Pak antigraft court dismisses fake deed case against Maryam Nawaz

first_imgIslamabad: In a relief to jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, a Pakistani anti-corruption court on Friday dismissed a plea filed against her for submitting a fake document in the high-profile Avenfield Apartments case. Maryam, 45, the vice president of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) was accused of providing a fake trust deed during the hearing of the case. The deed was written in Calibri font in 2006 when the font was not available for public use. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe National Accountability Bureau (NAB) moved an application before the accountability judge Mohammad Bashir against Maryam for the bogus trust deed. Bashir after hearing the case reserved the judgment and after a while announced that the case was dismissed. Maryam, who was accompanied by her husband, former army captain, Mohmmad Safdar and senior party leaders, was wearing a shirt with a picture of Sharif that read- “Free Nawaz Sharif” when she arrived for the hearing. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpResponding to the judgement on Twitter, she said that the judge and the NAB made a spectacle of them in sheer frustration. She said the NAB suddenly remembered that after a year the case was decided, it should get her punished in the (fake deed) case. She was sentenced to seven years in jail in July 2018 in connection with the case that pertains to the ownership of the Sharif family’s posh apartments at Avenfield House, London. The sentence was, however, suspended by the Islamabad High Court. The case was one of the three filed by NAB last year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict against Sharif in the Panama Papers case. Summons for her in the fake deed case were issued on July 9 days after she posted a video on Twitter of accountability court judge Arshad Malik, saying that he awarded sentence to Sharif in Al-Azizia case on December 24, 2018 under pressure. Sharif, 69, is serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 in the Al-Azizia case. A large number of PML-N party workers protested outside the court in support of Maryam. Police arrested some of them for causing unrest. Talking to the media on her arrival at the court, Maryam condemned the workers’ arrest and said the Pakistan government was afraid of her presence in Islamabad. Their fear of Maryam Nawaz preceded my presence in the capital. If you were this afraid you should not have gotten selected, she said. She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government is trying to suppress the voices of PML-N leaders but they will continue to raise their voice against injustice, The Express Tribune reported.last_img read more

Vancouver Coastal Health denies allegations made after toddlers death at daycare

first_imgVancouver Coastal Health says it did nothing to contribute to the death of a 16-month-old boy at an unlicensed daycare, calling what happened a “tragic incident” in its response to a civil lawsuit launched by the boy’s parents.The health authority filed its response to the statement of claim in B.C. Supreme Court in early December.Macallan (Mac) Saini, was found dead in the Olive Branch Daycare in east Vancouver on Jan. 18, 2017.The lawsuit filed by the toddler’s mother, Shelley Sheppard, alleges he choked on an electrical cord and died because he was left alone. Documents filed with the court also allege the daycare was “overcrowded” and that the health authority and Ministry of Children and Family Development did not warn parents or close the facility, despite “multiple complaints” of overcrowding or operating without a licence.None of the allegations has been proven in court.The ministry, daycare operator Yasmine Saad and the landlords of the home where the daycare operated are also named as defendants in the lawsuit, but none has submitted a response with the court to the statement of claim.In its response, Vancouver Coastal Health says it had no knowledge that Saad was running an unlicensed daycare and no complaint had been received about it from any parents.The health authority’s response “denies that it owed any … duty of care to the plaintiff and her deceased son, Mac Saini,” and it also seeks dismissal of the claims against it, with costs.Sheppard’s suit says complaints against Saad were investigated in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and in 2016, and the lawsuit asserts the health authority identified her as a “moderate risk to health and safety.” It says Saad was never fined and no steps were taken to prevent the daycare from continuing operations.But the health authority says four complaints of too many children in care, all involving different addresses, were investigated against Saad over seven years and each was “dealt with by the licensing officers in exercise of their discretionary powers.”The response makes no mention of the original lawsuit’s claim that Vancouver Coastal Health allegedly identified Saad as a “moderate” health and safety risk.It also disputes Sheppard’s allegation that the health authority violated baby Mac’s charter right to life and security of the person, saying there is no legal standing for a charter argument.When the lawsuit was filed, the Ministry of Children and Family Development said it could not comment because the matter was before the courts but added that its legal counsel would review the lawsuit and “respond accordingly to the court.”“The death of a child is a tragedy no parent should ever face, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the parents,” the ministry said in an emailed statement.The statement of claim accuses the landlords of allowing Saad to operate a daycare without a licence, failing to supervise operations and failing to ensure the premises were safe and suitable for an infant.One of the property owners said at the time she was unaware her tenant was operating a daycare on the premises when she rented it to her and declined further comment. A second landlord and Saad could not be reached for comment.As a result of the death, Sheppard claims she has experienced ongoing trauma and health problems, suffering permanent disability, loss of earnings and loss of enjoyment of life.The health authority asks for proof of Sheppard’s claims in its response to the court, saying it “denies the plaintiff suffered or will suffer in the future, the injuries, loss, damage, or expense as alleged, or at all.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Duke Of Cambridge Speaks On Illegal Wildlife Trade For Chinese Television

