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No job without local language skills: Assam literary body

first_imgAn influential, century-old literary organisation in Assam has issued a diktat saying people who do not know Assamese or any other indigenous language would not be allowed to work in the State.The Assam Sahitya Sabha, established in 1917, has also set the BJP-led government a month’s deadline to make Kendriya Vidyalayas and schools affiliated to the CBSE on introduce any recognised indigenous tongue as the third language up to Class 12.Private universities such as Don Bosco University that have allegedly resisted using a local language as a medium of instruction have also been asked to fall in line or face punitive action.“We have served notice according to the provisions of the Assam Accord (of 1985 that ended a six-year agitation for ejecting illegal migrants). The Centre should have made an effort to protect the cultural and linguistic identity of the indigenous peoples. We have to protect our identity,” Paramananda Rajbongshi, president of the Sabha said in a statement on Thursday.The Sabha has been at the forefront of a movement for resisting the threat to Assamese and other local tongues from mainstream languages.last_img read more

In the First Half of 2018, India Attracted FDI Worth $22 Billion: UN Report

first_imgIn the first half of 2018, India attracted $22 billion worth of Foreign Direct Investment, according to a UN report. The report also said that globally the foreign direct investment saw a drop of 41 percent in the same period due to tax reforms carried out in the U.S.The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in its ‘Investment Trends Monitor’ report, which was released Oct.15, that with $22 billion FDI, India led the 13 percent rise in FDI in South Asia.With the $22 billion FDI, India just about managed to stay in the top 10 host economies receiving the most FDI during the period, PTI reported.With $70 billion, China was the largest recipient of FDI, closely followed by the UK which saw $65.5 billion investment. The third largest recipient of FDI was the U.S. with $46.5 billion. The Netherlands, Australia, Singapore, and Brazil received $44.8 billion, 36.1 billion, 34.7 billion, and 25.5 billion respectively, all higher than India, the news agency said.Quoting the report, PTI said, FDI dropped by 41 percent globally in the first half of 2018 to $470 billion from $794 billion in the same period last year, mainly due to large repatriations by the U.S. parent companies of accumulated foreign earnings from their affiliates aboard following tax reforms by implemented by Donald Trump’s administration.James Zhan, UNCTAD’s Director of Investment and Enterprise said, “the global financial picture is “gloomy.””Zhan said there are other factors too that are responsible for the “huge difference in repatriation” of overseas profits by U.S. companies and these include ambiguity about the detail and impact of tax reform as well as the impact of trade disputes such as the tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China.The report said that while there has been a decline in foreign investment, there has also been a 42 percent increase in the so-called “greenfield” projects to $454 billion. Related Itemslast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund bomb suspect charged with attempted murder

first_imgGerman prosecutors are charging a man suspected of detonating three bombs targeting the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus in April with 28 counts of attempted murder, the Dortmund prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.The team was heading to the club’s stadium for a Champions League match against AS Monaco on April 11 when the explosions went off, wounding Spanish defender Marc Bartra and delaying the match by a day.The 28-year old suspect, a dual German and Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on the day of the attack entitling him to sell shares in Borussia Dortmund (BVB.DE) at a pre-determined price.He had hoped the attack would force down the club’s share price, reaping him a profit on his investment.The prosecutor’s office said in its statement on Tuesday it was also charging him with inflicting grievous bodily harm and with causing an explosion.It said it could not provide further details on the charges until the charge sheet had been delivered to the suspect and his defence lawyers.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma chills out with Pakistani, Indian and Sri Lankan fans

