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In the news today Oct 2

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 2___COALITION PARTY WINS MAJORITY IN QUEBECQuebecers charted a new course for their province Monday by giving the seven-year-old Coalition Avenir Quebec a majority mandate. Quebec, Canada’s second most-populous province, has joined the even bigger province of Ontario in voting for change following about 15 years of Liberal governments. The right-leaning Coalition was elected in 74 of the province’s 125 ridings, compared with 32 for the incumbent Liberals. One of the major surprises of the night was the near-disintegration of the Parti Quebecois, which earned just 17 per cent of the popular vote — its worst ever electoral performance — and won just nine seats.___COUILLARD REFLECTS ON FUTURE AFTER ELECTION LOSSPromising to leave the premier’s office with his head held high, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said he’s reflecting on his political future after his party was handed a stunning loss by the Coalition Avenir Quebec. A dry-eyed Couillard spoke with conviction Monday night as he addressed the roughly 50 supporters who gathered at a hotel in his riding, telling them he’d left the province in better shape than when he entered office in 2014. The 61-year old former neurosurgeon touted his government’s accomplishments, which included solid public finances, record-low unemployment and paying down the debt. Couillard was re-elected in his riding, but said he plans to reflect on his political future over the next few days.___LNG CANADA PROJECT GETS GREEN LIGHTInvestors have given final approval for a massive liquefied national gas project for northern British Columbia. The five partners agreed Monday to the $40-billion joint venture that includes gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province. The partners, Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., the Malaysian owned Petronas, PetorChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp., delayed the final investment decision in 2016 siting a drop in natural gas prices.___DAIRY UNLIKELY TO BE CHEAPER IN USMCA ERA: EXPERTSIf you’d hoped your weekly grocery staples — like milk — might soon cost less due to a new trade deal that opens up Canada’s dairy industry, you may be out of luck. Experts say the trilateral agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is unlikely to bring prices down, but could leave shoppers with more choices in the dairy aisle. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement announced Sunday night will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.___IRREGULAR MIGRANTS HAVE HOTEL STAYS EXTENDEDPeople who crossed the border irregularly and are being temporarily housed in Toronto-area hotels will have their stays extended by four weeks as officials continue searching for a longer-term solution. The hotel rooms were reserved in August as a temporary solution that was supposed to last until as late as Sept. 30. They were expected to release a more detailed, long-term approach for temporary housing of irregular migrants in the interim, but it seems those plans are still being worked out.___ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be a guest speaker at an event hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, where he will discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.— Danny Williams, former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, testifies at the Muskrat Falls inquiry.— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold hearings into family supports and domestic violence in Winnipeg.last_img read more

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MEET ARSHAD KHAN – DIRECTOR OF MISAFF Mosaic International South Asian Film

