No offence for Britons at 2010 Olympics

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London, British Tourist Authority, VisitBritain have prepared a list of etiquettes outlining cultural differences to prevent British people offending visitors. The Telegraph reported the list originally created to help waiters, taxi drivers and hotel to maximise business by understanding tourist needs, has been updated for the event to include “a rundown of holiday patterns of each country’s inhabitants”. VisitBritain Chief Executive Officer, Sandie Dawe said it is important to provide a friendly and understanding environment because “overseas visitors spend more than £16 billion a year in Britain, contributing massively to our economy and supporting jobs across the country”. “With hundreds of thousands of people thinking of coming to Britain in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, this new advice is just one way of helping the tourism industry care for their customers – wherever they come from.”Service industry employees are cautioned to avoid eye contact with the Japanese, resist offering bacon to someone from the United Arab Emirates and not take offence to Australian and New Zealanders pom jokes.last_img read more

Study reveals Aussies have the worst worklife balance in the world

first_imgAustralian travel professionals have the worst work/life balance and are among the most stressed, overworked and overwhelmed travel professionals in the world. Moreover, Millennial travel professionals in Australia feel they are the least respected and valued in the workplace out of all generations globally.This was revealed in the recent Happiness Index study conducted by global travel and hospitality recruitment leader, Progressive Personnel, aimed at assessing the general satisfaction of international travel and hospitality staff in the workplace.Launched mid-May, the survey, the first of its kind in the global hospitality and travel environment, was distributed to travel and hospitality professionals in key global markets, probing their happiness in three key areas:Happiness at WorkWork/Life BalanceFuture ProspectsAmong those questions for which we sought answers, says General Manager James Roberts, were how motivated staff felt at work, whether they were being remunerated adequately and whether they felt respected and valued in their job.“We also looked at how stressful they believed their job to be, how often they worked outside contracted hours and what their prospects were for promotion, growth and development, not to mention whether they would recommend working in travel and hospitality.”The survey was conducted in a rating scale format from 1 (least) to 10 (highest) and was segmented by geographic location, gender and generation.The Top 10 highlights for Australia revealed in Progressive Personnel’s 2016 Happiness Index include:Travel professionals in Australia are less happy than their global counterparts.Australian travel professionals have the world’s worse work/life balance.Millennial travel professionals in Australia are among the least satisfied and motivated with their overall jobs.Australian travel professionals believe they are being remunerated the least fairly globally.Australian Millennials are among the least respected and valued out of all generations globally.Travel professionals in Australia are among the most stressed in the world.Australian travel professionals are among the most overworked and overwhelmed in the world.Australian Baby Boomers are among the world’s least likely to look for another position in the next 12 months.Australian Millennial travel professionals perceive there to be much higher equal opportunity in the workplace than the global millennial average.Australians are also slightly more likely than their global counterparts to recommend working in travel.Comprehensive highlights of the Happiness Index’s results for the world, as well as certain regions polled, by gender and generation, can be viewed in an infographic format on Progressive Personnel’s website. The results will also be available on Progressive Personnel’s Facebook Page and Linkedin Company Pages.“We are very pleased with the participation from travel professionals globally in helping us compile the definitive annual survey into the happiness of the world’s travel and hospitality staff. We hope the results will give professionals key insights into motivating, retaining, developing and recruiting talent,” concludes Roberts. Learn more hereSource = Progressive Personnellast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It is the most important game of the season, only because it is the next game on the schedule, according to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.Arians spent five years as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator and his return to Pittsburgh, where he spent eight seasons total and won two Super Bowls — one at the Cardinals’ expense — is no big deal.“I’m more worried about (Larry) Foote and (Brentson) Buckner and Levon Kirkland and LaMarr Woodley and A.Q. Shipley, all those guys from Pittsburgh than me,” Arians said on Friday. “It’s all about the players on the field.” We’ll see about that.What we won’t see here in Week 6 are the following inactive players: quarterback Matt Barkley, wide receiver J.J. Nelson, linebacker Shaq Riddick, linebacker Alex Okafor, tackle D.J. Humphries, offensive lineman Earl Watford and nose tackle Xavier Williams.Okafor is expected is miss up to a month with a calf injury.The rest of the bunch are healthy scratches. It’s the first scratch for Watford, which means Ted Larsen dresses.Meanwhile, guard Mike Iupati (back), safety Rashad Johnson (thigh/hip) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (chest) are healthy to play despite being listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report.“His back just tightened up,” Arians said, referring to Iupati not practicing Thursday. “He wanted a day off.”For the Steelers (3-2), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee), plus defensive starters safety Will Allen (ankle) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder), are inactive. They were ruled out on Friday.Others sitting include linebacker Jarvis Jones, guard Chris Hubbard and tight end Jesse James.The Cardinals (4-1) will be looking for their second straight road win, having beaten the Lions in Detroit last week.“It’s hard to win back-to-back games on the road in this league, and it would be a good accomplishment for us to get it done,” Arians said. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati (76) during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Rep Iden selected as chair of Regulatory Reform Committee

first_img26Jan Rep. Iden selected as chair of Regulatory Reform Committee Categories: Iden News,News Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, was named chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee as one of his four committee appointments for the 2017-18 House session.“This is an incredibly important committee, which sets the regulations for everything from the state lottery to construction, so I’m honored with this announcement,” Iden said. “Making certain our regulations are up-to-date and fair is crucial to continuing Michigan’s economic comeback.”House Speaker Tom Leonard also announced Iden will be a member of the House’s Commerce and Trade, Workforce and Talent Development, and Oversight committees.“We all have a responsibility to help improve Michigan and each one of these committees will contribute to that goal,” Iden said. “I look forward to the next two years.”#####last_img read more

