Pass it on CVS CEO says the learning should never stop

first_imgLarry Merlo has learned a few things during nearly eight years as CEO of one of the nation’s biggest drugstore chains — including that you shouldn’t ever stop learning.CVS Health Corp. is polishing off a $69-billion acquisition of the health insurer Aetna. The company, which also manages pharmacy benefits, is focusing more on providing in-store health care services and telemedicine, as retailers face pressing competition for product sales from the online giant Amazon.com.Merlo shared some of his insights and experiences as a business manager with The Associated Press.Q: Everyone faces competition. How has Amazon affected how you look at your business, especially the store areas outside the pharmacy?A: We work tirelessly in terms of what is it that we need to do to meet the needs of the customers and the clients that we serve. If we’re doing our job in that regard, then we don’t leave any white space to be disrupted by others.Q: What are the key things you look for in evaluating a possible acquisition?A: It starts with the strategy of the company and what are the various ways in which that can be achieved. Is it through acquisition, some type of partnership or joint venture? Then, the things that you would expect in terms of the quality of the potential acquisition, the quality of (its) leadership, and you go from there.Q: What advice would you give your younger self about managing people? What did you learn from your early mistakes?A: The learning never stops. It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO or someone who is working their way up the ladder. There are times when I am a teacher, and there are also times when I’m a student, whether it’s learning from our customers or learning from our colleagues. Making sure that one never loses that perspective is important.Q: What have you learned about problem solving? What are the keys to tackling your most difficult challenges?A: It’s important to take time to understand the problem. Oftentimes when someone sees a particular problem or issue, they jump into solution mode and sometimes they don’t take the time to make sure that they’re solving for the right problem.Q: What is the best business advice you’ve heard?A: You can never forget where you came from and the impact that individuals had on your journey and how do you make sure that you continue to pay that back to others. I think that speaks to the value of having a collaborative, high-performing team. Collectively, you can get much more done and much more accomplished than a group of individuals working as individuals. I’ve always worked hard to practice that.___Follow Tom Murphy on Twitter: @thpmurphy .Tom Murphy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Sends Condolences to Sri Lankan President

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolence and compassion to the president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, following Sunday’s terror attacks on churches and hotels, which left as many as 290 dead and 500 wounded.In the message, the King said that he had learned with deep sorrow the news of the terrorist attacks that targeted churches on Easter Sunday and hotels in parts of Sri Lanka.In this painful circumstance, the sovereign expressed to the president of Sri Lanka, the victims’ families, and the Sri Lankan people, his deep condolences and compassion, imploring God to give them patience and comfort and fast recovery to the wounded. King Mohammed VI also expressed Morocco’s firm condemnation of the terrorist attacks as rejected by all religions and universal humanist values. read more

US discusses Maldives turmoil and Sri Lanka with India

While India has not made any public statements on the situation in the Maldives in the recent past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who cancelled his visit to Male abruptly in March 2015, has not yet rescheduled the visit, indicating that tensions between the two countries still prevail. In August, days after the parliament crisis, former President Nasheed visited India and met officials here, seen as a signal of India’s displeasure to Male. (Colombo Gazette) Among the concerns on the Maldives was the crackdown by the government on Opposition leaders, most of whom, like former President Mohammad Nasheed are in exile facing prison terms, or like former President Gayoom’s son Faris Maumoon, are under arrest. The American diplomats also said the action in Parliament in August, where the Army was called in to stop lawmakers from passing an impeachment motion against the Speaker of the assembly, was “very discouraging”. Amidst growing political turmoil in Male, a team of US diplomats met senior officials of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to discuss the events in the Maldives and also Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.The team, led by US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Atul Keshap, shared their concerns about the political situation with Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, and spoke about development cooperation in Sri Lanka, The Hindu has learnt. The growth of Islamist radicalism was another area of concern discussed, given the fall of IS would send foreign fighters back to their countries of origin. About 200 Maldivians are estimated to have travelled to Iraq and Syria, and the Maldives, with a population of just 4 lakhs, is believed to be among the countries worst impacted by IS radicalisation.The U.S. diplomats also brought up the growing influence of Chinese investment, as well as its maritime presence, with the China-Maldives “friendship bridge” from Male to Hulhumale, an island being developed by Chinese companies, becoming the focus of their attention. The MEA refused to comment about whether India shared the concerns the U.S. team expressed, but a senior official confirmed the meetings in Delhi this week. Asked about the concerns from the U.S. that called the parliament action “disturbing and unfortunate” in a public statement, Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said the allegations that the Yameen government was undemocratic were “sensational” and represented a “western double standard”. “We have said other countries must not be prescriptive or interfere in our affairs,” Mr. Mohamed told The Hindu in Delhi. read more

