Addiction support discussed at the Community Couch Conversation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was an evening full of emotion, compassion and understanding on Thursday at the Lido for the FSJ Community Couch Conversation.Collaboratively hosted by Healthy FSJ and the Fort  St. John Community Action Team, the Opioid Dialogues was co-hosted by Julianne Kucheran and Edwina Nearhood.Mayor Lori Ackerman gave an emotional dedication to the event in honour of those who are affected by drug addictions. Ackerman lost her brother to substance use. Afterwards, personal stories of addiction were shared by those who have been touched by drugs and addiction.Each guest stated that there is no shame in addictions and that it can happen to anyone no matter your background.In a statement from Healthy FSJ, the goal of Community Couch Conversation is to foster a supportive evening, where the community comes together to learn, listen and think about how we can be there for one another to build a healthy and resilient community in the face of the opioid crisis. Six health professionals, who specialize in drug use and addictions were part of the opioid panel.The main message conveyed by the panel is that community support is key when dealing with addictions.“Those who suffer from addictions within Fort St. John are a part of your family and that the community must come together and work as one”, said Amanda Trotter executive director for the Women’s Resource Society.The panel agreed that more resources need to be made available for substance users in Fort St. John.“There is a disparity for those who receive help and treatment. The poor suffer. You’re very lucky if you are able to afford it”, said Connie Greyeyes of the Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society.The panel concluded that there is more work to be done and the discussions must continue.last_img read more

Klopp not available right now for Germany

first_imgBut the Liverpool coach would “think about it” one day if the Nationalmannschaft needs him one day and he’s availableFor Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp being concentrated and focused is something he’s proud of.And asked today if he would ever manage the Germany National Team, The Reds boss was quick to replay.“If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it,” he told Welt am Sonntag in his native country.Reported by Goal.com, the German manager is focused on only one thing right now.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“But am I thinking about it right now, in my current situation when I am tied to Liverpool for the next four years and because Germany has just played a bad World Cup? No,” he said.“I’m not available,” he promptly added.Germany had their worst FIFA World Cup participation this summer, having failed to qualify from the Group Stage into the Round of 16.But both Germany’s coach Joachim Löw and Klopp, have a four-year contract with their teams.last_img read more

Warnock Rondon was the difference today

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes the quality of Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon was the difference as his side lost 3-0 at St James Park.Cardiff City succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday. Fabian Schar scored a brace and Ayoze Perez grabbed the third goal in stoppage time to condemn Cardiff to their third defeat in four games.Despite not finding the back of the net, Salomon Rondon played a crucial part to Newcastle’s win, including providing an assist for Perez’s goal.Warnock has been an admirer of Rondon and had admitted wanting to sign him in the summer, but ultimately failed as he moved to Newcastle instead.“I thought Rondon was the difference today. He led the line really well,” Warnock told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. I couldn’t see them breaking through until the first goal which was poor from our point of view.“We started the second half well and were dangerous and then conceded the second that killed us. We didn’t have anything drop for us and they were better than us in the final third.“Nine of the lads that played today were in the Championship last year. While we are disappointed it is not the end of the world. We looked a half decent side. I didn’t think in the last third we did enough.“There was some great defending but we could have picked a better pass out at times in the second half.”last_img read more

FortisTCI Limited Secures US90 Million Private Placement Loans

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (December 18, 2014) – FortisTCI (the Company) announces today the closing of a US$90 million private placement consisting of US$80 million 4.75% Senior Notes, Series 2014-A, due December 18, 2029, and US$10 million 4.75% Senior Notes, Series 2014-B, due January 15, 2030.The debt offering was privately placed with institutional investors in the US Private Placement Market. Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as sole placement agent for the Company. Proceeds will be used for repayment on short term debt and to finance ongoing capital expenditures. The process started in September and the FortisTCI team had to promote the Company and the Country to the high-quality institutional investment community. Prior to this, the Turks and Caicos Islands were not an approved investment jurisdiction for these blue chip institutional investors.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “This is a historic achievement for the Company and the Country. Having achieved a BBB; Outlook Stable credit rating this year, we are pleased to be the first corporate entity in the Turks and Caicos Islands to secure financing in the US Private Placement Market. The electricity utility business is very capital intensive and the Company must have access to the international capital markets. Also, we would not have been able to achieve this without the full support and backing of our parent Company, Fortis Inc.”The debt issuance was led by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ruth Gardiner-Forbes and the Company’s Director of Financial Services, Archie Gaviola. Mr. Powell added “while this is an enterprise-wide achievement, I would like to recognize the salutatory work done by Ruth and Archie in bringing this to fruition. In addition, we recognize the cooperation of our local banking partners. Indeed, there were four law firms in the United States and the Turks and Caicos Islands working concurrently on this debt issuance which speaks to the complexity of the exercise.”The Notes will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (The“Securities Act”) as amended, nor will they be registered under any state securities laws. Unless so registered, the Notes may not be sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.FortisTCI is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. TCU, a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisTCI, is the sole provider of electricity on the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Together the two companies serve over 13,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:archie gaviola, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, East Caicos, eddinton powell, FORTIStci, middle caicos, North caicos, providenciales, Ruth Gardiner-Forbes, south caicos Editorial: Listen to your Mama Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO Recommended for youlast_img read more