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge has delivered a speech on Chinese television on the urgent work needed to combat the illegal wildlife trade.Prince William With Yao Ming, Bear Grylls and Sir David AttenboroughCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHis Royal Highness’s speech, filmed at the Maughan Library at King’s College London, will air on CCTV1 – the station with the largest audience in China – as part of a series of programmes called Let’s Talk.The Duke is grateful to have this opportunity to explain how people around the world must work together to save some of the planet’s most critically endangered species before they are lost forever. His Royal Highness considers this issue an important test for his generation’s ability to solve the much more complex global challenges it will face in the decades to come.The Duke raised this issue with the President of China when they met in Bejing earlier this year and has been encouraged by China’s willingness to play its part in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.Before filming his speech, in front of a studio-style audience of around 80 King’s College London students and guests, The Duke of Cambridge met other participants in the programme – Sir David Attenborough, Yao Ming and Bear Grylls.Also today, the Duke of Cambridge attended the signing of a memorandum to help rangers fight poaching in Africa.The Duke was present as the Leading Chinese firm Sanpower joined United for Wildlife to support rangers in the fight against poaching in Africa.The Royal Foundation, United For Wildlife, of whom The Duke is President, and Sanpower will work together in the fight against the poaching of iconic species including elephants, rhinoceros, big cats and pangolins in Africa and the trafficking of animal body parts across borders. The unprecedented rise in the illegal wildlife trade has caused the slaughter of tens of thousands of endangered animals – 20% of the African elephant population has been killed in the last three years alone.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Spirituality linked to mental health

first_imgPeople who claim to have experienced personal encounters with ‘God’ report positive changes in their psychological health lasting decades, scientists say. Over the millennia, people have reported having deeply moving religious experiences either spontaneously or while under the influence of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms or the Amazonian brew ayahuasca. A portion of those experiences have been encounters with what the person regards as “God” or “ultimate reality.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the US report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic. Moreover, a majority of respondents attributed lasting positive changes in their psychological health – life satisfaction, purpose and meaning – even decades after their initial experience. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe findings add to evidence that such deeply meaningful experiences may have healing properties, the researchers said. The study is the first to systematically and rigorously compare reports of spontaneous God encounter experiences with those occasioned, or catalysed, by psychedelic substances. “Experiences that people describe as encounters with God or a representative of God have been reported for thousands of years, and they likely form the basis of many of the world’s religions,” said Roland Griffiths, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. “And although modern Western medicine doesn’t typically consider ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ experiences as one of the tools in the arsenal against sickness, our findings suggest that these encounters often lead to improvements in mental health,” Griffiths said in a statement. For the study, the scientists used data from 4,285 people worldwide who responded to online advertisements to complete one of two 50-minute online surveys about God encounter experiences. The surveys asked participants to recall their single most memorable encounter experience with the “God of their understanding,” a “higher power,” “ultimate reality” or “an aspect or representative of God” They also asked how respondents felt about their experience and whether it changed their lives. The people who said they had a God encounter experience when on a psychedelic reported that these experiences happened at age 25 on average, whereas those whose experience was spontaneous reported having it at an average age of 35. About 75 per cent of respondents in both the non-drug and psychedelics groups rated their “God encounter” experience as among the most meaningful and spiritually significant in their lifetime, and both groups attributed to it positive changes. Independent of psychedelics use, more than two-thirds of those who said they were atheists before the experience no longer identified as such afterward. Although both groups reported a decreased fear of death, 70 per cent of participants in the psychedelics group reported this change, compared with 57 per cent among non-drug respondents. In both groups, about 15 per cent of the respondents said their experience was the most psychologically challenging of their lives. “Continuing to explore these experiences may provide new insights into spiritual beliefs that have been integral to shaping human culture,” said Griffiths. The research team caution that the study relied on self-reported responses to a questionnaire, a method that carries substantial possibilities for biased responses among participants. They don’t advocate that people use hallucinogenic substances on their own because they carry not only legal risks, but also behavioral risks associated with impaired judgment under the influence and the possibility of negative psychological consequences, particularly in vulnerable people or when experience is not safeguarded by qualified guides.last_img read more

