UNSC to hold close consultations on Kashmir on Friday

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN Security Council will meet here on Friday to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body. China, the closest ally of Pakistan, asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which will meet at 10 am (7:30pm IST) to discuss the matter. A UN diplomat had told PTI that China had asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President,” the diplomat said. The Council’s schedule said “Security Council consultations (closed) India/Pakistan”, listed for 10 am. Closed meetings are not open to the public and no verbatim record of statements is kept. Consultations are informal meetings of the Security Council members and are not covered in the Repertoire. The Repertoire, mandated by the General Assembly, provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the United Nations Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Its primary purpose is to provide Member States, including those elected to serve on the Security Council, the United Nations system, academics and others with a source of information regarding the evolving practice of the Security Council. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1964-65. Then, by a letter dated January 16, 1964, the representative of Pakistan had requested the President of the Council to “convene an immediate meeting” of the Council to consider the Kashmir situation. India had asserted that the Pakistani request was “a propaganda move.” The issue of Kashmir was also raised under a separate agenda item ‘Situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent’ in 1969-1971. Following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. Qureshi has sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through country’s Permanent Representative Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting. Qureshi said the letter will also be shared with all members of the UNSC. Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing for consultation with the Chinese leadership on the issue of raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC. He had also said that China backed Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”. During his bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India. He said the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. Jaishankar noted that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. “India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced,” he said. Jaishankar told Wang that these changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter. After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan announced that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality .last_img read more

Jan Lisiecki rescues TSOs Glenn Gould tribute from nonsense

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The evening’s emcee was actor Colm Feore, explaining fluidly in both official languages how the various bits of music consisted of a tribute to Glenn Gould. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Peter Oundjian (conductor), with guests Jan Lisiecki (piano), and Colm Feore. Roy Thomson Hall, Sept. 22 and 23, 2017.Although the music was well performed, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Canadian icon Glenn Gould made no sense whatsoever until pianist Jan Lisiecki had the Roy Thomson Hall stage to himself in the closing minutes of the evening.Lisiecki’s short, solo encore on Friday night conjured up Gould instantly in a way the preceding two-plus hours had failed to do. He played the Aria from J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The simple little movement that closes this monumental opus is the window through which Gould continues to step into the hearts of millions of people around the world. Because his last album was a redo of the Goldberg Variations, it was also the window through which Gould exited into the afterlife at the age of 50. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

World support for IsraeliPalestinian peace more vital than ever Security Council told

“I would like to stress here the UN’s concern over Israel’s failure thus far to dismantle settlement outposts and freeze settlement expansion,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast said in his latest monthly briefing, citing reports of a Government decision to build at least 3,500 new housing units this year in Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem.“The Road Map states clearly that Israel should dismantle outposts and freeze settlement activity, and the Quartet position is that neither party should undertake actions that threaten to prejudge final status talks,” he added of the peace plan sponsored by the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. The plan calls for parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to two States living in peace, originally by the end of 2005.“We believe that a halt to such action is needed now, to preserve hope for a viable future for the Palestinian people,” Mr. Prendergast declared.He said Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who visited the region last week, strongly believes that active support and encouragement from the Quartet and the international community are more essential than ever.He noted that in talks Mr. Annan had with the leaders of both sides, the Israelis emphasized their overriding concern that the Palestinian Authority bring to justice those who perpetrate terrorist acts, while the Palestinians stressed the need for Israel to ease the closures that cause suffering in the occupied territory.“The respective presentations by the parties impressed on the Secretary-General the immediate and pressing need to rebuild trust and restore confidence. He urged the parties to engage in direct dialogue and negotiations. Peace processes, he warned, cannot afford stagnation,” Mr. Prendergast added.He said Mr. Annan had stressed that Israel’s proposed withdrawal from Gaza was not an end in itself but an important step in a broader process and should be consistent with the Road Map, noting that Palestinian leaders fear it might become “Gaza First and Gaza Last.”He called on Israel to abide by its legal obligations and find alternative ways to address its legitimate security concerns other than the barrier it is building on occupied land in the West Bank, which was declared illegal in an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that called for it to be torn down.“There are many obstacles and challenges. But the deadlock has been broken,” he said in summing up the changes since last month’s summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with the Palestinians vowing to stop acts of violence and Israel pledging to cease military activities.“It goes without saying that continuation of the current process remains primarily the responsibility of the parties. But we, the international community, should stand ready to assist them along the stony path from violence and terror, bloodshed and suffering towards a better life of peace and security.” read more

