TN govt defends single-window system for engg admissions

first_imgChennai, Jul 20 (PTI)The Tamil Nadu government today told the Madras High Court that the single-window admission system to engineering colleges allows the socio-economically weaker students to access all courses of all colleges in the state and choose one of them by filing a single admission form.The state government made this submission defending the single-window admission system to engineering colleges in the state in its affidavit filed before the bnech of Justice K Ravichandra Baabu.The affidavit was filed in response to a plea seeking to scrap the single-window system for admissions for 2017-18.The affidavit filed by the Department of Higher Education secretary and Technical Education director said the single window counselling provides an opportunity to SEBC students to have access to various courses of all institutions all over the state by filing a single form for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA).The states single-window admission system had been challenged by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges Management Association of the Tirunelveli Anna University of Technology.The association had sought permission to the private colleges to fill up their seats in enginneering courses on their own.The petitioner, had later amended the prayer and sought permission to private institutions to admit students under government quota on the fees fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee for the academic year 2017-18.When the matter came up before Justice Baabu, he directed the additional advocate general to get instructions on the amended prayer and posted the matter for further hearing on July 26.The authorities, in their counter-affidavit, further said the system ensured that the reservation policies of state and Central government such as sports quota, ex-service men and others are also met.advertisementThat apart, the state government also provides the first generation graduates fee waiver to students admitted under this counselling irrespective of his socio-economic status, the affidavit said.The government further said the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission for academic year 2017-18 had already commenced on July 17 and scrapping it would create confusion among students.The system ensures transparency and non-exploitation and has been repeatedly endorsed by the Supreme Court, the affidavit said.It further said a total of 526 self-financing (387 non- minority and 99 minority) engineering colleges had consented to the government to share with the state 65 per cent of their seats in non-minority institutions and 50 per cent in minority institutions for TNEA 2017 and were also willing to participate in counselling conducted by Anna University for the academic year. The government also sought dismissal of the plea on the sole ground that it had been filed at the eleventh hour. PTI COR SS RAXlast_img read more

21 hours agoEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the world

first_imgEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the worldby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne insists manager Marco Silva has the players’ full confidence.The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0.”He gave a lot of confidence to the players and very good advice,” Digne told the Liverpool Echo, in reference to the West Ham clash. “For me he is one of the best coaches I’ve had and I am sure he can be one of the best in the world.'”The mood [in the build-up] was perfect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy Launches Letter Writing Contest

first_imgThe Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy today announces a national letter writing contest, highlighting the beneficial connection between reading and writing abilities.The “Devotedly, Dad” contest is open to America’s dads and granddads to encourage a love of literacy in their own families. Two winners from each state will be selected and receive a copy of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings, personally signed by President George H.W. Bush, plus a pair of his favorite and fun First Family socks.“The art of letter writing certainly hasn’t been lost on my dad. For decades, he has been a prolific writer, penning notes, letters and emails to his colleagues, friends and family,” said Jeb Bush, Foundation co-chair. “Of course, the personal letters written to my brothers, sister and me happen to be my favorite…always signed…Devotedly, Dad”Be sure to view the letter contest video from Jeb Bush here.The contest coincides with the release of President George H.W. Bush ’s new edition of All the Best, My Life in Letters and Other Writings, which includes 100 additional pages of photos, diary entries and letters.Contest Rules: • Original letters (maximum word count 800) should be written by fathers or grandfathers to a child or grandchild of any age. Write from the heart, head or funny bone about the importance of literacy and learning – simply sign it “Devotedly, Dad” • Submit letter online here. They’re looking for letters from across America; they’ll randomly select two letters per state. • Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., April 12, 2013 • Winners will be notified through email. Select letters will be posted on Father’s Day, June 16, 2013 at Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was established in 1989 by former First Lady Barbara Bush. The Foundation supports the growth of family literacy programs across the country, having invested more than $50 million across all 50 states. As a public charity committed to 100% literacy, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of programs that allow parents and children to learn together. For more information about family literacy visit the Foundation’s web site at Newswirelast_img read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State loses third straight in 7262 loss

Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Cleveland State on Nov. 23. Ohio State won 89-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe same problems that plagued Ohio State in its past two losses traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, for Saturday’s game against Iowa. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson recorded two fouls in the first three minutes of the game and was sent to the bench with only a turnover to his name. He ended the half with two points and one rebound. The Buckeyes recorded 11 turnovers in the first half, coming into the game averaging 11.87 turnovers per game. The same mistakes were too much for Ohio State to overcome in its 72-62 loss to Iowa, the third straight after falling to then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers. It marked the first time in head coach Chris Holtmann’s tenure his team had had a losing streak of at least three games. With a one-point deficit to overcome, the Hawkeyes came out of halftime with an offensive burst, helping propel them to their victory with a 12-3 run. Sophomore forward Luka Garza accounted for seven of those 12 points. He finished the game with a team-leading 16 points. Iowa shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half, recording 22 of its 36 total points in the paint. Ohio State finished the game with 21 turnovers, exceeding the season high set against Illinois on Dec. 5, allowing the Hawkeyes to score 18 points off those turnovers.Senior guard C.J. Jackson, who has shot 34.8 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from 3 in his last two games, came off the bench against the Hawkeyes for the first time since Dec. 4, 2017. In Saturday’s loss to the Hawkeyes, he had 10 points, making 3-of-7 from the field. Wesson, coming in as Ohio State’s leading scorer, finished the game with two points and five rebounds after being limited to 23 minutes of playing time after recording four fouls. Junior forward Andre Wesson finished the game with 13 points, a team high. Despite the carelessness with the ball in the first half, the Buckeyes traded shots with the Hawkeyes for the majority of the first 20 minutes, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead. Sophomore guard Musa Jallow helped Ohio State to its largest lead of the game, hitting two 3s on consecutive possessions for his first points scored since Dec. 5, missing seven shot attempts in 47 minutes of play in that span. He finished the game with eight points, making 3-of-6 from the field. With 1:16 left in the first half, freshman forward Justin Ahrens hit a 3, sending the Buckeyes into the locker room with a two-point lead. In the first half, Ohio State played all 10 of its scholarship players available. By the end of the game, every Ohio State scholarship player played at least 10 minutes.Ohio State will return home and take on Maryland at the Schottenstein Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State searching for answers to problems against No 19

Ohio State head basketball coach Chris Holtmann claps while looking on during the mens basketball game between the Buckeyes and Spartans on Jan. 5. Ohio State lost 86-77. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternOhio State started the season hot, winning 12 of its first 13 games including road games against the likes of Cincinnati and Creighton.The Buckeyes’ only loss to that point was to Syracuse, who took down No. 1 Duke on Wednesday.It was looking like Ohio State was on the road toward another impressive season, but then it hit a snag.The Buckeyes suffered a three-game losing streak, falling to No. 6 Michigan State and No. 23 Iowa, with a loss to unranked Rutgers in between.For head coach Chris Holtmann, this is the longest skid in his time at the program. He said the focus is still on the game ahead, though he understands the mindset can change during a losing streak. “We are trying to be about the daily process as much as possible, and kinda surrendering the results,” Holtmann said. “It’s hard, there’s a discipline required to that.”A key struggle area for Ohio State has been the foul trouble of its top scorer, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Wesson earned two quick fouls in the first half against the Hawkeyes in the previous game, and has had his minutes limited in all three games during the streak.Holtmann said the team’s biggest concern at this point in the season is the struggles on offense, and said Wesson’s foul troubles have come with an increased physicality from Ohio State’s opponents.“I think teams are clearly going at him,” Holtmann said. “They’re attacking him, because I think they have an understanding of how important he is for our group.”The Buckeyes will take their struggles back home, and are matching up their three-game losing streak with No. 19 Maryland’s six-game win streak.Projected StartersOhio State (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 16.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 apgNo. 19 Maryland (14-3, 6-1 Big Ten)G — Anthony Cowan — Junior, 17.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Eric Ayala — Freshman, 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Darryl Morsell —  Sophomore, 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Bruno Fernando — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1,8 apgF — Jalen Smith — Freshman, 12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apgThe Terrapins come into the matchup as the No. 20 team in the country according to Ohio State is ranked No. 27 after the trio of defeats.Maryland’s strength to this point in the season has been its defense which has allowed the 40th-fewest points per game in the NCAA.Junior guard Anthony Cowan leads Maryland with 17.8 points per game, hitting on 42.4 percent of his shots and 84.5 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line.Holtmann said the Buckeyes will have to specifically game plan for what Cowan brings to Maryland’s team.“He’s really dynamic as a point guard. Really fast, incredibly shifty, he’s crafty, he does a great job at getting to the free throw line as well as he can make really big shots,” Holtmann said. “I think we’re gonna have to have a great team approach with him.”The three losses the Terrapins have this season are against Virginia, Purdue and Seton Hall. Those teams rank No. 1, No. 15 and No. 52 in the KenPom rankings, respectively, and Maryland lost each game by five points or less.In the frontcourt, Maryland brings sophomore forward Bruno Fernando and freshman forward Jalen Smith, who both are 6-foot-10, taller than any player on the Buckeyes.Fernando’s 9.9 boards per game is tied for No. 21 in the country, and Holtmann said these two players, along with Cowan, makes the Terrapins such a dynamic group.“The thing about them that makes them so good is they have excellent shooting, collectively, and they have, now, really two interior threats, so you cannot just focus your defense on [Cowan],” Holtmann said. “Bruno, has shown an incredible ability to score with his back to the basket, and so has Jalen Smith … I think it’s gonna require a great team defensive effort.”Ohio State attempts to turn around its losing ways against No. 19 Maryland at home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. read more

