8 days agoLeyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coach

first_imgLeyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coachby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeyton Orient have named Carl Fletcher as head coach.The 39-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road and arrives from Bournemouth, where his most recent position was loan manager.Fletcher takes over from caretaker boss Ross Embleton, who has filled the vacancy since the death of Justin Edinburgh in June.Orient director of football Martin Ling told the club website: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top.”He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box.”Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels.”We spoke to a couple players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Auburn RB Corey Grant Ran A Blazing Sub-4.3 40 At The Tigers’ Pro Day

first_imgCorey Grant runs 40-yard dash.Former Auburn running back Corey Grant is doing a pretty good job impressing the scouts at the Tigers’ pro day this afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine, but he’s making up for that today. Grant might be the fastest player available in the upcoming NFL Draft. According to multiple people in attendance at Auburn’s pro day, Grant ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash. Hearing unofficial 40 chatter of 4.27 and 4.28 for AU RB Corey Grant. Workout wonder. #AUProDay— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 3, 2015BREAKING: Corey Grant is fast. Unofficially a 4.27 40 at Pro Day— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) March 3, 2015Times are often a little faster at pro days than they are at the combine or at NFL team’s individual workouts, but that’s still an incredibly impressive performance by Grant. He’s certainly helping his draft stock today.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Remembers Crew Of Edmund Fitzgerald On 40th Anniversary Of Shipwreck

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Today is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan. The ship’s entire 29-man crew died in the tragedy. It’s a haunting historical event for many who live in the area. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has already admitted that his favorite song is Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” which is a tribute to the captain and crew of the ill-fated ship. This afternoon, Harbaugh tweeted out a link to Lightfoot’s song as a way of remembering those who perished in the storm 40 years ago. Remembering the captain and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald today. God Bless You and Yours! https://t.co/OZl3bMYWuy— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) November 10, 2015Harbaugh truly is a Michigan Man, in more ways than one.last_img read more

92 schools served notice for operating without licence

first_imgGurugram: Ninety-two schools have been sent notices for being unregistered. The action comes after the High Court took stern notice of over 1000 schools with no licences.According to official data, there are over 200 unlicensed schools that are functional in the city. As most of these private schools are not registered they too get away in charging exorbitant sums from the parents. For long it has been alleged by educations activists and aggrieved parents that the district administration has not penalised these unlicensed schools some of it are operational since 2007. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn March this year Parents of over 300 students at Global High School in Sector -57 faced a harrowing time as they have been provided with a notice by the school management of its abrupt closure. Not only does a lack of licence give a leeway of these schools to increase the fees but also it puts the safety of children in jeopardy. In an alarming figure that puts a serious question mark over the safety of school children over 20 private schools in Gurugram are functioning without the NOC from the fire department. The information has been revealed from the survey conducted by the fire department Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe information cites that most of these Private schools are prominent schools in the schools in the city. The fire officials have cited that while most of the schools have not applied for the renewal of the license, there are also certain schools whose license were rejected due to inadequate fire safety systems. Sources in the fire department have cited that lack of action by the authorities is resulting in most of the establishments including schools in the city getting away and not renewing their fire safety licenses. Besides the private schools, there are certain government establishments including the city’s civil hospital that does not have a fire safety clearance certificate.last_img read more

CAT stays suspension of IAS officer who checked PMs copter

first_imgBengaluru: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here Thursday stayed the order of the Election Commission suspending IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for checking prime minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha.The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was suspended on April 17 for checking Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in violation of norms for dealing with SPG protectees and sent back to the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CAT maintained that during an election process while reasonable assurances of protection and security must be made available to SPG protectees, it cannot be said “they are eligible for anything and everything.” Mohsin had tried to check some luggage in the convoy of the Prime Minister and the EC order had said he had acted in violation of existing instructions of the commission. In its order, the CAT, which adjudicates disputes involving central government employees, noted that there was a circular regarding the SPG protectees that they are exempted from certain examinations on certain grounds. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt also said:”We will not go into the SPG protectees guidelines as per the bluebook right now but the rule of law must prevail.” The tribunal also took note of the submission of the applicant’s counsel who pointed out that there were news about heavy packages unloaded from prime minister’s cavalcade being taken away in other vehicle. “It has been laid down that SPG protectees are exempted from checking. He should have known the instruction being an observer. The reason for suspension is dereliction of duty,” a source in the EC had said following suspension.last_img read more

