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Kashmir kidnap drama ends in quid pro quo

first_imgA day after militants abducted 11 relatives of policemen in eight hours in south Kashmir, the authorities began releasing detained relatives of militants, including the father of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘operational commander’ Riyaz Naikoo.In response, the militants freed three till Friday afternoon.Among the freed relatives of policemen were the brother of an officer of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police from Kulgam, a police official said. Eight persons remained in the custody of the abductors.Earlier in the day, the police quietly released over a dozen relatives of militants in Pulwama. In his late 60s, Asadullah Naikoo, father of Hizb ‘commander’ Riyaz, was among them.“Asadullah was not arrested but was detained for questioning,” said Superintendent of Police, Awantipora, Zahid Malik. At least 11 relatives of militants were detained by the security forces in the past three days in south Kashmir.An unusual pattern of detentions of family members of militants started on August 7, when the security agencies detained over a dozen relatives of three on-the-run Hizbul Mujahideen militants — Adil Ahmad Mir, Adfar Fayaz Parray and Hammad Khan — in the Tral area of Pulwama in nocturnal raids. The police described the arrested persons, mainly fathers and brothers, including a Class 11 student, as “overground workers”. In response, militants abducted the son of Rafiq Ahmad Rather, posted at the CID headquarters in Srinagar, from Tral on August 29. Asif Rather, pursuing a Master’s in Sericulture, remains captive of the militants.last_img read more

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How can BJP-Sena form govt. amid mutual distrust: Chavan

first_imgIt was the responsibility of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena to provide a stable government for the people of Maharashtra, senior Congressman and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Tuesday. In the event that the BJP-Sena power-sharing talks fail and the Sena approaches the Congress with a proposal on government formation, it would place the matter before the Congress high command and discuss it with its allies, said Mr. Chavan.“These are ifs and buts… in case we do receive such a proposal from the Shiv Sena… To the best of my knowledge, no such proposal has come to us,” said the senior Congressman, speaking to reporters in Karad in Satara.Mr. Chavan said he wondered how the saffron allies could form a government given the mutual distrust between them at the moment. “It appears that there is a major hitch in their government-formation talks. On the one hand, the Sena leadership is talking of a 50:50 power-sharing deal having been settled with [Union Home Minister] Amit Shah. Now, it seems that there is a wide gap between the Sena’s understanding and Chief Minister Fadnavis’ statements that no such secret deal was cut,” he said. “Both parties [Sena and BJP] should hold a press conference to tell the voters of the State what was decided between them in order to end this confusion.”Mr. Chavan had won a stiff three-way fight in the Karad South Assembly segment and defeated his rival, the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, despite high-decibel campaigns by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Karad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Satara.The Leader of Opposition (LoP) would be elected from the NCP in the event the BJP and the Sena succeeded in forming the government, he said. For the first time in the State’s political history, he said, the Congress will not have an LoP from its own ranks.Mr. Chavan acknowledged that the Congress had fallen short in formulating a clear poll strategy and that it was dogged by leadership crises. Still, he said, people had responded to their campaigns highlighting the BJP’s government’s hollow assurances and severe shortcomings. He also said the Congress-NCP coalition had suffered in at least 25 Assembly segments owing to Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), which queered the pitch for both the opposition parties and again benefited the BJP-Sena alliance.“We were willing to enter into an alliance with the VBA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Had we fought together, then not only Mr. Ambedkar, but perhaps six to seven VBA leaders would have been returned as MPs,” Mr. Chavan said. refuting the VBA’s allegations that the Congress had not allowed the party to grow.last_img read more

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UE Boom 2 review: Audio excellence 2.0