DR Congo UN mission shelters hundreds of civilians following clashes

“The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) reports that, earlier today, near its base in Kitchanga, North Kivu, heavy fighting took place,” deputy UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told journalists in New York. The situation remains “tense” following the clashes between Congolese armed forces and elements of the Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS), an armed group, Mr. del Buey added. At least one civilian was killed and nine other people injured, MONUSCO reported, including one of its peacekeepers, who was shot in the arm and remains in stable condition. The sheltering of civilians at its base in Kitchanga falls within the Mission’s mandated role to protect civilians, defend human rights and support provisions of humanitarian aid. Nearly a million people have been displaced in North Kivu by clashes between DRC’s national army and fighters from the rebel M23 group, and in recent weeks, more than 300,000 people have been displaced by additional fighting in the south-eastern province of Katanga.The M23 rebels are former DRC army troops who mutinied in April 2012, and named themselves after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented. To assist MONUSCO ‘blue helmets’ in protecting civilians, the UN Security Council is currently considering a military brigade with peace enforcement authorities beyond traditional UN peacekeeping. A decision is expected after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the Council next week on recent developments related to the DRC, including the signing of a UN-backed peace framework on 24 February whereby regional countries honour DRC’s sovereignty, and work in support of its stabilization. read more

Stuntin On Em David Ortiz Breaks MLB Record

David Ortiz has become Major League Baseball’s all-time designated hitter.In a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night, Big Papi smashed a double to left-center field, which earned the 37-year-old Boston Red Sox slugger’s 1,689th hit as a designated hitter. The hit helped Ortiz surpass Harold Baines as the all-time leader among DHs.“It’s good to be mentioned with some of the greatest hitters that ever played the game,” Ortiz said. “I used to love to watch Edgar. He was a wonderful hitter. Wonderful hitters and when I first came up watching those guys. Now for your name to get mentioned next to theirs, it’s a wonderful thing.”

Cardinals begin process of arranging conclave to elect new pope

first_imgCATHOLIC CARDINALS have begun making arrangements to hold a conclave to elect a new pope.The preliminary meetings on when to hold the elaborate, behind-closed-doors session come a day after Benedict XVI formally stepped down after eight years at the helm of the Catholic Church.Letters to the 115 Cardinals with a vote to choose the next pontiff – which will carry the first of a series of special ‘sede vacante’ postage stamps – will be sent later today, inviting them to meetings next week which will set the data for the conclave.The meetings – known as “general congregations” – also serve as a way of vetting possible candidates to take over the church,After an emotional final day as pope on Thursday, world newspapers paid tribute to the 85-year-old German pope’s historic decision, which could set a precedent for ageing popes in the future.“Farewells made with courage, humility and grace,” ran a headline on an editorial in the German conservative daily Die Welt, while top-selling tabloid Bild said: “Our pope has retired.”“This is how great popes go,” said Italian daily Il Messaggero, hailing the “greatness of his humility, the simple step of a pilgrim”.La Repubblica daily said the 85-year-old Benedict’s troubled eight-year reign had ended abruptly “not with an apocalypse, but with the sigh or relief of a man who became man again.”Benedict’s final hours as pope were filled with ritual and emotion, from the bells of St Peter’s Basilica to the Swiss Guards who shut the giant doors of his new temporary residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome to mark the moment that Benedict was no longer pope.The Vatican flag flying over the palace was lowered as the Swiss Guards – the papacy’s military corps since the 15th century – formally completed their mission to protect the pope.Tributes from leadersBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff, a former leftist guerrilla who leads the world’s largest Catholic country, led tributes from world leaders.“I express my respect for His Holiness’s decision,” Rousseff said, thanking Benedict for his “gestures of appreciation” toward Brazil including creating the first Brazilian saint.German Chancellor Angela Merkel – herself a devout Protestant – attended a Mass in Berlin to mark the pope’s last day in office, while hundreds of worshippers paid homage at a special Mass in New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.The former pope Benedict will now be known as “Roman pontiff emeritus” — a completely new title created especially for this new situation. He will still be addressed as “Your Holiness”.In a last tweet sent from his @pontifex Twitter account as he left the Vatican, the Pope said:Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.While the account remains in existence, Benedict’s tweets have been removed; the account now carries the name ‘Sede vacante’ – referring to the legal name for the period where the papacy is vacant – and will be ready for the use of the new pontiff if he decides to use it.Benedict’s own tweets will be held on a public archive on the Vatican’s news website.Benedict is only the second pope to resign voluntarily in the Church’s 2,000-year history, and in his final hours as pontiff he took the highly unusual step of pledging allegiance to his successor.“Among you there is also the future pope to whom I promise my unconditional obedience and reverence,” the pope said in final remarks to 144 cardinals in the ornate Clementine Hall in the Vatican.“Let the Lord reveal the one he has chosen,” said the pope, as the cardinals doffed their red berettas and lined up to kiss the papal ring.Additional reporting by AFP.Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?Glossary: Some of the terms you’ll hear during the Papal electionlast_img read more

