Transcontinental Q2 boosted by end of contract to print San Francisco Chronicle

first_imgMONTREAL – Transcontinental Inc. says its second-quarter profit was up nearly 50 per cent from a year-earlier, mainly as a result of accelerated revenue from a long-term printing contract that was ended prematurely by Hearst.The Montreal-based printing and packaging company says its net income was $68.9 million, 89 cents per share and revenue was $534.7 million.Adjusted earnings were also up year-over-year but by a less substantial 6.1 per cent, rising to $45.1 million from $42.5 million. Adjusted earnings per share were 58 cents.Analysts had estimated earnings of 56 cents per share, according to Thomson Reutres Eikon.The company says the quarter included an accelerated recognition of deferred revenue related to a December 2017 agreement with Hearst, which decided to bring printing of the San Francisco Chronicle back in-house.A year earlier, Transcontinental’s net income was $46.4 million or 60 cents per share and revenue was $498.7 million.Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A) (TSX:TCL.B)last_img read more

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Sanchez SpainMoroccoPortugal World Cup Bid a Bid Between 2 Continents

Rabat – The Spanish prime minister announced in a press conference held today in Rabat that he made a proposal to the Moroccan government “to organize a joint bid between Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup.He added that through this bid, “ We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it,” the Spanish official said.Read Also: El Pais: Spain Proposes Morocco, Portugal Trio Bid for 2030 World CupA joint bid with two EU countries like Spain and Portugal will increase Morocco’s chance to host the massive tournament, especially as FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that he prefers joint bids. Morocco lost its chance to host the  2026 World Cup against the North American trio (Canada-US-Mexico).Earlier today, Spanish news outlet El Pais quoted a source from the presidency of the government, who confirmed Spain’s intention to bid for the 2030 World Cup.Several countries have shown an interest in bidding to host the global tournament, including four Balkan countries,  England and a joint bid from South America: Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.The Spanish prime minister arrived in Morocco today. He met with King Mohammed VI, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and other Moroccan officials. read more

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Violence against Afghan women widespread and unpunished finds UN report

“This report paints a detailed and deeply disturbing picture of the situation facing many Afghan women today,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said of the 32-page report issued jointly by her office (OHCHR) and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“The limited space that opened up for Afghan women following the demise of the Taliban regime in 2001 is under sustained attack, not just by the Taliban themselves, but by deeply engrained cultural practices and customs, and – despite a number of significant advances in terms of the creation of new legislation and institutions – by a chronic failure at all levels of government to advance the protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan.” The report, launched today in Kabul by the UN and Indian actress and social activist Shabana Azmi, touches on various aspects of the scourge, including so-called “honour” killings, the exchange of women and girls as a form of dispute resolution, trafficking and abduction, early and forced marriages, and domestic violence.It focuses on two principal issues – the “growing trend” of violence and threats against women in public life, and rape and sexual violence. Afghan women participating in almost all sectors of public life, including parliamentarians, civil servants and journalists, “have been targeted by anti-government elements, by local traditional and religious power-holders, by their own families and communities, and in some instances by government authorities,” says the report.Although the Afghan Constitutions includes a 25 per cent quota for female members of parliament – one of the highest such quotas in the world – the report also notes that “a number of female MPs have already indicated that due to the prevailing security situation and death threats they repeatedly receive, they will not be contesting the next national assembly elections in 2010.” The report also details numerous attacks on girls’ schools, and on girl students – including gas and acid attacks – by “anti-government elements.” When it comes to sexual violence, the report states that rape is both widespread and taboo, and it is the victims that are more likely to be punished than the perpetrators. “Only in a few isolated cases have public institutions taken appropriate action. In many instances, victims seeking help and justice are further victimized… Government action to address rape is woefully inadequate.” The report notes that there is no explicit provision in the 1976 Afghan Penal Code criminalising rape, and a survey of convicted rapists in one Afghan prison indicated that they did not know that rape was a criminal offence. In addition, police and judicial officials are often not aware or convinced that rape is a serious criminal offence, the report states, and “investigating a rape case is rarely a priority.” The High Commissioner stressed that the Government has a duty to eradicate these practices, by making them illegal, educating its population and demonstrating leadership and commitment to safeguard the rights of all Afghan women and girls. “The silence surrounding the widely-known problem of violence against the girls and women of Afghanistan must be broken,” she stated. Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, emphasized that political and other leaders had to address this issue more vigorously and not leave it to human rights activists or women alone. “The problem isn’t that violence against women is being condoned. It’s not,” said Mr. Eide. “The problem is that violence against women is not being challenged or condemned. And that has implications both for countless individual victims and for the country’s future development.” 8 July 2009Violence against women, including rape, is widespread in Afghanistan, according to a new United Nations report, which details the extent of the problem against a backdrop of impunity and a failure by authorities to protect women’s rights. read more

