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Lefse face masks fly off the shelves at Stabo Scandinavian Imports

Lefse face masks fly off the shelves at Stabo Scandinavian Imports

FARGO — Uff da. That’s what customers who did not snag a lefse face masks could have stated Saturday, Oct. 24, when Stabo International Imports introduced it had offered out of the masks after lower than 24 hours on the shelves.

But Stabo proprietor Sue Rusch assures customers a brand new cargo of what she considers “the excellent stocking stuffer” is on its method.

The concept got here from a pal who noticed lefse masks on-line and steered Rusch promote them at Stabo. He added {that a} mutual pal, Brittany Anton of Shirts from Fargo, can be the excellent particular person to make them.

Anton cherished the concept.

“I feel it is a actually cool concept. It’s one thing that must be a part of each day life, so it is good to carry some humor to it,” she stated.

Owner Sue Rusch models a lefse face mask sold at Stabo Scandinavian Imports in Fargo. She sold out of the masks Saturday, Oct. 24, after less than 24 hours on the shelf, but a new shipment is expected later this week or next. Photo special to The Forum.

Owner Sue Rusch fashions a lefse face masks offered at Stabo Scandinavian Imports in Fargo. She offered out of the masks Saturday, Oct. 24, after lower than 24 hours on the shelf, however a brand new cargo is predicted later this week or subsequent. Photo particular to The Forum.

Apparently customers agree.

“We did promote out of every thing Friday, however now we have extra coming. Hopefully the finish of this week or the week after we’ll have new inventory in,” Rusch stated.

Orders could be positioned on-line at or by calling 701-282-0421. Hours for the Fargo retailer at 406 Broadway are 10 a.m. to six p.m. Monday by way of Saturday and midday to four p.m. Sunday.

Sales of the masks will profit the Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. S., Fargo.

“We are donating $1 of each one offered to our native Sons of Norway as a result of they’ve nice lefse there and it is an excellent membership that helps the Scandinavian heritage,” Rusch stated.

Like Anton, Rusch appreciates the humor round the masks as properly.

“Someone requested in the event that they got here with butter. Another requested on Facebook if lutefisk masks had been subsequent,” she stated. “We simply must embrace it. It’s enjoyable to put on, it is enjoyable dialog and everyone loves lefse.”

Planning your retirement in this pandemic? Here is a checklist for you

Planning your retirement in this pandemic? Here is a checklist for you

retirement planning, retirement plan, savings, future planning, current lifestyle, retirement planning survey, Indians, Indians invest primarily in life insurance, FDs for retirement, PGIM India Mutual Fund survey,For funding in direction of retirement planning, specialists say buyers ought to take a look at varied product mixes.

Retirement planning performs an essential position in any particular person’s monetary planning, which has been impacted by this calamity severely. The ongoing pandemic affected the funds of people with a number of job losses and huge quantities of wage cuts. In the present monetary 12 months there was a fall in inflows in fairness mutual funds and the previous few months additionally noticed a fall in new enterprise premiums for life insurance coverage corporations and de-growth for the overall insurance coverage corporations.

Rakesh Goyal, Director, Probus Insurance says, “There would have many buyers who may need stopped investments in equities and even have delayed their insurance coverage premiums or pulled again some pointless bills. However, the pandemic underscores two essential features of asset allocation, first being the danger tolerance and second being the portfolio rebalancing.”

It’s typically seen folks not correctly planning their investments, for occasion, having a larger publicity to fairness although he/she needs security or opting for conventional insurance coverage insurance policies for long-term investments. Goyal says “In the previous, most of the buyers may need made the investments which weren’t in tune with the danger profile of the buyers. This is the possibility for the buyers to re-jig their portfolio.”

Here are some factors to maintain in thoughts;

Opt for a life insurance coverage coverage, particularly a time period plan. They are low-cost and pure danger plans. Experts say, not having a time period plan is one of many largest dangers, that buyers face. Hence, it is essential to have a time period plan with an satisfactory cowl.