first_imgRohit Sharma shared a picture with Indian fan Sudhir Gautam and Pakistan’s Bashir Chacha along with a couple of Sri Lankan supporters in Dubai, a day after India’s thrilling tie against Afghanistan in a Super Four match.India are already through to the final and will meet the winner of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan Super Four game.Rohit is widely admired by fans of different countries. On Wednesday, he hung out with Sudhir, Bashir, Mohammad Nilam and Gayan Senanayake.The super fans themselves are very close to each other.Recently, Sudhir’s Pakistani counterpart, Bashir Chacha a.k.a Chacha Chicago, helped him out with the flight tickets, food and stay in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the Asia Cup.READ – Kohli invites Sri Lanka cricket superfan to his weeding reception”It’s pure love. You know money will come and go with Allah’s grace. I told Sudhir you just come here and I will take care of everything. I am not a rich person but my heart is as big as an ocean. If I help you, Allah will be happy,” Bashir Chacha told www.xtratime.in from the UAE.Last year, Rohit had arranged for Nilam to return home to Sri Lanka from India to see his ailing father. Rohit had also offered financial help for a surgery but Nilam had refused to take any money.advertisementIndia vs Afghanistan: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENED | REPORTBesides, Senanayake is no stranger to Indian cricketers. He was invited by Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma for their wedding reception in 2017.Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup and Rohit was named captain. After winning their opening match against Hong Kong, India defeated Pakistan twice and Bangladesh to reach the final.READ – Rohit Sharma funds stranded Sri Lankan fan’s ticket back homeRohit along with Shikhar Dhawan has been in spectacular form. However, the duo was rested for the game against Afghanistan.last_img read more

Relay for Life is June 2- 3

first_img The overnight event will get under way at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 and conclude at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 3. The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) 16th annual flagship fundraising event, Relay for Life, will take place next month on the campus of the University of Technology (UTech), Old Hope Road, St. Andrew. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday (May 2) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Chairman of the JCS, Earl Jarrett, said that in addition to raising funds, Relay for Life serves as a medium to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle with the disease. The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) 16th annual flagship fundraising event, Relay for Life, will take place next month on the campus of the University of Technology (UTech), Old Hope Road, St. Andrew.The overnight event will get under way at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 and conclude at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 3.Speaking at the launch on Wednesday (May 2) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Chairman of the JCS, Earl Jarrett, said that in addition to raising funds, Relay for Life serves as a medium to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle with the disease.“The event is a symbol of hope despite the challenges for affected individuals and their families,” he noted.The entity’s Executive Director, Yulit Gordon, said that Relay for Life reaches into the community to bring together neighbours, friends, work associates and families to support a very important cause.She noted that the operations of the society, including maintenance of the medical facility, require significant capital.“We are, therefore, calling on all Jamaicans to join hands and hearts with the Jamaica Cancer Society through sponsorship, donations and the forming of teams, to make 2018 Relay for Life the most successful event,” Mrs. Gordon said.Relay for Life is a 12-hour relay, which involves a team of walkers and runners competing against each other to raise the highest amount of funds. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Things improve in Karnataka after flood rain havoc

first_imgBengaluru: After the flood and rain havoc in Karnataka in the past few days, things have improved in the affected districts of the state, where 6.77 lakh people had been evacuated in the past week. Inflows in the reservoirs are steadily decreasing, an official update issued by the State government said on Tuesday. “… flood situation is normalising. The water has started receding in many flood-affected districts and flood situation has improved,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday visited flood-affected areas in his home district of Shivamogga. The state government said relief operations were in full swing, and senior officer camping in the districs were overseeing them and also visiting relief camps. Several districts in the north, coastal and Malnad regions of the state had been badly hit by the flood and incessant rains, leaving a trail of destruction. The rain fury has left 48 people dead in the State, while 16 are missing. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Flood waters of Tungabadra river that had entered the ground level of the UNESCO world heritage site in Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, receded on Monday and there was no damage to the monuments, officials said. A total of 2,217 villages in 86 taluks of 17 districts have been affected due to floods and rains in the State, where 1,224 relief camps have been opened giving shelter for nearly four lakh people. As many as 41,915 houses damaged, and agriculture and horticulture crop loss (preliminary assessment) stands at 4.30 lakh hectares. The state government has requested the Centre to immediately release Rs 3,000 crore. “If we total all districts, the loss will be around Rs 40,000 to 50,000 crore. We have requested the Centre to release Rs 3,000 crore immediately”, Yediyurappa said.last_img read more

Albertas Jason Kenney hosting four other premiers at Calgary Stampede

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The premiers of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories are mixing business with pleasure at the Calgary Stampede.According to a release from the Alberta government Jason Kenney will officially welcome the other provincial leaders at a traditional white hat ceremony during the premier’s annual Stampede pancake breakfast this morning.It says formal meetings will follow, noting the five leaders share common goals such as building pipelines and free trade within Canada.The Calgary meeting, according to the release, will build on discussions from last month’s Western Premiers’ Conference in Edmonton, where Kenney and B.C. Premier John Horgan clashed over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that would carry Alberta oil to the West Coast.Kenney warned that Alberta was ready to use provincial legislation to limit oil and gas exports to any province blocking pipelines, while Horgan said his government would push ahead with a legal challenge of that law.The first ministers are expected wind up their Calgary gathering by taking in some Stampede rodeo action before travelling to Saskatoon for this week’s Council of the Federation meeting.last_img read more

