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EAT rules in favour of firefighters appeal in pensions age discrimination case

first_imgThe Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled in favour of firefighters who appealed an Employment Tribunal (ET) decision which found that a government move to justify changes to firefighters’ pension arrangements was not age discriminatory.The case, Ms R Sargeant and others v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and others, regards firefighters who brought age discrimination claims following the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (FPS). On 1 April 2015, the FPS changed from a final salary arrangement to a career average revalued earnings (Care) scheme.The firefighters’ argument centres around transitional provisions which permitted active members of the FPS who were born on or before 1 April 1967 to remain in the scheme and receive full protection. Active members born between 1 April 1967 and 2 April 1971 were entitled to tapered protection under the transitional provisions, which allowed them to remain in the FPS for an extra 53 days for each month by which their age on 1 April 2012 was over 41, while active members born after 1 April 1971 were not entitled to transitional provisions, but are transferred to the new pension scheme, unless they decide to opt out of pensionable service. The firefighters claimed that this discriminates against younger employees on the grounds of age, as the new pension arrangement is less advantageous than the previous provision.During the tribunal proceedings, the government stated that it is legitimate to provide protection for members who are closer to retirement age.The ET concluded that the introduction of the new pension scheme was a social policy aim of the government.EAT has granted the firefighters’ appeal regarding equal pay and indirect discrimination on the basis that the ET did not apply proper scrutiny to the assertions of proportionality. Although the ET applied decisions made by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) when making its decision, the EAT found that the ruling ET employment judge did not apply the level of scrutiny described in domestic case lawEAT agreed with the ET in respect that the government was pursuing legitimate aims in devising and implementing the transitional arrangements for the new pension scheme, even though these had a discriminatory impact on the grounds of age. The court emphasised that it was not the pension scheme changes that were being brought under question, but the transitional provisions.The EAT will refer the case back to a tribunal.Sir Alan Wilkie, who ruled over the proceedings, stated in the court documents: “In my judgement, the employment judge’s decision on the issue of legitimate aims was correct, did not contain any error of law so the appeals on those grounds fail. She did, however, err in law in her consideration of the question of whether the means were proportionate for achieving the legitimate aims and, accordingly, the appellants’ appeal must be upheld in that respect.”last_img read more

John McCain Elder Statesman Fierce Defense Hawk

first_imgSen. John McCain, one of the few lawmakers who often commanded more authority on national security issues than the president, died Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer for the past year. Over three decades in the Senate he became one of the Republicans’ most reliable champions for the military, with his chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee the highlight of his congressional career.“In the committee’s work, I have found high purpose in the service of a cause greater than self — the cause of the women and men in uniform who defend America and all she stands for,” McCain said earlier this month when the Senate approved the conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill.One of McCain’s most recent victories in Congress was the effort he led last year with his counterpart, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), to boost base defense spending for FY 2018 to $640 billion, $54 billion above the statutory spending cap, reported CQ. The campaign came to fruition this past February when lawmakers reached a two-year, bipartisan budget deal to raise defense spending above $700 billion in both FY 2018 and 2019, after adding in the war funding account.For a detailed account of McCain’s military and political career, read the obituary in the Washington Post.Photo by Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

CES 2019 Bowflexs smart coaching app brings a digital trainer to your

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Sport and Outdoors See also CES Products Tags Share your voice 1:22 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Post a comment These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 0 Download the app for Android or iPhone — it costs $15 per month or $149 per year — and complete Bowflex’s “fitness assessment.” This gives the software a baseline to determine the length and difficulty level that’s best for you.It also claims predictive capabilities that are supposed to automatically adjust your next workout based on your previous one. I got to try it out for myself and found the app fairly intuitive to navigate with straightforward workout stats and other data. Services like this are part of a growing trend in fitness equipment — tools to keep you motivated while you workout at home — and it isn’t the only home fitness device we’ve seen here at CES 2019. CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Bowflex Max Intelligence coaches you through your workout CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos The Bowflex Max Intelligence Platform service is supposed to keep you motivated when you exercise at home. Angela Lang/CNET Bowflex, makers of a wide range of fitness equipment, has something new for your home gym — the Max Intelligence platform. The Max Intelligence platform is an optional service that’s compatible with Bowflex’s Max Trainer M8 and M6 machines. The platform is supposed to act as a digital personal trainer in your home, keeping you motivated and adjusting your workouts for you based on your level of fitness.last_img read more