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska is branchi

first_imgPolish cable operator Multimedia Polska is branching out into home insurance, sold via its digital TV offering.The operator has teamed up with insurance group HDI to develop the service via its Vision Plus platform. It will offer a low-cost home insurance package for PLN7.99 (€1.95) a month.Viewers can sign up via the TV, without the need to sign any documents, choosing from four options. The service can also be ordered via SMS, the internet or through Multimedia Polska’s call centre.According to strategy and development director Bartłomiej Kasiński, the cable operator could provide other insurance products, including motor insurance, in the future depending on the results delivered by the initial offering.last_img read more

The BBC has extended the catchup window for its o

first_imgThe BBC has extended the catch-up window for its on-demand iPlayer service from seven to 30 days. The move, which applies to BBC TV and radio programmes, was introduced over the weekend and follows approval from the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, in April.Viewers accessing the iPlayer from computers, tablets and mobile devices will all now get the 30-day programme availability. The BBC is also working with connected TV partners – including Virgin Media TiVo, YouView and BT Vision – which will be able to offer 30-day catch-up from their set-top boxes once they upgrade to the latest version of the iPlayer. Sky has already made the switch to this version.“BBC iPlayer pioneered online viewing. It is recognised as not just the first, but the best service of its type in the world. It offers amazing value. But we want to go further. That’s why we began reinventing iPlayer earlier this year with a brand new redesign and features,” said BBC director-general, Tony Hall.“Extending the catch up window to 30 days now makes the best value on-demand service even better. We have a fantastic autumn schedule and the public will now have more opportunities to watch the shows they love.”The BBC said that while 30 days will now be the default availability period for catch-up content, there will be some exceptions.A “minority “ of programmes will still be available for less than 30 days due to “legal and contractual reasons – such as Crimewatch, news bulletins, and football highlights show Match of the Day, according to head of iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt.However, some programmes, such as BBC Four collections, will be available for longer then 30 days, with some current affairs programmes like Panorama and Question Time to be on iPlayer for a full year.At launch, the 30-day catch-up window only applies to streamed content, but the BBC has pledged to also extend the window to iPlayer downloads, giving viewers an extra 23 days to watch content offline before the rights expire.“There is a huge demand to make programmes available for longer on BBC iPlayer – as we continue to see people search for their favourite programmes after the seven day catch-up window. Whether it’s on the bus on their mobile – or on their tablet in bed at night, I’m really pleased that we’re able to give our audiences longer to watch and listen than ever before,” said BBC director of future media, Ralph Rivera.last_img read more

Mia Brunell Livfors Modern Times Group MTG is to

first_imgMia Brunell LivforsModern Times Group (MTG) is to reduce the size of its board from seven to six following the departure of Mia Brunell Livfors, who has declined re-election to take up a chief executive post at conglomerate Axel Johnson.Livfors, who previously served as president and CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik and finance director at MTG, is also not seeking re-election to the boards of Transcom, Tele2 and Qliro Group.MTG’s nomination committee has now proposed the re-election of David Chance – who has also been proposed for re-election as chairman – Simon Duffy, Michelle Guthrie and Alexander Izosimov as board members, and the election of Joakim Andersson and Bart Swanson as new board members.The new board will be confirmed at the company’s annual general meeting on May 19.last_img read more

Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 197 gpt Gold at

first_imgDrilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold MineralizationColumbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes.Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. Sponsor Advertisement With net volumes at extremely low levels…especially in gold…it was a very quiet trading day yesterday.The smallish rally that started in London didn’t last long…and certainly didn’t make it over the $1,700 spot price level.  The high of the day [$1,698.50 spot] came at the 3:00 p.m. BST London p.m. gold fix…which was 10:00 a.m. in New York.  It was all down hill from there…with the gold price getting sold off in two small stages…and closing virtually on its low.Gold closed at $1,680.60 spot…down $9.30 on the day.  Because of roll-overs out of the April contract, gross volume was monstrous.  But once all the switches were subtracted, net volume turned out to be a tiny 70,000 contracts.As it turned out, silver’s high of the day came about twenty minutes before I hit the ‘send’ button on Tuesday’s column…around 10 a.m. British Summer Time…with a secondary high at the London p.m. gold fix.That was the last time on Tuesday that silver had a $33 price handle…as it was quickly sold off from there.  Silver closed at $32.59 spot…down exactly two bits on the day.  Net volume was pretty skinny…around 27,000 contracts.The dollar index, which had opened the Tuesday trading day in the Far East around the 78.90 level, added a bit over twenty basis points during the next twenty-four hours…and closed Tuesday at the 79.15 mark.  Nothing to see here, folks…please move along.It should come as no surprise that the high of the day in the gold stocks came at the London p.m. gold fix…and that is the standout feature on this graph.  From there, the shares got sold off in sync with the gold price.  The HUI finished down 1.40%…barely off its low of the day.The silver stocks didn’t do any better…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.16%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold contracts along with 51 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  In silver it was JPMorgan on the short/issuer side with all 51 contracts…and the Bank of Nova Scotia being the largest long/stopper with 41 contracts.  For the first time in about four months, Jefferies was nowhere to be found.The GLD ETF showed that an authorized participant withdrew a rather small 67,995 troy ounces…and there were no reported changes in SLV.The U.S. Mint reported selling 25,000 silver eagles…and that was it.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they reported receiving 921,251 ounces of silver…and shipped 613,960 ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s an interesting chart that Washington state reader S.A. sent me yesterday.  It’s the median net worth of the 35 and younger vs. the 65 and older crowd over a 25-year period…adjusted for inflation.Shortly after I received the above, reader Bob Fitzwilson sent me the Zero Hedge article that this chart came from.  It’s headlined “Guest Post: The Chart Of The Decade“…and the link is here.Washington state reader S.A.’s second graph needs no further explanation from me…as its contents are self evident after a few seconds of study.I have slightly fewer stories today, so I hope you have the time to sift through most of them.Ineptocracy [in-ep-toc’-ra-cy] – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.With net volumes at extremely low levels…especially in gold…it was a very quiet trading day yesterday…so I wouldn’t read much into Tuesday’s price activity in either gold or silver.Today and Thursday are the last days for roll-overs out of the April delivery month.  I must admit that I was expecting much higher volume to be associated with this event, but that hasn’t happened so far.Gold closed slightly below it’s 200-day moving average…and silver came within 20 cents of hitting its 50-day moving average…but closed well below it.  Until these moving averages are taken out to the upside with some authority, it’s doubtful if the technical funds will move back onto the long side of this market until that happens.  As I’ve said a couple of times during the last week, I expect things to remain quiet until after we get past First Day Notice on Friday, so it could be next week before anything happens…or is allowed to happen.Yesterday at the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and it will be interesting to see what this report has to say when it’s released at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday.Overnight trading was as dead as I’ve ever seen it.  The gold price did virtually nothing in the Far East during their Wednesday…and hasn’t done much of anything now that London has been open a bit over two hours.  Net volume is exremely light, as the last of the traders begin their rolls out of the April delivery month…and into the next front month, which is June.  I’ve don’t recall ever seeing net volume numbers in gold as low as this at this time of day…and this time of month.Silver drifted lower through all of the Far East trading day on their Wednesday, but the moment that London opened, the price popped a bit and, as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:18 a.m. Eastern time, the silver price is down about a dime from Tuesday’s New York close.  Volume is on the lighter side.The dollar index was comatose right up until about 7:40 a.m. in London…and is down about 10 basis points from its overnight high…such as that was.I will be watching the rest of this week’s trading activity with great interest…and I’m ready for anything that JPMorgan et al have in store for us.See you tomorrow.last_img read more

4700 years before Stonehenge

first_img 4,700 years before Stonehenge. So, what gives? Stalin hated capitalism but strongly supported industry. What’s the difference? The difference lies is the exercise of will: Commerce—capitalism of the mom-and-pop variety—involves individuals choosing to perform productive actions, such as growing food and making shoes. 3,000 years before the Sumerians (depending on how you pick their start date). It’s almost useless to use the word capitalism these days. Its meaning has been so distorted, so polarized, so manipulated, that almost every time I pull it out, I have to stop and define it first. And even then, knee-jerk reactions continue. So, I’m generally abandoning the word. In its place, I’m using commerce. But that raises yet another issue: It’s entirely wrong to describe a mom-and-pop store with the same word we use for General Motors. Did Stalin Support Capitalism? No, of course not; Stalin was a Marxist. But at the same time, he was a major supporter of industry. For example, check out this very typical poster of his era: Industry—capitalism of the corporate variety—involves the domination of individual will. Sure, the corporate suite and their government partners get to exercise will, but mere corporate employees are forbidden from exercising theirs. So, 1%-2% get to use their wills to some effective extent, and 98%-99% are restricted. Stalin killed people of the first type and rewarded people of the second type. I think that also helps to clarify the distinction. What About Now? So, what about our current situation? Are mom and pop being rewarded, or at least left alone? No, they’re not; they’re being ground into the dust. No matter how much governments and their sycophants swear that regulation is good for business, every small businessman, myself among them, knows the truth. People are getting out of businesses in droves and telling their children to find something else to do. As one small businessman I know says, “It’s just not fun anymore.” Did you know that fewer small businesses are being created than destroyed? And there’s a one-word reason for it: regulation. Stripped of the self-righteous lies that surround it, regulation is simply a restriction of will. It involves the biggest bosses telling everyone else what they can or cannot do. And here’s the rub: Big corporations can get regulations written as they like; small businesses can’t. The result is this: Corporate numbers are up because their small competitors have been squeezed out. Mom and pop’s cash flow has been transferred to the corporation. Stalin would thrive in this environment. He’d find a prominent place in the corporate takeover of America. On the other hand, Stalin could never survive in a world where mom-and-pop capitalism was the order of the day. He’d be a rank hoodlum, and eventually some shopkeeper would shoot him. But Wait, We Need Regulation! Some of the sadder news stories I see are those involving small business alliances sucking up to the big imposers of will, saying things like, “We recognize the necessity of some regulation, but…” Yes, I know that they mean well (and Lord knows I’ve had my own share of “meant well” mistakes), but commerce is contrary to regulation by its very nature. Commerce (and I’m tempted to christen it natural commerce) is a liberated-will strategy. Cuddling up to people who impose controlled-will strategies is not helpful. I covered this entire subject in much more detail in my newsletter (issue #29), but I would like to make one point on the “necessity” of regulation here. Please take a look at this map: 6,200 years before Homer and the beginnings of Greek civilization. You get the point. So, all those history-book passages about “necessary organization and administration” and “an appropriate bureaucratic infrastructure” were simply false. From time immemorial, humans exercised will and solved problems to make commerce work. They didn’t need pompous parasites telling them what to do and what not to do. So… So, commerce—natural commerce; mom and pop commerce—is, by its very nature, born free. It evades regulations and controls, because it serves its own will, not the wills of rulers. For this reason, Joe Stalin killed its practitioners. For the same reason, he rewarded industrial operations. On Main Street, Joe Stalin would knife mom and pop. In the corporate tower, he would thrive. That’s something to think about. A Free-Man’s Take is written by lifestyle capitalist, author, and freedom advocate Paul Rosenberg. You can get much more from Paul in his unique monthly newsletter, Free-Man’s Perspective. What you’re looking at are the Near East trade routes of 7000 BC. Let me put that into some perspective for you: This is a record of self-motivated individuals, traveling hundreds of miles to trade with foreigners. (And there is much more to be discovered.) And when were these people doing this? 4,500 years before the pyramids of Egypt.last_img read more

