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Leopard enters residential area in Pune, injures seven

first_imgSeven persons, including a child and an elderly lady, were injured after a stray leopard entered an under construction building in Pune’s Mundhwa area on Monday morning in search of food.Those injured are said to be out of danger while the feline, who was caught and tranquilized after a long and tense struggle, was sent to the city’s Katraj Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre.According to sources, the leopard entered the work-in-progress 14-floor building of the ‘Vertical Infra’ society in Mundhwa’s Keshavnagar area sometime after 6 a.m. The densely-populated area has a number of unfinished housing projects as well as completed residential colonies.As per reports, the beast allegedly attacked a seven-year-old child and injured three other labourers who rushed to rescue the minor. Frightened labourers raised an alarm and police and forest department authorities as well as personnel from the fire services reached the spot.The feline, who panicked on seeing a large throng gathered in the area, then fell into a duct and was trapped. Officials finally managed to tranquilize the restive animal after more than two hours of struggle, while having a hard time quelling the equally restive mob gathered in large numbers to witness the spectacle. “A policeman, a forest guard and a member of the Katraj Wild Animal rescue center suffered minor injuries while trying to nab the creature,” said a forest department official.The Pune incident is an eerie replay of a similar one which occurred in a crowded locality in Nashik city a little over a week ago, when a leopard had injured four persons, including two media persons and a Shiv Sena corporator before being caught by forest authorities.last_img read more

US Open: Naomi Osaka Ends Coco Gauff’s Dream Run, Rafael Nadal Cruises Into Last 16

first_imgNew York: Defending champion Naomi Osaka consoled a tearful Coco Gauff after a crushing US Open victory Saturday in a showdown billed as “the future of women’s tennis”, while Rafael Nadal cruised into the last 16.World number one Osaka overpowered 15-year-old Gauff 6-3, 6-0 in 65 minutes to keep her title defense on track before sharing a warm embrace with an opponent overwrought by the occasion in the New York spotlight. The emotional clash was followed by tearful on-court interviews, Osaka asking Gauff to join her with the microphone as they met at the net.”I said no because I knew I was going to cry the whole time, but she encouraged me to do it,” tearful Gauff said after Osaka talked her into it.”It was amazing, she did amazing and I am going to learn a lot from this match. She has been so sweet to me, so thank you for this.”Osaka, fighting back her own tears, spoke to Gauff’s parents, saying: “You guys raised an amazing player. I remember I used to see you guys training. Both of us made it and we’re still working hard.”Uplift one another @CocoGauff | @Naomi_Osaka_ | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/XtZIefrs1v— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2019Osaka said the match was one of her best since winning the Australian Open. “This is the most focused I’ve been since Australia,” Osaka said, telling Gauff: “Sorry for playing you in this mentality.”The primetime third-round clash at Arthur Ashe Stadium pitted 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka, also the reigning Australian Open champion, against the American who made a fourth-round Wimbledon run on her Grand Slam debut. Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, called it “the future of women’s tennis”, while Novak Djokovic labelled Gauff “a new superstar of tennis.”But Gauff, the youngest player through to the third round here since Anna Kournikova in 1996, struggled in her first match under the lights on Ashe. She dropped her opening service game on a double fault, and while she twice rallied to level, a determined Osaka broke for a third time to snatch the first set.The top seed reeled off the final eight games in all against a despondent Gauff to sail into a fourth-round encounter with Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic, who was handed a walkover when Anett Kontaveit withdrew due to illness.RESTED NADAL COASTSThree-time champion Nadal returned from an extended rest to dispose of 170th-ranked South Korean qualifier Chung Hyeon 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, having benefited from three days off after a walkover.6-3, 6-4, 6-2 @RafaelNadal surges into R4 after dispatching Chung in Arthur Ashe Stadium…He awaits the winner of Cilic/Isner!https://t.co/ppwVddwWOA pic.twitter.com/gG2NzcM2Bw— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 31, 2019 alexander zverevandrey rublevBianca AndreescuCoco Gauff First Published: September 1, 2019, 7:41 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img The Spanish second seed will meet 2014 champion Marin Cilic for a place in the quarter-finals.”I’m happy to be in the fourth round for one more time. It was a good match,” said Nadal, who quit with injury against Juan Martin del Potro during last year’s semi-final.”I’m trying to play a little bit more aggressive and a little bit less than before.””It’s true last year I had some tough matches. You never know what’s better or worse,” he said of his serene progress this week.Cilic, the 22nd seed and 2017 Wimbledon finalist, took out top US hope John Isner in four tight sets.”I’ve played quite a few times with Rafa. When you play these top guys you have to come up with your great tennis,” said Cilic.Sixth seed Alexander Zverev made it to the second week in New York for the first time after fighting past Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (3).Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, seeded 15th, brushed past two-time US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 to extend her best Grand Slam run.ClinicalBianca Andreescu defeats Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 and moves into week 2 in Flushing Meadows!Next up in R4: Taylor Townsend.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/RZQflocFWY— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 31, 2019The 19-year-old, a winner at Toronto and Indian Wells this season, improved to 30-4 for the year despite missing much of the clay and grass portion with a shoulder injury.”I think everything is just clicking with me,” said Andreescu, who had never gone beyond round two at a major prior to this tournament.”I’ve been through a lot with injuries and have just taken everything I’ve learned from the past couple of years and brought it into this year.”American qualifier Taylor Townsend continued her surprise run after reaching the last 16 for the first time at a Slam.Townsend, ranked 116th, followed up her shock win over reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep by beating another Romanian, Sorana Cirstea, 7-5, 6-2.Nick Kyrgios and Andrey Rublev do battle in the nightcap on Ashe. last_img read more


