Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez headline Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Mexico with Lionel Messi missing through suspension.Lionel Scaloni named a 27-man squad on Sunday, featuring seven uncapped players including Alexis Mac Allister, Leonardo Balerdi, Nicolas Figal, Lucas Martinez, Nicolas Dominguez, Lucas Ocampos and Adolfo Gaich.Mac Allister, 20, is on loan at Boca from Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, who signed the attacker in January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Of the seven, five currently ply their trade in Argentina with Balerdi currently featuring for Borussia Dortmund while Ocampos is on the books at Sevilla. Argentina, who finished third at the Copa America, are without superstar Messi as the forward serves a ban.The Barcelona star is set to miss out after criticising the officiating at this summer’s Copa America, alleging that CONMEBOL was “corrupt” in favour of hosts Brazil. CONMEBOL opted to suspend Messi for Argentina’s next three matches while hitting him with a $50,000 (£41,000) for his controversial comments.As a result, Messi will miss the friendly matches against Chile and Mexico as well as an October friendly against Germany and a one-match World Cup qualifying ban.Estos son los futbolistas convocados para la #SelecciónMayor y #Sub23 que jugarán amistosos en el mes de septiembre en fecha FIFA pic.twitter.com/oI9tqXYwSP — Selección Argentina (@Argentina) August 18, 2019 It is an inexperienced squad for the friendlies in September, with Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria among the players joining Messi in missing out on the pair of matches.Argentina are set to take on Chile at the Los Angeles Coliseum on September 5 before taking on Mexico at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas five days later.The fixtures will be Argentina’s first matches since they defeated Chile 2-1 in the Copa America third-place playoff on July 6.Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate) and Agustin Marchesin (Porto).Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Leonardo Balerdi (Borussia Dortmund), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Lucas Martinez Quarta (River Plate), Gonzalo Montiel (River), Nicolas Figal (Independiente), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax).Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Club America), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Nicolas Dominguez (Velez), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Matias Zaracho (Racing), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Alexis Mac Allister (Boca).Forwards: Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Paulo Dybala (Juventus) and Adolfo Gaich (San Lorenzo).
On December 2, 2016, Singapore-based Jurong Shipyard held a naming ceremony for the Pioneiro de Libra, a shuttle tanker which was converted into a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for a joint venture between Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Teekay Offshore (OOGTK).The ceremony took place in the Tuas area of Singapore, where the conversion of the Libra FPSO started in 2014.Converted from Teekay Offshore’s former shuttle tanker the Navion Norvegia, the FPSO will operate on the Libra pre-salt field in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil, with estimated reserves of 8 to 12 billion barrels, Teekay Offshore said.FPSO Pioneiro de Libra can operate at water depths of up to 2,400 meters, with a production capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil per day and daily compression capacity of four million cubic meters of gas, according to the company.In 2014, Jurong Shipyard secured a USD 696 million conversion contract, which included detailed engineering, installation and integration of topside modules, installation of external turret and power generation, accommodation upgrading, as well as extensive piping and electrical cabling works.Image Courtesy: Teekay Offshore
« Les universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse constituent l’un des plus grands atouts de la province, et je suis heureux que M. O’Neill ait formulé des recommandations qui leur permettront de continuer à prospérer, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. J’ai bien hâte de recevoir, au cours des prochains mois, les commentaires et points de vue de mes collègues et des intervenants au sujet des recommandations de M. O’Neill. » M. O’Neill a été embauché par le gouvernement provincial en janvier afin d’établir les options stratégiques qui assureront la viabilité à long terme du secteur universitaire. Le premier ministre Dexter a remercié M. O’Neill pour son rapport et a affirmé qu’au cours des prochains mois, il compte travailler avec ses collèges et les universités afin d’apporter des améliorations stratégiques au système universitaire. Pour consulter la liste complète des recommandations et des options, ainsi que le rapport intégral (en anglais seulement), visitez le www.gov.ns.ca/premier. Le premier ministre Darrell Dexter a reçu, aujourd’hui 17 