Four killed in plane en route to Provo not natives

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cheddi jagan international airport, death, Plane crash, provienciales, south florida, venezuala Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Feb 2015 – A sigh of relief amidst news of a tragedy as residents of the Turks and Caicos learned about a Provo-bound plane which yesterday crashed in a rural part of South Florida. All four souls on board the Beech1900 declared dead and the mystery about who the people were, lingered. Magnetic Media learned at least three on board were Venezuelan and the Providenciales International Airport was a fuel stop for the flight. The crash caused a power outage in the area of South West Miami Dade, the wreckage frightful and the FAA reported that the pilot was returning to the Miami Executive Airport after requesting permission to re-land because only one engine on the plane was working. The plane never made it back. TCI residents, based on the plane’s description had thought it may have been a charter of indigenous Caicos Express Airways… executives confirmed otherwise; that all was well – their passengers, pilots, planes all safe and not connected to the crash. One eyewitness report carried by WSVN Florida said the pilot seemed to be attempting a safe landing, but the plane hit the ground too hard and burst into flames. Cuban military crash leaves 8 dead Recommended for you No medical report yet in Capron deathlast_img read more

WestJet case threatens 26 years no measles in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened, #magneticmedianews, #WestJetcrewmeaslesscare Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health explains that the possible reintroduction of measles into the country through an airline worker last month is being taken seriously and an investigation into the potential impact was launched.   The crew member from WestJest who was confirmed to have measles did not deplane when the flight from Canada landed in Providenciales.The information comes following the Ministry of Health’s investigation into the case, unofficially reported to them, but confirmed by the Canadian Public Health Agency through the assistance of PAHO.   A worker for WestJest on March 24 flew into Provo and was days later found to have had measles.   The crew member worked seven flights, and although the crew member did not deplane, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is still necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.Measles has not been seen in the TCI for 26 years explained the Ministry of Health, which also reported that 95% of residents are covered with the MMR vaccine.   The Surveillance team called the possible re-introduction of measles a threat to the resident population and to the over one million guests who visit annually.Health is asking anyone who believes they may have been exposed to measles to contact a primary health care clinic nurse, right away.#MagneticMediaNews#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened#WestJetcrewmeaslesscarelast_img read more

Two wheeler sales June 2017 Hero Motocorp TVS HMSI Royal Enfield report

first_imgMotorcyclists crowd a fuel station to fill up on petrol in Ahmedabad.Reuters fileTwo-wheeler sales witnessed a mixed trend in June, with Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), TVS Motor Co. and Hero Motocorp reporting growth while Bajaj Auto saw volumes drop. The month saw hectic activity given that companies were dealing with the last month before the goods and services tax (GST) kicked-in, from July 1 across India except for Jammu & Kashmir.In the domestic market, TVS Motor Co. sold 228,518 units last month, up 10.4 percent from 207,012 vehicles sold last June, while exports rose 20.8 percent to 40,120 units, resulting in an overall growth of 11.8 percent. Hero Motocorp sold 6,24,185 units in India, up 14 percent from 5,49,533 sold last June. “The company sold 547,185 units of motorcycles during the month of June, thereby growing by 13 percent over the corresponding month last year. Hero MotoCorp sold 77,000 scooters in June, registering a 22 percent growth over the corresponding month in 2016,” Hero Motocorp said in a statement on Monday.HMSI reported a modest 2 percent growth in domestic sales at 416,498 units from 407,979 vehicles in June 2016, while exports rose 47 percent to 28,215 units and announced price revision.”Starting July 1, Honda is passing on the GST benefit applicable in most of the states to our valued customers who now get significant savings going up to Rs. 5,500 depending on the model and the state of purchase,” Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, HMSI said.Bajaj Auto’s two-wheeler sales declined 25 percent on to 2,04,667 units in June; the fall in domestic sales was 33 percent while exports took an 8 percent hit. “The company cut the vehicle prices by upto Rs 4,500 a fortnight before the GST implementation despite which the sales have remained weak. We have a neutral rating on the stock,” Shrikant Akolkar, Research Analyst- Auto & Auto Ancillary, Angel Broking,said in a note on Monday.Royal Enfield sales grew 25 percent to 63,160 units as against 50,682 vehicles last June.last_img read more

