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THE 2018 EDITION OF CANADA DANCE FESTIVAL SUSPENDED DUE TO FUNDING SHORTFALL

first_img Login/Register With: OTTAWA, ON – The Board of Directors of the Canada Dance Festival (CDF), in consultation with staff and key stakeholders, today announced it would suspend the May 2018 edition of its festival. The Board opted to press pause on next year’s festival in order to explore alternate funding options after a series of grants did not come through.“The decision to suspend the 2018 edition was not an easy one,” said CDF Board Chair Denis Walz. “The CDF is a significant player on the Canadian dance landscape. Many artists and people across our country love and depend on this festival. We now have the opportunity to consult with key stakeholders to determine how best to generate stable and predictable funding. Our hope is that, with a renewed vision, the festival can thrive in the future.”It is normal for festival funding to fluctuate from year-to-year. However, the CDF experienced an unexpected loss of funding in the past two fiscal years which has led to insufficient cash flow, making it difficult to pay the full-time staff necessary to plan and run the CDF, and in turn making other ongoing fundraising efforts more difficult. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement A Successful FestivalThe CDF has generally been successful artistically and financially over the years. The CDF alternated between large and small spring festivals, allowing the event to find efficiencies, pay down debt and deliver balanced budgets. While it continues to be recognized for excellence in programming – for example, the large 2016 festival was a record-breaking box office success – the CDF struggled to find sustainable and predictable funding and to maintain stable staff levels.The Board of Directors would like to convey its deep appreciation for the outstanding support of the CDF’s donors, as well as current and past funders such as the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Ottawa, as well as the National Arts Centre.The Canada Dance Festival Society Board will be holding its Annual General Meeting in the winter of 2018, and encourages community members and interested parties to attend. An announcement about the AGM and other updates will be made public in the New Year.About the Canada Dance FestivalThe Canada Dance Festival Society is a not-for-profit presenter of contemporary Canadian dance, and a catalyst for the development of the art form. As a national organization presenting live dance performances by Canadian artists, the CDF reflects the diverse cultural and regional landscape of the country, and fosters a stimulating environment for dance community networking, artistic exchange and audience development.Since its inception 30 years ago, the CDF has been presenting, advancing and celebrating dance in Canada, in partnership with its co-producer, the National Arts Centre. Held annually in Ottawa, the CDF has put the spotlight on Canadian achievement in dance performance and creation, and provided a unique showcase for dance artists from across the country. The CDF has commissioned over 95 new works over the past three decades, and helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in dance in Canada. Twitterlast_img read more