first_imgIt remains to be seen whether they make it this time too It remains to be seen whether they make it this time too though no home team has ever won the previous five editions of the World Twenty20. As for the rivalry, India may not have lost against Pakistan in a world tournament and Pakistan may not have lost to India in limited overs at the Eden but theres always a first time. In T20Is head to head, India have a 5-1 win-loss record against Pakistan from seven matches with one being a tie. Given the circumstances, it is hard to pick a favourite but the stage is perfectly set for an enthralling contest which is expected to be played to a full house. Teams (from) India: MS Dhoni (c and wk), R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh. Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Khurram Manzoor. Match starts 7.30pm IST. PTI TAP PM MRM MRMlast_img read more

Prime Minister Holness Encourages Heightened Manufacturing of Exotic Agricultural By-Products

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he wants to see samples of exotic products, such as cassava flour and ackee wine, being manufactured on a wider scale in order to add greater value to the agricultural sector.“What I want now is for the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries to take those samples and turn them into widely available commodities that are on the shelves of, not just Jamaica but the entire (Caribbean) region and the world, because that is how we add value and grow our economy,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking on the final day of the 66th Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show in Clarendon on Monday (August 6).Meanwhile, Mr. Holness urged the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) to encourage young people, “who have a greater affinity to technology”, to get involved in agriculture.He noted that they should be encouraged to be innovative by applying technology “to create a smarter kind of agriculture that will add more value to our natural resources, thereby increasing the pace and growth of the Jamaican economy”.The Prime Minister noted, however, that while applying technology in agriculture may not necessarily surmount the competitive economies of scale that larger countries have, it could reposition Jamaica to the point where the island’s agriculture is economically viable and sustainable.He contended that agriculture has, for too long, been regarded as a pastime, and emphasised that “now, we have to see agriculture as a business”.Mr. Holness further noted that the sector can contribute to the growth of the country by continually adding value.The Prime Minister, who toured the Denbigh Show ground earlier in the day, also commended the JAS on the successful staging of this year’s agricultural show, which was held from August 4 to 6. The Prime Minister noted, however, that while applying technology in agriculture may not necessarily surmount the competitive economies of scale that larger countries have, it could reposition Jamaica to the point where the island’s agriculture is economically viable and sustainable. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he wants to see samples of exotic products, such as cassava flour and ackee wine, being manufactured on a wider scale in order to add greater value to the agricultural sector. Story Highlights He contended that agriculture has, for too long, been regarded as a pastime, and emphasized that “now, we have to see agriculture as a business”. last_img read more

