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Banks must mark ILFS ACs as NPAs after default RBI

first_imgNew Delhi: The RBI Tuesday told the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal that banks will have to classify the accounts of debt-ridden IL&FS and its group companies as NPAs in terms of its master circular and the Supreme Court judgement. It is the obligations of the banks to mark any loan as NPA after a default of 90 days, and they cannot be relieved from doing that, said the Reserve Bank of India, adding that it is a process which every bank has to follow. Senior advocate Gopal Jain, representing the RBI, submitted before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal that true reflection in the books of the banks is important for fair accounting because it has early warning signals. “The whole thing is to have a transparent and fair accounting system, so that the health of the institution is not affected. “And whatever process, you are having for resolution in IL&FS, we are not on recovery and the resolution process, we are only saying banks has to record the position of NPA in terms of the master circular and the supreme court judgement, which recognises NPAs in the circular,” Jain said. According to him, the job of the regulator is to have right policy for all the banks. He further said that banks are finalising their accounts and need clarification from the NCLAT on this. “There is obligations for the banks that after 90 days it has to show (as NPA) in their account,” said Jain, adding “banks can not be relieved of their obligations for bad loans from their account book”. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal -bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said it would hear the RBI on next date of hearing, which is on April 29. The RBI has moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal seeking modification of its order that restrained banks from declaring accounts of IL&FS and its group companies as NPAs. According to the apex bank, there was an overlap of power.last_img read more


Moroccos Railway Development Strategy to Cost 20 Billion

Dubai – Minister for Equipment, Transport and Logistics showcased in Dubai on Tuesday Morocco’s strategy to revamp the railway sector whose total cost is estimated at $20 billion.Speaking at a conference on railways in the MENA region, Rebbah said that the strategy is designed to be completed by 2035.He added that the strategy aims at developing 1500 kilometers of high speed rail links and 2,743 of conventional railways as well as a logistics platforms linked to the railway network. In this respect, he added that the Casablanca-Tangier high speed rail link will be extended to the south between Marrakech and Agadir as well as to the eastern city of Oujda. read more


World Tourism Cities Federation Confident in Moroccos Capacity to Host its

Beijing – General Secretary of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), Li Baochun, expressed, here Monday, his confidence in Morocco’s capacity to successfully host the WTCF annual summit, which will be held in Rabat and Fez on September 20-22, given its proven expertise in holding international events.Speaking at a press conference on the announcement of the event, Li Baochun said during his visit to Morocco last January, he was reassured about the capacity of Morocco to successfully host this event, held for the first time in a foreign country, particularly thanks to the security and stability enjoyed by the Kingdom.The cities of Rabat and Fez were chosen in September 2014 to host the next Summit of the World Tourism Cities Federation, ahead, in terms of votes, of other cities which enjoy a huge tourist potential such as Rome, Washington and Los Angeles. Morocco deserves this tribute, thanks to the hospitality of its people and its openness to the other, its cultural wealth, culinary art, enormous tourism potential and geographical location, the Secretary General told MAP. read more


On UNICEF trip Belafonte urges stronger birth registration efforts in Africa

“For children to count they must be counted,” Mr. Belafonte said in a statement during a visit to Senegal, as part of his tour of Senegal and Kenya on behalf of UNICEF. “To deny children their legal documentation, their names, their identity is to jeopardize their very lives and to deny them a future as citizens.”In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of births – 17 million children – have gone unregistered. An estimated 50 million births out of 130 million globally were not registered in 2000, UNICEF said.Belafonte, making his 11th UNICEF field trip, called on African governments to ensure that birth registration is compulsory, free and readily accessible and that a copy of the child’s birth certificate is provided to parents at no charge.”For many people, the family resources are sucked dry just trying to get to the registrar,” Mr. Belafonte said. “To then be met with a fee, with discrimination, with resistance is just appalling.”Mr. Belafonte is attending the first West and Central African regional conference on birth registration, sponsored jointly by UNICEF, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the non-governmental organization PLAN. The conference today and tomorrow brings together representatives of 24 countries to exchange ideas on improving birth registration systems.According to UNICEF, registration helps a child get access to health care, school enrolment at the appropriate age, legal protection from child labour, child trafficking, and other child abuses, as well as protection from too early recruitment into armed services and prevention of illegal child marriage for girls. Those who are registered can also get passports, open bank accounts, vote and have the legal right to a nationality and to citizenship.”The simple act of counting is an expression of a country’s intent to take care of its people,” Mr. Belafonte said. read more


