12 10 19

Rabat – A Kuwaiti Prince celebrated his wedding with a mind-boggling splendor. The grandson of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Fahd Bin Nasser Bin Sabah Al Ahmad, has wed the daughter of wealthy local businessman Al-Kharafi in a lavish ceremony in which guests received diamond rings as wedding gifts.The ceremony was also marked by the presence of a number of Arab performers and artists, including Mohammed Abdu, Rashed Al-Majed, Abdul Majeed Abdullah, Nawal, Hussain Al Jassmi, Lebanese singer Myriam Fares and Qatari artist Issa Kubaisi. read more

11 10 19

The African Union-United Nations mission in Sudan’s Darfur region, known as UNAMID, said today that it was “deeply concerned” by reports of the closure of the office of a radio station in Khartoum and the arrest of several journalists and human rights activists.“UNAMID calls for the respect of all those detained and arrested and expresses its hope for a swift resolution to the matter,” according to a press release from the mission.According to media reports, 10 activists from Darfur, including lawyer Abderahmane Gassim and nine members of a local human-rights organization were arrested since Saturday in Khartoum.UNAMID was established by the Security Council in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen. 3 November 2010The African Union-United Nations mission in Sudan’s Darfur region, known as UNAMID, said today that it was “deeply concerned” by reports of the closure of the office of a radio station in Khartoum and the arrest of several journalists and human rights activists. read more

7 10 19

Clocks officially turn forward on Sunday at 2 a.m. to return to daylight time. The Brantford and Brant County fire department say it is also time to test all hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition. They recommend that all batteries be changed in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. In addition, all alarms have expiry dates and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Each home is required by law to have working smoke alarms on each floor and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. The fire department also recommends developing a home escape plan with a safe meeting location outdoors. The time shift helps move us toward later sunsets until November. Of course, this will come with later sunrises, but most of us would prefer that sunlight at the end of the day, after work, when we can enjoy it. Waking up in the dark seems like a fair trade. Daylight time – which we abide by in winter – was invented to compensate for the dwindling of daylight in the winter. It was believed that the daylight would be more useful in the morning than the evening, so the clocks were shifted in an attempt to move up peoples’ schedules. Nowadays, it’s a leftover antiquity dating back to the days of being a primarily agricultural and industrial nation. read more

21 09 19

first_imgAt some point in the last few decades, someone took a poster and stuffed it in an unused office at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL). The poster was made by the W.M Welch Scientific Company in 1944, and it depicts in excruciatingly awesome detail how electromagnetic waves work.When it was uncovered a while back, the folks at Livermore Labs decided to hang it in the hallway, rather than hide it away for a few more decades, which was a good call. The LLNL Flickr account now has a super-high resolution scan of the poster — all 10,000 x 6958 pixels of it. If you want to check it out at full resolution, it’s a 107MB jpeg file. Yeah, it’s going to take a little while to load.Up at the top is the electromagnetic spectrum diagram from all those science textbooks, but here it’s highly detailed and has sketches of examples of each kind of radiation above it. Below the main spectrum diagram the poster goes into the specifics on a number of topics. This is basically an infographic before anyone knew what an infographic was.Each section of the spectrum corresponds to a color-coded section in the bottom area. You can learn all about the properties, uses, and effects of each type of electromagnetic wave. It covers everything from simple diffraction to the effects of cosmic rays.This is a beautifully illustrated poster done in that 1940-50s style that you’ve probably seen emulated popular video games, such as Portal and BioShock. Now it’s retro, but back then it’s just how these things looked. It’s obviously way too big to show you here, so head over to the LLNL Flickr page and zoom way in.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images 15,753 Views DUP MLA admits four family members made use of “cash for ash” scheme South Down MLA Jim Wells said he wanted to make it clear that he had “no financial interests” in it whatsoever. Jan 21st 2017, 12:10 PM THE DUP MLA for South Down has admitted that four members of his family have had wood pellet boilers installed as part of the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), or the “cash for ash” scheme.Jim Wells issued a statement on the matter, as he wanted to make it clear that he has “no financial interest whatsoever in any of these businesses”.It had been identified several years ago that the RHI scheme was giving some users more in subsidies than they were paying for in fuel.It is estimated that the error in the system will cost the Northern Irish taxpayer around half a billion pounds over the next 20 years.While Arlene Foster, the minister in charge of the department responsible for the scheme at the time, refused to step down from her post as First Minister in the Stormont Assembly, a senior DUP adviser stood down in recent days.The controversy has precipitated fresh elections to the Northern Assembly, after Martin McGuinness resigned from his post as Deputy First Minister, before retiring from politics earlier this week.Wells said he had received information from a family member on Friday that four relatives had made use of the scheme.His brother, two cousins and the husband of a third cousin “installed a combined total of eight boilers at three separate farms to heat their sheds”.He said: “All of these farmers have been involved in poultry rearing for well over a decade and the wood pellet burners replaced existing heating systems’.I have no financial interest whatsoever in any of these businesses but I believe that was important that I make this information public as soon as I became aware of it.Fresh elections are due to be held in North on 2 March.Read: Martin McGuinness is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-electionRead: Who do Sinn Féin have lined up to fill Martin McGuinness’ shoes? http://jrnl.ie/3198291 center_img DUP’s Jim Wells Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images DUP’s Jim Wells Share Tweet Email1 39 Comments Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 12:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