Then for your funding in retirement planning, specialists say buyers ought to take a look at varied product mixes. For occasion, Goyal says “People planning their retirement ought to take a look at assured plans together with a mixture of unit-linked insurance policy (Ulips) for the long-term investments. Here the danger tolerance evaluation is essential to make sure that buyers aren’t taking up extra danger than they’ll deal with in the occasion of a inventory market downturn.”

Equity markets have rallied by greater than 40 per cent since March this 12 months. Goyal says “While most buyers are pleased with the fairness investments—however there are possibilities that markets can appropriate from the present ranges due the worldwide elements like US elections. The level right here is that if one has invested in ULIPs and might take the danger and have a long-term funding horizon, then one ought to proceed with one’s investments.”

Having mentioned that, buyers who’re nearing their retirement age, specialists say they need to shift some cash into the debt portfolio. Hence, somebody in their late 40s or early 50s or senior skilled may require a overview of their retirement objectives itself.

Note that even with an earnings stream to fulfill your day after day wants, attempt to at all times have some ‘money in hand’. So that the emergency cash may also help you in case of a disaster and you wouldn’t need to compromise your retirement plans.

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Pepperfry launches ‘Family Times = Pepperfry Times’ campaign

Pepperfry launches ‘Family Times = Pepperfry Times’ campaign

The campaign has been conceptualised by L&K Saatchi & SaatchiThe campaign has been conceptualised by L&Okay Saatchi & Saatchi

Furniture and residential merchandise market Pepperfry has launched a brand new Diwali campaign – Family instances = Pepperfry instances. Forging a deeper reference to its shoppers, the TVC-led campaign highlights how, this 12 months, people can be celebrating Diwali indoors with their family members and the position furnishings performs in creating these moments and recollections that carry the household collectively.

Conceptualised by L&Okay Saatchi and Saatchi, the campaign delves on the very important position that furnishings performs within the new regular. The campaign kick begins with a TVC showcasing a father-daughter duo participating in a witty banter, preventing for that one armchair, which rests in one of the best WiFi spot of the home. On realising that he’s about to lose, the daddy calls it truce by gifting one other armchair to his daughter for Diwali, positioned proper subsequent to his. Thus, Pepperfry involves the rescue with its Diwali sale with an underlying narrative of ‘Thoda apne liye, thoda apnon ke liye’.

Pepperfry’s core proposition is to democratize the furnishings class and make it an intrinsic a part of folks’s lives, making the model virtually synonymous to residence, Kashyap Vadapalli, chief advertising and marketing officer and enterprise head, Pepperfry, mentioned. “The firm has all the time partnered with its shoppers to assist create lasting recollections. And this Diwali, we wish to construct on the join and belief that we get pleasure from with our shoppers. Through our Family instances = Pepperfry instances campaign, we goal to catalyze and encourage celebrations with household and pals in a joyful, intimate method,” he added.

According to Debarjyo Nandi, govt vice chairman, Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, now that we’re all working and education from residence, we understand the significance of getting the proper furnishings in the proper areas. “The movie is barely a illustration of at the moment’s state of affairs therefore actual and relatable, and this time we now have chosen to provide a singular quirky remedy to make it enjoyable and completely different,” Nandi said.

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SmallRig launches Utility Frame for Insta360 ONE X2

SmallRig launches Utility Frame for Insta360 ONE X2

SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On October 28, Insta360 ONE X2 was dropped at the market. Focusing on thorough innovation, Insta360 ONE X2 has a breakthrough within the water resistance operate, adopts light-weight design and retains the basic function of invisible selfie stick.

SmallRig Utility Frame for Insta360 ONE X2

In order to pursue superior product improvement, SmallRig and Insta360 collaborated to shine the product till launch. Today, SmallRig Utility Frame for Insta360 ONE X2 was introduced for the good panoramic view below a number of eventualities.