1 billion for Intels 5G business why is Apple crazy about it

first_img Close 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event Apple announced that it will be buying Intel’s cellular modem business for $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the last quarter of 2019. The acquisition would include a corporate exchange of about 2,200 employees from Intel with the transfer of IP and equipment to Apple.The envelope to the deal will enclose about 17,000 wireless patents on protocols for cellular standards, modem architecture, and operations. The deal also signs amendments stating that Intel will be allowed to develop modems for PCs, IoT devices and autonomous vehicles. An Intel sign is seen at the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP / JOSH EDELSONJOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesThe acquisition will allow Apple to build 5G modems for its smartphones rather than depending on Qualcomm for the hardware. The iPhone major though signed the deal with Intel; it will rely on Qualcomm’s hardware until the patent license agreement of six years between the two companies comes to an end.Apple had been using hardware from both, Intel and Qualcomm till last year when they closed a deal with Qualcomm to solely produce cellular modems for their devices. Intel had been struggling since then without any buyer for its products. Apple CEO Tim Cook launches the Apple March 2019 event. Courtesy apple.comApple had been trying to relieve itself from all third-party collaborations and focused on in-house manufacturing of the modems. It has been working on the modem technology for years through its research and development (R&D) centres in San Diego.According to some reports, the iPhone manufacturer will be able to complete its research and development to produce its own modems by 2022. So, there might be good news for the users as the research and development on modems might bring variations in the i-devices.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:55Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:55?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 …last_img read more

US to pursue targeted sanctions on Myanmar

first_imgRex W Tillerson US secretary of state Rex W Tillerson has said the United States will pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions on Myanmar, if the situation does not improve in Rakhine State, reports UNB.”Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable. The United States continues to support a credible, independent investigation to further determine all facts on the ground to aid in these processes of accountability,” he said in a press statement shared by the US Department of State on Wednesday.He said they support the Burmese government’s commitment to create the conditions necessary for all refugees and internally displaced people to return to their homes safely and voluntarily, and welcome recent exchanges between the governments of Burma and Bangladesh on repatriation.”Support by Burma’s military for these government efforts is crucial. This is a difficult and complex situation. Many stakeholders must work together to ensure progress,” he said.The US Secretary of State said they have supported constructive action on the Rakhine crisis at the UN Security Council and in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee.He visited Naypyidaw on 15 November where he met separately State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.”I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition as the elected government strives to implement reforms, bring peace and reconciliation to the nation, and resolve a devastating crisis in Rakhine State,” he said.The US Secretary of State said their first priority is to relieve the intolerable suffering faced by so many.In response to the dire situation, he announced last week an additional $47 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the Rakhine State crisis, bringing the total amount spent in response to this crisis to more than $87 million since August of this year.He said Myanmar’s response to this crisis is vital to determining the success of its transition to a more democratic society.”As I said in Naypyidaw, the key test of any democracy is how it treats its most vulnerable and marginalised populations, such as the ethnic Rohingya and other minority populations,” said the US Secretary of State said.He mentioned that Myanmar’s government and security forces must respect the human rights of all persons within its borders, and hold accountable those who fail to do so.”I reiterate the United States’ condemnation of 25 August attacks on security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Yet no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued,” reads the statement.These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering and forced hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children to flee their homes in Burma to seek refuge in Bangladesh, it reads.”After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” said the US Secretary of State.last_img read more