Rashford reveals how Solskjaer has improved him as a striker

first_imgMarcus Rashford believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance at Manchester United has been a “massive help” towards his development as a striker.Since Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford in December on an interim basis, Rashford has embarked on a superb run of form in his favoured centre-forward role.The 21-year-old striker has scored six goals and provided three assists in 12 appearances under Solskjaer.The caretaker manager, who scored 126 goals in 366 games as a forward for United, has even challenged Rashford to match the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.“For me, it’s been a massive help having that type of guidance around me,” Rashford told Sky Sports on Solskjaer’s role in his development.“But he’s been working with all of the players with everything he’s got, you can see even the defenders are improving, the midfield is improving, the team’s improved overall but we understand we can still take more steps forward.“He has that know-how, the understanding, that’s the kind of thing you just pick off naturally off these type of people.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Even not just out on the pitch, having conversations about it, it all adds up. It’s been a big turnaround. As long as we keep improving I don’t see why [he shouldn’t get the job permanently].”The England international went on to reveal that Solskjaer has even encouraged both himself and teammates Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to aim high and possibly match the feats he achieved at United during his own playing career.Aside from being a prolific scorer, Solskjaer also won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups.The 45-year-old even famously scored the match-winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final at Barcelona.Rashford added: “When we were in Dubai, we were having a bit of banter when the manager was speaking to me, Anthony [Martial] and Jesse [Lingard], and I just mentioned his goal in the Champions League final.“He was quick to let us understand that with what we have in this team, anything is possible and it’s not far-fetched to say we can recreate those moments.”United will host Solskjaer’s old rivals Liverpool in a Premier League match at Old Trafford in Sunday with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United gestures during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)last_img read more

Penton Folds Video Magazine

first_imgPenton Media has folded Digital Content Producer magazine into millimeter, its other video industry magazine. The merger is effective with the April issue.The decision to fold Digital Content Producer into millimeter will “better serve the entire video production industry,” a Penton spokesperson told FOLIO:. No layoffs were associated with the merger, she said.Millimeter’s frequency will increase from bimonthly to monthly and its circulation will jump from 30,000 to 60,000. Digital Content Producer, a monthly, carried a circulation of 57,000. Penton plans to relaunch millimeter’s Web site in July, the company said.last_img read more

UK for fair peaceful elections in Bangladesh

first_imgUK releases the 2017 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on `Human Rights and Democracy` on Monday.The United Kingdom has said they would continue to stress long-term importance to Bangladesh’s development of “free, fair, inclusive and peaceful” elections, says a new report.In its Bangladesh chapter of the 2017 Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on ‘Human Rights and Democracy’ the UK said they would continue to engage closely with Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, according to UNB news agency.The UK government praised the Bangladeshi government and people for having accepted and assisted over 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar from August 2017 onwards.The UK also welcomed repeated government assurances that any returns of Rohingya refugees would be voluntary, safe, well-informed and dignified one.The UK took an international lead in supporting the refugees and in mobilising international attention to the situation in Rakhine State.Conditions in Rohingya refugee camps raised particular risks of violence against women, many of whom had already suffered appalling violence in Rakhine State, says the report.Working with UN and other agencies, the UK ensured the humanitarian response included help and support for the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.It says they will support progress towards gender equality, including on girls’ education, where a focus will be on promoting equity in access, retention and learning outcomes for the most marginalised girls; combating modern slavery; pressing the authorities on enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions.The UK will continue to engage closely with Bangladesh to support freedom of expression and other democratic freedoms.The report observed that the human rights situation in Bangladesh saw no substantive improvement in 2017.Credible reports of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture by government agencies continued, as did government pressure on opposition parties, civil society and the media, claimed the report.The report observes that the human rights situation in Myanmar deteriorated sharply in 2017, with the crisis in Rakhine dominating the second half of the year.The UK continued to have serious concerns about human rights, including ethnic cleansing, restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and a lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses, according to the report.Looking ahead to 2018, the report says the UK stands ready to help the government of Myanmar implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.”The UK also welcomes the establishment of an international advisory board. Any returns of refugees to Burma (Myanmar) must be safe, voluntary and dignified and have independent monitoring by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,” said the report.Humanitarian support to refugees in Bangladesh, through DFID, totalled 59 million pounds in 2017, said the report.”In 2018, we’ll continue funding important projects on freedom of expression and preventing sexual violence, while expanding our work to help tackle hate speech and other underlying drivers of inter-communal tensions,” says the report.last_img

Heavy rainfall predicted

first_imgKolkata: A fresh low-pressure area that has been created over North Odisha and adjoining Bengal would bring moderate to heavy rainfall in various parts of the state, the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted. However, the city may receive light to moderate rainfall in the next three days while some districts will witness heavy to very heavy rain. North-Eastern states are expected to see moderate rains in the next few days. States like Jharkhand, some parts of Bihar and Sikkim may also witness light to moderate rains. According to a senior weather official, the low pressure which was currently situating over North Odisha and adjoining parts of Bengal has gained some strength as a result of which various districts — both in North and South Bengal — will receive moderate to heavy showers depending on their geographical locations.last_img read more