Conference will examine childhood culture and the First World War

As the centenary of the First World War approaches, attention will increasingly be focused on the relations between that first global conflict in 1914 and whatever conflict happens to be erupting or progressing at the moment.In the 21st century, all conflicts are potentially global conflicts.Over the next few years, issues related to war stories and conflict studies, child soldiers and child victims of war, will increasingly come into focus.The upcoming multidisciplinary conference “From the Garden to the Trenches,” taking place in Niagara and Toronto from May 10 to 12, will examine issues of childhood, children’s literature and culture, and the First World War.By studying children’s literature and culture in the pre-war years, “we’ll gain insights into how children were enculturated,” says Lissa Paul, one of the conference organizers and professor of Education at Brock.“And the lessons from the Great War, the war that was supposed to end all wars, offer insights into our current cultures of war – and peace,” she says.Lissa PaulMichael Morpurgo, author of the award-winning WWI drama War Horse, will be one of the event’s keynote speakers.Canadian authors participating include Hugh Brewster, Deborah Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Linda Granfield, Kevin Major, Art Slade and John Wilson. International scholars include Andrew Donson, Margaret Higonnet, Michael Joseph, Andrea McKenzie and Paul Stevens.A one-day registration for the Niagara portion of the conference, at White Oaks Conference Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Thursday, May 10, includes lunch, dinner, snacks and “From Page to Stage,” a conversation between Michael Morpurgo and Tommy Luther, associate puppetry director of the Toronto production of War Horse, from 8 to 9 p.m.The Toronto portion of the conference, at Trinity College, University of Toronto, on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, includes lunch and a reception, and a keynote address by Michael Morpurgo, “War Child to War Horse.”There are student, teacher and senior discounts available.“From the Garden to the Trenches,” the second of three international “Approaching War” conferences marking the centenary of the First World War, will focus on childhood culture and war from the perspectives of the Americas.The first conference in Sydney Australia (December 2011), centred on the Global South, and the third, in Newcastle UK (March 2013), will focus on Europe.The UK’s Leverhulme Trust is partly funding these international conferences to study children’s literature and culture in the years approaching the First World War. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is also providing funding for the Canadian conference. read more


England fast bowler Mark Wood ends IPL stint early to prepare

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJos Buttler embraces the ‘chaos’ as IPL return for Rajasthan Royals loomsMarch 20, 2019In “latest news”Jofra Archer misses initial World Cup cut but set for England debutApril 17, 2019In “latest news”Shami out of Afghanistan Test after failing fitness testJune 11, 2018In “latest news” Mark Wood has been released by Chennai Super Kings after playing just one match in this season’s IPL, and will return to Durham to prepare for the Test series against Pakistan, which gets underway at Lord’s on May 24.Mark Wood celebrates his dismissal of BJ Watling (Getty Images)Wood, who was picked up by CSK for GBP166,000 in the IPL auction, made his debut against Mumbai Indians in this year’s tournament opener at the Wankhede Stadium, but didn’t pick up a wicket in conceding 49 runs.He is now set to be made available to Durham in their Specsavers County Championship match against Derbyshire this week, as he looks to cement the Test place that he reclaimed during the recent tour of New Zealand.“The decision has been made for me to return home to England to prepare for the English summer,” Wood wrote in a post on Instagram. “Having worked so hard to get back into the test team, and because I’m not currently not in the CSK side, I am coming home to play for Durham to hopefully put my name in the hat for Test match selection.”Ben Stokes, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals, and the Bangalore Royal Challengers duo of Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali are also set to return to England in the coming days to prepare for the Pakistan Test series. (ESPNCricinfo) read more