Leading the supply of roller bearings to South Africas mines

first_imgRevolvo, which says it is “the UK’s largest bearing manufacturer, [and] has established itself as the market leader for split bearings in South Africa, as a result of the activities of its long standing sole distributor, OE Bearings, and from the fact that Revolvo is the only manufacturer of non ISO- sized SN SD split plummer block bearings to the South African market.” OE Bearings serves the South African mining industry, among others. In such time- critical industries, OE Bearings has built its business on providing engineering service: product selection, application engineering and fitting and commissioning services. The company has great local industry sector experience, supporting its served markets with comprehensive local stocks of Revolvo split roller bearings.”Our strategy of working in partnership with our sole distributor to provide products that the market needs has really paid off with our market leadership in SA Africa,” said Adrian Menzies, Sales and Marketing Director for Revolvo. “Our ranges of split roller bearings offer significant downtime saving advantages in commodity industries; but these advantages have to be brought to the potential customer base. This is a task that OE Bearings has performed admirably; to the point that we have overtaken traditional SRB suppliers to the SA market.”The J Series of bearings provides an answer where users need the load capacity of a medium series (MS) split roller bearing, but only have a space envelope to accommodate a light series (LS) SRB.The J series offers all the practical benefits of the split bearing solution – quick and easy installation, reduced downtime, easy access, strength and durability – but in a more conventional sized envelope. Unlike competitor products that use inferior materials, such as nylon, in their bearing cages, the J series range does not compromise on quality, customers benefiting from the same high quality precision machined bored pocket brass cages and HT250 cast iron housings that have become the hallmark of Revolvo’s SRB range.Revolvo, the world’s leading manufacturer of specialist bearings, designs and manufactures bespoke high performance bearings for safety critical applications, combining the expertise of its three specialist divisions – SRB, RPP and RF1. It offers a range of standard to custom designed products, along with “extensive experience, flexibility and the technology to meet the most demanding industry needs.”last_img read more

Prosecutor rejects Peru two guilty plea

first_imgA PERUVIAN PROSECUTOR said today that Michaella McCollum Connelly and Melissa Reid would need to make fuller confessions if they hoped to have their sentences reduced.The two women pleaded guilty yesterday to attempting to smuggle 11 kilograms of cocaine out of Peru. They had initially denied guilt, claiming they had been coerced into smuggling the drugs by a shady international cartel after being kidnapped.However they later changed their story stating they “knew they were going to transport drugs and that they regret having participated in such an act,” according to a court press release.Prosecutor Juan Rosas told AFP the pair would need to give a fuller confession if they wanted to see their likely prison sentences slashed from eight years to six years and eight months.“Prosecutors will not be shortening the length of their sentence necessarily because the acceptance of responsibility really is quite limited,” Rosas said.“This is not a door being closed once and for all,” Rosas stressed, adding: “We have asked the judge for another step so that the suspects can expand on their statement, and give more details about the facts under investigation, and fully acknowledge their guilt.”Both were arrested on 6 August at the international airport in Lima, when 5.7 kilos of cocaine were found in Connelly’s luggage and 5.8 kilos in Reid’s. They were trying to board a plane for Spain where they had been working on the party island of Ibiza.After their arrest, the women told British reporters that they had been kidnapped by a drug cartel, taken to Peru and forced to transport the drugs.- © AFP 2013 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Related: Michaella McCollum Connolly pleads guilty to drug offences in Peru>Read: Peru pair face sentences of six years and 8 months>last_img read more