SAMIR Refinerys CEO Exits Morocco Leaving Unpaid Employees

Fez- With the dispute between the government and SAMIR refinery having reached an impasse, the CEO of the company left Morocco leaving unpaid taxes and employees.SAMIR’s CEO, Saudi Arabian Mohamed Houssein El Amoudi, left Morocco on August 23 leaving 950 unpaid employees. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, “all paper operations had been carried out so that the employees could receive their salaries, but the company had no money to pay them.”Abdeslam Seddiki, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, said that the government had discussed how it would protect the rights of employees but did not elaborate on a plan. SAMIR also has dispute with banks, which are ready to sue the company because of unpaid debts. The situation was further exacerbated when Amoudi did not respond to the government’s proposed regulations and decided to leave the country. According to Moroccan website Hespress, “SAMIR had also not paid taxes on fuel consumption and value added taxes since 2010.”The same source added that the unpaid accumulated debt for customs service is approximately MAD 13 billion, and SAMIR’s total debt is around MAD 40 billion, including unpaid salaries for employees and importers, as well as loan repayments due. read more

Half of Grenfell donations have not been sorted British Red Cross reveals

first_imgA British Red Cross volunteer sorts donated items for those made homeless by the massive fire in Grenfell TowerCredit:Alastair Grant/AP A British Red Cross volunteer sorts articles of food, clothing, toys and household items for those made homeless by the massive fire in Grenfell Tower, Meanwhile, another public meeting between Grenfell residents and authorities is due to take place on Tuesday evening.The Grenfell Response Team will be holding a public meeting with residents, including an update on their work in the wake of the disaster. Other donations are being sold in charity shops or to recycling companies, with the proceeds returned to victims’ funds.Several millions of pounds in donations have been collected by charities and other groups since the tragedy, which is thought to have claimed the lives of at least 80 people and displaced hundreds more.Of the estimated £20 million in private donations made after the fire, less than £800,000 has been given out, the BBC said. Half of physical donations made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster are reportedly yet to be sorted.Eighty-seven tonnes of goods offered following the fire more than four weeks ago are still to be sifted through.In total, around 174 tonnes of items were donated to help survivors after the blaze, the British Red Cross said.The challenge in dealing with the masses of donations is “really off the scale”, Diana Goss from the charity told the BBC.The British Red Cross said 10 tonnes – less than six per cent – of items have been or will soon be made available to former residents of the burnt-out tower block. 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. Last week, Grenfell community leaders demanded to know how money collected for victims of the blaze will be distributed, with some volunteers and residents saying victims had not been consulted on how it would be spent.last_img read more

Apple Will Open Up And Share AI Research

first_imgStay on target Apple has always been a company that closely guards its in-house research projects. Usually, the only glimpses we see are when they file yet another patent application. Now they’re going to open things up.According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has decided to publicly release their artificial intelligence research. Their lack of willingness to share was cited last year as one of the main reasons that Apple was falling behind the pack when it came to AI.While other industry players like Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft have been publishing away, Apple’s team has continued working in isolation. And not just from the outside. It’s also been reported that Apple’s AI researchers haven’t even been allowed to collaborate with other teams in Cupertino.This change in attitude shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, however, given the letter that Apple recently submitted to the NHSTA. Though the letter was about the safety of self-driving cars, director of product integrity Steve Kenner made several statements that related to artificial intelligence.AI does, after all, play a critical role in a self-driving vehicle’s systems. Speaking about crash data, Kenner said: “by sharing data, the industry will build a more comprehensive dataset than any one company could create alone.” You could apply that statement to AI research as well.Kenner also noted that “Apple looks forward to collaborating with other stakeholders,” and that the company “encourages collaboration.” One way to do that: sharing the results of in-house research.Another reason not to be surprised by the about-face: Apple’s recent hiring of prominent AI researcher Russ Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon. As you’d expect from an academic, Salakhutdinov has published extensively… and he probably wouldn’t have agreed to join Apple if they didn’t plan on letting him continue. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Watch Chimps Build Ladder From Branches to Escape Zoo

first_imgZoo manager Alyn Cairns said the trees in the chimpanzees’ enclosure might have been weakened by the storms making them easier to break up.Visitor Danielle Monaghan, who shared video of the daring escape on Facebook, told the BBC she was “petrified” the chimp might “attack or take the kids.” But she said the animal was not aggressive and “just watched” and therefore the experience had been “amazing.”Zoo officials said zookeepers were present “as the chimpanzee quickly returned from an adjacent wall to the rest of the group inside the enclosure.”“They’re intelligent primates and know they’re not supposed to be out of their enclosure, so got back in themselves,” Cairns told the BBC. he said the zoo will review removing the trees in the enclosure, or making them a smaller level.Just two weeks ago a rare, red panda also escaped from Belfast Zoo when its electric fences failed. The animal was recaptured in the driveway of a nearby house.More on Geek.com:Rare Sumatran Tiger Killed By Potential Mate During First Meeting at ZooWatch: Spider Crab Molting Crawls Out of Own Shell in Fascinating Footage‘Frozen and Unresponsive’ Cat Brought Back to Life By Vets in Montana Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img A group of chimpanzees used branches weakened by a storm to make a ladder for a daring zoo escape on Saturday.Video filmed by visitors to the Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland captured the chimps scaling a wall and perching atop it. One of the primates can be seen walking down a path outside the enclosure.Belfast Zoo told the BBC the chimpanzees made an improvised ladder from a large tree branch propped up against a wall.last_img read more