first_imgIn the last two years, India’s Bluetooth audio device market has grown bigger with the entry of new players. This has forced older brands to improve and up the ante, even as companies like Bose and JBL have continued to keep the same gold standards that have allowed them to gain the market and mind share among the audiophiles.But the Bose speakers are serious kind of purchase. Their high price means that even if you get the premium sound quality and features, you also have to spend a premium on them. There are no cheap Bose speakers. JBL has cheap speakers, but unfortunately they are in a different class, in a not so good way, when it comes to the sound quality.But this is where the Ultimate Ears, a brand by Logitech, comes into the picture. Ultimate Ears has a number of Bluetooth speakers from low to mid-price range. But what is special about Ultimate Ears is that its speakers have almost perfect audio experience at all ranges.The latest from Ultimate Ears is UE Boom 2, which is the successor of UE Boom from last year. The UE Boom 2 shares everything from design to price with its older sibling, but has improved performance. Or that is what Logitech claims. After using the speaker for a fair amount of time, I feel that claim is accurate. Priced at Rs 15,995, the UE Boom 2 is a steal. Almost.Design and build qualityThe UE Boom 2 looks exactly like the earlier speaker. Or in other words, it looks good. There is nothing over the top about the UE Boom 2’s design and colour combination. It looks elegant and fun at the same time. It is not cheap. It is not loud, well, in design part. And that is good. This is the kind of speakers that you will like to keep in your chic drawing room and not feel bad about it.The UE Boom 2 is a 360-degree speaker. The speaker grills are covered with a threaded fibre mesh and the vertical centre is covered with a soft rubber-like material. The rubber strip also houses all the controls. The top of the speaker has power and Bluetooth button. At the bottom you will find a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB charging port. Both the openings are covered with a flap, since the UE Boom 2 is waterproof. There is also a hook at the bottom, so you can hang it on your bag or your bicycle’s handle if you plan an early morning trek or a picnic. It’s just the right thing to take along for outings. Sadly the rubber material gets dirty after some time, but on the brighter side you can wash it off.advertisementThe strip also has volume buttons marked as big Plus and Minus signs. However, only a small portion of the volume signs work as buttons, rest is just for the show. While this may not seem to be an issue, it may irritate you at times when you are trying to turn the volume up or down. It would have made more sense to put a touch-sensitive panel underneath.The UE Boom 2 is a sturdy speaker. There are no loose parts and no metallic parts on the outside, so no peeling paint either. The overall feeling that I get after using the UE Boom 2 is that if you decide to buy it, it will easily last you for at least two-three years or even more.Also read: UE Boom Bluetooth speaker review: A good mix of style and performance PerformanceIf you want to test the quality of a Bluetooth speaker you should play music on it at the top volume. This is when the audio cracks and music gets jarring. Actually, here at IndiaToday Tech we haven’t yet tested a speaker that can deliver clean sound at top volume. But some do better than others. The UE Boom 2 is among the ones that do significantly better at this one task.I tested the UE Boom 2 using different music genres like Hindi classics, retro, Bollywood’s latest beat-heavy numbers, Death Metal, Punk, Rock, Prog Rock, Hip-hop and EDM.Overall, the UE Boom 2 is a decent performer, although it may also surprise you with its brilliance at times. Let’s start with what’s best on the UE Boom 2.If you are into classics, Indian or otherwise, you will fall in love with this speaker instantly. The UE Boom 2 does a splendid work with old Hindi songs, Carnatic, and even classics from Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner.advertisementNext comes the usual Indian music, mostly Bollywood. The UE Boom 2 will not disappoint you here. It produces decent bass with thumping numbers, on the other hand treble has been a forte for the Boom speakers, this one and the earlier one as well. It handles treble beautifully without trying to kill the bass. So if you are planning to play some new-age Hindi numbers, you will like the overall experience.The same goes for Rock and Progressive Rock. The UE Boom 2 performs well with lower notes and high-pitched alike. However, at a higher volume it may distort a little but not so much to leave sour notes in the air. If you are into classics, Indian or otherwise, you will fall in love with this speaker instantly. The UE Boom 2 does a splendid work with old Hindi songs Just like other Bluetooth speakers this one also has trouble dealing with Metal. Its predecessor, the UE Boom, performed decently with Metal at mid volume levels, this one however doesn’t. Listening to Megadeth and Opeth felt annoying, vocals and instruments felt flattened even at lower volumes. So no Metal for you, UE Boom 2.As I noted earlier, the UE Boom 2 can produce satisfactory bass when required. That brings me to Hip-Hop and EDM. You will not exactly be disappointed but there is nothing to feel elated about with this kind of music on the UE Boom 2. It produces just above average sound with these genres. It also depends on what kind of a listener you are. For an average listener, this will do the job.I also faced a strange issue with the UE Boom 2, which is most likely to be a software issue. The speaker mutes at times, for no visible reasons, even when the song is playing on the connected phone. Replaying the song solved the issue at times although on some occasions fixing it required closing and restarting the player app.Ultimate Ears says that the UE Boom 2 is 25 per cent louder than the previous Boom speaker. Now, there are no decibel figures here but during the use it sure can get loud enough to fill a big room, a hall so to speak, with audio. If you are having terrace party, the UE Boom 2 will do the job fine.The UE Boom 2 also comes with an associated app for iOS and Android. The app adds a few more features to the speaker like equaliser and alarm.To conclude, I can say the UE Boom 2 is an all-rounder for most users, that is if you are not a Metalhead. The speaker offers loud, controlled music, which is a good thing.Also read: UE Roll 360 Bluetooth speaker review: Best of the lotShould you buy itIf you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker which has a style statement of its own and also delivers good performance across various genres, the UE Boom 2 is a good choice. Yes, it is a little pricey but considering its feature set and performance, it has a fair price.It has some competitors like the JBL Pulse 2 and Bose SoundLink Mini II. But the Pulse has a more in-your-face design. The Bose one sports a heavy price tag. Performance-wise you’ll get somewhat better audio experience with the Bose speakers, but then the premium you have to pay is about Rs 5,000. Is it worth it? Depends on the kind of ears you have.advertisementThe UE Boom 2 is perfect for solo listening, in a small party, or even on a picnic. As noted earlier, it’s an all-rounder for most people, although audiophiles with specific tastes and heftier wallet can look for a few more premium options.####UE Boom 2####8/10########Good stuffElegant and fun designPerformance ranging from Good to greatWaterproof####Bad stuffSome software bugsPoor with Metallast_img read more

