Admiral Insurance Prepares to Expand in Nova Scotia

first_imgUnited Kingdom-based insurance service provider, Admiral Insurance, is growing again in Nova Scotia. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), today, April 24, announced it will support the company’s growth with a $2,242,500 payroll rebate agreement. The five-year payroll rebate could see as many as 400 additional new jobs in Nova Scotia. That would make Admiral’s workforce 800 people in Halifax. “We’re excited to see an employer like Admiral Insurance expand its business operations in Nova Scotia after considering us against competing jurisdictions,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Through jobsHere, the plan to create jobs and grow our economy, we are committed to helping companies create high-value jobs for Nova Scotians.” Established in 1993, Admiral Insurance has close to 5,000 employees worldwide. This award-winning company has offices in Spain, United States, France, Italy, the U.K. and Nova Scotia. In partnership with three offices in Wales, the Nova Scotia office in Halifax supports more than three million U.K. automobile insurance customers, dealing with direct sales and renewals inquiries, seven days a week. “We have doubled our market share in the past four years, and we now insure about 11 per cent of all of the private motor vehicles on the road in the United Kingdom,” said Alex MacDonald, vice- president, Admiral Insurance in Halifax. “As our market share has been growing, so has our need to increase our workforce internationally. Thanks to the support of NSBI, we were able to see some of that expansion happen here in Halifax.” The company has been in Halifax for five years, and recently moved its operations to the renovated Bay West development, (formerly the Bay at West End Mall) to accommodate its expansion. Admiral Insurance occupies the second level. “We are proving to the international community that Nova Scotia can top our competitors in not only attracting multi-national companies like Admiral Insurance, but also seeing these companies choose Nova Scotia over other locations for additional growth,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. The company shares its success with its employees. Each year, Admiral Insurance employees are given £3,000 ($4,801.42 Cdn) worth of shares, as part of their compensation. These shares can be redeemed after working with the company for three years. Employees are also paid a cash bonus twice annually, based on the dividends that would be earned on those shares. “Working with Admiral Insurance has been a great experience over the last five years,” said Jimmy Connors, operations manager, Admiral Insurance.”We have fresh fruit delivered to us each morning, Yoga on Thursdays and the company supports fun activities both inside and outside of work throughout the year.This is no ordinary work environment; it is fun, challenging and rewarding. Admiral Insurance has given me both the support and the opportunity to build my career.” Admiral Insurance is an award-winning employer and has been recognized in 2012 as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 25 Employers, one of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers and was recently named the fourth best workplace in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute.last_img read more

New computer model can predict Indias pollution levels months earlier

first_imgNew Delhi: With the ‘smog season’ in northern Indian states just a few months away, US and Chinese scientists have developed a novel computer model that can help accurately predict air pollution levels in the region a season in advance. The statistical model, described in the journal Science Advances, uses certain climatic patterns related to the ocean which have a regulatory effect on the wintertime air pollution over northern India. India has emerged as one of the world’s most polluted countries, with particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels spiking over 500 microgrammes per cubic metre in Delhi and many other north Indian states last year. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year According to the State of Global Air 2019 report published earlier this year, over 1.2 million people died in India due to air pollution in 2017. The new model could allow the government to forecast aerosol pollution conditions in winter and accordingly improve plans for pollution control, researchers said. “We built a statistical prediction model, which uses two autumn temperature variation patterns as predictors. With it, we will know air pollution in winter,” said Meng Gao from School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University in the US. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “In autumn, we have these indices calculated based on sea surface temperature and geopotential height fields, then the built model will tell you if the wintertime air pollution is severe or not, Gao told PTI. The researcher noted that India’s neighbour China is making every effort to control air pollution, and India has emerged as the world’s most polluted country, receiving worldwide attention with frequent winter haze extremes. The study found that the inter-annual variability of wintertime aerosol pollution over northern India is regulated mainly by a combination of El Nino — a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns — and the Antarctic Oscillation (AAO), a low-frequency mode of atmospheric variability of the southern hemisphere. “There is no such study for India that tells you what will happen for India as much as a season in advance. This study also tells you the dominant climate factor for Indian air pollution, which has not been done before,” said Gao, who is also associated with Hong Kong Baptist University in China. Both El Nino sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies and AAO-induced anomalies can persist from autumn to winter, offering prospects for a pre-winter forecast of wintertime aerosol pollution over northern India, researchers wrote in the research paper. The researchers, including those from Fudan University and Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in China constructed a multivariable regression model incorporating El Nino and AAO indices for autumn to predict wintertime AOD. The prediction exhibits a high degree of consistency with observation, they noted. In his previous study, Meng highlighted the importance of power plant and residential emissions for health burden of air pollution in India. He said in order to alleviate the problem of air pollution, India could make efforts first in these two sectors. “They can use renewable production of electricity (wind, solar, etc) to replace coal-fired power plants, and reduce the usage of household cooking,” said Meng. He said that India should learn from Chinese government on how to implement policy. “But on specific policy, high quality research is needed for India as the conditions for these two countries are different. Indian government can increase funding in field as China did before,” he added.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 383 pts on FO expiry Nifty ends below 11000