first_img Facebook WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND WHY?The one person that comes to mind right away for me is the filmmaker Deepa Mehta. I met her 1999 in flight and we became friends. She had just come out with her film FIRE a few years prior to that. She has been really integral in helping me, to inviting me to work on MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (her feature film that was shot in Sri Lanka), to helping me with my film ABU (where she actually directed by narration) … she has been a great film mentor for me. She has mentored many people and helped them, guided them. Personally … she’s been inspirational to me and my career. INVITATION TO EVERYONE OUT THEREBring your family, friends and children to MISAFF. We have a beautiful festival planned … Four days of excellent cinema, dress-up., attend the amazing gala, red carpets, take photos of the stars, photos at the video wall, watch movies, participate in the Q&A after the show with the filmmakers and attend the opening party. Events like this don’t happen in Mississauga, so this is a unique opportunity. Come out and celebrate the beautiful cinema with beautiful people from around the world.MISAFF runs until Sun. August 6thFor additional information or to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ARSHAD KHANDIRECTOR OF MISAFF(Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival)WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR?I finished film school at Concordia Drama Film School for Cinema in 2012, at the same time I had a few shorts that were on the festival circuit and I went to the Cannes Film Festival, which I had been to before, and in while there I discovered some amazing South Asian cinema. From this new moment of seeing cinema which was not in Bollywood, using technology, there were better stories being told, allowing more access for storytellers and filmmakers, and all of sudden Bollywood was challenged. When I came back to Canada, I realized that nowhere in Canada were these works being given a platform or being showcased. I had been programming for the Mosaic Festival (South Asian Heritage) and I had been showing my films there over the last 12 years, because the Mosaic Festival is the biggest festival after the music festival and they were our component. I discussed it with the Mosaic team and I partnered with my friend Anya McKenzie (who had experience in digital content and acquisitions) … I said why don’t we look into this and we decided to have the first MISAFF (Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival of Mississauga) – where I bring these great films to a community that is very under serviced, a community that was lacking good Indian cinema. Then I was hearing numerous voices coming forward, South Asians from around the world, the Caribbean, Africa, North America, Europe, everywhere … all with different stories to tell. So we decided that we were going to have a film festival that represents the different diverse voices. And it took off from there. The people liked the notion of having a South Asian Festival. Toronto and the GTA is so diverse and have supported us, we’ve obtained good sponsorship and we receive a lot of love from the local communities, and other film festivals … that’s how we started.WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF YOUR JOB?I’m a filmmaker but while working with the film festival, MISAFF is non-profit, we’re not here to make money … we’re here to excite people about good cinema and to make them understand that the cinema experience is a beautiful and there’s a proper way to watch these films that have been created … to watch them with big sound on the big screen in a proper theatrical environment – which is a totally different experience from watching a film on your iPad, laptop or even in your home. When you’re watching it with an audience, you feel the energy of the audience. You understand things you may have missed. We live in such a technical obsessed society, where it seems that no-one can live without their phone for five minutes. So the theatre is the place where everyone can disconnect and concentrate on the creative work of art … and that experience, that’s most exciting. So for me, what’s most exciting … is bringing these incredible films, to the screen, for the audience and help make their experience very special. This is something they will not get anywhere else. It’s a unique experience and I’m excited to share these great films with the audience. Advertisement WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?This year most of our films are directed by women. We didn’t say “films have to be directed by women”. It just so happened that women are making incredible stories in cinema, especially South Asian women, so their voices are getting amplification at MISAFF, which is very exciting. Also, we’re opening the festival with Moko Jumbie, which is a Trini-American film, from Trinidad and Tobago, that’s never been done before. This is a totally new thing for us. Not very many films are made in Trinidad, it’s a small country, so for them to have this premiere at the festival, is very exciting. A lot of times, the people from the island feel that they’re not respected in the same way and some feel that they’re not being seen on equal terms. So we need to change that way of thinking and we need to make them feel welcome in the community and let them know that they are just as welcome as everyone else. We need to get their work in the South Asian communities, so that’s why this is an important bridge that we’re creating here for the Trinidad & Tobago community. This is our attempt to bring people of different South Asian heritages together – thru cinema.HOW HAVE YOU USED SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE THE PROFILE FOR MISAFF?We have a great publicist, Amy Saunders is amazing and we have a Social Media Director, we have a presence on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, our website gets a lot of hits as well. On the site, we get hundreds of daily impressions for the festival, which is really exciting.HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY CHANGE OR GROW?The reason we have to have a South Asian Film Festival or any kind of minority festival is because those voices are often drowned out by mainstream Hollywood or by the mainstream. We don’t get the same exposure, we don’t get the same attention, we don’t get the same reach. We need to make sure that we don’t follow anyone else’s standards, we make our own, to make more equality and respect. It’s about a shared human experience. I feel that the media has done a huge disservice by being controlled by corporate interest or by messaging certain communities over others, creating standards which are unrealistic for people of color, for women or for minorities. I think that it’s important that diverse voices be given a chance. We had the “Oscar So White” movement a couple of years ago, which resulted in people being more aware. We just need to have more diversity because this is a reality. As a brown person, as a brown Pakistani queer person, I felt that my voice wasn’t being heard. I felt that I wasn’t being represented. Why is someone else defining who I am? That’s not me. So in MISAFF, these voices of people telling their own stories is essential towards a better world. It brings a better understanding between people. A better sharing of the joint condition beyond class, culture, race and creed. That’s why MISAFF posters say “Films for everyone”, that means MISAFF is a festival for every culture, every ethnicity, every person – we’re not just a festival for South Asians … the reason we are showcasing South Asian cinema is because we want to build better understanding.MISAFF exists so that the greater Toronto and Mississauga community has a place to come and watch incredible cinema that speaks to them – no matter where they are from – it will help them understand people, help us understand each other better. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Cisco Revamps Services Business