The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over

first_imgThe bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court judgment that campaigners hoped would finally settle the issue.The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in January that wheelchair-users have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus, and that a driver must do more than just ask a non-disabled passenger to move if they are occupying the space and it is needed by someone using a wheelchair.But accessible transport campaigners said this week that, although there had been an initial improvement following the judgment, standards “were starting to slip again”.London’s user-led accessible transport charity, Transport for All (TfA), met last week to mark six months since the Supreme Court judgment.The meeting heard from one wheelchair-user and activist who said she had decided to take action over the repeated failure of a bus company to enforce the wheelchair space.She had earlier written in her blog that she had been refused access to a bus because of an occupied wheelchair space “numerous” times since the judgment, but that drivers frequently allow parents with buggies to board a bus when she is already occupying the space.She said: “It seems like there is a massively uneven system at work, and, by forcing a bus company to address this in court, I hope to further the rights of wheelchair users on buses and public transport.”She said she was “doing this for the wheelchair users I know who are too scared to take buses on their own because they don’t feel that the bus drivers, companies, nor the other passengers have their backs”.She was not available this week to discuss her case, but Alan Benson, TfA’s chair, said he was “not at all surprised” by her decision to take legal action, and he said that he suspected she would be “the first of a number” to do so.He told Disability News Service: “I think there were certain individuals in the room who would and hopefully will in the future consider taking legal action.”Many of those who attended the meeting had had recent problems securing access to the wheelchair space on a bus when it was being occupied by a pushchair, although some people said they had had positive experiences on buses since January.Transport for London (TfL) sent out new instructions to drivers after the Supreme Court judgment, but Benson said that “the actions of the drivers have changed very little”.He said: “What that means on the ground is we don’t get to go on buses sometimes, quite frequently.“I was on a bus on Sunday and the driver flat refused to ask the buggy to move from the wheelchair space.“I asked him to ask her and he just flat refused. That was a very common message on the day.”TfA wants buses to have larger wheelchair spaces, and separate spaces for buggies, to ensure that disabled people can travel with confidence.Although TfL has updated training and introduced new iBus voice announcements on buses since the court judgment, TfA wants it to go further and introduce a policy where bus drivers refuse to move the bus for a certain period of time unless the wheelchair priority space is cleared.Benson said: “If the bus sits there and waits, then the pressure shifts from the disabled person who is holding the bus up to the buggy-owner who is holding the bus up, and that changes the dynamic.”One of the disabled campaigners who attended the TfA meeting was Doug Paulley, who took the legal case that resulted in the Supreme Court judgment.He said after the meeting that the spaces were still “routinely abused”, and not just in London, despite his successful court case.He said: “It didn’t sort the problem. It raised the profile of the problem but it’s clear that bus companies and bus drivers and the public are still not necessarily doing what is needed.“We have to keep banging the drum. I don’t think we are going to achieve mass change in attitudes by one big court case.“It is a case of continuing to press for a change of culture both from the public and the public transport providers, which isn’t easy to do.”He added: “Many bus companies are still treating disabled and older people with contempt and denying them their fundamental right to travel; 25 years after disabled people chained themselves to buses to fight for the wheelchair space, it is still frequently abused by others.“It’s disgraceful, illegal and has got to stop.”Paulley, who was presented with an award by TfA for his campaign success, said he was “not surprised” to hear that another activist was taking a legal case because “it happens all the time”.He said: “I see videos of drivers refusing to ask people to move. I am glad she’s doing it and I support her 100 per cent.”TfL said that all of its bus drivers had been “comprehensively briefed” following the Supreme Court ruling and had completed “bespoke accessibility training”.Claire Mann, TfL’s director of bus service delivery and operations, said: “It is essential wheelchair-users are given priority over buggies and that the Supreme Court ruling is complied with.“We continue to work closely with Transport for All and implement their suggestions where possible.”Since the Supreme Court ruling, steps taken by TfL include: issuing drivers with a summary of the judgment and what it means for them; putting up posters in garages; issuing fresh guidance to bus operators and drivers; and producing new recorded iBus announcements about the wheelchair space that are played on buses.It has also delivered an accessibility awareness training programme to all its 24,500 bus drivers, which was developed in partnership with disabled and older bus passengers, TfA and Age UK London.TfL said that it receives “many commendations from wheelchair users who compliment bus staff for the help they have received” but in the “small number of instances when a wheelchair user hasn’t been properly supported, drivers are retrained or disciplinary action taken if appropriate”.On the size of wheelchair spaces, TfL says its current standard space is larger than those provided by many other bus operators, and where older buses have the UK standard spaces, they are increased when the buses are refurbished.But TfL added: “Where we can make spaces larger we do so. But significantly increasing the size of the wheelchair bay would result in rows of seats, often priority seats, being removed which would significantly disadvantage other customers with accessibility needs.”After the Supreme Court hearing, the junior transport minister Andrew Jones set up a working group to listen to advice on how to enforce the Paulley ruling.Responsibility for accessibility in public transport has now passed to the disabled Department for Transport (DfT) minister Paul Maynard.A DfT spokesman: “We are determined to improve access to all forms of public transport for people with disabilities, and we will shortly be launching a new accessibility action plan.“Our working group has now met several times to discuss how bus services can be improved and they will be making recommendations to us shortly.“In England, 94 per cent of buses have a designated wheelchair space and other features enabling disabled passengers to board, alight and travel safely and in comfort.”The action plan will include measures to ensure bus drivers know their obligations on access.Pictured: Doug Paulley (left) and his solicitor Chris Fry in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling, surrounded by supporters from Transport for Alllast_img read more

