The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with special events on Sunday, Dec. 6. Events will begin at precisely 9:06 a.m. when the CSS Acadia will ring its bell, along with other ship bells and sirens, for 20 seconds. The time is significant because the explosion happened at 9:06 a.m. on Dec. 6, 1917. The Halifax Citadel gun will also sound off to acknowledge the lives that were lost, those who suffered and those involved in the rescue efforts. “The Halifax Explosion is the tragedy that families in Halifax and across the province will never forget,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “On Dec. 6 each year, we are reminded of everything that was lost on that terrible day, but we also think of the aid that came from Boston and other places, and the hope they brought with them.” At 1:15 p.m., artist Laurie Swim will share her proposed community art project for the 2017 centenary of the explosion. Hope and Survival includes a special scroll of remembrance for the Halifax Explosion Memorial and quilt pieces depicting the images of the aftermath of the tragedy. “The volunteers and I have nearly completed beading the individual sheets of the scroll of remembrance,” said Ms. Swim. “We have begun finishing and assembling the 43 fabric panels. Each one is a 45″ x 9″ column of the names of the victims in script and beaded Braille. The first twelve hung together will be on view for the afternoon.” At 2 p.m., songwriter David Stone will tell the story of the explosion through a cycle of ten songs that he wrote based on his research into the disaster, and conversations with survivors and their families. The concert will feature the song, All of the Questions, a tribute to harbour pilot Francis Mackey. Admission to the museum will be free for the day. Donations to support the museum’s Mission to Seafarers and Boatload of Toys campaigns are welcome. For more information, visit http://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca .
___Can US, China salvage their talks and end trade war?WASHINGTON (AP) — A breakdown in trade talks between the United States and China is spooking financial markets and putting a chill on prospects for the global economy. Chinese officials are heading to Washington to salvage negotiations aimed at ending a bitter dispute between the world’s two biggest economies over Beijing’s aggressive push to challenge American technological dominance. But their arrival is unlikely to stop the U.S. from going ahead with plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.___Worsening US-China trade tensions rattle financial marketsNEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 470 points Tuesday as the U.S. and China moved closer to an escalation of their already costly trade war. Technology and industrial stocks, which do a lot of business with China and would stand to suffer greatly in a protracted trade war, led the way lower. Apple and United Technologies fell. The U.S. was set to raise tariffs on China Friday, a day after representatives from both nations are scheduled to resume trade talks in Washington.___Refusal to hand over Trump’s tax returns sets up legal fightWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Justice Department will provide a more detailed legal justification for why the Trump administration won’t be turning over President Donald Trump’s tax returns. While federal law allows certain lawmakers to demand the president’s tax returns, Mnuchin says the request by the House Ways and Means Committee chairman lacks a “legitimate legislative purpose.” House Democrats are expected to either file a lawsuit or subpoena the IRS for Trump’s tax returns.___Meatsplainer: How new plant-based burgers compare to beefNEW YORK (AP) — A new era of meat alternatives is here. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are among the companies fueling interest in going meatless. But they may be more similar to beef than you realize: Patties from the two companies can be nutritionally similar to ground beef. Still, many may be drawn to the idea of cutting back on red meat for environmental reasons.___Google promises better privacy tools, smarter AI assistantMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company’s annual developer conference Tuesday with new privacy tools and updates to Google’s artificially intelligent voice assistant. The company will allow users of its digital maps to cloak their identities to prevent their locations from being recorded.___Cash is still king: San Francisco bans credit-only storesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco has joined Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning stores from allowing people to pay with only credit cards or smartphone apps. Cashless retailers say it’s safer and more efficient not to handle paper money. But critics say it discriminates against low-income people who may not have credit cards. The unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday was expected in the city with an enormous wealth gap.___US consumer borrowing growth slowed in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer borrowing in March grew at the slowest pace in nine months as use of credit cards fell for the second time in the last four months. The Federal Reserve says borrowing increased by $10.3 billion in March.