Mango extravaganza

first_imgIt is a three day extravaganza aiming to represent Delhi as a perfect tourist destination by showcasing and promoting its cultural and culinary diversity. The fest will be celebrating the irresistible fruit – mango, while also encouraging the cultural importance of Mangoes associated with Delhi. The celebration will continue for the three days of the fest.The festival will be inaugurated by Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi in the presence of Manish Sisodia, Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi and Kapil Mishra, Minister for Tourism, Delhi. The fiesta will see a grand opening with artists from all over the country performing on stage and mascots dressed up in different costumes, giving it an extravagant look. Various summer fruit cultivators, product manufacturers, sharbat and dessert manufacturers and distributors  from different regions of the country will be a part of this grand event.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The venue, Dilli Haat, Janakpuri corresponds to the essence of the fete. It is a multi-purpose, socio-cultural complex with a bazaar-like feel to it. It is an urban version of the traditional weekly market, with a delightful mix of craft, cuisine and culture. The Delhi Summer Festival is the perfect spot for all foodies to treat their taste buds with various summer fruits, thirst quenchers, desserts and much more.It will not only be a visual and mouth-watering treat, but also a jubilation of summer with taste and fun. Guests will see stage performances by ‘Twirls & Thumkas’ enacting a parade act along with other artists like Abhijit Ganguly, a comedian, Abhishek Acharya, an illusionist, Pratyul Joshi, a musician. These performances will be conducted throughput the event. Various amateur bands, singers, musicians have also been invited to perform at the gala.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGuests will also get to attend interactive classes where recipes of yoghurt, sharbats, smoothies will be taught.Several competitions will make sure the visitors make the most out of the Summer Fest. A unique initiative ‘100 ka hai daam, kitne bhi khao Aam’ has been taken by the organizers in which the visitors have to pay only Rs.100 per entry and can eat mangoes at their heart’s desire. ‘Hangout’ is an exclusive jungle-themed entertainment centre, furnished with various games and activities to keep the children engaged.last_img read more

IEML reelects Chairman for the third time

first_imgAt the 86th Board of Directors meeting of India Exposition Mart Limited (IEML), Rakesh Kumar has been unanimously re-elected as Chairman for third consecutive term on November 2. On the occasion, the entire Board of IEML appreciated the milestones achieved by Rakesh Kumar during his previous tenure and further welcomed him for the third consecutive term. And,rakesh Kumar thanked the Board for showing continuous trust and confidence in him.He has served in various professional associations in the field of exhibitions and convention sector and also handicrafts exports. He is also the Executive Director of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH]. Not only this, Rakesh has also been the President of Indian Exhibition Industry Association [IEIA] and is also on the Board of various National and International Associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring his past tenure of four years, he did commendable work not only for IEML but for the society of Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. Through his vast vision, he commissioned 3MW solar rooftop project which is not only beneficial for IEML but as well for the society. To expand and cater the needs of major Exhibition Organisations of the Asia and World, Six additional halls have been built and also hard standing of 140000 SQM have been built during his tenure only.Beside above, IEML is also going to unveil the hotel project for the Exporters and Exhibitors of the IEML. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKnown for his new ideas and innovative thoughts and by working on his own innovated ideas, Kumar launched the India International Hospitality Show [IHE] and also various new shows in collaboration with other organisation like Mega Trade Fair, Escalator and Elevator Expo, among others. During his tenure only, IEML succeeded to host IHGF-Delhi Fair duly declared as world’s largest handicrafts fair by Limca Book of World records and other biggest shows of Asia like Auto Expo, ELECRAMA, GES, Re-Invest Submit, COP-7 etc. In the field Social Welfare, Kumar is working very hard for upliftment of education in Government schools at preliminary level through primary school and mobile education van and also providing sanitation facilities at School level for boys and girls. This year, Rakesh Kumar has been felicitated with MICE Person of the year award by TRAVTOUR MICE and International Hospitality and Travel Award 2018. During his tenure IEML has been honoured as Best MICE Venue.last_img read more