Ontario premier accuses Tim Hortons founders children of bullying employees

first_imgTORONTO – The premier of Ontario lashed out at the children of Tim Hortons’ billionaire co-founders on Thursday for reducing the benefits of their employees in response to the latest minimum wage increase, calling it a “clear act of bullying.”Kathleen Wynne said if Ron Joyce Jr., whose father co-founded the coffee shop chain, was opposed to the Liberal government’s decision to raise the minimum wage, he should have picked a fight with her, not the workers.“I’d be happy if this man were making a statement about the government or about the policy,” she said. “What I think is really unfair, and where I think the bullying comes in, is that he’s taking this out on his employees. He’s behaving in a way that I think is so unfair to his employees, people who are trying to make ends meet.”In a letter sent late last month, Joyce Jr. and his wife, Jeri Horton-Joyce — daughter of the company’s other co-founder, Tim Horton, told employees at two Tim Hortons restaurants they own in Cobourg, Ont., that as of Jan. 1, they would no longer be entitled to paid breaks, and would have to pay at least half of the cost of their dental and health benefits.The couple said the measures were aimed at helping their company — Ron Joyce Jr. Enterprises Ltd. — offset the $2.40 hourly rate jump.Wynne, who faces a tough bid for re-election this spring, has staked her political future on policies like the minimum wage plan.“When I read the reports about Ron Joyce, Jr., who is a man whose family founded Tim Hortons, the chain was sold for billions of dollars, and when I read how he was treating his employees, it just felt to me like this was a pretty clear act of bullying,” she said.Wynne has talked for months about themes of fairness and opportunity in Ontario’s growing economy with the caveat that some workers are being left behind. The premier has said her minimum wage plan, which saw the rate jump from $11.60 an hour to $14 an hour this week, is about helping low income earners. It will increase another dollar to $15 on Jan. 1, 2019.The plan has angered many in the business community, who say they don’t object to the increase itself but the speed with which it is being implemented.While the changes announced by Joyce Jr. are not a violation of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, Wynne said she wants him to reverse the decision.“I hope that he understands this is really not a decent thing to be doing in a place as wealthy as Ontario,” she said. “I hope he recognizes that his employees need to be treated decently.”In their letter to employees, Joyce Jr. and his wife complained about “lack of assistance and financial help” from Tim Hortons’ head office and the government.“We apologize for these changes,” the letter, widely circulated on social media, read. “Once the costs of the future are better known we may bring back some or all of the benefits we have had to remove.”The Great White North Franchisee Association, a group created last year to give voice to the concerns of some Tim Hortons franchisees, said in a statement Thursday evening that the Joyce family are “hard-working small business owners who are striving to keep their business viable and keep all of their employees employed.”The association said Wynne and her government have shown no understanding of small business in Ontario.The $2.40 an hour increase in the minimum wage is only part of the increase in costs felt by small business owners, the group said.Increases in other employment-related costs — such as pension, employment insurance, and vacation pay contributions — make the total increase to the employer $3.35 an hour, it claimed.“For one full-time employee at a Tim Hortons location, this would amount to approximately $6,968.26 per annum in increased costs to the owner,” it said.“What the Joyce family have implemented in their two Cobourg stores has been legally done to help them cope with the added business pressures the impact of Bill 148 has placed upon their establishments.”last_img read more

Chamber and Sunrise Rotary Club hosting keynote speech by Colombian delegate next

first_imgThe breakfast function is taking place at the Pomeroy Hotel on May 9th beginning at 6:45 a.m. Tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-9th-breakfast-meeting-with-cisal-spark-affiliated-event-tickets-45712007846?aff=ehomecard FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Fort St. John will be partnering to host a special guest keynote speaker in affiliation with the Spark Women’s Conference next week.The two organizations will be hosting a breakfast at the Pomeroy Hotel featuring keynote speaker Paula Lopez Vendemiati, the manager of the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) program in Colombia to learn about the program and how Fort St. John is involved. Next week, a delegation of women from Peru and Columbia will tour local resource extraction facilities and visit non-profit organizations. They will also meet with local First Nation, business, and community leaders to discuss inclusivity, and issues of women empowerment and gender equality.CISAL is a five-year program that involves a number of municipalities from across Canada that have experience successfully diversifying their local communities from single-employer and/or resource-based. The long-term outcome of the program is for vulnerable groups in South American communities impacted by the mining sector to enjoy increased social benefits and inclusive economic opportunities.last_img read more

Police warn legal action against proLTTE events

Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member M.K. Sivajilingham said that the public have been urged to commemorate slain LTTE members on Friday to mark the LTTE heroes’ week. The police today warned that legal action will be taken against anyone holding public events in support of the LTTE.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that since the LTTE is still a banned outfit in Sri Lanka, public events cannot be held in support of its leaders or the organisation. He said that the police have already removed some posters which appeared in the North supporting the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette) He said that anyone has a right to commemorate those killed during the war even if they are LTTE members. Sivajilingham said that he has urged the public to commemorate the Tamils killed during the war in the North and East in a peaceful manner, without raising the LTTE flag.The police spokesman however said that if events are held in support of the LTTE then strict legal action will be taken. read more