See All in Customer Experience » In this industry, when the words “customer experience,” or “CX,” are uttered, we often think of contact center — but there’s a whole lot more to CX than cloud-based, omnichannel contact centers. In the context of Cisco Services, for example, CX relates to ensuring customer success with Cisco technology — and the company has formalized that in the newly named Customer Experience organization. Salesforce Addresses Channel Proliferation Beth Schultz June 18, 2019 Service Cloud enhancements aim to help companies better support multiple messaging channels, at global scale and with self-service options. I experienced this CX approach numerous times when I was a Cisco customer and reseller. Whenever I reached out to Cisco’s technical assistance center (TAC) for “network down” issues, the engineers would step up, even if the problem wasn’t on Cisco’s side. Back in the day, I talked to more Cisco engineers about Microsoft and Novell network issues than I did to tech support at those companies. This is because interactions with Cisco TAC were always low-friction; I got to speak with experts immediately, and stuff like service agreement number or credit card information got sorted out after the call was done. Services like this are extremely popular with customers and generally lead to more business. For example, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a wide range of optimization services designed to ensure that customers are spending their money wisely. The net result is that customers that use the optimization services indeed do tend to spend more. Comments Delivering Great CX Requires Right Tech, Empathetic Culture May 07, 2019 For health IT company Cognosante, delivering exceptional experiences is about technology, people, and processes, as shared in this video interview. Permalink Submitted by amccrindle203 on Thu, 04/11/2019 – 03:13 Agent Assist, Powered by Talkdesk iQ Sheila McGee-Smith May 14, 2019 CCaaS provider unveils intelligent advisory tool that provides agents with data-driven, real-time action advice. I don’t want to paint Cisco’s existing services as purely reactive. The company has shifted to a service-led model and does offer a number of proactive services, but delivery is ad hoc. As the graphic at top shows, Cisco is now inserting services at every step of the technology lifecycle to streamline delivery and make engagement results more predictable to ensure its ability to meet business outcomes. Boosting Digital Content for Improved CX Zeus Kerravala May 31, 2019 Nvidia’s new Studio platform brings better performance and reliability to digital content creation. How is this going to work for Cisco Partners? As Vendors like Microsoft and Cisco try and push more of their sales through the cloud Partner margins are squeezed and they have to increasingly rely on “services” revenue to stay in business. Now the Vendors are going after the “services” as well – if they carry on like this they will have no Partners left. Creating an Enterprise Fit for Customers Jeremy Cox June 17, 2019 Evolving technology combinations and approaches for faster and more relevant customer-centered digital transformation This model has worked well for Cisco and its customers for years — but now, Cisco says, it’s time for a change. Why? In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin,” and that necessitates new approaches, even to things that appear to be fine. Log in or register to post comments CiscoServices.png Martinez has designed the CX organization to be proactive, with services oriented around the customer. The approach inserts Cisco services help at every step of the technology lifecycle to ensure projects are successful. IT projects are growing increasingly complex and require many more moving parts than ever before. Many digital initiatives include a wide range of technology, specific to the Internet of Things, cloud, mobility, network, data center, and more. For many organizations, cobbling these components together is overwhelmingly difficult. Add in that IT leaders are under tremendous pressure to move faster so the company can keep up with its peers. The combination of complexity and speed is a recipe for disaster. The previous approach would have helped a customer if a problem popped up; Cisco CX is designed to minimize the likelihood that one will. For all the success that Cisco Services has had, the organization is largely reactive in nature — a customer calls with a problem, and engineers fix it. But you could argue that if the technology had been optimized in the first place, the problem might not have occurred at all — and that’s the aim of the Customer Experience group, headed up by Maria Martinez, EVP and chief customer experience officer, who joined Cisco a little under a year ago. She has deep experience in this area, with previous roles including president of customer success at Salesforce and GM of global services for Microsoft. In actuality, Cisco Services has always been success-focused, with a “get the job done at all costs” mentality. Over the years, I’ve had some long conversations about this with former Cisco COO, Gary Moore, who also ran the services business at one time. Cisco has always tried to put customer success first, whether the issue stems from its products or not. Pointing the finger elsewhere doesn’t help the customer solve its problem, after all. In addition, Cisco is bolstering its ability to deliver continuous improvement by taking advantage of the massive amount of data it has amassed. As an example, its Business Critical Insights platform analyzes telemetry data to provide prescriptive and predictive insights that can be put to use in reducing downtime and improving efficiency within an environment. The revamping of the services business is overdue, particularly for a company with the footprint Cisco has in most of its customers. Cisco has ramped up the innovation engine and is delivering more technology faster than ever. If it wants its customers to adopt the new stuff, customer success is imperative, and Cisco CX is designed to ensure businesses can be aggressive with technology without putting themselves at risk.Tags:News & Viewsprofessional servicescustomer-centricityCiscoCustomer ExperienceAnalyst InsightMonitoring & ManagementNews & ViewsVendor News Articles You Might Like How is this going to work for Log in or register to post comments read more

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Nobelwinning economist Kenneth J Arrow dies at 95