The utility body permits straightforward disassembly and meeting with out extra instruments. Seamlessly built-in to the digital camera, the body is sort of invisible with slim physique whereas offering chilly shoe, 1/four threaded gap and bracket connector, which satisfies the mounting wants of microphones, LED mild, selfie sticks, bases, tripods and different equipment.

Maintaining full entry to the digital camera’s management and making certain unobstructed image, the utility body might be mounted to the digital camera from the highest, and securely locked by an easy-to-grasp knurled screw. The physique of the body is fabricated from steel with built-in brass gaskets to effectively dissipate warmth in panoramic taking pictures. The high plate is fabricated from chosen polymer composite supplies, realizing real-time transmission between cellphones and panoramic cameras. Provided silicone lens cap is ready to scale back the chance of scratches or bumps throughout every day use. Besides that, built-in silicone gaskets can additional shield the physique of the digital camera.

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Invitation – presentation of the Q3 2020 financial results – update Oslo Stock Exchange:AKVA

Invitation – presentation of the Q3 2020 financial results – update Oslo Stock Exchange:AKVA

With reference to the discover despatched concerning AKVA group ASA’s Q3 2020 presentation revealed on October 19 the firm has now re-scheduled the presentation solely to be held as a webcast.

The change is because of the growth of the COVID-19 pandemic and the up to date tips from the Norwegian authorities.

The presentation can be held in English and is open to all events.

Date: 6 November 2020 at 10:00 (CET)
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Dated: 29 October 2020

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Knut Nesse Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +47 51 77 85 00
Mobile: +47 91 37 62 20
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Ronny Meinkøhn Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +47 51 77 85 00
Mobile: +47 98 20 67 76
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This data is topic to the disclosure necessities pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act

Apollo Hospitals partners with Medtronic to offer advance stroke management using AI

Apollo Hospitals partners with Medtronic to offer advance stroke management using AI

Apollo Hospitals Group on Thursday announced its partnership with India Medtronic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of medical technology company Medtronic Plc to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) for advanced stroke management. The announcement, first such initiative in India, commemorates World Stroke Day observed on October 29 every year.

The USFDA approved clinical trials have validated the AI platform for stroke diagnosis.. The AI software will provide automated analysis in less than two minutes as against currently accepted imaging practices for diagnosis of stroke that takes up to one hour to complete, enabling faster decision making in stroke where every second counts, the hospital said.

“Stroke is a major global public health problem with 1 in 4 people over the age of 25 years suffering a stroke during their lifetime, according to data from the World Stroke Organization. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death today, around 1.8 million people in India suffer from a stroke every year and it is only early treatment that can reduce morbidity and mortality,” Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said while addressing a virtual press conference to announce the partnership .


Medtronic will help in bringing in stroke technologies, technical expertise, training and comprehensive stroke management with the integration of AI platform at the Apollo Institute of Neurosciences at ten locations in Apollo Hospitals across the country, taking stroke management to the next level by standardising stroke diagnosis and empowering clinicians to make faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment decisions.

“Medtronic has been partnering with hospitals to create centres of excellence in the country so that patients are identified faster, and they receive the best treatment. Our partnership with Apollo Hospitals will further our goal of creating awareness and providing quicker access to quality healthcare for stroke patients in India,” said Madan Krishnan, Vice President, Medtronic, Indian Subcontinent.

The AI platform uses artificial intelligence to create high quality, advanced images from non-contrast CT, CT angiography, CT perfusion, and MRI diffusion and perfusion scans, helping hospitals to improve time-critical triage or transfer decisions and facilitate better patient outcomes.

Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Trials have shown success in achieving substantially larger clinical benefits through the use of AI technology and the Apollo – Medtronic partnership will support early diagnosis and effective clinical decision in stroke patients leading to the shortest treatment time for better clinical outcomes.”

“A highly skilled multidisciplinary neurosciences team dedicates itself to enhancing patient care through cutting edge technology and the partnership with Medtronic will elevate the quality of stroke care with world-class AI-powered stroke treatment,” said Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.

