first_imgKalyani (West Bengal): Real Kashmir FC overcame the mental turmoil arising out of uncertain situations back home as they beat Chennai City FC 1-0 through a last minute goal in the 129th Durand Cup fixture here on Wednesday. A Danish Farooq long range strike in the 90th minute gave the ‘Snow Leopards’ a solitary goal win over the Chennai side. With a lockdown in force in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of the scrapping of Article 370, Real Kashmir assembled for the first time this season here late Monday night only to realise they’re cut off from family members back home. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut it did not show in their performance as the David Robertson-coached side dominated against the reigning I-League champions who fielded a reserve side full of local players. The inexperience of Chennai City showed when goalkeeper Kabir T handled the ball outside the penalty box to be sent off in the 76th minute. Seizing on the numerical advantage over the Chennai side, Real Kashmir stepped on the attack and in the 90th minute their star player Farooq sent a powerful right footer from a long range, which beat substitute goalkeeper Prateek Singh all ends up. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We play professional football. You have to be professional. These sort of things keep happening. Tomorrow something else may happen. Football teaches you how to tackle these situations and play well despite the odds,” Farooq said, reflecting on the situation back home. Showering praise on their Scottish coach, he said it’s Robertson job to keep the players in good mood despite all odds. “Our team atmosphere is like this only, all thanks to our coach. He keeps everyone in good mood and never let us bog down by any pressure. He plays a big role. He keeps motivating us. Don’t keep anything in mind just focus on the game,” said Farooq. “It’s our first match of the season. We never knew what would be our result and we assembled after a long time. So I’m sure this win will boost our confidence. There’s a positive atmosphere in the team,” he said. In their debut I-League season, Real Kashmir were in the title race at one stage before finishing third behind Chennai City and East Bengal. “Our off-season was going on and we met each other two days ago here at the hotel only. Our preparation just began with Durand Cup. Our main goal is I-league. This tournament will help us in getting fit,” he said. Hailed as the ‘Ronaldo of Kashmir’, Farooq had a stomach bug on the eve of the match as he struggled to get going early on a drenched afternoon here. Farooq and Subhas Singh both missed successive opportunities in a second minute move when the ball ricocheted off the post, in what was their best chance of the match. But Farooq finally made it count to seal the three points before the final whistle to keep their semifinal hopes alive. Dedicating the goal to the entire team members, support staff and owners, Farooq said: “They have been hardworking to make a good competitive team. They asked to put up a better show. We will try to do well in upcoming matches as well.” Real Kashmir play Army Green on August 10 and Chennai City will play FC Goa on August 14, both at Kalyani Stadium.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) –  The Prime Minister’s ethics violations in the SNC-Lavalin affair may have caused some bad headlines, but they don’t appear to be making a big impact in the polls.The Conservatives and the Liberals remain locked in a statistical dead heat. And Mike Colledge, President of Ipsos Public Affairs, says even with the ethics commissioner’s report, there hasn’t been a significant change.“We saw the Conservatives drop two points, the Liberals up two points, all well within the margin of error,” he says. “So, they have the Conservatives at 35 per cent [and] the Liberals at 33.”Colledge says the scandal is likely not having a big impact so far because voters already made up their minds about the Prime Minister’s actions in the spring.RELATED: SNC-Lavalin stock takes a new tumble after credit downgrade, political flare-up“So when the ethics commissioner came out last week for the majority of the population it was yes, that confirms either that side or that side, whichever [they] felt going into that.”But, he adds, there is a risk for the Liberals if the negative headlines continue in the coming weeks.“The longer this discussion is going on, the less likely the Liberals are able to move their numbers up. So, if the Conservatives and NDP can keep them talking about SNC-Lavalin, then I think they’d be happy to see that.”The other parties are still well back in the polls, with the NDP at 18 per cent and the Greens at nine.The federal election takes place this October.last_img read more