Netflixs La Casa de Papel Part 3 Wows at World Premiere

first_imgMADRID  —  “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) Part 3 wowed at its world premiere in Madrid Thursday night, boosted by the presence of creator Alex Pina, a 23-strong cast headed by the Professor’s Alvaro Morte and Tokyo’s Ursula Corberó and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.Just Episode One was screened and its contents under wraps for the press until the global bow on Netflix on July 19.If the reaction of the Madrid audience was anything to go by, however – though they might be called a little biased, including multiple members of cast, Pina’s Vancouver production house crew, who emerged as one of the stars of proceedings – Ep. 1 is one 50-minute adrenaline fix.Several moments drew applause and cheers from the a knowing audience, well versed in Parts One and Two which spilled out onto the central Callao Square inMadrid enervated by the episode. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Sarandos’ presence alone speaks volumes of the importance of the show for the streaming platform not only in terms of global audience but what it says about Netflix’s gameplay: To drive up international subscriptions not only by the appeal of foreign-language shows in their own local markets but also far beyond to many of Netflix’s now 148 million subscribers around the world. Related ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell “For generations one country and one culture have been exported around the world, but what ‘La Casa de Papel’ proves is that great stories can come from anywhere in the world and make the whole world happy,” said Sarandos,Introduced to the audience by Francisco Ramos, Netflix VP, Original Series, producer of “Elite,” another big Netflix hit, Sarandos added: “The show is extraordinary. It is from Spain but viewed all over the world. From Istanbul to Paris, from Rio to Los Angeles, fans love this show, they cannot wait, they can’t get enough of this infamous men, and they are waiting for the return.”Thanking Pina and his producing partner Cristina López, Sarandos announced that “we really have the best international superstar cast to make this show possible” – an indirect reference to how the fame of the series’ actors, none real stars outside Spain before “La Casa de Papel” – has spiked hugely with the series, which was declared by Netflix in April of last year to be its most-watched non-English series ever.Pina also thanked Diego Avalos, previously  in Los Angeles but named head of fiction in Spain this February, for a night of conversation “about phones and socks” before describing the La Casa de Papel gang as a band which “robs, feels and makes people laugh.” Pina’s take on his series is that it is an eminently Latin action thriller whose characters wear their emotions far more on their sleeves than more buttoned U.S. personages.Giving thanks above all to the crew of “La casa de papel” – whose work on Part 3 looks destined to be one of the talking points of the new season – Alvaro Morte delivered a message in English to “La Casa de Papel” fans:center_img What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 “Thank you for being there watching the show, supporting us, sending us our love that we feel in our stomach,” he said, adding: “We are here tonight just for you. We are a band, we are a family, now you are part of that band, we are the resistance. And now you are the resistance too.”Talking about resistance to the system, Morte looks to be teasing one of the appeals of Part 3 where the band’s representation of the world’s disaffected, social write-offs, misfits, the marginalized – may become all the more clear.In a festive atmosphere, the presentations were met by cheers by a hugely enthusiastic audience. The after-premiere party will have gone on far into the night. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Neanderthals died out earlier than originally believed

first_img 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com A specialist in radiocarbon dating from Oxford University, Thomas F. G. Higham developed a new method of radiocarbon dating with ultrafiltration which is able to remove contaminants to better receive an accurate dating. Radiocarbon dating measures a radioactive isotope carbon (carbon 14) which decays at a predictable rate after death. In specimens older than 30,000 years, very little carbon remains.Higham, along with archaeologist Ron Pinhasi from University College Cork in Ireland examined the bones from a Neanderthal child found in the Mezmaiskaya Cave location in the northern Caucasus Mountains. Their new radiocarbon dating method put this fossil at 39,700 years old. A previously found fossil at this site had been dated at 29,000 and was being re-examined with the new method.Higham is re-dating Neanderthal sites throughout Europe and believes all remains will be changed with none begin younger than 39,000 years old. Because of this new find, he believes there is now no evidence that Neanderthals and modern humans were co-existing in Europe for very long at all, and that there is even the possibility that the Neanderthals demise was at the hands of the modern human.This is where the debate begins, as geneticists reported last year that 2.5 percent of the modern human genome is derived from the Neanderthal genome. There is evidence of Neanderthals co-existing in the Near East some 100,000 years ago, as well as in Europe 40,000 years ago. With the new carbon dating timeline, it is now believed that interbreeding between the two did not occur in Europe but rather during that first encounter. More information: Revised age of late Neanderthal occupation and the end of the Middle Paleolithic in the northern Caucasus, PNAS, Published online before print May 9, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018938108AbstractAdvances in direct radiocarbon dating of Neanderthal and anatomically modern human (AMH) fossils and the development of archaeostratigraphic chronologies now allow refined regional models for Neanderthal–AMH coexistence. In addition, they allow us to explore the issue of late Neanderthal survival in regions of Western Eurasia located within early routes of AMH expansion such as the Caucasus. Here we report the direct radiocarbon (14C) dating of a late Neanderthal specimen from a Late Middle Paleolithic (LMP) layer in Mezmaiskaya Cave, northern Caucasus. Additionally, we provide a more accurate chronology for the timing of Neanderthal extinction in the region through a robust series of 16 ultrafiltered bone collagen radiocarbon dates from LMP layers and using Bayesian modeling to produce a boundary probability distribution function corresponding to the end of the LMP at Mezmaiskaya. The direct date of the fossil (39,700 ± 1,100 14C BP) is in good agreement with the probability distribution function, indicating at a high level of probability that Neanderthals did not survive at Mezmaiskaya Cave after 39 ka cal BP (“calendrical” age in kiloannum before present, based on IntCal09 calibration curve). This challenges previous claims for late Neanderthal survival in the northern Caucasus. We see striking and largely synchronous chronometric similarities between the Bayesian age modeling for the end of the LMP at Mezmaiskaya and chronometric data from Ortvale Klde for the end of the LMP in the southern Caucasus. Our results confirm the lack of reliably dated Neanderthal fossils younger than ∼40 ka cal BP in any other region of Western Eurasia, including the Caucasus. (PhysOrg.com) — According to a newly released report in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a newly refined method of radiocarbon dating has found that Neanderthals died off much earlier than originally believed. Where previous testing had shown fossils as young as 29,000 years ago, this new method puts the date closer to 39,000 years ago, sparking the debate that Neanderthals and modern humans probably never interacted in Europe. Explore further Scientists redate Neanderthal fossils Citation: Neanderthals died out earlier than originally believed (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-neanderthals-died-earlier-believed.html Homo neanderthalensis, adult male. Credit: John Gurche, artist / Chip Clark, photographerlast_img read more