septembre, les conseils et les recommandations de l’économiste Tim O’Neill sur la façon de rendre les universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse plus concurrentielles et durables. Les recommandations de M. O’Neill incluent la restructuration du programme d’aide financière aux étudiants afin de le rendre plus accessible et de répondre aux besoins des étudiants à faible revenu, l’amélioration de la qualité des universités par la surveillance de la performance et la responsabilisation par l’entremise d’un bulletin de rendement, ainsi que l’augmentation de la coopération entre les administrations universitaires afin de maximiser les économies. « Le rapport de M. O’Neill présente des idées novatrices et stratégiques qui permettront au gouvernement et aux universités d’assurer l’amélioration continue du système universitaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Certaines des recommandations seront essentielles pour aider le gouvernement à améliorer des aspects tels que l’aide financière aux étudiants. D’autres offrent des options aux universités afin de les aider à prendre des décisions stratégiques qui seront au mieux de leurs intérêts. » « Les universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse contribuent de façon considérable au développement économique, social et culturel de la province, a dit M. O’Neill. L’objet de mon rapport est d’aborder les options qui permettront aux universités de maintenir ces contributions malgré les nouveaux défis liés à la population et les réalités financières auxquelles font face les universités à l’échelle du pays et du monde entier. » Le rapport suggère que la meilleure façon d’assurer le succès continu des universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse est de concentrer les efforts sur une restructuration modeste du système universitaire, en demandant aux institutions individuelles d’explorer les options de fusion et de restructuration et de prendre les décisions appropriées. D’autres recommandations importantes incluent, notamment : Permettre l’augmentation des frais de scolarité, avec possibilité d’imposer un plafond aux taux d’augmentation. Encourager les universités à réaliser des économies mutuelles par une plus grande coopération dans le secteur de l’administration. Considérer la négociation de la subvention d’exploration des universités à long terme en fonction de l’un des facteurs suivants : croissance de la population, augmentation des dépenses publiques ou taux de croissance du PIB. Explorer les partenariats public-privé et la gestion de certaines installations. Augmenter la recherche, l’adoption de technologies et la commercialisation. Aborder les besoins en infrastructure après une évaluation indépendante de l’entretien ultérieur et continu. Maintenir la formule de financement actuelle et les ententes pluriannuelles.
New Delhi: With the RBI slashing the repo rate by 35 basis points, India Inc on Wednesday said its swift and full transmission by banks in the form of lower lending rates will be crucial to lift consumption and investment in the economy. The central bank reduced its growth projection for the Indian economy to 6.9 per cent for the current financial year, from 7 per cent forecast in June, due to a slowdown in demand and investments.”With Wednesday’s cut, the RBI has lowered the policy rate (repo) by 110 basis points in the current calendar year. The central bank has also kept liquidity in the surplus mode, and it is now critical for banks to move fast and transmit this ease in policy rate in the form of lower lending rates. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Unless the transmission is swift and full, we may not see a change in the consumption and investment trajectory,” Ficci President Sandip Somany said. PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Rajeev Talwar said the repo rate cut will help rejuvenate consumption and increase competitiveness of the producers with reduced cost of capital. “However, at this juncture, transmission of the cut in repo rate with an effective reduction in lending rates by the banking sector would be crucial to materialise the benefits at the ground level,” said Talwar. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Going ahead, we expect repo rate to come down to 5 per cent in the coming quarters for enhanced liquidity and availability of credit to the industry especially to the MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) with a significant reduction in the cost of capital,” he added. The repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends to banks. According to the Indian Chamber of Commerce, reduction in the repo rate will transmit to cheaper loans which will boost the economy at large, especially sectors such as real estate and automobiles, and spur the latent consumer demand in these segments. Higher disposable income in the hands of consumer will also fuel the growth in domestic demand going forward. In a scenario where there is pressure on GDP (gross domestic product) growth, the move will spur investment and boost consumption activity in the economy.