Microsoft wants Project Scarlett to focus on frame rate and playability

first_img See It The 28 best games on the Xbox One Amazon Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X Microsoft In the console space, generational leaps are traditionally associated with increased visual fidelity. Think about the jump from the Nintendo 64 to the GameCube or the original PlayStation to the PlayStation 2.Those leaps have grown increasingly incremental in recent years and, with the upcoming Project Scarlett, Microsoft is focusing on how games play as opposed to how they look. To be specific, Microsoft is concentrating on improving frame rates, according to Xbox head Phil Spencer”I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games,” Spencer told CNET sister site GameSpot in a series of exclusive interviews. “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible.”The idea of “playability” is quite nebulous, but Spencer seems to be referring to the notion of games running as smoothly as high-end PCs and reducing loads times as much as possible. That’s slightly different than the goals of current-gen consoles like the Xbox One X, which was focused on hitting 4K resolutions.”The thing that’s interesting is, this generation, we’ve really focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, and with Xbox One X allowing games to run at 4K visuals will make really strong visual enhancements next generation. But playability is probably the bigger focus for us this generation. How fast do [games] load? Do I feel like I can get into the game as fast as possible and while it’s playing? How does it feel? Does this game both look and feel like no other game that I’ve seen? That’s our target.”Another priority for Microsoft: backwards compatibility, or the ability for Project Scarlett to play all your old games.”Making sure that all four generations of content… all run on the next platform is important to us. We want to respect the games that you’ve bought from us.”GameSpot currently has a broad series of articles with Xbox head Phil Spencer talking about the future of games and Microsoft’s role in that future. Check them out here. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice See it Post a comment $319 Microsoft Xbox One X Tags Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Microsoft Nintendo $369 28 Photos Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? Gaming Culture 0last_img read more

Cards Hold Off Saint Louis for a 10 Win

first_imgKouzelos had a pair of saves and Ekic led the team with three shots. Louisville finished with an 11-7 shot advantage and edged Saint Louis 5-2 in corners. The Cardinals held a 56-44 advantage in possession over the Billikens.  Live Stats Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Brooklynn Rivers and Gabby Kouzelos Postgame The Cardinals used a strong defense to hold the Billikens to only two shots in the first 45 minutes. Offensively, the Cardinals had four shots on goal but could not get the ball past SLU’s Mary Niehaus, who finished the game with six saves.  Despite a number of close chances through the remainder of the second half, the Saint Louis defense was able to keep the Cardinals from doubling their lead. The Cardinals will continue a seven-game home stretch on Sunday, Sept. 1 as they welcome Eastern Michigan to Lynn Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version ACCNX At the end of the first half, Louisville held a 7-2 shot advantage while both teams finished with two corner kicks.  Neihaus finished with four saves in the half while Gabby Kouzelos finished with one.  Next Game: Eastern Michigan 9/1/2019 | 7:30 p.m. Karen Ferguson-Dayes Postgame Louisville came out aggressive in the second half, taking the lead in the 50th minute. With a pair of clean passes from Niamh Nelson and Emina Ekic, Rivers buried a shot into the bottom left corner of the far post to put the Cardinals up 1-0. PDF Box Score Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s soccer team outlasted Saint Louis on Thursday night at Lynn Stadium after a lone goal scored by senior Brooklynn Rivers. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 3-0 on the season while the Billikens fall to 1-2. Game Highlights last_img read more

Team Anand seeks to gain lost ground

first_imgOn what turned out to be a pretty bad day in office, five-time world champion Anand went down rather tamely in the second game on Sunday and now trails 0.5-1.5 in the 12-game match. Anand’s body language also suggested that the king is currently down especially in the light of the fact that the opening had gone quite well for the Indian ace in both the games. However, as was the case in the last world championship match, Carlsen tuned the position of both games to his liking after some time and while Anand salvaged a half point in the first game, in the second he never got a chance. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAnand looked more tentative than Carlsen and it was hesitation that cost him dearly in the second game.To his credit, Carlsen was at his best and did what he has mastered against top class opponents. An innocuous opening reached a level middle game and then the complexities stared to burden Anand to the extent that he fumbled and produced a rare blunder. This was clearly caused by sustained pressure by the Norwegian.In the last world championship match, Anand had drawn four before losing the fifth game. Anand will have to not only stop further damage but also seek a quick cruise control to stage a comeback in the match. In the third game on Tuesday Anand will play with white pieces.last_img read more

Relish Navaratra special

first_imgNavaratra is about to come to an end and if one wishes to not miss out on the delicacies of this festival, they can taste it at The Imperial’s Daniell’s Tavern and Shangri La’s Tamra  in the national Capital. Navratra special dish, which will be available on six-eight hours of prior request, will bring in flavours of Satvik cuisine in a traditional thali at Daniell’s Tavern. A delicious Navaratra buffet will be available which will comprise of Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi’s special dishes such as Sabudana ki tikki, Tarboos ka ras, Paneer kesari tikka, Shakarkandi tawa chaat, Khasta aloo chaat, Sitaphal ki sabji, Aloo ka halwa and  Lauki ki kheer amongst others. Chef Prem Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef, The Imperial New Delh, has shared the recipes if going out is a hard task for food lovers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kheere ke pakodaIngredients· Kuttu ka atta-60gms· Kaloungi-5gms· Sendha Namak –to taste· Grated boiled potato-80gms· Grated cucumber-80gms· Shredded Spinach-60gms· Water-80ml· Oil to deep fry· Dahi Aur Kheerre ke chutney· Thick curd-100gms· Grated cucumber-40gms· Sendha Namak-to taste· A pinch of turmeric tempered in a tea spoon of hot gheeMethod for chutney· Mix all the ingredients and check for seasoningMethod for pakoda· Mix all the above ingredients and make thick batter consistence and check for seasoning Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix· Heat oil in a pan and make small dumpling from the mixture· Now Deep fry the dumpling till golden brown and till cooked from inside· Serve hot with dahi chutneyTamra @Shangri La’s- Eros hotelLunch Buffet: 12 pm – 3:30 pm Dinner Buffet: 7 pm-11:30 pm Price: 1200 plus taxes per person for Navratra buffetlast_img read more