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 8:21 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Feb. 13, 2006 file photo President George W. Bush, right, presents the National Medal of Science to Dr. Kenneth J. Arrow, left, from Stanford University, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Arrow, the youngest ever winner of a Nobel prize for economics, has died. His son, David, says Arrow died on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at his home in Palo Alto. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Nobel-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow dies at 95 PALO ALTO, Calif. – Kenneth J. Arrow, the youngest-ever winner of a Nobel prize for economics, whose theories on risk, innovation and the basic mathematics of markets have influenced thinking on everything from voting to health insurance to high finance, has died. He was 95.Arrow died Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to his son, David Arrow.“He was a very loving, caring father and a very, very humble man. He’d do the dishes every night and cared about people very much,” David Arrow said. “I think in his academic career, when people talk about it, it often sounds like numbers and probabilities. But a large focus of his work was how people matter.”“The fact that people often don’t behave rationally … that was one aspect that he often looked at, how it affected the lives of the people,” he said.Arrow and British economist Sir John R. Hicks shared the 1972 Nobel memorial prize in economic science for their pioneering mathematical work on general equilibrium theory, which says that there is an overall balance between supply and demand in an economy as a whole. Their mathematical models dealt with the factors involved, such as when and where a product is sold.Arrow spent most of his career at Stanford University but also taught for 11 years at Harvard University. He also was known as a mentor. Five of his former students went on to become Nobel winners.Arrow came to prominence in 1951 with a book, “Social Choice and Individual Values,” which used mathematical logic to discuss collective decision-making. He put forward a theorem that it was impossible for a majority-rule voting system with three candidates to be free of certain flaws.“You can say, ‘There’s no really good way to run an election,’ but it is something else to prove it. .?.?. It’s like proving a bicycle cannot be stable,” a fellow economics laureate, Robert Aumann, told the Washington Post.Arrow’s impossibility theorem “fundamentally altered economic and political theory and practice,” Aumann said.Arrow had a broad intellectual curiosity that covered subjects as diverse as music, Chinese art and even whales.“He was interested in everything,” his son said.In economics, he looked at how risk aversion, innovation and information affected the economy.In a 1963 paper, he confronted problems with the economics of medical care and health insurance, arguing that it is not a truly price-competitive situation because among other things the buyer — the patient — has much less information than the doctor — the seller — about necessary treatment and options. The issue is known in economics as “asymmetric information.”If Arrow’s worked seemed dry and abstract, it had real-world applications in many fields.“The economics of insurance, medical care, prescription drug testing — to say nothing of bingo and the stock market — will never be the same after Arrow,” Paul A. Samuelson, the first American to win the economics prize, said in 1972 after Arrow won the prize.Arrow also was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Science — the nation’s highest scientific honour — by President George W. Bush.Arrow was born on Aug. 23, 1921 in New York City to Jewish immigrants from Romania. Several other members of the family became economics professors and his nephew, Lawrence Summers, is a former Harvard University economics professor, Harvard president, Treasury secretary under President Clinton and adviser to President Obama.In addition to his son, Arrow is survived by another son, Andrew; a sister, Anita Summers, and a grandson. read more

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United Arab Emirates at UN urges global action against groups sowing terror

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan denounced terrorist groups in the region who falsely wave the banner of Islam and called for concerted international action to defeat them.“The acts of these terrorist organizations, which include indiscriminate killings, mass executions, kidnappings and intimidation of innocent women and children, are criminal acts, which are strongly condemned by the UAE,” he said on the fourth day of the Assembly’s 69th annual high-level meeting. “The UAE also denounces the brutal methods used by such groups in the name of Islam, as Islam rejects such crimes, which are inconsistent with the moderate approach of Islam and the principles of peaceful coexistence among all people.“With the increased incidence of terrorism and extremism in our region, most notably perpetrated by ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), the international community must be aware that the threats posed by these terrorist and extremist groups are expanding beyond our region to threaten the rest of the civilized world…“The UAE, therefore, calls upon the international community and Member States to cooperate in combating these terrorist groups and to take comprehensive measures to fight them through a clear, unified strategy.” read more

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UN inquiry panel welcomes strong resolution on human rights in Eritrea

The resolution, passed without a vote by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the final day of its thirty-second session on 1 July, commends the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea for completing its work in a transparent, impartial and consultative manner.“The Commission welcomes this resolution which fully endorses the work we have done over the past two years,” said Commission Chairperson Mike Smith. “We hope that justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years has now taken a step closer to being realised.”The Commission hoped that the resolution, which cites the lack of cooperation by the Government, including the denial of access to the country by the inquiry panel, will provide a solid platform for the next steps to be taken by the Eritrean authorities.Amongst the 19 recommendations, the resolution reiterates the HRC’s numerous calls on the Government to end the use of arbitrary detention, to put an end to the system of indefinite national service and to allow unhindered access to the country to further missions of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), including the consideration for the Office to be based inside the country.The Commission strongly endorsed the decision to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea for a further year. The Special Rapporteur is a position appointed by the HRC to examine a specific human rights theme or a country situation. read more

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Game Changer Will New Brooklyn Nets be a Threat

Now that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry have been traded to Brooklyn Nets, one has to wonder if LeBron James and Miami Heat will be in trouble next year.All three of the players, who left the Boston Celtics, all have championship rings already, which may be a problem for the 4-time league MVP and the rest of the Eastern Conference next year.

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TRIO responds to mining growth with new US plant opening

first_imgIn response to strong worldwide sales growth, TRIO Engineered Products has opened a new manufacturing facility in Adelanto, California. Complementing the three existing US locations in California, Alabama, and Florida, this new facility will further expand the company’s material handling equipment portfolio and provide extensive manufacturing capacity. The new facility added 30 new jobs to the local community; an addition that brings TRIO’s worldwide work force to nearly 700 professionals. According to Mike Burke, TRIO’s CEO, ” This facility and its staff will enable us to support the growth of our regional business in the mining and aggregate sectors in North and South America – we certainly expect more expansion in the near future as we work to keep up with the consistent increase in demand we have seen since our inception.”TRIO Engineered Products is based in Irwindale, California, and continues to grow as a manufacturer of mineral processing equipment for the mining, aggregate and recycling industries. The statement added: “Our company is comprised of employees with deep industry experience and technical expertise, and we rely on them to collaborate with our customers daily to solve their most challenging issues.” Products for mining include feeders, screens, crushers, mobile plants, washers, conveyors and magnets. This includes the rugged TC Series of cones which incorporate modern user-friendly features such as hydraulic tramp relief and fully hydraulic crusher adjustment.last_img read more