LAVAL, Que. — A Quebec man who was found guilty last May of inciting hatred against Muslims has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.The sentence handed to Pierre Dion of Terrebonne, Que., Tuesday went beyond what the Crown had recommended.Quebec court Judge Gilles Garneau sentenced the 49-year-old man today at the courthouse in Laval, opting for a stricter sentence to send a message of dissuasion to the community.Dion published two videos of himself this year on Jan. 28 and 29 — the two-year anniversary of an attack on a Quebec City mosque that left six dead.In the videos he praised the convicted killer and urged Canadians to “kick Muslims out of the country.” He was arrested two days later.The Crown had recommended a sentence of community service while the defence had suggested 18 months of probation, strict restrictions on internet usage and a $1,500 donation to a Muslim organization.Garneau instead ordered incarceration to be served one day a week beginning June 21.When the verdict came down on May 22, Garneau said there wasn’t any doubt to him the accused’s remarks were directed at an identifiable group as indicated in Criminal Code provisions covering hate speech — in this case, Muslims.(Cogeco Nouvelles)The Canadian Press
New Delhi: A light bout of rain and windy conditions Friday provided much-needed respite from the scorching dry heat in the national capital, officials said. The weatherman said a number of areas in the city recorded light rainfall accompanied by cool breeze. The city has been witnessing temperatures soaring to mid-40s over the last few days. On Tuesday, Palam recorded a sizzling high of 45.3 degrees Celsius, equalling the record high of April 25, 1970. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkOn Friday, the city recorded a high of 39.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 24.8 degrees Celsius. The humidity level oscillated between 37 and 64 per cent. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 am was 54 per cent. The Met office has predicted partly cloudy skies for Saturday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 40 and 24 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, the minimum temperature was 25.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature settled at 41 degrees Celsius.
Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila filed a petition in court today against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.The draft proposal of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was presented to Parliament this week. Gammanpila, a member of the joint opposition, told the Supreme Court in his petition that the draft bill on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was a violation of the Constitution.The 20th Amendment to the Constitution looks to abolish the Executive Presidency. (Colombo Gazette)
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has given the green light to a pair of British Columbia class-action suits alleging a global price-fixing conspiracy by electronics firms.The suits, filed by Whistler, B.C., businessman Neil Godfrey, allege the companies overcharged buyers of optical disc drives and products containing them, such as computers and video-game consoles.The cases, involving more than 40 defendants, including powerhouses such as Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic and Pioneer, were certified as class actions, decisions upheld on appeal.Godfrey is seeking compensation for all B.C. residents who purchased the products between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 1, 2010.The proposed class also includes so-called umbrella purchasers — people who bought products that were not made or supplied by the companies in question — based on the theory that the conspiracy led other manufacturers to set higher prices as well.Godfrey launched the main action in September 2010, but a separate one against Pioneer did not come until August 2013, leading the company to argue it began after the expiry of a two-year limitation period.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.
