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New Delhi: State-owned Bank of Baroda (BoB) is likely to complete the process of merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with it in two years, said a senior official of BoB. The merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with BoB became effective from April 1. Information technology platform integration alone will take about 12 months and other processes and systems may take another year or so, the official said. The process has been designed to ensure that there is minimum disruption of the customers during the transition period, the official said adding that the branding of the three entities will be retained in the interim period and will be transitioned to the new brand in a phased manner to ensure minimum disruption to existing operations. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs far as capital is concerned, the official said, the government has infused Rs 5,042 crore in the bank taking care of additional expenses and maintaining minimum regulatory capital requirement. There would be pressure on the balance sheet of the bank during the first quarter when the maximum impact of the merger will play out and, subsequently, the impact will moderate, the official added. The maiden three-way amalgamation is the first step in the consolidation of the public sector banking industry recommended in 1991 by the Narasimham Committee report. Through this merger, the government has created an institution of global scale and size, thereby providing significant benefit to all stakeholders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe consolidated entity started the operation with a business mix of over Rs 15 lakh crore on the balance sheet, with deposits and advances of Rs 8.75 lakh crore and Rs 6.25 lakh crore, respectively. BoB, the second-largest public sector lender after State Bank of India, now has over 9,500 branches, 13,400 ATMs, and 85,000 employees to serve 12 crore customers. The announcement of the three-way merger was among several reforms initiatives undertaken by Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar to make public sector banks (PSBs) healthy, robust and globally competitive. As part of the reform process, the government had also announced transfer of majority 51 per cent stake to Life Insurance Corporation in IDBI Bank in August last year to transform the Mumbai-based lender. Besides, the Department of Financial Services made a record capital infusion of Rs 1.06 lakh crore in the PSBs in 2018-19.
The Supreme Court is to now convey its determination to the Chief Justice, (Colombo Gazette) The AG had been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine the statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court. The Attorney General (AG) has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt in a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.The Deputy Minister had made the statement in Parliament. The Supreme Court had wanted the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is one which can be charged for contempt of court.
“It is not yet clear how people are becoming infected, or where the virus might come from,” Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, said in a news release.“We do not have enough information to identify with certainty the virus’ origin. Confirming the source and mechanisms of transmission and spread are key to developing ways to reduce the risks posed by this virus to humans or other countries.”Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that affect primarily birds and mammals. Some strains cause mild disease, while a limited number are more harmful such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The MERS coronavirus has been shown to cause acute respiratory illness in humans, but has not yet been shown to cause disease in animals.FAO underlined that the potential role of animals in the spread of MERS required further investigation. This comes after a study led by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the Netherlands found antibodies for the MERS coronavirus in camel blood samples.The samples for the study were taken in areas where human cases have not been reported, and in some cases, the tested camels have been isolated from other camels for many years.“These antibody findings indicate that the MERS virus, or a similar coronavirus, occurs in some camels and potentially other species,” FAO said. “However, the only way to know with any certainty if the virus affecting humans is the same as the virus possibly affecting camels (or any other animal) is to isolate the virus in different species and compare them genetically.”FAO urged countries to invest in efforts to better understand virus sources and mechanisms of transmission and spread, and said it is ready to support national and regional efforts to identify the source.The Rome-based agency added that it is in close communication with national authorities as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and is monitoring the situation closely.
“IDPs are amongst the most vulnerable persons and according to international human rights and humanitarian law they must be protected against any direct and indiscriminate attacks or other acts of violence against them or their camps or settlements,” Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, said in a news release. On 11 September, at least seven people were killed and 14 others injured, including four officials from the National Emergency Management Agency, after the Malkohi IDP camp in Yola, in Adamawa state, was the target of a suicide bombing. According to the news release, no party has so far claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first attack of its kind since the escalation of the crisis in northern Nigeria. The expert stressed that those responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice. While appreciating the Government’s condemnation of the attack, he called for increased security measures where necessary to ensure the protection and human rights of IDPs.Furthermore, in light of the screening of IDPs by security agencies, Mr. Beyani cautioned that “any security measures must not infringe on IDPs’ human rights, including their freedom of movement and family unity,” while noting that the vast majority of IDPs are “innocent victims” and their camps must retain their civilian character.The expert also expressed his concern about recent attacks against IDP returnees in the state of Taraba. Over 2.1 million persons have been forced to flee their homes in north-eastern Nigeria since the intensification of Boko Haram’s violent insurgency and the declaration of the State of Emergency in May 2013.“Food insecurity has been worsening combined with the lack of education, safe drinking water and health services,” Mr. Beyani warned, calling for an increase in humanitarian assistance to IDPs and communities hosting them in northern Nigeria. He added that humanitarian organizations are doing the best they can under very difficult circumstances, but funding shortfalls and insecurity are preventing them from reaching all those in need.