Local designers make bold statements at Vancouver Fashion Week

first_img Twitter When Jamal Abdourahman helped found Vancouver Fashion Week in 2001, it was to take local designs to the world by giving them a place to showcase their creations.Now, the world is coming to Vancouver to be part of a show and a program that has a reputation for pushing boundaries and embracing the many cultures that make up the city.“Every designer is unique, and they are always cutting edge and [trying] to one up each other every year,” said Abdourahman. An easy-to-wear, unisex design paired with a simple, elegant hair style. (CBC) Advertisement A travel-inspired piece with a Middle Eastern top and Italian linen. (CBC)Evan Clayton  This will be the 30th fashion week that Abdourahman has programmed.The event runs twice a year, showcasing collections for the upcoming season.This week, Our Vancouver got a sneak peak of what five local designers have created for their spring 2018 collections.A D A M  Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment An edgy look – with piercing and hair as sharp as the clothing. (CBC)Aiki District  Facebook With files from Our Vancouver An alien-like silhouette for both the dress and hair. (CBC)Sam Stringer  Theatrical colours and cut-outs, with samurai-inspired hair. (CBC)Mary Ebra  Advertisementlast_img read more

Cannabis concerns calls for more Indigenous input dominate Senate committee

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsA Senate committee debating Bill C-45, the cannabis law, heard from a company advocating for full Indigenous participation on Monday.Mike Fontaine, of IndigiCo, a company that wants to help First Nations get on the cannabis bandwagon, told senators the new bill represents a “generational opportunity for creating economic dignity for Indigenous people.”“The ability to be a licensed producer provides the means to produce and or distribute cannabis outside of the reserves or traditional Indigenous territories leading to substantially larger positive participation in the economy,” added IndigiCo’s Sara Loft.Fontaine told the committee on Aboriginal peoples that marijuana is relatively safe in terms of its toxicity.“There’s no evidence anywhere that cannabis has killed one person,” he said. “I think the amount necessary to create a lethal dose in an individual is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1,500 pounds ingested in 15 minutes.”That statement seemed to annoy Ontario Senator Vernon White.He quoted statistics from Colorado where traffic fatalities from marijuana influence had increased.“So when you say nobody’s ever died from marijuana use I have to say after 32 years in policing, I’ve seen a lot of death as a result of people using marijuana. So what research are you using?” he said.Meanwhile, a delegation from Nunavut expressed great concern over the new law.One elder, Isaac Shouyuk, said this could destroy the territory’s smallest communities.“Many many people committing suicide because of the alcohol and because of the cannabis,” he said in Inuktitut. “This is unacceptable. We don’t want any more problems being placed in front of us. Things we cannot deal with. Because there’s nothing in place to legalize cannabis in Nunavut.”The senate will next hear about Bill B-45 and how it affects Indigenous people.last_img read more

Only 13 out of 173 Lok Sabha candidates in Delhi are women

first_imgNEW DELHI: Only 13 out of the total 173 candidates fighting the Lok Sabha election in Delhi are women, putting their share among the total number of contestants at a dismal seven per cent. Each of the major political parties –Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party –has fielded only one woman candidate in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12.In 2014, 150 candidates contested the Lok Sabha polls from the national capital, of which 13 were women. Of the 13, only one –Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP –got elected. In 2009, out of 160 candidates, 18 women contested and only one got elected. The Congress has fielded its veteran leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the BJP and the AAP have named lawyer-politician Lekhi and Atishi Marlena respectively in the contest. Nominations of 173 candidates have been found valid for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. As many as 349 candidates filed nominations from April 16 till Tuesday, the last date to file the nomination papers. In Delhi, there are over 1.43 crore voters, and of these, 64 lakh are eligible women voters while there are 72 lakh male voters. Besides, there are 669 voters who belong to the third gender. Three-time chief minister Dikshit will contest from North-East seat against state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey while BJP’s incumbent Lekhi will face Congress’ Ajay Maken and Aam Aadmi Party’s Brijesh Goyal in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency. The AAP has pitted Marlena against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and former Delhi minister and senior Congress leader Arvinder on the east Delhi seat. There are ten women candidates who are fighting elections either as an independent or on behalf of little known parties. Deepti Chopra from Prism Party, Richa Katiyar Kanaujia from Right to Recall Party and Suman Devi from Bharat Lok Sewak party are in the fray for the electoral battle from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency. There is only woman candidate –Dikshit –from North-East constituency. From East Delhi seat, Atishi Marlena, Deepti Nadella from Pyramid Party of India and Neeru Mongia of Prism Party are fighting elections. Priyanka, an independent candidate, and BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi are in the fray for the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.last_img read more

