Cisco to train 10 lakh Indian students in digital skills by 2025

first_imgKochi: In line with the government’s efforts to train the youth in emerging technologies, networking giant Cisco on Tuesday committed to train 10 lakh students by 2025 by expanding its Networking Academy programme. For Cisco, the Networking Academy programme in India is one of its largest in the world. Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far. The Cloud-delivered skills-development programme helps students learn how to design, build, secure and maintain digital infrastructure. The curriculum include courses on IT essentials, networking, cybersecurity, programming and Internet of Things. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In 2016, Cisco had committed to train 250,000 students by 2020, which was achieved a year ahead of schedule, the company announced at the “Cisco India Summit” here. “The most impactful initiatives that the government has seen in the CSR (corporate social responsibility) space is when companies work to create capabilities in young people and nurture innovation. That I think is the strongest component of the Cisco CSR programme,” Union Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said in a video message streamed at the event. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “I certainly believe that government will not only partner with companies like Cisco but also adopt the Cisco-like model,” she added. Through the programme, schools, colleges, universities, vocational institutions, government and non-profit organisations are provided a Cisco-developed curriculum that can be integrated with the institution’s own educational offerings. Cisco also supports government education institutes in providing training on networking and cybersecurity skills aimed at improving the employability of engineering graduates. “Through strategic collaboration between governments, businesses, and NGO’s, we extend our experience in networking technology to elevate the standards of living and foster sustainable economic development,” said VC Gopalratnam, Senior Vice President-IT and Chief Information Officer-International, Cisco.last_img read more

Plant protein producers aim for mainstream with new research investments

first_imgCALGARY – Prairie farmers who grow, rather than raise, protein sources are looking to break into the mainstream with new research and investments on how to sustainably feed the world.The push for plant-based protein such as beans and lentils — as opposed to animal sources like meat or dairy — comes as the global population continues to grow rapidly and more consumers think about their health and the environment, said Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon.“Consumers are looking for better nutrition in the foods they buy, they are looking to protect their health.”Canadian farmers are poised to be at the forefront of the world’s top producers of protein-rich plants with a growing network of processors — and a new government-funded incubator — to support them.The industry’s push to provide more choices got a big boost earlier this month when an alliance of 120 companies and organizations focused on developing plant-based proteins won a spot in the federal government’s $950 million supercluster proposal, promising to bring new research and momentum.The investment comes as the $13 billion global plant-protein market is expected to grow by as much as 98 per cent by 2050, said Frank Hart, chair of the Protein Industries Canada group that put together the supercluster bid.“It’s a market that’s expected to expand in a significant way.”While not yet fixed, the expected $150 million or so in funding from the federal program will help anchor another roughly $400 million in spending commitments across the prairies from the private sector, said Hart.The funding will underpin research into everything from improved farming methods, to new food possibilities for flax, hemp, oats and pulses — which include lentils, chickpeas and dried peas and beans — to finding new ways to extract and make use of the protein in canola.The research is being driven by changing eating habits and the demand for more choice in protein sources, said Dan Prefontaine, president of the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc., which develops new kinds of foods.“I was born on meat and potatoes, and my kids are born more on diversity. They’re getting protein from multiple sources.”A Nielsen survey released last fall showed the increasing demand for alternatives. It found that 43 per cent of Canadians are actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets.Prefontaine said the supercluster investment will help anchor Canada as a major player in the space.“This is just the start. This is really giving Western Canada the opportunity to pool our resources to really create an environment and an equal system that promotes innovation and growth.”Growing interest in alternative proteins has already led to big investments in recent years, including hundreds of millions of dollars committed to pea processing facilities from companies like Roquette, Canadian Protein Innovation, and James Cameron-backed Verdient Foods Inc., as well as into newer protein sources like Hempco and Manitoba Harvest’s hemp products.The investments are increasing as companies develop new ways to process the protein-rich plants, like a steam-injection method to create pulse-based pasta that acts more like traditional products, or adding plant proteins to make yogurt, said Bacon.“It’s a combination of a shift in processing, it’s a shift in consumer awareness, and it’s also a shift in cost, where meat companies, dairy companies, are looking for plant-based protein to complement their product line. … it’s not one versus the other.”Big brands such as Maple Leaf Foods are also taking note of the growing trend. Maple Leaf spent US$120 million last year to buy Seattle-based Field Roast Grain Meat Co. and took over Massachusetts-based LightLife Foods in a $140-million deal, following on Tyson Foods Inc.’s investment in plant-protein company Beyond Meat a year earlier.The company invested in the space after seeing double-digit annual growth in ready-made plant-based protein options, said Dan Curtin, president of alternative proteins at Maple Leaf.“We see this as advancing and enhancing to the Maple Leaf portfolio of products,” he said. “We felt that the different options for the protein segment was something we wanted to play in.”Maple Leaf is still in early days for investments. The two companies it recently purchased are largely limited to U.S. distribution, but Curtin said Maple Leaf will be looking at expanding options to Canada as well.The plant-protein segment also still only makes up a very small portion of Maple Leaf, as overall demand for meat is still expected to see strong growth going forward.A Rabobank report out last fall said that while the meat industry should wake up to the growing demand for alternative proteins, that growth still pales in comparison to expected meat demand.The Dutch bank said alternative protein demand in Canada and the U.S. is expected to increase from around 165,000 tonnes in 2016 to slightly over 200,000 tonnes by 2022, making up only two per cent of the total growth in protein, while meat constitutes the rest.last_img read more