Countries that will give you a remote-work visa, and how to get to them

Countries that will give you a remote-work visa, and how to get to them

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, extra persons are working remotely than ever earlier than. However, working remotely whereas dwelling by numerous phases of stay-at-home orders has triggered many to rethink their dwelling preparations, generally main to an exit from big-city dwelling to a new location looking for more room, higher climate or larger entry to nature.

Some international locations have taken discover and determined to capitalize on the chance by providing distant work visas to assist entice those that can do their job from their laptop computer. So, if you’ve dreamed of dwelling on a tropical island through the winter, or amid the picturesque landscapes of Europe through the summer season, you’re in luck.

Here’s what you want to find out about which international locations are providing distant work visas, how you can reap the benefits of this distinctive alternative and how you can journey there on factors and miles. Each nation is paired with the size of the distant work visa and the price of buying that visa.

Georgia (1 12 months, free)

Georgia is a nation on the Black Sea that borders Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The nation is a widespread digital nomad hub, so it’s no shock that Georgia has begun providing digital nomads larger entry. For Georgia, it’s extra a type than a conventional visa, which makes the method even simpler. Currently, solely 5 international locations (Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) are allowed direct, no-quarantine entry into Georgia. Since the U.S. isn’t on the authorised checklist, this free, one-year visa is the one manner U.S. residents can dwell and work remotely in Georgia.

To apply, you will want to fill out an internet software and, upon approval and arrival into the nation, want to quarantine for eight days at an authorised location. You will want to present proof of economic means and medical health insurance protection that is legitimate for not less than six months.

Key particulars

Internet: Georgia has good Wi-Fi speeds and loads of locations to work from, whether or not that’s espresso outlets or co-working areas.

Community: Georgia has a robust digital nomad neighborhood.

Weather: High temperatures in Georgia from April by October are nice, starting from the 60s to the excessive 80s. In the winter months, the climate continues to be comparatively delicate, particularly if you’re evaluating that to winters within the Northeastern U.S., with highs within the 40s.

Language: Georgian is the official language, however youthful generations are extra probably to communicate English.

Money: The native forex is the Georgian lari, and the trade price fluctuates round $1 USD = Three GEL.

How to get there on factors and miles

There aren’t any direct flights from the U.S. to Georgia so you will probably want to join in Europe or the Middle East. We advocate flying on Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance) since you will join in Istanbul, which is pretty shut to Georgia. You can use Air Canada’s

  Aeroplan miles to get a one-way financial system ticket accomplice award on Turkish from the continental U.S. to Georgia for 37,500 miles, whereas enterprise class will value 57,500 miles.

Other good Star Alliance choices embrace Lufthansa

  and United Airlines

 . You also can take into account Oneworld Alliance members Qatar Airways and American Airlines


Bermuda (1 12 months, $263)

Work remotely on a pink sand seashore in Bermuda.


The Work From Bermuda certificates is a one-year customer visa aimed toward attracting digital nomads and distant employees to dwell and work from the island. To apply, you have to be not less than 18 years previous, not have been convicted of a crime, have proof of employment or faculty enrollment, have medical health insurance and have means of economic assist. The web site boasts that the appliance will take solely 15 minutes to full. Although the visa charge is minimal, Bermuda is called an costly vacation spot, so you received’t be saving a ton of cash by transferring there.

Key particulars

Internet: Although high-speed web is accessible, plans might be fairly dear.

Community: Bermuda is a comparatively protected vacation spot so might be a nice choice for these touring with a household.

Weather: The climate is fairly constant year-round, starting from the excessive 60s to the mid 80s. Hurricane season is June by November, so maintain that in thoughts as you plan your travels.

Money: The native forex is the Bermuda greenback, and it’s pegged to the U.S. greenback at a 1:1 ratio.