___US job openings jump to nearly 7.5 million in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised almost 7.5 million jobs at the end of March, a solid figure that signals hiring will likely remain strong in the months ahead. The Labor Department says job openings rose 4.8% from the previous month, while the number of people quitting their jobs slipped.___Google spinoff, Lyft team up to offer self-driving car ridesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in Arizona to attempt to lure passengers away from ride-hailing market leader Uber. The alliance announced Tuesday will allow anyone with the Lyft app in the Phoenix area to summon one of Waymo’s self-driving cars. The robotic vehicles will still have a human behind the wheel to take control if something goes wrong, but their use in Lyft’s service could make people more comfortable about riding in self-driving cars.___Debt collectors to use email, texts under new Trump rulesNEW YORK (AP) — Debt collectors are going to be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Under the new rules, banks and other debt collectors will be able to call a delinquent borrower up to seven times per week, leaving voicemails. There’s no cap on the number of texts or emails a collector could send, but the rules would require an ability for a consumer to “opt-out” of texts and emails from bill collectors.___The S&P 500 index slumped 48.42 points, or 1.7%, to 2,884.05. The Dow lost 473.39 points, or 1.8%, to 25,965.09. The Nasdaq composite fell 159.53 points, or 2%, to 7,963.76. The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks gave up 32.66 points, or 2%, to $1,582.31.The Associated Press
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board said that temporary ground staff who were forced to remove their pants following the cricket match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, will be compensated.A statement by the Sri Lanka Cricket board said that the President and Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket are perturbed by the reported incident that had occurred with the causal workers engaged as ground laborers at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa last evening (11th). An inquiry has been initiated into the matter and whilst stern action will be taken against those responsible, Sri Lanka Cricket said it wishes to apologize to those subjected to this ignominy, and will take steps to ensure they are compensated. (Colombo Gazette)
Pollution is a greater global threat than diseases such as Ebola and HIV, according to warnings by the World Health Organisation,… It is part of a new push to cut air pollution, which causes thousands of premature deaths in the UK every year. Pollution varies massively in the UK – and you can find out how many deaths it causes in your area by using our interactive tool below. Under a new Government clean air strategy, some types of wood burners, car tyres, brakes, cleaning solvents, fertilisers and solid fuels will be banned from sale. Last year, air pollution levels in London were worse than those in Beijing for brief periods – with the capital’s pollutants frequently breaking international limits.
The move by PwC is hoped to boost the company’s prospects after it was fined by the UK’s accountancy watchdog over its auditing of BHS before its sale.Peter Earl, head of utilities at comparethemarket.com, said: “The death of the landline is ‘hopefully’ upon us. Smartphones are slowly but surely marking landlines obsolete, and generations Y and Z will likely ensure its final demise.“As mobile coverage improves across the country, the number of people who will use a fixed line will inevitably decrease.”Earlier this year, BT was forced to reduce the cost of a landline by £7 a month to customers that only had a landline in their homes.The price cut came after an investigation by Ofcom revealed that despite the significant increase in landline rental prices, the cost of providing the service had dropped by more than a quarter. The end of the era of using landlines has been marked after an accountancy giant decided that all staff should now only use mobile phones.Accountancy company PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, expecting its 18,000 staff to use the “more efficient” mobile phones by the end of the summer.This new approach reflects the wider global trend of companies moving away from stationary telephones towards handheld devices.A spokesman for PwC said: “We already equip all of our people with a mobile phone, and many had already moved away from using their landlines.“With landline usage falling rapidly, we believe that a more mobile-focused policy is a more efficient way of working.”A few landlines will remain for security purposes, but meeting rooms will now use conferencing technology that can connect to mobiles.The auditing giant is one of the first major companies to make the move amid a steep fall in landline use by businesses.In 2010, UK business had over 10 million landline numbers, but this figure had fallen by 35% by the end of last year, according to telecoms watchdog Ofcom.The amount of time businesses spent talking on landlines also dramatically dropped ,as well as their use by residents. In 2010, UK households made over 90 million minutes of phone calls, but this number was slashed to just 35 million minutes last year. UK households and businesses have seen a decline in landline useCredit:Hero Images 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.