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No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

With the acquisition, Voyant will leverage Acrobits’ portfolio of mobile communication softphones for smartphones, WebRTC browser clients, and software development kits for developers, according to a Voyant press release. The intention, Voyant said, is to offer an integrated mobile user experience for its UCaaS customers. Additionally, it plans on extending its offering with Acrobits’ programmable mobile client, which includes built-in support for Cisco BroadSoft and NetSapiens platforms, as well as open source options from Asterisk and FreeSWITCH. Acrobits has tens of millions of softphone endpoints across more than 70 countries, Voyant said. Voyant Acquires Acrobits, Expands Mobile OfferingsIn other business news, UCaaS and CPaaS service provider Voyant completed the acquisition of Acrobits, which provides mobile voice, text, and video communications apps to global enterprise, service providers, mobile virtual network operators, and software developers. Slack’s revenue gains were offset by increases to operating loss and $8.2 million of credits issued due to service-level disruption, Slack reported. In the quarter, Slack posted a GAAP operating loss of $363.7 million, or 251% of total revenue, compared to a $33.7 million loss in the second quarter of 2019. Slack attributed the losses to stock-based compensation and related employer payroll taxes. This resulted in a GAAP net loss per basic and diluted shares of 98 cents, according to the company. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 27, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Cisco, Salesforce, Avaya, NextPlane, and Serviceaide. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 13, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Slack, Fuze, Front, Numonix, and LogMeIn. See All in Vendor News » Highlights from the financial report include lower GAAP income – $2.3 million in 2020 compared to $3.4 million for 2019 – and a higher cash flow, with $31.2 million for the quarter, compared to $14.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Zoom attributed the drop in GAAP income to stock-based compensation and expenses related to payroll taxes, Zoom said. For the quarter, GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders was $5.5 million or 2 cents per share, compared to $500,000 or 0 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, according to Zoom. NJ_Roll_image1_9619.jpg desk-4208112_1920.jpg Optimizes App for Deskless WorkforceFor workplace optimization, mobile communication app provider this week announced new features, including a task manager, data checklist, and biometric authentication, to streamline the daily workload of non-desk employees in the retail, hospitality, aviation, and other industries. Dialpad Adds HD Video, AI to PlatformMoving into the conference room, cloud-native communication platform provider Dialpad has rolled out several new features to its UberConference platform. Slack Releases Second Quarter 2020 ResultsTeam collaboration provider Slack released its second quarter 2020 financial results, which ended July 31, 2019, citing total revenue of $145 million – a reported 58% increase year-over-year. This marks the first financial statement since Slack went public. UberConference is available in a two-tiered service plan. The free plan allows for up to 10 participants, while the business plan is available for $20 per user/month for up to 100 participants. Additionally, Slack “ended the quarter with 720 paid customers greater than $100,000 in annual recurring revenue, which is up 75% year-over-year,” said Allen Shim, CFO, Slack. In this week’s No Jitter Roll, we share the latest on Slack and Zoom financials, an acquisition in mobile communications, artificial intelligence (AI) in the conference room, and deskless workforce operations. The UberConference platform is a PIN-free, no download conferencing and collaboration service that includes screen share, voice intelligence, and customizable hold music. Among the new features, the platform will now include automated notes, transcripts, and action items and HD videoconferencing. Leveraging its voice intelligence capabilities, UberConference will now provide users a detailed post-call transcript and an automated meeting summary of key meeting assignments and takeaways, Dialpad said. The app is available in a multi-tiered service plan. The free plan allows for up to 500 users and 10GB of shared storage, while the Pro service costs $1 per user/month and allows for unlimited users and file storage. Enterprise pricing is available upon request.Tags:News & ViewsSlackZoomdeskless workforceWorkforce optimizationmobile communicationsVendor NewsAI & AutomationDigital TransformationDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceVendor News Articles You Might Like Zoom Announces Gains in Second Quarter 2020Keeping with financial news, video communications provider Zoom posted its financial results for the second quarter 2020, ending July 31, 2019, with revenue for the quarter totaling $145.8 million – up 96% year-over-year. Designed to combat lower worker efficiency, the new features will help deskless workers track task, deadlines and other important information, according to Praveen Kanyadi, cofounder and VP of product, The task manager tool allows managers to assign targeted team members or a group of individuals to a task, set deadlines, and priorities, as well as track progress in real-time. With the data checklist tool, managers can create customized digital checklists for their processes and attach supporting images, spreadsheets, or documents to assist with the role or assignment. Lastly, has enabled biometric login through its ThumbSignIn partnership. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily September 20, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from 8×8, Nuance, Slack, Nectar, and UnifiedFX. Highfive Promotes Interoperability, Accessibility Ryan Daily September 11, 2019 With a mission to make video conferencing more ubiquitous, Highfive introduced a new connector tool and licensing model. Log in or register to post comments Additionally, Zoom stated that it had approximately 66,300 customers with more than 10 employees, up 78% from last year’s quarter. Among those customers, 466 contributed more than $100,000 in trailing 12 months revenue, a 104% increase from last year’s quarter. Looking ahead, Zoom predicts third quarter 2020 results being between $155 and $156 million and full 2020 results between $587 and $590 million. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily October 04, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from BlueJeans, Symphony, Unify Square, Arkadin, and Edify Labs. read more