Illegal Tobacco Seizure

first_imgMore illegal tobacco has been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following an investigation by Service Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Thursday, Jan. 19, a 69-year old Middle Sackville man was arrested with more than 50,000 illegal cigarettes. A vehicle and tobacco were seized and the man is facing charges under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act, the Excise Act 2001, and the Criminal Code. After a brief court appearance he was released and ordered to appear again on Feb. 16. The seized tobacco has a tax value of $13,870 in provincial taxes and $10,584 in federal taxes. The Service Nova Scotia Compliance and Special Investigations Unit were assisted in this investigation by the RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police. Service Nova Scotia, through its Audit and Enforcement section, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in the province by working with its law enforcement partners and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07 the amount of illegal tobacco in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed to less than 10 per cent. Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced. If a seizure of illegal tobacco is made based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward.last_img read more

40 children fall ill after eating midday meal at Anganwadi

first_imgKolkata: As many as 40 children reportedly fell ill after consuming mid -day meal food in Jhargram on Tuesday. Many of the victims are undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital. The incident created panic among local residents.The incident took place at Loghata area of Jhargram. It was learnt that the children consumed food at an Anganwadi centre. Around 40 children fell ill after having the food. They were immediately taken to the Jhargram district hospital. Many children were released from the hospital after primary treatment but some of them are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. It was learnt that they complained of nausea and vomiting. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe reason of their illness is yet to be confirmed. The ICDS workers can be interrogated in this connection. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. It is suspected that the incident took place due to food poisoning. The actual cause will only be confirmed after a probe is conducted. Local residents also demanded a probe to find out who was accountable for negligence in the incident.Such incidents were earlier reported from others districts as well as the quality of food served in schools under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme continues to remain poor. Some children fell ill after having mid-day food in Howrah’s Uluberia. Cases, in which poor quality meals were cooked in unhygienic conditions and inadequate and poor quality of infrastructure, are being regularly reported from various parts of the country raising concern over the health of schoolchildren.last_img read more

UK ratesetter hints at cut even if nodeal Brexit avoided

LONDON — One of the Bank of England’s nine top policymakers says interest rates may have to be cut even if Britain manages to avoid a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.In a speech Friday, Michael Saunders said the British economy has “weakened markedly” as a result of “persistently high Brexit uncertainties and softer global growth.”Even assuming Britain avoids leaving the European Union without a deal, Saunders said “persistently high Brexit uncertainties seem likely to continue to depress U.K. growth below potential for some time, especially if global growth remains disappointing.”He said “it probably will be appropriate to maintain an expansionary monetary policy stance and perhaps to loosen further.”The bank’s main interest rate is 0.75%. The next policy meeting is Nov. 7, a week after the scheduled Brexit date.The Associated Press read more

Twitter raises price range for initial public offering could raise more than

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 7:49 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter’s IPO could now raise more than $2 billion.Twitter Inc. says in a regulatory filing that it now plans to price its shares at between $23 and $25 each. It previously planned to sell the shares for between $17 and $20 each.Twitter still plans to sell 70 million shares. If all of those shares are sold, the offering’s underwriters can buy another 10.5 million shares.At the $25 share price, Twitter’s market value would be around $15.6 billion. Twitter’s value is based on 625.2 million outstanding shares expected after the offering, including restricted stock units and stock options.The San Francisco-based short-messaging service plans to list its stock under the ticker symbol “TWTR” on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares are expected to start trading this week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Twitter raises price range for initial public offering, could raise more than $2B read more

National Music Centre June update

National Music Centre June update AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marianne Jeremy Posted Jun 28, 2015 9:14 pm MDT Construction on the National Music Centre in the East Village is over sixty per cent complete, however, the organization will strum up some Stampede spirit with a float in this Friday’s parade!President and CEO Andrew Mosker tells 660News, the Centre will also host a Stampede-related event.“Our annual Stomp & Strum, which will happen right after the parade on Friday and we’ve got Gord Bamford playing as our guest artist and it’s open to the public, so you can just walk up to the National Music Centre, but that’s in our original site at 134 – 11 Ave., S.E. and not at the new site, at the original site”, he said.Mosker adds this event will continue to create buzz for the centre which is keen about Stampede and supporting and showcasing great Canadian country music artists.The National Music Centre is scheduled to open in spring of 2016 and is located on 9th Avenue and 4th Street, S.E.For more information about the Stomp & Strum log onto nmc.ca. read more