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Bayern Munich confirm Javi Martinez’s shoulder injury

first_imgGerman football giants Bayern Munich on Sunday confirmed that their midfielder Javi Martinez suffered a slight injury to his right shoulder during the club’s 5-0 Bundesliga win over SC Freiburg.The reigning German top flight champions issued a statement on their official website explaining the examination by Bayern’s medical team confirmed the injury of the 29-year-old Spain midfielder, reports Efe news agency.”Martinez suffered an injury to his right shoulder joint during Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Freiburg…The Spaniard will now be treated carefully and will begin an individual recovery and training program,” the statement said.It is expected that Martinez will miss the UEFA Champions League match against Celtic FC on Wednesday.The Spaniard tweeted on Saturday that his absence due to the injury “won’t be a long pause” and he would return within “just some days”.The 29-year-old operates as a defensive midfielder or a central defender and is one of the crucial cogs in the Bayern gameplan.The Spain international was injured in an aerial challenge during Saturday’s Bundesliga match against Freiburg and Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti was forced to substitute him in the 70th minute.The former Athletic Bilbao star has been in excellent form recently and his absence should be a big blow for Bayern.last_img read more

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Giants Beat Nats in 18, Lead 2-0

first_imgWASHINGTON — Brandon Belt, Yusmeiro Petit and the rest of the San Francisco Giants did what they do so well in October: They never give in, never give up, and win. Simple as that. No matter what it takes — or how long.Even 18 innings.On and on and on the Giants and Nationals played Oct. 4th, from afternoon until just past midnight, when Belt’s homer off Tanner Roark leading off the 18th lifted San Francisco to its 10th consecutive postseason victory, edging Washington 2-1 for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.“That’s how we do it. On paper, it might not be the flashiest thing, compared to a lot of teams. But I like this group against anybody in baseball,” said Tim Hudson, who started for the Giants and went 7 1-3 innings, leaving hours before the game ended.“Who’d have thought we’d have came here and won the first two? Everybody in America probably didn’t think we had a shot. But everybody in this locker room knew that we did.”The teams tied the mark for most innings in a postseason game and set a time record at 6 hours, 23 minutes. They combined to use 17 pitchers and 24 position players.“After a while,” Giants rookie Joe Panik said, “every inning just kind of ran into the next.”Said Craig Stammen, one of eight relievers used by the Nationals after starter Jordan Zimmerman was yanked while ahead 1-0 with two outs in the ninth after walking Panik: “The two worst things in baseball are boredom and frustration, and we were battling both of those tonight.”Somehow, Washington was shut out for 15 innings after Anthony Rendon’s RBI single in the third.The Giants can close out the best-of-five NLDS at home Oct. 6 in Game 3, with Madison Bumgarner — who tossed a shutout against Pittsburgh in the wild-card game — facing Doug Fister.“I’m sure it’s going to be a quiet flight,” said Zimmermann, who threw a no-hitter in the regular-season finale, then allowed only three singles Saturday.Could be quite a sudden end to 2014 for the Nationals, who won the NL East and led the league with 96 wins. But after a pair of one-run losses, they’re looking as if they’re the latest team that can’t figure out how to get past San Francisco.Down to their final out, the Giants tied it in the ninth on Pablo Sandoval’s RBI double off Drew Storen — the closer who blew a two-out ninth-inning lead in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against St. Louis.Petit entered in the 12th and threw six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven, to earn the win. “I was trying to get as much as I could out of him,” Manager Bruce Bochy said.Hunter Strickland got the save with a scoreless 18th. By then, the temperature was in the low 50s; the Nationals used a hot-air blower in their dugout.Roark came on in the 17th. An inning later, he threw a 94 mph fastball on a full count to Belt, who missed 96 games this season because of a broken thumb and concussion and was 0-for-6 until that at-bat.When he drove the ball into the second deck beyond right field, Belt dropped his bat and admired the shot as the Nationals Park crowd fell silent. When Belt got to the dugout, teammates slapped him on his head.