Jorginho desperate for opportunity of a lifetime move to Man City

first_imgThe agent of Jorginho has revealed that his client is desperate to complete what they believe is an “opportunity of a lifetime” move to Manchester City this summerPep Guardiola has identified the Italian midfielder as his top target for this summer’s transfer window.However, City have been unable to agree on a deal with Napoli after the Serie A giants rejected their £44m bid.The Light Blues value Jorginho at £60m, which is something that City are reluctant to match and they are now threatening to abandon their attempt at signing the 26-year-old in favour of pursuing moves for Jean Seri and Mateo Kovacic.But Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos,  remains hopeful that a deal can be made.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We are talking about a guy whom Manchester City represents the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Santos, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.“He wouldn’t be sad if he stayed in Naples. Indeed, he’s happy and well in Naples.“He would be unhappy, eventually, though because he would lose a great opportunity like Manchester City.“My feelings about the deal? Anything can happen. It’s still all open.”City are currently beginning their preparations for next season where they hope to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to successfully retain their Premier League crown.last_img read more

Garvey to be Cleared of All Criminal Charges

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August, 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon.  Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.Addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130th birthday of Jamaica’s first National Hero, held at Lawrence Park, St. Ann, on August 17, the Minister said a Bill is being finalised that is aimed at absolving a number of iconic Jamaicans, including Mr. Garvey, of what she described as “acts of liberation”.    The Bill will be presented to Parliament.“We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification.   The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters.   By including Garvey in this Bill, we are moving to ensure that his record will be totally cleared,” the Minister said.Ms. Grange said despite several failed attempts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States, the Government remains unrelenting in efforts to achieve that goal.“As a country, we have done a number of things to honour this great son of Jamaica and to remove the blots against his name… .  We cannot give up this fight to clear his name,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said in bad and good times, Jamaicans can take courage from the work of the National Hero as well as the statue which stands tall in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.“Garvey’s statue looms large, and is a reminder of his influence on the world stage, a reminder of his determination, not just to uplift black people but to help us understand our innate power.   In true Jamaican style, Garvey showed that nothing is impossible, despite opposition,” the Minister added.She praised Marcus Garvey for the role he played in influencing world leaders and power brokers to stop and take a look, not only at him and his work but at Jamaica, the country of his birth.The Minister said that the government of Namibia has advised the Jamaican Government that the main street in that country’s capital, Windhoek, will be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey, with the ceremony set for later this year.last_img read more

Good teaching poor scores Doubt cast on evaluations

first_imgWASHINGTON — In the first large-scale analysis of systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.The study, published Tuesday in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, is the latest in a growing body of research that has cast doubt on whether it is possible for states to use empirical data in identifying good and bad teachers.“The concern is that these state tests and these measures of evaluating teachers don’t really seem to be associated with the things we think of as defining good teaching,” said Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California. He worked on the analysis with Andrew Porter, dean and professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania.The number of states using teacher-evaluation systems based in part on student test scores has surged in the past five years. Many states and school districts use the evaluation systems in decisions on hiring, firing and compensation.The rapid adoption has been propelled by the Obama administration, which made the systems a requirement for any state that wanted to compete for Race to the Top grant money or receive a waiver from the most onerous demands of No Child Left Behind, the 2002 federal education law.last_img read more

Were One Wilmington Still Looking For More Trees For Festival Of Trees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from the WOW Festival of Trees organizers:We are a just few weeks away from We’re One Wilmington’s (WOW) 8th Annual Festival of Trees which will take place on Saturday, December 1st from 9AM to 9PM and Sunday, December 2nd from 9AM to 3PM at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington). This free family-friendly event features a raffle of fantastic holiday trees, wreaths and baskets.  Pizza, baked goods and refreshments will be available and tons of entertainment is planned throughout the weekend.How To Get InvolvedWOW is still accepting tree, wreath and basket donations for the Festival. All donations are tax-deductible and without them our event would not be such a huge success. Donations needed include:Decorated artificial trees, gift baskets or wreathsCases of water, juice, soda or items for the bake saleProceeds from this event will be used to purchase holiday gifts for local families in need and to help fund WOW’s other good will initiatives throughout the year.For information about making a donation, please contact Becky McGrath at mcgrathbecky@gmail.comor register your donation using our online form.Again this year, the Festival will feature WOW’s annual Angel Giving Tree. Children and adults throughout Wilmington decorate ornaments for the tree, which are tagged with holiday gift requests for community members in need. Visitors are invited to take a tagged ornament; purchase the gift items requested; and drop it back to the Festival with the label attached. The gift donor then keeps the Angel ornament as a token of appreciation for their good deed.We are delighted that several community groups will be on hand at the Festival selling items for their winter fundraisers including:Wilmington High School Basketball: poinsettias and raffle tickets Saturday 9-3Wilmington High School Student Council: Wildcat magnets Saturday 9-3Wilmington Community Fund: ornaments Saturday 9-9 and Sunday 9-3Wilmington Youth Soccer:  winter hats and backpacks: Sunday 9-3Wilmington CATS: Saturday 3-9Wilmington Pop Warner: ornaments Sunday 9-3Sole Sisters: 5K registrations Saturday 9-3Shawsheen/West PAC will be selling Wildcat Apparel: Saturday 3-9St. Thomas Youth Group: Advent Calendars Sunday 9-3Please visit our website for additional event details.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWe’re One Wilmington’s 5th Annual Festival of Trees Set For December 5-6In “Community”We’re One Wilmington Announces 8th Annual Festival of Trees On December 1-2In “Community”WILMINGTON GIVES: WOW Still Looking For Donated Trees, Wreaths & Gift Baskets For Festival of TreesIn “Community”last_img read more

