← Previous Story Last second win for PICK Szeged – Čupič’s show in Russia, Metalurg beat Gorenje! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 7): Two points remain in Magdeburg, Melsungen defeated SG FlensburgTHW Kiel In the last matches of VELUX EHF CL Round 2, THW Kiel and SG Flensburg showed great scoring performance. Ademar Leon took points in Montpellier, while BSV Silkeborg beat Chambery.THW KIEL – SAVEHOF 43:34 (Vujin 9 – Bliznac 8)PARTIZAN – SG FLENSBURG 31:37 (Radivojevic 8 – Eggert 13)MONTPELLIER – ADEMAR LEON 27:29BSV SILKEBORG – CHAMBERY 25:23
WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Twitter blunder of the week (Image: Chris Ison/PA)There was outrage among Twitter users when the social media site snuck in changes to its block function overnight. This meant a person you blocked would be unaware and would still be able to follow you, and see and interact with your tweets – you just wouldn’t be able to see what they say about you anymore. Well, needless to say, this didn’t go down too well and Twitter’s Vice President of Product Michael Sippey quickly rolled it back on Friday, DailyEdge.ie reported.Learning languages app of the weekThis project, which throws traditional language-learning practices out the window, funded in less than three days on Kickstarter. Software, based on some solid research, will first teach you the pronunciation of a language – often the most difficult part – in just two weeks. Then, in theory, it should be much easier for you to learn the rest.Typo solution of the weekIf there’s one thing you miss about those old brick-sized phones you used to carry around, it’s probably the physical keyboard. No one types better on a touch screen and one company, backed by Ryan Seacrest funnily enough, has decided to bring buttons back, with a keyboard similar to that on a Blackberry, which clicks onto the bottom of an iPhone. They’re currently working on rolling them out for every type of smartphone, The Daily Mail reports.(Video: Alok Tiwari/YouTube)Facebook feature of the weekWe’ve all felt the uncertainty while pressing the ‘like’ button on a status about someone’s cat dying or their terrible night spent in the Emergency Department because they fell off their bike. Unless they’re one of your foes (or you’re just a bit sadistic), you don’t actually like that those things happened to them. So with this in mind, Facebook is developing a “sympathise” button, though there are no immediate plans to launch it. (Image: Shutterstock)
The CRC became embroiled in a scandal over top-ups to senior staff members before Christmas, when it was revealed that the clinic had access to funds of the registered charity ‘Friends and Supporters of the Central Remedial Clinic’.Conlan resigned from his role as CEO following the controversy over fundraising money being used to pay salary top-ups of senior staff. He did not receive any salary top-ups, but revelations were made public that Kiely got a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €106,000.SalaryNicholas Jermyn, current Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) will also appear before the committee. Just before Christmas the hospital released details of how much it was paying its executives, which showed Jermyn is being paid an additional €136,591 on top of his HSE salary of €136,282. Jermyn also received a privately-funded allowance of almost €20,000 for a car.In relation to St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, the PAC stated yesterday the issues TDs will asking Jermyn about are: Why he initially refused to provide the HSE and the PAC with details of the top-ups paid to senior staff members? Why did he then decide to release the relevant information only hours before Christmas Eve? Why did the information initially provided to the HSE state that three senior managers were in receipt of privately funded top-ups when in fact it would appear to be seven senior managers?A statement added:We would also like to know why Mr Jermyn insists that all payments are in keeping with HSE policy when the HSE insists that they are not and if he can inform the Committee as to the legal advice received by the Board which led it to believe that it was compliant with current public pay policy, who provided that advice, when it was sought and when it was received.Read: Former CRC chief’s retirement package may be more than previously disclosedRead: Former CRC boss agrees to appear before Dáil committee>Read: St Vincent’s bosses meet with HSE over pay – but won’t say what happened> FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlan and the Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, Nicholas Jermyn are to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today.Conlan agreed to meet with the PAC in December after the committee had been planning to try and compel the former CEO of the Clontarf clinic to attend a hearing.Today’s hearing comes after it emerged last night that Conlan’s predecessor, Paul Kiely, may have been in receipt of a retirement package greater than had preciously been disclosed.The committee chair John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie that they had secured an agreement from Conlan that he would appear after it was decided “one last attempt” would be made to contact him.Top-upsMcGuinness said the committee would like to get Conlan’s “insight” into the operation of the Board of the CRC, in particular his knowledge of the salary top-ups which were in payment during his time on the Board. He said: We would like to ascertain how often senior staff remuneration was reviewed and sanctioned by the Board and if any Board members ever expressed concern over certain salary packages or the fact that some were not within HSE sanctioned pay rates.Mr Conlan’s recruitment to the role of CEO of the CRC, his salary package and his resignation are also likely to feature at the meeting.