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Kindle Whispernet gets around Chinas censorious firewall

first_imgA small but sizable chunk of the world wide web is unaccessible from behind the Great Wall of China… and that chunk of web is mostly devoted to letting users connect and talk with each other. That’s right: Facebook and Twitter are inaccessible in China, due to their censorious firewall. But there’s one way to subvert that: buy a Kindle.The deft feat is accomplished by the Kindle 3G Whispernet service. Whispernet is a GSM-based communication system, so it should be subject to the same rules as the regular Chinese internet, but for some reason, it isn’t. That means that anyone who owns a Kindle in China can easily weave around the Great Firewall, at least as far as Twitter and Facebook are concerned.AdChoices广告Not that owning a Kindle within China is necessarily easy: the Kindle isn’t actually available for sale within China. Nevertheless, if you can smuggle one inside the nation, the Kindle goes from being a nifty e-book reader to a subversive, counter-culture device.Ultimately, what this probably all boils down to is that the Kindle roams its Whispernet outside of the country when it’s in China. Or at least we hope that’s the case, because if it is, Chinese authorities can’t lock the Kindle down. Now that the matter’s been publicized, expect the Kindle to be shut down hard for every Chinese dissident in the coming days.Read more at Gizmodolast_img read more

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World Council of Hellenes Abroad to pay IKA debts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After the eviction of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) by Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris from the donated Makridis building, where SAE had its offices, IKA (Social Insurance Organisation) has now threatened the organisation with eviction from its premises, because the constitutionally recognised peak body of the Hellenic diaspora did not pay its insurance and superannuation dues to the two administration workers that it employs in Thessaloniki. In a document sent to SAE, IKA warned that it will proceed to seize any assets of the organisation in Thessaloniki, if the repayment of the debt is not adjusted within 15 days. The overdue amount of 25,355,25 euros covers insurance contributions from April 1 2012 until September 30 2013. The IKA notice, addressed to the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, was forwarded from SAE’s office in Thessaloniki to the Deputy Foreign Minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos, minister responsible for the Hellenic diaspora. Apart from repayment of debts to IKA, the two administration workers of SAE also asked for the payment of their salaries. In the same letter to the Deputy Minister Gerontopoulos, details of contracts signed by the two SAE employees are provided as well as the amount of remuneration agreed upon. The World Council of Hellenes Abroad has recently moved to a new office provided by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, Mr Karaoglou, in the ministry’s building.last_img read more

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Développement durable des consommateurs aux comportements très différents

first_imgDéveloppement durable : des consommateurs aux comportements très différentsEn partenariat avec l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe), le cabinet de conseil Ethicity, spécialiste en stratégie de développement durable, a réalisé un classement des différents types de consommateurs. Une typologie basée sur leur sensibilité aux enjeux environnementaux.Deux mois après le lancement de l’expérimentation de l’affichage environnemental par le ministère de l’Ecologie et du Développement durable, le cabinet de conseil Ethicity a mené en partenariat avec l’Ademe une étude visant à “mesurer de l’intégration du développement durable” dans le comportement des consommateurs, explique le cabinet dans un communiqué. Une typologie différenciant huit catégories de consommateurs, et trois familles de comportements, a ainsi été établie. À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauAppartenant à la famille “Déni”, les “minimiseurs” sont les plus nombreux. Ils représentent 17,9% des consommateurs, et considèrent le développement durable comme une contrainte, quand “l’enjeu majeur pour eux est la reprise de la croissance économique”, explique l’étude. Dans la même famille, ils sont presque aussi nombreux (17,2%), à avoir été classés dans la catégorie “consophages”. Des consommateurs, qui vivent “dans une situation de peur et de stress dans la vie quotidienne et qui aime dépenser. La consommation a une fonction de  “consolation” forte, elle permet d’oublier les soucis quotidiens. Pour eux la consommation responsable est perçue comme une mode”.Deux autres familles sont distinguées : les consommateurs sensibles aux enjeux environnementaux mais “freinés par des difficultés financières”, qui représentent 25% de la population, et enfin ceux qui souhaitent participer à un “changement pour de l’autrement”, en bref, les personnes sensibles au développement durable, qui agissent en conséquence. Cette dernière famille regroupe 40% des consommateurs, contre 35% pour la famille “Déni”.De l’information et de la pédagogie Pour chaque catégorie d’individus, Ethicity émet plusieurs “leviers du changement” qui pourraient les faire évoluer en faveur de la consommation durable. Parmi ces recommandations, l’accès à l’information et aux solutions, via des outils pédagogiques notamment, ou par le biais des nouvelles technologies. Pour les personnes les moins sensibles aux enjeux de la protection de l’environnement, l’étude conseille de leur “démontrer l’intérêt de la croissance durable de manière rationnelle”. Ethicity insiste sur l’importance que peuvent avoir les étiquettes environnementales, qui se doivent d’être les plus claires et simples possibles.Le 11 septembre 2011 à 09:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Philips Battery Sense optimisez la batterie de votre iPhone 4S