The unusual suspects British Columbias middleclass gangs by the numbers

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — Law enforcement in British Columbia report the gang landscape in the province is unlike any other because so many members are joining from the middle and upper classes. Here’s a look at some of the numbers as reported by Statistics Canada and the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention in Surrey, B.C.37: The percentage of homicides in B.C. that were linked or suspected to be linked to organized crime or street gangs in 2018.32: The percentage by which the homicide rate rose in 2017 in B.C., the highest rate since 2009.47: The percentage of all gang-related homicides in Canada that occurred in British Columbia and Alberta in 2017.53: The percentage of B.C.’s 2017 homicides involving firearms.68: The percentage of B.C.’s 2017 homicides involving firearms that were known or suspected to be gang-related.46: The number B.C.’s 2017 homicides with a nexus to organized crime.40: The percentage of individuals involved in the 2014-16 gang conflict that Surrey RCMP say had been exposed to some type of domestic violence in their upbringing either as victims or witnessing it in the home.55: The percentage of gang-involved youth who reported their crime was motivated by a lack of parental supervision in a study of incarcerated youth in B.C. between 1998 and 2012.36: The percentage of youth incarcerated for non-gang related crimes who say they were motivated by a lack of parental supervision in the same study.91: The percentage of incarcerated gang-involved youth who say their crime was motivated by friends.69: The percentage of youth incarcerated for non-gang related crimes who say they were motivated by friends.69: The percentage of incarcerated gang-involved youth who reported their crime was motivated by status.19: The percentage of youth incarcerated for non-gang related crimes who say they were motivated by status.35: The percentage of incarcerated gang-involved youth who reported their crime was motivated by a sibling.12: The percentage of youth incarcerated for non-gang related crimes who say they were motivated by a sibling.51: The percentage of incarcerated gang-involved youth who say their crime was motivated by dropping out of school.32: The percentage of youth incarcerated for non-gang related crimes who say their crime was motivated by dropping out of school.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nickelodeon kids channel is latest to offer Internetonly subscription service

by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 10:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nickelodeon kids channel is latest to offer Internet-only subscription service NEW YORK, N.Y. – SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering.What’s not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. Nickelodeon owner Viacom Inc. merely said that the offering will have its own brand name. It’s possible the service will have just supplemental content or archives of past shows when it launches in March. That would make it similar to a $4-a-month online offering for “Sesame Street.”Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said the new service “will target the fast-growing mobile market (and) will be very attractive for parents and children.” Details, including the price, will come next month.The company announced the service Thursday during a conference call to discuss the company’s quarterly earnings report.HBO and Showtime are among the other channels planning stand-alone Internet offerings as more people ditch their cable or satellite TV service. CBS already has a $6-a-month service that includes live television for those who live in 14 markets with CBS-owned stations. Major sports leagues also offer live games online, though often with blackouts of hometown teams.Meanwhile, Dish Network Corp. and Sony Corp. will soon launch Internet-only packages of television channels that used to require a cable or satellite subscription.The Dish offering, called Sling TV, will start at $20 a month and have channels from The Walt Disney Co., Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. and Time Warner Inc.’s Turner. The channels include ESPN and CNN.Sony’s PlayStation Vue will have unspecified channels from Viacom, Scripps, Discovery Communications Inc., CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox Inc. and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal. Sony hasn’t announced the price for its service, which will initially be limited to owners of PlayStation game consoles.These offerings make it easier for households to drop their traditional pay-TV service and piece together their own package of video services.Households that do this won’t necessarily save money, though: The price for Internet access will likely go up when separated from a bundle, and these subscriptions add up in cost.But it’s a good option for those who watch few channels live and don’t mind waiting for shows to appear on Netflix and other streaming services. It also allows households to downgrade to a cheaper cable or satellite TV package and supplement that with specific channels they want. FILE – This undated file image released by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated show “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Nickelodeon plans to offer a stand-alone Internet offering. Viacom announced the service during a conference call to discuss the company’s quarterly earnings report. CEO Philippe Dauman says the new service “will target the fast-growing mobile market (and) will be very attractive for parents and children.” (AP Photo/Nickelodeon, File) read more