EVERETT — Police in Everett say they have searched a portion of a Boeing aircraft plant after two employees reported seeing what appeared to be an armed man, but officers found nothing to substantiate the reports.More than two hours after the 7 p.m. reports of a man possibly carrying a rifle, police spokesman Aaron Snell said Thursday night that the search was over. He said police feel confident “there is no threat to employees here at Boeing.”Snell says officers interviewed both people who called 911. He says Everett police and officers from several area departments searched.He says the callers saw something suspicious and “did the right thing by calling 911.”A number of Boeing workers were evacuated during the search.Boeing tweeted that both police and company security completed their search and “are confident there is no threat.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – A man accused of vandalizing a North Miami Beach monastery says he is innocent.Appearing in court, Monday, Jorge Ariza-Mendoza pleaded not guilty for incidents that occurred last month during three visits to the St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church.Police, however, said Ariza-Mendoza destroyed signs and an 800-year-old statue at the monastery, and on June 19, he threatened to kill everyone attending a prayer service there. “He approached me at the altar,” said Father Gregory Mansfield, a priest at the monastery, “and said, ‘I’m going to shoot the priest and kill everybody who stays. I want everybody out now.’”Man arrested for vandalizing North Miami Beach monastery, harassing congregationAriza-Mendoza faces charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Developer Danger Close Games has confirmed Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be on two discs for the Xbox 360 version when it ships at the end of this month.Much like the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 last year, the two discs will separate the multiplayer from the story mode so at least players won’t have to swap discs mid-game. It’s not unusual for games on Xbox 360 to come on two disks as DVDs cannot hold the same amount of data as a Blu-ray. As the texture quality and size of games grow during this generation of consoles, two or more DVDs becomes a necessity for 360 owners.In another similar move to Battlefield 3, there might also be an optional texture install for the Xbox 360, although this has not been confirmed yet. A texture install allows players to apply HD textures to make the graphics in-game look much better, and it’s probably going to be well worth the time it takes to transfer.Danger Close Games has been spending a great amount of time making improvements to the Frostbite 2 engine to make sure the game looks fantastic on all formats. It seems they’ve been working on the console versions of the game first rather than the PC, and testing on both Xbox 360 and PS3 formats. Senior designer Ben Jones said he was particularly happy with the PS3 version of the game. The team has focused on fine tuning the lighting to make sure Medal of Honor: Warfighter ports over well to the PC from consoles.If the news of two disced MoH is disappointing, Xbox Live Gold owners are able to play the multiplayer beta now so it’s not all bad news. You can pick up the full game on October 23.via VideoGamer
– OnePlus 6 continues to be sold on Flash Sale Phone stabilization gimbals may be everywhere these days, but nothing beats DJI’s technology. Osmo Mobile 2 remains an industry leader, bringing forward the company’s passion for storytelling with its minimalistic aesthetics and promising to enable you to capture moments with cinematic movement. Lightweight design, long-lasting battery, and an intelligent battery, DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is currently being offered for just $132.99 (officially $139) with code GB-THOSMO26.DJI Osmo Mobile 2 for iPhone and Android goes down to $132 with code GB-THOSMO26Unlike other bulky solutions, DJI Osmo Mobile 2 keeps your phone stable while offering you a lightweight product with a compact folding design and an amazing battery life. You can shoot up to 15 hours of footage in a single go and even charge your smartphone on the go!Here’s how to get DJI Osmo Mobile 2 for $132.99:Head over to this link.Go to the cart and click on the Proceed to Check out button (you need to be signed in for the code to work).Add code GB-THOSMO26 in the lower-left corner to bring the price down to $132.99.DJI Osmo Mobile 2 (specs and features)“The Osmo Mobile 2 was built to film on the go. Just select your subject and ActiveTrack will follow, using built-in sensors and a brushless motors to ensure stability,” the company writes. “Whether it’s small vibrations from a skateboard or more intense instability from jumping, this smartphone stabilizer stays steady.” Here are some specs of this fan-favorite mobile gimbal and stabilizer:Gimbal: Consumption: 1.2W | Controllable range – pan: + / – 160 degree | Pan: + / – 170 degree | Roll: – 90 degree to + 70 degree | Tilt: + / – 170 degree | Max controllable speed: 120 degree/s | Width of compatible phones: 58.6 – 85mmIntelligent Battery: Model: 2ICR19 / 66 | Type: 18650 LiPo ( built-in ) | Capacity: 2600mAh | Energy: 18W | Voltage: 7.2V | Charging temperature: 5 – 40 Deg.C | Operating temperature: 0 – 40 Deg.C | Operating time: 15 hours | Charging time: 2 hours Share Tweet Submit
Share Tweet Submit It’s the perfect time to upgrade to a new smartphone if you haven’t already. The tech has advanced – reached a new height and it will stay for a while until your next big upgrade. There’s power in processors that’s future-proof, there are breakthrough features making its way to the devices and the next big thing is a while away. Today’s smartphones on discount revolve around all those devices which you can buy and rest with ease.Smartphones on Discount: OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mo 9, Asus Zenfone 6, moreBefore we head over to the list of smartphones on discount, take notice that the price drop is only available for a limited time. There’s no better day to upgrade right now for prices are slashed. If you fail to place an order, the prices would revert back to their original model. So hurry up and order your share from the links provided. Now, let’s get down to the list.Asus Zenfone 6The ultimate smartphone with a brand new take to achieve the all-screen design. The Asus Zenfone 6 features a flip camera mechanism so the rear camera is also your selfie camera which will boost your selfie game for sure. It features the latest Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.If you’re up for it, the Asus Zenfone 6 is available at a good 15 percent off as part of our list of smartphones on discount. The device can be yours for just $599.