Actor-comedian Leslie Jones is set to topline a stand-up special which will premiere on Netflix. The Ghostbuster actor shared the news during her appearance at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I am doing a Netflix special. So ya’ll finally get to see what I really do,” Jones told Kimmel. She said that though she acts in films, she still considers herself to be a “hardcore” stand-up comedian. “I mean it’s great to be an actress but I’m actually a stand-up, hardcore. That’s what pays the bills,” Jones said. The 51-year-old actor revealed that her stand-up performance will be held in Washington DC on September 10 as she believes the city has “one of the best comic crowds”. The yet-to-be-titled stand-up special will be produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and release next year.
OTTAWA – The federal privacy watchdog is calling on the government to address what he calls significant gaps in the law that allow political parties themselves to police how they gather and use voter data.Political parties are only bound by internal, voluntary privacy policies in the absence of an independent body to ensure they follow their own rules, federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a parliamentary committee Tuesday.Therrien has been calling for changes to strengthen privacy laws to cover how political parties use data — a campaign that has been attracting fresh attention in recent weeks following revelations about how Facebook and other companies treat the personal data of its users.“Neither I nor any other independent person can verify what’s going on,” said Therrien, who reasserted his demand for stronger privacy laws as he appeared before MPs in Ottawa.“If there was ever a time for action, I think frankly, this is it.”His testimony comes as policy-makers and regulators around the world examine how to better protect the online data of users as allegations swirl that tens of millions of Facebook users had their personal information improperly accessed for political purposes.Facebook estimates the personal data of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was inappropriately harvested by firms that allegedly used the information to help deliver electoral wins in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.Therrien’s office recently joined forces with British Columbia’s privacy commissioner to investigate Facebook and Canadian company AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. — two firms at the centre of the global uproar over the unauthorized use of social-media data.The privacy controversy has ramped up scrutiny of the use of data by political parties, which rely on access to quality information about voters in order to target and fine-tune their campaign pitches.The parliamentary committee on access to information, privacy and ethics is holding hearings this week on the data breach involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.On Thursday, the committee will hear from Kevin Chan, Facebook Canada’s head of public policy. Chan is a former policy director for former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.Facebook Canada reached out to committee members Monday in preparation for the appearance by Chan, who will be questioned by MPs from all parties, to offer them a briefing “on the Cambridge Analytica situation.”“Should this be of interest, please let us know and we will work with your office to schedule a briefing on either April 16, 17 or 18,” Jessica Smith, a public policy associate for Facebook Canada, wrote in an email to NDP MP Charlie Angus.The NDP shared the email with The Canadian Press, describing such invitations as “rare.”In his testimony Tuesday, Therrien pointed to the U.K., much of the European Union and New Zealand as jurisdictions with laws that apply to political organizations.In Canada, it’s high time an independent authority was given the powers to monitor the practices of political parties and determine whether they are truly protecting privacy rights, he argued.As an example, he noted, federal parties lack policies that would allow electors to find out more about the personal information that is in political hands.“That’s a huge flaw,” said Therrien.The issues overlap both privacy concerns and how the information is used for political purposes, he added. Both his office and the chief electoral officer could contribute to monitoring political parties, he suggested.When it comes to legislating the use of data, Therrien acknowledged it’s important to find a balance between enhancing the rules of consent around the collection of personal information and considering areas, such as health care, where gathering information is a benefit for society.Therrien said his investigation, which includes collaboration with the U.K. privacy commissioner, is “somewhat complex,” but he hopes to conclude it within a year.AggregateIQ, a Victoria-based data-analysis company, is also under investigation by privacy officials in the U.K. for its role in influencing the outcome of the Brexit referendum. It is also under investigation for allegedly violating limits on spending during that campaign to benefit the “leave” side.The firms has also been linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm accused of improperly accessing private Facebook data to help political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential bid and Brexit.Facebook recently suspended AggregateIQ from its platform following reports that the company may be connected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL.AggregateIQ has said it has always complied with the law and has denied ever being part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. It