UN expert group on arbitrary detention welcomes the release of detainees in

The release was announced after moves to normalize relations between the two countries were unveiled earlier this week. Media reports say that, as part of a deal negotiated over a period of 18 months, the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.“Although the release of these individuals might not be the direct consequence of our opinions, the aim of those opinions, namely the release, has been achieved and we can only welcome such outcome,” said said human rights expert Mads Andenas, who currently heads the Working Group. “We encourage the release of other individuals arbitrarily detained, whether in the United States or in Cuba, or elsewhere”, Mr. Andenas added. “A prerequisite for conflict prevention is the respect for the rights of each individual, including the right to be free from arbitrary arrest and detention,” he said. Under its regular procedure, the Working Group qualified as arbitrary the detention, among others, of Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo and Ramón Labaniño Salazar (in the United States) and Alan Phillip Gross (in Cuba). The Working Group is comprised of five independent expert members from various regions of the world. The Chair-Rapporteur is Mr. Mads Andenas (Norway) and the Vice-Chair is Mr. Vladimir Tochilovsky (Ukraine); other members are Mr. José Guevara (Mexico), Mr. Seong-Phil Hong (Republic of Korea), and Mr. Sètondji Roland Jean-Baptiste Adjovi (Benin). The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by the former Commission on Human Rights in 1991 to investigate instances of alleged arbitrary deprivation of liberty.Its mandate was clarified and extended by the Commission to cover the issue of administrative custody of asylum-seekers and immigrants. In 2010, the Human Rights Council confirmed the scope of the Working Group’s mandate and extended it for a further three-year period in September 2013. read more

Prince Harrys comrade killed himself after being made to clear IEDs while

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. The inquest heard WO Hunt had consumed a significant level of alcohol before his death.He was due to leave the Army in September this year after 22 years of service.Coroner Paul Smith recorded a narrative verdict as he said he could not be sure beyond all doubt from the evidence that WO Hunt intended to take his own life. They raised the alarm after he failed to attend their home as arranged on New Year’s Day and reported that he was “very down” when they had last seen him, and they had talked to him about getting help in the New Year.WO Hunt was found dead in his home shortly before 10am on January 2.  I employed Mr Hunt illegally as an IED clearer, he was not qualified. That command pressure has got blood on their hands until todayDean Smith, former search team commander A soldier who served with Prince Harry in Afghanistan killed himself after he was made to clear IEDs while not fully qualified, which has triggered calls by his former commander for an inquiry, an inquest heard.Royal Engineer Nathan Hunt, 39, was decorated for his bravery after he successfully identified roadside bombs planted by the Taliban and protected the Duke of Sussex as part of a desert reconnaissance unit in Helmand province in 2008.But his nerve-racking experiences on the battlefield triggered “nightmares” and struggles with his mental health, an inquest was told.The Warrant Officer was found hanged at his home in Lincoln on January 2.At his inquest on Thursday, WO Hunt’s former commander Deane Smith said he was not properly qualified to clear IEDs when he was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Show more WO Hunt’s widow Lainey Hunt, a Warrant Officer with 32 Engineer Regiment, said commanders should have known that he was not fully qualified to clear IEDs.In an emotional statement, which she read at the inquest, Mrs Hunt said: “The chain of command at the Household Cavalry should have known he was not fully qualified for this job.”Army records showed WO Hunt had suffered with dark moods earlier in his career but Mrs Hunt told the inquest she saw a change in her husband’s mental condition after he witnessed a vehicle being blown up during his first Afghanistan tour.”From 2008 to the day he died Nathan suffered,” Mrs Hunt told the inquest.”He suffered from nightmares and sleeplessness, and I would see him crying.”I do believe Nathan wanted to end the nightmares and decided to end his life that night.” Mr Smith, 47, also told Lincoln Cathedral Centre his colleague was sent back to the warzone in 2009 despite showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.The former search team commander has called for an investigation into the Household Cavalry Regiment, to which WO Hunt was attached.Mr Smith, who left the Army in 2013, told the inquest engineers such as WO Hunt were not clear of their role. “I employed Mr Hunt illegally as an IED clearer, he was not qualified.”That command pressure has got blood on their hands until today.”The Household Cavalry Regiment should be investigated.” Prince Harry (fifth right) and WO Hunt (front right) pose with other soldiers for a photograph in the desertCredit:John Stillwell/PA Prince Harry, pictured in 2012, served with WO Hunt in 2008Credit:John Stillwell/PA He said: “In 2008 it was not just about battles, blood and bombs. Mrs Hunt told the inquest: “He didn’t sleep for five nights and I was worried about him driving back to Lincoln.”WO Hunt returned to his own home in the Cathedral city after visiting his parents, Derek and Maria Hunt, on New Year’s Eve. The inquest heard WO Hunt suffered depression and mood swings that caused his marriage to end in divorce in 2014. But the couple were still best friends and he remained a loving father to their nine-year-old daughter, Megan, and had spent Christmas last year with his family. Prince Harry (fifth right) and WO Hunt (front right) pose with other soldiers for a photograph in the desert Prince Harry, pictured in 2012, served with WO Hunt in 2008 read more

