parties and their student wings will be incorporated to tackle the situation.Following this, the BCL men attacked the students at Dhanmondi in the presence of the police on Saturday.The attacks were instigated by a rumour. The police members took the role of mere witnesses during Saturday attacks and on Sunday they acted as BCL associates. No police officer of Dhaka Metropolitan police agreed to comment on the attacks carried out under police cover.Prior to the attacks on Sunday, in the afternoon, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan warned during the launching of Traffic Week at Dhaka’s Zero Point, tough punitive actions against the instigators of the protests saying, “Our patience has a limit.” At the time of the attacks at Dhanmondi, Obaidul Quader, AL general secretary and also the roads, transport and bridges minister, and Abdur Rahman, AL joint secretary, were at the Dhanmondi Road 3 Awami League office.Several party men took position around the office then.The scenario was similar in several places of the country on Sunday. University students, all across the country, held demonstrations and formed human chains on Sunday protesting against the attacks. Students from Chittagong University of Science and Technology, Rajshahi University of Science and Technology, Haji Danesh University of Science and Technology, Kushtia Islamic University, Bangladesh Agricultural University, and also from Khulna, Barishal, Faridpur took part in the programmes.
Study confirms that stellar novae are the main source of lithium in the universe ASASSN-16kt, also known as V407 Lup, was a fast oxygen-neon (ONe) nova some 33,000 light years away, detected by the All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) as a bright source on September 24, 2016. Two days later, it reached a maximum magnitude of 6.3 (in V-band) and started to decay rapidly.Izzo’s team commenced observational campaign of ASASSN-16kt shortly after its discovery. For their observations they employed the UVES and X-Shooter spectrographs at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, as well as the PUC High Echelle Resolution Optical Spectrograph (PUCHEROS) mounted on the ESO 0.5 m telescope located at the Observatory of Pontificia Universidad Catolica (OUC) in Chile.These observations allowed the astronomers to reveal the existence of beryllium (Be) in ASASSN-16kt, among other elements.”We present high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the fast nova ASASSN-16kt (V407 Lup). A close inspection of spectra obtained at early stages has revealed the presence of low-ionization lines, and among the others we have identified the presence of the ionized 7Be doublet in a region relatively free from possible contaminants,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The authors calculated that ASASSN-16kt has produced between 5.9 and 7.7-billionths of a solar mass of 7Be. Furthermore, they spotted bright neon (Ne) lines, what may indicate that the nova progenitor is a massive (about 1.2 solar masses) oxygen-neon white dwarf.During advanced phases of red giant stars, the reaction of two isotopes of helium (He) – 3He with 4He can give rise to the 7Be isotope, which decays only through electron capture into lithium (Li) after a half-time decay of about 53 days. Thus, the finding of beryllium could be important to the understanding of novae in general. According to the study, the detection of 7Be, which decays completely into 7Li through electron capture in the early spectra of ASASSN-16kt, further confirms that novae represent the main Li-factories in our Milky Way galaxy.”These findings imply that classical novae produced a huge quantity of Li, more than the value of 150 solar masses of Li estimated to be in the Milky Way,” the paper reads.However, the researcher emphasized that still more studies are required to fully understand the role of novae in lithium production. They added that future studies should focus on more precise characterization of beryllium and lithium mass produced during a nova outburst as a function of the progenitor white dwarf mass.”Additional detections of 7Be II and/or 7Li combined with a detailed study of the ejecta properties, like its degree of asphericity, are needed to quantify the nova Galactic yield, and then to infer the presence of mechanisms acting during the TNR [thermo-nuclear runaway], or in the nova ejecta, that can deplete freshly-formed Li, and finally explain the over-abundances of Li observed in young stellar populations,” the scientists concluded. © 2018 Phys.org An international team of researchers led by Luca Izzo of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Spain, has conducted high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the fast nova ASASSN-16kt. The study, which resulted in detection of beryllium in this nova, appeared February 16 on arXiv.org. Explore further ASASSN-16kt spectrum at Day 8. The figure displays the spectrum around Be ii λ3130 (black line), Na i λ5890 (green line), Fe ii λ5169 (blue line) and Ca ii λ3933 (red line) plotted on the velocity scale. Credit: Izzo et al., 2018. 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. Citation: Researchers detect beryllium in the fast nova ASASSN-16kt (2018, February 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-beryllium-fast-nova-asassn-16kt.html More information: Beryllium detection in the very fast nova ASASSN-16kt (V407 Lupi). arxiv.org/pdf/1802.05896.pdf
Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Image courtesy of AZE Ltd.November 26, 2014 — AZE Technology announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Phoenix (Volume Registration Viewer), a viewer developed with a new concept for efficient and accurate image interpretation. Phoenix was designed with background volume processing that performs at the same time as data input, and presents various outcomes that were not possible with existing viewers.Phoenix was approved against the previously cleared predicate device VirtualPlace (VP) from AZE, Ltd. Two sample images were used for this validation: a thoracic CT image and a thoracic MR image. Three observers made independent observations of 13 measurements with corresponding measurement tools in the two software programs (Phoenix and VirtualPlace) from the CT and MR images.The only significant differences between Phoenix and the market-cleared VirtualPlace software measurement tools were RECIST measures. Additionally measurements with Phoenix tools on a phantom of known diameter came up within two percent of the known values.Phoenix is designed for viewing CT/MRI images at an advanced level. Using fusion and superimposition or tumor size comparisons provides radiologists information faster. This technology is used in tumor evaluation for not only cancer patients, but for any type of mass being evaluated.Instant matching of section positions helps reduce the time involved in reading exams, which increases the turnaround of clinical reports.Phoenix is enhanced with multiple advance tools, hanging protocols and Smart Tags. AZE VirtualPlace 3-D workstation can also be interfaced with Phoenix.For more information: www.azetech.com Related Content Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Technology | November 26, 2014 AZE Announces FDA Approval of Phoenix Volume Registration Viewer New Viewer provides high image quality and flexibility Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more
Related posts:El Gallito stores close after 106 years in business; more than 200 employees dismissed Costa Rica’s restaurant franchise sector plans new openings, more jobs Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Dos Pinos acquires candy maker Gallito Any initial hope for major change in Costa Rica’s business world under President Luis Guillermo Solís has waned as the business sector continues to struggle with issues they have long blamed for what they say is the country’s lack of competitiveness and lackluster business climate. But not everyone agrees with that assessment: Costa Rica ranked well this year compared to regional competitors in some aspects of its commercial and investment climate.On a microlevel, the year brought its share of colorful scandals and intrigues — some of which were not amusing to Costa Rican consumers.Here’s a roundup of the most relevant business stories of 2015:1. Business sector support for President Solís wanes President Luis Guillermo Solís addresses attendants at the inauguration of a new Firefighters’ Corps facility in La Cruz, Guanacaste on July 21, 2015. (Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)Separate surveys conducted among private-sector employers this year showed that most disapproved of President Luis Guillermo Solís’s performance thus far.A poll conducted by consulting firm Deloitte found that six out of 10 company managers disapproved of Solís’ first year in office. The figure was even lower than that given to former President Laura Chinchilla after her first year in office.Surveys from two business associations, the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations, showed similar results, feeding general pessimism, low hiring expectations and minimal investment throughout the year.2. Fiscal reform postponed until 2016 Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro on Nov. 30 said all initiatives seeking to increase revenue from taxes remain a priority for the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís. (Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)Since the beginning of his term last year, President Solís has repeatedly said that increasing revenues is a priority for his administration. In March, the government unveiled a series of proposed amendments to Costa Rica’s sales and income tax laws aimed at raising around ₡600,000 million ($1.1 billion), equivalent to 2 percent of the national economy.But after an angry reception from the business sector, the Solís administration has held off on promoting passage of the amendments in the Legislative Assembly.Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro Salas announced on Dec. 1 that proposed reforms to increase sales tax from 13 to 15 percent and to create a global income tax would not be part of the Assembly’s agenda for the period of extraordinary legislative sessions — where the President gets to define the agenda — that runs December-April.3. The avocado war Avocados, for illustrative purposes. (Courtesy of the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of Perishable Products)In May, Costa Rica set off a panic among the country’s avocado lovers when it decided to temporarily ban avocado imports from nine foreign countries, including the world’s largest producer, Mexico.The Livestock and Agriculture Ministry said at the time that a virus called “sunblotch” affecting avocado crops around the world — especially the coveted Hass variety — drove the country’s Plant Health Services to close Costa Rica’s borders to imports of the fruit.The decision sparked heated debate and a few political stunts, including one by Communications Minister Mauricio Herrera. The minister went to a Subway restaurant after the chain announced it would temporarily stop serving scarce avocados here and offered the manager a bag of local avocados. Mexico filed a complaint in July before the World Trade Organization, saying that it should have received prior warning from Costa Rica about the ban.Meanwhile, the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters and Importers of Perishable Products said the ban was heavy-handed and a threat to Costa Rica’s trade relations with other countries.Since the ban, Costa Rica has turned to other avocado producing countries to satisfy demand.4. Love, divorce and cooking gas The Costa Rican Oil Refinery says it can’t sell propane to Gas Zeta because of the legal uncertainty over the company’s ownership, May 6, 2015. (Via Gas Zeta’s Facebook)A love-related legal conflict involving Costa Rica’s largest distributor of cooking gas caused a shortage in May that affected thousands of homes, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools and prisons.The once-happy couple who owns Gas Zeta, Miguel Zaragoza and Evangelina López, got separated and a large portion of the company’s operations were suddenly halted after a Texas court granted the couple a divorce and ordered a division of assets.In a news release, López said that the Costa Rican people, just like her, “were suffering because of her husband’s love affairs.”Costa Rican and U.S. courts have yet to agree on just who owns what part of the company, but gas distribution has resumed.5. Chifrijo-gate moves forward Chifrijo is served in a bowl usually as a side with beers or other alcoholic beverages. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesAfter nine months of legal proceedings, a Cartago civil court agreed in July to move forward with hearings in a case against 49 hotels, restaurants and bars which are being sued for alleged unauthorized use of the name “Chifrijo” to sell one of Costa Rica’s favorite bar foods, or bocas.Miguel Cordero, owner of Cordero’s Bar in Tibás, northwest of the capital, registered the name “Chifrijo” at Costa Rica’s Registry of Industrial Property Trademarks in 2002 as “Chifrijo Cordero’s.” He is seeking $15 million from businesses of all sizes across the country for using the brand name.The widely famous boca derives its name from two of its main ingredients: chicharrones (pork rinds) and frijoles (beans). Other ingredients include diced tomatoes, spices, hot sauce and tortilla chips.Last year, Judge Mauricio Vega Camacho dismissed Cordero’s claim of “infringements to the Trademarks Law and unfair competition,” claiming the dish is prepared with common ingredients and without any particular preparation, therefore it can not be patented.Cordero’s attorney, Ariana Araya Yockchen, appealed, stating that Judge Vega misinterpreted the terms of the complaint. “Our claim is for the use of the brand name, not for the dish. Anyone can prepare it and even sell it, but they can not sell it using the name ‘Chifrijo,’” she said.Each of the 49 defendants, ranging from small bars to international franchises such as KFC and Hooters, as well as several hotel chains, must respond to the complaint either with arguments against the claim or by requesting a settlement with Cordero.6. Good news for the capital The ranking evaluates cities’ competitiveness to attract investment in urban areas with over 500,000 inhabitants. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency reported in November that San José leads the region in four of the 12 categories of “The World’s Most Competitive Cities 2015” ranking.The ranking is determined by four firms specializing in the analysis of potential locations for the establishment of multinational operations: Conway, Moody’s Analytics, Tractus and Oxford Economics.Costa Rica’s capital tops Latin American rankings in the areas of Life Sciences, Electronics Manufacturing, Business & Financial Services and Information Technology.San José also ranked third in Transport & Logistics and fifth as the best location for companies in the Chemicals & Plastics sector.7. Uber launches in Costa Rica Screenshot of Airbnb homepage. (Courtesy Airbnb)The arrival of the popular ride-hailing service Uber gave a big boost this year to Costa Rica’s sharing economy — while simultaneously enraging traditional taxi drivers and confounding public officials.Uber’s start was rocky. During its first day in August, a car belonging to an Uber driver was reportedly vandalized because of the driver’s association with the company, and traffic police impounded two Uber cars.The government initially declared Uber’s service illegal and threatened to fine chauffeurs caught driving passengers. But as the year closes, the service is still operating.A survey from the polling company Unimer taken soon after the company launched here found that 75 percent of Costa Ricans said they would use Uber.8. Record number of tourists from the US Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura, center, welcomes the Kratochvil family at a special ceremony on Dec. 18, 2015 at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside San José. (Via ICT)The Kratochvils, a Washington state family that arrived at Juan Santamaría International Airport in mid-December, were celebrated by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) as the 1 millionth tourist (even though there were six of them) to arrive from the United States in 2015.This is the first time that more than one million U.S. tourists have arrived in Costa Rica in a single year.Attracting more tourists from the U.S. is currently one of the Tourism Ministry’s main goals. The ministry has boosted advertising efforts abroad and has worked to attract more flights from that country. U.S. tourists account for 40 percent of all travelers entering Costa Rica each year, according to ICT.Two U.S. airlines announced this year that they would begin flights to Costa Rica for the first time, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.Six other airlines opened new routes this year and three others increased the number of weekly flights. That represents a 6 percent increase in the number of seats available on flights from the U.S. over the previous year, Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura said earlier in December.9.The pink bank Ad for Banca Kristal (Via Facebook)The state-owned Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) invested more than $8 million to launch the first five branches of Banca Kristal, a new bank that caters exclusively to female customers. Banca Kristal employs only female bankers who work at facilities with pink walls and pink carpets and include a play area for kids.The initiative has drawn severe criticism, mostly from women.BCR plans to open at least 15 additional Banca Kristal branches. Bank officials say the goal is to address problems women face at traditional banks, while allowing women to manage finances without losing their femininity.President Luis Guillermo Solís has refused to comment on Banca Kristal, but Vice President Ana Helena Chacón has joined lawmaker Epsy Campbell and other prominent figures in criticizing the bank.“It’s a bank for women that doesn’t incentivize women financially,” Campbell, a member of the ruling Citizen Action Party, said in an op-ed. “Instead, it promotes the most traditional norms of society, those which the Banco de Costa Rica considers only belonging to women.”Check out the bank’s latest promo video on Facebook. The comment section below the video is especially entertaining. 10. Tico companies relocate to other countries Florexpo’s facilities in Paraíso canton, east of Cartago, will remain open until the company sends its last shipment in April, 2016. (Courtesy of Florexpo)Businesses open and close every year, but this year was marked by decisions from several Costa Rican companies to abandon the homeland.Company owners said they were driven out by excessive red-tape and high public utility rates and operation costs.In February, iconic Costa Rican food company Alimentos Jack’s confirmed plans to move 50 percent of its operation to the U.S., El Salvador and Nicaragua over the next five years.“The country has gotten very expensive and risky,” CEO Andrés Ignacio Pozuelo Arce said at the time.The move from Alimentos Jack’s, which opened for business 51 years ago in San José, initially includes the dismissal of 150 of the company’s 700 employees. Following relocation of the manufacturing plant, the company likely will dismiss the rest of its 450 workers.Costa Rican flower company Flores de Exportación also announced plans this year to move its operations out of the country — to Guatemala in March 2016. The company has since begun dismissing its 400 employees.Company manager Fernando Altmann Weston said that complications with legal requirements and local regulations made the company’s owners decide to leave.“It’s not just a cost issue. It is a matter of excessive red tape and frequent delays by government agencies responsible for issuing permits,” he said. Facebook Comments