“With over 700 private security companies operating in Honduras, the Government should ensure that their activities are properly monitored and that they do not become a substitute for competent and accountable police,” a member of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries, Patricia Arias, said in a new release.There are 706 registered private security companies in Honduras, and numerous unregistered ones comprised of high-ranking police or military officers, which operate in a legal vacuum, the experts said.During its five-day visit, the working group received information that many private security guards carry firearms that are prohibited and are allegedly used to commit human rights violations, which include “killings, disappearances, forced evictions and sexual violence.”The group said it was particularly concerned about the alleged involvement of private security companies in land rights disputes in the Bajo Aguán region in the north of the country between landowners and peasant associations.“There is wide-scale impunity prevailing in the country as well as a total lack of confidence of the population in the judiciary, as these human rights violations allegedly committed by private security companies are not investigated, perpetrators remain unprosecuted and victims do not have access to remedies,” said another member of the working group, Elzbieta Karska.Among its recommendations, the group called on the Government to better fund the national police. According to the news release, the ratio of police officers to private security guards is apparently 1 to 5. The working group also urged greater funding for the Control Unit of Private Security Services, the body created to oversee private security companies.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
“We consider the proposals would represent an additional phase in the extensive development and evolution of the building, providing improved security for the occupants, helping mitigate the existing poor surface treatment and preventing opportunities for rough sleeping.”The proposal was revised twice after planning officers raised concerns that plans would not fit the character of the Victorian brickworks.In his 2014 book A Visual Journey, the singer-songwriter wrote: “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there. That’s where I wrote the song ‘Homeless.’”He later clarified the comments, saying: “Everyone’s saying Ed Sheeran was homeless – I never said that in the book.“I went without a bed for some nights, that’s it. It’s just that I didn’t have a place to stay [those nights], so I slept on the Central Line and outside Buckingham Palace.”After details of his planning application were reported in April, Sheeran took aim at a tabloid newspaper, saying: “Your story is b——s, I have done lots of work in the past for Crisis and Shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason. The reason was to keep the paps that you employ from being on my doorstep.” In 2014 Ed Sheeran wrote of having spent nights sleeping rough in LondonCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Suffolk Coastal District Council’s conservation officer said the fake ruins “appear as a conceit and detract from the authenticity of the building”.Planners concluded the design was not in keeping with the area, would give the false impression the village had two churches, and create light pollution.One in seven families in Kensington and Chelsea – approximately 1,441 people – are homeless according to housing publication 24Housing.Mr Sheeran’s representatives did not respond to requests to comment. Paul Smith of Apex Planning Consultants said in the initial application in January last year: “The combination of Portland stone plinth and the railings will help to deter rough sleeping, avoid the collection of rubbish blown onto the concrete surfaced area and provide the applicant with a desirable level of security without requiring compromises to the internal plan-form of the building. Ed Sheeran was reportedly hoping to marry fiancee Cherry Seaborn in the chapelCredit:Hewitt/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock/REX/Shutterstock Pop superstar Ed Sheeran, who spent nights sleeping rough on the streets of London early in his career, has won planning permission to install “anti-homeless” railings outside his £8m London home.The 27-year old singer is now authorised to install pedestrian gates and cast iron railings outside his converted Victorian brickworks in Kensington and Chelsea, which will “prevent opportunities for rough sleeping” according to his planning agent.It comes after planners rejected his application to build a flint and stone “ruined Saxon chapel” in the grounds of his Suffolk estate.The London proposal, approved by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council earlier this month, will also see a key fob system set into a Portland stone plinth outside the pop star’s four storey home.The plan was initially rejected as the four-foot-high railings were deemed to look “too domestic” for the former industrial area, but won approval after being amended to be more in keeping with the neighbourhood, which is in a conservation area. Last month his hopes of marrying his new fiancee Cherry Seaborn in a flint “Saxon chapel” on his Suffolk estate – with architectural features distressed to look like ruins – were dashed by planners.