UN expert decries unacceptable number of child victims of abuse in Benin

“It is unacceptable that so many – too many – children in Benin are victims of violence, abuse or exploitation on the pretext of traditions, customs or poverty,” said Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, Najat Maalla M’jid. “The phenomenon of ‘vidomegon’ children, which was traditionally a practice of foster placement, has been diverted for the purpose of exploitation and profits. Numerous children are victims of sale or trafficking, labour or sexual exploitation, mainly in markets, quarries or fields.”Ms. Maalla M’jid expressed alarm at the high number of child victims of multiple forms of violence and abuse: infanticide of children considered to be ‘sorcerers’, female genital mutilations, abductions for placement in ‘voodoo convents’, forced marriages, corporal punishment and rapes.“Although the real scale of these phenomena remains difficult to determine due to the low reporting rates and amicable settlements, there is clearly an alarming number of incidents of violence and economic and/or sexual exploitation suffered in particular by girls,” she stressed.“Schools are supposed to be an environment where children can feel safe – not places where girls are abused with total impunity,” she said. During her 10-day mission in Benin, Ms. Maalla M’jid met with various State and local authorities, UN entities, the diplomatic community and civil society representatives. She visited programmes devoted to child protection in Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Porto Novo, Abomey-Calavi, Comè, Lokossa and Applahoué. She also met child victims and youth organizations.Although Benin has a relatively complete legal framework regarding child protection, it suffers from a lack of implementation. This is partly due to a lack of access to justice mechanisms, and to corruption and impunity. Amicable settlements at the community level occur at the expenses of the child’s best interest and the child’s voice is rarely, if ever, taken into account.Ms. Maalla M’jid insisted on the necessity to switch from a “project logic” to a comprehensive child protection strategy. She recommended creating local protection mechanisms that are easily accessible to all children, with adequate human and financial resources. She also encouraged the international community to support the establishment of this strategy to effectively combat all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation of children. read more

In London SecretaryGeneral Guterres spotlights UN reform initiatives to rescue multilateralism

“I would probably more properly concentrated on what I consider to be three main challenges we are facing in the world today,” he told a crowd of nearly 2,000 people, NGO members, academics, and the general public and others, at a lecture hosted by the UN Association for the United Kingdom.The Secretary-General is to attend a major international conference on Somalia hosted by the UK to accelerate progress on security sector reform, build on the international response to the ongoing drought and humanitarian crisis, and agree the new international partnership needed to keep the Horn of African country on course for increased peace and prosperity by 2020. Mr. Guterres said that the nature of conflict has changed, with many conflicts occurring within countries, not between countries. These internal conflicts have regionalized, and even globalized, with those increasingly “interlinked to what it is now a new global threat of terrorism that is impacting the whole world and that cannot be neglected by anyone anywhere.” Secondly, he said that the fragility of political, economic and ecological environments in many parts of the world, including difficulties between communities, cultures and religions, has been the cause for many conflicts to erupt.Thirdly, globalization and technological advances have contributed to wealth and economic growth on one hand, but to increased inequality on the other. This has created mistrust in multilateralism. To rescue multilateralism, he said, there is a need to strongly commit to reform multilateral organizations.Mr. Guterres said greater collaboration is need across the pillars of the UN work – peace and security, development and human rights so that resources can be reoriented to capacity to prevent crises.In this regard, he said he launched reform initiatives, including a change in the peace and security architecture and a realignment of UN development system to better assist Member States, and management reform. Turning to climate change, he reiterated that “green business is good business,” and highlighted the necessity for the UN to make this case and continue to mobilize the whole international community. Finally, the Secretary-General stressed the need to combat a trend that the human rights agenda is losing ground to the national sovereignty agenda. read more