IATA reports strong year for air travel demand says aviation is the

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share IATA reports strong year for air travel demand, says “aviation is the business of freedom” GENEVA — In light of the U.S. immigrant ban that has sparked controversy and protests across the country, IATA, in its full-year global passenger traffic report, says that “aviation is the business of freedom” and that its social and economic benefits must be defended “from barriers to travel and protectionist agendas.”According to the report, air travel demand had a strong year in 2016, closing out the year on a high note with an 8.8% increase in December. Demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs) rose 6.3% compared to 2015, well ahead of the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. Capacity also rose 6.2% compared to 2015, pushing the load factor up to a record full-year average high of 80.5%.“Air travel was a good news story in 2016. Connectivity increased with the establishment of more than 700 new routes. And a $44 fall in average return fares helped to make air travel even more accessible,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “As a result, a record 3.7 billion passengers flew safely to their destination. Demand for air travel is still expanding.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”De Juniac also added: “Our freedom to connect through air travel drives prosperity and enriches societies. That freedom can only be given its fullest expression when governments facilitate the movement of people and goods.”International passenger traffic rose 6.7% in 2016 compared to 2015, with all regions recording year-over-year increases in demand. Middle East carriers had the strongest regional annual traffic growth for the fifth year in a row, with RPKs expanding 11.8%. Asia Pacific carriers came in a close second with a demand increase of 8.3% compared to 2015.North American airlines had a good year as well, seeing demand rise 2.6% in 2016. Most of the growth occurred in the second quarter, and traffic was strongest on Pacific routes. In contrast, North Atlantic has been fairly flat. Capacity rose 3.3%, reducing the load factor for 0.5 percentage points to 81.3%.Domestic air travel rose 5.7% in 2016. Capacity rose 5.1% and load factor was 82.2%, up 0.5 percentage points over 2015. All major markets except Brazil showed growth, with India and China being the standout performers (RPK expansion of 23.3% and 11.7%, respectively). Tags: IATAcenter_img Travelweek Group Thursday, February 2, 2017 Posted bylast_img read more

QA with Agencia Global Listening to what agents want

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Q&A with Agencia Global: “Listening to what agents want” Share Tags: Agencia Global Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Monday, March 12, 2018 TORONTO — For agents who find it time-consuming – and confusing – to search through countless airfares for their clients, Agencia Global has a solution.The online-based platform provides the lowest consolidator airfare on the market, says the company, and empowers travel agents with a simple and effective tool at no cost to the user. It has no booking fees and no markup on net fares.Travelweek talked to Ryan Saroli, CEO of Agencia Global, to learn more about the B2B platform and how it can benefit agents:Q: Tell us about the company’s origins.A: Voyages A La Carte is based in Montreal and began as a traditional travel agency in 1991. In 2012, Voyages A La Carte shifted its business model toward the air consolidation business it is today. In 2013, Voyages A La Carte USA was formed to offer content from POS USA, and in 2014 Voyages A La Carte acquired Alio, a tour operator. Then in 2017, we launched our new B2B platform, Agencia Global.Q: What kind of products do you offer, and which suppliers do you work with?A: Currently, Agencia Global offers airfare, travel insurance and will soon complete the integration of hotels and car rentals. We are currently working with Manulife, CSA Insurance, CarTrawler and Booking.com. We also have contracts with over 160 airlines.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJQ: How many passengers and flights can agents book at a time?A: Currently, Agencia Global allows an agent to book up to nine passengers on one PNR. Also, Agencia Global can facilitate multi-city flights for up to five different destinations for the same passengers. Additional passengers and flights must be reserved on a separate booking.Q: What is unique to Agencia?A: Agencia is the only consolidator tool available to travel agents that has no cost to sign up, no booking fees and no markup on nets. Agencia also provides the easiest, fastest and cleanest consolidator tool online while providing customer support based in Canada to support all of our tools.Q: How many Canadian travel agents are currently registered? And what do they receive with their registration?A: Agencia Global already has several thousand agents registered with the tool. It is free to register. After registering, travel agents gain access to Agencia’s full suite of travel tools, as well as our customer support.Q: What has been the secret to the company’s success?More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA: I’d say it’s that we consider ourselves a technology company first, which is much needed in the travel industry. We’re able to provide effective travel solutions for our travel agent customers for a fraction of the price our competitors charge. This allows travel agents access to more comprehensive content without the fees or markups they’re used to.Q: What are the biggest challenges Canadian agents face today, and how can Agencia help them overcome them?A: I don’t think Canadian travel agents or home-based agents have a simple and effective tool that makes the booking process enjoyable. Agents are also at the mercy of consolidators when it comes to the rates they pay. The inefficiencies of consolidators have cost travel agents money, and we’ve developed a product that solves that problem.Q: What’s new for the company in 2018/2019?A: Agencia will constantly be improving the website and add features that travel agents are looking for. Our development team is constantly looking at user experience and our support team is listening to what the agents want.For more information on Agencia Global’s suite of offerings, go to agenciaglobal.com.last_img read more

