first_imgActivists, ambassadors and actors gathered at the United Nations earlier this month to underline their commitment to empowering women and girls with autism, a lifelong neurological condition that begins in childhood and is characterized by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language.Video: Dakota Fanning wants to break down autism stereotypesWomen and girls were the focus on World Autism Awareness Day, observed on 2 April: a segment of the global population that faces “multiple challenges,” as UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated in his message for the Day.Speaking at the commemorative event in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, Alison Smale, head of Global Communications at the UN, outlined some of the many forms of discrimination women and girls with autism face.“They are denied equal access to education and employment, to healthcare services, justice and equal recognition before the law, and they are far too often denied the freedom to make their own choices,” she stated.The UN Headquarters event included breakout panels exploring issues that have an impact on women and girls with autism such as gender disparity in diagnosis, racism and sexism, as well as the heightened risks they face of violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.American actress Dakota Fanning, star of the autism-themed film ‘Please Stand By,’ was among the panellists, who came from as far away as South Africa, Iceland and Poland.Julia Bascom, Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, provided an overview of the state of women and girls with autism.She said they are diagnosed much less frequently than men and boys, and often much later in life: sometimes only after bringing in their own children for assessment.“The diagnostic criteria for autism are normed off of four-year-old white boys in upper middle-class families in the United States,” she reported. “So, anyone who doesn’t fit in that box has an uphill climb.”With one child in 160 on the autism spectrum, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikhal of Afghanistan stressed the need to fight stigma and promote inclusion, but also to highlight the contributions made by people with autism.He gave examples such as Eileen Parker, inventor of a weighted blanket that helps some people with autism to feel calm enough to fall asleep, and Dr. Temple Grandin, a leading advocate.“Events like this help to give a voice to those who may otherwise be left behind,” he said, reading a statement on behalf of Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the UN General Assembly.Ensuring that no one is left behind is the promise of the Sustainable Development Agenda for a more just and equitable future that world leaders have committed to bring about by 2030.Ms. Smale, the UN official, called for giving women and girls with autism a direct role in policy making on matters that concern them.“To achieve the inclusive society to which we aspire, we must ensure that the fundamental rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by Member States at the UN in 2006, are known and respected and are recognized as applying to everyone, including women and girls with autism,” she said.Though based in the US, the non-profit Autistic Self Advocacy Network – Ms. Bascom’s organization – works to empower people with autism globally, under the rallying call of ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us!’“As a society we still see autism as a negative, sad, scary thing. But for autistic women, an autism diagnosis can be a tool for empowerment,” she told the UN audience.“It’s an answer, it’s an explanation, it’s a way out of cycles of self-blame and guilt. It’s a passport to an entire community. And if we’re lucky, it’s a connection to the understanding, support and services we need in order to truly thrive –sometimes for the first time in our lives.”last_img read more

Celebrate teaching at Brock on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Alphie’s Bistro during the ninth annual Tribute to Teaching.The event honours Brock’s award-winning instructors with the Celebration of Teaching awards, including the faculty awards for excellence in teaching, excellence in teaching for early career faculty, and the OCUFA teaching award.Darlene Ciuffetelli-Parker from the Faculty of Education will present the keynote address. Ciuffetelli-Parker is a Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.Cheer, applaud and celebrate teaching at Brock University from 3 to 4:30 p.m.Learn more or RSVP online. read more

“By adopting this resolution on violence and health, the world is rejecting the view that violence is inevitable,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland said of the motion adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) – the WHO’s annual meeting – in Geneva.“Public health has made some remarkable achievements in recent decades, particularly with regard to reducing rates of many childhood diseases,” she added. “However, saving our children from these diseases only to let them fall victim to violence, to the savagery of war and conflict, or to self-inflicted injuries, would be a failure of public health.”Every day, roughly 2,200 people commit suicide, 1,400 people die as a result of homicide and 850 people are killed as a result of war. Thousands more remain permanently disabled after acts of non-fatal violence. After discussing these and other findings of the WHO’s “World report on violence and health,” delegates stated their commitment to scale up the global response to violence.The resolution calls for countries to develop national plans to ensure more targeted and coordinated action to prevent violence by all sectors of society. It also calls for better data collection to ensure a more accurate description of the magnitude of the problem and who is most affected by it; improved services for victims of violence to ensure that when they contact health services victims receive not only treatment for injuries and diseases but also mental, social and legal support; and, a greater focus on addressing the root causes of violence.“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear,” former South African President Nelson Mandela said in the foreword of the report.” We must address the roots of violence. Only then will we transform the past century’s legacy from a crushing burden into a cautionary lesson.” read more

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Sept. 15-21 by The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2014 3:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 15-21. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Carolina, NBC, 19.67 million.2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 17.88 million.3. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Indianapolis, ESPN, 14.89 million.4. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 14.75 million.5. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.71 million.6. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 13.64 million.7. “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 12.68 million.8. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 12.21 million.9. NFL Football: Tampa Bay at Atlanta, CBS, 11.88 million.10. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.46 million.11. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 11.06 million.12. “Mysteries of Laura,” NBC, 10.19 million.13. “Football Night in America Part 3,” NBC, 9.95 million.14. “NFL Pre-Kick Show” (Thursday, 8:20 p.m.), CBS, 9.11 million.15. “NFL Kick-Off Show” (Thursday, 7:57 p.m.), CBS, 7.343 million.16. College Football: Clemson at Florida St., ABC, 7.339 million.17. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 7.04 million.18. “Big Brother” (Tuesday), CBS, 6.91 million.19. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.6 million.20. “Castle,” ABC, 6.52 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. read more