There are many different sport disciplines around the globe and even more sport passionates. We call them heroes! These people are the icons of their sport not only because they play, but also because they promote and do everything what they can to widen their passion. Be a hero means persuade others to do your sport, to encourage young kids to be fan of it and to show everyone how great it is. Be a hero is establishing amateur leagues in your region, creating discussion forums about your sport, watch it and play it.According to this, small clothing company called SportHero had emerged this year. Here designers are sport heroes, who would like to help others to promote their sport disciplines. We are personally players and fans of ice-hockey, football, handball, speedway, squash etc. We design clothes for sport fans as well as amateur and professional sportsmen. Clothes are made from 100% cotton and do not contain any artificial fabric. Sewing and whole production is made in Poland, Europe. We also created special fit style suitable for sport fans, amateur and professional sportsmen.SportHero main goal is to think sport and design for it.Thanks to this we can create sport heroes!We started from handball collection with 4 fantastic designs. Check this out at www.sportherostore.comBesides clothing we support particular disciplines to help them promoting. We sponsor great Handball Planet contest voting for the best young handball player in season 2016/17. ← Previous Story Brazil and Argentina with one foot on the semifinals Next Story → TSV Hannover Burgdorf and Jens Bürkle separate ways
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s Head of State and reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II has – today – bettered her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign as the longest serving British monarch in the history of the throne.The previous record was 63 years and 216 days.Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth II married Corfu-born Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947 – who later renounced his titles to become the Duke of Edinburgh under her reign. She was crowned in June 1953.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 12, 2017 – South Caicos – H.E. the Governor, Dr John Freeman, and Mrs Freeman made an official visit to South Caicos on 6th December. The Deputy Governor, H.E. Anya Williams, was also part of his delegation. Following his visit H.E. the Governor commented:“It was a great pleasure to visit South Caicos again. I was able to see for myself the damage still evident from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria over the island. Making repairs to homes and public buildings remains a real challenge for the local community.I also visited two local conch and lobster processing plants and witnessed the determination of both businesses to get back to normal. I saw for myself the efforts being made by Sailrock, not only to repair damage to their own resort buildings but also to provide assistance to the local community.And I saw once again the real promise of local young people during my time at the Iris Stubbs Primary and at the Marjorie Basden High School. South Caicos is a great island with huge potential and I and my wife were grateful for the opportunity once more to see that potential for ourselves.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged UEFA to take action against clubs if they break the rules on Financial Fair Play.German magazine Der Spiegel claims Sheikh Mansour’s City regime added multi-million-pound sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi companies and using their owner’s fortune to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) stipulations.Last Friday, the Football Leaks emerged with allegations that City were given an FFP settlement when they received sanctions for overspending by UEFA in 2014, and although the club declined to comment on what was called “out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City”, it claimed “the attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organized and clear.”On his own, Klopp feels UEFA should take appropriate actions when clubs breache the rules, stating that the rules are a good thing for football when enforced.“I heard about the Der Spiegel story, but I didn’t read it so far,” Klopp said as quoted by Goal.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s really difficult to comment but what I can say in general is that FFP is a really good thing. But we always thought that.”“If it’s in place, they (UEFA) have to do something with it. I have no clue what happens, I know it is about Paris obviously and Man City,” he said.“I’m not sure if other clubs are being talked about as well. That’s all I can say. I think FFP is a really good thing because it sets the rules and stuff like that.”“If everything is fine, then everything is fine. If not, then somebody should do something.”
