Lucknow Metro delay unavoidable, says E. Sreedharan

first_imgThe delay in starting the Lucknow Metro for public use cannot be attributed to the change in political power at the helm of Uttar Pradesh, said noted civil engineer E. Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, here on Thursday.Mr. Sreedharan said the transition in power from the Samajwadi Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in U.P. had no impact on the “planning or schedule” of the Lucknow Metro’s construction. The postponement of the deadline was due to “unavoidable reasons” such as the delay in receiving coaches and timely Railway clearances, he said. He expressed confidence that the Metro rail would be running in the U.P. capital by the third or fourth week of July.Mr. Sreedharan said Metro projects across India were awaiting government clearances as the Centre was finalising a new Metro policy. Work for the Lucknow Metro began in September 2014 and the trial run on its priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016. The previous SP government had announced the services would begin on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the BJP government criticising the previous Akhikesh Yadav regime for doing things “hastily”. Despite the repeated extension of the deadline, Mr. Sreedharan said the Lucknow Metro could boast of having the fastest first section of any metro be be completed anywhere in the country.last_img read more

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India Beats UK, China, Japan in Having Most Evolved Digital Payments System: Report

first_imgIndia beat countries like the United Kingdom, China and Japan to gain the tag of having the most evolved digital payments system. India’s immediate payment service (IMPS) has been rated 5 by a United States-based financial services technology and outsourcing services company Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) in its global report.The report, titled Flavors of Fast, 2017, gives India the highest rating on a scale of 1 to 5 on its faster payment innovation index (FPII). While 1 reflects “meets base required features only,” 5 indicates that most features are met, maximizing customer value.This is the fourth edition of the Flavors of Fast report, according to which the higher the FPII score, the stronger the possibilities for innovation. A total of 25 countries were assessed for FPII, including Bahrain, Turkey, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden and South Africa.“Out of the countries assessed, India’s IMPS was the only system across the world performing at level 5. Taiwan was at level 1, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, Iceland, China, Korea & Sri Lanka were assessed at level 2,” Ramaswamy Venkatachalam, regional managing director — India and South Asia, FIS, said, reported livemint.com.Level 3 was occupied by Chile, Sweden, South Africa, Bahrain, Japan. Level 4 countries were Spain, Kenya, Poland, Finland, UK, Singapore, Denmark Switzerland and Thailand.The Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) in India is an instant interbank electronic fund transfer service available through mobile phones and internet banking applications that was launched in 2010.Originally designed as an instant “mobileonly” remittance solution, IMPS now offers an instant payment service for online and mobile devices, available 24/7, that provides a safe and economical service for consumers and merchants to make and request (pull as well as push) payments.The report also highlighted the popularity of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). It added that India has made great steps by offering innovative solutions on top of IMPS with the use of the UPI. Launched by the National Payments corporation India (NPCI), UPI is an overlay on IMPS, giving an API interface to enable applications to initiate and collect payments from smartphones.“Real-time payments are not only about speed. They’re about creating frictionless trade, and a financial world in which the entire payment process occurs easily and immediately,” Venkatachalam added.The FIS report further said that a primary example of the importance of innovation is the impressive rollout of India’s Universal Payments Interface UPI. It opens up access to real-time by allowing payments to be directly integrated into external business applications.“UPI is proving that open access central to innovation and is also a strong driver of adoption. The introduction of UPI in August 2016 led to the creation of a wealth of new innovative payment solutions,” the report elaborated.It also highlighted that the adoption rates of UPI payments are “truly spectacular: Transactions using UPI increased 100 times from a modest 92,000 to 9.2 million transactions in the first nine months of operation.” Related ItemsBankingEconomylast_img read more

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I have just one life to live and I wouldn’t want to waste it on one profession: Taapsee Pannu