first_img Twitter TORONTO – Today, RBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (The Canadian Academy) announced their partnership on a new initiative called the Music Video Production Project (MVP Project). The MVP Project will support and promote emerging Canadian recording artists and filmmakers in the creation of music video content, increasing resources available within the national music community.“RBC has worked closely with the music and film communities to create a program that specifically focuses on emerging artists, so they too have access to critical funding,” said Matt McGlynn, Vice President of Brand Marketing, RBC. “We’re thrilled to found the MVP Project alongside The Canadian Academy, which will boost Canada’s music economy.”Established by RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize, the MVP Project will be administered by The Canadian Academy, aiming to enable Canadian creatives to explore their craft, hone their filmmaking skills, and encourage growth within their respective industries. In addition to today’s announcement, The Canadian Academy has officially acquired the Prism Prize, which will be fully integrated into the national organization. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The MVP Project is open to recording artists and/or directors who identify as “Emerging Artists“. Over two rounds of funding support for artists and storytellers will be offered through music video production grants valued between $5,000 and $15,000. Each round will also include a curated component, which aims to foster an existing director/recording artist relationship. In addition to the grants, successful candidates will receive mentorship and networking opportunities.“Canadian music video directors are bringing into the world some of the most exciting, creative and genre-busting visual stories of our time,” said Louis Calabro, Vice President Programming, The Canadian Academy and Founder of the Prism Prize. “We see an undisputed urgency and relevance to the work of music video and we could not be more excited to welcome these often-overlooked filmmakers into the Canadian Academy fold.”Applications will be assessed by a peer-based jury of music and media professionals with representation from all Canadian regions. Submissions for the first round of the MVP Project open October 1, 2018 and close November 1, 2018. The second round of applications will open in January 2019. Successful applicants will be announced eight to 12 weeks after the final application deadline for each round.The new MVP Project is part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.More information can be found at: RBCRoyal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 84,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more at‎We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television and digital media sectors. Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion and mentorship.For information on membership and programming, visit Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau flew to British Columbia to meet with members of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project in Cheam B.C. Tuesday.The committee was put together in January and consists of eleven different First Nation communities along the pipeline route.It provides advice about a broad range of issues including environmental and socio-economic outcomes and safety.Trudeau was met by a group of about 30 water protectors carrying signs and read more

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board.The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. Haskell resigned Dec. 23, along with two other top leaders.The selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization. The organization also announced the appointments of three other past Miss Americas: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association. Their appointments take effect immediately, as does Carlson’s.“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement issued by the Miss America Organization. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”Carlson said she and the new board would immediately work with all Miss America stakeholders, including the organization’s state executive directors and former state titleholders, “to continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management.”The new board also looks forward to working with the organization’s many sponsors, “seeking input while creating a viable, forward-looking Miss America Organization for this and future generations of young women,” Carlson said.In the emails published last month by the Huffington Post, pageant officials ridiculed the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. One email used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, another included a wish that a particular former Miss America had died and others speculated about the number of sex partners former Miss America Mallory Hagan has had.The ensuing uproar led to the resignations of Haskell; the group’s president, Josh Randle; board chairwoman Lynn Weidner, and another board member.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.Dick Clark Productions cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”last_img read more

NEW YORK — The government has fined American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for several instances where passengers were stuck on planes that spent over three hours on airport tarmacs.The Department of Transportation said Thursday it is fining American $1 million and Delta $750,000 for violating rules prohibiting tarmac delays of more than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international trips.The agency said that 13 flights operated by American at various U.S. airports between December 2015 and January 2017 violated its tarmac-delay rules. Delta was dinged for 11 flights between January 2017 and February 2018.American will be credited $450,000 for compensation provided to passengers and Delta will be credited $450,000.The Associated Press read more

“Although children with disabilities have become more visible since the beginning of the transition and attitudes about them and their families are changing, many of them remain simply ‘written off’ from society,” said Marta Santos Pais, who heads the Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) which produced the report.The total number of children registered as disabled across the region’s 27 countries has tripled from about 500,000 in 1990 to 1.5 million in 2000. An additional one million children are thought to go unregistered, according to the report, which found that disability and poverty often go hand in hand for these children, who lack access to quality services. Outdated medical approaches that neglect the child’s best interests combine to convince parents that institutionalization is the only viable alternative.UNICEF is calling for an immediate end to the practice of placing children with disabilities in institutions and segregated schools. This will require a change in public attitude, measures to boost family incomes, greater parent participation in decisions affecting their children, family and community resources and changes to the physical environment that exacerbate the disability, such as curb cuts and ramps.“It is time to transform the care and treatment of children with disabilities from being a source of public shame to being a measure of human progress,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director for the region, Maria Calivis. read more