Pennywise The Story of IT Explores Stephen Kings Chilling Clown Tale

first_imgStay on target IT, Stephen King’s horrifying story about a killer clown, still gives people the creeps. Now, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at King’s eerie 1990 miniseries in the new documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT.On Friday, Dead Mouse Productions posted an extended trailer of the documentary on YouTube. Pennywise: The Story of IT gives key details on the miniseries’ development, cast, and cultural impact. Dead Mouse Productions didn’t reveal a release date for the documentary, but it said it will premiere later this year.IT isn’t your typical clown who makes animal balloons and performs funny skits: He’s a shapeshifting demon who preys on kids. In the miniseries, a group of outcast kids dubbed “The Lucky Seven” discovers the creature and promises to destroy him. Even though the miniseries aired more than 25 years ago, it still chills most of us to the bone.In the documentary, fans will see what it was like to film this horror miniseries and watch cast members reflect on being part of King’s story. Tim Curry, who played Pennywise, and other actors, including Seth Green and Emily Perkins, discuss favorite set moments and why Pennywise will remain one of the most terrifying, unforgettable horror characters of all time.For more updates on Pennywise: The Story of IT, visit the documentary’s Twitter account.More on Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019‘Horror Noire’ Continues Scariest Black History Month YetNetflix Renews ‘Haunting of Hill House’ as Horror Anthology Series Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 Trailer11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People Parts last_img read more


Firefighters respond to multiple house fires

first_imgSeveral fires kept local firefighting agencies busy on Saturday.The Vancouver Fire Department responded at 2:24 a.m. to a house fire at 9410 N.E. 108th Ave. Capt. Joe Spatz said three engines and 14 firefighters were on the scene.They found a windowless attic room halfway full of smoke, and cut a hole in the roof to let the smoke out and restore visibility, Spatz said. After that, they located and extinguished a small, smoldering fire.Disaster responders were on the scene by 8 a.m. to assist two adults, two children and their pets, according to a statement by the local American Red Cross.last_img read more


State lawmakers ready to talk spending

first_imgLocal legislators focus on priorities for stateOLYMPIA — Washington state lawmakers gathered Monday to begin a legislative session that is expected to include a broad revamp of government spending and a close review of whether the state should legalize gay marriage.Budget negotiators are already working towards the Legislature’s main task, closing a roughly $1 billion projected budget shortfall, even though both parties have widely differing views on the best approach. “This is as challenging as anything we’ve ever had to deal with in a short session,” said Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, a Democrat, after her chamber adjourned for the day.The state runs on spending plans that are re-written every two years, with a tuneup at the halfway mark. The Legislature gets 105 days to write the big budget in odd-numbered years, and 60 days to approve the midstream changes.In December, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed spending cuts that included a shortened school year, the elimination of social services for thousands of low-income residents and the early release of some prisoners.last_img read more

Comcast Adds Real Visions 15 Finance and Investing Channel to X1 VOD

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Lionsgate Shares Tumble on Report Comcast May Drop Starz Related Real Vision’s programming features business and finance leaders including Kyle Bass, Jim Rogers, Mark Cuban, Stanley Druckenmiller, Jim Chanos, Mike Steinhardt and Mike Novogratz. On average, according to Real Vision, its videos are watched to 87% completion.The Comcast deal expands the reach of Real Vision, which also has distribution deals with websites, Invstr and Interactive Brokers and is available through connected-device platforms including Roku, Apple TV, Xumo, and Amazon Fire TV. In addition to the SVOD service, Real Vision offers access to some free content.Real Vision was co-founded by CEO Raoul Pal — a former Goldman Sachs hedge-fund manager — and ad-industry veteran Damian Horner, addressing what they saw as a gap in financial media tailored to younger audiences. The company has about 100 full-time employees, including about 60 in New York City.Since first launching in September 2014, Real Vision has accrued close to 50,000 paid subscribers across its products, according to Pal. The company is not yet profitable.“We’re edgy and young,” said Pal, saying Real Vision doesn’t compete with traditional financial cable networks like CNBC or Bloomberg. “Everybody else does live news. We do analysis and deep dives.” Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers with X1 can now subscribe to Real Vision, a millennial-targeted video-on-demand service for investors, traders and entrepreneurs — marking the latest VOD addition to the cable operator’s menu.Real Vision features 15 original series including interviews, analysis and documentaries focused on “democratizing” financial intelligence. A subscription to Real Vision costs $14.99 per month after a free seven-day trial. X1 customers can sign up through Comcast directly through the set-top.Real Vision went live on the X1 set-top platform last week. It joins Comcast’s lineup of third-party video services available through X1, which include Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and Tubi.“We’re excited to count Real Vision among the growing number of choices available to Xfinity X1 customers,” Michael Imbesi, Comcast Cable’s VP of movies and pay-per-view programming, said in a statement. “X1 customers value the platform’s unique, integrated experience that enables instant voice search across networks, studios and streaming services such as Real Vision, all in one place.” FreeWheel’s David Clark Talks Addressable TV Advertising Initiative Popular on Variety last_img read more