Khadi to be themeline in LFW

first_imgFor the first time, the core principle of the signature fabric of India Khadi – sustainable development – will be at the centre-stage during the 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on August 23 in St Regis Hotel, Mumbai.Incidentally, it is also the first occasion that the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would be collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week, in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena – who would also deliver a keynote address on ‘Khadi and Sustainable Development’ in the inaugural session, said that showcasing Khadi on this ramp would definitely change the common man’s perception about Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class.”Khadi is a perfect example of sustainable development as it comes from humble processes of hand cropping, hand spinning, and hand weaving, which are completely sustainable because they are based on individual level competencies and skills. Similarly, the market process generates employment and income for the rural masses as it is not machine intensive or technology intensive,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The products are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Khadi represents a new model of self-reliance, where the artisans depend completely on an indigenously produced resource, avoiding imports and generating sustainability of the individual as well as the society and nation as a whole,” he added.Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for catching Khadi’s latent potential, Saxena said, “With its diversified canvass, Khadi’s principles of sustainable development reverberate from all directions: from helping terrorism affected families to find life support to giving economic freedom to tiger attack victim families and from rehabilitating poaching affected communities to self-employing displaced people the Narmada valley.”The season’s most coveted designers would come under one roof and work their magic with styles and trends that make the fashion and beauty nothing less than a splendour.Many facets of Khadi will be showcased by renowned fashion designer at the LFW.last_img read more

