10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tilt

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tiltby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Son Heung-min says they’re better equipped to mount a title challenge this season.Son believes Spurs learned ­valuable lessons from previous title challenges when they fell short, ­particularly in 2016 when Leicester won the Premier League.The 26-year-old said: “Every season we learn something because we’ve been so close, so, so close and we’re still young.“I want to just believe and that’s my main concept. I want to believe we can do it, we deserve to do it and we are looking forward to doing it every week.“It’s a long, long season and we have to go a long way and that’s why we have to be focused on the next match.” last_img read more

Rooney considering shock England return with player-coach role

first_imgWayne Rooney is seriously considering the possibility of returning to England as a player-coach at Derby County, sources have confirmed to Goal.The former Everton and Manchester United striker has spent the past year in Major League Soccer with D.C. United.Rooney has found considerable success with the capital club since his debut in the summer of 2018, scoring 23 goals and adding 14 assists in 43 games across two seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The former England international has enjoyed his time with D.C., helping them to the MLS postseason in 2018 and currently a fourth place spot in the Eastern Conference this season.But the lure of returning to England remains strong for Rooney, and the potential appeal of a chance to get into management has caused the striker and his agent, Paul Stretford, to give the possibility serious consideration.Derby presents a good location for him as it would be possible for the striker to commute from his home in Cheshire.Rooney believes he can still play at a Premier League level, and has no doubts he can be an asset to a club a tier below in the Championship.In addition, Rooney has been inspired by many of his former rivals and England team-mates as they have made the jump into management following the end of their playing days.Chief among them is former Chelsea star and current Blues manager Frank Lampard, who parleyed a successful single season as the Rams boss into his position at Stamford Bridge.Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play-off final, before replacing Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea this summer.He is not alone in his success in a managerial debut, as ex-Liverpool star Steven Gerrard enjoyed a solid campaign in his first year in charge of Scottish Premiership club Rangers.Lampard’s former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry also saw success in the coaching ranks, albeit as an assistant, with the Aston Villa side that defeated Derby in the final and secured their return to the Premier League.The move would see Rooney step into a coaching role more similar to Terry’s, as he would feature under Lampard’s replacement at Derby, Phillip Cocu.Rooney still has a year remaining on his contract with D.C. United, meaning any move would require the sign-off of the MLS side.last_img read more

EU Supports Maritime Administrations in Western and …

first_imgzoom The European Union is funding a €1.2 million grant contract, signed between IMO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central Africa, with a view to upgrading the region’s maritime administrations and preparing its States for the mandatory IMO audit scheme.IMO will be executing the two-year programme, identifying the individual countries’ needs in terms of enhancing their capacity to carry out their flag State responsibilities. There will also be a focus on port State control, such as training for ship inspectors, in order to support the functioning of the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU), which is an inter-governmental organization comprising the maritime administrations of countries abutting the Atlantic coast of Africa.It is anticipated that the project will lead to the maritime Administrations being audited in accordance with the IMO Audit Scheme, which is expected to become mandatory in 2016 following the adoption and entry into force of amendments to the relevant IMO instruments. The focus of the capacity-building activities will be on compliance with the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code), which provides the global standard to enable States to meet their obligations as flag, port and coastal States.It is also expected that the projects will result in enhancing the effectiveness of the Abuja MoU on port State control.The overall support programme for the maritime transport sector is intended to contribute towards Africa’s economic growth, connectivity and the promotion of regional integration, and will seek to complement other maritime transport programmes on the continent. Although it has a strong focus on Western and Central Africa, it may also be extended to other ACP regions..The contract was signed on 10 March by IMO, the ACP Secretariat and the European Commission, with a start date for implementation on 15 March 2014. It reflects the joint EU-Africa Strategic Partnership adopted in Lisbon in December 2007, which calls for capacity-building in the fields of safety standards and regulations.It is also in line with the African Union’s Maritime Charter and the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM-Strategy) that was developed with the collaboration of IMO and formally adopted by the 22nd African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government on 31 January 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.IMO, March 19, 2014last_img read more

Guatemala UNbacked probe of illegal armed groups extended by two years

In agreeing to extend the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) after a request by the Government of the Latin American nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of ensuring continuity for efforts already underway and supporting efforts to address impunity.The current mandate of the Commission, which officially began its work last January, expires in September.The CICIG seeks to bolster the rule of law in Guatemala and is permitted by its mandate to conduct independent investigations and help authorities bring representative cases to trial in national courts. It differs in that regard from international tribunals and is thus an “innovative” effort, Carlos Castresana, who heads the Commission, told reporters in New York in February.After more than three decades of armed conflict came to an end in 1996, illegal security organizations, which used to prevent the courts from acting in cases of human rights abuses, “have basically been reduced to organized crime” groups, he noted. The year 2008 saw the expulsion of 1,700 people – including 50 senior officials – from the police force, within which there is “a lot of endemic dysfunction and corruption is rife,” Mr. Castresana said.The CICIG is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from the international community, receiving over $20 million in donations or secondments of personnel through the end of last year.Based in the capital Guatemala City, it currently has approximately 150 international Guatemalan national staff, most of whom are criminal justice experts with experience in organized crime. 21 April 2009The mandate of the independent body set up with United Nations help to investigate the activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala will be extended for two years, it was announced today. read more

