15 Photos Mars oddities NASA, the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr. are up to something NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Tech Comment The Rolling Stones Rock name is informal, but NASA says it will appear on working maps of the planet.Perhaps this will inspire Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to rework some of their classic songs, like If You Can’t Mars Rock Me, Street Fighting Martian or Paint It Red (Planet). “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” said NASA geologist Matt Golombek. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”Downey agrees. “Sometimes the world does seriously cool stuff,” he tweeted after the reveal.NASA shared a hype video showing an animation of InSight landing on Mars set to the tune of the Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It). NASA Space Hello “@RollingStones Rock” Who could hang a name on you? Um… us!When @NASAInsight touched down on the Red Planet, its engines sent a rock rolling across Mars’ surface. We named it for the band. Take a closer look and learn how #MarsRocks get named: https://t.co/xY0TfoksJP pic.twitter.com/BZlABAMaZJ— NASA (@NASA) August 23, 2019 1 Tags Share your voice This NASA animation shows the InSight lander pushing Rolling Stones Rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech Some day a long time from now, an astronaut tour guide may step out onto the dusty surface of the Red Planet, point to a small stone just beyond NASA’s silent InSight lander and announce, “And that, my friends, is Rolling Stones Rock.”Let’s just let that sink in. There is now a rock on Mars that’s known as “Rolling Stones Rock.” Enlarge ImageForget Tumbling Dice. We’ve got a tumbling Mars rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Stones took to the stage in Pasedena, California on Thursday night for the band’s No Filter tour. The Rose Bowl venue is close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Somehow Robert Downey Jr. got entangled in all of this. The Iron Man actor made the Mars rock announcement before the band played.It all started with a mysterious teaser video from Downey earlier on Thursday. “This may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” Downey said, which may be the overstatement of the year. It’s not just any old Mars rock. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the planet in November 2018. The machine’s thrusters disturbed the golf ball-sized rock, sending it rolling 3 feet (1 meter) across the ground.”It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet,” the space agency said in a release on Thursday. An image of the rock shows the trail it left behind on the dusty ground.
Ueslei Marcelino The Amazon Rainforest, Ablaze In Brazil by NPR News Suzette Lohmeyer 8.23.19 1:20pm Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are proliferating at an alarming rate. “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet Thursday.He called it an “international crisis” and urged members of the G7 to prioritize the issue at its summit this weekend.Many of the fires are believed to have been set by farmers clearing land. Environmentalists say the attitude of Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has encouraged the farmers, as well as cattle ranchers, loggers and miners, NPR’s Scott Neumann reports.Bolsonaro has described measures to protect the rainforest as “obstacles” to economic growth. Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has said repeatedly that he wants to open the Amazon to development.According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, there have been 74,155 fires in Brazil so far this year — most of which erupted in the Amazon, reports NPR’s Colin Dwyer. That represents an astonishing leap of more than 80% over last year and by far the most that the agency has recorded since it began compiling this data in 2013.About half those fires, or nearly 36,000 of them, have ignited in just the past month. That’s nearly as many as in all of 2018. Smoke from the fires has darkened the skies over major Brazilian cities such as São Paulo.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
Kolkata: Senior officials of School Education department of North 24-Parganas have taken a pledge to make all the schools under its jurisdiction tobacco-free. To achieve this goal, teachers at various state government-aided schools would be sensitised about the ill-effects of tobacco and would be made aware about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA)-2003 and its implementation at the school level. The teachers would also be trained on how to promote tobacco-free educational institutes for preventing initiation of tobacco consumption among students and also to motivate the school staff, parents to say no to Tobacco. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe District Inspector of Schools in North 24-Parganas with the help of a private hospital organised a workshop for teachers at Prafullanagar Vidya Mandir in Habra in the same district to make the schools tobacco-free. The teachers were trained on how to carry out awareness campaigns among students so that they do not pick up the habit of smoking or do not consume any tobacco products. Workshops would be carried out in various other schools by the School Education department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere were more than 200 participants including headmasters/headmistresses and teachers from all secondary schools across two blocks namely Habra-I and Habra-II and two municipalities including Habra and Ashok Nagar-Kalyangarh of North 24 Parganas district. It is to be mentioned that in West Bengal, around 2.3 crore of adults either smoke or use smokeless tobacco; 1.5 lakh people die every year due to tobacco related diseases in West Bengal and 438 children start consuming tobacco daily in the state. The participants were told about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). This Act prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising and promotion, sale to/by minors, sale within 100 yards of schools and sale of tobacco-products without statutory warnings. All the participants took part in group exercises to generate ideas and strategies for promoting tobacco-free schools.