has also said it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica, nor has it ever had access to Facebook data allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are rising Tuesday as technology companies recover from steep losses a day before.Investors continue to watch developments on the trade front. Mexico’s foreign minister said he expects the two sides to reach an agreement and avoid a 5% tariff on Mexican goods.Apple rose 1% while Advanced Micro Devices gained 1.7%. Bank stocks gained as the yield on the 10 year Treasury rose to 2.13% from 2.08%. Wells Fargo gained 1.6%.Tiffany shares rose 3.4% after the jewelry company topped estimates with its fiscal first quarter profit.The Dow Jones industrials rose 228 points, or 0.9%, to 25,047.The S&P 500 index added 23 points, or 0.9%, to 2,768 and the Nasdaq gained 69 points, or 0.9%, to 7,402.The Associated Press
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan had a discussion today with IGP N.K Illangakoon on the situation in Jaffna involving the Jaffna university students.The Uthayan newspaper reported that Sampanthan had telephoned the IGP to discuss the situation which had arisen following the arrest of some students. The IGP has also said that the parents of the students have access to them in prison. The IGP had informed Sampanthan that four students had been arrested by the police Criminal Investigations Division and have been detained at the Vavuniya prison. A tense situation had developed in Jaffna last week after some students had attempted to commemorate the LTTE “heroes day” anniversary.
Partnership Africa Canada (www.PACweb.org) reports that the Just Gold project has successfully implemented a system to trace legal and conflict-free artisanal gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Just Gold project began as a pilot in Ituri Province in 2015. This is a milestone for the project—moving it from the pilot stage—having proven a successful chain of custody from mine site to exporter.“After almost two years of testing the Just Gold project with an aim to develop a chain of custody and due diligence system for artisanal gold in DRC, we are excited to share news of our success,” said Joanne Lebert, Partnership Africa Canada’s Executive Director.“The Just Gold project can now move from a period of testing to implementation and ensuring we have a long-term, sustainable and viable solution for traceable, legal and conflict-free exports of artisanal gold from Congo,” said Lebert. “We look forward to sharing our lessons learned with key actors and to deepening our collaboration with the DRC Government.”The Just Gold project creates incentives for artisanal gold miners to channel their product to legal exporters—and eventually responsible consumers—by offering fair and transparent pricing and by providing capacity-building, such as technical assistance to miners in return for legal sales. Miners are taught better exploitation techniques and offered Juts Gold project equipment, in return for which any gold produced must be tracked and sold through legal channels.“Proving that artisanal gold in eastern Congo can be conflict-free, legal and traceable is a major step in responsible sourcing efforts in the Great Lakes region. The government of Democratic Republic of Congo is taking major strides in complying with regional standards and demonstrating how the implementation the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains can contribute to progressive improvements in the sector, supporting artisanal gold men and women miners to enter international markets,” said Lebert.Partnership Africa Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DRC’s Minister of Mines Martin Kabwelulu in September 2016, outlining support for the organization’s activities to strengthen natural resource governance. Specifically, the Ministry of Mines recognized the Just Gold project as a system of traceability and encouraged its implementation. Partnership Africa Canada has provided technical support to the Ministry since 2011.Current activities in DRC include the Just Gold project, capacity building to implement both the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance applicable to high-value minerals, as well as support to civil society for monitoring and reporting on supply chain integrity.Partnership Africa Canada has also undertaken research and analysis of the artisanal gold supply chain to understand women’s roles in the sector. Through sensitization and outreach, the Just Gold project improves awareness of women’s rights, and their right to access, control and benefit of resources. The project also supports and fosters women’s leadership opportunities through skills-building and training.Partnership Africa Canada’s work in DRC developed from its engagement as a technical partner to the ICGLR, providing capacity-building to implement the six tools developed by the ICGLR’s Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources.Funding for the Just Gold project and Partnership Africa Canada’s work in the Great Lakes region is provided by Global Affairs Canada. Additional funding for the Just Gold project is provided by USAID through the Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) project and International Organization for Migration.Partnership Africa Canada is a global leader in developing innovative approaches to strengthen natural resource governance in conflict and high-risk areas. For 30 years, PAC has collaborated with partners to promote policy dialogue and capacity-building—including through the establishment of the Kimberley Process, which earned PAC a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2003.