SXSW Billionaire Chris Sacca on Techs New Business Blindspot

first_imgSXSW Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: SXSW Entrepreneur is on the ground at SXSW. Watch our coverage for highlights throughout the festival.Chris Sacca isn’t just a self-made billionaire who’s outspoken when giving grief to fellow Shark Tank stars Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary.Unlike a lot of personalities with a television presence, his feed isn’t just a forum to support his projects. It’s a place where he’s openly shared his concerns about the U.S. political climate as well as discussed topics such as healthcare reform and potential Russian ties. Trump.Russia.Investigate.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) February 24, 2017These town halls choke me up. During such a scary time, it’s inspiring to see everyday Americans speaking up. https://t.co/Z9b3QJ38zm— Chris Sacca (@sacca) February 22, 2017This openness stands out during a time when business leaders are attempting to find the right balance when it comes to speaking out about policy changes — even ones that could impact their companies. We asked Sacca — who saw promise in Uber, Twitter, Instagram and others (but not Snapchat) — about his own political awareness and why it could be useful to entrepreneurs ahead of his chat today at 3:30 p.m. at SXSW.This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.Related: The Rules For Mastering SXSW are the Same For Mastering Life (and Every Other Conference)The role for business leaders isn’t always obvious when it comes to politics. What’s your advice for business leaders looking to balance the risk of speaking out and the risk of staying silent, especially when changes could impact their business?More than anything else, today’s users, customers and employees demand and respect authenticity. They can tell when a leader isn’t being genuine and that translates to weakness.It’s a politically charged time but there are still plenty who prefer not to be updated on political shifts, even when it’s a matter of practicality and could change how they operate their companies. This time around it’s not business as usual. Most of us can agree that had McCain or Romney been elected, America would’ve generally been fine. Their policy proposals, though usually at odds with progressives, were grounded in some thoughtfulness and analysis.Thankfully, some industry leaders are starting to see that and speak up.Related: SXSW 2017: What’s Weird, Fun, Crazy and Amazing This YearDo you see a blindspot when it comes to understanding politics among entrepreneurs? American computer science grads often have very little exposure to the human condition. They’ve rarely had manual labor or service jobs. They grow up in a bubble of privilege lulled into thinking this country is a true meritocracy. A deep appreciation for politics comes from empathy for our fellow human beings and their diverse paths through life. Yet tech isn’t exactly teeming with empathy these days.You’re a busy, busy man — you don’t need to do a session at SXSW. What would you like attendees to get from your session? Since I don’t have a boss or a PR group to make angry, I just hope the SXSW audience will take advantage of this opportunity to ask me anything and expect a legit reply. Linda Lacina Next Article Use your voice. SXSW: Billionaire Chris Sacca on Tech’s New Business Blindspot Add to Queue Register Now » 3 min read –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. March 11, 2017last_img read more

iPhone Thief Outsmarted at Coachella Music Festival

first_img iPhone Thief Outsmarted at Coachella Music Festival Reporter The tech-savvy music lovers fired up the Find My iPhone app and chased the alleged thief around the Indio, Calif., venue until security workers could nab him. April 18, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Angela Moscaritolo iPhone –shares Music festivals are all about good times, but there’s one thing that can instantly kill your vibe: having your smartphone stolen.A bunch of Coachella-goers found themselves in this less-than-ideal scenario over the weekend, but instead of pouting about not being able to Snapchat or text their friends, they got smart. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the tech-savvy music lovers fired up the Find My iPhone app and chased the alleged thief — Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, of New York — around the Indio, Calif., venue until security workers could nab him. “Enough people pinpointed it to this person, they notified security, they looked around, they saw a person with a backpack, they detained him and then they called us,” Indio Police Department public information officer Sergeant Dan Marshall told LAist. “When we got there, we discovered these hundred-plus cellphones in his backpack.”Henao was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. Around 20 of the stolen phones were returned to their rightful owners; the rest were left at lost and found.The incident is a good reminder of how helpful Find My iPhone can be; if you use an Apple smartphone, it would be wise to take a second and make sure it’s set up on your device.Over the years, Find My iPhone has gotten lots of people out of bad situations. In 2014, a California woman who drove her car into a 500-foot ravine was rescued after her family and one clever police officer were able to determine her location via Find My iPhone. Register Now »last_img read more