Why Chatbots Are Failing Your Customers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read June 30, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chatbots are set to transform marketing, but there is a bump in the road that many are missing.According to Digitas, 59 percent of Americans have communicated with chatbots or would be willing to do so. After all, customers can use them to receive quick and personalized assistance right on their mobile devices.Brands, on the other hand, can use chatbots to automate customer service, be available 24/7 and collect data about their consumers. In fact, chatbots could help reduce business costs by more than $8 billion per year by 2022. That’s why major companies such as NBC, Sephora, and Uber have already built their own bots.Related: Top 10 Practices for Making a Great ChatbotMessaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WeChat and WhatsApp also contribute to the rise of chatbots. According to eMarketer, more than a quarter of the world will use mobile messaging apps by 2019. And brands continue to launch their own chatbots on these apps.Despite this excitement, however, chatbots are still failing your customers. Without the proper approach to this new technology, companies will only end up wasting money and frustrating their audiences. That’s why it’s important for marketers to understand the complexities of chatbots, and be prepared for the challenges that they pose.Here’s what you need to know.Why chatbots are failingChatbots aren’t being used to their full potential. Marketers are forcing them to perform traditional functions and, as a result, cutting themselves short. For example, they plug simple, automated responses into their messaging services instead of taking the opportunity to reimagine the entire customer experience around this new tool.As Katie Lamkin wrote for Prophet, “Many companies think they are innovating, when they are simply iterating . . . . Rather than re-imagining the moment and overall experience, initial solutions for chatbots mimic modern-day call centers.”Related: Choosing the Right Chatbot Program Could Be Your Best Customer Service MoveYou wouldn’t use a fork to do the job of knife, right? Then don’t use a chatbot to perform the functions of a call center. Think about it: If you apply an old strategy to a new platform, you still have an old strategy.The takeaway here is that chatbots are more than just squawk boxes that parlay messages between parties. They’re powerful tools that can deliver personalized experiences to individual consumers. They can be used to follow up with each buyer along their journey, provide optimized services and complete transactions — but only if marketers use them correctly.How you can optimize your chatbot strategy Two major issues prevent marketers from making the most of chatbots: siloed departments and ineffective technology.Let’s start with the first one. Chatbot interactions don’t exist in a vacuum. A customer might see your email newsletter, for example, then check out your Facebook page, and then open up Facebook Messenger to ask a question to your chatbot. In order to deliver the best experience possible, you need to be able to see every step of that journey. That’s why your departments — from social media and customer service to sales and IT — need to work together to develop a unified view of the customer.The solution is to adopt the right technology for the job. Specifically, marketers need to connect their bots to a system of intelligence that contains data from every customer touchpoint. They need one platform where they can view and collect information from email responses, social channels, customer relationship management software and sales calls.Related: 10 Metrics Your Chatbot Should Track to Optimize User ExperienceFor example, when a customer messages a company on Facebook Messenger, this data can be processed and matched with their data in the platform. Machine learning can then be applied to that data. This helps marketers understand exactly what the customer wants, and then route their message to the appropriate customer care agent. Or if a customer starts a conversation on Twitter and then picks it back up on Facebook Messenger, companies should be able to follow this conversation and use aggregated customer intelligence at the point of engagement.By integrating departments and acquiring the right technology, companies can enable a seamless handoff between bots and customer service representatives –leaving that traditional call center strategy behind.Building more intuitive customer experiencesChatbots aren’t going anywhere. They offer new and efficient ways for marketers to reach individual customers at scale. And with the growth of messaging apps, they fit right into customers’ mobile habits.Still, hype alone won’t help them succeed. To harness the full potential of these tools, marketers must take the right approach. They have to connect their chatbots to an intelligence platform that combines data from every touchpoint. This way, the chatbot can fall right into line with other outreach channels, and customers can enjoy the most intuitive and personalized experiences possible. Register Now »last_img read more

Preferred partners members recognized at TDC Leadership Conference

first_img Posted by Preferred partners & members recognized at TDC Leadership Conference Travelweek Group Friday, May 26, 2017 Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat CANCUN — A delegation of 250 Transat Distribution (TDC) owners and managers made their way to Cancun recently for the company’s 2017 National Leadership Conference, a major undertaking that took more than a year to plan.Taking place from May 11-15 in Cancun, the conference was opened by keynote speaker Bruce Poon Tip, who addressed the issue of tourism sustainability, consumer trends and the impact of travel on the global economy. And closing out the conference was Nicolas Duvernois, President and Founder of PUR Vodka, who highlighted his journey to becoming a world-class entrepreneur.TDC also welcomed leaders from Atman and its Transat Human Resource Team who shared tools to recruit the right people for the job as well as consulted on HR managerial know-how. Also, Annick Guerard, President Transat Tours, was on hand to highlight the company’s plans and strategies, while Sam Patel, founder of AirNets and a TDC network member, shared his insights on the state of the airline industry, with special focus on how to make money selling airline tickets through TDC’s exclusive consolidator program.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Our mission is the financial health of our network. This forum delved into products and strategies designed to meet the evolving consumer demands with a focus on agency profitability,” said Joe Adamo, President TDC. “To that end, we bring together leaders from our industry and external speakers who can add unique perspectives and insights. The members also shared best practices, one of our most appreciated sessions.”Over 40 experts from 27 travel partners joined this year’s conference, all of who Susan Bowman, Vice President Marketing and Industry Relations, referred to as “preferred” partners. “It’s not just a label,” she said, “we commit to having win-win relationships.”To recognize the ongoing commitment made by such partners, a celebration was held in their honour at the Dreams Playa Mujeres where they were presented with awards and prizes. TDC members with the highest support for the company’s preferred partners were also recognized.Here are this year’s winners:Distinguished Preferred Partner Support:More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionQUEBECMulti-Office: Club Voyages DumoulinIndividual Office: Club Voyages MarinairONTARIOMulti-Office: Goliger’s TravelPlus WaterlooIndividual Office: Marlin Travel BrantfordWESTMulti-Office: Marlin Travel VictoriaIndividual Office: Marlin Travel BurnabyThe Conference ended with a birthday party celebrating Transat’s 30th at the Paradisus La Perla Resort. Hosted by the Transat team, the party included trip giveaways and special recognition of TDC members.Transat 2016 High Achievement AwardsHighest Sales – National: Club Voyages DumoulinHighest Group Sales – National: Club Voyages OrfordHighest Sales Ontario: Goliger’s Travel Plus Waterloo, ONHighest Sales Increase Ontario: Marlin Travel, Bowmanville, ONHighest Sales Western Canada: Marlin Travel, Regina, SKHighest Sales Increase Western Canada: Transat Travel, Abbotsford, BCHighest Sales Quebec: Voyages Transat Carrefour LavalHighest Sales Increase Quebec: Voyages Mille et une nuit, Mascouche, QClast_img read more

