Regulatory Hurdles Are Hampering the TakeUp of Drones

first_imgUnmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which are going through a massive development phase, are finding their purpose in the shipping industry as well. These systems have proven their ability to speed up deliveries, cutting lead times typically seen on traditional forms of last mile delivery.With a quicker response rate and turnaround time of up to 6 times, drones have the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90% in some ports, significantly mitigate risks of personnel accidents and have a reduced carbon footprint.In an interview with World Maritime News, Marius Johansen, VP Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Service, said that shore-to-ship deliveries via UAS bring improved safety, productivity and reactivity by replacing the manual delivery of parcels by agents via launch boat with autonomous drones.He added, however, that development of relevant regulatory and safety framework is slowing the take-up of UAS technology, “but it is necessary and when it comes to safety it is wise to be thorough and pragmatic.”“From a ship owner’s perspective, there are so many potential innovative use cases for a drone onboard a single vessel. The key challenge is that as soon as you use it outside of the vessel, it becomes heavily regulated and this varies from country to country.”Marius Johansen, VP Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships ServiceWilhelmsen Ships Service was recently elected to help develop the future UAS regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for their shore-to-ship delivery project.“The Agency by Air project we are running has several use cases we are evaluating i.e. parcel delivery to vessel, cargo hold inspections, and draft surveys using drone technology,” Johansen explained.“For parcel deliveries from shore to vessel, we are preparing for a 2-week pilot trial with autonomous drones that is scheduled to start in the last week of September. This pilot trial will be a demonstration of a Proof-of-Concept, involving actual deliveries to vessels at anchorage in Singapore. This is the first time in the world where autonomous drone deliveries will take place in real port conditions.”Wilhelmsen Ships Service said that the key to successful implementation of drone technology and the realisation of the potential business, operational and cost benefits will depend on a number of factors. The first factor is technology, as despite the many use cases, the technology does face some challenges, such as limited battery life and difficulty operating in poor weather, according to Johansen. But original equipment manufacturers and major shippers are keen to improve the technology further and extend the reach and scope of what can be done with drones, he added.“The second is the uneven regulatory landscape. Regulations from both the aviation and maritime authorities can potentially be a show-stopping obstacle when it comes to rolling out a global drone delivery service, since the regulations are different in each and every country.”The company’s project development of UAS together with Singapore’s regulatory bodies runs for a period of 22 months starting in Q3 this year. Following the completion of the pilot trial, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s next step will be  the preliminary design plan for UAS type and design for maritime deliveries that includes key technology vessel localization and landing solution, BLOS communication.“We will also be looking at developing an end-to-end design and implementation plan, such as forecasting the number of drones required from a logistical perspective with the volume,” according to Johansen.With the current UAS technology, drones are capable of making last mile deliveries for critical documents, vital medical supplies and lighter weight spare parts of up to 4kg.However, at this stage, traditional launch boats are still needed for crew change and the transport of larger supplies to the vessel through tug boats, Johansen said, adding that, dependent on the correct regulatory and safety framework being in place, drones could replace launch boats for deliveries of small, lightweight time critical deliveries right now.In the shipping industry, drones have typically been used for security, environmental surveillance, emergency response, search and rescue missions, as well as various vessel inspections.The technological potential with drones is immense, Johansen said, adding that “in the future, when the technology allows a greater range and heavier payload, we will likely see an exponential increase of UAS usage.”Interview conducted by Erna Penjic, Editor, World Maritime NewsImage Courtesy: Wilhelmsen Ships Servicelast_img read more

The next act for Whitman chief of Katzenbergs NewTV

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the most powerful women in the business world, is being named the new CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV.The “mobile-first media platform” is producing short, Hollywood-style productions for mobile devices, with a run time of 10 minutes or less.Whitman begins in March. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is the chairman.Whitman, 61, will leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. at the end of the month. Her name had been bandied about as a possible replacement for Travis Kalanick at beleaguered Uber. She will run NewTV from Los Angeles.Whitman led eBay from 1998 to 2008, then ran a largely self-funded, unsuccessful run for governor of California in 2009.last_img read more

Tesla, Office Depot tumble while Constellation Brands rises

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Tesla Inc., down $24.03 to $267.78The electric car maker’s assembly lines slowed and deliveries fell during its first quarter.Resources Connection Inc., down $2.64 to $14.71The consulting company’s fiscal third-quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Constellation Brands Inc., up $11.76 to $191.45The wine, liquor and beer company beat Wall Street’s fourth quarter forecasts and will sell about 30 of its cheaper wine brands.PG&E Corp., up 39 cents to $18.86The troubled utility company is shuffling its board of directors and named William Johnson its new CEO.Office Depot Inc., down 89 cents to $2.88The office supplies retailer warned investors that its first-quarter revenue will fall short of forecasts.Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., down 74 cents to $27.48The CEO of the casual restaurant chain stepped down and a key sales measure fell more sharply than expected during the first quarter.RPM International Inc., up $1.20 to $60.63The specialty chemicals company reported a jump in third-quarter sales that pushed its profit beyond Wall Street forecasts.At Home Group Inc., up $1.51 to $20.50The home decorations retailer could be considering a potential sale of the company, according to media reports.The Associated Press read more