first_imgWalking casually into the suite of a suburban hotel in Mumbai, Taapsee Pannu manages to electrify the room merely with her presence. Friendly if a bit frugal with her words during the course of the photoshoot, the actor is an unlikely rising star in more ways than one. Yes, she,Walking casually into the suite of a suburban hotel in Mumbai, Taapsee Pannu manages to electrify the room merely with her presence. Friendly if a bit frugal with her words during the course of the photoshoot, the actor is an unlikely rising star in more ways than one. Yes, she comes with an entourage but she doesn’t let the bevy buzz around her at all times. Insisting on ordering her own breakfast of egg white omelette and hash browns, she gets straight to business, which begins with blow-drying her naturally frizzy hair currently cropped to a bob.Tall and athletic, she is charm personified in classic black. She listens carefully to the photographer and poses cooperatively for his camera, allowing her expressive eyes to do all the work. That is until a martial arts pose is asked of her. She is now extremely particular about every detail, from her posture to the way her foot is pointed. She is only a few days away from her shoot in Malaysia where they are scheduled to film intensive action sequences for the second half of Naam Shabana, the Neeraj Pandey-produced, Shivam Nairdirected prequel to Baby, 2015, which has her in the lead. Having undergone training in mixed martial arts, Aikido and Krav Maga for over two months, Pannu argues that it would be sacrilegious to get the pose wrong. High heels are not an excuse.It is no surprise that she gets her way. “I always do things the way I want to,” she tells me later. Pannu is not arrogant, just confident and headstrong. In that way, she is very much like Minal Arora, the character she plays in director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Pink, 2016, her most successful as well as thought-provoking Hindi film. “There’s no one who could have come as close to Minal’s character as Taapsee. Both respond instantly to provocation without bothering about who’s in front of them. Taapsee is always chirpy and brings a certain energy to the set,” reveals Shoojit Sircar, who co-produced the film. Having directed her with Amit Sadh for a Wild Stone advertisement and then in the yet to be released Runningshaadi. com, Sircar thought of Pannu instantly when Pink was being developed and Minal’s character came up. “If the film had anyone else playing Minal, it would have been unrealistic,” he says.advertisementWONDER YEARSLike Minal, Pannu also grew up in Delhi; she went to Mata Jai Kaur Public School and studied computer science engineering at Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology. Raised in a middle-class family–her mother, a housewife, and her father, in the business of real estate-she is the older one of two daughters. “It comes from the fact that we were all girls in the family, including the cousins, that I was always a carefree brat,” says Pannu. “I would leave home at 7am and come back at 10pm during the holidays. As we grew older, the other girls stopped playing outdoors, and I’d end up playing with the boys. Mothers in the neighbourhood would discourage their daughters to play with me. But my parents never stopped me. They had nothing to complain about.”Despite her devil-may-care attitude and her love for the outdoors, Pannu also managed good grades in school. “I genuinely enjoyed learning. I was always inquisitive and would question everything. My dad would tell me I ought to become a lawyer,” laughs Pannu. But she wasn’t a big dreamer and never really harboured aspirations to “make it big in life.” A child of the present, Pannu’s only criterion has been to make sure whatever she does keeps her happy. Her parents might not subscribe to the same beliefs, but over the years, have learnt to expect the unexpected from her. So, when she announced her decision to accept a lead role in veteran director K Raghavendra Rao’s Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam, 2010, over a job at Infosys, they didn’t so much as blink.SERIOUS BUSINESSShe had chosen to pursue software engineering because she had been good at mathematics and physics in school, and although she had considered an MBA, a nine-to-five job didn’t seem very appealing. When she was offered Jhummandi Naadam after her stint on Channel V’s Get Gorgeous, which she auditioned for on a complete whim, she couldn’t think of a reason not to take it up. “From playing every sport to learning Kathak, I’d always been a jack of all trades of sorts. So I thought, chalo yeh bhi try kar lete hai,” she says. Acting was supposed to be something she would indulge in for a year. It has been six years now and Pannu has worked in 23 films across four different languages.advertisementWhen picking from a pile of scripts, Pannu is mindful that the character she is to play impacts the story enough. “Who is directing the film also matters a lot. Even an average script can work or fail because of the director. There’s a reason why they’re called the captain of the ship,” she says. On set, Pannu is a director’s delight. She likes to prep for a role but is also spontaneous and can be moulded to do just about anything, says Sircar. “One day on the sets of Pink, she was a bit unwell. She had a bad cold and fever. But I told her not to take any medication. It worked so well for the shot. A day before the slapping scene, I asked her not to sleep at all. I’m sure it was very hard for her, and I’m sure she hated me, but she didn’t complain and it worked wonders for the film,” reveals Sircar.An extremely diligent, hardworking actor, Pannu credits luck for allowing her the opportunity to work with veteran directors across various film industries. Her debut Tamil film, Aadukalam, 2011, was directed by Vetrimaran, whose 2015 film Visaranai is India’s official entry to the Oscars. “My Bollywood debut in 2013 was with one of the industry’s most successful filmmakers, David Dhawan. It makes me believe that my luck line is stronger than my life line,” she says. “I really hadn’t done anything to get the fantastic debut projects that I got.” Her struggle, she believes, began after the success of her first films. “It raised the bar, the expectations of my next performance were set higher.” Reactions to Pink have been so overwhelmingly positive, that the pressure to perform and a sense of responsibility to her fans is something she is feeling now more than ever.WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDSBut living in the now is still very much a priority for Pannu, who refuses to plan her life. She does know a few things about her future, though. One, that she won’t be an actor all her life (“I have just one life to live and I wouldn’t want to waste it on one profession”) and two, that she will not date anyone from the acting fraternity. “After all, there can be only one star in a relationship,” she says, giving me a line she uses every time she is asked about her personal life. “I’ve realised that once an actor talks about his or her personal life, that is all the media discusses, no matter what their achievements,” she asserts.In the world of Hindi cinema, Pannu already has enough challenges to meet. While one good performance is enough to firmly root you in the film industry down south, competition in Bollywood is far greater. “There are too many actors who’re star kids and I will have to prove myself over and over again. Until then, not a single slip is forgiven,” she reasons. But she enjoys the challenges and thrives on the time she gets between the directors’ shouts of ‘action’ and ‘cut’. “I love that I can live so many lives through this job. But it takes a lot to enact roles that are nothing like me. It’s difficult for me to get into the skin of the character. I really brainstorm with the director about who the character is, I try and understand her back story,” she says.advertisementThanks to her picture perfect childhood, playing the layered titular character in Naam Shabana has been particularly challenging, she admits. “I’m not the kind of person who reads between the lines, I take things at face value and trust people easily. Plus I don’t really like hitting people,” she adds with a laugh. Jokes apart, the film could very well be the gamechanger Pannu has been looking for. It’s a film actor Akshay Kumar, who makes a special appearance, has deemed “a unique attempt” and a first for Indian cinema. If Pink was touted as an important film for its content, Pannu’s forthcoming action thriller seems to promise more of the same.last_img read more