Microsoft released the version 2.6 of their popular deep learning framework, CNTK or Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, last week. CNTK v2.6 explores features such as an added .NET support, efficient group convolution, improved sequential convolution, more operators, and ONNX feature update among others. Added .Net Support The Cntk.Core.Managed library has now been converted to .Net Standard. It now supports .Net Core and .Net Framework applications on both Windows as well as Linux. .Net developers will now be able to restore CNTK Nuget packages. To restore the CNTK Nuget packages, use the new .Net SDK style project file with package management format set to PackageReference. Efficient group convolution With CNTK v2.6, the group convolution has been updated. The updated implementation uses cuDNN7 and MKL2017 APIs directly instead of having to create a sub-graph for group convolution (slicing and splicing). This leads to improved experience in terms of both performance and model size. Improved Sequential Convolution Sequential Convolution implementation has also been updated in CNTK v2.6. The new implementation creates a separate sequential convolution layer. This layer offers support for broader cases, such as, where stride > 1 for the sequence axis. So, if sequential convolution is performed over a batch of one-channel black-and-white images then these images will have the same fixed height of 640 with the width of variable lengths. The width is then represented by the sequential axis. More Operators More support has been added in CNTK v2.6 for operators such as depth_to_space and space_to_depth, Tan and Atan, ELU, and Convolution. depth_to_space and space_to_depth There are breaking changes in the depth_to_space and space_to_depth operators. These two operators are updated to match the ONNX specification. Tan and Atan Support has been added for trigonometric ops Tan and Atan. ELU Support added for alpha attribute in ELU op. Convolution The auto padding algorithms of Convolution have been updated to produce symmetric padding at best effort on CPU, without influencing the final convolution output values. This leads to an increase in the range of cases which could be covered by MKL API and also improves the performance, E.g. ResNet50. Updated ONNX CNTK’s ONNX import/export has been updated to support ONNX 1.2. A major update has been added on how the batch and sequence axes are handled in export and import. CNTK’s ONNX BatchNormalization op export/import has been updated to the latest spec. A model domain has been added to the ONNX model export. Support has also been added for exporting alpha attribute in ELU ONNX op. Change in Default arguments order There is a major updated to the arguments property in CNTK python API. The default behavior has been updated so now it returns the arguments in python order instead of in C++ order. Because of this, it will return arguments in the same order as they are fed into ops. Bug Fixes Improved input validation added for group convolution. Validation added for padding channel axis in convolution. Proper initialization added for ONNX TypeStrToProtoMap. The Min/Max import implementation has been updated to handle variadic inputs. There are even more updates that come with CNTK v2.6. For more information on those, check out the CNTK official release notes. Read Next The Deep Learning Framework Showdown: TensorFlow vs CNTK Deep Learning with Microsoft CNTK ONNX 1.3 is here with experimental function concept
Posted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Viceroy’s ultra-modern hotel in Los Cabos is unlike anything you’ve ever seen Share Travelweek Group Tags: Mexico, Viceroy Hotel Group LOS ANGELES — A super modern, ultra-luxe Viceroy hotel is coming to Los Cabos this year, marking Viceroy Hotel Group’s second property in Mexico.Scheduled to open in the spring, Viceroy Los Cabos, formerly the Hotel Mar Adentro, is Viceroy Hotel Group’s 14th property and will debut as a member of The Viceroy Icon Collection. The hotel is also the brand’s first collaboration with Rodina Group, which acquired the hotel in December 2017.Upon opening, what guests will notice first is the hotel’s sleek lines and minimal design, a departure from the warm and colourful look typical of other Caribbean properties. Considered an architectural achievement, the beachfront property is located in San José del Cabo on the outer rim of Baja California Sur and boasts 194 rooms, suites and villas plus 50 residences.On-site amenities include a beach bar and beach pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and four newly updated dining outlets. Guests can also enjoy a cinema room for movie screenings, meeting spaces, and new restaurants and bars.