This first group of Board members, who will provide strategic advice to the initiative and its stakeholders, includes representatives of ten businesses, four business associations and labour groups, and four civil society organizations, with consideration of proven commitment to the Compact’s principals and support of a regional or constituency group. The business leaders tapped range from Suzanne Nora Johnson, Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs of the United States, to B. Muthuraman, Managing Director of India’s Tata Steel, and Mads Oevlisen, the Chairman of Lego, a Danish company. Other Board Members hail from businesses based in Brazil, Chile, China, France, South Africa and Japan. The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers is represented, along with the International Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations as well as an environmental group from the United Arab Emirates and business ethics organizations from Brazil, Canada and Ireland. According to the Global Compact Office, participants in the initiative now comprise more than 2,500 companies in over 90 countries, with 50 regional networks promoting its principles of globalization of benefit to all. read more

There is an urgent need to agree upon collective responses to the key issues of today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the United Nations General Assembly.“All the recent history testified that no State – no matter how big or powerful – can cope alone with the challenges of the scope faced by mankind today,” Mr. Lavrov said addressing other high-level officials at the 68th General Assembly debate underway in New York.The Foreign Minister noted that while leadership was required, it must be collective leadership based on the agreed upon actions of the leading members of the international community with strict respect for the principles and norms of international law. Turning to the situation in Syria, which is scheduled to be discussed this evening in the Security Council by Mr. Lavrov and the other members of the Council, the Foreign Minister stressed that a political settlement is “virtually the only possibility today to put an end to this turmoil.”He said that Russia is working energetically for the earliest convening of an international peace conference, with participation of the United States, based on tenets of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012.He recalled that a “common argument” is, increasingly, that the threat or use of force – a means Mr. Lavrov stressed is ‘directly prohibited by the UN Charter – is the perhaps the most effective method to address international problems, including domestic conflict. However, such use of force in recent years, he said, has proved to be “ineffective, meaningless and destructive.”Highlighting Damascus’s decision to join the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and moving forward on plans to have its chemical arsenal put under international control and eliminated, Mr. Lavrov voiced his support for a conference on establishing a zone free of weapons of mass destructive and means of their delivery in the Middle East.On the peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the US – is due to meet this afternoon, he said.“We believe it is necessary to intensify the activity of the Quartet,” Mr. Lavrov said, urging closer involvement of the Arab countries in the Quartet activities. Mr. Lavrov also spoke about the Iranian nuclear programme and the Korean Peninsula, as well as terrorism and drug trafficking which will be prioritized during Russia’s presidency of the G8 in 2014.The UN General Assembly debate continues through 1 October. read more

Sustainable urbanization is the focus of the event, which is the first-ever meeting of ECOSOC’s integration segment – a new annual segment on the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development.“The decision to focus on sustainable urbanization for the first session of the segment was sensible and timely in view of the growing impact of urbanization trends on sustainable development; and in view of the growing importance of cities in delivering practical results to reduce poverty, protect the natural environment and improve disaster reduction and resilience,” said ECOSOC Vice-President Vladimir Drobnjak.More than 50 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas today. By 2050, about 70 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas, and more than 60 per cent of the land projected to become urban by 2030 is yet to be developed. Ninety-five per cent of urban expansion will take place in developing countries.“Urban areas are at the heart of many great challenges, opportunities and promise,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering. “People move to cities for jobs and other opportunities. But too many cities face challenges, including weak infrastructure, unemployment and pollution. Climate change is increasing risks in all cities, where the poorest people are hit the hardest.”He noted plans and policies must consider the people that they affect. This means that urban transport policies should focus on the safety of women, access for the disabled, and meeting the needs of all vulnerable people; that efforts to encourage business activity should also promote corporate responsibility; and that the capacity of governments should be strengthened to plan, construct and manage urban areas.Isabelle F. Picco, Vice-President of the General Assembly, said that with the right policies and approaches, urbanization can be a “transformative force” that helps address some of the world’s major challenges, such as poverty, unemployment and climate change.“We must harness the creative energies and resources of cities. For they will be the fertile ground where our global sustainable development efforts take root,” she added.The President of Rwanda, the Vice-President of Colombia, and the mayors of Istanbul, Kingston, Johannesburg, Paris and Victoria, amongst other cities, are among the participants at the event being held at UN Headquarters, as well as former Mayor of New York City and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg. read more