Childhood vaccines to reach 37 more nations thanks to UNbacked initiative

The announcement comes one day after the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) approved funding for 16 more developing countries to introduce rotavirus vaccines and 18 more countries to introduce pneumococcal vaccines. Of the 37 countries approved for the vaccines, 24 are in Africa. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea in children under five years of age, killing more than half a million children each year worldwide – 50 per cent of them in Africa – and causing illness in several million more. Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis and also takes the lives of more than half a million children each year worldwide, the vast majority of them in Africa and Asia.“These new vaccines will prevent millions of children from dying of pneumonia and diarrhoea, the biggest killers of children under five,” said Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is a member of the Alliance along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“In rolling out these vaccines, we need to focus especially on reaching the children at greatest risk, for it is among the most vulnerable that these vaccines can make the biggest difference, especially if they are combined with better nutrition, sanitation and other critical interventions,” added Mr. Lake.By 2015, GAVI and its partners plan to support more than 40 of the world’s poorest countries to rollout rotavirus vaccines and immunise more than 50 million children. Sudan, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Guyana, and Honduras have already introduced rotavirus vaccines with GAVI’s support.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan noted that the high number of applications for funding that were approved yesterday is yet another milestone in the fight to prevent child deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. “As demand for new vaccines increases further, WHO will continue providing critical support to countries for decision-making on new vaccines, surveillance, and immunization programme planning, training, and evaluation,” said Dr. Chan.Since its launch in 2000, GAVI has reached over 250 million children with new and under-used vaccines. 27 September 2011A United Nations-backed scheme that delivers vital immunizations to those who need them the most announced today that it will provide funding for 37 more developing countries to introduce vaccines against the two leading causes of death among children – diarrhoea and pneumonia. read more

Hexagon Mining Leica scanning improves safety in Brazilian gold

first_imgVolume calculations3D models creationMine reconciliationTraditionally, stope surveys were performed with total stations. These surveys were done as quickly as possible since the surveyor is in a high-risk scenario inside the stope’s structure. A few points were collected and the dimensions of the space interpolated and generalised. With the use of laser scanning, though, higher data quality became available to mine planners. Using the Leica ScanStation C10, the procedure consists of pulling the laser scanner inside the stope using mechanical arms, small trucks, forklifts or even wheelbarrows. This places the operator safely out of harm’s way at the end of the gallery. Leica Geosystems is part of global company Hexagon Mining.Using a Leica CS15 controller to remotely operate the wireless-enabled ScanStation, a set of targets are also collected and coordinated to the mine coordinate systems with a Leica TS06 total station. A few minutes later, the data is processed in Leica Cyclone REGISTER software. The stope is then modeled within seconds in 3DReshaper.With laser scanning, a time saving of up to seven hours, compared to previous traditional surveying techniques, is achieved. Whereas processing a stope survey previously could take up to eight hours, the mine technicians can now extract it in less than one hour using Cyclone, 3DReshaper and other Leica Geosystems software solutions.“The Leica ScanStation not only improves the operation regulatory conformity for safety, but it also boosts productivity and gives us huge time savings,” said Ravel Júlio da Fonseca, Supervisor at AngloGold Ashanti. “Our teams can survey more locations, optimising both ore extraction and mine reconciliation. And the level of details on galleries is so high that even outcropping ore and cabling can be spotted, benefiting not only the survey teams but also the rock mechanics team on its field project analysis and layout.”  More importantly, though, this technology enables the mine to reach its top priority – safety. In underground mining, safety is a top requirement. Knowing the environment around you is fundamental for ultimate security and extraction planning. Laser scanning exposes fewer miners to dangerous environments, for less time, while exceeding surveying and extractions demands. Since the first colonisers arrived back in the 1500s, precious gold reserves have been explored in the dry lands of central and southeast Brazil. From pickaxes and manual classifiers to automatised extractors, with pressure washers and conveyor belts, the modern gold underground mining exploration has one more precious element to preserve: lives. Miners are in constant risk with galleries kilometres deep underground; daily dynamite explosions; and unstable walls and tunnelscenter_img The risk increases when stopes must be surveyed. Stopes are the result of multi-level galleries union after successive explosions. These rock-surrounded rooms are unstable, with loose sterile ore falling and walls collapsing; so risky, in fact, human access inside stopes is forbidden by safety engineers on site. Surveying control of these excavations requires high-risk management.Precise dimension and volume determinations are key to a successful gallery excavation plan and the general mine explorations plan. AngloGold Ashanti, a leading global gold producer, operates four mines in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Goiás. At almost 400 m deep, the company’s Córrego do Sítio 1 Mine needs detailed information about its galleries and stopes forlast_img read more

Heres how many homes had their gas and electricity disconnected last year

first_imgHousehold gas prices increased by 1 per cent on average in the same countries, between the second half of 2012 and 2013.  This is after a rise of 8.2 per cent between the second half of 2011 and 2012.In Ireland, the average price of 100kWh of electricity in the second half of 2013 was €24.1, making it one of the countries with the highest electricity costs, behind Denmark (€29.2), Germany (€29.2) and Cyprus (€24.8).The cost of electricity rose by 5.1 per cent between the second half of 2012 and 2013.The average price across the EU28 was €20.10.When it came to gas, the average price in Europe was €7.1 per 100kWh, with Ireland’s average household gas price for this amount of gas standing at €7.20.The gas price saw an increase of 7.4 per cent in Ireland between the second half of 2012 and 2013.Read: First Bord Gáis, now Electric Ireland: Gas prices to rise by 35 cent per week> NEW DATA SHOWS that the number of domestic disconnections of both gas and electricity fell in 2013.The Commission for Energy Regulation has just published a document which shows that there were 5,895 gas disconnections and 10,122 electricity disconnections.Domestic disconnections have declined in both gas and in electricity in 2013compared to 2012, by 15.86 per cent and 30.86 per cent, respectively.Reducing disconnectionsThe CER has been examining how more could be done to reduce disconnections – and imposed a temporary moratorium on disconnections while doing so earlier this year. The moratorium was lifted on 20 February.It is believed that a significant number of disconnected properties are actually vacant, said the CER.The CER said that it is likely that the decline in disconnections, particularly in electricity, “can be attributed to some extent to the increase in the installation of PAYG meters for financial hardship”.On average in 2013, it is estimated that approximately 40 per cent of disconnected electricity sites were vacant sites, while in gas, it is estimated that approximately 36 per cent of sites were vacant.Highest rates of disconnection Electricity disconnections by supplier, Q1 2012 – Q4 2013The data shows that all suppliers now have relatively similar rates of disconnection.Electric Ireland had the highest disconnection rate in Q4 of 2013, but the disconnection rate of all suppliers reduced compared to Q4 in 2012.Bord Gáis Energy has attributed the decline in its disconnections in Q4 to the mild weather which resulted in a lack of arrears accumulating for customers.Electric Ireland – which has seen a drop of 20 per cent in electricity disconnections in2013 – said that its continued efforts to reduce the level of disconnections has seen a drop of 30 per cent in Q4 when compared with the corresponding quarter in 2012.It also said that over 200,000 payment plans have been agreed with its customers in arrears. Meanwhile, SSE Airtricity said that the reduction in disconnections is due to PAYG meters, which it considers beneficial in avoiding disconnection.In February 2014, there were 130 electricity disconnections by Electric Ireland, 54 by SSE Airtricity, 23 by Bord Gáis Energy, with a total of 207 domestic disconnections.Gas disconnectionsDomestic gas disconnections made up over 93 per cent of total gas disconnectionsin 2013, and declined by up 15.8 per cent compared to 2012.Increases were experienced by SSE Airtricity and Electric Ireland, while Bord Gáis Energy and Flogas had a lower level of domestic disconnections in 2013 compared to2012.Again, it is considered that the increase in the use of PAYG meters has contributed to the decline in disconnections. There were 55 domestic gas disconnections in February of this year.PricesMeanwhile, new data out today on the EU28 shows that household electricity prices rose by 2.8 per cent on average between the second half of 2012 and the second half of 2013.This is after an increase of 6 per cent between the second half of 2011 and 2012.last_img read more