21 09 19

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When it comes to animal abuse and treating cases as a punishable crime, Greece has come a long way. But according to activists and advocates not far enough, who say that the system continues to be dysfunctional with many perpetrators continuing to get away with their crimes.Head of the Greek Animal Welfare Society (PFO), Irini Molfesi told Kathimerini that judicial workers need to receive training on the matter.“There have been cases where animals died because a prosecutor could not understand the urgency of issuing a seizure order, or because the order came too late,” she said.Meanwhile one of the biggest challenges continues to be public awareness, with further work needed to make it clear that animal abuse is not acceptable socially and that it is punishable by law.To achieve this, Molfesi says that every incident needs to be reported.“A complaint needs to be filed at a police station and it needs to be backed with as much evidence as possible to facilitate the investigation,” she urged.“The complainant should hold onto the protocol number so they can track the progress of the case through the system.”Police data revealed that in January to September 2017, 1,900 complaints were filed compared to 1,307 in 2015 and 809 in 2004. But Molfesi says they are unclear as to whether the increase is due to heightened public awareness or an increase in animal abuse, which can be triggered during times of financial hardship.From 2012, animal cruelty carries fines of up to €30,000 along with time in jail.But Alternate Minister for Rural Development Yiannis Tsironis has pushed to cut fines by 50 per cent if paid immediately, a move that has come under fire by activists who say it is doing little for the cause and sending the wrong message.While their focus is on the defenceless animals, Molfesi says that by raising awareness about animal abuse, there is a flow on effect to curbing maltreatment of people too.She says that police officers can receive special training to also be able to look for signs in a perpetrator of animal abuse who may also be harming members of their family.“Cruelty against animals is a social problem, even more so since it has been proven that people who abuse animals are more likely to mistreat people as well,” she said.last_img read more

19 09 19

first_imgVancouver police have identified Brian C. Toombs, 28, as the man arrested after a stabbing Friday evening in the Wildwood neighborhood.The victim is his mother, 57-year-old Sonya L. Toombs. She remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, according to a media release from the Vancouver Police Department.Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Brian Toombs called 911 to report that his mother tried to attack him so he stabbed her with scissors, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. He believed she was dead. The caller said they had gotten into an argument over money.According to the media release, officers responded to the residence in the 13100 block of Southeast Angus Street. They detained the male caller without incident and located Sonya Toombs unconscious in the living room. She had multiple stab wounds around her face and neck.Brian Toombs was arrested for first-degree attempted murder and booked into the Clark County Jail. The case remains under investigation by the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and Domestic Violence Unit.last_img read more

18 09 19

first_imgYoung Boys Coach Gerardo Seoane has revealed he wanted his team face a Juventus team that had Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.The Swiss side is in Turin to face Juve in their second Champions League group game, but CR7 is suspended after being sent off against Valencia.“We’re sad that Ronaldo isn’t there, it’s the same for any injured or suspended the player,” Seoane said in his pre-match Press conference.“It would have been nice for us to face him on the pitch, but if Ronaldo doesn’t play then another champion will because Juventus have good alternatives in every area.“It would have been nice to see him on the pitch though.”Seoane was asked if his side are nervous about taking on one of the favourites to win the competition.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“The team is always focused, every game. We know that every day presents a new challenge and different opponents to face.“The players are very focused and I think the atmosphere can help a lot with that.“It’s a different situation [to Manchester United], we’re away for this one and there’s a big difference.“It’s our first Champions League and we know there isn’t much room for mistakes. We must always perform well, always make the right choices, and be attentive in both attack and defence.“Of course we know that the opponent matters too, so it’ll be a very difficult game.“[Jordan] Lotomba has been injured for some time and is unavailable, and also Kevin Mbabu is out for this game, unfortunately.”last_img read more