At the moment, Apple has cornered the market for ultra-thin and portable laptops everyone desires. There are Windows laptops that offer similar levels of portability, but since the Dell Adamo line disappeared there’s not been much in the way of competition for the sleek lines of a MacBook, aside from the thicker ThinkPad X1.Intel aimed to change this by introducing a new category of portable computing known as Ultrabooks earlier this year. To be classed as an Ultrabook manufacturers had to produce a thin, light and elegant design that’s no more than 20mm thick, has a second-gen Sandy Bridge processor, and cost less than $1000.Acer looks to be one of the first to produce a laptop worthy of the Ultrabook name. It’s called the Aspire 3951 and pictures of the new laptop have appeared via the Vietnamese blog Sohoa.The design does look very “Apple”, which is no bad thing as it will likely cater to that category of Windows user who wants a laptop that looks as good as a MacBook, but ships with a Microsoft OS.The finer details of the 3951 have yet to be officially revealed. What we do know is it is only 13mm thick, sports a 13.3-inch display, and has the prerequisite second-generation Sandy Bridge processor at its heart. There’s also thought to be several hard drive choices including a 160GB SSD option.This super-slim Ultrabook is housed in an aluminium case and weighs a mere 1.4Kg. Prices start at $770 going up to $960 making it significantly cheaper than both the 13-inch and 11-inch MacBook Airs.Although there’s no guarantee this laptop will ever see a release, we hope it does as this is what manufacturers need to do to really start competing with Apple in the premium laptop category: produce good looking, highly portable laptops at a reasonable price point.Read more at Sohoa, via Engadget
Greece and Germany appear set to make some headway in solving a long-running dispute over the delivery of four submarines, but the fate of a shipyard west of Athens remains in doubt following a high-level meeting last week.Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos held talks with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems CEO Hans Christoph Atzpodien in a bid to resolve the issue of the outstanding submarine order, which has weighed heavily on Greek-German relations in recent years.Greece has identified technical problems with the Type 214 diesel-electric submarine, manufactured by ThyssenKrupp, as being the reason for not accepting delivery of the four vessels that it ordered between 2001 and 2005. The first submarine, dubbed Papanikolis, has been docked in Kiel since 2006.There was an agreement to build three of the submarines and refurbish another three at Hellenic Shipyards, west of Athens.Sources said that ThyssenKrupp appears determined to quit its involvement in the shipyards as early as next month, despite government concerns about the job losses that this might cause. There were, however, discussions between the two sides about how some private involvement in the shipyards could continue.Venizelos and Atzpodien are also said to have reached an agreement on the first submarine. An unidentified third country is reported to be interested in buying the vessel and the two sides have agreed that selling it would be the best way out of the current impasse.The two men reportedly agreed that if the technical problems are ironed out, Greece will accept delivery of the remaining three submarines. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a message likely aimed at both a domestic audience and Greece’s lenders, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has called for “common sense” to prevail in the government’s latest talks with the troika after it was confirmed that officials from the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund would resume their program review in Athens on Monday.“There are solutions for all the matters, as long as there is realism, flexibility and common sense on all sides,” Stournaras told Kathimerini ahead of the troika’s return.“We all have to be calm,” he said. “Our lenders have to pay close attention to the fact that the Greek economy is turning around, which the markets have already recognized.”Apart from checking on when Greece will fulfill its three remaining “prior actions” to unlock another 1 billion euros in bailout funding, the troika representatives will also hold further talks with the Greek government about next year’s fiscal gap.Greece says it will be no bigger than 500 million euros but the troika sees the figure being between 2 and 2.5 billion euros. Sources said the three key arguments that Greece will use to defend its position are that tax revenues have beaten their targets this year, that the economy will contract by less than had been forecast and that the unified wage structure will be applied strictly across the public sector, including state companies, thereby generating at least 500 million euros in savings.Source: Kathimerini