Proxy advisory firm ISS recommends Transat shareholders support Air Canada offer

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — An independent proxy advisory firm is urging Transat shareholders to support the proposed $720-million takeover of the tour operator by Air Canada.Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. recommended on Sunday that shareholders vote in favour of the deal based on the original price of $13 per share and reiterated its support when Air Canada boosted its offer to $18 per share or about $200 million more.ISS says the acquisition by Canada’s largest airline is supported by the significant premium and certainty of the all-cash offer, execution risks associated with other alternatives and the sale process that gave other bidders time to submit superior offers.Shareholders are slated to vote on the Air Canada offer Aug. 23, which is expected to face intense scrutiny from the Competition Bureau and other regulatory authorities.The Montreal-based tour operator’s board and special committee unanimously recommended that Air Canada’s offer “is in the best interest of Transat and its stakeholders and is fair to Transat shareholders.”Letko Brosseau and Associates — Transat’s biggest shareholder at 19.3 per cent — has now given formal support to the fresh offer from Air Canada, the airline and Transat said. The investment firm said earlier this summer it would vote against the deal if the price stayed at $13 per share. read more

74 million verdict in Blurred Lines case likely to ripple through music

$7.4 million verdict in ‘Blurred Lines’ case likely to ripple through music, legal industries by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A verdict saying Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye’s music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines” could ripple across the music industry, potentially changing how artists work and opening the door to new copyright claims.An eight-person jury determined Tuesday that Williams and Thicke copied elements of Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” and ordered the pair to pay nearly $7.4 million to the late R&B legend’s three children.Millions more in potential future profits for “Blurred Lines” are now also at stake.The Gaye family will seek an injunction against the song, which will give them leverage to negotiate for royalties and other concessions such as songwriting credit, although Tuesday’s verdict could face years of appeals.While the verdict affects Thicke and Williams’ finances in the short term, artists and music industry lawyers will likely face new constraints as they sort through the verdict and its implications.Howard King, lead attorney for Thicke and Williams, said in closing arguments that a verdict for the Gaye family would have a chilling effect on musicians trying to evoke an era or create an homage to the sound of earlier artists. Williams contended during the trial that he was only trying to mimic the “feel” of Gaye’s late 1970s music but insisted he did not use elements of his idol’s work.“Today’s successful verdict, with the odds more than stacked against the Marvin Gaye estate, could redefine what copyright infringement means for recording artists,” said Glen Rothstein, an intellectual property attorney.He said the decision sets a precedent because “paying homage to musical influences was an acceptable, and indeed commonplace way of conducting business and even showing respect for one’s musical idols, (but) after today, doubt has been cast on where the line will be drawn for copyright infringement purposes.”Music copyright trials are rare, but allegations that a song copies another artist’s work are common. Singers Sam Smith and Tom Petty recently reached an agreement that conferred songwriting credit to Petty on Smith’s song, “Stay With Me,” which resembled Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.”In the “Blurred Lines” case, the Gaye family will seek an injunction against the song, giving them leverage to negotiate for royalties and other concessions such as songwriting credits.Nona Gaye, the late singer’s daughter, wept as the verdict was read and later told reporters: “Right now, I feel free. Free from … Pharrell Williams’ and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”Larry Iser, an intellectual property lawyer who has represented numerous musicians such as Jackson Browne and David Byrne in music copyright cases, criticized the verdict.“Although Gaye was the Prince of Soul, he didn’t own a copyright to the genre, and Thicke and Williams’ homage to the feel of Marvin Gaye is not infringing,” Iser said.King, the pair’s lawyer, said record labels are going to become more reluctant to release music that’s similar to other works — an assertion disputed by Richard Busch, the lead attorney for the Gaye family.“While Mr. Williams’ lawyer suggested in his closing argument that the world would come to an end, and music would cease to exist if they were found liable, I still see the sun shining,” Busch said. “The music industry will go on.”So, too, will Williams’ career, said Joe Levy, editor-at-large at Billboard.“For Pharrell, the story moves on,” he said. “It will move on quickly.”Williams, 41, is a seven-time Grammy Award winner whose songs he’s performed or produced have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. His hit “Happy” has helped make him a household name, as has his work as a judge on NBC’s music competition show, “The Voice.”“It’s much to Pharrell’s advantage that he is at a high point in his career,” Levy said.Thicke’s career may have more issues as a result of Tuesday’s verdict — which came on his 38th birthday — because “Blurred Lines” was a global hit and his follow-up effort failed to connect with audiences, Levy said. Despite the song’s popularity, feminists have criticized it, saying it promotes rape culture.While the verdict will likely make musicians and record labels more cautious, it won’t stop artists from using others’ works as inspiration, Levy said.Despite the decision, he predicted that “Blurred Lines” will continue to make plenty of money for Williams, Thicke and, in all likelihood, the Gaye family.“People aren’t going to stop playing it,” Levy said. “It’s not just going to disappear.”___Anthony McCartney can be reached at Attorney Richard Busch, left, and Nona Gaye, daughter of the late Marvin Gaye, leave the Los Angeles U.S. District Court after a jury awarded the singer’s children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create “Blurred Lines,” Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyrights to his music. In the background, right, is Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife, Jan Gaye, and son, Frankie Gaye. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) read more