Hulk Hogan says he is “too old” to wrestle again, Bret Hart opens Pro…

first_img People.com is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan where he talks about being a different person now and why he’s too old to ever return to the ring.Why he’s too old to wrestle:“I’m too old to wrestle. I embarrassed myself enough out there by moving too slow, so I don’t want to get back in there again. I don’t think I could. I could probably wrestle somebody like John Cena or Vince McMahon, but as soon as I’d be done they’d be taking me straight to the hospital to fix something … the body’s too worn out for that.”Why he feels he’s a different person now after making racially charged remarks that went public a few years ago leading to his WWE release:“I’m definitely not in the same place I was 12 or 13 years ago, you know, when I said such stupid words, what came out of my head. That’s not who I am.”Hogan also confirmed that it was Vince McMahon who convinced him to return to RAW and pay tribute to the late “Mean” Gene Okerlund as well.Bret Hart opens Pro Wrestling Tees storeWWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart has opened a new Pro Wrestling Tees store.The store currently features six new t-shirts.Hart also has an official Roots of Fight line associated with the Hart family.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame CeremonyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bret Hart Attacked At WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Bret Hart Tackled During WWE Hall of Fame Speech Facebook Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Harley Race memorial service set for August 11, Vince McMahon paid for hospital expense WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Hulk Hogan Returns to WWE Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Pinterest Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Mutilated cats found in Fishers Landing

first_imgMysterious reports of mutilated cats in east Vancouver’s Fishers Landing neighborhood have emerged in the last week.Tim Lamb, who has family living in the neighborhood, said he came across a dead cat along Southeast 20th Street on Sunday evening as he was looking for his children’s missing cat. The cat, which turned out not to be his children’s pet, had its head cut off, Lamb said. The Portland man said the wound was a clean cut, and did not resemble a coyote attack.“I don’t think we are dealing with animal mutilation by another animal,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it at first.” Neighbors living near Southeast 20th Street have reported to the media that a total of two cats were found mutilated in the area. However, Vancouver police and Clark County Animal Control officers said they hadn’t received any reports before Portland’s KATU-TV station aired a story Monday evening.Paul Scarpelli, manager of Clark County Animal Control, said a woman who reported the cat attacks to KATU-TV left a voicemail message late Monday night, and officers were following up Tuesday. So far, the officers hadn’t been able to get in touch with the woman, Scarpelli said.Scarpelli said cat attacks happen occasionally.“We do get a number of cases over the years of cats being mutilated, usually by coyotes,” he said. “It does happen.”Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department’s spokeswoman, said officers received a report of a cat attack last summer in the area of Clearmeadows Park, but they ruled it was the result of an animal attack.last_img read more