FIFA partner executive flees ticket sales arrest in Brazil

first_imgRelated posts:FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – An executive from the World Cup’s hospitality services firm escaped out the back door of his plush Rio de Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest on charges of illegally selling tickets, police said.Raymond Whelan, a British director of FIFA partner company Match Services, fled the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel after a judge ordered him and 10 other suspects to be held in detention, the Rio prosecutor’s office said.“The Englishman fled through the hotel’s back door and is considered a fugitive,” Rio police said in a separate statement.“We saw him in (security) footage leaving in a hurry,” Fabio Barucke, the case’s lead investigator, was quoted as saying by the G1 news website, adding that Whelan had fled an hour before police arrived.Police have launched a manhunt for Whelan, who is accused of being involved with a scalping network that has sold thousands of tickets worth millions of dollars, going back to the 2002 World Cup.Whelan, who denies the charges, was initially arrested on Monday but was granted preventive release the next day.Police filed charges against him and 11 other suspects on Wednesday and submitted the case to prosecutors, who requested an arrest warrant against all except one who was cooperating with investigators.Prosecutors said the 12 suspects face charges of organized crime, illegal ticket sales, corruption, money laundering and tax fraud.Brazilian media have published leaked phone calls between Whelan and one of the chief suspects in the case, French-Algerian Mohamadou Lamine Fofana, discussing hospitality packages for games including Sunday’s final.But Match Services has defended Whelan, saying he was innocent and that there was nothing illegal about the conversations.The Zurich-based company says Whelan was discussing the sale of 24 hospitality packages at the correct price, though he rounded up the figure to $25,000 from $24,750 per package, and that the deal was never concluded.Match Services said Wednesday that Whelan would voluntarily relinquish his World Cup accreditation but that he had not committed any wrongdoing.Prior to the news of Whelan’s sudden disappearance, the executive chairman of Match Services and its sister company Match Hospitality issued a statement criticizing Rio police.“Those responsible for the investigation from the 18th Precinct of the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro are not experts in FIFA World Cup ticketing or hospitality,” chairman Jaime Byrom said in the statement.“Notwithstanding our belief that the action taken against Mr Whelan was illegal and baseless, Match Services and I personally remain totally committed to assist the authorities from the 18th Precinct or any other jurisdiction in FIFA’s fight against illegal ticket sales.”Byrom said cooperation with the authorities had led to “a number of successful arrests of actual touts.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Los Angeles Uluru now connected by Virgin Blue

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a719/” 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> Visitors from Los Angeles travelling on V Australia to Sydney can now connect to Uluru’s Ayers Rock Airport with Virgin Blue’s new direct daily flights, a report said. The flights make it effortless for US visitors to take a trip to the Red Centre, Tourism NT Chief Executive, Maree Tetlow said. “Over the last three years the Northern Territory has attracted, on average, 32,000 holiday visitors from the US every year. “We expect this number to increase considerably over time given the extra travel option now available to Australia’s outback.” Tourism NT look to capitalise on the new travel option, having worked with V Australia in July to launch an “online marketing campaign in the US specifically targeting people considering coming to Australia who are searching the Internet for travel options,” Ms Tetlow said.Ms Tetlow expects the “extremely value driven” US market to be attracted by V Australia’s promotional airfare, at AU$878 for people who booked flights by 30 July. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alps offers Electrifying Ride