Report reveals skilled migrants benefit Australias economy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new report has confirmed that skilled migration to Australia is of benefit to the country’s wealth, calling into question the debate about whether there is a need to cut immigration from the current 190,000 annual cap.Released on Tuesday, the research was conducted by the Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs.Citing estimates by the International Monetary Fund, the report revealed that the migration program will add up to one per cent of the country’s annual average GDP over five years from 2020 to 2025. The reason for this is that migrants’ participation in the workforce helps to limit the economic impact of an ageing population, which Australia is experiencing.“Migrants deliver an economic dividend for Australia due to current policy settings which favour migrants of working age who have skills to contribute to the economy,” the report states.The contribution of skilled migrants to tax revenue was found to generally exceed any claims in government support.In fact the report warned against reducing immigration; if the numbers are not at the very least maintained, it will result in significantly lower economic growth.“In the absence of migration, Australia’s workforce would begin shrinking in absolute terms by 2020,” said the report.The report did reveal however that while migration has its benefits, if the population grows at an excessive rate that it could put pressure on infrastructure and housing, which needs to be addressed.last_img read more

The Government has a very clear guiding vision for a better future

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 9, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said to properly understand the Government’s fiscal consolidation strategy and the state of the public finances at the mid-point of the 2017/18 fiscal year, it is necessary to begin with a realistic and thorough assessment of the gravity of the fiscal challenges that this Government Administration inherited from the previous administration.“Irrespective of the baseless and empty rhetoric that we have heard following the presentation of the Mid-Year Statement, our Government does have a very clear guiding vision for a better future for Bahamians, with both a stronger economy and enhanced job opportunities.  We also have a plan for getting there,” the DPM said during his Contribution to the 2017/18 Mid-Year Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.He said the present administration elaborated on their vision and plan in its 2017 Manifesto, in the Speech from the Throne, as well as in the May Budget Communication.“As I made amply clear in the Budget Communication, however, we must as a priority addresses the fiscal mess that we inherited from the party opposite. We simply cannot, and will not, spend recklessly as did the previous administration without due regard for the financial resources available.“Ours is now the task of putting order in the public finances of our nation to arrest the seemingly inexorable rise in the burden of Government debt that hangs like the proverbial albatross around the neck of Bahamian society and our economy.”The DPM said it is imperative that the burden of debt is returned to lower and more sustainable levels in order to free up the critical resources that are necessary to fully implement the action plans within the Government’s socio-economic growth agenda as promptly and effectively as possible.He explained that when the burden of Government Debt represented a more manageable and sustainable 30 per cent of GDP, the Government’s interest payments on the debt accounted for some 10 cents of every revenue dollar.“Last fiscal year, with a debt burden of 57.6 per cent of GDP, interest payments chewed up almost 14.5 cents of every revenue dollar.“Were it possible to return to a burden of debt under which interest payments again accounted for 10 per cent of revenues, our annual interest payments would be appreciably reduced.“At the 2017/18 level of revenues, the savings would be on the order of $75 million.  Those are precious financial resources indeed that could make a significant contribution to the advancement of the Government’s agenda for growth through, for example, supplementary investments in education, health or infrastructure.”He said it needs to be stressed that much work needs to be done to get the country to the type of debt burden objective that would be preferable. However, the Government is firmly committed, through its concrete fiscal consolidation plan, to getting the country moving in that direction.DPM Turnqest said as a first step requires the elimination of the annual Government deficit that is the direct cause of increased borrowing.He said, “Eliminating the deficit and getting to a lower debt burden are also vital to recreating the fiscal room to manoeuvre that is prudently required to allow the country to deal with unforeseen economic and other shocks, such as hurricanes, that may present themselves in the period ahead.”By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

EAT rules on pay and holiday pay arrears

first_imgThe Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an individual’s appeal for pay and holiday pay arrears for his time working as an on-call night worker.In the case of Shannon vs Rampersad and Rampersad T/A Clifton House, Mr Shannon was required to be onsite at the Clifton House residential care home between 10pm and 7am and to respond to requests of assistance from the night care worker during this time.The claimant was able to sleep between those hours and, in practice, he was rarely asked to assist the night worker.Shannon was provided with free accommodation in the care home and a small salary beginning at £50 a week at the start of his employment in May 1993, rising to £90 a week at the time of his dismissal, effective 1 January 2014.In the original case, the claimant argued that he should be paid in arrears for the full nightly hours spent on call since the national minimum wage came into effect in April 1999. The claim was for £239,490.The Employment Tribunal (ET) ruled that he was not working through the night shift and should therefore only be paid for the times at which he was called upon to assist the night care worker. His payment already amounted to the national minimum wage for those periods so the claim was dismissed.The second aspect of the case related to holiday pay in arrears. The claimant did not take holiday after the Working Time Regulations were introduced in October 1998 so the question was whether he could carry forward paid leave entitlement, which amounted to around £15,000.The ET rejected this on the basis that the claimant could have requested leave but opted not to do so, thus could not carry forward past entitlement to pay in lieu of holiday pay.The claimant appealed both decisions and a tribunal was held on 31 July 2015.In a judgement delivered on 24 September, the EAT dismissed the appeal on both counts.The EAT agreed with the ET’s conclusion that ‘presence does not of itself necessarily entitle a worker to the national minimum wage for the whole shift’, finding that the ET’s conclusion ‘was a wholly permissible one, correctly applying the law to the primary facts found’.The EAT also agreed with the ET’s decision regarding the claimant’s appeal for holiday pay arrears.In the ET judgement, judge Peter Clark stated: “Quite simply, the facts do not support the proposition that the claimant was unable or unwilling to take leave due to reasons beyond his control.”last_img read more