Urban Meyer BCS a flawed system

OSU coach Urban Meyer talks on the sidelines during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer is not ready to talk about his team’s national championship chances.Meyer sidestepped yet another question about what the rest of the country thinks about his team, and if the fact that the last two times OSU (10-0, 6-0) played for the national championship (2007, 2008) has crossed his mind. Instead, he elected to talk about how running backs redshirt-freshman Warren Ball and freshman Ezekiel Elliott need to get better at tackling to help the punt team.“Ezekiel on our punt team, I have to teach him how to tackle. Warren Ball is running down on kickoff,” Meyer said, to chuckles from the media. “He hasn’t done that in his high school career. We’re going to work hard on that in practice. Any other questions about Warren Ball’s coverage?”One thing Meyer did comment on was the Bowl Championship Series, which is in its final year of selecting the two teams who play for the national title.“Without spending much time on it, because it’s not fair for our team to do that, I will say this: I think it’s a flawed system,” Meyer said. “When you logically think about it, what the BCS people have done, which obviously we’re all part of it, I think it was great for a while.”The Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in the BCS for the second week in row, but sits a mere .0013 points ahead of No. 4 Baylor after beating Illinois 60-35 in Champaign, Ill. A college football playoff will be implemented next season, with a selection committee choosing four of the nation’s top teams to play in a round of semifinals before the winners meet in the national title game.“I think (the BCS) took an imperfect system and did the best you can without a playoff,” Meyer said. “There’s going to be controversy in playoffs, too…There’s not a 64-team playoff. You’re going to have four guys. What is that fifth team going to feel like?”Baylor defeated Texas Tech, 63-34, Saturday, which catapulted them ahead of OSU in the AP rankings. Although the Buckeyes defeated Illinois by nearly the same margin, the Illini made things interesting in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 12 with just under nine minutes to go.Meyer was not pleased with his coaching performance in the win, giving himself a “C.”“I was worried about too many other things,” Meyer said. “I can promise you, we’re going to coach better this week.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to take on Indiana (4-6, 2-4) in the final home game of the season Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Fewer teachers now teaching religion willingly

first_imgLESS THAN HALF of primary school teachers say they teach religion to their students “willingly”, a 12 per cent decrease in a decade.An INTO survey of 363 teachers was conducted late last year to gather information about religion teaching in schools.About 10 per cent of teachers said they would prefer to teach a broad religious education programme rather than religious instruction in a particular faith. That figure has doubled in ten years.However, there was also an increase in those not opposed to teaching religion, up eight per cent to 20 per cent.The biggest change since similar research was carried out in 2002 was in attitudes towards religious sacraments, including First Holy Communion and Confirmation.More than 70 per cent of respondents say that the preparation for such events takes more time than that officially available for religion. In 2002, less than 20 per cent said the same thing.Teachers responses about how much non-religion time was used for sacramental preparation varied. Some reported up to nine hours of time inside school per week was used for preparation. There were also reports of hours being given outside of school.Alternative teachingThe vast majority of schools now have pupils attending who are not of the faith of the school. The provision of alternative education for these student varies. In some schools, children not of the school faith participate in the full religious programme and sacraments while others participate in the full religious programme but do not take part in sacramental preparation.In other classes children are provided with other class work or they follow their own religious programme during the teaching of the religious programme of the school. Some remain in class or have the option of being withdrawn. However, many schools do not have the facilities to cater for this.Less than 50 per cent of respondents to the survey agreed that pupils should be prepared for sacraments in primary school – down about 20 per cent since 2002. About 40 per cent disagreed with the practice.Clergy and church representatives continue to visit schools on occasion with reported appearances increasing to 16.8 per cent.Finally, teachers were asked their views on religious practice among families. About 85 per cent of the respondents felt it has either declined or significantly declined. Yet over half of teachers believe that the family should be most responsible for sacramental preparation.The INTO said the sample of respondents reflected the overall teaching population in terms of gender, age, location and ethos of school. Nine in ten were in a denominational school.More: Average welfare payments for religious ceremonies halved in 2012last_img read more