Gold prices to recover from global economic slowdown

first_imgRBC Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada today held its annual Gold Conference in London.  The conference brought together senior executives from the industry’s leading exploration, mining and production companies, together with institutional investors from across the world. Speaking at the conference, Stephen D. Walker, Head of Global Mining Research, RBC Capital Markets said: “While we recently lowered our expectations for gold prices over the next few years, as the global economy slows, we remain very positive on the outlook for gold. RBC Capital Markets’ global mining research team sees the potential for gold to rally through $900/oz in the first half of 2009. We believe that the gold market should begin to price in a recovery in the global economy, and with that recovery, an increase in inflation expectations, particularly given the enormous amount of monetary and fiscal stimulus being applied by central banks.”Leon Esterhuizen, Equity Analyst, RBC Capital Markets said: “The current financial crisis has delivered the perfect conditions for gold to rise over the next year or two.  Europe will converge with the US in terms of cutting rates, strengthening the case for an extended period of rock-bottom real rates. Oil could play a key role, as recent efforts by producers to reduce output may leave oil prices higher than many expect. If this is the case, inflation will most certainly be rising in an environment where rates are being cut. This is gold price heaven – declining real rates or even negative real rates will drive the gold price much higher.”One of the speakers at the conference was Alex Davidson, Executive Vice President of Exploration & Corporate Development at Barrick Gold, a Canadian gold producer, who said: “Barrick is well-positioned in the current uncertain economic environment with the gold industry’s highest rated balance sheet, a competitive cost structure and the industry’s largest reserves and production. We continue to be positive about the underlying fundamentals of the gold market and the prospects for Barrick in anticipation of production from three new mines over the next three years.  Buzwagi, Cortez Hills, and Pueblo Viejo remain on schedule and continue to track their respective capital budgets. Collectively, these new mines are expected to produce almost 2 Moz of gold over the first full five years of production at lower costs than Barrick’s current portfolio of mines.”Commenting on the impact of the company’s growth strategy, Tye Burt, President and CEO of Kinross Gold, a mining and exploration company, said: “Kinross is delivering on its strategy and commitments as our three major growth projects at Kupol, Paracatu and Buckhorn come into production, increasing total ounces produced while reducing costs, improving margins and strengthening cash flow per share.  With the majority of our spending for growth projects behind us, no exposure to falling base metal prices, and a strong balance sheet, Kinross is exceedingly well positioned to navigate the current difficult global economic environment.” Speaking on AngloGold Ashanti’s (gold producer) new direction, Mark Cutifani, CEO, said: “Our aim is to become the most profitable company in the business, achieving returns on capital employed of at least 15% in the medium term.”Other speakers sharing insights at the conference were Goldcorp, Franco-Nevada Corp, Agnico-Eagle Mines, Yamana Gold Corp, Polyus Gold, Centerra Gold, Harmony Gold Mining, Polymetal, Great Basin Gold, European Goldfields, Simmer & Jack Mines, Eldorado Gold, Gabriel Resources, Randgold Resources and Banro Corp. To access the RBC Capital Markets’ Gold Conference webcast please click on http://www.wsw.com/webcast/rbc93/  The webcast will be available until 12 December 2008.last_img read more