Zynga may have cornered the casual farming market, as well as brought play-by-email back to the forefront of gaming with their Scrabble clone Words With Friends, but with the recent releases of Diablo III $18.99 at Amazon and Torchlight II, it would seem Zynga feels the need to join in and tackle the grinding dungeon crawler as well. With Legends: Rise of a Hero, Zynga and developer Mob Science are throwing their hat into the shoot-and-loot ring.Legends is being billed as a “midcore” title, which is essentially a casual game with some deeper elements, such as deep loot and leveling mechanics, that are normally found in hardcore titles. Like most Zynga games, Legends leverages the social aspect of Facebook in order to influence the game, for better or worse. Friends players end up recruiting in the game become computer-controlled members of the party, but the game employs the oft-used mechanic of artificially limiting how many actions players can take per day. As one might expect, there’s a cash shop to help alleviate the otherwise slow progress that limited actions create.In order to speed up your ability to actually play the game once you run out of actions, Legends employs the usual Facebook game choices of spending real-life money, asking your social network friends for help, or simply doing something else with your life and waiting for your turns to refill.Though the game only offers the usual suspects of character classes — ranger, warrior, and wizard — it adds a bit of Zynga-style casual activities, such as farming, crafting, and city-building. Early reports suggest the game relies heavily on social interaction, in that health potions are too expensive, and due to the limited availability of actions, players will need a competent party to keep their health high. Those that have played social games like this in the past, such as Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter, will be very familiar with the concept of having to wait around for actions, and thus health, to refill.If you can brave giving Zynga access to your Facebook — or have a secret Facebook account that was specifically created for playing the occasional intriguing Facebook game — give Legends a go, but be prepared to either spend a bit of money to progress as fast as you’d like, or to spend time doing other things while you wait for actions to refill.
Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Hot Spot, Parnell Street, LimerickPolonez, 20 Moore Street, Dublin 1Pacinos Restaurant, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the proprietor of Pacinos said that the restaurant takes food safety “extremely seriously” and that the order was served to “facilitate immediate upgrades” to the rear doors of the establishment.He said that the restaurant had been using the area to the back of the restaurant as a social space, using it as a smoking area and as a laneway for customers to enter, but the doors had become damaged with one needing to be replaced.He added that the laneway had been kept in good condition for their customers, but said the onus fell on Dublin City Council to ensure that the lane is maintained properly.A spokesperson for the FSAI said that they do not comment on the details of individual cases.Two other closure orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010. Under this legislation, closure orders are served when there is a non-compliance with food legislation.The two were:Beachview Tandoori, Strand Road, Laytown, Co MeathKavanaghs Fine Foods Cork Ltd, 9 Pearse Street, Ballyphehane, Cork.Dr Byrne added: “The vast majority of Irish food businesses are aware of the importance of food safety requirements and are complying with food safety legislation.