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 6TWhile its launch surprised the market and marked a new milestone last year, the device holds up incredibly this year as well. Since it features the same design as its latest flagship, you’re good in this department. It features the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity.The OnePlus 6T is available at a massive 22 percent off as part of our list of smartphones on discount. If you’re up for it, you can get your hands on the device for just $419.99. Head over to this link to get it.XIaomi Mi 9Xiaomi Mi 9 is my personal favorite due to its design aesthetics and a stellar display. Moreover, the fact that it’s available on discount just makes it an even better deal. It is powered by the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and features 128GB of storage capacity.If you’re enticed to own the Mi 9, it is available at a stunning 27 percent off for a limited time from our list of smartphones on discount. It will be available to you for just $404.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 7The latest in line from the company – OnePlus 7 has a lot more to offer. It packs killer performance, with the addition of the mighty Snapdragon 855 processor, a killer display, 8GB of RAM and a massive 256GB of storage capacity. The software is better than ever, packing features that are exclusive to the OnePlus brand of smartphones.If you’re interested in getting your hands on the OnePlus 7, it is available at a hefty 20 percent off, which makes the price come down to just $489.99. Head over to this link to get itOnePlus 7 ProThe king in terms of not one but several categories is the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s probably one of the most favorite and high-end devices on the market right now. It features a stunning 90 Hertz 6.67-inch display that features greater resolution than its younger sibling. In addition, it features Snapdragon 855, 8GB of RAM and a good 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage – the best in the industry right now and no other smartphone has it.If you’re excited to own it, we know we are, then it is available on a good 24 percent off as part our smartphones on discount. It will be available to you at a discounted price of $699.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on smartphones, for now, folks. However, there will be more coming in real soon so do stay tuned on for that. As a reminder, we would like to note that the discount is only valid for a limited time. So hurry up and order away. Also, check out our list of discount on smartwatches to with your latest purchase.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the matter? Would you get the OnePlus 7 Pro or the Asus Zenfone 6 out of the list? Let us know down below.
What does the phrase “a manager” really mean anyway? This phrase means different things to different people and is often overused for the position which nearly matches an analyst-level profile! This term, although common, is worth defining what it really means, especially in the context of software development. This article is an excerpt from the book The Successful Software Manager written by an internationally experienced IT manager, Herman Fung. This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to managing software developers, software customers, and explores the process of deciding what software needs to be built, not how to build it. In this article, we’ll look into aspects you must be aware of before making the move to become a manager in the software industry. A simple distinction I once used to illustrate the difference between an analyst and a manager is that while an analyst identifies, collects, and analyzes information, a manager uses this analysis and makes decisions, or more accurately, is responsible and accountable for the decisions they make. The structure of software companies is now enormously diverse and varies a lot from one to another, which has an obvious impact on how the manager’s role and their responsibilities are defined, which will be unique to each company. Even within the same company, it’s subject to change from time to time, as the company itself changes. Broadly speaking, a manager within software development can be classified into three categories, as we will now discuss: Team Leader/Manager This role is often a lead developer who also doubles up as the team spokesperson and single point of contact. They’ll typically be the most senior and knowledgeable member of a small group of developers, who work on the same project, product, and technology. There is often a direct link between each developer in the team and their code, which means the team manager has a direct responsibility to ensure the product as a whole works. Usually, the team manager is also asked to fulfill the people management duties, such as performance reviews and appraisals, and day-to-day HR responsibilities. Development/Delivery Manager This person could be either a techie or a non-techie. They will have a good understanding of the requirements, design, code, and end product. They will manage running workshops and huddles to facilitate better overall team working and delivery. This role may include setting up visual aids, such as team/project charts or boards. In a matrix management model, where developers and other experts are temporarily asked to work in project teams, the development manager will not be responsible for HR and people management duties. Project Manager This person is most probably a non-techie, but there are exceptions, and this could be a distinct advantage on certain projects. Most importantly, a project manager will be process-focused and output-driven and will focus on distributing tasks to individuals. They are not expected to jump in to solve technical problems, but they are responsible for ensuring that the proper resources are available, while managing expectations. Specifically, they take part in managing the project budget, timeline, and risks. They should also be aware of the political landscape and management agenda within the organization to be able to navigate through them. The project manager ensures the project follows the required methodology or process framework mandated by the Project Management Office (PMO). They will not have people-management responsibilities for project team members. Agile practitioner As with all roles in today’s world of tech, these categories will vary and overlap. They can even be held