August 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One man is believed to have stabbed another man to death in Balboa Park Saturday, police said.Police dispatchers received a call at 9:49 a.m. reporting a stabbing in Balboa Park near Redwood Circle, San Diego Police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Officers and medics found a 38-year-old man with stab injuries to his upper body, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Dupree said.Police suspect the 47-year-old man who reported the attack was responsible for the death, and he was arrested.The victim’s identity was not being released pending notification of next of kin. Man stabbed to death in Balboa Park Posted: August 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
File photo of construction work at the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. — The Hindu BusinessLineIndian companies are likely to participate in upcoming tenders for what The Hindu BusinessLine called non-critical works at the $12.6-billion Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh.The construction of the second 1,200-megawatt unit of the plant kicked off on Saturday.The project is being executed by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, the Indian newspaper mentioned in a report published on 14 July.The Hindu BusinessLIne quoting a source close to Rosatom, said infrastructure majors Larsen and Toubro (L&T), Tata Group and Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure are among companies exploring opportunities related to the Rooppur project.Indian players, however, are likely to face fierce competition from Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies that are partnering with local players, said the report.Over 70 tenders for various non-critical works at Rooppur plant have reportedly been floated by ASE Group so far. The potential opportunity could be in the range of $500 million to $1.2 billion spread across multiple contracts, said the report referring to “sources”.“Rooppur NPP is probably the first project of such complexity for Bangladesh, and it is natural for any country executing such a critical project for the first time to attract expertise from outside. While Russian companies will dominate at the equipment and critical service supply level, Indian EPC players could execute civic construction contracts as they have the required expertise,” the Indian newspaper quoted the person cited above as saying.The trilateral agreement for cooperation on the project signed by India, Russia and Bangladesh in March 2018 has opened up an opportunity for Indian companies to participate in construction and installation works as well as supply of non-critical materials and equipment for the project, Alexander Khazin, senior vice-president for International Projects of ASE Group, an engineering division of Rosatom and the general contractor for Rooppur NPP, reportedly said.Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) has earlioer this year bagged a $110-million contract for civil works at Rooppur NPP in a joint venture with Bangladesh-based MAX Group, where the Indian company holds 40 per cent share, the Hindu BusinessLine said.“HCC has become the first Indian company to participate in the international civil nuclear market,” Arjun Dhawan, director and Group CEO, said at the time, according to the report.
National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as he arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP file photoNational Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s political future was thrown into serious doubt Monday, when the White House said President Donald Trump was “evaluating” the aide’s contacts with the Russian government.At Trump’s behest, press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying that the president was looking into Flynn’s private discussions with Moscow’s ambassador to Washington and subsequent actions.Flynn—the former head of defense intelligence whose encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin have already drawn criticism—is accused of discussing the Obama administration’s election-hacking-related sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.Flynn had initially claimed he did not discuss sanctions, prompting Vice President Mike Pence to publicly come to his defense.Flynn now stands accused of inappropriate contacts with a foreign government and of misleading the vice president of the United States. White House officials said that Flynn has since apologized to Pence.“The president is evaluating the situation,” Spicer said, indicating that Trump was speaking to Pence and “various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is—our national security.”In the cutthroat world of Washington politics, that could spell the beginning of the end, despite other Trump aides suggesting that Flynn has the full support of the president.The White House on Monday said that there was nothing wrong with Flynn contacting other governments per se.“I think general Flynn both during the transition and after, just as part of the job of national security advisor, is to speak with counterparts,” said Spicer.But he was quick to distance the president from any talk of sanctions—which could be seen as undermining then president Barack Obama’s policy and a potential breach of the law.Asked if the president was aware that Flynn would discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Spicer said: “No, absolutely not. No way.”From inner circle to… ?Until now, Flynn has been an instrumental player in Trump’s inner circle.He was an early supporter of Trump’s improbable bid for the presidency and has encouraged tougher policies on Iran and a softer policy on Russia.That was a sharp break with the Obama administration, which introduced a wave of sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and what US intelligence says were its attempts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.Washington and Moscow had also clashed over alleged war crimes in Syria, where Russia is accused of aiding the bombing of hospitals and other civilian targets. Despite this, Flynn had argued for rapprochement.Several Democratic lawmakers have called on Flynn to resign over the situation, which has become a major embarrassment for the ruling Republicans.He would become the first personnel casualty of Trump’s White House, which is less than four weeks old.‘Staggering’ allegationsAdam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the allegations “staggering,” saying that if they are true, Flynn should resign or be fired.The issue comes up just days before Trump has his first official talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, talks in which the president’s national security advisor would normally have a key role.Spicer said that Flynn continues to take part in those preparations.The Justice Department and Congress are both investigating possible links between Trump campaign advisors and Moscow, and US intelligence has concluded that Putin personally directed an operation to interfere in the US election.On 29 December, the Obama administration sanctioned four Russian individuals and five entities, and expelled 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation.