Thought experiment proposed to reconcile psychological versus thermodynamic arrows of time

first_img Journal information: Physical Review E (Phys.org) —A pair of physicists has proposed a thought experiment to help reconcile the seeming disparity between the psychological and thermodynamic arrows of time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review E, Leonard Mlodinow and Todd Brun claim their thought experiment demonstrates that the two seemingly contradictory views of time, must always align. When ordinary people think about time, they see the past as something that has come before and the future as a great unknown yet to come. We can remember the past, because it has happened already, but not the future, because it hasn’t. Physicists, on the other hand see time as able to move either forward or backwards (towards greater entropy), which implies that we should be able to remember events in the future. So, why can’t we?It’s because of the way our memories work the two say, and they’ve created a thought experiment to demonstrate what they mean. Imagine, they write, two chambers connected by an atomic sized tube with a turnstile in it. If there is gas in one of the chambers, individual atoms of it will move through the tube to the other chamber (towards higher entropy) tripping the turnstile as they go, in effect, counting the atoms as they pass by, until both sides have equal numbers of atoms—creating a state of equilibrium. The authors contend that such a system represents a memory—the counter on the turnstile can be used to demonstrate prior states of the system. But, they say, it can also be used to view memories of the future, but only in one special case—where nothing causes a change to the system. If at any point, they note, something causes any of the atoms (from the future) to deviate from reversing the exact course they took to return from where they came from, preventing the restoration of the original configuration, then the system will be move from higher entropy to lower. That would suggest that such a memory system, like our own, can only be used as a one way arrow representing time. And that, the authors note, violates the very definition of a memory. The reason we can’t remember future events is because we have faulty memories. Maxwell’s demon can use quantum information to generate work A reversible system with a well-defined arrow of time and a memory. Credit: Leonard Mlodinow and Todd A. Brun, Phys. Rev. E 89, 052102 (2014) More information: Relation between the psychological and thermodynamic arrows of time, Leonard Mlodinow and Todd A. Brun, Phys. Rev. E 89, 052102 (2014) Published May 2, 2014 dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.89.052102ABSTRACTIn this paper we lay out an argument that generically the psychological arrow of time should align with the thermodynamic arrow of time where that arrow is well defined. This argument applies to any physical system that can act as a memory, in the sense of preserving a record of the state of some other system. This result follows from two principles: the robustness of the thermodynamic arrow of time to small perturbations in the state, and the principle that a memory should not have to be fine-tuned to match the state of the system being recorded. This argument applies even if the memory system itself is completely reversible and nondissipative. We make the argument with a paradigmatic system, and then formulate it more broadly for any system that can be considered a memory. We illustrate these principles for a few other example systems and compare our criteria to earlier treatments of this problem.center_img Explore further Citation: Thought experiment proposed to reconcile psychological versus thermodynamic arrows of time (2014, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-thought-psychological-thermodynamic-arrows.html © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