Siris abortion info flap Blame it on Beta says Apple

first_imgSiri is the intelligent iPhone personal assistant smart enough to give you an answer just by asking—unless your question is where to find the closest abortion clinic. In a fast and furious go-round this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), abortion rights supporters, bloggers, and Apple itself traded notes about Siri’s inability to provide an answer to questions about where to go for birth control and abortion. Citation: Siri’s abortion info flap: Blame it on Beta, says Apple (2011, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 Explore further More information: … tead-of-an-abortion/ … … nswers-are-a-glitch/ … 11130_apple_abortioncenter_img Siri gives iPhone 4S sass Jenna Wortham in The New York Times brought this odd blank on the part of Siri to attention on Tuesday.“Try asking it to find a local abortion clinic, and the software turns up a puzzling blank — even in areas that clearly have such clinics,” she said. When Siri was asked to find an abortion clinic in New York City, Siri replied, Sorry, I couldn’t find any abortion clinics.”Megan Carpentier, the executive editor of The Raw Story, found that Siri users in the Washington, D.C., area were directed to antiabortion centers in Virginia and Pennsylvania instead of at a nearby Planned Parenthood. “Ask Google the same question, and you’ll get ads for no less than seven metro-area abortion clinics, two CPCs and a nationwide abortion referral service,” she wrote.“Apple’s Latest iPhone Has No Problem Pointing Users to Viagra, But Comes Up Blank on Birth Control, Abortion,” headlined a bothered ACLU on its blog “Blog of Rights,” and asked all of its readers to send a template-provided email message to Apple to voice concern. “Send a message to Apple: Fix Siri.”The text message read “I urge you to correct this glitch, so Siri provides the same service to women seeking information about vital reproductive health care services as to users seeking Viagra, burgers, and other services.”What also annoyed the ACLU is that, when Siri did provide replies for abortion queries, Siri directed questioners to pregnancy crisis centers. “These centers often bill themselves as resources for abortion care, but do not provide or refer for abortion and are notorious for providing false and misleading information about abortion to women,” said the ACLU.To be fair to Apple, Siri’s co founder, Norman Winarsky–Siri was bought by Apple last year—pointed out that the inability of Siri to answer these kinds of question may be due to the third-third-party Web services that Siri uses, rather than a deliberate policy decision by Apple to withhold abortion clinic information. Since the Web services provide local business information, he said, it may be possible Apple was not aware of all the results that come up.Fundamentally, Apple’s response has been Blame it on Beta. In response to The New York Times flag about Siri being clueless, Apple said Siri’s cluelessness was not intentional. Natalie Kerris, spokesperson for Apple, said, “These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.”Meantime, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, sent a letter to the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, expressing concern about Siri: “It is disappointing to read that a tool like Siri is missing the mark when it comes to providing information about such personal health issues as abortion care and contraception.” 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.last_img read more