LOS ANGELES — Canadian international midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye has agreed to a three-year contract extension with Los Angeles FC, with a club option in 2022.The 24-year-old Kaye started 20 regular season contests during LAFC’s inaugural MLS season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury July 26. He finished with two goals and five assists.His salary was US$75,000 in 2018.“Mark is a really important player for us,” LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said. “From the start he was open, he listened and he applied our ideas. Before the injury, he was improving week by week. He has a bright future and I believe he will be back better than ever next year.”Kaye has made six appearances for the Canadian national team.Prior to joining LAFC, Kaye played for Louisville City FC, Toronto FC 2 and York University.The Canadian Press read more

first_imgDroneDeploy shares lessons learned from helping companies large and small get their drone programs off the ground. “2017 was a banner year for drones. It probably seems like every time you turn around, a new company in your industry has gotten into the UAV game. And for good reason. Drone mapping delivers an average of three times cost and time savings compared to traditional methods of data capture. With results like this, chances are you’re thinking about getting into the action by building a drone program at your company.“But if you are going to do this, you should do it right. And you’ve probably got some questions before you begin. Where do I start? What should I consider? What are the risks? To jumpstart your UAV journey, and get the rest of the company on board, here are five things to consider before you set up an in-house drone operation. Create Corporate Buy-in with a Clear Plan of AdoptionYou may already know that drones increase efficiency, drive down costs, and increase ROI, but what about your top execs? No matter how jazzed you are about drones, it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t convince corporate to back your efforts.As you work to create executive buy-in, be prepared to meet with skepticism and obstacles. Your goal is to answer their questions before they get a chance to ask them. To minimize pushback, come in with a thorough, thoughtful plan of action right out of the gate.Elements to include in your drone program plan of adoption:Start small with a proof of conceptIdentify immediate opportunities with the highest rate of returnFocus on business outcomes, not just the exciting technologyDevelop metrics to measure successInclude a data management planGather input from key stakeholders Understand The RegulationsCommercial drone legislation introduced around the world has made it easier than ever to integrate UAVs into your operations, but there are still licensing and airspace regulations that must be followed. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache — and calls from legal — if you take time to understand them.Familiarize yourself with the regulatory framework for flying drones commercially in your part of the world. If you are in the US, you’ll need to consult the FAA’s Part 107 regulations and accompanying pilot certification requirements.To learn more about pilot certification and airspace regulations, download DroneDeploy’s full eBook on setting up a drone operation. Build a Strong Drone TeamYou might start with just one drone at a single job site, but chances are, your program won’t stay that small for long. When it comes time to scale up, avoid growing pains by building a solid drone team and establishing clear roles and responsibilities.Here are some of the key roles we often see our customers hiring for when launching their programs:Chief Pilot and UAV Operations Coordinator: This role oversees setup, develops strategy, and manages the program. While you may choose to contract out other team positions, we recommend hiring an in-house person to lead your program.Pilots: Pilots can be contracted out or hired in-house. They are responsible for collecting drone data in the field and providing deliverables to the team. Our eBook includes an in-depth discussion about contracting out or hiring in-house drone pilots.Drone Data Analyst: You’ll need someone to manage and analyze your data to generate insights and make discoveries. This should be an in-house employee — someone familiar with your industry challenges and able to assist the team by putting all this data to work.DARTdrones will train your team and provide ongoing consultation. Minimize Risk with Insurance, Training, and Safety ProceduresThere is a lot on the line with incorporating drones into the workplace. You’ll need to take the necessary steps to ensure you are minimizing that risk and doing everything to support a safe environment for the program to thrive.Establish written safety protocols. To increase buy in for these protocols, make sure they are simple and repeatable. Educate employees about the potential risks of flying drones and make sure employees at all levels of the company are on board.Purchase adequate drone insurance for your fleet. There are two basic types of insurance that you will want to consider: hull and liability. Liability insurance is an absolute must. Hull insurance, usually separate from liability coverage, is especially important to consider if you are operating a more expensive system such as the DJI Inspire or Matrice series.Invest in a training program for your team. DroneDeploy recommends working with DARTdrones, the industry’s leading training and consultation program. DARTdrones can provide custom training packages for any team. Do Your Homework on Drone Hardware and SoftwareIt’s important to choose the right hardware and software solutions early on so that when the time comes to scale, you won’t have to change gears and introduce a new workflow across your team. There’s a lot to choose from, so keep these things in mind as you shop around:Buy a drone that supports your use case: Consider your industry, average flying conditions, and mapping subject before you buy.Keep budget in mind: In many cases, you don’t need the most expensive model on the market to get great results.Newer is usually better: Invest in the latest drone model for a longer shelf life, more software integrations, and a better user experience.Choose best-in-class software: To get the results you need, choose a broad, integrated technology solution like DroneDeploy. Ask about our platform’s powerful APIs, now available to enterprise customers.last_img read more