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Team treats Kangana for good work in ‘Panga’

first_imgKangana Ranaut was treated with a lavish south Indian meal by her team to appreciate the efforts she has been putting in as a kabaddi player in Panga . Ranaut has been working really hard to get into character by gaining and losing weight, doing pilates, slogging in the gym and learning the sport. The team shared this picture of her enjoying the food on Instagram on Tuesday.last_img

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Kansas nerd box score

first_imgkuThis nerd box score is about as boring as the game itself was. OSU’s field position continues to be just incredible. I think it is probably top five in the country in average starting field position. That’ll be big in the last three games.Swing points will also be monstrous. One good thing of late is that OSU hasn’t been ceding negative swing points since the TCU game. If the Pokes get inside the 25, they’ve been scoring. They just haven’t been getting inside the 25 as often as they’d like.It has to be demoralizing as a Kansas player (or fan) that only 71 of your yards weren’t wasted (resulted in points). That is so, so bad.“Of slight concern but not really because it’s Kansas” for OSU: 80 percent offensive efficiency — a higher number here is better. Ideally, if you’re above average, you want to gain more yards on offense than your opponent has been giving up all year. I realize some of these were taken away by the Gilbert kick return, but still, something to keep an eye on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Watford v Arsenal: match preview

first_imgShare on Messenger 19 Hughes 37 Pereyra Share on Twitter 25 Holebas ARS47WAT53% Goal attempts Reuse this content 26 Martinez 7 1 4 Dawson Match previews 29 Capoue Watford 26 Foster 2 Janmaat Share on WhatsApp Arsenal Share via Email Lineups 35 Martinelli 34 Xhaka Share on Pinterest 19 Pepe (s 60′) 24 Nelson 1 Gomes 5 Papastathopoulos (s 78′) Fouls 14 Chalobah 12 4 news 27 Kabasele 14 Aubameyang 7 Deulofeu 36 Foulquier (s 67′) 8 Cleverley Substitutes 29 Guendouzi Share on LinkedIn (s 63′) 15 Maitland-Niles 8 Ceballos Possession 28 Willock Topics Substitutes 21 Chambers ARS WAT 16 Doucoure Premier League 23 Sarr Match stats Quique Sánchez Flores is back at Watford and it is fair to say he knows the score. “We don’t have time,” the manager said, with a nod towards the helter-skelter nature of Premier League football but, also, perhaps the reality that the Watford hot-seat is hotter than most. Rock bottom after four games, Sánchez Flores will face Manchester City after this daunting clash with free-wheeling Arsenal. Things could get worse before they get better. David HytnerSunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueVenue Vicarage RoadLast season Watford 0 Arsenal 1Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G4 Y16 R1 4.25 cards/gameOdds H 5-2 A Evens D 11-4WATFORDSubs from Gomes, Prödl, Masina, Quina, Chalobah, Sema, Cleverley, Success, Dahlberg, Mariappa, Dele-Bashiru, Foulquier, Peñaranda, Sarr, Pereyra, Holebas, CathcartDoubtful Cathcart (knock)Injured Deeney (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y7 R0Form LLLDLeading scorers Gray, Hughes 1ARSENALSubs from Martínez, Macey, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Özil, NelsonDoubtful NoneInjured Bellerín (knee, 22 Sep), Tierney (groin, 22 Sep), Lacazette (ankle, Oct), Mavropanos (groin, Oct)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y9 R0Form WWLDLeading scorer Aubameyang 3 Watford 18 Gray (s 54′) 11 Torreira 21 Femenia 23 Luiz 77 Saka Arsenal Share on Facebook 47 53 1 Leno 31 Kolasinac Corners (s 71′) 10 Ozil 6 Mariappa 21 Watford Off target 3 Arsenal 9 Watford On target 4 Arsenal last_img read more

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Watch: North Texas Running Back Projectile Vomits On The Field

first_imgA North Texas running back barfs on the field.@adamhambrick/TwitterA North Texas running back lost his lunch all on the field.One North Texas running back left it all on the field in the first half. Literally.Late in the first half, with the Mean Green trailing Army, 24-14, the running back, Jeffrey Wilson, projectile vomited on the field. The North Texas quarterback was so surprised that he missed the snap, and had to chase it down.North Texas offensive coordinator pulling out all the stops today. The ole vomit distraction play works every time pic.twitter.com/8vvkrUI3fY— Adam Hambrick (@adamhambrick) December 27, 2016The running back actually vomited on two consecutive plays, but remained in the game. North Texas went on to score a touchdown on the drive, cutting Army’s lead to just three points before the half.Army leads the Heart of Dallas Bowl by a score of 24-21 early in the second half.[UPROXX]last_img read more