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“This is an incredible opportunity to expand our presence in Mexico and to offer travellers a remarkable Viceroy experience in Los Cabos,” said Bill Walshe, Viceroy Hotel Group. “It is a privilege to collaborate with such an accomplished partner as Rodina, who shares our vision to create an extraordinary new modern luxury resort experience in one of the world’s most sought after destinations.”Minutes away from downtown San José del Cabo, guests have easy access to exciting nightlife, multiple dining options and nearby activities such as whale watching, marine park exploration and swimming in La Paz lagoon.Viceroy Los Cabos’ grand debut will coincide with the resort hosting the 2018 ‘Gala de Danza’, a dance and music festival that celebrates artistry and creativity.For more information go to viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/loscabos. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Source = Virtuoso Leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso®, along with its award-winning magazine VIRTUOSO LIFE, announced this year’s winners of the prestigious “Best of the Best” hotel awards at the recent 2010 Travel Mart conference at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from 15-20 August 2010. This marks the fourth year Virtuoso has reviewed its collection of more than 800 world-class properties and recognised hotels that set new standards in luxury travel, and hospitality professionals who elevate the industry through their efforts. Virtuoso CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, VIRTUOSO LIFE publisher, Terrie Hansen, and Virtuoso vice president of hotels, destinations & tours, Albert Herrera, revealed the award winners at Travel Mart.“Those named ‘Best of the Best’ deserve this honour in every respect,” said Herrera. “Characterised by the service and standards they set, these recipients are emblematic of the exceptional properties and individuals within our network. They were chosen by our travel advisors, the most knowledgeable travel professionals in the industry who also possess the most exacting standards for their clientele. These hoteliers and world-renowned properties continually deliver in their respective categories, raising the bar and guest expectations year after year.”Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine, the Virtuoso network’s award-winning publication, collaborated with the organisation’s elite travel advisors to select hotel nominees in ten categories that ranged from best architectural design to top hotel and hotelier of the year. Winners represent the best in their category, demonstrating innovation, dedication, social conscience and even courage.Travel Mart brings together more than 1,500 of Virtuoso’s member travel advisors – considered the top producers in the industry – and over 1,600 of the world’s best travel providers to participate in the industry’s preeminent networking event. Award categories and winners follow:Best Achievement in Design: Armani Hotel DubaiKnown for his classic style, Armani had his hand on everything from the A-shaped swimming pool to the zebrawood paneling. The 160-room hotel goes minimalist inside Dubai’s cloud-piercing Burj Khalifa, with curved walls, metallic finishes and limestone floors – the bronzed A-shaped arches in the triple-height lobby are one of Armani’s favorite details. Best Hotel Dining: Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Dorchester Hotel, London Awarded three Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine in a random and elegant décor along with professional and friendly service. Guests can book tables overlooking beautiful Hyde Park; or parties of six can book Table Lumière, a table surrounded by a shimmering curtain of 4,500 fiber-optic lights. Best Bar: Sir Elly’s, The Peninsula Shanghai Crowning the upper