Improvisation in classical music is a forgotten art. It has been neglected for more than 100 years. Back in the 18th and 19th century, improvisation has been a major skill in the education of pianists. We have testimonials of improvisations played by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and many other great pianists and composers.Laurens Patzlaff, who is both a Classical and Jazz pianist gifted with the unique ability to improvise in every style, tries to revive this special type of concerts in which the artist is able to create his music out of the moment. And on his ‘World of music tour 2019’, he gives 5 continents a musical chapter with melodies of many different kinds of music which define the cultures on each continent. In addition Laurens Patzlaff is going to improvise on themes suggested by the audience in the second part of the concert. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn a concert at India International Centre, which will be held on August 30, Laurens will be performing melodies from Africa, Australia, America, Asia, and Europe. The Classics and improvisation have rarely intermixed, and Laurens is devoted to promoting and popularizing this fascinating musical duo. Improvisation is the main focus of his artistic and academic career. A German music professor who works frequently in the U.S.A. and Australia as well as in Germany and throughout Europe and Asia, he was appointed Germany’s first ever Professor for Piano and Improvisation (Jazz and Classical) at Lübeck University of Music in 2013. Laurens dazzles audiences with his musicianship while opening their eyes and ears to the unlimited capacity for variation in even the most formal of musical genres, offering a fresh perspective on music with a range of styles few if any can imagine.
King Mohammed VI Launches 20142018 Program for Urban and Economic DevelopmentKing Mohammed VI Launches 20142018 Program for Urban and Economic Development
Tetouan- King Mohammed VI launched on Saturday the 2014-2018 program for the urban and economic development of the city of Tetouan, endowed with a budget of 5.5 billion MAD.The program, drawn up in conformity with the Royal orientations for the development of the urban landscape of Moroccan cities, aims to promote the socio-economic basis of the city, consolidate its positioning, improve the living conditions of inhabitants and preserve environment.The five-year program, building on a systematic participative approach which involved various stakeholders in the city, means to make of Tetouan an attractive and residential city. It also seeks to take up urban, economic, social and environmental challenges facing this northern urban conglomeration.At the urban level, the landmark program features mainly the consolidation of internal roads and streets, the addition of a second lane to the road linking Tetouan and Chefchaouen, modernization of the public lighting network, reinforcement and renewal of the liquid sanitation, drinking water and electricity grids of the urban commune of Tetouan, of the neighboring rural communes and the urban commune of M’Diq, construction of public squares, creation of parks and building a monitored public landfill site.At the economic level, the program includes the completion of the industrial zone, creation of a handicraft compound, upgrading of markets, construction of a fish wholesale market and building of communal equipment (slaughterhouse, fruits and vegetables wholesale market and livestock market).To guarantee the safety of population, the program includes burying high-tension electricity lines and building an electric plant and a fire-fighter barracks.At the social level, the program for the urban and economic development of Tetouan plans to rehabilitate the port sector by creating the great sports complex of Tetouan, an indoors multi-sports stadium, an indoors swimming pool, a tennis club and two stadiums.Regarding the health sector, the program features the creation of a regional hospital, the upgrading of the Saniat R’Mel provincial hospital, the building of two health centers, in addition to reinforcing community social facilities.As far as the cultural field is concerned, rehabilitating the national theater, creating a multimedia library and a music conservatory, upgrading two school theaters and legacy restoration are other features of this program.Training is another component of the program which features the building of an architecture school, a higher institute of applied technologies, a campus, preparatory classes for engineer schools and restoration of the sciences faculty.A particular attention is granted to environmental stakes and sustainability by the program which includes the development of the Oued Martil valley, spanning over the communes of Martil, Azla and Tetouan, through the construction of hotels, residences, leisure spaces, development of a Gulf green, the construction of a marina, the development of the Tamouda plains, island and the “Touibla” park. On this occasion, King Mohammed VI chaired the signing ceremony of three conventions on the implementation of the 2014-2018 program for the urban and economic development of the city of Tetouan.After the cities of Tangiers, Marrakech and Sale, Tetouan is also endowed with an integrated, balanced and inclusive development program to be on par with international metropolises.