Otterbox Lends Some Color to the iPhone 4

first_imgEnough with all-black cases. OtterBox just announced a variety of color options for its Impact, Commuter, and Defender series of iPhone 4 cases. The Defender series offers three layers of protection and comes with a holster-style swivel belt clip. It lists for $49.95. The Commuter series is a sleek option with two layers of protection. It lists for $34.95. Finally, the Impact series is made from compression-molded silicone with a lint-proof spray coating. It goes for $19.95.Each series comes in its own range of colors, with the less-expensive cases getting the brighter hues. Also, each case comes with a screen protector, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and an application card.   AdChoices广告last_img read more

Gran Turismo series sells over 67 million copies worldwide

first_imgWhen Gran Turismo first launched in 1997, it sold a staggering 10 million copies worldwide, and in 2012 the series shows it’s popularity is not slowing down. Polyphony Digital’s last Gran Turismo game, GT5, has sold over 9 million copies around the world, and could easily go past the 10 million mark if China finally gets the PS3.Polyphony has released sales statistics of GT sales up until September this year to show everyone just how popular the Sony-hardware exclusive series is. In total, the nine games have sold over 67 million copies. Interestingly, GT games are most popular in Europe with 33 million sales, North America is second with 23 million sales, Japan comes in third with 10 million, and the rest of Asia brings up the rear with almost a million sold.Gran Turismo 5 was the most popular GT game in Asia, Gran Turismo 4 was the best loved game in Europe, North Americans favored GT3, and Japan thought the original GT on PSOne was the best. That’s a pretty strange set of statistics. This makes Gran Turismo 3 A-spec the best selling GT game across the globe. Whereas the least popular GT game is Gran Turismo 4 “Prologue” but that is probably because it was never released in North America.Sales have slowly dropped over time as the series has progressed, but this is often expected in a long running series. There’s no way Polyphony or Sony is going to complain about selling 9 million copies of GT5. Those figures also guarantee that when the next PlayStation launches, a copy of Gran Turismo 6 won’t be far behind it.via Polyphony Digitallast_img read more

Taoiseach gives first response to Citizens Assembly vote says committee now being

first_img By Christina Finn 84 Comments Apr 27th 2017, 3:39 PM Share79 Tweet Email Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 3:39 PM Taoiseach gives first response to Citizen’s Assembly vote, says committee now being set up Kenny commended the Citizen’s Assembly’s chairperson, Ms Justice Laffoy on her work. TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY gave his first indication following the Citizen’s Assembly vote at the weekend that a referendum on abortion will be held in Ireland.Kenny said if there is any change to the Constitution it will of course require a referendum, adding that there must be clear legislation to support whatever referendum result is delivered.In 2015, the Taoiseach said there would not be a referendum on the Eighth amendment “in the lifetime of this government” – however, since the establishment of the Citizen’s Assembly Kenny’s go-to line to those who ask for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment has been – what would you replace it with?Citizen’s Assembly vote The Citizen’s Assembly have now answered that question for the Taoiseach by voting that the Oireachtas should be given the power to legislate for the termination of pregnancy and this should replace, not repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.It also recommended a provision that the Oireachtas must legislate for abortion, and that terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy, amongst other things.“At the end of the day, when people go to vote in a referendum they vote for either yes or no – so the important element there is the legislation that underpins that, what that means and what the consequences of voting either yes or no for that piece of legislation would mean. A lot of discussion will take place around that in the time ahead,” said the Taoiseach.Since the result, a number of ministers including Frances Fitzgerald and Simon Harris have said they would like to see a referendum next year.Kenny told this afternoon that it is now “a matter of explaining to people what were the issues the Citizen’s Assembly deliberated upon, what decisions did they made and what might those decisions actually mean”.He commended the work of the Assembly’s chairperson, Ms Justice Laffoy, stating that she conducted her role “expertly, very competently and very professionally”.“We owe her a debt of gratitude,” he said.He also paid tribute to the 99 people who served on the Assembly and said many of them have told him they found it to be a “wonderful experience”.Setting up the committeeThe Taoiseach said the Assembly’s report will now be sent to the special Oireachtas committee“I hope we can get set up in the next week or fortnight as agreed with 20 members of the Dáil and Seanad and they will receive that report and then we can move on to having the report debated and discussed,” he said.Many of the parties such as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have already asked their party members to submit applications of interest to sit on the committee. The deadline for applications is understood to be tomorrow.Read: After huge vote to push for change to Ireland’s abortion laws, the Assembly is deciding what they should look like>Read: Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking to the media today. 11,515 Views Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking to the media today.last_img read more