Imagine going somewhere and then getting vibes from that place. So much so that your inner self gives you messages which you then transform into poetry and with some help, create music out of it? Sounds confusing? Well, that is exactly what Keiko Koma has been doing around the globe with the help of pianist Idaki Shin. And all this for greater good. The aim? World peace. And they will do it again. This time in Purana Qila. India is a huge influence on both of them. ‘Everywhere in Japan you will find temples divided into many streams and variations of Buddhism. They are not just places of worship but also libraries and museums of old culture — most of them coming from India,’ said Shin with the help of a translator. This is their first visit to India after touring various countries across the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘At Purana Qila, Koma has received a strong message from the earth. It is a vision of a circle of peace. The music (by Idaki Shin) will be spontaneous and a manifestation of energies that brought us to realise the concert,’ says Shin. Nothing has been composed beforehand so rehearsals for this is out of the question. Both Koma and Shin depend on improvisations on the spot. The instruments they will use include traditional drums, electric guitars, flute instruments, saxophones and more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow does Koma get this visions? ‘When she visits historic places in the midst of nature, she gets messages which are converted into poems. This is the tradition of the ancient Koguryo kingdom of which Koma is a descendant,’ said Koma with the help of a translator.And what is the consequence of the message? Does it have healing powers? ‘The messages manifest truth about our life. They may not have direct healing powers like medicine, but the power of truth is what works as the panacea. Truth is often not found in personal experiences. But without truth one cannot open up to future. Truth helps one overcome difficulties,’ she further explained. And how does Shin come up with the music thereafter? ‘There’s no structure or prefabricated idea. You need to tune oneself to others. The outcome of the performances can be hard and integral,’ says Shin. So what is in store for Delhi? ‘Each spectator will have his or her individual experiences. We don’t have any visible intention. It is what will be happening at Purana Qila,’ says Koma.So head to Purana Qila this Sunday if you are keen to watch some ancient magic unfold among the historical greens.DETAILAt: Purana Quila When: 2 December Timings: 6 pm onwards For Invites, Call: 08587900626
Gold has always been a precious gem for everyone and MMTC’s Festival of Gold has added on spark to it. The festival was inaugurated by AK Bhalla, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce on May 6 and will continue till May 10 in the national Capital.The lustre of the glittering event was further enhanced by the visit of celebrated model and Femina Miss India International 2011, Ankita Shorey on Saturday. She spoke about her jewel inspirations and expressed her delight at being able to visit the one-of-its-kind festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the highlights at the Festival of Gold this year is the Indian gold coin, the first ever national gold offered by the Government of India. MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India) launched the Indian gold coin, now being retailed through the Company’s outlet and Indian Overseas bank branches across India. Soon, it will also be available through India Post and other bank branches across India.Ved Prakash, CMD, MMTC, said, “It is our endeavour to encourage consumers to choose the Indian gold coin as their preferred purchase by offering it at IOB branches and our own retail outlets across 31 cities in India”. To beat the rising heat, city residents are getting their hands on one of the best studded jewellery from across the country. The grand exhibition-cum-sale by MMTC, has returned to fulfil popular demand on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. They present a hand-picked collection of jewels from ten states of India, gold and silver medallions in the 999 purity and latest range of Sanchi silverware. The traditional and cultural appeal of gold, combined with its strong fundamentals, remains central to millions of Indian households.