Alonso warned Liverpool that they have to keep pushing

first_imgLiverpool are in a fantastic position after winning the first match 3-0 at home but Xabi Alonso insisted that the job is still far from being done and Manchester City can turn it around.The Reds legend spoke about his former side’s situation and he insisted that they have to remain focused and keep in mind that there are still 90 minutes to go which means plenty of time to turn the whole situation around.The former Real Madrid player spoke about Liverpool’s chances as he said that it won’t be easy, according to Goal:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“They have shown they can beat anyone, the atmosphere was thrilling at Anfield.”“The first half was unbelievable, to score three goals against City. The way they play they can be very happy, but it’s not done.”“There is still 90 minutes to play at City’s stadium and I am sure that they will improve and it’s not going to be easy.”last_img read more

Coleman refuses to make excuses

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman has revealed he won’t make excuses after struggling to return to his best form following his return from a ten-month layoff.While the Republic of Ireland international has not been at his best in recent weeks he refused to look for excuses and insists the leg which was broken has never been a problem for him since making his comeback.“Never for a second. It does not give me a day’s bother,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“Unfortunately the injury I’ve had this season (stress fracture of a foot) has turned out to be very frustrating; coming back, pulling out, coming back.“But there are no excuses, to play in the Premier League you have to be at the top level and if you are not you get found out.“Unfortunately this season I’ve not been up to my own high standards and I’m the first to admit that.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The other thing is because I’ve scored a goal it doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the world.”Seamus believes his teammate, Richarlison can go on to become one of the world’s elite after the Brazilian took his tally for the season to six with two goals against the Seagulls.“You don’t want to put massive pressure on him but we are all excited by him and his ability,” said the Irishman.“His quality to score goals is amazing and his work-rate is second-to-none so that’s impressive.“He’s a top player and we are lucky to have him. He won’t get big-headed by his performances.“He’s a great lad, he’s had a tough time to get here and I can see him going to the very top.”last_img read more

Wall collapse kills toddler

first_imgAshuliaA toddler was killed and four others were injured in a wall collapse at Kathgara in Ashulia on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Tasim Hossain, the one and a half year old son of Nazmul Hossain of the area.A fire broke out from the gas stove of a house on the ground floor of the building in the morning due to gas leakage, said, Jahangir Alam, senior station officer of Ashulia DEPZ Fire Service Control room.An explosion followed and a part of the wall collapsed, killing the boy on the spot and injuring four others, he added.The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img