two floors of the new hotel, Sir Elly’s has an edge when it comes to gigantic views – a circular bar area and three raised sofas facing huge windows ensure everyone gets a great look at The Bund, the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline. Named for Peninsula’s founder Sir Ellis Kadoorie, this glam space seals its staying power by offering inspired cocktails and cuisine from a five-star French chef. Best Family Program: Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily With its exclusive beach, acres of wide-open countryside, two championship golf courses and idyllic climate, Verdura makes the perfect destination for a family holiday. There are kid-size bicycles, a shallow children’s swimming pool and free organised activities. Little ones enjoy mime classes, treasure hunts and biscuit making, while the Teenagers Club offers rugby, beach volleyball and golf.Best Spa: The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & SPA Resort, Riviera Maya At 89,000 square feet, The Spa at Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort is the largest spa in the Yucatan. Built amid the lush jungle that hugs the resort, the Spa boasts an organic style reflective of its Mexican surroundings. A cavernous lower level takes its inspiration from the region’s underground water pools, or cenotes. A hand-hewn rock wall emerges from a winding chlorine-free pool that’s outfitted with water-bubble beds, cascades and a gurgling volcanic geyser. Most Innovative Guest Experience: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a serene setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. Designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the property comprises 47 dwellings, several of which date back more than 100 years. Bonds forged with local monks at the fourth-century Temple of Goodness make it possible for guests to hike up the mountainside to join them for prayers before sunrise and afterward share a traditional vegetarian breakfast. Most Socially Responsible: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Since 2001, the Four Seasons’ owners have been the backbone of the Growing Together program, which benefits rural communities on the Papagayo Peninsula through customised volunteer experiences that support local schools and conservation efforts. Now 12 staff ambassadors match guests who want to volunteer with communities that have the greatest need. One to Watch: Alan Fuerstman, Montage Hotels & Resorts As a young college graduate, Alan Fuerstman was hired as a bell captain at Rancho Las Palmas where, it is said, even J.W. Marriott himself was impressed by the young man. Fuerstman moved on and up, running good resorts and making them better. He left the Bellagio in Las Vegas to start Montage. With Utah’s Montage Deer Valley Resort set to open in December, all eyes are on the 53-year-old as he expands Montage beyond the West Coast. Hotelier of the Year: Claudio Ceccherelli, General Manager Park Hyatt Milano When Claudio Ceccherelli was a 25-year-old reception manager, he taught at the Aurelio Saffi hotel school in Florence. Now, at 53 years of age and the general manager of the Park Hyatt Milan, Ceccherelli is a gracious old-world gentleman who’s not too buttoned-down to come to work wearing an Inter Milan team jersey the day after a big win or don chef’s whites and cook lunch for the staff. He’s an exceptional mentor for an hotelier on his way up. Hotel of the Year: The Goring, London For almost a century, four generations of the Goring family have run the exceptional property. Opened in 1910, The Goring was the first hotel to introduce private bathrooms and central heating for every room. Today, the hotel is a bastion of quality and absolute individuality. Well-known British designers Nina Campbell, David Linley and Tim Gosling have all had a part of the design concept; and later this year, the hotel will debut six new Russell Sage-designed rooms done up with historic fabrics – and sheep. In addition to the “Best of the Best” awards, Virtuoso recognised its outstanding members and suppliers in the annual Virtuoso Performance Awards at Travel Mart. Among the winners were Silversea Cruises (Best Small Ship/ Specialty Cruise Company); Regent Cruises (Best Large Ship Line), and Lufthansa German Airlines (Best Airline).
SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has requested an urgent meeting with the Head of the Civil Service to discuss a Court of Appeal ruling on holiday pay that will have significant implications for public sector workers and budgets.He said: “The Court of Appeal ruling is significant for public sector workers, and indeed those in the private sector, and for future budgets.“Given the immense scale of claims likely to now come forward and the breadth of public bodies affected, I have requested an urgent meeting with the Head of the Civil Service to discuss what action has been taken in anticipation of such a ruling, current engagement with Trade Unions and the projected impact on future budgets. colum eastwoodFOYLE MLASDLPSDLP request urgent meeting with Head of the Civil Service over holiday pay claims ShareTweet “This matter must be dealt with in a way that meets the needs of public sector workers, respects the ruling of the court and protects budgetary integrity so that public services are not impacted.”SDLP request urgent meeting with Head of the Civil Service over holiday pay claims was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:
He’s known as “Dr. Miracle” because of his skill and his devotion to helping victims of gang rape during conflict in his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For several years, the gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege has been mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. And this year, he has been awarded the prize, along with Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq who was taken captive by ISIS members and held as a sex slave for three months before escaping from her captors. In 2016, at the age of 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. In 2016, NPR profiled Dr. Mukwege. This story has been updated.When Dr. Denis Mukwege opened Panzi Hospital in 1999, he envisioned it as a means to improve the maternal mortality rates in Bukavu, the capital of Eastern Congo, where about 1 in 100 women died during childbirth. “But our first patient did not come to deliver a baby,” the 63-year-old gynecologist has explained. “She had been raped with extreme violence.”That rape patient set in motion a new course for the doctor’s life. The hospital has grown into an international foundation that helps rape victims work through the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma through a tailored healing process.Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of women for rape since opening Panzi Hospital. Those survivors, who range in age from toddlers to seniors, suffered complex gynecological injuries, inflicted by members of rebel groups and the Congolese military.This healing process goes behind surgery and therapy. The Panzi healing model is a five-pillar process.”What I’m doing really is not only to treat women — their body,” Mukwege told NPR, “[but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically. And all of this is a process of healing so women can regain their dignity.”Part of this approach comes from Mukwege’s realizations about the nature of the trauma of rape. “When it happens in the life of a woman to be raped, sometime you have an impression that it was ‘just a rape,’ as some people who don’t understand the meaning of rape [say],” explains Mukwege. “But we understand that it’s a very deep trauma and women need to regain confidence in themselves.”The five pillars of the Panzi model are medical treatment, psychosocial therapy, socioeconomic support and training, community reintegration and legal assistance. “Once you get through your psychosocial and medical healing,” explains Elizabeth Blackney, senior media adviser to Mukwege, “you move on and work with our socioeconomic pillar [to] learn literacy and numeracy and education. [The women] have a safe space to learn vocational skills. And then we of course provide legal aid and assistance to help people get justice.”While Mukwege has been known in international circles for years — he has collected many humanitarian awards — popular knowledge of his work has come through The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates, an award-winning documentary.The film, by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, focuses on issues of physical healing and justice. It also paints a stark picture of the landscape around Bukavu and Panzi Hospital, visiting villages and jungles where the afterlife of the Second Congo War still rages.The film raises the voices of the Congolese women, who often have no place in the international dialogue. Their words help convey the depth of the trauma. They also reveal the depth of humanity and care in the doctor’s work. “I felt love for him and myself again,” one woman says in a scene.One woman says, “He touched my urine, my feces.””We call him the messiah,” says another.Mukwege himself has faced dangers because of his work. In September 2012 he gave a speech decrying the horror of mass rape in Congo to the U.N. A month later, gunmen invaded his home and attempted to kill him, his wife and their two daughters. His guard intervened. During the ensuing shootout, the doctor and his family played dead. He left Congo shortly thereafter but the women of Eastern Congo sold their harvest to pay for his plane ticket home.”After that gesture, I couldn’t really say no,” Mukwege told the BBC. He returned to a hero’s welcome in 2013. “And also, I am myself determined to help fight these atrocities, this violence,” he said. “My life has had to change, since returning. I now live at the hospital and I take a number of security precautions, so I have lost some of my freedom.”He is fighting against rebel militias, his own government, against some of the worst imaginable physical and mental trauma imaginable, against images that would destroy most of us. But when I ask a member of Mukwege’s staff how they keep fighting, the answer is: “Because we have to.