Moroccan Businessman Adam Hachimi Awarded Insignia of Knight of Honor Legion

Strasbourg – Moroccan businessman Adam Hachimi was awarded, on Friday in Metz, the Insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honor.The decoration was handed to Hachimi by Moselle’s chief of police Emmanuel Berthier, on behalf of the president of the republic during a ceremony held at the Pompidou center in Metz, in the presence of several figures as well as the consul general of Morocco in Strasbourg in charge of relations with the council of Europe Mohamed Arrouchi.Hachimi holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Metz and is currently CEO of the LHP Group, composed of the companies “Micro-Pollutants Technology”, “Leces” and “ACN”.

Weeratunga Pelpita given bail in sil redi case

The Colombo High Court released Weeratunga and Pelpita on cash bail of Rs. 100,000 each and surety bail of Rs. 1 million each. Lalith Weeratunga, the secretary to the former President, and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita, were today given bail in the ‘sil redi’ case.They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 620 million of Government funds to distribute ‘sil redi’, cloth used by Buddhist devotees, to voters last year.

Korea to fund the improvement of education in Kilinochchi

Resettlement endeavours in this area have proven to be an extremely difficult task mainly due to the massive destruction caused to all infrastructure facilities, which require to be built from scratch. The project will be an all-inclusive endeavor, focusing on the development of the education capacity of the district in a sustainable manner, including infrastructure development, teacher training, community awareness activities, and initiatives to secure parental support for the promotion of their children’s education.This new development cooperation initiative will be carried out as part of KOICA’s continued efforts since the 2000s to help uplift the living standards of less developed, marginalized parts of the island to achieve equal and sustainable development. (Colombo Gazette) Situated in the heart of the Northern Province, Kilinochchi was severely ravaged by the prolonged armed conflict which dragged on for nearly three decades. Among the many devastations caused by the war, the destruction of infrastructure was one that has greatly challenged post war reconciliation efforts, particularly in the process of resettling the internally displaced. Taking these factors into consideration, KOICA identified the importance of investing in the development of education in the war ravaged district of Kilinochchi, in order to help restore normalcy to people’s lives and build a better future for their children.Keeping in line with the Korean Government’s partnership strategy with Sri Lanka where education has been identified as a key priority area for cooperation, in 2011, KOICA initiated a USD 5.6 million project for the improvement of the education sector in Kilinochchi. Based on the success of this initial project which concluded in the year 2014, KOICA has decided to grant a further USD 7.5 million for a new initiative to ensure that high quality education is made available to the youth of this area who have already suffered severe setbacks in life due to the internal conflict. Taking a step forward in its endeavors to improve the education sector in the Kilinochchi district since 2011, KOICA has decided to provide grant aid worth USD 7.5 million to renovate a number of schools in Kilinochchi.The agreement between the two countries for the project was signed by Lee Dong Ku, Country Director of KOICA Sri Lanka Office, S. Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Education and Priyantha Rathnayake, Director General of the Department of External Resources. State Minister of Education, V.S Radakrisnan was also present on this occasion. read more

