DU admissions may not begin from May first week

first_imgNew Delhi: Refuting the reports claim of Delhi University admission starts from the first week of May, the official at the admission coordinator said that “the date of admission will be announced when our preparations will be complete. It is not possible to start the admissions in the first week of May.”Moreover, the official also said that there is no major change in the DU admission process this year, “There are many misleading reporting are being circulated. The sports and ECA quotas are not going to be removed. We will soon have an official meet where all the rules and regulation will be annouced and such confusion will b debunked,” he added. Talking to earlier, he had said that the ECA and sports admissions will be “delinked from admission cut-off lists”. He further added that, “These seats are supernumerary in nature. Their admissions have no relation with the cut-off list so why should we unnecessarily wait for the cut-off lists for these admissions? They are dependent on trials so we will start those early, along with the registration process.” The varsity has also decided to give extra benefits to students hailing from villages. “We are planning to give some advantage to students from government schools and those who have done their schooling in villages. This is in addition to the benefit we are already giving to girls,” a committee member had said. The committee has also advised that an online calculator be devised, which can calculate students’ best-of-four percentage according to the course. “Students tend to hop from one course to another, and one college to another, which unnecessarily delays the admission process. To discourage this, we have decided that the number of cancellations allowed will be one less than the number of cut-offs that come out,” he added. Meanwhile, “the academic council of the University of Delhi (DU) has given its nod to 30 new courses to be introduced across colleges in the varsity. The courses include both undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes which will be imparted in a choice-based credit system from the coming academic year 2019-20 onwards.last_img read more

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Sweethearts candies wont be on shelves this Valentines

DETROIT — Sweethearts — those chalky little candies with messages on them — won’t be on store shelves this Valentine’s Day.The New England Confectionary Co. — or Necco — had been making the popular candies since 1886. But the company filed for bankruptcy protection last spring.Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. bought Necco in May. But Spangler said Thursday that it didn’t have time to bring Sweethearts to market this Valentine’s season.CEO Kirk Vashaw said Spangler wants to make sure Sweethearts “meet customer expectations” when they return to market. He didn’t say what changes Spangler plans to make or when they’ll go back on sale.Competitors like Brach’s are still making conversation hearts. But online retailer CandyStore.com says Sweethearts were by far the most popular brand, commanding 80 per cent of U.S. market for candy hearts.The Associated Press read more

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Cogeco selling cloud services company Cogeco Peer 1 for 720 million

Companies in this story: (TSX:CCA) MONTREAL — Cogeco Communications Inc. has signed a deal to sell Cogeco Peer 1 Inc., its cloud services company, to investment firm Digital Colony for $720 million.The company says it plans to use the proceeds from the sale to repay debt and repurchase shares.Shares in Cogeco were up about seven per cent or $5.31 at $80.36 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange following the announcement.Cogeco acquired Peer 1 Hosting in 2013.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, including certain regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the third quarter.Cogeco Peer 1 is expected to remain based in Toronto and adopt a new brand. The Canadian Press read more

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Journalists need to declare their assets

In the past there had been reports in the media calling for politicians to declare their assets.Minister Rambukwella said that there are 3000 journalists registered with the government information department. He also said that journalists in Sri Lanka will be categorized based on provincial journalists, full time journalists and others. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Journalists will need to declare their assets in future, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.The Minister said that a special committee will be appointed to look at a system under which details of the assets will be collected. He said that once implemented, the Media Ministry will be the body to which the assets of journalists will be declared. The government hopes to implement the system in three months time, the Minister said. read more

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New York City sues TMobile for tricking customers

New York City is suing T-Mobile for what it calls “abusive sales tactics” at Metro by T-Mobile stores, the wireless carrier’s prepaid phone brand.The city’s lawsuit says dozens of stores sold used phones to customers as new, charged fake taxes and unexpected fees and offered financing for phones that resulted in higher-than-expected prices. The city also says a 30-day return policy is deceptive and comes with restrictions.The city filed its lawsuit in a New York state court on Wednesday. New York’s attorney general is separately leading a coalition of states in suing to block T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion deal for rival carrier Sprint.T-Mobile says it’s investigating, as the allegations are “at odds with the integrity of our team.”Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