Simon Thompson to succeed Jan du Plessis as Rio Chairman

first_imgRio Tinto has appointed Simon Thompson as chairman. Thompson, who joined the Rio Tinto board as a non-executive director in 2014, will become Chairman on 5 March 2018. He succeeds Jan du Plessis who will step down as Chairman and from the Rio Tinto board on the same date after serving almost nine years as chairman.Thompson has over 20 years’ experience working across five continents in the mining and metals industry. From 1995 to 2007, he worked for the Anglo American group, holding a number of senior positions, including Executive Director of Anglo American plc, Chief Executive of the Base Metals Division, Chairman of the Exploration Division, and Chairman of Tarmac. His experience as a non-executive director includes serving on the boards of AngloGold Ashanti, Rusal and Newmont Mining Corp.Thompson has been Chairman of 3i Group plc since 2015 and was Chairman of Tullow Oil plc from 2012 to 2017. Earlier in his career, he held investment banking positions at S.G. Warburg and N M Rothschild.Rio Tinto Senior Independent Director Ann Godbehere said “The Rio Tinto board would like to thank Jan for his significant contribution as chairman of Rio Tinto. He led the board during considerable transformation of the company.“The board is delighted to have appointed Simon to chair Rio Tinto. He brings to the role a deep understanding of the mining industry, as well as a strong track record as a non-executive.”Thompson said “I am honoured to accept this role and to succeed Jan as Chairman. Rio Tinto is in great shape, with a strong management team, world-class assets and a successful strategy. I look forward to leading the board as we work with J-S and his team to ensure that Rio Tinto continues to deliver superior returns for its shareholders by maintaining its capital discipline and ‘value-over-volume’ approach”.du Plessis said “I am really pleased to be succeeded by Simon, especially given how closely we have worked together since he joined the board some three years ago. I wish him the very best. I am handing over the baton at a time when the business is in great shape and Rio Tinto has the strongest balance sheet in the sector”.Upon assuming the role of chairman, Thompson will step down as chairman of the Rio Tinto remuneration committee and will also cease to be a member of the audit committee. Sam Laidlaw, who previously chaired the remuneration committee at HSBC Holdings plc, will succeed Thompson as Chair of the Rio Tinto remuneration committee with effect from 5 March 2018.last_img read more

Any money is too much Banking inquiry will be as costefficient as

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE banking inquiry have said they will seek to minimise the costs of the inquiry as much as is possible, after reports suggested expenses could reach €5 million.Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, chairperson of the inquiry, Labour TD Ciarán Lynch, said “what’s out there is speculative” and it is not possible to estimate what it will cost until the terms of reference have been decided.“At every meeting – and there have been about four so far – the issue of cost has been something on the agenda,” he commented. “It’s one issue that members have been attentive to. We want to ensure the it’s done in the most cost-efficient and cost-effective way possible.”Zero budgetSpeaking about reports of a total cost of €5 millon, Fianna Fáil Senator Marc MacSharry, who is also a member of the inquiry, said he thinks “any money is too much”.“Have a zero budget and then work back from there – that would be everyone’s budget,” he said.The senator said he accepts that there have to be some expenses as certain experts have to be procured and spaces have to be set up for the media and the public.One member said the €5 million figure was “misleading” as it includes costs of renovation to the Dáil which would facilitate other inquiries in the future.We’re conscious of the fact that people will want to attend and so they have to make public facilities more accessible.“The actual cost of the banking inquiry is about €3 million,” they said.UnacceptableThe Irish Independent reported that some €80,000 is included in costs – just for chairs and desks and Senator Mac Sharry said some of the proposals for costs members have seen have been “prohibitively high”.“I also wouldn’t like to see tribunalesque type fees going to barrister millionaires,” he said. “That just wouldn’t be acceptable”.Mac Sharry added that there was an absolute consensus among members that they want to minimise costs.The issue will be discussed at the next meeting of members this Wednesday, where they will also be looking at the terms of reference.Read: The banking inquiry will ask leading economists to help figure out what it should investigate>Read: ‘Ridiculous’: The banking inquiry won’t be able to discuss 30 minutes of a crucial Cabinet meeting>last_img read more