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Höegh LNG Snags Chilean FSRU Contract

first_imgzoom Norwegian owner and operator of LNG floating terminals Höegh LNG Holdings has signed a 20-year Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) contract with Chilean Octopus LNG SpA for the Penco-Lirquén LNG import terminal to be located in Concepción Bay, Chile, expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of around USD 36 million.The contract is subject to Octopus completing financing and obtaining necessary environmental approvals, and the planned start-up is in the second quarter 2018.Höegh LNG will service the contract with an FSRU from its newbuilding program currently in progress. The FSRU will be offered to Höegh LNG Partners LP in due course.“We appreciate Höegh LNG’s FSRU expertise, which allowed us to present a competitive and successful bid in the recent public tender process ran by the Comisión Nacional de Energía for the supply of electricity to distribution companies in the Sistema Interconectado Central, the Chilean main electric grid,” said Octopus’ General Manager Alfonso Ardizzoni.”Höegh LNG’s technology is a key service component of the natural gas delivery chain that will enable the construction of our El Campesino Power Plant as well as supplying the growing demand of natural gas in the Bio Bio region. We expect the LNG import terminal to substantially increase the reliability and competitiveness of the power generation and natural gas markets in Chile and are looking forward to a long term relationship with Höegh LNG.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closecenter_img My locationlast_img read more

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Health Canada concerned by cannabis companies sponsoring music events

first_imgHealth Canada said Friday it’s prepared to crack down on licensed medical marijuana producers who are sponsoring music festivals and other events.The federal department said it’s “concerned” about some companies that have engaged in corporate sponsorships and other promotional activities that go against the Cannabis Act.It said the government has made it “abundantly clear” what isn’t permitted under the laws, such as marketing to minors.Health Canada issued a statement noting that cannabis companies have been dabbling in various forms of marketing that raise red flags, although it highlighted music festivals as a particular point of concern.Tweed, a brand owned by Canopy Growth Corp., is among the companies that have been sponsoring events, including the Field Trip music festival and Pride Toronto this summer.The company’s spokeswoman, Caitlin O’Hara, wrote in an emailed statement that Canopy is focused on education and responsible use of its product.“We have reviewed all activities with counsel to ensure compliance and continue to work collaboratively with regulators in support of this shared objective,” she said.Aurora Cannabis is another producer has taken a prominent sponsorship role at various Canadian events, including the North By Northeast music festival in June. Representatives for the company declined to comment on Friday.Eileen McMahon, a partner at Torys LLP who leads the drug and regulatory practice, said Health Canada’s warning doesn’t come as much of a surprise, since the cannabis market is experimenting ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.She said many companies are attempting to get their brand names into public consciousness before they expect regulations to be enforced.“This is an opportunity where companies say, ‘What is legal and illegal under current law? What is grey and in the grey area? And can we play there in a way that’s defensible?’” she said.“Some companies will take some risks … others won’t. I think you see that activity taking place and the government’s reaction.”While Health Canada didn’t directly acknowledge companies it deemed offenders, it said the actions have underscored a need for “rigorous enforcement” of the laws.“The department is reviewing the actions of existing licensed producers and will be taking every possible step to bring them into compliance or prevent non-compliance with existing laws,” it said.“Those who do not adhere to the applicable prohibitions will face serious consequences, which may include, if appropriate, suspension of their licence.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

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SriLankan airlines inducts Mihin Lanka employees

The induction of Mihin staff to SriLankan is being carried out according to SriLankan’s recruitment processes with constant dialogue between SriLankan’s management and Mihin employees. All Mihin Lanka staff members who are not offered the opportunity to join SriLankan will be provided a service severance package according to specified government guidelines, details of which have already been shared with all employees of Mihin Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka took a policy decision to discontinue the services of the lossmaking budget airline, as part of its long-term strategy to restructure Sri Lanka’s aviation industry and strengthen SriLankan Airlines’ new strategy of focusing on travel markets in Asia and the Middle East.Mihin Lanka operated its last flight on 29th October 2016, with all of its 10 routes being upgraded by SriLankan to full service operations, as opposed to budget flights. SriLankanthus added Seychelles, Bahrain, Muscat, Jakarta, Madurai, Kolkata, Lahore, Dhaka, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya to its global route network. With a new service to be launched to Gan island in the Maldives on 2nd December 2016, SriLankan’s route network will span 101 destinations in 47 countries. Its membership in the prestigious global airline alliance oneworld also connects it to the oneworld network of more than 1,000 destinations in 160 countries. Honouring its commitment to absorb many as possible of Mihin Lanka employees, SriLankan Airlines says it has inducted two batches of Mihin Lanka cabin crew comprising more than 50 employees.The young men and women were presented their letters of appointment in Katunayake. SriLankan says it will continue providing opportunities to as many Mihin Lanka staff as can be accommodated, giving due consideration to the operational requirements of SriLankan, up to the time that Mihin Lanka’s business operations come to an end on 31st December 2016. read more

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WTO notes FTA with China will bring huge benefits to Sri Lanka