Innovation Nation How technology is taking the guesswork out of pricing crude

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.Long before the debate over pipeline construction, the oil price differential, production curtailment and government-purchased rail cars dominated headlines, a pair of Toronto entrepreneurs were busy travelling from wellsite to wellsite in frigid northern Alberta, testing technology that has the potential to transform the conversation.Ian Burgess and Nouman Ahmad had developed a system to help energy companies receive a fairer price for their product — a possible solution to the price differential problem that has plagued both conventional and unconventional oil and gas producers.“On our very first hardware field test, I hit a whiteout storm driving north from Edmonton,” recalled Burgess with a laugh, “and my van full of equipment started to skid. I remember thinking ‘this could turn out to be a very expensive first trip.’” Fortunately, he was able to stay on the road. Innovation Nation: Why has the government put a cap on innovation success? Move over oil, Big Data is the new fuel to run the world Innovation Nation: AI godfathers gave Canada an early edge — but we could end up being left in the dust At that stage, Validere Technologies, as the two named their fledgling company, had just graduated from Silicon Valley’s prestigious Y Combinator seed accelerator, in the summer of 2016.Through Y Combinator, the company received critical early stage capital from Clint Chao and Ammar Hanafi, partners at Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture capital firm Moment Ventures. “We invest in industry verticals outside the immediate sphere of Silicon Valley,” Hanafi said.“When Nouman and Ian first presented to us, it was clear they were thinking big picture on how to effectively introduce leading edge AI powered IoT tech to the age-old world of oil and gas,” Chao added.As crude oil moves from wellhead to refinery, custody transfer takes place an average of eleven times. Each time this happens, it mixes with different crude oil streams from different storage facilities as it moves progressively from smaller feeder pipelines to larger arterial trunklines, to eventually arriving at a refinery thousands of kilometres from where it was drilled.Inevitably, the commodity’s composition changes.Whenever there’s a compositional change, there is a good chance it’s no longer representative of what was sold — all crude oil is not created equal. “Of course, there are third party labs that do sporadic tests, but they aren’t done in the field or in real-time,” Burgess said.Validere’s technology works in two stages. Validere 360 is a testing product, sold on a software as a service model. Alpha takes that data and uses artificial intelligence to suggest what to do with the oil once the information is known. “Whereas 360 is all about producing useful crude oil quality data through internet connected testing devices in the field, Alpha is about how to use that information over time, in the most optimal way, using our proprietary predictive AI engine,” Burgess said.Once a pipeline company has a greater degree of confidence in the quality of the crude entering their system, it can then for example, redirect a sour (referring to crude oil’s hydrogen sulphide content) stream of oil into a more appropriate storage facility. “Our technology creates trust because if ever there is a custody transfer dispute, we can print out an audit form showing much more accurately how, at various points along the supply chain, the composition of the oil changed,” Ahmad said.So how do a pair of energy-industry neophytes end up coming up with a possible solution to one of the Canadian oil industry’s most nettlesome problems?After the 2013 disaster in Lac Mégantic, when an unattended freight train carrying crude oil from North Dakota rolled down a hill and derailed, causing a massive explosion that killed nearly 50 people, Burgess was awarded a research contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help it better understand what went wrong.It was then that Burgess, who by age 24 had already graduated from Harvard with a PhD in Applied Physics, was first exposed to crude oil quality testing. It was also where the first of many iterations for Validere’s underlying technology was born. “After a while I started to realize there was a big problem in the oil and gas industry,” Burgess said.A key finding in his research was the crude oil’s vapour pressure in the rail car tanks was off-spec — essentially the oil in the tanks shouldn’t have been there in the first place.Shortly after completing his work in 2014, Burgess met Ahmad, who had just recently exited a successful fintech startup focused on life insurance. A coffee here, a conversation there, and soon they agreed there was an opportunity in crude oil quality testing. “At the start we worked together without any formal agreements,” Ahmad said. “It was a time for us to explore