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Security Council demands Boko Haram immediately end all violence in Lake Chad

In the Gire 1 camp for internally displaced people, near Yola, Nigeria, a father holds photographs of his eldest daughter, 18, and his 6-year-old son, both of whom were kidnapped by members of Boko Haram during an attack on the family’s village. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich Through a Presidential Statement, the Security Council also expressed deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region. The Council strongly condemned all terrorist attacks, abuses of human rights and violations of humanitarian law by the group in the region, including those involving killings and other violence against civilians, notably women and children, abductions, rape, sexual slavery and other sexual violence, recruitment and use of children, and destruction of property.Concerned by reported violations and abuses of human rights and large-scale displacement of the civilian population across the Lake Chad Basin region as a result of Boko Haram’s activities, the Council also demands the immediate and unconditional release of all those abducted who remain in captivity, including 219 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno state, Nigeria in April 2014 among the reported thousands of others held captive by Boko Haram. “The Security Council recognizes that some of such acts may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes [and] stresses that those responsible for these abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable and brought to justice,” the statement stressed. As for the “alarming scale” of the region’s humanitarian crisis, Council members recalled that there are now more than 2.2 million Nigerians, and over 450,000 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Moreover, an estimated 4.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin region face a food security crisis, including 800,000 in Nigeria’s northern Borno and Yobe states, Nigeria, where an estimated 184 children a day risk starvation without the immediate provision of emergency food assistance. While commending the support provided to the displaced populations by the global community, in particular the people and governments of the Lake Chad Basin region, including with the assistance of humanitarian actors and relevant UN entities, the Council urged the international community to immediately support the provision of urgent relief assistance for the people most affected by the crisis in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Indeed, approximately 10 percent of the $531 million required to fulfil such assistance has been received this year, noted the Council.Further to the Statement, the Council commends the important territorial advances by the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria against Boko Haram, including through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) headquartered in N’Djamena, Chad. The Council urged the Member States participating in the MNJTF to further enhance regional military cooperation and coordination, particularly to consolidate military gains, deny safe haven to Boko Haram, allow humanitarian access and facilitate the restoration of the rule of law in liberated areas.“The Security Council underscores the importance of a holistic approach to degrade and defeat Boko Haram that includes coordinated security operations, conducted in accordance with applicable international law, as well as enhanced civilian efforts to improve governance and promote economic growth in the affected areas,” the Statement stressed.Welcoming the crucial initiative of the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to convene the Second Regional Security Summit on 14 May 2016 in Abuja to evaluate the regional response to the threat posed by Boko Haram, Council Members urged countries in the Lake Chad Basin to complement the regional military and security operations against the group by national and regional efforts, with the assistance of bilateral partners and multilateral organizations, to improve livelihoods, provide humanitarian assistance to displaced, facilitate stabilization efforts, reconstruction, and development and economic recovery. read more

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UN migration agency seeks 25 million to aid families in eastern Ukraine

“Many of the people who need urgent help are trapped in villages along the contact line without fuel for heating and cooking, hot water, food, or basic necessities,” said said Manfred Profazi, the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ukraine. Since April 2014, nearly 10,000 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine and nearly 23,000 injured. In addition, an estimated 3.8 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, according to IOM figures. More than half of those people are displaced across the country “jobless, struggling to pay their utility bills and lacking funds for food and medical expenses,” according to information released today.One of the worries is that mass displacement elevates the risk of human trafficking. In addition to humanitarian concerns, the UN agency is aiming to help the displaced communities come together to strengthen mutual trust. “Traffickers know the market and cynically move in to exploit vulnerable people who are desperate to provide for their families. We will work with communities both to prevent it happening and to assist victims,” Mr. Profazi said. read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball cruises to wins against NJIT George Mason