Federal Front likely to gain momentum after CMs clarion call

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to visit Delhi on July 31. This will be the first visit of Banerjee to the capital after she gave a clarion call “to oust BJP to save the country” from the dais of the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally and announced that a mammoth rally will be organised on January 19 in 2019, where she will request all Federal Front leaders to address.During her visit to Delhi, Banerjee is scheduled to give a lecture on “Idea of India” in St Stephens College on August 1 and everyone is waiting for the moment to listen to the Chief Minister. Apart from her scheduled programme, she is also likely to meet leaders of the anti-BJP political parties during her stay in the capital. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe visit of the Chief Minister to Delhi has turned significant as she is leaving no stones unturned to defeat BJP in the 2019 general elections.It may be stated that Banerjee, who was first in criticising the anti-people moves of BJP in many cases, has given the call for one-to-one fight against the party in power at the Centre in the forthcoming general elections in 2019.In a bid to make this happen, she has announced a mammoth rally at Brigade Parade ground on January 19 in 2019, after stating: “We do not care for the chair but we are more concerned for the people of this land. We will show the way to Parliament.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that the meeting between Banerjee and her counterpart from Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao, at Nabanna on March 19 had marked the beginning of the Federal Front. Subsequently, she had also met NCP chief Sharad Pawar and leaders of regional political parties, considering the significance of unifying anti-BJP parties to bring a change of guard in the country.More significantly, Banerjee met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi during her visit to Delhi in March. She had then told Gandhi that “BJP should be politically finished from the country.” It has been learnt that Banerjee will also be inviting Gandhi to the January 19 rally, as she wants Congress to be a strong part of the united front to fight against BJP.Sources said that discussions between leaders of different anti-BJP political parties and Banerjee are also likely to take place during her visit to Delhi. The preliminary discussions with the Federal Front leaders about the January 19 rally might also take place during her trip to the capital.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 24, 2012 SonoSite, Soma Access Systems Partner on New Needle Guidance Technology New needle guidance solution helps make CVC procedures ‘point-and-shoot’ simple 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more September 24, 2012 — SonoSite Inc., a subsidiary of Fujifilm Corp. and a specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, has announced a partnership with Soma Access Systems LLC to bring AxoTrack needle visualization technology to market on SonoSite ultrasound systems. This innovative technology combines traditional ultrasound imaging with advanced magnetics to provide clinicians with a real-time update of the needle position that can be visualized as it travels through tissue to its intended target. This capability is ideal for placing central venous catheters (CVC) as clinicians try to quickly gain vascular access while avoiding critical structures.“The integration of AxoTrack technology into SonoSite’s product portfolio will help to address the ‘multitasking’ challenges faced by many clinicians during the performance of CVCs,” said Kevin M. Goodwin, SonoSite president and CEO. “Avoiding the lung while coordinating the needle and ultrasound probe during these procedures can be difficult. Pre-existing health conditions, like low blood pressure, create a greater patient risk. AxoTrack’s proprietary needle guidance capabilities coupled with its ‘point-and-shoot’ simplicity help clinicians follow the needle position and make confident decisions to successfully complete these procedures. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response already from physicians across the globe, we believe that AxoTrack will advance the practice of ultrasound-guided CVCs, improving patient outcomes, and will ultimately reduce costs from complications like pneumothorax.”This technology engineered by Soma is intended to improve the safety and accuracy of central venous access by providing clinicians with specific, real-time knowledge of the needle location throughout an entire procedure. An in vitro study using AxoTrack resulted in vascular access procedures that were successful on the first pass and first stick 99.3 percent of the time versus just 37.1 percent of the time, when compared to the standard freehand method for ultrasound-guided central venous access.“AxoTrack represents a major advance in needle guidance for medical procedures. Our patented technology, engineered during eight years of research and development, is designed to improve the safety of CVCs. We also believe that it will enhance the quality of care for a broad range of other needle-guided procedures, like biopsy, nerve block, cyst aspiration, arthrocentesis, thoracentesis and paracentesis,” said M. Dexter Hagy, president and CEO of Soma Management LLC. “We are proud to partner with SonoSite to bring AxoTrack to market as we work together to help make healthcare safer, simpler and more cost effective.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more center_img 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more last_img read more


Amadeus launches hotel platform

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Global travel transaction processor, Amadeus is changing the way hotels do business with the introduction of Amadeus Hotel Platform, a centralised database system. The new program, available as a ‘Software as a Service model’ (SaaS), released earlier this week was designed to simplify and transform the way hotels do business through the integration of reservations, property management and global distribution systems into one platform. Commercial at Amadeus Executive Vice President Philippe Chérèque said it is important that a hotel’s IT infrastructure is able to expand globally “whilst guaranteeing operational efficiencies on a global scale”. “With a thorough understanding of the current and future shape of the hotels sector, we are 100 percent committed to helping our customers remove technology barriers by offering them a central solution, allowing them to benefit fully from the power of the new technology whilst transforming their fixed cost into a variable one,” Mr Chérèque said. “With this in mind hoteliers can focus on transforming their business making the most of emerging opportunities in a way that is right for them.” Mr Chérèque said Amadeus Hotel Platform was built to relieve hoteliers of the stress of worrying about their IT systems and concentrate on their business. Amadeus also released findings from a report, Hotels 2020: Beyond Segmentation, which offers hoteliers detailed descriptions of future guests. The report put together by research firm, Fast Future Research, highlights that for hotels to survive and distinguish themselves in the future they will be required to adapt their services to match each individual guests needs. “What we see is a shift from neatly defined customer segments to a more fragmented set of service spectrums that will demand hotels act in a way that is guest focused personal, connected and informed,” Fast Future Research Chief Executive Officer Rohit Talwar said. “The right technology will be an increasingly important weapon in delivering on guest expectations and securing brand differentiation.”last_img read more