17 09 19

first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, 25 Nov 2014 PRESS RELEASE (DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION) – The public is advised that the Department of Civil Aviation is now in possession of a Preliminary Report on the Freeport, Grand Bahama aircraft crash which took the lives of nine persons, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th, 2014. The narrative of that report is now being released by that Department. The report was prepared by the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of the Department on November 20th, 2014, and it contains specifics on the aircraft and crew, and on the weather conditions and flight details.According to the AAIPU report, both pilots Captain Stanley Thurston, and First Officer Frahkan Cooper were licensed and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, and were in possession of valid first class medical certificates, which were issued in November, 2014. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed upon the departure of the aircraft from Odyssey Aviation, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the 24 minute flight to Freeport. The Preliminary Report has also confirmed that The Bahamas Area Forecast published on November 9th, 2014 by The Bahamas Meteorological Department advised that there was a frontal boundary over the northwest Bahamas and lower, moving over the northern Bahamas.Details provided in the Preliminary Report indicate that the aircraft uploaded 160 gallons of fuel prior to its departure from Odyssey Aviation, was provided with the current weather conditions upon contact with Freeport Air Traffic Control, and was cleared for an instrument approach. However, the aircraft was unable to land in Freeport on its first attempt, due to heavy rain showers and reduced visibility, and the crew therefore executed a missed approach. It was during the return for the second approach, while attempting to visually locate the runway, and following deteriorating weather due to rain and haze, that the aircraft struck a crane in the Grand Bahama shipyard and crashed.The AAIPU is being assisted in its investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB) the Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) and Bombardier, the manufacturer of the aircraft. The team will re-assemble at the NTSB Headquarters in Washington in December, 2014 to continue its investigations.Click HERE to get the AAIPU’s Preliminary Report. Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Related Items:(FAA), (NTSB) the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit, bahamas, Bahamas Meteorological Department, Bombardier, department of civil aviation, freeport air traffic control, myles munroe, National Transportation Safety Board, stanley thurston Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

17 09 19

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Dr. Heidi Hanna and Karyn Buxman are hosting a free Humor Marathon online on Friday, June 21st as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day event.Participants will also get a free copy of their book What’s So Funny About Stress.Register at www.humormarathon.com. June 19, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Free Humor Marathon online as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day event Posted: June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgA fight between boys basketball players from Hudson’s Bay and Mountain View high schools following their game Saturday night resulted in injuries and disciplinary action, although officials from both schools were vague on many of the details.The Columbian has confirmed that three Hudson’s Bay athletes have been disciplined. Citing privacy laws, Mick Hoffman, the athletic director and safety director of Vancouver Public Schools, said he could not be more specific.Two Mountain View players hurt in the melee did not play Tuesday night because of their injuries, according to school principal Mike Meloy. A female Mountain View student manager who got caught up in the altercation also required medical attention.Vancouver police have started an investigation, but as of Wednesday there were no charges filed.“Most of the time, in these types of cases, it’s often referred to the juvenile prosecutors and they’ll make a decision on whether they want to bring someone to court,” said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for Vancouver Police.According to sources, the fight occurred approximately 30 minutes after the Thunder topped Hudson’s Bay 56-54 at Mountain View High School. The game itself was physical, with plenty of emotional swings. After the contest, facility officials had to deal with unruly fans. Later, when the Hudson’s Bay team was leaving MVHS, there were three Mountain View players nearby.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgGunmen opened fire on a prison bus in Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two warders on their way to court in what was believed to be a gangland dispute, officials said.Thushara Upuldeniya, spokesman for the Prison Department, said an armed gang blocked the bus transporting the prisoners, who included an underworld figure.“All five prisoners and two prison officers died. Nine other officers were admitted to hospital with injuries,” Upuldeniya told Reuters.Police Spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said investigations had already revealed that the attack was a result of a long-standing dispute between two gangs.Suspects have been killed by gunmen in Sri Lanka in the past when being taken to court for questioning.last_img read more