Facebook Testing a Feature That Will Turn Voice Clips Into Text

first_img 2 min read Guest Writer Laura Entis Next Article Facebook Testing a Feature That Will Turn Voice Clips Into Text 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Add to Queue Facebook January 19, 2015 Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Facebook is trial testing a new feature for its Messenger app, in which received audio clips can be automatically transcribed into text.Currently, it’s possible to send voice messages through the app. From the sender’s side, the feature can be a convenient alternative to typing, but on the receiving end, there are many situations where it’s difficult to stop and listen to the audio clip.Related: Facebook Is Going to Know Even More About You NowAllowing users to convert audio clips to text could solve this problem. “So, for example, if you’re at a concert or in a meeting, and would prefer to read a voice clip from a friend, you now can if you’re part of the small test we’re rolling out,” David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, wrote on Friday.No word as of yet on when the feature will be available for most users. “Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now and we’re looking forward to seeing what you think of it before making the experience more widely available,” Marcus said.While he did not reference Facebook’s recent acquisition of speech recognition startup Wit.ai, analysts predicted at the time that the purchase signaled Facebook’s move into voice messaging.Related: Facebook Is Rolling Out a ‘Call-to-Action’ Feature for Businesses Image credit: Shutterstocklast_img read more

Caffeine plus another compound in coffee may fight Parkinsons disease

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 10 2018Caffeine plus another compound in coffee beans’ waxy coating may protect against brain degeneration, Rutgers study findsRutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia – two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration.The discovery, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests these two compounds combined may become a therapeutic option to slow brain degeneration.Lead author M. Maral Mouradian, director of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Institute for Neurological Therapeutics and William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology, said prior research has shown that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. While caffeine has traditionally been credited as coffee’s special protective agent, coffee beans contain more than a thousand other compounds that are less well known.Related StoriesCoffee may boost weight loss, concludes studyDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesNew electronic skin system may give robots, prosthetics exceptional sense of touchThe Rutgers study focused on a fatty acid derivative of the neurotransmitter serotonin, called EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide), found in the bean’s waxy coating. The researchers found that EHT protects the brains of mice against abnormal protein accumulation associated with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.In the current research, Mouradian’s team asked whether EHT and caffeine could work together for even greater brain protection. They gave mice small doses of caffeine or EHT separately as well as together. Each compound alone was not effective, but when given together they boosted the activity of a catalyst that helps prevent the accumulation of harmful proteins in the brain. This suggests the combination of EHT and caffeine may be able to slow or stop the progression of these diseases. Current treatments address only the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease but do not protect against brain degeneration.Mouradian said further research is needed to determine the proper amounts and ratio of EHT and caffeine required for the protective effect in people.”EHT is a compound found in various types of coffee but the amount varies. It is important that the appropriate amount and ratio be determined so people don’t over-caffeinate themselves, as that can have negative health consequences,” she said.According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that can lead to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. Nearly one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s disease. Lewy body dementia, one of the most common forms of dementia, affects more than one million people in the United States. It causes problems with thinking, behavior, mood, and movement.Source: https://news.rutgers.edu/two-compounds-coffee-may-team-fight-parkinson%E2%80%99s/20181207#.XA6cq4-cF9Alast_img read more

Scientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancer

first_img Journal reference:Mandel-Brehm, C., et al. (2019). Kelch-like Protein 11 Antibodies in Seminoma-Associated Paraneoplastic Encephalitis. N Engl J Med. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1816721. By Lois Zoppi, BAJul 8 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new autoimmune disease has been discovered that is triggered by testicular cancer. Using a novel diagnostic tool, researchers discovered that testicular cancer can cause the immune system to attack the brain, resulting in a severe neurodegenerative disease that is often mis- or undiagnosed.Kateryna Kon | ShutterstockThe neurodegenerative disease seen in patients with testicular cancer is called “testicular cancer-associated paraneoplastic encephalitis” and sees men lose control of their limbs, eye movement, and in some instances, their speech. Many men are misdiagnosed or left entirely undiagnosed, meaning appropriate treatment to limit the effects of the neurodegenerative disease often comes too late.Until now, scientists have been unable to identify which specific antibody was causing a staining pattern only seen in patients with testicular cancer. But the new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, showed a unique biomarker responsible for the disease, which begins with a testicular tumor that acts as the trigger for the attack on the body’s immune system.A staining pattern, dubbed “sparkles” for its resemblance to stars in a night sky under microscope observation, was identified 20 years ago. However, the antibody causing this staining pattern could not be identified, and the staining pattern itself was routinely missed.The research team at Chan Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub, Mayo Clinic and University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF), used a variation of “programmable phage display” technology, which simultaneously screens over 700,000 autoantibody targets across every human protein.Diagnoses are rare but growing in numberCerebrospinal fluid from a 37-year-old man with a history of testicular cancer and neurological symptoms was analyzed. The man’s symptoms included vertigo, imbalance, and slurred speech. The phage technology identified autoantibodies targeting Kelch-like protein 11 (KLHL11), found in the testes and in certain parts of the brain.Using phage display, a further 12 biospecimens taken from men with similar neurological symptoms along with testicular cancer were analyzed. All of the samples were positive for autoantibodies targeting KLHL11.But this man’s neurological symptoms seen alongside his testicular cancer were not unique, with the Mayo lab finding a number of other cases in which men were diagnosed with testicular cancer and showed signs of ataxia, a neurological disease characterized by involuntary eye movement, alterations in speech, and poor coordination.37 patients have since been diagnosed with paraneoplastic encephalitis, and the researchers believe diagnoses will continue to grow in number.Every year, Mayo Clinic’s Neuroimmunology Laboratory screens around 150,000 patients for autoimmune neurological diseases. A patient’s biospecimen samples, which can be serum or cerebrospinal fluid, are bound to brain tissue from mice. In some cases, patients with autoimmune neurological conditions possess antibodies that bind to tissues with specific staining patterns. The study included an epidemiological assessment, which found that the prevalence of KLHL11 encephalitis in Olmsted County, Minnesota, was approximately three per 100,000 men. This makes KLHL11 one of the more common autoimmune encephalitis biomarkers in Olmsted County, suggesting this may be the case in other parts of the US and across other countries.The current research is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’“This study is the tip of the iceberg,” biochemist Joe DeRisi, who worked on the new research, said. “We know there are more paraneoplastic autoimmune diseases waiting to be discovered and more people to help.”DeRisi believes that this novel screening technology will aid in the discovery of unidentified autoimmune diseases. The short-term benefits of the research may be that a new diagnostic tool can be developed to test for this specific biomarker, which will be able to stop the neurodegeneration caused by the condition from progressing too rapidly in patients with testicular cancer.“Early diagnosis is extremely important,” Divyanshu Dubey, co-first author on the research, said. “If we diagnose patients early, we can start them on immunosuppressive medications. The sooner we can prevent this damage from happening, the sooner we can stop the disease progression and the better chance we have for clinical improvement in the patient’s life.”Dr. Wilson spoke further on the benefits of the advanced technology that allowed this important discovery to be made: For roughly half the patients with paraneoplastic or autoimmune causes of encephalitis, the protein being targeted has yet to be identified. Building on the Elledge lab’s work, we hope to tackle that problem head-on with this technology for finding antibodies, so we can potentially add to the number of diseases that are known, and help patients and families get diagnoses more quickly.” Mayo Clinic’s Neuroimmunology Laboratory has a long history of biomarker discovery, and this [new study] continues that tradition, bringing together Mayo Clinic’s biobank, the largest repository of biospecimens in the world, with advanced technologies being devised and implemented at UCSF and CZ Biohub. By working together, our organizations have the potential to make biomarker discoveries much more rapidly.”Dr. Sean Pittock, Co-Author, Mayo Cliniclast_img read more