Primary teachers union wont recommend how to vote on Croke Park

first_imgTHE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE of one of Ireland’s largest public sector trade unions has decided not to make any recommendation to its members on whether they should accept the proposed ‘Croke Park 2′ public pay agreement.The central committee of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation last night decided that while it would put the matter to its members, in a postal ballot to be held over the next six weeks, it would not issue formal guidance on how it believes teachers should vote.Last night’s meeting of the committee had followed an original meeting on Wednesday, when the committee decided it needed further details from the Labour Relations Commission about the exact impact of the deal.The INTO is one of the largest public unions, with a membership of about 32,000 within the Republic – equivalent to about 11 per cent of the entire public workforce.In a statement the union said the latest proposals offered “significant potential gains” for newly-qualified teachers, who are on pay grades significantly lower than their colleagues who entered the system before 2011.“However, all teachers are affected by the draft proposals, who have already had pay cuts imposed over the last two years,” it added.“The proposals include changes to increments, the loss of supervision allowance, and the financial impact for members earning over €65,000.”It said that given the government’s threat to legislate for pay cuts in the absence of an agreement, the deal on the table represented the best possible package of measures that could be secured via negotiation.Ballot papers will be sent to members on March 14, which are to be returned by mid-April to determine the result.INTO members approved the original Croke Park deal by a two-to-one margin.Read: How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?last_img read more

VIDEO How to make people like you

first_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there Source: Xavier Borderie/YouTubeTHERE IS A SCIENCE behind getting people to like you, according to a number of psychologists.Business Insider asked those doctors for an insight into how it all works.The steps seem pretty easy… But, depending on how nice you already are, they could take some getting used to.1. Encourage people to talk about themselves. It gives people pleasure and they’ll see you as a compassionate listener.2. Ask for adviceAsking someone for advice makes them feel validated……And they immediately think better of you.3. Make conversations positivePeople will like you more if the conversation goes in an upbeat direction. First ask about something positive in your counterpart’s life. Only after getting an answer, ask about life in general… You’ll get a more positive answer.4. Repeat, repeat, repeatRepeat the last three words people say. People want to be heard so doing this will make they feel you’re listening. Then, they’ll like you.5. Don’t focus on negativity When you complain about others, you’re associated with the same negative traits you hate.If you focus on people’s good traits, you are too viewed positively.Here’s the advice, in full: Source: Business Insider/YouTubeRead: Partial to a bit of betting? It’s probably in your genes…More: The World Cup helps prove the Birthday Paradox The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act last_img read more

Apple is launching a 128GB iPad on February 5

first_imgYesterday we reported on the appearance of new SKUs for the iPad suggesting that Apple was set to unveil a 128GB model in the near future. It turns out those SKUs were real and we’re set to get a huge increase in iPad tablet storage if you’re willing to pay for it.Apple has confirmed that the 128GB version of the iPad with Retina Display will be available from Tuesday, February 5. There will be black and white versions starting at $799 for the Wi-Fi version and increasing to $929 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. You should be able to pick one up at Apple Stores, through Apple’s online store, and any partner retailers next week.As for why Apple has decided to introduce a 128GB model, it comes down to the iPad’s increasing use in business environments. Apple says 85 percent of the Global 500 companies use the iPad in some form, and many of them work with large data such as CAD files, X-rays, music, or film. Doubling the available storage is a reaction to that.Apple also sees consumers wanting the extra storage too, though. The company see the increasing number of apps and the files some of them work with as needing the extra space. AutoCAD, Auria, and iWork are all mentioned in this regard.Apart from the additional storage nothing seems to have changed on the iPad. It’s the same spec tablet with a $100 added to the price for that extra storage space.via Applelast_img read more

Décès des petites siamoises palestiniennes

first_imgDécès des petites siamoises palestiniennesArabie saoudite – Les deux petites siamoises Retag et Rittal Abou Assi sont mortes samedi à Riyad, dans le centre médical où elles avaient été hospitalisées mardi dernier dans le but de subir une séparation chirurgicale.  Le ministre saoudien de la Santé, le Dr Abdallah al-Rabiah, a expliqué dans un communiqué que le décès des nourrissons était dû à un état de santé très précaire et une infection bactérienne. Les deux fillettes, liées par la poitrine, partageaient un même cœur très fragile ainsi que d’autres organes comme le foie et le système digestif. L’opération jugée très complexe n’avait donc pas pu avoir lieu. Après leur naissance le 27 mars à Khan Younès dans le sud de la bande de Gaza, Retag et Rittal avaient été transportées au centre spécialisé dans la séparation de siamois de l’hôpital du roi Abdel Aziz à Ryad. Le roi Abdallah s’était notamment chargé de tous les frais médicaux. A cette occasion, l’Égypte avait procédé à l’ouverture exceptionnelle du point de passage de Rafah afin que les fillettes, leurs parents et une équipe médicale puissent passer.Le 12 avril 2010 à 10:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Visa la liste des téléphones compatibles avec le paiement NFC