How to get there on factors and miles

Our really helpful manner to get to Bermuda on miles is to fly on American Airlines, which presents round-trip MileSAAver off-peak and peak one-way flights from the continental U.S. to Bermuda for less than 12,500 miles and 15,000 miles, respectively. Off-peak dates are from April 21 to May 20 and Sept. 9 to Nov. 18.

Other choices embrace flights on JetBlue

 , Delta

  and Air Canada.

Estonia (1 12 months, $118)

Estonia has launched a Digital Nomad Visa, permitting location-independent workers and digital nomads to dwell within the nation for up to a 12 months. You will want to present that you have an employment contract with a firm registered exterior of Estonia or that you work as a freelancer with non-Estonian purchasers. In addition, you will want to present that you’ve met the month-to-month minimal revenue threshold of three,504 euros (about $4,130) within the six months previous your software, which might be a steep requirement for some. The software have to be printed and submitted on the Estonian Embassy or Consulate, and it could possibly take up to 30 days to evaluate the appliance.

It’s essential to be aware that Estonia states that if you’re a resident of a nation that is prohibited from coming into the European Union, your software for the visa will not achieve success. So, if you’re American and had been hoping to get into Europe utilizing this visa, you will want to wait till the U.S. is on the authorised nation checklist.

Key particulars

Internet: Speeds are stable, which is a crucial resolution level if you’re considering of relocating.

Community: Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, is a digital nomad hub, making the town a superb choice for these wanting to settle into a neighborhood of distant employees. Estonia can be thought of a protected nation for vacationers.

Weather: Since Estonia is in Northern Europe, the warmest time to be within the nation will be from June by September, when common day by day temperatures are above 62 levels Fahrenheit.

Language: The native language is Estonian, however as with many international locations in Europe, a lot of individuals communicate one other language. In Estonia, that language is mostly English.

Money: Estonia is on the euro with a various trade price to the U.S. greenback.

How to get there on factors and miles

There aren’t any nonstop flights from the U.S. to Tallinn, Estonia. Our really helpful manner to fly is to use 22,500 (off-peak) or 30,000 (peak) American Airlines miles. Off-peak MileSAAver charges to Europe are from Jan. 10 by March 14 and Nov. 1 by Dec. 14.

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Other airline choices embrace Lufthansa, KLM

  and Turkish Airlines.

Antigua and Barbuda (2 years, $1,500)

The nation of Antigua and Barbuda includes two islands within the Caribbean. It’s providing a Nomad Digital Resident, or NDR, visa to entice distant employees. Unlike the Bermuda and Barbados visas, the NDR is legitimate for 2 years. To apply, you will want to certify that you count on to earn not less than $50,000 a 12 months whereas on the NDR visa and have enough means to assist your self. You will additionally want to present a police clearance letter, proof of employment (self-employment is enough), a passport-size {photograph} and different passport data. For a couple, the visa charge will increase to $2,000, and a household of three or extra will be required to pay $3,000.

Key particulars

Internet: While we couldn’t discover common web speeds for the islands, there are a number of web suppliers accessible together with Antigua Computer Technology, Antigua Public Utilities Authority and BSNL Mobile.

Community: The islands aren’t often called a digital nomad hub but, however the nation is wanting to change that with the issuance of the NDR visa. It is usually thought of one of many safer nations within the Caribbean.

Weather: The local weather is fairly constant, with temperatures starting from the 70s to the 80s year-round.

Language: English is the native language.

Money: The native forex is the East Caribbean greenback, and the trade price fluctuates round $1 USD = 2.7 XCD.

How to get there on factors and miles

Antigua and Barbuda can be a part of the Caribbean area on American Airlines, and utilizing 12,500 (off-peak) or 15,000 (peak) is a wonderful means to get there on factors and miles.

Other good choices to get to Antigua and Barbuda from the continental U.S. embrace JetBlue and United.