The Ohio State men’s volleyball team might be banding together after winning two non-conference games over the weekend at St. John Arena. No. 10 OSU dispatched George Mason, 3-1, Saturday after taking down the New Jersey Institute of Technology to complete the weekend sweep. After four errors in the first five points from George Mason, the Buckeyes took a four-point lead (6-2) in the first set. The Patriots tied the match at 11, then took the lead at 14-12. Back-to-back kills from sophomore outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt sophomore opposite Andrew Lutz tied the game at 15 and forced a timeout by the Patriots. George Mason took the set with a 25-23 win. OSU coach Pete Hanson used it as a call “to do better.” “Let’s not just push out a win, but let’s go and beat somebody with some authority,” Hanson said. The defense was strong opening the second set. The Buckeyes recorded 13 kills and three attack errors, winning the set, 25-17. Up early in the third set, the Buckeyes battled to stay ahead. A kill from redshirt senior middle blocker John Tholen pushed the Buckeyes to a five-point lead (22-17). Redshirt sophomore setter Peter Heinen sealed the match with a kill, ending at 25-19. The Patriots came back with a vengeance in the fourth match with a 4-2 lead. After a kill from OSU senior middle blocker Grayson Overman and three errors by the Patriots, the Buckeyes took the game, 25-23. Lutz received his first double-double of his career, totaling 15 kills and a career-best 14 digs. “A lot of them are lucky,” Lutz said after the game. “It’s not really about records right now, I just want to win.” Henchy added 13 kills and tied his career-high in digs for the second double-double of the season. Tholen had a season-best 10 kills and two digs and two block assists. Senior outside hitter Chen Levitan finished with a career-high with 13 digs. Some of the players said the team’s success can be attributed to its focus on teamwork. “It’s a team performance,” Overman said. “If we all do well, then we’re all stoked on it so it’s honestly about the team and we pulled together in the end.” Friday, OSU matched up with the NJIT and cruised to a 3-0 victory. The Buckeyes recorded 14 kills and four attack errors to win the opening set, 25-20. NJIT was able to make a short-lived comeback during the second set and held a 19-17 lead deep into the game. The Buckeyes took control after two kills each from Henchy and Tholen and a service ace by redshirt junior libero Danny Baker, leading OSU to a 2-0 match advantage.  Hanson said Baker was key in the win. “Danny Baker did a heck of a job,” Hanson said. “He came in and served those last two points, made that dig and got that ace and that’s what we are looking for, when a substitute can come in and spark the team and get a couple of points.” In the third set, the Highlanders established an early lead, but OSU countered with an 8-1 run to take a four-point lead (9-5). The Buckeyes increased the pressure, mounting the lead to 17-9. A kill from Henchy put OSU at a comfortable 21-14 advantage. Overman and Levitan contributed kills that gave OSU the match point and a kill from Lutz sealed the 25-17 win. Henchy ended with a career-best 20 kills in the win. “We knew that they were not the best opponent we’d see all season,” Henchy said. “They were a lot better than we expected and they gave us a run for our money in the second game.” The Buckeyes are set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State on Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

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Luis Suarez admits bite and apologises to Giorgio Chiellini

first_imgLast week Suárez had said: “In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.After the impact … I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent…At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.”The Italian defender has accepted the apology: Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Uruguay president curses FIFA ‘sons of b****es’LIVE: France v Nigeria, World Cup last 16 Source: Giorgio Chiellini/Twitter .@luis16suarez It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) June 30, 2014 URUGUAYAN STRIKER LUIS SUÁREZ has today issued an apology to Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini for “the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered.”Using Twitter, the Liverpool attacker stated he decided to apologise after having the opportunity to reflect on the incident with his family in Montevideo.The 27-year old has also promised never to be involved in another biting incident again.The statement in full:last_img read more

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German tax collectors willing to help in Athens

first_imgMore than 160 German financial services executives are willing to go to Greece in order to strengthen the Greek tax system, according to a report published in the German magazine Wirtschafts Woche. The magazine cites German deputy finance minister Hans Bernhard Beus, who explains that a key factor is the knowledge of a foreign language – some of them speak Greek – while the return to active duty of retired tax collectors should not be ruled out. Many come from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, whose finance minister, Norbert Walter-Borjans, compares Greece with 90s East Germany, noting that even the East Germans at the time were suspicious towards the West. “In Greece suspicion will be greater, in part because of the inappropriate language used by some in Germany,” he said. The article also refers to a confidential report from the European Commission, according to which the mechanism of tax collection in Greece is especially problematic. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Hiver 2010 la grippe est bien présente sur le territoire français