Six British nationals on Saudi pilgrimage killed in road crash

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3194883 Six British nationals on Saudi pilgrimage killed in road crash A couple from Glasgow and four members of a family from Manchester were killed. SIX BRITISH NATIONALS have been killed and several more injured in a road crash in Saudi Arabia.“We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.“We are also helping several more British nationals who were injured in the crash,” she said, without specifying how many.Glasgow Central Mosque released a statement naming two of the victims as Glasgow couple Mohammad Aslam and Talat Aslam, who have five children, saying they had just completed umra, a pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.They “were travelling in a minibus” to Medina, it said, adding: Share Tweet Email2 Short URL Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 4:57 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17 Comments Jan 19th 2017, 4:57 PM By AFP Image: Nariman El-Mofty 9,231 Views Four members of another family from Manchester were also killed in the tragedy.A spokesperson for the tour operator told the Guardian the group had been on a package tour for Muslims wishing to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. They had been travelling in a 14-seater Toyata Hiace.Every year, millions of Muslims flock to Mecca and Medina further south, Islam’s second holiest site, to carry out the annual hajj pilgrimage or the umra.In 2015, more than 2,000 worshippers performing hajj were crushed to death in Mecca, in the worst disaster ever to strike the annual ritual.© – AFP, 2017 with reporting by Daragh Brophy Read: ‘A man was beaten up, stabbed, slashed, run over – all on a public road’ >Read: Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch > Muslim pilgrims arrive to circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Image: Nariman El-Mofty Muslim pilgrims arrive to circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.last_img read more

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184 on Saturday in Los Angeles

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ Pinterest UFC On ESPN Deal Is Happening Dana White Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was in attendance at the UFC 184 PPV on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Lesnar was spotted sitting cageside with UFC President Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.He was briefly shown on camera during the PPV at one point. Lesnar attending a UFC PPV comes days after he walked out at the RAW taping last Monday night in Nashville after reports revealed a contract dispute with WWE.As reported earlier, Lesnar has four dates remaining on his current deal with WWE including 3/9 in Pittsburgh, 3/23 in Los Angeles, 3/29 in Santa Clara and 3/30 in San Jose.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:50/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 29.76%0:04Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Videos Articles Jon Jonescenter_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Brock Lesnar Now Playing Up Next Facebook Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship WWE 24/7 Championship changes hands multiple times at FOX Founders Day event Videos Articleslast_img read more

FIFA responds to allegation undermining new leadership

first_imgFIFA believes that there is an attempt by the media to undermine the new leadership of FIFA and, in particular, the President, Gianni Infantino, and the Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura.In a statement released on Friday via FIFA website, FIFA says:“Four weeks ago, a group of journalists sent several hundred questions to FIFA, based on private and internal e-mails and other information which had been accessed (illegally) by third parties.”“Despite the fact that we answered the questions posed to us in a straight-forward and honest manner, certain media decided to ignore most of our answers and to distort both the facts and the truth in a deliberate attempt to discredit FIFA and to mislead their readers. This is evident.”Michel Platini, FIFA, UEFAReport: Former UEFA president Platini vows to return George Patchias – September 6, 2019 Former Juventus and France footballing legend and disgraced UEFA president Michel Platini vows to return to football.Michel Platini was a footballing wonder of his…“It seems obvious from the “reporting” carried out in some media outlets that there is only one particular aim: an attempt to undermine the new leadership of FIFA and, in particular, the President, Gianni Infantino, and the Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura.”“Since the new leadership of FIFA took office there have been changes. There had to be and we are very proud of them. As is widely known, FIFA was in a desperate situation in 2015, as it sought to recover from decades of neglect and mismanagement.”“It is a fact that many former FIFA officials are currently facing criminal proceedings in Switzerland and abroad. And, of course, many other FIFA officials who were part of, or supported, this discredited regime for many years are also no longer at FIFA. Consequently, it is more than obvious that changes had to be made at all levels, in order to give FIFA a fresh start.”last_img read more