3 09 19
first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, in this photo released by North Korea`s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 10, 2019. KCNA via REUTERSSouth Korean president Moon Jae-in said on Thursday North Korea should take bold steps towards denuclearisation, such as abandoning long-range missiles, to extract US concessions amid a prolonged stalemate in their nuclear negotiations.Moon Jae-in also said the North would have to seek a compromise in a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump, which he said could be imminent, in order to resolve the impasse.Pyongyang and Washington have been struggling to find a breakthrough despite a pledge by Kim at his landmark summit with US president Donald Trump in Singapore in June to work towards denuclearisation.Pyongyang has demanded Washington lift sanctions, imposed because of its nuclear and missile tests, and declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.Those demands were in response to Pyongyang’s initial, unilateral steps toward denuclearisation that included dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.Moon said North Korea should take more concrete steps, such as abandoning its intercontinental and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and dismantling weapons production lines and other nuclear complexes, to secure US concessions such as sanctions relief.He said reducing US military commitments, such as a withdrawal of troops or strategic assets from the region, would be an unlikely option for Washington.”The second summit would be a venue where they settle on terms of what specific measures North Korea will take and how those moves will be reciprocated by the United States,” Moon told a news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.”But US forces in South Korea or strategic assets in places like Guam and Japan are not linked with North Korea alone, as they exist for the stability and peace of the entire Northeast Asia,” he said.Second Summit Soon?Kim renewed his resolve to meet Trump again during his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing this week. Moon said Kim’s latest trip to Beijing signalled that a second Trump summit was imminent.Another US-North Korea summit would also expedite an unprecedented visit by Kim to Seoul, planned for last year but delayed amid the nuclear standoff, Moon said.”I expect we’ll hear about high-level talks between North Korea and the United States before long for their second summit,” Moon said.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made several trips to Pyongyang last year. However, a meeting between Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol has yet to be rescheduled after an abrupt cancellation in November.North Korean state news agency KCNA said on Thursday Kim and Xi held “in-depth, frank discussions” on the Korean peninsula and nuclear issues during Kim’s stay in Beijing, his fourth since March 2018.Kim told Xi about the difficulties and concerns in improving North Korea-US relations and denuclearisation negotiations, KCNA said. Xi agreed that North Korea’s reasonable concerns must be addressed properly, it said.China’s official Xinhua news agency also said Pyongyang’s “legitimate concerns” must be taken seriously in order to achieve a comprehensive resolution on the Korean peninsula.Xinhua quoted Xi as saying he hoped that North Korea and the United States could meet each other half way and that the international community expected peaceful negotiations.”The political settlement of the peninsula issue faces a rare historic opportunity,” Xi said.Kim reiterated a pledge from his New Year’s speech that the North would try to make a second summit achieve a result that the international community would welcome, Xinhua said.Wang Yiwei, a senior research fellow at the Centre for China and Globalisation, said he believed North Korea was becoming impatient and beginning to lose hope with the United States for asking it to make changes without in turn removing sanctions.”The crux is how to let North Korea denuclearise and to give it security guarantees. On this, the United States and North Korea don’t have trust, so China has to act as a bridge,” Wang said.last_img
2 09 19