Man 50s and woman 30s arrested after drugs worth €865000 seized

first_img Mar 9th 2019, 6:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 6:28 PM 20 Comments 32,769 Views Man (50s) and woman (30s) arrested after drugs worth €865,000 seized Cocaine, MDMA, cannabis in herbal form and diamorphine were among the substances seized. Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: An Garda SíochánaGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two people after a “substantial quantity” of drugs, worth an estimated €850,000 was seized at a house in Navan, Co Meath last night.During the search at a house at Tailteann Drive, a significant quantity of drugs comprising of cannabis in herbal form, MDMA in ecstasy tablet form, cocaine, diamorphine, a large amount of suspected mixing agent and other drugs related paraphernalia was found.The total estimated street value of the drugs seized is €865,000 (subject to analysis).A man aged in his early 50s and a woman in her late 30s were arrested at the scene. Both were taken to Kells Garda Station where they are detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.Gardaí said that this was “a very significant seizure”, that “disrupted the sale and supply of drugs in Meath”.The searches were led by the Meath Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by Navan Detective Unit and the Regional Armed Support Unit. Share221 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4532630 last_img read more

La caféine nocive pour le développement cérébral des enfants

first_imgLa caféine, nocive pour le développement cérébral des enfants ?Selon une étude menée par des chercheurs suisses, le café et les boissons énergisantes contenant de la caféine pourraient affecter le développement cérébral des enfants et des adolescents. Aujourd’hui, un très grand nombre d’enfants et d’adolescents consomment de la caféine. En effet, en l’espace de 30 ans, cette consommation a augmenté de plus de 70%, notamment en raison de l’essor des “boissons énergisantes” dont les ventes progressent d’année en année. Mais cette envolée inquiète certains chercheurs qui ont décidé de mener l’enquête au sujet de l’effet de la caféine sur l’organisme des plus jeunes.Emmenés par Reto Huber, de l’Hôpital pour enfants de Zurich, des scientifiques suisses ont réalisé une expérience consistant à donner pendant 5 jours l’équivalent de trois tasses de café par jour à des rats au cours de la période qui correspond chez eux à la puberté (un mois). Les résultats montrent que la caféine entraîne une réduction du sommeil profond et un retard du développement cérébral. Un effet négatif qui n’est pas qu’à court terme puisque le sommeil profond est resté diminué une semaine encore après l’administration de caféine, relèvent les chercheurs dans un communiqué.L’enfance, une période cruciale pour le cerveau Or, si une telle réduction est déjà préoccupante, elle l’est d’autant plus que l’enfance constitue une période cruciale chez le rat comme chez l’homme. C’est durant celle-ci que la durée et l’intensité du sommeil profond ainsi que le nombre de connexions neuronales augmentent, avant de connaitre un pic au moment de la puberté puis de rediminuer à l’âge adulte. “Le cerveau des enfants est d’une plasticité incroyable à cause du nombre de connexions”, souligne Reto Huber. Lorsque le cerveau commence sa maturation, pendant la puberté, une grande partie de ces liaisons disparaît. “Cette optimisation se produit probablement pendant le sommeil profond. Des synapses importantes s’étendent, d’autres sont résorbées afin que le réseau devienne plus efficace et le cerveau plus performant”, explique le Dr Huber cité dans le communiqué de la Swiss National Science Foundation.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Chez les rats, l’administration de caféine à ce moment crucial s’est traduite par un ralentissement du processus de maturation cérébrale et des troubles du comportement. Les rats se sont montrés timides et prudents alors qu’en principe ils deviennent curieux en grandissant. Un effet comparable sur le cerveau humain ? Si les chercheurs reconnaissent que le cerveau des rongeurs diffère de celui de l’homme, il existe selon eux, certains parallèles en termes de développement cérébral. Ils estiment ainsi que ces résultats appellent à poursuivre les recherches sur les dangers potentiels de la consommation de caféine chez les plus jeunes. “Des recherches sont encore nécessaires dans ce domaine” au vu de l’augmentation de la consommation de cette substance, conclut le Dr Huber.  Le 26 septembre 2013 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Six Mariners pitchers combine on nohitter