whether we were capable of working together.”They then entered a pitch competition at Harvard to work out their business plan, and yearning to return home, they then looked north to Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) — a seed-stage program for “massively scalable, science-based companies.” CDL is unique in that it employs a mentoring process, with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation.Here they met Canadian tech investor T. Chen Fong. “From pretty well the moment we met Chen, he has been an invaluable adviser to us, and was one of our first significant investors,” said Ahmad, a former investment banker who immigrated as a child with his family to Canada.They also met senior M&A lawyer turned Parkland Fuel Corporation executive Pierre Magnan. “CDL is great at bridging the gap between industry and academia,” said Magnan, who runs Parkland’s considerable Caribbean holdings from Grand Cayman. “And the Validere story is as much about gritty hard work as it is innovative tech.” Magnan sits on Validere’s board and was also an early investor.Flash forward to October 2018 when Validere announced a $7-million round of financing led by Houston-based energy private equity firm Sallyport Investments, the family office for renowned U.S. energy executive Doug Foshee.“In the six years we’ve been in business, close to 2,000 deals have come across my desk,” Managing Director Kyle Bethancourt, who came to Sallyport from the Blackstone Group, said. “In that time, we’ve only invested in thirteen deals. Validere being one of them.”Ahmad and Burgess’s focus for the past several years has been to iterate Validere’s underlying technology, listen to the needs of their customers, and prime for scalability. “Now we’re at the stage where we can focus on growth rather than survival and build out the business,” Ahmad said.Validere has successfully completed six platform deployments with large Canadian oil and gas clients, and now has more than 20 employees, with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Houston. The Toronto office is staffed with the company’s tech talent — a reflection of Toronto’s status as a global hub for artificial intelligence. The Calgary and Houston offices are staffed by Validere’s energy experts.The market Validere is going after is global. “In Canada alone, every producer, midstreamer, and refiner wants to know the quality of the crude oil they’re buying and selling,” Fong said. A senior crude oil trader working for a Calgary-based midstream company agrees. “We blend our crude oil all the time and so we need to know what the composition is. To have that information in real-time would be tremendous.”The same can be said for the United States’ energy industry — and that’s before considering the value of Validere’s technology to other hydrocarbons like natural gas and natural gas liquids. There are 18 frequently measured properties of crude oil — vapour pressure, colour, density, and so on. These properties, or variables, dictate the quality of oil being tested and its value.“It is hugely important that the variability of crude oil stream characteristics is as well understood as possible,” said Tony Mate, a twenty-five-year veteran of Canada’s energy business with experience spanning finance, accounting, communications, and trading.Mate currently works as CFO of Outlier Resources, a Calgary based private natural gas producer. “It can be a challenge to have the best possible data when extracted in extreme conditions, and any automation like this would certainly be worth a look.”Success hasn’t come with challenges however, many of which are still on the horizon. “The sophistication and disruptive nature of their technology requires patiently educating their market,” said Fong. “That is their greatest challenge to scaling up, since they really don’t have any direct competitors.”Not to say there aren’t competitors, however when Validere does compete for a client’s business, it’s typically over a feature here and there. “Never do we fully compete over our full suite of technology, and the insights we’re capable of producing,” Ahmad said.But educating the market takes time, especially since Validere’s technology involves mission critical business decisions. “We’re certainly not operating in the consumer tech space where adoption tends to occur much faster,” Burgess said. “The more we demonstrate how our technology can save as much as $15 per barrel in lost revenue, in the field, in real time, adoption should occur in any business climate.”But for the duo, one of the most satisfying aspects of their journey has been to help make the life of field operators that much easier.“After my first trip into the field, I came away with a profound appreciation for how difficult many field operators’ jobs are,” said Burgess. “We exist to help those guys, and anyone along the crude oil supply chain, make smarter business decisions based on the quality of crude they are trading.”Financial Post read more