EU threatens to put sanctions on Panama other tax havens

With a bust of Latin America’s independence hero Simon Bolivar in the background, Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela gives a televised statement to the nation, in Panama City, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Varela spoke about the millions of confidential documents that were leaked from a Panama-based law firm, coined the “panama papers,” revealing details of how some of the globe’s richest people funnel their assets into secretive shell companies set up in Panama and in other lightly regulated jurisdictions. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) by Frank Jordans And Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 3:37 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU threatens to put sanctions on Panama, other tax havens BERLIN – A European Union official threatened Thursday to sanction Panama and other nations if they don’t co-operate fully to fight money laundering and tax evasion, after a leak of data showed the small country remains a key destination for people who want to hide money.The 11.5 million documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca showed it helped thousands of individuals and companies from around the world set up shell companies and offshore accounts in low-tax havens. Because such accounts often hide the ultimate owner of assets, they are a favoured tool to evade taxes, launder money or pay bribes.So far, the scandal has brought down the leader of Iceland and raised questions about the dealings of the presidents of Argentina and Ukraine, senior Chinese politicians, famous actors, athletes and the circle of friends of Russian Vladimir Putin, who some allege has profited indirectly from such accounts. On Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged he profited from his father’s investments in an offshore tax haven before being elected.“People are fed up with these outrages,” said Pierre Moscovici, who heads financial affairs for the 28-nation EU. He took to task countries like Panama that facilitate such secretive, low-tax accounts.“The amounts of money, the jurisdictions and the names associated with this affair are frankly shocking,” he said.Panama is listed by the EU as a country that is not co-operative on tax issues, and Moscovici urged the country to “rethink its position in this regard.” The EU has to “be ready to hit them with appropriate sanctions if they refuse to change,” he said.The Central American country’s government is offering to co-operate more. On Wednesday, President Juan Carlos Varela announced the creation of an international committee of experts to recommend ways to boost transparency in Panama’s offshore financial industry.But Varela defended his country against what he called a “media attack” by wealthy nations that he says are ignoring their own deficiencies and unfairly stigmatizing Panama.Ramon Fonseca, a co-founder of the law firm at the centre of the scandal and until recently a top adviser to Varela, said Thursday the only law that has been broken so far is the right to his clients’ privacy. He said the biggest source of secretive shell companies is Europe and the U.S.“If a company in England has problems nobody says anything against England, but when it happens to a firm in Panama it’s a big problem and the entire world beats up on poor Panama,” Fonseca told The Associated Press in an interview.He said his firm creates about 20,000 shell companies annually but also rejects about 70 to 80 clients every year due to conflicts that crop up during due diligence.“We’re not perfect and some surely escape by,” he said. “But in all our years in business we’ve never been accused or condemned by a court.”Europe also is home to countries with a record of acting like tax havens and providing banking secrecy — Luxembourg, Switzerland, Andorra, among others. The United States has also become a haven, with several states including Wyoming and Delaware now popular places to open anonymous accounts that are cheap to maintain and pay little or no local tax.Since the first reports based on Mossack Fonseca documents were published Sunday, prominent politicians, celebrities and businesspeople have had their offshore business dealings dragged into the spotlight. On Thursday, the German newspaper that first obtained what have been dubbed the “Panama Papers,” said it won’t publish all the files, arguing that not all are of public interest.Sueddeutsche Zeitung received the documents from an unidentified source more than a year ago and shared at least parts of them with dozens of other media outlets around the world.Fonseca said his firm has hired forensic experts to investigate and have already uncovered the method used to penetrate its systems. He said the hack was probably carried out from Europe and dismissed speculation it may have been an inside job.Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which helped co-ordinate reporting on the leak, have said they won’t make the complete set of 11.5 million documents available to the public or law enforcement but rather mine the information for details of public interest.Responding to readers’ queries about the absence of prominent German or American politicians in the reports, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said such names haven’t yet been found in the documents. It said the documents include copies of the passports of 200 Americans and about 3,500 shareholders in offshore companies have listed addresses in the United StatesFonseca said his firm has only a handful of American clients, mostly expats living in Panama. He said both he and his German-born partner have longstanding ties to Europe and over the years have focused their business there and in Latin America.Meanwhile, Britain’s Cameron looks to become the next European politician ensnared by the scandal. After four days fending off headlines about his family’s finances, he acknowledged Thursday that he and his wife, Samantha, sold shares worth 31,500 pounds (currently $44,300) in an offshore fund named Blairmore Holdings in January 2010 — five months before Cameron became prime minister. They had paid 12,497 pounds for the shares in 1997.The prime minister’s father, Ian Cameron, an affluent stockbroker who died in 2010, was a client of Mossack Fonseca. There’s no indication the offshore fund was set up to avoid paying taxes but the revelation has reinforced the prime minister’s image as a scion of wealth and undermined calls to boost transparency at a time many British overseas territories act as tax havens.Also on Thursday, an Argentine prosecutor asked a judge to authorize an investigation into President Mauricio Macri’s role in offshore companies. Federal prosecutors said an investigation is necessary to see whether Macri “maliciously” omitted his role in two offshore companies in his annual tax declarations.In Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the document leaks scandal as part of a U.S.-led plot to weaken Russia.Speaking at a media forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said Western media pushed the claims of his involvement in offshore businesses even though his name didn’t feature in any of the documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm.Putin described the allegations as part of the U.S.-led disinformation campaign waged against Russia in order to weaken its government. “They are trying to destabilize us from within in order to make us more compliant,” he said.The ICIJ said the documents it obtained indicated that Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin acted as a front man for a network of Putin loyalists and, perhaps, the president himself.The ICIJ said the documents show how complex offshore financial deals channeled as much as $2 billion to a network of people linked to the Russian president.___Associated Press writer Frank Jordans reported this story in Berlin and AP writer Raf Casert reported from Brussels. AP writers Irina Titova and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Joshua Goodman in Bogota, Colombia, and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2017 2:40 pm MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,277.20, up 3.52 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 1.71 per cent, to $5.74 on 7.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 39 cents, or 1.72 per cent, to $23.10 on 6.7 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.11 per cent, to $4.57 on 6.5 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down seven cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $22.90 on 6.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down one cent, or 0.48 per cent, at $2.06 on 6.14 million shares. The next potential Canada-U.S. trade dispute unfolded Thursday as aerospace giants clashed at a Washington hearing that marked the formal launch of investigations into Boeing’s allegations that Bombardier received subsidies allowing it to sell its CSeries planes at below-market prices.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down nine cents, or 2.63 per cent, at $3.33 on 6.01 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up 18 cents, or 2.07 per cent, to $8.87 on 985,038 shares. The Toronto-based mortgage company has announced that its board has appointed a new director with extensive experience at two prominent Canadian law firms and as an adviser to the federal government. James Lisson will replace John Marsh, who has been a Home Capital director since 1986. Home Capital has been rebuilding its board and senior management ranks in recent weeks following a series of developments that has shaken confidence in the company. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Coach Says Football Player Convicted of Juvenile Rape Earned