first_imgMumbai: Benchmark indices nursed losses for the second straight session on Thursday, dragged by heavy selling in banking and financial stocks, as August series derivatives expired amid tepid global cues. After a highly volatile session, the 30-share BSE Sensex ended 382.91 points, or 1.02 per cent, lower at 37,068.93. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty shed 97.80 points, or 0.89 per cent, to finish at 10,948.30. Most Asian markets ended in the red amid reports that the US and China are preparing for their next round of trade negotiations in September, while European equities opened in the positive territory. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Top laggards among the Sensex pack included Yes Bank, SBI, HDFC, Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, ITC, RIL, M&M, Tata Motors and ICICI Bank, losing up to 3.61 per cent. On the other hand, Sun Pharma, Vedanta, NTPC, ONGC, Asian Paints, Infosys and HUL were the top gainers, spurting up to 5.31 per cent. Besides continued concerns over an impending global recession, domestic market witnessed high volatility on the back of weekly and monthly expiration of the August futures and options (F&O) contracts, experts said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Further policy measures awaited are expected to bring some clarity over the market trend, however for the time being it’s better to focus on to defensive segments like IT and pharma stocks,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. Sectorally, BSE bankex, finance, energy, auto, FMCG and industrials indices fell up to 1.92 per cent. Healthcare, metal, realty, power, oil and gas, utilities and telecom climbed up to 1.50 per cent. The broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices too fell up to 0.62 per cent. Elsewhere in Asia, Hang Seng, Kospi and Nikkei settled on a negative note, while Shanghai Composite Index ended in the green. Equities in Europe were trading significantly higher in their respective early sessions. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated marginally to 71.73 against the US dollar intra-day. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, slipped 0.03 per cent to USD 59.91 per barrel.last_img read more

Liz Weston The 6 biggest retirement mistakes and 1 defence

One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don’t know.I regularly hear from people in or near retirement who misunderstand how Social Security works, dramatically underestimate life expectancies or fail to plan for big expenses, such as long-term care or taxes.These aren’t folks looking for advice. They’ve already made up their minds and want to argue about financial planning precepts, such as when to take Social Security or how much retirement is likely to cost. But what they think they know just isn’t so.The reality is that most people don’t get good, objective financial advice before they retire, says actuary Steve Vernon, consulting research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. Many people simply wing it, figuring that if they have a Social Security check and a little savings, somehow everything will work out.Unfortunately, retirement is complicated, and your decisions can have irreversible consequences. Talking with a professional — ideally a fee-only financial planner — could save you from a costly mistake, including any of the following.1. THINKING YOU’LL DIE YOUNG (OR AT LEAST EARLY)If you die early in retirement, your worries about paying for it are over. Live longer, though, and you easily could outlive your money. That stacks the deck in favour of waiting to start Social Security, since each year you put it off from age 62 to 70 increases your benefit by about 7% to 8%. That’s a guaranteed return on a stream of income that you can’t outlive or lose in a stock market downturn.Plus, you may live longer than you think. The average U.S. life expectancy is just under 79, but that’s from birth. If you make it to 65, you can expect to live another 20 years or so. Half of all women currently in their mid-50s will live to 90, as will 1 in 3 men, according to the Society of Actuaries. People with healthy lifestyles and more education tend to live longer than average.2. IGNORING YOUR SPOUSESpeaking of Social Security: When one spouse dies, one of the couple’s two Social Security checks goes away. The survivor has to get by on the larger of the two checks. It’s important to maximize this survivor benefit by having the higher earner delay filing for Social Security as long as possible. Also, married people who will get a pension should strongly consider a “joint and survivor” option that allows payments to continue for both lives.3. CARRYING DEBT INTO RETIREMENTIf you’re wealthy, having debt may not be a big deal — you have plenty of income to make the payments, and your investments may be earning more than you’re paying in interest. If you’re not rich, though, you may be pulling too much from your savings to service the debt. That could increase the chances you’ll run out of money. Big withdrawals from retirement funds also could push you into a higher tax bracket and increase your Medicare premium. Give yourself some options by planning to have debt paid off by retirement, but consult a financial planner before you tap retirement accounts to pay off any big debts, such as a mortgage.4. FAILING TO PLAN FOR LONG-TERM CAREIf there’s anything people want to ponder less than death, it’s decrepitude. Yet someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance in the future of needing help with daily living tasks, such as bathing, eating or dressing. Family and friends will help some, but about half will incur costs for long-term care — and 15% will incur costs of $250,000 or more. Long-term care insurance may be one solution, or you may want to earmark certain investments or your home equity.5. ASSUMING YOU CAN WORK LONGERAbout half of retirees report leaving the workforce earlier than they had planned. A few get lucky, thanks to windfalls or strong stock markets. Many more retire because they lose their jobs and can’t find replacements or because of ill health (their own or a loved one’s). Working longer can help you make up for not saving enough, but it’s not an option you can count on.6. PUTTING OFF RETIREMENT TOO LONGWith all this gloom and doom, now I’m telling you to hurry up already? This bit of advice is for my fellow ants living in a grasshopper world: Sometimes, the grasshoppers get it right. Time, good health and energy are all finite resources. Spend a few hundred bucks of your hard-earned savings on a fee-only financial planner — and find out if it’s time to start living the future you’ve been saving for.__________________________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:3 reasons to hire a fee-only financial planner Weston Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Security Council backs continuing work of UN Somalia office