first_imgCHINA HAS TESTED its first stealth combat drone according to state media which cited online photos of an aircraft resembling a shrunken US B2 bomber and hailing the advance toward Western-level technology.The test flight of the “Sharp Sword” unmanned aircraft is another step in China’s years-long military build-up, with its defence spending now the second highest in the world and growing by double-digit percentages each year.It comes weeks after Tokyo said a drone had flown near East China Sea islands claimed by both it and Beijing, ratcheting tensions between the rivals up another notch.“The successful flight shows the nation has again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations,” the China Daily newspaper said, adding the flight made China the “fourth power… capable of putting a stealth drone into the sky”.Images posted online showed a sleek grey delta-wing aircraft apparently powered by a jet engine and resembling an American combat drone.Beijing is steadily building its military muscle and unveiled its first stealth fighter, the J-20, in early 2011, though it is not expected to enter service until 2018.Chinese People’s Liberation Army missile carrier trucks drive past the Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)China’s first aircraft carrier — a refurbished vessel purchased from Ukraine and named the Liaoning — went into service in September 2012, but is not expected to be fully operational for several years.The Sharp Sword might be intended for eventual use with the aircraft carrier and for “long endurance” surveillance missions, said Rick Fisher, a senior fellow at the US-based think tank International Assessment and Strategy Center.“This demonstrates the enormous investment that China is making toward building a world class level of military power,” he said in an email.This type of aircraft “will greatly complicate the defence” of other countries, including Japan and the US, he added.The US Navy’s experimental unmanned aircraft, the X-47B. (Pic: AP Photo/Steve Helber)A drone was at the centre of a recent spat between Beijing and Tokyo, whose dispute over islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese has raised concerns of conflict.An unidentified unmanned aircraft flew near the islands in September, where China routinely conducts maritime patrols, prompting Japan to scramble fighter jets. The aircraft came from the northwest and returned in that direction, a Japanese defence official said.Tokyo later threatened to shoot down any such aircraft, a move that Beijing warned would amount to an “act of war”.Chinese state media widely reported the new aircraft in close detail, although they said the test-flight was first revealed by ordinary Internet users on a popular military web forum authorities quickly censor any news or images exposed online by citizens that they deem sensitive, so it is unlikely they did not approve the reports.State broadcaster CCTV, citing eyewitnesses, said on its international channel that the test flight lasted 20 minutes on Thursday afternoon in the southwestern city of Chengdu.The flight “implies that China has made the leap from drones to combat drones”, it said, calling it the move of “major significance”.© – AFP 2013Read: China’s economy is booming, but here’s what could go wrong >Read: China now the biggest market for Bitcoin trading >last_img read more

first_imgUn test d’alcoolémie pour accéder à FacebookUne société spécialisée dans le web propose un plug-in Firefox empêchant l’internaute de se connecter à Facebook ou tout autre site en cas d’ébriété. Histoire de ne pas regretter certains commentaires.Les rumeurs courent vite sur Facebook. Si bien qu’un commentaire malheureux peut prendre des conséquences dramatiques. Pour éviter les mauvaises surprises, une société propose un test d’alcoolémie. Si l’utilisateur ne réussit pas “l’épreuve” de coordination, il ne pourra pas se connecter. Ce plug-in pour Firefox s’installe quelques heures avant son utilisation et est valable pour tout site Internet. Vous pouvez choisir à quel moment de la journée il doit être activé. Néanmoins, il n’est pas très difficile de le contourner. Pour cela, il suffit de le désinstaller. Pas indispensable, ce plug-in permet tout de même à Webroot, la société conceptrice, de se faire connaître des internautes.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgIn January 2017, the London Central Employment Tribunal ruled that the Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor had discriminated against judges with regards to changes to the judicial pension scheme.Following the closure of the judicial pension scheme in March 2015, serving judges were transferred to a new judicial pension scheme, however, older judges who were full protection members or tapered protection members, were able to stay in the original scheme until their retirement or the end of their tapered protection period.The claimants, a group of 210 judges, argued that this arrangement constituted age discrimination because younger judges were treated less favourably because of their age.The respondents contended that the changes to the judicial pension scheme fulfilled the legitimate aim of protecting those who were closest to retirement from the financial effects of the pension changes.The tribunal found that the changes to the pension scheme were discriminatory on the grounds of age, and that the reasons for doing so were not justified by a legitimate aim.Claire Bell, partner at law firm DLA Piper, said: “Unlike other forms of direct discrimination, age discrimination can be objectively justified, so employers need to ensure that if they are going to do something that is, on the face of it, potentially discriminatory, that the changes are objectively and reasonably justified by a legitimate aim and it is a proportionate means of achieving that aim.Organisations should avoid making assumptions and carefully consider how transitional arrangements would work in practice, added Faith Dickson, partner at Sackers. “[In this case] the government has adopted a very generic objective justification that probably did work for certain groups, but it didn’t work for the judges. Just because [an] objective justification works for one part of [the] workforce, doesn’t necessarily mean that it works for everybody and I think it’s important for employers to look at the different characteristics of the different parts of their workforce.”The London Central Employment Tribunal also upheld the claims that the changes to the pension scheme were indirectly discriminatory on the grounds of race and sex because these had a disproportionate impact on female judges and judges of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) origin, who had been more recently appointed.Read more on pensions case law in Court rules that woman can receive co-habiting partner’s workplace pension.last_img read more