3 Ways AI Is Upending the B2B Sales Experience

first_imgAugust 14, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read Enroll Now for Free This year will be known as the year enterprises became artificially intelligent. Research by Gartner suggests that interest in new big data investments has peaked. The question has changed from “how do we get data?” to “what do we do with it?” Forrester found that enterprises plan on increasing investment in artificial intelligence (AI) by 300 percent in 2017.One area of major AI investments will be sales. Customer analytics are one of the largest data sources for enterprises, and Salesforce already made a big splash earlier this month by releasing Einstein, their AI assistant designed to help sales teams uncover insights that will help close deals and identify upsell opportunities.But how exactly will sales be upended by AI? I see three main areas:1. Process optimization.According to CSO Insights, 43 percent of enterprise sales reps miss quota. The main reason? Lack of efficient, organized sales processes.AI will make huge inroads in regards to optimizing the sales process, beginning with the onboarding of new reps, which currently takes upwards of six to 10 months to reach full productivity.Based on observing the actions of high-performing reps, AI will provide a blueprint to new reps, offering guidance in terms of how often reach out to a prospect and what collateral to send them to be most effective in closing deals. This “autocoach” functionality will mitigate the time in which new reps operate at a loss because they are acting in a statistically similar way as high-performing reps.Related: 3 Traits High Performing Sales Reps Have That Average Sales Reps Don’tContent and meeting preparation processes are also primed for AI, particularly through natural language processing (NLP). For example, client-facing collateral in regulated industries, like financial services, is often required to include correct disclosures, a manual process usually delegated to reps. NLP can automate this process through keyword scanning, and as sales compliance remains a hot button issue in financial services, expect to see AI play a major role.NLP will also improve how sales reps prepare for meetings by bringing context front-and-center. By leveraging data accrued from past meetings across the sales organizations, sales reps will know what pieces of content — and even what order of slides — will work best for the particular combination of buyers in the room during a presentation.Which brings me to my next point …2. Personalization.Eighty percent of B2B sales organizations find personalized interactions to be most effective with buyers. Unfortunately, Forrester has found that 78 percent of buyers say salespeople come to meetings with irrelevant or incorrect materials.AI opens up a new world of personalization in sales conversations. One important instance will be in lead scoring. Right now, lead scoring essentially involves qualifying leads by fairly large, non-specific buckets based on previous interactions and subjective human input. With AI processing data from the entire marketing, sales and UX technology stacks, lead scoring will become exponentially more granular, where sales reps are handed personalized blueprints on how to approach each lead as an individual.Related: Why AI Won’t Replace (Great) SalespeopleFrom there, AI will also usher in dramatic changes to the content used by sales reps. Integrating data coming from the Internet of Things opens up particularly intriguing cases. Today this data primarily assists product monitoring, but it’s not hard to see a situation in which, say, Boeing, through the digital monitoring of their own commercial machine parts, reaches out to American Airlines with a personalized product brochure — automatically personalized with the right logos and pertinent case studies for the individual buyer — on new turbines the moment there are indications that it may be time for a new one within their fleet.3. The elimination of mundane sales tasks.Popular calendar and scheduling tools are, frankly, a giant pain for everyone involved. Our sales team of 60 schedules about 3,600 meetings per month. If each meeting takes 10 minutes of sending calendar invites back and forth and including new attendees, the result is 600 hours per month wasted scheduling meetings. We’re already seeing a crop of new tools that leverage AI to help with scheduling meetings. X.ai, for example, automates the email back and forth for the sales rep.Another manually intensive area of sales is note taking. Required for proper follow-up, note taking can also distract the rep from giving his or her full attention to the buyer. Clarke.ai is claiming to solve this problem via NLP. By dialing into the service before a call, Clarke.ai will record the context of the meeting and provide it back to the seller automatically.Bringing it all togetherWhile the tactical changes promised by AI will no doubt change the day-to-day of sales reps, its true benefit lies in the feedback loop. Big data investments have allowed data to be collected from all areas of the customer experience, from first touch to the monitoring of products they end up using. AI will be able to pinpoint and predict areas of strength and weaknesses in the experience of each new lead that comes through, improving the entire sales and marketing process intelligently and automatically.Related: Top 10 Tools for Maximizing Business-to-Business SalesThe main problem with AI and sales is how companies position these new technologies to the sales floor. AI can induce anxiety and anger when introduced improperly. It should be made clear that, when it comes to maximizing their time spent selling, AI promises to be a boon for reps, resulting in higher compensation, meaningful relationships with buyers and bottom-line company success. According to SiriusDecisions, these also happen to be the top reasons why sales reps stay with a company, resulting in long-term and enjoyable work in which the rep can find meaning and success.  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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first_img News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more May 17, 2012 — Viztek announced an upgrade to its Opal-Ortho PACS (picture archiving and communications system) solution for orthopedic practices. The solution offers one single appliance that controls every aspect of orthopedics imaging, integrating the digital radiography (DR) or computed radiography (CR) solution and the PACS for optimal efficiency.The Opal-Ortho suite is ideal for orthopedic practices of all sizes and allows them to grow without any additional hardware. It can house 100,000 imaging studies, enough for several years of continuous operation. Many practices currently utilize multiple appliances for PACS, CR/DR and electronic medical records (EMR) interfacing, and need to link them together to ensure each system can properly interface. This manual linking typically introduces complexity and possibility for errors.The Opal-Ortho solution also offers orthopedic practices the opportunity to integrate mobile devices such as iPads or Android devices, giving them the ability to easily display images to patients and colleagues.In the upgrade, the suite’s digital templating was improved, and now provides physicians with immediate calculations to help them create more precise surgical plans before operating. It significantly streamlines the measurement process, allowing the physician to see more patients and reduce any possible operational delays. Another efficiency gain is found in the system’s automatic learning protocol, an intelligent feature that actively learns the doctor’s system usage patterns and allows them to perform key functions with less mouse clicks and fewer drag-and-drop actions.“Our ‘one box’ functionality means practices can now have the whole suite in a small footprint, with the added bonus of simple mobile device connectivity,” said Steve Deaton, vice president of sales for Viztek. “Patients that need such care often face tough news and decisions, and there is a level of personal care and attention to detail that comes when doctors can show patients images up close. We estimate the typical practice can save 15 minutes a day per physician through improved efficiency, a number that ultimately allows patients to receive more personal care.”For more information: www.viztek.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | May 17, 2012 Upgraded Opal-Ortho from Viztek Combines CR/DR, PACS Enhanced Digital Templating Allows Physicians to Build Precise Surgical Plans News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