FPS 2008 Day One WrapUp

first_imgThe working groups continued into the afternoon, and ended in the evening with FOLIO:’s “Dinner with a Stranger” event. The Summit will conclude tomorrow following a keynote presentation from Terry Snow, CEO of Bonnier Corporation, and additional working group sessions.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Visit the FPS page for an inside look into the keynote and working group discussions.] MIAMI—The FOLIO: Publishing Summit—redesigned as an “elite retreat” for top-level magazine management—kicked off today at the Doral Resort in Miami, Florida with a keynote presentation from Jack Griffin, president of Meredith Publishing Group. Griffin, on crutches and hobbled by a recent surgery, talked about navigating through a world of “discontinuous change” and steering Meredith from being “a shelter magazine company to…a leading content platform for women in the U.S.” Following the presentation, the more than 300 attendees—magazine publishers spanning the industry, hailing from locations all over the country—broke into eight working groups formed around categories including editorial and content management, finance and operations, executive management, and city and regional publishing, among others. Sessions were organized as roundtable conversations led by moderators focused on specific topics and targeting the issues of most concern to each group.Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton gave a luncheon keynote, sharing his list of “10 Deadly Sins” to avoid in b-to-b publishing.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS Peggy Kane Resigns From Wilmington School Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Longtime Wilmington School Committee member Peggy Kane has resigned.The announcement was made at the end of last night’s School Committee meeting, when Chair Julie Broussard read a letter from Kane, who was not present at the meeting.“Due to recent events in my life, I find it necessary to relinquish my position on the Wilmington School Committee effective June 13, 2018,” wrote Kane. “My time on the School Committee has been truly gratifying. I enjoyed being part of the education of Wilmington’s children. Thank you.”Kane was the School Committee’s stalwart, serving for nearly 18 years, including as Chair from 2007 to 2016.  The Massachusetts Association of School Committees previously honored Kane with its “All-State School Committee” award for her dedication and accomplishments as a member of the Committee.Kane had previously announced she would not seek re-election when her current term expired in April 2019.School Committee Chair Julie Broussard told her colleagues she will speak with Town Clerk Sharon George regarding the procedure to fill the unexpected vacancy.According to School Committee policy — based on Massachusetts General Law (Title 7, Chapter 41, Section 11) — the remaining six members of the School Committee and the five members of the Board of Selectmen share the responsibility for finding Kane’s replacement.The policy reads:“The School Committee will notify the Selectmen that a vacancy has been created within 30 days after it has occurred. After one week’s notice has been given by the Committee to the Selectmen, so that voters of the town may have the opportunity to state their candidacy, the two governing bodies will meet to fill the vacancy by roll call vote.”“For election to fill a vacancy, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes of the officers entitled to vote. The person so elected will fill the seat on the Committee until the next town election, at which time a member will be elected to serve the remainder of the term.”It is expected that the Selectmen and School Committee will hold a joint meeting within the next 4-5 weeks to fill the vacancy. There will be 9-10 months remaining in Kane’s unexpired term when the appointment is made.Back in 2005, when the Selectmen and School Committee met under similar circumstances to fill a vacancy on the School Committee, it did not go smoothly.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Longtime School Committee Member, Community Leader Peggy Kane Passes AwayIn “Breaking News”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: New Chair Selected; Final Day of School FinalizedIn “Education”last_img read more

Accentures first Innovation Hub in Bangalore helps clients embrace digitisation in vibrant

first_img Interactive orchestra at the Accenture Innovation hubPR HandoutThe Innovation Hub includes dedicated Accenture Delivery Center floors for each of Accenture’s five operating groups — Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products and Resources — to focus on delivering industry-specific solutions and services for clients. There are also dedicated floors for digital technologies and for emerging technologies and platforms.Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer, said, “Innovation is part of our DNA. As an innovation-led company, we are passionate about identifying, developing and even inventing the latest innovations to help our clients grow their businesses. We use the Accenture Innovation Architecture to guide them through the process, and the Innovation Hub will be a destination where clients can leverage our capabilities in the latest technologies to transform their business and better compete in a digital-first world.”The Innovation Hub features Accenture’s capabilities in artificial intelligence, intelligent automation, quantum computing, machine learning, robotics, Internet of Things, data and analytics, intelligent applications, intelligent platforms, liquid applications management, and experience-led transformation, among others. It will also leverage Accenture’s innovation capabilities and broader ecosystem around the world — including Accenture Labs, Liquid Studios, Digital Studios, Interactive Studios, Innovation Centers and Cyber Fusion Centers. Accenture innovation hubPR HandoutAccenture has launched its first Innovation Hub in Bengaluru, a state-of- the-art facility that combines the broad range of Accenture’s leading technology capabilities in a vibrant and collaborative environment to help clients transform their businesses for the digital world.The Innovation Hub in Bengaluru offers clients access to Accenture’s deep industry knowledge, leading technology capabilities and business acumen in more than 40 industries, applied in a live technology delivery environment — enabling clients to experience innovation at scale through customized visits, design-thinking workshops, co-innovation workshops and cross-industry innovation.This location gives clients “hands on” access to all six elements of the Accenture Innovation Architecture — Accenture Research, Accenture Ventures, Accenture Labs, Accenture Studios, Accenture Innovation Centers and Accenture Delivery Centers. The Innovation Hub in Bengaluru enables clients to identify and develop emerging trends and technologies and then quickly prototype, scale and implement innovative solutions.More than 4,000 people will work at the Innovation Hub, combining research and development capabilities, deep industry insights, creativity and leading technology skills to bring Accenture’s culture of innovation to life. This location will create and deliver solutions based on “New IT” — which includes digital, cloud and security-related technologies — and designed to help clients reinvent their business processes, accelerate the development of new products and services, and create more-personalized customer experiences.”Technology has a huge multiplier effect and enables organizations to drive competitive differentiation, transform customer experiences, create innovative business models and achieve breakthrough business results,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “At the Innovation Hub in Bengaluru, we are pioneering a shift in traditional technology strategy, development and delivery models to an approach that leverages ‘the New’ to help clients innovate more quickly.”Mohan Sekhar, a senior managing director in Accenture Technology Services, said, “The Innovation Hub combines our technology and world-class delivery capabilities to enable clients to drive innovation at any stage of their business. This groundbreaking new facility gives clients an unparalleled opportunity to understand, experiment with, adopt and quickly scale new and emerging technologies to unlock new value.”Comprising 440,000 square feet of space throughout 10 floors, the Innovation Hub features capabilities from across Accenture, including:Accenture Lab, which incubates new concepts through applied R&D;Accenture Liquid Studio, offering rapid development and prototyping of applications and the design and creation of digital services;Accenture Innovation Center, which builds and scales solutions across technologies and industries; andAvanade, which provides innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences through the Microsoft ecosystem and is majority-owned by Accenture.last_img read more