11TSV GWD Minden7:7 13MT Melsungen5:9 6SG Flensburg-Handewitt8:2 4HSV Hamburg9:3 3THW Kiel11:1 15HBW Balingen-Weilstetten4:10 2Rhein-Neckar Löwen12:0 7SC Magdeburg8:6 ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL: Kiel and Flensburg like a goal machines – Leon wins in Montpellier! Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 5): Anaitasuna, Valladolid and Palma del Rio remain winless 10TSV Hannover-Burgdorf7:7 In the last round of the 7th round of the World’s Strongest League, SC Magdeburg hosted Melsungen at home. In a tense game in which Magdeburg could not make any substantial lead throughout the game, the 50th minute was the breaking moment. With a 4:0 run, in the 56th minute, the score was 32:27 for the home team, and the game was settled. Only the final score changed, and in the end Magdeburg won 34:30. Robert Weber, who signed a new contract recently, scored 8 goals (5, 7m), while Grafenhorst contributed with 7. For the visitors, Danner and Karipidis scored 7 goals each.Fuchse Berlin are leading the table with 14:2 score, followed by Rhein-Neckar Lowen 12:0. Defending champion THW Kiel are third with 11:1. Both Rhein-Neckar Lowen and THW Kiel have two games less than leaders Fuchse Berlin. 8TuS N-Lübbecke8:6 12VfL Gummersbach6:8 9Frisch Auf Göppingen7:7 14TBV Lemgo4:10 16TV 1893 Neuhausen2:12 5HSG Wetzlar9:5 17TV Grosswallstadt1:13 18TUSEM Essen0:14 1Füchse Berlin14:2 dannergrafenhorstkaripidisMagdeburgmarkovicmelsungenweberZarko Markovic
Image: Shutterstock/Burlingham GARDAÍ IN TALLAGHT have arrested a man and a woman after a seizure in an industrial estate.As part of an ongoing operation into the sale and supply of drugs in the area, gardaí seized a firearm, ammunition, cannabis herb and suspected cocaine.Uniformed gardaí attached to Tallaght Garda Station carried out a planned search of a unit located at an industrial park in Cookstown, Dublin this afternoon shortly after 1pm.A loaded firearm, cannabis herb with an estimated value of €10,000, pending analysis and a small quantity of suspected cocaine along with drug paraphernalia associated with grow houses were seized during the search.A man in his early 40s and a woman in her mid-30s were arrested at the scene. Both are currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Read: March will start with sleet and snow Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 27th 2017, 8:25 PM 12,813 Views By Paul Hosford Short URL File photo. 19 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3262412 Gun, cannabis and suspected cocaine found in Tallaght industrial estate The weapon was loaded. File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Burlingham Monday 27 Feb 2017, 8:25 PM Share Tweet Email
Mark Zuckerberg revient sur la genèse de FacebookLe milliardaire de seulement 27 ans a donné une conférence devant des étudiants de Stanford. Il a expliqué avec recul la création de Facebook et son sentiment sur la Silicon Valley.La réussite de Mark Zuckerberg et du réseau social Facebook tient presque du miracle quand on regarde ça de l’extérieur. Le jeune homme est devenu en quelque sorte un modèle pour les étudiants qui n’ont que pour seul objectif de créer leur entreprise et marcher dans les pas de l’un des hommes les plus puissants d’Internet. Au risque de se bruler les ailes.À lire aussiFacebook “manipule” les émotions de milliers d’utilisateurs pour une expérience psychologiqueMark Zuckerberg a donné une conférence, relatée par iTespresso, pour les élèves de Stanford, où il est revenu sur les débuts de sa société, et ses motivations. Et surprise, pour un homme réputé froid et très peu ouvert aux confidences, le fondateur de Facebook s’est livré à une analyse avec un recul sur sa réussite plutôt inattendu.Il confie tout d’abord que le but de Facebook au départ n’était pas de devenir le groupe international qu’il est devenu: “Nous ne voulions pas créer une entreprise, mais nous avons commencé à construire. Nous voulions vraiment que ça marche, et nous travaillions, et travaillions. On ne le faisait pas pour créer une entreprise, on le faisait parce que c’était génial.” C’est pour cela aussi qu’il a refusé toutes les offres de rachat, pourtant très alléchantes, et reste seul maître à bord au sein de Facebook. Pourtant, il admet que s’il devait recommencer cette aventure, il le “créerait d’une façon très différente”.Son deuxième axe de réflexion reste la Silicon Valley, cet eldorado du milieu technologique. Mark Zuckerberg regrette une vision “court-termiste” de l’innovation dans cette zone de la Californie. Il poursuit en expliquant qu’avec l’expérience qu’il a acquis, il aimerait aujourd’hui débuter Facebook avec des objectifs à long-terme, et s’installer sur la côte Est (là où il a passé sa jeunesse avant de créer Facebook). Pour lui, la culture de la Silicon Valley, bien que possédant beaucoup d’atouts, comme l’investissement, le dynamisme ou l’ingénierie, serait trop orientée sur “le pari des réussites rapides de business avec une vente dans la foulée.”. Il termine son intervention par un conseil pour la nouvelle génération d’entrepreneurs: “Vous n’avez pas besoin de venir dans la Silicon Valley pour réussir.”Le 3 novembre 2011 à 18:11 • Maxime Lambert