In an exchange of letters with the Council’s President for this month, Ambassador Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins of Angola, Mr. Annan said since 1995, UNPOS has been assisting his efforts to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation in Somalia and that it was his intention to continue the activities of UNPOS for the next two years.Mr. Annan told the Council that in the past year, UNPOS, together with the UN country team in Somalia, was actively developing a peace-building plan ahead of the Somali National Reconciliation Conference.Mr. Annan also said he may submit a proposal to the Council to adjust the mandate of the Office and expand its budget if he feels a peace-building office should be set up in Somalia. read more

Many Indonesians not eating enough children underweight – UN report

“There is an urgent need for agencies supporting nutrition programmes to join hands and provide packaged assistance for maximum impact, especially to improve the health of women and children,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Mohamed Saleheen said of the study conducted jointly by his agency and Badan Pusat Statistik-Statistics Indonesia. The study – Nutrition Map of Indonesia – breaks new ground by employing recently developed analytical techniques to measure for the first time Indonesia’s nutritional status all the way down to the sub-district level. It surveyed conditions in 3,688 sub-districts, covering 30 provinces and 341 districts and cities. Its findings include: People in roughly half the sub-districts consume less than 1,700 kilocalories a day, well below the 2,100 considered necessary to provide the minimum energy required to adequately sustain an average adult. More than 30 per cent of pre-school children are underweight in 772 sub-districts particularly in North, West and South Sumatra, Jambi, East Java, Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) and West Kalimantan. Infant mortality rates of 55 per 1,000 live births, significantly above the national average of 43 per 1,000, are prevalent in 1,079 sub-districts stretching across the country, including Jambi, Bengkulu, West Sumatra, Banten, West and Central Java, West and South Kalimantan and Central, South and Southeast Sulawesi. Mr. Saleheen described the Nutrition Map as a valuable tool in highlighting those areas “that should be prioritized in any nutritional interventions.” It is the first application in Indonesia of the Small Area Estimation technique to measure nutritional parameters, a recently developed methodology that attempts to combine the advantages of detailed information on household characteristics obtained from household surveys with the complete coverage of a population census. It is particularly valuable in Indonesia, where assembling a representative sample would be prohibitively expensive in a country of nearly 250 million people with 33 provinces, 349 districts, 91 municipalities, 5,570 sub-districts and 71,634 villages. read more