by the same person, which is becoming an increasingly common trait. They are also constantly evolving, which exemplifies the need to learn and grow continually, regardless of your role or position. If you are a true Agile practitioner, you may have issues in choosing these generalized categories, (Team Leader, Development Manager and Project Manager) and you’d be right to do so! These categories are most applicable to an organization that practises the traditional Waterfall model. Without diving into the everlasting Waterfall vs Agile debate, let’s just say that these are the categories that transcend any methodologies. Even if they’re not referred to by these names, they are the roles that need to be performed, to varying degrees, at various times. For completeness, it is worth noting one role specific to Agile, that is being a scrum master. Scrum master A scrum master is a role often compared – rightly or wrongly – with that of the project manager. The key difference is that their focus is on facilitation and coaching, instead of organizing and control. This difference is as much of a mindset as it is a strict practice, and is often referred to as being attributes of Servant Leadership. I believe a good scrum master will show traits of a good project manager at various times, and vice versa. This is especially true in ensuring that there is clear communication at all times and the team stays focused on delivering together. Yet, as we look back at all these roles, it’s worth remembering that with the advent of new disciplines such as big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, there are new categories and opportunities to move from a developer role into a management position, for example, as an algorithm manager or data manager. Transitioning, growing, progressing, or simply changing from a developer to a manager is a wonderfully rewarding journey that is unique to everyone. After clarifying what being a “modern manager” really means, and the broad categories applicable in software development (Team / Development / Project / Agile), the overarching and often key consideration for developers is whether it means they will be managing people and writing less code. In this article, we looked into different leadership roles that are available for developers for their career progression plan. 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Bitcoin could be on the verge of the next bull run, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations.The Bitcoin RunThe prediction from Nigel Green, founder and chief executive of deVere Group, comes as the Bitcoin price on Wednesday broke through the $8,000 barrier against the U.S. Dollar after a period of low volatility.Mr Green observes: “Ditching its trademark volatility, Bitcoin has been stuck in no man’s land for over a week oscillating within a $600 range.“But the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency surged to the upside on Wednesday and cleared the key $8,000 resistance level.”He continues: “This could indicate that Bitcoin is on the verge of the next bull run.“Crypto history teaches us that periods of low volatility come directly before extended crypto bull runs.“For instance, Bitcoin went through a relatively stable period in February this year, then the price ran towards $4,200 in March and to $9,090 before the end of May.The next Bitcoin run is imminent: deVere CEO#PressReleasehttps://t.co/f3Ouhd1gkZ pic.twitter.com/AxGilA2Mi9— deVere Group (@deveregroup) June 13, 2019“Should Bitcoin experience a new run, we can expect it to deliver a boost to the wider crypto market, with other leading cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, XRP and Litecoin, rallying too.”He goes on to say: “Volatility is typically welcomed by traders and investors as it can present important buying opportunities and bring positive rewards.“However, I think moving forward, we are likely to see less extreme volatility. Lower volatility is a sign of the maturation of the cryptocurrency market.“Although volatility will return again, as it does in all financial markets, I think we’re experiencing a fundamental shift and, overall, the crypto market will have less turbulent bouts in the future. This is essential for the cryptocurrency sector long-term as it will further encourage mass adoption and institutional investment.”The deVere CEO, a high-profile advocate of cryptocurrencies having launched the deVere Crypto app in 2018, concludes: “Of course, no-one knows for sure when the next crypto run will happen, but current relative low volatility suggests it is imminent.“What we do know for sure, however, is that cryptocurrencies are the future of money.”About deVere GroupAs an independent financial consultancy with a truly global presence, deVere Group prides itself in offering clients a world-class and results-driven service.deVere Group was established in 2002 by CEO Nigel Green. As more and more people focused on opportunities abroad, Green saw a niche in the financial services market for them. Today, deVere Group has developed to become one of the world’s leading independent international financial consultancy. With well over 80,000 clients in more than 100 different countries – and in excess of $10 billion under advice and administration – deVere Group aims to maintain its place at the forefront of the industry.deVere Group’s definitive aim is to support our clients in creating, growing and safeguarding their wealth. We want to join you on your journey and make your dreams come true.What distances us from our competitors is our dedication to our team. As a powerful network of seasoned professionals, they are the backbone of deVere Group, allowing us to provide nothing short of the high-quality, and dependable financial advice that we have become renowned for.Irish Tech News now gets over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking
Research conducted by BSI’s Cybersecurity and Information Resilience centre of excellence has revealed that monitoring of third-party compliance is the most challenging aspect of the GDPR one year on. Other challenges include budget allowances for implementing compliance that demonstrates and prioritizes value, monitoring of data breaches, and handling of Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR’s).Commenting on the research Conor Hogan, Senior Information Governance Manager at BSI said: “We are one year on from the implementation of the GDPR and many organizations have a good understanding of the compliance requirements. What’s interesting from our research is that there are on-going challenges, specifically with third-party compliance. We see companies managing these requirements with excel spreadsheets and this needs to change. Monitoring of third parties is a critical compliance process and there are software solutions available that assist with regular third-party compliance monitoring and risk management processes.”“Allocating budget can be more challenging so for this it’s important to record the metrics of any incidents when they occur so that it can be measured against the operational impact for the organization to demonstrate the value of the GDPR preparedness required. An incident can include a data breach and DSAR – these can have a significant impact on resources for an organization.”Regulatory investigationAccording to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since the implementation of the GDPR there has been 280,000 plus cases received by Data Protection Authorities. To date there have been 89,000 data breach notifications, 144,000 individual complaints, and over 440,000 cross-border cases and GDPR enforcement actions have resulted in fines in excess of €56 million.While many organizations claim to be satisfied with their GDPR compliance efforts to date, the BSI research highlighted that 40 per cent of the respondents weren’t prepared for a regulatory investigation. Alarming an additional 34 per cent stating they didn’t know if their organization was ready while only 26 per cent revealed their business preparedness for an investigation.“The IAPP data shows that GDPR enforcement is being taken seriously and it affects companies of all sizes. In France the largest fine at €50 million was issued for invalid consent and breach of transparency obligations, handled by the French data protection authority (CNIL). In Italy the Garante fined a data processor €50,000 for lack of implementation of privacy security measures, and in Ireland the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is currently working on at least 54 investigations, many with large multinational technology firms.” said Conor.Data protection breachesData breaches are immediate, and incidents are wide ranging from sending an email to the wrong recipient, physical theft of data or an employee falling for a phishing email. In the last 12 months one in five of the respondents to the BSI research highlighted that they had experienced a data protection breach. Breaches are a key element of the GDPR regulation and specifically the requirement to alert regulators.“It’s likely that an organization will experience a data breach during its lifetime, but the level of complexity and challenges faced will differ for each. Companies need to be prepared by focusing on security, data management, employee awareness and the compliance requirements of regulatory bodies. They need to know what data they have; where it is; the legal basis for it; who its being disclosed to; how long they are going to keep it for; and the specific purpose for processing it.”“The first year of the GDPR has been a bedding in period and going forward we are certain to see mounting enforcement from the regulators. Compliance should be a pre-requisite for all organizations, regardless of their size, and preparedness is the first step to achieving a state of enhanced information resilience. “concludes Conor Hogan.BSI provides a range of solutions to help organizations address their information challenges covering cybersecurity, information management and privacy, security awareness, compliance and testing. For more information visit
Helloworld announces resignation of Elizabeth GainesHelloworld Limited today announced that the Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines, has provided notice of her intention to leave HLO.Ms Gaines will continue in her role as Chief Executive Officer during the term of her six-month notice period, until such time as the Board has appointed a successor and there has been a smooth and orderly transition of responsibilities.HLO Chairman, Brett Johnson, commented that “while we are disappointed, my Board colleagues and I respect Elizabeth’s decision to depart after more than seven years of dedicated service and would like to thank Elizabeth for her significant contribution to the Helloworld Group during that time. Elizabeth has successfully led the Company through a period of major transition and has established a strong foundation for the on-going growth and success of the business and our member agents.”“The Board will commence a search process for Elizabeth’s replacement to lead Helloworld through the next phase of growth. Elizabeth will continue in her role until such time as her successor is appointed. Elizabeth’s substantial contribution and intellect will be missed and we wish her all the very best for her future endeavours.”Ms Gaines said the Company had made substantial progress in a highly competitive environment, with the many achievements positioning Helloworld and its member agents for success.“With Helloworld firmly entrenched as a substantial force in the travel sector in Australia and New Zealand, I have decided now is the appropriate time for a change in leadership for our Company and for me to pursue other opportunities. As a result, I have notified the Board of my intention to step down as CEO of Helloworld Limited.”“Helloworld is now a business significantly transformed, with a highly capable management team and an unparalleled network of travel professionals. These solid foundations are evidenced by the success of the helloworld brand launch and the creation of our Australia-wide network, comprising almost 1,500 high-calibre, high performing corporate and leisure travel businesses. The appointment of QBT as the sole provider of travel management services for the Whole of Australian Government represents another key milestone in the Company’s successful transformation. ”“A strong culture of innovation and commitment to creating the future of travel with every journey is now embedded in our member agents and in our Company.”“It has been a tremendous honour to work with the industry’s best and I will leave confident in the next stage in the evolution of Helloworld.” HelloworldSource = Helloworld Limited