Snow Leopard : Apple à nouveau attaqué en Chine la société chinoise Jiangsu Xuebao a attaqué Apple en justice. En 2000, celle-ci aurait déposé Chine la marque Snow Léopard, utilisé par la firme de Cupertino pour désigner MAC OS X 10.6. Elle lui réclame alors 80.000 dollars de dommages-intérêts. Apple n’aurait pas le droit d’utiliser la marque Snow Leopard en Chine, estime la société chinoise Jiangsu Xuebao. La société aurait déposé en 2000 la marque Xuebao sur 42 produits divers (logiciels, produits ménagers, produits chimiques etc.). Xuebao qui s’avère en fait le terme chinois pour désigner Snow Léopard… Apple avait pourtant essayé en octobre 2008 sollicité l’enregistrement du nom de code de son Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Léopard, auprès de l’administration générale de l’industrie et du commerce en Chine. Cette demande avait alors été rejeté à l’époque. Un tribunal de Shanghai a alors validé la plainte de la société chinoise et une première audience devrait avoir lieu le 10 juillet prochain. Jiangsu Xuebao exige également des excuses publiques de la part d’Apple et réclame environ 80.000 dollars de dommages-intérêts (62.000 euros). Au vu de la récente affaire Proview, on pourrait alors croire que des opportunistes ont été inspirés par la défaite d’Apple.Une affaire qui fait des émules À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? En début de semaine, Apple a dû en effet trouver un accords à l’amiable avec la société chinoise Proview. Cette dernière avait déposé avant la marque à la pomme, le nom iPad en Chine. La firme de Cupertino devait alors verser 60 millions de dollars pour récupérer le nom de son produit dans l’empire du milieu. Mais dans cette nouvelle affaire judiciaire, il reste peu probable que Jiangsu Xuebao remporte le procès. Apple utilise en effet le nom anglais Snow Leopard, tandis que la société chinoise n’a déposé que le nom chinois Xuebao. Néanmoins, dans une interview accordée au site de médias NPR (lien non disponible), Stan Abrams, avocat américain et enseignant spécialisé dans la propriété intellectuelle à l’université de Pékin, montrait toute de même une certaine inquiétude. Selon lui, la décision de la cour de justice dans l’affaire Proview va encourager les parties d’affaires similaires à trouver des arrangements pécuniaires, au lieu d’inciter l’établissement de nouvelles lois dans le domaine. Le nombre de procès pour violation de marque déposée risque donc d’exploser en Chine.Le 4 juillet 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
Bournemouth University has seen 40% of its 2,000 employees sign up and participate in its employee wellbeing and sustainability programme.The initiative, provided by Green Rewards, was rolled out to all employees in January 2018 on completion of a six-month pilot period in 2017.The programme provides bespoke activities aligned to the University’s BU2025 strategic plan which encourage employees to boost their health and wellbeing, as well as work to reduce carbon emissions to create a more sustainable environment.The wellbeing and sustainability schemes uses leader boards, gamification and team and individual prizes to motivate employees to earn green points for addressing aspects of the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Bournemouth University has committed to delivering. Monthly prizes are awarded to top-performing individuals and the team with the most green points are rewarded by being able to make an annual charity donation.Employees are further rewarded for signing the Sustainable Development Goal Accord, which is a commitment by learning institutions to support each other in achieving the SDGs.Since January 2018, participating employees have completed nearly 10,000 hours of exercise and have travelled 130,000 miles sustainably to and from the University on their commutes. The programme has also enabled employees to avoid more than 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 515kg of disposable cup waste.The overall team prize after six months was won by the University’s finance and performance team. For their prize, they gave £100 worth of food donations to the Bournemouth Foodbank.Dr Neil Smith, sustainability manager at Bournemouth University, said: “Right from the start, the Green Rewards programme has allowed us to achieve fantastic levels of engagement from staff and has been excellent in supporting our university sustainability and wellbeing initiatives. It’s great to see so many staff getting involved and receiving prizes for their positive actions.“A survey of participants found that the majority thought Green Rewards supports the university in reducing its environmental impacts, and over two thirds felt they had improved their sustainable behaviours at work showing that the programme has made a real, long-lasting impact.“We’re looking forward to seeing some exciting redevelopments of the programme and new activities for staff to take part in, in September.”