Tree that some say inspired Dr Seuss The Lorax topples

first_img June 18, 2019 AP, AP Categories: Local San Diego News Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ topples AP, AP, Posted: June 18, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” has fallen in a coastal San Diego park.Officials are investigating why the wind-swept Monterey cypress toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. “The tree was not dead at the time it fell, and with the exception of some stressing due to termites, was generally in good shape,” said Parks and Recreation spokesman Tim Graham.According to local legend, the tree inspired the “The Lorax” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline.This June 17, 2019 photo shows a Monterey cypress tree that was toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week in La Jolla, Calif. According to local legend, the tree inspired the “The Lorax” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)But there are no facts to back up the lore. His wife, Audrey Geisel, told the La Jolla Village News in 2012 that the idea for Truffula trees in the 1971 environmental fable came from an Africa trip.“He looked up at one of the (local) trees, and said, ‘That’s my tree. They’ve stolen my tree.’ So that’s where that came from,” Audrey Geisel said.Geisel told interviewers over the years that “The Lorax” was inspired by the anger he felt as he watched homes and condominiums being carved into the hillsides below him. He called the book “one of the few things I ever set out to do that was straight propaganda,” according to the Union-Tribune.In it, the title character tries to stop the Once-ler from chopping down Truffula Trees so that their tufts (“much softer than silk”) can be used to manufacture Thneeds, a classically Seussian word for all manner of worthless merchandise.“I speak for the trees,” the Lorax says.Geisel, who died in 1991, would often claim “The Lorax” was his favorite among the 48 books that he wrote, the newspaper said.Officials plan to salvage some of the wood and repurpose it, and a replacement tree will be planted, Graham said. Updated: 6:59 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UK median gender pay gap higher than EU average

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2015: The gender pay gap stands at 19.1% in the UK in terms of median pay rates for all employees (full-time and part-time), higher than the EU 2014 average of 16.4%.When looking at full-time earning metrics, women in the UK receive 9.4% less than male workers.The different figures are an important factor to bear in mind when considering the government’s plans to introduce gender pay gap reporting for organisations with more than 250 employees, according to Duncan Brown (pictured), head of HR consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies.What information should be reported (mean or median comparative figures, base pay, bonuses, overtime, hourly rates or annual earnings) is one of the issues on the agenda for the government’s gender pay gap reporting consultation, which was open for comment from 14 July-6 September 2015.Other factors to be established before the reporting regulations come into effect include where the information should be published, when and how frequently, how the data collection process would work in practice and how it would be enforced.During his keynote presentation ‘Addressing unequal pay: opening Pandora’s box’ at Employee Benefits Live 2015, Brown urged employers to take a proactive approach to the gender pay gap ahead of impending legislation on pay data reporting.Tackling the issue could involve measures such as ensuring well-designed job evaluation plans and pay management structures are in place, and assessing performance criteria for bonuses, he said.If a pay disparity is identified and further investigated, organisations could then take a phased approach to address the problem. In addition to considering any litigation, financial or talent risks, employers could conduct an equal pay audit and begin to look at potential solutions.Brown added that addressing the gender pay gap sooner rather than later could provide cost and time savings, as well as foster a sense of internal fairness and improve employee engagement within an organisation.Brown said: “Everybody accepts that this is not any easy issue, it will take time to address, particularly in low-paid sectors such as care, but that’s no excuse to not start [tackling it].”Let’s hope that 20 years down the road having an almost 20% pay gap will be seen as totally ridiculous.”last_img read more