Riteve vehicle inspection rates not going up

first_imgThe cost of getting your vehicle inspected in Costa Rica will not be going up next year, despite attempts to raise the charge more than 200 percent.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) rejected Spanish private contractor Riteve SyC‘s request to increase rates for mandatory vehicle inspections — for the 10th consecutive year.Riteve had asked for a 205 percent hike in inspection rates, but ARESEP again argued that it was impossible to evaluate the request because Riteve failed to explain how the proposed rates were calculated.That is the same answer the agency has given to all Riteve’s requests since 2005, the year it approved the last increase in rates.Riteve spokeswoman Jennifer Hidalgo said Friday that the company had received ARESEP’s notification, but she declined to address the rate hike rejection. “The company has already expressed its position regarding our petition to ARESEP,” she said.Riteve has said in the past that its contract with the Costa Rican government states that the Public Works and Transport Ministry is responsible for defining the rate-setting model, but that MOPT has failed to do so.Earlier this week, Riteve officials said that if the regulatory agency had approved all of the company’s previous rate hike requests, this year’s proposed increase would have been just 1 percent, equivalent to ₡287 ($0.50).See the full list of RTV rates by vehicle type here. Facebook Comments Related posts:Riteve wants to hike the price of mandatory car inspections by 200 percent Riteve vehicle inspection rates to go up starting July Mandatory vehicle inspection agency seeks up to 200 percent increase in prices Regulatory agency rejects increase in vehicle inspection rateslast_img read more

HUD Secretary Talks Opportunities Challenges for Housing in 2015

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News January 21, 2015 612 Views HUD Julián Castro Zillow 2015-01-21 Tory Barringercenter_img Hours after President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, HUD Secretary Julian Castro took a slightly smaller stage to discuss his department’s efforts to boost homeownership in 2015.In a live-streamed “fireside chat” with Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries, the secretary reiterated that 2015 will be a “year of housing opportunity,” reusing a phrase he coined in a National Press Club appearance earlier this month.Castro based his optimism on what he called a “confluence of factors” he believes will encourage more potential homebuyers to take the plunge this year, including a leveling off in home prices, lower entry barriers to mortgage credit, and falling costs—helped by an imminent reduction in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) annual mortgage insurance premiums and the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) directive for Fannie and Freddie to accept mortgages with lower down payments.”All of those things add up to greater opportunity to move from renting to buying in 2015,” Castro said.When it comes to making the transition from renting to owning a home, he acknowledged that there are challenges, particularly as rising rental costs make it difficult for consumers to save up for a down payment. Stagnant wages have also presented a problem in that area, though Castro asserted that they’re “moving in the right direction.”Another major challenge the secretary addressed Wednesday morning was the issue of credit availability, which he said has kept a lot of mortgage applicants with “what historically would have been considered pretty good credit” from buying a home. Through November, the average FICO score for an approved loan application in 2014 was about 726, according to mortgage services provider Ellie Mae.In addition to the FHA premium cut and the push for lower down payment options, Castro highlighted HUD’s “Blueprint for Credit Access,” an initiative to expand credit offerings to qualified borrowers through counseling programs and clarified lending rules.Though some critics have argued that opening up mortgages to a larger pool of borrowers will degrade loan quality, Castro maintained that won’t be the case.”Policies have fundamentally changed to create safeguards so that we can offer the opportunity to own a home for people who are ready and responsible to buy,” he said.Regarding the government’s role in the mortgage market, the secretary was hesitant to offer an idea of what he believes is an appropriate amount of presence, though he did say he supports efforts to bring in more private capital.However, he added that he believes the government has a role to play, particularly in serving low- to moderate-income borrowers and in providing a backstop for the securities market, two functions he said are “vital pieces of housing finance going forward.””We have to remember how we were able in the United States to build up the homeownership rate to where it is today,” he said. “FHA certainly played a significant role in that, and for our part at HUD, we hope it continues to.” HUD Secretary Talks Opportunities, Challenges for Housing in 2015last_img read more