With a player like Ohio State’s Evan Turner on the court, there may be a tendency for the opposition to divert all of its attention in his direction.Unfortunately for Jon Diebler, however, that has not been the case. Since the start of Big Ten play, the Buckeye junior has found that, even with Turner on the court, teams are not exactly willing to let him run free. There have been times when Diebler has been faced with a defender assigned to do nothing but hassle him for 40 minutes. In both of OSU’s games against Wisconsin, the Badgers put senior guard Jason Bohannon on Diebler and turned the game into what Buckeye coach Thad Matta said was more like “four on four.”But even though he may struggle to get open outside shots, Matta said that Diebler has been virtually unaffected by it. “I give him a lot of credit,” Matta said. “He couldn’t care less. I’m sure he’d like to shoot and score, but as long as we’re winning he’s happy with it.”That is not to say, however, that Diebler has done nothing to combat the extra attention. Recently he has made an effort to take the ball to the basket when faced with pressure on the outside. For someone who has been almost exclusively a perimeter player during his career, adding the ability to drive to the basket has done wonders for his game. Two weeks ago against Wisconsin, as expected, Diebler was faced with constant harassment. But rather than become a virtual non-factor, on more than one occasion Diebler beat his man off the dribble and was able to get to the hoop. Although it didn’t always earn him an open shot, the penetration opened up his teammates underneath the basket resulting in either free throws or easy points.“As far as going to the basket, I was just trying to take what the defense was giving me,” Diebler said. “Obviously [the defense] wasn’t used to me doing that so I was able to get in the lane.”The Buckeyes’ next game saw more of the same. Although he did get more open looks on the perimeter against Northwestern, there were situations where, in the past, Diebler might have rushed a contested 3-point shot. However, when he was smothered by a defender, he again beat people off the dribble, creating open shots for both him and his teammates. Diebler scored 17 points in the Buckeyes’ win and tied his season high with five assists.Matta said that Diebler’s newfound affinity for driving to the basket was nothing the coaches forced on him, but rather a product of his willingness to understand a game plan and know when and where he could find open shots. The addition to Diebler’s game, Matta said, has led to his team being less reliant on the 3-point shot, something his team has been criticized for in the past. “I think we’ve changed how we’re playing,” Matta said. “At times last year I think we got a little bit ‘3 happy,’ but I’ve been pretty pleased with the attempts that we’ve been getting. I think our guys have a pretty good understanding of what’s a good [shot] and what isn’t.”As the season progresses, if Diebler is able to continue to quell any frustration and create open shots, he could make a big difference for OSU. With each passing week, the games will get more and more meaningful.It is a process that Diebler said he’s become very familiar with over the course of his career, and one he is looking forward to. “Every game is a grind and you got to bring it every single day, even in practice,” he said. “I think we enjoy the competitive aspect of it.”“That’s what you play college basketball for.” read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCharges against Brassington, Singh a “frivolous” attempt to keep a campaign promise- JagdeoApril 12, 2018In “latest news”Charges against Gov’t officials were not “tit for tat”, a long time coming- JagdeoApril 19, 2018In “latest news”Durban Park: Charges against David Patterson, Winston Jordan, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine filedApril 23, 2018In “Court” … says those vindictive persons have a lot to worry aboutBy Ramona Luthi‘The obviously hyped up show of having People’s Progressive Party (PPP) members, Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington dragged before the court and placed in handcuffs on Tuesday has nothing to do with fighting corruption but everything to do with causing reputational damage.’Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThis is according to Opposition Leader and former President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday during a press conference at his office.Former Finance Minister, Singh and former CEO of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) Brassington on Tuesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where they faced three charges of “misconduct in public office; contrary to common law” as it relates to the sale of three plots of state land during the PPP’s tenure.Today, Jagdeo maintained that the men did nothing wrong, as they were acting on instructions from the then Cabinet.“…what has happened? Ashni Singh and Brassington have been charged not for finding a single cent in their account that they didn’t earn, not for finding a $100 in their account that they didn’t earn, or much less that they said they stole, not for that but for claiming that they had misconduct in public office because they did not do a valuation of some properties that they sold even after public tender which established the market values,” he argued.As such, Jagdeo warned that the persons who are responsible for this “vindictive” act of dragging the names of well respected Guyanese through the dirt “have a lot to worry about.”“We have on almost every single Cabinet member here much significant acts where…decisions were made in their Ministries that cost the treasury lots of money without even being endorsed by the Cabinet and were in clear, blatant violation of our procurement laws…I want to warn those who have been so vindictive in pursuing some of these unsubstantiated charges just to destroy people’s reputation that they have a lot to worry about,” he said.Following the court proceedings which resulted in Singh and Brassington being granted $6M in bail each, former Attorney general, Anil Nandlall said that when the legal proceedings against the duo are dismissed, the state and several individuals will be sued personally for reputational damages.“There is going to be a barrage of civil proceeding that is going to be filed for reputational damage caused by these charges. And persons are going to be charged personally, not the state alone, people will be sued personally for what is taking place in this country,” Nandlall told media operatives.Meanwhile, today Singh and Brassington were called in by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for questioning as it relates to 27 other allegations of “misconduct in public office” pertaining to the sale of state owned lands.They were subsequently arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department in the presence of their Attorneys and finger printed.Furthermore, the men were then ordered to pay an additional $300,000 each to be released on station bail. read more