Uttarakhand hospitals to be penalised over Rs 1 cr for irregularities in

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on RELATED In at least 697 cases of irregularities in the government-run cashless health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat, in Uttarakhand, 11 hospitals are in the process of being slapped with a penalty of over Rs 1.17 crore.Uttarakhand’s Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana (AAUY) Scheme, run under the aegis of Ayushman Bharat, has been riddled with irregularities.After the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan sought to know the action taken by National Health Authority (NHA) to correct the irregularities, the latter submitted a detailed report to the Minister’s office on Tuesday. BusinessLine has accessed a copy of the report.In Uttarakhand it is mandatory for a patient to get a ‘referral slip,’ from a government-run primary health centre (PHC) or a hospital before seeking admission in a private hospital. “A nexus between government and private doctors was taking advantage of this process. We received complaints from certain beneficiaries, who said that there was a delay in issuance of referral slips, and that the errant doctors may have demanded pecuniary benefits for issuing referrals under the AAUY,” a NHA official said.The report states that Astha Hospital and Jansewa Hospital in Udham Singh Nagar and Priya Hospital in Haridwar have been de-empanelled from the scheme and a fine of Rs 8.4 lakh has been slapped. While a first information report has already been lodged against Astha Hospital, another against Priya Hospital is in the process of being lodged.Nine other hospitals – five in Udham Singh Nagar, two in Haridwar, and one each in Nainital and Dehradun – have been issued show cause notices to explain their conduct in 601 alleged cases of fraud. They have been recommended for de-empanelment and a total penalty of close to Rs 97 lakh has been calculated, to be levied. “As these nine hospitals are still in the process of investigation, FIRs would be filed only after the final orders are issued,” said the NHA official. For example, Arogyam Hospital in Haridwar is being investigated for at least 152 cases of irregularities and may end up paying over Rs 29 lakh in fine, if final orders are issued by the government. Nainital-based Brijesh Hospital is being investigated in 85 cases and Dehradun-based Vinod Ortho Clinic in 61 cases, in which they may end up paying a fine of over Rs 15 lakh each. In the case of Dehradun-based Sri Mahant Indresh Hospital in Dehradun, orders for recovery of Rs 11.82 lakh have been issued.The report further stated that on May 30, the services of three government hospital doctors – Rajiv Gupta and Navpreet Kaur, working at LD Bhatt Hospital in Udhamsingh Nagar, and George Samual, working at the additional PHC in Rayasi at Haridwar – were terminated by the state Director-General (DG, Medical and Health) for their involvement in irregularities. For example, the government-run PHC at Kelakhera in Udham Singh Nagar district was stated to be hand-in-glove with private-run Jan Sewa Hospital in Kashipur, which is a private empanelled hospital under AAUY, for alleged irregularities in issuance of referral slips. “On June 22, the State Health Authority (SHA), Uttarakhand slapped a fine of Rs 2,70,000 on Jan Sewa Hospital,” the report states. The report also states, “Seventeen ‘referral slips’ were issued by the PHC, Kelakhera to Aastha Hospital in an illegal manner. The DG and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Udham Singh Nagar were also told to take action against Anurag Rawat, a pharmacist at the PHC.”Subsequently, an FIR was lodged on May 18 under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code against Rajeev Gupta, the owner of Aastha Hospital, and Anurag Rawat, pharmacist at Kelakhera PHC in Kashipur police station. “While the FIR was under investigation, both the accused approached the Nainital High Court to seek a stay,” the report said.Another example is that of Ali Nursing Home in Kashipur which is being investigated for various irregularities, including issuance of 12 illegal ‘referrals’ by the PHC at Kelakhera. “After due examination, a final decision will be taken by SHA on cancellation of “empanelment” of the hospital under AAUY, as well as for lodging the FIR,” the report stated. “There is a continuous audit of claims that are raised by the private hospitals and immediate action is whenever irregularities are detected or complaints are received,” the report stated. “Various State Health Agencies (SHA) have constituted a “State Anti Fraud Unit (SAFU) to watch, detect and take action against any kind of fraud, irregularity or illegality in claims by the hospital and to check any service deficiency. The SAFU reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SHA and to the Executive Committee of AAUY Society,” said another NHA official. 2 Uttarakhand corruption & bribery Job racket in the name of Ayushman Bharat busted in Gurugram By InvitationTightening the performance screws on Ayushman Bharat healthcare industry June 25, 2019 SHARE global goalPrimary care system central to universal health coverage: WHO medical insurance COMMENT Ayushman Bharat scheme With Health Ministry arms not on same page, who will give a helping hand to these cancer patients? Care under ayushman bharat COMMENTSlast_img read more

Johor Pakatan Youth unhappy state govt sticking to capping youth at 40

first_img Related News JOHOR BARU: The Johor Pakatan Harapan Youth wing has spoken out against the Johor government for its decision to maintain the age cap for youths at 40.It urged the state government to support Putrajaya’s decision on the matter.Its secretary Azam Mektar said amendments to the Youth Societies and Youth Development 2007 (Act 668) were under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and had been approved by the Dewan Rakyat with the support by MPs without objection.Under the new federal definition, “youth” are now aged between 15 and 30. AdChoices广告“There is no excuse for the Johor government to issue contradicting statements on the amendments to the Act.“The decision by Putrajaya is a step forward in bringing a new shift in the role of youths in the country and has been discussed since 2010,” he said in a statement here on Friday (July 12).Azam, who is also the Johor Parti Amanah Negara youth vice chief, said the state’s stand on the matter put Johor Pakatan Youth in an awkward situation.According to him, it made it difficult for the state Pakatan Youth wing and also the coalition youth component parties to explain and engage with youths here.“The two-year period for gazetting as stated by Youth and Sports Minister should be fully utilised to ensure that the agenda is met,” he added.On Monday, Johor announced that it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its polices as those aged between 15 and 40 despite the Federal Government’s move to lower the age limit to 30.Johor, at the time, joined Selangor and Sarawak in maintaining the youth age cap at 40.On Tuesday (July 9), the Johor government changed its stand to lower the youth age limit to 30.Less than 24 hours later, the state’s Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali issued another statement saying that Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40 following “advice from several parties”. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor makes a ‘U-turn’, agrees that youth age cap should be 30 Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor govt reverts to original stand on youth age cap {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 10 Jul 2019 Johor youth age capped at 40, not 30last_img read more

13004 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave shrine

first_img13,004 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave shrineWith this, the number of pilgrims who have visited the shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas has crossed 1.5 lakh.advertisement Press Trust of India SrinagarJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:10 IST Till date, 1,57,062 yatris have had the darshan of the Shivling. (Image used for representation)A total of 13,004 pilgrims paid obeisance at the naturally formed ice lingam in the cave shrine of Amarnath on Friday, officials said.With this, the number of pilgrims who have visited the shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas has crossed 1.5 lakh, they said.”On the 12th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 13,004 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date, 1,57,062 yatris have had the darshan of the Shivling,” a spokesperson of the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board said.The annual Amarnath pilgrimage commenced on July 1 and will conclude on August 15, coinciding with the festival of Raksha Bandhan.Also Read | Jammu Darshan bus service launched in J&K to promote tourismAlso Read | Over 1.44 lakh pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra in 11 daysAlso Watch | First batch of Amarnath pilgrims reaches shrineFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more