“However, there are a number of businesses acting carelessly and potentially putting consumer’s health at risk.All food businesses must take responsibility and recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat.Read: A Roscommon takeaway and bakery were both served with closure orders last monthRead: These 11 food businesses were closed last month> TWO TAKE-AWAYS and one restaurant were among five food establishments served closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in January.The chief executive of the FSAI, Dr Pamela Byrne, said that these were the latest examples of a number of businesses “acting carelessly and potentially putting consumers at risk”.Three closure orders were issued under the FSAI act, 1998, which is served when it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at the premises, or when an improvement order is not complied with.The three places issued with closure orders under this act were: Feb 9th 2017, 4:43 PM These five food businesses were served with closure orders last month Two were in Dublin, with one each in Limerick, Meath and Cork. By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Share83 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/3231039 57,519 Views Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 4:43 PM 16 Comments Short URL
600 millions de personnes sur FacebookLe réseau social vedette de Mark Zuckerberg compterait aujourd’hui plus de 600 millions de membres actifs. Des profils Facebook au nombre de 600 millions ? C’est en tout cas l’information que Goldman Sachs donne à ses clients désireux d’investir dans le réseau social, récemment valorisé à 50 milliards de dollars (38 milliards d’euros).Dernièrement, la banque a elle-même investi dans Facebook à hauteur de 450 millions de dollars (343 millions d’euros).Au mois de juillet 2010, Facebook annonçait avoir franchi le seuil des 500 millions d’utilisateurs. Il aurait donc conquis 100 millions d’internautes en 6 mois à peine. Pour le moment aucun commentaire de la part des dirigeants du réseau social, créé en 2004 par Mark Zuckerberg. Le 6 janvier 2011 à 13:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Thirty people showed up at the most recent orientation for Vancouver’s Forever Young Hike program. Almost every hike, tailored to people age 50 and older, has a waiting list.“We’ve got a lot of people coming in. It seems like almost every week there’s somebody new in there,” said Duke Silva, a hike leader. In the handful of years he’s been involved, he’s seen the program grow, particularly in the last couple of years.“We’re kind of bursting at our seams,” said Kelly Lund, recreation specialist for the 50 and Better program at Vancouver Parks & Recreation.More hikes were added to help meet demand; there are two hikes every Tuesday and hikes were added on the second and fourth Monday of each month.While the hikes are certainly a hit, there’s another thing driving demand: The rapid growth of the 65-and-older population in Clark County. The number of people in that age group grew nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s an increase of nearly 20,000 people.Clark County isn’t alone. Two-thirds of the nation’s counties experienced an increase in median age. The Census attributes most of that growth to baby boomers, who began turning 65 in 2011.
Arkangel Howard had no reason to shoot and kill two friends who were helping him to move his then-girlfriend’s belongings from an east Vancouver apartment complex, his defense attorney Steve Rucker told jurors Thursday afternoon.But Valerie Sizemore, Howard’s former girlfriend had a motive, Rucker said.She was upset over being evicted and was behind schedule on moving out on the evening of March 19. And Sizemore admitted to using methamphetamine, he said during closing arguments in Howard’s double murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.When one of the victims, 42-year-old Jason D. Benton, approached Sizemore about needing gas money, she’d had enough, Rucker said. In a rage, she shot Benton three times in the apartment complex’s parking lot before turning the handgun on an unsuspecting Allen Collins Jr., 37, who was urinating by a parked car at the time of the shooting.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu called the defense’s theory fanciful and said there was no evidence to support Sizemore as the shooter.He argued that the defense had shifted its theory from “no one saw the shooter” to “Sizemore was the shooter,” because they didn’t expect her to take the stand and point the finger at Howard.Sizemore had initially told police she hadn’t seen the shooting and was inside when it happened, contrary to what other witnesses reported seeing afterward. However, days later, she went back to investigators and said she saw Howard shoot Benton and Collins. She then took the stand and stuck to that story, Vu said.