first_imgid Software has done nothing but impress us lately with two great gameplay videos teasing what Rage will look and play like later this year. I was all gearing up for a September release, but that is now not going to happen.Although no formal announcement has been made, the release date of id’s latest game has ben pushed back. Originally it was meant to arrive in the middle of September, but the official Rage website, as well as online gaming retailers such as Gamestop, have issued a new date of October 4 in the US. European gamers will now have to wait until October 7.AdChoices广告It’s only a few extra weeks, so we can guess that this is just some extra polishing time the team need. Although, having watched the two gameplay videos (one of which is included below), I don’t see much that needs polishing.There is another potential reason for the delay, though. Microsoft is releasing Gears of War 3 on September 20. The marketing push for that game will be huge, and Bethesda may be a little concerned that Rage could potentially get forgotten about in a very important launch window for Microsoft.If those extra weeks of waiting seem like to much to ask you can make the time pass more quickly with a visit to the App Store. Rage HD is already available and only costs a couple of dollars.How am I passing the time? By loading up Steam of course, and losing myself in some classic id Software first-person shooters. Even if you’ve played the likes of Quake and Doom to death, a bit of target practice means you can go straight to the Hard setting come Rage release day.via NeoGAFlast_img read more

first_img 23 Comments Source: St.Michael’s House/Twitter Image: Shutterstock/Dan Kosmayer Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 10:00 PM 24,053 Views Jun 10th 2017, 10:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘My greatest fear is she will outlive me’: Elderly carers in Ireland struggle for help The 2011 Census found that 24,746 carers in Ireland are over the age of 65.center_img Short URL By Hayley Halpin Image: Shutterstock/Dan Kosmayer Sinead’s health has deteriorated in recent years. She suffers from scoliosis and has a dislocated hip.“She’s incontinent and she’s in nappies. She can do absolutely nothing for herself. She can’t sit, she can’t turn,” Mary said.“She broke her arm last month and she was in very severe pain. Her bones are brittle, her leg was broken at another stage and we didn’t even know.”“There’s always something I’m taking her to, pain management, the wheelchair clinic, Enable Ireland, the dietitian, the physiotherapist. The care is ongoing and she’s totally part of my life. There’s a lot to it,” Mary explained.It’s a great worry for me now at my age. My greatest fear is that Sinead will outlive me.Mary said she has to fight to get help from the government and the HSE.I get half a carers allowance. There’s no such thing as half a carer. Because I’m an old aged pensioner with a pension I only get half of the allowance.“When I was looking for home help to come into the house it took me about 10 months to get it. It was hard to get services and you had to be prepared to fight.”In regards to home improvements, such as ramp installations and bathroom renovations, Mary often goes ahead and pays the bills instead of waiting for the Housing Adaptation Grant because “the wait is just terrible”.Respite care is vital for elderly carers, to ensure they can get a sufficient break. Sinead used to receive five two-week breaks annually at the Cheshire Home. However, Sinead’s respite care was cancelled by the HSE in December 2015, says Mary.FearLike many elderly people in Ireland looking after a loved one, Mary knows the need to find residential care for her daughter is ever looming. There will come a day when she won’t be able to care for Sinead anymore.“The problem is the places aren’t there and the funding isn’t there,” Mary said.“Like I said, my wishes are that Sinead will not outlive me. It would be a terrible wrench but I’d also be afraid if she outlived me because she doesn’t have any sisters, she has two brothers but one lives out of the country and the other has a job and young children.”“I don’t know what would happen,” Mary said.Almost 25,000 people over the age of 65 provide care to a family member with a disability. Many of them are living in fear of what may happen to the family member they care for may they ever be in a position to no longer provide the care.Spokesperson for Family Carers Ireland, Catherine Cox said: “Nobody should be expected to care alone. Caring should be a shared responsibility between a number of key partners including the state, the family, family carer and service provider;  but the reality is that family carers are often left to fill all the gaps in an underfunded and under-resourced system regardless of the cost to their own physical and mental health”The 2011 Census found that 24,746 carers in Ireland are over the age of 65. A total of 1,318 of those were over the age of 85.This week is National Carers Week, which highlights the experiences of thousands of family carers across Ireland that look their loved ones.Read:  Should ‘health homework’ be given to primary school students?More: ‘It’s like living in a nightmare’: Venezuelan student terrified of returning home MARY MCDONNELL celebrated her 80th birthday last week.Unlike most 80-year-olds, she is a carer, looking after her 54-year-old daughter Sinead, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy.Mary lives with constant concerns about Sinead’s wellbeing, as she struggles to get home care, home improvement grants, residential care and respite care.Looking after her daughter is a full-time job for Mary, who has her own health problems.Mary got pneumonia a few years ago which left her with asthma and other lung problems.“Sinead is afraid of her life. Any time I have a birthday she gets very frightened,” Mary said.“When I turned 76 she said ‘In four years time you will be 80, how much longer will you be able to look after me?’”A survivor of the TB outbreak in the 1950s, Mary had to undergo surgery and she was mistakenly given O positive blood, when her blood group is B negative.  This led to Sinead being born with a high level of antibodies which caused brain damage.Mary saw no physical progress in Sinead during the first few months of her life but she wasn’t given a definitive diagnosis until she was 10 months old.“I took her to a pediatrician in Cork and they told me she had cerebral palsy of a severe degree and she would be like that for life,” Mary said.She was born very sick and she wasn’t meant to survive but she did. The prognosis was that she wouldn’t live beyond her teens but she’s 54 now.While Mary has a home helper who comes in to care for Sinead during the night, she still finds herself getting up “at least once every night” to provide help.“During the night we have to take care of her personal care – change her nappies in other words,” Mary said.Mary said that the home care isn’t available at all times throughout the day and there are gaps in the day when she has to care for Sinead alone. Mary’s husband suffered a bad accident in 2007 that rendered him physically incapable of helping with Sinead. Share Tweet Email3 #CarersWeek June 12-16- Do u Care? We do- celebrating our Nations Carers. Events for all @InformgFamilies— St.Michael’s House (@StMichaelsHouse) June 7, 2017last_img read more