ANA Brings Innovation to Kyushu Saga International AirportANA Brings Innovation to Kyushu Saga International Airport All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, is partnering with Saga prefecture to transform Kyushu Saga International Airport (hereinafter referred to as Saga Airport) into one of the world’s smartest, best-connected airports. The move will make Saga Airport a proving ground for the latest connected technologies, turning it into a hotbed of innovation and a premier logistics hub in the region.Saga Prefecture and ANA will collaborate to modernize Saga Airport in response to changes across the aviation industry. The modernization drive aims to make Saga Airport a model airport that serves as a platform to showcase labor-saving technological innovation on the world stage. As a prominent testing ground, Saga Airport will collect data on the effectiveness of new technology featured at the site, acting as a template for future “Simple & Smart” airports.“We seek to innovate and reimagine how the travel experience can be improved by harnessing the potential of technological innovation,” said Shinzo Shimizu, Senior Executive Vice President of ANA. “The on-the-ground tests that ANA will be conducting at Saga Airport will lead to important breakthroughs that streamline and improve service on the ground. This will allow us to complement our exceptional in-flight service with a similar level of logistical support.”“We aim to set the standard for modernization at Kyushu Saga International Airport through our partnership with ANA,” said Yoshinori Yamaguchi, Governor of Saga Prefecture. “Saga has a history of innovation, serving as the base of Japan’s industrial revolution, and has leveraged its creativity to build a strong legacy of global leadership in manufacturing. I hope to continue building on these achievements and making Saga a transmission point for the fourth industrial revolution: AI and IoT.”New technology to be featured in the first round of trials at Saga Airport includes a wearable robotic exoskeleton, remote-controlled aircraft pushbacks, automatic baggage loaders and automated towing tractors. The robotic exoskeletons for heavy duty loaders entered service in February, while the first autonomous towing tractors are set to roll out between late March and early April. The latest pushbacks will start the trial in mid-April, with the automated baggage loaders being the last of the first batch to undergo testing sometime in the FY 2019.Officials at Saga Airport and ANA will monitor the performance of these devices closely, using the data gained from these trials to improve efficiency across the airport. This information will also be instrumental in the implementation of other innovations at Saga Airport in the future. Source = All Nippon Airways
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite International Museum Day was celebrated across the world on May 18.Young and old got together at the local Siege Museum to observe this worldwide event. Also present were Deputy Mayor Sindi Mfusi andCouncil Speaker Zehra Rassool. People seated themselves in front of the museum, as songs and dance items were performed for those in attendance.Afterwards, people were allowed into the museum for a tour to learn about the history of Ladysmith. The tour was free of charge for everyone. Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality – in conjunction with Museums, Arts, Culture and Tourism – will now run an annual ‘Free Passport To Museums’ programme (namely Siege Museum and Emnambithi Cultural Centre). This programme forms part of the outreach projects our local museums have, with the vision of making museums more easily accessible and a centre of learning to pupils and the community at large.The programme will run from June 17 to August 29. If you would like to book a visit to the museum, call 036-637-2992, contact Mr Luke Makhubo on 072-236-3200, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. may be following through on a promise made a few months ago to target individual executives from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and JPMorgan Chase for their alleged criminal role in financial crisis.In September, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo to all U.S. state attorneys general stating that it will pursue the prosecution of individuals whose actions brought on the Great Recession of seven years ago.Deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates stated in the memo that, “One of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is by seeking accountability from the individuals who perpetuated the wrongdoing. Such accountability is important for several reasons: it deters future illegal activity, it incentivizes changes in corporate behavior, it ensures that the proper parties are held responsible for their actions, and it promotes the public’s confidence in our justice system.”The DOJ is reportedly standing by their word and pursuing criminal cases against executives at these two banking institutions for allegedly selling flawed mortgage securities after being warned by associates of their wrongdoings.The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday that government officials are placing the case that bankers “ignored warnings from associates that they were packaging too many shaky mortgages into investment offerings and are weighing whether they can prove that constituted fraud,” the WSJ noted that people familiar with the criminal probe said.The Wall Street Journal reported:”At RBS, prosecutors are scrutinizing a $2.2 billion deal that repackaged home mortgages into bonds in 2007, the people said. In a 2013 civil settlement with RBS, the Securities and Exchange Commission described the lead banker on that deal, whom it didn’t name, as trying to push it through over concerns of the diligence department.””At JPMorgan, prosecutors are focusing on two people who worked on a different residential-mortgage deal, the people said.””The RBS and JPMorgan probes are the most concrete criminal investigations currently active under the effort.””Some Justice Department officials said they believe they have a viable criminal case in the RBS probe, although a decision on whether to bring charges isn’t expected until early next year, the people said.”Chris J. Turner, head of media relations at RBS, declined to comment on the matter.JPMorgan’s Andrew S. Gray also declined to comment beyond their 10Q filing, which revealed the existence of a criminal investigation.Rebecca Mairone, former COO of one of Bank of America’s Countrywide lending divisions, has been the only person to date that was charged with civil fraud for high-risk mortgages originated by Countrywide through a program known as Hustle and then sold off to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Bank of America was also found liable on one charge of fraud in the civil case.Since the crisis, the Department has settled with several large banks, including JPMorgan Chase (a then-record $13 billion in November 2013), Citi ($7 billion in July 2014), and Bank of America (a record $16.65 billion in August 2014) for selling toxic-mortgage backed securities