Aeroplan sale price lands at 516 million after post closing adjustments

first_img Share Aeroplan sale price lands at $516 million after post closing adjustments Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia Inc, Air Canada Tuesday, June 4, 2019 MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. says the final price for the sale of Aeroplan to Air Canada has increased to $516 million following the finalization of all financial adjustments after the deal’s January close.Air Canada signed a definitive agreement last November to buy the flagship points program from Aimia, a loyalty analytics company, at an initial price of $450 million in cash. It was increased to $497 million after original adjustments.The airline, which will gain better access to customer data through the deal, also assumed $1.9 billion in liabilities to points holders, partially backed by two banks that offer Aeroplan credit cards.Aimia says it will receive a final payment of $19 million to complete the transaction. It says the post-closing adjustments stem mainly from favourable working capital relative to the target working capital set out in the agreement.The Montreal-based company also says the Canada Revenue Agency has told Aeroplan Inc. following an audit for the 2012 and 2013 taxation years that the program owes $11 million, on top of the $24 million already handed over to Ottawa.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAimia says it plans to file a notice of objection in the coming weeks. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rep Lyons elections legislation protects taxpayers

first_img24Mar Rep. Lyons’ elections legislation protects taxpayers Elections measure passes House with bipartisan support Categories: Newscenter_img The House today passed Rep. Lyons’ bill to prohibit those expelled or those who have resigned from legislative office from running in the special election called to replace them.The legislation clarifies that when an elected official resigns or is removed from office, that resignation or removal remains in effect for the remainder of that legislative term.State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, the bill sponsor and chair of the House Elections Committee, said its purpose is to protect taxpayer dollars.“This bill is just common sense,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “It is absurd that an individual could run to fill a vacancy that their own departure created at the expense of local governments and the taxpayers. If a person who resigns or is removed from office wants to seek that seat in a regular election, the voters should- and will continue to- have the right to decide for themselves whether they will elect that person. The loophole in our current law allowing them to run in a local taxpayer-funded special election to fill their own vacancy simply does a disservice to hard-working taxpayers.”House Bill 5407 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are comm

first_imgStimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to kids with what’s known as ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But recently, adults became the biggest users of these drugs.That’s partially because more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time. But the new Netflix documentary Take Your Pills focuses on the use of these drugs to boost cognitive performance in college classrooms and the workplace.”What the film really looks at is really: What do these pills promise, and what do people desire?” says director Alison Klayman. “And these drugs are associated with keeping better focus — it’s better attention, it’s better productivity — in this moment when people are all really feeling squeezed, feeling pressure to perform.”Klayman, a former All Things Considered intern and now a filmmaker, spoke with us from NPR’s studios in New York City.Interview HighlightsOn what Klayman generally heard from adult users of these drugsThere were at least two different camps. There are some adults who were using it since high school and even earlier. And then there were some who found it for the first time as an adult. And there was a cycle that people go through where at first, it seems like something that’s jet fuel that gets you everything you want. And slowly, people report needing more and more — higher doses in order to keep the efficacy. And then, people report different side effects, and also kind of an identity issue — of wondering, you know, is it correct that I am associating my success with a need for this as a tool, as a supplement? I think for people who grew up on the medication, a lot of the people that we talked to — and we talked to well over 100 people — they want to see if they can go off of it.On the reasons interview subjects cited for taking these pillsSometimes it’s because they feel like everyone else is doing it — that was the experience of the anonymous worker from Goldman Sachs. Same thing in coding — that’s another environment where it’s expected that you’re going to do these long runs. [The coder in the film] describes the first time he took it was 1 a.m., given to him by another person at this coding bootcamp. It’s a big thing for high-functioning and successful people in America.On the cited research suggesting that these drugs don’t actually improve cognitive performance, but do make people feel as if they’re performing better While we were shooting the film, people who use Adderall, Ritalin, these drugs regularly — I was surprised how many young people would say, “So, you’re working on this film — does it work?” … I think they could tell it was doing something, but again this identity question of: How much is me, how much is the drug and how much is it really helping?And what’s amazing is that one of the effects of Adderall — which is, you know, amphetamine, mixed amphetamine — is that it makes you feel like you are doing better. But the idea that these are “smart pills” or that they’re cognitive enhancers is a little bit misguided.On potential harm in the widespread use of these stimulants, whether long-term or otherwiseI think the harm that is most urgent, that applies to the most people, is what the film focuses on, which is a little bit more of the identity questions of, you know: What is lost if we are all in an Adderall world? What does it mean to feel like you need it to succeed? It’s just — it’s true, we don’t know what the impact is. And that’s part of the reason why I see this film as a real conversation starter. Is this the kind of world we want to live in? And then we’ll continue to do research from there.Denise Guerra and Emily Kopp produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A disability charity that has signed up to the gov