Breast cancer survivors swim with dolphins at Seaquarium

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Local breast cancer survivors spent a day with dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium.The park partnered with two nonprofit organizations to give 14 local cancer survivors a chance of a lifetime, Tuesday. The women were invited to come out to swim and spend the day with the dolphins.“What a great experience that was,” said breast cancer survivor Bonnie Parks. “It was just a coming together for all of us who have something in common. We’ve all been through a long journey, so for all of us to get together and experience something like this, it was really fun.”Miami Seaquarium has been hosting the event for more than 10 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

North Korea Threatens Ultimate Measures Over New UN Sanctions

first_imgAhn Young-joon/APSouth Korean army soldiers patrol on Monday along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, near the border with North Korea.As global pressure ratchets up against North Korea with a new package of sanctions, the rogue nation is blaming the United States and threatening “ultimate measures” in response.The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the new sanctions over the weekend, which are aimed at cutting roughly a third of North Korea’s annual export revenue. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called the package the most stringent in a generation. It was introduced in response to North Korea’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.North Korea has responded to the sanctions with characteristically strong rhetoric.“We will balance the U.S.’s felonious crime against our country and our people with something thousands of times worse, and if the U.S. does not retract its attempts to crush us to death and behave prudently, we will be ready and not hesitate to take ultimate measures,” the government said in a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency.U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, currently visiting the Philippines’ capital, Manila, for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum, told reporters Monday that there is one clear way for North Korea to improve relations with the international community:“We’ve not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles. So I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send to us, is to just stop these missile launches. Obviously we have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk.”President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had an hour-long phone call on Sunday evening, as NPR’s Elise Hu reports, adding that Moon “reiterated on the call that there cannot be another war on the Korean Peninsula and called for a peaceful diplomatic resolution to the issue.”According to the White House, “the two leaders affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world.”North Korea’s top diplomat is also participating in the security forum in Manila, and had a rare meeting with the South Korean foreign minister on the sidelines of the forum, according to South Korea’s foreign ministry.“South Korean media report the two shook hands and spoke only briefly,” Elise reports. “China, which is Pyongyang’s closest ally, said the North did not entirely reject proposals by the South to engage in talks.”It’s particularly notable that China voted to back the U.N.’s sanctions package. But Elise adds that there’s a bigger question here: Will the sanctions even be effective?“Will it get North Korea to come back to the table and change its position on its nuclear development? A lot of observers in this region doubt it, because North Korea pins its very survival, its domestic legitimacy on its deterrence capabilities. So a decade of sanctions we’ve seen now, they really haven’t yielded the intended result of getting North Korea to the table. Instead it’s kind of the opposite — North Korea has been improving its capabilities.”Robert Daly, China specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center, tells NPR that China wants to be “seen as a responsible global leader,” and “the fact that China is taking a public leadership vis a vis North Korea, that’s an important change.”China shares a more than 800-mile border with North Korea, and Daly adds that during previous sanctions regimes, “China either wouldn’t or couldn’t enforce them fully.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

DC High School Student Films on Cyberbullying Compete in National Competition

first_imgStudents from School Without Walls and Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., recently participated in the AT&T-sponsored Cyberbullying Film Invitational in New York City, part of the All American High School Film Festival. The entrants had to submit eight-minute films aimed at raising national awareness about cyberbullying, a hate crime that can take place on social media or through text messaging.“An astounding eight in 10 teenagers admit to being cyberbullied or know someone who has been bullied… And AT&T wants to help,” said AT&T’s New York State President Marissa Shorenstein in a statement. “This is a concentrated effort to help educate their peers and end this crisis.” The Tyler Clementi Foundation partnered with AT&T for the film competition. The Tyler Clementi Foundation was named for 18-year-old college student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roommate videotaped and broadcasted him online, by use of a hidden camera, when Tyler was engaged in an intimate moment with his male partner. “The Tyler Clementi Foundation, guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. We promote safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies,” Foundation spokesman Pail Hortenstine said in an e-mail. Over 250 high school student filmmakers from across the country participated in the competition. AT&T awarded over $25,000 to winners on Oct. 9. Winning teams included students from Steilacoom High School in Steilacoom, Wash., Mythic Bridge High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif. The teams received $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500, respectively. The films presented by the two D.C. schools did not win the immediate competition, but they still have a chance at winning the Public Choice Award. Starting on Oct. 11, the films will be open on hsfilmfest.com/voting for the public to vote on. Supporters have until Oct. 28 before voting closes, and the team with the most votes will win $5,000 for its school. Schools, parents and organizations can view the winning film through AT&T’s “Digital You”.last_img read more