Ma’Lik Richmond walks toward the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges during their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini says a player convicted of rape as a teen has earned a second chance by staying disciplined, focused and out of trouble.Ma’lik Richmond will be allowed to remain on the team’s active roster after settling a lawsuit Monday against the school, which told him he wouldn’t be allowed to play this season after he made the team.Richmond was 16 in 2013 when he and a Steubenville High School teammate were convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party. Richmond served about 10 months in a juvenile prison in a case that garnered international attention through social media and included allegations of a cover-up to protect a storied high school football team.Pelini told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he gave Richmond a chance after hearing him accept responsibility for his conviction.“I didn’t make this decision lightly,” Pelini said. “He was extremely remorseful. I saw a young man who was desperately wanting to better his life and those of the people around him.”Pelini said Richmond stood out from other 21-year-olds because of his focus, discipline and maturity.Richmond was released in January 2014 and attended colleges in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before transferring to Youngstown State in the fall of 2016 as a sophomore.Richmond and his legal guardians spoke with Pelini and YSU President Jim Tressel about joining the team after he enrolled. Pelini researched Richmond’s past before meeting him, then said he made no promises and told Richmond he’d have to earn good grades and stay out of trouble to be on the team.“He stuck with it,” Pelini said. “He went over and above. He knew he had no room for error.”Richmond began practicing with the team as a defensive end after Youngstown State’s loss in the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January. Pelini said Richmond, a walk-on player with no scholarship, showed talent but was a “work in progress.”When The Youngstown Vindicator wrote a story in August noting that Richmond was on the team, a student circulated a petition calling for the school to bar Richmond from playing football. Youngstown State subsequently sent a university-wide email that said Richmond could continue to practice but could not be on the active roster this season and would lose a year of eligibility.Richmond quit the team after learning of the email and went home to Steubenville, prompting Pelini, another coach, and three teammates to visit him and convince him to return to school.Pelini said he told Richmond during the visit: “You need to get your butt back to campus and trust that things are gonna work out. You can’t walk away from school, you’ve come this far. It’s time to stick it out.”It was a mistake not to publicize Richmond’s place on the team or address concerns earlier, Pelini said.“I’m not stupid,” Pelini said. “I understand that the opportunity to be a part of the team raises questions.”Richmond returned to school. Less than two weeks later, he was in class when he learned his father, 51-year-old Nathaniel Richmond, was killed when he shot a judge in a courthouse parking lot and a probation officer returned fire. Pelini said it was another blow to Richmond, whose once-absent father was becoming more involved in his life.Richmond grew up in a troubled home. He began living off-and-on with his youth football coach, Greg Agresta and Agresta’s wife, Jennifer, when he was 8. They became his legal guardians and mentored him as college coaches began recruiting him in high school.Pelini said Richmond’s rape conviction and the intense public attention sharpened Richmond’s focus and determination to rise above his past.“He’s been through a lot,” Pelini said. “It makes you grow up in a hurry.”The day after Richmond’s lawsuit was filed, a federal judge ruled that Richmond could play for Youngstown State. He got on the field during the second half of a blowout win against Central Connecticut State on Sept. 16, but didn’t play Saturday in a 19-7 win over South Dakota State.“He really puts his nose to the grindstone and brings it every day,” Pelini said. “He understands the scrutiny that goes with this story, that with his background, he can’t make another mistake.” read more

Ambulances being used as taxis heaping needless pressures on AE watchdog warns

Ambulances are being used as “taxis” the NHS watchdog has warned, saying half of call-outs could be treated on the scene.A new report warns that while 90 per cent of 999 calls are not life-threatening, hundreds of thousands of patients are being taken to hospital when they should have been offered help on the spot.The research by NHS Improvement suggests that up to 700,000 transfers are needless, heaping pressures on A&E departments.  Even more visits could be avoided if 999 and 111 phone lines dispatched better advice over the phone, or sent patients to pharmacists or GPs for help, the report says. Lord Carter, the report’s author, said the needless use of ambulances was costing the NHS at least £500m a year – and fuelling risky delays in casualty departments.He said: “Too many patients are being unnecessarily taken to A&E by ambulances, putting further pressure on hospital services that are already on the back foot. Not only is this financially costly, but it takes up staff’s time and means patients are having to spend time waiting in A&E when they should be recovering at home. An ambulance is not a taxi to A&E.”The non-executive director at NHS Improvement said far more patients should be treated at the scene.He urged NHS trusts to improve their technology – such as giving paramedics access to patient records on mobile devices – so more could be given help on the spot. Too often, patients are being taken to hospital, just so medics can see their medical records, the research suggests.“Most paramedics cannot access patient records while attending an incident, which significantly limits their ability to make informed decisions on the scene and results in more patients being taken to hospital. Some ambulance trusts have introduced mobile devices for frontline staff which is an encouraging first step but more needs to be done to ensure full utilisation,” the report states.The report also warns that patients are now “routinely” facing long delays waiting to be handed over by paramedic crews, with the amount of time ambulances spend at hospitals rising by a third in a decade.NHS trusts answered 10 million 999 calls and responded to over seven million separate incidents last year.  Nine out of 10 of these calls were not life-threatening, the research shows, yet nearly 60 per cent of responses which saw an ambulance called out resulted in a patient being conveyed to A&E.The watchdog said the NHS should work to reduce the average rate of ambulance transfers to A&E  to 50 per cent to help reduce the strain on hospitals.Health officials are fearful about how the NHS will cope this winter, with A&E departments last year having the worst performance on record, as they struggled to cope with surges in demand.NHS watchdogs urged them to act now to cut rates of ambulance transfer in coming months.Lord Carter said: “Paramedics and other staff have worked incredibly hard as demand for ambulances has soared. It is now vital that improvements are made in the infrastructure of the wider NHS to help frontline staff work as efficiently as possible.”  The report suggests the proportion of patients transferred by ambulance to hospital should be cut by around 14 per cent, meaing that around half of all cases are treated on the scene.Current pressures mean far too many sick patients are facing long waits in A&E, even before they are handed over by paramedics, the report found.NHS standards say handover should not take longer than 30 minutes. The report warns that this is now “routinely breached” with an average handover taking 35 minutes per patient, and a 32 per cent rise in the amount of time ambulances spend at hospitals over the last decade.Lord Carter, who has previously been commissioned by ministers to make recommendations on improving hospital efficiency, said every patient who can be advised over the phone without needing an ambulance saves the service £190, as well as freeing up ambulances.The report shows that while North West Ambulance Service trust takes  64 per cent of patients to A&E after an ambulance dispatch, at South West Ambulance Service trust this fell to 52 per cent.The watchdog said the NHS should work to reduce the average rate of ambulance transfers to A&E from 58 per cent to 50 per cent to help reduce the strain on A&E services.Lord Carter, who has previously been commissioned by ministers to make recommendations on improving hospital efficiency, said every patient who can be advised over the phone without needing an ambulance saves the service £190, as well as freeing up ambulances. Not only is this financially costly, but it takes up staff’s time and means patients are having to spend time waiting in A&E when they should be recovering at homeLord Carter Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Vive Targi Kielce one more game for new Polish title