first_imgHiver 2010 : la grippe est bien présente sur le territoire françaisAlors que le pays est officiellement entré dans la période hivernale, la grippe fait son retour avec le grand froid et le seuil épidémique officiel pourrait être dépassé cette semaine, avant le réveillon de la nouvelle année.La France n’échappe pas à l’épidémie grippale. Les Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe (Grog), ont noté une nette augmentation du nombre de cas de grippe en France, et cela notamment dans les départements du Nord.Les groupes régionaux estiment que le seuil épidémique pourrait être bientôt franchi et face à cette information, les autorités sanitaires appellent les plus fragiles à se faire vacciner. Les personnes âgées ont dû recevoir un bon en ce sens. Quelques mesures d’hygiène simples sont à respecter afin de limiter la propagation de l’épidémie comme l’utilisation des mouchoirs jetables et le lavage régulier des mains. A noter que le vaccin cette année contient notamment une souche de la grippe A afin de s’en prémunir plus efficacement.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 10:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fourfifths of UK employees state poor mental wellbeing impacts their work

first_imgFour-fifths (80%) of UK employees who have struggled with poor mental wellbeing believe that this has impacted on their work, according to research by insight agency Opinium and the University of Warwick.The Workplace mental wellbeing report, which surveyed 2,009 UK employees aged 18 or over, also found that 67% of those individuals who had struggled with their mental wellbeing had never told their employer; 23% felt too embarrassed, 24% believed their employer would be unable to help, and 19% thought it might jeopardise their career.Only 36% of employees who have experienced mental ill-health have taken time off work for this within the last 12 months, although 54% of this group felt pressure to return to work before they were ready.Many employees reported feeling unable to take time off in order to care for their mental wellbeing. A quarter (25%), for example, felt their organisation would not understand, 28% did not think that mental ill-health would be a valid reason and 30% simply wanted to keep their situation to themselves.Sophie Holland, senior research executive at Opinium, said: “Clearly there are still significant barriers preventing employees from talking about their mental wellbeing to their employers, and this needs to change.“Culture is key here. Employers need to work to create safe spaces where their employees feel comfortable talking about mental health and wellbeing, both good and bad experiences, allowing employees to bring their full selves to work. However, it is also important that workplaces have the support structures and initiatives in place.“Every workplace is different, and different teams may need different initiatives to support them. Therefore, it is vital that employers listen to their employees and understand what works best for them.”A fifth (21%) of respondents would like access to mental health days, but currently only 5% do. Other initiatives that staff would value include flexible working (17%), monitoring of mental wellbeing via surveys (16%) and counselling or an employee assistance programme (EAP) (16%).Although 35% of staff are not offered any support from their employer when it comes to their mental health, the most commonly offered initiatives include space to take breaks (29%), flexible or remote working arrangements (24%) and access to counsellors or an EAP (18%).Around half (49%) of managers do not know how to support employee mental wellbeing in the workplace, and 66% state that they would know what to do if an employee directly told them that they were struggling.Of those employees that were marked as enjoying above average mental wellbeing, based on the Warwick-Edinburgh scale, 31% participated in a mentoring scheme, 29% had access to a mental health first aider, 29% were subject to enforced, mandatory breaks and 28% took part in an exercise or recreational class at lunch or after work.Sarah Stewart-Brown, spokesperson at the University of Warwick, added: “We developed this scale because it captures so much more about mental health than scales which measure mental illness.“Mental wellbeing is about thriving, not just surviving. Employees with good mental wellbeing feel good and function well. Quantifying mental wellbeing helps organisations to focus on what [it is] doing right. Tracking scores over time highlights effective strategies and promotes wider understanding of mental wellbeing.”last_img read more

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Strong stench at the Taj Mahals toilets forces ASI to work out

first_imgAgra: Alarmed over a spate of complaints from tourists regarding stinking toilets in the Taj Mahal, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials on Wednesday worked out a truce with the sanitation workers on strike who returned to work to clean up the mess. After Tuesday’s downpour, the Taj Mahal looked dazzling white and the lawns were fresh with lush green grass cover. Visitors expressed satisfaction at the level of cleanliness. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us On Tuesday, around 30 ‘safari karamcharis’ hired by the Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) had gone on strike to demand disbursement of their salaries. Within a few hours, the whole area was filled with the stench causing uneasiness among the visitors who started complaining about this. The ASI deployed its own staff to help clean the toilets and clear the mess left unattended by the striking workers of the Bharat Vikas Group. BVG has been contracted by the ASI to clean and maintain public toilets in the Mughal monuments in Agra. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The employees of BVG on strike alleged they had not been paid their salaries for the past six months, and even after repeated reminders, no action had been initiated by the ASI. ASI officials said they had informed the headquarters in New Delhi and “some action was likely to happen soon.” The workers who were on strike levelled serious charges against the ASI and blamed the officials for dragging their case for long, showing hardly any sensitivity to their plight. Advertise With Us They alleged that the wife of one of the worker’s had died in hospital as her treatment was delayed for want of money. Meanwhile, Ved Gautam, a tourist guide at the Taj Mahal said: “The ASI should have made alternative arrangements or ensured the workers were paid. How can they take this problem so lightly? The holiday crowds are already here. It is, therefore, necessary that the basic infrastructural facilities be maintained in top condition. The ASI should also provide protection to visitors from stray animals, monkeys, dogs and buffaloes, seen going berserk so often,” Gautam added. Meanwhile, security arrangements were beefed up ahead of the Independence Day, both in the monuments and in the city, following intelligence inputs of violence. Senior officials, including the District Magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar, inspected the central jail where Kashmiri detainees had been shifted. The constant vigil was being kept at known flashpoints in the city, police officials said.last_img read more