first_imgSEATTLE — Kevin Millwood and five relievers combined on the third no-hitter in Seattle Mariners history, a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.The no-hitter was the fourth in the majors this season, joining gems pitched by the Angels’ Jered Weaver, the Mets’ Johan Santana and White Sox right-hander Philip Humber, who threw a perfect game at Seattle in April.But this one was the least conventional, tying the record for most pitchers in a no-hitter.“That was unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of anything like that with that many guys coming in and keeping the no-hitter intact,” said Kyle Seager, who drove in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out single in the seventh.Millwood cruised through six innings, giving up only a walk. But after throwing his first warmup pitch for the seventh he felt a twinge in his groin and was pulled. Seattle’s bullpen finished the no-hitter when Tom Wilhelmsen retired Andre Ethier on a routine grounder to second base that ended a 1-2-3 ninth inning.The Dodgers nearly got a hit when speedy Dee Gordon led off the ninth with a slow roller to shortstop. Brendan Ryan, who had just entered as a defensive replacement, charged in and fired to first, where umpire Ted Barrett called Gordon out on a bang-bang play.last_img read more

Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay

first_img RelatedPosts The amended agreements also increase the amount of revolving credit commitments available by SG$250 million to a total of SG$750 million while extending the termination date of Facility B to 27 February 2026.Meanwhile, under a Third Restated Facility Agreement, Las Vegas Sands revealed that certain lenders have committed to provide a new delayed draw term loan facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to SG$3.75 billion. The Facilty D will be available to the LVS’s subsidiary, Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd, at any time prior to 30 December 2024 “to finance project costs associated with the expansion project being developed pursuant to the Development Agreement, dated as of April 3, 2019, between MBS and the Singapore Tourism Board.”The termination date for the Facility D is 31 August 2026.LVS announced in April that it would invest around SG$4.5 billion (US$3.3 billion) into the expansion of Marina Bay Sands, including a new hotel tower, MICE facilities, a 15,000-seat arena and additional gaming space. Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Report says MICE accounted for 22% of tourists to Singapore in 2018 Las Vegas Sands has entered into new loan agreements that will provide an additional SG$4 billion (US$2.89 billion) in funds for the expansion of its Singapore integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands.The amended loan agreements comprise three facilities, including an extension to the termination date of term loans under the company’s Facility A to 31 August 2026. The amended Facility A Loans will be subject to interim quarterly amortization payments, beginning with the fiscal quarter ending 31 December 2019 in an amount equal to 0.50% of the principal amount outstanding. Load More Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this yearlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Counter Help at Heav’nly DonutsFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Facilities Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Laborer (Hourly) at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Settlement Coordinator at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Compliance Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Installer at SunRunFull-Time & Part-Time Preschool Teacher Assistant at Abundant Life Christian Learning CenterFull-Time Operations Assistant Manager at Dollar TreeFull-Time Infant/Toddler Teacher at Little Sprouts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Herman Millers Live OS Turns Desks Into Activity Trackers