Also see: Change for the higher? How journey may take care of the pandemic

Barbados (1 12 months, $2,000)

The Barbados Welcome Stamp is a new one-year visa that permits you to work out of your laptop computer whereas dwelling on the Caribbean island. You can apply on-line and, alongside together with your software type, will want to submit a passport-size picture, the bio-data web page of your passport and proof of relationship of any dependents touring with you. The visa prices a steep $2,000 for a person and $3,000 for a household. Barbados states that it will take roughly 5 working days to course of the visa software. Valid medical protection is a prerequisite for visa approval; nonetheless, if you’re unable to buy a coverage prematurely, Barbados will supply medical insurance coverage choices.

Key particulars

Internet: According to the federal government, Barbados presents high-speed fiber web with very quick obtain/add speeds (up to 1,000/500 Mbps) and 4G cell providers.

Community: While Barbados isn’t often called a huge digital nomad hub, this new visa is wanting to change that. The nation is taken into account comparatively protected and is called a family-friendly vacation spot.

Weather: The climate is comparable to Antigua and Barbuda and is fairly constant all 12 months lengthy with highs within the 80s and lows within the 70s. Hurricane season lasts from June by November, so if you’re planning on making Barbados your property within the winter, you’re in luck. Similar to Antigua and Barbuda, English is the official language in Barbados, which makes it straightforward for distant employees transferring from the U.S.

Money: The native forex is the Bajan greenback and is pegged at a price of $1 USD = 2 BBD.

How to get there on factors and miles

Similar to Bermuda, flying on American Airlines is one of the simplest ways to get to Barbados utilizing 12,500 (off-peak) or 15,000 (peak) AAdvantage miles.

Other main U.S. carriers with good choices to Barbados embrace Delta and JetBlue.

Other distant work visa choices

Costa Rica, Germany, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Portugal and Spain are among the different international locations that supply numerous types of long-term visas that enable you to work remotely. However, these international locations have barely stricter necessities starting from needing a particular metropolis deal with (Germany) to having a minimal financial savings account stability (Spain) and many different standards. Croatia can be anticipated to challenge a digital nomad visa, which might current a superb choice due to Croatia’s stunning panorama and good climate in the summertime.

The backside line

The growth in telecommuting due to COVID-19 has supplied loads of choices to individuals who’d like to transfer overseas whereas conserving their distant job. Countries have taken discover and have supplied numerous types of long-term visas aimed toward attracting distant employees.

Due to the variability in distant profession choices, your particular person scenario could also be extra appropriate for one nation’s visa program in contrast with one other’s. Be certain to verify together with your employer, too, as a result of there are sometimes tax laws relating to the situation of your work.

Read subsequent: Here are 20 of the perfect jobs and careers for being distant

Furthermore, whereas sure international locations might have simpler software necessities, the price of dwelling or lack of a neighborhood is likely to be a barrier. But the abundance of choices is a step in the precise route and is offering a lot of meals for thought for many who’d like to check out the digital nomad way of life.

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Tiffany Agrees To Accept Lower Price For Acquisition By LVMH

Tiffany Agrees To Accept Lower Price For Acquisition By LVMH

(RTTNews) – Tiffany & Co. (TIF) agreed to simply accept a cheaper price of its acquisition by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMHF.PK, LVMUY.PK), ending a authorized dispute between them.

The new takeover value is $131.50 per share in comparison with the unique takeover value of $135 per share.

The corporations mentioned that different key phrases of the merger settlement stay unchanged. They have additionally agreed to settle their pending litigation within the Delaware Chancery Court.

Last month, LVMH filed a countersuit towards Tiffany in Delaware Chancery Court to stroll away from its acquisition of the U.S. Jeweler, after claiming a collection of poor selections by Tiffany for the reason that deal was introduced late final yr.

Tiffany mentioned there was no legitimate motive to terminate the deal and filed a criticism in a Delaware courtroom.

The U.S. courtroom has set a trial date of January 5, 2021.