Googles software beats human Go champion in first match

SEOUL, South Korea – Google’s computer program AlphaGo defeated its human opponent, South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, on Wednesday in the first face-off of a historic five-game match.AlphaGo’s victory in the ancient Chinese board game is a breakthrough for artificial intelligence, showing the program developed by Google DeepMind has mastered one of the most creative and complex games ever devised.Commentators said the match was close, with both AlphaGo and Lee making some mistakes and a result that was unpredictable until near the end.Lee’s loss was a shock to South Koreans and Go fans. The 33-year-old initially was confident of a sweeping victory two weeks ago, but sounded less optimistic a day before the match.“I was very surprised because I did not think that I would lose the game. A mistake I made at the very beginning lasted until the very last,” said Lee, who has won 18 world championships since becoming a professional Go player at the age of 12.Lee said AlphaGo’s early strategy was “excellent” and that he was stunned by one unconventional move it made that a human never would have played.Despite his initial loss, he did not regret accepting the challenge.“I had a lot of fun playing Go and I’m looking forward to the future games,” he said, smiling calmly.The loss shook the South Korean Go community. Yoo Chang-hyuk, also a South Korean Go master, said it was a big shock.“It did not play like a human at all,” Kim Sung-ryong, another Go expert, said of the computer’s lack of emotion despite making some potentially fatal mistakes.Hundreds of thousands of people watched the game live on TV and YouTube. The remaining four matches will end on Tuesday.Computers conquered chess in 1997 in a match between IBM’s Deep Blue and chess champion Garry Kasparov, leaving Go as “the only game left above chess” Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind’s CEO, said before the game.Top human players rely heavily on intuition and feelings to choose among a near-infinite number of board positions in Go, making the game extremely challenging for the artificial intelligence community.AI experts had forecast it would take another decade for computers to beat professional Go players. That changed when AlphaGo defeated a European Go champion last year, in a closed-door match later published in the journal Nature. Since then, AlphaGo’s performance has steadily improved.“We are very excited about this historic moment. We are very pleased about how AlphaGo performed,” Hassabis said.DeepMind team built “reinforcement learning” into AlphaGo, meaning the machine plays against itself and adjusts its own neural networks based on trial-and-error. AlphaGo can also narrow down the search space for the next best move from the near-infinite to something more manageable. It also can anticipate long-term results of each move and predict the winner.AlphaGo’s win over a human champion shows computers can mimic intuition and tackle more complex tasks, its creators say. They believe that ability could be used to help scientists solve tough real-world problems in health care and other areas. Google’s software beats human Go champion in first match by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2016 12:57 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 10:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CEO of Google DeepMind Demis Hassabis attends at a press conference after the Google DeepMind Challenge Match between South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol and Google’s artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Google’s computer program AlphaGo defeated its human opponent, South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol, on Wednesday in the first game of a historic five-game match between human and computer.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) read more

Amid Cambodia protests UN rights expert appeals for calm urges meaningful talks

Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, appealed to all sides to exercise “the utmost restraint and calm,” adding that tolerance and racial harmony are crucial for the future of democracy in the country. Members of the opposition have been boycotting the Cambodian National Assembly for more than five months in a reported attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose win in the last election extended his 28-year rule, alleging vote-rigging and calling for a new election. They have recently been joined by thousands of garment workers pressing for higher wages.The Special Rapporteur has called for “meaningful talks to resolve the current dispute” based on concrete data that reflect the real cost of a dignified life respectful of human rights. “All parties – the Government, striking workers, trade unions, the factories and buyers – needed to reassure protesting workers that they would develop a realistic wage structure,” he said in a news release. Turning to the political dispute that sent the protestors originally to the street, Mr. Subedi urged both sides to return to the negotiation table. “Any dispute needs a credible mechanism for dispute resolution which is acceptable to both sides. Such a mechanism was missing and this is why frustrated opposition supporters have taken to the streets,” he said.The expert also expressed “cautious optimism for 2014,” saying that the recent election can “mark a turning point in the process of improving the protection of human rights” in the country.“There seems to be an emerging consensus that reform needs to take place in many sectors, including electoral management, justice, land management, labour, education and health care,” he said, adding that there was a pressing need to develop effective ways of settling disputes.“The opportunities are there. This is the moment to seize them and to translate promises of meaningful structural reform into reality,” he said, pledging support to the Government and the opposition in this regard.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