“The volume of duty free imports annually entering Sri Lanka will go up to 75% from the present 51% bringing significant advantages to the economy,” Acharya said.Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce K.D.N Ranjith Ashoka said that Sri Lanka is currently working towards the China and Singapore FTAs. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Tuesday noted that the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China as well as one proposed with Singapore will bring huge benefits to Sri Lanka, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) news reported.A visiting WTO official told delegates at a seminar in Colombo that no less than two thirds of annual imports to Sri Lanka will enter the country duty free when the FTAs with China and Singapore are wrapped up. Acharya and WTO Counsellor Ms Jo- Ann Crawford were attending the launch event of the National Seminar on WTO and Regional Trade Agreements organised by the Department of Commerce in Sri Lanka. “Assuming both China and Singapore FTAs are successfully formulated, and with zero duty rates, the total volume of duty free imports to Sri Lanka will be 75% of the country’s annual imports,” Chief of the Regional Trade Agreements (RTA) Division of the WTO Dr. Ms Rohini Acharya said. “The FTA work is proceeding with much care so that local stakeholders are protected. Sri Lanka’s hub positioning is a key. They call it Open Skies, but the open ocean routes are even more important for our trade development. For example, we handle 30% of Indian container trans-shipments.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sri Lanka backs Indias bid for permanent seat in UNSC

Later, addressing the media, he expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the talks between both the countries on the contentious fishermen issue. “In fact, I spoke to his son M.K. Stalin and daughter M.K. Kanimozhi,” he said.He thanked the Union government for all the protocol courtesies extended during his pilgrimage to Tirumala. He also thanked the State government for deputing Mines Minister Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao to take care of his visit to the temple town. Later, the visiting Prime Minister motored down to Tirupati and went to Chennai by a special Air Force chopper. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has supported India’s bid for a permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), The Hindu newspaper reported.Wickremesinghe, who had arrived in India on Thursday along with his wife Maitree, offered prayers at the temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on Friday. Mr. Wickremesinghe also wished DMK president M. Karunanidhi a speedy recovery. read more

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What Your Peers Are Saying about UC Automation

automation_640.png Tracking the Evolution of Genesys’ Kate Sheila McGee-Smith June 17, 2019 From concept to platform to generally available intelligent virtual assistant Reducing costs — Scored 3.84, on averageIncreasing service-level agreements (SLAs) for IT — Scored 2.48Automating IT team workflow — Scored 2.82Increasing ease of information access to users — Scored 3.14Reducing mundane workload and increasing strategic initiatives — Scored 2.71 Survey Highlights:UC provisioning is painfulIT teams spend a lot of time on provisioningConflicting demands make provisioning work more burdensomeIT pros want to automate as much as possibleAutomation can lead to significant savings Do you ever find yourself frustrated by the time you spend on provisioning unified communications (UC) systems? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, IT professionals (who are already under pressure to cut IT costs) described spending up to a quarter of their time on UC user management. See All in AI & Automation » Automating Provisioning Can Free Team Time for More Important WorkIT departments want to play a more central role in the business rather than being a provider of basic services. Thus, it’s not surprising that two-thirds of respondents felt that an automated UC software platform would allow them to allocate up to a quarter of their time to more critical work. Voice Communications in Business: Now and into the Future Sergey Poroshin June 18, 2019 In the future, bots will be mainstream and it will be considered a luxury to be able to speak with a human operator. We Also Have to Cut Costs and Make Information More AccessibleIT staffers face competing demands for their time. Absorbed in provisioning tasks that can take up a quarter of their time or more, the IT team is simultaneously expected to achieve other objectives. Respondents were asked, “In terms of IT initiatives, what is considered most important at your company?” On a scale of 1-5, they ranked the following initiatives in order of importance: Reducing costs and increasing ease of information access garnered the top scores. These priorities are theoretically in conflict with one another. It’s hard to increase access while cutting costs, unless the IT department has automated enough of its processes to make providing access less expensive. Provisioning Takes Up a Lot of IT Team TimeHow much time does the average IT person spend on provisioning? When asked what percent of their IT team’s time supports provisioning or setting up new users, 77% of respondents stated the work took between 1% and 24% of their time. Amazingly, 16% claimed it took 25-49% of their time. How to Create a Positive Chatbot Experience Blair Pleasant June 18, 2019 Chatbots can lead to some awful interactions, but proper planning can fix that. Provisioning? Or a Root Canal?Provisioning UC systems doesn’t seem to be much fun. The survey asked respondents to match the feelings associated with provisioning a large number of users with other life experiences. Thirty-seven percent said provisioning was like “being stuck in a traffic jam.” Another 15% felt it was like “banging my head against a wall,” while 8% likened it to having a root canal, and 5% to an IRS audit. In all, 66% of respondents equated large-scale UC provisioning with painful, tiresome experiences. Alternatively, only 22% percent claimed it was, “not an issue.” Many likened the experience to “being stuck in a traffic jam.” Streamlining of UC provisioning emerged as an attractive option, with respondents stating workflow automation could result in substantial cost savings and reallocation of time to more worthwhile tasks. The survey collected opinions from over 300 IT professionals, 87% of whom work at organizations with more than 1,000 employees. 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Virtual Agent Abed Farhan June 19, 2019 With the right solution, issues such as password resets can be resolved without involving human agents. Let’s Automate as Much as PossibleThe survey asked, “What part of your communications user setup/provisioning would you automate if you could?” Respondents favored automating all four options with the same weighting: Automation of provisioning for instant messaging, video conferencing, telephony, and email each received between 50% and 54% of votes (multiple choices allowed). This result suggests that automation is a general preference for IT, regardless of the specific technology. Various collaboration technologies appear to be equal-opportunity resource drains and in need of automation. What’s RPA, Why Should I Care? Diane Halliwell August 07, 2019 While robotic process automation is in its infancy, contact centers are finding its promise for streamlining workflows and reducing costs. Respondents were asked, “If you had an automated UC software platform to support provisioning/user set-up, how much time would this save your IT team to work on more strategic projects?” Sixty-five percent answered that automated UC provisioning would save up to 24% of their time for more important initiatives. Twenty-one percent said it would save them between 25% and 49% of their time, and 9% believed it would save between 50% and 74%. ConclusionIT professionals surveyed felt the work of provisioning was stressful, likening it to agonizing life experiences. Provisioning is a costly waste of IT personnel time. Conversely, UC provisioning automation promises to expand IT team availability for more strategic projects. Done right, these technologies enable cost-effective streamlining of the UC provisioning process. They can turn the traffic jam/root canal-like experience into something a lot more pleasant and productive.Tags:Best PracticesUC automatonprovisioningUC user managementIT professionalsAI & AutomationAI & AutomationMonitoring & ManagementUnified Communications Articles You Might Like read more