first_imgPhilips Battery Sense : optimisez la batterie de votre iPhone 4SCe n’est plus un secret, le nouvel iPhone souffre d’un souci de batterie et les utilisateurs ont dû s’en apercevoir à leur plus grand désespoir. Apple a bien confirmé la semaine dernière ce problème d’autonomie sur son iOS 5. Mais pour le moment, aucune solution n’a été apportée par le constructeur. Pour le moment, seul Phillips vient proposer son aide.Battery Sense est donc une application de Phillips permettant d’optimiser votre batterie de l’iPhone 4S. Celle-ci permet de dresser le bilan de l’autonomie de votre smartphone suivant l’utilisation que vous en faites. A l’aide de tableaux descriptifs, l’application vous indiquera le temps restant à votre batterie pour chaque situations (regarder un film, écouter de la musique, surfer sur Internet…). Vous pourrez même indiquer à Battery Sense ce que vous souhaitez faire avec votre iPhone et l’application vous conseillera toute une série de paramétrages pour optimiser au mieux la batterie.Phillips propose donc cette application gratuitement aux possesseurs d’iPhone 4S en attendant le correctif de la marque à la pomme. Battery Sense suffira-t-elle à consoler les utilisateurs en attendant?Le 7 novembre 2011 à 14:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Secretary Vilsack to Deliver Keynote Address at Commodity Classic

first_imgFor the fourth straight year, farmers and other attendees to Commodity Classic will have the opportunity to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the annual convention and trade show for soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers. The secretary will deliver a keynote address to an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during the event’s General Session on March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.”As we gather in Florida next week to explore ways to optimize farmers’ sustainability, profitability and impact in the larger American marketplace, we are excited to hear the secretary’s thoughts on how our farmers can better convey our relevancy to their urban and suburban counterparts,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “Secretary Vilsack has been a wonderful voice for farmers, and we’re proud to have him again at this year’s Classic.”The 2013 Commodity Classic takes place February 28-March 2 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center and the Orlando World Center Marriott in Kissimmee. In addition to social opportunities, the event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship-as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.last_img read more

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Tuition Assistance Could Help Personnel Obtain Licenses Family Council to Recommend

first_imgService members should be able to use their tuition assistance benefit to cover the cost of obtaining professional licenses and technical certifications, members of the DOD Military Family Readiness Council said last week.The department should consider opening up the use of tuition assistance funding for uses beyond accredited education institutions since gaining technical certifications will be one of the primary avenues “our young men and women who are leaving the service are going to find employment in the civilian sector,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey said at the Sept. 14 meeting.Not every soldier wants to attend college, Dailey said.The idea will be one of five the council submits to the secretary of defense as part of its annual recommendations for supporting military families, reported Military Times. The recommendation would have to go through a number of steps before the department approves it.The council also wants to recommend that service members be able to transfer their tuition assistance benefit to spouses. Currently, only spouses of junior personnel are eligible for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program, which helps pay for spouses’ costs associated with pursuing licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees, according to the story.Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said the council and DOD should collaborate to study how education benefits affect the entire military family. There may be periods when a service member doesn’t take advantage of the tuition assistance benefit to enroll in a college class but a spouse could, Cody said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Cops bust 9member child kidnap gang in Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The city police arrested a nine-member gang for allegedly kidnapping children and selling them in other places in the state. A total of five children have been rescued from the gang by the city police. Based on a complaint received from a woman N Kanthamma in Gopalapatnam police station, the police nabbed the culprits. N Kanthamma complained that her two-year-old son Abhiram was kidnapped by an auto-driver Sekhar when she came to Simhachalam temple. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us She came to know of Sekhar two days before in Paderu and exchanged the phone number with him. Later, the duo went to Simhachalam in an auto-rickshaw. When she went to a washroom, Sekhar fled from the spot with her child and her luggage. B Nagamani, J Anand, T Sumanth Kumar, M Lakshmi, M Jyothi, Chandana Devi, Chandana Eswara Rao, B Rambabu and Mohammed Ziauddin were among the accused. They have been involved in abduction and selling the babies. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us The accused tried to sell Abhiram to Vizianagaram, Bheemunipatnam and other places. While they were shifting the boy to Eluru, they were caught by the police on Thursday Under the guidance of Commissioner of Police RK Meena, the kidnap gang was busted by DCP-II Udaya BhaskarAdditional DCP (Crime) V Suresh Babu, among others. The gang kidnapped and sold babies for Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh to childless couples who wanted the children for the past three years.last_img read more