New Democracy fiasco

first_imgNew Democracy has decided to call off the leadership election due to take place on Sunday as technical problems prevented conservative voters from casting their ballots in the morning.The party’s electoral committee took the decision after IT complications meant the voting process could not begin. As a result, current leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who was the favorite to win the ballot, had asked for the election to be suspended.Another of the four leadership candidates, Adonis Georgiadis referred to the failure as a “fiasco” and demanded the resignation of all the members of the electoral committee.“This is not an image that honors New Democracy,” he added.Another hopeful, Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the failure to hold the election “a black page in the history of New Democracy.”Mitsotakis also called for ex-Education Minister Marietta Giannakou to take over as interim leader of the party until the elections are held.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Amazon Seeks Permission for Mystery Wireless Tech

first_img According to a new FCC filing, Amazon is working on some new, secret project. Business Insider discovered the documents which suggest that the digital retailer is testing some new, experimental communications tech over the next few months.If you’re in the US and you’re broadcasting wireless signals, you pretty much have to deal with the FCC. That’s actually a really, REALLY good thing, because it keeps TV signals from overpowering your Wi-Fi, and helps make sure that all our devices can work together smoothly. To make all that work, companies have to request permission from the FCC when running signal tests. The FCC makes sure you won’t be using frequencies that could hurt people or interfere with anything other communications. So when a business completes an FCC filing, it can often be a hint at some snazzy new tech under development.What’s interesting is that former NASA astronaut and a senior manager on Amazon Prime Air, Neil Woodward, completed the filing. That could mean that Amazon is looking to test some new systems for managing its drones. Amazon’s been eager to switch up its delivery networks and get more products to consumers as fast as possible. Amazon Now already supplies many major US cities with same-day deliveries for some basic good, but Prime Air wants to take that a step further with drone deliveries in a matter of minutes or hours.The key is that the filing lists using low-power stationary transmitters as well as several mobile units. That would seem to suggest a system to control a small fleet of drones. Which, given another filing from Amazon last month, could even mean that the retailer is looking to test its “Airborne Fulfillment Center” (or AFC) concept. Essentially, Amazon could dispatch a blimp wherever high demand for specific goods is expected. These blimps would then control and manage dozens of drones to coordinate final delivery.In any case, it’s a bit surreal to think that we may soon be living in a world where AFCs part at a sporting event, for example, and send out everything from t-shirts to hotdogs on demand. Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 410 October 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 4 and 10 October 2018 were:EXCLUSIVE: Cisco adopts wide family-centric organisational culture to support staffSky launches Frazzled Cafe meetings for 7,500 UK employeesEXCLUSIVE: Unilever chatbot to transform HR services in 106 countriesCourt of Appeal hearing set for Asda shop-floor workers’ pay claim rulingsIndustrial Tribunal awards £3,000 to man told he was ‘too old’ to apply for jobEXCLUSIVE: Addison Lee’s Mat Davies describes the future of HR as “heavy metal HR”More than half of workplaces do not encourage employees to exerciseEXCLUSIVE: DWP calls for HR professionals to act as workplace pensions advocatesUber drivers set for 24-hour strike over workers’ rightsEXCLUSIVE: ACCA launches mental health resilience workshops for wellbeing championslast_img read more

DOD Announces 2019 Commander in Chiefs Annual Awards for Installation Excellence

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced Friday the five recipients of the 2019 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, according to a DOD press release.The highly competitive presidential distinction recognizes the exceptional efforts of those operating and maintaining military installations.Installations are evaluated in performance areas such as installation management, including mission support, energy conservation, quality of life and unit morale, environmental stewardship, real property management, safety, health and security, communications and public relations.Recipients of the 2019 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence are:Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. (Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas, Col. Jason Wolter)Naval Base San Diego, Calif. (Capt. Roy Love)Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, Jr.)DLA Distribution Susquehanna, New Cumberland, Penn. (Col. James Callis II)Ramstein Air Base, Germany (Brig. Gen. Mark August)DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Alejandro Sanz Reveals New Album Is Coming Soon

first_img Email Alejandro Sanz Reveals New Album Is “Coming Soon” alejandro-sanz-reveals-new-album-coming-soon Facebook News Twitter Alejandro Sanz Reveals New Album Is “Coming Soon” The Spanish singer’s last studio album was 2015’s Sirope, which earned him a Latin GRAMMY and a GRAMMY nod that yearAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 5:51 pm GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning Spanish ballad singer Alejandro Sanz has revealed more details about his upcoming 12 studio album, titled #ElDisco, set to be released this year.On the red carpet at the Premio Lo Nuestro Latin music awards last night, Sanz told Billboard that his highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Sirope, which earned Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album at the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards, is “coming soon.” He also confirmed that a U.S. tour in its support is in the works.He teased details about an upcoming single from the album, which samples late GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning icon Celia Cruz’s “Por Si Acaso No Regreso.””The result has been very beautiful. People have received it very well and they understand the meaning behind the song and what the lyrics are about,” Sanz said of his song, which is about those who have to leave their country of origin and eventually feel homesick.The singer’s latest release is “Back In The City,” featuring Latin GRAMMY-winning reggaetonero Nicky Jam, and will be featured on Sanz upcoming album. The pair performed the song last night onstage at Premio Lo Nuestro.Ozuna, J Balvin & More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo NuestroRead morelast_img read more

Adilabad Minority leaders lodged a complaint on MP Soyam Bapu

first_imgMinority leaders complained to police over Adilabad MP Soyam Bapurao on Sunday. Minority leader Saajid Khan has lodged a complaint with Adilabad Additional Superintendent of Police Kancha Mohan. For reportedly criticizing Muslim youth by saying that he will cut down the heads of Muslim youth who are abusing adivasi girls in recent public meeting. Saajid khan condemn inappropriate comments.last_img