Deputies DUI suspect drove with unrestrained toddler standing in back seat

first_imgBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A Boynton Beach woman is facing child abuse and DUI charges after she was spotted driving erratically on the road with an unrestrained toddler in her car.Juan Martinez, a truck driver, said he spotted 31-year-old Brandy Lerma weaving her Chevrolet Malibu in and out of traffic along Haverhill Boulevard Saturday afternoon.“I was afraid she was going to kill someone,” Martinez said in a statement to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.The witness told deputies that Lerma appeared to be under the influence and almost hit four cars. According to the arrest report, Martinez saw a child in the back seat.Lerma was soon pulled over by police, and the responding deputy reported a strong smell alcohol coming from the vehicle and discovering an unrestrained 3-year-old child standing in the back seat.The deputy also noted that Lerma had slurred speech and had difficulty finding her driver’s license, despite it being in plain view.According to the arrest report, Lerna failed two breath tests given at the scene. Police said the tests registered a blood alcohol content of .200 and .187. The legal limit in Florida is .08.Lerma claimed she took Percocet, Xanax and drank two Fireballs.The suspect is currently out on bond and is expected to be in court in September.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Who Would Buy Newsweek

first_imgOne might assume that Newsweek could muster just as much interest. In fact, some parties apparently have already expressed an interest. Editor Jon Meacham told the New York Observer that he was contacted Wednesday by “two billionaires” who inquired about buying the magazine. Meacham himself said he’d consider rounding up some investors to place a bid. And then there was Henry Blodget, CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider, who offered only $1. (Remember OpenGate Capital’s $1 acquisition of TV Guide from Macrovision in 2008?)Jokes aside, I polled a small handful of our sources in the M&A market to pull together a list of companies/publishers that may make good suitors for Newsweek. Among them were OpenGate, Reuters, Politico, Dennis Publishing (owner of The Week), Newsmax, Tina Brown’s the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post. I fired off e-mails to reps at all but Reuters and the Daily Beast but couldn’t immediately reach any for comment.Some, of course, seem more likely than others. Upstart Politico, which is backed financially by Allbritton Communications owner Robert Allbritton, would make an interesting suitor if for no other reason than it was co-founded by Washington Post defectors John Harris and Jim VandeHei. Newsmax, which one source tells me will “very possibly” make a move for Newsweek, would be an interesting buyer because the Republican news monthly effectively could  snuff out a liberal-leaning rival. I’m sure Dennis Publishing owner Felix Dennis is still flush with cash after the sale of Maxim. But would the outspoken entrepreneur actually get involved?No doubt, it will be difficult for any potential player to justify buying Newsweek. The lag time between closing a deal and somehow making it profitable again would be long and weighed down with additional losses. A strategic buyer with deep pockets would make the most sense—a company that thinks buying Newsweek would add to the value/profitability of its own core business. That’s essentially what happened with Bloomberg and BusinessWeek. Not surprisingly, though, Bloomberg already has said it is not exploring a bid for Newsweek. Would others like Time magazine parent Time Warner or The Economist Group be willing to take the risk? I’m not so sure. After years of hefty losses, the Washington Post Company Wednesday said it had hired media and entertainment investment bankers Allen & Company to explore a sale of ailing Newsweek magazine.What does the market look like for a sale of Newsweek, a magazine that has been losing millions of dollars year-after-year? In 2009, Washington Post Co.’s magazine division, (which also included Budget Travel, until it sold in December) reported an operating loss of $29.3 million. “The losses at Newsweek in 2007 to 2009 are a matter of record,” Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham said. “Despite heroic efforts on the part of Newsweek’s management and staff, we expect it to still lose money in 2010.”Just last year, with the economic recession still rolling, several interested parties—including Joe Mansueto, ZelnickMedia and Platinum Equity— stepped forward when McGraw-Hill put BusinessWeek, a magazine that reportedly lost more than $40 million the year before, on the block. It eventually was acquired by Bloomberg LLC for only $5.9 million, after tax.last_img read more

Nirmal Youth should utilise opportunities

first_imgNirmal: Rural youth should utilise the opportunities to become successful in their lives, said Endowment Minister A Indrakaran Reddy. Along with Inspector General of Police (IG) Pramod Kumar, District Collector M Prashanthi, the Minister inaugurated Reception Centre and Command Control Room at Nirmal rural police station on Friday. Later they also inaugurated cyber lab in District Police Office here. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said under the direction of police department, 100 youth were selected in a job mela and the selected will be sent to Hyderabad. About 12,000 applications were received during a job mela, conducted earlier by rural development department and among them 3,000 candidates got jobs. Depending on their skills, salary will be paid, he said. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us IG Pramod Kumar said youth should avoid bad habits and bad path and should utilise opportunities provided by the government. Under the direction of police department, rural youth will be given training and placement. Crimes would be prevented by command control room after installation of 162 cameras in Nirmal town and highways, the IG said.Zilla Parishad Chairperson Koripelli Vijaya Lakshmi, SP Shashidhar Raju, Additional SP Dakshinamurthy, DSPs Upendar Reddy, Bhainsa DSP Rajesh, Library Chairperson Ramakishan Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Whats Coming to Netflix in July 2018