In a letter to readers earlier this month, Atlantic Media owner and chairman David Bradley outlined an upcoming membership service for the National Journal Group that will supplant its existing subscription model. Membership with the Group will be at an annual fixed price and include access to all of its products as well as some new services.Bradley’s memo, as initially reported by Politico–a competitor of National Journal–and announced today by Atlantic Media, wanders through a review of his career highlights–mostly to set up the premise of National Journal’s new membership model. Bradley’s first company was a market research firm, he explains, and here he learned a valuable lesson: “Our work for clients-our work for banks in particular-taught us an insight wholly unexpected: the force of membership.”Fast forward to the present and Bradley notes that the National Journal Group is now beset by a number of competing brands. “Is there any major media company or sudden start-up not practicing Washington journalism?”Now, after a “multimillion dollar investment,” and as a way to differentiate itself from those competitors, the National Journal Group is moving to a membership service inspired by Bradley’s first company. “I would like to convert our purpose from cross-selling new publications to the membership ethic of unlimited service to our readers,” he says in the letter. The move is not one made out of urgency-Bradley notes the National Journal is producing its second highest income in 40 years–but rather one that attempts to make the brand more than just a news and analysis content engine. National Journal has a paid circ of about 15,000. Supporting the model are some very generous membership “ethics” that Bradley outlines in the memo. Aside from referring to subscribers as members, The National Journal Group will allow one membership to extend to an organization’s entire employee base and each member has access to every product. Also, there is a name-your-price loophole for members that think the fee is too high, and organizations can simply stop paying their membership fee when budgets are tight. “We are pleased to continue organizations as members without any charge for as long as their budgets require,” says Bradley. With the new membership structure come new services, including new bite-sized briefing products, annual research reports and member summits. The model does away with the costs behind individual product marketing and audience development as well as cross-selling efforts, greatly simplifying access, but the squishy fee structure, conversion success and positioning to advertisers are big questions. When contacted, Justin Smith, Atlantic Media’s president, declined to offer specifics on the membership fees, noting that the group is still in discussions with subscribers on the new pricing structure. Smith says the new model has been under consideration since earlier this year. “We’ve spent the last several months surveying our customers and identifying their unmet needs. We decided earlier this year that we could better serve them through a membership program that would provide them access to all of our journalism plus an enriched suite of information, briefings, and best-practices research compiled by a new, independent research staff-and other tools designed to meet the specific needs of public policy professionals.” As for conversion rates, Smith would only say that the response has been “very positive,” and declined to say if current subscribers automatically converted to the new membership model. “We will be talking this through with our subscribers over the next few months. We want those conversations to take place first before discussing the details publicly.”
South Korean automaker SsangYong has pulled the wraps off its new XLV concept at the Geneva Motor Show.Ssangyong XLV Concept, a rookie in the fast-growing SUV segment is based on the company’s new design philosophy ‘Nature born 3 motion’, which projects rhythmical and dynamic exterior design and is aimed at the smart user, who is active and seeks individuality and practicality. The XLV is the latest iteration in a series, which were first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011.The car will become one of the company’s “core strategic models to underpin its future growth”.It measures 4,430mm in length, 1845mm in width, 1,600mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,600mm. Under the hood, the car packs 1.6-litre diesel engine with a 10kW electric motor which is powered by a 500Wh lithium-ion battery .The SUV concept is arranged in an innovative 2+2+2+1 arrangement with the seventh seat sliding between the second and third rows.The Korean maker is still coy about revealing the details and the availability of the new concept SUV. However, it is assumed that the Ssangyong concept production model is likely to make its debut by 2016. When launched; the new SUV will directly challenge the US major Ford’s best offering in 2013 EcoSport.Under the hood, EcoSport comes with 1.5L petrol, 1.5L diesel and the 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The 1.5L petrol engine is expected to give 112 PS power and 140 Nm torque. It will come in both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual transmission model claims to give a mileage of 15.8 kmpl, while the automatic model is expects to deliver 15.6 kmpl. The revolutionary EcoBoost EcoSport engine churns out a power of 125 PS and 170 Nm torque along with a mileage of 18.9 kmpl.