Samsung wants you to know it’s sorry about selling you that exploding phone. It’s so sorry that as America was obsessed with the run-up to the election, it took out full-page ads in three newspapers to apologize. It might take more than an apology to move past this, though.The ad was printed in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. There are no graphics and no colors. It’s just a plain block of text laying out the situation and offering an apology for the inconvenience. The ad talks mostly about the Note 7, but also about Samsung’s recent recall of washing machines. The washing machines didn’t explode, but they could become detached from their base and injure people. See the full ad below.The Note 7 was released several months ago to rave reviews. It was a beautiful phone with cool features and a stunning curved display. However, it became apparent after just a few weeks that the phone was exploding far more than you’d expect from random manufacturing defects. Samsung quickly started a recall and began producing new phones with (supposedly) fixed batteries.However, phones kept catching fire. In its haste to get the device back on the market, Samsung failed to fix the defect. It has now canceled production of the Note 7 and is recalling all units. Around 85% of phones have been returned, and Samsung recently sent out an update that prevents the remaining phones from charging beyond 60% capacity. It’s clear Samsung needs to get past this PR nightmare, but its future phones will probably be watched very closely. Even one unexplained fire could spell trouble. Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Stay on target
Ryan Bennett believes that only hard work can help Wolves turn things around after their 2-0 loss against Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Wolves started their Premier League campaign with so much promise and expectation, but have seemed to dip in form.Their 2-0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town on Sunday was their fourth loss in five Premier League games, spelling bad news for their future in the top tier of English football.Defender Ryan Bennett has called on his team to work hard and bounce back.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s the first rocky patch we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Bennett told the club’s website.“We knew it was going to be tough at the start of the season, and now we’re at a stage where we need to try to put things right.“We worked hard during the international break and we’ll continue doing that to get things right as quickly as we can.“We’ll keep working hard and doing what we believe in – that will see us through.”
Symptoms typically start to appear 8–12 days (range: 7–21 days) after exposure, with rash onset typically occurring around 14 days after exposure. Based on the 7–21 day incubation period for measles, the potential dates of symptom onset for exposed cruise ship passengers range from August 13 through August 27. On August 6, a teenager visiting with her parents from overseas boarded a cruise ship in Vancouver, B.C., that was bound for Alaska. Approximately one week prior to boarding the cruise ship, the patient began experiencing cold-like symptoms while travelling in Thailand, and four days prior to boarding she woke up with a rash (facial), red eyes, and feverishness. Measles is a highly infectious viral respiratory disease that spreads via the airborne route and through direct contact with respiratory secretions. Measles typically starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, and red eyes. The patient remained in medical isolation until August 8 when she was transported to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. The patient was discharged from the hospital on August 10. Later that day, the patient was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to have been infected with the measles virus. The cruise ship passengers disembarked in Seward on the morning of August 13, and many will be travelling throughout Alaska for a period of time before returning home. Within several hours of boarding the ship, the child was put in medical isolation due to persistence of symptoms and the concern for possible measles. Per the parents, the child had never received the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A teenager on a cruise ship in Alaska last week was reported to have the measles according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. While the risk of secondary cases among these passengers is considered to be very low, it is important for healthcare providers to be aware of the possibility of secondary transmission, according to the Department of Health and Social Services.