Beauty Queen Feeling Better After Meeting Family of 2 Accident VictimsBeauty Queen Feeling Better After Meeting Family of 2 Accident Victims
Rabat – Nouhaila Lmelki has paid her respects. Following her release from police custody, Moroccan beauty queen Nouhail Lmelki visited the families of the two 15-year-old boys she crashed into and killed on Marrakech’s Moulay Abdellah Avenue, on September 8. The model was arrested for drunk driving.“Barbie” shared, Sunday, September 30, an Instagram story where she appeared beside the victims’ families. “Thank God, I feel better now that I have talked with the families of the two dead children, let them rest in peace,” wrote Lmelki.The Moroccan authorities released the young woman Monday, September 24.Once out of jail, “Barbie” spoke out on social media “to respond to the allegations of liars, hypocrites and the dishonest press.”According to Arabic outlet Alyaoum 24, the Miss Universe, who lives in Dubai, was partying hard in Marrakech. “Barbie” was driving under the influence of alcohol with a passenger when she lost control of her 4×4 car.Police immediately went to the scene and arrested the two young women and transported the bodies of the victims to the Bab Doukkala morgue.Lmelki is being prosecuted for “murder, excessive speed, and lack of maneuvering.”
Russia urges Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear agencyRussia urges Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear agency
29 September 2010Russia today urged Iran to cooperate with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to show transparency in its relationship with the body to resolve outstanding issues related to Tehran’s nuclear programme. Russia today urged Iran to cooperate with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to show transparency in its relationship with the body to resolve outstanding issues related to Tehran’s nuclear programme. “Clarification of outstanding questions regarding the Iranian nuclear programme would meet not only the goals of strengthening the non-proliferation regime but quite obviously the interests of Iran as well,” said Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, as he addressed the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.He said Russia saw no reasonable alternative to a political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through constructive dialogue between Tehran and the group of six nations tasked with negotiating with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme. The six States are Russia, United States, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.On sanctions against Iran, Mr. Churkin said they were intended to send a signal to Iran about the need for full cooperation with IAEA, and to give impetus to the negotiating process.“We strongly reject a situation when, parallel to the collective efforts in the UN Security Council, unilateral decisions on sanctions are made, including ex-territorial ones, which undermine the very foundation of further joint efforts. We must put an end to this practice that runs counter to international law and is negatively politically charged,” Mr. Churkin said.He noted that this year has been marked by progress in nuclear disarmament, citing the treaty signed by the Presidents of Russia and the US in Prague in April on measures for the further reduction of, and limitation of, strategic offensive weapons.“We hope that the strong impetus given by Moscow and Washington to the process of nuclear disarmament will be followed by all nations, first of all, by nuclear-weapon States.” In a bid to strengthen the UN role on issues of global security, disarmament and confidence-building, Mr. Churkin announced that Russia will, during the current Assembly session, table three resolutions.They are a draft resolution on Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Outer Space Activities, co-sponsored with China; a draft resolution on Information and Telecommunications Achievements in the Context of International Security; and a Russia-US co-sponsored draft resolution on Bilateral Strategic Offensive Arms Reductions and the New Framework for Strategic Relations.
Coowner of California slaughterhouse behind beef recall pleads guilty to criminal chargeCoowner of California slaughterhouse behind beef recall pleads guilty to criminal charge
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2014 11:26 am MDT Co-owner of California slaughterhouse behind beef recall pleads guilty to criminal charge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.Robert Singleton, who co-owns the Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered his plea Friday in a San Francisco courtroom to aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat, the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1tBwLBS ) reported.Singleton, 77, is free on $50,000 bail. He has signed an agreement requiring him to work with prosecutors who have filed charges against the company’s other owner, Jesse Amaral Jr., and two employees, Eugene Corda and Felix Cabrera.Those three have pleaded not guilty.But by admitting guilt, Singleton “accepts full responsibility for his conduct,” his attorney Pamela Davis said. “He acknowledges the harm he’s caused to the community.”Prosecutors alleged that the owners schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations while inspectors took lunch breaks. Then, the government alleges, plant workers swapped the heads of diseased cattle with heads of healthy cows to hide them from inspectors.Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls, including one for 8.7 million pounds of beef. The meat was sold at Walmart and other national chains and used in products, including Hot Pockets.The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said Rancho processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules.There have been no reports of illnesses linked to the products, which were processed from Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centres and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
Recordbreaking runner forced to relinquish title after Great Scottish Run course found toRecordbreaking runner forced to relinquish title after Great Scottish Run course found to