International Rail is giving agents the opportunit

first_imgInternational Rail is giving agents the opportunity to save their Europe-bound clients extra dollars on train travel with free rail travel days on a selection of convenient Eurail passes purchased between 1 March 2018 and 28 March 2018. During the month-long deal a Eurail Global Saver Pass, offering 10 days travel in first class with two bonus days added, is priced from $973 per person or just $81 per day.Customers preferring a Consecutive Pass, valid for one month, will receive five more rail days, while an additional travel day is guaranteed on Eurail’s Two Country Select Pass which can be personalised to four, five, six, eight or 10 travel days over a two-month stretch.Trade partners also benefit with International Rail’s Mega Eurail incentive presenting travel agents, making an online order over $2000, with a $50 Visa gift card. Europeraillast_img read more

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first_img Consecutive losses to division foes, which followed a three-interception performance to the Carolina Panthers, once had the Valley calling for Drew Stanton to usurp Carson Palmer as the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback. A lot has changed since then, which was just back in mid-October.The Cardinals have won four straight and Palmer has been no minor factor in the streak. His accuracy is way up, completing more than 70 percent of his passing attempts in three of those four games, tallying a pair of touchdowns in each. Your browser does not support the audio element. After Sunday’s two-touchdown, 314-yard performance, which earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, the 33-year-old signal caller finally got out of the red in his TD-INT ratio, now with 16 touchdowns to 15 interceptions on the season. It’s no coincidence that Palmer’s improvement has been in stride with that of his offensive line’s, but ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski says that’s not the only reason the quarterback has righted his game of late.“I don’t ever think there is ever one single thing… It’s multiple things,” Jaworski told The Burns and Gambo Show on Tuesday.Naturally, trust in his protective front has paid huge dividends for Palmer. Though being sacked 10 times over the last four games, the constant pressure on the quarterback has been significantly reduced.Add that comfort to the list of factors leading to his betterment.“There is no question Carson Palmer is much more comfortable in the pocket because he understands the system a lot better,” Jaworski went on. “That’s just a matter of practicing every day. The offseason, training camp, the preseason — he has gotten a better understanding of what they are trying to do.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires All that and, vuala, the Cardinals’ quarterback looks like a new man. LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst Top Stories center_img The learning curve that came with learning a new offense, like that of head coach Bruce Arians, was surely working against Palmer’s early-season performance. The decision making mistakes seemed to be rapidly mounting, as the quarterback once had a 10-14 TD-INT ratio, the second worst such mark in all of football.Beyond adjustment, another factor, Jaws told the show, has been the added tight end in the Cardinals’ offensive formations.“Some of the things they’ve done with their schemes have been helpful (to Palmer),” he explained. “The multiple tight ends — in the last three games… with two or three tight ends in the game, he is 32 of 47. That’s a quarterback rating of 113.9; four touchdown passes and one interception. He feels comfortable with multiple tight ends on the field. I think he feels comfortable because he feels protected.”Of course, the multiple tight ends are an additional protection factor for the bullied Palmer, as Jaworski was quick to highlight.“(The Cardinals) tight ends do an excellent job,” he said. “Now, Housler is certainly more of your receiving tight end. But if you look at what Bray is doing, a tremendous job in pass protection and some very well-designed scheme protections.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hyatt Hotels Corporatio