first_imgJuly 28Shameless: Season 8The Company MenJuly 29HerSofia the First: Season 4July 30A Very Secret Service: Season 2July 31Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 3 With July around the corner, Netflix subscribers will see a number of beloved shows and movies as well as some new comedy specials returning for their viewing pleasure.Most notably, fan-favorite Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black” is returning on July 27 for Season 6 and “Shameless” will be uploading its eight season the day after. On July 1, the entire “Jurassic Park” trilogy will be available for fans to stream, along with “The Boondock Saints,” “The Princess Diaries,” and “Happy Gilmore.”Netflix’s July lineup also promises plenty of opportunities for laughs, with “Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now” and “The Comedy Lineup” becoming available for streaming. Stand-up fans will be thrilled with the second season of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which features Dave Chappelle. Check out every title coming to Netflix next month below:July 1Blue Bloods: Season 8Bo Burnham: what.The Boondock SaintsChocolatDeceivedFinding NeverlandGet SmartHappy GilmoreHawaii Five-O: Season 8Interview With the VampireJourney to the Center of the EarthJurassic ParkThe Lost World: Jurassic ParkJurassic Park IIIMadam Secretary: Season 4Menace II SocietyNCIS: Season 15PandorumPenelopeThe Princess DiariesQueens of Comedy: Season 2Rica, Famosa, Latina: Seasons 1-4Scooby-DooScooby-Doo 2: Monsters UnleashedSpanglishStealthSwordfishTraitorTroyVan HelsingThe VoicesWe Own the NightWe the Marines What We StartedJuly 2Dance Academy: The ComebackGood Witch: Season 4King of PekingRominaThe Sinner: Season 1July 3The Comedy LineupJuly 5 Blue ValentineJuly 6Anne With an E: Season 2Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2018: Freshly BrewedFirst Team: Juventus: Part BThe Fosters: Season 5Free Rein: Season 2Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 2The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer HunterSacred GamesSamantha!The Skin of the WolfSomebody Feed Phil: The Second CourseWhite FangJuly 7Scream 4July 9Lockup: Extended Stay: Collection 1July 10Drug Lords: Season 2July 12Gone Baby GoneJuly 13The Epic Tales of Captain UnderpantsHow It EndsJim Jefferies: This Is Me NowKevin Hart: Let Me ExplainSugar RushJuly 15Bonusfamiljen: Season 2Going for GoldThe Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale: Part 2July 20Amazing InteriorsDark TouristDeep Undercover: Collection 3Duck Duck GooseFather of the YearFix It and Finish It: Collection 3Home: Adventures With Tip and Oh: Season 4Jimmy: The True Story of a True IdiotLast Chance U: EMCC & Life AfterLast Chance U: INDY: Part 1Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 2July 22An EducationDisney’s BoltJuly 24The WarningIliza Shlesinger: Elder MillennialJuly 27Cupcake & Dino – General ServicesExtinctionOrange Is the New Black: Season 6Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Master of RomeThe Bleeding EdgeThe Worst Witch: Season 2Welcome to the Family Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Study shows starving mantis females attract more males

first_img Explore further A study done by Katherine Barry an evolutionary biologist with Macquarie University in Australia has led to the discovery that a certain species of female mantis attracts more males when starving, then do those who are well fed. In her paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, she describes experiments she carried out that contradicted conventional thinking. I like bright butts – how male mantids locate females Scientists have known for quite some time that female false garden mantises attract males using pheromones—they’ve also known that the females quite often eat the male before it has a chance to mate with her. Up until now, however, it has been assumed that the better fed females, which produce more eggs, attract more males. This new study suggests such thinking has been in error.Barry had a hunch that the hungriest of the females likely produced more pheromones than did others, because they had more at stake. Attracting more males meant attracting more meals, thereby solving the hunger problem. To test her idea, she captured several females and placed them in mesh cages that kept them separate and hidden from males that were introduced later. First, she fed the females differing amounts over a period of time, causing them to have four different levels of nourishment: good, medium, poor and very poor. When the males were introduced she counted how many were attracted to those in the various groups. In studying the data, she found that the males were more attracted to the females that were graded as good verses medium or poor, but those that were labeled as very poor attracted over twice as many as those that were labeled as good. Thus, starving the female clearly led to a stronger attraction in males, which is impressive considering that such females tend to produce very few eggs and thus offspring. Instead of producing eggs, the females produce more pheromones to attract more males which are eaten to reduce hunger, and thereafter, more eggs.As an added note, Barry pointed out that starving females are quite adept at avoiding copulation—she bites off the head and forelegs, to prevent being mounted, but still must wrangle with the male, as he has an additional brain in his abdomen. It’s only after he dies that she eats him. More information: Sexual deception in a cannibalistic mating system? Testing the Femme Fatale hypothesis, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … nt/282/1800/20141428ABSTRACTAnimal communication theory holds that in order to be evolutionarily stable, signals must be honest on average, but significant dishonesty (i.e. deception) by a subset of the population may also evolve. A typical praying mantid mating system involves active mate searching by males, which is guided by airborne sex pheromones in most species for which mate-searching cues have been studied. The Femme Fatale hypothesis suggests that female mantids may be selected to exploit conspecific males as prey if they benefit nutritionally from cannibalism. Such a benefit exists in the false garden mantid Pseudomantis albofimbriata—females use the resources gained from male consumption to significantly increase their body condition and reproductive output. This study aimed to examine the potential for chemical deception among the subset of females most likely to benefit from cannibalism (poorly fed females). Females were placed into one of four feeding treatments (‘Very Poor’, ‘Poor’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Good’), and males were given the opportunity to choose between visually obscured females in each of the treatments. Female body condition and fecundity varied linearly with food quantity; however, female attractiveness did not. That is, Very Poor females attracted significantly more males than any of the other female treatments, even though these females were in significantly poorer condition, less fecund (in this study) and more likely to cannibalise (in a previous study). In addition, there was a positive correlation between fecundity and attractiveness if Very Poor females were removed from the analysis, suggesting an inherently honest signalling system with a subset of dishonest individuals. This is the first empirical study to provide evidence of sexual deception via chemical cues, and the first to provide support for the Femme Fatale hypothesis. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Bcenter_img Citation: Study shows starving mantis females attract more males (2014, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-starving-mantis-females-males.html © 2014 Phys.org Pseudomantis albofimbriata. Credit: Donald Hobern/Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Effective Product Development needs developers and product managers collaborating on success metrics