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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowSenate passes spending limit after Democrats leave over rulingAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Senate passed a bill today intended to limit state spending. But not before Democratic senators in the minority caucus staged a protest, leaving the Senate floor.Why Sullivan voted ‘no’ on $1.3T billLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan typically votes with the Republican leadership in the Senate. But in the wee hours of Friday morning, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill and Sullivan voted “no.”Increasing numbers of Alaska wildlife testing positive for Movi bacteriaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThere’s more evidence of a bacteria potentially dangerous to some Alaska wildlife.Winter Arctic sea ice again grew far less than normalAssociated PressU.S. government scientists say ice covering the Arctic ocean reached its second lowest extent on record this winter.Coast Guard medevacks a man from Unalaska fishing vesselZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaThe U.S. Coast Guard medevacked a man today from a fishing vessel near Unalaska.The Cost of Cold: Staying warm near FairbanksRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“It’s something that you kind of hand down… I did it with my parents and… my grandfather. And… I guess I’m passing the torch as you would say to them,” Jeremy Eberhardt said.State air quality regulators invite public to review cleanup plan documentsTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksState air-quality regulators are inviting people who live in and around the borough’s air-pollution-plagued Nonattainment Area to take a look at a series of draft documents that outline the problem and proposed solutions.AK: Kasigluk Yuraq tradition dances through the generationsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe 2018 Cama-i Dance Festival was dedicated to six elders from the tundra village of Kasigluk. The elders revived Yup’ik dance in the village and serve as the foundation of the community’s dance tradition today. The community is working to never need a revival again.49 Voices: Vanessa Duhrsen of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Vanessa Duhrsen in Anchorage. Duhrsen is a senior at West High and recently received a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her volunteer service throughout rural Alaska.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday alleged that the government is mocking with people’s ‘hunger’ by importing ‘rotten’ rice from Thailand.”After importing rotten wheat from Africa, the government has now procured rotten rice from Thailand,” BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.Alleging that the imported rice is low in quality and unsuitable to eat, the party leader said, “We think importing rotten rice is an anti-constitutional act. So, we think, by importing such rice, the government has not only committed an anti-constitutional act but also anti-humanity one. In fact, the government is mocking with people’s hunger.”He voiced deep concern as two ships carrying rotten rice are waiting in the port to get unloaded though the food department has declined to accept the rice.”Some 12,000 tonnes of rice have been brought by a ship, MV Thai Bin Day, on 31 August while some 19850 tonnes brought by another ship, MV Diamond, from Thailand this month,” he added.He also alleged that the ship owners are trying to sell the ‘rotten’ rice to local rice traders. “We heard they’ve already contacted some rice traders to sell the rotten rice.”Rizvi questioned why efforts are there to sell the publicly procured rice to private traders. “We think the government high-ups are involved in importing the rotten rice from Thailand.”He also said low-income people are declining to buy atap (white) rice which is being sold under open market sale (OMS). The dealers are forcing people to buy the atap rice.The BNP leader demanded the government carry out an investigation into it.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “Software as a service” describes the delivery of a product to the end user, be it a business or an individual, through a software platform, for which the user typically pays on a recurring basis. And, not so long ago, this term and its more common abbreviation, SaaS, was largely unknown outside those intimately familiar with the software industry.But, as the SaaS business model has skyrocketed in popularity — even Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud have adopted it — interest in SaaS from investors, entrepreneurs and media consumers curious about the intersection of business and technology has exploded.Related: 3 Steps to Take to Start Transitioning Your Business to SaaSWebsites popping up across the internet, like the SaaStr website and podcast, are now considered some of the best informational resources for tech entrepreneurs out there. Nathan Latka’s profiles of up-and-coming SaaS companies and revealing interviews with founders are a treasure trove for anyone keenly interested in startup culture.As SaaS grows into an increasingly attractive and lucrative business model, I wanted to take stock of the current climate of SaaS startups. Here are eight up-and-coming U.S. SaaS businesses to watch this year.HyprFounder: Gil Eyal / Base: New York / Founded: 2013It’s fair to say that Gil Eyal was an influencer in the world of influencer marketing before the term even existed. In his role as COO with the now-defunct photo-sharing app Mobli, Eyal worked with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Serena Williams at a time when influencer marketing was still referred to as “celebrity endorsements.” It was during this time that the concept for