first_imgWhy: Lisa’s Country Kitchen started up in 2008 on Mill Plain Boulevard, where the little diner earned itself a loyal following. Lisa’s has relocated to another well-established neighborhood and is in the same strip mall as Lucky’s bar on Northeast 76th Street. Traditional American breakfast and lunch are served daily until 2 p.m.What I tried: I was going to try the taco omelet until I discovered the biscuits and gravy are made from scratch, so I had biscuits and gravy with an over-easy egg, hash browns and bacon. I also had coffee and orange juice.The biscuits and gravy were served on a separate plate from the rest of the breakfast items. The buttermilk biscuits were large and dense with a homemade quality that was very appetizing. I found the sausage gravy a bit too salty, and the sausage pieces in the gravy were fairly large bits that were somewhat spongy in texture instead of being pan-fried and crisped. The hash browns were the grated type that are fried to a golden crisp on the outside and soft underneath — similar to those at IHOP and Shari’s. The bacon was meaty and fried to a delicious browned and somewhat chewy finish. The egg was cooked and seasoned just right.Coffee at Lisa’s is robust and a selection of creamers are available at the table. The orange juice tasted like a concentrated variety.Menu highlights beyond what I tried: In addition to the taco omelet, there is a Denver omelet, a cheese omelet, a veggie omelet, and a chili and cheddar omelet. All omelets are made with three eggs. The farmer’s scramble combines eggs, ham, bacon, mushrooms, onions and green peppers and is topped with melted cheese. The scramble is served with hash browns and toast. The Belgian waffle may be ordered plain or with strawberries and whipped cream.last_img read more

first_imgPetr Cech took exception to a comment made by Bayer Leverkusen, who made fun of his passing abilities.Petr Cech didn’t look comfortable passing the ball out of the back on Sunday against Manchester City. His lack of confidence culminated when he nearly scored an own goal upon failing to control a backwards pass by Matteo Guendouzi.See it for yourself:Cech ???— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) August 12, 2018A comment came from Bayer Leverkusen’s official account, suggesting they might know a guy who can cope with the task, of course implying to their former goalkeeper Bernd Leno. To that Cech responded:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson..@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018Cech wasn’t impressed by Leverkusen’s Twitter behaviour and decided to tell the Germans off. You can notice below his response that Bayer Leverkusen wrote back, explaining there were no bad intentions in their twit, just a friendly joke.Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright agreed with Bayer Leverkusen’s assessment of Cech’s performance, while his fellow commentator Chris Sutton wondered why did The Gunners buy Leno if he wasn’t going to play (BBC Sport).“I was watching the match on Sunday and I saw a goalkeeper who looked absolutely petrified every time the ball went back to him.” “I actually screamed when he nearly scored an own goal. We are trying to play out from the back and our goalie nearly scores. That’s not what we want. The fact is, you have to laugh, the fans were screaming ‘just kick it out’.”Maybe Unai Emery will re-think his decision. We’ll find out next weekend, when his team visits city rival Chelsea.last_img read more

first_imgFire on Camp Pendleton west of DeLuz gate KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:13 PM .@CALFIRESANDIEGO is in Unified Command with @MCIWPendletonCA for a 40 acre vegetation fire on Camp Pendleton. Firefighters expected to remain at scene through the evening. #WeisgarberFire— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 20, 2019 June 20, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter #WeisgarberFire [update] IC reports the fire is now 80 acres.— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 21, 2019 #WeisgarberFire [update] Fire is now 120 acres and 40% contained. Fire activity has decreased and firefighters expect to have full containment by midnight tonight.— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsCAMP PENDLETON( KUSI) –  A brush fire spread across swaths of open terrain on the grounds of Camp Pendleton late Thursday afternoon, authorities reported.Base officials said the blaze broke out in the eastern reaches of the sprawling Marine Corps installation and had scorched about 80 acres as of shortly after 5 p.m., but no structural threats were reported.Civilian firefighters were helping military personnel extinguish the blaze, according to Cal Fire.The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.UPDATE: The fire is now 120 acres and 40 percent contained. Firefighters are expected to have full containment by midnight. #WeisgarberFire [update] Fire remains 80 acres and is 40% contained. Firefighters are making good progres; no structures are threatened and no injuries to report.— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 21, 2019 There is currently a fire on Camp Pendleton, one mile west of the DeLuz gate. The fire does not pose a threat to Fallbrook or the surrounding area.— North County Fire (@NorthCountyFire) June 20, 2019 Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more