first_imgModern product development is witnessing a drastic shift. Disruptive ideas and ambiguous business conditions have changed the way products are developed. Product development is no longer guided by existing processes or predefined frameworks. Delivering on time is a baseline metric, as is software quality. Today, businesses are competing to innovate. They are willing to invest in groundbreaking products with cutting-edge technology. Cost is no longer the constraint—execution is. Can product managers then continue to rely upon processes and practices aimed at traditional ways of product building? How do we ensure that software product builders look at the bigger picture and do not tie themselves to engineering practices and technology viability alone? Understanding the business and customer context is essential for creating valuable products. In this article, we are going to identify what success means to us in terms of product development. This article is an excerpt from the book Lean Product Management written by Mangalam Nandakumar. For the kind of impact that we predict our feature idea to have on the Key Business Outcomes, how do we ensure that every aspect of our business is aligned to enable that success? We may also need to make technical trade-offs to ensure that all effort on building the product is geared toward creating a satisfying end-to-end product experience. When individual business functions take trade-off decisions in silo, we could end up creating a broken product experience or improvising the product experience where no improvement is required. For a business to be able to align on trade-offs that may need to be made on technology, it is important to communicate what is possible within business constraints and also what is not achievable. It is not necessary for the business to know or understand the specific best practices, coding practices, design patterns, and so on, that product engineering may apply. However, the business needs to know the value or the lack of value realization, of any investment that is made in terms of costs, effort, resources, and so on. The section addresses the following topics: The need to have a shared view of what success means for a feature idea Defining the right kind of success criteria Creating a shared understanding of technical success criteria “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. We have to go far — quickly.” Al Gore Planning for success doesn’t come naturally to many of us. Come to think of it, our heroes are always the people who averted failure or pulled us out of a crisis. We perceive success as ‘not failing,’ but when we set clear goals, failures don’t seem that important. We can learn a thing or two about planning for success by observing how babies learn to walk. The trigger for walking starts with babies getting attracted to, say, some object or person that catches their fancy. They decide to act on the trigger, focusing their full attention on the goal of reaching what caught their fancy. They stumble, fall, and hurt themselves, but they will keep going after the goal. Their goal is not about walking. Walking is a means to reaching the shiny object or the person calling to them. So, they don’t really see walking without falling      as a measure of success. Of course, the really smart babies know to wail their way to getting the said shiny thing without lifting a toe. Somewhere along the way, software development seems to have forgotten about shiny objects, and instead focused on how to walk without falling. In a way, this has led to an obsession with following processes without applying them to the context and writing perfect code, while disdaining and undervaluing supporting business practices. Although technology is a great enabler, it is not the end in itself. When applied in the context of running a business or creating social impact, technology cannot afford to operate as an isolated function. This is not to say that technologists don’t care about impact. Of course, we do. Technologists show a real passion for solving customer problems. They want their code to change lives, create impact, and add value. However, many technologists underestimate the importance of supporting business functions in delivering value. I have come across many developers who don’t appreciate the value of marketing, sales, or support. In many cases, like the developer who spent a year perfecting his code without acquiring a single customer, they believe that beautiful code that solves the right problem is enough to make a business succeed. Nothing can be further from the truth Most of this type of thinking is the result of treating technology as an isolated function. There is a significant gap that exists between nontechnical folks and software engineers. On the one hand, nontechnical folks don’t understand the possibilities, costs, and limitations of software technology. On the other hand, technologists don’t value the need for supporting functions and communicate very little about the possibilities and limitations of technology. This expectation mismatch often leads to unrealistic goals and a widening gap between technology teams and the supporting functions. The result of this widening gap is often cracks opening in the end-to-end product experience for the customer, thereby resulting in a loss of business. Bridging this gap of expectation mismatch requires that technical teams and business functions communicate in the same language, but first they must communicate. Setting SMART goals for team In order to set the right expectations for outcomes, we need the collective wisdom of the entire team. We need to define and agree upon what success means for each feature and to each business function. This will enable teams to set up the entire product experience for success. Setting specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART) metrics can resolve this. We cannot decouple our success criteria from the impact scores we arrived at earlier. So, let’s refer to the following table for the ArtGalore digital art gallery: The estimated impact rating was an indication of how much impact  the business expected a feature idea to have on the Key Business Outcomes. If you recall, we rated this on a scale of 0 to 10. When the estimated impact of a Key Business Outcomes is less than five, then the success criteria for that feature is likely to be less ambitious. For example, the estimated impact of “existing buyers can enter a lucky draw to meet an artist of the month” toward generating revenue is zero. What this means is that we don’t expect this feature idea to bring in any revenue for us or put in another way, revenue is not the measure of success for this feature idea. If any success criteria for generating revenue does come up for this feature idea, then there is a clear mismatch in terms of how we have prioritized the feature itself. For any feature idea with an estimated impact of five or above, we need to get very specific about how to define and measure success. For instance, the feature idea “existing buyers can enter a lucky draw to meet an artist of the month” has an estimated impact rating of six towards engagement. This means that we expect an increase in engagement as a measure of success for this feature idea. Then, we need to define what “increase in engagement” means. My idea of “increase in engagement” can be very different from your idea of “increase in engagement.” This is where being S.M.A.R.T. about our definition of success can be useful. Success metrics are akin to user story acceptance criteria. Acceptance criteria define what conditions must be fulfilled by the software in order for us to sign off on the success of the user story. Acceptance criteria usually revolve around use cases and acceptable functional flows. Similarly, success criteria for feature ideas must define what indicators can tell us that the feature is delivering the expected impact on the KBO. Acceptance criteria also sometimes deal with NFRs (nonfunctional requirements). NFRs include performance, security, and reliability. In many instances, nonfunctional requirements are treated as independent user stories. I also have seen many teams struggle with expressing the need for nonfunctional requirements from a customer’s perspective. In the early days of writing user stories, the tendency for myself and most of my colleagues was to write NFRs from a system/application point of view. We would say, “this report must load in 20 seconds,” or “in the event of a network failure, partial data must not be saved.”  