first_imgVisa: la liste des téléphones compatibles avec le paiement NFCPour aider à y voir clair dans les téléphones équipé NFC, VISA publie une liste de ceux qu’elle certifie capable de payer sans contact sur ses terminaux. Parmi eux, on retrouve le fameux Samsung Galaxy SII. Les puces NFC, ou Near Field Communication, le web en entend parler depuis quelque temps, mais on a l’impression que pas grand monde n’en a vu pour l’instant. Les constructeurs semblent vouloir créer un buzz autour des nouvelles possibilités de payement sans contact, mais pour le consommateur cela reste flou et distant. À lire aussiUn pass Navigo signé StarckPour aider, la société de carte de paiement Visa vient de publier une liste des appareils qui permettent déjà, effectivement, de payer sans contact physique dans les points de vente équipés. On apprend avec plaisir que le fameux Galaxy SII est de la partie, mais aussi le LG Optimus Net NFC, le BlackBerry Bold 9790, le Bold 9900, le Curve 9380, et le Curve 9360.La difficulté de cette technologie n’est évidemment pas de transférer quelques données bancaires, mais de le faire de façon ultrasécurisée. Visa payWave n’est donc pas une simple application que Visa ferait tourner, c’est en vérité une carte SIM sécurisée. Les analystes du Yankee Group prédisent que les transactions via NFC augmenteront de 27 millions de dollars (21 millions d’euros) en 2010 à 40 milliards (31 millions d’euros) et 2014. Il y aurait plus de 30 millions de cartes Visa capables de NFC en Europe, qui pour une fois est en avance sur les États-Unis.Ceci dit en passent, VISA est un acronyme délicieusement auto référentiel puisque qu’il signifie « Visa International Service Association »…Le 13 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver brothers injured in fatal Interstate 90 crash

first_imgTwo Vancouver brothers are recovering in a Seattle hospital after they were injured in a fatal crash Saturday on their way back to Washington State University.John Crawford, 18, and Justin Crawford, 21, were passengers in a 1996 Ford Explorer traveling on Interstate 90 about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol. The Explorer, driven by 21-year-old Andrew Hammond of Bremerton, failed to slow and crashed into a 2015 Chrysler 200 that had slowed for another crash about 5 miles east of Cle Elum, state patrol reported. The Explorer rolled and came to rest on its driver’s side in the roadway, troopers reported. A 2009 GMC Sierra pickup and utility trailer then crashed into the roof of the Explorer, according to state patrol. Another passenger in the Explorer, Dashell Mortell, 19, of Bainbridge Island, was pronounced dead at the scene, state patrol said.last_img read more

Miami Childrens Health Foundation hosts 6th annual 5K

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted its sixth annual 5K run in Coral Gables, Saturday.Hundreds of people laced up their sneakers for a day of fun outside the city hall.The event served to raise money for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and young cancer survivors. “For me, it’s about the community, who’s behind me and supporting me, and that’s Miami,” said cancer survivor Raquel. “Everyone who showed up here today, and I really appreciate that from the bottom of my heart, it means everything.”7’s Diana Diaz was on hand to emcee the event.The foundation raised more than $200,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