first_imgListen u.s. immigration and customs enforcementThe Center for Central American Resources (CRECEN, by its acronym in Spanish) is having a forum to try to shed some light about how the Trump Administration is enforcing immigration laws.The organization, which has worked with Houston’s Latin American community for over three decades, will hold the forum this Saturday, February 25th, to address the risks undocumented immigrants may face.They will also try to answer questions about what can happen to other groups, for example, families that are made up of both undocumented immigrants and United States citizens.Teresa Borden, a spokeswoman for CRECEN, says they will advise the audience to have a plan in case a family member is set for deportation.“Among those things are setting up a power of attorney, so someone can take charge of, you know, of children, of affairs, if a person gets picked up,” notes Borden.Abraham Galaviz, one of the immigration lawyers that will participate in the forum, thinks there may be questions about the Temporary Protected Status, commonly known as TPS.President Donald Trump hasn’t talked about eliminating it, so Galaviz thinks that section of the immigrant community can have peace of mind.“If you have temporary protected status, at this point you shouldn’t be losing sleep over this,” Galaviz told Houston Public Media, although he clarified immigrants under the TPS who have been convicted of a crime “may have something to worry about.”The forum will take place at a business located at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Aldine Bender Road starting at 2:30 p.m. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:19 Share Xlast_img read more

1 09 19

first_img Sonic Mania is the Long-Lost Sonic Game We’ve Always WantedJapanese Video Games Made Better By The West Stay on target Sonic Mania was released just over two weeks ago. The game was met with almost universal acclaim since it brought the series back to form. I was a huge fan myself. The PC version was finally released yesterday. Despite initially being praised, things quickly took a turn for the worse when users discovered the game was only playable online due to harsh DRM restrictions. After receiving an enormous amount of backlash, Sega has made now made Sonic Mania playable offline.This is Sega’s official response via Twitter:The #sonicmaniapc offline play bug has now been patched. Thanks for your patience and let us know if you experience any further problems.— SEGA Europe (@SEGA_Europe) August 30, 2017The company also updated the game’s Steam page. Here is what it had to say:“Like you, we’ve noticed an error in the Steam store not mentioning the DRM for Sonic Mania. We’re fixing that now. Sonic Mania is intended to be played offline and we’re investigating reports on that. We’re also investigating other issues like controller support, these are all PC specific things that Christian and the team have been working on these last few weeks. Please bear with us while we collate and investigate problems that are being brought to our attention.”Sega claims this was a bug, but it’s hard to tell if that’s the truth or if they’re trying to cover their butts. We can’t begrudge a company for trying to clamp down on piracy. After all, DRM exists to prevent users from sharing their games with other players. At the same time, forcing paying customers to play an offline game online without letting them know beforehand was definitely a bad move to make. Thankfully, Sega moved as fast as Sonic and fixed this situation immediately. Now PC users can enjoy the blue hedgehog’s latest adventure along with their console brethren.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgProfessional Locha, a stand-up comedy show is going to be staged in the Capital on 14 September at Epicentre, Gurgaon. All of us have different professions and every profession has its own pros and cons. This show will present how professionals from different professional backgrounds discuss it and generate real comedy. It will highlight the frustration of a professional and the pressure he/she handles everyday. So if you are stuck in a boring job, or you are misfit at your workplace, or you are mad at your boss for being a pain in the posterior region, than make sure you get the venue on time. It won’t help your situation, but it’ll make you laugh at a screwed up life. The artistes performing are – Amit Tandon, Madhvendra, Mayank, Pratyush, Shashwat and Prakhar. This team of frustrated comedians will leave no profession untouched and no job untarnished.last_img read more