Good Morning America Will Launch Newsletter as MorningTV Battle Goes Digital

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Producers realize, she says, that more viewers are turning to a batch of e-mail newsletters available via smartphones as one of their first activities of the morning. “When you wake up, we want to be there,” she said.“GMA” is remaking itself for digital audiences as its main rival is testing similar methods. features verticals devoted to parenting, style and food, and also boasts a spot where viewers can buy items recommended by or featured on the program. NBC News has created a handful of original video series for the site and intends to expand those efforts. And a redesign is said to be in the works, according to a person familiar with the situation. “CBS This Morning” segments are often streamed anew on CBSN, CBS News’ streaming-video hub.The surge of interest in digital presentation comes as both networks realize “GMA” and “Today” aren’t just for morning audiences. NBC has found the audience for, for example, spikes at 8 p.m. ABC News expects to have plenty of content on hand to engage a different kind of audience, says Corn. “We have so much content and a two-hour program isn’t even enough for the amount of stories we have to tell, and the amount of information we have.”The battle for A.M. dominance has never been more fraught. While “Good Morning America” regularly wins the most viewers of any broadcast morning-news show, NBC’s “Today” earlier this year gave it a good run. Viewers showed interest in the new team of Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, and NBCUniversal’s coverage of the recent Winter Olympics helped boost the program. Since that time, however, “GMA” has moved back to dominance among viewers, though its NBC counterpart continues to win the more important demographic – the viewers between 25 and 54 most desired by advertisers.Meanwhile, morning audiences have a new spate of sources for news and information, ranging from a popular A.M. podcast from The New York Times to any number of e-newsletters from entrepreneurial ventures. Popular on Variety ABC and NBC are marching to new kinds of screens in the eternal battle between “Good Morning America” and “Today” for A.M. viewers.“Good Morning America” is revamping the digital extensions of the flagship ABC morning program, said Michael Corn, the show’s senior executive producer, in an interview. While “GMA’s” digital presence has long been a part of a larger alliance between ABC News and Yahoo, this new effort represents an attempt to give fans of the program a more closely aligned site. “We had a very basic approach to digital before this, a meat-and-potatoes approach,” says Corn.The new is being billed as a venue for “breaking news, entertainment and “heartfelt human interest stories. “ABC News will each day after 6 a.m. distribute a morning newsletter, “GMA Wake Up,” that offers top stories as well as inspirational and lifestyle content related to a number of different categories, says Terry Hurlbutt, vice president and general manager of GMA Digital. “GMA” viewers can expect to see the show’s hosts online. Co-anchor Robin Roberts is slated to take part in a streaming-video segment for the site that will feature guests coming to her dressing room and surprising her. The program’s other co-anchors, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan, are expected to contribute to the site in similar fashion. Celebrities and newsmakers booked on the show may also make separate digital appearances, says Hurlbutt.  Look for ABC to use the hashtag #GMAallday to promote the new site across social media.last_img read more