first_imgICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI BankReuters file [Representational Image]At the very core of the Chanda Kochhar family enterprise or La Familia remains two similar named companies which beg numerous questions. While the construct of NuPower Renewables came into being much later, IANS has now pieced together the etymology of the Kochhar-Advani enterprise. For them, from the very beginning, it was all about credence, convoluted and flawed. And then, of course, the triangle remains incomplete without the emergence of the ubiquitous Videocon and Venugopal Dhoot.The first Credential Finance Ltd (CFL) was birthed on January 23, 1985 as Bloomfield Builders & Construction at Mumbai RoC (Registrar of Companies) with registration No. 035149. By 1994, it fell into the hands of the Kochhars, who renamed it Credential Finance Ltd.The second CFL (no, these aren’t bulbs) was birthed on March 18, 1992 as Vilkin Finance Pvt Ltd again registered at RoC Mumbai with registration No. 065966. On June 13, 1993, the name was changed to Credential Investments & Finance Ltd and finally to Credential Finance Ltd on September 27, 1994 (CFL 2).The first Credential’s entry in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs database shows authorised capital of Rs 15 crore, paid-up capital of Rs 10.95 crore against which there is an outstanding loan of Rs 2.25 crore. However, documents filed online under various heads show a loan of Rs 8.20 crore from two banks — on August 31, 1996 a loan of Rs 4.70 crore @ 20 per cent per annum from SBI Home Finance, Kolkata, and on July 24, 1997, a loan of Rs 3.50 crore @ RBI rate + margin from IndusInd Bank, Mumbai. All the loan documents were presented by Deepak Kochhar before the banks and have his signatures. In the SBI Home Finance loan, the signatures are of the Videocon International Managing Director.The second Credential’s entry on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs database shows that its authorised capital is Rs 5 lakh, paid-up capital is nil and it is under liquidation. Though it does have Rs 26 crore as outstanding loans.Now, once again we come to the Videocon connection with both these entities. Videocon’s Venugopal Dhoot has been denying any business association with the Kochhars and his connection with NuPower has been proved conclusively.In Credential Finance (CFL1), Videocon International has the highest number of preference shares (of Rs 100 each) listed against its name as of March 31, 2000. Of the total preference shares of 532,250, Videocon International held 150,000, various Kochhar family members — Deepak, Rajiv, his wife Monika, Chanda, Vinodini (mother of Deepak & Rajiv), Virendra (father of Deepak & Rajiv) and Aarti Kochhar — held 898, 747, 625, 473, 3, 2, 2, respectively. Furthermore, it is alleged that Kochhar shell companies ABS Components, Modern Fashions and KG Computers owned 125,000 shares, 120,000 shares and 8,750 shares, respectively. Chanda Kochhar receives Woodrow Wilson AwardPR Handout [Representational Image]In Credential Finance (CFL 2), the total number of shares from March 31, 2000 to September 30, 2014 are 5,634,500. As of September 30, 2014, the total number of equity shares of Rs 10 each were in the names of Credential Holdings (849,700), Deepak Kochhar (30,385), Chanda Kochhar (2,835), Monica Kochhar (3,750), Videocon International (1,000,000), Rajiv Kochhar (29,985); shell companies Modern Fashions Pvt Ltd (374,300), ABS Components Pvt Ltd (981,250), KG Computers Pvt Ltd (456,000), other Chanda Kochhar family members Mahesh Advani (20,420), Neelam Advani (20,420), long time Videocon employee S.K. Shelgikar (59,700), Vinodini Kochhar and Virendra Kochhar (15 shares each).Pertinently, several unnamed “well-wishers” paid off the dues of Credential Finance – a now-defunct company that was once run by Chanda Kochhar’s husband and brother-in-law. In March 2009, the company in which Chanda Kochhar too was once a shareholder, entered into court settlement with multiple creditors.According to the minutes of the Bombay High Court order, in at least one of the cases, Rs 40 lakh was paid to Banque Indo-Suez (now known as Calyon Bank) by the “well-wishers of and on behalf of” Credential Finance. As luck would have it, the directors of the company also changed more or less overnight. The settlements with the different creditors also brought to close an earlier contempt proceedings against Deepak Kochhar, husband of Chanda Kochhar and former Managing Director of Credential. The dues were paid in tranches initiating with pay orders issued by the ICICI Bank. However, the bank did not reveal the identity of the drawer or purchaser of the pay order due to rules of client confidentiality.last_img read more

first_imgL&T Technology Services, an arm of engineering giant Larsen and Toubro, on Wednesday said that it secured a multi-million dollar contract from a global semi-conductor company. The company will provide verification support on the client’s expansive portfolio of offerings and products.Following the news, L&T Technology Services stock was trading at Rs 855 at around 3:17 pm on Wednesday, up 0.30 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.This strategic tie-up between the two companies will enable the customer to strengthen its product offering and capitalise on market opportunities with superior quality products.”We have been awarded a multi-year partnership with one of the world’s most respected technology companies. We will continue to provide cutting edge services and solutions to global customers,” Dr Keshab Panda, CEO and managing director of L&T Technology Services, said.Shares of L&T Technology Services were listed on the stock exchanges last month following a Rs 900 crore IPO. The company had fixed the issue price at Rs 860 per share, at the higher end of the price band.The company’s public issue comprised offer for sale of 1.04 crore shares, including anchor investor portion of 31.20 lakh shares. The issue opened on September 12 and closed on September 15.last_img read more