How can group risk benefits support staff wellbeing

first_imgIf you read nothing else, read this…Initiatives that demonstrate employers are putting mental wellbeing on the agenda can encourage more open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.Employers can incorporate a preventative approach within health and wellbeing strategies by utilising the aditional services offered through group risk provision.Early notification can ensure employees receive the support they need to recover and return to work as quickly as possible. Employee wellness has become an increasingly prominent item on employers’ agendas as the relationship between physical, mental and financial wellbeing on the one hand, and staff motivation and productivity on the other, has come to the fore.While a number of high-profile public campaigns such as Rethink Mental Illness and Mind’s ‘Time to change’ have helped to address the stigma around mental health, many employers are also expanding their support for staff to take mental wellbeing into account, explains John Attley, engagement manager at the National House Building Council (NHBC).“Whether it is staff or management, everyone is seeing that talking about mental health, not just mental ill-health, is important and that there are benefits on an individual level, as well as a corporate level,” he says.For example, NHBC ran a lunch-and-learn session on the topic ‘Meet your mind’, which proved to be popular with staff. The lunchtime session was particularly well attended, which Attley sees as an indication that employees’ interest in mental health has widened beyond coping techniques for stress and depression, to also encompass mental wellbeing more generally.As the area of focus has expanded, so too has its application, as a growing number of employers and employees take an interest in mechanisms that can provide support both within and outside of the workplace. “Recognising that we have mental health wherever we are is really important,” adds Attley.Mental wellbeing in the workplaceEmployees facing mental health issues can look to the group risk provision offered by their employer to access programmes and services that deliver the assistance needed. Tom Gaynor, employee benefits director at MetLife UK, urges employers to encourage staff requiring support and help getting back to work to contact their group risk benefits provider as early as possible: “One of the best ways to help promote mental wellness and help achieve better outcomes is to ensure that, if you do have insured staff, the insurer knows about [the issue] really early on because then there is an interest from the insurer to try and find ways to help this person get better as quickly as possible,” he explains.“There can be sensitivities [around mental health] but [group risk services] are independent, it is all confidential and there are medical professionals available that could help. This is an area for being proactive, and not for just hoping that [the issue] will go away, because it doesn’t.”There are a number of services offered alongside group risk products that can assist employees coping with mental health and wellbeing issues, such as helplines and counselling support. As John Matthews, partner at Mercer Marsh Benefits, explains, the independent and confidential nature of these services is of particular value to employees.“There is a raft of add-ons that come with the [group risk] products that we put in place collectively,” he says. ”They are often overlooked but they are very supportive and helpful, and often even more so because they come from outside of the organisation itself; it is an independent source that is providing this assistance.”NHBC’s Attley adds: “Independence is really important for that sort of thing in order to build trust and transparency around the process.”A supportive strategyIn addition to an increased focus on mental wellbeing in the workplace, there is a greater level of awareness and training around resilience, says Matthews. However, the term ‘resilience’ proves to be an area of contention among those participating in the roundtable discussion, which took place in September 2015. For Attley, the term is an example of the care that must be taken around the language used when discussing mental health. He explains: “We would rather focus on creating a set of conditions that work with people rather than [those] we need to make people resilient to.”While Gaynor concurs that it is important to get the language right around what is still an emotive topic, he takes an alternative view on resilience. “In my mind, resilience is more about enabling and preparing people to deal with their appropriate level [of pressure] rather than letting things get on top of them, and this might be achieved through training, lifestyle factors or it could be through line managers,” he explains. “Resilience is different for everybody, and then it is also different for everybody in every different scenario; some people might be more resilient in one role than another role or in one organisation than another organisation.”There are a number of avenues that employers can explore when developing a system to support the wellness of their staff, including around mental health and resilience. According to MetLife’s Gaynor, this could include assistance from providers, both group risk providers and otherwise, inviting mental health charities into the workplace to talk to employees, or training staff so