first_imgSix Senses Kitzbuehel Alps offers Electrifying RideSix Senses Kitzbuehel Alps offers Electrifying RideThere’s a whole new meaning to freeriding at Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alps. Residential owners who purchase a chalet at the sustainable resort development, which is set to open in summer 2021, will be among the first to own and drive the latest all-electric Porsche Taycan. The all new zero-emissions supercar which will take Porsche into a new era is the perfect accessory for a chalet that not only aims to set new standards in Alpine aesthetics but also defines the very essence of sustainable living.Supporting the Six Senses commitment to look after the environment and communities where it operates, the Taycan (which translates as lively young horse) marks Porsche’s entry into the electric market. The Taycan’s revolutionary technology can charge 63 miles (100 kilometers) range in just 4 minutes.“Sustainability is not just about what we do, but who we do it with,” said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. “Our relationship with Porsche and its zero-emission model underlines our position to build and operate in ways that minimizes our ecological impact.”The Taycan is expected to have a minimum range of 311 miles (500 kilometers) and its top model can sprint from 0 to 62 miles (0 to 100 kilometers) in under 3 seconds. It presents itself as both, a pure breed sports car and a comfortable ride, engineered for every terrain. The Taycan truly is a silent force of nature.Its four-wheel drive capability ensures that owners will be able to carve with confidence both on the piste and on the road.“It’s not only about the excitement the car exudes, and the added value for the chalet buyer – this strategic alliance has deeper roots. With what we do, we want to ensure that our planet remains a safe and stable environment, full of natural wonders, for generations to come. We must take responsibility. Six Senses aims to be plastic free by 2022, Porsche are now diesel free. This is a clear signal that both brands are thinking in the same direction. All we do is plant the seed,” said Michael Staininger, co-developer of Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alps.“This is the perfect synergy. The evolution of alpine real estate, paired with the evolution of the Porsche sports car. We not only want to embrace the future, we want to shape it.” said Klaus Maerzendorfer, head of sales at Porsche Austria.Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alps lies just 20 minutes from the eponymous town center, high above the village of Jochberg in the Austrian Tyrol. The resort faces the majestic peaks of the Hohe Tauern – the largest nature reserve in the Alps – and borders a protected moss land where wild orchids bloom in the summer months. It features 80 guest accommodations and a small village of 50 private residences available for sale, 15 of which are freestanding top of the line chalets.Future owners can select from four- to five-bedroom chalets and also one- to four-bedroom apartments. All privately-owned units can be placed into the resort’s rental pool. As with all Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas projects, architecture and design blend into their surroundings. Architecture by IAW fuses with the artistic craftsmanship of master designer Martin Brudnizki to create a modern interpretation of classic Alpine style. Natural light and materials such as stone and wood create a warm and stylishly comfortable atmosphere, while energy efficiency and home technology are both put to good use.Additional highlights include the resort’s private access to the ski slopes and the availability of all Six Senses services to private property owners including a Six Senses spa and pioneering wellness concept.The Kitzbuehel region is a year-round alpine destination, featuring world-class ski slopes, outdoor activities plus excellent entertainment, dining and shopping. Hosting the greatest and most spectacular downhill race in the world, the charming little town with centuries of history and traditions has become an incomparable sports and jet set hub. Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alps is located 120 minutes by car from Munich, and 90 minutes from Salzburg and Innsbruck airports.For more information regarding chalet ownership at Six Senses Residences Kitzbuehel Alps, please contact Michael Staininger by phone +43 (676) 931 0039 or +1 (917) 963 4335 for the US or email sales@kitzbuehelalps.com Source = Six Senses Kitzbuehel Alpslast_img read more

France TelecomOrange has entered into a put and c

first_imgFrance Telecom-Orange has entered into a put and call option that will allow it to sell its 20% stake in Portuguese telco Sonaecom to majority owner Sonae.The call is exercisable by Sonae over the next 18 months and the put will be exercisable by France Telecom during the three months following this period. Both put and call are exercisable at the same price of €98.9 million, but the price could rise to up to €113.5 million if Sonaecom is involved in a transaction that sees further consolidation or restructuring of the Portuguese telecom market.In December, Portuguese pay TV leader Zon Multimédia signed an agreement that would see it merge Sonaecom’s telco unit Optimus into its business. The operator’s services include the Optimus Clix IPTV offering.This agreement is subject to the confirmation of the Portuguese Securities Commission.last_img read more

A disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Dow

first_imgA disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Downing Street – which has one of the most iconically-inaccessible front doors on the planet – has been presented with a high-profile access award.Images of the front entrance to the prime minister’s home and offices – with its two steps to the front door – are shown every day all over the world.But despite staff needing to bring out a portable ramp if a wheelchair-user wants to enter the grade I listed building through the front entrance, 10 Downing Street was presented with an award at last month’s Blue Badge Style Awards.The awards recognise venues that have “made an effort to attract guests with disabilities”, and those nominated are rated on their style, facilities and accessibility, with other winners including the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, and the Dandelyan cocktail bar on London’s South Bank.The citation for the “above and beyond” award said that 10 Downing Street had “pulled out all the stops” on access.Historic England – the government-sponsored public body responsible for “championing England’s heritage” – told Disability News Service this week that it had advised the Cabinet Office on recent access improvements to the building, including a new internal lift, but that so far there had had been no discussions about the steps at the front entrance.Tracey Proudlock, founder of the leading access consultancy Proudlock Associates, and a former government adviser on disability equality, questioned why 10 Downing Street had been handed an award.She said the need to use a ramp at the front door showed that 10 Downing Street had not gone “above and beyond” on access, and she contrasted it with the “great thinking” that had gone into the “creative” access work at Canterbury Cathedral.Proudlock said that front doors are often symbolically important on access.She said: “In terms of Number 10, it is where you deliver your petition or go in to get your new ministerial job.“I think the entrance to Number 10 is really symbolic.“At any front door, disabled people don’t want to be treated differently and that is still happening here.“No matter how quick they are at deploying a temporary ramp, it’s still not an inclusive provision.“Getting out a portable ramp isn’t really a modern approach to providing inclusion.”Proudlock said that just because a building had grade I listed building status, that did not mean that features such as steps to a front door could not be removed.She added: “When big decisions on access are taken, they have to involve disabled people, and at the moment often they do not.”Earlier this year, she wrote in her blog how the Bank of England had come up with an ingenious solution to provide level access at its historic front entrance.She wrote: “If front entrance access can be achieved at the Bank of England – built in 1734, when most disabled people would have been in the workhouse or infirmary – it can be done in a lot more places…“Everyone blames everyone else for why it ‘can’t be done’ or ‘isn’t worth doing’.“Important public buildings, however historic, are no less important to members of the public who happen to be disabled.”A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “Downing Street is committed to accessibility and we have undertaken a programme of works over recent years to make sure this historic building is accessible to all who visit.”This includes improved accessible toilets, “increased ramping”, and a new lift providing access to the state rooms.She said: “We’re proud to have these efforts recognised by the Blue Badge Style Awards.”She said the front door was “manned by a custodian constantly, meaning that it is accessible 24/7 to those who require the use of a ramp”.But she had failed to say by noon today (Thursday) whether there had been any discussions about removing the steps at the front entrance.Historic England confirmed that the Cabinet Office was “rolling out a programme of improvements to the grade I listed complex to proactively address disabled access”.She said: “Historic England advised on the recent installation of the award-winning lift [inside] Downing Street and regularly discusses listed building alterations with Cabinet Office.”Another spokeswoman added later: “There have not yet been any formal discussions with Cabinet Office about alterations specifically to the front steps of Number 10.“The accessibility audit is still being worked through and we will continue to advise as necessary.”Fiona Jarvis (pictured, outside 10 Downing Street), founder of Blue Badge Style and a wheelchair-user herself, said the award recognised the effort made by 10 Downing Street in recent refurbishments.She said in a statement: “They now have stylish toilets for people with disabilities on every floor and stairs that turn into a lift, allowing people with disabilities to get from the main building to the rest of the rooms more easily.“Immediately you arrive they come out with a portable ramp, which means you can negotiate the iconic front steps which are tied by a grade I listing. “More than anything it’s their attitude to doing their best for people with disabilities that won them the award.”Asked why the award had been given when the front entrance was so clearly inaccessible to wheelchair-users, a spokeswoman said that Jarvis “recognises the issue with the steps, but her experience was that [because] they got the ramp out so quickly, there wasn’t a problem getting in to the building”.last_img read more