Intel names chief operating officer to succeed CEO Otellini as chipmaker sees

Intel names chief operating officer to succeed CEO Otellini, as chipmaker sees industry shift AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2013 9:22 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Intel, one of the pillars of Silicon Valley, is following its traditions and promoting an insider to the job of CEO. The world’s largest chipmaker is tasking Chief Operating Officer Brian Krzanich with steering it through an industry shake-up that is seeing tablets and smartphones overshadow Intel’s base in personal computers.Intel announced Thursday that Krzanich will replace Paul Otellini on May 16. Six months ago, Otellini, 62, announced his surprise decision to resign and will end a nearly 40-year career with Intel, including eight years as CEO.Krzanich, who is 52 and spent his entire career at the company, comes out of a manufacturing organization where meticulous attention is required to churn out processors with billions of minute details.Intel processors are the brains behind four out of every five PCs, but the company has been scrambling as PC sales plummet and people spend money instead on smartphones and tablet computers. Those mobile devices need processors that use less battery power, a technology Intel has only just mastered.In an interview, Krzanich said he will tackle the challenge of declining PC sales by relying on the assets that Intel is built on: its engineering prowess and enormous, billion-dollar chip factories, which feature technologies that are years ahead of its competitors.“Those assets will be focused more and more toward the ultra-mobility space … tablets and phones,” Krzanich told The Associated Press. “These are areas that we need to build a presence in, and we have the assets to bring to bear on it. And those are the same assets that have made us so successful in the past.”Krzanich’s appointment was not surprising. The chief operating officer job is the traditional stepping-stone to the CEO post at Intel. Both Otellini and his predecessor, Craig Barrett, held that job before becoming CEO.Krzanich isn’t inheriting Otellini’s title of president. It will go instead to software chief Renee James, 48, creating a two-person “executive office” at the head of the company. James had been another candidate for the CEO post, along with Stacy Smith, chief financial officer and director of corporate strategy.Krzanich said the division of labour was his choice. He said he and James put together a strategy for getting into mobile chips, and when the board picked him as CEO, he requested that James become his second-in-command.“The best way to go implement (the strategy) quickly is to have two people in the leadership team going forward so you can work twice as fast,” Krzanich said.Krzanich didn’t elaborate on the strategy he and James developed. Analyst Doug Freedman at RBC Capital Markets said that even though Krzanich is an insider and the expected CEO pick, he could still be preparing to steer the company in new direction, one where Intel is less focused on being a technology driver and more focused on helping its customers develop their products.“Our view is Krzanich’s appointment was awarded as a result of changes in the future direction of the company, with these changes expected to become visible over the next few quarters,” Freedman said.Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, said James’ promotion is a reflection of the importance of software at Intel today. Of the employees needed to create a new smartphone chip, 60 per cent to 70 per cent will be working on the software the chip needs to work and communicate with the rest of the phone, he said.Krzanich started at Intel Corp. in 1982 as a process engineer in New Mexico after graduating from college with a chemistry degree. He worked his way up through the manufacturing side of the business to become COO in January 2012.Krzanich will be Intel’s sixth CEO since its founding 45 years ago. The relatively slow turnover reflects Intel’s success and its foundation as an operator of billion-dollar factories that take years to pay off.Intel started out mainly as a maker of memory chips, but vaulted into the global limelight with the launch of IBM Corp.’s first PC in 1981. Intel supplied the central processor for that PC and has managed to maintain its position as the dominant supplier in the market, despite many challengers.Now, however, PCs are losing their appeal, and the company is scrambling get into the market for chips for smartphones and tablet computers. That market has no equivalent of Intel as a dominant supplier. Instead, a bevy of companies create chip designs based on underlying blueprints supplied by ARM Holdings PLC of Britain, then contract with Asian chip factories to have them made.ARM’s blueprints were created with battery-powered devices in mind and have had a big advantage over Intel chips when it comes to prolonging battery life. Intel’s chips were originally designed for machines that were plugged into a wall. Only recently have they matched the low power consumption of ARM chips.But ARM chips are entrenched as the choice for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and are already undercutting Intel’s financial performance and standing among investors. Last year, both Intel’s earnings and stock price fell by 15 per cent from 2011.Intel still expects its sales to grow this year, propped up by the production of chips for business PCs and servers. It’s also counting on a new generation of power-sipping processors to boost Intel’s presence in tablets.Moorhead said phone makers won’t be able to ignore Intel once it introduces a new chip manufacturing process next year, which should give it a substantial advantage in the power and price of its chips. That could mean that phone makers would start buying Intel’s chips, or have chips of their own designs made to order by Intel.Otellini joined the Santa Clara, Calif., company after graduating from nearby University of California at Berkeley. He worked his way up the ranks before succeeding Barrett as CEO in May 2005.Intel’s board wasn’t entirely satisfied with Otellini’s performance last year. To reflect its disappointment, the board’s compensation committee trimmed the cash portion of Otellini’s incentive pay by 19 per cent from the previous year to $5.23 million. But his overall pay package, including stock awards, grew 10 per cent to $18.9 billion, and the board said it wanted to keep him when he revealed his decision to retire. The board had expected him to remain CEO until he turns 65 in 2015.Intel said Krzanich will have an annual salary of $1 million and could get a $2.5 million cash bonus. In addition, he’s getting stock and options worth $6.5 million, for a total possible 2013 compensation of $10 million.James is a 25-year veteran of Intel and has led the company’s expansion into providing software for a variety of applications, including smartphones. She was also in charge of dealing with software companies like Microsoft Corp.Intel’s stock rose 12 cents, or less than 1 per cent, to close Thursday at $24.11. read more