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The price of legal cannabis is as much as 80 per cent

The average cost of a gram of cannabis from the illicit market continues to drop as legal prices rise — with authorized retailers charging as much as 80 per cent more, according to an analysis by Statistics Canada.The government agency said Wednesday that the average price of an illegal gram of pot was $5.93 in the second quarter, down from $6.23 in the previous quarter and $6.51 in the prior quarter.The cost of a legal gram of weed, however, was $10.65, up from $10.21 in the previous quarter and $9.82 in the fourth quarter of 2018, based on self-submitted quotes.At $10.65, legal cannabis in the second quarter is roughly 80 per cent more costly than the $5.93 price tag on illicit weed. Ontario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probe CannTrust had already shipped ‘some’ unlicensed cannabis to provinces before Health Canada halt: CEO Ontario’s slow rollout of weed stores could help the black market thrive for longer “The share of respondents who reported purchasing illegally due to ‘legal cannabis being too expensive’ rose from 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, to 34 per cent in the second quarter,” the Ottawa-based agency said in a release.Statistics Canada based these conclusions on price quotes gathered using the StatsCannabis crowdsourcing application between April 1 and June 30. Out of 697 price submissions, 572 of were deemed plausible, it said. Overall, based on these voluntary submissions, the average price per gram of cannabis fell to $7.87 from $8.03 in the previous quarter, largely attributed to lower reported illegal prices.The share of StatsCannabis respondents purchasing pot illegally rose to 59 per cent during the quarter, up from 55 per cent in the first quarter.Statistics Canada urged caution when interpreting the data, as the quotes are self-submitted and the number of responses are limited.The agency also analyzed cannabis prices obtained from the websites of illegal online cannabis retailers, excluding illicit storefronts.This data, which Statistics Canada has been collecting since May 2018, was gathered in order to support research and validate price information collected via StatsCannabis, the agency said.Based on 423,000 price quotes collected over the period — an average of 32,500 per month — the average price per gram of dried cannabis was $8.44 during the second quarter of this year, down from $8.61 in the first quarter, Statistics Canada said.The trends observed in website price data generally align with the quotes collected through the StatsCannabis application, but indicate that the price levels are generally higher online than what is reported via crowd-sourced quotes, it added.“The higher prices are not out of line with the StatsCannabis data since online retailers would have higher overhead costs than other illegal sources,” the agency said. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,730.79, up 63.66 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 10 cents, or 4.72 per cent, to $2.22 on 7.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Drug manufacturer. Up 65 cents, or 6.36 per cent, to $10.87 on 6.1 million shares.Katanga Mining Limited. (TSX:KAT). Miner. Up two cents, or 4.94 per cent, to 42.5 cents on 5.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Up 48 cents, or 6.07 per cent, to $8.39 on 5.04 million shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $2.84 on 4.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 27 cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $15.01 on 4.8 million shares. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 3:14 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Video replays necessary in FIFA to catch cheaters