Starbucks Unleashes the Unicorn Frappucino

first_img Register Now » Starbucks Next Article Starbucks Unleashes the Unicorn Frappucino Image credit: Starbuck For a limited time, Starbucks will offer the Unicorn Frappucino, a shimmery purple and blue blended beverage that turns pink when you stir it.So what exactly is a Unicorn Frappucino? It has nothing to do with billion-dollar startups. In its press release, Starbucks says the sparkly drink is “made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle.” Topped with vanilla whipped cream, the Frappucino looks, and apparently tastes, magical. It not only changes color but also flavor, with the sweet and fruity taste transforming into tangy and tart once you mix it.If you want to take a sip of this whimsical new item, you better hurry: The Unicorn Frappucino will only be available from April 19 to 23.So far, people are pretty hyped about Starbucks’s new concoction.PSA @STARBUCKS IS RELEASING THE UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO & IT COMES OUT 4/19 ????? pic.twitter.com/LkufMRbuxi— joseph ? (@stussyjoseph) April 17, 2017#BreakingNewsStarbucks is releasing a new Unicorn Frappuccino ? and my life is now complete #unicornfrappuccino pic.twitter.com/66qJG1J67v— ?Nasty Suzette ? (@SuzetteLT) April 16, 2017CONFIRMED: just called the @starbucks on @MarquetteU campus and they say they’ll have the #UnicornFrappuccino TOMORROW. Time to sparkle! pic.twitter.com/3xLQAEzjeh— Tim Elliott (@WISN_Tim) April 18, 2017 Rose Leadem Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img If you want to try this colorful drink, you better hurry — it’s only available for a limited time. Add to Queue April 18, 2017 2 min read –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners Constant Contact