30 08 19

first_img 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » The internet of things is becoming a vital part of how we live and work. And automobiles are on the leading edge of this transformation.Related: Ford Made a Robot Butt to Test Its Car Seats, and It Has an Amazing NameNot so coincidentally, there are lessons all industries can learn from how the automotive industry is evolving and adapting. We say this as industry insiders: We work on ways to enhance cars of the future with data and cognitive intelligence.In fact, the entirety of what we think of as a “car” is rapidly shifting — from wholly new iterations of products and services to different concepts of use and consumer experience, Already, cars are becoming self-driving. Within 10 to 15 years, they will also diagnose their own problems and learn the behaviors and needs of their passengers to configure a better user experience.This future experience will not be one of “driving,” but rather the experience of being a passenger and a user.It might be more accurate, in fact, to call the car of the future a cognitive mobility capsule. For companies in the automotive industry, from original equipment manufacturing companies (OEMS) to suppliers, this vision of the future represents a sea change. Accordingly, they have to find ways to adapt, or be left behind. The user of the future is going to have an entirely different set of wants and needs than today’s, and successful companies will need to learn how to meet those expectations.How does any industry weather such a massive disruption to the status quo of its product or service? From Uber, Car2Go and Ford, to Samsung and Amazon, companies of all kinds — not just those in the automotive category — are already setting new priorities to stay competitive in their industries. Here are the key categories your company needs to pay attention to, to survive:Related: Domino’s and Ford Partner Up to Test Self-Driving Delivery CarsConnectivityWith the internet of things, everything is connected. Similarly, companies need to find ways to offer connectivity to their consumers, linking them to the company and outside networks. The data generated should then be harnessed to drive more improvements.Connectivity was originally added to automobiles as a safety measure: Makers added internet and wireless access to connect with emergency services when an airbag deployed. But some automakers saw further possibilities here — involving a total ecosystem that would keep customer, business and product linked.Consider the example of commercial agriculture giant John Deere, which now offers Precision Ag Technology, networking farmers together remotely and enabling them to share data on soil and seed needs, among other things.The wildly popular FitBit is another example: It uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and track your fitness prowess. Home devices, meanwhile, use wifi to connect to a smart home system, such as the kind made by Apple, Google or Amazon. From your home’s refrigerator to its lights, security cameras and smart plugs, your home as a whole and most of the devices in it are on their way to being connected.If you’re a small business owner, look at every service you offer and every touch point and exchange where you have customers and clients. Build connectivity into these — whether it’s back to your website or to a customer-service portal. Then make sure you have a system in place to collect the data generated, so you can learn from each and every interaction to continue to improve your offering.Customer experienceDon’t think about services or products first; think about how you can provide the best customer experience. One telling example: GPS systems are now a fundamental part of cars.But the original GPS features installed by makers were cumbersome and hard to use. Enter Garmin, which was already providing GPS systems for sports and recreation and saw an opportunity to provide a better customer experience. The company developed an after-market GPS for cars that was far superior — and it turned into a great success. Its navigational system, Garmin Drive, features touch screens, voice commands and an ever-improving design that’s the essence of a good customer experience.In the future, it’s not going to just be a car’s look that speaks to customers, but the experience it offers. We’ll want a car that remembers to pick us up at 5 p.m. after ordering us a drive-through latte in advance — and then taking us to the kids’ weekly soccer practice. Businesses that understand this distinction will be the ones that succeed, while those that lack such capabilities will simply be left out of the equation.The small business of the future will almost certainly have more agility when it comes to tailoring its customer experience. Whatever your own business offers, define your customer experience; then look for ways to improve on that connection.Digital evolutionAnother thing to focus on are the digital functions related to your business, and how well they link together your business, product and customers. What appeals to consumers may not be the car at all, but the quality of its digital functions. FordPass, for instance, was developed by a legacy car manufacturer (Ford) but it’s not actually a car.It’s a mobile app that doesn’t require that you even own a car, let alone own a Ford, in order to reap its benefits. In essence, FordPass is a digital mobility assistant with tools for navigating, finding transportation, paying for parking or tickets in advance and more. This is a case where a brand known for being a car-maker is pushing its value proposition far beyond four physical wheels.Similarly, there’s Nest, a thermostat with brains. This digital transformation turned the most basic device into a smart device with remote connectivity, basic learning features and a simple user interface — all for $300. One of the first IoT devices, debuting even before Alexa, Nest’s success was evidence that customers would pay a lot more for a connected device: $300 versus $30.Small businesses understandably usually offer a smaller range of products and services. But consider how you could add a digital version to your product array. Then find ways to keep customers connected and coming back — with upgrades, subscriptions, scannable deals and coupons and social media campaigns.Daily lifeConsider how to make your product or service an integral part of daily life. Alexa has inserted erself very quickly into users’ daily lives. That’s absolutely the intention: to extend a product’s usefulness from a moment’s action to a whole set of behaviors, so it’s indispensable to how we live, no matter what we’re doing or what we need.With that in mind, imagine a car that not only drives itself and knows its own mechanical status, but also scans its passenger for his or her mood, knows what music to put on to suit that mood and is always trying to get better at finding the right match.Now, imagine that same car connecting with traffic networks to stay on the best route, setting up the news to watch or dialing into a work videoconference.These are the things that will happen when we step inside a car in the future. As the machine moves us through space, it will also provide us with a customized, personal experience, because it knows us that well. Eventually some of us will even plan our days according to what we can get done in the car: work, shopping, entertainment, family time, and more.Small businesses need to prepare for this future; they need to imagine how they can insert their product or service into a customer’s everyday life. How can your business provide services that help customers and extend beyond a product’s or application’s traditional functions?How can you make your offering indispensable? The answer may be far simpler than you think. Consider how pens have evolved into smartpens that record data; or how restaurants now offer websites and can aggregate feedback and ordering histories into customized suggestions; or how some clothing stores now offer digital sizing and style assistance.It all boils down to a cognitive life, in which everything is infused with personalized and connected services, customized experiences and machines that learn how to better help us all the time. Cognitive products and services will be part of the basic fabric of anyone’s life.Relating: Google Wants Its Self-Driving Cars to Operate More Like PeopleCloser to home for us, the automotive industry is already changing radically, with ride-sharing, car-sharing, electric vehicles, transportation and mobility options expanding constantly.  The automotive company of the past will be the digital company of the future. The same will happen in your industry. We guarantee that.If you don’t want to be left behind, now is the time to make the shift. April 18, 2018last_img read more