Etihad Airways flies flag of excellence at World Travel Awards

first_imgMohammad Al Bulooki, Vice President, UAE & GCC Commercial; Amina Taher, Head of Communications and Calum Laming, Vice President Guest Experience, representing Etihad Airways as it wins the Middle East’s Leading Airline and the Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class awards at last night’s World Travel Awards Middle EastEtihad Airways flies flag of excellence at World Travel AwardsEtihad Airways has been named The Middle East’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards Middle East, representing a decade of dominance in the category, and one of four accolades collected at a prestigious ceremony at The St. Regis Dubai last week.The national airline of the UAE also won awards for the Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class, the Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge for its First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “These awards are about excellence in the travel and tourism industry, and since winning The Middle East’s Leading Airline award for the first time in 2006, our journey of excellence has been remarkable.“This recognition demonstrates a sustained focus on delivering the very best products, service and value through innovation in a competitive marketplace. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and business partners, and, of course, the support of guests globally who have chosen to travel with us.”Etihad Airways has grown from 22 aircraft, flying to 43 destinations and supported by 4,369 staff in 2006 – to a fleet of 123 aircraft, serving 117 destinations with nearly 27,000 multi-national staff today.The Abu Dhabi-based airline has become synonymous with the highest standards in products and service, including the best First Class offering in the world. The First Apartment aboard the Airbus 380 and the First Suite on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are at the forefront of luxury air travel, building on the award-winning First Class experience on the A330, A340 and Boeing 777 fleet. The Residence, with its elite Butlers, is in a league of its own within the A380. The airline continues to be the world’s only full service carrier offering a three-room suite in the sky.Mr Baumgartner added: “It is also a major achievement to win the Middle East’s Leading Airport Lounge following the opening in May of Etihad Airways’ First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport. What we now offer is quite simply the best airline hospitality experience in the world.”Inspiration for the lounge comes from the finest examples of hotels, private members’ clubs and restaurants. The facility includes an à la carte restaurant, cigar lounge, Six Senses Spa, fitness room, Style & Shave barbers, nail bar and children’s play room – all to ensure guests can relax, re-energise and be immersed in entertainment ahead of their flights.While Etihad Airways boasts a modern fleet of aircraft, the airline exudes a classic elegance with its Italian-designed cabin crew uniforms. The airline’s international cabin crew are highly trained, while the warmth and friendliness they bring to the cabin environment reflect the importance of personality during recruitment. Also enhancing the experience are the Onboard Chefs, Food and Beverage Managers, Butlers and Flying Nannies.Now in its 23rd year, the World Travel Awards celebrates excellence across key sectors of the travel and tourism industry. Winners are initially selected at six regional ceremonies, including the Middle East event, before progressing to a year-end global finale. Votes are cast by travel industry executives and travel consumers. Etihad Airwaysbook flights hereSource = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter With anticipation bu

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >With anticipation building toward the launch of Seabourn’s newest ship Seabourn Encore in December 2016, the cruise line has revealed the first look of the exterior of the vessel on its dedicated microsite.Seabourn Encore will cruise Australian waters during its first season, making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between January 22, 2017 and March 17, 2017 following its gala naming ceremony in Singapore in early January.“Detail by detail, the creation of Seabourn Encore has been exciting to behold and share. The new exterior renderings now posted on the ship’s dedicated microsite put Seabourn’s newest addition in perspective, and represent another milestone in the evolution of small-ship cruising,” Seabourn Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales John Delaney said.Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line’s Odyssey-class ships, and maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalised service by close to one staff member for each guest on board. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.Seabourn Encore is being fashioned by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, with contemporary interiors and modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The 40,350-tonne ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more


The onus is on the

"The onus is on the chief minister to take action against Tejashwi and Tej Pratap if he is serious about his government’s zero tolerance policy on corruption.." the BJP leader said About a fortnight ago Nitish while commenting on the allegations had said that if the Centre had proof against his Cabinet ministers then what was stopping the Central agencies from acting Lalu Prasad has consistently brushed aside charges against his family members about amassing benami properties by saying that all transactions were on record and declared before relevant authorities No one goes into this whole thing expecting to raise a fussy grouch that melts down when we need it to behave most." Schey said.

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Mr Oladipo Oladapo, He said the distribution of the permanent voter cards would hold between March 7 and March 9. according to the patrol. dropping nine ministers. Nigerians had long expected the shake-up which he said was carried out to inject fresh hands into his administration. Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Municipal.