first_img Eventbrite App MarketplaceEventbrite’s APIhubspotMarketing TechnologyNewsSurveyMonkeyTechnology Previous ArticlePantheon Launches Community and Advocacy Program for Drupal and WordPressNext ArticleClear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic Partnership Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and Prism MTS Staff WriterApril 19, 2019, 3:05 pmApril 19, 2019 We’re unveiling the Eventbrite App Marketplace, the next iteration of what we formerly called Eventbrite Spectrum. With a brand new look and feel, the Eventbrite App Marketplace was reimagined to make it even easier for event creators to find and leverage 100+ trusted apps to help them save time, run events more efficiently, and, ultimately, sell more tickets.More specifically, beyond the fresh coat of paint, the interface has been re-designed to be easier for creators to discover apps, and the revamped documentation and guides help make it faster and easier for developers to build with us. The beauty of the Eventbrite App Marketplace is that all of the apps play seamlessly with Eventbrite’s platform, connecting with the simple click of a button. This means that creators have the power to extend and tailor the functionality of the Eventbrite platform to suit the specific needs of their business.Matt Whitlock from Northern Nights Music Festival comments: “Our festival has been around for seven years, and during that time we’ve made great use of the apps that integrate with Eventbrite. Apps like Mailchimp Sync, ToneDen, and Social Ladder’s Ambassador Program are highly valuable tools that help us both broaden the reach of Northern Nights Music Festival with attendees, and throw a successful event from start to finish.”Marketing Technology News: OpenText Invests and Drives Growth in Asia Pacific RegionTo unearth and deliver the best solutions we work closely with our diverse community of partners, developers, and creators to build a more adaptable and powerful global ticketing and event technology platform. Adding to an already solid lineup of leading software partners and platforms like HubSpot for marketing, sales, and service software, SurveyMonkey for collecting feedback, and ToneDen for automated social marketing; We’re excited to welcome four new app partners:Constant Contact: Constant Contact makes it easy for creators to build professional emails to promote events, track registrations, send follow-up emails, and import registrants as email contacts. Creators can also easily add event content to any email template with a simple drag-and-drop tool and can seamlessly transfer contacts from Eventbrite to Constant Contact.Gift Up!: Gift Up! is a simple way for creators to sell gift cards on their own website for events listed on Eventbrite. With this integration, the Gift Up! app automatically tracks and syncs the sold gift cards as discount coupons in a creator’s Eventbrite account and the result is an easy gift card purchase process for the gift-giver, and a simple experience for the receiver.Lennd: Lennd is an event management platform for festival creators that manages credentials and ticket requests for vendors, sponsors, artists, media, and staff. With this integration, creators can quickly spin up forms to facilitate requests and approvals for event access and sync the collected data into Eventbrite.Prism: Prism is committed to simplifying the complex process of booking live music and comedy shows, managing rooms, and routing tours with one source of truth so event creators can be more efficient and successful. With this integration, Prism helps bring various pieces of event management into a single, consolidated system all within Eventbrite.Marketing Technology News: Pegasystems Honored with Multiple Awards for Helping Organizations Digitally Transform Their BusinessEventbrite continues to invest in the platform to make it as easy and as simple as possible for partners and developers to build with Eventbrite.Adrian Taveras from Prism shares: “I evaluate numerous integration opportunities throughout the live music technology space. Our experience with Eventbrite’s API and Eventbrite’s partner program has been best-in-class. The API is incredibly well-documented and robust which has enabled us to deploy our deepest integration to date with a ticketing partner. I often reference Eventbrite’s API to new partners developing new endpoints.”This is just the beginning for the Eventbrite App Marketplace. There will be more to share as we continue to build it out to further extend the power of the Eventbrite platform.Marketing Technology News: HG Insights Partners with Forrester to Expand Worldwide Technology Adoption Coveragelast_img read more

Harley Street Concierge launches new guide for employers to mark World Cancer

first_imgHow to get to grips with legal obligations; Source:https://harleystreetconcierge.com/ How to understand what the employee is going through; Talk about returning to work Don’t equate ‘recovery’ with ‘cured’ Managing survivorship and living with cancer The cancer journey is a rollercoaster of emotion especially shortly after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Understanding your options, knowing what questions to ask, finding the most appropriate private specialists and organizing appointments can be confusing and time-consuming. Cancer support from Harley Street Concierge takes you through each decision, appointment and treatment option, every step of the way.” Familiarise yourself with what a reasonable adjustment looks like Don’t assume a cancer patient wants to work less Refer to company guidelines and policies FACTS: 50,000 employees in the UK have a second full time ‘job’ caring for someone with cancer. Over 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. 36% of employees have no form of support from their employer in the face of a cancer diagnosis.The nature of cancer as an illness creates practical, familial and often financial pressures that impact the overall wellness of the individual. Two of the main stumbling blocks are employees feeling uncomfortable sharing the details of their situation, and subsequently feeling discriminated against, and on the other side employers can feel uncomfortable knowing what support to offer and provide.A clear vision and open dialogue is crucial as is genuine empathy and sensitivity. The HSC team have put together a checklist to help you manage someone who gets cancer. It is important that employers think about how to handle it well, how to understand what the employee is going through, get to grip with legal obligations and ask the right questions about return to work.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsWhen someone you manage gets cancer the guide navigates how you can help through this difficult time;How to have the conversation with an employee; Prepare yourself for the conversation Respect confidentiality Stay flexible and keep communication lines open Read up There are more than 200 types of cancer, each treated in a different way Feb 4 2019With the cost of cancer to business estimated at £5.3 billion Specialist Cancer Care provider Harley Street Concierge is launching a new guide for employers to mark World Cancer Day (4th February 2019). On average a cancer diagnosis in the family causes 27 days of direct absenteeism.One-third of people living with cancer are of working age and so supporting employees has moved up the workplace agenda. The guide is available for free and provides bite-sized practical information developed by the team’s advisers and specialist cancer nurses.TV and radio’s Dr. Sarah Jarvis MBE, said: How to ask the right questions about a return to work; Not only does it make practical business sense to look after your employee, but as an employer giving the right kind of support says a lot about the overall culture of your organization. We provide expert advice and support for employees and businesses at a fraction of the cost of private medical insurance. We ensure that your valued employees get the support that they need, when they need it most.” This new guide is supported by an employer support line and educational events.Tim Warren, Commercial Director at specialist cancer care provider, Harley Street Concierge said:last_img read more