A SaintDenis une psychanalyste donne envie de vivre aux prématurés

first_imgA Saint-Denis, une psychanalyste donne “envie de vivre” aux prématurésCatherine Vanier est psychanalyste des prématurés à l’hôpital Delafontaine de Saint-Denis. Un métier qui peut surprendre mais qui se révèle d’une grande importance. Comme elle l’explique, les enfants prématurés ont besoin de présence humaine autour d’eux et surtout de celle des parents pour qu’ils puissent avoir “l’envie de vivre”.A l’hôpital Delafontaine de Saint-Denis (93), quelque 400 prématurés arrivent chaque année au service de néonatologie. Ces nourrissons, pesant moins d’un kilo, sont placés en couveuse dès la naissance, entourés d’écrans et reliés à des respirateurs et des capteurs qui les maintiennent en vie autant que faire se peut. Mais comme l’explique Catherine Vanier, psychanalyste dans ce service, ces prématurés “n’ont pas besoin que d’oxygène, ils ont aussi besoin qu’on leur parle”. C’est ce qu’elle détaille dans son livre, “Naître prématuré. Le bébé, son médecin et son psychanalyste”.Arrivée en 1985 dans l’hôpital dionysien, Catherine Vanier souligne que “les mots qu’on leur dit, l’humain autour d’eux” et la présence des parents, sont essentiels. Comme le dit fièrement le chef de service, le Dr Pascal Bolot, “ici, on réanime à la fois le corps et le désir de vivre”. Il faut dire qu’en Seine-Saint-Denis, département le plus pauvre de France, le taux de mortalité périnatal est l’un des plus forts du pays. De fait, les équipes médicales reçoivent des  “populations extrêmement paupérisées” chez qui les grossesses sont “mal ou pas suivies du tout”, explique M. Bolot. Et il n’est pas toujours évident d’être une mère, “quand un bébé oscille entre la vie et la mort”.Comme en témoignent certains parents, l’approche de l’équipe soignante a ainsi été “vraiment apaisante” d’autant que les prématurés ne survivront malheureusement pas tous. En effet, les grands prématurés restent plus d’un mois dans le service, le temps, entre autres, que leurs poumons se développent. Mais ceux qui sont trop fragiles, meurent ; à 25 semaines, un prématuré a moins d’une chance sur deux de survivre, précise le Dr Bolot.Aider les parents comme les bébés À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?C’est là qu’intervient Mme Vanier qui fait prendre conscience que l’état d’esprit des parents est crucial pour le développement de l’enfant. “Quand j’étais au plus bas, elle stagnait. Quand ça ne va pas, l’enfant le ressent”, souligne une mère citée par l’AFP. “Ca a été deux mois d’angoisse. Ils l’ont intubée, puis nous ont dit de profiter de chaque instant car il n’était pas sûr qu’elle passe la journée”, raconte t-elle encore. Par ailleurs, le travail des équipes de soignants, qui sont tous “des psys extraordinaires” selon Mme Vanier, est d’aider les prématurés à “exister”. “Comment faire pour qu’un séjour en réanimation n’abîme pas un bébé, ne laisse pas de séquelles psychiques?”, s’interroge la psychanalyste avant de conclure : “il est très important que le bébé ne soit pas laissé seul à sa machine car il s’identifie à ce qui l’entoure”.Le 15 avril 2013 à 19:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Discovery High School on track to open in fall

first_imgCAMAS — Before eighth-graders in the Camas School District end their middle school careers, they will have to decide where they want to attend high school. Soon they will have a new choice.In the coming weeks, the students and their families will have the chance to attend various information sessions about the three high school options in the district. They will then decide which school they want to attend in the fall and apply for that program.“It had been done on a smaller scale for students interested in certain programs,” Superintendent Jeff Snell said. “We hadn’t done it on this sort of scale with all our eighth-graders. All those options can lead them to whatever they want to do in the future.”Students will have the option of attending Camas High School, Hayes Freedom High School or, for the first time, Discovery High School. Camas High offers a traditional experience. Hayes is an alternative for students looking for a smaller-school environment, as the school has about 150 students. Instead of traditional schedules, students have fewer classes per day and the classes aren’t strictly divided by quarter or semester.Discovery is set to open in the fall for the start of the 2018-2019 school year, and is the newest school on the district’s project-based-learning campus. There are currently 200-plus middle-schoolers at the other school on the campus, Odyssey Middle School, which is in the former Sharp Laboratories of America building.last_img read more

United rumors didnt affect me Maguire

first_imgLeicester City’s Harry Maguire insists rumors of a move to Manchester United didn’t affect him all summer long.The defender was linked with a move to Old Trafford after stellar performances at the World Cup with England but the player says he expected the club to reject any advances for his services and those rumors didn’t affect his preparations for the upcoming season.“I want to be on the pitch, whether it is for someone else or for Leicester,” said the 25-year-old, according to Sky Sports.“There was always going to be interest over the summer after the team doing so well in Russia but the owners reiterated I was not for sale and I respected their decision.”“They gave me the opportunity to play for this club, such a good club on the rise and I respected their decision.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“My mind has been fully on Leicester since then.”“I’ve been really impressed since I came back. The people brought in seem to have fitted in really well and I think we’ll only get better.”“I’m an ambitious player and I think we have a really good, talented squad. If we stick together, we can be a real force this year.”Maguire scored an injury-time winner against Southampton on Saturday and his manager, Claude Puel says the defender commands “respect” for keeping his feet on the ground after his World Cup exploits.last_img read more