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A record-holding runner is being forced to relinquish his title after race organisers discovered the route was almost 500ft too short.Callum Hawkins, 24, beat the Scottish half-marathon record previously held by Haile Gebrselassie with a time of one hour and 22 seconds last October.But the course for last year’s Great Scottish Run has now been found to be almost 500ft (150 metres) short, invalidating records and personal best times set at the event.It means Hawkins’ record, which beat the previous time set by Ethiopian double Olympic gold medallist Gebrselassie in 2013, will be wiped away. Extra measures are to be put in place later this year to ensure the distance is accurate. Race director Andy Mitchelmore said: “Great Run take responsibility for the miscalculation and we apologise unreservedly to the runners and to the city of Glasgow. This was an isolated incident.”In the 30 years since the company was formed, more than four million people have participated in hundreds of our running events and the distances, which are measured by qualified independent parties, have been correct.”Competitor Paul Elcock said he was “really disappointed” with the error as it meant he had lost his personal best time.In a post left on the Great Scottish Run website, he wrote: “I’m really disappointed with Great Run getting this so wrong then taking as long as this to confirm the course was short.”It was my second time running it and I smashed my PB trying hard to see how much I’d improved in 12 months, and now I can’t tell people my time!” Runner Callum Hawkins in actionCredit:Martin Rickett/PA Great Run take responsibility for the miscalculation and we apologise unreservedly to the runners and to the city of GlasgowRace director Andy Mitchelmore Hawkins, who finished ninth in the Rio Olympics marathon, broke the course record in the Great Scottish Run half-marathon, the Scottish national record and took the second-best overall UK time for the type of race.He was the first male Scottish winner since 1983. However, his time will now not be placed in the record books.On the day, 44 of the top 50 finishers and 92 out of the top 100 recorded personal bests or season bests. Organisers have apologised to Hawkins, who they said “fully deserved his place in the record books after his fine run”, and to the winner of the women’s race, Betsy Saina.They blamed the mistake on human error when measuring the distance before the race as they confirmed all the results would now be declared invalid.Organisers remeasured the supposed 13.1-mile route through Glasgow after doubts were raised and they found it was 491.1ft (149.7m) short.An event spokesman said: “A small section of the prescribed route was not followed correctly in Bellahouston Park, which accounted for approximately 50 metres of the shortfall.”The remainder of the shortfall was as a result of the difference between measuring on closed roads compared to a measure on unclosed roads – which was the methodology used in August as a result of notification of essential utilities works affecting the course.” Ethopian athlete Haile GebrselassieCredit:AFP/Getty
Lesbian and bisexual women are being incorrectly told they dont need smearLesbian and bisexual women are being incorrectly told they dont need smear
Women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need to attend cervical screening test, LGBT charities have warned.Research highlighted by the National LGB&T Partnership – an alliance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities – reveals that 37 per cent of women who have sex with women have been told they do not require a cervical screening test due to their sexual orientation.This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said. Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year. About two out of every 100 cancers diagnosed in women (2 per cent) are cervical cancers, according to Cancer Research UK. The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, is passed on through intimate skin-to-skin contact, which includes sex between two women.The partnership surveyed women on their experiences with sexual healthcare as part of the inaugural National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week, which aims to highlight that “lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women are experiencing a range of health inequalities and both face barriers to accessing healthcare and are having poor experiences when they do”.”Lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) lack acknowledgement both in mainstream society and LGBT communities, and to the NHS we are largely invisible,” says Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Elizabeth Barker in the foreword of the report published in November. “It is unacceptable that LBWSW continue to experience discrimination and that thoughtlessness compromises our healthcare.”Other issues highlighted by the partnership’s report are that 21 per cent of bisexual women and 12 per cent of lesbian women reported a long-term mental health problem, compared with 4 per cent of heterosexual women, and that 29 per cent of lesbian and bisexual women report more binge drinking compared with 12 per cent in the general population of women. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
21 World Cup memories we cant forget from Japan and South Korea21 World Cup memories we cant forget from Japan and South Korea