Uber sued after data stolen by hackers covered up

Citation: Uber sued after data stolen by hackers covered up (2018, March 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uber-sued-stolen-hackers.html The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, said hackers stole the names and driver’s license numbers of at least 13,500 Pennsylvania Uber drivers. It accused Uber of violating a state law requiring it to notify victims of a data breach within a “reasonable” time frame.”Instead of notifying impacted consumers of the breach within a reasonable amount of time, Uber hid the incident for over a year—and actually paid the hackers to delete the data and stay quiet,” state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. “That’s just outrageous corporate misconduct, and I’m suing to hold them accountable and recover for Pennsylvanians.”Shapiro’s office did not have details about riders who were affected, but asked Pennsylvanians who believes they may have been harmed by the Uber hack to file a complaint with the office.Uber revealed in November that hackers in 2016 had stolen the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders around the world. The thieves also nabbed the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. The breach did not include any credit card information or Social Security information, Uber said.When it revealed the hack, Uber said there was no evidence the stolen data had been misused. It acknowledged paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.Washington state and Chicago have sued Uber, and attorneys general in other states have said they were investigating Uber’s data breach.Uber said it is cooperating with Pennsylvania investigators.”I’ve been up front about the fact that Uber expects to be held accountable; our only ask is that Uber be treated fairly and that any penalty reasonably fit the facts,” Uber said in statement from its chief legal officer, Tony West.The lawsuit seeks civil penalties into the millions of dollars, including $1,000 for each violation of consumer protection laws and $3,000 for each violation involving a victim who is 60 or older.It is the first time Pennsylvania has sued under a 12-year-old state law that makes failing to notify potential victims of a breach of personal information punishable under consumer protection laws. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Washington state sues Uber over data breach cover-up The ride-hailing company Uber broke Pennsylvania law when it failed to notify potential victims, including thousands of drivers, for a year after it discovered hackers had stolen their personal information, said the state attorney general, who sued the company Monday. read more

Germany is EUs Eldorado for cash machine raiders

first_img‘Audi gang’Germany’s geographical position at the centre of Europe and its dense web of motorways, much of which is not covered by a speed limit, means that criminals can more easily shake off police than elsewhere—driving German-made sports cars, naturally.One particularly notorious group has plagued the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which shares a border with the Netherlands and where the largest number of bank raids are carried out. The press dubbed the group the “Audi gang” because their getaway car of choice tended to be rented or stolen vehicles of that particular high-end brand. Three members of the gang were hauled before a court in state capital Duesseldorf in June, accused of stealing more than 600,000 euros and causing 100,000 euros of damage in 2017-18.Last year, a total of 128 suspects were arrested over cash machine robberies, most of them from the Netherlands, the BKA said. Europol warns banks ATM cyber attacks on the rise This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Some 369 ATMs in Germany were blown up by criminal gangs last year, a 38-percent increase over 2017 Explore further Fighting backWhile cash machine attacks have mounted in Germany, the number reported in the other 10 nations studied by EAST, including France and Britain, fell 15 percent to just under 700 altogether.Such data highlight how banks can work together with government support to reduce the incentives to blast open ATMs.In the Netherlands, lenders created the “Geldmaat” network, agreeing to hold less cash in each machine but refill them more regularly in order to reduce the potential payoff for any one raid.France ordered banks in 2015 to fit ATMs with systems that stain banknotes if they are forcibly removed.Europol credits the move with sharply reducing the number of attacks in France, which fell from 304 in 2013 to just 58 in 2018, according to National Gendarmerie figures.Even in Germany, criminals fail to secure any banknotes in 60 percent of cases thanks to well-protected machines, the BKA said.But successful attacks can be highly lucrative.On average, 130,000 euros are stolen in each German crime, compared with just 17,100 euros across the 11 countries surveyed by EAST. Even so, Germany accounts for more than one-third of the attacks recorded across 11 large European countries surveyed by the European Association for Secure Transactions (EAST).The nation’s 58,000 machines make up just 16 percent of the installed base across all the countries in the study. Germany accounts for more than one-third of the attacks across 11 European countries Some 369 ATMs were destroyed by explosions last year, a 38-percent increase compared with 2017 and 10 times more than a decade ago, according to data from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).Most of the crimes follow the same pattern, with perpetrators using an electric detonator or fuse to set off a mixture of gases pumped into the machine—or more rarely a solid explosive.Carried out late at night, perpetrators often plan the attacks “months in advance”, according to Europol.The crimes can be risky, with one man killed in October 2018 while attempting a similar attack on a ticket machine at a local train station in Halle, southwest of Berlin.But successful attacks on ATMs are highly lucrative.In May, raiders who blasted open a Commerzbank cash machine in Eschborn, near Frankfurt, made off with 190,000 euros ($215,000).The police managed to grab one suspect who returned to the scene of the crime in the small hours, but his accomplices and the cash have disappeared without trace, Frankfurt prosecutor Christian Hartwig said.Many cash machine crackers come “from the Netherlands and central Europe” to Germany simply because of its favourable geography, he added. “Search for black Audi after attempt to blow up a cash machine”, “Neighbours hear loud bang, perpetrators flee in Audi”, “Car chase through three federal states”: headlines like these have become commonplace around Germany as raids on cash machines have increased in number. © 2019 AFP While cash machine blow-ups have mounted in Germany, the number reported in other countries has fallen Citation: Germany is EU’s Eldorado for cash machine raiders (2019, July 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-germany-eu-eldorado-cash-machine.htmllast_img read more