Google selfdriving cars pass 300000 mile mark

first_img 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. Google looking to make driverless cars legal in Nevada Explore further Google is not saying just how many of those miles have been driven on public roads versus those driven on its private track, but it’s likely a lot due to its fleet having legal access in Nevada. Last year the state issued a license to one of the vehicles.Google’s aim in building self-driving cars is to replace human drivers with a computer, because humans have proven to be so fallible. Company head Eric Schmidt has been quoted recently as saying that his goal in creating self driving cars is to bring down the number of traffic fatalities due to human error, most particularly, by those who have been drinking alcohol based beverages, noting that some thirty five thousand people are killed in such accidents each year in the United States alone.The company also says that it has given the go-ahead to some of its employees to begin riding in the vehicles solo, at least on their commute to work. Up till now, company policy has dictated that two people sit in the vehicle when the car is doing the driving. In this instance, the one person would sit in the driver’s seat and take over should the need arise.Looking towards the future, the company says it needs to work out how to get the cars to operate safely under less than optimal conditions, such as during snowy weather or when dealing with road construction. The sensors and computer system installed on the cars were designed to read and respond to normal road signs, which unfortunately aren’t always what are posted when road crews begin working, making it difficult for the systems to figure out what to do. The company also noted that they have added a Lexus RX450h hybrid to its fleet. Citation: Google self-driving cars pass 300,000 mile mark (2012, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-google-self-driving-cars-mile.html (Phys.org) — Google has just released an update on its blog boasting about how its fleet of self-driving cars which the company has designed and is operating on public roads, have collectively racked up over 300,000 miles of driving operations, with nary a single accident, at least while being driven by the computer. In the same announcement the company acknowledges that its autonomous vehicles still have a long way to go before being sold as a consumer product. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Take hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime for super sleep

first_imgTaking hot bath at least 90 minutes before bedtime is your ticket to sound sleep. Just remember that the water temperature should be around 40-42 degrees Celsius, else you may not get better shuteye. Biomedical engineers at University of Texas-Austin reached this conclusion after analyzing thousands of studies linking water-based passive body heating, or bathing and showering with warm/hot water, with improved sleep quality. “When we looked through all known studies, we noticed significant disparities in terms of the approaches and findings,” said Shahab Haghayegh, lead author on the paper. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The only way to make an accurate determination of whether sleep can, in fact, be improved was to combine all the past data and look at it through a new lens.” In collaboration with the UT Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Southern California, the researchers reviewed 5,322 studies. Meta-analytical tools were used to assess the consistency between relevant studies and showed that an optimum temperature of between 104 and 109 degrees Fahrenheit improved overall sleep quality. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen scheduled one-two hours before bedtime, it can also hasten the speed of falling asleep by an average of 10 minutes. It is understood that both sleep and our body’s core temperature are regulated by a circadian clock located within the brain’s hypothalamus that drives the 24-hour patterns of many biological processes, including sleep and wakefulness. The average person’s circadian cycle is characterized by a reduction in core body temperature of about 0.5 to 1 Fahrenheit around an hour before usual sleep time — dropping to its lowest level between the middle and later span of night-time sleep. The researchers found the optimal timing of bathing for cooling down of core body temperature in order to improve sleep quality is about 90 minutes before going to bed. If baths are taken at the right biological time – 1-2 hours before bedtime – they will aid the natural circadian process and increase one’s chances of not only falling asleep quickly but also of experiencing better quality sleep.last_img read more