that they can serve as mental health first aiders.He adds that, while mental health first-aider initiatives have only been implemented in a handful of organisations thus far, interest in them is growing and the impact that they have can be significant: “Just knowing that there is a mental health first aider intuitively makes sense to everyone and it debunks the view of mental health [as a taboo topic].”Enlisting senior management and line managers into strategies to support mental wellbeing can also help to establish a culture that encourages an open dialogue around mental health. As Lee Gruskin, principal consultant at Capita Employee Benefits, states, managers also play a part in establishing the working environment, which can influence employees’ wellbeing. “It is very important to get the line management aspect right,” he says. “It is not just around understanding stress or seeing the signs of onset of stress, anxiety and depression, but actually having the structure of the workplace right to allow people to flourish in their jobs.”A preventative approachWhile the spotlight on mental wellbeing is gradually strengthening, it makes up just one of many aspects of wellbeing that employers can promote to support the various and often complex requirements of an increasingly diverse workforce demographic.“Employers are starting to sit up and take notice that you really do need to manage the whole person, providing support, not just in terms of the financial and physical side of things, but in terms of structure through to career development,” says NHBC’s Attley. “We all spend plenty of time at work and employers are starting to realise that needs to be a positive experience to help with retention, recruitment and performance management.”The shift in emphasis to wellness has been accompanied by a greater focus on the preventative measures that employers can offer staff in order to ensure they remain healthy, happy and productive at work. In the group risk arena, providers have widened the portfolio of preventative services available through group risk benefits for employees. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for industry body Group Risk Development (Grid), says: “We are now moving into the realms of prevention with some newer additions to the extra services that are provided.”For MetLife’s Gaynor, prevention should mark the first stage in the relationship between insurers and employers. “The insurance contract that pays out is the last safety net. There are a whole load of things that should be done beforehand to prevent or shorten absence,” he says.There are a number of ways in which group risk providers and advisers can help employers to develop a preventative approach that suits the requirements of their workforce. Gaynor encourages employers to ask about the measures that they would like to see implemented: “I would say to employers to ask more of advisers and insurers. Ask the question and the likelihood is that there will be something available.”Joining the dotsThese additional services can form an integral part of the support network offered by an employee benefits programme, ensuring that staff have access to assistance to help them stay fit and healthy, through to rehabilitation or claims support should they suffer from long-term sickness. According to Mercer Marsh Benefits’ Matthews, it is important to join up the dots between benefits. “This could involve making sure that an employee assistance programme [EAP] is in place and that it works to offer counselling where appropriate for mental health issues, or ensuring that there is easy and quick access to physiotherapy for musculoskeletal problems, as well as all of the other pieces that might be appropriate as an employer goes through the journey of trying to make sure that their workforce is fit,” he says.Making sure that each additional service and benefit works together throughout this journey can also help employers support staff that go on long-term sickness absence for a physical health issue who then suffer from mental health issues. Effective communication has a key role to play in this scenario, says Attley. “Having communication and dialogue with the individuals concerned is vitally important as part of that [support] piece.”For Matthews, communication between both the employer and employee, and the group risk provider and employee, is key. “The employer and the insurer working together to try and help that employee through their illness and back to work is such an important part of the whole process; it can’t just be seen to be that the insurer has responsibility for this and it is over to them because then that employee is going to feel disengaged and probably be off work longer than they would otherwise be.”Visibly putting employee wellbeing on the agenda so that staff are aware that their employer is taking steps to support them, such as through group risk provision or other wellbeing initiatives, can help employees to feel valued, boosting engagement, loyalty and productivity. Three years ago, for example, NHBC’s health and safety committee gave a health, safety and wellbeing committee a change of emphasis that has helped the organisation make strides with its wellbeing agenda. “This gave us the opportunity to report straight up to the board and sent a strong underlying message to staff that wellbeing is just as important as the statutory requirements of health and safety,” explains Attley.last_img read more