first_imgStay on target Herman Miller, original architect of the workplace cubicle, is expanding its product line to include smart office furniture.During this week’s NeoCon 2017, the Michigan-based manufacturer announced Live OS—a sort of activity tracker for your desk.The platform, part of a collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, collects data and lets folks set goals for their sit-to-stand work surfaces, like being on your feet for five minutes every hour.via Herman MillerFurniture is continuously connected to the cloud via a secure cellular network, enabling desks to “sense people,” share utilization data, and respond to employees as necessary.A Herman Miller sit-to-stand desk, for instance, remembers preferred postures, and will adjust to a saved position with the touch of a button. The built-in desk control also lights up and vibrates to remind you to get off your butt every once in awhile.And while you’re busy working, so is the high-tech table: The sensors send to the cloud anonymized real-time data, which is analyzed and delivered “in the form of evolving insights to enhance workplace performance,” according to the Herman Miller press release.An accompanying mobile app and digital dashboard, meanwhile, make it easy to set personal preferences and follow data analysis. via Herman Miller“With the data insights captured through Live OS, organizations can better measure and manage workplace strategy to optimize real estate usage and improve employee experience,” Ryan Anderson, director of commercialization, said in a statement.Initial testing suggests Live OS users are six times more active and productive. Though the jury is still out regarding the actual health benefits of standing desks.Subscription-based Live OS will launch first in North America with limited availability as part of the Herman Miller Living Office suite.The creator of the Aeron chair also introduced a handful of other products at NeoCon, including the ColourForm Sofa Group collection designed by Stefan Scholten, the Ollin Monitor Arm with fingertip screen control, and the Versus family of seating solutions. Humanscale QuickStand is a Smart Standing Desk for Your Dumb LegsThis $25 cardboard standing desk promotes health, won’t make your … last_img read more

Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps

first_img By: The Associated Press Share ROME — The Spanish Steps in Rome are no longer a place for sitting.Implementing an ordinance that came into effect a month ago, police officers are working Wednesday to tell seated Italians and tourists to get up from one of the Eternal City’s most famous and photographed spots.The June 6 ordinance stipulated that sitting, eating or drinking on the UNESCO-protected steps can result in fines up to 400 euros (US$450.) The ordinance also applies to other protected places like the Trevi Fountain.The city says it has been enforcing the new rules at the Spanish Steps since it went into effect a month ago, but it wasn’t until this week that police officers dressed in yellow vests were seen telling people to get up. Tags: Rome, Spanish steps Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, August 7, 2019 last_img read more

Religious radicals sought for Kazakh mass murder

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Police identified the suspects as Sayan Khairov and Zaurbek Botabayev, born in 1975 and 1978 respectively. They did not identify the organization the two allegedly belong to, describing it only as an “extremist religious group.”The Interior Ministry said in a statement the two suspects are also suspected of involvement in an explosion at a house on the outskirts of Almaty in July where seven people died.Kazakhstan, a sprawling mainly Muslim former Soviet nation west of China, saw a surge last year in terrorist activity apparently linked to Islamist extremism. Several attacks have been reported over the summer after a largely quiet first half of the year.Dozens have died, mainly suspected terrorists and law enforcement officers, since an unprecedented suicide bombing in May 2011 in the western city of Aktobe.No clear motivation has emerged for the unrest. Signs of religious extremism are unusual for a country in which most Muslims practice a moderate strain of the faith.The bulk of clashes have been centered in the west near the country’s border with southern Russia, several hundred kilometers away from Almaty and the capital, Astana.It is unclear whether alleged militant groups linked to attacks in and around Almaty are operating in concert with militants in the west. Patients with chronic pain give advice Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Police in Kazakhstan said Thursday they are seeking two members of a radical religious organization for last month’s murder of 12 people at a national park near the commercial capital, Almaty.The burnt bodies of the victims, including a park ranger known for his fight against poaching, were found in the Ile-Alatau national park in late August. They had been stabbed to death. Top holiday drink recipes Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Travel Counsellors answer most asked question