18 08 19

first_imgAssociated PressASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – The alliance that voted Fernando Lugo out of the Paraguayan presidency was an unlikely marriage of the country’s two main political parties, rivals who had long checked each other’s powers in Congress.Although subject to deadly persecution just three decades ago, the Liberal Party joined with its former persecutors, the Colorados, last week to push an impeachment that has a widespread criticism. What made that possible was another political trend in this impoverished, landlocked country, the disenchantment of hundreds of thousands of leftists and poor farmers who had formed the president’s political base. Many who had once seen the former bishop as their champion were increasingly put off by his missteps and sparse accomplishments. The final disappointment came earlier this month, when Lugo showed seeming indifference to the deaths of landless protesters in a firefight with police over a land dispute.The end game concluded Friday, when in Lugo’s hour of need, the kinds of huge protests that could have pressured Congress to back down and perhaps even saved his presidency never materialized. Instead, the lower house voted 76-1 to impeach on Thursday, and the Senate gave Lugo the boot with a 39-4 vote after a fast-track trial the next day.“What happened was that he had pretty much alienated everybody, and the incredibly lopsided votes in both houses are indicative of that,” said Greg Weeks, a political scientist specializing in Latin American politics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.“The failure of Lugo to maintain any sort of significant support from anybody meant that when it happened, it happened incredibly fast, and there was no outpouring of support at all,” Weeks added. He contrasted Lugo’s ouster to massive demonstrations sparked by attempts to depose Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez in 2002 and Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya in 2009. Top Stories To be sure, Lugo’s resume includes some successes, such as a popular program paying stipends to poor families whose children stay in school. Lugo also negotiated a deal under which Brazil would triple its payments to Paraguay for energy from a border-river dam, from $120 million a year to $360 million.But that wasn’t enough this month to counter public outrage when a firefight broke out as police responded to a peasant invasion of forest reserve land that belonged to a Colorado Party politician. Lugo’s opponents accused him of seeming unconcerned about the deaths of six police and 11 landless farmers. After Lugo’s interior minister and police chief resigned, he proposed to name close allies to the posts.The Liberals, always uneasy about Lugo’s leftist politics, had had enough. The Colorado-proposed impeachment sailed through and within hours, Lugo was out. The speed with which Lugo was impeached, in fact, has sparked much of the regional criticism.Ultimately, the campaign to oust Lugo was ideological and his impeachment, while adhering to the letter of the constitution, was out of step with democratic principles, Weeks said.“He was just viewed as too radical by the establishment parties, and so over time I think they were just looking for an excuse to get rid of him,” Weeks said. “Then with the violence on the 15th, I think they finally got the type of incident they felt would be significant enough to launch the impeachment hearings.” “Basically Lugo made everybody mad,” Weeks said.A liberation theology-inspired former Roman Catholic bishop, Lugo won an historic election in 2008 that ended six decades of Colorado rule by cobbling together a congressional alliance between the more conservative Liberal Party and left-leaning allies.Right away, Lugo alienated his new partners in Congress by giving them just token participation in his Cabinet. Later the Liberals complained they were not being consulted on important decisions, such as the response to farm invasions by landless protesters and an army offensive against the Paraguayan People’s Army, or EPP, an upstart rebel band primarily dedicated to ransom kidnappings.Lugo’s public image also took a hit from paternity suits filed by four different women, one of whom was 16 years old at the time of the alleged liaison with Lugo, when he was still a bishop in sleepy San Pedro province. Lugo has recognized two of the children, DNA tests showed a third wasn’t his and one claim is pending. The teen was of legal consenting age, but the scandal was still too much even in a society where macho attitudes die hard.Questions also surfaced about the health and energy levels of Lugo, 61, when it was revealed that he had lymphatic cancer. He was treated in a top hospital in Brazil and declared to be in remission, though he still needs treatments to keep the cancer at bay. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Patients with chronic pain give advice The vital role family plays in society Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meanwhile, hampered by a strong opposition and a meager budget, Lugo struggled to push his agenda through a stubborn Congress. The fight against the EPP fizzled after a few high-profile arrests, and most of the forces were redeployed even with the three main leaders still at large.Perhaps most importantly, Lugo failed to come through on grand campaign vows to fix Paraguay’s woefully unequal distribution of land.“We always had a critical line toward the government for not succeeding in agrarian reform and other public policies,” said Luis Aguayo, the leftist leader of Paraguay’s largest peasants organization with counts some 60,000 members.Aguayo called Lugo’s ouster a coup but pointedly did not mobilize his members to back the president last week. His was precisely the kind of group that could have helped fill the streets outside Congress.Instead, Paraguay’s fractured left has managed only a few thousand protesters who demonstrated Thursday and Friday and an emotional “open microphone” protest outside a public TV station after Lugo’s fate was decided.“Lugo leans heavily on social and popular sectors, but he’s no (Bolivian President) Evo Morales who can mobilize great masses of indigenous peasants,” said political analyst and columnist Alfredo Boccia Paz. “His support was always weak. If the left had put 50,000, 60,000 people in the plaza, the senators might have thought twice.” Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Now. the unlikely marriage seems headed for a short honeymoon. Lugo’s Vice President Federico Franco, a Liberal who swore in as president Friday, is constitutionally barred from running after he finishes out Lugo’s term, and politicians are sharpening their knives for the 2013 campaign.“The alliance between Liberals and Colorados ended as soon as the trial was over,” Boccia Paz said. “Now the Colorados will turn their attention to weakening Franco; he becomes their main enemy.”___Associated Press writers Belen Bogado and Pedro Servin in Asuncion contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsilast_img read more

16 08 19

first_imgKLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to run a trial with Android smartwatch technology that will provide passengers with specific trip information such as supplying passengers with their boarding pass and all relevant airport-related activities. Smartwatch owners have to install the KLM app on their Android smartphone and then they will be able to check their flight overview in KLM’s smartwatch app any time after making a booking.They will start receiving trip-related notifications 24 hours ahead of their departure. In line with this vision, KLM last year launched an airport navigation service using iBeacon technology that helps transfer passengers find their next gate at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.Tjalling Smit, Senior Vice President of E-Commerce at Air France-KLM said, “The KLM smartwatch app allows passengers to find relevant and up-to-date flight information at a glance. In the future, we will further link technologies to offer innovative services ensuring that passengers are always a step ahead on their journey.”last_img read more