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Biggest challenges facing new hockey coach Graham Reid

first_imgGraham Reid has some challenges as well as great opportunitiesHockey IndiaGraham Reid is now the coach of Indian men’s hockey team. The story of this side over the last few years has been of one-step forward and two steps back. Great performances at the last two editions of Champions Trophy were followed by disappointing results at the 2016 Olympics and 2018 World Cup.Australia has been one of the biggest exporters of coaches in Indian hockey. Ric Charlesworth and Michael Nobbs were earlier brought in to resurrect Indian team’s fortunes. So, can Reid do what his compatriot predecessors couldn’t? Only time will tell. But there are some clear challenges which the former Kookaburra has to deal with.Demands of administratorsReid has been, in all probability, given the job with the Olympics in mind. “We are hopeful his experience and expertise will help the Indian Men’s Hockey Team achieve desirable results leading up to and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Mohammed Mushtaque Ahmad, Hockey India President said in his official statement.However, if we have learnt anything from administrators in Hockey, it is that no coach is safe in his position. The removal of Harendra Singh after 2018 World Cup, preceded by the transfer of Sjoerd Marijne and the axing of Roelant Oltmans prior to that, all testify to this. He may be the man chosen to lead the team into next year’s Olympics. But poor results, or even average ones, may put his place in jeopardy also.Dealing with talentReid will shortly join the national camp taking place in Bengaluru involving the top-60 players of the country. While there are some experienced pros – like SV Sunil and P Sreejesh – most players in this group are young.Many of them belong to the team which won the Junior World Cup of 2016. Mandeep Singh and Manpreet are two of the most prominent. Grooming these youngsters into top players of the world is the big task ahead of him.Modernising the teamFor the longest time, Indian hockey has looked behind the curve. Whether it was in getting used to the astro-turfs or reaching the levels of fitness modern hockey requires, adjustment came later. The current problem seems to be the new format of penalty-shootout.It was in this format that India lost the last two Champions Trophy finals to Australia – Reid was coaching Australia during the first of these two events, Asian Games semi-final to Malaysia and recently, the Sultan Azlan Shah final to South Korea. Maybe this is the area where change needs to come first.last_img read more

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UNICEF organises friendly cricket match to mark World Childrens Day

first_imgUNICEFA friendly cricket match will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city on Saturday to mark the World Children’s Day that falls on 20 November, according to UNB.A group of underprivileged cricketers (boys and girls) will play with former and current cricketers of Bangladesh.The match will be held from 10:30am, according to UNICEF.Former national cricketers Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin, Habibul Bashar, Naimul Islam Durjoy, and Hannan Sarkar, national cricketer Taskin Ahmed, National Women’s Cricketer of Bangladesh Suraiya Azmin and others will play.Adolescent cricketers from UNICEF partner NGOs—Aporajayo Bangla, BRAC and Shurovi—will take part in the match.World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual global day of action for children, by children, a chance to advocate, raise funds and awareness for the most pressing issues facing children.This year, the world will come together on 20 November to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential.United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.20 November is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.Universal Children’s Day offers everyone an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.This year, the world is going blue and there is an effort to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential.last_img read more

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US to promote religious freedom everywhere

first_img.The United States on Friday said it joins the international community in welcoming the United Nations’ decision to designate August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. “The United States resolves to defend and promote religious freedom everywhere,” said the US Embassy in Dhaka in a press statement as the world formally recognised the victims of persecution based on religious expression. The US recognises the open, constructive, and respectful debate of ideas, as well as interreligious, interfaith, and intercultural dialogue, at the local, national, regional, and international levels, can play a positive role in combating religious hatred, incitement, and violence. “We thank the government of Bangladesh for participating in the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and view the forum as a catalyst to further dialogue on this important topic around the world,” the statement reads. The Ministerial, held in Washington July 16-18, 2019, brought together more than 1,000 members of civil society and 105 representatives of foreign governments and international organisations in the largest human rights conference ever hosted by the US Department of State, to discuss religious freedom challenges and identify concrete actions to combat religious persecution and discrimination. “We’ll always continue to stand for the freedom to live, to work, and worship according to the dictates of your conscience. And freedom of religion will always be an American anthem,” the statement said quoting US vice president Mike Pence as saying during the Ministerial.last_img read more