Verizon Black Friday Early Cyber Monday Deals Give You the Chance to

first_img Share Tweet Submit Verizon is also selling the Google Home Hub for $99.99 and the JBL LinkView for $149.99. Both of these are smart displays that come with Google Assistant. The deals will go into effect online on Thanksgiving and will be available in the stores from Black Friday. Most of the deals will end after the weekend. The only catch is that you will be able to realize the discounts in the form of bill credits which means you will have to remain with Verizon for two years.Check out the Verizon Black Friday Deals here Now that the holiday season has kicked off and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, it’s time to find and bag great deals. Verizon is apparently feeling pretty generous this season and it has announced some really great offers. In addition to offering deals on smartphones, the carrier also has a pretty lucrative deal for the Google Home Hub.If You Want to Save Big, Verizon Has Your BackFirst off, the prices of some of the high-end smartphones released this year such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3, and LG V40 ThinQ will be reduced by $400. The deal will end at midnight on Black Friday, but a discount of $200 will apply till Sunday. Apart from that, all the handsets priced above $400 will be sold for $200 less.Verizon has also reduced the price of the Palm from $349 to $199. Palm is not a full-fledged smartphone, it is just a connected device that is added to your plan. This will require you to cough up $5 every month and data plan linked to your account would be used if you do not have unlimited data. Verizon’s NumberShare could also be used, which enables you to use the same phone number for your main phone and the Palm.last_img read more

Strong magnitude68 earthquake rocks Costa Ricas southwest

first_imgRelated posts:Magnitude-7.3 earthquake off El Salvador coast shakes Central America String of 25 quakes rattles San José, Central Valley Two Good Friday quakes rock Costa Rica Mag-4.5 earthquake rattles Costa Rica’s Central Valley A magnitude-6.8 earthquake was the latest in a series of temblors rocking Central America. According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, the quake struck at 2:51 a.m. Monday off the coast of Costa Rica’s Burica Peninsula, along the western border with Panama.The earthquake follows a magnitude-6.2 quake Saturday at 11:21 a.m. in the same area. Northern Panama also felt a strong magnitude-6.4 quake Saturday afternoon, according to various news reports.No significant damage or injuries have been reported in Costa Rica as of this posting. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Experienced champ rising talents claim victory on Dominical waves