One morning in the life of some Indians

first_imgKalu Miyan heard the good news from Rameshwar when he was sitting under a tree near the canal. For early morning rituals the villagers use this part of the grazing ground. Men come little after sunrise. By then the women return. Neither Kalu Miyan nor Ramu Chacha is aware that their village is among those in the country that has stopped open defecation. They had heard that the few broken bricks stacked in the corner of the village will eventually become the village toilet. They heard that some Babus (government functionaries) from the town had come to their village one day before these bricks were laid. That was before the rains came, and Ramu helped Kalu Miyan to till his land. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBoth Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha sat on a light bedstead with Pavan, their village elder and heard on the radio the Pradhan Mantri from Delhi mentioning something about Swachh Bharat. Pavan, who knows some Babus in the town, told them that their village will have toilets. Villagers know that any construction takes time. The bridge on the canal has been under construction for some time. Ramu remembers that it had started when his youngest son Chhotu was born. Now Chhotu is living in Begusarai, some 50 km away from the village. He goes to school, where there are no classes. The boy, now ten years old, works at a shop and earns a livelihood. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeRamu Chacha has a radio on his phone. He bought it recently from the money he received in his bank account after the Babus came and opened bank accounts about a year back. In the past, only well off persons, such as Kalu Miyan and Pavan had ever visited a bank. Ramu and his family were elated when for the first time they entered a bank. One year before the bank Babus came for account-opening, they had gone to the local Panchayat in a village just a few kilometers north, to get themselves photographed and get their fingerprints registered. Their eyes were also tested. The Babus told them that all these details would be printed on a card that would come from the post office. Pavan told all of them to keep that card (called Aadhar) safely. But that was used only once when the bank Babus came. Ramu Chacha heard on the radio that the Bara Adalat (Supreme Court) in Delhi has now addressed their concern. It is unknown to Ramu and his fellow villagers that the Aadhar card is wrong. It is wrong because all their information is stored on that card. But Ramu could not follow what was wrong in it. The details of the money that helped him buy the radio was also stored on that card.Gagan, son of his elder brother, knows many things. He even goes to towns to walk with political Babus. Gagan explained to Ramu Chacha what privacy is and how the Aadhar system was breaching his privacy. Not only Ramu, but all villagers must thank the Bara Adalat for securing their right to privacy. This is what Rameshwar explained to Kalu Miyan while relieving himself in the fields. Maybe Kalu Miyan was suffering from constipation and did not seem thankful to the Bara Adalat.When Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were busy in a remote village in the morning, it was time for the senior Sarkari Sahib (government official) to get ready for work. He had just returned from his morning walk and barely had any time left to glance through the newspaper. He must reach office now before nine – a trouble that started when Narendra Modi came to New Delhi from Gandhinagar. Not only must he reach office on time, but there are also new slogans nowadays – “Make in India” and Ease of Doing Business. What hurts the senior Babu more is that his boss, Mr. Burden Remove Boast travels the world, gets photographed with Modi, tweets his achievements, and sends all papers to him, the Hump Ahmed. When well-paid officers from foreign companies visit him, the poor man has little option and maintains a smiling face. Like the man who laughs poor Hump can never express his problems to anybody.On his table is a proposal for a big MNC, which is keen to venture out in the Indian market. As such there is no issue now that the confusing language kept in the notification has been done away with few months back. The Sahib knows of the brand and uses the same given to him by the Indian franchise of the company. The issue is one of level playing field. If the MNC opens its store, the poor Indian franchise will lose his revenue. Shouldn’t the Government act as a guardian for the Indian business person? Instead, the Prime Minister is busy going abroad and talking to these MNCs.But Hump Sahib knows how not to bend easily. He has to ensure fairness for all. Leaders come and go, but Sahibs are constant. What can the leaders do without the Sahibs? And what is the incentive Hump Sahib may receive from the MNC? A mere thank you, one supposes. Now Hump Sahib is not interested in easing it anymore; let the Prime Minister keep shouting his Mann Ki Baat.By the time Kalu Miyan and Ramu Chacha were ready to tend to their respective fields, and Hump Sahib had finished his second cup of coffee brought by his servant, it was time for anchor Rubbish Desai to call his stringer in Bihar. Rubbish wanted a big breaking story on how Modi’s Swatch Bharat data on toilets were rigged and how Kalu Miyan, Ramu Chacha, et al. were still using the village green. He has also lined up the well-known guest who will explain how this Government manipulates all information with active support from the highest office. Meanwhile, Rubbish receives a call from his reporter from the capital. The young lady has access to a senior Sahib, who tells her how the Government is slowly killing the Indian entrepreneurs to promote MNCs. With two news night top stories frozen, Rubbish went for his lunch at Machan where there is a Tunisian food festival to celebrate this year’s Nobel Prize. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Rex initiates services in Queensland