It was in November final yr that LVMH agreed to purchase Tiffany for $135 per share in money. The transaction had an fairness worth of about 14.7 billion euros or $16.2 billion. Tiffany shareholders permitted its proposed acquisition by LVMH in February.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the writer and don’t essentially replicate these of Nasdaq, Inc.

Shiv Nadar University, Chennai launched; admissions open in April 2021

Shiv Nadar University, Chennai launched; admissions open in April 2021

The Shiv Nadar Foundation on Thursday launched the Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Chennai — the primary personal college to be legislated in Tamil Nadu after greater than 90 years — because the Annamalai University, in 1928. The Chennai establishment is the inspiration’s second facility after SNU in Greater Noida.

The launch of the college in Chennai is in response to overwhelming suggestions from college students of SNU and their mother and father, mentioned Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies, and trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

SNU Chennai will likely be a worldwide college focussed on innovation, analysis, educational excellence and creativity and improvement. It will likely be a catalyst for brand new analysis, novel discoveries and creation of latest types of expression, advised newspersons in a digital press convention.

Also learn: Roshni Nadar Malhotra takes over HCL baton from Shiv Nadar

The college will open for admissions in April 2021 with 4 specialised programs in the disciplines of engineering and commerce, mentioned a press launch.

R Srinivasan, Chairman of SSN Institutions and founding father of Redington India, would be the Chancellor of the brand new college and Kala Vijayakumar will the Pro-Chancellor. C Rangarajan, former RBI Governor, and Raj Reddy, Indian-American laptop scientist and winner of the Turing Award, will likely be mentors, mentioned the press launch.

Holistic improvement

Srinivasan mentioned the college will give attention to holistic improvement of scholars by means of an method that blends educational rigour, a tradition of analysis and sustained trade engagement. It will begin with two colleges — Engineering and Commerce & Management. Over the following 5 years it is going to considerably develop its choices, together with establishing a School of Law, he added.

Also learn: Shiv Nadar high philanthropist in India

The School of Engineering will supply four-year undergraduate programs in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, and Computer Science and Engineering with a specialisation in Internet of Things, amongst others.

The School of Commerce and Management will supply curated programmes in Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting), making ready college students for skilled locations resembling CA, CWA, CMA; and a Bachelor of Commerce providing a broadbased educational background in the analytical and monetary domains.

Shell raises dividend in pitch to shareholders

Shell raises dividend in pitch to shareholders

Royal Dutch Shell raised its dividend on Thursday, insisting it could afford higher payouts even as the oil and gas company navigated the twin challenges of the pandemic and the shift towards lower carbon energy.

The Anglo-Dutch group said its cash flows and performance gave it confidence to resume paying higher dividends, just months after the company made the first cut to its payout since the second world war.

A lack of clarity on its future capital allocation and payout plans had drawn criticism from shareholders, and since the dividend cut in April, the stock has tumbled to a 25-year low amid a broader malaise in the oil market.

Under plans laid out alongside its third-quarter results on Thursday, Shell said it would increase its dividend 4 per cent to 16.65 cents in the third quarter and annually from now, subject to approval by the board. It had previously reduced its quarterly payout to 16 cents per share from 47 cents.

“Our sector-leading cash flows will enable us to grow our businesses of the future while increasing shareholder distributions, making us a compelling investment case,” said Ben van Beurden, chief executive.

Shell is pursuing a net-zero emissions goal as pressure to tackle climate change mounts, but has been scrambling to come up with an updated corporate strategy before February that satisfies shareholders.

The company, like the entire sector, is seeking to forge a plan for the energy transition while it grapples with an oil price dragged lower by governments’ ongoing efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19.

For the third quarter, net income adjusted for cost of supply — Shell’s preferred profit measure — dropped to $955m. This compared with $4.8bn in the same period a year ago, but still surpassed analysts’ estimates of $146m.

This reflected lower oil and gas prices, weaker refining margins and production volumes compared with the third quarter in 2019 and was only partially offset by lower operating expenses and strong marketing margins.