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Highlighting insecurity in Sudans Darfur UN urges support for African force

The UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) reported incidents including possible ceasefire violations, an attack on a village, another on a convoy of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), militia activities and rape cases.Underscoring the importance of safety for the people of Darfur, Mr. Annan said all sides must respect the ceasefire and take measures to protect civilians, even before the arrival of AU troops.Speaking at a press conference in London with the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the Secretary-General noted that every effort is being made to send in the African monitors and protective force, “and I think their presence will also make quite a lot of difference.”Earlier this month, given the planned expansion of the AU’s current 350-strong group of monitors, Mr. Annan recommended that the AU force be given the power to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, including those living in makeshift camps; monitor the activities of the local police; and disarm fighters, including the Janjaweed militias accused of committing most of the attacks against civilians.With additional humanitarian workers being sent in, “I think…that many people would also help dissuade the attacks,” he added. “On the security side we need to do everything and give the African Union the support to go in there. And we should press the parties, the government and the rebels, to go back to the table and discuss seriously, in the spirit of compromise, to find a political solution.”He also noted a $200 million shortfall in funding for relief activities and voiced hope that donor countries will do everything needed to provide resources for the UN’s humanitarian effort.”We need to provide humanitarian assistance in the quantities that are required. Not just give them food and shelter, but also the non-food items – health, sanitation and other aspects,” he stressed.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said its mobile protection teams are currently working in western Darfur near the Chad border to monitor internal displacement, as well as mapping and assessing the condition of abandoned and destroyed villages.”This work is vital in trying to help a complicated of mix of internally displaced people, recent returnees from Chad, and even Chadian refugees who still reside in Darfur,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said at a press briefing in Geneva.Since heavy fighting broke out early last year in Darfur between government forces and two rebel groups, some 1.65 million people have been forced to flee their homes, with about 200,000 of them crossing into neighbouring Chad.In a separate development, the UN agency and the Sudanese Government’s Committee on Refugees have finalized plans to register Chadian refugees in Darfur in preparation for their eventual return home, Mr. Redmond noted.The Chadian refugees have been in Darfur for many years, escaping severe drought and potential famine in 1984, as well as border clashes between Chadian and Libyan forces. “But now, having been caught up in the trauma of the recent violence in the region, want to return home,” he said. read more

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Whats Behind All These Crazy NBA Stat Lines