The members of the BRICS group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have decided at fourth meeting in New Delhi on Thursday to pressurise the European countries and the United States of America over the global economic imbalances and monetary policies.The BRICS countries are expected to put the discussions at the summit into practice.”We would look to see promises of reforms at multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF getting translated into action,” Reuters quoted an Indian senior official as saying.Meanwhile, Brazil’s Trade and Industry Minister Fernando Pimentel said that his country hopes for a summit communique denouncing what it sees as unfair monetary policies by Europe and the U.S.Stating that the biggest global monetary policy problems now are in the rich world, he said that today’s problem doesn’t have to do with China but has to do with the dollar and the euro.It is also reported that the five nations are expected to announce steps during the summit to bring their economies closer, including linking their stock exchanges and plans for a joint development fund in the mold of the World Bank.Accusing the rich countries of causing “monetary tsunami”, Pimentel said that the policies are designed to stimulate the troubled U.S. and European economies by driving up their currencies and making their economies less competitive abroad.DECLARATION at BRICS SUMMIT 2012ON THE IMFThere is an urgent need to implement IMF quota reforms before the 2012 annual IMF/World bank meeting in October.”This dynamic process of reform is necessary to ensure the legitimacy and effectiveness of the Fund.””We stress that the ongoing effort to increase the lending capacity of the IMF will only be successful if there is confidence that the entire membership of the institution is truly committed to implement the 2010 Reform faithfully.”ON THE WORLD BANKThe World Bank’s new leadership should transform it into a body that “truly reflects the vision of all its members”.BRICS nations welcome candidates for president of the World Bank from developing countries.ON GLOBAL MARKETS”It is critical for advanced economies to adopt responsible macroeconomic and financial policies, avoid creating excessive global liquidity and undertake structural reforms to lift growth that create jobs.”Excessive volatility in commodity prices poses additional risks to the recovery of the world economy.(With Input from Reuters)
Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian IT giant Infosys has been dogged by one resignation after another for a while now. Even though several executives quit much before former CEO Vishal Sikka resigned from his post, it doesn’t look like the exodus is going to stop any time soon as two more executives have now resigned.Senior vice-president Abdul Razack and Pervinder Johar, CEO of EdgeVerve, have now quit from their posts, reported the Times of India. While this could be a part of new chairman Nandan Nilekani’s restructuring plan, the resignations – especially Razack’s — have raised quite some eyebrows as he was one of those executives who quit SAP to join Infosys after Sikka came onboard.However, Razack leaving the firm was expected and sources told the daily that he had turned in his papers a month ago.Meanwhile, Johar’s resignation comes only eight months after he joined the Bengaluru-based IT giant. He served as the president and CEO of Edgeverve, the firm’s products and platforms unit. Edgeverve has had quite a tough time of late as Anirban Dey, the global head and chief business officer of Edge products at EdgeVerve too resigned in the last week of July.EdgeVerve performed well under Dey and brought in 5.4 percent of Infosys’ revenue for the June 2017 quarter. While Dey had in 2015 said that joining Infosys was “an honor,” he did not speak about why he was leaving the firm.Speaking about these high-profile exits, Jimit Arora, head of US-based advisory Everest Group’s IT services research practice, told TOI that this exodus doesn’t seem to be due to the firm’s inability to retain talent but may have to do with Infosys not being able to work in tandem with those hired by Sikka.The firm has seen numerous resignations since March 2016. Executive vice president Ritika Suri too resigned in July this year. She was in charge of mergers and acquisitions and also led the acquisition of Israeli technology firm Panaya for Infosys. The deal had raised quite a few eyebrows when the Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) received two anonymous complaints alleging that Sikka had made personal gains during the acquisition of Panaya and also said that the company CEO had used company resources for personal purposes. ReutersImmediately after Suri’s exit, Yusuf Bashir, MD of the $500-million Infosys Innovation Fund has resigned from his post. Bashir was in-charge of the firm’s digital projects and was responsible for identifying and investing in smaller companies working on digital services such as Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, cloud and analytics, reported the Times of India. During his tenure with Infosys, Bashir made investments in 12 startups, the last one being in December 2016.Before Suri and Bashir, Sandeep Dadlani, president and head – MRCL, quit the company to pursue other interests. Before that, Infosys lost senior executive such as Rajiv Bansal, Samson David, Manish Tandon and Anup Upadhyay to name a few.