Chinas Didi suspends ridesharing service after rape murder of passenger

first_imgA man is seen in front of a Didi sign before a promotional event of its Hitch service for the Spring festival travel rush, in Beijing, China on 24 January 2018. Reuters File PhotoChina’s largest ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing is suspending its Hitch services nationwide, the company said in a statement on Sunday, a day after police said a ride-sharing passenger in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou was raped and killed by a driver.Didi Chuxing, the biggest ride-sharing firm globally by number of trips, said it was sorry that the carpooling service would be suspended from 27 August due to “disappointing mistakes” while the company reevaluated the product’s business model.The suspected murder of the 20-year-old woman, who Wenzhou police identified only with the surname Zhao, is the latest in a series of violent crimes that have fuelled safety concerns about the service.Zhao got into a Hitch carpool vehicle at 1:00pm (0500 GMT) on Friday, and sent a message to a friend at around 2:00pm seeking help before losing contact, according to a local police statement.A 27-year-old driver named Zhong was detained at about 4:00am on Saturday and confessed to raping and killing the passenger, the statement said, adding the victim’s body had been recovered and an investigation was continuing.Didi said on Sunday that the suspect has no prior criminal record, had provided authentic documentation and passed a facial recognition test before starting work.However, the company said on Saturday there was a prior complaint made against the driver on Thursday by a passenger who alleged the driver took them to a remote place and then followed the passenger after exiting the vehicle.”The incident shows the many deficiencies with our customer service processes, especially the failure to act swiftly on the previous passenger’s complaint and the cumbersome and rigid process of information sharing with the police,” the company said in the statement on Sunday.The Hitch carpooling service has served over 1 billion trips in the past three years, the company said.Didi should be punished if it fails to put customers safety first, China’s official Xinhua News agency said in a commentary on Sunday.Didi has increased its safety measures for Hitch after the murder of a flight attendant during a Hitch ride in May sparked community outrage.The steps included limiting Hitch drivers to only picking up passengers of the same sex during early morning and late evening hours.last_img read more

Govt set to upgrade infrastructure of three medical colleges in state

first_imgKolkata: The state government has taken the decision to upgrade three medical colleges in the state by introducing new facilities and at the same time, by developing infrastructure of many of the existing units.Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Malda Medical College and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital are the three state-run major health units, where infrastructure development will take place.As many as 704 beds will be increased, with 249 beds in Bankura Sammilani Medical College, 201 beds in Malda Medical College and 254 beds in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. In a bid to ensure better health service, 1,453 posts have also been created and will be filled up soon, said Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state for Health. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe further said that infrastructure for plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, CTVS, dialysis unit, cardiology, general ICU, etc. will be developed in Bankura Sammilani Medical College. Different infrastructure will also be developed in Malda Medical College. In North Bengal Medial College and Hospital, there will also be infrastructure for plastic surgery, pediatric surgery and CTVS. There will be a nephrology unit in North Bengal Medial College and Hospital as well. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe cabinet on Thursday has also given its nod to set up 27 more General Nursing and Midwifery schools. At present, there are 89 such schools in the state. In a bid to ensure proper functioning of the 27 new schools, the cabinet has given its nod for creation of 891 posts. It will help solve the problem of shortage of nurses in the state.Meanwhile, Sashi Panja, the state Women and Child Development minister, said after the cabinet meeting that a decision has also been made to set up ICDS cells for each of the four newly created districts – Jhargram, West Burdwan, Alipurduar and Kalimpong.The cells will be supervising implementation of the ICDS scheme, National Creche Scheme and Scheme for adolescent girls. She stated that the Centre has reduced its share for the ICDS cells to 25 percent and the state is now bearing 75 percent of the project cost.The cabinet has also given its nod to set up Chitpur Railway Police Station, bifurcating the jurisdiction of Dum Dum GRPS.last_img read more