16. The whole country tuned in to watch Tommie Gorman’s interview17. This double hammer blow against SpainYou are kidding me, Ireland.18. Anders Frisk, Fernando Hierro and Robbie’s bow and arrow to the rescue Source: Conall Charleton/YouTube19. Cursing at the top of your lungs at the TV on the worst summer afternoon ever Source: Tom Honan/INPHO20. Cafu and the kings of the world Source: INPHO21. RTE’s highlights package being the only way to relive the magic Source: darrzo/YouTubeA dozen years on, what’s your stand-out memory?34 World Cup memories we won’t forget from USA ’9421 World Cup memories we won’t forget from France ’98 1. Wondering what was up with Ronaldo’s hair Source: Maurizio Borsari2. Not that it did his form any harm Source: Benjamín Rodríguez Alvarez/YouTube3. Meeting Triggs for the first time Source: Martin Rickett4. Getting up early to watch Matt Holland whack this one in Source: Conall Charleton/YouTube5. Beckham’s revenge Source: Alex Nguyen/YouTube6. The Duffer became an international icon after his bow against Saudi ArabiaHe didn’t score much, so just as well he enjoyed it. Source: INPHO7. Ronaldinho meant this, right? Source: tomita90/YouTube8. Hearing the cheers when this happened during English paper two Source: Aodhancfc92/YouTube9. Watching Mick McCarthy go through the full range of human emotion over and over again10. ‘IIIIIII’mmmm Mick McCarthy’s bay-beh…’ Source: Bing Bangboozy/YouTube11. The woeful refereeing that denied Italy Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEven when manager of Ireland, Giovanni Trapattoni was still holding a grudge against Byron Moreno (who later pleaded guilty to charges of drug smuggling after his 2010 arrest in JFK) and Serie A club Perugia sacked Ahn Jung Hwan after his goal knocked the Azzuri out.12. Still, South Korea were a great bunch of lads Source: EMPICS Sport13. Rivaldo almost ruining the whole summer14. Having a row with your granny over the whole Roy v Mick thing Source: INPHO Source: INPHO15. Lots of pictures like this from the departures area of Saipan Airport Source: INPHO
British paedophile who hid girl behind fridge jailed for 27 yearsBritish paedophile who hid girl behind fridge jailed for 27 years
Short URL 27,720 Views A BRITISH PAEDOPHILE who made a hole in his home to hide a girl he was abusing has been jailed for 27 years.Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar created the hole by knocking through the wall behind his fridge. He used this cavity to hide the girl, who had run away from home, from police.He was found to have carried out attacks on a total of four women and girls – one aged 10 or 11- over a period of more than 30 years. He was sentenced today at Teesside Crown Court after being found guilty of 10 counts of rape, three of false imprisonment and three of indecent assault. Michael Dunn Image: Cleveland Police British paedophile who hid girl behind fridge jailed for 27 years He was found to have carried out attacks on a total of four women and girls – one aged 10 or 11- over a period of more than 30 years. 37 Comments By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3265921 Mar 1st 2017, 7:08 PM Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 7:08 PM Image: Cleveland Police The cavity used by Dunn. Source: Cleveland PoliceGale Gilchrist, acting Head of the Crown Court Unit for Crown Prosecution Service North East said:“Michael Dunn is a very dangerous sexual predator.He was a violent and controlling man towards each of his victims, using them for sex whenever he wanted to and physically attacking them when they would not comply.“This has been an incredibly complex case and I am indebted to the significant work conducted by police during the investigation. Through their diligence and also the bravery of Michael Dunn’s victims, our prosecutors have been able to build a robust case resulting in today’s significant sentence.“One cannot imagine the horrors endured by Michael Dunn’s victims, but I sincerely hope that this outcome brings a measure of comfort to each of them.”Read: Jury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his life Share17 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Michael Dunn
Irelands €175 million lotto winner ranks near the top of the biggestIrelands €175 million lotto winner ranks near the top of the biggest
Ireland’s €175 million lotto winner ranks near the top of the biggest EuroMillions ever The single-ticket jackpot is the fifth-biggest of all time. Adrian and Gillian Bayford won €190 million in 2012. Share146 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 11:59 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4503067 By Rónán Duffy SURELY YOU’VE HEARD by now, but if you haven’t, Ireland has a new record lottery winner.Last night’s Euromillions winner scooped over €175 million, comfortably the biggest ever win for an Irish player.The winning ticket was sold in Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co. Dublin.Previously, the biggest ever win in the Republic was Dolores McNamara’s €115 million jackpot in 2005 while Northern Irish couple Patrick and Frances Connolly won €130 million on New Year’s Day this year.But not only is this latest win the biggest ever for Ireland, it ranks as one of the biggest wins ever in the Euromillions.In the 15-year history of the Euromillions, this jackpot is the ninth-highest of all time and the fifth-highest ever won by a single ticket.The Euromillions jackpot is capped at €190 million and that figure has been won on three occasions, each time by a single ticket.The first ever winners of that record jackpot were English couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford in 2012.The next two jackpot winners remained anonymous but were from Portugal and Spain.After that, the biggest win is the €185 million pocketed by Scottish couple Chris and Colin Weir in 2011.Curiously though, the Weirs actually earned more than the Bayfords due to more favourable sterling exchange rates at the time. Colin and Chris Weir share a kiss after their lotto win. Source: PA ImagesAfter those four winners, last night’s winning ticket in Ireland ranks in fifth place in the overall list.Of course, it’s yet to be revealed if the last night’s jackpot winner is a syndicate or single player, something that would of course make a big difference to their place among Ireland’s richest people.If the ticket is in fact owned by a single winner, they would jump straight into the top 100 of Ireland’s rich list.According to the Sunday Times’s Irish Rich list for 2018, winning €175 million would vault you straight up to 80th.This places you above some very well-known millionaires, such as Paul McGuinness of U2 fame who fails to make the top 100 and places at 102nd with €143 million.Golfer Rory McIlroy’s wealth is estimated at €125 million while Liam Neeson’s is placed at €113 million, putting last night’s winner well above those famous faces. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Images Adrian and Gillian Bayford won €190 million in 2012. Image: PA Images 26 Comments Feb 20th 2019, 12:00 PM 38,998 Views