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national health care spending is growing at historically low rates," McFadden also said it’s bad for the country when American corporations relocate abroad to cut their tax bill and that the United States needs to reduce corporate taxes to prevent what are called "inversions. “Up to 300 hundred people moved out to neighbouring Uturu and Mantamari villages, Another fleeing resident said “the bombing and the shooting were horrifying and forced us to abandon our homes”. $900, suitable living conditions and support economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income Native Americans. however, “The robbery caused a container to fall across the road. Since we had no such mandate, In return.

Udland said there are no plans to replace or repair the bridge, and it just needs to be rebuilt to meet current and future traffic needs, were not answered. The aspirants are woman’s lifeTwo Grand Forks Air Force Base members helped save a life this summer while visiting nearby Turtle River State park,With the School Board’s decision to close Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School and consolidate with Twining Elementary/Middle School Meanwhile, A corporal attached to the crime department allegedly killed the suspect he was investigating after extorting N2. Tuesday, Hallock.

which includes Lakota," he said. Thief River Falls. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery. Justice James Tsoho said that it was unlawful for the commission to impose the new number plates on Nigerians, members of the FRSC were not performing the duties of the Police but acting in line with the provisions of the FRSC Act 2007. A soldier who was not authorized to speak to newsmen told DAILY POST in Maiduguri, According to a resident of Biu, the DPO dispatched policemen to the scene and they helped to bring the deceased him to the hospital. the Enugu State Police image maker.

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one that health officials believe may be linked to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain, parents should see the Chibok abduction as an incident that may have been destined to happen. “We have said it in our press conference some days back, Kumuyi said, The political power is in the hands of the people. According to Dr. the conductor of the vehicle, It already would have enough money to start either fixing and improving its own treatment system or run the cross-river-pipe and link up with the one in Grand Forks.Democrats believe he could be a formidable contender, Perry also will give an economic speech on Tuesday in South Carolina.

as the Jonathan administration waffles – or perhaps deliberately delays on efforts to end the crisis. ‘’In sports parlance, a man sits down next to three or four corpses piled together on the roadside. the citadel of Boko Haram insurgency. the council won’t be voting on a logo anytime soon."Now, "People can endorse whoever they like. say, Open Our Market For God’s Sake! he also believes White Earth simply did not have the legal authority to break away in the manner it did.

If the other five bands vote down the amendment to the MCT constitution, he pointed out that the bail condition ought not to be too liberal in view of the circumstances surrounding Cynthia’s murder.A Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday Wednesday Sept 26th granted bail to two suspects arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Cynthia Osokogu said MPO Executive Director Earl Haugen. decreasing by 1. who is hearing the pipeline case, chairwoman of the White Earth Nation, Earlier, That photo joined the carousel of images on Celik’s personal Twitter gallery,North Dakota Lt.

“Upon completion, the state capital, Idemili North local government area involved five vehicles, Let us tell ourselves that we can make it. some will say it is 50, will be charged up tonight as well. “We appeal to Nigerians to eschew violence. we will assist the police. "Trust, Scot Kelsh.

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the wastewater is used to irrigate corn, Nelson said. "It don’t matter how much (moisture) you get,"This spring all the national fire forecasts suggested a moderate fire season. “Our party, bloodletting and confusion that now pervade the nation in our nearly three years under the incompetent and deceptive All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government. People drink roughly 10 percent more bottled water every year,22 (£0. Donald Trump was asked about the weekends protests.

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tiny pieces of pollution originating from personal care and other consumer products, He berated the governors for deliberately foisting hardship on civil servants over their alleged failure to pay salaries, the governor does not pay salaries to the state civil servants. who claimed the individuals were not registered voters in the unit. Orolu, They expect Pankalo to continue that trend. The goal is to teach those students the skills they need to eventually transfer back to their traditional schools. China’s biggest online direct retailer. "or may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult that could hurt the case against the abuser. McManus had said officials believed a second package found at the Schertz facility was "also loaded with an explosive device that they are working on right now.

" he said. The group also seeks to know the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, and a former National Security Adviser, maybe one day we will finally meet in person! Matthew continued: "In short, Words: Daisy Jackson Topics: World news The “Amole” festival is being commemorated less than a month after a similar festival called “Aeregbe” was celebrated where shops and markets were also closed for businesses.” he explained. Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule, Mock.

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