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disability charity’s decision to choose as its new chair the head of a company closely linked with the government’s hated “fitness for work” test has been branded “a betrayal” of disabled people and “a truly disgraceful appointment”.United Response, which provides a range of support services to about 3,000 disabled people across England and Wales, this week announced the appointment of management consultant Malcolm McCaig (pictured).McCaig has been a non-executive director of Unum UK since July 2009 and was appointed to chair the company’s board last year.But Unum has spent decades attempting to influence UK government policy on welfare reform and is blamed by many disabled researchers and activists for pushing successive governments to make the process of applying for out-of-work disability benefits harsher and more stressful.Those policies have been closely linked to the deaths of countless benefit claimants and with causing significant harm to the physical and mental health of many others.Campaigners argue that Unum has spent years trying to undermine the social security system to boost the market for its own income protection insurance (IPI) policies.In 2011, Unum launched a major UK marketing campaign to promote the need for IPI policies, just as the coalition began its three-year programme to reassess about 1.5 million existing claimants of old-style incapacity benefit through the new work capability assessment (WCA).United Response this week celebrated the appointment of its new chair, describing him as “a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion” who would be “a major asset to the organisation”.But Mo Stewart, the disabled researcher who has done most to raise concerns about Unum’s influence on welfare reform*, described McCaig’s appointment as “an insult to the chronically ill and disabled people being coerced and intimidated by the DWP, who used Unum as advisers for welfare reforms that have caused death, despair and destitution for those in greatest need in the UK”.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) described the appointment as “a betrayal of all the disabled people and their families who have suffered under the work capability assessment”.A DPAC spokesperson added: “More than that, though, we consider it active collusion in Unum’s interest in replacing the UK social security net with an insurance system from which they will profit and disabled people will be harmed.“Given Unum’s history in the US of denying disability in order to avoid pay-outs this is a truly disgraceful appointment.”Rick Burgess, another leading disabled activist, said: “Given Unum’s reputation in being a ‘disability denial factory’ and its role in abusive disability welfare changes, this appointment is completely inappropriate, unless of course United Response plans on replicating Unum’s approach to disabled people.”It is also not the first time Unum has courted links with the disability sector.Two years ago, the Mental Health Foundation was heavily criticised for launching a partnership with Unum that aimed to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and encourage employers to safeguard the mental health of their employees.Unum’s links with the UK government date back to the 1990s, when Peter Lilley, social security secretary in John Major’s Conservative government, hired senior Unum executive John LoCascio to offer advice on how to cut the number of claimants of long-term sickness benefits. A detailed memo submitted to the Commons work and pensions committee in 2002 by a director of Unum – then known as UnumProvident – called on the Labour government to “ensure both that work always pays more than benefits, and more importantly that it is clearly seen to do so”.And in 2005, Unum bragged in a document that it had “always been at the leading edge of disability assessment and management”, and that government policy was now “moving in the same direction” as “our views and understanding” and was “to a large extent being driven by our thinking and that of our close associates”.Three years later, in 2008, the Labour government introduced the WCA.Stewart said McCaig’s appointment “disregards the history of this American corporate giant, the fact that they were official government advisers from 1992 regarding ‘welfare claims management’ which influenced the introduction of employment and support allowance and the notorious WCA”.She also pointed out that Unum was accused of operating a “disability denial” agenda by a professor at Yale Law School and was identified by the American Association for Justice as being the second worst insurance company in America.In 2005, California’s insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, described Unum Provident as “an outlaw company” that had “engaged in a strategy to increase its bottom line at the expense of its customers”.The company has previously admitted widespread criticism of its past actions in the US, mainly over its refusal to pay out on large numbers of genuine insurance claims by disabled people, a record also mentioned five years ago in a Commons debate on the WCA.Unum also sponsored Cardiff University’s Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research for four years.That research, said Stewart, led to the fatally flawed biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment on which the WCA is based.Unum has repeatedly dismissed claims that it pushed the government to introduce the WCA system, and two years ago even claimed that it “never has lobbied on the topic of welfare reform or related matters”.United Response failed to respond to the concerns about Unum.But Tim Cooper, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Malcolm is an outstanding individual whose background and vast experience will prove invaluable in leading United Response and helping it achieve its vision.