Merkel and Tsipras yet to find a political solutionMerkel and Tsipras yet to find a political solution
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struck a conciliatory tone after their first bilateral meeting in Berlin on Monday but the Greek leader’s host insisted that she is not in a position to ease Greece’s liquidity problems on her own.The two leaders held a news conference after talks at the Chancellery that lasted more than an hour and before they were due to hold a working dinner. Both politicians sought to ease the tension that has built up between the two countries over the last few weeks, particularly due to comments from their finance ministers.Merkel and Tsipras insisted that their talks had been productive despite differences on a number of issues.“I did not come here to ask for financial aid,” Tsipras said. “I came for an exchange of our thoughts and opinions, to see where there is common ground and where there is disagreement.”Merkel said that she sensed an “appetite for cooperation” during the talks but insisted that she could not intervene to ease Greece’s liquidity concerns. She said it was paramount for Athens to present its list of reforms to its lenders, thereby paving the way for the disbursement of the 7.2 billion euros remaining in bailout loans.“Reforms have to be discussed with the institutions, not with Germany,” she emphasized.“We want Greece to be strong economically, we want Greece to grow and above all we want Greece to overcome its high unemployment,” she told reporters. “For that you need structural reforms, a solid budget and a functioning administration.”Both leaders warned about the promoting of stereotypes about Greeks and Germans in each other’s countries as a result of political differences.“The Greeks are not layabouts, neither are the Germans to blame for Greece’s ills,” said Tsipras. “We have to work hard to overcome these stereotypes.”The Greek prime minister emphasized that many of Greece’s problems have roots within the country. He also described as “extremely unfair for the chancellor and for Germany” a front cover of Der Spiegel magazine which had superimposed Merkel on a picture of Nazi officers on the Acropolis during the Nazi occupation of Greece. He also described how he had been enraged by a cartoon in SYRIZA-backed Avgi newspaper portraying German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble as a concentration camp commander.Tsipras, however, did raise the issue of Second World War reparations, claiming that there is a moral duty to settle the matter. However, he stressed that the reparations and the return of a loan the Bank of Greece was forced to provide to Nazi occupiers were a completely different issue from the current bailout negotiations and that the two should not be linked.The Greek prime minister also called on German authorities to help the new government in Athens tackle corruption by cooperating in the investigation of the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal.Source: Kathimerini
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Authorities say no one was injured when a train carrying 214 people on a holiday-themed ride in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon derailed.The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said four cars of the train operated by the Mount Hood Railroad derailed at 5:15 p.m. Friday about three miles outside Hood River.The sheriff’s office said the rail cars were upright and crews were helping railroad operators. The sheriff’s office said passengers were being helped off the train and alternate transportation arrangements were being made.
Private sector employees in the UK predicted to receive 02 real payPrivate sector employees in the UK predicted to receive 02 real pay
UK employees working in the private sector are expected to receive a real salary increase of 0.2% in 2018, according to research by ECA International.Its Salary trends report, which analyses current and projected salary increases for local employees across 71 countries, also found that a 0.2% real salary increase in 2018 for UK staff would equate to approximately an additional £4.41 a month or £53 a year before tax, based on an average annual salary of £26,364. This compares to a real salary increase of 0.1% for UK employees in 2017.Compared to countries in Europe, only Hungary, Poland and Ukraine are predicted to have a lower real salary increase, which is calculated based on the difference between the forecast nominal salary increase and inflation, than the UK. Germany is expected to see real wage growth at 1.2% and France is estimated to have a real salary increase of 0.9% for 2018.The average real salary increase across Europe is 1%, with employees in Russia topping the 2018 European rankings with an estimated real salary increase of 3.4% in 2018. Romania’s real salary increase has dropped significantly, from 3.4% in 2017 to a predicted 0.7% in 2018.India ranks the highest for countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with a real salary increase of 4.9% expected in 2018, while for the Americas, Argentina comes out on top with a forecast 7.2% real salary increase in 2018.Across the Americas more generally, average real salary increases are predicted to be 1.6% in 2018, compared to 1.4% in 2017. Real salary increases have improved in Mexico, with an increase of 0.8% in 2018 compared to a 1.3% pay cut in 2017, and real salary for the USA and Canada will increase in 2018 by 0.9% and 1.1% respectively.In Africa and the Middle East, employees are expected to receive a pay increase of 4.7% in 2018, although Egypt and Nigeria are expected to see pay decreases of 11.2% and 4.8% respectively.Steven Kilfedder (pictured), production manager at ECA International, said: “Productivity growth in the UK has remained low in recent years so employers have not been able to offer the level of salary increases that they have been able to in the past. This, combined with higher inflation, which is expected to be 2.6% next year, has caused something of a pay crunch for UK [employees].”