TSX little changed oil lower amid relief as Greece secures bailout extension

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2015 6:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed amid relief that Greece and its eurozone partners had agreed to extend by four months the bailout loans that have kept the country afloat.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 8.09 points to 15,172.24.The sticking point in talks between the two sides this week had been that the proposal from Greece’s new government did not promise to continue all of the budget cuts and reforms that the eurozone has demanded as a condition for past bailout payments.In return for the extension, Greece committed not to pursue any “unilateral” measures that might affect the country’s budget targets. Greece also committed to provide a list of reforms based on its current bailout program for assessment on Monday.Greece’s current bailout program is due to expire Feb. 28. In the short term, if no solution is found, Greece could be left to handle its debts alone starting next month.“Although more negotiations will be coming, the fact that a deal was struck is encouraging and it shows that concessions can be made by both sides,” observed Jennifer Lee, BMO Capital Markets senior economist.“This deal also allows time to be bridged between all parties to allow a possible followup arrangement, along with the International Monetary Fund.”The Canadian dollar moved down 0.3 of a U.S. cent to 79.71 cents as Statistics Canada reported retail sales slid 2.1 per cent in December to $42.1 billion, the largest decline since April 2010.New York markets took off on optimism about a successful outcome to the Greek debt talks as the Dow Jones industrials jumped 154.67 points to 18,140.44, the Nasdaq gained 31.27 points to 4,955.97 and the S&P 500 index was up 12.85 points at 2,110.3.In Toronto, the financial sector led decliners, down 0.7 per cent as Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH) fell $30.90 or 4.5 per cent to $659.10 after announcing an agreement to issue 1,000,000 subordinate voting shares for $650 each.Bank stocks also moved lower ahead of the release of earnings next week from most of the big institutions. Royal Bank was down $1.22 to $76.01.The energy sector declined 0.66 per cent as oil prices added to losses racked up Thursday in the wake of the latest data showing sharp rises in American inventory levels. The April contract in New York fell $1.02 to US$50.81 a barrel.March copper was off three cents at US$2.59 a pound and the base metals sector was down 0.5 per cent.The gold sector rose about 0.5 per cent even as April gold faded $2.70 to US$1,204.90 an ounce.In other corporate developments, transport giant Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) lost further ground after announcing it now expects to raise $938 million from its equity offering — up from the previous estimate of $750 million.Under the deal, Bombardier will issue nearly 424.2 million subscription receipts to be exchanged for Class B shares at a price of C$2.21 each. The move comes amid soaring costs for developing its new CSeries airliner. Its shares slipped another five cents to $2.40.The TSX snapped a four week run of advances, losing 93 points or 0.6 per cent, led by losses in financials and energy stocks. TSX little changed, oil lower amid relief as Greece secures bailout extension read more

SocDems say Ellie Kisyombe will run in election after correcting the chronology

first_img Kisyombe will be seeking election on 24 May. Image: Short URL Image: Kisyombe will be seeking election on 24 May. 75 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share78 Tweet Email3 Saturday 4 May 2019, 12:41 PM By Rónán Duffy SocDems say Ellie Kisyombe will run in election after ‘correcting the chronology of her backstory’ A independent review for the party has given the green light for the local election candidate. SOCIAL DEMOCRAT ELLIE Kisyombe will be allowed to run under the party’s banner in the upcoming local elections after an independent review into her candidacy. The party announced the results of the review this afternoon and said Kisoymbe agreed to make changes to her campaign literature to “properly reflect her history and circumstances”.The review came after an article in The Sunday Times reported that Kisyombe, who is in the Direct Provision system, gave details in media interviews that did not match her official record.The newspaper outlined how she first arrived in Ireland on a student visa in 2011, before travelling to the UK where she then applied for asylum. The articles states that she then applied for asylum in Ireland before being arrested in the UK in 2014 suspicion of illegal entry. The SocDems’ website had said that Kisyombe “came to Ireland from Malawi in 2011 and has spent several years living in Direct Provision”. In media interviews she had not made reference to her asylum application in the UK. The apparent discrepancies led to the independent review by the Social Democrats and the the resignation of a number of members who were unhappy with the review.This afternoon, the party said in a statement that her candidacy in the Dublin North Inner City Ward will continue.“The National Executive of the Social Democrats has completed the independent review process into the candidacy of Ellie Kisoymbe for Dublin’s North Inner City constituency.” Following a number of recommendations arising from the review, the candidate has undertaken a series of commitments including revising her campaign literature to properly reflect her history and circumstances. The candidate has also corrected the chronology of her backstory to the satisfaction of the National Executive at this time. “Following the completion of the independent review, and subsequent undertakings from the candidate, the National Executive of the party are happy for the candidate’s campaign to proceed for the 2019 Local Election in the Dublin North Inner City constituency,” the statement added. May 4th 2019, 12:41 PM 40,612 Views last_img read more