3 Strategies for Data Products

first_imgThis “brute force” approach might seem a bit unrealistic for most of us, but it shouldn’t. There is still plenty of opportunity to build new data products by going out and grabbing data that nobody has bothered to get yet, and then presenting it in a way that’s immediately useful to someone.2. Create MashupsThere is also revenue to be mined from simply packaging or combining data to make it more useful or compelling. If you want to capture some of this revenue, you should do it quickly, because there are few barriers to competition. Someone is going to beat you to it or the government is already doing it well enough that it’s not worth trying to monetize. Case in point: How do I find an unbiased, detailed evaluation of rehab facilities near my elderly parents’ home? There are several commercial operations that have tried to make a go of this, but this Medicare site is better than any of them. That’s because the ratings data is generated directly from government inspections of the facilities, and even the government is now figuring out how to present data usefully to consumers.A bigger example of this kind of disintermediation is how Google has obliterated traditional b-to-b directories and buyers guides. There is a way to transform some of these into data products someone is willing to pay for, but it’s an uphill slog.3. Leverage Your Existing DataDo you do a “Top 10” or “Top 100” projects, products or technologies? Many awards programs can support a data product spin-off. Does your editorial coverage regularly include industry statistics and information your readers see as competitive intelligence? If so, and assuming you don’t cover financial services, energy or pharma, there is likely an opportunity for you to create a data product, and to explicitly blend that with your editorial coverage. Done correctly, editorial can be the marketing funnel for a data product or services. Skift CEO Rafat Ali has some interesting thoughts on this concept. Wardsauto.com is a good example of this paradigm.Data product opportunities don’t last forever, and those willing to roll up their sleeves and map the way forward are far more likely to capture the bulk of the profit potential. Customer and audience frustrations are fertile ground for new revenue opportunities. Sometimes it’s easy to map those frustrations to a new data product or service, and sometimes you hit a brick wall. When that happens, it helps to get outside your comfort zone to find solutions.1. Generate Data From ScratchHere’s a real example: A data publisher supplies data about a certain commodity to the financial industry. They identified a need for real-time data about shipments of this commodity into and out of U.S. ports, but the buyers and sellers closely guarded the information and would not sell it. Undeterred, the publisher set up webcams at all major U.S. ports and used some simple software to assess shipment volumes based on how high in the water the ships rode. That company has created a proprietary data product that is sold at a premium to commodities traders who use this data daily. last_img read more

6 Myanmar citizens held with 300000 yaba pills

first_imgYaba Pills. UNB File PhotoMembers of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized 300,000 pieces of yaba pills and detained six Myanmar nationals from the southeastern side of Chhera Dwip near Saint Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.The Coast Guard headquarters said acting on tip off, an operational team of the force conducted a drive in the Bay of Bengal around1:10pm and challenged a fishing boat.The team recovered 300,000 yaba tablets worth about Tk 150 million from the fishing boat and detained six Myanmar nationals, reports UNB.With the recovery of those pills, the number of seized yaba tablets within a week rose to 620,000, said Coast Guard headquarters assistant director (intelligence) lieutenant commander Abdullah Al Maruf.last_img

Chinese scientists create metamaterial black hole

first_img Citation: Chinese scientists create metamaterial black hole (2009, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-chinese-scientists-metamaterial-black-hole.html (a) A model of black hole composed of a gradient-index metamaterial shell and a lossy dielectric core. (b) Photograph of the fabricated artificial black hole based on metamaterials, which is composed of 60 concentric layers, with the ELC structures in the core layers and the I-shaped structures in the shell layers. Image (c) Qiang Cheng, arXiv paper. Explore further A black hole is a region from which no light can escape. In space, according to relativity theory, black holes are formed when the space becomes distorted by a large mass, preventing light from escaping its gravitational field, but any region from which no light escapes is a black hole.The scientists exploited the special properties of metamaterials to create their mini black hole for microwave frequencies. Metamaterials are a class of ordered composites with properties not usually seen in nature. They are known to distort light, and have already been used to create invisibility cloaks that can steer light around an object. The Chinese scientists used their metamaterial to distort microwaves to the extent that those entering cannot escape.The electromagnetic black hole was built from 60 strips of printed circuit boards coated with a thin layer of copper and arranged in concentric circles. The outer 40 strips form the shell, while the inner strips form the core. Intricate patterns were etched in the copper that alternately resonated and did not resonate at microwave frequency, and which changed progressively from strip to strip. The scientists measured microwaves going into the device, and found none coming out. The microwaves entering the shell are trapped and guided towards the core, where they are absorbed in all directions equally because of the circular symmetry. The energy absorbed is emitted as heat.The current device works only with microwaves, but they are aiming to develop a black hole for visible light next. This is more difficult because the wavelength of visible light is much smaller than microwaves, which means the etched structures must also be much reduced in size. Tie Jun Cui said he expected the visible light black hole to be demonstrated later this year.An artificial visible light black hole could find practical uses in harvesting light for solar cells, and this could mean solar energy could be harvested even in places with diffuse sunlight.More information: An electromagnetic black hole made of metamaterials, arXiv:0910.2159v1 [physics.optics]© 2009 PhysOrg.com Now scientists think you’d be ‘roasted’ in a black hole (PhysOrg.com) — Two physicists in China have used metamaterials to create the first artificial electromagnetic black hole. The scientists, Qiang Cheng and Tie Jun Cui from the Southeast University in Nanjing, China created the tiny black hole in their laboratory, in an experiment that aimed to simulate a black hole. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