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:06Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Amazon Debuts Its New, Cute Autonomous Delivery Robot Named Scout Amazon India is likely to include the airline ticketing functionality to a super app that it is trying out on the Tapzo platform it acquired last year, media reports say. Amazon’s proposed super app, which is in line with Tencent’s We-Chat, is likely to offer an exhaustive bouquet of products and services.While Amazon is continuing with beta testing of flight bookings in collaboration with travel portal Cleartrip, the move is seen as the e-commerce giant’s strategic shift to incorporate product and services sale into one umbrella app, catching a new e-commerce trend early on, according to a report in the Economic Times.”These are all third-party application integrations with market leaders in their verticals,” the report cited a source as saying. Coding experts are busy developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow internet companies to interact with each other, allowing seamless data exchange among platforms. Amazon’s new super-app may heat up the e-commerce sceneReutersAmazon may be following the example of Paytm and Phonepe, the path that Flipkart and Ola are likely to take, to use their user base to provide goods and services across the board. They could include retail sales to recharge services of mobile phones and DTH as well as flight ticketing and grocery delivery and cab hire. Amazon’s customer base is an estimated 150 million with the monthly unique customers estimated at 20-25 million each for Amazon and Flipkart.Sequoia Capital-backed Tapzo that Amazon acquired last year aggregates into a single app the app-based services of Uber, Ola, food delivery services Swiggy and Zomato, BookMyShow, bill payment service BillDesk and more. Amazon already have recharge and bill payments on its app. Amazon’s best of Prime 2018 is the most used platform for Amazon Pay.Amazon Press Kit”E-commerce is no longer just about selling goods,” the report quoted Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Research, as saying. “A growing set of users are consuming services, so while Amazon knows what goods they buy, the company does not know how they consume offline-to-online services. This move will pave the way for Amazon to get access to this data.” Amazon Pay will serve as the backbone for the payment window for the functionalities that the company plans to introduce, according to an unidentified source in Amazon.The partners that Amazon Pay has struck deals with include Yatra, RedBus and Abhibus in travel; and Faasos, Box8, FreshMenu and Cafe Coffee Day in the food and beverages space, the report says. Haptik, BookMyShow and also accept Amazon Pay as an online payment window. Amazon promotes these brands on the Amazon Pay landing page on its app and website along with its promotional offers for using the payment channel.center_img Closelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Hellboy returns to theaters this week with a rebooted entry in the series. A new actor — David Harbour from Stranger Things – wields the big red fist. It’s pretty nutty to think that a literal Satanic entity is a good enough hero to anchor multiple movies, but geek culture has always loved to flirt with the dark side. In fact, good guys who hail from the fiery land down under have been a theme for more than half a century.Come with us as we delve into the stygian depths to chronicle the history of heroes from hell.The Black WidowLet’s start this way back in 1940 with the Black Widow. No, this isn’t the Russian spy heroine you know and love. Instead, the original Widow was a psychic medium known as Claire Voyant, who was possessed by Satan and ordered to murder a family but failed. Her spirit went to the dark place, where the devil granted her the touch of instant death and returned her to Earth to hunt down evil souls and send them down for punishment tout suite. She only appeared in a half dozen stories in the 40s but eventually returned to the Marvel universe in the modern era.EtriganWhen Jack Kirby, the architect of so many of Marvel’s biggest creations, jumped ship to DC Comics in 1970 it was a pretty big deal. But his “Fourth World” books were too ahead of their time, and after their cancellation the King was looking to other realms for new characters. 1972 saw the introduction of The Demon, one of Kirby’s most unique heroes ever. The demon Etrigan is a rhyming powerhouse bonded to the immortal Jason Blood, who can switch bodies with him by reciting a couplet. Even in his earliest appearances, it’s noticeable that Etrigan might do good things, but only for his own reasons. The character has been kicking around the DC universe’s darker corners ever since, most notably in a very fun Garth Ennis-written run in the 1990s.Ghost RiderKirby’s former cohorts at Marvel weren’t resting on their laurels, though, and that same year they brought forth their own hell-spawned hero. Stunt rider Johnny Blaze summoned the demon Mephisto in an attempt to cure his mentor’s cancer, but made a deal to bond his soul to the demon Zarathos in the process. Now when Blaze enters the presence of evil, he’s engulfed by flames and transforms into the skull-faced Ghost Rider, tasked with returning stray demons to Mephisto’s rule. Several other people have borne the mantle of Ghost Rider in the years since his introduction, most recently Robbie Reyes who drives a dope 1969 Dodge Charger instead of the iconic motorcycle.Son of SatanGhost Rider was a huge success for Marvel, and Stan Lee wanted to keep the dark heroes coming. So in 1973, he proposed a series called The Mark Of Satan that would star the head devil himself. Thankfully, his fellow editors convinced him the market maybe wasn’t ready for that, and instead we got Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan. Tattooed with a mystical pentagram on his chest and wielding a flaming trident, Daimon had a mortal mother and a much eviler sister, Satana. Renouncing his evil heritage, Hellstrom hung out a shingle as an exorcist to battle back his father’s many manifestations. Hellstrom would be a member of the Defenders and the Midnight Sons, and was considered for the position of Sorcerer Supreme for a bit.MagikWe’re going to have to mess with the timeline a little bit, because Illyana Rasputin was introduced to readers in a cameo back in Giant Size X-Men #1 in 1975, but didn’t actually take a significant role in the series until 1982. That’s when the younger sister of Colossus was kidnapped to an interdimensional realm called Limbo, ruled by the demonic sorcerer Belasco. While mere moments passed on Earth, seven years went by there as the fiend corrupted her nature to create mystical bloodstones that could end his imprisonment. After she’s rescued by the X-Men, Illyana uses her mutant teleportation powers and sorcerous training to fight alongside the New Mutants.RavenWhen Marv Wolfman and George Perez were assembling the cast for their New Teen Titans, they didn’t want to go the traditional route of sidekicks and junior versions of DC heroes. So they created a handful of new characters to fill out the team, and one of them came from a very dark place. The hooded sorceress Raven is the daughter of the interdimensional demon lord Trigon and a human woman from Gotham City. She was snatched from her parents and raised in the dimension of Azarath, where she was trained to suppress her dark nature. Needless to say, that doesn’t last for long. Raven has grappled with her dad’s evil influence numerous times but always winds up on the side of good in the end.Blue DevilWhen he was first introduced in 1984, DC’s Blue Devil was just an ordinary guy who experienced one of those freak accidents that only happens in comic books, grafting his body into a blue horned bodysuit that the stuntman had built for a movie he was working on. After getting zapped with magic bolts, Dan Cassidy blue himself and spent the next few years fighting crime while trying to find a cure for his condition. However, a deal with the demon Neron resulted in Cassidy dying and then being reborn as an actual demon, earning him a spot on this list. He’s always knocked around the weird backwaters of the DC universe, most recently during Forever Evil.SpawnWhen Todd McFarlane left Marvel Comics with his cohorts to form Image, readers were slavering to see what he’d do next. Freed from the mainstream system, he unleashed Spawn, a deliriously gory, over-the-top superhero tale starring a masked hero who literally got his powers from a bargain with the devil. Al Simmons was a CIA operative betrayed by his team and killed in a fiery explosion. His soul goes to the dark place, where he makes a contract with the demon Malebolgia to return to Earth hideously scarred and bonded to a symbiotic demon organism that gives him horrific powers. Spawn was a huge hit, one of the decade’s best-selling books, and inspired a live-action movie and an animated series.HellboyBy 1993, the idea of a demonic hero wasn’t as surprising. But when Mike Mignola, who had started out as an inker on Marvel’s B-list books before hopping to DC and refining his style on books like Gotham by Gaslight, introduced his red-skinned Hellboy in 1993 it brought the concept into the modern era. The son of a witch and the demon Azzael, Hellboy was intended by his father to bring on the Apocalypse. Mignola’s rich, complex mythology has been fertile ground for Hellboy adventures for decades, and the character’s saga ended with him returning to Hell to face his destiny for a final time.PergA bit lesser-known than Mignola’s creation, Perg was a publication of Lightning Comics, a relatively obscure Illinois press. When police officer Ramen Alexander Perg (yes, his name is Ramen, not sure who signed off on that one) is killed in the 1800s, only to be revived by Satan in the present day and returned to Earth as a demon to battle evil with the aid of a magical dagger that can purge souls of sin, as well as some seriously 90s spiked shoulder pads. Perg – along with the rest of the Lightning Comics line – has been consigned to the dustbin of history, but it’s interesting to see similar threads running through more obscure titles.DanteLet’s step over to the world of video games for a modern half-demon hero who has recently made a big comeback. In 2001’s Devil May Cry, the world was introduced to Dante, a wisecracking master of weaponry who uses his stylish combo skills to lay the smack down on hordes of enemies. The son of the demon Sparda and a human mother, Dante can tap into his “Devil Trigger” to grant him a burst of incredible speed and power. Over the years, the character has gone through a few changes as game directors embraced different aspects of his personality, but this year’s Devil May Cry 5 is one of his absolute best appearances, with insane weapons and tons of ways to use them.Hellboy hits theaters on April 12More on and the 11 Best Kids Who Become Adult SuperheroesThe Complete History of Rock Stars Making ComicsThe History of Breasts in Comic Books ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… last_img read more