Disney creates a LEAPing robot that hops like Tigger

first_imgTigger is the much-loved character from the Winnie the Pooh universe with much of his popularity coming courtesy of Disney. The fictional tiger is very fond of using his springy tail to hop around the place, much to the joy of any children watching him do it. Now Disney research has created a robot that could pass for Tigger’s tail if you put it in the right outfit.Tigger may or may not have been the inspiration for this robot, but the goal was clear: create a functional hopping robot that doesn’t require a tether. The end result is the robot you see below:Everything the robot needs to function: mechanics, batteries, and computation, is contained within its body. The “leg” that produces the hop was realized using the appropriately names Linear Actuator in Parallel (LEAP) thrust-producing mechanism.The robot keeps its balance thanks to the work of Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics and the creator of the first self-balancing hopping robot. Disney used his hopping controller to stop the robot falling over. However, it is still limited in its current form. Disney can get the robot to hop for a maximum of 7 seconds, which equates to 19 hops.Those 19 hops are sure to be extended considerably with more time, research, and by optimizing the reactions of the robot. Ideally the hops will eventually only be limited by how long the battery lasts, and then the research team could move on to dealing with uneven ground and slopes. One day, we may even get a Tigger toy with the ability to hop around offered for sale in Disney stores.last_img read more

New title match confirmed for WrestleMania 32 in Dallas

first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) WWE has announced that Kalisto will defend the WWE United States Championship against Ryback at WrestleMania 32 in three weeks at AT&T Stadium on 4/3.Also added to the card earlier today was The New Day taking on The League of Nations.Here is the updated card for WrestleMania 32 as of Wednesday evening.WWE World Heavyweight Championship MatchTriple H (c) vs. Roman ReignsHell in a Cell MatchIf Shane McMahon wins, he gains control of Monday Night RAWThe Undertaker vs. Shane McMahonNo Holds Barred Street Fight MatchBrock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose3rd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalParticipants to be announcedThe Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz3 on 2 Handicap MatchThe League of Nations vs. WWE Tag Team Champions The New DayWWE United States Championship MatchKalisto (c) vs. RybackWWE Divas Championship – Triple Threat MatchCharlotte (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha will have live coverage of WWE WrestleMania 32 in three weeks.center_img Two more matches added to Extreme Rules, updated card and stipulations for this Sunday WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Title headlines tonight’s Slammiversary XVIIlast_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 11 A Very Special Session

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img 00:00 /16:44 Public domain images.Yeehaw! Hang on, everybody!On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus break down these tumultuous topics in Texas political news:The Ken Paxton rulingJames Dickey elected as Texas GOP chairmanSan Antonio and Austin have announced they will file suit to stop Texas’ new immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 4Hurricane season is now! Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush says Texas is not preparedThe Beverly Hillbillies in reverse: the Californians are moving to Texas.Then the profs dig deep into the Special Session. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Feds No More Education Legal Services For Immigrant Kids