PM Minnis to Athletes Embrace Commonwealth Ideals in Competition

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis urged the more than 1,300 athletes, coaches and officials attending the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 to celebrate the Games in the ideals and values of the Commonwealth.These include the values of peace, freedom and common purpose for progress and a better and more just world.Addressing the Official Opening Ceremony of the Games, July 18, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Prime Minister Minnis further encouraged the athletes, coaches and officials to celebrate the unity of the Commonwealth amidst the diversity of its nations and the vibrant bonds of fellowship and friendship being a part of the Commonwealth of Nations entails.“What a delightful sight this is. As I look across the Thomas Robinson Stadium, I can feel the exuberance of the athletes and the many thousands of spectators who will enjoy the thrill of competition,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“The Bahamas is pleased to host the more than 1,300 athletes and the coaches and officials who have come from around the world to celebrate the vibrant bonds of fellowship and friendship of the Commonwealth.“We are particularly pleased that we can celebrate the unity amidst the diversity of the Commonwealth of Nations. We celebrate the young people and athletic excellence in our community of nations,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis said the Commonwealth Youth Games represents an opportunity for the participants to continue their pursuit of excellence.“For many of you, this will be but a first step to greater glory in the years ahead. Names that will resound around this stadium will, hopefully, be the names that we will hear for years to come.“Indeed this Stadium is named in honour of Bahamian sports hero Thomas Robinson, who won a gold medal in the 200-yard dash and a silver medal in the 100-yard dash at the 1958 British Empire/Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales. He also won a silver medal in the 100-yard dash in the 1962 British Empire/Commonwealth Games and the 1996 British Empire/Commonwealth Games.“Athletes, you are here because of the sacrifices that you have made and because of your determination and discipline. This has already made all of you winners and deserving of praise and admiration.”Prime Minister Minnis said The Bahamas is emerging as a place for international sporting events.“This year, in addition to hosting the IAAF World Relays, we are proud to have hosted the FIFA Beach Soccer Competition, the CARIFTA Swimming Championships and now the Commonwealth Youth Games.“You are on a global stage. The world is your audience. Endeavour to do your best,” Prime Minister Minnis added before declaring the Games Open.Press Release: BISlast_img read more

EY London City Airport and Schroders sign up to new Good Work

first_imgProfessional services organisation EY, London City Airport and asset wealth firm Schroders are among the employers that have signed the Good Work Standard, a new benchmark that recognises businesses for implementing and maintaining high employment standards, such as paying staff at least the voluntary London living wage.The Good Work Standard was launched today (Monday 29 July 2019) by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (pictured). It features a set of criteria that accredited employers have to demonstrate, including fair pay and conditions, employee wellbeing, skills and progression, diversity and recruitment.The scheme, developed in conjunction with London-based employers, trade unions and professional bodies, aims to clarify the employment standards that Khan wishes organisations in London to achieve; this includes paying all staff at least the voluntary London live wage rate, currently set at £10.55 an hour.Khan said: “The Good Work Standard will play a key role in tackling poverty and inequality in London. I’m calling on employers across our city to play their part: to pay the London living wage, to pursue greater diversity at senior levels, to achieve the highest standards in wellbeing and training and to ensure that their [employees] have a voice in the workplace.“Employers will make these changes because they want to do the right thing, but also because they will see a great benefit in terms of recruitment and productivity. City Hall will now do everything possible to ensure that many more employers, in every sector and of every size, sign up to the Good Work Standard.”A number of public, private and third-sector employers have already signed up. This includes retailer Lush, financial organisation Lloyds Bank, Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police Service, Southwark Council and professional services firm Deloitte.The Good Work Standard is supported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD); the professional body is further developing a toolkit for organisations that participate in the scheme.Khan has also launched the Healthy Workplace Award, an initiative that will operate in alignment with the Good Work Standard and provide a benchmark for encouraging healthier lifestyles at work.Emma Holden, global head of HR at Schroders, said: “We believe that the mayor’s Good Work Standard employer recognition is a best-in-class initiative for businesses in the City of London and we are delighted to have been given this acknowledgment.“Deep and lasting relationships are at the heart of our success as a business and our employee relationships are no different, that’s why encouraging the growth and wellbeing of everyone who works at Schroders is in our DNA. We look forward to working with the mayor of London on future wellbeing initiatives.”Kim Coles, global financial director at Lush, added: “We are delighted to be recognised by this great movement, which is setting a benchmark for all of us to aspire to. It is great to have a set of standards to mark ourselves against to ensure we are rewarding and developing our staff to the best of our, and their, abilities.”last_img read more