10 08 19

first_img Related10 tips for holidays with teenagersTeenage trips: From hitting the dancefloor to hitting the bottle,10 sanity-saving tips for happy hols with terrible teen(s).How to plan a group holiday (without the stress)Whether you’re planning a wild stag do or rounding up the family for a multi-generational trip, we have tips and advice on how to plan, book, and get the very best out of a group holiday – you super-organised travel wizard, you.  Groups of friends Photo credit: Duy Pham Reunions, post-exam parties, ski…11 ways to travel the world when you’re broke AFSaving money for a holiday can sometimes feel impossible when times are tough, but what if we told you that booking cheap flights is possible on the tightest budget, all without giving up the fun and adventure that makes travel such a joy. Yup, it’s true, so start counting your… Those turbulent teenage years are hard enough as it is without throwing the thorny issue of ‘who wants to holiday where’ – and with who – into the mix.One solution is to dust off that sense of adventure and choose a trip that encourages their independent spirit while giving everyone a break. Small group holidays combine the best of both worlds, allowing kids to get active with their peers while also building in some time together with the parents. Look out for ‘teenage trips’ or family holidays with dedicated teen departures whose itineraries will be designed exclusively for older children, thereby avoiding any potential age-related awkwardness.And whatever holiday style or destination you opt for, keeps things flexible – after all, school’s out and no one will want to bound by routine.The Adventure Company reveals five holiday ideas to help you swap teenage tantrums for family fun!Egypt: active in the SinaiIf guaranteed sunshine and a relatively short flight come high up your holiday criteria list then, just five hours from the UK, Egypt is hard to beat. With desert, mountains, canyons and the Red Sea all to be found in the Sinai and the laid-back resort of Dahab the perfect base to enjoy them from, families really can be as adventurous or relaxed as they want.For the more actively inclined there are plenty of options to enjoy both on land (sand-boarding, camel-riding and climbing up Mount Sinai for an unforgettable sunrise) and in the sea (wind-surfing, snorkelling, kayaking and diving) before making the most of the beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.Don’t miss: Camping out under the stars in a Bedouin tent in the heart of the desert.Peru: teens on the trailWith celebrities such as Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott and Fearne Cotton set to trek to the ‘lost city’ for Breast Cancer this autumn and 2011 the 100th anniversary of the (re)discovery of Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is destined to be very much in the headlines over the coming months.In addition to the famous four-day trek through the Andes, Peru’s varied terrain lends itself perfectly to other active pursuits from mountain biking and horse riding to river rafting. This combines with cultures past (exploring the heart of the Inca Empire) and present (the chance to stay in a local village house) to make Peru ideal for exploring with older children.Don’t miss: For wildlife and a touch of the exotic, a visit to the Amazon rainforest is the ideal way to round off any trip.South Africa: Kruger & beyondThe Football World Cup may have put South Africa’s cities in the spotlight but the lesser known region of KwaZulu-Natal is ideal for an adventurous holiday off-the-beaten-track.Here you’ll find the country’s finest game reserves and national parks, with plenty of animal magic to be enjoyed as you go in search of ‘the big five’ in Kruger National Park, snorkel over coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, explore the world’s largest green canyon (Blyde River Canyon) and kayak through dense mangrove in remote Kosi Bay Nature Reserve on the Mozambique border.Don’t miss: Visiting a Zulu community to learn about the proud nation’s fascinating heritage. Sri Lanka: Sublime Sri LankaAfter 25 years of war, Sri Lanka is fast emerging as a great value holiday destination thanks to its magical mix of cultural treasures, inspiring landscapes and teeming wildlife. In fact, with so much on offer, you’ll really need at least two weeks to do this country justice.Highlights include the chance to search for leopards in Yala National Park, canoe down the Kelani River, try an elephant-back safari, head off on a jungle trek, visit the tea plantations and temples, go white-water rafting and enjoy incredible views having climbed Sigirya Rock.So it’s just as well there’s an abundant supply of palm-fringed tropical beaches to ensure you return home suitably relaxed.Don’t miss: The chance to spot migrating whales from November to AprilTurkey: active CappadociaCappadocia’s surreal scenery is ideal for surprising any potential family know-it-alls who assume a holiday in Turkey must equate to traditional beach-side antics.The region’s unusual rock formations, colourful valleys, idyllic waterfalls and incredible underground cities cry out to be fully explored, whether by bike, on horseback, on foot – or a combination of all three! And no matter how remote you may feel, you’re never far from relaxing hot springs, a traditional Hamam (Turkish bath) or a massage to sooth any aching muscles.Don’t miss: Sunrise over the fairy chimneys by hot-air balloon – an unforgettable treat.____The Adventure Company offers a range of dedicated teenage adventures and teen only departures around the world to help families find their perfect break.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more