first_imgWilfredo Lee/AP/FileIn this April 19, 2019 file photo, migrant children play soccer at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Good Friday in Homestead, Fla. The government has stopped reimbursing some contracted shelters for the cost of teaching immigrant children English-language courses and providing legal services and recreational activities. The Health and Human Services department notified shelters around the country recently that it was not going to reimburse them for teachers’ pay or other costs.The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says are necessary at a time when record numbers of unaccompanied children are arriving at the border.The Health and Human Services department notified shelters around the country last week that it was not going to reimburse them for teachers’ pay or other costs such as legal services or recreational equipment. The move appears to violate a legal settlement known as the Flores agreement that requires the government to provide education and recreational activities to immigrant children in its care.But the agency says it doesn’t have the funding to provide those services as it deals with a soaring number of children coming to the U.S., largely from Central America.It’s now up to the various nonprofit and private organizations run facilities for the children to cover the cost of teachers, supplies, legal services and even recreational activities and equipment — if they can, or choose to.BCFS, a nonprofit provider in several Texas cities, said in a statement that it would continue providing services because not doing so would violate state licensing standards. It said it will use emergency funding from its parent organization. “The health and well-being of those in our care are of the utmost importance and we hope there is a rapid resolution to this funding issue,” spokeswoman Evy Ramos said.The government says it currently has 13,200 children in its care, and more are coming. The Border Patrol said Wednesday that 11,500 children crossed the border without a parent just last month. The kids are transferred to the care of Health and Human Services after the Border Patrol processes them. Health and Human Services contracts out their care and housing to nonprofits and private companies.“As we have said, we have a humanitarian crisis at the border brought on by a broken immigration system that is putting tremendous strain (on the agency),” spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said. “Additional resources are urgently required to meet the humanitarian needs created by this influx – to both sustain critical child welfare and release operations and increase capacity.”Health and Human Services is seeking nearly $3 million in emergency funding to cover more beds and provide basic care.An official at one of the shelter providers said the government notified them on May 30 that they wouldn’t be reimbursing costs of providing education and other activities. The providers pay for things like teacher salary upfront and are then reimbursed by the government.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said his employer was scrambling to figure out how it would cover the cost of teachers. The provider hasn’t laid anyone off, but worries about children who desperately need to learn English and be intellectually stimulated.Advocates are also worried about the ramifications of cutting recreational activities. Funding cuts may result in physical education coordinators from being let go and in a lack of adults who can supervise children playing outside.“The kids are inside 23 hours, and the hour they spend outside is a real lifeline for them,” said J.J. Mulligan, an attorney at the Immigration Law Clinic at University of California, Davis, who has visited and spoken to many of the children at the facilities. “Most of them come from Latin American countries where soccer is king, so the ability to play with their friends really brings them joy in dark circumstances.”In a memo to staff obtained by The Associated Press, Southwest Key interim CEO Joella Brooks said she was working with the government to figure out why the funding had ended and how it can continue to offer the services. Southwest Key is a nonprofit and the largest provider of shelters for immigrant children.“In the meantime, remember the service, encouragement and compassion you provide to these youth every day matters a great deal. Please continue to stay focused on taking good care of them,” Brooks wrote to her staff.U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, was critical of the cuts.“By eliminating English classes and legal aid that are critical to ensuring children successfully navigate the asylum process, the Trump Administration is essentially condemning children to prison and throwing away the key until their imminent deportation,” Grijalva, who represents a district on the border, said in a statement.___Gomez Licon reported from Miami. Associated Press journalist John Mone contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Healthcare Payer Solutions Market Growth Opportunities with Leading Players Cognizant Technology

first_imgHealthcare Payer Solutions Market report focuses on the major drivers, investment opportunities and offers clients the most efficient and dependable insight onto new business opportunities for companies active in the market, ranging across different marketing trader.The Healthcare Payer Solutions Market is continuously growing across the world over the coming years. Healthcare payer solution is a strategic systematic plan that offers a broad range of innovative and cost-effective healthcare solutions to improve operational efficiency and to reach the ultimate goal of health care transformations across the globe. Surging demand for streamlined business workflow, rise in healthcare fraud owing to outsourcing and escalating utility of customer services due to adoption of cost-effective solutions for healthcare payers are the substantial driving factors of the market across the world.Get the Sample Copy of this Report @, development of health benefit plan designs for the individuals is the major factor which creating numerous opportunities in the market over the coming years. However, administrative control breakdown, increasing incidence of cyber theft and loss of privately data are the factors which limit the market growth and demand of healthcare payer solution across the world.The regional analysis of Global Healthcare Payer Solutions Market Covers:Asia PacificNorth AmericaEuropeLatin AmericaRest of the WorldThe major market player included in this report are:Cognizant Technology SolutionsAccenture PLCXerox CorporationConcentrix CorporationHP CorporationHexaware Technologies Ltd.First Source Solutions LimitedWipro LimitedThe report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market.Get Discount on this Research Report @ detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Service Type:Business Process OutsourcingInformation Technology OutsourcingKnowledge Process OutsourcingBy Application:Claims Management ServicesIntegrated Front Office Service and Back Office OperationsMember Management ServicesProvider Management ServicesBilling & Accounts Management ServicesAnalytics and Fraud Management ServicesHR ServicesBy End-User:Private PayersPublic PayersTable of Contents:Chapter 1. Executive SummaryChapter 2. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market Definition and ScopeChapter 3. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market DynamicsChapter 4. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market Industry AnalysisChapter 5. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market, by Service TypeChapter 6. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market, by ApplicationChapter 7. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market, by End-UserChapter 8. Healthcare Payer Solutions Market, by Regional AnalysisChapter 9. Competitive IntelligenceChapter 10. Research Process About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Military seize 280 packages of cocaine in south of state