As the calendar approached 2017 Saturday night, Houston’s James Harden decided to provide his own New Year’s Eve fireworks. The triple-double line he dropped on the New York Knicks was nothing short of mind-boggling: 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds — the first 50-15-15 game in NBA history, the finest game of Harden’s career (according to John Hollinger’s Game Score metric, which assigns a rough value to all the good and bad things a player does on the court), and the top performance of the 2016-17 NBA season to that point.But no sooner had Harden finished that outburst than Chicago’s Jimmy Butler responded with his own bit of insane stat-stuffing: 52 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists against the Hornets on Monday night. Since it came with a better shooting percentage, fewer turnovers and more steals and blocks, Butler’s performance unseated Harden’s for the best Game Score of this NBA season so far.And it wouldn’t be surprising if Butler’s own mark fell sooner rather than later. This season has already seen 12 individual performances eclipse a Game Score of 40,1For reference’s sake, this LeBron James game against the Hornets on Dec. 10 — 44 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds — earned a Game Score of exactly 40. the same number as the previous five seasons had through this stage of the season2Specifically, through 38 team games — the same number as the league-leading Clippers, Grizzlies and Lakers had when this story’s research was conducted on Thursday. combined. As my ESPN colleague Zach Lowe wrote Thursday, scoring is up across the league this season, and it’s going hand in hand with some truly prodigious individual performances.Here’s the breakdown of the individual games that eclipsed certain Game Score milestones (30, 35 and 40) during the first 38 team games of each season since 1983-84, the first year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level box score data: Aside from a brief spike in the post-handcheck era, when Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas — remember how good he was at his peak? — were blowing up the scorebooks in 2005-06, we haven’t seen a spate of stat-padding close to this since 1990-91, when Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and company were putting up ridiculous numbers from Day One of the season. And even that year didn’t see as many performances crack a Game Score of 40 as there have been this season; to find more of those at this stage of a season, you’d have to go back to 1987-88.It probably isn’t too shocking that the number of big Game Score outings in a given season is reasonably correlated with the league’s pace factor.3Since 1984, there’s a correlation coefficient of 0.59 between the league’s pace and the number of individual games breaking a Game Score of 30, for instance. The more possessions per game, the easier it is to produce eye-popping stat lines — and this season has featured the NBA’s fastest pace since the early 1990s. So, given the game’s more up-tempo state, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by this year’s explosion of big statistical games.But there’s also evidence that we’re in an age of better NBA talent than we’ve seen since the days of MJ and Sir Charles. When I borrowed FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s “baseball time machine” technique — which infers the amount of talent present in a given season by comparing the performances of the same players in adjacent seasons — and applied it to basketball to prove millennials weren’t ruining the NBA, I found that the past few seasons contained the NBA’s strongest talent base since the early to mid-1990s. (As measured by Box Plus/Minus, which is pace-adjusted and accounts for both offense and defense.) It was part of a trend in leaguewide quality that’s been on the upswing since the mid-2000s, as the game finally stabilized after adding seven new teams between 1988 and 2004.Lending further credence to the theory that there’s simply a wealth of good players in today’s NBA, 2016-17 has also seen its big stat-stuffing games spread across more players than past seasons have. This season, there have been 89 games with a Game Score of 30 or higher, recorded by 38 different players — an average of 2.3 big games per player. By contrast, the 1990-91 season featured an average of 2.8 big games per player, meaning the performances were more concentrated among players; the same was true in all of the big-game-heavy seasons of the late 1980s and early 1990s. This season has featured a lot of great performances, but they’re not being being hogged as much by the same small group of usual suspects.(Even Russell Westbrook, freed to summon a hellstorm of statistical vengeance in Kevin Durant’s absence, leads the league with “only” nine 30-plus Game Score games. At the same stage of the 1987-88 season, Jordan had twice as many!)Between expansion, rule changes, the advent of superteams and sweeping strategic developments (many of which owe to the increasing influence advanced analytics wields over teams), the league has undergone a lot of upheaval over the past couple of decades. It may be that this season’s jaw-dropping statistical feats are a product of all that evolution — and we could just be witnessing the beginning of a trend toward ever-crazier numbers.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Tate Britain brings back labels and rehangs in themes to help audience

first_imgTate Britain’s 2018 season will include a exhibition dedicated to Edward Burne-Jones Another show, All Too Human, will explore the “intense experience of life” through figurative painting and the works of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, RB Kitaj and Paula Rego.Tate Modern will host video and textile art from Joan Jonas and Anni Albers alongside its blockbuster Picasso exhibition, while Tate St Ives explores 35 female artists led by the works of Virginia Woolf. In an interview with the Evening Standard, as Tate announced its plans for 2018, Farquharson confirmed he advocated labels once again offering interpretation of the art.He added the chronological collection will be rehung thematically, in a key reversal of the old guard’s ways.”If one frames art that way it’s an invitation to an audience to understand the work without prior knowledge of art historical categories,” he said. Tate Modern will show the work of Joan Jonas Tate Britain's 2018 season will include a exhibition dedicated to Edward Burne-Jones Tate Britain is to rehang its entire collection as it reinstates proper labels explaining what the art is about, it has emerged, as its director says he wants to invite audiences to understand the works properly.Alex Farquharson, who took over Tate Britain 18 months ago after the surprise departure of Penelope Curtis, said he will be grouping paintings into themes in a bid to improve the audience experience.Curtis, who departed the gallery for Lisbon in 2015 after five years at the helm, had faced much criticism over her exhibitions, with strident calls for her dismissal described at the time as “verging on a vendetta”. “So there could be big themes, like London as an urban space in the 18th century or Britain in the post-war age of anxiety. We want to look at how social factors caused art to take the forms it did.”The labels at Tate Britain, a source said, has “kept evolving” since the 2013 policy, with experts quietly reintroducing more information even before Farquharson’s arrival.Tate Britain plans for 2018 include the first exhibition of the work of pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones held in London in 40 years. Penelope Curtis, former Tate Britain directorcenter_img The works of Lucian Freud will star in Tate Modern’s All Too Human 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. The works of Lucian Freud will star in Tate Modern's All Too Human Her decisions including hanging the Tate Britain collection in chronological order, and overseeing a change in labelling to cut down on information to let visitors interpret more of the art for themselves.Chris Stevens, curator, explained in 2013: “Your [the audience’s] response is as valid as our knowledge, and this re-hang presents a sort of release for the artist and their work from this encumbrance of academic protocols.”One art historian called the concept of equating specialist knowledge with guesses from the public “chilling”. Tate Modern will show the work of Joan Jonas Penelope Curtis, former Tate Britain directorlast_img read more