9 Revolutionary Companies to Watch

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This year is off and running with some extraordinary companies starting to make a name for themselves.I attend countless conferences and meetups. Over the course of my travels I meet with some of the most promising companies in the world. They’ve lead me over the years to discover three billion dollar unicorns before anyone else had written about them. Rather than opting to emulate what’s on the market, here are a few companies that have stood out to me and I believe could be unicorns in the future. Check out these nine companies to watch this year:1. My SizeThis company has found a way to bring measurement tools for life to your smartphone to make so many tasks easier to handle. It’s not like we carry around physical measuring tools like a tape measure in our handbag or back pocket (unless we happen to be a contractor or seamstress). Rather than having to second-guess, My Size lets you get an accurate reading. For example, their app, MySizeID, gives you, as an online shopper, a way to maintain a profile of your personal measurements to ensure that you get the right size every time you buy clothing or accessories no matter what the brand or size chart specifications. Retailers get the added benefit from such a revolutionary tool because the exact size means fewer returns.Related: The Highest Paying Jobs in America, According to Glassdoor2. POC MedicalThis medical solutions provider recognizes that today’s healthcare system is missing high-quality, affordable solutions for the early detection of diseases that can make a significant difference in the lives of so many people. POC Medical Systems has created a patented point-of-care testing product known as Pandora CDx that is currently used for early diagnosis of breast cancer. Not only is it easy to use for practitioners, but it also reduces the time between getting a test and results. Making it available to a much larger population is revolutionizing how people receive care and can potentially have a dramatic impact on the number of people who can be treated more effectively so that they might be able to beat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.3. DelightedImagine getting feedback from your audience in minutes rather than the weeks it’s always taken to send and receive surveys and compile the data. Delighted has revolutionized the entire customer feedback process through its use of the Net Promoter System that delivers a highly complex set of data points about what the customer thinks about their experience to an easy-to-read dashboard. Surveys include mobile, SMS, and Web options for further customization. The entire customer feedback platform doesn’t require any technical know-how on how to collect the data and disseminate it. Customers value the convenience and willingly provide critical insights your business needs to enhance the overall customer experience.Related: 4 Marketing Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From April the Giraffe4. BrainlyThis company is the largest online education P2P platform connecting more than 80 million students from around the world in a Quora-like environment, solely based on connecting students to help each other with their school work, all free of charge. Brainly is combing social media, online education and machine learning to change the way we see schools in general and classrooms specifically.5. RiskifiedWith fraud becoming increasingly sophisticated and retail moving to online eCommerce, fraud prevention platform Riskified has developed a solution to protect eCommerce merchants from chargebacks, all the while mitigating the impact of false declines on retailers. Riskified’s solution is based on self-optimizing machine learning that allows merchants to eliminate the need for any manual adjustments. The platform is able to detect fraud attempts in real-time by analyzing data with its machine learning models and sophisticated proxy detection methods.6. KiipThis company is set to revolutionize the mobile advertising market, offering a marketing and monetization platform that consumers actually respond to and enjoy. Kiip leverages what is known as “moment targeting” wherein rewards are offered to the mobile user to take advantage of a moment in time where they are more likely to act and redeem that reward. The app uses al types of analytics to create the moment and reward for that particular consumer, including page, screen, context, geolocation, and device. They are already having worldwide interest, including a strategic partnership with companies in China where consumers’ mobile purchases are climbing steadily.Related: 8 Movies That Increase Your IQ – #5 Will Test How Smart You Are7. ClarifaiWhile much of what is going on with artificial intelligence is already revolutionary, this company is raising the bar on making the impossible a reality. Clarifai specializes in visual recognition and uses machine learning to help companies add this feature to their existing programs and solutions in order to build smarter, more intuitive apps that will, in turn, better serve their customers’ needs. Think of it as a learning tool that does the learning for you so you can then reap the benefits of more effective apps that will boost your business much faster than if you left it up to your developers to try and figure it over a longer period of time.8. AirMapWith the growth in drone usage, including many companies like Amazon testing delivery service routes, this company is capitalizing on the new need for airspace intelligence to ensure that drones can operate safely and efficiently within shared airspace. AirMap is creating a whole new technology solution for navigation and safety control related to this need, helping drone developers and commercial users to propel drone usage forward across numerous applications and industries.Related: Being an Entrepreneur Means Finding Profit in Your Passion9. WooWoo is looking to change the way companies hire new talent by using machine learning to match possible candidates with potential employees according to expectations like salary, work life balance and possible career growth. This is all done in a 100% anonymous environment, thus helping top tech giants like Uber, Lyft and Microsoft to hire the best talent. This approach helps companies to find “off market” employees that are not actively looking for a new position.Across numerous business niches, technology, innovation, and creativity are delivering incredible new solutions for common inconveniences and longstanding issues as well as addressing new problems that have emerged from technological trends and developments.These nine companies represent some of the most revolutionary ideas that I’ve seen recently and capitalize on other ideas that are now becoming an integral part of business and life. It will be exciting to continue tracking their progress throughout the year and beyond. 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Heartpumping thrills await Spring Breakers at Hilton Waikoloa Village