“I just wanted to get on base for the guys behind me — ‘Get ’em on, get ’em over and get ’em in.’ Fortunately, I put a good enough swing on it,” Belt said.Only one other postseason game in baseball history lasted 18 innings — when the Astros beat the Braves in a 2005 NLDS game that Hudson started for Atlanta. That one held the previous record for most time, at 5:50.Bochy’s Giants, who won the 2010 and 2012 World Series, were built to win this sort of marathon. “They are relentless. They don’t quit,” Bochy said. “We had our hands full tonight.”In sum, San Francisco stays calm and collected. More than could be said for Washington, which had three of its best hitters — Denard Span, Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper — go a combined 0-for-21, and had manager Matt Williams and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera ejected in the 10th after arguing a called third strike.Cabrera slammed his bat and helmet to the ground, then began yelling at home umpire Vic Carapazza, getting right in his face. That got Cabrera tossed. Williams pushed his player out of the way and also got kicked out. Fans began booing ball-and-strike calls; they cheered when a foul ball ricocheted off the screen behind the plate and hit Carapazza in the 18th.Williams was asked afterward about the decision to lift Zimmermann, who retired 20 batters in a row until walking Panik — after the rookie launched a deep fly that barely sailed foul.“Why did we decide to take him out? Because if he got in trouble in the ninth or got a baserunner, we were going to bring our closer in,” Williams said. “That is what we have done all year.”Storen gave up a single to 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey, then the double to Sandoval that made it 1-all. Posey tried to score on the play, but shortstop Ian Desmond’s one-hop relay was in time for catcher Wilson Ramos to tag Posey. After a 2 1/2-minute delay when Bochy asked for a replay review, Posey was ruled out.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dream

first_imgEdinson Cavani was left struggling for words after his sensational brace helped Uruguay defeat Portugal 2-1 in the round of 16 at FIFA World Cup 2018. On Saturday at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, Cavani scored twice to send Ronaldo packing in what was possibly his last World Cup appearance.Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence to meet Luis Suarez’s pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving their captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSCavani will surely be the toast of the nation. Earlier in the evening, France had knocked out a major South American country, Argentina. Later in the night, a South American country rallied hard to dash the hopes of the 2016 European champions.Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow outUnderstandably, the 31-year-old PSG striker was ecstatic.”I am happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further,” Cavani said. “It’s exciting…there are no words to describe this. Really, really, really happy – look at our fans! I want to continue dreaming,” he said at the end of the match.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMeanwhile, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said the result was not fair.”It’s not a fair result, we did enough for another result,” Santos said. “Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal. We are very sad but that’s football.”Edinson Cavani sends Uruguay into quarter-finalsUruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Rick Pitino Questions Miami’s Handling Of Potentially-Concussed Player Who Montrezl Harrell Hit With Ball