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Why was Vicky Kaushal left embarrassed at Shah Rukh Khans party

first_imgThe Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, not only gets treated in royal style wherever he goes but, is also known for throwing the most royal and lavish parties every year at Mannat. Vicky Kaushal, who has established his mark in the industry now, was once invited to Shah Rukh’s Diwali bash at Mannat and what unfolded makes up for a really interesting story.In a recent chat show, Vicky revealed that he got a call from Shah Rukh Khan last year where he invited him to his house – Mannat – saying, “It was my birthday a few days ago. It’s just a chill dinner, so come with your friends.” Vicky happily dressed up for a birthday party went to Mannat in his shirt and denim only to realise it was actually a Diwali party thrown by King Khan and had the entire industry in full attendance wearing their traditional best.”I enter and see Kareena Kapoor Khan, Malaika Arora, everyone in like heavy Indian. Me, Taapsee, Rajkummar Rao…three-four of us were prepared for a birthday casual scene till we realised that we were so off. We were hanging out in one corner behind the curtain. Like, bar ke peeche wale curtain ke peeche wale wall ke peeche. We were like, koi dekh na le humein. I was so embarrassed because I was the first of that lot to enter,” Vicky recalled.Vicky also revealed that Karan Johar wasn’t impressed with his casual style at the party and told him, “we need to talk.”Though Vicky had established the abundance of acting brilliance he had with his first film – Masaan – it took the industry a lot longer to recognise his acting potential. And now that they have, there’s no looking back for the actor. Instagramlast_img read more

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Maharshi 18day box office collection Mahesh film fares better than Sita ABCD

first_imgMaharshiTwitterMahesh Babu’s Maharshi has continued its dream run at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/TS) box office and made better collection than new release Sita and ABCD in its third weekend.Many thought that the rocking collections of Maharshi would be halted by Allu Sirish’s ABCD in its second week. The movie lost some screens for the new film, but managed to do good business in the existing number of cinema halls. It faced another obstacle in the face of Sita starring Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas and Kajal Aggarwal, but managed to keep the cash registers ringing at the AP/TS box office.Maharshi is estimated to have collected Rs 4.61 crore gross at the AP/TS box office in its third weekend and its 18-day total has reached Rs 111.03 crore gross in the Telugu states. The movie has added Rs 3.17 crore to its distributors’ total earnings Rs 76.33 crore. The distributors shelled out Rs 76 crore on its theatrical rights for the Telugu states and it has recovered 100 per cent of their investments in 18 days. Telugu movie SitaTwitterHaving good hype, the Teja-directed movie was released in around 600 cinema halls across the Telugu states on Friday and opened to average response. A mixed word of mouth took a toll on its collection on the following days. Sita has collected Rs 5 crore gross at the AP/TS box office in the first weekend. In three days, it has earned Rs 3.41 crore to its distributors, who have Rs 11.70 crore on its rights. ABCD – American Born Confused DesiTwitterOn the other hand, the Allu Sirish starrer, which was released on May 17, opened to average response and made poor collections in the first week. Its business has hit the rock bottom in second weekend. ABCD has collected Rs 4.75 crore gross at the AP/TS box office in 10 days. It has earned Rs 3 crore for its distributors, who have invested nearly Rs 6 crore on its theatrical rights for the Telugu states.last_img read more