The past week has been a tumultuous one in the international soccer world, as more than a few strong contenders found themselves forced into playoffs whose outcomes ultimately decided their world cup status.In international soccer — or football, as the rest of the world knows it — there isn’t a bigger spectacle. Held every four years, the FIFA World Cup draws the top 32 international teams to the biggest tournament on earth, an event that normally draws the eyes of a few billion people.Although a few key squads have traditionally dominated the World Cup, that huge gap has been closing in the past few years. This time around, some previously unknown and unlikely contenders have arisen and were welcomed to the world stage.For example, the normally illustrious Italian team was defeated earlier this year in the Confederations Cup by a terrific Egyptian squad. Similarly, the up-and-coming Irish team brilliantly showed France, runner-up from the last World Cup, just how intimidating it has become as a team.Oh, wait.That’s not exactly how it happened. What really happened was that it was an extremely close game after Ireland tied the points in aggregate. Basically, whoever scored next would secure a bid to the World Cup; a glorious feat both sides had been working hard on for years.Late in the game, a French ball crossed into the Irish box and was in danger of overshooting the mark. Thierry Henry, a French striker and one of the most respected international football players, then handled the ball in an unorthodox manner — he prevented the ball from going out of bounds with the palm of his hands. The three officials were in blind spots and couldn’t see the “hand of shame” so when Henry passed it to a teammate to head it in and score, the referee allowed the “obvious” goal despite the strong appeals by not only the goalie and defenders but also thousands sitting in the stadium that saw the ordeal take place.This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in football. Diego Maradona famously tapped a ball in with his hand (the so called “hand of god” goal) to score a goal that ultimately gave Argentina the 1986 World Cup.It wasn’t fair back then and you can be sure it is still a ridiculous farce today.It’s easy to jump to a bizarre theory to explain all this, of course. Did FIFA just want to get France a guaranteed spot in the World Cup? Perhaps the Fédération Internationale de Football Association couldn’t stand to see a World Cup occur without its beloved Les Blues.All conspiracy theories put aside, this situation does present a huge problem with not only football but also some other major sports (Baseball, I am looking directly at you). The human officials are not enough as we clearly see time and time again. It’s getting a little ridiculous, but what’s even worse is that no one is acknowledging that a problem does indeed exist.There’s something wrong with football. And until that problem is solved we can’t give the competing teams a fair and balanced game play, which is the one common promise that is characteristic of all sports. Although I am not going to pretend to know what the solution is, I suggest video replays be permitted, allowing for extra reviews in the dead minutes after a goal is scored.Then and only then can international football return to being the fair, fun, competitive sport that I, along with billions, so strongly love.Meanwhile, let’s see how many more players can creatively and secretively get away with using their hands in football, joining that oh so prestigious club of Henry, Maradona and Lionel Messi. read more

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Graña y Montero building and operating one of the top gold mines

first_imgGraña y Montero, through its subsidiary STRACON GyM, which specialises in comprehensive services for the mining sector, is in charge of construction and will operate the San Ramón mine, located in Medellín, Colombia; which, upon completion, will be one of the top gold mines in that country. The mine, which belongs to the Canadian firm Red Eagle Mining Corp, has already started development of the gold deposit and production is expected to start in 2016.The September 2014 feasibility study estimates $74 million in initial capital costs and cash costs of $596/oz. Post-tax project economics include cash flow $132 million, NPV5% $104 million, IRR 53% and payback within 1.3 years. Total Proven and Probable Reserves (oxide, mixed and sulphide) amount to 2.425 Mt at 5.20 g/t Au. The underground mining method selected is Mechanized Shrinkage with Delayed Fill (MSDF). The study outlines a 1,000 t/d operation producing an average of 50,000 oz/y.Processing incorporates single-stage crushing, SAG milling and floatation with concentrate re-grinding followed by conventional CIL processing of the combined float tails and reground concentrate to produce gold doré with 96% recoveries.The Santa Rosa gold project is located some 20 km southeast of the town of Santa Rosa de Osos, in the municipality of the same name, in the Department of Antioquia, 73 km northeast of the department capital Medellín in northern Colombia. The San Ramon deposit lies in the southeast part of concession B7560005 held by Red Eagle Mining. The project is accessible from Medellín via a paved highway for about 65 km, then via an unpaved road for approximately 8 km.“We have closed a contract with Red Eagle Mining under which we have been awarded the services contract in the amount of $155 million to develop, start up and operate the San Ramón mine for eight years. Certainly, this contract will enhance the presence of Graña y Montero in Colombia and strengthen our participation in the mining sector regionwide”, said Steve Dixon, General Manager of STRACON GyM.It should be noted that, as part of this contract, STRACON GyM purchased shares in Red Eagle Mining for $ 3.5 million. Furthermore, after executing the contract, STRACON GyM will make a new share purchase for the same amount, which would give it a minority interest of 19.94% in Red Eagle Mining.last_img read more

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WATCH Dáil falls silent to highlight plight of children in need of

first_imgUpdated 3.43pm YouTube: Hugh O’ConnellTHE DÁIL FELL silent for two minutes this afternoon as TDs debated a private members’ motion on the issue of cochlear implants for children who are deaf.As parents of these children staged a silent protest outside the Dáil Sinn Féin was inside aiming to get the government to agree to fund the provision of bilateral cochlear implants for around 200 children.Cork North Central TD Jonathan O’Brien called for the Minister for Health to provide the €12.8 million for the scheme.He asked that the Dáil observe the silence “to get some understanding of what those children have to endure”.“If two minutes felt awkward I can only imagine what a lifetime of silence would be like,” O’Brien told the chamber after the silence.James Reilly has previously said that the provision of bilateral implants is “a high priority” for government next year, but there was no specific announcement in the Budget on Tuesday.Reilly repeated that claim today, saying it is one of his “top priorities” during a statement on the motion.Earlier, speaking on behalf of the government, junior minister Kathleen Lynch said that any plan to provide bilateral cochlear implants “needs to be developed and argued in the Health Service Executive service plan and that’s what’s going to happen here”.“We are in there and we are negotiating the service plan and we are negotiating it to get the best possible result,” she said referring to the HSE budgetary plan for next year which is expected to be published in the next three weeks.She said it is “her fervent hope that we can” provide implants for the children. The debate can be watched here.First published 1.41pm Read: Silent protest outside Dáil today over childrens’ cochlear implants fundingReilly: “Priority” to offer children bilateral cochlear implants in 2014last_img read more