ALM Launches Integrated Marketing Campaign ServiceALM Launches Integrated Marketing Campaign Service
“Market Opps offers three distinct campaign packages with strategy and marketing tactics tailored to your specific goals in line with your objectives and budget,” said Scott Pierce, vice president at ALM. “Our program integrates market intelligence to help law firms develop valuable campaign content, creative packaging and copy to power the campaign and distribution channels to deliver the campaign to target audiences.” ALM is adding to their marketing services portfolio.The b-to-b media company serving the legal field is partnering with branding house, Greenfield/Beiser, to offer a menu of integrated marketing campaigns for law firms.While ALM already provides custom solutions in this area, the new program, Market Opps, standardizes options for companies looking to promote new practices, penetrate specific industries or make a branding play.Each of the options cover market research, creative development and execution. ALM recommends at least a 6-month program for prospective clients.
Bengaluru Woman tried to smuggle drugs by hiding in sanitary pads arrestedBengaluru Woman tried to smuggle drugs by hiding in sanitary pads arrested
(Representational Image)Creative CommonsThe Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday, June 15, arrested a woman drug carrier and three others from Bengaluru International Airport premises for the possession of drugs concealed in sanitary pads.The woman was accompanied by three agents when the NCB sleuths nabbed them from a car at the parking lot of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) after receiving information on the drug cartels operations. She was supposed to fly to Doha in Qatar on Saturday when the officials arrested her.The interrogation of the three agents revealed that the major players behind the illegal drug trade were two youths from Kerala. Mohammed and Abu were the kingpins behind the drug trafficking and were operating the India-Qatar circle for their narcotics trade.The NCB sleuths were led to a rented house in Austin Town, where the duo was also nabbed by the officials. They also seized drugs worth crores from the house including methamphetamine, marijuana, hashish and hashish oil. All the six accused have been remanded in judicial custody on Monday.The arrests were made after the NCB received credible information that the drug cartel was hiring carriers to smuggle the drugs from Bengaluru to Doha. “We began an investigation a few weeks ago and were finally able to zero in on four gang members on Saturday morning. The three men, who were agents, and the woman were caught in a Karnataka-registered car parked on KIA premises. She had 510 grams of methamphetamine and 572 Lyrica (a sedative) capsules in her possession,” said an NCB officer, reports TOI.According to the report, Abu himself was a mule for the drug trade three years ago and had returned from Qatar in 2017. Since then he has been operating from Bengaluru with Mohammed as his aide, after sourcing the drugs from Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.The cartel has been active for a year and their main operations are from Bengaluru airport, Mangaluru airport and occasionally from Kochi airport.
Sonys CrossPlay Policies Are Hurting Fortnite Players on Nintendo SwitchSonys CrossPlay Policies Are Hurting Fortnite Players on Nintendo Switch
Stay on target Fortnite’s free Battle Royale mode is finally available at long last on the Nintendo Switch, just like the rumors that were previously swirling around told us would happen. And while it’s out and it’s excellent on Nintendo’s handheld, there’s one thing fans are still bitter about, and it’s Sony’s cross-play policy.In fact, it makes the entire thing a bit of a farce, especially since most companies have made it a breeze to play Fortnite on every platform currently out there. It’s unfortunate, however, that Sony has blocked compatibility with any competing consoles when it comes to cross-play and transferring progress you’ve made in games playable on other platforms. In the case of Fortnite, you’ll have to start all the way over if you want to play Fortnite on the handheld.Many folks who are looking to bring their progress from the PlayStation 4 version of Fortnite onto the Switch will be out of luck. And looking to create new accounts will rob them of time and money spent along the way to get them where they are, which is a very backward way of doing business, especially as the Switch is hardly the same league of competition when it comes to online titles at the moment for Sony. What it is is a miracle of handheld gaming ingenuity, and folks want to take games with them on the go. They want to be able to enjoy the same games they do at home while out in the world, and Sony’s stance on disallowing competition between consoles is making that difficult.AdChoices广告It’s especially strange, seeing as much of Fortnite’s success can be owed to the game being made available on PlayStation 4 in the first place. So if you’re playing Fortnite on PlayStation 4 or another console and want to make the move to the Switch, think long and hard about it. Is it worth starting up a new account? You may end up having to if it’s important to you to be able to play anywhere, but this isn’t a choice players should be having to make, not in this day and age.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima
Stay on target Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ Coming in 2020Microsoft Brings Classic ‘Minecraft’ to Your Web Browser Three years ago Pokemon Go became a worldwide phenomenon, made more money than God, and solidified Pikachu’s grip on the planet even more by finally letting people live out the dream of capturing Pokemon in the real world. It did this through augmented reality, placing creatures from the game into your actual environment for you to see by looking through your mobile phone. It was such a success that it was really only a matter of time before other games tried to follow suit.And now, Microsoft is about to offer the AR game that has a real shot at taking over kids’ lives even more so than Pokemon Go. Check out this first trailer for Minecraft Earth.Minecraft, if you somehow don’t know, is all about building and surviving in a vast blocky world you create yourself and share with friends. It’s virtual Lego blocks basically, a concept so strong the game can completely ditch its awful creator Notch and still come out unscathed. The game has been ported to every PC and console and mobile device under the sun.AdChoices广告But Minecraft Earth expands the idea into the next dimension. This free-to-play mobile AR game has you doing typical Minecraft stuff, only now everyone’s server is the real world. Build forts in your own backyard. See packs of Creepers roaming the streets and fight them. Scavenge for resources in the park. Discover structures built by other players and walk inside them. As long as it isn’t on private property or somewhere too dangerous, soon enough the entire planet will be covered in Minecraft if you know where to look.Minecraft Earth’s beta launches this summer for iOS and Android so sign up. Hopefully owners of Microsoft’s nifty HoloLens AR headset will be able to eventually enjoy it, too. As far as celebrations for Minecraft’s 10th anniversary go, this is definitely more exciting than just some upgraded textures. For more on Minecraft, play the classic version in your web browser.And check out these other games we think would benefit from an augmented reality upgrade. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them1/11When we talk cultural longevity, few recent franchises have the gas that Harry Potter’s shown. Books, movies, video games, theme parks – it shows no signs of slowing down soon. And with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them coming out soon, a perfect tie-in already exists. The Potter bestiary is diverse and fascinating, and the storyline is written for you – a bunch of magical critters escape from an enchanted briefcase and you have to get them back all over your town. Throw in waving your phone like a wand and we’re done.<><>
Microsoft Edge for Android gets translate functionalityMicrosoft Edge for Android gets translate functionality
Microsoft Edge for Android gets translate functionality by Martin Brinkmann on July 13, 2018 in Google Android – 2 commentsMicrosoft Edge for Android will soon get a new feature that adds native translate functionality to the mobile web browser.Microsoft launched Edge exclusively for Windows 10 in 2015 when it launched the operating system and made the switch from releasing new versions of Windows every three years to Windows as a Service.The company did not release Microsoft Edge for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 but it did release Microsoft Edge for Google’s Android operating system in 2017.The browser has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Google Play and Google recorded more than 5 million installations so far.Microsoft added translate functionality to the latest version of Microsoft Edge for Android. The new feature is enabled by default and works similarly to the translate functionality of desktop browsers.When Edge detects that a page open in the browser uses a different language than the locale language of the device it displays an option to translate the page to the local language.A tap on the translate prompt translates the entire page; you can also tap on the menu icon to display additional options. There you may enable rules to always or never translate the language or site, change the source language if it was identified incorrectly, or turn off the auto translate feature completely in Edge.You can manage the translate functionality of Edge for Android in the Settings under Translate as well. There you may turn it on or off, and reset the translate settings in case you need to.Microsoft does not mention the source of the translations; it is likely that Bing Translate is used, however. The translations are not perfect but they are good enough to understand articles and other textual content. Note that I cannot say anything about the quality of translations of languages other than German or English.Translate is the second feature that Microsoft debuted in Edge for Android after introducing native ad-blocking integration in March 2018 in the mobile browser. Both features are not available natively in Edge for Windows 10 but can be added by installing browser extensions such as Translator for Microsoft Edge or uBlock Origin.Google Chrome for Android supports translate functionality as well.Closing WordsMicrosoft Edge for Android is not a bad browser; it is certainly better than the desktop version of Edge in my opinion as I find many things quite annoying in the desktop browser.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Edge for Android gets translate functionalityDescriptionMicrosoft Edge for Android will soon get a new feature that adds native translate functionality to the mobile web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Ormina Tours partners with SilverseaOrmina Tours announces a strategic partnership with luxury cruise line Silversea to launch joint land and sea itineraries and packaged products as part of its 2016 program.