first_imgHeart-pumping thrills await Spring Breakers at Hilton Waikoloa Village Tags: Family Travel, Hawaii, Hilton Monday, March 27, 2017 Posted by Tweetcenter_img One of the most popular family-friendly destinations on the Island of Hawaii – Hilton Waikoloa Village – has partnered with Full Throttle Entertainment to launch ‘Operation Spring Break’ to fuel the fun this spring season.Running until April 15, adrenaline-rushing activities are available for the whole family to enjoy, and include outdoor laser tag, complete with combat simulation and military grade technology, and remote control stock car racing, during which participants race Sprint Cup stock car favourites on a banked speedway at speeds of over 200 mph. In addition, there’s a Laser Shot Tent where players take aim and fire in a high-end hunting, marksman and arcade simulation, using exact replica laser guns.Available 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Operation Spring Break continues on property with the resort’s various activities and amenities. It boasts three swimming pools, an ocean-fed snorkelling lagoon, waterfalls, locally inspired treatments at the Kohala Spa, the Dolphin Quest educational centre, eight dining outlets, the Club Keiki children’s program, and an 18-hole seaside putting course and expansive tennis complex.For more information go to hiltonwaikoloavillage.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

India ranks 40th in Travel and Tourism Competitive Index of WEF

first_imgDr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State, Independent Charge for Tourism & Culture recently announced about the improvement in ranking of India in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI) by World Economic Forum (WEF).India has moved 12 places up in this ranking from 52nd to 40th position. The tourism sector in the country has been on a growth trajectory. Earlier in the year 2015, India’s ranking in the TTCI of World Economic Forum moved from 65th position to 52nd position.India continues to charm international tourists with its vast cultural and natural resources with a ranking of 9th and 24th respectively which are the USP’s of Indian Tourism product. In terms of price competitiveness advantage, we are ranked 10th.The Minister mentioned that India continues to enrich its cultural resources, protecting more cultural sites and intangible expressions through UNESCO World Heritage lists, and via a greater digital presence. In terms of International openness, India is ranked 55th, up by 14 places. This has been possible through stronger visa policies. Implementing both Visas on Arrival and E-visas has enabled India to rise through the ranks.The travel and tourism sector benefited from improvements in the country’s ground transport infrastructure, which has traditionally been a challenge. It now holds a ranking of 29th position.“The primary reason for India’s jump in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index 2017 should be attributed to the pro-active steps taken by our Government in terms of development of tourism infrastructure, easing of entry formalities for tourists by introducing the e-visa facilities in November 2014,” remarked Sharma.last_img read more

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first_imgNovember 12, 2002 Another big pour inthe East Cresent Complex. Poured in one day were the bigwest wall and a pillar in Unit 6, the low south walls in Unit 6, 7, 9and 10, the stair well and two pillars in Unit 8, and the north walland three pillars in Unit 10. [Photo & text: sa] The pump truckunfolds like a giant praying mantis. The first pour of the morning isthe staircase in Unit 8. [Photo & text: sa] Working with thepump-truck operator, Ron Chandler guides the concrete into a pillar inUnit 6. [Photo & text: sa] The pump continuesto deliver the concrete into hard-to-reach places in the constructionsite. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

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