Mass screening detects hidden cases of cancers other ailments

first_imgIn 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that 1.5 lakh HWCs would be opened by 2022 under the Ayushman Bharat scheme   –  THE HINDU Health and wellness centres get cracking COMMENT Published on February 22, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img health SHARE A government-sponsored mass screening of 1.3 crore people aged above 30 years for non-communicable diseases has led to the discovery of a substantial number of fresh cases of hypertension, diabetes and various cancers. Over 9.01 lakh people (close to 7 per cent of the 1.3 crore screened) were newly identified to have high blood pressure. Of the 97.78 lakh persons screened for diabetes, 8.9 lakh (over 9 per cent) were newly found to have high blood sugar levels. Of 71.85 lakh persons screened for oral cancer, 13,747 tested positive. Cancer epidemic The data released by the Union Health Ministry said 1,495 oral cancer patients were on treatment currently and the newly identified cases are up to ten times higher than the number on treatment. Similarly, over 16.67 lakh women were screened for breast cancer and 12,098 were newly identified to be positive, while only 1,848 women are on treatment. Screening of over 12.26 lakh women for cervical cancer threw up equally alarming figures, with 11, 923 newly identified cases while 872 women are on treatment currently. New heath centres The screening was done at 10,252 health and wellness centres (HWCs) that were opened across the country less than a year ago. These centres are envisioned to provide preventive healthcare and are the first point of contact for a person seeking healthcare in their vicinity. The top States to have started HWCs are Andhra Pradesh (1,361), Tamil Nadu (1,318), Uttar Pradesh (912), Karnataka (700) and Kerala (678). Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in 2018 than 1.5 lakh HWCs would be opened by 2022 under the Ayushman Bharat plan which also entails extending cashless health insurance to 10 crore families. Opening 1.5 lakh HWCs by 2022 would entail building at least 50,000 HWCs every year in the coming three years. Critics say this is an unrealistic target. Up to 21,411 HWCs have been approved for building till date. “But according to available resources, we can build only 15,000 HWCs this year,” Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan had earlier told BusinessLine. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Streetwise Tunisia end Madagascars dream with 30 quarterfinal win

first_imgCAIRO (Reuters) – Tunisia ended Madagascar’s remarkable Africa Cup of Nations run when they beat the rank outsiders 3-0 in their quarter-final on Thursday, notching their first win of the tournament in the process.Madagascar, a country with little football tradition and who had not been expected to progress beyond the group stage on their first appearance at the finals, held out until the second half when they were undone by Ferjani Sassi’s deflected shot.Youssef Msakni added a second on the hour for the Carthage Eagles, ranked 25th in the world against Madagascar’s 107th, and substitute Naim Sliti finished it off on the break in stoppage time to earn them a semi-final against Senegal on Sunday.Tunisia had drawn their previous four matches at the tournament, beating Ghana on penalties in the last 16. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Football 08 Jul 2019 Madagascar fairytale continues with shootout win over DR Congo Football 09 Jul 2019 Tunisia take last place in the Cup of Nations quarter-finalscenter_img Football 09 Jul 2019 VAR to be used from Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals The Indian Ocean islanders had beaten Nigeria on their way to winning their group and then knocked out Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties in the previous round but it was always going to be different proposition against streetwise, if uninspiring, Tunisia.”Today, the bar was too high, Tunisia were too strong for us, they were a very well-organised team. The result was logical,” said Madagascar coach Nicolas Dupuis, who also coaches French fourth-tier side Fleury.”I am very proud of the players and what they have done at this tournament, it’s exceptional. I take off my hat to them.”Despite having more possession, Tunisia were let down by the final pass early on while Madagascar were more incisive on the occasions they went forward.Tunisia began to take control towards halftime, however, and Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien twice had to dive at the feet of the marauding Tunisian forwards and then parried Wahbi Khazri’s curling free kick around the post.He was then called into action again to save Ghaylen Chaalali’s low drive from 25 metres.Khazri had a goal disallowed for offside at the start of the second half but it was not long before Tunisia went ahead, although it was very tough on Madagascar.Sassi’s shot in the 52nd minute appeared to offer no real threat to Adrien until it took a wicked deflection off Thomas Fontaine to leave the hapless goalkeeper completely wrong-footed.Eight minutes later, Tunisia struck again. Adrien saved Khazri’s shot but was powerless when Msakni collected the rebound, slipped past a defender and planted the ball in the bottom corner.After that, Tunisia decided to sit back on their lead and Madagascar never looked like mounting a fight back.Although they kept pushing forward, their remarkable campaign ended with something of a whimper with Sliti’s breakaway goal in stoppage time rubbing salt into the wounds. (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Related Newslast_img read more