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Is Beyonce pregnant again Singer sparks rumours by sharing this picture

first_imgBeyonce is quite a notorious one as she has made the social media and the Bey Hive go in a frenzy. With just one post of her holding her belly, Queen Bey has set the social media world in a tizzy as fans can’t stop speculating whether she is carrying her fourth child.The singer has earlier shared a pristine picture of herself standing in front of a lush green background, wearing a gingham style dress and posing with her arms crossed and a dramatic purple covering her midsection.A very simple and innocent picture, as we all believe, the Bey hive cannot be calmed. Following the picture, a fan questioned, “Bey why you hiding yo Stomach Gal!” while another fan asked, “Girl what hint is this?”One insinuated that there is something Bey is hiding. “Is she hiding a baby bump?” his comment read. A supposed member of the Bey hive also took to the comments section and stated that the hive is speculating that the singer might be pregnant. “We’ve been saying muva is pregnant.. she’s been dropping clues the entire album,” the fan wrote. Beyonce’s Instagram postInstagramNeither Beyonce nor Jay Z have commented on the news. The Lion King actress has always been extra private when it comes to her life and has rarely addressed rumours or reports. Her only focus is music and family, something everyone is aware of.While that rumour might take some time to rest, the singer has other things to pay heed to. After releasing her album, The Lion King: The Gift, Beyonce has once again managed to score a No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. This is the seventh time that Beyonce’s music has crossed this milestone. BeyonceInstagramHer recent film The Lion King, where she voiced Nala, also performed really well at the box office. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the Jon Favreau film managed to earn $361 million at the domestic box office and a staggering $638 million in the overseas market, making it the fourth Disney film to surpass the $1 billion mark this year.last_img read more

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Harrisons Deconstruction of the BPD Seemed Inevitable

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comApril 19 will mark four years since Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr. succumbed to the injuries he suffered while in custody of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), a death ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.On April 12, 2015, police chased and jumped on Gray for “looking at them the wrong way” near the Gilmor Homes housing project where he lived. At some point after he was hauled into the back of a police van after being arrested dragging his leg and howling in pain, his spine was nearly severed in half. The day of his funeral on April 27, parts of West Baltimore exploded.The Baltimore Police Department has been reeling ever since.The department, accused of “taking a knee” after the six officers connected to Gray’s death were charged and indicted, was placed under a consent decree by the Department of Justice in the wake of the Uprising.We witnessed BPD officers planting evidence at crime scenes, deeds captured by their own body cams.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)We witnessed the surreal exploits of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force, including stealing BGE and rent money from Baltimore residents, selling dope, planting guns, fleecing the city of overtime pay and inexplicably robbing strippers, among other crimes.We witnessed the death of Det. Sean Suiter, ruled a “likely suicide” by an independent review board, ruled murder (many believe at the hand of fellow officers) by the streets, a day before he was to testify against the Gun Trace Task Force.We will soon witness former police commissioner Darryl De Sousa going to prison for income tax violations, while other members of the BPD stand accused of similar tax practices, which have imperiled De Sousa.Yet, the consensus of many veteran law enforcement observers is BPD morale has been on the decline at least since the 1990’s and the implementation of the zero tolerance policing policy of then mayor Martin O’Malley.Now, Commissioner Michael Harrison, the fifth man to lead the beleaguered department since the Uprising of April 2015 (the 10th since 2000 and the zero tolerance days) seems to be in the process dismantling the BPD’s command staff; a move Baltimore law enforcement reformers have championed for decades.“This is really how I can hold people accountable, by reducing the layers of management, especially upper-level management in our department. And so when a district commander is performing well or not performing well, we can know that and hold that person accountable,” Harrison recently told WBAL TV’s indefatigable investigative reporter Jayne Miller, who said Harrison claims he is not simply reshuffling the BPD, but reshaping it.A department statement outlined the details of the deconstruction of the command staff and components of the BPD, which will now be divided into four bureaus: Administration, Operations and two new bureaus, Compliance and Public Integrity. The numbers of colonels and other members of the command staff will be reduced significantly throughout the upper echelon of the department; roles and responsibilities will be re-evaluated.The first steps of the new organizational structure will be implemented April 24. That means there is a lot more pain on the way for those who inexplicably want to defend the BPD’s status quo; welcome news for those who believe the lion’s share of the poison within the department matriculates from the command staff.Unfortunately, (in my mind tragically) the most disenfranchised members of mostly poor, mostly Black Baltimore will lose some champions in law enforcement because of the coming restructuring. Chief (literally) among them is Melvin Russell, Chief of the Community Collaboration Division and a 39-year veteran of the department. His last day will be April 24, the first day sweeping changes will begin.I know of no member of the BPD who served and ministered to our community more selflessly than Russell.However, the plight of the besieged BPD is on Harrison, the weight of city is on his shoulders; he not only has the right, he has the duty to put in place the people he believes will give him the best chance of being successful, for the sake of our crumbling city.It seems like too much of a burden for any one man or woman to bear.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