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHyatt Hotels Corporation has added a second Miraval spa and wellness brand, with the debut of Miraval Austin. Set on 90 hectares of picturesque land overlooking Lake Travis, Miraval Austin joins the brand’s flagship property in Tucson, Arizona.Offering 117 guestrooms and suites, a serene Life in Balance Spa, a four-hectare farm and ranch and a state-of-the-art Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen, Miraval Austin combines the celebrated Miraval Arizona experience with groundbreaking new treatments and wellness programs that pay homage to Austin’s rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural surroundings.AccommodationsMiraval Austin’s guestrooms and suites have been designed by award-winning firm Hart Howerton as relaxing havens built in harmony with nature. Using a soft, neutral, colour palette, guestrooms combine bespoke furniture, specially selected fabrics and local, handcrafted accessories and art to create a restorative atmosphere. In keeping with the Miraval brand’s ethos, the rooms have been designed to enhance guests’ sleep experience with Miraval bedding, blackout shades and sleep-enhancing amenities, including Miraval’s signature mobile phone sleeping bag. Each room will also feature a selection of ZENTS’ all-natural bath amenities in large-format, reusable bottles to further reinforce the brand’s commitment to sustainability.Life in Balance SpaConceptualised by renowned designer Clodagh, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin draws inspiration from the surrounding Balcones Canyonlands Preserve to create a serene environment that promotes relaxation, balance and a sense of wellbeing. The spa boasts 30 treatment rooms, a spa pool, relaxation rooms, salon, sauna, steam room and spa retail boutique.In addition to offering a selection of Miraval Arizona’s most sought-after spa experiences, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin offers a series of innovative treatments that push boundaries and bring new meaning to the concept of “farm to treatment table.” Highlights include Pranayama-ḍīna, a transformative experience that combines the power of breathwork with a floating massage, and Wild Harvest Herbal Healer, a celebration of nature and community in which guests pick herbs from the farm to be used in a luxurious massage.To enhance the spa experience, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin worked with organic skincare company, Laurel, to create a petal pecan mask inspired by the on-property farm. Miraval Austin and Laurel have also created an exclusive spa treatment, the Spiritual Warrior Facial, that utilises energies of plants and gemstones to bring guests on a spiritual facial journey.Health and Wellness ProgrammingFor those looking to open their mind, body and soul, Miraval Austin’s team of highly regarded specialists have designed an extensive menu of integrative wellbeing offerings that span fitness, yoga, meditation, culinary, nutrition and art.Those seeking inner peace can enjoy a variety of yoga and meditation practices such as Crystal Meditation, which aligns the body with the energy of the Earth, and Qoya, a women’s movement practice that combines yoga, breathwork and intention setting.For guests looking to step out of their comfort zones, Miraval Austin’s challenge course features activities including slacklining, archery and hatchet throwing.Home to Miraval Austin’s fitness classes, the Body Mindfulness Center features cutting-edge Technogym equipment and a fitness studio for activities including Cardio Drumming, Bosu Blast and spinning classes.The RanchDeveloped at Miraval Arizona over 20 years ago, the brand’s equine programming will also be central to the Miraval Austin experience. The Cypress Creek Ranch at Miraval Austin offers an expertly developed curriculum that expands upon Miraval Arizona’s original programming with new workshops.Culinary OfferingsAt the core of Miraval Austin’s culinary program is the Cypress Creek Organic Farm that provides fresh produce for the property’s kitchen and spa and is home to many of the property’s interactive culinary programs.Miraval Austin also features an innovative Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen outfitted by Williams Sonoma. As at Miraval Arizona, the stunning demonstration kitchen hosts healthy cooking classes and workshops, including Plant-Based Cooking, Conquering the Blade, Restoring Bone Broth and Wheat-Free Baking.Hilltop Crossings Kitchen offers a handcrafted menu of healthy, Texas-inspired dishes created from ingredients sourced from the property’s farm and local purveyors. The resort also offers the Discovery Pool Café and The Nest, Miraval’s signature smoothie bar offering coffee and smoothies during the day and mindful craft cocktails and light bites in the evenings.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Mahwah New York – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgMahwah, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJaguar will launch the new Jaguar XKR-S at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, 2011. With a higher output supercharged V8 engine, revised suspension, and a new aerodynamically-driven design, the Jaguar XKR-S expresses the company’s long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible performance.“The XKR-S is a bold and exciting new model for Jaguar,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new Global Brand Director. “We expect to attract both loyal and new Jaguar driving enthusiasts who still want the comfort, opulence and class only a Jaguar can offer, combined with inspirational performance.”The Jaguar XKR-S produces 550 hp with 502 lb/ft of torque, offers a top speed of 186mph (300km/h), and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. Full details, images and video of the Jaguar XKR-S will be released at the Geneva Motor Show press day on March 1, 2011.In addition to this debut, Jaguar will be marking the 50th anniversary of the E-Type with the first in a series of celebrations. Jaguar will be hosting an E-Type celebration at the Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva, where the original car was introduced by the marque’s founder Sir William Lyons half a century ago.When launched in 1961, the appeal of E-Type transcended the automotive world. So highly regarded were its’ inherent rightness of proportion, stance, and purity of line, it was installed as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It remains in their permanent collection to this day.The influence of the E-Type is still apparent in Jaguar’s modern range – products that offer a peerless blend of performance, comfort, cutting-edge technology and award-winning design.“It is impossible to overstate the impact the E-Type had,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director. “Here was a car that encapsulated the spirit of the revolutionary era it came to symbolize. We’re looking forward to celebrating achievement and looking forward with our all-new sports cars in Geneva.”www.jaguarlandrover.comlast_img read more

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