first_imgA disability charity that has signed up to the government’s Disability Confident scheme for employers has been forced to pay more than £3,000 to a disabled woman who claimed she was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed.Tmara Senior (pictured) worked for Cloverleaf Advocacy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, for more than three years, before she says she was forced out after her year-long research project ended.After learning that she was facing redundancy, she applied for another position with the charity, only to be sent a print letter telling her when to attend an interview, even though she is blind.It later sent her other print letters in connection with her application, she said, even after she complained that she could not read them.She said that she was rejected for one position she applied for with the charity because she failed to describe in the interview how she would use visual forms of communication in that job.And she said that her own personal assistant was able to shadow advocates working for the charity, when she was not given similar opportunities until after she had left her job.Senior has also told how the charity refused to publish her research report, which detailed the views of disabled people about the barriers they faced in accessing social and leisure opportunities in the Kirklees area.Cloverleaf also prevented the report being shared with the local council.She said: “I never got to present it to anyone because they decided nothing was going to be done with it.”She believes the charity failed to publish it because she had refused to remove criticisms made by disabled people she had spoken to about local organisations that Cloverleaf worked with.She said: “I didn’t alter what was said because I wanted it to be accurate and reflect the views of disabled people.“How can you advocate on behalf of disabled people and not want their views to be taken into account?“Why wouldn’t you want to publish a report to the council saying these are the reasons disabled people are not happy? That’s not advocacy.”After Senior took legal action against Cloverleaf, the charity tried to convince her to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of its settlement of her claim, but she refused to do so because she wanted to speak out about the way she had been treated.Although Cloverleaf did not admit liability for Senior’s claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, it has agreed to pay her £3,250 to settle her claim, as well as paying for her to take an advocacy course.She said she believed she was discriminated against, and blames the “culture” of the charity.She said: “My work had always been very good but in the end it is almost as if what I did was not really valued very highly.“It really does hurt because I worked there for quite a while. I loved my job and I never wanted to leave.“I feel like I was just pushed out.”She also said the charity failed to deal with two members of staff who had confronted her in the office, shortly before she was made redundant, leaving her too frightened to return to work and “feeling extremely anxious for some weeks afterwards”.Suzi Henderson, Cloverleaf’s chief executive, said the charity did not want to respond to the individual allegations because it would not be “fair” to Senior to do so due to “confidentiality” reasons, although she said they “very strongly feel that the allegations she has made are untrue”.She said that all of the issues raised by Senior have been “reflected on by the organisation as part of the process of reaching the settlement” and that “all the actions we have taken were fair and lawful and appropriate”.But she admitted that “in terms of our reflections, we have updated all of our application forms now to accommodate additional communication needs, alternative communication needs”.She declined to discuss any more of the allegations, but she said in a statement: “Since 1995 our core values have driven us to be passionate about equality.“We firmly believe that every individual should be an equal member of society: everyone has the right to plan their own life, to be listened to, taken seriously and to be respected.“We constantly review all our activities to help ensure that we are doing everything possible to support all our 160-plus staff while providing the best possible service for thousands of individuals.“Regarding the specific issues, we remain confident that our actions have been right. “We do not tolerate any incorrect behaviour and take immediate action wherever appropriate.“The settlement made was a commercial settlement by our insurers and does not indicate any liability.”The charity, which says it offers “high quality advocacy services to people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, older people, people with physical and sensory impairment, and carers”, is a member of the government’s Disability Confident scheme that aims to promote the employment of disabled people.Cloverleaf secured its status as a “Disability Confident Employer” – the middle of the government scheme’s three levels – through self-assessing its own policies and procedures.As a Disability Confident Employer, it is supposed to “make a commitment to employ and retain disabled people”, “make sure all documentation is available in different formats”, “make sure people involved in the recruitment process are Disability Confident and know how to support disabled applicants”, and provide “a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process”.Senior said that Cloverleaf’s claim to be a Disability Confident Employer was “just laughable”.She said: “If they can do what they have done to me, why wouldn’t they do it to anybody else who was disabled?“They should not be a member of that scheme when you consider what they have done to me and the way I have been treated.”She added: “I really believe in disabled people being heard and the voices of disabled people being heard but I don’t believe they believe in that.”Disability News Service reported last November how analysis by disabled campaigner David Gillon suggested that Disability Confident was “trivially easy to abuse” and allowed organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they failed to comply with anti-discrimination laws.last_img read more

Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And

first_imgMMNA’s New “Small Batch” Philosophy Debuts With Crossover Family Marketing Effort Ahead of Far-Reaching Changes to the Brand’s Go-To-Market Strategy Mitsubishi Motors thinks small for its latest advertising strategy, and that’s a good thing. “Mitsubishi has enjoyed significant and sustained growth in the US over the last six years, and from new vehicles to new dealers, there are a lot of exciting changes coming,” said Kimberley Gardiner, who joined MMNA as vice president and chief marketing officer in January. “But we have to admit to ourselves that, in this market, we’re a niche player in an industry that is expected to be relatively flat in the near future, so if we want to maintain our momentum and grow, we’re going to have to change the way we think and act as a brand.” Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), the fastest-growing Asian brand in the US for the second consecutive year, is on the rise, but in order to accelerate that growth, the company is thinking small. But not small as in diminutive, small as in “Small Batch,” a term that speaks to carefully crafted products, thoughtfully curated collections and a proudly independent mindset. BSSP-produced assetsFestival of CreativityKimberley GardinerMarketing Technology NewsMitsubishi MotorsNews Previous ArticleAdslot Delivers 467% Increase in ROI Through Programmatic Guaranteed SolutionNext ArticleShoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance Mitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And That’s A Good Thing PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 4:15 pmJune 14, 2019 Gardiner and her team, including Ad Age 2018 Small Agency of the Year, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP), and Adweek Global Media Agency of the Year 2019, OMD, looked to modern, tech-savvy direct-to-consumer brands for inspiration across categories as diverse as eyewear, fitness, mattresses and travel gear.“The best D2C (direct-to-consumer) brands have found ways to differentiate themselves from their more traditional competitors while making the discovery, shopping, purchase and ownership experience easy and fun; we need to find our own way to do the same,” said Gardiner. “And we need to own who we are. Mitsubishi may be a small brand in the U.S., but our spirit is mighty. We might not be for everyone – and our customers tell us they love that about us.”Marketing Technology News: MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and AdvertisersBecause of this unique, outside-the-auto-industry thinking, Gardiner also will be traveling to Cannes, France, to participate in the Cannes Lions “Festival of Creativity” week June 17-21. Invited to speak on multiple panels, Gardiner will share her perspective on the value of agency creativity and the changing face of the agency/client relationship and the way challenger brands must present their unique messages. She will also debut with media partner Teads a custom version of ‘Small Batch’ creative as part of their L’Atelier interactive workshop.“We’re looking outside of the automotive industry, rather than just within it, to find new ways of thinking and engaging,” said Gardiner. “We’re seeking technology and partnerships that are new to the category, enabling us to transform our business.”The “Small Batch” vision celebrates the marque’s adventurous and ambitious spirit as a challenger-brand. It’s based on a mindset expressed by Mitsubishi owners, who look at uncommonness as cool and see their own confident, independent choices as key to their own success in life.Marketing Technology News: Study Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior ServiceAs the first manifestation of the “Small Batch” strategy, the Crossover Family marketing effort debuted first on social media in late April with a heavy focus on digital distribution before expanding to video and broadcast. Creatively, “Small Batch” features black vehicles in front of a black background for a distinctly premium look. Bold, bright white copy superimposed across the image succinctly conveys key brand and product messages and maximizes engagement, particularly when viewed without sound as most digital messages are today.BSSP-produced assets include multiple cross-carline 15-second and six-second videos, model-specific “featurettes,” as well as more traditional 30-second television spots. Moreover, a new relationship with Team Velocity of Herndon, Virginia, will help translate MMNA’s new marketing vision to dealer-level communications.Media is structured for an always-on, hyper-targeted approach that is platform agnostic. Additional changes in agency scopes of work and areas of responsibility will facilitate full integration across earned, owned and paid channels.Additional “Small Batch” creative will debut throughout the summer, but the strategy is intended to reach far beyond advertising alone. It will incorporate partnerships and experiential marketing, and ultimately touch all aspects of Mitsubishi’s business in the United States.Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and Peoplelast_img read more

China telecom giant Huawei hints US pressure hurting sales

first_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: China telecom giant Huawei hints US pressure hurting sales (2019, June 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-china-telecom-giant-huawei-hints.html China to set up system to safeguard technology security Chinese tech giant Huawei said Tuesday it would have become the world’s number one smartphone maker by year’s end if it were not for “unexpected” circumstances—a hint that pressure from the U.S. may be hurting its sales. Explore further “If we had not encountered anything unexpected, we would have become number one in the world by the fourth quarter,” Huawei’s chief strategist, Shao Yang, said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai.”But now we have to wait a little bit longer to achieve that,” he said, without referring directly to President Donald Trump or the trade war.Washington last month put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. firms from selling to the company without government approval. The action was part of a broader trade dispute between China and the U.S., which has accused Chinese technology companies such as Huawei of stealing trade secrets and threatening cybersecurity.While Huawei has denied it would share user secrets with China’s ruling Communist Party, Trump is on a mission to persuade U.S. allies to exclude Huawei equipment from next-generation 5G mobile networks.Shao said the company will march on in its development of the technology.”People see 5G, but we see beyond that,” he said. “Those who are not brave will not progress, they will lag behind. So everything that we do is to define our direction in the new round of competition.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Short Position