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Dragon Ball Fashion Debuts from Japanese Brand Galaxxxy

first_imgYou can purchase the Dragon Ball x Galaxxxy collection from Galaxxxy’s Japanese website. If you aren’t confident with your 日本語 yet, you can always try using a shopping service like Noppin or FromJapan. This Dragon Ball fashion collection’s level is totally over 9000!In honor of the 30th anniversary of one of the most ubiquitous anime to ever power up our hearts, Japanese fashion label Galaxxxy has collaborated with the super Saiyans to bring us nerds this awesome range of outfits from the Dragon Ball series over the years.Son Goku Super Saiyan Shirt. 5,800 yen.Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack shirt. 5,800 yen.Dodoria shirt. 5,800yen.Saibamen shirt. 5,800 yen.Later this month, Galaxxxy will also release these two awesome jackets as part of this collection.Hold on to your Dragon balls, because this sukajan style bomber jacket with the legendary Shenron embroidered onto it looks totally amazing.Get the cool look of Cell with this windbreaker that emulates the time travelling warrior’s skin!Dragon Ball is a manga series created by Akira Toriyama, starting in 1984, and inspired by the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The anime series was broadcast in Japan from 1986 to 1996, with subsequent sequel series Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Super, and Dragon Ball Z following it. The manga is currently licensed for English release by Viz Media, with Funimation licensing the English language versions of the anime.Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Son Goku starting from when he was a child and up until he becomes an adult, as he trains to become the strongest in the universe and searches for the seven legendary Dragon Balls. Once collected, the balls will summon the dragon Shenron who will grant the collector a wish. Toy Tuesday: 11 Most Powerful ‘Dragon Ball’ ToysGeeksplainer: ‘Dragon Ball’ center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Abercrombie Kent has

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAbercrombie & Kent has announced a new concept in cruise travel.For 2017, three exclusive itineraries have been designed to combine a luxury cruise with exclusive A&K land arrangements. These packages are based around cruises through the Norwegian Fjords, the Amazon River and the Mediterranean and Adriatic. These small group tours are hosted by a Tour Director and are inclusive of international flights from Australia, upgraded cabin types during cruises, exclusive touring during land programmes, authentic local encounters and dining experiences, all tipping (except to Tour Director) and each is guaranteed for a minimum of two guests.Tours commence March 2017 and ‘good will’ deposits will secure bookings so guests are encouraged to register their interest now.Costa Rica, Manaus & the Caribbean Isles with Seabourn Quest: 27 days – March 2017Italy & Croatia Cruise with Ponant’s Le Lyrial: 16 days – May 2017Norwegian Fjords & Iceland with Ponant’s Le Soléal: 18 days – June 2017Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Following instincts led to rock collaboration Arth

first_imgFollowing instincts led to rock collaboration Arthur Buck by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2018 7:30 am PDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated mage released by New West Records shows Peter Buck, left, and Joseph Arthur who released a collaboration album “Arthur Buck.” (Dean Karr/New West Records via AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Despite making three albums of baseball-themed songs with some friends, Peter Buck isn’t much of a fan. He does, however, have the savvy of a veteran ballplayer.Following his instincts led to the former R.E.M. guitarist’s latest project, a collaboration with songwriter Joseph Arthur. They started writing songs at Buck’s hideaway in Mexico when Arthur came to collect a dobro he’d left behind at a previous visit, and liked them enough to realize it was more than a lark.The Arthur Buck disc is catchy guitar rock with enough flourishes to avoid sounding retro. Buck smooths quirks that have kept Arthur from becoming better known, while Buck benefits from Arthur’s lyrical creativity. Paste magazine critic Madison Desler wrote, “I’ve got a sinking feeling my dad might like this.”Well, allight. Buck’s 61 and been working for four decades now. He doesn’t fight who he is.“I don’t really think that I’m busy writing the footnotes to my career,” he said. “I work really hard on these things. It’s different when you’re 19, 20 or 21 — the whole world is out there. Now I’ve written some 1,000 songs. It’s ‘OK, have I done this before? Is it different?’”Solo records are fun but the buzz from a strong collaboration “is kind of a drug in its own way,” he said.“I really feel like this is the first record from a new band,” Arthur said. “Whether other people are going to view it in the same way, it feels that way to me. It has a feeling that’s exciting. I’ve been in side projects before that haven’t felt that way. They felt like side projects.”They begin their first tour Sept. 7 in Seattle.After finishing recording, the men handed the tapes to sound mixer Tchad Blake with the instruction to take it in any direction he sees fit.A younger Buck would never have done that.“Back in the ’80s when R.E.M. was going, everybody tried to change us,” he said. “We felt we knew better than these guys what it is that we do.”Seven years after R.E.M. ended their 31-year partnership, Buck said the decision still feels right, even if he misses hanging out with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills. The decision to quit came over lunch in about 3 minutes after they finished their last album, “Collapse Into Now.” Stipe said he needed a break from the endless cycle of records and tours.“So I said, ‘I know the feeling. We could just end it,’” Buck recalled. “We turned to Mike and said, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘Sounds good to me.’ That was our big band breakup meeting. I think it’s a great way to go out.”“Some of this stuff is like a fairy tale,” he said. “I was lucky enough to fall into this other world. What goes on in our heads was presented to the world and accepted and we changed our little corner of the world bit by bit. At the end … I think the feeling was, we’ve done this, we’ve done everything we can and let’s let people see that it’s a cool thing.”last_img read more

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