first_img Explore further 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. Big Bang simulated in metamaterial shows time travel is impossible Spacetime analogs is an emerging field of physics in which scientists investigate systems having mathematical links with general relativity, and test their theories about the early behavior of the universe. The latest in a series of such experiments is one that uses spacetime analogs to model the end of time theory, dubbed the “Big Crunch,” at which the universe is predicted to contract and eventually collapse into a black hole. Citation: Metamaterials used to mimic the Big Crunch (2011, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 More information: Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and the “end of time” An example of a spacetime analog is the behaviour of light in electromagnetic space, which is mathematically analogous to its behavior in spacetime. Recent developments have enabled scientists to use metamaterials to manipulate electromagnetic space and create electromagnetic analogs to the multiverse, quantum foam and the big bang.Now University of Maryland visiting research scientist Igor Smolyaninov and colleagues have developed an experiment using metamaterials to model the end of time.Metamaterials can be manipulated and forced to behave as various analogs, such as a system with two dimensions of space and one of time, or one with one dimension of space and two of time. The experiments designed by Smolyaninov and colleagues used a metamaterial comprising stripes of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), which were deposited on a gold film.Laser light traveling through the metamaterial is described by mathematical equations that are used to describe space and time. In the gold film the movement of photon-electron waves (plasmons) followed the equations representing a universe with two space dimensions and one time dimension, but in the metamerial they followed the equations of a universe with one space dimension and two time dimensions In the “end of time” experiment the photons became very hot, experiencing a sudden rise in energy and frequency, described as a “higher harmonic generation.”Smolyaninov analyzed what happened when the metamerial was placed at various orientations to the gold and discovered that if they were placed end on, with a space dimension perpendicular to a time dimension, time stops, which is essentially a simulation of “end of time”. When the metamaterial boundary is perpendicular to the “space-like direction” the scientists observed a Rindler horizon, which produces Hawking radiation. If it is perpendicular to the “time-like direction” time ends. The electromagnetic field diverges at the interface between the two materials.The experiment is described in the July 20 edition of arXiv, the physics preprint journal. Future experiments planned include adding quantum dot semiconductors to a metamaterial to allow the researchers to simulate the center of a black hole and look for an analog for Hawking radiation, predicted to exist at the edge of black holes.last_img read more