first_imgLarge and fancy billboards have been hindering smooth take-offs in Mumbai airport, due to which Air India reportedly incurs an estimated loss of about ₹10 crore per month on its Mumbai-New York flight. Due to these bill boards, the carrier loads 51 passengers less than its capacity.”Obstacles like hoardings, poles etc in the take off path of the runway at Mumbai airport have created operational constraints, leading to the Air India flight on Mumbai-Newark sector being operated with 51 passengers less than the capacity,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara said in Lok Sabha.Planes have to reduce mass before taking off due to shorter take off path and it also requires more momentum to clear the high billboards, reported PTI.Few billboards in Mumbai airport are as high as a seven-storey building, whereas on most airport highways, hoardings and billboards are fixed far away or between residential buildings.”Air India had taken up the matter with the Airports Authority of India “who have removed some of the obstacles and revised the elevation of a few obstacles. This has resulted in some benefit to Air India,” Siddeshwara added.Air India’s few aircrafts have been acquired under a short-term bridge financing facility by various multinational banks, while it has sold and leased its seven out of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.The airline also signed a delay Compensation Agreement with Boeing in September 2012 for delayed delivery of aircrafts.Siddeshwara added that Air India had leased five planes A-320 from China Aircraft Company for 12 years. Two more tenders for lease were issued in April and the bids received would be finalised in the course of time.Air India’s estimated total debt is ₹49,000 crore and total losses incurred from 2007-08 to 2013-14 is ₹37, 996 crore. The expected losses in 2014-15 is ₹6, 000 crore and government’s estimated capital infusion into the airline is ₹30, 231 crore by 2021, reported Hindustan Times.last_img read more

first_imgClose This week, pound sterling hit its highest level against other major world currencies for over seven years (figure 1), judging by the Bank of Englands Pound sterling index.This latest surge has been driven by the political certainty given by a Conservative general election victory, plus a following wind for the UK economy as:Unemployment continues to fallRetail sales surge higher (+4.7% year-on-year in April 2014)The domestic property market resumes its upwards march.Pound posts big gains against the euro and Aussie dollarOf the major world currencies, the pound has gained against virtually all of them so far in 2015, save the Swiss Franc (figure 2).The biggest move has been the near 10% jump against the euro (from €1.29 at the beginning of 2015 to €1.41 currently).The pound has also posted useful gains against the Australian dollar and Swedish crown too, with only the Swiss franc doing better this year so far.Why should sterling stop here?As long as the British economy keeps steaming along and the European Central Bank continues with its programme of bond buying (so-called Quantitative Easing, or QE), we could well see sterling return to the heady heights of €1.50 reached on several occasions between 2004 and 2007 (figure 3).After all, the euro remains undermined by the ongoing Greek saga, while the extremist leftist party Podemos has made large gains in the local elections in Spain, underlining the political fragility of the established ruling parties across the eurozone and introducing yet further uncertainty.Remember, if there is one thing financial markets hate, it is uncertainty – one area where the UK has a clear lead over its continental European cousins with a Conservative majority government now voted in.How can we make money from a stronger pound?One sector a canny investor should look at is the retail sector, given the majority of the goods sold on the UK high street tend to be imported. After all, a stronger pound means cheaper prices for imported goods, especially from the eurozone where the exchange rates have moved the most over recent months.Food and drink is one big category where the UK imports a lot from the likes of Spain, France and Italy. Overall, the UK imports 40% of all the food consumed, much of it from our eurozone neighbours.This should give a welcome boost to supermarket and upmarket food store chains such as Tesco (TSCO) and Sainsburys (SBRY). I would focus more on two other retailers where I see potentially greater currency-related benefits.The first is the venerable Marks and Spencer (MKS), which recently reported strong results. The retailer is continuing its slow transformation into primarily an upmarket food retailer along the lines of John Lewiss successful Waitrose chain.Its Simply Food store format is enjoying a lot of success, and Marks and Spencer is focusing its new store programme on this format. While we may think fondly of the retailer as the nations favourite purveyor of underwear, in actual fact food and drink now accounts for 57% of Marks and Spencers UK sales.The second retailer who could get a big profit boost from the stronger pound is wine warehouse chain Majestic Wines (MJW).This £300m company is the UKs largest wine specialist merchant, with 213 stores selling wine by the case to 643,000 active customers.French, Spanish, Italian and Australian wine imports in particular should all become cheaper in pound terms for Majestic to buy in the coming months and could deliver a useful profit bump.Majestic should also see faster growth ahead following its recent acquisition of leading online business Naked Wines.So go shopping for wine bargains thanks to that stronger pound, and why not add Marks and Spencer and Majestic Wines into your shopping basket while you are at it.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.last_img read more