GHMC pulls down six dilapidated buildings

first_imgRajendranagar: As part of its ‘Monsoon Action Plan’ towards preventing any untoward incident during rainy season, GHMC took up demolition of a few more dilapidated structures in different areas.Fresh wave of demolitions are being taken up following Sitaphalmandi incident, in which a toddler died after 70-year old dilapidated house collapsed, while two others were injured. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us According to officials, the Town Planning wing of GHMC Rajendranagar on Tuesday carried out demolition of total 6 structures at Lakshmiguda, Budvel and Hyderaguda under its limits. It may mentioned here that in the previous month, the town planning wing had unleashed their machines to pull down total 4 ramshackle structures at Hyderaguda and Budwel areas as part of its monsoon action plan against vulnerable buildings posing high risk to the lives of their inmates and even citizens during the rainy season. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us This time it razed total 6 structures that stood as grave risk to the lives of public in general and their inmates in particular. The civic body has identified hundreds of structures in and around the city under its limits this year and taking action by pulling number of dilapidated structures from early this month. The fresh wave of demolitions are being carried out following a toddler’s death after slab of 70-yr old dilapidated house collapsed in Sitaphalmandi on Sunday. Two others including the toddler’s mother residing in the building were also injured. Advertise With Us The GHMC Commissioner on Monday said that it was unfortunate that a child died due to roof collapse of an old building. He said there were 457 dilapidated buildings in the GHMC limits on which action is yet to be taken. He instructed the Chief City Planner to issue charge memo to the concerned if there was further delay in taking action.last_img read more

Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and Sound

first_imgCheck search engines, along with state and federal trademark databases. If the name isn’t taken, it may be wise to snag it. If you don’t, you may end up either spending a lot down the road on litigation, securing the rights to the name or changing the business name or marketing materials. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) may be requested to help ease entrepreneurial angst about discussing ideas. But remember many professional investors will not sign NDAs, because it may restrict other investments. If investors nix the NDA, entrepreneurs should not reveal every last detail at the first meeting without NDA protection. Often enough of your secret sauce can be withheld to protect your IP while outlining your business or product, resulting in progress for your business idea without IP loss.  Related: Will the New Patent Law Kill the Garage Inventor and Startup? Here are three ways to start thinking about protecting your IP. Keep in mind, I am not an attorney but these are just insights that have worked for my clients and me. For IP and other legal decisions, it is best to consult with a licensed lawyer. Identifying your intellectual property (IP) and developing a strategy is the first step when creating a business. Yet, many entrepreneurs delay even thinking about IP until it’s too late, because they do not believe they have anything worth protecting. But this is a mistake.  Related: How to Keep Your Startup’s Secrets Private Start with the name. All companies have some IP worth identifying. For instance, a company and its products’ names are valuable assets and critical building blocks to a brand and therefore, should be protected. So do your research and secure the rights before someone else does.   For example, a startup client paid for a promotional video but worked from an estimate that did not include any terms concerning who owned the source video files. Inevitably a dispute arose when the company wanted to make additional videos and was told they did not own the rights to the original file and had to pay the video company to manipulate or buy outright. Moral of the story? Have a standard contract that clearly articulates who owns what rights. Don’t rely on a handshake to transfer IP. Cash-strapped entrepreneurs often default to working with independent contractors using bids, estimates or invoices for quick, affordable transactions. Unfortunately, without a contract, a startup may not own the work even if the bill was paid in full.center_img Keeping ideas secret might slow you down. Do not mix up telling someone your idea (which entrepreneurs seem to fear more) with actually leaving valuable IP unidentified and therefore unprotected. Ideas by themselves are not actual IP. It is only after you express those ideas by means of execution that IP is created and must be identified. 3 min read February 7, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Related: Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur IP is a significant piece of a startup’s value and being savvy ensures credibility with potential investors and strategic partners. For example, while patents are not the only type of IP, disclosing too much too soon about an invention may dramatically impact the ability to protect your product. And of course a trade secret only has value if it’s secret. Register Now »last_img read more