Hypr was born.Hypr provides clients with a detailed analysis of influencers’ audience behavior on a variety of social media platforms. It helps pair brands with the influencers that best meet their marketing goals. Hypr also allows brands to automate effective influencer marketing campaigns and measure their results.LaunchDarkly Founder: Edith Harbaugh / Base: Oakland, Calif. / Founded: 2014Edith Harbaugh has been in software development for well over 15 years. In that time, she’s borne witness to what she’s called “some epically bad releases.” Many of these were the result of companies trying go live with features that weren’t quite ready for prime time.Related: Considering ‘SaaS’? What You Need to KnowLaunchDarkly gives online businesses the opportunity to audition new features to selected subsets of users, limiting their risk when they roll out new code. Perhaps just as crucially,the company makes rollbacks to earlier iterations of the code painless — just in case things go awry.Originally built with developers in mind, LaunchDarkly has evolved into a tool that can be used across organizations for auditioning and testing new features.InfoScoutFounder: Jared Schreiber / Base: San Francisco / Founded: 2011InfoScout turns the gathering of detailed, real-world consumer data into a win-win situation. InfoScout’s mobile apps Shoparoo and Receipt Hog incentivize consumers to scan and upload the receipts they receive from every shopping trip they make, rewarding them either by raising funds for a school of their choice or by giving them cold, hard cash. As of today, InfoScout has over 300,000 users uploading 300,000 sales receipts each day. This and the survey data collected through its apps give InfoScout and its clients deep insight into consumer behavior.Founder Jared Schreiber, a graduate of MIT, was a founding member of the Pat Tillman Foundation which supports active-duty military service members, veterans and their spouses with academic scholarships and professional development opportunities.FrontFounder: Mathilde Collin / Base: San Francisco / Founded 2013Front facilitates collaboration on email and other messaging platforms by providing a “shared inbox.” For example, if you’re part of a customer service team that relies on a shared email address to communicate with customers, Front gives you the ability to create an inbox shared by all members of your team. Once an email comes in, responsibility for a reply can be assigned to the appropriate team member. and Front makes it easy to have internal communications regarding email queries inside the app. No more forwarding customer emails to colleagues to get the answers you need.Front also integrates SMS, Facebook and Twitter messages so you can keep all of your customer communications in one place, regardless of the platform they were sent on.Like most founders, Mathilde Collins wears many hats at Front. Initially, her roles and responsibilities were so varied that at times it could be unclear exactly what her job was She created a presentation to illustrate this phenomenon many entrepreneurs face, and even shared it publicly.ShipHawkFounder: Jeremy Bodenhamer / Base: Santa Barbara, Calif. / Founded: 2012ShipHawk is a SaaS that integrates shipping services from multiple carriers and helps automate the fulfillment process, greatly alleviating the burdens logistics puts on many businesses. ShipHawk helps its customers to obtain the best possible rates from carriers and streamlines customer service.Founder Jeremy Bodenhamer has written extensively about being both a founder and a father — and the challenges of both.BirdEyeFounder: Naveen Gupta / Base: Palo Alto, Calif. / Founded: 2012BirdEye is an online reputation-management SaaS. Birdeye encourages the customers of its clients to review those clients’ products and services. This helps brands build authentic social proof.BirdEye also sends real-time notifications if a client’s business receives a negative review on any supported platform, enabling the client to take steps to turn a bad customer experience into a positive one.A Harvard MBA graduate, founder Naveen Gupta was part of the C-suite that guided RingCentral to a successful $887 million IPO in 2013.ClassyFounder: Scot Chisholm / Base: San Diego / Founded: 2011Classy, a fundraising platform for nonprofits, came from humble beginnings. In 2006, founder Scot Chisholm and a few friends held a benefit to raise money for the fight against cancer. Over the years, as he organized more charity events, Chisholm realized that “modern philanthropists” were not being given sufficient opportunity to contribute to the causes they believed in. Thus Classy was born.Classy has helped over 4,000 nonprofits raise hundreds of millions of dollars through the platform since its launch in 2011.HireologyFounder: Adam Robinson / Base: Chicago, Ill. / Founded: 2010Hireology is a human resources SaaS aimed at enabling entrepreneurs and small businesses build and manage their teams from “hire to retire.” Hireology offers an integrated suite of tools to help clients find the best candidates for the job and to retain them.Founder Adam Robinson is passionate about recruiting; not only does he have over 20 years experience in the industry, he has written a book about the power of predictive hiring.Related: How to Market Your SaaS BusinessFinal ThoughtsThe growth of the SaaS business model has allowed many software startups to create a viable business plan from their expertise in software. Of course, each startup comes with its own challenges, and entrepreneurs will always find creative ways to fit founding a business into their lifestyle. Whether you choose to support the military through a foundation like Jared Schreiber, or write a book about your experiences like Adam Robinson, the SaaS business model has proven conducive to creativity in business plans and in the bigger picture of the founder’s lifestyle. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 7 min read April 18, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more July 28, 2017 — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the chamber will be moving on to other priorities after the latest version of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace legislation was defeated by a narrow 51-49 vote early Friday. Republican Senators John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) joined all Democrats and the two independents in opposition to the Health Care Freedom Act, which would have eliminated the ACA’s mandates on individuals and employers to buy health insurance, and would have also repealed the medical device tax.Senate Republicans brought numerous versions of the bill to a vote this week after the chamber voted to open debate on Monday. The first version was a full repeal-and-replace of the ACA (also known as Obamacare), which included a gradual scaleback of the Medicaid expansion enacted under the ACA. That bill would also have allowed insurance providers to sell stripped-down plans that did not comply with ACA requirements as long as they offered at least one policy that did. It would have allotted $70 billion for states to help consumers with paying out-of-pocket healthcare costs in the form of cost-sharing or health savings accounts.The repeal-and-replace process has been mired by disagreements within the Republican party between moderates and its more conservative members. With the failure of this and subsequent similar legislation, McConnell and Republican leadership introduced the so-called “skinny repeal,” which would have only repealed a relatively small portion of Obamacare requirements, in the hopes of garnering more support. An estimate from the Congressional Budget Office projected the bill would have increased the number of people who are uninsured by 15 million in 2018 compared to current law, according to the New York Times. The skinny repeal would have also increased insurance premiums about 20 percent.In addition to the coverage mandates and device tax, the skinny repeal would also have made it easier for states to ignore federal mandates for insurance providers to offer a minimum set of benefits in their plans.Read about the lead up to today’s failed vote in the article “Senate Opens Debate on Better Care Reconciliation Act.” Related Content Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more News | Radiology Business | July 28, 2017 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor Affordable Care Act “Skinny Repeal” Defeated in Senate Chamber moving on to other priorities after numerous versions of Obamacare repeal-and-replace voted down in succession Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. 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See also: Uber says it will support drivers fined by police in Costa RicaPolitic(o)s is back. After a short period of absence, the column has returned to analyze some of the recent political events in Costa Rica and abroad – and there is a lot to talk about this week!“A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse,” cries out King Richard III while lying on the battlefield in Shakespeare’s homonymous play. In desperation, King Richard gives up exactly what he was fighting for. The events surrounding the launch of Uber in Costa Rica are worthy of a Shakespearean plot: a tragedy more than a comedy, to be precise. From the response of the government to the comments of citizens on Facebook, along with the attitudes of politicians trying to capitalize on the controversy to gain support, the episode has evinced some of the worst attitudes of Costa Ricans and some of the worst practices that have turned Costa Rican politics into a war where everyone is a loser.Let’s start with Uber. The company is an expert fighter with current open fronts in London, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, and other countries. Uber is known for asking for forgiveness rather than asking for permission. Let’s face it: in all likelihood, the company would never have succeeded if it had tried to obtain permits and licenses before beginning operations. Moreover, the legal battles not only allow Uber to operate for a certain amount of time until the service is forbidden, but also give it exposure. The company was a trendy topic last week and, at least from what one can grasp from social networks, it won more adepts than before. Skilfully managed, the company has managed to transform the ban of the provision of a service – something that would normally build distrust of a company – into a successful marketing campaign.This is not surprising. Uber not only sounds cool but also promises to offer better and cheaper transport services than current taxis and piratas (informal taxi drivers). Who wouldn’t like to pay less and, in addition, travel in a beautiful modern car, looking fierce? The photo of Costa Rican model Leonora Jiménez, exiting an expensive car in leather pants with perfect hair and makeup, is self-explanatory. Just contrast this picture with the idea of catching an old taxi with no air conditioning at midday for a crosstown San José trip, and the result probably wouldn’t look like Leonora’s photograph – if you even pictured that possibility.Humor aside, the campaign and support of Uber evidences the flaws of our system of public transport. People are not happy with the tariffs, with the state of taxis, and with the quality of the service. No doubt the service is better than a couple of decades ago, and catching a taxi on the street is also relatively safe compared to other capital cities in Latin America. But the market, technology, individuals’ preferences and freedom of choice are moving us forward.It is pointless