Disha Patani InstagramDisha Patani is one such celeb from the industry who has an equal number of haters for each of her fans. Not only do these haters and trolls keep track of all her pictures, videos, movements and updates but, never refrain from giving their two-cents either.Disha, who regularly endorses a lingerie brand on her Instagram, had recently shared some scintillating pictures of her wearing a red-coloured lingerie. While the picture soon went viral, with many complimenting the actress for such a perfect body, there were many who felt that the picture showed a bit ‘too much’.While a few questioned why Tiger Shroff doesn’t say anything to her on such photos, there were a few comments which said she doesn’t need this kind of publicity. Recently on Karan Johar’s show, Koffee with Karan, KJo had questioned Tiger about why they are always spotted together.”I am great friends with her. I love her company and we are keeping it at that. We both have very similar interests. I don’t have very many friends in the industry and she is one of the few people whom I get along with,” Tiger had said.While Tiger may have chosen his words quite carefully, papa Jackie Shroff has certainly spilled the beans on his relationship while talking to Mumbai Mirror. “Tiger found his first friend, who is a girl, at 25. Till then he never looked around. They share the same passions, dance and work-out together. She comes from a family of army officers, so, she understands the value of discipline. Who knows they may get married in future or remain friends for life. For now, they are just friends.”Well, we certainly don’t see anything wrong in this picture of Disha Patani and really hope the duo soon come out in the open and accept their relationship.
For Black History Month, the AFRO presents a series of articles highlighting important local heroes from the paper’s archives. We start off this week with Lillian Nutter, an expert watch repairer.In 1940, Lillian Nutter was nominated for the AFRO’s Hall of Fame. (AFRO File Photo)Because she is one of the few women in this country who are expert watch-repairers, Mrs. Lillian Nutter of 1719 Harlem Avenue is this week’s nominee for the AFRO’s Hall of Fame.For more than five years, Mrs. Nutter has worked daily alongside of Colvin R. Nutter, her husband, helping to repair watches and clocks, at their store in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.Has Charming MannerMrs. Nutter is not the type of woman you would expect to see sitting at a work bench in a jewelry store – that is, if you would expect to see any woman handling that type of work. Small, pleasant-faced, and the possessor of a charming manner, she has the appearance, instead, of a woman whose interest rarely go beyond her home.Bearing the maiden name of Gray, Mrs. Nutter is a native of Calvert County, Md., and is one of a family of seven children. Before her marriage, she supported herself by her work as a seamstress.‘Twas Love at First SightApproximately seven years ago, she met Mr. Nutter, one Sunday afternoon, when her sister invited him to her house for dinner. It was love at first sight, and, shortly afterwards, they were married.Right away, Mrs. Nutter began to take an active interest in her husband’s jewelry business. Beginning in his store as a clerk and secretary, later she began studying the art of repairing timepieces under his guidance, and, in a year’s time, she was far enough advanced to handle the simple repair work.Now, she is fully capable of handling a watch repairing establishment by herself, and, according to Mr. Nutter, is an expert on both the theory and practice of watch repairing.Aside from all of this, Mr. Nutter declares that Mrs. Nutter is positively the best cook in the city, and is the only person he has ever known who could cook a turkey to suit his taste.Loves to CookMrs. Nutter readily admitted that she loved to cook, and also liked to read and play tennis. Not caring for fiction, her reading is generally confined to biographies, books on metaphysics, and other non-fiction works.Having been coached by her husband, who is himself a player of no mean ability, Mrs. Nutter has made such rapid strides in her tennis that she is now thinking seriously of entering one or two of larger tournaments this year.She’s a Bit ModestAlong with her husband, she has been a member of Metropolitan Methodist Church for a number of years. There are no children.Although she is a rather frank person, Mrs. Nutter is just a little modest when there is any mention of the fact that her advancement in her chosen profession has made her an outstanding character. Yet, her explanation of it all is that she thinks every woman should interest herself in her husband’s business, and help him as much as possible to make is successful.