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25a94/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> In a new marketing push, Travel Counsellors has taken a different approach and is looking to answer its most asked question from new recruits by telling them to ‘See the world through different eyes’.According to Travel Counsellors, the number one question that they get asked is “Where will I get my clients from” and in a new campaign, are encouraging those doubters to find possible clients from everyday interactions.“Launched in February, we’ll run this new campaign until the middle of the year… and already we’ve seen February applications for membership increase significantly,” said Peter Watson, Travel Counsellors General Manager.“In fact, we’ve had three times more applications than February last year, and double the amount of applications in 2008.”Based on personal accounts from current Travel Counsellors, the new campaign encourages individuals to use social interactions and everyday contacts as potential to gain new clients.Several different accounts will be launched throughout the process, with the launch case-studies including a gentleman who overheard complaint about a travel agent while watching a local rugby game and acquired a sports club group booking; or the lady who whilst at the beauty salon recommended her hairdresser on where to go on her next holiday – then booked it for her.“When you’re a mobile agent, you’ve got to build an emotional attachment,” remarks Mr Watson.  “May it be through the people you meet in everyday situations, or even online through facebook or twitter… You need to make personal connections.”Travel Counsellors is confident that the new campaign will bring in more members, and that by the end of the year, the current base of 130 members will grow to between 160 and 180.“Membership is on the rise, things are good, even last year we grew sales in Australia by 125%,” he adds.“Globally Travel Counsellors managed to grow its profits by 1.5% last year when compared to the 12 months before, so we did pretty well.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

New sparkling ambassadors in the global skies

first_imgNew sparkling ambassadors in the global skiesNew sparkling ambassadors in the global skiesOnly for very special occasions, like the German World Cup victory in 2014 with the “Siegerflieger”, Lufthansa changes the livery of their aircrafts. Since Monday a new rare opportunity has arisen in the form of the five-star-seal by Skytrax. A Boeing 747-8 long-haul aircraft and an Airbus A320 are now underway in a sparkling five-star look. Aircraft spotters in particular are therefore competing to include the aircrafts in their photo collections. For those interested here are some hints:Boeing 747-8 – „Bayern“ registration D-ABYMWednesday, 6 December:     LH 498 13:20 – 18:45 hrs – Frankfurt – Mexico CityThursday, 7 December:         LH 499 20:55 – 14:40 hrs – Mexico City – Frankfurt                                                    LH 510 22:15 – 8 hrs – Frankfurt – Buenos AiresAirbus A320 – registration D-AIZXWednesday, 6 December:     LH 921 6:30 – 9:05 hrs London Heathrow – Frankfurt                                                   LH 010 10 – 11:05 hrs Frankfurt – Hamburg                                                   LH 017 12 – 13:10 hrs Hamburg – Frankfurt                                                   LH 018 14 – 15:05 hrs Frankfurt – Hamburg                                                   LH 025 16 – 17:10 hrs Hamburg – Frankfurt                                                   LH 116 18:15 – 19:10 hrs Frankfurt – MunichAll times are local; changes might occur due to operational reasons.Source = Lufthansa Grouplast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Continue Upward March

first_imgMortgage Rates Continue Upward March Share in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-06-06 Tory Barringercenter_img Fixed mortgage rates climbed for the fifth straight week to start June, according to reports from “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.[IMAGE]According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.91 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending June 6, up 10 basis points over last week. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.67 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.03 percent (0.7 point), rising from 2.98 percent previously and climbing above the 3.00 percent mark for the first time since the week of May 24, 2012.Adjustable rates also rose. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.74 percent (0.5 point), up from 2.66 percent. The 1-year ARM averaged 2.58 percent (0.4 point), up from 2.54 percent previously.””Continuing market concerns that the Federal Reserve may slow its bond purchases amid a strengthening economy added upward pressure on mortgage rates this week,”” explained Frank Nothaft, chief economist and VP for Freddie Mac.Meanwhile, Bankrate’s weekly national survey had the 30-year fixed rising to 4.1 percent, its highest level since April 2012. The 15-year fixed increased to 3.28 percent, while the 5/1 ARM rose 12 basis points to 2.93 percent.””Mortgage rates have increased sharply and suddenly on concerns that the Federal Reserve will begin withdrawing the $85 billion of monthly bond-buying stimulus,”” Bankrate said. “”But we’re still in a slow growth economy, with high unemployment, and an active Fed, and any disappointing economic news will almost certainly bring mortgage rates lower.”” June 6, 2013 414 Views last_img read more