One of the biggest surprises of this year EHF Champions League, Polish champion, Vive Targi Kielce lead by 2:0 in final serie of Polish play-off against Chalenge Cup finalist, MMTS Kwidzy. Team of coach Bogdan Wenta, celebrated second win 28:24 and now, they need just one more win for new national title and season at CL.VIVE Kielce Targi – MMTS KWIDZYN 28:24 (17:12)Number of wins: 2-0VIVE: Kotliński, – Grabarczyk, Krieger, Zaremba 2, Podsiadlo, Kuchczyński 3, Jachlewski 2, Stojković 8, Żółtak, Knudsen 6, Rosinski 4, Konitz 3, Beer.MMTS: Suchowicz, Gawlik – Mroczkowski 2 Adamuszek 1, Seroka 2, Peret 1 Czertowicz 4, Orzechowski, Wardziński 3, Marhun 6, Langowski, Cieslak, Rombel 3 Witaszek 1 Pacześny 1 Nogowski. ← Previous Story Lars Christiansen will play his last match for Flensburg in August! Next Story → Super Globe 2010: Ciudad Real and Doha in semi finals! read more

Clara Woltering a new force of Buducnost Podgorica

← Previous Story Alfred Gislason must to pay €2,500 for his “Big Mouth” Next Story → Pribanic and Zubai two line players of Pick Szeged Clara Woltering One of the best German goalkeepers, Clara Woltering (28) will make her international debut by singing contract with one of the TOP European teams, Buducnost Podgorica. Woltering is coming from Leverkusen, for whom he played last years and won Challenge Cup in 2005.She is an regular member of German national team, who is strugling to qualify for the next WC 2011 in Brasil and Olympic Games in London 2012, after good tournaments in the past.Foto: adidas / ddp images / Christian

Greece to submit loan extension request today

first_imgGreece will submit its request for a six-month loan extension to the euro-area Thursday, a day later than originally planned, according to a government official.Greece and euro-area members have been at odds over the formula needed to extend the country’s 240 billion-euro ($274 billion) rescue beyond its end of February expiry. Failure to strike a compromise would leave Europe’s most indebted state without a financial backstop, and on course to default on some of its liabilities as early as next month.“Markets should be reassured that there is agreement being prepared between Greece and the Eurogroup and other institutions involved in Greece’s bailout program,” Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice President for the euro, told reporters in Brussels Wednesday. The commission is “now working and looking if there is a possibility to find common ground toward this extension of the current program.”The Greek request comes as the Finance Ministry on Wednesday released documents outlining the government’s stance during two closed-door meetings of the currency bloc’s finance ministers. They show that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Greece wants to maintain a budget surplus before interest payments equal to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, less than half the target set in the country’s bailout program. Source: Bloomberg Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

State auditor dings Port of CW on federal work

first_imgA state audit of the Port of Camas-Washougal found that the port failed to meet federal requirements for procuring two contractors.The port also failed to inform its contractors that they are responsible for checking the suspension and debarment status of their subcontractors. All of the subcontractors used for the federal grant project in 2017 held the proper qualifications, but the auditors made a note of the lack of communication.Because the contractors were hired to work on a project funded by federal money, the port needed to adhere to a slightly different process.The report, released Thursday by Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy, said that “Under federal law, architectural and engineering services may be procured following a competitive proposal method. Under this method, proposals must be advertised and the advertisement must identify all evaluation factors and their relative importance. The contract must be awarded to the most qualified firm.“Instead of soliciting contractor proposals via public advertisement as required, the port selected contractors for further evaluation from a roster of pre-qualified firms it had on hand.”Kim Noah, the port’s director of finance, said these lapses were minor, and largely a result of the port dealing with its first-ever federal grant — $2.875 million awarded in 2016 to erect an industrial building dubbed Building 18.last_img read more