First edition of the highly awaited Pop Streer Lifestyle exhibition and Fashion show finally concluded on February 16, 2018. The exhibition, which was also dedicated towards the support of MANTHAN SVK- Holistic Education Program of DJJS for the underprivileged children, saw various designers coming under one roof to showcase the best of their collections. A major highlight of the event was the launch of Dormio, a mattress brand (Made in India) by its parent company, Thomsen (Germany). Jyanti Maingi, Founder of The Popstreet Exhibition said,”We are extremely glad and overwhelmed with the response of the visitors. This exhibition was a huge success. We will be coming soon with the second edition of the exhibition.” The event was organized at The Lalit, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of the well-known fashion and jewellery designers such as VIP Jewellers, Prarena Grover, Pam Mehta, Varija Bajaj, Hardika Gulati, Bani Couture, Devanshi Renu Jewels participated and showcased their latest magnificent collection. The fashion show opened with the designs displayed by Pam Mehta followed by designers like Prarena Grover whose costumes were inspired by international military uniforms. Fashion designers like Bani Couture showcased their collection of different types of cuts, fabrics, and silhouettes. A boho collection by Varija Bajaj came with a message of universal peace and love. The collection basically focused on pastel colours, asymmetrical hem lines, and sustainable fabrics to enhance this very chic resort wear collection. Pam Mehta’s designs with playful colouring and asymmetric cuts created a beautiful distraction from the regular designs observed every day. Traditional jewellery was the main focus of the collection displayed by VIP Jewellers. Their models wore traditional pieces with a hint of modernity in every day and statement pieces. Ethnic designs were the mainstay for Devanshi Renu Jewels. Gracieux by Charu and Richa, Home Struck , Sangavi brand and Pashmina by United Crafts were some companies who took part in this lifestyle exhibition. Above all, what grabbed everyone’s attention was the fashion show by underprivileged children educated by Manthan SVK. Also, an exhibition of the organically prepared cosmetic brand “Becharmed”, by a 14 – year – old girl Siyaa, appealed the audiences.
Register Now » 3 min read This story appears in the December 2012 issue of . Subscribe » What It IsLearnUp.me, an online job placement and training platform, enables job seekers to bone up on specific skills required by prospective employers. Companies post their open positions, ranging from bakery clerk to technology associate, then add links to training videos on YouTube or other approved material. For example, Staples candidates might be asked to watch the YouTube video “How to Make a Business Card.” Once users complete the training, their LearnUp résumés are automatically updated to reflect their efforts, and they can be considered for the open slot.How It StartedAfter her startup Valence Energy was acquired in 2010, Alexis Ringwald became interested in the unemployment problem. She spent six months interviewing people in the unemployment lines in the Bay Area, trying to determine what was keeping them from landing work.”It seemed a lot of people’s skills were out of sync with the labor market needs of today,” Ringwald says. “There was a sense of confusion by the job seekers, a paralysis over what they needed to learn to be qualified.”In September 2011 Ringwald met Kenny Ma at the education-themed Mega Startup Weekend at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, Calif., and the two joined together to launch LearnUp, which was announced in June at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago.Why It Took Off”Even employers with entry-level positions are having a hard time finding skilled workers,” Ringwald says. Her vision was for LearnUp to bridge the gap, giving job seekers the expertise they needed and companies an educated employee pool from which to choose. Staples and Safeway were on the board of the San Jose, Calif., unemployment office and signed up immediately. Gap, KPMG, TeleTech, Whole Foods Market and others came on shortly thereafter.The Business CaseBacked in part by venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, LearnUp recently received $1.9 million in funding, enough to build the team and expand throughout California. The company’s revenue model is based on a finder’s fee for successful job placements. Job seekers are not charged to access the listings or to complete any required training.Still in startup mode, Ringwald won’t divulge the number of positions LearnUp has filled so far, noting that the company is using San Jose as a test case.What’s NextLearnUp is working with community colleges in California to help guide curriculum development that will give students the education that prospective employers are seeking. The company is also working with its national clients to expand job placements for positions across California by the end of the year. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 26, 2012