These functional specifications didn’t tell us how/why they were important for an end user. Writing user stories forces us to think about the user’s perspective. For example, in my team we used to have interesting conversations about why a report needed to load within 20 seconds. This compelled us to think about how the user interacted with our software. It is not uncommon for visionary founders to throw out very ambitious goals for success. Having ambitious goals can have a positive impact in motivating teams to outperform. However, throwing lofty targets around, without having a plan for success, can be counter-productive. For instance, it’s rather ambitious to say, “Our newsletter must be the first to publish artworks by all the popular artists in the country,” or that “Our newsletter must become the benchmark for art curation.” These are really inspiring words, but can mean nothing if we don’t have a plan to get there. The general rule of thumb for this part of product experience planning is that when we aim for an ambitious goal, we also sign up to making it happen. Defining success must be a collaborative exercise carried out by all stakeholders. This is the playing field for deciding where we can stretch our goals, and for everyone to agree on what we’re signing up to, in order to set the product experience up for success. Defining key success metrics For every feature idea we came up with, we can create feature cards that look like the following sample. This card indicates three aspects about what success means for this feature. We are asking these questions: what are we validating? When do we validate this? What Key Business Outcomes does it help us to validate? The criteria for success demonstrates what the business anticipates as being a tangible outcome from a feature. It also demonstrates which business functions will support, own, and drive the execution of the feature. That’s it! We’ve nailed it, right? Wrong. Success metrics must be SMART, but how specific is the specific? The preceding success metric indicates that 80% of those who sign up for the monthly art catalog will enquire about at least one artwork. Now, 80% could mean 80 people, 800 people, or 8000 people, depending on whether we get 100 sign-ups, 1000, or 10,000, respectively! We have defined what external (customer/market) metrics to look for, but we have not defined whether we can realistically achieve this goal, given our resources and capabilities. The question we need to ask is: are we (as a business) equipped to handle 8000 enquiries? Do we have the expertise, resources, and people to manage this? If we don’t plan in advance and assign ownership, our goals can lead to a gap in the product experience. When we clarify this explicitly, each business function could make assumptions. When we say 80% of folks will enquire about one artwork, the sales team is thinking that around 50 people will enquire. This is what the sales team  at ArtGalore is probably equipped to handle. However, marketing is aiming for 750 people and the developers are planning for 1000 people. So, even if we can attract 1000 enquiries, sales can handle only 50 enquiries a month! If this is what we’re equipped for today, then building anything more could be wasteful. We need to think about how we can ramp up the sales team to handle more requests. The idea of drilling into success metrics is to gauge whether we’re equipped to handle our success. So, maybe our success metric should be that we expect to get about 100 sign-ups in the first three months and between 40-70 folks enquiring about artworks after they sign up. Alternatively, we can find a smart way to enable sales to handle higher sales volumes. Before we write up success metrics, we should be asking a whole truckload of questions that determine the before-and-after of the feature. We need to ask the following questions: What will the monthly catalog showcase? How many curated art items will be showcased each month? What is the nature of the content that we should showcase? Just good high-quality images and text, or is there something more? Who will put together the catalog? How long must this person/team(s) spend to create this catalog? Where will we source the art for curation? Is there a specific date each month when the newsletter needs     to go out? Why do we think 80% of those who sign up will enquire? Is it because of the exclusive nature of art? Is it because of the quality of presentation? Is it because of the timing? What’s so special about our catalog? Who handles the incoming enquiries? Is there a number to call    or is it via email? How long would we take to respond to enquiries? If we get 10,000 sign-ups and receive 8000 enquiries, are we equipped to handle these? Are these numbers too high? Can we still meet our response time if we hit those numbers? Would we still be happy if we got only 50% of folks who sign up enquiring? What if it’s 30%? When would we throw away the idea of the catalog? This is where the meat of feature success starts taking shape. We  need a plan to uncover underlying assumptions and set ourselves up for success. It’s very easy for folks to put out ambitious metrics without understanding the before-and-after of the work involved in meeting that metric. The intent of a strategy should be to set teams up for success, not for failure. Often, ambitious goals are set without considering whether they are realistic and achievable or not. This is so detrimental that teams eventually resort to manipulating the metrics or misrepresenting them, playing the blame game, or hiding information. Sometimes teams try to meet these metrics by deprioritizing other stuff. Eventually, team morale, productivity, and delivery take a hit. Ambitious goals, without the required capacity, capability, and resources to deliver, are useless. Technology to be in line with business outcomes Every business function needs to align toward the Key Business Outcomes and conform to the constraints under which the business operates. In our example here, the deadline is for the business to launch this feature idea before the Big Art show. So, meeting timelines is already a necessary measure of success. The other indicators of product technology measures could be quality, usability, response times, latency, reliability, data privacy, security, and so on. These are traditionally clubbed under NFRs (nonfunctional requirements). They are indicators of how the system has been designed or how the system operates, and are not really about user behavior. There is no aspect of a product that is nonfunctional or without a bearing on business outcomes. In that sense, nonfunctional requirements are a misnomer. NFRs are really technical success criteria. They are also a business stakeholder’s decision, based on what outcomes the business wants to pursue. In many time and budget-bound software projects, technical success criteria trade-offs happen without understanding the business context or thinking about the end-to-end product experience. Let’s take an example: our app’s performance may be okay when handling 100 users, but it could take a hit when we get to 10,000 users. By then, the business has moved on to other priorities and the product isn’t ready to make the leap. This depends on how each team can communicate the impact of doing or not doing something today in terms of a cost tomorrow. What that means is that engineering may be able to create software that can scale to 5000 users with minimal effort, but in order to scale to 500,000 users, there’s a different level of magnitude required. There is a different approach needed when building solutions for meeting short-term benefits, compared to how we might build systems for long-term benefits. It is not possible to generalize and make a case that just because we build an application quickly, that it is likely to be full of defects or that it won’t be secure. By contrast, just because we build a lot of robustness into an application, this does not mean that it will make the product sell better. There is a cost to building something, and there is also a cost to not building something and a cost to a rework. The cost will be justified based on the benefits we can reap, but it is important for product technology and business stakeholders to align on the loss or gain in terms of the end-to-end product experience because of the technical approach we are taking today. In order to arrive at these decisions, the business does not really need to understand design patterns, coding practices, or the nuanced technology details. They need to know the viability to meet business outcomes. This viability is based on technology possibilities, constraints, effort, skills needed, resources (hardware and software), time, and other prerequisites. What we can expect and what we cannot expect must both be agreed upon. In every scope-related discussion, I have seen that there are better insights and conversations when we highlight what the business/customer does not get from this product release. When we only highlight what value they will get, the discussions tend to go toward improvising on that value. When the business realizes what it doesn’t get, the discussions lean toward improvising the end-to-end product experience. Should a business care that we wrote unit tests? Does the business care what design patterns we used or what language or software we used? We can have general guidelines for healthy and effective ways to follow best practices within our lines of work, but best practices don’t define us, outcomes do. To summarize we learned before commencing on the development of any feature idea, there must be a consensus on what outcomes we are seeking to achieve. The success metrics should be our guideline for finding the smartest way to implement a feature. Read Next: Developer’s guide to Software architecture patterns Hey hey, I wanna be a Rockstar (Developer) The developer-tester face-off needs to end. It’s putting our projects at risklast_img read more