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President PM visit Quader at BSMMU

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina visits Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader at BSMMU on Sunday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday visited road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), reports UNB.The president went to BSMMU at 4:17pm visited Quader at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU).Abdul Hamid talked to physicians and enquired about the minister’s health condition.He left the hospital around 4:38pm.Just a few minutes before the president’s arrival, prime minister Sheikh Hasina departed the hospital visiting Quader.Later, talking to UNB, BSMMU director Abdullah Al Harun said as the prime called Quader by his name at the CCU, the Awami League general secretary slowly opened his eyes and looked up.He said Quader also stared at president Abdul Hamid during his visit.Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, was admitted to the CCU of BSMMU in the morning following his breathing complications.Physicians found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram, said BSMMU cardiology department chairman Syed Ali Ahsan.He said Quader’s condition is still critical. “He’s not out of danger.”last_img read more

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Car Insurance Company Sniffs Facebook Posts To Set Customer Premiums

first_imgWhat you post on social media reveals a great deal about what kind of person you are. And now there’s an insurance company that wants to use those revelations to set prices.Admiral, one of Britain’s largest insurance companies, believes that their algorithms can tell whether or not customers are responsible drivers just by analyzing their Facebook posts. It’s all about word choice. According to an Admiral spokesperson who sat down with the Guardian, using words like always and never — which might indicate that you’re an overconfident person. That’s a red flag when it comes to driving.They’re not using what they find on Facebook to penalize customers or deny coverage. Instead, Admiral says that they’ll only use the data to offer discounts. Decent ones, too. Admiral’s customers can reportedly save up to $430 a year on their premiums by letting the company check our their Facebook activity.AdChoices广告This might sound creepy to some, and there may be people out there who see it as an invasion of privacy. Admiral is quick to point out that the service — which they call firstcarquote — is an opt-in thing. They’re also trying to be as transparent and discrete as possible.Admiral doesn’t continuously track you once you’re on board, either. It’s a one-time thing, they say, and all they’re looking at are likes and posts. They don’t do any kind of analysis on photos or videos.For a teen who’s just received his or her license, the possibility of saving a few hundred dollars may be all the incentive they need to give Admiral access. It’s not like they have any driving history to prove that they’re responsible on the roads.Admiral says they’re blazing a trail with firstcarquote. They feel like it’s something that could transform the insurance industry, and they’re absolutely right. If it improves the bottom line for Admiral, it won’t be long before other insurers start turning to Facebook to assess their customers. I’m picturing companies that insure smartphones being very, very interested in doing something like this.last_img read more

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Is Jordan Peeles Us A Secret Disney Remake

first_img Arguably the greatest gift the world received last Christmas was the first trailer for Us, writer-director Jordan Peele’s mysterious follow-up to the 2017 Black horror masterpiece Get Out. The film is due on March 15 and although this trailer finally let us know what this movie looks like, much of its actual plot is still under wraps aside from the core idea of “home invasion by doppelgangers.”So of course these past few days the internet has working overtime trying to figure out what exactly is going on here. What’s the true nature of “The Tethered” and their scissors/sewing low-key Nightmare on Elm Street imagery? Is this tied into Get Out somehow with these horrifically altered Black bodies? What’s the deal with all the rabbits? And now here’s our favorite new theory. Is Us a secret remake of a Disney Channel cartoon?#UsMovie https://t.co/MIbwEqmJJ4— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 1, 2019YouTube user “yeek” posted this mashup of the Us trailer and snake person Disney classic The Proud Family, specifically the 2005 Proud Family made-for-TV movie. And the similarities are pretty striking as both feature African-American families being terrorized by their own clones. “We are our own worst enemies.” We should also say The Proud Family Movie co-starred Aries Spears who, like Peele, is an alum of Mad TV sketch comedy. So does this all confirm the secret twist of Us is peanut butter-related?Probably not, but Jordan Peele found the mash-up amusing enough to share on Twitter himself. Or maybe Peele is just trying to throw us off the scent? Maybe Us is 2019’s secret fourth live-action remake of a Disney cartoon after Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King? Disney, can I please get an MP3 of that spooky “I Got 5 On It” remix?For more on Jordan Peele, watch him warn us about the upcoming dystopia with a fake Obama video, read more about animal analogies in films like Get Out and Sorry To Bother You, and check out our list of most wanted remakes for Peele’s upcoming Twilight Zone reboot. Stay on target ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic last_img read more