“This partnership is about the customer experience,” says Ross Ioppolo, Ormina Tours managing director. “We recognize that our guests frequently book our small group journeys on either side of a cruise. The alignment of our departure dates with quality Mediterranean cruise options provide guests with choice, flexibility and the opportunity of a seem less end-to-end luxury experience on land and sea.”The motivation for the initiative goes deeper, explains Ioppolo. “We pride ourselves on luxury, small group offerings. We select the best 4 and 5 star centrally located hotels, we find hidden treasures within Europe’s most awe-inspiring cities and we pride ourselves on personalized service so guests have the most magical journey. It’s important these values align with our partners.”Silversea Cruises has a long-standing record as a leader in the luxury cruising market. Silversea ships are small and intimate with spacious accommodations. Its suites offer one of the highest space-per-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. All suites feature ocean views, many with a private teak veranda. Irrespective of the ship or suite, every guest is pampered by the personalized services of a butler and every cruise is fully inclusive. “It’s this level of service and offering that drew us to Silversea because we know our guests are discerning and Silversea’s commitment to excellence is unrivalled.”Cathy Tees, Head of Field Sales & National Accounts at Silversea Australia elaborates – “Ormina Tours is a logical partner. Both brands focus on luxury and personalized service and this announcement provide guests with unique and interesting land extensions pre or post our exciting Mediterranean cruising calendar in 2016. Also as both companies are family owned with Italian routes, there is a common language of warm and generous Italian hospitality.” Source = Ormina Tours – Silversea
Eye on the Industry Updates on Ellie Mae Genworth and More …Eye on the Industry Updates on Ellie Mae Genworth and More …
Share December 6, 2018 701 Views Eye on the Industry: Updates on Ellie Mae, Genworth, and More … Alan Ferree Dan Madden Ellie Mae Gateway Mortgage Group Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. Jonathan Corr valueinsured Vendorly 2018-12-06 Donna Joseph From new fintech features and leadership appointments to launch of platforms, feel the industry’s pulse in this weekly updateEllie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that Dan Madden will join the organization as EVP and CFO on December 20, 2018. Madden will report to Jonathan Corr, Ellie Mae’s President, and CEO.“Ellie Mae is leading the industry as we drive toward our mission of providing the true digital mortgage to lenders of all sizes,” Corr said. “Dan’s extensive financial, operational and strategic experience coupled with his knowledge of technology and SaaS businesses will be a huge asset to Ellie Mae as we continue to grow. We look forward to having Dan’s leadership and expertise on our team.”Most recently, Madden served as CFO for Revel Systems, a cloud-based POS platform, where he led the growing organization’s finance team. Prior to joining Revel, Madden was the CFO at Cepheid, a publicly traded leading molecular diagnostics company, and VP Finance & Corporate Controller at Symmetricom, where he led the company’s finance, accounting, and investor relations functions.________________________________________________________________Genworth Mortgage Insurance, an operating segment of Genworth Financial, Inc. has launched GenRATE, a proprietary risk-based pricing engine providing lenders with a more granular approach to pricing for borrowers pursuing the dream of homeownership. The company said that with the introduction of GenRATE, lenders can opt-in to this proprietary pricing solution or choose from Genworth’s standard published rate card.The new product is the result of market research and a thorough evaluation of customer needs, uncovering that certain segments of lenders have begun seeking more dynamic pricing solutions. GenRATE provides that solution, allowing Genworth to expand its value proposition to meet a broader range of customer needs.________________________________________________________________Oklahoma-based Gateway Mortgage Group has launched a new down payment protection program to protect homebuyers against unpredictable and unfavorable market changes. The new program is offered through ValueInsured and has been seamlessly integrated into most of Gateway’s mortgage loan products.“Gateway is always growing, innovating and seeking new ways to better support homeownership in the communities we serve around the country,” said Alan Ferree, President of Gateway. “This partnership with ValueInsured allows us to differentiate Gateway from other mortgage lenders while providing our customers with a unique option that offers some peace of mind and simply makes sense for certain markets or borrowers.”________________________________________________________________Vendorly, a vendor oversight platform for financial institutions, announced the launch of its Contract Management feature to enhance insights into contract terms, performance, and spend analysis within the vendor management solution. Contract Management is available as a new feature for existing customers using the VendorlyTM platform, or as an independent software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering.In a Vendorly survey conducted earlier this year, 44 percent of banking and mortgage professionals surveyed said their organizations were responsible for managing at least 100 vendors. When asked how often their organizations monitor and assess vendor performance, 30 percent of respondents said annually. With the addition of the Contract Management feature, Vendorly makes it easier to gain valuable insights into contract terms, performance, and spend analysis of third-party vendors. Financial institutions can proactively manage key metadata within a contract and create action date triggers to automate reminders to help avoid missing renewal and other relevant dates and terms. in Daily Dose, Featured, News