Low-cost carriers’ bargain-basement fares aren’t always a deal Thursday, July 21, 2016 PALO ALTO, California — Clients should know – and no doubt some have already found out – that those bargain airfares advertised for low-cost carriers aren’t always such a great deal.A study by refund.me, the passenger rights service provider, broke down the costs to offer a side-by-side comparison and infographic highlighting how hidden charges boost ticket prices for basic add-ons like in-flight meals, seats and luggage allowances.An overview of the extra costs of the UK and EU’s major airlines is here: refund.me/flight-extra-costs/Refund.me took the example of a family (two adults and two children aged 2-11) travelling from New York to London Aug. 11-18 for a vacation. The price for the family to fly British Airways’ Economy Class totalled $4099.10 including taxes and service charges. Included were: airport, online, and mobile check-in; seat selection free at airport and from 24 hours before departure; three-course meal and drinks in-flight, including alcohol; pre-bookable children’s meals; and baggage (one per person at 23 kg).More news: TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe base fare for same date flights with Norwegian, the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe, including tax, was $3651.20. Then the add-ons: seat reservation $45 per person, per direction; one checked bag 20 kg per person, $45 per direction; and in-flight meals $45 per person per direction.Add-ons boost the ticket price to $4731.20. That’s $632.10 more than British Airways. Norwegian does offer a discount when booking seats, baggage and meals online simultaneously. With discount the final price is $4371.20 – still $272.10 more expensive than British Airways.“Low-cost airlines have attention-grabbing headline prices that seem an obvious money-saving choice. What budget airlines don’t always show is how these prices are not always what they seem due to ‘price deconstructing’ to appear lower,” said the company. Tags: Low-Cost Carriers Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by
At the 2018 Tourism Industry Conference, S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, announced that with quantifiable support from technology, the tourism industry in Singapore can reach new heights.He highlighted that technology can be used to sharpen marketing and outreach efforts, refresh tourism offerings and drive greater productivity. Travellers are also increasingly discerning, seeking new and differentiated experiences wherever they go.The Tourism Information and Services Hub (TIH), was an important way technology has been applied in the sector, said Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive Officer, STB. “TIH is an integrated B2B2C platform to help businesses connect, collaborate and syndicate tourism information and services in real-time,” said Yeo.He said that TIH fulfils this need by aggregating tourism content and travel-related services and makes this available to tourists through application programming interfaces.The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) had announced in February that visitor arrivals and tourism receipts for 2017 recorded new high for the second time in two years. Arrivals to Singapore increased by 6.2% to 17.4 million, with seven of the top 15 markets – China, India, Vietnam, Philippines, United States, United Kingdom and Germany – also hitting record visitor arrivals.