first_imgRegional Express (Rex) has commenced three new Queensland regulated routes on 1 January 2015.The move comes after the Queensland State Government awarded Rex all five regulated routes that it applied for in a competitive tender process in October 2014.The five regulated routes include Townsville to Winton to Longreach and return, Townsville to Hughenden to Richmond to Julia Creek to Mount Isa and return, Cairns to Normanton to Mornington Island to Burketown to Doomadgee to Mount Isa and return, Brisbane to Toowoomba (Brisbane West Wellcamp) to St George to Cunnamulla to Thargomindah and return, and Brisbane to Toowoomba to Charleville to Quilpie to Windorah to Birdsville to Bedourie to Boulia to Mount Isa and return.Rex general manager network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge, said that Rex staff has worked hard to obtain the Area Air Operator’s Certificate (AAOC).“The Rex team has worked tirelessly over the past 10 weeks to ensure that the new regulated air services to 16 new Queensland airports can commence on 1 January 2015,” Mr Lodge said.“Our team have been liaising with the local communities and have made two visits to each of the 16 new ports on the routes. We look forward to continuing to build these relationships as services commence.”“Rex is honoured to be selected by the Queensland Government to deliver these essential services that provide critical linkages between Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville to 20 regional communities that span the entire state.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Farringtons state unemployment system legislation approved by House

first_img08Nov Farrington’s state unemployment system legislation approved by House Categories: Diana Farrington News The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Diana Farrington fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).The measure is part of a bipartisan legislative package to address the failures of the UIA based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. Farrington’s bill requires claimants to continue to provide their Social Security number, but also provide their driver’s license number or state ID when filing for unemployment benefits. If the claimant cannot provide either of those documents, then they must provide copies of documents as provided in the federal I-9 form.“Requiring more proof of identification by claimants will drastically reduce the likelihood of fraud and identity theft,” said Farrington, of Utica. “Making the UIA verify the identity of the claimant before making an initial payment is also crucial in reducing fraudulent claims from receiving benefits.”Farrington’s bill will also request a claimant to submit their employer’s UIA account number and Federal Employer Identification Number.Other measures in the bipartisan bill package:Ensure claimants don’t get charged interest on overpayments due to agency failure;Give those accused of fraud access to an advocacy program;Allow the reopening of a fraud case by the agency within three years with good cause;Improve the process for determining the validity of an unemployment claim; andClarify the eligibility for hardship waivers and the agency’s process for ruling on applications for a waiver.House Bill 5168, along with the rest of the bill package, now moves to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

BSkyB has launched sports content from its Now TV

first_imgBSkyB has launched sports content from its Now TV over-the-top service on Apple TV web streaming boxes in the UK for the first time. The Sports Day Pass costs £9.99 (€11.80) per-day and gives users access to all six Sky Sports channels without needing a Sky contract.The pass activates immediately upon purchase and is billed directly to a viewer’s iTunes account, said Sky.“It’s been a busy year for Now TV as we continue to widen access to our top-quality content by launching on popular platforms our customers use,” said Now TV director Gidon Katz.“The Now TV Sky Sports Day Pass is perfect for sports fans with Apple TV who want the flexibility to choose which live events they want to watch from the comfort of their sofa.”last_img

Swisscom has launched a new UHD TV box and will ai

first_imgSwisscom has launched a new UHD TV box and will air UHD football matches from the European Championships from public broadcast channel SRF Zwei.According to the telco, the launch means that its customers will be the first people in Switzerland who will be able to watch individual games broadcast in UHD quality on SRF zwei.rom the 2016/2017 season onwards, Swisscom will team up with Teleclub to broadcast two games in the Raiffeisen Super League in UHD quality every week.Swisscom is also offering a selection of UHD films and documentary programmes on-demand. This content will be expanded on an on-going basis, according to the company. The first live TV channels in UHD are scheduled to become available from the end of May. Customers will also soon be able to stream YouTube content in UHD using their new box.The new box can be ordered from all Swisscom points of sale from today. new customers will receive the new box if they subscribe to a Vivo package with Swisscom TV 2.0. Existing TV 2.0 customers can purchase the new box for CHF119. To view UHD content, customers will need an internet connection with a minimum bandwidth of 40Mbps.The box supports HDR as well as 4K resolution, according to the telco, and includes a built-in voice-activated search function. The voice-activated search function supports German, all Swiss German dialects and French. Italian will be added by the end of the year.“The new box is even smaller, faster and cheaper and shows our customers images in greater resolution and brilliance than ever before. As a football fan, I’m already looking forward to watching the games in top picture quality,” said Dirk Wierzbitzki, head of Swisscom products and marketing.last_img read more