Man charged for allegedly shooting barbershop owner in National City

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Man charged for allegedly shooting barbershop owner in National City March 29, 2019 CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Attempted murder and other charges were filed today against a man who allegedly shot the owner of a National City barbershop.Peter Burgos faces 17 years to life if convicted of one count each of attempted murder, assault with a firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm and four counts related to being a prohibited person in possession of a gun, according to the district attorney’s office.Burgos, 44, allegedly walked into the Kings of Fades Barbershop on Highland Avenue between East Third and East Fourth streets about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, pulled out a firearm and started shooting, according to National City police Sgt. Thomas Wilkins.The owner, David Martinez, was transported to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening, Wilkins said.According to a GoFundMe site created to raise funds for Martinez’s medical expenses, he suffered a broken pelvis and fractured arm and is “alert and aware of the outpour of love and support that he’s getting from friends and the community.”Wilkins said investigators believe the gunman had a prior disagreement with one of the people in the barbershop. It was not clear if that person was Martinez.A patrol officer spotted Burgos running from the scene and took him into custody without incident, Wilkins said.Burgos is being held in lieu of $3 million bail, and is due to return to court April 9 for a readiness conference.Related story:Man arrested on suspicion of shooting man in National City KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Editorial Director Mike Lafavore Out at Rodale People on the Move —

first_img Vox Media has named Nishat Kurwa its first executive producer for audio. Kurwa is a 15-year veteran of the radio industry; she served most recently as senior digital producer of Marketplace at American Public Media. Since his September 2015 induction, Rodale has undergone several major shakeups. President Scott Schulman’s contract was not renewed, just weeks after Lafavore took over some of his duties. In January, 40 staffers were let go. Since then, Rodale has hired a new CFO, and a new COO.  Meredith Corporation has named Jill Waage the new editor-in-chief of Traditional Home and Jennifer Darling as the new editor-in-chief of Allrecipes. Waage has held several roles at Better Homes & Gardens, including brand executive editor, editorial director of home content, and executive editor of special interest media. Prior to joining T in 2013, Haramis served as editorial director at Bullett Magazine. Nick Haramis, articles editor at T: The New York Times Styles Magazine, will take over as the new editor-in-chief of Interview. The position has been vacant since Keith Pollock left late last year to oversee digital at Architectural Digest.  Bethany Heitman has been named editor-in-chief of StyleWatch. She’s been serving as interim editor of the brand since late last year. Prior to that, she held senior roles at Seventeen and Cosmopolitan.  Lafavore took on the newly created role at Rodale in 2015 after a 15-year hiatus from the publisher. While he was responsibile for the entire magazine porfolio, Lafavore initially focused on Men’s Health, the magazine he edited for 12 years until 2000.  Mike Lafavore has left his role as editorial director at Rodale, Folio: has confirmed. All editors-in-chief at the publisher now report to CEO Maria Rodale. The company declined to comment further. “When I was approached by Interview, it sort of felt like a no-brainer,” Haramis tells WWD. “In addition to sort of being humbled to work at such an esteemed magazine, it was also like ‘oh, dope, I get to do the thing that I really love doing at T but throughout an entire magazine.’” Eve Peyser has joined Vice as a staff politics writer. She was previously Gizmodo’s night editor. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: T has been without an editor-in-chief since Deborah Needleman left early last month. This was just another in a stream of shakeups that led to executive editor Whitney Vargas being named interim editor-in-chief. Vargas has since left the brand.  Darling has also held a wide range of positions, most recently as editorial director for Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications.last_img read more

Jet Airways Q3 net profit soars on lower fuel costs higher passenger

first_imgJet Airways reported standalone net profit of Rs 467.11 crore for the third quarter ended 31 December, 2015, as against Rs 63.11 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. A 7 percent increase in revenues and a 27 percent reduction in fuel costs enabled the company to post record profit. Passenger revenues at Rs 5,024.14 crore marked 7.33 percent growth over Rs 4,680.60 crore during the year-ago period, according to the company’s regulatory filing with the BSE on Saturday.Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) costs were down sharply by 27.37 percent to Rs 1,235.36 crore during the quarter under review from Rs 1,701.07 crore during the third quarter of last fiscal, boosting the company’s operating profit.The company’s other income of Rs 419.83 crore during the quarter comprised income from leasing of aircraft and engine. The comparative figure for the third quarter last fiscal was Rs 370.42 crore.Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways owns 24 percent in Jet Airways.Declining ATF costs caused by tumbling crude oil prices have been helping Indian aviation companies to post spectacular results.In January, budget carrier SpiceJet reported net profit of Rs 238.40 crore for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015, as against a loss of Rs 275 crore in the year-ago period, aided by 35 percent decline in fuel costs.Interglobe Aviation, which owns IndiGo, had reported a 24 percent rise in its third quarter net profit at Rs 657 crore.IndiGo has the largest share in the domestic air traffic market in India at around 35 percent. In December 2015, its share was 35.6 percent, followed by Jet Airways at 18.2 percent and Air India at 16.7 percent, according to civil aviation ministry data.The Jet Airways stock was the biggest gainer on the BSE on Friday, up 7.82 percent, while Interglobe Aviation and SpiceJet inched higher by 4.27 percent and 3.82 percent, respectively.Jet Airways was in the news recently for Sonu Nigam’s impromptu in-flight performance on one of its flights. The episode prompted Indian civil aviation authorities to act, following which the company said it had suspended the cabin crew responsible for the goof-up.”All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures,” Jet Airways tweeted on Friday.The incident occurred on 4 January on a Jet Airways flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai.last_img read more