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No Regrets Gmails Undo Send Feature Made a Permanent Function

first_img 1 min read June 23, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. We’ve all had those moments of instant email regret — you hit send on a note with a typo or replied all when your message was meant for just one person.Since 2009, Gmail’s “Undo Send” function has lived in Gmail Labs, the hub where the company beta tests new features, with the caveat that they could malfunction, disappear or get promoted to a permanent position on the Gmail dashboard.Related: 11 Strategies to Change How You EmailAs of this week, the feature is experimental no more (although it was made available in the Inbox by Gmail app this spring) and can be enabled through Gmail’s main settings, under the “Labs” and then the “General” tab. You can choose an unsend window of 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.Go ahead, try it out. But don’t get too daring. If you’re anything like us – especially without coffee – 30 seconds doesn’t seem like much time at all.Related: How to Manage Your Emails More Effectivelycenter_img How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Sorry Truckers Volvos Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min read June 17, 2019 Listen Now Volvo is ready to put its first autonomous, fully electric truck to the test. With the assistance of shipping company DFDS, the vehicle, known as Vera, will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden.The car maker has been experimenting with fuel-efficient, driverless vehicles for the last several years, and first teased Vera in September. It’s optimal for short-range heavy-load jobs. The truck follows a predetermined route and is connected to a control center and cloud network. Vera pinpoints its position down to the centimeter, enabling it to detect sudden and minute changes in its environment — a good thing since part of Vera’s route takes it on public roads.”The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies, and transport buyers,” Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.Volvo eventually wants to expand and include multiple autonomous trucks in its operation. It made Vera compatible with most existing trailers and load carriers to take advantage of existing infrastructure. A fleet of Veras would ideally increase predictability and minimize unnecessary downtime, Volvo says.More Veras would also mean fewer truckers, which Volvo positions as positive, citing the widespread belief that the industry is dying. But according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s a misconception, especially for short-distance drivers, who would be most affected by Volvo’s new technology.Fortunately for currently employed drivers, it’ll likely be a while before Vera becomes ubiquitous. Volvo’s statement concludes with a vague promise to extend the vehicle’s availability and functionality in “the near future.” Problem Solvers with Jason Feiferlast_img read more

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airlinesbooking codenonbinary genderTravelport

first_imgairlinesbooking codenon-binary genderTravelport Travelport will implement a new booking code for non-binary gender airline passengers when it goes live on 1 June 2019.The new code offers the option to choose “X”, rather than “M” or “F”, when a passenger is required to provide such advance passenger information. Such information needs to be provided for customers travelling to or in transit to Algeria, Canada, China (except Hong Kong), Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Thailand, USA and the United Arab Emirates.Travelport has pledged to make the code available to all of the 480 airlines on its platform who choose to adopt it. A number of these, such as United, American Airlines and Delta have confirmed they are preparing to bring in the new code option. Others are expected to follow.The option to choose “X” will need to be matched with the passenger’s passport or identity document. Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Nepal, The Netherlands and Pakistan already offer an option other than “M” or “F” on passports – in most cases “X”. X passports are approved by the ICAO, the UN agency that regulates international air travel.“As a company committed to diversity and promoting travel for all, we are delighted that the new code for nonbinary gender passengers has now been introduced. We hope more airlines will provide this option to ensure their customers are fully respected and welcomed. For us ‘X’ marks a vote for diversity, dignity and respect,” said Gordon Wilson, President and CEO of Travelport.last_img read more

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