APEX EXPO for the first time ever opens with an exclusive event

first_imgSource = Lufthansa Group APEX EXPO for the first time ever opens with an exclusive event above the cloudsAPEX EXPO for the first time ever opens with an exclusive event above the cloudsThe upcoming APEX EXPO, the world’s largest event on the passenger experience in the aviation industry, will be held from 24 to 27 September in Boston. This year, for the first time in the history of the event, the kick-off will take place above the clouds. On 22 September, Lufthansa will treat guests to the Lufthansa FlyingLab APEX EXPO on an Airbus A350, an exclusive pre-conference on board Flight LH424 from Munich to Boston. A special gate event in Munich will set the mood for the passengers. Lufthansa is organizing this FlyingLab in cooperation with APEX and Lufthansa Systems. The IT subsidiary of Lufthansa is a pioneer in aviation digitalization and is providing the technical basis for the conference, among other things.“What better place to present and test new trends for passengers than in a plane?” said Joe Leader, CEO of APEX. “We are delighted to kick off our conference this year with the Lufthansa FlyingLab. In addition to exclusive presentations by renowned industry experts, we will give APEX participants and all passengers the opportunity to try out innovative products on board and discuss new trends.”Expert presentations and innovative test gadgetsDuring the conference 10,000 meters over the Atlantic, passengers will enjoy six short presentations on the passenger experience of the future. The topics will range from innovative lighting concepts – which can already be experienced first-hand on Lufthansa flights – through modern cabin designs, to new seating and communication options. Videos of each 15-minute presentation on board will be streamed live via WiFi to the passengers’ own smartphones, tablets or laptops – regardless of where they are sitting in the plane. During the presentations, passengers can use their devices to send questions to the speakers, which will be answered live afterwards.To ensure that all of the technology runs smoothly, Lufthansa Systems has installed a WiFi network on board. This is based on the multi-award-winning BoardConnect digital platform, the new features of which Lufthansa Systems will unveil at the APEX EXPO in Boston.Along with presentations, the Lufthansa FlyingLab APEX EXPO will offer the opportunity to test new passenger experience products on the eight-hour flight to Boston. There will be innovative in-flight entertainment (IFE) with stylish VR glasses from Skylights as well as a smart temperature regulating blanket with an integrated neck pillow from feel.flight, among other things. Participation in the Lufthansa FlyingLab APEX EXPO is free. Passengers simply need a ticket for Flight LH424 on 22 September 2018, from Munich to Boston.More information about the speakers and the technical devices can be found at LH.com/FlyingLab-APEX2018Digitalization above the cloudsThe Lufthansa FlyingLab is a component of the Group’s digitalization strategy. With this unique in-flight conference, Lufthansa is once again positioning itself as a leader in the field of digitalization, where it is pursuing a strategy of what is called “fast prototyping”. Relevant digitalization topics are implemented in FlyingLabs in order to get direct feedback from the participants. Lufthansa FlyingLabs have already been held on the topics of virtual reality as well as fashion & technology.“We are pleased to be able to hold this special event together with APEX and other partners. The Lufthansa FlyingLab enables us to make efficient use of flying time and offer informative added value. The digital BoardConnect platform from Lufthansa Systems is the key technology for making an aircraft part of a digital journey, enabling us to create extraordinary experiences. BoardConnect is being used by many airlines inside and outside of the Lufthansa Group,” explained Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.last_img read more

Asters new owner UPC is increasing the Polish cab

first_imgAster’s new owner UPC is increasing the Polish cable operator’s broadband speeds.As part of the ongoing integration of Aster and UPC, the lowest broadband speed on Aster’s network will increase to 5Mbps from 0.5Mbps. The maximum speed will increase to 120Mbps from 60Mbps. The increases will be introduced gradually until the end of February. 
UPC completed the acquisition of Aster earlier this month. The deal will see UPC Poland increase its customer to 1.5 million customers, with a total of 2.5 million homes passed.last_img read more