Apply custom colors to your Windows Explorer folders with Folder Colorizer 2

first_imgApply custom colors to your Windows Explorer folders with Folder Colorizer 2 by Martin Brinkmann on February 09, 2018 in Software – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 21 commentsFolder Colorizer 2 is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that adds options to Windows Explorer to apply custom colors to any folder on any hard drive.The default folder color is yellow in Windows Explorer and there is no obvious option to customize it to distinguish one folder from the other based on looks or make important folders stick out.Windows Explorer supports assigning other icons to folders but that is not the same as changing the folder color and the operating itself is not overly comfortable either.Folder Colorizer 2Folder Colorizer 2 is available as a beta version right now.  It is a new version of the popular Folder Colorizer application for Windows which was downloaded more than 5 million times since its release in 2009. The application is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows 10.Installation of the beta application on a Windows 10 Pro device terminated the Explorer process but it did not relaunch it. I had to open the Windows Task Manager to start the Explorer process manually to resolve this.Folder Colorizer 2 adds a new context menu entry to Explorer. You see it when you right-click on any folder on any drive. Select the Colorize menu and then one of the available colors or the “colors” menu item to open the configuration.Note that you can use the program to change the color of a single folder or a selection of folders.If you select a listed color, it is applied to the folder automatically. This means that it takes two clicks to change the color of any folder on the machine using the application.The color menu lists all colors exposed in the menu and options to create custom colors and add them to the menu as well.You can trash any of the existing colors, and use the color wheel or Hex color codes to add new colors to the library instead. The name of the color is listed in the menu afterward but the color itself is also displayed so that it is easy to pick the right color from the listing.Closing WordsYou may use Folder Colorizer 2 to change the color of any folder on Windows PCs with just a few clicks. The program has quite a few useful applications: you may use it to make specific folders stick out of the masses of yellow folders in a directory or in root, or use a distinct color scheme for specific folder types, e.g. music, document or photo folders.All in all a useful program for Windows users who work with folders regularly.Related articlesChange Folder Backgrounds In WindowsColorize your Folders in Windows with Rainbow FoldersColor Folders brings a splash of color to Thunderbird foldersHow to override website color schemes in FirefoxSummary12345 Author Rating4 based on 1 votes Software Name Folder Colorizer 2Operating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

First updates released that fix the Windows VB bugs

first_imgFirst updates released that fix the Windows VB bugs by Martin Brinkmann on August 17, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: August 17, 2019 – 11 commentsMicrosoft released updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 version 1709, as well as Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 that addresses the recently discovered Visual Basic bug.The company released the monthly security updates for Windows and other company products on August 13, 2019. Then, two days later, Microsoft acknowledged that the updates released for client and server versions of Windows were causing issues with Visual Basic applications and scripts.The company noted:After installing this update, applications that were made using Visual Basic 6 (VB6), macros using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and scripts or apps using Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) may stop responding and you may receive an “invalid procedure call error.”Microsoft did not reveal additional information about the issue at the time but the issue occurred shortly after Microsoft started to disable VBScript by default on machines running “older” versions of Windows. VBScript was disabled on newer versions of Windows a month earlier.Microsoft released the following cumulative updates on August 16, 2019 that address the Visual Basic issues in those operating systems:Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: KB4517297Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: KB4517298Windows 10 version 1709: KB4512494The release notes state:Addresses an issue in which the following may stop responding and you may receive the error, “Invalid procedure call”:Applications that were made using Visual Basic 6 (VB6).Macros that use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).Scripts or apps that use Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript).The updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 are not available via Windows Updates; home users need to download them manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Organizations find them using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).Here are the links to the Microsoft Update Catalog website from where the updates may be downloaded manually:KB4517297 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4517298 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4512494 for Windows 10 version 1709Tip: you can check the August listing on the Microsoft Update Catalog to monitor update releases. There you find the links to the updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2012.It is unclear why updates for other supported Windows 10 versions were not released as well. The update for Windows 10 version 1709 addresses other issues. It fixes the long-standing Preboot Execution Environment startup issue among other things. (thank you EP)Closing WordsIf you are affected by VB issues you may want to consider upgrading the system to the new version right away to fix the issue. Everyone else may be better off skipping the update for now; it will be included in coming patches automatically.SummaryArticle NameFirst updates released that fix the Windows VB bugsDescriptionMicrosoft released updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 version 1709, as well as Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 that addresses the recently discovered Visual Basic bug.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Authorities residents mystified as Chakanbakán lagoon refills itself

first_imgChetumal, Q.R. — The mysteries of the Chakanbakán lagoon continue as the lagoon begins to refill itself.Environmental attorney Miguel Nadal Novelo reported that the Chakanbakan lagoon in Nicolás Bravo in the ejido Laguna Om is already recovering its water level.On August 22, residents near the lagoon reported hearing a deep rumble before discovering that the lagoon had nearly entirely drained itself over a 24-hour period. On August 30, residents are now looking at the same lagoon in amazement as it begins to recover its water levels.With several holes still exposed, water is slowly returning to the Chakanbakán lagoon leaving local experts without any explanation.“It has a lot of water, nearly as it was. It is recovering impressively. Every time I come, I have been coming every day, I am surprised to see more water. Now it has nearly two meters. It has about 50 centimeters to go before it has two meters of water.“The current is coming from the south and is the one that is supplying the lagoon,” said Leopoldo Santos, an ejidal curator from Laguna Om.While the water is returning, the ejidatarios are prohibiting passage to the lagoon until it is completely restored.It is thought that the lagoon initially drained due to a fracture in the ground. Within 24-hours, nearly all 15 hectares of the Chakanbakán lagoon was void of water, leaving several drainage holes exposed.Miguel Nadal Novelo says it is likely that the lagoon changed its dynamics, moving the water to lower areas. La Comisión Nacional del Agua says they will also continue the search through the use of technology to understand what caused the lagoon to drain in the first place.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Celebrity Cruises on sale Celebrity Cruises has re