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Asia market saviour of inbound ATEC

first_imgMore and more Asians are heading down under Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Increasing tourist arrivals from China are counterbalancing the downturn in numbers from traditional markets, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week. While business from the UK and Japan remains ‘soft’ following the GFC and tsunami, China has moved into the top three source markets by volume, with over 39,000 visitors in May 2011. Additionally, the world’s second largest economy now holds the number one position by value.   “These figures confirm what we have now recognised as tourism’s ‘Chinese Dragon’, with not only the value of Chinese tourism expenditure in Australia growing rapidly, but now the volume is beginning to increase too,” Australian Export Tourism Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani said.With the UK and Japan markets declining over the past twelve months by 10 per cent and 25 per cent respectively, Ms Mariani also pointed to countries like Singapore, India and Malaysia, which showed a 12 per cent annual increase, as “saviours” of inbound tourism.“The challenge for our industry is to embrace and grow these emerging markets and to find new ways to attract our domestic market back on-shore,” the ATEC boss said.It was not all doom and gloom for traditional markets however, with visitor numbers from New Zealand remaining steady over the last year.According to the ABS results, the number of Australians heading overseas rose from 635,400 in April 2011 to 645,900 in May, with short-term resident departures showing year-on-year growth of 10.5 per cent.last_img read more

Lufthansa Flies To Pointe Noire CongoEast Meadow

first_imgLufthansa Flies To Pointe Noire, CongoEast Meadow, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFrom November 3, 2010, Lufthansa will begin service between Frankfurt and Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo with convenient connections from North American gateways. Pending regulatory approval, the airline will offer five flights weekly using a PrivatAir-operated Boeing 737-800. With a stopover in Libreville, the new route also introduces nonstop service to this Gabon port, which is currently serviced enroute to Accra, Ghana.“The new flight to Pointe Noire is a further step forward in our growth strategy in Africa,” noted Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, Executive Vice President Services and Human Resources at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. “The dynamic, economic region in West and Central Africa is a key area in the development of the Lufthansa route network.” Lufthansa currently serves West Africa with a total of 33 weekly connections to Abuja, Accra, Lagos, Libreville, Luanda, Malabo and Port Harcourt; an additional 12 destinations are operated by SWISS and Brussels Airlines. The port of Pointe Noire, the major commercial centre of the Republic of the Congo, is home to nearly 700,000 of the country’s total population of around four million. The oil industry, which is key to the nation’s economy, accounts for about 90 percent of export earnings. Economic growth in 2010 is expected to be around ten percent.Passengers on board PrivatAir flights will enjoy all the benefits of the Lufthansa long-haul product. Among the perks in Business Class is a current in-flight entertainment selection, delicious in-flight menus created by Star Chefs, and an array of amenities that provide a comfortable work environment. For those looking to rest while enroute, the seats fold out to offer almost horizontally into a 6.5 feet long bed. With a small number of seats, Economy Class offers very personal attention from the cabin crew. Moreover, all seats are equipped with in-seat videos, ergonomically designed backrests and additional legroom.www.lufthansa.comlast_img read more

Huntington Beach is surf central for Southern Cali

first_imgHuntington Beach is surf central for Southern California. Next month, when the 157-room Shorebreak Hotel debuts, the destination will finally have a luxury property that embraces its barefoot, beach culture.The California-based Joie de Vivre group of boutique hotels will open the Shorebreak on May 12. Its guestrooms, which include 39 suites, resemble a hip friend’s beach house complete with photography of famous local surfers.Shorebreak’s Zimzala Restaurant and Bar will serve Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood in a beachy-casual setting. At night, guests can relax by courtyard fire pits and enjoy ‘smores and cocktails. During the day, surf and sand aficionados can call on the hotel’s beach butler, who will arrange access to a variety of recreational activities including surf lessons, beach volleyball and beach cruisers for use along the 3.5 miles of pristine shoreline that lie just beyond the hotel’s door. The Shorebreak also offers onsite fitness facilities and a yoga studio.For a meeting retreat, the property will offer 8,000 square feet of function space, including a ballroom and private dining room with wraparound terrace.“Shorebreak proves it is possible to embrace the relaxed Orange County beach culture without sacrificing style or luxury,” says Rick Patten, Joie de Vivre’s regional vice read more

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