February 14, 2013 574 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share Flagstar Agrees to Sell DocVelocity Assets to Capsilon Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-14 Tory Barringer In Michigan, “”Flagstar Bancorp, Inc.””:https://www.flagstar.com/, announced an agreement to sell the assets of “”DocVelocity””:https://www.docvelocity.com/docvelocity/docVelocity.html, its document imaging business for mortgage lenders, to “”Capsilon””:https://www.flagstar.com/, a provider of cloud-based sharing, imaging, and collaboration services for mortgage lenders.[IMAGE]Capsilon developed much of the technology that DocVelocity has marketed and sold since 2007 and that Flagstar has used to provide paperless processing to its wholesale customers. Flagstar will continue to use the DocVelocity service after the transaction.[COLUMN_BREAK]””DocVelocity has played an important part in establishing and solidifying Flagstar’s position as a leader in paperless mortgage processing for our customers,”” said Jason Dufner, SVP of change management at Flagstar. “”That’s a differentiator in the marketplace that we intend to maintain.””The sale will be seamless for Flagstar customers, who will continue to benefit from the DocVelocity solution, staff, and Flagstar’s paperless processing, Flagstar said in a release.””Flagstar has been a great partner for us,”” said Sanjeev Malaney , CEO at San Francisco-based Capsilon. “”Their vision and leadership in the mortgage industry was key in driving adoption of our technology in the market. Our growth has allowed us now to integrate vertically, taking responsibility for everything from software development to sales and service. DocVelocity customers will benefit from our focus and additional capabilities.”” Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the transaction is not expected to have a material financial impact on Flagstar.
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The 1969 mission to the moon has been seen in many phases before but never with the shining, crystal-clear fullness of Todd Douglas Miller’s extraordinary “Apollo 11,” a documentary culled from archival footage and audio recordings that in heart-stopping, minute-by-minute detail, recaptures the propulsive force of man’s most glorious feat, giving new resonance to those beautiful, headlong Mission Control words: “We Are Go.”Timed to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, “Apollo 11” was compiled partly from a previously forgotten trove of 70mm film that includes footage from the launch, the Cape Canaveral crowds watching outside J.C. Penny’s and along motel balconies, and the astronauts’ recovery. It features no talking heads or narration, just audio from some 11,000 hours of NASA audio recordings and, occasionally, the sonorous gravity of Walter Cronkite’s broadcasts.The clarity of the large-format and restored images is startling. So much of the imagery from the moon landing has by now flattened into iconography, but, here, the event is brought back to life. Miller starts on the cusp of launch as the enormous platform is moved by giant tracks toward the launch site. It could be a shot from “Star Wars” or any number of science fictions the moon mission birthed. Later we see Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in their suits before putting on their helmets, and it’s like we’ve never seen their faces — confident, with an almost mischievous glint — so well.“Apollo 11” might not tell you anything you don’t already know about the moon landing. But it will make you feel it, and see it, anew. Miller has condensed the eight-day expedition into an immersive thrill ride, from launch to return, that puts you in in the shuttle with the astronauts and in Mission Control’s ear. It’s the grandeur of Apollo 11 distilled down to its still jaw-dropping essence.Much of the emphasis is on how the drive to the moon was so much broader than the two astronauts who carried out John F. Kennedy’s 1962 pledge. Kennedy’s words (“We choose to go the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard”) hang over the movie with a kind of fervour and ambition that today sounds downright alien. Later, while the spacecraft is in mid-flight to the moon, news of Chappaquiddick and Ted Kennedy will play on NASA television sets while onlookers, drawn back to earth, momentarily gawk.But it’s in the thousands who contributed to the mission that the magnitude of the effort comes through. Their faces are seen in montages and their voices are heard, again and again, on NASA radio: a multitude who at every significant turn confirms that their department is, indeed, “a go.”We have, of course, been to the moon before at the movies. Most recently, there was Damien Chazelle’s rigorous if overly brooding “First Man,” which — despite its many fine attributes — looks all the more muted in comparison to “Apollo 11.” More notable was Al Reinert’s brilliant and similarly verite-styled 1989 documentary “For All Mankind,” which also used NASA archival footage and a good score (from Brian Eno) to recreate Apollo moon missions.But in 2019, as we are writing obituaries for the deceased Mars Rover (“It was 15”), “Apollo 11” feels even more like another time and another world. What was this splendid, sunny American dream and where did it go?“Apollo 11,” a Neon and CNN Films release, is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. Running time: 93 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2019 12:48 pm PDT Review: In ‘Apollo 11,’ the thrill of landing on the moon This image released by Neon/CNN Films shows a scene from the film “Apollo 11.” (Neon/CNN Films via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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