Rovi has signed two Chinese DivX deals that will s

first_imgRovi has signed two Chinese DivX deals that will see the video technology integrated into Changhong digital TVs and Philips-branded TVs set for distribution in the country.The deal with consumer electronics manufacturer Changhong means that Rovi has now signed DivX agreements with each of the top five digital TV manufacturers in China. Changhong TVs will have DivX HD video certification as well as offer support for DivX streaming.The Philips distribution will result from a new deal Rovi has reached with TVP Technology Limited, a display solutions provider that plans to add add DivX Plus HD certification into Philips-branded TVs in China.Rovi, which announced both deals today, hailed the Changhong deal as a “significant milestone” for the company as it continues to gain momentum in the country with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) – companies that design products that are then branded by another firm.The TVP Technology comes after Rovi in January announced a deal with Mei Ah Digital and China Mobile Hong Kong to use DivX Plus Streaming to deliver premium entertainment services to mobile users.“As a premier ODM, TVP’s support for DivX technology further reinforces Rovi’s momentum in this rapidly growing market and highlights the universal value and appeal of the DivX Certified Program,” Rovi senior VP, sales and marketing, Simon Adams.“Philips TVs will add to the already expansive DivX ecosystem and increase the number of options for consumers who want to access and enjoy a growing catalog of Hollywood entertainment available in the DivX format.”The DivX Certified Programme lets consumer electronics manufacturers differentiate their products and guarantee reliable DivX video playback across all devices that bear the DivX logo. The format can be read on devices including phones, tablets, televisions and other digital media players.DivX Plus Streaming is an end-to-end solution for secure adaptive streaming for over-the-top content service providers on multiple platforms.last_img read more

French media regulator the CSA has ordered public

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has ordered public broadcaster France Télévisions to make its channels available to internet TV provider Playmédia’s Play.tv service with minimum delay following a request by the latter to force the broadcaster to engage with it.The CSA said that Playmedia’s services were not incompatible with France Télévisions’ public service mission and that the fact that the broadcaster did not hold all the rights necessary for the distribution of its programmes on the open internet did not allow it to avoid its obligation to make its channels available to third-party service providers. It said it was up to France Télévisions to obtain the necessary rights to meet its obligations and called on the  broadcaster not to oppose the distribution of its services by Playmédia.The move is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Playmédia and France Télévisions, which has consistently refused to make its channels available to the service and has in the past denied that the CSA has any authority to intervene where this would violate its agreements with rightsholders. However France Télévisions’ services are available via other online platforms, such as that of Orange.last_img read more

Viacom has signed a multiyear deal with comScore

first_imgViacom has signed a multi-year deal with comScore that covers cross-platform audience measurement.Viacom says it will have access to comScore’s cross-platform measurement tools and advanced demographic capabilities – which span the linear TV, video-on-demand, digital, and over-the-top environments.Viacom said it will use the data for its proprietary advertising products, unlocking “maximum value to marketing partners” by delivering a complete view of the consumer.“This partnership with comScore marks a fundamental watershed moment in the business of television,” claimed Viacom’s senior vice-president of data strategy, Bryson Gordon.“This revolution in targeting, currency and measurement is the equivalent of shifting from black and white to colour. Viacom’s longstanding investment in data and innovation and our unique ability to merge creativity and science has positioned us far ahead in the marketplace by delivering what partners crave – the most comprehensive view of the consumer and the most effective way to reach them.”last_img read more

Youthfocused broadcaster The QYou has struck a de

first_imgYouth-focused broadcaster The QYou has struck a deal with T-Mobile’s Dutch over-the-top service, Knipppr.Under the deal, The QYou’s linear channel of curated web content will be available to subscribers of Knippr, which went live in June.The agreement marks The QYou’s latest expansion in the Netherlands, following its partnership with Ziggo Sport earlier this year.“As we have witnessed working with Ziggo and TV Vlaanderan, there is a huge video culture in the Netherlands, and we are thrilled to help Knippr by bringing our ‘best of the web’ short form content to its subscribers,” said The QYou CEO, Scott Ehrlich.Knippr vice-president, Johan Trouwborst, said: “Our goal is to build a service that delivers a broad selection of channels – both popular and niche – and to provide our viewers with the freedom to watch what they want, when they want, on whatever device they choose.“This type of flexible, a la carte model reflects what most consumers today want – not just younger viewers but everyone who is dissatisfied with the traditional cable offer.”Knippr costs €10.99 per-month and lets users stream channels and on-demand content to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Networks already available via the service include NPO 1, NPO 2, NPO 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, SBS6, RTL 7 and Disney XD.The QYou is a linear TV channel and video-on-demand offering around short-form video content sourced from the web.last_img read more