first_imgMiami player injured after being pegged with ball.Following his team’s two-point victory against Miami Saturday afternoon, Louisville coach Rick Pitino expressed some concern for the way the Hurricanes handled a potentially-concussed player. In the first half of the contest, Cardinals’ senior forward Montrezl Harrell threw the basketball at the face of Miami center Tonye Jekiri. Harrell was given a Flagrant 1 after referees reviewed the play. The Louisville star said following the 55-53 victory the throw was not intentional, though Hurricanes’ coach Jim Larranaga disagreed. Jekeri, a starter for Miami, began the second half on the bench. Larranaga said after the game his player was suffering from severe headaches. Miami’s trainers originally believed the 7-foot big man had a concussion, before allowing him back into the game. Miami’s handling of Jekeri was troubling to Pitino. Here’s what the Louisville coach said during his post-game press conference, courtesy of the Courier-Journal:“Here’s the ironic thing: Coach Larranaga walked over to the officials, all the way over to the other side. I’ve never seen that. I wanted to know what (Larranaga said). The official says, ‘Well, he wanted to let me know that the big guy has a concussion on that play.’ I said, ‘What motive do you need to know that? He’s back in the game.’“So I called (Louisville football coach) Bobby Petrino — this is no joke — I said, ‘Get a hold of that Miami doctor because, in 15 minutes, a kid went from a concussion to playing and totally healthy.’ We’re sending a plane down to hire that doctor for football. We will never have a concussion ever again. He was back 3-4 minutes later. He walked all the way over there to tell him he had a concussion, then he was back in the game.”That’s a pretty direct calling out of Miami from Pitino. Concussions are obviously something that should be taken very seriously, but it’s impossible to know if the Hurricanes’ medical staff followed protocol or not. This likely won’t be the last we hear of this incident. [Courier-Journal]last_img read more

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Australia refuse to play in Pakistan, PCB announces ODIs in UAE

first_imgAustralia refuse to play in Pakistan, PCB announces ODIs in UAEAustralia will play Pakistan in a 5-match one day international series in preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from March 22 to 31advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 20:48 IST Pakistan host Australia for a 5-match ODI series in UAE (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB had initially invited CA to send the Austrlian team to Karachi to play one or two matchesAustralia had refused to play Pakistan in the country with the series being shifted to UAEAustralia will play Pakistan in a 5-ODI series from March 22-31, ahead ICC Cricket World CupAustralia have refused to any of the ODI series matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory five-match rubber in the UAE.After much delay the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22 to 31.The PCB had invited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches of the and were hopeful of convincing the Australians to come to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.”The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral series and the Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months, PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said.”But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia cricket team live in action for the first times since 1998,” he said.”Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their Word Cup preparations,” Khan added.Khan, however, said that the CA has assured them that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches”In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC, Zakir added.In the last 18 months, Pakistan have hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017.advertisementA month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue.In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the Windies and Pakistan. Last month, the Windies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi.Also Read | Young fan hit by ball in the stands, George Bailey gifts him a pair of glovesAlso Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky PontingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Pakistan vs AustraliaFollow PCBFollow UAEFollow Cricket AustraliaFollow ODIsFollow Karachilast_img read more

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Everest Isles and Photog Matthew Clark Team Up For Ocean-Saving Prints

first_imgJune 8 is World Oceans Day and, to honor the great global ocean that regulates our climate and provides us with food, transportation, and beautiful beaches, technical swim and sportswear maker Everest Isles and renowned photographer Matthew Clark teamed up to create a unique, extremely limited run of Clark’s photos printed on recycled technical sales.Unique in their backing material, these prints are all signed and numbered by the artist and, depending on size, run between $500 to $750. While that may sound like a steep price to pay, remember, not only are you getting a high-end art piece you can hang anywhere in your pad, you’re also donating to a good cause.DRIFT by Matt ClarkAll proceeds from Clark’s prints go to Ocean Global, a non-profit that uses art, music, and tech to educate people on the many issues impacting our oceans today, including pollution, ocean acidification, and rising temperatures. Not only do they educate, however, they also offer real world solutions to initiate positive change.This extremely exclusive run of 10 prints is available until June 30, or until they’re gone–whichever comes first.With the US withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, it’s time for Americans to step-up as individuals and do our part. For someone with a love of art and money to burn, this is a good place to start. For more info, or to order, check out the prints here. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

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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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