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now July 21, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Customer support services have changed. Before, you’d have a team of people in an office with headsets and computers, answering call after call, and email after email. While this is still the case in many organizations, the way we communicate with our customers has changed and as a result, so has the technology we use.Today, consumers have switched towards messaging applications as their preferred method of personal and professional communications. They interact with brands the same way they would with their family and friends. With that in mind, companies are following their audiences where they’re most likely to be.Unfortunately, finding the resources to interact with millions of potential consumers on a daily basis is near impossible, so we’ve started using robots. These robots are powered by artificial intelligence (AI), allowing them to interact with our consumers in the same way a human would. They’re called chatbots. At ChattyPeople we are working to solve this challenge.Related: Enterprise Chatbot Solutions With AI and Voice-Activation Are the FutureThe Benefits of Integrating an AI-Powered Chatbot Into Your Customer Care ServicesAs AI technology continues to grow, it’s essential that your company includes it in its business processes, and what better place to start than in your customer care department? After all, this is where your company has some of the most important and enlightening conversations with your customers.What makes having an AI-powered chatbot so great that companies of all sizes, from various industries, are using them to have some of their most important interactions with their audiences?Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkInstant ServiceWhile technological advancements and the proliferation of the internet has given us numerous advantageous business solutions, it has also equipped consumers with the notion that they can receive the information they want, instantaneously. They’ve become increasingly impatient, leaving customer support teams under a mound of pressure.Huge enterprises can’t offer instantaneous support to their customer unless they hire millions of agents. AI-powered enterprise chatbot solutions allow you to create a chatbot that can take on all your more basic customer problems while cutting out the long waiting times.Self-ServiceIt’s not just about offering instant responses to your customers’ queries. Enterprise chatbot solutions empower them to get answers without being put on hold or having to wait for an email response by creating a self-service system in their favorite messaging applications. Aside from empowering them, you’ll only be making a one-time monetary investment, allowing you to cut costs and increase productivity.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessBroader ReachOne of the biggest advantages of using enterprise chatbot solutions with AI in your customer support strategy is that you’ll be available to your audience 24/7, on a global scale. Even if every one of your offices is closed, your customers will still be able to contact you with an emergency whether they’re at home on a computer or using their mobile devices on the go.Increased SalesWhile your AI enterprise customer care chatbot will be predominantly used to interact with consumers and resolve any problems they may be facing, it can also become an integral part of your marketing and sales teams. With the right training, it will be able to send personalized offers to your customers on demand, as well as take orders, and process payments, among other activities.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessData AnalysisAs I mentioned above, your customer support team has some of the most important and enlightening conversations with your customers, but gathering and analyzing that amount of varied data is virtually impossible. Fortunately for us, AI-powered chatbots gather that data for us.While many current enterprise chatbot solutions offer limited analytics, they do offer you the reports you need to analyze your conversations yourself. Metrics you can track include:Total number of users reachedAverage session durationSessions per userInteractions per userClick-through ratesActive and engaged usersConfusion triggersResponse timeConversation stepsRetention ratesCreating Your Own AI Customer Care ChatbotThe real question is: how easy is it for large enterprises to include AI-powered chatbots into their processes? Lucky for us, gone are the days where coding and web development skills were required. Now, you can use an enterprise chatbot solution to simply creating an account and linking it to your social media profiles.By using complex machine learning technologies, chatbot solutions can help you deploy an AI-powered chatbot into your customer care services in a matter of minutes. Your chatbot should be able to:Integrate with all the major payment systemsBecome an integral part of your marketing and sales teamUse AI and natural language processing (NLP) to answer all your customer questionsRelated: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingFinally…Enterprise chatbot solutions with AI are essentially super-intelligent customer service assistants. Despite these chatbots needing a human eye monitoring them ensure everything runs smoothly, they do offer large enterprises the chance to tend to a broader customer base while cutting costs and increasing productivity. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 5 min readlast_img read more