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With Days To Go Sylvia Garcia Aims To Avoid Runoff In Houston

first_img Share Abby Livingston/The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Gene Green and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia pose for a photo in Humble as they knock on doors for her congressional campaign on Saturday, March 3, 2018.State Sen. Sylvia Garcia did not have much of an entourage with her as she knocked on doors in the final stretch of her bid for the Democratic nomination in Houston’s 29th Congressional District.In fact, it was downright old-fashioned: A single staffer tagged along with yard signs as an old friend drove her around his stomping grounds in his Chevy Blazer, introducing her to his neighbors.A rally would come later in the day, and campaign volunteers were also canvassing the district, but for now, this was a remarkably intimate campaign moment, particularly given that old friend helping her was the seat’s retiring congressman, Gene Green. As they approached people’s porches, Garcia tossed newspapers up from their lawns. Green assessed every house as to where to best place one of Garcia’s campaign signs. He’s particularly focused on endearing himself to residents of corner houses because those offer two different angles for sign placement. Instead of fancy campaign apps on their phones, the pair used printed-out sheets and clipboards.“I’m old school…Gene and I like to do it this way,” said Garcia. “Any campaign worth its salt has a clipboard somewhere.”They’ve done this a time or two before, it seems, and the experience is always a window into humanity. One man asks the pair to wait a few minutes in order to put on his pants. Another man jokingly shouts at Garcia as she walked away to “behave yourself!”Garcia and Green ran against each other in 1992 for the seat Green would eventually win. Two years ago, Garcia gave him political cover when he came under threat from a primary challenge. Now Green is campaigning for Garcia like his own career depends on it. “Sylvia’s gonna follow in my foot steps,” Green told a couple working in their yard. “Somebody joked that she couldn’t get in my boots and I said I’ll never wear her high heels.’Months ago, Garcia appeared poised to easily win this race, but something happened along the way to the nomination: Out of nowhere, health care executive Tahir Javed, declared his candidacy for the seat and has, so far, raised $1.2 million, most of that his own money. Garcia is widely expected to take first place here on Tuesday, but the operative question is will she win by enough to avoid a runoff? “We’re still confident we can get out of this without a runoff,” she said. “It’s a crowded field but we’ve worked it really hard.” The 29th District has a largely Hispanic population. First drawn in 1992, it was expected that it would be represented by a Hispanic. But through his retail politicking skill, Green, who is white, easily won re-election year after year.It stretches from Humble, where Garcia and Green were blockwalking, around the east side of Houston and down into Pasadena where on the same afternoon, Javed hosted a campaign event in which he and his supporters gave away free items to people in front of an abandoned Macy’s department store. Tejano music blared as a long line of people waited with boxes to collect canned food, cereal and even mattresses.A drone camera buzzed above for future campaign videos.“I’m a realistic guy,” said Javed. “For me, straight win, I should not even talking about. It’s a runoff.”“My target is, we walk out of runoff as number one candidate,” he added. Abby Livingston/Texas TribuneHealth care executive and congressional candidate Tahir Javed hands out food in Pasadena on Saturday, March 3, 2018.He added that he hopes to come in first place Tuesday within the sprawling Democratic field. Beyond Javed and Garcia, several other candidates are running: businesswoman Dominique Garcia, attorney Roel Garcia, educator Hector Adrian Morales, veteran Augustine Reyes and small business owner Pedro Valencia. All have raised under $60,000, but they could collectively keep the majority of the vote out of Sylvia Garcia’s grasp. Javed told the Tribune earlier this year he would “spend whatever it takes” to win this seat. That sum is now at least $800,000.When asked about critics who have accused him of trying to buy the seat, he said, “It’s very unfortunate that without spending money, you cannot take your message to people. I wish there was a way you could do that.”“Now I’m not a real politician who has name I.D. out there, so I had to put my name out,” he added. “To do that, it costs money.”Garcia has raised about $500,000, and EMILY’s List, the influential national group that helps elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, spent about $60,000 after early voting began on digital and other media on her. The race, oddly, has drawn the attention of two well-known New Yorkers. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York endorsed Javed just as early voting began. It was widely perceived as a nod to the extensive fundraising Javed has done over the years for the party – but it nonetheless enraged many Texas Democrats, including Green. Green used to serve with Schumer when the New Yorker was in the U.S. House. “Chuck ought to stay out of our business,” Green said. “I cannot imagine Chuck Schumer influencing one vote in our district.”But Schumer’s fellow Democratic New York senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, also got in the game and donated to Garcia’s campaign. “I’ve made my choice,” said Gillibrand when recently asked by the Texas Tribuneabout the split with her senior senator. The other reason this race matters beyond the district is that Garcia could become the first first Latina elected to Congress from Texas. She could also be, this year, among a class of the first Texas females elected to a full term in Congress since 1996.Garcia has long dismissed Javed’s spending, suggesting her relationships in the district will carry the day. Some of that was on display as she and Green knocked on doors. Every third house or so, the occupant knew exactly who they were. In one house, an older woman screeched, “Sylvia! Gene!” when she saw the pair.The woman’s daughter rushed an even younger girl out of the house to take a photo with Garcia and Green in front of a Garcia campaign sign.The sense among most Houston Democratic insiders is that the combination of the large field and Javed’s spending are likely to be too much for Garcia to overcome on Tuesday, meaning a runoff is likely. But, eventually, many expect that her decades of time in Houston politics will carry the day and she will win this race – eventually.last_img read more