to portray the situation as a fight between taxi drivers and Uber drivers. That would be an oversimplification. The fight of Uber against the government resembles historical confrontations. What is forbidden and what is allowed? What are the limits to liberties? This column defends the existence of a liberal democratic State – which, as every libertarian would agree, necessarily entails limitations to rights and freedoms. It requires regulations. Isaiah Berlin has summarized the tension between the freedom of one and the freedoms of others: “The extent of a man’s, or a people’s, liberty to choose to live as he or they desire must be weighed against the claims of many other values… That we cannot have everything is a necessary, not a contingent, truth.”Recommended: Anti-Uber protests peaceful in Costa Rica, violent in MexicoCurrent regulations on public transport are not caprice. If we want to feel safe when we take a taxi, to be charged an amount proportionate to the service, to be in a car that won’t have a mechanical failure or pose a threat to the environment, regulations are needed. One question is whether we have the best regulations – or if they are enforced appropriately – and another is whether we need regulations at all. We do need regulations. People posting pictures on Facebook of taxis violating traffic rules are not reason enough to thoughtlessly support the operation of a company offering public transportation without any type of regulations, based only on the “will of the contracting parties.”However, this does not mean that the government can do whatever it wants. I do not agree that the Costa Rican’s government response to the Uber situation stems from authoritarian motivations, as some politicians and citizens have suggested; the problem, however, is that the government has been unable to explain to citizens why the service that Uber offers is illegal. Even worse, it has failed to explain whether it might be possible to legalize their services in the future. The government simply closed the door to Uber and said no, in times of increasing support for the company. Furthermore, the President came across as upset and confrontational, which doesn’t improve the image of an administration already perceived as distant from citizens’ concerns – despite his election on the basis of “acción ciudadana” (citizen action).Legality is important. It is at the core of our centenary tradition as a rule-of-law country. But politics is important, too, and here is where the government has failed: Uber will make it, just as Skype made it a few years ago. If the government wants to look powerful as rule enforcer, it is equally important to look modern and visionary. So far, it has looked repressive and old-fashioned.This, however, does not justify the type of public and political response deployed by citizens and politicians in public statements and social networks. So much hate, so much ignorance, so much recklessness, so much irresponsibility. Vice Minister of Transport Sebastián Urbina was reported to have called on taxi drivers and citizens in general to identify and denounce Uber drivers. The Vice Minister has since clarified that he was only confirming that any citizen is free to report illegal activity to authorities – and at any rate, his comments cannot be equated to a call to violent attacks, as the Libertarian Movement and National Liberation Party have tried to make it appear in their calls for the Vice Minister’s removal. That is amateur politics. Have those parties made proposals for Uber to operate in Costa Rica? Do the legislators of the Libertarian Movement really believe, as they claim, that the service is 100 percent legal? I truly doubt it. This is destructive politics and, at least in the case of the National Liberation Party, the exercise of a political opposition tactic that they have greatly criticized when in power.Calling for public officials to quit every time there is disagreement is easy politics. To paraphrase a friend of mine: if the Vice Minister quits, Costa Rica will end up with the same legislation on transport, with Uber still in the country operating after getting in through the back door, and with a new Vice Minister who would probably be less well-prepared than the current one, and who would have to start by figuring out where the bathrooms in the ministry are. That would be more costly for the country.The future means nothing to Costa Rica without strong democratic institutions, educated citizens, and healthy public debate. Those are things that no app can provide. Those are things that we cannot simply download from the Internet. I do not think that the majority of Costa Ricans are desperate enough to offer their country for an app. Unfortunately, some of the attitudes and events of the recent past demonstrate the recklessness that some politicians and citizens are capable of. Let’s hope for more smart-citizens and not only for more smartphones.Clarification: The section of this article regarding Vice Minister Sebastián Urbina’s comments, which originally described his “call” for taxi drivers to report Uber drivers, was revised after Urbina contacted The Tico Times to provide further information. Urbina stated that when taxi drivers with whom he met expressed interest in reporting Uber activity, he simply confirmed that they were free to do so, as are any citizens, but did not ask them to compile reports of Uber activity, or call on them to do so.Read more Politic(o)s columns here.Tomás Quesada-Alpízar is pursuing his doctoral degree in politics at the University of Oxford. In “Politic(o)s,” published at the start of every month, he explores current events and political issues in Costa Rica and around the world. He welcomes reader questions and comments at email@example.com. 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