to investors in the run-up to the crisis.”Once again, the Obama Administration is proving that it is more interested in re-litigating issues related to the near decade old financial crisis versus pursuing programs that reduce urban blight and educate future homebuyers,” Five Star Institute President & CEO Ed Delgado said. “This move reeks of politically driven scapegoating, geared more towards feigning toughness on the banking industry than the pursuit of justice.”Delgado continued, “Despite hundreds of billions paid in fines and penalties, the threats to our industry now turn personal. The Administration has moved on from threatening large, faceless organizations to launching personal attacks. No other industry in the history of our great nation has sustained this level of relentless persecution.”Click here to view the full article from the Wall Street Journal. DOJ May Target RBS, JPMorgan Executives for Criminal Roles in Financial Crisis Share November 17, 2015 701 Views Department of Justice Financial Crisis JPMorgan Chase Royal Bank Scotland 2015-11-17 Staff Writer in Featured, Government, Headlines, News
The world today laid the groundwork for a radical shift to a more sustainable future, where innovation will be harnessed to tackle environmental challenges, the use of throwaway plastics will be significantly reduced, and development will no longer cost the earth.After five days of talks at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, ministers from more than 170 United Nations Member States delivered a bold blueprint for change, saying the world needed to speed up moves towards a new model of development in order to respect the vision laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.Noting that they were deeply concerned by mounting evidence that the planet is increasingly polluted, rapidly warming and dangerously depleted, the ministers pledged to address environmental challenges through advancing innovative solutions and adopting sustainable consumption and production patterns.“We reaffirm that poverty eradication, changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are the overarching objectives of, and essential requirements for, sustainable development,” the ministers said in a final declaration.“We will improve national resource management strategies with integrated full lifecycle approaches and analysis to achieve resource-efficient and low-carbon economies,” they said.More than 4,700 delegates, including environment ministers, scientists, academics, business leaders and civil society representatives, met in Nairobi for the Assembly, the world’s top environmental body whose decisions will set the global agenda, notably ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in September.As well as pledging to promote sustainable food systems by encouraging resilient agricultural practices, tackle poverty through sustainable management of natural resources, and promote the use and sharing of environmental data, ministers said they would significantly reduce single-use plastic products.“We will address the damage to our ecosystems caused by the unsustainable use and disposal of plastic products, including by significantly reducing single-use plastic products by 2030, and we will work with the private sector to find affordable and environmentally friendly products,” they said.To address critical knowledge gaps, ministers promised to work towards producing comparable international environmental data while improving national monitoring systems and technologies. They also expressed support for UN Environment’s efforts to develop a global environmental data strategy by 2025.“The world is at a crossroads but today we have chosen the way forward,” said Siim Kiisler, President of the Fourth UN Environment Assembly and Estonia’s environment minister. “We have decided to do things differently. From reducing our dependence on single-use plastics to placing sustainability at the heart of all future development, we will transform the way we live. We have the innovative solutions we need. Now we must adopt the policies that allow us to implement them.”The Assembly started on a sombre note after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, which claimed the lives of all 157 people on board, including UN officials and other delegates who were travelling to the meeting. A minute’s silence was held for the victims at the opening ceremony, where officials also paid tribute to their colleagues’ work.At the close of the Assembly, delegates adopted a series of non-binding resolutions, covering the logistics of shifting to a business-unusual model of development.These included a recognition that a more circular global economy, in which goods can be reused or repurposed and kept in circulation for as long as possible, can significantly contribute to sustainable consumption and production.Other resolutions said Member States could transform their economies through sustainable public procurement and urged countries to support measures to address food waste and develop and share best practices on energy-efficient and safe cold chain solutions.Resolutions also addressed using incentives, including financial measures, to promote sustainable consumption while encouraging Member States to end incentives for unsustainable consumption and production where appropriate.“Our planet has reached its limits and we need to act now. We are delighted that the world has responded here in Nairobi with firm commitments to build a future where sustainability will be the overarching objective in everything we do,” said UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya.“If countries deliver on all that was agreed here and implement the resolutions, we could take a big step towards a new world order where we no longer grow at the expense of nature but instead see people and planet thrive together.”A key focus of the meeting was the need to protect oceans and fragile ecosystems. Ministers adopted a number of resolutions on marine plastic litter and microplastics, including a commitment to establish a multi-stakeholder platform within UN Environment to take immediate action towards the long-term elimination of litter and microplastics.Another resolution called on Member States and other actors to address the problem of marine litter by looking at the full life-cycle of products and increasing resource-efficiency.During the summit, Antigua and Barbuda, Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago joined UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign, bringing the number of countries now involved in the world’s largest alliance for combatting marine plastic