first_imgIt looks like Jason Torres wants a repeat of his excellent water work in 2015, the year he was crowned the Costa Rican National Surfing Champion.With a first-place finish in the Copa HOOKD contest in Dominical this weekend, Torres kicked off his participation in the Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf presented by Adrenaline Rush at the top of the rankings as the nationwide surf competition began its 17th year in front of Tortilla Flats restaurant. He received 1,500 rankings points for his win.“I’m so happy to win the event in Dominical,”  Torres said. “The main goal is win the national circuit again and be part of the National  Team for the World Surfing Games in France, and also win the World Surfing Games. That’s my goal this year.. and to compete in more events in the QS [Qualifying Series], now that I have the points to get there.”The surfer from Jacó, as well as the other participants — 170 in total — were plagued all weekend by a dropping swell. In the final, Torres was joined by Jair Perez (Jacó), Sean Foerster (Sámara) and Maykol Torres (Esterillos), all of whom were attempting to launch high-scoring risky maneuvers in ankle-slapping waves.Organizers agreed that these were rare conditions for Dominical, which is usually a big strong wave. Regardless, Torres came out victorious with two mid-scoring rides (6.50 and 7.07) for a total of 13.57.With Leilani McGonagle and Emily Gussoni — two of the dominant women’s surfers — off in Australia now, the door was open for Coral Wiggins of Avellanas to win in Dominical and rack up important rankings points.  Just this past week, Wiggins was picked up by the large surfing company Hurley to became a team rider, and the 16-year-old was on fire. In the end, she not only scored the top spot in the Women’s division, but the Junior Women’s as well for good measure.“I got a result that I’ve been working for,” said Wiggins. “This tournament is dedicated to my parents and my sponsors who make all this possible.”“Coral, along with Zulay Martinez, are this generation’s leaders,” said Carlos Brenes of the Federación de Surf de Costa Rica, which organizes the Circuito Nacional. “Coral won her appointment against experienced surfers like [12-time national Women’s Champion] Lisbeth Vindas and Zulay herself. She is a 16-year-old girl who has just sent a clear message about her future.”The complete calendar for Kolbi Circuito Nacional de Surf, presented by Adrenaline Rush, is March 25-6 in Puerto Viejo, April 22-23 in Santa Teresa, May 20-21 in Nosara, and June 24-25 in Jacó, with the Grand Finale July 21-23 in Hermosa.  The spread of dates includes the four main surfing sectors of the country — North, South and Central Pacific, along with the Caribbean.Brenes added that the Circuito has a special mission this year. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight, as well as Costa Rica’s commitment to participate in the Juegos Centroamericanos de Managua 2017 and the World Surfing Championships in France, the work that the surfers do in the Circuito will be of the utmost importance.“In this sense, the competitive work completed in the minor leagues is vital in order to bring the best of the best to these contests,” he said. “The Olympic cycle here today takes into account the best in the country, but remember that the big goal is in Tokyo 2020, which is why betting on the new generations seems right.”FINAL RESULTSOpenJason Torres (Jacó)Jair Pérez (Jacó)Sean Foesrter (Sámara)Maykol Torres (Esterillos Oeste)Women’sCoral Wiggins (Avellanas)Rubiana Brownell (Dominical)Valentina Resano (Nicaragua)Merary Jimenez (Quepos)JuniorSean Foerster (Sámara)Oscar Urbina (Puerto Viejo)Francisco Coronado (Brasilito)Joseph Méndez (Jacó)Junior Women’sCoral Wiggins Araya (Avellanas)Zulay Martínez (Tamarindo)Paulina Summers (Limón)Emily Anderson (Pavones)BoysIsauro Elizondo (Panamá)Oscar Urbina (Puerto Viejo)Samuel Reidy (Dominical)Tao Rodriguez (Panamá)GirlsValentina Resano (Nicaragua)Rubiana Brownell (Dominical)Candelaria Resano (Nicaragua)Coral Wiggins (Avellanas)GrommetsSamuel Reidy (Dominical)Darshan Antequera (Jacó)Aaron Ramirez (Jacó)Leo Apreda (Jacó)MinigrommetsKalani AbrahaoTeo GaléLeo ApredaPietro GarrouxMinigrommets GirlsCandelaria Resano (Nicaragua)Rachel Agüero (Jacó)Valeria OjedaFaith Tomas (Dominical) Facebook Comments Related posts:Guanacaste Surf Circuit crowns winners Winners crowned in Costa Rica’s 2016 National Surf Circuit World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Gameslast_img read more

BA in brace position as Unite threatens lawsuit

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/24e05/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The decision of British Airways (BA) to cut the travel concessions of their striking staff will be challenged in court said the Unite trade union.“Unite believes that [BA] management’s action breaches European human rights legislation,” a Unite statement read.“It also believes that this sanction – which has impeded the resolution of the long-running dispute – was taken without proper disciplinary procedures being followed.”Under BA’s proposal, staff that went on strike would lose accrued benefits and be treated as fresh to the company, reported the UK’s Telegraph.BA has argued there are no grounds for a human rights violations case against them, telling the newspaper, “Staff travel is a non-contractual perk.” “Cabin crew knew if they took part in strike action they would lose their travel perks. “We will defend our position vigorously.”For Unite, the issue of staff travel has come as the last straw in the ongoing dispute between BA and their staff.”This is a dispute over £10 million.  Contrast that with the £164 million in losses this quarter alone and questions must be asked about the direction of BA’s management and the sense of them maintaining this dispute with cabin crew,” Unite joint general secretary Derek Simpson said.last_img read more