Choose the right type of socks with your shoes

first_imgBelieve it or not but socks are also very important to the life of your shoes. As feet are prone to sweating, this can cause damage to the footwear, which highlights the importance of a good quality pair of socks so make sure you are opting for right pair. Experts share a few tips on how to choose the right type of socks with your shoes: 4Styling knee high socks with boots is both an opportunity to transform an outfit and a way to let your personality shine. They’re durable, they stay put on calves of all sizes and are comfortable enough to wear all day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4On a rainy day rubber boots are a necessity, it becomes important to make sure feet stay warm, comfortable and, most importantly, dry. Pairing rubber boots with quick-drying, cushioned crew socks will enhance the comfort.4For those looking for a visible, stylish option should wear knee socks with ankle boots. Don’t let more than 2-3 inches of your sock peek out over the top of your ankle boot.4If you prefer socks to stay hidden; a pair of comfortable no-show socks with Casual sneakers should be your go-to. It covers enough of the foot to stay in place while remaining out of sight. Best of all, they don’t slip. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For a sports enthusiast, who is very fond of running and playing or just walking around, sports socks paired with running/walking shoes will be the best pick. Sports sock absorbs sweat keeping the feet away from bacterial and fungal infection. 4Play Safe and wear black: If you are someone who doesn’t know the art of wearing socks, classic black dress socks paired with a smart tuxedo and formal or brogue shoes will make you look classy and elegant. 4Striped and Patterned socks: Go for cotton and cotton blended striped and patterned socks for casual sneakers.4Matching up is important: It is very important to keep the colour of your dress socks matching to your trousers for suits. Always Choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers.4No show socks: No-show socks are best friends of Oxfords shoes, loafers and casual sneakers. Don’t forget to buy a pair this summer.last_img read more

VIDEO 13yearold Derek Carr got lit up in a Texans kidmascot football

first_imgDerek Carr and the Raiders got a huge last second win against the Chiefs, as time expired, to help re-energize their lagging season, but a clip from the broadcast showed just how far Carr has come from his days growing up in Houston when his brother David was the quarterback of the Texans.The flashback showed a 13-year-old Derek taking snaps for the Texans Pop Warner team in a kids versus mascot football game. Carr got lit up by the mascots and took an especially hard shot when one mascot shot the gap on a blitz.If you were a Carr in Houston during this time, you were bound to take hits.last_img read more

Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group Closes New York Office

first_img Discount-of-the-day site LivingSocial is closing its Fifth Avenue office in New York City and eliminating its local events division, leaving 30 full-time staffers without jobs.Remaining New York staffers in its sales and advertising department have been asked to work from home. Once all local events in New York are completed by Oct. 1, the company plans to lay off dozens of part-time employees.The news, confirmed by TheNextWeb, comes less than a month after the company shuttered its Seattle office, where it also asked displaced employees to work remotely.The deals site stressed that these changes are not part of a cost-cutting effort but “a decision geared towards achieving profitability.” LivingSocial said that larger events have been more lucrative than the niche ones offered by the local-events division. Meanwhile, the company said it plans to create 50 new jobs for its call center in Tucson, Ariz.Last November, LivingSocial laid off 400 employees, mostly in the U.S., in an effort to “streamline” its sales and editorial departments. Groupon, another big daily discount site, saw massive layoffs in 2012 as well, cutting 648 jobs over a six-month period.Related: What Happens When Startups Grow Too Fast  Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 1 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 17, 2013last_img read more