50 of employers are clear on autoenrolment requirements

first_imgHalf (50%) of employers are clear on auto-enrolment requirements and which employees are eligible, according to research by maritime pension scheme provider Ensign.Its survey of 44 employers and 87 employees in the shipping and maritime sector also found that 50% of employees do not know how much they need to save into their pension to achieve a decent retirement income, with 10% not even thinking about what they should be saving.The research also found that of the employee respondents:42% know how much they are paying into their pension, although 54% do not know how much they pay in fees and charges.41% are unaware of the tax relief on their pension contributions and 22% are knowledgeable about the impact of costs and charges on their pension.29% think they are paying enough into their pension, compared to 3% who feel that are paying too much into their retirement savings.79% are members of their employer’s pension scheme, although 27% are more likely to put any spare cash into a bank or building society than top up their pension (10%).84% view the provision of a workplace pension as very important, compared to 52% of employer respondents who see pensions as a ‘not very’ or ‘moderately’ important part of their overall employee benefits package.29% know what they need to save for a decent retirement.15% review their pension performance more than once a year, compared to 34% who hardly ever do so.In addition, 40% of employers review the performance of their pension provider annually and 13% do not review the performance at all.Rory Murphy (pictured), chairman at Ensign, said: “This research reveals a potential scandal in the making. [Employees] are clearly aware that saving for retirement is a critical issue, but lack the tools to make informed decisions about how best to achieve this.“Far too many employees are unaware of the tax advantages of pension saving, or don’t know how much they need to save, or even how much they are saving. This is a toxic cocktail which could lead to poverty in retirement for thousands of [employees], and as such is a critical issue for our industry. Doing nothing is not an option.”Andrew Waring, chief executive officer at Ensign, added: “This research represents a wake-up call for employers in the shipping and maritime sector. It illustrates an alarming disparity between the industry’s employers and their [employees] in their attitudes to retirement provision, with employers worryingly slow to recognise the importance of pensions to their staff.“In a highly competitive labour market, employers are all too aware of the challenges of attracting top talent to the industry, and employees are telling us that pensions are a critical factor in their choice of employer. Yet many employers are under estimating the importance of retirement provision as part of the employee benefits package. The message from these findings is clear: employers who downplay the importance of pensions risk losing out in the battle for talent.”last_img read more

How Google plans to make foldable phones and popup selfie cameras better

first_img Foldable Phones Tags 3 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now “Developers don’t plan their apps … with the idea that there would be two different screens with two different aspect ratios,” said Samat. “We wanted to make that as easy as possible to code for. If you make it easy and people can start experimenting and seeing what’s possible; it can accelerate the entire category.” Google’s tools for app developers stems from its close collaboration on the Galaxy Fold. After working with Samsung and other, undisclosed phone brands, Google is opening up its code and tools to other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).Google’s interest in Android for foldable phones doesn’t stop with its partner OEMs. The company is also working on its own foldable Pixel, at least for internal testing. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mario Queiroz, Pixel’s development lead, said in an interview last week at Google’s headquarters. “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” The Oppo Reno’s camera pops up at a jaunty angle. Oppo What about pop-up selfie cameras?Phones with front-facing cameras are also getting a makeover. There are now several models that pop up or slide out of the body, and Samsung Galaxy A80 has three cameras that swivel to take photos in either direction. The One Plus 7 is rumored to have a pop-up camera, too, when it launches on May 14.Cameras that live in the phone’s body aren’t just for show. As with foldable screens, pop-up cameras exist to give you more screen space — in this case, by removing the front-facing sensors from the phone’s face. This design is a way around having to add a screen notch. captura-de-pantalla-2019-03-08-a-las-14-14-35The OnePlus 7 is rumored to have a front-facing pop-up camera. Slashleaks “I think there’ll be many interesting different form factors in the way people innovate with the front-facing sensors,” said Samat. “We’re starting to see this form factors come to life.Google is working with OEM partners to make sure that the different phone-makers don’t need to worry about the camera’s exact location in order to use Android’s camera software. Every phone has a slightly different camera array, which means developers have to add code to optimize their apps. To that end, Google is building out a library called CameraX , which gives developers “a layer of abstraction” so they don’t have to code for each new configuration a phone might take. The CameraX library comes shipped as a developer library on top of Android. The benefit of CameraX doesn’t stop at pop-up cameras. It has the potential to help third-party camera apps faster, more stable and more consistent, too. Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… • Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: For example, they can turn a phone into a tablet, as with the Fold and Huawei Mate X. We could also see narrow phones that open vertically, as with the throwback flip phone style of the rumored foldable Motorola Razr, and even designs that bend around your wrist like a watch.”Historically, a mobile phone and a tablet have been two devices. If you think about them being the same device … it can be quite delightful,” said Samat, who has used the Galaxy Fold. Google’s support for foldable centers on App Continuity, which helps you switch apps between foldable phones’ smaller and larger screens without skipping a beat. This software is especially critical because, while device-makers have internally prototyped foldable phones for years, most developers are brand new to the design. reading • How Google plans to make foldable phones and pop-up selfie cameras better Google I/O 2019 10:12 Google I/O 2019 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Share your voice Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know 60 Photos 4:54 See All Google can read the writing on the wall: foldable phones and devices with selfie cameras that pop up from the body are set to pick up steam in 2019, and Android has to be ready. On Tuesday at I/O 2019, Google officially confirmed that it’s including tools in Android Q that will help keep the OS humming along on phones with moving parts. Google had already declared last November that it would support foldable designs like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Foldable phones are especially timely, promising to shake up the phone industry with new designs that can expand your screen space without making devices larger. Although early problems with the Galaxy Fold caused a delay in releasing the phone, which Samsung is scrambling to fix, other devices like the Huawei Mate X, rumored foldable Motorola Razr and designs that bend around your wrist like a watch could potentially tangle up Android apps without Google’s guidance.”We’re seeing perhaps the reinvention of the mobile form factor,” Sameer Samat, VP of product management for Android and Play, said of foldable phones during an interview. “While it’s very early, we may look back on this and understand how profound it was.” Android Q beta: What’s new? Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Originally published at 4 a.m. PT.last_img read more