October 3, 2014 3 min read After long remaining mostly mum on Bitcoin, Microsoft’s legendary co-founder Bill Gates has spoken. At the Sibos 2014 financial-services industry conference in Boston, America’s richest man just threw his weight behind the controversial cryptocash. Well, at least as a low-cost payments solution. At the event, when asked about Bitcoin’s potential to ease the cost of payment transactions for moving money from one place to another Gates waxed mostly positively about the virtual money.“Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be,” he told Erik Schatzker during a Bloomberg TV’s Smart Street show interview yesterday. “Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”Related: The 7 Most Fascinating Things Bill Gates Said in His Reddit ChatGates again reiterated his stance on cryptocurrencies when he delivered the event’s closing keynote address, in which he stated that, in the future, financial transactions will eventually “be digital, universal and almost free.”While he seems relatively bullish on how inexpensive transacting in Bitcoin can be, Gates isn’t singing the praises of its anonymity. The billionaire alluded in an oblique, somewhat rambling fashion to some of the more nefarious anonymous uses associated with Bitcoin.“The customers we’re talking about aren’t trying to be anonymous,” he told Schatzker. “They’re willing to be known, so Bitcoin technology is key and you can add to it or you could build a similar technology where there’s enough attribution where people feel comfortable that this is nothing to do with terrorism or any type of money laundering.”Related: Three Lessons a Serial Tech Entrepreneur Learned from Bill GatesTo see the portion of the interview in which Gates directly addresses Bitcoin, watch the video below:The last time Gates publicly commented on Bitcoin was last February, the day Bitcoin currency conversions debuted on Microsoft’s Bing search engine, when he skirted questions about Microsoft’s stance on the cryptocurrency and subsequent others during a lively Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session.Instead of answering Bitcoin-related queries head on, Gates shifted the focus to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-backed Vodaphone M-pesa, a mobile phone-based money transfer and microfinancing service in Kenya. Gates said that his organization is “involved in digital money, but unlike Bitcoin it would not be anonymous digital money.” He went on to predict that “digital money will catch on in India and parts of Africa and help the poorest a lot” over the next five years.Related: Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban: ‘Bitcoin Has ‘No Shot as a Long-Term Digital Currency’Now that Gates is officially Microsoft’s technical advisor, perhaps he’ll make a push for Microsoft to accept Bitcoin (or another virtual money) as a form of payment and/or weave cryptocurrency into the company’s nascent “Zero-Effort” mobile payments initiative. Only time will tell.Kenya’s M-Pesa proves that when people are empowered, they will use digital tech to innovate on their own behalf: http://t.co/0gnBGW2H— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 3, 2013Hmmm. We wonder what fellow billionaire Mark Cuban thinks of Bitcoin now.Related: What Do Snoop Dogg, Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel Have in Common? Reddit, Y’all. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Yesterday, SAP announced that it is planning to acquire Qualtrics, that had been expected to go public this week, for a sum of $8 billion, in cash. Qualtrics is the global pioneer of the experience management (XM) software category that enables organizations to build a phenomenal employee culture and also to build iconic brands. SAP has secured financing in the amount of €7 billion to cover purchase price and acquisition-related costs, which the company said in a statement that is expected to close in the first half of 2019. Qualtrics would be SAP’s largest-ever purchase of a VC-backed enterprise software company, and the third-largest sale of any SaaS company. Post this acquisition the company will continue to be led by co-founder and CEO Ryan Smith and will retain its dual headquarters in Provo, Utah, and Seattle. SAP + Qualtrics: The benefits ahead SAP CEO, Bill McDermott said he was attracted to Qualtrics’ culture and its software’s ability to add customer