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more August 1, 2019 — DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial intelligence (AI) to automate medical note taking from physician appointments and integrate it right into their electronic health record (EHR).DeepScribe uses advanced deep learning technology to generate accurate, compliant and secure SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment and plan) notes right within a practice’s EHR. Practices using DeepScribe have reported saving an average of 2 hours and 45 minutes per day on documentation, with providers seeing an average of four to five additional patients, and in some cases, up to 10 additional patients per week.  Now, practices using DrChrono’s EHR platform can use the DeepScribe app and device to automate the note-taking process and have those notes available in the patient record. Providers can record their patient exam, with patient permission, by opening their DeepScribe app within DrChrono’s EHR platform. The DeepScribe device, much like an Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo or Google Home, sits in the exam room and intelligently listens to the conversation and prepares notes.  The notes show up within the DrChrono EHR within an hour, and providers are able to review and sign off on the notes.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DeepScribe uses artificial intelligence to automatically bring provider voice notes into patient record News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Although he said negotiations had entered a final stretch, Tsipras hinted there was much ground still to be covered and said the Greek people cannot take more austerity. He also said Greece had done all it could to compromise.“Throughout, we have proven we are ready to make concessions in order to get a mutually acceptable deal. We demand of our partners the same respect and corresponding concessions. We have done our duty, it is now time for Europe to do the same,” Tsipras said.There are rumblings that Tsipras may be ready to compromise but lawmakers from the party’s left wing have warned they will not accept a deal that keeps the austerity policies which have devastated Greece’s economy. Some have gone as far as saying that abandoning the euro — the common currency used by 19 European nations — would not be a catastrophe.Tsipras did not address the dissenters directly but sought to reassure them he will not compromise more than necessary. He did warn, however, that Greece will have to reform its pension system.A mutually acceptable deal, Tsipras said, should include lower-than-previously agreed primary budget surpluses; making the rich pay and not the poor, thus no new wage and pension cuts; debt restructuring or a write-off; and a “generous package of investments in infrastructure and new technologies.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is ready to accept a “viable and long-lasting” deal with lenders but not on “humiliating terms,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his ruling Syriza party on Saturday.Syriza’s first four months in power have been dominated by negotiations with the heavily indebted country’s creditors, including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Of those issues, Tsipras suggested there was agreement with lenders only on the surpluses and only for 2015 and 2016. This, he said, will save Greece from 10 billion euros ($11 billion) in extra austerity measures.Tsipras accused the IMF of sticking to unreasonable demands on the Value Added Tax, pension reforms and labor market deregulation.“The architects of the most failed program in the history of the IMF insist on extreme positions in order not to accept their failure,” he said.Tsipras also accused unnamed European officials of making statements that anticipate a failure of the Greek debt negotiations.“I want to send a clear message. These final days before the deal, those who want to contribute, let them do it. Those who don’t should keep silent,” he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the audience during a Syriza party central committee meeting in Athens, Greece, on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Tsipras has told leaders of the governing Radical Left Coalition that Greece is ready to accept a “viable and long lasting” deal with its lenders, but not on “humiliating terms.” (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis) Patients with chronic pain give advice Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

first_imgExisting members and franchisees can switch to the helloworld network. Jetset Travelworld Group will launch a new retail brand, helloworld, creating an extensive network of more than 1000 travel agents.The new retail network will be supported by a long-term strategic partnership, utilising US-based online travel company Orbitz Worldwide’s (OWW) global technology.Existing members and franchisees will have the opportunity to adopt helloworld.“With more than 40 years of travel industry experience behind our agencies, the goal of helloworld is to offer travellers unparalleled convenience, industry-leading service and the best value, tailor-made travel experiences,” JTG chief executive Rob Gurney said.“JTG will consolidate its marketing spend to focus on helloworld and provide franchisees with a greater share of voice through digital channels, TV and radio, print and in partnership with our suppliers.”The consolidation was formed due to customers increasingly requesting the ability to research and book their travel through both online and offline channels.The first helloworld stores and online platform will launch during the second quarter of the financial year ending 30 June 2014, paired with a consumer campaign.“Our long-term store fit out program will transform the retail network and make the in-store experience truly interactive and collaborative,” Mr Gurney said.“Over the next 18 months, we will focus on implementing the most substantial changes.” Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_imgBrisbanecruiseDream Cruises Ahead of Dream Cruises’ deployment of Explorer Dream to Australia and New Zealand from October 2019, the cruise line has announced six ex-Brisbane itineraries, including four Australian coastal cruises and two Trans-Tasman options.Australian coastal cruises depart throughout November 2019, visiting Sydney, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, Gladstone and Mooloolaba. The Trans-Tasman options depart from Brisbane to New Zealand via Sydney, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dunedin, with the option to disembark in Wellington or continue on to Auckland (via Gisborne).Fares ex-Brisbane start from $1180 per person for a six-night cruise.last_img read more