first_img Corporate News , Short Position Related News With the suspension, PBJV is unable to bid for new projects undertaken by Petronas, including its subsidiaries and any petroleum arrangement contractors for a period of three years.Barakah said it is seeking clarification and appealing against the suspension. However, PBJV is still allowed to complete its existing and ongoing contracts with the national oil company, which essentially means there are cash flows coming in.In the mean time, pending the appeal, it is perhaps a good time for Barakah to look internationally for future projects. It could also expand its scope to non-Petronas jobs.Kenanga Research in a recent report noted that while contract flows in oil and gas have started to show signs of improvement, an upcoming upcycle may still be long and gradual, instead of an instant “boom” that match the peaks seen in 2013-2015.Barakah can also leverage on its strategic alliance with Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings Ltd, which is majority-owned by Saudi Arabia’s Rawabi Holding Company Ltd. Vallianz has exposure in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.So, while the going may be tough, all may not be lost if Barakah is able to take this opportunity to reset. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens.FGV’s asset saleLoss-making FGV Holdings Bhd’s recent move to dispose of its non-performing China-based palm oil refinery business is a step in the right direction, although the sale was made at only half of its initial cost of investment.After all, the business – FGV China Oils Ltd (FGVCO) – has never made a profit since it was acquired in 2015.At the time of acquisition back in March 2015, FGVCO was expected to be the plantation giant’s beneficiary of China’s large demand for edible oils.However, as a result of the intense competition from other regional edible oil suppliers, FGVCO failed to become an important catalyst for FGV as envisioned previously.Instead, the business’ losses dragged down FGV’s financials, which were already affected by inefficient operations and the volatility in crude palm oil prices.In financial year 2018, FGVCO registered a loss after tax of 25.43 million yuan, with total borrowings of 85.79 million yuan. However, it is worth noting that the palm oil refinery has seen a significant decline in its losses over the years.Borrowings, on the other hand, have increased. Given FGV’s current condition and the urgent need to return to profitability, it makes sense for the plantation giant to dispose its loss-making ventures and focus only on profitable and core businesses.For context, FGVCO’s shareholder funds as at Dec 31, 2018 were 108 million yuan. FGV’s original cost of investment in FGVCO was 320 million yuan.With FGVCO off its balance sheet post-disposal, FGV’s bottom line is likely to improve. Moving forward, more asset disposals are expected to be announced by FGV, in line with the objectives of its 2020 transformation plan.FGV has said that several non-core businesses and assets with an estimated value of RM350mil have been identified for disposal. The group also aims to save at least RM150mil in 2019 by “plugging leaks and addressing inefficiencies”.It remains to be seen whether FGV will successfully regain investor confidence with its ongoing three-year transformation plan. At listing in 2012, FGV’s market capitalisation was RM16.6bil. Today, it is only about RM4.2bil.What’s left in Putrajaya Perdana?Putrajaya Perdana Bhd, a construction company, used to command a hefty premium because of its shareholders.At the moment, the company that undertook some of the biggest construction jobs, including constructing the Finance Ministry in Putrajaya several years ago, is 70% owned by Cendana Destini Sdn Bhd, with Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) holding the remaining 30%.Cendana Destini is owned by Datuk Rosman Abdullah, an accountant by profession with extensive experience in corporate Malaysia.Before Cendana Destini came into the picture, Putrajaya Perdana used to be owned by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, who is wanted for his role in causing huge losses in 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).When former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in power, Putrajaya Perdana was touted to be a beneficiary of government jobs by virtue of TH being a shareholder and the company’s association with its former owner.However, after the 1MDB scandal broke out, Putrajaya Perdana’s premium eroded.In an announcement earlier this week, MTD ACPI Engineering Bhd went into a heads of agreement with Putrajaya Perdana to acquire its construction arm and a development company. The new name for Putrajaya Construction is Orangebeam Construction.MTD ACPI is in the construction space as it manufactures and supplies, among others, beams to the sector. It is not known for its prowess in the area of construction. On that score, the proposed acquisition of Orangebeam fits its strategy to be a well-rounded company in the area of construction.The value of the deal would likely be based on the order book of Orangebeam. A few years ago, the construction arm was said to be valued at more than RM700mil. It was ripe for a listing that was supposed to be the exit strategy for TH.Whether that remains will be known when more details on the proposed transaction emerge. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} What now for Barakah?JUST as things were starting to look up for Barakah Offshore Petroleum Bhd by way of a white knight coming in to revive its fortunes, it was dealt with another blow. The operating licence for its unit, PBJV Group Sdn Bhd, was suspended by Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) due to reported non-performance.The white knight is Singapore’s Lecca Group Ptd Ltd, which is to emerge as the single largest shareholder in Barakah with a 44.87% stake as part of the plan to help regularise its financial condition and lift itself out of the Practice Note 17 or PN17 category.But where does this unexpected development leave Lecca? Stock on the Move 09 Jul 2019 Quick take: White knight rides to Barakah’s rescue, shares soarcenter_img Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 MTDI ACPI signs HOA to acquire two firms from Putrajaya Perdana Stock on the Move 11 Jul 2019 Quick take: MTD ACPI jumps 20% on plan to acquire Putrajaya Perdana assets Tags / Keywords: Related Newslast_img read more