sentiment and voice to the different applications SAP offers across its suite. Bringing together SAP’s experience data (X-Data) and Qualtrics’ Operational Data (O-Data) will help customers to better manage supply chains, networks, employees and core processes. McDermott, said “Together, SAP and Qualtrics represent a new paradigm, similar to market-making shifts in personal operating systems, smart devices and social networks. SAP already touches 77 percent of the world’s transactions. For Qualtrics, this introduces a dynamic new partner with the belief, passion and scale to bring experience management to millions of customers around the world.” SAP will enable Qualtrics to scale rapidly around the world with the help of SAP’s more than 413,000 customers and global sales force of around 15,000. “With this acquisition, Qualtrics expects full-year 2018 revenue to exceed US$400 million and projects a forward growth rate of greater than 40 percent, not including potential synergies of being part of SAP”, said SAP in their press release. Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics, said “Our mission is to help organizations deliver the experiences that turn their customers into fanatics, employees into ambassadors, products into obsessions and brands into religions. Supported by a global team of over 95,000, SAP will help us scale faster and achieve our mission on a broader stage. This will put the XM Platform everywhere overnight. We could not be more excited to join forces with Bill and the SAP team in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to power the experience economy.” To know more about this news in detail, head over to SAP official website. Read Next Discussing SAP: Past, present and future with Rehan Zaidi, senior SAP ABAP consultant [Interview] Microsoft, Adobe and SAP announce Open Data Initiative, a joint vision to reimagine customer experience, at Ignite 2018 SAP creates AI ethics guidelines and forms an advisory panel
SEATTLE — Holland America Line is making it easier for travel professionals to become experts with the launch of its redesigned PartnerSHIPS web portal.Exclusively for travel professionals, the new GoHAL.com is more user-friendly, allowing agents to book, plan, promote and learn how to successfully sell Holland America Line cruises and Land+Sea Journeys.In addition to a navigation toolbar at the top with drop-down menus for each tab, users can scroll to the bottom of the homepage and find quick links to some of the more popular topics. There’s a larger toolbar featuring three primary areas on the site: POLAR Online, Promo Toolkit and Holland America Line Academy. Agents also can see upcoming events, read the latest e-Newsletter and meet their business development manager on the homepage.Under the navigation toolbar at the top, the ‘Learn’ section features Holland America Line Academy and the Specialist Training Courses that were launched earlier this year, as well as POLAR Online booking tips, FAQs and upcoming events such as seminars, conferences and familiarization trips.In the ‘Plan’ tab, agents can find all of the collateral they need to plan cruises for their clients including eBrochures, product announcements, a deck plan reference guide, cruise finder, sailing schedule, AFAR Destination Guides and information about life on board, Land+Sea Journeys, Journeys Ashore, family cruising and cruising with children.The ‘Promote’ tab features a message from Eva Jenner, vice president of sales, and the latest promotions, as well as templates to create customized advertising and marketing materials such as flyers, banner ads and emails. Site visitors also have access to the company’s extensive image library so they can use vivid imagery to promote the cruises.Travel professionals will find additional access to the POLAR Online booking engine in the ‘Book’ tab. Important information about visas and passports, cancellation policies, groups, gift orders, the air program, check-in and Travel Professional Appreciation Fares also are located in this area.Additional features at GoHAL.com include a ‘Chat with Us’ button that enables travel professionals to communicate online in real time with Holland America Line’s reservations team.“We sent out a survey to our travel partners earlier this year asking how we can help them grow their business, and one of the top answers was to develop an easy-to-navigate travel professional portal that puts everything at their fingertips,” said Jenner. “We listened to our travel partners, and I am thrilled to announce that the new portal — GoHAL.com — is finally here.” Holland America Line redesigns agent portal on GoHAL.com Monday, January 9, 2017 Travelweek Group Share Posted by Tags: Holland America Line << Previous PostNext Post >>