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | April 29, 2013 Results of NAV4694 Amyloid Imaging Agent Clinical Trial Published Head-to-head comparison of NAV4694 and ?-Amyloid imaging gold standard in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more April 29, 2013 — Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced the peer-reviewed publication of results from a clinical trial of NAV4694 in healthy subjects and those with diagnosed forms of dementia. The trial assessed the performance of Navidea’s Fluorine-18 labeled amyloid imaging candidate, NAV4694, in a head-to-head comparison with the acknowledged benchmark, gold-standard amyloid imaging agent, 11C-labeled Pittsburgh Compound-B (PiB). Results demonstrated that NAV4694 displayed imaging characteristics nearly identical to those of PiB and the authors believe these results show that NAV4694 may be useful in the early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, “Head-to-Head Comparison of 11C-PiB and 18F-AZD4694 (NAV4694) for ?-Amyloid Imaging in Aging and Dementia,” was published in the current online edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and will appear in the June print edition.?-Amyloid imaging has the potential to play an increasingly important role in clinical practice as revised criteria for the diagnosis of probable AD allow for earlier diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. “For this to be a reality, clinicians will need access to reliable, practical and affordable imaging options,” said Professor Christopher Rowe, M.D., FRACP, director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Centre for PET at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia and one of the authors. “This study suggests that NAV4694 images may be more easily and reliably read in clinical practice than other F-18 labeled PET tracers. By displaying imaging characteristics nearly identical to those of the gold standard, PiB, NAV4694 provides the same low background needed for earlier differential diagnosis while affording the practicality needed for production logistics.”“With the ongoing movement toward earlier evaluation and treatment of cognitive impairment, it is of increasing importance for an improved diagnostic tool that can identify clinical dementia and cognitive impairment before it has fully developed,” commented Cornelia Reininger, M.D., Ph.D., Navidea’s senior vice president and chief medical officer. “These results add to our conviction that NAV4694, with its outstanding performance characteristics, may afford new opportunities to advance the early diagnosis of cognitive decline. We are very excited about the recent initiation of our Phase 2b study evaluating NAV4694 in the differentiation of mild cognitively impaired (MCI) subjects who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease from those who are not, enabling the potential for early intervention with current and future treatments.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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first_imgSporting a park ranger outfit and hiking boots, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla tromped through the jungles of the country’s most distant territory this weekend. She called this trip the most important of her presidency. The environmentally focused expedition to Isla del Coco took 20 hours, and, according to the president, was meant to close out her term with a focus on marine conservation policies.“This [trip] has special symbolism because my term is culminating with doing something incredibly important for the oceans,” Chinchilla said during a press conference in the central Pacific port town of Caldera before leaving for the island.In addition to inaugurating the island’s first radar station, the president signed a decree Friday that will provide protection for an area just outside of the national park.A key breeding ground for marine species in the western Pacific, Isla del Coco and the 12 miles of ocean surrounding it has had complete environmental protection since 1997, but biologists say that one of the most important marine sites exists just outside the park’s boundaries. A mid-ocean ridge, or underwater mountain range, adjacent to the park is home to more than 260 different marine species and serves as a corridor for migratory animals traveling to the island. The decree formalized the management plan for the Underwater Mountain Marine Management Area, more than 3,700 square miles of ocean encompassing the park and the surrounding area, created in 2011. Though the management area has existed for three years, Chinchilla’s decree will provide the park with the government resources needed to monitor it.“This is a commitment from the president to continue protecting this paradise,” said Geiner Golfín, Isla del Coco’s park administrator.While the plan allows for some fishing in the area – sport fishing and longline fishing among the types permitted  –  foreign and industrial fishing fleets are banned. The goal is to allow national fishermen to use the resource without overfishing.“The management plan accounts for social concerns,” Golfín said. “Fishing is still allowed, just restricted.” Related posts:Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle releases first interview filmed at depth off Cocos Island Laura Chinchilla’s environmental report card Dutch teen targets Pacific Ocean ‘plastic soup’ menace VIDEO: Killer whales hunt tiger shark near Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Facebook Commentslast_img read more