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How to Create a Multilingual Website

first_imgDecember 5, 2012 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » The great communicator: Liz Elting of TransPerfect.Photo© Natalie BrasingtonQ: How can I create multilingual websites to attract international customers?A: Tackling the world, are we? Good for you. Attracting foreign visitors to your website involves a fairly obvious formula: Speak the same language as your target market. According to research firm IDC, web users are four times more likely to purchase from a company that communicates in their language. Additionally, visitors to websites stay twice as long on sites that are in their native tongue, according to Forrester Research.The bad news: There’s no simple formula to instantly translate your English-language website into, say, Mandarin. To learn the nuances behind a successful multilingual web presence, we spoke to Liz Elting, CEO of New York-based TransPerfect, which provides language services and translation-related technologies for companies ranging from small businesses to global enterprises. Do I have to build entirely new websites for each language?Sort of, but replicating your current site in multiple languages shouldn’t involve rebuilding its back end. It’s your content that matters, not the user interface. Quick example: When marketing a “home away from home” promotion for a franchised hotel chain, make sure the phrase “home away from home” translates.You need to keep search engine optimization in mind for each language. Just because certain terms are popular in English does not mean the translation is the preferred keyword in other languages. Finding those keywords and terms is vital to your success. Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut to this process other than painstakingly matching English words against high-ranking translations you can find through Google Trends.If SEO matters, how do you recommend handling URLs for translated pages? You have the option of using a subdomain (, a subdirectory ( or a top-level domain (companyname.sp). Which one you use depends on your company. For instance, how well-known is your top-level domain (TLD), product name or company? If your TLD is well-known, you might want to keep it for multilingual websites. If your company already owns the other TLDs for multilingual websites, you’re ahead of the game. Many companies will purchase the in-market TLD ahead of entering a market to keep a competitor from swiping it.To figure out if you should go on an international URL buying spree, take a look at how much traffic your existing domain already draws from different markets and solicit feedback from customers. A client of ours learned from customers in China that because users were required to enter information in Latin-based characters and because the site was .com and not .cn, the site was considered irrelevant in that country.Should businesses create branded social media accounts in different languages?Successful strategies for multilingual campaigns are still emerging. But we do know this: Poor execution via social media can cause more harm to your brand and reputation than having made no effort at all.Also, understand that while Facebook has 55 percent global penetration, according to comScore, it doesn’t mean it’s the only social media site used in foreign markets. In fact, with Twitter still banned in mainland China, you’re better off building a campaign on local site Sina Weibo, which has an audience of more than 300 million posting more than 100 million messages a day. On the other hand, if your customers don’t use social media in China, perhaps you’re better off spending your marketing dollars elsewhere. This story appears in the November 2012 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals went back to offense in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft selecting tackle Korey Cunningham of Cincinnati.Cunningham’s a Cardinal.Welcome to AZ!— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 28, 2018After selecting their only defensive player in the previous round in cornerback Chris Campbell, the Cardinals choose Cunningham as their sixth player overall and the fifth player on offense. Cunningham started 12 games at left tackle for the Bearcats in 2017 representing his team as one of three senior captains and earning a second team All-American Athletic Conference selection.The 6-foot-6, 305 pound tackle was ranked as a top-60 tight end coming out of high school. When he arrived at Cincinnati he weighed just 220 pounds.Related LinksCardinals select offensive lineman Mason Cole in third round of NFL DraftCardinals select CB Chris Campbell in sixth round of NFL DraftA three-sport athlete in high school who also participated in basketball and baseball, Cunningham displayed his athleticism at his pro day posting a 4.90 40-yard dash, according to joins third round pick center Mason Cole of Michigan as new additions to the offensive line for the Cardinals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore (8) huddles with offensive lineman Korey Cunningham (71) and offensive lineman Keith Minor (54). (AP Photo/Tony Ding) 1 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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