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'We will need help of all kinds,' Dominica PM pleads after Cat. 5 Maria tears through

'We will need help of all kinds,' Dominica PM pleads after Cat. 5 Maria tears through

World
Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on Monday night, lashing the Caribbean island as a Category 5 storm with 160-mph winds and a storm surge of up to 11 feet. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a series of dire Facebook posts as the storm hit the island, calling the winds "merciless" and saying his residence sustained damages. "We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is ... the sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!" Skerrit wrote. "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding," the prime minister updated later in the night, before announcing, "I have been rescued." "[W]e have lost all what money can buy and replace," Skerrit wrote early Tuesday. "My greatest fear for the mornin...
Companies need to furnish new staff details online to EPFO from October

Companies need to furnish new staff details online to EPFO from October

Finance
NEW DELHI: The formal sector employers will be required to intimate about the details of their new employees online to retirement fund body EPFO from October 1, 2017, an EPFO official said today.The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has decided to do away with filing of Form-9, a declaration by a person (employee) taking up employment in an establishment in which Employees' Pension Scheme is in force, a senior official said.This Form-9 is filed by the formal sector employers manually at present to intimate about their new employees.The body has taken this step in the wake of rapid computerisation in EPFO as an initiative towards Electronic Paper Free Organisation.The official said that since employee master (roll) is available in the system containing all relevant details of th...
What you need to know about the Equifax data breach

What you need to know about the Equifax data breach

Technology
Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting companies, said this week that a major data breach exposed Social Security numbers and other important information of millions of people. The breach affected about 143 million in the United States, as well as some people in Canada and the United Kingdom, but Equifax didn't provide a number. Hackers had access to the data between May and July, Equifax said. The company discovered the hack on July 29 and publicly announced it more than a month later on Thursday. Here's what else you need to know about the breach: ——— WHAT INFORMATION WAS TAKEN? Hackers had access to Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers and other information. Those are all crucial pieces of personal data that criminals c
Some women need a hysterectomy after sterilisation device Essure

Some women need a hysterectomy after sterilisation device Essure

Health
A number of women are having to undergo hysterectomies to remove a sterilisation device used on the NHS, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.The Essure implant is used to permanently sterilise women, but can cause side effects and complications.One woman - who later had her uterus removed - said she was left suicidal due to the "unbearable" pain, and felt she was a burden to her family.The manufacturer says Essure is safe and the benefits outweigh the risks.The sale of the implants in the EU was temporarily suspended this month. Manufacturer Bayer has asked hospitals in the UK not to use the device during this time. 'Painful to move'Laura Linkson, who was fitted with the Essure device in 2013, said the pain left her suicidal."The device was sold to me as a simple and easy procedure. I w...
Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here's what you need to know.

Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here's what you need to know.

Technology
Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of South Korea's most successful business group, was sentenced Friday to five years prison for offering bribes and other crimes. Lee, 49, was groomed to lead the conglomerate that was founded by his grandfather and became such a dominating force in South Korea that it's mockingly called "Republic of Samsung" by the public. He took a higher profile role at the world's largest maker of smartphones, television sets and microchips that power consumer electronics after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014 and was poised to cement control. Instead, at the end of last year Lee was implicated in a massive political scandal that culminated in President Park Geun-hye's ouster. The court said he was guilty of offering bribes to the former president...