Cancun shows off best assets at Berlins International Tourism Exchange

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — State tourism officials are showing off the region’s best assets at the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus Börse) in Berlin to attract more investment and encourage greater tourist flow.Germany is one of the top three most important tourism markets in Europe, along with the United Kingdom and Spain. Last year, the Cancun International Airport recorded 162,673 German passengers who landed to spend the vacation in the region.State Secretary of Tourism Marisol Vanegas Pérez says that the range of Mexican Caribbean products being promoted include Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Holbox, the Mayan Riviera and Grand Costa Maya.He said that German tourists to the area average 17 nights and choose Mexico City, Riviera Maya and Cancun as their main destinations. Vanegas Pérez says that the cities of Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin and Dusseldorf are the main departure cities for German travelers to Cancun.“We are talking with wholesalers, tour operators and the sector as a whole about the news and expectations of growth. We have 100,000 hotel rooms operating, and in the process of construction in the short-term, there are more than 30,000 rooms being built in addition to new investments,” he said.The International Tourism Exchange is an annual event held in March at the Messegelände in Berlin. It covers a variety of market segments including Business Travel, Travel Technology, ITB Supply, ITB Book World, cultural tourism, cruises, Young Travel Center, Experience and Adventure and Ecotourism.“The objective is to continue making synergies, to be in contact with professionals of the sector, to know the main demands and the tendency of the market to meet needs as best as possible to keep Cancun in the first place of preference,” explained Jane Garcia, head of the Directorate of Tourism Benito Juarez.“The intention is to continue fostering relationships and meet more people interested in the destination.“All this will lead to benefits for the entire population because it represents more jobs and greater economic benefits,” she added.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

83 of agents say clients are investing more dollars in their cruise

first_img Travelweek Group WASHINGTON — Low water levels on Europe’s rivers made 2018 a challenging year for river cruising but that hasn’t stopped this one-time cruise niche, and now a cruise industry phenomenon, from posting double-digit growth.River cruises in Europe have seen a 53% year-over-year growth to eastern waterways (Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Elbe) and a 30% growth to western channels (Soane, Seine, Loire) as well as a 24% growth to the south (Douro, Rhone, Dordogne, Garonne, Po), according to CLIA’s 2019 Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report.River cruises remain one of the top trends in the cruise industry, says CLIA. And close to four out of five travel agents (79%) say a river cruise is a good way to introduce ‘new to cruise’ travellers to cruising. Agents surveyed in CLIA’s report also say river cruises are ideal for clients looking for new or different experiences, smaller ships, destination immersion and a relaxed way to see Europe.“The results of last quarter’s survey were no surprise,” says Rob Huffman, Vice President Sales, USA, Scenic Group. “We’ve seen tremendous growth for both of our river cruise brands – Scenic and Emerald Waterways – on the traditional European routes like the Danube, as well as on newer routes like the Douro.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Here are some of the CLIA report’s top findings:Cruise bookings, spending upFour out of five travel agents (84%) say bookings are up when compared to last year. Additionally, 83% reported spending is up, as well. More than a quarter of agents (28%) reported clients are spending greater than 10% more than one year agoAlaska still strongAlaska has been consistently the top growth destination for the last three years of the report. More than two-thirds of travel agents (67%) reported seeing increased interest in the Northern-most U.S. state. Alaska has gained an even wider margin than in the past.Destination interest up double digitsSome cruise destinations have seen a double-digit spike in interest from just a year ago. In Mediterranean Europe increased interest has jumped from 25 percent to 42% (up 17%) over the past year. South America has seen growth in interest from just 9% last year to 20%.Travel Agent Knowledge and AdvocacyMore news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTOverwhelmingly, travel agents stated the most beneficial attribute for travel clients is the ability to providing valuable experience and product knowledge (86%). Agents also reported another travel agent benefit is the ability to leverage relationships and expertise if something goes wrong (81%).For the full report see: 83% of agents say clients are investing more dollars in their cruise vacation Share Wednesday, January 23, 2019 center_img Tags: CLIA, Statistics Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Firm Headlines New Valuation Insurance Program

first_img “”Kirchmeyer & Associates, Inc.””:, made waves with the announcement that it added a new program for collateral valuation insurance in line with a new partnership.[IMAGE]In a statement, the national real estate company said that it facilitated the program by partnering with Group9 Insurance Solutions.””Addressing risk mitigation concerns is a priority for us and by starting with a quality and accurate appraisal, we consistently deliver a quality valuation from the [COLUMN_BREAK]beginning of the loan cycle to the end with this protection program for our clients,”” James Kirchmeyer, president of Kirchmeyer & Associates, said in a statement. “”Rebuilding the mortgage industry’s confidence is paramount in today’s market, and having a plan in place enables the industry to thrive,”” he added. “”With Group9 Insurance Solutions we can deliver solid protection. It’s more than just insurance with a mortgage transaction, it’s reassurance.””The company said that the program will shield financial institutions against financial losses in matters where collateral value exceeds the collateral value of the original value. It is underwritten by insurers working with Group9.””We are excited about the partnership with Kirchmeyer & Associates,”” Christopher Ulsh, president of Group9 Insurance Solutions, also said in the statement. “”We greatly appreciate the privilege to combine our comprehensive and highly rated appraisal insurance solution with such a quality and long standing organization such as Kirchmeyer & Associates.””In operation since 1994, Kirchmeyer & Associates is an appraisal firm located in New York. in Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Appraisals Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Processing Service Providers Valuation 2011-11-28 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img Firm Headlines New Valuation Insurance Program November 28, 2011 457 Views last_img read more