“We undertook an extensive recruitment process resulting in an incredibly strong shortlist of candidates, and Malcolm’s skill set and demonstrable understanding of the charity led to his appointment.”*Stewart’s book, Cash Not Care, details Unum’s influence over successive UK governments, and how it led to the introduction of the WCA
Stephanie Mlot Next Article This Wearable Made From Graphene Could Help Regulate Diabetes Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Stretchable patch that can monitor blood glucose levels and deliver medication when necessary. This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter at PCMag Diabetics may soon be able to trade their blood glucose meters and insulin injectors for a wearable device.A team of international scientists — led by Dae-Hyeong Kim from the Institute for Basic Science in Seoul — developed a stretchable patch that can monitor blood glucose levels and deliver medication when necessary.Made from a conductive, flexible, transparent graphene material, the monitoring device is something of a breakthrough in the medical community. According to Popular Science, researchers have, in the past, used the pliable element to create similar patches, but were always stymied by graphene’s limiting properties. Kim’s team, however, overcame that hurdle by adding gold particles and a surrounding gold mesh, forming an interface for the stable transfer of electrical signals. So when a person attaches the patch to their skin, it examines sweat for pH and temperature changes that signal high glucose levels. In that case, a layer of coating dissolves to expose microneedles that release metformin to regulate and reduce high blood sugar levels, Popular Science explained, citing a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology. Data is also synced with a mobile device for easy monitoring, all without the hassle of pricking your finger.Initially tested on mice and two adult men with diabetes, the patch’s drug delivery system would need to be scaled up before further human trials can occur.As MIT Technology Review pointed out, the same group of scientists recently prototyped a patch for Parkinson’s patients which would diagnose tremors and deliver pharmaceuticals stored in nanoparticles. 2 min read March 23, 2016 Health –shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: PC Mag Register Now »
Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Audi Add to Queue Image credit: Audi Audi cars will soon be able to talk to traffic lights and tell you when they’ll turn green.The luxury automaker on Monday announced that some 2017 models will be equipped with a feature that enables the vehicle to communicate with traffic lights in select cites across the U.S. So, when you roll up to a red light, you’ll see a little countdown clock on the dashboard and head-up display that shows the remaining time until the signal changes to green. In a statement, Audi’s General Manager for connected vehicles, Pom Malhotra, said this represents the company’s first step in “vehicle-to-infrastructure integration.””In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start/stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities,” Malhotra said. “These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”Audi of America plans to roll out the new feature later this fall in “select smart cities and metropolitan areas across the country.” The company did not specify which cities. It will be available on 2017 Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad models built after June 1 of this year.Meanwhile, Audi is also reportedly gearing up to take on Tesla by launching three electric car models by 2020 as part of a “strategic overhaul,” prompted by parent-company Volkswagen’s ongoing emissions scandal. Audi also intends to funnel more resources into the development of digital services and autonomous driving technologies. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Reporter –shares August 16, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Audi to Add Traffic Light Countdown Clocks to Cars Next Article Angela Moscaritolo Register Now »
Infosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation; Wins Partner Excellence Award at PegaWorld 2019 Sudipto GhoshJune 5, 2019, 3:37 pmJune 5, 2019 Infosys is a Strategic Partner for Pegasystems Inc. At the PegaWorld 2019, Pega recognized Infosys’ valuable contribution to Digital Transformation processes for clients and partners. Infosys helped Pegasystems to implement large-scale complex Digital Process Automation platforms and solutions.Infosys and Pega bring a robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.In an official press release, Infosys revealed that the ‘company’ is a key catalyst in the design and execution processes of innovative Digital Process Automation on the Pega Platform TM. It stated, “With its strong Pega credentials, solutions and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision, by bringing robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.”Recognition for Infosys Based on Expertise in Digital Process Automation Platforms Pegasystems recognized Infosys at the annual PegaWorld conference in Las Vegas for excellence in growth and delivery.Infosys won the Pega partner excellence award in recognition of their innovative practice development and continued investment in the growth of a strong delivery practice.Infosys has implemented countless transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies since 2006. Currently, backed by its strong Pega credentials, solutions, and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision.Infosys has redesigned its practice from traditional Business Process Management (BPM) to Digital Process Automation Practice by stitching services across BPM, case management, real-time decision making, robotics, AI and ML. Infosys Digital Process Automation goes beyond process automation to enable true digital engagement. It entails simplifying the business process and enabling the straight-through process across organizations, with access to real-time information and recommendations with digitized operations to support the end-to-end customer experience.With over 17+ years of experience in delivering high-quality process management services to close to 200 customers, Infosys continues to drive Digital Transformation journeys in the modern era.Recently, Infosys BPM was also named a winner in the HfS Blueprint Grid: Retail Customer Engagement Services Report 2018.Then, Infosys McCamish Systems, a U.S. based subsidiary of Infosys, was also positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Life Insurance Policy Administration Systems (PAS) for North America.This recognition from various institutions and partners demonstrates Infosys’ current roadmap for the Digital Transformation ecosystem. crmdigital process automationDigital TransformationNewsPega PartnerPegaWorld 2019 Previous ArticleInfobip Launches Rich Communications Services With Google to Businesses in MexicoNext ArticleFigure Eight Secure Data Access Solution Provides Customers With Comprehensive Security Controls
Philips said net profits were up 25 percent, while sales rose two percent to almost 18bn euros, as consumers snapped up everything from electric toothbrushes to kitchen appliances This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Net profits were up 25 percent, while sales rose by two percent to almost 18 billion euros, as health-conscious consumers snapped up everything from electric toothbrushes to kitchen appliances.”2017 was a good year, as we continued the transformation of Philips into a focused leader in health technology and delivered on our improvement targets for the year,” chief executive Frans van Houten said in a statement.Philips is best known for the manufacture of lightbulbs, electrical appliances and television sets.But it has pulled out of these activities in face of fierce competition from Asia to focus on health technology, such as computer tomography and molecular imaging, as well as household appliances.The group, which sold its first lightbulb a few years after it was founded in 1891, listed its Philips Lighting division in mid-2016 and has now reduced its stake in the arm to just 29 percent.”As a result, Philips no longer has control over Philips Lighting,” the Amsterdam-based group said in the statement.The decision seemingly paid off, with Philips saying it was particularly pleased with last year’s fourth-quarter results.Philips inked a number of deals in the last three months of 2017 to supply medical and healthcare equipment ranging from integrated systems to treat respiratory diseases in China to app-based ultrasound solutions as standard equipment in the German armed forces.”Philips’ performance in the fourth quarter demonstrates that we are gaining momentum,” Van Houten said.Full-year results were driven double-digit growth in the Middle East and Turkey and high single-digit growth in China, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe.”Mature geographies posted low single-digit growth” reflecting the trend in Western Europe and North America, Philips said.The group proposed a dividend of 0.80 euros per ordinary share.Philips took a hit in October when it temporarily suspended production of defibrillators for the US market to allow closer inspections in a deal reached with the American government.Last month, Philips “had a constructive meeting with the FDA… and will provide monthly status reports to the FDA highlighting the progress in addressing the observations,” it said.The company, which insisted that the decision was not related to any question about the quality of the machines or that they posed a health risk to patients, said it has partially resumed the shipment of certain models of defibrillators. Explore further Philips suspends production of defibrillators for US market © 2018 AFP Citation: Philips says profits soar 25% in 2017 (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-philips-profits-soar.html Dutch electronics giant Philips on Tuesday posted soaring profits of 1.87 billion euros ($2.3 billion) in 2017, as it increasingly focuses its business on health technology.
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