Wyndham Hotels Resorts continues robust growth in Asia Pacific

first_imgWyndham Grand Yangon Lobby LoungeWyndham Hotels & Resorts continues robust growth in Asia Pacific RegionWyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,200 hotels globally, has continued to expand its hotel network across the Asia Pacific Region with a series of important openings, brand launches and new market entries.With an Asia Pacific system of more than 173,000 rooms and 86 openings this year, Wyndham is bringing world-class hospitality and innovative new brands to the area while driving net rooms growth in a key region of the world. All of the brands in the Company’s portfolio, from Ramada to Days Inn to Super 8, are now endorsed by the powerful “by Wyndham” suffix – a significant step forward in Wyndham Hotels’ global branding strategy.Greater ChinaIn Greater China, Wyndham Hotels is the largest international franchisor, with more than 1,500 properties and 149,000 rooms in its franchised system. Based on current trends, Wyndham expects to open about 500 hotels in China over the next three years.Leo Liu, president of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Greater China, said: “We have sustained our strong growth momentum and delivered robust hotel opening and net rooms growth figures in China. Working closely with owners and developers in the region, we are striving to further expand our presence across Greater China, especially in Hong Kong and in the northern and southwestern parts of China, where there is rapid growth and strong potential for further expansion of our footprint.”Wyndham has been delivering significant progress against its growth objectives in China this year. In January, the 432-room Ramada® by Wyndham Hong Kong Harbour View opened, marking Ramada’s official return to the Hong Kong market. This was followed in May by the opening of the Ramada by Wyndham Hong Kong Grand View, with 317 rooms and a signature rooftop swimming pool. And, after reacquiring exclusive direct franchising rights for the Days Inn® brand in China in 2018, Wyndham has opened seven new Days Inn by Wyndham properties this year, from Chongqing to Guangzhou to Changsha.Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim (SEAPR)Wyndham is also growing rapidly in the Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim (SEAPR) region, which expanded by 22% year-over-year through the second quarter and includes more than 24,000 rooms.“This is a hugely exciting region, where dynamic economies, rising affluence and strong intra-regional travel is creating exceptional conditions for growth. These trends give Wyndham plenty of scope for expansion, both in established and emerging markets,” said Joon Aun Ooi, president and managing director of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, SEAPR.  “We look forward to building strong partnerships with owners and developers across the region and introducing even more guests to our collection of innovative brands.”So far this year, Wyndham Hotels has announced several notable market entries and expansions in the Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim region:In January, Wyndham introduced the Days Inn brand to New Zealand with the opening of a new landmark hotel, Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Hamilton. The addition bolsters Wyndham’s presence in New Zealand and in Hamilton, the region’s fourth-most-populous city and a key growth market.Also in June, Wyndham opened the 222-room Ramada by Wyndham Daejeon, its 41st hotel in South Korea. This follows the March openings of the 592-room Ramada Encore by Wyndham Gimpo Han River and the 467-room Ramada Encore by Wyndham Jeongseon Sabuk.In January, Wyndham introduced the Wyndham Grand® brand in Myanmar with the announcement of the opening of Wyndham Grand Yangon. Rising from the shores of Kandawgyi Lake, Wyndham Grand Yangon is a new landmark in the heart of Myanmar’s commercial capital, offering breathtaking views of the lake and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, along with an exquisite blend of grand facilities and authentic local touches.All Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ properties in Asia Pacific participate in Wyndham Rewards, the Company’s award-winning loyalty program, giving more than 77 million members globally a generous points-earning and redemption structure. This year the program became even more rewarding, with a wide array of convenient new features – from free nights at thousands of hotels starting at just 7,500 points (half their original redemption cost), to the addition of more than 900 La Quinta® hotels, to the ability to earn and redeem points with a host of new and expanded partners.About Wyndham Hotels & ResortsWyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company, with approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. Through its network of approximately 817,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, La Quinta®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, Trademark Collection®, and Wyndham®. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards® loyalty program offers over 77 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at tens of thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.Source = Wyndham Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

DataQuick Launches Portfolio Management Intelligence Suite

first_img “”DataQuick””:http://www.dataquick.com/, a San Diego-based real estate information solutions provider, unveiled its Portfolio Management Intelligence Suite designed to provide configurable solutions to meet clients’ specific portfolio requirements, solve their portfolio management problems, and identify high-return opportunities.[IMAGE]The suite identifies credit, collateral, lien, and transaction risks found within each lender’s or investor’s portfolio, enabling users to identify and capitalize on credit, collateral, and portfolio opportunities to support business strategies. Users can also apply business rules to determine reserve calculations and make decisions on individual properties within the portfolio.””Market shifts and regulatory requirements have made portfolio management more crucial and complicated than ever, but many still find themselves operating on inconsistent, manual or expensive platforms that don’t address the loan portfolios in their entirety,”” said DataQuick president John Walsh. “”Identifying problems, opportunities and deploying a custom solution for each loan is imperative to not only ensure compliant management, but also to maximize revenue and profit potential.””The solution consists of four core components that can be utilized either individually or cohesively to create a custom cascade. The four components address lien data, lien positioning logic, automated credit and lien analysis, and automated analysis and decisioning through DataQuick’s National Property Database, Precision Lien Model (PLM), ARTAdvisor, and PortfolioQ, respectively.In lieu of manual processes, the Portfolio Management Intelligence Suite also offers automation to provide clients with the greatest ease and accuracy.””The Suite’s automation is able to provide an accurate, quick and cost-effective loan review every time,”” Walsh said. “”The technology that drives the automation allows for a faster and more frequent evaluation of the portfolio and reduces the review staff needed to perform time-intensive manual reviews on a portfolio.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology DataQuick Launches Portfolio Management Intelligence Suite March 15, 2013 472 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News DataQuick Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-15 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more