first_imgCelebrity Cruises on saleCelebrity Cruises has released its annual “Wave” deal for 2019 offering guests up to AUD$400 in savings on their cruise fares, plus free drinks, USD$600 onboard spending money and free high-speed Wifi, for bookings made by 6 March 2019. T & Cs apply.Seven Seas Explorer in OZ for 20/21 seasonRegent Seven Seas Cruises has announced that “The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built™”, Seven Seas Explorer, will cruise Australian and New Zealand waters as part of her 2020/21 season for the first time since debuting in 2016. Seven Seas Explorer will be entering Australian waters for the first time on the 28 December 2020, visiting Darwin before she sails down to Sydney on 6 January 2021.Viking’s next World CruiseViking has announced its new 2020-2021 Viking World Cruise, which will span 161 days, six continents and 75 ports, with overnight stays in 13 cities. Viking Sun will set sail on 14 December, 2020 from Miami, with six new ports of call on the itinerary, including Honolulu and Nawiliwili, marking the company’s inaugural visit to the Hawaiian Islands.The grand voyage will allow guests to explore islands of the Caribbean and the South Pacific; call upon ports in Asia, from Hong Kong to Bangkok; explore countries of the Middle East, including Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Israel; and sail through the Mediterranean before concluding in London. Guests can also choose a shorter, 140-day segment of the sailing, 2021 Viking World Discoveries, which departs from Los Angeles in January 4, 2021, and visits 27 countries and 66 ports.Pricing for the 2020-2021 Viking World Cruise starts at $85,995 per person and 2021 Viking World Discoveries starts at $75,995 per person, based on double-occupancy. Both of Viking’s new world cruise itineraries include Business Class international air, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa services, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package, and free luggage shipping services for embarkation.Guests who book between now and 28 February, 2019 will receive an additional $2,000 USD per person in shore excursion credit for any optional land programs and $1,000 USD per person in shipboard credit which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages. Viking Explorer Society members who book the 2020-2021 Viking World Cruise or 2021 Viking World Discoveries through February 28, 2019 will receive an additional $1,000 USD in shipboard credit per person.Silver Muse sails into Sydney for her first visitThe inaugural arrival into Sydney Harbour of Silversea’s iconic flagship, Silver Muse, on 6 January 2019, marks the first time in a decade that Silversea has brought one of its new vessels to Australia; she launched for the first time in April 2017. The ship was welcomed by the Australian Girls’ Choir, singing at the pier at White Bay Cruise Passenger Terminal.CLIA (Australasia) appoints Communications DirectorEuropean WaterwaysEuropean Waterways is offering up to 20% off charters and cabin prices on select cruises for European spring 2019. With the growing popularity of solo travel, the company is also waiving the single supplement on select cruises.A complete list of eligible vessels, departure dates and applicable specials is available HERE.Riviera Travel – solo travellersRiviera Travel has added another 187 solo occupancy cabins to its European cruises in April and May, 2019. Available on 23 dates, the cabins allow solo guests to sail without paying any single supplement.Oceania Cruises Next Gen shipsOceania Cruises, the upper-premium subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line, has announced an order for two new Allura Class ships from Fincantieri S.p.A. The ships will be delivered in 2022 and 2025.“This new class of ships will represent an evolution of the Oceania Cruises experience with all the elements our guests treasure – a warm, intimate, residential style; the most spacious standard staterooms afloat; amazing suites, and of course, the finest cuisine at sea,” saidBob Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises. Viking launches Explorer SaleViking is offering exclusive deals – from free or discounted flights and bonus stateroom upgrades to complimentary city extensions and savings of up to $4,600 per couple* – during its Explorer Sale, valid until 31 March, 2019, unless sold out prior, across both ocean and river cruises.Scenic Eclipse offers until 29 March 2019Scenic has released a range of offers across more than 60 countries, on sale until 29 March 2019, unless sold out. Offers include river cruises in Europe and Asia; land tours in Africa, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska and the USA, as well as on Scenic Eclipse* sailings across the globe.*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply IMAGE: Viking Sun in Bora Boracenter_img cruisecruise newsocean cruiseRiver cruiselast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Foreign Press Associat

first_img LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help the victims of California’s deadly wildfires.The organization best known for creating and organizing the Golden Globe Awards on Thursday announced the donation to four organizations that also include money for victims and families of last week’s mass shooting in Southern California.The funds will go to the victims of the fires in Northern and Southern California. The fires started last week and together have killed at least 59 people, destroyed thousands of homes and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands.The association formed in 1943 and started the Golden Globes a year later.It frequently hands out grants, usually to organizations related to the entertainment industry.The Associated Press Golden Globes group gives $300,000 to wildfire victims by The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2018 7:22 am PDT FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Golden Globe statues appear at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards nominations at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help the victims of California’s wildfires and their families. The organization best known as the creators and organizers of the Golden Globe Awards on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 announced the donation to four organizations that also include money for victims and families of last week’s mass shooting in Southern California. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more