Rail Budget 2016 Where to watch live whether railway ministry increases passenger

first_imgGet the latest updates from Rail Budget 2016 here.Indian Railways launched a micro-site ahead of presentation of the Railway Budget Thursday to let citizens watch it live. The Railways announced the launch of the website Tuesday, calling it a “one-stop shop for all Railway budget related information.” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present the Railway Budget 2016 in Parliament Thursday, and is expected to announce an increased outlay of about Rs 1.25 lakh crore. It is not clear if passenger fares will be hiked, with contradictory reports emerging in recent days. On Wednesday, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) reportedly urged the railway minister to increase passenger fares to cut down on passenger losses. Railways’ earnings have seen a decline of 3.77 percent from April to January this fiscal. However, keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly elections in several key states where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to make foray into, the BJP-led government is likely to refrain from any passenger fare hike, according to the Press Trust of India. You can watch the Rail Budget presentation Feb. 25 live in the DD News video feed below. International Business Times India will also run a live blog on the Railway Budget Thursday.last_img read more

Three Years After Launch Has Upskill Houston Helped Strengthen The Workforce

first_img X 00:00 /03:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Florian MartinPeter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP, says UpSkill Houston has helped boost enrollment in middle skill training courses.Three years ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched UpSkill Houston, a workforce development initiative aimed at increasing the number of middle-skilled workers.So what has the program achieved at this point?To find out, we sat down with Peter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP.To listen to the interview, click on the play button above.last_img read more

Teacher Story Slam Educators Share Their Take On Innovation Challenges

first_imgThis series was produced with the support from the Education Writers Association’s Reporting Fellowship. Things Were Different ThenPaul Castro is the superintendent of a charter school system here in Houston called A+UP. He talked about how approaches to education have changed over the years, starting with a conversation he had with his mother about her experience in school in Corpus Christi and ending with a recent encounter with one of his students. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Michael StravatoAnita Wadhwa speaks at Houston Public Media’s Story Slam in Houston, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo by Michael Stravato)On Wednesday, Nov. 8, teachers from around Greater Houston gathered to share stories of their experiences in education during a teacher story slam event at Houston’s Furr High School.For the past year, News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has been reporting on Furr High School, which is trying to come up with a new model for high school thanks to a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute. But – aside from Furr – plenty of educators from other schools across Greater Houston have ideas for how to improve education and how to improve their students’ lives.This event was a chance to hear from some of them and learn about their experiences both as people and with their students. Nine different educators got onstage to tell their stories.Below, you can check out a slideshow, plus videos of some of the storytellers and audio from several more who were featured on Houston Matters.– / 6 00:00 /06:47 Listen X No Such Thing As Bad KidsAlbert Wei is a former teacher who works at the education nonprofit ProUnitas. He talked about becoming a government and economics teacher at Sharpstown High School right out of college, at the age of 22. He says both his fellow teachers and students gave him a specific warning when he started his job. 00:00 /13:26 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Seeing Students As HumanWriter Leslie Contreras Schwartz talked about her experience teaching writing to some elementary school kids. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /10:00 Sharelast_img read more