pollution to 60, including 20 from Latin America and the Caribbean.The need to act swiftly to tackle existential environmental challenges was underscored by the publication of a series of comprehensive reports during the Assembly.Among the most devastating was an update on the changing Arctic, which found that even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3-5°C by 2050 and 5-9°C by 2080, devastating the region and unleashing sea level rises worldwide.Global Linkages – A graphic look at the changing Arctic warned that rapidly thawing permafrost could even accelerate climate change further and derail efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal of limiting the rise in global temperature to 2°C.Meanwhile, the sixth Global Environmental Outlook, seen as the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the planet, warned that millions of people could die prematurely from water and air pollution by 2050 unless urgent action is taken.Produced by 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries, the report said the world has the science, technology and finance it needs to move towards a more sustainable development path, but politicians, business people and the public must to back change.UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who attended the summit on Thursday, said action on unsustainable resource use was no longer a choice, but a necessity.“As Member States have stated during vibrant debates, alongside civil society, businesses, the science community and other stakeholders here in Nairobi, it is yet possible to increase our well-being, and at the same time maintain economic growth through a clever mix of climate mitigation, resource efficiency and biodiversity protection policies,” she said.As evidence mounts of the devastating effects of human activity on the health of the planet, a global clamour for swift action is rising. As delegates prepared to leave Nairobi on Friday, hundreds of thousands of students in around 100 countries took to the streets as part of a global protest movement inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg.Speaking during the Environment Assembly on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said young people were right to protest and that the world needed their anger to drive faster, more forceful action.“We believe that what we need, given the situation we live in, are real laws, rules that are binding and adopted internationally. Our biosphere faces total devastation. Humanity itself is threatened. We cannot simply respond with some nice-sounding principles without any real impact,” President Macron said.President Kenyatta also said that the world needed to act now to address record levels of environmental degradation, food insecurity, poverty and unemployment.“Current global statistics are indeed quite sobering and projections for the future generations are dire and demand urgent action from governments, communities, businesses and individuals,” he said.The post World pledges to protect polluted, degraded planet as it adopts blueprint for more sustainable future appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ AZTA filed an insurance claim for the damage, which will cover the cost of the repairs.The roof was torn and damaged in July by thunderstorms and high winds.While the future of the NFL is unclear right now, the stadium will be ready for the Cardinals first home preseason game on Aug. 27, should the NFL come to a labor agreement. Repairs to the roof of University of Phoenix Stadium are underway.UOP Stadium, home to the Fiesta Bowl and the Arizona Cardinals, is not having an entire replacement of the roof, but rather some patchwork and specific repairs of rips and tears to the stadium’s $455 million roof.Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority spokesman Jamie Molera said the cost will be somewhere between $4 million and $5 million.“They won’t know for sure until they’re up on the roof fixing it,” Molera told the Phoenix Business Journal. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories
Joe Maddon wants his assistants to disagree with him. But, as any parent can attest, simply wanting something to happen doesn’t make it happen. Creating an open dialogue amongst a coaching staff begins with the head coach encouraging dissenting opinions and establishing a culture where assistants are free to disagree without that disagreement being counted against them somewhere down the road.Maddon appeared on the Charlie Rose Show earlier this month and, over a half hour discussion, explained his philosophy for leading his staff and his team.Upon accepting the Chicago Cubs managerial job before the 2015 season, Maddon established three goals:Build relationshipsBuild trustAllow for a free exchange of ideas“It’s conversation with coaches, as an example,” Maddon told FanGraphs. “When you are in a room with a coach, when you first get to know a new coaching staff, a lot of times they are afraid to come to me [with honest assessments]. Not that they don’t trust me, but they don’t feel comfortable in that situation. So they are going to hold back their ideas, which I don’t want. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix “So we built that relationship first, and after a period of time, we start trusting each other… If you don’t nurture the first two items [relationships followed by trust], you will never arrive at a free exchange of ideas, without someone getting upset because you don’t agree with them. That’s the only way you get the best out of the group.”Though he established that culture in 2015, Maddon said it’s just now beginning to manifest itself in 2017.“I will have coaches coming to me now and tell me straight up what they are thinking more than they did two years ago. There is no question,” Maddon told FanGraphs. “They will come in and disagree with me, which I absolutely love. That would not have happened two years ago.”Maddon told Rose he gives his players the same freedom he gives his staff — and his players pay back that freedom with discipline.“The more freedom I give them, the more respect and discipline I get in return,” Maddon said. “I don’t have a dress code. If there are any rules to be made, I have players make them.”Maddon’s techniques, counter-cultural as they may be, work. He’s racked up a .534 winning percentage as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs — two clubs not exactly known for their winning histories prior to his arrival — with an American League pennant in Tampa and a century-awaited World Series title in Chicago.Watch the full interview below.
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