Largest travel market in the world is… Asia Pacific

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/273a9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> North America is officially no longer the world’s largest travel market, with figures showing clearly that Asia Pacific has taken the top spot with 647 million travellers in the past year.Aviation forecasters have long been predicting this day and in 2009 the milestone was hit, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as Asia Pacific generated 9 million more air passengers than the 638 million recorded in North America.“Asia-Pacific’s prospects are improving faster than other regions,” Giovanni Bisignani, IATA Director General and CEO, also noted.“Asia-Pacific’s diversity, dynamism and potential are a great opportunity. Rapidly developing markets are defining aviation’s future.”By 2013 an additional 217 million travellers are expected to take to the skies within Asia-Pacific.Asia Pacific carriers are also expected to narrow their losses this year down from 2009’s US$3.4 billion loss to US$700 million. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

The WOW Factor – MTA has Zero Flight Risk™

first_imgRoy Merricks The WOW Factor – MTA has ‘Zero Flight Risk™The WOW Factor – MTA has ‘Zero Flight Risk™MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ co-managing director, Roy Merricks says the collapse last week of Icelandic budget airline WOW Air, while not an approved MTA supplier, serves as a timely reminder that all travel agents need to ensure their clients are adequately protected in the event a travel intermediary or end supplier becomes insolvent and unable to deliver a product or service.The WOW Air collapse brings to five the number of European carriers forced into insolvency in the last 18 months.Mr Merricks said many of the 4000 or so passengers affected by the WOW Air collapse will now be looking towards their travel insurance for refunds.“Travel insurance covers for a host of factors – be that a lost suitcase, damaged camera or overseas medical assistance – but when it comes to supplier insolvency protection that’s a whole different ball game,” he said.“Sadly, while some of those passengers may see some return on ticket purchases, it is highly likely many of them won’t with the airline having stated the chances of reimbursement are “narrow” and already advising passengers to address claims to the airline’s bankruptcy trustee.“And remember this doesn’t just happen to overseas companies – locally we only have to go back to December and the Bestjet Travel collapse.”Mr Merricks said while consumers may buy optional travel insurance products via their consultants or online, many of these either do not offer supplier insolvency protection and if they do, it is invariably limited to a very small number of suppliers and always at additional cost.“The same applies if a consumer pays for their travel arrangements by credit card. There may be some insolvency protection provided under complimentary travel insurance but the emphasis is very much on the ‘may’.”Mr Merricks said the WOW collapse provided a compelling reason as to why consumers needed to ensure that when they book their travel, they book via agents who are able to provide iron-clad, 100 per cent money-back guarantees in the event of insolvency, such as MTA’s ground-breaking  ‘Zero Flight Risk™’.Launched in 2014, shortly after the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) was dismantled, ‘Zero Flight Risk™’ is an MTA initiative whereby any client purchasing approved travel products and services through the company can rest assured their funds will be guaranteed in the event of any approved MTA travel intermediary or end supplier becoming insolvent and as a result, being unable to deliver the product or service.“‘Zero Flight Risk™’ provides a very convincing argument why consumers need to book their travel via MTA,” Mr Merricks said.”We can provide our customers with peace of mind and in the full knowledge that this piece of protection comes with a 100 per cent money back guarantee – no ifs or buts – and at no extra cost whatsoever.”Source = MTA – Mobile Travel Agentslast_img read more

Nabakalebar festival to be promoted through Incredible India

first_imgThe Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Dharmendra Pradhan and Secretary, Tourism, Dr Lalit Panwar in New Delhi to discuss the preparations for the upcoming festival of Nabakalebar in Odisha.Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the Union Tourism Ministry will promote the Nabakalebar festival under the Incredible India Campaign for its international branding. The Government of India will release Rs 50 crore for providing infrastructure and facilities for the Nabakalebar festival. Along with that the Union Culture Ministry will also release a postal stamp and coin to mark the festival.In a different meeting, Dr Mahesh Sharma met with the Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge), Government of Odisha, Ashok Chandra Panda in New Delhi to discuss the branding of Nabakalebar as an international festival and sanctioning of funds for the proposed Light and Sound shows. Dr Mahesh Sharma assured Panda that the Tourism Ministry will make all efforts to provide funds at the earliest for the three Light and Sound shows proposed to be held at Dhauli, Udayagiri / Khandagiri caves and at Konark. Dr Sharma informed that a special media campaign will be mounted to popularise Nabakalebar as an international festival. The campaign will be released in the electronic, print and cyber media.Dr Mahesh Sharma also informed that the Government of India is making all the efforts to start the first International flight from the Bhubaneswar International festival on this auspicious occasion. This first flight is likely to be for Abu Dhabi, he added.Nabakalebar festival will be celebrated on July 10, 2015 after a gap of 19 years.last_img read more

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