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Jetting off Endas last lap mission of diplomacy and negotiation starts today

first_img By Christina Finn Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 7:24 AM Short URL Jetting off: Enda’s ‘last lap’ mission of diplomacy and negotiation starts today The Taoiseach has a busy schedule ahead of him. 11,528 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share30 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3253591 67 Comments Feb 23rd 2017, 7:24 AM AFTER STARING DOWN the barrel of a heave, Taoiseach Enda Kenny satisfied Fine Gael TDs at last night’s parliamentary party meeting by stating he will deal with the leadership issue when he returns from the US after St Patrick’s Day.The Taoiseach’s message to the meeting, which lasted less than 10 minutes, was greeted with a standing ovation in the room.However, before the issue resurfaces Kenny has a full schedule of diplomatic events to deal with.First up, he’s jetting off to Brussels (weather permitting) for a series of meetings in relation to Brexit. He is expected to highlight Ireland’s concerns arising from the UK’s decision, including Northern Ireland and the peace process, with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.Brexit-related meetingsThe Taoiseach will also meet with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker today.Kenny is expected to emphasise the importance of an “orderly and constructive” negotiation process that protects both EU and Irish interests.This day next week (2 March), he’s back to Brussels for more Brexit-related meetings – this time with European Council President Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and lead negotiator Michel Barnier.No sooner as he landed back in Ireland, the Taoiseach is to return to Belgium for the much-anticipated European Council meeting where UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to formally trigger Article 50, signalling the start to Brexit.White House visit After all that Brexit talk, Kenny will travel to the US on 15 March, for a two-day trip to Washington DC.Kenny will present US President Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrocks at the White House, before travelling to New York, where he will celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and perhaps take in the parade.It’s believed the US trip will be extended to other cities, but the Taoiseach will have to be back before 25 March as he is due to attend a meeting of EU heads in Rome for the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaty.After that, it’s off to Malta. He will attend the European People’s Party Congress from 29-30 March.In early April, Kenny is due to attend yet more Brexit-related meetings and in mid-April he is off on a trade mission to Germany.A busy time ahead for the Taoiseach – but also an important time in which leadership contenders can get their campaigns on track.Read: The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, ranked from most to least likely>As it happened: Enda says he doesn’t want to see commuters discommoded by bus strike>last_img read more

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Mémoire et équilibre plus fréquemment affectés après un AVC

first_imgMémoire et équilibre, plus fréquemment affectés après un AVCSelon une enquête publiée par le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH), les troubles de l’équilibre et de la mémoire seraient les deux types de séquelles les plus fréquents après un accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC). Aujourd’hui, les accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC) représente la 3e cause de mortalité pour les hommes et la première pour les femmes. Ceux-ci surviennent à la suite d’une obstruction ou de la rupture d’un vaisseau sanguin qui va perturber la circulation sanguine dans une partie plus ou moins importante du cerveau. Mais si les AVC ne s’avèrent pas tous mortels, ils entrainent très souvent de sérieuses conséquences, en fonction de la partie du cerveau affectée. D’après une étude publiée mardi par le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH), les troubles de l’équilibre et de la mémoire seraient les deux principales séquelles observées suite à un AVC. En effet, l’enquête en question “Handicap santé” a collecté les données de 39.035 entretiens face-à-face réalisés en 2008 et 2009. Ceci a permis d’estimer à 1,2% la proportion de personnes ayant déclaré des antécédents d’AVC dans la population française sur cette période. Des personnes qui ont pour deux-tiers (0,8%) d’entre elles rapporté des séquelles, ce qui correspond à un peu plus de 500.000 personnes. Et pour ceux qui ont déclaré ces séquelles, les plus fréquentes étaient les troubles de l’équilibre, présents dans la moitié des cas, et les troubles de la mémoire (42,1%) rapporte l’AFP. Concernant les autres conséquences d’AVC : un peu plus d’un tiers des patients avec séquelles ont rapporté une atteinte motrice d’un ou plusieurs membres, et un sur trois des troubles du langage ou de l’articulation. Près d’un quart ont signalé des troubles visuels et un sur cinq des troubles sensitifs. Des séquelles qui s’aggravent avec l’âgeÀ lire aussiCerveau, Alzheimer et nucléaire, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 aoûtPlus précisément, la moitié des patients avec séquelles ont déclaré des difficultés importantes ou une impossibilité à marcher 500 mètres et près de la moitié ont reconnu avoir des difficultés pour au moins une activité élémentaire de la vie quotidienne telle que toilette, habillage, possibilité de couper sa nourriture ou encore de se servir à boire. Mais la sévérité des séquelles n’a pas semblé dépendre que de la zone affectée, l’âge de la personne atteinte joue également. Ainsi, les séquelles rapportées augmentaient “fortement” avec l’âge : inférieures à 1% avant 45 ans, elles atteignaient 9,5% pour les hommes et 6,6% pour les femmes âgés de 85 ans ou plus. Enfin, les personnes avec séquelles d’AVC étaient 11,1% à résider en institution.Le 11 janvier 2012 à 16:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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